It’s that time again. The 2014 annual meeting kicked off today in Charleston. With some of the only free time in a traditionally packed agenda, many of us took the opportunity to check out some of the local cuisine, and stumbled on the Second Sunday festivities on King Street. Lots of local shopping and live music to enjoy along the way. I highly recommend checking out the Charleston City Market downtown on Market St. It seems to be THE place to go for locally made items like jewelry, palmetto baskets and an assortment of souvenirs to purchase for loved ones back home. The locals will certainly appreciate the business! We were lucky that the weather held up and the buildings and abundance of huge old oak trees provided some shade. Unfortunately that didn’t help with the humidity, but those of us from the east coast are lucky to be a bit more used to it then our partners from the west.
So what does one do when the majority of the group wants to go for BBQ and you have a broken thumb? You ask the waiter for something to cover it so you can enjoy your sandwich of course! Luckily for Ed Arabas they had rubber gloves that did the job. He had the recent misfortune of breaking his thumb in a bike accident. For anyone here, he’ll be happy to provide more details if you ask.
Now after a day of talking shop with our counterparts, it’s time to see how NSGIC hospitality combines with southern hospitality and for the real networking to begin. Hopefully our members, both new and old, followed the advice of our next president and past president, and hydrated well. A whole new day of meetings and information sharing starts early, so good to be prepared for anything.