Patriots Point needs items
to show 'We LOVE Our Military'
By NICK TOMPKINS
Communications manager, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
11, 2010 -- Don't the men and women fighting for our freedom deserve
the luxuries of home even when they may feel like they are a world
away? Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum sure thinks so.
That's why we've partnered with the American Red Cross, WCBD News
2 and Clear Channel to show how much "We LOVE Our Military"
- just in time for the month of love. Through Feb. 28, Patriots
Point is collecting items to be distributed to military units that
are currently deployed overseas.
important to take every opportunity to show members of our military
how much we appreciate them," says Dick Trammell, executive
director of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. "We
decided to partner with some other great organizations to create
is simple - just bring any number of items from a pre-approved list
to one of the four drop-off locations around town:
Red Cross Donation Center, 200 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., West Ashley;
Red Cross Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mount
Ship Store at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum;
Point Naval & Maritime Museum's Visitor's Parking Lot Gate
donated items range from food and toiletries to things to keep the
troops entertained. Acceptable food items include coffee, protein
bars, candy and small packages of cookies and crackers. Toiletry
items, such as shampoo, shaving cream, vitamins and sun block, are
also needed. When the soldiers have a little downtime, they like
to unwind just like we do, so recreational items, such as DVDs,
board games and stationary, are always appreciated. For a full list
of approved items, visit
Point will be gathering the donations that are received throughout
the coming weeks to package and mail overseas to various deployed
troops/units throughout the month of February and into March after
the last donations are received.
donations are also accepted and will be used both to both purchase
items to send in the care packages and help pay for delivery. Patriots
Point is waiving the $3 parking fee for visitors who donate at the
Patriots Point's Gate House - a way to show our appreciation to
those who support our military.
back with the "We LOVE our Military" program is the perfect
way to give you that warm feeling when the weather outside is so
cold. Any donation, large or small, will be greatly appreciated.
Please visit http://www.PatriotsPoint.org
for more details.
True': Whatever your view of the Sanfords, it's in there
ANN THRASH, editor
FEB. 11, 2010 -- When you tell people you're reading "Staying
True," the new book by South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford,
it's interesting to hear their reactions. Some people are critical
of her for writing it and seem to have drawn a lot of conclusions
about her and the book without having read anything more than the
snippets printed in the papers and aired on TV. Others ask if there's
any "good dirt" in it. They seem most interested in picking
over the carcass of a prominent couple's decaying marriage and seeing
if there's any meaty gossip left on the bones.
seem to want the Sanfords -- both the first lady and her husband,
Gov. Mark Sanford -- to go away. There are lots of heavy sighs when
the subject comes up. They've been tired of him since his tearful
press conference last summer announcing he'd disappeared from the
state, unbeknownst to his staff or his constituents, to go to Argentina
to see a woman he was having an affair with. They're tired of hearing
the state made fun of on late-night shows. And now, even though
the book has been out for only a couple of days, they're tired of
Mrs. Sanford, too. There's a feeling that she's put the situation
in the spotlight again with a big book tour and appearances on "The
View" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "Larry
King Live," among others.
most common question people have asked me about the book is, "What
did you think?" Here are a couple of observations.
differ on why Mrs. Sanford chose to write the book; payback and
personal profit, some say, while others see a nobler effort to inspire
women who are going through difficult personal times. What she told
reporter Gina Smith from The State newspaper in a story
published on Sunday is that she wrote it for two groups, one
of which is women struggling to deal with life's unexpected events.
That was my demographic about five years ago while going through
from that angle, there's really nothing new here. Most women (and
men) in the midst of a separation -- or any other life crisis, for
that matter -- surely already know what Mrs. Sanford offers: that
supportive family and friends make the burden lighter, that faith
can provide solace, and that it's important to cushion the blows
for the kids as much as possible.
other group Mrs. Sanford said she wrote the book for was her four
sons. According to the newspaper story, she said she wanted them
to hear her side of things and know that she had always put her
faith first. It took Ballentine Books for her to do that?
said those things, allow us to add that this is mostly a well-written
book. Mrs. Sanford has a very conversational, friendly style of
writing that many people will find appealing. The chapters in which
she writes about her husband's first run for political office and
his surprising election to Congress are among her best; they show
that she still can speak with conviction about the principles he
believes in and can still defend him with clarity and heart.
