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Issue 1.53 | Monday, May 18, 2009 | Take an umbrella and sweater

SUNSET SERENADE: Last year's Piccolo Spoleto Sunset Serenade drew a huge crowd to the U.S. Custom House downtown. This year's concert is planned for Friday night, and it's free. Check out today's edition of The List for more festival fun. (Photo by James Mossman.)

:: Star Gospel Mission transforms lives


:: Coming up with your own last supper

:: Send us your thoughts

:: Trombones times six

:: Homewrecker, workshop, safety


___:: CALENDAR: The best of this week ... and next
___:: REVIEW: Send us your recommendations
___:: HISTORY: SC Historical Society
___:: QUOTE: Hubbard on genius
___:: BOOKSHELF: Interesting reading
___:: SPOTLIGHT: Meet one of our underwriters


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Star Gospel Mission: Doing work that transforms lives
Executive Director, Star Gospel Mission
Special to

MAY 18, 2009 -- The Star Gospel Mission is now entering into its 106th year of operation, thus predating all other Christian welfare organizations in the Port City. For over a century it has been a landmark beacon to men who, for a myriad of reasons, find themselves without a place they can call home. The mission provides up to 25 formerly homeless men with a clean, safe, comfortable environment, within a Christian atmosphere, where they can experience a new beginning, a fresh start, a new lease on life and, in many cases, a second chance.


Quite often people mistake the Star Gospel Mission for Crisis Ministry, a facility which is only three blocks away from the Mission. To make the distinction, Crisis Ministry is a shelter that houses men, women and children on an overnight basis. The Star Gospel Mission is a transitional housing facility, where men reside for a minimum of one week up to one entire year. It costs nothing to stay at Crisis Ministry. At the Star Gospel, our residents pay $80 per week. It actually costs $185.00 to house a man at the mission for one week. With $80 paid by each resident, the balance, $105, comes from individuals, churches, civic organizations and businesses.

All of our residents are either currently employed or receive a government pension or a disability check. We admit men who have experienced a life of emotional and physical abuse, have been addicted to drugs or alcohol, or have been involved in various criminal activities. Many have previously been incarcerated. We welcome veterans and currently have seven in residence. Men of all ethnic backgrounds, faiths and walks of life reside at the mission.

Here at the mission we provide a structured, disciplined community where residents can begin to adopt improved moral and ethical principles for living a more wholesome, fulfilling life. We attempt to help our residents adopt the "A.B.C.A.S." standard, meaning that they begin to work on improving their Actions, Behavior, Conduct, Attitudes and Speech. In psychological terms, that's referred to as systematic behavioral modification. Without making some rather significant changes in their lives, personal growth and improvement will not occur. To assist our men with this endeavor, we provide individual counseling for drug, alcohol and other addictive behaviors, family and marital difficulties, and past criminal records. We do not admit registered sex offenders because of the obvious liability concerns.

Several other interesting facts you might wish to know about the mission:

  • We offer an interdenominational worship service every Sunday morning and encourage all of our residents to attend.
  • We provide job placement counseling to assist men in finding gainful employment.

  • We collect and distribute clothing to residents and other needy persons throughout the community.

    Through the generosity of the Good Cheer Fund, each fall we distribute more than 1,000 food gift cards (which can be used at any Piggly Wiggly store) to needy people throughout the community.

  • Throughout the month of January we offer emergency financial assistance to needy persons, including money for rent, utilities, food, medical and dental care, and transportation expenses.

The sheer fact that the Star Gospel Mission is still in existence after 105 years, doing the ministry we do for homeless men in Charleston, says that what we are doing is highly effective. Over that period of time, we have helped literally thousands of men to make life-transforming changes; changes that have enabled them to become independent, productive citizens within our community. We plan on continuing to do this good work for at least the next 100 years!

If you would like to assist in this important ministry financially, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. I'd love to hear from you.

The Rev. William K. Christian III is executive director of the Star Gospel Mission at 474 Meeting St. in Charleston. Contact him at

Last meal would be awesome
By ANDY BRACK, publisher

MAY 18, 2009 - While solving world problems Saturday during coffee and breakfast, Dave Shimp and I somehow got onto the topic of what we would have for a last supper if we had the choice. (Note: Neither of us expect to end up on Death Row or a hospital equivalent anytime soon).


Dave, a retired Navy captain who now works for Maybank Industries, raised the conversation a notch by adding the caveat that we could pick courses from any restaurant in the Charleston area. So here's a look at our last suppers, although we reserve the right to change the list at any time. Dave's list is heavier on East Cooper restaurants, since that's the area in which he lives, while mine is more reflective of the city of Charleston.

Mmmm. I can almost taste my meal now. (You noticed, perhaps, that Dave and I both conveniently left off the salad course.)

I know I've left off lots of other favorites from places like the Mustard Seed on James Island, Uno Mas in Mount Pleasant, Bowen's Island near Folly Beach, as well as lots of Charleston favorites - Saffron, Fleet Landing, Blossom, Hominy Grill and more.

Got a favorite last meal? Send us your menu.

Andy Brack is publisher of He can be reached at:

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Maybank Industries

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RiverDogs' mega-hot dog to be featured on Travel Network

The Homewrecker, the Charleston RiverDogs' over-the-top, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink hot dog, will be featured on an upcoming episode of the Travel Network's popular "Man v. Food" show. Program host Adam Richman and his crew will be The Joe to tape the episode on May 26 during the RiverDogs' game with Bowling Green.

Introduced two years ago, the Homewrecker is a half-pound, foot-long, all-beef hot dog served on a warm bun. It's got the basics - ketchup, mustard, relish - but there are also 22 other toppings that fans can add, including okra, sweet-and-sour sauce, pimiento cheese, jalapeños and more.

In "Man v. Food," Richman travels the country in search of the best places to do some serious indulging. "With a lengthy resume of restaurant experience and a lifelong passion for food, Richman's culinary skills coupled with his seasoned palate provide a gastronomical compass to the best spots to taste America's iconic dishes," said a RiverDogs press release.

This isn't the first time that concessions from The Joe have gotten national exposure. Most recently, the Food Network featured the 'Dogs food in a Rachael Ray special on ballpark food, and ESPN The Magazine did a pictorial that focused on the wide variety of choices at the stadium.

Free workshop designed to assist first-time home buyers

An upcoming free workshop for first-time home buyers will help clarify the latest plans that the federal government has announced to help prospective buyers and stimulate the economy, organizers say.

Last week, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced that the Federal Housing Administration had come up with a way to allow first-time homebuyers to use the recently announced $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit as a down payment at the time of purchasing a home. In light of the new development, three local groups - the Homeownership Resource Center (a division of Family Services, Inc.), the r?hava real estate store and the College of Charleston's Carter Real Estate Center - are teaming up to offer the First-Time Homebuyer Workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 30 at the college's Wachovia Auditorium, located in the Beatty Center at 5 Liberty St.

At the workshop, counselors and industry experts will discuss topics such as mortgage applications, fees and budgeting, current market conditions, qualifying for the tax credit, buying HUD properties and foreclosures, home inspections and the closing process.

This workshop is open to the public and includes lunch. To register, visit or call 744-1348, ext. 25.

Drayton Hall offers free summer admission to teachers

For the fourth consecutive year, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Drayton Hall will offer free admission to teachers. The offer is good for one teacher and one guest. Teachers should present an employment ID or recent pay stub to the gatekeeper to take advantage of the deal.

In addition, Drayton Hall will offer a four-day workshop and credential recertification program for teachers beginning June 15. Covering the period from colonial America through the American Revolution, the workshop will feature guest speakers, collaborative development of innovative lesson plans, and hands-on interaction with an open archaeological excavation.

A limited number of workshop spaces are available; the cost, $145 per person, includes all materials and daily lunch. For Friends of Drayton Hall, the cost is $125. To register, contact Curator of Education Rikki Davenport at 769-2607 or

County parks to offer Beach Safety Week events

The U.S. Lifesaving Association is sponsoring National Beach Safety Week May 18-24, and the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission has planned safety-oriented events at several parks to help remind beachgoers to use caution around the water. The PRC says that while it provides lifeguards at the three county beach parks and Folly Beach Fishing Pier in an effort to reduce the number of accidents, it's still essential to keep the public well-informed about safety during beach season.

Here's the schedule by park. All events will take place on May 23, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

  • Isle of Palms County Park: There will be an info table on the dune crossover for beach safety tips. All events will begin at Stand 11. Schedule: noon, treating a neck injury; 1 p.m., first-aid demo; 2 p.m., CPR demo; 3 p.m., lifejacket fitting; 4 p.m., personal watercraft rescue; 5 p.m. ocean rescue demo.

  • Beachwalker County Park: Visit the info area on the beach for safety tips. Activities will begin at Stand 42. Schedule: noon, CPR demo; 2 p.m., first-aid demo; 4 p.m., ocean rescue.

  • Folly Beach County Park: An info table will be set up in front of the Dunes House for safety tips. Activities will begin at Stand 33. Schedule: noon, first-aid demo; 1 p.m., personal watercraft rescue; 2 p.m., CPR demo; 3 p.m., lifejacket fitting; 4 p.m., neck injury treatment; 5 p.m., ocean rescue demo.

  • Folly Beach Fishing Pier: An info area will be set up on the beach, and all activities will begin at Stand 22. Schedule: noon, personal watercraft rescue; 1 p.m. first-aid demo; 2 p.m., CPR demo; 3 p.m., lifejacket fitting; 4 p.m., neck injury treatment; 5 p.m., ocean rescue demo.

For more information on Beach Safety Week activities, contact Cole Thomas at 762-8046 or

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South Carolina Historical Society

Located in Charleston, the South Carolina Historical Society is the state's oldest historical society and one of South Carolina's largest private manuscript archives. James Louis Petigru and several prominent Charleston residents founded the organization in 1855 with the mission "to collect information respecting every portion of our State, to preserve it, and when deemed advisable to publish it." To this end the organization's founders established a noncirculating research library.

The society held its first formal meeting on Carolina Day, June 28, 1855, and was incorporated in 1856. In 1860 it moved a portion of its collections to the Robert Mills Fireproof Building on Meeting Street. This compilation was lost during or immediately following the Civil War. Frederick A. Porcher, the society's first recording secretary, saved much of the organization's collection by storing it at the College of Charleston's library.

The society met once between 1861 and 1875, when it resumed regular meetings and moved its collection to the Charleston Library Society, where it remained until 1943. The society leased portions of the Robert Mills Fireproof Building from Charleston County for its operations during that year and in 1968 became the sole occupant of the building. Charleston County deeded the building to the society in 1980, and as of 2004 that location remained its headquarters.

In 1857 the organization began publishing manuscripts related to South Carolina history. That year it issued the Collections of the South Carolina Historical Society, Volume I, the first in a series of five volumes published. In 1900 the society began publication of the South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, and in 1952 the word "genealogical" was dropped from the title. For more than one hundred years the South Carolina Historical Magazine has published original scholarship and edited documents concerning South Carolina history. In 1985 the society began publication of Carologue, a general-interest magazine distributed to its members.

-- Excerpted from the entry by W. Eric Emerson. 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.)


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Six trombones for Piccolo

Piccolo Spoleto starts on Friday, and this year the folks at the festival tell us they've noticed something unexpected: a distinct trend in favor of trombones.

Accordingly, they have declared 2009 to be Piccolo's "Year of the Trombone." Be on the lookout for trombones in these six Piccolo shows, as well as others; all but the Mepkin Abbey concert are free. For info or tickets, go to

"Trombones!": 6 p.m. May 22, U.S. Custom House, East Bay and Market streets. Palmetto Posaunen, a trombone choir of approximately 40 trombone players plus percussion, presents a free concert, including selections from Baroque and classical literature, Broadway tunes, jazz and "76 Trombones" from "The Music Man."

Sunset Serenade: 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. May 22, U.S. Custom House. Free concert featuring the Charleston Symphony Orchestra playing Big Band era hits with internationally acclaimed jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and his jazz quartet as guest artists.

All That Jazz: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 23, U.S. Custom House. A free Big Band showcase that opens with the Wycliffe Gordon jazz quartet followed by five of the tri-county area's best high school jazz bands and the Piccolo Spoleto All-Star High School Jazz Band. The show ends with a massed-band performance of "The Charleston" and "When the Saints Go Marching In."

Music of Bloch and Paulus at Mepkin Abbey: 4 p.m. June 5, Mepkin Abbey, 1091 Mepkin Abbey Road, Moncks Corner. The deeply prophetic voice of the Old Testament is realized in four works by Ernest Bloch. Bill Zehfuss performs "Trombone Symphony," one of Bloch's later works, and the Stephen Paulus Mass performed by the Taylor Music Festival Choir and Piccolo Spoleto Festival Orchestra. Composer Paulus is expected to attend the performance. Tickets: $35.

Piccolo Spoleto Children's Festival: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 23, Marion Square. Enchanting arts activities for children of all ages at this free event.

Piccolo Spoleto Finale: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 6, Hampton Park. "A Global Village of World Music" is the theme for this high-energy festival finale featuring food, music and more. Free admission.

Dumb and dumber


"Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped."

- American writer/ artist/philosopher Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)


Salute to the Military: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 19, 28 Bridgeside, Mount Pleasant. Reception presented by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce to show support for the local military and celebrate their contributions to the community and nation. Awards will be presented to active-duty personnel and reservists from each branch of the military. The U.S. Air Force Blue Aces Popular Music Ensemble will entertain. Cost: $75, or $45 for active/reserve military and/or military spouse. Registration.

(NEW) Afternoon Tea: May 22 through May 31, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 403 King St., Charleston. Enjoy tea and other beverages, finger sandwiches, scones and homemade desserts. Live entertainment, boutique, Charleston Artist Guild exhibition and tours of the history sanctuary will also be offered. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. each day except for May 24 and May 31, when teas begin at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the church's Outreach Learning Center, which offers community programs including English as a Second Language, an emergency food pantry, respite care ministries, computer classes, etc. More info: 579-0420 or online.


Buoy Photos Exhibit: Through May 29, Charleston Center for Photography, 654 King St., Suite D, Charleston. "Red-Right-Returning: Buoys of the Ashley and Cooper," a free exhibit of photographs from Charleston photographer Jack Alterman, will be featured throughout May. In the photographs, Alterman combines the landscapes of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers with the colors that mark a mariner's course. A Spoleto Opening Reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 21. More info: 720-3105 or

"La Cage Aux Folles": Various dates in May, Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St., Charleston. The Footlight Players bring to the Lowcountry this Broadway smash about love, family and acceptance in an untraditional setting, filled with outlandish costumes, extravagant dance numbers, and snazzy songs. Tickets: $30 adults, $27 seniors, $20 students. Show dates and times: 722-4487 or visit online.

(NEW) HR Strategies Workshop: 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 4, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2750 Speissegger Drive, North Charleston. "Managing the Storm: HR Strategies and the Roadmap to Recovery" will help businesses create a plan to ensure that they retain their talent during the economic downturn and keep their businesses up and running. Cost: $55 members, $95 nonmembers. Registration.

Nighttime at the Museum: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 5, Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Family event with museum staff bringing history to life in unusual ways. Kids might bump into a band of pirates, a unit of Revolutionary War soldiers, a Viking, George Washington or King Tut during the adventure. Curators and staff will be stationed throughout the dimly-lit galleries (bring your own flashlight) to share stories and tell tall tales. Event includes a light supper. Tickets: $10 member adults, $20 nonmember adults, $5 member children, $10 nonmember children, free for those younger than 3. Reservations available online or by phone, 722-2996, ext. 264.

Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 5 and noon to 8 p.m. June 6, Laing Middle School, 2213 Highway 17 North, Mount Pleasant. Gullah-Geechee skits, gospel groups, storytelling, folklore, music and dance performed by local entertainers. The largest showcase of diversified sweetgrass baskets in the Lowcountry will be displayed by local basket makers, along with handmade quilts, paintings and crafts. Kids' activities include jump castles, water slides, face painting, and arts and craft. Lowcountry foods will be provided by local restaurants and vendors. More info.

(NEW) Moonlight Mixers: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. June 12 and June 26, Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Local DJ Rob Duren will serve up beach music and oldies for shagging on the pier. Beverages will be available for purchase on-site, and food and snacks will be available for purchase at Locklear's Beach City Grill and the Gangplank Gift & Tackle Shop. Tickets: $8 Charleston County residents, $10 nonresidents, in advance. Only 600 tickets will be sold; if any are available at the gate, they'll be $10 for all. More information: 795-4FUN or online.


In this section, we offer a list of good reads that you might want to consider reading:

  • A Short History of a Small Place, T.R. Pearson
  • A Turn in the South, V.S. Naipaul
  • The Book of Marie, Terry Kay
  • Charleston Jazz, Jack McCray
  • Going Deep: 20 Classic Sports Stories, Gary Smith (review)
  • I'll Be Sober in the Morning: Great Comebacks, Putdowns, and Ripostes, Chris Lamb (List)
  • Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman, Merle Miller

  • Suggest a book to us


8/20: Yarian: New local music CD
Fisher: Uses of social media
Hall: Time for renovations
Morris: Dog days at Drayton
Lindbergh: Gifted school
Jackson: Insurance tips
VanBogart: Singles
Stewart: Get it clean
Rosenberg: Elect women
Nathan: Turtle release
Johnson: Online school
Thiers: Protect skin
Lee: Scoring supplies
Shockley: Company wellness
McKenzie: Park opening
Jones: Cheer on US rugby
McGahey: Young pros
Ridder: Dress for Success
Bender: Patriots Point
Gerardi: Furry Affair
Arnoldi: Reducing stress
Mathos: Field to Families
Moniz: Book burning event


8/20: Good, bad, spineless
Locals on Runway
Cookie contest
Vote on car tags
True confessions
New way of tithing?
Lookout for manatees
Big green bus here
New Mt. P. promo
WDAV at Spoleto
Protecting your computer
Thoughts on hurricanes
Special weekend at home
Zucchini pie
Charleston cookie contest
Age spots
Mt. P. Farmers Market
Charleston library honored
First vegetable garden
Markets, mushrooms
Feeding the need
Waddling in
Great Food + Wine Festival
Provocative poem
Seeking colorful birds
Grab-bag of thoughts
The candy map
Shem Creek park input
Controversy over fireworks
Talking about oysters
Help bald eagles thrive
Local man moves up in contest


8/17: RIP to old clunker
8/10: Lots to squeeze in
8/3: On flying Delta
7/27: Conspiracy theories
7/20: Protect carriage animals
7/13: Economic thaw here?
6/25: Sanford shouldn't resign
Lots of questions
Mosquitoes, water park
Think big
On public television
Shorten the session
A last supper
Legislature: do something
Spring is in the air
Mortgage discrimination
Carriage regs
Fun at the ballpark
Southern tour
Cultural appreciation
Hodges leaves great legacy
Being positive about economy
Remember rural areas
Looks at three books
What tourists see
PDAs, Phelps, layoffs
Whales vs. Dolphins
Dear Ellie ...
Lift hood on "reform" efforts
Truman book is great pleasure
Manning band is inspiring


8/20: You know you're from...
On the school menu
Wines for grilling
First Day Fest facts
Sales tax holiday
Twittering tips
Fall planting
5 for teens
7/20: Beach reads
Save the books
7/13: Hot plants
Staying cool
Old Exchange 5
Historic house
6/25: Mosquito list
6/22: Hot stuff
Five to bid on
Last of Spoleto
Fun in the sun
Out go the lights
5 on duck race

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