Happy to call Charleston home
By ASHLEY HANNAH
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
4, 2010 - Ryan Fiorini was born and raised 30 miles outside of Detroit.
He took up ice hockey at the age of 4, and had childhood dreams
of playing in the NHL. Eventually, during college (1996-2000) he
played defense with the Green Bay Deacons, a semi-pro hockey team
in Northern Wisconsin.
Fiorini also had an interest in science that brought him to Charleston
to study at the Medical University of South Carolina. He earned
his Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology in 2005, specifically focusing
on testing therapies on transplanted livers with the hopes of increasing
the number of donor organs available to those in need. Ten years
later, Charleston is still his home, where he now pursues a new
is chief operating officer and co-founder of a Charleston-based
start-up company that holds tremendous promise for therapeutic advancement
using fully human antibodies. The company, Immunologix, is based
on intellectual property licensed from MUSC, and is the only company
currently offering fully human antibody technology in an in vitro
system, which offers increased therapeutic safety and reliability,
lower costs to produce, and a dramatically reduced delivery time
than traditional antibody-based technologies.
came to Charleston to complete my Ph.D., but found a number of opportunities
here that have allowed me to pursue other interesting areas too,"
states Fiorini. "I love the area and the warm weather. When
it was 70 degrees in Charleston and 7 degrees in Michigan and Wisconsin,
I decided that I wanted to stay here."
followed his doctoral degree with a master's in business administration
from the Citadel and a master in health administration certificate
from MUSC in December 2007. It was a desire to further combine and
apply his interests in science and business that helped lead to
the formation of the company.
started thinking about launching my own company, and was fortunate
to have resources here that allowed me to do just that. Not only
was I able to complete my graduate education and additional degree
programs, but I found a great technology at MUSC, received a start-up
investment from SC Launch (www.sclaunch.org) and a number of private
investors, and now Immunologix is a tenant in the
SCRA MUSC Innovation Center," explains Fiorini. "Immunologix
completed an initial financing round in March 2010 and continues
to move forward, now with revenue from therapeutic antibody sales."
SC Launch program and the SCRA MUSC Innovation Center in Charleston
are both managed by
SCRA. SC Launch was formed in 2006 to support promising emerging
technology-based companies in South Carolina. Immunologix received
a $50,000 Start-up Assistance Grant in 2009 and a $200,000 investment
in 2010 from the SC Launch program to assist with laboratory set-up
costs. The company was one of the first tenants to move into the
new Innovation Center, which officially opened in December 2009.
The center offers ready to use laboratory and office space for emerging
companies such as Immunologix.
so glad to have the resources and opportunities that I've found
in the Charleston area," states Fiorini. "Immunologix
would not exist without these commercialization programs and the
support that I've received here."
Fiorini, "And, I haven't given up on my other interests completely.
I have decided to take a semester off from teaching in the biology
department at the College of Charleston to allow me to put my full
effort towards Immunologix, but I still get to play hockey a few
times a week in Charleston at the Carolina Ice Palace."
Hannah is program manager at SCRA.
edge: Sharpen your knives, support the Food Bank
By AN THRASH, contributing editor
4, 2010 - If you've started thinking about your family's Thanksgiving
and Christmas plans, you're probably thinking about things like
who's going to whose house, how long you'll stay, who's bringing
what for dinner, and whether the neon green congealed salad that
Aunt Ethel brings every year is really as bad as you remember. (Yes,
one thing you probably haven't given any thought to is what kind
of shape your knives are in. When's the last time you sharpened
the big knife that Dad uses to hack up, I mean carve, the turkey?
How about the steak knife set that comes out for company dinners,
or the favorite paring knife you use to peel apples?
a safe bet that your knives deserve some attention, and thanks to
a great event this weekend at a local kitchen shop, you can get
your knives - and your knife skills -- sharpened to benefit a worthwhile
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Coastal Cupboard in Mount Pleasant
is hosting a free knife-sharpening event to benefit the Lowcountry
Food Bank. For each nonperishable food item you bring in, the shop
will professionally sharpen one knife. If you prefer, you can donate
$1 per knife instead of bringing in a food item.
the money and food collected will go to help the Food Bank (one
of Charleston Currents' nonprofit partners) at one of the agency's
busiest times of year.
