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STEEL MAGNOLIAS. You can see these actresses perform "Steel Magnolias" on February 14 through March 9 at the Charleston Acting Studio and Theatre at the corner of Follly and Camp roads on James Island. The performance put on by Midtown Productions, features the story of some zany women in the Chinquapin Parish in Louisiana. The cast includes Emily Giant, Leslie Vicary, Susie Hallatt, Hope Grayson, Susan Lovell and Joanna Cretella. Directed by Sheri Grace Wenger, you can learn more or buy tickets online at www.MidtownProductions.org.

Issue 5.15 | Monday, Feb. 11, 2013
Happy 10th birthday to 2-1-1 program

FOCUS 2-1-1 Hotline celebrates 10th
BRACK Dump mayor's tax hike proposal
SC AT WAR Blockade is broken
GOOD NEWS Education, top employee, more
HISTORY I. DeQuincey Newman
SPOTLIGHT Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
FEEDBACK Bagful on Episcopal Church
THE LIST For your heart
QUOTE What love can do
CALENDAR This week ... and next
BROADUS Hitting the right note

2-1-1 Hotline celebrates 2/11 as 10th anniversary
Special to Charleston Currents

"Thanks so much for listening. Not everyone has such an open ear."
- A caller to Trident United Way's 2-1-1 Hotline

FEB. 11, 2013 -- For 10 years, people like Donna have called Trident United Way's 2-1-1 Hotline when they've needed a resource in the community or just a listening ear.


Suffering from depression and other mental illness, Donna struggled with suicidal thoughts for years, kept alive by calls to the hotline. Through Trident United Way's 2-1-1 Hotline, she was able to get the mental health services she needed. Today, Donna helps others connect with the mental health services they need. Donna says she might have given up on several occasions if not for the support of 2-1-1 Hotline.

The free, confidential, 24/7 community resource turns 10 years old today. (2/11, get it?!) Intensively-trained 2-1-1 staff and volunteers listen with respect and compassion to callers' problems, support them through crises, connect them with community resources and help them sort things out. 2-1-1 Hotline also connects callers who want to donate their time with a comprehensive database of volunteer opportunities. It's so simple; just dial 2-1-1.

Now there's Chat!

Trident United Way's 2-1-1 Hotline is on the cutting-edge of hotlines nationwide. It has begun piloting "Chat," whereby people in need can contact the service via computer chat without ever having to talk. Our chat coordinator Matt Grason says, "Chat is the preferred method of communication, even in a crisis, for many younger people."

In addition, calls to Darkness to Light are answered by counselors for 2-1-1 Hotline. So are after-hours calls to Charleston County Department of Social Services, Berkeley County Mental Health and several national suicide hotlines. Trident United Way's 2-1-1 Hotline works with other 2-1-1 services around the state, so that no call is ever left unanswered.

History of 2-1-1 Hotline

Trident United Way's information and referral service, Hotline and the Volunteer Center, came together in 2003 once the FCC made the 2-1-1 phone number available. In its first year, 2-1-1 Hotline handled 26,000 calls. That number has reached 50,000 calls annually as more people learn about the service.

We launched 2-1-1 Hotline on 2/11 to remind everyone that our community's resources are at your fingertips simply by dialing 2-1-1. People can also visit tuw.org and do their own search.

Most people calling 2-1-1 need food, clothing or housing, but the variety of needs is staggering. People call looking for legal help, information on the flu, tax preparation services, and almost anything else you can imagine. Many callers just need a safe place to unburden themselves of their troubles. Anytime people need to get help, or want to give help, Trident United Way's 2-1-1 Hotline is there for them.

Charlotte Anderson is vice president of Trident United Way's 2-1-1 services and has worked with the Hotline for over 30 years.


Council should reject Riley's tax hike plan
By ANDY BRACK, publisher

FEB. 11, 2013 -- Something about Charleston Mayor Joe Riley's proposed $3.9 million tax hike just rubs me the wrong way. While it may be well-intentioned in the wake of the Newtown shootings as a way to fund a plan for safer schools, it seems too convenient by more than half.

What's troubling are all of the add-ons with the proposed tax. Not only would it be used to pay for 19 new officers to patrol public and private schools in the city randomly, but it would add officers to patrol around bars, clubs and restaurants in downtown. It would add 45 firefighters, two new fire stations and four new fire trucks.

