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Find the Beauty in You at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa

Choosing the right hair salon in Daniel Island, SC, is a little bit like finding the perfect outfit. The materials feel great on your skin, the fabric is flattering to your body type, and when you try it on, you just know - this is the outfit that you have been looking for.

With thousands of hair salons and stylists in South Carolina, choosing the right one can be difficult. You want a salon that is clean, comfortable, and chic. But, more importantly, you need a stylist that "gets" you. Someone who takes the time to understand your preferences, your style, and your personality. You need a stylist who listens, is honest, and has the technical skills to turn your vision into a reality.

An excellent stylist epitomizes all those traits and knows how to adapt to changing beauty trends. They aren't afraid to take on a challenge.

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Welcome to Chroma Hair Studio & Spa

Where the most talented hairstylists in Daniel Island help bring out the beauty in each of our clients. We strive to provide each of our customers with the highest levels of customer service in the beauty industry. At Chroma, we offer a relaxing environment, skillful professionals, and a variety of products with environmentally safe and good-for-you ingredients.

Our goal is to make your salon experience special, from the moment you walk in to the second you leave. With a variety of professional hair and beauty services to choose from, we're sure you will rediscover the "beauty of you" every time you visit our salon.

Here are just a few of our most popular hair and beauty services in Daniel Island:

The key to a great haircut and salon experience is to understand the services we offer, so you can choose the best selection for your needs. What do our salon services entail? Keep reading below to find out.

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Professional Hair Color in Daniel Island, SC

Let's be honest: DIY hair kits can be tricky to get right. They can be complicated to apply and usually have hard-to-understand instructions. Half the time, the color you're left with looks nothing like it does on the front of the box. In a perfect world, you should be able to pop into Target, pick a boxed hair color, apply it at home, and emerge out of your bathroom with a new, beautiful hair color. For most people, this never happens.

That's why people who want flawless color, professional application, and ease of convenience get their highlights at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

Whether you are changing your hair color completely or just want a few highlights to switch things up, we are here to create the look and style that you've been dreaming about. At Chroma Hair Studio & Spa, we specialize in the latest hair coloring trends using cutting-edge technology. That way, our clients get the freshest looks, coolest colors, and longest-lasting highlights in town. When you get your highlights done at our hair salon in Daniel Island, we want you to leave excited and ready to share your new hair all over social.

Don't spend hours in the store trying to find the color you think will look great on you. Our team of professional stylists will consult with you about your vision and craft a custom highlight plan that fits you're your unique style. There's a reason why so many customers trust us with their highlights - we genuinely care about your hair and how it looks.

Our professional hair coloring services in Daniel Island are a combination of art and science. The artistic results only last as long as the hair coloring products used, and we use the best. Our hairstylists and colorists are committed to helping you look and feel fabulous, whether you're planning a special occasion or just want to impress that special someone.

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Get the Look You Crave with Personalized Hair Treatments

Ever taken a chance on a new look or hair color, only to end up embarrassed and unsatisfied with the results? You're not alone - we get calls every week from people just like you who need hair treatment Daniel Island. Sadly, sometimes even the professionals get a color procedure wrong.

Other times, your hair has suffered from years of blow-drying and straightening, and it looks dry, brittle, and unattractive. You know you need a deep conditioning treatment, and you need it ASAP.

At Chroma Hair Studio & Spa, our technicians have treated all sorts of hair problems - from unprofessional coloring with multiple bands of different colors and tones to dehydrated hair and more. Sometimes, our client's entire hairstyle needs to be corrected. To do this, we stock multiple types of color and toners to revitalize hair and give it the color you've been dreaming of. Our team always puts a priority on the health and integrity of your hair, whether it's your first visit or your fortieth.

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Voluptuous Eyelash Extensions in
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Do you ever wake up in the morning and wish that you had fuller, longer eyelashes? You're not alone - thousands of people crave darker, thicker lashes. They settle for what they have, not knowing that a revolutionary lash treatment is waiting for them at Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

Eyelash extensions have revolutionized fashion culture, saving women untold amounts time and effort in front of the makeup mirror. The great news is that lash extensions aren't just reserved for Hollywood celebrities anymore. Anybody can have the long, fluttery lashes they've been craving, with a trip to our salon.

Eyelash extensions are a fabulous way to enhance your look on a long-term basis and provide you with a small change that makes a huge impact. From the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed, your lashes remain long, sexy, and sultry.

