Fourth of July Festival in North Charleston

Fourth of July Festival in North Charleston


NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – The City of North Charleston will hold its Fourth of July Festival at Riverfront Park on Thursday, July 4, 2013, 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm.  The event and parking are free of charge and all general admission.


North Charleston’s Fourth of July Festival will feature the largest show of fireworks in the Lowcountry and one of the largest in the State of South Carolina.


The following is a schedule of events:

3:00 pm

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

5:45 pm – 7:30 pm

7:45 pm – 9:15 pm

9:15 pm – 9:45 pm

Festivities begin

Island Trio

Calvin Taylor Band

Plane Jane

Blue Dogs featuring Skylar Laine, from American Idol

Show of fireworks over the Cooper River by Zambelli Fireworks International with music performed by North Charleston Pops


Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets, as there will be no seating provided.  A wide variety of food vendors will be on site.  Children activities will be available free of charge, including inflatable jump castles, games, the play area, the giant sandbox, and the water fountain.


Riverfront Park is located on the former Charleston Naval Base, easily accessible from I-526 and I-26.  Enter the former Charleston Naval Base by the McMillan Avenue or Virginia Avenue gate and turn onto Hobson Avenue.  Riverfront Park signs are visible for easy to follow directions.  All parking is free and shuttles will be available for the convenience of guests.


Open to the public year-round, Riverfront Park has become a favorite destination for residents and visitors.  Set on the banks of the beautiful Cooper River, the park is adjacent to the historic homes once occupied by the Charleston Naval Base officers, surrounded by graceful grand oak trees and peaceful river vistas.  Bordered by Noisette Creek, the park boasts a magnificent contemporary Performance Pavilion and meadow.


Riverfront Park is home to the Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial, erected in honor of the countless military personnel and civilians that served the United States and the Greater Charleston region while the Charleston Naval Base was operational.  The Memorial is the only location in the United States that displays both the Lone Sailor and the Homecoming statues.  Riverfront Park is also the location of North Charleston’s Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition.  A component of the 2013 North Charleston Arts Festival, the Competition and Exhibition features large-scale contemporary sculptures on display throughout the year.


Photos of previous Fourth of July Festivals.

Photos from the 2011 Show of Fireworks (in video).

Video of 2010’s Fourth of July Festival musical performances and fireworks (watch until the end to see Mayor Summey’s solo).


For more information, visit the City’s website at

Fort Dorchester Residential Association May 6 Minutes

Fort Dorchester Residential Association

Minutes:   May 6, 2013

Venue:    Wescott Country Club

Time:       Scheduled Time, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM by the Secretary.

Cameron Zurbruegg, the developer at the Corner at Wescott was invited to discuss the development of the site and stores.  He was accompanied by Margaret H Brockinton, President of Carolina Retail Property, Inc. located in Charleston SC. who is leasing the properties at the site.  Mr. Zurbruegg indicated that there was a substantial amount of time necessary to get the project of the ground from its conception.

Lowe’s, which is part of the overall project, is commercially doing well since it opened.

According to the developer Harris Teeter (with a drive through pharmacy) is doing its own construction and the rest of the establishments are currently being developed by Mr. Zurbruegg after leasing is finalized. Harris Teeter is expected to open next spring.  He noted the signal at the intersection of Old Glory and Wescott blvd.

The property next to Lowe’s may be eventually occupied by a large sporting goods store.  Harris Teeter is currently under construction and Marshall’s will be constructed.  Depending on permits and finalization of leasing agreements future occupants will include Starbuck’s, 5-Guys, Jersey Mikes (Pizza), Moe’s with outdoor seating, a dry cleaner, nail salon, an up-scale liquor store, Great Clips, a full service salon with a variety of services, Hallmark, a pet supply store, Rack Room shoes, a yogurt store, the possibility of a day spa, and a major, casual 4,500 sq. ft. restaurant.  There is a possibility of the restaurant being next to Lowe’s.   Other possibilities may include a bank and other restaurants.

