Oct 22, 2020

Welcome new initiates!

Team Trivia Night

Do you miss your old friends at the Lowcountry Phi Beta Kappa Association?  Would you like to make some new ones?  Join us at 7:00 PM Thursday (10/22) for a couple lighthearted rounds of team trivia with quizmaster Rob Dillon, The Most Dangerous Mind in Charleston.  Rob will have a cold beverage on the desk in front of him, and encourages you all to do likewise.  First prize is free admission to our next Holiday Party!  Free one-year memberships for all new initiates in attendance!  Virtual pony rides and balloons for the kiddies!  Email Secretary Dave Trautman trautmand@citadel.edu for the zoom link.  See you there!

Oct 14, 2020

Yale invites PBK

Calling Doctor Zaas

Join Yale and the All-Ivy Club of Charleston in a zoom meeting with David Zaas, MD, chief executive officer of MUSC Health.  Hit this link at 5:00 PM: https://zoom.us/j/96997168090

Sep 24, 2020

Princeton invites PBK

Virtual Wine Tasting

Join Princeton and the All-Ivy Club of Charleston for an oenological tour of Portugal, virtually, that is!  Thursday evening, September 24, 5:00 PM, via Zoom.  Download [this flier] for the details, email your RSVP to the Princeton Club, and beat a hasty path to Edmund's Oast downtown for your passports!  Three bottles for $60.

Sep 10, 2020

Our first online event!

National Key Connections Panel

How can you make the most of your liberal arts background in these difficult economic times?  Dr. Fred Lawrence, National Secretary of Phi Beta Kappa, hosts a panel of executives from Fortune 500 Companies to show you how! To register for this exciting event, visit the national website [here].

Feb 10, 2020

2020 Winter Meeting

The Charleston Library Society

Join us for wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres and great conversation at The South's Oldest Cultural Institution, 164 King Street, Monday February 10 from 6 - 8:00 PM.  Executive Director Anne Cleveland will share the news about initiatives being taken by this venerable institution, both physical and intellectual.  Tickets $20.  Download your invitation here and mail it to P.O. Box 421 no later than Feb 3.

Dec 16, 2019

Music by Mr. Thomas Bailey

2019 Holly & Ivy Gala!

Say hello to friends you know, and have a cup of cheer ... all at the newly-renovated Charleston Library Society Monday evening, December 16, 6 - 8:00 PM!  Live music, dinner buffet, and open bar.  Tickets $40, fun for free.  Download your invitation [here] and mail it to P.O. Box 421 no later than December 9.

Nov 07, 2019

Third Annual

C2C Literary Festival

The 2019 Charleston-to-Charleston Literary Festival kicks off Thursday afternoon (11/7) at The Dock Street Theater, and runs through Sunday evening (11/10), featuring a power-packed line up of 14 internationally-prominent authors discussing a tremendous range of intellectual topics: art, science, history and more.  Finale at the Charleston Library Society Friday evening.  More info at this link: [C2C 2019]

Nov 07, 2019

Friends, family, and kids!

PBK / All-Ivy Happy Hour

The Penn Club of South Carolina is hosting their Annual Fall Happy Hour at The Workshop, 1503 King Street.  The Workshop is an upscale food court in the rapidly-developing “NOMO” section of Charleston.  Light hors d’oeuvres  and beverages from nearby Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company will be available for purchase.  No RSVP required.  But download the invitation here, and mark the date on your calendar today!

Oct 13, 2019

The Arts in Charleston

2019 Fall Meeting

Please join us at the Stono Ferry home of Tom and Dorothy Campbell for hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and great conversation!  Our special guest will be Ms. Maura Hogan, Performing Arts Critic at the Post & Courier.  Download the invitation here [pdf] and RSVP by October 8.

Jun 08, 2019

Revealed Gallery

PBK / All-Ivy Spoleto Reception

The Harvard Club of South Carolina has invited the Lowcountry PBK Association to a Spoleto-themed reception Saturday June 8, 6 - 9:00 PM at the Revealed Gallery, 119-A Church Street.  Please join us for wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres, and conversation in a vibrant setting of contemporary art!  Space is limited, so RSVP no later than June 1 with names of attendees and check in the amount of $35/person to Harvard Club of South Carolina, c/o John Marcoux, 2023 Shell Ring Circle, Mt Pleasant, SC 29466.

Apr 28, 2019

At Ms. Rose's

Scholarship Banquet 2019

Come meet our 2019 scholarship recipients, representing Stall HS, Cane Bay HS, and the Charleston Charter School for Math and Science!  Ticket price of $35 includes choice of three entrees with salad and non-alcoholic beverage.  Adult beverages and desserts also available, payable at departure.  Download the reservation form here [pdf] and return it to P.O. Box 421 no later than Tuesday 4/23.

