Lowcountry joins the world with a Twestival of its own
By TINA ARNOLDI
Coastal Community Foundation
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
22, 2010 -- What is the Charleston
Twestival? Twitter users probably made the connection immediately
between the words "Twitter" and "festival,"
but you don't need to be on Twitter to enjoy this upcoming worldwide
event on March 25.
differentiates this from a regular festival is simply the use of
social media to bring people offline and connect in person to support
a worthwhile organization. Twitter is a tool used to promote the
event among Twitter users, but ultimately it is about bringing communities
together on the same day for the same cause. There is real power
in having multiple cities around the world with events on one day.
one year ago, Twestival used the power of Twitter to raise more
than $250,000 for safe and clean drinking water! It only took a
few short weeks for almost 1,000 people to host events in more than
200 cities worldwide.
have been widely successful in other cities, and now the first Charleston
Twestival is in the works. The focus this year is Concern, which
is a global education program focused on the world's poorest nations.
It builds schools, trains teachers and can send a child to school
for a year for only $28. In the fiscal year 2008, 94.4 percent of
its expenditures were spent directly on program activities. Concern's
mission is "to help people living in extreme poverty achieve
major improvements in their lives that last and spread without ongoing
support from Concern." And, as with past Twestivals, all of
the money raised will go directly to Concern. To learn more about
this organization, please take the time to visit
its Web site or follow it on Twitter: @concern.
Charleston Twestival is for everyone, and we are excited that Rebekah
Jacob Gallery in the Antiques District of Lower King has decided
to be one of the event hosts starting at 5:30 p.m. (Be sure to say
thanks by following her Twitter account, which is @RebekahJacob
or visiting the
Web site). To keep the event dynamic and encourage people to
move around through the evening, we are looking at an additional
venue nearby which will be confirmed soon. Throughout the day, other
community activities are being planned to engage every interest
the night of the event, your $15 donation will get you in to the
event, and it is great to know that 100% of ticket sales will go
directly to Concern Worldwide. Other than buying a ticket, how else
can you help? Sponsors are so important because a portion of their
gifts help cover any costs for putting on the event. Sponsorships
are still being accepted and are extremely affordable with different
levels available. We are thrilled that Blackbaud has already signed
on as a sponsor. Thanks, Blackbaud! Volunteers are also needed to
help during the night of the event and simply to spread the word
throughout your network.
stay posted on the Charleston Twestival happenings, sign up as a
volunteer, or to become a sponsor, please visit
online. You can buy
your ticket by clicking here. And, of course, you tweeters know
you can follow @chstwestival.
Will you join us on March 25 when we bring people together for a
great time and fund-raise as much as possible for a worthy case?
Arnoldi is the information technology officer for the Coastal Community
turning to wild, wonderful summer camps
ANDY BRACK, publisher
22, 2010 - On the heels of the Great Snow of 2010, the hint of spring
in the air over the weekend turned our thoughts to summer.
turn, we wondered what kind of activities we'd offer to our children
in the season of Lowcountry heat.
always, there are a lot of things kids can do besides watching TV
or playing outside: swim teams, Vacation Bible Schools, school-based
camps, baseball, hiking, camping and more. Fortunately, the elves
of summer are busy at work planning a lot of organized options around
Parent magazine is trying to make parents' summer camp search easier
by sponsoring a four-hour camp and education fair on March 7 at
Tanger Outlets in North Charleston.
parents have to spend hours and hours - or even weeks - researching
camps and schools for their child to attend," says Doug Kifer,
advertising sales manager of Lowcountry Parent. "At our camp
and education fair, parents can come get detailed information all
in one place." Learn
are some options to consider now:
College 2010: Trident Technical College offers 10 pages of
camps in its Kids' College 2010 program for youths from age 7
to 16 on its main and Berkeley campuses. The plethora of options
for week-long camps that start June 7 is mind-boggling: Pastry
boot camp, computer programming, chess camp, Southern cooking,
robots, "mathletes," photography, creating your own
comics, flight simulation and book camp. Some fun-sounding sessions
based on their titles: "Computer Forensics," "CSI
Trident," and "Neuropalooza" - a week-long exploration
for junior scientists of how the brain works. Camps run June 7
through Aug. 6. Learn more: http://www.tridenttech.edu/ce.htm
Camps: The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission
offers several camps for kids age 6 to 16. Explorers Day Camp,
for 6- to 9-year olds, gives children a chance to explore the
natural world of the Lowcountry, do arts and crafts and play games.
Adventure Camp for 10- to 12-year olds highlights recreational
activities like canoeing, biking, kayaking and more. For children
10- to 16-years old, there are also sailing camps and a junior
lifeguard program. Camps run at various times starting June 7.
Learn more: http://www.ccprc.com/index.aspx?NID=188
camps. Young artists can get their ya-yas going at three types
of art camps offered by the Gibbes Museum: "In the Forest,"
an art-making journey of the world of forests; "Go Global,"
a week of developing exciting art projects from around the world;
and "Art Story," a week of developing stories and using
imaginations. Camps are in the mornings starting June 7 for children
from age 4 to 12. Learn more: www.gibbesmuseum.org
camps. The Charleston Museum offers nature camps at the Dill
Sanctuary from June 7 to July 10 for kids age 5 to 10 where they
can learn about marsh life, animals and archaeology. An indoor
camp at the museum has two weeklong sessions starting July 26
that includes history, ancient Egypt, pirates, dinosaurs and more.
Learn more: www.CharlestonMuseum.org.
lots to do in the summers. Help your kids make the most of this
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staff safety must come first in inclement weather
if people understood that Charleston County is 70 miles of coastline
and varying distances inland, they could try to grasp the responsibility
of the Charleston County School District when making such decisions
(about closing schools early in anticipation of snow). They are
obligated to take weather advisories seriously because many buses
-- no seatbelts, outdated equipment - run until well after 6 p.m.,
many employees -- teachers, support staff, janitorial services -
do not leave work until late in the evening, and there are hundreds
of after-school and evening activities which entail teenage drivers
on icy roads. It isn't just about "Yay, the students get out
of school early." There are tens of thousands of students,
teachers and support staff that have to travel across hundreds of
bridges and viaducts on their way home in the afternoon. Safety
for all must come first over the inconvenience it causes some parents.
Ginger Johnson Sottile, Isle of Palms, SC
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one of four pilot sites for Green Office Challenge
is one of four pilot communities nationwide that will have a Green
Office Challenge, an innovative program that engages property managers
and office tenants in a friendly competition to save money and reduce
energy use in their buildings, as well as to reduce waste, save
water, and reach other environmental goals.
program will launch in the fall. To set up the challenge, city of
Charleston staff will receive guidance and technical support from
ICLEI, which developed the Green Office Challenge in collaboration
with the city of Chicago in 2009. ICLEI, formerly the International
Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, is now officially called
ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. Because of the Green
Challenge's success and popularity in Chicago, ICLEI is expanding
it to four pilot communities: Charleston; Nashville, Tenn.; Arlington
County, Va.; and San Diego, Calif.
of local businesses have already expressed interest in the Green
Office Challenge, and groups such as the Sustainability Institute,
Lowcountry Local First, and the Charleston Chamber of Commerce will
play important roles in the development and promotion of the program,
city officials said.
launched this fall, Charleston's Green Office Challenge hopes to
engage at least 60 businesses each year who will receive support
and training to monitor and reduce their energy and resource use.
To learn more about how the Green Office Challenge works, contact
ICLEI's communications officer or visit the ICLEI
USA Web site.
to hold tryouts for national anthem performers
Charleston RiverDogs are offering folks in the Lowcountry the chance
to perform the national anthem at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park during
the coming baseball season. Vocalists or those who play musical
instruments are welcome to step up to the plate during tryouts from
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 9 at The Joe. If bad weather forces the tryouts
to be postponed, the rain date will be March 15.
RiverDogs have 70 home games during the 2010 season, which begins
April 8 when the Lexington Legends come to town for a 7:05 p.m.
first pitch. For additional information on the auditions, call Jamie
Ballentine at 723-7241.
Gym to offer
scholarships for students who focus on fitness
Fitness on Sullivan's Island is offering three scholarships of $500
each to college students or high school seniors who are dedicated
to fitness - their own or others'. Students in Charleston, Berkeley
and Dorchester counties are eligible. Gym owner Meredith Nelson
says this is the third or fourth year that PrimeTime has given the
the requirements for students is an essay on the subject "The
Role of Physical Fitness in My Life," which should include
how physical fitness has had an impact on the student's life, how
the student tries to encourage a fit community, the student's inspiration
for staying active, and how he or she plans to keep up a healthy
lifestyle despite the demands of college.
must regularly take part in health and fitness activities. Playing
intramural sports, coaching a youth recreational team, participating
in high school or college team sports, or belonging to a fitness
center all count toward that requirement.
1 is the deadline to apply for the scholarships. For more information
or a full list of requirements, contact Nelson by e-mail at email@example.com
or by calling 883-0101.
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Watson, named for Colonel John Watson, was one of a series of British
supply depots between Charleston and Camden during the Revolutionary
War. The fort was located at Wright's Bluff overlooking Scott's
Lake and was constructed between late December 1780 and the end
of January 1781. Scott's Lake has since been inundated by Lake Marion,
and the fort site is protected by the Santee National Wildlife Refuge.
British constructed the formidable stockaded post on top of an ancient
Indian mound, surrounding it with three rows of sharpened tree trunks
and branches called abatis. On April 15, 1781, the Americans under
the command of Francis Marion and Henry Lee invested the fort and
began a siege that lasted eight days and ended with its capture.