But even more importantly, why now? Why wasn't this stuff as big of a deal just two months ago when city council debated and passed its recent budget?

The cynical answer is there wasn't a good political reason at that time for a tax hike that will add about $40 to the bill of someone with a house valued at $250,000. Now with mayors across the country demanding changes to the nation's gun laws and people more engaged than ever in a long time on the issue, there's an opportunity to make changes at the federal and, here, at the local level.

But lots of questions are unanswered that council should fully answer before voting on this issue.

  • Time frame. How long will the blanket protection of randomly-deployed officers in various sections of the city be city policy? After the media circus has died down on the tragic Connecticut school shooting, will new officers eventually be rotated into regular patrol duties, or is the city making commitment to having these officers from now until Kingdom come?

  • Enough police? Don't we already have enough police in Charleston, home of one of the largest police forces in the state? The city currently has 412 sworn police officers and 137 civilians on the force. Seems like this ought to be a robust enough staff to add continuing, random patrols to ensure schools are safe.

  • Might not work. Will the random patrol idea really work? Since the mayor's plan was announced, a woman with a gun was picked up by police outside Ashley Hall in downtown Charleston and charged with attempted murder after reportedly trying -- and fortunately failing -- to fire a gun at two people. It's a blessing that there was not a bullet in the chamber. But even though police have been more vigilant around local schools since the Newtown shooting, it's revealing that nothing they were doing prevented this woman from doing what she is accused of doing. And that begs the question of whether increased random patrols, for all of the theoretical effect of deterring crime, would have worked in this instance.

  • Nanny city? Perhaps the big philosophical question -- and remember, I'm accused of being a liberal -- is whether Riley's plan takes the concept of the city being a nanny to her residents a bit too far. In an age of limited resources, is it really the social responsibility of the city to provide more police to protect school children when it already has a force of more than 400 officers? When is enough, enough? Isn't there a responsibility in there, somewhere, for schools to be more vigilant with their security?

It is of vital importance that we control gun violence in our society. More people need to support effective federal or state gun control measures, such as a ban on semi-automatic assault rifles and better background checks, especially for people with mental health issues. But the city of Charleston can't cure what ails America's too permissive culture of violence with a proposal that leads to more of a nanny city.

We encourage Charleston police to deploy existing officers more strategically to accomplish its goals of random patrols to deter school violence and all crime. We encourage the mayor to bring ideas for new fire infrastructure to council during the next budget cycle and fully debate those ideas. And we encourage our public and private schools to implement stricter security measure to ensure only vetted people get inside the school grounds.

But just coming out of the Great Recession when money remains tight, we urge city council to reject the mayor's call for a tax hike. It's a good starting point for discussion, but the city needs to focus on other ideas.

Andy Brack is publisher of Charleston Currents and Statehouse Report. He can be reached at: publisher@charlestoncurrents.com.


Bagful of letters address Episcopal Church schism

To the editor:

BRAVO and thank you deeply for your article [Brack: "When church politics rises to the level of pure pettiness," 2/4/13] on my church.

As a cradle Episcopalian from Grace Church, Charleston, I have watched from afar (Virginia) the deepening strife in my old diocese. If it weren't serious, these machinations would be high comedy. My son's family now worships at Grace and I am connected by a number of threads to individuals in the diocese; I watch with sadness this unchristian schism now in full cry.

My hope is that your reporting will be read as an unbiased description from outside the church of the actions now transpiring. From my admittedly biased perspective, you have told succinctly the account of who is breaking away from whom, and I hope that this rings as truth with the S.C. legal and legislative communities. I am proud of my roots in South Carolina, and grateful to voices such as yours which point to just resolutions of issues such as this one.

-- Barney Thomson, Vienna, Virginia

To the editor:

I have always respected your experience in government and your report on governmental affairs. It, therefore, troubled me greatly to read your terribly naïve entrance into the politics that are being played out within the Episcopal Church.

Having been raised within a family of Episcopal preachers and teachers, I can assure you that the theological debate about the role of scripture and Anglican tradition is a long one. You have frankly weighed in beyond your depth, so please do a little research. Look up St. James the Lesser in Philadelphia and learn how a deceased bishop imposed his choice and replaced the choice of the vestry, resulting in a long, expensive lawsuit won under Pennsylvania law by the Bishop, though this endowed church never receive financial support from the diocese.