Apr 03, 2019

ACBA invites PBK

Restoring Mount Vernon

Our friends at the American College of Building Arts are pleased to announce a public lecture by Thomas A. Reinhart, Director of Architecture at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Wednesday (4/3) at 6:00 pm.  See the event website for all details.

Apr 04, 2019

Princeton invites PBK

Community Forum: Dr. Marjorie Spruill

Dr. Marjorie J. Spruill, Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, has a particular interest in the intersection of ideas about gender and politics.  She will discuss her most recent book, Divided We Stand: The Battle over Women's Rights and Family Values Thursday evening, April 4, at The Charleston Museum.  Ticket price $25.  Download the pdf invitation [here].

Feb 26, 2019

Featuring Dr. Bill Woolsey

Winter Meeting at The Citadel

Join us in the Greater Issues Room at The Citadel Tuesday evening, February 26, for heavy hors d'oeuvres and tasty beverages.  Dr. Bill Woolsey, Economist and Mayor of James Island, will ask the question, "Economic philosophy: social science or political economy?"  Download the invitation [here] and mail it to P.O. Box 421 without delay!

Dec 10, 2018

Music by Ms. Kathryn Flint

Holly & Ivy Holiday Gala!

You won't want to miss the holiday event of the season Monday evening, December 10, at the Charleston Library Society.  Wine, Song, and Dinner Buffet!  Download your invitation [here] for all the details.  And we'll see you around the piano at 164 King!

Dec 03, 2018

Our 242nd anniversary!

PBK Keys to Action Week

Join Phi Beta Kappa national December 3 - 8 for an action-packed week centered on curiosity, careers, and community. Together, we can show the important role the liberal arts and sciences can play in cultivating a meaningful, productive, and engaged life.  More here: https://www.pbk.org/KeystoAction

Oct 09, 2018

2018 Fall Meeting

The Bermuda Gunpowder Plot!

Join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres at the American College of Building Arts, in the Old Trolley Barn at 649 Meeting Street.  Our featured speaker, Dr. Maxwell Mowry, will explain how the little-known Bermuda Gunpowder Plot of 1775 aided the American patriot cause.  Download your invitation here and mail the coupon at the bottom to P.O. Box 421 today!

May 10, 2018

Featuring Nigel Redden!

PBK/All-Ivy Spoleto Festival Preview

We are excited to report that our good friends among the Lowcountry Ivy League Alumni (“LILA”) have invited PBK to attend their All-Ivy Spoleto Festival Preview party at the Harbour Club Thursday evening May 10.  Nigel Redden will be our special guest.  Music provided by Cassandra Zoe Velasco, Mezzo-Soprano.  Follow this link to make your reservations ASAP!  Tickets are going fast.

Apr 22, 2018

Come meet our young scholars!

Scholarship Reception 2018

Our spring reception will take place in the lovely Club Room at the Dockside Condominiums, 330 Concord Street, near the aquarium, Sunday evening April 22.  We'll meet our scholarship recipients for 2018, representing Ashley Ridge HS and Johns Island HS.  Hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and soft drinks served 4:00 - 6:00 PM.  Ticket price $20.  Download the invitation here [pdf] and mail it to P.O. Box 421 no later than Monday, 4/16.

Apr 10, 2018

Princeton invites PBK

J. Waites Waring and the Dissent That Changed America

The Princeton Club of Charleston has once again invited PBK to attend their annual speaking event at The Charleston Museum.  Judge Richard Gergel will present a retrospective on the life and work of J. Waties Waring, with wine reception preceding and discussion to follow.  The deadline for early-bird tickets for this exciting event is this Friday, 3/23!  So you'll want to download the invitation here [pdf] and RSVP via the brownpapertickets.com website without delay.

Feb 26, 2018

2018 Winter Meeting

Dinner and Speaker at Ms. Rose's

Ticket price of $35 includes choice of three entrees, with salad and non-alcoholic beverage.  Adult beverages and desserts also available, payable at departure.  Dr. Chuck Lippy will take us "From Nun to None: How American Religion Is Changing."  Download the reservation form here [pdf] and return it to P.O. Box 421 no later than Monday 2/19.

Feb 13, 2018

Visiting Scholar at USC

Dr. Judith Carney

Judith Carney is professor of Geography at UCLA.  Her lecture, "Seeds of Memory: Food Legacies of the Transatlantic Slave Trade," will be offered at 4:30 pm in Russell House 305, on the University of South Carolina campus.  Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Hadley White at hwhite@pbk.org.

