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Middleton Place Foundation Event Calendar

Attendees of Middleton Place Special Events receive 10% off the room rate at The Inn at Middleton Place. Click here or call 843-556-0500 to reserve.

April 4: Easter Eggstravaganza

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015
Time: begins at 10:30 a.m.
Cost: free with general admission (advance reservations are requested)
Tickets: Click here to reserve and purchase admission for Easter Eggstravaganza >>

Bring a basket for the egg hunts which will take place in the Gardens. Once found, the hard-boiled eggs can be taken to the Stableyards to be dyed. Additionally, children play colonial games, participate in the Egg Roll and Egg Toss, hear classic stories and make Easter crafts. Beyond the Eggstravaganza activities, families may linger at Middleton Place and delight in the day's regular activities all afternoon.

Middleton Place Foundation Members and Inn guests should call 843-556-6020 for reservations.

April 11: Cashmere Comes from a Goat?: Combing Out the Cashmere Program

Date: Saturday, April 11
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Cost: Free with General Admission

Cashmere is a goat’s soft, downy undercoat, grown to its maximum length by mid-winter and shed in early Spring. All goats grow cashmere, but Cashmere goats have been selectively bred to produce significantly larger amounts. Cashmere goats are just one of many heritage breeds known to have been at Middleton Place. In 1855, Williams Middleton wrote the following to J.F. Fisher:  “I have lately sent to France some of the hair of my goats to have it manufactured by way of curiosity, and I am succeeding so well with my animals that I have sent to England for three of the Queen’s Windsor Park goats.  I believe that no part of the world is better suited than this for such productions.” 

During the program, costumed interpreters will “comb out” the Middleton Place Cashmere goats in the Plantation Stableyards. In addition, the hair will be processed and the ways it can be spun and woven will be demonstrated.

April 24 & 25 - "Hands On" Rice Planting

Dates: Friday & Saturday, April 24 & 25, 2015
Times: 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Cost: Free with General Admission 

Join a costumed interpreter and learn how Carolina Gold rice was planted on Low Country plantations and about the African origins of rice and its cultivation in South Carolina in the 18th and 19th centuries. Traditional methods will be employed beginning with the spring planting through the fall harvest.

April 26: Lowcountry Local First 8th Annual Chef's Potluck

Date: Sunday, April 26
Time: 4 - 7 p.m.
Tickets: Purchase tickets at www.LowcountryLocalFirst.org >> 

One of the most popular fundraising events of the year, the 8th Annual Chef’s Potluck takes place at Middleton Place. Fifteen participating chefs are paired with local farmers, fishermen and ranchers to bring attendees the freshest, local ingredients in Charleston!  The Chef’s Potluck SOLD OUT in 2014, so get your tickets fast!

Tickets are all inclusive.  Enjoy live music by Garage Cuban Band, local libations from Coast Brewing, Firefly, Grassroots Wine and Palmetto Brewery, live auction, Wholly Cow Ice Cream, tastings from each chef and some of the most beautiful views at America’s oldest landscaped garden at Middleton Place. 

May 2: Annual Sheep Shearing

Date: Saturday, May 2
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: Free with General Admission

The Middleton Place Gulf Coast sheep receive an annual shearing during a demonstration using traditional steel blade shears in the Plantation Stableyards. Costumed interpreters will be on hand to educate visitors about the Gulf Coast breed, shearing, and wool processing.

June 7: Spoleto Festival Finale

Date: Sunday, June 7
Time: gate opens at 3:30 p.m., main stage performance at 8:30 p.m.
 Go to SpoletoUSA.org for tickets >>

Picnic on the Greensward in the afternoon and enjoy the 3rd Annual Beer Garden beginning at 3:30 p.m. with local beer, food and music from the best local and regional bands. At dusk the attention turns toward the main stage performance by St. Paul & The Broken Bones which will close with spectacular fireworks. 

June 26: Naturalization Ceremony

Date: Friday, June 26
Time: begins at 10 a.m.

Celebrate Arthur Middleton’s 273rd birthday and welcome our country’s newest Americans as they take the oath of citizenship at the home of an ardent patriot who signed the Declaration of Independence.

July 4 & 5: Independence Day Weekend

Date: Saturday and Sunday, July 4 & 5
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: free with General Admission

Spend the weekend at the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Readings of the Declaration of Independence and interactive demonstrations will take place throughout the day, including meeting a Revolutionary soldier, colonial crafts, games and a hands-on military drill.

July 13 - 17: Junior Historian Summer Camp

Dates: July 13 - 17
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $100

Engage in South Carolina history while learning about one of America’s Founding Families and activities of a working Low Country rice plantation. Fun and educational programming will inspire students (ages 8+) with an interest in history, social studies, science and art. Click here for more information >>

July 26: Sustainable Seafood Dinner

Date: Sunday, July 26
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Cost: TBA

Savor the past while helping sustain the future of the coast! Join Chef Brandon Buck for a dinner of seafood courses paired with wines. The Middleton Place Restaurant has been named Sustainable Seafood Initiative Partner of the Year twice.

August 23: Hot Nights & Holy City Dinner

Date: Sunday, August 23
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Cost: TBA

Executive Chef Brandon Buck will pair light, fresh, grilled and sautéed meats, and vegetables from the on-site Middleton Place Organic Farm, with Holy City Brewing’s best summer beers.

September 18 & 19: Rice Harvest Programming

Dates: Friday & Saturday, September 18 & 19
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 3 p.m.
Cost: free with General Admission

It’s harvest time on the plantation! Join a costumed interpreter at the rice field overlook for a hands-on demonstration of how Carolina Gold rice was harvested. Learn about the complex planting and harvesting processes of rice from field to plate.

September 27: Harvest Moon Dinner

Date: Sunday, September 27
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Cost: TBA

Executive Chef Brandon Buck will prepare a meal focused on local vegetables and Carolina Gold Rice paired with wine. Celebrate the fall season under the light of the full Harvest Moon.

October 25: Hunter Moon Dinner

Date: Sunday, October 25
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: TBA

Executive Chef Brandon Buck will pair a variety of wild game with seasonal beers around the coming of the Hunter Moon, which historically served as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.

November 14 & 15: Plantation Days

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, November 14 & 15
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: free with General Admission

Craftworkers demonstrate the skills practiced by slaves as they prepared the antebellum plantation for winter. Different aspects of 18th and 19th century plantation life will be explored including domestic skills, African American culture and Gullah storytelling.

November 27 & 28: Holiday Market

Dates: Friday & Saturday, November 27 & 28
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: free to shop

The Garden Market & Nursery and Museum Shop kick-off the shopping season with an open-air market including local artisans and vendors, live musicians performing festive carols, complimentary hot cider and treats, and featured items in both shops.

December 4 & 11: Christmas 1860 at the Edmondston-Alston House

Dates: Fridays, December 4 & 11
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., tours given continuously
Cost: TBA

Celebrate a Victorian holiday season by candlelight at the Edmondston-Alston House, located in Downtown Charleston – decorated for the holidays as it would have been in 1860. Costumed interpreters will present dramatic scenes exploring Charleston’s last opulent Christmas before the start of the Civil War.

December 12: Family Yuletide in the Stableyards

Date: Saturday, December 12
Time: 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Cost: TBA

Fresh greenery, berries and other natural items gathered from the plantation will be provided to make wreaths and other holiday decor. Stableyards artisan shops will be lit by candlelight as craftspeople ply their trades and interact with visitors. Seasonal refreshments provided.

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