What if Charleston Wasn’t the #1 City?

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

Let us close our eyes for a moment.? Suspend our understanding of reality and imagine we are transported into another parallel universe.? The date, time and location are the same, but the city of Charleston, as we know it, no longer exists in its present state.? We were not voted the Top City in the United States or one of the top in the world.? We didn’t even make the list.

What would Charleston look like if we weren’t number one? Here is the new Charleston (Insert creepy science fiction music)

  • Due to the lost revenue we are not getting from tourism, toll booths are added to the Cooper River Bridge causing massive back ups in and out of the city (Even worse than they are now).
  • Ghost tours are down forcing all the local area ghosts to move to Boca Raton, Florida and reminding the residents there that they will be neighbors from beyond soon.? They also provide training classes for those that choose an eternal career of ghouling.
  • Ohio is now the official sister state of South Carolina with New Jersey serving as the runner up in the event that Ohio is blown away by a nuclear missile or zombie infiltration.
  • Carnival Cruises have cancelled all port stops in Charleston.? Now only pirate and Viking ships dock
    Toll booths on the Cooper River Bridge

    in our harbor.

  • Joe Riley Stadium is officially changed to Caddyshack Field.? We need all the help we can to bring in more tourists.
  • Darius Rucker in a stunning announcement on Access Hollywood announces he was really born in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • The Cooper River Run is replaced with a 10K Mud Challenge where the span of the bridge and King Street are transplanted into a sloppy muddy mess.
  • The Annual Wine and Food Festival is sponsored by McDonalds, Wendy’s and Arby’s
  • A giant 120 MPH roller coaster is built on top of the Francis Marion Hotel to bring in quirky shock value tourists and the Gaillard Auditorium is now an indoor water park called Dolphin Land.
  • Boone Hall Plantation, in an attempt to stir up a little controversy, does their annual Civil War re-enactment where the South wins the Civil War.
  • Nicholas Sparks is commissioned to write, direct and film The Notebook 2 in Charleston, SC.? In this version a cure of Alzheimer Disease is found and more stories are shared.

    Watch our Charlie, the groundhog is lurking.
  • Charleston, West Ashley, Daniel Island and parts of James Island are merged to form Charlestonia
  • A peninsula encompassing retractable dome is built from Spring Street to the Battery to solve the city flooding issues.
  • Folly Beach becomes the new official spot for the Annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest and Joey Chestnut relocates to Charleston.
  • Charleston gets its first professional team.? A new NBA franchise moves in called the Charleston Oysters
The ghosts have all gone away
The ghosts have all gone away

Welcome to the new Charleston.? Help us Conde Nast!

Annual Cooper River Bridge 10K Mud Challenge
Annual Cooper River Bridge 10K Mud Challenge

 

Darius born in Atlanta...
Darius born in Atlanta…

 

Hot Dog Eating Contest at Folly Beach
Hot Dog Eating Contest at Folly Beach

Find Your Inner Underdog – We All Need a Reason to Believe

All too often we are dwarfed by the media’s sensationalism of celebrities, money, fame, fortune and all the glutenous impulses that drive us all to the brink of insanity. Why is it we feel the need to live vicariously through Brad Pitt, The Bachelor and Kim Kardashian? I wish I had an answer. I wish I knew why a billionaire in Texas is giving five million dollars to a presidential candidate when every street corner in New York has a homeless person waking up each morning wondering where his next meal is.

Where do we find salvation in the direction life is taking us all?

Many of us joke about the apocalypse. Those that believe in the complete word of the bible do know this

John F. Kennedy Jr. Funeral. Single.
John F. Kennedy Jr. Funeral. Single.

would not be the first time wen went through a planetary cleansing exercise. Maybe this is our time. Maybe we are all about to embark on a temporary extinction. With movies like Melancholia and The Road even Hollywood is monopolizing on the anticipation, fear and mockery of the end of the world.

So how do we find hope in a world crippled with the death of morals and convictions?

We live vicariously through the moments where ordinary becomes extraordinary. It is when the underdog, the unknown, the weak create miracles. It is when the Chilean Miners escaped to hug their families one more time, when 20 college hockey players on February 22, 1980, gave the United States a reason to believe again, when a young woman diagnosed with cancer, not only beats the disease but was able to celebrate life.

American freedom was one of miracles of all time. An under-manned, under-equipped, under-nourished army of colonists who had nothing more than the idea of a promise of a better tomorrow, banded together and with nothing short of will and hope defeated the greatest military in the world. A true David and Goliath story.

Then there are moments. Moments that bring us to the brink. Moments that shower us with tears of sadness and happiness simultaneously. It is these unforgettable moments that truly reminds us without spoken word that life is worth living and worth dreaming.

It is the speech by Jimmy Valvano, who had the courage to get up in front of a live audience and an international television audience on the brink of death from cancer to talk openly about his disease and his love for his family, fans and sports, it is Pat Summit, one of the greatest basketball coaches ever addressing her fans and disclosing her early dementia diagnosis and it is John F. Kennedy Jr. saluting a flag at his fathers funeral because he doesn’t know why but knew it is the right thing to do that makes it all memorable.

Sometimes you just have to believe in the unbelievable to find your inner strength.

I am here to tell you, life isn’t easy. I won’t pretend it is or even tell you things get better. We will all undergo challenges, moments of weakness and doubt but something somehow finds its way to us when we truly need it. It is as simple as a hug or a sign but its message is loud and clear.

In a world that is 26,000 miles in circumference and 6.3 billion people deep, I suppose we are all underdogs.

It is those rare few the dig into the trenches of their soul and use all the energy in their heart to find the finish line that keep us all believing in something great.

Without a reason to believe, what do we have?

Lift your Brush and Glass – Time for Wine and Art in Charleston

How often are you sitting with your best friends, that special someone, or your most awesome family over a bottle of wine thinking “Hey, we should paint something”.? I mean Charleston one of the most scenic subjects in all the land.? Its majestic sunsets, historic architecture, beautiful colors and unique Southern appeal make it the perfect subject to transfer to canvas.

You are in luck.? There are a number of creative businesses that marry the idea of wine and art into a memorable night where you walk away with the prize; your own personal creation.

Here are a few options to tame your creative side and your palate:

Wine and Design – 1331 Ashley River Road, West Ashley, SC

Wine and Canvas Charleston – Traveling Art and Wine

Back Porch Art – Charleston, SC

For the Love of Art – 2713 Ashley River Road, West Ashley, SC –

Wednesday-Thursday 2 pm-9 pm
Friday? 2 pm-10pm
Saturday 2 pm-10 pm
Sunday -By Appointment Only?

Fear No Easel – 1960 Riviera Drive, Suite E, Mount Pleasant, SC

Bottles and Brushes – 120 North Main Street, Summerville, SC

Child Friendly Choice:

KidSpaces Interactive Art – 1319 East Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC

Lessons about Charleston Life from Nicholas Sparks Quotes

“The best love is the kind that weakens the soul, that makes us reach for more, that plants fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I hope to give to you forever.” – The Notebook

“The ocean has been singing to me, and the song is that of our life together.” – Message in a Bottle

“I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, every day we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours.” – The Notebook

“When I sleep, I dream of you and when I wake, I long to hold you in my arms. If anything, our time apart has only made me more certain that I want to spend my nights by your side, and my days with your heart.” – Nights in Rodanthe

“Loving someone and having them love you back is the most precious thing in the world.” – The Rescue

“Never forget that anticipation is an important part of life. Work’s important, family’s important, but without excitement, you have nothing. You’re cheating yourself if you refuse to enjoy what’s coming.” – Three Weeks with My Brother

“Dusk is just an illusion because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. And that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things are there cannot be one without the other yet cannot exist at the same time. How could it feel I remember wondering to be always together yet forever apart.” – The Notebook

“What it’s like to be a parent: it’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.” – The Wedding

“You should be kissed every day, every hour, every minute.” – The Lucky One

“Love is fragile. And we’re not always its best caretakers. We just muddle through and do the best we can. And hope this fragile thing survives against all odds.” – The Last Song

“How far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?”– The Choice

“Every time I read to her, it was like I was courting her, because sometimes, just sometimes, she would fall in love with me again, just like she had a long time ago. And that’s the most wonderful feeling in the world. How many people are ever given that chance? To have someone you love fall in love with you over and over?”– The Wedding

“The saddest people I’ve ever met in life are the ones who don’t care deeply about anything at all.” – Dear John

“I do not use profanity in my novels. My characters all go to church.” – Nicholas Sparks

