Hundreds of visitors and local residents flocked to Folly Beach last Wednesday, August 20th, between the Folly Beach Pier and Tides Hotel to witness the inspiring cause known as Surfers Healing, a non-profit organization that teaches children with autism how to surf.
Folly Beach was one of fourteen locations chosen for the event, along with other notable coastal cities such as San Diego, Ocean City, Montauk, parts of Hawaii, and many more.
For those that have not had the privilege of attending one of these events, Surfers Healing is a day-long camp that gives tons of lucky children the chance to learn to surf with some of the best pro surfers in the United States.
Surfers Healing was first inspired by Isreal (“Izzy”) and Danielle Paskowitz, whose son was diagnosed with autism at the age of three.
“People seem to have a lot of preconceived ideas about what kids with autism can or can’t do….Surfers Healing has spent the last fifteen years taking children with autism surfing. Our goal is to help foster the understanding and acceptance of autism.” (Surfer’s Healing – Our Mission)
To find out more about Surfers Healing Camp dates or how to sign up, visit www.surfershealing.org.
Beep Beep – We’ve got us a TRAFFIC JAM!
Folly Beach celebrated Mardi Gras Folly style on Saturday with their 7th Annual Folly Gras Festival and Parade. This family friendly event takes place every February and encourages attendees to show up in their best Mardi Gras outfit. The parade takes place on Center Street and features food vendors, street vendors, and various bands.
This Saturday Folly Gras got off to a slow start, with none other than a parade TRAFFIC JAM to begin what resulted in a looong day of eating, drinking, dancing and avid bead collecting. Locals & out-of-towners gathered together at Center Street on Folly Beach ready to strut their stuff at the start of the 2pm parade, only to be held up by an immobile classic car which was promptly “kicked to the curb” to sit the rest of the parade out.
The ever-so-colorful dunes properties convertible followed closely behind, sporting dunes flags, agents in costume and a never-ending supply of beads, keychains, candy and more for all the kiddies to enjoy.
Festival goers this year enjoyed musical jams by the Shakin’ Martinis, the Hungry Monks, Soulfish, Hollow Point and Gaslight Street, with NOLA inspired foods and costumes to round out the four hour event which carried on late into the night after streets were reopened.
Parade Winners Included:
Best All Around Folly Spirit – King Poseidon
Best Golf Cart – Folly Jesters
Best Float – Days of Folly Gras
Best Costume – Court Jester
Best New Orleans Food Flair Winners:
1st Place – Blu
2nd Place- The Grill
3rd Place – Surf Bar
We had a front row seat from the dunes properties Folly Beach office, which is located right in the middle of where the parade took place at 31 Center Street. Still at its original location since 1998 when it opened, the Folly office houses our vacation rental program, along with property managers and real estate agents that are always available. Come by and see us!