28 January 2015

Teeny, tiny houses of Charleston

Ashley Avenue, Charleston, SC
It is probably some kind of garden or guest house rather than a tiny home but it is small and different. I'll need to check back and update when the grounds are finished. 

27 January 2015

Somewhere over the rainbow

Caw Caw Park, S.C.
I caught a fallen rainbow on a recent walk at Cawcaw Park in Ravenel. It is mostly a walking trail park with six miles of trails over former rice fields and a boardwalk through the swamp. I almost wish I had dog-napped my neighbor's dog for a walk through the woods. Caw Caw is one of the county parks and admission is a painless $1. The play of the light on the swamp was the most impressive thing. Magic!

26 January 2015

Bowen's Island - call for photos

Bowen's Island, S.C.
Bowen's Island is a funky, seafood restaurant on the way to Folly Beach. I had to laugh reading the reviews on Yelp. Some people thought they had the best oysters they had ever tasted while others thought the food was greasy, servers rude and the place entirely and over rated. Everyone agreed the view was terrific, sunsets glorious and the place was a character spot - although they don't all mention what kind of character. This entry is a public service announcement to let you know that Evening Post Books is calling out for your photos of Bowen's Island. I didn't live here "way back then", so I am counting on you!

Do you have old photos taken at Bowen's Island, the venerable seafood restaurant between James Island and Folly Beach? Evening Post Books is in the process of publishing a history of the popular hangout written by beloved Lowcountry Author William P. Baldwin and wants YOUR photos! The book will also feature family photos recipes and many photographs in black and white and color, going all the way back to when Mary Bowen started it all in the 1950s. Contact the Evening Post Books at 843-958-7367 or Info@eveningpostbooks.com.

24 January 2015

Murals - Sottile Theater

Sottile Theater, Charleston, S.C.
What, I ask you, what the heck is going on with this mural? I've always liked the Sottile Theater but there was some oddness in the decor last night. There is no mural on one side, this splotchy project on the other and no more twinkling stars in the ceiling. I assume this is some kind of renovation project but can't figure out what the marks are. Anyone got a clue?

Edit: Never mind. A little research answered my own question. Their history site is quite fascinating.
As the College of Charleston made improvements to the Sottile Theatre in early 2011, it discovered two large-scale murals hiding beneath acoustic tiles. Painted on canvas by Italian artists from New York City during the theatre's construction in the 1920s, one scene depicts a centaur and nymphs before a forested and mountainous background. The other shows Classical figures celebrating music and drama before a blue-green sea. The murals were unveiled in 1927 during the theatre's grand opening.
The College of Charleston has started to restore these masterpieces, already removing one mural for safekeeping and repair. The other mural has been uncovered and left hanging, its blemishes, damage and deterioration on display to theatre patrons, including the audiences of Spoleto Festival USA. Much of the restoration work will involve remediation of the many spots of glue used to attach acoustic tiles to the murals decades ago.

Happy Robbie Burns Day!

Mount Pleasant Hospital, Charleston, S.C.
My volunteers are such good sports! Thanks to Noel Johnson, Mount Pleasant Hospital volunteer for putting on the Gunn tartan for my Robbie Burns Day photo-op prank. Doesn't he look sharp? Maybe I can make it the required volunteer uniform. I'd need to budget for more whisky, naturally. Cheers to everyone with Scottish blood at your festivities tomorrow.

A Red, Red, Rose
Robert Burns - 1794
O my Luve's like a red, red rose,
That's newly sprung in June:
O my Luve's like the melodie,
That's sweetly play'd in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry.

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve!
And fare-thee-weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho' 'twere ten thousand mile!

23 January 2015

Fort Sumter Hotel

Fort Sumter Hotel, Charleston, S.C.
The units in the Fort Sumter Hotel at the tip of the Batter are now condos but the landmark was built in 1924 as a hotel and I always think of this bit of historical scandal story when I am walking that way:

The hotel was the site of a tryst between John F. Kennedy and a Danish woman with connection to the Nazis. On February 6, 1942, just after Kennedy arrived in Charleston for service with naval intelligence, he spent three nights at the Fort Sumter Hotel with a former Miss Denmark, Inga Arvad. The FBI was monitoring Arvad and taped the encounters. The information was then passed to Kennedy's father, Joseph Kennedy, who, in an effort to separate his son from Arvad, had him reassigned to a PT boat in the Pacific, the now famous PT-109. John F. Kennedy remarked, "They shipped my ass out of town to break us up."
In other news, it is Friday night and I've had such a good evening. I grabbed a snack at Caviar & Bananas with friends and went to the Beatles Tribute show with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at the Sottile theater. It was such a fun concert. The show appeared to be sold out but there is one more performance tomorrow night.

PS: Those glasses of wine are NOT as big as they appear. Hic. 

Have a good weekend, kids!

22 January 2015

Historic graffiti

Drayton Hall, Charleston, S.C.
Uhoh. Timmy is going to get in trouble!

It appears to be the name "Timmy" scribbled in black on the inside of the door at the historic Drayton Hall. The guide mentions repeatedly how the house has been preserved rather than renovated and the graffiti remains on display.

It is my least favorite way to take a tour, guide led, standing on a square of carpet in the middle of the room with the rest of the group with no freedom to explore but the building is fragile and protected carefully. We were instructed NOT to try to stay at the end of the tour group to try to frame the shot we wanted. Oooops. Still, it is an incredible building and the story is interesting. 

I believe the free admission offer for folks who have "liked" Drayton Hall on Facebook continues through to the end of January so you can still take advantage of it. I appreciated the offer!

Now, who was Timmy?

21 January 2015

Set a spell

Charleston, S.C.
This garden scene made me think of the expression "come set a spell" and then I wondered where it came from.

I smiled at this query on Yahoo:

What does "come sit a spell" mean?

i saw this phrase "come sit a spell" on a wooden sign on some lady's porch, and i have no idea what it means? no, shes not a witch..any ideas?
Heheh. Here is a better answer:
set a spell
To sit down for a period of time, especially in the company of other people and in order to relax or to engage in casual conversation.  [quotations ▼]

19 January 2015

Teeny, tiny houses of the lowcountry

Drayton Hall privy, Charleston, S.C.
I have a little brick sweetie to add to our collection of teeny, tiny houses of Charleston. Tin roof, fireplace. I am ready to move it. One catch - this particular wee cottage was actually the privy or outhouse for the much larger mansion. We are still going to do it in style since the framed sketch inside shows that it was a seven-seater! Call your friends. We have room for everyone. Yikes.

The fireplace was added later when it was used as an office.