9 Jun 2020
If you need something fun to pass the time and stimulate the brain, try your hand at some Charleston trivia. Trivia nights at area bars and restaurants are a fun and popular craze. At least they were before the coronavirus quarantine hit. It’s rather amazing how much arcane info we store in the recesses of our minds. Trivia quizzes are a neat way to tap into those storehouses of useless factoids. The whole trivia phenomenon has its roots in the board game Trivial Pursuit, which first hit store shelves back in 1981 and took America and the world by storm. Believe it or not, it began in Canada. By 2014, they had sold more than 100 million units of the game. Over the years, they’ve produced over a hundred different variations and themed editions of Trivial Pursuit, in 26 countries and 17 different languages. Versions include Junior, All-Star Sports, 1980’s, 1990’s, Baby Boomers, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Saturday Night Live. Well, there’s a fun local twist on the trivia craze. You don’t have to gather a bunch of people to take part. Get set for Charleston Trivia! It’s a giant trivia quiz that’s been pulled together by a great team at Charleston’s main newspaper, the Post & Courier. Kalyn Oyer, Adam Parker, Lauren Sausser and Alex Peeples, who write for Charleston Scene, Arts and Features, and the like, have assembled 100 Charleston Trivia questions sure to challenge even the most diehard Charlestonian. You just might end up learning a lot about the Holy City.
Here’s a sampling of some of the Charleston Trivia questions….
- Name the 20th-century folk opera written by George and Ira Gershwin and Dubose Heyward that’s set in Charleston on the fictional “Catfish Row."
- Which Charleston plantation has the nation’s oldest landscaped gardens?
- The original USS Yorktown sunk during which 1942 World War II battle?
- What Charleston street artist became famous for his “Andre the Giant” stencils and stickers?
- The South Carolina Aquarium houses a habitat and hospital for which oceanic animal species?
- 1977 marked the founding of what festival in Charleston?
- Name the 2004 romance drama filmed in Charleston, which includes scenes in front of the American Theater and at Cypress Gardens.
- What celebrity is a co-owner of the Charleston RiverDogs?
- What is the name of the shopping extravaganza that shuts down some of King Street each month?
- Which BBQ maker with a restaurant in Charleston won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southeast in 2018?
HINT - for clues to the above, I’ve linked to previous blogs that mention the answers. There are 90 more trivia questions where those came from! You can find the whole list of Charleston trivia questions here, on the Post & Courier website. And yes, all the answers are there, too. So try your hand at some Charleston trivia, and without even having to leave the comfort of your own home. And when you’d like to visit these places in person, just give EP a call, and we’ll find you the perfect luxury house on Isle of Palms as a home base. All best, Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger