SNOW Day on DEWEES!

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Snow in the South is wonderful. It has a kind of magic and mystery that it has nowhere else. And the reason for this is that it comes to people of the South not as a grim, unyielding tenant of Winter’s keep, but as a strange and wild visitor from the secret North.*

~Thomas Wolfe

dewees snow dayIt’s a rare thing, a snow day on Dewees. January 3 2018 gave us the biggest snowfall any of us can remember and some of the coldest temps in 60 years. It’s taken me a few days to get this stuff posted, because we’re either outside reveling in this crazy snowfall, warming up, or sleeping off the exhaustion. Dewees was treated to a rare winter storm this week.  Sure, there are challenges: most houses are not insulated for this kind of cold, pipes freezing, water lines freezing, the possibility of no power, road and bridge closures elsewhere in Charleston mean the ferry staff can’t safely get to work, etc. And let’s not forget the fact that golf carts don’t have snow tires! But those are largely solvable, and there is something about a snowstorm that brings out the kid in each of us.

 

The kids were not supposed to be at school until Thursday, but once the forecast looked like we might actually see precipitation, they first moved the date to Friday and now Tuesday, so we have plenty of time to enjoy a few more days of vacation.  Truth be told, we were skeptical… once the forecast called for more than 2 inches of snow (which would be more than we’ve ever seen here) we figured being surrounded by water would minimize that and we’d get mostly ice, like we did in 2014. Or snow that didn’t really stick around, like in 2010. To our incredulous delight, we were wrong! We started with beautiful ice, and then got to experience fluffy flakes and accumulating snow for hours on Wednesday.

 

Meeting friends on the beach…

Big Bend dock

So naturally, we had to get out and play:

 

On Thursday, the sun rose on something I have never seen before: a frozen impoundment.


But the sun provided us with some gorgeous backdrops to make the ice, and icicles sparkle:

It is truly bizarre and beautiful to see familiar landscapes utterly transformed by snow:

Dewees Inlet drive at Huyler House turn

As it melted, it hung together better so we could experiment with snow people and animals:

Some of us gathered up at the helicopter pad to throw snowballs, try surfing on snow, etc.

Here’s a quick video of some of the action:

If you have your own storm stories or snapshots, please share in the comments or send them to us.  We’ll be playing: with no school until at least Tuesday and the Charleston airport saying they will not open until Monday… it’s an adventure!  Happy winter, y’all.

 

*My friend and colleague Kristen Badger Walker, who is working on the sweetest downtown Charleston luxury penthouses, posted that quote from Thomas Wolfe yesterday on her facebook page.  If there is a chance you’re looking for luxury living downtown (the perfect complement to a Dewees abode), let me connect you to her.

Arts Council and Kids Holiday Concert a Success (Video)

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If you missed the kids holiday concert on the island, here’s a quick video to give you to get a taste.


On December 16, Huyler House was the site of some joyous merriment as some young island residents and friends delighted us with a holiday concert.  Meaghan Bonds, an Ashley Hall senior who lives on the island with her parents Ronnie and Susan, led the afternoon.  She and her friend Ann Sheridan began with some string duets, and even some Irish Fiddling.

They played several pieces, while a full house of proud parents and impressed neighbors gathered.

kids holiday concert

kids holiday concert

Sam Henshaw played the clarinet while his father Jim dusted off his high school trumpet to accompany him:
kids holiday concert Sam
Emma McDaniel did a great rendition of White Christmas:


And Cole and Ian Mortimer led the group in a rousing chorus of Rudolph. (you’ll have to check the video for this one)

And Meaghan finished the evening with The Christmas Song.
Sponsored by the arts council, the event was well attended. After the music ended, there were cookies and drinks.

Kids Holiday Concert

Living with Coyotes

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Dewees Island, like other communities, has been wrestling with the new habitation of coyotes on our island.  We are still learning what it means to coexist with coyotes on the island as this incredibly adaptable predator colonizes our coastal island.  We first noticed the presence of coyotes in late summer 2016, and by early summer 2017 we were seeing them regularly and kits were playing on the beach.
dewees island coyoteLori has assembled a lot of information on this page: scroll to the bottom for the info about coyotes.
This fall, sightings have continued to increase, and residents have a lot of concerns and questions.
As part of understanding coyote wildlife biology, she invited Sean Poppy, of the Savannah River Ecology Lab, to come give a talk about coyotes on the island on Saturday, December 2.  We videotaped the presentation for the Dewees Island Environmental Board.  The videos are divided into smaller units.
In this video, Lori introduces Sean:

In this video, Sean gives us a glimpse of the coyotes he observes regularly,

In this one, we look at what they eat, how they communicate, and what tracks look like.

This one discusses what we can learn from coyote scat and how the species can actually benefit the island:

The downsides of living with coyotes, and how natural selection might be leading to darker colored animals:

Why killing coyotes doesn’t work:

How far do coyotes range?

Advice for living with coyotes:

And then, Sean got his captive coyote Scooter out of the box. He’s had Scooter since he was found at a few days old along the side of a road, and while Scooter is captive, he’s by no means a pet. Sean begins by looking at the color of Scooter’s eyes.

While holding the Scooter, Sean answers questions:

They discuss the size of coyotes, the relative dangers, and migration of animals.

In this segment, Sean addresses when to “haze” them and when to let them be, scare tactics, and indirect feeding which can complicate the problem.

And at the conclusion,Sean returns Scooter to the crate and answers more questions about apex predators, whether they are nocturnal or diurnal, whether they’re good for songbird populations, and final words.

The Dewees Island Environmental Board has created a coyote task force: for more information about how you can help, see Lori.

This book, Coyote Settles the South, introduces readers to the way coyotes have become part of the landscape in a really interesting and thoughtful way.  Sean and Scooter are even featured in it!


More helpful info from Lori:

Dewees Island Coyotes
http://www.deweesislandsc.com/environmental-program/wildlife-management/
Scroll to the bottom for coyotes

Howlin’ at the Moon, Sullivan’s Island Magazine p. 10
http://www.sullivansislandmagazine.com/green/summer-2017/#10
One note of clarification from Dr. Mowry who is quoted in the article “the article gives the impression that we asked Sullivan’s Island authorities to trap the coyotes so that we could get tissue samples from them, which was NOT the case.  They trapped (and killed) the animals despite our objections, but we did then ask for the tissue samples once we knew that they were being trapped anyway.”

South Carolina Wildlife, Coyote Science Sept/Oct 2015
http://www.scwildlife.com/articles/septoct2015/coyote.html
“During the 1980s and 90s, deer populations in SC were booming.  Even very high levels of doe harvest were insufficient to control numbers.  But that trend began to change to the mid- to late- 1990s, at about the same time as coyotes became well established across the state.  In combination with the ongoing high doe harvest, heavy predation by coyotes on fawns was more than most deer populations could sustain, and statewide numbers began to decline.  But just as hunter harvest alone was incapable of controlling deer populations, coyotes also seem incapable of doing the job without hunter harvest.  Consider that deer remain abundant enough to be a nuisance in many urban and suburban areas around the state where coyotes are present but hunting is not allowed.”

Biology and Control In SC
http://www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/coyote/coyoteinfo.pdf
“Coyotes and their associated damage are quickly becoming unpopular with livestock producers and sportsmen. Nevertheless, attempts in other states to eliminate or drastically reduce the coyote population on a large scale have proven largely unsuccessful. However, it is possible to control coyote-related damage at the local level by removing the offending animals. If coyotes in the area are not causing specific depredation problems, it is suggested they not be removed. Coyotes are territorial, and their removal may be replaced with coyotes that are more likely to cause depredation problems.” Pg. 4

South Carolina Wildlife, For Wildlife Watchers: Coyote Nov/Dec 2008
http://www.scwildlife.com/articles/novdec2008/coyote.html

A beach town weighs options for controlling its coyote problem; Charleston City Paper February 2014
https://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/a-beach-town-weighs-options-for-controlling-its-coyoteproblem/Content?oid=4862426

What creates a nuisance coyote?  Urban Coyote Research
https://urbancoyoteresearch.com/coyote-relationships-people
“Are all coyotes a threat to people?  It continues to be surprising to find so many coyotes living near people in Cook County, IL, and yet relatively few conflicts have been reported. It was assumed that with an average of 350 coyotes removed each year from the area as nuisances, most urban coyotes would create problems. In contrast, only 14 of 446 radio-collared coyotes have been reported as nuisances (as defined by the local community). Apparently, few coyotes have become nuisances in Cook County, and it is likely that this is true of other metropolitan areas. It remains to be seen if conflicts will stay relatively rare or if they become more common as coyotes adjust to living with humans in this area.
For perspective, it is worth considering that no documented case of a coyotebiting a human has been reported for Cook County, IL. Contrast that result with domestic dogs, in which Cook County often records 2,000 to 3,000 dog bites each year (including some fatalities). In 2013, for example, there were no recorded bites to people by coyotes in Cook County but 3,822 bites from domestic pets were reported (data from Cook County Animal and Rabies Control).
Very few coyotes that have been studied in Cook County, IL have developed into “nuisance” animals. Those coyotes that became nuisances during the study typically became habituated through feeding by people. In other words, people were feeding wildlife and either intentionally, or unintentionally, fed coyotes.  Once coyotes associate human buildings or yards with food, they may increase daytime activities and thus are seen more easily by people. In those areas in southern California where attacks have been common, researchers have reported a higher frequency of human-related food in the diet of nuisance coyotes. This was indicative of feeding by people, or coyotes seeking food in garbage. In either case, feeding of coyotes should be heavily discouraged. A common pattern for many human attacks has been feeding prior to the incident — in many cases intentional feeding. Click the link above to read an example of how intentional feeding of wildlife led to the creation of a nuisance coyote.”

Art Show Saturday features both Charlie Evergreen Ceramics and Encore for “Coastal Colors” Exhibit

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Saturday night’s ceramics exhibit will share the gallery space with our outgoing exhibit.  The beginning of the month brought local artists Janie Ball and Elizabeth Middour to the gallery in the Huyler House.  Both plein air painters, Janie and Elizabeth did some painting on the island, and took scores of photographs to provide us with a great exhibit, and there are some beautiful works left if you’re looking for a holiday gift or a piece of Dewees to bring to your home in another city.

current exhibit with Elizabeth Middour and Janie Ball, Tom Jenkins, photographer

 

Elizabeth Middour and Janie Ball

For this weekend only, the paintings will frame the backdrop for a new exhibition of potter Charlie Evergreen.
Christie Drew, who has studied with Charlie, says this:
Its my great pleasure to guest post here on the Dewees Island Blog. I’m excited to introduce my friend Charlie Evergreen, a fellow ceramics artist working in Durham, NC. Charlie will be exhibiting in the Huyler House by invitation of the Dewees Island Arts Council starting November 4.
Charlie says “I’m happiest in life when I’m experimenting and learning, so I apply this to making art. To do so, I exercise control in my process, but intentionally leave part of the results to chance.”  The results are surprising and spectacular. Charlie makes both functional and sculptural art, all of which has an earthy, oceanic and sometimes otherworldly character.  You can preview the show from 4-6pm on Saturday November 4. And join us at  the opening reception to meet this vibrant ceramic artist starting at 6:30.

Keep your eye out for migrating warblers

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MIGRATION

what thoughts ramble
in the redstart’s brain
as the day draws closed
as dusk descends?
is it wormy fuel to lay on fat?
a steady southbound wind
perhaps it’s the flicker
of unseen light
the lure of tropical terrain
is it the flight plan hard-wired–
instinct etched in
by design not likely to change?
or does some warbler learned plan B
come into play
by circumstance rearrange?
fare thee well little bird
may stars bright guide you true
to thicket lush
past falcon’s hush
through dark skies inky blue
it’s my hope
that neither cat
nor glass
will spell your odyssey’s end
but that your tiny wings
some luck
some skill
will bring you back
to inspire me
once again.

My friend J. Drew Lanham is a professor of wildlife biology at Clemson University who is inspired by birds daily.  This poem is his musing on the redstart’s migration.  At this time of year, you never know which warblers you’ll find foraging in the oak trees near the landings building or along Dewees Inlet drive.  Keep an eye out for redstarts, which have been all over the island this week, and some of the warblers below.  I’ve been stopped in my tracks by the busy flitting of redstarts at eye level from the landings porch, and it’s totally worth preparing a beverage and hanging out there for a little while and watching. Exactly this time of year six years ago, I published this post about redstarts.

(This poem was published in a book of poems called “Sparrow Envy.”  You can order it directly from Drew. Most of the ones I have seen lately have been females and young birds; my sense is that the males migrate earlier. This photo of a male was taken at the Kiawah Island Banding Center.

 

Other warblers (all photos from Dewees) you might encounter this time of year are:

Prairie Warbler
warblers
Northern Parula
warblers
Redstart
Orange crowned warbler
warblers
black and white warbler
Black-throated blue warbler
warblers
Common Yellowthroat

Home! Dewees reopens after Irma!

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Hurricane Irma provided us with our second “hurrication” in a twelve month period, and I personally feel that traveling with all of your “crucial” possessions and your cat is overrated.  Needless to say, while we were blown away by the generosity and kindnesses of friends and strangers during evacuation, we are really glad to be home.  Last October, hurricane Matthew rolled on by, washing out a road and causing generally minimal damage. In 2011, Irene came pretty close and threw up a big surge which channeled past the dune line. This video shows the tide inundating Osprey Walk that year.  Every time we have a flood event, like the one in 2015, I come away with more appreciation for the resilience of our natural ecosystem, and the value of the original design and engineering plan, which allows the roads to move water along and away from homesites.

Irma, however, stands out as one of our more significant storms from a road perspective. Due to the extreme tidal surge from a hurricane hundreds of miles away, and strong northeast winds, lots of water was pushed into the marshes and waterways.  We were lucky in this hurricane that we didn’t get strong winds, but the water was impressive.  The incredible tides in the waterway pushed water way higher than usual, sending it over Old House Lane and into the impoundment. We set up a camera before we left to see if we could watch the marsh near Chapel Pond.  At first it looked like this:irma storm surge

Within an hour, it looked like this:

If you look to the right, you’ll see the water just pouring in from Old House Lane:

And by Wednesday morning (mostly) things are back to normal:

We got back to the area on Tuesday evening.  Both ferries, which had been put into storage per our island protocol in a storm, were still there, so the island ran the Parker for a few days.  By the time we got here, the staff had already done an assessment and created a recovery plan.  With no power to the utility, we needed to wait until running water returned to live here, but those of us with school kids who had been expecting a few more days off had to come get some necessary items for school.  We met the Parker at the ferry dock: while there was water in the parking lot, it was less than there was when we got back from Matthew.

That wasn’t the case on Monday: Van Kinnett sent these photos to Claudia DeMayo:

As you can see, the tide was impressive!  The staff was on hand and cheerful when we arrived.  It was clear that they’d been working all day.

the ride along the waterway showed some damage to the IOP and Goat Island docks:

Once on the island, Joe and island manager David Dew were available for transportation to homes.  As you can see, the road was still covered in water:

The impoundment was still high: the camera we set there had shorted out in the rain and tripped the gfi switch; this was a full 24 hours after the highest part of the surge.

We grabbed our stuff and headed for the ferry back.

Roads were still impassable by golf cart, so we’ve gotten rides from all of the island’s “high rise” vehicles.

On my ride over on Wednesday, the ferry captain Matt and deckhand Mike stopped to retrieve a stray floating dock and tie it off so it wasn’t a navigational hazard.

The skiff was also used for transportation:

By Wednesday mid-day, the smaller ferry, the Dewees Breeze was back in service. And the crew took all of the road materials we had on hand and transformed Old House Lane into a road from a river:

And worked on repairs to Dewees Inlet drive.

All in all, we’re so grateful for the staff who’ve kept working (even in today’s absurd 2″ rainstorm that fell in the space of about 45 minutes) to get us back up and running; power on, water and wastewater systems a go, and roads improving by the hour.  Tomorrow and Saturday we are working on some community cleanup projects: sign up here if you want to help.

More photos soon!

 

 

Awed by the Solar Eclipse

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On Monday, Dewees Island might have had more people on island than at any other point in history, as we paused together to take in the amazing spectacle of the total solar eclipse.  It was a day planned for a long time, and well orchestrated for big time fun. The ferry staff planned for extra riders, owners volunteered to remove extra cars from the parking lot to make room for more cars, there were solar system displays and geocaches set up, and really cool t-shirts ordered for the store, thanks to Betty Yearout and Ginny Moser.  Over the weekend, at least 950 individual rides were taken on the ferry. On Friday afternoon, scientists from NASA came to tell us about the science behind the eclipse and what to expect.  Huyler House was filled to capacity.

We were originally concerned about clouds, and there were even a few storms (with bonus of double rainbow) at the start of the day. Ferry transportation began early, with what would be a record-breaking 380 ferry riders on Monday.

 

The solar eclipse portion of the day began with two hours of drop-in activities at the Huyler House, planned by Lori Sheridan Wilson.  Stations were set up around the picnic area, with different solar system themed objectives. Over 100 people dropped in over the course of the morning, to try the different stations.

From oreo moon phases, to chalk art, to UV beads which change color, there were activities for everyone.

People came in their Dewees solar eclipse t-shirts, and in others.  One family, the DeWees family, was renting here because of the name/family connections.

 

The clouds parted at just the right moment to get a perfect view of totality.  We had originally planned to watch from the house, but wanted to see what was going on at the beach and decided to watch there.

It was fun to find others watching from along the roads. The Sullivans:

The Hall/Sood family

And if this is you, let us know…

At first glance, the beach was more crowded than I’ve ever seen it:

So we sent the drone up to see what it looked like from above. The beach actually isn’t that crowded.  At the time these were taken, we were at about 80% totality, so the light is getting a little weird.

The beach was a pretty festive atmosphere, so we decided to stay, but I had to zip back to the house to grab one more person. Meanwhile, everyone enjoyed the beach.

The following are Julian Richardson’s photos.

 


 

I got back to the beach in time for totality.  Along the way, we could see the tiny crescent sun shadows along the road.  It was weird light, and at the first instance of totality, we were still along Pelican Flight.  It went from daylight to twilight in a second, and was almost so dark I couldn’t see the road.  Several people took photos on the beach.

The parking lot at ancient dunes actually had a perfect view through the trees. I had one shot left on the camera, and managed this, right before it got light again.

Christie Drew took this one toward the beach at Ancient Dunes:

And this one of the parking area:

And Captain Lisa took this from the ferry dock:

photo by Captain Lisa

 

Jim Mack captured this of the impoundment:

solar eclipse

The Boone family on the beach at totality:

The Boone family photo

Claudia DeMayo got some great shots:

 

Faith and Fred took this cool timelapse:

Professional Photographer and long time visitor to Dewees Island Jo Marie Brown caught this image from Columbia:

There is something really amazing about being stopped in your tracks by nature, and the way this happened made us all simultaneously pause, take a breath, and look to the sky.  I am still collecting photos to put in a book for the archives: if you have some you want included, feel free to email them to me before September 10.  Still want to contribute to something related to the eclipse?  NASA is asking for your impressions in six words.  All eclipse-in-six entries will be sealed in a time capsule to be opened at the next total eclipse in 2024. Enter here.  And if you do enter that six word contest, send us your six words.

News 2 Covers Start of Dewees School Year: 8 kids on the ferry this year

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It was a pretty festive atmosphere on the ferry this morning, as school started in Charleston County. Mayci McLeod from News 2 rode along with the ferry this morning, and got a taste of the community sense of connectedness to each other and the world around us.

Claudia gave me a lift over to the dock so I could ride along as a gorgeous crescent moon lit up the sky, along with some stars.

The news crew was waiting, and Captain Rich and Joey were ready for the first day of school. As the 6:00 ferry pulled out, the sunrise backlit the cameraman, Chris.
Dewees Island School Run 2017

He was setting up the camera to capture the sunrise on the waterway.

When we approached the dock, it was really exciting to see all the kids and families waiting there for the first boat.

The inside of the ferry was full of the excited greetings of neighbors!

There was even a veritable buffet of breakfast goodies on the boat.

For some kids, it was a day of firsts.  Ian was headed to first grade, his first school day from Dewees, and his brother Cole was off to the first day of kindergarten at Sullivan’s Island Elementary school.

school

Sam was off to Moultrie Middle.  The high schoolers on the island go to Oceanside Academy,  Wando,  the School of the Arts,  and Ashley Hall.  We are totally excited to see that many kids on the ferry~ it’s the most we’ve ever known to leave Dewees for school.  And it was really fun to have News 2 aboard.  Last fall, we published this post about staying connected, and we’ve also mentioned them in this post. 

Mayci McLeod spoke with some of the students from the bow of the Dewees Islander.

While some of the other kids relaxed and watched the dolphins from the top deck.

Once the ferry pulls in, the kids disperse different directions to bus stops or rides to school. Cole and Ian waited for the Sullivan’s Island School Bus.

All in all, it was a great first day of the school year!

 

 

mississippi kite eating a bug

Mississippi Kites putting on a show

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If you’re at the pool, big bend dock, or Old House Lane this week, be sure to look up.  There has been a group of Mississippi Kites overhead, putting on a show, pretty much on a daily basis.  This raptor soars like a falcon on the thermals, and today I saw a total of 13 of them at the same time.  At first glance, they appear to be floating gently along the thermals, almost suspended in the air.