Cupboard offers knife-sharpening regularly throughout the year at
a cost of 60 cents per inch of blade, so $1 per knife is a good
deal. Owner Brad Pitner says the store has held free knife-sharpening
weekends periodically over the past five years as a promotion. "They've
been wildly successful. People come flooding in for it," he
said. "Back in June, we decided we would make it something
for charity, so we did it as a benefit for Louie's Kids."
said the event raised approximately $1,700 for the Charleston-area
nonprofit, which helps fight childhood obesity.
being the season that it is, and with the economy the way it is,
we thought this would be a time when we could give an extra push
for the Food Bank during one of their crazy times," said Pitner.
don't need reservations to get your knives sharpened, and it shouldn't
take long; two sharpening stations will be set up to keep things
moving. "I think the wait in June never exceeded 15 minutes
at the most, so with two stations set up, we should be able to crank
out quite a few," he said.
says the knives to be sharpened must have a straight edge - no serrated
blades (the kind with teeth) can be accepted.
the pros are tending to your knives and getting them in cutting-edge
shape for the holidays, you can watch special demonstrations on
knife techniques and knife care, offered by the store's in-house
chefs and representatives of knife companies that work with the
one of the most misunderstood parts of owning knives is how to maintain
them and sharpen them and use them properly," Pitner says,
so this will be a great chance to bone up before the holidays.
Coastal Cupboard is located in Belle Hall Shopping Center, which
is on Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant (just off the Mark Clark
Expressway). Hours for the knife-sharpening event are 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more
information or directions to the store,
Pleasant native Ann Thrash is a contributing editor for Charleston
Currents. She can be reached at: email@example.com.
Charleston has a lot to offer
noticed that Cisco's (Cosgrove Ave.) is being torn down. It was
one of the first to close. Many times I will mention to my wife
that another restaurant (that we never frequented) had closed. The
sad part is that we did nothing to help that local business. Buying
from local businesses is important. We have to do our part to help.
who were affected by this economic nightmare might not be able to
frequent our restaurants. I too look for the bargains. Frugality
is now "in."
so has much to offer. Our library, most beaches, Angel Oak, etc.,
are free. Our county parks are not expensive. There is no excuse
for not getting out and seeing the sights. This is one of the most
unique towns in America. Get out there and frequent our local businesses.
If other businesses don't already do so, ask them to use local products
when they can. Buying locally will help insure our businesses survive.
If we don't support them now, we can't complain when they are gone.
Michael Kaynard, Charleston, SC
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need bigger set-aside for environment
GREG GARVAN, contributing editor
4, 2010 - Dry cleaners using 'perc,' or the chemical perchloroethylene,
are trying to be good environmentalists in South Carolina. Unfortunately,
as is all too common in environmental remediation, they have not
put near enough of a self-imposed 'tax' aside to cover the groundwater
liabilities. The dry cleaners fund has generated $2 million toward
an estimated $161 million solution.
Good Earth Dry Cleaners in Mount Pleasant and Community Cleaners
on Folly Road on James Island are two local shops that are ahead
of the curve, having established businesses that say they are serving
customers using a lower amount of toxic product. Search them out
and talk about the specifics.
scorecards: What do Procter & Gamble and Wal-Mart have in
common? While not totally Charleston specific, they both serve a
huge number of customers in our area. They are both deeply involved
in issuing mandatory sustainability "scorecards" down
through their supply chains. Energy and water use; greenhouse gases;
waste reduction and other sustainable practices are being evaluated
and considered when they look at their buying decisions. A very
similar process is being used in Charleston's own Green Business
Challenge. Can third party verification be far behind?
credits to expire: Remember those tax credits for energy efficient
windows, water heaters, roof shingles and other energy systems?