of the book, perhaps two-thirds, is about how the Sanfords met and
how his political career began and progressed. Only about one-third
of it is about the events of the past year, although there are plenty
of allusions to what happened, some of which are melodramatic and
heavy-handed: "I was about to find out all that would come
with this 'free' house (the Governor's Mansion) and the full price
that we would ultimately come to pay." Cue the foreboding music.
junkies will find a couple of interesting anecdotes that haven't
gotten much attention to date. For example, there's the story --
one of many illustrating what a penny-pincher Sanford is -- that
when he and his then-fellow congressmen Lindsey Graham and Steve
Largent went to the movies one night and it was Sanford's turn to
buy the snacks, he bought one large bag of popcorn and a jumbo Coke
-- with three straws. That borders on TMI (too much information).
the book, like the whole saga of the past year, offers a lot of
contradictions. Why would Mark Sanford risk so much when he had
so much to lose? Why would Mrs. Sanford, who says she's a private
person, put herself back in the spotlight when the attention finally
seemed to be fading? Whatever you think about either one of the
Sanfords, my bet is that you'll find your opinions reinforced.
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news from the S.C. Aquarium: The
folks at the South Carolina Aquarium, one of our underwriters, have
scheduled a press conference for 2 o'clock today to announce some
big news for the year ahead. Check back with us this afternoon for
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tourists' worth their weight in gold to Lowcountry
enjoyed your piece
on mules, but what's the problem with overweight tourists? I
can honestly tell you that after talking to them for over 30 years,
the average carriage rider is pretty much like the average Joe or
Jill; some overweight, some not.
of them are guests who have come here helping our economy in a time
of great challenge. The fees and tax dollars they pay contribute
to local government, keeping our taxes lower, and the restaurant
industry they sustain allows all of us to enjoy world-class dining.
Acknowledging the problems that tourism creates, I believe they
are far outweighed by the benefits.
Tom Doyle, President, Palmetto Carriage Works, Charleston, SC
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a real find for 12-year-old art fan and the Gibbes
well-known Lowcountry artist's unusual effort to inspire people
to give back to their community has resulted in a donation to the
Gibbes Museum of Art -- and given a budding art enthusiast her first
piece of fine artwork.
Kenner Carmody (center) and her father, Michael (left) met artist
West Fraser at the Gibbes Museum of Art after she discovered
one of his paintings hanging in a tree. (Provided by Gibbes
Museum of Art)
early 2009, painter West Fraser initiated a project called "Painting
in a Tree." The artist literally put some small paintings (oils
on panel) in trees in public spots, including sites in Charleston,
where passers-by might find them. Fraser wrote a personal note on
the back of each painting appealing to the finder to give back to
the place he or she lives community.
late December, 12-year-old Kenner Carmody of Mount Pleasant found
one of the paintings in Charleston's French Quarter neighborhood
(the area around the Dock Street Theatre and French Huguenot Church).
The painting was hanging in a tree on the corner of State and Chalmers
streets. Now, in addition to having her first piece of fine art,
she and her family have made a donation to the Gibbes Museum's Daniel
West Fraser Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by West Fraser
in memory of his son, Daniel, who was born in 1983 and died in 1986.
The scholarship provides financial aid to children and teens to
help them study art in the Gibbes' art classes and art camps.
Miss Carmody found one of the paintings, the hunt isn't over. There
are still paintings to be found in trees elsewhere in Charleston,
as well as Cumberland Island, Ga., and Wilson Village at Palmetto
Bluff in Bluffton.
Cadet Trey Swinton, regimental human affairs officer, completes
a $1,200 check to the American Red Cross. The funds were raised
during a benefit concert in January and, combined with other
funds from staff and students, helped bring the college's total
donation to the agency to more than $2,000. (Provided by
cadets, staff donate more than $2,000 for Haiti relief
of The Citadel family have given the Carolina Lowcountry Chapter
of the American Red Cross just over $2,000 to help the people of
Haiti in the wake of last month's earthquake. That total includes
a check for $1,200 presented earlier this week. The check represents
proceeds from a benefit concert organized by the Corps of Cadets
following a basketball game in January.
with the donation from the cadets, the Student Government Association
of The Citadel Graduate College presented $50 in cash and several
bags and boxes of clothing and nonperishable food items for the
relief effort. Earlier this month, athletes at The Citadel raised
$840 at a basketball game and a wrestling match.
total, members of The Citadel family have raised $2,088 to help
the people of Haiti.
cafés open for lunch again during spring
of the hidden gems of Charleston's restaurant community -- the Culinary
Institute of Charleston's 181 Palmer and the Mikasa Dining Room
-- are open again now that the spring semester is under way at the
culinary institute, which is part of Trident Technical College.
