announces its new season will "Celebrate Charleston"
Director of marketing, Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
9, 2009 -- In spite of the current economic times and challenges
faced by the
Charleston Symphony Orchestra during the 2008-2009 performance
season, the CSO is pleased to announce its 2009-2010 performance
season for its three flagship series: Merrill Lynch Masterworks,
McCrady's Charleston Pops, and Backstage Pass. The 2009-2010 season
will "Celebrate Charleston" by performing concerts that
have a tie to our beloved community.
Merrill Lynch Masterworks season opens on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in
the Gaillard Auditorium with highlights from Charleston's own opera,
Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess." The Merrill Lynch Masterworks
season will also feature three of our own orchestra members: Yuriy
Bekker (violin), Karin Bliznik (trumpet) and Brandon Nichols (horn).
Also in store for our Masterworks patrons is a concert featuring
College of Charleston graduate Sean Kinnard.
CSO is excited to announce that the 2009-2010 McCrady's Charleston
Pops series will be moving to Memminger Auditorium and will be performed
on both Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. The series includes
an "Armed Forces Salute" celebrating our local military
community, Charlie Chaplin's classic film "The Gold Rush"
featuring live accompaniment by the CSO, and a concert in collaboration
with local jazz artist Quentin Baxter and his jazz trio, in addition
to other fun-filled concerts.
2009-2010 Backstage Pass series will remain in Memminger Auditorium,
but will be moving to Thursday nights at 7 p.m. Each concert will
pair music from a living composer with music from a deceased composer.
Backstage Pass concerts last just over an hour and do not have an
intermission - which is perfect for getting your music "fix"
and still leaving time to enjoy the rest of your evening in downtown
Charleston. On the series will be four of our own CSO musicians:
Alan Molina and Add Kridler (violins), Christopher Sales (bassoon)
and Charles Messersmith (klezmer clarinet). Complete details for
each of our 2009-2010 series performances and how to become a season
subscriber can be found at http://www.charlestonsymphony.com.
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra will use the new season
that starts in the fall to salute and celebrate the Lowcountry.
the announcement of the 2009-2010 season is filled with enthusiasm
from all people affiliated with the CSO - from musicians to board
members to staff - it does come with personal sacrifice from both
the musicians and staff members who are taking a pay cut of approximately
23 percent through either unpaid furlough weeks or in reduced salaries.
a member of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra staff, I know these
cuts will personally affect the choices each of us makes as an individual.
But it is a sacrifice worth making if it ensures the CSO can keep
playing for the Charleston community. I work in the arts because
I think they bring something important and special to the community
at large. The arts can inspire, the arts can create an escape and
the arts can educate.
Lowcountry is a special part of the world, and the Charleston Symphony
Orchestra is a special part of the Lowcountry. We hope that all
members of the community will come out and support their symphony
during the upcoming season. We dedicate our season to celebrating
all things Charleston and hope that in return, the Charleston community
will celebrate and support the CSO!
is the director of marketing for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
eternal in first real vegetable garden
ANN THRASH, editor
9, 2009 -- After having modest good luck with a few tomato plants
in back-porch pots last summer, my husband and I decided that this
year we'd take the plunge with an honest-to-gosh vegetable garden
in the back yard.
until now, most of my experience trying to grow fruits and vegetables
at home has been in containers. I've had bad luck with grape tomatoes,
good luck with lettuce, and mixed luck with lemon trees, lime trees
and blueberries. Bill, my husband, has more experience than I do
with serious vegetable gardening, so I'm ready to give him the credit
(or maybe the blame, depending on how things go) for this new project.
Last weekend he built a great raised bed and installed it in the
sunniest corner of the back yard. He even rigged up a drip irrigation
system for the bed. As soon as we're sure that the cold snap of
the past few days is over, the plants will be going into the ground.
vegetable gardening has gotten a lot of attention in the past few
years because it gives us more control over what we eat. With food
safety scares in the news on a regular basis, growing your own means
you have the last word on what kinds of disease control and fertilizers
are used. And now, with the economy still mired in misery, growing
your own also is a money-saver.