But then one of them will take a sudden movement and whoosh in another direction. Using their square off tail to dip, twist, plummet, and lift, these incredible aerialists are catching dragonflies and cicadas in mid air with their talons, and then eating them as they fly.

mississippi kite

When you look at them with your eyes, it looks like they are just hanging out.  But zoom in with binoculars or a camera, and you can get a clear sense of them as effective predators. Yesterday, I took my camera over to big bend to lie on the dock and watch. They took my breath away with their dizzying dips and turns!

mississippi kites

They snatch cicadas and dragonflies.  The cicadas protest loudly when grabbed, and if you look closely you can see the birds eviscerating them while flying.

mississippi kite

mississippi kite eating a bug

mississippi kites

 

Mississippi Kite 5-6-17 Sewee
Mississippi Kite, photo Pam Ford

Mississippi Kites, Ictinia mississippiensis, are a species of least concern in our area.  In fact, check out this article from Living Bird Magazine about how their range is actually expanding. That said, I have never seen them here as often as I have in the last week. They may be staging for migration: In some states like Texas, they apparently gather in large groups before migrating south.  Each time I have been watching them, there have been blue jays in the trees below, making a screeching sound.  They shouldn’t really object to their presence; apparently blue jays and northern mockingbirds often nest near Mississippi kite colonies. It’s been the blue jays that had me looking up, though, so they are worth listening to.  And the cicada… when the kite first grabs the cicada, it makes a loud buzz, which was another thing that made me look up.  Usually cicada calls come from the trees rather than overhead.

cicada
It’s worth heading out with binoculars!  And while you’re looking up, keep an eye out for swallowtail kites, which feed the same way and were seen here this week last year.

Eclipse Planning Underway for Dewees

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Fun on Dewees

On Monday, August 21st, there is a total solar eclipse across most of the country, finishing up right over our island. We are pretty excited about it, and trying to plan ahead for a bunch of things.  On the FUN front, the interns have set up a geocache course that can be done at night, beginning at the landings building.  If you didn’t do the geocache that was set up during the winter holiday, here’s your chance to get in on the fun.  At the back of the Landings building, there’s a box with the first clue.  Have fun!

Trying to get your head around the size of the solar system? Or explain it to your kids?  Lori and the interns have also set up a solar system walk that begins at the ferry dock.  Look up, and the sun is right above your head inside the ferry dock.

Walk down the dock for a scale model demonstration of all the planets. to get to the end of the solar system, you have to go a long way:

 

On Friday, August 18, there will be a presentation at happy hour with representatives from NASA and the College of Charleston.  Come find out more about eclipses.

If you haven’t gotten your eclipse glasses (and you ordered them) get them from Lori, and she ordered more; so check with her or order from amazon.

There will be kids activities the day of the eclipse on a drop-in basis at Huyler House and the pool will be open.

Alicia Reilly is planning some celebratory functions at Huyler House; email her if you want in on the action.  It will be out of the sun, with coverage of events playing on the tv.

 

Traffic Planning

The Post and Courier reports that a million visitors are expected in Charleston.  That is something to think about, because Spoleto attracts about 80,000 visitors.  SEWE is 50,000.  And the total number of people who evacuated for hurricane Matthew (with roads going in reverse directions to move more people) was about half a million.  So preparing for gridlock might be a good idea.  Seriously, we are hoping some of this traffic hype is overkill.  This article from The State describes what Columbia is expecting. My favorite part of that article is this line, “pack your patience.”

Download the SC511 app, which lets you plug into live feeds from traffic cameras across the state, and the WAZE app, which helps you get around traffic jams on smaller roads.  Come early, stay late. Carpool.

 

Parking

If you have more than one car in the parking lot, and have another place to park a car, that will allow more neighbors to be on the island.  Stay tuned for POA communications about parking.

Ferry

The POA sent out a survey to find out when you are coming to the island and when you are leaving.  This is to help understand when the ferry crush that weekend will be. You’re not required to catch the boat you say you’re taking, and this is not a reservation.  It IS a way for the POA to find out which ferries are likely to have a crush of people, as they try to make this the best weekend it can be for everybody.  And if you have day visitors, please be sure they’re on there for Monday.  Click here to complete the survey. There will be a schedule change on the day of the eclipse: there will be a 1:00/1:30 run and no 2:00/2:30 run.  Ferry service will resume at 3:00. More POA information here.

The Main Event: The Eclipse

What’s the big deal?

Here is NASA’s chart of what things will look like.  Click the link below for more NASA details and information.

What to expect, from NASA

Links to follow:

Charleston Visitors Bureau

NASA

Popular Mechanics: How to Photograph an Eclipse