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CREEPING IN. With the unseasonably warm temperatures of late, fog has been creeping in, as poet Carl Sandburg wrote in 1919, "on little cat feet" in recent mornings, as contributing photographer Michael Kaynard found at the landing near the Wappoo Cut drawbridge between West Ashley and James Island. Kaynard Photography.

The rest of the six line poem: "It sits looking | over harbor and city | on silent haunches | and then moves on. "

Issue 5.11 | Monday, Jan. 14, 2013
Still celebrating the dream

:: Begin With Books serves more

:: What we can be proud of

:: Capture of the Isaac P. Smith

:: MLK fun, local Moe's, Rotary Anns

:: Stono Rebellion


:: FEEDBACK: On big government

:: SPOTLIGHT: Piggly Wiggly

:: CALENDAR: This week ... and next

:: THE LIST: SMART strategy

:: QUOTE: What's dangerous


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Begin With Books serving more children locally

Special to Charleston Currents

JAN. 14, 2013 -- Like many of its beneficiaries, Begin With Books (BWB) is not yet 3 years old, but it's already making a big splash in Charleston County. In fact, the ripple effects are just beginning.



Begin With Books is the local affiliate of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, a pre-school literacy program that mails books directly to children's homes - one book every single month for up to 5 years. More and more studies show that early childhood literacy - and early access to books -- are critical to later success in school.

Begin With Books has already placed over 15,000 books into the homes of more than 1,600 children in Charleston County, and we're just getting started. Enrollment in the program has grown from just 250 children in January 2011 to 500 in January 2012 and more than 1,350 in January 2013. The enrollment increase is due partly to growing saturation in initial service communities, as well as expansion into new coverage areas.

BWB started in the rural communities of Charleston County - Hollywood, Ravenel, Adams Run, Edisto, Awendaw, McClellanville, Johns and Wadmalaw Islands - and has recently expanded to Charleston's densely populated upper peninsula area where target enrollment is another 1000 children. Participation already averages over 50 percent of the age-eligible population in established service areas, and in some communities enrollment is as high as 74 percent.

Studies show that pre-school family reading and access to books can substantially improve school readiness and school performance. We are counting on the repetitive and cumulative aspects of the program to deliver a better-prepared population to our school system in a very few years.

Long-term studies of the Imagination Library by the Tennessee Board of Regents show that there's a measurable improvement in scores for Pre-K and Kindergarten students who have participated in the Imagination Library. We want to see these changes in Charleston.

Begin With Book's local operations are run by a network of volunteer teams that work from within the communities to raise funds and register children. Our volunteer teams are the key to success. We could not reach out to all corners of the communities for fund-raising and enrolling children without local support. We rely on the energy and insider knowledge of our wonderful volunteers.

Eligibility and enrollment

Begin With Books is currently delivering books in nine Charleston County communities: Charleston (29403 and 29409), Adams Run (29426), Awendaw (29429), Edisto (29438), Hollywood-Meggett-Yonges Island (29449), Johns Island (29455), McClellanville (29458), Ravenel (29470) and Wadmalaw (29487).

If you live in one of these communities and have a child who is 4 years old or younger, your child is eligible for the program and may be enrolled online or by picking up a registration form from a local public library.

The Imagination Library is an international program that was founded in 1996 by Dolly Parton and the Dollywood Foundation. The books distributed by the Imagination Library are selected by a highly qualified team of educators and child development specialists and reach more 700,000 children worldwide. The Dollywood Foundation and Penguin Publishing generously subsidize the program, and the balance of local costs is funded by donations from local foundations, businesses and individuals.

BWB's local share is just $33 per child per year, which delivers 12 books by mail to each child. To help support the program financially, you can donate at or mail your donation to Begin With Books, P.O. Box 183, Charleston SC 29402.

We've got a lot to be proud of
By ANDY BRACK, publisher

JAN. 14, 2013 -- Critics and columnists spend a lot of time suggesting how things can be better. But if they don't step back every now and then, they may lose sight of a lot of good that is going on.

Despite challenges with South Carolina's education system, poverty, an antiquated tax structure and persistently poor health, more than a million new people moved into the Palmetto State over the last 20 years -- a sign that we do a lot right. And the kinds of things we do right are more than beauty pageants, shrimp and grits, football (and tailgating), friendliness and a great quality of life for many.

