Issue 6.03 | Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
Celebrate JFK's life
and remembering John F. Kennedy
NOV. 18, 2013 -- San Diego was predominantly a Republican town in 1960 when I was a freshmen at the then 11-year-old Catholic University of San Diego. So it was surprising to see a huge turnout downtown for the Democratic candidate for the presidency.
Being a former Marine photographer all those years ago, I was very aware of Senator John F. Kennedy and his run for president. Some other students went with me to see him, but I didn't want to stand at the back in the midst of that crowd. So with my camera in tow, I worked my way forward toward the raised platform.
I stood on the pavement and looked up to a policeman on the elevated stage. I caught his attention and asked if I could get up there for some pictures. I showed him my student ID card and my camera. "Sure, no problem," he said as he gave me a hand up.
The view was nice, looking out over several thousand people who were smiling and cheering and raising and waving their KENNEDY signs. I watched the candidate making a fiery speech and waited until he turned my way, poking his finger to make a point, and I got the shot I wanted. I still have the negatives today.
I was close enough to see his expressions and his intensity and knew I was going to do what I could to help this man be elected.
Three years later, I was married, working at the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper and was assigned to cover President Kennedy and his commencement speech at San Diego State College. He also received the first honorary doctor of law degree ever offered by a California state school. More than 30,000 people crowded into the Aztec Bowl.
This time, it took a lot longer to get permission for me to photograph the president.
But there I was, proudly wearing my press credentials, and equipped with a telephoto lens as part of the team from the paper covering this event. Oddly enough, I again was taking his picture from his left side. Five months later, JFK went to Dallas.
On Friday, November 22, 1963, I was shopping around noon at a Mission Valley Sears store and heard crying and loud shouts coming from the television department. A crowd was gathering around several TV sets that were showing the early reports of shots fired in Dallas and the president being wounded.
Like the others, I stood there in shock as the news was delivered that the president was dead. I called my wife who was at work at the paper and, of course, she already knew. We quietly cried together.
to invest in Charleston County's libraries
NOV. 18, 2013 -- Schools are centers of learning for kids, but libraries are centers of learning for the whole family. It's not hard to find new schools being built or renovated. But libraries? They've caught the short end of the funding stick.
Earlier this month, voters in Richland County voted by a two-to-one margin to approve a $59 million bond referendum to improve 10 of its 11 locations. The investment will allow the county to improve facilities, add more computers, add community meeting spaces and more.
Now it's time for Charleston County to do the same thing for our 16 library locations, five of which were built before the Interstate highway system and the information superhighway.
If you've been in some of the older library buildings, such as the West Ashley branch in South Windermere, it's not surprising when a toilet is out of order or when computers are unavailable due to demand. Some other issues:
A 2011 strategic plan for the library outlines four pages of needs identified by community members. It also highlights a poll that shows 91 percent of 400 county residents who took the survey have positive impressions of the library and believe the library is an important part of the community.
The county library system operates on a budget that doesn't include money for capital expenditures, such as new buildings or major renovations. The last time that the library benefited from a bond referendum was almost 30 years ago. In the interim, the county's population has grown by a third, putting more stress on outdated buildings and technology.
Back in 2010, county voters approved a special 1 percent sales tax to build more schools, a referendum that reaped $440 million. That special tax will be in place through 2016.
Next year as the county looks at its needs, it would be smart to consider a referendum for county libraries, just as Richland County voters did this year. If voters approve a bond referendum of, say, $90 million, we could make a long-term investment in adults -- just like we've been doing since 2010 for children.
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Davis in Charleston
On Feb. 18, 1861, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as President of the Confederate States of America. Davis, a native of Kentucky, was raised in Louisiana and Mississippi. He graduated from West Point in 1828 and was a hero in the 1831-32 Black Hawk War. Davis had a long record of public service as a United States Senator (1847-1851 and 1857-1861) and United States Secretary of War (1853-57).
As a senator, Davis argued against secession, but was adamant in his support for states' rights. In 1847, President James Polk appointed Davis as brigadier general of volunteers, but Davis declined on the grounds that militia appointments were the purview of the states and that the appointment was a violation of states' rights.
In February 1861, Davis' first appointment as general officer of the Confederate army was P. G. T. Beauregard and Davis quickly dispatched him to Charleston to assume command. After the firing on Fort Sumter, Davis called Beauregard to Richmond. While in Virginia, Beauregard led Confederate forces at the first Battle of Manassas in July 1861. In the aftermath of the Confederate victory, the relationship between Beauregard and Davis began to rapidly deteriorate through a disagreement over whether to pursue the fleeing Federal troops into Washington.
After the myriad of battles and events in Charleston in the summer and early fall 1863, Davis planned to visit the city to inspect the defenses. After a brief visit to Savannah in late October, Davis arrived in Charleston by train on November 2. When Davis' train arrived at the St. Andrew's Parish station, he was greeted by an artillery salute by the Marion Artillery. A delegation of public officials and officers joined the train for the short trip across the Ashley River into Charleston.
A procession route was planned to escort the president from the train station to City Hall. Crowds lined the route which extended from Spring Street to Rutledge, Rutledge Avenue to Calhoun Street, Calhoun to Meeting, and on to City Hall at Meeting and Broad Streets. Houses and offices along the procession route all flew either the Confederate or state flags. At the corner of Rutledge and Bee Streets, the garrison at the Charleston Arsenal displayed a large collection of "Yankee trophies" to the delight of the Confederate president.
Upon arrival at City Hall, Confederate District Judge Andrew Magrath introduced the president to Mayor Charles MacBeth. After a brief meeting with the city's delegation, Davis stepped out on the balcony to address the large crowd gathered outside of City Hall. Davis reminisced about the last time he was in Charleston as he escorted the body of John C. Calhoun from Washington to the city for burial.
Davis remarked, "We remember how the Palmetto logs of Moultrie, in former times, resisted the dreaded British fleet, and we can now point to the defense against the still more formidable attack on Sumter. Though crumbling in her ruins, everyone looks on with anxious hope that the Yankee flag will never fly over Sumter again."
In his speech, Davis thanked and congratulated the commander, Lt. Col. Stephen Elliot Jr., and the garrison at Fort Sumter for their determined defense of the harbor. In an obvious affront, Davis never did mention General Beauregard by name in the speech. After the speech and another meeting, Davis retired to Gov. William Aiken Jr.'s home at Judith and Elizabeth streets.
On Tuesday, November 3, Beauregard and his senior officers escorted Davis on an inspection tour of Sullivan's Island from Fort Moultrie to Battery Marshall at Breech's Inlet. Davis invited Beauregard to join him for dinner at the Aiken home, but Beauregard declined the invitation. The next day, the same delegation escorted Davis by boat to Fort Johnson. They then visited the line of defenses on James Island's south shore including Batteries Cheves, Haskell, and Ryan, and Fort Lamar at Secessionville. Lastly, they visited Fort Pemberton on the Stono River near the Wappoo Cut.
Early Thursday morning, Beauregard, generals Gilmer and Jordan, and Colonel Alfred Rhett escorted Davis from the Aiken residence to the train station for departure. The mounted Charleston Light Dragoons followed the short procession. At 7:30 am, Davis departed for Florence riding in a custom coach as cheering crowds provided an inspirational send-off.
play activities for the holidays
NOV. 18, 2013 -- Kids are simple beings. They don't ever really need bells and whistles and fancy trimmings to make a gift exciting. The gift of an experience and a little time outside in the presence of family is always the part of the season my boys reflect on the most.
There are lots of options highlighted here for outdoor activities from the Lowcountry to the Upstate. Bundle up with your family and play outside to create a lasting memory of the season.
Did you know there's a challenging climbing wall at the Holiday Festival
of Lights at James Island County Park? The concept is to scramble to the
top to ring the Christmas bell, but it's not as easy as it looks. For
more details and a peek at this experience, click
Beach Bonfire: There's nothing better than toasting marshmallows around a campfire on Caper's Island. The winter months are peaceful times to catch a sunset, fish and explore the beach. Call ahead to reserve a spot.
