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Permalink 02:00:33 pm, Categories: Charleston Life and Family  

Thunder, Death and Life on James Island, South Carolina-July 4th Weekend

Today July fifth eight years ago at three in the afternoon my mom died after fighting breast cancer for four years. It thundered that day. Today July fifth at three in the afternoon my two daughters went to a funeral for a friend, a young man, that died two days ago over something that seemed to matter at the time. It thundered today. I did not go with them hoping that they would bring home a life lesson about death and life. I knew the child that died and can only imagine what his parents must feel. I have prayed everyday for twenty-one years that I would never have to experience my children dying before me. When I was eight or so we went to my dad's fathers funeral. My granddad was sixty-nine and his mother was ninety-five. That day she told me she had buried three husbands and today she had to bury her baby and no mother should live to bury a child. Just like any other parent I would gladly give my life for my children. Today I tried to explain to my children that life does not work that way. There are no do-overs in this life. You can make changes in your life after you make a mistake, if you are lucky enough to live through them, but when your life ends there are no do-overs. It is very hard to understand how anyone can take someone elses life for any reason. YOU CAN NOT TAKE IT BACK. These days our children seem to grow up so fast. I pray today that each mom and dad out there hug their children, tell them you love them and just talk about life. It is short. I also pray for Craig, his parents, his brothers and all of their family and friends. May you feel Gods love and may He give you peace.


Permalink 03:48:36 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Day trips around the state

With the price of fuel skyrocketing along with everything else, a major summer trip may be out of the question. Here are some day trips around the state that may give you some ideas.

  • 7/1-5 The Miss South Carolina and Miss Teen S.C. Pageants in Spartanburg
  • 7/4 The Firecracker 5000 Road Race and Fun Walk on Hilton Head Island
  • 7/4 The Lexington County Peach Festival in Gilbert
  • 7/4 The Murrell’s Inlet Boat Parade and Fireworks
  • 7/9-12 HMY-Viking-MEGADOCK Billfish Tournament in Charleston
  • 7/10-12 S.C. Festival of Discovery in Greenwood
  • 7/11-12 S.C. Genealogical Society Annual Workshop in Columbia
  • 7/11-20 Beaufort Water Festival
  • 7/12 Jammin’ in July outdoor festival at Camden’s Revolutionary War site
  • 7/12-13 Reenactment of the Battle of Huck’s Defeat at Brattonsville (York Co.)
  • 7/14-19 S.C. Fire-Rescue Conference in Myrtle Beach
  • 7/15-20 Jr SOS Shag Dancing in North Myrtle Beach
  • 7/17-19 Father and Son Team Classic Golf Tournament in Myrtle Beach
  • 7/18-20 Pageland’s Watermelon Festival
  • 7/26 The Isle of Palms Beach Run 4 mile run/walk+ youth fun runs
  • 7/26-8/2 Big League World Series in Easley for players 16-18 years old
Permalink 03:44:01 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Family Fiesta Night at Freshfields near Kiawah

Don’t let the kids even breathe the word “bored” this month! There’s Family Fiesta Night at Freshfields near Kiawah on the 10th and 24th, Mining for gems at the Charleston Museum on the 17th, weekly Island Adventure camp at the Family Circle Tennis Center where kids can learn about tennis, soccer or nature. The Charleston Museum will have a History Girl Party on the 12th to coincide with the movie release of ‘Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.”

Permalink 03:42:33 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Wednesday Wine Strolls at Middleton Place.

Looking for a little romance? Try the Wednesday Wine Strolls each week at Middleton Place. If you’re looking for a little more, try the full moon harbor cruise on the Schooner Pride on the 18th.

Permalink 03:41:32 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Charleston native Jimmy Hagood

Speaking of BBQ (and Men’s Vogue June 6 issue was recently), Charleston native Jimmy Hagood was pulling his Blackjack BBQ rig into NYC for the 6th Annual Snapple Big Apple BBQ Block party in Madison Square Park. 14 pit masters from around the country served up plates of their specialties for an appreciative crowd. This is just a teaser for the Southern National BBQ Championships and Bluegrass Festival to be held the end of August at Boone Hall.

Permalink 03:40:26 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

The Flip Flop Ball is back.

