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E.g., December 2019
Friday, Dec 06, 2019

Classical oil painter and 2017 winner of the Still Life Award of Excellence, Lindsay Goodwin presents a collection of rich tableaus depicting the ornate inner landscape of European homes, hotels, opera houses, and cafes. This solo exhibition features opulent table settings and luxurious dining rooms, all completed within two sittings; the short time span does not allow the paint to dry—an approach called alla prima, which imbues a timelessness to these elegant scenes, as if stuck in time. Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, 58 Broad St. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Free. (843)722-3660, www.ellarichardson.com


Friday, Dec 06, 2019

Sample soups and breads made by local eateries and culinary students of St. John’s High School at this Fields to Families fundraiser. Admission includes a complimentary ceramic bowl crafted by students at Haut Gap Middle School. Fields to Families is an organization dedicated to eliminating food insecurity in the Charleston area. Through harvesting, collecting, growing, and distributing fresh produce, volunteers provide healthy, essential resources to families and seniors in need. St. John’s High School, 1518 Main Rd., John’s Island. Friday, 5pm-7pm. $25. (843) 473-7554, www.fieldstofamilies.org


Friday, Dec 06, 2019

If you follow Phish, you already know they’re headed to the Holy City, but for those who remain curious, join “Phans” at the North Charleston Coliseum for a genre-bending, psychedelic night. The iconic Vermont jam band, known for musical improvisation, will take adoring fans on a journey through the greatest hits of their approximately 350-song oeuvre on the Lowcountry leg of their seven-date fall tour. North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston. Dates vary, 7:30pm. $125-$55. (843)529-5000, www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com


Saturday, Dec 07, 2019

Dot the globe celebrating Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Christmas, and many more international holidays in this exploration of cultural traditions practiced around the world. The holiday tour features stations with interactive games, activities, and guest speakers (including Gullah storytellers) where kids learn of myriad festivities from around the world. Thanks to donor generosity, the event is free but requires online pre-registration. Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, 25 Ann St. Saturday, 9am-11am. Free. (843) 853-8962, www.explorecml.org


Saturday, Dec 07, 2019

Trot through downtown dressed in your holiday best at this family- and pet-friendly 5K that begins and ends on the corner of East Bay and Queen Street. Medals will be awarded to the champs of each age group. Best costume winners (in adult, child, group, and dog categories) take home a special prize. For the big kids, keep the party going at the Reindeer Run’s official Beer Garden. The Charitable Society of Charleston will donate 80 percent of all funds to the new MUSC Shawn Jenkin’s Children’s Hospital. Corner of East Bay and Queen sts. Saturday, 9am. $35; $25 ages 5-16; $10 for dogs; free for child 4 & under. (843)792-1414, www.reindeerrun.org


Saturday, Dec 07, 2019

If you’re in the market for homegoods, eccentric clothing, punk-rock baby clothes, handcrafted jewelry, plush toys, DIY kits, or screen-printing, you’ve come to the right place. Nashville-based Crafty Bastards has showcased rare, unique, and local art since 2003 in Tennessee, and since 2017 in the Lowcountry. Here’s your chance to meet talented artisans, find unconventional gifts, and explore your creative side. Joe Riley Park, 360 Fishburne St. Saturday, 10am-4pm. Free. www.charleston.craftybastards.com


Saturday, Dec 07, 2019

Ever wonder how families celebrated the holidays in the 18th and 19th centuries? Drayton Hall’s kids programming has got you covered. For the afternoon, children partake in bygone traditions, craft Twelfth Night crowns, and learn how Christmas trees and decorations have changed, or lasted, throughout American history. A reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” will commence at noon, with merry house tours—showcasing era-specific Christmas customs—conducted throughout the day. Drayton Hall, 3380 Ashley River Rd. Saturday, 10am-3pm. $22 Adults; $15 children aged 8-14. (843)769-2600, www.draytonhall.org


Saturday, Dec 07, 2019

Emmy award-winner Colin Quashie established a unique perspective through creating mixed-media images that spurred important conversations about race. In “Linked,” his latest digitally-rendered photo series which critiques the depiction of people of color in mass media, Louis Armstrong’s trumpet is replaced with slave chains, while Harriet Tubman wears a pair of rose-colored glasses fashioned from shackles. Born in London, but now a Charleston resident, Quashie invites viewers through his artwork to recognize modern stereotypes and to respond with sincerity and sensitivity. Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St. Monday-Saturday 11am-4pm; Thursdays 11am-7pm. Free. (843)953-4422, www.halsey.cofc.edu


