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DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, authors of the play, “Porgy” (1927)

HISTORY: DuBose Heyward, author

S.C. Encyclopedia | Author DuBose Heyward was born in Charleston on Aug. 31, 1885, the son of Edwin Watkins Heyward and Jane Screven DuBose. Both parents were dispossessed aristocrats from the Upstate who had come to Charleston to better their opportunities. Joining the once powerful families in Charleston that had been reduced to genteel poverty by the Civil War, “Ned” Heyward eked out a living in a rice mill then died in a tragic industrial accident when DuBose was not quite 3.

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.

FOCUS:  Lots of places to watch the Aug. 21 eclipse

FOCUS:  Lots of places to watch the Aug. 21 eclipse

By Avery and Ellen Brack, special to Charleston Current  |  With a total eclipse just two weeks away, there are a lot of cool places to watch it.

College of Charleston.  NASA will be basing its national broadcast of the eclipse at the College of Charleston’s Rivers Green behind the Addlestone Library.  In the Charleston area, the eclipse will begin just after 1 p.m.  and end three hours later.  The moon will cover the sun completely for about two minutes starting at 2:46 p.m.  

Riley Park.  The city’s minor league baseball park will open at 1 p.m. so you can see the eclipse before a game against the Augusta GreenJackets that starts at 4:05 p.m.  

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CALENDAR, Aug. 7+:   From drilling meeting to a new town hall

CALENDAR, Aug. 7+:   From drilling meeting to a new town hall

Stop offshore drilling:  6 p.m., Aug. 7, The Yacht Club at the Charleston Harbor Resort, Mount Pleasant.  Several environmental groups, state Sen. Chip Campsen (R-Mount Pleasant) and other elected officials will meet to discuss the “slippery slope” and what can be done to stop offshore drilling.  RSVP.

New town hall community day:  Aug. 11.  Mount Pleasant’s new $34 million town hall will be open Aug. 8, but the community will celebrate the new 92,000 square-foot building on Aug. 11, according to press reports. 

Shaggin’ on the Cooper.  Vinyl Daze will appear 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 12 on the Mount Pleasant Pier as part of Charleston County Parks’ annual classic dancing series.  Food and beverages will be available.  Cost is $10.  More:  CharlestonCountyParks.com

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GOOD NEWS:  Marine gets Bronze Star 48 years after battle, more

GOOD NEWS:  Marine gets Bronze Star 48 years after battle, more

Staff reports  |  Retired Marine Brig. Gen. William Weise pinned a Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” device  for heroic actions on former Lance Corporal Michael G. Castle in an Aug. 3 ceremony on the USS Yorktown some 48 years after a 1969 battle in Vietnam. 

Also inside: Another Brack in Charleston; Local author has new children’s book; Airport traffic on the increase.

MYSTERY PHOTO:  Ornate building near a marsh

MYSTERY PHOTO:  Ornate building near a marsh

Here’s a fairly ornate building with a marsh in the background that looks like it could be a small chapel.  But it’s not.  So what is it and where is it?  Send your best guess to:  editor@charlestoncurrents.com — and make sure to include the name of the town in which you live.  Please also write “Mystery Photo” in the subject line.

FEEDBACK:    Recalls love for Brookgreen Gardens

FEEDBACK:    Recalls love for Brookgreen Gardens

Ed Finn: “Though no longer a South Carolina resident, I frequently visited Brookgreen Gardens for over 45 years and wrote of the Gardens while there.”

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HISTORY:  South of the Border

HISTORY:  South of the Border

S.C. Encyclopedia  |  Located just south of the North Carolina border near the South Carolina town of Hamer, South of the Border has long captured the attention of travelers on U.S. Highway 301 and Interstate 95. The beer distributor Alan Schafer (1915–2001) opened a one-room beer depot on the border in January 1950 to sell beer to dry Robeson County, North Carolina. Construction materials for the new business were delivered to “Schafer project: south of the border,” inspiring the name “South of the Border.”

SPOTLIGHT: Titan Termite & Pest Control

SPOTLIGHT: Titan Termite & Pest Control

Titan Termite & Pest Control, headquartered in Charleston, is a full service residential, commercial and industrial pest control company serving South Carolina.

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CALENDAR, July 31+:   From small business to music and meetings

CALENDAR, July 31+:   From small business to music and meetings

Financing a small business:  3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 3, Trident United Way building, Suite 101, 6296 Rivers Ave., North Charleston.  The Small Business Administration will offer a two-hour workshop with financial experts who will share lending options and experience for people looking for business capital.  Cost: $20.  To register or learn more, visit www.charlestonsbdc.com or call 843-740-6160.

Reggae Nights concert series.  James Island County Park.  Gates open at 7:30 p.m. with performances starting at 8:30 p.m. for this county concert series with Mystic Vibrations, Aug. 4.

(NEW) Stop offshore drilling:  6 p.m., Aug. 7, The Yacht Club at the Charleston Harbor Resort, Mount Pleasant.  Several environmental groups, state Sen. Chip Campsen (R-Mount Pleasant) and other elected officials will meet to discuss the “slippery slope” and what can be done to stop offshore drilling.  RSVP.

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