Heart of Oak Benefit presents the 'Shipyard Shindig'

Image by Pepe Hernandez Spirit of South Carolina at Hobcaw Shipyard

Saturday, May 22 marks the celebration of the Heart of Oak Benefit, presenting the “Shipyard Shindig,” to be held at Hobcaw Shipyard, a National Register of Historic Places property.

The festival is free and open to the public and it will be the first time the tall ship Spirit of South Carolina will open to the public in Mount Pleasant.  In addition there will be live music, food and beverages for purchase, maritime historians, children’s activities, a tree sale, and complimentary boat rides along the scenic Wando River.

The family-friendly event will also give the public a rare glimpse of a historic shipbuilding archeological site dating back to the early 1700’s.  Situated where the Hobcaw Creek meets the Wando River, the Hernandez family has generously donated the use of the eight-acre Hobcaw Shipyard site for the celebration.  Festival attendees will be able to walk along the entire parcel which is immersed in grand, historic live oaks and surrounded by water on three sides. 

The Heart of Oak Benefit is a joint fundraiser between two local non-profits: The South Carolina Maritime Foundation and The Mount Pleasant Land Conservancy.  These two organizations create a wonderful synergy in educating our citizens to better understand and respect the natural environment.

The festival runs from from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and parking is available offsite at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. Free shuttles will transport attendees to and from the festival grounds. 

Heads up: no coolers or pets allowed. Food, beverages and merchandise will be available for purchase with cash or credit.