Wednesday, September 17, 2014

STUDENT ACTIVITIES ANNOUNCEMENTS

 
September 24, 2014
 
On Wednesday, September 24, 2014, classes will be suspended from
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., so students may attend student organization meetings.

STUDENT ORGANIZATION MEETINGS – BERKELEY CAMPUS
 

Lowcountry Aviation Maint.

Rm. 101

Novo Caesaries

Rm. 158

Vet Tech Club

Rm. 102

STUDENT ORGANIZATION MEETINGS – PALMER CAMPUS

Assoc. of Paramedic Education & Training

Rm. 142

 

Clemente Coalition

Rm. 146

 

Massage Therapy Student Organization

Rm. 232

 

S.C. Black Stu. Association

Rm. 246

United Students Association

Rm. 107

 

 

TTC Transfer Scholars

Rm. 108

 

Veteran’s Voice

Rm. 105 (Vet Center)

 

 

Hospitality/Culinary

Rm. 182

 
STUDENT ORGANIZATION MEETINGS – MAIN CAMPUS
 

Alpha Mu Gamma

Rm. 139, Bldg. 100

 

Amer. Society of Civil Engineers

Rm. 861, Bldg. 800

 

Assoc. of Info. Tech. Professionals

Rm. 791, Bldg. 920

 

Champions for Change

Rm. 156, Bldg. 200

 

Criminal Justice Association

Rm. 127, Bldg. 200

 

Fitness Lifestyle Initiative

Rm. 117G/Bldg. 950

 

Hospitality/Culinary Association

Rm. 427, Bldg. 920

 

International Club

Rm. 145, Bldg. 100

 

Lex Artis Paralegal Society

Rm. 136, Bldg. 510

 

Pharmacy Technician Assoc.

Rm. 234, Bldg. 630

 

Phi Theta Kappa

Rm. 169, Bldg. 100

 

Physical Therapy Assistants

Rm. 120, Bldg. 630

 

 

Radiologic Tech. Association

Rm. 111, Bldg. 630

 

Roots & Shoots

Rm. 134, Bldg. 100

 

Society of Broadcasters

Rm. 244, Bldg. 950

 

Society for Medical Assistants

Rm. 225, Bldg. 630

 

Society of Student Leaders

Rm. 347, Bldg. 300

 

Stu. Accounting Association

Rm. 144, Bldg. 200

 

Stu. Nurses Association

Rm. 220, Bldg. 970

 

Student Occupational Therapy

Rm. 116, Bldg. 630

 

Support of Children, Youth, and Families

Rm. 157, Bldg. 200

 

Terra Bella

Rm. 100, Bldg. 620

 

Women Empowerment Club

Rm. 212, Bldg. 410

 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Constitution Day



TTC is celebrating “Constitution Day”

 A Voter Registration Drive
will be held on all campuses
sponsored by the League of Women Voters

Wednesday, September 17
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Main Campus – Bldg 410, Student Lounge
Palmer Campus – Main Lobby
Berkeley Campus – Cafeteria
Mt. Pleasant Campus – Student Lounge
 
Please stop by, register to vote,
and pick up a free copy of
“The U.S. Constitution”

 Join Americans throughout the country in celebrating
Constitution Day 2014!

Alcoholism

Written By: Kim Kovavich

Do you ever drink more than you intended?
Have you ever been unable to remember part of the previous evening, even though your friends say you didn't pass out?
When drinking with other people, do you try to have a few extra drinks when others won't know about it?
Have you tried switching brands or drinks, or following different plans to control your drinking?
 
These are only a few of the questions which can be found in an on-line test used to determine the probability that drinking has become a problem in someone's life. Do not beat yourself up if you answered yes to any of them. Alcoholism is not due to a character weakness; it does not mean you are inferior. Caroline Lane, a friend well versed in this illness states, "I believe alcoholism is a disease, not a choice."
 
We've all done it. We wake up in the morning hung over and regretting the previous night's activities. A holiday party, a get together with friends, or that last minute decision to forget the stressful events of the day are all examples of the occasional reasons to tie-one-on. Once in a while, these moments are expected, even cathartic, but when do these moments in life begin to be reasons for concern?
 
Although each individual is different, there are many general symptoms of alcoholism that can give a wide array of individual’s insight into the chance that they may have a problem with alcohol. Intervention treatment websites  contain such symptoms and questions as to whether a person's drinking habits have become problematic.
1. You drink to de-stress.
2. You repeatedly neglect your responsibilities.
3. You use alcohol in dangerous situations.
4. You have legal problems due to drinking.
5. You continue to drink despite relationship problems.
 
Science has proven that some people are genetically predisposed to becoming an alcoholic. Other people become dependent simply because they are trying to change the way they feel due to stressful events or traumatic experiences in their lives. Jordon Stoop, fellow student and friend had this to say concerning alcoholism, "To me it's when, instead of going out and doing anything in general, you would rather stay at home and drink, or when you use it to mask your pain".
 
In a random survey conducted of 10 fellow Trident students and teachers, 50% answered yes to all of the questions found at the beginning of this article. This disease is far more problematic than we want to admit and an alcoholic is not limited to that homeless person sleeping in the park or under a bridge, with a brown paper bag. 
 
If you or anyone you know is struggling with this illness, there is help out there; you are not alone.

"The first step toward recovery from alcoholism is the recognition that a problem exists. Once the problem drinker breaks through denial and admits to having a problem, a range of treatment options become available".  Jeffrey S. Neird, Health in the New Millennium

Charleston Recovery Center is located in West Ashley of Charleston and is a 90-day, AA, spiritual program which concentrates on addressing a three part illness of the body, mind, and spirit. If interested, please call Directors Ronnie Byers at 843-270-1588 or Annie Blanton at 843-607-3571.  This program works! And if it can work for me, I know it can work for you...

Cold, Flu, and Allergy Season is Coming: Are You Prepared?

Written By: Levena Lindahl

          Many people suffer from seasonal allergies, typically during the spring and fall.  But do you know if you are actually suffering from allergies or if you have a cold or the flu?  Here are some ways to tell the difference, and some tips to get you through this season of sniffles.


          Allergies are caused when your body mistakes harmless substances -- such as dust or pollen -- for germs and attacks them. Your body releases chemicals such as histamine, which can cause swelling in your nasal passages, a runny nose, coughing, and sneezing. Allergies are not contagious, although some people may inherit a tendency to develop them. Allergies also come in three levels:  mild, moderate and severe.  Mild allergies typically have symptoms such as an itchy nose and watery eyes.  Moderate allergies involve sneezing fits, congestion and sore throats.  Severe allergies are when your nose is constantly running or congested, you have frequent sneezing fits, your eyes are red, itchy and puffy and your throat is incredibly sore.  This is where allergy medications like Zyrtec or Nasonex come in handy.  Make sure you talk to a doctor to figure out a proper allergy medication dosage if you have severe allergies.

          Colds are caused by hundreds of different viruses. When one of these viruses gets into your body, your immune system attacks it, resulting in the classic symptoms of a cold, such as congestion and coughing. Bear in mind, the germs that cause colds are contagious. You can pick them up when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or shakes hands with you.  To avoid a cold, wash your hands or carry hand sanitizer and try to avoid touching things you know a sick person has been around.  Try and drink plenty of water, keep up on your vitamin C and get plenty of sleep.


          The flu is nothing to mess around with.  Flu symptoms are usually more severe than cold symptoms and come on quickly, even seemingly overnight. Symptoms of flu include sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches and soreness, congestion, and cough.  Another danger of the flu, especially in children and the elderly is that it can lead to pneumonia.  If you have flu symptoms and start experiencing shortness of breath, go see a doctor immediately!  Practice the same safeguards as you would against colds; wash your hands, pack hand sanitizer for times when you can’t get to a sink, and cover any coughs or sneezing as a courtesy to your fellow students.  And remember, a healthy, well rested body is harder to get sick!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

An Attitude of Gratitude

Written by Kim Kovavich
Photo by Amber Yedinak

           Ever had one of those days?
  
           Regardless of your best efforts, it seems that nothing is going your way. You wake up late, the coffee is MIA, and that friendly police officer who pulls you over isn't feeling exceptionally friendly. You try controlled breathing, make an emergency pit stop at Starbucks, and POOF, everything is flowers and stardust again.

          “Right?”

          “Yeah, sure!!”

            During these times of distress, author Brian Tracy's words echo in my head. He encourages, "Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation."

When faced with these inevitable moments in life, we can do one of two things: Convince ourselves that our day is only going to get worse, or...re-direct our thoughts to something we are truly thankful for. As the beloved author Dr. Seuss says, "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's learning to dance in the rain."

