Outdoor summer concerts engage guests, help others

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The Summer Concert Series at Palmetto Bluff kicks off May 16 with local favorite Lowcountry Boil bringing its unique style of down-home bluegrass to the stage.

New this year for the popular outdoor music series is the venue at Moreland Village, where three concerts, including the first, will be held. The May River-oriented Wilson Village, the original site for the concerts, will continue to host three of the concerts.

The concerts draw hundreds of Lowcountry residents and their guests of all ages to the exclusive locale, bringing picnics and coolers and their own seating.

From the simplest blanket layout, equipped with juice boxes and peanut butter sandwiches for the kids, to the grandest dining table and chairs for a full-on dinner for eight with complete bar, accessorized with candelabra, attendees are welcome to bring whatever it takes to make them comfortable.

Dancing is encouraged, of course, with a grass dance floor to cushion those feet that just can't be still. Don't be surprised if a conga line forms spontaneously, or if strangers happen to perform a line dance they all know, or if toddlers suddenly appear out of nowhere to dance with adults.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per car.

The cost is a bargain for guests, and a welcome donation for Family Promise of Beaufort County, whose mission is to provide temporary shelter, family stability, and permanent housing solutions for homeless families with children by mobilizing community resources.

"The relationship fostered between Palmetto Bluff and Family Promise of Beaufort County over the past three-plus years has provided our organization with wonderful financial support, enabling us to continue assisting our homeless parents and their children," said Lynda Halpern, executive director of the organization. "But, equally as important is the exposure Family Promise has received as a result of this partnership. We couldn't buy the type of increased awareness we have enjoyed because of our participation in the Summer Concert Series."

In addition to proceeds from the admissions, donations are accepted at the Family Promise table during the concert.

The schedule for the remainder of the season is: June 6, Cranford Hollow at Moreland Village; June 20, Deas-Guyz at Wilson Village; July 11, Tell Scarlet at Wilson Village; July 25, The Bushels at Moreland Village; and Aug. 8, Bottles & Cans at Wilson Village.

For more information about the concerts, visit www.PalmettoBluff.com. For more information about Family Promise, visit www.familypromisebeaufortcounty .org.

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