“I think that enduring, committed love between a married couple, along with raising children, is the most noble act anyone can aspire to. It is not written about very much.” – Nicholas Sparks

“In the end, people should be judged by their actions, since in the end, it was actions that defined everyone.”– Nicholas Sparks

Charleston Performing Arts Center Takes You on a Musical Journey with Dreamgirls

 

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

I met him at the candy store.
He turned around and smiled at me
You get the picture
“Yes, we see”
That’s when I fell for the leader of the pack” – The Shangri-Las

From Diana Ross to Dionne Warwick, the iconic musical and lyrical contributions of girl bands in the 1950’s and 1960’s have defined music and emotional expressionism that can be heard today in the likes of Destiny’s Child, En Vogue, TLC, The Bangles, Beyonce, Madonna and The Pointer Sisters.? Through the energetic narration of American Bandstand host Dick Clark played beautifully by theater company partner Scott Pfeiffer, the audience is magically transplanted into the intimate setting of a cabaret theater in the 1950’s where Judy Garland or Frank Sinatra would have sat.

On the stage, a young girl group named The Shirelles were sitting in the high school cafeteria dreaming of winning the local music contest and becoming big stars.? From Mama Said to Lollipop to the final cast encore of Dreamgirls, the audience one by one got absorbed in this musical tribute to the greatest acts of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

The performance cast is filled with incredible local talent whose singing channeled the likes of Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Martha and the Vandellas and Dianna Ross.? An ensemble that includes Deidra H. Brooks, Chanbreille Beason, Joy Gregory, Traine N’ Chel, Maureen Remerowski, Sarah M. Taylor, Tiffany West and Lara Wilson.

As they transformed on stage from band to band, elegantly dressed in their most stylish dresses reflecting stardom with each sequent, the audience became part of the journey.? Singing and clapping in the background, the members of the audience began to remember the moments that first heard these hits and the important life events that were connected to them.

“Baby, baby I’m aware of where you go
Each time you leave my door
I watch you walk down the street
Knowing your other love you’ll meet
But this time before you run to her
Leaving me alone and hurt
(Think it over) After I’ve been good to you
(Think it over) After I’ve been sweet to you” – The Supremes

As the energy and power of the performances accelerated in strength like the evolution of the tape recorder to a Bose surround sound system, the powerful messages that these hits provided commanded a level of attention.? Throughout the years, the music evolved with the cultural struggles for equality and equal rights.? When the single declaration of “RESPECT” came center of stage, the feeling of empowerment was at a height for the evening.

A theme of togetherness, harmony, sisterhood, courage and a message of love all wrapped together as the entire cast closed the evening with a collaborative performance of “Dream Girls”

“Dream…
Dreamgirls will help you through the night!
Dream…
Dreamgirls will make you feel alright!
Dreamgirls keep you dreamin’ your whole life through…
Yeah, Dreamgirls can make your dreams come true!”

During and after the performance, we observed our surroundings.? The stage was ordained with steps of gold and cabaret style seating created an up close oval putting us inside the performance.? The wall decor resembled an early 20th Century New York style skyscraper and the wait staff, in their welcoming poodle skirts and neck scarves filled our pallets with wine and champagne.

After the performance, in a quiet deserted theater, Scott Pfeiffer sat down with us for a few minutes.? Scott was across the table with his hair combed to the right, his bright yellow stage jacket and legged crossed.? Relaxed, he sat, but there was still a part of him debriefing from the evening’s performance.? We discussed his past and his vision for the future.? One message rang personally true; a successful live performance draws the audience into to an emotional place where they can connect with material and take them to a place away from their own reality.

Musical theater has the power to engage, reflect and remind us of things and places we may have forgotten in our own lives.? We expect a bright future from the Charleston Performing Arts Theater Company.

For some, the girl band movement of the 1950’s and 60’s was a flashback to a time of youth and innocence.? For others, it was a period of influence that sculpted the musical movements of today.? No matter what connection was made, the contribution these young ladies gave to American music with their courage and blessed voices will never be forgotten.? The next time you listen to Adele, Lady Gaga or Whitney Houston, remember the gifts they provide us would not be a reality without the powerful Dreamgirls paving the way.

