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August 21, 2015


The Party: The Halsey Institute hosted an opening reception for American artist and musician Lonnie Holley and his exhibition, “Something To Take My Place.” His first solo museum exhibition since 1994, the gallery showcased 40 of Holley's works since the early 1990s, with an emphasis on his recent work. His work will be on view in the Institute through October 10.

Highlight: Rusted pipes, tattered cloth, and weathered pieces of wood spontaneously assembled formed a collection of beautifully-made, inspiring narrative sculptures.

Overheard: "I like all of it—every piece. His work is so very powerful." 


July 30, 2015

The party: Guests gathered at local bowling hotspot, The Alley, in support of the fifth annual Gimme Shelter event from the nonprofit organization, Operation Home. Attendees enjoyed knocking down pins, grooving to the jazzy tunes of the New Breed Brass Band, delicious eats from Home Team BBQ, and a silent auction. 

Highlight: By the end of the night, a conga line had formed on the dancefloor, evidence of the community spirit and the energy of the New Orleans-based band. 

Overheard: "I'll slip you a $20 if you publish this!" - a guest joking with the Charleston magazine photographer 

Beneficiary: Operation Home raised $57,000 to help with critical home repairs for low income residents in the Charleston community. 

July 17, 2015

The party: The Palette and Palate Stroll is a cultural and culinary event highlighting the accomplishments of local artists, art galleries, chefs, and restaurants. In celebration of its 10th year, attendees were invited to stroll Charleston’s historic French Quarter, making stops at eight participating galleries and tasting delightful creations from the local chefs paired with each.

Highlight: Guests watched Robert Lange Studios’ resident artist J.B. Boyd as he painted live and explained the process behind his work.

Overheard: “Wait…are you sure St. Michael’s is on the right side of the street?”—a guest scrutinizing a piece at the Anglin Smith Gallery.

Beneficiary: Local art programs

June 25, 2015

The Party: Holy City Brewing opened their doors and their taps for an art-inspired night of fundraising. Guests enjoyed a silent auction, live music from Justin Osborne of local band Susto, flower crowns, a photo booth, cornhole, and of course, frosty brews. 

Highlight: Dancers Lori DeNicola and Ellis Bradford moved in sync across a large canvas with charcoal, leaving behind an abstract representation of lungs. 

Overheard: “The Overly Friendly IPA is making me, well, overly friendly.” 

Beneficiary: The American Lung Association

June 19, 2015

The Party: Guests gathered amidst the walls of historic tomes and candlelit bookshelves in the Charleston Library Society as the King Street cultural institution hosted its third annual Night in Monte Carlo event. 

Highlights: Partygoers gambled the night away at the many blackjack, roulette, and craps tables—all for a worthy cause. 

Overheard: “Yahtzee! I mean, blackjack! Wait, what game is this again?”

Beneficiary: All proceeds from the event supported the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.

June 16, 2015

The Party: Golfers and Charleston Ronald McDonald House supporters gathered for the 13th Annual Charity Golf Classic at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Highlight: Over 300 golfers packed the course and endured the hot temperatures to ensure they did not miss their opportunity to give back to Ronald McDonald House and play one of America’s favorite and most difficult courses, The Ocean Couse. 

Beneficiary: Ronald McDonald House. With this year’s tournament RMH has raised over $1,000,000 in support of families in their time of need. 

Photographs by Adam Collins

June 11, 2015

The Party: Partygoers dressed to impress in Top Gun and ’80s-themed apparel for an evening on the deck of the USS Yorktown complete with live music and dancing, cuisine from Top Shelf Catering, and cocktails from Firefly Moonshine and Sweet Carolina Whiskey Liqueur. 

Highlights: Guests jammed out to nostalgic tunes by ’80s cover band The Spazmatics.

Overheard: “Goodness gracious greatballs of fire! This party is hoppin!”

Beneficiary: A portion of the funds raised supported Tooth Angel, an organization providing cosmetic surgery at an affordable price.



June 7, 2015

The Party: Capping off this annual 17-day celebration of the arts, the Spoleto Festival finale invited guests to Middleton Place for a day of local and regional bands, a beer garden, gourmet picnic fare, and headlining musical act, St. Paul and The Broken Bones.

Highlight: A post-concert fireworks display was an explosive send-off to this festival season. 

Overheard: “I hope you brought your dancing shoes!”

Beneficiary: Spoleto Festival USA

Photographs by Adam Collins

May 24, 2015

The Party: Commemorating the first tea leaf harvest of the season, the Charleston Tea Plantation hosted this ninth annual festival featuring nearly twenty food trucks, kids’ activities, local arts and crafts vendors, and an all-day lineup of musical acts including headliner Sheryl Crow. 

Highlight: After attendees soaked up the sun all day long, Sheryl Crow kept audiences going into the night with a three-song encore featuring her greatest hits.

Overheard: “I cannot believe I forgot to bring my hula hoop.”

May 23, 2015

The Party: Bearded and moustached men—and women—from across the country gathered at the Music Farm for the Sixth Annual Southeastern Beard and Moustache Championships hosted by the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society. Fans of facial hair packed into the hall to view the whiskered participants.

Highlight: Paul Roof, also known as “The Beard Can Professor,” toasted the audience with a Holy City Brewing Chucktown Follicle Brown—the very beer can his image graces.

Overheard: “If this is your first beard and moustache competition—get ready! This is going to be a ride...”

Beneficiary: The Center for Women

May 21, 2015

The Party: Brooklyn-based sculptor Alyson Shotz presented her solo exhibit Force of Nature at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. Members of the Halsey enjoyed an hour-long preview party before the reception opened to the public. 

Highlight: Alyson Shotz mingled with guests, happily answering any questions and offering insight into her work.

Overheard: “At first I thought it was nothing, and then I saw the sky moving.”—Guest in awe of the artist’s 27-minute video “The Bedroom, Time Lapse,” a moving recreation of Van Gogh’s The Bedroom.

Beneficiary: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

Photographs by Adam Collins

May 18, 2015

The Party: New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe released the third installment of her Lowcountry Summer TrilogyThe Summer’s End, celebrating its launch with a book signing at the South Carolina Aquarium.

Highlight: The Hallmark Network announced plans to adapt Mary Alice Monroe’s 2006 novel, The Beach House, into a film starring Andie MacDowell to be released in 2016.

Overheard: “A delightful event and a great cause. We're turtle ladies!”

Beneficiary: A portion of the book sales from the event were donated to the Sea Turtle Rescue Program.

May 7, 2015

The Party: With all the joie de vivre of La Belle Époque, a period of French history from the 1870’s to World War I characterized by peace, prosperity, and an enthusiasm for the fine arts, The Gibbes Museum hosted its sixth annual street party. Guests gathered in the Charleston Visitors Center Bus Shed for a night of French fare from area chefs, haute couture, signature cocktails, and live music. 

Highlight: Accordian players and guitarists transported guests to the streets of Paris, playing French tunes as cabaret dancers captivated the crowd with their costumes and movements. 

Overheard: “Check out her beret—très French!”

Beneficiary: Gibbes Museum of Art

April 29, 2015

The Party: Friends and family gathered to honor Charles Fox of Fox Music House for his work mentoring Charleston’s young artists and his commitment to Arts Education. Guest enjoyed speakers such as Nella Barkley and Mary Gould, as well as entertainment from "Summer in NYC."

Highlight: Charles Fox was awarded the "Summey Barkley Rucker Medallion."

Overheard: "If I ever run for a campaign, Jim, you're my manager."—Charles Fox in response to James Braunruether's introduction

Beneficiary: "Summer In NYC," a month-long artistic residency at The Juilliard School for lowcountry artists age 13-18

May 2, 2015

The Party: The Charleston Junior League hosted Charleston’s “only Derby Gala” at the Daniel Island Club. Guests donned impressive headwear, sipped Mint Juleps, and participated in both silent and live auctions.

Highlight: All proceeds from the event went towards the Junior League’s partner charities, including Habitat for Humanity, East Cooper Meals on Wheels, and the Lowcountry Food Bank. 

Overheard: “She's over there in the pink hat." 

“Which pink hat?!”

The Beneficiary: Junior League of Charleston

April 29, 2015

The Party: Guests gathered at the Omar Shrine Convention Center for a night of silent and live auctions, music, and signature small dishes from a dozen local chefs.

Highlight: Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page served as auctioneer for the live auction which included numerous vacations and exclusive, one-of-a-kind opportunities.

Overheard: "Let's make this perfectly clear, the $500 is coming to me!" — Cheryl Daniels just before winning the entertaining "Heads or Tails" coin toss game

Beneficiary: East Cooper Meals on Wheels

April 25, 2015

The Party: Memminger Auditorium was the setting for the 8th installment of this funkified local arts and culture festival complete with musicians, dancers, circus performers, visual artists, and a laser light show. 

Highlight: Mix Master Mike of Beastie Boys fame closed out the night, bringing the entire crowd to the dance floor with pulsating beats from his turntables. 

Overheard: "Charleston needs Kulture Klash. I'm so stoked it's back!"

Beneficiary: Lowcountry AIDS Services


April 24, 2015

The Party: The South Carolina Aquarium honored Jeff Corwin at their 15th Anniversary Conservation Gala, awarding the animal and nature conservationist with the Environmental Stewardship Award. After a seated dinner, guests were invited to an after party where they were given a sneak peak of the aquarium’s new Shark Shallows exhibit.

Highlight: The water bowl performer mesmerized onlookers with her flexibility and fluid movement through the water. Amazing!

Overheard: "Oh my gosh! The carpet is a lady!" - a guest remarked at the entrance "carpet," in fact the tail of a mermaid

Beneficiary: 15th Anniversary Watershed Fund Campaign 

The Party: Over fifteen local chefs and over twenty-five local farmers joined forces to create delicious gourmet food, which they served to 300 hungry and excited guests. Palmetto Brewery, Coast Brewing, Firefly Vodka and Grassroots Wine provided the libations.

Highlight: The auctioneer ramped up the competition during the live auction as guests bid on an evening clamming and roasting with Clammer Dave; “I wanna hear this tent scream!” Clammer Dave jokingly told guests that when they went clamming with him they would experience “lightning, thunder, predators and poachers.”

Overheard: “We have a little head a little heart and a little liver.”—Cypress

Beneficiary: Lowcountry Local First

April 9, 2015

The Party: Krug Champagne hosted a tour of Charleston’s haunted history, stopping at the Wentworth Mansion and Old City Jail, and sipping champagne along the way.

Highlight: Popping bottles of bubbly on the rooftop of the Wentworth Mansion as the sun set over the Charleston skyline

Overheard: “Charleston is older than champagne!”

Beneficiary: American College of the Building Arts

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