In defense of the Pied Piper

No bodies, no weapons, no witnesses and no forensic evidence of the children’s demise was ever found. I rest my case. Now maybe the decades of libel and slander against the hardworking flautist for crimes he did not commit can finally be put to rest.

A simple rat exterminator or diabolical kidnapper? Click here to find out the truth about the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Artist Manning Williams : Inspiring Charleston’s Neo-Renaissance

At the turn of the 20th century, Charleston languished as an old Southern town that time had forgotten. Devastated by the Civil War, Charleston’s rich heritage hung over the city like a faded dream. But in 1920, an amazing collaboration of artists and writers spearheaded a dramatic cultural revival that would last 25 years and help Charleston reclaim its title as one of the most significant art and cultural centers in America.

Drawing on an endless supply of subject matter, the artists of the period between 1915 and 1940 dubbed “The Charleston Renaissance” began documenting the lush landscapes, plantation life, architectural landmarks and local color through their oils, watercolors, drawings and prints. The four local pillars of this era–Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Anna Heyward Taylor and Alfred Hutty–are also credited with inspiring Charleston’s preservation movement by reawakening the public to the charm and significance of the city’s architectural heritage through their images. Continue reading “Artist Manning Williams : Inspiring Charleston’s Neo-Renaissance”

The journey begins

If Fitzpatrick was the flame that ignited the Sacred Spaces Project, then Bedenbaugh is the jet fuel needed to move it forward. Fitzpatrick’s initial hope was to raise enough money to save two or three sacred spaces. Bedenbaugh hopes to save them all.

Click here to read the first in a series by Patra Taylor about Preservation South Carolina’s efforts to save the state’s rural historic churches and temples.

You can help save South Carolina’s endangered rural churches and temples. Visit Preservation South Carolina to make a contribution. Or click here to check out author/photographer Bill Fitzpatrick’s book tour schedule or to order your copy of “South Carolina’s Sacred Spaces.”

Consents, concerns and failure to fit

Hey pharmaceutical companies! We aging Baby Boomers are neither deaf nor stupid!

“Have you heard this news story about how some universities are requiring students to have a written agreement before they have…well, you know?” I asked my husband as I pointed to the television.

Stephen smirked. “Nothing says amour quite like a signed affidavit.”

My husband. Always the grammarian…and smart aleck. Continue reading “Consents, concerns and failure to fit”

From fanmakers to filmmakers

Built circa 1867 by Tobias Scott, a former slave who bought his freedom through his earnings as a fan maker, the original house pulsed with the activity of his wife, Christiana (also a former slave), and their seven children.

Click here to read about the Tobias Scott House, a house built circa 1867 by a former slave.

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Actor/director Terry Serpico enjoys success in the South

When “Army Wives” wrapped in 2013, the production office locked its doors and the actors and crew moved on to other projects. But Serpico stayed.

Read about Terry Serpico

The Southeast Film Guide is a resource guide featuring articles, location information, bios and support services specifically written for film industry professionals. In the article, Actor/Director Terry Serpico Enjoys Success in the South by one of the Charleston area’s freelance feature writers, Patra Taylor, readers learn how the actor discovered Charleston SC while filming the seven seasons of Army Wives, an American drama television series that followed the lives of four army wives, one army husband, and their families. Serpico played Lt. Col. Frank Sherwood in the popular series that was filmed on location in and around Charleston, the nation’s top tourist destination.

The Southeast Film Guide

Published annually, the Southeast Film Guide is the region’s premiere location and film resource guide. Tommy Melton is the publication’s creator, publisher and editor. Taylor serves as the publication’s chief contributing writer.

Quote from the Southeast Film Guide: “From the onset of the Golden Age of Cinema in the early years of the 20th century, South Carolina has boasted its share of big screen credits. With location, location, location being the three primary factors production companies used during this era to select sites for their films, South Carolina boldly put its multi-dimensional face forward.”