Yoga Charleston adds champion, new location
Special to Charleston Currents
30, 2010 - Griffin Peddicord, who overcame a diagnosis of juvenile
rheumatoid arthritis to finish first in the 2010 Bishnu Charan Ghosh
Yoga Championship Male Youth Division, has joined Bikram Yoga Charleston.
that's not the only news to come out of the yoga studio, which will
open its second location at the corner of Spring and President streets
on about Jan. 8.
downtown location was chosen to better serve downtown residents,
office and medical workers, and nearby college students. The new
studio, which features extended hours and free off-street parking,
will offer clients Bikram "hot" yoga classes seven days
a week by the state's only certified instructors. Like its predecessor
in Mount Pleasant's Shops at Seaside Farms, it features a custom-built,
eco-friendly, precisely heated and humidified exercise room, plus
comfortable locker rooms with showers and an expansive lobby for
relaxing afterwards with other students.
Peddicord's classmates in Maryland were attending proms and graduation
parties, he moved on with diligence and dedication to become, at
17, the youngest teacher ever to receive certification from The
Bikram Yoga College of India.
am thrilled to welcome Griffin as an instructor to our highly-qualified
team at Bikram Yoga Charleston. His expertise in instructing, as
well as competing in Bikram Yoga is a wonderful asset to us. There
are few people of his accomplishment and experience, and we look
forward to his company.
consider it an honor to learn from a Yoga champion, and as the only
Bikram hot yoga studio in the Charleston/Columbia area, people are
traveling considerable distances to take Griffin's classes.
said he chose to move to Charleston because of the extraordinary
effort Kiser puts into finding well-qualified yogis to educate the
students. Griffin is now a freshman at College of Charleston, studying
international business and economics.
he is not attending school or teaching classes, Griffin travels
as a youth ambassador for Bikram Yoga. His goal is to help educate
the world's young people on the joys of yoga.
feel yoga has given me so much," he explained, "that I
have an intrinsic responsibility to aid the growth of yoga among
on his own physical challenges, Griffin is a walking, talking and
bending miracle. Diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in
2007, he was unable to complete even one lap around the track at
high school lacrosse try-outs. Bikram Yoga was key to conquering
the disease. Now, as an International Champion, Griffin hopes to
inspire children to overcome their obstacles.
Mount Pleasant studio at 1973 Riviera Drive in Seaside Farms is
the state's first and only yoga school offering Bikram's Beginning
Yoga Class, with 26 postures and two breathing exercises.
Kiser is director of Bikram Yoga Charleston. He can be reached at
(843) 884-3737 or by email
at. For more information, visit www.bikramcharleston.com.
An ambrosial toast
to the New Year
By ANN THRASH, contributing editor
30, 2010 - At the first newspaper reporting job I had, back in the
(ouch) mid-1980s, one of the stories I got assigned to write in
anticipation of New Year's Day was a little feature asking local
politicians, bigwigs and personalities such as the sheriff and county
administrator what their best hangover cure was. Can you imagine
that happening in today's world? My guess is that most people in
the public eye wouldn't want to comment on that subject now -- it
wouldn't be in their best self-interest to have constituents know
they'd ever overindulged.
I definitely do NOT recommend doing what you have to do to get a
hangover, I do want to recommend this: If you'll be celebrating
legally and in moderation, as we all should, and want to ring in
2011 with something different, consider trying a cocktail that I'm
particularly fond of -- in fact, I thought up the recipe.
whole thing happened this past summer when I entered a contest in
which a local restaurant asked folks to devise a Charleston-themed
Christmas cocktail. I didn't make the cut in the contest, but everyone
who's tasted my drink says it's great.
call it Spiked Ambrosia.
as you might know, is a traditional Southern holiday dessert, typically
featuring fresh oranges and coconut. Ambrosia is the idea I started
with when trying to dream up the recipe for the contest.
have been grown locally for centuries -- in fact, there was once
an orangerie downtown that gave Orange Street its name. And coconuts
were frequently seen in Charleston in the 1700s and 1800s as well;
because of our prominence as a port of call, we got lots of then-exotic
fruit and other items from Caribbean nations -- so I thought coconut
fit the Charleston theme of the contest as well. I used coconut
rum in the drink, since rum also would have been on those ships
that frequented Charleston Harbor centuries ago.