I find that when I attempt to do the latter, my attitude and perspective completely change, ushering in a well needed, re-born frame of  mind. I begin to take notice of that which is beautiful and appreciate the many random acts of kindness that others tend to give so freely. 

So...When your world seems to be falling apart before reaching your first destination, I encourage you to make a conscious effort to re-route your thoughts and change the entire direction of your day. As Deepak Chopra states, "No matter what the situation, remind yourself, I have a choice."

            What are you grateful for today? 

OVER 60,000 COSTUMED FANS FLOCK TO DRAGON CON

Written By: Levena Lindahl
Photos By: Levena Lindahl

Rumple, Once (TV Show)

Ned Stark, Game of Thrones
(Book and TV)
     ATLANTA, Ga. - The end of August heralds not only the start of fall, but the arrival of tens of thousands of sci-fi, gaming and anime fans into the heart of Atlanta.  Hordes of people swarm between the hotels that host the legendary convention, most in cosplay as an homage to their favorite characters.  It’s not uncommon to see wookies, Master Chiefs, Deadpools of all kinds, groups of Spartans and various costumed school girls all talking and laughing together.  Dragon con is a massive event staffed by an army of volunteers that ensure that all the con goers have an exciting and safe weekend.  Here are a few tips and tricks to make sure everyone who attends Dragon con has fun.  
Ladies of Louis XVI's court
     Costumes and cosplay are both amazingly fun, not only to wear but to see on other people.  There will be anything from very simple pins to huge dragons or Space Marines.  Here is where the universal ‘Look, Don’t Touch’ really comes in to play.  Never EVER touch a cosplayer without their consent, no matter what they are wearing.  Always ask if photos are okay, never assume.  People work hard on their outfits, be respectful and courteous to fellow con goers.  It’s not uncommon to come up with ideas for cosplays for the next year based on what is seen at the current con.  The only limit to a costume is imagination.  Bear in mind that there are often families with younger children at the con, so be appropriate for young eyes until after ten please.  

Welcome to Night Vale goup shot
(Podcast)
     August in Atlanta is hot.  August in Atlanta in massive crowds while wearing costumes is a recipe for heat stroke.  It is incredibly important to drink water all day, especially if alcohol is on the menu for the evening hours.  There were multiple cases of ambulances being called to the hotels to help people who fainted due to heat and dehydration this year.  Bring an umbrella if you plan on going to popular panels, as lines outside and around buildings are not uncommon.  Waiting and walking are part of the con experience! 

Wookie and Sith,
Star Wars
    Lines are a big part of any convention.  Be prepared to come up to an hour early to really popular panels and even then there is the chance there will be a line.  A panel on world building featuring authors like Jim Butcher was packed a full two hours before the event started, prompting the start of a wait line. Don’t be discouraged, as there are dozens of panels and multiple times that the most popular ones are held.  A typical con goer will only ever see about a fifth of a convention on average.
Princess Batman,
via internet meme
     Having a good time is always the goal of any con goer, but it is important to be aware as to what one will encounter.  If crowds and the thought of packed to a stand-still skyways are upsetting or alarming to a person, try a smaller event like Momo con or AWA first to ease into the idea of having absolutely no personal space.  With large crowds also comes what is affectionately called the ‘con crud’; a persistent sniffle or cough due to close quarters with so many people.  Drink juice, get plenty of sleep, make sure to pack hand sanitizer and have fun!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Baaa-d Future for the Game of Thrones’ Goats (But YOU can help!)

Written by:  Levena Lindahl
Photo courtesy of:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-the-icelandic-goat-from-extinction
    Game of Thrones fans surely recognize the fluffy face above, Cassanova, the plucky
goat carried off by Drogon, one of the three dragons on the show.  While the dragon
menace to the goats was just a special effect in the show, Cassanova and nearly half
of his species are still in grave danger of extinction in real life.
     Cassanova is an Icelandic goat, and there are less than 820 members of this breed
left in the world.  Brought to Iceland by Vikings over a thousand years ago, this
species has seen its share of hardships.  At one point, there were less than ninety
Icelandic goats, and through tremendous breeding and conservation work they were
saved from extinction through the efforts of the Háafell farm, plus the efforts of Johanna
Thorvaldsdóttir and her family. 
     However, the family and farm are facing foreclosure, and this would put this species
in dire straits once again.  If Háafell farm is closed, over four hundred goats will be
killed, essentially cutting the population in half and drastically reducing their chances
of survival into the future.  In a bid to save the farm and the Icelandic goats, the family
has turned to Indiegogo (a grass roots fundraising website) to help save the farm and
kind, adorable goats like Cassanova.  The funds raised would save the farm and allow
them to branch out into other sustainable products, all based around goats and goat
byproducts.  This would include imported/exported products such as: soaps, wool,
milk, and various flavors of fudge.
     By donating, even a few dollars, you can help save this species of goats that have
footprints planted in a very distant past; it seems an awful indignity to let a species so
priceless be slaughtered for monetary reasons.   Not only will you help save a species
from extinction, you will also earn awesome goat gifts declaring how you saved
the Icelandic goat in the form of mugs and totes (My favorite being the fantastically
named “Totes M’ Goats”).  Would you, a devout Game of Thrones fan, want the
dragons eating anything but the best before they go on to take on the seven
kingdoms? Definitely not.  Please consider donating…SAVE THE GOATS MAN!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Low-Calorie, Low-Fat Homemade Pizzas

Written and Photographed by: Reilly Chapman


Ingredients:
Arnold 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins
   (1 roll= 100 calories, 1g of fat)
Great Value Natural Pizza Sauce
   (1/4 cup= 30 calories, 1g of fat)
Great Value Finely Shredded Italian Style
   Cheese (1/3 cup= 80 calories, 6g of fat)

 
Instructions:
1.     Pre-heat oven to 350
2.     Use the sandwich thins as the crust for the pizza
3.     Spread pizza sauce on sandwich thins, as desired
4.     Sprinkle cheese on sauce, as desired
5.     Leave in oven until it is crispy (about 20 minutes)
6.     Enjoy your healthy, delicious pizzas

Friday, February 21, 2014

Labor Day: Movie Review

by: Reilly Chapman


    
Labor Day, starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, is a modern day romance movie with a twist. If you like happily-ever-afters, this movie is for you….sort of. Kate Winslet (most known for her role in Titanic) is extraordinary; this film really shows off her talent as an actress. Josh Brolin, even though I had never seen any movies he has acted in before, really impressed me. Not many people can portray a sensitive, romantic murderer.

     This movie does a really fantastic job of making you feel the emotions Kate Winslet is feeling, and really places you in her position.
     I thought it was a little predictable and cheesy at times, but if you like romantic films, this is a must see. I am more of an action movie lover myself, but I enjoyed this movie nonetheless.
     I give this movie 3 stars out of 5, for the simple fact that I found it slow at times and I felt it was lacking action.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Couponing 101

by Reilly Chapman
           I am sure you have been stuck behind an older woman at a grocery store that is holding up the line because she has 500 coupons, right? Or I am certain you have heard of Extreme Couponers, a TLC original TV Series, which shows people getting $900.00 worth of groceries and only paying $38.50 because of all the coupons they had.
As a college student (and possible parent) it is always good to save a buck. If you have ever been curious about how coupons really work and how people get a full cart of groceries for less than one single twenty dollar bill, then you have come to the right place.
          
I, myself, am not yet an “extreme couponer” but I have done weeks of research trying to figure out the couponing formula.
         
Growing up with a mother that rarely buys anything without a coupon, has taught me a thing or two about the couponing world, but nothing compares to the information you learn from couponing blogs and websites. The best one I found with advice for first-time couponers was the Krazy Coupon Lady‑ http://www.thekrazycouponlady.com/beginners
          
The different blogs will teach you about couponing lingo and what to expect with couponing. They break down exactly what you need to know and even tell you individual store coupon rules.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentine's Day

by: Reilly Chapman
           It’s that time of year again: a holiday that makes people in relationships excited and people that are single, extra lonely.
What exactly is Valentine’s Day? Saint Valentine's Day, also known as Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them.
It’s basically a Hallmark holiday, with approximately 190 million valentines sent each year in the US.
Many people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing gratitude for the people they love or adore. Some people take their loved ones for a romantic dinner at a restaurant while others may choose this day to propose or get married. Many people give greeting cards, chocolates, jewelry or flowers, particularly roses, to their partners or admirers on Valentine’s Day.

Top Ten Things to do on Valentine’s Day via [askmen.com]

1. Pop the Question: If you’ve been thinking about asking her to marry you, there’s no time like Valentine’s Day for a romantic proposal. The day is meant for lovers, after all, and getting down on one knee with a ring is one of the best ways you can profess your love for her.

