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We've all heard the expression "a picture is worth a thousand words". And photos really are a special way to help tell the story of our lives - who we are and what's important to us.

And, of course, some images speak to us more strongly than others. More often than not we love a photo not so much because it shows us how we look but because it captures a very human element that is hard to express in words an authentic connection with those we love or with ourselves and how we show up or want to be seen in the world.

Whether you're looking to capture someone's attention with a professional headshot or want to commemorate the beautiful connection with your partner or family, I can help.

My name is Adam Chandler, and as a professional photographer in Mount Pleasant, SC. I truly find joy and fulfillment in the work I do. I love the adventure of photography and I continually immerse myself in learning and exploring how to improve my craft which includes learning new ways to connect with and capture my subjects. I truly understand that, for many people (if not most), even the idea of having your picture taken can cause a good bit of discomfort and anxiety. That's why I place so much importance on putting my subjects at ease while also really listening to any concerns or wants they have for their session.

I draw upon my technical knowledge of photography, my ability to connect with people, and my creativity to produce beautifully memorable photos for my clients. I believe that my unique creative vision and many years of experience combined with the way I strive to give my clients the most enjoyable experience possible sets me apart from some of the other great photographers in Mount Pleasant.

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Now that you know a little about my background, let's take a look at some of
my most popular photography services in Mount Pleasant: My mission is to beautifully capture the joy and connection of each unique family while also creating a fun experience for my clients.

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The importance of family is hard to overstate. From children to grandparents to nieces and nephews, families and the family dynamic can grow and change before you know it, with many beautiful milestones taking place along the way.

I think that one of the best ways to remember some of these important moments of togetherness is with a fun family photo session.

I absolutely love photographing families and, while no two families are the same, I always strive to give each session my all in order to best connect with and capture the uniqueness of each family. Even though each session is somewhat different, I approach each one with the same goal: to capture the distinct personality, affection, and energy of each family in order to provide authentic, engaging pictures and a joyful experience.

Whether you have a toddler that you want to celebrate or have grandparents in town for a visit, Mount Pleasant is an amazing city for family photography. There are so many locations in the Lowcountry that make for great family photography backdrops:

  • Beaches - Folly Beach, Sullivan's Island, Kiawah, Seabrook, Isle of Palms, Hilton Head, Edisto Beach
  • Popular Places - Washington Square, Broad Street, Hampton Park, Waterfront Park, Shem Creek, The Cistern at College of Mount Pleasant
  • Historical Sites - Mount Pleasant Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row

Whatever location you choose for family photography in Mount Pleasant, the Holy City is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy with friends and family.

As a family photographer in Mount Pleasant, one of the reasons why I love working with families so much (in addition to getting to meet some really awesome people) is the opportunity to combine my creativity with my ever-evolving technical skill. I also gladly accommodate the style preferences my clients are looking for - be it more traditional, posed images, or candid, playful pictures.

I use a clear yet relaxed style of direction to get you and your family engaged in our photography session, to help get authentic expressions that really show the unique dynamic and relationships of each family.

Here are just a few reasons why families choose Adam Chandler Photography for their family portraits:

Document Family Growth

Change, of course, is part of life and with each passing year families, too, change and often grow. Each stage is beautiful in its own way and having annual family photographs is a fun way to document the different seasons of family life. Be it a new baby, a birthday or anniversary or simply wanting to capture your kids at each special age, I'd be honored to be chosen to help tell the story of your family over the years.

Remember Milestones

With each year that passes, new milestones are reached. From a child's first steps to a sibling getting married, there is no better way to remember these wonderful occasions than with quality photographs. Whether you're welcoming a new puppy into your life, are celebrating an anniversary or finally have gathered your extended family together in one place, capturing these special times in your life is a great way to ensure you'll be able to enjoy and relive these moments years from now.

Create Memories

Many families tell me before their sessions that it's not often that they are all able to be together and they emphasize how special and important this session is. Or, perhaps, a mom or dad will talk about how fleetingly special a certain age of their child is and how they really want to capture their children's personalities. Even if you capture lots of great moments of your family throughout the year it's likely not very often that all of you are in the pictures at once (other than maybe having a stranger tell you to "say cheese" after you hand them your phone. Having a time that's dedicated to capturing the special bonds between family members - parents and their children, grandparents and their grandchildren, siblings and maybe extended family as well - is so important. We all know just how special these people and moments are and how we tend to treasure these memories more with each passing year.

Portraits And Headshots In Mount Pleasant, SC

A great headshot shows you at your best - whether you want to impress a prospective employer or need professional photography for your website. In today's digitally-intensive society, having a professional headshot or portrait of you or your team that stands out for all the right reasons is becoming a necessity. It's no surprise, then, that headshots and portraits are among the most popular genres of photography.

Headshots can be tricky, mostly because many (if not most) people don't like being in front of the camera (trust me, I totally get that). I know that for some clients, it can be hard to know what to do, what to wear or how to relax enough to let their authentic selves come through so that they can end up with a professional photo or headshot that inspires authenticity and confidence.

Fortunately, I have years of experience taking professional headshots of all types of people. No matter what your comfort level is with having your picture taken, I pride myself on being able to create the conditions necessary to help capture my clients as you want to be seen. Through lighting, posing and direct yet relaxed interaction I'll help guide you to great photos that you’ll be proud to showcase and share with others.

A professional headshot or portrait is an investment into your personal brand, and here is why:

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Show Your Personality

Not all headshots should be approached the same way. Depending on your industry or how you'll be using the photos, there are certain things to consider. A great headshot reflects not just how you look but also how you show up in the world. It can help give people an idea of the kind of person you are before you sit down to meet them. Oftentimes, too, people may want a variety of "looks" to suit different needs and uses. My goal is to listen to your expectations and then deliver results that will serve you will in your professional and/or personal life.

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Show Your Professionalism

Clients, collaborators, investors, and employers are typically much more likely to interview you or to contact you or your business if you look professional. If you've taken the time to invest in your brand, in part by making the effort to arrange a professional headshot, people notice that. And who doesn't want to make a great first (or second or third) impression?

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Stand Out on Social Media

Many of my clients make appointments for headshots and portraits when they want to stand out from the crowd on social media. Whether you own a business and need to create new social media pages or you're looking to network with recruiters on LinkedIn or, perhaps, update your website, a professional headshot can definitely set you apart in the modern sea of selfies and snapshots that you often see out there.

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Show Off Your Current Look

None of us look the same as we did 10 or 15 years ago yet some of us keep the same photo up for decades. Having outdated headshots can send a message of inauthenticity. When you have up-to-date, professional headshots, you're showing clients and employers that you are confident, committed, and authentic.

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Qualities Of A Great Photographer In Mount Pleasant, SC

Being a great photographer means more than owning fancy equipment. While having expensive gear can be quite helpful, the real test of a professional, for me, has a lot more to do with being able to draw upon my deep understanding of the craft of photography so that I can focus more on connecting with and beautifully capturing my subjects without getting bogged down in figuring out the technical side of things. It's taken me many years to get where I am and I'm always striving to improve in order to continue to deliver the best pictures and most enjoyable experience possible for my clients.

Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because my experience shows and they trust me to always give them the results and experience that they're looking for. Here are just a few qualities that my clients appreciate:

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Imagination

I wholeheartedly consider photography to be an artform - one that requires lots of curiosity and imagination along with a good bit of technique. A great photographer knows how to get beautiful results no matter what the conditions or circumstances are and this only comes with experience and preparation.

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Passion

This quality might seem obvious but I can't tell you how many times I've seen photography that may be technically good but is missing something. My passion for photography largely comes from my passion for connecting with people in a way that helps them feel comfortable letting their guard down so they can enjoy the process. And this almost always leads to exceptional, authentic images.

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Patience

Patience can also be essential for great photos. As in life, there are many things that we just can't control. Sometimes the best photos come from patiently going with the flow and not trying to force something to happen. I find that when I'm patient yet prepared - ready to capture the right moment or expression when the time is right - that's often the best approach. As a professional with many years of experience, I understand the importance of having the patience to deal with whatever comes my way as well as the flexibility and preparedness to make the most out of any situation.

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People Skills

If ever there was a business where people skills were important I think portrait photography is definitely one of them. Knowing how uncomfortable many people can be when getting their pictures taken, I put every effort into helping ensure the best possible experience for my clients and communication is such a big part of that. I love interacting with my clients to build trust and rapport as well as a deep understanding of your expectations including any concerns you may have. As I've said, for me my job is not just about delivering beautiful images but also a wonderful client experience. That's why I focus so much on each and every interaction with my clients. Yes, people skills are a must in this business. Luckily for me, it's one of my favorite parts of the job!

Eye for Detail

As a professional photographer in Mount Pleasant, SC I am meticulous when it comes to details. Through my many years of photographing many different types of subjects under many different circumstances I've come to learn just how important details are. Whether it's finding or creating the best quality of light for my clients, eliciting a great expression or
adjusting the background or, perhaps, a piece of clothing, all of these things impact the overall look and feel of a photo. Whether I'm photographing a family, a business professional or a couple in love I always look for all the ways I can create the best image possible.

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"As I hope you can tell by looking at my work, I really love my job. And most of all I love the people I get to meet and work with. I'd be honored and delighted to be chosen for your photography needs."

Adam Chandler

Ready to Get Started?

One of my favorite things to do is to talk to clients about what they're looking for and how I can serve them. If you are in need of professional photography, let's talk today about what you have in mind. Whether you're looking for family or couples' photography in Mount Pleasant or want great new headshots for you or your team, I'm here to help every step of the way!  

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Mount Pleasant voters asked to approve property tax increase for parks, recreation

MOUNT PLEASANT — It’s been more than a decade since the town bought more than 120 acres for a future park. Now, voters are being asked to approve a property tax increase to make that park a reality.Most of the $50 million Mount Pleasant would borrow, if the park tax referendum were to pass in a town-wide vote Nov. 8, would be used to develop the site on Rifle Range Road, with an estimated $10 million going to other recreation projects.The town’s property tax would rise by 10 percent to pay off the borrowed mon...

MOUNT PLEASANT — It’s been more than a decade since the town bought more than 120 acres for a future park. Now, voters are being asked to approve a property tax increase to make that park a reality.

Most of the $50 million Mount Pleasant would borrow, if the park tax referendum were to pass in a town-wide vote Nov. 8, would be used to develop the site on Rifle Range Road, with an estimated $10 million going to other recreation projects.

The town’s property tax would rise by 10 percent to pay off the borrowed money plus interest. When the debt is paid off after 15 years the extra tax would end, according to advocates, although the referendum does not mention a time limit.

The impact on total property tax bills would be much smaller than a 10 percent increase because the town accounts for just a portion of those annual bills and the school district gets the largest share.

Most Town Council members — seven of nine — supported putting the referendum on the ballot and some are actively working to see it passed.

“We’re trying to create something for this generation and the next,” Councilman John Iacofano said. “I think it’s going to be tight, but I think it’s going to pass.”

Mayor Will Haynie and Councilwoman Brenda Corley are opposed.

“In bad economic times, not everyone can afford this,” said Haynie. “I’m out there letting people know why they ought to vote no.”

He said the town should rely on impact fees that apply to new home construction to fund growth-related needs for recreation projects. The most those fees could raise would be $1.68 million yearly by Haynie’s estimate and wouldn’t allow the town to borrow tens of millions to put plans in action.

“If the referendum is successful, we can begin building immediately,” Iacofano and Councilwoman G.M. Whitley wrote, urging support for the ballot question.

Plans for the park site include four large playing fields, tennis and pickleball courts, playgrounds, fishing piers, a disc golf course, trails, volleyball and basketball courts, a performance space and a multipurpose building.

“It will be the Central Park of Mount Pleasant,” then-Mayor Billy Swails said in 2010, when the town and county agreed to spend $20 million to buy the land.

Iacofano said that if the town had raised its property tax then, the town would have a park by now.

“I don’t know that people truly understand how inexpensive our taxes are in Mount Pleasant, considering the services received,” he said.

The referendum would put an estimated $40 million toward building the park. The remaining 20 percent of the money would go to renovations of the Park West pool building, improvements at the Mugsy Kerr tennis complex on Whipple Road, and bike/pedestrian trails. If any money is left, the town could use that to fund green space preservation.

So, just how much would taxes increase if the referendum were to pass?

The impact on any particular taxpayer would vary, because the property tax is based on the assessed value of real estate and vehicles. Even next-door homeowners with identical houses could see very different results, depending when they purchased their homes and what vehicles sit in the driveways.

For an owner-occupant with a house valued at $500,000 for tax purposes, passage of the referendum would mean an extra $80, plus the added tax on any vehicles.

If that same house were a rental property, the extra tax would be $120, because commercial properties are taxed at a 50 percent higher rate. Large businesses would see the greatest tax difference.

The last time the town put a recreation referendum on the ballot, in 2015, it was narrowly defeated. The town has planned to develop the park site since it was purchased in 2010, but has not developed a funding plan.

The town’s property is half the 245-acre site that was jointly purchased with Charleston County Parks and Recreation. The town’s portion is planned for more active recreation, with playing fields, pickleball courts and other amenities.

Some people, including Corley, have come to see the town-owned land as green space that should not be developed. In voting against holding a referendum, Corley expressed concern about the impact on wildlife.

Recreation advocates argue that the town has far too few playing fields to handle the current demand, and say most of the jointly owned site would remain undeveloped in any case.

A group called Vote for Parks — Mount Pleasant has put up a website (voteparks.org) advocating for the referendum. There appears to be no organized opposition, but a big hurdle for supporters will be overcoming the history of town voters opposing property tax increases, including the 2015 park referendum and the 2020 Charleston County affordable housing referendum.

Daniel Brownstein, who ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the statehouse against Joe Bustos in 2020, is representing that group. He said it’s being funded by “local citizens who want to ensure that children and adults have adequate parks and recreational amenities.”

Several Tigers make All-ODAC football team

Hampden-Sydney College (H-SC) placed nine student-athletes on the 2022 All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Football Teams, including four First Team and five Second Team selections, while freshman wide receiver Mason Cunningham of Arlington was picked as the ODAC Rookie of the Year.Earning First Team All-ODAC honors were senior tight end David Byler of Virginia Beach, junior running back Melik Frost of Hardeeville, South Carolina, junior offensive lineman T.J. Minter of Chester and junior defensive back Will ...

Hampden-Sydney College (H-SC) placed nine student-athletes on the 2022 All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Football Teams, including four First Team and five Second Team selections, while freshman wide receiver Mason Cunningham of Arlington was picked as the ODAC Rookie of the Year.

Earning First Team All-ODAC honors were senior tight end David Byler of Virginia Beach, junior running back Melik Frost of Hardeeville, South Carolina, junior offensive lineman T.J. Minter of Chester and junior defensive back Will Pickren of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Garnering Second Team All-ODAC accolades were Cunningham, as an all-purpose back, fifth-year quarterback Tanner Bernard of Lynchburg, sophomore wide receiver Austin Fernandez of Warrenton, fifth-year defensive lineman Michael Harris of Ashland and junior defensive back James-Ryan Salvi of Troutville.

Mason Cunningham started seven of 10 games and had 59 receptions for 660 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He ranks second in the ODAC in receptions and receptions per game (5.9), is tied for fourth in receiving touchdowns, and tied for fifth in receiving yards and receiving yards per game (66.0). Mason averaged 5.4 yards on eight punt returns with a long return of 10 yards.

David Byler started all 10 games and had 49 receptions for 547 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He ranks fourth in the ODAC in receptions (47), tied for fourth in receiving touchdowns, fifth in receptions per game (4.9), and seventh in receiving yards and receiving yards per game (54.7). David established a new season record for receptions by a tight end at H-SC with his 49 receptions, and completed his H-SC career with 59 career receptions for 640 yards and seven touchdowns-starting 12 of 27 career games.

Melik Frost started all 10 games and rushed for 943 yards on 201 carries (4.7) and 12 touchdowns, adding 236 yards receiving on 26 receptions and one receiving touchdown. He leads the ODAC in rushing yards and rushing yards per game (94.3), and ranks second in all-purpose yards (1,179), all-purpose yards per game (117.9), rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns (13).

T.J. Minter started all 10 games, anchoring the offensive line from his left tackle position as the Tigers accounted for 4,275 yards of total offense (427.5), including 1,139 yards rushing (113.9) and 3,136 yards passing (313.6) with 44 touchdowns. Minter is now a two-time All-ODAC First Team selection.

Will Pickren started all 10 games at safety and had 123 total tackles, including 48 solo and 75 assisted, 5.0 tackles for loss, two interceptions, three pass breakups, one forced fumble, one quarterback hurry and one blocked PAT kick. He leads the ODAC in total tackles and tackles per game, and is tied for sixth in interceptions. He ranks third in Division III in total tackles and tackles per game. Will is a now a three-time All-ODAC First Team selection.

Tanner Bernard, a second-year team captain, started all eight games he played and passed for 2,486 yards (204-311, 65.6%) and 21 touchdowns with four interceptions. He leads the ODAC in passing yards per game (310.8), completions per game (25.5) and total offense (310.2), ranks second in passing yards, passing touchdowns, completion percentage (65.6), passing efficiency (152.52) and passing yards per attempt (8.0), and fourth in passing yards per completion (12.2). He ranks fourth in Division III in passing yards per game and completions per game and eighth in total offense. Tanner is now a three-time All-ODAC selection (First Team in 2021), and completed his H-SC career with 5,965 yards passing and 44 touchdowns, adding 84 yards rushing and five touchdowns for 6,049 yards of total offense-starting 23 of 23 career games.

Austin Fernandez started all 10 games and had 60 receptions for 775 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He leads the ODAC in receptions and receptions per game, is third in receiving yards and receiving yards per game (77.5), and is tied for fourth in receiving touchdowns.

Michael Harris, a team captain, started all nine games he played and had 29 total tackles, including 12 solo and 17 assisted, three tackles for loss, one sack, one quarterback hurry and one blocked PAT kick. Michael is a now a two-time All-ODAC selection, and completed his H-SC career with 101 career tackles, including 36 solo and 65 assisted, nine tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one quarterback hurry and one blocked PAT kick-starting 29 of 33 career games.

James-Ryan Salvi started all 10 games at safety and had 98 total tackles, including 39 solo and 59 assisted, 0.5 tackles for loss, eight pass breakups and one fumble recovery. He ranks third in the ODAC in total tackles and tackles per game, and is tied for fourth in pass breakups.

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Pinckney’s Passion Remembering Mount Pleasant’s First Airport

There’s no place like home for the holidays, and, for many residents, air travel is the way to go. In this area, Charleston International Airport is the obvious choice for most folks, but some utilize Mount Pleasant Regional Airport for small private jets and prop planes. Though that airport has been around for decades, it is not the town’s first. Seventy-five years ago, Mount Pleasant’s first airport was located at Remley’s Point.The Remley’s Point Airfield, with its three grassy unpaved runways, was con...

There’s no place like home for the holidays, and, for many residents, air travel is the way to go. In this area, Charleston International Airport is the obvious choice for most folks, but some utilize Mount Pleasant Regional Airport for small private jets and prop planes. Though that airport has been around for decades, it is not the town’s first. Seventy-five years ago, Mount Pleasant’s first airport was located at Remley’s Point.

The Remley’s Point Airfield, with its three grassy unpaved runways, was conceived by Charlestonian Warren O. Pinckney, the first Black man in the state to become a private licensed pilot. In 1948, Pinckney traded 40 acres of land he owned west of the Ashley for a four-passenger plane. He subsequently cleared his property at Remley’s Point to keep his own plane and six others belonging to local pilots. Visiting small aircraft occasionally used the airfield as well. According to Mount Pleasant historian Ed Lee, the small airport was used most of all by “well to-do folks.”

The airfield was a passion—but not a profession — for Pinckney, who worked nights delivering mail by truck from the municipal airport in North Charleston to the post office downtown. Pinckney engaged retired Civil Air Patrol Major William North to manage the airfield. During World War II, North flew over 300 missions up and down the Carolina coast, scouting waters for German submarines. North operated an automobile maintenance shop in North Charleston, and, as Pinckney’s business partner, he repaired small planes at the airfield.

However, North’s wartime feats and mechanical skills were not the things for which he was best known. His real claim to fame was for his many local rescue missions during the 1950s and ‘60s. Major North was the man to call when a friend or family member went missing on one of the region’s many waterways—day or night. At his own expense and with his own plane (which he of course kept at Remley’s Point Airfield), North located countless stranded or lost boaters, then radioed the Coast Guard for their rescue.

Even the Army used Pinckney’s air strip several times in support of the National Guard armory on Mathis Ferry Road. However, one of the most famous travelers to use the airfield was Santa Claus. Old Saint Nick landed at Remley’s Point just prior to his appearance in the 1963 Mount Pleasant Christmas Parade.

