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SHADE. College of Charleston biology professor Arch McCallum shields his face from the harsh sun Friday before a ceremony to unveil a statue commemorating the late U.S. District Judge Waties Waring. McCallum's program is open to a page showing a photograph of Waring. In the background above it under a maroon cloak is the statue. More than 500 people attended the ceremony, including U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Photo by Andy Brack.

Issue 6.24 | Monday, April 14, 2014
Here comes Peter Cottontail

FOCUS Chamber music with flappers
BRACK Arkansas museum is treat
GOOD NEWS Mr. Hopps, new programs
S.C. AT WAR On Charleston's capture
HISTORY Robert E. Marvin
SPOTLIGHT Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
FEEDBACK Rant, rave, send your thoughts
REVIEW Days of God
BROADUS Somebody's ready for E. Bunny
THE LIST Top spots for allergens
QUOTE On gardening
CALENDAR This week ... and next
   
TODAY'S FOCUS: FLAPPER MUSIC

Saturday chamber music concert has Flapper theme
Special to Charleston Currents

APRIL 14, 2014 -- Chamber Music Charleston returns to Memminger Auditorium 7:30 p.m. Saturday for the grand finale performance of its Ovation Concert Series. The evening will capture the spirit of a 1920s Flapper Party with ladies encouraged to don their don their best flapper dress and gents to sport their smartest tux and fedora.

Guest pianist Andrew Armstrong will join musicians of Chamber Music Charleston in a program of music for piano and winds by Gershwin, Poulenc and Mozart.

"We wanted to capture the spirit of an evening in the 1920s, when music, art and fashion was evolving into new forms," explains Chamber Music Charleston director Sandra Nikolajevs. "Jazz music was exploding onto the music scene and old traditions in music were being traded in for new, modern styles."

The concert, which will be in the performance hall at 56 Beaufain Street, opens with music by the traditional classical composer Mozart, as a nod to the past. The program continues with music of Gershwin and Poulenc.

Of all the 20th Century American Composer, George Gershwin was perhaps the most successful at bringing jazz music to the classical concert hall. His Three Preludes in 1926 for solo piano is such a work that blurs the line between classical and jazz. The preludes were later transcribed for clarinet and piano and will feature Chamber Music Charleston clarinetist Charles Messersmith with pianist Armstrong.

The program continues with Francis Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Winds and Mozart's Quintet for Piano and Winds with Regina Helcher Yost (flute), Briana Leahman (oboe), Sandra Nikolajevs (bassoon) and Debra Sherrill Ward (horn) joining Messersmith and Armstrong on stage. Poulenc created music that was whimsical and quirky, using the classical instruments in a new, modern way. The instrumentalists are called upon to play extremely expressively in one turn, and with great virtuosity in the next.

The Ovation Concerts have become a highlight of the concert season with special guest artists, exceptional chamber music and the transformation of the concert area into an exciting venue with wine, food and stunning décor.

Tickets for the 1920s Flapper Party are $25 for theater seating and $40 for table seating (table seating includes complimentary wine). Tickets can be purchased by calling 843-763-4941, online at chambermusiccharleston.org or at the venue 45 minutes prior to the performance.

ANDY BRACK

Arkansas museum is a wonderful sight that makes sore eyes
By ANDY BRACK
Editor and publisher

APRIL 14, 2014 -- When Alice Walton was a child, she painted watercolors of nature as she and her mother visited national parks across the country. But she found painting to be frustrating because, as she writes, she didn't think she could capture nature's beauty.

"Making watercolor paintings has brought Ms. Walton great joy over the years, and it also contributed to her deep appreciation for the work of professional artists," according to information at the museum. "Her initial interest in collecting watercolors grew into a fascination with American art, which soon inspired her to collect works by American artists in many media."

Fast forward a few decades and the grown-up Alice is now a multi-billionaire, thanks to her family's Walmart fortune. What does the art lover do? She spends millions to build a cutting-edge museum of American art in her native northwest Arkansas and more millions to fill it with hundreds of great paintings, watercolors, sculptures and more.


A watercolor by Alice Walton

My father, a sister and I visited the museum Saturday during "Slow Art Day," an annual event in which you are supposed to look more deeply into a few pieces in the collection's paintings as you take in all of the museum's offerings. A one-word summary of spending four hours in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: "Spectacular."