Our eyelash extension specialist works with your existing lashes to apply individual extensions to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes. Using a meticulous application process, we maintain the integrity of your natural lashes so they remain healthy and undamaged.

Whether you're looking for a wispy, effortless look or want your lashes to have mega volume, our lash extension technicians are here to cater to your needs.

Here are just a few reasons why women love our eyelash extension services in Daniel Island:

  • 24/7 Beauty
  • No Damage to Your Natural Lashes
  • No More Mascara or Eye Makeup
  • No Clumps
  • Long, Lovely Lashes That Will Make Your Friends Jealous!

If you're looking for a cost-conscious way to stand out from the crowd, contact our office today. We'd be happy to tell you more about our eyelash extension process and which lashes work best for your needs.

Smooth Out Hair and Add Flair with a Brazilian Blowout

The Brazilian blowout: you've heard about the new craze, you've seen the stunning results, but haven't had a chance to sit down and receive the treatment yourself. Luckily, Chroma Hair Studio & Spa now offers this sought-after style right here in Daniel Island, from certified Brazilian blowout stylists.

If you suffer from dull, frizzy hair that lacks life and shine, the Brazilian blowout is one of the best ways to get smooth, frizz-free hair. By using cutting-edge bonding technology, this customizable treatment doesn't damage your hair at all. Actually, it improves your hair's health by adding a protective layer of protein that smooths your hair for weeks on end.

This ultra-popular choice offers you a laundry list of benefits, like:

  • Protection Against Seasonal Damage
  • Locks in Color
  • Cuts Down on Styling Time
  • Protects Against Heat
  • Seamless Extension Blending
  • Great for All Hair Types

To get the best of both worlds, be sure to schedule your Brazilian blowout and custom hair color treatment in the same appointment. Call us today to learn more about our Brazilian blowouts and to schedule your appointment today.

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Custom Haircuts in Daniel Island Crafted for You

There are many ways that you can reinvent yourself this season, but if you're ready to make a lasting impression, nothing beats a new hairstyle. While there is nothing wrong with sporting top knots, ponytails, or straight hair, a styled cut from Chroma Hair Studio & Spa will drastically improve your hair game.

Getting a new haircut isn't just fun - it makes you feel good, too, especially when you get a lot of positive compliments.

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Our experienced stylists are tapped into today's hottest trends, so if you want to try something new, we're here to help. If you want to play it more traditional, our stylists have a solid foundation of time-tested techniques, to give your existing cut the edge it needs to impress. And sometimes, you need something simple and low-maintenance that cuts down on styling time and primping.

Not sure what kind of a cut you need? We're happy to give you our educated opinion and are happy to provide examples of what we think works. Whatever style you've got your eye on, we can make it a reality!

Here are just a few of the most popular haircut trends in South Carolina:

Natural Textured

Natural Textured

In a time when extravagant dyes and unique hair extensions are all the rage, the natural look will always be trending. This haircut is a great way to rediscover yourself and let your beauty shine organically without overdoing it.

The Shag

The Shag

This medium-length haircut is a classic throwback to the 79s, with a layered look, messy bangs, and lots of attitude. If you like to get ahead of trends before your friends, bring back the shag and rock this retro style with pride.

Curly Bangs

Curly Bangs

This cut will look great during the summer and will give you an innocent look that will get plenty of attention. Great for a short-term haircut or even something special for a big party or Gen-X event.

Long Length

Long Length

Go against the status quo and let your hair down this season. Pixie cuts and shags are all the rage, but rocking a Rapunzel-like haircut will set you apart from the crowd. If you're looking for a more natural, classic look, this could be your haircut.

Find Your French Flair with Balayage

If you're looking to switch up your hair color but can't decide between Balayage or Ombre because, well, you don't know the difference - don't worry. You're not alone!

Balayage is a French technique for highlighting the hair in which the dye is painted to create a natural-looking effect. The goal is to create soft, subtle highlights that make your hair look like it's been kissed by the sun.

While Balayage is the technique of painting the hair, Ombre focuses on the style of the hair. It is the transition from a lighter shade to a darker shade. Typically, Ombres work best for brunettes, but the style can is suitable for blondes too. To achieve the effect of an Ombre, there must be a smooth transition between colors. While the Ombre is a beautiful look, you'll need to work with a professional to get the best results.

Luckily, we offer both Ombre and Balayage in Daniel Island, SC! Short on time? Busy schedule? Only available on weekends? Chroma Hair Studio & Spa offers flexible appointment scheduling to accommodate even the busiest clients. You deserve a fresh new style, and we're here to help when the time is right for you.

