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Spoleto Festival USA

Program Number: 21257RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/22/2015 - 5/27/2015; 5/27/2016 - 6/1/2016; 6/1/2016 - 6/6/2016; 6/6/2016 - 6/11/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Price starting at: $1,795.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Festivals; Music Appreciation
Meals: 9; 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Experience the magnificent Spoleto Festival and its complementary event, Piccolo Spoleto. These international multi-arts celebrations are America’s premier international performing-arts festivals, filling lovely Charleston’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with performances by world-renowned artists and emerging performers in opera, theater, dance, chamber, symphonic, choral, bluegrass and jazz. Attend four Spoleto performances with reserved tickets and seating and as many Piccolo Spoleto events as you can fit in around the Spoleto, and hear from Spoleto staff. Make use of a significant amount of free time to pursue your own interests with opportunities to dine out on your own.


• Be thrilled by symphonies and operas, exhilarated by jazz and bluegrass, electrified by dance and acrobatics and delighted by theater.
• A horse-drawn carriage ride reveals more than 300 years of history, including antebellum mansions, churches and gardens.
• You will be pleased and relieved to have reserved seating for performances that will be announced as soon as the schedule is available in 2015.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to six blocks to Spoleto venues; some uneven terrain.

Program includes tickets to four Spoleto events and one Piccolo Spoleto events, as well as free time for exploring other events, for which participants may reserve tickets in advance.

Coordinated by Center for Educational Adventure.

Charleston (South Carolina)

Founded in 1670, Charleston is an old colonial city brimming with museums and historical attractions. In its early days, it was a cosmopolitan trading center whose wealth is on display today in the well-preserved architecture and cultural institutions. Picturesque tree-lined streets and a lovely coastline make it a tourist Mecca.

Luxury hotel located in the heart of Charleston's historic district. Blending opulent accommodations, historic ambiance and modern convenience, this hotel treats you to true southern hospitality and is the only hotel included in the city’s prestigious Museum Mile.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
  Charleston, South Carolina 5 nights
 The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel is a gem among historic Charleston hotels. Blending opulent accommodations, historic ambiance and modern convenience, our luxury Charleston hotel treats you to true southern hospitality, the same hospitality we showed our first guest over 150 years ago. With our recent multi-million dollar restoration, our historic Charleston hotel has recaptured its original splendor, and we're eager to share it with you. Located in the heart of Charleston, The Mills House is the only hotel included in the city's prestigious Museum Mile, and there's no shortage of lively Charleston attractions nearby: Dock Street Theatre (0.0 mile) King Street Antique District (0.0 mile) The Market Place (0.0 mile) Waterfront Park (0.0 mile) College of Charleston (0.5 mile) South Carolina Aquarium (0.5 mile) The Battery/Historic District (0.5 mile) After a day amidst the storied sights of downtown, return to the Mills House where we stand apart from other Charleston, SC luxury hotels by combining a lush, Victorian atmosphere with modern appeal. From our thoughtfully-appointed Charleston, SC accommodations to state-of-the-art meeting space and exquisite service, we continue to exceed our legendary reputation. History and luxury await! Join us at The Mills House Hotel, a Conde' Nast Traveler Gold List Hotel, and stroll the halls once walked by General Robert E. Lee and President Theodore Roosevelt.
  Contact info: 115 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401 USA
phone: 843-577-2400
  Room amenities: 2 phones with voicemail Bathtub Cable/Satellite color TV Coffee and tea makers Connecting rooms Crib upon request Free morning newspaper delivered to room Hair dryers High-speed Internet access In-room pay-per-view movies Iron/board Nightly turndown service Private bathroom Rollaway bed/cot Work desk with lamp
  Facility amenities: Housekeeping & Laundry Services Daily Housekeeping Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry Same Day Dry Cleaning Concierge Desk to help w/tour plans Entertainment & Recreation Outdoor Pool Hotel Shops Newsstand Gift Shop Business Services Copying E-mail & Internet Facsimile PC available Printer High Speed Internet Access Public Space Data Services Wireless Data Connection Miscellaneous Concierge Services Ice Machine Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk A/C Public Areas Dedicated Lounge (or 24 Hour Lounge) Porter/Bellman Fitness Center Outdoor Pool Parking Daily Self Parking Fee: $20.00 (USD) Valet Parking Available: $22.00 (USD) County operated garage adjacent to the hotel self parking $20.00 per night There is a 6 feet 7 inch vehicle height limitation in all garages
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call hotel for rate Group rates are not available during times outside of the Road Scholar program week. For early arrival or late stayovers, call the hotel directly.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call hotel for rate Group rates are not available during times outside of the Road Scholar program week. For early arrival or late stayovers, call the hotel directly.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 pm. Road Scholar check-in begins at 4:30 pm. Orientation is at 5:00 pm followed by dinner at 6:30 pm. You will be staying at The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Hotel Check-Out is 11 am. Road Scholar program ends after breakfast morning presentation 9 - 10 am. You will be staying at The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking fee at the hotel is $25 per day. It is city owned but connects to the hotel. It is the only place close to the hotel to park a car for a week long program. Discount coupons are for employees and do not apply to hotel guest.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Charleston, South Carolina
  Nearest city or town:  Mt. Pleasant and Beaufort, SC
  Nearest highway: I-26
  Nearest airport:  Charleston, SC
  From End of Program
  Location: Charleston, South Carolina
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Charleston, SC


