Celebrating July 4th in the Lowcountry

IMG_6611Join in the Lowcountry Independence Day Festivities! What better way to spend time with family and friends than enjoying spectacular fireworks shows, a delicious barbecue and some fun in the surf and sand. Need an idea of how to celebrate the holiday weekend? Check out these great events below.

Independence Festival on Kiawah

Let the fun begin! Enjoy beach music from the Headliners and various attractions for family and friends to enjoy. Festivities include: live music, tie-dye, face painting, children’s train, carnival games, and much more!

9th Annual Sizzling Southern Celebration

Join Circa 1886 for an Independence Day celebration from 6-7 p.m. with music, lawn games, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Fireworks on Folly Beach

Folly Beach will honor Independence Day with a grand fireworks display. You don’t want to miss this!

July 4th Cross Country 5K

In the mood for a little exercise? Come participate in a 5K run around Trophy Lake on the 4th of July.

Red, White and Blue Party

The American flag will be flying high at Southern Season’s annual Red, White & Blue Party! Before staking out your spot for the fireworks display, stop by their store from 12:30 to 3 p.m. for a family-friendly celebration.

Independence Day at Middleton Place

Spend your 4th of July holiday at the home of a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Readings of the Declaration will take place every 30 minutes and several interactive demonstrations happen throughout the day.

Patriot’s Point 4th of July Blast

Enjoy a professional fireworks display and shore side party with a beach music band at historic Patriot’s Point in Mt. Pleasant.

Fourth of July Picnic on the Water

Salute “Old Glory” on the Spirit of the Lowcountry. This fun-filled cruise is a great way for the entire family to celebrate.

No matter how you choose to enjoy your holiday weekend, be sure to have a wonderful time with your friends and family!

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 9

William Means is proud to be the sponsor for this week’s Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive.  We support the growth and development of Charleston and are encouraged by these people’s contributions.  Below are the most recent five Charlestonians to be chosen.

 

Photo Credit: Gately Williams

Photo Credit: Gately Williams

Chris CarnevaleCharleston Permaculture Guild.  Working to spread his enthusiasm throughout the Lowcountry for energy efficiency and solar panels with the goal of saving money and protecting the planet.

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Photo Credit: Corey Tenold

 

Raven Roxanne Wilson Artist. Wilson portrays messiness and the beauty of love and life in her artwork that is displayed at Redux, a local contemporary art center.

 

Photo Credit: Mark Stetler

Photo Credit: Mark Stetler

LaDene Conroy Montessori Specialist. Chosen in 2006 to lead the Montessori movement in Charleston, Conroy is now responsible for the opportunity given to 1,200 Charleston students who are currently learning in a Montessori environment.

 

Photo Credit: Adam Chandler

Photo Credit: Adam Chandler

Bill HusseyWoodworker.  With his handmade seen on doors all over Charleston, Hussey is an impeccable example of the local artisan community with his handcrafted doors and innovative workshop plans.

Photo Credit: Andrew Stephen Cebulka

Photo Credit: Andrew Stephen Cebulka

Scott Shor Owner and manager of Edmunds Oast.  A progressive idea for downtown Charleston, Shor decided the one thing he wanted with his restaurant was: parking – placing his restaurant in an area surrounded by tech firms has proven that if you put in the time and effort to please your customers they will continue to come back.

See who else was selected as Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive in our previous blog posts below:

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive 

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 2

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 3

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 4

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 5

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 6

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 7

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spoleto Festival 2015

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From May 22-June 7th Spoleto Festival USA will once again immerse our city in culture and performances of the highest quality.  Opera, theater, dance, and chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music will fill our theaters and performance venues.  It all starts with an opening ceremony right down the street from our Broad Street office.  This year will mark the 39th season as America’s premier performing arts festival.

Founded in 1977 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti, Christopher Keene and others who set out to create an American counterpart to the to the Annual Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy.  Charleston, of course, was the perfect setting for this festival being intimate enough for the festival to captivate the entire city, yet cosmopolitan enough to bring a progressive audience.

The festival succeeds time and again in it’s mission to present superb performances from emerging as well as established artists.  If you have not yet booked your tickets visit the Spoleto Festival website.

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If Walls Could Talk – 59 Church Street

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The Thomas Rose House, located at 59 Church Street has seen it’s share of dinner parties over the years.  In Catherine H. Forrester’s book At Home Charleston she gives a sneak peak in to the peninsula’s private world of elegant entertaining.  Forrester was recently interviewed by Doctor Edgar of the Walter Edgar’s Journal show about her book, family and life in Charleston.  Listen to the whole interview here.

The book was written around a time when people entertained in their homes with the neighbors.  Cutting fresh flowers from the glorious garden at 59 Church Street to use as pieces of a centerpiece, growing fresh herbs in the garden house behind the gated walls of the private garden….these are all traditions that Catherine Forrester’s grandmother taught her and she continues to hold magnificent dinner parties in this house that is made for entertaining.

