So there I am, standing outside the Gaillard Auditorium waiting for the Spoleto Festival Orchestra concert to begin sipping my Scotch & soda, attempting to mind my business as much as I could. The sublime temperature and dazzling light of an early summer evening in Charleston made me linger a bit longer than usual to take my seat. And boy, am I glad I lingered. Just as the bell began to chime for the stragglers to hurry in, a dashing gentleman comes gliding through the portico of the auditorium on a mint green Vespa. I almost choked upon further examination as the silver-haired man with the navy blazer and light pink pants came to a stop on the sidewalk in front of me. Trying my civil best not to frighten the man, I approached with caution and a look of excitement that would surely alarm any one, but even more so that stylish creature known as the Charleston Dandy.
I introduced myself (and Social Primer) in quick and efficient style. You see, I did not want to miss the chance to photograph him while still on the Vespa. To his genteel credit, Mr. Paul McManus did not run away. He merely smiled indulgently and let a complete stranger take his picture.
This Great Look hits the level of Hall of Fame, I tell you. Congratulations, Mr. McManus. Thank you for your style, your panache and most importantly, for your generosity. Talk about a bravura performance.
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