Here are some ways the Palmetto State excels -- some examples you might want to provide naysayers when the next story comes about how backward things seem in South Carolina:

  • Work. We build cars and planes and were picked by major companies (BMW and Boeing) because our people know how to work.

Dr. Charles Gould, president of Florence-Darlington Technical College, said South Carolinians aren't scared of hard work. "When we work, we really work. And when we are expected to work at something we don't really understand, we will break down every barrier to learn that work. ... This is part of the answer to why companies come here and why they are extraordinarily satisfied with what they find."

  • Conservation. We do conservation right. Just look at the collaborative effort between governments, non-profits and landowners in the ACE Basin area south of Charleston over the last two generations. They've protected more than 200,000 acres forever through public purchases and donations of conservation easements.

Not only did the effort lead to dedicated conservationists on both sides of the political aisle, but it fostered conservation cooperation all over the state that grew so that about 2 million acres of land in the coastal plain are protected, said Dana Beach, head of the S.C. Coastal Conservation League. "Today, there is much discussion nationwide about how to protect large ecosystems and landscapes," he said. "South Carolina's ACE Basin was a pioneer and arguably the first 'landscape level' conservation initiative in the country."


What are some of the good things that happen in South Carolina?

Let us know by writing a letter to the editor.

Realtor and conservationist Charles Lane of Charleston noted how South Carolina is a national leader in easements as some 425,000 acres were protected through easements in the state between 1989 and 2009. The State Conservation Bank also protected 162,894 acres at a cost of just over $500 per acre, he said.

  • Business climate. South Carolina lures major industries successfully through its quality of life and investment in infrastructure improvements, like water and sewer service, bridges and roads. "Well-considered investments of tax dollars by governments at all levels are paying great positive dividends for citizens resulting, in part, in our attractive quality of life and a very positive business climate," said former state Sen. Phil Leventis of Sumter.

  • Hospitality. With Charleston being rated as the world's number one city in 2012 by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, it's pretty clear that South Carolina does tourism right too. Just look at Columbia's great New Year's eve, great state parks, Freedom Weekend Aloft in the Upstate, Myrtle Beach's attractions and more. "South Carolina has the human qualities of warmth and hospitality in abundance, coupled with industriousness and a 'get it done' attitude in business and research," said USC President Harris Pastides.

  • Judicial system. Barbara Zia, co-president of the League of Women Voters of South Carolina, lauds the high quality of the state's judiciary and merit selection system. "Our state judicial system operates effectively, despite gross underfunding and being under the General Assembly."

  • History and innovation. AT&T South Carolina President Pamela Lackey pointed to the state's ability to remember and build on the past and embrace the future. "We build on the past to transform ourselves and our institutions for future successes," she said.

  • Technology. South Carolina is also getting pretty good at being a hub for technology with Charleston serving as a "Silicon Harbor," according to PeopleMatter's Nate DaPore. "South Carolina ranked second in high-tech employment growth at 8.6 percent from 2010 to 2011," he said.

Yes we've got a long way still to go. But we've got a lot to be proud of too.

Andy Brack is publisher of Charleston Currents and Statehouse Report, where this column first appeared. He can be reached at:

State has crippled agencies

To the editor:

Good article ("The myth of big government"). Our state has really crippled the ability of many agencies to respond, be progressive or proactive.

More seriously, we have discouraged many good young minds from even thinking about public service.

-- Chris Brooks, Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Great job on "myth of big government" article

To the editor:

Just read your "Myth of Big Government" article in the Upstate Business Journal. Great job of reporting LOGICAL FACTS regarding government spending.

I wish the South and South Carolina had more voices out there like you to call B.S. on a lot of the propaganda out there. Keep up the good work with responsible reporting!

-- Matt Foreman, Greenville, S.C.

  • Send your thoughts. If you have an opinion you'd like to share (150 words or less, please), send your letters to: We look forward to hearing from you!

Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company

The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring Charleston Currents to you at no cost. Today we shine our spotlight on the most famous Pig in the Lowcountry: Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company.

