Making the most
of life as a single in Charleston
By JUSTIN VANBOGART
Founder, Charleston Singles Club
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
30, 2009 When I moved to Charleston in August 2008, I was
amazed with this incredible town, fantastic lifestyle and the wonderful
environment for singles. What I didnt know was that almost
one year later I would be starting an organization that brings together
all the best elements of single life in Charleston.
a single transplant in Charleston wanting to make friends, I turned
to business networking groups, fraternal organizations and other
organizations to meet people. I quickly learned that there are differences
in lifestyle and ideology between single and married people. Although
I met some incredible individuals with whom I still have strong
and lasting friendships, I saw that there was a gap in the ability
to connect with, and develop camaraderie among, successful single
young professionals. I knew there had to be a way to unite the large
number of single young professionals in Charleston. So, the idea
for Charleston Singles Club began to take form.
learned that Charleston has a higher proportion of singles than
most parts of the country: 60.1 percent of the peninsula and 48.4
percent of the metro areas population are single as compared
to the rest of the nations average of 41.7 percent. In the
Charleston area, singles have a mean income of $44,063, and 23.6
percent of them hold a four-year college degree. Clearly, Charlestons
single population is an educated group with the means to enjoy life.
months ago, Charleston Singles Club began a teaser campaign to test
the market for an organization like ours. That small campaign has
led to a following on Charleston
Singles Clubs Facebook page of greater than 1,100 members,
with fans joining daily, as well as more than 1,700 people asking
to join our e-mail list even before our formal unveiling.
one year from when I first moved to Charleston, young professional
singles have a new option when it comes to making friends and connecting
with those who have similar life interests and hobbies.
Thursday, Aug. 6, Charleston Singles Club (CSC) is holding its first
event. The club is the only Charleston organization to bring local,
successful, fun and vibrant singles together, not for the purpose
of matching up, but to make the most of life as a single in Charleston,
S.C. Our first event will be held at Social Wine Bar.
other aspect of Charleston Singles Club is our social networking
Web site, which was engineered by Terrabyte Hosting. The site launches
Aug. 1. Not just a regular Web site, CharlestonSinglesClub.com
is a social networking Web site with all the functionality of MySpace
or Facebook. It provides a venue for local singles to chat about
interests, happenings and, of course, bi-weekly CSC events. The
site will also include activity groups where members can find other
singles with similar interests. From there, special interest groups
can plan meet-ups. Members of CharlestonSinglesClub.com receive
exclusive discounts at single-friendly businesses such as Social
Wine Bar, Halls Chophouse, Top Shape Fitness, and many more.
launch of Charleston Singles Club on Aug. 6 includes a full-out
red carpet experience, DJ Moo Moo lighting up the dance floor, and
a four-night, five-day Bahamas cruise giveaway courtesy of our sponsor
SC Travel Network. The night is guaranteed to be a sparkling evening
in the company of singles who are local, successful, young professionals.
We cant wait to see you there and we look forward to forever
changing the single experience in this wonderful town, Charleston,
S.C. Love the single life!
more information on Charleston Singles Club events and to become
a member, visit CharlestonSinglesClub.com.
youre it: DNR wants vote on new license plates
ANN THRASH, editor
30, 2009 Dont you love it when the state asks our opinion
about something and appears ready to hear us? I do, even if its
on a matter as non-earth-shattering as new specialty license plates
for our vehicles. (Hey, well take what we can get some days,
legislation has paved the way for DNR to issue a series of wildlife-themed
plates. The agency has posted a survey online (click
here to take it) to find out which plates people like and
would buy. The tags will cost $30, in addition to the regular vehicle
license fee, and proceeds will go toward wildlife conservation and
the preservation of natural habitats in the Palmetto State.
are five colorful tags to choose from, featuring a painted bunting,
a ruby-throated hummingbird, a bald eagle with the outline of the
South Carolina and American flags, an outline of a deer, and an
illustration of a deer at dusk. Take a look, then cast your ballot.
Youll be asked to rank the plates from 1 (least favorite)
to 5 (most favorite), then rate how likely you would be to buy one.
There are also optional questions on demographics and favorite outdoor
share my vote: My favorite was the design depicting the painted
bunting, a tiny, bizarrely colorful bird that looks like a preschooler
painted it with every watercolor available in the Junior Artist
Kit. My least favorite? The outline of the deer. Bo-ring.
are currently more than 100 specialty license plates available for
South Carolina vehicles. The choices run from A to Z literally,
as in Allen University (the first listed alphabetically) to Zeta
Phi Beta sorority, one of the newest entries.
this week, five new plates were announced, and theyre already
included in the plate gallery at the S.C.
