initiates partnership with schools for 'Nutcracker'
By KYLE BARNETTE
Administrative director, Charleston Ballet Theatre
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
19, 2009 -- When preparing to bring its annual holiday tradition,
"The Nutcracker," to the North Charleston Performing Arts
Center for the first time in its 22-year history, the Charleston
Ballet Theatre approached the powers-that-be in the Dorchester District
2 schools about the possibility of holding some auditions locally
for children's roles in the production.
small summer audition turned into two well-attended, overflowing
events in two locations, displayed a hunger for dance opportunities
in the Dorchester and Berkeley areas, and provided a unique partnership
between CBT and the schools.
isn't a well-known fact, but nearly every school in the Dorchester
2 School District has its own dance instructor in house, a rarity
these days in educational and arts funding cutbacks. That luxury
became an essential element in planning such a large-scale collaboration
between CBT and the entire school district. With the blessing of
district Fine Arts Director Larry Barnfield, the school district
and the ballet developed a wonderful partnership to accommodate
the needs of both groups. CBT also met with North Charleston's Mayor
Keith Summey and North Charleston Director of Cultural Affairs Marty
Besancon to assure the success of bringing "The Nutcracker"
educational outreach to the families and children of the North Area.
casting of the North Charleston production was finished, each elementary
and middle school in the Dorchester 2 district, along with Rollins
School of the Arts, discovered it would be represented by at least
one child who would get to perform in the classic ballet. Now 90
children from all over the school district have taken part in special
after-school rehearsals and will be appearing on stage, dancing
next to the seasoned professional dancers of the Charleston Ballet
Theatre, South Carolina's world-class professional dance company.
are thrilled and honored to be able to include these wonderfully
diverse and talented children in our first North Charleston production
of 'The Nutcracker.' " says CBT Resident Choreographer Jill
Eathorne Bahr. "It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for
these children to be able to work one on one with world-class professional
dancers. We hope this experience will inspire them and show what
it means to be a professional artist in every way. We plan to make
this partnership grow exponentially as we work with Dorchester 2
schools on these new 'Nutcracker' performances for years to come!"
children of the Dorchester 2 school district will be performing
"The Nutcracker" twice at the North Charleston Performing
Arts Center: at the school matinee performance on Dec. 18 and then
again the following evening at the public performance on Dec. 19
at 7:30 p.m. Boeing is the exclusive sponsor of the North Charleston
Nutcracker" will also be performed at the Gaillard Auditorium
in downtown Charleston in a school matinee performance Dec. 11 and
public performances Dec. 12 and Dec. 13. Atlantic Bank and Trust
is the exclusive sponsor of the downtown shows.
rates vary from $30 to $48 for adults. Child/student tickets are
$10 off any seat. Special rates are available for groups of 10 or
more. Tickets are available by calling 723-7334, visiting http://www.charlestonballet.org
or going to the CBT box office at 477 King St. downtown.
new holiday program is one you CAN't miss
ANN THRASH, editor
19, 2009 -- Even as this trying economic year winds down, many local
businesses will be doing their part during the holidays to ensure
that 2009 ends and 2010 begins on a hopeful note for those in need.
One of the neatest new efforts we've heard about comes from the
South Carolina Aquarium. It's called the LowCANtry Holiday, and
it sounds like a must-see for the holiday season.
some generous donations from Piggly Wiggly and the architectural
firm LS3P Associates, the aquarium will become home to a collection
of fantastic -- or is that CANtastic?- - aquatic-themed sculptures
made entirely out of canned food. The Pig donated the cans, and
the folks at LS3P donated their time to design the sculptures. The
"CANstruction" projects will be on display at the aquarium
from Nov. 27 through Dec. 28. Beth Nathan, the aquarium's public
relations manager, says that after that date, the cans will be donated
to Crisis Ministries to help feed those in need. The Children's
Museum of the Lowcountry is part of the effort as well and will
also feature several sculptures, Nathan says.
more, visitors to the aquarium can support the food drive and get
a discount on admission at the same time. Just bring a canned good
with you when you visit the attraction and you'll get $2 off an
"tree" made of recycled Mountain Dew cans.
LowCANtry Holiday actually wraps a couple of aquarium events into
one festive package for visitors. Another part of the program is
"Scuba Santa" -- yes, Saint Nick himself will be feeding
the fish in the Great Ocean Tank every day at 3 p.m. from Dec. 1
through Dec. 23. In addition, on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m.,
you can catch a Penguin Parade, where one of the facility's penguins
will venture out into the great hall on a special "Waddle Waggon."