Founded in 1947 in Charleston, Piggly Wiggly Carolina Company proudly serves customers at more than 100 stores throughout South Carolina and coastal Georgia. Piggly Wiggly offers the finest quality meats, cut to order by skilled, in-store butchers, more local produce than anyone in the state, and freshly prepared deli foods that satisfy the Southern soul. The Piggly Wiggly family provides legendary customer service, delivered every day by the Employee Owners of our 100 percent employee-owned company.

By using their Pig Card, customers earn Greenbax that returns incredible value by offering free gas, free groceries, free gift cards, and many other opportunities to cash in and save. Piggly Wiggly remains deeply committed to investing in the communities we serve by supporting not-for-profit organizations of all missions and sizes to enrich the region’s quality of life. Piggly Wiggly’s roots run deep in the Lowcountry, and Mr. Pig invites Charleston Currents readers to invest in our local economy by shopping The Pig! More:


The capture of the Isaac P. Smith
By DOUGLAS W. BOSTICK, contributing editor
Special to Charleston Currents

Prior to the war, the Isaac P. Smith was a steamship working the Hudson River in New York, transporting cattle on the lower deck and passengers above. At the outbreak of the war, the Federal government commandeered all available ships, and with its light draught and quick speed, the Isaac P. Smith was outfitted as a gunboat and armed with eight eight-inch guns.

In the fall of 1862, the Isaac P. Smith joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron at Charleston and made daily morning patrols up the Stono River. On its patrols, the ship steamed just close enough to fire on Fort Pemberton, located near the Wappoo Creek.

Confederate lieutenant colonel Joseph A. Yates, First South Carolina Regular Artillery, stationed on James Island, grew increasingly irritated with the arrogance of the Smith's patrols. He developed a plan of attack on the Union gunboat, and discussed his plan with Brigadier General Roswell S. Ripley, who forwarded the idea to General Beauregard. Initially, Beauregard thought the success of Yates's plan was unlikely, but in late January, he approved the mission.

Under the cover of darkness, Yates placed batteries armed with field guns and sharpshooters along the shoreline on both James and John's Island. During preparations, Yates had his men running cold camps with no campfires or hot rations that could be detected by the enemy.

Late in the afternoon on Friday, January 29, the USS Isaac P. Smith was dispatched up the Stono River with 119 officers and men aboard. As was his usual practice, Conover had a runaway slave familiar with the waters of the Stono to pilot his ship. Sailors perched in the crow's nest of each of the Smith's masts serving as lookouts. Conover himself was scouting both the James and John's Islands shorelines, looking for any activity.

As Conover anchored just above Paul Grimball's Plantation, the Confederate guns on John's Island opened fire. Conover ordered the crew to slip the cable to the anchor and to fire up the boiler to make a quick departure. At that moment, the James Island batteries opened fire, placing the Isaac P. Smith in a crossfire. The Confederate guns were finding their mark, and sharpshooters were picking off sailors aboard ship. The pilot was killed, and one artillery round left a hole in the steam chimney. The Smith's boiler was hit three times, and its power was gone. Conover considered blowing up his own ship to prevent its capture, but with wounded men all over the deck and left with a defenseless ship, he had no choice but to hoist a white flag of surrender up the rigging.

The Isaac P. Smith suffered 25 casualties, while only one Confederate artilleryman was lost. Lieutenant Conover, the wounded sailors, and the remaining crew of the Isaac P. Smith were removed and taken prisoner. Lieutenant Colonel Yates invited his officers to join him as he took dinner that night in the wardroom of the Union gunboat. Yates reported to General Beauregard:

I never enjoyed a meal more fully than that I took in the Smith's ward room…She has good beef, which we had not had for months, fresh vegetables, some luxuries, including a little wine, and luxury of luxuries, a table with a white tablecloth and plenty of dishes.

The guns from the Union gunship were distributed to Confederate batteries in the Lowcountry, and the ship was refitted and christened as the CSS Stono, providing guard duty in Charleston Harbor. The capture of the USS Isaac P. Smith is the only time a warship was captured by ground forces only.

