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Inaugural North Charleston Harvest Festival & Block Party Set for October 26
Seasonal celebration features free fun for the whole family
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC –The City of North Charleston announces the inaugural Harvest Festival and Block Party featuring live musical performances, art exhibits, and children activities. The fall festivities will take place in the Olde Village of North Charleston, located on East Montague Avenue near Park Circle, on Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 6:00-10:00pm. Admission and parking are free. East Montague Avenue will close to vehicular traffic from Jenkins Avenue to Virginia Avenue at 4:00pm and remain closed for the duration of the event.
The celebration features music by The Local Honeys and performances by other local arts groups from 6:00-7:30pm; a Kid’s Zone with ghost stories by the Backporch Storytellers, a student art exhibit, craft activities, carnival games, face painting and inflatables from 6:00-8:00pm; a street market showcasing fine art and crafts by members of the North Charleston Artist Guild from 6:00-9:00pm; and a street dance with festive tunes by The V-Tones from 8:00-10:00pm. Many of the restaurants in the Olde Village will offer additional programming and food and drink specials.
Other highlights include costume contests for children, adults, and pets with prizes in several categories. The contests for children and adults are free to enter and prizes will be provided by the City of North Charleston and the Olde North Charleston Merchants Association. The pet costume contest, sponsored by The Flats at Mixson, carries a $5 entry fee. Proceeds benefit the Charleston Animal Society, who will be on hand with pets available for adoption. Participants for all contests should be prepared to line up for judging at 7:30pm.
Check out information on Park Circle Films’ line-up of events taking place the same evening at www.parkcirclefilms.org. Artists interested in participating in the street market can do so by becoming a member of the North Charleston Artist Guild. Visitwww.northcharlestonartistguild.org for more information.
The inaugural North Charleston Harvest Festival and Block Party is sponsored by the City of North Charleston, the Olde North Charleston Merchants Association, and the North Charleston Artist Guild. For more information, visit www.northcharleston.org.
City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department
Get Involved in our Fall Programs!
Autumn is just around the corner and the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department is gearing up to give back with two special seasonal programs. Join us!
Autumn Street Decor
The Olde North Charleston Merchants Association and City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department are collaborating once again to decorate the Olde Village section of East Montague Avenue with decorative grapevine wreaths for Fall.
Get involved – sponsor a wreath to benefit charity!
Schools, community groups, churches, businesses and individuals are invited to sponsor a 24″ grapevine wreath with two sided orange ribbon for $25 and personalize it with decorations of their choosing -OR- sponsor a pre-decorated wreath with fall foliage for $50. Past participants have the option of decorating last year’s wreath for $15.
Proceeds from wreath sponsorships will go toward the City of North Charleston’s Christmas charity benefiting needy families.
Wreaths with sponsor signage will be displayed on light poles lining the Olde Village section of East Montague Avenue in
October & November.
Wreath sponsorship requests should be made by 5:00pm on Friday, September 20. Wreaths should be decorated and ready to hang by Tuesday, October 1.
Inaugural Harvest Festival & Block Party
The inaugural Harvest Festival & Block Party will take place in the Olde Village on East Montague on Saturday, October 26, from 6:00-10:00pm. It’s Fall fun for all ages! Enjoy ghost stories by the Backporch Storytellers and kid’s activities at the Meeting Place (1077 East Montague Ave.) from 6-8pm, an artist street market featuring booths by members of the North Charleston Artist Guild from 6-9pm, live music, costume contests for children and adults, ongoing spooky silent films, and a street dance featuring festive tunes by the V-Tones from 8-10pm. Co-sponsored by the Olde North Charleston Merchants Association, the North Charleston Artist Guild, and the City of North Charleston. Autumn treats will be available for purchase. The Special Events section of our website will be updated with details and complete event schedule in mid-October. For more spooky fun, check out info on Park Circle Films’ line-up of events taking place the same evening at parkcirclefilms.org.
*We are in need of volunteers for this event! If you are interested in lending a hand with set-up, break down, monitoring kid’s activities, etc. please contact us as soon as possible.
To sponsor a wreath, volunteer, or get more information about these programs, please contact Arts Coordinator, AnneTrabue W. Nelson, at email@example.com or 843-740-5852.
Thank you for your support!
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16 August 2013
North Charleston City Gallery to Exhibit Works by
The South Carolina Watermedia Society
36th annual juried exhibit features works by some of SC’s best artists
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department is pleased to announce that works by The South Carolina Watermedia Society will be on exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery from September 2-30, 2013. The collection of works, on loan through the South Carolina State Museum’s Traveling Exhibitions Program, features the top 30 pieces from the group’s 36th annual juried exhibition. Selections were made by world renowned watercolorist, Linda Baker. A number of the works on view will be available for purchase, including the exhibit’s Best of Show, a watercolor piece titled Taking a Break by Beaufort, SC, artist Audrey Montgomery.
The South Carolina Watermedia Society is the only statewide visual arts organization in South Carolina to promote artists who work in watermedia, which includes watercolor, acrylic, gouache and casein, among others. As the state’s largest visual arts guild, their membership includes some of South Carolina’s best artists. Their annual juried exhibition, which has been presented since 1977, offers both new and established artists from around the state the opportunity to compete for prize money and to have their work exhibited in a variety of venues under the supervision of the South Carolina State Museum’s Traveling Exhibitions Program. In addition, the group provides a number of other exhibition opportunities, educational programs and avenues for professional development. For more information, visit scwatermedia.com.
The North Charleston City Gallery is situated in the common areas of the Charleston Area Convention Center, located at 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Parking and admission are free during regular Convention Center operating hours, 9:00am – 5:00pm daily. The gallery is staffed on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday only. Inquiries regarding the artists or purchase information may be directed to the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at (843) 740-5854. For information on additional exhibits, programs, and events, visit the Cultural Arts section of the City’s website at http://bit.ly/culturalarts.