If you haven't been to Bentonville, Ark., you might be surprised to find a town square that would remind you of downtown Barnwell or many other small Southern towns. There's a Confederate statue in the square, a courthouse across the street, a bank on the corner and a couple of lawyers' offices spilling onto sidewalks. But the comparison probably would end there because Bentonville and the millions of dollars energizing its local economy has one of the hippest hotels we've ever visited (21CMuseum Hotel), thriving ethnic restaurants and a multi-level building being constructed with one of the biggest cranes we've seen in a small town.

A couple of minutes away nestled in the Ozark landscape is the museum, a linked series of pod-like buildings held up by suspension cables over a pond in a gully. It's an unlikely geographic location for a museum, but it works wonderfully.


"Nicola D'Inverno Fishing on the Val d'Aosta," by John Singer Sargent.

Like the downtown hotel, the museum is modern and hip, with a cafe called Eleven (the museum opened on 11.11.11) where you can get everything from grilled cheese sandwiches, to Portobello mushroom burgers to red beans and cornbread served with draft beer.

While the surroundings are magnificent, it's the art that draws in crowds -- for free. Here are some reflections on some of the hundreds of pieces of art that span from a 350-year-old painting of Virginia Indians and their village (you've probably seen this in a history textbook) to a neo-Realistic modern portrait of a timekeeper painted a year or two back:

Big names: You'll find many of the big names that span generations of American art -- Peale, Stuart, Sargent, Homer, Hopper, O'Keefe, Rockwell, Andrew Wyeth, Warhol, Jamie Wyeth, to name just a few.


Close-up of Sargent work

Watercolors: A small room of the museum included, "At First Sight: Collecting the American Watercolor," a private collection of some of Walton's favorite watercolors. Our favorite was John Singer Sargent's "Nicola D'Inverno Fishing on the Val d'Aosta," a work that was about 11x14 inches, but had so much detail that the mind boggled. Look, for example, at the detail of the fisherman's face, which was about the size of a postage stamp, and how the white behind it showed frothy water.

Hopper. A small section of the museum was devoted to artist Edward Hopper, known for his stark, almost abstract geographic works of realism. Most enjoyable was a display of several sketches of what became "Journey to Blackwell's Island" (1928), which was on loan from the Whitney Museum of Art. Seeing the sketches and the artist's notes indicating the color of buildings was more impressive when you looked at the finished piece.


"Roofs of the Cobb Barn"

But the painting wasn't the best of Hopper's work in the room. That distinction went to a watercolor that was so precise that it looked like a photograph. "Roofs of the Cobb Barn" (1931), at right, is a Cape Cod scene that shows stark coastal landscape with the simple form of barn roofs. According to the museum's notes, "Hopper used light, color and form to render the rigid geometry of the barn buildings to harmony with the natural environment, creating a quite meditative atmosphere. The composition delivers an unexpectedly modern statement in the context of a realist landscape."


From "Rosie the Riveter"

Rosie. Norman Rockwell's "Rosie the Riveter" (1943) was comfortably familiar and much better in person than in art books.


"Jessica Penn in Black with White Plumes"

One thing stood out that we had never noticed: Rosie's shoe, which looked like a penny loafer, stood firmly on top of Hitler's "Mein Kampf," a sure statement intended to rouse patriotism if there ever were.

Dark palette. Artist Robert Henri's "Jessica Penn in Black with White Plumes" was an amazing portrait in how it guided a viewer's eyes to the subject's face through use of white elements that seemed to blink from a dark-on-dark canvas. "Henri introduced American audiences to a radical new mode of portraiture characterized by dark palette, gestural brushwork and spare compositions," according to museum notes.

While the Crystal Bridges museum is manageable in size, there's so much there that you have to take a time out during a visit to be able to soak it all in. One thing is for clear: I'll be back.

Andy Brack is editor and publisher of Charleston Currents and Statehouse Report. He can be reached at: publisher@charlestoncurrents.com.

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SPOTLIGHT

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring Charleston Currents to you at no cost. Today we shine our spotlight on Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, founded in 1676 by the Drayton family. It has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870. Open 365 days a year, Magnolia offers its visitors splendid tours of nature and history and the role African-Americans played in the development of its award-winning Romantic-style gardens.

SOUTH CAROLINA AT WAR: APRIL 1864

"To capture Charleston would be glorious!"
By DOUGLAS W. BOSTICK, contributing editor
Special to Charleston Currents

April 1864 was the beginning of the fourth year of the year and the issue was no more settled than it was when the war began in Charleston Harbor in 1861. The Union Siege of Charleston had stalled and the "seedbed of secession" was stubbornly avoiding capture. Indeed, by April 1864, many general officers in the Union army had serious doubts that Charleston would ever succumb to the constant bombardment and probing by the Union troops in the Lowcountry.

