27, 2014 -- Make spirits bright this year at the 25th anniversary of the
beloved Holiday Festival of Lights! With an estimated two million shimmering
lights, Charleston's most popular holiday event returns Nov. 14, 2014,
to Jan. 1, 2015, to James Island County Park.
than four million people have toured the Holiday Festival of Lights, which
is hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission at the
agency's James Island County Park. The event has received many awards
and mentions in publications throughout the country, and the three-mile
driving tour delivers more every year. Join us as we kick off the 25th
season at the Grand Opening Celebration at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 14, featuring
live entertainment, awards presentations, and fireworks at 9 p.m.!
Holiday Festival of Lights is much more than just a driving tour! Park
the car and experience exciting attractions custom-designed for holiday
cheer. There are many celebrated attractions to see and activities to
What's new for 2014
amazing about one of this year's new light displays? It was inspired by
a young local artist! The winner of the annual children's Light Display
Design Contest for the 25th anniversary is 9-year-old Jenna, a Sullivan's
Island Elementary School student. Jenna submitted a photo of a cute seal
pup, which inspired a new light display on site this year. Creative kids
are encouraged to pick up an entry form to submit their idea for a new
display at next year's event.
to this year's festival may win of one of our silver anniversary celebration
surprises! One lucky guest each evening of the festival will receive a
special gift valued at $25 as they drive through the park gates. Charleston
County Parks will also give away a 5-night cruise as part of this year's
celebration. No purchase is necessary for the cruise sweepstakes; all
entrants can enter
to win here between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31.
this year, in an effort to increase environmental stewardship efforts,
composting bins will be available on site select nights to collect waste
for compost collection.
Supervisor Rich Raab has created and animated the festival's light displays
on site at James Island County Park since 1990. Current designs range
from holiday themes to dinosaurs, trains, space ships, aquatic themes,
iconic Charleston imagery and hundreds more. Raab creates each design
first on paper then develops his designs into a light sculpture based
off his drawing. Today, there are over 700 light displays on site at the
Holiday Festival of Lights.
so much to see at the festival every night! See our nightly calendar of
events below for a list of special events taking place on select nights,
and join us in 2014 as we celebrate 25 years of making spirits bright.
This event is presented by Boeing and your Charleston County Parks.
OCT. 27, 2014 -- A question that's been nagging for the last few months is how to teach children the American value of hard work.
Contrary to many assumptions by boomers and those now at the height of their careers, Millennnials now entering the workforce aren't slackers, according to an article by Cam Marston on the myths of this new generation. Instead, they're task-oriented and motivated more by money than the concept of having a lifelong career.
So how does one help a kid today understand how to work? Perhaps it's as easy as just working.
Thinking back over all the jobs I've had through the years, I came up with a list of almost 30. It seems like a lot, but each helped to shape who I am and my value system.
As a boy in south Georgia, I well remember spending Saturday mornings at my father's newspaper where I would be paid to help out with tasks at the business's print shop, such as collating weekly programs for the local high school football team or helping to set headlines for his offset printing operation. Other than jobs around the house --raking pine straw, picking blackberries, mowing the yard -- my first real job around age 11 was a few days of work to help a local beekeeper get the honey out of the frames in the white boxes you can still see in fields across the South.
As a teen, I worked as a campground attendant at Stone Mountain park in metro Atlanta, a Boy Scout camp counselor and the guy on the golf course who resurfaced sand traps and moved golf tees. In college came an array of jobs -- burger flipper, dishwasher, proofreader, ticket delivery guy.
Through these developing years, I had a lot of fun, but I always remember working. After college came an impressive array of jobs -- something like nine in the first year as I searched how to make a living. I don't remember them all but they included newspaper production layout guy, country music radio ad salesman (I lasted three weeks and was horrible at it), waiter, writing proficiency test grader, part-time reporter and oyster-shucker. This last one was the only job I ever got fired from, ostensibly because the owners didn't believe me when I called in sick ("You looked fine yesterday," I recall them saying. Today, I think they were really trying to cut staff and looking for any excuse.)
Finally, I got a job as a reporter and photographer in Williamston, a small eastern North Carolina town dominated by agriculture. It's much like many counties along our Corridor of Shame today. That led to graduate school and more reporting jobs and eventually serving as a campaign operative, press secretary and spokesman for U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings. After a stint in Washington came jobs as a political consultant, public relations business owner, Internet strategist, newsletter editor and more until I settled down by starting a company that now offers communications strategy and various publications, such as Charleston Currents.
So what's the conclusion after taking a walk down memory lane? It's that working, whether as a dishwasher or executive, builds character. The experiences we have from a young age in earning money helps integrate us into our system of capitalism and responsibility.
If we want the next generation to take up where we left off, we need to give them opportunities to work and stop helicoptering with solutions that insulate them from the world.
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Silicon Harbor boasts lots of potential
OCT. 27, 2014 -- Charleston is known as the Silicon Harbor and is home to the Digital Corridor. What is this? What does this mean? Who is involved, and why is it relevant to us?
Let's start near the beginning. A local visionary, Ernest Andrade, spearheaded the Digital Corridor in 2001. It evolved into a major initiative to support technology and knowledge-based businesses. There is a website -- www.CharlestonDigitalCorridor.com. The Digital Corridor is "A creative effort to attract, nurture & promote Charleston's knowledge economy by facilitating a business, physical and social environment where technology companies thrive."
In those early days, we had companies like Automated Trading Desk (ATD) and BenefitFocus, two local success stories that started small and then grew to ranks of national recognition. We now have the footprints of larger corporations - Blackbaud, Boeing and Google - in our community. These businesses need skilled, intelligent and creative talent.
PeopleMatter, a Charleston-based human resources software startup and a spinoff from BenefitFocus, tells us that these job opportunities cannot be met only by the graduates of local educational institutions. These jobs attract outside talent, which means talented young professionals are coming to Charleston from potentially all over the world.
The boom became truly noticeable during the recent downturn in the economy. "When the economic conditions are turbulent, there are people -- the more creative among us -- that say you know this might be the best time to start something," says Andrade of the Digital Corridor.
Charleston was already an attraction because of its foundation in history and the attention to historical preservation. We'd also cultivated a thriving arts and theater community, along with being known as a food destination. Our way of life attracted and continues to attract people. Conde Nast Traveler's 2014 Reader's Choice Awards named Charleston as the number two favorite city in the world.
This technology initiative continues to grow. A recent 2014 report states that strong employment growth resulted in Charleston's tech and advanced manufacturing sector becoming approximately 5 percent of the regional economy. The average wage reported by Charleston's high tech and knowledge based companies represents approximately 1.7 and 1.8 times the average per-capita wages in the Charleston region and the state of South Carolina, respectively. In 2014, 11 knowledge-based companies were listed in the 2014 Inc. 500 List of Fastest Growing Companies. With all of this, Charleston is ranked in the top 10 fasted growing cities for software and internet technology.
This growth in high-tech, knowledge-based companies has other ramifications for our community. These businesses require office space and they like to have their think tanks close together. This means development of high-density, technology-equipped business buildings.
Their highly-paid employees need homes. Most of these people are young and want to live where the action is. Therefore, we need modern urban-in-fill places that ideally are not far from their work places, their playtime places and their resting places.
Entrepreneurs and their staffs also need access to quality, often cutting-edge information and education. Universities and institutions of higher learning must regularly evaluate the needs of our community and help provide both new talent for our workforce and reinforce the existing talent. The opportunity for academia to work together to benefit Charleston is apparent.