really wanted to use Madeira, too. I'm a big fan of this now-rarely-drunk
wine. Madeira was hugely popular in Charleston in the 1700s and
1800s; it was one of the rare wines that actually improved from
the long, rolling voyage across the Atlantic from Madeira Island
(off the coast of Portugal), and it could aged for decades even
despite the Lowcountry's high heat.
the recipe for Spiked Ambrosia. As I mentioned, it didn't make the
finals -- the winner was a martini with vanilla vodka and dark chocolate
liqueur, neither of which I'm sure about the Charleston connection
for -- not that I'm bitter about losing or anything. But seriously,
give this drink a try for fun.
quick note on the Madeira: It's a fortified wine, like port, so
you can't buy it in the grocery stores. My neighborhood liquor store
had a lighter styled type called Rainwater Madeira, but that was
too light and didn't work in my recipe, so I went to Total Wine
and got a bottle of Sandeman Fine Rich Madeira that worked wonderfully.
Don't even think about using a "cooking wine" Madeira
-- salty and nasty!
a happy and safe New Year's celebration!
jiggers Fine Rich Madeira
2 jiggers orange juice
½ jigger amaretto
1 jigger coconut rum
Splash of grenadine
everything to a shaker along with crushed ice. Serve in a martini
glass. Makes 1 cocktail.
Pleasant native Ann Thrash is a contributing editor for Charleston
Currents. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
solutions needed for hunger, homeless
of increasing money to buy food for the hungry and housing for the
12/27], let's make a resolution to look for and implement
long term (even short term) solutions to these problems.
are not the answer. Let's resolve to use fewer Band-Aids and more
cures. Tougher, for sure, but the only thing that'll work in the
Joanne B. Milkereit, RD, Charleston, S.C.
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Check out the daily educational programs with animal feedings and
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State has new business
personal property filing procedure
PETER LUCASH, contributing editor
30, 2010 - South Carolina businesses have a new filing process for
business personal property tax returns with the state Department
of Revenue. Starting Jan. 1, 2011, all businesses with account closing
periods of Dec. 31, 2010 and after must file online through South
Carolina Business One Stop. Business One Stop is the official business
portal for the state. Along with the new business personal property
tax filing, business users may add and pay for many other licenses,
permits, and registrations, such as Alcohol Beverage Licensing,
Wage and Contribution Reports, Incorporation filings, among others.
School economic forecast for SC - looking up!
In its annual
presentation, USC's Moore School reviews the past year and looks
at 2011. Overall, a positive look, but beware of how far we are
Florida -- can Charleston learn from him?
Here's a video
of author Richard Florda's recent keynote speech for Leadership
Austin. The message relates to us here -- the new economy is about
what you know. We've moved from brawn to brains. Brawn requires
geographic proximity. Brain power -- knowledge -- can move across
Lucash is a Charleston-based businessman who runs Digital
CPE, a training, consulting and information media company that
works to improve the business management of organizations. You can
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Business Indigo blog here.
holidays with canned food donation
by Kate Dittloff
15-foot-tall Morris Island lighthouse that stood in the South
Carolina Aquarium's Great Hall during the holiday season, which
was constructed solely of cans donated by Piggly Wiggly, was dismantled
Tuesday for a good cause.
packed up the lighthouse as well as another canned sculpture representing
the train from The Polar Express, and took them Wednesday along
with canned goods donated by aquarium guests to Crisis Ministries.
South Carolina Aquarium Board Chairman Ken Seeger was on hand for
the big donation.
all, more than 5,200 cans went to the organization that works to
end homelessness and hunger in the Lowcountry. On average, Crisis
Ministries' soup kitchen provides 175 lunchtime meals per day to
anyone in the community who is in need, in all about 200,000 meals
are served there per year.
Aquarium's sponsors for the project included Stumphouse Architecture
+ Design, Y102.5, Piggly Wiggly, Crisis Ministries and its partner
site, The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry.
raccoons and win a Magnolia membership
Plantation and Gardens has an eye-catching new resident, an albino
is the second albino to join the Gardens' petting zoo this year,
along with a dark-colored raccoon. The animals, all born this year,
come from Keeper of the Wild in St. George.
the 25 years that Janet Kinser has provided shelter to injured and
orphaned animals she's seen only two albino raccoons. But 2010 has
year, I've seen six albino raccoons," said Kinser, Keeper of
the Wild's founding director. "It has been odd or coincidental."
raccoons are produced by a genetic defect. They don't survive long
in the wild because prey can spot them easily, Chris Smith, director
of Magnolia's petting zoo, said. The new arrival is a male. The
second albino raccoon is a female, and the dark-colored raccoon
is a male.
raccoons are tame enough for me to take care of them in the exhibit,
but they are not pets," Smith said. "They are wild animals,
therefore, kids won't have a chance to pet them."
