From fried cheese to fine art, last week ran the gamut. The 49th annual Coastal Carolina Fair brought roller coasters, a wide array of fried delicacies, hearty livestock, and award-winning roses to the Lowcountry throughout the week. Raval, the Spanish tapas nook on upper King Street, opened its bedouin chic lounge on Thursday and attracted a glittering mash of people all jockeying for a seat in the city’s latest “be seen” spot. Throughout the weekend, art enthusiasts and avid collectors from across the United States flocked to downtown galleries for the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’s seventh annual gathering. The deliciously cool weather enticed many to participate in the Friday night art walk, while Saturday morning’s plein air demonstrations at Washington Park were a definite highlight of the weekend. Folks lined the streets of downtown Charleston on Sunday for the Veterans Day parade. A massive C-17 cargo jet flew over King Street at precisely 2 p.m. to signal the start of the procession. The startling sight and sound of the lumbering aircraft sent goose bumps and cheers rippling through the crowd.

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