Articles by: Charleston Currents

HISTORY:  Asparagus in South Carolina

HISTORY: Asparagus in South Carolina

S.C. Encyclopedia | Asparagus was an important cash crop in South Carolina from the 1910s until the mid-1930s. Commercial asparagus production began in response to the “cotton problem.” With cotton prices low and the boll weevil creeping ever closer, farmers in the “Ridge” counties of Aiken, Edgefield, and Saluda began planting asparagus to supplement their dwindling cotton incomes.

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GOOD NEWS:  Wentworth collaborates in new national book of poetry

GOOD NEWS: Wentworth collaborates in new national book of poetry

Staff reports | Charleston Currents contributing editor and South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth’s work is getting attention in a new national book that targets middle-school children to open their eyes to the joys of poetry. Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets is a collection of original poems by Newbery Medal–winning author and poet Kwame Alexander, along with poems by teacher-poet Chris Colderley and Wentworth.

Also in Good News: Library to take part in summer feeding program; Tall ship makes it to Charleston; and North Charleston Fire Department wins coveted Class 1 ISO rating.

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MYSTERY:  Nice-looking house, but where?

MYSTERY: Nice-looking house, but where?

If you live in the Charleston area, this house might look familiar, but 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.

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PHOTO:  North Charleston draws national cooking competition

PHOTO: North Charleston draws national cooking competition

Updated, 5/1 | More than 500 high school students participated over the weekend g in the nation’s biggest high school cooking and restaurant management competition, the National ProStart Invitational (NPSI). The event, held at the Charleston Area Convention Center in North Charleston, featured culinary teams from nearly 50 states and a couple from U.S. territories who had one hour to prepare gourmet three course meals with just two butane burners — and without electricity or running water. Photo provided.

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SPOTLIGHT: Morris Financial Concepts, Inc.

SPOTLIGHT: Morris Financial Concepts, Inc.

Morris Financial Concepts, Inc., is a nationally recognized, fee-only financial consulting firm that helps you identify and align your resources, values and goals to achieve an enriched life.

by · 04/30/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Underwriters
CALENDAR, April 24+:  Check out what’s happening around town

CALENDAR, April 24+: Check out what’s happening around town

(NEW) Jefferson Awards Foundation: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., North Charleston City Hall, North Charleston. The Jefferson Awards Foundation will host its annual Celebration of Service event to recognize student groups from six high schools that take part in its Students in Action leadership development initiative. To attend as a guest, register here.

Wine Down Wednesdays. The afternoon wine social continues April 26 and May 3 at the not-open Old Town Creek County Park off Old Towne Road in West Ashley. Included are music and wine for $15 for county residents; a food truck will be on hand. More info here.

(NEW) Shopping for a biz website: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., April 27, Trident United Way/Post and Courier Building, 6296 Rivers Ave., North Charleston. Jennifer Morrow, owner of Rooted ID marketing agency, will share 10 things to consider when shopping for a small business website. This session, offered by the S.C. Small Business Development Center, costs $20. To register or learn more, visit www.charlestonsbdc.com or call 843-740-6160.

by · 04/24/2017 · Comments are Disabled · calendar
REVIEW:  Ladies, Women, and Wenches

REVIEW: Ladies, Women, and Wenches

Ladies, Women, and Wenches: Choice and Constraint in Antebellum Charleston and Boston
Nonfiction by Jane. H. Pease & William H. Pease
Reviewed by Marianne Cawley

This is an interesting book that compares and contrasts urban women’s lives in Charleston and Boston between 1820 and 1850. This was at a time when New York was emerging as the dominant port and financial center on the East Coast, bypassing both cities and challenging their economic survival.

by · 04/24/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
HISTORY: Botanists Andre Michaux and Francois-Andre Michaux

HISTORY: Botanists Andre Michaux and Francois-Andre Michaux

S.C. Encyclopedia | André Michaux was born on March 7, 1746, at Satory, France, son of the farmer André Michaux and Marie-Charlotte Barbet. Interested in plants from an early age, Michaux in 1785 was commissioned as royal botanist with the mission of finding useful plants for France in America. Originally landing in New York, he arrived in Charleston on September 21, 1786. The city became his base of operations as he ranged over North America as far south as Florida and as far north as Hudson Bay.

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Charleston Slum, 1929, by Edward Hopper. Watercolor on paper.  Image provided by The Gibbes Museum.

GOOD NEWS: Gibbes announces new series of coming exhibitions

Staff reports | The Gibbes Museum of Art has announced seven special exhibitions that will appear in its third floor galleries between May 2017 and September 2018. The shows include a broad look at perspectives of Charleston by various artists, the work of 18th century artist and explorer Mark Catesby, Pan-American modernism and American folk art.

by · 04/24/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
PHOTO:  Topping it off

PHOTO: Topping it off

The Hat Ladies of Charleston held its16th annual Easter Promenade on April 15 in Washington Park in downtown Charleston to showcase a bunch of fun, new hats. Pictured from left are Bubber Robertson, Susie Robertson, Archie Burkel and John Burkel. The group does an annual walk from the park next to City Hall along Broad Street to East Bay Street and back again to display great hats.

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