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Axe throwing in Hanahan SC

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The Most Exciting Live Entertainment Game in South Carolina

If you're looking for an adrenaline-filled, pulse-pounding way to have fun all day, grab an axe and get your throw on at Lumber Jill's! Axe throwing is the newest, most popular live entertainment game in the Lowcountry. It's kind of like darts...but with axes! Axe throwing is great for a few hours of amusement, stress relief, team building, and even corporate events in Hanahan, SC. Whether you're looking for a great way to celebrate the weekend or want a new idea for your company event, Lumber Jill's has got you covered.

The Lumber Jill's revolution began after co-owners Jill and Heath spent a date night with friends throwing axes in Charleston. After having so much fun, the entrepreneurial couple quickly realized they could create their own take on axe throwing. Soon after, Lumber Jill's was born!

The name Lumber Jill's isn't just a play on our co-owner's name - it involves a really interesting piece of history too. Across the pond, the Women's Timber Corps "manned" the lumber yards in England while the men were serving in WWII. They affectionately became known as Lumberjills, Britain's answer to Rosie the Riveter. Without these brave ladies, Lumber Jill's wouldn't exist. We would be remiss if we didn't salute them for the example they set!

At the end of the day, we want to provide every one of our guests with an outstanding axe-throwing experience. So, grab your friends, co-workers, family, or favorite people and join us for an axe-throwing party you won't soon forget.

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Axe Throwing Leagues Hanahan, SC

Why is Axe Throwing in Hanahan, SC So Popular?

Axes haven't been this popular in America since "The Shining" hit theaters way back in 1980!

In cities all around the nation, axe-throwing facilities are popping up left and right as a fun, healthy way for people of all ages to congregate and enjoy a night of friendly competition and stress relief. In the last few years, the sport of axe throwing has exploded - so much so that the World Axe Throwing League was assembled in 2017 to coordinate international axe-throwing competitions. Since that time, many axe-throwing events have popped up on national TV stations like ESPN.

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But why is axe throwing so popular? Here are just a few reasons why Lumber Jill's and axe throwing as a whole is a hit in South Carolina:
stress-relief
Stress Relief

Perhaps the most popular reason folks love axe throwing in Hanahan is for stress relief. We've even heard some customers say it's a cheaper form of therapy! In reality, axe tossing gives you a therapeutic release that is hard to replicate. A few hard throws with an axe and your body releases a flood of endorphins, which help increase your energy, improve your mood, and facilitate healthy blood flow. If you have pent-up anger, nothing feels better than chucking a heavy axe at a target. Hitting a bullseye is even better!

exercise
Exercise

Since axe throwing is such an exhilarating activity, many people don't realize that they are exercising their arms, legs, abs, pecs, and even back when they come to Lumber Jill's. Like high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts, axe throwing works several muscle groups at once. These exercises strengthen your core and help define your muscles. When coupled with a healthy diet, regular axe-throwing activities can even help you shed a few pounds.

Corporate Comradery
Corporate Comradery

You might be surprised to hear that axe throwing is one of the most sought-after company event ideas in Hanahan, SC. Sure, your colleagues might think it's a little weird to host a corporate meeting at an axe-throwing facility. But once your co-worker hits their target, they'll quickly understand how much fun they can have. Perhaps more importantly, axe tossing is a safe, fun way to conduct trust exercises and build team morale overall.

Unique Way to Have Fun
Unique Way to Have Fun

When you get right down to it, axe throwing is good, clean, healthy fun. Axe throwing helps relieve shoulder tension, while laughing helps engage your body's core. When you throw in an adult beverage or two, laughs become easier and fun flows more freely. You can't help but have the time of your life at Lumber Jill's in the Lowcountry.

Family Fun
Family Fun

Axe throwing isn't reserved only for adults - kids can get in on the fun and excitement too. Our warm, inviting atmosphere inspires people to embrace their inner champion, even if they're under 18. At Lumber Jill's, we can accommodate kids ages 10 and up. Before we pass them an axe, we will evaluate their skill level to ensure their safety. Contact us today for more info on birthday celebrations and whole facility rentals.

At Your Next Corporate Event

Status quote, average, ordinary...these are qualities that no employer would want out of their employees. So, why host a team-building event at a venue with the same characteristics?

If you're on the hunt for corporate event venues in Hanahan, SC, you just hit the jackpot. We may be a little biased, but Lumber Jill's is a fantastic corporate event venue for companies looking to try something new.

Axe throwing for corporate events is fun, high-energy, and safe for all your employees. We're talking an adrenaline-filled day with your own private axe-throwing lanes. Get your clients or your team out of the office and give them something to be excited about!

Here are just a few reasons to reserve our facility for your company get together:

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  • No Suit or Tie Required: Feel like taking a casual day? No judgments here! The only thing that matters is that you hit your target (or try your best to do so).
  • No Rain Delays: Unlike some outdoor venues, Lumber Jill's won't delay or cancel your event if it starts raining outside. We're here to make your corporate event more fun, rain or shine.
  • Skill Not Required: Never thrown an axe in your life? Have poor hand-to-eye coordination? Don't sweat it. Our coaches are know how to teach first-timers the positions and techniques they need to have a blast.
  • Large Groups Welcome: Do you have 20 or more people confirmed for your corporate event? We can make room for your whole team! Give us a shout and let us know about your upcoming event. That way, we can block off your desired day so you can have our entire facility to yourself.
  • Safety First: We take safety very seriously at Lumber Jill's. As such, we have implemented several safety rules to protect your team and ensure they have the best time possible.

Birthdays, Celebrations, and Reunions, Oh My!

In addition to our standard reservations, we are happy to offer celebration, corporate, and full facility rental packages. Planning a surprise birthday party for your best friend? Celebrating a life event with that special someone? Looking for a spot for your family reunion? Axe throwing in Hanahan, SC is the perfect activity for your group! For the most memorable (or hazy) celebration, don't forget to ask us about alcoholic beverage service and additional lane time.

If you want to spice up your next birthday party or take your bachelorette party to the next level, our celebration package is the perfect fit. This package includes:
  • 2 lanes
  • 1 designated coach
  • 1.5 hours of axe throwing
  • Free shirt for a special guest
  • Table coverings
  • 1 drink for each guest
  • 12 axe throwers
  • 45 total minutes of throwing time
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Please note that our celebration package is designed for customers over the age of 12. Two adults must be present at all times.

Common Questions. Helpful Answers.

We understand that axe throwing isn't your typical date night or even guy's night activity. We get it - you're hurling real axes at a target that is only a few feet away. On the surface, that can sound a little scary. But don't worry, many of our first-time guests have questions about how our process works too.

This is a great question and one that we receive quite often (crazy, right?). Axe throwing at Lumber Jill's is absolutely safe. In fact, safety is our #1 priority and has been since day one. Our knowledgeable axe-throwing coaches are trained to keep a keen eye on every axe thrower, whether they're solo or with a group. If, for ANY REASON our coaches feel like a person shouldn't throw an axe, they will not be permitted to do so. To help keep our facility safe, please refrain from bringing your own axe to Lumber Jill's. The same goes for any other kind of throwable object.
The easiest, fastest way to book your axe-throwing lane is to make your reservation online. Walk-ins are welcomed, but we cannot guarantee that we will have a spot open for you or your party. For inquiries about corporate events, facility rentals, or large celebrations, please contact us directly at (843)-879-3030.
We suggest you wear something that you find comfy and easy to wear for a few hours. Don't wear anything that will restrict your movement. The biggest "no-no" we have in terms of dress code is open-toed shoes, which are not allowed. If you pop in for a last-minute axe-throwing session, and need a pair of shoes, don't fret. We offer shoe rentals for $3 per person.
Unfortunately, we are not permitted to allow outside axes at Lumber Jill's. The same goes for any other object like throwing stars or throwing knives. We've got all you need to have the time of your life, including throwing axes.
Yes, absolutely. We are proud to have a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to keep you cool and hydrated. If you're feeling hangry, don't worry. We have plenty of tasty snacks to munch on if your tummy starts to rumble.

Axe of Kindness

One of the best parts of owning Lumber Jill's is our ability to give back to our local community. We are always on the hunt for new, inventive ways to serve our citizens. That's why, once a month, we host Axe of Kindness night to shine a light on an important organization, charity, or good cause. These exciting events give our customers a compelling way to make a real difference in someone's life.

If you have a donation request or are interested in hosting a fundraiser with Lumber Jill's, send us your info at

aok@throwlumberjills.com.

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How Ancestry’s CEO spent her first 90 days on the job: ‘This is when people are going to judge you, when they’re going to assess you’

A common mistake made by CEOs wanting to show investors early on that they’re action-oriented is to enter an organization with guns blazing ready to restructure its operations. But as a first-time CEO and new to Ancestry.com, Deborah Liu wanted to make sure she had the lay of the land in her first 90 days, before starting her efforts to transform the family history tracking site in earnest.When she joined Ancestry in 2021, Liu was coming off a decade at companies like Facebook parent Meta, where she most recently spearheaded its...

