Sep 15 2015

Folly Fall Event Roundup

International Coastal Clean-Up Day Beach Sweep

The Charleston Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is holding an International Coastal Clean Up Day Beach Sweep in partnership with SC Sea Grant Consortium and the SC Department of Natural Resources on Saturday, September 19th. The groups plan to meet at 7th Street West promptly at 6pm and head toward the Folly Beach County Park. Their goal is to collect trash that has been left behind by visitors, garbage that has washed up from the shorelines, and get rid of the many cigarette butts that have been deposited by smokers or have been washed to the beach from the streets lining Folly. Trash bags and gloves will be provided, and volunteers are requested. If interested, please contact the Surfrider Foundation here: Bring a re-useable water bottle with you and keep hydrated while on the beach!


An important venture has begun with groundbreaking on Monday with GoFollyGreen’s new community garden in Folly Beach. A press release stated that the groundbreaking ceremony began at 9am, and crews are building a necessary initiative from the agency. The plot is owned by the Exchange Club, who previously leased the property for ten years from the City for the low price of ONE DOLLAR. The decorative space will consist of 16 (sixteen) raised gardens, measuring 4’ x 8’, that will be available to the public for just $100 per year. A water collection system will be placed to save water costs, and the City of Folly Beach will supplement required watering at no extra cost. GoFollyGreen, the Folly Beach Green Task Force that is involved in many community projects, will oversee the development and management of the project.

Folly Beach Jazz Festival

The Folly Beach Jazz Festival is coming up on November 7th & 8th and will bring more acts at more venues than its first year’s predecessor in 2014. As before, the event is free to the public and focuses on bringing back old style jazz to the local area. This isn’t the first time the Lowcountry has catered to talented jazz artists. From Gershwin in the 1930’s to Big Bands hitting the old Folly Pier in the 1940’s, Folly residents have enjoyed swinging on the beach for decades. The Jazz Festival, organized by Starr Atcheson, recently held a gala at the Charleston Performing Arts Center, located on Folly Road near Camp Road, that included hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and special performances by the stars of “Duke”. Monies raised were donated to the Jazz Festival to help promote all kinds of genres of jazz as well as to support music education in the lowcountry.



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