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arely do I open a YouTube video attachment in an email, but this one made me curious. It mentioned a local high school student who performs covers of popular songs, and it went on to describe his voice as “amazing.” I took the bait, and I’m glad I did. Little did Noah Guthrie know when he crossed the stage for his recent Greer High School graduation that a much bigger stage awaits. Although he had been producing homemade videos, playing acoustic guitar, and singing covers of popular songs, it was this one interpretation that pushed things over the top. The song “I’m Sexy and I Know It” was originally released in late 2011 by the hip-hop/rap/electropop duo called LMFAO. Two talented young men lead this duo from Los Angeles named Redfoo and SkyBlu. For the uninitiated, this song followed their debut hit, “Party Rock Anthem.” Both songs jumped to No. 1 on U.S. and international music charts. There’s more. They performed at halftime of Super Bowl XLVI with Madonna, and have either won or been nominated for Grammy, American Music, MTV, and Billboard music awards in the categories of Best Rap Song, Best Dance Song, Best Pop Song—well, you get the idea. These guys are big, and they know it. To watch and listen to the original LMFAO video of “I’m Sexy and I Know It,” you would be very hard-pressed to produce an acoustic arrangement of the same song. I mean, it has a fast, thump-thump-thump electro-beat. It’s over-produced, the lyrics are not really poetic, and, well, let’s just say I’m not their target audience. When you see Noah, he appears to be the exact opposite of the LMFAO duo, but music runs deep in his soul, and there lies the connection. He took a hip-hop song, toned it down, and kept the soul (see “Soul Man,” page 58). What happened next is remarkable. Noah worked on his acoustic interpretation, perfected it, recorded the video of him playing guitar and singing it, put the video on his YouTube channel, and went to bed. With a good base of fans already, he knew the video would get some attention and expected a few thousand “hits” or views of his performance on the Internet. When he awoke the next morning and checked his site, he had more than 200,000 hits. He was stunned. The video went viral, meaning it was being widely circulated to media outlets, sent through personal emails, and being talked about around the world. When the video counted 2 million views, NBC’s Today Show called. Matt Lauer and Ann Curry wanted him to play live on the morning television program. He nailed it. Today, more than 11 million people have viewed the video worldwide. Noah is astonished by the success but has embraced it with the cool calm of a true professional. He is working on a debut album, due out soon. (You can see him perform one of his original songs on TOWN’s Web site, While humbled by the success, he relies on his strong faith to see him through. “I am just very blessed,” he says. “Very blessed with my situation and everything.” We will sit back, wait for the next video, and watch him rise to the top. He’s going to be successful, and we know it.

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Scot Bruce’s unbelievable elvis tribute show is back by popular demand. Los Angeles– based Bruce wows fans all over the United States and abroad with his 1950s and ’60s-era elvis portrayal. Performing with a rockin’ four-piece band, Bruce emulates the voice of the King of Rock and Roll, not to mention the vintage instruments, costumes, and slicked-back hair. Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Thurs–Fri, Aug 16–17, 8pm; Sat, Aug 18, 3 & 8pm; Sun, Aug 19, 3pm. $20-$30. (864) 233-6238,





































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young artists from age 6 to adult can explore everything from journaling and theatre improvisation to painting and theatre makeup in this series offered by the Fountain inn arts academy. This is a chance to fill the last days of summer with engaging, hands-on workshops, jug playing, and entertaining stories.

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Bag some books and help someone else learn to read at this fundraiser for the Greenville literacy association. Thousands of books, both new and used, in more than 100 categories are just waiting for a new home. last year’s event raised $124,000 and moved 101,000 books. don’t miss this chance to stock your shelves for a great cause. McAlister Square Shopping Center, 225 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. Sat, Aug 18, 8:30am–5pm. Free admission, book costs vary. (864) 467-3461,

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Quick Hits The Rolling Waterwheel Gospel Review Seek slightly cooler climes in Pickens and spend a day at the Hagood Mill. This month, in addition to the functioning gristmill and living history demonstrations, the mill will be showcasing gospel music. So pick up a bag of stone-ground grits, enjoy live music, and soak up some of the Upstate’s rich history. Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center, 138 Hagood Mill Rd, Pickens. Sat, Aug 18, 10 am–4pm. Free. (864) 8982936,

Free Movies in the Park zPack up the family and head out to Simpsonville for an evening of free entertainment in the outdoors. August’s offerings include Cars 2 and Twilight Breaking Dawn, Part 1. In addition to flicks, there will be inflatables for the young ones. Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park, 861 SE Main St, Simpsonville. Thurs, Aug 2, 9, & Sat, Aug 18, gates open at 7:30pm, show at 9pm. Free. (864) 241-3800,

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Seven Handle Circus, The Deadfields, & THE Bent Strings zCelebrate bluegrass and its permutations with this trio of bands, all Albino Skunk Festival alumni. The six-piece Seven Handle Circus is known for blending bluegrass and folk into an energetic stage show. The Deadfields meld bluegrass, Americana, country, and rock, and the Bent Strings lend notes influenced by bands ranging from Nickel Creek to the Strokes. The Handlebar, 304 E Stone Ave, Greenville. Sat, Aug 25, 8pm. $11. (864) 233-6173,

THE BEACH BALL zThe Beach Ball Foundation, with the help of sponsors Benefits in a Card, Legacy Charter School, and Land Rover Carolinas, will be hosting one last excuse to have fun in the sun. With 40 food and beverage stations, a raffle, an auction, music by Band X Live, entertainment by Cirque Spin Tribe Hoopers, and fireworks at 10pm, you’ll feel like summer just started. The Hartness Estate, 200 Smith Rd, Greenville. Sat, Aug 25, 7pm. $100, no tickets at gate. (864) 334-6223,

Pickens County Museum Summer Exhibits The Pickens County Museum features everything from denim collages to landscape paintings in a trio of exhibits this summer. “Selvage: New Works by Jim Arendt” features life-sized denim collages by this director of the Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery at Coastal Carolina University. In “American Drive,” Steven Bleicher, a visual arts professor at Coastal Carolina, explores the mobility of American life using Route 66 and Dixie Highway as points of departure. And in “The Landscape in Painting,” John Brecht, Cathy Zaden Lea, Carla Padgett, and Bill Updengraff showcase varying visions of landscape painting. Pickens County Museum, 307 Johnson St, Pickens. Tues– Fri, 9am–5pm; Thurs, 9am–7:30pm; Sat, 9am–4:30pm. Free. (864) 898-5963,

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As a residential homebuilder and carpenter, Jay Lichty stayed busy during the thriving economy of the nineties and early this decade. Then, in 2009, his phone, like the phones of most homebuilders, stopped ringing. But when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade—or in the case of Jay Lichty, when life hands you an economic downturn, you make guitars.


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Tryon’s Jay Lichty crafts custom guitars and ukuleles for award-winning musicians

Boys in the Band

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Good Pluck: Jay Lichty traded in his homebuilder’s hat for a full-time stint at crafting guitars and ukuleles. Musicians around the world, including Greer’s Noah Guthrie, play Lichty instruments.

After building several ukuleles with satisfying results, Lichty had the confidence to attend a guitarbuilding class with legendary luthier Wayne Henderson. After that, there was no looking back. Jay and Corrie decided to put all of their energy into the workshop. Now, only three years later, Lichty guitars can be found in the hands of some of the most talented players in the world, including Doug Lancio, lead guitarist for John Hiatt, members of the country band Gloriana, and Shohei Toyoda, winner of Japan’s 2012 National Finger-Picking Competition. “It was really cool,” says Corrie, who handles the company’s marketing and outreach efforts, “because he was playing a Lichty during the competition.” As the thunder grows closer, Ziggy backs farther into a corner. But Lichty knows this storm will pass—they always do. Come rain or shine, you can find him in this workshop, surrounded by the tools of a craftsman, meticulously following a dream.

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here’s a storm brewing near the hills of Tryon, North Carolina, and Jay Lichty’s dog Ziggy is hiding behind a door in his workshop. “She’s our weather predictor,” says Lichty. “I think she can hear thunder all the way from Atlanta.” Ziggy begins to pace. Lichty ignores the distant thunder and carries on with his newfound passion and business— creating one-of-a-kind guitars and ukuleles for discerning players the world over. Jay Lichty and his wife Corrie have weathered storms before. As a residential homebuilder and carpenter, Lichty stayed busy during the thriving economy of the nineties and early this decade. “I think in my whole career I only had about a month-and-a-half period where I didn’t have work,” he says. Then, in 2009, his phone, like the phones of most homebuilders, stopped ringing. But when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade, or in the case of Jay Lichty, when life hands you an economic downturn, you make ukuleles. “I had a dream one night where I was playing a small-bodied guitar,” says Lichty. “When I woke up, I was real excited and got on the Internet and started looking at small guitars and ended up stumbling upon ukuleles.” A lifelong musician with a talent for stringed instruments, Lichty’s dream led to an obsession, and within two weeks he had purchased three ukuleles and was eyeing a fourth. “There’s something out there called ukulele acquisition syndrome,” says Lichty, “and I didn’t know about it until I had caught it.” Lichty knew he couldn’t continue this purchasing spree. “It’s really how it all began,” he says. “I started building them to keep myself from buying them.”

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D Street Sounds Spartanburg’s Music Trail reveals famous connections / by Jac Chebatoris

id you know that one of the two people that inspired the name of British rock group Pink Floyd was from Spartanburg? Pink Anderson, who was born in 1900 and died in 1974, was a blues musician for which the name Pink Floyd originated (Georgia bluesman Floyd Council was the other). For a town that doesn’t always get its due, Spartanburg has a new slant for its nickname of “Sparkle City” when you consider the shining musical achievements of the artists like Pink Anderson hailing from there. If you’re asking, “who else?,” the Spartanburg Music Trail has your answer and includes a diverse group of luminaries who have played with musical icons like Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and even Elvis. The trail, which begins in the Grain District at the corner of Main Street and South Daniel Morgan Avenue, is made up of 12 signposts along a five-block “trail” in downtown that features a photograph, short biography, and sound clip of the artist that you can hear by dialing a free number on your cell phone.

Listen to a sample of 1920s jazz singer Clara Smith, who recorded 122 songs (some with Louis Armstrong and the “Empress of the Blues,” Bessie Smith) for Columbia Records after finding success in vaudeville and cabarets in Harlem in New York City. Read about William “Singin’ Billy” Walker, who is responsible for creating “Amazing Grace” into the song we now know it as. And, of course, the group that put Spartanburg on the map, the Marshall Tucker Band, holds a spot on Main Street, as well. The idea of the trail was conceived as a “walk-of-fame idea with plaques along the sidewalk,” explains Stephen Long, director of the Hub Bub Showroom, to honor these local legends who have added to the ever-growing, rich musical legacy of Spartanburg. “We really do have a pretty amazing music history for such a small city,” Long says. The trail, which opened in February 2011, is a collaborative effort between various sponsors, including the Hub City Writers Project, Hub Bub, and the City of Spartanburg. The initial 12 honorees span nearly the 200 years and fit the criteria of either being deceased or, as in the case of Marshall Tucker, no longer existing in their original form. The plan is to add two more names every two years through a nomination and community-voting process. You can suggest your favorite group or artist (living or dead) for a spot at Hit it.

Trail Blazers: Spartanburg has a rich musical history, including as the home of the original Marshall Tucker Band. Learn more about the city’s musical legacy via its downtown walking tour, with 12 posts that allow you to read about and listen to big-time names.

