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Thursday, December 1

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Illumination Charleston Opening Night Party

Aiken-Rhett House Museum

6:00 - 9:00 pm
$200 through Sept 18
$250 from Sept 19

The fabulous Opening Night Party kicks off the second annual Illumination Charleston weekend. Join incredible event co-chairs, Jaimie Dewberry and Alex Malloy, in another over-the-top evening. Enjoy creative cocktails and light bites at the historic and stunning Aiken-Rhett House and be the first to see the site-specific designer vignettes inspired by the preserved-as-found 1820s historic house.

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Friday, December 2

Holiday Décor and History Walking Tour

in Old and Historic District of downtown Charleston

9:00 am – 10:30 am
$35 each

Join us for a holiday Historic Walking Tour of Charleston's Old and Historic District with a certified Charleston guide. With a special focus on the holidays and decor, this walking tour will pass by some of the most festively decorated homes ending at the 1808 Nathaniel Russell House Museum.

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Designer Vignettes

Aiken-Rhett House Museum, ca. 1820

10 am - 5 pm
$20 each

Historic Charleston Foundation invited a select group of designers and artisans to create site-specific vignettes throughout the historic Aiken-Rhett House Museum, ca. 1820s. On display for one weekend only - view the spectacular designs while touring the preserved-as-found historic house museum.

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Workshop: Holiday Centerpieces

Aiken-Rhett House Museum, ca. 1820

10 am - 12 pm
$100

'Tis the season to welcome guests for the holidays! Join us for a holiday inspired workshop at the historic Aiken-Rhett House Museum. Allow the designer vignettes and the historic house museum to inspire your designs.

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Workshop: Temari Ornaments

Aiken-Rhett House Museum, ca. 1820

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$100

Tap into your artistic side and create Temari Ornaments at the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. First seen in Japanese folk art dating back to the 7th century, these ornate balls are symbolic of loyalty and friendship. Let the designer vignettes and the historic house museum inspire your designs.

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Design in Mind Lecture 1: Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield

Second Presbyterian Church, ca. 1809

10:00 - 11:30 am
$75

Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield are the Co-Founders of Save Iconic Architecture and Principals of the Los Angeles interior design firm Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design. SIA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring awareness and action to preserving endangered architectural and significant cultural structures through landmarking, preservation and education. Both are well versed advocates in preserving architectural history and champions of carrying forward our architectural heritage by putting a spotlight on mindful preservation.

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Design in Mind Lecture 2: Celerie Kemble interviewed by Ceara Donnelley

Second Presbyterian Church, ca. 1809

1:00 - 2:00 pm
$75 each

Join us in the nave of the historic Second Presbyterian Church for a Design in Mind talk with Celerie Kemble, celebrated A-list designer, tastemaker, and author. This conversational lecture with fellow designer, Ceara Donnelley, will leave you inspired and challenged.

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Workshop: Holiday Centerpieces

Aiken-Rhett House Museum, ca. 1820

2:00 - 4:00 pm
$100 each

'Tis the season to welcome guests for the holidays! Join us for a holiday inspired workshop at the historic Aiken-Rhett House Museum. Allow the designer vignettes and the historic house museum to inspire your designs.

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Workshop: Temari Ornaments

Aiken-Rhett House Museum, ca. 1820

2:00 - 5:00 pm
$100 each

Tap into your artistic side and create Temari Ornaments at the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. First seen in Japanese folk art dating back to the 7th century, these ornate balls are symbolic of loyalty and friendship. Let the designer vignettes and the historic house museum inspire your designs.

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Holiday Décor and History Walking Tour

in Old and Historic District of downtown Charleston

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
$35 each

Join us for a holiday Historic Walking Tour of Charleston's Old and Historic District with a certified Charleston guide. With a special focus on the holidays and decor, this walking tour will pass by some of the most festively decorated homes ending at the 1808 Nathaniel Russell House Museum.

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Luminaries Holiday Dinner with Kardea Brown

 

6:30 - 9:00 pm
$225 each

Join Southern Living Editors alongside Celebrity Chef Kardea Brown for a one-of-a-kind holiday dinner party. Event will feature a festive holiday menu curated by Kardea in partnership with local Charleston Chefs, plus crafted cocktails, live music and mingling with Southern Living talent.

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Saturday, December 3

Southern Living Illumination Holiday Village

Charleston Visitor Center

10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$85

Southern Living will transform the Charleston Visitor Center into a holiday village featuring a full-day of demonstrations and seminars hosted by Southern Living Editors, notable chefs, designers, authors, and Southern personalities. A selection of pop-up booths will feature small gifts, food and beverage samplings, and more. Illumination Holiday Village attendees will receive Southern Living shopping bags and light refreshments.

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Designer Vignettes

Aiken-Rhett House Museum, ca. 1820

10 am - 5 pm
$20 each

Historic Charleston Foundation has again invited a select group of designers and artisans to create site-specific vignettes throughout the historic Aiken-Rhett House Museum, ca. 1820s. On display for one weekend only - view the dazzling designs while touring the preserved-as-found historic house museum.

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Design in Mind Lecture 3: Mary Celeste Beall and Jason Bell

Second Presbyterian Church, ca. 1809

10:00 - 11:00 am
$75 each

Join us in the nave of the historic Second Presbyterian Church for a Design in Mind talk with the dynamic duo Mary Celeste Beall, proprietor of Blackberry Farm and Blackberry Mountain, and Jason Bell, Blackberry Farm Design Director. Learn about Blackberry's acclaimed brand and the preservation ethos behind it.

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Design in Mind Lecture 4: David Netto

Second Presbyterian Church, ca. 1809

1:00 - 2:00 pm
$75 each

Join us in the nave of the historic Second Presbyterian Church for a Design in Mind talk with eclectic interior designer and writer, David Netto. As a sought-after writer on the history of architecture and design, let David enthrall you with his design cues and inspiration.

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Meet & Mingle with Illumination Design Talent at The Dewberry

The Dewberry, ca. 1960

5:30 - 7:30 pm
$125 each

Toast the end of the weekend’s events of Illumination Charleston at one of Historic Charleston Foundation’s favorite preservation projects showcasing the intersection of adaptive reuse and contemporary design, The Dewberry. Mingle and meet the esteemed talent behind Illumination Charleston with unparalleled views of both the city and the harbor.

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Sunday, December 4

Sunday Morning Coffee and Guided Tour

Nathaniel Russell House, ca. 1808

9:00 - 11:00 am
$45 each

Wind down your Illumination weekend with a morning at the Nathaniel Russell House. Enjoy a coffee and light breakfast bites in the garden, enjoy meeting local authors, then tour the Russell house led by Historic Charleston Foundation staff.

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