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The Christening Of Kensington Calhoun Ravenel

BIG DAY FOR THOMAS RAVENEL’S BEAUTIFUL BABY GIRL … By Will Folks  ||  The cast of his hit Bravo television show Southern Charm was there … as were several of his political allies. But on this Father’s Day – his first as a dad – Thomas Ravenel wasn’t exuding the…

BIG DAY FOR THOMAS RAVENEL’S BEAUTIFUL BABY GIRL …

By Will Folks  ||  The cast of his hit Bravo television show Southern Charm was there … as were several of his political allies. But on this Father’s Day – his first as a dad – Thomas Ravenel wasn’t exuding the aura of a famous reality TV star or an aspiring officeholder.

“T-Rav” was just one incredibly proud dad … and with good reason.

A small group of family and friends gathered at The French Protestant (Huguenot) Church in the heart of downtown Charleston for the Christening of “Baby Kensie” – the infant daughter of Ravenel and his girlfriend/ Bravo co-star, Kathryn Calhoun Dennis.

A spitting image of her gorgeous mother, the beautiful twelve-week-old girl (Kensington Calhoun Ravenel, officially) received the sacrament of baptism at a private ceremony inside this historic place of worship in the “Holy City.”

According to Ravenel’s father – Arthur Ravenel, Jr. – the Huguenot church standing on the site today was built in 1844 at a cost of $10,000. It survived the Civil War and the great Charleston earthquake of 1888 – and now critics of Ravenel’s reality show can say it survived “Charmageddon,” too.

Of course the Huguenots – and the Ravenels – go back much further than the nineteenth century (and have endured far worse than anything contemporary critics could throw at them). Baby Kensie’s ancestors were actually among the first wave of French Protestants to arrive in Charleston in 1680 – fleeing the rapidly escalating persecution of Louis XIV.

The “Sun King” would eventually outlaw protestant churches altogether – sending nearly half a million Huguenots into exile.

Thomas Ravenel has always had a special kinship with this religious lineage … and he invoked it in some brief remarks made prior to his daughter’s Christening. Specifically, he drew attendees’ attention to the custom white ceremonial gown and pearl-and-gold bracelet she wore. Both prominently featured the Huguenot cross, which was originally patterned after the Order of the Holy Spirit insignia worn by King Henry IV.

For those of you not up to speed on your French royalty/ Reformed theological history, Henry was the first King of the House of Bourbon – and the man who granted Huguenots their religious freedom by signing the Edict of Nantes on April 13, 1598.

Anyway, here’s the cross …

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The four arms represent the four Gospels, while the two points at the end of each arm represent the eight Beatitudes – or opening blessings issued by Jesus Christ in his famous Sermon on the Mount.

“Each arm becomes progressively broader as it leaves the center, symbolizing the believer’s transformation,” the church says.

And yes, Bravo viewers … you will be quizzed on all this at a later date (kidding, kidding).

In addition to Ravenel and Dennis, Southern Charm  cast members Cameran Eubanks, Shep Rose and Patricia Altschul attended the ceremony – which was followed by a reception at the South Battery home of Ravenel’s sister, Renee Brockinton.

Here are a few pics from the event …

Thomas Ravenel holds his daughter, Kensington Calhoun Ravenel, following her Christening ceremony.Text of the baptismal liturgy performed at the Christening of Kensington Calhoun RavenelInside the French Protestant (Huguenot) Church just prior to the Christening of Kensington Calhoun Ravenel.The Huguenot Cross as seen on the custom Christening gown of Kensington Calhoun Ravenel, daughter of Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Calhoun Dennis.The bracelet worn by Kensington Calhoun Ravenel - daughter of Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Calhoun Dennis - during her Christening ceremony.Kensington Calhoun Ravenel - daughter of Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Calhoun Dennis - is Christened.

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CNSYD June 15, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Ill fitting shirt, unbuttoned top button, tie askew, sun glasses on head. Really looking good for the christening of his first child.

