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The Most Exciting Live Entertainment Game in South Carolina

If you're looking for an adrenaline-filled, pulse-pounding way to have fun all day, grab an axe and get your throw on at Lumber Jill's! Axe throwing is the newest, most popular live entertainment game in the Lowcountry. It's kind of like darts...but with axes! Axe throwing is great for a few hours of amusement, stress relief, team building, and even corporate events in Folly Beach, SC. Whether you're looking for a great way to celebrate the weekend or want a new idea for your company event, Lumber Jill's has got you covered.

The Lumber Jill's revolution began after co-owners Jill and Heath spent a date night with friends throwing axes in Charleston. After having so much fun, the entrepreneurial couple quickly realized they could create their own take on axe throwing. Soon after, Lumber Jill's was born!

The name Lumber Jill's isn't just a play on our co-owner's name - it involves a really interesting piece of history too. Across the pond, the Women's Timber Corps "manned" the lumber yards in England while the men were serving in WWII. They affectionately became known as Lumberjills, Britain's answer to Rosie the Riveter. Without these brave ladies, Lumber Jill's wouldn't exist. We would be remiss if we didn't salute them for the example they set!

At the end of the day, we want to provide every one of our guests with an outstanding axe-throwing experience. So, grab your friends, co-workers, family, or favorite people and join us for an axe-throwing party you won't soon forget.

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Why is Axe Throwing in Folly Beach, SC So Popular?

Axes haven't been this popular in America since "The Shining" hit theaters way back in 1980!

In cities all around the nation, axe-throwing facilities are popping up left and right as a fun, healthy way for people of all ages to congregate and enjoy a night of friendly competition and stress relief. In the last few years, the sport of axe throwing has exploded - so much so that the World Axe Throwing League was assembled in 2017 to coordinate international axe-throwing competitions. Since that time, many axe-throwing events have popped up on national TV stations like ESPN.

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But why is axe throwing so popular? Here are just a few reasons why Lumber Jill's and axe throwing as a whole is a hit in South Carolina:
stress-relief
Stress Relief

Perhaps the most popular reason folks love axe throwing in Folly Beach is for stress relief. We've even heard some customers say it's a cheaper form of therapy! In reality, axe tossing gives you a therapeutic release that is hard to replicate. A few hard throws with an axe and your body releases a flood of endorphins, which help increase your energy, improve your mood, and facilitate healthy blood flow. If you have pent-up anger, nothing feels better than chucking a heavy axe at a target. Hitting a bullseye is even better!

exercise
Exercise

Since axe throwing is such an exhilarating activity, many people don't realize that they are exercising their arms, legs, abs, pecs, and even back when they come to Lumber Jill's. Like high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts, axe throwing works several muscle groups at once. These exercises strengthen your core and help define your muscles. When coupled with a healthy diet, regular axe-throwing activities can even help you shed a few pounds.

Corporate Comradery
Corporate Comradery

You might be surprised to hear that axe throwing is one of the most sought-after company event ideas in Folly Beach, SC. Sure, your colleagues might think it's a little weird to host a corporate meeting at an axe-throwing facility. But once your co-worker hits their target, they'll quickly understand how much fun they can have. Perhaps more importantly, axe tossing is a safe, fun way to conduct trust exercises and build team morale overall.

Unique Way to Have Fun
Unique Way to Have Fun

When you get right down to it, axe throwing is good, clean, healthy fun. Axe throwing helps relieve shoulder tension, while laughing helps engage your body's core. When you throw in an adult beverage or two, laughs become easier and fun flows more freely. You can't help but have the time of your life at Lumber Jill's in the Lowcountry.

Family Fun
Family Fun

Axe throwing isn't reserved only for adults - kids can get in on the fun and excitement too. Our warm, inviting atmosphere inspires people to embrace their inner champion, even if they're under 18. At Lumber Jill's, we can accommodate kids ages 10 and up. Before we pass them an axe, we will evaluate their skill level to ensure their safety. Contact us today for more info on birthday celebrations and whole facility rentals.

