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As spring emerges in Charleston, the city awakens. Magnolias bloom, palmettos sway in warm breezes and friendly “hellos” follow you everywhere you go. One of the things that really makes spring in Charleston remarkable is the culture exhibited in The Spoleto Festival. For 17 days each spring, Charleston’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor venues are filled with unique artwork and lively entertainment. The Spoleto Festival is a counterpart to the Festival dei Due Mondi (The Festival of Two Worlds) in Spoleto, Italy. When Italian organizers planned to expand their celebration to America, they looked for a city that was just as cultured and unique as Spoleto. These organizers were swept off their feet (and not by tripping on cobblestones!) by Charleston’s effortless charm and from there made Charleston the home of The Spoleto Festival.

While tickets for Spoleto can be purchased, several of the events are free, from outdoor concerts to live art auctions. And your fun doesn’t have to stop there! In between shows, take time to rest your feet, quench your thirst, and satisfy your hunger at the Thoroughbred Club. Tucked away in the lobby of Belmond Charleston Place, the Thoroughbred Club is a luxurious spot to enjoy the soulful sounds of live jazz while you and your friends cool down with refreshments, from well-crafted, original cocktails to fine wines.

The Thoroughbred Club not only has an award-winning drink menu, but they also have tapas that make for an excellent quick bite before the show. And with the Thoroughbred Club’s extensive menu, there is a little something for everyone.

The Sliders, a mini ‘21’ Burger with burgundy caramelized red onions and horseradish cream, can satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

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For seafood lovers, the Seared Scallops with sweet and sour mushrooms and apple wood smoked bacon are a must have.

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If you crave something fresh and light, indulge in the Summer Rolls, created with fresh vegetables in a rice paper with peanut sauce and chili jam.

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Whichever snack you decide to fill yourself with before a Spoleto event, you are sure to be satisfied among friends and lively jazz at the Thoroughbred Club.