A decade of Bocce Bash-ing for the Special Olympics
By ELIZABETH BENDER
Volunteer Special Olympics coach
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
17, 2010 -- There are some tournaments that are just fundraisers.
They invite lawyers and politicians, serve the finest cocktails
and wear the finest Italian leather shoes.
are other tournaments that are traditions. We fall into that category.
We invite our best friends and their friends, we serve beer from
a truck, and we wear very funny-looking zoot suits and suspenders.
If you have never been a part of the Special Olympics Bocce Bash,
or any other long-established, highly competitive, charitably fun
tournament, you might not know that these exist, but we at the Bocce
Bash have been making a rolling good time of tradition for ten generous
does a tournament become a tradition, you ask? Well, start with
10 friends playing bocce, multiply that by 10 years, and you will
have a celebration of the special-needs community with over 1,000
longstanding supporters, friends and athletes coming together to
raise funds for Special Olympics. Some tournament players, like
the Charleston Battery, Bauer International and Fraternal Order
of Police, have been around since the Bocce Bash started; others
have joined along the way. But all, as long as they're able, play
again each year.
the unexpected in attire at the 10th annual Bocce Bash to
benefit the Special Olympics South Carolina. (Photo provided)
year's Tenth Annual Container Maintenance Bocce Bash will take place
on May 22 from 9 a.m. until sundown at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel
Island. The day will consist of 128 teams of four playing on 32
bocce courts, competing in a tournament-style bracket for the chance
to take home the first-place trophy. Athletes will be in attendance
to cheer on the teams. All types of teams are welcome: corporate,
family or groups of friends.
we haven't yet piqued your interest in our tradition, here are just
five simple reasons why our Bocce Bash Tournament is worth your
Bocce is the only sport you can play with a beer in one hand and
a bocce ball in the other.
2. You do not have to have a long attention span to understand
3. By the end of the day, you have over 800 new best friends.
4. Even though it is an Italian game, you do not have to have
a vowel at the end of your name to play.
5. You'll be supporting Special Olympics South Carolina -- the
only organization to provide year-round sports training and competition
for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
funds raised during the Bocce Bash directly benefit Special Olympics
South Carolina. Through this annual event, athletes are able to
receive proper sporting equipment and training year-round as well
as transportation to and accommodations for the state, national
and world games. This year's bash will specifically help 15 athletes
who will be traveling to Lincoln, Nebraska, for the National Summer
Games in aquatics, tennis, basketball, bowling, and track and field.
Olympics events give athletes opportunities to develop physical
fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in
a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families and
other Special Olympics athletes.
Bash teams are asked to donate a minimum of $500 per entry. To register
a team or get involved, visit us at http://www.boccebash.com.
addition to serving as a running coach for Special Olympics South
Carolina, Elizabeth Bender is the marketing and public relations
coordinator for the South Carolina Aquarium.
for new grads in tough job market
ANDY BRACK, publisher
17, 2010 It wasnt too many years back that a newly-minted
college graduate could count on a job for life - or at least
a long time.
how times have changed. With global competition, off-shoring of
American jobs and massive improvements in technology, finding good
professional jobs became increasingly harder for graduates in the
2000s. Then the Great Recession hit with a 12 percent gong of unemployment
in South Carolina.
the tens of thousands of new graduates in South Carolina face a
job market much more daunting than that of their parents. If they
dont delay entry into the market by going to graduate school,
theyre now out there selling their talents in a whole bunch
this as a backdrop, we wondered what college presidents were telling
apprehensive new graduates about the world of work. Interestingly,
their advice had similarities that should be helpful to everyone
looking for work new grads and the unemployed.
of South Carolina President Harris Pastides said he was reminding
students that they would have many jobs over their careers and that
their first job might not be the one they initially wanted.
would urge them to take something that may come their way, even
if it is not where they hoped to be, and make the most of that opportunity,
he told Statehouse
Report. I would encourage them to be a leader where they
can, come up with good ideas that may improve effectiveness or efficiency
and good things are likely to happen.
those who dont have an immediate opportunity -- read a national
newspaper to stay current with world events, network with alumni,
get out of the house as much as possible and stay active. If they
have more idle time than they hoped for, its a great time
to give extra service to a child, a community or to an organization
that would benefit from their involvement.
