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Muirfield Village Golf Club - Returning Home

Anne Sciarrone - Friday, June 17, 2011
I am just returning home today from a trip to the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.  

The club, founded by Jack Nicklaus and officially opened in 1974 and home to the annual Memorial Tournament, is truly an extraordinary place.

I first visited Muirfield when I started working on the design of a 12-room Lodge in 2001 and continued work there until the spring of 2007 when we completed the construction of six new Golf Villas. 

This was my first trip back in well over a year and I was reminded of how bitter-sweet the end of a project always is for me.  Each time I am able to go back to visit an old project it is truly wonderful to  see it in full bloom - people using and enjoying the spaces as intended, mature landscaping all around, and in this case signs of impeccable upkeep. 

The best part about returning, though?  It’s the chance to reunite with the people.  When a project is done, the furniture moved in and job trailers moved out, I am most grateful for the relationships that I have built along the way.  In a way going back and seeing old friends makes it feel like I am “returning home”.

A Visit to The Holy City

Anne Sciarrone - Sunday, March 13, 2011

A few weekends ago my husband and I traveled to Charleston, South Carolina for a long weekend.  It had been a while since I was there last, and I don't ever recall visiting during the month of February, but I highly recommend visiting The Holy City this time of year! 

The Holy City?  My husband says he’s never heard of Charleston referred to by this moniker.  So I had to consult Google to be sure I didn’t make it up myself.  According to Wikipedia, “Charleston is known as The Holy City due to the prominence of churches on the low-rise cityscape, particularly the numerous steeples which dot the city's skyline, and for the fact that it was one of the few cities in the original thirteen colonies to provide religious tolerance, albeit restricted to non-Catholics.”  In my search I did find other nicknames for the city including, “The City of Spires”, "The Palmetto City", and a less formal "Chuck Town".

We had a magnificent time on our own self-guided walking tours of the city (with a little help from a few iPhone apps).  Charleston’s commitment to historic preservation makes it a city with a wealth of significant architecture.  It is easy to see why tourists flood the city to take in the architectural treasures and the city’s, not to mention our country’s, history. 

It was a weekend packed with exploring galleries, fine restaurants, museums, old cemeteries and, of course, we saw more than just a few churches.

Check out my flickr account for a photo blog of a few of my favorite things from the trip. 

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