Skate: The Carolina Ice Palace feels like an outdoor event but you can enjoy the comfort and security offered by an indoor rink when teaching tired little legs to skate. Learning here has helped my family progress to enjoy bigger, outdoor rinks.
Ice On Main is reopening for the season from Nov. 29, 2013. through Jan. 20, 2014. The United Community Bank on Main Street in Greenville offers a unique chance to ice skate outside right in the heart of downtown Greenville. Watch Pluff Mud Kids blog for highlights from this season.
In and Camp Out: Jones Gap State Park in the Upstate is a fantastic
spot for winter camping and hiking. A short, easy hike is perfect for
families carrying their gear yet you feel like you're a million miles
away from the hectic pace of the season. More
details on this great state park.
Beach Walk: Our local beaches are still beautiful and refreshing on
a cold winter's day. Kids love to run or bike on the hard-packed sand.
Kiawah Island is a great place to find long stretches of sand to provide
an afternoon of exercise. Stop at nearby Freshfield's Village for lunch
and warm up. More.
Poppleton named SEWE's 2014 featured artist
"High Ground" by Utah artist Chad Poppleton is the 2014 featured painting that will be on the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition's (SEWE) poster for the 32nd annual event in Charleston that celebrates wildlife art, conservation and the sporting life.
"I am truly honored to be this year's Featured Artist," said Poppleton, a resident of Cache Valley, Utah. "The featured piece, 'High Ground,' was truly a joy to create from its inception through the last stroke.
"The painting and its subject has a special place in my heart. Rocky Mountain elk represent nobility and are considered the king of all deer species. It's only natural for me to share my love of this 'King of Deer' cradled in the most spectacular settings."
Poppleton said he has been interested in art since he can remember. An avid sportsman and conservationist, he spends as much time in the field as he does in front of the easel. Observing wildlife in their environment captivates him and his paintings are a reflection of this and his love for the outdoors.
"Interpreting the behavior and character of each animal in its natural environment is the motivation for my work. Studying, sketching, life painting and observing the animal's behavior helps me to find their characteristics and relay that into the canvas." A graduate of Utah State University, Poppleton was featured in the "21 under 31 Artists to Watch" in Southwest Art and was an inaugural artist in the C.M. Russell Museum's Skull Society of Artists.
"High Ground" will be available to view and bid on during the Preview Gala and Auction VIP event on Feb. 13, 2014. The official 2014 poster is available for purchase on www.sewe.com for $30.
Begin With Books to begin deliveries in West Ashley
Begin With Books, the Charleston County affiliate of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, will expand to serve 2,179 children under five in West Ashley in 2014, the group has announced.
The nonprofit organization currently ships almost 2,000 books a month to children enrolled in the program who live in mostly rural areas of the county, but also on the peninsula. The expansion into the 29407 zip code will be the organization's largest to date.
Organizers say their model of recruiting volunteers inside a zip code to build a team to raise money and enroll children has worked well. In the 29407 area, they estimate they'll need up to 75 volunteers to launch the program.
for three meetings by the end of January to get buy-in from members of
the community, get a commitment to raise money and enroll children. Meetings
are scheduled for 6:30 p.m., December 4, and 10:30 a.m., December 5, at
the St. Andrew's Regional Library on North Woodmere Drive in Charleston.
have a $35,000 challenge grant and our target is to meet our $86,000 start-up
campaign goal by late spring 2014 so that we can begin registering children
in the new zip code before the end of the school year," said organizer
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Founded in 1773, the Charleston Museum is the oldest municipal museum in the United States. It originated as an auxiliary of the Charleston Library Society dedicated to the collection, preservation, and study of "materials promoting a Natural History" of South Carolina.
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and Thomas Heyward, Jr., were early curators. Botanical and zoological specimens and cultural artifacts have comprised the majority of the museum's collections since its founding. The collections moved often during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and were housed in private homes and public buildings.
