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October 2017
“When you steps in it, you sticks,” say the Gullah people of the gooey marsh mud that lines Lowcountry creeks. “Smells...

September 2017
During periods of drought, folks uninitiated in the magical ways of Pleopeltis polypodioides may spy the epiphyte fern’...

August 2017
If you’ve never grown an okra plant—merely enjoying someone else’s crop deliciously fried, boiled, steamed, stewed,...

June 2017
Washed up jellies, scampering crustaceans, tiny shells bound mysteriously into chains: all are common finds on South...

May 2017
Bring on the magnolia blooms! This month, Magnolia grandiflora’s immense flowers open, filling the air with their...

March 2017
The stout, cinnamon-colored bird officially dubbed Thryothorus ludovicianus is a year-round Lowcountry resident—a...

February 2017
One of the few forest creatures regularly spied by city- and suburb-dwellers today, the white-tailed deer—the official...

January 2017
Longleaf pine trees (Pinus palustris) once covered some 90 million acres in the Southeastern United States, including...

December 2016
Impossibly thin, subtly sweet, and crunchy with sesame seeds, the benne wafer is a time-honored staple of Charleston...

If the Holy City could count its blessings this month, the iconic public building at the corner of Church Street and...

November 2013
Today, two magnificent lighthouses mark the entrance to Charleston Harbor: the 1876 Morris Island Lighthouse—...

October 2016
Among the largest of the 14 species of bats indigenous to South Carolina, these creatures of the night regularly set up...

September 2016
This graceful member of the heron family (Egretta thula) is distinguished from other tall white wading birds by its...

August 2016
A call for entries for our third annual photo contest, themed “Only in Charleston,” netted more than 600 submissions....

August 2016
On the night of February 17, 1864, the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley slipped out of Breach Inlet and headed for...

July 2016
Brought to the Carolina shores 400 years ago by Spanish explorers and traders, these sure-footed animals are esteemed...

June 2016
As a whole, South Carolinians (and plenty of vacationers who fall in love with this place) adore our state flag. We...

May 2016

April 2016
The Holy City still uses the 17th-century term “piazza”—which comes from the Italian word meaning “open space”—instead...

March 2016
Native to rivers, inlets, and bays, the osprey (Pandion haliaetus) is one of the Lowcountry’s most admired and...

February 2016
A Holy City ode written for two friends on their wedding day — written by  Anna Claire Hodge ///  artwork by Jill Hooper

February 2016
Feeling the pull of a childhood spent on the water and the knowledge that this is where you belong 

February 2016
Towering over 65 feet high, this majestic Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) is said to be the oldest living thing...

January 2016
Think you know the Holy City inside and out?

January 2016
This mildly potent punch is credited to South Carolina’s oldest and most exclusive social institution, the St. Cecilia...

December 2015
More than 700 guests joined us on October 15 at the Gaillard Center to celebrate our big 4-0 and raise money for the...

December 2015
Berkeley County’s boozy history as a corn-liquor capital during prohibition  

December 2016

November 2015
Lowcountry anglers will tell you that fall’s the best time to cast for Sciaenops ocellatus, the state’s most popular...

October 2015
Get a first look at the grand new Gaillard, the $143.5-million performance hall and civic center that will open to...