Thursday, May 26, 2011

Why you should go to opening ceremonies ... or stay away

Posted by Erica Jackson Curran on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 4:30 PM


The official Spoleto opening ceremonies are scheduled for Friday at noon, and there are plenty of reasons why you should go ... or not. We thought the easiest way to help you decide is to break it down pro/con style.

Pro: Mayor Riley, city officials, and festival dignitaries gather in front of City Hall on Broad Street to talk about how great our city is and how wonderful the festival is. We’ve heard it all before, but we can’t help but get a little teary-eyed with pride for Charleston’s annual moment in the spotlight.

Con: Standing in the hot sun on Broad Street surrounded by masses of people, you’re guaranteed to sweat your tush off. Tomorrow’s forecast high of 80 degrees isn’t as bad as past years, but the 40 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms could make or break the event.

Pro: Spoleto usually provides attendees with a fan. It helps at least a little bit.

Con: Traffic and parking are going to suck until June 12. Just get used to it. There are metered parking spots on Broad, but much of the street is shut down. We usually park South of Broad as far down as the Battery and just make the hike. It’s only a few blocks and it’s pretty — just be aware of any signs limiting how long you can stay there.

Pro: A surprise guest usually performs. Last year it was local dancer Robert Carter of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. We’re not sure who it’ll be this year, but we’ve heard that the casts of Corella Ballet, The Red Shoes, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Magic Flute, and Khmeropedies are already in town.


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