Whenever I have friends or family come to Charleston, I always recommend
that they take a carriage tour of downtown, it is the best way (in my
opinion) to take in as much of Charleston while relaxing and learning at
the same time. Unfortunately, most tours stop running at 5pm during the
summer, so that would be a logistical problem.
The next best option is to take a guided Haunted Tour. Mitchell mentioned
it and it is something that is offered typically only later in the evening.
They take you through several very old buildings (Revolutionary War period)
and it can be entertaining, especially in groups. I've gone on one, and the
only thing I would have done differently was to not do it on Halloween
(drunk revelers kind of ruined the mood).
I don't recommend the Aquarium, it is too expensive for what it is and it
closes at 5. Booking a harbor cruise would be fun, drinking/partying while
cruising around on a boat that could handle the entire conference! They run
all the time and feature regular club type parties or live jazz bands.
After that, here in the Holy City the only thing we have more of than
churches is bars, so there will always be a stool to pull up and it would
just be a matter of finding one to host a party. Some of our Barcamp
Charleston organizers would be a better source of information for that.
As far as pizza goes, Mellow Mushroom is at the top of my list, followed by
D'Allessandros (small place) and Andolinis. Mellow Mushroom is on King St,
a block and a half away from the conference, and is an average sized place
and always busy. Andolinis isn't 'gourmet' pizza but they can handle around
50+ people at a time I believe, and it is less than a block away from the
conference. I order carryout from them every week for my student ACM club
meetings. D'Allesandro's is small and cheaper but a 'local' kind of pizza
joint. All of them deliver/cater I believe.
On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 6:27 AM, Jaroslav Reznik <jreznik(a)redhat.com> wrote:
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> There is a lot of neat stuff to do in Charleston, although a lot of stuff
> like the plantations & gardens & market & museums are more daytime
> activities. There may be something going on in the evenings at the
> or Dock Street theaters that weekend, and there are regular ghost tours.
> (Charleston is supposedly a very haunted city.) So maybe leaving an
> or two unscheduled isn't a bad idea.
Or just schedule something out of hotel/pub/restaurant :) Guided late
tour around Charleston would be cool - groups of people still together and
cheap! Or FUDCon Toronto like event - skating in the park downtown (I know,
it's Charleston ;-).
(It's just sad when you mostly see airport, hotel and conference rooms...
Travel is usually pretty tight and the only way to get spirit of the city
you travelled to is leave conference a bit earlier and potentially miss
> On Sun, Jun 23, 2013 at 10:29 AM, Ruth Suehle < rsuehle(a)gmail.com >
> I've been working on a few possibilities for evening events during Flock
> the help of some lovely locals. Of course, I'd rather spend as much
> possible getting people to Flock, but I also want everyone to have a
> time and have some fun stuff happening outside of talks and workshops. On
> the FUDCon model, we had one night (Saturday) where we had a party that
> included dinner. The last few times had a lighter event on Friday night
> well in the hotel with pizza. (This option may not be as cheap this time
> depending on the cost of the hotel space, which is an extremely popular
> downtown hotel.)
> With all that in mind, would you rather have smaller (i.e., less
> planned evening events Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, or have just one
> two nights with a really great party?
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