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!

Best of the Charleston Underground – Cool, Hip and Slightly Under the Radar

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Charleston has a hip scene, or is that a hipster scene?? Either way, there are some great spots and communities that promote creative integrity, innovative commentary and just a downright quiet place to call home.? It is these places that give Charleston integrity and grit.? Through the forces behind these activities and places, this city continues to flourish with a sense of individualism and raw power.

We want to provide you with the imaginative and hip Charleston that isn’t typically in the limelight, but will keep your juices flowing.

  • Improv Night at Theatre 99 – Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, Theatre 99 on Meeting Street (Just behind the bike shop – Yes, it can be easily missed) offers some of the funniest acts in Charleston providing their spin on current events, local culture and more.? Many of the troop members have been together a long time and it shows in their timing, creativity and genuine fun they have on stage and with the audience.
  • The Unspoken Word – Poetry Slam/Open Mic – Started by the creative forces of Derek Barry and Matthew Foley, The Unspoken Word is a movement of area poets through the medium of Poetry Slams and Open Mic that offer a platform for poetic expression.? The talents range from students to veterans to seniors and beyond.? A must see in Charleston
  • Chico Feo – Some places bleed culture.? Some just kick back and give you a place of solace and relief and others just feel like home.? Chico Feo, located just off of Center Street on Folly Beach is such a place.? This converted house hosts bands, fund raisers or just a place to sit on the back porch with friends.? There isn’t a place like this and it has all the atmosphere of relaxed beach life.
  • Faculty Lounge – This isn’t a place where the teachers hang out in between classes or a stuffy place for suits to drink.? This is a cool place to drink, dance and let loose and what happens at the Faculty Lounge tends to stay there.? Its a place where gangsters, bikers and students can all co-exist in harmony.
  • Burns Alley – Their tag line is, “If you can find us, you’ll never forget us”.? That sums it up well.? Not more than a stone throw from King Street, but still hidden way in a corner alley, this college bar, that even locals and alumni call home is the place to go when King Street becomes overbearing.? It is a place that is proud of its cheap drinks and dive status.
  • Revelry Brewing – This East Side brewery has lost most of its hidden mystique because of the great beer, hot spot status and reputation, but we wanted it on our list for another reason.? What many don’t know is that this trendy indoor, outdoor spot has hosted pop up ramen nights, Purim parties, bands and fund raisers.? They offer an open arms approach to acceptance and community.
  • The Royal American – With a stage barely big enough for 4 people, let alone a full set of instruments, this bar has been witness to some of the best local and Southeast area bands around.? Not to mention, the best loaded baked potato around.
  • Elliotborough Mini Bar – If you don’t live in the Elliotborough neighborhood, you may not even know how to find this corner bar.? If you have been there, you know it can comfortably manage about 20 to 30 people.? But while inside you can find exciting events from vegan delights to poetry.

Imagine All The People Living Life in Peace – Today we remember John Lennon on the Anniversary of the Release of “Imagine”

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“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” – Henry David Thoreau

This Day in History:? October 8, 1971

On this day in 1971, October 8, one of the greatest songs ever written was released.? On October 8, 1971, one day before his 31st birthday, John Lennon released “Imagine”, a song that today, still provides a global message of peace, love and unity.? It’s words, so simple and clear, resonate with power and emotion.

Let us take a few moments to listen to his words and think about how we make the world a better place

John Lennon, the Dreamer

John Lennon was a man who led a revolt, a revolt for peace around the world. Tolerance and acceptance are sometimes the most simple yet most difficult things to achieve. John believed in both. He united children, adults, enemies and families and taught us to love one and other through selfless actions and generosity.

John didn’t believe in religious differences, race or ethnic differences or social barriers. He believe in the goals of respect, equality and peace.

Deep down inside, once you shed the fame and celebrity status, was a simple man who created a vision with his music that so many of us try to adhere to each and every day.

He only asked one thing of all of us and that is to look inside ourselves for the truth.

John once said “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” Think about that statement. We all share a common goal in life and that is happiness. Some find happiness in material wealth while others find it in the comfort of being surrounded by loved ones. He broke the barriers of difference and promoted individual thought coated with the bond of true love.

John transcended reality and fantasy and made it one. He wanted us to believe in everything and the magic it has to offer.

Here are just a few of the most inspirational words he was able to share during his living years:

“Everything is clearer when you’re in love.”

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”

“If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.”

“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.”

“It doesn’t matter how long my hair is or what color my skin is or whether I’m a woman or a man.”

“Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; Love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow.”

“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”

“The more I see the less I know for sure.”

“We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.”

From all the musicians, poets, mothers, fathers, children and dreamers, Thank you John for inspiring all of us with the poetry of love.

“Gangstagrass” Shines in Charleston Concert Debut at the Pour House

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By Mark A. Leon

Music is a powerful force.? It takes us back to vital moments in our lives, gives us the backdrop of reflection, derives emotion and ultimately becomes the soundtrack of our lives.? Over centuries of musical evolution, sounds have changed and pioneers have paved the way for new ways of communicating life experience.? From classical to rap, dance to heavy metal, music is here to tell a story, interpret, commentate and record.

“Welcome to the Church of Gangstagrass”

?On Sunday, Charleston, South Carolina was introduced to the fusion sound of hip hop bluegrass when Philadelphia based Gangstagrass took the stage at the Charleston Pour House.

During the first two songs, the amped up crowd was ready to dance, but they didn’t quite know how to accept this new sound fusing the traditional Southern harmonies of bluegrass with the raw lyrical power of hip hop.? When they played “Man of Constant Sorrow” as their third selection, that all changed.

The crowd continued to dance, with a new sense of engagement with the band, waving their hands and losing themselves in the music.? Later in the set, a second roar erupted as so many realized a band they had not known, but one hour prior was responsible for the theme song to the Fox cult series, Justified (“Long Hard Times To Come”).

To our left, we heard the scream, “Raylan” from the audience and if there were any doubters before that, it was clear, Gangstagrass had captured a new fan base here in Charleston.

With the tunes “Rambling On” and “Put Your Hands Up High”, the audience hits peaks in their energy and participation and put the show in sixth gear.

Music IQ

Prior to the set, I spoke candidly to Dan Whitener, banjo and vocals.? We chimed in on fusion, musical pioneers, radio air play, collaborations, influences and the changing landscape of the music industry.

Supporting Local Fans

?In an unusual act of kindness, a fan of music and the local Charleston Pour House fan community purchased 10 CD’s, laid them out right in front of the stage during the first set and motioned the band to sign them.? If the audience was a bit confused, I could only imagine the band who finishing up their first set.? They obliged at the break, signing all the CD’s along with taking pictures with fans.

After a few songs and two people cautiously taking a CD each, the band announced that these signed CD’s were up for grabs courtesy of a kind stranger.

What does this sound mean?

?Combining the genres of Hip Hop and Bluegrass does pose its challenges for popular radio air play, but it also opens the door of possibility with this breakthrough sound.? Rolling Stone referred this as “Hik-Hop”, not a favorite term of the band’s, but a way to categorize.

I prefer to say the way Jean-Luc Ponty turned a violin into a jazz instrument and play accompanied by an orchestra and the Asian influence Abigail Washburn brought to the mandolin while singing in Mandarin, Ganstagrass is going to turn the music world upside with rapping to a bluegrass band.

We also spent some time thinking during the two-set performance on what the deeper and more important meanings this new music is saying to us.

In a way, this fused sound is North Meets South; Black Meets White and equality meets human existence in a sound that is filled with messages of love, pain, survival and community.

Gangstagrass rolled into Charleston for the first time and gave the local community something special.? Their Southern harmonies filled with banjo, guitar and fiddle blended with raw lyrics of meaningful hip hop, brought a level of energy that made for a memorable evening.

21 Great Songs for Independence Day about Patriotism and American Pride (And to Keep You Dancing)

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Today is a day of sun, beer, BBQ, friends, family and fireworks.? 242 years ago, our forefathers declared this our Independence Day.? Because of their honor, bravery and solidarity, we have this day and everyday to celebrate our freedom.

As a way to prep you for that big cookout, here are some great songs to get you in the mood.

God Bless the U.S.A. – Lee Greenwood

Born in the U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen

America – Neil Diamond

Independence Day – Martina McBride

All Summer Long – Kid Rock

Summer Nights – Van Halen

Pink Houses – John Mellancamp

Strawberry Wine – Deanna Carter

America – Simon and Garfunkel

Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue – Toby Keith

Ragged Old Flag – Johnny Cash

Party in the U.S.A. – Miley Cyrus

Living in America – James Brown

American Girl – Tom Petty

Kids in America – Kim Wilde

Star Spangled Banner – Jimi Hendrix (Woodstock Live)

American Idiot – Green Day

American Pie – Don McLean

We Shall Be Free – Garth Brooks

Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band

Only in America – Brooks & Dunn

Beach Blanket Big Band Opens this Saturday at the Charleston Performing Arts Center on James Island (June 16)

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Beach Blanket Big Band?Opens Saturday!

Let’s go to the Hop with Sue, Jasper, Linda, Charles, and Patricia! Together, this group of high school friends perform a summer show, “Beach Blanket Big Band”, to help their friend Danny receive his diploma. These teens will rock & roll, and bop and stroll through the 50’s to all your favorite tunes! You’ll fall in love with this kitchy 50’s-inspired sitcom musical. Fun for the entire family!

R&B and Blues Power Rocker Samantha Fish Returns to Charleston Tonight – Exclusive Interview

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By Mark A. Leon

The spirited sounds of R&B and Blues singer, songwriter and guitarist Samantha Fish are coming to the Charleston Pour House this Saturday.? Earning the #1 Blues Album the Billboard Blues Chart, putting out her sixth and seventh studio albums in 2017, and bringing a unique rock and roll style stage show to fans around the world, Samantha has only begun to see the potential of her talents.? Shortly after checking into her hotel somewhere in the rolling mountains of Western Virginia, I spend some time on the phone talking about her tour, roots and her civic responsibility as a visible and powerful female ambassador.

With the heart pounding rock style, reminiscent of legends Pat Benatar and Joan Jett and the deep soulful voice channeling the likes of Amy Winehouse, Samantha has been winning fans since she set out to pursue her musical dreams as a teenager.? Scoring a VMA, Number 1 Billboard Album and 8 albums, Samantha has been so busy, she may not even realize the success that is right in front of her.

From shy beginnings to an evolutionary change that has resulted in a retro look, short hair and vocals that can blow through a concert hall, this small-town Kansas City area girl has come a long way.? Now based in New Orleans, Samantha is fueling off the inspiration of a city with a long history of great musicians.

CD:? You first picked up first guitar when you were 15. ?Was there a defining moment when you knew?

SF: “I started on drums and then guitar, but I couldn’t sing.? My first ever time on stage was my defining moment.? I was so shy growing up.? I was a shy kid.? I could hardly talk, but loved music.? I was forced on stage at 17 and that changed me.? I changed my plans and at that point, I wanted to be a live performer.? Every record put out feels like a turning point and every album is a defining piece of my musical legacy.”

One of Samantha’s biggest breaks occurred when she landed on the Girls with Guitars Tour running dates through the United States and Europe.? This gave her exposure to much bigger and often sold out audiences and let her spread her wings and experiment with new sounds.? It also awakened her to the power of the audience and the fan base.

CD:? With a VMA, #1 Billboard Blues Album, 7 Studio Albums and 1 Live Album since 2011, are you where you want to be at this point?

SF: “You have to get out of your head a little bit and see the progress sometimes.? Being on the road, you don’t often have time to stop and see what is around you.? I need to slow down and see what I have accomplished.? I am blessed.? You get stuck in the day to day sometimes.”

CD:? Your clothing is an important part of your image:? Is it an extension of yourself or the sound?

SF: “I feel like having a whole package.? Everything needs to come together, the music, the style and the stage presence.? I always appreciated vintage style.? I didn’t know how to


dress when I was younger, so now, committing to something more iconic is important to me.? I make a statement with my music, so I should with my make-up and clothes as well.”

