Adams returns to easel, exhibition
By Dottie Ashley
The golden autumn sunlight glittering upon ripples in a miniature fountain creates a perfect place to converse with one of the state’s premiere visual artists, Marty Whaley Adams. Adams is oft credited as being among those responsible for Charleston’s national recognition for supporting more art galleries, per capita, than any other American city. As two old friends admiring the ethereal garden designed by Emily Whaley, Adams’ mother and the late garden book author, we, at first, couldn’t avoid sharing some memories of our mutual pasts.
By the Whisky Couple
A hamlet with an unpronounceable name. A tiny village in Speyside — the heart of the Scotch whisky industry. A beautiful Victorian hotel with a world-famous whisky bar. A distillery. A famous arched bridge with characteristic stone towers, built by Thomas Telford, one of the great Scottish architects. A bit further, the smallest pub in Scotland. And, 10,000 miles to the west, a village with the same name in Canada, where the last nails of the East-West connection of the Canadian Pacific Railway were hammered in by Sir Donald Smith, director of CPR, way back when on November 7, 1887.
Masonry mansion stands strong
By Robert Salvo
Old Charleston brick has become a valuable commodity in many circles. From true restoration use to garden borders to doorstoppers sold at The Market, this basic building block of the Holy City is truly beloved. Our devotion to this block of heritage and craftsmanship is interesting when we consider how many of the city’s brick homes were stuccoed-over in an age with models of beauty decidedly more ornate than unadorned masonry.
Shenandoah Plantation offers gracious quail hunting
By Jeff Dennis
An upland hunting enthusiast from the Carolinas knows that hunting bobwhite quail is a vibrant thread woven into the fabric of outdoor tradition. The hunt requires pointing dogs and the desire to take a wingshooting challenge every time a quail is flushed. A recent visit to the rolling hills of the Black Belt of Alabama to Shenandoah Plantation revealed a look at a proper horse back hunt for bobwhite quail.
John Tecklenburg, Charleston’s next mayor
Charleston is blessed with many things; a fine harbor, friendly citizens and a robust economy are but a few. Perhaps we should count the strong field of mayoral candidates as another. As the venerable Joe Riley steps down after decades in office, our populace is called upon to choose the right person to guide our unique city into a promising but never-assured future.