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Taxi/Shuttle Service - Charleston International Airport
phone: 843-767-7007


Per Person/One Way:


Approximate rate from airport to hotel is $30 for two people
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 minutes 




12 miles


Option 1: The meter fare for taxi departure from the Airport is $2.15 per loaded mile with no additional charge for the first two passengers. For each passenger in excess of two, a fee of $12.00 per passenger per trip will be charged. Option 2:The shuttle rate for Downtown Charleston is $12.00 per passenger and departs within 15 minutes. The shuttle is a shared ride and makes multiple stops. Option 3: Fixed rate for Airport vicinity is $9.00/passenger, not to exceed $27.00 per trip.




From Train Station




Public Transportation
phone: 800-872-7245
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Call Amtrak for pricing
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


Approximately 20 minutes 




10 miles

Driving Directions
  Charleston: Interstate 26 to Mills House Wyndham Grand Travel on Interstate 26 until you reach the Meeting Street Exit, 221 B. Continue on Meeting Street for 2 miles until you reach the corner of Meeting Street and Queen Street. The Mills House will be on your right. The parking deck is located on Queen Street that runs beside The Mills House Wyndham Grand.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check-In, Program Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation & Get Acquainted
(Friday, May 22)

Note: Walking from hotel to Spoleto venues is approximately 6-8 blocks. The city offers free shuttle service at selected pickup points. Bike taxis are also available for hire at a cost of $4.50 per person per 10 minutes. It takes 5-10 minutes for a bike to go the 6 blocks so this is a very reasonable fee for the convenience.

 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00 pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff at our desk in the lobby beginning at 4:00 pm. You’ll receive your arrival packet containing the most up-to-date schedule and program information that we’ll review during our orientation session before dinner. If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.

ORIENTATION: Meet your fellow participants and the program staff during a get-acquainted session followed by an informative overview of the program. We will review the schedule and any changes, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and emergency contact numbers, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

 Dinner: Dinner will be at 6:30 pm in the hotel.
 Evening: The remainder of the evening is yours to begin getting to know one another, walk around the neighborhood, or relax in the hotel as you prepare for tomorrow.

