More Than $22,500 Raised at 8th Annual Shuck-A-Rama Benefiting the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina

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Big Success at 8th Annual Shuck-A-Rama Benefiting the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C.—The Brain Injury Association of South Carolina (BIASC) brought in more than $22,500 in revenue at its 8th Annual Shuck-A-Rama oyster roast on Friday, January 18. More than 230 patrons from across Charleston attended the event and lent critical support to BIASC so that it, in turn, can help persons with brain injuries and their families through prevention, research, education and advocacy.

“Thank you to everyone who came out to this year’s Shuck-a-Rama at the Visitor Center Bus Shed. The support of the Charleston community at the event was overwhelming,” says Joyce Davis, Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina. “We will be able to continue to support individuals with brain injuries and their family members in the Lowcountry, including providing them resource information bags as a direct result of this support.”

The event funded 117 “trauma bags,” each of which includes information about traumatic brain injury (TBI) diagnoses, symptoms, and services for moderate to severe TBI patients and their families at South Carolina Level 1 Trauma Centers.

“The work of the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina is important and admirable, and I was pleased to host them in Charleston for their 8th Annual Shuck-A-Rama oyster roast,” said John Tecklenburg, Mayor of the City of Charleston. “I appreciate all the citizens who attended this special event and supported such a worthy cause.” At the event, Mayor Tecklenburg told the story of his brother, a physician at the Medical University of South Carolina, and his up-close-and-personal experiences with pediatric patients affected by brain injury.

The 8th Annual Shuck-A-Rama was emceed by Emily Gracey, Meteorologist for Charleston’s ABC News 4, and included special guests such as Mayor John Tecklenburg, City of Charleston; Trooper Bob, ABC News 4 Traffic Tracker; Emily Yarbrough, artist and brain injury spokesperson; Tate Mikell, spokesperson for BIASC and the Special Olympics; and Charlie T. RiverDog, mascot of the Charleston RiverDogs.

BIASC’s Run for Thought, its primary Upstate fundraising event, will be on March 30, 2019 in Greenville S.C., followed by Food for Thought, a new fundraising event planned for April in Columbia, S.C.

About Brain Injury Association of South Carolina

The Brain Injury Association of South Carolina (BIASC) is a nonprofit organization which was developed by persons with brain injury, their families, and concerned professionals in an effort to provide information and support to those who have experienced a brain injury. The BIASC is South Carolina’s chartered affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America. BIASC’s mission is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy. To learn more, visit and follow BIASC on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Just Announced: Rusted Root front man Michael Glabicki returns to Charleston, S.C. – March 7, 2019

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Michael Glabicki performing at Dockery’s – 880 Island Park Drive, Charleston, SC 29492 -(843-267-4012)

All ages show

Date: March 7, 2019 – 7:00pm Doors – 8:00pm Set Time

Ticket price is TBD

Official Dockery’s Event Page

About the tour

Uprooted featuring Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root

Back in the 90’s, Michael Glabicki had a vision he was driven to pursue. He left college, started a band despite the fact that he had no idea where the journey would deliver him. He spent two years developing this vision while learning the craft of songwriting. That vision grew into Rusted Root, the multi platinum band out of Pittsburgh, and Michael became one of music’s most unique voices.

While Rusted Root is on hiatus, Michael has been devoting his time to creating an entirely new soundscape. Glabicki’s new solo project is aptly titled, Uprooted. The band promises to bring back parts of the Rusted Root of old, but also including more percussion and female vocals. Collectively, the band hope that the new material will deliver it to a special place. Michael will continue to play Rusted Root’s entire catalogue but promises to deliver fresh inspired versions, as well as introducing new and exciting music under the moniker of Uprooted.

William Means Agent Honored for Protecting Historic Charleston, S.C. Home

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – William Means Real Estate agent, Lyles Geer was recently honored with a 2018 Carolopolis Award from the Preservation Society of Charleston for his extensive work in preserving and protecting the historic heritage of his house in Hampton Park Terrace. 

