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“I came back to the Southeast with all these big country boys and got taught a good lesson.” Eric Snow, a heavy athletics competitor in this year’s Gallabrae Scottish Games, who found he had to step up his game when he moved from California.

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Can downtown living be emulated in the suburbs? By Sean Hartness

In today’s hectic world, convenience and location are priority considerations for the new homebuyer. Families take into account area schools, safety, proximity to the workplace, nearby shopping, medical care, social opportunities, and even local entertainment. The commute to each regular destination is carefully measured and considered in the decision-making process. Living in the heart of downtown Greenville, I understand the benefits of having convenience right outside my doorstep. Not only do I live surrounded by businesses, restaurants, and shopping, I live amid an active social community. Downtown is filled with continuous activity, community festivals, and events

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that celebrate Greenville. It is no wonder that downtown living in any thriving city is highly sought after. So, the question I wish to pose is this: Can the convenience and lifestyle of downtown city living be emulated in the suburbs? I truly believe it can. The solution to bringing community, convenience, and social enjoyment to our surrounding neighborhoods lies in the principles of a recently developed neighborhood planning approach called New Urbanism. New Urbanism seeks to thoughtfully design and build aesthetic communities that are “human-scaled.” Essentially, a neighborhood would have some necessities for life and lifestyle within walking distance of one’s domicile. New

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New Urbanism seeks to thoughtfully design and build aesthetic communities that are “human-scaled.” Essentially a neighborhood would have some necessities for life and lifestyle within walking distance of one’s domicile. Urbanism was partly developed on the strong belief that one’s surrounding environment directly affects the positive or negative quality of one’s lifestyle. Today, we are fortunate if we have pools and clubhouses within our own neighborhoods, let alone parks for recreation, eating establishments, shopping, or community activities. When we step outside, we must act as pedestrians in competition with vehicles on the road when we do wish to take advantage of the outdoors within our neighborhoods. We even hesitate to let our children beyond our yards because it feels as though we are sending them into harm’s way rather than into a safe and trusted community. New Urbanism calls for centralizing a neighborhood’s convenience, safety, and community to mirror downtown Main Street patterns on a micro-level. When this occurs, the neighborhood culture is richly enhanced. It allows for public amenities such as parks, plazas, retail, restaurants, and event centers that are communitywide and community shared to be immediately accessible. Because of such conveniences, home sites can be “rightsized” to accommodate for the more social lifestyle taking place outside of the home within the shared community. When we take careful stock of the current neighborhoods and communities that surround us, let’s consider what New Urbanism brings to the table: safer and more aesthetically pleasing environments buzz-

ing with social energy that encourage diversity. Currently, I am leading the development of Hartness, a walkable community on the eastside of Greenville based upon the principles of New Urbanism. Hartness homes will be close to daily conveniences, public spaces, and nature. Residents will experience the thoughtfulness of exceptional design and planning, as the beautiful hardscape of the Village Center’s plazas, restaurants, shops, and cottages transitions through a pedestrian network of walkways into the softer landscaping of “green streets,” gardens, and pocket parks, ultimately leading to the nature preserve. We will provide a community that is a pleasure to experience for both visitors and residents, and one that utilizes a much softer environmental footprint than traditional development practices would provide. To learn more about New Urbanism, visit, and to learn more about Hartness, “The South’s Great Village,” visit

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Is the Peace Center about to get a radical makeover? CHRIS HAIRE | EDITOR

Renderings for the exploratory master plan for the Peace Center were made by Atlanta-based Summerour and Associates Architects.

Would-be brides and party planners, we have some good news. If the Peace Center’s proposed master plan comes to fruition, you won’t have to worry about rain on your wedding day or inclement weather messing up your $75-ticket barbecue, bivalves, and bubbly fundraiser at the Wyche Pavilion. Under the plan, the historic HQ of Eugenia Duke’s sandwich spread and mayo empire could get glass windows and an entirely new rooftop area. And that’s the least of the changes that could happen. Graham Plaza in front of the Peace Center could receive a grass-is-greener makeover. That means no brick flowerbeds and no fountains. Just lots of turf to tickle your toes. And the greenery doesn’t stop at Graham either. Renderings show the front facade of the Gunter Theatre getting covered in what appear to be vines. Plans also show a series of pop-shop storefronts facing the theater’s South Main side. The Peace Center box office could also move to a Graham Plaza entryway building that comes complete with a café. The proposed master plan also shows a new two-story terrace for the Coach Factory, the current home of Larkin’s on the River. Add to that, we’ve also heard rumblings about an indie theater, but the Peace Center plans don’t indicate anything of the kind. All of this is ambitious, yes? But will it happen? Who knows. According to Tara McNamara, Peace Center director of public relations, the plan presented to Greenville City Council last week is less a plan and more of an on-paper conversation. You might even say that it’s a mood board. “We’re consistently looking to the future so we may remain relevant to an extraordinary city that continues to transform,” McNamara says. “To this end, the Peace Center is exploring a real estate master plan, which includes a variety of projects that may or may not come to fruition in the next five to 15 years.” She adds, “Like any other company developing its strategic direction, brainstorming is a part of the exploration process, and discussion is often best facilitated by renderings. The visuals shared at the work session this week are exactly that — concepts that are being explored.” The renderings for the exploratory master plan were made by the Atlanta-based firm Summerour and Associates Architects. One of the more interesting details of the overall master plan is the way that the proposed Peace Center makeover abandons its current brick-and-glass look, a look that has come to dominate a lot of buildings downtown. Critics, including Greenville Journal’s own Bobby Barreto, have bemoaned this unfortunate uniformity. However, given the city Design and Review Board’s current insistence on a consistent look to new downtown development, the Peace Center’s ambitious plans could face some hurdles. The city recently rejected the current plans for the proposed plans for the Grand Bohemian boutique hotel because of its out-of-character rustic look and previously pushed the makers of the Camperdown project to abandon some of its more interesting, contemporary details involving the use of steel for a plainer brick-and-glass facade.


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According to Tara McNamara, director of public relations for the Peace Center, the master plan “includes a variety of projects that may or may not come to fruition.”

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The roads bill passed, the gas tax is going up, and some SCDOT reform is on the way CHRIS HAIRE | EDITOR

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South Carolinians will able to celebrate their newfound freedom from pothole-covered highways and interstates the weekend before Independence Day by paying two cents more per gallon at the pump. That’s right, the gas tax goes into affect July 1 and then increases two copper-top Lincolns every July 1 from now until after July 1, 2022 — the 155th anniversary of the Internal Revenue Service. Once it’s all said and done, South Carolinians — and all of those tourists driving to vacation in our state — will be shelling out 12 cents more a gallon. Greenville’s own state Sen. Ross Turner (R-District 8) was one of four legislators who brokered the compromise bill that the state House and Senate passed... and which both passed again following Gov. Henry McMaster’s veto. Like some gas tax critics, McMaster was against the roads bill — at least in part — because of the way those way South Carolina infrastructure projects are selected and funded. For years, the S.C. Department of Transportation, which handles all roadwork, has been controlled by the Transportation CommisS.C. Sen. Ross Turnsion, which is largely comprised of legislative nominees. er (R-District 8) As far as deciding which projects actually get funded, that task has fallen to the State Infrastructure Bank (SIB). That group is made up of two governor appointees, two senate president pro tem appointees, two house speaker appointees, and a chair of the SCDOT Transportation Commission appointee. The result: Most road projects inevitably end up in and around counties where the two most powerful members of the Legislature reside. Or at least that’s what happened while Charleston’s Bobby Harrell and Glenn McConnell presided over the House and Senate, respectively. In fact, from 2005–15, 10 of the 14 projects SIB funded were along the coast. Neither man is in office today, having been replaced by House Speaker Jay Lucas of Edgefield and Senate Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman. Because of this, critics have said the General Assembly must relinquish their control over the SCDOT and the governor’s office must be given direct oversight of the department. In many ways, the newly passed law reforms the current system. Now, the governor’s office will decide who makes up the commission, which oversees the SCDOT. Turner, for one, believes the move takes control from the General Assembly. “The DOT commission is now under the governor’s control and not the legislators’,” he says. “The governor appoints all commissioners and they serve ‘at will’ to the governor. (Who is your boss? The person that can fire you.)”


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Turner adds, “Last year, we passed that all SIB [State Infrastructure Bank] projects must be approved by the DOT commission and fit the priority list as set by statute. If the governor controls the DOT commission — then in essence, the governor now controls the SIB. No more roads picked by legislators for the SIB.” The libertarian think tank S.C. Policy Council doesn’t see the reform measure the same way. According to the group, “The legislation sets the stage for most of the new revenue to be diverted to the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank, or STIB.” (SIB, STIB, and SCTIB are often used interchangeably, but they all refer to the same entity. Greenville Journal uses SIB, when not a direct quote.) The S.C. Policy Council says the SIB doesn’t typically pay for repairs and improvements, but instead funds “expansionary projects in politically important districts.” The think tank says this lack of funding impacts rural counties especially.

“Is it everything I want? No. But we are not in a position to kick the can down the road again – our roads suck!” S.C. Sen. Ross Turner (R-District 8)



FOR HOME The SIB was created in 1997 to fund the construction of the $600 million Ravenel Bridge project in Charleston and other projects. Since the infrastructure bank’s creation, of the $5 billion SIB has distributed, at least $1.6 billion has gone to Horry County and $1.3 billion to Charleston, according to a 2015 Legislative Audit Council report. In fact, SIB’s first major loan and grant package was for a $1.1 billion project in Horry. But it’s not just the rural areas that are losing out: As the S.C. Policy Council notes, it’s the metropolitan areas of Columbia and Greenville, too. Since SIB year one, it has distributed at least $400 million to one multi-county Upstate project and $555 million to ACT 95 projects, which included Aiken, Berkeley, Cherokee, Dorchester, Lexington, and Richland, in addition to Greenville and Spartanburg. Those same two Upstate counties also received parts of a $33 million package that included Anderson, Calhoun, Charleston, Cherokee, Horry, Kershaw, Laurens, Lexington, Newberry, Oconee, Orangeburg, and Richland counties. While those figures added together exceed $1 billion, they are spread across multiple counties, unlike Charleston and Horry, which have received over a billion by themselves. Adding to any fears that Upstate, Columbia, and rural legislators and voters might have that the SIB favors Horry and Charleston, the bank is perpetually poised to fund two major coastal projects, I-73 leading to Myrtle Beach and the completion of I-526 in Charleston. The latter project faces sizable opposition from some residents because of concerns it will destroy the rural areas of Charleston County and increase traffic through the Charleston metropolitan area, where roadways are already maxed out. While some legislators felt the recently passed roads bill didn’t do enough to fix the SCDOT and SIB — among them arch-libertarian Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) — Ross Turner felt the roads bill addressed his concerns. In a post on his site, Turner says, “Most of the emails I have received said they didn’t like a gas tax, but if it was going to happen, please make sure of the following: 1) The money goes to the roads. 2) Legislators aren’t able to pick ‘special projects.’ “When it was apparent to me that a straight gas tax was about to pass without any accountability, we put together a group of four people that were willing to vote for the bill, but if and only if we had DOT reform that accomplished the two objectives just mentioned.” Turner adds, “I am convinced we have real reform and without us stepping up to the plate – we would have had a straight gas tax. Is it everything I want? No. But we are not in a position to kick the can down the road again – our roads suck!” Many South Carolinians surely hope that won’t be the case for much longer.

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DRB May meeting: Diner 24 sign out, Grand Bohemian in — sort of The City of Greenville Design Review Board Urban Panel denied Diner 24’s application for approval of its sign that for weeks has been visible through the window at 18 E. Coffee St. and on social media. It was recommended that the sign be redesigned without exposed lights and in a style closer to the original Charlie’s Steakhouse sign, which

She further recommended moving away from the idea of a park-based architectural design. “I think the building can rise organically from the park and still feel like today’s architecture,” she said. Cioffi conceded that her recommendation to use the submitted rustic materials but make the overall appearance more modern and smooth was vague, but encouraged the architects to work toward that end. The Kessler Group, along with Sottile & Sottile, will make the recommended adjustments and present them to two members of the DRB for approval. —Ariel Turner

Greenville Water to repair aging water system on Mills Avenue Greenville Water System has begun replacing the water main underneath Mills Avenue. Construction, which began on Augusta Street, is moving toward Henrydale Avenue, according to Olivia Vassey, spokesperson for Greenville Water. The project is part of the company’s long-term capital reinvestment program to replace aging water infrastructure. Greenville Water has 50 infrastructure projects planned this year. “Projects like this support Greenville Water’s mission of providing clean, safe, high-quality drinking water to our customers in a cost-effective and sustainable manner,” said Vassey. According to Vassey, the company spends about


$7 million on projects each year, with pipes ranked depending on age, number of leaks, water quality, and material. At the top of the list are pipes made out of galvanized steel or cement. Greenville Water has coordinated its construction schedule on Mills Avenue with the S.C. Department of Transportation, which plans to repave the street once the main is replaced. “The construction schedule is designed to minimize disruption to our customers that will be impacted by the project,” said Vassey. “Greenville Water plans to work with our customers throughout the duration of the project to communicate changes in the construction schedule that may arise from weather or unforeseen underground conditions along the project route.” Vassey also said drivers can expect lane closures throughout the duration of the project. ­—Andrew Moore

Reopening of Swamp Rabbit Trail sliver delayed Weather has delayed the partial reopening of the portion of the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail linking Cleveland Park to Falls Park until Saturday, June 3. The trail section has been closed because of the construction of the second phase of Greenville’s Cancer Survivors Park. Beginning June 3, the trail section will be open only on Saturdays and Sundays during regular NEWS BRIEFS continued on PAGE 12

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The Diner 24 sign will have to be reworked to meet the DRB’s recommendations.

was thinner and more vertical, rather than the current curved “Route 66” style. Exposed bulbs are a style the DRB allows in the West End, as in the Warehouse Theatre marquee that was installed in the fall, but not downtown. Neon lights were recommended in this case. Moving on to the Grand Bohemian Hotel, planned for 44 Camperdown Way, the DRB approved the application by Kessler Enterprise Inc. for a certificate of appropriateness for the hotel’s design. But the panel members made quite a few suggestions, the most impactful to the overall design being the recommendation that the exterior take on a more modern appearance than the current lodge design, particularly the roofing, which will be visible far above the tree line and other nearby buildings. The Grand Bohemian’s architect, Christian Sottile of Sottile & Sottile Architects, said he views the location of the hotel as a transition from the city into the park, and based the design on the wooded, lush greenery. Panel members asked Sottile and his team to consider modernizing the exterior to appear more in line with surrounding building designs. DRB member Carmella M. Cioffi said the overall design needs to be more urban, presenting more of a clean contemporary line while likely being able to use the same materials in the plan. She cited the modern lines of the Liberty Bridge that would be in stark contrast to the current design of the hotel.

New iStent Treats Glaucoma Glaucoma has been called “the silent thief of sight” because it doesn’t have any overt symptoms until damage is done and vision is lost. It is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States, after cataracts. The only way to detect glaucoma is through an eye exam. Now, a tiny implant is giving glaucoma patients new hope. It is called the iStent – the smallest implant ever approved by the FDA. Clemson Eye, a leader in eye care innovation, was among the first practices in the area to offer this solution to its patients. The L-shaped iStent opens up a channel that drains fluid from the eye and reduces pressure. Glaucoma is caused when the network of tissue that drains fluid out of the space between the iris and cornea becomes blocked or drains too slowly. The resulting pressure can damage the optic nerve and cause vision loss or blindness. “Glaucoma has no cure,” says Dr. Joseph Parisi, Medical

Director and Chief Ophthalmologist at Clemson Eye. “Lowering the pressure in the eye is the only way to treat it. If we can reduce the pressure, then we can stop the disease’s progress.”


