The Scouted Calendar / September 2015

The start of the school year, a return to fall commitments, the promise of a new season right around the corner…September is almost upon us—which means it’s time to get serious about our calendars. Along with more structured routines, the upcoming month will bring a variety of exciting festivals, events, exhibitions to our Scouted cities. Here’s a rundown of what we’ll be up to in our Scouted cities this September:


With a thriving culinary scene, it’s not surprising that Charleston will host two food-themed celebrations during the same September weekend. Now in its 35th year, The Southern Living Taste of Charleston, a three-day showcase for Charleston restaurants, will take place from September 25 – 27, while the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Foundation hosts a star-studded benefit dinner on Friday, September 25 and cooking demonstrations on Saturday, September 26. {Find additional local recommendations on what to do in Charleston here.} 


The 9th annual Heritage Harvest Festival, a celebration of “America’s first foodie,” Thomas Jefferson, takes place at (where else?) Monticello on Saturday, September 12, and offers something for everyone, including workshops and lectures, heirloom fruit and vegetable tastings, chef demonstrations, a seed swap, and more. The event kicks off with an “Epic Tomato” event on Thursday, September 10; pre-festival workshops all day on Friday, September 11 (including a session on “Designing Your Holiday Feast” with designer Jan Roden, mother of TSG co-founder Christy Ford, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.!), and festival headliners The Fabulous Beekman Boys delivering a keynote talk at The Paramount Theater on Friday evening. {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Charlottesville here.}


Now in its second year, the Rendezvous Music Festival (which is put on by the Nashville-based Be Entertainment) will return to Beaver Creek September 11-12, promising a dynamic experience including performances by the Indigo Girls, John Oates, Chris Stapleton, and more, as well as food and wine. And in what will undoubtedly be a fascinating exhibit, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver will present Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty from September 18 through January 31. The exploration of the painter and photographer’s work will invite attendees to consider the artist in a whole new light. {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Denver here.}

Greenville, South Carolina

If a festival is named Euphoria, you know it has to be good. TSG Greenville editor Paula Lipsey says the event, which takes place from September 17 – 20 and includes tastings, cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, fabulous dinners, and live musical performances—and draws high-profile chefs and master sommeliers—is a can’t-miss experience. {Read editor Paula Lipsey’s “Insider’s Guide to Greenville” here, and find additional local recommendations for what to do in Greenville here.}


Labor Day weekend in Loudon County, Epicurience Virginia highlights Virginia’s finest wine and food. Featuring celebrity chefs, live music, and a variety of tasting opportunities, the event, which takes place at beautiful Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia, promises to be a delicious—and delightful—experience. {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Hunt Country HERE.}


Jackson residents, get your sharpie ready and make room on the coffee table. On September 17, designer Barbara Westbrook (of TSG Atlanta!) will be signing her gorgeous book, Gracious Rooms, at the lovely furniture boutique SummerHouse. The TSG Editorial team loves our copy and would jump at the chance to have Westbrook sign it. {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Jackson here.}


There are always so many things to do in the Triangle! Combining two of our loves, lunch in a beautiful setting and books, “Cooks & Books: Lunch with Chef Patrick O’Connell” at Fearrington is our ideal way to spend an afternoon. Find details about the event, which will take place on September 13, here. On September 18, CAM Raleigh hosts “Exposure Time,” a party celebrating photographers and their work that promises to be an unforgettable evening (and an opportunity to take some fantastic selfies). And on September 24, the SEEDS Harvest Dinner will bring celebrated local chefs together for a feast benefitting the amazing organization, which offers a variety of sustainable and organic garden-based programs (TSG Raleigh | Durham | Chapel Hill editor Hopie Avery is helping with this event, so keep an eye out for her if you go!). {Find additional local recommendations for what to do in Raleigh | Durham | Chapel Hill here.}

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