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his summer, the rhythmic strains of air pushing through the bellows of an accordion and the scratch of bottle-cap openers finding a Cajun beat over a corrugated-steel rub board are going to be commonplace at Spartanburg County’s Landrum Library. Librarians, however, aren’t going to be asking folks to turn the music down. The Landrum Library is hosting the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music from August 4 through September 16. The interactive exhibit, complete with listening stations, historical displays and photographs, and hands-on instrument demonstrations, is a 45-minute journey into the heart of distinctive American music. The story is one of a migration of culture and an evolution of experience. “The distinct cultural identities of all of these people are carried in song,” the Smithsonian says of its Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit. “Their music tracks the

unique history of many peoples reshaping each other into one incredibly diverse and complex people—Americans.” That uniquely American music featured in the exhibit is what makes the presentation so special, says library volunteer Ellen Henderson. “Perhaps they were songs brought over by immigrants, but have evolved to Americana, like jazz, zydeco, and gospel music,” she says. “New Harmonies is designed to bring culture to rural communities,” Henderson says. The exhibit, however, is just part of the party. “In addition to that, there are 15 events that will be taking place during that time frame that represent all different types of American music,” Henderson says. Those events will be free, she adds. “This is a real coup for the Landrum Library,” she says. “For the library to get this exhibit and offer to the community this whole wide range of events in addition to the exhibit is really special,” Henderson says. “I think it’s a real tribute to the people who live here that we can do something of this magnitude.”

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Bluesman Josh White found fame in America and beyond, but his roots are in Greenville / by Gene Berger

his strict Christian mother who did not want her son to play “the devil’s music”). A Renaissance entertainer and guitarist, White recorded songs and played as both a solo artist and a studio sideman. But in 1936, he shattered a window with his strumming hand during a bar fight, halting his recording career until the mid-1940s when he rocketed to ultra-fame with his hit “One Meatball.” White became one of the top-ten black recording musicians, and he later worked in radio, starred on Broadway and in film, and performed with leading artists of his day, including Billie Holiday, Woody Guthrie, Paul Robeson, and the Golden Gate Quartet. After performing at Franklin Roosevelt’s 1941 inauguration, White eventually became a confidant to the president and lifelong friend to Eleanor Roosevelt. The Roosevelts were actually the godparents of White’s son, Josh White Jr. Like many McCarthy-era entertainers, musician-cum-activist White was blacklisted in 1950 because of his liberal political views, and he voluntarily appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) to defend his civil-rights stance. His performance at the 1963 March on Washington had him playing in the presence of Martin Luther King Jr. and thousands of supporters. Although White’s career suffered because of the government’s allegations, his music continued to highlight social injustices—particularly in the South—until 1969 when he died of heart complications. But his legacy of activism lives on, in the soulful music created throughout his remarkable—albeit locally largely unrecognized—career.

Native Son: Greenville-born blues musician Josh White rose to fame during the ’40s and ’50s, becoming close friends with FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt and an integral voice for equal rights, marching with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at his Washington, DC, rally.

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orn in 1914 in Greenville’s workingclass Sterling neighborhood, blues and folk musician Josh White rose to fame by traveling the humblest of paths, ascending to the top of the music charts playing alongside some of the biggest jazz musicians of his era, and eventually befriending a president of the United States. Yet, in his own hometown, White remains largely unknown. When he was just seven years old, White lost his father, Dennis—a Methodist minister at Greenville’s historic Allen Temple. To support his family, Josh became a child troubadour and streetperforming sidekick to blind AfricanAmerican musicians traveling throughout the South. It wasn’t long until White picked up the guitar styles and repertoires of his mentors—including Blind Man Arnold and Blind Joe Taggert. At 16, ARC (later Columbia Records) discovered White after hearing studio recordings that he had made with blues, gospel, and folk musicians; they tracked down the teen at his mother’s home in Greenville and convinced the wary Mrs. White to co-sign her son into stardom, telling her that Josh would sing only gospel music. Like his guttural ballads, White’s life strung notes both high and low. In 1933, he began recording blues under the name Pinewood Tom (a disguise for

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Spin Cycle Greenville’s Sit-n-Spin recording studios turns the tables / by Jac Chebatoris


ake no mistake, Matt Morgan’s day job is probably cooler than yours. With a bust of Elvis lording over the soundboard and a sign that reads “It’s Okay to Tip Your Engineer,” the 38-year-old can be found, nearly seven days a week, in the control room of Sit-n-Spin recording studios on South Pleasantburg Drive in Greenville, for which he is the head engineer. From the 1957 electric Gibson that starts a line of guitars hanging on the wall, to the vintage, radio-broadcast-style microphone, music posters, and photographs, it’s no doubt a fun place to work—especially if, like Morgan or his assistant engineer Alex Vieira, one might be burning the midnight oil until 3 am during recording sessions. From fledgling beginners who can’t tune their own instruments, to nationally known rap stars like DMX and Grammy winners (Yonrico Scott, the drummer in Derek Trucks’ band), Morgan has seen a lot come through his doors over the past 10 years—including an artist who tried to pay for his sessions with a vial of morphine. The relaxed and easygoing Morgan knows he’s up against the current in a business under a major sea change—mainly that he knows his line of work is becoming more obsolete, especially as bands (some

of whom with guitar players who “don’t even know who Chuck Berry is,” says Morgan, a seasoned and longtime guitar player in various local bands) can record at home. But there’s nothing quite like the sound of a room specifically designed for recording live music, as Sit-n-Spin’s is. “See,” he says pointing to the ceiling, “there are no right angles in this room. Right angles create what’s called a standing wave, the sound will just bounce back and forth.” In a “tuned room,” as Morgan explains, the sound (for recording drums, especially) along with the proper microphones really benefit the wide-ranging artists (rap, rock, blues, country, and soul) who come through his 1,300-square-foot studio, which began about 12 years ago as a “Mom and Pop” record store owned by Jason Graydon. Morgan wanted to open up a recording studio and started at the back of the store. When the record store closed down, he kept the name, and Sit-n-Spin as a recording studio has soldiered on since. It’s another hidden gem that keeps edging Greenville toward becoming a major contender for big-city cred, aligned yet with a great quality of life. If only the audiences would follow. “Greenville has so many awesome artists, and no one’s ever heard of them,” says Morgan, who also can play mandolin, ukulele, percussion, keyboards, and trumpet. “If I could film and record everything and let all of Greenville see what comes through this building, people would be astounded at the talent, the energy, and passion that’s here.” Hmm . . . Sit-n-Spin as a music venue? Sounds like music to our ears. Band Aid: Greenville’s Sit-n-Spin recording studios continues to produce top acts the old-fashioned way. Find out more at

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Right Track Benton Blount didn’t find music—it found him / by Kimberly Johnson

enton Blount is a storyteller at heart. The country music singer takes to the stage with one goal in mind—to connect with the people who have come out to hear him, whether it be in a crowd of thousands or a small bar downtown. “I like my shows to be an experience where everybody feels like they’re a part of it, rather than they just came to see me play,” he says. Just how he came to find himself under the stage lights is a story in itself, one of happenstance and timing, the North Carolina native explains. As a teenager, Blount played football and had his athletic sights on college. The summer of his senior year in high school, however, everything changed. “Someone at my church asked me to learn to play the bass guitar to play in the church band. I didn’t know how to read music or play an instrument, but they bought me a bass, so I wasn’t going to turn it down. I learned how to play by ear and would sing along to the songs to help me remember,” his place in the music, says Blount, who is now 33. Over the years, he’s found that being lefthanded has helped him learn how to play his guitar quickly since he doesn’t read music. “When I watch someone playing guitar, it’s a

mirror image of what I’m doing, so it’s easier for me to watch it,” he says. “The only thing I don’t do left-handed is fish,” he says. His initial role as a bass player for the church band, however, would be short-lived. “I was a horrible player,” he recalls with a chuckle, “but they wanted me to sing.” And sing he did. “I started singing and turned down my scholarships that I had to play football and just started pursuing music. It was a fluke thing that I fell into because I didn’t even sing in the shower before that summer.” He took off for Nashville, where he started earning a living as a musician. “By the end of 2006, I came to Greenville and recorded my first solo record with Edwin McCain’s Whitestone Studios downtown,” he says. “The first day I was here, I decided pretty much right then and there that at some point I was going to leave Nashville and move to Greenville because I liked it so much.” Blount, whose self-titled CD was released in late May, lives for performing. “Music is such a big part of people’s lives,” he says. “You can really see people let go of all their stress and worries. They can just come and forget about that for a couple of hours.”

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Greenville-based Gardening for Good points the way to local produce / by Lloyd Willis


n the surface, community gardening seems pretty simple—find a spot, plant the seeds. Behind that basic assumption, however, is a host of challenges. People aren’t born knowing how to garden, and today very few Americans are raised on farms. Families may not be able to afford the required tools. But Greenville nonprofit Gardening for Good is targeting areas ripe for community gardens and digging in to the challenges, too. Gardening for Good was organized in 2010 by a group of partners (St. Francis, Greenville Forward, Furman, Synergy Garden, Clemson, and LiveWell Greenville) that recognized a need for an organization to support the community gardens that were springing up all over the Upstate. The Gardening for Good network includes more than 60 gardens throughout the Upstate—including the Project Host Soup Kitchen garden, the St. Francis garden, the Furman Farm, and the Odessa Street garden. According to Reece Lyerly, director of Gardening for Good, the “greatest need of prospective gardeners is education—they simply need to know more about how to grow food.” But Gardening for Good offers a team of master gardeners and works in conjunction with the Clemson

Planting the Seeds: Reece Lyerly is the director of Gardening for Good, an outreach program for community gardens and for those interested in learning how to garden. For more information,

University Agriculture Extension to help first-timers begin a garden. On August 1, Gardening for Good will launch a new Web site rich with gardening resources tailored specifically to conditions in the Upstate, with a print manual following in time for spring planting. While the organization is focused on narrowing the knowledge gap, Gardening for Good is also working to solve a problem for gardens in underprivileged areas: the availability of basic equipment. In the near future, the organization will stock a tool bank that will be available to the gardens in its network. Community gardens are important, in Lyerly’s words, “because they provide a common space for individuals of all backgrounds to work together toward a common goal: fresh food. Gardens allow us the opportunity to embrace imperfection, learn from others, and interact with nature. It’s a beautiful synergy of life, nature, and community. Everyone should get involved!” Thanks to Gardening for Good, those in the Upstate who want to dig into community gardening have a resource that can provide them with the knowledge—and soon the tools—they will need to make the most of the experience.

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Family Tradition: The High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, NC, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. Its quaint rooms, sophisticated charm, diverse recreation, and beautiful scenery bring families back year after year.

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our first impression is wood. Very cool wood siding. The High Hampton Inn sits on a small ridge under the Rock and Chimney Top mountains in Cashiers, North Carolina. The entire lodge is covered in North American Chestnut bark. It has both an inviting and dramatic effect with a camp-like, cabin feel. General (South Carolina governor and U.S. senator) Wade Hampton built the original lodge as a hunting getaway in the 1850s. After a disastrous fire in 1932, the new owners built a larger inn on the site of the original “Hampton Hunting Lodge.” The inn was enlarged to three floors and includes a majestic four-sided stone fireplace in the lobby. The inn’s interior is also all wood. The floors are oak and the walls chestnut. The handrails on the stairs are made of hickory that has been rubbed naturally smooth through years of use. This is the place that families have made into a summer camp getaway. Celebrating its 90th year, the High Hampton Inn has become a family tradition. There are many guests who request the same room (or cottage), for the same week, year-after-year. Families arrange for reunions or annual gatherings, and introduce their children and grand children to a tradition of mountain fun. With meals included in the room rate and your personal table reserved for you during the length of your stay, it’s easy to become comfortable within this 1,400-acre, 117-room resort. This is the family vacation that retains its manners and remembers its place. Men, young and old, are required to wear a jacket and tie for dinner. While some may think it fussy, the tradition dates back to its origins, and you will be amazed how well behaved a 10-year-old is when they are seated at dinner wearing a coat and tie. It’s sophistication in a lodge setting. The rooms in the lodge are very quaint, each with its own screen door opening into a large rambling hallway. The rooms are not air-conditioned, but open windows and ceiling fans keep the temperature comfortable. There are no televisions or telephones in the rooms, which makes for nice, quiet evenings. For recreation, there’s a golf course, six tennis courts, and a 35-acre lake for swimming, boating, fishing, and other water-related activities. They also offer private hiking trails up Rock and Chimney Top mountains that offer glorious views of the surrounding landscape.

