December 2016 Programs

time_machine_dec_2016In my final post for 2016, I’m happy to report that new features are just around the bend.  I’ll continue presenting new programs in person, and the weekly radio shows will continue, but in January I’m going to roll out podcast and audio or video versions of all programs.  My schedule is getting busier every day, so please pardon my brevity in getting this news out.

Since “cold” temperatures begin rolling into the Lowcountry in December, I’ve looking forward to resting in front of a warm fireplace, with the relaxing sounds of a pine log crackling away.  That image got me thinking about how our ancestors once relied on wood for heating, as well as cooking, washing, and a host of other tasks.  Once upon a time, a huge amount of labor and money went into the business of felling, sawing, splitting, and carting of wood (and coal).  It was part of the daily routine for everyone here, regardless of one’s social standing or income.  In the age of electricity and natural gas, we don’t give such business a second thought, but it once occupied  a huge amount of local resources.  With that in mind, I’d like to raise awareness of the firewood (and coal) industry in our community, so I’m constructing a program called “Friendly Fire: Fuel for Cooking and Heating in Early Charleston.”  If you’re not otherwise engaged on Tuesday, December 20th at 6 p.m., please join me at the Charleston County Public Library for a free history lesson.  I promise it’ll be warm inside.

The holiday season is upon us, so I’m excited to bring you two Christmas-themed radio shows this month.  On December 16th 2016 I’ll tell the swashbuckling tale of Spanish treasure brought into Charleston harbor on December 16th 1744 by the HMS Rose, a story that might work well as a movie someday. . . .  And on December 24th, I’ll introduce you to an 1852 novella by Charleston author William Gilmore Simms, titled A Golden Christmas: A Tale of Lowcountry Life.  Follow this link to find more information about the Charleston Time Machine.

As always, please keep an eye on my Calendar of Events for the upcoming schedule, and remember that you can always “follow” this blog (see upper right) and receive all the news via email.