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Take the Culture Plunge

January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Immerse Yourself in Gullah Culture If your group is visiting Charleston, consider spending a day discovering the history and culture of the Gullah people. We are pleased to present Gullah Immersion Programs for groups of all sizes. View our sample list of immersion activities and choose the activities you would like to include in your personal...

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The Restoration on King

January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Restoration on King 75 Wentworth Street Charleston, SC 29401 877-221-7202 http://www.restorationonking.com There’s a sexy hotel overlooking King Street and its name is The Restoration on King. With 18 loft-style suites featuring exposed brick walls, sleek kitchens, chic living areas, and flat-screens, you won’t have trouble setting the mood for romance. ROK features the amenities...

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Home Grown: Lonnie Hamilton

January 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Charleston Jazz legend Lonnie Hamilton III can immediately tell the difference between a live recording and a digital drum beat. He can hum more than 2,000 melodies without missing a note....

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By Professor Damon L. Fordham, MA  A number of places in Charleston bear the name of Septima Poinsette Clark, including a charter school, a day-care center, a main street that becomes the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and an educational center at the College of Charleston. Unfortunately, many people know little about the person for whom...

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Jonathan Green

January 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Words by Kristen Gehrman Photography by Richard Ellis Jonathan Green starts his day in the middle of the night. Waking up as early as 2:00 a.m., the world-renowned Gullah painter prepares his oils, brushes, and canvas to take advantage of the morning light.  Then he proceeds to paint Lowcountry landscapes with his signature skin-warming sunshine....

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Philip Simmons: Master Blacksmith and Artisian

January 4, 2015 | 1 Comments

By Ade Ajani Ofunniyin It is virtually impossible to discuss or embrace Charleston’s architectural beauty without considering the contributions of the Holy City’s legendary blacksmith, a community icon whose work adorns many of the city’s historical structures. Philip Simmons, a renowned artist who hammered out ornamental ironwork for most of his long and eventful life,...

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Dana Coleman

January 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

You could say that local artist Dana Coleman paints Charleston the way we locals wish it looked. His historic Battery houses stand in stoic solitude, reflected by moonlight in the tranquil harbor. Along Catfish Row, his bright colors dazzle in the warm sun, leaving perfectly angled shadows on his serene, sunny sidewalk. A rainy night...

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Lowcountry Griots

January 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Kristen Wright-Matthews Before people could speak in sentences, they passed information from one generation to the next using movements, gestures and sounds. Even after the emergence of rock art, cave drawings and written language, storytelling remained a primary source of information, oral history, entertainment and cultural preservation. In fact, most of what is considered...

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Art Forms and Theatre Concepts

January 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Kristen Gehrman In 1995, Art Gilliard, a Charlestonian nationally renowned for his role in the TV series “North and South,” received a phone call from the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Tourists had been asking where in the Holy City they could enjoy African-American theater; the answer, at the time, was that they couldn’t....

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The Humble Brass Virtuoso

January 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Kristen Wright-Matthews   A long-running joke that asks, “How many trumpeters does it take to change a light bulb?” The answer is five: one to change it and four to tell you how they could have done a better job. Presumably, this is funny because, among musicians, trumpet players have a reputation for being...

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