Locals and visitors crowded into Marion Square Sunday to purchase goods from local artists, farmers, cooks and craftsmen at Piccolo Spoleto’s Charleston Farmer’s Market and Outdoor Arts Exhibition.
Check out our gallery of photos from the event:
Photos by Melanie Deziel
Stand-alone signs in Marion Square advertised Spoleto Festival USA.
Shirts featuring this year’s Spoleto Festival USA poster were among those for sale.
An assortment of butter, jellies, jams, salsas and more were for sale at the Charleston Farmer’s Market.
Many booths, like this one, featured paintings by area artists.
Another view of the old door handles for sale at one booth at the event.
Own a piece of historic Charleston with the door handles for sale at this booth.
This booth offered canvas prints of photographs, many of windows or outdoor scenes.
This booth had a variety of jewelry for sale, including these intricate, unique bracelets.
The booths in Marion Square featured local art, crafts, food and more.
Guests came for art, food and fun.
Humans weren’t the only ones in attendance Sunday.
Guests looked through some of the many shirts for sale.
Charleston Farmer’s Market:
June 1, 8 from 8am-2pm; June 2, 9 from 9am-3pm.
Outdoor Art Exhibition:
May 27-June 8; Mon.-Thurs. from 10am-5pm, Fri.-Sun.: 10am-6pm.
Both events are free and open to the public.
Spoleto Festival USA is ramping up their advertising this year with a selection of light pole banners throughout downtown.
The new Spoleto Festival USA banners. (Photo credit: Joseph DiDomizio)
“We have expanded our downtown signage campaign this year and are very pleased with it,” said Paula Edwards, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Spoleto Festival USA. The city had previously purchased banners for an event in the spring, Edwards said, and after they purchased some additional hardware, allowed the festival to use them.
“We thought it was the perfect way to create Festival buzz and enhance our popular window display contest that local merchants participate in,” Edwards said. “Charleston is the perfect size city to do something like this in, in that something like Spoleto can completely consume downtown for a two-week time period. And we’re trying to do that visually as much as possible.”
If you spy a poster in a unique location, tweet your photos to @SpoletoChas!
If you’re interested in buying this year’s poster—the one featured on the street banners—you can find more information on the Spoleto Festival USA website.
We love reviewing shows, but now it’s your turn. See what our citizen critic thought of Friday’s performance of Le Grand C by Compagnie XY.
Nancye Starnes lives in Charleston and estimates that this is her 15th Spoleto Festival. She was astounded by the “extreme athleticism” of the acrobats in Compagnie XY.
“I look forward to Spoleto all year long because of the opportunity to see incredible things like this.”
The entire city is preparing for the start of Spoleto, and the stores on King Street are no exception. With storefronts containing the festival poster and window displays inspired by it’s aesthetic for Spoleto Festival USA’s merchant contest, the shops on King Street are certainly showing their Spoleto pride.
Juicy Couture is promoting the festival with this simple window cling.
Shooz has installed this series of hanging pentagons inspired by this year’s poster.
Copper Penny decked out both window displays with Spoleto colors and shapes.
American Apparel ran with the colors and shapes from the Spoleto poster.
Francesca’s surrounded their hand-stitched poster with orange products.
Spot any more festive window displays on King Street?
Send us your photos on twitter @SpoletoChas!
With so much theatre at this year’s Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto festivals, it’s hard to choose. But since you have to, here are four recommendations from our Theatre Blog Editor, Josh Austin.
Based on the classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles, this Spoleto Festival USA production comes to us from the Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company. The show runs June 4-8 at Memminger Auditorium. For ticketing information, click here.
Writer and performer Rob Drummond, as his alter ego William Wonder, explores the history of the famous finale magic trick. This Spoleto Festival USA show runs June 5-9 at the Emmet Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston. For ticketing information, click here.
Piccolo Spoleto brings us this show, the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Set in Chicago in 2009, the show explores gentrification in Chicago in a modern-day take on Raisin in the Sun. The show runs May 24-26, 28 and 29 at PURE Theatre. For ticketing information, click here.
Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson
This rock musical from the Village Repertory Company brands the seventh president as a guitar-playing leader of the American Frontier. This Piccolo Spoleto show runs May 30-June 2 and June 6-8 at the Woolfe Street Playhouse. For ticketing information, click here.
No, really. It’s not just people from around the country who flock to Charleston for Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto.
And here to prove it, the Dogs of Charleston blog:
This blog is the brainchild of Greg Cwik, one of the Goldring Arts Journalists in town covering the festival. As Greg and the other reporters travel about the city, they capture photos of and facts about four-legged festivalgoers for your viewing pleasure. Dogs like Lucy:
So check out Dogs of Charleston, and, if you’re feeling ambitious,
submit your own Spoleto-pup snapshop!
Spoleto Festival USA 2013 runs from May 24 to June 9 this year, and includes opera, theatre, physical theatre, jazz, dance, music, visual arts, artists talks and other special events.
Check out the event schedule or download the brochure for more detailed event information.
Click here for a list of festival venues and information about each, or check out this page for ticketing information.
To get Spoleto Festival USA updates on your Twitter feed, follow @SpoletoFestival.
For more information, visit the Spoleto Festival USA website.
This year’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival runs from May 24 to June 8, and the lineup includes film and literary events, musical performances, dance, theatre, visual arts, special events, and a whole host of family-friendly and children’s events scattered across the beautiful city of Charleston.
Check out the event schedule or download the entire program for event details.
Pick up a copy of The Post and Courier each day for two recommendations under “Piccolo Picks” and two more suggestions for family-friendly events.
To get Piccolo Spoleto updates on your Twitter feed, follow @Piccolo_Spoleto.
For more information about Piccolo Spoleto Festival, check out their website.
If you’re planning to follow along with the Spoleto USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival on Twitter this year, be sure to check out our list of must-follow accounts so you get the most up-to-date festival news right in your Twitter feed.
For local coverage of the festival, follow the Post and Courier at @postandcourier, and its designated Spoleto account, @spoletochas.
A group of 15 arts journalism master’s students from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School are in town covering the festivals for the Post and Courier. Follow them here: Josh Austin, Nic Bell, Lucia Camargo, Paige Cooperstein, Greg Cwik, Nick DeSantis, Melanie Deziel, Joseph DiDomizio, Xiaoran Ding, Vinny Huang, Zach Marschall, Alyssa Nappa, Eesha Patkar, Briana Prevost and Christina Riley.
You can also subscribe to this Twitter list containing all the arts journalists.
Festival announcements and information will come from the official accounts of Spoleto USA (@SpoletoFestival) and Piccolo Spoleto (@Piccolo_Spoleto).
If you’re looking for other information about the city while you’re in town, follow @CityCharleston, @EventCharleston, @ExploreCHS and @HistoricChas. To get the weather forecast for Charleston right on your Twitter feed, try CharlestonWeather at @chswx.
Got another suggestion of a festival must-follow account?
Tweet your suggestions to @spoletochas!