In mid-April, Jonathan L. Whitaker, a physician serving as a United States Army surgeon, was traveling by ship from Pennsylvania to Beaufort, South Carolina. As his ship was passing off the coast of Charleston, Dr. Whitaker writes to his wife, "About Sundown tonight we expect to pass in sight of the city of Charleston and Fort Sumter, those two celebrated objects which have been familiar to us ever since the war broke out. It will be great satisfaction to me to look upon these places even though they are still crowned by the flag of treason and Rebellion."

The conditions in Charleston were difficult for both armies. The Confederate troops suffered from dwindling supplies of food, uniforms, and medicine. Meat was exceedingly scarce. The majority of the Union troops were spread across the Sea Islands from Seabrook to Folly to Morris Islands. While their food and medicine were plentiful, their living conditions were brutal, living on sandy islands with little relief from the elements. A soldier with the Ringgold Regiment from Pennsylvania would write home, "We used scavenged pieces of boards and parts of cracker boxes to raise our tents above the sand." Many of the Union troops attempted to dig "basements" in the sand to gain some relief from the relentless beach wind, only to have their retreat invaded by salt water seeping in their space.

April 1864 became, for both armies, a time of transition in their senior command. On April 20, General P. G. T. Beauregard was relieved of command of the Confederate Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida to assist Robert E. Lee with the defense of Richmond. He had demonstrated an unusual resilience in his staunch defense of Charleston, and President Davis called on the Cajun general to do the same with the tightening noose around the Confederate capital.


Jones

Beauregard was replaced by replaced by Major General Samuel Jones. Jones, a Virginian, was a West Point graduate and a former professor of mathematics and tactics at his alma mater. Immediately prior to the war, he was on the staff of the Judge Advocate of the Army in Washington, DC. After Virginia's secession, Sam Jones served as chief of artillery and ordinance in the Provisional Confederate Army. He commanded the Army of Western Virginia from December 1862 to March 1864.

Like Beauregard, Union General Quincy Gillmore was also called to Virginia. Interestingly, Beauregard and Gillmore would immediately face each other again in the May Bermuda Hundred Campaign outside of Richmond. A clear indication of the growing sense of futility in the Siege of Charleston, the Union army and navy dramatically reduced their forces in the Lowcountry as more than eighteen thousand troops and several gunboats and the man-of-war New Ironsides departed for duty northward.


Foster

Major General John G. Foster replaced Gillmore in Charleston. Foster was an engineer in at Fort Sumter in April 1861 during the initial attack signaling the beginning of the war. The anger over the forced evacuation of their post by Beauregard was a memory that left Foster highly motivated to accomplish what Gillmore could not-the surrender of Fort Sumter and the capture of Charleston. Despite the many senior officers that now felt that Charleston could not be taken, Foster expressed his excitement over his new post by writing, "To capture Richmond would be grand, but to capture Charleston would be glorious."

Douglas W. Bostick grew up on James Island, and his ancestors in South Carolina date back to colonial America. He is the author of several books and numerous articles that have appeared in historical journals, magazines and national newsletters. A graduate of the College of Charleston, Bostick earned a master's degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a former staff and faculty member of the University of South Carolina and the University of Maryland.

GOOD NEWS

Thousands of eggs ready for Magnolia's annual Easter hunt

Eggbert Hopps, Magnolia Plantation and Garden's mascot, has stuffed thousands of plastic eggs with candy and prizes for the 2014 Easter Egg Hunt on April 19.

Children will be divided into four age groups for the 30-minue hunts on the lawn next to the Peacock Café.

The first group -- children 2 and under -- will start at 10:30 a.m. The hunt for 3- to 5-year-olds will start at 11 a.m. An hour later will come the hunt for children ages 6 and 7. Children from 8 to 10 will get their chance to find a prize at 1 p.m. Space is limited. Please arrive 30 minutes before a hunt time.

Prizes include a nature train ride for up to five individuals; a nature boat ride for up to five individuals; an annual family membership; chocolate Easter bunnies; and a birthday party for up to 30 children.

Mr. Hopps will attend the Easter Egg Hunt, and he will be available to pose for pictures with children starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 1:30 p.m. Photographer Christine Smith will have a variety of packages available for purchase. Magnolia has paid the sitting fee.

The Easter Egg Hunt is free with garden admission and for families with annual memberships.

Group seeks community involvement with new program

The Humanities Foundation announced April 9 that a new project, the Community Involvement Program (CIP), seeks to expand participation by businesses, faith groups and other community organizations in the Foundation's Resident Services program.

The low-income families and individuals residing in the Foundation's affordable housing properties benefit from this program's efforts to provide supportive services, and educational and enrichment opportunities.

The South Carolina Aging in Place Coalition's (SCAIPC) and Northwood Baptist Church have recently provided excellent examples of ways to participate in the Community Involvement Program, according to a press release. First, on March 28, SCAIP Outreach Committee volunteers worked with the older adult residents of Grandview Apartments to plant a spring vegetable garden. In addition to these members donating their time, the Coalition also contributed plants and soil.

In another project, Northwood Baptist Church invited residents who lived nearby in Ivy Ridge Apartments to enjoy a March 30 outdoor block party along with their congregation.

Special spay/neuter discounts seek to thwart spring litters

With spring finally here, Charleston Animal Society is working to quell one of the unpleasant traditions of the season - litters of unwanted puppies and kittens. During this time of year, unaltered females go into heat, resulting in large amounts of young animals. Most often, they wind up at Charleston Animal Society, which takes in over 90 percent of Charleston's unwanted animals.

In an attempt to combat this, Charleston Animal Society is offering special discounts on spay/neuter surgeries to encourage the public to bring in their animals for this important procedure. One promotion is known as "Tom Cat Wednesdays", during which "tom" (male) cats will be spayed for the discounted rate of $25. The organization will also feature a "Young Animal Program" (YAP) in which cats and dogs of both genders can be altered for $50. To qualify for the YAP, animals must be 6 months or younger; these may be booked on any day of the week when veterinary staff is performing public surgeries.

"Spring is a great time to get a head start on unwanted litters," says Dr. Lucy Fuller, the society's director of public health and the Spay/Neuter Initiatives. "Normally, this time of year we are starting to experience a great influx of kittens and puppies at the shelter," Fuller adds. "We have not hit that point yet, probably due to the unusually cold winter we had. I have no doubt, though, we will start to see them coming in in droves very soon."

"We encourage the public to take advantage of this discounted rate on what is a fairly simple procedure, before they -- and the public as a whole -- are faced with the problem of dealing with unwanted animals," Fuller says. "Dealing with this issue up front greatly reduces the stress and financial costs associated with unplanned litters."

  • For more information on Charleston Animal Society's spay/neuter programs, call 843.747.4849 or send email here.
RECOMMENDED

Days of God: The Revolution in Iran and its Consequences
By James Buchan

You should read this book because it does much to explain the current Western/Iranian nuclear impasse in light of recent Iranian history. Although Days of God is replete with Persian names, events with which most Americans are unfamiliar, and a plethora of detail, it is worth the effort.

Buchan describes Iran's astonishing rise from a desolate, impoverished and largely illiterate country to wealth, westernization, and a strategically important place under the half century rule of Pahlavi family.

But by the 1970s when the oil money poured in, our "modernization", their "Westernization" the Qom vs. Tehran mentalities were well entrenched. The Shah, surrounded by corruption and misguided in many of his attempts to militarize and stabilize his country, was not blameless. By the end of his reign he had alienated most of his people. But the clergy, who viewed Shia Islam as the only acceptable form of government, were able in 1979, with the return from exile of Ayatollah Khomeini, to overthrow the Pahlavis and thus began the "Days of God".

Post Revolutionary Iran, while theologically pure, became a pariah in the larger world with the American hostage taking, lost a war with Iraq, dissolved a once growing economy, and set Iran on a collision course with the West.

- Mallery Manning, Main Library, Charleston County Public Library

Find this and similar titles from Charleston County Public Library. This item is available as a book, audio book and downloadable eBook. To learn more or to place a hold, visit www.ccpl.org or call 843-805-6930.

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SC ENCYCLOPEDIA

Robert E. Marvin

Landscape architect Robert E. Marvin was born in Colleton County on February 10, 1920, the son of W. R. Marvin and Alta E. Marvin. The grandson of a rice plantation farmer, he was raised on the 15,000-acre Bonnie Doone Plantation, where his father was overseer.


Marvin

As a child, Marvin explored the Lowcountry marshlands and forests, developing an appreciation for the land and the natural environment. After observing the work of the New York landscape architects Innocenti and Webel on the plantation gardens, Marvin pursued a degree in horticulture at Clemson College. Following graduation in 1941, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II. He returned to study landscape architecture in the graduate program at the University of Georgia (both of his alma maters would later honor him with distinguished alumni awards). He married Anna Lou Carrington in 1947, and they had two children.

In 1947 Marvin established a private practice in landscape architecture in the town of Walterboro, the county seat of his native Colleton County but far from urbanized areas where most landscape architects tended to congregate. Early in his career he developed a guiding philosophy, "to create and design an environment in which each individual can grow and develop to be a full human being as God intended him to be." Despite the scarcity of work for a landscape architect in Walterboro, Marvin, supported by Anna Lou, set his standards high, determining that he would not be involved in a project without control over "everything outside the walls of the building." Sensitivity to the natural environment was essential to his work. "We need to knock the walls down and let nature in again," he stated. "[M]an needs to get out of his box that technology has created. He needs to wrap his arms around nature."

Because he structured his practice to be responsive to the natural environment of his native Southeast, Marvin focused his energy on regional projects. Some of his notable projects within South Carolina include Harbor Town at Sea Pines Plantation, Hilton Head Island (1969); Henry C. Chambers Park, Beaufort (1976); and the Governor's Mansion and Finlay Park in Columbia.

Marvin was noted for his sensitive design responses to the fragile Lowcountry natural environment in which he worked. Uncompromising in his approach to his work, he influenced the next generation of landscape architects profoundly. Marvin was honored with numerous national, regional, and local awards, including induction into the Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, and the South Carolina Hall of Fame. Records of his professional work and awards have been selected for inclusion in the South Caroliniana Library. Marvin was one of the first landscape architects in South Carolina, and his career spanned six decades. He died on June 25, 2001, and was buried in Live Oak Cemetery in Walterboro.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Sarah Georgia Harrison. To read more about this or 2,000 other entries about South Carolina, check out The South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used by permission.)

BROADUS

Mr. Bunny expected Sunday


Some folks along Meeting Street are ready for Easter. Photo by Andy Brack.

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Lonesomest man in town'

"It took South Carolina almost as long to run its primary elections professionally as it did to recognize the courage and legacy of Waties Waring, once described as the 'lonesomest man in town.'"

-- Andy Brack in a Friday column about how the late Waties Waring impacted South Carolina politics for more than 40 years by throwing out an all-white primary system in 1947. Read the full column here.

THE LIST

Worst cities for spring allergies

Pollen bothering you? Don't move to Kentucky.

Pollen has seemed worse this year than in the past, but there are 29 other metro areas where it is worse, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Here are some of the most challenging places to live for spring allergies:

1. Louisville, Ky.
2. Memphis, Tenn.
3. Baton Rouge, La.
4. Oklahoma City, Okla.
5. Jackson, Miss.
14. Columbia, S.C.
30. Charleston, S.C. (32nd last year)
31. Augusta, Ga.
46. Greenville, S.C.

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-- Walt Whitman

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CALENDAR

New park preview: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., April 16 and 30 at Old Towne Creek County Park. The park, not yet open to the public, offers a visit during the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission's Wine Down Wednesdays. Guest can enjoy wine, music and small bites while visiting the park. More.

(NEW) Bears: 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., April 19, Terrace Theater, James Island. The theater and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will offer a local premier of "Bears," a Disney film that captures wildlife in Alaska. At the times listed, Magnolia will present a display of small animals, followed by the screening 30 minutes later. More.

CofC Concert Choir: 8 p.m., April 21, Grace Episcopal Church, 98 Wentworth Street, Charleston. The College of Charleston Concert Choir will offer its spring performance -- free for students; $10 for others. This year's concert will include music by Charles Ives, Pierre de Manchicourt, Johannes Brahms, Rheinberger and Eric Barnum.

Charleston Music Fest: 8 p.m., April 22, Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Phillip St., Charleston. The College of Charleston School of the Arts will stage its season finale, From Baroque to the Romantics, with a stellar collection of musicians. Pieces to be performed are by Tchaikovsky, Handel, Chausson and more. Tickets are $30. More.

Bowling for Good: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., April 24, The Alley, 131 Columbus St., Charleston. Teams of four to six people will bowl for 1.5 hours to help support healthy babies and responsible mothers to benefit the Florence Crittenton Programs of S.C. Registration is $400.

Where the Wild Things Run 5K: 8:30 a.m., April 26, Caw Caw Interpretive Center, Ravenel. The race through the beautiful settings of the park is for ages 10 and up. There are free activities for kids starting at age 6. Online registration is open here.

