Articles by: Charleston Currents

CALENDAR, May 22+:  Lots of farmers markets are now open

CALENDAR, May 22+: Lots of farmers markets are now open

TUESDAYS: Mount Pleasant Farmers Market occurs every Tuesday through April starting at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m. Location: 645 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant.

WEDNESDAYS: West Ashley Farmers Market opens at 3 p.m. every Wednesday in Ackerman Park, 55 Sycamore Ave., Charleston. It will continue through Oct. 4.

THURSDAYS: Sullivan’s Island Farmers Market starts at 2:30 p.m. every Thursday at 1921 I’On Avenue in front of the Poe Library.

SATURDAYS: Charleston Farmers Market occurs every Saturday through Nov. 25 at Marion Square. It opens at 8 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.

SATURDAYS: Johns Island Farmers Market operates each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout the summer to allow patrons to beat the heat. The market is located on the campus of Charleston Collegiate School, 2024 Academy Road, Johns Island.

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REVIEW:    The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

REVIEW: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

A novel by Katarina Bivald

Reviewed by Whitney Lebron | Originally written in Swedish and translated into English, this debut novel by Katarina Bivald is heartwarming and endearing. Sara travels half way around the world from Sweden to Broken Wheel, Iowa, to meet her pen pal Amy, only to arrive and find out that Amy’s funeral has just ended. The townspeople of Broken Wheel take Sara under their wing, even though they find her love for books and reading a bit peculiar. Sara decides to open up a bookstore in honor of friend’s memory and to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel.

HISTORY:  Pierce Butler, signer of the U.S. Constitution

HISTORY: Pierce Butler, signer of the U.S. Constitution

S.C. Encyclopedia | Pierce Butler was born on July 11, 1744, in county Carlow, Ireland, the son of Henrietta Percy and Sir Richard Butler, fifth baronet of Cloughgrenan. His parents purchased a commission for Butler in the British army, and he rose through the ranks quickly. In 1766 he attained the rank of major, and in 1768 Butler’s regiment (the Twenty-ninth Foot) was transferred to South Carolina. Butler gained entry into Charleston society through his marriage to Mary Middleton on January 10, 1771. When his regiment returned to England in 1773, Butler sold his commission and remained in Charleston.

FOCUS:   It’s festival season again

FOCUS: It’s festival season again

Staff reports | The Charleston festival season opens for 17 days Friday as Spoleto Festival USA offers more than 160 ticketed events in 12 venues throughout Charleston while the city’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival for 2017 has more than 500 events through June 11.

Perhaps the easiest way to get the full flavor of all of the offerings is to scroll through each festival’s websites, but we offer some highlights and links below.

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GOOD NEWS:  Author of Potlikker Papers to be in Charleston June 2

GOOD NEWS: Author of Potlikker Papers to be in Charleston June 2

Staff reports | Longtime Charleston Currents friend John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, will be in the Holy City 5 p.m. June 2 for a discussion of his new book, Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South. Also inside: Commission on Women meetings; Trident Tech honorees.

MYSTERY:  Hmmm, looks like an operating room, but where?

MYSTERY: Hmmm, looks like an operating room, but where?

There’s a pretty good chance that if you live in Charleston you might hear about this room sometime this week. What and where is it? Send your best guess to: — and make sure to include the name of the town in which you live.

SPOTLIGHT: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

SPOTLIGHT: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Today we shine our spotlight on Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, founded in 1676 by the Drayton family. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870.

CALENDAR, May 16+:  Art and science extravaganza in Saturday

CALENDAR, May 16+: Art and science extravaganza in Saturday

(NEW) Art and Science Extravaganza: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., May 20, BoomTown!, 1505 King Street Extension, Charleston. Several organizations will host “Rising Above Our Flooding Streets,” an arts and science extravaganza featuring more than 65 artists, civic and community leaders. Free fun and food plus lightning talks, hands-on science experiences, puppets, comedy, music and more. Learn about it:

The Fantasticks! Performances through May 21, Midtown Theatre, Duvall Center, 2816 Azalea Drive, North Charleston. Midtown Productions will end its season with this classic musical, the story of a boy, girl and their fathers who try to keep them apart. The musical, now in its 57th year, is set to close its Broadway doors later this summer after 21,552 performances. For performance times and dates – and to reserve tickets – go to: http:/

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HISTORY: Maria Martin, artist and naturalist

S.C. Encyclopedia | Maria Martin was born in Charleston on July 6, 1796, the youngest daughter of John Jacob Martin and Rebecca Solars. While no records of her formal schooling have been discovered, it is known that she was well read in literature, French, and German and possessed an interest in music, art, and natural science. By 1827 she and her mother had moved into the home of her brother-in-law, the Lutheran minister and naturalist John Bachman, and her ailing sister Harriet. Martin helped to raise and educate her sister’s fourteen children and manage the household.

REVIEW:    Captain Fantastic

REVIEW: Captain Fantastic

A film review by Darryl Woods | In this overlooked indie film, Viggo Mortenson (who was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor for this role) plays the man who has been raising his six kids off-the-grid alone. When he discovers that his ill wife has passed, he takes his family across the country to confront his contentious in-laws.