Author, book reviewer, historian, tour guide and tweaker of accepted sensibilities.
Radney's show at the Windjammer last night (May 14) was outstanding!
In case the writer of this article doesn't realize it, there already are driving tours of Charleston, private cars, buses, etc ... and oddly enough, more than 70% per cent of folks who choose to tour, choose a carriage, simply for the open air, intimate exeprience. As a tour guide I have given every kind of tour in Charleston (buses, prvt. car, walking and carriage) and by far, the carriage is the most rewarding. Please come take me tour and then judge.
Not sure where Rainbow Road is. As a tour guide for 15 years I've never heard of it. Now Rainbow Row is a different story.
As a carriage driver for 15 years, I can tell you that we have to be out of the residential neighborhoods by 5:00 pm, (not 7 p.m.) during standard time, and 6:00 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time. The committee also suggested new routes that would force carriages to drive the wrong way up Market Street and King Street in order to avoid certain other streets.
Weekly, I ignore rude locals who stop my carriage and lecture me about what I do for a living. They also complain that we never pull over for traffic (which we do!) and then, if I happen to pull over in front of their house, they come outside and tell me not to stop in front of their house.
When you are dealing with people who have no concept of what they are doing, and their main agenda is to get rid of the carriage industry altogether, nothing positive can be done.
I have never supported the Charleston Animal Society because of the anti-carriage stance. All my business goes to Pet Helpers.
You've got a ways to go Kellie Rae. When I was a teenager, all those artists you are learning about could be heard on a transistor radio on a daily basis. Got the original vinyl LPs of most of the artists you have discovered. I got into a discussion the other day with a younger (20ish) black man about music. He slightly belittled me because I wasn't familiar with current popular black musicians. I told him once he could explain to me the importance of James Reese Europe, James P. Johnston and Jelly Roll Morton, then I'd worry about the new music.
These are only forgotten to the writer of this article. Most tours mention these stories on a regular basis.
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