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JAN. 22, 2009 -- The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is just around the corner, Feb. 13 to Feb. 15. With the endless talk about the battered economy recently, we have been asked repeatedly to what degree we feel that it will affect the expo this year. With economic woes affecting every sector of the market, it's something we've thought a lot about, but we are cautiously optimistic.
After all, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is now in its 27th year. It is one of the largest wildlife art and conservation events in the nation, and we want to keep providing a forum for these talented artists and worthwhile causes to showcase their work and share their messages. Widely regarded as the kickoff to the tourist season, SEWE is also a vital part of our state and local economies, with an estimated total annual economic impact of $64 million. It is viewed by many as a barometer of the year ahead in the Charleston-area tourism industry.
At SEWE, our small staff works hard every year to make the best use of our limited resources to put on the best show we possibly can, and it is truly a labor of love. We want our returning guests to enjoy all of their favorite activities while finding new things that are fresh and interesting, and we always seek to attract new attendees so that the show can continue to not only survive, but grow.
While Jack Hanna will be in Indonesia this year (he is already planning to return for SEWE 2010), we are excited to have Jim and Jamie Dutcher of "Living With Wolves" here to share their experiences from living with a pack of wolves in the wilderness of Idaho for six years. The surprise hit of last year, the DockDogs water jumping competitions, will return to Brittlebank Park to delight our audiences with their big-splash thrills. From pro-circuit vets to first-time beginners, the crowds enthusiastically cheer every jump, long or short.
We are partnering with various King Street merchants to host a SEWE King Street Stroll on Friday, Feb. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and we are working with the Charleston Artist Guild to present an exhibit and sale of works by 40 of their members at the Charleston Marriott. We will have around 120 other fine artists from across the country and around the world with their paintings, carvings and sculpture on display at Charleston Place and the Mills House.
Our VIP program offers special art previews and great after-hours parties for adults who want to enjoy the Expo weekend to its fullest. While we have many attendees who enjoy SEWE sans children, the event is extremely family-friendly. With loads of animal demonstrations and fun activities, the Expo brings out the kid in most everyone. Sunday tickets are a bargain at just $10, and children 10 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult all weekend, making SEWE one of the more affordable local entertainment options.
more than ever, we hope that you will come out to support the Southeastern
Wildlife Exposition and see all that the show has to offer. For more information
or to purchase tickets, call 723-1748 or visit http://www.sewe.com.
JAN. 22, 2009 -- Sunday's forecast looks chilly and gray: high in the low 50s, partly cloudy. Not ideal for some outdoor activities - but perfect for the world's largest oyster roast.
The 26th annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival is coming up on Sunday at Boone Hall Plantation. It's always a great party brimming with the flavor of the Lowcountry, in more ways than one. We've got all particulars about tickets in our Calendar, but in the meantime, to help get you primed for the festival, here are some of the most memorable things ever said or written about our favorite bivalve.
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To the editor:
Some 10 or more years ago on "Law Day," Peter McGee of the prestigious firm of Buist, Moore, Smythe and McGee gave a talk on the Constitution of the United States to the Rotary Club of Charleston. He explained the structure of the document and how it came to be what it was then and is now. During his explanation he discussed the amendment process and interpretative role of the U.S. Supreme Court. He asked those assembled if anyone knew a lawyer living in this state who had appeared before this highest court. Even the lawyers in the club could not answer.
Of course, the person who was the object of the question was Armand Derfner. Peter told us that Armand has appeared before the Court (usually with very little if any compensation) more than all other lawyers living in South Carolina then combined.
Armand's humanity and gentle way have been assets during family illness and death and the raising of two fine sons. He is fulfilled with the love of his wife, Mary Giles, which just goes to show that despite all that happens, good does occasionally come to great people.
Armand's tireless efforts on behalf of freedom and his many acts of kind generosity as the lawyer of the poor and unrepresented have never been properly recognized in the city he adopted with Mary Frances 20 or more years ago. I'm glad you printed his remarks in CharlestonCurrents.com and suggest you begin a series of articles on the unsung heroes in our midst.
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Green," Charleston County government's 30-minute TV show about "green"
lifestyles, will focus on environmentally friendly landscaping in its
fourth episode, which airs Jan. 25 and Jan. 27 on WMMP My TV Charleston
and WTAT Fox 24.
guests include Colette DeGarady of the Native Plant Society and the Nature
Conservancy, who will speak on native plants; Joel Thompson of Charleston
County Park and Recreation Commission, speaking on composting; David Joyner,
Clemson Extension, on water management; and Randy Cook, S.C. Department
of Health & Environmental Control, on lawn mowing and air pollution.