The minimally invasive iStent helps improve the compliance rate by reducing or eliminating the glaucoma patient’s need for eye drops. It is covered by Medicare and many health plans. Currently, the iStent can only be inserted during cataract surgery. Roughly 20 percent of cataract patients also have glaucoma, says Dr. Parisi. The size of the tiny stent requires complex microscopes and mirrors to make sure the device is placed correctly, which adds roughly 15 minutes to cataract surgery.

A regime of eye drops is generally used to reduce The tiny L-shaped iStent measures just 1 x 1/3 mm. “So far, Clemson Eye cataract patients who received the eye pressure. the stent have maintained a reduction in eye pressure and Unfortunately, multiple eye drops and an inefficient drug seen the number of their eye drop medications cut in half,”1 delivery system (i.e., the drops often do not make it fully says Dr. Parisi. He adds that an eye exam is the best way to into the eye) are a challenge for glaucoma patients to be detect glaucoma and protect your vision. compliant in administering their medications. “Glaucoma 1. Clemson Eye iStent and cataract patient clinical results, 2015. drops are costly (about $1,200/year) and many patients struggle to administer them as prescribed,” says Dr. Parisi.

Cataract Patients Now Seeing Near To Far Cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, affect about 22 million Americans over age 40. Left untreated, cataracts can lead to blindness. They are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States. Surgery is the only known treatment for cataracts. Two things happen during the surgery: Your clouded lens is removed and an artificial intraocular lens is implanted. The lens requires no care and simply becomes a permanent part of your eye. You don’t see or feel the lens implant. Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most commonly performed surgeries in the U.S.1 It is a 15-minute out-patient procedure. People with cataracts can opt for basic or laser cataract surgery.

It cannot correct astigmatism or poor reading vision. This manual, bladed surgical procedure is covered by Medicare and most health insurance plans. It is a safe, excellent option. However, if you wore eye glasses before your basic cataract surgery, you will most likely need them after it. Laser Surgery Laser cataract surgery involves using a laser and computer-guided software system to create incisions that are up to 10 times more precise than manual incisions. Here, patients have the option of advanced lenses that can correct astigmatism and provide a range of vision from near-to-far.

“Through laser cataract surgery with Vicky and Doug Kingsmore, advanced lenses, we can deliver the best Clemson Eye Cataract Patients. possible visual outcomes for our cataract patients, regardless of their age” says Dr. Joseph Parisi, Medical Director and Chief Ophthalmologist at Clemson Basic Surgery Eye. “Our laser cataract patients enjoy excellent restored Basic cataract surgery involves removing the diseased vision, whereby they are entirely free of or much less lens and implanting a monofocal lens. The monofocal dependent on eye glasses.”2 intraocular lens clears your vision at a single focal point.

A portion of the cost of laser cataract surgery and advanced lens implants is covered by Medicare and most health insurance plans. However, an additional payment is required. Clemson Eye patients have the option of 24-month, 0% payment plans. When they developed cataracts, Clemson University benefactors Vicky and Doug Kingsmore opted for laser cataract surgery at Clemson Eye. Mr. Kingsmore had an advanced multifocal lens implanted during his laser cataract surgery. “After my surgery, I could read the telephone book and newspaper. It helped me tremendously. But more than anything else, it improved my golf game! It has been the most wonderful thing to happen to me in my adult life,” he says. Mrs. Kingsmore had her laser cataract surgery a couple years after Doug’s, and she too opted for a multifocal lens. “It’s a different world,” she says. “It’s a much brighter world. And I don’t need to look for my glasses anymore, because I can read just about anything without them.” 1. 2. Clemson Eye Laser Cataract with Advanced Intraocular Lens Replacement Results, 2015.


NEWS A third phase includes the construction of the education center and gardens. The project’s fourth and final phase will be programmatic offerings, she said. When the $7.5 million park is complete, a once overgrown and inaccessible area will provide greater connectivity to Falls Park and Cleveland Park. The park is the culmination of a decadeslong effort. — ­ Cindy Landrum

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CLEMSON The portion of the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail that links Cleveland and Falls parks will fully reopen July 1.

park hours through the end of June. It is expected to fully reopen July 1. The second phase of the project includes replacement of what is known as the “cheese grater” metal bridge on the Swamp Rabbit Trail near Church Street and the Chamber of Commerce building. The 12-foot-wide Spirit of Survivorship Bridge has design features similar to Greenville’s signature Liberty Bridge. Greenville High and J.L. Mann Academy raised $500,000 for the pedestrian bridge as part of their Spirit Week fundraiser. Phase two, which has a $3.4 million price tag, also includes rerouting part of the Swamp Rabbit Trail, removing the Chamber’s lower level parking lot, and building the foundation of the park’s education center, said Cancer Survivors Park Executive Director Kay Roper.

Dabo, Kathleen Swinney named honorary alumni Clemson football head coach Dabo Swinney and his wife, Kathleen, were recently recognized as honorary alumni of Clemson University at the 2017 All In Ball, a charity event sponsored by the All In Team Foundation. Dabo, who joined the Clemson football coaching staff in 2003, has been the Tigers’ head coach since the 2009 season after serving as interim head coach in 2008. Last season, he led the Tigers to their second championship in program history. During his tenure at Clemson, Dabo has produced highly ranked recruiting classes while “enhancing the focus on student-athlete success in the classroom.” Meanwhile, Kathleen Swinney has used her platform as the “first lady of Clemson football” to advocate for the betterment of people’s lives. The Swinneys were recognized for the work of NEWS BRIEFS continued on PAGE 14




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their All In Team Foundation, which raises funds for breast cancer research, Call Me MISTER, The Family Effect (at the University of Alabama), and ClemsonLIFE. Three major events – The All In Ball, Dabo Swinney Ladies Football Clinic, and the Dabo Swinney Football Camp — help generate those funds. The foundation’s mission is “to raise awareness of critical education and health issues in order to change the lives of people across the state of South Carolina.” Honorary alumni are chosen “on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion, and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association,” according to a press release. ­—Emily Pietras


SC cities among those with worst student debt The bad news for Greenville and Spartanburg residents: You live in one of the most over-leveraged cities in the United States when it comes to student loan debts. The good news is that it’s better than most South Carolina cities. To identify cities that are the most over-leveraged on student loan debts, WalletHub divided the median student loan balance with the median salary for those with bachelor’s degrees. In Greenville, students graduate with an average debt of $20,184. Their median income for ages 25 to 44

is $43,000, making the ratio of student debt to income 45.44 percent. In Spartanburg, the average student debt was $18,332 and the median salary for bachelor’s degree holders was $40,345 for a ratio of 45.44 percent. Anderson’s median student debt was $20,000, and the median income for employees with bachelor’s degrees was $41,369. That made its ratio 48.35 percent. The ranking considered only the city proper and excluded the surrounding metro area. Lexington was ranked best among South Carolina cities at the 55th percentile. The median student debt was $16,767, while the median salary was $49,021 for a ratio of 34.2 percent. Orangeburg was the worst ranked South Carolina city — as well as one of the worst-ranked in the U.S. — with a median student debt of $22,197 and median earnings for bachelor’s degree holders of $32,126 for a student debt ratio of 69.09 percent. But Orangeburg was better than Ypsilanti, Mich., which was ranked worst of the 1,937 U.S. cities ranked. Ypsilanti’s median student debt of $24,339 was just $4,219 less than the median earnings for bachelor’s degree holders for a ratio of 85.23 percent. ­—Cindy Landrum


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ter’s chamber music concert series is set to bring another diverse lineup to the Gunter Theatre in downtown Greenville. The 2017–2018 schedule, announced on Thursday, includes Sweet Plantain, The American Chamber Players, Tara Erraught, New York Polyphony, and Brooklyn Rider. The series was launched last year by Miles Hoffman, artistic director for the Peace Center and violist for The American Chamber Players. It not only includes five concerts but also free lectures, master classes, and summer workshops for young and adult musicians. The Peace Center’s chamber series kicks off on Oct. 10, 2017, in the Peace Center’s Huguenot Mill

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forms on Jan. 12, 2018. Erraught is acclaimed for her expansive range and rich voice, which has garnered her an international career on opera, orchestral, and recital stages. In recent seasons, she has sung two world premieres and toured North American three times. On Jan. 20, 2018, New York Polyphony will perform. The male classical vocal quartet’s performances focus on rare and rediscovered Renaissance and medieval pieces. Brooklyn Rider, a New York-based string quartet, will close out the series on Feb. 15, 2018. They plan to perform a collection that includes Phillip Glass, John Adams, Björk, Sting, Elvis Costello, and more. Season tickets, which are on sale now, are $180. Single tickets, which go on sale this summer, are $45 each. Tickets may be purchased by calling 864-467-3000 or 800-888-7768, in person at the Peace Center Box Office, or online at peacecenter. org. ­—Andrew Moore


Greenville Women Giving awards grants to local nonprofits Greenville Women Giving, a philanthropic organization, has awarded $613,000 in grants to 11 nonprofit organizations. The grants, which were presented during the organization’s annual meeting on Tuesday, are going to support nonprofits in the areas of arts and culture, education, health, human services, and environment. Over the last decade, Greenville Women Giving has awarded more than 90 grants to Greenville County community organizations totaling $4.8 million and has brought more than 530 women into its philanthropic circle. The following organizations are recipients of Greenville Women Giving 2017 grants: • Alston Wilkes Society received $45,756 to help more former offenders transition back into the community through an employment readiness program. • Feed & Seed received $34,854 to hire a field coordinator who will add efficiency to the process of providing access to affordable local produce. • Fostering Great Ideas received $47,000 to develop a student and staff mentoring program for foster children to assist with college applications. • Mental Health America received $49,875 to use AmeriCorps volunteers to create an online training and scheduling program for mental health volunteers. • Project Host received $100,000 to expand soup kitchen space and equipment for a specialized bakery to enhance job training and sustainability. • Rebuild Upstate received $52,000 to provide critical home repairs for 125 low-income residents and add staff to assist with homeowner education. • S.C. Children’s Theatre received $80,000, to purchase equipment for its Theatre Arts Center. • United Ministries received $54,000 to purchase a van to transport the homeless and underserved

to community resources and programs. • Upstate Forever received $80,000 to establish conservation easements at Camperdown Way along the Reedy River in downtown and agricultural land throughout Greenville County. • Urban League of the Upstate received $70,000 to expand a program designed to keep at-risk youth from acquiring a criminal record due to minor offenses. ­—Andrew Moore

Stone Pin Company will have six bowling lanes and a full bar and lounge.


Stone Pin prepares to open new downtown bowling alley The long-awaited boutique bowling alley Stone Pin Company opens any day now under the event space Revel at 304 E. Stone Ave. The opening was delayed from its original May 1 date because of construction hang-ups, but the space is just about ready to rumble, co-owner Howard Dozier says. Dozier, who also owns Revel, Pour Lounge, and Comedy Zone, says there are a few finishing touches to take care of before announcing a new opening date. Stone Pin has its own entrance on the ground level separate from Revel with parking available in the neighboring Canal Insurance lot. The space includes six lanes, three on each side with a full bar and lounge in the center. Bowlers can wait their turns while lounging on crescentshaped faux-leather sectionals that are several notches above the usual hard plastic bowling chairs. The interactive bowling system allows bowlers to personalize the scorekeeping and post the playby-play on Facebook for their friends to comment on. The system also suspends the bowling pins by strings, rather than having them loose, requiring less time for reset. After the second (or first if you’re expert-level) frame, the pins are lifted back into place. “Our system resets in less than 10 seconds,” manager Andy Robinson says. The rustic industrial décor using reclaimed wood and various metals was designed and fabricated by TreeHugger Customs, which also transformed Revel’s interior. Dozier says he wanted both levels of the building to have similar aesthetics. The menu features Revel caterer Good Life Catering along with craft cocktails. For private parties, Dozier will rent out three lanes but leave the remaining three for regular business, which will operate on a first-come, firstserved basis. Hours of operation are Monday–Wednesday 11 a.m.–midnight; Thursday–Friday 11 a.m.–2 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–2 a.m. and Sunday noon–midnight. —Ariel Turner



NEWS HOSPITALITY « Release the hounds Greenville is getting its first official dog bar. KPE & SGE LLC has purchased 69 Rocky Slope Road with plans to open Unleashed Dog Bar before football season. Joe Teague of Joyner Commercial represented the buyer. The building is a 1,000-square-foot brick duplex with an attached 1,000-square-foot warehouse. An additional 3,000–4,000 square feet of property will be used as an outdoor, fenced area where dogs will be allowed to go off leash. The front brick building will be used for an office and dog bathing area, and the warehouse will house the bar, where craft and domestic beer and wine will be served. Many local breweries, bars, and restaurant patios are dog-friendly, but dogs must remain on their leashes. This will be the first bar in the Greenville area specifically designed so dogs don’t have to be restrained, as long as all parties follow the rules of conduct. The owners are modeling Unleashed Dog Bar after Lucky Dog Bark and Brew in Charlotte, N.C., where dogs run free in a safe environment while their owners can enjoy 20 brews on tap. —Ariel Turner


Multi-genre show set for Saluda River club Brent Best knew it from the moment he saw the big stage on the banks of the river at the Saluda River Yacht Club he’d found the place for his music festival, Camp Hologram. “It’s the most beautiful place,” Best, the man better known as the Greenville hip-hop artist $amson, says of the Saluda River Yacht Club, a popular camping and tubing site about five minutes from West Greenville. “When you first see it, it’s like this little bar with very friendly people, and I was like ‘OK, that’s kind of nice.’ But then you open the doors to the back and you’re just blown away. There’s this big wooden stage and this big campsite and then lapping all around it is the Saluda River. It all came to life from there. It was almost like I had no choice after seeing how beautiful the space was.” Within this idyllic setting, Best has created a multi-genre festival that will kick off Saturday, May 27. In addition to food, adult beverages, and arts and crafts vendors, the festival will feature 10 bands playing just about every genre, from singer/ songwriters like Charlotte Berg to progressiverockers Polymath to electronic dance music acts like Carpoolparty and a performance by $amson himself. Best has long been a proponent of mixing the Upstate’s disparate musical audiences at multigenre shows, and he put on a smaller version of the festival called Flower$ at the Radio Room, putting rock, R&B, and hip-hop groups on the same bill. “It was successful and people really enjoyed it, so it gave me the confidence to really take liberties with this festival,” he says. “I just enjoy all of these acts so much. I’ve seen them all live, and they were fantastic. There’s going to be something for everyone there. I wanted everyone to be able to come over and have a good time.” ­—Vincent Harris

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A Matter of Survival

Behind the scenes, the Greenville Zoo works to save animals worldwide Words by Andrew Moore

Pressed against the exhibit’s glass, parents and children “ooh” as the leopard Nelkan prowls across a log to rest. Despite his nocturnal nature, the big cat has become one of the Greenville Zoo’s star attractions since he arrived from Berlin last year. But many guests aren’t aware of Nelkan’s true purpose. “This is an important move for the species, as it will introduce another bloodline into the North American population,” says Greenville Zoo administrator Jeff Bullock. The Amur leopard is one of the world’s rarest big cat species, with just 70 in the wild and 200 in captivity. Their numbers have been dwindling for decades due to poaching for their fur, as well as the loss of natural habitat and diseases. In 2016, there were 14 Amur leopard births, three of which happened in zoos across North America, according to Bullock. Nelkan, an 11-year-old male, has been paired with the zoo’s 7-year-old female Amur leopard, Jade, to boost that number. The cats are part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP), a program developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 1981 to help ensure the survival of selected species, most of which are threatened or endangered. The program, which protects nearly 500 species, ensures that captive populations remain genetically able to reproduce without taking animals from the wild. In this way, a captive population is bred in the event it is needed for a reintroduction program to save the species from extinction in the wild. “Some animals only exist in captivity and more only exist in the wild because they’ve been boosted by captive bred animals,” Bullock said. “Our zoo, like many others, is much more than just a collection of animals and more important than ever.”

