10 Great Charleston, SC Related Blogs to Ring in the New Year

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The Ultimate Travel Guide to Charleston, South Carolina – Jetset Christina

An Instagrammer’s Guide to Charleston – Explore Charleston

How to Spend a Charming Three Days in Charleston – Seeking Neverland

The Ultimate Guide to Charleston, SC – The Republic of Rose

Three Days in Charleston – Luci’s Morsels

Julia Engel’s Charleston City Guide

What to Pack for a Weekend in Charleston – Jetset Christina

Ultimate Offbeat Guide to Charleston, South Carolina – Road Trippers

A List of Charleston Do’s – Finding Beautiful Truth

How to do a Charleston, SC Girls Trip – Glitter and Gingham

Rosé and Roses in the Garden (Nathaniel Russell House) – March 14, 2020

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They say rosé is a state of mind. Add spring flowers in the stunning garden of the Nathaniel Russell House, and you have a rosy celebration indeed! A talented violin/viola duo from Palmetto Strings will serenade guests during this relaxed gathering. Light bites and wine (white and rosé), as well as a stroll through the museum house, are included.

A 3% processing fee will be added to the purchase of each ticket upon checkout.

Cummins Turbo Technologies Adds New Factory in South Carolina (Charleston County)

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Two years after opening a second manufacturing facility in the Charleston region, Cummins Turbo Technologies has announced an $11 million plant expansion. The company will double assembly capacity and greatly increase machining capacity at its existing plant in North Charlestons Palmetto Commerce Park, with plans to create 100 new jobs.

The new competitive expansion project was facilitated by the Charleston Regional Development Alliance in partnership with numerous public- and private-sector allies. The Alliance is an economic development organization working to advance the economy of the three-county Charleston region.

“Cummins’ decision to expand in our region sends a powerful message to other leaders in the automotive industry,” said Alliance Chairman Jim Bryan. “Collectively, our three counties offer an incredible combination of assets for world-class manufacturers, and this expansion proves just how competitive we’ve become.”

Headquartered in Huddersfield, England, Cummins Turbo Technologies is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of turbochargers for diesel engines. The company opened its first Charleston area manufacturing plant in 1982 and opened its Palmetto plant in 2006. There are approximately 750 employees between its two area facilities.

Globally the company has seven manufacturing facilities located in Brazil, India, UK, USA and its joint venture in China ensuring support for engine and vehicle makers across the world.

Democratic Presidential Debate coming to Charleston, SC February 25, 2020

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Democrats will hold four primary debates in each of the early primary states as voting gets underway next year, with some of the debates scheduled for just days before voters head to the polls, the Democratic National Committee announced in an email to campaigns Thursday.

The first primary debate of the new year will be Jan. 14 in Des Moines, Iowa, about three weeks before Democrats make their first primary preferences known in the state’s caucuses.

The next debate is scheduled for Feb. 7 in Manchester, New Hampshire, just four days before voters head to the polls in that state’s primary.

Democrats will debate in Las Vegas on Feb. 19, three days before the caucuses there, and they’ll meet for a debate in Charleston, South Carolina, on Feb. 25, four days before that state’s Democratic primary.

The upcoming debates include a few new partnerships beyond traditional media outlets. The Congressional Black Caucus will co-host the Charleston debate, and Twitter will also be a partner there. Apple News will be a co-host for the New Hampshire debate.

The DNC will announce qualification criteria for the debates later.

Tell Me About Your Day – Original Poem

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By Mark A. Leon

Tell me about your day
About the little things; the tiny details
Telling about the way you are seeing the world
I want to see it through your eyes
The way you feel others
The way you find goodness
How the sun shines in the eye of a storm
How your tears cleanse you from the drought
Your eyes light the darkness
Your hands make a child feel safe

Cry to me
Shower me with your feelings
Be grateful with faith and hope

Tell me about the way you found satisfaction in the laughter of a baby
Helping a stranger in need
Giving food to the mouths of those who starve

I want to hear all the details as we lay in bed
I want to fall asleep to the sound of your voice
I want to hear how you put color in this black and white montage

Tell me about your day

The next day, I will kiss you gently on the lips
Promise you it will be alright
Never let the world hurt you alone
I’ll hurt with you
Be close for all time
Nothing I won’t do to protect you

Each night with the setting sun, when you walk through that door, so beautiful with each passing day, you tell me about your day

Until my weary eyes close and my last vision is your beautiful soul
How lucky I must be to have you to tell me about your day for the rest of my life

DHEC Reopens All Statewide Shellfish Harvesting Beds Except Wallace Creek in Beaufort County

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Dec. 25, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will reopen all statewide shellfish harvesting beds at sunrise on Dec. 26, EXCEPT for Wallace Creek in Beaufort County, the agency announced today.?

