The Magazine of South Carolina

Sandlapper Digest

A Bulletin of Sandlapper Society, Inc.

Edited by Laura Mewbourn

FEBRUARY 18, 2000

FURMAN UNIVERSITY has dedicated a new Web site to South Carolina history. “The Palmetto Experience” ( is perfect for your child in middle school who is studying South Carolina history (as well as those of us adults who need to bone up a little on our historical knowledge). It's broken into three categories: College, K-12 and General Audience. You also can find links to photographs and a time line. Students in grades K-12 can ask questions about South Carolina history in the “Ask Palmetto” forum. Middle School and high school students can challenge themselves with a series of exercises and quizzes.  

FOR THE SPORTS ENTHUSIAST…. Visit the Gamecocks and their mighty leader on the Web site dedicated exclusively to USC head football coach Lou Holtz. A collaborative effort between Holtz Enterprises and The WebSite Co., is designed to answer questions, offer news updates, and offer a season recap. The latest addition to the site is an off-season journal, so you can be assured that your football team is working hard in the winter months.  

THERE’S NO SHORTAGE of stuff to do in 2000. Here are a few suggestions of events to entertain you and your family around the state:

The 135th anniversary of Sherman’s March will be remembered in a battle reenactment Feb. 26-27 in Aiken. A wide swath of burned homes, towns and farms was left by Sherman and his armies, which scarred the southern states for years. Charge over to the battlefield where 800-plus Union and Confederate soldiers will recreate one of the most awesome sites in South Carolina history. This will be a weekend-long history lesson for students and nonstudents. The event will be held at The Carolina Star off Hwy. 78, eight miles east of Aiken. Call (803) 641-1111 for more information or check out

Relax with a tour of Beaufort’s beautiful homes and gardens. The 44th Annual Spring Tour of Homes and Gardens, sponsored by St. Helena’s Episcopal Church, is March 24-25. A Candlelight Tour is planned Friday, March 24, 5:30-9 p.m., and includes a reception and music. The Lowcountry Tour on Saturday, March 25, (9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.), includes a southern picnic lunch at one of the plantations and bluegrass music. For more information, call (843) 524-0363.

The City of North Charleston is proud to introduce its brand new Performing Arts Center. The North Charleston Arts Festival is May 5-13 at the new Performing Arts Center and Convention Center Complex grounds. There will be live entertainment, photography, arts and crafts and wonderful food. A wide variety of entertainment will be on hand, including ballet performances, magic shows, jazz ensembles and puppeteers. For more information, call (843) 745-1087.

Easily one of South Carolina’s biggest tourist attractions, Spoleto is clearly a sign of our state’s dedication to the arts. The festival, May 26-June 11, features opera, art, theater, dance and concerts. See Mother Courage and Her Children at the Dock Street Theater or Swan Lake by the Cullberg Ballet. This is an opportunity not to be missed. For more information and a complete schedule of activities, call (877) 386-7765 or visit

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County features a wide variety of activities, including music, theater and art in the Bassett Gallery. See Palmetto Passion by the Actors’ Theater of South Carolina February 25-26 at 8 p.m. or February 27 at 3 p.m. Annie will be presented at the Camden Community Theater April 28-29 and May 4, 5, 6 at 8 p.m. and April 30 at 3 p.m. The Olde Inland Arts and Crafts Festival is April 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and April 16 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center Grounds. A great trip for the family, this festival includes arts and crafts, live music and BBQ. Admission is free. For more information about these and anything else at the Fine Arts Center, call (803) 425-7676.

Fisheagle Wildlife Boat Tours are a great way to introduce your kids to nature or spend a relaxing afternoon in South Carolina’s beautiful scenery. Travel the Tailrace Canal to the Pinopolis Lock and on down the Cooper River. Visit a permanently flooded forest by Lake Marion. All types of wildlife may be seen from the boats, including ospreys, Blue Herons, and maybe an alligator or two. Bring a jacket and leave the bug spray; the weather is cool but the mosquitoes are rarely seen. A restroom is on board; free soda and water are available. Wheelchair access. For more information, call (800) 967-7739.

OUR STATE'S colleges and universities never fail to supply a long list of activities:

March 2-5—The 2000 Charleston Antiques Symposium focuses on the decorative arts and includes tours of public and private collections. Tickets can be purchased individually or in packages. Contact Pattie Rivers at (843) 953-6527.

March 9-11—The Robert Ivey Ballet presents "Velveteen Rabbit" at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. An essential story for anyone’s childhood. Relive the tale of the beloved stuffed bunny with your child.

Our Fall ’99 issue of Sandlapper featured the Hub City Writer’s Project and various books published by the group. Their latest endeavor has taken a turn toward the environmental. The Headwaters Project is a major environmental arts initiative designed to bring attention to Spartanburg’s Lawson’s Fork Creek. Included in the project are a river narrative book by David Taylor and Gary Henderson that tells the history of the waterway, a four-day movable celebration of the creek in April, a Web site and a visiting artist’s program. “Our ultimate goal is to refocus the community on its natural resources by bringing art, science, and history together,” says Betsy Wakefield Teter, Hub City’s director. For more information visit

Congratulations are in order for Gus Holt of Charleston, who was selected in November as the 1999 SGMA Heroes award winner. SGMA (The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association) praised him for his efforts to bring back little league baseball to the Charleston area. Holt’s research led to an article in Sports Illustrated in 1995, and a movie is in the works. He will receive a $100 cash award as well as a $400 donation to the program of his choice.

Dan Lee, a member of the Columbia Rotary Club, was recognized for his efforts in supporting the American Red Cross. Thanks to him, 22 new donors were found for the annual Rotary Club Blood Drive. “This is something everyone in the community should be doing because it saves lives,” Lee says. Carolyn Weisberg, CEO for the SC Blood Services Region, said to remember that “your donations are not for the Red Cross . . . they are for your neighbors, friends, families and perhaps you.”


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