Stroll through the Holy City during the festival. | Photo by @kimgrahamphoto
The 2023 Festival of Houses and Gardensofficially begins this week and we’re giving you an overview of what you can expect from this year’s festivities. Pro tip: Tickets tend to sell out quickly, so grab ‘em while you can.
What’s the event all about?
The Festival of Houses and Gardens has served as the largest fundraising event and educational experience for Historic Charleston Foundation since 1947. This year’s event will be held from March 15 through April 16 and is set to host a selection of programs within five categories:
Historic Charleston Foundation works to protect and preserve the architecture and culture of our city through advocacy programs like the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative and engagement in community issues — while addressing modern growth, livability, tourism, mobility, and transportation needs.
How can I contribute?
Purchasing a ticket to an event or making a donation helps support the foundation and its ongoing preservation and advocacy efforts. Donations can be fully tax-deductible and there are opportunities to receive reduced tax benefit.
Want to get involved with the festival? Register to lend a hand.
Tap the button below to explore Historic Charleston Foundation’s guide to the Festival of Houses and Gardens.
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Paint & Sip: To the Beach | Tuesday, March 14 | 6-8 p.m. | Share House, 23 Ann St., Charleston | $37 | Head to this inaugural event at Share House and create a 16-by-20 coastal painting with step-by-step instructions.
Soundcheck Trivia Night | Tuesday, March 14 | 7-9 p.m. | Steel City Pizza Co., 2511 N. Main St., Summerville | Free | Enjoy a lively music bingo-style trivia game and bites with the chance to win prizes.
The Sound of Charleston | Wednesday, March 15 | 7-8:15 p.m. | Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St., Charleston | $26-$28 | Experience the sounds that define the Holy City, including jazz, gospel, and spirituals, during this 75-minute live concert.
We have a calendar filled with events and activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Improvements to the Charleston 9 Memorial (1807 Savannah Hwy.) in West Ashley near Early Bird Diner are on the table, including brick markers, a donor patio, and landscaping enhancements, which could be finished aheadof this year’s anniversaryinJune. (WCSC + WCBD)
The upcoming Summerville Fire Station 6,expected to serve asa new EMS and fire station, could be finished within the next 4-6 months on two acres of land between Ladson and Old Trolley roads. This $4 million project is a joint effort between the Town of Summerville and Dorchester County. 👨🚒 (WCSC)
Heads up, Charleston County: Residents in the Bayview Acres, Old Village, and Old Mount Pleasant communities will begin a new recycling pickupevery other Wednesday, effective April 5. Isle of Palms residents will have recycling picked up every other Thursday, effective April 6. ♻️ (WCBD)
Summerville Town Council unanimously passed the first reading of a property annexation request from Dorchester County Community Outreach for land that was purchased in October. Two facilities for those experiencing homelessness could be placed on the property. (WCBD)
Lace up your dancing shoes. The Cougars are heading to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. College of Charleston is a No. 12 seed and will open up the tournament against No. 5 San Diego State on Thursday, March 16 in Orlando, FL. Let’s go Cougars. 🏀
Calling all foodies: Eater Carolinas has released its list of 14 Essential Spots to Eat Brunch in Charleston, featuring Daps, Little Line, and The Darling. Want to expand your brunch list even further? Check out our guide. 🥞 (Eater Carolinas)
A 60-acre tract on Faison Road near the Mount Pleasant Regional Airport recently sold for $10.5 million. Three buildings and 400 parking spaces may be developed by the new owner. (The Post and Courier)
Speaking of recent sales, the former Mellow Mushroom in Summerville has been purchased for $4 million. Future plans for the site have not been released. (The Post and Courier)
To welcome the new season, our online store (Six & Main) is running a Spring Forward Contest. The winner + two friends will receive a prize from one of our coffee or tea brand partners. The contest is running now through Friday, March 24. Learn more on Instagram. 🌸
The SC Stingrays and The Blood Connection need your help to score their goal. Donate blood and join the Lifesaver League on Thursday, March 16. All blood donors will receive two game tickets, lunch, and a Luck O’ the Donor scratch off card — plus, a chance to meet some Stingrays players, as well. 🏒 *
Fun local fact: Charleston es la sede del histórico Teatro de Dock Street, reconocido como “el primer teatro de los Estados Unidos.” Find the translation of this fun fact in The Wrap at the bottom of our newsletter.*
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Get ready to celebrate, Holy City. | Photo by @halfmoonoutfitters
Get ready to raise a green beer — St. Patrick’s Day is this Friday, March 17. Break out your shamrock swag for these three upcoming events that are sure to bring you good luck.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Friday, March 17 | 10-11:30 a.m. | King Street | Free | Travel down King Street to Broad Street with Irish step dancers, fiddlers, and team mascots.
St. Patrick’s Day | Friday, March 17 | 4-9 p.m. | Two Blokes, 547 Long Point Rd., Ste. 101, Mt. Pleasant | Price of purchase | Celebrate with a re-release of Better Red Than Dead, food specials, and live music.
St. Patrick’s Day Party | Friday, March 17 | 12 p.m. | Ireland’s Own, 3025 Ashley Town Center Dr. | Price of purchase | Indulge in bites, whiskey tastings, and watch Irish dancers.
DYK, translated: Charleston is home to the historic Dock Street Theatre, recognized as “America’s first theater.” Brush up on your Spanish skills with a subscription to Babbel (currently 60% off exclusively for CHStoday readers now through Sunday, March 19).*
Today’s issue was written by Alexandra.
Editor’s pick: In case you missed it, we recently gave you the scoop on the new Charleston edition of Monopoly that’s in the works (peep these photos of Mr. Monopoly boppin’ around the Holy City) and I am beyond excited to see which local landmarks appear on the board. 🎲
The community is encouraged to submit suggestionshere, but I also want to know what y’all are choosing, so share ‘em with me, too.
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