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Monday, 27 March 2017 00:00

Charleston is known the world over for its history, its natural beauty, its culture and its people. And it is also quickly being recognized as the place to please your palette. That is absolutely true in the eyes of this self-proclaimed judge of all things delicious. The good news is that you don’t have to break the bank or often times, even make reservations to enjoy many of these unique local culinary delights.

Here we go:

  1. The Fried Oyster Mac & Cheese at the Morgan Creek Grill. 
    There’s not much better than Southern fried oysters. And who doesn’t love homemade mac and cheese? Magic happens when oysters, cavatappi and a blend of three ...
Thursday, 23 March 2017 18:07

The first public park in Charleston, White Point Garden, existed long before my birth (the first part of the public park was created around 1837). Of course, growing up I never referred to the park as “White Point Garden”; to me, it was always “the Battery,” which included not just the park but also the raised seawall or “High Battery” and the connecting lower seawall on Murray Boulevard known as “Low Battery.”

In 1670, when the English ship “The Carolina” sailed into the harbor and up the Ashley River to what would become the first settlement of Charles Town, the tip of the peninsula was covered in white oyster shells and so ...

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 18:52

Come celebrate "Vision is Art!"

Please join us at Operation Sight’s “Vision Is Art” reception on Wednesday, March 29th, and enjoy beautiful artwork for sale, hors d’oeuvres, libations, and learn more about the organizations efforts to restore the vision and improve the lives of low-income, uninsured South Carolina residents by providing cataract surgery at no cost.

Operation Sight is the area’s only nonprofit to offer free cataract surgery (pre- and postoperative care). Operation Sight uses donated services of volunteer cataract surgeons in the Charleston area, including ...

Thursday, 09 February 2017 04:28

Located at 122 East Bay Street and completed around 1771, the Old Exchange Building is one of the most historically important colonial buildings in the United States.

The site itself reeks of history, having hosted the half-moon battery which was part of the brick seawall built in Charles Town in the 1680’s (the city’s name was later changed to “Charleston” when the city was incorporated in 1783). This site housed the “Court of Guard” where the infamous Stede Bonnet and his fellow pirates, captured by Colonel William Rhett, were imprisoned during their trial and until their hanging in 1718.

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 05:01

Charleston is a city rich in history and culture. So many exciting things happen over the years and sometimes it is just fun to look back and remember, or for some, experience for the first time something you may have missed but wished you hadn't. I remember speaking with a friend who was a part of documenting the process of the construction of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. It is hard to really understand the scale and fathom all the minute details and pieces that had to come together which is partly why it was featured on the TV show Extreme Engineering.

Many locals as well as visitors from all over the states as well as...

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