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A November to Remember in Charleston, South Carolina


It will be a November to remember in Charleston, S.C., this year as the destination prepares to host four headlining events, offering residents and visitors alike the opportunity to visit with acclaimed authors, sample wine from Charleston’s only domestic vineyard, enjoy the sounds of Grammy-winning guitarist Earl Klugh or spend an evening with celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.
The Charleston area’s year-round temperate climate – an average high of 74 degrees – and interesting cultural events offer travelers the perfect weekend escape. Whether enjoying intimate readings hosted by famed authors during the Capital BookFest or special wine tastings during the 8th Annual Blessing of the Vines, guests can also take advantage of Charleston’s famed downtown, delectable Lowcountry fare or museums and tours exploring the area’s fascinating history this November.
In addition to the following headlining events, a more expansive list of November activities, as well as hotel packages, can be found at

Capital BookFest Charleston: November 6, 2010
More than 60 writers, poets and children’s book authors will congregate in Charleston for a lively and informative day of storytelling, readings and panel discussions during the inaugural Capital BookFest Charleston, sister festival to the successful Capital BookFest in Washington. Headliners include Nikki Giovanni, Mary Alice Monroe, E. B. Lewis, Tananarive Due, Josephine Humphreys, Michelle Singletary, Victoria Rowell, Gary Smith, Sonia Sanchez and Margot Theis Raven. This free one-day event celebrates literature and promotes literacy in a family-friendly atmosphere with events at Marion Square, the Charleston Public Library and Gaillard Auditorium from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The first 1,000 guests will receive a free bag and copy of the children's book Indigo and the Garden City by JahSun & Donna Maria Smith. For more information on this event, please visit or call (703) 371-4325.

Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island Golf Resort: November 11 – 13, 2010
Seven-time Grammy-winning guitarist Earl Klugh celebrates the Lowcountry’s storied jazz scene as he brings his Weekend of Jazz to the Charleston area for the first time. Klugh will be joined by other noted musical talents, including the chart-topping group Fourplay, three-time Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum selling saxophonist Boney James, bassist and Golden Globe nominee Kenny Eastwood, Latin-jazz saxophonist and vocalist Jessy Y, and trumpeter-vocalist Joe Gransden. Kiawah Island’s five-star luxury seaside mansion, The Sanctuary Hotel, will host the live performances, and two-night packages start at $299 (per person per night at double occupancy). For hotel package information, please visit or call (800) 654-2924.

An Evening With Anthony Bourdain: November 12, 2010
Best known for his colorful memoirs detailing life as a chef in New York City as well as in-your-face food experiences for The Travel Channel, Anthony Bourdain has been called the Jack Kerouac of the kitchen. His wry sense of humor and exotic culinary experiences make him a masterful storyteller and iconic character in the food world. Bourdain visited the Charleston area in 2007 to film an episode of No Reservations, and his eagerly anticipated return is sure to be a sell-out. For tickets, please visit or call (843) 529-5050.

8th Annual Blessing of the Vines: November 13, 2010
Nestled amid the marshes and moss-covered oaks on Wadmalaw Island, a picturesque barrier island located near Charleston, Irvin House Vineyards harvests sweet muscadine grapes, which are blended into five varieties of wine: Tara Gold, Palmetto, Magnolia, Mullet Hall Red and Live Oak Reserve. The 48-acre winery annually welcomes the public to participate in its Blessing of the Vines, a day of picnicking with live music and wine tasting. For more information, please visit or call (843) 559-6867 for more information.

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