Dreamgirls, The Revue, located at 873 Folly Road, James Island, SC will be playing at the Charleston Performing Arts everything Thursday, Friday and Saturday through March 26, 2016

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Hospice Care with Graduate Student Katherine DuPre

By David McNamara
By David McNamara

Katherine DuPre represents a noticeable and enviable trend in Charleston – people who are passionate about what they do and love their work. She currently works with a local hospice while completing a Master of Social Work from College of Charleston.

Katherine describes her family and friends as a major influence in her desire to work in palliative health care.

“I knew I wanted to work in geriatrics. My mum was a geriatric nurse so I would go to her nursing home after school every day when I was growing up and spend time with the patients. I also have social worker friends and have always admired what they do.”

However, Katherine’s journey into social work was an unorthodox one involving a three am epiphany while working in the nation’s capital as a local television journalist. Previously majoring in journalism from College of Charleston, Katherine spent six years carving out a successful career in print and television news both locally and in Washington DC.

“I produced on election nights and produced a documentary on the twentieth anniversary of Hurricane Hugo. I got to talk to survivors and let them tell their story about hiding on the roof when the storm hit. They showed me where the shingles are still broken from climbing onto the roof in the middle of the hurricane. And I loved hearing the stories. But I slowly came to realize if I’m going to give something all of my time, all of my energy, all of my creativity then I want it to be something that makes more of a difference in the world. So I woke up at three o’clock in the morning and said I want to be a social worker.”

Katherine attributes her attraction to hospice work to her passion for hearing stories firsthand. While providing social support to people who need it most, she listens to the stories of veterans who have been through life’s hardest challenges.

“They’ve lived sixty, seventy, eighty years on this earth and learnt all of these lessons and met all of these people and had so much love and so much pain, and at the end of their life their circle shrinks down from that huge system of people to a very small circle. And it’s blessing to me to be able to be in that circle.”

Katherine sees her journalistic background ideally suited to preserving the stories of people who have no one else to tell them to, and at the same time hopes to change the stigma of hospice in South Carolina.

”When I tell people that I’m going to be a hospice social worker I can see them recoil because that’s how much of a negative connotation that word can have. Hospice is not a magical place where people die. It is a delivery of health care that focuses on comfort as opposed to aggressive curative care. It takes a really bad thing and makes it a little bit easier. That sounds great to me. But that’s not what people hear. They hear it’s a place where people go to die because the doctors don’t want to deal with them anymore.”

The modesty and dedication of palliative health care workers are a regular source of inspiration in our local community. So it’s not surprising that while facing these challenges in a new career as a social worker, Katherine says she feels almost selfish for wanting to do this work because she loves it so much.

The Kindness of a Stranger – A Charleston Starfish Story

By, Minta Pavliscsak

The day started out as any other day; the sun had just peaked over the horizon and my tummy was starting to rumble. I was carelessly bobbing along with the current in search for some breakfast reaching out to cling onto any rock I may float by that happened to have a clam or mollusk attached to it. I wasn’t having much luck today though.

Then I spied a delicious looking cluster of oysters just off to my right and I tried with all my might to maneuver myself towards it. Alas, the gravity of the incoming tide was too strong for me and it pushed me right past. I wasn’t worried, not yet anyway. This happens often enough, but the ocean is vast and there are plenty of opportunities for a tiny starfish like me to find breakfast. Only today, today was different. Today I just kept floating.

Soon I found myself crawling along the bottom of the ocean with the top of the water descending closer and closer to me. I lost control of my movements as the waves took over my direction. It wasn’t long before I was on the beach under a large wooden pillar structure.

As I crawled on the wet sand, I could hear the sound of dogs barking and feel the footsteps of many people passing by. I tried calling out to them for help, but given that our mouths are underneath us, starfish can’t project very well.?Keeping as calm as I could, I began to work my way back towards where I thought I would find the comfort of the ocean. After some time, this seemed to be in vain. I began to wonder if I would ever get back home. Had I known last night’s meal was my last, I would have made it a much nicer one. I would have called my parents and told them I loved them. Do my friends know how much they mean to me? Was I nice enough to strangers I had met along my path? As these thoughts passed through my head and I thought surely this was the end for me, I was scooped up by a warm, gentle hand.

