Janes News Letter July 2020

Notes from Jane

If you are one of the many, many people who over bought toilet paper as soon as you heard about Covid 19, I’m sure you got some ribbing. Well, now you can tell people that you were just staying true to your psychological make-up. People who panic buy scored high in personality assessment for traits of “conscientiousness” according to a new study. What does that mean? It covers traits like organization, diligence, perfectionism and prudence. According to the study, most likely these folks plan ahead and prepare a lot, because they want to create order out of the chaos of their daily existence. There’s certainly plenty of that to go around! Between the protests, Covid 19, murder hornets, the excitement of home schooling, learning to work at home and attend zoom meetings not in our pajamas, our lives are certainly different than ever before. And… wait a minute! It’s hurricane season! Trust me, I’m not asking what’s next? This year the City of Charleston is once again participating in the Summer Food Service Program. The SFSP provides children and teens under 18 with free, nutritious lunches during the summer months. The service began June 15th at parks and recreation centers around town, Monday-Friday 11am-1pm. Call the City for the location nearest you. It seems that most firework displays scheduled for the 4th of July celebration are cancelled. In the meantime…..

Happy Independence Day!!!

I read that Firefly Distillery announced the return of its annual Fourth at Firefly Independence Day event on Saturday July 4th from noon – 7pm. Live music. This will be the first at the distillery’s new Park Circle location and will span its entire 4-acre field, front porch and 25,000 sq foot distillery. Check for details. Bill Murray coached his son Homer and they went up against Guy Fieri and his son in the Nacho Average Showdown as a fundraiser for RERF, the restaurant employee relief fund. Of course, the duo guaranteed a full flood of donations. Great fun, great cause!! Bill Murray has a good heart. Speaking of food, one local eatery, Jestine’s, just announced they would not reopen after the pandemic closings. Farmers Markets in Marion Square and Ackerman Park, West Ashley should be open but in a slightly different format. Marion Square will be confined to the paved strip between King and Meeting. Both will be essential markets, modeling the markets at Mt Pleasant and Summerville. Ingredients and number of vendors will be restricted. The Green Heart Project, a non-profit focused on education, healthy food and community has broken ground on its largest project to date. The Urban Farm at Enston Home is located on the corner of King and Huger. The project will provide farm to school and outdoor education for 3 neighboring schools, a new youth internship program for high school students and access to healthy food for students and neighbors.

The River Dogs are in the news, the concession stand has been honored. On National Burger Day, Minor League Baseball honored about a dozen of the most outrageous burgers. Their Smoking Chuck Town Brunch Burger made the list. It’s an all beef patty topped with smoked beef brisket, smoked tomatoes and Bloody Mary Sauce. But that’ not all. Commemorating a local classic, it includes shrimp and uses slow cooked grits as the bun. Solidified overnight and molded into a bun shape, okay…. The RiverDogs and Boeing inducted Major James Livingston of the US Marine Corps and Terrell Horne III of the US Coast Guard into the inaugural class of their Hall of Honor. This new recognition is given to military veterans in the Lowcountry. ArkoniK, Ltd. a UK automotive manufacturing company that specializes in custom-made Land Rover Defenders has selected Charleston as its North American headquarters. The Special Vehicle Operations will restore and customize Land Rover Defenders for a global market. They will also create an electric vehicle in 2021. Movie theaters will be opening this month.

AMC Theatres, the world’s largest, and Regal Theaters owned by Cinemark, coming in second, plan to be back in business by mid-month with a new range of safety features. Masks required. Drive-in theaters have made a comeback during the crisis. The Bend, recently aired the new Garth Brooks concert and is showing movies drive-in style. You and a group of friends can rent the Terrace theatre for about the cost of a movie each. Technology businesses in our area added jobs at the second fastest rate among all the cities in the US last year, second only to Charlotte, N.C. according to an industry trade group. In 2019, the tech sector workforce grew by 5.8%. Raleigh, N.C. came in at third place.

Coastal Living published with the cover dedicated to America’s Best Beaches. SC was noted for Folly Beach, our little Edge of America. FB is “funky, free-spirited, and full of surfers, sun-seekers and quirky souls…” SC Tourism has put together a two phase ad campaign. The first, “Dream Now-Discover Later,” has wrapped up. That took us through isolation. Now we are in the “When You’re Ready-We’re Ready” phase of the lure. The target? Driving traffic in a 350-mile radius + Ohio, ages 25-54. Although the tourist industry had lost about $1 billion by mid-May, when you look at the numbers for 2019, we entered the year with a solid momentum with the 2018-2019 numbers hitting $9.7 billion, an increase of 20% over the year before and a more than 30% jump from 2017. The count of visitors increased by about 2%, so people are spending more. Folks spent about $878 each per visit. International visitors won’t be rebounding too quickly, so for the foreseeable future, visitors within that driving distance will continue to be the focus. The trend looks to be last minute trips close by. With the travel climate the way it is, people feel more secure returning to somewhere they know and feel comfortable. This bodes well for the Lowcountry tourism industry. Cone Nast’s Travel+Leisure surveys reveal that our ratings have continued on an upward trajectory over the last decade which is unusual in the industry. 97% of those surveyed say they will return. Another emerging trend concerns travel agents. Travelers haven’t been using their services for domestic trips in recent years. The magazine reported that more and more people are turning to them for vacations with the U.S. So it’s a fingers crossed prediction for a 2020 season.

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