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JULY 14, 2011 - Since its kickoff in May 2010, Society 1858 parties have become one of the hottest social tickets in Charleston. Through events such as the sold-out Flirting with Art event in February and the wildly successful 2010 summer party, Bastille Café, Society 1858 has attracted more than 230 members, making it the largest auxiliary group at the Gibbes Museum of Art.
But more than just hosting great parties, Society 1858's intent is to provide up-and-coming art patrons with much more, from special behind-the-scenes tours of upcoming exhibitions to events with local galleries and artists. On May 21, the group spent a wonderful afternoon at the home of Tom and Caroline Vreede for an event called The Scratched Plate. Dr. Vreede shared tales from his 30 years of collecting art and artist Jill Hooper demonstrated the etching and printing process.
At Society 1858's next event, Bitters and Twisted in the Salon d'Orleans, on July 29 from 8 to 11 p.m., guests will be transported back to 19th century New Orleans with a lively atmosphere of nostalgic music and performance by Theatre Marvelosa, classic cocktails, regional delicacies and vintage attire. Libations and hors d'oeuvres will be provided by Maverick Southern Kitchens and Palmetto Brewing Company.
This sultry summer party complements the subject matter of the upcoming Gibbes exhibition, In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre-Civil War New Orleans, which opens on July 22. Tickets for the party are only available in advance through the Web site or by calling 722-2706 x22.
Society 1858 President Helen Pratt-Thomas, commenting on the Bitters and Twisted party, has said, "After the success of our Flirting with Art party in February, we wanted to create another unforgettable event. We know our guests will be surprised by what we have in store for them -- we really want to transport them to another place and time."
to look for later this year include a Unitarian Graveyard Tour and Stone
Carving Demonstration at the Old City Jail in October and Piranesi
and Prosecco at the home of Randolph Martz in December. This local
architect and self-described neoclassicist will open his home to the members
of Society 1858 for a special look at his collections ranging from books,
electric fans, bronze and plaster busts, architectural fragments, and
prints and maps by Piranesi, Robert Mills, and an unknown Japanese military
A happy birthday, with peace and rock and roll
By MARSHA GUERARD, editor
JULY 14, 2011 - On Wednesday I celebrated my 56th birthday, and received a gift of peace and contentment. It was by far the best birthday of my life.
My husband, my best friend, took the day off, carefully did his research and then took me out to Page's Okra Grill for a wonderful shrimp and grits breakfast. I'm reading a satisfying whodunit set in rural Quebec by Louise Penny; I have a sweet, loving, funny new pup who has joined the menagerie at our house; and I have discovered how even in 95-feels-like-175-degree heat, you can still catch a breeze and relax in the shade of the big cypress tree that's growing in my back yard.
It's hard to wrap my head around being 56. It just sounds ancient. But then I received this email touting an upcoming concert at Boone Hall. And that, too, was a birthday gift. I realized at 56, I have the gift of aging rock stars around me who can make me feel eternally 17. My mother never had that, and aging was a bitter experience for her.
Singers for the Charleston show include some familiar names and bands: -John Ford Coley (England Dan), David Pack (Ambrosia), Larry Hoppen (Orleans), John Cafferty (The Beaver Brown Band) and Robbie Dupree (Grammy nominated singer/songwriter). They'll be backed by a band of world-class musicians that include current and former members of The Elton John Band, Orleans, the Pat Travers Band and Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force. Most of the band and several of the singers have played in Iraq for U.S. Troops.
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Enjoy the show, and enjoy your age.
The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring Charleston Currents to you at no cost. Today we shine our spotlight on a company familiar to many across the Lowcountry: Force Protection, Inc. Since its founding in 1996 in Charleston, S.C., Force Protection has emerged as a leading manufacturer of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles that are deployed in support of armed forces and security personnel serving in theaters of operation around the globe. With a mission of bringing our heroes home safely, Force Protection is continually researching, developing and delivering leading-edge, life-saving solutions designed to counter roadside bomb threats, including IEDs and EFPs. For the complete profile, visit www.forceprotection.net.
