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Garden Party

This Sunday, the 127-acre Charleston Tea Plantation plays host to festival headliner Robert Randolph & The Family Band (below).

may 12, 2010

Garden Party

Sip, sway, and explore at this Sunday’s music-packed First Flush FesTEAval

WRITTEN BY Sam Stringfield

photographs (field) by Yves Assard; (band) courtesy of Warner Bros. Records

How to celebrate the arrival of a new growing season at the Charleston Tea Plantation, the only tea garden in the United States? Throw a huge party on its scenic grounds, of course! This year’s First Flush FesTEAval may be the fourth annual, but guests are in for the biggest treat yet, as Robert Randolph & The Family Band headlines a full day of live music.

“Thanks in part to their celebrity, we’re expecting about 4,500 people this year. In 2009, we had 2,600,” says business manager Cara Valentine. And with a nonstop musical lineup, it’s no surprise that this event is drawing a crowd. Corey Chisel and Crowfield are set to take the main stage, while a side stage hosted by Hootie & the Blowfish guitarist Mark Bryan’s Chucktown Music Group showcases local acoustic artists such as Amber Caparas, John Wesley Satterfield, Mac Leaphart, the New Bethlehem Baptist Church Heywood Jubilee Choir, the Edith L. Frierson Steppers, and Bryan himself.

In addition to grooving to the tunes, guests can sip free tea, stroll around the scenic grounds, tour the tea factory, dine on Lowcountry cuisine, and shop for arts and crafts. There’s even a jump castle and games for the little ones. Sounds like a tea party you won’t want to miss.

Charleston Tea Plantation, 6617 Maybank Hwy., Wadmalaw Island. Sunday, May 16, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $25, $20 advance. No outside alcohol allowed.  

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Wed, 05/12/2010