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Profile: Marjory Wentworth held the title of Poet Laureate of SC for 17 years. In the 1600s, one of her descendants accused another descendant of witchcraft in Salem, and at the 1990 Academy Awards she was escorted in by Raoul Julia – that’s right, Gomez from the Addams Family.
In honor of National Poetry Month, we’re asking Marjory 15 questions. Read on to find out which poem breaks her heart, which movers + shakers she’s watching, and who sees her work first.
Graphic via CHStoday | Headshot by Andy Allen
What about Charleston inspires your poetry? The landscape and the history tied to slavery – both of these things figure prominently in my work.
Who do you show your work to first? My husband Peter
What 3 people (living or dead) would you invite to an imaginary dinner party? Bryan Stevenson – greatest living American. Rebecca Nurse – my ancestor who was hanged as a witch, but never lost her faith in God. My father – He died about 50 years ago, and there’s so much I want to talk to him about.
What life advice or epiphany would you share with others that you’re thankful you learned? Say yes, when opportunity knocks. Most of the greatest opportunities come around once – don’t let fear keep you from following your dreams.
Name 3-5 other local leaders/influencers/movers + shakers you’re watching. Feiden Santana – the young man who took the video of Walter Scott’s murder in North Charleston Rev. Kylon Middleton – Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s best friend. Fletcher Williams (artist) – I think he is beyond brilliant!
Find out how Marjory came to call Charleston home, her hopes for the City in the next decade, and more below.
Edu ○ Charleston holds the top 3 rankingsfor best high schools in the state. North Charleston’sMagnet High Schoolis ranked No.1 in SC + No.2 in the entire country. 🏆 (U.S. News & World Report)
CSU ○ Look out for traffic in North Charleston this weekend as 2 commencement ceremonies will be held on CSU’s Buccaneer Field. The in-person graduation events will celebrate the Class of 2020today + the Class of 2021 on Saturday. Both events will be livestreamed from 6-9 p.m. 🎓
Number ○ 40 million. This is the estimated investment cost of the multi-family project — Boulevard Apartments — planned to replace the Eastside Missionary Baptist Church on Meeting Street. The church has plans to relocate its congregation near Cross County Road. (The Post and Courier) Cause ○ Emeline — a local boutique hotel — is partnering with the Charleston Animal Society to hold a Spring Job Fair on Saturday from 12-3 p.m. to fill various positions + find homes for pets in Charleston. (Holy City Sinner)
Charlestonian ○ Odies Turner — a CofC graduate — started a part-time catering business that has taken off. In addition to working for Boeing’s IT department, Odies runs Pablo’s Kitchen to create + serve meals for school events and small weddings . 🍽 (Charleston City Paper)
Health ○ MUSC Health + the SC Department of Corrections are working together to provide health care for incarcerated people. A hospital wing would be dedicated to these patients — eliminating the need to send them to facilities across the state. (WCBD)
WaterCooler ○ The House recentlypassed a bill that would allow SC college athletes to benefit financially from their names + images. This bill is now headed to the governor. (AP)
Coronavirus ○ As of Wednesday, Charleston County schools have administered 200 COVID-19 vaccines to students. Pfizer vaccines are offered to students age 16+. (The Post and Courier)
Drink ○Ever think about skipping the sipping? Even if you’re just a social drinker who feels relatively unaffected by casual cocktails, there are benefits to breaking up with booze. The experts at Roper St. Francis Healthcare break down5 ways skipping a drink can improve your wellbeing. Ⓟ
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TryThis ○ TOUR Glorious Gardens I| Fri., Apr. 30 | 2-5 p.m. | Historic Charleston Foundation, 40 E. Bay St. | $75 | Take a stroll through some of Charleston’s most beautiful home gardens. 🌺 Cause ○ Hope Rocks| Fri., Apr. 30 | 7 p.m. | Firefly Distillery, 4201 Spruill Ave., North Charleston | $260 | Participate in this charity event to benefit Camp Happy Days. 🎸
Saturday ○ Rooftop Kentucky Derby Party| Sat., May 1 | 12 p.m. | The Rooftop at the Vendue, 19 Vendue Range | Free | Pull out your big hats + seersucker and come have a mint julep – or two – while watching the Kentucky Derby. 🏇 ○ Glass Recycling Pop-Up| Sat., May 1 | 12-5 p.m. | Indigo Reef Brewing Co., 2079 Wambaw Creek | Free | Fisher Recycling will be here to collect your extra bottles + other used glass. ♻️ ○ World Labyrinth Day: International Walk for Peace | Sat., May 1 | 12:30 p.m. | Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Dr., Murrells Inlet | $10+ | Join in a global walk for peace at the Brookgreen Gardens Labyrinth. 👟
Sunday ○ Craft Brews and Clean Up Crews| Sun., May 2 | 11 a.m. | Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co., 1505 King St. | Free | Help clean up Charleston’s brewery district, and enjoy a nice, cold beer afterward. 🍻 ○ Candle Making Workshop| Sun., May 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Julia Deckman Studio, 2008 Wappoo Dr. | $65 | Create your own candles in vintage glasses, tea cups + tins with various fragrance oils and dried flowers. 🕯️
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.