p-p-participants now picking up p-p-p-pledges
By ELIZABETH BENDER
Running coach, Special Olympics South Carolina
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
17, 2009 -- Partygoers, daredevils, big-money donors and surfers:
This New Year's Day, consider making a little splash for a big cause.
Join Dunleavy's Pub of Sullivan's Island and Special Olympics South
Carolina for heartwarming and bone-chilling extremes during the
annual Polar Plunge on Jan. 1, 2010. With hundreds of your oldest
(and newest) friends, lend a flipper, flaying arm or shivering hand
and help raise money for Special Olympics South Carolina by plunging
into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
it simple, participation for the event is free, but prior to the
event we coaches and athletes are asking that swimmers collect "plunging
pledges" and donations in honor of Special Olympics. All of
the money raised prior to and during the event will benefit South
Carolina Special Olympics athletes in their everyday practices and
in regional, state, national and world games. A large portion of
the proceeds will directly benefit the upcoming Special Olympics
Mid-Winter State Games, which will occur March 5-March 7 at The
As a Special Olympics coach, I urge you to consider warming your
hearts with this cold adventure. Your generosity enables people
with intellectual disabilities in South Carolina to experience the
power of sports. In doing so, you are helping change society's perceptions
and treatment of people with intellectual disabilities - and creating
a better world for us all.
Here are a few simple ways to support Special Olympics during the
up to participate in the Polar Plunge. Collect those pledges from
friends, family members and co-workers, and then bring them to
you're more of an Internet junkie, use the Special Olympics First
Giving Web site to collect contributions through e-mail and Facebook.
" Rather bring your dollars straight to the Plunge? That's
good, too. Look for a Special Olympics athlete with a bucket and
drop in your donation. All the rest of the details can be found
at Dunleavy's Pub.
goers and participants, suit up. Consider freezin' for a reason
and join in with costume-clad jumpers with outfits from body paint
to wedding dresses. It's an energetic New Year's Day celebration
that will warm your hearts for Special Olympics.
addition to serving as a running coach for Special Olympics South
Carolina, Elizabeth Bender is the marketing and public relations
coordinator for the South Carolina Aquarium.
and local: Add cookbook, CD to your shopping list
ANN THRASH, editor
17, 2009 -- Finished all your shopping for the holidays? Neither
have we, and the clock is ticking. Here are two last-minute, Lowcountry-oriented
ideas that might help you close out your list.
Charleston Cookbook: Charleston has needed a cookbook devoted
to its great restaurants for a long time, and now we've got one
- and it's a winner. Holly Herrick's new book, "The Charleston
Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Heart of the Old South"
(Three Forks Press, $24.95), has just hit local shelves in the past
few weeks, and it would be a great gift for any cook or food lover
on your list.
book has approximately 70 recipes, a nice variety ranging from readily
approachable to more challenging, and the restaurants run the gamut
- some down-home, some high-end, some old standbys and some new
favorites. Already on my list of dishes to try are Anson's Grits
with Shrimp and Braised Bacon, Bowen's Island's Frogmore Stew, the
Glass Onion's Roasted Chicken Salad, Alluette's Lima Bean Soup,
Slightly North of Broad's Grilled Maverick Beef Tenderloin with
Deviled Crab Cake, and the hot dogs and blue cheese slaw from Jack's
recipes are enticing, and the photographs and local-history notes
round the book out into a pretty package that would be perfectly
at home on the coffee table if you didn't need it in the kitchen.
But what appeals to me most is that this is more than just a recipe
book. It's a book about the city, its flavors and how blessed we
all are to be able to live and eat here.
will be signing books from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 19 at Whole Foods
in Mount Pleasant. You can find out about other upcoming signings
at via Facebook
or contact the author at http://www.hollyherrick.com.
3 Dudes: Now this is the kind of boy band that everybody can
love - especially grownups. The 3 Dudes are a Sullivan's-Island-based
trio that recorded a CD called "All in a Day," to help
raise money for their school, Charleston Collegiate. My friend Meredith
Nelson gave me a copy of the CD, and although it's short - with
just four songs - it's pretty rockin' stuff. The dudes are three
brothers - 10-year-old Sam Ploch and 8-year-old twins Jack and Roger
Ploch. They sing about things every kid that age can relate to,
such as the ongoing battle with parents over what the boys call
"Screentime" - the amount of time they're allowed to watch
TV or be on the computer.
group has played at a couple of events around town, including a
recent oyster-roast fundraiser for Charleston Collegiate and "Art
from the Heart," an event that the band helped organize to
raise money for a local businessman who was battling cancer. The
event brought in more than $5,000.
3 Dudes not only make great music, but also offer a living, breathing
example of how all of us - even those who seem pretty young - can
make a difference and change their community for the better. If
you want to get a CD, it's $10 online
from the band's Web site or you can buy it at either the West
Ashley or Mount Pleasant Wonder Works stores.
you want to check them out in person, they'll be performing at 7
p.m. Dec. 22 for Family Night at the Windjammer on the Isle of Palms.
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C students collect 7,852 cans of food for local families
College of Charleston's AXE Gamma Delta Fraternity collected 7,852
cans of food earlier this month for Tri-County Family Ministries
in North Charleston. The total is more than trip the 2,500 cans
collected in a similar drive last year.
cans were collected during a two-week competition between biology
and chemistry classes at the college. Twenty-five professors and
classes took part. AXE is a professional organization for chemistry
a peek at new county parks at Edisto, McClellanville
Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission is planning preview
tours of two new county park sites in the coming weeks. On Jan.
16, a PRC naturalist and a historic specialist will lead a tour
of Two Pines, an 812-acre site near McClellanville that the PRC
describes as covered with pine flatlands and bottomland hardwoods.
On Feb. 13, guests can tour Prospect Hill, a forested, 476-acre
former Sea Island cotton plantation at Edisto.
tours run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are open to ages 12 and up;
a registered, paid chaperone is required for participants younger
than 15. The cost per tour is $12 for Charleston County residents
or $15 for nonresidents. For more information, go to http://www.ccprc.com
or call 795-4FUN (4386).
honored as one of America's "Well Workplaces"
Wellness Council of America has bestowed a "Well Workplace"
Award on the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce for its commitment
to providing a healthy workplace. Only 59 U.S. companies earned
the award this year. The chamber won in the small-business category.
chamber was saluted for developing a program that not only benefits
those staff members who are currently proactive about wellness,
but also encourage those who aren't currently active to get on the
right track. The wellness plan includes reimbursement for gym memberships,
fitness classes and weight management programs.
chamber offers time off for fitness and has recently added a work/life
balance option with a flexible work plan. "In our effort to
promote wellness in the region, the Chamber has made aware for the
business community and Chamber members the many resources available
and helped them recognize that an investment in promoting wellness
within their own business can result in a rewarding return on investment,"
said Charles Van Rysselberge, president and CEO, Charleston Metro
Chamber of Commerce. "Simple changes can help reduce healthcare
costs and the overall productivity of the employees."
museum to feature works by Whistler beginning in January
by renowned American artist James McNeill Whistler will be featured
at the Gibbes Museum of Art beginning in January. The exhibition
"Whistler's Travels" will be in the spotlight in the museum's
Rotunda Galleries from Jan. 22 through May16. It features 21 etchings
and three lithographs from the Gibbes' permanent collection and
a local private collection. The etchings and lithographs were executed
during Whistler's excursions to the English countryside, France,
Holland and Italy.
the summer of 1858, three years after Whistler arrived in Paris
to pursue a profession in the arts, he embarked upon a walking tour
of France and Germany. Armed with sketch materials and copper plates,
Whistler created detailed drawings of the architecture and inhabitants
of the small towns he encountered. Many of the works Whistler produced
during this journey were published later that year in his first
set of etchings, "Twelve Etchings from Nature," often
referred to as "the French Set." This successful foray
into the graphic arts was the start of a lifelong devotion to the
print medium, and the artist went on to establish himself as one
of the world's finest etchers.
more information on the exhibit, go
here online or call 722-2706, ext. 18.
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native pine species are found within South Carolina. Three species
are restricted to the upper Piedmont and mountain regions, three
are found nearly throughout the state, and three are found primarily
within the coastal plain.
longleaf pine forest in Georgetown County.
are extremely important economically and ecologically within South
Carolina. More than 5,750,000 acres of state forestland contain
pine as important or dominant cover. Pines form the basis of the
timber industry in South Carolina and make up the number-one cash
crop in the state with approximately $900 million in receipts annually
and employing more than 35,000 people.
Carolina pines can be divided into two general groups, white pines
and yellow pines. Yellow pines have needles in groups of two or
three, while white pines have needles in groups of five. The only
member of the white pine group found within South Carolina is the
eastern white pine (Pinus strobus). It is restricted to the mountains
and upper Piedmont but is planted as an ornamental throughout much
of the state.
week, the National Wildlife Federation released an interesting
and important study on how longleaf pine forests help reduce
global warming. Take
the yellow pines, the loblolly is the most abundant. This species,
along with the similar slash pine (Pinus elliottii), is preferred
for use on pine plantations. More than 4 million acres of forest
in the state are classified as loblolly pine forest, while 2.4 million
acres are in loblolly pine plantation. The loblolly pine was historically
found in the lower Piedmont and coastal plain but has spread throughout
the state through timber planting. Slash pine is native to the southern
portions of the coastal plain but is planted throughout the coastal
the most abundant species in the coastal plain region was the longleaf
pine (Pinus palustris). This species is well known for its
extremely long needles and large cones. It requires low-intensity
ground fires to persist and has declined dramatically over the last
century due to fire suppression and conversion of longleaf pine
forest into loblolly pine plantations and agricultural fields. Longleaf
pine is a keystone species in the longleaf pine savannas and flat
woods that are home to some of the state's most unusual and endangered
plant and animal species.
