Friday Fiver: Carol Antman

Credit: John Michael Hoffman

Credit: John Michael Hoffman

‘Art on the Beach & Chefs in the Kitchen’, features an afternoon house tour on Sullivan’s Island from 1 to 5 PM, more than 25 artists selling their creations, live music and chef demonstrations and tastings. All proceeds benefit Charleston Pro Bono Services which provides free legal aid to over 800 people in our community each year. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 the day of the tour or VIP tickets for $100 which include limo transportation with libations and commemorative gifts.Tickets may be purchased online at, at Sandpiper Gallery on Sullivan’s Island or at the ticket booth at Battery Gadsden (1917 I’On) on Nov. 8 starting at noon.  Sponsors include Jerry and Cheryl Kaynard, Mt. Pleasant Urgent Care, RPWB law firm, Lucky Dog Publications, Lowcountry Sun Publications, Herlong and Associates, Pratt-Thomas Walker and area restaurants  and food purveyors including the Old Village Post House, The Granary, Bull’s Bay Saltworks,  Mrs. Sassards, Palmetto Brewery, Lowcountry Olive Oil and the Americano.

We chatted with event chair Carol Antman about the event and her reading and writing ways for this week’s Friday Fiver.

1. What is one house that will most surprise people on the tour?

Event patrons will be charmed at Martha Gunter’s ocean front home where the seaside  view is shared by her whimsical found-object sculptures. Also, this year’s box office is  inside an historic bunker that is being reinvented as a cultural art center for the island.

2. What is your most anticipated chef creation on the tour? The chefs from The Old Village

The chefs from The Old VillagePost House have supported this event every year and always bring fantastic food. We also are excited to include Palmetto Brewery which will offer patrons tastes of their craft beers.

3. As a travel writer, what is one place you have yet to visit that is tops on your bucket list?

I would love to return and repeat a hike I took in the 1970’s across the mountains in Guatemala.  It went through areas only accessible by foot. It was tremendously strenuous and adventurous.

4. What is the last book you read?

I’ve been in my book club for over 25 years. We’ve read hundreds of books together. Last month we discussed the fascinating life of Oliver Sachs and his book “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.”

5. If you could wave a magic wand and have one thing instantly come true in Charleston,  what would it be?

My husband and I searched the country for a place to live and chose Charleston forty years ago. It was one of the best decisions we ever made. With my magic wand I would eliminate the threat that the rising ocean presents to our city’s future.

About Carol Antman:
Carol Antman

Wander lust, intellectual curiosity and a passionate interest in cultures has led me to the biggest adventures of my life.   met my husband while living on a  kibbutz in Israel, spent a year hitchhiking the Pan American highway through South America, vagabonded for months in Europe, traveled the United States searching for our home port of Charleston, South Carolina and hiked the trails of  North Carolina, Jamaica, Italy, Israel and South Carolina. My artistic life also includes being a life-long classical pianist and founding an art center, Creative Spark.  My monthly column “Roadtrips Charleston” in Lucky Dog and Senior Sun publications highlights nearby destinations while my freelance work in places such as Charleston Magazine, S.C. Wildlife Magazine and tells of more far flung experiences. I am inspired by the idea that everyone has a story and by the vast diversity of ways that people live in this world. Please review my published columns on my blog: