By Robin Gibson
Did you know that April is Financial Capability Month? We didn't either. But the good folks at FEMA saw fit to make sure we did and to send us these tips to prep for a financial disaster. April showers bring May... bankruptcies? No, but it never hurts to be prepared just in case. And, Lord knows, if the Lowcountry knows anything, it's how to prep for storms.
Ok, so maybe you're more familiar with hurricane names, storm kits and evacuation routes and that's good. But what's also good is checking the barometer of your finances, too.
“Disasters can be overwhelming and chaotic — don’t let financial uncertainty worsen the situation,” said James K. Joseph, regional administrator for FEMA Region V in Chicago. “Take the time now to ensure important documents are safely stored, your insurance coverage is adequate, and you have enough money on-hand to meet your family’s immediate, emergency needs if something unexpected occurs.”
In keeping with that note of monetary caution, FEMA offers these three tips to prepare for the worst while keeping your nose and wallet above water.
An easy way to start preparing your finances for an emergency is by completing an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit. This important document offers guidance on organizing and securing important documents, provides important advice on managing finances, and describes what to expect should a disaster strike your community. For even more information on how to financially prepare for an unexpected emergency or disaster, visit www.ready.gov/financial-preparedness.
Life in the Lowcountry is beautiful but let's be honest.
It's also full of storms. Don't be caught in one unexpectedly, financially or otherwise.
By Robin Gibson
Asheville-based, self-described "Carolina Hard Drivin' String Band" Town Mountain brings their unique blend of homegrown, soulful, honky-tonk style bluegrass to fans at the Charleston Pour House tonight for a one-night engagement, Saturday, July 14th. Tickets can be purchased at the door but save time and money grabbing them here. The band counts among its many influences Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and lyricist, Robert Hunter, to iconic, vintage country stars like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Merle Haggard.
Guitarist and lead singer Robert Greer is joined by Jesse Langlais on banjo, Phil Barker on mandolin, Bobby Britt who plays the fiddle, and Zach Smith on bass. Not familiar? Don't miss another second of getting to know these talented musicians as they discuss the making of their fifth album released in 2016, Southern Crescent, below.
Opening up for them tonight is City Hotel, a bluegrass quartet out of Savannah, Georgia, primed and ready to give fans exactly what they want.
Doors open open at 8 p.m. and show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are general admission; no reserved seating. The venue is standing room only, however, arrangements can be made for special needs patrons in advance by emailing Kim@charlestonpourhouse.com.
Can't make it? Check out the rest of Town Mountain's tour dates for other opportunities to see them live. The band comes off the road in time for the release of their sixth studio album , New Freedom Blues, recorded at the legendary Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC, on October 5, 2018.
By: Robin Gibson
Editor's Note: Author is media partner of Charleston Wine + Food & Le Creuset. Sales will result in commission at no cost to you.
In terms of pots and pans, I just use the basics.
American billionaire heiress, Aerin Lauder, is certainly humble in her approach to cooking, and, I, for one, appreciate her sensibility and how relatable she is to the average person. I would be lying, however, if I didn't admit to a sudden urge to splurge on fancy cookware following this year's Charleston Wine + Food festival. Are you similarly inspired in the kitchen or wanting to engage in a little culinary creative snobbery, yourself?
Well, you're in luck. Now through the end of March we have teamed up with Le Creuset, the famed and pricey french cast-iron cookware coveted for its vast selection of brightly-colored enamel finishes, to offer deep discounts on their products to our readers.
From bakeware to stainless steal, to cooking tools and utensils, we have everything you need to look like a snob without the price tag that comes with being one. Shop away!
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Did you know? Le Creuset maintains its U.S. presence right here in the Lowcountry. The company's U.S. corporate waterfront headquarters overlooks the Charleston Harbor on the banks of the Ashley River in the West Ashley district of the City of Charleston.
Summer beckons in Park City, Utah
By: Robin Gibson
The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.
And Park City, Utah, is more than worthy of your attention this time of year. A favorite for snow bunnies and skiers, alike, this hip, quirky, mountaintop town delights at every turn each summer. As spring bows out with the remnants of winter and summer assumes its starring role, pops of vibrant color highlight a lively downtown full of blooms, businesses, and people. Not to be outdone are the surrounding areas catering to outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy mountain biking and hiking trails, and activities such as golf, horseback riding, zip-lining, and more. Hop on a gondola and soak up the view from above or check out the sights from the ground. Head out to Utah Olympic Park for a history tour and day of fun. Dine at award-winning restaurants, shop like a local, or sample your way around the budding craft beer scene. Whatever your interests, there's something for everyone and getting around is easy (and FREE) on Park City Transit. From adventure, to food, to shopping, to interesting people, Park City dazzles all summer long.
Park City is conveniently located 35 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport. Interested in planning your trip? Begin with Visit Park City and request your Free Summer Travel Guide.