In case you missed it in Lowcountry Life, March 2

rdamgen@islandpacket.comMarch 2, 2014 

STAFF ILLUSTRATION

Been a bit busy recently? Here's what you might have missed in Lowcountry Life.

Pour yourself some sweet tea and settle into your couch. It's time to check out South Carolina's latest reality show: "Southern Charm." This one, on Bravo, promises to be a bit classier than the trailer parks and beer funnels other shows have offered. "Southern Charm" follows six singles in Charleston navigating high society and the dating world. Hilton Head Island native Shep Rose, a cast member, had this to say: "Everybody is fairly educated, and that was, I think, important, because we're able to have conversations with proper grammar and not sort of like a bunch of rednecks shooting pistols in the air and running around." Find out more about what promises to be our next guilty pleasure.

Back away from Pinterest. Planning a wedding? Between Pinterest, wedding blogs, magazines, the weddings you've attended -- and all the questions you're getting -- it can be pretty overwhelming. We talked to Lowcountry brides and wedding planners on how to handle the stress as part of our special weddings section. We also chatted with some area vendors about what decisions you should have made (or, really, how little you need to have done in some cases) before you call them.

It's a matter of eternal life and death. Visitors are getting a dramatic look at heaven and hell at a church in Ridgeland. Ridgeland Baptist Church has brought back Judgement House, a walk-through drama that examines how three characters' choices lead to heaven or hell. "The point of Judgement House is so that people realize that there is only one way to heaven, and that is through a relationship with Christ," said Deanne Owens, coordinator of Judgement House. "It gives a clear picture of the gospel and your relationship with Christ when your time on earth is done. Life with Christ is eternity in heaven and life without Christ is eternity in hell." Despite the grim, in-your-face portrayal of hell, organizers and attendees say it's not a scare tactic. Find out more.

Ready for the red carpet? Don't worry, you don't have to spend all day -- and employ dozens of people -- to get ready for us. Before you catch the Oscars, make some predictions. You could win dinner and a movie on us. Get your guesses in by 7 p.m. March 2 -- you've got plenty of time to enter and still make your Oscars party (or a pajama party, let's be honest).

Throwback.. Sunday? Time for European Redneck music. What? You don't know what that is? It's OK, we didn't really either until we met the band Velvet Caravan. Think of it as gypsy jazz honky tonk Latin Swing. That's clear, right? Maybe it's just best if you listen to this and hear it for yourself. There's two more chances to catch the band this week. They're playing at 3:30 p.m. March 2 at Congregation Mickve Israel Synagogue in Savannah, and then as part of the Savannah Stopover Music Festival at 3 p.m. March 8 at Moon River Beer Garden (details here). Before you go, find out more about the band, whose members hail from around the world.

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