Charleston Heritage Federation Presents Fall Calendar of Arts and Culture Events; Events bring prestigious speakers and performances to Charleston

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Charleston Heritage Federation Presents Fall Calendar of Arts and Culture Events

Events bring prestigious speakers and performances to Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C., April 29, 2014 – This fall, Charleston Heritage Federation presents a wide array of events to provide visitors with an in-depth look into one of the nation’s most well-preserved and historically-significant cities, Charleston. Listed below is a selection of events ranging from the celebration of the 39th Annual Fall Tour of Homes to Plantation Days and to Distinguished Lecture Series with former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philippe de Montebello.

Fall Music Series presented by the Charleston Library Society, September 10 to December 17

Chamber Music Charleston will open the fall season on September 10 with a reprise of its sell-out Rock & Rondos II during the Mozart in the South event. Pianist Emile Pandolfi, best known for his “seamless” arrangements of music from Broadway musicals, will perform on October 15. Volodymyr Vynnytsky, laureate of the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition in Paris, will join internationally renowned cellist Natalia Khoma on November 5. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra String Quartet will complete the season with a night of Christmas music on December 17. For more information, visit or call 843.723.9912.

Cricket: The Game England Taught around the World presented by Middleton Place, September 11 to 12

When not working or dealing with the daily activities of everyday life, people of the 18th and 19th centuries sought ways to relax and entertain themselves.  Through the mediums of art, sport, gardening and food, a culture of leisure, pleasure and entertainment developed.  Departures from everyday life included painting, gardening, tea ceremonies and sports such as cricket, croquet and lawn bowling.  Join public historians and interpreters at Middleton Place National Historic Landmark for an interactive day of sport and leisure. Family activities are ongoing throughout the day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit or call 800.782.3608.

1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art Announcement Party presented by Gibbes Museum of Art, September 17

Gibbes Museum of Art will kick off its fall arts calendar with the announcement of the 2015 winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art.  A celebration to honor this year’s winning artist will be held at The Vendue, Charleston’s only art-themed hotel.  Artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia are eligible to apply.  Awarded annually with a cash prize of $10,000, the 1858 Prize acknowledges an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South. For more information, visit or call 843.722.2706.

Distinguished Speakers Series presented by The Friends of Drayton Hall, September 17 to November 19

The second-annual Distinguished Speakers Series provides a range of thought-provoking presentations related to American history and culture by some of today’s most respected historians, archaeologists and curators. This year’s speakers include Drayton Hall Vice President and Deputy Director Carter C. Hudgins (September 17); Suzanne Findlen Hood, curator of ceramics and glass at Colonial Williamsburg (October 15) and Dr. Cary Carson, former vice president for research at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (November 19). The series is held on Thursday nights at South Carolina Society Hall, 72 Meeting Street. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with presentations at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call 843.769.2627.

Fall Speaker Series presented by Charleston Library Society, September 24 to December 3

The Fall Speaker Series will kick off on September 24 with Andrea Wulf, award-winning horticultural writer who has contributed to The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times and Guardian among many others. Author Richard Pells will visit Charleston on October 22 to discuss his book, War Babies: The Generation that Changed America, which examines the lives and careers of Americans born between 1939 and 1945. After interviewing Charleston farmers, chefs, nutritionists, doctors and economists for his film, “Overalls and Aprons,” French filmmaker Thibaut Fagonde will discuss whether sustainability is truly “sustainable” on November 12. Matthew Heimer, senior editor at Fortune Magazine, ends the season with a discussion on December 3. For more information, visit or call 843.723.9912.

39th Annual Fall Tour of Homes presented by Preservation Society of Charleston, October 1 to 25

The historic beauty and charm of Charleston comes alive this October as friends of Preservation Society of Charleston invite visitors to see inside the private interiors of some of the nation’s most exceptional historic houses. These self-paced walking tours allow guests to experience firsthand the rich history of Charleston’s culture, architecture and hospitality. Guests are invited to discover the stories of these magnificent residences. Different properties are featured each day. For more information, visit or call 800.514.3849.

Annual Fall History Tour presented by South Carolina Historical Society, November 1

Each year, South Carolina Historical Society chooses a new town or city in the state to explore its cultural and historical aspects. This year’s location will be revealed later this month. For more information, visit or call 843.723.3225.

Plantation Days presented by Middleton Place, November 14 to 15

Learn how slaves prepared the antebellum plantation for winter through reenactments by craftworkers. Different aspects of 18th and 19th century plantation life will be explored including domestic skills, African American culture and Gullah storytelling. For more information, visit  or call 800.782.3608.

Distinguished Lecture Series presented by Gibbes Museum of Art, November 18

Gibbes Museum of Art’s annual Distinguished Lecture Series will feature Philippe de Montebello, who retired after more than 30 years as the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s eighth and longest-serving director. He has not only served longer than any other director in the Museum’s history, but has for several years ranked as the longest-serving leader at any major museum in the world. de Montebello will speak about his experiences in the art world and sign copies of his book, Rendez-Vous with Art. For more information, visit or call 843.722.2706.

About Charleston Heritage Federation

Charleston Heritage Federation is the united voice of numerous historic landmarks, museums, plantations and houses in the Charleston area. A mission-driven organization focused on educating, preserving and telling the authentic story through experiences, Charleston Heritage Federation prides itself on capturing the essence of the city’s rich history, while fostering a deeper understanding of the Lowcountry. Members of Charleston Heritage Federation include Avery Research Center for African American History & Culture, Charleston Library Society, The Charleston Museum, Drayton Hall, Gibbes Museum of Art, Historic Charleston Foundation, Middleton Place, Preservation Society of Charleston and South Carolina Historical Society. For more information, visit

About Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

The mission of Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is to unify and lead the local travel industry in marketing the Charleston area as an individual, meeting, incentive and group destination to both the domestic and international markets. For more information, visit


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