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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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Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

Posted on 3 Aug 2016
Category: Trails, Tours, Parks
Author: Steve Vail

I recall when Charles Towne Landing first opened to the general public. It was 1970 and the park's opening commemorated the city of Charleston's as well as the state of South Carolina's tricentennial. Six years later the U.S. would be celebrating its bicentennial. As a youngster visiting the park for the first time I was impressed, to say the least.

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Charleston Tea Plantation - The Only Tea Garden in the US

Posted on 9 Aug 2015
Category: Tours, Historic Sites, Beaches and Islands
Author: Steve Vail

It's unique, it's classic, and it's all American. In the heart of the Lowcountry nestled in the midst of the Lowcountry's protected and pristine Wadmalaw Island is the home of the only commercially producing tea farm in America - The Charleston Tea Plantation.

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5 Steps To Start Your Own Blog / Web Site

Posted on 2 Jun 2015
Category: How To...
Author: Steve Vail

The word "blog" is an abbreviation for "web-log". At its inception, the "blog" was no doubt meant to be a log or online journal of sorts. However, what the blog has evolved into today is far more than a simple online log or journal. The vast majority of the blogs today are more like small online

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The SC Lowcountry, Pee Dee, Midlands, and Piedmont

Posted on 18 May 2015
Category: Historic Sites
Author: Steve Vail

Is Charleston a part of the Lowcountry, or is the Lowcountry a part of Charleston? I hear questions like these frequently, especially from folks that aren't from...

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Wingapalooza 2015 with Featured Band Bootless

Posted on 29 Apr 2015
Category: Musical Performance, Family Entertainment, Culinary
Author: Steve Vail

Wings being cooked up right there on location were from restaurants all over the Charleston and Lowcountry area : Sticky Fingers, Queology, Rusty Rudder, Melvin's, Smoke Food Truck, Kickin' Chicken, The Loophole, Paisano's, Bohemian Bull, East Coast Wings, Midtown Bar and Grill. I did my best to eat at least a couple of wings from each. Needless to say, I got full within a relatively short time.

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Timrod Library of Summerville - 100th Aniversary

Posted on 13 Apr 2015
Category: Historic Sites, Family Entertainment
Author: Steve Vail

Imagine Summerville 100 years ago. Hardly any paved roads existed, and horse travel was still a primary means of transportation. Only 50 years prior marked the end of the civil war. In 1888, just 21 years after the end of the war, the International Congress of Physicians in Paris...

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