They are set to expire on Dec. 31, and they offer some great benefits
for you, your property and the environment. Charleston has a good-sized
group of green installers, please patronize them.
about your charitable giving: The 2010 Charitable Giving Tax
Seminar will focus on using tax benefits to be more intentional
with your charitable giving, especially to green and social change
organizations. Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the Harbour Club.
Admission is a food donation for Low Country Food bank. Register
on Facebook at "2010 Charitable Giving Tax Seminar," or
call Greg at 843-633-1067.
Garvan of James Island is president of Money with a Mission, an
18-year-old, fee-only financial planning firm that specializes in
socially responsible/ 'green' asset management. On the Web: moneywithamission.com.
idea wins $5,000 for Newberry entrepreneur
Charlie Banks from Newberry County won the New Ideas SC Contest
on Wednesday with his business idea of a new method of manufacturing
structural insulated panels that is faster, leaner and more affordable.
received $5,000 of seed money for his business idea, a scholarship
to a FastTrac entrepreneurial training program and a team of mentors
to help him cultivate his idea for one year. Winners were announced
at the ThinkTEC Innovation Summit in Charleston.
than 300 South Carolina residents from 28 counties entered their
new business idea in the New Ideas SC Contest.
Five first place prizes were also awarded in the categories of Bio-Science,
Software/Information Technology, Engineering, Environmental Sustainability
and the Wild Card. Each winner will receive $2,500 and a scholarship
to FastTrac. Five $1,000 honorable mention prizes were distributed
in each category. ?
and Honorable Mentions in each category include:
Winner: Istvan Bognar, Greenville County, for a device that
makes it easier to develop a scar tissue track in a dialysis fistula.
Developing this scar tissue track means dialysis patients reduce
dramatically the issues around establishing the IV line at every
Mention: Brady Evans, Orangeburg County, for "Cook uEat,"
a full service nutritional program providing meals and recipes
to improve the health of patients after discharge from the hospital.
with Nina Sossoman
Winner: Charlie Banks, Newberry County.
Mention: Tiki Bietri, Dorchester County, for "Foot Guardian,"
a new device that will significantly improve the safety of manual
pallet jacks, reducing the risk of foot injuries and foot rollovers.
Sustainability Winner: Robert Horner, Charleston County, for
a process to use the waste heat produced by power plants to dry
bio-solids from nearby public wastewater utilities. These bio-solids
can then used/burned to produce energy as an alternative to coal
and other fossil fuels.
Mention: Ron Fulbright, Spartanburg County, for a truck with a
detachable bed, giving it the ability to switch from a full size
truck to your basic passenger vehicle when possible, reducing
Technology/Software Winner: Gordon Jones, Aiken County, for
a website that will give first responders real time information
on the emergency they are responding to based on data/videos submitted
by the public who are already on scene.
Mention: Andy Richardson, Beaufort County, for a new iPhone application
that will allow you to measure distances from the information
you get when you take a photograph.
Winner: Lauri McLeland, Darlington County, for "Speedway
Plays," a mat for your child to play on with their favorite
toy cars - they can 'race' at Daytona, Bristol, Talladega and more.
Mention: Harlan Richards, Berkeley County, for "EZ Gown,"
a redesigned hospital gown without metal snaps that enables you
to maintain your modesty while still allowing for medical testing
asks you to read book, support author's work
Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. on Wednesday encouraged the
community to join the College of Charleston as its students read
Greg Mortenson's book, "Three Cups of Tea." Mortenson
is visiting the college at 5 p.m. Nov. 11 to speak to students,
faculty and the community about his extraordinary work in Afghanistan
co-founder of the nonprofit Central Asia Institute and of Pennies
For Peace, co-wrote the best-seller "Three Cups of Tea"
with David Oliver Relin.
reads to children.
