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Solar Eclipse of 2017

On Monday, August 21st, the Solar Eclipse of 2017 was an event for the history books. The 65-mile wide path of the eclipse was spread from Oregon to South Carolina as many Americans traveled states away just to see the eclipse transpire. As for Colleton County, the excitement of the day was dimmed with the possibility of rain and clouds overcasting many views. Many businesses and government buildings closed their doors early Monday afternoon, to allow their employees time to travel safely home and enjoy the event with their friends and families. Eclipse parties were held to celebrate the event, including a viewing party held at the Colleton Memorial Library. Reference Librarian and Teen Services Coordinator, Vicki Brown, said, “Everyone was having a wonderful time. All the music pertained to the sunshine or the moon. It was a lot of fun!”
The library had approximately 150 individuals show up to view the eclipse. Although the projected path and coverage for many outlying cities, such as Cottageville, was predicted to be high, clouds and rain obstructed the views for parts of the solar eclipse. With months of preparation, many hotels saw a large influx of visitors during the weekend. Econo Lodge front desk clerk, Candace Whitman, said, “We were sold out and it’s been a hectic week but we managed- like we always do.” According to Whitman, rooms have been sold out since last month, which was the same information many hotels provided.
The Super 8 Hotel, directly off of I-95 on Bells Highway front desk clerk stated they have been sold out of rooms for almost three months, which was not normal for this time of year. Front desk Manager, Adam Ross, for the Holiday Inn Express said, “It’s been about a month we have been sold out. We normally sell out for each weekend but for the eclipse, it was that much busier- a month ahead of time never happens.” Although the solar eclipse made Walterboro a stepping stone for many travelers, natives of Walterboro still maintained great viewing areas. For the Pearson and Hildebrand Family, the Walterboro Soccer Field proved to be a great open space to set up camp for viewing. Although the families were able to view the beginning, cloud coverage also obstructed a good deal of their experience but the families did not allow the weather to dampen their fun, “It’s a great opportunity to encourage our little scientist and an excuse to eat Moon Pies, Starburst, and drink Sunkist,” Tiffany Pearson said.

Amye Stivender (95 Posts)