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Issue 1.98 | Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009 | Good news .. for a change

With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, opportunities abound for all-day fun. A hayride will be part of the action at the city of Charleston's Trick or Treat in the Park at Hampton Park. For details on that event and other family-oriented Halloween goings-on, check today's calendar and the Good News section. (City of Charleston/Danielle Dillahey photo)

:: Women in arts at Gibbes


:: Celebrating a year of Currents

:: Send in your thoughts

:: Best of our lists

:: Halloween, voting and Citadel info


___:: CALENDAR: This week ... and next

___:: REVIEW: 181 Palmer

___:: HISTORY: Blackbeard

___:: QUOTE: Barrie on ghosts

___:: SPOTLIGHT: Meet an underwriter


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Gibbes series celebrates women in all aspects of arts
Communications intern, Gibbes Museum of Art
Special to

OCT. 29, 2009 -- The Gibbes Museum of Art will celebrate the many contributions of women in art by hosting a three-part lecture series the first three Wednesdays evenings in November.


The series will explore women in a variety of roles, including artist, model, collector and philanthropist.

A wine and cheese reception hosted by Duvall Catering and Event Design will follow each lecture, and a book signing will occur on two of the three evenings at the museum. Women in Art is being offered in partnership with the Center for Women.

The series will kick off on Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. with a lecture by Warren Adelson, president of Adelson Galleries, and Deborah Davis, author of "Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X." The lecture, titled "Sargent's Women," will explore the artist's relationships with women, including family members, friends, models and the infamous Madame X. Following the lecture, Davis will be available to sign copies of her book. The evening is presented in association with the Charleston Fine Art Dealers' Association and its Charleston Fine Art Annual.

Angela Mack, executive director of the Gibbes Museum of Art, will host part two of the lecture series on Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. Her lecture, "Women of the Gibbes," will offer an insider's look at the female artists, collectors and philanthropists who have shaped the Gibbes Museum of Art. The evening will include an opportunity to view rarely exhibited works from the museum's collection.

The final lecture, "Daufuskie Island" on Nov. 18 at 6 p.m., will be led by photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe. Moutoussamy-Ashe will share stories about her career and discuss her photographic work that documents life on Daufuskie Island. Moutoussamy-Ashe's fascination with the island began in the 1970s during visits to the Lowcountry with her husband, tennis legend Arthur Ashe. Her interest resulted in a compelling group of photographs featuring intimate portraits of island residents. Following the lecture, Moutoussamy-Ashe will be available to sign copies of her book, "Daufuskie Island: Photographs by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe." Her photographs currently are exhibited in the rotunda of the Gibbes and will be on view through Jan. 10.

Tickets for individual lectures are $10 for Gibbes and/or Center for Women members, and $20 for nonmembers. For a series of three lectures, tickets will be on sale for a discounted member price of $25 and nonmember price of $55. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 722-2706, ext. 18, or at the Gibbes Museum Store at 135 Meeting St.

The Gibbes Museum of Art welcomes all to join us this November in celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of extraordinary women in art.

Celebrating a year of good news, fun and food for thought
By ANN THRASH, editor

OCT. 29, 2009 -- Today's edition of Charleston Currents marks a milestone for us: It completes our first full year of publication. We're grateful for the enthusiastic response and support we've gotten from readers, underwriters and the community as a whole - but even more than that, we're encouraged by it. The idea of "Good news, for a change" - kind of an unofficial motto for us - seems to resonate with you as much as it did with Publisher Andy Brack and me, and that's good news indeed.


If you've liked what you've read and seen in Charleston Currents over the past year, take just a minute and forward today's issue to a friend, colleague or family member who would enjoy the thoughtful commentary we try to offer and would appreciate the chance to learn about all the interesting, community-oriented work being done in Charleston that doesn't get the attention it deserves from any other source.

After 98 "Today's Focus" articles, lists and "History Spotlights," and countless more Good News items and calendars entries, it's hard to choose a few standouts from the past year, but here are my "Most" and "Best" superlatives.

Most Long-Distance Column: Mount Pleasant's Sarah Fitch contributed a Today's Focus from Slovakia, where she was living and working as part of a church mission program. We liked hearing how she described her hometown to Slovakians, and how they managed to find common ground.

Hits-Closest-to-Home Column: There were multiple candidates here, but we were particularly moved by Jermaine Husser's description of the people he sees and the stories he hears at the Lowcountry Food Bank. As the holidays approach again and many of our neighbors continue to struggle, this article from Husser, the food bank's executive director, is worth another read.

Column That Made Us Feel Not So Bad About Getting Older: Kellee McGahey, chairperson for the Charleston Young Professionals group, offered some insight into the valuable contributions made to the Lowcountry by the 40-and-under workforce.

Most Bizarre Bit of State History: Our "History Spotlight" feature on March 12 took a look at Ben Sawyer, whose name graces a Mount Pleasant boulevard and bridge. The write-up included this "do what now??" fact: "On December 22, 1940, Sawyer, pursuing a weight-loss regimen in the office of a Columbia chiropractor, was accidentally asphyxiated." Do what now?

Favorite Currents Column by the Boss (and We Don't Mean Bruce Springsteen): Incredibly hard to choose just one favorite from all of publisher Andy Brack's Monday columns, but the food lover in me had a great time reading about which local restaurants Andy and our friend Dave Shimp would visit for their last meals. That column still makes me hungry.

Favorite Lists, the Sequel: Today's List at the top of the page is a list of five past Lists that are worth a second look, but why stop there? A few of our other favorites from the past year include:

Favorite Photo: Gotta be the one from our first issue -- the striking look over the shoulder of the John C. Calhoun statue that towers above Marion Square. The photo was taken by my husband, but that's only part of why I like it. It's really my favorite photo because it seems to sum up, in one image, what Charleston Currents is about: offering a distinctively different, broad perspective of the community, with a brief nod to the past but a longer view out over the horizon to what's ahead.

Here's to another great year for Charleston Currents!

Ann Thrash, editor of, can be reached at:

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Patriots Point offers treats for kids in military costumes

Patriots Point is offering a special Halloween deal for kids on Saturday. On Halloween day only, children ages 6 to 11 who visit Patriots Point in their trick-or-treating costume will get in for $6, which is $3 off the usual admission price - and children wearing a military uniform as a costume will get in free. Children younger than 6 always get in free with the purchase of a regularly priced adult ticket.

Patriots Point is open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Call 884-2727 for more information.

County Web site offers sample ballots, voting site lists

A number of cities and towns in Charleston County are holding municipal elections on Tuesday, and the Charleston County government Web site offers a number of resources to serve voters.

The site includes sample ballots, lists of polling place locations and a roster of candidates for the different elections, including their contact phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

Polls are open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Three Marine generals in Afghanistan are Citadel graduates

Three graduates of The Citadel are now on the front lines of the war on terror in Afghanistan. Maj. Gen. Michael R. Regner, '76; Brig. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson, '79; and Brig. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., '79, all deployed to Afghanistan this year with the U.S. Marine Corps and are currently serving there.

"It is unique that you have that many general officers serving in a relatively small theater like Afghanistan and that all of them are Citadel graduates," says Col. Brent Dunahoe, commanding officer of the NROTC unit on campus. To date more than 1,300 Citadel graduates have been deployed in the war on terror. Fourteen have lost their lives.

Regner serves as deputy chief of staff for Combined Joint Operations at the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Regner was raised in Charleston and graduated from The Citadel with a bachelor of science in physical education. He received his commission in 1976. Regner later earned a master's degree in public administration from Webster College. He deployed to ISAF Afghanistan in August.

Nicholson is the commanding general of the Second Marine Expeditionary Brigade. Born in Toronto, Canada, Nicholson is a 1979 graduate of The Citadel, where he earned a bachelor of science in business administration. Nicholson also holds a master's from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. His experiences while deployed in Iraq, including having been wounded when a rocket exploded in his office, have been nationally reported on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered."

McKenzie is deputy chief of staff for stability with the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. He graduated from The Citadel in 1979 with a bachelor of arts in secondary education. An honors graduate of the Armor Officer Advanced Course, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the School of Advanced Warfighting, McKenzie has a master's in teaching with a concentration in history. He served as a Senior Military Fellow within the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University.

181 Palmer

Looking for a restaurant to have a fantabulous, elegant lunch without costing an arm and a leg? Head over to 181 Palmer, a 50-seat restaurant off Columbus at Trident Tech's Culinary Institute of Charleston. The restaurant is a student-centered food lab where new chefs prepare outstanding food. For the $15-per-person prix fixe lunch (see the menu), you get an appetizer, entrée and dessert. We thrilled to a goat cheese tart with two kinds of roasted beets, a succulent piece of sautéed mahi-mahi on winter vegetables and an artisanal Camembert with fresh figs and candied kumquat for dessert. Our luncheon companion also had the tart, accompanied by tantalizing oyster po'boy sliders and a lemon torte. Not only is the whole experience yummy, but it's fun too - you can watch the cooks prepare the meal via live video displayed on the restaurant walls. Lunch is served Monday through Thursday starting at noon. Reservations are highly suggested (click here).

-- Andy Brack

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.


Most commonly known today as Edward Teach, in the Carolinas in the early eighteenth century Blackbeard was called Edward Thatch. Since confusion about his real name has confounded researchers into his background, his birthplace and parentage remain unknown. …

Edward "Blackbeard" Teach

Surfacing in Jamaica in mid-1717, Blackbeard in eighteen months carved an extraordinarily successful career as a pirate, creating an indelible image of "the fiercest pirate of them all" and making him a global icon. A tall and domineering figure possessing a volatile and charismatic personality, Blackbeard cultivated a reputation as "a Devil incarnate" that was enhanced by his boarding ships while brandishing numerous weapons and while wreathed in smoke from burning tapers in his beard and hair.

Like most pirates of his era, he began as a privateer during Queen Anne's War (1701-1713). … Blackbeard's first piratical voyage was in summer 1717 to the North American coast from the Carolinas to Delaware Bay. In the fall Blackbeard commanded Stede Bonnet's sloop Revenge in another rampage on the same coast, taking eleven prizes. Cruising in the Leeward Islands in November, Blackbeard seized the French slave ship Concorde, heavily armed it, and named it Queen Anne's Revenge. With Revenge and Queen Anne's Revenge, Blackbeard swept across the Caribbean.

The pirate captains separated over the winter but reunited by chance in March 1718 off the Central American Spanish Main. Blackbeard now sailed north to the Carolinas with a four-ship flotilla, mounting at least sixty guns, the most powerful maritime force in the hemisphere. Arriving off Charleston in mid-May, he blockaded the port for a week, seizing prizes and hostages for ransom. This infamous feat "struck a great Terror to the whole Province of Carolina." Plundering eight or nine ships for supplies and specie, Blackbeard held hostages, including Samuel Wragg, a councilman. Under the threat of the hostages being murdered, a reluctant Governor Robert Johnson agreed to a ransom of a valuable chest of medicine.

From Charleston, Blackbeard sailed to isolated North Carolina, where at Beaufort Inlet in June two of his vessels-Queen Anne's Revenge and Adventure-wrecked. He took the royal pardon from Governor Charles Eden, married in Bath, and scaled down his illegal activities. Blackbeard established a camp at Ocracoke Inlet, the chief entrance to the colony, and appeared virtually to have retired from piracy. Uneasy at having a notorious pirate nearby, however, Virginia governor Alexander Spottswood invaded North Carolina with a naval and land force. Blackbeard was cornered at Ocracoke on November 22, 1718, by Lieutenant Robert Maynard's flotilla and killed.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Lindley S. Butler. 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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Five favorite lists

Stahl marks the conclusion of its first full year with this issue, so we decided to celebrate by recalling five of our lists that deserve a second look.

If you've got a list to share -- or an idea for one -- drop us an e-mail.

On ghosts


"A house is never still in darkness to those who listen intently; there is a whispering in distant chambers, an unearthly hand presses the snib of the window, the latch rises. Ghosts were created when the first man awoke in the night."

- J.M. Barrie, Scottish novelist (1860 - 1937)


The Red Party: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 29, Old City Jail, 21 Magazine St. The American College of the Building Arts will present the party, during which the always-spooky Old City Jail will be transformed into a rich red venue. Attendees are asked to dress in red and wear masks. The event features a raffle and silent auction with items such as luxury trips to Africa and the Caribbean. DJ Arthur Brouthers will provide music for guests to dance to on a color-changing, illuminated dance floor. Open bar; food by Carolina Catering. Tickets: $55 in advance, $65 at the door. To purchase, call 577-5245, visit online or e-mail Brittany Darwin.

Trick or Treat in the Park: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 30, Hampton Park. Free event sponsored by the city of Charleston Recreation Department. Kids up to age 12 can trick-or-treat in a safe, family-friendly environment featuring hay rides, jump castles, magic shows and theme-decorated vehicles full of candy.

Nighttime at the Museum: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 30, Charleston Museum. A special Halloween-season edition of the popular event will feature glimpses of rarely seen animal mounts, fencing demonstrations, a colonial nautical touch table, new historical figures, and an elaborate scavenger hunt. Kids will be able to make Halloween crafts, learn about the Museum's funerary collection, and more. Costumes welcome. Cost: museum members, $10 per adult, $5 per child; nonmembers, $20 per adult, $10 per child; under 3 get in free. A light pizza supper is included with the ticket price. Registration (required): online or 722- 2996, ext. 264.

(NEW) Goblins Parade: 11 a.m. Oct. 31, Charleston Farmers Market at Marion Square. "Goblins and Gourds" parade open to costumed children ages 2 to 10 as well as pets dressed in costumes. Parade will begin at the main stage and continue through the center of Marion Square.

'Mothers, Sisters, Adversaries': 3 p.m. Nov. 1, Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. The Charleston Chamber Opera and the Gibbes Museum of Art are partnering for an hourlong program that explores the diversity of female relationships in some of opera's most beloved stories, including "Madama Butterfly," "Carmen" and "Suor Angelica." Featured performances by soprano Patrice Tiedemann and mezzo soprano Lara Wilson, with narration by actress Terry Bell-Aby and piano accompaniment by musical director Steven Morris. Tickets: $10 for museum members and students, $20 for nonmembers. Purchase online, at the Gibbes Museum Store or by calling 722-2706, ext.18.

Entertaining Charleston Style: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 30 through Nov. 18, Culinary Institute of Charleston's Palmer Campus, 66 Columbus St., Charleston. A series of short courses celebrating the many facets of entertaining with a focus on Charleston style and traditions. Guest presenters include hosts, event professionals, authors, collectors, stylists and other specialists known for their distinctive contributions to local hospitality and tourism. Light beverage and cocktail samplings will be provided. Cost: $149. More info/registration.


Small Business Summit: 7:30 a.m. Nov. 4, College Center at Trident Technical College. Charleston Metro Chamber's annual Small Business Innovation Summit and Expo showcases new ideas, technologies and small businesses in the region. Keynote speaker will be Rieva Lesonsky, former editorial director of Entrepreneur Magazine. Conference includes breakout sessions on topics such as business planning, funding, marketing, social media, branding and technology; an exhibition hall; networking luncheon; and the presentation of awards in the New Ideas SC Contest. Registration at 7:30 a.m., program from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; awards reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $125 chamber members, $225 nonmembers; includes a continental breakfast, luncheon and closing reception. More info/tickets.

Calligraphy Workshops: Nov. 7, Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. As part of the new exhibit "Aisle Style:150 Years of Wedding Fashion," the museum and professional calligrapher Natasha Lawrence will offer two workshops on calligraphy: Introduction to Calligraphy (10 a.m. to noon) and Wedding Calligraphy (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.). All materials are included: a calligraphy pen to keep, a workbook, practice paper and more. Cost: $25 for museum members, $30 nonmembers, per workshop; $5 discount if taking both workshops. Registration (required): 722-2996, ext. 235, or online here.

(NEW) Local Music on the Farm: Noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 8, Thornhill Farm, 10822 Highway 17 North, McClellanville. Family-friendly event benefits Adaptive Gardens of the Lowcountry, which enrichs the lives of people with disabilities by promoting healthy living, social bonding, and vocational and recreational pursuits through horticultural activities. Enjoy barbecue and oysters, hayrides, face-painting and a jump castle. Music by the Holy City Sinners, Skye Paige and the Original Recipe, the Hungry Monks, French Toast, and the Toasted Beets. Cost: $25 adults, $10 ages 5-15. Tickets can be found online.

(NEW) Fall Harvest Dinner: 4 p.m. Nov. 8, Legare Farms. Legare Farms Education Foundation will hold its annual harvest dinner beginning with a "meet the farmer" reception at 4 p.m., followed by dinner at 5 p.m. All the food will be Legare Farms' own and will be prepared by ten of Charleston's top chefs, with beer from Coast Brewery and Palmetto Brewery along with wine from Irvin House Vineyards. Event benefits the foundation. Tickets: $50 per person. Call 559-0788 or e-mail

CRDA Luncheon: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 12, Trident Technical College Complex for Economic Development. The Charleston Regional Development Alliance's annual luncheon will feature a talk by David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and the author of "The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power." Book signing will follow the luncheon (copies will be available for purchase at the event). Tickets: $60, available online.

(NEW) Benefit Oyster Roast: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 22, Elks Lodge, 1113 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Oyster roast and a silent auction will benefit the Outreach Learning Center at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Charleston (on King Street across from Marion Square). Oysters, fish stew, hot dogs, cole slaw, dessert; bring your own beverages. Live music by Wood & Steel. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $10 for children under 12; available at the center, 403 King St., or online here.


12/23: Christian: Mannie's story
Bender: Polar Plunge prep
Brooks: Homes for Christmas
Doll: Enjoy holidays sans lbs.
Yarian: Instruments of Hope
De Armas: Latin biz expo
Blevins: Autism
Hutchisson: Giving
Barnette: Nutcracker
Franklin: Reverse mortgages
Wutzdorff: Be a principal
Haley: Buying local
McCutcheon: Work gap
Ohl: On carpooling
Wiedman: Women at Gibbes
10/26: Matouchev: Bear markets
Conover: BarCamp buzz
Wilson: Symphony update
Bender: Special Olympics
Baron: Breast Center
Ginn: Growing prosperity
Buffum: Waterkeeping
Personal branding


12/17: Cookbook, shopping
The Pig's wines
Neat shopping
LowCANtry holiday
Hawks vs. doves
Improving turnout
10/29: Celebrating a year
10/22: Good, bad signs
10/15: Bob's new food show
10/8: Robot ice cream
10/5: Costumes, snarks
Must-see TV
9/17: Fall leaves
Cold comfort, more
Being a fan
Good, bad, spineless
Locals on Runway
Cookie contest
Vote on car tags
True confessions
New way of tithing?
Lookout for manatees


12/23: Photographer Meyer
Ain't over on Sanford
Back off a little
Sanford presses on
Now is time for courage
Alliance's good news
SC's hidden gems
Boeing highlights needs
No place for prejudice
Have fun at Halloween
Renovated Gaillard?
10/1: Napa wine trip
9/28: Anti-crime measures
9/21: Caw Caw park
Debris policy
Mystery solved
This and that
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?


12/23: Blackbaud 5
4 on holiday lights
Five about oysters
Winter finds
Free parking
Holiday parades
Home fire stats
Being a tourist here
Growing your business
Electronics recycling
Beyond the lights
Weather watching
5 cooking classes
Best lists of year
Oyster recycling
Howl-o-ween fun
Giving blood
Top ratings
Major league
Book sale
Citadel football

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