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SCIWAY News No. 39 – October 2006


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In This Issue

  1. SCIWAY's 2006 Election Guide Can Save You Time
  2. Notable South Carolina Websites
  3. South Carolina Encyclopedia – A New State Treasure
  4. Upcoming SC Festivals & Events
  5. In Search of South Carolina PBR Oases

1. SCIWAY's 2006 Election Guide Can Save You Time

Tuesday, November 7, is election day throughout South Carolina. While most of us would agree that voting is important, the hard part is finding the time to learn about all the candidates, constitutional amendments, and local issues we'll be faced with in the voting booth.

SCIWAY's 2006 election guide can save you time. You can find it at:

http://www.sciway.net/sc-elections/

This resource provides quick links to candidate and issue websites – and a helpful SC State Election Commission form you can use to find both your voting districts and driving directions from your house to your precinct polling place:

https://info.scvotes.sc.gov/eng/voterinquiry/VoterInformationRequest.aspx?PageMode=VoterInfo
(Read instructions in dark blue box closely.)

Here are some other especially useful 2006 SC election links:

Official descriptions of the 5 statewide constitutional amendments - source no longer exists

Straightforward explanations of the 5 constitutional amendments - source no longer exists

Candidate & amendment debates from SC ETV – online video, audio - source no longer exists

SC ETV Debates Marathon – Sun, Nov 5 from 5:00 am to 7:30 pm - source no longer exists

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2. Notable South Carolina Websites

Arts Council of Beaufort County

Carolina Trails - site no longer exists

Deedee Paschal Barrier Island Trust - site no longer exists

Downtown Winnsboro – Fairfield County - site no longer exists

Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism – great tourism info!

Miracle Hill Ministries – helps homeless people in the Upstate

South Carolina Society of the Sons of the American Revolution

RiverVenture – story of SC's cultural, natural landscape as told by four of its rivers

The Connection – new TV show about SC social issues

Youth Corps – leadership skills for Richland & Lexington County students

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3. South Carolina Encyclopedia – A New State Treasure

If you enjoy learning about our state – or want to buy a great present for someone who does – then you'll like the recently published South Carolina Encyclopedia: http://www.scencyclopedia.org/

This 1,000+ page book includes more than 1,900 alphabetized entries, 400 illustrations, and 80 maps. The entries range from Blackbeard to the St. Cecilia Society, from the Anderson Motor Car Company to the Beacon Drive-In, from Blenheim ginger ale to Clemson Blue Cheese, and from the Port Royal Experiment to the Orangeburg Massacre.

More sample entries and illustrations: http://www.scencyclopedia.org/entries.htm

The South Carolina Encyclopedia was edited by Professor Walter Edgar of the University of South Carolina and sponsored by the South Carolina Humanities Council.

You can order the South Carolina Encyclopedia from the University of South Carolina Press or from Amazon.com.

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4. Upcoming SC Festivals & Events

For an annual calendar of South Carolina festivals, conferences, and other events, visit http://www.sciway.net/calendar.html.

Carolina Opry Christmas Special - Myrtle Beach, Nov 3 - Dec 31

Yorkville Music Weekend - York, Nov 3-4

Pau Wau of the Waccamaw Indian People - Aynor, Nov 4-5

Midlands Area Crop Walk Against Hunger - Columbia, Nov 5

Greer Relief Wing Fling - Nov 9

Uptown Greenwood Holiday Open House - Nov 10-12

Miss South Carolina USA Pageant - North Charleston, Nov 17-18

Colonial Cup - Camden - steeplechase racing at Springdale, Nov 19

Chitlin' Strut - Salley - Nov 25

Holiday Fair - Greenville - Palmetto Expo Center, Nov 30 - Dec 2

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5. In Search of South Carolina PBR Oases

Tonight I take keyboard in hand to write of a matter of great import.

Not so many decades ago, you could find a cold, spirit-lifting Pabst Blue Ribbon in almost every bar, lounge, club, and darkened dive in South Carolina. No one who cared about his or her reputation would be seen drinking anything else. No one interested in good taste would have wanted to.

Today PBR has fallen on hard times in South Carolina. You can go to the most pedestrian restaurant and buy Canadian, Mexican, Jamaican, Belgian, Dutch, or even Italian or Chinese beers – not to mention homegrown, designer, fake, and diet brews. But if you ask for a Pabst Blue Ribbon, you usually get an embarrassed laugh, a wistful smile, or a confused look ... followed by "We don't have that."

Fortunately our fair state does have a growing number of discriminating establishments that proudly serve Pabst. To honor these outposts of liquid civility and to make life easier for weary travelers, SCIway is developing a web directory of South Carolina oases that dispense Pabst.

If you own or know of a bar, lounge, tavern, pub, club, or other public place that serves PBR, please write us at service@sciway.net. We need to know the business's name, street address, and the community in which it's located. We also welcome web addresses, although PBR doesn't taste nearly as good online.

We will publicize our directory of PBR oases in the next issue of SCIWAY News, so send your nominations soon. We will, of course, personally check all nominees for authenticity.

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