Five kinds of seafood to feel good about buying (and eating)
By MEGAN WESTMEYER
Sustainable Seafood Initiative Coordinator
South Carolina Aquarium
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
6, 2010 -- Spring is in the air and seafood is rolling across docks
all over the country! After a long hard winter it is exciting to
have so many great options, but it can be very difficult for chefs
and consumers to make good environmental choices when selecting
seafood. After all, if you love seafood, you're bound to want to
eat fish in the future, too, thus sustainability should definitely
play a role in your decisions.
of South Carolina's chefs have turned to us, the South Carolina
Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Initiative, for advice (see this
list of our partner restaurants), but what's a consumer to do?
Here are the top five seafood items you can feel good about buying
anytime! You can also join us at Coast Bar & Grill on Thursday,
May 20, for an educational dinner featuring local seafood. Click
here for more info.
shrimp. South Carolina's shrimp season should be opening in
the next month or so. Shrimpers will initially catch large white
shrimp as they head offshore to reproduce; during the summer months
they will catch smaller brown shrimp. Local Charleston shrimpers
have successfully reduced bycatch of sea turtles and other fish
with modifications to their gear, and harvest their shrimp only
on resilient muddy and sandy seafloors. While many restaurants
do not serve local shrimp due to the natural size variation and
excess labor needed to peel and devein, it is very easy for consumers
to buy local shrimp directly from local shrimpers. Local shrimp
are easy to cook at home and also freeze very well. Visit http://www.scshrimpmkt.com
for a list of local docks and shrimpers that sell their catch
mollusks (clams, mussels or oysters). Mollusks are farm-raised
in their natural habitat and feed in the same way as wild mollusks:
filtering water. Because of this behavior, no supplementary food
is required, and farm-raised mollusks are still improving local
water quality. South Carolina has a large clam and oyster farming
and fishing industry and local products are easy to find. Most
mussels are imported from Maine and Canada, where they are sustainably
scallops. The vast majorities of sea scallops found on menus
and in grocery stores in the U.S. are harvested in New England
and the mid-Atlantic region. This once-depleted population has
rebounded to a very healthy level due to a rotational harvest
system. Scallop beds are opened and closed in succession, allowing
scallops to grow large and reproduce before being harvested. After
a bed is harvested, it is closed for another period of time to
let the population grow and reproduce once again. In addition,
many sensitive marine habitats are closed to scallop harvest completely,
and all scallop boats must carry a satellite tracking system to
ensure they do not fish in these protected areas.
(calamari). Squid grow quickly, reproduce early in life and
only live one year, making them very resilient to fishing pressure.
They are found over muddy and sandy bottoms and are harvested
with nets that have little contact with the sea floor. Most squid
worldwide is sustainable, especially that which is harvested in
the United States because of our very strict conservation regulations.
Wreckfish, a deepwater species similar to grouper and sea bass,
is found throughout the Atlantic Ocean. But in the U.S., it is
only caught off the coast of Charleston, near the Charleston Bump.
Harvest of wreckfish is limited to just a few boats that use hook
and line to snag this elusive fish. The wreckfish season opened
on April 16, so chefs and consumers should see it in the marketplace
be the most rewarding one-day job you ever do
ANN THRASH, editor
6, 2010 -- Voting has fascinated me ever since the first time I
cast a ballot at age 6. Of course, if you want to get technical
about it, it was actually my dad's ballot, and I was just helping
-- but even at that tender age, the whole process captivated me:
presenting the official registration card, signing in to vote, hearing
the curtain on the booth being pulled to a close behind us, pressing
the "Vote" button -- and getting a big smile from a kindly
poll manager who held the curtain to one side while an awestruck
kid walked into the voting booth holding her daddy's hand. How cool,
I thought, to be somebody who gets to help people vote!
was about 40 years ago, and the memory has come back to me every
time I've voted since -- and it's what finally inspired me in 2000
to volunteer as a poll manager myself. The memory came back again
this week when the nonpartisan Palmetto
Project announced a new effort to encourage people - especially
the younger generation -- to volunteer for the rewarding, important
work of being a poll manager.
probably noticed when you've voted that many poll managers tend
to be older folks. This is both good and bad. For example, when
I volunteered in 2000, I was the youngest poll manager in my precinct
by about two-and-a-half decades. It was comforting to know, especially
as a rookie, that the managers I was paired with had worked the
polls for years, knew the rulebook like the back of their hand and
could be a "voice of experience" if any questions arose.