CD: Who is Samantha Fish beyond the stage presence and the guitar?? What is the personal side of you??

SF: “That is a complicated question. I am reserved in my personal life.? I have a few personal friends.? I am close with my family.? We are so active on tour so when we get off the road, I try to do remove myself, but being in New Orleans there is so much to do making that difficult.? Now I am working to put down roots and focus on what I want to say in my next album.? Music is my life.? I want to stay inspired.? Also, I like girl stuff like shopping and I have a cat.”

CD: What inspires your sound?

SF:? Traveling inspires me.? I spend a lot of time starring at the highway driving between shows.? When you are a traveling musician, you have a bubble you live in and that becomes your universe and that is inspiring as well.? I like to write about feelings a lot.”

CD: What is your pre-concert routine, if you have one?

SF: “Yeah, yeah, yeah definitely.? When I was a teen I started on drums and then guitar.? That is also when I started singing.? It wasn’t a natural thing for me and I took lessons for years and years.? I do these annoying abrasive vocal warmups before a show. ?It bothers everyone, but often, we have so little time before a show when we arrive at the venue, that the routine is short.”

CD: Nina Simone seems to a quite an influence on you, can you expand?

SF: “She is one of the deepest musical artists to come out of the United States.? She is deep.? Her lyrics, her fashion.? She is iconic.”

CD:? You speak so complimentary about your fans and I love that.? What do you want new fans that have never seen you live to take away from your shows?

SF” “When I was a teenager playing clubs, I remember how other artists and fans treated me.? They support me and stood by me.? Sometimes their dedication is more important than the music.? It is their kindness that keeps me going.? Music is a great connector.? We are all going through something in our lives.? If I can connect with people, then that is my job”

CD:? Have you always been an old soul?

SF: (Laughing) “Some say I am immature.? It depends how well you know me.? Growing up, I didn’t connect to people my age as much as I should have.? I grew up hanging with my dad’s drinking buddies.? Their stories were so much better and they played music and instruments too.? They were a big influence for me.”

CD:? What is Samantha Fish’s big dream?

SF: “When I started playing, I never imagined going this far.? Now that I am here, now that I got from A to B, the impossible is now possible.? You can’t settle for being content.? Once you are content you stop moving forward.? I still have that desire to go forward.”

SF: “I love rocking out” The core that got me into music in the first place is rock and roll and while I still have the energy to do it, I am going to.? I see the new album being tougher.? I will know more when I get to the studio and start playing.? I am with a newer and bigger band.? With a bigger band, it is more challenging than the trio I played with in the past.? In this new band, we are mixing horn and fiddle and this was a newer concept.? They are two spectrum instruments.? The first album in 2017 was R&B and the second Americana, so we needed to figure a way to make this all happen together.? Making the sounds fit was fun for us.? That is part of the reason I moved to New Orleans because of the wealth of musical talent.”

CD:? Being a powerful leading female vocalist in this current social climate, do you feel you have an obligation to your fans and the music industry to represent empowerment?

SF:? I have gone through phases in my life as I began to play music.? When I started, I didn’t want people to see me just as a woman.? A female playing guitar was like a gimmick or novelty.? It happens to women in all kinds of industries.? I wanted it to be about the music.? In the last couple of years, with all that is changed socially and politically, I have felt the sting in the industry.

I feel a responsibility to the female fans who are rocking out in front of us when we play.”

Music truly is the soundtrack of our lives.? It lends poetry to the moments that define us and adds drama to those who need it in their lives. If not already, Samantha Fish should be a part of your personal soundtrack. So, do yourself a favor and make it out to the Pour House tonight and let her music surround you and lead you to where you need to be, even if only for a couple of hours.

Samantha Fish Ticket Information and Purchase – Charleston Pour House (Saturday, May 12, 2018)

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is excited to announce its 2018-2019 season schedule and subscription options

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The Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is excited to announce its 2018-2019 season, which includes lower ticket prices, a flexible new subscription option, and the ability to purchase subscriptions online.

Charleston, SC, March 29, 2018 – As part of an ongoing effort to increase accessibility to the Charleston community, the CSO has lowered its base-level ticket price for Masterworks and Pops concerts for the 2018-2019 season. Tickets are now as low as $16 per performance when purchased through a subscription.

CSO subscriptions are now available for purchase online, and include traditional Masterworks and Pops packages, as well as a new flexible subscription option, Pick 6. Pick 6 subscriptions allow patrons to mix and match six concerts from the Masterworks and Pops series according to their preference. First time subscribers receive a 25% discount over the regular single ticket price.

Next season’s Masterworks performances include highlights such as Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Handel’s famous Royal Fireworks, Paganini’s virtuosic Violin Concerto, Mozart’s final composition, Requiem, and an entire night dedicated to celebrating the best of American composers, including Copland’s iconic Fanfare for the Common Man from his Symphony No. 3.

Pops performances will feature a variety of musical styles, including trumpeter/vocalist Byron Stripling performing a tribute to the music of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, a celebration of international music with the Charleston Taiko Drummers and Latin percussionist Gino Castillo, and an evening of opera and Broadway hits featuring Charleston’s own world-renowned husband and wife vocalists Dimitri Pittas and Leah Edwards.

First time subscribers are encouraged to purchase subscriptions now in order to reserve the best seats available and receive their 25% discount. To view the entire CSO 2018-2019 season and purchase subscriptions online, visit charlestonsymphony.org. Subscriptions are also available at the CSO box office at 2133 N. Hillside Drive, or by calling at 843-723-7528.

About the CSO

This year, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra will enter its 82nd season of providing superior musical performances to the area. Founded in 1936, the CSO is the cornerstone of Charleston’s arts scene, performing its Masterworks and Pops series at the Gaillard Center and throughout the tri-county region. Employing 24 full-time musicians and 13 full-time staff, the CSO also participates in community outreach events, special concerts, and school programs throughout South Carolina.



Kate Gray
Director of Marketing
Charleston Symphony Orchestra
843-723-7528 ext. 102

Ode to Fathers – Great Songs and Film Scenes that Remind Us of the Importance of Dad

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“Hey dad, you wanna have a catch?” – Ray Kinsella? “I’d like that” – John Kinsella
Field of Dreams

The father, child relationship is built on respect, admiration, honesty and inspiration.? It is the bond of innocence and influence; the foundation of love.? This emotional connection to father has been driven home so eloquently in some great films and songs. These men are prominent and powerful forces in our lives, yet show a level of vulnerability that make us feel safe.

As an ode to father, we would like to share some of the most emotional ties to our dad’s every created on film and song.

Field of Dreams – Final Scene

The Natural – Final Scene

Leader of the Band – Dan Folgelberg

Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle

My Little Girl – Tim McGraw

Dance with My Father – Luther Vandross

The Pursuit of Happyness

Return of the Jedi – Luke sees his father’s face for the first time

A River Runs Through It – Final Scene

The Champ – Final Scene

Boyz in the Hood

Life is Beautiful Final Scene

My Old Man – Zac Brown Band

My Hometown – Bruce Springsteen

“I was eight years old and running with a dime in my hand; Into the bus stop to pick up a paper for my old man; I’d sit on his lap in that big old Buick and steer as we drove through town; He’d tousle my hair and say son take a good look around”

Father and Son – Cat Stevens

Just the Two of Us – Will Smith

My Father’s Daughter – Jewel featuring Dolly Parton

Top Ten Misconceptions Folks Have About Charleston, SC

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Around the country and the world, visitors have been flocking to Charleston, SC. by plane, car and boat to witness the spectacular beauty, historic significance, cultural renaissance and true southern hospitality our city has to offer.? With all the media, comes awareness.? Though our name and face are more pronounced than ever before, not everyone truly knows the Charleston and the South we all know.? As a result, some folks may have a few misconceptions about who we are.

We want to shed a little light on the situation and help you all out by knocking down some of those false ideas.

  • We are not in North Carolina.? For some reason, many of you in the North think we are Charlotte.? Even when we correct you, you still think we are in North Carolina.? The country does actually extend further south and we are in the heart of South Carolina.? Proud and true of our South Carolina coastal home.
  • There are a few rumors that we are “slow” or “dumb”.? A few little facts that may change your mind.? The Citadel is the #1 Public School in the South for the 4th straight year.? The College of Charleston MBA program ranks 3rd in the nation for percentage of graduates finding careers within six months of graduation.? Charleston Southern University is ranked #93 in the US News and Worlds Report Best Southern Schools in their 2015 report.
  • Always with a smile
    Always with a smile

    We genuinely like to say hello and smile.? Many of you that have recently visited for the first time may notice us locals making eye contact, smiling and saying hello to you.? It isn’t part of a master marketing plan or a shot at other areas of the country where the cultural norm is to avoid one another.? We really enjoy meeting you all and making your acquaintance.

  • We don’t believe the South won the Civil War.? Yes, the first shots of the Civil War were fired in Charleston.? Yes, the most number of slaves that came into the United States came through the Charleston port.? Yes, there is a rich historic heritage of plantations and slave ownership in this region.? Yet, we are fully aware of history and we embrace all perspectives and views.? Our tour guides, historians and history buffs believe in family, tradition and preservation and that includes not just our region, but the country as a whole.
  • We have a thriving business community.? With the additional of Boeing to compliment PeopleMatter, Benefitfocus, Blue Acorn and the incoming Volvo facility in Berkeley County, Charleston is becoming a thriving business community.? We are no longer built around health care, hospitality and small business.? Look at the many awards we have received in investment funding and development.? Some still think we survive only on hospitality (hotels, restaurants) and the hospital system, but are are so much more than that.
  • The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge / Cooper River Bridge is the longest cable stay bridge in the Western Hemisphere at 2.5 miles in length.? Some of you have heard that and said “this isn’t the longest bridge in the United States let alone the Western Hemisphere.”? You are correct, it is the longest cable stay bridge in the Western Hemisphere only behind Sutong Bridge in Chine.? A cable stay bridge is one that uses cables attached to towers to support a roadway.? In a very specific category, we are the largest.
  • We don’t just eat fried food and grits.? Charleston is a very health conscious city that thrives on its health and wellness businesses and lifestyle.? From Five Loaves to Verde to Gathering Cafe, Charleston offers a thriving list of dining options for the health minded individual.? With a strong community of yoga, bikers, runners and adventure seekers, Charleston is a haven for a lifestyle of health conscious resident.
  • We don’t just listen to country music.? We aren’t Nashville, TN, Austin, TX or New York City, but have a diverse and well rounded music scene.? With venues that include the Charleston Pour House, Music Farm and Charleston Music Hall, Charleston welcomes musical talents from all around the area to express openly their vision through music and lyrical poetry.? In fact, Awendaw, SC hosts a weekly Barn Jam? every Wednesday, 52 weeks a year, showcasing original singer/songwriters in an open outdoor setting.? This venue that includes outdoor live original music, a food truck, bonfires, play area for kids, dancing spot for fans and even a goat is our local scaled down version of Woodstock.? At $5.00 with BYO anything, it is a community party every week.
  • We don’t just own flip flops for foot attire.? Is it true that some people have flip flops in every color of the rainbow? Yes.? Is it true that some have a pair for every month of the year? Yes? Is it true that flip flops define a lifestyle? Yes.? Some would even say “barefoot” defines a lifestyle.? We do get classy and? dressed up on many occasions donning Aldo, pumps, heels and cowboy boots.? You may even witness some gals wearing high heels to church on Sunday.
  • We are not all raging sports fans that drive pick up trucks.? Many of us are and we are pretty darn proud of our teams.? It is true, you do not mess with SEC football in Charleston.? Ever.? We won’t turn on you, throw you in the back of the pick up and dump you in the pond or anything, but….? On game day Saturday, bars have crowds, we put on our jersey’s and start our day early with a couple of beers in the shower, but many of us find other ways of entertainment.? Charleston has a robust festival circuit, shopping and attractions scene to meet all locals and tourist needs.? You won’t find all of us drunk at noon glued to a TV set.

There you go, ten misconceptions about Charleston.? We hope we cleared the air and gave you a better understanding of our quaint little city of Charleston.