The cafés serve as real-time training for students enrolled
in culinary and other hospital classes at Trident Tech, giving them
the chance to work both "front and back of the house"
positions serving the public in a real restaurant.
Talk about two great tastes that taste great together: This
Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter Mousse with Coconut Crunch
and Caramelized Banana is one of the desserts you can enjoy
at 181 Palmer, the café at the downtown campus of the
Culinary Institute of Charleston. The café offers an
exceptional three-course lunch (appetizer, entrée and
dessert) for $15. See Good News for the scoop. (Photo by
cafes are open to anyone in the community and offer exceptional
three-course lunches (appetizer, entrée and dessert, with
a beverage) for ultra-low prices - $15 per person at 181 Palmer
(the café at the institute's downtown campus on Columbus
Street) and $12 per person at the Mikasa Dining Room (located at
the Rivers Avenue campus). Culinary students work with chef instructors
in the kitchen to prepare the menu items, many of which feature
locally grown or produced products.
the items on the appetizer menu at 181 Palmer are House-Made Country
Pâté and Blue Crab and Mascarpone Ravioli. Entrée
items include Pan-Seared Sea Scallops (with a warm salad of asparagus,
saffron potatoes and roasted Mepkin Abbey oyster mushrooms), Grilled
Niman Ranch Lamb Sliders on brioche buns with shoestring fries and
zucchini pickles, and Grilled South Carolina Quail with a Carolina
Gold rice cake, braised local greens and a port wine reduction.
Dessert choices include items such as Milk Chocolate and Peanut
Butter Mousse and Anson Mills Cornmeal Pound Cake.
Mikasa Dining Room offers a buffet with the focus on international
cuisine. Each week features a different culinary theme - for example,
French Regional cuisine, Middle Eastern, Greek, Northern African,
Northern Italian, Russian/Polish/Slavic fare and more.
are required and tend to get booked well in advance. To see menus
and find out more about the restaurants, visit
this Web page. To make a reservation, call 820-5087 and dial
2; e-mail email@example.com
or use Open
Table to reserve a table online.
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lawyer and land speculator, Samuel Augustus Maverick was born in
Pendleton District (now Oconee County) on July 23, 1803, the son
of the Charleston businessman Samuel Maverick and Elizabeth Anderson.
After graduating from Yale University in 1825, Maverick studied
law with the Virginia jurist Henry St. George Tucker and opened
a law office in Pendleton. He moved to Georgia in 1833 and then
to Alabama, overseeing family lands. Bored with plantation life
and unsuited to overseeing slaves, Maverick moved to Texas in pursuit
of cheap land, inspired both by his grandfather's success as a land
speculator and by his father's entrepreneurial ethic.
in 1835 at the height of the Texas revolution, Maverick joined the
Texan forces, but he quickly returned on family business to Alabama,
where he married Mary Ann Adams on August 4, 1836. The next year
the couple took their firstborn, Samuel Maverick Jr., and several
slaves to Texas, settling in San Antonio. Maverick took a law license
and began purchasing land in western Texas, relocating several times
but returning to San Antonio for good in 1847.
most lasting legacy is the application of his name as a term for
unbranded cattle, which was inspired by his unbranded herd on Matagorda
Peninsula. Legend has it that he refused to brand his calves because
he thought that allowed him to claim all unbranded calves on the
range. In reality Maverick was an indifferent cattleman who simply
did not bother to brand his small herd and was out of the cattle
business entirely by the mid-1850s. He also lent his name to Maverick
County in western Texas, where he held more than 300,000 acres at
his death. Maverick died on September 2, 1870, and was buried in
San Antonio's City Cemetery Number One.
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just in time for SEWE weekend and Valentine's Day, McCrady's
is launching a new bar menu that features a collection of "pre-Prohibition
cocktails" - some you might have heard of and some that might
be new to you. Sommelier Clint Sloan and Executive Chef Sean Brock
also have added some new appetizers to pair with the drinks, which
will be available from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. nightly. Here are five
cocktails that intrigued us (with their name, their content or both).
