Skatepark of Charleston – North Charleston, S.C.

4791 Trade Street, Suite A, North Charleston, SC – 29418

843-278-4855

skateparkofcharleston.com

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Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission

861 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC – 29412

www.ccprc.com

Clickable Map – Explore the Parks

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Charlotte Spice Company

Charleston Spice Company at Charleston's Farmers Market

(Photo of ‘Charleston Spice Company’ at Charleston’s Farmer’s Market in Marion Square)

“Charleston Spice Company is the Low Country’s premiere source for Organic, Hand Blended Herbs and Spices. Check out our collections of over 200 Herbs, Spice and Blends.’

http://www.charlestonspice.com

‘Like’ them on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/CharlestonSpice

Downtown Charleston – 843-722-6464

Isle of Palms – 888-778-1874

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Charleston Artists and Galleries

Charleston, S.C. is blessed to have wonderful art galleries and shows displaying the art of equally wonderful artists.  The beauty of the coast, of the ‘Holy City’ landscape and architecture as well as the historical interest of Charleston are a magnet to artists.   Remember that life is not easy for many of the artists OR the galleries.  “Starving Artists’ is not just a saying – it is a reality without the support of art lovers.  Artists have passion that drives them to create but they also have to have income that puts food on their plate and a roof over their head.

The Charleston Artist Guild provides lots of information on the artists and the Galleries of the Lowcountry.

CharlestonShines is proud to provide information about the art galleries, exhibits and shows.   If you know of one of these that is not featured please let us know.  Email us about galleries that you’d like to see featured.  You can easily upload information about exhibits and show – http://bit.ly/w9Lc76

Charleston Airport Shines!

ABC News 4 reports that “2011 was a banner year for Charleston International Airport despite sluggish numbers across the country.’ – http://www.abcnews4.com/story/16557791/banner-year-for-charleston-international-airport

The Post and Courier reports that “The airport reported Thursday that 2.5 million people traveled through its terminals in 2011, 25 percent more than the previous year.” – http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2012/jan/19/charleston-airport-sets-record-passengers/

Charleston Regional Business Journal reports that according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, “Charleston’s airport was ranked No. 2 for the largest decreases and smallest increases.” – http://www.charlestonbusiness.com/news/42306-charleston-airport-ranked-no-2-for-largest-decreases-in-airfare?rss=0

H.L. Hunley is unveiled to the public

“Confederate Civil War vessel H.L. Hunley, the world’s first successful combat submarine when it sank a Union ship in 1864, was unveiled in full and unobstructed for the first time on Thursday, capping a decade of careful preservation.”  Chicago Tribune

“Crews on Thursday picked up a truss, weighing more than 8 ton, which has cloaked the hand-cranked submarine for the past twelve years at a North Charleston conservation lab.”  AllVoices.com has great photos of the unveiled H.L. Hunley – AllVoices.com

Parks and Recreation in Charleston

Running short of cash on your trip to Charleston?  Don’t sweat it!   The Parks and Recreation of both the City of Charleston and Charleston County have lots of inexpenive entertainment and recreation options for you and your family.  For starters, the beaches are some of the best anywhere!  You may not have thought about it but Biking in Charleston is awesome.

Find out more about the Parks and Recreation Dept. of the City of Charleston  or the Charleston County Parks and Recreation

City of Charleston Recreation now has online registration – www.charleston-sc.gov/dept/content.aspx?nid=2277 or https://rectrac.charleston-sc.gov/
Includes programs, activities and athletics as well as reserve various facilities. Payments can be made online, too.

Parks of Charleston County also has online registration/ticketing.  You need an Account to register for courses or purchase membership passes or event tickets.  Click here to get started.

Click her to purchase advance tickets for Charleston County Parks including parking for Beachwalker Park, Folly Beach County Park (currently closed), Isle of Palms Park, James Island  Park, Palmetto Island Park, and Wannamaker Park as well as Caw Caw Interpretive Center.   The last time I looked the parking was $6 a car and the Caw Caw was .75 a ticket.  Pretty reasonable, huh?

Five Star Alliance.com names ‘Charleston Place’ as a Top 20 Luxury Hotel & Restaurant

Charleston Place is named #5 among Top 20 Luxury Hotel and Restaurants Worldwide.  Congratulations to the Charleston Place!

In the final days of 2011, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 20 Luxury Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, as decided by our guests.

In the #5 spot we have Charleston Place, located in the heart of Charleston’s historic downtown.’

Read on…http://www.fivestaralliance.com/charleston-sc/the-top-20-hotels-in-2011-5-charleston-place