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Charlestonians eagerly await the end of summer’s sweltering temperatures and the return of the Southern garden fete, and crisp, clear weather and ethereal gardens welcomed everyone to the Charleston Concert Association’s Botanical Bash on Friday, October 21.

Those who attended snagged a signature cocktail before taking a romantic evening stroll through Mr. & Mrs. Randolph Friedman’s gorgeous gardens, pausing to savor the twinkling lights of the Ravenel Bridge before stepping into the spacious garden tent. Plush lounges decorated with delicate floral displays invited guests to relax and catch up while the sounds of Joe Clark’s Big Band floated through the autumn air.

An absolutely amazing spread from Caviar and Bananas constantly attracted guests, and the fall breeze wafted mouth-watering scents down from the porch food stations. Though nearly everyone made several forays to the porch for small plates or sweet bites, the majority of the partygoers mingled under the tent alongside MOMIX dancers, Charleston Concert Association board members, and Mayor Joseph Riley.

The intimate evening slowly drew to a close, and partygoers savored one last look at the beautiful grounds before heading out into the autumn night.

The Botanical Bash benefited the Charleston Concert Association, whose mission is to bring the joy of world-class music and dance to our community and instill an appreciation of the performing arts in future generations through education.