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US Home Front WWII: U-Boat Attacks & POW Camps

Posted on 3 May 2018
Category: Historic Sites, Did You Know?
Author: Steve Vail

When most of us think about World War II history, the SC Lowcountry, and southern coastal regions of the US do not immediately come to mind. Yet as I delved deeper into this part of our history, my discoveries brought me to a place of intrigue and amazement. Did you know...?

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Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Posted on 13 Jul 2017
Category: Trails, Tours, Parks, Historic Sites, Family Entertainment
Author: Steve Vail

This spectacular and historic plantation with its beautiful gardens is still owned and meticulously preserved by the family that started it over 300 years ago, which is something that sets it apart from other historic plantations of the SC Lowcountry. Overrun and ravaged by enemy troops during both the Revolutionary and Civil wars, Magnolia Gardens has not only survived but has continued to thrive. While the original plantation house may not have survived these wars, it's the gardens and natural beauty of Magnolia that have always been the plantation's primary focal point. Many of the plants, trees, and gardens date back to Magnolia Plantation's earliest days.

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The Best of Charleston and SC Lowcountry 2017

Posted on 22 Apr 2017
Category: Tours, Parks, Historic Sites, Family Entertainment, Beaches and Islands
Author: Steve Vail

The Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto festivals are just around the corner and Tourism on the Charleston Peninsula is in full swing. So where do you go first? How do you plan a visit to this beautiful historic area that will enable you to utilize your time and resources in the most efficient way possible? To my knowledge, at this time, a completely exhaustive list of all sites and events within the Charleston and Lowcountry area doesn't exist. But hey... I am working on it. In the meantime...

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Eddie Bush – Singer/Songwriter and Author of "I C Christmas"

Posted on 10 Dec 2016
Category: Musical Performance, Family Entertainment, Artists/Artisans
Author: Steve Vail

Two o'clock in the afternoon at Coastal Coffee Roasters in Summerville, SC – That's where I arranged to meet up with the author of one of my favorite Christmas Songs – "I C Christmas". As Eddie Bush began telling about how he got into music at a very young age, it became quite apparent to me that Eddie Bush was far from typical. After 35 years in the music industry and a "major recording label" deal, Eddie continues to write and perform original music as well as provide lessons to a large number of students. Taking into account his ability with the guitar as well as his writing and vocal abilities, it would hardly be a surprise to see him attain another "major recording label" deal in the not too distant future.

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Brad and Jennifer Moranz and Charleston Christmas Special Part 2

Posted on 1 Dec 2016
Category: Musical Performance, Family Entertainment, Artists/Artisans
Author: Steve Vail

Brad and Jennifer Moranz are responsible for the creation, direction, choreography, and performance of the "Charleston Christmas Special" as well as two other full-scale Broadway type musical revues performed annually at the Charleston Music Hall.

This is Part 2 of a two-part article originating from an interview I recently conducted with Brad Moranz. Part 1 focuses on the history and early beginnings of Moranz Entertainment.

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Brad and Jennifer Moranz and Charleston Christmas Special Part 1

Posted on 28 Nov 2016
Category: Musical Performance, Family Entertainment, Artists/Artisans
Author: Steve Vail

One of the greatest benefits of writing articles for Charleston And Lowcountry .com is the opportunity it gives me to meet, talk to, and interview outstanding leaders in our community such as Brad and Jennifer Moranz, whom I would otherwise most likely never meet. For that I am grateful.

Brad and his wife Jennifer, or "Jenny" as he affectionately calls her, are responsible for the creation, direction, choreography, and performance of the "Charleston Christmas Special" as well as two other full-scale Broadway type musical revues performed annually at the Charleston Music Hall.

This is Part 1 of a two-part article originating from an interview I recently conducted with Brad Moranz. Part 1 focuses on the history and early beginnings of Moranz Entertainment.

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Morris Island Lighthouse Lighting And COA Eco Tour

Posted on 4 Oct 2016
Category: Tours, Historic Sites, Family Entertainment, Beaches and Islands
Author: Steve Vail

Saturday night October 1, 2016, at 7:30pm, the Morris Island Lighthouse once again pierced the darkness and illuminated the north end of folly beach and surrounding areas. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1962 and has remained dark since. This ceremonial lighting was the first time the Morris Island Lighthouse beacon has been lit since that time. Realizing the historic significance of this lighting, I began making plans to attend as soon as I heard about it. My first plan was to walk down the old Coast Guard Road at the end of north Folly Beach and view the lighting from the beach there. However, anticipating the crowd my wife began looking into tour boats that might be covering the event. Charleston Outdoor Adventures (COA) fit the bill perfectly. We reserved our seats online and...

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Rorey Carroll - The Story Behind the Performer

Posted on 10 Sep 2016
Category: Musical Performance, Artists/Artisans
Author: Steve Vail

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to interview the up and coming Rorey Carroll. This Sunday, September 11, 2016, she will be performing at the Charleston Music Hall with the Todd Snider's East Nashville Review, also featuring East Side Bulldogs, Elizabeth Cook, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Kevin Gordon.

Rorey's sound conveys a sense of realism that resonates well with her audiences. I am grateful for her honesty and candor in this interview. It enabled me to get a small glimpse of the origins of the deeply rich and soulful sounds that are evidenced in her music and lyrics.

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