My Charleston Weekend: Dec. 5-11

Boone Hall Plantation will again hold their Wine Under the Oaks event this Sunday.

Marie Rodriguez

Recently named one of USA Today’s Top 10 “Historic Homes for the Holidays,” Boone Hall again hosts their “casual but elegant affair” Wine Under the Oaks, which has become one of the premier holiday events in the Lowcountry. The event, which moved to the expansive back lawn last year, continues to grow and expand, this year offering more than 125 fine wine labels for sampling from more than 20 wineries and distributors. Attendees will also enjoy a wine and food pairing exhibit, breads and spreads, oyster sampling, wine and cooking demonstrations, and the champagne and desserts samples. Live entertainment will be provided by The Gullah Singers and Grammy-winning soul singer Booker T. Jones. The event is for ages 21 and over.

When: Sunday, gates open at 12:30 p.m. with the event held from 1-5 p.m.

Where: Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road , Mount Pleasant

Price: $38.50 in advance, $48.50 the day of the event

For more info: 884-4371,

Garden & Gun, a lifestyle brand anchored by its award-winning national magazine of the same name, is celebrating the best of the South in their inaugural Made in the South Weekend. With a mix of sporting, shopping, food, music and art, as well as special dinners and live entertainment, there’s sure to be something of interest to all who attend. Promising to delight and inspire, the three-day festival is all about celebrating the best of Southern culture with some favorite Southern designers at trunk shows and shopping for specialty foods, sporting goods and antiques. Partnering with the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the festival is the largest signature event Garden & Gun has hosted.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Road

Price: $85-$225

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Conflict MMA Promotions’ Charleston Fight Night at the Point series has outgrown its venue, so the event has partnered with the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center to bring fans Carolina Cage Fights 15. Fighters that will take to the cage include Chad Booth, CJ Hamilton, Arnold Adams and Adrian Henderson, among others. The title fight of the night, the 145-pound pro title main event, will see Shah Bobonis face off against Shane Crenshaw.

When: Saturday, doors open at 4 p.m. with the fights starting at 5 p.m.

Where: North Charleston Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $25-$65

For more info: 603-1115

Put on by Camp Happy Days, this annual holiday party benefits their year-round programs for South Carolina’s children fighting cancer. What started as a tree-trimming party in an apartment 24 years ago, the event has grown into one of the can’t-miss holiday events. Attendees will enjoy live music from Super Deluxe, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a full bar, and a live and silent auction. The auction will include items such as travel packages, sports memorabilia, spa days and more. Dress is cocktail attire.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $75

For More info: 517-4336,

The North Charleston Pops!, which was founded in June 2012, is still relatively new to the music scene, combining “an orchestra with a rock band and vocalists.” For the holiday show, the second show this season, the group will present seasonal pop hits such as “Santa Baby,” “White Christmas,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Merry Christmas Darling,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “The Christmas Song.” This high-energy holiday show is sure to be enjoyed by the whole family.

When: 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive

Price: $15-$35

For More info: 202-2787,

Be a Mentor, which strives to “enable youth to develop positive relationships with adults, build long-lasting community connections and enhance the development of character and leadership skills in order to lay the foundation for success and empower youth to reach their full potential,” will host their inaugural fundraiser gala. The event, which will serve to honor some of the community’s most influential mentors including Sam Lesky, Jessica Jackson, Priscilla Roper and Jim Stelling, will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and a silent auction.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Where: South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf

Price: $75

For More Info: 554-5987,

One of the most well-known holiday fundraising programs is Toys for Tots. Started in 1947 by USMCR Major Bill Hendricks, the United States Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots, and expanded it into a nationwide community action project. The 13th annual Mount Pleasant Toys for Tots Gala is one of many local efforts to raise money and collect toys for children who might not receive them otherwise this holiday season. Featuring live music by Partymouth, heavy hors d’oeuvres by Burton’s Grill and additional catering by Iacofanos, an open bar featuring Devil Dog Liquors a silent auction and a chance to win a new car from Mount Pleasant Chevrolet, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Cooper River Room, Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant

Price: $25 and a new unwrapped toy

For more info:, an online magazine which stages regional parties to recognize “up-and-coming chefs and culinary professionals,” found a slew of talented chefs in Asheville, N.C., and Charleston and is bringing that talent to the Holy City for an awards show and tasting gala. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience 26 of North and South Carolinas’ top chefs and restaurants with beverage pairings and cocktails by winning sommeliers and mixologists in one location for one night only. And with locals Travis Grimes of Husk, Josh Keeler of Two Boroughs Larder, Jason Stanhope of FIG, Stuart Tracy of Butcher & Bee, David Schnell of Brown’s Court Bakery, Aaron Siegel of Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ, Brad Ball of Social Restaurant + Wine Bar, Joe Raya of The Gin Joint and Charles Arena, Fish House at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina slated to participate, Charleston is well represented.

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $85 general, $115 VIP

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Shopping With Friends, an annual fundraiser for Lowcountry AIDS Services, is celebrating 10 years with a new twist on the event and even more retail and restaurant partners. A pre-shopping event called Casablanca Night will make its inaugural appearance. With attire designated as ’40s glamour, the ball will feature a 14-piece big band, presented by Charlton Singleton, a Moroccan banquet and an open bar. The next day, join the crowd descending on more than 100 Red Ribbon Retailers and Restaurants, which will donate 10 percent of purchases to Lowcountry AIDS Services.

When: 7-10 p.m. Friday

Where: Hibernian Hall, 105 Meeting St.

Price: $80

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