Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hope Tour: Charleston

The Hope Tour 2012 Kickstarter campaign is now LIVE! Be sure to drop by our page and get involved!

For the next 30 days, we're going to feature the towns on our tour. We're giving away a fun Hope Tour Gift Basket, so be sure to answer our questions for your chance to win!

After we leave our home state of Georgia, the first stop on tour will be Charleston, SC.

Two authors from the Charleston area that we'll touch base with on tour include:

Charles J. Williams, Jr. and Shannon D. McNear.

Now, we need to hear from Charleston residents. Leave your answers in the comments below for a chance to win a special Hope Tour gift basket.

1) Who is your favorite local author, and what does he/she write?

2) What ONE restaurant would you recommend for our Best Bites on Tour book? Remember, we don't want fancy-schmancy - just good food and hopefully a fun atmosphere, too.

3) What's ONE thing in your town we should not miss when we get there? This can be something touristy, or something off the beaten path - but something that represents your town like nothing else. If we took photos there, folks would know it could only be from your town.

4) Name THREE fun facts about your town. We may use these in a later post, but it will also help us get acquainted with your area.

Leave your answers in the comments below, and be sure to provide us with your e-mail address so we can contact you if you're a winner.

Be sure to stay tuned for events planned in your area.

Thanks for your help.


Tracy Ruckman said...

I received this comment by e-mail so I'm posting it here. I'm sorry you had problems posting - if anyone else has problems, just send your comments by email and I'll post them too. Thanks.

I tried posting the information about Charleston for your tour, but it wouldn't take it; here are the answeres I worked on below if you have a way to transfer them. :)

1) Diane Dean White, who lived in SC while writing Carolina in the Morning.

2) Magnolia's (wonderful food and artfully presented).

3) The Hunley submarine, brought up in 2000 after being located a few years before, having stayed in the waters of the Charleston Harbor since the war between the states. This old sub was brought up and reconstructed and can be seen at the Old Navy Base, (Warren Lasch Conservation Center) 1250 Supply St. N. Charleston, SC. It's a fantastic piece of history.

4) 1) It's "Charming." Take a horse drawn tour and see why it's called that.
2) An earthquake took place in Charleston in the late 1880's and if you notice while driving through the older historic district, you'll see black rods sticking through the exterior walls of the houses and buildings, that are round and star shaped washers. They were installed after the earthquake to draw the house or building into a square alignment. IF another earthquake took place it Charleston today, those structures would be destroyed because they would have no more flexibility and thus would crumble.
3) Visit the Market Place in the proper area, and see the talents of women who weave baskets outside, and inside all kinds of unique shops that show more arts and great gifts made in the area.

Tracy Ruckman said...

Another reader had problems leaving comments, so I've changed some settings to hopefully remove any problems. If you still can't post, just send it by email and I'll post. Thanks.

This, from Zillah Williams:

Can't take part in the tour, Tracy, unless you can include Canberra, Australia :-), but will follow it with interest and will pray for its success and for the safety of all those involved in traveling, etc.

Tracy Ruckman said...

Diane - those sound like great suggestions. I've added them to our Charleston file. Thanks for sharing.

Zillah - we're just going to have to work on an international tour in a few years, aren't we?

Shannon McNear said...

Finally finding time to respond to this!

1) Nicole Seitz--she writes amazing stories with some of the most beautiful prose I've ever read ...

2)the Wreck of the Richard and Charlene. :-) Google it...and make sure you have very detailed directions in finding it. Very humble atmosphere, excellent Lowcountry seafood fare. Another option is Crue Cafe downtown ...

3)the Battery, downtown (aka, White Point Gardens). Free parking, a spectacular view of many historic and modern landmarks, walking distance of the South of Broad area.

4)--Charleston styles itself "The Holy City" for its many churches (I'm thinking there's ONE place downtown where you can stand and not see a church steeple) ... but it has a fairly sordid history, as a den of piracy and organized crime.
--Charleston is the site of the first shots fired of the Civil War, errr, the War Between the States
--Charleston was actually held by the British for a year and half, in the later part of the Revolution. This fact is often glossed over by local historians. :-)

Shannon McNear said...

Sorry, that's Cru Cafe in #2 ....

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