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5 Feb 2019
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We are rapidly approaching festival season in the Lowcountry, and a Spoleto auction is just a harbinger of things to come.  SEWE is coming up the weekend after next. Then there’s Wine + Food, Charleston Fashion Week, and a whole slew of others.

Before you know it, the world-renowned Spoleto Festival will be here, kicking off the peak summer season for SC vacation rentals.

You don’t have to be here right now to get in on the pre-Spoleto fun.  Right now an exciting online Spoleto auction is taking place.  Proceeds benefit the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, the official musicians of the festival.

There almost 100 great items up for bid, including:

  • Many great works of art, personal portraits, jewelry design;
  • 26 “Unique Experiences,” private events with Festival artists and special hosts;
  • Travel adventures;
  • Sports, entertainment, spa and beauty, health and fitness, wine, and other enticing categories.

The online auction is running from now through Monday, February 18th at 10:00 p.m.  Out of the 93 items up for bid, 53 have no bidders yet, as of last check.  So you have a shot at getting a great deal on terrific items or experiences while you’re here.

Several involve adventures in areas away from Charleston as well.  Cases in point: Design Tour of Manhattan, A Weekend in the Queen City, Garden & Gun Atlanta Getaway, Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival, Birthday Luncheon for Eight in Hilton Head, Private Tour of Jefferson’s Monticello, and many more.

Here’s a link to the online bidding and a list of everything that’s up for grabs.


A Special Luxury Live Spoleto Auction Event 


Also, there will be a special LIVE auction gala event this coming Friday, February 8th.  The event will take place at the just-opened Hotel Bennett on Marion Square in downtown Charleston.

This live auction will have 15 very special items up for bid, like dinner for 12 by renowned Charleston chef Mike Lata of FIG fame.  Here’s a description from their website:

“You and 11 guests will enjoy an intimate dinner prepared by James Beard Award-winning Chef Mike Lata of FIG and The Ordinary in the privacy of your own home [e.g. your luxury house on Isle of Palms]. Chef Lata and Harry Root of Grassroots Wine will work together to create a delicious multiple-course menu featuring the best local produce and seasonal ingredients paired with wine from FIG’s extensive list that highlights small-production winemakers.”

Voting by proxy is also available, so you don’t have to be here in person this Friday to bid.   You can contact Spoleto Patron Services at (843) 720-1104.

If you are here this week and would like to attend the live Spoleto auction, you can obtain tickets by calling (843) 720-1114, or by using this link.

But hurry.  Tickets are only available until February 6th at 12 p.m.  -  that’s tomorrow, Wednesday.


The Latest on CHS Flying High


As I’ve blogged about numerous times, Charleston International Airport is on a roll.   It’s undergone a massive $200 million renovation. The number of carriers and flights is growing by leaps and bounds.

Well, the latest counts are officially in, and the Charleston International Airport has set an all-time record for the number of travelers flying through.

A whopping 4.47 million people came in or out of CHS in 2018 It’s the first year ever to top the 4 million mark, and it’s a 12.1% increase over the previous year.

It translates into an extra 500,000 people over the previous year.  This is amazing, especially when you consider the airport was shut down for four days last January (2018) for snow and ice, and three days this past September for a hurricane swirling in the Atlantic.  Read more here.

So, happy bidding/flying.  If you are interested in coming for Spoleto, call us soon as possible since our homes tend to book up fast.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Photo credit: Spoleto