Douglas W. Bostick grew up on James Island, and his ancestors in South Carolina date back to colonial America. He is the author of several books and numerous articles that have appeared in historical journals, magazines and national newsletters. A graduate of the College of Charleston, Bostick earned a master's degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a former staff and faculty member of the University of South Carolina and the University of Maryland.

Lots of ways to celebrate the dream in Charleston

If you're looking for a way to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream in the days ahead, you won't have to look far. Just take a look at all of the events on tap:

  • MLK breakfast: 7:30 a.m., Jan. 15, TD Arena, 301 Meeting St., Charleston. Eva Tansky Blum, senior vice president of PNC Bank, will offer keynote remarks at this annual event. Up to 700 people are expected.

  • Panel discussion: 7 p.m., Jan. 17, Brith Sholom Beth Israel synagogue, 182 Rutledge Ave., Charleston. Several panelists, including lawyer Armand Derfner and past national NAACP official and the Rev. Nelson Rivers III. The discussion will focus on remembering the civil rights movement from black and Jewish perspectives. Free.

  • Parade: The City of Charleston and YWCA Greater Charleston sponsor a downtown parade that starts at 11 a.m., Jan. 21. Line-up begins at 9 a.m. at Burke High School. Registration forms are due by Jan. 17. More.

  • Ecumenical service, awards: 4 p.m., Jan. 27, Morris Street Baptist Church, Charleston. The YWCA Greater Charleston will present the Harvey Gantt Triumph Award during an ecumenical service to civil rights legend and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, and Donna Dewitt, president emeritus of the S.C. AFL-CIO. On hand will be U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and AFL-CIO state president Ken Riley of Charleston.

  • Learn more online about all that is going on this month with the King celebration.

Charleston Rotary Auxiliary to celebrate 90th anniversary

The Greater Charleston Rotary Club Auxiliary, the nation's first organization of women affiliated with Rotary clubs across the nation, will celebrate its 90th anniversary with a Jan. 25 gala at the Charleston Marriott.

Back in 1920, the Rotary Club of Charleston got its start as the world's 80th Rotary Club. In 1923, club members found themselves as host of their first Rotary district conference, which would pull more than 700 Rotarians and their wives from Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina into Charleston. The all-male club needed help to plan the party so they turned to area women who weren't allowed to join the club.

That's how the Charleston Rotary Anns came into being in January 1923. They went on to organize accommodations and entertainment for the visiting Rotarians, including a tea at the Charleston Museum, an oyster roast at Folly Beach and the District Governor's Ball.

The 27 women who had formed this auxiliary group decided to keep their work going and the Greater Charleston Rotary Club Auxiliary became the first such organization in Rotary International.

Today, the club's 70 members meet monthly and function much like a regular Rotary Club with the mission of "service about self." The women engage in several charity projects each year, including last year's fundraising for the Florence Crittendon Home, support for My Sister's House and providing blankets and gifts for 60 Meals on Wheels recipients at Christmas.

Barbara Franklin, a former club president and active member who is pictured above pouring tea, could certainly join a Rotary Club today but she appreciates the history and longevity of the auxiliary club. "I love the legacy of it," she said.

  • Learn more about the history of the Rotary Anns.

How to take advantage of your Swedish heritage

We got an interesting note last week from a Los Angeles casting director who said she was looking for Americans of Swedish heritage to apply to appear on a popular Swedish reality television show.

Unsure of whether the note was a spoof or hoax, Charleston Currents contacted friends in Sweden who vouched for the show, "Allt for Svierge," which was anglicized to "The Great Swedish Adventure."

"After the major success of season 1 and 2, we are now looking for outgoing fun adventurous people for season 3," said Sofia Eng. "They have to be Americans with Swedish ancestors."

So if you've got a little Swedish blood and want to have a little fun -- and maybe get to go to Sweden -- take a look at the rules here. Fair warning: Some consider Swedes to have a campy sense of humor.

Local Moe's manager to be on "Undercover Boss" Friday

Angelisa Bazzle, general manager of the Mount Pleasant Moe's franchise, will appear on "Undercover Boss" during the airing of the show at 8 p.m. Friday on CBS.

According to a press agent, Bazzle, pictured at left, "unknowingly shares her hands-on knowledge of the brand with Moe's President Paul Damico," who is appearing undercover. She shows how to work the cash register quickly and efficiently, and how to engage customers. She also offers ideas for innovative products.

"It's not every day you're given the opportunity to take an inside look at your business without any filters," Damico said in a press release. "I wanted a chance to see why Moe's is standing out in the marketplace and what we can improve on as a leader in the fast casual restaurant industry. I walked away from this experience extraordinarily proud of our crew members and the operations team throughout our restaurant."

Piggly Wiggly offers half million prizes, discounts with giveaway

Piggly Wiggly is offering more than 500,000 instant prizes and discounts worth a total of more than $1 million in its new "Local Since Forever Giveaway," which runs through March 5.

"Local has always been a key component of who we are as a company," said Christy Boudolf, director of marketing for Piggly Wiggly. "We are committed to our local partners and the communities in which we do business, and we want to celebrate that commitment with a game for our customers."

Whenever you shop at your local participating Piggly Wiggly through March 5, you will earn a Local Since Forever game ticket-the key to winning great local prizes and discounts. For every $50 you spend, you will earn a bonus game ticket. Shoppers can earn up to five tickets per day, and there is no limit to how much or how many times you can win. The more you shop, the more chances you will have to win.

Major prizes include a $20,000 cash grand prize and $5,000 for the winner to give to a school, free groceries and gas for a year, $1,000 local getaways and local food prize packs.

"When Piggly Wiggly talks about local they mean it. It is not just a marketing ploy, it is who they are. And Piggly Wiggly is part of who we are-they have been with us from the beginning," said Kelly Timmons, CEO and founder of Charleston-based Granna's Gourmet. "The opportunity to do anything with Piggly Wiggly is a big deal for us. When they asked us to participate in the Local Since Forever Giveaway it was easy to say yes."

Send us a recommendation or review

  • An invitation: If you have a review or recommendation of a book, movie, restaurant or local arts endeavor, please send no more than 150 words to editor Andy Brack. Make sure to include your name and full contact information.

Stono Rebellion

The Stono Rebellion was a violent albeit failed attempt by as many as one hundred slaves to reach St. Augustine and claim freedom in Spanish-controlled Florida. The uprising was South Carolina's largest and bloodiest slave insurrection. While not a direct challenge to the authority of the state, the Stono Rebellion nevertheless alerted white authorities to the dangers of slave revolt, caused a good deal of angst among planters, and resulted in legislation designed to control slaves and lessen the chances of insurrection by the colony's black majority population.

The revolt began on Sunday, September 9, 1739, on a branch of the Stono River in St. Paul's Parish, near Charleston. Several factors influenced slaves' timing of the rebellion, including a suspicious visit to Charleston by a priest who contemporaries thought was "employed by the Spaniards to procure a general Insurrection of the Negroes," a yellow fever epidemic that swept the area in August and September, and rumors of war between Spain and England. It is also probable that the Stono rebels timed their revolt to take place before September 29, when a provision requiring all white men to carry firearms to Sunday church services was to go into effect. In addition, several of the insurgents originated from the heavily Catholic Kongo, and their religious beliefs influenced the timing of the uprising.

Whatever the slaves' reasoning, the revolt began early on Sunday when the conspirators met at the Stono River. From there, they moved to Stono Bridge, broke into a store, equipped themselves with guns and powder, and killed two men. Guns in hand, they burned a house, killed three people, and then turned southward, reaching a tavern before sunup. There the insurgents discriminated, sparing the innkeeper because they considered him "a good man and kind to his slaves." The innkeeper's neighbors were less fortunate; the rebels burned four of their houses, ransacked another, and killed all the whites they found. Other slaves joined the rebellion, and some sources suggest that at this point the insurgents used drums, raised a flag or banner, and shouted "Liberty!" during their march southward.

At about eleven o'clock, Lieutenant Governor William Bull encountered the insurgents on his way to Charleston. Bull and his four companions "escaped & raised the Countrey." As the rebels proceeded southward, their ranks increased from sixty to as many as one hundred participants. According to a contemporary account, they then "halted in a field and set to dancing, Singing and beating Drums to draw more Negroes to them."

By late afternoon the original insurgents had covered ten miles. Some were undoubtedly tired, and others were likely drunk on stolen liquor. Confident in their numbers and Kongolese military training, the rebels paused in an open field near the Jacksonborough ferry in broad daylight. To rest and also to draw more slaves to their ranks, they decided to delay crossing the Edisto River.

By four o'clock between twenty and one hundred armed planters and militiamen, possibly alerted to the revolt by Bull's party, confronted the rebels in what was thereafter known as "the battlefield." The rebels distinguished themselves as courageous, even in the eyes of their enemies, but white firepower won the day. Some slaves who had been forced to join the rebellion were released, others were shot, and some were decapitated and their heads set on posts. Thirty members of the rebel force escaped, many of whom were hunted down the following week.

Whites perceived the Stono insurrection to have continued at least until the following Sunday, when militiamen encountered the largest group of disbanded rebels another thirty miles south. A second battle ensued, this one effectively ending the insurrection. Yet white fears echoed for months. Militia companies in the area remained on guard, and some planters deserted the Stono region in November "for their better Security and Defence against those Negroes which were concerned in that Insurrection who were not yet taken." Some of the rebels were rounded up in the spring of 1740, and one leader was not captured until 1742.

The rebellion resulted in efforts to curtail the activities of slaves and free blacks. The 1740 Negro Act made the manumission of slaves dependent on a special act of the assembly and mandated patrol service for every militiaman. The colony also imposed a prohibitive duty on the importation of new slaves in 1741 in an effort to stem the growth of South Carolina's majority black population.

About forty whites and probably as many blacks were killed during the Stono insurrection. The willingness of slaves to strike out for freedom with such force heightened anxieties among whites over internal security in the South Carolina slaveholding society for years to come.

Excerpted from the entry by Mark M. Smith. To read more about this or 2,000 other entries about South Carolina, check out The South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used by permission.)

Dancing on little girl feet

These little feet are having a good time at a recent ballet rehearsal. With things back in full swing for kids following the holidays, all sorts of practices -- basketball, ballet, gymnastics and more -- are back as parents struggle to drop off and pick up kids at the right time and right place. Photo by Andy Brack.


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Being SMART with your goals

Corporate strategist Tom Leonard of Charleston has some advice for organizations setting goals, something perfect for the new year. Goals, he says, should be "SMART:"

S = Specific

M = Measurable

A = Accountable

R = Realistically high

T = with a Timetable of when you will achieve the goal (a specific date)

"I use this SMART approach in-depth when I do strategic planning," Leonard says.

What's dangerous

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



CALENDAR | permalink

Songs of Freedom: 7 p.m., Jan. 17, Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street, Charleston. The Un!Edited Concert Series will feature the sounds of the civil rights era in this "library concert sit-in" to commemorate the American struggle for equality. Tickets are $20. More.

(NEW) Chaplaincy roast: 6 p.m., Jan. 18, Charleston Crab House, 145 Wappoo Creek Drive, Charleston. The Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy will hold an oyster roast and silent auction to help raise funds to support the organization. More.

Views of the Coast: Jan. 19 to March 3, City Gallery, Waterfront Park. The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs will offer a show of works by macro-photographer David Batchelder and aerial photographer Yve Assad that was curated by Charles Wyrick. Opening reception: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Jan. 19. More.

Book signing: 5:30 p.m., Jan. 21, Preservation Society of Charleston Book & Gift Shop, 147 King St., Charleston. Kevin Eberle will discuss his book "Hampton Park Terrace" at an event that features wine, cheese and more. Read Kevin's article in Charleston Currents from last year. More:

The Secret Garden: Jan. 25 to Feb. 3, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston. Charleston Stage will perform Frances Hodson Burnett's classic children's story in an original adaptation. Tickets are $22.50. More.

Shuck-a-Rama: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Jan. 26, Gold Bug Island, Mount Pleasant. The Brain Injury Association of South Carolina will hold its second annual oyster roast to support traumatic brain injury prevention and education. Live music from Southwood. Oysters, hot dogs, beer, beer and wine will be served. Cost: $35 in advance; $45 at the door. More.

(NEW) African American Heritage Day: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 22, Wannamaker county Park, North Charleston. You can celebrate the traditions and history of African Americans in this day-long event that will feature demonstrations, reenactments, performances, Gullah storytelling and hands-on experiences. More.

