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..
Scenes from an Oyster Roast
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
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. -- William Butler Yeats
Kellar O'Neil, aka "The Southern Charmer" and "Mystifier of the Finest Affairs", is a magician and storyteller who has perfected the art of illusion with a devilish grin. Recently, he invited us to check out his show at The Palmetto Crescent Parlour, and we were delighted to take him up on the offer. Tucked away in a corner of Charleston, he performs in an intimate setting thus ensuring audience engagement. Our pictures offer a glimpse of the evening, and what one can expect from a magical night on the town.
Folks looking for a fun evening out should consider The Palmetto Crescent Parlour. This family-friendly show (minimum age 10) is unlike anything else in Charleston. Each performance lasts 75 minutes with a reception of light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages beginning 15 minutes prior. Group packages and private events are available.
Purchase tickets online or by calling 855-285-6463. Limited seating; advance tickets recomended.
49 Archdale St, Suite 1F, across from Le Farfalle and In the Kitchen with Chef Bob Waggoner.
When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization. -- Daniel Webster
Exciting news for folks West of the Ashley. In keeping with the Mayor's commitment to revitalize this part of the city, a Farmers Market is coming to Ackerman Park on Sycamore Avenue. For folks unfamiliar the location is near the City of Charleston Magnolia Community Garden, Synagogue Emanu-El Cemetery, popular Avondale business district, and St Andrews Boulevard. Thank you, Mayor Tecklenburg, for your commitment to supporting local farmers and enriching the lives of Charlestonians.
Want to know more? The mayor will announce plans during a press conference to be held there, Monday, July 25th at 4 pm. 55 Sycamore Ave, Charleston, SC 20407. We will continue to follow the story and report details.