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Permalink 06:31:17 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

40 things every southerner ought to do

Southern Living is celebrating their 40th anniversary. The staff got together and asked the question: ”What makes a genuine southerner?” After much discussion they decided it wasn’t just place of birth but shared experiences that defined us. They assembled a list of “40 things every southerner ought to do.”

Number 12 came in as Find A Classic. Touting the rise of crafts in the South to the status of art, they chose the Lowcountry Sweetgrass Basket as a must have. Number 28 rang in “Shop til You Drop” discussing the sport from Texas to New Orleans to Florida. Charleston’s own King Street was hailed as “a buyer’s mecca in a grand setting.” Number 38 highlighted the lush public gardens which adorn our region. Middleton Place, our nation’s oldest landscaped garden, was chosen. It was here that the camellia and so many other plants that we now call our own were introduced.

Another article featured Abbeville, SC and described the Belmont Inn and the Abbeville Opera House for dinner and a show. Also featured was the Edisto Memorial Garden on the banks of the Edisto River in Orangeburg, beautiful anytime but especially when the roses are blooming.

Permalink 06:29:58 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Sticky Fingers returns to Home Shopping Network

Sticky Fingers returned to the Home Shopping Network in June. In their 4 hour May time slot, they sold over 1,000 lbs of ribs, 3,000 lbs of wings and more than 440 packs of sauce!

Permalink 06:22:58 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

CARTA buses now have bike racks

Tired of hunting for a parking place? If you’re in the mood to bike through Charleston, CARTA buses now have bike racks that will make city travel much more economical. Making it even cheaper, you can ride the CARTA buses FREE four special days this summer– all buses, all routes.

Permalink 06:22:30 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Shag Under the Stars at Folly Beach

There’s still time to Shag Under the Stars at the Folly Beach Pier on July 7th. Sponsored by PRT, the pier will also be the site of a Fishing Tournament on July 15. Reggae Nights will be Jamakin’ you crazy on the 22nd.Have 2 left feet? The Lowcountry Senior Center presents Beginners Shag lessons Tuesdays at 6:30 through August 1st. This may not help on the pier but there’s always a place to shag in Charleston, all year long. If making music is more to your taste, the Charleston Police Pipes and Drums offers bagpipe and drumming lessons, materials provided.

Permalink 06:22:03 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Colonial Kids Series

The Charleston Museum is offering Colonial Kids Series, children 3-5 and 6-8 are invited to join. They’re making soap in the next classes.

Permalink 06:21:43 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Plans afoot for Christmas in Charleston

If the hot weather is getting you down, this may be the perfect time to tell you about the plans afoot for Christmas in Charleston. What do you do with holiday guests? There’s a new website by the Visitors Bureau named to help with that dilemma. Some of the highlights include: James Island County Park’s Festival of Lights beginning Nov 10th. It made the Top 10 List in 2004. Plantation Christmas will feature Middleton Place. Holly Days in Summerville look good, the North Charleston Festival is Dec 2 and the 27th Annual parade of Boats will leave Wando terminal the same day. The 20th Annual Progressive Dinner will combine a nighttime tour, carriage ride and fine cuisine. I feel the cooler weather already.

Permalink 06:20:43 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Explore the city’s past through its food

Hungry? Try a foodies’ tour. Explore the city’s past through its food each Friday afternoon. Carolina Food Pros celebrate “A Taste of Culinary History...Cooking, Dining and Entertaining in 18th and 19th Century Charleston. Guests will be treated to fine homes, kitchen lore and a collation, a tasting of Lowcountry foods. Saturday will find you roaming the Farmer’s Market on the Savor the Flavor Tour with additional tasting stops.

Permalink 06:20:19 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Golf magazine names Kiawah one of the “Best Places to Play”

Golf is big this summer. Readers of Golf magazine have chosen Kiawah and its five courses for inclusion in its “Best Places to Play” poll results. The Ocean Course maintained it 5 star rating, one of only 17 North American public access courses rated this highly. The other four courses netted 4.5 stars. Scored strictly by the golfers, not “experts” or editors, the resort was applauded for its high level of service.

Permalink 06:19:14 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Bucky Dudley

Coming home is how Bucky Dudley summarized his feelings on being named the new Head Golf Professional at Patriot’s Point. Heavily involved in junior golf programs, Dudley began his career there after graduation from the Citadel, where he was Captain of the golf team.

Permalink 06:18:26 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Dragon Boat Charleston crew places 1st

Congratulations to the Dragon Boat Charleston crew! They competed in the Boston Dragon Boat festival. They placed first and second in the cancer survivor division together with a third in the womens division and a first in the mixed team trials. Way to Go!

Permalink 06:17:45 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Mike Veeck named to Hall of Fame

Mike Veeck, maverick co-owner of the Charleston River Dogs, was one of four named to the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame Class of 2006. He will be inducted at the 47th All Star Game.

