September 3, 2020

A beautiful and gregarious beast, the roseate spoonbill has transitioned from exotic newcomer to coastal counterpart within the South Carolina Lowcountry. Vibrant pink feathers speckle our marshlands with extra color at low tide as small flocks of the bird wade in the...

May 7, 2020

When producer Ron Small interviewed Holocaust survivor Joe Engel in 2017, he didn’t realize the experience would become the catalyst for a groundbreaking Holocaust film project. He didn’t know To Auschwitz and Back: The Joe Engel Story would be the first of many more t...

March 4, 2020

The ladies and handcrafts of ‘Southern Tribute’

Last Christmas, Angela Inscoe was selling handmade oyster ornaments to friends. Oysters were prepared then painted, or fitted with paper prints; a hook held them on the tree. Her daughter, Melissa Dulaney, came over for ho...

March 4, 2020

Plantation Pathways

By Ben Schools

Cedar Hill Plantation resides on the East Branch of the Cooper River, southwest of Middleburg. Its acreage has changed during the course of many years but it still bears the remnants of inland and tidal rice fields. Currently it is the...

February 5, 2020

For many Charlestonians and many well beyond the Custom House, there was not a more quietly significant person than David Maybank, Jr., because despite his gentle manner, he firmly lived by principle and a helping hand. Conversations with those who knew him evoke an im...

December 5, 2019

Gift giving on holidays and other important milestones can be a source of joy for both the giver and the recipient. A gift can be thought-out and tailored for someone. Its intent can be articulated by a note. It can be monetary, allowing someone the freedom to choose w...

November 5, 2019

The birth of ‘Traditional Wild America’

Living within reach of saltwater marshes and protected woodlands seems commonplace to those born into it; it is simply a part of how one grows up. Venturing away from it, however — even for a short time — makes us profoundly aware...

October 2, 2019

Both long-term residents and newcomers may readily see see the unrelenting change in coastal landscape. Some is gradual; some is swift and dramatic. It seems the latter tends to result from our man-made intrusions. The ocean constantly pushes, pulls and shifts and as w...

September 5, 2019

When picturing life aboard a sailing ship, the mind fills with scenes of endless seas and tropical ports. Sailors pass through, occupied by the cleaning of wooden decks or routine heaving and easing of ropes. Perhaps the occasional squall. Eyes squint under the indiscr...

August 1, 2019

Part one of a two-part series

There was a time when, walking down East Bay Street, one needed only look toward the water to see craning masts more numerous than the city’s church steeples. Early morning found deckhands preparing docked boats for voyage before new vessel...

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Nearly 20 years ago, an editor noted that we are “… not the West Ashley Mercury, not the Peninsula Mercury, not the James Island Mercury…” To this day, we remain a publication for the entire Lowcountry. We send each month’s print edition to fifty fine neighborhoods in our area and to subscribers in to 34 states.  For thousands of Charleston Mercury readers, we continue the mission as he simply stated it — “to bring attention to what makes the real Lowcountry tick.” We hope all those who care about our arts, culture, outdoors, quality of life and all that "pluff mud magic" that We People love so dear will enjoy these "salmon sheets."

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