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Charleston Harbor and Hudson River Images

ArtSusan Lucas

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.” ~Annie Dillard

Modestly returning to my fine art photography roots, I offer two works of water from places where I have been fortunate to spend my time, energy and love. They may be seen at one of my favorite galleries—there are so many—in Charleston, SC, The Corneau Goldsmithing Jewelry Gallery at 92 Hasell Street.

Each of the two works is a 40x30” canvas giclée wrap.

I don’t have a boat, but Charleston Harbor Tours has a beautiful three-masted schooner that sails regularly from the Aquarium Wharf, and their sister company Hudson River Cruises does a stunning sail down the Hudson and back to Kingston, NY. What more could one ask?

Being in the right place at the right time is everything.

 Charleston Harbor from The Schooner Pride

Charleston Harbor from The Schooner Pride

 Hudson River from the Rip Van Winkle

Hudson River from the Rip Van Winkle

 Sample on the wall…

Sample on the wall…

Guilliard's Steve Bedard at Small Business Lunch at Halls Signature Events

Susan Lucas

The King Street Marketing Group and Halls Management Group are pleased to welcome Stephen A. Bedard, President and CEO of the Gaillard Management Corporation, as our guest speaker Thursday, September 6th at Small Business Lunch at Halls Signature Events.

Described as an "an absolute genius" in municipal finance when he was the CFO for the City of Charleston for 18 years, now Steve is bringing some of the biggest entertainers in the world to Charleston, like Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Walsh, Tony Bennett... Wow!

In July 2016, he began his full-time service at the Gaillard, the City's  $145M Martha and John Rivers Performance Hall, Grand Ballrooms and Salons. It's one of the finest multiple purpose performance hall/exhibition hall complexes in the world.

 

 

Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth Oct.9

In May 1998, Steve was named the City of Charleston's first ever Chief Financial Officer and continued to serve in this position through June 2016. During his tenure with the City, financial rating agencies ranked Charleston the number one city in South Carolina and recognized the City with eight bond rating increases.

In early January of 2009, at the start of the great recession, Charleston became the first South Carolina municipality ever to receive the highest rating possible from Standard & Poor's, the coveted AAA rating. In October 2014, Moody's Investors Service upgraded the City's credit rating from Aa1 to Aaa, the highest possible rating, making Charleston the first municipality in South Carolina history to hold both S&P's AAA rating and Moody's Aaa rating concurrently.


Bedard is a 1976 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy; holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics. He served 20 years in the U.S. Navy specializing in financial management retiring at the rank of full Commander in 1996. He spent his last three years in the Navy as a financial liaison to the Department of Defense, the Executive Branch's Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Congress for Navy Undersea Warfare programs. He was awarded the seventh highest military medal, The Legion of Merit, from the Secretary of the Navy upon his retirement.


From 1996 through mid-1998, Steve held a key executive position at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Northern Virginia working on cutting edge naval ship development programs as DARPA's Business Manager for Maritime Research.

Steve is an honor graduate with an MBA from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and serves as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Charleston teaching both undergraduate and graduate classes in financial management, budgeting and strategic planning for the last eight years.

 

Tickets are $31 per person for the imaginative three-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Matt Greene. A full-service cash bar is available for your enjoyment. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served promptly at noon. Limited seating provides an intimate experience with each speaker. Click Here For Ticket Information or call the 24/7 ticket hotline at 1-800-838-3006.

 

About the Venue

Halls Signature Events is located at No.5 Faber Street, just off East Bay Street and directly behind S.N.O.B. There is a city-owned parking garage right next door, with an entrance on Cumberland Street for your convenience.

 

 

 

In July 2016, he began his full-time service at the Gaillard, the City's  $145M Martha and John Rivers Performance Hall, Grand Ballrooms and Salons. It's one of the finest multiple purpose performance hall/exhibition hall complexes in the world.

In May 1998, Steve was named the City of Charleston's first ever Chief Financial Officer and continued to serve in this position through June 2016. During his tenure with the City, financial rating agencies ranked Charleston the number one city in South Carolina and recognized the City with eight bond rating increases.