Permalink 06:16:56 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Governor’s Cup of Surfing

The Third Annual State of South Carolina Governor’s Cup of Surfing will be held at Folly Beach the first weekend in August. Sponsored by the Eastern Surfing Assoc., the competition culminates in the naming of the South Carolina Male and Female State Champion. Hundreds of surfers from around the state will be on hand for the competition.

Permalink 06:16:26 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

2006 Platinum Award for Excellence

Family Circle Magazine has received a 2006 Platinum Award for excellence for the Family Cup in multi-year programs for 2006. The award was given in recognition of the magazine’s role in creating and implementing a successful women’s sporting event.

Permalink 06:15:52 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Chazzfest, Charleston’s newest festival

It’s almost time for Chazzfest, yes, I said Chazzfest, Charleston’s newest festival. September will see the first Charleston Music and Heritage Festival at the Family Circle Tennis Center with blues, rock, jazz, funk, hip hop, beebop, you name it.

Permalink 06:15:24 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Fantasy in the Garden

Inspiration from abroad…”Fantasy in the Garden...Gardening with Wit and Wisdom” will be the theme of the 2006 Charleston Garden Festival at Middleton Place in October. An English garden author and restorer will be the keynote speaker. The guest lecturer all the way from Australia grows nearly 3,000 different varieties of roses, one of the largest and most diverse collection in the world.

Gardening enthusiasts will enjoy the exhibit gardens where guest designers will showcase their best installations.

Permalink 06:14:23 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Charleston Harbor Society - Sandlapper Magazine

Sandlapper Magazine recently turned the spotlight on the Charleston Harbor Society. The fledgling group, formed by William Thomas-Moore, model shipwright, and maritime gallery co-owner, Diane Scher aims to make people aware of the impact that the port has had on the city throughout its evolution. Long term, they would like to establish a world class nautical museum that could be a traveling exhibit, more of a community outreach than an permanent space. Currently they are spreading the word via bi-monthly meetings with speakers and public forums. Also in the Spring edition a great article on Tarpon migration through the area written by Rick Leonardi and illustrated with great lowcountry photos by Michael Foster.

Permalink 06:13:40 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Charleston - Down Right Affordable - AARP

Last but not least...Charleston was included in an article in AARP that called us a downright affordable retirement destination! They started with the cheapest states to live in as a retiree (income, property and sales taxes), factored in weather, recreational opportunities and livability (access to health care and transportation.) They came up with five places and Charleston made the cut. Residents Margaret and Ian MacDonald were interviewed for the article.


Permalink 05:56:49 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Magnolia pins to aid the recovery efforts

Coastal Classics, an upscale home store on Upper King St, will be selling pewter Magnolia pins to aid the recovery efforts in the hurricane ravaged magnolia states. The store is the only location in Charleston to sell the unique pin, crafted from solid pewter in a polished or antique finish. For every $5 pin, $3 will go to hurricane-related funds, including the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund.

Permalink 05:55:25 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

The Spa at the Wentworth Mansion

The Spa at the Wentworth Mansion was named one of America’s Top 20 Salons and Spas by Beauty Launchpad magazine. Urban Nirvana joined with the Wentworth Mansion in October of 2004.

Permalink 05:54:03 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

The Charleston Wedding Guide

If you’re planning a wedding in the Holy City, you’ll want to pick up the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s newest edition of the Wedding Guide: 114 pages of up-to-date info for that special day.

Permalink 05:53:14 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Mary Norton - MooRoo evening bags

If you watched the daytime Emmys, one of the biggest splashes on the red carpet was MooRoo evening bags on the arms of the hottest daytime divas. MooRoo, the brainchild of Charleston’s Mary Norton, was begun in 1998.

Permalink 05:52:24 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

"Edward Hopper in Charleston” & Masterworks Bermuda Collection

If art is your passion, the Gibbes Art Gallery has three treats in store for you. The exhibition,”Edward Hopper in Charleston” will be here for the summer. It shows how the city influenced his creative process and subject matter. The Masterworks Bermuda Collection showcases 18th-20th Century painters’ island works. If the work of Modern European masters is more your style, visit “Imagine: Graphic and Unique works of the Spanish Master Jean Miro”.

Permalink 05:50:18 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

The Palate/Palette Tour

Don’t miss the Palate/Palette Tour July 14th by The Fine Art Dealers Assoc. It’s an evening dedicated to fine art, cuisine and wine. Connoisseurs can stroll through downtown, enjoying art created by renowned artists while indulging in cuisine from Charleston’s top chefs.

Permalink 05:49:44 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Andolini’s has opened on Folly Road

Feel the urge for a slice on the way home from Folly Beach? You’re in luck...Andolini’s has opened on Folly Road bringing their incredible pizza and calzones to the island.

Permalink 05:49:21 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Sublime Pies and Cakes - 1st Place @ National Pie Championships in Orlando

Sublime Pies and Cakes located in Avondale won two first place ribbons at the National Pie Championships in Orlando. Key Lime was the winning ingredient: the judges picked Key lime cheesecake and the bakeries’ well-known Key Lime Pie for the top honors. The annual contest for commercial bakers is sponsored by the American Pie Council.

