{ SC Photo of the Month — Grace Episcopal in Charleston }

This month, in honor of the season, we celebrate Grace Episcopal Church, which suffered extensive damage from the Virginia Earthquake on August 23, 2011. The sanctuary was closed for over a year, but Grace is now open to commemorate Christmas once again. The church has survived numerous hardships during its 165 years, including the Civil War, the Earthquake of 1886, the Hurricane of 1911, and Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

Grace Episcopal Charleston
(Benton Henry of Latta, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

You can learn more about Grace Church and its fascinating history at the South Carolina Picture Project. Many thanks to photographer Benton Henry for his help in documenting our state's beloved landmarks. If you have a photo you would like to contribute, please add it here. The SC Picture Project is viewed by 3,000 people each day – or over 1,000,000 a year!

{ SC Holiday & Winter Guide }

If the upcoming festivities have you feeling a little frantic, take heart! SCIWAY has a wealth of resources to help you through this hectic – but happy – holiday season.

  • SC Shop - This year, give local gifts from SC authors, artists, cooks, and craftsmen. Shop online for original SC paintings and photographs, books, gourmet food, palmetto-tree clothing, gift baskets, and more.

  • SC Christmas Tree Farms - Find out where to cut your own tree, plus tree care tips and info on living trees.

  • SC Churches and Temples - Learn where you can share the spirit and meaning of the season with others.

  • SC Tea Rooms - Warm up this winter!

  • SC Community Service Organizations - 'Tis the season to give! Learn how you can help the non-profits working in your community.

  • SC Holiday Lights Festivals - From the Lowcountry to the Upstate, everyone's showing their spirit!

  • SC Hotels - Where to send the in-laws. Umm, we mean, great guide for friends and family members in town for the holidays!

  • SC Malls and Shopping Centers - Sooner or later, it has to be done.

  • SC Resources for the Homeless - Thousands of South Carolinians are cold and hungry this winter. Find out how you can lend a helping hand.

  • SC Restaurants - Too many cooks in the kitchen? Find out where to get a good meal.

Holiday Hope – Christmas Gifts for Families in Need
Greenville – December 21, 2013

Holiday Hope is a community outreach event with a goal of giving 15,000 toys to the children of Greenville County families in need. The event will be located at Redemption World Outreach Center. Register to receive help – everyone is welcome! Or if you'd like to volunteer, sign up to sort toys, pre-qualify participants, or help on event day.

South Carolina Events
Complete Calendar of December's SC Events
Statewide – December 1-31, 2013

Want to see our full calendar? Click here to check out SCIWAY's complete calendar of December SC events! Also, remember that all of our event calendars, for every month of the year, are always available on SCIWAY's website – just go to

Planning for 2014? See a sneak peak of South Carolina's January Events too!

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