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The 7th Annual Folly Gras Festival and Parade

Beep Beep – We’ve got us a TRAFFIC JAM!

Folly Gras, Folly Beach, dunes properties

Folly Gras, Folly Beach, dunes properties

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.

Folly Gras, Folly Beach, dunes propertiesMoving along just fine, Mayor Tim Goodwin led the way in a baby blue Mustang, followed by local businesses and socialites decked to the nines showing their NOLA spirit.

Folly Gras, Folly Beach, dunes propertiesThe 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!

2013 Taste of Folly

Folly Beach, SC – January 19, 2013

Come down to Folly Beach and enjoy food, drinks, and other offerings of local Folly Beach restaurants and clubs for the Taste of Folly. Center Street will be closed off for the festivities which will include tents for each establishment for tastings, live music, and kids activities. There will also be a chili cook-off, a hot dog eating contest, a silent auction, a date auction, and the server olympics. Eric Penrod & Tim Davis Duo & Folly Beach Reggae All-Stars will be performing on the Center Street stage. Guaranteed to be a fun time for all. New this year will be the Battle of the Bartenders, sponsored by Virgil Kane, held at the Blu, where each bartender will make their own take on a cocktail with Virgil Kane, and the crowd will be the judges.

Some schedule notes:

Main Stage:

Hot Dog Eating Contest 12-1, Date Auction 2-3, Awards Ceremony 4:30-5. Live music in between. Click below for a map, schedule, and chili cook-off rules.

Get into the Christmas spirit in Charleston

Christmas can be expensive and frantic but there are so many things in Charleston to do to get into the Christmas spirit.  Here are some of the things that my family does every year to experience Christmas in Charleston.

The first thing to set off the season is the Parade of Boats – FREE

My family goes to watch the Parade of Boats in early December.  We head downtown to one of the docks with our “camping” chairs, a thermos full of hot chocolate and our coats, hats and scarves (it gets cold along the water, burr).   The boats and kayakers pass by going from Mt. Pleasant, under the Ravenel bridge and then circle around downtown.  They are decorated to the max, some silly, some pretty awesome and all of them in the spirit of the season.  This isn’t about advertising a business or getting a message across; it’s just for the joy and fun of it.  What could be better?


The following day is the Christmas Parade – FREE

The Christmas Parade is fun and silly.  There are all types of floats, groups walking, dogs, schools performing musical numbers, and just everyone having a grand time.  The parade goes from Calhoun street, down King Street to Lockwood Blvd.  People are lining the streets enjoying everything from basset hounds and belly dancers to decorated boats, horses, fire trucks and of course Santa.  This is not a big fancy parade with giant, elaborate floats but that’s what makes it so perfect.

We would never miss the Festival of Lights at James Island County Park – $12-$15 per vehicle.

We load up the car with the family and drive to James Island County Park.  There are lights galore with all sorts of moving designs and decorations.  Not only is the three mile drive around the park fun but getting out at Santa’s Village or Winter Wonderland is a treat.  Walking on the paths there are lights in the woods, music playing and lit decorations of animals and butterflies.  It feels magical.  We get a new family ornament every year to put on our tree, ride the carousel and eat GIANT marshmallows roasted on the fire.

Christmas would not be the same without participating in these three events every year.  If you have never checked them out I would recommend it highly.

