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Happening in the Lowcountry This Fall

Check out these locales and events while visiting the Charleston area this late summer and early fall

Headed to the Lowcountry for a few days of fun and relaxation this late summer or early fall? Here's what's new and some of the latest that's showing in the Holy City:

Splendid Scoops on King

Jeni's Charleston flavor
Jeni's taste of Charleston is sweet cream with molasses and peanuts. (©Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams)

Just in time for the dog days of summer, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has opened for business at 499 King St. Since opening her first shop in Columbus, Ohio, in 2002, Jeni Bauer has expanded her reach of grass-grazed milk products—in such delightful flavors as Cherries Kickapoo and Cantaloupe & Sun Tea Sorbet—to 16 shops in Ohio, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta and now Charleston. Her signature flavor for the Lowcountry is Sweet Cream With Molasses and Peanuts. The products, which also earned Bauer a James Beard award for best baking and dessert cookbook, "Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home," are offered in cups, hand-made waffle cones or between two macaroon cookies as an ice-cream sandwich. In Charleston, also find Jeni's pints at Caviar & Bananas, Earth Fare, Southern Season and Mixson Market.

Gibbes Work Starts Soon

Gibbes Museum
The Gibbes is about to undergo a $13.4-million update. (©Gibbes Museum)

The Gibbes Museum of Art may be temporarily gone come late September, but she certainly won't be forgotten. A $13.4-million renovation on the museum's interior and courtyard begins this fall, with a reopening planned for the winter of 2015-16. However, the Gibbes will remain active during the reconstruction on its 111-year-old bulding by continuing to sponsor classes, programs and events, moving some of its pieces to the Charleston Museum, and offering its lecture series at Memminger Auditorium, said Amy Mercer, the museum's marketing and communications manager. Keep track of the Gibbes in transition at its website—but in the meantime, get ye to the museum to see such exhibits as "John Westmark: Narratives" (through Aug. 3) before the redux dust begins to rise. 135 Meeting St., 843.722.2706

New Ven(d)ue

The Drawing Room
Get your fill of art and food. (©Vendue Inn/Obviouslee Marketing

Those who like to be surrounded by a diversity of art while dining can now get a double fill at The Drawing Room. At the helm of this new eatery, which is inside the newly transformed Vendue Inn as an art hotel, is Jon Cropf, formerly of Blu Restaurant at Folly Beach. The tapas-driven menu turns out such Southern- and locally inspired gems as a French Quarter omelette or buttermilk-fried quail with biscuits for breakfast or Ashley Farms Duck and a large-plate, fresh catch of the day for dinner. B, D and happy hour daily. 19 Vendue Range, 843.577.7970

Our Flags Are Still There

"Unfurled" at Charleston Museum
Catch the "Unfurled" exhibition through Jan. 4. (Courtesy The Charleston Museum)

The Charleston Museum is letting its sleek flags fly high with the exhibit, "Unfurled, Flags from the Collections of the Charleston Museum," on view through Jan. 4, 2015. Reaching back into a collection that spans from early 19th century to the late 20th century, the museum's display includes a number of Civil War-era banners, including an 1862 Confederate battle flag. The flags will be unfurled in the museum's textiles gallery—around which a visitor could visit several other museum exhibits, of course, including such permanent displays as the Lowcountry History Hall and "Civil War—City Under Siege." Mon-Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun noon-5 pm; admission from $10. 360 Meeting St., 843.722.2996

Get Finicky on King

Finicky Filly
It's like mother, like daughter at Charleston's Finicky Filly. (Courtesy Finicky Filly)

A Charleston favorite on King Street, the Finicky Filly is a mother-daughter-owned boutique that carries quality women’s apparel and accessories from such designers as Lela Rose, M by Missoni, Kenneth Jay Lane and Etro. Sign up for the Filly’s newer, fee-free, brown-box program and shop at home: The store will send you box of items to peruse, based on your preferences, and you can keep or return what you wish. 303 King St., 843.534.0203

A Southerly Breeze

Need an outdoor spot with drinks, live music and a little camaraderie? It’s triple “check” with Southern Season’s Southerly Restaurant and Patio, where local acts perform from 6 to 9 pm Mon-Sat (11 am-2 pm Sun). And if the Southerly happy hour is to your liking, you can always stick around for dinner—Lowcountry-inspired, of course. 730 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant, 843.416.3965