26 March 2015

Bag Pipers for the win!

Bag Pipers in the Meditation Garden at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, S.C. 
This incredible scene happened because I bid on and won, an offer of "One Hour of Bag Piping for Your Event" at a fundraising silent auction. I didn't have an event lined up of course, but the piper said she had always wanted to play in the garden under the giant oak trees at the hospital. I lined that up and lemonade and cookies too!

What a great evening. Our pipe Karen McKerihan recruited help and they entertained us for an hour. How lucky am I? Pretty darned lucky. The neat thing is our pipers are an MD and a Nurse Practitioner. Very fitting for a hospital garden.

25 March 2015

Doors of Charleston - mini version

Doors of Charleston, S.C. 
I spotted this in the area close to Hampton Park and it made me pause and smile. Someone is ready for the little people.

I've had a busy but good day. I sold over $5,500 in cookware at work today. Occasionally I have vendors come in to set up in a classroom to sell their wares to our staff. For years I told the vendor, "No one will buy pots at work". He proved me wrong. After the sale I get a modest percentage to play Lady Bountiful and support the hospital by purchasing wheelchairs, blanket warmers etc.

G'night kids!

24 March 2015

Spring Tea Rooms

Old St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Charleston, S.C.
Southern Church Tea Rooms are a phenomena. No doubt about it. I go each year to confirm that.

I've been in the business of good people doing good things long enough in this town that it is like old home week. I know the gentleman parking cars, I know the hostess Ruthie in her colonial costume. I know the coconut cake is Mizz Arlene's special recipe. I know the server Richard. I know I am going to order chicken salad sandwiches on white bread and she-crab soup. I recognize and get hugs from someone at almost every table in the church hall. I know I will be back next year and I like it.

You have until April 5th to enjoy lunch at the historic church and you will see what I mean. See their website here.


23 March 2015

Volunteer Fair - Lowcountry Senior Center

Volunteer Fair, Lowcountry Senior Center, Charleston, S. C
Volunteer program managers took their show on the road this afternoon setting up information and recruitment tables at the Lowcountry Senior Center's Volunteer Fair. From my healthcare table to Pet Helpers, SC Historical Society, Barrier Island Medical Clinic, Water Keeper, Charleston County Library, Park Conservancy, Footlight Players and the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry, non-profits from all over the lowcountry were represented.

It is a tricky thing finding a meaningful volunteer role but I think some connections were made today. Many thanks to the Lowcountry Senior Center for hosting the event. The Trident United Way web site is a good place to start if you are looking for volunteer opportunities.

22 March 2015

Church Photo in Lieu of Attendance

St. Mark's, Thomas St., Charleston, S.C. 
In this case I actually did go to church - for the very best part, amazing singing. I went to hear the Lowcountry Voices Choir perform Robert Ray's Gospel Mass yesterday evening and they did almost lift the roof off the old church. This was a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the St. Mark's Episcopal and I am so glad I went. It was even more meaningful because a friend and co-worker was in the choir.

Check the Lowcountry Voices web site for other performances scheduled for this year. You won't be sorry.


21 March 2015

Walk for Water 2015

Walk for Water, Brittlebank Park, Charleston, S.C. 
I headed up to Brittlebank Park this morning for the annual Walk for Water. We are so proud that Water Missions International is based right here in Charleston and builds and provides water purification units for countries all over the world. Quite a few years ago I was actually lucky enough to travel to Kenya to see one of the units commissioned for a little hospital we had partnered with. It was the experience of a lifetime.

The Walk for Water raises money to provide clean water and the event grows each year! This was a new location and we circled Hampton Park filling buckets with clean water half way through the walk. I saw so many people I know at the event. Well done folks. You made a difference today.


20 March 2015

My Blue Baby

Charlestowne Landing, Charleston, S.C. 
I am the most timid bicycle rider you can imagine. I didn't grow up riding bikes and have no interest in riding in the company of cars. I do however, like the idea and wanted to be able to take a bike to ride on peaceful park paths and county roads. Meet my new baby! She is a folding bike that I can fold completely in half and put inside my car. Woohoo!  Ain't she just a little bit pretty?

The bike is a Citizen Miami and came almost completely assembled. I took her for a spin at Charlestowne Landing and haven't killed anyone yet. I think I will like this!

This week has been a bit of a rat race. I am ready for the weekend.

19 March 2015

It's a rainy day in the neighborhood

Broad & King St., Charleston, S.C.
It's a rainy day in the neighborhood but that is okay by me since I stopped at Home Depot yesterday afternoon and exchanged my dead hibiscus twigs for some in blossom. I am sure they are enjoying this good soaking.

By popular demand Charleston got it's own block on the newest version of Monopoly U.S. Here & Now game. Of course we did.

I have a  new blog to share - Buildings are cool. I found the link on facebook and backtracked to read the discussion of acclaimed planner and architect, Andres Duany suggestions for Charleston. Here is that entry: The Week of Duany.

Andres Duany and his firm Duany Plater-Zyberk (DPZ) had been hired by the City of Charleston and the Historic Charleston Foundation to make suggestions on how Charleston could improve the quality of its architecture.  According to Duany, he was practically begged by Mayor Joe Riley to come and help Charleston.  And that Mayor Riley had said that the new architecture being produced today in Charleston “just isn’t good enough.” 
The other interesting thing is, this blogger bought and completely renovated a little brick cottage that I had considered and walked through. It was too much of a project for me but I am delighted to see what they have done with it. Well done!