From 1792 until 1815, the museum occupied the upper floor of the Charleston County Courthouse at Meeting and Broad Streets. In 1815, the collections were transferred to the Literary and Philosophical Society of South Carolina. The society obtained a state appropriation of $10,000 and funds from the city of Charleston to expand. Later in the century the museum was in the Medical College of South Carolina on Queen Street.
In 1850, the Literary and Philosophical Society transferred the collections to the College of Charleston. The museum secured its first independent home and autonomy in 1907 when it moved to the Thompson Auditorium at the corner of Rutledge Avenue and Calhoun Street. The institution adopted the name Charleston Museum and became an independent municipal institution.
Innovative directors, including Laura Bragg, the first female museum director in the United States, expanded the size and variety of the museum collections, published scientific and archaeological studies, and inaugurated ambitious public education programs.
In 1980, the museum moved to a new building at 360 Meeting Street. For the first time since its founding, the museum had a home for its collections, research facilities, and archives in a building designed to be a museum. The Charleston Museum sponsors publications and cultural events in addition to chronicling the natural and cultural history of South Carolina.
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Changing of the guard
and Boo IX retired Friday as mascots of The Citadel after almost 10 years
of service. The breed began representing the school around 1928, according
to school officials. Five fun facts about these mascots:
Boo IX, comes from impressive and substantial bulldog lineage with a long line of Boos preceding this Boo.
The two new mascots are G2 And Boo X. G2 was named after the late Charleston resident Robert P. Carson, who was a former Citadel football player and lifelong supporter of the college, its foundation, its Corps of Cadets and alumni.
All four bulldogs will continue to live as a happy family in their house on campus. They enjoy a special "doghouse" with specially adapted conditions for the breed which is sensitive to extreme heat, including special cooled dog beds and a specially air-conditioned doghouse barracks modeled after the real barracks.
Source: The Citadel.
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(NEW) Book signing: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., November 21, Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston. New children's author Michelle Mensore Condon will sign copies of her new book, "Grandma's First Thanksgiving." More.
(NEW) Celebrity Cook-off and Oyster Roast: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., November 23, Riley Stadium, Charleston. Charleston Animal Society will hold its 14th annual fundraiser which more than 1,000 people are expected to attend. Lots of fun will be had. Ticket info and more.
(NEW) "Annie:" December 6 to 22, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston. Charleston Stage will present the award-winning Tony musical to "lift everyone's holiday spirits" with Charleston's own Madelyn Anderson as Little Orphan Annie. Tickets and info.
(NEW) Shopping with Friends: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., December 6, Hibernian Hall, 105 Meeting Street, Charleston. Lowcountry AIDS Services will celebrate 10 years with a new twist on its annual fund-raiser. Jazz artist Charlton Singleton will perform with a 14-piece Big Band. More.
(NEW) Christmas Festival and Parade: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., December 7, Park Circle, North Charleston. While the parade will begin at 5 p.m., there will be lots of fun at the holiday market and festival. More.
Lauder lecture: 6 p.m., November 20, Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain Street, Charleston. The Gibbes Museum of Art will host philanthropist and cosmetic executive Leonard A. Lauder as the inaugural speaker in a new lecture series. Lauder recently donated a notable collection of Cubist art to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Tickets are $35 for members; $45 for non-members. More.
On Golden Pond: Through December 1, Charleston Acting Studio, 915 Folly Road, James Island. The studio will put on the award-winning play over two weeks. Click here for ticket information and times.
That Holiday Book Sale: 9 a.m., December 6 and 7, Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road, Mount Pleasant. Books, CDs and DVDs will be on sale during the annual event with prices starting at just $0.50, this is a bargain that can't be beat. Sponsored by the Charleston Friends of the Library. More.
Art of Pinar Del Rio: Through December 29, City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston. The gallery will host an exhibition of works by more than a dozen contemporary Cuban artists curated by local artist Reynier Llanes. Llanes' lecture: 3 p.m., December 7. 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.
Christmas to remember
time: great gift for seniors
activities to do