Janes News Letter October 2020

Notes from Jane

The head of the Election Commission asked the Legislature back in July to address absentee voting procedures. They just passed a bill and the governor signed it into law. It allows anyone who wishes to vote absentee to do so. You must still have someone sign as a witness to your signature and you must put a stamp on the ballot.

If you’d like an absentee ballot, you can request an application by calling your County Board of Elections or go online at www.scvotes.gov and get one.

One of the best things you can do and this would be a good civics lesson for students is to go to www.scvotes.gov and get a sample ballot for your area. It will let you use the time between now and casting your ballot to examine the people running for office, from president to school board to coroner. It also allows you to track your ballot.

Social media has documented what captivated our thoughts since March. An ingenious way to see what weighed heavily on our minds during the pandemic is to examine what was tweeted since March. Excluding politics, the Home Trends Report says we may not have been traveling but there was a 93% increase in the use of the camping emoji. There was a 24% increase in tweets about National Parks with Yellowstone leading the way. As you would expect as countries retreated to within their borders, the airplane emoji use was down 50% and the world map emoji dropped 58%. How did we entertain ourselves?

On the small screen, Michael Jordan’s The Last Dance was the most talked about. Anderson SC native, recently deceased Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther led the movie chatter and Beyonce’s Black is King took the video album honors.

Food? It seems we all became home bakers, chefs and crafters. The top five food chats were about chicken, bread as evidenced by the yeast and flour shortages, cake, cookies and cheese. The yarn emoji won the craft sector.

Use of the toilet paper emoji, to no one’s surprise, went up a whopping 475% due to the Great TP Panic of 2020. What a year! Don’t even get me started about having to dip into the great alphabet for hurricane names!!!

So what’s happening in the Lowcountry? Boone Hall Fright Nights, the nighttime haunted house and hayride attraction has operated for the past 15 years and will so again this month. There are three main attractions this year: Maximum Security, Tiny’s Toy Factory and Scary Tales: the Final Chapter, which is the famous hayride. Check the online list of covid rules and purchase tickets. Attendance is limited to 1,500/night for the 19-nightrun, Thursday through Saturday, til Halloween.

The Lowcountry Hope Center is hosting its first Swing Fore Hope charity golf tournament in a month-long virtual format at the Wescott Golf Club in Summerville.

The Live Under the Oaks Concert Series each Thursday at 6pm at Mt P’s Towne Center opens on the 1st with the Brady Smith Band. It’s outdoors and free.

Another socially responsible outdoor concert series at the Bend will be produced by the Chas Music Hall from the 9th thru Nov 14th with groups like Shovels and Ropes and Ranky Tanky.

The SC Aquarium’s Turtle Trek 5K has gone virtual and will run from the 3rd thru the 10th. Swing for the Symphony 2020 golf tournament will be on the 5th at the Country Club of Charleston. Registration at 10:30.

The Fall Tours-Architecture, History & Gardens, the Preservation Society’s event will be held from the 8th thru Nov. 7th.

The Gibbes gets in the spirit with its Charleston Collects: Devotion, and Fantasy, Witchcraft and the World’s End show beginning the 9th. On the 10th, it’s the 2nd Annual Lowcountry Bottom Fishing Rodeo, inshore or offshore, boat or a kayak, it benefits the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy.

The 13th Annual Autumn on the Ashley Arts and Craft Fair will be held at Magnolia Gardens on the 10th and 11th. Cooler weather makes you want to run through the woods? You are in luck! The Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5K is on the 10th at the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on Johns Island.

Columbus Day is on the 12th. It’s a federal holiday. Chamber Music Charleston’s Ovation Concert I will live stream from the Sottile on the 13th and will be available on demand til the 26th. Enjoy wine, live music and a food truck every Wednesday at Wine Down Wednesdays at Old Towne Park 5-7pm.

Bike Across SC is a multi-day bike ride off the roads and onto the state’s scenic trails from the 15th thru 18th. The Charleston Hot Air Balloon Festival and Polo Match should have something for everyone to appreciate. Held at Mullet Hall on the 16th, it’s family friendly fun. Kiawah River’s Annual Fall Field Day and the Run Like the Devil 5K will be on the 17th from 9-2. Family fun and free but you must rsvp online.

Freshfields Village Cars and Coffee will be on the 17th also from 9-11. It’s the Gaillard Five Year Anniversary on the 18th. The Folly Beach Pier is closing on the 19th. It will be demolished,and a new pier built and reopened in 2023. Become Greek for the weekend!

It’s the Charleston Greek Festival’s 50th anniversary beginning on the 23rd at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Race Street. Tasty fun!!

The CJO Season 12 continues with the Sounds of the Lowcountry with music that is distinctly Charleston Jazz. A limited number of tickets are available for the live show at Firefly on the 23rd at 6pm.Want to try a new hobby? How about learning Digital painting? The Main Charleston County Library is offering a series of workshops to help you get started with the most important building block of color: value and composition on the 26th.

The Ballet Academy of Charleston invites you “The Wizard of Oz” at the Charleston Music Hall on the 30th at 6pm. The performance is suitable for children of all ages and will include 40 of their students.

On the 30th from 1-2:30pm join the Drayton Hall Curator for Historic Maps and Terrain Walk: The Search for Evidence of the 19th Century Phosphate Endeavor at Drayton Hall.

On a sad note our famous soul food destination, Martha Lou’s restaurant has closed. They do say they will reopen as soon as a new location is found.

Rodney Scott was featured on Netflix’s Chef’s Table. The show is available to see now. It tells the tale of a young man in Hemingway who grew up to become a James Beard Southeastern Chef of the Year. It’s a very poignant story that’ll make you very hungry. In fact,after the show aired, their sales went thru the roof.

Looking for a FREE, fun,self-guided tourofhistoric places, including those located in Charleston and various other areas? It can be yours just with a click on your phone! Download TravelStorys from your phone App store. This app is location based, so as you approach a place of interest, you will get an engaging audio tourwith images and video. This appis continually addingstoriesfrom tourism agencies, businesses and other organizations. It’s cool y’all!! Thanks to Dan and Amanda for the tip!

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