(foreground) and tomato transplants are ready to be planted.
weekend, when I was shopping for transplants, it was tough not to
get carried away by the beautiful weather and the sheer variety
of choices. The tomato diversity alone is enough to leave anyone
befuddled: Determinate, indeterminate, red tomatoes, yellow tomatoes,
grape tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, plum tomatoes, cherry tomatoes,
tear-drop shaped tomatoes. I wanted to say, "I'll take one
cooler heads prevailed, and we settled on growing things that we
know we love and know we'll use: Park's Whopper and Big Boy tomatoes,
both of which are great for slicing -- and there's not much better
than a tomato sandwich or BLT on a summer day -- along with some
Black Beauty eggplant (the classic purple-black type) and yellow
crook-necked squash (great to sauté with garlic and onions).
It was tough to pass up the cucumbers and broccoli and zucchini
squash, but if things go well this summer, there's always next year.
I'm thinking positive, looking for recipes and dreaming about veggie
plates to come. Just to be on the safe side, though, I've got a
backup plan: Thank goodness for the farmers markets!
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school for gifted/talented sets information meetings
local group establishing a charter school for gifted and talented
students is planning several meetings this month for interested
families. The Palmetto Scholars Academy charter school is scheduled
to open in the fall of 2010, with initial classes for sixth through
eighth grades. High-school grades will be added in 2011, beginning
with the ninth grade. The charter school application is currently
awaiting approval from the S.C. Public Charter School District.
school is a state public school and will not be part of any of the
local school districts, so we will not take funds from them,"
says school planning committee chairman Stacey Lindbergh. "Palmetto
Scholars Academy, if approved for a charter, will be the first regional
school in the Lowcountry, and the first gifted-and-talented charter
in South Carolina. Our goal is to partner with higher education,
knowledge-based companies and art-focused organizations to provide
the needed interaction with artists, scientists and high-level thinkers
that research shows state-identified gifted learners need to be
exposed to in order to reach their full potential. We also want
to partner with these organizations to help support our art and
high-tech business clusters so we can 'grow our own' talent to work
in these industries and keep our top talent here in South Carolina
so we can move our state out of poverty."
informational meetings are open to the public and will be held at
6 p.m. on the following days:
20, Berkeley County Library, 2301 Daniel Island Drive, Daniel
22, Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St., Meeting
Room B, Charleston.
April 23, Dorchester County Library, 76 Old Trolley Road, Metro
more information or to sign up for an e-newsletter about the school,
go to http://www.palmettoscholarsacademy.org.
10th annual Earth Day Festival planned for April 18
recycled-fashion show, discounts on home composters and an eco-themed
retelling of "The Three Little Pigs" are among the highlights
for Charleston County's 10th annual Earth Day Festival, which will
be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18 at Park Circle in North
Charleston. The Charleston County Solid Waste and Recycling Department
sponsors the event, which drew more than 7,000 people last year.
The theme of this year's festival this year is "Do Your Part,
Be Earth Smart."
than 70 environmental activities and educational displays are planned
on topics such as alternative energy, green building, local and
organic agriculture and nutrition, outdoor adventure, animals and
habitat preservation, litter, water, recycling, seedlings and compost.
festival highlights will be a Becky's Box of Puppets show at 11
a.m. that features the retelling of the "Three Little Pigs";
a 1 p.m. talk by Leilani Munter, a world-renowned race car driver
and trained biologist, speak about global environmental issues;
and a 1:30 p.m. "Avant Garbage" a recycled-fashion show
organized by Erin Keegan, a Charleston resident, and College of
Charleston fashion design students.
more information and a detailed scheduled, go to http://www.charlestoncounty.org/News/2995.htm.