Illustration by Timothy Banks The Greenville Zoo, which houses an estimated 176 SSP animals, has fostered more than five births of threatened or critically endangered species since 2000. The ocelot couple Oz and Evita welcomed their second set of kittens in March. Bullock says Nelkan and Jade should produce at least one cub before 2018.

All creatures great and small Over the past century, zoos have played a crucial role in saving hundreds of species from extinction. While most of the work has stemmed from breeding, more and more zoos are funding conservation in the field or even starting their own conservation programs. Bullock said the Greenville Zoo has spent more than $300,000 on conservation over the last seven years. In 2010, the zoo’s conservation committee launched the Quarters for Conservation program to meet accreditation standards by creating a funding source for local and global conservation efforts. For each admission purchase, visitors receive a token representing 25 cents of their admission fee. Visitors use their tokens to vote for one of five highlighted conservation programs at a kiosk located at the zoo’s entrance. “The conservation projects change yearly and the amount each project receives is directly related to the number of votes it receives from our zoo guests,” Bullock said. In addition to funding from the general admission fee, the zoo allocates $3 from each annual membership fee to a fund for conservation. Each year, 50 percent of the program’s funds go directly to staff-selected projects. The zoo’s current conservation projects include restora-

tion of the Fijian crested iguana on the Pacific island of Monuriki; and efforts to help the Sumatran orangutan, Chilean flamingo, Amur leopard, and Angolan Colobus monkey. “Quarters for Conservation gives our more than 300,000 annual visitors a way to connect with these conservation programs, and feel the power to make a difference,” Bullock said. The program’s remaining funds are used to support grants to nonprofits, individuals, and educational entities with shared interests in conservation and research, and a small percentage is set aside for on-site conservation, research, and administration. In 2011, the Greenville Zoo established a grant program for conservation efforts in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia that awards between $300 and $1,000 to recipients. The zoo also established a grant program for international efforts that awards up to $3,000. The zoo has since funded more than 20 projects. It plans to award $12,910 to nine projects this year, according to Nikolay Kapustin, veterinarian and deputy zoo administrator. The request will go before Greenville City Council later this month. Brad Lock, assistant curator of herpetology at Zoo Atlanta, has received more than $5,000 from the Greenville Zoo since 2013 to restore oak tree habitat for the critically endangered arboreal alligator lizard in central Guatemala. “We’ve planted 60,000 trees, and it wouldn’t haven’t been possible without the Greenville Zoo’s support,” said Lock, director of Guatemalan programs for the International Reptile Conservation Foundation. “They’ve got the right attitude about conservation.”


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Conservation in action In 2008, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums estimated zoos and aquariums were spending around $252 million on conservation efforts every year, including captive breeding inside the institutions and supporting work in the field. Some zoos are taking creative approaches to conservation, including efforts to educate the public about the plight of the world’s endangered species. For instance, the Greenville Zoo partnered with Furman University in 2014 to launch a free conservation lecture series. The series, held periodically at the Children’s Museum in downtown Greenville, has since featured presentations about various critically endangered species ranging from Mexican gray wolves to orangutans to okapi. “The goal is to help the public understand the importance of being responsible stewards of the planet,” said Kapustin. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a student or businessperson from downtown. We just want everyone to come out to the lectures.” Many zoos also educate conservation workers in foreign countries or send keepers abroad to contribute their skills and knowledge to zoos and preserves helping to improve conditions and reintroductions all over the world. For instance, the Greenville Zoo has launched a scholarship program to send staff on overseas conservation missions. Jennifer Stahl, a zookeeper, was awarded about $2,000 in 2016 to visit Malaysia’s Melaka Zoo and Night Safari. While there, she spent two weeks renovating exhibits, participating in orangutan conservation efforts, and teaching foreign handlers training techniques. “It was an eye-opening trip, because I realized we can impact international conservation,” Stahl said. “They’re trying to protect animals from extinction like us, but they need money. Luckily, we’re able to help through our Quarters for Conservation program.”

The future of conservation In 2015, the AZA called on zoos to spend at least 3 percent of their operating budgets on conservation. The call comes after scientists have warned that human activities are pushing life on Earth toward a mass extinction event. According to the World Wildlife Fund, global populations of vertebrates (mammals, birds, reptiles, etc.) have dropped by a staggering 52 percent from 1970 to 2010; during the same time, the number of humans on the planet has grown by nearly 3 billion. Now the Greenville Zoo is attempting to step up its conservation goals. The city’s 2017-2018 budget proposal includes an increase in zoo admission. The

cost to enter would increase by $1 and individual memberships would increase by $10. The funds would go to Quarters for Conservation, allowing the program to collect 50 cents instead of 25 cents from each admission and $5 dollars instead of $3 for each membership. City Council is set to give final approval on May 22. If approved, the increased rates would take effect on July 1. “Our zoo can become a force for conservation,” said Kapustin. “The proposed increases would double our conservation fund and provide more money for various research projects across the globe.” The city’s $185.4 million budget proposal also calls for a $1 million investment in the zoo’s master plan. The money, which comes from the city’s tourism tax, is part of a $3 million pledge to complete the plan’s first phase, which costs an estimated $15 million. The first phase includes a 10,000-squarefoot tiger exhibit with a glass viewing wall, tiger training wall, overlooks, waterfalls, streams, and artificial rockwork and exhibit spaces for Asian bears, siamangs, and birds. The zoo is considering Sumatran or Malayan tigers for the exhibit, according to Bullock. Each of the tiger subspecies are thought to number less than 500 in the wild as they’re in high demand in many parts of Asia and Indonesia for traditional medicine. “We identified the Sumatran and Malayan tigers as the species that could have the largest impact on conservation,” said Bullock. “Our guests might see some cubs running around here at some point in the future.” He also said the zoo is exploring sponsorship opportunities with Clemson University so researchers can study the tigers. The exhibit would feature a research lab and holding area beside the den. It would have glass windows for observing. Phase one of the zoo’s master plan also calls for upgrades to the lion exhibit that meet the AZA’s required standards for breeding. The zoo plans to obtain a female lion for breeding purposes sometime in the future, according to Bullock. African lion populations have declined 43 percent in the last two decades due to habitat loss, difficulty finding prey, and conflicts with humans. Certain subspecies were protected under U.S. law in 2015, months after the killing of Cecil the lion stoked global outrage. The master plan also includes a “Blue Ridge Backyard” exhibit, which could house a bear, otters, and various other South Carolina animals. “Many people don’t know about our region’s animals,” said Bullock. “The exhibit will give us an opportunity to discuss conservation, because our animals are running out of places to go due to the region’s rapid growth.” ZOO continued on PAGE 20

Jeff Bullock, zoo administrator at the Greenville Zoo, is responsible for many of the zoo’s current conservation efforts, including Quarters for Conservation. Photo by Will Crooks

Nikolay Kapustin, veterinarian and deputy zoo administrator at the Greenville Zoo, has spent more than 20 years conducting and promoting local and international conservation.


Nikolay Kapustin, veterinarian and deputy zoo administrator for the Greenville Zoo, performs a medical exam on a jaguar in central Guyana. Photo provided by the Florida Times-Union.

From Greenville to Guyana Guyana’s people call the country’s inland “the bush.” It encompasses tens of thousands of square miles of South American rain forest and savannah, and it’s home to more wildlife than people. “It’s very pristine in most of the country unlike certain Latin American areas where there is intense habitat loss,” said Nikolay Kapustin, veterinarian and deputy zoo administrator for the Greenville Zoo. “There is a great sense of awareness of the need for sustainable practices within Guyana natural areas.” Kapustin has been to the country’s interior on numerous occasions. During his time as senior veterinarian for the Jacksonville Zoo in 2006, Kapustin traveled more 2,000 miles to the Guyana Zoo, which is located in the capital of Georgetown, to transport two jaguars and one giant otter to Jacksonville. Guyana had previously signed an agreement with the Jacksonville Zoo for a cooperative conservation initiative focused on wildlife surveys; support for policy, legislation, and development; and environmental education at the Guyana Zoo. Kapustin has since maintained his relationships and collaborations with the zoo. He hopes to bring some of them to Greenville. “It would be great to participate in efforts to assist with garnering more awareness of conservation practices and identifying baseline wildlife information there,” Kapustin said. Currently, Kapustin is working to identify conservation efforts in Guyana that he and his colleagues could participate in through staff scholarships. Some of those possible efforts include education and capacity building at the Guyana Zoo, which, according to Kapustin, is key to increasing environmental awareness among the country’s urban population. Other possible efforts could include collaborative work to protect the country’s jaguars. “I’m looking forward to possibly continuing and identifying wildlife studies there in which we could participate for the benefit of their native wildlife management. They have some they are currently doing already,” Kapustin said. Globally, jaguars are declining due to habitat loss and conflict with humans. As a result, they are listed as a near-threatened species. Guyana represents one of 18 Latin American countries that houses jaguars. The Ministry of Natural Resource and other agencies have collaborated with international organizations over the years to survey Guyana’s jaguars, educate the public, and mitigate conflicts between jaguars and people. Kapustin said conservation efforts could also span to other South American countries. “Our efforts may dovetail in some efforts with Brazil,” said Kapustin. “Obviously, adjacent countries such as this have wildlife, like giant anteaters, that traverse the borders and can inhabit either country so there is nice continuity of such corridors and shows how wildlife can connect countries in such fashion.” —Andrew Moore

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ONE STUDENT AT A TIME Augustine Literacy Project’s tutors help low-income kids improve literacy skills WORDS BY EMILY PIETRAS PHOTOS BY WILL CROOKS

After undergoing 70 hours of training, Mark Webber and Cyndi Wiginton began tutoring with the Augustine Literacy Project last summer.

Reading ability is a key predictor of future academic success, and children who struggle to reach grade-level proficiency early in school may face an uphill battle. According to Education Week, “[A]bsent effective intervention, children who read significantly below grade level by third grade continue to struggle in school and eventually face a much higher likelihood of dropping out altogether.” In order to catch up, many of these students will require supplemental, individualized instruction outside of the classroom, but not every family has the financial resources to hire a private tutor. An Upstate nonprofit is trying to help fill that need, one student at a time. Since 2006, the Augustine Literacy Project of the Upstate (ALP) has trained volunteer tutors to work with lowincome students — those who qualify for free or reducedprice school lunch — who are at least one grade level behind in reading. Some students who receive tutoring through ALP have dyslexia or another learning disability, while others may be “language- or vocabulary-deprived,” says executive director Ann Copeland. “They may have a parent working three jobs who doesn’t have time to read to them.” The ALP reaches eight elementary schools in Greenville County, two in Pickens County, and one each in Spartanburg and Anderson counties. Currently, 32 tutors work with 36 students. Prospective tutors undergo 70 hours of rigorous training that includes 15 hours of independent online study followed by classroom instruction. The in-person training largely focuses on watching examples of tutoring sessions, learning how to develop lesson plans, and then practicing lessons and receiving feedback. Tutors assist students through a “structured, multisensory” methodology known as the Orton-Gillingham approach, which “helps to match letters to sounds to decode words,” Copeland says. The multisensory component allows students to process reading in an alternative way through a pattern of hearing, saying, touching, seeing, writing, and reading each word. It costs the ALP $1,000 to fund training for each tutor,

and prospective tutors are asked to pay $300 upfront for materials. Last year, Dabo Swinney’s All In Team Foundation awarded the ALP an annual grant of $2,400 for three years, which will cover the upfront cost for 24 tutors, or eight per year. Copeland says that asking volunteers to pay $300 helps ensure that they are serious about the time commitment involved in being a tutor, which includes preparing lesson plans and giving 60 hour-long lessons per school year. “If they’ve paid for this stuff [the materials], they’ll tend to use it,” she adds. Both Cyndi Wiginton and Mark Webber became tutors last summer and are almost finished with their first school year. Wiginton was drawn to the ALP due to her past enjoyment of teaching kids to read. A mother of five, she homeschooled her children, including a son who is dyslexic. Wiginton thought she could use that experience to help another child. She currently tutors a third-grader who is an ESL student at Cherrydale Elementary. “She’s still pretty fluent in English, but she doesn’t have the vocabulary background, because her mother doesn’t speak English. All of her vocabulary is from the school setting, which puts her at a disadvantage,” Wiginton says. Regarding the tutoring experience, she adds, “It’s been very positive for me. The teacher of this student has been so supportive. I think that goes a long way. The student loves it. I can tell she enjoys the individualized attention. I’ve seen progress, which is always encouraging.” Prior to tutoring with the ALP, Webber already had similar volunteer experience as an instructor at the Greenville Literacy Association (GLA). Over the past six years, he has helped adults ages 18 to 60 prepare for the GED test. Webber says he decided to also volunteer with the ALP be-

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cause of the opportunity to work with kids and teach the fundamentals of reading. He adds that his time teaching ESL classes at the GLA served as a helpful foundation for tutoring students. Webber currently tutors two boys, a first-grader and a second-grader, who attend St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School. He’s been working with the first-grader since the beginning of the school year and recently started tutoring the second-grader. “[The first-grader] probably just needed one-on-one attention more than anything. He’s very smart, but he had a problem reversing B’s and D’s and P’s and Q’s. But after a couple of weeks, I could tell he was getting it. He’s reading a lot better, and I can tell he has more confidence now than when I first met him,” Webber says of his experience. “I’ve enjoyed it. I enjoy the kids and the interactions. St. Anthony’s has been great.” Leslie Edwards, who is using a pseudonym to protect her daughter’s privacy, has noticed remarkable improvement in her child’s reading ability thanks to the ALP. Her daughter, who is currently in fourth grade and likely has dyslexia, has been in tutoring for three years. “She had been struggling for a couple years in a big way,” Edwards says. “She didn’t have a problem with attention span or anything. She was just struggling to learn her basic ABCs. It’s normal for children to reverse letters, but she was just doing it at such a regularity.” The ALP, Edwards says, has been “extremely helpful,” and her daughter’s tutor “has been wonderful.” Her daughter is now reading at grade level and has developed greater confidence in her reading ability. “She’s an old soul and a very personable kid. She appreciates the time with her tutor and the fact that she comes to help her during the school day,” Edwards adds.