Department of Motor Vehicles Web site. The plates feature
the Boykin spaniel (our state dog), the Beaufort Water Festival,
EarthEcho International (an organization that protects wild dolphins;
money from tag sales will be used for research about dolphins in
state waters), Zeta Phi Beta sorority, and the Prince Hall Masons.
at the long list of specialty plates naturally raises the question
of how the process works and who, exactly, is eligible for one.
State law says that specialty license plates can be produced in
two ways: One, a nonprofit organization that meets the requirements
of the law can apply directly for a plate without prior legislative
approval; and two, organizations that are not nonprofit must obtain
specific authorizing legislation before a plate can be designed
a look at the specialty tags and you might be surprised at all the
groups and causes that have their own plates. You might even be
inspired to start wearing your heart on your bumper.
Trash, editor of CharlestonCurrents.com, can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smithem of Summerville was the winner of our first guess-where-this-is
photo contest. In Mondays issue, we posted a close-up photo
of some of the detail work at a well-known Charleston building and
asked you to e-mail us the location. Many of you knew the answer
Charleston City Hall near Washington Square Park, seen through
the lens of photographer Elana Navon but Cheryl rang in first
and won tickets to this weekends Charleston RiverDogs games.
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public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring CharlestonCurrents
to you at no cost. This issue's featured underwriter is the Charleston
RiverDogs. The Lowcountrys leader in sports entertainment,
Charleston RiverDogs baseball is an attractive, affordable medium
for your group or business. The RiverDogs develop the next major
league stars for the 26-time World Champion New York Yankees at
one of the finest ballparks in Minor League Baseball -- Joseph P.
Riley, Jr. Park. Three short words sum up the every day approach
taken by the Charleston RiverDogs front office. The brainchild of
club President Mike Veeck, the nine-letter phrase Fun Is Good
is meant to be a guideline and daily reminder of how employees should
approach their jobs and in turn capture the imagination of the fans
to turn them into repeat customers. Call them today at (843) 723-7241
or visit online at: www.RiverDogs.com.
Next home series: Friday through Monday against Lexington.
seeks new business ideas, offers $5,000 prize
Carolina residents can win $5,000 cash for the best business idea
through the New Ideas SC Competition, which kicked off July 27 with
the goal of promoting entrepreneurism in South Carolina.
can enter their idea at NewIdeasSC.com
through Sept. 21. The grand-prize winner gets $5,000 in seed money
for his or her idea, along with a scholarship to a FastTrac entrepreneurial
training program, tickets to the Small Business Innovation Summit
and Expo, and a dream team of mentors to help the cultivate
the winning plan.
first-place prizes of $2,500 will be awarded in the categories of
Bio-Science, Software/Information Technology, Engineering, Environmental
Sustainability, and Wild Card. Each winner earns a scholarship to
FastTrac and tickets to the Small Business Innovation Summit and
Expo. There will be five $1,000 honorable-mention prizes distributed
as well as in each category.
will be chosen based on the ideas viability, innovation/vision
and profit/revenue potential, and will be announced at the Small
Business Innovation Summit and Expo in Charleston on Nov. 4.
is the fifth time we have put on the New Ideas SC Contest due to
the gracious support of SC Launch!, New Carolina, FastTracSC, OrangeCoat,
SCRA and ThinkTEC, says Mary Dickerson, the contest coordinator.
We are looking for those business ideas that can bring new
jobs, new energy, new talents, new life and new wealth to South
Switzer of Richland County won the grand prize in the last contest
with his idea of installing electric wall outlets in new construction
and replacement markets that would eliminate wasted energy. Essentially,
if an appliance isnt in use the outlet would shut off.
Mile Weekend will help promote attractions
cultural sites along Charlestons Museum Mile have organized
the first Museum Mile Weekend on Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, when a single
pass will allow visitors free admission to 12 attractions along
Meeting Street. Many of the cultural institutions will also
offer special programs during the event.
in 2008 as a cooperative marketing effort among nonprofit organizations,
Charleston's Museum Mile features the richest concentration of cultural
sites open to visitors in downtown Charleston. Along and around
the one-mile section of Meeting Street, visitors can discover six
museums, five nationally important historic houses, four scenic
parks and a Revolutionary War powder magazine.
The Museum Mile Weekend Pass is a unique opportunity for locals
and tourists to see the cultural attractions at a terrific price,
said Charleston Museum Director John Brumgardt. If purchased
separately, adult admission for the participating sites would be
close to $100 for adults and $50 for children. The Weekend
Pass is only $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.
will go on sale on Sept. 1 and will be available
online here and in person at the Charleston Visitor Center downtown
at 375 Meeting Street and the new Mount Pleasant location at 99
Harry Hallman Blvd. (the new Waterfront Memorial Park). Passholders
who do not get to see everything they want on the first day of the
weekend can return for the rest of the attractions the following
teams from across U.S. converge on Mt. Pleasant
Mount Pleasant Recreation Department and the Diamond Warriors Booster
Club hosted 133 teams of youth baseball players on town fields last
week for the Global Sports World Series USSSA baseball tournament.
