By Mark A. Leon
The spirit of Robert Burns lives on with pride and distinction in the Lowcountry.? On Saturday evening at the Daniel Island Club, the Charleston Scottish Society held their 46th Annual Robert Burns Supper celebrating the 258th Anniversary of the birth of writer and poet Robert Burns.
Ushered into the dining area with the sounds of the Citadel Cadet Pipers, we were surrounded by kilts and the colors of clans who have evolved Scottish culture for centuries.? After a celebrated oratory of nine toasts, including ones to our president, the Armed Forces, the Laddies and Lassies, and Robert Burns himself, the crowd was entertained with splendid piping and a memorable address to the Haggis by Douglas Wylie.? With an accent so rich and deep and humor that could have cut through the Haggis without a knife, the crowd laugh and cheered the Scottish delicacy.
With one final wall to wall chant of “Gie her a Haggis!” we feasted.? Haggis and scotch.? If there is a group that knows how to start a party right, it is the the Scottish.
After the ushering in of the new officers, it was with heartfelt happiness that we listened to Maureen McDaniel detail the support both financially and in volunteer efforts the society has given to the Ronald McDonald House.? That transitioned into the announcement of a new partnership with the Fisher House Charleston.? To see the long-term evolution of unconditional volunteerism for organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House gave a feeling of warmth.? What started as an initial $500 donation has now culminated in an entire room sponsored by the Scottish Society that cost $25,000.
Aside from the room of decorated guests and warm engaging conversation, was an emotional culmination to the evening.? All guests were asked to stand and joined together crossed handed around their respective table as we were led in a three-verse closing chorus of Robert Burns, Auld Lang Syne.? Every year we usher in a new year with this anthem, but, never before had I witnessed so much raw emotion as we swayed interlocked hand in hand singing the words, “Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and auld lang syne.? For auld lang syne my dear, for auld lang syne.? We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.”
This was truly memorable celebration of heritage, family and tradition.
If you want to learn more about the society, click here.
By Mark A. Leon
I had the esteemed privilege of being part of a very insightful discussion about the new proposed cruise port in Mount Pleasant with some people very close to the design of this major Mount Pleasant initiative. ?After lengthy discussion, it became clear that there are several merits supporting this move.? It also came to my attention, that not all the relevant information has been understood by some that oppose or don’t fully understand the move.
Here are some bullet points you should know about this initiative that will show the value it will add to the Mount Pleasant, SC community.
- The ships will only be docking initially about once a week.? There will be no adding of new passengers and unlike the Carnival Cruise ships we are accustomed to seeing, these vessels will only house about 200 plus passengers.
- These will be high end cruise ships with affluent customers.? These customers will be a higher potential spending stream into the Mount Pleasant economy.
- Passengers will utilize private buses to participate in day trips to places such as Boones Hall Plantation and the USS Yorktown.? This will not have an adverse effect on traffic adding more vehicles to the road ways.
- Security for passengers on land will be maintained by off duty Mount Pleasant officers who will be receiving overtime and helping bring further financial support into our local law enforcement.
- The ships will dock between Fort Sumter and Sullivan’s Island and take a water taxi to land.? Unless you are on the Arthur J. Ravenel Jr. Bridge or parts of the harbor, you will not notice the ship and given its size, it will blend into the aesthetics of the harbor.
- These ships will be charged tourism tax in which part of that tax will go back into the Mount Pleasant budget to support road infrastructure improvements and more.
- The ships will dock in the morning and depart by late afternoon.? The impact on the water ways of the harbor will be minimal and will not affect daily harbor activity.
Overall, this proposal brings in pure tourism revenue to the sites, attractions, retail and dining for Mount Pleasant, limited effect on traffic, additional funding for improvements in the city and extra opportunities for local law enforcement to gain revenue.
In additional, the Coast Guard and Homeland Security have provided their thumbs up and support for the proposal.? This is strong collective effort that has a promising impact one of the fastest growing cities in the United States and will also bring awareness to some of the magnificent offerings Mount Pleasant possesses.
Remember our favorite 1990’s shows/movies and the actresses we grew up loving and caring for?? Many have stood the test of time and some have gone under the radar pursuing quieter personal lives.? We thought we could bring back a few fond memories by sharing then and now pictures of some of your favorite starts of television and film from the 1900’s.
1990’s Actresses – Then and Now
We hope this brought back some good memories.
