Sunday, April 29, 2012
the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston, SC, this bridge in Beaufort is an earlier vintage. Beaufort is located on Port Royal Island, in the heart of the Sea Islands and Lowcountry. The city is renowned for its scenic location and for maintaining a historic character through its impressive antebellum architecture.
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Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Recognition Day, when the Knobs complete their freshman year and advance to the next level, includes a parade on one of the main streets of Charleston.
The people of the city line the streets along the curb to view the cadets as they pass by.
We didn't know about this tradition, but were delighted to see this large group of cadets, including some females, as they marched along in their summer uniform.
This occurred several hours after we had left the campus...our Citadel day in Charleston.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Outside the chapel on The Citadel campus we saw these six handsomely uniformed cadets. They were waiting for a wedding ceremony to end inside so that they could put the finishing touches on the event. Like other military schools I assume that they will provide a traditional cross swords pathway for the bride and groom. We left before the service ended so we didn't observe what occurred...something special and memorable, I'm sure. We discovered that five of these young men are southerners but one is from the East coast.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The Corps of Cadets at The Citadel was all male until 1995 when Shannon Faulkner won a legal battle to enroll but she dropped out after less than a week. A Supreme Court ruling in a discrimination lawsuit against VMI eventually compelled the school to admit women and the first group of 4 female cadets matriculated in August, 1996. Using credits from another college Nancy Mace completed her degree in 3 years and became the first female graduate in Corps history on May 9, 1999; women currently comprise 7% of cadets.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Recognition Day signifies the end of the freshman journey as knobs. The regimented knob lifestyle -- short haircuts, frequent bracing, walking fast paced in single file -- will cease on Recognition Day. It is the culmination of the rigid discipline endured throughout knob year and the beginning of a new era.
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Monday, April 23, 2012
The original site of The Citadel was on what is now Marion Square in the City of Charleston. The gate below is the entrance to the current site of the college.
If you go here, you'll learn more than you'll ever need to know about The Citadel. It's a fun place to visit; lots of handsome young Southern boys here with a handful of female cadets among them.
"The mission of The Citadel is to offer an exceptional educational experience in a military setting and produce principled leaders who are successful in all walks of life by developing the 4 pillars: academics, military, physical training and moral/ethical training. Cadets learn teamwork, discipline, physical and mental strength and honor through the experience of the first year fourth class system. Small classes and a highly qualified faculty provide an exceptional academic experience." (CREDIT: WIKIPEDIA)
32 years ago one of South Carolina's sons, Pat Conroy, published a fictionalized novel about life at a military college, The Lords of Discipline. Since I have read almost all of his books, I decided to reread it. It 's just as powerful the second time around.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, also known as the New Cooper River Bridge, is a cable-stayed bridge over the Cooper River in South Carolina, connecting downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. The eight lane bridge satisfied the capacity of U.S. Route 17 when it opened in 2005 to replace two obsolete cantilever truss bridges. The bridge has a main span of 1,546 feet (471 m), the third longest among cable-stayed bridges in the Western Hemisphere. It was built using the design-build method and was designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff. (Credit: Wikipedia)
Jim and I were fascinated by the design of bridges we saw in Georgia and South Carolina. This one is a marvel of engineering. We crossed it many times because we rented a condo in Mount Pleasant, just across the river from Charleston. We always saw many people either jogging or walking across this bridge whenever we crossed it by our car.
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Saturday, April 21, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The cannon at the top is the one that made the first shot from the fort after it was fired upon by South Carolina Confederate troops from nearby Fort Johnson--the start of a two-day bombardment that resulted in the surrender of Fort Sumter by Union troops. But that was not the end...just the beginning of a long siege and a war that cost our nation more than bargained for at the beginning of the Civil War.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
This anchor rests on a collection of shells...part of the refuse from the dinner entrees at a very good seafood restaurant in Port Royal, South Carolina.
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Monday, April 16, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
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Friday, April 13, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
On Easter Sunday, DH and I attended Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, Ga. The announcement at the beginning of the service, indicating that photos without a flash would be allowed surprised me, but, luckily, I had my camera with me (like any other serious blogger). I took some photos that I would not have dared to take otherwise. For those who are unfamiliar with Roman Catholicism, the top photo records the consecration of the wine which is a sacred and holy part of the Mass. The bottom photo was taken at one of the side altars, which would have been perfect for Good Friday.
Despite the massive building, the service on Easter Sunday felt quite intimate because of the southern hospitality and welcoming nature of the parishioners and the priest, who suggested that we continue to celebrate the season by doing something nice for ourselves and others on every day this coming week which is still "Easter Week."
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Colonial Park Cemetery has many trees loaded with Spanish moss. To a Midwesterner it's a very unusual sight.
In the southeastern United States, the following tale is told:
- As the story goes; there was once a traveler who came with his Spanish fiancée in the 1700s to start a plantation near the city of Charleston SC. She was a beautiful bride-to-be with long flowing raven hair. As the couple was walking over the plantation sight[sic] near the forest, and making plans for their future, they were suddenly attacked by a band of Cherokee who were not happy to share the land of their forefathers with strangers. As a final warning to stay away from the Cherokee nation, they cut off the long dark hair of the bride-to-be and threw it up in an old live oak tree. As the people came back day after day and week after week, they began to notice the hair had shriveled and turned grey and had begun spreading from tree to tree. Over the years the moss spread from South Carolina to Georgia and Florida. (Credit: Wiki)
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
,Welcome to the Mercer Williams House Museum and Carriage House Shop. If you haven't read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, perhaps you have seen the movie. This is the house where Jim Williams lived and where the tragedy occurred. Behind the window to the left of the front entrance is Williams' office where the deed was done.
Construction began in 1860 for General Hugh W. Mercer, grandfather of musician Johnny Mercer. Interrupted by the Civil War, it was completed in 1868 for John R. Wilder. When Jim Williams, a dedicated private restorationist and international art dealer bought the Mercer House in early 1969, it had been vacant almost a decade. The Carriage House on the right has been turned into an antique shop.
As a private residence it had many celebrity visitors, including Margaret Thatcher, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Ladybird Johnson, and General Colin Powell.
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Monday, April 09, 2012
A formal photograph of Flannery O'Connor and her mother. The caretaker and guide who lives on the top floor of the house gives a fact-filled and interesting tour of the home where O'Connor spent much of her early childhood. I loved the artifacts and the anecdotes almost as much as I enjoyed her short stories. One of my favorite college memories involves participating in a dramatic group presentation of one of her weird short stories for a theatre class. What a loss for literature in general and Southern literature in particular when she died at age 39 of lupus, as did her own father.
Sunday, April 08, 2012
Saturday, April 07, 2012
The wonderful, friendly man who lives next door to our rental in Savannah explained the meaning of this sign affixed to his house. At one time in the history of the city, any dwelling with this sign had to be helped first in the event of a fire involving several buildings. Obviously it no longer is accurate and the plaque is now just an artifact, but imagine!!