I had no clue what to expect next. I was frozen in fear as I was carried around and put on display for another human being. Suddenly, I was joined by another, smaller starfish. Not knowing what else to do, I began trying to crawl away. Of all things, the human started to laugh! This had to be a good sign, so I moved all my legs with all my might. I heard even more laughing as I could see that my new friend and I were being carried towards the ocean. The next thing I knew, my friend and I were flying through the air, twirling around and around, and splash! We landed gratefully in the ocean. We exchanged Twitter handles and promised to stay in contact through Facebook, then said our goodbyes. As I swam home, completely forgetting about breakfast, I called my parents as updated my status to “thankful”. I will never forget about that kind human on the beach. Sometimes it takes almost losing it all to realize just how much you really do have.

Meet 23 Year Old Georgia Schrubbe – Writer, Dancer and Charleston Shining Star

When you listen to Georgia Schrubbe talk, it’s easy to forget that she’s only twenty-two. From her upbringing in Alabama to her travels through Cuba, she has a wonderful story to share and this is only the beginning. Meeting Georgia is it’s own reward—with a permanent smile on her face, she’s easy to talk to about all of her passions and projects.

A graduate of the College of Charleston with a Degree in Communications, Georgia like so many others, fell in love with her alma mater’s city.? She attributes her self-described nerdy personality to her passion for reading and writing.? She always brought a book with her wherever she went as a child and even had a reading “intervention” in third grade.

“I had to go to the principle’s office in third grade because I kept reading the first three Harry Potter books (the only ones that were out at the time), over and over again,” she laughs.? All the reading and a few years of professional freelance writing inspired this young talent to author her first published collection, There is a Live Wire in The Shower and Other Concerns About Life in Cuba

With a focus on success without limits, Georgia sat down and put together her Ebook. The short collection of blogs/essays is a compilation of her stories documenting seven months spent in Cuba over the course of two years.

Georgia drew inspiration from women traveling the globe finding meaning in through their personal experiences and interactions.

“Everyone has a story and everyone experiences that story. We just tell our stories differently.” she said with her patented warmth and smile.

Cuba holds a very special place in her heart due to falling in love with the culture (and a Cuban citizen).? She is considering writing a full-length novel about Havana and admits she is not sure whether to write it as a non-fiction book or the cheesiest romance novel ever. Either way, it’s easy to see she is attracted to the romanticism in Cuban, and to some extent, Charleston culture.

Though she is vocal about writing and traveling, she’s carved out a space for herself in Charleston’s dance scene.

When tapped about her first impressions of dance, Georgia retorted with, “The first time I saw a ballet performance, I literally peed on myself,” she says. “It was some community production in my hometown in Alabama, and I was so enthralled that I couldn’t be bothered to get up to go to the bathroom.”

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Shortly after that nearly fatally embarrassing episode, she enrolled in ballet and studied with an intense fervor for the next decade, dancing in a local pre-professional company and spending summers studying in San Francisco, New York, and around the Southeast. When she began at the College of Charleston in 2009, she performed with the Charleston Dance Project, Charleston Ballet Theatre and for the College of Charleston’s Dance Department
Shortly after beginning school for Charleston, she discovered her newest love – Salsa dancing. She was immediately enchanted (but fortunately, managed not to wet herself over it).

“I’m a ballerina gone wild,” she says. “I started to go out to Salsa nights, take classes, go to congresses and then it snowballed and I suddenly found myself in other cities, states, and countries, for Salsa.”

That’s when I realized how quick on her feet she was – like a bird. This conversation was a dance to her – an engaging interplay of words and interactions on the dance floor of Santi’s Mexican Restaurant. It would seem that she communicates through everything that she does; from her voice to her body, all in tune.

She recently performed in Robbi Kenney’s “Strings and Salsa.” at the Charleston Music Hall.? The show, a tapestry of intertwined performance arts, combined in an event unlike any other performed in Charleston.? The blend of dance, Latin jazz and string instruments created a flow of energy the resonated throughout the theater.? By the end of the evening, much like the theatrics of Dirty Dancing, the audience leaped from their seats and took over the walkways and stage to become active participants in the production.

“I’ve never been in a show like that where the ‘fourth wall’ was broken so well,” says Georgia, “It was magical.”
What always stood out for me is Georgia’s commitment to the community, not just as a performer.? She is always volunteering or working for local festivals and events.? When asked why she is so involved, her response was simple, “I’m crafty and resourceful. I find things that I want to do and I think outside the box to find opportunities to accomplish those goals.”
She has worked the box office for Piccolo Spoleto, is the current marketing director for Shrimp and Grits Charleston, and volunteered at the 2014 Charleston Wine + Food festival.