At Your Next Corporate Event

Status quote, average, ordinary...these are qualities that no employer would want out of their employees. So, why host a team-building event at a venue with the same characteristics?

If you're on the hunt for corporate event venues in Folly Beach, SC, you just hit the jackpot. We may be a little biased, but Lumber Jill's is a fantastic corporate event venue for companies looking to try something new.

Axe throwing for corporate events is fun, high-energy, and safe for all your employees. We're talking an adrenaline-filled day with your own private axe-throwing lanes. Get your clients or your team out of the office and give them something to be excited about!

Here are just a few reasons to reserve our facility for your company get together:

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  • No Suit or Tie Required: Feel like taking a casual day? No judgments here! The only thing that matters is that you hit your target (or try your best to do so).
  • No Rain Delays: Unlike some outdoor venues, Lumber Jill's won't delay or cancel your event if it starts raining outside. We're here to make your corporate event more fun, rain or shine.
  • Skill Not Required: Never thrown an axe in your life? Have poor hand-to-eye coordination? Don't sweat it. Our coaches are know how to teach first-timers the positions and techniques they need to have a blast.
  • Large Groups Welcome: Do you have 20 or more people confirmed for your corporate event? We can make room for your whole team! Give us a shout and let us know about your upcoming event. That way, we can block off your desired day so you can have our entire facility to yourself.
  • Safety First: We take safety very seriously at Lumber Jill's. As such, we have implemented several safety rules to protect your team and ensure they have the best time possible.

Birthdays, Celebrations, and Reunions, Oh My!

In addition to our standard reservations, we are happy to offer celebration, corporate, and full facility rental packages. Planning a surprise birthday party for your best friend? Celebrating a life event with that special someone? Looking for a spot for your family reunion? Axe throwing in Folly Beach, SC is the perfect activity for your group! For the most memorable (or hazy) celebration, don't forget to ask us about alcoholic beverage service and additional lane time.

If you want to spice up your next birthday party or take your bachelorette party to the next level, our celebration package is the perfect fit. This package includes:
  • 2 lanes
  • 1 designated coach
  • 1.5 hours of axe throwing
  • Free shirt for a special guest
  • Table coverings
  • 1 drink for each guest
  • 12 axe throwers
  • 45 total minutes of throwing time
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Please note that our celebration package is designed for customers over the age of 12. Two adults must be present at all times.

Common Questions. Helpful Answers.

We understand that axe throwing isn't your typical date night or even guy's night activity. We get it - you're hurling real axes at a target that is only a few feet away. On the surface, that can sound a little scary. But don't worry, many of our first-time guests have questions about how our process works too.

This is a great question and one that we receive quite often (crazy, right?). Axe throwing at Lumber Jill's is absolutely safe. In fact, safety is our #1 priority and has been since day one. Our knowledgeable axe-throwing coaches are trained to keep a keen eye on every axe thrower, whether they're solo or with a group. If, for ANY REASON our coaches feel like a person shouldn't throw an axe, they will not be permitted to do so. To help keep our facility safe, please refrain from bringing your own axe to Lumber Jill's. The same goes for any other kind of throwable object.
The easiest, fastest way to book your axe-throwing lane is to make your reservation online. Walk-ins are welcomed, but we cannot guarantee that we will have a spot open for you or your party. For inquiries about corporate events, facility rentals, or large celebrations, please contact us directly at (843)-879-3030.
We suggest you wear something that you find comfy and easy to wear for a few hours. Don't wear anything that will restrict your movement. The biggest "no-no" we have in terms of dress code is open-toed shoes, which are not allowed. If you pop in for a last-minute axe-throwing session, and need a pair of shoes, don't fret. We offer shoe rentals for $3 per person.
Unfortunately, we are not permitted to allow outside axes at Lumber Jill's. The same goes for any other object like throwing stars or throwing knives. We've got all you need to have the time of your life, including throwing axes.
Yes, absolutely. We are proud to have a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to keep you cool and hydrated. If you're feeling hangry, don't worry. We have plenty of tasty snacks to munch on if your tummy starts to rumble.

