Tabitha Safdi

Experience the Apollo 8 Mission

By Tabitha Safdi

Apollo 8 module at the USS YorktownAboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point is a replica Apollo 8 capsule where visitors can experience the mission. Apollo 8 was launched on December 21, 1968. Apollo 8 was the first human mission, in which the spacecraft left the Earth’s orbit. It was the first manned mission to orbit the moon. There were three astronauts aboard Apollo 8: Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders. They were the first humans to see Earth as a whole planet, first humans to see Earthrise, and the first to see the far side of the moon. Splashdown refers to...

Five Haunting Tales of Ghost Stories from Around South Carolina

By Tabitha Safdi

Ghost StoriesSouth Carolina is chock-full of stories of ghosts and legends. Here are five haunting tales from around the palmetto state. Do you know of a ghost or legend story in South Carolina? Give us the SCOOP! 1. The Ghost Hound of Goshen Apparently, the Ghost Hound of Goshen or “Happy Dog” is not a nice spirit. The story of Union and Newberry counties’ famous ghost dog is one of man’s best friend who holds a grudge against the townsfolk who killed his innocent master. Now he haunts a stretch of road deep in the Sumter National Forest. But does this killer canine really exist or is it just a made-up...

ORIGINAL SC | DANCE AYDEN

By Tabitha Safdi

Dance Ayden“I dance because I want to make people happy,” says seven-year-old Ayden. Ayden loves to dance. For the last few months, he’s danced his way into hearts at Soda City Market in Columbia, South Carolina. With busker license, Ayden treks to the market with one goal…to fill people’s hearts with happiness through dance. “Every Saturday he gets up, on his own, and says he wants to go to Soda City. It’s never a Saturday where it’s not his choice to go,” says Tonya Cobb, Ayden’s mom. But not everyone was sold on the idea of dancing for a crowd, at first. “My personal filter is I would never get out...

Art Reinvents Tiny South Carolina Town

By Tabitha Safdi

ArtFieldsOnce a booming bean-farming community whose fields eventually went bare, Lake City has a new story to tell. In 2013, ArtFields started with a simple goal in mind…to honor the artists of the Southeast with a week’s worth of celebration and competition in the heart of a traditional Southern small town. The continued success of ArtFields' nine-day arts event, which quite literally turns the entire town into a public gallery, has resulted in art being brought front and center throughout Lake City. ArtFields was founded by Darla Moore and has grown into the South’s biggest arts competition. In...

S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum | Let’s Go!

By Tabitha Safdi

S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military MuseumFounded in 1896, the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum is the third oldest museum in the state. The museum focuses on South Carolina’s military history from the Revolutionary War to the present. “History is about people,” says Joe Long, Curator of Education with the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. “Military history is about understanding people under stress.” Visitors to the museum can explore South Carolina’s distinguished martial tradition in exhibits covering the Revolutionary War, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I...

H. L. Hunley | Let’s Go!

By Tabitha Safdi

H. L. HunleyThe Civil War-era was one of industrious innovation and sweeping economic and cultural change. On February 17th, 1864, the H. L. Hunley became the first successful combat submarine in world history with the sinking of the USS Housatonic. After completing her mission, she mysteriously vanished and remained lost at sea for over a century. For decades, adventurers searched for the legendary submarine. Over a century later, the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA), led by New York Times-bestselling author Clive Cussler, finally found the Hunley in 1995. News of the discovery traveled...

Woodrow Wilson Family Home | Let’s Go!

By Tabitha Safdi

Woodrow Wilson HomeThe Woodrow Wilson Family Home is South Carolina's only remaining presidential site. The home is now a museum featuring the history of Reconstruction. The home was built in 1871 when, at the age of 14, “Tommy” Woodrow Wilson and his family moved to Columbia. According to Historic Columbia , “Woodrow Wilson's parents built this house, the only one they would ever own. Although the home has changed hands many times since the teenaged future president lived here, it stands as a reminder of how our city struggled to rebuild itself in the post-war era.” “For Woodrow Wilson, when he becomes...

Mann-Simons Site | Let’s Go

By Tabitha Safdi

Mann-Simons SiteOn the corner of Marion and Richland streets in downtown Columbia stands the Mann-Simons site. The Mann-Simons Site was a collection of commercial and domestic spaces owned and operated by the same African American family from at least 1843 until 1970. Only one house stands today, however many ghost structures represent the former buildings that made the site a unique treasure to downtown Columbia. According to Historic Columbia , “midwife Celia Mann and boatman Ben Delane made this site their home by the early 1840s. Members of Columbia's small population of free people of color, the couple...

America’s Volunteer Recognized for Excellence in Civic Leadership

By Tabitha Safdi

Charlotte BerryCharlotte Berry of Columbia is the recipient of the 2018 David H. Wilkins Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership. The award is presented by The Riley Institute at Furman University. “Each person in his or her own right has an opportunity to make a difference. Making a difference in this world is what it’s all about,” says Berry. As the National Chair of Volunteers for the American Red Cross, a founding member of Women in Philanthropy, and through service on numerous boards of community organizations, Berry has championed the displaced, disenfranchised, and disaffected. Berry believes...

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