Fall in love with Charleston with these fabulous 2018 fall festivals

09.12.2018

PHOTO:  Downtown Charleston (c) Sery Kim

 

My favorite city in the South is Charleston, South Carolina.  Everything about the city is charming, gracious, fun ... and DELICIOUS!!  This fall, *fall* (sorry, couldn't help the bad pun!) even more in love with Charleston with these superb art and cultural events.

PHOTO:  My gorgeous welcome gift from Charleston (c) Sery Kim

 

Heritage Indigo Workshop with Madame Magar: Drayton Hall

September 20; 1 - 5 p.m.

Drayton Hall Preservation Trust will welcome Madam Magar to conduct a workshop on the growing, processing, and dying of indigo and indigo-dyed products as part of their deep look into indigo traditions. Members are invited to learn about Charleston's rich history with indigo -- they will work with it and learn to dye their own fabrics. Each attendee will complete their own set of indigo dyed dinner napkins. For more information, visit draytonhall.org or call 843.769.2600.

 

Grand Opening of New South Carolina Historical Society Museum

September 21

In September, the South Carolina Historical Society (SCHS) will unveil a new, state-of-the-art museum in the fully-renovated Fireproof Building located downtown. Drawing from the society's vast archives, the new South Carolina Historical Society Museum will showcase 300+ years of South Carolina history through the personal accounts, rarely-seen artifacts and hand-written documents of those who experienced it. The museum is housed in the Fireproof Building, a National Historic Monument that was constructed in 1826 by Robert Mills – America's first architect and creator of The Washington Monument. Hailed by Architectural Digest as one of the "Most Noteworthy Museums Opening This Year," the new SCHS Museum will open on September 21 after a multi-million-dollar renovation of the building. For more information, visit www.schistory.org.

PHOTO:  Sweetgrass Basket Weave courtesy of Charleston Heritage Foundation

 

Sweetgrass Basket Weaving Workshop: Charleston Museum

September 22; 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Learn to make traditional sweetgrass baskets with Sarah Edwards-Hammond this fall. During this workshop, which is $65 for non-members and $50 for members, guests will learn a brief history of the basket making art form and then make their very own basket with Hammond’s guidance. All materials will be provided, and reservations are required. For more information, visit www.charlestonmuseum.org or call 843.722.2996.

 

Harvest Moon Dinner: Middleton Place

September 24; 5 - 7 p.m.

Indulge in an evening of local harvests and grains from The Middleton Place Restaurant on their very own organic farm. During this dinner, guests will be able to interact with the farmers and see the organic practices first hand. Organic wines will also be selected to complement the plantation dinner. For more information, visit www.middletonplace.org or call 843.556.6020.

PHOTO:  Annual Fall Tour of Homes courtesy of Charleston Heritage Foundation

 

A Dark Place of Dreams: Gibbes Museum of Art

September 28 - January 6

The Gibbes Museum of Art will host its first large-scale show dedicated solely to women artists this fall, showcasing the works of Louise Nevelson, one of the pioneering sculptors of the 20th century, along with three contemporary artists she inspired: Chakaia Booker, Lauren Fensterstock and Kate Gilmore, whose works weave together various objects - from rubber tires to shells to paint in motion. For more information, visit www.gibbesmuseum.org or call 843.722.2706.

 

Wine in the Garden: Drayton Hall

Every Sunday in October; 5-7 p.m.

Unwind in the garden and sip on a variety of red and white blends at Drayton Hall every Sunday this October. Tickets are $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Wine in the Garden is the perfect complement to a relaxing and beautiful weekend in the Lowcountry. For more information, visit draytonhall.org or call 843.769.2600.

PHOTO:  Annual Fall Tour of Homes courtesy of Charleston Heritage Foundation

 

Fall Tours of Homes, History & Architecture: Preservation Society of Charleston

October 4 – 28

Experience Charleston’s architecturally significant private houses, intimate gardens, churches and public buildings as you stroll through the historic streets during the 42nd Annual Fall Tours. This year will include a series of tours that take guests into private gardens rarely open to the public, photography walkabouts and workshops, guided walking tours and traditional house and garden tours. Also this year, a special four for $40 option will be offered, allowing guests the chance to take abbreviated tours of four private properties. For more information, please preservationsociety.org/falltours or call 843.722.4630.

 

Fall Garden Strolls + Wine Tasting: Middleton Place

Wednesdays, October 24 - November 14; 5 - 7 p.m.

Sip and stroll in a different, beautiful location at America’s oldest landscaped gardens each week in October while sampling old and new world wines. Middleton Place Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and Middleton Place Foundation members receive $5 off. After the event, extend the evening with dinner at the Middleton Place Restaurant for a full culinary experience. For more information, visit www.middletonplace.org or call 843.556.6020

 

Charleston Collects: South Asian Art: Gibbes Museum of Art

October 26 - February 17

Debuting the Charleston Collects series, this exhibition features selections from a major private collection of South Asian art in Charleston. From early medieval Buddhist bronze to paintings by artists from the courts of the Muslim Mughal emperors, this collection represents the region’s diverse sources and tradition. For more information, visit www.gibbesmuseum.org or call 843.722.2706.

PHOTO:  Adorable souvenirs from Charleston (c) Sery Kim

 

Whiskey in America Lecture and Tasting: Charleston Library Society

November 29; 6 p.m.

Luke J. Pecoraro, Ph.D., Director of Archaeology at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, will introduce guests to distilled products made in colonial America, and combine with information drawn from the archeological record of known production sites, with specific reference to George Washington’s distillery at Mount Vernon.  Following the lecture guests will be invited to a Whiskey Tasting. For more information, visit draytonhall.org or call 843.769.2600.

 

Holiday Market: Middleton Place

November 23 – 24; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Kick off the holiday season at Middleton Place’s Garden Market & Nursery and Museum Shop with an open-air market featuring local artisans and vendors, live musicians performing festive carols, complimentary hot cider and treats, and featured items in both shops. For more information, visit www.middletonplace.org or call 843.556.6020

 

 

 

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