The Augustine Literacy Project of the Upstate will hold two summer training sessions for prospective tutors: June 15–22 and July 27–Aug. 3. For more information, visit



IN SITE DESIGNS accountant and office manager, Cindy Tilley; Residential and multi-family project After studying design in New York, Paris and Germany, the last place manager and designer, Chisana Hice; Katie Skoloff, center; Ashton Capps, highKatie Skoloff thought she would live was in South Carolina. But a short term plan end residential and hospitality designer; and Heather Herbsleb, who transformed into a chain reaction of positive events - including specializes in CAD and construction design. marriage, a family, and an independent interior design firm, In We don’t have “a “We practice high standards that we hold true not only by our Site Designs – and now Skoloff is happy to call Greenville home. look.” Our look is values and office practices but also through our material and furniture “I never thought I would move back south, and then I found the life and personality selections,” Skoloff says. Greenville. My business and family embrace everything about of our clients at Skoloff and her staff work together as a family who share a passion this city and love it unconditionally,” says Skoloff, who serves as their best. for helping clients translate their story into beautiful living and work Vice Chairman of the Arts in Public Places Commission for the spaces. City of Greenville and is a founding board member for We Are “Our goal is to help people see that a house or their office can be an Families, a foundation created to raise awareness and change extension of themselves,” Skoloff says. “We don’t have ‘a look.’ Our look is the life social perception of blended families for the good of the children and their step and personality of our clients at their best.” parents. She and her husband Eric are also owners of Cyclebar on McBee Avenue. Skoloff runs In Site Designs with her team in their new studio in The Northpointe Standard on Mohawk Drive, located behind the Community Tap in a hot new part of downtown. “It is the building at the end of the old Shinola salvage shop that was once The Regency Barber Shoppe,” says Skoloff. “It was after almost a year of trying to find the perfect combination of natural light, high ceilings, parking, and just the right size, that we were fortunate to find this new redevelopment,” she says. “And we are a touch particular about our spaces!” The talented all-female staff of In Site Designs is made up of degreed interior designers who together can design, specify and furnish any residential or 27 Mohawk Drive, Greenville boutique commercial project that comes their way. Pictured here, from left, are 864.607.3153 |


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Feats of Strength Heavy athletics competition is a must-see at Gallabrae EMILY PIETRAS | ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Get out your bagpipes and kilts, because on Memorial Day weekend Scottish and Celtic culture will be showcased in all its glory at Gallabrae, presented by the Greenville Scottish Games. Held May 27 at Furman University, Gallabrae is one of many Highland games around the world that celebrates the traditions and customs of the Scots and Celts. In addition to live music, a classic British car show, and Border Collie herding demonstrations, Gallabrae wouldn’t be complete without the heavy athletics competition. Sixty-seven athletes from across the country will compete in four events: the stone throw, hammer throw, caber toss, and sheaf toss. All feature heavy objects and showcase the strength, endurance, and agility of the athletes, who are divided by age, gender, and experience level. Eric Snow, 58, of Boiling Springs has been a heavy athletics competitor for eight years. He says he would have competed sooner but had previously heard “urban myths” that being Scottish or joining a clan were requirements for heavy athletics participation, neither of which is true. “You just have to like to lift weights and throw heavy stuff,” he clarifies. Snow got his start in heavy athletics while living in California. He had early success in the games, which may have led him to underestimate the overall difficulty of the events. “I came back to the Southeast with all these big country boys and got taught a good lesson,” he says. “I had to start training really hard to keep up with these guys. I think we have some of the best throwers in the world, hands down.” Of the events, Snow says his favorite is

the stone throw, because it has similarities to discus throwing, which he once competed in as a member of Clemson University’s track and field team. “That’s the one that’s easy for me, and I win it a lot,” he adds. “That’s a low-hanging fruit.” Snow’s initial conditioning for heavy athletics began with basic weight training, focusing on squats and dead lifts. He then transitioned into Olympic lifting. “If you have enough time, then you’d want to move into CrossFit to start working on speed and overall athleticism,” he says. Adam Sherengos, 27, of Garden City is a newcomer to the world of heavy athletics. He participated in his first games in March at the Myrtle Beach Highland and Heritage Festival. Gallabrae will be his second competition. Sherengos decided to get involved in heavy athletics to honor his Celtic heritage and simply because it looked fun. “I’m definitely one of those people that has bagpipes in my iTunes library. As soon as I learned about the games, I was drawn to it,” he says. “It’s such a fun time.

velops among the athletes as a highlight of participating in heavy athletics. “Once you start, you only have to go to like two or three events and people get to know you and start talking smack. It’s just a lot of fun,” Snow says. “The thing that makes it different is the people involved. They’re tight-knit, and people are always willing to help you out. That’s what I really liked about it.” Sherengos adds.

GALLABRAE, PRESENTED BY GREENVILLE SCOTTISH GAMES WHEN Saturday, May 27, 8:30 a.m.–8 p.m. WHERE Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Highway ADMISSION Adults: $15 advance/$20 at gate Children (6–12): $8 advance/$10 at the gate Children under 5: Free INFO Visit to purchase tickets in advance.

There’s so much going on at the festival. If you like the Celtic style, the Scottish stuff, it’s the best place to go.” In order to participate in the Myrtle Beach games, Sherengos was required to find a training partner. He connected with JW Stafinski, an experienced heavy athletics competitor who has helped train many newcomers. To prepare, Sherengos focused on Strongman-style weightlifting, made frequent visits to the gym, and found training videos on YouTube. “I honestly just went outside and found a lot of heavy rocks and logs,” he says with a laugh. “Everyday just going out and throwing those and trying to get the technique down. A lot of it is about agility and technique. It’s not all about strength.” Sherengos, who is a former high school lacrosse player, says the caber toss is his favorite event. “It really shows the ultimate strength of someone. It’s so difficult. It’s almost iconic to the games,” he says. Along with the spirited and friendly competition, both Snow and Sherengos mention the overall camaraderie that de-


Heavy Athletics Events Stone Throw Similar to the shot put in track and field, a competitor places a 16- to 22-pound stone at the front of their shoulder and throws it with one hand as far as possible.

Hammer Throw Similar to the hammer throw in track and field, a competitor whirls a “hammer” — a rod with a 16- to 22-pound metal ball attached — above their head before throwing it as far as possible.

Caber Toss A competitor lifts a caber, a pole that measures anywhere from 15 to 20 feet and 90 to 140 pounds, in a vertical position and tosses it in the air. The objective is for the caber to be turned end over end and land as close to the “12 o’clock” position as possible.

Sheaf Toss A competitor lifts a 16- to 20-pound sheaf — a hefty bundle of straw in a burlap sack — with a pitchfork and tosses it over a tall bar. Source:



The Lee Bros. try to solve a mystery about a missing Upstate chef

The Lee Bros., Ted (lef t) and Matt, are honoring Princess Pamelaʼs (pictured) cooking legacy at M. Judson Booksellers this weekend.


hen The Lee Bros. first stumbled upon a copy of “Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook: A Mouth-Watering Treasury of Afro-American Recipes,” they knew right away they needed to do something with the book beyond shelve it in their personal library. “We found an old one – it was crumbly newsprint in paperback,” Matt Lee says. “We loved it.” Published in 1969, “Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook” was written by Pamela Strobel, a former Spartanburg resident-turned New York City restaurant owner who served the likes of Andy Warhol, Diana Ross, Ringo Starr, and Gloria Steinem. After discovering the book in a vintage shop, the two Charleston cookbook authors and TV hosts (“Southern Uncovered with The Lee Bros.”) embarked on a quest to find the author. So far, all their efforts have been for naught. Published when Strobel was 40 years old, the book is not the down-home cook-

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book the title suggests, Lee says. The recipes in “Princess Pamela” show a level of culinary knowledge only a trained chef – or the child of one – would have. In Strobel’s case, her mother Rosella had been the head pastry chef at Spartanburg’s Elite Restaurant. “It was mis-published and wasn’t given a proper vessel,” he says. “We want to make it accessible to a larger audience.” The Lee Bros. have now edited and reprinted “Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook” as the first in a new Lee Bros. Library Series highlighting out-of-print cookbooks.


Heidi Trull of Grits & Groceries in Belton hadn’t heard of “Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook” until she was asked to cook for a special sold-out event at M. Jud-



son with The Lee Bros. honoring Strobel. But it didn’t take the Grits & Groceries chef long to get on the same page as Princess Pamela. “It was like reading a book I wrote,” she says. “I sat down and didn’t get up until I finished it.” Because of Strobel’s poems and explanations, Trull says, she connected with the New York chef. “It’s a piece of her. You feel like you know her,” she says. “We would’ve been friends.” Having left her home at 18 to pursue her culinary career, Trull empathized with Pamela’s strength and struggles as a 14-year-old, stepping off the bus in New York City. “At her age and the time of America? Black women weren’t doing that,” Trull says.

But following the closure of Strobel’s speakeasy-style East Village restaurant, The Little Kitchen, in 1998, the then 70-year-old chef vanished without a trace. The brothers even hired a private investigator and a librarian from the New York Public Library to track Strobel down. Nothing. They even sought out her longtime cook Ada Spivey. Again, the brothers hit a dead end. There are no property records, no death certificate, and no surviving family that The Lee Bros. know of. One of the reasons for the difficulty is that Pamela is not Strobel’s given name, but one she took on later. Like her grandmother, Strobel’s actual name was probably Addie Mae, but she could’ve been Mary, too. “It’s a tragic fade-out,” Lee says. The Lee Bros. will be in town to discuss their project at a May 21 book signing at M. Judson Booksellers. The duo hopes being so close to Strobel’s hometown will help them find out exactly what happened to Princess Pamela.


The process of tracking down Strobel’s history before the reprint led the Lees on a search through New York City, Virginia, North Carolina, and eventually back to Spartanburg. Strobel’s mother, whom she refers to as Beauty in the cookbook, died when the restaurateur and author was 10 years old, and her grandmother died a year later. When Strobel was 13, she began her trek north, stopping in Winston Salem, N.C., and Newport News, Va., to work in various kitchens before making it to Manhattan in 1950.

The Lee Bros. “Princess Pamelaʼs Soul Food Cookbook” M. Judson Booksellers May 21, 1 p.m. 864-603-2412

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United Way of Greenville County awards additional $2.25 million in funding Upstate students win national NFIB Young Entrepreneur scholarships United Way of Greenville County has announced it will award $2.25 million in funding to 46 local programs, raising its total community investments to $14.4 million this year. Community volunteers and staff, led by Community Investment Cabinet Chair Matt Cardone, visited agencies and evaluated proposals based on their strategic alignment, ability to measure and report meaningful results, effective use of resources, and their commitment to evaluation, continuous learning, and improvement. United Way’s volunteer board of trustees unanimously approved the investment plan, which supports programs that are directly tied to 10 proven strategies related to improving school readiness, high school graduation, and financial stability. Included are eight innovative programs that have been awarded United Way funding for the first time.

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Foundation announced that two Upstate high school seniors were among the 115 scholarship winners of NFIB’s 15th annual Young Entrepreneur Awards. Christian Sutton Gillespy, who attends St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville, and Turner Hammett, who attends Cornerstone Christian Academy in Spartanburg, will receive an NFIB/June Lennon Young Entrepreneur Award, including a $2,000 college scholarship. The scholarship program rewards and encourages entrepreneurial talents among high school students who own and operate their own small business.


Students from St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville donated their time and talent to paint a mural for hearing patients at Clarity, a partner with the Center for Developmental Services (CDS). The art students, under the direction of Deborah Pickard, painted a beach scene representing our beautiful SC coastline. The newly painted room is used to administer Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing, a hearing evaluation tool effective for a variety of patients, including newborns.

PEP and Duke Energy announce major grant to expand Greenville County Schools’ GATE program Public Education Partners (PEP) has received a $109,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to support Greenville County Schools’ expansion of the Greenville Alternative Teacher Education (GATE) program. Developed through collaboration between PEP and Greenville County Schools (GCS), GATE was created last fall to help address the shortage of teachers in Greenville County, which in 2015 had to fill over 520 vacancies. “We know there is a critical shortage of math and science teachers here in South Carolina,” said Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke Energy’s state president for South Carolina. “Programs like GATE can make a difference in putting qualified, motivated teachers in these classrooms. Our children are the future leaders of our communities, and we must contribute to their success.”


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Clemson’s highest undergraduate honor awarded to anthropology major Elizabeth Rhodes will be the first anthropology major in the history of Clemson to receive the Norris Medal, which honors a student who exemplifies all the best qualities of a Clemson scholar. Rhodes received multiple nominations from faculty members who noted her intelligence, work ethic, and critical thinking skills. Submit education news items at

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500 E Seven Oaks Dr · $750,000 · MLS# 1341378

211 Melville Avenue · $500,000 · MLS# 1342707

4BR/3.5BA Brand new construction in heart of Augusta Road area! Open floorplan, gourmet chefs kitchen, master on main. A must see! Augusta Street to Cateechee Avenue.Left on Keowee Avenue

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Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices C. Dan Joyner, Realtors Announces Top Producers for April Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner, REALTORS® announces the top producers from each of its residential sales offices for the month of April. These agents and teams earned the highest gross commission incomes (GCI) based on closings completed April 1 – 30, 2017. ANDERSON OFFICE Top Teams: 1. The Clever People

2. Foronda Hall & Associates 3. Nation & Associates Top Individuals: 1. Holly Gunnels 2. Cole Oraham 3. Dianne Robinson AUGUSTA ROAD OFFICE 1. Carmen Crigler Feemster 2. Ginger Sherman 3. Leslie Provence 4. Charee McConchie 5. Katy Glidewell 6. Vicki Galloway Roark

EASLEY/POWDERSVILLE OFFICE Top Team: 1. Sheri Sanders/Gary Thompson/Dara Lynn Ratliff Top Individuals: 1. Linda Ballard 2. Twila Kingsmore 3. Regina Salley GARLINGTON ROAD OFFICE Top Team: 1. Ronda & Chris Holder Top Individuals: 1. Eddie Burch

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We Are Soil I have been writing this column for nearly two years now and I have yet to cover what defines “soil therapy.” In my first article way back when, I mentioned that we can nurture our soul by the simple practice of working the soil in our garden, literally taking the time to smell the roses and nurturing the soil that feeds the roses and so much more. Recently, I came across an article by Daphne Miller, MD, a San Francisco family physician and author of two books about farming and our own health. Dr. Miller said: “Thinking of a healthy body as an extension of a healthy farm, and vice versa, is a paradigm shift for many of us. But when we consider that all of our cells get their building blocks from plants and soil then, suddenly, it all makes sense. In fact, it is not too much of a stretch to say: We are soil.” If you consider that the natural organisms in the soil contribute so much to how a plant produces flowers, vegetables, and feed for other animals that eventually end up on our plate, soil therapy is so important to our own well-being.