State University President George E. Cooper encouraged students
in the Class of 2010 to keep their faith and remain motivated.
you go out into the world, for some of you jobs may be uncertain
and acceptance to graduate school may be unconfirmed, but your belief
that it will happen is all you need to get you through the wait,
Cooper told graduating seniors a few days before last weekends
life seems to get you down, and you experience downfalls and disappointments,
have faith that things will get better and there will be something
better in store for your life.
added that while having a degree was a big milestone, graduates
needed to remain lifelong students and keep working to reach goals:
You must stay motivated to continue to build upon the foundation
set here at SC State University.
of Charleston President George Benson implored graduates to be innovators
and follow some of the lessons offered by Boeing, whose state executive
gave graduation remarks.
Benson said, students shouldnt automatically avoid the riskier
choice because it could lead to success. Other advice:
assume the crowd is correct. Innovative companies and innovative
people blaze their own trails.
Always do your homework. Dont jump blindly into your
future. Weigh potential risks against potential rewards. Or, simply,
find a piece of scratch paper, draw a line down the middle, and
list the pros on one side and cons on the other.
to be a visionary. Think on a global, transformational scale.
Learn. Learn from your mistakes. Failure is a much
better teacher than success.
Riley, executive director of the Michelin Career Center at Clemson
University, urged new graduates to prepare for the job search by
thinking through what they wanted. They should have a professional
resume and be comfortable in interviews, which often means practice.
Pastides, she said a first job might be in a related field than
the one a graduate wanted, which suggests that searches be broad
and, perhaps, in different locations that originally envisioned.
just got to be creative, she said.
Brack is publisher of Charleston Currents and Statehouse Report,
where this commentary first appeared. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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online site to target drowning risk, promote water safety
number of Lowcountry recreation departments are teaming up with
the Lowcountry Red Cross chapter, the Charleston County School District
and the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission to introduce
a new Web site designed to reduce the risk of drowning in local
waterways and pools by providing information about affordable swim
lessons and water safety.
new site, http://www.SwimSafeLowcountry.com,
is still under construction but will be officially introduced at
a press conference on May 25 during National Beach Safety Week.
Safe Lowcountry will offer information on where to get affordable
swimming lessons with certified instructors, CPR instruction, backyard
water safety, skin and sun safety, swimming in lifeguarded areas,
properly fitting personal flotation devices (such as life preservers),
the importance of supervising children around the water, facts about
rip currents, and how to deal with marine life.
to the PRC, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death of
children under the age of 5 worldwide. "Water is everywhere
in the Lowcountry, and during the hot summer months, many area families
flock to the ocean, pools, and other waterways," said a statement
from the PRC. "But while we are having fun in the sun, we have
to prepare for the inherent risks of the water."
Charleston Beautiful wins $10,000 grant from UPS
Charleston Beautiful will get a $10,000 community improvement grant
from the UPS Foundation to expand its Green Spaces Recycling Program.
The local group was one of 16 Keep America Beautiful affiliates
nationwide to receive the merit-based grants, which support programs
that address litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, beautification
and community greening.
Charleston Beautiful has targeted five city parks as the sites where
the Green Spaces Recycling Program will expand: the Bayview Soccer
Complex, West Ashley Park, James Island Recreation Center, Bees
Landing Recreation Center, and Harmon Field. The program launched
last fall with the placement of receptacles in Hampton Park, Marion
Square, Waterfront Park and White Point Garden. The recycling receptacles
will be installed next to matching waste bins and will be clearly
marked for recycling.
officials said the program is made possible with the help of Charleston
County's Department of Solid Waste and Recycling, which provides
and services a recycling drop-site for the city's Department of
essay about daughter featured in new book from ESPN
new book by ESPN titled "Fathers & Daughters & Sports"
features a piece written by Charleston RiverDogs president Mike
Veeck on the terrifying disease that has blinded his daughter, Rebecca.
the essay, Veeck talks about how the family drew lessons on dealing
with disability from the example of Veeck's own father, baseball
Hall of Famer Bill Veeck, who walked with the use of a wooden leg.
272-page hard-cover book went on sale May 4 and retails for $25.
an introduction by basketball standout Rebecca Lobo, the book features
a collection of essays written by a stellar roster of sports journalists,
champion athletes, and celebrated writers that includes such names
as Jim Craig, Chris Evert, Mike Golic, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Sally
Jenkins, Steve Rushin and Bill Simmons.
the stories, Lobo recalls how her dad's advice continued to ring
in her ears long after she last played hoops with him on the gravel
driveway of their Massachusetts home; Evert recounts how her tennis
coach father, Jimmy, taught her coolness under fire; Simmons bequeaths
his love of the NBA to his preschool-aged daughter; and Goodwin
explains how the not-so-simple act of filling in a scorecard for
a father can be an act of love.
of City Market refurbishment now complete
several months of renovations, the three open-air buildings at the
City Market reopened May 13, completing Phase 1 of an ongoing project,
according to Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. and the City Market
Preservation Trust LLC.
1 consisted of repairs and replacement of roof structures, new restrooms,
installation of improved lighting and ceiling fans, wind screens
for protection from the weather, security cameras, new booth configurations
and the elimination of tables in the center aisle. A revenue bond
issued by the city provided the funding, and repayment will come
from the cash flow generated by the project, city officials said.
2 of the project will be the renovation of Market Hall, the enclosed
building between Meeting and Church Streets. It is expected to begin
Holliday, a partner in the City Market Preservation Trust, said
Phase 1 was completed on time and under budget.
City Market operates 364 days a year. A Night Market operates from
March through December, and on Friday and Saturday evenings, there
is an Art Market which consists of artists who are members of an
approved artist guild.
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and "cassique" were titles given to the local nobility
created by the Lords Proprietors in their plans for the settlement
of Carolina. By their 1663 charter from King Charles II, the eight
proprietors were endowed with virtually vice regal authority, considered
appropriate for the governing of a remote extension of the empire.
Their authority included granting titles to a provincial nobility,
who would be vassals of the proprietors. Landgraves were to rank
just below the Lords Proprietors, while cassiques were to rank below
landgraves and constitute the lowest order of Carolina nobility.
"Landgrave" was a German title, while "cassique"
was based on cacique, a Spanish term for "Indian chief."
their baronies, landgraves and cassiques would be granted the authority
to conduct manorial courts and to have their estates worked by "leetmen"
(indentured servants). The manorial courts were the means by which
the landgraves and cassiques were to maintain order on their estates.
Leetmen were to be voluntarily bound to an estate, similar to medieval
serfs. But there is no record of there having been any manorial
courts or leetmen in South Carolina. Rather, landgraves and cassiques
became owners of large tracts of land, worked at first by white
indentured servants and then overwhelmingly by African slaves.
least twenty-six landgraves and thirteen cassiques were created
by the Lords Proprietors, with rights to land totaling 1,364,000
acres. The vast majority of this land went unclaimed, however, with
less than 200,000 acres actually granted. The last landgrave was
created in 1718; the last cassique in 1715. Some baronies survived
the proprietary era and were handed down through the descendants
of South Carolina's landgraves and cassiques. In 1686 the proprietors
commissioned Nathaniel Johnson as a cassique. He acquired considerable
lands along the Cooper River, and he served as governor in the early
1700s. The proprietors elevated him to landgrave in 1703. He received
the estate known as the Seewee Barony, which passed to his son Robert,
who also served as governor.
South Carolina never became the feudal society that the proprietors
envisioned, it did become a colony of large, staple-producing plantations,
which were owned by people who resembled the English country gentry.
Landgraves and cassiques were part of the aristocratic ideal that
characterized this colony and state, and their grants (and their
titles) became part of the culture of the Carolina lowcountry.
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Lutheran Church on Marion Square has set the tables for its ninth
annual Afternoon Tea, a May 28-June 6 fundraiser for the church's
Learning Center. The center provides a food pantry, classes
and a number of programs for residents of the neighborhoods around
This year the
festivities start with a new one-day event on May 23 titled "Family
Tea Together," a tea party designed for kids, parents and grandparents
to learn some of the traditions of this age-old custom. Christy
Stephenson of the Outreach Learning Center shares the following
list of five reasons everyone should learn how to "take tea"
at the Family Tea Together.
- It's the
perfect occasion for Southern belles and beaux to dress to the
- It's an
easy and fun way to share with your children (and husbands) table
manners and tea etiquette, all in the name of family fun.
- Little fingers
just love little finger sandwiches.
children should know how to drink tea (and use napkins).
- We all had
make-believe tea parties growing up, so what could be better than
having one with those you love most, for real this time!
to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself."
Ingersoll, American lawyer and orator (1833-1899)
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$30,000 in cash and prizes -- and maybe $1 million -- go
to this Web site. Then complete these steps:
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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."
Scholars Academy Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. May 19, SCRA MUSC
Innovation Center, 645 Meeting St., downtown. The Charleston Regional
Development Alliance, Charleston Defense Contractors Association,
and Charleston Digital Corridor will host a business breakfast to
introduce the community to Palmetto Scholars Academy, South Carolina's
first public charter school for gifted and talented students. Dr.
Shelagh Gallagher, a nationally recognized expert on curricula for
gifted students who is developing the curriculum plan for the academy,
will be the speaker. Her topic will be "National Excellence:
Averting the Quiet Crisis in Gifted Education." Cost: $25 per
Cruise Meeting: 5 p.m. May 20, the Harbour Club, 35 Prioleau
St., downtown. Women are invited to a get-together to discuss "Cruise
to a More Exciting Life," a Carnival cruise that will depart
from Charleston on Jan. 7 and will offer a series of workshops for
women to help them discover what they would like to change or add
to their lives. A percentage of proceeds from the May 20 event will
to go to the Charleston Breast Center and Pet Helpers. Cost: $5
buffet, $3 drinks (cash only). RSVP by today (May 13) to Diana Bogart,
Friday Family Fest: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 21, Children's
Museum of the Lowcountry, 25 Ann St., downtown. The final Free Friday
Family Fest of the 2009-10 school year. Includes free admission
to the museum, healthy dinner provided by Fazoli's, live music,
games and craft activities and Ms. Jingles the clown. First 150
guests get a free summer-themed book and a return pass to the museum.
Beer Tasting: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 22, Joe Riley Stadium.
A craft beer tasting dubbed "America's Favorite CraftTime"
will be presented by Henry J. Lee Distributors in conjunction with
a RiverDogs game. Sample fine beers from across the country, including
Lagunitas' Undercover Shutdown Ale and Pyramid Brewery's Haywire.
Must be 21 or older. Tickets: $25 each, which includes entry to
the tasting, sampling tickets and a seat for the 7:05 p.m. RiverDogs
game against the Savannah Sand Gnats. More info/tickets: http://www.riverdogs.com.
Third Thursday: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 20, downtown
Summerville. Summerville DREAM (Downtown Restoration Enhancement
and Management) presents its monthly promotion of downtown Summerville.