JULY 14, 2011 -- BizBuilderSC, the statewide entrepreneur and small business training program, has sponsored certification of 23 trainers in NxLeveL® Education's entrepreneur training products. Classes are starting up next month for new businesses, agricultural businesses and one for technology and bioscience firms.
BizBuilderSC is the expansion of the successful FastTracSC program housed at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. Charleston area instructors are: Peter Lucash (that's me!) of Business Indigo, Steve Simmons of CME Appraisals, Harry Chrissy of Clemson, Vickie Waller, and Laura Williams and Mary Dickerson of the Chamber.
justice to preside over RiverDogs' CLE Night
dugout bench, mind you, but the judge's bench.
at 4 p.m., area attorneys will be positioned to earn credit hours for
attending a presentation by South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice
Golf tournament set to benefit Meals on Wheels
Sponsors and participants are being sought for the East Cooper Meals on Wheels 13th Annual Outback Steakhouse Charity Golf Classic.
The golf tournament will have a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at RiverTowne Country Club in Mount Pleasant. RiverTowne was voted a "Best You Can Play" course this year by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel.
Each participant will receive a golf shirt and enjoy lunch and dinner from Outback Steakhouse, featuring an exclusive tournament menu. Proceeds will support the delivery of daily nutrition to homebound seniors east of the Cooper.
Sponsorship opportunities include individual players ($250) and executive teams ($1,200). Additional sponsorships are available starting at $150.
East Cooper Meals on Wheels delivers daily nutrition to residents who are homebound or unable to provide their own meals. The organization also advocates on behalf of recipients whose needs exceed the scope of its programs. The mission extends beyond the poor elderly to include anyone of any age who is homebound for any length of time and/or unable to independently provide a meal.
College foundation gets $1 million for Dixie Plantation research
The College of Charleston Foundation has received a $1 million grant from the Spaulding-Paolozzi Foundation in support of two field research stations at Dixie Plantation.
to support environmental science research and instruction, the field research
stations will accommodate students and faculty from the College's undergraduate
and graduate programs in Environmental Sciences, Biology and Archeology.
The field research component establishes a base for generating environmental,
sustainability and conservation science, while also preserving the property's
Research conducted at Dixie Plantation will continue to have a profound impact and provide solutions to national environmental challenges such as coastal pollution, water ecology, and sustainability.
"We are grateful for the support of the Spaulding-Paolozzi Foundation," College of Charleston President P. George Benson said. "This grant will help further efforts by the College to protect and preserve our Lowcountry ecosystem while providing extraordinary research opportunities for our students and faculty."
Dixie Plantation currently encompasses 881 acres bordering the Stono River and the Intracoastal Waterway, about 17 miles south of Charleston. The former home of John Henry Dick, a naturalist and artist who drew and photographed thousands of birds, the property was donated to the College of Charleston Foundation as part of Dick's estate.
The land comprises a variety of mini-ecosystems, including long-leaf pine habitat, wetlands, marsh, brackish ponds, agricultural lands, and meadows. Dixie Plantation positions the College for national distinction in environmental education and sustainability studies.
The Spaulding-Paolozzi Foundation was founded by Countess Alicia Paolozzi to support efforts concerning 1) the environment 2) the sustainability of agriculture and 3) issues involving the elderly and women.
Summerall memoir honored by Army Historical Foundation
"The Way of Duty, Honor, Country," a memoir by former Citadel President Gen. Charles P. Summerall, has been recognized by the Army Historical Foundation as an outstanding contribution to U.S. Army history.
The book was honored at the foundation's 14th annual members meeting in Fort Belvoir, Va., in June. Finalists were judged by an awards committee of distinguished military historians and writers against a set of criteria, including significance to U.S. Army history, historical accuracy, and quality of writing.