It was difficult to read the article with all the Sic Willie hyperbole of “mega star” TRav. I assume he will be getting an Oscar also.

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Mike at the Beach June 16, 2014 at 1:15 am

Some people are just too cool and bright to be constrained by our small-minded social conventions… ;-)

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euwe max June 16, 2014 at 3:27 am

…and too humble to mention it.

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jimlewisowb June 16, 2014 at 9:29 am

I have been curious for some time CNSYD

If “CNSY” is Charleston Naval Ship Yard then what is the “D”

Based on your history of comments I would go with either Dipshit or Diarrhea – if you have the time, please enlighten

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Not As Smart as OWB June 16, 2014 at 10:49 am

I would have guessed someone as smart as you would know that YD is the abbreviation for Yard.

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jimlewisowb June 16, 2014 at 11:27 am

amazing – who wuda thunk it

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It Takes a Village Idiot June 16, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Not a fucking idiot like you.

jimlewisowb June 16, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Your handle says it all

The Colonel June 16, 2014 at 10:53 am

I always thought it stood for “Sin City”…

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CNSYD June 16, 2014 at 11:20 am

Reynolds Ave in the 1960s would have fit that moniker.

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The Colonel June 16, 2014 at 11:20 am

More than just Reynolds Avenue and much later than 1960…

No dog bit man story available June 16, 2014 at 12:38 am

Finally, some hard hitting journalism on relevant political topics and information the public needs, but the ‘lamestream’ media is too caught up in policy, scandal,war, election and other B.S. ‘non-stories’ to cover.

I wish every news outlet would take a page out of FITS book and do a total non sequitur puff piece on a insignifcant personal matter of a friend whose who political and public relevance is obsolete beyond argument.

You go FITS!!!

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Buz Martin June 16, 2014 at 4:22 am

”public relevance is obsolete beyond argument.”

Yeah, but his shitty reality show got renewed. Where’s your respect for what’s really important these days?

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sjm2005 June 16, 2014 at 11:09 pm

1. MB COUPLE FACE TAX CHARGES HOWARDS’ ATTORNEY HINTS AT EXPLANATION
Mike Soraghan, The Sun News
Myrtle Beach restaurant owner Bill Howard was charged Tuesday with tax evasion and failure to pay taxes in connection with $63,000 in state income taxes that went unpaid from 1991 to 1993.

Howard and his wife, Wanda, face three counts each of failure to make a return and pay tax with the intent to evade and one count of failure to make a return at the time required by law.

The couple, who arrived at their bond hearing in a black Mercedes, were released on their own recognizance by…

Published on 1996-07-10, Page 1A, Sun News, The (Myrtle Beach, SC)

2. RESTAURATEUR PLEADS GUILTY TO TAX VIOLATION
Mike Soraghan, The Sun News
Myrtle Beach restaurateur Bill Howard got probation and a $5,000 fine Wednesday after pleading guilty to not filing state tax returns.

Howard, owner of the Original Benjamin’s Calabash Seafood restaurant on Restaurant Row and Howard’s Cattle Co., pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of not filing tax returns. His wife, Wanda, pleaded guilty to one count.

Howard received a one-year suspended sentence and three years’ probation in addition to the fine. His wife also was fined…

Published on 1997-09-11, Page 1D, Sun News, The (Myrtle Beach, SC)

Need information on these two law breakers/criminals(?). :-)
Will provide email address ‘AND’ if you can help.

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Sandi Morals June 16, 2014 at 8:47 am

Still wating on story of ‘traitor’ Tommy Ervin apparently being turned away from the Elections Board with the petitions.
What is the status on BIG TIME Democrorat Party/candidate donor ‘traitor’ Tommy and all those signatures?

