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WHAT VISITORS SEE: Hanahan photographer Chuck Boyd snapped this shot along King Street just south of Wentworth Street during this month's Second Sunday on King. Let's hope this blight and any other graffiti that sprouts around the city is cleaned up soon.

Issue 5.46 | Monday, Sept. 16, 2013
Check out our calendar for lots to do

FOCUS Civil War photos to be on display
BRACK Vault: Letter to newborn daughter
GOOD NEWS Craft fair, Accelerator, more
KIDS It's harvest time for kids
HISTORY Carolina Art Association
SPOTLIGHT Florence Crittenton
FEEDBACK On welfare, Social Security
READ THIS Send in your review
BROADUS Sidewalk chalk blog
THE LIST Citadel tops list
QUOTE Rolling along
CALENDAR This week ... and next

Gibbes' exhibit will showcase Civil War photographs
Special to Charleston Currents

SEPT. 16, 2013 -- At the start of the Civil War, the nation's photography galleries were overflowing with a variety of photographs of all kinds and sizes, many examples of which will be featured in an exciting exhibit here starting September 27.


On display at the Gibbes Museum of Art will be portraits made on thin sheets of copper (daguerreotypes), glass (ambrotypes), or iron (tintypes), and larger, "painting-sized" likenesses on paper, often embellished with India ink, watercolor and oils. The exhibition features groundbreaking works by Mathew B. Brady, George N. Barnard, Alexander Gardner and Timothy O'Sullivan, among many others.

One such example is Ruins in Charleston, South Carolina by George N. Barnard from 1865. This image depicting a scene of the devastated buildings along King Street is a particularly important photograph highlighting the artistic sensibilities of Barnard's documentary work. The images of the loss, death, and destruction of the South contain moral lessons about war, heroism and slavery.

George N. Barnard (American, 1819-1902), "Ruins in Charleston, South Carolina," 1865; albumen silver print from glass negative; W. Bruce and Delaney H. Lundberg Collection; image: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Click here to see large version of the photograph.

Approximately 1,000 photographers worked separately and in teams to produce hundreds of thousands of photographs-portraits and views-that were actively collected during the period (and over the past century and a half) by Americans of all ages and social classes. In a direct expression of the nation's changing vision of itself, the camera documented the war and also mediated it by memorializing the events of the battlefield as well as the consequent toll on the home front.

The exhibit at the Gibbes -- "Photography and the American Civil War" -- was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It brings together more than 200 of the finest and most poignant photographs of the American Civil War. Through examples drawn from The Metropolitan's celebrated holdings, complemented by important loans from public and private collections, the exhibition will examine the evolving role of the camera during the nation's bloodiest war.

While the "War between the States" was the great test of the young Republic's commitment to its founding precepts, it also was a watershed in photographic history. The camera recorded from beginning to end the heartbreaking narrative of the epic four-year war (1861-1865) in which 750,000 lives were lost.


6 p.m., Sept. 26: Member Preview Party

Noon, Sept. 26: Lunchtime lecture with Jeff Rosenheim, curator in charge, Department of Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. For details and to purchase tickets, visit this link.

Oct. 13: Free Admission Day

Great guided tours by notables: Guided tour of "Photography and the American Civil War" led by attorney and author Robert Rosen (2:30 p.m., Oct. 17), Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell (2:30 p.m., Nov. 14) and College of Charleston history professor Bernard E. Powers (2:30 p.m., Dec. 12). Free with museum admission.

"Photography and the American Civil War" features both familiar and rarely seen images that include haunting battlefield landscapes strewn with bodies, studio portraits of armed Confederate and Union soldiers preparing to meet their destiny, rare multi-panel panoramas of Gettysburg and Richmond, and languorous camp scenes showing exhausted troops in repose. Also included are diagnostic medical studies of wounded soldiers who survived the war's last bloody battles and portraits of both Abraham Lincoln and his assassin, John Wilkes Booth.

"We are thrilled to bring this exhibition to Charleston, the very city where the Civil War began," says Curator of Exhibitions Pam Wall. "These photographs tell a powerful story of our nation's greatest struggle, and the fascinating intersection between history and photography during this time period."