The Zonta Club of Charleston is accepting applications for the Young Women in Public Affairs awards, which are designed to increase young women's participation in public service and encourage them to pursue careers in government, public policy and community organizations. Feb. 28 is the deadline to apply.
The awards are $500 each and are offered by Zonta International. The young woman selected to represent the local club will go on to compete at the district and international levels. Since 1990, Zonta has presented 465 district and international awards totaling $225,750 to young women from 47 countries.
The goal of the Young Women in Public Affairs program is to encourage more young women ages 16 to 20 to participate in public and political life by recognizing a commitment to the voluntarism, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and dedication to advancing the status of women.
Read more about the requirements and download an application here or call Vladia Jurcova Spencer at 345-3275.
Gibbes offers free admission to teachers Jan. 31-Feb. 1
Educators in the tri-county area can get free admission to the Gibbes Museum of Art on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 during Teacher Appreciation Weekend. All local teachers from pre-kindergarten to college level are eligible for the weekend passes, which allow admission to the museum from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Jan. 31 and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 1.
The teachers can also enjoy free cell phone tours of the museum.
To receive a pass, teachers should e-mail Gibbes Education and Outreach Coordinator Rebecca Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spoleto auction to help raise funds for arts festival orchestra
Spoleto Festival USA's 29th annual silent and live auction, "La Dolce Vita," will be held Jan. 30 at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St., Charleston. Items up for bid will include wine, antiques, private dinners, exotic travel packages, jewelry, fashion and more. All proceeds benefit the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra.
Guests can sample hors d'oeuvres and cocktails during a silent auction from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and champagne and sweets during a live auction from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Auction items can be viewed here and absentee bids can be placed through that site.
Tickets are $100 per person and must be purchased in advance. For tickets, go here.
(First of two parts)
The exact birth date of John Rutledge (circa 1739-1800) is unknown. The eldest son of Dr. John Rutledge and Sarah Hext, he studied law with his uncle Andrew Rutledge and with James Parsons in Charleston before attending the Middle Temple in London. Admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1761, he quickly became one of the most successful attorneys in the colony. On May 1, 1763, he married Elizabeth Grimké. They had ten children, eight of whom survived to adulthood.
Rutledge served in the Commons House of Assembly from 1761 to 1775 and became one of its leaders. He upheld the rights of the "country" in a series of disputes with successive royal governors and firmly opposed the Stamp, Townshend, and Tea Acts, representing his colony at the Stamp Act Congress in 1765. As a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses, he advocated a steadfast defense of American rights, but by means that would not impede reconciliation with the mother country. When events made reconciliation impossible, he reluctantly accepted independence as a necessity.
In the meantime, as royal authority dissolved in his own and other colonies, Rutledge supported a congressional resolution for the creation of new governments based on constitutions created by the people, not royal charters, until the crisis was resolved. He left Congress in November 1775 to carry that resolution to South Carolina. Rutledge was one of the drafters of the state constitution of 1776 and was elected president (governor) of South Carolina in March of the same year. Under his energetic leadership, the new state repulsed a British attack on Charleston in June 1776 and suppressed a Cherokee uprising later that summer.
Rutledge resigned as president in March 1778 to protest the adoption of a new state constitution of which he disapproved, but he was elected governor under that constitution in February 1779. When the British captured Charleston and overran South Carolina in 1780, Rutledge escaped to function as a one-man government in exile. He twice visited Philadelphia to seek increased aid for the South from Congress but spent most of his time with the southern Continental army organizing and trying to supply his state's militia for continued resistance. Eventual military successes in the South allowed him to restore state government and turn over the governorship to his elected successor, John Mathewes, in January 1782.
After serving again in Congress from 1782 to 1783, Rutledge accepted appointment to the South Carolina Court of Chancery, and he remained a leader in the state legislature in the 1780s. His experience in Congress convinced him that the United States needed a stronger central government. He was chosen as one of South Carolina's delegates to the constitutional convention in 1787.
(Coming Monday: Supreme Court justice, and an unfortunate demise)
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2009 marks the 100th anniversary of Murray Boulevard, Charleston's most distinctive thoroughfare. Dr. Nic Butler of the Charleston Archive of the Charleston County Public Library will give an illustrated talk about the boulevard's history on Jan. 28 (see our Calendar for details). He shares these five details about Murray Boulevard:
"Start every day off with a smile and get it over with."
