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If you were in the mood to get out of the house last week, you were in luck. The Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island fed a daily need for something to do. I was looking forward to the Crisis Ministries Food.Shelter.Hope. benefit at the Rice Mill Building on Thursday and it lived up to my expectations. Other than the cause itself, Sara Poe's photography drew the most attention because of its raw and beautiful reflection of life on the East Side of Charleston. My art connection, Colleen Deihl, was named an Outstanding Alum from the College of Charleston this week, and we went to the College's "Very Superstitious" event at the Visitor's Center Bus Shed on Friday night. We had the opportunity to chat with professors like Karen Chandler and students like Lindsay Wells about classes, art, and beach houses. Toca Toca, a local Latin, jazz, and rhythm band, made the mood light and happy. Trumpeter Cameron Harder has a big career in front of her. Saturday was the fifth annual Ballpark Festival of Beers at Joe Riley Park. It was the first and hopefully last time I drink my beer out of a 2-ounce plastic cup, and for the low, low price of $5, you could ride a one-eyed mechanical bull. Note to self: apply for a job as a mechanical bull control panel operator. The Charleston Symphony Brass Ensemble performance at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park on Sunday was a great reason to spend the day battling the gale-force winds in the French Quarter.

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