THE TIMELESS ALLURE OF “THE BOTANICAL FAINTING COUCH 

“Fainting couches” were in vogue during the Victorian era, when women laced their corsets so tightly that it restricted their breathing, leading to a lack of oxygen and fainting. These women needed to somewhere to sit down fast.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN HAS DEEP ROOTS IN THE LOWCOUNTRY

First Presbyterian Church traces its origins to a small chapel on Honey Horn Plantation. Pastors were brought from the mainland by boat for Sunday services. It became a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation in 1957, never losing its character as a church for the community. The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and the Hilton Head Choral Society perform at the church, and the World Affairs Council holds its programs here.

JAN. 19

SOUNDBITES: 10 STRING SYMPHONY WITH MEMBERS OF THE HILTON HEAD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

This dynamic musical stew covers a wide spectrum of acoustic-based roots music, folk and bluegrass, all delivered with a dash of rock and roll. Tickets are $50. 9 p.m. At the Roasting Room. 1297 May River Road, Bluffton. Get tickets at www.roastingroomlounge.com.

De ArtsDe Arts Ob We People Annual Art Exhibition and Sale is one of the largest displays of original work by emerging and leading artists representing the life of Gullah people on Hilton Head Island and the surrounding community.

The Opening Party from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 31 is the first opportunity for patrons and friends to see the works.

GROUP’S MUSIC SHARES GULLAH HISTORY AND CULTURE

For nearly 30 years, Dr. Marlena Smalls and The Hallelujah Singers have preserved the Gullah culture through uniquely crafted entertainment and storytelling.

Through Feb. 10  

“Monet to Matisse: Masterworks of French Impressionism from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens”: “Monet to Matisse” features 30 paintings from the renowned collection of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis. The exhibition includes landscapes, portraits, interiors, and still life by leaders of French Impressionism, as well as major paintings by post-Impressionist artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Telfair Museums, 207 W York St., Savannah. 912-790-8800 or www.telfair.org.

ST. ANDREW BY-THE-SEA’S FALL FESTIVAL IS PART OF A LONG TRADITION OF GIVING BACK.

ST Andrews editedIt’s a good time to turn 50, it seems: From the RBC Heritage golf tournament to Palmetto Dunes, many island institutions are marking the milestone. But one is celebrating a little bit more quietly, marking its half of a century with the same selfless drive to help others and enrich the community as it has exhibited for the past 50 years.