The Top Hair Salon in Daniel Island, SC

If you're looking for a hair salon that offers high-end styling without expensive pricing, you're in the right place. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and leave you feeling beautiful, whether you need a touch-up or a total makeover. We offer a relaxing salon atmosphere, skillful stylists, and only the best in professional brands. When it's time for your next haircut, highlight session, or eyelash extension, look no further than Chroma Hair Studio & Spa.

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Latest News in Daniel Island, SC

New tennis court facility on Daniel Island in the works

This week there are a large number of multifamily and large residential developments coming before the various City of Charleston boards and committees. Below are those items as well as the application results for specific items to Daniel Island and the Cainhoy area. More detailed agendas and results can be found at charleston-sc.gov/agendacenter.Dec. 8: Daniel Island Club Court. First review of request to extend TRC approval of construction of a new tennis court facility on Island Park Drive.Dec. 8: Ship Builder Street, Daniel...

This week there are a large number of multifamily and large residential developments coming before the various City of Charleston boards and committees. Below are those items as well as the application results for specific items to Daniel Island and the Cainhoy area. More detailed agendas and results can be found at charleston-sc.gov/agendacenter.

Dec. 8: Daniel Island Club Court. First review of request to extend TRC approval of construction of a new tennis court facility on Island Park Drive.

Dec. 8: Ship Builder Street, Daniel Island. Second review of a 31-lot single family residential development on 40 acres.

Dec. 8: Foundation Place at Point Hope, Cainhoy. Fourth review of a commercial development including five buildings totaling 38,000 square feet gross floor area at 826 Foundation St.

Dec. 8: Towne at Cooper River – Clements Ferry Medical. Pre-application of a proposed medical office building with parking at Enterprise Boulevard.

Dec. 15: Seven Farms Drive/Haswell Street, Daniel Island. First review of a preliminary plat for a 20-lot single family residential development. Road construction plans are under second review.

Dec. 15: Marshes at Daniel Island. First review of a preliminary plat for a 26 single-family lot subdivision at 144 Fairbanks Drive. Road construction plans are under first review.

Dec. 15: Daniel Island Drive, Daniel Island. Second review of a private townhome development with 50 units, pond, private roads, open space and associated infrastructure.

Dec. 15: Gildan. Pre-application of a site plan for an industrial building on 81 acres at 1980 Clements Ferry Road in Cainhoy.

Dec. 1: 941 Fish Camp Road. Second review of residential amenity site. This is located in Daniel Island Park. Pending final documentation to ADA, Engineering, MS4 and FMD. Once approved, submit plans to Zoning for stamping.

Dec. 1: The Waterfront Public Roads Phase 3 - Preliminary plat and road construction plans for a road extension and six single family lots at Helmsman/Waterman streets, Daniel Island. Revise and resubmit to TRC.

Berkeley Co. Bd. of Education meets twice each month. Executive Committee meets at 5:30 p.m.; meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

Berkeley Co. Council meets fourth Mon. of each month, 6 p.m., Berkeley County Admin. Blg., 1003 Hwy 52, Moncks Corner.

City of Charleston Council typically meets the second and fourth Tues. of each month, 5 p.m., City Hall, 80 Broad Street, Charleston, SC and/or virtually via Conference Call #1-929-205-6099; Access Code: 912 096 416. Exceptions: Summer Schedule - 3rd Tues. of June, July, and August; December meetings on the 1st and 3rd Tues. Dates and locations subject to change.

City of Charleston Technical Review Committee meets every Thurs. at 9 a.m.via Zoom.

City of Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals – Site Design meets the 1st Wed. of each month at 5 p.m. via Zoom.

City of Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals – Zoning meets the 1st and 3rd Tues. of each month at 5:15 p.m., except for January and July when no meeting is held on the 1st Tues.

City of Charleston Design Review Board meets the 1st and 3rd Mon. of every month at 4:30 p.m.

City of Charleston Planning Commission meets the 3rd Wed. of every month at 5 p.m.

City of Charleston Board of Architectural Review – Large projects meets the 2nd and 4th Wed. of every month at 4:30 p.m.

City of Charleston Board of Architectural Review – Small projects meets the 2nd and 4th Thurs. of every month at 4:30 p.m.

All meetings are open for public comment except the City of Charleston Technical Review Committee meetings.

For more information, contacts for specific projects and on location and time of the meetings or to learn more, visit charleston-sc.gov/AgendaCenter/.

DI Chanukah celebration returns with new location

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 concerns, the annual Daniel Island Chanukah Celebration and Candle Lighting returns to the DI community for its ninth year on Thursday, Dec. 22.The large community menorah is being displayed in front of the Guggenheim Plaza on Seven Farms Drive and there also will be a celebration with food and music held at the Pierce Park Pavilion, 1801 Pierce Street, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The menorah lighting is set for 5:15 p.m.This event is free and open to the entire Daniel Island community. Person...

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 concerns, the annual Daniel Island Chanukah Celebration and Candle Lighting returns to the DI community for its ninth year on Thursday, Dec. 22.

The large community menorah is being displayed in front of the Guggenheim Plaza on Seven Farms Drive and there also will be a celebration with food and music held at the Pierce Park Pavilion, 1801 Pierce Street, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The menorah lighting is set for 5:15 p.m.

This event is free and open to the entire Daniel Island community. Persons of all faiths are encouraged to attend.

According to the founder and head organizer of the celebration, Fred Danziger, the goal is to provide education and awareness about the Jewish holiday of Chanukah and to engage adults and children in a fun celebration.

Traditional Chanukah food and beverage will be served, including latkes (fried potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly filled donuts).

Music and song will be provided by Robin Shuler, formerly the music director of the historic synagogue of Charleston, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim. Rabbi Greg Kanter, from KKBE, will officiate the candle lighting.

Chanukah 2022 starts at nightfall on Dec. 18 and ends at nightfall on Dec. 26. At the Chanukah celebration at Pierce Park on Dec. 22, Rabbi Greg Kanter will officiate the lighting of an additional menorah.

Danziger explained the significance of Chanukah: “Chanukah celebrates the victory of Judah the Maccabee and his four brothers over the Syrian Greeks in 165 B.C.E. The revolt reached its climax when the Greeks prohibited the observance of sacred Jewish practices. The decisive insult was the conversion of the Temple into a pagan shrine. After the defeat of the oppressors, the temple was cleansed and rededicated.”

“Chanukah means rededication,” Danziger said. He explained that the Syrian-Greeks destroyed all the oil that was used to light the menorah in the Temple. Only one day’s worth of oil was found. “However, a miracle happened,” Danziger said. “The oil lit the menorah for eight days. Hence, the holiday is celebrated for that length of time. Chanukah became known as the Feast, or Festival of Lights.”

The event is organized by volunteers and supported by the Daniel Island Community Fund and the Daniel Island Property Owners Association.

Danziger said that the Community Fund and POA bought, donated and maintains the 9-foot aluminum menorah and that the Chanukah organizing committee makes all decisions concerning the location of the event, placement of menorah, day of celebration and festivities within the confines of Daniel Island codes and bylaws.

Serving on the committee with Danziger are Ron Silverman and Lydia Freilich.

Five concerts coming to Charleston in 2023

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – It won’t be much longer before Charleston feels like spring again – and with spring in the Lowcountry comes myriad events from the Southeastern Wildlife Expo to the Flowertown Festival, the Cooper River Bridge Run and the Credit One Charleston Open.But one thing people are always looking forward to when the warmer air arrives is enjoying live music from their favorite artists, or perhaps artists that bring back a nostalgic feeling.We saw plenty of big-name musicians make stops in the ...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – It won’t be much longer before Charleston feels like spring again – and with spring in the Lowcountry comes myriad events from the Southeastern Wildlife Expo to the Flowertown Festival, the Cooper River Bridge Run and the Credit One Charleston Open.

But one thing people are always looking forward to when the warmer air arrives is enjoying live music from their favorite artists, or perhaps artists that bring back a nostalgic feeling.

We saw plenty of big-name musicians make stops in the Charleston area during their tours in 2022 Like Stevie Nicks, Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, Elton John, and Darius Rucker, and 2023 is shaping up to be rather active as well.