Magnolia is giving children a chance to name the two albino raccoons
and their friend. To enter, mail your entries to: Name the Raccoons,
Magnolia Plantation and Garden, 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston,
S.C. 29414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
prize is an annual family membership. Deadline to enter is Jan.
Point celebrates centennial with free admission
Point is offering visitors a chance to visit the naval and maritime
museum in Mount Pleasant for free on Jan. 8 and 9 to celebrate the
centennial of naval aviation.
hours will be 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
aboard for a free tour of the Essex aircraft carrier USS Yorktown,
the nation's most decorated aircraft carrier to survive conflict
and scrapping, as the nation celebrates the achievements and sacrifice
of men and women involved in naval aviation over the last century,
multiple wars and conflicts.
"Father of Naval Aviation" is a Charlestonian. William
Adger Moffett grew up in Charleston, attended Second Presbyterian
Church and attended the Naval Academy from 1886 to 1890. He was
a Medal of Honor recipient in 1915 and as a rear admiral commanded
the Bureau of Naval Aeronautics from 1921 until his death in 1933
involving the crash of the airship Akron. Rear Adm. Moffett's efforts
laid the foundation of the modern air Navy and the carrier forces
upon which we built during World War II.
2011 Patriots Point will host multiple events to celebrate the centennial.
Kitteridge," by Elizabeth Strout
Kitteridge is a retired math teacher living in Crosby, Maine. She's
opinionated, difficult, a fundamentally lonely person who nonetheless
doesn't much enjoy the company of others.
is married to Henry, who in most ways truly is her opposite number.
He's kind, genial, mystified at times by his moody wife and their
Olive has her moments of compassion, of remarkable perception. Around
her in this tiny town, others' lives frequently intertwine with
Olive's, despite her natural isolation.
read this book because the Charleston County Public Library Website
said it won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2009. (I hoped that
reading Serious Literature would help arrest the steady march of
my brain on its way to mush. That was a pretty good instinct on
was most shocking to me after reading this insightful and often
funny book about the interior lives of folks who were frequently
my age or older - I'm 55 - was to look at the flyleaf and see a
photograph of the book's youngish author, Elizabeth Strout. How
could she step into the mind of someone so much older?
Marsha Guerard, Charleston Currents editor
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Road dates back to Native Americans
Ashley River Road is one of the oldest roads in South Carolina.
It began as a Native American trading path, paralleling the Ashley
River, and later served the colonists of the original Charleston
settlement. The Lords Proprietors authorized the road in 1690. The
modern road consists of an approximately fifteen-mile portion of
S.C. Highway 61 up to Bacon's Bridge Road (S.C. Highway 165). During
the colonial era, numerous plantations lined the route, as did St.
Andrew's Episcopal Church (1706). In 1721 a law was passed to protect
the shade trees along its route, a forerunner of modern ordinances
that protect trees and require buffers.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church was built in 1706. It was added
to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
the years after the Civil War, Ashley River Road communities, especially
those of newly emancipated African Americans, established numerous
churches along its routes, including Springfield Baptist, St. Andrew's
Episcopal, St. Philip's African Methodist Episcopal, and Ashley
River Road Missionary Baptist. Since World War II, suburban development
has increasingly moved from Charleston up the Ashley River Road.
Of major significance was the prevention by preservationists of
an exit off Interstate 526 onto the Ashley River Road. Instead traffic
was shifted to a new four-lane highway paralleling the road to the
sections of the eleven-mile segment from Church Creek almost to
S.C. Highway 165 are still canopied by forests festooned with Spanish
moss. In 1983 the road was placed in the National Register of Historic
Places. It was designated a State Scenic Byway in 1998 and a National
Scenic Byway in 2000. Historic sites along its route, such as Drayton
Hall, Magnolia Gardens, and Middleton Place, attract hundreds of
thousands of people each year, making the road one of the most popular
historic routes in the state. Increasing suburban sprawl and the
pressures of traffic, however, render the future of this unique
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"Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight
people. So overweight people are now average. Which means you've
met your New Year's resolution."