Axe of Kindness

One of the best parts of owning Lumber Jill's is our ability to give back to our local community. We are always on the hunt for new, inventive ways to serve our citizens. That's why, once a month, we host Axe of Kindness night to shine a light on an important organization, charity, or good cause. These exciting events give our customers a compelling way to make a real difference in someone's life.

If you have a donation request or are interested in hosting a fundraiser with Lumber Jill's, send us your info at

aok@throwlumberjills.com.

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Lureto Release New LP ‘A Peak From The Crow’s Nest,’ Ahead of Second Ever SUSTO Es Muerto ft. Lureto

Tonight, July 29, Lureto will debut their new album, A Peak From The Crow’s Nest, before they join SUSTO for SUSTO Es Muerto ft. Lureto; a set of Grateful Dead classics at The Windjammer at the Isle of Palms, S.C. The collaborative ensemble–presented by Relix–first came together at the Brooklyn Bowl Family Reunion at SXSW – following the groundbrea...

Tonight, July 29, Lureto will debut their new album, A Peak From The Crow’s Nest, before they join SUSTO for SUSTO Es Muerto ft. Lureto; a set of Grateful Dead classics at The Windjammer at the Isle of Palms, S.C. The collaborative ensemble–presented by Relix–first came together at the Brooklyn Bowl Family Reunion at SXSW – following the groundbreaking collaboration, the two groups felt the need to bring the project back to their shared hometown.

When first announcing the joint performance and album release in late May, SUSTO’s Justin Osborne said, “It’s been a blast collaborating with our friends in Lureto for SUSTO es Muerto. We had such a great time putting this special set together for SXSW, and it feels fitting to bring the fun back home to Charleston!”

Lureto’s Wallace Mullinax added, “The Grateful Dead’s catalog forms a significant chunk of the new great American songbook. We all have a deep respect for this music and look forward to bringing these two Charleston bands together to celebrate it.”

A Peak From The Crow’s Nest was crafted in 2020, a slow and introspective time for many musicians, and was arranged while Lureto was nestled at the cottage-style Fairweather Studio just off of Folly Beach in South Carolina during a week-long writing session.

“It was sort of a shotgun method album process, we went in, wrote the tunes at Fairweather and immediately went into recording,” shared Lureto keyboardist Ross Bogan. “It was really nice to be so gelled in place when it was time to hit record. We wanted to leave the recording very roomy to capture that vibe as much as possible, our producer Will Evans did a brilliant job.”

The eight-track project shows not only the technical skill of Lureto but also demonstrates a lot of restraint. Each track is smooth sailing, fitting for a beachside venue like the Windjammer. According to the band, during the recording process, they held the shared mantra of “don’t wake the baby,” though on “One Rip,” they did divert from that intention creating an upbeat song that was almost “too much fun” and “a great reflection of the joy [they] felt making this album.”

The show tonight marks the second time SUSTO Es Muerto ft. Lureto has ever taken place. Tickets for the event are on sale now. Find tickets here.

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Listen to A Peak From The Crow’s Nest here or below.

Ode To George Pew PewSoul Shanty Pomaria Pt. 1 One Rip Ouija Gibson Pomaria Pt. 2

Smart reefs being placed off Charleston will record data to aid coastal flooding, erosion planning

STONO INLET — New technology to be installed near an artificial reef off Charleston this weekend will provide scientists and mariners with real-time data on waves, wind direction and water temperature.The Smart Reef installation is the culmination of the monthlong SC7 Expedition meant to get people outdoors statewide from the mountains to the sea.On July 30, a S.C. Department of Natural Resources vessel will carry 85-pound blocks into the ocean. Then a dive team led by retired Special Forces operators, will place the bloc...

