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Well, hello there! It has been some time since I’ve last corresponded in my Editor’s Picks blog (actually three months), but I have a good excuse: I was busy planning a wedding—mine to Wally Seinsheimer—which took place at Boone Hall’s Cotton Dock last Tuesday. (You can read a bit about it in Charleston Weddings editor Melissa Bigner’s Bridal Blog “Staffers Say I Dos” and look for it in an upcoming issue of the magazine).

I have to say it was a gorgeous and joyous event—a big thank you to our family and friends who gathered to witness and celebrate and to Kate and Tara of Soirée by Tara Guerard who designed and handled every perfect detail. And now that the whirlwind of parties, rehearsal dinner, nuptials, and Thanksgiving is complete, I am committed not only to my wonderful new husband, but to you, Charleston fan and reader, with a weekly blog of my picks of Lowcountry doings. Expect it every Monday.

As for this week, you’d better put on your seatbelt, because the season is kicking into high gear! And I thought I was whooped after last week’s festivities….

Monday, 11/30 Blues & Poetry Series
Washington DC-based poet, author, and Book-in-a-Day founding director Kwame Alexander reads at the Monday Night Blues Series. Go early (6 p.m.) to hear him speak about potentially bringing the Capital Book Festival to Charleston. 8 p.m. East Bay Meeting House, 159 East Bay St.

Tuesday, 12/1 A Night of Mint Juleps & Seersucker
Join Charleston’s original seersucker jeans company, Sucker Jeans, for this special trunk show, including cocktails and a DJ. 4 p.m.; DJ from 5-8:30 p.m.
138 St. Phillip St., 2nd Floor

Thursday, 12/3 It's a Wonderful Life: 1940’s Radio Show"
If it’s PURE Theatre, it’s gotta be good. Head out to this holiday classic and help support “Buy Local, Be Local” Week, as PURE Theater is donating 20% of the evening’s proceeds to Lowcountry Local First. $20. 7:30 p.m. Upper Lance Hall at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St.

Thursday, 12/3 Second Annual Holiday Trunk Soiree & Toy Drive
Get your holiday shopping started while supporting local designers and shops, including Theodosia Jewelry, Margo Kaufman Gallery, and Candace Romeo Handbags & Baby Wear. Bring an unwrapped new toy for Ronald McDonald House and receive 10% off your purchases. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Caviar & Bananas, 51 George St. between King & St. Philip sts.

Friday, 12/4 LAS Shopping with Friends Kick-off Cocktails
Prime yourself for your Saturday of guilt-free shopping at more than 100 local Red Ribbon Retailers (who donate 10 percent of every dollar spent to Lowcountry AIDS Services) at this cocktail party kick-off. $15. 6-8 p.m. Saks Fifth Avenue, 211 King St.

Saturday, 12/5 CSO Gospel Christmas
After completing the Reindeer Run and cruising down King Street for Shopping With Friends, get ready for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra's awe-inspiring, decade-long holiday tradition with more than 100 voices belting out down-home Lowcountry Gospel and Christmas standards. $30 7 p.m. Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St.

Sunday, 12/6 Buy Local, Be Local Bash
Capping off the array of nightly events for Buy Local, Be Local Week, the third annual Bash offers live music, local beer, FireFly vodka and rum and great food from Ted's Butcher Block, Duvall Catering and Events, Brian Bertolini Pasta, Rawl's Seafood, Street Food, LLC, The Square Onion, Clammer Dave’s Sustainable Seafood, and Lowcountry Eats! $40, $35 LLF member. 7-10 p.m. The Landing at Shem Creek

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