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People of Park Circle

young and old. black and white. trendy and traditional. there’s a reason so Many people want to liVe in the lowcountry’s coolest neighborhood — this place has it all. n o rt h c h a r l e s to n o n l i n e . c o M

Our city’s Time to Shine

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Images from special events in North Charleston. This edition, see photographs from the Acoustic Porch series, a peace festival at Riverfront Park and United Way's Day of Caring.

2 0 PEO PLE O F PAR K C I RC LE Young and old. Black and white. Trendy and traditional. Rich and poor. There’s a reason so many people want to live in the Lowcountry’s coolest neighborhood — this place has it all.


47 LI FE LE S S O N S FRO M A C H E F North Charleston resident and Chef Kevin Mitchell joined the Culinary Institute of Charleston in 2008. Learn how Mitchell got into cooking and hear about his penchant for champagne, cigars and clean uniforms.

TI M E TO S H I N E North Charleston is no longer simply old Charleston’s territorial worker bee. It has stepped beyond the long shadows of historic and genteel old Charleston and discovered itself. So far, it seems to like what it sees, warts and all.

5 0 B R E W I N G B E T TE R B E E R “To own a brewery,” Coast Brewing cofounder Jamie Tenny says, “you really need to know how to do everything, from plumbing to electrical to microbiology. You need to be a janitor to a Ph.D. in everything.”

Health Guide

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Cummins MerCruiser Diesel stands at the cutting edge of marine propulsion systems. The Leeds Avenue company handles “pod” drives, cutting-edge propulsion systems that turn maneuvering a 60-foot sportfisher into child’s play.










AT TR AC TI O N S Visitors to North Charleston won’t ever run out of things to see and places to go. The city’s attractions run the gamut from a Civil War submarine to a topnotch golf course and a wildly popular water park.


R E STAU R ANT PRO FI LE S Hungry? Then belly up to the bar or grab a table. North Charleston’s got everything you need, from fast food to trendy restaurants.

5 9 E VE NT LI STI N G S From concerts and sporting events at the coliseum to major holiday festivals and local theater and independent films, North Charleston has it all.

The cover

Cover design and illustration by Jason Fletcher, based on photograph by Dan Hale featuring Park Circle artists and members of the North Charleston Artist Guild.








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City Hall Golf Club at Wescott Plantation Coosaw Creek Country Club 1


Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial North Charleston Coliseum, Performing Arts Center and the Charleston Area Convention Center



North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center Hunley Conservation Lab


Park Circle Disc Golf


Wannamaker Park & Whirlin' Waters Water Park


Olde North Charleston Picture House


Northwoods Mall Shopping Center


Tanger Outlet Center


Festival Center Shopping


Charleston Southern University


Lowcountry Graduate Center


Miller-Motte Technical College


Riverfront Park


MWV-KapStone Park


Quarterman Lake

Charleston International Airport


Collins Park

Amtrak Station

Trident Technical College

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north charleston Magazine is a special publication of The Post a n d C o u r i e r n e w s p a p e r, 1 3 4 C o l u m b u s S t . , C h a r l e s to n , S .C . 2 9 4 0 3 . C o py r i g h t 2 0 1 0 -2 0 1 1 by T h e P o s t a n d C o u r i e r. N o p o r t i o n o f t h i s p u b l i c a t i o n m ay b e re p ro d u c e d i n w h o l e o r i n p a r t w i t h o u t e x p re s s w r i t te n p e r m i s s i o n f ro m T h e P o s t a n d C o u r i e r.

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Scott Goodwin

Having worked in restaurants since age 16, including stints as a baker, line cook and executive chef, North Charleston writer Scott Goodwin knows a thing or two about good eats. Goodwin developed our listings for restaurants (p. 55), as well as city attractions (p. 52).

Magie McGee Ron Brinson

Ron Brinson, a native and resident of North Charleston, is a former photographer and writer for Charleston newspapers. Brinson left the paper business to begin a career in port authority management, eventually becoming chief executive of the Port of New Orleans. Brinson retired in 2003, returning with his family to the Lowcountry. Brinson shares his deep understanding of North Charleston in a spectacular essay on the city’s past, present and future. ("Time to Shine," p. 35)

Dan & Amelia Hale

Dreamland Images photographers Amelia Phillips Hale and Dan Hale live and work in Park Circle. They specialize in wedding and portrait photography and have been recognized internationally for their work as photojournalists. With Dan behind the camera and Amelia coordinating shoots, the duo created a wonderfully colorful photo essay focused on the residents and working professionals in their neighborhood (“People of Park Circle," p. 20).

A resident of Park Circle and graduate of the Art Institue of Atlanta, photographer Magie McGee specializes in fashion shoots and portraits. McGee swung by nearby Coast Brewing Company to visit with craft beer advocate Jamie Tenny (p. 50).

Nancy Santos

North Charleston photographer Nancy Santos has worked for The City Paper and the College of Charleston. Santos visited South of Broadway Theatre to shoot Ann Caldwell’s Acoustic Porch performance (p. 12).

Additional images: Grace Beahm, Alan Hawes, Brad Nettles, Mic Smith, Wade Spees, Tyrone Walker Copy editing: Melanie Balog, Tony Brown, Anne Porcher Chalmers

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unpretentious restaurants and bars? Come to North Charleston. Want to meet real people — young and old, rich and poor, black and white, trendy and traditional? Come to North Charleston. Truth be told, this city boasts one of the most vibrant and diverse communities in the region. It's an exciting place, and the people of North Charleston — not just the businesses — make it so.


OUR MISSION North Charleston has an official slogan: "A great place to live, work or play." Like the city itself, this saying is heartfelt, honest, appropriately understated, and right on the money. North Charleston Magazine aims to tell this story. We will trumpet what's best about the community. We will profile community leaders, distinguished professionals and the everyday folks who make up the diverse melting pot of North Charleston. We will visit the city’s many restaurants, feature its attractions, promote its events and profile its businesses and products. Everything about the publication, from layout to content to distribution, is designed to reflect the city's "live, work and play" philosophy. We hope the content resonates with three groups of readers: those who live in North Charleston, those who work in North Charleston and those who visit North Charleston. To start, North Charleston Magazine will publish semi-annually, with a Fall/Winter 2010 edition followed up by a Spring/Summer 2011 edition. I am confident that reader interest and advertiser support will allow us to increase the publication's frequency.


WELCOME TO NORTH CHARLESTON MAGAZINE! My naMe is Matt winter, and i aM proud to serVe as editor of this new publication. As a member of The Post and Courier's Audience Development team, a division charged with the exciting job of developing and launching new publications, I'd like to share some background on this new magazine. The idea for a publication serving North Charleston sprang up more than a year ago, when Publisher Bill Hawkins, Audience Development Director Steve Wagenlander and I were discussing options for new geographically focused magazines. The potential focal points were many: East Cooper, Summerville, Daniel Island and James or Johns islands, to name just a few in our immediate market. We very quickly chose North Charleston. Why North Charleston? Quite simply, North Charleston is booming. This is a city that demands attention. This is a city that deserves its own publication. North Charleston has earned a regional reputation as an economic powerhouse. Now, with the addition of a Boeing manufacturing center and a cutting-edge wind-turbine testing site, North Charleston is fast becoming a national and international player in the fields of aeronautics and renewable energy. But there is so much more to the city than big business. With its airport, coliseum and major retail centers, North Charleston also serves as an entrance way to the region, a top venue for major events and an unparalleled shopping destination. Want to see national-level acts like Bruce Springsteen, Widespread Panic and Taylor Swift? Come to North Charleston. Want to shop at the Lowcountry's best malls? Come to North Charleston. Want to visit the region's coolest and most 10

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We plan to work with as many North-Charleston based writers and photographers as possible to produce each and every edition of North Charleston Magazine. This will help ensure that the publication speaks in an authentic voice and remains true to the community it is designed to serve. We've already begun building a team of freelance writers, photographers and editors. In this first edition, you'll read a superb essay on the area's past, present and future (p. 35) by Ron Brinson, a well-known and highly respected North Charleston writer who also serves as a contributing editor for this magazine. You'll no doubt enjoy a top-notch photo essay (p. 20) on the "People of Park Circle," a project planned and executed by the neighborhood's own Dan and Amelia Phillips Hale. You'll also see additional contributions by writer Scott Goodwin and photographers Nancy Santos and Magie McGee, all North Charleston residents. We hope to expand this team of contributors over the coming months, and we encourage any and all writers, editors and photographers based in the city to contact us. The best way is to send an e-mail to

DESIGNED FOR NORTH CHARLESTON We've invested quite a bit of time and resources into building a magazine with design standards that befit North Charleston. How do you do that? You start by defining attributes that best describe a given community or readership. In North Charleston's case, we strove to achieve a look and feel that match the very best aspects of the city. Modern, lively and easy-to-use. Unpretentious but sharp. Colorful but reserved. We worked through countless prototypes. We purchased fonts originally custom-built for Esquire magazine. Most importantly, we enlisted the help of Jason Fletcher, one of the area's top graphic designers. Jay and I worked together years ago, and I was lucky enough to recruit him as a contributing design editor for this publication. We've also developed and trademarked a masthead and logo that we feel is unique and instantly recognizable. We hope you'll see this crisp logo around town and at major events for many years to come. Photograph by Wade Spees

Multi-tiered distribution In keeping with the city's "live, work and play" theme, North Charleston Magazine's distribution system has been designed to reach residents, working professionals and visitors. From the publication's inception, getting copies in the hands of the many proud residents of the city has remained a top priority. We want this magazine to be read and enjoyed by residents from all walks of life, and we believe that one of the very best ways to accomplish this is to harness the power of newspaper home delivery. Folks who read the paper are tuned in to what's happening, they're engaged in the community. We think they care, and those are the residents we want to reach. To this end, about half of our initial run will have been distributed through home delivery of The Post and Courier in North Charleston, Daniel Island and Hanahan. We'll also distribute thousands of free copies at major visitor destinations, including the airport, coliseum and major retail hubs. Participating advertisers also will receive copies of the magazine to distribute to customers, as will local real estate professionals. Another large portion of our run will be delivered to major employers in North Charleston, including Boeing, Trident Health Systems and Trident Technical College.

northcharlestononline.coM We're also excited to announce the launch of, a new digital initiative partnered with our print magazine. will feature the pages of this magazine, along with photo galleries from big events in the city. We plan to expand the site over the coming months to include more live content, interactive features, videos, event listings and North-Charleston based bloggers. Again, we welcome suggestions and contributions sent to Stay tuned!

Just the beginning The launch of a new publication is always an exciting moment. We hope that our efforts will resonate with the people who live, work and play in North Charleston, and that this magazine will become an exciting and wellloved addition to the community. We also recognize that without your suggestions, contributions and feedback, we can never become the publication and online destination that we hope to be. So please, let us know what you think.

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ac o u s t i c p o r c h (right, below) ann caldwell and friends entertain the crowd during a showing of the acoustic porch series at south of broadway theatre company on east Montague avenue. by nancy santos

l at i n f e s t i va l (below) Micaela cruz of goose creek tried out a hula hoop during the latin america festival in north charleston wannamaker county park. by brad nettles

c h a r l e s to n p e ac e o n e day f e s t i va l (left, aboVe) don "noodle" whitley plays the ukulele while sarah greene (far left) and sarah savage enjoy the weather during the charleston peace one day festival at north charleston's riverfront park. by grace beahm


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Day o f c a r i n g Employees of The Post and Courier and Blackbaud spruce up North Charleston's Park Circle during Trident United Way's annual Day of Caring. By Matt Winter (top) and Alan Hawes (left)

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leFt Ben DeCastro and his wife encourage people experiencing a medical emergency to call 911.

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CALLING 9-1-1 SAVES LIVES Calling 9-1-1 was a decision that saved Mr. DeCastro’s life, and medical professionals recommend calling EMS when emergencies happen. “EMS is not just a ride to the hospital,” explains Mindi Bowers, RN and director of emergency services at Trident Medical Center. Bowers continues, “Paramedics and EMT’s have medical training and access to medications and diagnostic equipment necessary to save lives. Additionally, EMS has a direct line of communication to emergency departments so doctors can direct care while awaiting a patient’s arrival. Knowing the condition of a patient who is coming into the hospital gives medical experts time to prepare advanced options which in many cases, means the difference between life and death.” Communication is critical in situations where a patient is having a heart attack or other life threatening issue. Trident Health System was the first in the area to include 14

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EMS in the development of procedures to improve the speed of care and outcomes for heart attack patients. “Working with EMS to develop protocols has resulted in improved ‘Door to Balloon or D2B’ times – the time it takes a patient experiencing a heart attack to get from the emergency room door to the time the blocked artery is opened,” explains Bowers. Many people mistakenly believe that driving themselves or a loved one to the emergency department (ED) is the fastest method of care, but calling EMS is a far better option. “The scenarios of driving to the ED can range from dangerous to deadly. People can pass out; their hearts could stop; if the patient is a passenger, the driver will not have a way to deliver care; and if the patient is driving, the outcome could be disastrous,” Bowers said.


DOOR TO BALLOON (D2B) As part of their on-going commitment to improving processes, Trident called on their EMS partners in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties to assist medical professionals in developing faster and more efficient ways to diagnose and treat heart attack patients. EMS begins to evaluate a patient who is experiencing chest pain or other heart attack symptoms immediately and conveys that critical information to the ED so doctors and staff can prepare treatment plans for that patient. EMS continues to relay information such as vital signs and EKG results as the patient is being transported. Many times the ED is bypassed and the patient is taken directly to the cardiac catheterization lab where the blockage is opened using a stent or balloon angioplasty. The faster the blockage is opened, the less heart muscle dies from lack of blood flow…and the better the outcome for the patient.




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leFt Neurosurgeon Dr. Jason Highsmith is a leader in his field.

New Spine Procedure


aBove Dr. Jason Highsmith pioneers new technique at Trident Medical Center.


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Roseanne Pierse, of Murrels Inlet, SC, was one of the first patients to benefit from a new procedure brought to Charleston by neurosurgeon, Dr. Jason Highsmith. Pierse, who is 64 years old, had a fragment of her herniated disc removed at Trident Medical Center (TMC). After Dr. Highsmith removed the portion of Pierse’s disc that was compressing the nerve, he then applied a patch to help repair the disc wall. TMC is the first hospital in Charleston offering the new procedure called annular disc repair. Dr. Highsmith was able to close the hole in the disc and reduce her chances of further pain and more surgery. Previously the standard of care was to remove the portion of disc that was applying pressure to Pierse’s nerves but this procedure, a discectomy, typically would require the surgeon to make an incision on the outer


layer of the disc called the annulus fibrosus. Before annular disc repair there was no easy method to close the anulus following the removal of tissue, surgeons commonly let the anulus heal on its own. Now, this new technique makes the process much less painful for the patient. “Repairing an injured disc may reduce the incidence of complication,” says Dr. Highsmith who is fellowship-trained in spine surgery. “Discs that do not heal on their own may re-rupture or collapse further and could lead to additional surgery including fusion.” According to Dr. Highsmith the anular disc repair procedure adds minimal time to the overall surgery and carries minimal risk. Patients, like Pierse, usually walk the same day and begin physical therapy and exercise within 10 days to two weeks.



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Park Circle Artists


Park Circle is known for its artistic, fun-loving and trendy vibe. Wander around the restaurants and theaters along East Montague Avenue, and you’re bound to run into a creative soul. Here are a few of Park Circle’s artists, all members of the North Charleston Artist Guild. The guild was formed in April 2010 in an effort to network and promote artists in the area, as well as to connect them with local businesses. The guild is hosted by the Olde North Charleston Merchants Association and operates out of the Old Village in Park Circle. From left: glass fusion artist Keller Lee, textile artist Arianne King Comer, painter James Christopher Hill, surrealist painter Peter Scala, photographer Kip Bulwinkle and metal sculptor David Springer.


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Rev. Nelson Rivers

NAACP, CHARITY MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH A 1968 graduate of Burke High School, The Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III has worked for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for 34 years and is currently the vice president of stakeholders relations. He’s also pastor of Charity Missionary Baptist Church on Montague Avenue. In January 2010, Rivers addressed thousands of people who marched to the South Carolina Statehouse in honor of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

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Well Worth The Trip Downtown

He’s a savvy political player, a force to be reckoned with and a fierce promoter and defender of all things North Charleston. Voters have chosen him as their leader time and time again since 1994. Meet R. Keith Summey, Park Circle’s most recognizable resident. The alumnus of Chicora High School and Baptist College can often be spotted holding court in the Old Village, sometimes while sipping coffee before heading to city hall or visiting a favorite diner for lunch.

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THE SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTE Bryan Cordell is the executive director of The Sustainability Institute, whose mission is to empower South Carolinians to reduce their environmental footprint where they live and work. Cordell is an expert in energy conservation training and works in the institute’s office on East Montague Avenue, a refurbished and ultra-environmentally friendly bungalow known as the “GreenHouse.” Cordell lives in the Oak Terrace Preserve neighborhood in Park Circle.

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Jan Turner


Jan Turner is a lifelong resident of Park Circle. In fact, she still lives on the same block where she spent her childhood, and a number of her relatives still live nearby. Turner’s father, Robert W. Turner, was one of the founding fathers of the city of North Charleston. Turner is a real estate agent and also owns Village Hall, a 3,000-square-foot event hall on East Montague in the Old Village. She bought the old machine shop in 2006, renovated the space and opened Village Hall in 2008. She also plans to open an antique store called Village Hall Attic.

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GREATER PARK CIRCLE FILM SOCIETY James Sears (left) and Nicholai Burton are two of four founders of The Greater Park Circle Film Society. The nonprofit business screens films at the Olde North Charleston Picture House in the Old Village on Saturdays. Sears, Burton and their colleagues — all Park Circle residents — founded the society in 2008 with three goals in mind: to present films not shown in commercial theaters, to educate people about the art of film and to foster civic engagement and community outreach.

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Dr. Amy Cooper opened her practice on Spruill Avenue in 2007. Her office is next to Quarterman Park, where she maintains a flowerscape project. Cooper also teaches Tae-bo at the Danny Jones Recreation Center on Monday evenings and lives in the Mixson neighborhood. Amy is a runner, and in her spare time enjoys cake decorating and playing the saxophone and piano.

