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Last night at the Gaillard Performance Center, I was overwhelmed with Songs of America... Patriotism, Protest and the Music That Made a Nation. It was a collaborative event by Pulitzer Prize winner John Meacham and Grammy Award winner Tim McGraw... a unique evening filled with in-depth discussions of our historic times lead by John with intermittent breaks of Tim singing an appropriate period song. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative celebration of America by exploring the origins of American music, tracing patriotic roots back to the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, two World Wars, the beginnings of rock n' roll, the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, all the way through the 21st century American struggles, including renewed

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I moved to Charleston 12 years ago and have never looked back! One of the reasons is the year-round access to the arts, and especially the 17-day springtime Spoleto Festival when the city serves as a backdrop to artistic celebration of dance, music, opera, theater, and visual arts with over 500 events in 70 venues. This year I experienced such a wide variety… Grammy award winning jazz genius Esperanza Spalding Making Magic Under The Stars… England’s Globe Theater group’s performance of Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy Twelfth Night… Westminster Choir’s inspirational a cappella performance of Path of Miracles, celebrating in musical theater the pilgrimage to Spain’s Camino de Santiago… world premiere dramatic stage performance of Amos Gitai’s  Letter To

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Each year in late Spring, locals and tourists alike make their way to the historic streets of Charleston as the city transforms into a cultural mecca showcasing the arts encompassing theater, dance, opera, jazz, chamber music and more for Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston's annual premier performing arts festival.

 

Spoleto Festival kicks off the first day of the 17 day run with its traditional opening ceremony in front of City Hall. A section of Broad Street is blocked off and people fill the street. It is an opportunity to hear about the festival from the perspective of community leaders, see snippets of performances to come, or hear from some of the performers and playwrights themselves. The festival is comprised of many talented,

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Charleston South Carolina beaches are amazing and usually not crowded. I grew up in the Valley Forge area. My buddies would hop up the car and drive 2-3 hours in bumper to bumper traffic to New Jersey beaches. We had to have beach tags, pay for parking and get real cozy with strangers spread out nearby. Now we live 20 minutes from the beach. Beaches are not crowded (except maybe this weekend). Parking is mostly free. What a wonderful thing.

If you are in town, this article from CHSTODAY covers the beach rules for each beach you might want to know about. Our favorite is Isle Of Palms about 42nd Street. Check it out.

Oh you aren't here. Well we can fix that for next year.

 

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Planning a trip to Charleston? The city if loaded with excellent hotels and the best part may be that they are unique - not your normal national brands. Stay in Historic Charleston if you haven't been here before. Be sure to enjoy a carriage ride through the city. The carriage drivers are all fascinating with storied about what went on in the city such as pirate invasions, the civil war, plantation owners and on and on. Perhaps best of all enjoy the architecture of the amazing homes.

This article from Town and Country Magazine has an excellent list of many of the hotel options.

Charleston Hotels

If we can help with your planning, please let us know. If you find yourself thinking you might want a second home here or perhaps make a move

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5878 Bonnie Doone Road

Charleston's history is fascinating. The city was destroyed by fire, wiped out by disease, ravaged by pirates and much more. The Civil War started in Charleston Harbor. Well how about a rice plantation that was burned by the Union soldiers in the Civil War and then rebuilt by a New York stockbroker in 1931.  Looking very much like a scene from Gone With The Wind, the drive is lined with ancient grand oaks trees that frame southern columns...what a picture. As the newspaper boy said selling newspapers on the street in 1931 "read all about it" 

Post and Courier Article

If you are interested in owning a truly unique historic property, please check out the listing.

5878 Bonnie Doone Road Listing

 

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Daniel Island scene

Spring is in the air on Daniel Island! As the days grow longer and flowers begin to bloom, the sun shines brightly on Daniel Island, casting a warm spotlight on this charming, scenic town which is home to some of the most exciting events and activities that the lowcountry has to offer. For many, Spring represents an opportunity to start anew, a chance to step out into the great outdoors and soak up all the natural beauty that surrounds. And on Daniel Island, there is no shortage of natural scenic wonder, which makes this picturesque island the picture perfect backdrop to many memorable springtime events. 

 One of the most highly anticipated events of the Spring season is the Volvo Car Open, the largest women’s only tennis tournament in North

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Wow...My wife and I were blown away last night at the Gaillard Center in the Charleston downtown historic area. The 70-piece Charleston Pops Orchestra together with 110 voices of the Charleston School of Arts Chorus dazzled everyone with selections from Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Lion King, My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music. The Mt. Pleasant husband and wife team of Dimitri Pittas and Leah Edwards joined the orchestra and chorus to compliment the evening with some of the greatest arias composed by the Italian masters .. Puccini (1858-1924) and Verdi (1813-1901). We have been enjoying the Pops performances for the last 12 years since we moved here in 2007 from NYC. We left Daniel Island at 6:45... arrived at the Gaillard at 7:10, paid $5

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Sue and I moved across country from Denver to Daniel Island about 14 years ago. While we loved Denver, but missed living near water. We looked all over the Charleston area and settled on Daniel Island. It has been a wonderful decision. The island is so friendly and surrounded by water vistas, community docks and boat ramps. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to purchase a beautiful waterfront home that had been foreclosed on... 41 Watroo Point. Watching the tide come and go, long marsh vistas and amazing sunsets has fulfilled out dream. It is time for us to downsize.

 

 

Well maybe the new East West Partners townhome and condo complex will be the answer. This new section of Daniel Island will offer waterfront condos, townhomes, shops

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Moved right into the Christmas season last night! I went to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist to hear George Frideric Handel’s oratorio masterpiece Messiah for the 5th time in my life. It was a sold out performance with 60 singers and 24 musicians from the Charleston Symphony and Chamber Chorus. Of course, the highlight of the evening was the Hallelujah chorus which is regarded by most of the world as the greatest choral piece of music ever written. The 4-part harmonies and powerful movements are incredible, especially the resounding climax when the entire ensemble stops on a dime and is silent for three seconds and then the final word Hal-le-lu-jah is slowly sung. Even though you know it’s coming, it still is a goose-bump experience! What is

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