“After nearly 40 years in production, the popular home improvement show on PBS, “This Old House,” finally will feature two very old houses in Charleston.”
Spoleto Festival USA is consistently named the South’s Best Festival. The festival is an exciting 17 days of live performances – a “spellbinding array of world-class artistry”. (source: Southern Living)
The festival was founded in 1977 and features talented artists and performers from around the world.
Visit the Spoleto Festival Website for more information.
Picture Source – National Park ServiceCorner of Market St. and Meeting St., Charleston, SC – 29401 843-853-8000 www.thecharlestoncitymarket.com
‘Steeped in history and charm, the Charleston City Market is a popular destination for all who visit the Holy City.
Open 365 days per year, the Market is an exciting place for tourists and local Charleston residents alike.
Market Hall stands facing Meeting Street as the main entrance to four blocks of open-air buildings.
Strolling through the Market you will encounter a wide assortment of vendors selling high quality products including paintings, pottery, Charleston’s famous sweetgrass baskets, casual and fine dining & more!’
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Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and sometimes later on weekend evenings.
History of the Market –
‘The Market Hall and Sheds, a National Historic Landmark, are the only surviving market buildings in Charleston, and one of a small number of market complexes still extant in the United States.
The Market is also considered to be one of Charlestons best examples of Greek Revival style architecture, exemplified by its massive portico supported by Tuscan columns.
The buildings were constructed in 1840 to 41 and were designed by prominent local architect Edward Brickell White.
The Market was the commercial hub of Charleston for many years and is an important part of the city’s commercial heritage.’
Source – National Park Service
For more about the history of the market and the current occupancy visit the National Park Service Website ORWikipedia.
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Cabbage Row got its name from African Americans putting produce on the window seals to sell.
Today there a couple of shops in this location.
Author DuBose Heyward wrote a novel, Porgy.
The main character lived on Cabbage Row.
George Gershwin and Heyward later wrote the musical, Porgy and Bess, and changed the name of the area to Catfish Row.
PalmettoCarriage.com tells us more…
“Cabbage Row is a structure from the Revolutionary War era. It is a well preserved example of this type of home, consisting of a pair of houses connected by a central arcade. The structure is three stories tall with commercial ground floors that have stood the test of time. The area is now lined with private homes and specialty shops but that wasn’t always the case.” Read more…
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‘America’s First Museum, founded in 1773.
Its mission is to preserve and interpret the cultural and natural history of Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry.
We invite you to explore this rich, varied history at the Museum and its two National Historic Landmark houses.
All are located downtown, in America’s Most Historic City.
Inspired in part by the creation of the British Museum (1759), the Museum was established in 1773 by the Charleston Library Society and is commonly regarded as America’s first museum. Its early history was characterized by association with distinguished South Carolinians and scientific figures including Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Reverend John Bachman and John J. Audubon. Many of the original collections were destroyed by fire in 1778 and operations were suspended during the American Revolution; however, collecting resumed in the 1790s.’
‘First opened to the public in 1824, the Museum developed prominent collections declared in 1852 by Harvard scientist Louis Aggasiz to be among the finest in America.
Operations were temporarily suspended due to the Civil War, but began again shortly after the conflict.
Progressively acquired from the late 18th century to the present, the Museum’s collections now present the oldest-acquired and the most comprehensive assemblage of South Carolina materials in the nation.
Modern collecting emphases include natural science, ornithology, historical material culture and both documentary and photographic resources.’
Hours of Operation
Museum – Monday-Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5
Historic Houses – Monday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5
Museum – $10/adults, $5/children 4-12, children 3 and under free
Historic Houses – $10 adults, $5/children 4-12, children 3 and under free
Group rates and discounted multi-site tickets available
Information and Prices subject to change
Source – Wikipedia
Tickets typically go on sale in January.
‘For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolinas historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in opera, theater, dance, and chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music.
Now approaching its 35th season, Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as Americas premier performing arts festival.’
History of Spoleto Festival USA –
‘Spoleto Festival USA was founded in 1977 by Pulitzer Prize-winning Italian composer Gian Carlo Menotti, Christopher Keene and others, who sought to create an American counterpart to their annual Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy…(Charleston) The historic city provided a perfect fit: intimate enough that the festival would captivate the entire city; yet cosmopolitan enough to provide an enthusiastic audience and robust infrastructure.”
“…Spoleto Festival USA has firmly established itself as one of the worlds leading festivals, presenting more than 200 world or American premieres. ”
‘The Festival mission is to present programs of the highest artistic caliber while maintaining a dedication to young artists, a commitment to all forms of the performing arts, a passion for contemporary innovation, and an enthusiasm for providing unusual performance opportunities for established artists…”
“”There are tons of restaurants in Charleston and most of them are great,” says Fodorite suewoo.”
Many, many movies and television shows have been filmed in the Charleston area.
Some of the more famous movies include:
- Ace Ventura – When Nature Calls
- Cold Mountain
- Dear John
- Die Hard with a Vengeance
- (The) Jackal
- (The) Legend of Bagger Vance
- (The) Lords of Discipline
- Night of the Living Dead
- (The) Notebook
- (The) Patriot
- (The)Prince of Tides
Some of the more famous television shows include:
- Army Wives
- Scarlet (TV miniseries)
- Deadly Pursuits
- The North and South trilogy (TV miniseries)
For extensive lists of movies and television shows filmed in Charleston see the following Webpages: