Here’s a quick rundown of the inaugural events that have passed over our desk:

• Tuesday, January 20, 2009 is a historic day for America. Barack Obama will be sworn in as the first African-American president of the United States. This will  be a memorable day for every American citizen.

An admission-free screening of the swearing in of Barack Obama as the United State’s 44th President will be provided as a public service by Comcast Cable, the City of Charleston, and additional support from several private benefactors. The screening on a Jumbotron will begin at aproximately11 a.m. and take place in Marion Square. The program is estimated to last until 1:30 p.m., with Barack Obama taking oath at Noon as specified by the U.S. Constitution.

The public is invited to come and bring lawn chairs and blankets.  Bring your lunch and have a picnic as we all share this remarkable day.

• The Post and Courier will publish special pages dedicated to your Inauguration Day messages on January 21. We will be selling the Wednesday, January 21 edition of The Post and Courier along with a commemorative coin of President Barack Obama for $2.00. This commemorative keepsake edition package can be purchased at The Post and Courier and several locations throughout the market. A limited supply is available.

• The “Lowcountry Inauguration Celebration Affair,” set for Tuesday, January 20th at the Alfred Williams Center in North Charleston from 5 to 8 PM, will feature guest speakers Phil Noble; North Charleston Mayor Pro Tem Samuel L. Hart;  S.C. Represesentative Wendell Gilliard; and Obama Fellow David Redding from Florida. Entertainment, dancing, food buffet and large-screen TV broadcasts of Washington, DC inaugural events round out the celebration.

The event is Admission-FREE, however, monetary donations will be accepted to partly benefit the work of the Lowcountry Food Bank. In just weeks, 200 Obama grassroots supporters signed-up to attend the “Lowcountry Inauguration Celebration Affair” via the official Obama website. Advance Reservation required, contact RaGina Saunders 843-478-4462 or

• Buffalo South, on Folly Road just past Grimball Rd, is putting on an Inauguration lunch for all comers — a $6.50 buffet and cash bar.  Watch the inauguration on big screens with fellow passionate Democrats.  Starts at 11 am Tuesday, January 20th.

• The Office of Student Life at the College of Charleston will host an Inauguration Watch Party on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Stern Center Ballroom. Members of the campus community are invited to enjoy free food (including some of President Obama’s favorites), Obama-related giveaways and the opportunity to take a picture with Obama (a cut-out of course). It is estimated the oath of office will take place at 11:30 a.m. with the parade following.

In keeping with the themes of history, service and community that have been engrained in events and programs associated with the Presidential Inauguration, the Watch Party will include a canned food drive to benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank. Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable items for collection and distribution to families and individuals within the Charleston area. In addition, an exhibition related to the history of the desegregation of the College of Charleston will be on display.

Admission is free to members of the campus community.

For more information, contact Susan Payment at (843) 953-5726 or