New York, NY? (Restaurant News Release)? The James Beard Foundation announced today the five recipients of its 2017 America’s Classics award. The America’s Classics award is given to restaurants that have timeless appeal and are cherished for quality food that reflects the character of their community. The 2017 honorees join the ranks of nearly 100 restaurants that have received the award since the category was first introduced in 1998. This year’s winners will be celebrated at the 27th annual James Beard Foundation Awards Gala on Monday, May 1, 2017 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
“In an ever-changing culinary landscape, these honorees have created enduring restaurants and food establishments that have not only stood the test of time, but continue to bring people together in celebration of the unique flavors in America’s vast food scene,” says Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. “James Beard would have admired how each of these honorees authentically reflects the character and hospitality of their communities.”
The 2017 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics award winners are:
Bertha’s Kitchen (2332 Meeting Street Road, Charleston, SC; Owners: Julia Grant, Linda Pinckney and Sharon Coakley)
On North Meeting Street, the flavors of the Lowcountry boldly emanate from this robin’s-egg-blue spot, where Albertha Grant first opened shop in 1980. Her presence is still felt each time a cook hefts a stewpot to the stove and tosses in a seasoning hunk of sidemeat. Vibrant?family portraits by Charleston?muralist Charles DeSaussure line the walls. Today, her daughters Julia Grant, Linda Pinckney, and Sharon Coakley serve fried whiting, fried pork chops, red rice, prioleau rice, stewed chicken neck with gizzards and lima beans. Regulars queue the cafeteria line before eleven each morning. Construction workers exit with foam clamshells of Gullah excellence. Okra soup, a dark garlicky stew, thick with tomatoes, and clods of pork in a richly aromatic broth, is worth the trip alone. This soulful restaurant connects modern diners with traditional food ways and shines as a paragon of the region’s living culinary history.
Gioia’s Deli (1934 Macklind Avenue, St. Louis, MO; Owner: Alex Donley)
For a century, Gioia’s has been a fixture of the Hill, the neighborhood that is the heart of St. Louis’ Italian-American community. First it served the community as a grocery store, run by Marcallo, Italy, native Challie Gioia. Since Cathy Donley bought it in 1980, the building, built from brick and wood from the 1904 World’s Fair, has functioned as a lunch restaurant. Through it all, the recipe for Gioia’s signature hot salami hasn’t changed. The salami is hot as in temperature, not as in spice. That said, the (mostly) secret blend of pork-head meat, beef and seasonings packs a peppery bite. It’s a fresh, boiled sausage, with a texture like coarse paté and a flavor that is porky, earthy, a little funky. Topped with the city’s beloved cheese, Provel, it’s a dish that has traveled from Italian to Italian-American to thoroughly St. Louisan.
La Taqueria (2889 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA; Owner: Miguel Jara)
The Mission-style burrito is a beloved expression and encapsulation of Mexican-American culinary heritage in the Bay Area. Burrito connoisseurs endlessly debate which taqueria makes the definitive version of the foil- wrapped, all-in-one meal of meats, beans, rice, cheese, and more, wrapped in a whopper of a flour tortilla, and often called a “silver torpedo,” Through the years, La Taqueria has stood out as a standard-bearer, and a barometer upon which to argue over other burritos. Jara is from villa Guerrero, Jalisco and grew up in Tijuana. The burritos he serves are not of any specific region of Mexico. At his counter-service restaurant, filled with simple wooden tables, Jara rejects the beans-and-rice approach, doubles down on the meat, and griddles his burritos golden-brown. Discussions about the merits and culture of the burrito form always, at some point, lead to La Taqueria, where the line to get gets more and more absurd as time goes by, but the quality stays high.
Sahadi’s (187 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY; Owners: Christina Sahadi Whelan and Ron Sahadi)
Atlantic Avenue, between the waterfront and the terminal is Brooklyn’s fertile crescent, a cluster of Middle Eastern restaurants, groceries, bakeries and sundry shops. Sahadi’s, at the heart of this micro-neighborhood, has a New York root system that dates to the late 19th century, when Abrahim Sahadi first set up shop in downtown Manhattan. Charlie Sahadi and his brother Bob Sahadi, direct descendants of Abraham, ran the business for more than 50 years with help from Charlie’s wife Audrey before handing the reigns to Charlie’s daughter Christine Whelan and son Ron Sahadi in 2016. Today, Sahadi’s is a bulk bin wonderland, packed with locals scooping through glass jars of amaranth, pistachios, dried figs, spices, and roasted coffee, or loading their carts with pantry goods like pomegranate molasses and Middle Eastern cheeses. It all comes together in the deli, where the family stocks multiple varieties of rich, tangy labneh, vats of creamy hummus and delicious seasonal salads as well as stocking the bakery with flaky borekas and baklava, harissa-drenched lavash and Middle Eastern breads.
Schultz’s Crab House (1732 Old Eastern Avenue, Essex, MD; Owners: Karen and Bob McKinney
Schultz’s, a quintessential Maryland crab house, opened in 1950 as a cafe and lounge, run by Mildred and William Schultz. Karen and Bob McKinney took over in 1969. Their children, led by son Steve McKinney, still operate the restaurant. Schultz’s resides in Essex, Maryland, a community flanked by estuaries of the Chesapeake Bay. An easy ten-mile drive from downtown Baltimore, the wood-paneled, nautical-themed dining room, where white butcher paper covers every table, sets the scene for a timeless seafood spread. In summer and fall, when Maryland crabs are at their finest, devoted regulars feast on locally caught swimmers plump with sweet meat and zinged with a house blend of spices. Regional classics, highlighting the Old Line State’s signature crustacean, fill out the menu, including jumbo lump and backfin crab cakes, crab fluff (a battered and deep-fried crab cake), and dairy-rich crab imperial.
To qualify for the America’s Classics award, establishments must have been in existence at least ten years and be locally owned. The honorees are selected each year by the James Beard Foundation’s Restaurant & Chef Awards committee, a group composed of restaurant critics, writers, editors and other experts. The selection process begins each fall with a public call for entries, allowing anyone the opportunity to suggest candidates for the awards.
On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, the James Beard Media Awards, an exclusive event honoring the nation’s top cookbook authors, culinary broadcast producers and hosts, and food journalists, will take place at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City.
The James Beard Foundation Awards Gala will be held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 1, 2017. During the event, which is open to the public, awards for the Restaurant and Chef and Restaurant Design categories will be handed out, along with special achievement awards Humanitarian of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Design Icon, Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, and America’s Classics. A gala reception will immediately follow, featuring top chefs and beverage professionals from across the country.
Established in 1990, the James Beard Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields and furthers the Foundation’s mission to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. Each award category has an individual committee made up of industry professionals who volunteer their time to oversee the policies, procedures, and selection of judges for their respective Awards program. All JBF Award winners receive a certificate and a medallion engraved with the James Beard Foundation Awards insignia. There are no cash prizes.
The 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards are proudly hosted by Choose Chicago and presented in association with the Chicago Department of Aviation, HMSHost, the Illinois Restaurant Association and Mariano’s as well as the following partners: Premier Sponsors: All-Clad Metalcrafters, American Airlines, True Refrigeration?; Supporting Sponsors: Acqua Panna? Natural Spring Water, Breville, Meiomi, S.Pellegrino? Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, Skuna Bay Salmon, Valrhona; Gala Reception Sponsors: Ecolab, Kendall College, Windstar; with additional support from: Chefwear, VerTerra Dinnerware.
About the James Beard Foundation (JBF)
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors?chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.?A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit?jamesbeard.org. Get food news, recipes, and more at the James Beard Foundation’s?blog, or subscribe to the free digital newsletter?Beard Bites.?Follow @beardfoundation on?Facebook,?Twitter,?Instagram,?Pinterest, and Snapchat. Watch the James Beard House Kitchen Cam, James Beard Awards, and more on the Foundation’s?Livestream channel.?Find more JBF-related video on the Foundation’s YouTube?channels.
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CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —?BJ’s Wholesale Club today announced that it funded all classroom projects listed by teachers in Charleston, Summerville and neighboring communities through crowd-funding website DonorsChoose.org. The $100,000 donation from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation fulfilled 141 teacher-led projects, benefiting 846 students in 65 local schools.
“At BJ’s, our commitment to our members extends far beyond the outstanding value and quality found at our Clubs,” said Kirk Saville, senior vice president, corporate communications, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “We’re pleased to make this donation to celebrate our entrance to the Summerville community, and we’re thrilled to be able to help enrich learning in Lowcountry classrooms through our partnership with DonorsChoose.org.”