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Scott Cloud

THE BARBEQUE JOINT Scott Cloud owns and operates The Barbeque Joint in North Charleston’s Old Village. Cloud opened the business almost three years ago, and now averages about 100 meals a day on site. He also delivers about 100 more a day to businesses in the nearby shipyard area. Cloud, shown here in front of a mural painted on the side of his building, is also the head of the Olde North Charleston Merchants Association, which has about 75 members.

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Allison and Daniel Nadeau

INK MEETS PAPER PRESS Allison and Daniel Nadeau are starting their own letterpress company, Ink Meets Paper Press, in their Park Circle home. The seeds of their entrepreneurial endeavor were planted in 2008, when Allison acquired a 1920s Chandler & Price platen press — all 1,200 pounds of it. The duo plan to offer an array of stationery and art prints, as well as other one-of-a-kind handprinted goods. Daniel is also a freelance designer, and Allison is involved with the Charleston Craft Bee.

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Laurie Henderson is the owner and head trainer at Fly Dog Fitness, which offers personal coaching, fitness boot camps and nutritional planning. A resident of Park Circle, Henderson can usually be spotted leading boot camps from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the circle. She specializes in group training, sport-specific, speed and agility training. Fly Dog has also joined forces with the city’s recreation department to offer adult fitness programs.

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p o W e r p l ay e r s North Charleston has long been a crossroads of commerce and community. Here residents consider options for the area’s many rail lines.

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orth Charleston is a city we tend to notice, but don’t always see; a city we know about, but don’t really know. If you think through the recent history of Metropolitan Charleston, you can’t ignore North Charleston’s huge role. We’re talking about South Carolina’s third largest municipality and its youngest major city. So let’s pay attention, folks — North Charleston is important … and far more interesting than some might think! North Charleston is the region’s industrial center and the great accommodator of the Lowcountry’s vast multi-modal transportation complex. It’s a city strongly focused on its neighborhoods, parks and recreation programs, as well as its performing arts profile. North Charleston seems determined to balance economics with quality of life standards. There’s an evolving essence to present-day North Charleston, a medley of conflicting “feels.” It’s large and small, trendy and old. It’s strong and fragile. It’s diverse, socially, economically and demographically. It’s folksy and artsy. It’s the geographic center of a metropolitan area better known for blue-blood genteel history, grand architecture and beaches. North Charleston is growing quite comfortable in its own red-blooded, working-class skin, and asserting itself as a regional leader. There’s imagery aplenty to make the point. On any evening, the city’s Park Circle is alive with activity. Runners and walkers round the circle alongside young parents pushing baby strollers. Kids of all ages compete in youth baseball and football programs, cheered on by enthusiastic moms and dads. Heated disc golf contests continue after darkness.

ron Brinson, a native of North Charleston and a current resident, is a former photographer, reporter and editorial writer for Charleston newspapers. In 1973, he left the newspaper business and began his career in public port authority management. After serving on the S.C. State Ports Authority’s executive staff, in 1979 he became president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Port Authorities, headquartered in Washington, D.C. In 1986, he was named president and chief executive of the Port of New Orleans. Brinson retired in 2003, returning with his family to the Lowcountry. He is a frequent commentary columnist for The Post and Courier newspaper.

In every direction, the neighborhoods seem unpretentious and neat, occupied and safe. At the east end of Montague Avenue, in the Old Village, rival bank branches abide one door from each other on the same side of the street. A few doors away, there’s a day spa and law offices. A couple of old-style, north area bars compete with trendy ones. Newer restaurants test their menus — and never seem to threaten the city’s tried-and-true diners. There’s Dolly’s Idle Hour, still the best darn lunch joint in the Lowcountry, and Aunt Bee’s, a favorite of Mayor Keith Summey where the food is good and the crowd is a collection of regulars.

ous community associations at war against crime and grime in neighborhoods that need plenty of attention. Everywhere you look, North Charleston seems to churn anew with a spirit of transition — and pride. But follow North Charleston’s history and you’ll quickly appreciate a community still hewn by a very constant role. Sure, the actors have changed and the plot thinned and thickened a few times, but North Charleston has always been, well, “North Charleston:” the broad-shouldered heavy-lifter for regional Charleston’s economy.

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A mile or so south and west, you see new housing replacing old housing projects. Nothing menacing or mean about these streets; they portray an expansive neighborhood in full-form transformation, the old becoming new. Mayor Summey and his family live just off Park Circle. So do police chief Jon Zumwalt and his family. And then we see those giant cranes and the ant-bed of activity at the giant Boeing plant, along with new residential developments along the city’s boundaries in three counties. What we don’t readily see are the zeal-

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Shut down North Charleston, and “Greater Charleston” wouldn’t be great. If North Charleston didn’t exist, it would have to be invented. And that’s pretty much what happened a long, long time ago.

BroaD sHoulDers, Blue Collars From those formative days of the 17th century, native Americans and the Charlestown colonists mingled along the Cooper River and its tributaries. Plantations dominated the territory north of Charleston. Farming and phosphate mining attracted population growth and supported Charleston’s economy. Plantations were subdivided, not preserved. Farmlands were converted into other uses such as lumber yards. From its earliest days, the north area was about adapting, working the land and natural resources … and supporting old Charleston’s objectives of prosperity — and survival. We could stop right there and make the summary point: Old Charleston specifically, and the Lowcountry generally, have been depending on North Charleston — the “north area” — for a long, long time. But this is a story well worth thoughtful contemplation. North Charleston is no longer simply old Charleston’s territorial worker bee. It has stepped beyond the long shadows of historic and genteel old Charleston and discovered itself. So far, it seems to like what it sees, warts and all. The community’s post-Civil War story connects many dots in understanding North Charleston’s present and future. The Civil War and Reconstruction had sapped Charleston’s economy and its lofty standing among old American cities. Charleston’s political and business leadership was acting aggressively to restart their city’s prewar economic engine. Old Charleston, in 1895, had purchased

senator … who just happened to be a member of the Senate’s Committee on Naval Affairs. In 1901, the U.S. Navy agreed to purchase Chicora Park, and construction soon began

River. They were unabashedly lobbying the president for programmed expansions of the new naval facility. And the naval base seemed to grow from day one.

the Retreat Plantation, 6 miles up the Cooper River’s west bank. Planners were directed to layout “Chicora Park.” The property became the city’s promising new frontier. The electric trolley line connected the city with Chicora Park, which quickly became a recreational center featuring a golf course, fancy dance hall and waterfront picnicking. But Charleston’s leadership very soon saw a larger role for Chicora Park: a U.S. naval facility. It was a classic lobbying and salesmanship initiative, propelled by the influence of old “pitchfork” Ben Tillman, South Carolina’s former governor and its incumbent U.S.

on the Charleston Naval Station. Charleston’s bold self-marketing initiatives continued with the South Carolina InterState and West Indian Exposition of 1901. This “World’s Fair” show attracted 674,000 people during an 18-month run, but it closed as a financial failure. The big payoff was President Theodore Roosevelt’s attendance in April 1902. With the national press corps tagging along, Charleston’s leaders gave Teddy the grand tour and a big-time sales pitch. They touted “their” city’s land and infrastructure assets north of the peninsula along the Cooper

With the Chicora Park property sales proceeds, Charleston purchased most of the property site of the Inter-State and West Indian Exposition, now know as “Hampton Park." Charleston’s focus on its “north area” assets was sharpening, quickly. The General Asbestos and Rubber Company set up operations on peninsular Charleston in 1895. Two decades later, it bought a north area tract near the Cooper River and began a major expansion in what would become “Old North Charleston.” GARCO also put in place a housing “village” for its workers — a model that would largely define the

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community’s composition and its reputation as a working-class community. The north area was rapidly becoming the default venue for the Lowcountry’s big industry and the hub of its nascent highway and rail transportation system. Yet the territory was neither a city nor a town. It was essentially ungoverned. In 1912, a group of Charleston business leaders saw a special opportunity … and dollar signs. They formed a development company and began an ambitious plan to turn the north area into a planned community that would balance industrial and residential needs. Their planning spared no expense. A grand “garden city” would supplant an old lumber milling operation. Park Circle would be its apex, the Cooper River its venue for industry and agriculture production. It was a great idea in the worst of economic times. The “garden city” was a miserable failure, but the template of old North Charleston as we know it today was in place. The streets that define Park Circle corridors still bear the names of those old Charleston business leaders: Montague, Rhett, Buist, O’Hear, Durant and Mixon. This big idea that became a big flop merely confirmed the north area’s strategic values and propelled its identity as a working-class community in the making. The navy’s base and shipyard expanded steadily during World War I and was a bustling complex by World War II. The north area was attracting folks from all over the south seeking employment as the Great Depression peaked. Like the GARCO mill village, housing projects were hastily built to accommodate the needed work force. These navy-related housing projects were bastions of middleclass family operations: Tom McMillan, George Legare, Ben Tillman, John C. Calhoun

