Saturday, December 21, 2013

Nomad Feet: The Charleston Farmer's Market

 My wife was alarmed by the smell of electrical wire burning early this morning and after an extensive search determined the source to originate from between my ears. Being a quick study she promptly figured out I had not only maxed out my societal BS limit but was also suffering from a severe case of cabin fever.

After that she promptly pushed me out the house with orders to head down to Charleston and go a short walkabout. Being exceptionally happy and eager to comply I headed straight to the Farmers Market being held in Charleston's Marion Square.

This picture is of John C. Calhoun's statue set atop an overly ornate pillar. Won't go into details but this fine nineteenth-century Southern gentleman was not a nice guy.    

 The day was abnormally perfect with over eighty-degree temperatures to go along with the beautiful sunshine. After parking at the nearby visitor's center just a block up the street I relaxed by strolling by the various food and artistic craft vendors. After so many months being cooped up in Redneckistan it felt unbelievably liberating to meet and talk with so many interesting people that were at best unconcerned with such ridiculous events like the recent Duck Dynasty blowup.    

I have really screwed up here but my favorite of the Farmer;s Market food vendors was the one selling BBQ but for the life of me I cannot remember its name.

 This is actually a photograph I bought from the Ken Bowman. Something about it captured my imagination and while the framed print was way too expensive for me, I grabbed a smaller version. My wife actually likes the picture and says we can get it framed then hang it in the foyer. The color of my snapshot is off but if anyone can do the Charleston Farmer's Market on Saturdays do try to find where his pictures are being sold. You can also look up his website here. 

Browsed around the Waterfront Park a short time later. I was surprised to learn that people can play in the fountains, as long as they behave themselves. My daughter, Darth Wiggles, has now gotten to the point that it's "uncool" to tag along with dad like she once eagerly did just a few years ago. When I told her about these fountains she freaked and now wants to go with me for my next trip down to the coast.

Unfortunately, as I have whined for so long the planets damn near have to do one of those ten-thousand year alignments before I can actually be left alone long enough to make that drive.

I know its just me but it's sort of strange to see a cruise ship docked in Charleston. It is a monumental understatement to say the city of Charleston has greatly changed from my first memories of the place. I still recall the sleepy little town from the late 1960's when my family ventured down from Georgetown whenever we had to buy some big ticket item like a car or even formal wear.  My hometown lacked the selection that was available in Charleston. Those trips were few and far between back then and so they have an epic feel about them that only a little kid could create.

Last shot of Waterfront Park, I had intended to walk the bridge but when you work night shift like I do you often get tired early and simply run out of steam. Grabbed a quick bite from the King Street Grille and headed home. Not a perfect day trip but since the last one was over eight months ago I'll take what I can get.


B.E. Earl said...

We've never been to the farmer's market, but we keep hearing great things about it.

Last time we were in Charleston in October, we ate at The Macintosh on King Street. Loved it! One of my favorite dining experiences in town.

We also found a dive bar a few doors down called A.C.'s Bar & Grill. Super cheap and great big burgers.

Cloudia said...

Cool shots. Lucky you have at home maintenance by a specialist

from Honolulu
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Pixel Peeper said...

I've parked in that same parking lot in the visitor's center...but have never been to the farmer's market.

And you didn't meet up with Joan Perry?

Rose L said...

Mighty nice weather you are having! I think a good stroll is wonderful for a person, so am glad you ventured out into the world. And I thank you for sharing it with us all.

Akelamalu said...

I love Farmers Markets, in fact I love any sort of markets. Loving the picture you bought.

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year. xx

Beach Bum said...

B.E.: It takes place in Marion Square on Saturdays. Stumbled across it a couple of years ago and always wanted to return.

Cloudia: Yeah, you could say that.

Pixel: Kept my eyes open for Ms. Perry but didn't see her.

Rose: It was a nice trip, wish it could have been longer.

Akelamalu: You all have a great Christmas as well!

lime said...

glad you had the change to get away and clear your head. thanks for taking us along!