Sweet Tea Trail officially launched

  • Friday, October 11, 2013

Provided Flowertown Garden Club sponsored the flowers for the Chamber’s Sweet Tea Trail kickoff on Tuesday. Sue Avenel and Club President Janice Messex created the arrangements. Avenel shows off an arrangement that was placed in the downstairs atrium of the town hall annex.


Charcoal skies and dashes of rain didn’t stop the Sweet Tea Trail launch on Tuesday.

Originally scheduled to take place at Hutchinson Square, the gloomy weather pushed the event to Town Hall where around 100 people enjoyed the festivities. On the first floor there were tables filled with jellies, tea samples, cupcakes, knick-knacks and more. The group migrated upstairs for speakers Mayor Collins, storyteller Tim Lowry and South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Duane Parrish.

“I drink sweet tea, I drink unsweet tea and I drink some other things,” Collins said, drawing laughs from the audience. “It’s a great day in Summerville.”

Lowry cracked up the crowd with his stories of the history of Summerville, ranging from the early meetings with Native Americans to the victimless World War II plane crash in Gahagan Park.

The goal of the Sweet Tea Trail is to funnel tourists from I-26 down exit 199 to experience the five districts of Summerville. It begins at Azalea Square then moves downtown, to Azalea Park, Colonial Dorchester State Park and concludes with the Plantation District.


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