With one of the oldest library collections in the US, The Charleston Library Society works tirelessly in preserving and maintaining this gem of a collection and the building that houses it. A few years ago Anne Cleveland stepped in to reinvigorate the organization by bringing talented people from the world of arts and letters to create excitement and awareness of this marvelous place. With my love of history, art, architecture, decor, and because of the ebullient Anne, I wanted to have an involvement with this fascinating institution.
Who better to celebrate the history of a place than Lord Julian Fellowes, writer and producer, of Downton Abbey and Gosford Park? With his appreciation of history, and subsequent role of highlighting beautiful architecture to a worldwide audience through his television series, not to mention his award winning literature, it was a match made in heaven.
The fundraising event consisted of 3 segments – a very well attended speaking engagement by Lord Fellowes at the Dock Theatre, a cocktail party held by serial restorer and host extraordinaire Dick Jenrette at his exquisite Charleston home, followed by a dinner for 24 at yours truly’s.
I of course went with a Charlestonian theme, in honor of this splendid city – the home of Porgy and Bess, the birthplace of The Charleston, a proud example of religious freedom in its colonial days, and the most historically preserved city in the US.
Two tables were set, and I reversed my color scheme of white and brown at each. The linen napkins are monogrammed with a C for Chisolm House, and in classic CR style, I purchased the (plastic) busts from a local store for a grand total of $14……as I always say, you can find style at any price point if you just look! The flowers and fruit, as ever, were also from local grocery stores.
Traditional Southern food was served, ending with a fantastic Meyer lemon tart. After supper people were asking where my dogs were, and I brought in my beloved Baby Monkey, who of course stole the show!
A big thank you to Leigh Webber who assisted with some of these photos, and of course my congratulations to Anne Cleveland for such an inspired occasion – a celebration of a wonderful place, institution and man!
The video below is comprised of scenes that represent the spirt of the Charleston I love, and more photos from our celebration of the talented Julian Fellowes. OH DEAR AFTER A MULTITUDE OF SPELL CHECKS —one nice reader pointed out the misspelling of Fellowes in the first clip and I some how managed to get it wrong- for me tcro fix this in this blog is impossible and it would take hours to export and reimport the corrected so forgive me! I think all the others Fellowes have their E