A common mistake made by CEOs wanting to show investors early on that they’re action-oriented is to enter an organization with guns blazing ready to restructure its operations. But as a first-time CEO and new to Ancestry.com, Deborah Liu wanted to make sure she had the lay of the land in her first 90 days, before starting her efforts to transform the family history tracking site in earnest.

When she joined Ancestry in 2021, Liu was coming off a decade at companies like Facebook parent Meta, where she most recently spearheaded its marketplace group. While both companies share some similarities, given their positioning in the tech industry, Ancestry’s success is partly predicated on assuaging any fear from customers, who must entrust their DNA with the company. So she embarked on a listening tour, setting up meetings with about 60 Ancestry employees up and down the corporate hierarchy. Each employee was asked a series of fundamental questions: What is working? What isn’t working? What would you do if you were CEO? “There are a lot of reasons why things are done the way they’re done. And making changes without understanding the reasons why actually risks breaking things,” says Liu.

In 2020, Blackstone took Ancestry private for $4.7 billion and tasked Liu with growing paid subscribers beyond their current standing of 3.9 million—a mission that requires an expansion abroad and outreach to far more customers of color. Understanding Ancestry’s strengths and the gaps that needed addressing were key to mapping out a new strategy and her leadership priority: “How do we build a product that’s more appealing to people outside of our core demographic, which today is primarily people of Western European origin?” she asks.

Here, her experience as the daughter of Chinese immigrants living in the Deep South proves helpful. At age 6, Liu and her family moved from New York City to Hanahan, S.C. But she faced discrimination and was othered for her ethnic features and school lunches. That ostracism sparked an intense desire to succeed so she could get out of the South, and also made her combative early in her career.

Now 46 and with a number of high-powered jobs behind her at marquee companies like PayPal and eBay, Liu admits that she has mellowed as she’s matured, encouraged to do so by her mentor, outgoing Meta operations chief Sheryl Sandberg. “It took me a long time to internalize that the fight that got me to where I was successful also was holding me back,” says Liu. And that newer, gentler approach has made her the kind of CEO who listens to her troops before taking them into battle.

This article has been edited and condensed for clarity.Fortune: Blackstone bought Ancestry.com three months before hiring you. What are your marching orders for building the company and growing sales?

Deborah Liu: Ancestry.com is a 35-year-old company, and so carrying the mission for another 35 years requires us to invest in the evolution of our product, not just the product we have today. How do we appeal to more people? How do we build a product that’s more appealing to people outside of our core demographic, which today is primarily people of Western European origin? We have amazing records, and we can magically help you trace your lineage all the way back to royalty in many countries in Europe. But we don’t have the same content for certain groups from Asia or from Latin America. That’s some of the work we need to do over the next five years.

With the surge in violence by white supremacist groups and a broader distrust of tech companies, some people fear the prospect of companies owning a large database of people’s DNA and ethnic origins. Is that unfounded?

Privacy is really important to Ancestry and other key companies in our industry. We work really hard to be good stewards of the data that people give us. For example, you can make a family tree public or private; you can opt out of DNA matches; you can actually delete your data. We do not share customer information with law enforcement unless there’s some really extensive legal process such as a court order or search warrant.

In such a multicultural society, why are people so interested in their origins?

I think as people are more interconnected, they understand they are part of the human family. Think about the resilience it takes to go to another country when you know you can never go back across the ocean. You probably have so much more rich history than you could ever imagine.

What about you? What is your ancestry?

I am Cantonese, Southern Chinese from Guangzhou. My parents come from two villages that are pretty close, so they could have known each other growing up, but they met in New York. Their families lived in Vietnam for a period. The world is much smaller and bigger than you ever imagined. Think about the coincidence of two people meeting in that way.

Your former Facebook colleague Sheryl Sandberg once told you after you’d achieved some professional success that “you can stop fighting now. You’ve won.” What did she mean, and how has that informed your management style?I struggled a long time with living in a place that reminded us every day we were very different. I grew up in a small town in the Deep South looking the way I do. I was different than everybody else. I just had so much fight in me. I was fighting to get into a college with a scholarship so I never had to go back. At work, I had a very combative style, and that serves you until it no longer serves you. What she was saying was, “You don’t have to fight anymore. You’re actually part of the team as opposed to kind of being the outsider.”

It took me a long time to internalize that the fight that got me to where I was successful also was holding me back. I had to really change my style because so much about me was using the chip on my shoulder as a stepping-stone.

In one of your Substack posts, you urged people to make the most of their first 90 days in a job, including CEO. How did you do this after joining in March 2021?

Starting off well in a 90-day period is really important. This is when people are going to judge you, when they’re going to assess you, when they’re going to try to understand you. Everyone has a wait-and-see attitude when you first come in. Everyone is sort of feeling you out. And that is the time when you’re really establishing who you are, your vision, your values. At the same time, they want to know that you’re a good listener, that you’re curious. There’s a lot of rich history here. And there’s a lot of reasons why things are done the way they’re done. And making changes without understanding the reasons why actually risks breaking things.

So I did a 30-day listening tour, asking people the same five questions. (What is working well? What is not working? What should we do that we aren’t doing today? What would you do if you were in my shoes? What should I learn about Ancestry that will be helpful to me in my role?) I talked to over 60 people. During that time I absorbed culture, the company, and then at the end, I wrote a summary and shared it with the company.

One of the main criticisms tossed at DNA-testing companies is that the uptake among consumers of color is low, meaning we have an incomplete picture of the world’s ethnic background and by extension health history. How can that be addressed?

Because of slavery and immigration, a lot of people have lost touch with where their family came from. Luckily, your origins are encoded in your DNA, and we can connect you back. Everyone who came through the ports in America during slavery lost touch with a lot of the written history, the oral history of their families. Part of the work we have to do is help people trace back to the 1860s with the Freedmen’s Bureau [an entity created in 1865 for the supervision and management of all matters relating to the refugees and freedmen and lands abandoned or seized during the Civil War]. We digitized the resources at the bureau because they were at-risk collections, and then made that available for free.

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Berkeley County products help North Charleston win world series title

North Charleston’s Dixie Majors baseball team captured the 2022 World Series title with a 10-7 win over Louisiana on July 27. The win marked the 10th World Series title for North Charleston’s program, all under the direction of Kenny Wilkinson.“Really proud of this group of guys,” said Wilkinson, a member of the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame. “We had 18 guys and honestly all 18 contributed in some way to our success. As a group, they did their part and did what was asked of them. They were an unselfish...

North Charleston’s Dixie Majors baseball team captured the 2022 World Series title with a 10-7 win over Louisiana on July 27. The win marked the 10th World Series title for North Charleston’s program, all under the direction of Kenny Wilkinson.

“Really proud of this group of guys,” said Wilkinson, a member of the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame. “We had 18 guys and honestly all 18 contributed in some way to our success. As a group, they did their part and did what was asked of them. They were an unselfish group. A real pleasure to coach.”

North Charleston went 6-1 in the tournament, reeling off five straight wins after its only loss.

Caleb Singleton, Doom Dennis and Aryan Patel each had two hits and a RBI in the championship game. Singleton had multiple hits in the team’s last three games of the tournament.

Singleton and Patel are Berkeley County products, having played at Goose Creek High School and Hanahan High School.

The roster also includes Berkeley High School graduates Eric Green and Jesse Free.

“We swung the bats really well all week and we got production up and down the lineup,” Wilkinson said.

Nick Vaughn was the winning pitcher, notching his second victory of the tournament. Jacob Crabb earned the save in the title game. Crabb also had a win earlier in the tournament.

“We used all eight pitchers, a few of them multiple times, and they all did a great job,” Wilkinson said.

North Charleston grabbed control early in the game with a four-run second inning before Louisiana used a three-run homer in the third to close the gap to 4-3.

Three runs in the fourth pushed North Charleston’s lead to 8-3. After Louisiana scored twice in the fifth, North Charleston tacked on three runs in the bottom of the inning. Louisiana scratched for two in the sixth but Crabb shut the door in the seventh to secure the win.

“This team just battled all week,” Wilkinson said. “Every time they got knocked down, they got up and answered the bell. This is not an easy tournament to win. Our guys really deserve a lot of credit.”

This year’s tournament was played in Nashville, Tennessee. North Charleston will host the 2023 World Series next summer.

Residents are frustrated as trains continue to block roads in Hanahan

HANAHAN, S.C. (WCBD) – Hanahan residents are still frustrated over trains that continue to block area roadways for hours at a time.One train was seen blocking Hanahan Road for hours Wednesday morning, and before that, Hanahan town administrator Mike Cochran told News 2 a train sat blocking roads for more than 20 hours straight recently.The road the trains are blocking is a major thor...

HANAHAN, S.C. (WCBD) – Hanahan residents are still frustrated over trains that continue to block area roadways for hours at a time.

One train was seen blocking Hanahan Road for hours Wednesday morning, and before that, Hanahan town administrator Mike Cochran told News 2 a train sat blocking roads for more than 20 hours straight recently.

The road the trains are blocking is a major thoroughfare for people driving to and from Rivers Avenue and Hanahan.

“We’ve got about 7,000 cars a day that cross the tracks right here, and in the last several months, we’ve had multiple instances where the tracks just get blocked by a parked train,” said Cochran.

Drivers are forced to add additional time to their commute; it also slows emergency responses.

“From the city’s perspective, if you’re trying to get an ambulance through the city, you’re crossing here in order to get over to the hospitals,” he explained.

Technically, blocking the road is illegal according to more-than-100-year-old state laws. But the fine is only $5 to $20, and it is difficult to enforce.

“We have contacted CSX and spoke with them on several occasions, and they’re aware of it, but it really is frustrating for our residents and frustrating for everybody involved,” said Cochran. “Last week, it sat there for over 30 hours.”

Cochran said he has a plan that may give residents a way to know when a train is stopped in the area. The county owns the library at the corner of Murray Drive and Highland Park Road. He’s asked about placing a camera there.

“I said is there a way that we could put a camera, or the county put a camera, on the library? If they were to put a camera on that library and point it toward the tracks, we would have a constant feed of exactly what the status of the tracks are.”

The video would also be streamed online.

“We’ll have that ability to push that information out, so while it’s not a perfect solution, it will at least allow an option because right now the only way you know if the tracks are blocked it’s the drive to them.”

News 2 reached out to CSX to see if they have any plans to change their policy of blocking trains for hours at a time. We are waiting to hear back.

Lowcountry high school baseball teams reach division finals in Hanahan Invitational Tournament

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Four Lowcountry high school baseball teams punched their tickets to division championship games in the Hanahan Invitational Tournament on Wednesday.In the Steadman Division Championship game, James Island will face Ashley Ridge. That game is set for 5 p.m. on Thursday at Hanahan High School.In the Hatfield Division Championship game, Summerville will face Wando. That matchup is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, also at Hanahan High School.WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13TH, 2022 Scores:ST...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Four Lowcountry high school baseball teams punched their tickets to division championship games in the Hanahan Invitational Tournament on Wednesday.

In the Steadman Division Championship game, James Island will face Ashley Ridge. That game is set for 5 p.m. on Thursday at Hanahan High School.

In the Hatfield Division Championship game, Summerville will face Wando. That matchup is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, also at Hanahan High School.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13TH, 2022 Scores:

STEADMAN DIVISION

SITE: HANAHAN HIGH SCHOOL

GAME 37: 5:00 OCEAN LAKES, VA 1 VS. PROVIDENCE, NC 3

GAME 38: 7:30 HANAHAN, SC 2 VS. HICKORY GROVE, NC 1

SITE:

JAMES ISLAND CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL

GAME 39: 5:00 LUCY BECKHAM, SC 17 VS. OLYMPIC, NC 7

GAME 40: 7:30 OCEANSIDE COLLEGIATE, SC 0 VS. JAMES ISLAND, SC 10 SEMIFINAL

SITE:

GOOSE CREEK HIGH SCHOOL (SEDGEFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL)

GAME 42: 5:00 STRATFORD, SC 12 VS. PINEWOOD PREP, SC 13

GAME 43: 7:30 GOOSE CREEK, SC 4 VS. TIMBERLAND, SC 1

SITE:

ASHLEY RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

GAME 44: 5:00 WOODLAND, SC 2 VS. REAGAN, NC 14

GAME 45: 7:30 ASHLEY RIDGE, SC 10 VS. ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE, DC 6 – SEMIFINAL

HATFIELD DIVISION

SITE:

SUMMERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL (GREGG MIDDLE SCHOOL)

GAME 46: 5:00 HICKORY, VA 0 VS. ARDREY KELL, NC 10

GAME 47: 7:30 CATAWBA RIDGE, SC 2 VS SUMMERVILLE, SC 9 SEMIFINAL

SITE:

WEST ASHLEY HIGH SCHOOL

GAME 48: 5:00 FORT DORCHESTER, SC 7 VS. HILTON HEAD, SC 2

GAME 49: 7:30 WEST ASHLEY, SC 6 VS. NANSEMOND RIVER, VA 7 9 INNINGS

SITE:

BISHOP ENGLAND HIGH SCHOOL

GAME 50: 5:00 BEAUFORT, SC 4 VS. RANDLEMAN, NC 7

GAME 51: 7:30 BISHOP ENGLAND, SC 6 VS. MAMARONECK, NY 3

SITE:

WANDO HIGH SCHOOL

GAME 52: 5:00 PHILIP SIMMONS, SC 5 VS. BAMBERG EHRHARDT, SC 4

GAME 53: 7:30 WANDO, SC 12 VS. ST. EDWARDS, OH 10 SEMIFINAL

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