Colonial Lake might not be the cleanest body of water in Charleston, but that didn’t stop people from bringing their boats, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards to splash around for a few hours on Saturday. The idea behind Charleston Waterkeeper’s Great Oyster Point Runoff, after all, was not only to celebrate local waterways, but to call attention to the clean-water needs in our community.

Various earth-friendly exhibitors set up tables and tents beside the lake along with food trucks, tables of steamy oysters, and local beer. Mark Mandeville & Old Constitution traveled all the way from Massachusetts to play earlier in the day, and the South Carolina Broadcasters provided the tunes later in the afternoon.

Boaters were encouraged to dress in “festive water-related attire,” but it seemed like not many people got the memo. Luckily organizers had a plan B, and they passed out pirate hats to adventurous attendees who lapped around the lake for Poseidon’s Parade. The Exhibition Race was held about an hour earlier than scheduled, which left at least one potential racer out of the running. Despite that, a handful of people enjoyed the rare chance to paddle around the urban lake for the remainder of the day.

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