In honor of Spoleto this month, below is one of our favorite recipes from At Home Charleston in the section titled “A Spoleto Luncheon in the Garden”:

SALTED PECANS:

3 cups large pecan halves

3 tablespoons olive oil

Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Put the pecans in a single layer in a jelly-roll pan and heat for 15 minutes.  Remove pecans from oven and drizzle the olive oil over them.  Mix well.  Put back in the oven for 10 minutes more.  Remove and turn out onto layers of paper towel on top of several layers of newspaper.  Salt at once while they are still hot. Cool and store in an airtight tin.

59 Church Street is considered one of the best preserved colonial dwellings.  The house has retained many of its original architectural elements, including extensive original wood paneling decorative mantelpieces and a unique full-width second-story drawing room unlike any other in the city. The home is comprised of 4,239 square feet with four bedrooms, three full baths and two half baths.  For additional information call Helen Geer at 843-577-6651 or e-mail helengeer@williammeans.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 8

Let’s take a look at who was nominated this week in Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive.

Photo Credit: Landon Neil Phillips

Photo Credit: Landon Neil Phillips

Mark SloanHalsey Director.  Building on Charleston’s backdrop for cultural exchange Sloan has grown The Halsey from a college gallery into a nationally recognized institute of contemporary art.

Photo Credit: Olivia Rae James

Photo Credit: Olivia Rae James

Jackie Hall RobinsonDesign/Printing/Letterpress.  Using an old-school metal letterpress Robinson designs the modern, clean products created by 42 Pressed.

Photo Credit: Sully Sullivan

Photo Credit: Sully Sullivan

Tim McManusVideo Production. Deriving his “don’t take anything to seriously” attitude from his children, the stories McManus tells through his videos for Hed Hi Media can be attributed to this outlook on life and his ambition to complete work he can be proud of.

Photo Credit: Corey Tenold

Photo Credit: Corey Tenold

Michael WooddyHalf Mile North.  One of the brainchildren behind transforming the area now known as Half Mile North to what it is today with restaurants like Edmunds Oast and local tech companies all being drawn to a previously undeveloped part of town.

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Photo Credit: Kip Bulwinkle

Air Casebier  – FEAST Charleston. Casaba came up with the idea for an innovative catering company with a focus on bringing fresh, local food to the table.

 

Below are posts from the past 6 weeks of Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive:

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive 

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 2

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 3

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 4

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 5

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 6

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 7

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 7

Your weekly recap of who was selected this week in Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive:

Photo Credit: Olivia Rae James

Photo Credit: Olivia Rae James

Brad EbenhoehAccountant. Not your typical accountant, Ebenhoeh is modernizing the way Charleston’s accounting is managed with his company Accountfully.

Photo Credit: Adam Chandler

Photo Credit: Adam Chandler

Jeff Ayers – Executive Director – SC Equality.  A longtime activist for marriage equality and LGBT rights, Ayers is leading the mission to secure equal civil and human rights for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender South Carolinians and their families.

Photo Credit: Corey Tenold

Photo Credit: Corey Tenold

Kendal LeonardWedding dress designer.  Inspired by nature Leonard has created a line of sustainable organic cotton bridal gowns and dresses and gives back to the community sharing what she loves by teaching local sewing classes.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Bowers

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Bowers

Fletcher Williams IIIArtist.  Striving to make Charleston more than just a pretty face Fletcher’s work is focused on pushing the limits with his racially proactive work.

Photo Credit: Corey Tenold

Photo Credit: Corey Tenold

Stephanie BurgNutrition and Lifestyle Coaching.  Following her calling to change women’s relationships with their bodies Burg has a private coaching practice and teaches adult ballet at DanceFX. You can also catch her dancing in the Spoleto Festival later this month.

 

Below are posts from the past 6 weeks of Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive 

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 2

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 3

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 4

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 5

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 6

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 6

Here is a look at who was featured as the 5 Most Progressive Charlestonians this week as part of Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive:

Photo Credit: Andrew Stephen Cebulka

Photo Credit: Andrew Stephen Cebulka

Andy HendersonExecutive Chef at Edmond’s Oast. The kitchen at Edmond’s Oast that just received a James Beard award nomination is not run in the typical “Hell’s Kitchen” style you see on TV; in this progressive kitchen no one is ever frantic and energy and food is never wasted.

Photo Credit: Olivia Rae James

Photo Credit: Olivia Rae James

Sara Peck Poet/Writing Teacher.  Actively changing the way young Charlestonians view writing.  Peck’s enthusiasm for literature is contagious for her students and through her own poetry she is modifying the way we view southern writing.

Photo Credit: Kip Bulwinkle

Photo Credit: Kip Bulwinkle

Braeden KershnerMusic Education.  Progressing with the times Braeden’s school started out as a serious music school but now he has replaced recitals with open mic nights and at Black Tie’s five locations there are video games and adult jam nights….but one thing remains the same they are still serious about music.