Then Swim: Special holiday hours will be in effect this
week at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau St. In
conjunction with the Rebekah Jacob Gallery, the City Gallery presents
"Drown Then Swim," the first comprehensive survey of artist
Tim Hussey's work from 1992 to present day, focusing mainly on paintings
and drawings produced from 2000 to 2010. The installation of more
than 75 art works will examine the progression from his early post-commercial
illustration years to the more primitive, spontaneous expression
of his paintings on canvas, board and paper. The City Gallery will
be closed until Tuesday, Dec. 28, and will reopen with regular gallery
hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon
to 5 p.m. The gallery also will be closed Jan. 1, 2011. The show
will close on Jan. 23. Admission is free.
and a Show: 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday or Saturday
night performances this month. Tristan Dining and Charleston
Stage offer guests a three-course dinner for two at Tristan, valet
parking and two tickets to "A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story
of Christmas." Before the show, guests will arrive at Tristan
at 5:30 pm for valet parking, enjoy an appetizer, entrée
and house bottle of wine, and proceed to the Charleston Stage performance
at the Dock Street Theatre. Following, guests are invited back to
Tristan for dessert before their car arrives from valet. The entire
"Dinner and A Show" evening for two costs $150 and can
be ordered through the Charleston Stage Box Office by calling 843-577-7183.
New Year, Charleston: 4 p.m. to 10:15 p.m., Dec. 31,
Marion Square. A family-friendly, alcohol free New Year's Eve celebration,
with entertainment and participatory events for adults and children.
parking vouchers, valid in many downtown garages, are provided
Year's at Woodlands Inn: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., Dec. 31. Ring
in the New Year at Woodlands Inn. This black tie gala features a
seven-course dinner, fireworks at midnight with a champagne toast,
live entertainment, ballroom dancing, gift giveaways and more. The
$199-per-person cost is exclusive of tax and gratuity, and special
transportation and overnight accommodation rates are available.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 843-308-2115.
ONGOING AND SOON
Time for Awakening: 9 a.m., Jan. 3 to Jan. 8, 2011.
This 5-day retreat with Henk Brandt and Carolyn Rivers will focus
on working with Henk to develop the power of mindfulness, bringing
us closer to an intimate, more harmonious life, and with Carolyn
to identify our heart callings, the unrealized potential or buried
longing many of us carry inside. Participants will work with them
individually and together. Tuition: $595. Register
Exhibit: Jan. 3 to Feb 28, 2011, The Meeting Place, 1077 East
Montague Ave. North Charleston. In his exhibit, "Sea and Shore,"
local artist David Springer will present metal sculpture depictions
of Lowcountry birds, plants, and wildlife. Window viewing, free
of the West re-enactment: 3 to 6:30 p.m., Jan. 8. Cadets
from The Citadel will reenact the Jan. 9, 1861, firing on the Union
supply ship the Star of the West in commemoration of its 150th anniversary.
With support from the city of Charleston, the re-enactment will
take place on Morris Island. Between 15 and 20 faculty and cadet
re-enactors from The Citadel Military Living History Society will
participate. In addition, The Citadel Alumni Association will host
a Charleston harbor cruise that will pass by Morris Island during
the reenactment. The harbor cruise will leave the aquarium wharf
at 3 p.m. and will return at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine on Jan. 8.
Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online at www.citadelalumni.org
or by calling PJ Calogrides at 843-953-6586 or email email@example.com.
Silence, Creativity with Anne LeClaire: 6:30 p.m., Jan.
28, 297 East Bay St. Theologians, poets, artists, writers and
philosophers have long known that in order to create anything, including
a deeply fulfilling life, the first requirement is that we become
quiet. It is in this space of stillness that truths surface, understandings
expand, and we discover in the silence of our hearts answers to
living authentically. Begin the new year by joining Anne in exploring
the possibilities of silence and its connection to creativity and
to living not just to survive but to thrive. Tuition: Evening lecture
only, $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Weekend workshop (includes
lecture): $195 by January 5, $250 after. Register
Circle Cup tickets: Now through April 10. Family Circle
Cup individual session tickets are on sale 24 hours a day at Ticketmaster.com.
Tickets can also be ordered at (800) 745-3000, or at any local Publix
location offering Ticketmaster services. The player field is beginning
to form with defending champion and World No. 6 Samantha Stosur,
as well as 19-year-old American standout Melanie Oudin set to compete.
The Family Circle Cup is scheduled April 2-10, 2011 at the Family
Circle Tennis Center in the Best Tennis Town in America, Charleston,
South Carolina. For more information, go
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