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“Sometimes there is a trade off, but volunteering time helps you feel part of something which make the experience mean more to you.”
When asked what’s next for her career, a flow of exciting ideas rolled off her tongue. ? She is currently developing a new fitness concept, a slew of quirky book ideas (“The Magic of Yoga”—a book of Harry Potter-themed yoga meditations for teens), and plans to launch a Salsa dance wear line this fall for women.? The goal of the dance wear line is to focus on helping women with confidence and body appearance issues.? She found when teaching Zumba Fitness that women were more concerned with how they looked than just having fun with the practice.
“I want women to be proud of what their body can do rather than how you look doing it.”

My interaction with Georgia led me to think that perhaps love, too, is beyond the boundaries of nations, social status, etc. How do the rules of how one is supposed to act get in the way of what you really want to do?

“I’ve always lived by the thought that the worst anyone can ever do is say ‘No,’” she says, “And you’d be surprised by how often people say yes.”

Georgia Schrubbe with be performing at the next installment of? “Strings and Salsa” on November 21 at The Charleston Music Hall.

Follow Georgia’s adventures through her writing at www.georgiaschrubbe.com or go to Charleston Havana Nights at Voodoo on Sunday nights and say hello.? You will mostly likely get a smile and a hug.

Compassion is the innate ability to draw from your creativity and passion and touch the lives of others. It is a centuries old philosophy followed by a few individuals that are blessed with the ability to see beyond black and white and make that ultimate connection that defines greatness.? Sometimes you meet someone that exemplifies the truth actions of compassion.? Meet Georgia and you will understand.

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Midtown Productions Presents a Hilarious Musical Revue about Love..

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Midtown Productions presents:? “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!”

 

Midtown Productions continues its run of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” after a fantastic opening weekend with standing ovations and great reviews! ?
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‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ is a delightfully madcap take on the crazy little thing we call LOVE…” ?– Lowcountry Today
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The cast plays extremely well off each other… amazing job! …Ryan… Phenomenal”… Haydn… simply Captivating… Leah… Delightful…?
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… a non-stop, raucous, adrenaline ride!
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Director Manny Houston says “this show hilariously reveals the difficulties and joys of connecting with another person at every stage of life… Four actors take on over 40 roles in a collection of vignettes and songs scaling the dizzying spectrum of male/female relationships!
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The show plays each Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm through February?27th,? with a Sunday Matinee at 3pm on February 21st. (Hurry, last Sunday was sold out!) ?
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Duvall Catering will provide charcuterie plates, desserts and specialty drinks plus beer, wine and soft drinks at all performances for an additional cost.
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Performances will be at the beautiful new Midtown Cabaret Theatre, located inside the new DUVALL CENTER at 2816 Azalea Drive in North Charleston. It’s easy to find:? From I-26, Exit 216-B onto Cosgrove, then a quick right onto Azalea Drive.? DUVALL is 1/3 mile down on the left, past the Lowcountry Food Bank.? Lots of FREE PARKING on the premises!
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Click to reserve tickets or email Sheri Grace Wenger atsherigrace@yahoo.com. ?
Box office phone:? 843-557-1163.
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See you at the theatre!

Born to Love You – Original Poem – Happy Valentine’s Day Charleston

By Mark A. Leon
By Mark A. Leon

Born to Love You

Flesh to flesh
Bone to bone
You strip me down to my most vulnerable
My words are weak in your presence
To stay the night is the greatest reward, yet we have touched all my life

You raise my hopes with your careless whispers
Innocent and sweet
Filling the my pool misguided perspective with insight
Swimming for the ledge, I absorb your wisdom

Every breath from your mouth reminds me I cannot fail

Ambition and love find a home in your nest
Fulfilling your fantasy is my destiny
A mission; a promise
Together we will see the world through the eyes of our childhood dreams

I have never been alone
I have known you were there
Close
Sensing your footsteps in the distance
Waiting for a moment of perfect fate
Scripted by angels long ago
Waiting on a shelf until our chapter is called

I was born to love you

Our hearts beating as one

When you cried, I cried
When you smiled, I rejoiced
When you imagined under the dark sky, you were not without companionship

Each day, one step closer to you
In an explosion of big bang proportions, two bubbles burst to form one eternal embrace

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