Town officials said the influx of players and their families brought
revenue into the town through hotel stays, dining and shopping,
and also showcased the quality of the towns recreational facilities.
tournament, held July 23 through July 26, brought the teams in age
groups 9 - 14 to the Charleston area, with some teams playing games
in North Charleston and Summerville as well. Having 164 scheduled
games played here in Mount Pleasant at our five venues is a testament
not only to the quality facilities that we have here in town, but
also to the dedication and effort put forth by staff and volunteers
alike to welcome visitors and support our local businesses,
said MPRD Recreation Director Ken Ayoub. At the same time,
the world series offered us the opportunity to provide some good,
competitive baseball games for those of us who live here to attend
youth teams came from across the country, mostly from the Southeast,
including Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina. The Mount
Pleasant Recreation Department provided fields and some staff to
support the numerous volunteers and help run the tournament. Following
a highly successful USSSA tournament that the Diamond Warriors hosted
at MPRDs facilities in November 2008, the USSSA selected the
department to host the majority of the Global Sports World Series
games played this past weekend.
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.
Gordon Coogler achieved notoriety in the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries as one of South Carolinas, and the Souths,
most famous and arguably worst poets. He was born on December 3,
1865, in Richland County near the town of Doko (now Blythewood).
By the mid-1880s he was living in Columbia and working as a journeyman
printer. He printed, at his own expense, his first volume of poetry
around this time. He quickly followed it with two more volumes and
soon established himself as a poet with appeal to the masses.
tireless self-promotion, Coogler and his poetry garnered the attention
of readers and reviewers from across the nation, who found his work
entertaining if not aesthetic. Facetious reviews and parodies of
his work found their way into dozens of newspapers and other periodicals.
By 1895 Coogler had opened his own printing shop on Lady Street
in Columbia, where he advertised Poems written while you wait.
1897 Coogler printed a one-volume edition of his complete works,
Purely Original Verse, which sold more than five thousand copies,
mostly to customers from outside the South. By then, according to
Columbias State newspaper, he had become by a freak
the most widely celebrated citizen of Columbia.
He died in Columbia on September 9, 1901, and was buried in Elmwood
verse received tongue-in-cheek praise from literary critics of the
day from Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York, and London. The writer
and critic H. L. Mencken secured literary immortality for Coogler
in 1916 when he referred to Coogler as the last bard of Dixie
in his disparaging review of southern literature, Sahara of
the Bozart. Mencken began the review with the Cooglerian couplet
Alas! For the South, her books have grown fewer She
never was given to literature. Gradually the term Cooglerism
entered the language, meaning a solemn absurdity.
poetic couplets preceded the inane greeting-card rhymes of the twentieth
century, and as such he was ahead of his time. Coogler died believing
the praise to be genuine and had included several of his reviews
in his newer editions.
Coogler achieved a poetic revival
in 1974 with the reprint of Purely Original Verse by Claude and
Irene Neuffer. Literary critics and national columnists of the day
enjoyed the revival as much as Mencken had years earlier. Orders
for copies were received from across the country and across the
world. The conservative editor Robert Tyrrell began honoring the
years worst book with the J. Gordon Coogler Award. Observing
the renewed enthusiasm for the bard of the Congaree
in the 1980s, the columnist William F. Buckley concluded, Coogler,
tonight, sleeps with the immortals.
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to start thinking about fall vegetable gardens, even if your summer
vegetable garden hasnt had its last hurrah yet. Heres
a list of five of Charlestons most popular veggies for seed
planting in August. It comes from P.J. Gartin, a Clemson Extension
Master Gardener, co-author of Some Like It Hot: Plants That
Thrive in Hot and Humid Weather and author of Some Like
It Hot: Flowers That Thrive in Hot Humid Weather.
peas Plant Aug. 1-10.
Plant Aug. 1-20.
Plant Aug. 1-25.
- Summer and
winter squash Plant Aug. 10-25.
Plant Aug. 25-Oct. 15.
Be sure to leave enough room in your garden for transplanting
the following tender plants that are available at most local garden
Aug. 10Sept. 15
opinion and truth
for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole
truth, or the only truth.
Charles A. Dana, American newspaper editor (1819 1897)
Choir Auditions: 5:30 p.m. July 30 and Aug. 4,
Citadel Square Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 342 Meeting St. Charleston
Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir will hold voice-assessment auditions
for new volunteer members; singers whose voices are in the lower
ranges (tenor and bass) are especially needed. Candidates should
come prepared to sing a solo of their own choosing and also to vocalize
in a choral setting. More
the Bite Out of Sharks: Aug. 2 through Aug. 8, South
Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf, downtown. A weeklong celebration
of all things more dangerous than sharks during
the Discovery Channels Shark Week. Enter the aquarium through
the mouth of a great white shark, then explore the facts about sharks
through special displays and activities. Visitors can earn an O-fishal
Investigator certificate in a Mythbusters Mystery Hunt, enjoy
a shark-themed dive show, adopt a sand tiger shark and
more. More info: online
here or 577-FISH (3474).
Tryal of Major Stede Bonnet": 4:30 p.m. Saturdays through
Sept. 26, Old Powder Magazine, 79 Cumberland St., downtown.
A one-of-a-kind interactive theatrical event that brings to life
the story of "gentleman pirate" Stede Bonnet, who plied
his trade in the waters off Charleston in the early 1700s. The 40-minute
show was written and is performed by Rodney Lee Rogers of PURE Theatre.
Cost: $8 and $12. Tickets/info: 534-6169 or online
ONGOING AND SOON
"Food, Inc." Showing: 7:15 p.m. Aug. 3, Terrace
Theater, Maybank Highway, James Island. Lowcountry Local First and
Slow Food Charleston, groups that promote the benefits of local,
sustainable food, will host a showing of the movie "Food, Inc.,"
a documentary that looks at surprising information about what we
eat, how it's produced and how that affects us as a nation. After
the movie (about 9 p.m.), there will be a panel discussion featuring
local farmers and producers. Regular Terrace ticket prices apply.
More info: 762-4247, Lowcountry
Local First or Slow
Mistakes: 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Aug. 5, Charleston
County Library Main Branch, 68 Calhoun St., downtown. Five
Marketing Mistakes That Will Kill Your Business is a free
workshop led by marketing pro Chris Cooper to help businesses and
nonprofits extend their brands and reach their goals. Bring a brown-bag
lunch. More info: 805-6930.
Skin Cancer Screening: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 8, Splash
Zone Waterpark at James Island County Park, Riverland Drive, Charleston.
The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission and dermatologists
from the MUSC Mobile Health Unit (a fully equipped doctor's office
on wheels) will offer a free skin cancer screenings. More skin cancer
info: MUSC Health Connection, 792-1414.
Ensemble Auditions: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Aug. 8, Citadel
Square Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 342 Meeting St. Charleston
Symphony Orchestra's Spiritual Ensemble will hold voice-assessment
auditions for new volunteer members; singers whose voices are in
the lower ranges (tenor and bass) are especially needed. More
on the Cooper: 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 8, Mount Pleasant
Pier at Memorial Park, foot of the Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant.
Shag under the stars at the new pier. Music starts at 8:30 p.m.,
provided by The Coppertones (a formally dressed six-piece ensemble
party band that plays classic R&B and beach music). Beverages
available for purchase on-site. Tickets: $8; only 800 tickets will
be sold and must be purchased at the event (no advance sales). Tickets
available in gift shop at pier beginning at 3 p.m. the day of the
event. More info: 795-4386.
Education Open House: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 11, Continuing
Education Center (Building 910), Trident Technical College Main
Campus, 2001 Mabeline Road, North Charleston. The event is designed
to familiarize participants with TTC continuing-education courses
and they can provide training for a new career or personal enrichment.
Talk with course instructors, tour the facilities, register for
fall classes, learn about financial options, and enjoy refreshments
and prizes. More info: 574-6111.
Rucker Homegrown Concert: 7 p.m. Aug. 13, Family Circle
Tennis Center, Daniel Island. Rucker will offer a special concert
to help bring in donations of school supplies for needy local students.
Country music star Dierks Bentley will be among the special guests.
Fans are urged to bring school supplies to the concert to donate.
Tickets: $40 for floor or first-tier reserved seats; $32 for reserved
second-tier seats; $25 general admission third-tier seats. To purchase:
Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone (1-800-745-3000), local Publix outlets,
Family Circle Tennis Center ticket office, or online
Seining at Sullivan's: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28, Station
30, Sullivan's Island. The Station 30 area on Sullivan's Island
area has been a seining hotspot for generations. Join the experts
from Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission to catch and
discover a variety of marine critters at the first CCPRC seining
program on Sullivan's Island. A registered and paid chaperone is
required for participants ages 15 and under, and pre-registration
is required. Open to ages 6 and up. Cost: $7 Charleston County residents,
$9 nonresidents. Registration/more
info, or 795-4FUN.
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
new food show
on car tags
way of tithing?
to old clunker
to squeeze in
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