Around The Holy City: 8/25/18

Here are some of the latest stories and info from around town:

  1. Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, the region’s leading resource to prevent abuse, protect children, and heal families, has announced the grand opening of the new Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center at Long Point. The completion of this new full-service center marks the halfway point in the center’s monumental campaign to transform child abuse services in the Lowcountry.
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  2. Abstract - That Rapper has released his brand new single, "Mumble Rap," via Real South Records on all streaming and downloading platforms. Listen on iTunes or Spotify.
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  3. On August 16th, Palmetto Goodwill graduated its largest Hospitality Kick-Start class to date, with 11 students graduating the course and receiving a START professional certification.Done in collaboration with the Charleston Area Hospitality Association and the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, this free two-week program gives students the competitive edge they need to find employment in the hospitality industry. In addition to receiving a START certification in one of five line-level positions, participants receive hands-on hospitality training at a partner location and go through Palmetto Goodwill’s soft skills course. Interviews with potential hospitality employers are arranged for participants immediately upon completing the course.Palmetto Goodwill’s next Hospitality Kick-Start class is scheduled to begin on September 17th.  Applications are now being accepted. Go to palmettogoodwill.org/hospitality for more information.
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  4. On September 15th & 16th, The Powder Magazine Museum invites the public to visit a special exhibition, featuring excerpts of a letter written by South Carolina 18th-century icon Eliza Lucas Pinckney. Portions of her letter, along with additional articles of intrigue, will be on display during regular museum hours. For more information, visit www.PowderMag.org or call 843-722-9350.
    • There will be an indigo demonstration on Saturday, Sept. 15th, 2 pm - 4 pm
      • At the age of 17, Eliza Lucas began experimenting with indigo, a plant used to create a blue dye. Within a few years, she had planted a booming indigo industry in South Carolina. The public is invited to learn more about her life and how her knowledge contributed to making South Carolina the wealthiest of Great Britain’s North American colonies.
      • This special feature is included with regular museum admission: $6 Adults, $3 Children, and complimentary for Annual Pass holders
    • Natasha Boyd, author of The Indigo Girl: A Novel, will be signing books on Sunday, Sept. 16th, 2 pm - 4 pm.
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  5. Wild Dunes Resort has been named a TripAdvisor 2018 Certificate of Excellence award winner, which celebrates the top 10% of hotels that consistently achieve great traveler reviews over the past year. Since 2011, TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence has honored hospitality businesses that deliver superior service across the world. There is no application process for the Certificate of Excellence, as the achievement is earned over time and determined by guest experiences and reviews.

    To celebrate this achievement, Wild Dunes Resort is offering 20% off nightly rates across the resort in select vacation homes and condo rentals for stays September 7th through December 30th, along with a variety of unique packages including its new SC Aquarium Family Sea Turtle Package, which gives families the chance to experience Charleston’s marine life at the downtown Aquarium along with a beachside resort stay. In addition, the resort’s new City to Sea: The Best Of Both Worlds Package offers guests the opportunity to enjoy two nights downtown soaking in Charleston’s rich history at hip downtown hotel The Restoration, along with two nights basking in the salt air at Wild Dunes Resort.

    For more information on TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, visit: www.tripadvisor.com/TripAdvisorInsights/w604

    For more information on Wild Dunes Resort or to book a reservation, visit www.wildunesresort.com or call 843.886.22.
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  6. The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) announced the completion of its Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) fleet replacement program. The final two buses were made available via $500,000 in funds secured by S.C. Sen. Marlon Kimpson through the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

    There are now nine DASH buses in circulation. The service, which is available at no charge, covers much of the downtown area and is free. Ridership on the three DASH routes – 210 CofC/Aquarium, 211 Meeting/King and 214 Lockwood/Calhoun – totals about 60,000 each month.

    Each bus cost about $335,000, and the funding Sen. Kimpson secured was leveraged for additional federal resources by CARTA and Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments staff.

    DASH operations are funded by the City of Charleston, Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, College of Charleston and S.C. Ports Authority.

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