STONO INLET — New technology to be installed near an artificial reef off Charleston this weekend will provide scientists and mariners with real-time data on waves, wind direction and water temperature.

The Smart Reef installation is the culmination of the monthlong SC7 Expedition meant to get people outdoors statewide from the mountains to the sea.

On July 30, a S.C. Department of Natural Resources vessel will carry 85-pound blocks into the ocean. Then a dive team led by retired Special Forces operators, will place the blocks about 5 miles off Stono Inlet, the waterway between Kiawah Island and Folly Beach where the Stono River reaches the ocean.

The reef blocks will sit near one of the Charleston area’s most popular artificial reefs.

Once the structure is assembled, a buoy with satellite communication capabilities will be installed to record wave, water temperature and wind data.

The idea to install the new technology offshore stems from goals of the S.C. Floodwater Commission.

There are more than 40 artificial reefs along the state’s coast including old vehicles, boats and bridges, among other things. Marine animals flock to the structures for shelter, food and spawning.

“If we build artificial reefs out there, they’re going to modify waves and currents and things like that,” said Paul Gayes, a marine science and geology professor at Coastal Carolina University.

So while the structures form these biological functions “why wouldn’t it be helpful to institute all these sensors in it to better feed the model system,” Gayes said.

This weekend’s installation is important because, although the Atlantic Ocean has major influence on South Carolina, there is limited scientific data about the coastal ocean area, such as water quality and temperature.

Gayes said this is partially because it’s so tough to work the area.

He is the scientific leader for the SC7 Smart Reef installation. The university has also spearheaded dives to place modular reef sections off Hilton Head Island and North Myrtle Beach.

“We’re not only building the reefs, which is where all marine life starts, but we’re putting on technology that will allow us to have better capabilities for coastal erosion and other issues associated with sea level rise,” said Tom Mullikin, leader of the SC7 Expedition.

The smart reefs in South Carolina will tie into a broader network along the East Coast.

Gayes said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has a system of about 100 buoys throughout the country, but they are widely spaced.

NOAA’s buoys closest to Charleston are about 40 miles south of Edisto Island. The next closest ones are near Cape Fear in North Carolina or Jacksonville, Fla., Gayes said.

These added Smart Reefs — designed to emulate the existing live bottoms — will help better inform for weather modeling and forecasting. Local mariners and others who are interested will be able to access the recorded data in real time online to get a better sense of what the water conditions are like before going out.

“As the state works to increase resilience to extreme weather events, quality data is essential in the development of predictive modeling and planning,” said Ben Duncan, chief resilience officer at the S.C. Office of Resilience.

He said understanding how artificial reefs can be used to reduce storm surge, among other things, will be crucial as coastal communities prepare for rising sea levels and potential increased tropical activity.

Federal prosecutors file motion to seize property belonging to Doc Antle

FLORENCE, S.C. (WPDE) — Federal prosecutors on Friday filed a motion to seize property of Tiger King star and Myrtle Beach Safari owner Bhagavan "Doc" Antle.According to the records, officials are requesting a judge allow them to take property located at 917 Folly Road in Horry County.That is not address of the Myrtle Beach Safari, but a plot of land that is near the roadside zoo, also owned by Antle.The document does not outline what federal prosecutors would be looking for at the property.Antle h...

FLORENCE, S.C. (WPDE) — Federal prosecutors on Friday filed a motion to seize property of Tiger King star and Myrtle Beach Safari owner Bhagavan "Doc" Antle.

According to the records, officials are requesting a judge allow them to take property located at 917 Folly Road in Horry County.

That is not address of the Myrtle Beach Safari, but a plot of land that is near the roadside zoo, also owned by Antle.

The document does not outline what federal prosecutors would be looking for at the property.

Antle has pled not guilty to a number of charges, including most recently a 10-count indictment for money laundering and wildlife trafficking.

On July 13, Antle appeared for a plea hearing where he didn't say much, except that he understood the nature of the charges against him.

