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Anderson magazine September/October 2015

The A List Winners

Made In Anderson

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Anderson Magazine • September/October 2015 Publisher/Editor April Cameron Advertising Sales Hannah McCullough Graphic Design Jennifer Walker Contributing Writers Caroline Anneaux Liz Carey Lisa Marie Carter Greg Wilson Contributing Photographers Black Truffle Photography Lisa Marie Carter jcImages Life’s A Tripp Photography Norma Hughes Smith


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September/October 2015

Letter from the Editor

The A List Issue... I’ll admit it. I get pretty star-struck. Not that I’ve ever been lucky enough to run into too many famous people, but when I have, it’s the Best. Day. EVER. My sister and I went to New York several years ago, and I had a celebrity sighting. We were just walking down the street and passing right by was Sandra Bernhardt! I was shell-shocked - mouth gaping open, pointing, obnoxious-type of shell-shocked. And I’m not even really a fan (I hope Sandra doesn’t see this). Then there’s the time I met Leo Mazzone, former pitching coach for the Atlanta Braves. I was a huge Braves fan in the 1990s when we had the most amazing pitching staff of all time – Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Steve Avery, Mark Wohlers… I mean, I even had a dog named Maddux (RIP), and I named my daughter Avery - after Steve Avery. I was lucky enough to meet Leo at the Meals on Wheels Hartwell Lake Boat Poker Run two years ago. He had moved to a home here on Hartwell from Atlanta and ventured down to Portman to see what was going on. This was not a mouth-gaping, pointing moment. This was a childish, girlish, run up, give him a hug, OMG, OMG moment! Like meeting a hero!

So, for all you people that get star-struck, I think you’ll really enjoy our cover story on famous people from Anderson. This county of ours really has some great stories and great talent! And speaking of famous…check out our A List results! You people really know what you like, and you let us hear all about it! I think the A List can be a great reference tool when you’re looking for goods or services in this community. The results are the ones that you voted were top notch, so if one of your favorites isn’t listed, make sure to get to voting next year! We also have a touching story on a breast cancer survivor. Did you know that it’s estimated that 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer? Look around your office or work environment. Look at your circle of friends. Look at your family members. You’re looking at someone who will receive this diagnosis in their lifetime. The good news is that there are more 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, just like my mother. She was diagnosed in 1999 and is doing amazingly well. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I want to beg you, plead to you, to make sure you get the proper exams at the proper times in your life. Now, to end on a more positive note…it’s the sacred time of year for the South – football season! Check out our fun tailgating story and read about some of the traditions and rituals local football fans have. No matter what team you cheer for, a winning tailgate is part of the game around here. And back to school we go…

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What’s On the Web? In addition to the stories in the printed version of Anderson Magazine, we also have some complementary stories on our website. If you like what you see here, check us out online for additional information. Here’s what’s new for this issue: Think Pink in October October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we’ve got some information and statistics you will want to know for the women in your life.

Anderson’s Famous Athletes We covered some famous television stars and some published authors from Anderson, but what about our sports stars? Our county has produced some great athletes. Check them out in our online story!

How To Did you see the article on Preparing To Sell Your Home in this issue? Here’s a how-to tip that will be a nice touch for your home whether you are selling it or just doing something nice for yourself.

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or the past 25 years, Kristi King-Brock has been raising her third child. “That’s how it feels sometimes,” she said. “And I know that my kids have said it’s like I have three children, and it gets got more attention then they did growing up. But I think they appreciate what AIM has become and how it has grown to help the community.” In 1990, King-Brock was hired as the executive director of Anderson Interfaith Ministries. With a budget of about $40,000 and herself as the only employee, the non-profit was founded to pool the resources of the area churches to fill the gaps in care for the needy. “In the late ’80s, that was the end of the textile mills here,” King-Brock said. “All of a sudden, people who had left school at ninth grade to work in the mills no longer had a job and had no transferrable skills. They went to the churches to get help with their utility bills. The churches were throwing money at the problems, but they realized they weren’t creating any solutions.” Area churches came together and hired King-Brock to create Anderson Interfaith Ministries whose mission for the past 25 years has been to give a hand up, not a hand out. “Our mission is to connect people with support, resources and education so they can empower themselves to be self-sufficient,” King-Brock said. “When you give a hand out, what have you done for someone? You haven’t done anything to solve the problem. We want to help them not be in the situation they are in anymore.” Since opening their doors in May of 1990, AIM has gone from one small building on Manning and McDuffie streets, to six buildings housing several assistance programs from emergency assistance programs and housing programs to programs that help women raise themselves and their children up out of poverty. Emergency assistance helps people to pay utility bills. But more than just providing money for a water or gas bill, the program provides help for the client to get themselves out of the program. “Sometimes, we may have a client who comes in and says I need ‘X’. We may not be able to do X, but we’ll sit down with them and say ‘Look, we can do Y, which will allow you to do X,’” King-Brock said. “We don’t want to say to them ‘No, we can’t help you’ and hang up. We do want to talk to them and see if we can’t find a way to help - that helps them be better in the future.” Other programs include the Woman and Children Succeeding program that provides childcare for women while they attend school. The program also helps women to learn with their transportation to and from classes, has women meet with case workers to maintain a level

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don’t think we can help you if you’re not willing to change.” When she talks about ‘Jennifer’, her eyes tear up. KingBrock said the woman cussed her out for a few minutes and then left the building, slamming the door behind her. “I sat down on the floor and cried,” King-Brock said. “I asked Nancy Henderson, who was a volunteer then, ‘Did I handle that right? Did I do the right thing?’ And Nancy said, ‘Well, let’s pray about it.’ So we did. And within a few minutes, there was a knock on the door.” “Jennifer’ had returned, King-Brock said, and she was ready to apologize. “She looked at me and said ‘I’m sorry. I was really angry. I didn’t want to hear you said, but you’re right,’” KingBrock said. “And that happens a lot. I tell people ‘You’ve got a choice. Do you really want to choose to live like this?’ Sometimes, they don’t take it well.” Brock credits her more than 500 volunteers with helping her to build the ministry. Others along the way, like Henderson, Rick Atkins, Bob Gaines and Buck Buchanon have helped her to not only move forward, but in some instances pull back. “I’m so blessed to be the vessel through which God could grow this ministry. I’m just awed by that,” she said. n

Kristi King-Brock with John Geer and Frances Rice of Duke Power at the original AIM office.

Kristi King-Brock in front of Coastal Supply, which is now AIM’s food pantry.


of accountability and provides peer support for women to turn to. So far the program has graduated 120 women, 15 alone this past summer. The success of the program has led to the program being developed in other cities. A similar program is available in Greenville and Columbia, and requests for information about the program have come in from as far away as California. But providing help up instead of a hand out hasn’t always been a piece of cake. “I’ve been cussed out more times than you can imagine,” King-Brock said. “I remember there was one woman – a young, single mom with four children. She was living completely off government assistance and she was asking for help with her bills. Let’s call her ‘Jennifer’. I looked at her and said ‘Jennifer, do you want to raise your children this way, or do you want to get your children out of this situation. We’re willing to help people who are looking to change their circumstance, but I

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Honoring Our

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By Lisa Marie Carter

The Senior Citizens Program offered by Anderson County provides recreational and fellowship programs to enrich the lives of the county’s aging adults. Many of these programs are offered at the Jo Brown Senior Center in the old McCants School at 101 S. Fant Street in Anderson. Jo Brown was a champion for seniors, and she initiated organized activities for them in the early 1980s. In 1984, the Anderson County Council became involved in the program, and Brown was named the official coordinator of the Senior Citizens Program. In July of 1996, Brown was recognized for her dedication to the seniors of the local community, and the City of Anderson named one day in July Jo Brown Senior Citizens Day. By September of the same year, Brown died of cancer. Her family (the Paul Brown family) continues to honor deserving seniors in July of each year. By 2007, Jo’s daughter, Kelly Jo Barnwell, was hired by Anderson County to assume the job her mother had started. Barnwell has passionately continued her mother’s work. This July, the Jo Brown Senior Citizens Award was presented for the 19th time to Amos Wells. Born in Greenwood, Wells has chosen to live in Anderson since 1971 with his wife Jackie and their sons. Wells has been very involved in the Anderson community. Like his mom, who was a gardener from her heart, Amos learned and became a master gardener. He worked with 4H and was instrumental in establishing Anderson’s very first Farmers’ Market, which was also the first farmers’ market in the state and became a model for other counties to follow. Working as a Clemson Extension agricultural agent for 32 years eventually led to “retirement,” which included establishing the JBECO senior morning breakfast, being a regular voice for answering horticulture questions on WRIX radio, volunteering for Meals On Wheels for a number of years, and managing all the plant life at the Jo Brown Senior Center. Barnwell said, “We greatly appreciate Amos, the pioneer and senior spokesman for all things that grow in Anderson County.” n

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To Update or Not?

When selling, that is the question… By Lisa Marie Carter

When preparing to sell your home, certain things should be done to make your home more sellable. Though your realtor will likely give you a list of items to do specific to your home, we checked with local realtors for some basic pointers.

Besides mowing grass and weeding, do I need to put any money into the outside? Wes Jones, with The Agent Owned Realty Co., said he thinks so. “First impressions mean a lot to potential home buyers and having great curb appeal is the best way to get them in to see the rest of the house.” Landscaping is a must, he said. “A fresh coat of paint on the front door and shutters would also help, and I would suggest not using odd colors,” he said. “Debris hanging out of the gutters can be an eye sore, so make sure they stay cleaned out and intact. Last but not least, make sure your mailbox is in good shape or replace it with a new one, as this is usually the first thing people see when pulling up to the house.” Local landscaper Gary Collins agrees. “There are some really simple steps to take to drastically improve curb appeal to help with a sale. Lightly trimming the existing shrubs, bringing them back to the same size proportionally, edging the bed lines focusing on smooth contours, and then re-mulching will provide a huge facelift for the property,” he said. “If the home is well manicured on the outside, it sets the tone emotionally for the perspective buyers when they actually enter the home for viewing.”

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In our living room, the carpet is older and a bit worn, but doesn’t look too bad to me. How do I know if I need to replace it?

If you can see the stains on the carpet, so can potential buyers. To ensure you get the most money on your home sale, consider replacing that it with new carpet, or even hardwood or laminate flooring. “For homeowners desiring to increase the value of their home, replacing old carpet with a hard surface flooring such as hardwood or laminate can help them achieve this without having to spend a fortune to do so,” said Marie Peace of Harris Carpets Flooring America said. “The price of engineered hardwood and laminate are very similar but consumers need to be familiar with the differences to help them make the best decision for their particular needs. Some hardwood flooring is more susceptible to scratching and denting than laminate which could be a concern for homeowners with high traffic and pets. Overall, the cost of installation for laminate and hardwood are very similar so it really boils down to which product option is going to work best for each individual household.”

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Tailgating in the South is almost more important than the sporting event itself. Although college football games normally begin in September, planning for the season begins many months before the first game. College football fans take tailgating very seriously. Whether the tailgate is for four people or 50, following certain traditions are critical if a fan wants to create the ultimate game day experience.

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Robin Tucker of Anderson has been a Gamecock fan her entire life. She grew up going to football games at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, and has continued that tradition with her own family. Her husband, Phil, married into it. Then, they had two boys, Brooks and Grant, who both grew up and graduated from USC. “We go to all of the homes games and an occasional away game,” said Tucker. “Our spot is the same place every year in The Touchdown Zone near the Cock-a-Boose area, where we can listen to live music while we entertain. We have friends who park and tailgate right beside us. We all look forward to the Fall when we can all get together, share food, update each other on our lives, recall past tailgates and make new memories together too.” The Tucker’s sons are married and bring their wives and friends. Robin’s sister, her husband and their children also meet them for the tailgate. Black and garnet decorations, party ware and clothing are a necessity, as well as the boiled peanuts they eat before every game. One of their tailgating friends makes a strawberry cake from an old family recipe and a Gamecock always decorates the top of the cake.


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Tiger fans are all over the Anderson area because of the proximity to Death Valley at Clemson University. Chip and Cherie Williams wear their orange and purple proudly throughout the year and especially on home game weekends. When football season arrives, they are ready to pack the car up in Pendleton on game mornings and head over to Clemson University for game days packed with food, friends and fun. Karen Ellers invited them to tailgate years ago with the Moseleys, Prices and Sparacinos in a parking spot right next to the stadium. Emails and texts started to fly back and forth in the summer when the planning began. For early games, they love eating breakfast together. Sausage and egg casserole, fresh fruit and biscuits top the list for those mornings. They enjoy BBQ and fixings, sub sandwiches and delicious homemade desserts before afternoon and evening games. This group prefers to keep things simple at the tailgate so they can pack up quickly and head into the game to watch the pre-game show. But, Clemson tablecloths, chairs and a tent are a “must have” at every tailgate, because they want to show off their school pride. It is all purple and orange for this crowd on game day! Home games at Wofford College is where you will find Tricia McDougald and her family on game day Saturdays in the fall. Her oldest son plays baseball for Wofford, and that is how she became a Terrier fan in recent years. “We love being outside with family and friends and the excitement of the game. We have always loved football and enjoy the team rivalries and also our time spent together,” said McDougald. Everyone who comes to their tailgate expects chicken, pimento cheese sandwiches and deviled eggs. All are very traditional southern foods, and they feel like it isn’t game day without those special menu items spread out on the black and gold tablecloths. Kids drink water and Gatorade to keep hydrated, and the adults enjoy cold beverages as well. McDougald said she and the other baseball parents they tailgate with love to set up a good Bloody Mary Bar at the tailgates each season.


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like cooking that day. Near Thanksgiving, he puts 5 or 6 turkeys in fryers and his tailgate friends bring all of the sides. Three giant tents and several six-foot tables are needed to hold the crowd and food Stover brings to those home game days. The best part of all? He has game tickets and never goes into the games, because he and his guests can see the whole field right from his spot! No matter what part of South Carolina you are in, there is a college football team near you. In the lower part of the state and along the coast, the Citadel Bulldogs in Charleston, the South Carolina State Bulldogs in Orangeburg and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in Conway near Myrtle Beach are there to cheer on. Purchase some team clothing, make some homemade food, round up a few friends and head to a local college campus this fall. It is a great way to spend a Saturday with your family, friends and thousands of other college football fans.n

For the past 30 years, if it was 5 a.m. at Furman University on a game morning, Alvin Stover was there setting up his tailgate. Season 31 will be the same. Stover cannot wait to get to what he calls “his spot” this fall. According to his daughter, Kammy Gilmore, he gets there by 5 a.m. to drive his truck and trailer into place, set up the large piece of Astroturf to block off the area and get the grill fired up. Stover went to a game with a friend over 30 years ago and was hooked. He fell in love with the Furman campus and the excitement football season created. Now an avid fan, he brings his life size and table top Paladins to every game and shares his enthusiasm with as many people he can. He loves to feed family, friends, football team bus drivers, state troopers, school athletes and anyone else who shows might up. Spicy brautwurst is always on the grill, but guests also find burgers, steaks and whatever else he feels



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By Lisa Marie Carter University of South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier is more than just a coach, he knows the game from a player’s perspective too. A former NFL coach, NFL player, former college player and Heisman Trophy winner, Spurrier graduated from the University of Florida, where he played football for the Florida Gators. As a two-time All American quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner for the Gators, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1986. After graduating, he played professionally for the San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1960s and 1970s. After retiring as a player, Spurrier served as a college assistant coach before being hired as the head coach of the United States Football League’s Tampa Bay Bandits in 1983. Spurrier then moved on to Duke University, where he led his 1989 squad to the school’s first (and last) conference championship since 1962. He returned to the University of Florida to become the Gators’ head coach in 1990. From then until 2001, he led his alma mater to its first six Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships and its first national championship in 1996. After a brief run with the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Spurrier returned to the college game in 2005, when he became head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks. At South Carolina, he has brought the program to previously unattained levels of success and has become the “winningest” football coach in school history. Spurrier is also the first Heisman Trophy winner to coach a Heisman Trophy winner. Among his other accomplishments at South Carolina is his team’s defeat of number 1 ranked Alabama in October of 2010. Spurrier has certainly seen changes in college football throughout his career, but one of the biggest changes is in the recruitment process. “Players commit in the summer now,” said Spurrier. “Recruiting has moved up. Even though players can’t sign until February, they commit much earlier now.” Another change he has seen is the compensation that will now be given to players. This is something that Spurrier has been vocal about and a strong advocate of for several years. Every player who is on full scholarship gets $4,000 (There are no partial scholarships for

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ball). This goes into effect in the fall of 2015. It is the responsibility of each institution’s financial aid office to calculate the cost of attendance for students at their individual institutions. Different institutions have different processes in terms of how they arrive at their specific numbers. At USC a scholarship now includes tuition/fees, room/board, books and expenses. With the 2015-2106 football season right around the corner, many Gamecock Fans are wondering what they can expect. “We’ve got to coach well and play well,” said Spurrier. Last year may not have been the best year for the Gamecocks and their die-hard fans, but Spurrier is quick to point out, “Our fans our wonderful. The Gamecock fans are appreciative, and they stand behind us all the way.” This year, Spurrier is looking forward to the new co-defensive coordinator (along with Lorenzo Ward), long-time NFL assistant coach Jon Hoke. Hoke officially joined the University of South Carolina football coaching staff on February 9. A 32year coaching veteran, Hoke has spent the past 13 seasons as an NFL defensive back coach, first with the Houston Texans from 2002 to 2008, then with the Chicago Bears from 2009 to 2014). He previously worked for Coach Spurrier from 1999-2001 at the University of Florida as the Gators’ defensive coordinator/secondary coach. He added the title of assistant head coach in his final two seasons. In his final season with the Gators, the Florida defense ranked first in the SEC in total defense, scoring defense, and pass efficiency defense and was second in rushing defense. A four-year letterman at Ball State from 1976 to 1979, Hoke garnered all-Mid American Conference honors as a defensive back while earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He logged a brief stint in the NFL as a player, seeing action in 11 games for the Chicago Bears in 1980, recording seven tackles. And in typical Spurrier style, when asked about the outlook for the Gamecocks this year, “Everybody right now is undefeated,” he said. n


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Perhaps one of Anderson’s most famous residents is James Robert “Radio” Kennedy. Radio, a T. L. Hanna student, and Coach Harold Jones became famous when their story was made into a major motion picture in 2003 starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., Ed Harris and Debra Winger. Coach Jones took Radio under his wing after spotting him during a T. L. Hanna football practice in 1964. At the time, Radio, who is mentally disabled, could not read, write or speak. Through their relationship, however, Jones was able to bring Radio out of his shell. In time, Radio became the mascot for the T. L. Hanna High School Football team, a position he continues to enjoy, along with his status as a junior at T. L. Hanna. Now 68 years old, Radio tells most everyone he sees, “You know me!” followed by a hug. As an honorary quarterback coach, Radio walks along the sidelines of games and “coaches” the team both at home and abroad. This is the year for Hanna, he says, they’ll be going to the playoffs. Together Coach Jones and Radio have traveled the country speaking and raising money for their charity causes. For Jones, his 40-plus year relationship with Radio has been life transforming. “It was just the right thing to do,” Jones says. “This will be his 51st season helping the football program. He loves it. And they love him too.” Radio is a fixture of T. L. Hanna now, where the school has taken on some of the responsibility of caring for him. Radio spends most of his summer with Anderson County Special Populations. Radio may not be a professional sportsman, or a Pulitzer Prize winner, or a famous politician. But he is, by far, Anderson’s most beloved son, famous in his own right for just being himself.


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Tommie Rae Fowler For Tommie Rae Fowler, winning “Teen Chopped” was a blessing and a fluke. “I had no idea what I was doing,” she said. “It was actually a random turn of events. I wasn’t really prepared for it.” In the final show down of the Food Network reality show, Tommie Rae won the competition with her dessert made from chocolate covered crickets, mocha frappe, a raspberry filled doughnut and cheese. “I just put it together and made what I thought would taste good,” she said. Now, nearly a year after the competition aired, Tommie Rae is being a teenager. After the competition, she returned home to compete with her culinary team in a South Carolina state culinary skills competition. The team won state and went on to win fourth place nationally, in a competition in California. For now though, Tommie Rae spends her summer teaching kids how to cook at the culinary summer camp program at Plate 108 in Greer. In the fall, she’ll return to Wren High School and the Anderson School District 1 and 2 Career Campus and continue to hone her cooking skills. “It’s funny, here I’m just Tommie Rae,” she said. “Everyone knows me and everyone has been super-supportive.” After graduation, Tommie Rae intends to attend the Arts Institute in Charleston – where she won a $40,000 scholarship as part of her prize money. While her dream is to pursue a career as a personal chef, she hasn’t given up on more competitions in the future. She just wants to graduate first. “I love doing competitions, but with schooling it gets kind of hard,” she said. “It was a big boost to my confidence. I always thought I was good at cooking, but now I know I’m really good at it.”


Cameran Eubanks Cameran Eubanks first found fame on the 14th season of “The Real World” on MTV. After an open casting call in Atlanta, and multiple interviews over three months, she was cast as the naïve Southern Girl. That experience led to her being cast as a member of “Southern Charm,” a reality show based in Charleston on Bravo. Eubanks said the experience is very different from “The Real World.” “In filming ‘Southern Charm,’ all of the scenes are planned out. We shoot maybe three to four times a week. On ‘The Real World’ you have a camera in your face 24/7. You never get a break,” said Eubanks. “‘Southern Charm’ was originally piloted as an all male ensemble cast, but Bravo came back and said they wanted a female voice to help balance out the guys’ wild antics. I never thought I would be on another reality show to be honest. As pathetic as it sounds, I guess it’s what I’m good at.” But, Eubanks said, regardless of whether or not it’s a reality show, her personal life is off limits. “When I committed to doing the show I told the producers my private life was off limits. My husband Jason has been very supportive of the show but has zero desire to be on it…and I don’t blame him. It’s not for everyone. In fact, I think most normal people do NOT want to be on TV. You have to keep some things in your life sacred and private.” Eubanks also said she likes to come home to Anderson to visit family and friends. Some of the things she misses the most about our area are the changing seasons, the rolling hills, Anderson’s sense of community…and Skin’s hotdogs! “What I wouldn’t give for two all the way right now!” she said. September/October 2015

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Adam Minarovich

For many people, Adam Minarovich is best known for his portrayal of Ed Peletier, the abusive husband of Carol Peletier in “The Walking Dead.” But there’s more to this Anderson boy than just playing a mean redneck. Minarovich writes, directs and acts. His roles have included spots in television series like “Rectify,” “Banshee” and “One Tree Hill.” But at the same time, Minarovich has created some of his own independent films and written screenplays. “I got married and moved to Los Angeles for a while to be an actor, but so did 50,000 other guys,” he says. “I moved back to Anderson because I thought I could do better here.” In 2010, he was able to land the part of “Ed.” “All I knew was that I was auditioning for a show based on a comic book,” he says. “It turns out the part I was auditioning for was that of Merle (Daryl Dixon’s brother on the show). We found out that they had already cast Michael Rooker in that part, but show runner Frank Darabont called and said he had written a part in for me.” Minarvich says he had no idea the series would take off the way it did. “I thought it was going to have maybe a couple of comic book fans. I never thought it was a show that would be on the cover of every magazine in the country for seven years,” he says. But his appearance on the show has taken him across the country for fan conventions. And since then, his screenplay for “Pawn Shop Chronicles” has been turned into a movie starring Paul Walker, Norman Reedus, Elijah Wood and Brandon Fraser. Minarovich says he will continue doing what he loves to do. “I love writing, I love acting, and directing. I love when a project comes together in the end,” he says. “I’ve always been that kid making backyard movies and I guess I always will.”


Bailey Hanks Weidman In 2008, Bailey Hanks was on a roll. First, the Anderson native and Pendleton High School graduate, won MTV’s “Legally Blonde: The MusicalThe Search for Elle Woods” competition and went on to play Elle Woods in the musical of the same name on Broadway. Later, she landed television roles in “Guiding Light” and “Meet the Browns.” And finally a movie role in “Step Up 3D.” But now her role is more of being a wife. Bailey married Jason Weidman in March of 2014, and the two have settled down in Anderson. Bailey is a stylist at Blondie’s Salon in Anderson and leads the church choir in her father’s church, Living Hope Baptist Church on Liberty Highway. “I really felt that singing at my father’s church was what God called me to do,” she said. “I miss doing theater, but I don’t miss the insanity that was Broadway and New York.” For now, she said, she’s happy to settle down and be proud of her accomplishments and start a family. “It’s hard to balance that theater life with a personal life,” she says. “When you find someone you love, everything changes. I knew he was the one when he would travel to see me. That poor thing saw ‘Legally Blonde’ about a million times. I decided that I just wanted to get married and start a family.” Weidman says Anderson has been supportive of her career, but it’s nice to be in a place where she can just be herself. “You know, being from Anderson, I knew everyone before all this happened, but it’s kind of nice to just be Bailey,” she says. “I have people who will be sitting in my chair and say ‘Are you Bailey from Legally Blonde?’ And I’ll get a little embarrassed. But most of the time, I just get to be normal and that’s nice.” September/October 2015

Chadwick Boseman Before he was Jackie Robinson and James Brown, Chadwick Boseman was an Anderson boy. Boseman graduated from T. L. Hanna High School in 1995. After attending Howard University in Washington, DC, where he graduated with a BFA in directing, he went on to the British American Drama Academy in Oxfordshire, England. He knew he wanted to direct and write plays, but began studying acting to learn how to relate to actors. After five years as a drama instructor in the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program in Harlem, he moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to pursue a career in acting. Roles on television in “Third Watch,” “Law & Order,” “CSI:NY” led to a recurring role on the television series “Lincoln Heights” and a movie role in “The Express.” It was in 2013 that Boseman got his first starring role in “42,” where he played Jackie Robinson, opposite Harrison Ford. The next year, he starred in “Draft Day” opposite Kevin Costner, and “Get on Up” as James Brown, with Dan Ackroyd and Octavia Spencer. This year, Boseman is slated to play Thoth, a deity for Egyptian mythology in “Gods of Egypt,” as well as the Black Panther in Marvel Comics “Captain America: Civil War.” n


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11th Annual Starburst Storytellers’ Festival

The Friends of the Anderson County Library, in cooperation with Anderson University, is pleased to announce the teller roster for the 11th annual Starburst Storytellers’ Festival. Each year the Starburst Storytellers’ Festival features award-winning tellers from around the country during a five-day festival. During the day tellers perform at schools throughout Anderson County, with a teller-in-residence at Anderson University performing for students bused from Anderson School District Five to on-campus venues, assisted by members of the university’s Teaching Fellows Program. At night, the tellers perform at the Anderson County Library, located at 300 N. McDuffie St. in downtown Anderson. This year the festival will take place from October 1822. Hobey Ford and his Golden Rod Puppets open the event at 3 p.m. on Oct. 18 with “Migrations.” Hobey’s performance features his handmade original carved-foam rod puppets in a tale about a young Mexican girl, Beatriz, who learns about the migration patterns of various animals and insects while experiencing her own migration with her family. Weeknight performances start at 6:30. Monday night, Oct. 19, will feature the return of Donna Marie Todd, of Black Mountain, NC. Known as “The Singer of Stories,” she’ll be joined by Lona Bartlett, of Charlotte, NC for whom “…life is all about the story.”

On Tuesday evening, Oct. 20, members of the Clemson Area Storytelling Guild (CAST) will perform. Ellouise Schoettler returns from Maryland with her new show, “Hello Girls,” on Wednesday night. Called “switchboard soldiers,” these American women served in France in WWI as telephone operators, linking soldiers with families and sending secret signals of war maneuvers. On Thursday evening, J’miah Nabawi, of Savannah, GA closes the festival with stories alive with music, crafts, and lots of fun. He also performs as the teller-in-residence at Anderson University. In addition to Anderson University, festival sponsors include the Anderson Independent Mail, AnMed Health Carolina Cardiology, AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency, Blue Ridge Security Solutions, The Peoples Bank, Kay McKee, Marian Moorhead, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stone, Caroline Tolbert, Wells Fargo, and the Board of Trustees of the Anderson County Library System. All performances are free. For more information, contact the library’s Community Services Coordinator, Marybeth Evans, at 864-260-4500, ext. 107. n

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nderson County is blessed by an abundance of water. The County, through its Parks Department, is giving residents and visitors more options to have fun on the water! In December 2014, the county opened the finest fishing tournament venue on Lake Hartwell, Green Pond Landing & Event Center. Designed with input from fishing tournament professionals, its three launch lanes are the deepest on the lake, reaching 250’ from shore to a depth of 629.65’. The county’s investment was validated in February when Green Pond hosted the world’s most prestigious fishing tournament, the Geico Bassmaster Classic. The first phase of Green Pond cost $3.1 million. In March of this year, the County gave anglers without boats a way to fish in deep water. The new Fishing Pier at the Brown Road Boat Ramp reaches 160’ into Lake Hartwell. Like Green Pond, this pier is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Law (ADA), allowing people of all abilities to fish. Anderson County is leading a five county effort to develop a 40 mile Blueway on the Saluda River. In 2012, it opened the first floating ADA kayak/canoe launch in South Carolina at Dolly Cooper Park in Powdersville. The launch allowed 700 people to enjoy the river during the sixth annual Saluda River Rally June 6-7 of this year. At the end of this year, the county will begin building its second floating ADA kayak/canoe launch at the Timmerman Jr. Boat Ramp on the Saluda River in Pelzer. This launch is funded by a grant from Duke Energy. This will be the second project built at Timmerman. In 2012, Ben Otto Sunderman and his Boy Scout Troop built an ADA Fishing Pier there for his Eagle Scout Project. n


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Located smack-dab in the middle of Pendleton’s Town Square is 1826 Bistro on the Green. 1826 Bistro is located in Pendleton’s historic Farmers Society Hall. The hall was built by the Farmers Society of South Carolina from 1826-1828, and the site has been the meeting place for the society since that time. This hall also happens to be the oldest Farmers Hall still in continuous use in the U.S. With the option of outside dining or the cozy indoor setting, I would say it depends on the weather at the time, but we chose inside since it was one of those upper 90 degree days. The ambiance in this historic building is one to be experienced. Their menu is very focused starting with the options of some unique salads such as Kale and Stone Fruit and Ancient Grain and Tomato Party. You won’t have to have that same boring salad here! During summer, I’m more of a salad person than a soup person; however, their daily soup options sound wonderful so I’ll be sure to swing by on that first sweater and boot day. “Plates” section is next which features their take on sandwiches, and this is where mom and I decided to choose from. Choices here aren’t much easier to make, but we did settle on the Salmon B.T.C. and the Basil and Parmesan Chicken Salad. Salmon B.T.C is a grilled toast sandwich filled with wild caught salmon dressed with crème fraiche and topped with bacon, tomato jam and a cheddar mousse. The first word that comes to mind with my first bite is decadent. Calling this just a sandwich seems like an injustice to this culinary creation. My side of choice was the house salad, and before you think “boring” you must try their house made dressing, Creamy Maple, and the word boring won’t even enter your thoughts. Onto the Basil and Parmesan Chicken Salad sandwich–which starts its uniqueness by being served on a toasted cracked wheat cranberry bread. This is not your grandma’s chicken salad. This chicken salad has a dressing of basil, parmesan, scallions and celery. It has a very rich and creamy flavor that matches perfectly with their bread choice. My mom’s side choice was their sweet potato fries which were the perfect complement to the sandwich. The entire back page of the menu is filled with you adult beverage choices. In addition to numerous wines

by the glass/bottle options and several specialty beer choices, they have a section of their house spirits. These distinctive cocktail options were ones such as Cucumber Cooler and Iced Hazelnut Coffee and our choice, the Seasonal Sangria. The sangria at the time of our visit was white citrus sangria, a very light, crisp and tangy cocktail. It was far from the sweet sangrias you may be used to, the perfect beverage for a South Carolina August day! ‘Til next time, cheers! n

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Standpipe Heritage and Art Festival The 2015 Standpipe Heritage and Art Festival is scheduled for October 3, 2015 and will celebrate its 29th year of fun. Celebrating the City of Belton and the Belton community, this festival attracts over 8,000 visitors annually. This year’s festival is sponsored in part by the Belton Alliance, the City of Belton Hospitality Fund, Anderson County ATAX, BB and T Bank, Belton Metal Corporation, and Superior Engineering. Admission and parking are free. A few of the activities include: Check in/Information Booths: (Belton Square, 9:00 AM – 7 PM) — At the 3 entrances to the festival, booths sponsored by BHP AFJROTC and the local Girl Scout troops are available for visitors to sign in and receive maps and schedules of all events. Open Car Show – (Belton Square, registration 9 AM – 12 PM, awards presentations at 3:45 PM) Vintage and antique automobiles as well as newer models will be entered into competition in six categories for cash prizes and trophies. Over 100 cars participated last year in the cruise in. Standpipe Festival 5K Run & I Mile Fun Run/Walk – Starting Location is Belton First Baptist Church parking lot, Brown Ave. One Mile Fun Run/Walk begins at 8:00 am; 5K Meters Run begins at 8:30 am. For more information, contact Renea Rowland at 864 338-1600. Opening Ceremonies on the Main Stage: (10 AM) — Free to the public, the Opening Ceremony begins at 10 AM with the Presentation of Colors by the B-HP AFJROTC followed by the National Anthem. Live Entertainment: (Main Stage, Belton Square, 10 AM – 9:15 PM) — Free to the public, various performances and demonstrations will take place throughout the day. Belton Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival Juried Art Show and Market (Belton Center for the Arts, 10 AM – 3 PM)—Free to the public;


over 100 pieces of contemporary art representing all mediums and styles are on display. In addition, patrons are able to browse artwork for sale which benefits the BCA. BCA Children’s Art Activities: (Belton Center for the Arts, Belton Square, 10 AM – 3 PM) — Free to the public. BCA Face Painting: (Belton Center for the Arts, Belton Square, 10 AM – 3 PM)—Free to the public. Children’s Play Area: (Belton City Square, 10 AM – 10 PM) — Inflatable bounces and games, fee for armband which entitles child to unlimited access. Information Booth: (Belton Square, 10:00 AM – 5 PM) — Sponsored by Belton Lion’s Club, visitors can receive information about events and activities while checking out the famed Lion’s Club items for sale. Heritage Days at the Depot: (Greenspace surrounding Historic Belton Train Depot, 9 AM – 4 PM) — Free to the public, a Certified SC Arts and Agriculture Event celebrates our folk heritage through demonstrations and presentations by 15 traditional skills artisans and historical interpreters including a Cooper, Folk Musician/Fiddler, Tanner/Leather Crafter, Appalachian Story Teller, Hammock Maker, Seamstress, Beekeeper, Farrier, Camp Cook, Civil War Calvaryman, Cherokee Weapons, Wet Plate Photographer, Decoy Carver, and Slave Storyteller. BAMA Antique Market, Silent Auction, and Appraisals: (Belton Depot, 10 AM – 4 PM) — The public is invited to browse through and purchase antiques offered for sale by acclaimed collectors, bid on few donated treasures during the silent auction benefiting the museum, and bring in personal treasures for examination by an expert appraiser. A $5 donation to BAMA is required for each item to be appraised and each year people find they own unique and valuable family heirlooms. BAMA Exhibit-The World of Comics: Featuring the Art and

