duty: Cheer on rugby's Team USA on July 4
By ROB JONES
Owner, Cambria Sports; member, Charleston Outlaws
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
25, 2009 -- I live and breathe rugby. I grew up a rugby fan (Go
Wales!), have played socially for years and even semi-professionally
for nearly six years in the United Kingdom, Wales and Australia.
I've served as a youth rugby coach in my native country, Wales,
and these days, now that Charleston is my home, I am a proud member
of the local men's rugby club, the Charleston Outlaws. A few months
ago, I recently fulfilled a lifelong dream in opening Cambria Sports
here in Charleston, a sporting goods store specializing in rugby
and soccer gear for men and women of all ages.
July 4, the eyes of rugby fans worldwide will be on Charleston,
where the USA National team, the USA Eagles, will take on Rugby
Canada for a spot in the International Rugby Board (IRB) 2011 Rugby
World Cup. Considering that the date of this major international
sporting event falls on Independence Day, I feel it is my patriotic
duty to share a few words with you about this incredible sport that
has played such an important role in my life.
Rugby is played on every continent in the world and is one of the
fastest growing sports in the United States; in fact, USA Rugby
reports that membership in the sport is up 159 percent over the
last 10 years. Our city is part of the trend, with men's and women's
collegiate teams at The Citadel and College of Charleston, the Charleston
Outlaws men's club, Charleston Hurricanes women's club, and plans
in the works to form a number of youth rugby clubs by the end of
those new to rugby, there are a few things you should know. Rugby
is kind of like American football (and, in fact, American football
was derived from rugby). But rugby is American football without
the pads and helmets, without the timeouts and delays in play, and
with 15 players on each side on the field at any one time and a
total of 22 in the squad. Rugby games last 80 minutes and there
are no timeouts, just constant running and constant action. The
rugby ball can only advance if a player kicks it or is carrying
it. The ball can be thrown laterally or backward to another player;
it can't be thrown down the field, only run or kicked.
And as a newbie, you'll have to navigate a whole new sports terminology.
But if you can remember that the pitch is the field, a scrum is
the term for restarting the game after a break in play from an incident
like a knock on, which is when a player drops or loses the ball,
and a ruck is what happens when at least three players all vie for
a ball that gets released when a player is tackled - well, if you
can remember even those four terms, nobody will ever know you're
new to the sport.
World Cup Qualifier
In a major rugby match with worldwide interest, the USA
Eagles will take on Rugby Canada here in Charleston, with
a spot in the 2011 Rugby World Cup at stake.
When: 4 p.m. July 4.
Where: Blackbaud Stadium, Daniel Island.
Cost: Tickets are $15-$40.
Tickets/more info: Online
me, rugby is one of the most social games around, and one of the
most thoughtful and athletic. We don't wear helmets, we don't wear
padding, but we're taught to tackle and take a tackle safely, and
we know how to offload the ball before a hit. It's a mental game.
Every position on the field gets to play the ball, kick the ball,
tackle and score, so everyone is actively involved. I've spent years
tackling some of my oldest and best friends, but at the end of the
game we all shake hands, have a drink and sing songs into the night.
That's the attraction of rugby - it's not all hard hits and mud,
it's also people coming together with mutual respect and admiration
for one another because we all love the same game.
The July 4 USA Eagles vs. Rugby Canada IRB World Cup qualifying
game will be played at 4 p.m. at the Charleston Battery soccer stadium
on Daniel Island. Tickets are available online at http://www.charlestonrugby.com
or by calling the Charleston Battery at 971-4635. The U.S. national
team has qualified for the last five out of six World Cups, so chances
are great that you'll see them walk off the pitch with another victory
under their belt.
hope you'll join me at the match, where I plan to continue my patriotic
duties in cheering as loudly as possible for the USA Eagles. And
after the game, I hope you'll also join me in raising a glass with
not only other fellow Eagles fans, but also fans of Rugby Canada,
as we sing songs into the night and reflect on the hard hits, the
mud and the great plays that were made on the pitch.
Rob Jones is a lifelong
rugby fan who now splits his loyalties between the Welsh Rugby Union
and the USA Eagles. He owns the rugby and soccer outfitter Cambria
Sports, located at 1890 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in Charleston.
Readers of this article are invited to drop by his store for a rugby
tutorial and for a 10 percent discount off Team USA gear to wear
to the July 4 IRB World Cup qualifying game.
Media need to back off on Sanford
ANDY BRACK, publisher
24, 2009 - - It was painful to hear Gov. Mark Sanford's apology
to the world over his adultery in Argentina.
has embarrassed himself and killed any chance of being President.
humiliated his family, friends, party and colleagues.
let down people across the state. And he's given South Carolina
another black eye - just the kind of thing the state doesn't need
for all of the oddness, sadness and grief with Sanford's recent
disappearance, reappearance and today's news conference before dozens
of cameras and reporters, you've got to give the governor points
for one thing: He directly dealt with it. Yes, he broke Commandments.
The live political reality show wasn't fun to watch or hear. And
he rambled a bit. But he faced the music and thundering political
and personal consequences that are sure to come from the whole mess.
the media need to back off. There's nothing good to be gained from
a continuing national and state media crucifixion on the moral failings
of Mark Sanford, a man who happens to be a governor.
now, Mark Sanford, the man, needs to heal. His family and friends
need to heal. And the state needs to heal. South Carolinians need
to pick their collective jaw from the floor and deal with the stunning
personal news about the governor. It's not right for the whole sad
episode to be picked apart like crabs on a chicken neck.
best as we can tell, Sanford didn't do anything wrong legally in
terms of performing his duties as governor. Sure, there are leadership
and judgment calls that will be questioned. They should be. And
they will in next year's legislative session as state lawmakers
grapple with how to delegate emergency powers when a governor is
now, the Sanford affair has moved from political to personal. It's
time to give the governor and his family some space.
might see this as a call for leniency and find it particularly perplexing
for a longtime critic of the governor. Over the years, we've criticized
his leadership, his policy proposals and his view of government,
all of which we will continue to take issue when necessary.
the South in which I was raised taught me to not kick a man when
he is down. And boy, if there were ever a time that Mark Sanford
was down, it's now. And he doesn't need to be kicked any more.
Brack, publisher of CharlestonCurrents.com, can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Mud Connect to offer Thrive! Prizes to local nonprofits
Mud Connect [Focus,
5/14/09], a new web-based matching service that connects
nonprofits and local businesses, is offering five prizes of $1,000
each to area nonprofits who can answer one question: "If your
organization received an extra $1,000 that could only be used for
a one-time project ... what would you do?"
Thrive! Prizes were inspired by Pluff Mud Connect's mission to help
nonprofits grow their capacity and sustainability. The awards will
focus on one-time projects that strengthen a nonprofit's staff,
volunteer base, fundraising, marketing or other infrastructure needs.
To be eligible, an applicant must be registered as a 501 (c) 3;
must be physically located in Charleston, Beaufort, Berkeley, Colleton,
Dorchester, Georgetown, Jasper or Hampton county; and must be registered
Mud Connect, which is free to all area nonprofits.
to the question may be submitted at Pluff Mud's Web site between
July 1 and July 31. Winners will be announced in August. The Pluff
Mud team will choose semi-finalists, and members of the web-based
community will then be invited to pick the five winners. "Involving
our local nonprofit and business members in selecting the winners
is a natural choice for us," said Laura Deaton, Pluff Mud's
founder. "Since the funding is designed to help nonprofits
build capacity by using enrolled local service providers, consultants
and businesses, it gets everyone invested in creating a win-win
from the start."
Thrive! Prize fund is fueled through a portion of the enrollment
fees paid by the consultants, service providers and businesses that
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Pluff Mud Connect already has more than 100 members, and the collective
buying power of its registered nonprofits totaled more than $96
million as of mid-June. Businesses enrolled provide services across
more than 75 sub-categories, including infrastructure and technology,
Web design and other marketing services, printing and direct mail,
fundraising, human resources, legal services, accounting services
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Foods' 5 Percent Day to benefit Fields to Families
Foods Market in Mount Pleasant will be donating 5 percent of its
sales on June 30 (8 a.m. to 9 p.m.) to Fields to Families [Focus,
6/4/09] , a local organization with the mission of getting
nutritious food to those who are hungry. The effort is part of the
store's 5 Percent Day campaign, through which the corporation donates
at least 5 percent of its annual net profits to nonprofit organizations
through donation days such as this one, as well as other efforts.
Foods Market is very generous to the community, and we know the
company and its staff are dedicated to good nutrition for all people,
especially the needy," said Jacki Baer, director of Fields
to Families. The organization will have an information booth set
up at the store so shoppers can learn more about the organization.
For more information about Fields to Families, call 388-2487 or
system provides better monitoring of turtle nests
new online database that's a cooperative effort between South Carolina,
North Carolina and Georgia will provide for better monitoring of
sea turtle nests along the coast, experts say. The new Sea Turtle
Nest Monitoring System has been described as a revolution in sea
turtle conservation and management because it will coordinate nesting
data in real-time for four species of sea turtles along 710 miles
of coastline - some 4,800 nests monitored by thousands of volunteers
Coyne, founder of
SeaTurtle.Org, says data can now be reported by each beach in
real time through the online nest monitoring system. The system,
developed by SeaTurtle.Org in collaboration with the S.C. Department
of Natural Resources, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, is an effort to standardize
sea turtle nest data collection and provide resource managers with
real-time feedback from their sea turtle nesting beaches.
new database management system is exciting because it allows us
to monitor sea turtle nesting in real time and make more timely
management decisions," said DuBose Griffin, SCDNR sea turtle
coordinator. Andrea Grabman of Edisto Beach State Park also had
praise for the system. "The new online system is a wonderful
tool that allows all of the nest protection project leaders to see
what is happening on other beaches in the state. It is very user-friendly
and informative," she said.
addition to gathering nesting data, the system also generates summary
statistics, reports, graphs and maps on demand. Such immediate feedback
is beneficial to both individual project data managers as well as
year marked the 28th anniversary of sea turtle conservation in South
Carolina, a milestone for the state. Coordinated by the Wildlife
and Freshwater Fisheries Division of DNR, volunteers, researchers
and biologists from various agencies monitor turtle nesting activities
on state beaches. Between 1980 and 2007, nest protection efforts
along the coast of South Carolina have helped 4,682,102 loggerhead
hatchlings have the best chance of survival.
Gibbes exhibit will feature self-taught artists
new exhibit that opens at the Gibbes Museum of Art in July will
celebrate the ongoing contributions of self-taught black artists
to American culture.
Quilt, 1977, by Nora McKeon Ezell (1917-2007), Eutaw, Alabama
and Innovation: African American Art from the American Folk Art
Museum" will feature vibrant quilts, paintings, and sculptures
by an elder generation of creators, including Sam Doyle, David Butler,
Bessie Harvey and Clementine Hunter. Also on display will be works
by contemporary masters, including Thornton Dial Sr., and provocative
pieces by emerging artists such as Kevin Sampson.
exhibit opens July 31 in the Main Gallery and runs through Oct.
11. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $9 for adults; $7 for
seniors, students and the military; and $5 for ages 6 to 12 (those
younger than 6 get in free). For more information, go to http://www.gibbesmuseum.org.
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Battle of Sullivan's
Island: June 28, 1776
note: Check out today's calendar for details on this weekend's
activities at Fort Moultrie to commemorate the battle.
Battle of Sullivan's Island was the first major patriot victory
in the Revolutionary War. In February 1776, after British plans
to capture Charleston were revealed, South Carolina patriots began
construction of a fort on Sullivan's Island close to the main shipping
channel at the mouth of Charleston harbor. Colonel William Moultrie
was given command of the island's forces and ordered to supervise
the fort's construction.
unnamed fort was to be a square with five-hundred-foot-long walls
and a bastion at each corner. It was built of thousands of palmetto
trees cut to make two parallel log walls sixteen feet apart and
more than ten feet high. The space between the walls was filled
with sand. By late June only the two walls and bastions facing the
channel were complete; thirty-one cannons were in place, and fewer
than four hundred soldiers garrisoned the incomplete fort. At the
other end of Sullivan's Island, three hundred soldiers were positioned
at Breach Inlet to block the British from crossing from Long Island
(Isle of Palms) and attacking the fort from the rear.
British fleet, which arrived on June 1, included nine men-of-war
mounting almost three hundred cannons. On June 8 a British surrender
demand was rejected, and the next day British infantrymen landed
on Long Island. On June 28 the British ships advanced to attack
the Sullivan's Island fort. By 11:30 a.m. six warships were in position
and opened fire. The fort's guns soon responded. Not long after
the bombardment began, three more British warships attempted to
move into position between Sullivan's Island and the mainland, fire
into the fort's unprotected rear, and block patriot troops from
reinforcing the fort. But the movement failed when all three ran
aground on the sandbanks in the harbor's mouth. Two later freed
themselves, while the third remained hard aground.
bombardment continued into the evening, but the fort withstood the
pounding from the British heavy guns. Its palmetto-log and sand
walls absorbed the solid shot and shells, resulting in little structural
damage. At the same time, patriot rounds tore into the wooden warships.
During the afternoon when the British on Long Island attempted to
cross Breach Inlet, patriots on Sullivan's Island were able to turn
9:00 p.m. the British ceased their attack and pulled out of the
fort's range. Several warships had been damaged, and more than two
hundred sailors were casualties. Inside the fort fewer than forty
patriots had suffered the same fate. The next day the British set
the grounded ship on fire, which exploded when the flames reached
the powder magazine. The British soon withdrew, leaving Charleston
free from attack until 1780. Shortly after the battle, the fort
was named Fort Moultrie in honor of its commander. Fort Moultrie
is administered as part of Fort Sumter National Monument, a unit
of the National Park Service.
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Mosquito Awareness Week! In the Lowcountry, Charleston County Mosquito
Control Division employees are doing their part to teach residents
more about mosquitoes, and they want to spread the word that they're
willing to come out to individual homes and businesses that request
mosquito control services.
All it takes
is a phone call to Mosquito Control at 202-7880. Meanwhile, Donna
Odom, Charleston County Mosquito Control superintendent, recommends
these 10 ways that all of us can help reduce mosquitoes in our yards:
Every three days, flush birdbaths, potted plant saucers and other
containers that hold water.
Keep yard clean and cut.
Remove from your yard any items that hold water and are not needed
Keep lawn and gardening equipment indoors.
Keep gutters clean.
Fill in tree holes with sand or concrete.
pet water dishes regularly.
Chlorinate pools and clean the pool and filters.
Add fish to ponds (they'll feed on the bugs).
does exist, but it must find you working."
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
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."
Day: June 27 and June 28, Fort Moultrie, Sullivan's
Island. The National Park Service will celebrate Carolina Day with
artillery and musket firing demonstrations, a display of 18th-century
medical devices and more. Carolina Day marks the June 28, 1776 defeat
of British land and naval forces by patriots fighting for freedom.
It was the first decisive victory by the American Colonies in their
fight for independence and prevented the British from gaining a
foothold in South Carolina for another four years. Admission to
Fort Moultrie for the weekend event is free. More info: 883-3123.
History Talk: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 27, Avery Research
Center for African American History and Culture, 125 Bull St., Charleston.
Historians Jack Bass and W. Scott Poole will lead a free discussion
of their latest book, "The Palmetto State: The Making of Modern
South Carolina," which presents defining episodes in state
history and traces the importance of race relations, historical
memory and cultural life in the progress of the Palmetto State.
More info: 953-7627.
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
Benefit Concert: 5 p.m. June 28, City Gallery, Waterfront
Park, 34 Prioleau St., downtown. Charleston Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster
Yuriy Bekker, violinist, will perform in works by Cesar Franck and
Claude Debussy in a concert to benefit the CSO's upcoming season.
Pianist Ghadi Shayban will accompany Bekker. Tickets: $100 per person,
which includes a post-performance reception with the artists; to
reserve, call 723-7528, ext. 110.
Journey: 7 p.m. June 28, Circular Congregational Church,
150 Meeting St., downtown. The newly formed Charleston Symphony
Orchestra (CSO) Spiritual Ensemble will perform "A South Carolina
Spiritual Journey" to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the
state law making the spiritual the official music of South Carolina.
Tickets: $10 at the door. More
ONGOING AND SOON
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.
Flip Flop Ball: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 18, Gold Bug Island,
foot of the Ben Sawyer Bridge (Mount Pleasant side). The Fourth
Annual Flip Flop Ball will benefit Wings for Kids, a program that
helps children who grow up in poverty learn the skills needed to
succeed in life. Charleston Bay Gourmet will serving barbecue, and
Two 3 Ways will provide music. Open bar and beer kegs available.
Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 at the gate. More info/tickets: http://www.wingsforkids.com.
on the Cooper: 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 25, Mount Pleasant
Pier at Memorial Park, foot of the Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant.
Shag under the stars at the new pier. Music provided by The Sneakers
(four-piece party band playing beach music, jazz, funk and blues).
Beverages available for purchase on-site. Tickets: $8; only 800
tickets will be sold and must be purchased at the event (no advance
sales). More info: 795-4386.
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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