Kiawah Arts Council February Events


The Kiawah Arts & Cultural Events Council has a wonderful lineup of events for February 2023. The February lineup include

  • Tom Rush with Special Guest Matt Nakoa performs on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at 7:30 pm at the West Beach Conference Center. Tickets are now on sale. Tom Rush’s distinctive guitar style, wry humor, and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences worldwide. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific storytelling, the sweet melancholy of ballads, and the passion of gritty blues. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.
  • Art Film Series – Frida on Friday, February 10, 2023, from 3:00-5:00 pm at The Sandcastle. No tickets are required and there is no charge. This is the true story of Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera, the larger-than-life painters who became the most acclaimed artists in Mexican history.
  • Piano Bar – Misha Pekar performs on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, from 5:00-7:00 pm at The Sandcastle. No tickets are required and there is no charge. Not meant to be concerts, Piano Bars are to enjoy with friends and offer an opportunity to meet neighbors outside your circle for some island socializing.  Bring your beverage of choice and a snack to “tide” you over.
  • Quentin E. Baxter Presents…Geoff Keezer Trio performs on Sunday, February 19, 2023, at 4:00 pm at Turtle Point Clubhouse. Tickets are now on sale by clicking here. Quentin Baxter’s second concert in his three-part jazz series will feature pianist Geoffrey Keezer. Accompanying the concert will be bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Quentin E. Baxter.
  • California Guitar Trio performs on Friday, February 24, 2023, at 7:30 pm at Turtle Point Clubhouse. Ticket sales start February 10 for Kiawah and February 13 for the public at 9:00 am. Celebrating their 30th Anniversary, California Guitar Trio is labeled as “winning, energetic and highly accessible…” by The Los Angeles Times.

The Town of Kiawah Arts and Cultural Events Council works to enhance community appreciation and involvement in the performing arts within the Town of Kiawah Island and its environs by providing a diversity of planned programs.

For more information about the performances above, click here.

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TEDx Charleston 2023

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an international organization whose mission is to spread ideas, foster community and create impact. There are two types of Talks – TED Talks that are directed to a global audience and TEDx Talks that focus on local audiences.  You can view or listen to their speakers on podcasts or the TED app.

Charleston is fortunate to have a TEDx conference at the Charleston Music Hall on March 29, 2023 at 12:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now for TEDxCharleston-ReEmerge and there is a special Early Bird pricing until January 30.  Click here for more detail.

Many of the people presenting at this event are from the Charleston area.  To see the list of speakers and performers, click here.

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Upcoming Events by Historic Charleston Foundation

In February, the Historic Charleston Foundation (HCF) will honor Black History Month with a special tour at the Aiken-Rhett House, celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special walking tour, and then prepare for the annual Festival of Houses and Gardens.

Black History Month Tours at the Aiken-Rhett House
Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm
Join a special house tour given from the enslaved perspective at the Aiken-Rhett House Museum exploring how the landscape and buildings that make up the Aiken-Rhett House complex were experienced by those held in bondage. The tours are free with admission to the Aiken-Rhett House Museum on February 1 with three times available: 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Click here to purchase tickets.  

Valentine’s Day in the Holy City
Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 4:00 pm
HCF and Bulldog Tours have partnered to offer a unique Valentine’s Day experience. Start with a walking tour with stories of love and end with a Madiera tasting at the Nathaniel Russell House. This is a 21+ event. Click here to purchase tickets.

It’s not too soon to get tickets for the annual Festival of Houses and Gardens.

76th Festival of Houses and Gardens
March 15 – April 16, 2023
Tickets are now on sale for the 2023 Festival of Houses and Gardens. To see the complete listing of the month-long program and to purchase tickets, click here.

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CATR Seeks Volunteers

Johns Island’s Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding (CATR) will be offering two volunteer training classes in anticipation of its spring class schedule which begins next month. Volunteer training will be offered on Saturday morning, January 28, from 9:30 am to noon, and again on Tuesday afternoon, February 2, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. Interested parties may attend either session to learn procedures for assisting CATR’s students during weekly classes. No previous experience working with horses is required.

