A while back, my friend Katelyn introduced me to the songs of her favorite musician, Josh Garrels. Saturday night I got to see her reaction as she saw him in concert for the first time, and it was awesome.
You know you’re famous when a massive crowd of 14-year-old girls comes screaming through an open gate at you. At least that’s what bassist Coleman Sawyer felt when Stoplight Observations played at Brittlebank Park for Spring Jam this year. But the group of middle-and-high-school-friends-turned-band-members played on their biggest stage yet May 24th at the Charleston Tea Plantation’s annual First Flush Festival, right before the Avett Brothers headlined.
It’s that time of year again in Charleston. School is out. The beach chairs have been dusted off. The weather is warm, and it’s officially the beginning of summer. Best of all, the beginning of summer brings Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto, the well-known festivals that have become such an integral piece of Charleston’s rich artistic and cultural backdrop. But with over 35 different acts and performances for Spoleto Festival USA, and countless events for the local Piccolo Spoleto Festival, where does one begin? I took some time this week to explore one of Traveling Ink’s favorite Piccolo Spoleto events, the Outdoor Art Exhibition in Marion Square.
Since I was a young girl, the carriage horses were one of my favorite parts of Charleston. Hearing the clop, clop, clop of the hooves and looking up to see a beautiful carriage pass by really set the historical scene that Charleston is so fondly known for. In a city as perfectly preserved as Charleston, horse-drawn carriages seem such a natural and perfect fit.
This past weekend, Camp Happy Days took over a section of Hampton Park in downtown Charleston for one of the more unique fundraisers you'll encounter, the Charleston Bed Race. In its fifth year, the Bed Race boasted a jump castle, a giant stingray, a beer garden, delicious eats from Cilantro's Rolling Gourmet and Kickin' Chicken, the always refreshing Italian Ice and King of Pops popsicles, and jams from Mix 96 radio station...and that's not even the REAL reason we came out. The highlight of the day was of course the homemade "beds" teams created to race head to head for the Charleston Bed Race trophy and to help raise money for kids kickin' cancer in South Carolina.
If you've ever seen the movie Weekend at Bernies, a film about two guys who get invited to their boss's beautiful beach house for the weekend, you've seen Bald Head Island. Portions of the movie were filmed there. Aside from the strange plot twist the guys encounter along the way, the island is quite lovely. You could easily see why the boys wouldn't want to leave. After visiting Bald Head Island in North Carolina for myself, I can commiserate with them. We didn't want to leave either.