CHARLESTON, S.C. – Renowned Charleston artist Jonathan Green and
lifelong supporters of The Footlight Players Sam and Nancy Stafford will
be honored on Thursday, May 11 at the second annual Anthony Aston Honors

The Footlight Players handed out the first Anthony Aston Honors award
last year to former Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley and Charleston
theater veterans Patricia and Emmett Robinson (posthumously). In 2015,
The Footlight Players’ board of directors established the Anthony
Aston Honors to annual recognize individuals or organizations that have
made significant contributions to the arts or the cultural life of

The award is named for Anthony Aston, a British actor, playwright and
poet, who landed in Charles Towne in 1702 after being shipwrecked on the
Carolina coast near Port Royal. In 1703, Aston wrote and performed
“The Country,” thought to be the first play ever produced in

Jane Broadwater, executive director, said she commends the Footlight
Players board of directors for its hard work putting together such an
arts-driven event for Charleston. “Gretta Cape, event chair, works
tirelessly all year to make this evening special for all who attend. We
look forward to gathering on May 11 to honor those who serve now and
those that have served the arts in the past.”

This year’s honorees will be recognized at a black-tie optional gala
and dinner at 7 p.m. May 11 at Hibernian Hall, 105 Meeting St. in

Tickets are on sale for The Aston Honors Gala at or by calling the box office at
843-722-7521 . Individual tickets are $150 each.

Individual benefactor tickets are $275 each and include a pre-event VIP
reception with sponsors, honorees and other distinguished guests.

The mistress of ceremonies for the gala is Charleston native Lauren
Hutton. Considered the first supermodel, Hutton has graced 10 covers of
European _Vogue_ magazines and 27 covers of American _Vogue_. In film,
she has starred alongside Robert Redford, Richard Gere, Gerard Depardieu
and Jim Carrey. As a role model for her generation, she has shown how to
successfully age and navigate transitions, maintain a healthy lifestyle
and engage in environmental and women’s health issues.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Footlight Players in its
preservation, education and operations endeavors, which include
maintaining a historic theater and producing multiple shows annually.

Now in its 85th season, The Footlight Players was founded in March 1931
by leaders of the Charleston Renaissance, including Alfred Hutty, DuBose
Heyward, Selma Tharin Furtwangler Dotterer and Eola Willis. In 1934, the
community theater group acquired an old warehouse at 20 Queen St. and
converted it to a theater that opened in 1941.


JONATHAN GREEN, born and raised in the Lowcountry, is an international
professional artist who graduated from The School of the Art Institute
of Chicago in 1982. Green is considered by many art critics and
reviewers as one of the nation’s most outstanding African-American
artists and highly recognized visual master for capturing Southern
culture and traditions. His high level of social interest and cultural
commitments, and exhibitions have brought him international recognition.

Green has received honorary doctor of art degrees from the University of
South Carolina and the Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., for
his capturing and recording Southern culture and history. He also has
been awarded The Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award for Lifetime
Achievement; Key of Life Award – NAACP Image Awards; Century of
Achievement in Art Award, The Museum of Americas, Arlington, Va.; Order
of the Palmetto Civilian Award; and The History Makers Award in Fine
Arts, The History Makers National Archives, Chicago.

Green’s art has been incorporated into productions of ballet, music,
theatre, literature, film, and video documentaries.

Born in St. Augustine, Fla., in 1946, SAM STAFFORD III moved to South
Carolina as a child and attended the College of Charleston, where he met
his wife of 47 years, Nancy Webb. Nancy invited him to volunteer with
her at The Footlight Players under the tutelage of Emmett Robinson,
Footlight’s first managing director. Sam says he treasures those
Saturdays with Nancy and remains appreciative of the lessons Emmett
taught them about love, life, commitment and theatre.

After graduating from The College and receiving an medical degree from
the Medical University of South Carolina in 1971, Sam embarked on a
20-year naval career, completing residencies in pediatrics and
dermatology. He and Nancy returned to Charleston in 1982 where he began
a part-time private practice in dermatology. After retiring from the
Navy in 1992, Sam joined Mt. Pleasant Dermatology where he has been a
partner since 1994.

Sam acted with The Footlight Players from 1967 through 1971 and later
served as a member of The Footlight Players board of directors as well
as board president. During his tenure, he led the movement to replace
the theater seats and donated the red stage curtain as an anniversary
present to Nancy in honor of their early memories at the theatre.

NANCY WEBB STAFFORD, a native Charlestonian, has had theatre in her
blood since childhood. Her mother served on The Footlight Players board
of directors and her parents were long-time friends of Pat and Emmett
Robinson, who were synonymous with Charleston theatre for nearly 30
years. Nancy began volunteering at the theatre at the age of 13 and over
the next 11 years worked every aspect of technical theater (carpentry,
plumbing, electrical work, running spots, costume construction and set
dressing) learning from Footlight’s talented staff of Emmett Robinson,
Norman Webber and Bill Easterby. During those years, The Footlight
Players was responsible for the maintenance of the Dock Street Theater
and presented its main season on that stage.

Emmett encouraged Nancy to pursue her interests outside of Charleston,
and she spent two summers in summer stock in Hyannis and Boston during
college breaks.

She met Sam while a student at the College of Charleston, and three
years later, they were married. The couple left Charleston for 12 years
of Sam’s training and adventure in the U.S. Navy.

While living in San Francisco, Nancy attended cooking school, and
subsequently taught cooking classes and operated a catering business for
19 years. Later, she developed an interest in landscape design, so she
attended many classes and symposiums, and eventually friends turned into
clients. Nancy now consults and enjoys working in her yards in
Charleston and the North Carolina mountains.

Sam and Nancy have two artistically gifted daughters: Adele, a weaver
and writer, and Ann Ladson, a metal smith and jeweler. The couple love to
travel and keep up with the local theatre scene through four local
theatre groups and occasional trips to New York City.

About The Footlight Players
The Footlight Players launched in 1931 with a series of one-act plays
directed by Lt. Commander Charles Russell Price at the Charleston Navy
yard. The series was such a success and drew such a following that The
Footlight Players formally organized and incorporated in the fall of
1932. To this day, The Footlight Players continues to provide
professional quality, affordable community theater for the Lowcountry at
the historic Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St. in Charleston. For
more information, visit  or call 843-722-4487

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By Mark A. Leon

“We went into Sean’s bedroom – and there was a kid there setting up an Apple computer that Sean had gotten as a present, the Macintosh model. I said that once some man had been calling me a lot wanting to give me one, but that I’d never called him back or something, and then the kid looked up and said, “Yeah, that was me. I’m Steve Jobs.” And he looked so young, like a college guy. And he told me that he would still send me one now. And then he gave me a lesson on drawing with it. It only comes in black and white now, but they’ll make it soon in color. And then Keith and Kenny used it. Keith had already used it once to make a T-shirt, but Kenny was using it for the first time, and I felt so old and out of it with this young whiz guy right there who’d helped invent it.”From Andy Warhol’s Tuesday, 9 October 1984 diary entry. It was Sean Lennon’s 9th birthday party.

October 9th, 1984 – The Dakota, Manhattan – The day that would have marked the 44th birthday of John Lennon and one shared with his son Sean. This day would be the celebration of the life of Sean Lennon though with an apartment filled with some of the most important names in the creative community coming to honor the off spring of a musical and spiritual legend. With all this wealth, power and celebrity shared, one gift, one guest would become the most important for the next 25 plus years. At the time, it was one day, one celebration and one moment.

The importance of this event would not be felt to the fullest extend until many years later. As we look back on the players and the single box object on the floor of Sean’s room, it is clear that this was a defining day in our history and our future.

A young, shaggy twenty something arrived with a gift no bigger than a breadbox to present to young Sean. It was a prototype of the new Mac Computer and the man presenting the gift was Steve Jobs. As he opened the box and put it on the floor sitting next to Sean, you could see a look of bewilderment as not only Sean but the guest list was not aware what this device was. Steve took the next few minutes to insert a floppy disk and install the art/design software. With a short tutorial and the swift movements of the mouse, Sean and Steve were creating digital art.

It was only a few minutes later that art and pop culture icon Andy Warhol stepped into the room and observed this device and the images on the screen. He sat down next to Steve and Sean and raised the mouse into the air, looking closely and trying to figure out how this mechanism worked. Steve reach over and began to lower his hand and the mouse to the ground and instructed Andy to just move it along the ground and that would translate to the screen. Like a grown child, Andy began to play. Soon the simplest of images was born on this monitor. Andy Warhol then stood up and announced to the crowd that he had created a circle.

With the spirit of John Lennon air apparent in the room, there was an aura of two visionaries. One that pledged the release of all material value to preserve the ideals of peace for all humanity and one that would revolutionize the entire culture of communication, computers, film and music. With Andy Warhol presiding over the church of Lennon, the marriage of the spirituality of the past and future were joined bridging two generations and forever changing the world as we know it.

John Lennon and Steve Jobs were born with an amazing gift of vision and insight and both were able to use their greatness in the pursuit of the greater good of mankind. Becoming vulnerable and naked, each opened themselves up to the unknown abyss to take the greatest leap so that we can be rewarded with a lifetime of wonder without boundary.

Both men taken before their time to their final resting place, but each one’s song continues to linger in the hearts and souls of every man, woman and child that dares to dream.

Throughout his illustrious career, Steve Jobs always generously showed his respect and admiration for those that influenced and inspired him. It does not take an obsessive Apple fan to see how much the music of the Beatles shaped his thinking toward his products, his customers, his family and his views on life.

How often do we find ourselves bearing witness to what seemingly is a just a moment in time, but much later realize the affect that moment had on the greater good. October 9th, 1984 on West 72nd Street, across from Strawberry Fields in Central Park, a group of people, on the floor of an apartment saw the vision of the future surrounded by the music of peace, love and harmony.

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Charleston Wine + Food is a cultural entity that champions the region’s unique food ways through world-renowned culinary experiences. Fueled by a contagious passion for the people and places that make Charleston worth celebrating, the annual festival infuses homegrown flavor with top chefs, winemakers, authors, storytellers, artisans, and food enthusiasts from around the globe for a five-day event that spans the first full weekend each March.

With more than 115 events planned, the 12th year of Charleston Wine + Food is chock full of unforgettable bites, sips, and flavors.

What:  Charleston Wine + Food Festival

When:  March 1 – 5, 2017

Where:  Marion Square – Charleston, SC

Ticket Information

Notable Event Participants

Gallery of Photos / Videos

Sink your teeth into…

– Three days of grand tasting in the Culinary Village
– Once-in-a-lifetime chef and winemaker/brewer dinners
– Hands-on cooking classes
– Late night bashes with music, bites + sips
– Intimate and educational excursions
– Captivating wine, spirits, and beer workshops
– Fabulous brunches and lunches
– A few platefuls of all things roasted, toasted, and smoked
-All set in some of the Lowcountry’s most beautiful backdrops + venues.

Charleston Wine + Food is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports Charleston and the Lowcountry’s diverse culinary + hospitality community through financial contributions to organizations or persons that directly benefit our local foodway initiatives and strengthen our local community.

The fine print:
All events are rain or shine. No one under the age of 21 is permitted to attend festival events. For your safety and others, please do not drink and drive. In consideration of the health of others, no animals are permitted inside festival events. All festival events are ticketed, with access to the space exclusive to paying guests.

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Folly Beach is home to great waves and an avid surf community and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with Charleston Surf Lessons for our second season of beach fun! Yoga & Surfing – what could be better?! (

Welcome the Sun with a 45 minute class on the beach with UFY, then suit up for a 90 minute lesson with Charleston Surf Lessons, rated best surf school in the Carolinas!

Finish the day off anyway you like, either on the beach or refueling at one of Folly’s amazing lunch spots.

Package includes:

– 45-minute beach yoga on Folly Beach (bring your own mat/towel)
– board rental
– wet suit/rash guard
– 90 minute surf instruction (in and out of the water)


– 9:30 – 10:15am – 45 minute all-levels yoga class
– 10:15-10:30 – get suited up & grab a light snack (changing romms available)
– 10:30am – 12:00pm – 90 minute group surf lesson (in/out of water)
– water bottle and a light snack

$45 per person; space is limited

APRIL 29 || MAY 27 || JUNE 24 || JULY 29 || AUG 26

Sign up HERE:

*space is limited and sold out almost every offering last year*


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Welcome, folks, to the Adams Administration!

Join us for lunch Wed., Mar. 1, 12 pm at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Roger Ekirch discusses American Sanctuary: Mutiny, Martyrdom, and National Identity in the Age of Revolution (Pantheon, hb., 320 pp., $30).

Get tickets here for the three-course lunch — $31

American Sanctuary tells the story of the 1797 mutiny aboard the HMS Hermione. When President John Adams extradited one of the escaped mutineers back to the British, it ignited a political firestorm that cost him the election of 1800.
Roger Ekirch is a professor of history at Virginia Tech. “One of the most wide-ranging and imaginative historians in America today; there is no one else quite like him in the profession” — Gordon S. Wood.