After the deaths of Pinckney and North within a year of each other, Remley’s Point Airfield closed in 1973. Years earlier, Pinckney had told a local newspaper reporter he hoped that someday the airfield would become widely used and that a new owner might add hangars and other facilities. But, he acknowledged, it might just as likely end up being “plowed under and planted.” Neither scenario was what the future held. Today, any hint of the airfield located between 7th Avenue and Wingo Way has since been erased by residential and commercial development. Fortunately, its history has not been forgotten.

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Signed, sealed, delivered: Mount Pleasant athletes participate in Signing Day

Student athletes at Wando, Lucy Beckham, Bishop England and Oceanside Collegiate Academy, surrounded by family, friends and coaches, participated in Early National Signing Day on Nov. 9. Thirty-three East Cooper high school seniors signed their letters of intent to begin their journey into college athletics.Wando High School had nine student athletes sign their letters of intent to play college sports.“We’re very excited to have nine seniors who are getting the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level. This is...

Student athletes at Wando, Lucy Beckham, Bishop England and Oceanside Collegiate Academy, surrounded by family, friends and coaches, participated in Early National Signing Day on Nov. 9. Thirty-three East Cooper high school seniors signed their letters of intent to begin their journey into college athletics.

Wando High School had nine student athletes sign their letters of intent to play college sports.

“We’re very excited to have nine seniors who are getting the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level. This is a testament to their hard work and effort and their involvement with our athletic programs and, of course, the programs that they’re involved with all year round,” said Wando Athletic Director Mark Buchman.

Baseball

Ryder Manale — Coastal Carolina University

Boys Lacrosse

Garrett Mayer — Rhodes College

Girls Lacrosse

Kelsey Bennett — Florida Southern University

Delaney Harrison — Newberry College

Softball

Alyssa Boris — Brevard College

Samantha Bumgarner — Lander University

Ava Crawford — Southern Wesleyan University

Caroline Holmes — Coker University

Track and Field

Julia Galbally — Clemson University

Lucy Beckham celebrated its first signing day in the school’s history. Five seniors signed their letters of intent at a large ceremony in the school’s gym, including Lacrosse player Anne Edens, who is the first Beckham athlete to commit to a Division I school.

“Athletes, we’re super proud of you. We’re proud of all your hard work and what you’ve done for Lucy Beckham in setting the tone for the rest of the student body,” Lucy Beckham Athletic Director Scott McInnes said to the athletes. “This place is a very special place for us. We’re about love. We truly love our athletes.”

Boys Lacrosse

Charlie Broucqsault — Lander University

Conner Coombs — Wingate University

Baker Hollingsworth — Limestone College

Girls Lacrosse

Anne Edens — Villanova University

Girls Tennis

Piper Charney — University of Michigan

Five seniors at Bishop England High School signed their letters of intent on Nov. 9.

“Bishop England is very proud of our student-athletics who are getting a chance to further their athletic career at the next level. These athletes have shown that they have what it takes to be successful on and out the field of play. As [athletic director], I am proud of their achievements and the hard work of their coaches and support of their parents,” said Bishop England Athletic Director Paul Runey.

Boys Lacrosse

Riley Finlayson — Centre College

Girls Lacrosse

Evelyn Kitchin — Coastal Carolina University

Leslie Wysong — Merchant Marine Academy

Golf

Sam McMillan — Anderson University

Luke Walmat — College of William and Mary

Oceanside Collegiate Academy celebrated 13 student athletes who committed to playing their respective sports at colleges and across the nation.

“We are very proud of these 13 student athletes that have worked so hard in the classroom and on the field, court, pool to achieve the lofty goal of continuing to play their sport at the collegiate level,” Oceanside Athletic Director Mark Meyer said in a statement.

Baseball

Andrew Bowers — Coastal Carolina University

Chase Jarnagin — College of Charleston

Cameron Sebuck — Coastal Carolina University

Jackson Sobel — Georgia Tech

Tagger Tyson — University of Louisville

Girls Lacrosse

Maddy Mayer — Winthrop University

Sage Adams — Lynn University

Alexis Manini — West Virginia Wesleyan College

Golf

William Lutz — Winthrop University

Waymon Thomas — College of Charleston

Rowing

Caroline Hill — Clemson University

Swim

Landon Duffie — Converse College

Tennis

Garrett Brooker — St. Michael’s College

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Fall Garden Tour to showcase Mount Pleasant neighborhoods

Private gardens hold a bit of mystery to them. A secret that is hidden behind a home off a residential street or tucked beyond iron gates — each with a certain niche, unique design or special purpose. The Charleston Horticultural Society is giving guests the opportunity to experience ten private gardens in Olde Park and I’On neighborhoods during the 21st annual Fall Garden Tour.“It’s a great way for average people to come and see private gardens that you don’t normally get to see,” said Claudia McNa...

Private gardens hold a bit of mystery to them. A secret that is hidden behind a home off a residential street or tucked beyond iron gates — each with a certain niche, unique design or special purpose. The Charleston Horticultural Society is giving guests the opportunity to experience ten private gardens in Olde Park and I’On neighborhoods during the 21st annual Fall Garden Tour.

“It’s a great way for average people to come and see private gardens that you don’t normally get to see,” said Claudia McNab, a landscape designer and the chairman of the Fall Garden Tour.

The self-guided tour on Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. presents four private gardens in Olde Park and six in I’On, plus the community garden in I’On. At each garden on the tour, knowledgeable CHS Hort trained docents will be available to answer questions and point out important details in each special garden.

Some of the private gardens featured on the tour are strictly maintained by the homeowner, while others are designs of landscape companies. Each garden on the tour highlights something different — one is maintained by a naturalist gardener who focuses on native plants, two gardens are on the river and there’s a mix of grand gardens and small gardens. Some gardeners are Lowcountry natives, while others are from different regions and learned to adapt to a different climate.

Olde Park resident Susan Marus designs and maintains her private garden that will be featured on the tour. Since moving to her home 20 years ago, she has transformed her ordinary backyard into a garden oasis that boasts 27 different varieties of ferns and several Japanese maple trees. She said her garden has changed a lot over the years, especially as more shade has come in from the towering oak trees.

“This is an evolution of borrowed ideas and knowledge that I gained,” said Marus, who is also a longtime CHS Hort member.

Marus has refined her green thumb by taking workshops and classes through CHS Hort, including the docent training class, which is the most in-depth course on the Lowcountry’s horticulture heritage. CHS Hort classes range from beginner gardeners to expert-level training.

Some aspects of Marus’ garden share a story — there’s a section of artificial turf underneath a swing so her grandkids can play and the Japanese maple trees started as a precious gift from a friend who is no longer around. Lucile MacLennan, a horticulturist in Charleston, died last year a few months after her 101st birthday. However, she left her legacy in private gardens across the Lowcountry, including Marus’. During garden tours, MacLennan saved eggshells from her morning breakfast and placed a small seedling in each shell to give guests, said Marus. Some of those special seedlings are now planted in Marus’ garden.

Just like all gardeners, Marus has had her fair share of trial and error, but a lot of gardening is learning on the job. A job that leaves her with dirt under her fingernails, but produces a nature haven steps away from her back door.

Each fall, CHS Hort highlights a different area of the Lowcountry for the Fall Garden Tour. Past tours included Hampton Park in downtown Charleston, Sullivan’s Island and Daniel Island. CHS Hort chose Olde Park and I’On for the tour because of the variety of gardens — Olde Park features larger lots with more yard space compared to I’On’s smaller landscapes.

Fall Garden Tour tickets are $50 for CHS Hort Members and $60 for non-members and may be purchased online at www.chashortsoc.org/hort-store/p/2022falltour. Wristbands and brochures will be available for pickup at the CHS Hort office at 46 Windermere Blvd. on Nov. 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or at O’Quinn School at 761 S. Shelmore Blvd. on the day of the tour starting at 10:15 a.m.

Day of ticket sales will also be available at O’Quinn School from 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There is parking available at O’Quinn and the walk to all gardens is two miles. Guests may also park at marked street parking in the neighborhoods if they do not wish to walk.

The tour is sponsored by local businesses including Community Table and William Means Real Estate in I’On Village, Moultrie News and App Springs Water.

CHS Hort has events, workshops, classes, plant sales and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Stay up to date with CHS Hort by visiting www.chashortsoc.org.

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