Hunt & Habit: Through April 21, Charleston Museum, Meeting Street. The museum will present an original exhibition of women's and men's riding habits, hats and accessories from the 19th and early 20th century. More info.

Bird walks: 8:30 a.m. to noon, every Wednesday and Saturday. This is the time of year that a great variety of migrating birds fly through the Lowcountry so what better time to take part in one of the regular early morning bird walks at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Pre-registration is suggested. Cost is $5. Walks also are conducted on James Island and Folly Beach.Learn more online.


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4/1: Angstadt: Manatees

3/25: Benson, Noble: Envision SC
3/18: Hedden: Walking tours
Koroglu: Dervishes
Richards: Teddy Bear Picnic

Thomas: Storytelling event
Logo contest
Anderson: 2-1-1's 10th
Colwell: Teen pregnancy

1/28: Ross: Root of stress
Roberts: SEWE 2013
Begin with Books update
Vail: Jr. Achievement

12/31: Hester: Tech trends
Abrams: Holiday time
C. Brack: Help others
Sabine: Pluff Mud for kids
LaFond: Health directives

11/26: Stevens: Thank you letters
McConnell: Retirement plans
Franklin: Long-term care
Middleton: You make the call

10/29: Herrick: Saucy new book
Spencer: Invest in arts
Ferillo: Hope's promise
Brooks: Senior hunger
Belton: Florence Crittenton

Eberle: Hampton Park
Ringler: Child cancer
Craft: Our water
SC Dems: Convention


3/11: Preparing to attack
Blockade is broken
Stono Rebellion
Charleston Christmas
"Satan's Kingdom"
Christening ironclads
Beauregard's return
Second Battle of Manassas
Secessionville aftermath
Battle of Secessionville
Robert Smalls
Preparing for the attach
Yankee in charge?
Lee and Traveller
Stone Fleet


4/1: With no vision ...

3/25: Candidates spend $2M
Eating on $35/wk
Ads aren't worth much
Scary SC-1 survey

Old-timey customer service
New House Speaker?
Reject Riley tax hike
Episcopal schism

Nullification talk wrong
Tailgaters: Back off!
A lot to be proud of
Myth of big government

12/31: Mexican new year, more
Looking back at 2012
Action, not talk, on guns
Two off Bucket List
1-526 hoodwinking

11/26: Guilty pleasure
Earlier education
Lessons from the election
Battleground state

10/29: 16 days, Gov. Haley?
Our next mayor?
Remembering Peatsy
Haley's options
Reform ethics system

9/24: New TravelOrMove site
Cake and I-526
Raise gas tax
Doby on stamp, book


10/15: Guerrilla cuisine
Lots of cooking help
Pressure cookers
Thanks to Couric
On John Martin Taylor
Mystery of old cans
Eat like a Founding Father
Nuke that corn
Huguenot torte

Local connection for Star
Teaching mom a little
Cooking for crowd
Farmers markets opening

Hank's new cookbook
Enjoy Carter's Kitchen
Glass Onion to be on TV
Guacamole and the Bowl
Restaurant Week
Using leftover bubbly


2/25: Heirs' property
1/28: Two conferences

11/26/12: Consumerism
Can we be a better town
Permaculture, more
Bank on Charleston
Did you know?
Payday lenders hurt economy
Waterkeeper event
GrowFood difference
Earth Day festival
Lorax Project
More gardening tips
Food Waste program
Energy from farms
Turtles that fly
Art from beach trash

Coal ash, more
Boeing's solar farm
More eco-tours
More recycling ahead


4/1: Vacation ID tips

3/25: Park and play
On the menu
Still no response
No response

2/25: Five on storytelling
Earth Day duties
For the heart
Home energy tips

Cold water boating
On Ted Stern
SMART goals
Dealing with email

12/31: New Year's prep
Last-minute gifts
Gift of insurance
Creative finals
Great kid gifts

11/26: Giving back winners
Tech gift list
S.C.'s top golf courses
We're No. 2!

10/29: Anti-hacking tips
#1 best in world
Earthquake tips
Great U.S. streets
5 tech tips

Be tax-ready
One long swim
Clean water
Going postal


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