February 21 & 23

Africa's Great Civilizations


You are cordially invited to join the Endowment and SCETV for the first hour of this new six-hour series, AFRICA’S GREAT CIVILIZATIONS. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a new look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a breathtaking and personal journey through 200,000 years of history, from the origins of art, writing and civilization itself, through the millennia in which Africa and Africans shaped not only their own rich civilizations, but also the wider world. Professor Gates travels the length and breadth of Africa to chronicle the continent's history from a firmly African perspective. His journey takes him from the city of Great Zimbabwe, to the pyramids of Meroe and the spectacular rock-hewn churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia. The epic story that he tells is full of surprises and unexpected connections, helping us to appreciate the collective and individual genius of Africans who, across thousands of years, built civilizations and empires, fought wars, established great cities, furthered and spread learning, and created some of the most sublime art and architecture in human history. The series will air February 27 - March 1 at 9:00-11:00 p.m. on SCETV. #AfricaCivilizationsPBS​

March 3, 5, 24

Upcoming Performances in Charleston


ETV Endowment members are invited to attend an evening of music or entertainment in Charleston. Because tickets are limited, please select just one of the following opportunities:

  • Los Lonely Boys
    Friday, March 3, 2017 - 8:00pm

    Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, Charleston, SC

    Hailed by All Music Guide as “one of America’s premier rock bands,” Los Lonely Boys expand and enhance their trademark all-embracing Texican rock’n’roll sound with hits like Heaven, More Than Love and Crazy Dream. Continuing to creatively draw from and meld blues, rock (from classic to modern), soul, their Latino heritage and even snippets of hip-hop, jazz and more, they display greater assurance, creativity and sophistication than ever on a show that promises infectious music that goes straight to the heart.

    If all tickets are claimed, we encourage you to sign up for the waiting list so that you will be notified immediately if tickets become available.

    Reserve your tickets
  • Valerie June
    Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 8:00pm

    Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, Charleston, SC 29403

    Percolating somewhere between Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday, June’s is a stop-you-dead-in-your-tracks voice, the kind that grips your imagination and paints her Southern portraits in vivid detail.
    Many of those portraits are drawn from Tennessee, where June grew up between the small towns of Humboldt and Jackson. She moved to Memphis after finishing high school and considered attending art school, but ultimately settled on singing in a band. The clash of creative egos proved to be more draining than inspiring, though, and she quickly made the leap to solo artist.

    If all tickets are claimed, we encourage you to sign up for the waiting list so that you will be notified immediately if tickets become available.

    Reserve your tickets
  • Jeanne Robinson
    Friday, March 24, 2017 - 7:30pm

    Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, Charleston, SC

    Jeanne Robertson is a professional speaker who specializes in hilarious humor based on her life experiences. Speaking to thousands of people annually, she utilizes her positively funny style to illustrate that a sense of humor is much more than a laughing matter - it is a strategy for success. Other speakers might be as witty as Jeanne. Some might even be as tall (Barefooted with her hair “mashed” down, she’s 6’2″ in her size 11B stocking feet.) But nowhere will you find a speaker so adept at turning personal experiences into funny material that does more than elicit laughter. This Miss Congeniality winner in the Miss America Pageant, “Yearrrrrrrrrrrs ago,” quoting Jeanne, uses her down-home Southern drawl to leave her audiences laughing . . . and thinking about her message. 

    If all tickets are claimed, we encourage you to sign up for the waiting list so that you will be notified immediately if tickets become available.

    Reserve your tickets

March 22-24, 2017

"A Chef's Life" Tour


Join Chef Vivian Howard, her husband Ben Knight and other ETV Endowment members on an unforgettable trip to Kinston, NC, as we explore the world of A Chef’s Life. Located in eastern North Carolina, Kinston is the home of Vivian and Ben’s award-winning restaurant, Chef and the Farmer, and their sister restaurant, the Boiler Room Oyster Bar. Not surprisingly, the revitalization of this rural part of North Carolina has been attributed to Vivian and Ben’s return to the area.

  • ETV Endowment and "A Chef’s Life" Tour
    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 3:00pm to Friday, March 24, 2017 - 1:00pm

    Kinston, North Carolina

    Our travelers will be treated to a spectacular private dinner at the famous Chef and the Farmer in their newly renovated event space. Our tour will also include a private lunch at the Boiler Room Oyster Bar, a tour of Mother Earth Brewery, a reading by Vivian Howard from her cookbook, Deep Run Roots, biscuit making with Vivian and the one and only Miss Lillie Hardy, and a very special evening at The Bentley Bed and Breakfast. At The Bentley, we will be treated to a night of moonshine, music and eastern North Carolina fish stew. The perfect ending to a perfect day!
    The final day will include a tour of the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center and Replica and the Kinston Krawl tour of downtown Kinston. Our tour concludes with a private lunch and exclusive first taste from Vivian’s new bakery menu, slated to open in the summer of 2017.

    The price per person of this three-day tour is $999 for a single room and $889 for a double room. This price includes:

    • A $250 tax-deductible contribution to the ETV Endowment
    • First-year membership in Friends of A Chef’s Life, which means your name will be printed on the A Chef’s Life series website as a series supporter
    • Two nights’ hotel accommodations
    • Deluxe motor coach transportation on Wednesday and Thursday (travelers will provide their own transportation on Friday to allow for easy departure)
    • Two breakfasts; two lunches; two dinners
    • All applicable taxes and guide and driver gratuities

    Please see the itinerary and registration form for more details.  Call 1-877-253-2092 or email araffo@etvendowment.org today to reserve your spot with a $250 non-refundable deposit for each traveler.  Space is limited; make your reservation today!

June 7-14, 2017

South Dakota: Great Faces and Great Places


    Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 10:00am to Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 4:00pm

    Just in time for your 2017 travel plans, we are pleased to announce our 6th trip with Patrick McMillan, Ph.D., naturalist, Clemson University professor and host of Expeditions with Patrick McMillan.  Patrick will guide ETV Endowment members on an unforgettable tour of South Dakota June 7-14, 2017.  We will travel to the Wild Idea Buffalo Company Ranch, Wind Cave National Park, Badlands National Park, the Vore Buffalo Jump and Devil’s Tower National Monument.  We’ll enjoy a jeep ride into Custer State Park to look for herds of wild buffalo, stop at the Crazy Horse Memorial and end the day with a visit to Mount Rushmore National Memorial.  We will head south into Nebraska and will visit the Museum of the Fur Trade, Fort Robinson and the Meng-Hudson Bison Kill Educational and Research Center.  Our final day will be spent with a visit to the Agate Fossil Beds National Monument and Fort Laramie National Historic Site.     

    The price per traveler is $3,599 for a double room and $4,199 for a single room and includes a $500 tax-deductible contribution to the ETV Endowment. Please see the itinerary and registration form for more details.  Call 1-877-253-2092 or email araffo@etvendowment.org today to reserve your spot with a $350 non-refundable deposit for each traveler.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.  

    We hope you will decide to join us on this expedition!


    Register for the trip