Things to Do in Summerville SC November 2013

“Funeral” on Hutchinson Square

Thursday, November 21, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Historic Town Square, Summerville

There will be a most unusual “funeral” in Summerville.  Summerville DREAM, the local downtown merchants association, and Parks Funeral Home are working to “bury hunger” by asking citizens of the town to fill a funeral hearse with non-perishable food items for needy families.  A funeral hearse will be parked on the square to receive food items which will be donated to families in crisis.  As a thank you for participating, local storyteller Tim Lowry will give each donor a special card.  The card will contain a code to download a complimentary copy of Tim’s recording of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol from his website.  This special project is part of Summerville’s popular Third Thursday celebration – restaurant specials, a street fair, arts and crafts, kid’s activities, store sales, classic cars, musical performances, and much more!  For more information call Summerville DREAM at (843) 821-7260.

Summerville Christmas Parade


Sunday, December 8, 2:00 pm

Registration Deadline: November 22, 4:00 pm

This year’s theme is “Sweet Southern Christmas.” All organizations, businesses,

non-profits, civic and school groups and churches are welcome to participate.

Sweet Tea Trolley Tour

Historic Summerville, SC

Third Fridays of each month

Nov 15, Dec 20 9:00 am & 1:00 pm – $20

Take a trip down the Sweet Tea Trail in Historic Summerville, The Birthplace of Sweet Tea. This 1½ hour guided tour will take you on the back roads of our quaint southern town where tea isn’t the only thing that’s sweet.  You’ll love our thoughtfully preserved downtown, historic homes and get a glimpse of where sweet tea first started.  As an added bonus you’ll tour Historic Linwood Gardens, named one of’s “Top 10 Garden Inns” in the world.

Southern Raconteur Tim Lowry to Perform

Fridays, November 15 and December 20, 3:00 pm

Timrod Library, Catherine Stewart Room

217 Central Ave, Summerville

Fresh from the main stage of the National Storytelling Festival, Storyteller Tim Lowry has been named the “resident storyteller” of the historic Timrod Library. Each ninety-minute performance will be a different program for adult audiences. Tickets are $15 per person and include delicacies and drinks from Summerville’s famous “Sweet Tea Trail.” Seating is limited and advance purchase of tickets is strongly recommended. To purchase tickets visit

Click here for more details.

Middleton Place Readies for Winter!

Stableyards expands living outdoor museum during Plantation Days

November 16 and 17, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Middleton Place

4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston

The Middleton Place Plantation Stableyards is a living outdoor museum interpreting 18th and 19th century plantation life every day. Stableyards activities will be

greatly expanded when the National Historic Landmark presents Plantation Days – a harvest-time experience where more than 20 costumed interpreters demonstrate the activities of life on a South Carolina plantation. Programs include sugarcane processing, cooking and food preservation, brick making, spinning, tool making, hide tanning and much more. Activities are free with paid admission to Middleton Place.

Garden of Dreams Paintings on Display

November 18 – 21, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

The Carriage House

3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston

The Garden of Dreams art exhibit is on display this week at the Charleston Visitors Center,and will move November 18 to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. The exhibit opened with 119 original paintings that depict scenes at Magnolia. Ribbons in the nationwide contest will be placed Tuesday on the best paintings that embody the impressionistic style of artists during the Charleston Renaissance. The exhibit can be viewed this week from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at the visitor center on Meeting Street. The paintings can be viewed next week at The Carriage House with paid admission. The winners will be announced November 21.

FREE Guided Bird-watching Walks in

Azalea Park and on the Sawmill Branch Trail

The Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest is excited to announce that it will begin offering FREE bird-watching walks in the town of Summerville! These walks are designed to engage the public in learning more about the common birds that live in our part of the world. No registration is required; all age and experience levels are welcome! To participate, just meet the Audubon naturalist at the designated parking area at 7:45 a.m. on the morning of the walk. For questions and more information, contact Matt Johnson at Francis Beidler Forest (843-462-2150 or See the schedule below for dates and specific locations.

Azalea Park (Meet at West 5th South Street Parking Lot)

2nd Saturday of each month, 8:00 am to 10:00 am —  Dec 14

Sawmill Branch Trail (meet at Bacon’s Bridge Access parking area)

3rd Saturday of each month, 8:00 am to 10:00 am —  Nov 16, Dec 21

The Garden Gathering at Cypress Gardens

Saturday, November 16, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cypress Gardens, 3030 Cypress Gardens Road, Moncks Corner

Join Clemson Extension and Cypress Gardens for the 2nd Annual Garden Gathering focused on gardening for wildlife and pollinators! Choose from great lectures and workshops.Registration includes a catered lunch, handouts and free entry to Cypress Gardens.  Registration is $60/individual (South Carolina Master Gardener Discount $55).  Details here

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens Annual Food Drive

(Buy one admission, get one free offer expires December 31st)

For the second consecutive year, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will collect food during the holiday season to benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank. In November and December, bring one or more non-perishable healthy food item to Magnolia to receive a special discount off the general garden admission. Buy one garden admission for $15 and get the second one free.

Click here for details on the foods that best serve the Food Bank’s mission.

National Memory Screening Day

Tuesday, November 19, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall

206 Central Ave, Summerville

Presented by The ARK and Trident Senior Health

This event provides FREE confidential memory screenings to anyone with concerns about their memory. Walgreens will also provide flu shots, free blood pressure screenings, and medication reviews and counseling. About 20 other organizations will be there to answer questions and provide information. To make an appointment for the screening, contact (843) 797-3463.

For more information, call The ARK, (843) 832-2357, or visit

National Memory Screening day is a national event coordinated by the Alzheimer’s

Foundation of America. For more information on this event, visit or call 866-AFA-8484.

Shop Local Day

Saturday, November 30

Join Bottles ‘n Brushes and other local businesses to support our local economy andraise funds for Lowcountry Local First. This opportunity features wonderful sales. Remember to support our local small businesses.

Summerville Music Club to Feature Singer

Laquavia Alston, Soloist

Monday, December 2, 7:00 pm

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 206 Central Ave, Summerville

Alston is a 2011 graduate of Charleston Southern University. She holds a B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Voice Performance. In the spring of 2012 she completed CSU’s Artist Certificate program. Repeatedly praised for her stage presence and majestic voice, she has received numerous awards, honors, and recognition and has performed internationally throughout Italy and England. As a member of concert singers, she joined them as Canterbury Cathedral’s Choir member in Residence in the summer of 2012. She has appeared as a featured and guest soloist with many of Charleston’s leading ensembles, including the 2009 Piccolo Spoleto Festival with the CSO Spirituals Ensemble in their Moses Hogan Tribute. In June Ms. Alston was featured in the 2013 Piccolo Spoleto Festival as a part of the prestigious Spotlight Concert Series. She has also been featured as a soloist with Summerville’s own Singers of Summerville and Summerville Community Orchestra. She will be accompanied by Kendrick Moses, a Summerville native who has been performing since the age of seven. Moses has found his calling as a very talented and sought after worship leader and artist. The concert is free and open to the public.

Donations will be accepted for the club’s music study scholarships.

For additional information call Nancy Shows, (843) 873-0827.

Saturday Morning Guided Bird Walk


Photo of Painted Bunting by Mark Musselman

Saturday, Dec 7

7:00 am to around 10:00 am

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary

Francis Beidler Forest

336 Sanctuary Road, Harleyville  Have you ever wondered what Francis Beidler Forest is like at dawn? Join an Audubon naturalist for an early-morning guided walk along the boardwalk in the heart of Four Holes Swamp at Francis Beidler Forest. Dawn in the sanctuary is a special time, and this trip offers you the chance to see the forest at a time of day when few people ever do. On this walk you’ll learn about the identification and ecology of the common birds, reptiles, and mammals that take up residence in this old-growth swamp forest, as well as general information about the swamp’s natural history.$10/person, all ages. Registration is limited to 20 people. Please call the Francis Beidler Forest Visitor’s Center (843-462-2150) to reserve your spot!

Happy Tails 5K Signup

Dog Mile Fun Run

Saturday, December 14

5K Race at 8:30 am, Fun Run at 9:30 am

Packet Pick-up and Late Registration on Friday, December 13

at the SPCA from 10am – 5pm and on the day of the race beginning at 7:30 am.

Entry Fees: 5K- $25 if registered by December 7, $30 after December 7

Fun Run Only- $10 if registered by December 7, $15 after December 7

Spirit Runner (t-shirt only) – $15

More details and registration

Town Hall Juried Fine Art Photography Show

Exhibit through January 10, 2014

Presented by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Greater Summerville

Be sure to stop by Town Hall  to view the wonderful exhibition of photos submitted by our local folks.  Appreciate the art of the camera when aimed by people with “the eye”.


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