23 May 2003
I left Charleston in 1969 and managed to stay gone for thirty-two years, which means that I've never actually seen the Spoleto Festival USA, which was founded in the Holy City by composer Gian-Carlo Menotti in 1977. And that's a shame, since by all accounts this is one of the top arts festivals in the country. (I've never seen its Italian counterpart either, but then about three-quarters of the time I spent in Italy, in the spring of 1974, I was waiting for a Pan Am jet to be checked out after a bomb threat. At least, that's the story they were handing out at the time.)
Spoleto USA begins today. One of these years, I know not when, it will begin with me on the scene.