For more information or to register for either of the sessions, email kbrookshire@catr-program.org or call 843-559-6040.

CATR, now in its 32nd year of operation, helps adults and children with disabilities to enjoy a more active and fulfilling life in partnership with horses at its 43-acre farm on River Road. It is currently serving more than 150 students with physical, developmental or emotional challenges.

For more information about Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, click here.

-Submitted by Norm Powers, for CATR

Pennsylvania Connection Party February 15

From Pennsylvania? Lived in Pennsylvania? Passed through Pennsylvania? Thought about Pennsylvania?

If you answer “yes” to any of these, you’ll want to save Wednesday, February 15 for the return of Seabrook’s Pennsylvania Connection get-together. Back after a two-year COVID-19 hiatus, the all-island event will be held in the Oyster Catcher Community Center from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Scheduled in connection with “member week,” this is a great opportunity to meet other Seabrookers with a Pennsylvania connection and to discuss such salient topics as Penn State football, winter weather, and Keystone State culinary delicacies such as ring bologna and scrapple, yum!

Bring your preferred beverage and an appetizer to share. Soft drinks will be provided. To sign up, email kkunkelman@comcast.net or text 484-400-4390.

-Submitted by Cindy Zock

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WaterWise Teaches Kids to Swim

Are you looking for a unique, meaningful volunteer opportunity?
Consider getting involved with WaterWise.


WaterWise is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides water safety and basic swimming instruction at no cost to elementary age children from Mt Zion and other local schools. Many of these young children have never been in a swimming pool, do not know how to swim, and some have been taught to be afraid of the water. This important program can help prevent children from drowning and potentially save their lives.

To volunteer, you don’t need to be an expert swimmer, in fact most who volunteer are average swimmers with above average compassion and patience. Some volunteers help on the pool deck while others help in the water. WaterWise provides the necessary training to the volunteer instructors. In addition, volunteers participate in child protection training and background checks, in association with the Boy Scouts of America.

The program takes place in late May at the Boy Scout Camp on Wadmalaw. Camp runs every morning for two weeks but instructors can be scheduled to help as few as two or as many as five mornings a week as their schedule allows. We try to have a ratio of one instructor to two children for each of the four to five 30-minute sessions each morning and that requires a lot of volunteers. 

It costs the program more than $100.00 per child for these classes, as each child needs a life jacket when in the pool and sometimes bathing suits and other necessities. In addition, insurance for the program and transportation are costly. If you are not able to be an instructor, you can help by donating to Waterproof, Inc, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Send donations to Derek Fyfe, 1014 Embassy Row Way, Johns Island, SC 29455.

Please volunteer to be an instructor or even a deck helper. Most volunteers come from Seabrook, Kiawah, and Johns Islands. It may be one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. For more information or to volunteer, contact Derek Fyfe at derekfyfe2014@gmail.com.

-Submitted by Derek Fyfe, President and CEO of Waterproof Inc.

(Image credit: WaterWise Program)

Kiawah Arts Council January Events

The Kiawah Arts & Cultural Events Council has a wonderful lineup of events for January, 2023. Some of these performances have ticket sales in December. The January lineup includes:

  • Liquid Pleasure performing on Friday, January 13, 2023 at 7:30 pm at the West Beach Conference Center. Tickets go on sale December 27 for Kiawah residents and December 29 for the general public. This multi-cultural icon has committed its profession to bringing music to an array of audiences with a Motown big band feeling.
  • Veterans of Jazz performing on Sunday, January 15 at 4:00 pm at the Turtle Point Clubhouse. Tickets are on sale now. Quentin Baxter’s first concert in his three-part jazz series will feature Benedetto Guitarists Wayne Wilkinson, Howard Paul, and Shawn Purcell.
  • Art Film Series – Big Eyes airing on Friday, January 20 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at The Sandcastle. No tickets are required. This is a 2014 film starring Amy Adams. It tells the story of artist Margaret Keane, a painter whose husband takes credit for her success.
  • Ranky Tanky performing on Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 pm at the West Beach Conference Center. Tickets go on sale December 19 at 9:00 am. This Grammy-award group consists of five members, most of whom are no strangers to the Kiawah Island Arts Council, including Quentin Baxter, Charlton Singleton, Kevin Hamilton, Quiana Parler, & Clay Ross.
  • Piano Bar – Hunter Feick performing on Wednesday, January 25 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at The Sandcastle. No tickets are required. Not meant to be concerts, Piano Bars are to enjoy with friends and offer an opportunity to meet neighbors outside your circle for some island socializing. Bring your beverage of choice and a snack to “tide” you over.
  • Julian Gargiulo, Pianist performing on Sunday, January 29 at 7:30 pm at The Seabrook Island Club. Tickets go on sale January 16 for Kiawah residents and January 19 for the general public. Julian Gargiulo is a dynamic classical pianist who renders the compositions of renowned masters with extraordinary passion and precision, and fills the concert hall with his personal brand of charm, humor and charisma.

The Town of Kiawah Arts and Cultural Events Council works to enhance community appreciation and involvement in the performing arts within the Town of Kiawah Island and its environs by providing a diversity of planned programs.

For more information about the performances above, click here.

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Reminder: SJFD Stuff-A-Truck for Families in Need

St John’s Fire District (SJFD) Firefighters still need our help to “Stuff-A-Truck” this holiday season.

Captain Steve Mantie has compiled wish lists from each of the children the SJFD is supporting this holiday. Please consider supporting a child (or family) this holiday by purchasing an item or two from their wish lists. If you want to help, please email Captain Mantie at s.mantie@stjfd.org by December 12 and he will send a copy of a wish list directly to you.

Donations, including monetary, are accepted at any SJFD Fire Station
from now through December 20.

A listing of all station locations can be found here.

For questions, contact:
Captain Stephen Mantie
s.mantie@stjfd.org
843-559-9194

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Reminder: SJFD Stuff-A-Truck for Families in Need

Let’s help St. John’s Fire District (SJFD) Firefighters
“Stuff-A-Truck”
to help families in need.

Please donate:
New unwrapped toys (infant – teen)
New clothes (infant – teen)
Diapers and wipes

Donations, including monetary, are accepted at any SJFD Fire Station
from now through December 20.
Station Two is on Seabrook Island
at 3026 Cap’n Sams Road.

A listing of all station locations can be found here.

For questions, contact:
Captain Stephen Mantie
843-559-9194

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HCF Festival of Houses and Gardens

Tickets are now on sale for Historic Charleston Foundation’s (HCF) month-long 76th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens from March 15 – April 16, 2023. The festival comprises an array of educational tours and events that explore the area’s significant cultural and architectural landscapes and historic events in the Charleston region, from over 350 years ago to present day.

Tour some of Charleston’s most beautiful homes and gardens on historic streets including King Street, Tradd Street, Legare Street, and new for 2023, a Montagu Street tour. In addition to these tours, there are several other interesting options offered during the festival. Enjoy a new lineup of exciting speakers in the Food for Thought Lecture series; experience refreshed Live Like a Local events such as workshops, musical programs, and sunset historic harbor cruises; and sign up for one of the HCF’s acclaimed Morning History Walks with licensed tour guides. 

Visit the Historic Charleston Foundation website for a full list of events and programs and to purchase tickets, or you can download the brochure here. 

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Project Playhouse Build

Sea Island Habitat for Humanity will be hosting a Project Playhouse Build on Saturday, December 3, 2022.  They are looking for members of the community to help build playhouses for deserving children in the area.


Six teams are needed to help build 6 playhouses. Each wooden playhouse is custom-made to the likes and interests of a child or children in our community. These families qualify as low-income and due to financial restraints would be unable to provide a gift like this for the holidays. Help make a kid’s holiday season memorable by building them an incredible playhouse!

If you can’t participate in the event, please consider donating to Sea Island Habitat for Humanity.  Please click here for more information about donating your time and/or talent.

-Submitted by Josie Spa, Communications & Outreach Manager