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By ENAN PAREZO
Owner and chef, ChefEnan.com
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
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a humdinger of a tribute to Hollings at dedication
By ANDY BRACK, publisher
26, 2010 - If you ever have a tribute done for you, you ought to
hope Joe Biden gives it.
vice president did one heck of a job honoring former U.S. Sen. Fritz
Hollings Friday at the dedication of the Ernest F. Hollings Special
Collections Library at the University of South Carolina.
who sat next to Hollings in the Senate chamber for 32 years, was
humorous and humble, insightful and touching.
think he's the most significant national figure to come out of this
state in terms of the length and breadth of his career - or in any
state," Biden said.
told of Hollings' important role in starting the state's technical
college system when he served as governor from 1959 to 1963. He
told of his 1970 book, "The Case Against Hunger," and
described it as the first national effort to recognize that children
can't develop properly if they don't have adequate nutrition.
was a new idea," he said, adding that people across the political
spectrum accept the importance of nurturing children to allow them
to meet their potential. "Fritz Hollings was the first guy
to take that on a national scale."
reminded more than 1,000 people at the library dedication how Hollings
was instrumental in protecting oceans with the Coastal Zone Management
Act and in starting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
to monitor seas.
list goes on with Hollings' accomplishments -- from pushing to rein
in budget deficits, fighting for fair trade and more.
has changed with this guy," Biden noted of the 88-year-old
Hollings. "This is one of the youngest men I know because nothing
slows him down."
vice president recalled how he wouldn't be in his current job if
it were not for Hollings. Back in 1972, he was running for Senate
as a 29-year-old lawyer and county council member from Delaware.
A couple of months from the general election, he remembered how,
down in the polls 58-19, Hollings as head of the Democratic Senatorial
Campaign Committee took a gamble and backed Biden in a big way and
helped him raise money. "The first guy I called, after my family,
was Fritz Hollings."
over a month after a narrow victory, Hollings and wife Peatsy comforted
Biden after his wife and daughter were killed in a car wreck while
Christmas shopping. The Hollings were instrumental in encouraging
him not to give up his Senate seat and to serve.
affection for you is only exceeded by my love for Peatsy,"
Biden noted in closing Friday. "You get a glimpse of a man's
soul as well as his intellect and passion" by sitting next
to him for 32 years.
a good man," Biden said, invoking some Irish praise inspired
by his mother. "Quite frankly, it's just that simple."
Biden's remarks, Hollings showed his trademark tongue and joked
there was no need for Biden to do a eulogy down the road - that
all that needed to be done was for a taped version of the library
speech to be played.
going to play it every other day," he said to a tittering audience.
"For 34 years as a junior senator to Strom, I've had enough
damned humility. I need a little arrogance and you gave me a double
Hollings, as many in the audience expected, went on to talk about
subjects close to his heart - America's need to enforce trade laws,
how a value-added tax could help solve budget problems, the budget
deficit and more.
Biden noted, Hollings still has his spunk. And now, he has a great
library named in his honor too.
Andy Brack, a former press secretary to Hollings, is publisher of
Charleston Currents and StatehouseReport.com. He can be reached
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Theatre to have world premiere of play on Aug. 5
key three words of the news release about a world premiere of a
PURE Theatre play may be the last three: "Mature Audiences
because "Ginger: A Hansel and Gretel Tale" doesn't appear
to be the kind of story you read as a kid. It is much, much more.
The adaptation of the medieval fable follows a darker, creative
story line, according to the release: "Ginger's hungry . .
. but for what? She and her brother, Hampton, struggle to find filling
fare while battling demons from within and without, including a
cannibalistic vamp with an appetite for youth. Follow the intrepid
duo on a journey from trailers to treasure in PURE's imaginative
adaptation of Grimm's tale." Sounds like fun.
play, written by Rodney Lee Rogers (who also directs) and Spencer
Deering, premieres Aug. 5 on the grounds of the Circular Congregational
Church, 150 Meeting Street, Charleston. Nine performances are scheduled
through August 20. Check PURE
Theatre's Web site for more or phone 843.723.4444.
Rysselberge to leave Chamber next year
doesn't come as "good news" for Charleston, but it may
for Charles Van Rysselberge, who is retiring as head of the Charleston
Metro Chamber of Commerce at the end of March after a 40-year career
in managing chambers.
has taken the Chamber to new heights of success during his almost
nine years at the helm," said Chamber Chairman Bobby Pearce.
"Due in no small part to his leadership, the Chamber was recognized
recently as one of the top three chambers in the United States.
In addition, the Chamber has received much additional recognition
for its innovative and unique programs and services which have helped
to make the Charleston metro region one of the nation's hotspots
for entrepreneurs and growth companies."
Rysselberge came to Charleston eight years ago after Chamber leadership
roles in Georgia, Louisiana and Oklahoma. For more on his retirement,
visit the Chamber's
women event set for Saturday before ballgame
The Palmetto chapter of the national Women In Defense organization
will name "WID's Military Woman of the Year" Saturday
just before the start of the Charleston RiverDogs' game.
a national security organization, cultivates and supports the advancement
and recognition of women in all aspects of national security. Part
of a non-profit organization, WID was established in 1985 to provide
women a formal environment for professional growth through networking,
education and career development.
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Methodist Episcopal Church
escape racial discrimination in Philadelphia's Methodist Church,
Richard Allen, a former slave, organized the African Methodist Episcopal
(AME) Church there in 1787. It is the oldest African American religious
denomination and existed mainly in the North before the Civil War.
The denomination's origins in South Carolina date to 1818. In 1817
the attempt of white Methodists in Charleston to control the activities
of black church members precipitated a mass exodus of 4,367 from
the church. The following year many went on to establish the African
Church, which was affiliated with the AME denomination. At this
time Charleston's membership was second only to that of Philadelphia,
and it was the southernmost branch of the denomination. Suspicious
of its northern connections and the autonomy the church represented,
white authorities routinely harassed its members. Church leaders'
involvement in the 1822 Denmark Vesey slave conspiracy led to destruction
of the church and dispersal of its membership.
Administration building at Allen University, Columbia, S.C.
1863 the church was reestablished in South Carolina when the first
AME missionaries, the Reverends James Lynch and James Hall, began
their operations in and around Port Royal, Edisto, and Beaufort.
On May 15, 1865, in Charleston, Bishop Daniel Payne organized the
South Carolina Conference, which originally also included North
Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. African Methodism grew rapidly and
was black Carolinians' second largest denomination at the end of
the century. In 1880 with 300,000 primarily southern members, the
first bishops for the South were elected. All had important ties
to South Carolina. Henry McNeal Turner was from Newberry; Richard
Cain was the quintessential preacher-politician in Reconstruction
South Carolina; and the Sixth Episcopal District, which included
South Carolina, was William Dickerson's first appointment.
Methodism promoted education, and churches frequently housed secular
and Sunday schools. To raise the educational level of ministers,
Payne Institute was established in Cokesbury in 1870. Relocating
to Columbia in 1880, the school was renamed Allen University and
was the first college controlled by African Americans in the state.
South Carolinians were also in the forefront of the denomination's
missionary efforts. In 1878 the AME Liberian Mission Church headed
by the Reverend Santania Flegler departed Charleston with the Liberian
Exodus participants. Bishop Henry McNeal Turner's efforts organized
the denomination in Sierra Leone and Liberia in 1891 and southern
Africa in 1896. In 2004 one-third of the denomination's 3.5 million
members were Africans and the church was growing most rapidly in
western and southern Africa. South Carolina, which constitutes the
Seventh Episcopal District, had the third largest membership of
the church's nineteen districts.
"the Gospel of Freedom," African Methodist ministers have
played important roles as secular leaders. Between 1868 and 1876
seven AME ministers were elected to the South Carolina state legislature.
Church leaders used their offices to articulate community grievances
and to protest against lynching and racial discrimination. In 1948
the Reverend Joseph DeLaine organized black parents against racial
discrimination in Clarendon County's public schools. The resulting
litigation was one of the cases decided in the U.S. Supreme Court's
famous Brown v. Board of Education decision. The mission of the
church has always been broadly based, and its resources have been
deployed to address a range of social problems, including HIV-AIDS,
health-care disparities, affordable housing, and foster care.
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Here are five
neat things about USC's new special collections library named for
Charleston native and former U.S. senator Fritz Hollings:
area. The $18 million Hollings Library comprises 50,000 square
feet on three levels. The new library houses the university's special
political collections, rare manuscripts and digital collection.
It is adjacent and connected to the Thomas Cooper Library.
room. High-density compact shelves in stack areas provide 47,000
linear feet (about nine miles) for materials. These specially designed
electronic shelves will accommodate 250,000 volumes of books and
approximately 20 million manuscripts, political papers, folios,
maps and framed items.
The new library was designed and built at a LEED Gold level, meaning
that it is among the top in sustainable buildings. Among green features
are a reflective roof that deflects heat; a storm water treatment
system that reduces oil and sediment flow during a rainfall; a drip
irrigation system that reduces water use; and an extensive recycling
and reuse program for the building's construction and operation.
The library is home to the university's digital collection and was
designed for the future to store digitized versions of rare manuscripts
for public use. Included in the building's design is a special room
created to house a Zeutschel scanner, the only one of its kind in
the United States. It is used to digitize large format materials.