But it also struck me that these civic-minded men and women were
approaching the time in their life when they might not be able to
work many more elections - and that a vast amount of knowledge and
experience would be going out the door with them.
Young Voters Initiative from the Palmetto Project is designed to
recruit "a new generation of poll managers to run future elections
in South Carolina," the agency says. The organization's immediate
goal is to have one-third of the state's poll workers in the 2012
presidential election be age 24 or younger.
requirements for being a manager are few (see the box with this
column), and you don't even have to be of voting age; state law
allows people as young as 16 to be employed and paid as poll managers.
Managers earn $120 for working on Election Day.
County Board of Elections and Voter Registration is currently
looking for poll managers to work at precincts around the
county during the primary elections on June 8. Managers' duties
include checking voters in, distributing ballots, activating
voting machines, ensuring compliance with election law and
procedures, and general voter assistance.
registered voters in Charleston County or an adjoining county
(Dorchester, Berkeley, Georgetown or Colleton). Although
not registered voters, students ages 16 and 17 may apply
able to attend a training session (two to three hours) and
pass a written certification test.
prepared to work all of Election Day, from 6:15 a.m. until
approximately 7:30 p.m.
nonpartisan and neutral when working an election.
here to download an application and employment verification
form. If you have questions, e-mail email@example.com
or call 974-6421.
integrity of elections depends solely on the willingness of competent,
trained citizens to step forward and run them," says Brady
Quirk-Garvan, who at age 23 is coordinating the Young Voters Initiative
for the Palmetto Project. "South Carolina's election system
is about as open and youth-friendly as any in the country. Since
younger voters represent the fastest-growing segment of the electorate,
it just makes sense that some of them would take this on as a form
of public service."
Palmetto Project has set up an
interactive Web site where prospective volunteers can get more
information, including referrals to their county election commissions,
which provide training for managers and assign volunteers to each
precinct. The Young Voters Initiative is also working with colleges
statewide to try to recruit and train 300 poll managers from among
the student ranks. Quirk-Garvan says a number of colleges and universities
offer academic credit to students who volunteer.
Election Commission officials report that younger poll managers
around the state have gotten consistently positive reviews from
more experienced managers. According to Garry Baum of the commission,
young poll managers tend to be energetic, enthusiastic and receptive
about working with emerging technologies in voting.
as a manager means putting in a long day - the polls are open from
7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and managers have to be there about an hour early
and stay a bit late - but it's a day you're not likely to forget.
Even if you don't get to show a starry-eyed kid into the voting
booth, it will still be one of those days that remind you how lucky
you are to live in the greatest country on the planet.
Thrash is editor of CharlestonCurrents. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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resident voted into top five in Folgers jingle contest
Lowers of Charleston, who was featured in an April
1 Charleston Currents column for her selection as one of 10
semifinalists in a nationwide Folger's Coffee jingle contest has
been voted one of five finalists in the contest, Folger's announced
will be heading to New York City to perform the song on June 3 in
front of a panel of judges, and if she wins, she'll pocket $25,000
and possibly have her song featured in a new Folger's commercial.
the "Best Part of Wakin' Up" jingle contest, short videos
from Amanda and nine others were posted online for the public to
vote on. Amanda came out in the top five, earning her the trip to
the Big Apple. The video shows the 26-year-old, who works at the
Apple store on King Street, playing a ukulele and sipping a cup
of Folger's on a cold morning on Folly Beach. She told Charleston
Currents last month that she had gotten the ukulele for Christmas
last year and really didn't have any musical experience to speak
and the other finalists will perform their jingles in front of "American
Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi and other panelists to see who wins
the grand prize. Click
here to see her video and those of the other finalists.
Heritage Celebration to take history to middle schools
school students on James Island will have a chance to learn more
about the history of their island today and Friday during
the Fifth Annual Island Heritage Celebration and a special photo
exhibit titled "James Island, A Place, A People, A History."
Organizers of the celebration say the event is one of the first
in Charleston County to offer a collaboration between the community
and the school system to teach local history.
The photo exhibit, which features a collection of ten photographs
of some of the island's most historic sites, will be presented at
James Island and Fort Johnson middle schools, accompanied by an
overview of the history of the island, the site of some of the most
important chapters in the state's history. Carol Leyh, a sixth-grade
reading teacher at James Island Middle, said, "The Island Heritage
Celebration and photo exhibit fits perfectly with the sixth-grade
reading curriculum and standards. This is an exciting way to end
the school year as students learn new information about the Lowcountry.
This year the students are working with our art teacher Tim Brown
and me on Lowcountry projects that will be on display. This is a
wonderful opportunity for our students and community to learn and
share with one another."
authors of books about the island's history will join the exhibit
for a gallery discussion with students and their teachers. The panel
of writers and their books are Margie W. Cleary, "Searching
for Lights"; Doug Bostick, "James Island a Brief History";
Eugene Frazier, "Stories from Slave Descendants"; and
Geordie Buxton, "Images of America - James Island, a History."
Frazier, a member of the Island Heritage Celebration board of directors,
said, "Younger James Islanders were not participating in this
celebration of the island's history, so we made changes. First,
we moved the event from June to May when the schools would be open
so we could take the celebration to the schools."
Kinlaw-Ross and a group of residents established the festival five
years ago, and it drew national media attention, attracting visitors
from as far away as California, Chicago and New York. "We are
absolutely excited about the new development in our mission to educate
people about James Island, especially our young people," she
said the program's next goal is to expand its collaboration with
all of the schools and continue the development of the James Island
History Trail, which was first marked in 2006 with the installation
of a historic marker commemorating the Civil War Battle of Sol Legare
Island, followed by another historic marker at W. Gresham Meggett
School in 2009. The goal of the History Trail is to interpret the
history of some of James Island's most historic sites and create
a "talking book" of history for future generations.
preservationist to spend night in local slave cabins
preservationist Joseph McGill will travel South Carolina to spend
the night in cabins once occupied by enslaved families at plantation
sites in Charleston, Anderson, Beaufort and Georgetown counties.
McGill, a program officer with the National Trust for Historic Preservation,
says his trip is intended to bring attention to efforts to save
these old dwellings because they are a significant part of the "built
environment" that tells the story of the African-American experience
in the Palmetto State.
will start his journey this weekend, spending Saturday night in
a cabin at Magnolia
Plantation and Gardens, where five cabins have been restored
to show what life was like for enslaved and free workers before
the Emancipation Proclamation and into the 20th century. In addition
to Magnolia, McGill also has permission from the owners of McLeod
Plantation on James Island, Hobcaw Barony in Georgetown and properties
in Anderson and Beaufort counties to spend nights in cabins there.
Tucker, Magnolia's director of African-American history and interpretation,
said, McGill's collaboration with Magnolia "suggests the positive
potential for rescuing these overlooked cultural treasures by highlighting
a bona-fide preservation success story at Magnolia. Five original
structures, dilapidated and in danger of collapse, were saved and
now serve as the cornerstone for ground-breaking educational programs."
2000, McGill spent the night in a cabin at Boone Hall Plantation
as part of a documentary that aired on the History Channel.
travel to slave cabins around the state is not an official part
of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, but the Trust supports
his project to bring attention to these endangered structures, particularly
the lesser-known cabins, he said. He also has support from the S.C.
