5.12 | Monday, Jan. 21, 2013
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2013 -- Now in its 31st year, the Southeastern
Wildlife Exposition has become the largest event of its kind in the
nation - a wildlife art and sporting life event that takes over downtown
Charleston for three days each February. This year's event from February
15 to 17 will be no different with the celebrity guests, live-animal shows,
new venues and, of course, the incredible collection of original art.
SEWE President and CEO Jimmy Huggins has been involved with the event since the event's inaugural year in 1983. Since its first year with only 5,000 attendees and 100 exhibitors to the now expected 40,000+ attendees and 500+ exhibitors, Jimmy has watched this annual event become what it is today. In 2012, $63.8 million is estimated to have been poured back into the local economy through SEWE - an amount unparalleled by any other event in the state.
In his 31 years with SEWE, Jimmy has experienced a lot and is replete with an arsenal of stories. There is the one about the artist being interviewed by the Today Show who decided to change her pantyhose and, in the process, mooned the entire crew. Then there is the year Sylvester Stallone showed up and threw everyone into a tizzy. There was a year that snow almost shut down the show, and an artist who required Vivaldi be played as a condition of signing prints. It seems that inviting 40,000 guests to town is not without unique challenges. Don't even get him started on the lions and tigers and bears.
With SEWE just a few weeks away, we sat down with Jimmy to learn more about what is involved preparing for such a large event and to find out more about this year's event.
is your most memorable moment from SEWE?
JH: There are so many, good and bad, that it is hard to list just one. They run from the fire marshal closing Charleston Place to more attendees because of the crowds (bad) to receiving the Governor's Cup for best event in tourism. And of course, having had the opportunity to meet and become friends with so many people from around the world would be at the top of the good list.
you ever plan to retire?
JH: I actually get asked this a lot. I really don't know when I will retire. I think of it from time to time and we have a great staff that could certainly do without me, but then, what would I do? It is still a great feeling to walk into the event when it kicks off Thursday evening for our VIPs and artists and to see an entire year's efforts come together. Most people do not see a culmination of their annual efforts displayed in such a dramatic way. Additionally, I do not know what I would do without having an office to go to and such a great group of people to see each day and be with each year.
Q: SEWE has a wide variety of attendees. How do you manage to keep each year's event new and interesting - not only for attendees who have been every year since 1983, but also for those who coming to SEWE for the first time this February?
JH: Each year of SEWE brings a new experience. From the exhibitors to the artists to the lectures and to the entire feel of the show. We constantly -- and intentionally -- have a turnover of all of the above each year. It keeps the show fresh. Each artist and most exhibitors bring new work to the show and we try to vary our lectures and presentations from year to year. It does not matter if you have been to each and every show or this is your first. You will see something that you have not seen or experienced in the past. From Jim Fowler to Richard Leakey and Robert Bateman to Jack Hanna, the topics have run the gamut from anthropology to zebras.
Q: What can we expect at this year's event?
JH: A lot of new and great artists, Julie Scardina, and Jim and Jamie Dutcher from "Living with Wolves." There will be an antique decoy auction by Guyette, Schmitt and Deeter, along with a lot of great decoy dealers. We have also partnered with Griffin & Howe to have an incredible collection of fine sporting arms for sale, both in Charleston Place Hotel and with the other wonderful dealers at the Marriott Hotel.
2013 -- Attention highway tailgaters. This commentary is for you.
-- not the kind with fried chicken, barbecue and beer before a football
game -- seems to be on the increase. Just the other day at 6:30 a.m.,
I watched several cars hurdling down an Interstate above the speed limit,
all of them with just one car length between them.
this is crazy driving. If any one of those cars had to stop suddenly,
all of them would have been in a huge pile-up causing injuries and potentially
2012, a report
by CarInsuranceComparison.com ranked South Carolina's highways as the
most dangerous in the country based on six factors, including traffic
fatalities and the percentage of drivers not wearing seatbelts.
The amount of damage caused by people who tailgate is enormous. In 2009, state data show some 2,979 people were injured and two killed in wrecks when the primary contributing factor was following too closely. There was property damage in another 5,929 cases. The annual economic cost due to motor vehicle crashes every year in South Carolina is more than $3.3 billion -- yes, billion with a "B," according to Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.
law firm gets calls from thousands of persons who were injured in car
accident every year," said North Charleston attorney Ken Harrell
of the Joye Law Firm. "While I don't have the exact percentages,
the largest percentage of these cases involves someone who was rear-ended
by another car.
someone drives aggressively behind another car, it's not a matter of whether
they're going to cause an accident, but when."
Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres knows exactly how tailgaters can hurt people. Not
only has he seen it when on patrol, but he was away from work for two
months after a tailgater smashed into the rear of his semi-marked patrol
car near the intersection of Interstates 26 and 526 in North Charleston.
(Yes, a tailgater actually ran into a trooper.)
are impatient," he said. "They don't want to wait in traffic.
They want you out of the way. It's aggressive driving."
there seemed to be two kinds of tailgaters. The first is simply impatient.
