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Times and Democrat: Edisto is warming things up for a robust summer season

EDISTO ISLAND – The Edisto Island and Edisto Beach communities will soak up the longer days of late spring and summer with fun events and seasonal favorites that capture the spirit of this quiet coastal island destination in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

The Arts and Crafts Market at Bay Creek Park, featuring the varied talents of many local artisans, is held every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October. Bay Creek Park is located at 3706 Docksite Road and is adjacent to The Marina at Edisto Beach. The market is sponsored by the Town of Edisto Beach. For information on becoming a vendor, call 843-869-2505.

The first of June sees the return of the annual Jennie Gowan Memorial Art Show. The summer exhibition will be held at the Edisto Beach Civic Center, located at 42 Station Court, on June 2 and June 3. For more information, visit edistoartguild.com.

June marks the start of Arts in the Park. The first event will be held on June 6 and will feature the Appalachian Ballet Company “Bluejeans and Ballet.” On July 8, the Edisto Gumbo Band will perform. The event on August 12 will feature the Edisto Jazz Group. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, a picnic supper, and beverage of their choice as they enjoy a wonderful evening of entertainment. The events start at 6 p.m. and will be held at Bay Creek Park, located at 3706 Docksite Road. For more information, visit edistoartguild.com.

The annual Fourth of July Parade starts at 10 a.m. All who are interested in decorating their golf carts, bicycles, strollers or even themselves, should line up at Mikell and Myrtle Streets at 9:30 a.m. The parade ends in Whaley’s parking lot at 2801 Myrtle Street.

Author C. Hope Clark, who is well known for both of her South Carolina based series of books – “Carolina Slade & Edisto Island Mysteries,” will be signing books at the Edisto Island Bookstore, 547 Highway 174 on July 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit chopeclark.com.

The celebrated Edisto Invitational Billfish Tournament (final tournament in the annual Governor’s Cup Billfishing series) will take place July 18 through 21 at The Marina at Edisto Beach, 3702 Docksite Road. Participation includes those involved in the Governor’s Cup series as well as local and regional boats. For more information, call 843-631-5055 or visit themarinaeb.com.

For more information on summer activities, call the Edisto Chamber of Commerce at 843-869-3867 or 1-888-333-2781 or visit edistochamber.com.

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