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Old Santee Canal Park

Fall is a spectacular time
of the year to get out and about in the
Lowcountry. Old Santee Canal Park is holding a Yellow Ribbon
Camp on
the 6th. It's a fun day at the park for children in grades
1-5 with a parent, grandparent or sibling serving overseas. Pictures
will be taken throughout the day then posted online to share with your
favorite soldier. A prepaid mailing box will be included to send crafts
and pictures overseas also.

Permalink 09:22:18 pm, Categories: Bunnell's Blog Entry  

listen up Clemson fans

September is
Native American, Hispanic Heritage, Save the Tiger
(listen up Clemson fans) and National Honey Month. The 7th honors Grandparents
and is Grandma Moses birthday. 9/11 will always be observed with a special
13th celebrates the birthday of the founder of Hershey Chocolate and
of the author Roald Dahl, who wrote Willie Wonka. The
22nd ushers in the first day of fall. Let's keep our fingers crossed
for a safe hurricane season.

Permalink 09:21:56 pm, Categories: Bunnell's Blog Entry  

Welcome to September

Welcome to September can (almost) convince yourself that there's
a cool breeze in your future. Labor Day starts the month. It was reluctantly
signed into law by Grover Cleveland over 100 years ago to celebrate
the workers of America. Now it pretty much marks the end of the summer.


Permalink 09:54:52 pm, Categories: Bunnell's Blog Entry  

Charleston Things to Do :: August 08

I'd have to say these qualify as the dog days of summer. The only sound in many neighborhoods is the hum of air conditioners struggling to keep us cool. Stores are getting in their fall merchandise and parents, clutching school lists, are choking the aisles. Yes, it's August in the Lowcountry.

It's turtle time on the beaches. Folly has reported 36 Loggerhead nests and one Leatherback nest. Watchers are looking forward to this month's hatching. There are a few things that we can do to make this more successful each year. Remove all of your belongings from the beach when you leave. Don't leave large holes that could trap the turtles; they are only graceful in the water. Turning off exterior lights at the beach helps with turtle navigation. Also, please report sightings to local public safety officers so they can notify the turtle teams.

From turtles to eagles...the contest is over and after an extremely close count, Liberty is the name chosen for the rescued American Bald Eagle at the Aquarium. Second place went to Bert, named for Stephen Colbert, local comedian.

Another contest with an August 22nd deadline is the BB+T Charleston Food + Wine Festival 2009 poster. Get moving!

Speaking of art, the downtown Charleston art gallery, Mountains to the Sea, received the 2008 Best of Charleston Award in the Art Gallery category by the US Local Business Assoc.

The 18th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition will be held beginning on the 22nd at the Old Santee Canal Park. The juried art show will have cash awards for the winners in five categories.

Two movies wrapped in S.C. with 2009 air dates: “Nailed” with Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Biel was shot around Columbia and Kevin Kostner in “The New Daughter”. This year “Dear John” based on a Nichols Sparks novel and “Band of Angels”, a post-Civil war movie by Hallmark will be shot.

Cottage Living magazine has named Noisette, the North Charleston community, as one of the Top 10 Neighborhoods for 2008. They say” Today those 3,000 acres--dubbed Noisette after the 19th century botanist- are being reshaped in a massive effort that may indeed result in a model new city, where sustainability and quality of life are the top priorities.” Wow!

The wholly green neighborhood in Noisette, Oak Terrace Preserve, has been named one of the nation's leading green built community developments. Included in the book”Choosing Green: A Homebuyer's Guide”, they also honored developments in Atlanta, Wilmington and Florida.

Travel + Leisure's readers have bumped Charleston up two spots from last year's World Best Awards. Rated 4th in the Top 10 Cities, Charleston trailed only New York, San Francisco and Chicago. Charleston Place (#31), the Planters Inn (#57) and the Sanctuary At Kiawah (#76) ranked among the Top 100 Hotels in the continental US and Canada.

If you've been to St Andrews Shopping Center recently the demolition of 70,000 square feet of existing stores has begun. Harris Teeter will build a 52,000 square foot store in the 50 year old shopping center. Home Depot has announced a new southeastern supply center will be built near Dixiana, mid state.

The Southern National Barbeque Championship and Bluegrass Festival will be at Boone Hall Plantation on the 31st of August. Professional teams will compete in the Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event. There will be plenty of music to help you work off all the offerings.

There will be two Moonlight Mixers this month. The dances on the 8th and the 29th will spotlight Shagging on the Pier at Folly Beach.

Hootie and the Blowfish will return on the 15th for their Annual Homegrown Concert at the Family Circle Magazine Stadium on Daniel Island. The group has always encouraged concertgoers to bring school supplies as a donation. It's been so successful in the past that the group is basing their entire 24 city tour on giving to the economically disadvantaged and will conclude the tour here where it all began.