Saturday, Dec 07, 2019

Finish (or catch up on) your holiday shopping at the annual Mount Pleasant holiday market featuring local artists, purveyors, photographers, and crafters. A farmers market with a spirited twist, this day-long event is the perfect place to find fresh produce, baked goods, homemade preserves, handcrafted gifts, and original art. There’s plenty for the kids to do as you shop: face painting, arts and crafts, and a visit with Santa Claus. Live entertainment will spread holiday cheer through the aisles of gifts and goods. Mount Pleasant Farmers Market Pavillion, 645 Coleman Blvd. Saturday, 11am-4pm. Free. (843) 884-8517, www.experiencemtpleasant.com


Saturday, Dec 07, 2019

Meet Kris Kringle himself when his sleigh makes a pit stop at the Gibbes Museum of Art, outfitted with Christmas trimmings galore. Snap a selfie with Santa, participate in an ornament making workshop inspired by the museum’s stained glass rotunda dome, and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate after chatting with Saint Nick. Gibbes Museum, 135 Meeting St. Saturday, 1-5pm. Free for members and children under 3; $12 adult; $6 ages 4-17; $10 students. (843) 722-2706, www.gibbesmuseum.org


Saturday, Dec 07, 2019

Create natural holiday decor using the greenery surrounding Middleton Place, which contains the oldest landscaped gardens in America at this family-friendly event. Blacksmiths, potters, and seamstresses role playing these 18th-century professions share their trade and lead guests through a variety of hands-on workshops. Afterward, enjoy the live nativity, featuring animals from the stableyards, as well as fireside seasonal refreshments. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Saturday, 5:30-8pm. $29 Adults; $15 students; $10 ages 6-13; free for children under 5. (800) 782-3608, www.middletonplace.org


Saturday, Dec 07, 2019

Drayton Hall’s annual Deck the Hall weekend is packed with holiday-themed events such as an artisan market, educational activities for kids, and tax-free shopping—but don’t miss out on their first oyster roast in five years. Pair those bivalves with a beer or wine of your choice. Treat yourself to a VIP ticket and enjoy shuttle access from downtown, cocktails, and desserts from Sweet Lulu’s Bakery. Drayton Hall, 3380 Ashley River Rd. Saturday, 6-8:30pm. $65 non-member; $55 member; $125 VIP. (843)769-2600, www.draytonhall.org


Saturday, Dec 07, 2019

Don a flannel shirt for a boot-stomping good time. The sixth annual Lowcountry Hoedown features bourbon, barbecue, and all the Southern fixings you can eat, to the tune of live bluegrass, courtesy of Red Cedar Review and Solid Country Gold. Proceeds benefit The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, a local nonprofit dedicated to growing entrepreneurship and scalable companies. Charleston Waterfront Port Authority, 186 Concord St. Saturday, 6-10pm. $58; $80 VIP ticket. (843)718-0636, www.lowcountryhoedown.com


Saturday, Dec 07, 2019

Go down the rabbit hole as the South Carolina Aquarium transforms into Wonderland for its Sealife by Starlight fundraiser, benefiting the Sea Turtle Care Center. Don red, black, and white cocktail attire—and don’t forget your top hat or timepiece—for this Alice in Wonderland-inspired party. Enjoy small plates from Good Catch partners—including Delaney Oyster House, Middleton Place, and Barrier Island Oyster Co.—as well as an open bar, live music, and silent auction. The Sea Turtle Care Center is renowned for its efforts to rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick or injured sea turtles in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources. South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. Saturday, 8-11 p.m. $100-$80. (843) 579-8540, www.scaquarium.org


Saturday, Dec 07, 2019

Don’t be late for this very important date: the ninth Annual Sea Life by Starlight, hosted by The South Carolina Aquarium. Guests 21 and up (dressed in red, black, or white dress code) can explore this Alice in Wonderland-themed benefit that includes a Cheshire Cat’s Lounge and a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by Good Catch, which promotes local sustainable seafood consumption and conservation. An open bar, silent auction, and live cover band Two 3 Ways round out the festivities. Proceeds benefit the Sea Turtle Care Center, an endangered sea turtle rehabilitation clinic. South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. Saturday, 8-11pm. $80; $100 VIP; $65 members. (843) 577-3474, www.scaquarium.org