2. Dress up: Pull out all the stops and dress up in your finest. No matter what your plans are-- whether you’ve got reservations at a posh restaurant or you’re eating a meal together at home -- dressing up and good grooming will make the occasion feel extra special. Most women love having the chance to get all dolled up, and you can both enjoy looking your best while spending time together.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Big Band Concert

           The Big Band concert, held at the main campus of Trident Technical College annually, is a definite go-to event.  Last year, I just happened to walk into it, not really knowing what it was all about, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
It is a formal night for everyone in the community to go and enjoy classical music and refreshments, and did I mention it is free admission?!
What is better than going to a free concert?
You can enjoy the live music; you can even dance if you want to.
It might seem like it is geared toward the older generation of students here, but all ages will enjoy this event.
         
As I am a 20 year old who doesn’t particularly listen to “oldies” music much, unless I am with my parents in their car, it is an unimaginable cultural experience to see so many people enjoying music together, dancing and having a good time.
        
Once you are there, you are submerged into the culture, bringing you back to the late 30’s and beyond.
         
It is truly a special occasion that is held at your college, so take advantage of this opportunity!
You do not want to miss the affair of the Spring Semester!
Come on Friday, February 7th from 7:00 pm–9:30 pm!
Don’t forget to bring your family, your friends, and your neighbors!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Steps to Prevent Sickness this Winter

by: Reilly Chapman
          As the temperatures drop, the chance of illness increases.  As you walk down the halls of Trident, almost everyone you pass is coughing or sniffling.  There are ten things you need to be conscious about to avoid the common winter cold and flu:
  1. Wash your hands: Not only after using the restroom, wash your hands after touching anything that has come into contact with other people, i.e. anything you touch at school. Also, remember to wash your hands before and after preparing food.
  2. Don’t touch your face: The easiest place to transmit illness is through mucous membranes such as your eyes, mouth and nose. Even if you just washed your hands, don’t risk it.
  3. Avoid sick people: Kind of self-explanatory. Sick people carry germs; germs make you sick. Make sure if you come into contact with them you disinfect anything they touch.
  4. Take vitamins: Such as a multivitamin or vitamin C daily to help boost your immune system.
  5. Get enough sleep: Even as a college student, it is recommended that adults get six hours of sleep a night. If you feel like you are getting sick—sleep MORE.
  6. Hydrate: Give your body everything it needs to function its best.
  7. Eat well: Eat things that are nutritious and healthy. It’s not a good idea to eat foods that induce inflammation (simple sugars and starches) when your body is already weakened. Green juice is a great way to get extra nutrition.
  8. Don’t party when colds and the flus are around: Alcohol weakens your immune system; cigarettes weaken your immune system; illicit drugs weaken your immune system; and, as already stated, a lack of sleep weakens your immune system.
  9. Skip a workout: your body needs to rest; if you overwork it, it won’t have the energy to fight off the illness.
  10. Avoid group food: Don’t eat food out of a party dish, such as chips or fruit, where other people’s hands have touched it.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Events being Held in Charleston 2013

by: Reilly Chapman

· 23rd Annual Reindeer Run- December 7th at 9am. The Reindeer Run, presented by Half-Moon Outfitters, is a family-oriented, pet-friendly 5k run/walk through the lower peninsula of downtown Charleston, SC. http://www.reindeerrun.org/

· Mt. Pleasant Holiday Farmers Market & Craft Show-December 7, Farmers Market Pavilion (Coleman Boulevard and Simmons Street) 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.http://www.comeonovermp.com/index.aspx?NID=114

TTC’s Third Annual Talent Show

by: Reilly Chapman
      On November 22, Trident held their third annual talent show in the 410 building at 6:30 pm.  It was a free event for students/ family/friends. The International Club had a food sale consisting of international foods and desserts, where all the proceeds went to the victims of the typhoons in the Philippines.  They raised over 200.00.  The Student Nurses Association also provided a bake sale for the talent show.  There were twelve contestants, all having incredible talents.  The talent was decided by the three judges, John Wilson (Radio, TV and Film Production), Jennifer Pinckney (Student Employment Services) and Evan Reich (Registrar’s Office).  They did not have an easy job Friday night.