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Phil Watson likes to rummage for antiques and odd objects and turn them on. More accurately, he looks for ways to convert them into lamps or light fixtures. With an artist’s eye, he works with a local craftsman to turn unique finds into artistic furnishings. This lamp is made from a large, copper-clad milk jug used by dairy farmers in Belgium. Dating from the early 1800s, these milk jugs were copper clad to add weight for transporting the milk from farm to market.The Belgian dairy farmers preferred the heavy jugs as they traveled by wagon over rough terrain to reduce spillage.The milk would be used to make buttermilk, butter, cheese, or transferred to bottles for city dwellers.

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A beautiful leather serving tray is the perfect backdrop for this unique watch from Gucci, featuring bamboo as a timeless design element. Bamboo has become appealing for designers because its tensile strength is greater than steel, yet it also possesses a certain elasticity. It’s also pleasingly graphic in its natural form. It’s fair to say that bamboo has become a wonder material for product design and lauded for the ecological benefits it offers. It’s “time” to celebrate the wonder of bamboo. Gucci bamboo bracelet watch, $995. Skatell’s Jewelers, 743 Congaree Rd, Greenville. (864) 288-2501, Leather ottoman tray, $375. Mayme Baker, 93 Cleveland St, Greenville. (864) 467-1930,

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Breathing Easy Furman football standout Bear Rinehart took his playing from the ground up, changing his field position from wide receiver to lead singer, packing stadiums here and abroad. NEEDTOBREATHE went from rocking late-night college parties to late-night television, but these are still down-home boys.

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Ah, how the times have changed since Bear (named, quite are very aware of their label as the second coming of Christian presciently, for Alabama football legend, Bear Bryant) and his rock. But the band has evolved over the past decade, and that younger brother, Bo (18 months younger than Bear), ran around mantle does not exactly fit their identity now—as a band or as the Possum Kingdom, outside of Belton, South Carolina, where their men they are, older and perhaps more grounded. “We honestly father, an Assembly of God minister, ran a church camp until never liked that term,” says Bear, 31, calling from the hotel in moving the family to Seneca. In middle school, the boys met Joe Palm Springs, a stop on a week-long tour to play a string of West Stillwell, who, at the same age as Bear, was exploring his own Coast radio promo shows before they head to Europe for more musical foundations, learning to play drums by listening to Pearl shows, winding up to yet another fall tour that will kick off in Jam records. Bear and Joe became roommates at Furman University, Greensboro, North Carolina, on September 13. “We always hated and then, later—along with Bo and another friend, Seth Bolt, from the Christian band thing,” he admits. “We never really thought, Seneca—became band mates in NEEDTOBREATHE. The Furman ‘Yeah, that’s a good idea.’” The first record deals we got offered connection runs so deep, explains one of Joe’s older brothers, were all Christian record deals, and it was mainly because we’re Adam Stillwell, that Jeff Krones, another Furman alum and friend from the South. Those labels were in Nashville, so they’re the (and now their booking agent), was a conduit to their eventually closest to us, and they had heard about the band through various getting signed. He sent a demo to his father Kip Krones, who ways,” he says. “I think growing up it was something we wanted happened to be a former manager of the Moody Blues and the to make sure we didn’t do.” Outfield. “Here’s this guy whose been in the music industry for There is no getting around the fact that their roots—both 50 years whose son sends him this demo. And he liked it a lot, personally and professionally—started in the church as Bear and and he latched on early as their manager and guided them,” Bo played for youth groups and at the camp in Possum Kingdom. explains Adam. “I think you can really look at a lot of bands from the South—like Last September, the band released The Reckoning, their fourth the Avett Brothers—that come from similar backgrounds,” says studio album for Atlantic Records that debuted at Number 6 on the Bear. “For our generation, anyway, the place that you learned to Billboard Top 200 chart—not just the Billboard Christian chart, play was church, and because there’s a church everywhere, there’s where it was Number 1. They have also toured with Taylor Swift good music there, and you can’t play in a bar when you’re 8, you and made the rounds of the late-night talk shows (The Tonight know,” he says, laughing, “so when you want to get started, that’s Show with Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy where you do that.” While their newfound success might alienate Kimmel Live!, and August 13 on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon). early fans, it’s an authentic approach and respect for who they are But they keep it close, just like good Southern boys do, and now that is definitely guiding their future. And tour buses are much have reached each new plateau of success on their terms, first comfier rides than the van when you’re talking about logging as by relentlessly touring and playing original music, which, it many miles on the road—and those come around the same time should be noted, is not going to get you many gigs, especially as your name does in Rolling Stone, usually. It means people—not 20-somethings starting out. As newly minted 30-somethings (Bolt, just a specific group of people—are listening. the bass player, the exception at 28), they haven’t cut and run as far away possible from their roots: all four They are very aware of their label as the second members live in Charleston where they recorded much coming of Christian rock. But the band has evolved over of The Reckoning at Bolt’s home studio called Plantation the past decade, and that mantle does not exactly fit Studios in Summerville. The cover image of the CD their identity now—as a band or as the men they are. was taken “way out in some flats near Kiawah,” says Bear. They even enlisted Atlanta producer Rick Beato for The Reckoning, who incidentally had produced But in a world that loves classifications, parameters, and labels, the last record of former Charleston band, Jump Little Children. they have pulled off the rare feat by crossing over from those roots “Probably musically my biggest influence was Jump Little to a more mainstream audience—and done so with its original Children,” explains Joe. “When I was coming up a sophomore members, 13 years later. This is not an overnight success story. in high school through getting out of college, I followed every Invoking a word in keeping with his background, Bear says it step they took.” has been a “blessing” that they’ve taken some knocks, taken their Jonathan Grey, the former bass player in Jump Little Children, time, and are coming into their own. says it’s flattering that they cite his old band as having an effect. “Luckily, things didn’t happen for us too quickly, he says. “When “It’s like a giant relay or passing the torch, and there aren’t that we first signed to Atlantic, we didn’t have this big-hit record right many bands that break out of the Carolinas on the national level. away, and it made us figure out who we were and forced us to It’s more poignant when you live somewhere like here versus New develop as a band and say, okay, nobody’s going to help you with York or wherever. It’s more like the local boys done well.” this, you’re going to have to do it—you’re going to have to come The members of NEEDTOBREATHE are Southern. They up with the ideas, you’re going to have to make good music, and are Christian. (The last line of their “thank-yous” in the liner you’re going to have to do it consistently and still figure it out.” notes of their CDs thanks Jesus Christ, “our constant source of inspiration.”) The distinction should be made, however, that they Fresh Air : Charleston-based band are not a Christian band—if anything, they are a Southern rock NEEDTOBREATHE keeps close band, though describing them as just a rock-and-roll band works, to their Upstate roots. Once too, if you please. students playing college parties While the Christian music market has been extremely good to and bars, they’ve grown their success to late-night television, them (they won Group of the Year for the third time at this year’s world tours, and four chartDove Awards, known essentially as the Christian Grammys), they topping albums.

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While former Furman football award-winning wide receiver and future rock star Bear Rinehart was growing up, he would have to sneak the records of the music he liked into a house where his pastor father and mother did not allow any secular music. So that meant no Bruce Springsteen, Black Crowes, or Weezer records (1994’s Blue Album caused a real panic to try to get by mama). These days, Bear gets to listen very closely to Springsteen—as in, sharing the bill with the Boss last month at the Hard Rock Calling Music Festival in London’s Hyde Park where Rinehart’s band NEEDTOBREATHE played.

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Figuring out, too, how to proceed into this next phase after founding member Joe Stillwell announced in early July that he is leaving the band after 13 years. “I’ve always known that this band was my calling, but now I feel God calling me to make a change. I’m writing this to let all of you know that after much prayer and consideration, I’ve decided to leave the band,” Joe wrote on their band Web site. Comparisons to the Kings of Leon—another band, also made up of brothers with a pastor father, who are from the South and look as good in their rock ’n’ roller skinny jeans and scruffy beards as NTB does—might just begin and end there, though you wouldn’t know it from the constant mentions in the press. But while the Kings are singing “your sex is on fire,” marrying other famous people, and going to rehab, the moral compasses of NEEDTOBREATHE (all of whom are married except Bolt) seem firmly intact and speak to their roots and their high expectations of themselves—but without the rock-star attitude. And that is notable in the face of playing stadiums with Taylor Swift, selling-out iconic stages like Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium (twice), and having the opportunity to see Paul Simon’s 25th Anniversary performance of Graceland up close and personal, at the same festival they played. Justin Hill, who played quarterback at Furman with Bear and whom Bear says was “a huge mentor for me,” was, like Bear, also a musician as much as he was a football star (Hill played quarterback to Bear’s wide receiver) and sees another facet to the Kings of Leon comparison. “What’s made the Kings of Leon so good is that they’re just cool,” says Hill, whose now-defunct band American Horse played a show at the Handlebar with NEEDTOBREATHE before they were signed with Atlantic in 2005. “Kings of Leon found a really cool sound, a really cool niche, and they write these simple songs with simple riffs, but if you listen to NEEDTOBREATHE, their stuff is not that simple—it’s pretty complex, and it also has a feeling to it. It’s not the coolest. It’s going for a totally different vibe. It’s more uplifting. They’re not going to try to be the coolest band, which is what most rock-and-roll guys want to be. You can tell that they enjoy playing what they’re playing. Every night that they play it, it’s really like a revival in itself.” For Bear, it was no contest of which of his two big loves he would follow—even with NFL scouts circling near the end of his collegiate days—and those times will always hold a special place. “I love football,” says Bear, who would often go straight from the football field after games to travel to wherever the fledging band had a show that same night, “but I’m reminded every couple of years, especially when I get home from the road—and I’m more out of shape than you ever could possibly be—I look at pictures, and I’m like, ‘Man, I can’t believe that was me.’ It was a special time. I loved playing at Furman, and I loved the guys I played with. It was something I’ll never forget.”

Daylight Release date: April 4, 2006 Lava/Atlantic Records/Sparrow The Heat Release date: August 28, 2007 Lava/Atlantic Records/Sparrow The Outsiders Release date: August 25, 2009 Atlantic Records

Live Horses EP Release date: October 22, 2010 Recorded live at Plantation Studios The Reckoning Release date: September 20, 2011 Atlantic Records

Bear Tracks : Bear Rinehart, lead singer of NEEDTOBREATHE, chose musicmaking over what could’ve been a winning turn as a professional football player. Rinehart played wide receiver on Furman University’s team while he was a student during the early ’0 0s.

