SCIWAY News No. 43 – May 2007
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1. That's a Wrap: Movies Filmed in SC
In the last episode of SCIWAY News, we went behind the scenes and interviewed the founders of SCMovieTheaters.com who told us about the rediscovery of Pied Piper Malone, a once forgotten film shot in Georgetown.
That got us framing the question: How many other times has Tinseltown descended upon the Palmetto State to make movie magic? As we learned, those times are numerous. South Carolina has provided shooting locations for well over 100 feature films.
Movies made in SC include well-known favorites such as Forrest Gump, The Patriot, and The Abyss. They also include many films you may not have heard of or at least didn't realize had an SC connection. So before you pass on comedies like Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls or the cult classic Swamp Thing, you might want to do a second take.
Besides the appeal of spotting an SC location in a film you're watching, there's the emotional connection movies can create between us and our state. Perhaps you fell in love watching The Notebook and took your sweetheart to Boone Hall Plantation. Or maybe you even called upon The Legend of Bagger Vance as you putted your way under par on golf courses in Bluffton and Kiawah Island.
In that spirit we'd like to direct you to SCIWAY's list of Movies Filmed in SC. For the most famous films, we've included not only locations, but also many behind-the-scenes anecdotes. In time – and as we get more input from you – we will expand our directory to include more films as well as additional details and stories about the movies already on the list.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. And after the credits roll, be sure to write firstname.lastname@example.org so you can share your memories about feature films shot in our backyard.
Click here to see SCIWAY's list of movies filmed in SC.
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2. Notable SC Websites
Berkeley Citizens - help for people with disabilities
Georgetown County Digital Library - great WWI-era photos
Nemours Wildlife Foundation - Beaufort
TellThemSC.org - works to limit teen pregnancies in SC
River Alliance | Photos of Three Rivers Greenway - Columbia
Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
South Carolina Women's Business Center - site no longer exists
Tour Pickens County - online video plus info and links - site no longer exists
Waxhaws, Lancaster County - excellent history site
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3. SC Photo of the Month
Of all the recent additions to the South Carolina Picture Project, we've really enjoyed the photo of a flowering Dogwood Gene Borman of Seneca sent us. This colorful shot was taken on Lake Keowee in the northwestern part of our state.
May's SC Photo of the Month captures the essence of a lakeside springtime stroll. To see more Lake Keowee pictures, Gene has put together an interactive picture map of the Lake Keowee area.
Thank you, Gene!
4. Upcoming SC Festivals & Events
For a complete calendar of South Carolina festivals and events, visit http://www.sciway.net/calendar.html. Here are just a few of May's highlights:
Spring Fling - May 4-5, Spartanburg
5. Barbados: South Carolina's Mother Colony
When most of us were in elementary school, we learned about the English settlement at Jamestown and the Pilgrims' landing at Plymouth Rock. It seemed that all 13 American colonies were settled by people who sailed directly from the British Isles or continental Europe.
But one colony was different. Many of South Carolina's early settlers – and an even higher proportion of its leaders – came from the English colony of Barbados.
Barbados is the most eastern island in the West Indies. It lies off the northeastern coast of South America and is sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean on its east and the Caribbean Sea on its west. At 166 square miles, Barbados is less than half the size of South Carolina's smallest county, McCormick.
British colonists first arrived in Barbados in 1627, and by 1645 there were 11,200 farms and plantations on the island. In just 18 years sugarcane had become an extraordinarily profitable crop, but one that required lots of land and slave labor.
Land, of course, was limited on Barbados, and many planters decided to sell their property and invest in the newly formed colony of Carolina, where land and the opportunities it provided seemed unlimited.
Beginning in the 1660s, various groups with names such as the "Barbadian Society of Gentlemen Adventurers" sent expeditions to the Carolina coast on behalf of the Lords Proprietors, eight English noblemen who had received a charter for Carolina as a reward for their loyalty to King Charles II.
One Lord Proprietor, John Colleton, was himself a Barbadian. Another, Anthony Ashley Cooper, owned a plantation in Barbados.
When an English colony was established on the Ashley River in 1670, many Barbadians migrated to the Charles Towne area. Some settled on tributaries of the Cooper River and became a powerful political force known as the Goose Creek Men.
The political influence of the Barbadians exceeded their numbers. For example, several of South Carolina's first Proprietary Governors were from Barbados.
But the Barbadian's most important influence was economic. When they came to Carolina, they brought their plantation economy and culture – and in many cases their African slaves. They had the experience and capital to make the plantation system a reality, and perhaps nothing has affected our state's history more than this legacy.
While South Carolina and Barbados may be separated by more than 2,000 miles of ocean, the connection between those two special places is forever a window into our past and a reminder of our roots.
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