In early January of 2009, at the start of the great recession, Charleston became the first South Carolina municipality ever to receive the highest rating possible from Standard & Poor's, the coveted AAA rating. In October 2014, Moody's Investors Service upgraded the City's credit rating from Aa1 to Aaa, the highest possible rating, making Charleston the first municipality in South Carolina history to hold both S&P's AAA rating and Moody's Aaa rating concurrently.


Bedard is a 1976 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy; holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics. He served 20 years in the U.S. Navy specializing in financial management retiring at the rank of full Commander in 1996. He spent his last three years in the Navy as a financial liaison to the Department of Defense, the Executive Branch's Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Congress for Navy Undersea Warfare programs. He was awarded the seventh highest military medal, The Legion of Merit, from the Secretary of the Navy upon his retirement.


From 1996 through mid-1998, Steve held a key executive position at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Northern Virginia working on cutting edge naval ship development programs as DARPA's Business Manager for Maritime Research.

Steve is an honor graduate with an MBA from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and serves as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Charleston teaching both undergraduate and graduate classes in financial management, budgeting and strategic planning for the last eight years.

Tickets are $31 per person for the imaginative three-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Matt Greene. A full-service cash bar is available for your enjoyment. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served promptly at noon. Limited seating provides an intimate experience with each speaker. Click Here For Ticket Information or call the 24/7 ticket hotline at 1-800-838-3006.

Halls Antinori Wine Dinner November 10

Susan Lucas
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On Saturday, November 10 at 7 p.m. Halls Signature Events will present an extraordinary four-course dinner party of exquisite food paired with four remarkable wines from one of the most renowned wineries in the world, Marchesi Antinori. Plus there's a red and white to begin the evening from Santa Cristina winery in Cortona, Tuscany.

This will an evening to remember with thoughtful wine pairings and a delightful cuisine created by Halls Executive Chef Matt Greene. Tickets are $199.95 per person. Seating will be limited. 

About the Winemaker, Marchesi Antinori
Tradition, passion, and intuition are the three driving forces that led Marchesi Antinori to establish itself as one of the most important winemakers of elite Italian wine.

The Antinori family has been committed to the art of winemaking for over six centuries since 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori became a member, of the "Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri", the Florentine Winemakers' Guild. All throughout its history, 26 generations long, the Antinori family has managed the business directly making innovative and sometimes bold decisions while upholding the utmost respect for traditions and the environment.

The evening begins with two wines from Santa Christina: Pinot Grigio 'delle Venezie IGT' 2017, Veneto and Toscana 'Rosso IGT' 2015, Tuscany paired with passed hors d'oeuvres
--- Confit Winter Squash Bruschetta, Caper Jam
--- Bresaola Carpaccio, Bagna Cauda, Green Olive
--- Crispy Polenta, Tomato Garlic Shrimp

MENU AND WINE PAIRINGS

The First Course, a lomo-wrapped Honolulu fish, panzanella salad, tomato vinaigrette, pesto, is paired with Castello della Sala, Chardonnay, 'Bramito della Sala' 2017, Umbria.

The Second Course, a slow-roasted goat agnolotti with confit tomato, pea tendrils, pecorino romano, is paired with Tenuta Guado al Tasso, Bolgheri Rosso, 'Il Bruciato' 2016, Tuscany

The Entrée is an Allen Brothers Dry-Aged New York Strip, with garlic rapini, beech mushrooms, pearl onion, citrus Tuscan white beans, balsamic glace paired with Marchesi Antinori, Toscana IGT 'Tignanello' 2015.

Following the Main Course is a special Italian cheese, brioche crisp teleggio, cherry honey gastrique.

Dessert is an olive oil pine nut gelato, zeppole with citrus sugar, almond apricot biscotti. Both the cheese and dessert will be served with Castello della Sala, 'Muffato della Sala' 2008, Umbria.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with passed hors d'oeuvres and wine beginning at 7:00 p.m. Seating is limited, so please order your tickets early.