February is a great month for exploring undersea monsters, daring dogs, Southern sounds and American jobs. For a full list South Carolina happenings, see our complete Calendar of Events.
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The Way We Worked
This photo of young women delivering ice in 1918 is part of a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit about work in America that will be displayed at six S.C. sites, beginning in Dorchester County.
Courtesy of National Archives, Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs
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Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
Charleston’s annual celebration of the great outdoors and the sporting life includes competitions featuring the popular diving DockDogs.
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Southern Sound Series
You can catch The Suffers in concert in York during February as part of this annual concert series, with more concerts coming in March and April.
Photo by Daniel Jackson
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Savage Ancient Seas
The giant skeletal remains of the ancient sea creatures in this Columbia exhibit reveal what swam in our oceans 70 million years ago.
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A month-long festival pays tribute to Gullah culture on Hilton Head Island through music concerts, art exhibits, food fests, historic tours, books, crafts and parties.
Illustration by Sonja Griffin Evans
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Monster Jam 2017
Catch monster entertainment when big-wheeled trucks thrill fans with high-powered, gravity-defying competition at Florence Civic Center.
Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment
The Way We Worked | February–November
Spend your leisure time exploring how Americans have worked over the past 150 years in this Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, which illustrates how jobs have shaped our culture. The first of six S.C. stops is the newly opened Dorchester County History Center in St. George, where the exhibit is on display through March 12. It travels next to Blythewood Historical Society, March 18–April 30; Pickens County Museum of Art & History, May 6–June 18; Chester City Hall, June 24–Aug. 6; McClellanville Arts Council, Aug. 12–Sept. 24; and Black Creek Arts Council, Hartsville, Sept. 30–Nov. 12.
For information on the traveling exhibit, visit schumanities.org or call (803) 771-2477.
For information on exhibit sites:
- Dorchester County Archives and History Center, dca-hc.com, (843) 563-0053
- Blythewood Historical Society, blythewoodhistoricalsociety.org, (803) 333-8133
- Pickens County Museum of Art & History, pickenscountymuseum.org, (864) 898-5963
- Chester City Hall, chestersc.org, (803) 581-2123
- McClellanville Arts Council, mcclellanvilleartscouncil.com, (843) 887-3157
- Black Creek Arts Council, blackcreekarts.org, (843) 332-6234
Gullah Celebration | Feb. 1–25
Gullah culture shows up in okra dishes, sweetgrass baskets, spirituals and Lowcountry tales, among other gifts to our state. Descendants of the West Africans who came to the coastal islands in bondage carry on many of their ancestors’ customs and celebrate their “struggle, spirituality, perseverance and tradition” in this month-long festival on Hilton Head Island.
For details, visit gullahcelebration.com or call (843) 255-7304.
Monster Jam 2017 | Feb. 3–4
Big tires and even bigger action take over Florence Civic Center for three shows of monster truck racing, gravity-defying stunts and freestyle competitions. These powerful trucks sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and, with world-class stunt drivers at the wheel, reach speeds up to 100 mph and fly more than 125 feet.
For details, visit florenceciviccenter.com or call (843) 679-4525.
Savage Ancient Seas | Feb. 4–Sept. 4
Swimming with sharks might seem tame once you see what roamed our oceans 70 million years ago. Skeletal displays of enormous sea creatures—like the toothy, 45-foot Bunker Tylosaurus and colossal, carnivorous sea turtles—reveal secrets of the deep in this new exhibit at the State Museum in Columbia. Head for the planetarium to watch the giant-screen film Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure bring these ancient beasts to life across the 55-foot dome.
For details, visit scmuseum.org or call (803) 898-4921.
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition | Feb. 17–19
Those athletic DockDogs splash back into competition at the 35th annual SEWE in Charleston. Animal lovers can also look forward to displays of prowess by retrievers and birds of prey, hands-on interaction with alligators, bobcats, foxes, and snakes, plus nature art, sporting and cooking demos centered on the outdoors life.
For details, visit sewe.com or call (843) 723-1748.
Southern Sound Series | Feb. 18, March 10, April 22
Tune in to some of the best in contemporary Southern music in these performances at McCelvey Center in York. Next up are The Suffers on Feb. 18, with a Gulf Coast soul sound tinged with rock, country, Latin and Southern hip-hop. Following on March 10 is Grammy-winning N.C. bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers, back by popular demand for the third consecutive year. Closing out the series April 22 is The SteelDrivers, a Nashville-based band that won a 2016 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album.
For details, visit chmuseums.org/southernsoundseries or call (803) 909-7313.