After Hours at SC Aquarium: Oysterfest – Friday, February 1, 2019

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Spend your evening with us for all-inclusive experiences surrounded by water, wildlife and wild places at South Carolina Aquarium After Hours events. Enjoy small plates from our Good Catch partners plus beer, wine and entertainment as you stroll through the galleries, or just relax and enjoy the views of the Charleston Harbor in great company. Events are 21+.

We’re kicking off our 2019 After Hours event series with Oysterfest! Join us for a shuckin’ good time at our annual oyster festival featuring some of Charleston’s finest local cuisine and seafood fare from our Good Catch partners,?ACME Lowcountry Kitchen,?The Mills House ,?Charleston Harbor Fish House,?Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar,?CRU Catering and?B. Gourmet Catering.?Entertainment and a beer and wine bar are also provided with purchase of your all-inclusive ticket. Event is 21+.

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8th Annual Shuck-A-Rama Set for January 18 to Benefit the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina

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COLUMBIA, S.C.—The Brain Injury Association of South Carolina (BIASC) will be hosting its 8th Annual

Shuck-A-Rama on Fri., January 18, 2019 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed in Charleston, S.C. Shuck-A-Rama is the annual Lowcountry fundraising event for BIASC, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to provide critical help and support to persons with brain injury and their families, educating the public on the risks and impact of brain injury, and advocating for legislation, and improving community-based services.

“Shuck-A-Rama is one of the best events of the year, and there’s no better city to host this than Charleston,” said Joyce Davis, Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina. “We look forward to delicious food, incredible company, and an overall special evening to support those affected by brain injury.”

Shuck-A-Rama will include an oyster roast, chicken and white bean chili, beer and wine, live music, and an oyster-themed silent auction.

Tickets to the 8th?Annual Shuck-A-Rama are $40 each and may be purchased on Eventbrite, by visiting the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina’s website at?, or by clicking?here. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities at Shuck-A-Rama, please contact Allison Hall Drew at?, or by calling (864) 784-7011.

About Brain Injury Association of South Carolina

The Brain Injury Association of South Carolina (BIASC) is a nonprofit organization which was developed by persons with brain injury, their families, and concerned professionals in an effort to provide information and support to those who have experienced a brain injury. The BIASC is South Carolina’s chartered affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America.?BIASC’s mission is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy. To learn more, visit? follow BIASC on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

More About The Brain Injury Association of South Carolina

In SC, the leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is falls and the second is motor vehicle crashes. There are currently over 61,000 South Carolinians living with a disability as a result TBI. A TBI can affect a person’s cognition, physical functioning, emotional and behavioral functioning. These deficits can range anywhere between mild and severe. A TBI not only affects the individual with the injury, but the whole family.

The Brain Injury Association of SC (BIASC) has been helping individuals with brain injuries and their families/caregivers in SC since 1998. BIASC is the only nonprofit organization in SC dedicated to supporting children and adults with brain injury.? We provide services throughout the state to educate healthcare providers, coaches, athletes, teachers, law enforcement, military about brain injury and the effects brain injury has on the individual as well as their family.? It is important that individuals and their families receive education and information immediately following the injury so the person has a better chance of recovery.


Services BIASC provides:

  • Throughthe?SC Visibility Project, the BIASC provides a tote bag filled with information about TBI diagnoses, symptoms, services (including support groups, BIASC toll free help line, Medicaid, DDSN HASCI Division) to moderate to severe TBI patients and their families at our state’s level 1 trauma centers; This project also provides training for law enforcement about brain injury and skills needed when assisting brain injured individuals.?(646 Tote bags given last year, 271 officers trained)
  • BIASC maintains a toll-free helpline, to assure that all persons with brain injuries, their families and professionals are directed to appropriate resources and services. (318 calls and emails last year)
  • BIASC supports eleven brain injury support groups statewide by offering financial assistance and training, allowing these groups to provide peer support for survivors and family members as well as participate in social activities. (2640 participants)
  • BIASC provides education through a statewide conference and other trainings for survivors, family members, and providers. BIASC also provides training to case managers, counselors, nurses, and other providers as requested by state agencies and private providers. (460 participants)
  • BIASC partners with other states in the Unmasking Brain Injury Project. The main goal of this project is to offer brain injury survivors the opportunity to create their own masks and tell their own story.? The masks are displayed in public places for educational and outreach purposes. ?(100 Masks completed)
  • BIASC partners with SC ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Chapters across the state to teach children how to make good choices to avoid experiencing a TBI or Spinal Cord Injury.
  • BIASC provides education about concussion and return to school/activities. BIASC is developing a manual to help families, schools, and medical professionals develop a multidisciplinary team around student/student athlete to help ensure their recovery a concussion.
  • BIASC advocates for brain injury services with the SC legislature by meeting with senators and representatives on issues impacting brain injury survivors and caregivers.
  • BIASC provides information about brain injury diagnosis, symptoms, and recovery through a website, bi-annual newsletter, email list serve and social media.

BIASC is the “voice” of brain injury in SC. BIASC represents the brain injury community by serving on many committees and tasks forces in our state.? BIASC serves on the SC Brain Injury Leadership Council which is our state’s advisory body on brain injury as mandated under SC Law and the federal TBI Act of 1996. SCDDSN Head and Spinal Cord Injury (HASCI) Division and SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) serve individuals with brain injury who meet their eligibility criteria.? DDSN serves those with multiple limitations and SCVRD serves those who function at a higher level and who want to return to work.? This leaves a large number of people who do not qualify for these services.? These individuals fall between the cracks and are left without services and supports.? BIASC provides help and support to these individuals that fall within this service gap.? BIASC is the only organization in SC who specializes in brain injury and knows what the needs are and the right resources.? No other organization in SC provides the support and understanding of brain injury than we do.

BIASC depends on fundraising events, grants, sponsorships, memberships and donations to operate our statewide office and provide our services.


Oyster Season – Latest Update (Plus Tips on Harvesting and Hosting) – The Retired Mensch

By Paul Brustowicz - The Retired Mensch
By Paul Brustowicz – The Retired Mensch

So, where was I? Oh yes, oyster versus erster…Here’s the latest:

November 3, 2015
DHEC closes some Charleston County shellfish beds

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has closed some shellfish harvesting beds in Charleston County due to excessive rainfall, the agency announced today.

“This closure affects shellfish harvesting from Captain Sams Inlet north to Garrison Landing and the north point of Bull Island,” said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC’s Shellfish Sanitation Section. “The affected area will reopen once water quality data indicate that bacteria levels are once again suitable for shellfish harvesting. Previous closures in the Wando River remain in effect.”

For more information on clam and oyster harvesting areas in Charleston County, call DHEC’s Charleston Environmental Health Services Office at (843) 953-0160.

Jim Beasley
Public Information Director
oystersWell, I hope you liked Fred and Ginger dancing on roller skates. Back to oysters and oyster roasts. Why roast them and not boil the little buggers? Here in Low Country the oysters grow in clusters, clumped together. Remember those sticks in the mud where the oysters grow? Despite the washing by your friendly oysterman in the oyster tumbler pictured here, there is still plenty of grit and crud on those bivalves.

If you choose boiling, or berling as my Brooklyn grandma used to say, to bring about the demise of your oysters, the shells will open in the crud-laden water and those formerly tasty morsels of molluscan delight will now be as gritty as #2 sandpaper. That’s why they roast oyster clusters. Okay, now that your oysters are roasted, what do you do?

First of all, stand back because someone will shovel them onto your table and there will be a mild stampede to grab those hot bivalves.

Here is where I admit ignorance. Being new to South Carolina and oyster roasts, I had to seek out the advice of a son of the low country and oyster roast aficionado. While I’m talking to A. Aficionado, here’s video from PBS about oyster harvesting.

This selection offers information on how to host a lowcountry oyster roast:

If you get invited to an oyster roast, remember to bring gloves, oyster knife, hand sanitizer and plenty of of your preferred adult beverage with beer being the beverage of choice.
Happy bivalve season!