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jimlewisowb June 16, 2014 at 9:35 am

Many years ago those trying to throw off the yoke of the British Empire were branded Traitors

Perhaps you are attempting to sway voters against Ervin with your Traitor tag however anyone who is willing to go head to head against Gypsy Queen Dooh Nibor is a Patriot – nothing more, nothing less

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Mike at the Beach June 16, 2014 at 1:14 am

We shouldn’t have any problem with the puff piece on the baby’s christening- lots of outlets cover this stuff. I’m even slightly proud of FITS for omitting the now-ubiquitous “ooh, Graham better watch out for this serious challenger” nonsense. One minor beef, though; I don’t think “Baby Kensie’s descendants were actually among the first wave of French Protestants to arrive in Charleston in 1680,” though. “Ancestors,” maybe, but hopefully little “Kensie” will wait at least 20-25 years before she starts making some descendants…

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Buz Martin June 16, 2014 at 4:20 am

Good catch. I should have caught that.

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Smirks June 16, 2014 at 5:52 am

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euwe max June 16, 2014 at 7:51 am

So Will’s working vacation was an invitation to the Christening?

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No Filly June 16, 2014 at 8:19 am

Where’s Mom? Has the Dam already been bounced out?

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Cousin Arthurs cousin June 16, 2014 at 8:28 am

Just going through the motions, just going through the motions. Bastard child, daddy sleeps around and brags on TV about it. Promotes drug use, etc. The T-Reverend must have been forced to do the ceremony ($ talks). You suck Will for continuing to hang on to this guys pants cuffs.

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bogart June 16, 2014 at 9:07 am

Okie dokie,now I’m excited…….Will is going to do a story about me.My ancestors were French Huguenots,a small town in SC was named after my great great grandfather,I wear sunglasses on my head and I love a good cocktail…..Oh wait…I didn’t play musical beds before I was impregnated and I’ve never been a cokehead and the final nail in my no article coffin is that I have no reality show to showcase Will’s acting talent….DANG.

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1689 June 16, 2014 at 11:11 am

Gordin, Bonneau, Marion, Huger, Montmorenci, Ravenel?

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Bible Thumper June 16, 2014 at 9:23 am

When does this episode air. I would like to see the church, in spite of its desecration by T-Rav.

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SFW June 16, 2014 at 9:31 am

Oh, goddamn. Who gives a flying fuck??

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Same ol' Same ol' June 16, 2014 at 9:34 am

Back in the day, wouldn’t they have been castigated from the church for bringing a child into the world out of wedlock?
Sheesh, rich folks.

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Squishy123 June 16, 2014 at 9:50 am

“A spitting image of her gorgeous mother”

Ha, is the little girl already holding a cigarette?

Maybe if her mom didn’t spit she wouldn’t be in this situation.

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The Colonel June 16, 2014 at 1:12 pm

“…Ha, is the little girl already holding a cigarette and a beer?”
There, fixed it for ya…

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TimmyDrose June 16, 2014 at 7:06 pm

I find it amusing how you boys get behind the safety and security of your keyboards, shielded by anonymous monikers, and suddenly feel empowered and compelled to flex your pseudo balls by attacking others. SMH
Especially when faced with the knowledge, that if you were standing face to face with someone, you’d revert back to the eunuchs you stare at in the morror each morning. Your public display of disrespect and hate belittles no one but yourself.

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Squishy123 June 16, 2014 at 10:21 pm

You know, that’s the first time I think I’ve ever been chastised by someone named “Timmy”.

So how are you related to this skanky whore?

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TimmyDrose June 17, 2014 at 7:16 pm

lol, That means you know how to find me…Id be happy to have a sit-down with you…or are you another one of those?
Probably…

Squishy123 June 17, 2014 at 8:11 pm

… are you hitting on me? I mean earlier you were about talking about “smoking a fag”, is that homo-speak for sucking a dick?

If I want to tow a F-250 on one of your car trailers, can I use a Corvette as the tow vehicle? How many $8 rolls of packing tape did you sell today?

TimmyDrose June 17, 2014 at 8:32 pm

I knew you didn’t have the balls to tell me who you are…

Squishy123 June 17, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Why the fuck would I? You’re wife’s kind of cute, mind if I drive by your house and stare at her through a window?