Charleston Home + Design Show: Jan. 23-25, Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St., Charleston. More than 100 local vendors of custom home and design products and services. Seminars on Saturday and Sunday include "Planning Your Dream Kitchen," "How to Green Your Home with Solar Energy" and "Picking the Best Window Treatments." There will also be a "speed-dating" style chance to interview groups of architects, builders and interior designers. Tickets: $7 per person (good for two days), 12 and under free; $15 per person for "Kitchens, Baths + All That Jazz" (special Friday night event with beer, wine, food, cash bar and the Frank Duvall Jazz Trio). Hours/details.
Camellia Clinic: 1 p.m. Jan. 24, Garden Market and Nursery at Middleton Place, Highway 61. Free seminar on camellia care with Sidney Frazier, Middleton's vice president of horticulture, and nursery manager Matt Jackson. Learn about which varieties work best in local gardens and get advice on when, where and how to plant. In addition, seedlings from some of Middleton's historic, internationally known camellias will be available for purchase. More info: http://www.middletonplace.org.
26th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25, Boone Hall Plantation, Mount Pleasant. Enjoy oysters, live music, an oyster shucking and eating contest, and a kids corner with pony rides and a jump castle. Sponsored by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association; money raised goes to Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, and Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center. Tickets: $10 in advance from the GCRA Web site or Applebee's restaurants; $12 at the gate; free for children under 10. Oysters sold by the bucket (3 dozen to 4 dozen for $8). More info: 452-6088.
Art and Music: 2:30 p.m. Jan. 25, Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St., Charleston. Charleston Symphony Orchestra's Woodwind Quintet will present a performance inspired by the current Gibbes exhibition "Painters of American Life: The Eight." Program will include two rags by Scott Joplin as well as contemporary work by Paquito D'Rivera. Tickets: $7 museum members and students, $15 non-members (price includes both concert and museum admission). Available at http://www.gibbesmuseum.org/events or at the museum store (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday).
CALENDAR: ONGOING AND SOON
(NEW) City Leaders' Talks: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Jan. 28, Doubletree Guest Suites Historic Charleston, 181 Church St., downtown. Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley will speak to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's Charleston Area Business Council about what's happening in the city and what to look for in the year ahead. Part of the chamber's Mayor's Month series. Cost: $15 chamber members, $30 nonmembers. More info online or through Diane Owens, 805-3094.
Murray Boulevard Centennial: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Charleston County Public Library's Main Branch, 68 Calhoun St., downtown. The most scenic drive on the Charleston peninsula celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2009. Using archival documents and images, Dr. Nic Butler of the Charleston Archive will present an illustrated review of the boulevard and how it was developed by the city. Details: 805-6930.
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 13 and Feb. 14; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15, downtown Charleston (eight venues). SEWE features 120 artists, lectures, Busch Wildlife shows, sporting outfitters, and conservation exhibits. In addition, the popular Dock Dogs competitions return, along with retriever demos, free flight shows by the Center for Birds of Prey, and children's activities. Tickets start at $10 & kids 10 and under are free. VIP packages available. More info/tickets: http://www.sewe.com or 723-1748.
(NEW) CSO, CBT Collaboration: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Sottile Theatre, 44 George St., Charleston. The Charleston Ballet Theatre and Charleston Symphony Orchestra will offer a joint performance of three ballet masterworks underscored by works from a trio of celebrated composers. Tickets: $35-$45, available only through the CBT box office, 477 King St., by calling 723-7334 or ordering online.
Winter Golf Classic: Feb. 16, Wild Dunes Resort's Links and Harbor courses, Isle of Palms. Sponsored by Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, with 60 teams and plenty of chances to network. Following the event, there will be a Business After Hours at the Sweetgrass Pavilion. Sponsorships still available. Tournament cost: $650 per team, or $200 per individual. To register or learn more, click here. For sponsorship info: Laura Kate Whitney, 805-3113.
An Evening in the Orient: 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 21, Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., Charleston. Annual fundraiser sponsored by Friends and Needed Supporters (FANS) of the Charleston Museum. Far East food, culture and items from the museum's Asian collections are showcased. George Read of Sotheby's will preside at an auction, with items including vacations, jewelry, Charleston silver, a 100-person oyster roast, a quail hunt, and artwork by local artists. Tickets: $60 members, $70 nonmembers. To register: 722-2996, ext. 264, or http://www.CharlestonMuseum.org.
(NEW) Chefs' Feast for Food Bank: 6:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Embassy Suites Charleston Area Convention Center, North Charleston. 10th annual Chefs' Feast fundraiser for the Lowcountry Food Bank features approximately two dozen chefs from the area's top restaurants serving samples of their best dishes. More than 95 percent of proceeds support programs that fight childhood hunger, and all money raised stays in the community. Tickets: $150 per person, available online. Corporate and event sponsorships: Miriam Coombes, 747-8146, ext. 104, or email@example.com.
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