On Wednesday, a sold-out crowd attended the Gibbes Museum’s Art After Dark mix and mingle celebrating Ernest Hemingway and Walker Evans: Three Weeks in Cuba, 1933. The exhibition features a sumptuous collection of Evans’ vintage photographs, which chronicle life on the island made famous by Hemingway and his sundry exploits. The event was presented in collaboration with The Drive 100.5’s Adventure Club and paired the exhibition with Cuban food, live music, and inspired cocktails. Numerous guests remarked on it being their first visit to the museum, making the affair a successful outreach effort disguised as a fun party. In other news, thousands were treated to a fragrant bivalve facial at the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association’s 23rd Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival on Sunday. Although rain threatened to put a damper on the festivities at Boone Hall, an endless procession of cars made the pilgrimage to this annual event, which has been heralded as a “must do” by the Southeastern Tourism Society. The sight of a woman mistaking the nearest tree for a bathroom incited a bit of jaw-dropping disbelief amongst the long line of cars waiting to park (as gauged by the numerous verbal reminders that she was only a short walk from the restrooms); otherwise, it was an outstanding, family-friendly afternoon.

1. Kelly Morrison and Kim Boretsky enjoy their first Oyster Festival visit 2. Keith Elmore shucks ’em at record speed 3. Hollie Anderson, Marla Loftis, Alicia Gevers, and Maria Helgeson attend the Gibbes Museum’s Ernest Hemingway and Walker Evans photography exhibition 4. Corn dog jubilation 5. Steve Russow and William Burns get ready for their next bucket 6. A hard rockin’ toddler: Mia Bowen sports the tiniest Cumberland’s tee I’ve ever seen 7. Jessica Billings and Aaron Green have yet to miss one of The Drive radio station’s Adventure Club outings 8. Four beers and a boy 9. Justin and Adam Webb with Whittler Dave and Anthony Smith 10. Josh James, Sharalton Gamble, Richard Gribble, and Michelle Kelly attend Art After Dark 11. Waffle cone sundaes in the midst of a cotton patch … just another typical Sunday in the Lowcountry