Currently, I am finishing up the Master Gardener program with Clemson University Extension. One of the most important facts I have learned in the program is how healthy soil is a living, dynamic substance. Soil is sand, silt, clay, air, water, minerals, and organic matter crawling with earthworms, moles, snails, slugs, grubs (oh my!), ants, fungi, good bacteria, and so much more. All of these little creatures create a giant ecosystem just inches below our feet. They each play a role in the nutrient value of the peppers, tomatoes, and squash we all eat. It’s also why grass-fed beef is so much better than grain-fed beef. How do we create healthy soil? Compost. You can buy bags of mushroom compost or have bulk compost delivered from a random commercial company, but you run the risk of introducing pathogens because the compost may not be fully mature. The solution? Create your own compost to spread throughout your garden. If you have the space, any sunny location is usable. The compost pile requires aeration (periodic turning), moisture, and sunlight (to help keep it warm), and the microbes will the do rest. You can also turn to technology for a quicker turnaround and a bigger hit to your checkbook.

space, and won’t require caging or staking like growing tomatoes upright will. Peppers: Like tomatoes, peppers (hot peppers or bell peppers) will flourish happily in containers, provided you give them enough space. They may need to be staked. Peppers, like tomatoes, prefer full sun. Herbs: Herbs grow in relatively little space and are a great way to get a lot of bang for your buck. My favorite is basil, but mint, thyme, oregano, and parsley all grow well in containers and have a small footprint. Google “drying herbs in the microwave” to preserve them for the winter months. You can also make “ice cubes” of them as well with the blender, a few drops of water and placing in the freezer. Sage and rosemary are also good container growers, and will last through our winters quite well. Cucumbers and zucchini: I am actually trying both of these in containers this year. You will need a space for their vines to climb on (a railing or trellis) and prune back the vine when it starts getting past a few feet long. Compost bin cutaway by Bruce McAdam

Developed by the Whirlpool Corporation’s innovation lab, the $1,000-plus Zera Food Recycler is a freestanding kitchen appliance designed to stand next to your kitchen counter ready for your food scraps. Instead of food waste that usually ends up in the landfill, they claim that Zera could help families reduce their production of an average of 400 pounds of food waste annually ( With healthy soils, we get healthier foods, and healthier people.

Home farming It’s not too late to get your home farming on! A few ideas to get the best out of the small spaces around your home or apartment balcony: Tomatoes: Tomatoes are one of my favorite things to grow, because they are so easy. A “patio” variety (determinate) puts all of their fruit out within a short period. The flavor is off the charts compared to those bought at the supermarket. A 12-inch-wide or larger pot is ideal. You can also grow them upside down, which will give you a little more yield for your

Citrus trees (dwarf varieties): Growing your own citrus is delicious, and it smells so good. You can try key limes, Meyer lemons, blood orange, or grafted trees that produce many different varieties on one trunk. Dwarf citrus trees require special care. A 1- or 2-year-old tree needs: • Minimum of a 12-inch or 5-gallon pot • A rich organic soil • 8+ hours of sunlight • A root collar above the soil line, • A routine watering schedule (One or two times a week of deep watering) Citrus feed heavily on nitrogen. A fertilizer with 2-11 ratio is best. Look for a “miracid soil acidifier” – it has a 3-1-1 ratio and works well. Buy a quality brand and apply according to the directions. Bring them indoors when temperatures approach freezing. They do not tolerate temperature of less than 32 degrees for more than two to three hours. Will Morin is an avid gardener and food enthusiast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @DrinkNEats.


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30 Vaughn’s Mill Court, Simpsonville, SC 29681 Home Info Price: $459,500 Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 3

MLS: 1343442 Sq. Ft: 2600-2799

Lot Size: 0.8 Acre

Built: 1995

Schools: Bells Crossing Elementary, Hillcrest Middle, and Hillcrest High Agent: Lana Smith, 864.608.8313,

Beautiful Hamptons Grant home situated on almost an acre lot perfect for entertaining, all on one level, designed and built by Four Square Builders. The extra long and circular drive is perfect for summer pool party parking! You will be greeted by the 2 story foyer which opens to a beautiful 2 story great room with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the beautiful backyard with beautiful trees, extensive decking and professional landscaping to include lighting, an in-ground pool with new liner in 2011 and new filtration system in 2015. This home features a formal dining room and living/office/ bonus room with French doors, well equipped kitchen with plenty of cabinets, built-ins and countertop space. Other upgrades include new roof and AC in 2011, crawl space update in 2016, and stucco warranty. This is a one of a kind home that will not last long! Call today for your showing of this beautiful home!

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ARTS & CULTURE The 19th and 21st centuries collide in the Tony Award-winning teen drama “Spring Awakening” page


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The Lessons of Youth The Tony Awardwinning musical ‘Spring Awakening’ turns teen angst into gut wrenching



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Frank Wedekind’s 1906 drama “Spring Awakening” is no stranger to controversy. The hot-button teen drama — Teen sex! Abortion! Suicide!!! — has ruffled the puritan feathers of the morality police since its debut in Berlin over 100 years ago. In some cases, the play has been censored and in others banned outright. But in 2006, this tale about a group of angst-ridden turn-of-the-20th century German teens was reborn as a musical, thanks in part to Duncan Sheik, the Hilton Head native who penned the score. Featuring lyrics from Steven Sater, the musical was not only a hit; it was a Tony Award winner. What Sheik discovered, and what the public learned, is that the crux of Wedekind’s drama is still relevant to the lives of many teens; it speaks the truth about their fears, their desires, and their questions. And just as in the German dramatist’s day, the subject matter of “Spring Awakening” remains just as controversial. “Even now there is a demographic in America that would find this show still inappropriate, but I think that’s what makes it so great,” says Benjamin Davis, who plays Moritz, a doomed young man troubled by the strange, sexual urges that have seemingly overcome him. While “Spring Awakening” has all the melodrama of a hundred “Afterschool Specials,” Davis says that one of the musical’s themes is how conservative mindsets are threatened by progressive attitudes. “Throughout the play you see how society, how the adults, especially the adults in Moritz’s life, have led him down that path,” he says. “Moritz is really just looking for answers. He wants the adults in his life to educate him, to tell him this is why he is feeling the way he is.” Davis adds, “He is just left in the dark.” The director of the Warehouse Theatre production, Jenna Tamisiea, feels much the same way. In fact, she credits much of the success of “Spring Awakening” to its willingness to tackle touchy issues. “It does give voice to the thoughts of adolescent teenagers, which does make

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parents uncomfortable,” Tamisiea says. “I always say that often the theater I want to do makes people uncomfortable. There is a reason why it does that. In some way, it’s to open our minds, to make us think critically, to make us see something from a different perspective.” She adds, “That’s what I find so interesting about this show. Yes, it’s uncomfortable that these are teenagers are talking about sex. It is uncomfortable that these are teenagers grappling with feelings that in some cases end up in tragedy.” Like Davis, Tamisiea believes that one of the core messages of “Spring Awakening” is that adults shouldn’t try to hide the ways of the world away from their children. Sometimes the best way to protect them is to tell them the truth. “When we look at our world around us, we see kids committing suicide. We see kids not having access to sex education. And particularly those are rough subjects here in the South too,” Tamisiea says. “The point of the show is to say, you know, adolescents need guidance. They need you to listen. They need to be taken seriously because we see the effects in the world when parents don’t do that.”

“SPRING AWAKENING” WHEN May 19–June 20, Check for showtimes WHERE Warehouse Theatre TICKETS $35 INFO 864-235-6948,

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A Higher Power Apricot Blush’s Jackson Wise finds inspiration in celibacy on band’s new album VINCENT HARRIS | CONTRIBUTOR

What, exactly, is going on in the music of Greenville’s Apricot Blush? What is this odd combination of nakedly emotional singing, lilting acoustic guitars, and muted percussion? What is that eerie, haunting howl moving throughout these delicate, passionate songs? And what is it about this self-titled album that’s so compelling and frightening? To answer these questions, we have to turn to Jackson Wise, the singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who for a time was the only member of Apricot Blush. Because in every way, this startling work is a personal one for him. On Apricot’s Bandcamp page, you’ll find a paragraph that Wise wrote to explain the record, and for a 20-year-old, his reasons are startling to say the least. “This started as a conceptual album about the journey into celibacy,” Wise wrote. “It’s mainly focused on the trials of being a young adult with a high sex drive and trying to fight that nature in order to grow further in my relationship with a higher power.” Then down below, underneath the production and instrumental credits, the darker motivation behind the album’s concept is laid out in blunt, brutally simple terms: “Please don’t f**king rape people.” In conversation, Wise is more circumspect about his immensely melodic, intensely passionate collection of songs. “It all started with some unfortunate events

With his music, Jackson Wise hopes to connect with a higher power.

in my life and the lives of some my close friends,” he says. “It sparked an anger towards humanity and especially towards sex. I decided to become celibate and see what happened, almost to spite what happened to me and to see how I would feel about it. As a young adult, it’s really hard to refrain because of hormones, and it felt like I was fighting nature.” That struggle is made clear as Wise wrenches lyrics like, “We speak through our lips/But we breathe between our legs” out of his body, and the placid propulsion of the music (think of the hushed, whispered

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tones of Yo La Tengo’s quieter songs) puts the words into stark relief. The juxtaposition between the music and the lyrics wasn’t intentional, though. “Once I started writing, the whole album just kind of flowed out of me,” he says. “It just happened. I think with this album, I really found my sound. It just came out naturally. Regardless of the lyrics, that’s the kind of music I write.” And that eerie, haunting wail that runs throughout the songs? That’s a musical saw, an instrument that can quite often be seen as a novelty, but became one of Wise’s gotos while recording. “I first heard the saw in [Toronto singer/ songwriter] Jordaan Mason’s music and I fell in love with it. It was captivating,” he says. “I’m always open to new instruments, so I got one and taught myself how to play. It’s what I’ve been looking for the entire time I’ve been writing.” Wise has expanded Apricot Blush into an interesting lineup that, in addition to his guitar and musical saw, features Jonah Terry on banjo, Dan Fetterolf on drums, trumpet player Wesley Heaton, and bassist Mike Robbins. The band will play the Radio Room in Greenville on May 24.

Ultimately, writing and recording the album was therapeutic, both for Wise and others that heard it. “It was very tough to write about the things that have happened to me,” he says, “but through writing it out and showing people the songs I wrote, it helped me develop a healthier view of humanity and sex. And it’s resonated with a lot of people who have spoken to me about it.” He adds, “I continue to get messages saying that the album is really healing to people and they just want to thank me. It’s the best feeling in the world.”


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APRICOT BLUSH W/ IMAGINARY TRICKS & J S TERRY WHEN Wednesday, May 24, 9:30 p.m. WHERE Radio Room, 2845 N. Pleasantburg Drive TICKETS $5 INFO 864-263-7868,


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Organized by the International Council of Museums, May 18 was International Museum Day, and more than 35,000 museums in 145 countries participated by offering free admission — something our guests have enjoyed at the Greenville County Museum of Art (GCMA) for more than 40 years. Thanks to Greenville County taxpayers, the GCMA has never charged admission, allowing us to warmly welcome visitors from all over the world and to offer enriching, educational opportunities to underserved populations here at home.​ Thousands of students of all ages visit the GCMA each year through field trips with schools, day cares, summer camps, church groups, and Scouts. In addition, large groups of seniors, out-of-state tour groups, and regional day-trippers visit each year. Although Greenville County taxpayers support the museum’s operations and building maintenance, no public funds are provided for art purchases. It is only through the generosity of both private citizens and corporate donors in our community that more than $62 million of art has been added to Greenville’s collection through purchases and gifts over the past 25 years. When guests visit the GCMA for the first time, many come to see the Wyeth Collection. After all, the GCMA boasts the largest public collection of Andrew Wyeth watercolors in the world. The museum’s Wyeth Collection, which includes some 50 watercolor paintings and several major temperas, totals 75 works of art. Andrew Wyeth himself wrote in a letter dated March 6, 1998, “The Greenville County Museum now has what I consider the very best collection of my watercolors in any public museum in this country.” This year marks the centennial of Andrew Wyeth’s birth, and the GCMA is celebrating with the exhibition “Wyeth Dynasty,” which provides a remarkable retrospective of his career. The Wyeth Collection is an important part of the museum’s and Greenville’s identity, but there’s so much more to see. At the GCMA, you’ll discover a carefully curated collection of some of the best examples of American art — art that stands the test of time and art that tells a multitude of stories. The museum’s unrivaled “Southern Collection” explores the breadth of American art and history through the Southern experience from the colonial era to the present. Among the highlights are an exceptional ​collection of clay vessels created by the enslaved Edgefield potter David Drake,​including poem jars, pitchers, and a butter churn. You’ll also find one of the largest collections of works by South Carolina native W ​ illiam H. Johnson outside the Smithsonian. The museum is home to one of the world’s 10 best public collections of works by America’s most renowned living artist Jasper Johns, who grew up in South Carolina. In addition, the GCMA has an outstanding collection of American impressionism and 20thcentury American modernism, as well​as an impressive collection of works by AfricanAmerican artists. From its extensive collection, the museum organizes a variety of changing exhibitions throughout the year, which means you can visit often — after all, it’s free. As the only museum in our area fully accredited by the Alliance of American Museums (a rigorous benchmark), the GCMA offers an array of educational and enriching experiences ranging from family art adventures and music in the galleries to artist workshops and summer camps. Thanks to the generous support and commitment of our community, the GCMA continues to build its collection and to expand its educational reach, relevance, and impact, making it a lasting and valuable resource for all in our region. If you’ve never visited the GCMA, or if it’s been awhile, head to our website (, make plans to visit soon, and discover one of Greenville’s greatest (and growing) assets. Paula Angermeier is the head of communications for the Greenville County Museum of Art. She may be reached at

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Flipside Alternative Arts Fest

Greenville Greek Festival This weekend, only a brief drive separates you from Greece — or at least from the opportunity to immerse yourself in its culture through the array of sights, sounds, and flavors of the annual Greenville Greek Festival downtown. Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral will be open for tours highlighting its Byzantine architecture, religious art and iconography, and the 2,000-year-old traditions of this Christian church. Several concerts featuring ancient liturgical hymns will be held inside the church, while just outside church grounds will be filled with traditional music and dances throughout the weekend. A wide assortment of Greek culinary favorites – such as lamb, pastichio, and dolmades – can be enjoyed at indoor and outdoor dining venues. A “plaka,” or outdoor marketplace, will complete the sense that Greece has come to Greenville, as you stroll through booths featuring the work of Greek artisans — we’re talking about linens, jewelry, and art — and even a Greek grocery store. —Kristen Ferris

WHEN May 18–21 WHERE Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 406 N. Academy St. ADMISSION $1 (adults), free (children under 12) INFO

The organizers behind the Flipside Alternative Arts Fest swear it’s a coincidence, but it’s pretty interesting that the festival comes right on the heels of last weekend’s Artisphere. “We didn’t really think about it,” says festival co-organizer Shawn Daughhetee. “It just happened to work out that it was the weekend after Artisphere and the weekend of the Greek Festival.” Still, Flipside offers something other fests don’t. “We noticed that there was a hole in the Greenville art community for underground alternative art,” Daughhetee adds. “Just because they like more ‘comic book’ art, for lack of a better term, that doesn’t mean that that’s not fine art.” J. Chris Campbell, who creates comic book-style characters, agrees a fest like Flipside is good for the Upstate. “Greenville has needed a show like this for a very long time, one that has a little more attitude than what you usually see around town, and something more reflective of what modern art has been like for the past 30 years,” Campbell says. “Art can be cynical, playful, and show its teeth and a little skin.” —Vincent Harris Wes Brooks

