Mom and Dad have been here since Saturday (yay!) and we have been painting the town
red Charleston blue. We decided to do something a little different for Easter Sunday. Instead of a traditional Catholic church mass, we decided to check out the Easter celebration at Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens. The forecast looked gorgeous so we decided to give it a go. We’ve done Easter Sunday in a Vegas church, so why not a Southern outdoor Easter celebration as another notch in our belt?
As you may or may not know, Charleston is known as the “Holy City.” This is because of the prevalence of churches that can be seen above the low-rise city skyline. Religion is also very much embedded in Charleston’s culture. Wikipedia claims that there are over 400 places of worship of many denominations (my fingers wrote DEMONinations 3 times before spelling that correctly –
damn darn muscle memory!) throughout the city – holy holiness! Let me tell you…St. Andrews Church’s celebration did not disappoint!
I’m embarrassed to say that Scott and I had not yet visited Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens until Easter Sunday. No excuses (it was Mom and Dad’s 2nd time!) – - just hadn’t made it there yet. This beautiful spot is known for many things (rich history, filming of “Army Wives,” gorgeous flowers, filming of “The Notebook”), but the live oak trees draped in moss are what made my jaw drop. A trip back for a history lesson is indeed necessary. But the scenery could not have been more gorgeous.
We got there nice and early to make sure we got seats under the tent. No problem. The parking was super organized and so was every part of this event. Volunteers welcomed and wished us Happy Easter along our walk from the parking lot to the tent – all smiling and genuinely friendly. Before the tent were tables set up with programs, water bottles, and a gazillion bottles of bug spray (very smart). We sprayed away, found some great seats, and then people-watched for a good 40 minutes while listening to the awesome
concert band play. They were incredible! Oh yeah, and look at how they handled the kiddies →
Texting if there’s a problem? How progressive!
The service was filled with amazing music (everyone was singing), beautiful prayers, and a relatable & just right sermon. What a great decision! This was St. Andrews Church’s 29th year celebrating Easter at Boone Hall. I don’t see why it won’t continue for another 29+! My Dad thinks there had to be 3-4,000 people there. For good reason, no doubt. I have a feeling we’ll be there next year!
After the service, we headed to Station 22 for brunch (and – ahem – bottomless mimosas for Mom and I!) and then took a little walk on the beach on Sullivan’s Island. I wish I took pictures of the food. Macadamia nut pancakes with banana slices on top? Um, h e a v e n! Here are some pics from the beach afterwards.
To complete the day, we went to the pool. Why not hit the beach AND the pool on Easter Sunday, right? Mom and Dad met a new friend.
I still don’t know if they’re lizards or geckos or what – but, I still kinda like ‘em. Wanna edumacate [insert Southern accent] me, anyone?
Gotta go! The fam is waiting on me on our screened-in patio with a lemon drop martini with my name on it! I LOVE VACATION!
p.s. Blog coming soon: the adventures of finding boat shoes for Joe C. WHAT a whirlwind!
p.s.s. Life is good! =)
Beach Count: 37
Pool Count: 5
High Temperature: 80º (NY, I heard y’all actually saw the sun today – congrats!)