Chosen for the award in the category of Journals, Memoirs and Letters, "The Way of Duty, Honor, Country" tells the story of a celebrated soldier who witnessed profound technological, military, and social advances during his lifetime. The memoir was originally composed by Summerall when, at age 83, he wrote down a detailed account of his life on a yellow legal pad, recounting his childhood in the poor rural South of the post-Civil War era and his schooling at West Point.
relates his impressive military career from his rise through the ranks
of the U.S. Army and his service during World War I to his appointment
as Chief of Staff of the United States Army and a two-decade-long tenure
as president of The Citadel where he doubled enrollment, balanced the
budget, expanded the campus and established the first civil engineering
program in South Carolina.
Blockade intensifies as
After the April firing on Fort Sumter, President Lincoln ordered a Federal blockade of the Southern ports. On May 11, 1861, the steam frigate USS Niagara was the first ship to arrive at the mouth of Charleston Harbor to initiate the blockade. Charleston resident Emma Holmes wrote in her diary, "Old Abe has at last fulfilled his threats of blockading us by sending us the Niagara here." In theory, the blockade was a solid tactical judgment. In reality, there too much coast to cover with too few ships.
Federal Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles appointed a "Blockade Strategy Board" to make recommendations to improve the blockade. In a report on July 13, 1861, the commission recommended that a port of operations be established to support the South Atlantic blockade. Their choices for consideration were Bull's Bay, north of Charleston, St. Helena Sound or Port Royal Sound, south of Charleston. Port Royal, considered to be the finest natural deep-water harbor south of the Chesapeake Bay, was ultimately selected. They calculated that a force of six thousand men would be needed to capture Hilton Head, Parry's Island (now Parris Island) and Phillip's Island. Further, they estimated that 10,000 to 12,000 troops would be required to hold that position on the South Carolina coast.
July, at the order of Governor Francis Pickens, construction started on
new Confederate defensive fortifications at the entrance to the Port Royal
Harbor: Fort Walker on Hilton Head and Fort Beauregard at Bay Point. Captain
Francis D. Lee, South Carolina Army Engineers, was tasked with building
the two new forts, utilizing slave labor from local plantations.
While both Union and Confederate forces were focusing on Port Royal, war was ready to erupt in Virginia. On July 16, Union General Irvin McDowell departed Washington with 35,000 troops, marching on the Confederate Army of the Potomac under the command of General Beauregard camped near Manassas. On July 21, the battle first looked to be a Union victory, but in the afternoon Colonel Thomas Jackson's Virginia brigade, the Hampton Legion from South Carolina and J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry came up to join the fight. The battle ended as a resounding Confederate victory as the Union army and its many spectators fled back to Washington.
entrenched in Civil War lore is an exchange between South Carolina general
Baynard Bee and Colonel Thomas Jackson. As the Union army still successfully
was advancing, Bee shouted, "The Enemy are driving us." To which
Jackson replied, "Then, Sir, we will give them the bayonet"
and refused to leave the field. Reportedly inspired by Jackson's resilience,
Bee shouted to his men, "There is Jackson standing like a stone wall.
Let us determine to die here, and we will conquer. Follow me!" Bee
was unfortunately mortally wounded, but the name "Stonewall"
became the moniker of Thomas Jackson forevermore.
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NFIB says optimism falls
Here at the expansive offices of Charleston Currents, we tend to be naturally optimistic. But we may be an endangered species.
According to a report issued Tuesday, the National Federation of Independent Business' monthly Small-Business Optimism Index dropped one tenth of a point (0.1) in June, settling at 90.8, solidly in recession territory. It was the fourth straight month for a drop in optimism. Survey data for specific states isn't available, but what's happening elsewhere is reflected in what's happening in South Carolina, said J.J. Darby, state director of NFIB/South Carolina, the state's leading small business association. "Small-business owners are registering a vote of 'no confidence' in the federal government," Darby said.
According to the report:
"Spare no expense
to save money on this one."
Bastille Day Soiree: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., July 14, Fish Restaurant on King Street. There will be Can Can dancers, French wines and beers, specially created cocktails, a pomme frites and crêpe station. Cost: $35 to $45.