You are embarking on a special Road Scholar "FLEX" program that includes expert lectures and attending selected events from the schedules of Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto as well as a significant amount of free time to pursue your own interests with opportunities to dine out on your own. The preparatory materials you receive following enrollment will provided more details about the ticketed events included in your program. We highly recommend checking the Spoleto USA website that explains how the festival is organized and how you can purchase tickets when the time comes for the events you would like to attend on your own. To avoid duplication, DO NOT ORDER TICKETS UNTIL YOU HAVE CHECKED ON UNDER YOUR PROGRAM WEEK TO SEE WHAT TICKETS ARE INCLUDED IN YOUR PROGRAM. For information on Spoleto go to

Accommodations: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Background on Spoleto Festival USA, Spoleto Chamber Music I, Piccolo Performance Sound of Charleston, Conversations/Shakespeare's Globe, Spoleto Performance A Streetcar Named Desire
(Saturday, May 23)

Note: Chamber Music I is at Dock Street Theater one block from your hotel. Sound of Charleston is at the Circular Church across the street from your hotel.Shakespeare conversations will be at the Charleston Library Society on King Street. A Street Car Named Desire is at the College of Charleston 6 blocks from the hotel. Leader will help you secure a bike taxi at your own expense if you are unable to walk the distance. Cost is approx $5 per person within historic district.

 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Barbadoes Room features South Carolina’s famous Low country breakfast. Menu items include choices such as Low Country Shrimp and Grits, Cinnamon Swirl French Toast, and other selections including bacon and sausage, eggs cooked many different ways plus yummy omelettes, and fresh fruit daily. Start the day in grand Southern style!
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Exclusively for our group, a member of the Spoleto Board of Directors (or other festival insider depending on availability) will provide an overview of the festival and discuss its history. Please note: One of the advantages of taking this Road Scholar “FLEX” program is having guaranteed seats for performances and events that may otherwise be sold out. SPOLETO PERFORMANCE: We will depart the hotel for a short walk to the Chamber Music I at the Dock Street Theater beginning at 11 am.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at a popular restaurant in the Historic District.
 Afternoon: 2:00 pm - Piccolo Performance of The Sound of Charleston - Experience the musical sounds that help define Charleston's history - from gospel to light classics - coming to life in historic Circular Congregational Church. Sound of Charleston presents light classics of the venerable St. Cecelia Society; music of the Civil War sung and played on authentic period instruments; gospel spirituals song by the slaves as they passed through the port of Charleston; music of George Gershwin, who wrote the opera "Porgy & Bess" while on a working vacation in Charleston. 3:30 pm - Conversations/Shakespeare's Globe -Host Martha Teichner interviews artists from Shakespeare's Globe at the Charleston Library Society on King Street.
 Dinner: Dinner this evening is on your own to explore the restaurants and cuisine of your choice. You are welcome to accompany the Group Leader (at your own cost).
 Evening: 8:00 pm - Spoleto Performance - A Streetcar Named Desire. Dance, desire, and despair vividly combine in this retelling of Tennessee William's famous play by the the Scottish Ballet.
Accommodations: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Charleston Historic District Carriage Ride, Free Afternoon & Evening To Explore On Your Own, Spoleto Performance Westminster Choir
(Sunday, May 24)

Note: Walk to carriage ride is approximately 20 minutes or 1/2 mile. Westminster Choir requires a motor coach which we provide. Pick up at hotel. Tickets not associated with your program should be purchased ahead of time. The website for Spoleto is and for Piccolo Spoleto,

 Breakfast: Enjoy the scrumptious Low country breakfast in the Barbadoes Room.
 Morning: EXCURSION: You are here because of the Spoleto Festival, but your experience would not be complete without a scenic introduction to the charming city of Charleston itself. Aboard horse-drawn carriages that hold up to 16 participants, we will enjoy a pleasant, relaxing, and informative ride through neighborhoods filled with colorful history and picturesque architecture.
 Lunch: Your big block of free time begins with lunch on your own to explore the restaurants and cuisine of your choice. We will provide a list of restaurants located within walking distance of your hotel and within the historic district.
 Afternoon: Westminster Choir Performance begins at 5:00 pm. Part of your afternoon is free but we don't want you to miss the beloved Westminster Choir. We will leave by motor coach at 4:15 for St. Luke and St. Paul Cathedral. The Spoleto Performance by the Westminster Choir is lauded as "remarkable for its precision, unanimity and power" by The New York Times.
 Dinner: Continue your personal independent exploration with dinner on your own -- no need to rush back to the hotel unless you choose. There are so many options for having a delicious dinner out in Charleston, though if you have something special in mind, we advise making reservations in advance because the city is so crowded during the festival.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: Choose your preferred performances or events. As soon as the schedule is published, you can review everything available for this evening and purchase tickets online. Please do not order and pay for tickets until you see what is included in the Road Scholar program.
Accommodations: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Spoleto "Conversations With," Free Afternoon, Evening Spoleto Performance of Romeo and Juliet
(Monday, May 25)

