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Sunday, June 08, 2014

Mass of the Neophytes

Today was the last item on the RCIA calendar.  It was a mass at St John the Baptist Cathedral in downtown Charleston. 
We arrived early, so we had some time to walk around.
We explored the outside of the Rutledge House.
A tiny history bit
Lon really liked these dragons
This is the sidewalk just in front of the Rutledge House. The rest of the sidewalk is plain concrete.
Looking good
Heading back to the Cathedral

In an earlier blog I have photos of the inside of the Cathedral. We did not have a photo of the organ and choir loft. Today the men's chorus was up there and they even had a trumpet. It was amazing! 
It was time for Mass, so the camera went away.
I did not have a plan for after mass. Andy found a place called Fleet Landing. Sounded like something to try.
It was wonderful!
history bit from their website:
Encased in a hurricane proof, 6,000 square foot concrete maritime structure, Fleet Landing juts out over the marsh on a reinforced pier and boasts oversized windows that offer an unobstructed view of the Charleston harbor. Built in 1942 by the US Navy as a debarkation point for sailors, the building lay vacant after World War II until it was acquired by the South Carolina Port Authority in the 1960s and used for storage. In 1988, when a 21-year-old Tradd Newton pointed out the unique building to his mother and made the prediction “One day, I'm going to put something in that building,” the structure was in disrepair. Fast forward 16 years and Newton, with the guiding vision of Charleston architect Reggie Gibson and Newton's wife/business partner Weesie, is seeing his dream realized.
The most amazing thing we tried was the Stuffed Hushpuppies. While we were waiting for a table, I looked up reviews and people were loving the stuffed hushpuppies. I ordered them for an appetizer. They are two large hushpuppies, tops cut off, and filled with crab, lobster, leeks and corn in a creole tomato sauce. WOW. Mom and I inhaled them. The boys did not get much, maybe a bite. I am going to be going back just for those!
Lon concentrating on drawing his dolphin. We did not see any in the harbor, but they have been known to be there. Our table was outside and it was really nice with the breeze.
Lon had the fried flounder. He likes it!  I had a crab cake over creamy grits, Mark had the fried oysters.
The food was so good!
Lon found this bird  eating little fish.

Lon and Daddy having fun.
It was a good day.

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