I am thankful for Charleston – Some things and places that warm the heart – What are you thankful for?

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By Mark A. Leon

We all have our own personal happy places.  Those places that, no matter what, put you in a good mood and lift us up.  These are the little things that help you escape the hustle and bustle of life and take you to your own personal wonderland.  On this the day, the Eve of Christmas, we wanted to share some of our happy places and things as we ring in the bells celebrating the birth of Christ.

  • Beignets and fresh crab and fried green tomato benedict at The Sunflower Cafe – Located at 2366 Ashley River Road in West Ashley, this place stands alone among the Charleston breakfast and brunch giants.  In a quaint diner setting filled with sunflowers for all the eye can see and locals yapping about their daily problems lies one of the most amazing eggs benedict dishes and beignets in town.  Don’t let the prices shock you.  They really are that inexpensive and that good.
  • Sunrise on Folly Beach – So many of you are thinking, sounds great, but I am not getting up at 5:00 AM to watch the sunrise.  I will wait until noon and go there to get a tan.  Getting a tan, feeling the heat hit your back, people watching, bocci and football and drinking cold beverages is nice and it is part of our past-time, but a sunrise is a new show every day.  With a unique formulation of clouds and a ball of orange rising like a 3D movie and a slight breeze, you will never feel more alive.  We were able to share a remarkable sunrise where it was raining on one part of the beach and sunny on the other so we were showered by warm water as the sun appeared to rise from the ocean.
  • Cocktails at the Spectator Hotel – The mixologist is a scientist at this new boutique hotel on State Street.  His careful design and development of his cocktails along with the testing expertise of staff and customers make each one of his seasonal creations an experience to remember.  Sullivan & Company was the first cocktail I was able to try.  I thought it may have been named after the beach, but it is named was derived from an apple farm in Maine, one his family has owned for three generations.  This drink is a blend of Virgil Kaine Bourbon, house-made spiced apple cider, maple syrup and lemon juice.  The Flapper’s Delight named after the era of the Roaring 20’s and the design of the interior of the bar and boutique hotel is a memorable fall delight made up of Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin, ruby port, St.Germain Liqueur,  concord grape, lemon Juice and Prosecco.  So refreshing.  Make each sip count with these drink selections.
  • People watching at White Point Gardens – Each morning locals of the Charleston proper can be seen walking their dogs and in some cases, the dogs walk themselves.  These are true locals who value the solitude of the Battery area.  The sounds of endangered birds can be heard from up above and the sun rising with the Cooper River Bridge in the background highlights the experience.  During the weekends, you may catch a wedding or a family picnic and if you venture across the street, dolphins playing may catch your eye in the harbor.  Don’t go for picture or reading the statues.  Just go and let all the life come to you.
  • Happy Hour on the back porch at the Charleston Pour House – If you love music and live in Charleston you know about the Charleston Pour House and the great lineup of entertainment they have each and every night.  Not everyone knows that for Happy Hour there is a warm up act or two that plays on the outdoor stage.  Generally, most of the year, we would rather be outside.  Even in the heat of the summer, trees overhang from the patio to provide shade.  Some of the best up and coming local and traveling artists showcase their sounds to a happy group of PBR drinkers.  Here is the catch, its free.  Every day, free live original music.  You can bring the dogs, the kids and dance away your worries of the day.
  • Yappy Hour at James Island County Park – Is there a place we can bring our dogs to run free and frolic with other canines, listen to live music and have a few beers?  Yes there is.  James Island County Park, which offers a spacious fenced in dog park with two ponds to play, has periodic Yappy Hours where dozens and dozens of dogs in all shapes and sizes run, lick, swim, fetch and just enjoy this mini spring break.  While they play, the two legged owners get live music and a few cold beverages.  If that isn’t a happy place.
  • Relaxing at the MUSC Urban Farrn – Before you dismiss this one as boring, hear us out.  The MUSC Urban Farm is located in a courtyard on Bee Street between Ashley River Road and Courtney farm1Street.  In this courtyard you will find stretching equipment, benches and open grassy fields to lay out or have a picnic.  The farm or garden as many see it offers smells so beautiful they have to be experienced first hand.  From orange trees to sunflowers to basil to rosemary, the farm provides classes and workshops and open space to grow and nurture fruits, vegetables and seasonings.  One of our favorite things is to run our hands through the rosemary and have the smell linger on our bodies.
  • Boba Tea at Tapio on Spring Street and a Goat Cheese and Roasted Tomato Turnover at WildFlour Bakery – We love that Spring Street is seeing a level of excitement not witnessed in years and with that new and exciting businesses are bringing their niche to the city of Charleston.  Two of our special places are neighbors, Tapio and WildFlour.  Two of the most treasured secrets (Many are aware though).  The Thai Coconut Coffee Milk Tea with tapioca bubbles is just splendid and coupled with a turnover from WildFlour makes a complete power attack of the palate.  In a very good way.  While you are there, walk around Spring Street and see some of the great places that have popped up.

I am thankful for the kind and gentle people that truly define the meaning of life in the Lowcountry

There you have it, some of the things and places that bring us happiness.  What are your happy places and things in Charleston?  We would love to know.

20 Things to Do in Charleston Before the End of 2019

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20 Things To Do Before the End of 2017

By Minta Pavliscsak

1. Call an old friend who you haven’t spoken with in a while.
It may take you a few minutes to dial that number. Take your time, just don’t back down. Someone has to open that line of communication; it might as well be you.

2. Go for a sunrise walk on Folly Beach.
We have some of the most beautiful sunrises you will ever experience, and if you haven’t yet you are missing out! So drag a friend out of bed, or just go spend some time by yourself and enjoy the majesty of the morning. (Roasted is a coffee shop inside of Tides that opens at 6am. I like to stop by there first and take my coffee on the beach. Plus, on these chilly mornings it will help to keep your warm!)

3. Send Christmas cards.
Everybody loves getting mail! …as long as it’s not a bill. Sure you could just send an email or a text, but doesn’t your loved ones deserve a personalized, handwritten card that they can treasure for years to come?

4. Forgive that person who may not deserve it, but needs it most.
This ain’t easy, but believe me when I say you need this too! We all make mistakes, we all forget things, and it honestly might not have even been on purpose. The past is the past and as long as it’s not habitual or destructive to the relationship, forgiveness may be the only thing keeping you from having that amazing relationship.

5. Hug your parents.
Do we really do this enough? I feel like hugs are things we tend to take for granted. Humans need touch, and sometimes this is the only way we know how to communicate our emotions towards each other. A simple hug can go a long way.

6. Visit at least one touristy attraction.
This is the best time of year to do it! Places aren’t as crowded, it’s not blazing hot, and some places will even have discounts on admission.

7. Pour a glass of wine or pop open a beer, crank up the music, and dance around the house in your underwear.
Yes, this is just as fun as it sounds! Don’t worry about how you look, you’ll be alone so who cares. Just move your body in a way that feels good. You might just find yourself carrying this tradition over to the New Year!

8. Make the decision to Let It Go!
We carry so much with us from one day to the next. Most of it we cannot control, or is not our burden to carry in the first place. Stop worrying so much, things have a way of working themselves out without any input from you. Take a deep breath and as you exhale, just let it go.

9. Do one random act of kindness.
This can be something so simple like paying for the next person in line’s coffee, or putting $10 on a pump of gas. There are also many opportunities around the community, such as donating to Toys-for-Tots, volunteering at The Lowcountry Food Bank, The Ronald McDonald House, or at an animal shelter, and many area businesses are collecting canned food for the local food bank.

10. Watch Love Actually.
This film is about an eclectic group of characters who all seem to be connected in London during Christmas time. It is charming, funny, and will pull on your heart strings all at the same time. Trust me on this one when I say it is a must see, and even better when you watch it with a good friend or loved one. Doesn’t sound like you? Then make sure you watch The Charlie Brown Christmas special instead!

11. Take a “me” day.
Although they do not happen very often, I absolutely love having my “me” days. You can do anything, or nothing for that matter, that you want to, as long as it is stress free and makes you happy. I prefer to get a nice massage, then take a stroll down King Street or the Market to find something, no matter how small, for myself. My favorite “me” day trinket is a small ceramic dragon with a silly smile on his face. Enjoying a nice light lunch outside somewhere and people watching is also a great idea.

12. Change the batteries in your smoke detector.
This is your friendly service reminder courtesy of Charleston Daily. Come on, when is the last time you checked those batteries?

13. Get outside of your comfort zone.
Do something you wouldn’t typically do. Go somewhere you wouldn’t typically go. Sing karaoke with friends, climb the ropes at Wild Blue Ropes, put on that sexy dress you never wear and have a night on the town!

14. Finish that project.
We all have some project, big or small, that is sitting somewhere waiting for us to complete it. Slow down, make the time, and finish that project.

15. Choose to be happy.
This can be tougher for some than others, and that’s OK! Surround yourself with things, and people, that make you happy. When those negative thoughts come up, replace them with positive ones. Practice self-love, such as telling yourself that you are enough, reminding yourself how beautiful you are, and say daily affirmations. Don’t forget about the simplest thing you can do…smile.

16. Re-evaluate your priorities
Life has a tendency of taking over and we tend to get off our course from time to time. It is important that you bring your priorities to your conscious and see if where you are is where you want to be. This is how we stay connected to ourselves and move forward in life and in love.

17. Eat at a great Charleston area restaurant.
We are so lucky here in Charleston to have so many amazing restaurants. How many have you been to? No more excuses not to go to that one you have always wanted to go, but have never made it.

18. Disengage from the opinion of others.
You are you, and you are wonderful. Who cares what others think about you?! Here’s a little secret…if they make you feel bad when you are around them, then they probably shouldn’t be in your life. Once you learn to separate who you are from who you think everyone else thinks you should be, you will be amazed at how much happier and stress-free you will be.

19. Go play.
We have easy access to tennis courts, basketball courts, Frisbee golf, putt-putt, laser tag, paintball fields, trampoline parks, and open fields where you can play a pick-up game of whatever middle school/high school sports that you can think of.

20. Tell somebody you love them.
We don’t say this anywhere near enough. You never know what tomorrow may hold. Today is the day to tell your friends and family how much they mean to you. And keep it up; personally I have never gotten tired of hearing someone say they love me, nor do I tire of expressing it. Both make my heart smile every time!

Guide to Charleston Area Farmer’s Markets

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We love our farmer’s markets.? Fresh produce, homemade food and drinks, live music, handmade soaps, honey, smiles, clothes and so much more.? It is a lifestyle in the Lowcountry and a weekly event we love to share with neighbors and loved ones.? We love them so much that we nearly have one every day of the week and most area municipalities.

Here is a short guide to help you know when and where to get your farmer’s market on in the Lowcountry

Charleston Area Farmer’s Market Guide

Charleston Farmer’s Market – Marion Square, Charleston, SC – Every Saturday from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Workshop – 1503 King Street, Charleston, SC – Every Saturday from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (Year Round – Indoor)

Lowcountry Farmer’s Market at Tanger Outlets4840 Tanger Outlet Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29418 – Every Saturday at 9:00 AM (March 16 – December 19, 2019)

West Ashley Farmer’s Market – Ackerman Park, 55 Sycamore Avenue, West Ashley, SC – Every Wednesday from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Hanahan Farmer’s Market – 1601 Eagle Landing Blvd, Hanahan, SC – Thursdays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Folly Beach Farmer’s Market – Folly River Park, Folly Beach, SC – Every Monday from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

John’s Island Farmer’s Market – 2024 Academy Road, John’s Island, SC (New Location for 2017) – Every Saturday from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

James Island Sunday Brunch Farmer’s Market – 1977 Maybank Highway (Behind The Pour House), James Island, SC – Every Sunday from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Isle of Palms Farmer’s Market – 1 14th Avenue, Isle of Palms, South Carolina 29451 – Every Thursday from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

James Island Farmers Market – The Town Market on James Island – 871 Fort Johnson Rd (The James Island Youth Soccer Club Fields) Year round – Every Saturday 9:00 AM -1:00 PM

Daniel Island Farmer’s Market – Seven Farms Drive (In Front of Volvo Cup Arena) – Every Thursday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Mount Pleasant Farmer’s Market – Farmers Market Pavilion on Coleman Boulevard (Moultrie Middle School), Mount Pleasant, SC – Every Tuesday from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM

North Charleston Farmer’s Market – Felix C Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Circle, North Charleston, SC – Every Thursday from 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Sullivan’s Island Farmer’s Market – 1921 I’On Avenue (In Front of Poe Library) – Every Thursday from 2:30 PM – 7:00 PM – April 4 – June 27

Eat Healthy

Live Well

Have fun

Not Just Awareness: What Charleston’s Jeff Fitzharris is doing for Autism

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Everyone in their lives has been struck with a brilliant idea: an app that would make them millions (if they ever got around to patenting it), some food combination they’d be slinging in trendy restaurant for years (if they ever got around to making it), or by golly, the next great American Novel (if they ever got around to writing it.)

Ideas are plentiful; what is not is the courage, ambition, and drive to act on them. Jeff Fitzharris, Charleston local, has displayed those less common traits in his t-shirt company, There’s No Place Like Charleston, and his silk screening company, In Gratitude Always. The two work well together, as one would imagine, but how and why they came together are the beautiful thing.

The idea for There’s No Place Like Charleston came three years ago while Jeff was painting a mural for Prohibition, a trendy bar on King. The owner asked him to, “write something nice about the city,” in the mural. Jeff was immediately struck with an idea, but, in his words “There was something that stopped me and said, hey that’s for you, that’s not for the mural.” So, like any good businessman, he went to social media platforms, different businesses and began advertising for t-shirts.

The idea for silk screening came a little later, though an interesting avenue. Jeff has a niece and goddaughter named Victoria with autism living in Pittsburgh, and he was just talking to his brother about different jobs she could do to gain some independence. Silk screening would be great for those with autism due to the repetitive nature of the work, something that drives those who are not autistic up the wall. Most people need variety, but for those with autism, it is a great comfort and necessity to count on doing the same routine day in and day out.

Realizing that this idea could be applicable beyond his own family–there are people with autism everywhere–he decided pursue silk screening in Charleston. After getting the ball rolling with getting his brand set up and ready to roll out at the much loved King Dusko in 2014, Jeff reached out to Charleston Autism Academy with the intention of giving them 10% of the profits from the brand. He spoke with Laura Misenhelter of Charleston Autism Academy, who realized how brilliant his idea was because her 17 year old son, Aaron, has autism–and needed a job.

As it turns out, Laura also had a space Jeff could use for his silk screening shop–now it was just time to get the equipment. Miraculously, five thousand dollars-worth of equipment was donated by a man that neither spoke to directly; he was an owner of a national screen printing equipment company. To top it all off, Laura also became his business partner.

That is how Jeff sees his business: a series of fortunate events, miracles and something that is affirming what he calls his “conscious vocational project.” It is quite a project and wonderful business model helping his cause in several ways that all feed into each other: hire those with autism, donate profits from merchandise to Charleston Autism Academy and all while raising awareness.

However, awareness is a tricky business, as it comes in stages. There are people who become aware of circumstances, and consider themselves informed, and that’s that. They never move on to the next stage; action. Though Jeff was already acting, he had a moving experience that really made him truly aware.

Like many schools, Charleston Autism Academy has a Christmas pageant, and Laura invited Jeff to come along last year. “I got there, and there are these beautiful children. They were beautiful, and I looked onstage, and to me, things were not normal at all. I don’t mean any disrespect to anyone, but I looked around the room, and everybody else in the room were of course loved ones and parents. So here are all these beautiful smiles of people who are proud of these children, and I guess I was the only one in the room going ‘Wow. This is too much.’ And I had to get up and leave and I told Laura, and she’s like ‘Are you alright?’ and I said ‘Yeah, I’m fine.’ And then she said ‘Now you’re aware.’’

This experience cultivated the kind of awareness that has to lead to a much deeper commitment to Jeff’s own actions–and to keep his business going. As of right now, his brand is carried in three different stores in Charleston: Sheila’s Shamrock on Market Street, King Street Cookies on King Street, and Boone Hall Plantation’s gift shop in Mount Pleasant.

Though Jeff would like nothing more than all of his profits to come from There’s No Place Like Charleston t-shirts, he knows opening up his screen printing shop means more money for his cause, which means that In Gratitude Always is open for outside businesses, bands, restaurants, or any group that wants to get t-shirts silk screened. If you are interested in having t-shirts made, simply contact Jeff at jeff@theresnoplacelikecharleston.com with the details–but because he’s a laid back kind of guy, he says good ol’ texting is a fine way to make first contact: (843)-301-1187.

In using the brand name, Jeff often points out other local businesses to highlight how unique Charleston is–and it’s true. One of the reasons There’s No Place Like Charleston has been successful is because there isn’t another place like it. The Dorothy image is fitting: it’s a magical place, where people are kind, supportive of the city, and of course, where everyone is home. Jeff Fitzharris and his business are a prime example There’s No Place Like Charleston. It’s a city positive brand, with amazing altruistic goals, and really attractive merchandise: what’s not to love?

There’s No Place Like Charleston Official Website

Local Charleston Author Publishes Love Story Centered Around Folly Beach

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Local Charleston area author River Wild has just released a beautiful new fictional novel, The Artist’s Special Touch, focusing on Hannah and Jackson set in the backdrop of beautiful Folly Beach.

Book Description:

Have you ever loved someone so much that you never wanted to spend one moment away from them? If you ever got separated, you would find your way back to each other no matter what…

Jackson Henderson makes a magical discovery on the last day of school. He stumbles across a magazine that teaches him how to paint. In a short time, he becomes a Master Painter and discovers he’s been given a special gift.

Hannah Walker is starting a new chapter of her life in the coastal town of Folly Beach near Charleston, South Carolina after losing her mother to breast cancer.

The young couple have a chance meeting on Christmas Eve that turns into a swirling romance that takes them both by storm. As their love grows, they make a solemn promise to be together no matter what. As they navigate the twists and turns of life, tragedy strikes. Can they keep their solemn promise?

Bio/Press Release: ?

River Wild grew up in Charleston and fell in love with the magical beauty that is Charleston. ?During his childhood, he spent many days on Folly Beach and in the rivers of the area swimming and fishing. ?Middleton Place was one of his favorite gardens to visit. ?He keenly remembers climbing the storied?Angel Oak?Tree many years ago as well as visiting all the sites mentioned in the book. ?His love of Charleston and its beauty and rich history made it a natural choice to write about. ?During high school, he met and eventually married his high school sweetheart. ?River served in the military and learned a lifetime of lessons dealing with people and difficult situations. ?He and his wife have been married for many years and the love they share was the inspiration for the characters in the book “The Artist’s Special Touch.” The title of the book and some of the specifics were actually inspired by a country music song. ?While traveling, a song came on the radio that he’d heard many times before, but now this time, something was different. ?The song, “Paint Me A Birmingham,” by country artist?Tracy Lawrence,?touched him in a special way and this inspiration became a theme of the book. ?The book doesn’t follow the song, but the ability of the artist is what captivated him and what became the central theme. ?Although the book is a work of fiction, many scenes were part of the author’s life in full or in part. ?It is up to the reader to figure out which ones those might be. ?River and his family live in South Carolina.

Folly’s Best Rentals donates beach accessible wheelchair to the City of Folly Beach – Ceremony on Friday, August 31

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For immediate release?

August 29, 2018

Contact:?? Greg S. Hart – Folly’s Best Rentals, President
(843) 633-0736 (office)
(843) 224-6031 (cell)

Folly’s Best Rentals donates beach accessible wheelchair to the City of Folly Beach

FOLLY BEACH, SC – Folly’s Best Rentals will be donating a ROLLEEZ-4 PVC beach wheelchair to the City of Folly Beach, its citizens, and its guests for use free of charge. The presentation, which is open to the public, will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, August 31, 2018 at Folly’s Best Rentals located at 81A Center Street, Folly Beach, SC.

Folly’s Best Rentals’ President Greg Hart wants this to be the first step of the company’s journey in helping the community increase beach access for everyone. He feels that everyone deserves to “experience where the ocean touches the shore, as this is good for your soul.”

He gives credit to the generosity of Folly’s Best Rentals’ guests and property owners, and feels this would not be possible without them.

The City of Folly Beach currently offers free access to beach wheelchairs any time of year through their Public Safety department. The need for the beach to be accessible to everyone has been steadily increasing over the years, thus sparking the idea for Folly’s Best Rentals to get involved. This specialized wheelchair is only the start for the company to aid in making the beach accessible to all who seek to enjoy its beauty.

For information about renting a beach accessible wheelchair and which beach access points are accessible, contact Folly Beach ADA Liaison Officer Alan Kleinfeld at 843-588-2433.

Folly’s Best Rentals is a local vacation management company operating on Folly Beach since 2011.

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Media Contact:

Minta Pavliscsak, Folly’s Best Rentals
(843) 633-0736 (day)

About Folly’s Best Rentals

Folly’s Best Rentals is a property management company located on Folly Beach, SC.

Folly’s Best Rentals exceeds the expectations of our owners, guests and associates, all of whom we consider partners. We accomplish this by delivering as we promise and taking the additional step of doing at least one more unexpected thing to improve the experience of all who deal with us. We merge technology with southern hospitality. Each day we work towards improving the experiences we provide our partners.

History: ?

With over 40 years combined experience in providing accommodations to guest and customer service, Greg and Nancy Hart has lead Folly’s Best Rentals since 2011. The business started after a friend heard how they were doing managing their own beach property and asked for their help. Word spread, and more friends joined in. Today Folly’s Best Rentals is the fastest growing Property Management Company on Folly Beach.

Folly’s Best Rentals – Founded by Greg and Nancy Hart.
81A Center Street on Folly Beach.(843) 633-0269.
Mailing Address:? P.O. Box 736 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Acting, Beach, Sun, Friends and More: C-PAC 2018 Summer Camps at Folly Now Open for Registration

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Folly Sun & Fun Day Camp!

A beach-themed arts camp that creatively combines our fascinating ecology here on Folly Beach with the arts!

Half-day camp (10am – 2pm) for ages 7 and up.

Campers will explore Folly by foot and by sea through our unique chartered excursions, guest speakers to teach us about the ocean, sea life, and our ecology on Folly Beach, and daily?arts activities (inside and?at the beach)!?Our flexible schedule allows you to pick what days and weeks work for you!??

Special excursions/speakers:

Tuesdays: Marine Fossil Exploration with the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History (With a special turtle talk from the Folly Beach Sea Turtle Rescue Team on 7/19)
Wednesdays: Guided Beach Walk with Tideline Tours
Thursdays: Boat Tours with Tideline Tours
Fridays: Beach Yoga with Kids 4 Yoga and Dragonfly Kids Yoga

To register, click on the dates you want below!

June 18 – June 22

June 25 – June 29

July 2 – July 6

July 9 – July 13

Location: Folly Beach United Methodist Church 118 W Indian Ave

Cost: $60 – 200 (pay by the day or for the entire week for a special rate)

Download our camp flyer here!

Official Information and Registration Page

Folly Association of Business Donates $25,000 From Festivals to Local Charities and the City of Folly Beach

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Folly Association of Business Donates $25,000 From Festivals to Local Charities and the City of Folly Beach

Proceeds from the three 2018 Folly events will go to city beautification and charity organizations

Folly Beach, SC – The Folly Association of Business (FAB) is honored to donate $25,000 in proceeds from the three FAB hosted events that have taken place so far this year: the New Year’s Day Polar Plunge, January’s Taste of Folly and February’s Folly Gras. A total of $10,000 was donated to the City of Folly Beach last night at the City Council meeting held at City Hall. This donation was for the beautification of Folly Beach and island assets. An additional $15,000 will be donated to local civic and charity organizations.

The $10,000 that was donated to the City of Folly Beach is designated for the following projects; $1,500 – City of Folly Beach Beautification; $500 – Center Street Holiday Decorations; $1,500 – New Year’s Eve Clean-Up; $5,000 – Water Fountain at Folly River Park; and $1,500 – Beach Renourishment.