Opening Reception for Collective / Eclectic at the Studio 1/14/11

To kick off the new year, Beyond The Gallery has united three of Charleston’s premier and award – winning artists, Chris Dotson, Joyce Hall and Martin Ahrens for the upcoming exhibition, “Collective | Eclectic,” an exhibition celebrating diversity in the creative process. The exhibit will feature small and large works in a range of mediums from watercolors, pen & ink to oils, acrylics and pastels. Hosted by The Real Estate Studio, 214 King Street, in historic downtown Charleston, the exhibition will remain on view January 5 – February 15, 2011, with an opening- artist reception, free & open to the public, set for January 14, from 6-9 PM.
“Collective | Eclectic” has been developed to unite fellow artists and shed light into their imagination and distinctive personal approach. The exhibition unfolds with a general theme of diversity in the arts. Viewers can expect to encounter an eclectic selection of some of the artists finest works, inspired by life, their creative drive and everyday experiences. Works exhibited will further showcase the artists diversity of personality, style, subject matter, influences and artistic range.
Chris Dotson, originally from Newport News, VA, and now residing in Charleston, SC, received his B.F.A. from Appalachian State University in 1996 and has been involved in the visual arts for over fifteen years. His latest work is composed of a wide variety of mediums and ranges from visual realism to imagined realism and abstract. “I look for something beyond the representation of a subject, attention is given only to each shape’s interaction with surrounding shapes, and it’s color in relation to the other colors within the image.”
Joyce Hall, grew up in the heart of Maryland horse country where at an early age she began observing and drawing horses. After teaching the equestrian program for Tulane University and establishing programs for the College of Charleston and the Citadel she retired, devoting all of her time to painting and teaching art. Her works, composed primarily of oils, have been featured in major art publications and have earned her an extensive list of national awards, museum tours and international exhibitions, too numerous to mention, as well as memberships in many prestigious organizations. More recently Joyce was selected as a finalist for the Blossom II, Art of Flowers, international Juried art competition and national museum tour exhibition, premiering at the Naples Museum of Art, February 4th, 2011.
Born in 1933 in Louisiana, noted portrait artist, Martin Ahrens began painting in the 1950s while attending Tulane University. He attended the Chicago Institute of Art and for over forty years has been painting, sculpting and teaching, winning awards in national shows. In the early 1980s Ahrens completed a painting of the America Silver Medal Winner in the International Ballet Competition and was later selected to paint the 25th Anniversary painting for the Meridian House International in Washington DC. In 1986 Ahrens moved to Northern Maryland and founded Everedy School of Art & the Everedy Gallery. In 1990 Ahrens sold the Gallery and School and returned to New Orleans to marry Joyce Hall, a noted artist and horsewoman. He currently makes his home in the South Carolina Lowcountry, and with his wife, owns The Studio, a multi-media school of fine art in the West Ashley area of Charleston.

Austin R. Walker Joins Dunes Properties

After 3 years in the Fashion Industry, Austin Walker sets his eyes on Real Estate


Austin R. Walker joins Dunes Properties as their new Marketing and Events Director.  He will work primarily in the Downtown office of Dunes Properties, The Real Estate Studio, located at 214 King Street.

After moving from his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina to Orlando, Florida, Walker began offering his services as a consultant in the industries of fashion, art and entertainment, specializing in branding, marketing, graphic design, public relations and publicity.

In his new position at Dunes Properties, Walker will be responsible for managing the Social Media strategy for both real estate and vacation rentals, as well as coordinating events in support of local businesses, non-profit organizations and artists. “With his fresh perspective on technology and experience in a variety of industries, Austin brings to Dunes an innovative approach that will help keep us ahead of the curve in this rapidly changing landscape,” says Traci Magnus, Director of Marketing.   Though locally-owned Dunes Properties has been serving the Charleston Coast in real estate for almost 23 years, the company always attempts to use technology to not only help its employees and agents, but to also benefit its clients and the Charleston community.

Before joining the Dunes team, Walker served as a sales executive for companies including Ralph Lauren, and as a creative director and designer of promotional offers and ad campaigns for retail stores and boutiques.  Walker represented up-and-coming fashion designers, served as a fashion consultant for an Orlando based magazine, and finally designed, managed, and served as the producer of Park Avenue Fashion Week from 2007-2009 (an annual event now in it’s fifth year).  His most recent project prior to joining Dunes Properties was the branding and launch of Enlightened Grain Spirits. Walker is a founding partner of ‘EG’, an ultra-premium infused vodka.  He arranged a team of industry leaders and managed all aspects of the development of the product from packaging to collateral design.  The EG team launched the spirit in Orlando, FL in early 2009 and has since launched in Charleston, SC and now Los Angeles, CA.

Austin Walker can be reached at or 843.513.1604.  You can also find him on Facebook and twitter.

An Evening with Evan Thompson: Old Meets New in Charleston’s Historic Preservation

Evan Thompson, the new Director of the Charleston Preservation Society, will be speaking with Charleston Peninsula residents about exciting new programs and initiatives at the Society.  Enjoy a Q&A session and cocktails at the Real Estate Studio of Dunes Properties, 214 King St.  Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and you’ll get a chance to mix and mingle with the downtown real estate team as well.

Date: Wednesday November, 10th
Time: 6:00PM
Place: 214 King St.

All downtown residents are welcome!
*Please RSVP to or call 843-722-5618

Check out this article from the Post and Courier about Evan joining the Preservation Society of Charleston back in August, 2010.