This is one fundraiser that you won’t need to dress to impress. It’s all fun, dancing and pigging out on great BBQ and enjoying the liquid refreshments for a good cause on Gold Bug Island 7-11pm

Permalink 03:39:57 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series

If you’re holding out for some more outdoor fun, James Island County Park will be jamming with the latest installment of the Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series on the 19th.

Permalink 03:39:13 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Chamber Music Charleston performs at the Old Exchange

Anyone not get their fill of music during Spoleto? You’re in luck! Chamber Music Charleston performs at the Old Exchange on the 15th.
If opera is your choice, head down to the Charleston Library on Calhoun Street. On the 18th they will show “La Traviata” with Beverly Sills filmed at Wolf Trap in 1976. On the 22nd, “Don Carlo” will be shown, recorded live at La Scala.

Permalink 03:38:06 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Broadway Showstoppers!

Brings us 2 hours of unforgettable memories of the Broadway stage from the Ziegfield Follies through today’s hits. July 10-13 at the Charleston Music Hall. Then the small screen gives way to the stage on the 14th ,when Emmy award-winning Leslie Jordan, the 4’11” funny man from Will and Grace, Ugly Betty, Reba and Boston Legal just to name a few, will present his southern humor show, “My trip Down the Pink Carpet” at the same venue.

Permalink 03:36:39 pm, Categories: Charleston Life and Family  

A late Happy Independence Day to us all!

When we look around the globe at the conditions in so many countries, we realize what a
special holiday this is. There are as many ways to celebrate the day as there are small towns across our state. Here’s a preview.


Permalink 09:31:53 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Mid-Life Career Change

I decided after 21 years as a business owner to close it last October. I had started the business with my parents four months before my wedding. The funny thing is, I had started real estate school and then decided to work with my parents. As it turns out it was a good decision. A year and two days after my wedding I was blessed with the birth of a beautiful daughter. Then three years later blessed with the birth of another beautiful daughter. I was able to take them to work with me and their Honey and Pop, (grandparents), were able to enjoy each day with them. My dad died and four years later my mom died, so I decided I needed to go back to my dream of real estate. The scariest part of this dream was going back to school and having to pass a test. This delayed the process for about a year and a half. I worried, can I make a living doing this? Will I be able to learn everything there is to this business? Most of all I wondered if was I to old too old to start over. How dumb is that? Once I passed the test I was so ready to get to work. I love what I do each and everyday. I meet and work with great people from every walk of life and backgrounds. I work with couples who are just starting out and buying their first home, some are starting families and need a larger home and some who are ready to retire and want to down-size. There are also those relocating here for their jobs and those who are retiring to Charleston for the great life style Charleston, South Carolina affords them. I will never second guess my decision to make a career change this late in life. I finally feel as though I make a difference in other peoples lives. It is a huge decision to buy a home and I love helping my clients feel comfortable with their decisions. What it boils down to is things happen for a reason and had I gone into real estate when my girls were little I may have missed out on softball games, practices, swim meets and field trips. Those years you can not get back. I hope if a mid-life job change is in your future you research and go for it today! Good Luck!


Permalink 09:58:22 pm, Categories: Charleston Life and Family  


This weekend was my birthday. Wow what a week in Charleston. Wednesday, my sister and brother (by marriage)which is better than my own took our girls group out for a boat cruise. We ate and then left James Island Creek into the Charleston Harbor and down the Ashley River. We cut the motors after we went under the double Ashley River bridges and floated with the incoming tide for three or four miles. We went for a swim and floated with the boat. The water was so warm and comforting. Then on Friday afternoon most of our friends took a half day off work and showed up at my pool and when I got home they were planning the night. My husband and I had to go to a going away party for some guys at work at Red's Ice House on Mt. Pleasant. What a meat market! Well it was Friday afternoon. We said our goodbye and arrived home to our friends cooking burgers and dogs on the grill. What a treat! We ate, swam and talked late into the night. On Saturday I held an open house at one of my listings and then showed property. I got home and was working on the computer and my sister and mother-in-law showed up and told me I needed to leave. They had come bearing gifts. They planted all of my pots with blooming Sweet Potatoe vines, Gerber Daisies, Hybiscus and Verbena among other plants. My entire backyard looked totally different with a few pots of flowers. I was brought to tears. There was a heat index of 101 on Saturday. We cooked dinner for four and ended up with sixteen. We had food left over. Somehow thats how it ends up in the South, we just don't know how to cook for four. Love this life. How many people get a weeks worth of birthday? It is Sunday and I am so ready for Monday, so I can rest. I hope your birthday measures up!!!


