TJ Phillips Returns to Radio: Walking on Air

TJ Phillips returns to radio

TJ Phillips has been part of area radio listeners’ lives for more than three decades. A beloved radio show host on WEZL from 1990 to 2016, TJ rode with us in our cars on the way to work or school each morning and later moved to the ride home with us in the afternoon. He kept us company at work and at home. He would make us laugh and occasionally bring a tear to our eyes, but he … [Read more...]

Johnnie Dodds: The Man Who Had a Plan

The Dodds family at the dedication of Johnnie Dodds Boulevard. Left to right: Robert Dodds, Joan Dodds, Flo Dodds, John Dodds III, Marilyn Davey, Mayor Johnnie Dodds, Carolyn Nason and Cathy Joyner.

Johnnie Dodds Boulevard is the workhorse of Mount Pleasant’s infrastructure. The roughly three-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 17 from the Ravenel Bridge to the Mark Clark Expressway hosts tens of thousands of cars daily and, after a major improvement project completed in 2013, looks great doing it. But a transportation corridor – or anything, for that matter – bearing the name … [Read more...]

This Year’s Bridge Run Artist: One Nation Under Creativity

2017 Winning Bridge Run Artist Tate Nation

For nearly four decades, artist Tate Nation has dazzled audiences with his bold, whimsical depictions of Charleston, the Caribbean and the Rocky Mountains. With a cartoon edge and a color palette built on luminescent shades that transcend canvas, he delivers nontraditional glimpses of some of the country’s most beloved plots of land, cities and ocean-scapes. From capturing the … [Read more...]

Kevin McNamara Paints Shem Creek: Art Imitating Life

Kevin McNamara paints

Residents of Mount Pleasant may have recently noticed something other than the typical seagull or pelican camping out on the bridge that overlooks Shem Creek. For six weeks, Irish artist Kevin McNamara has created his very own studio space on the platform, making sure to catch and capture many a sunset. Armed with brushes, paint, weather appropriate attire and plenty of water, … [Read more...]

SEWE Hosts Amanda McLenon: The Origin of Artistic Journey

Amanda McLenon painting

In the South, we cherish the natural world. From the flawless stature of a coon hound to the tranquil image of an ivory egret midflight, we savor the sights that can be found throughout the Lowcountry. The 2017 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is once again set to display the very best in outdoor living, art and zoology on Feb. 17, 18 and 19. For Daniel Island artist Amanda … [Read more...]

LowCountry Feminists: Motivated to Take a Stand

LowCountry Feminists: Motivated to Take a Stand

Marina Penna woke up the day after the presidential election last November and realized that she needed to do something. Like many women voters who viewed the negative rhetoric during the campaign as unsettling, coming to grips with the election results was challenging. The youth leader at the Unitarian Church of Charleston said, "I woke up that morning, had a cry, composed … [Read more...]

Making a Difference: New School Board Chair Focuses on Student Achievement

Children in a classroom

Kate Darby wants to give every student in the Charleston County School District the opportunity to excel in the classroom and succeed in life. She would like the nine members of the CCSD School Board to work as a team, to row in the same direction in an effort to prepare the more than 50,000 kids in the system to thrive in the ever-changing world of the 21st century. Most of … [Read more...]

POP! Goes the Question Marriage Proposal Stories

Message from the Mount Pleasant Magazine Editors in celebration of Valentine's Day

I proposed to my wife, Allison, at the end of a sailboat race on Charleston Harbor. Since I was in my teens, I’d always wanted to propose this way. The biggest obstacle was finding a sail to get the message on; I don’t own a boat. However, I do crew for people, and the owner of “The Level Pelican” happened to have a sail that had been destroyed in a windy race. I asked him … [Read more...]

“Let Me Tell You a Story” – A Conversation With Monsignor James A. Carter

Monsignor James A. Carter, Christ Our King Catholic Church

The walls of Monsignor Carter’s office are lined in bookcases stretching from the floor to the ceiling, but they are slowly starting to empty out. It’s easier to see what odds and ends remain on the shelves: a vial of water from Lourdes, France; a few paperback volumes of “the Greatest Catholic Parishes” (containing Christ Our King, naturally); and photographs of various … [Read more...]

Santa the Sandbird: Off Duty in East Cooper

Santa the Snowbird

What’s happened in your life over the past five years? Quite a lot, I’d venture. Well, same here. Five years ago, one of the intrepid reporters for this very publication tracked me down at home at the North Pole. Normally, I would have ducked him and directed my PR elf, Manny, to call him back or just issue a press release. I get enough publicity every December when I zip … [Read more...]