Once Again a Used Bookstore is the Hero

Thurs., Mar. 2, 5:30 pm, James Beard award-winning writer Matt Lee will discuss and offer samples from the Lee Bros.’ reissue of Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook (Rizzoli, hb., 240 pp., $30). This event is free and open to the public.

A native of Spartanburg, Pamela Strobel owned the legendary Little Kitchen in New York’s East Village, where the likes of Andy Warhol and Diana Ross came for Southern cooking and live jazz. In a Used Book Store, Matt and Ted Lee found an old copy of Strobel’s book and made it the first reissue in their new Lee Brothers Classic Library series.

Listen to Matt’s appearance on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

It’s Not Rocket Science

Join us Fri., Mar. 24, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Post and Courier reporter Tony Bartelme discusses A Surgeon in the Village: An American Doctor Teaches Brain Surgery in Africa (Beacon Press, hb., 288 pp., $28).

Tickets are $31 for the three-course lunch and talk.

A three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Bartelme spent four years researching and writing this book, making multiple trips to Tanzania.

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What:  Pork & Pearls Oyster Roast and BBQ
When:  Saturday, February 25th, 2017
Where:  Volvo Cup Arena
Time:  3:00 PM EST
Daniel Island’s premiere oyster roast is back! Presented by the Daniel Island Property Owners Association Pork & Pearls oyster and pig roast benefiting Windwood Family Services is set for Saturday February 25, 2017 from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Join us on the Grand Lawn of the Volvo Cup Arena for live music, adult libations and all you can eat oysters & BBQ. Your kids will be constantly entertained by our wide array of activities in our kids zone. From gaming truck to jump castle to petting zoo we have all ages geared up for an afternoon of fun.
In its 5th year, Pork & Pearls, is one of the largest ‘fun’draisers benefiting Windwood Family Services. This year Windwood celebrates its 30th anniversary providing Help, Hope and Healing to abused and neglected children in South Carolina. Join us for a good cause and good time at this year’s Pork & Pearls!

About Windwood Family Services

Mission Statement:

Providing help, hope, and healing through behavioral, educational,  and therapeutic interventions which enhance social functioning and well-being, ensures safety, and works to achieve positive permanency for children and families in our community

Windwood Family Services Philosophy of Care and Values:

Listening to our customers, stakeholders, and supporters; Collecting and analyzing data and outcomes, Learning what to do to improve our services and processes; Improving our services and processes with measured results

Windwood Family Services is dedicated to maintaining a family-driven, child-focused, strength-based and culturally responsive orientation in providing its services. We accomplish this by:

Developing services that are multi-disciplinary and comprehensive in approach;  Providing a quality array of services: community based prevention services,  residential care/treatment, out-patient, school-based and/or community-based prevention services that are flexible and adapt to the changing needs of the children and families; Maintaining a safe and secure environment that allows a child to thrive and that encourages family engagement in the therapeutic process;    Maintaining respect for the personal goals and wishes of the child, family and community and empowering the family by building parental capacity and competence;   Surrounding the child and primary caregivers with  positive role models  and experiences that assist them in the development  of pro-social life skills; Preparing the child and his family for positive  life experiences in their community through activities that enhance a parent’s abilities and promotes a healthy parent-child development; Training and promoting staff that embrace our agency goal of being a culturally sensitive agency that follows best practice strategies; Having a process of performance and quality improvement for identifying and evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of both therapeutic service delivery and overall agency management.

Business Objectives

  • To remain committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all current and potential employees.
  • To become a leader in the provision of cost-effective, time efficient, therapeutic interventions that create safety, well-being, and positive permanency
  • To expand our array of services to meet the changing needs of the community at large.
  • To maintain adequate insurance coverage to protect assets.
  • To limit exposure to liability through ongoing risk management activities.
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CHARLESTON (FEB. 20, 2017) – O2 Fitness Clubs will offer a free weekend of fitness February 24-26 to celebrate and promote Lowcountry heart health during American Heart Month.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among American men and women – and is responsible for nearly a quarter of all deaths in South Carolina, including more than 10,000 in 2015 alone. February marks American Heart Month, which raises awareness about heart disease and encourages people to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.

While many factors contribute to heart disease, small lifestyle changes can play a large role in reducing your risk. Experts recommend at least 15 minutes of daily exercise for better heart health, and it’s never too late to begin leading an active lifestyle.

All visitors at O2 Fitness will have unlimited access tofitness equipment and a variety of exercise classes, including yoga, spin, kickboxing, and pilates. This offer is available at all O2 Fitness Clubs; click here for a complete list of locations and hours of operation.