Includes music by the Silver Tongues and the Josh Padgett Jazz Group,
an art walk, the Beech Hill Jugglers, Ashley Ridge High's musical
cast, and a vintage car show from the Carolina Classic Ford Car
Club. More info: Online
Southcoast Symphony Concert: 4 p.m. May 23, Cathedral
of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St. The Southcoast Symphony
will present its summer concert, "From Land to Sea," with
Andrzej Zabinski conducting. Program will include Mozart's "Symphony
No. 25," Elgar's "Sea Pictures" with guest soloist
Sarah Williams, and Smetana's "Moldau." Free and open
to the public, but tax-deductible donations are accepted and help
ensure future programming. The symphony is a nonprofit that seeks
to broaden access to classical music for citizens of the Lowcountry.
Afternoon Tea: May 23 special event, with regular
hours May 28 to June 6, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
at Marion Square. The ninth annual tea benefits the church's Outreach
Learning Center, which provides a food bank and programs for residents
of the neighborhoods near the church. Tea sandwiches, desserts,
and music daily, plus art and a boutique. Hours: noon to 4 p.m.
Monday through Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. A special
"Family Tea Together" will be offered May 23 only, with
seatings at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., and tea etiquette tips from Southern
Protocol. Family Tea tickets $20 adults, $15 youths. More
ONGOING AND SOON
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.
Cookbook Signings: 5 p.m. May 27, Blue Bicycle Books,
420 King St.; also 3 p.m. May 29, Charleston Cooks, 194 East
Bay St. Joe Dabney, the author of "Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread,
and Scuppernong Wine," will be signing copies of his new book,
"The Food, Folklore, and Art of Lowcountry Cooking." The
book includes regional voices, old photos, stories and recipes from
Charleston, Beaufort and Savannah.
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.
Skin Cancer Screening: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 12, Whirlin'
Waters Adventure Waterpark, Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston.
The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission and MUSC will
man a fully equipped mobile doctor's office to offer free skin cancer
screenings. The mobile unit will also visit the Isle of Palms on
July 10; it will be set up on the front beach from 9 a.m. until
1 p.m. that day. No appointments necessary. More info: 792-1414.
Annual Meeting: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 3, Charleston
Area Convention Center. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce's
annual meeting will feature a keynote address from Marco Cavazzoni,
vice president/general manager of Boeing Charleston. Updates on
the past year and the presentation of the 1773 Awards and Workplace
Flexibility Awards included as well. Cost: $55 chamber members,
$85 nonmembers. Registration/more
Nighttime at the Museum: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 4,
Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Family-oriented event gives kids
a chance to see all the surprising things that go on at the museum
after dark. The theme is "History A to Z." Kids can enjoy
curator artifact stations, a scavenger hunt, classic cars from the
Lowcountry Model A club, medieval fighting demonstrations, and crafts.
A light pizza supper is included, and there will be an ice cream
station as well. Cost: $10 per member adult, $20 per nonmember adult,
$5 per member child, $10 per nonmember child; free for age 3 and
younger. Registration (required). More
info or call 722-2996, ext. 264.
Sweetgrass Class: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 19,
Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St. Learn to make traditional sweetgrass
baskets with basketmaker Sarah Edwards-Hammond, who comes from a
long line of basketmakers and has passed down the tradition to her
own children, grandchildren and others in the community. The instructor
will share a brief history of the art form, then participants will
get started sewing their own basket. Workshop fee includes a starter
and all supplies. No experience required; program is designed for
adults. Cost: $40 museum members, $45 nonmembers. Registration (required):
info or call 722-2996, ext. 235.
Growth in down market
Picky Eaters Group
On Jim Fisher
Rural Mission's needs
Fish to buy
to do on 4th
to nab skeeters
the Pump, more
to do locally
guide book for kids
looks at success
SC poll flummoxes
should be state meat
to new grads
veto cigarette tax
weekend of fun
counted in Census
economy is recovering
whips up support
all of the cuts
look at summer camps
should get out
at White House
fair, CED venture
on working with Boeing
library text questions
+ Food fest