Plus, how do you say "pecan" pie?
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76° | Partly cloudy | 20% chance of rain | Sunrise 6:51 a.m. | Sunset 5:17 p.m. | High tides 10:37 a.m. + 10:49 p.m. | Low tide 5:03 p.m.

🦃 On your marks, get set... trot
Turkey Day Run Charleston
The Turkey Day Run was etablished in 1914. | Photo via @turkeydayrun
Run, walk, or wobble with your friends + family before you feast on Turkey Day. Check out these Thanksgiving turkey trots happening around Charleston.

🦃 Thanksgiving turkey trots

Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble 5K, Marion Square
This is the longest-running 5k in Charleston. Registration is $45 — and it’s open until the event is sold out.

Huffin’ For The Stuffin’ 5K, Carnes Crossroads, 513 Wodin Pl., Summerville
Fleet Feet’s fifth annual race benefits Dorchester Paws through the Goose Creek Police Department. Registration is $40 and closes on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Turkey Trot, Sanctuary Beach Access, 1 Sanctuary Dr., Kiawah Island
Join this one-mile walk or a one to three-mile run on the beach + enjoy complimentary coffee and hot cocoa before the festivities. This event is free.

A turkey mascot wearing a Fleet Feet jersey mugs for the camera.

Think you can out-trot this turkey?


Photo via @fleetfeetcharleston

And for those itching to start training for the Cooper River Bridge Run, you’ve got four months to double-knot those laces. Read on for five running clubs across the Lowcountry for runners of every ability.
Where are you volunteering on Thanksgiving day this year?

Grab your ladles. In the words of reader Martha P., we want to know where you’re “giving instead of getting on Thanksgiving.”
Friday, Nov. 17
  • “Pippin” | Friday, Nov. 17 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Sottile Theatre, 44 George St., Charleston | $25-$30 | There’s magic to do at this musical about glory, love, and war.
Saturday, Nov. 18
  • Donut Fest Charleston | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 1-4 p.m. | Rusty Bull Brewing Co., 337 King St., Charleston | $15-$40 | Enjoy a day of donut + beer sampling.
  • It’s in the Stick: A Sweetgrass Basket Weaving Workshop | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Sarah Fishburne-Williams, 1561 Mosstree Rd., North Charleston | $75 | Adults aged 18 and up can experience using a nailbone, sweetgrass, bulrush, palmetto fronds, and pine needles to create a sweetgrass item.
Sunday, Nov. 19
  • Firefly Distillery Annual Oyster Roast Series | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Firefly Distillery, 4201 Spruill Ave., North Charleston | $35 | Shuck all-you-can-eat oysters while enjoying music by DJ CabanaVibez.
  • Pumpkin Smash Event | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 12-4 p.m. | West Ashley Farmers Market, 55 Sycamore Ave., Charleston | Free | Bring your Halloween pumpkins carved to Charleston’s first pumpkin smash — afterward, the pumpkins are composted at Bees Ferry Compost Facility.
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🚢 Did you know? 1 in 9 SC jobs are tied to our ports.
A boat on the water.
South Carolina’s ports provide the state with a unique economic advantage. | Photo provided by SC Ports
Shipping crates and cargo ships are a common sight along the South Carolina coast, but did you know shipping creates a massive economic impact for our state? That economic impact is to the tune of $86.7 billion annually — and $1.5 billion in tax revenue generated for the state, according to the South Carolina Ports Authority’s annual report.

The ports also create a lot of jobs. As of 2023, 1 in 9 SC jobs depend on the ports — and the jobs it creates pay 23% higher than the average state wage.

That’s huge — and the impact isn’t just along the coast. Every region of the state benefits economically from port operations connecting SC to global markets. The entire southeastern region benefits too, with billions of dollars generated from South Carolina’s ports positively impacting six neighboring states.
News Notes
  • $46.75 million. That’s the amount the Wando Crossing Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant sold for. Ziff Real Estate Partners of East Cooper is the new owner of the 21-acre retail center. Maybe it can sell that final vacant spot in the otherwise occupied site. (The Post and Courier)
  • Speaking of Fleet Feet... The new West Ashley store is now open. Hit up Ashley Landing Shopping Center at 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. and shop all the running gear you’ll need for those turkey trots.
  • 71 out of 100. That’s the Holy City’s score for the Human Rights Campaign’s 2023 Municipal Equality Index which dives into municipal laws and how inclusive they are of LGBTQ+ people. In case you missed it, that’s the same score as last year.
  • A hotel on top of the Pineapple Fountain? It’s possible — in the Charleston edition of MONOPOLY, that is. Local organizations, businesses, and sites are featured in this special Holy City version of the board game, the only one licensed in the state. (Holy City Sinner)
  • Need the perfect holiday gift for your dad, brother, husband, or boyfriend? This brand has you covered with all the gifts and stocking stuffers that men will actually use. (Plus, they’re all 25% off during the Black Friday Sale, happening now.)*
The Buy
A great deal from Amazon’s Black Friday sales, which officially start today. Get 40% off Adidas running shoes or 20% off Martha Stewart cotton sheets.
How do you pronounce pecan?

Yesterday, we asked how y’all say this Thanksgiving staple. Here’s what over 200 of you said:
    pecan poll

    No matter how you say it, pecans are delicious. We’re just glad we won’t need a runoff vote.
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    The Wrap
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    My mom and I have a running joke about “peanut pie” because when I was younger I couldn’t remember the word “pecan.”

    If you’re looking for local pecans for your peanut pecan pie, look no further. We’ve got your Charleston pecans right here.
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