“Water quality data indicate that bacteria levels are once again suitable for shellfish harvesting throughout the state except for the Conditional Management Area of Wallace Creek,” said Mike Pearson, Manager of DHEC’s Shellfish Sanitation Section.

For more information on clam and oyster harvesting areas in Beaufort County, call DHEC’s Beaufort Environmental Affairs Office at 843-846-1030 or visit www.scdhec.gov/shellfish.

Former World #1 Kim Clijsters Joins Volvo Car Open Field in 2020

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Clijsters retired from professional tennis after the 2012 US Open and will make her comeback in 2020

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Former World No. 1 Kim Clijsters will compete in the 2020 Volvo Car Open, April 4 – 12 on Daniel Island in Charleston, SC. The 2020 tournament will mark her Volvo Car Open debut. Clijsters is a four-time Grand Slam singles champion and a two-time Grand Slam doubles champion. She retired from tennis in 2012 and will be making her comeback next season. She joins fellow Grand Slam champions Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Sloane Stephens and Garbi?e Muguruza in the 2020 Volvo Car Open player field. ?

With the entry of Simona Halep and Kim Clijsters in the 2020 Volvo Car Open field, every Grand Slam champion since the tournament moved to Charleston in 2001 has played Charleston.

“It’s hard to believe that I’ve never played in Charleston,” said Clijsters. “I’m excited to visit the city and get to play the famous green courts. I can’t wait to see everyone courtside in April!”

The 36-year-old Belgian is returning to tennis because of the love of the game. She holds 41 career WTA titles – the third-highest total among active players, behind Serena Williams (72 titles) and Venus Williams (49 titles).

Clijsters made her tennis debut in 1997 and rose to prominence in 1999 when she reached the fourth round of Wimbledon as a qualifier in her first Grand Slam at just 16 years old. She reached her first Grand Slam final at the 2001 French Open and went on to become World No. 1 in 2003. She captured her first Grand Slam title in 2005 at the US Open.

Clijsters retired from tennis in 2007 to start a family but returned to the sport in 2009. She won the 2009 and 2010 US Open titles and the 2011 Australian Open title. With her Australian Open win, she once again became the World No. 1 player, for the first time since 2006.

“Kim entering Charleston for the first-time brings our prestigious and historic roster of players full circle,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager. “As a member of the Tennis Hall of Fame, an Olympian, a wife, and mother of three, welcoming Kim to the Volvo Car Open is incredibly special. A beautiful mover with very clean and precise strokes, Kim is a joy to watch on court… what a gift to our fans!”

“My biggest motivator has been the personal challenge involved – both physically and mentally, I want to test myself again,” said Clijsters. “With so many inspirational athletes and moms competing, I can’t wait to get back on the match court and see what’s possible after having three children.”

The Volvo Car Open will celebrate its 20th year in Charleston in 2020. The tournament relocated to Charleston from Hilton Head Island, where it was held from 1973 – 2000.

The nine-day Volvo Car Open is the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America. The event attracts an average of 90,000 attendees and more than 100 of the top singles and doubles tennis players to Charleston every year.

Patrons have the option to choose from individual tickets, ticket packages, and travel packages. Ticket prices range from $25 for an individual session to $540 for an all-inclusive weeklong package with complimentary access into a private hospitality suite. The Volvo Car Open also offers packages that include premium seats, ticket savings, and membership into the tournament’s Ace Club.

For more information on the tournament and ticket options, visit volvocaropen.com or call 843.856.7900.

Jeff Cook Enterprises Ranked 6th in State’s Fastest-Growing Companies of 2019

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CHARLESTON, S.C., Dec. 24, 2019,/PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — “We were fortunate enough this year to grow from 24th place to 6th place. We are now more determined than ever to revamp to continue to grow in order to stay relevant,” says CEO Jeff Cook. “We really challenge our team for growth because if you don’t grow you’re simply drifting.”

To be eligible for the SC 25 Fastest Growing Companies Award, the company must be headquartered in South Carolina and be in business for at least three years and show revenues of more than $3 million in the last fiscal year. The companies are selected using a calculation based on year-over-year growth of revenue and employee headcount over the last three years (2016, 2017 and 2018).

Representatives of The Capital Corporation and partner sponsors made on-site visits of nominees to interview key personnel and view company operations.

“We are pleased with the strong nominations this year,” said George Moseley, principal of The Capital Corporation.

