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Issue 1.60 | Thursday, June 11, 2009 | Apply sunscreen


GENTLE LIGHT: The early morning light showcased the vibrant graphics on the side of this old barber shop on Spring Street in Charleston. (Photo by Andy Brack)


TODAY'S FOCUS
:: Furry Affair to help animals

ANN THRASH

:: Radio partnership holds promise

FEEDBACK
:: Send us your comments

THE LIST
:: Fun in the sun

GOOD NEWS
:: United Way, gardening, parks

ALSO INSIDE

___:: CALENDAR: This week ... and next
___:: REVIEW: Send us your thoughts
___:: HISTORY: SC Jockey Society
___:: QUOTE: Bohr on making it clear
___:: BOOKSHELF: Interesting reading
___:: SPOTLIGHT: Meet an underwriter


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TODAY'S FOCUS
Furry Affair keeps Animal Society going, growing
By TARA GERARDI
Charleston Animal Society
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com

JUNE 11, 2009 -- The Charleston Animal Society is having its Sixth Annual Furry Affair event on Saturday, June 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Memminger Auditorium, located at 56 Beaufain St. in downtown Charleston.


Gerardi

The Furry Affair is a premier art event designed to raise money for the shelter and our furry friends. The event, which includes a live and silent auction, has been a huge success in the past and raised over $40,000 last year for the abused, neglected and abandoned animals of the Lowcountry.

A little over a year ago, the Charleston Animal Society moved into its new animal center and new building. We now have the ability to house and care for nearly three times the number of animals that we were able to care for in the old Leeds Avenue facility. We have a state-of-the-art spay-and-neuter clinic on site to accelerate our efforts to eliminate rampant animal overpopulation and encourage more adoptions in the pleasant and welcoming atmosphere of the new building.

The Furry Affair is designed to increase awareness of the Charleston Animal Society’s 129-year history and our role in our community, as well as to raise much-needed funds to support the care of homeless animals in our shelter.

Furry Affair Tickets

Cost: $75 per person.

To purchase: Call Allison Bolduc, 329-1546. You may also purchase tickets at the Charleston Animal Society, Three Dog Bakery, Berlin’s Women’s Apparel, Doolittle’s, My Three Dogs, and Wine Awhile.

Event sponsors: Joye Law Firm, the Zucker Family Foundation, Tristan Restaurant.

We are asking that you become our partners by donating to help us carry out our mission to provide food, shelter and medical care to more than 12,500 homeless animals in the Lowcountry each year.

Please consider donating to this worthy cause and help us fight animal cruelty and educate people about the responsibilities of being a pet owner. The animals in our care depend on the success of this event.

Tara Gerardi is chairman of the Fund Development Committee for the Charleston Animal Society Board of Directors.

CURRENTS
First-year Spoleto radio partnership holds much promise

By ANN THRASH, editor

JUNE 11, 2009 -- “Tremendous challenges and tremendous rewards”: That’s how Benjamin K. Roe describes the recent first-of-its-kind radio partnership that brought Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto programming – and plenty of good vibes about Charleston – to a wide audience not just in the Carolinas, but around the world.


Thrash

Roe is the general manager of WDAV-FM 89.9, a classical public radio station based at Davidson College near Charlotte. (Full disclosure: I’m a Davidson grad.)

This year, WDAV partnered with S.C. ETV Radio’s Classical NPR stations to bring listeners in the Carolinas and online several hours of live festival broadcasts each weekday. The lineup included “Spoleto Today,” an hour-long program that gave listeners an overview of performances, players and festival sights and sounds, and “Carolina Classics,” which offered next-day broadcasts of Spoleto events such as the Chamber Music Series concerts, and highlights from Piccolo as well.

Listeners were also able to go online for Spoleto coverage at two sites: www.SpoletoChamberMusic.org, where they could listen to live broadcasts or free mp3 recordings of concerts and interviews, and ETV Radio’s Web stream, www.etvradio.org.

Despite only getting about four hours of sleep a night during the run of the festival, Roe says the collaboration was terrific for everyone involved – the broadcast partners, the festivals and the city itself. While Charleston audiences had been able to listen to programs such as “Spoleto Today” for more than a decade, people in the Charlotte area and beyond hadn’t had that opportunity.


Roe

As Roe notes, there are strong ties between the communities, and they were strengthened as a result of the new radio partnership. He says a handful of WDAV listeners were a bit put off by hearing talk rather than the usual music in the middle of the day, but those few comments were “vastly outstripped” by the positive feedback the station got – as well as the reports of WDAV listeners saying they were planning a trip to the festival as a result of hearing the expanded coverage.

As pleased as he was with how things went this year, Roe is already looking ahead at how to make the effort even better in 2010. In a word, it involves “more”: more live broadcasts, more videos and other multimedia platforms, more events, and more underwriters. Overall, though, it looks like the beginning of a beautiful relationship. As Roe says, “It was definitely an innovative and worthwhile endeavor.”

Recipe resources: It was good to hear from Lindsay Zellner of Johns Island this week. Not only did she have some nice things to say about CharlestonCurrents.com, she also had some recipe advice for all of us home vegetable gardeners. Lindsay wrote, “First off, I really enjoy reading CharlestonCurrents! Thank you for the interesting topics and commitment to keeping us informed on important issues. Since you are a gardener, I wanted to share one of my favorite books and recipe tools with you. I hope you’ve read it. If not, please pick a copy up – you won’t be disappointed. The book is ‘Animal, Vegetable, Miracle’ by Barbara Kingsolver. One recipe my husband and I live by is her Disappearing Zucchini Orzo recipe for those weeks when you can’t cook it or give it away fast enough. This is a sure thing that even picky children will gobble up!” The recipe is on the book’s Web site.
 
Lindsay also said, “There is also a recipe for some zucchini chocolate chip cookies made with honey that are incredible!”
 
Thanks also to Melany Mullens, a CharlestonCurrents subscriber who lives in Chicago, for recommending www.Epicurious.com as a great recipe source. Melany, an experienced vegetable gardener, mentioned that the growing season here in Charleston is about four weeks ahead of what’s happening in her garden in Illinois. I think the longer we wait each year for that first BLT with a home-grown tomato, the more we appreciate it!

Ann Thrash is editor of CharlestonCurrents.com. She can be reached at: editor@charlestoncurrents.com.

FEEDBACK
Vent: Send us your thoughts on community issues

Our policy: We encourage readers to submit feedback or letters to the editor. Send your thoughts to editor Ann Thrash. We reserve the right to edit for length and clarity. One submission allowed per month. Make sure to include your name and phone number. Submission of a comment grants permission to us to reprint. Please keep your comment to 200 words or less.

SPOTLIGHT
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GOOD NEWS
New online tool shows education’s impact on community

A new tool created by the United Way and the American Human Development Project offers a concrete, quantifiable look at how improving education can make life better for everyone in South Carolina.

According to the Common Good Forecaster, if everyone in Charleston County graduated from high school, the positive results for the community would include seven fewer murders, 23,000 fewer obese adults and 72,000 fewer people living in poverty. The Common Good Forecaster also illustrates that if all adults in the state moved up one education level (those without high school diplomas would graduate, those with a high school degree would get some college, and those with some college would earn a four-year diploma), the murder rate and poverty rate would drop nearly in half. Median personal earnings in the state would rise by almost $7,000 a year.

According to the Trident United Way, which serves Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties, those results are echoed here in the Lowcountry. For example, moving everyone in Charleston County up one education level would prevent 15 murders a year.

“The Common Good Forecaster is a great tool to demonstrate the connections between education and a quality life here in the Palmetto State – healthier individuals, kids who are more fit, reduced crime and brighter futures for our young people,” said Christopher Kerrigan, president of Trident United Way, in a press release earlier this week.  “If we take decisive action to make sustainable progress in education a priority, we will advance the common good for everyone here.”

