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PALMETTO POEM: Summertime

PALMETTO POEM: Summertime

Summertime,
And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

Oh, your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry

MYSTERY PHOTO:  Where is this piece of art?

MYSTERY PHOTO:  Where is this piece of art?

Surely you’ve seen statuary somewhere, but where?   And what is it?  Send your best guess to:  editor@charlestoncurrents.com — and make sure to include the name of the town in which you live.  Please also write “Mystery Photo” in the subject line.

DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, authors of the play, “Porgy” (1927)

HISTORY: DuBose Heyward, author

S.C. Encyclopedia | Author DuBose Heyward was born in Charleston on Aug. 31, 1885, the son of Edwin Watkins Heyward and Jane Screven DuBose. Both parents were dispossessed aristocrats from the Upstate who had come to Charleston to better their opportunities. Joining the once powerful families in Charleston that had been reduced to genteel poverty by the Civil War, “Ned” Heyward eked out a living in a rice mill then died in a tragic industrial accident when DuBose was not quite 3.

HISTORY:  South of the Border

HISTORY:  South of the Border

S.C. Encyclopedia  |  Located just south of the North Carolina border near the South Carolina town of Hamer, South of the Border has long captured the attention of travelers on U.S. Highway 301 and Interstate 95. The beer distributor Alan Schafer (1915–2001) opened a one-room beer depot on the border in January 1950 to sell beer to dry Robeson County, North Carolina. Construction materials for the new business were delivered to “Schafer project: south of the border,” inspiring the name “South of the Border.”

HISTORY:  Swiss settler and publisher John Tobler

HISTORY:  Swiss settler and publisher John Tobler

S.C. Encyclopedia  |  Promoter and publisher John Tobler, born in Appenzell, Switzerland,  became that canton’s governor until he was removed from office in a power struggle. He then worked with other prominent members of his community to bring Swiss settlers to South Carolina.

Huntington working on a sculpture of a horse.

HISTORY:  Anna Hyatt Huntington

S.C. Encyclopedia  |  Sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington was born in Cambridge, Mass., on March 10, 1876, the daughter of noted paleontologist, naturalist, and Harvard professor, Alpheus Hyatt. She planned to become a concert violinist before her sister encouraged her to try sculpture. As early as 1898 she began to exhibit her work, and by 1906 she had established a reputation as a fine sculptor of animals. She studied briefly under Henry Hudson Kitson of Boston and in the Art Students’ League in New York, and she received valuable criticism from Gustav Borglum. She also studied with Hermon Atkins MacNeil, George Grey Barnard, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and Malvina Hoffman.

by · 07/24/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
REVIEW:  My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

REVIEW: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Reviewed by Michel Hammes: “In another intriguing tale from the author of A Man Called Ove, you meet a collection of characters living in an apartment complex in Britain. Elsa is a young girl trying to find her way in a world where she doesn’t fit. Her grandmother is her best friend and with a penchant for mischievousness- the two often get up to trouble in hilarious ways.”

by · 07/17/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
Reenactors model conquistador clothing. NPS photo.

HISTORY:  Explorer Juan Pardo

S.C. Encyclopedia  |  Juan Pardo was born in Cuenca, Spain, in the first half of the sixteenth century. He traveled to Spanish Florida in the fleet of General Sancho de Archiniega in 1566 as the captain of one of the six military companies sent to reinforce the colony founded by Governor Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in 1565. Captain Pardo’s company was the only one from the Archiniega expedition posted to the Spanish town of Santa Elena, which was located on present-day Parris Island, South Carolina.

by · 07/17/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
REVIEW:    Lockdown by Laurie R. King

REVIEW:    Lockdown by Laurie R. King

Linda Stewart: Career Day is to be the defining moment of Principal Linda McDonald’s tenure at Guadalupe Middle School.  This struggling school has dealt with so much bad press over the last year – the murder of a former student, the disappearance of a sixth-grader. 

by · 07/10/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
HISTORY:  Penn Center

HISTORY:  Penn Center

S.C. Encyclopedia  |  Located on St. Helena Island in Beaufort County, Penn Center, Inc., originated as the Penn Normal School. The school was established in 1862 on St. Helena by the northern missionaries Laura Towne and Ellen Murray. It was one of approximately thirty schools built on St. Helena as part of the Port Royal Experiment, an effort by northern missionaries to educate formerly enslaved Africans and prepare them for life after slavery.

by · 07/10/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia