|Ashley Avenue, Charleston, SC|
28 January 2015
27 January 2015
|Caw Caw Park, S.C.|
26 January 2015
|Bowen's Island, S.C.|
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
|Sottile Theater, Charleston, S.C.|
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.
|Mount Pleasant Hospital, Charleston, S.C.|
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, Charleston, S.C.|
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
|Drayton Hall, Charleston, S.C.|
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
I smiled at this query on Yahoo:
What does "come sit a spell" mean?
Heheh. Here is a better answer: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?
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
|Drayton Hall privy, Charleston, S.C.|
The fireplace was added later when it was used as an office.
18 January 2015
|Tradd St., Charleston, S.C.|
Yay, I found an intact starfish! Most of you find them on the beach but I take what I can get.
I also found a greeting for frequent commenter William Kendall from Ottawa Daily Photo. Put a sweater on before you visit his blog. Things look a little chilly up there. Thanks for all the comments William!
17 January 2015
|Countyline Grocery, Countyline, Orangeburg, S.C.|
|Drayton Hall, Charleston, S.C.|
Here is a quick tip for locals who haven't been to Drayton Hall recently. If you tell them at the gate that you have "liked" them on Facebook you can get in free. I know it's true because I think I was the first person this morning to claim my ticket and the gate girl had to figure it out. I'll be back later with more photos but it's a bright sunny day so let's get out and enjoy it!
13 January 2015
|Calhoun St., Charleston, S.C.|
I am grouchy as a snake about computer problems. Knology issues are allowing me to watch limited tv channels and sporadic internet access and it is ruining my good mood. I can't leave it alone. I have to keep checking endlessly to see if it is working yet, rebooting over and over. So, here I am to say "Hello, Goodbye" all at once. I've scheduled a service call for tomorrow evening so hopefully things will improve. Stay connected my friends.
12 January 2015
|West Ashley Bikeway, Charleston, S.C.|
Apparently they don't want me snooping around the area during construction. Hmmmph. "Gotcha Babe", "Smile, Your Picture Has Already Been Taken Twice" signs threatened me if I went further and I'm not sure my hair was styled well enough to photographed more than twice in one morning. So, hang tight. Updates to follow.
In case anyone is interested, the walk to the end of the bikeway and back to my house is 7,006 steps. I am slightly addicted to the stepcounter on my cell phone.
Meanwhile, here are some prettier pictures. My sister Barbra in Canada sent me this link to a travel blog that friends of hers wrote after their trip down our coast. It sounds like they liked Beautiful Beaufort by the Sea.
10 January 2015
|Baha'i Museum, 2 Desportes Court, Charleston, S.C.|
Disclaimer, I've never been inside. Every time I've been by it's been locked up tight with no sign of activity.
The museum is named for the late Louis G. Gregory, one of the best-known figures in the faith's 158-year history. Gregory was born and reared in Charleston, the son of two former slaves. He joined the Baha'i faith in 1909 and became one of the faith's best-known worldwide advocates. The Louis G. Gregory Institute in Hemingway, the first full-time Baha'i institute in the United States, was named after him, too.
The museum is in a small, two-story house in a historic neighborhood of homes built by freed slaves. It is the same home where Gregory lived for much of his youth. Charleston Baha'is bought the house at auction in 1989. The museum features displays of Gregory's personal effects, photos and correspondence, as well as exhibits about the Baha'i faith and its history worldwide. The museum sign is being designed by noted Charleston blacksmith Phillip Simmons. The Baha'i faith is one of the youngest of the world's religions, practiced by more than 5 million people in 235 countries. It was founded by Baha'ullah, a Persian nobleman who died in 1892. The central theme of Baha'i teaching is that humanity is one single race and that the day has come for its unification in one global society.
|Baha'i Museum, Charleston, S.C.|
08 January 2015
According to the Post & Courier we will have another tv series filming in Charleston later this year.
More tv excitement for the lowcountry:A new HBO comedy starring Danny McBride is set to film later this year in Charleston, according to officials.HBO spokesman Diego Aldana confirmed Thursday night via email that "Vice Principals" - the story of a high school and the people who almost run it, the vice principals - will film in Charleston, although it was unknown exactly when or where.The show, created by McBride and Jody Hill, who also did "Eastbound and Down," is slated for 18 episodes, with the debut date and number of episodes per season to be announced.
It's cold out there, kids! Let's not do this for very long. Thanks goodness for my electric blankie.
07 January 2015
|Oak Tree, Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, S.C.|
Edit to add the answer: The former owner loved the property and tree so much that when he passed away in 2002 he had himself cremated and the remains put in a box that was tucked inside the tree. I imagine the bark will gradually cover up the entire thing and he will be secure inside the tree itself.
06 January 2015
05 January 2015
04 January 2015
|Magnolia Plantation Gardens. Charleston, S.C.|
I knew it was going to be foggy out this morning so headed out to walk through the gardens. I'll be back later with fading camellia shots.
02 January 2015
|Livelihood Cafe, Ashley River Rd, Charleston, S.C.|
I don't know if these items originated in Charleston but I took the picture locally and that serves our purpose for this evening. I did go to work today and without meetings and non-stop phone ringing I was able to get some things done. I did however slip out for a late lunch with my friend Rebecca at the Livelihood Cafe on Ashley River Rd. We snooped around and this little scrap of embroidery on the wall caught my eye.
The other item we were curious enough to ask about was this scythe hanging over the door. The owner said she had bought it on Johns Island. Googling around I discovered it is a Wheat Cradle Scythe. I even found a blog and video of the scythe in action.
|Grain Cradle Scythe over the kitchen door at Livelihood Cafe|
|Rebecca in camouflage blending in with the tapestry background|
01 January 2015
|Smith St., Charleston, S.C.|
While we were at the restaurant we looked out the window to the hotel across the street and noticed a bride and groom standing outside the hotel. They were both formally dressed in bridal-wear but were alone. At first I assumed they had escaped wedding festivities to have a private moment but the couple headed our way, into the restaurant and sat at the table next to us. Just the two of them at dinner at a table set for two. They asked their server to take a picture with their cell phone. What an interesting way to get married.
I did a walk downtown today to see if any of the stores decided to give anything away for free. Apparently not. I found today's photo on Smith St.
No complicated New Year's resolutions here but on reflection, throwing out my old socks and buying some new ones might be in order. Happy New year kids!