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Artifacts of Dave and Paty Cockrum: (Belton Depot, 10 AM – 4 PM) — Free to the public, check out the exhibit that includes the artwork of famous X-Men artist and creator of the Futurians along with local collections of comics, merchandising items, vintage superhero toys, editorial and political comic strips, and other interesting items. Historic Mule-Drawn Wagon Rides Through Historic District: (Belton Depot, Anderson Street Parking Lot, 10 AM – 5:30 PM) — Come take a leisurely ride through the historic district of the City of Belton as a guide narrates the history of its people and places. View the beautiful architecture, learn about het entrepreneurs and the town’s eccentric characters, and listen to interesting stories and fascinating facts of another age and time; cost per rider – Adults $5 each; Students $3 each; Under 3 free; Sponsored by Superior Engineering in support of the Belton Area Museum Association programs. Times to Board: 10:30 AM; 11:10 AM; 11:50 AM; 12:30 PM 1:40 PM; 2:20 PM; 3:00 PM; 3:40 PM; 4:20 PM; 5:00 PM Tours of Historic Belton Standpipe: (Campbell Street, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM) — Free to the public, these tours feature an entertaining look inside this historic structure which has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. SC Men’s Collegiate Championships: (Belton Tennis Center, Leda Poore Park, BHP High School, 8 AM – 5 PM) — Collegiate men’s tennis stars from many state colleges will be hitting the courts early Saturday for the South Carolina Men’s Collegiate Invitational which officially begins on Friday afternoon and runs through Sunday. The tournament is being held in memory of Big Jim Russell, a longtime tennis volunteer and official for USTA and collegiate events. Players from Clemson, South Carolina, South Carolina State, Wofford, Furman, The Citadel, Presbyterian, Winthrop, Anderson University, Lander and Spartanburg Methodist will be competing. Presented by ANMED Health. SC Tennis Hall of Fame Tours: (Belton Depot, 10 AM – 4 PM) — Free to the public. The SC Tennis Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements of SC’s famous tennis stars. There are mementos from all of the Hall of Fame inductees including such outstanding players as Dennis Van der Meer and Stan Smith, both Wimbledon contenders. All of the portraits of inductees are painted by internationally acclaimed artist Wayland Moore, a Belton native. BTA Children’s Tennis Mini-Clinic: (Belton Tennis Center, 4:30 PM) — Free to the public. Children are invited to the Belton Tennis Center to meet the college players and coaches and try their tennis skills in a mini-clinic including games and prizes. Texting Contests: (Belton Square, 10 AM – 4 PM) — Under 12, teens to 19 years old, adults (20 – 54), and senior citizens (55 and older) can show their prowess during a texting contest held four times throughout the day. Sponsored by Verizon Wireless Communication, winners will be awarded prizes. Build-and-Grow Projects: (Belton Square, 10 AM – 2 PM) — Home Depot and Lowe’s help children learn how to use hand tools while making a special wood craft to take home. 80’s Trivia Contest: (Belton Square, 6 PM) Free to the public, sponsored by Arnolds of Belton. Test your prowess at 80’s trivia and win cash prizes. Street Dance: (Belton Square, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM) — Music provided by Wanda Johnson, hometown girl and soul and jazz crooner. Fireworks Display (Belton Square, 9:30 PM) — Sponsored by Waste Management, your family will ooh and ahh as colorful fireworks burst over the historic Standpipe to end the festival. American Legion Breakfast: (Campbell Street, 8 – 10 AM) — For $5 where else can you find a hardy man’s breakfast including cooked-to-order eggs, sausage and bacon, biscuits and gravy, and grits! All proceeds benefit American Legion youth programs. Library Activities: (Belton Branch Library Tent, 10 AM – 1 PM) — The Belton Library will be hosting a tent at the end of their drive on Breazeale Street for book sales, tote bag sales, children’s story time, and freebies and crafts for the kids. City of Belton Fire Truck Rides: (Belton Square, 12 Noon – 8:00 PM) — $2 ticket. Proceeds benefit the Fire Safety Education programs Pumpkin Sales and Decorating: (Belton Depot, 10 AM – 4 PM) — Pumpkins galore will be on hand, compliments of Callaham’s Orchard. Grab yours for $1 – $6, with proceeds benefiting the Belton Area Museum Association. Add another $1 and you can take away a handpainted jack-o-lantern or handcraft your own masterpiece with the help of high school art students. Gem Mining: (Belton Depot, 10 AM – 4 PM) — Callaham’s Orchard will also be on the depot grounds with its sluicing machinery. Patrons can buy a bag of gems and use wire mesh forms to pan for treasures over the running water. Relay for Life Bingo Tent: (Belton Square, 10 AM – 4 PM) Win great prizes for $1 per card while supporting a worthy cause. Friday, Oct. 2, 4 PM – 10 PM and Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 AM – 10 PM Hometown Carnival Rides Events subject to change. Check back for more details as events/activities are added.


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By 2030, continue working, should you so desire. your cataract surgery, you’ll still need it it’s estimated there will be 70 million A dilated eye exam is the only way to Age Incidence of cataracts in the U.S.3 afterward,” says Dr. Donald Glaser, the eye confirm you have a cataract. Americans over 65. So basically, surgeon at Clemson Eye’s Anderson clinic. 65 is the new 55. 52-64 42% Basic cataract surgery is covered by most Experience shows that better vision This increase in longevity is attributed to insurance plans. Laser assisted cataract improves quality of life, optimism, safety advances in medicine and, obesity aside, surgery and implants 60% 65-74 Octogenarian Doug Durnin put off seeking “Today, the use of advanced lens implants, like working or driving, it isadvanced time for lens the corrective from falls and driving accidents, and generally healthier lifestyles. require an additional payment. If you’re a treatment for his cataracts for quite a while, but the multifocal lens Doug has, andindependence. the precisionAccordingsurgery. overall to a patient, have the option The average expected age for an started to really 75-85 when his deteriorating vision of the laser result91% in muchrecent more study predictable Two thingsClemson happenEye during theyou surgery. published by the American of 24-month, 0% payment plans. American born in 2009 is now 78.5 years.1 interfere with his work, he gave in and went outcomes. Many cataract patients regardless of Academy–of Ophthalmology, people Yourwho clouded lens is removed and an artificial Americans who reached 65 in 2011 are Clemson Eye have served patients in the undergo cataract live to see Dr. Donald Glaser at Clemson in their age treatment – are achieving 20/20 or close tosurgery 20/20 actuallyintraocular lens is implanted. The lens requires is the only known for projected to live another 21 years to age EyeSurgery 5 Upstate for more than 40 years through cataracts, and twovision. things” happen during the longer than those who don’t. This Anderson. noiscare and simply becomes a permanent part 86. For those who reach 86, their life its full-service clinics in Greenville, 2 surgery. Doug and his wife, Dobbs-Durnin, ownYour clouded lens is removed and likely an outcome of all the associated of your eye. You don’t see or feel the new expectancy extends to 93.Mary Anderson, Easley, Clemson, andlens a benefits of better vision. an artificial intraocular lens is implanted. The fear factor Canterbury Tails Farm. They have run the farm implant. LASIK center, Spectrum Lasik, in Good News, Bad News The lens requiresPeople no carewith and simply cataracts say fear of blindness is oneSurgery Innovations in Cataract in Townville, SC, for 23 years and rescued up to Greenville. The surgeons at Clemson Eye of your eye. they don’t seek treatment. So if the good news is we are living longer, becomes a permanent of thepart main reasons Commonly performed procedure “Recent advances in laser cataract surgery were among the first in the country to 26 horses at a time. Doug performs all the farm You don’t see or feel the new lens implant. the bad news is many Americans are But those who avoid treatment put themselves Cataract surgery is one of Assisted the mostCataract commonly and the types of advanced lens implants perform Laser Surgery work and Mary runs the riding and training working longer than expected, too. Cataract surgery, in a 15-minute out-patient available have taken cataract surgery withsafest advanced lens procedures implants. Wein use a “Catch 22” situation. They won’t admit performed and surgical programs. There are many reasons for this: procedure, is one of the safest and most to a whole newthey level,” says Dr. Glaser. the most advanced suite of laser-guided they are developing a cataract because the United States. It is a 10-to-15-minute 4 • Fear According to Mary, “Doug would be on the commonly performed surgeries in the U.S. “Through these innovations, we are able they’ll outlive their retirement surgery systems today. fear it means they’re going blind. However, left out-patient procedure, withavailable most patients tractor and I’d have to say ‘More to the right! savings. Carol Bridges is a young-at-heart American to deliver excellent visual outcomes untreated their cataracts will eventually lead to returning to their normal activities the same More to the left!’ Dr. Glaser improved his vision 1. Robert Anderson, Ph.D., chief, Mortality Statistics for our cataract patients and eliminate who has chosen to forgo retirement and • Financial fallout from the blindness. day. The vast majority of cataract patients – Branch, National Center for Health Statistics, tremendously. Now, I feel much safer driving or drastically reduce their need for continue working part-time. She is a dental ‘great recession’, particularly U.S.complications Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 6 Cataracts are a clouding of your eye’s natural 99.5% – report no from their eyeglasses.” with him, ” she laughs. hygienist in Pickens, South Carolina, and if they were counting on equity David Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director, Yale University lens. slowlytodevelop over when types of advanced surgery. Inflammation is a rare possibility. But very much depends on They good vision in Doug a modern their had homes to pay for‘multifocal’ retirement. lens implantTheretime, are different Prevention Research Center, New Haven, Conn.; perform her work. proteins in the lens start to clump together, if it does occur, it is treatable. ed, which corrected his near and distance vision. 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Travel & Leisure

TANK AWAY getaway By Lisa Marie Carter If you don’t want to go too far from home, there are plenty of great trips that will take you less than a tank of gas to get there and back. One is to the Saluda, NC and Landrum, SC area - just about one-and-a-half to two hours away. Your adventure might begin with an early morning, three-hour zip line tour at The Gorge. The views you see on this tour are breath taking, and you can just imagine how it will be in other seasons (they are open year round). After a safety and instructional briefing, they get you geared up with harnesses, helmets and gloves then off you go. During your tour, you will experience 11 zip lines, three rappels and one hanging bridge. The first few zips are 500 feet long and get you geared up for their big one - 1,200 feet long. Tour guides, like Jess and Christian, will tell you quite a bit about the natural surroundings and unique nature facts while making each zip a little different by having you do something fun as you zip. One thing to note is that they have a strict 250-pound limit. After some fun zipping around, you might decide to start sipping your way around the area’s few wineries. You can make a stop at Green Creek Winery in Columbus, NC. This winery was featured in several wine publications, at home and abroad, for its unique Red Chardonnay. Green Creek adds a unique twist to their wine tasting. You start by tasting two wines; such as their Chardonnay and their Sauvignon Blanc. Then you choose your favorite and enjoy a full glass of it while they serve you different foods either made with or to compliment their wine. Some favorites are their shrimp in lemon wine sauce and a meatball in their merlot BBQ sauce. Both sauces are also available for purchase. After a course of several homemade sweets (also made with their wines), they move onto their wine ice cream. They are one of only two wineries that make this. With five different flavors, you might find it’s hard to pick a favorite. Not too far down the road is the Russian Chapel Hill

Winery. The name comes from the fact the owner had a chapel made in Russia and shipped here. It sits atop a hill in the winery. Their chardonnay is award winning. They have the unique honor of having a section of the vineyard blessed by a Russian Priest and this section produces the richest colored full grapes on the entire vineyard. After a full day, it’s time to retreat for some rest and relaxation at The Red Horse Inn in Landrum, SC. As you pull onto the property you can immediately start to feel the calming effect of this hidden gem. It’s situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This upscale bed and breakfast is off the beaten path, and for good reason. The unobstructed views are gorgeous. The attention to detail inn-keepers and owners Mary and Roger have is seen in every corner of the 190-acre property down to the paths and trails with the specially picked signs such as “Good Day Sun Shine.” In The Gable Room, you’ll find hanging sheers around the bed, a jetted oversized tub, lush bathrobes, and even a personalized note on your bed with the “Recipe for Love!” Your private balcony is the perfect way to enjoy the wine from your earlier tours. And in the morning, you can enjoy some fresh brewed coffee from your breakfast closet (also stocked with fresh made asparagus frittatas, muffins, grits, oatmeal, orange juice and fresh fruit cups). One night is simply not enough to fully appreciate and enjoy all this little slice of heaven has to offer. So, fill up your tank and head out on your own getaway soon! n

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United Way

Anderson’s Future “Best”

Authors: Katherine Gorritti, United Way of Anderson County and Chase Heatherly, Independent Mail Reflecting on the theme of this month’s Anderson Magazine – the “A” list, we thought it would be a great time to celebrate a partnership between the Independent Mail and the United Way of Anderson County that is focused on unleashing the potential of emerging young leaders in Anderson County to make a positive difference in the community. Hence comes in our partnership. Each year through a nomination process, the Independent Mail joins representatives from Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties to identify 20 individuals under that age of 40 to be honored as an emerging leader. It is certainly an honor for young adults to be nominated and selected by the community! But honoring these individuals is not the only purpose of this effort. Those 20 individuals will then join the United Way’s LEADERSHIPnext program that builds capacity for leadership, while giving participants opportunities to meet and work alongside non-profit leaders. After completion of the year-long program, participants will be matched with a non-profit organization to serve on their Board or other leadership

position. In addition to matching young leaders with direct leadership service opportunities, capacity building grants of $1,000 will be awarded to 10 local non-profits that participate in the program. What a win-win for all! The partnership does not stop there. The South Carolina Association for Nonprofit Organizations is stepping up to provide a leadership challenge training series, the core learning component of the LEADERSHIPnext program. We are excited about the potential this partnership brings to unleash the power of our young adults to make a difference in Anderson County. On October 27th, the Independent Mail will host a 20 Under 40 unveiling event. Be on the lookout in October as the next class of the selected 20 Under 40 Anderson County leaders are announced. If you would like more information about the program or would like to support the effort by providing a matching gift that will be used for local grants, please contact Katherine Gorritti at 864-226-3438 or Katherine. n

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Home is Where the Heart Is

Home Services & Maintenance

Best Homebuilder

When the pipes get clogged or the toilets won’t flush, Anderson residents call Glenn Plumbing Company. This local company is at the top of the list for our Home Services category.