Rivers’ influence links the history of the military base operations and related defense contractor enterprises throughout Greater Charleston, and especially North Charleston. It was big news shortly after World War II when Meeting Street Road was realigned and a new four-lane “superhighway” was built to Durant Avenue. This segment of Highway 52 was named in honor of Mendel Rivers. It would evolve as the north area’s commercial artery. So the Great Depression, two world wars and some good work in Washington had put in place a mosaic of proud working class neighborhoods. Soon enough, there would be talk of forming a city. In 1949, a north-area business leadership group realized their community needed an identity. A public referendum was held to determine a name for the general area. Voters had tempting choices. “New Charleston” was on the ballot, so was “Park Circle.” “North Charleston” was chosen by a huge majority. The seeds of a city were planted, but germination became a complicated proposition. Several attempts to incorporate failed miserably as citizens expressed a preference for limited neighborhood-level government — or no government at all. A well-funded referendum to incorporate most of the old North Charleston Public Service District failed in 1970. A year later, city fathers-in-waiting became creative. A small section around Park Circle was incorporated as the “City of North Charleston” with John Bourne elected the city’s first mayor. The new mayor-elect and his team had to demonstrate that a majority of all registered voters in the initial city boundaries had approved incorporation. Culling the registration lists of deceased and former residents produced the mathematical majority, and the S.C. Supreme Court finally agreed in June 1972. “North Charleston,” initially a city of just

and Liberty Homes. Liberty Hill, an historic African-American community, prospered along Montague Avenue. Retail markets soon followed, as did churches — along with the back-alley bars that define a navy town. And the federal government continued to play a big role. L. Mendel Rivers saw to it. Rivers was a lawyer whose family operated a boarding house on O’Hear Avenue in the north area. He was elected to Congress in 1940. Ambitious and clever, Rivers worked his way through the ranks to become chairman of the House Armed Services committee, the position he held when he died in 1970.

a few blocks in 1972, has since exploded through annexations into South Carolina’s third-largest city, covering 76 square miles and extending into three counties. The new city began operations at the very time its demographic grounding was shifting beneath its feet. North Charleston’s working-class families were moving to newer residential developments along Dorchester Road and toward Hanahan and Summerville. The north area’s earliest neighborhoods were being left behind. Many were generally neglected. A community known for its grit was slowly earning a reputation for its grime.


t H e P l aC e to B e Park Circle has earned a reputation throughout the Lowcountry, and even at a national level, as a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood.

These days, Mayor Summey, the astute politician now in his fourth full term, talks with authority about residential density, redevelopment economics and the powers of “affordable lifestyle,” “livability” and “green." Most of those older neighborhoods around Park Circle buzz with redevelopment, new ones offer convenience and affordability, and the unfortunate ones are getting plenty of clean-up attention from city hall. Homesteading attracts folks looking for good real estate deals, proximity to their work places and neighborhood spirit. The homesteaders join with long-established residents, forming a string of neighborhood associations and community pride initiatives. Many older residents are veterans of the Navy base, the paper mill or the GARCO village. Some can recall a north area of many unpaved streets and an era when the only traffic jams were the daily rush hours of navy yard traffic. The homesteaders are a diverse lot: families with children, young professionals, retirees, artisans and journalists.

and conveys a sharp message that North Charleston is willing to work to be a bigleague city. Most North Charlestonians believe their city is on a concerted march — right back to its future, a parade picking up steam and strutting past and over those dated clichés.

This blending of older and newer has cast North Charleston as more progressive, more liberal and even a bit funky. In 2009, Men’s Journal declared the Park Circle community as one of America’s best neighborhoods. “Greenwich Village on the Cooper River,” one proud homesteader declared. These days, bad jokes and vacuous clichés about crime and grime wear thin against the city’s new realities. North Charleston is pushing back against crime, neighborhood blight and failing public schools. It will be a never-ending campaign for sure, but so far the record speaks for itself

The “Charleston” International Airport is actually in North Charleston, as is the worn-out “Charleston” Amtrak station. The city is, in fact, the travel threshold for Greater Charleston’s convention and tourism industry and has its own huge base of hotel rooms. Most new jobs projected for regional Charleston over the next few years will be in North Charleston, or directly dependent upon operations in the city. Office space developers awaiting better economic conditions are heavily focused on the corridors around North Charleston’s center. Technology is a big part of North Charles-

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a ForCe to Be reCkoneD WitH New North Charleston has not been shy about its regional role; nor is it shy about asserting itself. At the city’s limits in Berkeley and Dorchester counties, Mayor Summey has been aggressive toward annexations. His goal, he says, is to maintain annexation frontiers, a constancy of opportunities for the city to extend its limits, especially to the north and west. The city built and operates the region’s leading performing arts center, located at the coliseum and convention center complex. It’s a state-of-the-art facility, but also a venue where you don’t have to dress up, and you can take your beverage to your seat.



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l i va B i li t y Flush with economic development success, North Charleston's leaders in the public and private sectors have sharpened their focus on “lifestyle” and “livability” factors.

ton’s economic profile. Scores of high-tech firms have located in North Charleston around the Navy’s SPAWAR operations. But it’s those “lifestyle” and “livability” themes that seem to prime the city’s spirit these days. Mayor Summey and his colleagues argue that if they get those objectives right, good economic news will follow. And the mayor clearly understands that his “residential” city cannot abdicate its regional leadership role in attracting and accommodating industry and commercial enterprise. This simply sharpens the challenges of “lifestyle” and “livability.” And it’s why we’ve seen Summey confront big railroad companies, imploring them to mitigate rail operations in resurgent neighborhoods. He’s been no less feisty in challenging the S.C. State Ports Authority to respect his city’s planning commitments to smart growth neighborhoods as it expands the Port of Charleston’s container ship terminals. Just as the old Charleston’s business leaders failed in their planned city development

past three years, the city has received several impressive national awards for its efforts toward sustainability. Further evidence that the city has caught the “green” bug can be found in its spanking new $38 million City Hall, which features all sorts of environmentally friendly attributes. Surely, something good will eventually happen at the old navy yard’s north end. Noisette’s New American City might yet survive, or the property might evolve as a high-tech research complex, perhaps focusing on Clemson’s massive wind turbine project. On the other side of the city, Boeing is a very big deal! Soon North Charleston will be one of three cities in the world where wide-body jet airliners are assembled and delivered. An assortment of supporting cast companies will follow to locations throughout regional Charleston, but mostly in North Charleston. The resurgent residential neighborhoods of Park Circle and newer residential corridors in other parts of North Charleston will

a century ago, the Noisette project at the old navy yard now falters in foreclosure and other profound uncertainties. But Noisette’s “New American City” concept already has produced positive results, and has served as a confirmation of North Charleston’s possibilities. The Old Village redevelopment at the end of Montague Avenue followed the Noisette project announcement and quickly created the ambience of an old community and a young city — with welcoming arms. “Green” and “sustainability” values are prominent Noisette themes, and they have been adopted by North Charleston. In the

offer affordable and convenient housing for thousands of workers taking these new jobs. In this evolution, North Charleston simply follows its history — a community of many neighborhoods, knitted by thousands of workers in residence — just like the heyday operations during the last century. Understand that, and you’ll understand North Charleston. It’s a city striving for progress and genuine livability, not perfection. It’s a city just trying to do a good job in the critical regional role it was assigned three centuries ago — being North Charleston. N

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Power of Zeus


MAYBE YOU’VE SEEN IT OUT THERE IN CHARLESTON HARBOR, CUTTING HIGH-SPEED ZIGZAGS WITH A 30-FOOT BLUE MARLIN ON ITS HULL. dubbed “Quadzeus,” this 60-Foot sportFishing Vessel serVes as a tricKed-out test boat For north charleston’s cummins mercruiser diesel (cmd). Wrapped in a massive mural painted by renowned marine artist Steve Goione, QuadZeus gives the Leeds Avenue company an eye-catching platform to show off its goods at international boat shows. Though old salts may stop to gawk at the art, it’s what CMD’s boat can do that floors ’em. CMD test captains have been known to ease QuadZeus into the middle of a marina, with all eyes watching, then spin it like a top. No bow thrusters, no tricks at the wheel. It’s all done with a joystick. QuadZeus is powered by four of CMD’s QSC 8.3-liter 600-hp engine/pod units. The

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“pod” drive is a cutting-edge propulsion system with articulating sterndrives that turns maneuvering a 60-foot sportfisher into child’s play. Traditional marine drives send power from an engine down a fixed shaft to a propeller; a rudder changes the boat’s direction. These revolutionary pod systems feed power from the engine to drive units (pods) below the hull which rotate independently and transfer power to propellers. A boat outfitted with CMD’s pod technology can move sideways or diagonally, it can pivot on its own axis — all with simple movements of a joystick.