  • Learn more: www.gibbesmuseum.org

    Amy Mercer is marketing and communications manager at the Gibbes Museum of Art.


Ten years later: Letter to a newborn daughter
By ANDY BRACK, editor and publisher

EDITOR'S NOTE: Ten years ago when our first daughter was born, I offered these thoughts, which still seem pertinent today. Thought you would enjoy.

SEPT. 12, 2003 - - Dear little Avery,

You came into the world today with wide open eyes that darted around the hospital room and seemed to ask, "So what have you gotten me into now -- what is this place?"

You've been born in South Carolina, one of the best places in the whole, wide world. It has lush land from the rolling hills of the Upstate to the salt-scented marshes of the Lowcountry. Its people are warm and generous with an independent spirit. For the most part, they are kind and forgiving.

As you looked at me before the crack of dawn, there were so many things I wanted you to know.

You should know our people are generally good. Sometimes they stray and do bad things or forget to do what's right. Some leaders forget to pursue justice and good for all South Carolinians by pushing a narrow agenda fueled by selfish desires. Sometimes people forget the lessons of church to love their neighbors and, instead, love themselves too much.

You also should know that sometimes people need help -- a hand up to get past hard times. There's nothing ever wrong with asking for help and you shouldn't look down on somebody who needs it. When somebody asks you for help, you should try to give it.

Your mother and I hope you learn how to recognize the difference between good and evil, truth and lies. We hope you'll always tell the truth, eat your vegetables and learn how to be a good friend to others.

In South Carolina, we hope you'll learn to mind your manners, be on your best behavior at all times and obey the law.

We want you to appreciate hard work, value a dollar and learn to refrain from wasting things. We hope you'll focus on our state's bright future and keep from dwelling on the past.

And we pray you'll fight to protect our freedoms and stand up for the rights of those who feel they have no voice. Too many people take the easy way out, play the blame game and pit neighbor against neighbor. Too many leaders really are followers who lack the courage to be different. We hope you and your generation will challenge conventional wisdom. We hope you'll be fearless in the midst of naysayers. We hope you'll help make things better.

There are a lot of challenges here in your new home in South Carolina. We need a better education system for all. We need people to respect and understand each other better. We need leaders who will find the courage to do what's right for everyone, not just select groups of people. We need to provide better health care, jobs, futures and opportunities for everyone.

But with all of the problems that are out there, our future is positive because we have a shared sense of purpose and determination. You and your peers have inherited it. We hope you'll use it to benefit everyone.

Love, Dad

* * * *

Also note: In my regular Statehouse Report column on Friday, I outlined how how state leaders should be ashamed of marginalizing poor people from better health care by not accepting federal Medicaid dollars to expand the program:

"You've really got to wonder whether South Carolina legislators, who refused to accept billions of free federal Medicaid dollars to expand the program for Obamacare, ever actually talked to poor people who would benefit. ... South Carolina lawmakers who opposed Medicaid expansion should be ashamed of themselves. And the hundreds of thousands of voters who will be impacted by their rash, hardhearted politics should remember next year at the polls."

Andy Brack is publisher of Charleston Currents and Statehouse Report, in which this commentary originated. He can be reached at: publisher@charlestoncurrents.com.


We should consider reaching out

To the editor:

Too many of us are clueless about this subject ["S.C.'s poor: When reality smacks into morality," 9/6] and about the needy in general.

We should remain thankful for what we have no matter how we received it (through hard work, inheritance or luck).

We should also consider reaching out with a helpful hand when the opportunity presents itself or even when it does not.

-- Matthew Salinger, Houston, Texas

Social Security has problems, too

To the editor:

You got only the tip of the iceberg of welfare.

The vast body of the problem is Social Security Disability which is being scammed by millions on fake injuries and illnesses in collusion with doctors and lawyers aiding and abetting the fraud. This is undermining the support of the working people for government and turning them into participants or to the extremists in both parties, but particularly the Republican Party.

Until the Democratic power structure comes to grips with this problem, Social Security will just continue down the path to bankruptcy with a large segment of the population refusing to bail it out until this one aspect of it is reformed drastically.

