Gatsby Lives: A Roaring ’20s Speakeasy Takeover Comes to Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails? (Mount Pleasant, SC)

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Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails will turn into Mt. Pleasant’s top-secret Speakeasy with traditional cocktails, decor, and more
Shhh…Handcraft’s Speakeasy Takeover is almost here! Starting Monday, February 1st, party all month long like Gatsby and experience what it was like to live in the 20s with traditional cocktails, classic music, old-time movies, and decor that transforms Handcraft into a Prohibition Era hideaway.?

Like traditional speakeasies, Handcraft’s entrance will be disguised as the Handcraft Arcade where guests can relax, play a few games, and gear up for a fun night ahead before *secretly* slipping through to the speakeasy!
For the whole month of February, guests will enjoy classic cocktails with a Handcraft twist, like The Daiquiri with overproof rum, pineapple rum, allspice dram, lime; Mexican Fire Water with smoked tequila, green chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, lime, cherry drizzle; The Beekeeper with lavender gin, lavender honey, lemon, bee pollen; Putting on the ‘Razz with gin, lemon, raspberry cordial, champagne, dry vermouth; and more!?
Handcraft encourages guests to dress in their finest Gatsby-like attire, round up their friends, and head into the best-kept-secret this town has to offer!?

For more information about the Speakeasy Takeover at Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails and to make a reservation, visit?, or follow us on?Facebook?and?Instagram.

The Charleston Restaurant Foundation Cancels Lowcountry Oyster Festival

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (January 29, 2021) – The Charleston Restaurant Foundation (CRF) has announced the cancellation of the 2021 Lowcountry Oyster Festival due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. After initially postponing in December, the CRF board has decided to instead focus on the 2022 event.

“The health and safety of our guests, volunteers, and the community have always been the number one priority of the Foundation,” says Jonathan Kish, president of the Charleston Restaurant Foundation. “Although we have been diligently working to modify the event with appropriate safety precautions, we believe that canceling is the safest decision at this time. We appreciate the community’s continued support of this charity event, and we look forward to next year’s festival.”

All remaining ticket holders will be notified by the ticket company and provided a full refund.

The Conversation – Original Poem

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By Mark A. Leon

Like the beating of my heart, the words have flowed

A lifetime of conversation we have shared

Often sad

Sometimes blessed with love

Days of melancholy; nights of bliss

In the late night talks

And the heartfelt letters

In the calling to the road and the homecoming of warm tears


Been down on my knees and touched the angels in the clouds

I’ve let it all out to you

Never held back the words as I continue to whisper to you


Seen the world and shared every moment with you

In the cabins, cities, mountains and oceans

Under a bright orange sky and cleaned by the powdering of the rain


I’ve shared it all with you


Together we stand

Fewer than better

A little older, little wiser

More profound this mystery

Awakened in meditation as the answers unravel

Each memory a new clue to a puzzle in flux


Let’s have another drink and keep this conversation going

In the songs, the poems, the confessions, we have witnessed it all

These words have lit the darkness

A profoundness of strength these vocal weapons have gifted


I love the conversation

The conversation with you

Valentines Event for Couples – Alcohol Art Ink and Drink at Indigo Reef Brewing – Wednesday, February 10, 2021

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  • When: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 7 PM EST – 8:30 PM EST
  • Where: Indigo Reef Brewing Company – 2079 Wambaw Creek Unit #1, Charleston, SC 29492
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Enjoy a special Valentine’s Event with your loved one at Indigo Reef Brewing! Spend a night creating 2 beer pint glasses and 2 ceramic beer coasters with this beautiful and unique technique using alcohol inks!

All supplies included so come and enjoy a fun night filled with creativity, amazing beer and delicious food!

Pre-registration is required.

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market Applications Available

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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC –?The Town of Mount Pleasant is now accepting applications for the 2021 Farmers Market season, which will run every Tuesday from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. from April through September at the market pavilion on Coleman Boulevard.?

Interested farmers and prepared food vendors are encouraged to submit applications before the Feb. 6 deadline.  Applications can be found online at  

All applicants are required to read the market rules and regulations before submitting their application.  The definition of farmer applicants and food vendors are explained in detail in these rules. Food trucks or trailers are not allowed at the market due to space limitations.    

“The success of our market relies heavily on the professionalism of our farmers and vendors who are dedicated to bringing a wholesome, healthy, affordable, and fun market experience for our patrons,” said Farmers Market Manager Tracy Richter. “I urge all local farmers and food vendors to apply for the market and help us make our 24thyear the best one yet!” 

The market manager and the Farmers Market Advisory Board review all applications and select all vendors. While exclusivity is not offered to vendors, organizers strive to deliver a diverse and balanced market. All vendors are required to practice environmentally acceptable packaging as specified in Town of Mount Pleasant ordinance 18024. Details and FAQs for this ordinance are listed on

For more information about the 2021 Farmers Market season, or to download an application, visit  or email Tracy Richter at 

DHEC Asks South Carolina Residents to Complete Survey Gauging Interest in COVID-19 Vaccine

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (January 27, 2021) – In an effort to gauge current vaccine interest levels and to assist the state in determining how to shape outreach efforts, DHEC is asking all South Carolina residents to complete an eight-question voluntary and anonymous survey. The survey will remain open until midnight on February 8.

Results of the survey will be posted at

Click here to take the survey.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin

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WASHINGTON – The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin today after consultation with the intelligence community and law enforcement partners. There is currently a heightened threat environment across the United States that is likely to persist over the coming weeks. DHS does not have any information to indicate a specific, credible plot; however, violent riots have continued in recent days and we remain concerned that individuals frustrated with the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances and ideological causes fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize a broad range of ideologically-motivated actors to incite or commit violence.


The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin due to a heightened threat environment across the United States, which DHS believes will persist in the weeks following the successful Presidential Inauguration.  Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence.


Issued:  January 27, 2021 11:00 am
Expires:  April 30, 2021 01:00 pm 


  • Throughout 2020, Domestic Violent Extremists (DVEs) targeted individuals with opposing views engaged in First Amendment-protected, non-violent protest activity.  DVEs motivated by a range of issues, including anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, and police use of force have plotted and on occasion carried out attacks against government facilities. 
  • Long-standing racial and ethnic tension—including opposition to immigration—has driven DVE attacks, including a 2019 shooting in El Paso, Texas that killed 23 people.
  • DHS is concerned these same drivers to violence will remain through early 2021 and some DVEs may be emboldened by the January 6, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. to target elected officials and government facilities.
  • DHS remains concerned that Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVEs) inspired by foreign terrorist groups, who committed three attacks targeting government officials in 2020, remain a threat.
  • Threats of violence against critical infrastructure, including the electric, telecommunications and healthcare sectors, increased in 2020 with violent extremists citing misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 for their actions.  
  • DHS, as well as other Federal agencies and law enforcement partners will continue to take precautions to protect people and infrastructure across the United States.
  • DHS remains committed to preventing violence and threats meant to intimidate or coerce specific populations on the basis of their religion, race, ethnicity, identity or political views.
  • DHS encourages state, local, tribal, and territorial homeland security partners to continue prioritizing physical security measures, particularly around government facilities, to protect people and critical infrastructure.

How You Can Help 

  • We ask the public to report suspicious activity and threats of violence, including online activity,  to local law enforcement, FBI Field Offices, or their local Fusion Center.
  • Your choice can make a difference. Choose non-violent ways to make your voice heard and support friends and family in doing the same.
  • Communities are strongest when they are not divided:  Strengthen your community by standing together against violence.

Be Prepared 

  • Avoiding large crowds, including protests, is safest due to ongoing pandemic conditions. However, if taking part in protests do so peacefully, safely, and wear masks.
  • Be responsible for your personal safety. Make note of your surroundings and security personnel. Carry emergency contact as well as medical and other needs information with you.
  • Connect, Plan, Train, and Report to prepare businesses & employees.

Stay Informed 

  • Local, state and federal agencies will provide specific information about emerging threats as additional information is identified. The public is encouraged to listen to local law enforcement and public safety officials.
  • Last year, DHS released a?Homeland Threat Assessment to the public examining the threat environment through 2021.
  • The?DHS Lexicon on terrorism?includes terminology for DVEs and HVEs.

Types of Advisories 


Describes current developments or general trends regarding threats of terrorism.

Elevated Alert

Warns of a credible terrorism threat against the United States.

Imminent Alert

Warns of a credible, specific and impending terrorism threat against the United States.

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Wesley Donehue Expands His Empire With New Brand Management Venture: Company will be headquartered in Charleston, S.C.

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With cancel culture and political polarization approaching peak intensity across the country, self-described South Carolina “truth bomber”?Wesley Donehue?is launching a new venture aimed at helping companies navigate the nation’s “current hostile political environment.”

This week, the Palmetto political consultant/ businessman announced the founding of Laurens Group – a Charleston, S.C.-based “strategic communications firm” which aims to offer its clients “integrated public relations and reputation management services.”

According to a news release announcing the firm, Laurens Group intends to “advice, protect and advocate for clients who are vulnerable to attacks from those aggressively pushing unfair, narrow-minded, anti-business agendas.”

The firm is named after Charleston native John Laurens, an advisor to general George Washington and one of the first prominent abolitionists of the American Revolution.

Donehue told us the goal of his new firm is to expand upon the sort of work his other company – Push Digital – did for Orlando, Florida-based SeaWorld in recent years.

In 2013, CNN released a documentary entitled “Blackfish” which chronicled the 2010 death of Dawn Brancheau, a SeaWorld trainer who was killed by a 12,500-pound orca (a.k.a. “killer whale”) named Tilikum. The documentary assailed SeaWorld for its practice of using captive orcas for entertainment -unleashing a cancel culture campaign against the company that damaged its reputation and drove down attendance at its parks.

Donehue and his team at Push developed a multi-pronged response that addressed the film’s inaccuracies while at the same time highlighting SeaWorld’s animal rescue and rehabilitation work.

Now he wants to take the same approach into a much broader battle – helping companies who find themselves targeted by cancel culture goons to “uphold foundational American values and sustain our country’s great, inclusive legacy.”

“We’re getting blown up by corporations who saw our SeaWorld work and who are waking up to the realization that they aren’t in a marketing fight – they are in a political fight,” Donehue told us. “We are launching Laurens Group to focus on that need rather than having Push just do it on the side. We are hiring senior political strategists who know how to go to war.”

According to the release, Push Digital is “pivoting to focus on what they’re best known for,” which is “delivering award-winning creative and launching innovative media and advertising campaigns for their political, advocacy and brand clientsPush Digital and Laurens Group will be headquartered out of a 203-year-old historic home located just south of Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston. The home is currently undergoing renovations but Donehue and his companies are targeting late spring for its grand opening.