The second is late and seems to think that if he or she tailgates, they'll
not be late.
of them are dangerous."
the closer that a tailgater is to a car ahead of it, the less time he
has to stop his car safely. A rule of thumb is there needs to be at least
two seconds between your car and the car in front.
is tailgating your vehicle on the Interstate, Beres cautioned against
slowing down or tapping on the brakes. Instead, you should pull into another
lane and let them by.
thing you can do is to dial *HP on your cell phone and report the
driver. Beres said you should try to describe the vehicle and its location
and, if you can, provide the license tag number. A dispatcher will notify
the nearest trooper or law enforcement agency.
We encourage law enforcement officers to write more tickets to tailgaters. Having a driver's license is a privilege. Don't lose it for being a tailgating jerk.
To the editor:
Your article in the January 4th Upstate Business Journal [State can take lead in reducing gun violence] is one of the most thoughtful that I have seen on this issue. Thanks.
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JAN. 21, 2013 -- Turning the calendar page to a fresh new year is always a motivating feeling. With each year, our children grow and mature, stepping ever closer to being side-by-side partners in our daily workouts and weekend adventures.
Even if you have children of varying ages and little ones still in tow, there are a host of ways to get involved in great outdoor workouts in your local area. The best way I know to pick up a new idea for exercising is to involve the whole family and mix it up each and every day to keep things interesting.
There are endless trails and paths for hiking, biking and running in the Lowcountry with hidden surprises for extra toning. There are stairs to climb, strollers to push, bridges to scale.
Listed below are a few tried and true ideas my children love. Pick something new and increase your daily steps in 2013!
leadership posts have been filled at the College of Charleston and The
Citadel with the announcements of Jerold Hale as the new dean of the college's
School of Humanities and Social Sciences and William N. Trumbull as the
Citadel's new dean of the School of Business Administration.
has spent the last two years as dean of the College of Arts, Science and
Letters at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, spent 19 years as a member
of the faculty in the Department of Speech Communications at the University
of Georgia, including three three-year terms as chair of the Department
of Speech Communication.
Hale has had outstanding experience as a department chair and now as dean,"
said College of Charleston Provost George Hynd. "His experience in
building and advocating for faculty, developing academic programs and
fundraising will serve him and the institution well."
earned his master's degree and Ph.D. in communication at Michigan State
University, has published many articles, book chapters, papers and essays
on a wide range of issues in communication and social influence and interpersonal
communication. He will begin work here on July 1.
60, comes to The Citadel from West Virginia University where he has been
a faculty member since 1983. During his tenure at West Virginia University,
he served as chairman of the Department of Economics, director of the
Division of Economics and Finance, and as interim dean of the College
of Business and Economics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the
University of North Carolina. This past fall he served as a Fulbright
Scholar at the University of Pecs in Hungary.
Citadel is a unique institution with a rich and long tradition of principled
leadership, so it is a real honor to have been asked to lead the School
of Business Administration," said Trumbull, who succeeds Ron Green
as dean of the business school. Green plans to teach in the school of
business beginning in the fall when Trumbull will begin work.
A strong proponent of international education at West Virginia University, Trumbull has led study abroad programs to China, Cuba and Europe. Trumbull specializes in economics of crime, transitional economies, and economic evaluation, including cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis, with current interest in applications in health care. His current interest is entrepreneurship in transition countries.
elementary schools join food waste diversion program
County's Environmental Management Department has expanded its food waste
composting program to 10 elementary schools through its partnership with
the Charleston County School District. Through the end of December, a
four-school pilot program has diverted 8.8 tons of waste from the Bees
collected from the cafeterias will be hauled to the Charleston County's
Bees Ferry Composting Facility to be processed into a high-quality finished
compost product available for purchase and use in the community.
2012, Lambs Elementary School in North Charleston became the first school
to pilot a Food Waste Diversion Program . A 3-way waste sort collection
station was installed in the school's cafeteria. The station has three
separate containers for students to place items marked for food waste,
recyclable items and trash.
the success at Lambs Elementary, three additional elementary schools were
added to the pilot program in late November 2012: Stono Park Elementary,
Mary Ford Elementary and Springfield Elementary. New schools picked for
the program are: Harborview Elementary on James Island; Sullivan's Island
Elementary; Angel Oak Elementary on Johns Island; Ashley River Creative
Arts Elementary in West Ashley; James Island Elementary; and Belle Hall
Elementary in Mount Pleasant
Ensemble celebrates African-American History Month
Spiritual Ensemble will celebrate its fifth anniversary and honor African-American
History Month on Feb. 2 with "No Trouble at the River: The Perilous
Story of The Underground Railroad". The performance will take place
at 5 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church, 60 Wentworth Street, Charleston.
David A. Richardson will lead the Ensemble, , a 35-member vocal group
focusing on traditional African-American spirituals, in a moving tribute
to the escape network of fugitive slaves known as the Underground Railroad
formed in the early 19th century which peaked the mid-1800s.
and other songs helped expressed hope for deliverance from their sorrows,
and the performance will weave a number of musical selections including
"No Trouble at the River, Pie Jesu," an ode to those who lost
their lives running for freedom.
a child I learned the importance of the invisible railroad and its significance
in liberating my ancestors," Richardson said. "So our February
offering honoring the history of African-Americans resonates as my favorite
performance. Reflecting upon the enormous contributions African-Americans
have made to this great nation through song brings great joy to my heart
and the entire Ensemble membership."