Prices range from $6 to $10.
& Sand: Dewar's Scotch Whisky, sweet vermouth and brandied
Sangria: Fresh fruit, brandy, rum and white wine.
Plymouth English Gin, Pama pomegranate juice and lemon.
Old Overholt Rye, house-made black currant bitters and brandied
Pimm's No. 1, fresh lime, ginger ale and cucumber.
in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers."
Gandhi, Indian spiritual and political leader (1869-1948)
in Business Conference: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 12, Charleston
Marriott. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Center
for Women will present the conference, which focuses on integrating
female business professionals into mainstream networks and expanding
their business opportunities by providing access to successful business
leaders in the region. Cost: $75 for chamber or Center for Women
members; $100 for nonmembers. Registration:
Evening with Jack Hanna: 7 p.m. Feb. 12, South Carolina
Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf, downtown. Spend an evening with animal
expert Jack Hanna during his visit to the Lowcountry for the Southeastern
Wildlife Exposition. Guests will be able to meet Hanna, enjoy hors
d'oeuvres and cocktails, and hear stories about his animal adventures
around the world. Cost: $85 per person ($75 for aquarium members,
who can order by calling 723-1748 and giving their member number).
More info: Online
of Prey Brunch: 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 13, Francis Marion
Hotel, corner of King and Calhoun streets, downtown. Jim Elliott,
executive director of the Center for Birds of Prey, will show off
some of his feathered friends in this new event, which is part of
the Southeastern Wildlife Expo. Hearty buffet-style brunch includes
coffee, tea, juice, and bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. $42
per person; tickets may also be purchased at the door. Tickets:
Online or 723-1748.
of Dance": 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Sottile Theatre, 66
George St. Charleston Ballet Theatre will present choreographer
Bruce Marks's "The Lark Ascending" as part of its Masterpieces
of Dance series, which focuses on 20th-century masters and their
work. Marks has spent time in Charleston this month working with
the CBT. The performance will also include the George Balanchine
works "Serenade" and "Rubies." Tickets: $35-$45
($10 off for students). Call 723-7334, visit the box office at 477
King St. or go
Cooking Classes: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14, Charleston
Cooks, 194 East Bay St., downtown. A new feature of the Southeastern
Wildlife Exposition calendar. The hands-on cooking class will give
participants a chance to prepare fish and wild game, then enjoy
the food prepared in class along with a glass of wine. Cost: $75
per person. Tickets: Online
ONGOING AND SOON
Thursday: Feb. 18, downtown Summerville. The monthly
Third Thursday promotion in historic Flower Town has a February
theme of "Fall in Love with Downtown Summerville." Stores
will be open until 8 p.m. for shopping and strolling, and restaurants
will be offering dinner. More info: Online
"Sickly Season": 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Charleston
Museum, 360 Meeting St., downtown. Charleston was the unhealthiest
of the 13 original colonies, and during the 18th and 19th centuries,
diseases of epidemic proportion plagued the city and hampered its
grown. Museum Curator of History Grahame Long will give a presentation
titled "Infections, Afflictions, and Perilous Prescriptions:
Charleston and 'The Sickly Season.' " Free and open to the
Seafood Dinner: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 20, Restaurant
at Middleton Place Plantation, 4300 Ashley River Road. The South
Carolina Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Initiative and the restaurant
will present a dinner featuring sustainable seafood, with a portion
of the proceeds benefitting the Initiative. Reservations (required):
577-FISH (3474). More
Game Night: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 22, Holiday Inn Express,
120 Holiday Drive, Summerville. The American Business Women's Association's
Jessamine Chapter of Summerville will hold a game night fundraiser
and silent auction to benefit women's scholarships. Open to the
public. Guests are invited to bring their favorite game and/or team.
Prizes, food and beverages provided. Cost: $10 ticket donation.
Reservations requested. Contact Shirlie
Taylor, 873-6769 or get
in Crisis Tour: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 23, Recital Hall,
Simons Center at the College of Charleston. Michael Kaiser, president
of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., chose Charleston for
his only South Carolina stop on his 50-state Arts in Crisis Tour.
