Notes from Jane
Life is starting to open back up in the Lowcountry. I won’t say we are returning to normal, but at least we can get out. If the traffic to Folly Beach was any indication this past weekend, all of the tri-county area was ready to get out and into the salt air. But wait! It’s almost time for hurricane season to start. If things weren’t uncomfortable enough, here comes a premature Arthur. It is a good reminder to rethink your hurricane plan in this new normal. I’m sure shelters are not going to be the same as in the past, hotels either. One big, albeit temporary change in state law means that more people will be able to vote by mail-in ballot in the June 9th primary election. By mid-May, 100,000 requests for mail-in ballots had been received by election officials. The change was made not only because of concerns over the corona virus, but to also to remedy the shortage of poll workers. Access to county libraries is in sight at least in Charleston County. Return books were being accepted as of the 18th of May. They expect to begin limited services at most libraries on June 8th. Returned books will be quarantined. The CofC School of Business MBA program has been named among the best in the nation for job placement by US News and World Report. The College’s 2019 MBA graduates had a 100% job placement rate, which is 15% higher than the average placement rate for ranked programs. The Citadel will reopen its campus to cadets and students in August to begin the fall semester: Tentatively set for an 8/26 graduate school and 8/28 for cadets start.
The Oscars are history but the Miliken Family Foundation’s Oscars of Teaching road show made a stop in North Charleston. Leslie Sullivan, a social studies teacher at the Palmetto Scholars Academy and only SC recipient honored. The award is given to mid-career teachers to recognize what they have done to date and to honor the promise of what is to come given the opportunities and resources of the award. Only forty were given across the country. In sports, it was recently announced that the Cooper River Bridge Run will be cancelled for this year. Originally postponed until August, between the crowds and the excessive heat and humidity of a Charleston summer, I’m sure there are some sighs of relief. The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports, also known as the Kentucky Derby and the first leg of the Triple Crown, has been rescheduled for September 5th. This is the first time it has been postponed in the 145-year history of Churchill Downs.
The crowd favorite is known for its fashion statement hats and cocktails. Another big spring favorite is the Masters played at the Augusta National course. Rory McIlroy will be seeking a victory to complete his career Grand Slam when the tournament plays in November. The Open Championship was canceled for the first time since 1945 and will be played at Royal St George’s in 2021. St Andrews will host the 150th edition in 2022. If the schedule holds, the PGA championship will take place August 6-9th at TCP Harding Park in San Francisco. The US Open is slated to tee off on 9/18 at Winged Foot, Mamaroneck, NY. The PGA Tour is planning to resume its schedule tentatively in June with the Charles Schwab Classic in Fort Worth. In tennis, the Grand Slam tournament will also be played in the fall. The French Tennis Federation is planning to begin its tournament on 9/20. Wimbledon has been cancelled. The grass court championship has been played continuously since 1877 with time outs taken only in 1915-1918 and in 1940-1945 for two World Wars.
At the beach, the D.J. McKevlin Gromfest, a surf contest celebrating young men and women surfers under 18 held at the Washout is coming up. Dates will be announced soon. The 2020 Folly Beach Wahine Classic for women of all ages will be held 9/12-13 also at the Washout. The State newspaper asked high school coaches across SC if they think their teams will be playing this fall. Of the 71 who responded all but one said yes. While optimistic that football would return this year, half said they doubt the season will start on time. “Playing on Aug. 21 would be tough,” River Bluff coach Blair Hardin said. “I think we are looking to see what college and NFL are going to do. Once it is announced what is going to happen, every coach will definitely just have to adjust. The biggest thing is, there are a lot of unknowns.” With state and county parks open for business, James Island County Park has announced Reggae Nights concert series will resume on the 26th. The 33rd Annual Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood festival is scheduled for the 28th of June from 11am-5pm at Waterfront Park in Mt Pleasant. Participants are treated to a boat parade and ceremonial blessing of the shrimp/fishing fleet, seafood samplings, live music, shag and shrimp eating contests, live music, and best of all, the admission and activities are free. Be sure to support your local farmers either at neighborhood markets or by purchasing a share in a CSA, a community supported agriculture effort. The produce you get weekly is fresher than anything at a big box and you’ll be helping your community farmers. You may not have heard of Les Dames d’Escoffier. It’s a philanthropic group of women leaders from the fine food, beverage and hospitality fields. Their fundraiser supports local restaurants by supplying revenue to produce meals for front line medical teams in the Lowcountry. A great way to fill two needs at once.
One of the funniest moments in TV during the corona hot mess has been the shows beaming live from the homes of hosts and guests. Jimmy Kimmel visited our own Bill Murray who was holed up in his home in Charleston. Bill spent the entire interview in a bubble bath. He is a lock down hero. He is also teaming up with local boutique fitness studio, Longevity, to write, direct, produce and star in a TRX fitness video. They say the class is legit, it’s one the star uses himself. Known for showing up and surprising people around town, Bill was spotted at Queen Street Grocery ordering…of course…the Murray. It’s great having the world ambassador of fun right here in town. Rodney Scott has been named one of nine semifinalists for the Barbeque Hall of Fame.
He is the only semifinalist from the southeast. The three inductees will be named during the 41st American Royal World Series if Barbeque in September. In 2018, Scott was named Best Chef in the Southeast by the James Beard Foundation. Speaking of the James Beard Awards, they have been rescheduled until September. Congratulations to Hannah Raskin for the Post and Courier articles: “Forget Democratic Votes. Which Presidential Hopeful Will Eat 16 Iconic SC Foods First?”; “A James Island Meat-and-Two Secretly Switched to Carolina Gold Rice. Here’s What Happened.”; “In Prisons Across South Carolina, It’s Not a Birthday Without Cake Made by a Fellow Inmate.” Charleston's oldest distillery is pivoting their operations to help meet the growing demand for hand sanitizer. Firefly Distillery is offering half gallons of hand sanitizer at their new Park Circle spot.