PBK Lowcountry Association Events

Scholarship Banquet 2022

Apr. 25 2022

6 - 8:00 PM

Come meet our 2022 scholarship recipients, representing the College of Charleston, The Citadel and Charleston Southern University!  Ticket price of $39 includes choice of three entrees with salad and non-alcoholic beverage.  Adult beverages also available, payable at departure.  Download the reservation form here and return it to P.O. Box 421 no later than Thursday 4/21.

Spring Meeting 2022

Feb. 28, 2022

7 - 8:00 PM

Randy Akers, executive director of South Carolina Humanities, offered an informative Zoom presentation on 28 February on the history, work, and coming initiatives that will help mark SC Humanities’ 50th anniversary. Opening in Lancaster, SC in August 2022 will be a multimedia history of South Carolina's seven Indigenous groups in their own words. Included are the Cherokees of South Carolina, the Edisto Indians, the Santee Indian tribe, the Pee Dee Indian Nation, the Waccamaw Chicora Indian people, the Chicora Siouan Nation, and the Catawba Indian Nation.  More information at https://schumanities.org/speakers_topics/history/page/7/.

Holiday Party at the Charleston Library Society

Dec 13, 2021

6 - 8:00 PM

The annual PBK Holly and Ivy Gala will return in 2021!  This is the most-anticipated event of the Charleston social season.  In addition to alumni from the Ancient Eight, our special guests this year will be the PBK faculty of the College of Charleston.  Dinner buffet and open bar.  Live music by Mr. Thomas Bailey.  Tickets $40 – fun, fellowship and frivolity all inclusive!  Download your invitation [here] and mail your reservation to P.O. Box 421 no later than December 6.

Key Connections at Holy City Brewing!

Oct 21, 2021

6:00 PM

Everybody is invited to welcome the newest members of Phi Beta Kappa at the first annual Lowcountry Association Key Connections Event, sponsored by PBK National.  We'll see you all at Holy City Brewing, 1021 Aragon Ave, North Charleston Thursday evening 10/21.  Tours start at 6:00 sharp, taps open at 6:15.  Those initiated into PBK within the last five years will be our guests. Others and friends $15.  Download a hard copy invitation [here] or go directly to the Eventbite site [here] to RSVP.

Charleston Literary Festival 2021

Nov 5 - 14, 2021

This year’s Charleston Literary Festival will feature Pulitzer Prize winners, best-selling authors launching their new novels,  academics, international and local authors, as well as renowned writers whose books have been adapted for streaming platforms and movies such as HBO's wildly popular The Undoing by Jean Hanff Korelitz and the acclaimed Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman, who will present the film followed by a conversation with its celebrated director, James Ivory, and accept, on behalf of the festival marketing department, an award for the longest sentence composed in any promotional medium, 2021.

National Key Connections Event

Sept 9, 2021  

5:30 - 8:30 pm

The National office of Phi Beta Kappa will host three separate panel discussions featuring members who are doing great work in the fields of non-profits and advocacy, business and marketing, and science and health. The panels will focus on the theme of making the most of a liberal arts education and highlight a diversity of expertise in these three sectors, featuring young professional leaders in their fields.  Register here: https://www.pbk.org/Key-Connections

Spring Meeting to feature CofC President Hsu!

Apr 12, 2021  

7:30 - 8:30 pm

Are the liberal arts jeopardized by increased emphasis on the STEM disciplines? Has the pandemic permanently altered the texture of undergraduate education?  Dr. Andrew Hsu, president of The College of Charleston, will address these issues and more as he joins us via Zoom Monday evening April 12.  Note the corrected start time of 7:30.  Download your invitation for this exciting event [here].  And here's the zoom link: https://citadelonline.zoom.us/j/94530309209

The African-American Story of Charleston

Feb 22, 2021  

7 - 8:00 pm

Celebrate Black History Month with Phi Beta Kappa Monday evening, February 22, 7 - 8:00 PM.  Virtually, that is!  Our guest will be Ms. Ruth Miller, author of an acclaimed self-guided walking tour of African-American Charleston.  How did enslaved and free persons of color make the city's rise possible?  And how did they emerge from the shadows?  Download your invitation for this exciting evening [here].  And hit this zoom link Monday evening: Ruth Miller Presentation.