Mortenson's work to bring peace to volatile regions of the world
such as Afghanistan and Pakistan is to be honored and supported,"
Riley said. "By educating the children of these dangerous parts
of our world, he hopes to bring about change for the entire world
... His courageous and admirable efforts help us all."
also encouraged the community to donate to Mortenson's organization,
Central Asia Institute, at its Web
Central Asia Institute's projects focus on girls' education, literacy
and basic health education. Educating children in the third world
costs about $1 per month per child. Since its incorporation in 1996,
CAI has provided education to more than 58,000 students, including
In 2009, Mortenson received Pakistan's highest civil award, Sitara-e-Pakistan
("Star of Pakistan"), for his humanitarian efforts for
the past 15 years.
most prominent theme in "Three Cups of Tea" is the importance
of education. College of Charleston students have partnered with
teachers in the Charleston County School District to implement a
curriculum for elementary students based on "Listen to the
Wind," the picture book version of Mortenson's story. A curriculum
for middle and high school classrooms is based on the young adult
version of "Three Cups of Tea." Donations from the community
have provided more than 4,000 books for the children participating
in the College's Literacy Outreach Initiative.
more information about Mortenson's visit to the College of Charleston,
contact Carol Ann Davis at email@example.com.
Tickets are free, and are available for pickup.
New human performance
lab to be dedicated at The Citadel
Citadel's Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science will
dedicate the Dr. Hank Cross Human Performance Laboratory during
Homecoming events this coming weekend.
state-of-the-art lab has more than doubled the exercise science
research laboratory and teaching space in Deas Hall. At 1,400 square
feet, the lab has equipment for phlebotomy and exercise testing,
along with meeting space, offices and locker rooms.
new Human Performance Laboratory is what industry leaders need to
perform cutting-edge research in exercise and health science,"
said John Carter, head of the HESS department. "Our undergraduate
and graduate students will enjoy greater involvement in exciting
new research because this lab will provide many more opportunities
for them to pursue special projects, do thesis work, present research
findings, and publish results of research projects in collaboration
with our professors."
Bite Tech Inc. provided the $200,000 to build the Human Performance
Lab. Hank Cross is director of research at Bite Tech, a Minneapolis-based
technology company dedicated to improving performance and health.
The company recently partnered with Under Armour to release custom
performance mouth wear.
professor Dena Garner is one of several professors researching how
mouthpieces used during sports and exercise affect athletic performance.
The lab will create enhanced opportunities for the department and
students to investigate how mouthpieces affect hormones and muscles
in the body and, more specifically, the effect on pistol shooting
research conducted in the laboratory is innovative and is making
significant contributions in the dental and the exercise science
research," said Garner, who will direct the Cross lab.
Working with Garner on the research are HESS's Wesley Dudgeon and
Erica McDivitt, and Timothy Scheett, Department of Health and Human
Performance at the College of Charleston.
commission opens tennis courts at Baptist Hill High
Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) recently
completed construction of two new tennis courts at Baptist Hill
High School in Hollywood. These are the only public tennis courts
in the area, and were funded through an SC Park and Recreation Development
Fund (PARD) Grant, with CCPRC providing matching funds.
Baptist Hill courts are the latest addition to the Rural Recreation
Program, administered through Charleston County Community Education.
This partnership between Charleston County School District (CCSD)
and CCPRC provides recreation services in areas of the community
which are not served by other municipal recreation departments.
Previously, CCPRC funded recreation complexes on CCSD property at
the campus of Schroeder Middle/C.C. Blaney Elementary School in
Hollywood, and at St. James Santee Elementary in McClellanville.
The new courts will enable Baptist Hill High School to add tennis
to its Physical Education curriculum and create a varsity tennis
program for its students. But of equal importance, the courts will
be accessible to the public when not in use for official school
functions. This public access is a requirement of the PARD funding,
and also of primary importance to CCPRC.
The addition of these courts also coincides with several other recent
tennis-related accomplishments in the area, including Charleston's
selection by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as the
2010 Best Tennis Town, CCSD's receipt of a $150,000 grant from the
USTA to fund the creation of 45 school- based tennis programs throughout
Charleston County, and CCPRC's renovation of courts at the Schroeder/C.C.