He has been out of jail on bond, those conditions include:

Andrew Jon Sawyer a/k/a Omar Sawyer, 52, of Myrtle Beach, Meredith Bybee, a/k/a Moksha Bybee, 51, of Myrtle Beach, Charles Sammut, 61, of Salinas, California and Jason Clay, 42, of Franklin, Texas is also charged in the indictment.

Sawyer and Bybee are Antle’s employees and business associates.

Sammut is the owner and operator of Vision Quest Ranch, a for-profit corporation that housed captive exotic species and sold tours and safari experiences to guests. Clay is the owner and operator of the Franklin Drive Thru Safari, a for-profit corporation that housed captive exotic species and sold tours and safari experiences to guests.

The indictment alleges that Antle, at various times along with Bybee, Sammut, and Clay, illegally trafficked wildlife in violation of federal law, including the Lacey Act and the Endangered Species Act, and made false records regarding that wildlife.

The indictment and a previously-filed federal complaint in the case also allege that over the last several months, Antle and Sawyer laundered more than $500,000 in cash they believed to be the proceeds of an operation to smuggle illegal immigrants across the Mexican border into the United States.

The filings allege that Antle had used bulk cash receipts to purchase animals for which he could not use checks and that Antle planned to conceal the cash he received by inflating tourist numbers at the Myrtle Beach Safari.

Antle and Sawyer each face a maximum of 20 years in federal prison for the charges related to money laundering, and up to five years in federal prison for the charges related to wildlife trafficking. Bybee, Sammut, and Clay each face up to five years in federal prison for the charges related to wildlife trafficking.

One of Antle's lawyers, Ryan Beasley, said Antle loves his animals and is ready for his day in court.

“Doc, he’s very happy to obviously be back at home and to be able to care for his animals. And, if anybody has ever been to where he works and lives, those animals are treated better than most humans. So it’s not about any kind of cruelty to animals. These are little technical issues. That the government is trying to get him on. We look forward to having our day in court," said Beasley.

Antle is expected to appear for a pre-trial conference on August 30.

Where can I watch 4th of July fireworks in the Lowcountry?

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – After dealing with a global pandemic for more than two years, the Charleston community is brimming with activities to help you celebrate our country’s independence.While the weather may be a little dicey at times, with rain plaguing the weekend forecast, things look to be mostly dry on Monday. So, you can expect most fireworks shows to blast off without issue.Below, you’ll find a complete guide to all local events to help you celebrate Independence Day.Heading to the beaches? &...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – After dealing with a global pandemic for more than two years, the Charleston community is brimming with activities to help you celebrate our country’s independence.

While the weather may be a little dicey at times, with rain plaguing the weekend forecast, things look to be mostly dry on Monday. So, you can expect most fireworks shows to blast off without issue.

Below, you’ll find a complete guide to all local events to help you celebrate Independence Day.

Heading to the beaches? ‘Salute From the Shore’ returns to the South Carolina coast. Beachgoers can enjoy F-16s from McEntire Joint National Guard Base as well as C-17s out of Joint Base Charleston as they fly over the beach between 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Pawleys Island: F-16s around 1:06 p.m., followed by C-17s around 1:14 p.m.

Isle of Palms: F-16s around 1:15 p.m., followed by C-17s around 1:29 p.m.

Charleston Harbor: F-16s around 1:16 p.m., followed by C-17s around 11:32 p.m.

Folly Beach: F-16s around 1:20 p.m., followed by C-17s around 1:35 p.m.

Edisto Island: F-16s around 1:24 p.m., followed by C-17s around 1:41 p.m.

FOLLY BEACH

Celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks on Folly Beach. The fireworks begin at sundown and will be visible anywhere on Folly Beach.

Fireworks will be launched from 3rd Block West – leaders say the parking area and beach area at 3rd Block West will be closed to visitors from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. and a beach sweep will be conducted immediately following the show to remove any debris.

