Arts & Culture

Make the Most Out of December’s Art Walk

The last Art Walk of 2018 will take place on Friday, December 7, and there’s no better way to explore Charleston’s historic art district than by foot. From 5PM-8PM, more than 40 galleries will be participating in the event, which will allow you to see a range of artwork while mixing and mingling with artists and indulging in light bites and beverages. Here are our top four ways to make the most out of this year’s final Art Walk.
Dress Comfortably

While the majority of the galleries are confined to the French Quarter, there’s still a lot of ground to cover. We suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes to help navigate uneven walkways and cobblestone streets. Depending on the temperature, you’ll want to have a jacket in tow. If you forgot proper attire, stop in to The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place where you’ll find a unique collection of shops to browse.
Make Dinner Reservations

Plan the perfect evening, post-Art Walk, with a stop at Charleston Grill. Savor Four Diamond Dining while indulging in highly creative and uniquely presented cuisine from only the finest ingredients. Wine Director and Sommelier Rick Rubel is the mastermind behind the largest wine collection in Charleston. The traditional French service creates a flawless dining experience, and you can relax in the warm, intimate ambiance while enjoying the sounds of nightly live jazz.
Spend Time At Mary Martin Gallery

Stop by the Broad Street location of Mary Martin Gallery to view the contemporary wildlife art exhibit from Laura Palermo. Here you’ll experience fine art, conservation, and a personal bird experience in collaboration with Charleston’s Center for Birds of Prey. Plus, check out the second Mary Martin Gallery, located in the East Gallery of The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place, where they will be showcasing local artists.
Savor The Holiday Scene at Belmond Charleston Place

After dinner, take a stroll through the hotel lobby to discover a replica of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE). Marvel at the train’s intricate design as it travels across 300 feet of track. Complete with a hand carved, eight-foot mountain, hundreds of handcrafted trees, and a miniature world of ski resorts, hotels, inns, shops, and vintage automobiles, this scene will certainly put you in the holiday spirit.
 

 

 

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Charleston’s Spooky Side

Halloween is approaching frighteningly fast. That means it is time for pumpkin carving, costume parties, candy corn and of course, getting spooked! Charleston is one of the oldest cities in the United States and has been named one of the top ten most haunted so it is the perfect place to get into the Halloween spirit. In this blog post, you will learn about some of the spookiest sites in Charleston. Stop by on your next visit to Charleston…if you dare.

Old City Jail
Located at 21 Magazine Street is the Old City Jail, arguably Charleston’s most haunted location. It was operational from 1802 to 1939 and was featured in an episode of the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures”. Denmark Vesey, famous for leading a slave rebellion, and 19th-century pirates were jailed here before being hanged. The most intriguing tale regarding the Old City Jail involves Lavinia Fisher, the first female serial killer in the United States. She and her husband, John Fisher, operated a hotel called the Six Mile Wayfarer House. After many male travelers were discovered missing after last being seen at the hotel, it was discovered that Lavinia and her husband were robbing and murdering their guests. The couple was sentenced to hang on the gallows behind the Charleston Jail. Before being hanged, John prayed that his soul be saved while Lavinia was anything but repentant. Lavinia requested to wear her wedding dress and yelled “If you have a message you want to send to hell, give it to me – I’ll carry it” before jumping off the scaffold herself. Today, the Old City Jail is an official “Save America’s Treasures” project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the White House Millennium Council.

Provost Dungeon
The Provost Dungeon is located at 122 East Bay Street beneath the Old Exchange Building which was used as a customs house and post office. Soon after taking control of Charleston in 1780, the British started housing local criminals and insubordinate soldiers beneath the Exchange Building. Pirates and deserters were also housed in the “dungeon”. Some people were only held here for a short time before being transferred to other jails or prison ships but others remained until their death. Today, costumed guides lead you through a piece of history that tells the story of what it once was like to be condemned and confined in terrible conditions.

U.S.S. Yorktown
Now decommissioned and docked at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, the aircraft carrier known as the U.S.S. Yorktown was active during WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam. Over the years, there have been a number of reports of unexplainable noise, sightings and activities from visitors, employees and area law enforcement officers. The spirits of those who lost their lives while aboard the ship seem to still be on active duty. The U.S.S. Yorktown was featured on the Syfy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters” earlier this year. Their findings include ghostly figures caught by thermal imaging, unexplained footsteps and voices. The U.S.S. Yorktown is now offering guided ghost tours that detail these findings as well as other accounts.

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Fall at Boone Hall Is Calling Your Name

Located just eight miles from downtown Charleston is one of America’s oldest working plantations. On the National Register of Historic Places, Boone Hall Plantation is famous for its three-quarter mile lined avenue of oaks dating back to 1743. The 90 live oaks create an enchanting canopy leading to the plantation’s main building. Bordering the avenue of oaks are nine original slave cabins, which housed servants and skilled craftsmen. This cluster of cabins, known as Slave Street, is one of the few remaining intact in the Southeast and the only brick slave street in the U.S. Touted as “America’s Most Photographed Plantation,” Boone Hall was established in 1681 by Major John Boone and is located just north of Charleston in Mount Pleasant, SC. The present Colonial Revival-style house dates back to 1935, and combined with the lawns and gardens, provides the perfect stage for many popular seasonal events.
During the month of October, Boone Hall Farm hosts its annual Pumpkin Patch. After finding the perfect pumpkin, try to make your way through the 8-acre corn maze for some great, family fun. It is open from 9am until 6pm Monday through Saturday and from 11am to 6pm on Sunday.

Also, there are plenty of thrills to go around during Boone Hall’s Fright Nights. Featuring four frightening attractions, Fright Nights promises to continue its tradition of Halloween horrors. Attractions include the The Farmhouse, The Clearing, The Corn, and The Woods.  The fun continues through the end of October.

 

On Sunday, December 2nd from 1pm to 5pm, Boone Hall will be hosting “Wine Under the Oaks”. At this casual and elegant affair, food samples will be provided by a diverse group of some of the Lowcountry’s finest restaurants. The event will also provide the opportunity for holiday shopping with retail vendors offering a unique selection of gift ideas. The Plantation will be decorated in holiday décor, and it is the perfect way to kick-off the holiday season.

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