Here are five upcoming concerts you won’t want to miss:

The “Empress of Soul,” Gladys Knight, will make a stop at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in early spring. The “Midnight Train to Georgia” singer has been touring much of the U.S. in 2022 and will perform in North Charleston on March 2nd. (tickets)

Third Eye Blind, an American rock band who rose to fame in the 90s, will perform at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center as part of their ‘Summer Gods: 25 Years in The Blind’ tour on March 21. (tickets)

Best known for their emotional ballads, American vocal harmony group Boyz II Men will appear at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on March 30th. (tickets)

Country music star Kenny Chesney will bring his ‘I Go Back Tour’ with Kelsea Ballerini to Daniel Island with a performance at Credit One Stadium on Thursday, May 25. (tickets)

American country music group Lady A (formerly Lady Antebellum) will perform at the Charleston Gaillard Center on June 24. (tickets)

BONUS: For those looking for the complete music festival experience, High Water Festival will return to North Charleston’s Riverfront Park on April 15 and 16. (tickets)

South Carolina Aquarium admits 15 cold-stunned sea turtle patients

Hypothermic sea turtles Flown from New England Aquarium for treatmentLast week, the South Carolina Aquarium admitted 15 new patients, some in critical condition, to the Sea Turtle Care Center. These turtles had stranded on the coast of Cape Cod when water temperatures dropped.Staff and volunteers from Massachusetts Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary staff transported more than 150 affected animals to the New England Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital. Thanks to teamwork between National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administr...

Hypothermic sea turtles Flown from New England Aquarium for treatment

Last week, the South Carolina Aquarium admitted 15 new patients, some in critical condition, to the Sea Turtle Care Center. These turtles had stranded on the coast of Cape Cod when water temperatures dropped.

Staff and volunteers from Massachusetts Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary staff transported more than 150 affected animals to the New England Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Hospital. Thanks to teamwork between National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), non-profit organization Turtles Fly Too and other partner organizations, they successfully transported 43 of the turtles to the South Carolina Aquarium, Georgia Sea Turtle Center and Atlantic Marine Conservation Society in New York. These partnerships allow for many organizations to assist during mass cold-stunning events.

When the plane carrying six green and nine Kemp’s ridley sea turtles touched down in South Carolina, the Sea Turtle Care Center staff were ready to receive them. The turtles were carefully unloaded in their banana boxes and transferred to vans for transport. Biologists and vet staff began triage on the drive, taking vitals such as heart rate and temperature, and ensuring that the patients were comfortable. Upon arrival to the Aquarium, they were given full exams and put in shallow water tanks to rest. Most turtles were lethargic and weak, and some had additional complications such as frostbite and pneumonia. All patients were given fluids and antibiotics and began a slow introduction of food after a few days of settling in.

Cold stun stranding events have increased in recent years as ocean temperatures change more rapidly. As cold-blooded reptiles, sea turtles rely on their environment to regulate their body temperature. Typically, sea turtles migrate to warmer waters in the fall but if they don’t make the migration before sea water temperatures drop, they can suffer from hypothermia, also known as cold stunning.

“When the turtles first arrived, they were lethargic and still suffering from the stress of the cold,” Sea Turtle Care Center manager Melissa Ranly said “We’ve been treating them for those impacts such as frostbite and dermatitis, eye injuries and lung complications from the cold. The turtles are responding well to their treatments. They are resilient and showing signs of improvement every day.”

The cold stuns received celestial names: Venus, Virgo, Sagittarius, Taurus, Pisces, Capricorn, Jupiter, Scorpio, Aquarius, Leo, Libra, Cancer, Neptune, Mars and Saturn. As the patients stabilize over the coming weeks, guests will be able to visit them in the Aquarium’s first-floor hospital and exhibit, Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery.

Credit One Stadium 1 of 3 pop-up skating rinks in Charleston area without real ice

DANIEL ISLAND — As skates shuffled across the white surface temporarily covering the clay tennis court below, no ice spritzed from the blades and no grooves were left behind.Children and adults alike shimmied from foot to foot as they looped the makeshift concourse. While it wasn’t the most polished performance to watch from the sidelines, on a 75-degree day in Charleston, those skaters wouldn’t have had the same opportunity if they had been on real ice.The new outdoor ice skating rink at ...

DANIEL ISLAND — As skates shuffled across the white surface temporarily covering the clay tennis court below, no ice spritzed from the blades and no grooves were left behind.

Children and adults alike shimmied from foot to foot as they looped the makeshift concourse. While it wasn’t the most polished performance to watch from the sidelines, on a 75-degree day in Charleston, those skaters wouldn’t have had the same opportunity if they had been on real ice.

The new outdoor ice skating rink at Credit One Stadium is one of three to pop up in the Charleston area this season that’s made of synthetic ice, a high-density polymer or polyethylene plastic.

There’s also one at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina in Mount Pleasant that will be open Thursdays through Sundays through Feb. 5 and another promised for Folly Beach across from Bert’s Market from Dec. 23 to 25.

More than 5,000 advance online tickets to the Credit One rink were purchased in just a few days; guests are still invited to come observe, but skating spots are booked.

