A Jazzy Start to Fall

Angela:

It was your typical Friday night. An evening stroll with baby had led us to Crust, the local pizza eatery. As we head home David suggests that we take a peak into newly remodeled How Art Thou Café. We've heard that this is the spot for local jazz music, but being new parents we are rarely out past 7pm. In our pre-parent days, we would often end evening bike rides here to have dessert and tea outside.

As we peek inside, we recognize jazz great Richie Cole.  I swoon and feel slightly embarrassed that I am in workout clothes, no makeup, and smell of baby spit-up. We are introduced and find him to be absolutely delightful. I'm running through justifications in my mind to keep my baby out past her bedtime so that we can hear him play; music is stimulating for baby's brain, right? Alas, we must go, but not before promising each other that we will see Richie perform before he leaves the Lowcountry.

Baby Ruby meets Jazz Great Richie Cole.

Baby Ruby meets Jazz Great Richie Cole.

We decided to make a trip out to Bowen's Island the following Sunday for the 7th Annual Charleston Jazz Jam to catch Richie Cole's performance. The weather was gorgeous, the bugs were at bay, and our seven month old baby was mesmerized. Food was provided by the always delicious Home Team BBQ and drinks were flowing from Coast Brewing Company.

Just when you think that you have seen all that the Lowcountry has to offer, you stumble into another event, community of people, or little pocket of greatness.

You can catch a Jazz Jam at How Art Thou on Wednesday nights and you will want to keep an eye on their events calendar. Once a month they will bring in a nationally recognized musician to perform. It is a small intimate space and just the place for an amazing date night. I think next month we will get a baby sitter and get jazzy with it!

Looking for other awesome things to do this Fall? Here are just a few suggestions:

 

Boone Hall: Through the Seasons

One of my favorite parts about living in Mt. Pleasant is the proximity to Boone Hall. No matter the time of year, their plantation and farm always have something going on for families, foodies, and fun. Today, I'm going to focus on my favorites from the seasons:

FALL
The secret is out; the Lowcountry serves up the best weather in the fall months. Well, temperatures, at least. As a Lowcountry resident, the majority of us own rain boots for fall and spring endeavors. This past weekend, Boone Hall Plantation hosted Southern Living's Taste of Charleston. The event, now hosted for 35 years, featured 50 of the Lowcountry’sfavorite casual and fine dining restaurants serving sample size portions, plus beer and wine. In true Charleston fashion, the proceeds benefitted several local charities. Miss out this year? The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association has another event you might be interested in coming up in the winter. 

To get in the true autumn spirit, Boone Hall also hosts a pumpkin patch, the entire month of October. There are lots of activities for the kids, from a corn maze, to a rock climbing wall and hayrides. If you're looking for something to add to the Halloween spirit, you'll want to check out Fright Nights. With four 'terrifying attractions', you're sure to get your share of zombies and strobe lights.

WINTER
One would think that the Lowcountry would slow down in the winter months. Not so, as the calendar of events show for Boone Hall during the winter months. My personal favorite of all the seasons is the Lowcountry Oyster Festival, in January. Basically, this is the world's largest oyster festival that serves up 80,000 pounds of oysters, along with other tasty delights and libations. You guessed it, this event also benefits local charities

Before the oysters, is A Lowcountry Christmas, where you can visit Santa's Castle and Christmas Town after taking a holiday hayride. This time of year is also when it's hard to leave the safety of your own, warm home with temperatures falling into the low 40s (Listen, my blood has thinned since moving from the mountains). So, it makes a great time to run out to the Boone Hall Store for your fruits, veggies, and prepared dishes. I promise, I've never tried to pass off their spinach and artichoke dip as my own.

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SPRING
The oyster festival may be my favorite event held at Boone Hall, but my favorite service their farm offers is their Spring Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). By signing up for a CSA (and there are many CSA options in the Lowcountry) you're buying local, seasonal produce directly from the farmer by purchasing a share of the farm. Sign-up is required well in advance, so being added to their mailing list is the way to stay on top of getting your weekly fill of basket goodies.

Another benefit of their farm during this season are the strawberries! The Lowcountry Strawberry Festival, in April, hosts more family fun with over 30 attractions and rides. Looking for a way to get your run on? The Rugged Maniac, in March, is packed with 25 obstacles that are sure to get your heart rate going and your entire body dirty.

SUMMER
We may be perspiring (ahem, glistening) through the Lowcountry summers, but that doesn't mean we slow down. Boone Hall hosts weddings and music events all summer. It just so happens the actress, Blake Lively AND one of my good friends got married there. Their cotton dock and row of oaks make for a perfect, romantic backdrop. Just a few years ago, I spent a hot July night on their lawn with my parents, KC and the Sunshine Band, and The Village People.

Last but not least, the summer brings the best peaches you'll ever eat. From Mid-May to August, you can visit the farm for U-Pick or stop by their store for a basket. They move pretty quickly in my house, so we visit the store a couple of times a week during those months. Other farm specials are updated frequently on this site.

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To really keep up with all Boone Hall has going on, their Facebook is updated pretty regularly and has tons of photos.

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Did you miss us last week? Well, we sure missed you. We spent Monday-Friday in a continuing education class and didn't take one nap! All the better to serve your Lowcountry home searching needs, friends.