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CMD, a joint venture between Cummins Inc. and Mercury Marine, has been manufacturing and integrating Zeus pod systems for more than three years at its 75,000-squarefoot plant on Leeds Avenue. The company receives Cummins diesel engines and the Zeus drives, then puts the systems together and “marinizes” the whole package in North Charleston. Though the pod drives are CMD’s flagship product, CMD also turns out thousands of traditional marine engines, starting with the same Cummins block engines that might otherwise end up in anything from big Dodge pickups to semi rigs or excavators. In North Charleston, these engines are outfitted with marine parts, integrated into various drive systems, tested (and retested and retested), painted and shipped worldwide. CMD’s diesel engines — whether they’re paired with a traditional shaft and propeller or outfitted with a pod drive — end up in a range of commercial, recreational and military vessels. The Spirit of South Carolina, for example, motors off a pair of CMD QSB 5.9-230 hp engines. CMD’s customer base includes Sea Ray, Grand Banks, Cabo, Viking and Hampton, Hinckley, Ocean Alexander, Sabre and Selene yachts. Clay Gaillard, CMD public relations manager, says the pod drive is a “game changer,” a system that takes the anxiety out of handling big boats. Though owners of pod-driven vessels must still master basic seamanship, these new propulsion systems shrink the experience time it takes to confidently get bigger boats in and out of tight spaces, he says. The combination of articulating drives and joystick control allow captains at the helm to make "very complex movements, things you just can’t do with sticks, no matter how good you are,” Gaillard says. The new technology works so well that many builders of custom sportfishing boats are starting to work pod drives into their hull designs, Gaullard says. CMD employs 135 at their Leeds Avenue plant, plus another three at CMD’s Integration Center on Johns Island (where the QuadZeus test vessel is based), and an additional 15 in Bordeaux, France. CMD’s personnel run the gamut from engineers, naval architects and assembly-line technicians to test captains, sales staff and customer service specialists. Gaillard says 22 of the Leeds Avenue employees live in North Charleston, and many more live in nearby Ladson and Summerville. CMD is also active in the local community as a supporter of Trident United Way, Lowcountry Food Bank, Crisis Ministries, the American Cancer Society and the Anchors Away program, which helps give disabled anglers the chance to fish. N

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nortH cHarleston resident and cHef Kevin mitcHell joined tHe culinary institute of cHarleston in 2008 as a full-time instructor. Mitchell holds both an associate and bachelor’s degree in culinary arts, and has worked as a chef in atlanta, detroit and other cities. trident technical college wooed Mitchell to the lowcountry to becoMe the school’s first african-aMerican culinary instructor. nortH cHarleston magazine caught up with the chef on caMpus, where Mitchell reMinisced on how he got into cooking and explained his fondness for chaMpagne, cigars, foie gras and crisp, clean uniforMs. How did you become interested in tHe culinary arts? My grandmother was teaching me how to cook when I was 6 years old. I have three brothers, my mom was a single parent, so I spent a lot of time with my grandmother, because my mom worked two, three jobs to support us. My brothers would go outside and play and do what little boys do, and my grandmother would make me stay in the house and cook. One day I was like, “Grandma, I just want to go outside and play — I’m 6!" She said to me, you know, one day your grandmother and your mother are not going to be here to cook for you, to do your laundry, to take care of you. So you need to know how to do those things.” I guess she chose me as the one she was going to pass her cooking down to.

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… I decided I wanted to be a chef when I was watching television, and there was this huge thing on about the Culinary Olympics. I saw these guys in crisp white jackets and tall white hats, and they were cooking. I ran into my grandmother’s room and I said, “Grandma, I know what I want to be when I grow up. I want to be a chef.” She said, “Oh, you want to be a cook?” and I said, “No, I want to be a chef.” … From that point on, that’s all there’s been. People ask me what I’d be doing if I wasn’t cooking, and honestly, I don’t know. … Here I am, at 40, doing exactly what I said I wanted to be doing at 7 years old. For me, that’s a blessing to be able to do that.

wHat are your favorite corners of tHe foodie world? soutHern? frencH, italian, susHi — wHat


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When I’m cooking for people, I’m all about seafood. I’m very big on seafood, whether it’s fish, shrimp, crab, lobster — whatever. My cooking style … I don’t have a cooking style. I just cook what I like to cook. Wherever I’m working, whatever the menu is, that’s what I cook, and I learn from that. … I’ve worked in a restaurant where we did pan-Asian, where people couldn’t believe that someone like me was in the back making upscale Asian food. But for me, if you know the basic techniques, you can cook anything. When I go out to eat, it’s seafood, but I do have my splurges every now and then. That’s the French side of me. I do like foie gras, but you can’t eat it every day! But if I’m somewhere and it’s on the menu, I’m getting it.

Where are your favorite places to eat in north charleston? Cork in Park Circle, EVO. ... I like the Park Circle area. I like to go get that pork trifecta at EVO. You know: bacon, bacon and bacon. Nothing but pork, and it’s fantastic.

What about other spots around the loWcountry? Cypress. Fig. McCrady’s. I had the opportu-

nity to eat at Charleston Grill when they were wooing me to come to Charleston. That was my first dinner.

did you have the foie gras? Yes I did! And I had their popcorn with truffle oil and Parmesan cheese. Fantastic.

We’re food channel junkies at my home. do you unplug When you get home, or do you partake of the food shoW smorgasbord? Absolutely. I watched "Top Chef Desserts" last night. Before that "Hell’s Kitchen" was on. I watch all of them. "Iron Chef America," I’m a big fan. Sunday night I’m glued to the television. A lot of my friends who are not chefs don’t understand. They say, “I would think that after being at work so many hours that the last thing you’d think about would be food.” Well, I don’t cook a lot at home, but I’m watching "Top Chef." I actually have friends who were on last season. And there’s a young lady on this season who’s a really good friend of mine. So I’m all into the food shows.

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What Would you do? Maybe something similar to what Social does — Social is a wine bar — but I’d want to focus more on champagne. Champagne, but still do really nice small plates. Have a cigar room — I’m really into cigars, too. Something that’s intimate, something manageable. I don’t want to have a 400-seat restaurant. I want to have a nice 80- to 100seat restaurant where I can cook some really good food and focus on my particular style and flavors, and then feature champagne and cigars.

Jamie Tenny

co-founder, coast breWing

i read that a visit to kensington plantation fueled your interest in the south and in pursuing a leadership role in the local culinary World. What about this visit inspired you? Just being on the plantation, and knowing what it used to be, for someone like me. When I was at the plantation, out in the field actually picking rice along with the other students, for me it just kind of brought everything full circle. I kind of wandered off by myself and stood out in the middle of this area and was looking around, and this eerie feeling just took over me. I’m thinking, maybe some of my ancestors were here. From what I’ve heard from family members, a lot of my family that came over from Africa migrated to Rockville, South Carolina — that area. So I’m thinking: My ancestors could have been on this plantation. It just brought it full circle. That was part of the decision. … Meeting some of the students was a big part of it, too. Being the only AfricanAmerican chef here and knowing that a good majority of the student body in the culinary program are African-American or other minorities — that was important for me. I knew I’d be an inspiration to the students just by being here, even before I opened my mouth. Just so they could say, “Hey, someone like me could be successful in the industry.” … I want to teach them how to be great cooks, to become great chefs. The way I see it, I’m teaching them life skills, too: Show up on time, be in proper uniform. Sometimes they don’t understand it. They’re like, “Oh, you’re just getting on me.” I say, “No, I’m not only teaching you how to cook, I’m teaching you how to be a better person, a better chef — a professional. So when you come in here and your uniform is wrinkled or it’s dirty, that’s a reflection on who you are as a person. … I want so much for you to be better than me, so then I’ll know that when I’m done, this industry is in good hands.” N 50

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“to oWn a breWery,” jamie tenny says, “you really need to knoW hoW to do everything, from plumbing to electrical to microbiology. you need to be a janitor to a ph.d. in everything.” she Might add “lobbyist” to that list. tenny cofounded coast brewing with husband daVid Merritt in 2007. since then, tenny’s spearheaded successful caMpaigns to bring high-graVity beer and craft beer saMplings to south carolina. What’s a day in the life of jamie tenny like? It’s varied. Some days are manageable — you’re coming in to monitor things, maybe plan the week, or you might keg off some beer. Then some days, it’s a brew day, which is a 15-hour day. … Every day is very different, which I kind of like. I like not knowing, you know, that’s it’s 9 to 5 today. So we do have the luxury, like in the summertime, to come in very early or work very late, because it’s so hot. ... It’s nice to have flexibility, but you’ve still got to put in the 50 hours a week.


so hoW’s business at coast? It’s good! We’re coming up on our third anniversary. Our first beer was sent out in October (2007), and by January we had maxed out our facility. So, that’s a good thing, right (laughs)? For the most part it really is. We were not expecting that in two months. But it’s also a problem, because we’re very involved in our community, and we have friends who own restaurants, and they can’t get our beer because we don’t make enough of it. It’s a good thing, but it’s also a problem constantly having to say, “I’m sorry, we don’t have the means to make

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You know, it’s kind of changed for me. At the beginning, we wanted it to be very small. We’re already bigger than we wanted to be. Then in the middle, about a year and half ago, I thought, “Forget it — it’s not worth being this small, you can’t make it work. Let’s go big!” Then we talked to investors, and I thought, “Oh my gosh, there’s no way I can hand this over to somebody else.” So now we’re back to, “All right, let’s grow a little bit.” … So we’ll be expanding probably about 30% to where we are now. We’ll add that on by the end of the year, and then we’ll see. We’re going to get used to that and see how we feel with that little expansion.

hoW many beerS do you make? We make two yearround, always, and that’s the 32/50 Kolsch and the HopArt IPA, and then everything else is a seasonal. Right now we always have one seasonal, sometimes two. With this new tank (from the expansion), we hope to always have two, maybe three. We’ve made 27 beers in almost three years. That’s where the fun is, that was the main drive into opening our own brewery: To make those seasonals that change with our tastes and the seasons... that’s definitely the fun part that keeps us excited.

