On Saturday, May 11th from 6 – 10 pm, the Annual Concert in the Park at Smythe Park returns. The Joe Clarke Big Band will perform a “free” lakeside concert in Smythe Park. This band has it all… including the big band orchestra sounds of horns, trumpets, trombones, and saxes, just like the Big Band era of the 30’s and 40’s. Plus a dynamic rhythm section consisting of bass, drums, piano and guitar. Joe will take the stage and croon out the tunes that made famous, the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis, Jr. This group promises a very special musical experience for your family and your guests and the lake at Smythe Park, provides a stunning backdrop for this Island Tradition.
Each year the Daniel Island Community Fund hosts a themed picnic competition for those attending the concert. Again this year, the best overall picnic spread will receive a $500 contribution towards the charity of their choice. Picnic judging will begin at 6:00 PM that evening with the concert beginning at 7:00 PM. This event is promoted as a bring your own food and beverage “picnic in the park” and we encourage everyone to participate in our Picnic in the Park themed picnic competition.
Bring your own picnic in the park or make it easy on yourselves and your guests, and purchase your dinners on site from our lineup of food vendors. Affordable tasty fare, along with water and non-alcoholic beverages, will be available for purchase from the following food trucks and food cart vendors:
Braised in the South – Southern inspired food – a handful of meats all smoked to perfection available in a variety of forms that elevate street food to a whole new level of deliciousness!
Cast Iron – Casual, comfort food made from fresh ingredients from local farms with a menu reminiscent of low country cuisine is what Cast Iron specializes in. Proudly serving their Carolina chopped BBQ recipe created by Chef Victor’s mother and voted Washington, D.C.’s “Best BBQ Sandwich” 6 years in a row!
Daniel Island Dinners – Daniel Island Dinners provides high quality fully prepared meals for the whole family. Visit their website at www.danielislanddinners.com for their weekly menu and to find out what they will be serving at our concert!
Dashi – Dashi will offer a mix of Asian and Latin foods, including Tacos, Burritos, Pad Thai, Stir Fried Noodles and Steamed Buns, for guests’ enjoyment. Dashi has a number of vegetarian options available as well as gluten free dishes. Entering its fourth year in business, Dashi has established itself as a fan favorite and one of Charleston’s premier food trucks!
Dave ‘N’ Dubs – Serves up the classic American hot dog experience: all-beef franks (and veggie dogs, too!) piled high and deep with toppings! Hot Dog!
The Holy City Cupcakes – The Holy City Cupcakes is a locally owned and operated bakery. All of their cupcakes and deserts are made from scratch and never from a box or pre-mix, instead they are made from scratch, using fresh whole ingredients. Best of all, you get to customize your own cupcakes!
Holy City Homemade Italian Ice – Holy City Homemade Italian Ice makes their ices with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. The ingredients are fruit, sugar and water which is why it tastes so incredible!
Wich Cream – Wich Cream takes ice cream treats to the next level by combining the highest quality local ingredients with a made-from-scratch touch. Their products utilize local milk, cream, salt, eggs, and seasonal produce to create fresh and delicious ice cream that you can feel good about eating!
Come early for a good spot! Once again, prizes will be awarded for more elaborate and creative picnic spreads. Picnic Judging begins at 6:00 pm with the concert beginning at 7:00 pm. In the event of severe weather, the concert will be rescheduled for Sunday, May 12th, same time and venue.
Street parking is available around the park as well as at the Daniel Island School parking lot.