Brandie Perron

The Angel Tree

By Brandie Perron

angel treeDuring the holiday season, the iconic red kettle is synonymous with the Salvation Army. Did you know that it’s been around since the late 1800s? Captain Joseph McFee started the tradition in 1891 to help to provide a free Christmas dinner for those in need. Today these donations do much more, from providing food and shelter to struggling families throughout the year, to helping provide a Christmas dinner for “Angels” and their families. The Angel Tree program helps put new clothes and toys under the tree for one million children nationwide who usually have to go without Christmas gifts. The...

The SC State Fair: "Meet Me at the Rocket"

By Brandie Perron

Meet Me at the RocketWith the South Carolina State Fair celebrating its 150th anniversary, historian and author, Dr. Rodger Stroup, discusses a few aspects from his new book “Meet Me at the Rocket” including the State Ball, where the moniker “Big Thursday” came from, and how the fair reflects what’s going on in South Carolina.

150 Years of Fun at the SC State Fair

By Brandie Perron

State FairThe SC State Fair is celebrating 150 years and to celebrate the festivities historian and author Dr. Rodger Stroup is releasing a new book, called "Meet Me At The Rocket." Palmetto Scene sat down with him to discuss the vast history of the State Fair and some of the surprises he found.

Gullah Slave Recordings Brought to South Carolina

By Brandie Perron

Gullah song trunk recordingCoastal Carolina University held its inaugural International Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Conference this past spring. At this landmark event, 1937 Works Progress Administration (WPA) slave recordings were repatriated, or brought back to their community of origin. One of the songs is thought to be the inspiration behind the role of a lead character in a blockbuster hit movie.

Learning History Through Excavation

By Brandie Perron

Students WorkingCoastal Carolina University and Brookgreen Gardens are partnering to provide students hands-on experience with conducting archeological research on historic plantation sites. Dr. David Palmer and his anthropology and geology students are excavating an area where former enslaved Africans were housed—and finding artifacts from the 19th century.

The History of Vereen Memorial Gardens

By Brandie Perron

Vereen Memorial GardensThere are many hidden gems in Horry County and one happens to be just off the beaten path in Little River. The Vereen Memorial Gardens provide a treasure trove of history and family descendants have preserved the property, so visitors can experience the area as it once was.

SCETV's In-Depth Look at the Folklore Surrounding "Alice" of the Hermitage

By Brandie Perron

Alice's Grave Marker In All Saints CemeteryMore than 150 years ago, the legend of Alice Flagg of the Hermitage began. This young lady from the banks of the inlet in Georgetown County has touched the lives of many, including the Chandler boys – who grew up sleeping in Alice’s room. Variations to the history are plentiful, but there is evidence to prove…she did exist. South Carolina author and ghost tour guide, Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger, takes SCETV viewers on a journey to the 1840s for a love story; and brings the folklore alive through research-driven storytelling and beautiful imagery. Jacquie Champion, a graduate of Dreher High...

I Heart Hungry Kids

By Brandie Perron

volunteersThere’s a kid-powered organization in the Lowcountry helping feed kids. In 2013, seven year-old Jackson Silverman was told he was too young to volunteer at the food bank and help feed hungry kids in Charleston County. With the support of his parents, Josh and Tiffany, Jackson pleaded for the rules to be changed so he and his younger twin brothers, Gabe and Riley, could volunteer. Jackson met with the Lowcountry Food Bank president and they figured out a way for the kids to be safe in a warehouse environment. Together, they created a place where kids under the age of 14 could volunteer and...

Teacher Recruitment and Retention

By Brandie Perron

Teacher with students looking at computers Teacher shortages are a nationwide concern. On October 24, education leaders met at USC College of Education's Center for Innovation in Higher Education for a discussion titled "Addressing Talent Management in our Education System: A Case for Teacher Recruitment and Retention." The panelists shared their ideas of how to recruit, support and retain teachers in South Carolina. We'll continue the discussion on our next episode of Carolina Classrooms on February 28 on SCETV. Connect with us at carolinaclassrooms@scetv.org and at https://www.facebook.com/scetveducation/ . Visit the Carolina...

Charleston Tragedy Commemoration

By Brandie Perron

Emanuel 9 victimsThis past week-and-a-half, a nine-day commemoration was held in Charleston to honor the Mother Emanuel 9, their families, survivors, and church members who were affected in last year’s tragedy. “Victory in the Valley” featured programs that allowed the community to discuss unity in all races, while remembering what happened in this historic church that forever changed this community. Palmetto Scene was in Charleston last week and talked with several people about what the one-year anniversary means to them. Zoe Roff, with the Fine Arts Department at the Charleston County School District, and...