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for fun at Festival of Lights
Festival of Lights at James Island County Park has been celebrating
20 years of magic this year with a series of special nightly events
that began on Dec. 1. Here's a list of the remaining four activities,
all of which are free with your usual park admission. While these
extra perks end on Dec. 20, never fear - you can still catch the
sensational regular light show nightly through Jan. 3.
17: Grab a chair, a warm blanket and a cup of hot chocolate
to watch the holiday favorite "Polar Express." Show
times are 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Winter Wonderland.
18: Hear the Lowcountry Power Brass toot their own horns from
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
19: The Hungry Monks will play their brand of Renaissance,
Medieval, folk, Celtic, jazz, bluegrass and rock from 7 p.m. to
9 p.m. at the park.
20: Join Mrs. Claus in Santa's Village as she tells Christmas
stories from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
factor becoming scarce in a world of abundance is human attention."
Kelly, editor-at-large, Wired magazine (1952-)
Thursday: Until 9 p.m. Dec. 17, downtown Summerville.
Downtown stores will be open late for holiday shopping, and carolers
and other musical entertainment will be featured along with refreshments.
Sponsored by the Merchants of Summerville and Summerville D.R.E.A.M.
More info: 821-7260 or online.
Illumination: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Middleton
Place. A new holiday event, the Grand Illumination at Middleton
will give visitors a chance to experience the plantation by torchlight,
candlelight and starlight. Costumed interpreters will lead tours
designed to transport visitors back to Christmas 1782, a joyous
holiday season in Charleston because the British had just evacuated
Charleston at the end of the Revolutionary War in the South. Guests
can walk garden paths, see the house decorated for the holidays,
and enjoy music, fires and seasonal refreshments on the Greensward.
Tickets: $15 adults; $5 ages 7-15; free for ages 6 and under. Buy
online at least 24 hours in advance. Tickets bought at the gate
on the night of the event are $20 adults, $5 children.
Night": 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Dec. 19, downtown Charleston.
"Boom-box" holiday caroling starts at the City Gallery
at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau St., and ends in Marion Square at
King and Calhoun streets. No cost to participate. More
Parade: 2 p.m. Dec. 20, downtown Summerville. The town's
annual Christmas parade was originally scheduled for Dec. 13 but
was postponed because of rain. Sponsored by Summerville D.R.E.A.M.
and the Summerville Fire Department. More info: 821-7260 or http://www.summervilledream.org.
Sing-A-Long: 6 p.m. Dec. 20, Citadel Square Baptist Church,
328 Meeting St., downtown. Sing along with the Charleston Symphony
Orchestra as the musicians perform all the favorite "Messiah"
songs. Admission: $15 adults; $5 children. More info: 723-7528 or
ONGOING AND SOON
Child's Christmas In Wales": 7 p.m. Dec. 22 and Dec.
23, Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St., downtown.
A dramatic performance of Dylan Thomas' beloved 1950 radio story
about an old-fashioned, picture-book Christmas. Clarence Felder
of the Actors' Theatre of South Carolina portrays the author and
is accompanied by a trio of chamber musicians on flute, cello and
violin. Recommended for ages 10 years and above. Tickets: $17. More
info: 763-4941 or visit
Night Before Christmas": 1 p.m. Dec. 23, Circular
Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St., downtown. A trio of musicians
will perform well-loved Christmas songs as actors bring favorite
Christmas stories to life. Actors Chris Weatherhead and Michael
Easler from the Actors' Theatre of South Carolina join Chamber Music
Charleston flutist Regina Helcher Yost, clarinetist Charlie Messersmith
and bassoonist Sandra Nikolajevs for the family-oriented concert.
Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 3 and above; free for kids under
3. More info: 763-4941, by
e-mail or visit
New Year, Charleston: 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Marion
Square and surrounding locales, downtown. A family-oriented, alcohol-free
event with concerts and activities to mark the beginning of the
new year in the Lowcountry. More
info online or at 724-7305.
Sounds at the Sea: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 13, South
Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra
and the aquarium are teaming up to offer aquatic-themed performances
throughout the aquarium. Attendees can wander through the exhibits,
interact with the musicians, and sample light hors d'oeuvres and
nonalcoholic beverages. Tickets: $10 for aquarium and CSO members;
$20 for nonmembers. Call 577-FISH (3474) or go to http://www.scaquarium.org
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