27 April 2017

Dining out for Life

Pam Grier, Dining out for Life, Charleston, SC 
Today was Dining our for Life day when participating restaurants donate 15% or more to the Ryan White program here in Charleston which provides services for those with HIV/Aids. Actress Pam Grier is the spokesperson and she made a personal appearance at the Food Truck rally we had at lunch time. I had heard she was a dog lover so arranged for some of our Pet Therapists to be on hand. They were a big hit!

Thanks to all of my friends who then joined me for a delicious dinner at The Gathering Cafe. They also supported the cause with a donation of 15%. We had a great time!

26 April 2017

Lucky rabbit foot

Huey Cooper, Lake City, SC   
Hmmm....looking up the details on this statue in Lake City, SC I discovered that he was a beloved pan handler who let folks rub his lucky rabbit good for a nickel. The other interesting fact is that the police department built him a little house and he lived to be 105. He sounds like a character that found a home in their hearts.

I realize I owe you some actual Charleston Daily Photos but I did get a good haul of blog fodder shots on my recent trip to Lake City. I'll bring you back home to the lowcountry shortly. 
The statue, created by Florence’s resident sculptor Alex Palkovich, is a bronze, larger than life portrait of Huey Cooper based on photographs of the man sitting in one of his favorite spots. Cooper became a Lake City icon with his lucky rabbit’s foot and walking cane, his requests for nickels and his whistling invitations.
Originally hailing from Williamsburg County, Cooper made Lake City his home and lived in many places throughout the town: in the shed at the back of one couple’s yard, in another behind one grandmother’s home, in a small home built for him by the city’s police department behind the now-gone Dairy Queen.
A familiar face in Lake City for decades, several generations of those growing up in Lake City have a story or two to share about Huey Cooper. Most can recall giving him nickels to rub his lucky rabbit’s foot – something today’s visitors can now continue. His statue proudly offers a rabbit’s foot for luck just as Cooper once did and a small coin slot in his pants pocket allows nickels to be deposited.

25 April 2017

Monkey Photographer

Monkey Photographer, Cross, SC  
I passed this monkey years ago! When I spotted him again not far from Cross, SC I had to grab a shot. Sadly, during my absence he has lost an arm. Nice to see you monkey photographer!

Walking Quotes

Thoreau, Lake City, SC   
I found a few good walking quotes in a botanical display in Lake City, SC

24 April 2017

Portrait Contest - Artfields

Artfields, Lake City, SC   
There was a respectful hush in the building where the portrait contest was taking place at Artfields in Lake City. The artists were painting their models on the ground floor and observers were allowed to walk in on either side and watch the work in progress. Most of the models had two different artists.

It was fascinating to watch. Twenty-four artists competed for "Best in Show" and over $1500 in cash prizes while creating portraits in three four hour timed rounds.

23 April 2017

ArtFields 2017

Lake City, SC    
If you are artsy, all roads lead to Lake City this week. Since 2013, this week long art festival in little Lake City offers more that $120,000 in prizes and invites attendees to pop into almost every business in town from barbershops to boutiques to enjoy the art on display. Everyone in town seems to be in on the project. I particularly enjoyed the elementary and high school art. Some of it was pretty incredible. The festival continues through next weekend. Go if you can!
Artfields: An annual, nine-day art competition in Lake City, South Carolina – and the largest competition of its kind – Artfields awards more than $120,000 in cash prizes to artists from across the Southeast. And, it’s also infused new energy, creativity, and growth into Lake City and its surrounding communities.

20 April 2017

Jasmine time!

Charleston, SC    
The Confederate Jasmine is in bloom and the perfume is everywhere. I don't have any in my garden and I probably should be fined for that in Charleston. 

18 April 2017

Mirror, mirror on a ball

Charleston garden, Charleston, SC   
There are no dull walks on the lower peninsula. Every gate can hide a beautiful garden. They put me to shame and make me want to get home and get to work on my yard. This was lovely. I hope they didn't see me sticking my camera through their fence. :)

17 April 2017

Easter colors

Charleston, SC   
The house colors looked so right for Easter and then I noticed the wreath on the door was egg themed.

Speaking of eggs, I ate my last Cadbury's Easter egg so I reckon it's time to wean off the seasonal sugar binge and straighten out my act. Back to oranges.

I've been doing some gardening trying to make a woodland pathway with ferns and shade plants on the side of my house. I worked on it yesterday afternoon and did a little this evening. I can tell you that bags of mulch have not gotten any lighter. Ouch.

