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57° | Sunny | 7% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:21 a.m. | Sunset 5:27 p.m. | High tide 1:30 p.m. | Low tides 7:39 a.m. + 7:55 p.m.

People, and painters, and Piccolo oh my
CHStoday Piccolo Palette
We can only imagine how dreamy the canvas looks with this palette as the color scheme. | Photo by CHStoday team
Word of the month: Spoleto.

There are two festivals running from Friday, May 26 to Sunday, June 11 to fill up your calendar: Piccolo Spoleto and Spoleto Festival USA.
  • Spoleto Festival USA | The essence of Spoleto is days and nights filled with live performances from international artists and performers. The festival was founded in 1977 and has a mission to display emerging artists.
  • Piccolo Spoleto | The parallel festival began in 1979 and focuses on showing off local and regional artists. Events for Piccolo are put on by the City of Charleston.
Piccolo Spoleto kicks off Friday, May 26 to highlight local artists in the Lowcountry. We are excited to shine a light on some of the artists we had the pleasure of chatting with.

CHStoday Laurie Meyer

Local artist Laurie Meyer in her element teaching a Plein Air painting class.


Photo by CHStoday team

Laurie Meyer is part owner of the Meyer Vogl gallery, a previous Piccolo first place winner, well-known artist, and teacher of many of the Piccolo artists.

She walked us around her painting class this month in the Old Village and was able to introduce us to her world of art in the Holy City.

Meet Cynthia Houston, who is being welcomed back to her third year in the festival. Cynthia will be selling paintings at the Outdoor Art Exhibition.

CHStoday Cynthia Piccolo

Cynthia Huston working on her painting of the Post House Inn.


Photo by CHStoday team

Cynthia and Laurie’s connection formed years ago when Cynthia approached Laurie at the festival to chat about painting. Today, they are painting buddies and Cynthia holds her own place in the festival.

Laurie has been teaching classes for about 15 years and has a long waiting list for students to join her crew. Cynthia was persistent to work with Laurie and now they meet twice a week to paint. Try this: Chat with your favorite artist at Piccolo.

Here are some of the most exciting events of Piccolo 2023:
Let us know which events you are planning to attend.
Friday, May 26
  • Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition | Friday, May 26-Saturday, June 10 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Marion Square, King and Calhoun streets, Charleston | Free | Bring your walking shoes and check out the fine art through a beautiful walk.
  • The Midnight City | Friday, May 26 | 8 p.m. | Music Farm, 32 Ann St., Charleston | $25 | Jam out to the local band who is taking the city by storm.
  • Sunset Serenade | Friday, May 26 | 8 p.m. | College of Charleston, 66 George St., Charleston | Free | Bask in the sound of trumpets and vocals as Piccolo Spoleto kicks off.
Saturday, May 27
  • Charleston Farmers Market | Saturday, May 27 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Marion Square, 329 Meeting St., Charleston | Free | Shop food offerings, artisan crafts, and produce from 70 farmers and growers.
  • Piccolo Spoleto Fine Crafts Show | Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28 and Friday, June 2-Sunday, June 4 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Wragg Square, 843 Meeting St., Charleston | Free | Shop through local vendors and check out what the city’s artisans have to offer.
Sunday, May 28
  • Motown Throwdown | Sunday, May 28 | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | Pour House, 1977 Maybank Hwy., Charleston | $5 | Enjoy the musical jam session of Motown music and get your groove on.
  • Veterans Memorial Ceremony | Sunday, May 28 | 2 p.m. | New First Missionary Baptist Church, 1644 Hwy. 174, Edisto Island | Free | Join in this remembrance for World War II veterans in honor of Memorial Day.
  • Adopt A Friend w/ Charleston Animal Society | Sunday, May 28 | 12-3 p.m. | Snafu Brewing Company, 3280 Industry Dr., North Charleston | Free | Hang out with dogs and cats at this community adoption event.
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News Notes
  • Charleston has bought up land in West Ashley to create a 60-acre park thanks to funds from the Greenbelt Program. The park will be built near Ashley Hall Road and Raoul Wallenberg Boulevard to accommodate nature trails and green space access in a busy area. (The Post and Courier)
  • Here’s an update on the Union Pier development: there will be a public hearing and special meeting on Wednesday, June 7 with the City of Charleston Planning Commission. The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. in the Ports Authority Passenger Terminal at 196 Concord St. and live streamed.
  • The opening ceremony for Spoleto Festival USA will be moving due to inclement weather. The original site was Charleston City Hall and now the ceremony will be held at Festival Hall located at 56 Beaufain St. The ceremony starts at 12 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Plan Ahead
  • Break out your best pose. James Island is planning a Yoga Fest for Thursday, June 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will take place at James Island County Park and include reggae music by Mystic Vibrations. Start practicing your breath work and check out the ticket details on the website.
  • The Carolina Ice Palace will hold a memorial hockey game on Friday, June 2 in honor of Annual Deputy Joe Matuskovic who died in the line of duty. There will be two games: the Charleston Enforcers vs. Charleston Fire + Richland Blueliners vs. Myrtle Beach Fire. Both games are free to attend with donations appreciated.
  • Time to pull out the rain boots. It is looking like a storm is rolling in this weekend. The storm has two projected paths: One case it stays to the east and avoids us by 50 miles and one it is right over the city. Let’s hope for the best, but if not, have a peek at our rainy day guide for ideas of what to do. (WCBD)
  • Local performing arts center 34 West Theater is going to be hosting summer actor workshops. These classes will be for 12 to 18 year olds who want to pursue a career in film, television, or theater. They even have instruction from an “Outer Banks” cast member.
  • The Bishops England boys’ golf team are winning titles for the Lowcountry. They recently were titled the 2023 Class AA state champions. The program has been known over time as being strong with nine past championship wins. (thedanielislandnews)
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IOP home wins VRBO award
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Last week we asked “Do you have a funny tide story — i.e. your towel drenched at the beach, your boat ran aground, etc?” and here’s our favorite:
“I moved to SC from Hawaii, and the first thing I did when I got here was to jump on my 9'6" paddleboard and tour the inlet. Tides weren’t really an issue in Hawaii because you’re basically on top of mountains in the middle of the ocean. After a couple of hours I noticed I was running out of water. Then I learned about pluff mud, and oyster shells. So I sat in the middle of the marsh until the water came back. Definitely a learning experience.”
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It was such a pleasure getting to meet Laurie Meyer and chat with her art class. I have been a big fan of hers for years and came across the Plein Air group when I was on a golf cart ride and threw the golf cart into reverse to chit chat.
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