A home is certainly more than just four walls and a roof, but when it comes to putting it all together, you know what you like. Readers voted Buck Roberts as one of their favorite builders. And Wilshire Homes, Reggie Hines and JDC Construction are all in the top running as well.Â

Best Neighborhood

Huntington Hills was voted as the best neighborhood in Anderson. Great location, average home prices and top notch schools make this a favorite. Rivendell received plenty of recognition too. If you are planning a move, schedule an appointment to see houses in these neighborhoods.

Best Real Estate Agent

If you are ready to list your home or shop around for a new one, Chappelear and Associates are the realtors recommended by readers. Lauren Gillespie came in right under C&A, and we are sure she would be happy to help you out too.

Best Apartment Community

Best Interior Design Firm

Readers gave Ashton Park a huge thumbs up for luxury apartment living. If you are looking for a convenient location, awesome amenities, award winning schools and more, then this is the place you want to live.

Homes in Anderson must look fabulous on the inside. Many of you named Cheek Interiors as the best interior design team around town, so our readers are happy with how they help pull everything together inside your home. Ducworth and Co. was also high on the list, so check them out as well.

Best Retirement Community

You said retirees in Anderson should seriously consider The Legacy for living out their golden years. Catering to seniors who desire an active lifestyle, this amazing 12-acre estate for seniors offers apartments, food, activities and neighbors. You also think Marchbanks is a great place for those needing assisted services.

Best Furniture Store

Hampton Furniture opened in 1931 in Anderson, and according to your votes, many of you go there to purchase new pieces for your homes like generations before you did too. Maynard’s is easily another crowd favorite in our survey.

Best Landscaper Providing customers with the best materials for outdoor spaces,

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Anderson must love a good business lunch. Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill came in as your top choice, but Summa Joe’s Searing Pans, Mama Penn’s Restaurant and JC’s Sandwich Shoppe are all very popular places as well.

Hands-down, The Bleckley Inn is where our readers said they go for business and relaxation. Other popular places locals enjoy are Starbucks, Holiday Inn Express and E City Java.


Commercial & Maintenance Services

Keeping your assets covered is important to a lot of you. While Palmetto Insurance had top honors in this category, there were plenty of individual State Farm Agents mentioned too. Anderson residents know the importance of having good insurance.

Advanced Climate Control must be great at keeping your home heated and cooled like you like it, because you placed them in the top of this category. Mac’s Pest Control, David Taylor Heating & Air and Fortified Roofing were all nominated as well.

Financial Planner


Your money must be in great hands with Matt Harbin at Edward Jones, since he came up as the clear winner. Brandon Cox, at Ic Advisory Services, is well-liked in this department as well.

TTI (Techtronics Industries Power Equipment) must be treating their employees right, because this company won for this category. Other great employers in Anderson are Blue Ridge Orthopedics, Carolina Beer Company and the YMCA.


The Peoples Bank must be doing something right to earn your banking business in Anderson. Although The Peoples Bank was nominated the most, South State Bank, BB&T and NBSC are very popular too.

Taking Care of Business

Place for Meeting or Retreat and Hotel

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Staffing Agency

HTI (Human Technologies, Inc.) Employment Services is number one when it comes to helping you find the right job or finding the right employee for your business. Give them a call if you need a great staffing agency.

Law Firm

Thomason & Pracht are the attorneys Anderson loved the most. They handle a wide variety of legal issues. Krause, Moorhead & Draisen, Hugh Welborn and Ronnie Cole are also highly recommended.

IT Services

Specializing in IT services for small businesses in Anderson must be working for Clever Technology, our winner in this area. When you need help with your computers, iPads, iPhones, etc., this is the company you call. Cyber Solutions is also on your favorite list for this type of service.

Accounting WEST Small Business Services and Cox, Cauley & Richardson tied for this category. Both of these great companies promise to provide quality and personalized service for you, and they must be following through. Voters are pleased with the jobs they do.


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Place to Buy a Computer

Best Buy ran away with the nominations in this category. If you need a computer, stop by and talk to the friendly and knowledgeable staff here.

Clothing Store for Men

Men who know how to dress told us that Cahaly’s Custom Clothing is the number one custom clothing store in the area. Our readers claimed this is where they go for incredible personal service and exceptional quality.

Clothing Store for Women

Anderson women love to shop, and apparently they have a hard time choosing an absolute favorite. They loved the boutiques, Blake & Brady and Nineteenth of June, but they love the bargains at Ross too.

Place to Buy Shoes

Belk came in as the winner for the shoe lovers in Anderson. Nominees also included Rack Room, Shoe Carnival and Newton Shoes as places to shop for shoes too.

Gift Shop

Kitchen Emporium carries a wide array of gifts and our readers know it according to the votes for best gift shop in town. Readers also mentioned Propp Drugs and Snicklefritz Stuff ‘n’ Such as fun places to shop for cool items.

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Antique Stores Anderson residents love furnishing their homes with antiques, and the overwhelming response was Remnant’s deserved the number one spot for this category. Apple Dumplin’ Antique Mall was also nominated for great places to shop for your antiques.

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Readers love their BBQ, and they love The Smokin Pig most of all. Ribs, pulled pork and chopped chicken are just several of the menu items offered. With no shortage of BBQ restaurants in town, readers’ favorites also included Pompous Pig, Creekside Barbeque and Little Pigs Barbeque.

We aren’t on the coast, but our reader’s say Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill sure knows how to cook seafood. Sullivan’s is definitely the favorite, but Harbour Inn Seafood and Palmetto’s Smokehouse and Oyster Bar are other places you say are worth trying out too.


Cup of Coffee

Starbucks, the largest coffee chain in the world, is where most Anderson residents go for their coffee. E City Java is a fantastic local alternative that also got plenty of attention in our survey and is worthy of dropping in for a cup of joe one morning.

In the mood for some great ethic food? Thai Spice serves fresh, delicious meals, and our readers believe they are number one in the area.


Pizza is always a favorite and Summa Joe’s Searing Pans took top honors in this category. Always fresh and made to order, this is the place our readers go when they want a great pizza. Some of the other nominees were Mellow Mushroom, Marco’s Pizza and Rick’s Pizza Pub.


Publix is by far the best supermarket in Anderson. Friendly and helpful employees, produce and the fresh deli, seafood and meat departments make this a number one place to shop.

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Anderson is full of restaurants to choose from, and Summa Joe’s Searing Pans is the one that made it to the top of the list in this category. Locally owned and operated, they advertise Simple. Local. Fresh. and our readers love it. Other fantastic places you are like are Mama Penn’s Restaurant and Earl Street Kitchen and Bar.

Nami Asian Bistro was the first choice for Anderson residents when they are looking for delicious sushi and other Asian dishes served in a beautiful, lakeside restaurant. Our readers also like Sake Zen Sushi for dine in or take-out.


High on your list of favorites in this category was Master’s Wok Chinese Restaurant. Empire and Bamboo Garden are two others nominated by our readers.

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Where We Play

Local Entertainer

The Eric Scott Band is the number one country/ rock/southern rock band performing around town according to our poll. Others mentioned are the Anna Leigh Band and Talbert Black.

Golf Course

There is no doubt Cobb’s Glenn Country Club was the local favorite for Anderson after the surveys came in. Residents have been playing this championship course since 1976, and they still love it. Boscobel and Brookstone are nearby courses our readers enjoy too.

Bar Scene

Club 134 in downtown Anderson has the best bar according to our readers. Stop in for a drink, to sing some karaoke or enjoy a cigar from their walk-in humidor. If you are looking for other places around town, readers suggest The Bench Sports Bar and Johnny Angells too.

Concert Venue/Music Venue

The City of Anderson did a great job designing Wren Park in downtown Anderson. You say it is the best place to go listen to concerts.

Local Festival

You chose the annual Greek Festival as your favorite this year. Every September, many of you go to enjoy live entertainment, rides & inflatables for the kids and wonderful Greek food at the Anderson Civic Center. Art on the Town in downtown Anderson and the Spring Jubilee in Pendleton also made the list of fun festivals.

Happy Hour Viva! Il Vino and Uptown Lounge tied for favorite Happy Hour in Anderson. Readers enjoy the atmosphere and selections at both locations. Great places to unwind at the end of a long day.

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Hair salons are one of the most important places in the South. Readers were serious about their salon picks, but Blondie’s Hair Salon was your favorite overall. Images Salon, Moxie Hair Studio and Bangz Hair Studio all made the list too.

Linda’s Flower Shop and Aimee Cromer tied for top florist in Anderson. So, if you need a simple flower arrangement or a reception hall full of blooms, these are the ladies to call.

Restaurant for Romance

Best Nail Salon

Sullivan’s Metropolian Grill took first place in this category too. A fine dining establishment located in downtown Anderson, this restaurant is known for its romantic atmosphere and top quality food.

Pretty Nails was named the best nail salon in Anderson. Star Nails and VIP Nails are other salons in the area where our readers go to get great manicures and pedicures.

Place for a Wedding

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Best Hair Salon

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Best Gym/Workout

If you are planning a wedding, our readers overwhelmingly recommend The Bleckley Inn for your celebration. Other amazing venues named were Evergreen Plantation, The Oaks and Occasions at Wedgefield.

The new La Luna Aerial Arts received many votes, but our readers also love the YMCA and CrossFit Electric City.

Best Dry Cleaner’s


Mac’s Dry Cleaners, Inc. was your top choice for a local dry cleaner, and it is no wonder since they have served the community as far back as 1927. Two more cleaners, Riggins Garment Care and Modern Cleaners, Inc., were also rated highly in our survey.

Josh Wilson and Nicki Caldwell have made quite an impression on our readers with the photos they take. They tied for this category. Readers nominated Van Sullivan, David Locke and Renee Tollison as well.

Best Spa

Ahhhhhh…time to relax at Lilia Day Spa; the spa at the top of your list in Anderson. Massages, manicures, facials and more are offered six days a week at this incredible downtown location. Serenity Med Spa in Powdersville was another top favorite recommendation.

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Best Jeweler Our readers say to shop at Phil Jewelers if you want to purchase beautiful pieces from a reputable jeweler in Anderson since 1965. Score’s Jewelers was also recommended as another locally owned shop to try.

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See or Be Seen

Social or Charity Event

It is clear that our readers enjoy giving back to the community. The tie went to Dancing for Our Heroes and Pennies 4 Preemies Polar Bear Plunge. Other write-ins included the Meals on Wheels Poker Run at the Portman Marina, AnMed Health’s Camellia Ball, Foothills Alliance Festival of Trees and the Furball (sponsoring the Anderson County Humane Society).

Artistic/Cultural Scene

For a fun night out with your girlfriends or a new idea for date night, the reader’s choice for this category was The Cabernet Canvas. Choose the art piece you want to paint, bring your bottle of wine and they take care of the rest. Events at the Anderson Arts Center and the GAMAC (Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium) Christmas Concert were also favorites.

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Auto Mechanic

When your car needs a repair, two local shops tied for the top honor in this category. It is important to trust your mechanic, and a lot of you trust Action Auto & Truck Repair and Welborn Tire Pros & Automotive Inc. You like CMS Garage, too!

Auto Dealer

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Family First

Seasonal Activity The Denver Downs Corn Maze is the best seasonal activity. Fun for all ages, this local family creates amazing new mazes every year in the Fall. Readers did not want us to forget to mention the Anderson County Fair and Water Works at the YMCA. Water Works at the YMCA

School Field Trip

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There were so many opinions on this! But readers thought kids should definitely see the Anderson County Museum and Berry Acres, formerly Hardy Berry Farms, as well as the S. C. Botanical Gardens on Clemson University’s campus.

Kids Clothes

Kids outgrow clothes and shoes quickly, so the top kids clothing store is Playtime Consignments. Ross, Khol’s and Upstate Kids Consignment also made the list.

Family Activity

Block Party at Carolina Wren Park won this category, but readers also mentioned nearby lake activities such as boating and water skiing.


Carolina Wren Park is a popular place in Anderson, so it is no surprise that you named this the number one local park. Veteran’s Park in Pendleton and Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center are other places you and your family like to spend time.


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Readers think our county is doing a great job of offering family friendly places to take their kids. You love our county parks; including Barrett’s Place in Pendleton and Kid Venture at the Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center. Readers also love the options our county libraries offer.

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Physical Therapist

Pediatric Therapy Works was voted the best physical therapy group in town, so you must be happy with the way they help your children. Some of you suggested Palmetto Physical Medicine and Elite Physical Therapy for the adults in Anderson.

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Place to Workout

The YMCA took the top honor here. No surprise, because they cater to all ages at this facility. Coops, Gold’s and 9 Round also made the list for favorite gyms around town.


Primary Care Associates of Anderson was the clear winner. The doctors in this group have two facilities in Anderson and our readers love them. We should mention that Anderson Dermatology and Cornerstone Family Medicine are also highly recommended by you, too.


When you are out of alignment and need an adjustment, the majority of you go to Dr. Clay Wickiser at Anderson Chiropractic. Some other great chiropractors in Anderson that you mentioned are Palmetto Physical Medicine, The Joint and Dr. Kristen Steely at Anderson Wellness Center.

Dental Practice

For the brightest and nicest smile, you said you love Dr. Andy Mowlajko. Waters Family Dentistry, J. Brent Copeland Dentistry and Dr. Byron Guffey have also made quite an impression on our readers.


Foster Orthodontics was the favorite in this category. Readers gave them the thumbs up for giving them the best smiles in Anderson. Also given top honors were Dr. Keith Street and Dr. Beechard McConnell.

Pediatrician Dr. Patti K. Moseley and Dr. Keith Hart must take excellent care of your kiddos, because they tied for this category. Other well-loved pediatricians are Dr. Barry Maddox and Dr. Lori McClanahan.


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Best Groomer

Molly and Me and Styles for Miles Pet Spa tied in the best groomer category. Our readers really want their dogs looking their best and these two places are top notch. Puppy Toes is another favorite you mentioned.

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Best Boarding

For overnight boarding for your pets and doggie daycare for your dogs, you voted It’s a Dog’s Life as the best boarding facility. They even offer webcams to check in on your pet throughout their stay. Two more popular places are Snuggle Inn Doggie Resort and Stafra Pet Resort & Spa.

Best Vet

Your four-legged children are very important members of the family too. Magnolia Veterinary Hospital received the most votes in this category. They offer veterinary services and 24/7 emergency care, if needed. You also said that Walker Animal Hospital and Hendricks Veterinary Hospital both take excellent care of the pets you love.

Thank you ANDERSON MAGAZINE READERS for taking the time to send in your A LIST survey and let us know who your favorites are around town. We don’t want to forget to mention some of the Wildcard Winners for categories not listed this year.

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Flying into Fitness A By Lisa Marie Carter

re you looking for a new way to get or keep fit? Have you ever seen the acrobats at Cirque du Soleil and thought to yourself, “I would love to be able to do something like that?” If you answered yes to one or both of those questions, La Luna Aerial Arts has your answer. La Luna Ariel is an alternative fitness and dance studio offering classes ranging from pole dancing and fitness to hoop and silk hammock movement and training. The studio is over 1,800 square feet of incredible space with eight permanentmounted poles, four aerial hoops and eight silk hammocks. Their motto is: Where Playtime IS Your WORKOUT. After attending two different classes I must say I concur. No experience or major strength are required to take beginner classes at La Luna. Classes are targeted for adult women, though they have added a

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kids program. Kid’s classes are for ages 2-16, they will learn tricks on aerial hoop and aerial hammock, as well as flexibility and hand balancing. In addition to regular classes, the studio can also hosts parties and events for birthdays or a night out for friends. Recently, I attended the Sunday Introduction class to aerial. After a little time warming up, we then spent time learning some basics on the silks. In this class, you use your body weight and silks and create a dream-like flow of shapes and movement to workout. Pole silks challenge the body and fuels your inner artist. We then moved onto silk hammocks (you may have seen this on television when pop singer Pink performed on a silk hammock at the MTV Video Music Awards and 57th Grammy Awards, suspended over the audience in just silk fabric.) We learned a bit about flows and sequences with the fabric using a series of postures and moves. After the hammock, we moved on to hoop. This workout consists of a metal hoop which is suspended from the ceiling, as seen in Cirque du Soleil. It is about maneuvering through the hoop while strengthening your core, upper body, and training yourself to balance. Each Sunday, the classes rotate with introduction to pole dancing and fitness on one Sunday, and introduction to aerials the next. Next, I attended the pole fitness class Saturday morning, the first level pole class La Luna offers. The class focuses on the beginning postures and movements to get fit by doing pole. We learned movement around the pole and basic spins, in addition to strengthening every muscle in our body by working against our own body weight. Trust me, you will know you worked your muscles the next morning when you get up! Be prepared to use muscles you never knew you had. Pole Fit classes are suitable for all shapes and ages. La Luna Ariel is located at 2507 Whitehall Avenue in Anderson, just off Main Street near Mamma Penn’s. For more information on pricing, classes and scheduling, check out their website at www.; give Angie Crews, owner and instructor a call at (864) 328-4103, or find them on Facebook. n 46

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AnMed Offers new procedures for early detection of internal cancers Dr. Manjakkollai P. Veerabagu – Dr. Veera to most of his patients – never gets tired of looking for a better way. He believes he has found one. Dr. Veera was the first in the Upstate and only the second in South Carolina to use a procedure that combines endoscopy and ultrasound to gain an edge in his fight to cure and prevent cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) allows him to get a better view inside a patient’s body by conducting the ultrasound from within, looking through the wall of the esophagus, for example, to have a better look without getting too close to organs housed in the chest. “It’s hard to get a good look at that ‘sacred’ area of the chest because we don’t like to go in there,” said AnMed Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mike Tillirson. Endoscopic ultrasound overcomes that reticence by taking a look though the thin walls of the esophagus. Dr. Veerabagu can combine that capability with ESD – endoscopic submucosal dissection – to help him find and treat cancer, sometimes before it even becomes cancer. “I became interested in EUS since it prevents unnecessary surgeries in people with advanced cancers,” Dr. Veerabagu said. “It helps to make accurate diagnoses by getting tissue biopsies through the endoscope.” Among other benefits, it means that two procedures, and two rounds of anesthesia, take place in one. EUS helps determine whether ESD and EMR (endoscopic mucosal resection) are possible. ESD is endoscopic removal of an early cancer, or a large polyp, as one single piece. EMR is a piecemeal removal of early cancers, or large polyps, in the gastrointestinal tract. The developments change the game for certain patients by finding and treating polyps early enough to prevent inpatient surgery. “In the past the patients who are currently having EMR and ESD would have had surgical removal, which has higher morbidity, complications, expense and partial or complete loss of an organ,” Dr. Veerabagu said. “EMR and ESD are non-surgical, meaning only endoscopic. These are organ-preserving procedures which are usually done as an outpatient procedure and come at a very reduced cost.” Dr. Veerabagu said the procedure is not only a potential life saver, but also a quality-of-life saver. “When a person has part or most of the stomach or esophagus or rectum removed surgically, they

“These procedures and tests have helped several patients in our area already,” times endure many adverse effects for the rest of their lives,” he said, “especially esophagus and stomach removal.” Dr. Veerabagu said it was the support of his family, including his recently departed father, that drove him to seek out the training and knowledge for this procedure long before it promises to pay off financially for him. EMR and ESD were developed by gastroenterologists in Japan, where gastric cancers are more common. Dr. Veerabagu learned ESD in a training program conducted by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the Japanese Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. “I was very keen on making those procedures available to our patients in this area. These procedures and tests have helped several patients in our area already,” he said. “We have a great team and a wonderful facility through AnMed Health, which helped make this happen in our region. It means a huge difference for our patients. This was a long term dream for me and it is happening right here in Anderson.” n A gastroenterologist specializes in digestive system disorders. Gastroenterologists see patients when they’re experiencing problems with the gallbladder, stomach, intestines or pancreas. The practice is at 130 Perpetual Square Drive in Anderson. The office can be reached at 224-8689.

Dr. Manjakkollai P. Veerabagu Board-certified physician specializing in gastroenterology, liver diseases, nutrition, endosonography and diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic ultrasound.


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Surviving: a matter of attitude By Liz Carey

or more than two years, Angie Stinger has been battling for her life. Stringer, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2013, is in the final stages of her fight to beat the disease that ultimately took both of her breasts. But through it all, officials said, her decision to fight with dignity and class and an upbeat attitude may have been what has helped her to succeed. Stringer is the communications director for Anderson County. In addition to her writing duties, Stringer plans events for the county – like the Tour de La France and Labor Day Omnium. She also volunteers for organization to help re-employ veterans when they return for duty, and serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations in the county. But the breast cancer diagnosis and treatment sapped her of her strength. The week of September 11, 2013, doctor’s found a lump in her right breast. By October she was in the operating room having a complete mastectomy. After the mastectomy came three rounds of chemotherapy. “It made me sick as a dog. I couldn’t stand smells, I couldn’t stand food,” she said. “I don’t think there was a day of it where I wasn’t nauseous.”

Then there was the hair. “I lost my hair – the hair on my head, my eyebrows, my eyelashes, all of it. I had no definition to anything in my face. I just looked like a walking skeleton,” she said. And the drugs made her weak. But through it all, she continued to work, managing the public relations and events for the county. The job, she said, gave her something to focus on besides cancer. Despite the hair loss, the nausea, the weakness and all the rest, Stringer said she chose to be upbeat about it. “I just decided I was going to make it and be a lady through it,” she said. “I wanted to go through it with dignity and grace. I didn’t want to have regrets of wallowing in self-pity. I wanted to have an attitude that said to those around me that I was going to be a survivor.” 48

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Pat Eberhardt, RN, the breast navigator at the AnMed Health Cancer Center, said it’s the attitude that gets most women through the typical year or longer battle. “It’s the ones coming in with a smile that you know will make it,” she said. What many people don’t realize, Eberhardt said, is how much of a loss cancer is. “There’s the loss of hair, the loss of confidence because of issues with body image and the loss of energy from the treatment,” she said. “But there’s also the loss of income. Many of the women we see were working before the diagnosis. So not only are they sick, but they have to deal with not having that income coming in and the huge expense of treatment.” At the Cancer Center, Eberhardt said, coordinators help families with not just the treatment, but also keeping the lights on and food on the table. For Stringer, the expense of one drug was so staggering she researched into whether or not she could get help from the drug company on the cost. Her investigation found that the drug company would pay a portion of the drug costs if she would answer questions about how she felt during her treatment. Her discovery led to others with breast cancer getting the same help. Ultimately, Stringer’s attitude of continuing to work, continuing to help others, continuing to be upbeat was the only way she could have been. “The goal for me was not to die. And everyone told me that attitude was everything,” she said. “If the goal was not to die, being sad was counter-productive to the goal. I had a responsibility to myself and to my family to be positive and keep working, keep doing events, keep doing news releases, even if they were from the cancer chair. I’ve found that I have a whole lot more strength than I ever thought I had.” Stringer is now in the process of healing. Nearly two years after her initial diagnosis, she is a cancer survivor, moving on with her life and looking forward to the next adventure. So far, she’s closing in on getting her master’s degree. She wants to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, she said. And this year, during Celebrate Anderson, she’ll parachute with the Special Forces Associated Parachute Team. The money she raises for the jump will be split between the Cancer Association of Anderson and upstate Warrior Solution. “Too many times people put things off,” she said. “I am recommitted to doing things I had wanted to do, to be better at the things I wanted to be. You have to find the silver lining in things. Mine was that I meeting new people who’ve become life-long friends and finding my passion for doing things again.” n

Breast Cancer in the United States: •B reast cancer is the most common cancer among American women after skin cancer.


of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2015, while 2,350 new cases new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in men. • Th e five-year relative survival rate for female invasive breast cancer patients has improved from 75 percent in the mid-1970s to 90 percent today. • Th e five-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with localized breast cancer (cancer that hasn’t spread to lymph nodes or outside the breast) is 98.5 percent. In cancer that has spread to nearby lymph nodes, the survival rate falls to 84 percent.


