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to kick off One Book Charleston County program in October
2013 -- Charleston County Public Library will kick off its One Book Charleston
County in October with programs ranging from "Star Wars" costume
contests to programs looking back at the class system of historic Charleston.
book is "Divergent" by Veronica Roth, a critically acclaimed
and huge bestseller about a futuristic society where residents are separated
into one of five distinct groups, or factions based on their beliefs and
talents. The goal of One Book is to unite local residents to read, attend
events and discuss the core issues in a single book.
the first in a trilogy of novels by Roth, is being compared to the blockbuster,
"The Hunger Games." Attracting the attention of Hollywood, the
novel is being released in March as a major motion picture starring Shailene
Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet.
450 copies of Divergent available for check out at its 16 branch libraries.
Additionally, the book is available on audio CD and can be downloaded
free as an eBook or audio book from the librarys web site -- www.ccpl.org.
to the special One Book Spotlight Events planned in October, the library
identified some of its regular programs that fit the definition of one
of the factions from Roths book. Here is a list of some special
One Book programs for One Book Charleston County:
Americans inspire us to do better
SEPT. 22, 2013 -- With all of the petty bickering, games, negative campaigns and seeming inability to get anything real done, its pretty easy to get grouchy about the American political system.
Need a pick-me-up? All you have to do is attend a ceremony during which people from dozens of different countries take the oath of allegiance to the United States to become naturalized citizens.
What a gust of fresh air. On Constitution Day, also known as September 17, some 111 people from 52 countries pledged their loyalty to the United States in a ceremony at the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site in Mount Pleasant. Pinckney (1757-1824), a former South Carolina governor, was one of four of South Carolinas signers of the U.S. Constitution.
Some 300 others witnessed as U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel administered the oath to these new Americans, several of whom held small American flags in their hands.
Marine Lance Cpl. Tung Vi Lam, a native of Vietnam, said becoming a U.S. citizen on Tuesday was his rebirth.
Ill start off all over again, said the 20-year-old who came to the country nine years ago. Today, hes serving at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.
Another active duty member of the military who took the oath was Senior Airman Alvaro Koo, a 24-year-old native of Panama serving at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter. He said he was proud to be an American.
Now Im actually part of the country Im serving, he said.
Tuesdays ceremony was a dream come true for Liliana Gonzalez Lindsay, a native of Argentina.
I feel so emotional, she said. Ive wished for this for a long time.
What was inspiring during the ceremony was the palpable sense that these new citizens -- some 5,000 of whom are sworn in throughout the Palmetto State ever year -- are refreshing our democracy. Theres a sense that the countrys values of being a beacon of liberty still shines throughout a world that may trample on individual freedoms. It may sound hokey, but the tent on the grounds of the home of a framer of a constitution seemed to burst with hope for a better tomorrow.
Gergel captured this sentiment during remarks before administering the oath when he shared how his four grandparents became U.S. citizens, two of whom pledged allegiance to the United States in the very courtroom in which he now practices.
I know that each of you made the courageous decision to leave your native land and to come to America in hope for a better life for yourselves and future generations of your family, Gergel said. My four grandparents made the same choice nearly 100 years ago, leaving behind their native Poland and Russia and beloved family members.
My mothers parents, Samuel and Rebecca Friedman, were so proud of their American citizenship that they hung their framed citizenship certificates, nearly identical to the one you will receive today, in their living room.
Today, those certificates hang on a wall in Gergels office in the federal courthouse in Charleston.
While my grandparents passionately loved this country and all the opportunity it provided to them, I am confident that they never imagined that their grandson would one day be nominated as a federal judge by the President of the United States and himself conduct naturalization ceremonies like the ones in which they had participated.
You could hear a pin drop.
At the end of his remarks, Gergel summed up three words then repeated by many in the audience -- Only in America.
When things get tough and rancorous at the Statehouse or U.S. Capital, our leaders should be inspired by the stories of the thousands of people still coming to America to become citizens and the millions who want to come here.
The people who became new Americans this month dont take their new freedoms for granted. They worked hard to get them. And thats something that all of us born here should remember more often than we usually do now.
for helping to educate about state policies
To the editor:
I'm a physician who lives in Marion and works in Florence who is a longtime reader of your column and appreciates your work. [Currents, 9/16.]
