|Happy National Space Day, Charleston. Folly Beach offers some of the clearest night sky views in the Lowcountry. The popular beach is a dark site away from city lights, allowing you to peer into space. Depending on timing, you can spot constellations, shooting stars, and even the Milky Way.
|The moon is waning in the Lowcountry, so there’s less moonlight to obscure your view tonight. This evening, you can spy constellations like the Big Dipper, Virgo, Ursa Major + Leo if you know where to look. Follow this May constellation guide created by NASA to find each of these star formations and more at Folly.
The Eta Aquariids meteor is currently at its peak and is visible from the Lowcountry — producing 10-15 meteors per hour. This cosmic event is best viewed in the hours before sunrise, so take an early morning trip to the beach and you may see a shooting star.
The core of the Milky Way is most visible in late summer at Folly Beach. However, you can glimpse the galaxy now if you know when + where to look. Let your eyes adjust to the darkness before beginning your search around midnight. The Milky Way may appear as a cloudy river of stars just visible over the eastern horizon.
If possible, bring binoculars or a telescope for a closer look at the night sky. 🔭
Want more places to stargaze? Click the button below for several starry spots around Charleston.
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○ 79º | Sunny | 3% chance of rain
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○ High: 4:46 a.m. + 5:08 p.m.
○ MUSC Health plans to build a hospital in the upcoming Summerville community Nexton. The development is expected to take 2.5 years to complete + is intended to spread out local access to health care. (Charleston Business Journal)
○ The deadline for community feedback on Ashley River Crossing has been extended. The public can now comment on the bike + pedestrian bridge project through Mon., May 17. (Holy City Sinner)
○ The Lowcountry Action Committee and several local organizations will host the virtual series #HandsOffEastside every Thursday this month. The series will highlight community history + issues affecting residents of Eastside. (Holy City Sinner)
○ Pakistani restaurant Ma’am Saab will open its new location this summer — replacing the former Jestine’s Kitchen downtown. The Workshop — where Ma’am Saab is currently located — will close later this month. (The Post and Courier)
○ Next week, CHStoday is switching over to a new mailing platform that will allow us to serve you better. Due to this transition, you might see us in your inbox a little later than usual on Mon., May 10 — but we'll be back bright + early at 6 a.m. on Tuesday. Want to spread the love? Now's a great time to remind your friends to subscribe to our daily newsletter.
○ NASA awarded Presbyterian College sophomores Grace Wanliss + Marigordon Varner $7,500 each in research grants. Their physics research will begin this summer. (Holy City Sinner)
○ Explore Charleston and the Lowcountry Hospitality Association will host a hiring event on Wed., May 12. The event will feature hospitality + tourism positions and the first 100 hired can receive a $500 bonus. (Holy City Sinner)
○ In honor of National Nurses Week — which lasts May 6-12 — the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control praised SC nurses for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The SCDHEC employs approx. 350 of the 84,000 nurses in the state.
○ Still deciding on Mother’s Day plans? Here’s a roundup of 10 places to go for the upcoming holiday. The list includes Magnolia Gardens, Twenty Six Divine + the Gibbes Museum of Art. (The Post and Courier)
○ 40%. That’s how many CHStoday readers voted for the Robin Hood Amber Lager when asked which of the Lowes Foods’ original Beer Den Brews they’d like to try first. Meet them all here. 🍺Ⓟ
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○ Visit SCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data and stats + information regarding the vaccine. Data and stats regarding South Carolina’s employment, businesses, economy, and education can be found on accelerateSC’s website.
Click the button below for local resources regarding COVID-19.
Restoration is underway at the historic Masonic Temple downtown. The building was originally built in 1872 + designed by Charleston architect John Henry Deveraux. The Freemasons once gathered in this gothic-style structure — which has been undergoing rehabilitation since 2019.
The Preservation Society of Charleston, East West Partners + architect Kevan Hoertdoerfer are hosting a hard hat tour of the site on Wed., May 12.
You can scroll through photos of the restoration project here.
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○ “Hangin’ With You” Monkey Handprint Craft | Fri., May 7 | 3 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Let your little one make the perfect craft for Mother’s or Father’s Day with the library staff. 🍌
○ Wet on Wet (Alla Prima) Oil Painting Workshop | Fri., May 7 | 5-7:30 p.m. | Redux Contemporary Art Center, 1056 King St. | $75+ | This painting workshop will be taught by Toby Casey, the only certified Bob Ross instructor in Charleston. 🎨
○ Yappy Hour | Fri., May 7 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Wannamaker County Park, 8888 University Blvd., North Charleston | $2 | All pups + pup-owners are invited for an evening of live music, cold drinks, and dog park fun. 🦮
○ Sparkling Reception in Oak Allee | Fri., May 7 | 6-9 p.m. | Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Dr., Murrells Inlet | $100 | Celebrate 30 years of the Friends of Brookgreen with wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres + a raffle – all proceeds benefit the new red wolf exhibit. 🍷
○ Kids in America | Fri., May 7 | 7 p.m. | The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms | $10 | Belt out your favorite Madonna, Michael Jackson + Prince jams with this ’80s tribute band. 🎤
○ Charlton Singleton & Friends | Fri., May 7 | 7:30 p.m. | The Bend, 3775 Azalea Dr., North Charleston | $80+ | This outdoor concert will feature the set “The Sizzling 70s – A Tribute to the Music of the 1970s.” 🌈
○ Myrtle Beach Pelicans vs. Charleston RiverDogs | Fri., May 7 | 7:05 p.m. | Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, 360 Fishburne St. | $8+ 🧢
○ Using Accessibility Features on Your PC and Smartphone | Sat., May 8 | 11 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Let the CCPL tech team teach you how to use all the accessibility features on your computers + smartphones. 📲
○ Punch Needle Workshop | Sat., May 8 | 11 a.m.-1p.m. | Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. | $150+ | Learn the art of punch needle with local artist Daisy McClellan. 🧶
○ Biergarten Mother’s Day Market | Sun., May 9 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bay Street Biergarten, 549 E. Bay St. | Free | Stop by to purchase the perfect Mother’s Day gift from local vendors, and enjoy a complimentary mimosa while you’re there. 🛍️
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