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Spring Social

Produced by a team of award-winners, The Color Purple takes the North Charleston Performing Arts Center stage from April 27 through 29. Photograph by Paul Kolnik

April 21, 2010

Spring Social
From fundraisers to seafood festivals, the last days of April are showering the Lowcountry with exciting events for all ages

WRITTEN BY Evans Craddock

The warm weather is here to stay, so make way for a blooming social calendar that’s sure to put a little spring in your step—and maybe even raise money for a worthy cause. From the star-studded Oxygen Ball to the 23rd annual Blessing of the Fleet, here’s a roundup of happenings to keep you busy through the month’s end.

April 23
Oxygen Ball: Lowcountry Dancing with the Stars

Who will be crowned champion of the Oxygen Ball’s Lowcountry Dancing with the Stars competition? Personally, our vote goes to Charleston magazine’s own editor-in-chief, Darcy Shankland, as she and other area celebrities pair with professionals from Fred Astaire Dance Studio for an evening of fancy footwork, fundraising, and fun. In addition to watching the show, guests can enjoy a gourmet food station, oxygen bar, and live and silent auctions, with proceeds going to the South Carolina chapter of the American Lung Association. Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd. Friday, 7-11:30pm. $150. (843)556-8451,

April 24

Grow your garden while raising funds for the Charleston Horticultural Society at this green market that offers a giant selection of annuals, perennials, tropical trees, and more. Docents, in the form of trained horticulturalists and volunteers, are on hand to answer questions and help you choose which plants are right for your green spaces. You can also bring soil samples for testing, get advice from Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories, and shop the “Yard Sale” for gently used pots, patio furniture, and garden ornaments. Gaillard Auditorium lawn, 75 Calhoun St. Saturday, 8am-noon. Free. (843)579-9922,

April 25
Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival

This favorite annual festival has been moved to Memorial Waterfront Park. Head out to the new venue to watch two clergymen give the traditional blessing to boats passing through the harbor at 1 p.m. Then groove to live music by The East Coast Party Band; chat with exhibitors showcasing marine, wildlife, and maritime history displays; and choose from among the delicious offerings of more than 11 local seafood restaurants. Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 11:30am-6pm. Free admission. (843)884-8517,

April 27-29
The Color Purple

Based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple shares the moving story of Celie, a woman who overcomes adversity, discovers her voice, and finds strength from the many hardships she faces in her day-to-day life. Directed by Gary Griffin, this inspirational musical features jazz, gospel, and blues tunes written by a team of Grammy Award winners. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm. $60-$30. (843)529-5000,

April 29
“It’s In The Bag” Silent Auction

One of Charleston’s most popular fundraising and networking events is back for its ninth year, with a silent auction featuring unique purse and handbag designs by artists and other talented local men and women. Guests place bids on these creative endeavors while noshing on the culinary delights provided by Fork Gourmet Catering. Also join in the live auction of bags by Tory Burch, Prada, Gucci, and more, with proceeds supporting the Center for Women, South Carolina’s only comprehensive women’s development organization. The City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau St. Thursday, 6-8:30pm. $30; $25 advance. (843)763-7333,

April 29
Take It to the Street Party

Join the Gibbes Museum as they celebrate the preview opening of “Modern Masters from the Ferguson Collection.” Inspired by monumental works by internationally renowned artist Christo, this creative street party features live entertainment, an open bar, and heavy hors d’oeuvres by Charleston’s most celebrated chefs. Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Thursday, 7:30-10:30pm. $100; $75 member. (843)722-2706,



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