To attract and sustain their success, transportation and infrastructure is crucial. Congested, long-distance commuting ranks high on the unhappiness scale. Therefore we need effective, efficient, low-stress ways to get from Summerville to downtown Charleston, from Charleston to North Charleston, from North Charleston to Mount Pleasant, from Mount Pleasant to West Ashley. Our infrastructure needs a lot of improvement with the already-existing bus lines to the addition of light rail and safe pathways for pedestrians and cyclists.
We have current growth and future potential. Charlestonians should be proud of the emerging importance of our Silicon Harbor and our high-tech, knowledge-based entrepreneurs. We have given them a place to land and to launch. We still need to develop the work spaces, the urban homes, the access to higher education and a functioning transportation infrastructure. Charleston is still just a speck on a silicon-laced map, but we have made a lot of progress so that these companies will have a place that they can truly call home - forever!
Divers at the SC Aquarium did something new Friday -- they carved a 120-pound pumpkin underwater! And they'll do it again at 11 a.m. on Halloween.
years past when divers carved several small pumpkins, divers worked together
on Friday to create a massive underwater masterpiece in the Aquarium's
Great Ocean Tank, as highlighted in this photo
slide show and this video.
residents honored at "Gifts of Aging" celebration
20 people were honored Oct. 21 at a Gifts of Aging celebration on Oct.
21 to recognize older adults who are local examples of successfully aging
in place in the Charleston Area.
The event, organized the South Carolina Aging in Place Coalition as part of National Aging in Place Week, seeks to bring attention to the aging in place movement and ability for seniors to remain in their chosen residence for as long as possible.
to present all-Beethoven concert Nov. 4 at Sottille
Levin made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a child prodigy, at age 12. She was subsequently taught and guided by legendary pianists such as Rudolf Serkin, Leonard Shure, Dorothy Taubman and Paul Badura-Skoda.
With performances described as having "warmth as well as blinding light" (The Boston Globe), Levin has been a featured soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra. For her Charleston debut, she will perform an all-Beethoven program dedicated to the late sonatas opp. 109, 110, and 111.
Levin also will offer a master class, free and open to the public, at 10 a.m., Nov. 5, at the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip St.
Roosevelts: An Intimate History
this book is a fascinating read, it's the photographs which set it apart.
Culled from more than seventy sources, the array includes formal and informal
family photos, press photos of news events, political memorabilia, and
other ephemera. Notably, the end papers are comprised of one of only three
known photos to include all three of the book's subjects. Highly recommended.
Named for Thomas Sumter, famed partisan of the American Revolution, Sumter National Forest encompasses over 350,000 acres in the Piedmont and mountains of South Carolina.
forest is divided into three ranger districts spread across eleven counties:
Andrew Pickens (Oconee County); Enoree (Chester, Fairfield, Laurens, Newberry,
and Union Counties); and Long Cane (Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick,
and Saluda Counties). Both Sumter National Forest and the Lowcountry's
Francis Marion National Forest are administered from a central supervisor's
office in Columbia.
One historian referred to these as the "lands nobody wanted," and when it came to abused, abandoned agricultural lands, by the 1930s northwestern South Carolina had an abundance. By executive order, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the purchase of millions more acres for the eastern national forests, and in July 1936 he signed a proclamation establishing Sumter National Forest, much of it on infertile red hills eroded and exhausted from decades of intensive cotton cultivation.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was employed to terrace hillsides and plant trees. By the onset of World War II, the CCC had accomplished much of the spadework needed to bring the forest back into productivity. Reflecting a Forest Service - wide shift in policy, in the 1960s Sumter moved from managing the forest solely for timber to multiple uses including outdoor recreation and wilderness.
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Another number two -- spookiest
Many were overjoyed last week upon learning that Charleston is the world's second travel spot in the world, according to readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. But did you know that the Holy City was also the second spookiest in the nation?
scare on is easy in Charleston, with a plethora of cemeteries and the
haunted Old City Jail," according to a new user survey by the travel
dating site, MissTravel.com.