I could name other churches where my family had ties and watched their traditions washed away by political correctness. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are supposed to be the salt and not just become the flavor of the year. I invite you to read and digest carefully what great theologians have written.

-- Ledlie Bell, Charleston, S.C.

Dear Ledlie: Despite your assumption, I am not naive about Episcopal church politics as I have served on a vestry and have been a delegate to a past convention. The breakaway diocese is, quite frankly, not following the teachings of Jesus about love and acceptance. But you, just as I, can have your own opinions of what I view as a bunch of zealous Biblical literalist rascals who are doing whatever they can to undermine the real Episcopal church. -- Andy Brack

To the editor:

Thank you for your column on church politics. It's great to finally see someone that understands the other point of view in this problem. Most of what I read in blogs and letters to the editor are "conservative" or "orthodox" people crying loudly about the injustice being done to their poor Bishop Mark Lawrence. The invective hurled toward Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori is even worse -- they make her sound like the devil incarnate!

You are absolutely right about the lawyers getting richer. This thing will take years to sort out in court, and the departing side will continue to insist that they are right.

-- John F. Schroeder, Charleston, S.C.

To the editor:

Wonderful article on the Episcopal Church. Hit the nail on the head. The parishioners of Holy Cross Faith Episcopal Church (my church) here in Pawleys are standing firm with the national church in spite of the "gated community" attitude of that Bishop located in Charleston.

-- Ross W. Lenhart, Pawleys Island, S.C.

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

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring Charleston Currents to you at no cost. Today we shine our spotlight on Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, founded in 1676 by the Drayton family. It has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870. Open 365 days a year, Magnolia offers its visitors splendid tours of nature and history and the role African-Americans played in the development of its award-winning Romantic-style gardens. Visit www.magnoliaplantation.com to learn how you can experience a complete plantation experience.


The blockade is broken
By DOUGLAS W. BOSTICK, contributing editor
Special to Charleston Currents

Charlestonians were proud of their two ironclad gunboats, the Chicora and the Palmetto State, but, after their launch in October 1862, they had not yet engaged the Union blockade. Even though Beauregard was not impressed with the capabilities of the Confederate ironclads, he gave the go ahead for a daring attack on the Union blockade in late January.

The British Princess Royal, a blockade runner, was attempting to make a high-speed run into Charleston Harbor, but was captured by the Union blockade. Commodore Duncan Ingraham, the senior Confederate naval officer in Charleston, briefed the ships' commanders on a plan to test the Charleston ironclads against the blockading ships. They hoped to recapture the Princess Royal before it could be removed to be sold at a Federal prize court.

At 11:30 pm on January 30, the Palmetto State left the dock in Charleston with the Chicora following. By 4:00 a.m., the tide was high enough for the Confederate ironclads to cross the bar and reach the Union blockading ships.

As the Palmetto State steamed toward the USS Mercedita, its crew mistook the Confederate ironclad for a blockade runner. The Mercedita had just returned from giving chase to a blockade runner, and Captain H. S. Stellwagen was resting in his quarters. After suffering both the ram and the point-blank fire of the Brooke rifle, the Mercedita's crew was panicking. One crew member wrote, "Shot through the boiler! Fires putout-gunner and one man killed and a number fatally scalded-water over fire-room floor-vessel sinking fast!" With no alternative after the crippling attack, Stellwagen surrendered to the Palmetto State. Without other ships to tow the Mercedita, Ingraham could not take the wooden steamer as a prize. Instead, he offered them a pardon if he would "give his word of honor, for his commander, officers and crew, that they would not serve against the Confederate States until regularly exchanged."

The Chicora attacked the steamer Keystone State. As the two ships exchanged fire, one shot from the Chicora pierced the Keystone State's steam drum, scalding an officer and nineteen men to death and wounding twenty others. This damage to the steam drum left it partially disabled in the water. The Keystone State lowered its colors, a long-standing tradition in the navy to indicate surrender. However, once the Chicora ceased fire and the Keystone State repaired her starboard wheel, the Union captain commenced firing.

In the two actions, the Mercedita and Keystone State suffered forty-seven causalities. There were no casualties on the two Confederate ironclads. Searching for additional targets, the Confederates fired on the Housatonic, Quaker City and Augusta, causing some damage but no casualties. The Union fleet pulled anchor and steamed south. The Chicora and Palmetto State were far too slow in open water to pursue the Union ships, and Ingraham broke off the attack at 7:30 am.

One resident described the jubilation in the city as "almost equal to the day of the Battle of Fort Sumter." Under international law, once a blockade was broken, a thirty-day grace period had to be observed before it could be reestablished. However, the Union ships simply waited beyond the horizon, about seven miles out, until the evening when they steamed back to the mouth of Charleston Harbor to resume the blockade. Though contrary to international law, the Federal government never recognized that it had abandoned the blockade.

Even though the Union navy had returned to blockade the port, on Tuesday, February 3, 1863, the Charleston community turned out en masse to a victory ceremony held at St. Philip's Episcopal Church.

When informed of the attack and the poor showing of his blockading fleet, Union Flag Officer Francis Du Pont immediately dispatched the USS New Ironsides to Charleston. Later, his ironclad monitors were sent to Charleston as well to neutralize the threat of the Confederate ironclads. The Chicora and Palmetto State were no match for the Federal monitors, which carried armor twice as thick and more powerful guns. Du Pont maintained a presence with the ironclad monitors at Charleston until the end of the war.

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.


Two-day lecture series to focus on education reform

A two-day lecture series at the College of Charleston will highlight the history of desegregation in the city and the need for continued educational reform.

"This lecture series will explain the important role Charleston played in shaping American education," said Jon Hale, College of Charleston assistant professor of educational history. "While Charleston is home to activism that led to the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954 and desegregated schools, it is also the site of resistance that maintained a segregated system of education for a significant part of our community."

Education historian Christopher Span of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will speak 4 p.m. Feb. 20 about the achievement gap-the statistical differentiation in academic achievement between white students and students of color-and how the history of segregation continues to impact the quality of education in poor and minority communities. The talk will be held at the College of Charleston School of Education, Health and Human Performance Alumni Center, 86 Wentworth street.

At 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Avery Research Center, University of Illinois colleague James Anderson will address the role of affirmative action in educational policy. Anderson has served as an expert witness for the Supreme Court and will share his insights about why this policy is considered controversial and why it continues to be challenged today.

Their visit also coincides with a Feb. 21 panel at 11 a.m. at the Education Center that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Charleston County public schools.

  • More information: Contact Jon Hale at 843.953.6354.

Trident Medical Center performs first-of-its-kind spinal implant

Trident Medical Center became the first hospital in the country to perform aPrecision Spectral Spinal cord Stimulator implant last month when neurosurgeon Dr. Jason Highsmith implanted the device on the spine of a 16-year-old girl who cut herself on an aquarium.

The device, which is used to alleviate chronic pain stemming from nerve damage, allows a patient to use a remote control to send a signal through the device that changes pain to a tingling feeling. After the implant, the girl reported that her pain is 90 percent better, according to Trident Medical Center.

"This device is the most technologically advanced implant available today for the control of chronic pain," Highsmith said.

The SCS device used at Trident Medical has twice the number of contacts with the spine, which offers better coverage of the spinal cord to manage pain.

"Trident Health strives to remain on the cutting edge of technology. We are excited to be chosen as the location for the first implantation of the Spectra IPG in the nation. This is a great addition to the wide variety of spinal procedures that are offered at Trident Medical Center," said Donna Daws, Trident Medical Center director of Surgical Services.

Free mammograms available in three locations this week

The BelkGives on the Go Mobile Mammography Center will stop this week at Belk stores in Charleston and Mount Pleasant to offer free, convenient mammograms to Lowcountry women. Women age 40 and older with no breast concerns and who have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months are eligible by calling 855-655-2662 to schedule an appointment.

The center is a 39-foot-long, state-of-the-art trailer on wheels. It will be open 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Belk's store at Citadel Mall in Charleston. On Feb. 13, it will be open at the same time at the Belk's in Northwoods Mall in North Charleston. On. Feb. 15 and 16, it will be at the Belk's location in Mount Pleasant during the same hours.

County's top employee works at the library

Sharon Richardson never anticipated that a wrong turn she made more than 10 years ago set the stage for being named Charleston County Government's 2012 Employee of the Year - the highest award given annually to the person who best represents the county's more than 2,000 employees.


