July 1, 2020

Camp Ton-a-wandah. Image courtesy Jane Izard.

Since the early 1900s, thousands of children have packed their trunks for an annual pilgrimage to summer camps in North Carolina. Camps play a large role in Henderson County and the arrival of the camp season is what draws m...

July 1, 2020

Third in a series on the centennial of prohibition

Following our last two installments on the centennial of prohibition in America, we are now in the heart of the period. Private clubs and speakeasies blossomed as never before, though “officially” the entire country was...

July 1, 2020

“Moderation in all things,” an old proverb, encourages us to avoid the extreme. Oscar Wilde conjoined the phase with, “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” In Plato’s Republic, temperance — moderation — ranked there with wisdom, courage and justice. All cal...

July 1, 2020

Some people spend their entire lives looking for a calling, a higher purpose. They ponder the stars; they pore over the works of philosophers and mystics …

Perhaps they should have been staring at their beer.

It worked for Georgia Dunn Belk, creator of Islander Ginger Be...

June 26, 2020

Every South Carolina school child learns about the patriots’ stunning defeat of the mighty British navy on June 28, 1776. They learned how heroic Sergeant Jasper recovered the crescent flag, raised it on a temporary staff and held it under fire until a new staff was in...

June 23, 2020

Remember that high school history teacher you had? The one with the one jacket he wore every day, with patches on the elbows, who liked to stand in your personal space and was forever blathering about thought experiments? Today I’m that guy. Thought experiment! Go ahea...

Founded in 1680, St. Philip’s is the oldest congregation in the United States south of Virginia; nearby St. Michael’s Anglican Church, sits on the spot where the first church building was erected in S.C., which was at the time St. Philip’s.

On June 19, 2020, Judge Edgar...

June 4, 2020

When we think of cultures where tea is popular, China, Japan and England usually come to mind. But in Paris, tea drinking is hardly the pedestrian “cuppa” that exists in England.

In the 1600s, Louis XIV chartered expeditions to Asia that returned with tea, silk and porc...

June 4, 2020

Anne “Annie” Guerard Coletta was born and raised in Charleston and spent her summers in Flat Rock, North Carolina, where her family has gathered for generations. She is the direct descendant of six former South Carolina governors:  Thomas Smith, Rawlins Lowndes, Robert...

June 3, 2020

Part II on the Prohibition Centennial

A considerable number of counties in the United States turned “dry” as the temperance lobby influenced local politicians and subsequently local laws in their favor. Maps from 1910 illustrate the many counties where alcohol was entir...

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