The Reggae Summer Concert Series continues at James Island County Park on the evening of the16th with Dubconscious from Athens, GA. The series runs monthly each summer at the park.

The Dances of Universal Peace will be performed at Gage Hall (4 Archdale) also on the evening of the16th. Sufi dancing is part of an ageless tradition of participatory meditative circle dance.

Chamber Music Charleston will perform a program of music at the Old Exchange Building on the evening of the 16th. It will include Francaix Divertissement for oboe, clarinet and bassoon and a Vivaldi Concerto for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and harpsichord.

Downtown Summerville will host DREAMfest on the 21st. It is billed as a gathering of exhibits, entertainment and refreshments. Concerts will be held at Hutchinson Square. DREAM is the Town's non-profit revitalization organization.

Revitalization experts from Main Street South Carolina and the National Trust Main Street Center will be assessing the downtown Summerville area at the beginning of the month. They will present a plan to enhance the historic downtown area with the accent on historic.

Speaking of revitalizing an area, Jafza International's plans for a logistics, distribution and manufacturing center east of I 95 near 301 will be bringing about 10,000 jobs to the area. Already the area is beginning to see a construction boom. A gated community on the shores of Lake Marion in Clarendon County has begun selling home sites in anticipation. Across the lake, Orangeburg County is bracing for an explosion of construction with land acquisition already underway.

With new development comes the need for roads. Charleston County's Roadwise Program has hired seven interns to work with engineering companies that have county road projects. It's your half cent sales tax at work.

Clemson has been recognized as a Center for Excellence for Watershed Management by the EPA. It's the third center to be designated in the southeast.

The Medical University has been named by the US News and World Report as one of the country's best hospitals in the treatment of digestive and respiratory disorders. MUSC has also announced it will be the site of a new center for stem cell research. This could position our state as a bioengineering and biomedical leader.

ESPN announced the inaugural Charleston Classic, a twelve game men's college basketball tournament that will be held November 14th-16th at the new C of C gym. The Southern Conference sponsored meet will open the new Carolina First Center. So far all but one team has been named to the 8 team roster: C of C, Clemson, East Tennessee State, Hofstra, Temple, Texas Christian and Western Michigan.

The 13th Big Kahuna Fishing Tournament is scheduled for the 23rd at the Folly Beach Pier. If you're a little rusty in your technique, the Charleston Angler has lots of instructional classes this month including Saltwater Fly Fishing, Kayak Fishing, Saltwater Fly Tying, Inshore Fishing and Beginners Classes.

Charleston County Parks continue their kayak instruction if you want to put that fishing class to good use. Then, there are trips scheduled from harbor tours to Morris Island to whitewater trips. They are also offering a full slate of climbing classes.

The big golf news is the Amateur at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. For the first time, male amateurs of all ages can compete in a flighted individual stroke play golf tournament at the Ocean Course Sept.4-7th. Get in shape now; it's a walk only course.


We keep hearing folks ask “Where have all the fireflies gone? They were everywhere when we were kids.” Then they tell similar stories of mayonnaise jars with holes in the lids and how much joy they got from the whole experience. The insect guys at The Museum of Science in Boston have set up a Citizen Firefly Watch for the summer to see if there has been an actual decrease in the population (besides the mayonnaise jar losses that is). You can log on to the site at and see the progress or join in yourself. You'll learn they aren't flies at all, they're beetles. But they've always been lightning bugs around here.

Have a safe August, stay cool and enjoy your Labor Day. Remember to keep an eye out soon for the school busses and children at bus stops across the area.


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Rice Planters Amateur Golf Tournament

The Rice Planters Amateur Golf Tournament, one of the Top Ten amateur events in the country, is slated for July 1-5 at Snee Farm in Mt Pleasant. The four day invitational is celebrating its 33rd anniversary. James Island County Park will be the site for a July 6th, July 27th and August 10th Charleston Sprint Triathlon. The 7:15 am star will see competitors swim 0.3 miles in the freshwater lake, bike the 13 mile course followed by a 5K run. Wow! The dog park will be closed until 10am on these days to accommodate the series.

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Charleston County Parks

The Charleston County Parks have so many activities besides water parks it will wear you out just thinking about it. There are magic shows, shagging on the pier on the 11th, climbing classes, family canoeing and kayaking classes and trips, and also whitewater and sea kayaking classes. Explore the sky with the portable digital planetarium or take a sunset/moonlight canoe trip at Caw Caw. Learn surf seining at the Folly Beach County Park or stroll the beach on Isle of Palms with a naturalist. There’s plenty to see at the Birds of Prey show at James Island or Wannamaker Park. Regular early morning bird walks are held at Caw Caw. Feel like fishing? The monthly fishing tournament on the pier at Folly will be on the 26th or you can learn to make Long Leaf Pine needle baskets at Caw Caw if fishing isn’t for you. Or you could just relax with a good book in the library’s summer reading contest. We’re seeing more and more folks cycling these days. Bike on over to Marion Square on the 6th for the Community Bike Workshop to share knowledge, tools and bike parts. Bring a project!