Permalink 11:03:47 pm, Categories: Charleston Life and Family  

Life, Marriage and Kids Living in Charleston, SC

What I know about life, marriage and kids after 22 years of marriage and two girls turning 21 and 18 this winter seems to be absolutely nothing. I do know that I pray more than I ever have in my entire life. I pray that I will know what to say and when to say it and that they take it the right way. Life is a whole job in itself. How do we have time to work?! Thank God the weather and lifestyle in Charleston, South Carolina otherwise known as the Lowcounrty is a very relaxing, friendly place to raise a family. I don't ever (hardly ever) worry about my kids safety, as far as crime goes, as I do about the decisions they will make. When you live in a place like Charleston the kids are all known buy parents, teachers,and coaches of other kids from the schools and the recreational centers and they seem to feel other eyes watching them. Enough of that. Both of my kids are out tonight and the 17 year had here last day of school today and thinks she has been set free. She will be a senior next fall after all. She attends James Charter Island High School which is one of the best and has an International Baccaluriet program which she is not in!! So to end, my prayers are headed upwards. God Speed.


Permalink 04:11:45 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Piccolo Spoleto Festival Charleston SC

The Spoletians are here in record numbers!!! They seem to be quite happy with the events of the 17 day festival this year: Over 120 performances covering opera, theatre, music theatre, dance, and chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music. And don’t forget the visual arts. This year’s productions will include a few American premieres. Sister festival, Piccolo Spoleto, has grown to a full festival in its own right.

Permalink 04:11:13 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

The 2007 Sweetgrass Festival

The 2007 Sweetgrass Festival, part of Piccolo, will be held on the 7th, 8th and 9th. The festivities will be held at Laing middle School in Mt Pleasant and are free, as is the parking. Over 100 basket weavers will be on hand demonstrating their craft plus authentic Gullah musical groups, praise dancing, Gullah cuisine and storytellers.

Permalink 04:10:52 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

31st Spoleto Finale

Don’t miss the 31st Spoleto Finale at Middleton Gardens on June 10th. The gates open for picnicking at 3:30 and the concert is slated to start at 8:30. The fireworks are always worth the wait.

Permalink 04:10:30 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Reggae music - Jah Works - James Island County Park

If what you’re really looking is Reggae music, then James Island County Park has your ticket. June 23rd is the first of three summer concerts by Jah Works.

Permalink 04:09:55 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

The US Air Force Celtic band

The US Air Force Celtic band will be playing a free evening concert in Summerville’s town square on June 19th. The Heritage Aire Celtic Ensemble will perform at 6:30

Permalink 04:09:37 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

The Flowertown Players

The Flowertown Players will stage Brighton Beach Memoirs June 15th-17th at the James Dean Community Theatre. They
Will also host a children’s studio workshop June 13– July 18th.

Permalink 04:09:18 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Folly Fishing Pier - Moonlight Mixers, Shaggin’ on the Pier

The Folly Fishing Pier wants you to stop by and dance the night away as they present their Moonlight Mixers, Shaggin’ on the Pier. Advance tickets only for the events that run one Friday in each month through September.

Permalink 04:08:52 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

day of recognition

A major date on the calendar for our state is June 28 - Carolina Day. Celebrated as a day of recognition by South Carolinians for all the patriots who fought and died for American and our state’s freedom. The day will start with the bells from St Michael’s and St Phillip’s Churches. At noon all the church bells will ring. The Fireproof Building will be open to the public. A procession from Washington Park on Broad and Meeting will make its way to the Battery for the unveiling and dedication of the Statue of William Moultrie.

Permalink 04:08:14 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Salt Lake City sang the praise of the Holy City

The Deseret News in Salt Lake City sang the praise of the Holy City recently. They commented on Gullah Tours, Gallery Chuma, Culinary Tours by Carolina Food Pros and the Avery Research Center.

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