On Thursday, May 10 at 6:30, FAB will host a check presentation ceremony at the Tides Hotel to award $15,000 in donations to several local civic organizations and charity groups: $3,000 – Folly Anglers; $3,000 – Warrior Surf Foundation; $3,000 – Surfer’s Healing; $3,000 – Folly Beach Exchange Club; $1,000 – Folly Civic Club’s Halloween Carnival; and $2,000 – Big Brothers Big Sisters / Warrior Surf Camp.

FAB president, Lewis Dodson says, “It’s humbling to be able to offer such a substantial amount of money to these charities who do such amazing work and to city projects that elevate our quality of life and our visitor experience.”

FAB is a non-profit organization made up of Folly business owners who are dedicated to the community in which they live and work. FAB works closely with Folly Beach residents and City Hall to help make Folly Beach a thriving beach community that is a comfortable home for residents and a welcome respite for visitors. The next FAB hosted event is the annual Sea and Sand Festival which is scheduled for September 22, 2018.

Charleston, S.C. History in Pictures – A Look Back

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Folly Beach, SC

It is often said, a picture tells a thousand words.? Some of these images really paint a vivid picture of the trials, tribulations and celebrations of our past.? Some will bring you to levels of emotion both good and bad.? Sit back and remember to never forget our past.

From Civil Rights to military; academics to activism; or just a day at the beach.

Enjoy this wild journey into Charleston’s past.

Tree Spirit Project 2011 - Preserve Angel Oak
Tree Spirit Project 2011 – Preserve Angel Oak


73 Church Street (with rounded top door behind tree) – 1958


Early Mobile Free Library
Early Mobile Free Library


Bishop England Varsity High School Basketball Team – Charleston, SC


!950’s South Carolina Map
Post Earthquake Charleston 1886
Post Earthquake Charleston 1886


Early South Carolina Currency
Early South Carolina Currency


Folly Beach Barracks – 1946


Broad and Meeting Streets Traffic
Broad and Meeting Streets Traffic


Folly Beach Postcard
Folly Beach Postcard


Charleston March 1969
Charleston March 1969


Charleston Hospital Strike Article
Charleston Hospital Strike Article


Folly Beach Pier – 1937


!976 Charleston
1976 Charleston


Roadside Sweetgrass Basket Sales
Roadside Sweetgrass Basket Sales


1961 at Albemarle Elementary School
1961 at Albemarle Elementary School


Fort Sumter Stamp 1961
Fort Sumter Stamp 1961


The C-141 Starlifter
The C-141 Starlifter


1961 Civil Rights Bus in Charleston assaulted
1961 Civil Rights Bus in Charleston assaulted


Charleston Submarine Base 1960
Charleston Submarine Base 1960


Easter 1960's Charleston, SC
Easter 1960’s Charleston, SC


Broad Street, 1911. Notice the signs for Follin Bros. tobacconists (with the famous wooden Indian) and Henry Plenge’s (the P has fallen from the sign) Pharmacy at 8 Broad


“Folly Beach July 4, 1921.”
three unidentified beach goers in front of their car on the beach at Folly. They are all wearing bathing suits and the women are wearing stockings and hats. The date and location listed above are hand written on the back.
Source: The Charleston Museum


Corner of Fishburne St and St Philips intersection in 1944.


W.A. Jessen’s liquor store, corner of Congress and Rutledge in 1940’s. This location is now a lawyer’s office.


This is circa early 1940s postcard published by Martschink Sales Co.



Hasell Street, Charleston SC, ca. 1900 – 1910


Charleston, SC 1910

GALLERY: Life is a Beach: Sunday Morning in the Lowcountry

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There is nothing more meditative than a Lowcountry sunrise to start your day.? It also puts balance in your life as you prepare for brunch, your first mimosa and a day of festival hopping.

Not everyone has the luxury of waking up with an endless ocean by your toes.? We wanted to share with you the true magic feeling of experiencing a Lowcountry Sunday morning starting with the perfect sunrise.

Sun, sand and the soothing sounds of crashing waves…Priceless.

Sunday Morning in the Lowcountry – Photo Gallery

Photo Credit:? Mark A. Leon