Discover Yourself in Charleston

If you search long and hard enough, you’ll likely find that special place where your soul connects with the history that is Southern in detail, but American in breadth.

Any journey into the soul of the Old South must begin in Charleston.  She is, after all, the quintessential Southern Belle, pompous and pretentious, and grand — God’s gift to a multitude of suitors.  But she’s also rich in charm and cultural sophistication. Alluring, seductive, mysterious, this Southern Lady wears her pride on her sleeve, while softly whispering of her own long history, and the lessons learned from it. Visitors quickly discover that the Charleston of any season, of any era, is well worth knowing. Continue reading “Discover Yourself in Charleston”

Rice Told Tales

After a nearly hundred-year absence, rice has made a comeback in South Carolina.

Charleston Food Facts

In the early 1700s, planters near the coastal port of Charleston began the arduous process of clearing and diking inland swamps to provide water for the cultivation of rice. But the first attempts at growing it failed. Finally, in 1726, rice was successfully introduced into the colony, and with its success came the first wave of economic prosperity. In its rice heyday, Charleston Harbor was one of the largest shippers of rice in the world, second only to Bangkok. With the abolition of slavery in 1865, labor-intensive rice production had screeched to a halt by the turn of the century. Continue reading “Rice Told Tales”

From the City of Angels to the Holy City

A self-described representational painter, Ignatov’s works float fluidly between impressionism and realism.

One of Charleston, SC’s feature writers, Patra Taylor, meets artist Ignat Ignatov.

The art of Ignat Ignatov

This article by one of Charleston’s prolific feature writers, Patra Taylor, introduces readers to the art of Bulgarian-born  impressionist, Ignat Ignatov, whose paintings are featured at LePrince Fine Art located on Charleston’s historic King Street. Continue reading “From the City of Angels to the Holy City”

Charleston Caters to Golf Travelers

First came Tom Fazio, who designed an oceanfront gem along a pristine stretch of Isle of Palms dunes, and suddenly the Charleston area was at the center of golf’s spotlight.

From amateur to pro…

Photo of a golf hole.While Myrtle Beach to the north and Hilton Head to south were developing into two of the best-known destinations in golf, the old port city of Charleston was initially content attracting scads of visitors to its broad beaches, boutique shops, historic sites, fine dining restaurants, and harbor and garden tours. But eventually, the city known as “the birthplace of golf in America” decided to get in on the roaring success experienced by its coastal neighbors and plunged into the golf world with both feet. Continue reading “Charleston Caters to Golf Travelers”

Capturing the essence

Inspired by her dogs, and by the sunlit beaches, rocky coastline and the shady woods of Martha’s Vineyard and New England, she began photographing her “best friends” against this stunning natural backdrop.

The art of Debra Marlin

Leafing through the brittle, yellowed pages of Debra Marlin’s childhood photo album speaks as much to her future as it does her past. On page after page, Debra is seen posing, smiling brightly for the camera, with at least one of her father’s prized German shepherds at her side. Spotting a picture of Debra alone is rare. Continue reading “Capturing the essence”

Nostalgia pervades Folly Beach

A picturesque seaside village steeped in history and its own unusual brand of culture, Folly Beach is affectionately referred to as “The Edge of America.”

[One of Charleston’s popular feature writers, Patra Taylor describes life along the South Carolina coastline.]

Welcome to Folly Beach

Located just eight miles south of historic downtown Charleston, Folly Beach, South Carolina begins at the end of Highway 171 on Folly Island. A picturesque seaside village steeped in history and its own unusual brand of culture, this six-mile long barrier island, bordered by the Folly River and Atlantic Ocean, is affectionately referred to as “The Edge of America.” Continue reading “Nostalgia pervades Folly Beach”

Eliza Lucas Pinckney lives!

“A people who mean to be their own governors,” said Eliza Lucas Pinckney, “must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

[In this item, feature writer, Patra Taylor, introduces the latest trend in Charleston party-going.]

Charleston is abuzz with sightings of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, the first woman to be inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame. At the age of 16, Pinckney, took over the management of Wappoo Plantation and her family’s other two agricultural properties in 1739. Through her extensive knowledge of botany, she went on to develop indigo as one of South Carolina’s most important cash crops, revolutionizing the colonial economy prior to the Revolutionary War, and forever preserving her place in American history. Continue reading “Eliza Lucas Pinckney lives!”