August 19 2022
Have you ever seen a shooting star? What about 100?
The Perseid meteor shower — aka the Perseids — is predicted to take place throughout July and August. The shower happens when Earth passes through the trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle, offering spectators across the globe the opportunity to see ~100 meteors per hour when the shower is at its peak.
Ready to go meteor hunting? Check out our guide below.
Fun fact: Pitt Street Bridge is one of Lexa's favorite spots. | Photo by @nickcann_
When to view
The best time to watch the meteor shower is late at night or in the predawn hours during its peak from Thurs., Aug. 11-Sat., Aug. 13. These days will provide the opportunity to see the brightest + most numerous meteors.
However, because of the full Sturgeon moon on Thurs., Aug. 11, the showers are expected to be washed out. On this night, the sky will be darkest right before dawn.
Bonus: Even if you can’t watch the Perseid meteor shower during its peak, you can still catch views of the shower throughout the rest of August.
Where to go
When choosing a spot to watch the Perseids, aim for a location that is away from man-made light. Here are some spots that we suggest:
Sullivan’s Island Beach | Station 18 Street, Sullivan’s Island | Head down to the ocean on Sullivan’s Island to experience waterfront viewing.
Pitt Street Bridge | Pitt Street, Mt. Pleasant | Bring a blanket and explore this historic landmark in the Old Village Historic District with plenty of space for viewing.
Natural Gathering Grounds | 7338 Peirce Rd., Ridgeville | Request a booking on the campgrounds and take a road trip out to this 54-acre communal habitat around 30 miles from Charleston.
Brittlebank Park | 185 Lockwood Dr. | Walk out on the pier at this 10-acre park for unobstructed, waterfront views.
Pro tip: You don’t need binoculars or a telescope to view the Perseids. If you have trouble finding the shower, make sure you are looking at the darkest part of the sky and allow your eyes at least 20 minutes to adjust to the darkness.
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- Waterfront Music & Movies | Fri., Aug. 5 | 6-10:30 p.m. | Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mt. Pleasant | Free admission and parking | Kick off the weekend with live music by Missy B & the Level 10 Band, food trucks, vendors + a screening of “Pitch Perfect” — blankets and chairs encouraged. 🍿
Music on the Green | Fri., Aug. 5 | 6-9 p.m. | Freshfields Village, 165 Village Green Ln., Kiawah Island | Free
| Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy live music by local smooth rock band The Yacht Club.
CHS Nerd Fest 2022 | Sat., Aug. 6 | 11 a.m.-8 p.m. | Union Station, 652A King St. | $20 | Explore this gamer and cosplay-focused event featuring comics, anime, vinyl listening stations, artwork, and collectibles + browse food trucks and vendors. 🎮
WWE Saturday Night’s Main Event | Sat., Aug. 6 | 7:30 p.m. | North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston | $20+ | It’s your last chance to experience stars from Monday Night Raw + Friday Night Smackdown compete live for five championship titles. 🏅
Holy City Farmers Market | Sun., Aug. 7 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Holy City Brewing, 1021 Aragon Ave., North Charleston | Free | Start your Sunday with a pop-up market featuring a rotating lineup of local vendors on the lawn behind Holy City Brewing. 🛍
Zero George Cooking Class | Sun., Aug. 7 | 11 a.m. | Zero Restaurant + Bar, 0 George St. | $195 | Tickets are selling out fast to cook with the Zero George culinary team in the historic demonstration kitchen + enjoy a three-course seasonal meal with wine pairings.
Back to School Bash | Sat., Aug. 13 | 5-7 p.m. | Nexton Midtown Lawn, 165 Midtown Ave., Summerville | School supply donation | Join the Teachers’ Supply Closet for a back-to-school supply drive + live music from Two 3 Ways, face painting, balloon art, and Scoop 50Fifty Ice Cream and Wabi Sabi food trucks. 📝
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This month in Charleston history...
In case you didn’t know, this month marks the 136th anniversary of the Earthquake of 1886.
