I have a confession: I didn’t make it to Mt. Pleasant’s spankin’ new Waterfront Park in time to hear the actual inauguration speech on Friday night. I just caught the tail-end of someone on stage saying “This is YOUR Mt. Pleasant!”

However, I did make note of some of the more important tidbits which folks like you will really want to know about. For instance, right beyond the entrance of the kick-ass pier (which was officially opened after the ceremony) one can find a souvenir shop. Except that it isn’t typical because it sells a commodity which fellow sweet-toothers will want to know about: Stick candy (do you remember those?) in flavors like sour apple, blue watermelon, and tutti-frutti for a measly 25 cents — I rove the streets of every city for this stuff!

On top of this, the pier is absolutely gorgeous. Flanked by the marshes we Charlestonians hold so dear (except obviously not that dear, since we filled many of them in to build this park), the new pier offers views of the city, the Ravenel Bridge, and the boats in the harbor. There are benches, cute round tables, and two-sided bench swings (yippee!) at three different stations along the pier walk. My only complaint is that one of the pier rules prohibits the use of rollerblades. (We don’t all have bikes, you know.)

A swinging shag party with the East Coast Party Band started around 8 p.m. at the pier’s end, which was rowdy enough when the black and white checkered dance floor was littered with children in face paint, but turned straight-up wild once Hugh and Christine (“Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet Festival Contest winners three years and counting!”) danced the first shag. My, were they good. After “Carolina Girl,” I left the shaggers to dance the night away with their Yuenglings in hand.

See more pictures from the day on our Flickr site. 

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