Meet our 2020 Scholars!

Nov 18, 2020 7 - 8:00 pm

Everybody is invited to a zoom meeting with the recipients of our 2020 scholarship awards Wednesday evening (11/18) at 7:00 pm.  No reservation is necessary, but your continued financial support would be greatly appreciated!  Download your invitation [here] for the zoom link.  And for a sneak peek at three remarkable young scholars, check out the news item we posted in August [here].

C2C Literary Festival 2020

Nov 6 - 15, 2020

The fourth annual Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival will be held virtually this year, free and open to the public!  A ten day celebration of literature and ideas, sponsored by the Charleston Library Society. See the complete lineup of 17 exciting events here [C2C 2020].  

What can a fake pandemic tell us about a real one?

Nov 9, 2020

7:00 - 8:30 pm

The Northern New England Phi Beta Kappa Association invites the Lowcountry to a virtual talk with Charles Wheelan, author of the 2019 novel, The Rationing, which tells a story about the U.S. political response to a fictional global pandemic.  Monday evening November 9 at 7:00 PM.  RSVP at the eventbrite website [here].

Team Trivia Night!

Oct 22, 2020

7:00 pm

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!

Virtual Wine Tasting

Sept 24, 2020

5:00 pm

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.

National Key Connections Panel

Sept 10, 2020

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 [link disabled].

The Charleston Library Society

Feb 10, 2020

6:00 - 8:00 pm

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.

2019 Holly & Ivy Gala!

Dec 16, 2019

6:00 - 8:00 pm

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 by Mr. Thomas Bailey.  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.

C2C Literary Festival

Nov 7 - 10, 2019

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: [link disabled]

PBK / All - Ivy Happy Hour

Nov 7, 2019

5:00 pm

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!

State of the Arts in Charleston

Oct 13, 2019

7:00 - 8:00 pm

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.

PBK / All-Ivy Spoleto Reception

June 8, 2019

6:00 - 8:00 pm

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.

Scholarship Banquet 2019

Apr 28, 2019

6:00 - 8:00 pm

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.

Restoring Mount Vernon

Apr 3, 2019

6:00 pm

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.

Community Forum: Dr. Marjorie Spruill

Apr 4, 2019

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 from the Princeton Club [here].

Winter Meeting at The Citadel

Feb 26, 2019

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!

Holly & Ivy Gala!

Dec 10, 2018

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!  Live music by Ms. Kathryn Flint. Download your invitation [here] for all the details.  And we'll see you around the piano at 164 King!

PBK Keys to Action Week

Dec 3 - 8, 2018

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: [link removed]

The Bermuda Gunpowder Plot!

Oct 9, 2018

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!

PBK / All-Ivy Spoleto Festival Preview

May 10, 2018

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 [link removed] to make your reservations ASAP!  Tickets are going fast.

Scholarship Reception 2018

April 22, 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.

J. Waites Waring and the Dissent that Changed America

April 10, 2018

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.

2018 Winter Meeting at Ms. Rose's

Feb 26, 2018

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.

Visiting Scholar at USC

Feb 13, 2018

Dr. 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.

2017 Holiday Gala ... with All Ivies!

Dec 18, 2017

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.

An Evening at the American College of Building Arts

Oct 9, 2017

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. 

Scholarship Reception 2017

Apr 23, 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. 

Cornell Women's Chorus

Apr 5, 2017

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.

Woodrow Wilson and World War I: A century later

Apr 19, 2017

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 tickets, hit this link [link removed].

Stolen Charleston!

Feb 28, 2017

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. 

2016 Holiday Party

Dec 13, 2016

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

2016 Fall Meeting

Oct 10, 2016

Come join us at The Bristol Condominiums, 3000 Old Bridgeview Lane, for sunset over the Ashley! Our special guest will be counter-terrorism advisor Mr. Michael Smith.  Hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and soft drinks.  6 - 8:00 PM.  Invitation {here}.

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