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Hidden Retreat, Special Treat – Mount Pleasant’s Marsh View Trail

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  Less than 50 years ago, Rifle Range Road was a quiet rural route surrounded by small farms. Today the farms are gone and cars speed by, bringing folks to one of the many residential neighborhoods that line the roadway. Many are unaware of a hidden retreat that lies behind the Mount Pleasant Waterworks complex.   When I was … [Read more...]

Bookworms, Rejoice! New Mount Pleasant Library

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Most residents of Mount Pleasant have visited the regional library on Anna Knapp Boulevard and battled its crowded parking lot and checkout desk. Residents of East Cooper love to read and learn, and we’ve deserved more space in which to do those things for quite some time. Fortunately, a new library is finally planned for the town of … [Read more...]

A Secret Retreat: Mount Pleasant’s Marsh View Trail

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Less than 50 years ago, Rifle Range Road was a quiet rural route surrounded by small farms. Today the farms are gone and cars speed by, bringing folks to one of the many residential neighborhoods that line the roadway. Many are unaware of a hidden retreat that lies behind the Mount Pleasant Waterworks complex. When I was asked to write about … [Read more...]

A Strong Influence From Nature: The New Sullivan’s Island Elementary School

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Imagine an elementary school perched above a beautiful beach, not unlike a sand castle. Inside, classrooms are level with  he tops of the trees, children can peek into neighboring rooms through porthole-like windows, and they can touch and  closely examine water environments. Instructors are teaching more than just science and math; they … [Read more...]

The Man(Cave) About Town

  There exists, in some homes, a place where most women don’t care or dare to tread. It is a haven where the man of the house seeks reprieve from the chaos of the day. It is his personal sanctuary – a mantuary, if you will. Over time, this sacred space has worked its way into the American vernacular by way of the term “man cave.” … [Read more...]

Musical Rooms: The Winckler Home Finds New Harmony

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  When I visited Andrea Winckler at her home on Daniel Island, it was hard to decide where we should pull up a chair and chat about her recent experiences with Tidal Creek Construction. Andrea and her husband, Tom, relocated from the Washington D.C. Area a few years back and were thrilled with the beautiful exterior of their home from … [Read more...]

How Does Your Garden Grow?: With a Team of East Cooper Residents

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  Life as a magazine writer and editor sometimes means imagining things in their prime that are still a little ways off. Take, for example, the day I visited the community garden at I'On on a January afternoon. It wasn't difficult to envision the mounds of dirt erupting for fresh vegetables and colorful flowers to burst forth, but for that … [Read more...]

Homes Away From Home: Local Families Host Tennis Pros

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  When I got on the phone to chat with international tennis professional Melanie Oudin, I was not the least bit surprised to learn that just minutes before my phone call, she'd been practicing her swing. Oudin, one of the many tennis players who grace Daniel Island during the Family Circle Cup, scheduled this year for March 29 through April … [Read more...]

Up, Up and Away – Mount Pleasant’s Own Airport

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  If you weren’t actively looking for the Mount Pleasant Regional Airport, you’d be hard-pressed to notice that it even exists. Its somewhat remote location is marked only by a modest green sign with white lettering along the U.S. Highway 17 roadside, just north of Park West. Mount Pleasant has its own airport? What’s that all … [Read more...]

The End of a Pig Tale

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Porky Pig became a big star back in the 1930s. The Three Little Pigs have been escaping the Big Bad Wolf since the mid-1800s. And who can forget those little piggies on a baby’s toes, especially the little one, who cried “wee, wee, wee” all the way home? They’ve been around for three centuries or more. But if you grew up in the South, … [Read more...]