Dec 18, 2017

... with All Ivies!

2017 Holiday Gala

Circle Monday evening December 18th in red!  That’s the date for our annual jolly holiday party at the historic Library Society on King Street in downtown Charleston, 6 – 8:00 PM.  Dinner buffet, drinks, and live music!  Ticket price $40.  RSVP [here] must be postmarked no later than December 8.

Oct 09, 2017

2017 Fall Meeting

An Evening at the American College of Building Arts

The ABCA is America’s only four-year private liberal arts nonprofit college dedicated to educating artisans with the skills to create with their hands, reason with their minds, and contribute to and preserve our world’s architectural treasures.  Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of their remarkable shops and collections, with works of forged iron, masonry, plaster, stone, and architectural carpentry on display.  Welcome from President Colby Broadwater.

Light hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and soft drinks served.  Ticket price $20.  Download the invitation here [pdf] and mail it to P.O. Box 421 no later than Monday, October 9.  

Apr 23, 2017

With champagne!

Scholarship Reception 2017

Our spring reception will take place at The Bristol (3000 Old Bridgeview Lane, Charleston) Sunday evening 4/23, from 4 - 6:00 PM.  We'll meet our scholarship recipients for 2017, representing West Ashley HS, North Charleston HS, and Hanahan HS.  Light hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and soft drinks served.  Ticket price $25.  Download the invitation here [pdf] and mail it to P.O. Box 421 no later than Saturday, 4/15.  

Apr 05, 2017

Cornell invites PBK

Cornell Women's Chorus

Gather with All-Ivy alumni to hear the acclaimed all women Cornell University Chorus on Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 91 Anson St.  Following the performance, enjoy a reception to meet the performers and connect with old and new all-Ivy friends.


The event is free, a suggested donation of $10 per person will help cover the cost of the reception and the chorus' travels. Parking is available in the Gaillard Garage across the street from the church.  Please RSVP by March 30 to: cornellclubofcharleston@yahoo.com.

Apr 19, 2017

Princeton Invites PBK

Woodrow Wilson and World War I: A Century Later

A. Scott Berg, renowned best-selling biographer and winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, will be the guest of the Princeton Club of Charleston. Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Wednesday April 19, 2017.  Reception 5:00 PM, Presentation 6:00 PM. $35.00 per person.  For more, see:


Feb 28, 2017

2017 Winter Meeting

Stolen Charleston!

Join us for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and a lovely evening overlooking the Charlestowne Landing Marsh.  Grahame Long, chief curator of The Charleston Museum, will share a few tales from his recent book, Stolen Charleston, the Spoils of War.  Reservations [forms here] should be postmarked no later than 2/21.  And we'll look forward to seeing you all at Tom Campbell's house (1040 Fifth Ave Maryville) at 6:30 Tuesday evening, Feb 28.  

Dec 13, 2016

...with Franklin Ashley!

2016 Holiday Party

Join us at the Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street, for our annual festive gala!  Dinner buffet, champagne, wine, beer, soft drinks.  6 - 8:00 PM.  Invitation [here] must be mailed by December 2.

Oct 10, 2016

Featuring Mr. Michael Smith, Counter-terrorism Advisor

2016 Fall Meeting

Come join us at The Bristol Condominiums, 3000 Old Bridgeview Lane, for sunset over the Ashley! Hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and soft drinks.  6 - 8:00 PM.  Invitation {here}.

Apr 24, 2016

2016 Scholarship Banquet

Our scholarship banquet took place in at Fish Restaurant in downtown Charleston. The Association honored scholars from Burke High School, Military Magnet High School, and Goose Creek High School with books and certificates of recognition. Scholarship award checks were presented at local school assemblies later in the spring. These students are planning to pursue a liberal arts and sciences undergraduate education.

Feb 09, 2016

2016 Winter Meeting

The Lowcountry PBK Association winter meeting convened at The Bristol Condominiums, with food provided by members. Dr. Ronald L. Numbers, Hilldale Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin gave a speech entitled “Baptizing Dinosaurs” in celebration of Darwin Week.

Dec 14, 2015

2015 Annual Holiday Party

The fifth annual holiday party was held at The Charleston Library Society in downtown Charleston. Members and guests, including other area alumni groups, enjoyed live music, a buffet dinner and beverages.

Oct 26, 2015

2015 Fall Meeting

Our fall meeting was held at an association member’s home. Rudy Manke, South Carolina naturalist and radio/TV personality joined the group to discuss his life as an accomplished naturalist.

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