The patients described in The New York Times article are my patients. I set up the interviews that Robert Pear did with them and accompanied him on the interviews. (We actually visited 5 patients that day, only two of whom he included in his article).
It was such a moving day I wrote a column about. Thank you for all you do to educate the people in S.C. about how our state's policies affect the poor.
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seeks speakers, performers for spring event
theme of Ripple Effect, chosen speakers are expected to inspire with ideas
that are creating a lasting, ongoing effect in areas such as the environment,
education, parenting, philanthropy, technology, arts, food, fashion, health
care and more, according to the organization.
We are actively looking for change agents that can share with our TEDxCharleston audience ideas having a profound and ever-expanding impact. Even the smallest ideas and actions can have exponential impact on our community and our world, so we look forward to hearing what unheard voices in the Lowcountry have to say, said Edith Howle, curator of TEDxCharleston.
you know people who have great ideas that are creating lasting change
in our community, please encourage them to apply. Help us tap into
the many voices, ideas and talents that make up this community, but might
not be well known.
regarding speaker and performer submissions and the 2014 event is available
The location and date of the event will be announced soon, according to
a press release.
Videos from the inaugural TEDxCharleston held at PURE Theater in downtown Charleston on May 15, 2013, are now online for viewing. Relive the inspiring talks and performances at www.tedxcharleston.org/2013-speakers.
Hadassah to present heart health program Oct. 6
Three things for women to learn about heart disease:
You can learn more about these facts and about warning signs, risks and prevention of heart disease on October 6 at an interactive 12:45 p.m. seminar at the Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center, 96 Wentworth St., in Charleston.
The non-denominational seminar is sponsored by Hadassah, the nation's largest womens Zionist Jewish membership organization and will feature presentations by a leading MUSC cardiologist, a nutritionist, an exercise specialist as well as a live Skype presentation from the Hadassah Hospital cardiology research team in Israel.
Parks group seeks $1.2 million for Colonial Lake
Parks Conservancy is launching a fundraising effort to raise $1.2 million
to help pay for a $5 million renovation of Colonial Lake. The City of
Charleston already has agreed to foot $4 million of the bill.
are already 80 percent of the way to achieving our fundraising goal,
said Darla Moore, founder of the Conservancy, thanks to the City
is tasked with raising from private sources the remaining $1 million to
cover construction costs, plus an additional $200,000 for ongoing park
maintenance. Individuals, organizations and neighborhood associations
are invited to join in this historic opportunity.
is a chance for citizens to invest in their community in a way that makes
a lasting impact, said Harry Lesesne, executive director of the
Charleston Parks Conservancy. Colonial Lake was established in the
19th century with the idea that the park would be the equal to White Point
Gardens. Now the community has a special opportunity to help us fulfill
that vision in the 21st century.
$5 million project price tag includes design, engineering, repairs, new
construction and extensive landscaping. When the renovation is complete,
the Conservancy will maintain the park the same way it works in more than
20 other parks in the City of Charleston with its staff of professional
horticulturists and volunteer Park Angels.
documents and bidding on the project should be completed by May 2014.
The construction phase is May 2014 to July 2015. The renovations will
include a new flushing system to improve water quality; improved gardens;
more trees, paths and lighting; more seating; historic markers and safety
N. Charleston to have open house Wednesday for ball park
of North Charleston will hold a three-hour open house 6 p.m. Wednesday
to showcase its new state-of-the-art athletic complex and community facility.
Park is the Lowcountrys premier baseball and softball facility,
the city said in a press release. The park features a Ripken training
facility that was meticulously designed and built for the best experience
for players and spectators.
goal was to create a park capable of holding high-level baseball tournaments,
while still providing a park setting for the community as a whole.
The result is a split park with two distinct areas (sports fields and
park) connected by a series of educational nature trails that highlight
the wetlands, native tress, and wildlife.
the three ball fields at Wescott Park are designed to scale of Boston
Red Soxs Fenway Park, Atlanta Braves Turner Field, and San
Francisco Giants AT&T Park. Each field is equipped for
baseball and softball for athletes 12 years old and under.
being a sports complex, Wescott Park features passive areas for visitors
to enjoy, including an amphitheater for outdoor performances, green spaces
and multi-purpose fields, walking trails through the parks wetlands,
a dog park, and a number of enclosed and open air shelters for a variety
of community and family events.
Gov. John G. Richards, Jr.
Liberty Hill, Kershaw County, on Sept. 11, 1864, Gov. John Gardiner Richards,
Jr., was the son of John G. Richards and Sophia Edwards Smith. According
to one scholar, Richards experienced a relatively serene childhood
and enjoyed such genteel pursuits as lancing tournaments and fox hunting.
He attended the common schools of Liberty Hill and spent two years at
Bingham Military Institute in Mebane, North Carolina, before returning
home at age nineteen to manage the family farm. In June 1888, Richards
married Betty Coates Workman. The couple had eleven children.
1890, Richards supported Pitchfork Ben Tillman in his agrarian
crusade against the conservative leaders of the Democratic Party, the
so-called Bourbons. Tillman triumphed and Richards became
a Kershaw County magistrate. After serving for eight years, he won a seat
in the state House of Representatives in 1898. Over the next 12 years,
Richards championed agriculture, conservative budgets, public education
for whites, and liquor control. The son of a Presbyterian minister, Richards
was a staunch advocate of prohibition.
unsuccessful bid for the governorship in 1910, Richards was appointed
to the state Railroad Commission, where he sat for 12 years between 1910
and 1926. During that time, he shifted his political allegiance from Tillman
to Cole Blease, the victor in the 1910 gubernatorial election. Richards
failed to succeed Blease as governor in 1914, and lost a third run for
the office 1918. Finally, in his fourth attempt, Richards won the governorship
In office, Richards declared war on the board of public welfare, evolution, and the highway and tax commissions, proclaiming the latter a veiled effort to establish an obligarchy. He urged strict adherence to the Ten Commandments and ordered the state constabulary to close businesses that violated the Sabbath and even arrested golfers for ignoring state Blue Laws. Appalled, The New York Times editorialized in March 1927 that There is another sport in South Carolina which is not seriously interfered with. This is lynching.
later, a Columbia Record poll revealed 249 respondents favored
the governors position on Sunday activities while 3,943 opposed
his interpretation of the Ten Commandments. The legislature and the state
supreme court responded by curtailing Richards authority, while
popular opinion rejected his actions.
By 1928, the governor had abandoned his persecution of golfers and concentrated on rallying support for a $65 million road construction project and the upgrading of public schools. Both of these endeavors were tremendously successful under Richards stewardship, but were overshadowed by his zealous moral crusade. By the time he left office in 1931, South Carolinians enduring the Great Depression were far more concerned with obtaining the basic necessities of this life than with the narrow moral code of their governor.
to his farm in Liberty Hill, Richards remained a loyal Democrat and supported
Franklin Roosevelt in the 1932 presidential campaign, although he simultaneously
led opposition in the state to the repeal of national prohibition. Richards
died on Oct. 9, 1941, and was buried in Liberty Hill Cemetery.
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Road trip from The List
If you want to learn the "Ten things everyone should know about Lowcountry rice," you're going to have to hit the road and attend one of three coming lectures by Dr. Nic Butler of the Charleston County Public Library.
He says the purpose is to convey 10 simple but important points about rice over 300 years of Lowcountry history that everyone can understand and pass on to their friends and neighbors.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dill Bird Walk:
8 a.m., Oct. 12, Dill Sanctuary, James Island. Naturalist Billy
McCord will guide you through various habitats found on this scenic site
located alongside the Stono River. Participants need to provide their
own binoculars. This walk from the Charleston Museum is designed for adults
and mature teens. Register early -- only 10 spaces available. Register
online or call (843) 722-2996 x235.
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.
a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 26, Christ Our King Stella Maris School, Mount
Pleasant. The school's 62nd annual bazaar will offer entertainment, games,
food, a cake booth, water blast, mystery bags, face painting, crafters
corner, spooky wheel and much more. Free.
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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