Kiawah plans eco-themed
'Re-Run' and 'Greenival'
celebration of Earth Day, Kiawah Island Golf Resort will hold a
5K fun run - the "Re-Run" -- and a green festival -- or
"Greenival" -- on April 19. The Re-Run begins at 9:30
a.m. on the beach at Boardwalk 18 adjacent to the Night Heron Park
nature center. In honor of Earth Day, runners will receive a "re-purposed"
race T-shirt and bib as well as a recycled medal. There will be
two race options: a timed 5K or a relaxing 1-mile run on the beach.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to
fill up at water and Gatorade coolers that will be on site.
Registration for the run is $15 in advance or $20 at the event.
Packets can be picked up at Heron Park Nature Center between 8:30
a.m. and 5 p.m. April 17 and April 18. To make reservations, call
the center at 768-6001, or stop by.
The "Greenival" will be held following the race from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature a bluegrass band, local green vendors,
artists and family crafts. There will also be a collection area
for electronic or e-waste items. Food and beverages will be available
for purchase. Admission is free, but donations to help support green
initiatives are encouraged; suggested items include canned goods
and gently used books, magazines or clothing.
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The Primus Plot
Primus Plot was South Carolina's first alleged slave conspiracy.
Word of this conspiracy surfaced while the colony's atmosphere was
tense. A Waccamaw Indian attack had recently been repelled. South
Carolina was suffering from economic problems. After expelling the
proprietary government in 1719, the colonists were awaiting an official
response from England. Anxieties were further heightened by Spanish
privateer attacks against Carolina shipping and rumors that Spain
would invade South Carolina and, in the process, arm the colony's
slaves against its white inhabitants. All this occurred as South
Carolina's enslaved black majority, spurred by labor demands for
rice cultivation, had quickly grown to nearly twice the number of
its white population.
colonists first learned of this purported slave conspiracy on May
20, 1720, when a black man named Andrew addressed the South Carolina
Commons House. What Andrew said is unknown. Apparently it concerned
an attempt by at least fourteen slaves from the upper Ashley River
to run away to St. Augustine, which was the capital of Spanish Florida.
In the ensuing panic, it was said that the runaways, who were led
by a slave named Primus, conspired to destroy isolated plantations,
recruit more followers, and then attack Charleston. What these would-be
insurgents were going to do after seizing Charleston is unknown.
As the slaves fled toward Florida, and away from Charleston, the
South Carolina Commons House of Assembly authorized all whites,
blacks, and Native Americans to pursue them and offered a reward
of 20 pounds for each slave taken - dead or alive. Then, in the
midst of this purported slave uprising, the Commons House adjourned
for two weeks.
the time the assembly reconvened on June 7, the supposed plot had
been suppressed. On June 9 Governor James Moore notified the Commons
House that three slaves, Primus, Nero, and Robin, had been captured
and were being held at Savannah. Moore wanted the accused rebels
summarily executed. However, at the insistence of the Commons House,
the slaves were taken to Charleston, where they were publicly executed,
with Primus being hung alive in chains.
existing evidence suggests that the Primus Plot was an effort by
a group of slaves to reach freedom in Florida, rather than a planned
rebellion, white South Carolinians regarded it as an insurrection
in the making. The Commons House obviously believed that these slaves
posed an immediate danger to the colony's white inhabitants. Once
recaptured, the slaves were punished as if they were insurgents.
Even after the accused conspirators were executed, white South Carolinians
would continue to worry about slave conspiracies into the 1730s
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The S.C. Department
of Parks, Recreation and Tourism has a cool page at its Web
site called "Help with Homework". It's full of all
kinds of facts about Palmetto State firsts, facts, history and stats
that kids might be able to use in their schoolwork. Here's a list
of five female firsts that even the grownups might not know:
Godbold from Estill was the first woman to win an Olympic
gold medal at the 1922 Olympics in Paris. She brought home a total
of six medals from the games.
- The first
black woman to practice medicine in the state was Dr. Matilda
Arabelle Evans in 1897.
- The first
woman lawyer in South Carolina was Miss James M. Perry of
Greenville. She was admitted to practice on May 4, 1918.
Toal was the first woman elected to the state Supreme Court.