(NEW) Bastille Day at the Harbour Club: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 14. Celebrate French Independence Day with a wine tasting and authentic French fare. Three tables will offer "head to head" comparison tastings in traditional French style, with Chateau Sainte Roseline's excellent, value priced, "Perle de Roseline" line against the premium "Lampe De Meduse" Cru Classe line. A Fourth table will feature an extraordinary wine from the fabled Chateauneuf Du Pape region. This wine will be paired with French artisan chocolates from Charleston's own chocolatier, Christophe Paume. Member Admission: $22, Guest Admission: $35 inclusive. Reservations required: Contact the Harbour Club Receptionist at 843-723-9680.
Theatre: 10 a.m., July 15 at Northwoods Park and Recreation
Center, 8348 Greenridge Road in North Charleston, and 2 p.m., July
15 at Sterett Hall Auditorium, 1530 7th St. Flow Circus presents Paul
Miller's one-man variety show of juggling, mystifying magic, and comedy.
Fee: Children $2, Adults Free. Group reservations required. Call 843-740-5854.
Moonlight Mixer at Folly: 7 p.m., July 15, Folly Beach Fishing Pier. DJ Jim Bowers will keep your feet moving with the hottest oldies and beach music. Tickets are $10 per person ($8 for Charleston County residents). Advance purchase is recommended. Food, beverage or parking fees are not included in ticket price. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site. More info online or call 795-4386.
& Palate Stroll: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., July 15. Stroll
through the historic district's streets and galleries, enjoying the works
of nationally renowned artists and feasting on local cuisine. Tickets
are $45 and proceeds go to the Charleston Fine Art Dealers Association's
arts scholarship. To make a reservation, go
Book Signing: 2 to 4 p.m., July 16, Barnes and Noble, 7620 Rivers Ave. Susan Hudson Chellis, a resident of Summerville, SC, will be available to sign copies of her novel, The Kitchen Table.
CALENDAR: ONGOING AND SOON
Revolutionary War focus tours: 4 p.m., July 12, 19, 26, Heyward-Washington House, 87 Church St. The Charleston Museum's Heyward-Washington House will offer special Revolutionary War focus tours every Tuesday in July. Reservations are not required. Admission is $10/adult and $5/child (free for Charleston Museum members). For more information, Call 722-2996 ext. 235. Please note: the July Revolutionary War Focus Tours are not available to tour groups during this time slot.
It Forward, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 20, The Square Onion Too,
411 Coleman Blvd. Each year, more than 3,500 wild animals are displaced
from their natural habitat in the Lowcountry and taken to a local animal
refuge, Keeper of the Wild. The cost of caring for these animals is rising,
and this local nonprofit organization has been selected as the beneficiary
of the July installment of Pour It Forward wine tasting. A $10 donation
is requested. With that donation, patrons will enjoy a wine tasting, healthy
snacks, music and more.
Third Thursday: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 21, historic downtown Summerville.
Includes Summerville's Got Talent contest finale, First Federal Bank's
game of hide and seek with Filbert their mascot, the town's Cultural Arts
Alliance's new Quilt Show in the Town Municipal building, a sidewalk sale
from town merchants, and food sales. Contact Summerville
DREAM for more information (843) 821-7260.
Entrepreneur Money Management: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 23, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 4500 Leeds Ave., North Charleston. BizBuilderSC, which offers statewide entrepreneur and small business training, is offering a class called "Money Matters, the NxLevel® Guide to Money Management." Tuition is $75. More information or to register, or contact Laura Williams at 843-805-3102.
Family Fun Weekends: Saturdays and Sundays, July and August. South Carolina residents who want to enjoy a "staycation" can take advantage of reduced admissions at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Weekend admission to the gardens and a nature train ride will be $40 for each vehicle carrying up to five passengers. Free snow cones and popcorn will be served at the Peacock Café. For more information, call 571-1266
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