Photo Credit: Corey Tenold

Photo Credit: Corey Tenold

Jessica MorseBare Beauty Blogger.  After throwing away all of her beauty products and starting a clean lifestyle Morse’s friends and family started asking her for advice so she started the Bare Beauty blog to share quest on the war against toxins and help Charlestonians live a beautiful clean lifestyle.

Photo Credit: Kip Bulwinkle

Photo Credit: Kip Bulwinkle

Andrew TewDigital Distributor at Litton Entertainment and owner/creator of Flooded Streets.  Most recognizable as the brain behind the progressive city-centric t-shirt brand, Flooded Streets, Tew has also evolved with the Mt. Pleasant based TV production company Litton Entertainment.

 

Check out who has else has been featured so far in Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive for 2015

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive 

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 2

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 3

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 4

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 5

 

 

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 5

Here is a look at who was chosen for week 5 of Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive:

Photo Credit: Corey Tenold

Photo Credit: Corey Tenold

Austin HippThe Creative Corridor.  After renovating the dilapidated building at 1600 Meeting Street Hipp has his sights set on the second phase of creating a space open to the community for the artistically minded and appreciative.

Photo Credit: Sully Sullivan

Photo Credit: Sully Sullivan

Hunter ParkSinger/Songwriter.  Well-known as being the frontwoman for the band She Returns From War and also for her support of other local musicians.  Park believes in the diversity and talent in Charleston and hopes it will put it on the map musically. 

Photo Credit: Andrew Stephen Cebulka

Photo Credit: Andrew Stephen Cebulka

Courtney Hutton HarrisFitness Guru.  Harris is proving to the Charleston community that exercise can be fun again with her BUTI —a West Coast-born yoga-dance hybrid- classes.  

Photo Credit: Mark Stetler

Photo Credit: Mark Stetler

Greg ColletonDirector at Redux Contemporary Art Center.    Dedicated to Charleston’s art scene Colleton’s Art Center gives Charlestononians an outlet to showcase their creativity through exhibitions, studio space for visual arts and educational programs.

Photo Credit: Adam Chandler

Photo Credit: Adam Chandler

Amy BrennanExecutive Director of the Center for Women.  Brennan strive to make the Center for Women a go-to-place for women who want to improve any and all aspects of their lives.  Extending this goal beyond Charleston Brennan also initiated the Status of Women in South Carolina Task Force slated to release a comprehensive report in the fall of 2015.

With 25 more to go here is a look back at the previous week’s featured Charlestonians:

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive 

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 2

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 3

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 4

 

 

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 4

Here is who was chosen for week 4 of CHARLIE Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive:

Photo Credit: Mark Stetler

Lesley Rathbunowner of Charleston Birth Place.  About 30 women a month are choosing to give birth in Rathbun’s birthing center and she is working to help pass laws on national accreditation standards for birth centers to make sure women in Charleston continue to have that option.

Photo Credit: Jessica Kenny

Photo Credit: Landon Neil Phillips

Cator Sparkseditor in chief of TheManual.com.  With a passion for life, people and philanthropy Sparks gives back to the local community by hosting parties benefiting the LEARN Horse Rescue program and being the president of the Cannonborough/Elliotborough Neighborhood Association.

Photo Credit: Landon Neil Phillips

Photo Credit: Landon Neil Phillips

Mariana Hayjewelry designer. Hay is making waves in the jewelry industry and gaining attention by her Goldbug Collection which is her take on the normally unsightly critter anyone that’s spent time in Charleston all too familiar with.

Photo Credit: Sully Sullivan

Photo Credit: Sully Sullivan

Lindsay Windham & Nate Justissco-owners of Distil Union. Thinking outside the box to design clever, smile-inducing products that make your life easier.

Photo Credit: Landon Neil Phillips

Photo Credit: Landon Neil Phillips

Thomas Rode attorney. Believes lawyers have a duty to the community to try to make it better and promotes giving all people a voice through his work in civil litigation, criminal defense and teaching at the Charleston School of Law.

Below is a look back at the previous week’s featured Charlestonians:

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive 

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 2

Charlie Magazine’s 50 Most Progressive – Week 3

 

Luxury Homes in Daniel Island: A Featured Estate

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With that in mind, we would like to introduce you to this outstanding property!

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If you are searching for the perfect family home, then look no further! This Charleston style residence is ideally located in Daniel Island Park, with scenic views of ponds and the Ralston Creek golf course. The main house has 5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, including a grand master suite on the first floor. The finishes are everything you would expect from this superbly constructed home, complete with extensive millwork throughout. This house has abundant natural light in every room, including skylights within the vaulted kitchen. Furthermore, this property includes a full Daniel Island Golf Membership!

If you are interested in this estate, or any of the luxury homes in Daniel Island, please contact us. We are here to get you inside your dream property!