So Chantal turned out to be a bore, which probably means you spent too much money this weekend. Or maybe that was just us? Don’t worry, we’re here to point you to book signings, Civil War reenactments, and cultural enrichment events, all for the low weekly payment of $0.00. Plus interest.

Monday Today’s your last chance to see Rear View Mirror: Selections from the Portfolio at Nina Liu and Friends. Aggie Zed left an impression after her funky wire sculptures displayed at Halsey in 2012, and she’s back with more cool art you’ll definitely want to see.

The Barnes & Noble in West Ashley is having a book signing with Pamela Fagan Hutchins. Leaving Annalise, her newest release, is the sequel to Saving Grace.

Tuesday Deck the palmettos with boughs of holly! Fa la la la-la, la la, la, la. It’s Christmas in July at the Mt. Pleasant farmer’s market. It’s just like every other farmer’s market, but with more green and red and turtle doves. 

If your dreams in life are to meet a New York Times bestselling author, then your dreams can come true. Brad Taylor will be signing his new book, The Widow’s Strike, at Vendue at 6:30. 

Wednesday Jennifer Ervin’s newest exhibit, Land and Family, is opening up at the Charleston Center for Photography. Come to the opening reception from 6-8 to be the first to see the newest works from the Lowcountry’s finest. 

We’ve got your weekly dose of trivia to keep summer from turning your mind to mush. With trivia going on at Sticky Fingers and Kickin’ Chicken downtown as well as the Kickin’ Chicken locations in Summerville and Mount Pleasant, there’s no excuse to miss out on the chance to flex those brain muscles. 

Thursday The Fort Sumpter-Fort Moultrie Trust is hosting events all weekend long to commemorate sesquicentennial of the 1863 campaign for Charleston. For the first day, there will be a Living History all afternoon, with a reenactment of the 54th Massachusetts, the 48th New York, and 7th South Carolina Battalions, including an era-style medicine tent and a junior ranger program for the kids. 

Trident Tech is celebrating summer at their Main Street USA program with ice cream sundaes and live music. USA! USA!

It’s not Second Sunday or First Friday—it’s Third Thursday in Summerville. Enjoy live music and an art walk on the streets of downtown. 

Friday Do you miss Movies at Marion? Us, too. Good news, though: as part of the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Battery Wagner, the Fort Sumter Trust is showing Glory in Marion Square. 

In North Charleston, gospel singers and Christian artists can share their talent at the Gospel Artist Showcase.

Saturday To-may-to? To-mah-to? It’s the Tomato Festival at Mixson Market in North Charleston. 

The City Gallery at Waterfront Park is hosting the opening reception for Past Presence: Works by Robert Epps and William Baldwin.

There’s even more Civil War anniversary fun for the family. Toward “A New Birth of Freedom” at the Dock Street Theatre will mix education and the stage. 

Sunday,Get that Sharpie out again. Susan Crandall will be at Blue Bicycle Books discussing her new book Whistling Past the Graveyard, with a signing to follow.

Wrapping up the sesquicentennial festivities, come watch the dedication of the City of Charleston’s new monument to 54th Massachusetts Regiment at White Point Garden on the Battery.

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