Their sound is bombastic and looms large sonically. Arena-rock ready, but without affectation, weighted with honest songwriting without being too earnest. Earmarks of their faith are there, but you really have to be looking for them to find them, which speaks to the band’s self-awareness and the nuanced songwriting of Bear and Bo. The differences in the brothers’ artistic stylings musically have brought together a heady mélange of sounds. “Bo’s all over the place,” says Bear of his younger brother’s musical bent. “Bo’s on the opposite side of me in some ways. He’s fans of Brit pop and ambient music. Enya’s on his list of favorite bands, so he loves the whole soundscape thing, and I think “NEEDTOBREATHE’s music is not that simple—it’s pretty that’s been interesting for us sort of to try to meet in the middle.” Secured by Bear’s sexy swagger of complex, and it also has a feeling to it. It’s not the a voice, within a construct of rootsy-rock, banjo, coolest. It’s going for a totally different vibe. It’s more harmonica, catchy pop hooks where they should be, uplifting. You can tell that they enjoy playing what and thundering drums, there is a core testament to they’re playing. Every night that they play it, the obvious: these are big songs played with verve— it’s really like a revival in itself.” or, what one might call, spirit. If NEEDTOBREATHE’s expanded reach is offputting to early Christian fans claiming them as their own, it seems okay to them, because that is not what is at the crux of what they do. It’s not to please the masses, just like it never was to please the Wild Wing crowd with “Wild Thing,” or other covers. “I think that’s a thing for us, our major goal is that we hope to make stuff that inspires people,” says Bear, “that they feel better after they listened to it and feel like they can change the world in the way that I did after I listened to Springsteen. We hope to make records that are powerful in that way, and then the rest of the stuff, as it falls, is what it is.” AUGUST 2012 / 57

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Teen musician noah GuThrie of Greer has a GuiTar, video camera, and a dream. BuT mosT imporTanT, The kid’s GoT TalenT—BiG Time. It’s almost midnight, and 18-year-old Noah Guthrie is at his home in Greer putting the finishing touches on his latest YouTube video. An aspiring singer-songwriter, Guthrie records a new video each week, mainlining them into a social-media vein, hoping one proves infectious enough to spread like a virus. Despite writing and recording original music, most of Guthrie’s videos are “covers,” re-workings of songs he loves, just his powerful voice and an acoustic guitar, paying tribute to the likes of U2, Adele, and Elton John. It’s a business model struggling musicians the world over have adopted, turning the Internet into a virtual Gong Show. But Guthrie has the goods. His voice is a potent cocktail, a measure each of Daryl Hall and Dr. John, a half jigger of Levon Helm and a splash of Howlin’ Wolf, shaken well and strained of all traces of ego and irony. It’s a voice that belies his age and looks, a chubby teenager with rosy cheeks, a budding pompadour, and thick-framed glasses. It’s a voice that deserves to be heard.

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very slow and dramatic.” His first attempt struck gold. “The next thing I know, I get a call from one of the researchers at the Ellen DeGeneres Show saying they want to put my cover on their Web site.” Despite never actually appearing on Ellen, the exposure generated by the show’s Web site brought him to the attention of Selena Gomez, the 19-year-old actress and singer who is also known as Justin Bieber’s girlfriend. Gomez is managed by her parents, who, sensing raw talent and potential, quickly signed Guthrie to their LH7 management company. Since then, Guthrie’s been caught in a whirlwind. “The last year has been really nuts,” he says. He’s opened shows for Cobra Starship and the Neon Trees and flown twice to Los Angeles, once to open for Gomez and again to play at a pre-Grammy party. “It was cool because they give you free stuff when you’re done playing.” He’s working on an album of original songs slated for release this fall and playing shows all across the country. “I’ve been getting booked at a lot of places recently. I take it like I’m paying my dues,” says Guthrie. “It’s what I need to do, and I love it anyway.” With a record coming out, gigs in New York and LA, professional management, and

Guthrie knows he’s in a business where fortune and fame are hard won, where egos swell and implode, and where devils stand at every crossroads. But no matter who claims to be in charge, Guthrie’s heart is clearly running the show. this quite a while.” The son of a musician, Guthrie grew up racing Hot Wheels cars on the padded floors of recording studios. “I’ve been around music my whole life, but first picked up a guitar at 14,” says Guthrie. Like his voice, the instrument came naturally. He honed his talent playing with family and friends, and in the winter of 2010 jumped on the YouTube bandwagon, posting a cover of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name.” “It’s a really different cover,” says Guthrie. “It’s

150,000 YouTube subscribers, one might think Guthrie has hit the musical mother lode. But as the shy waitress removes his half-eaten salad, he admits his biggest concern is if his beat-up Kia will make it to Rock Hill to visit his girlfriend this weekend, plus there’s the issue of gas money. Guthrie knows he’s in a business where fortune and fame are hard won, where egos swell and implode, and where devils stand at every crossroads. But no matter

who claims to be in charge, Guthrie’s heart is clearly running the show. “I just have to learn to count my blessings. Every time something good happens, I say a prayer and keep working. I just want to write music and play music for the rest of my life, and if fame comes that’s great, but if not and I can support myself and a family by making music, then I’ll be completely happy.” Just then a different waitress approaches the table and pointedly asks Guthrie if he plays the guitar. “Yes,” he says. “Is your name Noah?” she asks. “Yes,” he says. She turns and yells toward the kitchen, “Yeah, Christina, it’s him!” For Noah Guthrie, it seems fame may be unavoidable.

Noah Means Yes : (Clockwise top-left) Noah on the Today Show, with hosts Matt Lauer and Ann Curry; an early high school band portrait; posing with fan, actress, and singer Selena Gomez

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s his finger hovers over the mouse, he pauses and wonders if this is a good idea. The video is of Guthrie playing a cover of LMFAO’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It,” a song so lyrically ridiculous, so musically repetitive, he recorded it as a joke. Most of his previous videos have topped out at around 7,000 views. He doubts this one will come close to those numbers. He hopes it will at least get a laugh. At midnight, he clicks the upload button, says a prayer, and goes to bed. Five days later Noah Guthrie is sitting in the green room of the Today Show in New York City. Matt Lauer and Ann Curry have stopped by to shake his hand and casually remind him he’ll be performing live to more than 20 million viewers. He thinks of the lyrics he’ll be singing, “When I’m at the beach, I’m in a Speedo trying to tan my cheeks . . .” He hopes he can remember them, he hopes he doesn’t laugh, he wishes he’d had a better breakfast. Guthrie’s “I’m Sexy and I Know It” cover has officially “gone viral,” amassing more than 2 million views and catching the eye of the Today Show producers, who have flown him to the Big Apple to perform the song live in the studio. He nails the interview and the performance, and by the end of the week his YouTube video has racked up a number of views equal to every man, woman, and child in South Carolina watching it twice, and has now topped 11 million. Back from New York, Guthrie picks at a small house salad at the Mason Jar in downtown Greer. As he describes the long road to overnight success, a shy waitress, grinning with a hint of recognition, tops off his water glass for what must be the hundredth time. “A lot of people think that since this cover blew up that I’m just starting,” he says, “but I’ve been doing

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Major Move The world of golf tees off on Kiawah Island / by Jack Bacot Top Flight : The golfing world will focus on Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course for this year’s PGA Championship. The Sanctuary Hotel offers a luxurious spot to recharge after golf or other beach activities.

he little island south of Charleston with an Indian name just made the majors. With miles of beautiful beaches, its accolades as a luxury vacation destination abound. It’s a world-class tennis resort that happens to have some incredible golf courses. The 1991 Ryder Cup golf tournament is remembered for putting the island at the center of international attention, while its deliberate development has attracted the rich and famous. This month, one of golf’s four major championships takes place on the Ocean Course. A devilish golf course designed by Pete Dye that does a figure eight on the tip of the island. Where winds howl and almost every hole has an ocean view. This is the golf course on your bucket list. The best golfers in the world will try to manage the wind, dodge the gators, and stay cool in a setting that will make them sweat. The state of South Carolina has never hosted a major championship in golf, yet it’s a state dominated by golf courses and golfers. Kiawah Island sits center stage in one of the most prestigious professional championships in all of sports—the PGA Championship. This is where Tiger will make his stand, where Phil’s imagination will be pushed to the limit, and a guy named Bubba could surprise everyone—again. Or maybe a local guy, Bill Haas, Lucas Glover, Dustin Johnson, D.J. Trahan, or any other professional golfer that has ties to this state will lay claim to the Wannamaker trophy. How cool would that be? Though its course will be a main draw in August, the real thrill of Kiawah Island is its laid back lifestyle with a luxurious touch. Kiawah boasts second homes that equal the size of most clubhouses. Corporate executives, Wall Street tycoons, and superstar athletes have homes here, yet it remains a welcome respite for those in the Upstate. Kiawah is a straight shot down Interstate 26 to Charleston; then a right turn south toward the coast for another 30 miles, and you dead-end into Kiawah Island. One of the few, if not only, islands off the east coast that runs east to west. AUGUST 2012 / 63


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EAT The Ocean Room at the Sanctuary Hotel This is where Chef Andrew Venable and team specialize in the preparation of local, grass-fed beef from Mibek Farms in Barnwell, South Carolina. Sourcing the finest meats obtainable from artisan and local cattle ranches, the Ocean Room is the only steakhouse in the United States to earn both Forbes 4 Star and AAA 4 Diamond ratings. The Sanctuary Hotel, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island, SC. (800) 576-1570, The Atlantic Room at the Ocean Course Clubhouse With sweeping views of the ocean, the Atlantic Room at the Ocean Course is Kiawah’s signature seafood restaurant. Diners will find a menu of fresh seasonal ingredients, uncomplicated preparations, and what Chef Jonathan Banta calls “the taste of the season,” adding modern American twists on seasonal seafood selections. The Ocean Course, 1 Ocean Course Dr, Kiawah Island, SC. (843) 266-4085, Just off the island at Freshfields shopping center, there are several restaurants to choose from. Try King Street Grille, very casual sports bar and kid friendly. 679 Freshfields Dr, Johns Island, SC. (843) 768-5444, PLAY Kiawah Island Resort Make a point to play one of the five championship golf courses on Kiawah Island. The Ocean Course is rated one of the top golf courses in the world by every leading golf publication and is host to this year’s PGA Championship. However, the other courses on the island are awesome—the Tom Fazio– designed Osprey Point, Jack Nicklaus’ Turtle Point, Gary Player’s Cougar Point, and Oak Point each make for an outstanding golf challenge. The resort offers tennis, biking, kayaking, swimming and more. Kiawah Island Resort, 12 Kiawah Beach Dr, Kiawah Island, SC. (800) 654-2924,

SEE Angel Oak On your way to Kiawah or back, stop at Angel Oak on John’s Island. Estimated to be between 300–400 years old, the tree towers 65-feet high and has a circumference of 25.5 feet. Its area of shade is 17,000 square feet and its largest limb has a circumference of 11.5 feet, and a length of 89 feet. Only in the very old specimens of live oaks do you find massive limbs resting on the ground, as you do the limbs of the Angel Oak. The Angel Oak Tree, 3688 Angel Oak Rd, Johns Island, SC. (843) 559-3496, SHOP Freshfields Village Just off the island, Freshfields Village has a wide selection of shops. A few of our favorites are Newton Farms. An excellent gourmet grocery store. Seacoast Sports and Outfitters. Everything you need for any activity—golf, tennis, swimming, surfing, fishing, bicycles, footwear, kayaks, apparel, and more. J. McLaughlin Men’s Store. An eccentric collection of menswear, including five-fold, handmade silk ties. Isola. Stylish and high-quality women’s shoes with the panache of a Parisian boutique. Freshfields Village, Freshfields Dr, Johns Island, SC. STAY The Sanctuary Hotel The Sanctuary Hotel is your first choice for luxury accommodations on the ocean. You can also rent homes or condominiums through Kiawah Island Resort. The Sanctuary Hotel, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island, SC. (800) 576-1570,

At the center of the island sits Kiawah Island Resort’s centerpiece, the Sanctuary, a 255-room, five-star, oceanfront hotel that oozes luxury and Southern comfort. The Sanctuary boasts restaurants to fit every taste. The Ocean Room is its signature restaurant, specializing in handselected cuts of beef in a dining room overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Jasmine Porch is more relaxed and offers traditional Lowcountry favorites. The Loggerhead Bar & Grill is located poolside and serves classic fare and frozen drinks. Along with great culinary treats, the Sanctuary spa is a five-star, 12room, garden-themed oasis. The resort offers nature programs that include walking tours to introduce you to local wildlife (deer, alligators, bobcats, and thousands of birds), and kayak and biking excursions that show off the island from a different vantage point. The beach offers space to spread out and enjoy the surf. Wide, inviting, and never crowded, the beachfront is extensive and provides a perfect venue for long walks or catching a wave. The hotel offers umbrella, chair, and towel services that make a visit under the sun more tolerable. Kiawah Island has a 21-acre Heron Park located in the center of the island that is the focal point for family activities. There are three swimming pools, beach services, game rooms, bike rentals, a children’s camp, and a fitness center. This park also includes basketball courts and a soccer field for non-beach-related sports. There is a sense of serenity on Kiawah Island. Whether you are searching for a second home or a place for a luxurious vacation, Kiawah offers a calm reprieve from the working world. This month, the world will watch with envy as golfers battle the elements in a place we can readily enjoy.

