EVENT — Give a little bit
Kindness Beats Blindness
Sat. June 10
Auction starts at 6 p.m.
Free with admission to the RiverDogs game
Joseph P. Riley Jr. Stadium
360 Fishburne St.
577-DOGS (3647)

Some love to forget the RiverDogs’ affiliation with the New York Yankees, but the relationship might come in handy — if only this Saturday. For one game only, the RiverDogs will sport pinstripes representing Yankee greats such as Babe Ruth (No. 3), Lou Gherig (No. 4), Joe DiMaggio (No. 5), and Mickey Mantle (No. 6). Fans can then bid on the jerseys, along with vacation getaways, spa packages, and sports memorabilia, through the sixth inning as part of the team’s fund-raiser for the MUSC Storm Eye Institute. Now in its seventh year, the event supports research to help fight blindness and diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa, a disease afflicting the daughter of RiverDogs president and co-owner, Mike Veeck. All fans are eligible to vie for the goods, which include owners’ seats for a Yankees’ game as well as Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs tickets. If altruism alone can’t compel you to catch the auction and the 7:05 p.m. game versus the Savannah Sand Gnats, consider the Bill Murray bobblehead giveaway, with the first 1,000 fans taking home pint-sized replicas of the iconic actor. Oh, thank you, Comcast.


FESTIVAL — Calling all sea monsters
Charleston Maritime Festival
June 8-11
Charleston Maritime Center
10 Wharfside St.

Check out all kinds of sea goodies — wooden boat displays, art, and shipbuilding — at this family-friendly event. The party unofficially starts on Thurs. night with a Charleston Maritime Festival artist reception upstairs in the Maritime Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The reconstruction of the state’s only tall ship, the Spirit of South Carolina, is on display along with the main attraction, the USS Austin. Ladies looking to peruse the transport ship, leave your heels at home, and everyone remember IDs — they are required for the tour. Big and little kids can witness a Coast Guard rescue operation or see a modern pilot boat. Hardy sailors can enjoy music from Triple Lindy after the fest on Sat. from 5:30-9 p.m. (tickets: $5/advance, $8/day of show).


EVENTS — Fireworks! Music! The festivals are OVER!
Piccolo Spoleto Finale
Sat. June 10
4-10 p.m.
Hampton Park
30 Mary Murray Dr.
Spoleto Festival USA Finale
Sun. June 11
8:30 p.m.
Middleton Place
4290 Ashley River Road

After 17 long days of trying to cram a year’s worth of cultural events into less than a month, it’s finally time to kick back and celebrate another successful year for Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto. Sunday evening’s Spoleto finale, where guests are invited to bring elaborate picnic spreads and sprawl across the huge Middleton Place grounds, includes an all-Tchaikovsky program, as performed by the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, followed by massive fireworks. If you’re looking for a less fancy (read: cheaper) alternative, head over the Crosstown to Hampton Park for the Piccolo finale on Saturday night, which features music from Yeehaw Junction Bluegrass Band, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and tribute act “Beatlemadness.” The Piccolo celebration also ends with a bang, and though the area may be smaller, it’s just as lovely. Bring on the summer madness!


MUSIC FESTIVAL — Getting jiggy with it
Taylor Music Festival
June 12-16
Various times, prices, and venues
Diamonds and Dessert Gala
Mon. June 12
7 p.m.
Grace Episcopal Church
98 Wentworth St.

Still not satisfied with Spoleto’s cultural cuisine? Try something with a hint of Celtic — the Taylor Music Festival. The event, featuring a series of performances, lectures, and workshops, draws some of the most renowned folk artists on the continent, including co-founder Mary Taylor, a certified Suzuki violin instructor. Monday night’s Diamonds and Dessert Gala kicks off five days of everything folky, including evening concerts and instructional sessions. Dance a jig to Irish fiddles, learn penny whistling, or just relax to the beat of a bodhran, an Irish drum. The program’s flexible schedule makes room for the serious or casual fan, but with performers such as Charleston’s own Robert Taylor — co-founder and CofC director of choral activities — promises to please every musical palate.


FESTIVAL — Oh, the corniness of it all
Sweet Corn Festival
Sat. June 10
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
$3/adults, free for children under 12
Legare Farms
2620 Hanscombe Point Road
Johns Island

The Legare Farms Education Foundation promotes full-time education, but school takes a backseat to kernels on Saturday at the Sweet Corn Festival’s fourth anniversary. Hot dogs, barbecue, snow cones, and boiled peanuts complement the varieties of corn and other veggies available for eat-in or carry-out. Kids are welcome and can join parents or play solo in the sprinklers and playground. Get out of the city and experience country living with pony rides and a farm animal exhibit, or settle a score in the dunking booth. Either way, it’ll be ears of fun for sure.


EVENT — Reading is fundamental (as are parties)
Spotlight on Literacy Gala
Fri. June 9
7-11 p.m.
Family Circle Cup Stadium
161 Seven Farms Dr.

The dress might be casual, but the cause behind this first-ever event is no laughing matter. The gala, sponsored by Trident Health Systems in conjunction with the Family Circle Cup and Citadel Broadcasting, supports adult literacy programs. The tickets are passes to live music by Party on the Moon, a Sticky Fingers buffet, plus beer and wine. Between the grub-grabbing and shagging under the stars, guests can bid for a set of airline tickets or take chances in one of several auctions.