Clemson Extension to offer beginning gardening

Novice gardeners will be able to get help and advice from the ground up in a new five-week basic gardening class to be offered by Clemson Extension Service. “Sowing & Growing in the Lowcountry: Fundamentals of Horticulture” begins June 25 and will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays in the Orientation Theater at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

The beginner’s-level classes will cover how to create garden soil; color and texture in the garden; easy annual and perennials; warm-season lawns; basic tree care; and starting a fall vegetable garden. The instructors include Mark Arena, Clemson Extension commercial horticulture agent; Jonathan Croft, Clemson Extension agriculture agent; and Amy Dabbs, Clemson Extension horticulture agent and Master Gardener coordinator.

The cost – $75 per person or $100 per family of two adults – includes textbooks, handouts and a home lawn or garden soil test. To register or for more information, contact the Clemson Extension office in Dorchester County at 563-7772.

Class to offer teenagers a primer on babysitting

Parents of teenagers who babysit might want to check out the upcoming Safe Sitter Class being offered by Trident Medical Center. The class meets June 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Trident HealthFinders Conference Room at Trident Medical Center.

The Safe Sitter course is a medically accurate program that teaches 11- to 15-year-olds how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. Safe Sitter participants will also receive tips to help them become more confident caregivers, learn safety and security precautions, and get information on child development, age-appropriate activities and the business aspects of babysitting.

The cost is $35. For more information or to register, call Consult-A-Nurse at 797-3463 (FIND).

Volunteers needed for Daniel Island park spruce-up

After several projects downtown and West of the Ashley, the Charleston Parks Conservancy is headed across the Cooper River to Daniel Island to help residents beautify one of their main parks. On June 27 from 8 a.m. to noon, the conservancy will host its first Garden in the Park event at Etiwan Park. Daniel Island residents and volunteers of all experience levels are invited to come help plant, mulch and water.  

The conservancy has teamed up with The Daniel Island Co. and the Daniel Island Property Owners Association to bring a new garden to Etiwan Park. Conservancy staff members have chosen plants for the park, including full-sun and drought-tolerant selections such as plumbago, lantana and rosemary, along with a perennial grass called pink muhly grass and flowering shrubs such as Knockout rose and American beautyberry.

Jimmy Bailey Jr., vice president of community services for the Daniel Island Property Owners Association, approached the conservancy about doing a project on Daniel Island after seeing the great work the staff and Park Angel volunteers had done at the South Windermere Community Garden. Bailey contacted Jim Martin, executive director of the conservancy, and the wheels were in motion. Employees at The Daniel Island Co. have contributed $1,200 to the project, and all they asked in return was the chance to help out – an easy request to grant as the Conservancy relies on volunteers to help with gardening in the park projects.

Volunteers should bring a trowel or favorite planting tool, pruning shears and sunscreen. The planting area is located by the outdoor theater steps on the side of Etiwan Park. If you’d like to help, please RSVP to Paul Wentz at pwentz@charlestonparksconservancy.org.

REVIEW
Send us your recommendations

HAVE A REVIEW? If you have a review of a book, movie, restaurant or local arts endeavor, please send no more than 150 words to editor Ann Thrash. Make sure to include your name and full contact information.

HISTORY SPOTLIGHT
South Carolina Jockey Club

Horse racing has been a favorite sport in England since the sixteenth century and naturally found its way to the North American colonies not long after their settlement. The earliest record of horse racing in South Carolina surfaces in the South-Carolina Gazette of February 1734. During the next two decades the sport increased in popularity in the colony, but it became organized when a group of lowcountry gentlemen founded the South Carolina Jockey Club in 1758.

By the early 1770s race week became the most important time of the year for many South Carolinians. Troubles with the mother country, however, interrupted horse racing, and the South Carolina Jockey Club agreed to suspend its activities for the duration of the Revolutionary War. In December 1783, one year after the British evacuated Charleston, the Jockey Club revived anew with increased membership. During the economic turbulence of the postwar period, the association disbanded in 1788 and 1791 but was reestablished each time.