There are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., including women still being treated and those who MILLION have completed treatment. American Cancer Association

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ROYLCO If you’ve ever been in an elementary school classroom, chances are you’ve seen some of Roylco’s products. Located on the Abbeville Highway, Rolyco makes educational materials used worldwide. From seasonal decorations, to human x-rays for the study of the human body, to pre-printed art paper, Rolyco produces and ships the educational supplies all over the world from its Anderson and Canadian offices. In fact, if you’ve ever seen multi-colored pasta or rice used in a classroom, it was made in Anderson – Rolyco is the only company in the world who makes the brightly hued starches for use as manipulatives or allergen-free substitutes for sand. But more than that, the company also makes die-cut pieces for automotive, military and other industries. “I guess as an outsider looking in, the most interesting part of our company would be seeing educational products being made


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Business on one side of the plant, and car parts, military parts and furniture parts being made on the other,” said Carolyn Voisin, president of Rolyco. The company produces parts such as dashboards for BMW and Mercedes, as well as pieces for military applications. “We’re always changing what we’re doing” she said. “We’re always quoting for two or three years in advance. Right now, we’re looking at the 2018 models for cars. We’ll make those parts for a while and then we move on to the next piece.” Voisin said they are also working on parts for Toyota and Honda as well. “You know the little clips you might find in the back of your trunk?’ she said. “That’s what we might make. We’re very obscure. We’re the company behind the company that creates the car.”

GLEN RAVEN One of the remaining textile companies in Anderson,

Glen Raven creates a multitude of materials from waterproof seam tape to flat knit material for car interiors to boat coverings. One of their biggest products is Sunbrella – a dyed acrylic fabric used in many outdoor applications. Started 51 years ago as the material in awnings, you’ll now find Sunbrella in everything from outdoor furniture to sailboat sails. The fabric is known for being water, fade, mold, mildew, and stain resistant. Paxson St. Clair, CEO of Cobalt Boats, said that his company uses Sunbrella in their boat sunshade coverings. “Sun protection is more important than ever for boat owners, and we’ve added innovative touches in how we design build bimini tops, arches and towers,” Paxson said. “When you tell a dealer or a customer that the top is Sunbrella, that’s all you have to say. They know it’s the best. The Sunbrella brand sells itself.” In 2011, Sunbrella debuted the Clarity collection. Clarity is a self-cleaning fabric designed especially for hard to clean awnings. The fabric uses UV light to decompose organic material that lands on it and is extra water-resistant to wash away all of the residue. Sunbrella is also good for the environment. Sunbrella accepts used material, and from their recycling facility, gives old fabrics new life as insulation, padding, felt and other new fabrics. Sunbrella’s Renaissance line of upholstery is a 50/50 blend of recycled and new Sunbrella fibers. Called Heritage, the product comes in 12 colors and gives a vintage look while providing the same longevity as a traditional Sunbrella product.


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The Upstate Raises Presidential Hopeful By Greg Wilson For more than a dozen years, the mind of one of the most influential members of the United State Senate has never been far from his home in the Upstate. Seneca native and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says being raised in a one-room house in Central remains a major influence on his approach to issues in Washington, D.C. “It is always good to be home,” Graham said recently during a trip to Greenville. “I miss my bed. I miss the food.” But the roots of Graham’s connection with home are far deeper than fried chicken, hot biscuits and crunchy okra. “You know everything I am, everything I will be, I owe to the kindness and generosity and example of Central, Clemson, Seneca, Walhalla and other small towns throughout South Carolina,” Graham said. “The people here taught me the value of hard work and working together,” Graham said. Graham’s parents, Millie and Florence James “F.J.” Graham, ran a bar, pool hall and a restaurant - the “Sanitary Cafe” - and the family lived in a single room in back of the business. “They worked long, hard hours to support out family and instilled a very strong work ethic in both Lindsey and me,” said Graham’s sister, Darlene Graham Nordone. “The people here were good to us.” But the family story took a turn for the tragic, when Lindsey and Darlene lost both of their parents to illness in the mid-1970s. Millie died of Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1976, and less than 15 months later “F.J.” passed away following a heart attack. The 21-year-old Lindsey, the first member of his family to attend college, was at the University of South Carolina when his 13-year-old sister Darlene was orphaned. “I remember at our father’s funeral, Lindsey promised me he would always take care of me,” Darlene said. “And I can tell you that he always did and has never let me down.” Darlene first moved in with an aunt and uncle, Verna May and Hollis, but soon afterward was legally adopted by her older brother. “Lindsey came home every weekend to stay with me,” she said. “I know it had to be hard on him as a college student.”

After graduating with a degree in psychology, Graham earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1982. That same year, Lindsey was commissioned as an officer and Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force, where he spent time in Europe as a military prosecutor and defense attorney. He left active duty in 1989, but continued to serve in the Air Force Reserve until he retired earlier this year after 33 years of service. He first rand for public office in 1992, when he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives from the 2nd district in Oconee County. Then in 1994, he was elected to for the 3rd Congressional District seat, which had been vacated after 20 years by the retiring Butler Derrick. Graham followed an even more celebrated politician when in 1994 he was elected to the U.S. Senate seat which had been held by Strom Thurmond, a post he has held ever since. He is widely recognized as one the key members of the Senate, and currently serves as Chairman in the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and various other Senate committees and subcommittees including Armed Services, Personnel, Judiciary and Budget. Now the senator is reaching for the top rung of the political ladder, the presidency of the United States. In a show of love and support of his hometown, Graham chose the tiny town of Central as the place to officially launch his quest to move into the White House. “I am ready to take the job of President on day one,” Graham said at the announcement in his hometown earlier this year. “I have listened, learned and prepared myself for the job. I served in the Air Force for 33 years. I have spent much of my adult life as part of a team defending America, keeping us safe and protecting our way of life.” “I want to leave the next generation a strong, safer nation than we inherited. But that will not be easy.” 54

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Business much, but in my view Democrats and Republicans work together too little,” Graham said. “I would try to change that as president.” Working together is something he said he learned growing up in small-town South Carolina, where he watched people put aside differences to accomplish a greater good. “I’ve traveled the world and had experiences and opportunities I never dreamed of,” Graham said. “I’ve been lucky much of my life, but never luckier than in the people and place I come from.” “There are a lot of so-called self-made people in this world. I am not one of them. My family, my friends, my neighbors and my faith picked me up when I was down, believed in me when I had doubts. You made me who I am today. I am a man with many debts to my family, my friends, to South Carolina and to my country. I am running for president to repay those debts and to fight as hard for you as you fought for me.” n

Graham said he knows more about foreign policy than any other candidate in the race. “Ronald Reagan’s policy of peace through strength kept America safe during the Cold War,” Graham said. “There are more radical terrorists who hate America than at any time since 9/11,” Graham said after an event in Greenville this summer. “And unless we stop them, these religious Nazis are going to come here. I promise to protect your families, no matter what it takes.” “But we can’t be a strong nation with a weak economy,” Graham said. “We have to rally the world against this group that is every bit as evil as the Nazis.” However, Graham added that the most powerful weapon in the war on terrorists is not a gun, but an idea. “I’ve learned in my travels a small schoolhouse in

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a remote region, educating a young girl can do more damage to radical Islam than any weapon we possess.” It is this kind of outspoken approach to politics that has made Graham one of the most popular visitors to Sunday network news shows, And while among the most hawkish members in the U.S. Senate, Graham often finds himself at odds with members of his party. He has made it clear he sees climate change as a very real man-made problem. He favors a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are willing to play by the rules. And he supports means tests to make sure Social Security benefits are going to those in need and not to those who do not need them. “When our parents died, my sister and I depended on social security benefits to survive. I have done better than I ever dreamed, so I don’t mind paying a little bit more so that those who need it most will have it available,” Graham said. “As president, I will do what I can to save the program that saved my family.” But he is most recognized for his effort to build consensus in Congress. “I have been accused of working with Democrats too


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ome-based businesses are growing more popular every year. Owners of these companies give many reasons for deciding to work in the same space in which they live. Forgetting the morning commute, setting their own hours, being their own boss and keeping overhead costs down, they said, are among the favorite motivators for choosing this particular job path. Of course, very creative and driven people run successful home-based businesses, so the freedom to do what they want is also very enticing to most of them. Jennifer Walker owns JW Gifts and sells her items mostly through Facebook and Etsy. She designs beautiful monogrammed acrylic and wooden jewelry, engraved cutting boards, engraved glass products, keychains, wood coasters and more. “I love creating a personal gift for someone,” said Walker. “One of my favorite items is engraving recipes, in the original handwriting, onto a cutting board. People love having a favorite grandmother’s recipe preserved forever like that.”

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Lauren James said, “it is so rewarding to create things that make people so happy.” James creates custom stationary, invitations and prints out of her home studio in Anderson in a store called The Olive Shoe. The store got its name from one of James’ grandmothers who always encouraged her to choose an appropriate shoe for every outfit. Nate and Allison Thomason are married and live in Anderson. They own and operate two totally separate home-based companies from the same house. They also work full-time outside of the home – Nate as an EMT and graphic designer at the Anderson Museum, and Allison as a registered nurse. To say they are busy is an understatement. Nate owns Signal 43 Custom Art and Design, ( a graphic design business. He offers package deals to develop an identity for new companies. He enjoys creating new logos for business cards, shirts, brochures and other marketing material. Nate can also help your company out by keeping up with social media posts for you. He is also a talented artist and loves painting murals in businesses and in homes. Allison owns Commander Redhead’s Cupcakes, which, she said, “started as a hobby because I love baking. Baking cupcakes and creating new recipes like Maple Bacon Spice are a huge stress reliever for me.” She can make a dozen cupcakes for a family party or 450 for a wedding. Graduation, birthdays, retirement parties or just because you feel like having a delicious homemade cupcake are all reasons to give her a call and place your order about a week before your special event.


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Another home business owner, Cathy Mobley, owns Franny & Dot. Along with the help of her friend, Gwen McManus, they have found an interesting way to keep old wooden pallets and other used items from going to the landfill. They tear the pallets apart, sand them down and paint them. “I love to repurpose,” Mobley said. “I also look for old garden flags, chenille bedspreads, table runners, burlap, placemats and then use them to make pieces of art. I really enjoy creating custom signs for customers.” Her Lake Hartwell art pieces are beautiful. Mobley has a second home-based business as well. She is a photographer and will set up in your home or on location to take photographs of whatever you’d like. Her favorite subjects are newborns, the elderly and families. This is just a small sample of home-based businesses in Anderson County. If you are in the market for something, do a simple search on the web. You will be pleasantly surprised at all of the talented businessmen and women working out of their homes around town. n

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The Write Stuff Anderson is home to several talented authors whose books cover the gamut from fashion advise to historical figures. A few of those authors are people well-known in the area, while some have moved here and are virtually unknown in our community. By Liz Carey

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For years, Tica Tallent helped people in Anderson look better, dress better and feel better about themselves. Now, she has put those years of work into a book. Tallent’s book “What is Beautiful?” is the compilation of her notes from 20 years of being a personal shopper for Belk’s. “People would ask me to come and speak to groups, and I would write my notes in a notebook,” she said. “I had three notebooks full of notes. It was just too much information not to share. I just hated for all that to go away.” Tallent has always written, she said. As a teenager she wrote for her high school newspaper and then later, as an adult, wrote poetry. “I’ve always had a love for learning and for writing,” she said. Tallent’s second book “Jazzy and the Dog Walk” is about her daughter and her grand dog. In the book, children put on a dog fashion show to raise money for charity. But more than that, the book helps children by giving 10 percent of the book sales to the Soles for Souls mission. “At my age, I am trying to give back to the community,” she said. “I wanted to teach kids to give back as well.” Tallent said she has another book coming out in the fall, “Overcoming the Loss of a Pet,” but for now, she’s enjoying life and her husband’s retirement. “Right now, my husband’s into traveling and I’m into looking out the window,” she said.


