|The Dolphin Slam at Edisto is April 29|
The month of April is turning out to be one of the best months of the year in the Lowcountry when it comes to outdoor activities. The moderate temps provide a more pleasant environment for those who are competing in sailing or cycling races. Warmer temperatures are trending towards an earlier arrival in the past few years, triggering a response from the natural world too. The Annual Rice Festival is always kicks off with a fireworks display on Friday night, and is set to ignite on Friday April 28 at 8:45 in the evening. A wide range of festival activities such as the All American lumberjack Show will take place on Saturday April 29, and a golf tournament keeps up the outdoor fun on Sunday, April 30.
For those heading to Edisto Beach for the weekend, don’t forget to check out the annual Dolphin Slam tournament down at the marina. A captain’s meeting with food, drink and live music will take place on Friday afternoon at 6 down at the docks. This offshore fishing tournament for the tasty mahi mahi fish is the first of many saltwater tournaments coming to Edisto this year. To catch the weigh-in on Saturday swing by the marina from 3 to 6, and then stick around for the awards party at 6 p.m., while Sunday April 30 is the back up weather date.
If bird watching is your passion, then this time of year is equivalent to the Super Bowl of birdwatching. For those wanting the ultimate avian outing, travel to Harleyville on Saturday for the Wine and Warblers outing at Francis Beidler Forest, and Audubon Sanctuary in South Carolina. For a cost of $50, you can stroll their boardwalk from 4:30 until 9 p.m. with expert birders guiding the way. Besides food and beverages, and a silent auction, expect to see Neotropical songbirds like the Prothonotary warbler, and other birds that frequent their ancient cypress trees.