Built in 1922, the two-and-one-half-story house at 153 Moultrie Street is a variant of a typical, early twentieth century Hampton Park Terrace house type referred to as “Lateral-gable.” Recalling Prairie style architecture with its wide overhanging eaves, and large square porch supports, 153 Moultrie Street was built by F.J.H. Haesloop who is credited with constructing more than a dozen houses in the neighborhood in the 1910s and 1920s.

While outside of the BAR’s purview, Geer chose to renovate within the framework established by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, earning the State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit. The scope of work included the removal of a non-historic rear addition and metal fire stair, restoration of original openings, reopening of a glass porch enclosure, and repairs of exterior masonry and cast stone detail.

“All of the Carolopolis winners had their own incredible transformation stories and I felt so honored to be included among the 10 recipients this year. My wife, Katie and I have already determined where we plan to place our new plaque,” said Geer.

At its core, the Carolopolis Award seeks to promote excellence in historic preservation. After 63 years and more than 1,400 awards given, it has become as much a part of the fabric of the city as the buildings and structures it honors. Today, Charleston is a much different city than the one of 1953 when the Preservation Society awarded its first Carolopolis. The demands of preservation in Charleston have expanded, and with it, so too has the Carolopolis Award program.

About William Means Real Estate

Founded in 1933, William Means Real Estate is one of Charleston’s oldest real estate companies and an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. Established in 1995, Christie’s International Real Estate is the world’s leading expert on high-end real estate with a network of 1,000 offices in 50 countries worldwide. Helen Lyles Geer has been president and broker-in-charge of William Means since 1999. Since then, the firm has continued to evolve with the latest innovations to remain at the forefront of the area’s real estate market. William Means Real Estate has an office on Broad Street in downtown Charleston and another in Mount Pleasant to assist clients in the East Cooper area. For more information, visit

UNTUCKit Opening First Ever Location in Charleston – February 1, 2019

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UNTUCKit Charleston

Address: 290 King St, Charleston SC 29401

Opening Date: Friday, February 1st

Important Store Details:

  • We’re thrilled to be opening this our very first store in the heart of Charleston and can’t wait to bring the ease and comfort of our full apparel line to the community, up close and in person.
  • The UNTUCKit Difference: Perfect length was the start, but not where end. UNTUCKit has mastered the proportions that determine the perfect fit for every body type. Paired with a high-thread-count cotton, passion for detail, each piece has high quality comfort for an effortlessly casual look.
  • Store Offerings: Our stores house the full UNTUCKit assortment, where customers can try on each style and find their perfect fit. Store associates are available to help with styling and sizing questions, and can even order and ship selections right to customers’ homes!
  • Design Details: Designed with the customer in mind, UNTUCKit stores are a blend of comfort and class, with deep blue walls and casual lounge area to make for an easy and beautiful shopping experience. Plus, don’t miss the classic, wooden table displays with our top picks for the season.

Fundamentally, the greatest enemy of mankind is irrelevance

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By Mark A. Leon

Fundamentally, the greatest enemy of mankind is irrelevance.

We are in a period of history where the global population has reached numbers unimaginable just a few hundred years ago, technology has come a long way since the Cotton Gin and its core value of automation, and communications has made us all a stone throw away and completely isolated at the same time.

In an age of social virtuality, constant stimuli of relevance is more and more necessary to continue to evolve as humans

Some could argue that the age of online visibility has given us a window of opportunity never seen before, but now, that window has broken and we are all being forced into a black hole of oblivion.

  1. ?Remember when family pictures consisted of weddings and holidays?? Now professional photographers are doing photo shoots of families walking their dogs, having picnics in the park, holding hands in front of old buildings or working.
  2. Aspiring Instagram models and small business owners are putting out repetitive pictures every day and often multiple times a day to stay relevant and find personal values in likes and comments.
  3. Companies are no longer fighting for passive highly skilled talent; they are now in a war for the remedial and entry level talent as unemployment rates reach record lows.
  4. Social chatter has gotten to the point of abusiveness leading to increased instances of depression, isolation and suicide.
  5. Sponsorship ads, targeted marketing, hidden ads, spam email ads and online commercials are force feeding us propaganda because the competition for products and services is out of control.
  6. Online dating is promising the pot at the end of the rainbow goal of true love, but all it does is open the door of possibility for meaningless sex and emotionally abusive interactions.
  7. Trust is sinking and the concrete brick is only getting heavier

Now what?

