Apr 15 2014

Review: Sea and Sand Festival 2014

The Sea and Sand Festival 2014 concluded on Sunday, so we headed to the hottest places on Folly Beach to party with the crowds.  First, we hit the Lost Dog.  If you’ve never been to the Lost Dog, you’re really missing one of the most delicious and popular places in the area.  With an hour and a half wait, we decided to gulp down some citrusy mimosas from the Island Grill and bar and wandered down Center Street to check out a few of the vendors. 

Jewelry vendors were creating intricate pieces and selling them on the sidewalks.  Surf stores and swimwear boutiques were offering weekend specials on their inventory.  Many people brought their dogs out for the event and had them dressed in their best beach attire.  By the time we found our way to our table at the Lost Dog, many of our hungry fellow starving friends were sharing brunches with their shaggy little friends.

After we enjoyed our brunch of Crabcakes Benedict and Huevos Rancheros, followed by more mimosa chasers, we headed down to the beach in front of the Tides Hotel.   The beaches were covered with suntanned and oiled bikini clad beauties, buffed men and lots of people having a good time.  There was an awesome sand castle contest.  Looking up to the Tides deck, we saw hundreds of partiers dancing to the finale played by the East Coast Party Band.  The Band, made up of six talented vocalists and a kickin’ rhythm section made up of horns, made the hotel’s breezy sunny deck into an immediate nightclub experience.  20 years of experience rocking crowds through the Lowcountry have made the band one of the most successful in the area for festivals and events.

Talking with Kelly Weatherford over the noisy crowd, we found out that she came out just to see the band.   She said, “Well, we love the festival, but the band is why we came.”  She had been out of town, and as soon as her tires hit the Charleston area, she was calling her friends to come out to the beach.  Kelly enjoyed the sand castle contest and said the Red Fish was one of her favorites.  

Over all, Ben Bounds, the Director of the Festival, hit the ball out of the park for this year’s Sea and Sand Festival.  Drawing huge crowds, the estimated number was estimated to exceed 10,000 for the weekend, the event provided a fun escape for families and pets alike.  The vendors, food, drink specials, and bands made things simple and easy for everyone to have a good time.    We are looking forward to next year already!

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