CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Business and intellectual elite from around the country are descending on Charleston for the city's annual Renaissance Weekend.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that the 30th anniversary of the annual gathering gets under way Tuesday.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain Phil Lader hosts the event. He says more than 1,000 people are expected for 500 lectures and seminars at this "granddaddy of ideas festivals." Topics range from restoring the American dream to making sense of a wine list.
Outed CIA operative Valerie Plame and her husband, former ambassador Joe Wilson, are on the guest list that also includes Dr. Ruth Westheimer and space shuttle commander Mark Kelly.
The weekend concludes with a New Year's celebration Friday night.