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See, hear, read, react. The month’s must-dos.


Pics of the litter: Upcountry fêtes & festivities.


Sculptor Joe Thompson; Landrum, SC’s Red Horse Inn; a primer on the Tryon International Equestrian Center; the makeup and hair stylists behind our feature fashion shoot; and more.










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Lee Norwood spent two decades learning and designing at Ralph Lauren. Now, he takes over as chief creative officer of Oobe, Greenville’s own home-grown apparel brand.

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Equestrian style is the inspiration for our annual spring fashion spread, shot on location in horse country. / produced and styled by Laura Linen // photography by Paul Mehaffey


A wealth of clothing-design talent is bubbling up in what some might consider the unlikeliest of places: Bob Jones University. / by Mary Cathryn Armstrong // photography by Eli Warren

A visual guide to dressing sporty—not sloppy—this spring; top-of-the-line drivers, just in time for The Masters; fine furniture crafted by a former NFL lineman; plus, a few tips for designing an alluring outdoor space.

Air travel may not be as glamorous as it once was, but the Man realizes courtesy and respect still prevail.

Writer John Jeter first toured Cuba in the days of the Cold War. Thirty years later, he returns to take stock of steps forward and backward.


Invigorate your picnic menu with flavorful (and easy) pan bagnat; a bar for the strong, silent types; and chef Rodney Freidank talks about what it takes to cook at the ESPN House during The Masters.

THIS PAGE: On Rachel: Custom gown from Gregory Ellenburg, price available upon request; Heritage contour zip field boot, $290, by Ariat, from The Tack Shop. For more, see “Best in Show,” page 88. Photograph by Andrew Huang

COVER: On Rachel: Diamond Collection show coat, $364, from The Tack Shop; Lily Pulitzer shirt, $41, from Labels Designer Consignments; Inglesa spur belt, $64; Fiona breeches, $89, by Equine Couture; both from The Tack Shop; gallop ring, $4,180, by Gumuchian, from Hale’s Jewelers. For more, see “Best in Show,” page 88. Photograph by Paul Mehaffey


Got plans? You do now.


Painter Ginger Cebe taps into the enduring, emotive power of landscapes.


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))) For more behindthe-scenes shots of our spring fashion shoot and digital extras—go to TOWNCAROLINA.COM

Out with the Old


Blair Knobel Editor-in-Chief Twitter / Instagram: @lbknobel

(from top) Art director Paul Mehaffey and editor-in-chief Blair Knobel discuss a shot, while senior editor Andrew Huang gets in the middle of things; style editor Laura Linen takes a break on set; hair stylist Justin Tucker and model Rachel Law Anthony laugh it off. (Photographs by Will Crooks)

pring is rarely peaceful. With the Earth in flux, heaving wind and rain one day, heavenly skies the next, we too become supercharged: in need of the top down, a picnic, or a porch with an adult beverage. This season, ultimately, is about energy. No wonder we hit the reset on our homes and our closets, our bodies, and sometimes our mindsets. In many ways, spring makes us feel unhinged. Or, perhaps, unbridled. Horses are humbling creatures. For one, they are big. Their sinewy physique makes the fittest among us jealous. They have luxurious coats, not to mention hair to rival a Kardashian. They are quiet and intense, speaking only when necessary for food or love or an itch. Which is why we were inspired to be near them. To tap into the world that revolves around them. To experience the land that fosters them. Our annual Spring Style issue is an homage to equestrian culture. Certainly the Derby needs no introduction. But, our area also boasts fantastic opportunities to experience the horse with the opening of the Tryon International Equestrian Center (“Leaps & Bounds,” page 54). This sprawling facility isn’t only for professionals—it is open to the public, with plenty of restaurants, shopping, lodging, and activities for the family. The facility is largely equine-centered, but the idea is to offer entertainment for everyone, especially those who may want to learn more about equestrian life. For our annual Spring Style fashion shoot, instead of being in studio, we chose to explore horse culture in the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge, near Tryon, North Carolina. Delicate and tailored looks make a case for refreshing your wardrobe, particularly when enhanced by brute equine grace (“Best in Show,” page 88). We also celebrate style via the work of students at Bob Jones University, whose apparel, textiles, and design program could produce the next big name in fashion. In “Making the Cut,” page 100, writer Mary Cathryn Armstrong discovers that the traditionally conservative BJU is more than meets the eye (of the needle). Throughout this issue, we pay homage to the season, encouraging you to experience, explore, and release all that was—because, you know, you have to make room for what is. @towncarolina @towncarolina // towniemail

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The Poetry of Place

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Amid the cacophany of an election year, the exhibition The Poetry of Place offers a respite and reminder that our country, and particularly the South, is home. From the colorful streets of New Orleans to the misty swamps of Florida to the undulant Smoky Mountains, The Poetry of Place invites you to re-discover America, where a picture is worth a thousand words.

