Spring has sprung, which means the opening of other seasons as well – farmers markets (which I covered in that last blog), and RiverDogs baseball in Charleston.
Charleston’s team, the RiverDogs, is a Single-A Sally league team that’s, rather ironically, part of the Yankees organization. We are securely in the South, after all.
Charleston Baseball has a Very Cool Owner
The team is co-owned by none other than the SNL alum and movie icon himself, Bill Murray, whose official title is “Director of Fun.” Bill lives in Charleston and can be seen out and about the area, photobombing unsuspecting tourists and turning up in the most unlikely places. Potential Bill Murray sightings are yet another perk of visiting the Lowcountry.
As you might imagine, the Riverdogs isn’t just any team, or ballpark, or milieu. They’re known for their zany promotions and for their creative cuisine. Plus, it’s just a wholesome, very fun way to spend an afternoon or evening. It’s got something for everyone staying in your Charleston beach house, and is a fun outing for locals and visitors alike.
Go to The Joe
The RiverDogs play at “The Joe,” Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, named after Charleston’s beloved mayor. It’s a gorgeous ballpark, and they just completed a major redo of the field to make it better than ever. It’s also super convenient to get to. If you’re on the Isle of Palms, head to Highway 17, take it all the way onto the peninsula and the Crosstown, and turn right onto Lockwood. There’s plenty of parking nearby. For your GPS, it’s at 360 Fishburne Street, Charleston.
Riverdogs Baseball Officially in Play
The season technically started last week, but they were playing an away stretch (and won four out of seven games). Last night was the first home game, and they had amazing attendance – the fifth highest of all time. Over 8,000 folks filled the park. They’re here for a home stretch and have some fun things planned in the days ahead.
Get set for:
Friday – Fan Pick Fireworks Night. Post-game fireworks show over the Ashley River/Boeing Red Shirt Friday honoring members of the military.
Saturday – NBA Draft Night. Fans can try to sink a half-court shot to win $1,000. Also Make-A-Wish SC Wish Night with the RiverDogs wearing special jerseys.
Sunday – Kids’ Opening Day/ MUSC Health Family Sunday. Kids eat free. They can play catch on the field (before the game) and run the bases (after). They’ll even get a shot at announcing the game, running cameras, working concessions, etc.
Monday – Game of Bones Dog Day. Dogs are welcome. Craft beer tasting by Bay Street Biergarten.
Tuesday – Live & Local. They’ll have a farmers market on the concourse. You can also check out Rusty Bull Brewing Co. and their new BellyItcher Ale, the RiverDogs signature brew.
Wednesday – Education Day. Students/teachers will take off from school to watch the game which starts late morning.
Here’s a link to the official website for RiverDogs baseball, with this season’s full schedule and ticket info.
Not just Hot Dogs & Cracker Jacks
But back to the food. They’re always coming up with the most interesting stuff to nosh on and sip. This year they even have their own beer. They collaborated with Rusty Bull to brew their own unique summer ale, named the BellyItcher (don’t get a pitcher, get a BellyItcher). You can only get it at the Joe. It’ll be for sale at all 70 home games.
They’ve also tweaked their menu, as they do each season. New up this year: a pimento cheese and fried green tomato sandwich, steakhouse fries topped with mac and cheese, Mediterranean healthy nachos and a chicken and waffles bowl.
They like to have food that’s easy to eat at the park, carry with a beverage and balance on your lap, like a hot dog but more creative. So in the spirit of Riverdogs baseball, they’re serving several dishes in a full-sized plastic dog bowl. The Dog Bone Bowl will have smoked pork rib with BBQ sauce and baked beans. You can find it and many more (including shrimp and grits) in the Bowls and Strike stand.
They also have come up with a new version of their popular beer shake. This year’s offering: The Strawberry Lemonade Beer Shake, made with Natural Light’s Naturdays.
Read all about it in the Post & Courier.
So check out RiverDogs baseball, now through the summer. And remember to call EP when you’re looking for the perfect Charleston beach house.
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Hopefully, you rang in the new year well and are set for all the fun doings on New Year’s Day at the Isle of Palms.
Of course there’s plenty of football and bowl games to watch on the big screens in our homes. Although as I covered in that last blog, Saturday had the big games, especially considering we are in South Carolina.
South Carolina split its games. The Gamecocks got clobbered, but Clemson won handily and is headed to the national title game. That’s coming up next Monday, January 7th.
One of our homes is a great place to watch Clemson take on Alabama. They are mostly beachfront, have large gourmet kitchens to whip up game day snacks, and plenty of screens and space to watch the game. It’s like your own private sports bar.
New Year’s Day at the Isle of Palms: Take the plunge
There are a couple fun ways to kick off 2019, and they involve the water… namely, jumping into it.
New Year’s Day at the Isle of Palms and around the beaches of Charleston means polar plunges. It’s a longstanding Lowcountry tradition, and you have a couple options.
If you’re on the Isle of Palms, head on over to Sullivan’s for the annual Dunleavy’s Pub Polar Plunge benefiting the Special Olympics.
This has grown tremendously over the years and is quite the spectacle. Thousands of folks dress in all kinds of kooky costumes to head into the water. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed.
Some years it’s positively polar. This year, however, the weather looks pretty balmy, with temps approaching 70.
All the “Freezin’ for a Reason” action centers at Dunleavy’s Pub, located at 2213 Middle Street. The pre-plunge fun starts at 9:00 a.m. The actual plunge happens around 1:00 p.m. There’s a $35 charitable donation to participate in the plunge.
From the IOP, just head over Breach Inlet toward “downtown” Sullivan’s. You might want to go early to find parking since this is a very popular event. Here’s the website with details.
Or check out Folly’s unique twist on the polar plunge
Folly Beach has its own unique spin on the idea of a polar bear plunge. It’s the 6th annual Bill Murray Look-A-Like Polar Plunge, where you’re encouraged to “Freeze Your Bills off.” Participants are encouraged to dress like local resident Bill Murray or one of his many movie characters. There will be judging and prizes.
Here are the deets:
- 9:00 a.m. registration;
- 10:00 a.m. costume contest;
- 11:00 plunge;
- $5 costume contest entrance fee for folks 18 and over;
- Prizes awarded in these costume categories: Best Kid, Best Girl, Best Guy, Best Team, and Best Overall;
- A raffle and kids’ crafts;
- Live music and a Bloody Mary competition;
- Restaurants and bars will open early so participants can enjoy libations pre-plunge;
- The revelry will continue after the plunge all over town.
- Here’s the scoop: https://visitfolly.com/polar-plunge/
The fun centers around the Tides Hotel on Folly.
Happy New Year! Hard to believe it’s already 2019. A flip of the calendar is the perfect time to book one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC. Call as far ahead as possible to get the best selection from among our portfolio.
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