The catastrophic earthquake reached our city around 9:50 p.m. on August 31, ringing in at an estimated magnitude of 6.9-7.3 and marking it as the largest recorded earthquake in the history of the southeastern United States.
Throughout the month of August, Historic Charleston Foundation plans to feature various buildings throughout town and the damage that they experienced during the earthquake through the lens of photographer George LaGrange Cook. Here’s a glimpse of 114 Broad St. aka the Colonel Thomas Pinckney House.
- 89º | Partly cloudy | 24% chance of rain
Sunrise + sunset
- Rise: 6:35 a.m.
- Set: 8:16 p.m.
Low: 7:53 a.m. + 8:49 p.m.
- High: 1:27 a.m. + 2:24 p.m.
A new restaurant is in the works. The owners of D’Allesandro’s Pizza have begun construction on a small
restaurant + bar near the Crosstown: Novavon.
While further details haven’t been released, we’ll keep you updated on the progress of the spot at 638 King St. 🍴 (The Post and Courier)
- The Sewee Longleaf Conservation Cooperative is hosting a free, virtual workshop on August 8 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The webinar allows forest landowners in Berkeley, Charleston, Georgetown, and Williamsburg counties the opportunity to speak to
natural resource professionals from local organizations. Join via Zoom and check out upcoming events. 🌳
- The expansion of a master-planned community is in progress along
Clements Ferry Road. Yesterday, Charleston’s Technical Review Committee was set to review the pre-application submitted by the Point Hope Community — featuring plans for restaurant + retail space, hundreds of multi-family units, and townhomes. 🚧 (WCSC)
- Local build-your-own salad eatery Verde may be expanding. Owner Jennifer Ferrebee says Summerville, North Charleston, and other Columbia
neighborhoods are on her radar for potential locations in the near future. In the meantime, head to the Mt. Pleasant or West Ashley locations for Lexa’s favorite meal: The Mesa Verde with shrimp. 🥗 (The Post and Courier)
- Calling all ice cream lovers: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is bringing back its
Wedding Cake flavor for a limited time. This deal is available for Splendid Rewards members starting August 8 + for everyone beginning August 11. Grab a scoop for yourself at 501-A King St. while you wait for the new Mt. Pleasant location to open. 🍦(Holy City Sinner)
- Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear barbecue sauce — especially the Pit Masters at Lowes Foods, who smoke up
Applewood-smoked pulled pork, beef brisket, thick-cut bacon + so much more on the daily. Major dinner inspiration,
if we do say so ourselves.*
Local nonprofit Charleston Friends of the Library is hosting a Back to School Book Sale next week. The event, set to be held at the newly remodeled John’s Island Branch Library, will feature a book sale for members + non-members August 11-13. Check out the deets. 📚 (WCBD)
- Heads up, sports fans: Tickets are now available for
Charleston County School District’s inaugural Football Jamboree, scheduled for August
12 at Robert. E. Hayes Field. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go towards the 12 participating schools, including the Lucy Beckham Bengals, Wando Warriors, and Bishop England Battling Bishops. 🏈 (WCBD)
- With new restaurants opening left and right, you may be wondering where you should head for an evening bite.
Look no further than this list of The Hottest New Restaurants in Charleston,
August 2022. This month’s additions include Spice Palette Indian Cuisine at 1220 Ben Sawyer Blvd. +
Vern’s at 41 Bogard St. A. (Eater Carolinas)
We’re partnering with euphoria Greenville to give away one Ultimate Signature Event Package ($880 value) for a lucky winner and their guest to indulge all weekend long at the food, wine + music festival euphoria2022, happening Sept. 15-18 in Greenville, SC. Learn more + enter to win. 🥂*
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Fact or fiction? A plant-based diet means eating no meat or dairy products. Find out what a plant-based diet
really looks like by taking Roper St. Francis Healthcare’s free Thrive: Nutrition class on Tues., Aug. 9.*
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