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“Smoke on the Mountain” There’s a reason “Smoke on the Mountain” is a perennial favorite in Southern regional and community theaters, says Will Ragland, executive artistic director of the Mill Town Players. “The strength of the show lies in its musical standards, many of which folks in our area grew up with in church, and in the honesty and humor of its characters,” Ragland says. “Smoke on the Mountain” tells the story of a Saturday night gospel sing at a country church in North Carolina in 1938. Pastor Oglethorpe, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church’s minister, tries to bring his tiny congregation into the “modern world” with the help of the Sanders family. Between their two dozen bluegrass songs, each member of the family “witnesses.” While they appear perfect in the eyes of the congregation, the night reveals otherwise. “It’s the perfect Southern family entertainment that connects us to our roots and spiritual foundations,” Ragland says. —Cindy Landrum

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WHEN Friday, May 19–Sunday, June 4 | Thursdays–Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. WHERE Pelzer Auditorium, Pelzer ADMISSION $10 (adults), $8 (seniors and military), $7 (18 and under) INFO 864-940-8000,

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Maxwell Brooklyn-based neo-soul singer, songwriter, and record producer Maxwell writes melodies as smooth and soulful as his voice. Although he first burst on the scene with “Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite,” the artist’s 2009 album “BLACKsummers’night” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and went on to win two Grammy awards including Best R&B Album and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “Pretty Wings.” Last July, Maxwell released his fifth studio album, “blackSUMMERS’night,” which won Maxwell his third Grammy (Best R&B Song for “Lake by the Ocean”), an NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Male Artist), and a Soul Train Award (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist). —Kristen Ferris

WHEN May 24 WHERE Bon Secours Wellness Center, 650 N. Academy St. ADMISSION $29.50–$125



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The Cherry Icees w/ Cinema Novo and Warship

Radio Room, 2845 N. Pleasantburg Drive 9:30 p.m. | $5 One of the coolest things about punk- and punkrelated music is how deceptive it can be. If a songwriter piles on the charred, distorted riffs and anthemic, singalong choruses, they can get some truly important, and in many cases personal, ideas across in their lyrics. That’s what Shelby Icee, aka Shelby Switchblade, singer and guitarist for The Cherry Icees, does with her music. Underneath the guitars and shiny hooks of her songs on the band’s most recent release, “Less Power, More Flowers,” she talks about the struggles she’s had with her gender transition and the dysphoria she experienced early in her life. “When I first started the band, a lot of those songs were about what I was going through,” she says. “I started the band around the same time I was transitioning publicly as female.” As for the music, she says that she’s always gravitated toward loud, hard, and catchy songs, and if they deliver a message at the same time, all the better. “The songs sound really cheery, but when you read the lyric sheet it makes you think twice,” she says. “Somebody has to write about people who are alone and outside the norm.” —Vincent Harris




Foothills Playhouse Season Reveal

Foothills Playhouse | 201 S. 5th St., Easley 7-9 p.m. The Foothills Playhouse board of directors will announce the 2017-18 season for the 36-year-old nonprofit theatre. Come “share the drama” and join the reveal celebration, including light refreshments, meet and greet, silent auction, and door prizes. Discounted season tickets available this evening only and includes a complimentary pair to any mainstage production.




Centre Stage Series

The Academy of Arts Ministries The LOGOS Theatre 80 Schools St., Taylors 2-5 p.m. | FREE This exciting recital given by the Academy of Arts Christian Conservatory students will include several cuttings from some of your favorite books and stories of all time. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a glimpse into our unique, hands-on conservatory program and show your support to each student for their hard work. 268-9342 |


Train Day at the Museum

Hub City Railroad Museum 298 Magnolia St., Spartanburg 10 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE The museum and caboose will be open. Come view artifacts of the railroading, textile, and peach industries from the Spartanburg area. Explore a model railroad inside the restored historic Southern Railway caboose #X3115 built in Spartanburg and see advanced train control system computer displays showing Norfolk Southern train locations in real time. We will have a rubber tire train ride, bounce house, and Thomas and Friends model train layout for the kids, plus live music, food, railroad book authors, and more. If you love trains, be here.


Southern Appalachian Arts and Crafts Fair

Hagood Mill Historic Site 138 Hagood Mill Road 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE (parking $5) Watch regional artisans and craftsmen at work demonstrating their skills with a variety of time-honored traditions unique to the Southern Appalachian Region. Bring a little extra spending money as there will be plenty of opportunities to purchase unique handcrafted items from local artists, craftsmen, and traditional demonstrators. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit back and enjoy the live musical performances by Alexa Rosa and Pretty Little Goat String Band, or bring your own favorite old-time instrument and join in the open jam taking place throughout the day. Anyone interested in vending or demonstrating Appalachian arts and crafts for this event is encouraged to call 864-898-2936 or email for additional information. 864-898-2936


Tribe 5K

Iron Tribe Fitness 2227 Augusta St. 8:30 a.m. $35 The Tribe 5K, hosted by Iron Tribe Fitness, will include a “buy in” workout at the job, a 1.5-mile run to Cleveland Park, another workout component at the park, a 1.5-mile run back to Iron Tribe Fitness, and then a “cash out” workout upon return. Proceeds will benefit Vapor Ministries, a faith-based organization that aims to establish sustainable centers for alleviating poverty and multiplying disciples in third-world environments. Vapor Ministries has five centers in Kenya, Togo, and Haiti. One of the centers is a gym, which helps create jobs and benefit community health. The owner of Iron Tribe Fitness - Greenville, Rob Jackman, has traveled to Kenya to help build for this ministry.


Super Saturday: Mess Fest

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate 300 College St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. free with admission The annual Mess Fest event is back and better than ever. Artist-in-residence Michael Albert will be in the Off the Wall area creating cereal box collages. All classrooms are dedicated to messy science and art.


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New Belgium Brewing 21 Craven St., Asheville 4 p.m.9 p.m. $25 plus fees Grab your tickets and start planning for the Asheville Tour de Fat on May 20. Expect to experience the unexpected. We’re bringing the party with Third Eye Blind and the Tour de Fat ensemble cast of performers. Ready your eyes and ears for a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs. Costumes are highly encouraged (and a mindset to party is mandatory). Proceeds from the Asheville Tour de Fat benefit Asheville on Bikes. 888-598-9552 |



The Art of Dr. Seuss: A Retrospective and International Touring Exhibition


Upcountry History Museum 540 Buncombe St. $4–$6; 3 and under, free Visitors will walk through Dr. Seuss’s life as they weave through a mind-altering collection of estate authorized artworks adapted and reproduced from Dr. Seuss’s original paintings, drawings, and sculpture. This incredible exhibition explores known and unknown facets of Ted Geisel’s life, including careers as an editorial cartoonist, advertiser, military propagandist, children’s book author, poet, sculptor, and influential artist. 864-467-3100 |



Kylie Odetta (CD release show) w/ Estuarie


Gospel in the Park

Christ Church Episcopal Falls Park | 601 S. Main St. 10:30 a.m. | FREE Join Christ Church for a community service that will offer beautiful Episcopal liturgy and feature gospel music. The service will be held at the Shakespeare in the Park stage in the Falls Park Amphitheater, right in the middle of downtown Greenville. After the service, stay for food trucks and picnic fun.

Singer/songwriter Kylie Odetta is only 19 years old, but she’s been performing for more than a decade and recording since she was 12. She’s bounced through a series of different styles on her recordings, from electronic dance music to polished alt-pop to stripped-down folk. But on her last release, Odetta says she found the key to her sound in a subdued, shimmering piano-driven ballad called “Can’t Erase It.” “I describe as the pivotal point in my style,” Odetta says. “It was during the recording of that song that I really found a sweet spot in my vocals.” That song was the jumping-off point for Odetta’s new EP, “Undertow,” which is the most confident recording she’s done. Over a loosely jazzy base of guitars and piano, Odetta stretches out her vocals, pulling at the verses and diving into the choruses with glee. “As you grow as a person, you find what’s the most true to you,” she says. “I kept dabbling in different sounds because I hadn’t found what was right for me yet. I feel as confident as I ever have in this style, musically and vocally.” —Vincent Harris




Upstate Republican Women Luncheon

Upstate Republican Women Poinsett Club 807 E. Washington St. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $18/member, $20/nonmember This month’s luncheon will feature special speaker Zaina Green, the executive director of SWITCH is a group whose vision is to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Upstate of South Carolina. To that end, SWITCH works to raise awareness about sex trafficking issues in South Carolina by educating community members on how to recognize red flags, how to report suspected cases, and how to respond to individuals who have experienced exploitation.




Storytime Thursdays

Fiction Addiction 1175 Woods Crossing Road 10:30 a.m. | FREE Local independent bookstore, Fiction Addiction, hosts a free children’s storytime at their shop at 1175 Woods Crossing Road #5 every Thursday morning.


Biltmore Blooms

Biltmore 1 North Pack Square, Asheville Biltmore’s gardens — designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted — come to life with immense floral displays featuring nearly 100,000 tulips across the estate. Biltmore’s restaurants will include special menu items, with the winery offering specialty tours. 800-411-3812 |




Cyber Security Seminar

Upstate Women in Technology City Range 615 Haywood Road 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $20 The talk will be based on the premise “Cybercrime isn’t a computer science problem; it’s a behavioral science one.” We’ll talk about NIST Cyber Security Framework and the pillars of that framework and how to use them.




Lakeside Summer Concert Series

Furman University Amphitheater 3300 Poinsett Highway 7:30 p.m. FREE Furman University’s Music by the Lake Summer Concert Series, a Greenville tradition since 1968, celebrates the sounds of summer. Relax on the grounds of the spacious amphitheater by the Furman Lake and enjoy a cross-section of big band, jazz, bluegrass, Latin, contemporary, marches, and orchestral favorites. Each Thursday during the series, a concert basket filled with goodies will be given away to a lucky concert goer. Thanks to generous sponsors, all concerts are free. 864-294-2086




Railroad Concert Series Mauldin Outdoor Amphitheater 101 East Butler Road, Mauldin

7 p.m. FREE The Railroad Concert Series features musicians offering up a heady mix of bluegrass, Americana, and folk every Friday night in May. Come enjoy those early summer nights with live music, food trucks, local wine, and craft beer. This year’s lineup includes The Secret Sisters, Mountain Heart, Cereus Bright, and My Girl, My Whiskey and Me.




Super Saturday: Future Play Opens

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate 300 College St. free with admission Join The Children’s Museum of the Upstate for the opening of their latest travel exhibit, an engaging exhibit with two components. First, children will have opportunities to play with beach ball-sized globes in the Big Idea room. These globes come in a variety of colors and sounds to create a special light ball orchestra. Second, visit the traveling exhibit space to explore a digital art experience like



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no other. Children have opportunities to create their own art and see it come to life through this high-tech experience.




College Baseball Series

Fluor Field 945 S. Main St. $9 (games not featuring Clemson or South Carolina); $8-$12 (games featuring Clemson or South Carolina) Tickets are now on sale for the College Baseball Series at Fluor Field, featuring games involving Clemson, South Carolina, Furman, Presbyterian College, and Wofford, among others. 864-240-4528




Book Talk and Signing with Jeff Shaara

Fiction Addiction 1175 Woods Crossing Road 6 p.m. $50 Jeff Shaara, bestselling author of historical fiction about World War II, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War including “Gods and Generals” and “The Last Full Measure,” which complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father’s Pulitzer Prizewinning classic, “The Killer Angels” will be talking about his new book, “The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean War” (Ballantine, hardcover, $28.99, on sale May 23). Join us for hors d’oeuvres from 6-6:45 p.m., then at 6:45 p.m. Mr. Shaara will give a talk, take questions from the audience, and sign books. Tickets are $50 each. Each ticket admits one and includes a copy of “The Frozen Hours,” as well as hors d’oeuvres. The Poinsett Club will also offer a cash bar. The dress code requires no denim. Sport coats or suit jackets are requested for men, but ties are not required. Tickets and books can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling 864-675-0540. Those who cannot make the event may order signed books from Fiction Addiction to be picked up afterward or direct shipped. 864-675-0540


Sarah Clanton

Jack & Diane’s 115 N. Brown St. 6 p.m. | $8 adv/$10 door

Usually when singer/songwriter/ cellist Sarah Clanton comes back to her hometown of Greenville, she’s got something big going on. Last time out it was a slot on the 2016 Fall for Greenville music schedule. The time before that, her first EP had just been released. And this time, she’s got more going on than ever before. “It’s been really exciting year,” she says. “I just signed a record deal and I’m working with a new management company in Nashville called Torque Entertainment. And I’m going to be in the area because I’m a showcase artist at the Southeastern Regional Folk Alliance conference in Montreat, N.C. I’ve been invited to come and perform, so I thought I need to go do a show in Greenville.” Clanton will not only have her new band, upright bassist Mark Fain and guitarist Seth Taylor, in tow, but she’ll have a new live EP for her hometown fans, as well. “My goal is to not go too long without coming back to Greenville,” she says. “Everybody’s so wonderful.” —Vincent Harris


CULTURE « World War I Exhibition EXHIBITION



Furman University James B. Duke Library 2nd Floor Gallery | 3300 Poinsett Highway Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE A new exhibition marking the United States World War I Centennial is now on display at Furman’s James B. Duke Library. The exhibition, “Over Here, Over There: Greenville in the Great War,” surveys World War I’s impact on the local community – it examines the contributions of this area to the war effort, domestically and overseas, and it assesses the mixed legacy of progress emanating from the war years.




Disney’s “The Lion King”

The Peace Center | 101 W. Broad St. $35 and up “The Lion King” will play on the Peace Center stage from Wednesday, May 31, to Sunday, June 25, Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. There will also be 2 p.m. matinees on Thursday, June 1, and Thursday, June 22. Premium ticket packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program, and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. 864-467-3000 |

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Beachin’ Fridays

Mauldin Outdoor Amphitheater 101 East Butler Road, Mauldin 7 p.m. | FREE Beachin’ Fridays brings the beach music scene to Mauldin. People come from all over the Upstate to converge on the Mauldin Outdoor Amphitheater for evenings of shag dancing, food trucks, and craft beverages. The final night always features a special performance and fireworks. This year’s lineup includes The Hot Notes, Carolina Coast Band, The Sand Band, The Tams, and others. All shows are free of charge, so grab your dancing shoes and bring your energy.


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EWGA Chapter Championship

Pebble Creek Golf 101 Pebble Creek Drive, Taylors 7:30 a.m. | $115 per player Come out and participate in the 2017 Greenville Chapter Championship, where EWGA members of all skill levels have the opportunity to compete against other members who share the same playing ability. The EWGA Championship started in 1995 and has grown to be the largest women’s amateur golf competition in the world. The EWGA Championship offers two different competitive formats: stroke play competition and interchapter team scramble competition. You select the competitive format that best fits your game, personality, and skill level.


Super Hero Cycle Event

GHS and Miracle Hill | Greer Memorial Hospital 830 S. Buncombe Road, Greer Greenville Health System and Miracle Hill Ministries have teamed up to host the Super Hero Cycle, a new fundraising event to benefit the more than 3,000 homeless children and adults served by Miracle Hill each year across the Upstate. The event will feature cycling distances of 17, 42, 59, and 81 miles, with the longest distance covering beautiful and challenging terrain in both South and North Carolina. All rides

will begin and end at GHS’ Greer Medical Campus located at 830 S. Buncombe Road. Families of cyclists are encouraged to dress in their favorite super hero costumes and join their cyclists for the Super Hero Sendoff and then return for the post-ride celebration.