Mr. Zurbruegg noted that noise will be handled incompliance with city ordinances but that traffic will be periodically a problem.  The buffers will be equivalent to the Lowe’s buffers.

Respectively Submitted May25, 2013

G. Warren McCarl, Secretary

Fire Museum announces free admission for active duty military personnel and their families

Fire Museum announces free admission for active duty military personnel and their families


NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – Today, the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center proudly announced its partnership with Blue Star Museums Blue Star Museums offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, through Labor Day, September 2, 2013.


Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America.


Museum Coordinator Renee Frye stated, “We at the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center understand the sacrifices members of the military and their families make on a daily basis, and as a small token of our appreciation, we are proud to participate in this wonderful program.”


A complete list of participating museums is available at


For more information, contact Max Sterling at (843)740-5550 or


National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition Winners Announced

National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition Winners Announced
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – Sculpture artists from across the nation applied to the 8th Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, displayed at the picturesque North Charleston Riverfront Park and presented as a component of the 2013 North Charleston Arts Festival. Organized annually by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique, eleven month exhibition offers established and emerging artists the opportunity to display their thought provoking, extraordinary sculptures, as well as compete for up to $17,250 in honorariums and awards.
Nine out of 47 submissions were pre-juried into the exhibition by the juror, Janet Kagan, a Founding Principal of the Public Art Collaborative with more than three decades of experience in strategic planning with established and emergent art programs and management of projects representing both artists and agencies. Once installed at the exhibition site, Kagan then made her selections for Best in Show, Outstanding Merit, and Honorable Mentions.
“I am honored to jury the 2013 National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition at Riverfront Park. It is a privilege to contribute to the appreciation of art in a landscaped, public context,” Kagan stated. She continued, “Each of the 2013 selections eloquently speak to us and elucidate how the artists’ ideas translated into material form, the works’ relationship to both physical and human nature, and our evoked impulses for interaction and surprise. These nine sculptures create surface tensions that play with angled voids and intersections. No two perspectives are the same as we walk toward, around and in the works. There is also a heft associated with these artworks – not just in their material, color, and scale, but in their aesthetic request for connection and dialogue. I hope you will mingle with, touch, and listen to the voices the works articulate.”
The nine sculptures selected for exhibition are by nine artists from six states. Congratulations to the winners of the 2013/4 National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition:
Bunny (steel) by Jeff Brewer – Nacogdoches, TX (Best in Show)
Tier II (painted steel) by Anne Melanie – Greenville, NC  (Outstanding Merit)
Transponder (steel) by Gary Gresko – Oriental, NC (Hon. Mention)
Life (painted steel) by Adam Walls – Lauvinburg, NC (Hon. Mention)
A Little Less Than Meets the Eye (steel) by Bill Wood – Fairfax, VA (Hon. Mention)
Ender’s Enigma (corten/painted steel) by Davis Whitfield IV – Mountain City, TN
The Burning (carved limestone) by Paris Alexander – Raleigh, NC
Cowl (oiled steel) by Carl Billingsley – Ayden, NC
Daddy Longlegs (steel) by John W. Parker – Glendside, PA
Sculpture sites are located throughout North Charleston Riverfront Park, located at 1001 Everglades Avenue on the former Charleston Naval Base.  The park is set on the banks of the beautiful Cooper River.  In addition the sculptures visitors may enjoy ten acres of walking paths, a performance pavilion, picnic shelter, a fishing pier and boardwalk, an oversized sandbox, and children’s play fountain.  The historic site is centered in the Noisette District, the largest urban redevelopment project ever undertaken in the US.
The 2013/14 National Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition will be on display through March, 2014. For more information or to be added to the application mailing list for the 2014/15 Competition, please call 843-740-5854 or email to view photographs and artist statements.

Mayor Summey announces Intellectual Property for the Arts Workshop

Mayor Summey announces Intellectual Property for the Arts Workshop

A work session for artists, board members, and business leaders


NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – North Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey announces an Intellectual Property (IP) workshop for the Arts Community to occur on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 1:00pm – 5:30pm at theWild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms, SC.  The event is set to attract artists, authors, journalists, script writers, singers/song writers, musicians and others working in, and managing the arts.