BJ’s donation supports a diverse variety of projects in Summerville, Charleston, North Charleston and the surrounding area. Projects funded include:
- Supplies to increase digital reading experiences at home and to print students’ published writing and portfolio projects
- Basic essentials such as new backpacks to help students carry their supplies to and from school each day
- Outdoor musical instruments that will allow students to use creative thinking abilities and fine motor skills to produce different types of music during recess and academic arts time
“We are so grateful for the support of BJ’s Wholesale Club as they celebrate the opening of their new Summerville location,” said Rianne Roberts, partnerships manager at DonorsChoose.org. “Their support will bring learning to life for so many students in the communities of Summerville and Charleston.”
As part of its Adopt-a-School program and collaboration with DonorsChoose.org, BJ’s has contributed more than $2 million to help equip teachers at over 2,500 public and charter elementary schools with the resources necessary to create innovative lesson plans and meet curriculum objectives.
The BJ’s Wholesale Club is scheduled to open in Spring 2017, and will be located at the intersection of Interstate 26 and North Main Street,?Summerville’s?primary retail corridor. The Club will be the first in South Carolina, expanding BJ’s footprint to 16 states and marking club #215 for the company. The Club will also feature a BJ’s Gas? station, saving Members even more.
Trip Advisor has just named its Top 25 Hotels in the United States in 2017.? One Charleston, SC hotel made the list at #6.
This years honor goes to the French Quarter Inn.? We are proud of the French Quarter Inn for receiving this well deserved distinction.
This hotel has 2620 reviews and an overall rating of 5 Stars on Trip Advisor.? You can’t get a higher rating than that.
Here is the complete list of honorees for 2017
- The Nantucket Hotel and Resort – Nantucket, Massachusetts
- The Charmont Hotel – La Crosse, Wisconsin
- The Oxford Hotel – Bend, Oregon
- Stephanie Inn – Cannon Beach, Oregon
- The Inn at Lost Creek – Telluride, Colorado
- The French Quarter Inn – Charleston, South Carolina
- Icona Diamond Beach – Lower Township, New Jersey
- Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa – Jackson, Wyoming
- Ambassador Hotel Tulsa, Autograph Collection – Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Hotel Emma – San Antonio, Texas
- Inn at The 5th – Eugene, Oregon
- Primland – Meadow of Dan, Virginia
- Inn at the Market – Seattle, Washington
- EVEN Hotel – Time Square South – New York, New York
- Rancho Valencia – Rancho Santa Fe, California
- Inn and Club at Harbour Town – Sea Pines Resort – Hilton Head, South Carolina
- Santa Maria Suites – Key West, Florida
- Hotel Giraffe by Library Hotel Collection – New York, New York
- Casablanca Hotel by Library Hotel Collection – New York, New York
- The Wallhouse Hotel – Walnut Creek, Ohio
- Henderson Park Inn – Destin, Florida
- The Lodge at Woodloch – Hawley, Pennsylvania
- Hotel Jackson – Jackson, Wyoming
- Auberge du Soleil – Rutherford, California
- Hotel Wailea – Wailea, Hawaii
CHARLESTON, SC Jan. 24th, 2017 – The co-op action game sensation, “Dash Galactic” has warped in a massive update with new Wormhole Events along with a shiny new intuitive in-game user interface.
The Wormhole Events are exclusive global in-game events that begin when players collect enough Wormhole Tokens. Strange wormhole creatures will now appear inside of regular missions — if players can kill them fast enough, they’ll receive a Wormhole Token. Every collected Token counts toward the global count; the more tokens players collect, the quicker they unlock the next Wormhole Event, giving them access to special bonuses, soft currency, Creds and loot.
“We have now Wormhole Events system in Dash. Boom!” screamed Samantha Stelter, Technical Producer at Kiz Studios. “The gameplay in Dash is about teamwork and powering up your allies. Wormholes deliver this perk to the whole community. They are powered by the players collective actions. When they open, every player gets to enjoy the rewards. Sweet!”
The Wormhole update also includes new leaderboards and related achievements, and a colorful update to the user interface, with a new in-game HUD and an exciting new loot screen.
So gear up, grab your friends and save the Known Universe today! Download the latest version NOW in the Google Play Store.
About Dash Galactic: Save the universe three minutes at a time! Team up with other players in real time for the hottest co-op action on mobile devices!