At the turn of the new century, the South Carolina Jockey Club ushered in what would be called the “golden age of racing.” Not only did the club’s annual races, usually held in January or February, serve as the high point of the Charleston social season, but they also served as a common meeting place for members of the planter class from across the state. In the ensuing years the races grew considerably and drew the attention of spectators and horse breeders from other states, who entered their horses in the competition.

The loss of thoroughbreds during the Civil War and the economic decline that followed led to the demise of horse racing in the state. Efforts by the Jockey Club to revive the sport failed, and the club disbanded on December 28, 1899. Its assets were donated to the Charleston Library Society.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Samuel K. Fore. 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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THE LIST
Fun in the sun

A new study from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina found that the Palmetto State's natural resources contribute nearly $30 billion and 230,000 jobs to the state's economy. Here are the five most popular outdoor recreational pursuits in the state, according to the study.

1)Beach swimming/sunbathing: 62.5 percent.

2)Freshwater fishing: 37.2 percent.

3)Visiting an unusual natural feature: 34.7 percent.

4)Motor boating: 34.1 percent.

5)Watching wildlife: 33.4 percent.

QUOTE
Out for a stroll


Wester-
feld

“Sometimes the facts in my head get bored and decide to take a walk in my mouth. Frequently this is a bad thing.”

– Scott Westerfeld, science-fiction author (1963 - )

CALENDAR: THIS WEEK

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.

Pirates of Charleston: 10 a.m. to noon June 13, Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Kids will come face to face with pirates as they search for buried treasure through the Charleston Museum. Family-oriented event includes presentations and craft projects suitable for all ages. Free for museum members; for others, free with regular admission of $10 adults, $5 children, free for those younger than 3. More info: On the Web or via email at sthomas@charlestonmuseum.org.

Friends of Library Sale: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13 and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 14, Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. Sponsored by Friends of the Charleston County Public Library to raise money to support the library system. All categories of books, DVDs, CDs and Books on Tape/CD will be on sale with prices starting at 50 cents. On June 14, DVDs, CDs and Books on Tape/CD will be half-price. Payment must be made by cash or check. Preview sale for Friends members only will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. June 13. More info: online here or by calling 805-6978.

Park Circle Film Society Movie: 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 13, Olde North Charleston Picture House, 1080 E. Montague Ave., Park Circle. The not-for-profit Greater Park Circle Film Society shows movies every other Saturday at the theatre. June 13's feature is "Gospel Hill," starring Angela Bassett, Danny Glover, Adam Baldwin and Julia Stiles. Enjoy free popcorn with the show. Theater opens 15 minutes before the show and seating is limited to 50 persons. Tickets (available at the door): $2 members, $5 nonmembers. More info.

CALENDAR: ONGOING AND SOON

(NEW) CYP Leaders Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. June 18, Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd. The Charleston Young Professionals group (CYP) is sponsoring the breakfast give young professionals the opportunity to meet with key leaders in the community who are making an impact. The breakfast allows access and networking with local business leaders that young professionals might not otherwise have the chance to meet. CYP is open to ages 22 to 39. The cost to attend the breakfast is $15 for CYP members, $25 for nonmembers. Register online.

(NEW) Scouts Day at Whirlin’ Waters: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 20, Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark at Wannamaker County Park, 8888 University Blvd., North Charleston. Special admission of $12.99 for all Scouts (Girl, Boy, Cub and Brownie) and their family members. Take part in the Playing It Safe program with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to learn the seven principles of the Leave No Trace approach. Training begins at 11 a.m. and each paid participant will be able to earn the Playing It Safe patch (patches are $2 each and must be ordered in advance). Lunch on your own in the park, or reserve a place by June 12 for a catered lunch ($6 for a hamburger or hot dog, chips, brownie and lemonade). Registration for Scouts Day must be made in advance by June 19. Go online for more or call Beth Kempton at 762-8042.

