Charleston, SC (PRWEB) July 03, 2014
Historic Charleston Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve and protect the integrity of Charleston's architectural, historical and cultural heritage, announced that its 2014 spring Festival of Houses and Gardens and Charleston Antiques Show recorded a boost to the local economy with an impact of over $6.6 million. According to the College of Charleston’s Office of Tourism Analysis, this impact study represents a 3.85% increase over 2013. The Foundation also announced dates for these annual events in 2015; the 12th annual Charleston Antiques Show will kick off the Festival on March 20-22, with the Preview Party on March 19, while the 68th annual spring Festival of Houses and Gardens will take place March 19-April 19.
“The Festival of Houses and Gardens as well as the Charleston Antiques Show are traditions for locals who support the events as homeowners, volunteers and sponsors,” said Kitty Robinson, president and CEO of Historic Charleston Foundation.
“The funds raised from these important programs support the Foundation’s significant preservation work as well as provide a medium for educating both residents and visitors about the benefits derived from historic preservation.”
Other economic statistics include:
Charleston, renowned for its history, architecture and antiques, is the perfect backdrop for the annual spring Festival of Houses and Gardens, during which attendees have the rare opportunity to tour approximately 150 historic private houses, gardens and other properties with historic merit. The annual Charleston Antiques Show features period furnishings, vintage jewelry, fine art and silver—all from the late 17th to the early 20th centuries.
Visit historiccharleston.org or call 843-722-3405 to join our mailing list to learn more. Tickets for both events will go on sale Nov. 1, 2014.
The 12th annual Charleston Antiques Show, Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain Street, will offer daily admission as well as
The 68th annual spring Festival of Houses and Gardens will offer guests an entire month of tours, special events, luncheon lectures, tastings and concerts to include:
The Charleston Antiques Show and the Festival of Houses and Gardens are both organized by Historic Charleston Foundation; proceeds support its mission to preserve Charleston’s architecture, history, and culture.
About Historic Charleston Foundation
Established in 1947, Historic Charleston Foundation (HCF) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and protect the historical, architectural and material culture that make up Charleston's rich and irreplaceable heritage. The Foundation is known for its preservation and advocacy programs including protective covenants and easements; education and outreach; and it is the first organization in the country to establish a revolving fund to acquire and preserve important buildings, a model now replicated in historic communities across the nation. Preservation coupled with education and outreach is at the heart of the HCF mission. This mission is supported through the generosity of preservation-minded donors, the annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens, the Charleston Antiques Show, a licensed products program, and retail shops. In addition, HCF fulfills its educational mission through the interpretation of its collections and two museum sites: the Nathaniel Russell House, c. 1808, and the Aiken-Rhett House, c. 1820.
College of Charleston’s Office of Tourism Analysis
The Office of Tourism Analysis operates as a unit of the College of Charleston's Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management and is counseled and advised by industry and community leaders charged with proposing the office's research priorities. For more information, contact Raymond Rhodes, MBA.
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