Department of Archives and History that will assist him in finding
cabins that he might not be aware of.
will videotape and photograph his experiences and keep a journal
of his observations.
honors School of the Arts teacher, local philanthropists
Cimballa, an art teacher for seventh, ninth and 10th grades at the
Charleston County School of the Arts, won the 2010 Art Educator
Award and a $1,000 cash prize from the Gibbes Museum of Art earlier
this week. The award, established in 2007, recognizes a high school
visual art teacher in the tri-county area who has demonstrated superior
commitment to his or her students and craft.
submitted a lesson plan titled "Palette Knife Painting Inspired
by the Works of Brian Rutenberg," and her students visited
the Gibbes exhibition "Brian Rutenberg: Tidesong" and
created original landscape paintings using their own photos of the
Lowcountry while painting with palette knives in the style of Rutenberg.
addition to Cimballa, the other finalists this year were Dan O'Brien
of West Ashley High School and Mary Catherine Middleton of Wando
High School. The winners were honored May 3 at the museum's Annual
Meeting Celebration. It was also announced at the gathering that
mixed-media artist Radcliffe Bailey of Atlanta was the winner of
the 2010 Factor Prize and a $10,000 cash prize. The prize acknowledges
an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic
achievement in any media while contributing to a new understanding
of art in the South.
at the meeting, Charleston residents Jim and Esther Ferguson received
the second annual James S. Gibbes Philanthropy Award. The Fergusons
are longtime supporters of the museum, and their personal art collection
is currently on view at the Gibbes in the exhibition "Modern
Masters from the Ferguson Collection." A special Corporate
Philanthropy Award went to BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
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Carolina's state tree is the Sabal palmetto, so designated by a
legislative act approved by Governor Burnet R. Maybank on March
17, 1939. The palmetto has appeared on the state seal since the
Revolutionary War and on the state flag since 1861. The word "palmetto"
comes from the Spanish palmito ("little palm"), and the
origin of Sabal is uncertain.
palmetto is a branchless palm with long, fanlike evergreen leaves
that spread atop a thick stem, or trunk. Botanists do not consider
it a true tree since it lacks a solid wood trunk. The palmetto's
range is the coastal area from North Carolina to Florida and the
Florida Panhandle. It can grow as high as sixty-five feet, and mature
South Carolina natives average thirty- to forty-feet tall.
popular name "cabbage palmetto" comes from the terminal
bud, or heart, of the stem. This can be eaten raw or cooked, and
its taste resembles that of cabbage. Removal of the heart kills
the tree. In the past some native Americans and European colonists
also ate the ripe black berries, and these are still a favorite
is a wind-adapted species, and its soft trunk and strong root system
allow it to bend with high winds without breaking or being uprooted.
Spongy palmetto logs were used in the construction of the Sullivan's
Island fort (later called Fort Moultrie) that absorbed British navy
cannonballs, without shattering, in the battle of June 28, 1776-giving
South Carolina troops the victory that is commemorated on the state
seal and flag. The Sabal palmetto is also the state tree of Florida
and appears on Florida's seal and flag.
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Ben Randow and his mom are pictured at the Mother's Day brunch
at The Sanctuary in 2007. Randow is now the chef de cuisine
at the Baton Rouge Country Club.
For the past
four years, the chefs at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
have had some extra sets of hands to help out in the kitchen on
Mother's Day - the hands of their own moms. The tradition continues
this Sunday, when the chefs, with some maternal help, will turn
prized family favorite recipes into upscale fare for a special Mother's
this speaks to the essence of Mother's Day," says Sanctuary
General Manager Vijay Singh. "Any great artist needs inspiration
and encouragement. Early in their lives, these wonderful mothers
set their children on the road to becoming some of the finest chefs
in America. This event is our way of thanking them while also allowing
our guests to share in their unique family dining traditions."
Here's what the five chefs and their moms will be cooking up at
special stations in the restaurant's dining room.
Faverio and Chef Robert Wysong (The Sanctuary's executive
chef): "A Sunday Tradition" - Miniature Beers and Grilled
Dion and Chef Joe Dion (The Sanctuary's chef tournant): "Traditional
New England" - Maine Lobster Roll with Red Thumb Potato and
Smoked Corn Salad.
Thurston and Chef Nathan Thurston (the Ocean Room's chef de
cuisine): "Spaghetti and Meatballs" - MiBek Farms Beef
Meatballs, Slow Cooked Red Sauce, Gnocchi.