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Kay Bratt, of Lake Hartwell, wants people to know the stories of China and its children. Bratt – the author of “Silent Tears – A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage” – says her move to write about the children of China came from a great need to let those same children go. “They were so much a part of me that I had to do something,” she said. In 2003, Bratt and her family moved to China for her husband’s work. During their stay, Bratt worked as a volunteer for a Chinese orphanage. It’s there she saw conditions that moved her to action – neglect, abuse, starvation and death. The title, “Silent Tears,” comes from the children she cared for. “When children cry here, they cry out so someone will come to them,” she said. “There, the children don’t cry out loud because they know no one is coming. They just cry with these streams of tears flowing down their faces.” She worked for years to help improve the conditions and make their lives better. “Some of the children you could tell they were near the end of their life,” she said. “I would hold them and whisper in their ears ‘I will tell your story.’” After returning to America, while working a full-time job, she wrote their stories in the evenings. Now, she writes about China and the way of life there. Her next novel, “The Palest Ink,” due out in October, is the prequel to her “Tales of the Scavenger’s Daughters” series. For now, Bratt writes from home hoping that the information she shares about China continues to have impact. “I didn’t help as many children in China as I did coming home and writing these books,” she said.

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Mark Hopkins, the former president of Anderson University, has five books published and a sixth on the way. A history professor and columnist for the Anderson Independent Mail, Hopkins’ books run the gamut from personal histories to fictional accounts of the Battle of Gettysburg to an account of life before Christ. His next book, due to his publisher in the fall, is the sequel to “Journey to Gettysburg,” an historical fiction account of a boy, whose mother is Quaker and his father is not, and how he gets involved in the Civil War. The book ends when the boys, and a girl he meets along the way, are 15 and 16. The second book takes up when they are 18 and getting married. “I got so caught up with the characters in the first book,” Hopkins said. “I had gone to Gettysburg for the 150th


anniversary of the battle to research and the book started to write itself in my head. I’ve just never been able to get the characters out of my mind.” Hopkins has also written an account of what life was like before Jesus was born, “The World as It Was Before Christ.” “If you pick up in Nehemiah, it ends in 423 B. C. There’s more than 400 years of history before Christ is born that isn’t covered in the Bible.” he said. “These years cover Alexander the Great, the Greek conquests, the Egyptian expansion and constriction, as well as the Roman. You cannot understand the New Testament if you don’t know where they are coming from.” This fall will be a busy one, he said, with his historical book coming out, and his sequel due to his agent. When they’re finished though, he hopes to be able to write more. “But maybe, then, I’ll be able to figure out what to do with the rest of my life,” he said. September/October 2015

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Jack McIntosh, a retired Anderson lawyer, said he’s not so much a writer as a humorist and a storyteller. His two books, “Don’t Kill All the Lawyers…I Have A list” and “Ain’t Mad at Nobody,” tell stories about his life and what life is like as an attorney. Writing a book, he said, is something he’s always wanted to do. “It started out when I went to Furman (University), I wanted to write then,” McIntosh said. “My faculty adviser pushed me toward law school. Looking back on it, I realize they were probably right. I don’t know how I would have fed four kids on what a writer makes.” McIntosh said he reprinted the books several times and had one read on NPR by Disk Estell, on ETV’s Radio Reader. But mostly, McIntosh said, he’s happy to see the impact on people because of his stories. “It pleases me greatly to see people laugh and smile, that’s why I write the way I do,” he said. McIntosh said he is now working on a book about one of his Furman classmates, Frank Selvy. Selvy, is noted not only for scoring 100 points in a single game against Newberry College in 1954, but also went on to be one of the leading scorers for the Baltimore Bullets and the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1950s and 1960s. “He and his wife asked me to write it and about him,” McIntosh said. “It’s different from the way that I write, but I’m trying to do it justice.” McIntosh said he’s enjoyed being able to write and having the time to do it. “I think that’s my calling in life, being retired,” he said. “I enjoy it so much. I don’t know why I put it off so long.”

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In the fall of next year, Kathryn Smith expects her latest book will illuminate the life of one of the most influential women in the Franklin Roosevelt White House, Marguerite LeHand. Smith started her writing career as a newspaper reporter with the Aiken Standard, before moving on to the Orangeburg Times and Standard and later the Anderson Independent Mail. It was her reporting skills that helped her find out more about the life and times of LeHand, one of Roosevelt’s most trusted advisors and for all intents and purposes, the first and only female White House Chief of Staff. Smith, who has written three books, including “The Music Man,” a memoir for Johnny Mann; “It’s Electric,” the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce book; and “A Necessary War” recollections of World War II for the Anderson County Museum, said she hopes her new book will shed light on how LeHand influenced FDR


and had an impact on the political scene at the time. “She was a very important person in the FDR White house,” Smith said. “She was the gate keeper for the Oval Office; she was his private secretary; she was his advisor. She even lived in the White House.” For the past two years, Smith has been researching LeHand’s life. What she has found, she said, was that “Missy” LeHand was not only the hostess for the White House, in Eleanor Roosevelt’s absence, but also someone who helped FDR make decisions about not only how to sway public opinion, but also whom to put in public office. “We don’t know a lot about her, but we do know that she was a very important person in the FDR White House,” Smith said. Smith’s book is scheduled for release in September of 2016 by Simon and Schuster.

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According to Beth Batson, the idea for her book “Little Wren Lost and the Teakettle Call” came from discussions with then assistant Anderson City administrator Linda McConnell as a way to promote the bronze wren sculptures by Zan Wells located throughout downtown Anderson. With the help of local illustrator Scott Foster, Batson wrote the book and the city published it in 2013 during the unveiling of Carolina Wren Park. A story about a wren, lost near Myrtle Beach, who travels the state to reunite with his family in Anderson, incorporated state icons and other cities, Batson said. “I had the idea in my head for a while,” Batson said. “Then, I imagined the little lost bird and how he must have felt trying to get home to his family.” Batson is also a playwright, having penned “The Dog Park,” a full-length play produced by Clemson Little Theater in the summer of 2014. There are plans to bring the play to the Electric City Theater as well. “I like to think I’m always working on something,” Batson said. “I have written a couple of other plays that I need to polish. Lately, I have been inspired to write short stories and poetry through my association with the Foothills Writers Guild. Jay Wright, the president of FWG, has created an environment that pushes us to produce and I really admire that.” “Little Wren Lost” has sold more than 1,000 copies and has spurred other projects, including the sale of the original artwork for the book, silver wren charms and wraps for the electrical boxes throughout downtown Anderson. The wraps feature the watercolors from the book and were funded by a vibrancy grant from “Ten at the Top,” an organization that works to promote and revitalize the Upstate. n

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September/October 2015


Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Arts Center

By Caroline Anneaux

“This fundraiser helps ensure that the arts remain accessible for all young people, artists and our diverse community by supporting our fundraising endeavors.”

An amazing night is in store for art enthusiasts planning to support the Anderson Arts Center this year for the 33rd Annual ArtZ Auction. “The theme for this year’s event is ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ where Arts patrons will venture through a visual extravaganza of one of the most beloved movies ever made,” said Kimberly Spears, executive director. The event, starting at 6 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 13, invites guests to enjoy a fundraising event unlike anything they have experienced before. Black tie attire is encouraged, and in true “Wizard of Oz” fashion, ruby slippers are welcome! Beginning at $100 a person, guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres catered by Earle Street Kitchen and Bar. Two delicious dinner menu choices will be prepared by Jeff Morris of The Butcher’s Block and Tucker’s of Anderson. Upon arrival, guests will preview the live auction and begin bidding on the silent auction items. Some of the incredible items in the auction include beautiful jewelry, amazing trips and first-class original artwork. “The unique pieces of artwork donated by gifted artists are always the highlight of our annual auction,” said Spears. A limited number of $100 “Golden Tickets” will be sold to patrons who wish to win a chance to select a live auction item of their choice before it goes up for bid. Provided there are any left after the pre-sale, the Golden Tickets will be on sale during the cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m. The drawing for the Golden Ticket will be held at 8 p.m. “The Arts Center depends on community support and proceeds from our Annual ArtZ Auction to fund operating costs for the Warehouse, Arts in Education programming, free exhibits and scholarships for summer art camps, public art and innovative community partnerships,” said Spears. For more information about the event, check out the Anderson Arts Center website n

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My Favorite Season It’s that time of year! The moment we’ve all been waiting for…the pigskin is out, the field is green, the players are ready! That’s right – it’s TAILGATING season! Lord knows I love a good tailgate. I love to peruse Pinterest and find recipes that will travel well and can sit out for a couple hours without generating a bacteria-laden food borne illness. I love to get all matchy-matchy with the plates and cups and such. I love to play host to the guests who just drop by the tailgate like it’s the world’s biggest open house party. I am pretty sure I have tailgated for almost everything in my life. No doubt, football games. Started that back in my college days, carried it over to some NFL games and circling back again to college games now. I’ve tailgated for baseball games. I particularly remember a tailgate before a Braves game when I lived in Atlanta. A big group of us went downtown, set up a great tailgate. Had food, drinks – just a fabulous time. A few minutes before the game we walked over to the ticket booth to purchase our tickets. Guess what? They were completely sold out. Couldn’t even get the cheap seats. So, we had basically driven into hellacious traffic to downtown Atlanta, set up shop and tailgated for a good couple of hours for a ballgame we couldn’t even get into see if we wanted to. Garage sales. Yep, I’ve tailgated for that. That’s particularly fun when you are hosting your own garage sale with multiple families. Muffins, mimosas and Bloody Mary’s make that 8 a.m. Saturday morning bargaining rush a much more pleasurable experience. Concert? Done it. Theatrical play? Done it. Horse show? Done it. Love, love, love to tailgate. But what I DON’T love is the utter chaos, hurriedness, aggravation and anxiety of game day tailgating. Let’s take a Clemson game day, for example. While prepping the food is fun for me, my game-day experience starts about 24 hours before the game to get that done. Then, the morning of, it’s throwing something in the oven so it will be hot; packing the goodies in the Tupperware; separating the hot food from the cold. Pack the plates, forks and napkins. Wait? Do we need spoons today? Did you get the trash bags? No, I thought you did. We just have to stop on the way out and pick up some chicken – like every other human in Anderson County on game day.


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By April Cameron

Two bags of ice. Now, we have to repack the cooler in the parking lot of the store since we didn’t have the ice before. My word at the traffic! Is it always this bad? We have to hurry or we’ll only have three hours to tailgate before the game. Pulling in the lot. When did they draw the lines for these parking spaces? Not since the SUV boom, obviously. Parking is like maneuvering a 757 on the runway. One of us always, always, has to get out of the car and help direct into the space. A little to the right, a little to the left. Wait! Don’t run over that kid throwing the football. Ma’am, can you move your chair just a hair so we can pull in this space? Flip the mirrors in – you’ll have more room. I’m just gonna crawl over the seats to the back to get out. I can’t even open my door. Whip out the tent. Don’t pinch your finger! Set up the chairs. Don’t get that out until I put on the table cloth! Put that chicken on a plate, for crying out loud. Tie the trash bag up. No, the chips go beside the dip. That takes toothpicks, not forks. Whew! All done! This looks great! Now, let’s walk over there and see our friends. This will all be fine until we get back. n

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