She was elected in 1988 and went on to become chief justice in
born in Mayesville, S.C. in 1875, was the first black woman to
be involved in the White House, assisting four different presidents.
Among her prominent roles: She was appointed director of Negro
Affairs in the National Youth Administration (1936-1944) by President
to being shot at and missed, nothing is really quite as satisfying
as an income tax refund."
note: Those crazy jokesters over at the IRS actually have a page
of quotations about taxes at their Web
site. If you're working on your taxes online this weekend,
check it out when you need a break.)
Day: 7:05 p.m., April 9. The Charleston RiverDogs take
on the Rome Braves at Riley stadium in Charleston. More: Riverdogs.com.
Oyster Roast: 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 10, Drayton Hall
Plantation, 3380 Ashley River Road, Charleston. Held in conjunction
with the Historic Charleston Foundation's annual Festival of Houses
and Gardens, the oyster roast and picnic includes local steamed
oysters, a Lowcountry buffet supper, beer, wine, and soft drinks.
Guests can also take a guided tour of Drayton Hall's main house.
Tickets: $45 adults, $20 children ages 6-18, and free for children
under 6. Tickets: HCF Events Office, 722-3405.
Day: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11, Charles Towne Landing
State Historic Site, 1500 Old Towne Road, west of the Ashley. Celebrate
the 339th anniversary of the "Birth of the Carolinas"
during Founders' Day. Living-history programs, demonstrations of
the firing of black powder cannons and muskets, re-enactments and
other activities showing how Charleston's first English settlers
lived in 1670. Cost: $5 adults, $3 ages 6-15, $3.25 for S.C. seniors
or disabled. Details
EGGstravaganza: 11 a.m. April 11, Hampton Park. The city
of Charleston's largest Easter egg hunt includes a magic show, games,
a jump castle, refreshments and even a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Free to children 12 and younger. Sponsored by the city of Charleston.
Forrest Run 5K":
4:15 p.m. April 11, beginning at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.
Sponsored by the Charleston RiverDogs, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and
Coburg Dairy, the race is a fundraiser for the Storm Eye Institute
at MUSC. The race finishes at home plate, where runners are greeted
by the RiverDogs' players before the start of that evening's game
against the Rome Braves. Registration: $25 if received by March
27 (includes T-shirt, one ticket to baseball game and post-race
party with dinner from Bubba Gump's); $30 after March 27. Registration
forms available at the RiverDogs Box Office at Riley Park, Bubba
Gump Shrimp Co., The Extra Mile Running Shop and online at www.riverdogs.com
Garden Tours: 4 p.m. each Friday in April, Heyward-Washington
House, 87 Church St., Charleston. The Heyward-Washington House garden
includes plants that were introduced to the Lowcountry no later
than 1791. Visitors will see camellias, tea olives, boxwoods, native
azaleas, yellow begonias, roses, herbs and more. Cost: $10 for adults,
$5 for ages 3-12 (free for Charleston Museum members); includes
both the garden and house tours. More info: 722-2996, ext. 235.
ONGOING AND SOON
Charleston Foundation Festival of Houses and Gardens: Ongoing
March 19 through April 18, various sites. Tours feature
the interiors and gardens of approximately 150 historic private
homes in 10 colonial and antebellum neighborhoods during the peak
of the city's springtime blooms. Other events include Plantation
Picnics at Drayton Hall Plantation, daily walking tours through
the Old and Historic District, "Eat and Run" luncheons,
harbor tours, book signings, etc. Proceeds benefit the work of the
Historic Charleston Foundation. Tickets/more info: 723-1623 or by
is Good' Conference: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17, Charleston
Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd., Charleston. Presented by the Charleston
RiverDogs and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the conference
is designed to show business owners and organization managers how
to empower their staffs and achieve success. The RiverDogs' famous
"Fun is Good" philosophy emphasizes that laughter is not
just the best medicine, but can also be the key ingredient in turning
a floundering business into a profitable one or jump-starting a
stalled career. Keynote speakers include RiverDogs co-owner Mike
Veeck. Cost: $125 per person. Registration
Kiawah Art and House Tour: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 17,
Kiawah Island. Tour of six homes is sponsored by the volunteer group
"Gibbes, etc." to raise money for Gibbes Museum of Art
programs. Each home features a distinctive art collection and dramatic
views of the salt marsh, ocean, woodlands or river. Cost: $55, which
includes an admission to the Gibbes; purchase at the Gibbes
Museum Store online or by calling 722-2706, ext. 18.
