Garden of Dreams – Original Poem

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Each flower a symbol of life; a metaphor for the journey of self-discovery
As the sun rises on a new day, the shadow awakes to a new shade of color above
The sweet nectar of its protector spreading its wings in a tapestry of color and spectacle

Today, a chorus of roses, lilies, tulips, and daffodils with sing chants accompanied by harps and music from the clouds above. It is a theater of nature’s most talented creations.

Giving life to the ground once cold and frigid
Now, the flowers extend their hand in harmony and wrap themselves around each other in a warm embrace as love is defined for another season

As the cold winter packed its bags and departed, not to look back, the young offspring peaked above the shelter of the soil and slowly began to reach for the heavens and bless us with the smell of fragrant beauty

Now the journey has reached its pinnacle
Spring is here and the ambassadors have manned their posts
Observers to love; supporting players in the creation of memories

With each new kiss, a flower smiles
It is pure; it is magical; it is the virtual of the balance of life

Basking in the vehemence of the sun, this garden is a foundation of the truth in existence
It reinforces the meaning of life and gives explanation when doubt has clouded the mind

With each smell, a new flow of energy enters the body and rejuvenates

Alone a flower is fragile
Together, in a garden, it has the strength to overcome mountains

Now as I sit on this bench, an invited guest to the magical transformation of Earth’s wonders
I close my eyes and let my senses take over as the sun warms my soul and the flowers caress me with nature’s perfume

Hanahan Athletic Booster Club Oyster Roast Fundraiser – Saturday, January 30, 2021 (Moncks Corner)

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  • When: Saturday, January 30, 2021, at 6 PM EST – 10 PM EST
  • Where: Oakley Farms Event Barn – 112 Paso Lane, Moncks Corner
  • Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Join us for the first annual HABC Oyster Roast Fundraiser to benefit the student-athletes at Hanahan High School.

All-you-can- eat oysters, BBQ, and sides until 8 pm. Includes beer and wine.

Enjoy live music by a local artist, as well as live and silent auctions.$50 per person (general admission includes food & beverages)Blue Sponsor ($400): Reserved seating, food, & beverages for four ? Reserved seating for auction for fourOrange Sponsor ($1,000): Exclusive reserved seating at private oyster table ? Food, beverages, & catering service for eight ? Preferred seating for auction for eight ? Social media advertising for businesses

Purchase your tickets at https://hawkathletics.net/event-tickets

“Where the Wild Things Run” 5K Run and Walk set for March 6; registration ends Feb. 24

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Come One, Come All and Run Wild at Caw Caw! 

[RAVENEL, SC] – Grab your running shoes and get the whole family ready to run with the wild things at Caw Caw! The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) hosts its annual Where the Wild Things Run 5K run and walk on Saturday, March 6 at Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel. Registration is open now through Feb. 24! 

With an abundance of wildlife, Caw Caw Interpretive Center is perfect for all nature lovers. Runners and walkers will experience breathtaking views as they run through Caw Caw’s scenic trails and may also encounter “a wild thing or two”.  

The race begins at Caw Caw Interpretive Center at 8:30 a.m. on March 6. The 5K run and walk is for ages 10 and up; ages 10-15 will need to be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Only participants, staff, volunteers and chaperones for ages 10-15 will be permitted on site. Spectators will not be allowed. Dogs and bicycles are not allowed at Caw Caw. Masks will be required at all times unless eating, drinking, or engaging in physical activity.  

Online registration for Where the Wild Things Run is open now through Feb. 24. Registration fees are $32. There will not be on-site registration available this year. Race bibs will be mailed in advance to registered participants, and any awards will be mailed to participants afterwards. There will be no post-race ceremony. 

Caw Caw Interpretive Center is a 654-acre site in Ravenel that is rich in natural, cultural and historical resources. It contains areas managed for wildlife including waterfowl, songbirds, otters, deer and more, as well as favored habitats for rare wildlife such as American Alligators, Swallow-tailed Kites, Bald Eagles, and others.  The scenic park features more than seven miles of trails with trailside exhibits, elevated boardwalks through wetlands, historic rice fields, remnants of a former tea farm, and wildlife habitats. 

Register for the Where the Wild Things Run 5K Run and Walk online at CharlestonCountyParks.com/WTWTR or call 843-795-4386.?The race is hosted by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission. ?

Owned and managed by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC), Caw Caw Interpretive Center is located at 5200 Savannah Highway (Hwy 17 South). The mission of CCPRC is to improve the quality of life in Charleston County by offering a diverse system of park facilities, programs and services. The large park system features over 11,000 acres of property and includes four land parks, three beach parks, four seasonally-lifeguarded beach areas, three dog parks, two landmark fishing piers, three waterparks, 19 boat landings, a skate park, a historic plantation site, a climbing wall, a challenge course, an interpretive center, an equestrian center, cottages, a campground, a marina, as well as wedding, meeting and event facilities. CCPRC also offers a wide variety of recreational services – festivals, camps, classes, programs, and much more. For more information on CCPRC, call 843-795-4386, download the Charleston County Parks mobile app, or visit www.charlestoncountyparks.com.      

14 Projects Receive South Carolina Commerce Department Funding

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The S.C. Department of Commerce has awarded $670,000 in grants to support technological innovation in economic development throughout the state.

Fourteen projects, which will be implemented this year, received grants as part of the department’s Relentless Challenge program. Since 2013, the department’s Office of Innovation has awarded more than $7 million in local innovation projects to 41 organizations, according to a news release.

“The knowledge economy represents a vital part of South Carolina’s present and future,” S.C. Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said in the release. “To ensure our industry partners have access to cutting-edge technology and a high-tech workforce, the continued growth of innovation in S.C. is critical.”

Click?HERE?for a full list of recipients.

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That ’70s Art Show – Pop Up Show – Friday, January 22, 2021

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  • That ’70s Art Show
  • 22 January 2021 from 5-8 pm
  • Harbour Club at WestEdge – 22 Westedge St Suite 700, Charleston, SC 29403

Excerpt: You’re invited to a 1970s themed pop-up event at the Harbour Club at WestEdge featuring art and local goods.

For one night only, travel back in time to the era of peace, love, and flower power. The Harbour Club at WestEdge is pleased to host a 1960s and ’70s themed event on Friday, January 22 from 5-8 pm featuring art and local goods. Put on your grooviest outfit and?stroll under?the disco ball to hit records while savoring specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Immerse yourself in the psychedelic aesthetics of the 1960s and ’70s and enjoy portraits of some of Studio 54’s most famous attendees. The artwork for sale, provided by local gallery Landing Contemporary Art will boost your mood and have you feeling the vibes of the era. Featured artists include Joan Aglaia, Alison Underwood, Olivia D’Orazi, and Chelsea Hart, who are all known for their colorful aesthetics. Founded in 2019 by independent art curator Kristie Landing, Landing Contemporary Art is an art platform that empowers emerging artists from across the globe. 

In addition to the psychedelic paintings and photographs, local vendors Beau & RoWoven Script, and Banana Banana will have booths with goods inspired by the ’60s and ’70s. Beau & Ro, by Sara Rossi is a handbag, clothing, and accessories company, which recently opened a new store in Towne Center in Mount Pleasant. Woven Script is a Charleston-based textile design and fiber arts studio, helmed by Kaitlin Unsworth. Their booth will feature macrame art made using eco-friendly materials sourced from other independent artists. Banana Banana is a local embroidery studio run by Hannah Shook featuring hand-embroidered shirts as well as colorful masks and accessories.

This event is free and open to the public with no RSVP required. Safety measures include social distancing and mask-wearing, and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the venue.

For more information, visit www.myharbourclub.com 

Website links:

Landing Contemporary Art –?www.landingcontemporaryart.com

Beau & Ro – beauandro.com

Woven Script –?www.wovenscript.com

Banana Banana – www.shopbananabanana.com

?Pickin’ in the Park Bluegrass Concert is back (Johns Island) – February 20, 2021

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Pickin‘ in the Park Bluegrass Concert is back in February!

Enjoy live music on February 20 at Johns Island County Park

[JOHNS ISLAND, SC] – Charleston County Parks will host a second socially distanced bluegrass concert, called Pickin’ in the Park, at Johns Island County Park on Saturday, Feb. 20!

Guests to Pickin’ in the Park are invited to enjoy a full afternoon of bluegrass music held at beautiful Johns Island County Park. Gates will open at 12 p.m., and two local bluegrass bands will each perform two 90-minute sets from 1 – 4 p.m. Advance registration is required. 

Yeehaw Junction is a Charleston-based bluegrass band established in 1999. The group, which specializes in lively, authentic bluegrass, has been featured on ETV and has played at festivals from the Carolinas to Great Britain. Yeehaw Junction will begin playing at 1 p.m. 

According to their website, the Marshgrass Mamas are a “bevy of Johns Island musical gals.” The roots of their music stem from traditional bluegrass and Appalachian old-time, but over the decades the sound has morphed into a unique sound of their own. The Marshgrass Mamas are known for their signature sound and entertaining performances. The group will play from 2:30 – 4 p.m. 

Concert-goers must register in advance, and tickets are $40 per 10′ x 10′ square area for up to 4 people. On-site tickets will not be available; each vehicle must have a ticket to enter the event. This event is expected to sell out, so early registration is recommended. 

Guests attending Pickin’ in the Park as a group should plan to carpool to the event. After arriving, guests will park their vehicle and walk to a ‘safe square’ space. Safe squares are on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, tables, etc. to be used at their square, but should be prepared to carry these items from their vehicle.

Food and alcohol will also be available for purchase on-site (valid ID required).?Outside food, alcohol and coolers will not be permitted.?Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed at all times.

Masks are required during the event unless eating or drinking. Masks must also be worn when interacting with staff, or when traveling outside of the group’s ‘safe square’ space. Safety is a priority; staff and volunteers will also wear proper PPE. Handwashing stations and hand sanitizer will be available on site.?

For more information on Pickin’ in the Park, call 843-795-4386, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com or download Charleston County Parks’ mobile app. This event is made possible by Coca-Cola and the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission.

Owned and managed by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC), Johns Island County Park is located at 2662 Mullet Hall Road. The mission of CCPRC is to improve the quality of life in Charleston County by offering a diverse system of park facilities, programs and services. The large park system features over 11,000 acres of property and includes six regional parks, three beach parks, four seasonally-lifeguarded beach areas, three dog parks, two landmark fishing piers, three waterparks, a historic plantation site, a skate park, an aquatic center, 19 boat landings, a climbing wall, a challenge course, an interpretive center, an equestrian center, cottages, a campground,?a marina, as well as wedding, meeting and event facilities.?The park system also offers a wide variety of recreational services – festivals, camps, classes, programs, and more. For more information, call 843-795-4386, visit?CharlestonCountyParks.com?or download the Charleston County Parks mobile app.