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05/29/2008

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by Jeremy Hooper

When your humble scribe was in the eighth grade, I travelled with my family to Charleston, SC, during the annual Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival. For those not familiar with the event, basically it is a 17-day jamboree in which the entire city is engulfed in a wave of artisty. Streets are lined with performances and exhibitions of every variety, and the spirit is one of celebration. It was a nice sight for this young gay-'mo.

Now, it was my first time visiting Charleston, so at first I didn't know there was an event going on. I just thought this sort of display was par for the course for the infinitely interesting South Carolina city. It wasn't until the following exchange was relayed to me by a family member that I learned (a) there was in fact a festival going on, and (b) not everyone found the artistic display as lovely as I did:

FAMILY MEMBER: So what's going on? Why is the city so crowded?

CHARLESTON LOCAL: It's called the Spoleto Festival.

FAMILY MEMBER: Spoleto Festival? What's that?

CHARLESTON LOCAL: Oh, it's just the time of year when a bunch of f*gs come to Charleston!

Unfortunately, some of that sentiment seems to still exist in C'Town:

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Haha, I spent a lot of time in Charleston when I was in college (strangely, since I moved from NC to Baltimore for college) and all my friends were the f*ggots in hiding, who when Spoleto occurred would suddenly spring out gleefully and have a ball. That said, Charleston does have a very rich artistic scene, which may surprise you if you're not familiar with the city. There are plenty of spaces and organizations that encourage artists, a lot of good local music, and a couple of awesome theatre companies. There is the interesting phenomenon that there is not a single lesbian in all of Charleston/Mount Pleasant/James Island, except when I visit. (I jest. But not really).

Posted by: Judith | May 29, 2008 7:09:13 PM

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