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Summertime is calling with a full catch of activities

Edisto Island, S.C. – The Edisto Island and Edisto Beach communities are warming up to welcome vacationers and locals too with a range of popular events. This quiet coastal island destination in the South Carolina Lowcountry is increasingly a travel destination year-round, but summer is a big draw and, as always, full of fun in the sun.

From April through October, the Marina at Edisto Beach and Pressley’s at the Marina will sponsor “Music at the Marina” every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Guests can enjoy music, drinks and light dining on the dock.  For more details, visit www.themarinaeb.com/event-schedule.

Beginning on June 5, the Edisto Island Museum will feature the Jennie Gowan Show and Summer Exhibition. In addition to the exhibit, guests can visit the Edisto Island Museum and learn more about the island’s history. The building is filled with artifacts and furnishings of many of the island’s most magnificent cotton plantations as well as a portion of one of the last remaining slave cabins on Edisto. For more information, visit www.edistomseum.org.

Summer also brings the return of BINGO, which will be held every Tuesday and Thursday evening at the Edisto Island Lions Club, located at 2907 Myrtle Street. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and games being promptly at 6:00 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to get a seat. Fun for all ages, Bingo starts on June 6 and runs through August 3.

On June 10, Edisto Watersports and Tackle will sponsor a Shark Tournament.  The entry fee is $120.  For more information, call 843-869-0663 or visit www.edistowatersports.net.

The Edisto Island Open Land Trust Cocktail Party and Auction is scheduled for June 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Edisto Beach Civic Center, 42 Station Court. This event promises a night of great food, a fun casual atmosphere, and a wide variety of silent and live auction items for everyone’s taste, all to benefit land conservation on Edisto. For more information or to sponsor, call 843-869-9004 or visit www.edisto.org.

In parallel that weekend, on June 17, The Plantation Course at Edisto will once again host The Tomato Open Golf Tournament, starting at 8:30 a.m.  The course is located inside the Wyndham Ocean Ridge Resort at 1 King Cotton Road, and the tournament benefits the Edisto Island Open Land Trust.  For more information, visit www.edisto.org or www.theplantationcourseatedisto.com.

The Jim Bost Memorial Fishing Tournament will also be held on June 17 at the Marina at Edisto Beach.  This event recognizes contributions made by one of Edisto’s charter captains.  For details, call 843-631-5055 or visit www.themarinaeb.com.

The annual Fourth of July parade is always a fun event for all.  Attendants are encouraged to decorate golf carts, bikes, strollers, or themselves to join in the celebration. Line up begins at 9:30 a.m., and the parade starts at 10:00 a.m.  For more information, visit www.townofedistobeach.com.

As summer heats up, the 3rd Annual Edisto Invitational Billfish Tournament will take place from July 19 – July 22 at The Marina at Edisto Beach, located at 3702 Docksite Rd.  This event is the final tournament in the South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series.  For more information, call 843-631-5055, or visit www.themarinaeb.com.

The Arts and Crafts Market at Bay Creek Park, which features the work of local artisans, continues through October. The market is held every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 3706 Docksite Road, Edisto Beach.

In addition to the many scheduled events at the island and beach, Edisto also is home to Botany Bay Plantation, a wildlife management area set on over 4,000 acres of forest, marsh and beach. Hours of operation are from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. during the summer months, excluding Tuesdays. For more information, call 843-869-2998, or visit www.botanybayplantation.com.

Set in a rare, sparsely-developed corner of the world, Edisto, with its vast green spaces, ancient live oaks, wide open marsh views, and quiet, pristine beach, offers a coastal island experience uncommon today among Eastern seaboard communities. Visitors and residents arrive under a live oak canopy via Highway 174, designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as a National Scenic Byway. Here, there’s a slower pace of life, coupled with a broad range of year-round recreational activities, all set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. This is the coastal island destination that is said to offer its own “state of mind…any time, any season.” For more information, please call the Edisto Chamber of Commerce at 843-869-3867 or 1-888-333-2781 or visit www.edistochamber.com.

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