Amazon, Google, Facebook and others are two heavily invested in a business model centered around advertising and marketing to walk away or even scale back.  As a global society, we are forced to stay relevant and thus keeping this merry go round going on and on and on.

How do we get off?


Remember who made you relevant before all this

Find those people that gave you meaning and hope;  the ones that urged on your dreams and always stayed by your side.   They will help you find balance once again.

It is an uphill battle, but one worth fighting for.

After Hours at SC Aquarium: Oysterfest – Friday, February 1, 2019

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Spend your evening with us for all-inclusive experiences surrounded by water, wildlife and wild places at South Carolina Aquarium After Hours events. Enjoy small plates from our Good Catch partners plus beer, wine and entertainment as you stroll through the galleries, or just relax and enjoy the views of the Charleston Harbor in great company. Events are 21+.

We’re kicking off our 2019 After Hours event series with Oysterfest! Join us for a shuckin’ good time at our annual oyster festival featuring some of Charleston’s finest local cuisine and seafood fare from our Good Catch partners,?ACME Lowcountry Kitchen,?The Mills House ,?Charleston Harbor Fish House,?Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar,?CRU Catering and?B. Gourmet Catering.?Entertainment and a beer and wine bar are also provided with purchase of your all-inclusive ticket. Event is 21+.

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Carolina Country Music Fest Cruise – November 16-21, 2019 (Charleston, S.C.)

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The Carolina Country Music Cruise is a 5-night adventure you won’t want to miss. We’ll be departing right out of the Carolinas off the historic docks of Charleston, South Carolina, and party our way all the way down to the Caribbean. With stops in both Nassau and Princess Cays, you’ll get to enjoy some of the most breathtaking sites in the islands. On and off the boat, we’ve got a schedule packed with exciting excursions, amazing food, and (of course) chart-topping country music performances! On top of that, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the other amenities which come simply with being on a Carnival Cruise.


11/16/2019 – 11/21/2019


When you start planning your trip to meet us in Charleston, be sure to give yourself an extra night! We’re going to start this cruise off the CCMF way, with a rocking kick-off concert! Details about the concert will be released closer to the cruise, so be sure to join the official mailing list, and follow us on social!

Are you as excited to get this show on the water as we are? Boarding will begin at noon on Saturday, so be sure to get here early! Give yourself time to settle in your room, explore the boat, and grab a drink at one of the many awesome bars on board. We’ve got some great music planned for you guys on Saturday and we’ll be casting off at 6:00PM, and rocking the boat all the way down to the Caribbean.

We’re kicking off our first full day of this cruise the CCMF way! We’ll be making our way down the coast enjoying best country music LIVE at sea! We’ve also got tons of fun and exciting activities planned all day, so there will never be a dull moment!

Wake on shores of beautiful Nassau, Bahamas. We’ll be ready to dock by 8:00AM, giving all y’all plenty of time to enjoy the island. With breathtaking beaches, crystal clear waters, and tons of exciting excursions available you’ll easily fill your day with memories for a lifetime. To top that off we’ve got great country music performances, and lots of great activities planned to keep the fun going from sunrise to sundown (… way past sundown)!

A new day, a new beautiful island. Rough life, right? Get ready to explore the beautiful white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters of this picturesque island. With tons of exciting excursions available, this is the perfect place for those looking to explore, or kick-back and relax.

There may not be any more islands on this trip, but there’s still lots of fun to have. We’ve got an awesome day on the boat planned for y’all. We’ll be making our way back up the coast enjoying more great country music performances! We’ve also got tons of fun and exciting activities planned all day, so there will never be a dull moment! We’re going to end this trip on a high-note!

All good things must come to an end. Lucky for y’all, by 8:00 AM, we’re back in beautiful Charleston, SC with a full weekend ahead. Whether you’re taking another day to enjoy this southern city, or if you’re heading home and back to reality, we hope you had an amazing time.

Official Event Website

Midweek at Midtown Music Series starts February 13, 2019

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M I D W E E K? ?A T? ?M I D?T O W N
Our Wednesday night chamber music series kicks off?February 13th?with?Love & Tango, a romantic?musical evening sure to charm your?Valentine!