All one has to do it look at Illinois and California and its fiscal problems caused in large part by politicians colluding with unions and other special interest groups to get "free stuff" out of the government. Gov. [Jerry] Brown refuses to come to grips with it as he is so beholden to his base and figures that a recovering economy will right the ship of state but when you have prison guards and other rank and file public officials retiring on 6 figure pensions, something is wrong.

-- P.C. Coker, Charleston, S.C.

Send us your thoughts. If you have an opinion on something we've offered or on a subject related to the Lowcountry, please send your letters of 150 words or less to: editor@charlestoncurrents.com. Please include your name, address and phone number for verification purposes. We look forward to hearing from you!


Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina

The public spiritedness of our underwriters allows us to bring Charleston Currents to you at no cost. This week, we welcome our nonprofit partner for the coming year, the Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina. The organization, which got its start in Charleston in 1897, provides young, at-risk pregnant and parenting women with comprehensive services to help them become self-sufficient and responsible mothers. Its residential program is for pregnant girls and young women from 10 to 21 from anywhere in South Carolina. Its family development program provides home-based support services to at-risk, low-income single parents with children ages 5 and under throughout the Tri-County area.


It's harvest time for kids
By LEIGH SABINE, contributing editor
Special to Charleston Currents

SEPT. 16, 2013 -- The best part of seasonal crop picking with children is the serious looks of concentration on all the little faces as each child tries to choose that perfect apple or pumpkin.

It can take time to meander through an apple orchard or pumpkin patch; kids study weight, color, size and shape all with the touch of tiny palms smoothing over the surface of each and every possible pick. Each year I remember that this fleeting milestone marks the passing of another harvest season in a childhood that only has so many of these sweet seasons and we take our time to savor that yearly trip to tote home the prize.

Don't forget to take your camera when you head off to gather apples or pick pumpkins as you will look back over the years and realize the criteria of what constitutes "perfect" will change in the eyes of your child as they grow and mature. When kids are tiny, they want a pumpkin that's bigger than they are and they struggle to fit their little arms around it. When they are in middle school perfection can be more about the coolest shape or color. The pictures begin to tell the story and lend clues as to the personalities that are emerging.

Here are a few suggestions for great orchards and patches in South Carolina to help you plan ahead and enjoy the most this season has to offer:

September/October picking in the Apple Orchards:

  • Windy Hill Orchard: We featured this fantastic orchard last year on Pluff Mud Kids blog and loved everything about it from the cider garden to the orchard to the pigs and hens that roam the grounds. We also recommend packing a picnic to enjoy at a covered picnic table or taking part in this year's Apple Harvest Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 19. Check the website listed here for weekend events and times for picking. U-pick apple picking started September 16. Location: 1860 Black Highway, York, SC. Distance from Charleston: 200 miles. More.

  • Bryson's Apple Orchard: This beautiful orchard rests in the Blue Ridge Mountains fifteen miles from Oconee State Park in Mountain Rest, S.C. Apples are available to pick here from late August to mi- October this season. Picnic tables are available and there is local honey for sale. Location: 1011 Chattooga Ridge Rd. Mountain Rest, S.C. Distance from Charleston: 263.9 miles. More.

  • Niven's Apple Farm: This location has a fantastic Apple Festival on September 28 this year and its pumpkin patch opens on September 21. There are farm animals, two corn mazes and a playground. They can even host a party or group tour. Location: 130 Orchard Dr., Moore, SC 29369. Distance from Charleston: 195 miles. More.

October picking in the Pumpkin Patches:

  • McLeod Farms: The farm will host a Fall Festival and Pumpkin Tour on October 26.. This farm has it all for Fall! Location: 25455 Highway 1, McBee, S.C. Distance from Charleston: 150 miles. More.

  • John Wesley United Methodist Church: Located in West Ashley, this pumpkin patch is noted for a worthy cause benefitting the church's mission ministries and the pumpkin growers. Every year, we are impressed with the variety of pumpkins for sale here. Location: 626 Savannah Hwy, Charleston.

  • Legare Farms: "A Lowcountry Legacy" that has a great pumpkin patch and maze on a portion of this 300-acre farm on Johns Island. We have been visiting this farm for the past six years and it is always a special treat. Location: 2620 Hanscombe Point Road, Johns, Island. Distance from Charleston: 15 miles. More.

  • Boone Hall Farms: Coming in October ... I've visited this local favorite since before my babies could walk and it is always a hit at every age. There are tons of activities, a gentle non-frightening tractor ride for little ones, pumpkins, a maze, produce and more. Location: 2521 U.S. Highway 17, Mount Pleasant. More.

  • Hibben United Methodist Church: You will note this patch along Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant and it is always worth the stop. This church fundraiser is important to our community and makes your decorative Halloween pumpkins really worthwhile. It is open October 4-31. Location: 690 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant.

Call or visit the websites listed above to check hours and updates as well as current 2013 fees and admissions. Check in with Pluff Mud Kids too for highlights posted last season and fresh updates in the coming months.

Writer Leigh Sabine of Mount Pleasant offers a monthly look at fun activities for Lowcountry kids. It's based on her great blog, PluffMudKids. Check it out. (Photos by Leigh Sabine.)


Autumn on the Ashley attracting handmade crafts in October

Autumn on the Ashley, a two-day open-air craft fair, will be staged Oct. 12-13 at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Sponsored by Magnolia and the Tri-County Master Gardeners Association, this year's event will include more food vendors and demonstrations, said Magnolia's operations manager Mary Ann Johnson.

"We are excited because this festival continues to grow," she said. "Now that we are going into our sixth year, we are ready to expand to include vendors who sell foods fit for a festival setting and plants."

More than 35 vendors are expected for the sixth annual open-air festival that attracts artisans that craft jewelry, pottery, glass bead work, wood work and folk art. The craft fair, which is free to the public, opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Demonstrators on both days will include the Lowcountry Woodcarvers, the Philip Simmons Artists Blacksmith Guild and the Charleston Artists Guild.

A $100 vendor fee will be charged for a booth space to display handcrafted items, paintings and photography. No retail items will be allowed. Vendors are responsible for their own pop-up tent, tables and chairs. Electricity will not be available.

The Master Gardeners will answer gardening questions and receive soil samples. The cost for soil samples are $6 each. Call 843-722-5940 to get tips on how to collect a sample. Plants and gardening books will be on sale.

  • For information and to reserve a booth, call Johnson at 843-571-1266, extension 241.

New program to help make startups a reality

The Harbor Accelerator is a new program in Charleston that will help entrepreneurs take a startup idea from concept to reality. The free 14-week program will provide mentors, curriculum and training along with dedicated space where entrepreneurs focus full-time on executing their business idea.

The Harbor Accelerator program brings a new concept to Charleston's booming entrepreneurial economy by giving participants the opportunity to spend 14 weeks fully focused on their startup concept while gleaning invaluable insights from proven business leaders.

The team of mentors already committed to the program includes a list of entrepreneurial heavyweights in the Lowcountry, such as Patrick Bryant, the lead mentor of the Accelerator; Eric Bowman of Sparc; Chad Walldorf of Sticky Fingers; Bobby Collins of PURE; Steve Parker Jr. of Levelwing; Christine Osborne of Wonder Works; Geoff Schuler, formerly of Boeing; and Robert New of Charleston Port Services.

"We've approached this process entirely from the lens of the entrepreneur starting up," said John Osborne, the Accelerator's director and founder of fundingcharleston.com. "The program keeps the startup focused on the most valuable activities during the startup phase. Those accepted will benefit tremendously from the cumulative learning experiences our team has gone through. It is exciting to offer this level of support to those launching a business."

Applications are being accepted through the website. Only eight will be selected for the program, which will run two times a year. Participants will work out of Biz Inc., a business incubator facility run by the Town of Mount Pleasant.
Selected startups are given tremendous resources and support to grow, test the market quickly and become viable businesses in this intense program period.

During the 14 weeks, participants will receive:

  • Access to weekly meetings with members of the mentor network;
  • Daily access to the director and lead mentor;
  • Educational material and 90 minutes of structured weekly classes;
  • The opportunity to develop a team of advisers that can stay with the businessafter the program;
  • Invitations to the quarterly mentor meetings for 12 months after completion ofthe program;
  • Space to work from which includes: wi-fi, parking, printer, conference room,and more;
  • Introductions to investors and growth capital sources ; and
  • Invitation to Pitch the business to investors and stakeholders at the DIG SOUTH conference in April 2014.

DIG SOUTH, a springtime festival celebrating the digital economy in the Southeast, will give participants in the accelerator program a regional platform for their business idea.

"The collaboration between DIG SOUTH and The Harbor will be rocket fuel for startups," said Stanfield Gray, executive producer of the DIG SOUTH Interactive Festival. "They are exactly the type of intensive entrepreneurship program the region needs in 2014."

Coca-Cola establishes new CofC scholarship program

The College of Charleston received a $100,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation to establish the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars Program. It is the first-ever scholarship program devoted to ensuring access for highly qualified first generation students at the college.

Five South Carolina students received $5,000 per year for four years to assist with tuition and fees. They will also be required to fulfill a contract committing them to frequent development counseling (financial and career workshops), academic support services, civic engagement, cultural development - all to achieve the ultimate goal of graduation.

These Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars includes Sam McCauley from Greenville, S.C; Cheri Hainsworth of Spartanburg, S.C.; Ariel McShane of Spartanburg, S.C.; Erin Spencer, of York, S.C., and Meagan Dunham of Marion, S.C.

"These scholarships provide life-changing experiences for our students, " says George Hynd. provost and executive vice president of academic affairs. "We are grateful to the Coca-Cola Foundation for their partnership. Their generosity gave five motivated and talented students the opportunity to realize their educational and career goals."

The primary goal of the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars Program is to provide access and support to first-generation students, thereby fulfilling the College's mission of educating a diverse, well-qualified student population.


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Carolina Art Association

Organized in 1857 by a group of prominent Lowcountry planters and factors, the Carolina Art Association of Charleston was officially chartered by the General Assembly on Dec. 21, 1858. Its purpose was the cultivation of the arts and art education. Initial exhibitions and meetings were held on the upper floor of the Apprentices Library on Meeting Street.

The association entered a period of dormancy during and after the Civil War but reemerged by 1878. In 1882, under the presidency of Dr. Gabriel E. Manigault, the association purchased "The Depository" on Chalmers Street and began an art school. Although within two years the school had an enrollment of five hundred students, it closed in 1892 due to a lack of funds.

However, the association and the city of Charleston received a gift of $100,000 from the estate of James S. Gibbes (1819-1888), whose will directed that the money be used to acquire a building for "the exhibition of paintings" and the general promotion of the arts. In 1905 the Carolina Art Association moved into a new home: the Gibbes Memorial Art Gallery. In 1932 the association's board of directors hired its first professional director, Robert N. S. Whitelaw.

The association focused on collecting American art with significant connections to Charleston and the Lowcountry. From 1937 to 1950, the association partnered with an existing theater group to operate the Dock Street Theatre. Its community role broadened through involvement with the Civil Services Committee, a group organized and sponsored by the association to study the impact of modernization on Charleston.

In 1944, the association published an architectural survey of the city, "This Is Charleston," which spurred the creation of Historic Charleston Foundation. For the state's tricentennial celebration, the Carolina Art Association organized a major exhibition: "Art in South Carolina 1670-1970." In 1974, the group received accreditation for the Gibbes Museum of Art from the American Association of Museums. Entering the 21st century, the association continued in its mission to cultivate the arts and art education in the Charleston area.

-- Excerpted from the entry by Paul Figueroa. 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.)


Sidewalk chalk blog

Leave it to the creative folks at the Art Institute of Charleston to come up with a cool way to remember the September 11 tragedy -- a "blog" of messages in chalk downtown. In this photo, Shari Schultz, academic director of design at The Art Institute of Charleston, adds one of dozens of sentiments that were part of the day's memorial. Photo provided.

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We're number one!

Hats off to The Citadel for being named the top public regional university in the South for the third time in the new rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The College of Charleston was ranked fourth. Of note:

  • Number One public college in the South offering a master's degree with an overall score that was highest nationally for all public colleges in The Citadel's category.

  • Number Two "best value" among public colleges in its category in the South.

  • Number Three public college in its category in the South for "strong commitment to undergraduate teaching."

  • Number 22 in undergraduate engineering program at schools without a doctoral program.

More online.


Rolling along

"I'm from the state where 20 percent of our homes are mobile because that's how we roll..."

-- Miss South Carolina, Brooke Mosteller, in her introduction at the beginning of Sunday night's Miss America pageant. More.



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Citizenship ceremony: 10:30 a.m., Sept. 17, Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, Mount Pleasant. The National Park Service and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will hold the 16th annual naturalization ceremony for up to 125 new citizens on the grounds of Snee Farm, home of Charles Pinckney, one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution. Seating is limited. Bring chairs or blankets.

Lowcountry rice: The Charleston County Public Library will offer four programs at county libraries in September that offer 10 things everyone should know about Lowcountry rice. Dates and locations: 6 p.m., Sept. 19, John's Island Regional Library; 6 p.m., Sept. 23, Otranto Road Regional Library 6 p.m., Sept. 26, Main Library; 1 p.m., Sept. 28, Mount Pleasant Regional Library.

Moonlight Mixer: 7 p.m., Sept. 20, Folly Beach Fishing Pier. DJ Jim Bowers will keep your feet moving with oldies and beach music during the summer's last two mixer events. Costs are $8 for Charleston County residents. More.

9 to 5: Through Sept. 21, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston. Charleston Stage kicks off its 36th season with "9 to 5: The Musical," one of Broadway's most outrageous comedies. For tickets, prices and times, click here.

Rhythm and Brewfest: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sept. 21, Awendaw Green, Sewee Outpost, 4853 U.S. Highway 17 North. Awendaw Green will present the event to celebrate the area's beer culture and diverse original music. Music by Merri Creek Pickers, The Bent Strings, Simple Syrup with Doug Jones and Charles Hedgepath, The Train Wrecks , and Flatt City. Beer by Holy City, Coast, Palmetto and Westbrook breweries. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. More.

Jobim's music: 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Sept. 21, Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, Charleston. Charleston Jazz Orchestra will swing into the fall season with a tribute to Bossa Nova music and composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. Tickets are $30 to $40, which discounts for seniors and students. More information.

Carolina Green Fair: Noon to 6 p.m., Sept. 22, James Island County Park. The fair will highlight conservation education through fun and inventive demonstrations, interactive play, music and experts. Enjoy beer, food and music. No coolers, outside food or beverages. More.

Shakespeare's problem plays: 6 p.m. Tuesdays for six weeks starting Sept. 24, Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street, Charleston. Retired College of Charleston English Prof. Nan Morrison will explore Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, and Troilus and Cressida on six successive Tuesdays. The plays have frustrated critics because they're not easily classified and dramatize challenging ethical questions. Cost: $200 for members; $250 for non-members. Click here to register and learn more.

(NEW) MOJA Arts Festival: September 26 to October 6, Charleston. Click here to read our feature of major events of the 11-day festival.

Fraser lecture: 6:30 p.m., Sept. 26, Room 165, Bond Hall, The Citadel, Charleston. Renowned textile artist Mary Edna Fraser will discuss her batiks, some of the largest in the world, followed by a book signing and reception in the Daniel Library. The library is displaying some of her large-scale batiks through Oct. 26.

Photo walks: Two times, Oct. 5. Photographer Chuck Boyd will lead photo walks in Charleston (9 a.m., Pineapple Fountain, Waterfront Park) and Mount Pleasant (4:30 p.m., Shem Creek Park) as part of Worldwide Photo Walk, which last year involved 30,000 photographers in 1,300 cities. To participate, you have to sign up on the Kelby photo walk Web site.

(NEW) Latin American Festival: Noon to 6 p.m., October 6, Wannamaker County Park. Celebrate the sights and sounds of the Latino world with live Salsa and Merengue music, great food, crafts and more. Tickets are $10; have for students and military; free for kids 12 and under and Gold Pass holders from the Charleston County Parks. More.

(NEW) Wine, Women & Shoes: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., October 6, Daniel Island Club, Daniel Island. The national charity will hold a fund-raiser to benefit Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina with wine tasting, good food, exclusive shopping and more. Learn more.

(NEW) Come Out for Equality: 6 p.m., October 12, Memminger Auditorium, Charleston. The Alliance for Full Acceptance will hold its annual Gayla celebrating its 15th anniversary and National Coming Out Day. Festive attire suggested. $125 per person. More here.

Coastal Living's 2013 Showhouse: Open at various times now through Oct. 20. The magazine's newly-constructed home along the Wando River on Daniel Island is open for tours with a portion of the $15 ticket proceeds to charity. More info and times here.

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.


11/18: Boyd: Remembering JFK
11/11: Weirs: Photographing cats
11/4: Frazier: Azalea talk at Magnolia

10/28: Kaynard: Slow it down
10/21: Gambrell: Changing education
10/14: Smetana: Green teams
10/7: Gress: More to do on equality

9/30: McCarter: Safe water
9/23: Diebolt: One Book program
9/16: Mercer: Civil War photos
9/9: 30th MOJA Festival soon
9/3: Scharstein: Free autism forum

8/26: Ringler: Chasing after a cure
8/19: Sabine: Kids giving back
8/12: Frazier: Bat lab
8/5: Hathorne: Kudzu bugs

7/29: Sheahen: Poverty grows
7/22: Ferguson: Plate at the table
7/15: Kaynard: Mepkin Abbey
7/8: McCandless: At-risk youths
7/1: McGee: Monroe's new book

6/24: Williams: Avoiding foreclosure
6/17: Dewey: Preventing suicide
6/10: Hoover: Clean kitchens
6/3: Kulp: On breathalyzers


11/18: Jefferson Davis visits
10/14: Shelling Fort Sumter
9/9: Assault on Fort Sumter
8/5: The Angel of Death
7/8: Assault on Battery Wagner
6/10: "A furious barbarian"
5/13: Recovery of Keokuk guns
4/8: "Turrets are coming!"
3/11: Preparing to attack
2/11: Blockade is broken
1/14: Stono Rebellion


11/18: Library referendum needed
11/11: Oh, the Things You'll Miss
11/4: Wild gov's race ahead

10/28: Lake City's surprises
10/21: Challenging exceptionalism
10/14: Holidays approaching
10/7: Tired of Congress

9/30: On Henry Martyn Robert
9/23: New American inspire
9/16: 10 years later: Letter
9/9: Welfare today
9/3: End legislative delegations

8/26: What would Dr. King say?
8/19: Wool over our eyes
8/12: Essays on ordinary summer
8/5: Ford needs to get out of the way

7/29: New poverty study
7/22: Engage in trade war
7/15: Give brand to government
7/8: S.C. keeps treading water
7/1: Brad Taylor's new thriller

6/24: Brookgreen Gardens
6/17: New fee bring us closer?
6/10: Great new library service
6/3: On Robert Ford


9/3: Medicaid and your future
More on estates, wills
Estate planning myths
Pensions for wartime vets
Revocable Living Trusts
Resources to help seniors cope
On life estates
Next step in health care


7/29: B Corps
GoodBiz Summit
Getting ready to evacuate
Tax policies
On good policy
Heirs' property
1/28: Two conferences


9/16: It's harvest time
Kids giving back

Childrens' museums
Interactive adventures
Birds, bees, butterflies
Signs of spring abound
Great local parks
What's new in Charleston is old
1/21: Blaze a trail in 2013
12/10: Great holiday adventure


9/9: Fall allergy tips
Best new restaurants

8/26: Citadel records
Tops in ice cream
Free computer classes
Hall of Famers

Beer shakes
Tall buildings
Keep pets safe
List recalibration
Mosquito facts

Curbing mosquitoes
Twitter tips
Help for job applicants
Summer projects

5/27: Hurricane tips
Cleaning up rooms
Traveling with friends
5 on melanoma

4/29: 5 on Cinco de Mayo
Best in Charleston
Generous cities
Spring cleaning tips
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



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