Freeloaders: A Complimentary Christmas Kick-Off 

This week's best freebies Nov. 28-Dec. 4

The holiday season began like the premiere of a Twilight movie this past weekend. Crowds dashed through stores at midnight like a pack of adolescent girls eager for the next glimpse of Edward Cullen. There was screaming, cheering, and even tears — thanks to a lady with some pepper spray. Obviously our culture has become a little obsessed with good prices. So at the risk of creating a frenzy, we're letting you in on some deals not even Black Friday could top.

TUESDAY. The Ashley Hall visiting writer's series will begin with a lecture by Rick Bass. He's the author of 25 books, including his acclaimed autobiography, Why I Came West. And if you like the Strokes, you should probably head to the Recovery Room for Forest Tourist, a new local indie band led by Ed Burroughs.
 
WEDNESDAY. Getting over the hump is a little bit easier with live music. Local radio station 96.9 The Wolf presents The Lost Trailers at the Windjammer for a night of contemporary Americana and country. Sarah Cole & the Hawkes will perform at Art's,
and acoustic Americana group Wire & Wood will be at the Brick House Kitchen on Folly Road. 

THURSDAY. Eco Deco will premiere their new wall of colors with a reception of champagne, wine, and hors d'oeuvres at their showroom. RSVP-ing is a must. You can help Rogue Wave Surf Shop raise money for peace in the Congo at their fundraiser, Falling Whistles. They'll have two bands, a DJ, body painting, and multiple food trucks. And Cone 10 Studios will reveal their newest collections at the Piece on Earth event, where they'll open their kiln after 3 days of firing.  

FRIDAY. Start the weekend with a little art opening hopping. Kristi Ryba will celebrate the opening of her newest exhibit, The Art and Science of Memory, which will showcase pieces she made using gouache, egg tempura, and gold leaf. From A to Z, an exhibit featuring new drawings and sculptures by Aggie Zed, is opening at Nina Liu and Friends on State Street. Former One to Watch Charles Williams has his Capture at Robert Lange. Martin Studios will showcase the sculptures of Leo Osborne and Sydney Soriano's latest collection of freshwater pearls. And all the resident artists at Scoop Studios will have their newest works on display at the Scoop Group Show. You can also find out how Germans do Christmas at Christkindlmarkt, where they'll have a brass band, warm drinks, and authentic German snacks.

SATURDAY. Santa Claus is coming to town in many ways. Join Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. in Marion Square for the lighting of the City of Charleston Christmas tree, head to Daniel Island for their Holiday Festival, and get a spot on the riverbank to watch the Holiday Magic Parade of Boats, to name a few. Find more of this weekend's free holiday events here

Moonshine Saloon is hosting a Bike Show to benefit Fran Wilbanks. Local bike shops will showcase their wares, and they'll have raffles, vendors, and live music throughout the afternoon. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it sure knows how to throw a good party. The antique shop will offer 20 percent off all items and with each purchase, they'll hand out eco-friendly tote bags with the Curiosity logo. Guests can also enjoy mini doughnuts from Glazed.

Fashionistas should head to the Cocktail Club for the Vintage Event, a pre-holiday showcase of vintage fashion. And to clean out the soon-to-be-closed gallery, Eye Level Art is hosting Relics and Remnants, where they'll sell prints by John Pundt for as little $5.

SUNDAY. Rock out with the cockpits out at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, where aircraft carriers like the H-3 Sea King and the A-6 Intruder will have open cockpits for all the town to see. If you're in the mood to walk a more righteous path, take a walking tour of Bethlehem at Ashley River Baptist church. It's an outdoor experience that tells the story of Christmas.

 

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