Bringing buses back to Lowcountry Beaches will be the goal of a Freedom Fish Fry fundraiser planned by Best Friends of Lowcountry Transit, Inc. at the Island Breeze at historic Mosquito Beach on Sol Legare Island on Sunday, July 1st from 6 to 10 pm. Island breeze is located at 2225 Mosquito Beach Rd, Charleston, SC 29412. Sol Legare Island and Mosquito Beach are off Folly Road between James Island and Folly Beach. Tickets can be purchased before the event for $15 or 2 for $25 plus taxes and service charges at https://tinyurl.com/freedomfishfry online. Purchasers will get an Afro-carribean fish fry dinner, participate in drawings for door prizes, enjoy music and take part in creative community building activities. Tickets at the door will be $20 each.
Event organizer Skyelynn Landry says the goal of the fundraiser is to improve bus service along Folly Road, to improve transit connections to Folly Beach and Mosquito Beach, and to begin work on a Folly Ferry service connecting downtown, James Island, Sol Legare Island and Folly Beach. The event will also help support repairs to the Sol Legare Community center and increase awareness of the culture and community on the Island.
Dinner will consist of fried fish, beans and rice, Jamaican cabbage salad, and sweet fried plantains with lemonade or tea. Those wanting fortified refreshment can order a “Bus to the Beach,” a rum punch in our colors of red, green and gold.
There will be music on the backyard stage by Sharon Robles, Marc Kruza and others. We hope to fill in the artistic decoration in the blank spaces on the Bus to Beach banner pictured above. Everyone will have the chance to make a bus to the beach button commemorating the event.
You can have a try at designing the regional transit system of your dreams with our wooden train parts and new 12 by 15 foot map of the Lowcountry. In the event of rain, Island Breeze has a large indoor event space we’ll hold our activities in.
Later on July 14, the organization will present Bastille Day at the Beach to raise awareness about the importance of returning public transit to Charleston area beaches. CARTA ended its last, badly managed and poorly promoted beach service when it stopped operation of the Island Flex Bus to IOP and Sullivan’s in 2013.
For more information call (843) 870-5299 or see the event page at https://tinyurl.com/freedomfishfry.