April 2017 Around Town

HY | LO Fitness, LLC — Now open in Mount Pleasant at 880 Allbrittion Blvd.

Bringing 20 years of combined fitness experience under one roof, a new fitness facility experience is now in Mount Pleasant. The HYLO concept features 2 designated spaces; one for high intensity training – (HY), and one for low impact/low intensity – (LO). HYLO brings group fitness needs under one roof, for one price. Get balanced total fitness at HYLO. Visit HYLOfitness.com or call for a free session – 843.732.0131.

30th Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival Named STS Top 20 Event

The Southeastern Tourism Society (STS) has named the Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival one of the STS Top 20 Events for April 2017. A Top 20 Award brings publicity and recognition to the best events in the Southeast and travel industry experts select 20 events per month, publicizing them throughout the U.S. East Cooper Medical Center and Harris Teeter both return as Co-Presenting Sponsors for the 30th annual celebration on Sunday, April 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Memorial Waterfront Park.


11:00a – Opening Band

12:30p – National Anthem sung on main stage with Honor Guard

12:35p – Mayor welcome speech, Presenting Sponsors and Procession announcement

12:45p – Procession begins at Pier Entrance Gate with Honor Guard, ministers, Mayor, dignitaries

1:00p – Blessing at end of Pier and Boat Parade in Charleston Harbor.  Blessing to be broadcast live into    the Park and out to the public via 94.3 WSC

2:00p – East Coast Party Band

3:30p – Shrimp-Eating Contest presented by Gilligan’s

4:00p – Shag Contest with East Coast Party Band presented by Harris Teeter

5:00p – Festival Ends

“East Cooper Medical Center is proud that this will be our tenth year as a sponsor for the Blessing of the Fleet. The fact that last year our hospital celebrated 30 years of providing quality medical care to our community makes the 30th anniversary of the Blessing of the Fleet even more special,” said CEO Jason Alexander.

“Harris Teeter is proud to be a co-presenting sponsor of the Blessing of the Fleet for the fourth year in a row,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “Harris Teeter’s commitment to the Lowcountry runs deep and sourcing high-quality, local products is extremely important to us, so we are proud to celebrate Charleston seafood suppliers, while also supporting this fun, family event.”

For more information visit ExperienceMountPleasant.com.


The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) invites people of the Lowcountry to put on their dancing shoes and get ready for a summer of shagging on the pier! The popular Shaggin’ on the Cooper series kicks off the season on Saturday, April 29 at the Mount Pleasant Pier with live music by The Sugarbees.

Bands from Charleston and throughout the state will perform at the end of the 1250 foot-long pier next to Memorial Waterfront Park, the perfect spot to catch cool breezes, beautiful scenery, and views of Charleston Harbor and the Ravenel Bridge. Beverages are available for purchase on site, and food is available for sale at the Mount Pleasant Pier’s River Watch Café. For more information, call 843-795-4386 or visit CharlestonCountyParks.com.


East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) is pleased to announce and welcome Stephanie McNulty Kelley as the organization’s next Executive Director. A long-time ECCO volunteer and former Board member, Kelley has more than twenty years of experience working in higher education, demonstrated success in organizational leadership, a strong portfolio of consulting projects, and a lifelong dedication to community service.

ECCO was founded in 1989 as an emergency relief effort after Hurricane Hugo. The organization strives to eliminate poverty in the East Cooper Region by offering a number of programs. More than 4,500 families a year receive emergency assistance. Their services are enhanced through personal interaction with staff who provide individualized support for each client.
Kelley joined the staff in March 2017 and was honored by ECCO in the fall of 2016 as Volunteer of the Year. She remains dedicated to giving back and strives to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. For a full biography and list of Kelley’s honors and achievements, visit ECCOcharleston.org.