By Charleston Mercury Staff

Antiques aficionados take note; this month marks the return of the Charleston Antiques Show, to be held at the Gaillard Center March 16-18. The Holy City, so steeped in history, is the perfect backdrop for this nationally-regarded event, hosted by the Historic Charleston Foundation.

By Charleston Mercury Staff

If there is one thing Charlestonians appreciate, it is tradition; perhaps no one celebrates tradition quite like award winning, New York-based designer Thomas Jayne. The author of three books on classical interior decoration Jayne’s interiors are described by The Wall Street Journal, as spaces that “artfully embrace and refresh historical tradition.”

By Peter Ingle

Charleston’s two most iconic images have a lot in common.

It is well known, for example, that the congregation of St. Philip’s (“the oldest congregation in South Carolina”) built its first wooden structure in 1681 on the site where St. Michael’s (“the oldest church structure in Charleston”) now stands.

In 1727, St. Philip’s moved to its current location on Church Street and some 25 years later (1751-1752) the St. Michael’s congregation started building its own church on the Meeting Street site, where it held its first services in 1761. In 1835, the St. Philip’s structure on Church Street burned down and the main building was rebuilt in 1838, with the steeple added about a decade later. So when the math is finally done, St. Philip’s gets to claim the oldest “congregation” while St. Michael’s remains the oldest “structure.”

By Peter Ingle

Sharon Graci is the co-founder and artistic director of PURE Theatre (, which is recognized for its high-caliber ensemble and compelling productions of contemporary plays. Founded in 2003, PURE resides in the black box theatre at 477 King St. Peter Ingle talked recently with Sharon about her perspective on theatre, acting, and directing.

By Peter Ingle

A large part of Charleston’s charm is its endless array of vignettes, each unique, yet each nestled in a harmony of textures, colors and styles which offer more beauty in close proximity than perhaps any American city. In historic downtown you can stand almost anywhere, turn in a circle and see something exquisite at every point of the compass; a church, a gate, a wall, a window sash, a terrace, a porch, a balcony, a door — and more.


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