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Berkeley and Charleston attractions worth a second look
- 01/19/2006

The Daniel Island News

In this weekís issue we encourage our readers to visit some of the great attractions in the Daniel Island area. The Cityís "Be a tourist in your own town" promotion gives citizens a chance to visit some of the areasí attractions at a fraction of the cost and without the hassle of long tourist lines.

We feature two of the areas most popular attractions, Boone Hall and Patriots Point. But our centerfold is devoted to two lesser know sites located within Berkeley County. Before reading the article, I wasnít familiar with the Santee Canal. Now Iím looking forward to taking a kayak tour of the area. And Iíll also try to visit Mepkin Abbey on the same trip.


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When I moved to Daniel Island in 1997, which at the time we called "moving to Charleston", our realtor, Joyce Tyler, gave us a great book titled " Kids on the Go: The Charleston Area Guide to Great Places to Take Kids".

When my children were toddlers, I used it regularly to find out about great places to visit. What made the book so useful was that it was geared toward families with kids, detailing restroom locations, hours, costs, food availability, and free attractions that are just right for kids of all ages. And it didnít just list the major attractions; it listed playgrounds, pet stores, and a ton of fun places to visit on just about any budget.

"Kids on the Go" was produced by the team of Katherine Eckert, Christine D. Funcik (Editor), Bill Donavan (Illustrator), and Laura Donavan (Illustrator).

An internet search revealed the book is out of print, used copies are available from authorized dealers.

This is a book well worth the effort to locate. Authors, if youíre reading, isnít it time for an updated version?


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Another great source of information about Charleston and the area is the pictorial histories that Arcadia Publishing prints. Arcadia publishes histories nationwide and has done several books on the Charleston area, including two books on Mt. Pleasant, several books on Charleston, a book on the College of Charleston, books about Sullivanís Island, Isle of Palms, North Charleston, Parris Island, and many others.

Their most recent offering, which hit the market this week, is titled "Sweetgrass Baskets and the Gullah Tradition" and is written by local resident Joyce Coakley. The author is a skilled sweetgrass basket maker herself and is fluent in the Gullah language. The book not only showcases the many designs, styles, shapes and sizes of sweetgrass baskets, but also highlights the Charleston flower ladies and other entrepreneurial African Americans in Charleston in the early 20th century.




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