By: Robin Gibson
Water in the boat is the ruin of the boat, but water underneath is its support. -- Rumi
Philosopher Rumi clearly knew a thing or two about boats but the folks behind the North American Safe Boating Campaign know even more. National Boating Safety Week may have come and gone already but these seven boating safety tips are timeless. Follow them and you will be well on your way to promoting a safe boating experience on the water.
Life Out Loud supports the efforts of the North American Safe Boating Campaign and recommends adherence to the National Safe Boating Week protocol every day of the year. Boating isn't just a pastime in the South Carolina Lowcountry, it's a way of life. Do your part for yourself and others to maintain a safe boating environment for everyone..
By Robin Gibson
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. -- J. R. R. Tolkien
One thing is certain, Williams Sonoma must have understood what Tolkien meant at their Chefs' Collective Pop-Up held recently on King Street in Charleston. The event which happened during the 2017 Charleston Wine and Food Festival did not disappoint anyone in attendance. What do you get when you add a DJ to a retail space and mix it with chefs, bartenders, and guests? A party and we're glad they did. Cheers!
We love a good party especially in a retail store. When's the last time you partied somewhere unexpected?
Tell us! We'd love to hear your adventures.
By Robin Gibson
The life of man is of no greater importance to the universe than that of an oyster. -- David Hume
Scottish philosopher David Hume was right when it comes to the oyster's popularity in the Lowcountry. Winter brings with it the time-honored tradition of communal gatherings centered around the shellfish known as The Oyster Roast. This ritual is as iconic to the region as the smell of pluff mud is to our noses. And for the 34th year, the Granddaddy of them all, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival sponsored by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association took place January 27, 2017, at Boone Hall Plantation. From the tailgating atmosphere to the dedicated shell recycling, these pictures tell the story of an ardent love affair and obsession with the all-important oyster.
Shell recycling is an important part of the oyster's life cycle. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources manages a shell recycling program whereby shells are reintroduced to salt water to improve the natural habitat. To learn more about the program and its environmental benefits, visit their website.
By Robin Gibson
As we mark the passage of time by welcoming yet another year, it is important to remember that life is meant to be lived as long we're breathing. The new Adidas commercial going viral is poignant for many reasons. First, it was directed by a student showing us all that brilliance and creativity sometimes rests in the young. And, second, the protagonist is a senior who feels his spirit slipping through his fingers until his former love of running is fueled by a pair of old running shoes. The lesson is this: never let your circumstance, to the extent you have control, limit your potential. Resolve in this brand new year to live life to the fullest regardless of age. Do everything in your power to live Life Out Loud in 2017. The Lowcountry is a wonderful place to be this time of year as we welcome sunsine and mild temps to our region. Wishing everyone peace, love and prosperity. And may we all discover the best is yet to come. Happy New Year, everyone!