Lowcountry O2 Fitness Clubs are located in Daniel Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan, Mount Pleasant (3), Moncks Corner, North Charleston, Summerville, West Ashley (2).

Accredited O2 Fitness trainers are available for interviews.

About O2 Fitness Clubs
Home to more than 20,000 members in the Lowcountry, O2 Fitness Clubs offers access to state-of-the-art equipment, more than 250 weekly classes and customized personal training services at 11 South Carolina locations. The club is dedicated to offering the ultimate fitness experience, providing something for everyone, including tailored programs to help meet health and fitness goals. O2 Fitness is a company that cares about giving back and will often be seen out and about supporting local events and charities. Learn more at


Daniel Brock
Rawle Murdy
(919) 820-2612

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By Mark A. Leon

Whether you are a local or tourist you know the steeple of St Philip’s Church on Church Street in historic downtown Charleston.  It is one of the most recognizable aerial landmark in this city.  It is also situated between the Dock Street Theater and historic market.  It is a true landmark of Charleston history and decor.

It is also the final resting place of some of the most recognizable names in Charleston, South Carolina.  The cemetery is the final resting place for Pinckney, Gaillard, Rhett, Rutledge and John C. Calhoun.  For those history buffs out there, Charles Pinckney (1757-1824) was one of the original signers of the United States Constitution and Edward Rutledge (1749-1800) was a signer of the Declaration of Independence along with his many delegated and elected positions in state and federal government.

If you have not experienced the St. Philip’s Church and Cemetery up close, make sure this is part of your next planned trip to the Historic District of Charleston, SC

While you wait, here are some images of the grounds.



















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By Mark A. Leon

We don’t have bad sunrises in the Lowcountry.  It is one of the many subtle and mesmerizing things that make this place a special home for so many.  Yet, every now and again, something happens.  Like that rare view of a comet or lunar eclipse, we get an occasional sunrise for the ages.  One of those that make you question your vision, because the tapestry of color, sounds and peaceful serenity make for the perfect moment.

When you have the chance to be a part of that, there is no turning back.

These are the moments we live for and the reminders of what a gift life is.

Today was one of those days.

Sit back in your lawn chair and experience this through a photographic recap.  A Charleston sunrise: February 18, 2017











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What:  8th Annual Charleston Brewvival

When:  Saturday, February 25th – 12 PM – 5 PM

Where:  Coast Brewery – North Charleston, SC

Restrictions:  This is a 21+ event only

Shuttle Service:  All MORNING shuttles will pick up at the Charleston Visitor Center (375 Meeting Street) and drop off at COAST Brewing.

All AFTERNOON shuttles will pick up at COAST Brewing and drop off at the Charleston Visitor Center (375 Meeting Street).

Ticket Information

In the past few years, South Carolina’s craft beer industry has seen unprecedented growth with the number of breweries opening, the number of jobs being created, and the doubling of the economic impact in the state. With all this amazingly positive progress, Brewvival can no longer maintain focus and properly showcase these breweries within the format they deserve.

This is why in 2017 Brewvival will fully support the South Carolina Brewers Guild to showcase the amazing beer being produced in the Palmetto State. The Second Annual South Carolina Brewers’ Festival will take place in 2017, date and location TBD. This festival will provide a great opportunity for all South Carolina brewers to spotlight their beers and introduce festival goers to many of the new breweries popping up all over the state with some of the novelties and rarities that make the Brewvival festival so special.

It will also allow the Brewvival festival the opportunity to continue its mission as an intimate showcase for fantastic one-offs and rare beers, from across the nation and beyond. This makes for a healthy relationship that will continue to build upon the success of the craft beer industry in South Carolina and provide a variety of opportunities for fans to experience incredible beers from all over the country.

Brewvival 2017 will also continue with not announcing the majority of breweries/beers being shown in advance. This format change will allow for more creativity and better beer diversity while allowing the brewer’s freedom to present specialties without preconception. This will create a more relaxed, less pressured environment to enjoy the festival. The veil of long lines for specifically hyped beers and rushes to particular tables/tappings has begun to weigh heavily on attendees and breweries alike. Getting back to the basics, being a part to enjoy the beer, will be promoted by this change. We realize this new approach will be aggravating to some.  We hope that most of you will trust in Brewvival’s proven track record of not disappointing you. We truly feel this will be the best show yet.

And finally, we will also continue to change the line up every year, with both breweries and food vendors.


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