Arts and Culture 2011

Amy Holtcamp

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Farewell, South Carolina

Posted 7/2/2012 5:01:00 PM

Well, I’m sorry to say that this will be my last post as the South Carolina Arts and Culture Insider. My husband’s been offered a great job in New Orleans and we’re relocating.

When I began writing this blog, I was a recent transplant to South Carolina. When you move to a new place you always have high hopes. You say you’ll explore the region on weekends, find out more about the history of the place, get to know the people there. But most of the time “real life” takes over and there just doesn’t seem to be enough time for exploration.

Working on this blog has allowed me to do just that. In my quest to bring you the best of arts and culture in South Carolina, I have traveled every corner of this beautiful state. I’ve experienced so much of what this place has to offer -- from the sublime to the quirky. I’ve choked up during a moving choir service at Mepkin Abbey and grinned at Dalton Stevens’ fabulously offbeat Button Museum.

There have been moments that my husband (my frequent travel partner) and I will never forget -- like seeing a dolphin cruising alongside our ferry on the way to Fort Sumter or seeing Pearl Fryer’s whimsical topiary garden for the first time.

I will carry pieces of this job with me when we move. One glance at my CD collection reminds me of the romantic concerts we attended in the Cistern Yard at the Spoleto Festival and of concerts at the spectacular Peace Center in Greenville. Then there’s the artwork. After interviewing so many great South Carolina artists, there were just some pieces that I couldn’t live without.

But maybe the thing I liked the best about writing this blog was meeting people throughout the state – sometimes artists, sometimes historians or volunteers at museums – and listening to the pride in their voices when describing this place they call home.

Although it won’t be my home for much longer, I’ll always cherish the time I’ve spent here, and I’m so thankful for the chance to share some of my experiences with you.

I might no longer be an “insider” but I know I’ll be back. After all, South Carolina is made for vacation.