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Broadway Showstoppers! - Charleston Music Hall.

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.

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The Charleston Community Band

Presenting a patriotic concert at the Pierce Park Pool and Pavilion on Daniel Island on the 3rd. The 60 piece volunteer band has been entertaining the Lowcountry for over thirty years.

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Morris Island 54th Massachusetts Regiment Civil War Reinactment

If the history of the Civil War and especially the 54th Massachusetts Regiment (remember the movie “Glory”?)is more to your interest, there will be a Memorial Service of the Assault on Battery Wagner on the 18th. at 3:45 on Morris Island. Boats will depart the Maritime Center at 3 pm. Bring your own lawn chair.


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Boating in Charleston Harbor

Wow! Sunday! What a way to start the week. Went in the boat to a beach on Kiawah with friends. It was hot the water was cool and it was a beautiful day. Our ride took us from James Island Creek through the Charleston Harbor to the Intercoastal Waterway into the Stono River. You can view the downtown Charleston and the outer islands. Sullivans Island and Morris Island light houses. Map of Charleston Harbor


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PalmettoPride Classic

Don’t miss the PalmettoPride Classic, the next to the last stop on the Nationwide Golf Tour, October 16-22. The Junior Clinic will be on Tuesday at 3 pm, the Pro-Am on Wednesday and the first round of the Classic is slated to start at 8 am Thursday and run through Sunday.

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13th Annual Harvest for Habitat

The 7th will see the 13th Annual Harvest for Habitat second golf tournament at Legends Golf Club. It will benefit Dorchester County’s Habitat efforts.

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Softball for Seniors

The Lowcountry Senior Softball Season is running through November. The over 50 crowd plays Monday and Wednesday at Cook Field. A new study out says that 60 is the new 45. They estimate 78 million Baby Boomers are reaching 60 about now.

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36th Sunfish World Championships

Don’t forget the 36th Sunfish World Championships are being held the first week of October. 100 identical 2006 World Series Special edition Sunfish will battle it out in Charleston Harbor.

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Halloween for Adults

For adults only this year, we have two Halloween treats. The Edgar Allan Poe “Back from the Grave” tour will provide a multi-sensory tour of the famous poet’s terrifying works on the 7th. And on the 28th, 5th Annual Nightmare on Calhoun Street will transform the Gaillard into turn of the century Paris, where the heads rolled and the crowds cheered. $12,000 in cash and prizes. Two costume contests will be held: Early at 11 and Late at 12:30.

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Safe & Spooky

There’s so much on tap for Halloween this year it’s hard to keep up. Just keep the goblins safe this holiday. If you want to celebrate the holiday with some spooky theatre Charleston Stage Company will produce Julian Wiles’ “Nevermore”. It explores the mysterious end of Edgar Allen Poe’s life.

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Creative Kids Corner

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry has been named a recipient of the Healthy SC Challenge Community Award in the category for outstanding youth focused initiatives.
The Aquarium is searching for the next official spokeskid, the 2007 Sea Star. SC students 8-11 need to write a 100-250 word essay on why they want the title. Encouraged to be creative and original, the essays are due 12/1.

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19th Annual Mt. P. Children’s Day Festival

East Cooper has a family weekend planned. On the 14th is the Daniel Island Park Day. In its sixth year, it will be held in conjunction with the Kids for the Cure benefit. On the 15th, Park West Rec Center will host the 19th Annual Mt. P. Children’s Day Festival. The theme is “Pirates and Mermaids”.

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Manke at the DIll Sanctuary

What better way to spend an afternoon than a Rudy Manke nature walk at the Dill Sanctuary for the Museum’s Annual Family Picnic on the 29th. of October.

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CSO’s Designer House

A CSO’s Designer House will be East of the Cooper for the first time. 22 Joggling Street in I’On will be open for the rest of the month.

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More Moja...the Invitational Juried Art Exhibit will be on display at 125 Bull Street this month; the 2006 MOJA poster artist, Doyle Cloyd’s work is at the Dock Street and The Negro League City Portraits by Nancy Valley at the Chas. Visitors Center. Winding up on the 7th is the Sweetgrass Basket Competition and Exhibition also at the Dock Street.

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For Fun and Music

If you’d rather kick up your heels, the 7th will be your day. Old Santee Canal’s 7th Pickin in the Park will have lots of bluegrass, food and drink for you. The Charleston Symphony will host Rhythm on the River at Reverie on the Ashley. Guests will also enjoy edibles and libations, mood-setting interior designs and rooftop terrace gardens. The Men’s Glee Club from the Naval Academy will entertain at the First Scots Presbyterian Church. You’ll have to wait until the 15th if you’re looking for the blues. The annual benefit for the Lowcountry Blues Relief Fund will be at Bowen’s Island.

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