A self-professed bookworm, Richardson was unfamiliar with the St. Andrew's Regional Library until she stumbled upon it while running errands one spring day in 2002. She started as a Library Assistant I in the circulation department in May 2002. While there, library workers say her positive attitude, commitment and professionalism was evident based on how she interacted with customers and fellow co-workers. In addition to her regular duties, Richardson created and maintained a Coupon Corner at the branch, which helps patrons and staff save money by sharing unused coupons with others.

"This is the first time a Library employee received this countywide honor, which makes it extremely special. Library staff are committed to providing excellent customer service, and this award demonstrates that commitment," Library Director Doug Henderson said.

As part of her nomination, St. Andrew's Regional Manager Cynthia Hurd and her Supervisor Rosemary Fludd called Richardson "a role model of professionalism" and a "valued veteran and ambassador of the branch."
"She is diminutive in size, but she has a huge heart," Hurd said, adding that Richardson "treats patrons and co-workers with intelligence, humor, respect, honesty and compassion. She is a hard worker, always willing to assist and pitch in to help."

Recently promoted to Library Assistant II and moved to the Otranto Road Regional Library, Richardson continues to work in circulation. When she's not working at the library, Richardson is active in the community and recently was featured in the weekly newspaper West Of. In addition to her full-time CCPL job, she serves as a hospice volunteer at Heartland Health Care, volunteers at the Crisis Ministries soup kitchen and runs her own baked goods business, Sharon's Baked Goods.


Isaiah DeQuincey Newman

Born in Darlington County on April 17, 1911, I. DeQuincey Newman was the son of the Reverend Melton C. Newman and Charlotte Elizabeth Morris. He attended Williamsburg County public schools and Claflin College and was ordained in the United Methodist Church (UMC) in 1931. Three years later he received his bachelor of arts degree from Clark College in Atlanta, then earned his divinity degree from Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta in 1937. While serving as a student pastor in Georgia, Newman met Anne Pauline Hinton of Covington, Georgia. They married on April 27, 1937, and later had one child, Emily Morris DeQuincey.


Throughout his varied and distinguished career, Newman thought of himself primarily as a minister, and it was in this role that he made his most significant contributions to South Carolina. For some forty years, he served UMC churches in Georgia and South Carolina and held key positions with the UMC's South Carolina Conference and its General Conference. As a member of the UMC Merger Committee in the 1970s, he played a major role in bringing an end to segregated congregations.

Early in his ministry, Newman identified the struggle for racial equality as a matter of the spirit, as well as a social and political concern, and he developed a preaching style that linked morality with practicality, especially in reference to race relations. Vernon Jordan, a protégé who later became a national civil rights leader, remarked that he always listened carefully whenever Newman prayed, because he "always felt that when I. D. Newman was praying, God was listening. He seemed to have a direct line." Newman noted that every aspect of his career was simply an "extension of ministry."

In 1943 Newman assumed a key position in the emerging civil rights movement when he helped organize the Orangeburg branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Thereafter he contributed to the NAACP in a variety of capacities, including service as South Carolina field director from 1960 to 1969, the most critical period in the civil rights struggle. Newman was a gentle, self-effacing man, patient and slow to anger, who preferred diplomacy over confrontation. A tenacious advocate for simple justice in race relations, he also believed in nonviolent protest as the most effective means for achieving the goal. His quiet dignity and appeals to reason won him the confidence, and ultimately the support, of key white political and economic leaders. In effect Newman served both as chief strategist for the protest movement and as chief negotiator at the conference table, becoming the "unofficial liaison" between African Americans and the white power structure. Alone among the Deep South states, South Carolina dismantled its structure of legalized segregation with a minimum of violence, in large measure because of his leadership and dedication to peaceful change.

Inevitably Newman became an important player in the state's changing political fortunes. In the 1940s he participated peripherally in founding the Progressive Democratic Party, an effort to change the racial policies of the regular Democratic Party. Although Newman had long been a staunch Republican, by 1958 he concluded that the state Republican Party no longer had a place for him and other African Americans, and he switched his allegiance to the Democrats. Moving quickly into his new party's inner circles, he became a trusted confidant of such state leaders as U.S. Sen. Ernest Hollings and Governors Robert McNair and John West, as well as a delegate to several Democratic national conventions.

