For those looking to move to Charleston and thinking about Mount Pleasant, here’s yet another reason to love this community: Shaggin’ on the Cooper.
This popular live beach music and dance event series marks the summer months in the Lowcountry. Locals see it as an opportunity to dust off their dancing shoes and kick up their heels – and invite you to join in on the fun.
But it gets even better, because Shaggin’ on the Cooper combines two things that can only be found here in South Carolina’s Lowcountry: shagging and the Mount Pleasant Pier.
1. The Mount Pleasant Pier
Part of the Memorial Waterfront Park complex (aka “the Crown Jewel of Mount Pleasant”), the 1250-foot long Mount Pleasant Pier stretches out into picturesque Charleston Harbor under the foot of the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge.
One end of the pier, you’ll find the 8,100-square-foot covered pavilion that hosts Shaggin’ on the Cooper. In addition to the sound of live music performed by local bands, you can enjoy magnificent views of the bridge and harbor.
While you’re here, take advantage of the opportunity to soak in the other highlights of Waterfront Park – there’s a manicured lawn perfect for family outings, a nautical-themed playground, the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion, War Memorial, and, of course, soft-serve ice cream at the River Watch Café.
Shagging – the dance style otherwise known as the Carolina Shag – has been the official state dance of South Carolina since 1984. The “original” Carolina Shag was born in the mid 1940s along the coasts between Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Wellington, North Carolina.
Dancing on the sands of the Carolina beaches helped define the Carolina Shag and give it its nickname: shagging. And with the lovely and easy to learn shag comes the nostalgia of cool winds and ocean waves on a warm South Carolina summer’s night.
Remember, this is the South and Southern hospitality lives on: at Shaggin’ on the Cooper, the dance floor is open to all ages and all levels. Here, everyone is invited to relax, breathe in the harbor breeze and dance the night away under the stars.
For tickets and additional information about Shaggin’ on the Cooper in 2018, visit http://www.charlestoncvb.com/events/shaggin-on-the-cooper~9210/?search=&end_date=09/30/2017&category=&start_date=09/01/2017