Mike at the Beach June 18, 2014 at 12:49 am

Friend, this is why (most) folks remain anonymous on these sites- if the goal is political discourse without petty personal attacks wholly unrelated to the topic at hand, keeping one’s identity out of the mix helps stay on track. Not that much of the rhetoric here crawls too far above gutter or street level, but we like to think “Publius” and the Federalist, not “Hornygirl4320” the web troll…

The Colonel June 16, 2014 at 10:47 pm

You apparently don’t come here often do you Timmy? When most of us engage in fun poking hyperbole we usually do so by taking factual events and taking them to the extreme. For instance, Ms. Dennis was arrested and I believe found guilty of “minor in possession” and is known to smoke a fag now and then-hence the allusion of the infant with a “butt and a beer”. Ravenel on the other hand is a convicted coke dealer who is thirty years senior to Ms. Dennis. Additionally, he violated any number of FEC rules in his run for state office. That the “baby mommy” chooses to hang with and reproduce with a douche bag like Ravenel publicly makes her an appropriate target of scorn. Particularly since the DIQ (Douchebag In Question) continues to interject his asinine political ambitions upon those of us who enjoy poking fun at asinine politicians.

If this doesn’t make sense to you then just go screw yourself.

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TimmyDrose June 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Oh another tough guy, bad ass on a computer… I see them often. But then, its easy to talk the talk especially when you hide your identity. The down side is at the end of the day, when theres no one to show off to, that you and I know both know the truth…next, take a look around that shithole that you call home and come to terms with the fact that that’s as good as its ever going to get for you. When youre ready to be a man and reveal yourself, Im all ears, Ill respect that…until then, take Midol.
Oh, btw Ive been known to smoke a fag or two myself albeit, my meaning and yours, Im sure, are certain to differ. With that being said, go ahead and keep insulting infants and young mothers, its probably the only opportunity you’ll ever get to play the role of “tough guy” even if it is only in your mind.
Jealousy is an ugly trait.
Hiding like a girl only makes your words hollow. Now if you’d like to come see me and discuss this further, Im an open book. Very easy to find.
Man up.

Squishy123 June 17, 2014 at 8:08 pm

How much for a dozen packing blankets there U-Haul boy?

TimmyDrose June 17, 2014 at 8:30 pm

about the same thing your mother charges for a blow job

Squishy123 June 17, 2014 at 8:59 pm

That much, huh?!? I guess not everybody can be a Buy One Hole, Get One Free woman like your mother.

Mike at the Beach June 18, 2014 at 12:52 am

Don’t drive angry!

Duck Quack done June 17, 2014 at 8:59 am

Aren’t you supposed to be on a boat in the Charleston harbor with your tongue up Ravenel’s poot shoot – boy?

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Thomas June 16, 2014 at 10:09 am

For you Hugeunot experts, not one Protestant “bible” would look anything like the Catholic Bible we have had since 384 AD had their editors not “borrowed heavily” from the Latin Vulgate promulgated by the Council of Rome. Had the Protestants relied, only, exclusively, on their copies of codices, without copy and pasting huge tracts from and and cutting entire books out from the Latin Vulgate, their “bible” would be teaching mithraism enjoined with jansenism’s pelaganism…not that it isn’t. They even cut out entire books from the Torah to support what was left of the four Gospels after their “editor” cuts, moderations, and deletions. Other than that, it is still possible to administer an illicit baptism in the belief system of the 20,000 protestant “churches” in my Lexington,SC yellowpages.

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Jackie Chiles June 16, 2014 at 10:35 am

I know right. The Bible in 384 TOTALLY had the POPE in it.

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euwe max June 16, 2014 at 10:51 am

Suite 6 Master Collection

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She’s still struggling with her Apple, trying to master MacWrite.

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The Colonel June 16, 2014 at 10:52 am

Mithraism, Jansenism and Pelagianism are all capitalized. The “Catholic Bible” of 348 you describe was actually used to suppress religious thought and restrict thoughtful consideration of dogma and theology to the learned (read the Pope and his anointed). Creeds were developed at this time so that the illiterate could learn their dogma by rote without a free thought in their otherwise empty skulls.