? F2P Sci-Fi Action Adventure
? Live 3-Player Co-Op with Offline Play
? Collectable Items for Customization
? Use Powerful Synergy Abilities
? Never Miss Out on Cool Items
? Unique Loot System that Rewards Teamwork
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About Kiz Studios: Kiz Studios is an independent game developer with offices in Atlanta, GA, Charleston, SC and Leamington Spa, UK. With hits like the cross-platform battler, “Might & Mayhem”; PlayStation 4 action brawler, “Trans-Galactic Tournament” and frenetic space puzzler, “Wonky Ship” — featured by Apple in their “Best of 2015” apps — Kiz Studios bends genres and blurs the lines between casual and hardcore, making accessible games for a global audience. To learn more, check out www.kizstudios.com .
By Mark A. Leon
Ranker.com uses the feedback of the reader to rate everything from celebrities to dancers, skyscrapers to Bed and Breakfasts.? They rely on the expertise or opinion of you, the reader to judge various topics and places.? Based on the voting of the travelers that participated in this year’s survey, Charleston, SC was named the 8th Most Beautiful City in the United States.
What makes this study so informative is that it breaks it down further by specific demographics of gender, age and location.? Here is a full breakdown of how Charleston fared.
Overall: Charleston #8
Women:? Charleston #20
Men:? Charleston #20
Under Age 30:? Charleston #43
Age 31-39:? Charleston #33
50 and Over:? Charleston #36
American Travelers:? Charleston #14
International Travelers:? Charleston #12
Southern Travelers:? Charleston #8
Northeast Travelers:? Charleston #4
West Coast Travelers:? Charleston #26
Midwest Travelers:? Charleston #38
Central: Charleston #32
KIDS TEETH REMINDS PARENTS THAT BABY TEETH MATTER TOO
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – How many times have parents said, “But
they’re just baby teeth.” Pediatric dentists find a common tendency
among parents to dismiss those early baby teeth as unimportant simply
because they will eventually be replaced by permanent teeth as the child
Mount Pleasant pediatric dental office Kids Teeth is using National
Children’s Dental Health Month in February to remind parents and
caregivers that baby teeth do indeed matter both in a child’s
short-term development and for long-term dental health.
Primary or baby teeth are important for many reasons:
* They help children speak clearly and chew naturally.
* They aid in dental development, to hold space in the jaws for
permanent teeth. When a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent
teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for other
adult teeth to find room when they come in. This can make teeth crooked
* Good habits start early. Teaching children to care for their primary
teeth plays a critical role in how they care for their permanent teeth.
Parents who don’t take their children to the dentist at an early age
or don’t fill cavities in baby teeth in a timely matter face bigger
dental issues down the road. Depending on the age of the child, the
tooth could remain in the mouth for several years before they lose it on
their own. That means the cavity will grow and eventually cause severe
pain and discomfort.
Neglecting early dental care also can cause damage to the permanent
tooth and potentially result in spacing issues as permanent teeth
emerge. A non-functioning tooth makes chewing and speaking more
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children see a
pediatric dentist by 12 months of age or within 6 months after their
first tooth appears.
“The idea of such early dental visits is still surprising to many new
parents,” said Dr. Mike Myers. “We are continually educating parents
on the important of early dental care.”
National studies are showing preschool-aged children are getting more
cavities. In fact, one in four children in the United States has had at
least one cavity by the age of 4, and many kids get cavities as early as
“Taking your child to the pediatric dentist at a young age is the best
way to prevent tooth decay and promote a healthy mouth,” Myers said.
“We help parents learn how to properly clean their child’s teeth and
maintain a lifetime of good oral health.”
To promote good dental health, Kids Teeth is hosting a Healthy Smile
Selfie Contest. During the month of February, take a photo of your
children practicing good dental hygiene – brushing, flossing, drinking
water, eating healthy foods, etc. Upload it to your Facebook page and
tag @kidsteethsc or share on Instagram using #healthysmileselfie.
For each entry submitted in the contest, Kids Teeth will donate $1 to
Windwood Farm, a home for boys who have been abused or neglected.
The winner will receive one year of free dental care and kid’s Fitbit
(grand prize valued at $560 and includes two exams, two fluoride
treatments, two prophy treatments (polishing) and two bitewing X-rays).
One entry per child, per household; entrants do not have to be current
Kids Teeth patients to be eligible to win.
ABOUT KIDS TEETH
Located in Mount Pleasant, S.C., Kids Teeth is dedicated to providing
the highest quality care to infants, children and adolescents in a
friendly and comfortable environment. Serving the Charleston area for
more than 30 years, Kids Teeth believes that through the education and
motivation of children and their parents, patients can maintain a
lifetime of good oral health. Learn more at www.kidsteethsc.com