Charleston welcomes the return of spring
With historic house tours, antiques show
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Renowned for three centuries as “a city set in a garden,” Charleston welcomes the return of spring with two extraordinary events that will allow visitors to enjoy exclusive “sneak peeks” inside many of the city’s finest historic private houses and gardens, as well as shop for some of the nation’s most impressive antiques. Held during the peak of the historic port city’s blooming season, Charleston’s 64th Annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens offers the rare opportunity for guests to go inside the private homes of nearly 150 of the city’s most magnificent colonial and antebellum houses and gardens March 17 – April 16, 2011. The Charleston International Antiques Show (CIAS) will open the festival’s first weekend March 18-20.
CIAS has quickly established itself as a premier destination for seasoned collectors as well as those who enjoy seeing and learning about the decorative arts. More than 30 nationally renowned dealers will feature a diverse range of antiques from the 17th to early 20th century, including American, Asian and European furniture, silver and porcelain, textiles, ceramics, vintage jewelry and clothing, and garden furniture.
Both events are organized by Historic Charleston Foundation and proceeds support its mission to preserve and protect Charleston’s historic architecture and culture.
“Founded in 1670, Charleston quickly rose to prominence as the colonies’ most significant seaport, importing the finest in 18th and 19th century material culture,” said Leigh Handal, HCF’s Director of Public Programs. “Today the city’s legacy of Continental, European and Asian influences can be found in its alluring architecture, interiors and gardens. Because of this unique heritage, the foundation’s annual house tours and antiques show have attracted the attention of connoisseurs around the world.”
Both CIAS and the Festival offer a diverse range of entertaining and educational programs, including the CIAS Preview Party and Young Collectors Soiree, exclusive behind-the-scene-tours, educational and entertaining luncheon lectures, harbor cruises, period musical concerts in intimate settings, and wine tastings.
A complete calendar of events and ticket prices can be found at www.historiccharleston.org or by calling 843-722-3405.
Meeting Street Wisteria- One of the oldest wisteria vines in Charleston blooms annually at 54 Meeting Street, across the street from the Nathaniel Russell House.