In the sweltering heat, the actors pretend they are freezing in the snow in Virginia. Robbin Knight plays lead in John Laurens' War, a docu-drama about one of the unsung heroes of the American Revolutionary War. The first time I saw Robbin in an acting role was in Radical Son, a play at a local theatre.
To my folks unfamiliar with Charleston or Southern culture in general, this may sound a bit odd. Shagging. Southerners love to shag. When I moved down here from Ohio, I swear every other weekend had a “Shuck and Shag” event. In my midwestern mind, all I could muster in my head as to what the heck these shindigs were was shucking corn and...the only other way I’ve heard shagging.
So, newsflash for all my fellow travelers: shagging in the South is a type of dance.
Makes more sense now, doesn’t it?
From 8 Legare Street (last week’s post), we’ll proceed south and take a left on Lamboll Street, and another left on King Street. 21 King Street is the second house on your left after the corner. Or you could just look for the largest, tallest, most ornate house within sight - that would be 21 King.
Patrick O’Donnell, the Irish contractor mentioned in last week’s post, built this house for his fiancée. O’Donnell chose the ornate Italianate style for their home, and he surely wanted everything to be as perfect as possible for her – it took him approximately twelve years to complete...
One of our favorite tour companies is without a doubt Bulldog Tours. With a variety of walking tours, from historical to culinary to haunted jail tours, Bulldog has something for everyone! The good folks at Bulldog Tours have this to say about their company: "Take a break from being a tourist and experience Charleston like a local, from a local. At Bulldog Tours, our guides offer history rich walking tours that explore the sights, sounds, flavors and enchanting ghost ..."
Kwame Alexander, New York Times-bestselling author and 2015 Newberry Medal recipient, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival.
Alexander will join at least 50 black authors and hundreds of readers for the second annual event on Saturday, September 23rd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the main branch of the Charleston County Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.
Written by Disco Teepee on behalf of ABC News 4.
Plan A: Ohm Radio Variety Hour featuring Grace Joyner, Very Hypnotic Soul Band, The Royal Tinfoil, Effin' B Radio, PURE Theatre
Plan B: Kidd Aggie EP Release Party, Royal American
Things around town: Black Diamond Band, Pour House
Continuing on Legare Street, we’ll stop at Number 8, a house that resonates with Charleston history.
Built in 1857, 8 Legare was first owned by Charlestonian Cleland Kinloch Huger (pronounced “U-gee”). Patrick O’Donnell, an Irish immigrant, was the contractor for this imposing structure which was built in the Italianate style. Here we are greeted by another pair of grand gateposts with a wrought iron gate. This gate with the elongated harps is thought to be...
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A look at the best in live, local music around the Charleston area this weekend.
Plan A: Rock the Rescue, Tin Roof
Plan B: Elvis Ain’t Dead Fest 2, Charleston Pour House - featuring: Dantes Jump Suit, Madam Adam, Mike Martin and the Beautiful Mess, ’17 Comeback Special, and Horror Business
Things around town: Jamisun, Charleston Harbor Fish House
As we continue up Legare Street, we will stop at Number 14, known as the Simmons-Edwards House, but more famous for its “Pineapple Gates.”
Francis Simmons built 14 Legare Street around 1800. The brick single house, made taller due to the raised basement, is a good example of the Federal style of architecture. Federal style was born out of and is similar to...
It is dark and well past 10pm. The engine has been fighting him, but roars to life. It has spent many days being built in the hands of John Herald before finally breathing its first. This particular engine is destined for an old fire truck in Chicago. John will have to drive it up there to install it, too.
He credits his interest in auto repair and restoration to his Dad. John started working on cars...
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Another school year is here, and with that, many teachers and administrators are well on their way to planning their school’s big field trips of the year. Many South Carolina schools choose to bring their students to Charleston due to its rich history, hands-on learning opportunities, and cultural landmarks. But just because you’re a parent chaperoning a school trip doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy Charleston’s vibrant culinary scene!
Here are some great options for satisfying your group's picky eaters (without sacrificing flavor) in Charleston: