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Issue 2.48 | Thursday, April 29, 2010 | This must be the bird issue

Here's a little bit of a contest for you on a chilly Thursday morning: Who is memorialized in the statue above and where is it? The first person who answers both questions correctly will win adoption of their very own Rotary duck ($10 value). To learn more about the ducks, see Ann Thrash's column below today. Send your answers to: (Photo by Andy Brack)

:: A parable about hawks and doves


:: Ducking around for a good cause

:: Send us your thoughts

:: High five for fiber

:: Spoleto tickets, arts honor, more


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

___:: REVIEW: Send us your recommendations

___:: HISTORY: Quakers

___:: QUOTE: On virtue

___:: SPOTLIGHT: Meet an underwriter


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A parable of hawks and doves: Who's eating your lunch?

CEO, Strategic Marketing and Charleston PR
Special to

APRIL 29, 2010 -- In the world of nature everything is about opportunity. This truth was apparent the other day when we heard a thump on the roof of our office. As I looked out of the window, a red-tailed hawk rolled off the roof with a mourning dove in his talons. They rolled around in the underbrush and then the hawk took flight to the cover of a low-growing live oak. There he perched to feast on his meal of opportunity: the mourning dove.


Many reading this will think the hawk cruel for devouring the dove, and some might wish for the demise of the hawk. From where I sit, I think this is a lesson in seizing opportunity.

As a small-business owner, how hungry are you? If you are hungry, how do you find your next project? Do you do as the hawk and fly across your territory, watching for the slightest twitch or negligence? The truth is that the dove only became hawk food because he was not placing his attention where it needed to be: on being aware of what was happening around him. It's the same in business. If someone "eats our lunch" in business, it's because we may have been negligent one too many times.

Whether we are in an economic recession, depression or boom, being too satiated keeps us from being aware. Throughout nature, critters have a way to know when opportunity arrives. Spiders sense the filaments of their web twitching; fish feel the vibrations of the water moving as flies land on its surface. Animals have a territory that they diligently monitor, making it their business to know what happens in their territory.

We may not need to act on all the intelligence we gain, but it is our responsibility to know. And we must be prepared to respond to our intuition and the cues we gather from our intelligence.

Here are a few tips to keep the business hawks out of our dovecote:

  • Be vigilant to all opportunities."

  • Follow up on all leads.

  • Respond in a timely manner to inquiries.

  • Even when you don't think you need to, circulate.

  • Remain powerful; not only physically, but mentally. Knowing you are capable is half the way to gaining the opportunity.

  • Don't judge until you have all the information needed to make a decision.

Cheryl Smithem is the CEO of Strategic Marketing & Charleston PR, which provides marketing communications services to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Carolinas.

Paddling like crazy for some good causes in the Duck Race
By ANN THRASH, editor

APRIL 29, 2010 -- If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, quacks like a duck and falls off the Wando River bridge with 29,999 other ducks, then it must be a duck … that is, it must be a duck in the Charleston Duck Race.


It's a one-of-a-kind event that raises money for four worthy local causes while offering some mighty nice prizes, like cash and a cruise -- and, oh yeah, possibly a million bucks if anyone happens to adopts a particularly lucky duck in that flock of 30,000.

The race is coming up on June 12, and it's an event that's close to our hearts at because Publisher Andy Brack and I have a little rivalry about it. We belong to two of the five local Rotary Clubs that are sponsoring the race, and we're in a little race of our own: to see which of us can sponsor the most duck adoptions through (See the box with this column and choose up sides.)

Here's how the duck race works: On June 12, part of the Mark Clark Expressway will close down, and a huge tractor-trailer truck with 30,000 little yellow rubber ducks inside will lumber into position on the bridge over the Wando River. On the bottom of each duck will be a number that corresponds to a person who "adopted" a duck.

The truck will dump all the ducks off the bridge and into the Wando, and they'll float down the river as fast as the current carries them toward the finish line, which will be set up at Daniel Island Waterfront Park. (A really big floating boom is used as the outlines of a racecourse, keeping the ducks within a broad but contained area so they don't float off and pollute the waterways.)


To adopt a duck in the Charleston Duck Race and have a chance to win part of $30,000 in cash and prizes -- and maybe $1 million -- go to this Web site. Then complete these steps:

  • Click on the registration link and fill out the online form to adopt a duck of your own.

  • In the drop-down menu beside "Name of Rotary Club," select "East Cooper Breakfast" for Ann or "Rotary Club of Charleston" for Andy.

  • Then fill in Ann's or Andy's name as the "Rotarian to Be Credited."

The first 30 ducks across the finish line win cash or other prizes for the person who adopted them: $15,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, a cruise for third place, and so on down the line. And one of those ducks might win a cool $1 million for the person who adopts it. Before the race, a number is randomly selected by an agency called OddsOn Promotions, and it's sealed away securely. If the duck bearing that number is one of the first ten across the finish line, then the person who adopted that duck wins the million bucks.

The Rotary Club of Daniel is the presenting club, and four other local clubs are helping sponsor the race- - the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club (my club), the Rotary Club of Charleston (Andy's club), Summerville Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of North Charleston-Breakfast.

It costs $10 to adopt a duck, and the money raised goes to four local nonprofits -- East Cooper Meals on Wheels, My Sister's House, East Cooper Community Outreach and Windwood Farm Home for Children - as well as for Rotary programs.

The Duck Race is crazy and exciting. You don't have to be present to win, but there's a very fun festival to enjoy out at the park on the day of the race, with food, music, jump castles, face painting and more general merriment. It's the kind of day the Lowcountry loves -- enjoying the outdoors with friends and families while supporting local agencies that make life here better for all of us.

Ann Thrash is editor of CharlestonCurrents. She can be reached at

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Rural Mission

The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring CharlestonCurrents to you at no cost. This issue's featured nonprofit partner is Rural Mission on John's Island. The organization is many things to man people: a hand up in times of crisis and need … a mission, service and faith volunteer experience for the young and older … a caregiver and advocate for young migrant children and a support system for migrant families … a provider of a warm, comfortable home in winter and … a greatly appreciated giver of desperately needed home repairs to make low income homes safe, healthy and decent. For all, Rural Mission is a source of hope for low- and very low-income residents, the elderly and families living in the rural underserved Sea Islands of Charleston County, from Johns Island to Wadmalaw to Edisto and Yonges Islands. To learn more about this extraordinary organization, visit Rural Mission online. To talk to someone about giving your time or money to help, phone: 843.768-1720.

Local residents can get deals on Spoleto tickets on Saturday

If you're a resident of the Lowcountry, May 1 is your chance to get a great deal on Spoleto Festival tickets. Saturday's one-day-only opportunity allows residents to get reduced prices on selected Spoleto Festival USA events.

The reduced-price tickets will be available at the Spoleto Festival box office at Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St., from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and additional promotions will be available between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The complete list of specially priced performances will be posted on May 1 and will include "Giselle," "Present Laughter," Wachovia Jazz concerts and more.

The festival will take place May 28 through June 13. For details or a schedule of performances, go to or call 579-3100.

Local residents honored by Verizon for volunteer work

Six employees of the Verizon Wireless Charleston Call Center were honored by the company - and earned some cash for their favorite causes - last week during National Volunteer Week.

The company recognized the employees for their volunteer work during 2009, when they volunteered nearly 400 hours of their time. Employees can track their hours online, and if they volunteer at least 50 hours for a nonprofit of their choice, they earn a $750 grant (up to two grants a year) for that organization through the Verizon Foundation. The employees and their organizations were:

  • Lorne Shumak - $750 grant for Boy Scouts of America, $750 grant for Wassamasaw Tribe of Varnertown Indians.
  • Suzanne Weller - $750 grant for Alliance for Full Acceptance.
  • Catherine Yu - $750 grant for John Ancrum Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Charleston Animal Society).
  • Angela Christian - $750 grant for Charleston Orphan House.
  • Monica Woods - $750 grant for Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina.
  • Erin Leininger - $750 grant for American Lung Association of South Carolina.

CBT choreographer Bahr appointed to NEA Dance Panel

Charleston Ballet Theatre Resident Choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr has been appointed to the Dance Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. Doug Sonntag, staff head of the Dance Panel for the NEA, recommended Bahr based on her national reputation as a choreographer and dance advocate, according to a release from the CBT.


As a member of the panel, Bahr will travel to the nation's capital in June for a week filled with daily reviews of applications from hundreds of arts groups throughout the nation. The panel will review the material and make recommendations to NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman about which projects should receive NEA funding.

Bahr has been the CBT's resident choreographer since its inception as a professional dance company in 1987. She is a recipient of the Elizabeth Verner Award, the state's highest honor for artistic excellence, and is a two-time winner of the S.C. Arts Commission's Choreography Fellowship. She also has twice been awarded the NEA Choreography Fellowship, is a two-time winner of the William Habich Choreography Award, and a four-time winner of the Monticello Choreography Award.

City's first 'pirate treasure gallery' to open on King Street

Galleons Lost, a new gallery featuring investment and museum-quality pieces recovered from shipwrecks, will hold a grand opening reception at the store, 165 King St. downtown, during the May 7 French Quarter Art Walk. Rich Mutschler, an ethnographic art dealer, expedition leader and collector, says the store will offer authentic artifacts and rare objects from the spice routes to China dated back to the 16th and 17th centuries in a unique gallery setting.

"The treasure gallery offers investment and museum-quality sunken pirate treasure, including shipwreck coins, gold doubloons, pieces of eight, black pearls, gold treasure and jewelry, Spanish and Portuguese canons and armaments, and more," according to a press release.

Charleston has historic ties with piracy on the high seas, says Mutschler, noting that in 1718, the notorious Blackbeard blockaded the port here. Galleons Lost will feature the types of plunder the pirate would have sought on the Spanish Main, he says, adding that today treasures from Spanish, British, Dutch and Portuguese vessels are being recovered from shipwrecks beneath the waters of Southeast Asia.

The grand opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 7. To learn more about the store, go to or call 577-3875.

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.


The Society of Friends (more commonly known as the Quakers) experienced a fragmented history in South Carolina. This was due in large part to the isolation they faced living as antislavery pacifists in a slave economy and their distance geographically from more prominent Quaker settlements in the North. … Founded in England in 1652, the Religious Society of Friends emphasized a personal religious experience and the presence of God in every individual, which encouraged a belief in the equality of all regardless of sex, race, or economic status. ...

Quakerism came to South Carolina in the 1670s, and a meeting, the organizational unit of the Society of Friends, was established in Charleston by 1682. John Archdale, Quaker governor of Carolina from 1695 to 1696, promoted religious toleration and peace with the Native Americans. However, Friends' involvement in and influence on South Carolina politics came to an end with oath requirements for officeholders. Quakers testified against the taking of oaths due to their belief, based on the teachings of Jesus, that individuals should be truthful in all matters and affirm rather than swear to an oath.

Charleston Friends held ties to London and Philadelphia Yearly Meetings and remained separate from the other South Carolina Quaker settlements, which were affiliated with North Carolina Yearly Meeting. … The Quaker population in South Carolina peaked by 1800, and suffered dramatic decline due to out-migration to slave-free Ohio. By 1822 only a weak Charleston Meeting remained, and it too ceased to exist by the time of the Civil War. Except for some northern Quaker women caring for newly freed slaves during the Reconstruction period, South Carolina was without a Quaker presence for more than one hundred years.

Beginning with Columbia Meeting in 1967, several small worship groups formed in South Carolina during the late twentieth century. By 2003 there were an estimated eighty-five meeting members and regular attendees. South Carolina Friends have met annually since 1999 for the Palmetto Friends Gathering. Three of the seven small meetings are affiliated with the Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting, and all practice the distinctive silent worship traditionally associated with Quakers.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Gwendolyn Gosney Erickson. 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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High five for fiber

Do you get enough fiber in your diet? Chances are the answer is no. Most folks get only one-third to one-half of recommended daily amounts (which for women are 21-25 grams and for men are 30-38 grams- the lower amounts are for people over 50). What does fiber do besides helping with digestion?


Charleston registered dietitian Joanne Milkereit says fiber also helps lower bad (LDL) cholesterol and contributes to blood sugar control. "Choosing foods that still have their natural fiber also gives you more of the vitamins and minerals these foods were born with," she says. Here are Joanne's five tips for boosting fiber:

1. Start you day with a high-fiber (5 grams or more) cereal. Top it with fruit. Strawberries are one of the best fruits for fiber (and local strawberries are in season right now).

2. Read ingredient lists. Breads, cereals and other whole grain foods will list a whole grain first under "Ingredients." Comparing "dietary fiber" amounts on the Nutrition Facts labels is also helpful.

3. Eat more beans, such as garbanzos, pintos and black beans. Soak, cook and freeze batches of beans. Thawed beans can be added pasta sauces, salads and rice dishes. Roll some up in a tortilla; top with salsa for a quick lunch or snack.

4. Eat whole fruits. Fresh is best, but frozen and canned retain all their fiber. On the other hand, fruit juices have nearly no fiber.

5. Store canned beans on your kitchen shelf. Canned beans have all the fiber of those you cook yourself. Though more convenient, they do cost more and have less flavor than those you cook.

On virtue

"To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness."

-- Confucius, Chinese philosopher and reformer (551 B.C. - 479 B.C.)


Double Dig: April 28 through May 1, downtown Charleston parks. Sponsored by the Charleston Parks Conservancy, the Double Dig offers five volunteer opportunities in which local residents can pitch in to help spruce up local parks while getting gardening tips and tricks from experts. Dates and locations are: April 28, 9 a.m. to noon, Chapel Street Fountain Park, and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Elliotborough Park; April 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hazel Parker Playground; April 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cannon Park; and May 1, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Windermere Community Garden. Bring your own gloves, bucket and pruners. For questions or to sign up, contact Paul Wentz, 724-5003 or by email.

'Take it to the Street': 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. April 29, in front of the Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. Preview party for the new exhibit "Modern Masters from the Ferguson Collection" includes live entertainment, an open bar, and creative "street food" crafted by the chefs from some of Charleston's best restaurants. Tickets: $75 museum members, $100 nonmembers; buy online here.

"A Class Act": Various days and times, April 30 through May 16, Footlight Players Theater, 20 Queen St. The Footlight Players show focuses on the heartwarming and inspiring tale of lyricist Edward Kleban, who's responsible for the music and lyrics from "A Chorus Line." Tickets: $30 adults, $25 seniors, $15 students. Call the box office at 722-4487 or go online here.

(NEW) Stand Against Racism: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30, YWCA, 106 Coming St., downtown. The YWCA of Greater Charleston is sponsoring the Stand Against Racism event to raise awareness and to celebrate different cultures within the Charleston community. The event is free and open to the community, and is part of a national YWCA initiative, with similar events taking place across the nation that day. There will be speakers, Bollywood dancing, a poetry slam performance, music, henna tattooing, food and videos.

