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I have fallen under Spoleto's spell and am lapping up every second spent ensconced in the pageantry of the performing arts, every moment of mingling at parties, every chance meeting on the street, every impromptu toast, and every single sighting of seersucker. You can read it all at

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1. Gibbes illuminati Jessica Hofford, Anna Leigh Hofford, Meaghan Van Liew, and Kenton Morrison 2. Geoff Dulaney and Cassie Baker, lovebirds in their own right, attend the preview of Roméo et Juliette3. Ong Keng Sen and Martha Teichner hold a free discussion of his show Geisha 4. Bongo boys on King Street 5. Chic alors! Alice and David Whitt arrive at the Bedon's Alley party 6. Lynn Hanlin, Bev Seinsheimer, John Dunnan, and Geisha actress Karen Kandel celebrate the first Friday of the festival 7. Valerie Morris and Boris Bohun-Chudyniv meander through the French Quarter 8. Decadent hors d'oeuvres at a garden party 9. Anice Carr and Michael Tyzack toast the S.C. Arts Alliance at the Blacklock House 10. Jeffrey Rhodes has arrived (in a Bentley, no less) 11. Dr. Karen Chandler, Dr. Sam Stafford, Harriett Green, and Jeanette Guinn network at a party hosted by College of Charleston School of the Arts Dean Valerie Morris 12. A meter maid on State Street tickets those in violation 13. Merrill Benfield flashes his billfold in hopes of catching Peggy Lewis' eye 14. Karen Kandel and Denise Barto embrace after a moving Sunday afternoon performance of Geisha 15. Jason Calloway, a cellist from Philadelphia, heads to rehearsal 16. Lori Gilbert and Jill Aiken, with Carl and Georgia Gruber, mingle with other young professionals prior to the Festival's official start 17. Spoleto's General Director Nigel Redden mops his brow and mugs for the television cameras on opening day 18. International makeup artist Andrew Petersen works his magic at Saks 19. Ed and Ann Bartko enjoy John and Meredith Dunnan's garden party 20. Bill Matalene, with daughter Daphne, celebrate his birthday at a Spoleto party in honor of the Paul Taylor Dance Company


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