What’S your beSt Seller? HopArt is what we’re known for, in Charleston at least. It’s just an everyday, drinkable, fantastic IPA. But we’ve had some seasonals that have lasted a week when they were supposed to have lasted a month, so I’m thinking those were pretty popular, too.

What’S your favorite? Again, that changes with the seasons. That’s so hard. The minute I think, “Oh, this is it, we’ve done it,” the next one changes my mind. I’d have to say the Boy King Double IPA is up there for me. It’s got so much hops and so much flavor going on. It’s a new variety of hops we use in that, so it’s almost like a flavor you’ve never had in a beer. That tends to be a favorite when it comes out.

you led the 2007 Campaign that brought high-gravity beer to our State. you alSo SuCCeSSfully lobbied to alloW Sampling at Craft

Whew! Vacation from that! “Pop the Cap” was obviously what changed the face of craft beer in South Carolina. Not being able to have or brew beer over 6% (alcohol by volume) is just ridiculous. So in just those three years, you’ve seen the face of beer completely change. People were thirsty for it, ready for it, so that’s why it’s a whole new world now. That was hands-down the best thing I’ve ever done, as far as something that’s helped the whole industry. The samplings are a start. They’re pretty limited still. I’m eternally grateful to have them, but I can’t be a tap room, I can’t sell you a pint, I can’t sell you a keg. I can give you some samples and you can buy a case of beer — which is phenomenal, I’m not complaining. But definitely, more work needs to be done there. I’m not sure I’m up for it. I think after five years, I’m kind of ready to retire that part of it, but we’ll see.

CoaSt’S preSenCe in north CharleSton addS a unique SpiCe to the buSineSS Community. Why did you ChooSe the area? It just kind of happened that way. We looked at a building a few years ago, during our second attempt at Coast, and it didn’t pan out. Then I was working at the biodiesel plant, right behind the building, and the property manager came over. You know, we weren’t thinking of doing it again. I was working on legislation, but nothing had passed yet, so at that point you could still only make beer at under 6%, which would have been two of our 27 beers. So it wasn’t on the books to start a new brewery, but he said, “I have this really cool building, why don’t you just come and check it out.” We said sure, we’ll come check it out. We made it to the dock and thought, “Uh-oh — this is it. This building works for what we’re wanting to do.” We just fell in love with this space, and I love the location. You’re out of the way but not out of the way. You’re right in the middle of it, but we have this gorgeous view. … I liked what was going on, I like Park Circle.

there’S a lot of exCitement about park CirCle. What makeS it SuCh a SpeCial plaCe? Good question. I think the folks who are my age — you know, just over 30 and into the early 40s — it’s our time to show off what we’ve got, whatever it is we’re doing. And there’s a lot of that age group right here. I think their contributions are pretty much what makes it. And then the houses are really cool. The way it was originally set up, it just marries well with the people who are living there. N

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golF club at wescott Plantation North Charleston’s premier golf facility was developed with the richest traditions of Lowcountry golf in mind.


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new expansion project is ongoing. These additions promise to cement the coliseum’s role as the region’s premier venue for arts

North Charleston’s premier event destina-

h u n l e y to u r s The Warren Lasch Conservation Center houses the H.L. Hunley, a legendary Civil War submarine recovered off Charleston in 2000.


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tion opened more than 15 years ago. This state-of-the art facility attracts top-name concerts, sporting extravaganzas, skating events and hockey games. The coliseum is home to the South Carolina Stingrays, the three-time defending Kelly Cup Champions. As part of the East Coast Hockey League, the Stingrays were founded in 1994 and have dazzled crowds with awesome displays of skating and stick-handling prowess ever since. The 3,000-seat North Charleston Performing Arts Center was added to the coliseumconvention center complex in 1999, and a


and entertainment. For show times and more information, visit

5001 COLISEUM DRIVE NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. 29418 wannaMaker county Park Wannamaker Park offers visitors the chance to explore more than 1,000 acres of beautiful woodlands and wetlands and, in the summer months, enjoy a wildly popular water park. Amenities include miles of paved trails, picnic sites with grills, two playgrounds, an

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Hunley tours

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The wreck of the Civil War submarine Hunley was lifted from the Atlantic Ocean floor in 2000. The storied vessel had rested there since 1863, when it sank with her crew of eight men soon after participating in what is widely referred to as the first sinking of a naval vessel by a submarine. Now, this unique piece of history is preserved in North Charleston at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center. Looking at the

Fire MuseuM The North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center is next to the Tanger Outlet Mall, about 2 miles from Charleston International Airport. This museum houses the largest collection of professionally restored American LaFrance firefighting equipment in the country. The 26,000-square-foot museum opened in 2007

and houses 18 fire trucks and priceless oneof-a-kind firefighting artifacts. Admission is $6; children 12 and under get in free when accompanied by an adult. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. MondaySaturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit

4975 centre pointe drive north charleston, s.c. 29418 riverFront Park The rejuvenation of the former navy base and nearby Old Village and Park Circle neighborhoods represent one of the most sweeping changes to the city of North Charleston in recent years. The development of Riverfront Park has been a key aspect of this revitalization. The park is open to the public year-round and has become a favorite destination for residents and visitors. Set on the banks of the Cooper River, the park is next to the historic homes once occupied by the Charleston Naval Base officers and is surrounded by grand oak trees and peaceful river vistas. The park features a large boardwalk, fishing sites, charcoal grills, a covered pavilion and dozens of picnic tables next to a modern playground.


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cramped quarters aboard, thinking of eight men hand-cranking a propeller, imagining the bravery it must have entailed – all are worthy of the price of admission. Hunley tours are available every Saturday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The last tour begins at 4:40 p.m. Tours are not available on weekdays — that’s when scientists continue their preservation work on the Hunley. Tickets are $12 and can be bought on site or by calling 1-877-448-6539 or at Children under 5 are admitted free. Tickets for Friends of the Hunley society members, senior citizens and military are discounted to $10. For more information, visit

off-leash dog park, a park center with snack bar and restrooms, a sand volleyball court and horseshoe pits. Wannamaker is home to Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark, a seasonal attraction that features slides, kiddie pools and wave pools. Gate fees are $1 per person, free for children 2 years old and younger. For park fees and hours, which vary by season, visit ccprc. com. Admission to Whirlin’ Waters runs from $10.99 to $19.99, depending on visitors' ages and time of day. For details on admission and park hours, visit

The park also features a contemporary performance pavilion and the Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial, erected to honor the military personnel and civilians who served on the base. Riverfront Park also is home to the city’s Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. A component of the North Charleston Arts Festival, the exhibition features large-scale contemporary sculptures throughout the year. Public park hours are daylight to dark unless otherwise scheduled. For more information and directions, visit

tHe GolF CluB at WesCott Plantation North Charleston’s premier golf facility was developed with the richest traditions of Lowcountry golf in mind. The 27-hole course, designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan, captures traditional flavor through low-flowing earthworks, classic bunkering and native vegetation. The course also offers five tees per hole for all levels of golfers. Wescott’s antebellum-style clubhouse can accommodate up to 300 guests and ranks as one of the Lowcountry’s top event venues.

The golf course is open daily 7 a.m.-6 p.m. during winter months and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. during summer months. Greens fees start at $31. For more information, visit

5000 Wescott club drive north charleston, s.c. 29485 City art Gallery The North Charleston City Gallery features two-dimensional works by international, national and local artists in a variety of subjects and media. Exhibits are rotated on a monthly basis and may feature two or more artists in the gallery space each month. Visitors can purchase prints, notecards, jewelry and gift items made by local artists. The gallery is located in the common areas of the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex, and is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

5001 coliseum drive north charleston, s.c. 29418 DisC GolF The Park Circle Disc Golf course is located on the outer eight islands of historic Park Circle and runs around the entire perimeter of “The Circle.” While technically nine holes, the course can be played in two directions,

offering a true “18-hole” experience. Natural beauty combines with proximity to the revitalized Old Village district on East Montague Avenue, allowing golfers to play a round or two and then retire to the “19th hole” at any of East Montague Avenue’s many restaurants and bars. Open play is Monday-Sunday, daylightdark. If interested in playing doubles, meet at the #1 tee, Tuesdays at 5 p.m., for play beginning at 6 p.m.

park circle olD nortH CHarleston PiCture House Managed by the Greater Park Circle Film Society, the Old North Charleston Picture House presents films and shorts not generally shown in local commercial theaters. With the mission to screen high-quality films, educate the public and engage in community development, the Film Society continues to be an anchor for film and community in the Lowcountry. For show times and ticket information, visit

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Evo gets a lot of press for pizza in Park Circle,

If you had an “Extra Virgin Oven” (“EVO”) pizza in their early days, it was from the only place you could get it: the trailer-based wood oven that owners Ricky Hacker and Matt McIntosh set up at farmers’ markets and street corners. Now they have a slick, bright restaurant (above) producing the same crisp, well-dressed pies. Ingredients are obsessively sourced locally, and fresh and bright flavors are the results, whether pizza, salad, soup or panini. There is a large selection of specialty beer as well as a nice wine list, plus sidewalk seats for nice weather.

but crave a fine-dining experience, Trident Technical College culinary students can help. These students run a full food-service operation on campus in a sophisticated new facility, and the public can dine most weekdays of the fall school year. The two teaching kitchens are visible from the dining room, and the menus reflect students’ willingness to please. Less sophisticated menus are a mere $8, and the more complex a mere $12. You won’t get to see a detailed menu in advance, so a spirit of adventure is helpful, but you can choose dates that feature a type of cuisine you enjoy.

but Park Pizza has made it to their first anniversary in the neighborhood making mighty fine pizza, too — plus calzones, sandwiches and salads. The shop is tiny, and in summer heats up with the red-hot ovens running fullblast. But there is sidewalk seating, a take-out option … and Park Pizza delivers, too. Locals (and the employees, surely) look forward to cooler weather, when Park Pizza might lose their self-awarded title, “Hottest Restaurant in Town!” Regardless, the casual yet professional attitude and fine pies make this a “hot spot” no matter the season.