Friday, December 6, 2013

New Soul Food in Charleston: Edible Soul To Go

by Candice Bizzell


New restaurants pop up all over Charleston every month, but recently I discovered a new Soul Food restaurant that had me smiling from ear to ear. Edible Soul To Go at 3910-A Rivers Ave, across from Bernie’s Tires, opened their doors a few months ago and owners Brent Luken and Roc Reed are starting their business off with a boat load of soul.
The two met at a sports bar when Luken brought his homemade seafood Mac and Cheese for pot luck. Reed tasted the seafood Mac and Cheese and started to inquire about who made it. When he found out that Luken was the creator of the amazing Mac and Cheese they sat down and over a couple of beers started talking business. Although they have only been open for a few months, they have been catering parties, weddings and events for some time now.
Edible Soul offers its customers food from their soul. Both of them cook alongside Mr. James, “the older soul in the restaurant and the best chef,” Luken and Reed say.
The two try to use fresh food from local vendors such as Berry Whole Sale and Limehouse. Once they get a better idea of their needs, they will search out more vendors to use for fresh seafood and other items.




New Fitness Club on campus: How you can get involved!

by Reilly Chapman
photographed by Candice Bizzell
       The Fitness Lifestyle Initiative is a new club on Trident Technical College’s Main campus that was established to educate and bring awareness to the Trident Technical College’s student body about the benefits of a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Phi Theta Kappa’s Fall Fellowship Campout

by: Reilly Chapman
photograhs by: Reilly Chapman

       Every year the Carolina’s Region of Phi Theta Kappa decides on a weekend to get together to go camping at Camp McCall in Bostic, North Carolina.
       Phi Theta Kappa, as an honor society, has four hallmarks they strive for: scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.
       On October 25-27, more than 80 members of the Carolina Region and their families got together for a weekend for fun, nature and fellowship.
       This was my second year going camping and I absolutely loved it!
       Everyone has the choice to either stay in their own personal tent or stay in a bunk house provided; last year I stayed in a tent and nearly froze, so this year my family and I decided to stay in a bunk house.
       There are campfires at night, games and activities for children, and ample free time to hike and enjoy the beautiful sites that Camp McCall has to offer.

The True Purpose of Thanksgiving and the Irony of “Black Friday”

 by Reilly Chapman
          While you sip on your pumpkin spice latte and take a stroll through your neighborhood enjoying the break from classes, remember why we as Americans, celebrate Thanksgiving.
It is not about the scrumptious turkey we get to devour for dinner or the sweet pumpkin pie we get to demolish for desert, it is about giving thanks for the freedoms we have and how lucky we are to be in America enjoying a wonderful feast.
It is really easy for one to forget the true purpose of Thanksgiving when you grow up counting down the days until the school vacation, and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade with your mom (or other family member/friend) while he/she cooks a delicious meal.  However, you must always remember that Thanksgiving was first celebrated in 1621, to celebrate the harvest acquired by the Plymouth Colony after a harsh winter.  Just as the colonists celebrated Thanksgiving with the Wampanoag Indians, we must celebrate Thanksgiving with our loved ones, to give thanks for everyone and everything in our lives, and the privileges we were born into. We can go to the grocery store and buy our food, whereas in the 17th century people starved if they didn’t hunt or gather their food.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Twentieth Running of the Charleston Cup

         The Twentieth running of the Charleston Cup is scheduled to take place at The Plantation at Stono Ferry on Sunday, November 10, 2013. Sanctioned by The National Steeplechase Association, the Cup has become one of the premier sporting events in the Carolina Lowcountry, offering spectators the opportunity to experience live horse racing at its finest.
         Started by the South Carolina Jockey Club in 1986, the Charleston Cup is much more than just a horse race. The Cup is the social event of the season – and definitely not to be missed! You don’t have to be a “horse person” to enjoy all the Charleston Cup has to offer. The race weekend kicks off on Friday with the elegant black-tie Race Ball. Live music, fabulous food and a special race preview combine to make this gala party an essential element in the total Cup experience.
Sunday morning, the real excitement begins as the nation’s top riders, trainers, and owners prepare to compete for purses totaling $50,000. Over 16,000 spectators will enjoy a full day at the races with exciting steeplechase and flat races. The gates open at 9:00 a.m., and attendees arrive early with their picnic baskets packed with everything from champagne and caviar to fried chicken and cold beer. A vendor village and tailgating are in full swing by the time the paddock call rolls around at 12:00 noon.