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Archive: Dec 2015

Christmas Craft Ideas from Marion Square

Bottle-Bells for Christmas by Amy Tankersley You’ve got your “Nature Lovers”, your “Environmentalists”, your “Recycle Freaks”, and your “Arts-n-Crafts Geeks”, (each in varying degrees).  I am all of those, especially Arts-n-Crafts, which, in my opinion, is a REASON TO LIVE.  And when Christmas rolls around, my pulse quickens and my scalp tingles, as I break…

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December 27, 2015

A Charleston Must Visit Eatery: Butcher & Bee

No trip to Charleston would be complete without at least one stop at the lunch and late night craft sandwich spot, Butcher & Bee.  The industrial style seating and communal tables fit right in with the aesthetic of this popular spot on upper King Street.   The menu is updated daily and is artfully presented on a large chalk board as you enter.  They serve lunch daily which includes locally sourced ingredients and many vegetarian options.  And if you are looking for a healthy alternative to fast food after a night out on the town, look no further.  Butcher & Bee is open until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights and is BYOB.  On our latest visit, we tried the Veggie Burger made with beets, which is definitely the brightest, not to mention most unique and tastiest veggie burger I have…

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December 18, 2015

A History of Christmas in Charleston

Charleston’s Christmas Past by Amy Tankersley Every Christmas season, we all do our usual holiday routine: shopping for gifts, wrapping gifts, planning the big dinner, putting up the tree, sending out cards, the list goes on. Christmas might end up being exactly the same from year to year, if it wasn’t for one important variable- HISTORY. Every year, your life and your family’s lives have changed. Deaths, births, marriages, divorces, new jobs, lost jobs, re-locating, etc.  Big events of the previous year in your town, state, and country are also in the back of your mind.  And every Christmas, in those quiet moments between the holiday hustle and bustle, most of us do reflect back over the year that’s gone by. I often wonder what would have been on the minds of Charlestonians in the past during the yuletide seasons…

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December 16, 2015

Classic Southern Christmas Recipes

A Classic Southern Christmas Pie by Amy Tankersley If you go on my walking tour, you’ll burn up enough calories to break even at the end of the day after eating a piece (or two) of this Lowcountry holiday staple. And when you see me, don’t ask for any baking tips, because I don’t cook….

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December 12, 2015

Christmas in Charleston – Events and Plantations

  If my other two lists of events and things to do in Charleston for Christmas were not enough, here are more! Dickens Dinner at Circa 1886 149 Wentworth St. 843-853-7828 “Travel back in time as storyteller Tim Lowry takes guests to Victorian England for a lively retelling of the beloved ‘A Christmas Carol’. The…

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December 6, 2015

Christmas in Charleston – Theater and Music

Footlight Players Theater In my last post I mentioned that it is oyster season. In the City Paper today was an ad for a shop on King Street that sells tabletop christmas trees made from oyster shells, and they are very cute. Other oyster shell things I’ve seen in shops include christmas ornaments, picture frames,…

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December 5, 2015

Christmas in Charleston – Free Events

by Amy Tankersley In Charles Dickens’ 1843 classic tale, “A Christmas Carol”, Ebenezer Scrooge was visited by 3 spirits: The Ghost of Christmas Past The Ghost of Christmas Present The Ghost of Christmas Future Well, I’m going to write about “A Charleston Christmas” in reverse order: Charleston Christmas Future (2015) Charleston Christmas Present (2015) Charleston…

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December 3, 2015

How to Prepare for Your Trip to Charleston – Doing Your Homework

“Winter Weather- Charleston Style” by Amy Tankersley Charleston’s mild climate is classified as a “subtropical” zone, which means in between “tropical” and “temperate”. But I suppose people will go on websites and see photos of “palm trees”. They’ll think “subtropical” means “tropical” and come here dressed for a Hawaiian winter. All winter, I will see…

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December 1, 2015