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The Beautiful Old Village, Mt. Pleasant

One of the oldest neighborhoods in historic Mt. Pleasant, the Old Village is home to beautiful waterfront properties, gorgeous Charlestonian architecture, and pure southern charm. Pitt Street, the neighborhood center, is lined with boutique stores, amazing restaurants, a community gym, and a picturesque local pharmacy seen featured in the Notebook itself. If searching for the beautiful landscape and southern hospitality for which Charleston has become known, look no further than the historical charm of the Old Village.

Wando River Sunset

Wando River Sunset in Mount Pleasant, SC

Sunset in Molasses Creek

A beautiful evening on Molasses Creek.  Molasses Creek is home to Hobcaw Point, Molasses Creek, River Reach and River Watch.

Sunset on Molasses Creek

Boaters and Kayakers along Shem Creek

Boaters and Kayakers enjoy an afternoon along Mount Pleasant's popular Shem Creek.  Shem Creek is home to Cooper Estates and Creekside

Best bets if you are on a budget

Charleston boasts an array of dining options that will excite the taste buds and make you put your credit card in ice water. Here are some great options if you want a satisfying meal but don't want to break the bank.

1.) A C's Bar and Grill on upper King Street for Sunday brunch or cheesy fries and a Philly Sub anytime 2.) Big Johns Tavern for a $5 hamburger 3.) Bon Banh Mi for sandwiches, salads and tacos 4.) D'Allesandro's Pizza for you guessed it...pizza 5.) Dave's Carry out is a great little fish shack

Late afternoon in Hobcaw Point

A child exploring the marsh.  Molasses Creek is home to Hobcaw Point and several other neighborhoods.

Spoleto is Almost here!

May 23rd-June 8th - Don't miss the My Cousin Rachel, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Rene Marie. They won't disappoint! For more information, check out the website for shows and schedules.

Charleston - The New Post College Town

 I read an interesting article the other day in USA Today.  It hit home on more than one count.  My husband's nephew was featured in it!  Charleston has more than twenty somethings than teens.  In fact it is higher than 2 to 1.  What this means is that for one reason or another oung adults moved to Charleston and never left.  They love it here!  For more please read the full article here.

New York Times Article: 36 Hours in Charleston

 What would you do if you had 36 hours in Charleston, SC?  The New York Times recently wrote an article about spending 36 hours in Charleston, SC.  You can find it here.  They mentioned the Charleston Hat Man (Just off Broad Street) and the Charleston Shoe company (on King Street not too far from Broad).  Not too far from there is a great tour company called Charleston Footprints which begins at The Historic Foundation Gift Shop. (108 Meeting).  As far as restaurants go, a local favorite is FIG.  If you are in the mood for a little pick me up, try Bin 148.  The owners are French and offer wines by the glass, cheese, charcuterie,and fresh baked bread.

December Events in Charleston, SC 2013

28th Annual Progressive Dinner -  Celebrate a beloved holiday tradition for Christmas 2013 with a progressive dining experience. For the 28th consecutive year, Charming Inns and Circa 1886 Restaurant will play host to the “Holiday Progressive Dinner.” During this festive evening, diners journey by carriage through downtown Charleston to dine at three different locations. The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres at the Kings Courtyard Inn, continues on with a three-course dinner at Circa 1886 Restaurant, and winds down at the historic John Rutledge House Inn for coffee and dessert. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. and wraps up at 8:30 p.m. A carriage will transport guests from one location to the next. The cost is $95.00 per person, excluding beverages. View the Progressive Dinner Menu at the website listed. Call to make reservations.

http://circa1886.com/

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Sweet T. Christmas - This Christmas Believe That Your Greatest Wishes Can Come True … even those you didn't know to wish for. Returning for a second holiday season is the laughingly lovely story of a heavenly stranger, a hapless handyman, a hopeless hostess, a hopping-mad Santa, and their hysterical hunt for the holy grail of wish granting, a winning lottery ticket! The show that sold out last December returns to the Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre November 29 - December 29, 2013.

The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre 164 Church Street 843.937.6453 www.charlestonmysteries.com

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A Christmas Carol at Footlight Players Theater - which will be shown on multiple days throughout the holiday season. This song-infused version tells the classic tale of greed from a new perspective. Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge is faced with his own story of growing bitterness and meanness, and must decide what his own future will hold: death or redemption. This Christmas classic will be performed on the following dates and times: December 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, & 21 at 8:00 p.m. December 8, 15, & 22 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 843.722.4487 or online at www.footlightplayers.net. Ticket prices are $25 adult, $22 senior, $15 student, and $12 children 12 & under.

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Little Elves Golf Clinic at Wild Dunes Resort - Treat Santa’s helpers to a round of golf this holiday season! Gather the kids (ages 7-15) for an afternoon of golf instruction at the Links Driving Range at Wild Dunes Resort from 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, December 26. Cost is $25 per child. Please call the number listed to register. Wild Dunes Resort 4601 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms, SC 29451 843.886.2002 http://www.wilddunes.com/

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Christmas 1860 at the Edmondston-Alston House - Fridays, December 6 & 13 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | tours given continuously | $20/advance & groups, $25/door Celebrate a Victorian holiday season by candlelight at the Edmondston-Alston House – decorated for the holidays as it would have been in 1860. Costumed interpreters will present dramatic scenes exploring Charleston's last opulent Christmas before the start of the Civil War. Performances are given continuously. Afterwards, visitors can enjoy hot cider and refreshments in the courtyard.