Note: Conversations will be at the hotel. Romeo and Juliet performance will be at the Dock Street Theatre located one block from hotel.

 Breakfast: Enjoy the scrumptious Low country breakfast in the Barbadoes Room.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: "Conversations With" -- Meet someone from the Charleston Historic Preservation Society to learn more about Spoleto coming to Charleston and about the new and old Charleston.
 Lunch: We will have lunch together at a convenient location.
 Afternoon: Please check the website to purchase tickets not included in your Road Scholar week at Spoleto.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel. The food is fresh and well prepared from recipes that evoke Southern heritage enhanced by culinary innovations.
 Evening: 8:00 pm Spoleto Performance Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare's Globe makes its debut with a brand new production. Renowned for its authentic yet bold productions, this company hails from London's rebuilt Globe Theatre-the venue Shakespeare called home. Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, it is a short 1 block from your hotel.
Accommodations: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Colonial and Antebellum Cemeteries Walk, Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra Performance
(Tuesday, May 26)

Note: Walk with expert to cemeteries is 4-5 blocks at a slow pace and over uneven terrain, some dirt paths. Spoleto Festival Concert is at the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre.

 Breakfast: Enjoy the scrumptious Low country breakfast in the Barbadoes Room.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Co-author of Touring the Tombstones, a series of guide books to Charleston's 18th century graveyards and local historian will lead us on a stroll through ancient graveyards, which she describes as "art galleries harboring stories, literature and legends". Discover this unique portrait of the past found in the old graveyards on a walk through colonial and antebellum cemeteries. Look at some of the finest 18th and 19th century memorials in the country and the fascinating stories surrounding them. Afterwards, enjoy a Spoleto performance with Chamber Music IX, at the Dock Street Theater located near your hotel.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. You can find numerous websites promoting "the best" lunch in Charleston. Many restaurants surround your hotel. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
 Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: By now, you have a strong sense of the festival's uniqueness and have learned how to negotiate both the geography and schedules. Select the afternoon performances you will enjoy most. Flex at its best!
 Dinner: Dinner is out at a popular restaurant. Share the Road Scholar camaraderie of shared experiences and new friendships in this, our farewell dinner.
 Evening: The Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra is showcased in Tan Dun's Concerto for Orchestra, a tour de force for what the composer calls the "orchestra of the future." The celebrated composer, perhaps best known for the soundtrack to the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, melds Eastern and Western musical traditions in a spectacular form of orchestral theater. Jean Sibelium's majestic and towering Symphony no. 5 closes the program with mellifluous splendor. Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Accommodations: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Free Time Opportunities
  Charleston, South Carolina Best Way to See Charleston
BEST WAY TO SEE CHARLESTON: Get lost in the area where the pretty houses are South of Broad. This is by far the best way to spend an afternoon. Seeing the houses from the outside----peeking through the gates into the gardens----this is the secret to finding Charleston's soul. See Charleston from beyond the Battery and find the stunning streets, churches and graveyards, many without street signs that just drip with charm. The best streets are within walking distance to your hotel.
  Fort Sumter
180 Calhoun Street
  Joseph Manigault House
360 Meeting Street
  Middleton Place
Dating back to c. 1741, Middleton is a National Historic Landmark with an Inn, restaurant, America's oldest landscaped Gardens and Stableyard demonstrations of life in the 18th century. The magnitude of this plantation is awe-inspiring! Open daily 9am – 5pm except Christmas. Adults $25 4300 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414 843-556-6020 or 800-782-3608
  Nathaniel Russell House
51 Meeting Street
  Old City Market
Dating back to 1841, Market Street features independent merchants selling their wares in an open air setting, including Gullah ladies weaving the ever famous sweetgrass baskets. The street is also lined with specialty shops and restaurants. Market Street between Meeting and East Bay Streets Charleston, SC 29401
  Old Slave Mart Museum
6 Chalmers Street
  South Carolina Aquarium
The Aquarium boasts they are Charleston's most visited attraction. And why not?! Kids and adults alike will be amazed at all the animals and history throughout. It's a great place to view the harbor too. Check out their new Albino Alligator Exhibit or even pet the stingrays! 100 Aquarium Wharf Charleston, SC 29401 843-720-1990
  SpiritLine Dinner Cruise
Nothing beats a three hour evening cruise on the water! Especially when it comes with a multi-course dinner, live music and exceptional views of the Charleston Harbor! 360 Concord St # 201 Charleston, SC 29401-6305 843-722-2628
  The Battery/White Point Gardens
The Battery is located at the southernmost tip of the Charleston Peninsula, where Murray Blvd. and East Battery (East Bay) Street meet. Part of The Battery is White Point Gardens and collectively they are the landmark that helps to define Charleston. If you don't have time to walk it, a leisurely drive-by to view the impressive mansion architecture and glorious oak trees will do! Walk the park to indulge in the 18th century cannons, historical statues, picturesque gazebo and a perfect view of Fort Sumter in the harbor. At Murray Blvd and East Battery (continuation of East Bay St.) Charleston, SC 843-724-7327
  The Charleston Museum
360 Meeting Street
  The Schooner Pride
Sail around the harbor for a couple of hours. You will always be in the sheltered harbor area and see all the sites just closer to some than others. There will be some narration and the crew is always willing to point out the historic sites and wildlife in the harbor. Aquarium Wharf 360 Concord St. Charleston, SC 29401 Cost: $32 per person
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

