History Under the Stars

November 25, 2013

Learning about history can be fun…especially when you throw in some tents, roasted marshmallows, tales from the past and a perfect moonlit sky! About 50 Daniel Island families set up camp on the banks of the Wando River on November 16 to take part in the first annual “History Under the Stars: Family Movie Night and Campout.” Sponsored by the Daniel Island Historical Society, the Daniel Island Property Owners Association, and Daniel Island Cub Scout Pack 519, the event featured a family-friendly “tent village,” double fire pits, a showing of the popular movie “National Treasure,” and an engaging storytelling session by Mike Dahlman, the island’s very own resident historian.

Mr. Dahlman, who is also co-founder of DIHS, told his attentive audience about the nearby homesite of Daniel Island’s namesake, Robert Daniell. He also shared information about the history of Native Americans who once called the island home and what to look for when searching for history clues in the local landscape. The Cub Scouts sold popcorn and s’mores for campout guests, and Daniel Island’s Honeycomb Cafe provided a scrumptious breakfast of eggs, French toast, grits, and beverages.

The program was dubbed a huge success by organizers, who are already working on plans for a 2014 event.

“A major round of applause to everyone who made this fun event happen,” commented one parent. “My son William and I really had a great, memorable time.”

Check out these photos from the event!