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taco trucks UsUally foUnd on RemoUnt Road and RiveRs between i-526 and aviation The Remount Road area has a large Latino population, and the evidence can be found on street corners and random parking lots many nights of the week: taco trucks. These rolling kitchens vary somewhat in their offerings and prices, but all serve the staple of the working class Latino: tacos. Not your crunchy, fast-food style, these are soft tortillas holding grilled meat — beef, chicken, often tripe and tongue — and served with cilantro and lime.

Doe’s Pita 5134 n. Rhett ave., 843-745-0026 mon.– fRi. 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Doe’s Pita is an enigma, stuffed into a singlefamily house on North Rhett Avenue. Two ladies use a variety of crock pots and other household kitchen gear to produce very tasty salads, soups and sandwiches perfect for a picnic or lunch at the office. Grab a quick bite at a tiny table indoors or picnic at the tables in the front yard. You may know the (recently closed) Charleston location, but this is the one that started it all 20 years ago. It’s also where they make all the pitas for both restaurants.


The babaganoush alone is worth a stop.

Marie’s Diner 5646 RiveRs ave., 843-554-1250, monday – fRiday 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. And at first glance it may seem like most other hole-in-the-wall “meat-n-three” restaurants – but trust me this is a good thing. Order your meat and sides and the wait staff will pile up your plate from the buffet line. Can’t decide on one meat? Too many sides to choose from? No problem. Marie’s is all you can eat! Finished with your fried chicken? Order up some pork chops! Polish off your mac-ncheese before the green beans? Just hop up and get some more! Wash it all down with sweet tea, loosen your belt a notch, and consider a nap instead of heading back to work.

ye olDe fashioneD ice creaM 6554 RiveRs ave., 843-797-7760 open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Yes, there are five of these restaurants in the area, and they all serve the same menu, but Ye Olde is an enduring local mainstay. Huge burgers, a BLT that boasts 15 strips of bacon, and, of course, 31 flavors of ice cream. Nothing fancy about them, but dependable, bounti-

ful sandwiches and fast and friendly service make it clear they have earned their place as a regular stop for locals, no matter what the neighborhood. Is it an ice cream stop? Is it a perfect better-than-fast-food burger joint? Who cares? It’s both, and satisfies everyone!

iDle hour 1065 e. montagUe ave., 843-747-3280 monday–fRiday 10 a.m.–3 p.m. The Navy’s exit hit Park Circle hard. While new eateries spring up there regularly nowadays, Idle Hour remains a throwback to those Navy days. In business for over 30 years in the same space, Idle Hour serves genuine grub in a bright, clean, homey environment. Grab a stool at the counter or slide into a booth and order with the gang of ladies who staff the place like a coffee klatch. It’s good food at low prices served with a smile and a “here you go, honey,” even if you have to ask for a menu — most patrons come so often, they don’t generally bother with them.

Johnny’s olD Village grill 1042 e. montagUe ave., 843-747-1841 monday–fRiday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. I’ve called Johnny’s the best burger in the area

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in print before, and here I do that again. Only lunch, only weekdays, Johnny churns out sloppy, drippy, crunchy masterpieces from a well-used flattop. It’s all booths for seating, and you are sure to see someone you know from the neighborhood every time. They serve various other sandwiches, serviceable wedge-cut fries and even beer and liquor. Be sure to ask for extra napkins early — it’s too hard to ask with your mouth stuffed with bite after bite of a massive “Johnny Burger."

graffiti grill 5031 Dorchester roaD, 843-760-1734 Mon.-sat., 6 a.M.-10 p.M., sun., 6 a.M.-8 p.M. Standing out on a rather drab stretch of Dorchester Road, Graffiti Grill is a shining chrome throwback to 1950’s-era American diners. Open early and serving three meals a day, this establishment serves Americana — a full breakfast, of course, but also standards like meat loaf, cheeseburgers, banana splits and a variety of sandwiches. Monthly car shows attract the gearheads of the days of “American Graffiti”, and the setting and the cuisine are a perfect match. If you remember the days where diners were the norm, Graffiti Grill will take you right back!

gennaro’s italian ristorante 8500 Dorchester roaD, 843-760-9875 Mon.–thu. 4:30 p.M.–10:30 p.M., Fri. 4:30 p.M.– 11 p.M., sat. 4:30 p.M.–11 p.M. This is old-school American Italian at its best. The décor hasn’t changed much in the 28 years Gennaro’s has been open, and the menu hasn’t either. Think red sauce and meatballs, veal and eggplant Parmesan, iceberg lettuce salads and spumoni, and you’ve got a timeless recipe for an Italian restaurant. A few newer items are miniature “gourmet pizzas,” steak and fish dishes and New York style pizza, but the piccatas and marsalas and Bolognese are all there too. Prices are relatively gentle, and the traditional dishes satisfy thoroughly. Get a glass of the house red, a bowl of red and spaghetti, and let the evening unfold.

the noisy oyster 7842 rivers ave., 843-824-1000 lunch 11 a.M.–4 p.M. Mon.-sun. Dinner 4–10 p.M. thur., 4-10:30 p.M. Fri.-sat., 4-10 p.M. sun. One of several Lowcountry locations, The Noisy Oyster is a place that has the look and feel of a beachy seafood shack, no matter how far it is from saltwater. Thatched roofs

and surfboards adorn the ceilings, tropical ceiling fans spin lazily, and fishing imagery is everywhere. The menu is, of course, mostly about seafood, and is served up in myriad ways. Coconut shrimp, calamari, grilled tuna, whole fried flounder, shrimp and grits, and the favorite steam pot are but a few options. Family-friendly, The Noisy Oyster offers food and fun for everyone.

Pho #1 h&l asian Market, 5300-1 rivers ave., 843-745-9365 open 7 Days a week, 9 a.M.-8:30 p.M. A restaurant inside a grocery store, Pho #1 serves pho: Big bowls of tasty broth packed with noodles, meats and veggies. They only take cash, so be sure to have some on hand, and order as you begin your shopping. While the noodles heat, peruse the wide array of Asian produce, seafood and staple items. By the time you’re done, your noodles will be waiting for you. Eat in the dining area or have it packed up to go; either way, by the time you’ve squeezed your limes and topped the bowl with Thai basil and chilis, you’ll know why you see so many Asian folks eating here.


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c h r i Stm a S F e Sti va l held dec. 4, the christmas Festival includes a holiday market, live music and a parade around park circle.


in north Charleston north charleSton haS it all. Visitors and residents can choose From concerts and sporting eVents at the coliseum, major holiday FestiVals, league sports and eVen local theater and independent Films. to submit an eVent For the next edition oF north charleston magazine, email Special eventS

S t i n g r ay S the south carolina stingrays play home games at the north charleston coliseum.

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Veterans Day: Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Park Circle. The North Charleston Recreation

5000 Lackawanna Blvd. Children can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, and Santa’s elves will be on hand to lead children through coloring,

Department sponsors the 8th Annual “Tribute to Our American Veterans.” The Department of Defense selected North Charleston as a regional site for Veterans Day 2010. Mayor Keith Summey will lead a ceremony in which all attending veterans will receive a medal. Guest speaker will be USMC Major Gen. James E. Livingston. His decorations include the Medal of Honor, Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart and many more. For more information, visit Winter Wonderland: Dec. 2-3, 10 a.m.noon at Armory Park Community Center,

arts and crafts and more. Free, registration Oct. 31-Nov. 21. For more information, visit Christmas Festival: Held the first Saturday of December (Dec. 4), the Christmas Festival includes a holiday market with craft vendors and local farmers, food vendors and live musical performances on two stages. The Christmas Parade begins at the corner of Montague and Mixson avenues, proceeds down Montague, around Park Circle, and concludes at Armory Park. Immediately following the Christmas Parade, Mayor Keith Summey lights the city’s Christmas tree out-


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s t. PAt r i c k ’ s DAy Don’t miss this fun block party in Park Circle, organized by Madra Rua Pub.

side the front entrance of the Felix C. Davis Community Center. For more information, visit Riverfront Race Festival & Charleston Marathon: Jan. 14-Jan. 16, North Charleston and Charleston. Featuring a marathon, halfmarathon, 10k, 5k and bike rides. Marathon and half-marathon courses start in Charleston and finish at the historic Navy Yard at Noisette. Registration is limited to the first 5,000 participants. For fees, schedule and other details, visit African American Heritage Days: Feb. 24-25 at Wannamaker County Park. A celebration of African American culture and history, with demonstrations, re-enactments and performances exploring African American heritage, from its roots in Africa to the Caribbean, the Americas and South Carolina. For more information, visit St. Patrick’s Day: March 12 on East Montague Avenue, Park Circle, organized by Madra Rua Irish Pub. This annual block party has proven to be one of the city’s biggest events, with authentic Irish music and food, not to mention plenty of beer. Check for event updates.