As for the “ice,” polymer is cheaper to use and doesn’t require the same sort of cooling system that might falter in the Lowcountry’s unpredictable December temperatures.

The oval rink at Credit One, which takes up most of the flat standing-room surface at the Daniel Island concert venue, was built in three days by the in-house crew, a group that had never attempted the feat before.

That included seven employees installing 255 synthetic panels that each weigh 86 pounds for eight hours each day. After the 3-by-6-foot panels were joined together, dasher walls were added to line the rink’s edges. Then Christmas trees, fire pits for roasting s’mores and other festive touches were incorporated.

There’s a Santa’s Sweet Shoppe snack bar on the concourse for purchasing holiday treats, along with one up above with a great view of the rink serving up coffee and hot chocolate, plain or spiked with peppermint schnapps or Baileys Irish Cream. There’s a little something for the whole family, in other words.

For Chris and Emily Mingledorff, s’mores were a must after an hour of laps around the rink with kids Molly and George on Dec. 3. Their eldest daughter in high school was coming later that night with friends.

The family has lived on Daniel Island for the past 11 years and was quite excited to skate in their own backyard. They’ve been to the Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park skate rinks in New York City, along with ski resorts out west, but Emily Mingledorff said there’s nothing like skating at home.

“All us Daniel Island residents are really thankful to have these new opportunities for our family and friends,” Mingledorff said. “The tennis and concerts have been wonderful, but this is something extra special.”

The first-ever ice-skating rink at the venue was an idea encouraged by the Daniel Island Community Fund, including event planner Maureen Hickey.

“We had a conversation that instead of having our annual tree lighting across the street and then doing something festive here, why don’t we just combine the two?” said Hickey.

This year’s Daniel Island tree lighting was held inside the stadium, with a Santa Claus firetruck procession winding from the courtyard into the stands. The ice-skating rink opened the same night. As the lights turned on and glimmered throughout the amphitheater, including from a dazzling disco ball, fake snowflakes fluttered in a magical display.

“I just felt like, ‘Pinch me, is this Charleston?’” Hickey said.

Ashley Ridge High School teacher Kim Emery wasn’t there for opening night, but she was the day after as those who signed up online for a slot lined up for their skates. Her volunteer position with United Sports Foundation, an organization that raises money for students to play sports, included selecting the right size for skaters and sharpening the blades, a necessity especially for the synthetic ice.

Emery, who’s been at the Summerville school for 14 years, said she wouldn’t be surprised if some of her students showed up. She herself wasn’t planning to skate.

“I’m scared of it,” she said with a laugh. “I haven’t put on ice skates in 20 years. Now I might twist an ankle.”

While the fake ice doesn’t quite allow the same sort of glide that real ice might, it’s less painful to fall on, feeling more like a linoleum kitchen floor than a rock-hard veneer. From an observer’s perspective, it also seems to be steadier, with less full-on tumbles.

“I was watching from the sidelines to see how it worked, and by the end of the session, everyone was getting the hang of it,” Hickey said. “I think for the little children, especially, it’s probably easier. You didn’t see a lot of Bambi on the ice.”

Retired firefighter and paramedic Steven Rosone brought his experienced ice-skating family, originally from New Jersey and currently residing in Mount Pleasant, out to the rink on opening day.

His daughter Samantha, 11, who takes figure skating lessons at the Carolina Ice Palace, Charleston’s indoor ice rink, admitted that the fake ice was not quite like the actual stuff. Son Tyler, 13, agreed he was a bit disappointed.

“It’s easy to stay up, but not easy to skate,” offered Samantha between shuffles.

The point was for a festive outing, said Rosone, who was also planning to take his wife, Stacey, and kids to the James Island Festival of Lights and Isle of Palms Christmas Festival, along with some upcoming pop-up holiday markets.

“I grew up with skating and snow every year, but I’ll trade it in for this weather,” Rosone said with a laugh, noting that Samantha was donning a swimsuit and shorts in December.

Bob Moran, president of Charleston Tennis, said it’s been heartwarming to see locals engage in a new holiday tradition on the island.

“Our goal was to create a thoughtful, unique experience that brings joy,” Moran said. “Seeing how quickly the community responded to this and watching them enjoy the stadium in this way has been incredible for my team and I.”

In addition to the three outdoor rinks popping up in the Lowcountry, the Carolina Ice Palace is hosting skaters for the month of December at its “Winter Wonderland” holiday-decorated indoor rink.

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