Preservation Tech Tour: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. May 1 (and the first Saturday each month), Drayton Hall, Ashley River Road. The new Preservation Tech Tour program offers those interested in architecture, history and preservation a better understanding of the technical aspects of the site's design, construction and preservation. Participants get a behind-the-scenes exploration of the house, including areas normally closed to visitors. Cost: $25 per person, $20 for Friends of Drayton Hall; light breakfast included. Reservations (required): Natalie Baker, 769-2638 or

Run Forrest Run 5K: 5 p.m. May 1, Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. The seventh annual run, which benefits the MUSC Storm Eye Institute, is a fun, family-oriented race that starts in front of The Joe and ends at home plate, where runners are greeted by RiverDogs players. The course is TAC certified and features split times at each mile marker, as well as a water station at the halfway point. Registration: $30; includes a T-shirt while supplies last. To register, learn more or buy tickets to the RiverDogs-Crawdads game that follows the run, go to this Web site or phone: 723-7241

Chefs' Pot Luck: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 2, Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road. Third annual celebration will feature food from some of Charleston's top chefs preparing dishes using local ingredients from area farmers and fishermen. Restaurants include Alluette's Café, Blossoms, BBQ Joint, Clammer Dave's Sustainable Seafood, Closed for Business, Coast Bar and Grill, Cru Café, Cypress, Duvall Events and Catering, Fish, Glass Onion, Maverick Southern Kitchens and Middleton Place. Live music from Elise Testone and Friends, beer from Coast and Palmetto breweries, wine, ice cream, handmade chocolates, silent auction and a farmer's market tent as well. Sponsored by Lowcountry Local First. Tickets: $45 LLF members, $50 nonmembers; available online here.


(NEW) Blues by the Sea: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 8, Freshfields Village. Free performances by popular blues artists, including Bobby Parker & the Blues Night Band, the Shane Pruitt Band and Skyla Burrell Blues Band. Freshfields Village is located between the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns islands. Directions/more info.

Yacht Affair: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 16, Charleston City Marina, 17 Lockwood Drive. Benefit for Communities In Schools (dropout prevention programs) features tours of exclusive yachts, a silent auction, entertainment and food by some top local chefs. Tickets: before May 10, $85 per person or $150 per couple; at the door, $95 per person or $170 per couple. To purchase: 740-6793 or go online here.


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
McFaddlin: Health benefits
5/27: Ledbetter: Senior riders
5/24: Myers: Microloan's impact
Gadson: Rural Mission's needs
5/17: Bender: Bocce bashing
DeMarco: Homeless help
Spencer: Ending violence
5/6: Westmeyer: Fish to buy
Maas: Spoleto tips


7/1: Lots to do on 4th
Ways to nab skeeters
Dump the Pump, more
Lots to do locally
Dancin' for dollars
Locals' 15 minutes
Strawberry season
New for foodies
Poll managing
Adopt a Duck
Indelible ink
Grab-bag of items
In jingle semifinals
Blues and birds
Recalling "The Charleston"
East Cooper hospital
Green mowers
Get outdoors
Local guide book for kids
Reviewing Jenny's book
MSNBC looks at success
Tell Mt. Pleasant
Winter plant tips
New books


6/28: Impatient electorate
Haley's thin record
Daddy-daughter trip
Gulf spill report
New SC poll flummoxes
BBQ should be state meat
Advice to new grads
Bad Spoleto poster
First District candidates
Don't veto cigarette tax
Great weekend of fun
Remembering Civil War
Be counted in Census
SC economy is recovering
Meeting Turkish neighbors
Clyburn whips up support
The Wreck rec
Cut all of the cuts
A look at summer camps
School district Einsteins
About mules
Bauer should get out
Gibbs at White House
Friend's new show
Rockwell painting
Palmetto Priorities
Piggly Wiggly visit


4/22: Green Wizard, more
Encouraging biz signs
Biz fair, CED venture
Lowcountry tech hub
Advice on working with Boeing
1/21: Co-working group
1/7: Free library text questions


7/1: Keeping cool
LinkedIn tips
Be an Angel
CFW finances
Pirate facts
Gadsden Flag
Butterfly tips
1773 awards
Good reads
5 Southern artists
Local jazz legends
Piccolo for kids
Pats on back
5/17: Tea tips
Myth detector
5/6: Cooking with Mom
Turtle tales

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