The workshop is produced in association with the City of North CharlestonCity of Charleston, the National IP TaskforceSouth Carolina Film CouncilYouth Endowment for the Arts, the Darla Moore School of Business, and the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts.


Highlights of the workshop will cover:  the creation and protection of copyrights, the realities of royalties, marketing, setting financial goals and structuring agreements.  The program will feature a mix of national and state leaders and their success stories, as well as provide the opportunity for artists to interact with state and local entertainment industry business leaders and executives.  The cost of $65 per person will cover the half-day workshop registration and reception that follows.


Mayor Summey maintains active support of the regional group.  He stated, “The collective mix of co-producers, who have stepped forward are vital partners in the event’s success.  Bringing focus to the knowledge of Intellectual Property will help build a stronger arts and entertainment community with more opportunity for commercial success and prosperity.”


IP deals are art forms in their own right, the structuring of deals in the arts and entertainment industry can be unique and creative.  Workshop participants will see that creativity extends to the business aspects of their talents, learning to realize value from their creative works and how to market that value.


Program details and registration information are available at:

District 9 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

Please read and share our latest newsletter from District 9 of North Charleston…

North Charleston Annual Budget
Every year at this time the Mayor and his staff propose an annual budget for City Council to either approve or not approve. The July 2013 – July 2014 annual budget has made its way through our Finance Committee and is now set for approval, or disapproval, by City Council. There are 10 council members and I am one of the 11 votes (including our Mayor); the budget requires 6 votes to approve it. In summary the Mayor is proposing a 1 mil tax increase ($400k) that equates to about $6 per year on a home appraisal of $150,000 (A $300k home would be about $12/year.). Currently Council Member Bobby Jameson has publicly announced that he will not support this budget. In essence, he feels the money budgeted and spent on charities offsets the amount of the tax increase; that’s true. However these charities have been supported by the city for many years, by him, and have received long-standing commitments from the city. They do our citizens a great deal of service and offset a tremendous tax burden potential to the city. The budget is complex and about 500 pages long. Each department within our city makes a proposal to the Mayor and the Finance Department. After months of meetings between them, they come up with the proposal to present it to City Council. It lists the past few years actual amounts spent, with the new proposed annual spending budget amounts for each entity within our city government (police, fire, public works, etc.). The tax increase is due to our growth and safety needs; all other costs remain relatively flat (including the money for charities). The Mayor proposes that we hire 21 police officers and post them in public elementary schools and add about 12 new firefighters. This is the main driver for the 1 mil tax increase in the budget proposal. Let me know what you think about this budget so I am certain that I am representing the majority of you; I need your constructive and thoughtful feedback.

Dorchester Road
Paving has begun along Dorchester Road. Anytime now we will have the pot holes and rough surface from Ladson Road to Ashley Phosphate a distant memory.

Fort Dorchester Residential Association
The FDRA met a couple weeks ago and there were about 50 residents in attendance (from Indigo, Taylor Plantation, Coosaw, Whitehall, and Wescott Neighborhoods). The meeting was a huge success and brought in residents in both Districts 4 and 9. Their guest speaker was Cameron Zurbruegg, the Developer of The Corner at Wescott shopping center. He shared new details with us and had a question/answer session. Here’s a list of some of the stores that are either committed or in the works: Jersey Mike’s, Moe’s Southwestern Grill with outdoor seating, obviously Harris Teeter and Marshall’s, a dry cleaner, Nail Salon, Liquor Store up-scale, Great Clips, full service Salon & Day Spa (massage, etc.), Hallmark, Pet Supplies, Rack Room Shoes, questionably a Bank, a major casual restaurant (4500 sq. ft.) and perhaps other restaurants, and Starbuck’s. Also Mattress Firm is included.
The next meeting of the FDRA is on the first Monday in August, 5, 2013. Mr. Butch Barfield will be discussing the Emergency Preparedness activities in North Charleston unless unforeseen circumstances occur. He has enthusiastically agreed to speak and it will be at the Wescott Golf Clubhouse or a second choice, the Community Center on Dorchester Road. The FDRA typically meets the 1st Monday of each month and is made up of all North Charleston residents in both Districts 4 and 9. It was organized to create a forum for all of our neighborhoods to communicate with each other, the city, and any other developments in our area. For more information about the FDRA please get in touch with the two Co-Chairmen. They are: Jamie McDowell at and Warren McCarl at They will add you to their gmail list and keep you informed.