Extending his personal ministry into the lives of ordinary people, Newman worked to improve the condition of blacks and whites in rural South Carolina. Housing, medical care, the environment, aging, vocational education, and social services in general were among the concerns for which both state and private agencies sought his counsel. In recognition of his contributions, the National Institute on Social Work in Rural Areas in 1982 named him "Rural Citizen of the Year." Honorary degrees from state colleges and universities further acknowledged his achievements, and the University of South Carolina established an endowed professorship in social work in his honor.

On Oct. 25, 1983, Newman became the first African American since 1887 to serve in the state Senate. His election and the cordial reception he received from his fellow senators, all of them white, testified symbolically to the extraordinary influence he exerted on South Carolina's social and political development in the twentieth century. Newman served with distinction on several Senate committees until ill health forced him to resign his seat on July 31, 1985. He died in Columbia on Oct. 21, 1985, and was buried in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

Excerpted from the entry by John G. Sproat. 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.)


Hitting the notes

Violinist Ashley Yoon, backed by pianist Chee-Hang See, performed Feb. 7 in a Charleston Academy of Music at the Charleston Library Society. Several musicians from age 7 to 15 plucked and tickled their instruments after being selected for their virtuosity and community involvement. They performed pieces by masters like Bach, Chopin and Beethoven. More: CharlestonMusic.org. (Photo provided.)


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For the heart

With Valentine's Day set for this week, you might be thinking more about your heart. Here are some tips for improving your heart health from WebMD:

  • Lose weight. Your diet should be rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fiber. You should eat fish, limit saturated fat and oils, and cut back on salt.

  • Exercise routinely. Thirty minutes a day will help you control blood pressure, prevent diabetes and maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

  • Stop smoking.

  • Check your family history for risk factors.

Learn more at WebMD.


What love can do

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



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(NEW) Author speaks: 6 p.m., Feb. 12, Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street, Charleston. Author and Charleston native Katie Crouch will discuss her writing at the society's speaker series. Crouch is author of The New York Times bestselling novel Girls in Trucks, Men and Dogs, and the Magnolia League series. More and to RSVP: call 843.723.9912 or send an email.

(NEW) Grand reopening: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Feb. 15, American Military Museum, near Dillards, Citadel Mall, Charleston. The museum, formerly located downtown, will have a Grand Reopening Kickoff Reception at its new location. The grand reopening (admission is free) is the following day with lots of military exhibits, vehicles and re-enactors throughout the mall..

(NEW) A Woman Called Truth: Feb. 15 to March 3, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston. New York Broadway veteran Danielle Lee Greaves will showcase a production of this play on the story of abolitionist advocate sojourner Truth. For times and more, contact Charleston Stage.

Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition: Feb. 15-17, downtown Charleston. Thousands of wildlife enthusiasts will invade Charleston for the 31st annual wildlife art and sporting life event to view live-animal shows, art and more. Preview here. More info at www.sewe.com.


Dueling in Charleston: 6:30 p.m., Feb. 20, Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., Charleston. Grahame Long, the museum's curator of history, will lecture on his first book, "Dueling in Charleston: Violence Refined in the Holy City." 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.

Otranto book sale: Starts 9 a.m. on Feb. 22 and 23, Otranto Regional Branch library, 2261 Otranto Road, Charleston. The Charleston Friends of the Library will offer its first book sale of the year with great bargains and good books. More.

College aid: 10 a.m., Feb. 23, Room 791, Complex for Economic Development (Building 920), Trident Technical College, North Charleston. The college is part of a national effort to help students and parents learn more about college financial aid. Experts will be on hand to help with financial aid applications. More info.

Oysters and chili: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 24, Goldbug Island. Florence Crittenton will hold its annual oyster roast and chili cook-off to benefit its programs for young pregnant women and mothers. Tickets are $35 for adults, $20 for students and free for children six and under. More.

Pride and Joy: 5:30 p.m., Feb. 27, American Theater, 456 King Street, Charleston. The Southern Foodways Alliance will feature the documentary "Pride and Joy," Joe York's film of the depth and breadth of Southern food culture. Part of the Charleston Wine and Food Festival, tickets ($100) are online here.

Bach Festival of Charleston: March 1 to 3, First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street, Charleston. The third biennial event offers a Baroque vocal chamber concert at 7:30 p.m. March 1, an organ concertini by candlelight the following night at the same time, and a performance of "Soli Deo Gloria" at 4 p.m. March 3. Free. More info.

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 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.


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


4/8: "Turrets are coming!"
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


3/25: On good policy
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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