Permalink 05:48:06 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

The Ocean Room at the Sanctuary

The Ocean Room at the Sanctuary, Kiawah’s new hotel, was voted top restaurant in the Charleston area by the Post Courier. In a town like ours it was up against stiff competition. The Lowcountry has always been well known for its culinary prowess.

Permalink 05:47:39 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

The Bookstore Café

For many years, the Bookstore Café was a hidden gem on the corner of King and Hutson, next to the pink palace library. The menu was eclectic and they served incredibly good breakfast and lunch fare. After helping draw new life into the area, this upper King St. pioneer has moved on. The Clarke’s have relocated their catering business and the restaurant is now open on the corner of Hwy 17 and Anna Knapp Blvd in Mt Pleasant.

Permalink 05:45:38 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Your Place Charleston SC - best burger in town

The exodus continues….the latest established restaurants to move from downtown Charleston to Mt. Pleasant: The Bookstore and Your Place. After 23 years on Market Street, the best burger in town is now served at Your Place at 217 Lucas Street, the space that was occupied by Common Ground. The menu and space has been expanded.

Permalink 05:44:24 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Charleston named 12th hottest town for job growth

Charleston was named a small business boomtown in the May issue of INC magazine. We were named the 12th hottest town for job growth in a medium sized city. Columbia came in at number 50. The company factored in the city’s defense contractors, new tech start-ups and the federal job growth rates. We were the bright spot as the state got poor marks on the whole. We were right behind Boise, ID and just edged out Tucson, AR. at 13th. Winston Salem, NC rated 31st and Asheville 42nd.

Permalink 05:43:22 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

The Southern Living Idea House

For a cool afternoon, spend some time at The Southern Living Idea House opening on June 17th at Daniel Island. The updated traditional home is designed to provide ideas for today’s homeowners. Open Wednesday through Sunday.

Permalink 05:40:19 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Palmetto Park, James Island County Park and Wannamaker Park

If splashing sounds good, Palmetto Park, James Island County Park and Wannamaker Park are the hot spots for the summer. Open 10-6, the water parks are a great cool off in the heat that’s on the way.

Permalink 05:39:48 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

The 5th Lowcountry Open Water Splash

The 5th Lowcountry Open Water Splash, a 2.4 mile open water swim along the Mt Pleasant shoreline, is set for Saturday, June 24. Swimmers will start at the Hobcaw Yacht Club, passing under the new Cooper River Bridge, along side the Yorktown and finishing at the Charleston Harbor Marina and resort at Patriot’s Point. The event will benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care unit at MUSC.

Permalink 05:38:51 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

The Island Heritage Festival - Celebrate Gullah Culture

The Island Heritage Festival will show authentic African customs and traditions in a 5 day celebration on James Island, June 22-26. The mission behind the festival is to celebrate and preserve the African American and Gullah culture on James Island. The festival opens at McLeod Plantation with an African drum ceremony, a 54th regiment re-enactment and commemorative marker ceremony at Sol Legare Park; A Taste of Gullah showcase at Septima Clark School; a Sunset cruise and ceremony; a theatre presentation of “Gullah Gone to Heaven”; Storytelling under the tent at the James Island Library; a Health Fair; Financial Literacy workshops and conversations with Elders.

Permalink 05:36:54 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Kiawah Island’s tennis program - finest in the world

Kiawah Island’s tennis program has notched up another award. The website ranked the resort as the finest in the world. The ranking was based on reviews by visitors to the website. The tennis program is currently ranked as the best tennis resort in the country by TENNIS magazine. There are two separate tennis facilities on Kiawah Island.

Permalink 05:34:36 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Carolina Day at Fort Moultrie

Kids will enjoy Carolina Day at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island. The event is held annually to mark the defeat of the British navy. On June 28, 1776 the Patriot’s defeated the Royal fleet, marking the first decisive victory of the Revolutionary War.

Permalink 05:34:00 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

All-inclusive trip to Capers Island

Family time is valued time. Mt Pleasant Rec. and Barrier Island Eco Tours have joined to offer an all-inclusive trip to Capers Island. There’s the boat ride from the IOP Marina, naturalist -guided tours, crabbing, fishing, kayaking and you can swap adventure stories at the lunchtime beach cookout.

Permalink 05:33:24 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Charleston School of Protocol

The Charleston School of Protocol is stepping up its efforts to help make us successful. Their program “Business Etiquette: What they did not teach you in business school” has been a big hit. Now they’re repeating their successful partnership with the Woodlands Resort by offering a Summer Etiquette Camp for Kids. “Civil Savvy Camp for Kids” aimed at ages 9-13.

Permalink 05:32:40 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

National Portfolio Gold Award - Jessica Atkinson

It’s the end of the school year and so it seems a good time to honor our local winner of the National Portfolio Gold Award given to only 12 high school seniors nationally. Jessica Atkinson was one of 5 honored for her writing.

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