For the record the word baptism comes from the latin word baptism – to be overwhelmed through the Greek baptisma – to submerge. Contrary to Catholic teaching, baptism is an act of submerging, not sprinkling. The Biblically based order of the events should be belief, confession and baptism.

Stick to politics.

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Slartibartfast June 17, 2014 at 1:17 am

Not wishing to be picky, but the Latin Bible was not finished being translated from the original koine Greek until 405. And St Clement and his fellows had to revise it several times because it wasn’t that good of a translation to begin with – neither from the koine, nor what Hebrew texts they had. As it turns out, the Septuagint is almost exactly, word for word an excellent translation of newly discovered, ancient Hebrew texts, the Roman Bible has had to be re translated in the 20th Century. The 1611 King James version is still the best translation, even according to the Vatican which has stolen parts wholesale for their English versions over the years, because it was translated by Cranmer’s scholars from the Septuagint and ancient Hebrew texts. Unfortunately, no one speaks Jacobean English anymore, much less Elizabethan (actually Shakespearean English is older than Liz’s). Nevertheless, the newest English versions are mostly crap.

Read Miller’s sci-fi masterpiece, A Canticle for Leibowitz for the sacramental explanation for and importance of Baptism on Holy Orders. It’s just easier to read than an exegesis.

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The Colonel June 16, 2014 at 10:33 am

“…T-Rav” was just one incredibly proud dad … and with good reason…”

Yeah the slimy, drug dealing, FEC rule violating, scumbag is so proud that he’s just the baby daddy rather that the father. Sperm donation does not equal “daddom” Will, I thought you knew better.

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Illiad June 16, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Ravenel and his corrupt / racist father (who openly calls blacks “darkies,” “coons” and “jigaboos”) are both scumbags and miserable examples of civics in government. It was through political gangsterism that Ravenel got the legislature to name its big bridge in his “honor.” I’m ashamed every time the name comes up.

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Charleston Liberal Racism May 28, 2015 at 2:46 am

If this is true at least his father is open with his racism rather than be a subversive liberal racist pretending not to be and secretly hating black people or supporting hateful black people in their hatred and harm of others even other blacks.

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Charleston Hatefulness May 28, 2015 at 2:37 am

Why does Charleston drag everybody down? This is a child’s Christening! Why would you write something hateful in response to an article on a child’s Christening? Only Charlestonians seek to destroy to joy, good will, and happiness of others. What is your intention? To make people think unwell of a child? Why would you attack a child? Your attacking a child is slimy and a worse offense than any slander you posted here. Only in Charleston do people respond to anything positive by wishing to destroy with hateful slander and defamation.

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ratfishtim June 16, 2014 at 10:51 am

If “Baby Kensie’s DESCENDANTS were actually among the first wave of French Protestants to arrive in Charleston,” she’s beat Bristol and Sarah Palin’s promiscuity by miles.

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Norma Scok June 16, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Then they moved to Moncks Corner..lol

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MyDaddyIsRich June 16, 2014 at 11:36 am

All this for a guy who will not draw 5% at the polls? I guess he is as relevant as this website.

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carrie June 16, 2014 at 11:54 am

My French ancestors were kicked out of Rochelle, France because they were either friendly with or did business with the Huguenots. They were punished by being sent to Canada.

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carrie June 16, 2014 at 12:01 pm

edit-The Huguenots were sent to America and they did well, better than the Frenchmen who ended up in the French-Indian wars against the British.

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Squishy123 June 16, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Were the French Huguenots the first to coin the “For Sale: One military rifle, like new condition, never fired and only dropped once” classified ad?

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henri June 16, 2014 at 2:08 pm

did the pastor mention that little ceremony called marriage, or does Bravo want to make it a season finale??

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tot_ou_tard June 16, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Charleston earthquake was 1886, not ’88.

