It’s the first Friday of the year, and there’s no shortage of fun to be had in the Lowcountry. Visit some of Charleston’s amazing museums, enjoy live music as you eat oysters, chili, or barbeque, and more. Whatever you choose to do, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a very happy and safe weekend!

The new year brings a new music and food series to Commonhouse Aleworks with the First Friday BBQ & Bluegrass series. On the first Friday of every month, Commonhouse Aleworks will have a bluegrass hoedown on the Commonground stage. There will be pulled pork, brisket, fixin’s, and more available to eat. This Friday’s event will showcase local band The Bluestone Ramblers starting at 6pm. BBQ will be provided by High to Lowcountry Barbeque starting at 5pm.

Head to Bowen’s Island on Sunday for the Save the Light 2019 Oyster Roast. Your all-inclusive ticket includes all-you-can-eat local oysters, chili from 82 Queen, hot dogs and trimmings from Swig & Swine, chicken bog and desserts, wine from Treasury Wine Estates, beer from Southern Eagle Distributors, and soft drinks and water. There will be live music from Shakin’ Martinis (multi-genre, toe-tapping dance tunes), The Island Duo (Buffett to Belafonte), and Last Resort (Eagles tribute band). Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the gate. 100% of the proceeds are used to support restoration and preservation of the Morris Island Lighthouse.

Make this weekend a museum weekend! January is Museum Mile Month in Charleston. Purchase one ticket ($25 for adults, $10 for children) and spend the month learning Charleston’s rich history and culture across 13 different sites. Tickets may be purchased online or at participating museum sites. Come explore, learn, and enjoy all our beautiful city has to offer for one low price all month long.

Take advantage of Pay What You Can Weekend this Saturday and Sunday at Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum. In place of the standard admission and parking fees, guests are encouraged to pay whatever they can afford. “The holiday season can be tough on the family budget,” says Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette. “We want those who live in the Charleston area and who drive by our ships every day to have a chance to tour the museum without having to worry about their financial situations. This is a great way for us to give back to the community that supports us all year. If circumstances make it where a visitor can’t pay anything at all, that is perfectly fine.” Every ticket includes admission to all three historic vessels, the Medal of Honor Museum, and the Vietnam Experience Exhibit. As always, active duty military members in uniform and children under six get in free.

Home Team BBQ is partnering with local fitness center The Works this Sunday for a fundraiser benefiting Hogs for the Cause, the premier funding source for families affected by pediatric brain cancer. The fundraiser takes place at Home Team’s downtown location. Attendees will experience a dynamic blend of vinyasa yoga, meditation, breathwork, plyometrics, core, and strength work, followed by a choice of mimosa or Bloody Mary along with a menu of healthy bites from Home Team BBQ. Food options include smoked shrimp taco, a local salad, and a frittata. Tickets are limited and are $45 per person. All proceeds benefit Hogs for the Cause.




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