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Burning of the Socks - SC Maritime Museum

Burning of the Socks for Thursday, March 23 from 6- 8:30 pm. Cost: $20 for members, $25 for non-members.

The South Carolina Maritime Museum invites you to usher in the coming of spring and the arrival of boating season at the sixth annual Burning of the Socks on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 6 pm until 8:30 pm.  In addition to the sock burning festivities, we will offer Hard Hat Tours of our museum renovations (MORE ABOUT THAT HERE), and serve up some delicious hors d'oeuvres, seafood gumbo, landlubber gumbo, beer, wine, liquor, and live music. Be sure to bring your winter socks to burn in the fire.

In the mid-1980s at a boatyard in Annapolis, MD., Captain Bob Turner wore socks all during the long, cold winter months while working on OPB’s (Other People’s Boats). By winter’s end, his socks were stand-up stiff with sawdust, caulk and bottom paint. On the first day of spring, Capt. Bob placed his leavings laden socks in a paint tray, doused them with lighter fluid, set them on fire, and then drank a beer to celebrate. And so the spring tradition of sock burning began and it has grown to coastal communities across the country.