Welcome to the wonderful world of Reveling!
The Revels program is the ingenious method of combining food, laughter and camaraderie with a unique activity/event while raising significant money for the Symphony. What better way to contribute throughout the season while financially supporting the arts?
Events and parties are organized at the beginning of the season by a Revels committee, and then published in a booklet that is mailed out to everyone in the League. It is always eagerly anticipated to see what is planned for the party season ahead! Each event is limited, so reservations are accepted in the order in which they are received.
Every event is generously hosted by supportive companies in the community and individual patrons in the League, which allows your full ticket price to go toward the League’s donation schedule. It may provide for a scholarship for a talented youngster to continue their lessons, or contribute to a musician’s salary, or pay for the music that the Orchestra performs so beautifully each concert. In essence, it is your support in attending Revels events that enable the music to continue to resound in the halls, auditoriums and churches throughout Charleston.
There is plenty of opportunity for anyone to participate on a committee or hosting an idea you may have. It is a great way to meet new friends, and use your skills to help the Symphony – in organization, cooking, computer skills, decorating, or networking to contact businesses and individuals.
Reservations for all Revels events may be made online below or may be mailed with a RESERVATION FORM along with payment to: Revels, c/o Kathy Pease at 112 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401. When your reservation is accepted, you will be notified by email/snail mail and then you will be phoned prior to the event also to confirm your attendance.
For a printable Revels booklet, CLICK HERE.
The sold-out cooking demonstration last year – given brilliantly by Marie-Laure Arnaud and ably assisted by Michael Smith – was such a success that, by popular demand, we are asking the chefs to repeat the show. Marie-Laure will do the cooking, and Michael will do the jokes. They have changed the format somewhat to allow you to see more clearly how the luscious food is prepared before you sit at table to enjoy the results accompanied by carefully chosen appropriate wines. This is an opportunity to watch an expert cook at work – printed recipes for all the dishes will be provided. Places are of course limited, so please get your reservations in without delay!
Did you ever want to learn how to prepare gourmet Indian Food taught by a recognized culinary master? Well, this is your opportunity! Travis Overholt, the executive Chef at the Harbour Club, is offering a class in Indian cooking just for us in one of the finest commercial kitchens in Charleston. This will be a hands-on cooking experience. Everything is provided including gloves, aprons, utensils, and food. As you work under chef supervision, you will be able to fortify yourself with a glass or two of wine or beer. When dinner preparations are complete, the group will retire to the dining room to share the products of their labors with fellow students. Bon appétit!
Who better to celebrate Valentine’s Eve with other than Yuriy Bekker, our talented CSO concertmaster and artistic director, and a few of his CSO musician friends? They will play excerpts from the works of the world’s greatest romantic composers – Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Berlioz, and Tchaikovsky! Between numbers, Professor Yuriy will enlighten and entertain us with fascinating facts about the life and times and music of the composers. Our hosts will greet us with a glass of fine champagne when we arrive at the lovely Isle of Palms home of Anne and Cisco Lindsey. Following a delightful performance of romantic music, we will partake of an exquisite selection of sweets and desserts while we mingle and enjoy each other’s company. Be sure to sign up right away, as this event will surely sell out quickly.
What could be a lovelier way to spend a cozy evening in February than sampling an array of fine cheeses, sipping wine, and listening to beautiful music performed by members of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in an historic Charleston setting? These intimate musical soirées have become a Revels favorite. Enjoy the ambiance, socialize, and get to know our gracious hostess, each other, and a few of our dedicated musicians in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
Faith and B’gorra! St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! This is the perfect time to break out your green clothes, eat lucky charms, and celebrate being Irish. Gather your Green to join Ellen and Tommy Davis at their beautiful James Island home for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a concert of Irish/Celtic music featuring Yuriy and Ginny Bekker and friends.
Back by popular demand! Experience an Italian cena in piedi (supper on your feet) at the James Island home of June and Mariano LaVia. While savoring a classic Italian buffet you can feast your eyes on a profusion of blooming azaleas that surround the house in the early spring.
Bridge at the Bristol Card Party
Enjoy an afternoon of bridge or other card and board games with friends. Partake of delicious goodies in the beautiful setting of The Bristol overlooking the Ashley River. This event is a perennial favorite and is back by popular demand, so get your tables together! Make reservations for groups of four players in the name of your Table Captain. Please, form a foursome and join us!
Hobcaw Barony Between the Waters – Where History and Nature Meet
The Hobcaw Barony was granted by King George in 1718 to Lord John Carteret. Bernard Baruch, a financier and advisor to presidents, acquired the Barony between 1905-07 as a winter home and sportsman’s paradise for his family and to entertain friends and business associates. He hosted many of the 20th Century’s most influential leaders there. Baruch eventually sold the land to his oldest child, Belle, an avid sailor, world-class equestrian, and amateur pilot known as the Baroness of Hobcaw. At her death in 1964, she created a trust to preserve Hobcaw Barony as a center for environmental research and education. (Note: Read The Baroness of Hobcaw, by Mary E. Miller.) Reserve your space on the guided tour of the Barony to see Hobcaw House where President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill stayed and Belle’s 1936 home at Bellefield Plantation. After the tour, head over to historic Georgetown for a few hours on your own to eat, shop, and stroll along the Harbor Walk. Bellefield
On Eagles’ Wings
Ideally situated on a 152-acre campus, the Center for the Birds of Prey is dedicated to the study and welfare of birds and their habitats. Wild birds are among the world’s most illuminating sentinel species. They are numerous, conspicuous, diverse, and particularly sensitive to environmental changes. Please join us for a private, expertly guided walking tour of the resident aviaries to watch and learn about birds of prey such as eagles, falcons, and owls. The staff will educate us about birds’ adaptive behaviors well as pertinent environmental and conservation issues. The tour includes an hour-long live open field air show featuring raptors and an owl demonstration held in “Owl Woods.” The center is located in Awendaw, SC, approximately 17 miles north of the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge over the Cooper River. Guests are responsible for their own transportation and lunch at the local Seewee Restaurant on Highway 17. Bring your camera, bug repellent and walking shoes for a fun- filled informative adventure.
Take Me Out to the RiverDogs
Cheer on the RiverDogs at The Joe while enjoying hot dogs, beer, and other ball park fare! The RiverDogs invite us to enjoy the great American pastime from the comfort of a private skybox at one of America’s best small stadiums. What could be greater and more exciting than a lovely spring evening with friends, food, fun, and baseball? Can’t you just hear the shout, “Play Ball!” Don’t miss it and don’t forget the seventh inning stretch.