He will speak about current challenges and opportunities for arts
organizations. The Charleston Concert Association is hosting the
program in partnership with the S.C. Arts Commission, the City of
Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, and the College of Charleston
School of the Arts. Free and open to the public, but advance registration
is required; e-mail or call
Sorensen to speak: Noon, Feb. 23, Charleston Music
Hall, 37 John Street. Attorney Ted Sorensen, former key aide to
President John F. Kennedy, will offer reflections to students at
the Charleston School of Law. The public is welcome, but is asked
to reserve a spot. Click
here for more.
Golf Classic: Feb. 23, Wild Dunes Resort's Links and
Harbor Courses, Isle of Palms. Sponsored by the Charleston Metro
Chamber of Commerce to offer businesses five hours of uninterrupted
networking with key clients, customers or contacts. Tournament (captain's
choice format) includes 60 teams on two full courses; each team
gets 18 holes of golf with lunch and beverages, followed by a reception
and dinner at the Sweetgrass Pavilion. Registration begins at 10
a.m.; shotgun start at 11:30. Cost: $800 per team or $200 per individual.
Bouche: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 26, Halsey Institute
of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston, 161 Calhoun St. The
event, the unofficial kickoff of the BB&T Charleston Wine +
Food Festival, benefits the Lowcountry Food Bank's Kids Café
and Backpack Buddies Programs and the Halsey Institute. Jim 'N Nick's
Bar-B-Q will "Pork from Around the World" tastings, and
Whole Foods will offer an open wine bar. Cost: $20 per person at
the door; RSVP no later than Feb. 24 to 747-8146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Park Angel Get-Together: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 28,
grassy area near Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St., downtown. The
Charleston Parks Conservancy will host a social for old and new
members to get acquainted and learn more about the group. Food,
games and prizes along with opportunity to learn about upcoming
events and volunteer needs. The organization works to support local
public parks by planting and maintaining green spaces and promoting
the history and beauty of local gardens. For more info or to register
as a Park Angel (it's free), visit
this Web site.
Women": 3 p.m. March 7, Gibbes Museum of Art, 135
Meeting St., downtown. The Charleston Chamber Opera and the Gibbes
will present an afternoon of opera in the rotunda, the setting for
the "Whistler's Travels" special exhibition. Soprano Patrice
Tiedemann, mezzo soprano Lara Wilson and baritone Paul Soper will
explore the life and loves of artist James McNeill Whistler (who
was married but had several lovers, one of whom bore him several
children and another of whom raised his son by yet another woman).
The clever mix of art song, opera and theatrical flair will include
the music of Debussy, Saint-Saens, Mahler, Gilbert & Sullivan
and others. Tickets: $10 museum members and students; $20 nonmembers.
online, at the museum store or by calling 722-2706, ext. 18.
Street Reopening: 6 p.m. April 1, Dock Street Theatre.
Gala concert planned by Spoleto Festival USA for the reopening of
the theatre after three years of renovations. Performances include
a sneak peek of the Spoleto opera "Flora," which was first
performed at the Dock Street in 1736. Events include champagne reception,
performance and seated dinner. Tickets range from $250 to $1,000.
Call 579-3100 or buy
& Garden Tours: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 9 and April
10, downtown Charleston. The Garden Club of Charleston offers
its 75th annual walking tour of private homes and gardens in the
Historic District. Homes also feature flowers arranged by garden
club members, and refreshments will be served in one of the gardens.
All proceeds benefit the garden club's year-round maintenance of
several public gardens, including those at the Manigault House,
the Heyward-Washington House, the Gateway Walk and the Healing Garden
at MUSC. Tickets: $35. Details: http://www.thegardenclubofcharleston.org
by Christo: 5:30 p.m. April 13, Memminger Auditorium,
56 Beaufain St., downtown. Internationally known artist Christo
will visit talk about his work in a slide presentation and lecture
sponsored by the Gibbes Museum of Art. Christo and his late wife,
Jeanne-Claude, have collaborated throughout the world on large-scale
art projects using fabric, including wrapping the Pont-Neuf bridge
in Paris, the 24½-mile-long Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin
counties in California, and The Gates in New York's Central Park.
Tickets (in advance only): $25 for museum members, $35 for nonmembers,
and $15 for students (with ID); available at the Gibbes Museum Store,
by calling 722-2706, ext. 22, or online
through April 6.
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