keeps Animal Society going, growing
By TARA GERARDI
Charleston Animal Society
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
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
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.
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
Furry Affair is designed to increase awareness of the Charleston
Animal Societys 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.
$75 per person.
purchase: Call Allison Bolduc, 329-1546. You may also
purchase tickets at the Charleston Animal Society, Three Dog
Bakery, Berlins Womens Apparel, Doolittles,
My Three Dogs, and Wine Awhile.
sponsors: Joye Law Firm, the Zucker Family Foundation,
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.
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
Tara Gerardi is chairman of the Fund Development Committee for the
Charleston Animal Society Board of Directors.
radio partnership holds much promise
ANN THRASH, editor
11, 2009 -- Tremendous challenges and tremendous rewards:
Thats 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.
is the general manager of WDAV-FM 89.9, a classical public radio
station based at Davidson College near Charlotte. (Full disclosure:
Im a Davidson grad.)
year, WDAV partnered with S.C. ETV Radios 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
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 Radios Web stream, www.etvradio.org.
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 hadnt had that opportunity.
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.
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
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tool shows educations impact on community
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.
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.
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.
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.
Extension to offer beginning gardening
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.
beginners-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
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.
to offer teenagers a primer on babysitting
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.
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.
cost is $35. For more information or to register, call Consult-A-Nurse
at 797-3463 (FIND).
needed for Daniel Island park spruce-up
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
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.
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.
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 youd like to help, please
RSVP to Paul Wentz at email@example.com.
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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.
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.
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 clubs 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.
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
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Fun in the
study from the Moore School of Business at the University of
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.
swimming/sunbathing: 62.5 percent.
fishing: 37.2 percent.
an unusual natural feature: 34.7 percent.
boating: 34.1 percent.
wildlife: 33.4 percent.
for a stroll
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 - )
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
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
the Web or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
ONGOING AND SOON
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Book of Marie, Terry Kay
Jazz, Jack McCray
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
on car tags
way of tithing?
to old clunker
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