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Surf & Turf : Enjoy kayaking on the inlet waterways of Kiawah Island; The Ocean Room at the Sanctuary Hotel offers great food and awesome views; (opposite) the clubhouse of the Ocean Course awaits the world of golf.

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eegan Bradley was just four years old when the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island hosted its first golf tournament of note: the 1991 Ryder Cup, known affectionately as the “War by the Shore.” Now, just more than two decades later, defending champion Bradley and dozens of the game’s best players will descend upon the South Carolina coast for the 94th PGA Championship. “This golf course is going to be spectacular,” says Bradley. Indeed, the beauty of the Ocean Course at Kiawah has become legendary. Carved along the windswept dunes of the 10,000-acre barrier island, Pete Dye’s masterpiece features 10 seaside holes—more than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere—that afford commanding views of the Atlantic. The impact of the PGA Championship coming to Kiawah promises to be huge. Not only is the championship the highest-profile golf tournament South Carolina has ever hosted, it’s the biggest sporting event to ever be staged in the Palmetto State. The tournament, which enjoys a rich heritage dating back to 1916, is the fourth and final major of the professional golfing season, and it perennially attracts the strongest field in the game. Past winners read like a who’s who of golf’s greatest players: Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods, to name a few. These facts aren’t being lost on golf fans, whether or not they call South Carolina home. Tickets for this year’s tournament have moved quickly, and that demand prompted officials to cap daily attendance at 27,000. Collectively, the championship is expected to bring more than 50,000 visitors to the state during the week. In terms of the allimportant dollar, officials estimate that the weeklong event will create a $193 million economic impact on the state, with approximately $92 million in direct visitor spending. More than anything, however, the PGA Championship promises to showcase what many people already know: There’s no place quite like Kiawah Island and the Ocean Course. “I know talking to a lot of the players, everybody loves this area,” Bradley notes. “Everybody loves coming down here.”


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areful what you wish for. A couple of years ago, Cheryl and Steve Kraus were sitting around talking about what they would most like to do if they could choose their vocations. “We both decided we wanted to spend more time in the kitchen,” says Cheryl. With the opening of Upcountry Provisions Bakery & Bistro in Travelers Rest in May, they have their wish. And there’s no loafing around anymore for these two. The couple (he’s from St. Louis; she grew up in Taylors; both have a background in food services) now spends five days a week in the kitchen of their new bakery and café. Why a bakery? They were fascinated by good bread and aware of the need for it in the Upstate. So they enrolled in the French Culinary Institute in New York City, where they focused on artisan breads and pastries. Today, in a renovated red-barn building just off of Main Street, they bake three kinds of fresh bread daily, from a repertoire of 15. In the display case, an assortment of bagels, chocolate croissants, muffins, cakes, and cookies entices equally for breakfast and dessert. “We’re still feeling our way,” admits Cheryl, “but we’re aiming toward having a solid bread schedule each week.” Drop by for lunch, when they offer a couple of soups and five signature sandwiches on fresh-baked bread, in addition to a handful of salads and the focaccia du jour. From the small garden out front come herbs, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, and more. “What we don’t raise in our garden, we get from Greenbrier Farms,” Kraus says. “We want to be as involved as we can with our local supply chain.” The couple also uses local organic milk and is working on cracking a source for local eggs. Allnatural King Arthur flour is the base for their breads and other baked goods. Chocolate croissants sell out every day, Kraus reports, as do many of the bread varieties. “We’ve had a better community response than we could have hoped for,” she adds. “We have only been in business since May, and already we have regulars!”—M. Linda Lee

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Station Break There may be no better equalizer, no better crowd pleaser, than beer. But, like a good crowd, not all beer is created equal. Nor are the means of distribution—in this case, the growler, a 32- or 64-oz brown bottle that’s been drafted from beer geekdom into mainstream bar talk. At least here in Greenville, where several businesses serve craft brews and growlers. But its latest outfit, the Growler Station on Augusta Street, next to Smiley’s Acoustic Café, offers a techtwist on the typical tap. The beer—a rotating selection of 24 seasonal brews—benefits from the Growler Station’s advanced bottling system, which keeps oxygen out and carbon dioxide in. The result is freshness—the taste the brewer intended—that lasts one day, one month, one year, or beyond, the time the beer was tapped. Pour now, drink later—or much later. The shop, which opened in May, also stocks a vast selection of refrigerated bottles, with a focus on domestic, regional, and local craft brews. Says owner Craig Pavlish, “Our craft society is the best in the world. I’ve got tons of great beer in South Carolina.” There are artisan snacks to pair, as well as the option of the “Beast”—a two-liter bottle that is easily transportable (and drinkable) for picnics, beach time, or tailgates. With our techie culture—where Facebook trumps face time—the Growler Station promotes community. “We really try to take the tasting experience up another level,” Pavlish says. So noted by the store’s communal tasting area, where it hosts area brewers as well as beer dinners paired with eats from local chef Michael Granata of Granata’s Catering. Though not all beer is created equal, at least here the taste will match what was intended. —Blair Knobel

Tech Tap: The Growler Station 109 Augusta St, Greenville (864) 400-8327,

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Food Scene Guests get celebrity treatment at this North Main Street spot


t 7:30 on a steamy Thursday night, the Green Room is hopping. Every stool at the bar, which takes up most of one wall, is occupied, and the room buzzes with animated conversation. Brick walls and comfy booths make the long, narrow space cozy, despite the din. I’m told that the owner named his enterprise after the room where actors traditionally wait until they are due on stage. And, indeed, late-night dining here accommodates not only the après-theater Best in Show : crowd, but perhaps members of touring (clockwise from top) owner Jason Fletcher; companies, too. sweet chipotle-glazed meatloaf with creamed peas and three-cheese jalapeño macaroni; the Tonight, though, we’re dining on the early restaurant’s interior preserves the building’s historic side. We start with the ahi tuna tacos, a light character; a wide range of beers on tap to wash starter for a warm evening. The tacos arrive down the farmhouse burger; Chef Patrick Long; seafood pasta with scallops, mussels, calamari, topped with a mush of mango “salsa.” Before and shrimp in a garlic white-wine sauce we can comment, our waiter explains that though the mashed mango might not present as well as diced fruit, the kitchen has found that the taste is sweeter when the mangos are mashed and macerated. This proves true, even though much of the tacos are stuffed with white rice—leaving cubes of fresh ahi to play a supporting role. The menu is meat-heavy, marked by steaks, duck, roasted chicken, and the signature chipotle-glazed meatloaf. I ask the waiter for his recommendations and inquire about whether ingredients are locally sourced. Alas, for the most part, they are not. But, taking his advice, I decide on the crab cakes. They profit from jumbo lump crab meat and a piquant whole-grain mustard sauce. Sides, however—garlic mashed potatoes and plain broccolini—could use a lift. My husband, though, digs into a tasty bowl of seafood pasta, a combination of shrimp, scallops, and mussels in the shell, nestled in a buttery white-wine sauce over cappellini. For dessert, we split the peach cobbler, served piping-hot and topped with a flavorful cinnamon-scented crumble rather than a traditional biscuit crust. The scoop of vanilla ice cream on top melts deeper into the hot, ripe fruit with every bite. We are most impressed with the service here. Our waiter even anticipated my dessert choice. I told him I was waffling between the brownie and the peach cobbler, and wanted to know if the peaches were local. He came back with an affirmative answer and said he’d gone ahead and put in the cobbler order since I had been asking about local products. After the waiter brought the bill, he went out and called for our car at the valet stand. That’s star treatment.

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The Purple Onion keeps the tables turning


aybe you’ve heard of the Purple Onion, the delicious café and music venue in the heart of downtown Saluda, North Carolina. After all, it’s kept rhythm since 1998. For nearly 15 years, the spunky restaurant has garnered a reputation for its diverse, Mediterranean-tinged menu of local and seasonal food, as well as a rousing roster of live music— talent from piano to bluegrass to jazz to Americana. Owner Susan Casey, who studied woodworking in college, carved a niche for herself with the Purple Onion. She also managed to meld a restaurant, music venue, and art gallery into a charming, brick-walled space. Casey’s introduction to cooking came early, at 12, when she made the midday meals for workers on her family’s eastern North Carolina tobacco farm. Later on, she started a cut-flower business and her own catering outfit until she and her sister opened the Purple Onion. Casey and her husband, sculptor Stoney Lamar, moved to Saluda in 1980 with a focus on sustainability—respect for the land and seasons. Casey translated it to the restaurant’s menu, which features a Mediterranean plate of hummus, baba ghanoush, sheep’s milk feta, tabouleh, olives, cucumbers, and tomatoes, standout pizza, artisan sandwiches—many featuring breads from the local Wildflour Bakery—salads, and more. Dinner entrées include corn-husk-baked

Sunburst mountain trout, Muscadine Vine smoked duck breast, and Apple Brandy Farms grilled Tuscan ribeye, not to mention housemade sweets. But the secret to the Purple Onion’s success—or at least what keeps it timeless—is its focus on music, live acts both local and road-logged. Because what does music do but transport us? Offer an inexplicable sense of connection to place and time. We respond to music like we respond to food—viscerally. If the winning food and spot-on service keep the restaurant grounded, it’s the music that keeps it dynamic. August offers a prime line-up of acts, including pianist Fred Whiskin (who plays nearly every Friday night), Martha’s Trouble, Drovers Old Time Medicine Show, Overmountain Men, Gigi Dover & the Big Love, and more. Music is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, with special concerts on Sundays. “In a town this small, a thriving restaurant is important,” Casey says. It is a gathering place—a crossroads of good food, conversation, and art—the things that feed our soul. And we’ll keep that on repeat. Keepin’ the Beat: Since 1998, the Purple Onion has offered mouthwatering cuisine and live music in quaint downtown Saluda. The Purple Onion, 16 Main St, Saluda. (828) 749-1179,

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AMERICAN GROCERY American Grocery offers refined American cuisine (and a frequently changing menu) that emphasizes the highest-quality ingredients from local, regional, and national producers. A decadent starter would be the crispy farm egg with basil cream. For an entrée, the potato-crusted Sunburst trout or the hickory grilled hanger steak are standout options, and a plum-almond tart makes a perfect closure. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday

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BLUE RIDGE BREWING COMPANY Inspired by brew pubs in the Pacific Northwest, the Blue Ridge Brewing Company caters to Upstate connoisseurs. Pair a Colonel Paris Pale Ale, Kurli Blonde Ale, Total Eclipse Stout, or seasonal offering with a slow-roasted cut of beef, pork, or chicken. Or for the adventurous, choose selections from the Wild Game Sampler. $$-$$$, L, D, SBR. 217 N Main St. (864) 232-4677,

THE BOHEMIAN CAFÉ Treat your taste buds and ears at the Bohemian Café, side-by-side with the legendary Horizon Records music store. This electic café with an international flair serves up daily specials for curry and pasta. Sunday brunch is a special treat where you can treat yourself to a Bloody Mary bar, or indulge your sweet tooth with a homemade slice of rum cake.

$$, L, D, SBR. Closed Sunday and Monday. 2 W Stone Ave, Greenville. (864) 233-0006,

BRICK STREET CAFÉ You’ll likely have to loosen your belt after chowing down at this Augusta Street mainstay, serving the comforts of home. Try Mom’s Spaghetti, Miss Sara’s Crab Cakes, or the signature fried shrimp with sweet potato fries. Do try to save room for dessert, though. Made-fromscratch sweets like the “24 Karrot” cake, peanut butter cake, and sweet potato pie prove hard to resist (desserts are available for special-order, too). $$-$$$, L, D (Thurs–Sat). Closed Sunday. 315 Augusta St. (864) 421-0111,

THE BROWN STREET CLUB You’ll think you stepped out of time at this ’20s-inspired jazz bar. The Brown Street Club offers a polished menu that partners well with its fine bar selection. Pair your Brown Street Sidecar with the beef short ribs and spicy macaroni and cheese, or match your Oregon Pinot Noir with the figglazed pork tenderloin. Enjoy live jazz and take a turn on the floor—it all goes down easy here. $$$, D. 115 N

Brown St, Greenville. (864) 250-9193,

CAROLINA ALE HOUSE Regional chain Carolina Ale House serves up all-American bar fare of mountain-high cheese fries, thick Angus-beef burgers, finger-lickin’ ribs, and specialty desserts, like the Dessert Nachos and Ale House Mud Pie. This joint satisfies both foodie and fan alike. Hit up its daily food and drink specials to the tune of your favorite team stomping the competition. $-$$$, L, D. 113 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 351-0521,

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THE CAZBAH For a unique dining experience, try the Cazbah. Linger over a light dinner, or create a sumptuous meal of the menu’s tapas, such as the lobster cigars or sesame-seared tuna. While you won’t find sweet tea, an extensive wine selection will delight those looking for a more sophisticated evening. There is a sister location in Greer. $, D. 16 W McBee Ave. (864) 2419909,

COFFEE TO A TEA Mornings (and afternoons) are made better at this quaint spot with a focus on local products and healthy options. Start your day with a signature breakfast sandwich or fresh-baked cinnamon roll. Lunch shines with a chicken or tuna salad sandwich on house-baked bread. For dessert, try a slice of cake from the rotating counter selection. Gluten-free options abound. $-$$, B, L. Closed Sunday. One Augusta St, Ste 101. (864) 373-9836,

COFFEE UNDERGROUND Coffee Underground boasts a wide selection of specialty coffees, hot chocolate, and adult libations. But if you’re craving more substantial fare, choose from a splendid breakfastanytime option, sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries, and desserts. And don’t miss Sunday brunch in the Red Room. $-$$, B, L, D, SBR.

1 E Coffee St. (864) 298-0494,

COMPADRE’S This Mexican grill and cantina in the West End is a good spot to grab a bite and a margarita before a Drive game. Tried-and-true combinations of chalupas, burritos, tacos, and chile rellenos don’t disappoint, but authentic Mexican accents spark dishes such as a ribeye with cactus (nopales) and camarones a la mojo de ajo (grilled shrimp in a garlic-laced marinade). $, L, D. 929 S Main St. (864) 282-8945,

DEVEREAUX’S Housed in a century-old cigar factory, Devereaux’s offers New American cuisine prepared in an open kitchen. Exposed brick balances the space’s more modern furnishings and contemporary art. For a savory surprise, try the Chef’s Ultimate Menu: 10 spontaneous courses created for the evening, or the lighter five-course tasting menu. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Monday. 25 E Court St. (864) 241-3030,

FORD’S OYSTER HOUSE Ford’s—a nod to Greenville’s first Ford dealership of 1918 in the same building—combines fresh seafood with Cajun flavor straight from New Orleans. The gumbo or AUGUST 2012 / 75 Liberty TownJuly12.indd 1 TOWN_AUG_DiningGuide4.indd 75

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shrimp-jalapeno beignets are satisfying starters. Try the BLT po’boy, with thick-cut, smoked bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and Creole mayo, stuffed in a soft sub roll. The double chocolate bread pudding will make your dancin’ legs wobbly. $-$$, L,

D, SBR. Ford’s Oyster House & Cajun Kitchen, 631 S Main St. (864) 223-6009,

THE GREEN ROOm Like a European brasserie, the Green Room’s diverse menu features standout dishes that change with the time of day. Start your day with eggs Benedict or down a Lil’ Piggy pork sandwich with sweet potato fries for lunch. For dinner, the melt-in-your-mouth, sweet chipotle meatloaf is the ticket. $$$, B, L, D, SBR. 116 N Main St. (864) 335-8222,

HANDI INDIAN CUISINE At lunch, sample items from a reasonably priced buffet with plentiful choices. From the menu, try the Handi Special: a sampler of tandoori chicken, lamb kabobs, lamb or chicken curry, and vegetable korma, served with basmati rice, naan, condiments, and dessert.


$$-$$$, L, D. 18 N Main St. (864) 2417999,

THE LAZY GOAT The Lazy Goat’s tapas-style menu is distinctly Mediterranean. Sample from the Graze and Nibble dishes, featuring such unusual pairings as trout spanikopita and grilled calamari. An extensive variety of wines—focusing on the Mediterranean—is available in addition to a full bar. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 170 River Pl. (864) 679-5299,

LEmONGRASS When it comes to Thai, Lemongrass brings flavor sure to please. Choose from curry, noodles, and fried rice, or vegetarian dishes. The Bangkok Street Cuisine menu includes Siam Chicken (grilled, marinated chicken breast with chunks of pineapple, carrots, bell pepper, cashew nuts, and mushrooms) and Prik King (chicken or pork sautéed in spicy chili sauce), while the chef’s specialties offer even more choices. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 106 N Main St. (864) 241-9988,

LIBERTY TAP ROOm BAR & GRILL Located next to Fluor Field, Liberty Tap Room Bar & Grill is both pregame watering hole and after-work hangout. Dinner choices range from the classic burger and juicy steaks to spinach pizza. Gather with friends around the long bar to enjoy one of

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Chef Nello Gioia uses the finest local and international products to focus on Northern Italian cuisine: New Zealand mussels in light saffron broth, veal scaloppine, and the risotto of the day are standout choices. The restaurant takes full advantage of high ceilings to showcase its extensive wine selection. $$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 100 N Main St. (864) 271-8667,

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the nearly 50 brews on tap. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 941 S Main St. (864) 770-7777,

LUNA ROSA GELATO CAFÉ From the cobbled streets of Italy and the hustle-bustle of New York, gelato has found a home in Greenville. Indulge in this creamier, healthier version of ice cream, in a selection of satisfying flavors made fresh daily. Don’t forget to save room for lunch or a snack, such as the homemade roasted eggplant and tomato soup. $-$$, L. 9 W Washington St.

(864) 241-4040,

MAC’S SpEEd ShOp Across from Liberty Taproom, Mac’s looks to be family friendly for both the Harley-set as well as the post-Drivebaseball crowd with plenty of brisket, ribs, and beer-can chicken. “Start your engine” with a plate of Tabasco fried pickles, washed down (quickly, no doubt) with one of the 50 craft beers on tap. With outdoor seating, you’ll likely want to lay some rubber on the road to grab your spot. $-$$$, L, D. 930 S Main St,

MARY’S RESTAURANT AT FALLS pARk Located in historic Falls Cottage, Mary’s offers brunch and lunch. The menu includes the Ultimate Reuben and Chicken Salad Croissant, as well as Southern-comfort favorites such as the black-eyed-pea salad and Mary’s Pimiento Cheese. $, L, SBR. Closed

Monday. 615 S Main St, (864) 2980005,

MELLOW MUShROOM Greenville’s West End outpost of this beloved pizza joint is perfect for families, parties, duos, or flying solo. Try the Kosmic Karma with sundried tomatoes, feta, and pesto, or the House Special, stacked with three meats, veggies, and extra cheese. Wash it all down with one of the artisanal brews on tap. $-$$$, L, D. 1

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NORThAMpTON WINES & WINE CAFÉ Linger in the relaxed atmosphere of Northampton’s wine bar. Choose a bottle from the thousands for sale, open it for a corkage fee (no fee before 6pm), and enjoy it with a selection of cheese. Then venture to the dining area for dinner from the ever-changing menu that typically includes seafood, beef, and wild game. Enjoy lunch on Saturdays. $$-$$$$, L (Sat only), D. Closed Sunday. 211-A E Broad St. (864) 271-3919,

ORIENT ON MAIN Here, you’ll find the standards, along with house specialties (whole steamed flounder or a Triple Gourmet Bird Nest, a “nest” of lo mein noodles filled with a mix of meat and veggies) and hibachi dinner entrées that come with rice, vegetables, soup, and salad. From kung pao shrimp to chicken coconut curry to tofu, there’s something for everyone. $-$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 4 S Main St. (864) 787-6241

OVERLOOk GRILL Perched on the edge of Falls Park, the Overlook features a flavorful blend of burgers, salads, wraps, and Southern favorites. Indulge in a spicy, New Orleans–style crab cake sandwich or a loaded Philly cheese steak for lunch. Savor stone-ground grits and sautéed shrimp topped with Tasso ham sauce for dinner. $$, L, D. 601 S Main St.

(864) 271-9700,

pURpLE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO & SUShI A stone’s throw from Fluor Field, this place serves an Asian mix. There are Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Asianfusion entrées, but sushi is a strong suit—go for the specials, offered at lunch and dinner. The udon with Prince Edward Island mussels, mahi-mahi with a spicy crawfish glaze, or roasted duck are worthy options. The latter, perfumed with star anise, is roasted to order—and worth the wait.


$$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 933 S Main St. (864) 232-3255

RAINER’S Across from Falls Park, gallerist Betty Bercowski opened this cute café named for her son Rainer (pronounced RHYnûr), where everything—including the furniture—is for sale. Homemade chicken salad and fresh cold cuts are delightful options, but the homemade desserts are the pièce de résistance, including a mile-high chocolate torte and sinfully good New York cheesecake. $, L, D. Closed Sunday.


610-A S Main St. (864) 232-1753,

RICk ERWIN’S WEST ENd GRILL Traditional surf-and-turf meets upscale West End dining at Rick Erwin’s. The dining room is decorated in rich, dark woods that, along with low lighting, create an intimate, stylish atmosphere. Entrées range from sashimi-grade tuna, lobster tail, and Chilean sea bass, to certified Angus beef. À la cârte sides round out any entrée nicely.

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$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 648 S Main St. (864) 232-8999,

SAFFRON’S SIdEWALk CAFÉ Saffron’s Sidewalk Café offers a large selection of salads, burgers, sandwiches, and more. Eat inside or in the sun at one of the sidewalk tables. On- and offsite catering is also available. $-$$, L. 31 Augusta St. (864) 241-0401,

SASSAFRAS SOUThERN BISTRO Sassafras Southern Bistro offers traditional Lowcountry cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Meet friends at the large bar area or take a seat outside for Southern culinary creations ranging from rainbow trout to quail. $$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 103 N Main St, Ste 107. (864) 235-5670,

SMOkE ON ThE WATER Located in the West End Market, Smoke on the Water has a homey feel, with a separate street-side dining area and outdoor tables great for sunny days. Choose something from the smoker (Beer-Butt Chicken), or pick from sandwiches, burgers, or salads. Smoke ’n’ sides vary from mac ’n’

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Off the lobby of the historic Westin Poinsett Hotel, Spoonbread serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner in true Southern style. Lunch here is best begun with a cup of Lowcountry crab and corn chowder, followed by a patty melt or perhaps a Poinsett Chicken BLT. Sunday brunch offers elegant buffet service and a la carte options.


$-$$$, B, L, SBR. 120 S Main St. (864) 421-9700

STELLAR RESTAURANT & WINE BAR Elegant tapas and an extensive wine list (including beer) punctuate this initmate second-story space. Try the Seared Diver Scallops or the Pork Tenderloin Wellington. Finish off with chocolate fondue. $-$$S, L, D.

20 N Main St, Ste B. (864) 438-4954,

SUSHI KOJI Sushi Koji flaunts a contemporary air. Chef Koji Fujikawa presides over the five-seat sushi bar. If you order one of the two omakase menus, you’ll be treated to the chef’s choice of the freshest fish flown in from markets in Japan and the United States.

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$-$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 217 N Main St. (864) 631-1145


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Good for a group, especially if you’re in the mood for a sushi roll and your friends are craving burritos. You can start with shumai; your pals with 1:16:58 PM nachos. Then you’ll have to pare down the long list of makimono rolls while the rest of the table decides between tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas. $-$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 34 S Main St. (864) 271-5055,

THE TRAPPE DOOR A rathskeller vibe pervades this underground tavern that boasts an incredible beer program, with 10 on tap and more than 150 bottles. Mussels come in six different preparations, served with crispy homemade frites. Other Belgian specialties include waterzooi (a creamy seafood stew), and carbonnades flamandes (beef stew braised in Belgian beer). $$, L, D. Closed Monday. 23 W Washington St. (864) 451-7490,

TSUNAMI Come here for fresh fish, sure, but if you’re in the mood for something hot, try one of the many hibachi selections, including filet mignon, or the teriyakis, stirfries, and soups— steaming bowls of fresh udon or soba noodles. Perfect for slurping. $-$$, L ( Mon–Fri), D. 106 E North St. (864) 467-1055,


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FLAT ROCK GRILLE Seafood—Southern-fried flounder, baked stuffed shrimp, hickory-glazed salmon—is the main event at Flat Rock Grille. But there are plenty of choices for carnivores, too (come Friday or

Saturday for prime rib). Since Flat Rock Grille is right next to the Cherrydale Cinemas, it offers a dinner-and-amovie deal: For every dinner entrée you order Monday through Thursday, you can buy a discounted movie ticket at the restaurant. $$-$$$, L, D. 3201 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 235-6533,

MOJO’S FAMOUS BURGERS & MORE This Simpsonville-based chain of burger joints prides itself on serving premium aged beef, hand-cut fries, onion rings, and thick shakes. Burgers come in abundant incarnations, from the mild Mushroom Swiss burger to the El Diablo (blackened and topped with jalapeños, pepper-jack, and hot sauce). And if you’re into supersizing, the Quadruple Coronary Challenge stacks four “chubby” burgers with American cheese, chili, bacon, and fried eggs between four grilled-cheese sandwiches. It’s not for the faint of heart . . . or appetite. $, L, D. 2541 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 552-1398,

THE PEDDLER STEAK HOUSE Within easy striking distance of Cherrydale, Furman University, and Travelers Rest, the Peddler occupies a charming, nearly century-old stone house. “Where’s the beef?” is a silly question here. Your waiter will bring a tray of choices so you can customize your steak according to size and cut. Entrées include a baked potato and unlimited trips to the bounteous Peddler salad bar. $$$-

$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 2000 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. (864) 235-7192,

STAX ORIGINAL Owned by the Stathakis family from the early ’70s, Stax’s location has weathered the years since the ’50s, when it opened as a pharmacy (note the original counters). Hearty country breakfasts—with homemade biscuits, of course—will set you off on the right foot, while sandwiches and burgers make do for both lunch and dinner. And it just wouldn’t be a Southern diner without a meat-and-three menu. $, B, L, D. 1704 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. (864) 232-2133,

WADE HAMPTON BOULEVARD BEST OF FRIENDS CAFÉ On the south end of Wade Hampton, next to Joe Joe’s Fish Market, this little restaurant is announced by a bright-red awning. Inside, it’s a simple affair done with wood-paneled walls and basic booths lit by Tiffany-style, stainedglass lamps. The meat-and-three menu includes a wide range of mains and sides; and the café, which serves beer and wine, also offers catering. Best of Friends is open for dinner, but only until 8pm, so there’s no late-night dining here. $, L, D. Closed Sunday. 2607 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 268-5323

THE CLOCK In the early ’50s when the Clock opened, it was the favorite hangout of local high school students who came here for cheap burgers and shakes.

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Today, the modest structure marked by a large towering clock no longer offers drive-in service (you have to go inside to order), but that doesn’t stop fans from coming here for the signature chili cheeseburgers. In case you’re wondering, the Clock takes its name from the original Billy Haley song, “Rock Around the Clock.” $, L, D. 1844 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 244-5122

haus EdlEwEiss What began on Stone Avenue in 1979 as a small venture by two German housewives has ended up as a full-service restaurant, deli, and catering operation in its current (and larger) location near Bob Jones University. Lovers of German food have long prized this eatery for its authentic dishes (think sausages and Weiner schnitzel) and the perpetual favorite, German potato salad.

$, L, D (weekends only). Closed Sunday & Monday. 903 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 919-8998

hENRY’s sMOKEhOusE Though this barbecue joint has since branched out with several satellites, Henry’s original location has long set the standard for hickory-smoked pork butt. A Greenville institution, the Smokehouse specializes in slowcooking meat in open pits over hickory logs. Sure, there’s smoked chicken and Brunswick stew on the menu, but a rack of Henry’s succulent ribs with sides of beans and slaw (or sweet potato casserole and mac and cheese) will transport you to hog heaven. $, L,

D. Closed Sunday. 240 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 232-7774,


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ThE OpEN hEaRTh Named for its exhibition kitchen, this Greenville stalwart has been in business since 1959. Despite the host of trendy new restaurants in town, fans still come here for the buttery steaks that Chef William Brown cooks to order on the coal-fired grill. Jimmy Melehes and his wife, Paula Starr, own the place (which was founded by Jimmy’s parents) and are always on hand to give guests a warm welcome. Steaks abound, from a one-and-a-halfpound sirloin for two to a modest filet mignon wrapped in bacon, but there’s plenty to satisfy seafood lovers, too.

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$$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 2801 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 244-2665,

PLEASANTBURG DRIVE COFFEE & CREMa Coffee & Crema is located across from the Fresh Market in the Forest Park shopping center. Here, you can satisfy any java craving with international offerings including French press, cappuccino, and a unique pour-over. Don’t need that jolt? Go for a fruit smoothie, and treat the kids to a chocolate (or vanilla or strawberry) milkshake. Despite its name, Coffee & Crema even draws tea drinkers with a selection of organic loose-leaf brews. There’s a satellite at Haywood Mall. $, B, L, D. 27 S Pleasantburg Dr, Suite 130, Greenville. (864) 235-0051,

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If you’re looking for Mexican food beyond the usual tacos, enchiladas, and burritos, head for this little storefront around the corner from East North Street. Mexican-born chef/ owner Rosalinda Sala, who started cooking at her mother’s side when she was a small girl, goes beyond the standard in her menu of South of the Border fare: sea bass with shrimp and scallops comes doused with salsa nopales (cactus sauce); traditional barbacoa (slow-cooked lamb shank) in Rosalinda’s choice of sauces; and chicken choices include pollo en mole poblano, smothered with a spicy, housemade mole.

Part of a dying breed of Southern traditions, S&S Cafeteria has but one location left in Greenville. The place is named for its parent company, Smith & Sons Foods, which opened its first cafeteria in Columbus, Georgia, in 1936. A vast array of items encompasses mains like prime roast beef, Southern fried chicken, baked spaghetti, and deviled crab. And that’s not to mention comfort-food sides of macaroni and cheese, whipped potatoes, collard greens, and corn on the cob. Bring the whole family, or get your dinner to go. $, L, D. 1037 N.

$$-$$$, L, D (no dinner Mon & Tues; no lunch Sat). Closed Sunday. 1124 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 292-7002,

PItA HOuSe Pita House has been family-operated since 1989. The cognoscenti come here for good Middle Eastern fare, such as hummus, falafel, kibbeh, and shwarma. The menu is basically the same for lunch and dinner; if you’re having trouble deciding, go for one of the sampler plates (they may set you back a few more bucks). And save room for baklava and other Mediterranean sweets for dessert. Want to cook up some authentic dishes at home? Check out the little grocery in the back of the restaurant. $, L, D. Closed Sunday. 495 S Pleasantburg Dr, #B, Greenville. (864) 271-9895

Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 2333339,

SACHA’S CAFÉ Bright walls and a long, inviting bar make a sunny backdrop to chow down on Colombian food at Sacha’s. Arepas are available with ingredients like beans, chorizo, avocado, shredded beef, stuffed inside (rellenas) or piled on top (encima). The patacones, or deep-fried plantains, are thick and sweet. For the unadventurous, there are hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken wings on the menu. Hungry groups can order the Fiesta Platter, a sampler that serves six people. To drink, try one of the natural fruit juices, or the imported cervezas.

$, L, D (no dinner Fri & Sat). Closed Sunday & Monday. 1001 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 232-3232,

tACO CASA At this little, red-roofed Mexican place dating back to 1985, do as the locals do, and start with an order of nachos. When your meal comes, you can spice up your entrée, from the simple menu of tacos,

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A popular spot for a birthday or a romantic meal, local flavor shines here in entrées like the crab cakes with remoulade, and meatloaf with maple Creole mustard glaze. With an astonishing selection of 700 wines, you can’t miss the perfect complement to your meal. For breakfast and lunch (think soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts), check out Soby’s on the Side, right around the corner. $$$-$$$$, D, SBR. 207 S Main St. (864) 232-7007,

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Billing their cuisine as “Southeastern with an international twist,” brother-andsister team Jason and Allison Clark (he’s the chef; she manages the restaurant) cook up some sophisticated fare at their Greer eatery. Favorites—available in both appetizer and entrée portions— include the BIN Stack (a grilled Angus filet mignon medallion stacked on a crab cake, a fried green tomato, and a “potato flata,” a flat and fried potato) and the Down East Twisted Crab Cake, served with Carolina Gold rice pilaf. Reasonably priced wine spans the globe from California to Australia. $$$, D. Closed

Sunday & Monday. 112 Trade St, Greer. (864) 848-2112,

The CazBah Sister to the original Cazbah in downtown Greenville (16 W McBee St), this tapas bar holds sway in a historic building adorned with restored tin ceilings and exposed brick walls. On the menu, “foreplay” might mean black and white hummus or baked brie en croute, while innovative “finger lickers” like a mac-n-cheese egg roll compete with the signature lobster cigars. All the wines are available by bottle or glass. On a warm evening, take your libations to the rooftop bar and drink in Greer’s downtown scene. $, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 308 Trade St, Greer. (864) 8779311,


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With more than 30 years’ experience, Joe Ventura knows his stuff. His family helps run this pizzeria, located a mile north of the Greer Medical Campus of Greenville Hospital Center. Fans come here for everything from subs and calzones at lunch to chicken Romano and shrimp Stacey (named after one of Joe’s daughters) at dinnertime. Then, of course, there are the pizzas with hand-tossed crusts and toppings like fresh sausage, ricotta, spinach, Genoa ham, and eggplant; these are available all day. $$–$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday

& Monday. 337 S Buncome Rd, Greer. (864) 989-0100,

The GreaT Bay OysTer hOuse Gulf shrimp, Charleston clams, and Apalachicola oysters tempt at this laid-back oyster house in Greer Station. Though oysters are the house specialty, many other seafood preparations (think seared scallops, blackened salmon, sesame-crusted tuna) make waves here. Check out the nightly specials: on Monday, for instance, come for half-price steamed oysters; on Thursday, a special Lowcountry Boil. Sushi lovers should head to the back of the restaurant, where Sushi Mizu offers a fusion of nigiri, sashimi, rolls, and hibachi dishes. $-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 109 E Poinsett St, Greer. (864) 879-1030,

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The MasOn Jar New kid on the block, the Mason Jar prides itself on serving good homemade food seven days a week. In addition to sandwiches and burgers served with hand-cut fries or your choice of another side, the menu features a different special every day (available at lunch and dinner). It might be meatloaf or turkey and stuffing, but whatever the chef’s whim, the special comes with three sides and sweet tea for one modest price. And beverages come to the table in (you guessed it!) Mason jars. $, L, D.