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Slartibartfast June 17, 2014 at 1:26 am

Charleston also suffered in the 1811 New Madrid earthquake.

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Rocky Rav June 16, 2014 at 4:08 pm

TRav is the Chris Christie of the South. Go TRav

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Tortonto Rob June 17, 2014 at 9:02 am

I think you meant to say Rob Ford of the South.

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La vie en rose June 16, 2014 at 4:58 pm

A debutante is christened. Poor bebe’s has been documented and on camera since inception. So much for a drama-free life. She is already being used as a prop by her politically aspirant Papa. Maman and bebe may be in competition for Papa’s attention. Quel dommage! Maybe Maman and Papa need a good dunk in the water to come clean again. N’est-ce pas?

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TimmyDrose June 16, 2014 at 7:04 pm

I find it amusing how you boys get behind the safety and security of your keyboards, shielded by anonymous monikers, and suddenly feel empowered and compelled to flex your pseudo balls by attacking others. SMH
Especially when faced with the knowledge, that if you were standing face to face with someone, you’d revert back to the eunuchs you stare at in the mirror each morning. Your public display of disrespect and hate belittles no one but yourself.

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jimlewisowb June 16, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Hold on a minute Clyde, that’s a mighty broad brush you are wielding

There are several individuals who post under their names

As for facing someone in fear of reverting to an eunuch I’ll call your bluff

Normally we stop by BOB’s off Highway 6 near Irmo around 4:30 PM every Friday – this Friday we are heading to Fat Buddies Two in Chapin

If you would like to stop by, drop ’em and show us your big balls, come on down

jim lewis, owb

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Squishy123 June 16, 2014 at 10:23 pm

owb… old wrinkly bastard???

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jimlewisowb June 17, 2014 at 8:48 am

wrinkly is good
weird is used often
wonderful would be nice
white is the one

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TimmyDrose June 17, 2014 at 7:41 pm

never know, jimmyboy…I guess you feel tough a hundred miles away…in-as-much, you know my name address and where I work, afford me the same.

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Squishy123 June 17, 2014 at 8:12 pm

When T-Rav is done impregnating ol’ smokey freckle tits, does he let you wipe off his dick?

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jimlewisowb June 17, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Look peckerhead I don’t know your address nor do I know where you work and I don’t care to know either

If you don’t want to take a short trip to show us who has the biggest balls, that is your choice

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Squishy123 June 16, 2014 at 10:22 pm

You already said that.

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Squishy123 June 16, 2014 at 10:26 pm

http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/Profile?oid=4874078

Is this a picture of you and your “partner”?

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Mike at the Beach June 16, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Good snag…

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Slartibartfast June 17, 2014 at 1:28 am

He who is without sin, let him cast the first ballot.

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beth everett June 17, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Beautiful family event.

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junior justice June 18, 2014 at 9:16 am

Has T-RAV been out done for publicity? A fan of ‘Southern Charm’ living in Alabama sent this to me. It’s a ‘baby reveal party’ — notice the baby’s name while you watch the photo slide show. And – NO! – none are relatives of mine. This is just for fun—

http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2014/06/expectant_couple_hosts_unique.html#incart_m-rpt-2

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junior justice June 18, 2014 at 9:19 am

If you don’t have time to read the full article—–
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The couple has decided to name their daughter – due in November – Remmington Sue Medlock.

“I wanted her name to be unique,” said Breanna. “I had heard the name used years ago for a little boy and thought it would be a great girl’s name. And then Remington is a gun manufacturer and I thought surely my husband would go for that. It was one of the names we were able to agree on.”

The couple plan to call her Remmi. She’ll be the fourth generation in the family to have Sue as a middle name.

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prisspot June 19, 2014 at 12:08 am

Why are there no photos of Kathryn??

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namelessperson July 2, 2014 at 1:57 pm

there are no pics of Kathryn probably because she stayed home sleeping off a hangover. she doesn’t even take care of the kid: they hired a nanny to do everything.

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