2010 Folly Beach Wahine Classic


June 5-6, 2010

The City of Folly Beach, Surfrider Foundation Charleston Chapter, and the Southern South Carolina District of the Eastern Surfing Association proudly present the 2010 Folly Beach Wahine classic, June 5-6, 2010.  Come out to the Washout and watch the best women surfers on the east coast compete for the title.  This year’s proceeds will go to Surfer’s Healing, a non-profit group bringing a free one day surf camp to the beach, benefiting autistic children and their families.  Surfer’s Healing will be on Folly Beach the first week in August, with a firm date to be announced soon.

For more information check out:  Folly Beach

Rhett Thurman’s “Vacation Inspiration” paintings on display at The Real Estate Studio

Rhett Thurman’s “Band of Angels” is the cover art for Dunes Properties’ 2009-2010 Vacation Guide

Summer weather is here and the beach is on the minds of many. Some like to take a dip in the ocean, others like to relax on a screened in porch. Charleston-based painter, Rhett Thurman, is inspired by the bright bold colors and light during this time of year. A seventeen piece collection of her paintings will be on display at The Real Estate Studio, located at 214 King Street from May 18-June 29. The work is available for viewing Monday through Saturday 9am-6pm, Sundays 11am-4pm.
Thurman’s work is distinguished by her signature vibrant and fresh palette. She also impresses with her broad range of subject matter. Her extensive travels are a reoccurring inspiration for the artist. She approaches each painting, whether it is a street scene in Mexico, a field of strawberries in California, or a child playing on the beach with the same sentimental connection with the viewer.
Thurman has achieved national acclaim for both her oils and watercolors. She has exhibited with the prestigious American and National Watercolor Societies, been featured in national publications and is included in private, museum and corporate collections. She was the 2003 artist in residence for the Gibbes Museum of Art Poets’ and Painters’ program. Thurman is the recipient of the 1995 Outstanding Alumna Award from Queens College, where she earned her degree in studio art. Her education and painting experience include further studies in Europe and the United States. As Charleston is a destination for international art collectors, Thurman’s work has worldwide exposure and is gaining in popularity.
The artist says, “Whether painting at home or abroad, a complicated sidewalk café or a simple slice of melon, my quest remains the same:  pushing past what I’ve done before for a fresh spin of light, color, and relationships of people, places, and things”. She has served as president of South Carolina Watercolor, and a co-founder of Southern Exposure, offering national and international travel and painting opportunities. Thurman is represented by The Sylvan Gallery which is located at 171 King St. and open Mon-Sat 10-5,, 843-722-2172.

Folly Beach real estate market report

Here is your March 2010 real estate market report for Folly Beach. There were 6 properties sold during March 2010.  They included one lot on Little Oak Island, a Mariner’s Cay for $412k and an oceanfront property for $655k.  The average sales price for the month was $393,400.  This continues the downward trend on prices and it seems like many sales are pushing prices lower.  This has resulted in a higher number of transactions, as buyers realize that prices are now within reach and pull the trigger on the island lifestyle they have been dreaming of.

Come on down to the island!  The prices are fine!

If you have always thought that living at the beach was too expensive, then think again.  In 2009 Q1, the average sales price was $438,000 and that has dropped to $401,000 in 2010 Q1.  22 properties sold in 1st Quarter 2010, compared to 11 in the 1st Quarter of 2009.  The lower average sales price explains the reason for the increased number of sales.    More people are able to move onto Folly Beach, leaving behind the feeling that it is too expensive to live on the beach.  Increased demand typically signals the bottom of the market, so if this trend continues we could see prices rise in the future.

Now is a great time to buy a Folly Beach home because of the combination of low prices and low interest rates.  Make sure you are working with someone who is an expert in the market and knows their way around the island.  Please contact me here with any questions.

Vince Perna

Folly Beach Real Estate – 843-425-6414

Charleston Aquarium to Welcome New Guest

There are fewer than 50 living albino alligators in the WORLD and one is making his debut at our local aquarium. The reptile lacks melanin in its eyes and skin, leaving him a translucent white, light-sensitive and particularly vulnerable to predators in the wild.
He’s been in town for several weeks already getting acclimated to his new home and he’ll be ready to meet everyone this Saturday. He is a seven foot, 100 pound 10 year old gator who was born wild but raised in a Florida zoo.
He will live in the aquarium’s renovated Blackwater Swawmp exhibit along with life-sized cypress trees, rattle snakes, screech owls and a host of other new species.

Thanks to Post and Courier and for the details!