Very Charleston: A Celebration of History, Culture, and Lowcountry Charm

Author: Diana Hollingsworth Gessler

Description: Cobblestone streets leading to perfectly preserved historic homes. Intricate wrought-iron gates opening to lush, fragrant gardens. A skyline of steeples and a river harbor bustling with schooners and sailboats. Charleston is one of America's most charming cities.In vibrant watercolors and detailed sketches, artist Diana Gessler captures the beauty and riches that make Charleston so unique: White Point Gardens, the Spoleto Festival, Rainbow Row, Waterfront Park, Fort Moultrie, the beaches of Sullivan's Island, sumptuous Lowcountry cuisine, and handmade sweetgrass baskets. Full of fascinating details--on everything from the art of early entertaining, the city's inspired architectural and garden designs, and George Washington's Southern tour to famous Charlestonians and the flags of Sumter--Very Charleston celebrates the city, the Lowcountry, the people, and our history. Hand-lettered and full color throughout, Very Charleston includes maps, an index, and a handy appendix of sites. With her cheerful illustrations and love for discovering little-known facts, Diana Gessler has created both an entertaining guide and an irresistible keepsake for visitors and Charlestonians alike.

A Short History of Charleston

Author: Robert N. Rosen

Description: A concise small history of Charleston that is easy to read and enjoyable.

A Witness to History: Charleston's Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon

Author: Ruth Miller and Ann Taylor Andrus

Description: The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon in Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the great buildings of Colonial America. Serving as city hall, customs house, post office and prison; as the British Headquarters during the occupation of Charles Towne and then host to a great ball honoring George Washington, the Exchange has been an eyewitness to America’s history. This stoic building-—designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975—-has been described as the best example of the dignity and ornament of the traditional English “exchange-town hall” design of the eighteenth century built in the United States. From within its Great Hall to deep below in the Provost Dungeon, the Exchange has played a vital role in American history. Andrus’ and Miller’s fast-paced and readable survey of the history and significance of the Old Exchange Building will appeal to visitor and serious historian alike.

