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Haints, Haunts, and a Gothic Goodnight


The Leonard Pavilion and The Arboretum

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Spend an evening under the stars, enjoying a Lowcountry buffet dinner followed by ghost tales from Gullah Geechee folklore told by Ron Daise, and gothic fiction performed by actor and horror icon Bill Oberst Jr., all under a waning crescent moon and the moss-draped trees in Brookgreen Garden's Arboretum. 

The evening will begin with a Lowcountry Supper buffet provided by Inlet Affairs. 

After dinner, Ron Daise, famed Gullah Geechee storyteller, will take the stage and share Gullah Geechee stories of Haints, Hags, and Plat-eyes that may have you checking your closets when you go home.  “Stories like Taily-Po, Wiley and the Hairy Man, and Precious and the Boo-Hag are among my repertoire and always leave listeners with spine-tingling terror or amusement,” says Daise.  “On the drive home afterward, you may react with alarm to all sounds, sights, and spooky feelings!”

Then, Los Angeles-based actor and Georgetown County native Bill Oberst Jr. will present a "Gothic Goodnight." The Emmy-winner will recite two Edgar Allan Poe classics: The Cask Of Amontillado and The Raven, plus W.W. Jacobs' The Monkey's Paw, in a 50-minute burst of vocal gymnastics under the oaks as an autumn moon rises. Oberst says the program is inspired by his Audible/Apple podcast Bill Oberst Jr.'s Gothic Goodnight, which features the actor performing bedtime selections of short gothic fiction. "I'm memorizing each piece in the author's original lush language for these special Brookgreen Gardens performances," says Oberst, "after all, it is Halloween weekend - one must pay proper homage!"

Tickets  $50 Members     $55 non-members

Your ticket includes admission and your meal. A cash bar (wine and beer) will be available.

The VIP ticket includes admission for one, a Lowcountry Supper Buffet with reserved seating in the Leonard Pavilion, 1 glass of wine, and premier parking,   $100.                  

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DINNER MENU (included in your ticket price)

  • She Crab Soup and Vegetable Soup
  • Steamed Oysters with crackers, cocktail sauce horseradish and hot sauce
  • Frogmore Stew - shrimp, corn, kielbasa sausage and red potatoes
  • Chicken Bog
  • Fettuccine Vegetable Primavera
  • Coleslaw
  • Rolls
  • Banana Pudding and Fruit Bowl
  • Iced Tea and Water