16 April 2017

More blossoms!

Colonial Lake, Charleston, SC    
I did a quick walk in town this morning and I'm glad I did. Charleston is a garden in bloom. The Parks Conservancy did a lot of work at Colonial Lake and today it is paying off. These brilliant pink roses are growing around all of the Palmetto trees at the lake and are in full bloom. It is quite a show.

Easter Blossoms

West Ashley garden, Charleston, SC 
I stopped by my friend Mary's home West Ashley yesterday morning to tour her garden. I knew she was a gardener and she'd offered to give me cuttings but I had no idea of the scale! It was beautiful. Both Mary and her husband had sections of the garden that they tended to and it seemed that almost every plant had a story.

Needless to say I came home with lot's of cuttings and spend today and $$ at Home Depot working on my own little yard. Thanks Mary!

I hope everyone had a good Easter. I do love seeing all the happy family photos on Facebook at this time of year.

15 April 2017

SK8 Charleston

SK8 Charleston, Oceanic St., Charleston
I had visited the new skateboard park  - SK8 Charleston during construction and was eager to go back and see the action. What fun! The park is part of the Charleston park system. It seems to have attracted a pretty diverse group - all ages, fathers and sons and some girls. One gentleman was on roller blades sailing around smoothly.

We had a great brunch at Rutledge Cab Company and then enjoyed sitting in the warm sun on the observation deck and enjoyed watching the action.

12 April 2017

Tomb of Francis Marion - the Swamp Fox

Francis Marion tomb, Pineville, SC    
As we were exploring the back roads of Berkeley County this past weekend it was proper to pay our respects to General Francis Marion - the Swamp Fox.

This interesting snippet is from an article in the Smithsonian magazine:
Marion's role in the war changed course after an odd accident in March of 1780. Attending a dinner party at the Charleston home of a fellow officer, Marion found that the host, in accordance with 18th-century custom, had locked all the doors while he toasted the American cause. The toasts went on and on, and Marion, who was not a drinking man, felt trapped. He escaped by jumping out a second story window, but broke his ankle in the fall. Marion left town to recuperate in the country, with the fortunate result that he was not captured when the British took Charleston that May.With the American army in retreat, things looked bad in South Carolina. Marion took command of a militia and had his first military success that August, when he led 50 men in a raid against the British. Hiding in dense foliage, the unit attacked an enemy encampment from behind and rescued 150 American prisoners. Though often outnumbered, Marion's militia would continue to use guerilla tactics to surprise enemy regiments, with great success. Because the British never knew where Marion was or where he might strike, they had to divide their forces, weakening them. By needling the enemy and inspiring patriotism among the locals, Busick says, Marion "helped make South Carolina an inhospitable place for the British. Marion and his followers played the role of David to the British Goliath."In November of 1780, Marion earned the nickname he's remembered by today. British Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton, informed of Marion's whereabouts by an escaped prisoner, chased the American militia for seven hours, covering some 26 miles. Marion escaped into a swamp, and Tarleton gave up, cursing, "As for this damned old fox, the Devil himself could not catch him." The story got around, and soon the locals—who loathed the British occupation—were cheering the Swamp Fox.
The quote that earned him his title was after Colonel Tarleton had chased him through swamps for over 26 hours and cursed, "As for this damned old fox, the Devil himself could not catch him." 

11 April 2017

Almost worth writing a letter

U.S. Post Office, Pinopolis, SC
I expect the original Post Office is the building on the right but the current one is just as adorable and I think I could life with the hours. The details below are from W. Lee Tigner Jr., Craftsman of Fine, Reclaimed Heart Pine Furnishings
Pinopolis Post Office: Mr. Ravenel left the house to Miss Elizabeth Ravenel and Miss Margaret Deas Ravenel. Elizabeth was affectionately known to all as Miss Bessie. Miss Bessie lived in the house and was the first Postmaster for the post office, remaining so until her death in 1935. It was a gathering place for the village women in the morning to exchange plans, gossip, news of the latest baby, and things of interest to the ladies of the day. During World War I, it also served as a place for the ladies of Pinopolis to make bandages, knit socks and mufflers, and make other needs for the soldiers. Miss Bessie ran the post office as she wanted, and paid no heed to directives from Washington. Customers were allowed to charge stamps and pay for them when able. She was well respected and as such, likely never lost a penny. In 1975, the United States Post Office Department decided the facilities should be modernized, and the old post office building was put out of service. This beautiful heart pine furnishing was made from wood that was recovered when the building was renovated in 2007.