There's a possibility that the informal name of the new library
will be "The Fritz."
of the economists and start governing."
U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings on what needs to happen in Washington,
during a Friday ceremony dedicating a new library at USC in his
AND Good?: 6:30 p.m. July 28, Charleston Cooks, 194 East
Bay St., downtown. Holistic chef and gRAWnola
creator Ken Immer will lead a cooking class titled "Delicious
AND Good for You?" featuring easy recipes and ideas to raise
the "health quotient" of your kitchen without sacrificing
flavor or taking extra time and effort. Menu includes cucumber and
avocado soup, grilled vegetable pilaf with sprouted quinoa, summer
slaw with kale and arame, saucy Brussels sprouts, and Key lime pie.
Cost: $60. Register
online or call 722-1212.
Week: Daily July 31 to Aug. 8, South Carolina Aquarium,
100 Aquarium Wharf. A weeklong event for kids featuring all things
shark, including shark-themed dive shows, interactive activities
such as "Sharkeology" and "Shark Shapes," playing
in the shark cage, trips along Shark Alley, and the chance to get
photos taken in the mouth of a shark. All activities free with general
admission or membership. More info: 577-FISH (3474) or online.
Theatre Camp: Through July 30, Charleston Acting Studio, 915
Folly Road. Kids ages 8 to 13 can learn about acting, singing, dancing
and various aspects of production in a professional theatre setting.
The studio is the educational arm of Midtown/SheriGrace
Productions. Session one (July 5 to July 16) meets 10 a.m. to
2 p.m.; session two (July 19 to July 30) meets 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Both sessions will end with a musical performance for family and
friends on the second Saturday of camp. Registration/more info:
War Tours: 4 p.m. Thursdays in July, Heyward-Washington
House, 87 Church St. The museum house will offer the special tours,
which focus on the connection the house and its previous residents
had to the Revolutionary War. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children (free
for Charleston Museum members). Reservations not needed. More info:
722-2996, ext. 235.
ONGOING AND SOON
Set, Enroll: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3, Trident Technical
College, all three campuses. Free event to get information on Trident
Tech programs, financial aid, enrollment, etc. Welcome sessions
will be held at 10 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. The three campus
locations are Main Campus, 7000 Rivers Ave., North Charleston (Building
410/Student Lounge); Palmer Campus, 66 Columbus St., downtown Charleston;
and Berkeley Campus, 1001 S. Live Oak Drive, Moncks Corner. More
info, including a list of suggested documents to bring: 574-6111
Demo: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4, SieMatic Kitchen
Store, 444 King St., downtown. Slow Food Charleston will host an
"Uncooking" demo with raw-foods chef Helen Greenfield
of Johns Island. Tasting menu includes Raw Sprouted Organic Almond
"Mylkshake," Okra-Eggplant Crackers, Sweet Potato-Pineapple
Cookies, and Fair Trade Cocoa Stuffed Dates. Cost: $10 for Slow
Food Charleston members; $15 nonmembers. Reservations (required):
853-9120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
on the Lawn: 7 p.m. Aug. 5, Liberty Square, downtown
Charleston by the South Carolina Aquarium. Watch the all-time classic
shark movie "Jaws" during the aquarium's Shark Week celebration.
Lawn area opens at 7 p.m. and movie starts at dark. Before the movie,
guests can interact with roving educators and watch an aquarium-made
short film on shark myths. Bring your own chair or blanket. Snacks,
sodas and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. No
coolers or pets allowed. Donations will be taken at the door to
benefit conservation efforts at the aquarium. More info: 577-FISH
(3474) or online.
Summer Soiree: 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 6, Francis
Marion Hotel, corner of King and Calhoun streets. The Charleston
Young Professionals group will host its "Summer Soiree - the
Black Tie, Blue Jean Event," featuring food, drinks, networking
opportunities, giveaways and music from DJ Doug in the Carolina
Ballroom. Cost: $60 CYP members, $75 nonmembers. Tickets/more
Manners workshop: 9 a.m., Aug. 7. The Charleston Museum
will offer its "Petite Protocol" program with fun, interactive
and engaging activities that remind children aged 6 to 10 how to
be courteous, respectful and confident in the classroom. $20 to
$25. More and to register, call 843.722.2996 (ext. 236) or visit
(NEW) First Day Festival, 1
p.m., Aug. 15, Liberty Square, downtown Charleston. The City
of Charleston hosts the 8th First Day Festival to help students
transition back to school. Not only will they be able to play in
a Kids Zone, they'll be able to tour the S.C. Aquarium, get school
supplies and get their face painted. Last year's festival drew more
than 10,000 kids. Learn
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