A midsummer night’s art dream is reality this July 18
By Charleston Mercury Staff
Innovation is a game of hits and misses; nine years ago, the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association’s Palette and Palate Stroll paired galleries with our best local restaurants and the public ate it up — big time, producing a major hit for art and for local schools. This year they will present some of their most exciting restaurant and gallery pairings yet. The popular summer event will take place on Friday, July 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attendees will once again stroll through the streets of the historic city, making stops at local fine art galleries for an evening dedicated to first-rate art, unique cuisine and fine wine.
Charleston Footprints: A Buck, Bridges, and Bombardment
By Michael Trouche
The story behind the stag
The stucco house at the southwest corner of Rutledge and Wentworth streets was most well known in recent years for being hit repeatedly by careening cars when Wentworth was a speedy one-way exit from downtown.
Fortunately none of the vehicles took out the stained glass window overlooking the corner, as it is the reason the house is often pointed out today and featured in guidebooks. The window features a large deer, or stag, with an impressive, lofty rack. The window, so the common story goes, was installed by the Hirsch family, who owned the house at the turn of the 20th century. Because Hirsch is German for stag, the window supposedly was a subtle pun.
New book in series by Nancy Lucas
By Charleston Mercury Staff
The Springer Spaniel Mysteries are back as local artist, author, and Mercury cartoonist Nancy Lucas releases the third volume in the series, The Missing Tulip Bulbs. Our four-legged protagonist “Scout” is out to solve yet another canine caper, fresh on the heels of A Ghostly Tail and The Missing Boston Terriers of Smith Street. This time he is working against the clock to save 700 missing bulbs that were to be the stars of “The Impromptu Tulip Mania Party.” He’s also hoping to rescue his imperiled share of the fete’s fare. Was it Chisolm the Possum, or perhaps an unknown malefactor that’s walked off with the bulbs? Scout is sure to find out.
Lonesome Valley and the ‘Yosemite of the East’
By Jeff Dennis
When turning into the Lonesome Valley property in Cashiers, the manicured lawn and hillside trees are in full view. It is just a hint at the great care taken to conserve green space; a 27-acre conservation easement is in place to guard the integrity of this entrance. From that point on, a box canyon with a granite cliff dominates one’s view. Lonesome Valley sets a great example for controlled development amid the natural diversity found in these mountains.
What’s wrong with this picture?
By H. Leland Cox
What’s wrong with this picture? The Boeing 737 is cruising on an easterly course at 39,000 feet. The ride is glassy smooth; there is a strong tail wind thanks to the jet stream; flight conditions are clear with visibility unlimited. Both pilots are awake, the passengers are happy, and the flight attendants are relaxed and friendly. What’s wrong with this picture is that the airplane is about to fly into the side of a mountain. Moreover, this is a mountain that doesn’t appear on the plane’s ground proximity warning system because it doesn’t yet exist.