Sure, the nearly three weeks of Spoleto is about the arts, but let’s be honest, it’s also about the parties. With the end of Spoleto, one other thing is clear: the Spoleto SCENE kids have the party sphere down. On the eve of the finale, the SCENEsters showed their support for Intergalactic Nemesis at the City Paper hosted Cosmic Cocktail party at Venue 459 and proved they were still going strong. SCENE Committee member Anne Elkins wasn’t ready for it to end but was excited to attend the Finale event. “It’s my favorite event, so it’s always a little bittersweet.”
Sipping on specialty drinks produced by ICEBOX (the Cathead Vodka Cosmo-not seemed pretty popular as did the bourbon-based Chicken Cock-Star), guests mingled with one another. The party started off fairly low-key, minus the early arrival of the fire department pulling the plug on the fog machine. “It’ll be a fog-less party now,” joked host Erin Perkins. And if you were wondering how the former nautically decorated space would be transformed to an outer worldly party, the answer is lasers. The green light show bounced off the driftwood in a way that transformed partygoers to a futuristic, watery planet.
Fog or no fog, the DanceFX crew got people moving when they took charge of the dance floor, defying gravity with their bodies as DJs Party Dad and Jeff ET spun in the background. Some brave partygoers tried to hold their own, but as the crew held handstand after handstand the courageous attendees proudly joined the rest of the onlookers. The night seemed to be about stealing the show, dance-wise at least, as a little later a masked man stood atop a table busting out some Michael Jackson-esque poses in rhythm to the music.
While the Dance FX team may have gotten people moving, the real star of the party had to be the Spoleto artists themselves. A Midsummer’s Night Dream (and Game of Thrones) actor Miltos Yerolemou was ever so gracious as fans complimented him on his performances. He even had time to praise our fair city of Charleston. “In Europe, Charleston doesn’t always appear on the radar, so I’m thankful I’ve had this opportunity to discover what an amazing city it is,” Yerolemou praised.
The Intergalactic Nemesis posse also seemed to agree. Staying a little away from the crowd, they seemed to be unwinding from their earlier performance but still happy to talk to other guests and always smiling.
As the Octobachi sushi dwindled, mere bones left from the House of Pizza wings, and lonely lettuce with no more of Mynt’s General Tso’s to wrap up, the red pant attendees (seriously, at least half of the guys were wearing red pants) started to make moves and rest up for the end of Spoleto 2013.