Charleston Map

Author: Navigator Maps

Description: A clear, easy to use souvenir map of Charleston, featuring the city center and well-marked places of interest. (USS312, $5.95)

Charleston, Savannah & Coastal Islands Book: A Complete Guide, Fifth Edition (A Great Destinations Guide) [Paperback]

Author: Cecily McMillan

Description: Veteran author and 25-year-resident Cecily McMillan explores the unique intrigue of the Carolina Lowcountry region, examining its history, culture, and people, and provides authoritative recommendations for accommodations, dining, sight-seeing, and recreational activities. Whether you're visiting for a long weekend or renting a cottage on the coast for a week, anyone visiting this magical region will be able to experience the pleasures and pastimes and all new amenities and comforts the region has to offer. Whether your taste gravitates toward admiring historic architecture, savoring local gourmet cuisine in the finest restaurants, casting a net for shrimp, or bird-watching or kayaking, travelers of all persuasions will find the most up-to-date advice for where to go and what to do. 100 black & white photos, 5 maps.

Invention of Wings

Author: Sue Monk Kidd

Description: The Invention of Wings, a powerful and sweeping historical novel by Sue Monk Kidd, begins, fittingly, with an image of flight: Hetty “Handful”, who has grown up as a slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, recalls the night her mother told her that her ancestors in Africa could fly over trees and clouds. That day, Handful’s mother, Charlotte, gave her daughter the gift of hope— the possibility that someday she might regain her wings and fly to freedom. Throughout Kidd’s exquisitely written story, Handful struggles, sometimes with quiet dissidence, sometimes with open rebellion, to cultivate a belief in the invincibility of her spirit and in the sacred truth that one does not need actual wings in order to rise.

South of Broad

Author: Pat Conroy

Description: Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of thirteen, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him. Eventually, he finds his answer when he becomes part of a tightly knit group of high school seniors that includes friends Sheba and Trevor Poe, glamorous twins with an alcoholic mother and a prison-escapee father; hardscrabble mountain runaways Niles and Starla Whitehead; socialite Molly Huger and her boyfriend, Chadworth Rutledge X; and an ever-widening circle whose liaisons will ripple across two decades-from 1960s counterculture through the dawn of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. The ties among them endure for years, surviving marriages happy and troubled, unrequited loves and unspoken longings, hard-won successes and devastating breakdowns, and Charleston's dark legacy of racism and class divisions. But the final test of friendship that brings them to San Francisco is something no one is prepared for. South of Broad is Pat Conroy at his finest; a long-awaited work from a great American writer whose passion for life and language knows no bounds.

Staging Charleston: The Spoleto Festival U.S.A. . Paperback

Author: by Colleen K Reilly

Description: The Spoleto Festival U.S.A. is a seventeen day international arts festival held annually in Charleston, South Carolina. While the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. perpetuates many of the cultural practices of the hegemonic community of Charleston, it also participates in negotiations of culture on the contemporary global stage. The Festival and the City rely on one another to constitute an identity that is consumable for a tourist and/or festival audience, and this relationship became even more urgent after Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Hurricane Hugo serves as a peripeteia of the self-fashioning and self-reflexive narrative shaped by the Charleston elite since the 18 th century, and the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. serves as the agent of its denouement. This function of the festival impulse in the contemporary urban setting of Charleston, South Carolina will be the focus of this dissertation, which will examine the relationship between the "placedness" of the historical city and the "placelessness" of the festival atmosphere. This study will identify the features of the festival impulse that engage history, memory, and community and negotiate the territory between "place" and "space". It will compare the historical imaginary of the city with its contemporary identity as an international tourist destination and identify the strategies employed by the festival to destabilize homogenous worldviews and remap the geography of memory in Charleston's past and present.

Touring the Tombstones

Author: Ruth Miller

Description: A series of guide books to Charleston's 18th century graveyards.

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