Charleston Harbor Fest: June 26-28, Maritime Center complex, downtown Charleston. Free festival featuring tall ships open for touring, maritime arts and crafts, an "Old Charlestowne" living history camp, wooden boat displays, free sailing, air shows, live music, food and, at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, a "Harborpalooza." Schedules/more info.

Farm to Plate Picnic: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 28, Thackeray Farms, 1364 Harts Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island. Picnic is a fundraiser for Slow Food Charleston's Organic Garden Project at Sanders-Clyde Elementary School. Guests should bring their own picnic dinner, beverages and a blanket. Slow Food will host an "American Pie Auction" featuring homemade pies that will be sold to the highest bidder. Farm tours, live bluegrass and a book signing by local author Holly Herrick are also planned, with a portion of book sales benefitting Slow Food Charleston. Tickets: $10 for Slow Food members, $20 for nonmembers. More info: 225-4307 or by email.

Archaeology of Charleston's Colonial Fortifications: 6:30 p.m. June 30, Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. Members of the Mayor's Walled City Task Force will review the findings from the recent dig on East Bay Street. See images and artifacts and hear about the latest discoveries of Charleston's early waterfront fortifications. More info: 805-6930.

(NEW) Fourth of July Blast: 4 p.m. to midnight July 4, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. Hosted by Patriots Point and the Town of Mount Pleasant, the 13th Annual Fourth of July Blast is a free event with live music, a play area for kids, a 40-foot Ferris wheel, food, drinks and more. Fireworks show over the harbor begins at 10:05 p.m. and will be set to patriotic music. Admission to the Yorktown will be reduced to $5 after 5 p.m. Festival-goers are asked to bring a canned food item to benefit local charities.

(NEW) People of the Land Exhibit: Through July 15, Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. The work of Lowcountry native and documentary photographer Vennie Deas Moore will be featured. Moore has devoted much of her career to exploring the vanishing traditions along the S.C. coast, and her photographs show the connections between cultures, the value of work and the symbiotic relationship between the black and white communities. On June 28 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Moore will discuss her photographs and her new book, "Home: Portraits from the Carolina Coast." More info: 805-6930.

ON THE BOOKSHELF

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
  • The Book of Marie, Terry Kay
  • Charleston Jazz, Jack McCray
  • 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

FOCUS ARCHIVES

9/3: Deaton: Thrive Prize
8/31:
Rawl: Charting courses
8/27:
Jurcova-Spencer: Creatives
8/24:
Brooks: Rural Mission
8/20:
Yarian: New local music CD
8/17:
Fisher: Uses of social media
8/13:
Hall: Time for renovations
8/10:
Morris: Dog days at Drayton
8/6:
Lindbergh: Gifted school
8/3:
Jackson: Insurance tips
7/30:
VanBogart: Singles
7/27:
Stewart: Get it clean
7/23:
Rosenberg: Elect women
7/20:
Nathan: Turtle release
7/16:
Johnson: Online school
7/13:
Thiers: Protect skin
7/9:
Lee: Scoring supplies
7/2:
Shockley: Company wellness

THRASH ARCHIVES

9/3: Cold comfort, more
8/27:
Being a fan
8/20:
Good, bad, spineless
8/13:
Locals on Runway
8/6:
Cookie contest
7/30:
Vote on car tags
7/23:
True confessions
7/16:
New way of tithing?
7/9:
Lookout for manatees

BRACK ARCHIVES

8/31: This and that
8/24:
SC's treasures
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?

LIST ARCHIVES

9/3: Free legal clinics
8/31: CofC Class of 2013
8/27: Citadel Class of 2013
8/24:
7 stores, 7 days
8/20:
You know you're from...
8/17:
On the school menu
8/13:
Wines for grilling
8/10:
First Day Fest facts
8/6:
Sales tax holiday
8/3:
Twittering tips
7/30:
Fall planting
7/27:
5 for teens
7/23:
Consignments
7/20: Beach reads
7/16:
Save the books
7/13: Hot plants
7/9:
Staying cool
7/2:
Old Exchange 5

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