[image-1]EVENT | Tally ho

The Middleton Place Hounds is a local fox-hunting group, and they kick off their 35th season this Sunday at Middleton Place Greensward, their home base. Travel Channel star Samantha Brown recently hung out with the group while filming an upcoming show on Charleston, and now you can too. (And by that, we mean hanging out with the Hounds, not the whole shooting a show thing.) Witness the blessing of some 50 foxhounds, then follow the horses, their riders in traditional gear, and the pack of braying dogs around the plantation grounds — no horse required. You can ride on the hayride, or even in your car. After the hunt, indulge in the Joint Masters’ Hunt Tea for $35. Sun., Nov. 30. $35, (843) 722-0479, www.middletonplacehounds.com, Middleton Place Hounds Opening Meet. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd, Charleston (West Ashley), (843) 556-0500, www.theinnatmiddletonplace.com.

[image-2]EVENT | Locavores Delight

Heading to the mall to knock out your holiday shopping might be the easiest option, but not necessarily the best. If City Paper readers spent just $100 at locally-owned stores, we could have a potential $23 million impact on the Charleston community. Plus, it’s a lot more festive and fun to walk down a decked-out King Street browsing the shops — not to mention you’ll score some unique and fashionable gifts you wouldn’t find at the Mega-lo-Mart. Buy Local Week, Dec. 1-7, is a national awareness campaign that emphasizes the importance of local businesses on our economy, every day of the year. The celebrations kick off with a Give Local Holiday Bazaar on Tues. Dec. 2 from 3-8 p.m. at 10 Storehouse Row in North Charleston. The free event will allow guests to browse gifts from local artisans, learn about local charities, and sample homemade cuisine, all while enjoying music. Wed. Dec. 3 is Eat Local Night — all you have to do to participate is go to a locally-owned eatery and stuff your face. On Thurs. Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m., head to the Terrace Theatre for a screening of Independent America: The Two-Lane Search for Mom & Pop ($10/adv., $15/door). The after-party at Zia Taqueria will include appetizers and beer. The week wraps up on Sun. Dec. 7 from 6-10 p.m. at Lowndes Grove Plantation with the Buy Local, Be Local Bash. For $30 you’ll get live entertainment, local beer and wine, and food from some of the best restaurants in town including Fish, Monza, The Fat Hen, FIG, Tristan, and more. But don’t let your locavorism stop there — resolve to take it through 2009 and beyond! Sun., Dec. 7, 6-10 p.m. $40, $30/LLF members, www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org, Buy Local, Be Local Bash. Lowndes Grove Plantation, 266 St. Margaret St., (Downtown), 843-853-1810, www.lowndesgrove.com.