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rivera’s Chef Bruce Rivera came to Greer in 2008, after two stints in downtown Greenville, one in the kitchen of the erstwhile Sophisticated Palate on Main Street, and then at his own Café Rivera in the West End. The chef’s Puerto Rican roots shine in empanadas and ceviche tostadas, as well as in the Mayan-style roast pork, the specialty of the house. The selection of Angus steaks can get pricey, but if you’re watching your budget, sandwiches and entrée salads make less-expensive dinner options. $$$, L, D. Closed

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sOuThern ThyMes Café This no-frills, diner-style eatery has been pleasing locals with large portions of homestyle Southern cooking since 2005. Starting at 7am daily, Southern Thymes serves up hearty breakfasts of omelets, hotcakes, French toast, and more. Supplement your meal with hash browns, stewed apples, or a bowl of BellCleaners 4thS AugustTown.indd sausage gravy. For lunch, there are burgers and sandwiches, but the meatand-three meals are what many hanker for. Entrées are priced with a choice of two or three sides—the likes of creamed corn, fried okra, and macaroni and cheese. $, B, L. 219 Trade St, Greer.


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burritos, tostados, and enchiladas, with a variety of salsas (mild to tongue-searing). A nod to its setting in the South, the restaurant even serves sweet tea. Prices here are a real deal, but be sure to bring cash—Taco Casa doesn’t accept credit cards. $, L, D. Closed Sunday.

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sTOMPinG GrOunDs Stomping Grounds’ community philosophy extends to cup and dish. Greenville’s West End Coffee, organic apple pie from Spurgeon Farms in Taylors, cream cheese Danishes and apple muffins from Flour Haven in Greer, and homemade donuts, cakes, and cookies from around the corner, are among the goodies under the glass. Bagels, breakfast sandwiches, deli sandwiches, daily soup, and salads round out the menu. Enjoy live music, beer, and wine in the evenings. $, B, L, D. Closed Sunday. 208 Trade St, Greer. (864) 801-1555,

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Thru 16

Pickens county MuseuM suMMer exhibits

The Pickens County Museum features everything from denim collages to landscape paintings in a trio of exhibits this summer. “Selvage: New Works by Jim Arendt” features lifesized denim collages by this director of the Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery at Coastal Carolina University. In “American Drive,” Steven Bleicher, a visual arts professor at Coastal 11:00:37 AM Carolina, explores the mobility of American life using Route 66 and Dixie Highway as points of departure. And in “The Landscape in Painting,” John Brecht, Cathy Zaden Lea, Carla Padgett, and Bill Updengraff showcase varying visions of landscape painting. Pickens County Museum, 307 Johnson St, Pickens. Tues–Fri, 9am–5pm; Thurs, 9am–7:30pm; Sat, 9am–4:30pm. Free. (864) 898-5963, culturalcommission K51S

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Music on Main street Music on Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of regional musical talents, from pop, oldies, rock, and contemporary music. Bring a lawn chair and your dancing shoes. Visitors Information Center, 201 S Main St, Hendersonville. Fri, 7–9pm; seating area opens at 5:30pm. Free. (800) 828-4244,

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Winfred Rembert depicts the everyday existence of African-Americans in the segregated South in his vibrant and compelling paintings. Often using dye on carved and tooled leather, Rembert

Thru Nov

rublev to fabergé

Visit M&G at Heritage Green for a fascinating immersion into the culture, traditions, and heart of Russia. Trace the history of icons, view Fabergé’s artistic craftsmanship, and see pieces once owned by the Romanovs. The second floor also offers hands-on exhibits showcasing Russia’s cultural heritage. Bob Jones Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green, Buncombe St, Greenville. Tues–Sat, 10am–5pm; Sun, 2–5pm. $3-$5. (864) 770-1331,


Music by the lake

Pack your picnic basket for this annual series of concerts at Furman University’s amphitheatre. This performance closes the summer series with the Lakeside Concert Band performing Where No One Has Gone Before, directed by Leslie W. Hicken. Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. Thurs, 7:30pm. Free. (864) 294-2086, summermusic



recalls his colorful and often painful memories of growing up and as a prisoner in Georgia. Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College St, Greenville. Sun, 2pm. Free. (864) 271-7570,

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Free Movies in the Park

Pack up the family and head out to Simpsonville for an evening of free entertainment in the outdoors. August’s offerings include Cars 2 and Twilight Breaking Dawn, Part 1. In addition to flicks on the big screen, there will be inflatables for the young ones. Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park, 861 SE Main St, Simpsonville. Gates open at 7:30pm, show at 9pm. Free. (864) 241-3800,

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alcheMy iMProv coMedy Each week, this comedy improv troupe presents a variety of shows featuring everyone from the core cast to guests. Local Legends uses the stories of local people to inspire a fully improvised show. Previous guests have included filmmakers, psychologists, professors, actors, and more. Coffee Underground, 1 E Coffee St, Greenville. Fri, 8 & 9:30pm. $5-$8. (864) 256-1467,


wedding parties

Chef Corie Martin will teach the basics to making the perfect cupcake in this hands-on class. Each child will get to bake cupcakes from scratch, whip up a batch of buttercream icing to pipe on, and make their own decorations using real fondant. Each child takes home six cupcakes. For ages 8–12. The Cook’s Station, 659 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 9–11am. $30. (864) 250-0091,

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The Landrum Library in cooperation with the Humanities Council SC will explore aspects of American roots music in this traveling exhibition curated by the Smithsonian Institution. The library will host musical performances, lectures, and other activities centered on Americans’ creative expression through blues, country western, folk, and gospel. Landrum Library, 111 E Asbury Dr, Landrum. Ongoing, times vary. (864) 457-2218,


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Local artist Mark Mulfinger leads the way during this afternoon of exploring ways to create perspective through drawing. Sketch pads and pencils will be provided in this regular Sunday program. Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College St, Greenville. Sun, 2pm. Free. (864) 271-7570,


sHake, rattle & roll

Back by popular demand is Scott Bruce’s unbelievable Elvis tribute show. Los Angeles–based Bruce wows fans all over the United States and abroad with his 1950s and ’60s-era Elvis portrayal. Performing with a rockin’ four-piece band, Bruce emulates the King of Rock and Roll with his voice, not to mention the


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Introduce your child to theatre concepts and more at summer camps offered through the South Carolina Children’s Theatre. Classes range from improvisation and acting to musical theatre and juggling. South Carolina Children’s Theatre, 153 Augusta St, Greenville. Days and time vary. Costs vary. (864) 235-2885,

August in South Carolina can really heat up, but it’s always cool in the Greenville Museum’s galleries. Live music with Celtic singer Judy McKenney with Bob Haubenreich on banjo and hammered dulcimer makes it doubly so. Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College St, Greenville. Sun, 2pm. Free. (864) 271-7570

Young artists from age 6 to adult can explore everything from journaling and theatre improvisation to painting and theatre makeup in this series offered by the Fountain Inn Arts Academy. This is a chance to fill the last days of summer with engaging, hands-on workshops. Fountain Inn Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 315 N Main St, Fountain Inn. Days and times vary. $25-$50. (864) 409-1050,


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Drop in for writing during the Emrys Summer Second Sundays workshops. They’re designed to give writers, beginners to advanced, a creative boost and inspiration. There’s no registration required, so don’t miss this opportunity to pen your own story. Bobby Pearse Community Center, 904 Townes St Ext, Greenville. Sun, 2pm. $5 at the door. (864) 409-3679,

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Joseph Lenn Edwin McCain Laura Williamson Executive Chef, The Barn, Present-day Master Sommelier, Blackberry Farm, Troubadour Co-owner of Vin Tabla, Walland, TN Tuscon, AZ vintage instruments, costumes, and slicked-back hair. Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Thurs– Fri, 8pm; Sat, 3 & 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $20-$30. (864) 233-6238,


Beach Music Festival

Cruise on in to enjoy the tunes of Hip Pocket, the Tams, Chairmen of the Board, and the Swingin’ Medallions in this festival celebrating all things beach music. There will be dance floors set up so you can shag the night away. Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park, 861 SE Main St, Simpsonville. Sat, 5pm. $19-$29. (864) 241-3800,


Really Good, Really BiG, Really cheap Book sale

Bag some books and help someone else learn how to read at this fundraiser for the Greenville Literacy Association. Thousands of books, both new and used, in more than 100 categories are just waiting for a new home. Last year’s event raised $124,000 and moved 101,000 books. Don’t miss this chance to stock your shelves for a great cause. Peace Center, 300 S Main St, McAlister Square Shopping Center, 225 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. Sat, 8:30am–5pm. Free admission, book costs vary. (864) 467-3461,


the RollinG WateRWheel Gospel RevieW Seek slightly cooler climes in Pickens and spend a day at the Hagood Mill. This month, in addition to the functioning gristmill and living history demonstrations, the mill will be showcasing gospel music. So pick up a bag of stone-ground grits, enjoy live music, and soak up some of the Upstate’s rich history. Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center,

138 Hagood Mill Rd, Pickens. Sat, 10 am–4pm. Free. (864) 898-2936,


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The board of Slow Food Upstate invites you to a garden evening of music, food, and a very special guest: Jessica B. Harris, author and expert on African-American food. True to the event’s name, the food will reflect the culinary contributions brought to America from the continent of Africa. 10 Old Tyler Court, Greenville. Sun, 6–9pm. $40 for Slow Food members; $50 non-members.


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the Beach Ball

The Beach Ball Foundation, with the help of sponsors Benefits in a Card, Legacy Charter School, and Land Rover Carolinas, will be hosting one last excuse to have fun in the sun. With 40 food and beverage stations, a raffle, an auction, music by Band X Live, entertainment by Cirque Spin Tribe Hoopers, and fireworks at 10pm, you’ll feel like summer just started. The Hartness Estate, 200 Smith Rd, Greenville. Sat, 7pm. $100, no tickets at gate. (864) 334-6223,

fun, experiment, discover, celebrate and play. This atmosphere, shared openly between artists and attendees, results in a four-day celebration of cuisine, music and wine that is downright euphoric. To join in, you need only an appreciation for talent and the abilities to eat, sip, listen and play. Oh, and a ticket. No playing without a ticket.


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Celebrate bluegrass and its permutations with this trio of bands, all Albino Skunk Festival alumni. The six-piece Seven Handle Circus is known for blending bluegrass and folk into an energetic stage show. The Deadfields meld bluegrass, Americana, country, and rock, and the Bent Strings lend notes influenced by bands ranging from Nickel Creek to the Strokes. The Handlebar, 304 E Stone Ave, Greenville. Sat, 8pm. $11. (864) 2336173,

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Diane Kilgore Condon is by no means a newbie to the Upstate’s art scene. Winner of the Metropolitan Arts Council’s yearly contest “Flat Out Under Pressure,” a mad-dash challenge to create a 2-dimensional work in 24 hours, Kilgore Condon graduated Bob Jones University in 1988 with a degree in fine arts. A native of Nassau, Wisconsin, she chose to set Southern roots. In 2001, she, along with 15 other artists, created the Art Bomb Company, a nonprofit organization and studio space located on Pendleton Street in Greenville’s West End. Kilgore Condon’s painting above received first prize out of 53 pieces, and the top eight works will be featured on outdoor recycling bins in downtown Greenville.—Anna DiBenedetto

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TOWN Magazine published monthly in Greenville, South Carolina by Community Journals.

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TOWN Magazine published monthly in Greenville, South Carolina by Community Journals.