Blaney campus. The Schroeder/C.C. Blaney campus facility renovation
included the addition of Quickstart Tennis courts for younger players,
giving the Hollywood area tennis facilities for ages five and up.
For more information on Charleston County Community Education, visit
For more information on CCPRC, visit www.ccprc.com
or call 843-795-4FUN (4386).
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An election to remember
During most of Reconstruction in South Carolina, the Democratic
Party did not field tickets in statewide elections. Because of the
state's large African American majority and the freedmen's loyalty
to the party of Abraham Lincoln, the Republican Party had a firm
grasp on state politics. Democrats could hope to wield influence
only by siding with one Republican faction against another.
that strategy produced tangible gains for Democrats, especially
in 1874, Democrats in 1876 determined to make a campaign for a "straight-out"
Democratic ticket. They nominated for governor Wade Hampton III,
South Carolina's highest-ranking Confederate officer, and other
leading Confederate officers filled out the ticket. The Democratic
strategy of "force without violence" depended on the ability
of Democrats to intimidate or coerce Republicans into abstaining,
but without provoking federal intervention in the state's affairs.
sought to deter Republican enthusiasm by riding wherever Republican
officials were planning to speak, creating a disturbance, and breaking
up or taking over the rally. Usually they demanded equal time to
respond to Republican speeches; often they disrupted Republican
speakers with loud shouting or the brandishing of guns. While such
tactics were unlikely to persuade voters of the superiority of Democratic
ideas, they were effective in making the point that the Republican
state government could not protect its own leaders, not to mention
rank-and-file supporters. On Election Day in 1876 they appeared
at the polls armed and in force, and they attempted to prevent African
Americans from voting. In this objective of reducing the Republican
vote Democrats were unsuccessful, as the Republican Party achieved
its highest vote total of the entire Reconstruction period for incumbent
governor Daniel H. Chamberlain.
were much more successful, however, in piling up new Democratic
votes. Hampton's candidacy and the grassroots "Red Shirt"
organizations created a fever pitch of excitement among the whites.
The straightforward campaign for white supremacy gave the white
masses a clear end and a clear means to that end. Rallies were held
in every county of the state, often including rituals in which Hampton
would come upon a woman dressed as "South Carolina" and
raise her up from the dust or liberate her from her chains. There
were parades, music, and cheers upon cheers, especially when Hampton
spoke. Hampton undoubtedly gained the votes of many whites who had
never voted before during Reconstruction. At the same time, his
frequent promises to respect the civil rights of blacks won him
favor in the North.
must be remembered, however, that the full voting strength of white
South Carolina was still insufficient to win a fair election. According
to an 1875 special state census, South Carolina had 74,193 white
men over age twenty-one and 110,735 black men over age twenty-one.
Democrats polled 92,261 votes and the Republicans polled 91,127
in 1876. Therefore, either 18,000 African Americans voted for Hampton
(as he reportedly believed) or his victory was owed to ballot box
stuffing, repeat voting, and illegal voting. All these tactics were
admitted by Democratic leaders in their memoirs - Georgians crossed
state lines to vote, Red Shirts rode from polling place to polling
place voting everywhere they went, Democrats folded multiple "tissue
ballots" inside their regular paper ballots. Edgefield County
reported two thousand more votes than it had eligible voters.
fraud so obvious, the Republican-controlled State Board of Canvassers
seized the opportunity to grab the election. They declared invalid
the votes of both Edgefield and Laurens counties, which had gone
heavily for Hampton despite being solidly Republican in the past.
Throwing out those counties gave Republicans control of the state
House of Representatives, and that body had the authority to determine
the winner of the election for governor. When the General Assembly
met, the disputed members from Edgefield and Laurens Counties were
excluded, and the House organized along Republican lines. The Democrats
walked out in protest and, incorporating the disputed members, declared
themselves a quorum. They then returned to the State House, forced
their way in, and began to conduct business. For four months South
Carolina had two legislatures - each one debating bills and passing
laws. The state had two governors as well, with both Hampton and
Chamberlain attempting to exercise the powers of that office.
election had national as well as local significance. Presidential
candidates Samuel Tilden and Rutherford Hayes were so tightly deadlocked
in electoral votes that South Carolina's votes would determine who
became president. On the face of the returns Hayes, a Republican,
won; but he had to wait for a national bipartisan election commission
to side with him and Democrats to cease their delaying tactics before
his election was assured in late February 1877.
elected, Hayes adopted a "hands-off" policy toward the
South. In April of that year Chamberlain, knowing that the federal
government would not maintain him in office, resigned.
in South Carolina was over.
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what Jill Eathorne Bahr would say when we asked her to name her
five favorite ballets.
After a career
with the Charleston Ballet Theatre spanning 23 years, we knew the
resident choreographer must have some favorites.
Balanchine's 4 Temperaments: The rapidity of technique,
the sharpness of movement, the angularity of line, the intense
drive. Though created a half-century ago, it still looks astoundingly
modern, and retains its power to astonish, especially when done
by a company in sync with Balanchine's rhythms.
Taylor's Esplanade: An esplanade is an outdoor place
to walk; in 1975 Paul Taylor, inspired by the sight of a girl
running to catch a bus, created a masterwork based on pedestrian
movement. When three couples engage in romantic interplay, a woman
standing tenderly atop her lover's prone body suggests that love
can hurt as well as soothe. The final section has dancers careening
fearlessly across the stage like Kamikazes.
Kylian's Sinfonetta: The famous opening fanfares are
realized through seven male soloists, a clean new freedom of movement
Kylian brought to the dance world. It's just beautiful, and embraces
beauty not as a means to an end, but an end in itself. From start
to finish it moves like a wave. When it's over, the viewer doesn't
want to go anywhere else. Except, perhaps, happily home.
Tharp's In the Upper Room: A 40-minute unfolding of
energy, of pulsating rhythm, of dance ideas. Not for one second
does Tharp let the physical prowess of her dancers substitute
for a complicated, dense dance vocabulary. The expressive force
of the work is so clear, so vividly communicated, that the audience
can hardly but give it an ovation.
Limon's The Moors Pavane: Based upon the tragedy Othello
by William Shakespeare. The ballet was choreographed by José
Limón to music arranged by Simon Sadoff from Henry Purcell's
Abdelazer, The Gordion Knot Untied, and the pavane from Pavane
and Chaconne for Strings. The ballet's four dancers represent
The Moor, Desdemona, Iago, and Emilia.
For more about
the Charleston Ballet Theatre, including tickets to its upcoming
performances of The Nutcracker, go
an open mind
"I believe in an open mind, but not so open that your brains
Hays Sulzberger (1891-1968), publisher of The New York Times
THIS WEEK |
Bag Lunch: Noon, Nov. 4, Center for Women, 129 Cannon
St. Deb Mangolt will share many simple activities to turn your next
girlfriends' getaway into a life-changing experience, with more
fun to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. This is free, but registration
is required by calling (843) 763-7333 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
to beat the boys at pool: 10 a.m. to noon, Nov. 6, Player's
Place Billiards, 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Whether you want to play
a better game of pool, or just look cool at the table, Shari Stauch,
WPBA Hall of Fame Player, will show you how to look and play like
a pro. Basic game rules, pool hall etiquette, pool player lingo
and tips to immediately improve your game, no matter your skill
level. Cost is $20 for Center for Women members, $40 for non-members.
Festival: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 6,
Charles Towne Montessori, 56 Leinbach Street, West Ashley. Charleston's
only internationally-certified Montessori school will have a fall
festival filled with games, great food and lots of fun for children
and adults. More
BookFest Charleston: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 6, at the
Charleston County Public Library on Calhoun Street, Blue Bicycle
Books on King Street and the College of Charleston. More than 60
writers, poets and children's authors will congregate in Charleston
for a free, lively and informative day of storytelling, readings
and panel discussions during the inaugural Capital BookFest Charleston,
sister festival to the successful Capital BookFest in Washington.
Headliners include Nikki Giovanni, Mary Alice Monroe, E. B. Lewis,
Tananarive Due, Josephine Humphreys, Michelle Singletary, Victoria
Rowell, Gary Smith, Sonia Sanchez and Margot Theis Raven. For
more information, go online.
Festival: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 6, Mullet Hall Equestrian
Center at Johns Island County Park. The Charleston County Park and
Recreation Commission presents live bluegrass music from five local
bands, hay rides, a stick pony corral, live animals, pumpkin decorating,
penny diving, lasso demonstrations, crafts and feasting on Carolina
barbeque, turkey legs, roasted corn on the cob, kettle korn. Admission
is $5; free for children 12 and under and Annual Gold Pass holders.
As part of the festival, Mullet Hall Equestrian Center offers a
Weekend Trail Ride for horse owners Nov. 5-7. Bring your horse,
camping gear and supplies for two nights of camping and trail riding
on 20 miles of wooded trails. For more information or to register,
call 843-795-4FUN or visit www.ccprc.com.
Fur Ball: 6:30 p.m., Nov. 6, at the Marriott, Lockwood
Boulevard. The Fur Ball is Pet Helpers' largest annual fundraiser.
With a Casino Royale theme, the evening features a live auction,
casino games, a seated dinner and live entertainment. Click
here for tickets.
ONGOING AND SOON
seafood dinner: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 8, at Pane e Vino, 17
Warren Street. The South Carolina Aquarium and Pane e Vino present
a relaxing evening of mouth-watering sustainable seafood and seafood
education. Enjoy dishes highlighting natural products from our coast
prepared with an Italian flair, all while learning about how your
seafood choices can affect the fish of the future. Dinner reservations
are $45 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Ten percent
of the total will go towards the South
Carolina Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Initiative. Space is
limited. For reservations, contact Pane e Vino at (843) 853-5955.
Blessing of the Vine Festival: 1 to 5 p.m., Nov. 13,
Irvin-House Vineyard, located at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw
Island. At the 8th Annual Blessing of the Vine Festival, wine lovers
can witness the blessing of muscadine grapevines by a priest, and
enjoy live music from The Hawkes while taking in the charming setting
of Irvin-House Vineyard. The event, which includes a burger-cookng
contest, is open to the public, admission is $5 per car. Food will
be available for purchase from Taco Boy, Home Team BBQ and Alchemy
Coffee Shop. The Blessing ceremony will start at 2 p.m. For more
information, call (843) 559-6867.
3rd Annual Rural Mission Oyster Roast: 3-6 p.m., Nov.
14, Bowen's Island Restaurant. Don't miss this terrific November
oyster roast that supports the outreach programs of the Rural Mission,
which helps those who have the least. Enjoy great roasted oysters,
food, drinks, live music and a great sunset view. Tickets are $25
for adults, $5 for children and are available from the Rural Mission
at 843-768-1720, or buy at the door or order
feast: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nov. 14, Rosebank Farms, 4455
Betsy Kerrison Parkway on Johns Island. The second annual Lowcountry
Field Feast honors all things local, from landscape to produce to
seafood. Proceeds from the farm field trip and family-style supper
will benefit Lowcountry Local First's sustainable agriculture program.
James Beard Award-winning Chef Mike Lata of FIG restaurant will
cook supper, Sidi Limehouse and Louise Bennett of Rosebank Farms
will serve as hosts and the dinner will take place in their backyard
by Haulover Creek. Local bluegrass band The Bushels will entertain.
Tickets for the event are $125. To purchase tickets, visit www.lowcountryfieldfeast.com
or call 843-853-9120.
art of negotiation workshop: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday,
9:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, begins Nov. 15, 297 East Bay St.
Erica Ariel Fox leads this workshop using the Beyond Yes Method
to turn stressful personal or professional relationships into successful
ones. Cost: $850. Go
online for more information or phone the Sophia Institute, 843-720-8528.
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