“It is an honor to be involved in recognizing the growth of South Carolina’s companies,” said Lori Coon, publisher of Columbia Business Monthly and Greenville Business Magazine and Charleston Business Magazine. Once all the data is in hand, the selections are made. Winners are notified, but not given their ranking until the awards luncheon. “There are more people working in South Carolina than ever before, and that is thanks in no small part to companies like 9 Round, Swampfox Technologies, JEAR Logistics, and the other 2019 SC Fastest Growing award winners. I congratulate them all and wish them many more successful years here in the Palmetto State.” Governor Henry McMaster.

In 2020, JCRE has big plans for expansion across state lines into North Carolina. With plans to open a new office in Rock Hill, Jeff Cook Real Estate will soon be a household name in the Carolinas. The company plans to open a fifth office in Charleston and is currently finishing up an office relocation to downtown Columbia.

In 2018, JCRE ranked at #24 and is now ranked at #6. Here are the top 10 fastest-growing companies in the state for 2019:

  • Number 10 – The Hiring Group, Greer
  • Number 9 – Preferred Home Services, North Charleston
  • Number 8 – Advantage | Forbesbook, Charleston
  • Number 7 – Intellectual Capital, Greenville
  • Number 6 – Jeff Cook Enterprises, North Charleston
  • Number 5 – Plus Plus USA, Greenville
  • Number 4 – Diesel Laptops, Gilbert
  • Number 3 – Clear Touch Interactive, Greenville
  • Number 2 – Sunny Days Entertainment, LLC, Simpsonville
  • Number 1 – Orange Bees, Greenville

About Jeff Cook Real Estate
The Jeff Cook Team focuses on leveraging each other’s strengths to provide exceptional service while maximizing each team member’s talents. In a company where entrepreneurship and out-of-the-box thinking are the driving factors of our success, we welcome industry leaders who challenge the norms and are looking to take their business to new heights. To learn more about joining the Jeff Cook Real Estate team visit https://www.JoinJCRE.com.

For Media Inquiries:
Megan Garrell
Jeff Cook Real Estate

2020 Blessing of the Fleet Beneficiary, Craft Show Applications Available Online

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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (Dec. 19, 2019) – The annual Town of Mount Pleasant Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival beneficiary and craft show applications are now available at ExperienceMountPleasant.com. The 2020 festival is Sunday, April 26 at Memorial Waterfront Park.?

Nonprofits that serve the Mount Pleasant community and wish to participate in the festival by providing event volunteers are encouraged to apply before the application deadline on January 24.  The beneficiary will be announced on February 12.

Since its inception 33 years ago as a way for local shrimpers and fishermen to thank their supporters and give back to the community that supports them, the Town of Mount Pleasant has chosen local 501(c)(3) nonprofit beneficiaries to receive the net proceeds from the event.

Proceeds from the festival, which is free for the public to attend, are largely dependent upon event-day memorabilia sales and sponsorship revenue. The selected beneficiary is required to recruit and organize a minimum of 50 volunteers who are vital to the festival’s success.  

“Our nonprofit partners play an essential role in our ability to offer this wonderful cultural event for our community,” said Special Events Manager Nicole Harvey. “Our volunteers work so hard to help us celebrate our town’s maritime heritage and are truly the lifeline of the event.”

The Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival aims to promote local fishermen and the town’s seafood legacy, educate the public on the importance of supporting local fishermen and shrimpers by buying wild-caught and local seafood, and to give back to the community by giving proceeds to a nonprofit that supports its residents as well as the event. 

Crafters and artists who conceive their own designs and execute original finished products are invited to apply to participate in the Arts & Crafts Show. Applicants are juried simultaneously with the best entries in each category selected on a limited basis to offer a diverse and balanced show. The application deadline is February 28.

The last Sunday of every April, local ministers bless the local fleet for a safe and bountiful season ahead. Since 2013, each Shem Creek shrimping or fishing boat owner who registers and participates in the blessing boat parade has received $500.  

For more information, visit ExperienceMountPleasant.com or facebook.com/ExperienceMP. 

Tasting Life – Original Poem

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By Mark A. Leon

She made me feel like I was ten
A little boy curious about love
It was a strange tingle; in a good way
In an innocent playground of concrete, we stood

Romance blew me over like a locomotive train

When you held my hand, I was safe
I found comfort in your smile
Across the table, I saw us forty years from now through their eyes

You were secure in my honesty
I, in your insecurities
Your flaws so enchanting

When you introduced our date I giggled shy and blushing
I was proud to be by your side
That moment was the type of perfection I never could have scripted

I kissed you goodbye
Without hesitation; without delay
It was so comforting

Soft lips embracing

Right at that moment, she was here; I was there
A modern princess in jeans and sparkles

I wanted to dance to the beat of your heart under the lunar crystal ball

The next rendezvous would have to wait….