Mixer: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 17, Folly Beach Fishing
Pier. Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission's popular
Moonlight Mixers series returns for another season, with nine mixers
scheduled for April through Septemeber. DJ Rob Duren will play oldies
and beach music for dancing. Food and beverages will be available
for purchase. Cost: In advance, $8 for Charleston County residents,
$10 for nonresidents; at the gate (if available), $10. Sellouts
are common, so advance purchases are recommended. More
info/other mixer dates.
Cupcakes & Brides: 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 18,
Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston. Dianne Shaver and Suzette Latsko,
authors of "Bride's Advisor Charleston, Everything You Need
to Create Your Dream Wedding in Charleston," are the hostesses
for this event for engaged couples and their families. Champagne,
Cupcakes & Brides will feature a variety of merchants involved
in the wedding business, and the authors will be on hand to answer
questions and sign books. More
Hall Picnic: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 18, Drayton Hall
Plantation. Second annual Friends of Drayton Hall Picnic includes
Lowcountry food, historical games for children and informal presentations
on Drayton Hall archaeological work and architectural research.
Tickets: $16.95 for adult members of Friends; $19.95 otherwise;
$11.95 for ages 6 to 12; free for ages 5 and younger. Reservations/details:
Disaster Planning: 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 23,
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2750 Speissegger Drive, North
Charleston. The chamber's Business Continuity Planning Council will
host a workshop on how to write a business continuity plan in light
of hurricanes or other natural disasters, economic downturn and
other unforeseen obstacles. Cost: $20 chamber members, $35 nonmembers.
of the Fleet:
11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26, Alhambra Hall, Mount Pleasant.
Enjoy samples of local restaurants' best seafood dishes, live music
by the East Coast Party Band, shrimp-eating and shagging contests,
arts and crafts, and a parade of decorated shrimp trawlers at the
22nd annual festival. Admission is free; tickets will be sold for
food samples. More
info, including a list of other "Week With the Fleet"
Sumter Findings: 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 2, Charleston
Museum, followed by boat tour to fort. Dr. Russell Horres, a volunteer
researcher and National Park Service Guide, will talk about new
revelations on the fort's construction and events leading up to
the start of the Civil War. Following talk at museum, group will
visit the fort. Cost: $30 museum members, $35 nonmembers (includes
boat transportation to fort). Make reservations
online by April 24 or phone 722-2996, ext. 235.
In this section,
we offer a list of good reads that you might want to consider reading:
Short History of a Small Place, T.R. Pearson
Turn in the South, V.S. Naipaul
Book of Marie, Terry Kay
Jazz, Jack McCray
Deep: 20 Classic Sports Stories,
Gary Smith (review)
Be Sober in the Morning: Great Comebacks, Putdowns, and Ripostes,
Chris Lamb (List)
Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman, Merle Miller
a book to us
New local music CD
Uses of social media
Time for renovations
Dog days at Drayton
Get it clean
Cheer on US rugby
Dress for Success
Field to Families
Book burning event
on car tags
way of tithing?
green bus here
Mt. P. promo
weekend at home
P. Farmers Market
Food + Wine Festival
Creek park input
bald eagles thrive
man moves up in contest
to old clunker
to squeeze in
is in the air
at the ballpark
leaves great legacy
positive about economy
at three books
hood on "reform" efforts
book is great pleasure
band is inspiring
know you're from...
the school menu
Day Fest facts
to bid on
in the sun
go the lights
on duck race