Charleston Stage’s heartwarming musical adaptation of “White Christmas,” based on the classic film featuring 17 Irving Berlin hit songs, follows the romantic and hilarious adventures of Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis who have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. Also in Good News: Nuncrackers, Underneath the Lintel, 2016 Angels, Charleston Southern grant, Charleston Museum’s blizzard exhibit.
Staff reports | YALLFest, the world’s largest Young Adult Book Festival, hits Charleston this weekend with more than 30 authors in town to tell stories, sign books and have fun with readers. Also in Good News: Kendra Hamilton to give a poetry reading; Harold Koon award nominations being accepted.
Staff reports | A new mystery novel with political and historical connections to Hamiltonian days gone by will be available Nov. 1 when Charleston author Andra Watkins’ “Hard to Die” hits national bookstores.
Watkins, who is a New York Times bestselling author for a book chronicling her walk of the Natchez Trace, will offer remarks on the new novel at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the main library on Calhoun Street in Charleston. She’ll make local history come alive by answering questions like: Where did George Washington have a drink? Did Aaron Burr visit a favorite haunt?
Staff reports | Learn about the importance of honey bees in our daily lives, and find out things you can do at home to help out these busy little pollinators at the Main Library’s Bee Expo from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 30. Visit the Main Library Auditorium for the Expo, and then stay for a screening of the Ellen Page-narrated Vanishing of the Bees documentary. Also inside: Andra Watkins’s book launch, absentee voting, David Hay, Jim Elliott and Philip Simmons.
Staff reports | You might be surprised to learn that 81,000 Charleston-area adults don’t have their GED, or General Education Diploma that equates to a high school diploma. In fact, according to the Trident Literacy Association, one in seven adults in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties can’t read this sentence.
To make a dent in illiteracy, the association is holding its first annual Adult Literacy Fair. It will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at the organization’s headquarters, 5416 Rivers Ave., North Charleston. Y
Staff reports | The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the Charleston Naval Hospital District in North Charleston to its 2016 list of Americas 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
The annual list spotlights important examples of the nation’s architectural and cultural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. More than 260 sites have been on the list over its 29-year history, and in that time, only a handful of listed sites have been lost.
Staff reports | Chase After a Cure presented a check for $100,000 to pediatric oncologist Dr. Jacqueline Kraveka and her team at the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital on Sept. 26. Each September during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the local organization presents MUSC with a check for money raised over the course of the last year to support pediatric cancer research.
Staff reports | Some $10,000 in awards and scholarships are available to area students from middle school to graduate school in the Charleston Defense Contractors Association’s 6th annual Mobile App Competition. Applications and associated videos are due by midnight Nov. 21, 2016. More on the application process. Also in this brief: Update on flood maps, Anna Wypych’s first show and Autumn on the Ashley.
Staff reports | There will be a big community send-off at 10 a.m. Thursday to honor a Charleston legend who will be part of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture that opens this week in Washington, D.C.
The Thursday event at Gadsden Wharf at the Charleston Maritime Center will honor the life work of the Esau and Janie B. Jenkins family, the surviving members of whom will make a special private visit to the museum prior to its grand opening. Other family members, friends and Sea island residents also will travel to the nation’s capital for the museum’s grand opening celebration.
Local models are featured in a new show called “Banned Books,” which opened Sept. 8 at PULP Gallery and Bookstore, 535 King St., Charleston. The show, which runs through Oct. 30, is by Kimberly Butler and features “stunning black and white photography featuring books that have been targets of censorship. Also featured: Kurt Vonnegut’s works on paper. Also in Good News: Charleston RiverDogs end great season; start of West Ashley Farmers Market; Trident Tech’s grants; and the Living Green Fest.