Arts & culture Summer in city auditions: A month-long residency in New York City organized by Park Circle nonprofit South of Broadway Theatre Company. Students live at The Juilliard School and work with world-class mentors. Individual programs of intensive study are designed for each participant. For more information, call Mary Gould at 843-814-4451 or visit Step team: The city Recreation Department offers an after-school Step Team program for ages 5–8 and 9–12. Each community center has the opportunity to compete against other centers. Teams are judged on

visit Anthony Bourdain: Nov. 12, 8 p.m. at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, with best-selling author and television celebrity Anthony Bourdain. Tickets are $45 and $35, plus fees. For more information, visit Indie Short Film Festival: Nov. 13 at The Olde North Charleston Picture House, 4820 Jenkins Ave., presented by The Greater Park Circle Film Society. For ticket prices and show times, visit Red Riding Hood: Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 14 at 3 p.m., South of Broadway Theatre

and $65 for all reserved seating, plus fees. For more information, visit Alan Jackson, with special guests Chris Young & The Band Perry: Nov. 18, 7 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum, with country music superstar Alan Jackson. Tickets are $74.50, $54.50 and $34.50 plus fees. For more information, visit Lyle Lovett and His Large Band: Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Legendary singer Lyle Lovett brings his show to the Lowcountry. Tickets are $75 and $49.50 plus fees. For more information, visit

sound, appearance, coordination, sportsmanship, rhythm and originality. For more information, visit Legally Blonde-The Musical: Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 , 7:30 p.m. at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Part of the Best of Broadway series. Tickets are $60, $50 and $30, plus fees. For more information, visit Independent film: Nov. 6 at The Olde North Charleston Picture House, 4820 Jenkins Ave. The Greater Park Circle Film Society presents “Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo.” For ticket prices and show times,

Company, 1080 E. Montague Ave. A ShowBiz School presentation. For ticket prices and show times, visit Celtic Thunder: Nov. 16, 8 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum. Five male vocalists from Ireland and Scotland, ranging in age from 16 to 40. Tickets are $76, $56 and $46, plus fees. For more information, visit Dave Matthews Band: Nov. 17, 7 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum, with veteran touring rockers Dave Matthews, Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard, and Boyd Tinsley. Tickets are $75 for general admission floor

Miss South Carolina USA & Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2011: Nov 19, 8 p.m. (preliminaries) and Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m. at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $45 and $35, plus fees. For more information, visit Independent film: Nov. 20 at The Olde North Charleston Picture House, 4820 Jenkins Ave. The Greater Park Circle Film Society presents “Winnebago Man.” For ticket prices and show times, visit Power Play: Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 21 at 3 p.m., South of Broadway Theatre Company, 1080 E. Montague Ave. A ShowBiz School

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presentation. For ticket prices and show times, visit Joe Bonamassa: Nov. 22, 8 p.m. at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Blues-rock star and singer-songwriter. Tickets are $69, $59, $49 and $39, plus fees. For more information, visit A Chorus Line: Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Part of the Best of Broadway series. Tickets are $60, $50 and $30, plus fees. For more information, visit Bob & Tom Comedy All Star Tour: Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum, with radio show celebrities. Tickets are $32.50, plus fees. For more information, visit The 24 Hour Plays: Dec. 4, South of Broadway Theatre Company, 1080 E. Montague Ave. Six one-act plays are written, directed, rehearsed and performed in 24 hours. For ticket prices and show times, visit southof or Holiday Twist: Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Concert tour reunites four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. Tickets are $59.50, $49.50 and $30 plus fees. For more information, visit Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker: Dec. 23, 8 p.m. at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. A spectacular holiday event featuring over 40 superbly trained Russian dancers. Tickets are $88.50, $68.50, $48.50, $38.50, and $28.50 plus fees. For more information, visit Monty Python’s Spamalot: Jan. 11 and 12, 7:30 p.m. at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, this musical comedy is based on the film classic “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.” Part of the Best of Broadway

p.m. at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Part of the Best of Broadway series. For more information, visit More fun than bowling: March 18, 19, 25, 26 at 7:30 p.m. and March 20, 27 at 3 p.m., South of Broadway Theatre Company, 1080 E. Montague Ave. Whimsical comedy by Steven Dietz. For ticket prices and show times, visit

series. For more information, visit The Aluminum Show: Jan. 22, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Aluminum is a new performance combining movement, dance and visual theater unique to the stage. For more information, visit Cafe La Boheme: Feb. 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 at South of Broadway Theatre Company, 1080 E. Montague Ave. The best of the famous opera by Puccini. For ticket prices and show times, visit Spring Awakening: March 15 and 16, 7:30 CSU basketball home games: Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. v. The Citadel; Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. v. Montreat; Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. v. Toccoa Falls. Dec. 11, 4:30 p.m. v. Milligan; Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. v. College of Charleston; Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. v. Bluefield; Dec. 31, 4:30 p.m. v. High Point. Jan. 2, 4:30 p.m. v. Radford; Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m. v. Presbyterian College; Jan. 15, 4:30 p.m. v. Winthrop. Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. v. VMI; Feb. 5, 4:30 p.m. v. Liberty; Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. v. Asheville; Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. v. Gardner-Webb; Feb. 26, 4:30 p.m. v. Coastal Carolina. Visit for


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sPorts For more information about Stingrays games, visit To see updates on all sports programs at Charleston Southern University, visit For fees and updated schedules for league sports, visit Youth baseball and softball: Registration takes place in January. For more information please contact Mike Maksim at 843-740-5803 or Adult softball: Manager’s meeting Feb. 2. For more information, call Cindy Dambaugh at 843-740-5801 or e-mail cdambaugh@ Senior softball: League is open to men at least 50 years old. For more information, call Cindy Dambaugh at 843-740-5801, Duffy Stone 843-688-5325 or e-mail cdambaugh@ Flag football: Manager’s meeting: February 2 at Park Circle. For more information, call Cindy Dambaugh at 843-740-5801 or e-mail Soccer (boys and girls): Registration is March 1-31, The Recreation Department’s middle school soccer program begins its season in April. For more information, visit Youth track and field: Registration is in March. Meets are held on the third Saturday in April and May. For more information, visit


more information. CSU football: Nov. 13, 1:30 p.m. at CSU Football Field. CSU takes on Big South Conference rival Presbyterian College during Senior Day. Visit for more information. Youth Football: Dec. 11, starting at 9 a.m. at Charleston Southern University. North Charleston will be hosting the 2010 South Carolina Athletic Programs Football All-Star Championships. Competition is for kids 8-13 years old. For more information, visit S.C. Stingrays hockey home games: Nov. 5, 6 and 7 v. Florida; Nov. 16 v. Greenville; Nov. 19, Nov. 20 v. Gwinnett; Nov. 21 v. Wheeling; Nov. 26 v. Gwinnet; Nov. 28 v. Toledo. Dec. 4 v. Greenville; Dec. 6, Dec. 7 v. Kalamazoo; Dec. 17 v. Florida; Dec. 19 v. Florida; Dec. 29, Dec. 31 v. Greenville. Jan. 2, Jan. 4 v. Gwinnett; Jan 7, Jan. 8 Jan. 9 v. Trenton; Jan. 14 v. Florida; Jan. 16 v. Kalamazoo; Jan. 22 v. Greenville. Feb. 11 v. Gwinnett; Feb. 15 , Feb. 20 v. Greenville; Feb. 26, Feb. 27 v. Florida. March 1 v. Gwinnett, March 8 v. Elmira; March 11, March 12, March 13 v. Cincinnati; March 22, March 27 v. Greenville. Games start at 7:05 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $20, $17 and $14, plus fees. Ticket price increases if purchased on game day.

MuniciPal Meetings Unless otherwise noted, municipal meetings are held at North Charleston City Hall, Buist Conference Room, 2500 City Hall Lane. For more information, additional committee meetings and to check on updated schedules, visit Arts Advisory Committee: Nov. 9, Jan. 11, March 8, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. in Cultural Arts Department. Citizens Advisory Council: Nov. 4, Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., in Buist Conference Room. City Council: Nov. 11, Nov. 25, Dec. 9, Dec. 23, Jan. 13, Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, March 10, March 24, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., Council Chambers. Planning Commission: Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Feb. 14, March 14, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. in Buist Conference Room. Recreation Advisory Board: Nov. 24, Dec. 22, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 23, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., in Buist Conference Room. Zoning Board of Appeals: Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Jan. 3, Feb. 7, March 7, 5 p.m.-6 p.m. in Buist Conference Room.


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