Tour Charleston from behind-the-scenes with the 67th Annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens and 11th Annual Charleston Antiques Show
CHARLESTON, S.C. (July. 16, 2013)- Historic Charleston Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve and protect the integrity of Charleston's architectural, historical, and cultural heritage; announced the dates for its 67th annual spring Festival of Houses and Gardens, taking place from March 20 through April 19, 2014. The premier event of its kind in the country, the Festival offers guests rare access into some of Charleston’s finest private houses and gardens in the city's renowned historic district during peak blooming season. In addition to house and garden tours, special events include a concert series, wine and spirit tastings, educational lectures and more. Kicking off the Festival’s first weekend of festivities is the 11th annual Charleston Antiques Show, March 21-23, 2014, with the elegant opening night Preview Party on March 20. The Festival of Houses and Gardens and the Charleston Antiques Show celebrate the decorative arts, history and culture found only in Charleston. Tickets for both the Festival and Antiques Show will be on sale beginning November 1, 2013.
The 67th annual spring Festival of Houses and Gardens includes a series of tours and events:
House and Garden Tours: Each self-guided tour will provide exclusive entrance into the private residences, historic properties, and gardens otherwise only viewed from the sidewalks of Charleston’s earliest neighborhoods.
Daily Morning History Walks: Expert guides lead two-hour walking tours of the Old and Historic District, providing the background for the Festival’s house and garden tours.
Musical Concerts: From bluegrass to instrumental classical music, each concert is an opportunity for guests to experience period music in an intimate historic setting with informative interpretations.
Luncheon Lectures: This series of entertaining and educational presentations features different speakers daily along with a light lunch. Topic range from Charleston cuisine to Charleston history and architecture.
Wine and Spirits Tastings: Guests will discover why Charleston is known for its fine cuisine while savoring wines with paired hors d’oeuvres.
Learn more about the house and garden tours and special events of the spring Festival of Houses and Gardens.
In its 11th year, the Charleston Antiques Show, managed by the Antiques Council, will kick off the Festival with several special opportunities to learn more about antiques and decorative arts:
Opening Night Preview Party: An elaborate social event with entertainment and elegant décor in a setting that showcases the English, European, and American period antiques, including furnishings, decorative arts and fine art, architectural elements, garden furniture, vintage jewelry, and silver--all late 17th to 20th centuries. The Preview Party provides an exclusive, first glimpse of the show before it opens to the public the following day. Unlimited daily admission to the show is included.
Special Event Package: Members of the Charleston Antiques Show’s “Collectors Circle” will be invited to the Preview Party as well a private cocktail hour preceding the event. The Collectors Circle is a personalized package which includes exclusive invitations to parties taking place in historically significant, grand private residences; access to the private Collectors Circle Room, an expertly designed space adjacent to the show floor with boundless food and beverage; unlimited daily admission to the show through the Collectors Circle Member entrance and more.
Behind-the-Scenes Tours: Guests will learn more about the art of collecting antiques and how to incorporate historic objects into any décor during educational and entertaining tours of the show led by industry experts.
Learn more about the Charleston Antiques Show.
Together, the Charleston Antiques Show and the Festival of Houses and Gardens give guests the chance to go inside many of the city’s finest residential houses and gardens as well as the opportunity to experience history through the nation’s most impressive antiques. Tickets will go on sale November 1, 2013.
Private, customized connoisseur tours are also available for small groups, visit Historic Charleston Foundation's Connoisseur Tours page for more information.
With the help of more than 700 volunteers, both events are organized by Historic Charleston Foundation with proceeds supporting its mission to preserve and protect the historical, architectural and material culture that make up Charleston's rich and irreplaceable heritage. To learn more about volunteer roles, benefits, and training, visit the Foundation's Volunteer Page.
About Historic Charleston Foundation
Established in 1947, Historic Charleston Foundation (HCF) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and protect the historical, architectural and material culture that make up Charleston's rich and irreplaceable heritage. The Foundation is known for its preservation and advocacy programs including protective covenants and easements; education and outreach; and it is the first organization in the country to establish a revolving fund to acquire and preserve important buildings, a model now replicated in historic communities across the nation. Preservation coupled with education and outreach is at the heart of the HCF mission. This mission is supported through the generosity of preservation-minded donors, the annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens, the Charleston Antiques Show, a licensed products program, and retail shops. In addition, HCF fulfills its educational mission through the interpretation of its collections and two museum sites: the Nathaniel Russell House, c. 1808, and the Aiken-Rhett House, c. 1820.