Traffic Circle at Wescott
The Wescott traffic circle work stopped due to all of the rain we have had recently. I just heard back from our Public Works department and they plan to re-start work in the next week or two. We have requested improvements to the lighting and broken curbing. The lighting is poor and the broken curbing is due to standing water around the inside perimeter and soft soggy material underneath the curbing. New drainage has been added. Additionally, re-striping is planned with reflective thermoplastic paint and reflective pavement markers. I anticipate the upgrades to be completed this summer.

Wescott Sports Complex
Our park is continuing to develop. I drove through it a few weeks ago. Wow, it’s a beautiful park already! It is still scheduled to open in the summer.

King’s Grant Pool And Tennis, LLC
is happy to announce the Grand Opening of its facilities for residents of King’s Grant and neighboring communities for the 2013-2014 season. Largest pool in the area and lighted tennis courts! Time is of the essence because there will only be a limited number of memberships available and they will be on a first come – first served basis. Please give Bess Hunt a call if you are interested. Her number and email address are: 843-860-8572

HOAs and Community Management Groups
Share this information with your friends, neighbors, homeowner associations. Let’s get the word out about what going on in our area of the city and help everyone stay informed. If you aren’t receiving this information from me directly, send an email to me and I will add you to my distribution list. I send email newsletters out every 2-3 months, as news accumulates, and post daily news on my website. Go there for daily crime reports, daily press releases, and general help and information.

As always, please contact me if I can be of any assistance to you. My family and I wish you all well.

Dwight Stigler
Councilman District 9
North Charleston

KaBOOM! designates North Charleston a “Playful City USA” Community for 3rd consecutive year

KaBOOM! designates North Charleston a “Playful City USA” Community for 3rd consecutive year


NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – The City of North Charleston was once again named a “Playful City USA” community by KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children.  KaBOOM! created “Playful City USA” in 2007 to help local governments address the play deficit by ensuring children have the time and space they need to play.


This is the 3rd consecutive year the City has earned the honor.  217 cities and towns across the country received the designation of which only 6 were recognized from the State of South Carolina.


“Kids need to play actively, every day, at home, in school and in their communities, yet play is disappearing,” says Darell Hammond, Founder and CEO of KaBOOM!.  “Children spend nearly eight hours a day in front of a screen; almost half of all poor students are deprived of recess; and to make matters worse, only one in five children live within walking distance of a park. Playful City USA communities like North Charleston are creating innovative programs and initiatives and deserve recognition because of their efforts to give kids the childhood they deserve and best prepare them for their future.”


North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey stated, “The North Charleston Recreation Department offers a wealth of activities and space for play that promotes healthy lifestyles, including sports for all ages at our many athletic complexes, senior programming in our community centers, afterschool and summer camps for our city’s youth, and passive play at the numerous playgrounds dotting the city.”  Mayor Summey continued, “We take great pride in providing our citizens with play areas and programming that rival the best in the nation.”


Opportunities for play are increasing in the City of North Charleston.  The Danny Jones swimming pool was recently enclosed for year-round aquatics, Pepperhill Park was renovated, and Wescott Park, a baseball complex and Cal Ripken training facility, will soon open.


In November 2009, KaBOOM! donated and assisted in building a state of the art, handicap accessible playground on Brookside Drive in North Charleston.  KaBOOM! representatives, local non-profit The Sustainability Institute, community volunteers, and civic leaders participated in the single-day build of the playground.  View photos of the build day.


For more information on the KaBOOM! Playful City USA program,


About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. Social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America because children need to play actively every day at home, in school and in their communities. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,200 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has an office in San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit