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.

18 January 2015

Protecting the Manger Scene

Tradd St., Charleston, S.C.
Oh, I couldn't resist! I haven't really taken the "war on Christmas" crowd seriously and I am sure that isn't what this is about but the the mixed message stopped me in my tracks. They haven't taken their manger scene down yet and it is well protected.

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 Grocery, Countyline, Orangeburg, S.C.
This abandoned grocery store catches my time every time I pass it and today was a perfect day to catch a photo. There isn't much happening here now but I imagine it was a busy intersection in years gone by. How much do you want to bet they sold boiled peanuts?

Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall, Charleston, S.C.
Forgive my absense. Besides having a couple of busy days, I had internet connection issues. A helpful Knology service repair person named Carla crawled around my attic and home in the dark and got me taken care of. As much as I dread calling for service (painful history with Comcast), they let me make an evening appointment after work and spent the time to make sure my problems were fixed. Thanks Knology!

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

Stay connected, my friends

Calhoun St., Charleston, S.C.
We haven't seen bright skies like this since, well, Saturday. It's been a gray and drippy week so far but there wasn't a cloud in sight on my weekend walk. These are unusually tall palm trees for Charleston and passing this corner always makes me feel like I am briefly on a tropical vacation. 

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.