Love & Tango?features sensual and?exciting tangos?by?Argentinian composer?Astor Piazzolla, including his?History of the Tango,
Four Seasons,?and many more.

Midweek’s Music Director?Chee-Hang See?performs, joined by
Uruguayan guitarist?Fernando Troche, cellist?Yun Hao Jiang,
and violinist?Nina Sandberg.

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Folly Gras Parade & Block Party to Take Place on Saturday, February 23rd?

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Folly Beach, SC?– The 11th Annual Folly Gras Parade & Block Party – Folly’s annual take on Mardi Gras – is set for Saturday, February 23 from 10am – 4pm. This year’s event will feature dozens of arts, crafts and fashion vendors, live music, free kids’ activities, and, of course, lots of delicious food and drinks.?

The Folly Gras parade will kick off at 11 am. Guests are encouraged to wear festive costumes and bring their beads to spread the cheer. Advanced registration is required to participate in the parade. All parade participants will receive free admission into the festival.

Festivities will continue on Center Street with live music across three stages by Dangermuffin, Sunny Ledfurd, and more, starting at 12pm.?A dedicated?children’s area will feature the Good Clean Fun crew, caricatures, face painting, inflatables, and crafts. Folly’s participating restaurants and bars will be whipping up New Orleans inspired dishes and serving $5 Deep Eddy cocktails all day.?

Tickets for Folly Gras are $10, purchase in advance for express

entry.?Admission is free for full-time Folly Beach residents that have a valid ID, as well as kids 12 and under.?Advanced tickets can be purchased online at? at Folly Beach City Hall.?For the safety of all event participants, animals, coolers, bicycles, skateboards, scooters and similar items are not permitted.?

Sponsors for the event include Deep Eddy Vodka and Coastal Island Lager.?
For more information about the 11th Annual Folly Gras Parade & Street Festival, please go to?, find us on Facebook at Visit Folly, or download the free Visit Folly app on your smartphone.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27) – Never Forget #WeRemember

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“If we bear all this suffering and if there are still Jews left, when it is over, then Jews, instead of being doomed, will be held up as an example.” – Anne Frank

The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

Join the conversation and share your reflections about International Holocaust Remembrance Day on social media using #WeRemember.

Why we should never forget

It is difficult to talk or think about the Holocaust without becoming emotionally drained by the thoughts of mass genocide and the murder of women, children and men in such unspeakable acts of torture for the sheer sake of satisfying the insanity of an madman. The idea of innocent people brutally murdered at will, showered in gas chambers, starved to death, worked to the point of collapse and piled into ditches hundreds at a time upon their last breath is unthinkable during any time in our history.

The moment homes were raided and families were separated and forced into dirty, dark, germ and rat infested trains, their lives were over. There was no allies watching out for their well-being. There were no prayers for a speedy return. There were only death sentences for the crime of being born a certain way. In the end, hundreds, turned to thousands, then hundred thousands and then millions.

The murders were so systematic and random. How could anyone let something like this happen?

Image after image, video after video, memorial after memorial serves as a reminder that we cannot forget, ever. One man sought to annihilate all the Jews, lesbians, gays, sympathizers and others that didn’t fit his model of a perfect race in his quest for world domination. There are no words to describe this act of terror. Even today, as we speak openly about terrorism, hijackers, bombers and fanatics, there is no comparison to the fear that spread throughout Europe and the world. The Holocaust was such a traumatic time, that many have mentally blocked the entire idea of this time from their memory bank.

If you speak to survivors or descendants there are so many extreme emotions of hatred, fear, sorrow, pain and remorse for families, friends, neighbors who had their families ripped apart, tortured and killed. There was no escape from the pure evil on Earth that Hitler and the Nazis brought into every territory they invaded and took over.

Today survivors, families and descendants continue the message of remembrance and hope that an event like this should never repeat. At the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., each guest is given a card with a picture and biography of a Holocaust victim to hold during their stay. As you slowly walk through each room and corridor hearing the stories and seeing the images, you hold the memory of one that lived and died during this period. It is hard to imagine that over six million people would have to walk through those doors to each hold one memory. That is only those that were able to be identified.

Holocaust Memorial – Charleston, SC