Visitors can talk to the specialists who care for the penguins,
learn more about the birds and even have a chance to get their photo
taken with the penguin.
says all of these LowCANtry Holiday activities are part of the aquarium's
efforts to give visitors a one-of-a-kind experience while also working
with partners like The Pig and LS3P to support the work of Crisis
Ministries and other organizations that strive to make the community
better for everyone. "I have to say, hats off big-time to Piggly
Wiggly and LS3P for making this idea really come to life,"
number of cans to be used in the effort is massive -- it's expected
to top 10,000 -- and when you add in the donations from aquarium
and museum patrons, it's clear that the LowCANtry Holiday will have
a lasting impact on the community.
vs. doves update: Last week's column on battle between hawks
and doves in my backyard drew some interesting replies from bird-loving
readers. The dilemma we've been facing is that our birdfeeders draw
a large number of doves that turn into sitting ducks for the hungry
hawks that inhabit the area. We were having some pangs of guilt
over that, so we had reluctantly decided to take the feeders down.
Campbell, who lives on the Isle of Palms, wrote: "Please keep
feeding your birds at least in the winter months, as they can use
a boost then. Your resident birds are territorial. Even those who
lay over in winter stay in their seasonal area. The hawk is also
territorial, most likely year-round. My red-tail hawk has been here
for years. Now they all get hungry, although for different foods,
and they all will find that food in their home stomping grounds.
The hawk will eat the doves whether you feed them or not -- they
are plentiful, with several broods a year, and slow on the wing.
We don't lessen the annual population even during a good dove-hunting
season. Good thing with a hawk is that he takes care of many less-desirable
critters as well. So what we come down to is recognizing that all
of nature's work ain't pretty, but our observation of it at work,
while chilling, is sort of a microcosm of life itself. I have convinced
myself that what I am watching is part of nature, and I have become
appreciative of the hawk's agility and speed. In the end, the feeding
and viewing of birds is so worthwhile that it overrides the hawks'
feeding habits. I enjoy Charleston Currents -- keep up the good
also heard from Cheryl Smithem, who lives on Folly Beach, with the
ocean as her "front yard" and the marsh in back. "Shortly
after we moved in, we noted that there are red-tailed hawks and
ospreys who regularly patrol the marsh areas for their meals. They
each try to roost/hunt from a telephone pole in the edge of the
marsh. As we returned from a meeting (last week), we noticed Mr.
Red Tail sitting to the left side of the drive dining on a furry
critter -- we think a rabbit. I don't know how we can find a way
to convert the raptors to vegetarians or the doves to omnivores.
However, as much as I hate to think of a rabbit losing his life,
I am awed by the presence of the hawk that will metabolize the rabbit."
and Cheryl have me convinced: I think our bird buffet will be back!
Thrash is editor of CharlestonCurrents.com. You can reach her by
for the word on Citadel cadet heading into space
exciting! Thanks for the
heads-up about (former Citadel cadet and current astronaut Randy)
Bresnik and the rest of the Atlantis crew (main photo, Monday's
CharlestonCurrents.com). My husband and I were at Kennedy Space
Center for our anniversary a few weeks ago. Exciting stuff!
Tina Newton, Mount Pleasant, SC
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on Wheels gets Subaru grant to help seniors
Cooper Meals on Wheels has been awarded a $1,000 grant from Subaru
of America and the Meals on Wheels Association of America as part
of Subaru's "Share the Love" campaign for the holidays.
The funding will help ECMOW prepare and deliver nutritious meals
to 461 seniors in need during December.
is the season of giving, and we are so thankful that Subaru has
decided to give back to our program to help us deliver meals to
our recipients for the holidays," said Patricia Walker, president
and CEO of ECMOW. "This grant truly is a gift." In honor
of the grant, labels with a holly berry design will be applied to
461 meals to be delivered during the holidays. The labels have the
message "Provided for you by Subaru of America - Share the
Love for the Holidays."
provides daily nutrition to homebound residents and seniors living
east of the Cooper. Volunteers pack and deliver well over 300 meals
every weekday with 260 meals going out for the weekend. Community
support and funding such as Subaru's makes it possible for the agency
to provide the meals free of charge and without having anyone to
be on a waiting list, waiting to be fed. For more info, visit http://www.ecmow.org.
history workshop to be offered at The Citadel
Citadel Oral History Program, the South Carolina Historical Society
and the Low Country Oral History Alliance are inviting members of
the community to take part in an oral history workshop from 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 in Bond Hall, Room 165, at The Citadel.
interactive workshop, led by experts from the sponsoring agencies,
will cover each aspect of the oral history process, including project
planning, interview strategies, recording technology, and archiving.
The program is designed to be of value to those involved in family
or community projects that are well under way, as well as those
in the planning stages. Teachers, community activists, genealogists,
and high school and college students are especially encouraged to
space is limited, pre-registration is suggested. Participants are
being asked for a $5 donation to defray the cost of lunch. Call
Kerry Taylor at 953-5357 for more information and to register.
Rec Department wins Agency of the Year, other honors
city of Charleston Department of Recreation won three awards earlier
this week at the annual S.C. Recreation and Parks Association (SCRPA)
Conference, including Agency of the Year in its population category.
award selection committee gave Charleston the Agency of the Year
Award for Class IV (cities with populations of 50,000 and above)
because, it said, it was impressed with the quality of programs
the city offers and the innovations by staff to meet the ever-changing
needs of the city service area.
Recreation Department also won the Class IV Innovative Program of
the Year award for its partnership with Carolina Studios, a nonprofit
organization led by Hootie and the Blowfish guitarist Mark Bryan,
to offer children and teens free music writing and recording experience
through their studios in the City's Forest Park Playground and the
Boys and Girls Club Shaw Unit. In addition, Stacey Collins, an athletics
coordinator who oversees youth and women's soccer for the city,
won the District Merit Award for the Southern District of SCRPA.
Joseph P. Riley Jr. said, "The caliber and diversity of the
programs offered by our great staff of the Recreation Department
is impressive and serves our community well. I am so proud of the
department, led by Laurie Yarborough. They care about the people
they serve and work hard to provide the very best."
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meals have been cooked in large, cast-iron pots since the Middle
Ages. Variations are endless and limited only to the imagination
of the maker and palate of the consumer. In South Carolina, hash
takes the place of honor held by Brunswick Stew in nearby Georgia,
Virginia, and North Carolina. Usually served over rice, hash is
more than a mere accompaniment to barbecue and maintains an important
role as a congregational food. Hash is a community-based tradition,
cooked in big pots for large numbers of people. Recipes are far
from consistent, with variations built around techniques that spring
from rural folklife.
did other southern stews, hash developed out of a need to turn leftovers,
scraps, and whatever one could find into a palatable one-pot dish.
While hash variations are countless, three loosely defined geographic
regions can be identified. Lowcountry hash can consist of hogsheads
and organ meats such as pork liver, cooked down in a stock favoring
vinegar and ketchup. Vegetables can include onions, corn, and diced
potatoes. Hash from the Midlands typically consists of leaner pork
cuts combined with onions, cooked in a mustard-based stock. Finally,
upstate hash is largely beef-based with onions, butter, and no dominant
ketchup, vinegar, or mustard base. These regions are largely historical
and today the most enduring regional difference rests in the sauce
perpetuated by hash masters are a source of immense personal and
local pride, and makers go to great lengths to retain the uniqueness
of their hash recipes and cooking techniques. While many rural fire
departments, agricultural clubs, and other civic organizations cook
hash for community fund-raisers, the most prolific producers are
locally owned barbecue restaurants, many of which developed from
family "shade tree" cooking traditions. While hash might
have been born out of necessity, this one-pot treasure has long
since made the transition to a "comfort food."
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New 'Be a
Area Convention and Visitors Bureau's annual "Be a Tourist
in Your Own Town" pass has always been a heck of a good deal,
and it just better. Eight new local attractions and restaurants
have signed on for the 2010 pass, which offers tri-county residents
free one-time admission to 33 area attractions and discounts at
24 restaurants during the month of January. The family pass (good
for four people) costs $50 but has a value of $840. Individual passes
are just $20. To buy a pass or see a full list of all the attractions
and restaurants involved, go
online here. Meanwhile, here's a list of who's new to the campaign
- Blu Restaurant
and Beach Bar
- The Buccaneer
- The Charleston
Dorchester Historic Site
- Fiery Ron's
Home Team BBQ
Brewery and Smokehouse
life and football
of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems,
block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity."
Grizzard, Southern author and newspaper columnist (1946 - 1994)
Third Thursday in Summerville: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today,
downtown Summerville. Enjoy a holiday open house at local stores,
with refreshments, strolling carolers, a jazz trio and other entertainment
and promotions. Sponsored by Summerville D.R.E.A.M. (Downtown Restoration,
Enhancement and Management) and local merchants. More
Grinch': Nov. 21 and Nov. 22, Charleston Ballet
Theatre, 477 King St. The CBT will stage "The Grinch Who Stole
Christmas," based on the timeless Dr. Seuss classic. The 48-minute
show is suitable for the whole family. Times: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Nov. 14 and Nov. 21; 3 p.m. Nov. 15 and Nov. 22. Tickets: $20 adults,
$10 children; call 723-7334 or order online at http://www.charlestonballet.com.
Fine Sunday/Tom Cat Blitz: Nov. 22, Pet Helpers, 1447
Folly Road. Male cats will be neutered for just $11 at this event,
and adult cats can be adopted at the reduced rate of $25. Cat owners
must make an appointment for neutering; call 302-0556 for more information
about requirements. More
info online or call 795-1110.
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
Memorial: 5:30 p.m. Nov. 22, Colonial Lake, downtown.
Hospice of Charleston's 21st Annual Candlelight Memorial Ceremony.
The lighting of hundreds of memorial luminaries placed around the
lake will be followed by a brief ceremony of music and readings
and a performance by Ann Caldwell. For details or to order a memorial
to a loved one (money raised benefits Hospice), visit
this Web page, click
here to send an email or call 216-7323.
ONGOING AND SOON
Release Party: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 23, Blue Bicycle
Books, King St. downtown. Blue Bicycle Books and Garden & Gun
magazine will host a release party for "Hot and Hot Fish Club
Cookbook," by Chris and Idie Hastings. Chef Chris Hastings'
roots are in Pawleys Island, where his great-great-grandfather belonged
to a 19th-century epicurean hunt and fish club called Hot and Hot.
Hastings and wife Idie now run the Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham.
Their first cookbook ($35) features 200 recipe, lifestyle menus,
and profiles of a dozen local purveyors who supply them with fresh
ingredients. Party is free and open to the public. More info: 722-2666.
Spiritual Christmas': 6 p.m. Nov. 27, St. Stephen's Episcopal
Church, 67 Anson St., Charleston. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Spiritual Ensemble under the direction of Nathan L. Nelson will
perform African-American spirituals set to a holiday theme. Tickets:
$10 per person at the door.
Candlelight Service: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Dec. 5 and Dec.
6, Summerall Chapel, The Citadel. The S.C. Corps of Cadets will
present its Christmas Candlelight Service for the Lowcountry. Cadets
from the Protestant, Catholic and Gospel choirs, the Chorale, the
Women's Ensemble, and members of The Citadel Regimental Band will
take part in the annual celebration, which features Scripture lessons
and carols (both traditional and international favorites). Free
and open to the public. More info: 953-5049.
Parade of Boats: 5 p.m. Dec. 5, Charleston Harbor. This
Lowcountry holiday tradition features festively decorated and lighted
boats of all sorts parading through the harbor, following by a fireworks
display. View the procession along Charleston's waterfront or decorate
your own boat and join the parade. Parade begins in the harbor off
Mount Pleasant at 5 p.m.; viewing from the peninsula begins at 6:30
p.m., and fireworks start about 6:45 p.m. More info: 724-7305.
Lending: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Dec. 9, Charleston Metro
Chamber of Commerce, 2750 Speisseger Drive, Suite 100, North Charleston.
The chamber's Charleston Area Business Council will discuss small-business
lending and how to obtain financing in today's current lending climate.
Cost: $15 chamber members, $30 nonmembers. More
American Business Expo: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 10, 10
Storehouse Row, Noisette, North Charleston. The Charleston Metro
Chamber of Commerce's Latin American Business Council (LABC) will
host a seminar and expo to educate attendees on the economic impact
that Latin Americans and their businesses have on our region, and
to offer local businesses an opportunity to exhibit to this community.
The event will also provide Latin American and traditional business
owners with an opportunity to network with industry experts. Cost:
$15 chamber members, $30 nonmembers. More info: Email
Bliss and Scrooges": 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10, Omar
Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Blvd., Mount Pleasant. Family-oriented
event to benefit Windwood Farm features Santa, snow, live performances,
the Grinch, Scrooge, shopping from local retailers, carolers, cocktails
and more. Tickets: $5; free for kids age 12 and younger. More info:
Silks Exhibition: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10, 214 King
Street Gallery, 214 King St. Kimono Silks features new works by
batik master Mary Edna Fraser. Fraser discovered the vintage narrow
silks on a recent Australia trip and has blogged about the experience
A master dyer, Fraser came home with aerial landscapes featuring
batiks, monotypes, oils and archival prints. Exhibition on display
through Jan. 24; gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Monday
through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. More info: 762-2594
or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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