Tabitha Safdi

The Birthplace of Sweet Tea | ETV Shorts

By Tabitha Safdi

Sweet Tea in a Mason Jar with lemonIn the late 1700s a French botanist landed on Middleton Place in Summerville, South Carolina bringing the first tea plants to the United States. The Lowcountry is also home to the only tea plantation in America, the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island.

Lexington County Museum | ETV Shorts

By Tabitha Safdi

Lexington County MuseumUniquely located on seven acres of land in the heart of Lexington, the Lexington County Museum offers history buffs and novices alike a chance to travel back in time. The Museum is situated as a complex that has thirty-six historic structures and furnishings that date back to the late 1700's.

ORIGINAL SC | Engineer Ernest Middleton

By Tabitha Safdi

Middleton doing an experiment on groundingErnest Middleton loves electricity. At 14, Middleton says his life was not going in the right direction and his mother decided to send him to his uncle, an electrician. Together, the pair did wiring work and his uncle encouraged Middleton to pursue the trade further. Once in trade school in Charleston, Middleton found his passion and decided to pursue an engineering degree at the University of South Carolina. But a difficult course nearly ended his goal to become an engineer. It was a teacher, who encouraged him not to quit and to volunteer for Partners for Minorities in Engineering &...

Shagger's Hall of Fame | ETV Shorts

By Tabitha Safdi

Shagger's dancing in Myrtle BeachDerived from the jitterbug, the Shag is a legendary dance that grew up the Carolinas. The Shagger's Hall of Fame is located in North Myrtle Beach. Thousands flock to the area every year to enjoy this original Southern art form.

Friday's at Bill's | ETV Shorts

By Tabitha Safdi

Bill's Old Time Music Hall"Friday At Bill's" is a story about music and it's also a story about a small business in transition. Bill Wells, founder of Bill's Music Shop and Pickin' Parlor, died in November 2011, and his son, Willie Wells, stepped up to run the family business, a musical institution for hundreds of bluegrass and traditional country fans throughout the Columbia area. Each week, Willie Wells shuttles between his wife and family in Nashville and the Pickin Parlor in West Columbia to help his mother Louise keep the shop running and the music playing on the stage. Willie Wells wants to build on his father's...

ORIGINAL SC | Conductor Morihiko Nakahara

By Tabitha Safdi

Morihiko NakaharaSince 1964, the South Carolina Philharmonic has been performing and promoting high-quality, professional symphonic music for the community. Morihiko Nakahara is known for his charismatic presence on and off the podium. He’s the music director and conductor. A native of Kagoshima, Japan, Morihiko Nakahara fell in love with music at a young age . He moved to the United States while in high school and graduated from Andrews University and the University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music. Nakahara has won several awards and he is an ambassador for classical music, speaking about a...

Bridges to a Brighter Future | ETV Shorts

By Tabitha Safdi

Bridges to a Brighter FutureBridges to a Brighter Future is a college access program for Greenville County high school students whose potential outweighs their circumstances. The three year program starts after ninth grade and includes a four-week, summer residential experience on the Furman campus and year-round support and encouragement through Bridges Saturday College. A diverse mix of about seventy-five students participate annually.

SC Philharmonic Music Director and Conductor Talks about the Piece of Music that Inspired Him

By Tabitha Safdi

SC PhilharmonicMorihiko Nakahara has served as music director of the South Carolina Philharmonic since 2008. He's known for his charismatic presence on and off the podium. In this clip, he talks about the piece of music that captured his attention as a young boy in Japan. To learn more about Morihiko Nakahara and the South Carolina Philharmonic, watch Palmetto Scene on Thursday May 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Education: Is South Carolina Failing Its Students?

By Tabitha Safdi

Empty ClassroomAccording to a recent analysis done by South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center , “South Carolina’s regular public school districts received less financial support per student on an inflation- adjusted basis in 2013-2014 than they did five years earlier.” It was also found that support declined most severely in districts with the highest poverty rate. Official state estimates show South Carolina is continuing to fail the 35,000 students in the 15 poorest districts, based on the fiscal year 2014-2015. South Carolina is not alone in reducing state funding for education. According to the...

Cooper's Country Store | ETV Shorts

By Tabitha Safdi

Cooper Country StoreWhen you walk into Cooper's Country Store it's like walking back in time. The store was built in 1937 and not much has changed since then. It's located in Salters right off of highway 521 and has just about anything you could possibly need.

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