Sunday, Dec 08, 2019

Hanging moss, pristine grounds, and historic architecture await at Boone Hall Plantation—a perfect setting for a glass or two of fine wine. Saxophonist David Sanborn adds a smooth soundtrack that pairs pleasingly with complimentary bubbly, oysters, and sweets. Peruse works from local artists, stop by the Author’s Village, and bid on prizes at the silent auction. Proceeds support The Village Museum in McClellanville. Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 1-5pm. $75; $650 VIP table. (843) 884-4371, www.boonehallplantation.com


Sunday, Dec 08, 2019

With an emphasis on community, positivity, and holiday cheer, the Summerville Christmas Parade features floats and performers that pay homage to local history and traditions. Stick around for the Food Truck Rodeo after the parade, which will feature James Brown’s Famous Boiled Peanuts, Damiano’s Wood Fired Pizza, Dean’s Meaner Wieners Hot Dog Cart, and more. W. 4th North St., Summerville. Sunday, 2pm. Free. (843)821-7260, www.summervilledream.org


Sunday, Dec 08, 2019

Get your folding chairs packed and wrangle up the kids for this 24th annual Mount Pleasant Parade that starts off with a bang: a fireworks display at sunset. Grab a spot on the parade route—which begins at Mill Street, travels south, and ends at the intersection of West Coleman Boulevard and Patriots Point Road—to see festive floats and community groups on their holly jolly march. Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Sunday, 5:30-8pm. Free. (843) 884-8517, www.experiencemountpleasant.com


Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019

Set in the French Antilles, this one-act Broadway musical, adapted from Trinidadian-born Rosa Guy’s novel My Love, My Love, brings to life a West Indian fable of tragic romance in which class and colorism disparities tear apart peasant girl, Ti Moune, and wealthy aristocrat, Daniel Beauxhomme. More Hans Christian Anderson than Disney, fit with scenes beseeching the island gods and a rhapsodic calypso score by the Tony-award-winning writers of Ragtime, this emotionally charged Caribbean fairy tale explores the depths one might plumb in pursuit of true love. The Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Wednesday, 7:30pm. $100-$39. (843) 724-5212, www.gaillardcenter.org


Thursday, Dec 12, 2019

Travel back in time to Christmas, 1782, and stroll through the lantern-lit gardens of Middleton Place —once home to Arthur Middleton, a Declaration of Independence signatory. During this event, guests are led through the ornate grounds as actors, donning period-piece costumes reenact scenes from Middleton’s return after the conclusion of the Revolutionary War. Traditional 18th century fare, including slow-roasted prime rib, pepper pot soup and mushroom toast, along with light refreshments, will be served. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. Thursday-Saturday, 6-8pm. $69-29; $25 age 6-13; free for children under 5. (800)782-3608, www.middletonplace.org


Friday, Dec 13, 2019

Take a break from trimming the tree to enjoy a night of holiday-themed musical performances and comedy sketches. After producing the show for more than two decades, Broadway vets and Charleston natives Brad and Jennifer Moranz have revamped The Charleston Christmas Special with brand new numbers. Don’t fret: you’ll still hear classics such as “Joy to the World” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and more during the two-hour show. See Broadway’s Nathaniel Hackman, vocal powerhouse Jenna Flaherty, and the rest of the all-star cast at this production that parents and kids alike can enjoy together. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Tuesday-Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 2pm & 7pm; Sunday 3pm. $40-$18. (843)853-2252. www.charlestonmusichall.com


Saturday, Dec 14, 2019

This USA Track & Field certified race is the last of the Bulldog Breakaway events of 2019. The annual 5K starts and finishes at The Citadel on Wilson Field. You’ll run or walk around the historic campus, by Summerall Field, and through Hampton Park’s scenic fountains, trails, and pavilions. Wilson Field at the Citadel, 171 Moultrie St. Saturday, 8am. $35 registration with t-shirt; $25 registration without t-shirt. (843)708-9621, www.sites.google.com/site/breakawayracing