SULLIVAN’S ISLAND

Enjoy a 4th of July golf cart and bike parade, which begins at Sunrise Presbyterian Church and ends at Sullivan’s Island Elementary School and begins shortly after 8:30 a.m.

The Independence Day party at the park and fireworks will return after a multi-year absence. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.; guests should bring a chair or blanket. Music will be provided by the Shem Creek Boogie Band and fireworks will begin at 9:00 p.m.

No dogs will be allowed in the park at the time of the show and alcohol will not be prohibited.

ISLE OF PALMS

A golf cart parade will take place at 10:00 a.m. and the city’s firework show will happen at 9:00 p.m. at the Front Beach area.

KIAWAH ISLAND

Celebrate Independence Day at Night Heron Park with a bike parade and fireworks show! Festivities include live music, carnival games, inflatables, and a watermelon eating contest. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m.

Food and beverage tickets will be on sale at the park starting at 4:00 p.m. Admission to the festival is free, no coolers are allowed.

MOUNT PLEASANT

There are two events happening on July 4 in the Town of Mount Pleasant. Ticketed guests will have a grand view of fireworks from the flight deck of the USS Yorktown for their annual ‘Fireworks Blast.’ Those who did not secure a ticket can bring their lawn chairs and blankets to watch the firework show for free on the landside.

Guests watching landside can enjoy live music, and access to more than a dozen food trucks and fireworks show above Charleston Harbor after sundown.

Parking will be $20 per vehicle.

Meanwhile, the Uncle Sam Jam will take place at the Mount Pleasant Pier. Live music from Dave Landeo and The Sol Beats will begin at 7:30 p.m., plus you’ll have a great view of the fireworks.

CHARLESTON

Enjoy America’s pastime at The Joe! This is the first time the RiverDogs have played a home game on the 4th of July since 2018. Ballpark guests can enjoy a game, beginning at 6:35 p.m., followed by fireworks.

The South Carolina Aquarium will host perfect viewing of fireworks over Charleston Harbor. The Aquarium’s ‘Sea Stars and Stripes’ is a family-friendly and all-inclusive event with cookout fare, beer and wine, and more. Bring a chair or blanket to watch fireworks over the Aquarium decks. The event begins at 7:00 p.m.

NORTH CHARLESTON

The City of North Charleston’s annual Fourth of July Festival will take place at Riverfront Park from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

There will be live music and nearly 30 food trucks at the event. Fireworks will begin at 9:00 p.m.

Entry and parking will be free to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets as seating will not be provided.

Those attending will not be allowed into the park until 5:00 p.m., all bags will be searched, and no grills will be allowed in the park during the festival. Guests cannot bring sparklers or outside fireworks to the event.

GOOSE CREEK

The City of Goose Creek’s annual Independence Day celebration and fireworks show, Fabulous Fourth in the Creek, is set for Monday, July 4th.

The event, which takes place at the Goose Creek Municipal Park, will include live music, food and alcohol vendors, and free activities for children.

Admission and parking are free; however, parking is limited so city leaders ask people to carpool when possible. Outside fireworks, sparklers, or alcohol are prohibited.

SUMMERVILLE

Summerville’s Fireworks and Freedom Festival will take place at Gahagan Park from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Admission is free. The family-friendly event will include live music, food, drinks, fireworks, a kid’s zone, and plenty of fun.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas, and water. You can bring small lunch box-sized personal coolers; however, large coolers are not allowed. Neither are pets, tents, or personal fireworks, grills, or alcohol.

EVENT PARKING DETAILS:

Onsite parking at Gahagan Park is extremely limited. Handicapped parking will be available directly next to the event in the front lot located off of W. Boundary St. Additional parking is also available in the open field behind the Gahagan Park Playground (enter from and exit onto W. Boundary St.). Parking is not permitted along Butler St. or W. Boundary St. Attendees are encouraged to carpool to the event or park offsite and ride the shuttles provided.