It says the spookiest cities in the United States are:
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NEW ON THE CALENDAR
local lecture: 6 p.m., Oct. 29, Charleston Visitor Center Auditorium,
375 Meeting Street, Charleston. Louisiana architect Victor F. Trahan will
offer thoughts on "Defining Local" in a lecture sponsored by
the Clemson University College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. A
reception starts at 5:30 p.m. More.
(NEW) Gold Bug Oyster Roast: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 2, Gold Bug Island, Mount Pleasant. East Cooper Meals on Wheels will have oysters from Noisy Oyster, music by Awendaw Green, an oyster-shucking contest and a chili throwdown with local fire departments in a benefit to make sure no senior goes hungry. Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for children 6 to 12. More.
(NEW) Duckworth exhibit opens: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 7, City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 37 Prioleau St., Charleston. "Awake," a new large scale exhibition by multimedia artist John Duckworth will open to highlight his art's meditative qualities embedded in Buddhist-inspired paintings and nature photographs. The exhibition continues through Dec. 21. More.
(NEW) Get your flapjacks: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Nov. 15, Applebee's, 7818 Rivers Ave., North Charleston. Charleston Southern University's Psychology Club will be flipping flapjacks to raise money to benefit The Ark, Alzheimer's Family Support Services. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door. More info: Contact Cheryl Moniz at 843.832.2357.
MISS THESE EVENTS EITHER
Fish or Treat: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 28, S.C. Aquarium, Charleston. Kids can trick-or-treat through the aquarium, hunt for divers, boogie at a Monster Mash and dress to impress. Advance reservations required. $10 per member; children 3 and under are free. More.
Wine Down Wednesday: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 29, Old Towne Creek County Park, West Ashley. You can get another sneak peek at a future county park and enjoy a wine social at the same time. Formerly Ashem Farm, the 67-acre estate has open fiends and lots of live oaks. More.
Fences: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30-Nov. 1, South of Broadway Theatre Company, 1080 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston. The Pulitzer-Prize-winning play by August Wilson will be reprised here with tickets at $20. More.
Very Bad Day: 3 p.m., Nov. 1, Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street, Charleston. If you'd rather see "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" in person rather than at the movie theater, check out Charleston Stage's limited engagement at the end of the month. Tickets are $22.50. More.
Harvest Festival on Johns Island: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 1, Mullet Hall Equestrian Center. Five local bluegrass bands will be performing throughout the day, which will feature a barbecue cook-off, craft market, equestrian demonstration, hay rides and more. Tickets are $8 each; kids under 12 for free. More.
Nov. 1. Charleston County Adopt-A-Highway will hold its next litter
cleanup with an alternative bad weather day the following Saturday. Last
year, more than 2,000 volunteers removed more than 27 tons of trash from
area roads, according to Community
Pride Inc. of Charleston County.
An Evening with
Joseph McGill: 6 p.m., Nov. 1, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens,
Charleston. The organization will present an evening with the historic
preservationist to benefit the Slave Dwelling Project that works to preserve
existing slave dwellings. Tickets, which are $50, include a cabin tour
by McGill and garden tour between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. prior to the reception.
Wine, Women & Shoes: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 2, Daniel Island Club, Daniel Island. This annual fundraiser allows people to shop, sip and savor in an event that benefits the Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina. More.
100 years since World War I: Bryan Ganaway, director of the International Scholars Program at the College of Charleston, will present a talk on the relevance of World War I today since it started in 1914. The 6 p.m. talk on Nov. 3 to the World Affairs Council of Charleston will be at the Holliday Alumni Center at the Citadel across from the school's football stadium. More.
Blessing of the vines: Noon to 5 p.m., Nov. 8, Irvin-House Vineyards, 6775 Bears Fluff Road, Wadmalaw Island. The 12th annual blessing festival will offer live music and a variety of food trucks. Cost is $10 per car. 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.
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