McGillis and Chef Ryley McGillis (Jasmine Porch's chef de
cuisine): "Beach House Summer Fare" - Crispy Soft Shell
Crab and Local Lettuces with Mustard Seed and Lemon Dust.
Richter and Chef Todd Richter (The Sanctuary's executive pastry
chef): "Todd and Cameron in the Strawberry Patch" -
Charlotte's Strawberry Shortcake.
be available from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the hotel's Jasmine
Porch restaurant. The cost is $62 for adults and $22 for children
(4-12 years), not including taxes and gratuity. Reservations are
required; call 768-6330.
of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me."
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to adopt a duck
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" if you want to help editor Ann Thrash's
club or "Rotary Club of Charleston" for publisher Andy
- Then fill
in Ann's or Andy's name as the "Rotarian to Be Credited."
Tree Huggers Class: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 8, Caw Caw
Interpretive Center, Ravenel. Program for ages 6 and up to learn
to identify some common trees of the coastal plain and find out
what makes them special and how they fit into the big picture. Participants
will also get to make a leaf print T-shirt to help remember what
they learned. Pre-registration required; registered and paid chaperone
required for participants 15 and younger. Cost: $6 Charleston County
residents; $8 nonresidents. Registration/more
Writing Workshop Series: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, beginning
May 8, Center for Women, 129 Cannon St., downtown. Creative
writing workshop for women interested in poetry, memoirs, journals
and fiction, focusing on how to use all the senses to find new ways
of expression, bring beauty to their writing and learn to observe
the world more closely. The workshop meets for four Saturdays; a
second workshop will be held in June. Cost: $80 Center for Women
members, $140 nonmembers. Registration/more
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
Aquarium Deal for Moms: May 9, South Carolina Aquarium,
100 Aquarium Wharf, downtown. Moms will be admitted to the aquarium
free with a paying guest of child in honor of Mother's Day. To take
advantage of the deal, w which is sponsored also by "Moms in
the Know," print
out the coupon at this link. Moms will be recognized during
the popular dive shows at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. More info:
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
ONGOING AND SOON
Baseball Book Signings: 7 p.m. May 14, Joe Riley Park,
and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 15, Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King
St., downtown. Joseph Wallace will sign copies of his novel "Diamond
Ruby" at a RiverDogs game May 14 and the bookstore on May 15.
The novel is about a female baseball pitcher in Prohibition-era
New York who moves from being a sideshow act on Coney Island to
attracting the attention of gangsters, the Klan, a young Babe Ruth
and boxer Jack Dempsey. More
of the Fleet: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 16, Waterfront
Memorial Park, foot of the Ravenel Bridge, Mount Pleasant. The 23rd
Annual Blessing the Fleet and Seafood Festival has been rescheduled
for this date; originally planned for April 25, it was cancelled
because of inclement weather. Although the fleet has already been
blessed and has started the season, the festival will still feature
local restaurants serving samples of their seafood dishes, music
by the East Coast Party Band, shrimp-eating and shag-dancing contests,
children's activities and a craft show. More
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
S.C. Maritime Archaeology: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May
25, Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun St., downtown.
Presenters Ashley Deming, maritime archaeologist, and author/technician
Carl Naylor will feature educational programs offered by the Sport
Diver Archaeology Management Program and highlight projects conducted
at the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology.
Artifacts found in South Carolina waters will be shown and discussed.
Free. More info: 805-6930.
Art Tour: 4 p.m. each Thursday, May 28 through June 24,
Heyward-Washington House, 87 Church St., downtown. Explore the art
of portraiture and satirical engravings popular with wealthy colonial
Charlestonians. The Charleston Museum's art collection at the house
features portraits by Jeremiah Theus, Samuel F.B. Morse and Henry
Benbridge; later copies by Johann Stolle and George Whiting Flagg;
and original, irreverent engravings of William Hogarth. Cost: $10
adults, $5 ages 3-12; free for Charleston Museum members. Reservations
not required. More info: 722-2996, ext. 235.
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