Saturday, Dec 14, 2019

Whether you’re running or cheering on a friend or family member, you’ll appreciate the views of ocean, marshes, and grand homes along the 26.2-mile route through Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The race, which is certified and sanctioned by the USA Track & Field Organization, begins and ends at the scenic East Beach Village. Runners can warm up at a pre-race party and glow-in-the-dark 5K run Friday night and celebrate with a finish-line party and awards ceremony afterward. Kiawah Island Golf Resort, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr. Saturday, 8 a.m. $125 for the full marathon, $115 for the half marathon. (843) 768-6001, www.kiawahresort.com


Saturday, Dec 14, 2019

Are you Boston Marathon-ready? Run this qualifying race, certified and sanctioned by the USA Track & Field Organization, which takes participants through maritime forests and marshes for Kiawah Island’s 42nd annual marathon. If you wish to go the extra mile by staying on Kiawah, snag a marathon package that includes two-night accommodations and a pre-race celebration buffet on Friday night. East Beach Village, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island. Saturday, 8am. $125 full; $115 half. (843) 768-6001, www.kiawahresort.com


Saturday, Dec 14, 2019

Based on a children’s book written by schoolteacher Barbara Robinson in 1971, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever tells the story of the Herdmans: six kids notorious for causing mischief in their small town. When they hear that the local Sunday school offers snacks, they head down to church and end up scoring lead roles in the holiday Pageant. Knowing the family’s reputation, townspeople expect the show to be a disaster, but the Herdmans bring a realism to their performance, leaving the audience awed in this heartwarming play. Dock Street Theater, 135 Church St. Saturday, 10am. $31. (843)577-7183, www.charlestonstage.com


Saturday, Dec 14, 2019

When the Herdmans, the worst kids in town, somehow wrangle the leading roles in the local Christmas Pageant it seems everything that is sacred will be lost. Yet, through this motley crew of rough and tumble kids, the true meaning of Christmas is movingly rediscovered. Adapted from Barbara Robinson’s widely acclaimed contemporary Christmas classic, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever continues to delight kids and their families year after year. Single tickets for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever go on sale September 23. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street, www.charlestonstage.com


Saturday, Dec 14, 2019

Get your fill of locally steamed oysters, blue crabs, and barbecue at the December edition of Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina’s monthly cookout celebrating food, music, and art. Beverages (including a bloody mary bar), live music, and local art for sale make this a one-stop-shop kind of night on the town. Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant. Saturday, 2-6pm. $5; Free for children 12 & under and resort guests. (843)856-0028, www.charlestonharborresort.com


Saturday, Dec 14, 2019

Watch boats bedecked in string lights as they cruise from the Cooper River, through Charleston Harbor, and down the Ashley River at this annual holiday cavalcade. Snag a spot along the waterfront (The Battery, Waterfront Park, and Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park Pier are all choice locales) or gussy up your own boat and join the parade. For those preferring a higher vantage point, the USS Yorktown will host a viewing party aboard their flight deck; the $20 ticket includes admission, live holiday music, a visit from Santa, and hot cocoa. Locations vary. Saturday, 5:30-8pm. Free; $20 USS Yorktown party. www.holidayparadeofboats.com


Saturday, Dec 14, 2019

A Lowcountry tradition for sailors and onlookers alike, the Parade of Boats brings merry and bright lights to Charleston Harbor. Join the festivities at one of several viewing parties (Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, Patriots Point, or Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina) or stake out your own spot at Waterfront Park or The Battery to watch as the holiday-trimmed boats make their way around Charleston Harbor before navigating up the Ashley River. Locations vary. Saturday, 5:30-8 p.m. Free. www.holidayparadeofboats.com


Saturday, Dec 14, 2019

Now in its third year, TRAGER|contemporary art gallery is partnering with MUSC’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences for a one-night only art reception benefitting mental health care. Artwork from both patients in MUSC’s mental health programs as well as the gallery’s resident artists will be on display. As you peruse the works or participate in the silent auction (with a golf trip at Wild Dunes up for grabs), enjoy food courtesy of Felix Cocktails et Cuisine and drinks provided by Firefly Distillery. All proceeds of the A.R.T (academics, research, and treatment) gala support MUSC’s department-wide initiatives for patient care and cutting-edge research. TRAGER|contemporary, 577 King St. Saturday, 6-10pm. $40; $75 VIP. (843)882-5464, info@tragercontemporary.com