Greenville Young Democrats Fundraiser

Phillis Wheatley Center | 40 John McCarroll Way 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | FREE The Greenville Young Democrats are hosting a fish fry and car wash fundraiser that will benefit the Phillis Wheatley Center and Legacy Charter School. Volunteers are needed to gather needed items, wash the cars, man the tables, and do other necessary tasks. Some of the needed items are cleaned whiting and/ or tilapia fish and chicken wings; three large cans of Sam’s Baked Beans; donations of soda cans, Gatorade, and water; bags of coleslaw mix and coleslaw dressing; paper plates, plastic ware, napkins, table cloths, aluminum foil, coolers, and ice; and mustard and hot sauce. 864-915-7020 |




BeWell Mauldin Market

Mauldin Outdoor Amphitheater 101 East Butler Road, Mauldin 8 a.m. | FREE The 2017 BeWell Mauldin Market, sponsored by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, will run June 3 to Aug. 26 at the Mauldin Outdoor Amphitheater. The market will be held Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon. Most vendors accept cash and/or credit cards. The market features a variety of vendors from around the Upstate selling locally sourced and produced items including produce, dairy, eggs, honey, gifts, clothing, accessories, treats, pastries, and more. The market will also feature free healthy activities such as small-group fitness, health screenings, and cooking demos.




Sundays at 2 Gallery Tour: “Wyeth Dynasty”

Greenville County Museum of Art 420 College St. 2-3 p.m. | FREE Wyeth Dynasty takes an important look at the first family of American painting, offering not only a retrospective of Andrew Wyeth’s work, but also a glimpse into the work of his father, N.C.; his son, Jamie; and his sisters Carolyn and Henriette. Join us for an overview of the Wyeth Dynasty story. 864-271-7570 |




Boots and Bandanas

Guild of the Greenville Symphony Lindsey Plantation 750 Camp Creek Road, Taylors 5-9 p.m. | $65 Exciting evening of barbecue and sides, wine and craft beer, bourbon tasting, and country music featuring the West End String Band for listening and dancing. Proceeds will benefit the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.


Boating Seminar: Using Charts

Lake Hartwell Sail & Power Squadron Cabela’s | 1025 Woodruff Road 5:307:30 p.m. $25, $10 each additional family member Every boater should have a chart of their area. This seminar covers what charts show navigators above and below the water, chart features, chart scales, aids to navigation, latitude and longitude, planning your course, and what is in the way. Registration is required as class size is limited. 864-567-1394 |







50s Flashback: Elvis Presley meets CBS’ Walter Cronkite

Greenville Chautauqua Runway Cafe at Greenville Downtown Airport 21 Airport Road Ext. 10 a.m.-noon | FREE Break out your bobby socks, poodle skirts, and hula hoops and get ready to flashback to the ‘50s as Elvis Presley meets CBS’ Walter Cronkite at the Greenville Downtown Airport. Yes, Elvis will perform - and get us to shake, rattle, and roll. Yes, Walter Cronkite from CBS News will get the backstory about Elvis being drafted into the U.S. Army. Yes, there will be 1950s vintage cars, motorcycles, and even a vintage M39Aa Willy’s Jeep like the one Pvt. Elvis drove in named HQ 31. There will be 1950s kids’ games for the whole family. Pin up your ponytail and polish your saddle shoes for a 1950s costume contest with prizes. In a lucky coincidence, both Walter Cronkite and Elvis are in Greenville Chautauqua History Alive Festival (June 16-25) and Elvis for Centre Stage’s production of “Million Dollar Quartet” (July 20-Aug 12).


Book Signing: Pam Stone

Fiction Addiction | 1175 Woods Crossing Road 1-3 p.m. Actress, award-winning comedian, and author Pam Stone will be signing copies of her debut novel, “Girls Like Her” (Stone’s Throw, paperback, $17.95), an inspirational family drama. 864-675-0540




Sundays at 2: Music in the Galleries

Greenville County Museum of Art 420 College St. 2-3 p.m. | FREE Come join in the fun with the Skeeziks, offering traditional Irish, Scottish, and Appalachian tunes for your listening and toe-tapping pleasure! All Sundays at 2 programs are free and sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation. 864-271-7570 |




Summer Camps at Mauldin Sports Center

Mauldin Sports Center 10 City Center Drive, Mauldin 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily: $15/members, $20 nonmembers; Weekly: $75/members, $100/nonmembers. Camps run June 12-Aug. 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for ages 5-12. Each week will have a theme and all activities for the week will be related to that theme. 864-335-4875 |




GCCA Summer Art Camps

Greenville Center for Creative Arts 25 Draper St. $205/week: nonmembers, $185/week: members Summer art camps kick off the week of June 12 at GCCA with pop art, stuffed animal sculptures for kids ages 5-8, and storyboards in felt for kids ages 9-12. Register by week for eight weeks of art-themed programming June 12-Aug. 11. Registration fee includes all supplies and a daily snack.

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Children’s Museum Summer Camps

The Children’s Museum 300 College St. $140/member and $160/nonmember Choose from a selection of themes that encourage learning through play, including art, coding, invention, Legos, dinosaurs, space, theater, media, and animation. Camps are for ages 4 through third grade. Morning camps are from 9 a.m.-noon for ages Pre-K, completed grades K5 to one, and completed grades two to three. Afternoon camps are offered 1-4 p.m. only for completed grades K5 to three. Afternoon camps repeat morning activities. Pre-K campers must be 4 by the start of camp.




Third Thursday Tour: “In a Mirror, Darkly”

Greenville County Museum of Art 420 College St. 11 a.m.-noon | FREE Meet in front of The Salon near the front door at 11 a.m. for a free docent-led tour of the exhibition “In a Mirror, Darkly.” 864-271-7570




Summer on Augusta Festival

Augusta Road Business Association Augusta Road Summer on Augusta is a community festival celebrating one of Greenville’s most historic business districts. Festivities and live music will take place all along Augusta Road. Supporting sponsors include


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Muncaster Financial Services, Southern First Bank, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner, REALTORS, and Priority One Security. This four-day celebration has always been held in July but due to the high heat temperatures the members of ARBA have moved the dates to June. The 2017 Summer on Augusta events are created to celebrate summer in the South with many themed events and attractions. Our returning events include the Tomato Pie Contest, Block Party at Capers Place, Grillin’ and Chillin’ at Augusta Commons, Hound Dog Social at Augusta Village, Shaggin’ on Augusta, and the SOA finale Sunday at South End. There will also be a shag contest June 17, and there are still two spots open for couple contestants.




Chautauqua History Alive Festival

Greenville Chautauqua Greenville Tech 506 S. Pleasantburg Drive FREE Meet America’s greatest wordsmiths and hear them tell their stories in their own words. Listen in as Abe Lincoln redefines American democracy. Rise up and sing with poet Maya Angelou. March and protest with Cesar Chavez. Step inside the revolutionary book “Silent Spring” with Rachel Carson. And once again as the nightly news unfolds, “You Are There” with Walter Cronkite. It’s a 10-day and two-weekend festival of nonstop live history and fun for the whole family. Enjoy a different show outdoors each night and more indoors during the day, including five different free shows performed by nationally acclaimed historical interpreters. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll have lots of questions. And they’ll be answered. Bring your stories. Share your experiences. Get inspired. Because it’s not just history – it’s personal.




Sundays at 2: Family Art Adventure

Greenville County Museum of Art 420 College St. 2-3 p.m. | FREE Drawing our inspiration from South Carolina’s beautiful beaches, we’ll create a fun work of art exploring what lies beneath the ocean’s surface. It’s the perfect Father’s Day activity for the whole family. 864-271-7570



TICKET ALERT: PNC Bank Zootunes Concert Series

$150, VIP $250 ZooTunes is a concert series, hosted by The Greenville Zoo Foundation, and offered in partnership with the Greenville Zoo, the City of Greenville, and Eleven Events. These concerts featuring Keller Williams (June 23) and The Revivalists (Aug. 25) are offered in an intimate and unique setting at the Greenville Zoo. In addition to amazing music in this unusual venue, beer, wine and food offerings will complete the intimate VIP experience. Series tickets are on sale now at Proceeds benefit the Greenville Zoo Foundation.




“Away, Away Down South” Riverworks Gallery 300 River St. #202

FREE This exhibition features printmaker Andrew Blanchard and photographer Eliot Dudik, both members of the

elite Oxford American Magazine’s 100 New Superstars of Southern Art. Each offer images of Southern Gothic stories of lost and suppressed ideals with sinister, violent overtones.




Sundays at 2: Sketching in the Galleries

Greenville County Museum of Art 420 College St. 2-3 p.m. |FREE Join artist Christina Laurel for a closer look at Andrew Wyeth’s portraits. Starting with the watercolor painting “Half-Brother,” we’ll explore techniques for sketching a successful portrait. Open to any skill level. Sketch pads and pencils are provided, or bring your own. 864-271-7570 |




Introduction to Encaustic Painting

Greenville County Museum of Art 420 College St. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.| $75 Discover encaustic, the ancient art of painting with pigments dissolved in hot beeswax, the same process used by the Egyptians to make mummy portraits. Using modern materials and methods, this class offers an introduction to the beauty and versatility of this luminous medium, including basic painting and fusing, incising lines and marks, and creating texture. This is a workshop for experienced student artists as well as interested adults. 864-271-7570 |




Rock the River Concert Series

The Peace Center | TD Stage | 300 S Main St $25-$60 The Peace Center’s outdoor concert series, Rock the River, will bring an exciting lineup to the TD Stage this summer. Available again this year is the Genevieve’s package, which includes a show ticket and offers entry to Genevieve’s Theatre Lounge. The package includes exclusive access to the balcony overlooking the Reedy River and the TD Stage, a complimentary small bites spread, a full cash bar, the air-conditioned lounge, and Genevieve’s restrooms. The package also gives access to lawn seating. The concert schedule is as follows: The Wailers, Tuesday, June 27, at 8 p.m.; $30 lawn seating, $60 Genevieve’s package; The Wood Brothers, Tuesday, July 11, at 8 p.m.; $25 lawn seating, $55 Genevieve’s package; Foxygen, Thursday, July 13, at 8 p.m.; $25 lawn seating, $55 Genevieve’s package; Kasey Chambers, Thursday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m.; $30 lawn seating, $60 Genevieve’s package; Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m.; $25 lawn seating, $55 Genevieve’s package; The James Hunter Six, Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m.; $30 lawn seating, $60 Genevieve’s package




Summer Art Camp for Ages 5-7: Clay Creature Feature

Greenville County Museum of Art 420 College St. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $105 Love animals? Or are monsters more your thing? Either way, it’s squeezable, squishable, mashable, and moldable clay week. Campers create several fun creatures using hand-building techniques like pinch pots, coils, and slabs. Kids will even make their own clay dough and green slime. 864-271-7570


Summer Art Camp for Ages 8-10: Harry Potter

Greenville County Museum of Art 420 College St. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $110 Unlock the magic of art. Follow your imagination on an amazing, fantasy-filled journey to the enchanting world of Harry Potter. From wizard wands to Quidditch balls to sorting hats, this camp keeps young artists spellbound. Students are welcome to attend in costume.


Summer Art Camp for Ages 11-14: Drawing Studio

Greenville County Museum of Art 420 College St. 1-4 p.m. $115 Aspiring young artists will improve drawing skills using charcoal, conte crayons, and colorful pastels. Drawing from observation, students explore shape, proportion, scale, perspective, contrast, and shading. Discover different techniques to develop personal style and find inspiration in the GCMA galleries.




Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics

Biltmore 1 North Pack Square, Asheville The artistry of great literary works, costume design, and moviemaking comes together in “Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics,” Biltmore’s new exhibition in Biltmore House. Inspired by George Vanderbilt’s love of literature, “Designed for Drama” showcases more than 40 award-winning movie costumes from films based on favorite books in his collection. 800-411-3812 |




Call for Manuscripts: Emrys Press Chapbook Prize

$20 entry fee The Emrys Press Chapbook Prize honors a book of original poetry in English by a single author. The winning poet will receive a $1,000 honorarium upon publication plus 20 copies of the book. In addition, the winner will be invited as a guest for one week at the Rensing Center, a gorgeous arts and writing retreat near Greenville in the Appalachian foothills. The winning book and author will be featured on the Emrys website. Rules: All entries should be made via our submission manager system. Manuscripts should be 24 to 26 pages in length, submitted in PDF, RTF, or MSWord formats only. The author’s name must not appear in the manuscript. Do not put your name on the entry. The title page should contain the title only. Author contact information is to be collected separately via Submittable. Include a contents page. Do not include your name, acknowledgments, author bio, or any other identifying information in the manuscript file. Manuscripts will be read anonymously. Work must not have been previously published as part of a book or as a self-published chapbook. Individually published poems are acceptable.


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Peace Chamber Summer Workshop

Campbell Young Leaders Peace Center, Huguenot Mill | 101 W. Broad St. $325 Catering to talented amateurs, accomplished musicians, and everyone in between, the Peace Chamber summer workshop provides invaluable experience to chamber musicians looking to hone their craft. Participants will be divided into small groups based on experience level, where they will work closely with professional visiting artists in an authentic chamber setting. And at the end of the workshop, students will have the opportunity to utilize what they have learned during a chamber showcase open to friends and family. 864-467-3000 |




“Masterworks of Color: African-American Art from the Greenville Collection”

Greenville County Museum of Art 420 College St. Wednesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. FREE Consider American and world history from the viewpoint of such accomplished African-American artists as William H. Johnson, Merton Simpson, and Kara Walker, among others. 271-7570 |




2017 Biltmore Concert Series

Biltmore Estates 1 Lodge St., Asheville, NC 7:30 p.m. Celebrate summer at Biltmore when the estate’s 21st annual Concert Series begins Thursday, July 27. Ticket sales begin on May 17. Kool & The Gang kicks off the series on July 27 on the South Terrace of Biltmore House. The South Terrace venue features expansive sunset views of the 250-room Biltmore House in one direction, and Mount Pisgah and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the other. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. A variety of ticket, dining, and lodging packages will be available for the concerts. Tickets do not include or require estate admission. Performers and dates are subject to change. The 2017 Biltmore Concert Series line-up is as follows: July 27, Kool & The Gang and The Commodores; July 30, The Beach Boys; Aug. 18 Newsboys with special guest Mandisa; Aug. 19, Tony Bennett; Aug. 24, REO Speedwagon; Aug. 26, Goo Goo Dolls: Long Way Home Summer Tour 2017 with Special Guest Phillip Phillips 866-336-1255





Sooie BBQ Cook-off Registration

Carolina BBQ Association Mauldin Cultural Center 101 E Butler Road 5 p.m. $100 Sooie! It’s time to start cooking. Sooie Mauldin’s Seventh Annual BBQ Cook-off will take place on Friday, Sept. 22, from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Only 20 team slots are open this year, though more may be added if space allows. The event is sanctioned and judged by the SC BBQ Association and will award cash prizes to first through fifth places. Teams are also encouraged to participate in Friday’s “Anything Butt” competition as a way to showcase their nonbarbecue skills. Registration is first come, first served. All participants must register by Aug.1 at 5 p.m. Be a part of one of the best, and most cooker-friendly barbecue cook-offs, in the state. A $100 registration fee (nonrefundable) is due for each team.




