The Nature Conservancy of SC Celebrates Earth Day with A Picnic for the Earth, Half-Moon Outfitters Shopping Day and Special Concert

In celebration of Earth Day 2013, the South Carolina Chapter of The Nature Conservancy joins with Nature Conservancy chapters across the world in a Picnic for the Earth on April 20th. Picnic for the Earth is The Nature Conservancy’s annual celebration of the planet we live on, the food it provides and the people we share it with. Participants are invited to host a picnic on their own, or join in TNC-organized gatherings.


In Charleston this year, the South Carolina Chapter will host a Picnic for the Earth on Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m. on Wadmalaw Island at the home of Catherine and Frank Middleton. In addition to a delicious picnic featuring locally-grown fare prepared by Chef Caroline Bevon of Caroline’s Market and Catering, the day will begin with a nature walk with the Conservancy’s senior conservation ecologist Colette DeGarady and butterfly expert Lisa Lord. The picnic program will feature a talk by internationally renowned batik artist, Mary Edna Fraser. Fraser uses the ancient textile art of silk batik to represent coastal landscapes and geographical images, often exploring the human impact and effects of climate change on the landscape. Fraser will show some of her work and speak on “From Local to Global, An Artist’s Inspiration for Conservation.” Reservations for the picnic are required, and tickets (suggested donation $100 per person) are available by contacting Melinda Ottaviano at, or (803) 254-9049, extension 35. Proceeds from the Picnic for the Earth support The Nature Conservancy’s Marine Program. Directions will be provided at time of registration.

Also on Saturday, April 20, all Half-Moon Outfitters locations across South Carolina and Georgia will donate a percentage of sales to support The Nature Conservancy. Shoppers can stock up on quality outdoor gear while supporting a local merchant who generously supports conservation of the great outdoors. Half-Moon Outfitters has been providing the Southeast with quality goods and services for adventure and travel since 1993, with stores in Charleston (King Street and Folly Road/South Windemere), Mount Pleasant, Greenville, Columbia, Atlanta, Athens, and Savannah.

On Sunday, April 21, The South Carolina Chapter of The Nature Conservancy welcomes recording artist Shannon Whitworth to Charleston, for an exclusive benefit concert on Wadmalaw Island. Whitworth’s sultry voice and bluesy-jazz lyricism has garnered praise from critics across the country, and her second album, High Tide, has just been released. The North Carolina-based singer songwriter is inspired by nature and by water, and is pleased that proceeds of this concert will support The Nature Conservancy’s Marine Program. “Water is the lifeblood of the world,” says Whitworth. “I love the fact that The Nature Conservancy is focused on protecting clean water sources.” Tickets are $25 in advance, and $35 day of concert. To purchase tickets and get directions to the venue, please contact Shari Wilbert at, or (803) 254-9049 extension 43. Space is limited and tickets are required.

The South Carolina Chapter of The Nature Conservancy is grateful for the generous support of the following sponsors of its Earth Day 2013 special events: Handpicked, Half-Moon Outfitters, Ambrose Farms, Black Bean Company, Legare Farms, Thackeray Farms, Nature’s Calling, GrowFood Carolina, Charleston Tea Plantation, South Carolina Bank and Trust, Meridian Metals Management, LLC, Mix Premium Bartending, and NBS Production Services. Special thanks to the hosts of Earth Day 2013 events: Alicia and Ed Boyd, Carol Graf and Alex Beard, Emily and Beezer Molten of Half-Moon Outfitters, Catherine and Frank Middleton, and Melanie and Tom Mauldin of Handpicked.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.

Contact information

Monte Gaillard

Director of Philanthropy, The Nature Conservancy of South Carolina

(843) 937-8807 ext. 14


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