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Grand Illumination at Middleton Place - December 19 & 20th - Step back to Christmas, 1782, when Arthur Middleton finally was able to come back home after years of incarceration as a prisoner-of-war during the American Revolution. Stroll through gardens illuminated by torchlight, candlelight and starlight and hear costumed interpreters along the way tell stories of the joyous holiday season when the British evacuated Charleston at the end of the Revolutionary War. See the House seasonally decorated and glowing in candlelight, and on the Greensward, enjoy a warm fire, live music and refreshments. The event concludes with a Southern Buffet dinner. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., $55/person

 

Third time is a charm!

Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have named Charleston the #1 U.S. City for 2013 for the third year in a row! Now is the time to visit!

Charleston's Largest Private Sector Employers

Charleston's Largest Private Sector Employers
Company Product or Service Employees
Boeing South Carolina Aircraft Manufacturing 6,000
Roper St. Francis Healthcare Hospital System 5,100
JEM Restaurant Group Taco Bell and Pizza Hut franchises 3,000
Trident Health System Hospital System 2,500
Walmart Stores Inc. Retail Merchandise 2,300
Robert Bosch LLC Antilock Breaking Systems, fuel injectors, common rail and unit injectors 2,200
Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co, Inc Grocery Wholesale/retailer headquarters, distribution center 1,800
SAIC System engineering and integration services 1,800
Nucor Steel Steel roll and steel beam manufacturing 1,500
Kiawah Island Golf Resort/The Sanctuary at Kiawah Resort 1,500
Blackbaud Inc. Specialty computer software development & design 1,300

 

Old Santee Canal Park

Another great day trip is Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner, 30 miles from Charleston in Berkeley County. The 195-acre park is situated at the site of historic Stoney Landing Plantation along the Cooper River, where a 22-mile canal was opened in 1800 for the purpose of connecting to the Santee River and giving upstate South Carolina a direct water route to the sea. The entrance to the park's interpretive center is built in the shape of a canal lock, and the original water route featured ten such locks in bringing flatboats filled with cotton from higher elevations to the sea-level of the Cooper River. Besides this fascinating piece of South Carolina history, the park also features a replica of the famous CSS David, a unique semi-submersible torpedo boat built on the plantation during the Civil War. The 19th century plantation house is still intact at the park as an exhibit as well, and there are miles of hiking trails along bluffs rising from the river. Next door, the Berkeley Museum is worth a visit with its varieties of genuine artifacts from the days when Stoney Landing was a rice plantation worked by slaves. Period tools, building materials, eating and drinking utensils and embroidery are among the wealth of artifacts from both slave cabins and the plantation house. This section of the Cooper River leads to the 1930's Santee-Cooper dam that replaced much of the old canal, where today wildlife abounds in a fresh-water habitat that attracts ospreys, cormorants, herons, egrets, and white tailed deer. For information on the park, go to www.santeecanalpark.org.

Francis Beidler Forest

As early Spring awakens the flora and fauna of coastal South Carolina, a great day trip for nature lovers awaits at Francis Beidler Forest in Dorchester County. Deep in the heart of the famed Four Hole Swamp, this pristine stand of ancient bald cypress trees towers majestically over a serene wetland landscape. The 16,000 acre Francis Beidler Forest is owned by the National Audubon Society, and is accessible by foot along a 1.75 mile boardwalk, as well as canoe and kayak paddling trails. With cypress trees standing over one hundred feet above, and gently flowing fresh water below, the forest is a dazzling sensory experience. Thousands of conical "cypress knees" project from the black waters that are darkened by the organic matter through which the flow seeps, and the air is filled with sounds of creatures who flock to this natural sanctuary. Pileated woodpeckers tap on lofty limbs, while prothonotary warblers sing their hearts out below. Alligators rip the air with mating calls, while crawfish and slider turtles gurgle from beneath the surface. Ducks, deer, amphibians, fish and waterfowl all call Francis Beidler home, and its immense peacefulness has a wonderfully restorative quality. Francis Beidler Forest is open Tuesday-Sunday from 9am to 5pm. It is located in Harleyville, approximately 45 minutes from Charleston near Harleyville, SC. For more information visit www.beidlerforest.org.

Drains and Mains

Beneath Charleston's streets still there are remains a maze of historic drains and mains that once served the city. Miles of pipe were first laid in the late 1870's as a means of creating water pressure for 165 hydrants installed on curbs around the city. Until that time, there was no abundant water source for the city, but the first successful artesian well drilled in 1876 would change things dramatically. The continuous flow of water from underground aquifers, as well as above-ground pumping stations that supplied pressure, made the hydrants far more effective than the city's archaic fire wells that had to be pumped by fire companies' individual steam engines. The new main system would dramatically improve Charleston's fire fighting capabilities with the new city-wide department created in 1881, and the technology of pressured underground pipes would lead to the first sewer connections for downtown houses in the early 1890's. Lots of water wasn't always a good thing for the old city, which is largely built on land reclaimed from marsh, mudflat and tidal creek. Flooding was an issue throughout Charleston's history, and high tides constantly made streets into quagmires. Shortly after the Revolution, city engineers came up with a surprisingly effective solution, using a technology that had served rice plantations for many years. The idea was to build underground water tunnels called "tidal drains" that collected street water and opened into the surrounding rivers, and equip them adjoining "traps" where high tides would push in swinging doors and be held in place. A mechanism could release the water from the traps, which would flow by gravity at considerable force back out in the harbor. By trapping and releasing the tides, the engineers could effectively flush the city streets. Over the years, the brick tidal drains were supplanted by iron and steel pipes of more modern drainage, but many of the old brick tunnels still exist beneath the streets of Charleston.

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