SHUTTLE INFO: Shuttles will run on a constant loop between one offsite parking location and Gahagan Park starting at 5 p.m. and continuing through 10 p.m.

Shuttle Stop Location: Summerville Town Hall Parking Lot, 200 S. Main St. The shuttle will pick up/ drop off near the fountain area of the Town Hall Parking Lot. You can park in the garage or anywhere else in Downtown Summerville and walk to meet the shuttle at this stop.

New ‘No Toys Left Behind Bin’ on IOP encourages everyone to keep beach clean

A sandcastle is evidence of a day well spent on the beach. Plastic shovels and buckets are commonplace on the Isle of Palms as children collaborate to create the perfect sand sculptures. But when the time comes to leave the beach, the tools that brought an afternoon of small-scale seaside construction are often left on the shore in a hurry to pack up and get home.The Isle of Palms Cleanup Crew and the City of Isle of Palms teamed up to introduce a playful solution to coastal pollution by creating an official “No Toys Left Behind...

A sandcastle is evidence of a day well spent on the beach. Plastic shovels and buckets are commonplace on the Isle of Palms as children collaborate to create the perfect sand sculptures. But when the time comes to leave the beach, the tools that brought an afternoon of small-scale seaside construction are often left on the shore in a hurry to pack up and get home.

The Isle of Palms Cleanup Crew and the City of Isle of Palms teamed up to introduce a playful solution to coastal pollution by creating an official “No Toys Left Behind Bin” at Front Beach. The No Toys Left Behind Bin is located in a nook alongside the public beach access in the 1100 block of Palm Boulevard, between the outdoor showers and Coconut Joe’s.

The toy bin is a place for anyone who finds forgotten toys on the beach to add them to the bin so they can be shared and reused by more families — with the expectation that they won’t be left behind on the beach again.

Susan Hill Smith, a co-founder of the IOP Cleanup Crew, said that the crew has seen a large volume of toys left behind on the beaches during their weekly litter sweeps. They wanted a place to put intact toys so they don’t end up in the trash or swept out to sea.

“There’s a real potential for them to become pollution. And for them to be washed into the ocean. And then where they can become harmful to wildlife and even get broken up into microplastics which are also another issue that we are concerned about,” Smith said.

“The City is glad to see Isle of Palms Cleanup Crew use the space as a focal point for their litter sweeps and other conservation initiatives,” City Administrator Desiree Fragoso said. “The new toy bin is an excellent example of our collaboration and a fun addition to Front Beach as we all work together to keep the coast clean.”

In 2021, IOP Cleanup Crew’s volunteers, along with other individuals and groups collectively picked up more than 1,200 toys from the Isle of Palms beach, which they documented with the South Carolina Aquarium’s Litter-Free Digital Journal.

Sarah Parker Daniel walks the beach every morning and has been doing so for years. She started collecting left-behind toys after seeing how many toys litter the beaches. Daniel said she picks up no less than a dozen forgotten beach toys on her walks.

“The volume of toys that people leave behind, it’s abysmal. I mean, it’s so disturbing to know that all people do is they ... just get this huge bundle of toys and because they’re so cheap, I guess they just leave them right where they were. They just walk away and all the toys are still there,” Daniel said.

The idea for the toy bin came from a similar effort at the Wild Dunes Resort and community beach. It is part of a trend that other coastal communities, including Folly Beach and Tybee Island, Georgia, have adopted as they grapple with an overwhelming number of forgotten beach toys that can quickly turn into litter and trash.

The No Toys Left Behind bin offers a place for Daniel and other litter collectors to put toys and a sustainable option for visiting families that want to play in the sand. Smith hopes that in time, beachgoers looking to build a sand castle will think of the toy bin before buying a cheap bundle of toys that are likely to be forgotten.

“It could be a fun thing for families to take advantage of. When they’re coming to the Front Beach area to know that there’s probably going to be some toys in the bin that their kids could use,” Smith said.

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