Chris Botti Returns to the Peace Center

Peace Center Concert Hall 300 S Main St. 8 p.m. $45-65 A master trumpeter who first picked up the instrument at just 12 years old, Chris Botti has been surrounded by music for the majority of his life. Over his prolific career, he has worked with a wide variety of major artists, ranging from Lady Gaga to Paul Simon. His unique style, sound, and stage presence have earned him a loyal international audience. 864-467-3000

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that Cravings Bark LLC DBA/ Sweet Sippin’ intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/ permit that will allow the sale and ON premises consumption of BEER & WINE at 103 West Curtis St., Simpsonville, SC 29681. To object to the issuance of this permit/license, written protest must be postmarked no later than May 28, 2017. For a protest to be valid, it must be in writing, and should include the following information: (1) the name, address and telephone number of the person filing the protest; (2) the specific reasons why the application should be denied; (3) that the person protesting is willing to attend a hearing (if one is requested by the applicant); (4) that the person protesting resides in the county where the proposed place of business is located or within five miles of the business; and, (5) the name of the applicant and the address of the premises to be licensed. Protest must be mailed to: S.C. Department of Revenue, ATTN: ABL, P. O. Box 125, Columbia, SC 29214 or faxed to: (803) 896-0110

NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that Frank’s Pub intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/permit that will allow the sale and ON premises consumption of BEER & WINE at 103 Fairview St., Fountain Inn, SC 29644. To object to the issuance of this permit/license, written protest must be postmarked no later than May 28, 2017. For a protest to be valid, it must be in writing, and should include the following information: (1) the name, address and telephone number of the person filing the protest; (2) the specific reasons why the application should be denied; (3) that the person protesting is willing to attend a hearing (if one is requested by the applicant); (4) that the person protesting resides in the county where the proposed place of business is located or within five miles of the business; and, (5) the name of the applicant and the address of the premises to be licensed. Protest must be mailed to: S.C. Department of Revenue, ATTN: ABL, P. O. Box 125, Columbia, SC 29214 or faxed to: (803) 896-0110

NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice is hereby given that LJ Golf LLC DBA Cherokee Valley Golf Club intends to apply to the South Carolina Department of Revenue for a license/ permit that will allow the sale and ON premises consumption of BEER, WINE & LIQUOR at 450 Cherokee Valley Way, Travelers Rest, SC 29690. To object to the issuance of this permit/license, written protest must be postmarked no later than May 21, 2017. For a protest to be valid, it must be in writing, and should include the following information: (1) the name, address and telephone number of the person filing the protest; (2) the specific reasons why the application should be denied; (3) that the person protesting is willing to attend a hearing (if one is requested by the applicant); (4) that the person protesting resides in the county where the proposed place of business is located or within five miles of the business; and, (5) the name of the applicant and the address of the premises to be licensed. Protest must be mailed to: S.C. Department of Revenue, ATTN: ABL, P. O. Box 125, Columbia, SC 29214 or faxed to: (803) 896-0110


STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA IN THE FAMILY COURT THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COUNTY OF GREENVILLE 2016-DR-23-1813 Anadilia Miralda and Loriana Irene McLaughlin, Plaintiff, -vs.Katerina Janelle Brown and Nelson Ricardo Miralda, Defendant. Date filed: April 27, 2016 Time filed: 4:49 PM TO THE DEFENDANT ABOVENAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint herein, a copy of which is attached and herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer to this Complaint upon the subscriber, at 304 Pettigru Street, Greenville, South Carolina 29601, within thirty (30) days after service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service. If you fail to answer the Complaint within the thirty- day period, the Plaintiff (s) will apply to the Court for the relief demanded therein and judgment by default will be rendered against you. David J. Rutledge Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 10664 Greenville, SC 29603 (864) - 467-0999

PUBLIC SALE NOTICE Notice is hereby given that on 6/3/2017, at 9:00 Woodruff Road Storage, 1868 Woodruff Road, Greenville, SC, the undersigned, Woodruff Road Storage will sell at Public Sale by competitive bidding, the personal property heretofore stored with the undersigned by: 1. Unit: B083, Trevandin Worley Clothing/Shoes, Boxes, Misc. 2. Unit: F13, Merceadi Holmes Furniture, Boxes/Misc. 3. Unit B089, Edmund Jacek Golf Clubs, Clothes, Furniture, Misc. 4. Unit C233, Dennis R Young Tools, Furniture, Misc. 5. Unit B217, Dennis R Young Tools, Clothing/Misc.


ESTADO DE CAROLINA DEL SUR CONDADO DE GREENVILLE EN LA CORTE DE FAMILIA C.A. No.: 2017-DR-23-1187 NOTA DE ACTOS A: ROBERTO ESPINOZA GONZALEZ A.K.A GERMAN HERNANDEZ CRUZ Usted ha sido notificado de acuerdo al Código de Carolina del Sur Ann Sec. 15-9-710. Que actos de divorcio han sido iniciados bajo el caso arriba mencionado por Maribel Rios Mayorga. USTED HA SIDO NOTIFICADO COMO SIGUE : 1. Que dentro de treinta (30) días de haber recibido la notificación usted responderá la clasificación por escrito a FORFEITED LAND nuestra oficina localizada en COMMISSION SALE The Forfeited Land Commission 201 W. Stone Ave., Greenville, (FLC) of Greenville County will SC 29609 o con la Corte del begin selling assignments Tribunal que se encuentra on properties not sold at the localizada en el 301 University Greenville County Delinquent Ridge, Greenville, SC 29602 la Tax Sale. This sale will begin nota y las razones para refutar Thursday, June 8 at 1:30 p.m. in intervenir ó de otro modo the Greenville County Treasurer’s responder: office, 301 University Ridge, 2. Que el Tribunal debe ser Suite 600. Random numbers informado de su dirección actual will be drawn to establish place y cualquier cambio de domicilio in line at 1:30 p.m. The FLC will durante el proceso legal de accept offers-to-purchase equal divorcio. to the published price for each 3. Que si no presenta una property. Offers-to-purchase respuesta dentro de (30) días de will be considered in the order recivir el edicto constituye juicio submitted. The FLC reserves de manera predeterminada the right to reject any offer-to- rendido contra usted para el demandado purchase that does Vaccines, not meet alivio spay or en el reclamo. Nathalie M. Morgan (69848) these published requirements. neuter, testing & Nathalie M. Morgan, LLC Payment will only be accepted microchip included! 201 West Stone Avenue in the form of cash, cashier’s Greenville, SC 29609 check or money order from a (864) 242-6655 recognized financial institution (864) 242-6111 (facsimile) and must be received at the time the sale is made. Property is sold “as is”. Tax accounts of buyers must be in good standing with the Greenville County Tax Collector. A list of the properties as well as an offer form can be obtained in the Forfeited Land Commission section of the Greenville County Treasurer’s web page –http://www. or in the Greenville County Treasurer’s Office.

SUMMONS (NON-JURY) STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF GREENVILLE IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS 2017-CP-23-00555 United Housing Connections, a South Carolina, a Non-Profit Corporation, Plaintiff, Vs. James David Butler and all unknown parties who may have some right, title, or interest in the property having Tax Map #0200.00-09-011.00, Defendants YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you and to serve a copy of your Answer to this Complaint upon subscriber at 11 Whitsett Street, Greenville, South Carolina 29601, within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the date of such service. If you shall fail to answer the Complaint within that time, the Plaintiffs shall proceed in default proceedings against you and shall apply for the Court the relief demanded in the Complaint. TO: INFANT(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE (AN IMPRISONED PERSON) YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem to represent you in this action within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by the Plaintiff(s) herein. TO: INFANTS(S) OVER FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE (INCOMPETENT OR INSANE) AND TO, (GENERAL TESTAMENTARY GUARDIAN) (COMMITTEE) WITH WHOM S(HE) RESIDE(S): YOU ARE FURTHER SUMMONED AND NOTIFIED to apply for the appointment of a guardian ad Litem to represent said infant(s) under fourteen years of age (said incompetent or insane person) within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Notice upon you. If you fail to do so, application for such appointment will be made by the Plaintiff(s) herein. LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action has been commenced in the Court upon complaint of Plaintiff against Defendants to quiet title on property located in Greenville County. The subject property is described as follows: ALL that certain piece, parcel or lot of land in Greenville Township, Greenville County, State of South Carolina, near the eastern limits of the City of Greenville in a section known as “Nickletown”, and being known and designated as Lots No. 35 and 36 of Block A of Jefferson Heights, as shown on plat recorded in Plat Book A at Pages 34 – 35 in the Register of Deeds Office for Greenville County, South Carolina. Reference is made to said plat for a more detailed description. LESS however any portion previously conveyed and subject to restrictions of record. TAX MAP #0200.00-09-011.00 C. Richard Stewart Attorney for Plaintiff 11 Whitsett Street Greenville, SC 29601 (864) 235-2019 SC Bar No: 5346


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Range of Emotions ACROSS

1 Leeway 6 Yearn to have 11 Turns rancid 15 iDevice extras 19 Child Oscar winner O’Neal 20 Singer who won five 2016 Grammys 21 Safe sword 22 Fido’s pest 23 Burglar scarer 24 1958 Jackie Wilson hit 27 “En —!” (fencing cry) 28 Chinese currency unit 29 Ending for bass or ball 30 Coalesces 31 Indulgence you know isn’t great for you 34 Apple computer 35 Vowels in Greece 36 Giant in myth 38 Verdi work 42 Some MDs 45 Incurably sentimental sort 51 Vowels in Greece 54 Much like 55 Litigant 56 Turn to gel 57 Synapses are part of it 63 Broadway’s “No, No, —” 65 Cathedral toppers 66 Currier and — 68 Gold, in Argentina

69 See 101-Down 70 Bit of hate mail 75 Fabled fliers 78 Kitchen amt. 80 “I’m buying” 81 Hawkeye Pierce player 83 Research room in one’s house 87 Illustration of how bad things are 90 Gardner of “Show Boat” 91 Singer Guthrie 93 Amaze 94 Shirley of “Goldfinger” 95 Fortunate bit of luck 102 Alternative rock genre 103 “Further ...” 104 Mild cigar 105 Unfooled by 108 Right-angled addition 111 Honorable custom 118 Gibson of 1950s tennis 121 Little — (squirts) 122 Wine bucket 123 Los Angeles’ San — Bay 124 Art, to Emerson 127 Trouser fold 128 Pot payment 129 “Live With Kelly” host 130 Gen. in the Confederacy 131 Really tickle 132 Big cat noise 133 Org.’s cousin 134 Harold of songwriting

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44 Road atlas features 101 With 69-Across, ultimate 115 Paragon 46 Round a certain corner in consumer 116 Give a grand speech Monopoly 106 Doffed, say 117 Prominent 47 Tarzan player Ron 107 Verdi work 118 Not all the way closed 48 — Vegas 109 Baseball’s Durocher 119 Joking Jay 49 “— culpa!” 110 Dern of film 120 “I’m off!” 50 Italian river 112 More awful 125 Family gal 52 Opposed (to) 113 Immune response 126 Song syllable 53 Soak (up) orchestrator 58 Ending with form 114 View again Crossword answers: page 45 59 Capitol VIP 60 Like many shower walls 61 12/31 is one by Myles Mellor and Susan Flannigan 62 Faced 64 List of typos 67 Male flower organ 71 ER staffers 72 Diva Sumac 73 Sometimesblighted tree 74 TV actress Charlotte 76 High-tech info holder 77 Refuse to assent 79 Stage show 82 Austin-to-Waco dir. 83 “How funny” 84 Ellipse 85 Ellipse part 86 Voting faction 88 Heel 89 Be a debtor 92 Lubricating engine parts 96 Comic actress Amy 97 Of C.S. Lewis’ magical land 98 Traverse 99 Betting slip Sudoku answers: page 45 100 Get rougher Easy


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BACK PAGE Community Voices

Where I’ve Been with Bill Koon

The Mountains to the Sea I’m a birder, and one of my habits, especially in the spring and fall, is to follow the critters from one end of our region to the other. And Greenville gives me a great advantage since I can get into the hills pretty fast and down to the coast with just a little more effort. Parts right here and along the way are fine, too. This roaming around reminds me of a dilemma in the household of my childhood. I grew up in Columbia, a hot place in the long summers. My father was a hard worker who got a scant two weeks of vacation every year. He always claimed that he needed one of those to catch up on matters that he had had to neglect during the rest of the year. That might include a little yard work or maybe some touchup painting on the house. And a lot of his catching up involved grabbing a few naps. The second week was the time for travel. We actually went somewhere. The issue was which direction we should take to cool off in the midst of the blazing heat that came on the Midlands without air conditioning. My mother opted for the mountains while my father argued for the beach. The resolution was compromise: One summer it was the hills, the next one the coast. When we went to the hills, we’d see Table Rock and Oconee State Park before crossing over into North Carolina. Then it was on off into the Blue Ridge — to Chimney Rock and Lake Lure and Junaluska and Cherokee where we hoped to find a cool breeze, maybe a black bear, and perhaps an Indian. We found all of those things, but the event that stands out most distinctly for me was seeing “Unto These Hills,” the outdoor drama there in Cherokee. I won’t forget huddling under a blanket or two with my family in the chilly amphitheater, past my bedtime, to watch wide-eyed as the Cherokees were driven from their abundant place and onto the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma. I came away from the performance with some new ideas about Native Americans. Up to that point, I had known about only wagon trains and galloping cavalry, about teepees and tomahawks and pintos and cowboys and Kemo Sabe, “Hi Yo Silver,” and Tonto and Little Beaver. Now I saw real people living peacefully in Edenic circumstances only to be jerked away by our “Manifest Destiny.” Andrew Jackson may have had his strengths, but here on his 250th birthday, I still have trouble with his part in what was euphemistically called “The Removal.” Our beach destination was the Isle of Palms, where acquaintances had an oceanfront

place they’d rent to us at a discount. It was the typical, shabby beach house with a big living area, a couple of bedrooms, a single bathroom, and a “bunk room” for the kids. That type of place, now nearly extinct, was all we needed since we stayed on the beach during most of the daylight hours.

My mother opted for the mountains while my father argued for the beach. The resolution was compromise: One summer it was the hills, the next one the coast. Our equipment did not include chairs or umbrellas or surfboards, no radios or coolers. We were content with patched inner tubes. Maybe we took a couple of towels, but I don’t remember them. I go back to the Isle of Palms frequently, and I don’t have to say that there is no way to recover those childhood experiences. But I recall them vividly when I drive over the “Connector” that links the mainland to the island. At the peak of the bridge, the Atlantic Ocean itself appears in the near distance — out of thin air. That moment always seems fresh, though it has stunned me over and over for many years. Back during one of those crisp late February mornings, I took off up Highway 25 for a hike at Glassy Mountain. Just beyond Travelers Rest, that highway begins to dip and curve like a carnival ride. I rolled down around one curve and up the subsequent hill, and then suddenly faced the expanse of the Blue Ridge Mountains — out of thin air. I have had that experience many times, but the moment always seems new — like that moment when I stumbled onto the Atlantic Ocean. Eudora Welty, one of my favorite writers, says that our feelings and emotions are bound up in our places, that our places define us. I wish I had said that. Bill Koon lives in Greenville. He can be reached at badk@


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May 19, 2017 Greenville Journal  

Weekly newspaper with, for, and about Greenville, South Carolina. Published by Community Journals.

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