The fort's garrison included seventy-eight regular British soldiers
and thirty-six Loyalists under the command of Lieutenant James McKay.
With the strong garrison, the abatis, and the cleared land around
the fort, Marion and Lee realized that a frontal assault to take
the fort would be too costly. At the suggestion of Major Hezekiah
Maham, the Americans constructed a log tower near the fort. This
allowed riflemen to fire into the fort and protected an assault
party that pulled away the abatis, forcing the British to surrender.
The fort was destroyed.
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Many of us
take curbside recycling for granted, but not every neighborhood
in Charleston County has it. Beginning this week, though, seven
more neighborhoods will, and they're all west of the Ashley. As
part of a systematic plan to address "doughnut holes"
in service areas, Charleston County's Environmental Management Department
has added curbside pickup in the following neighborhoods beginning
Feb. 24. These neighborhoods have about 525 occupied residences,
bringing the total number of county homes with curbside service
make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other
people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested
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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
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
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.
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
this Web site.
ONGOING AND SOON
Politics: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 3 and 1:45 p.m.
to 3:30 p.m. March 5, The Citadel. Author and former Alabama
congressman Glen Browder will speak on race and Southern politics.
The March 3 event is an author presentation and book signing; Browder
is the author of "Stealth Reconstruction: An Untold Story of
Racial Politics in Recent Southern History" and "The South's
New Racial Politics." The March 5 event is a panel discussion
during the Symposium on Southern Politics, an examination of the
2008 elections. More
Stew Festival: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 7, Magnolia Plantation
and Gardens. Lowcountry Animal Rescue sponsors the festival, which
includes a silent auction, prizes, a pet fashion show, dog training
and grooming demos and more. Tickets include hors d'oeuvres, Frogmore
stew and desserts along with admission to the plantation and gardens.
Cost: adults $17 ($20 at the gate); $10 for ages 6-12; $5 for ages
3-5; free for age 3 and under. Well-behaved, leashed pets get in
free. Buy tickets at local All is Well locations (Summerville, Mount
Pleasant, West Ashley, James Island) or by calling 343-8063.
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.
Stampede: 10 a.m. March 13, Houston Northcutt Boulevard,
Mount Pleasant. An offbeat 100-yard dash in which contestants must
wear 3-inch heels (both male and female). The top male and female
finishers get $5,000 from Gwynn's of Mount Pleasant, and Charleston
Magazine will give $1,000 to the runner with the best costume. Post-race
food and entertainment offered in the Whole Foods parking lot. Proceeds
from the run benefit MUSC Children's Hospital. Race fee: $30. Entry
for the Parks: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 13, Ashley Avenue
overlooking Colonial Lake, downtown. "Amusement on the Avenue,"
sponsored by the Charleston Parks Conservancy, will feature live
music from the Flatt City bluegrass band, the Plainfield Project
and DJ Trailmix along with roller skaters, breakdancers, jugglers
and hip hop dancers. Food provided by Oak, Muse, the Bagel Shop,
Queen Street Grocery, Taco Boy, Closed for Business and La Fourchette;
there will also be a cappuccino bar by Royal Cup and a tasting for
a new vodka from Firefly. Event is open only to those age 21 or
older. Tickets: $55 in advance, $75 at the event. More
House Furniture Tours: 4 p.m. March 18 and March 19,
and 10 a.m. March 20, Heyward-Washington House, 87 Church
St. downtown. The Charleston Museum's Heyward-Washington House will
host furniture-focused tours with special information on the significant
18th-century English and Charleston-made furniture collection housed
there. Visitors can learn about Charleston cabinetmakers, locally
harvested and imported wood, and the influence of Thomas Chippendale.
Reservations not required. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children (free
for museum members). More info: 722-2996, ext. 235, or visit
Outlook Conference: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 24, Charleston
Area Convention Center. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's
annual Economic Outlook Conference will feature an 18- to 24-month
look ahead at the region's key economic sectors. Keynote speaker
is Matt Martin, senior vice president and Charlotte regional executive
for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Cost: $95 chamber members,
$150 nonmembers. Registration/more
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
Hat Ladies Easter Promenade: 11 a.m. April 3, Meeting
Street between Broad and South Battery, downtown. Members of the
Hat Ladies and their families will take their annual elegant stroll
down one of the city's most recognizable streets in honor of hat-wearing
traditions. Free. More
info online or call 762-6679.
Kiawah Art and House Tour: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 9,
Kiawah Island. The 10th annual tour, sponsored by the volunteer
group Gibbes, etc., benefits the Gibbes Museum of Art. Tour features
six homes that have distinctive art collections and dramatic views
of the salt marsh, creeks, ocean and woodlands. Tickets: $55 per
person (includes tour, light refreshments throughout the afternoon
at the Cassique clubhouse, and an admission pass to the Gibbes Museum
of Art valid through Dec. 30. Buy at the Gibbes Museum Store, online,
or by calling 722-2706, ext. 21.
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