E-Waste Recycling Rally: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 8, parking lot near North Charleston City Hall, 2401 Mall Drive, North Charleston. Verizon employees will host an electronics recycling rally for local residents and small businesses that want to recycle old computers, monitors, TVs, computer cables and all sorts of electronic devices as well as glass, plastic and aluminum (no hazardous waste or things containing fluids). Random participants will get prizes.

(NEW) Musical cabaret: 8 p.m. May 9, and 8 p.m., May 10, with companion events starting an hour earlier. Location: James F. Dean Community Theatre, Summerville. Singers of Summerville and the Flowertown Players will offer a musical cabaret-style fundraiser with "What I Did for Love: 100 years of Show Tunes." More.

(NEW) Happily Ever After: 2 p.m. May 10, Charleston Music Hall, Charleston. Charleston Ballet Theatre is bringing "Happily Ever After -- A Tale of Dancing Princesses" to the city as its spring production. Tickets are $12-$30. More.

(NEW) RiverDogs Re-opening: 5:15 p.m., May 27, Riley Stadium, Charleston. Because opening night was rained out last week, the Charleston RiverDogs will conduct opening night festivities in the middle of the season -- on May 27. This second opening night will include fireworks, cheerleaders, a marching band and much more.

ONGOING

Westmark, photography exhibits: Through July 13, Gibbes Museum, Charleston. The museum will host two special exhibitions to keep a focus on contemporary art. "John Westmark: Narratives" explores the human figure in the Factor Prize-winning artist's large-scale paintings. "Beyond the Darkroom: Photography in the 21st Century" takes a look at photographic works acquired for the museum's permanent collection over the last 10 years. More.

Bird walks: 8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested. Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn more online.

FOCUS ARCHIVES

4/14: Chamber music
4/7: Green-Warren: Kids' book

3/31: Harwood: Epitaphs
3/24: Thomas: Library's plans
3/17: Berrio: On Google CS
3/10: Bledsoe: Charleston Tells fest
3/3: Navy: CofC grad's history career

2/24: Butzon: If it ain't broke
2/17: Clemson: On roses
2/10: Dangerfield: Recycling contest
2/3: Moise: How to do an oyster roast

1/27: Patrick: Early childhood education
1/20: Letter from Birmingham Jail
1/13: Hoover: Expiration dates
1/6: Laurie: American chestnuts

DOUG BOSTICK: CIVIL WAR HISTORY

4/14: Charleston capture?
2/10: Attack of the Hunley
1/27/14: Bleak conditions

ANDY BRACK

4/14: Great Arkansas museum
4/7: Some good S.C. news

3/31: Can't legislature go home?
3/24: Settle down on McConnell
3/17: About time for Waring statue
3/10: "Minimally adequate" wrong
3/3: Remembering Bernard Warshaw

2/24: Taking, not taking money
2/17: Give Obamacare a chance
2/10: Local dishes recommended
2/3: Rare voting happening

1/27: Where's the outrage?
1/20: What's underrated?
1/13: What's overrated?
1/6: Bugs Bunny and Nimrod

LAFOND, McQUAGE: ON SENIORS

4/7: Medication check-up
3/3: Read your deed
2/3/2014: Driving and being older

12/2: On the Personal Property Memo
11/4: Your time: great gift for seniors
10/7: Let's celebrate aging
9/3: Medicaid and your future
8/5: More on estates, wills
7/1: Estate planning myths
6/3: Pensions for wartime vets
5/6: Revocable Living Trusts
3/4: Resources to help seniors cope
2/4: On life estates
1/7: Next step in health care

KYRA MORRIS: MONEY

3/24: Let's invest in Charleston
2/24: Getting beyond jitters
1/27/14: Financial independence

12/23: And now there is hope
12/2: The "thanks" of Thanksgiving
10/28: Impact of rising bond market
9/30: What happens when rates rise

LEIGH SABINE: PLUFF MUD KIDS

3/17: Spring break ideas in S.C.
2/17: Four great outings for limited times
1/20: Upstate wonders

12/16: More holiday fun
11/18: Winter activities to do
10/14: Four ways to preserve history
9/16: It's harvest time
8/19: Kids giving back

7/15: Childrens' museums
6/17: Interactive adventures
5/20: Birds, bees, butterflies
4/15: Signs of spring abound
3/18: Great local parks
2/18: What's new in Charleston is old
1/21: Blaze a trail in 2013
12/10: Great holiday adventure

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