Charleston’s rich history, culture and hospitality comes alive in the fall, as the city’s historic museums, landmarks and organizations that make up the Charleston Heritage Federation (CHF) announce an abundance of exciting new events. From the annual Fall Tour of Homes, History & Architecture to art workshops at The Charleston Museum to wine strolls on the picturesque grounds of Drayton Hall, guests can savor the season with a lineup of enriching offerings geared towards locals and visitors of all ages. Visitors can experience all nine Charleston Heritage Federation sites for one price with the CHF Passport, now available for purchase online at www.heritagefederation.org.
Please see below for a list of the upcoming CHF events taking place in the Holy City this fall:
Rauschenberg in Charleston: Gibbes Museum of Art
Now through January 5, 2020
When Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008) selected Charleston as one of six American cities to highlight in his monumental 1980-1981 photography project, In + Out City Limits, the pioneering artist was returning to his artistic roots. Rauschenberg, along with fellow southerner, Jasper Johns, is renowned for disrupting New York’s Abstract Expressionist movement. His first experiences with photography were in the South as a student at Black Mountain College outside Asheville, North Carolina between 1949 and 1952, and Charleston was one of his earliest subjects. Rauschenberg in Charleston revisits a selection of Rauschenberg’s Charleston photographs taken between 1952 and 1981 and examines their appearance in several later works. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/30zPsff.
Influence and Inspiration: The Art of Jill Hooper, Ben Long, and Frank Mason: Gibbes Museum of Art
Now through January 5, 2020
Spanning multiple generations, Influence and Inspiration celebrates three artists devoted to classical training and united by friendships. Frank Mason (1921–2009) was an influential teacher at the Art Students League in New York City for over 50 years and a passionate supporter of the arts. In the 1960s, Mason taught Ben Long (b. 1945), a promising young artist from North Carolina. Long has since distinguished himself on the international stage as a realist and a prolific fresco painter. Charleston-based artist Jill Hooper (b. 1970) studied under Ben Long, who remains an important mentor to this day. Like Long and Mason, Hooper is a realist painter who has earned international acclaim for her powerful portraits, landscapes and still-life paintings. Their works together demonstrate the rigorous training and preparation behind each finished painting and offer a glimpse into the artist’s working process. Subjects range from portraits and genre scenes to large-scale religious paintings. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2MG1ikI.
Harvest Brunch at Middleton Place Organic Farm
September 15, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Guests can wake up all of their senses with yoga and brunch at the Middleton Place Organic Farm- featuring freshly harvested veggies and live music beginning at 11 a.m. Attendees can also pick up some produce from the farm and Lowcountry Street Grocery to take home. Chairs and picnic blankets are welcome. $25/person. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://bit.ly/2Zfl3pT.
A Luxurious Charleston: An Exclusive Jewelry Reception at The Charleston Museum
September 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Attendees are invited to explore some of the most luxurious pieces in The Charleston Museum’s Collection with Senior Curator, Grahame Long. Precious gemstones and organic jewelry have been selected by Long and will be on display under the Museum’s right whale to highlight some of Charleston’s most luxurious and historic jewels dating back to the eighteenth century. Alongside the Museum’s Collection, local Charleston jewelry will be available for guests to purchase as the makers show how far jewelry has come in the Holy City. $45/Members, $55/Non-Members. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://bit.ly/2Nx4uP2.
We The People: Mary Whyte Lecture at the Gibbes Museum of Art
September 27, 1-2 p.m.
In 2010, internationally renowned artist Mary Whyte set out on a mission to paint fifty large-scale watercolor portraits of what it means to be an American veteran today. Over seven years in the making, We The People: Portraits of Veterans in America, took her across the United States. On that journey, she met men and women of all ages and from all walks of life and had the opportunity to paint some of our country's truest patriots. Guests can join for this special lecture to hear more about her experience and her inspiration for the exhibit. $20/Members, $25/Non-Members, $10/ Students or Faculty with valid ID
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://bitly/2ZiGshS.
Sweetgrass Basket Weaving Workshop with Sarah Edwards-Hammond at The Charleston Museum
September 28, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Guests can learn to make traditional sweetgrass baskets- a staple of culture, art and history in Charleston for centuries- with basket maker, Sarah Edwards-Hammond-. Mrs. Edwards-Hammond comes from a long line of basket makers and has passed down the tradition to her own children, grandchildren and others in the community. Participants will then spend the rest of the class making their own basket as Mrs. Edwards-Hammond guides them. $50/Members, $65/Non-Members. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://bit.ly/33YTZd9
Preservation Society’s Fall Tours of Homes, History & Architecture
October 3- November 2
Now in its 43rd year, the Preservation Society of Charleston’s annual Fall Tours are better than ever, with fresh new programs and longtime favorites. Locals and visitors alike can experience Charleston’s stunning private houses, intimate gardens and public buildings as they stroll through historic streets. The Fall Tours serve as the Society’s foremost annual fundraiser. Offerings include Curated Tours, Garden Walks and Talks, Photography Walkabout and Workshops, Traditional House & Garden Tours, Haunts and Haints: Spirits Among Us and Morning History Walks & Talks. Tickets range from $30-$125/person. Limited tickets are available and reservations are recommended. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit preservationsociety.org or call 843.405.1050.
Garden Concert Series at The Gibbes Museum of Art: Soul in the Garden
October 2, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
The Gibbes Museum partners with the Charleston Music Hall to bring outstanding live music performances to the Lenhardt Garden. Guests are invited to bring a picnic and a lawn chair and arrive early to find a spot or reserve a premium table, and enjoy a plein-air performance under the setting sun. This concert will feature members of The Black Diamond Band and The Zandrina Dunning Experience, who will bring attendees an evening of Soul music with a twist. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. $20/Members, $25/Non-Members. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://bit.ly/2KCA3VF.
Dill Sanctuary Community Day with The Charleston Museum
October 5, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
The largest area of privately protected land on James Island, the Dill Sanctuary is a 580-acre wildlife preserve on the Stono River, rich in historic and natural features. Without the preservation of The Charleston Museum, the property could hold an estimated 300 homes, and cultural and natural history and resources would be lost. Guests are invited to tour the property to learn more about its significance. Museum staff will be on hand to discuss major accomplishments at the Sanctuary in the last several decades, including extensive archaeological research, preservation of the Civil War batteries at the site as well as natural resource management. Attendees can take a guided tour to Battery Pringle, hike to the wildlife pond where an SCDNR biologist will discuss the important wading bird colony, hear about archaeology projects and see artifacts recovered at the Sanctuary or speak to Museum representatives concerning the protection of the property. Craft activities will be available for children to enjoy and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch with a view of the Stono River. Free to the public. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2zqI21C.
Fall Wine Strolls at Drayton Hall
Saturdays in October: October 12, 19, 26 from 2-4 p.m.
Perfect for wine, outdoors and history lovers, guests can enjoy carefully curated wines while they take a fall stroll through Drayton Hall’s historic and picturesque grounds. Drayton Hall is the oldest Palladian home in North America c.1738 and the oldest unrestored plantation home open to the public in the United States. Set on 125 acres next to Charleston’s scenic Ashley River, the landscape of Drayton Hall is as memorable as the house. This is an opportunity to see one of Charleston’s most important historic homes in a whole new way. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and attend a house tour. $15/Members, $25/Non-Members. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://bit.ly/2MDx8hR.
Stewards of the Soil: Fall Festival at Middleton Place
October 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Middleton Place will celebrate all of the things grown, harvested and enjoyed in the Lowcountry. Guests can take a hayride to the farm for tours and demonstrations including a wild edibles walk, home composting lecture and a conversation about honey bees. Families and friends can have a picnic and shop with local vendors for all their garden’s needs. Included with admission to Middleton Place. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/30BIg2b.
Beer, BBQ & The Blacksmiths at Drayton Hall, presented by Palladian Circle
October 26, 4:00-7:30 p.m.
A celebration of beer, BBQ and music at one of Charleston’s beautiful plantations, guests are invited to visit the lawn of Drayton Hall for delicious brews, bites and music from local band, Don Merckle & The Blacksmiths. Renowned local BBQ master Jamie Westendorff will lay out an incredible spread for guests to enjoy alongside local craft beer. $60/person, $40/Palladian Circle Members. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://bit.ly/2Nu0leR.
Drayton Hall Photography Workshop with Kim Graham
November 2, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Professional photographer Kim Graham will hold a photography workshop in and on the extraordinary interiors and exteriors of Charleston’s oldest surviving plantation open to the public. This rare opportunity to photograph freely and under the instruction of one of Charleston’s most accomplished photographers will be offered only once in 2019. Guests will also enjoy lunch in the McDaniel Education Center. $115/Members, $125/Non-Members. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://bit.ly/30H5DaI.
Chamber Music Concert at Drayton Hall
November 9, 6-8 p.m.
A wonderful way to start the holiday season, Chamber Music Charleston will perform for the first time in Drayton Hall’s new visitor center complex which houses the pavilion. They will present “A Little Night Music,” an hour-long program for flute and string quartet which will include Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and Arthur Foote’s “A Little Night Piece.” A light reception will follow the performance. $55/Members, $65/Non-Members. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://bit.ly/30AoLaj.
The Gibbes Distinguished Lecture Series Presents Fred Wilson
November 13, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
The Gibbes Museum of Art is thrilled to present Fred Wilson as its Distinguished Lecture Speaker, taking place at the Charleston Music Hall. Fred Wilson (b. 1954, Bronx, New York) challenges assumptions of history, culture, race and conventions of display with his work. His most recent exhibition entitled Afro Kismet, was originally produced for the Istanbul Biennial in the Fall of 2017 and subsequently shown in New York and Los Angeles. Afro Kismet investigates the long-ignored presence of communities of African descent in Europe and will open at the Gibbes in the Spring of 2020 to coincide with the world premiere of Rhiannon Giddens’ new opera for Spoleto Festival USA inspired by the autobiography of Omar Ibn Said. In addition to his work in Afro Kismet, Wilson will create a new installation for the Gibbes Museum comprising elements of Said’s autobiography and images of the scholar. Tickets range from $40-$60/person, $15/Students and Faculty with valid ID. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://bit.ly/2ZraSO3.