Celebrating Father’s Day in the Lowcountry.

Let’s celebrate the men in our lives who have supported, guided, and loved us through the ups and downs of life. Cheers to all of the fathers and father figures in our lives for being the awesome men that you are. Luckily, there is an abundance of opportunities to show our appreciation this weekend while also showing some local love. Take a peek at this local-loving weekend round-up / Father’s Day gift guide.

Get outside with Dad.
With temperatures in the 80s this weekend, it is the perfect time to get outdoors before it gets too hot. If you are looking for a unique guided experience in to some of the Lowcountry’s hidden natural gems, consider Coastal Expeditions for one of their incredible tours of the Santee Delta or Bull’s Island.

Wild Blue Ropes is celebrating this weekend by inviting fathers to climb FREE!dad-climbing-at-wild-blue-ropes

For those interested in getting out of town, consider the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s Upstate Farm Tour or the SC Ag + Art Tour in Lancaster and York Counties. Did we mention there is a rough cut lumber company, brewery, and beef cattle operation on the Lancaster tour?

 

Play indoors.
Looking for something out of the sun? The South Carolina Aquarium is also offering a free pass for dads as long as they are with a paying adult or child.

Also consider checking out an afternoon of food, drinks, arcade games, and bowling at Pinz Bowling and More.

 

Feed the Bear.
Wow, after all of those activities Dad is sure to be hungry. Plan ahead with a selection of the meat, cheese, and wine from Mercantile & Mash.

If you are looking for Sunday brunch, our friends at Eater have a great map.

Since this won’t be the last time dad works up an appetite, here are some really delicious vendors with locally raised, grown, caught, and prepared products.

Did you know that you can actually get fresh fish straight from the dock every week? Check out the Abundant Seafood Community Supported Fishery program- they are currently accepting members for their summer season starting July 1st. If you are intimidated by the processing, Mark will even filet the fish for you. E-mail abundantseafood@gmail.com for more information!

Perhaps you are not a seafood fan… no fear. There is also a Meat Share program with the tri-fecta of chicken, pork, and beef through Keegan Filion as well as a Beef Share through Cordrays. Now that you have that covered, you might want to make sure you can wrap that meat in bacon. No problem, thanks to Ted’s Butcherblock and their Bacon of the Month Club.

With all of that meat and seafood you may need to invest in having your knives sharpened by Carolina Blade, buying his very own set at Coastal Cupboard, or even getting Dad his very own oyster knife from the Charleston Shucker Company.

And because we want to make sure dad keeps up his health, it is probably a good idea to sign up for a Community Agriculture Share full of produce, eggs, honey, and milk. Explore the local farms with CSA programs on our interactive map.

 

Get a babysitter.
Okay, sometimes what dad really wants is some kid-free time. Here are some fun grown-up activities coming up in Charleston. Beer, comedians, music, and food are sure to make for one unforgettable day at the 2nd Annual Brew Haha hosted at the North Charleston Coliseum. Just the list of 19 breweries is enough to motivate us to attend.

For those looking for a more casual experience, enjoy a tour and tasting at High Wire Distillery, Striped Pig Distillery or Charleston Distilling Company. Just make sure you get on the schedule so there is room for you at the table!

 

Be practical.
If there is one thing that most dads have in common, it is that they love a practical gift. Here are some functional but fun gifts that can replace those undershirts you were thinking about buying.wally_bifold_gif

Does the father in your life have an overflowing wallet taped together at the seams? Consider getting him one of the genius wallets from Distil Union that helps wrangle the chaos. And if he is an i-Phone man, you can even get a wallet-phone case combo. They also sell a ton of equally as ingenious products and gismos (and even fun letterpress cards made locally by Ink Meets Paper) at their store on King Street.

Help your Dad’s fashion game with a tie from Brinko Ties or a pocketchief from J Stark.J STARK

And if you really want to go big, check out our friends at Steen Enterprises for a riding lawn mower (new or used), chain saw, or a Yeti cooler (that you can fill with beer from Bottles).

Whew. If you can’t find something in that list, well, I am surprised. But just in case you did find something you loved, check out our full Business Directory for more options.

Nikki Seibert Kelley
Director of Sustainable Agriculture at Lowcountry Local First