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The Post and Courier
Tuesday, July 3, 2007


Cindy Grosso, founder of the Charelston School of Etiquette and Protocol.

Cindy Grosso, founder of the Charelston School of Etiquette and Protocol.

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To vote for the "Most Mannerly City," visit

How fitting!

The "Most Mannerly City" in America is home to the woman who will now bestow that title.

Cindy Grosso, owner of the Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette Inc. for the last eight years, will take over the duties of the late Marjabelle Young Stewart, who died in March.

Stewart, a nationally renowned etiquette expert from Illinois, named Charleston the "Most Mannerly City" in America 11 consecutive years.

"The award has always been very important to Charleston, and we are excited to carry on the legacy of Mrs. Stewart and this important award for any city," Grosso said as graciously as her predecessor.

Even though she has lived in Charleston for 18 years and considers it to be well-mannered, Grosso said she will not let her residency status affect the results when the award is announced in early 2008.

"Every vote we get is a documented vote," said Grosso, who has been teaching etiquette since 1988.

Stewart chose the winner based on comments from executives and those who completed her etiquette courses. She also considered thousands of letters, faxes, e-mails and phone calls.

Grosso's selection will be similar.

She's already has posted voting information on her Web site, (Voters have the opportunity to win a four-day, three-night trip worth $2,100 to none other than the Holy City.)

Grosso said she believes Charleston, which was listed in the top 10 most mannerly cities for the 30 years that Stewart bestowed the award, won so many times because of the South's temperature, which affects its temperament.

"When it's hot, you move a little slower and you have time to hold the door for someone and you have time to say, 'Good morning,' " she said. "It's been our heritage to be polite to people."

Since Charleston has been the long-standing recipient of the honor, the city has been deemed worthy of recognition for a lifetime achievement award that will be presented Aug. 21 to Mayor Joe Riley during the Charleston City Council meeting.

Grosso will make the presentation.

"We are very thankful for the city," she said. "Charleston has always been the charm and grace of the South."

Reach Warren Wise at 745-5850 or


Author: Warren Wise

Source: The Post and Couier

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