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Issue 2.27 | Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 | Turn up the heat


COUNT 'EM:
We in the Lowcountry should count our lucky stars that our vehicles aren't sitting under a foot or two of snow as these are near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Forecasters say we might get a trace of snow on Saturday, but nothing like the 50+ inches that have socked Washington this winter. (Photo by Kitty Barksdale.)


TODAY'S FOCUS
:: Patriots Point needs a few good items

CURRENTS

:: Sanford book has view for all

FEEDBACK
:: Why bustin' on fat tourists?

THE LIST
:: Five Prohibition-era cocktails

GOOD NEWS
:: Painting, Haiti and Trident Tech's food

ALSO INSIDE

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

___:: REVIEW: Send us your recommendations

___:: HISTORY: Samuel A. Maverick

___:: QUOTE: Gandhi on press

___:: SPOTLIGHT: Meet an underwriter


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TODAY'S FOCUS
Patriots Point needs items to show 'We LOVE Our Military'

By NICK TOMPKINS
Communications manager, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com

FEB. 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.


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"It's 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 this opportunity."

Donating is simple - just bring any number of items from a pre-approved list to one of the four drop-off locations around town:

  • American Red Cross Donation Center, 200 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., West Ashley;
  • American Red Cross Donation Center, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant;
  • The Ship Store at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum;
  • Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum's Visitor's Parking Lot Gate House.

Approved 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 here.

Patriots 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.

Monetary 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.

Giving 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.

CURRENTS
'Staying True': Whatever your view of the Sanfords, it's in there
By 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.


Thrash

Most 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.

The most common question people have asked me about the book is, "What did you think?" Here are a couple of observations.

Opinions 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 a divorce.

Frankly, 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.

The 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?

Having 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.

Most 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.

Political 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).

Ultimately, 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.

If you've got thoughts on the book or want to send us a review of your own, we welcome your comments, whether pro or con. E-mail us (editor@charlestoncurrents.com) and tell us what you think.

Big 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 the latest.

Ann Thrash, editor of CharlestonCurrents.com, can be reached at: editor@charlestoncurrents.com.

FEEDBACK
'Overweight tourists' worth their weight in gold to Lowcountry

To the editor:

Really 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.

All 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

Have a comment or want to vent? If you have something to say about leadership in South Carolina, the state of baseball today, good barbecue or something about your community's government, drop us a line to: editor@charlestoncurrents.com. Please send no more than 200 words and include contact information (phone number, hometown) so we can get in touch with you.

SPOTLIGHT
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GOOD NEWS
Painting a real find for 12-year-old art fan and the Gibbes

A 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)

In 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.

In 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.

Although 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 The Citadel)

Citadel cadets, staff donate more than $2,000 for Haiti relief

Members 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.

Along 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.

In total, members of The Citadel family have raised $2,088 to help the people of Haiti.

Culinary Institute cafés open for lunch again during spring

Two 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 Paul Cheney)

The 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.

Among 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.

The 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.

Reservations 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 181palmer@tridenttech.edu or use Open Table to reserve a table online.

RECOMMENDED
Send us your reviews

HAVE A REVIEW? If you have a review or recommendation 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.

SC ENCYCLOPEDIA
Samuel Augustus Maverick (1803-1870)

A 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.

Arriving 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.

Maverick's 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.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Brian Nance. 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.) 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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THE LIST
Prohibition-era cocktails

Beginning today, 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.

  • Blood & Sand: Dewar's Scotch Whisky, sweet vermouth and brandied cherry juice.

  • See-Through Sangria: Fresh fruit, brandy, rum and white wine.

  • Clover Club: Plymouth English Gin, Pama pomegranate juice and lemon.

  • McCrady's Manhattan: Old Overholt Rye, house-made black currant bitters and brandied cherries.

  • Pimm's Cup: Pimm's No. 1, fresh lime, ginger ale and cucumber.

QUOTE
On the press

"I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers."

- Mahatma Gandhi, Indian spiritual and political leader (1869-1948)

CALENDAR: THIS WEEK

Women 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: Online.

An 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 or 723-1748.

Birds 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.

"Masterpieces 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 online here.

SEWE 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 or 723-1748.

CALENDAR: ONGOING AND SOON

Third 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 or 821-7260.

(NEW) City's "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 public. More info.

(NEW) Sustainable 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 info.

ABWA 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 tickets online.

Arts 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 727-1216.

(NEW) 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.

Winter 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. Registration here.

Amuse 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 mcoombes@lcfbank.org.

(NEW) 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.

(NEW) "Whistler's 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. Buy online, at the museum store or by calling 722-2706, ext. 18.

Dock 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 online.

House & 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 or 530-5164.

Talk 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.

FOCUS ARCHIVES

7/1: Shaffer: Picky Eaters Group
6/28: Bender: Fishy Fourth
6/24: Belden: Society 1858
6/21: Stevenson: Summer reading
6/17: Handel: On Jim Fisher
6/14: Reeves: Summer dress
6/10:Martin: Garden tips
6/7: Dubrofsky: Green homes
6/3: McCutcheon: Young pros
5/31:
McFaddlin: Health benefits
5/27: Ledbetter: Senior riders
5/24: Myers: Microloan's impact
5/20:
Gadson: Rural Mission's needs
5/17: Bender: Bocce bashing
5/13:
DeMarco: Homeless help
5/10:
Spencer: Ending violence
5/6: Westmeyer: Fish to buy
5/3:
Maas: Spoleto tips

THRASH ARCHIVES

3/4: Green mowers
2/25:
Get outdoors
2/18:
Local guide book for kids
2/11:
Reviewing Jenny's book
2/4:
MSNBC looks at success
1/21:
Tell Mt. Pleasant
1/14:
Winter plant tips
1/7:
New books

BRACK ARCHIVES

3/1: Cut all of the cuts
2/22:
A look at summer camps
2/15:
School district Einsteins
2/8:
About mules
2/1:
Bauer should get out
1/28:
Gibbs at White House
1/25:
Friend's new show
1/18:
Rockwell painting
1/11:
Palmetto Priorities
1/4/10:
Piggly Wiggly visit

BUSINESS INDIGO

2/4: Advice on working with Boeing
1/21: Co-working group
1/7: Free library text questions

LIST ARCHIVES

3/4: Tickets still left
3/1:
Eat & Run
2/25:
RiverDogs' auction
2/22:
Recycling bins
2/18:
Designer data
2/15:
SC Olympians
2/11:
Prohibition cocktails
2/8:
Tops for Charleston
2/4:
Sweet treats
2/1:
Free at SEWE
1/28:
Artists' gift
1/25:
Sharks at Aquarium
1/21:
Church turns 100
1/18:
3 helping Haiti
1/14:
Civil War lectures
1/11:
5 for King Day
1/7:
New at SEWE
1/4/10:
Staying warm

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