Wertimer wins prestigious local horticulture award
Renowned local landscape architect Sheila Wertimer received the Charleston Horticultural Society's major 1830 Award for excellence earlier January 14 at the group's annual meeting.
"Since Loutrel Briggs, no one has had more influence on Charleston garden style," said CHS board member Sallie Duell, who presented the award with fellow board member Mollie Fair.
CHS officials highlighted the quality of Wertimer's work over 35 years in designs for nonprofit organizations, commercial developments and numerous private gardens, especially in Charleston,
Among the highlights of her public projects was the 2003 landscape master plan for Drayton Hall.
"With a light hand, she revealed the historical structure of Drayton Hall's landscape and gardens and the visual relationships between the house and the river," said Drayton Hall Executive Director George W. McDaniel. "Without Sheila Wertimer, the appreciation of horticulture in Charleston and the Lowcountry would not be at the high level that it now commands."
A 1976 graduate of Cornell University, Wertimer worked at the City of Charleston Parks Department for five years before launching Wertimer and Associates. The firm has designed and completed more than 600 projects, including at Mulberry, Milford, White House and Bony Hall Plantations, Middleton Inn, St. Michael's and St. Stephen's church yards, and the gardens of Cassique Golf Club. She was a consultant on the grounds of Yeamans Hall and participated in the redesign of Marion Square, the city's central park. She is a member of the City of Charleston Board of Architectural Review and a past president of the Preservation Society of Charleston.
The first great boom in home horticulture had to await the coming of accessible education, after which ordinary people could read seed and plant catalogs, seed packets, and later, farm magazines. Until that time, most ornamentals were spread around families and neighbors as "passalong plants" that one could see growing and did not need to read about.
began to flourish by the mid-nineteenth century, when great nurseries
such as those at Pomaria, South Carolina, and Fruitland in Augusta, Georgia,
began to ship easy-to-grow deciduous shrubs and fruit and nut trees. During
the first half of the nineteenth century, deciduous flowering shrubs had
dominated landscapes, but after the Civil War, the rhododendron species
known as "azaleas" and camellias began to bring color to southern
landscapes during spring and fall months. The long, essentially green
summer hiatus in gardens, seldom broken except by crape myrtles, persisted
until the twentieth century when the American garden seed industry opened
production on western irrigated lands, making flower and vegetable seeds
less expensive and more reliable.
1920s, municipalities began to accumulate enough money to do extensive
plantings in parks, but no classical botanical gardens were built in South
Carolina until well after World War II. Several gardens have become destinations
for tourists from the United States and abroad: Brookgreen Gardens near
Pawleys Island, Cypress Gardens at Moncks Corner, Edisto Memorial Gardens
at Orangeburg, Kalmia Gardens of Coker College at Hartsville, Magnolia
Plantation and Middleton Place near Charleston, Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical
Garden at Columbia, the South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson University,
Blythewood's Singing Oaks Garden, and Swan Lake Iris Gardens at Sumter.
Collectively, public gardens have had a huge impact on gardening education
through their outreach programs.
societies seldom caught on in the South, but garden clubs did. They flourished
in nearly every town large enough to support a club. The impact of Master
Gardeners on the level of horticultural sophistication in South Carolina
became evident beginning in the 1980s, when courses offered to home gardeners
allowed them to attain certification level in Master Gardening. Master
Gardeners are trained by the Clemson University Extension Service to answer
gardening questions and to further their gardening education through community
is America's number one hobby, and with its abundant land, good water,
and long growing seasons, South Carolina offers one of the best areas
in the country for gardening for produce and pleasure. Northerners moving
here often feel intimidated by the red clay or sandy coastal soils, and
by the seemingly seamless planting seasons, but soon begin enjoying the
opportunities they offer for producing year-round color and gourmet food
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Ted Stern: What a guy!
We mourn Ted Stern, the 100-year-old past president of the College of Charleston who was an inspiring leader and purely nice guy. When you were around Ted, you knew nice guys finished first.
You can find out a lot about his rich life at this special page commemorating his life and accomplishments. But here are some quick things that you might be surprised to know:
"You feel good when you do good."
IN THE WEEK AHEAD
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: PreservationSociety.org
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) Coltrane: 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Jan. 26, Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. The Charleston Jazz Orchestra will present the music of John Coltrane during two shows. Tickets: $30-$40 for adults; $5 off for students. More.
CONTINUING AND IN THE WEEKS AHEAD
(NEW) Arts advocacy: 11:30 a.m., Feb. 5, Statehouse, Columbia. Arts advocates are invited to rally at the Statehouse lobby to celebrate and support the arts in South Carolina. More.
(NEW) Snow White: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Feb. 9, and 2 p.m., Feb. 10, Sotille Theatre, George Street, Charleston. The Charleston Ballet Theatre will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Disney classic, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," with special children's performances by professional dancers and students. More.
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.
Views of the Coast: Through 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. 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
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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