Holy City’s Jim Dyke deepens Napa roots
By Patra Taylor
From his second floor office window, Jim “Bear” Dyke enjoys a picturesque view of Downtown Charleston’s French Quarter. For both Dyke and his wife, Dawn, it was love at first sight when the couple visited the Holy City a dozen years ago. They immediately decided to move here, eager to embrace the pace and pleasures of life in the American South.
Steeplechase of Charleston at Stono Ferry runs April 8
By Charleston Mercury Staff
And they’re off, April 8 — seeking to root a race in turf long fertilized by history. Indeed, a new race meet, The Steeplechase of Charleston at Stono Ferry, will join the National Steeplechase Association’s (NSA) 2017 spring racing schedule. Tickets have been on sale since January 6.
A natural addiction to wild turkey
By Ford Walpole
It’s springtime and love is in the air — for eastern wild turkeys and those who pursue them. Wildlife biologist Charles Ruth serves as big game program director for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR). He narrates the quest for the gobbler: “Spring turkey hunting is an active, or proactive event. It often involves more than one hunter and relocation, movement by the hunter(s). Typically, the hunter hears the gobbler and, at that point, he knows his quarry is in the vicinity. In most cases, ongoing gobbling reinforces the notion of potential success.”
What’s the future of Charleston’s history?
Jay Williams, Jr.
When the carriages bring fresh loads of tourists down King Street south of Broad, a driver may announce that the Board of Architectural Review has preserved these historic districts since 1931.
A century of economic challenges, aided by visionary preservationists and the BAR saved Charleston’s old houses and buildings from demolition. That preservation movement sparked Charleston’s fame and become a magnet for growth.
Today that growth is a mixed blessing — overwhelming the BAR and the defenses that protect our history and the city itself.