Rudolph Ingerle (1879-1950) Evening Sky, circa 1925

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What’s an indispensable staple in your spring wardrobe?


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CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Ruta Fox M. Linda Lee Steven Tingle Jac Valitchka CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mary Cathryn Armstrong, STEPHANIE BURNETTE, Kathryn Davé, SCOTT GOULD, Courtney Tollison Hartness, JOHN JETER & Abby Moore Keith

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CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS & DESIGNERS Chelsey Ashford, ROBIN BATINA-LEWIS, Will Crooks, Jivan Davé, Kate Guptill, Rebecca Lehde, Alice Ratterree, Cameron Reynolds, Gabrielle Smith & Eli Warren EDITORIAL INTERNS Katherine Meis & Bethany Mlinar

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April 2016 TEDxGREENVILLE A kaleidoscope translates light as shifting, colorful designs. And this year, it’s also the theme of TEDxGreenville’s annual conference. Curator Carolina Caldwell-Richmond settled on this idea as a metaphor for the multi-faceted and diverse aspects of each individual—each color and segment adding unique value and significance. Join 23 speakers and performers at the Kroc Center for this deep dive into the psyches, influences, and changes that define us. Kroc Center, 424 Westfield St, Greenville. Fri, April 8, 8am–5pm. $65. (864) 430-0636,

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IMAGINE UPSTATE FESTIVAL iMAGINE Upstate—a weeklong event dedicated to providing the Upstate’s top minds with a platform for community outreach and communication— comes loaded with events to stretch the brain and the soul. Take in a science fair showcase, draw bridges in the park, or sip on a cold one while you chat about modern science. iMAGINE is capped off with a family-friendly downtown festival, complete with drones, racecars, and maybe even a few robots.

The sister event to fall’s Albino Skunk Music Fest, this warm-weather version has all the offerings you’ve grown to love. Whether you’re camping out or just spending the day, feel free to imbibe a few local brews, pick up some craft art, or indulge in a food truck delicacy. Already slated to perform at this year’s SpringSkunk are Dustbowl Revival, Forlorn Strangers, Billy Strings, and Dangermuffin. Get ready to get your skunk on! Zeigler Property, 4063 Jordan Rd, Greer. Thurs–Sat, April 7–9, 10am. Ticket prices vary.

SOME ENCHANTING EVENING The Greenville Symphony’s final Chamber Orchestra concert closes the season with a very special performance. This “Enchanting Evening” will feature works by composers Dvorak, Schubert, Saint-Saëns, and more. Ultra-talented violinist (and GSO concertmaster) Xiaoqing Yu also adds his musical prowess with some selections from violin repertoire’s greatest hits. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri–Sat, Apr 8–9, 8pm; Sun, Apr 10, 3pm. $43. (864) 467-3000,

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Photograph (Billy Strings) courtesy of John Gillespie Photography LLC

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We’ve never had an issue with the occasional pint (or four), so a whole week dedicated to the Upstate’s craft beer culture sounds like paradise. The seven-day festival has everything you’d expect—beer dinners and releases of new Upstate collaborations—and a few you might not, like disc golf and Cards Against Humanity tournaments. Rest assured, however you choose to participate, there’ll be some tasty beverages for you to enjoy.

While being the daughter of one of music’s most legendary and influential performers is certainly no easy feat, Rosanne Cash has masterfully carved her own niche in the industry. The singer and songwriter takes cues from the rich tones of country and blues, mixing in jazz and rock harmonies for good measure. Soulful and sincere, Cash’s original cache of award-winning songs and stories will resonate with fans of every generation.

Tired of blowing your entire paycheck at Whole Foods? Then come out to Greenbrier Farms’ 7th Annual Plant Sale, held at their 300-acre sustainable farm just twenty minutes from downtown Greenville. The farm is offering starter plants—including heirloom tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, okra, eggplant, herbs, flowers, and more—which means you can grow your own organic produce. There will also be pastured and grass-fed meats available.

The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, April 15, 8pm. $25-$55. (864) 467-3000,

Greenbrier Farms, 766 Hester Store Rd, Easley. Sat, April 16, 9am–4pm. Free. (864) 855-9782, Photograph by Clay Patrick McBride; courtesy of the Peace Center

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Quick HITS POETRY AND DRAMA OF LIFE z The Greenville Symphony Orchestra continues its tribute to Upstate leader and visionary C. Thomas Wyche. Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel leads the GSO in a performance of Wyche’s original composition Moonbeams, as well as Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt and Symphony No. 2 by composer Jean Sibelius. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Apr 2–3. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $17-$66. (864) 467-3000,


z “Jeremy.” “Better Man.” “Even Flow.” The list goes on. Beginning with the birth of grunge and continuing into the twenty-first century, Pearl Jam’s alt-rock has spawned numerous hits and a far-reaching fan base. But before they kick off a summer of headliner slots at Bonnaroo and the New Orleans Jazz Festival, fans will have an opportunity to see Eddie Vedder and company roll through classic tracks from Vitalogy and beyond at their only tour stop in the Upstate. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sat, April 16, 8pm. $71. (864) 241-3800,

z The best kind of meals are the ones served with an ice-cold helping of murder. This interactive experience is full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing throughout the evening. Is your tablemate a murderer? The next victim? All the while, you can indulge in a spectacular threecourse meal, courtesy of the Poinsett Club. An auction of murder-mystery-themed items will be up for grabs, and proceeds from the benefit will keep the Centre Stage spotlights burning bright for seasons to come. The Poinsett Club, 807 E Washington St, Greenville. Fri, April 22, 7pm. $125. (864) 233-6733,


z This notoriously unfiltered comic has been on a tear for the past year. Schumer wrote and starred in the film Trainwreck, won an Emmy for her sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, hosted Saturday Night Live, and got a feature shoot next to Star Wars characters for GQ. Now, she brings her trademark material—full of observations on sex, relationships, and gender dynamics—to the Well for one hilarious evening only. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Fri, Apr 29, 8pm. $34-$94. (864) 241-3800,

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Jay Leno It’s somewhat of a rarity for one’s facial features to be almost as (if not more) recognizable than their unique brand of comedy. But somehow, Jay Leno makes it work. From bit parts in television to eventual successor of the great Johnny Carson, Leno has been a voice of the people for more than 30 years, and whether he’s ripping on celebrities or thumbing through the daily headlines, the laughs are never in short supply. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, April 16, 8pm. $65-$95. (864) 467-3000,

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Fashion with a Passion March 10, 2016 An evening of fashion, food, and fun brought more than 500 guests to the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Models dressed in spring styles from local retailers graced the runway at this philanthropic fashion event. The event raised more than $150,000 in support of Safe Harbor’s mission to protect and provide a future for victims of domestic violence.

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The Heart Ball February 20, 2016

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The American Heart Association celebrated a year of triumph with their annual Heart Ball. More than 900 guests and community leaders attended the event, which featured dinner and silent and live auctions with more than $200,000 of prizes. Honorees Steve Timmons, Riley Haskell Dannelly, and Hampton Niles also spoke about the importance of the work of the American Heart Association. By Chelsey Ashford Photography

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Susan & Tim Reed Susan Muse, Alita Webster & Beth McNamara

Chris & Tina Grant

Surendra & Neeli Jain Leigh Watson & Jack Bacot

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Jared & Barbara Emerson

Doug Webster & Pat McNamara

Yogi & Erin Hiremath Craig & Laurie McCotter

Chip Wilson & Elizabeth Dannelly

Paul & Polly Dilworth with Beth & Jim Clements

J.T. Keadle, Courtney Russell, Aubrey Smith & Erik Russell

Anna Ellisor & Karyn Garvin

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BJU Collaborative Fashion Exhibit February 6, 2016 This exhibit featured the work of six senior students in the apparel, textiles, and design program at Bob Jones University. From fashion illustration to hand embellishment, the garments on display were entirely original and wowed the attendees and university staff. This capstone event reflected the quality of student education and preparation for careers in the design industry. Photography by Will Crooks

Andrea Sabugo & Jay Bopp

Ariana Pegram & Caroline Clater Emily Weier & Sydney Gay

Katherine Chu & Chelsea Mills

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Muse Shoe Studio’s Tenth Anniversary February 18, 2016 To mark ten years of outfitting Greenville women’s ten toes, Musette Stern and her staff at Muse Shoe Studio hosted friends and clients for a tented celebration at the boutique. Guests toasted the store’s success with glasses of bubbly and stylish cakelettes and enjoyed delicious deals on the boutique’s collection of footwear. Photography by Will Crooks

Caroline Welling & Lacey Jones

Winsy Pittinos, Caroline Smoak & Jeanie Haselden

Roger & Betsy Varin

Jenny Woods & Musette Stern

Lucy Banks Smith & Mary Helen Kelly

Taylor Oliver & Meg Hooper

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Casino Night February 13, 2016

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Everyone wins when the house is on your side. The Commodore Club kicked off their biggest celebration of friendship with their Casino Night at the Commerce Club. The 185 members in attendance rolled, dealt, and wagered the night away around casino tables while enjoying tasty food, drinks, and music. Photography by Will Crooks

Danielle Williamson & Jonathan McKee

Ashley Richards and Stephanie & Ryan Tiwari, with Ryan & Adrienne Mullins

Drake & Taylor Gribbin

Lana & Maggie Sims

Mark Pfeiffer & Michelle Dillard

Chip Buchanan & Liz Howell

Jennifer & Tigue Garick

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Forever Green Luncheon

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February 23, 2016 Upstate Forever honored Greenville’s local environmental heroes with the ForeverGreen Annual Awards Luncheon. This event acknowledges individuals and organizations who have made strides in many areas of environmental sustainability. This year’s winners included Taylors TownSqure, Paris Mountain State Park Friends, Bruce Wood, Matt Schell, Dr. Gene Eidson, Terry Schager, and Clemson University Recycling Services. Photography by Will Crooks

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March 10, 2016 Marion and William Crawford welcomed 140 friends and donors of the Cancer Society of Greenville— an entirely local, cancer-support organization—into their home for an intimate concert with pianist Emile Pandolfi and singer (and breast cancer patient) Dana Russell. The evening served to raise awareness of the Cancer Society of Greenville’s role in the community and to promote its upcoming Hope Ball. All proceeds raised by the society stay in the community to support local patients and families.

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The Guild of the Greenville Symphony’s Black & White Ball March 5, 2016 The Guild of the Greenville Symphony transported their guests to Venice with a musical masquerade ball at the Westin Poinsett Hotel. Symphony sponsors and guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions during this installment of the Black and White Ball. Funds raised this evening will help continue support for the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.

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The Junior League’s Big Night Out February 27, 2016 Elegance, charity, and a healthy dash of mystery reigned at the Big Night Out’s masquerade ball. As the band Still Cruzin’ performed, more than 500 masked guests savored the refreshments provided by local Greenville vendors. The evening highlights were the Auction, the Wall of Giving, and Fund a Need, where the generosity of the guests funded the next season of Junior League community programs, projects, and grants.

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Client Cheryl Gaillard (left) has a keen eye when it comes to home decorating. Her Realtor Barb Riggs (right) could not be more impressed with her skills and gladly welcomes Cheryl to become her home stager for new listings.

“When my husband Pete and I moved to Greenville last year it was our eighth move so I have worked with many Realtors. Barb Riggs was recommended to us and quickly helped us find the perfect home. She listened and knew exactly what we were looking for! Barb recently asked if I would be interested in working with her as a home stager for her listings. I jumped at the chance of working with such an outstanding Realtor who has also become a friend. Our relationship didn’t end when we closed on our home... it’s just beginning!” – Cheryl Gaillard


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Flint and Tinder Gather close and snuggle up. There’s more to winter warmth than the fire.

Lindsey Kitterman & Barton Wyatt December 31, 2015

Competition brings out the best in everyone—and maybe that was the reason Lindsey convinced Barton to play on her recreational kickball team. Lindsey’s brother and sister-in-law, who’d known Barton at Clemson, introduced him to Lindsey after he moved back to Greenville from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. They started playing kickball a few weeks later, and began dating shortly after. After three years, Barton knew it was time to propose to Lindsey. Knowing she’d be in shock, he made sure they had a drink before telling her all the reasons he knew they were meant to be, and then got on one knee. The couple was married at Central United Methodist Church in Lindsey’s hometown, Florence, SC, on New Year’s Eve. It was a festive day with the wedding and the New Year, and to the delight of the numerous Clemson fans in attendance, Clemson qualified for the playoffs for the National Championship that same day. The couple still lives in Greenville in the same house where Barton proposed. Lindsey works at Greyrock Accounting, and Barton is operations manager at Carolina Recycling Company. FRED SALLEY // FRED SALLEY PHOTOGRAPHY APRIL 2016 / 45

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Weddings Abby Moore & Samuel Keith January 2, 2016 Typically, caves are not where you go looking for true love—but in all fairness, Abby and Sam weren’t necessarily looking for love when they met while spelunking in Tennessee. The couple-to-be were guests of a mutual friend, and they ended up bonding over their mutual love of German Shorthair Pointers. After six weeks of casual hangouts, Sam asked Abby on an official date—and six months later he asked her to be his wife. Abby had always dreamed of getting engaged in Paris, but as that wasn’t possible, Sam picked the second best option: a sunset proposal atop Paris Mountain. The couple dreamed their wedding would be “simple, natural, and local”; they wanted people to know that it wasn’t just about them, but also about the God that brought them together, and the people they loved. The wedding took place at The Dutch Barn in Greer and featured a food truck and Abby’s father’s homebrewed beer. The happy couple lives in Greenville, where Abby works as a freelance writer and nanny, and Sam is finishing his graduate degree at Clemson. MADEI CLICK // MADEI CLICK PHOTOGRAPHY

Kathryn Salley & Michael Dodd January 30, 2016 Although Kathryn and Michael attended Furman at the same time, they didn’t meet until almost a decade after graduation. Another pair of newlywed Furman alumni, Will Glenn, Michael’s best friend, and Kerry Glenn, Kathryn’s sorority sister, introduced the couple. Six months later, with the help of Kathryn’s best friends and family, Michael planned a surprise proposal at High Falls, NC. After a family hike—Kathryn’s dog Beau included—Michael got down on one knee at the base of the trail and asked her to marry him. The ensuing celebration comprised tacos, margaritas, and the couple’s closest friends and family. The couple held their ceremony at First Baptist Church in Easley, followed by a reception at the Commerce Club where guests enjoyed breakfast-for-dinner and live music by Steel Toe Stiletto. Michael and Kathryn are both self-employed at The Dodd Law Firm and Right at Home in Simpsonville and Spartanburg, respectively. They currently live in Greenville. BECKY CASTO // CASTO PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMA

Erin Lee Daniel & Noah James Vandiver January 29, 2016 Erin and Noah first met in January 2015 after connecting through the online dating site “Plenty of Fish.” Each was the only person from the site that either had met face-to-face, and after just one date, they were “hooked.” On a chilly night a short eight months later, Noah took Erin for a romantic dinner at The Galley on Lake Hartwell. While waiting on their table, the couple walked down the docks and arrived at a bench where Noah had previously placed a photo book. After flipping through pages of photos of the first date, birthdays, vacations, and other special moments from the past eight months, Erin arrived at the last page, which displayed a picture of her engagement ring and the words, “Will you marry me?” As Erin sat in shock, Noah dropped to one knee and officially popped the question. The couple held a small ceremony at First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC. CRYSTAL & KEITH CARSON // RED APPLE TREE PHOTOGRAPHY HEARING WEDDING BELLS? TOWN Magazine wants to publish your wedding announcement. If you currently live or grew up in the Upstate and were recently married, please write to us at TOWN Magazine, Attn: Weddings, 581 Perry Ave, Greenville, SC 29611, or e-mail Due to space constraints, inclusion is not guaranteed. 46 TOWN /

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Art & Light:

Joe Thompson, chair of the visual arts department at the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, wants his sculptures to awaken viewers from their relative malaise.

Nuts & Bolts Joe Thompson rearranges parts into organic pieces


// portrait by Eli Warren

here’s a walkway in downtown Greenville just off of Washington Street, a quiet corridor dividing Tupelo Honey and the Aloft Hotel. Along the path to the right—toward the bright yellow chairs of ONE City Plaza—is a vast assortment of metal pieces strategically welded into a stunning sculptured gate. “Moving Parts is big and impressive, but it’s also subtle,” artist Joe Thompson says. “You can walk right past it and say, ‘That’s a lot of nuts and bolts.’” But the thousands of pieces in Moving Parts likely enthrall people who are actually looking. Although those pieces may not be physically moving, they are doing something. They take the onlooker on a geometric journey, a mechanical maze of lines, triangles, and circles composed entirely of multi-sized screws, fasteners, and a few well-placed wrenches. Thompson is a materials guy through-and-through, and no stranger to the art of sculpture. Chair of the visual arts department at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Thompson grew up in his father’s sculpting studio. In college, he explored engineering for a time, but after eight years, found himself right back in the artistic realm.

“I realized that being an artist was the most truthful expression of my life,” Thompson explains. “And I also fell in love with teaching.” After receiving an MFA from Clemson University, Thompson was hired to help open the Governor’s School in 1999. He’s been cultivating creative young minds ever since, molding skills and sharing values he discovered on his own artistic path. For example, learning about art is important for its own sake; and if you’re waiting for the perfect materials or perfect inspiration, you’re never going to make anything. “I’m taking them on my journey, and I’m joining them on their journey,” he says. “We’re not working in a vacuum.” Thompson’s work Nurture-Nature epitomizes this collaborative relationship. The piece is sculpted of interdependently attached seed pods erected outside of the school’s entrance. It’s this aspect—the ability to capture the essence of what he’s representing—that makes Thompson’s work so compelling. Take the Peg Leg Bates statue on the corner of Washington and Spring streets. Like Moving Parts, the piece feels mechanical—functional even—with its mass of welded metal. But he’s also managed to bring Bates’ legendary spirit back to life, like he’s smack dab in the middle of a tap-dance number. “I want people to feel awake,” Thompson says. “We all can begin to walk around on autopilot, and I hope something people experience in my work is a little bit of a coming to themselves.” Joe Thompson’s work can be seen throughout downtown Greenville. For more information, visit his website at

Artwork courtesy of the artist

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Hunt County Haven Charming touches and pristine views make the Red Horse Inn a can’t-miss getaway / by M. Linda Lee


hen you think of equine-focused lodgings in the Upstate, the Red Horse Inn canters immediately to mind. Opened by Mary and Roger Wolters in 1995, the B&B crowns a hilltop on 192 acres of sylvan pastureland in the hunt country north of Greenville. The inn is steeped in equine references, from its name—which honors the memory of Winston, the Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse cross the Wolters owned when they started the inn—to the network of fox-hunting trails that thread the wooded acreage. If you’re lucky, you might spot an outing of the local Tryon Hounds club, its members clad in formal hunt jackets, caps, and breeches. Conceived as a horse-friendly retreat, the property enfolds six inn rooms and six cottages. The latter squat on a hill above the main inn, commanding splendid vistas of nearby peaks. Guests who want to bring

their own horses can book the Hayloft Cottage, which has its own paddock and turn-out shed. These days, a buckskin-colored mare called Secret grazes in the emerald pasture hemmed in by white farm fences. The four-year-old claims a prominent lineage: Secret is the great-granddaughter of the celebrated U.S. Triple Crown winner Secretariat. Keep an eye out for her in the morning, as she gallops and bucks her way across the field on her first run of the day. Our lovely accommodations for the evening, the Gable Room on the inn’s second floor, proffers a large bathroom with a jetted tub, and a king bed swathed in gauzy white curtains and strewn with fabric rose petals. Folding tables and chairs wait in the closet, eager to be set up on the room’s small porch. “Breakfast,” notes Mary, “sets the inn apart.” In the early days, she would lay out a morning buffet in the light-filled sunroom. As time went on, she noticed that guests would retrieve breakfast items to take back to their rooms. “By the time the thousandth guest said they preferred to do this, I finally changed the way I did breakfast,” Mary laughs. Now each room has its own breakfast pantry, often hidden in a closet. The evening before, Mary stocks the mini-refrigerator with goodies such as muffins, egg and potato casseroles, and yogurt, fruit, and granola parfaits—not to mention orange juice and all the fixings for coffee and tea. Guests can heat up breakfast at their leisure using the coffeemaker and microwave provided in the room. For those who want to explore the area, Mary coordinates activities for her guests, from horseback waterfall tours to winery visits. She will even pack you a picnic to take on the 15-minute walk that leads through the woods to the highest point on the property. At the summit—an idyllic spot for marriage proposals—two Adirondack chairs invite you to sit and savor the view. The Red Horse Inn is a place of peace, where the silence is profound and relaxation is assured. And after 20 years, Mary Wolters still loves being an innkeeper. “It’s not like a job,” exclaims the daughter of an Episcopal priest, “it’s like a ministry. I get to make people happy for a living.” Red Horse Inn 45 Winstons Chase Court, Landrum, SC (864) 909-1575, Rates range from $175/night for a small inn room to $320/night for the Granary Cottage.

Photographs courtesy of Red Horse Inn

Greener Pastures: Bring your own horse for a stay at the Hayloft Cottage with its own paddock and turnout shed, or find your pleasure in another of the five cottages (such as the Granary at left and below) or six rooms on the property.

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Leaps & Bounds Find much more than racing at the Tryon International Equestrian Center / by M. Linda Lee


hen former tech entrepreneur Mark Bellissimo sets out to tackle a project, he doesn’t horse around. In the fall of 2013, the managing partner and largest shareholder of Wellington Equestrian Partners LLC (which operates the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida) stood on a hilltop in rural Mill Spring, North Carolina, and unbridled his imagination. He envisioned a grand equestrian complex spreading across the land below. On the plane ride home to Florida, he sketched his concept out on a series of napkins. “The goal,” says Bellissimo, “was to create an equestrian lifestyle destination centered around a resort that would serve a broad range of demographics and equestrian interests.” Funded by a group of six families, the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) officially opened in June 2015. Sitting on 1,400 acres in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the center currently comprises a 6,000-seat arena, eight show rings, lodging, restaurants, and shops, with more on the way. One of the most noteworthy features of the $100 million complex is that all of the horse shows are open to the public free of charge. “Our vision is to expose more people to equestrian sport and hopefully increase the interest and the access for both competitors and spectators,” Bellissimo explains. “It’s ultimately centered around the love of the horse.”

Equine Facilities >> Show season starts in early April and continues into November. From Wednesday through Friday, spectators can watch from elevated viewing decks as the horses strut their stuff in the smaller show rings. On Saturday, the action moves to the centerpiece George Morris Stadium—named for the father of modern show jumping—where the Grand Prix hunter/jumper and dressage competitions take place. Sunday afternoon shows are often accompanied by a free ice cream social. When they’re not in the ring, horses from around the globe relax in the 850 permanent stables (a total of 1,200 is planned). Soon to be completed is a new cross-country course designed by Captain Mark Phillips, an Olympic gold-medal-winning horseman and a member of the British Royal Family.

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Jockey Lot: The Tryon International Equestrian Center is unique not only for its expansive equestrian facilities, but also for its family-friendly resort atmosphere, with luxurious dining, lodging, and shopping opportunities.

Dining >> Frustrated by the lack of good food available at horse shows when his daughters were competing, Bellissimo made sure TIEC hit its stride in terms of dining options. At Legends Grill, Chef Carl Schultz fashions farm-to-table fare using organic produce and free-range meat from area farms. Next door, Blue Ginger pleases sushi fans with handcrafted rolls and noodle dishes. Gleaming 1950s-style Roger’s Diner, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, is named for partner Roger Smith, who introduced Mark Bellissimo to Polk County, North Carolina. Rounding out the choices are a coffee shop and eateries serving pizza, sub sandwiches, candy, and ice cream. A Mexican taco stand and a full-service Italian restaurant will join the group this summer.

Shopping >> More than 20 retail vendors at the center open during show season. The only permanent shop is Tryon Tack, which welcomes customers year-round. Shops cater to the horsecentric set with offerings such as Equis Boutique, Horse and Home, Fabbri Boots, and Voltaire Design for custom saddlery. Events >> Bellissimo likes to maximize the entertainment factor at TIEC by piggybacking beer festivals, classic car exhibitions, and other events on show weekends. During the Saturday Night Lights events on certain Grand Prix dates, jugglers, street performers, aerial artists, live bands, and a Venetian carousel for kids kick up a carnival atmosphere. PHOTO PROVIDED BY ARTISTIC TILE

Photograph by Don West Photo

Lodging >> Places to stay on the property range from 100 RV spots to luxurious three- and five-bedroom cottages set beside the rushing water of White Oak Creek. In between are the 50room, motel-style Stable House Inn (rooms have two queen beds plus a microwave and mini-refrigerator) and 40 one-bedroom log cabins. Future plans call for a 150-room luxury hotel and spa, as well as upscale condominiums and apartments, making Tryon Resort a destination in itself.

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Behind the Look A fashion shoot is only as good as its crew / by Katherine Meis & Bethany Mlinar

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s the saying goes, you’re only as good as the company you keep—and it’s never more accurate than when speaking of models. Before they even step on set, models rely on a crew of stylists and artists to get them camera-ready. We spoke to the specialists behind the magic of our spring fashion shoot—hair stylist Justin Tucker and makeup artist Isabelle Schreier—to get their perspective on what goes on behind the camera.

What is it about the beauty industry that attracted you initially? >> Isabelle Schreier: Beautiful skin and all these wonderful-smelling cosmetic products have always inspired me. I am also a passionate painter, so I guess it was a combination of both that led me to my career. For me, as a makeup artist, my client’s face is like a canvas; I can create my art on it. >> Justin Tucker: I learned that so many other things cross paths or run a parallel course with the beauty industry, such as art, communication, and fashion. So when I muddled all of these things together, I realized this was a career and lifestyle for me!

Portrait of Two Artists: Hair stylist Justin Tucker and makeup artist Isabelle Schreier brought out the best of our model for our spring fashion shoot. To see the fruits of their labor, turn to page 88.

Talk a little about the relationship between hair stylists and makeup artists. How do you work together on photoshoots? >> IS: It’s like yin and yang. A look can never be completed without makeup and hair. I always have a great relationship with hair stylists on set, and I love to see how everything comes together. >> JT: You have to have a common understanding and a code of respect for each other. You have to remember that two heads are always better than one, and with the perfect combination of teamwork, patience, and prayers, your look and finished result will always leave clients begging for more. Walk us through the process of getting a model ready for a shoot. What does it take to make someone camera-ready? >> IS: The first and most important step is to prep the face—I need a clean face. Then, I use a moisturizer that matches the skin type, followed by a makeup primer. The goal is to achieve flawless, but not cake-y looking skin. The trend right now definitely includes a natural, flawless-looking skin, and a perfect brow. Then comes the fun part: eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara and lashes, lips, and a bit of contouring. >> JT: Of course, there’s lots of hairspray, layers of makeup, and countless bobby pins. We have storyboards to follow, as well as looks to achieve, so an open line of communication with the team is imperative and has a direct correlation with helping the model to understand what is going on. Keeping the model in high spirits is also so important, whether it’s with words of advice or affirmation. ))) TO READ MORE UPTOWNER INTERVIEWS, TOWNCAROLINA.COM

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What are your current inspirations for hair styling this spring? >> JT: I have always been a huge fan of movement. This spring, I not only look to what’s trending, but also to what nature has to offer as inspiration, whether it’s ripples of water running freely in a creek, tall grass being bent by the wind, or rays of sunshine beaming through the clouds. Can you share some product secrets? What is the one product you always have on hand? >> JT: The one product you can always find on, near, or around me is hairspray. I literally live and breathe this product day in and day out. It can be the finishing touch right before a bride walks down the aisle, one last tease and spray before a beauty queen takes the stage, or that final mist to assure all the fly-away strands are smoothed down before you step onto a runway. How does your male perspective and personal flair reveal itself in your clients’ styles? >> JT: Being a man in an industry that is, for the most part, geared towards the appearance and beauty of women, I feel like I have a leg up when it comes to advising a woman. I feel that women naturally listen and trust the opinion of a man when their style, beauty, and sense of self is being portrayed. My biggest piece of advice is to do what works best for you; the rest will fall into place. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so if you like what you see looking back at you in the mirror, then my work is done! Every girl knows the struggle of keeping her look intact when the weather’s bad. How do you protect your models from a ruined look? >> IS: Now there are so many great products on the market that help your makeup last. Like I mentioned before, using a makeup primer is a must. Adding a translucent powder on top of the foundation also helps to make it stay longer. I also recommend waterproof mascara and eyeliner for long days.

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There are so many opinions in the media about female beauty. What is your interpretation, and how do you showcase that with your clients? >> IS: The good thing is that everyone has a different perspective on what is beautiful. As a makeup artist, it is no secret that models don’t look the way you see them in a magazine in real life. I get to see the raw beauty. I think the sad thing today is the desire for a big transformation. There is no need to change up your face drastically! We have to teach young girls to love themselves. There is no perfect look.


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Buzz “Don’t Miss” at Indie Grits If you’re headed to the Indie Grits Film Festival in Columbia, April 14–17, here are a couple of screenings you shouldn’t miss. Jacqueline (Argentine) > In this feature from Sundance winner Bernardo Britto, an eccentric French fugitive—holed up in a small Argentine town with a cache of secret documents— reaches out to a lonely film director to document her triumphant revelation of an international conspiracy. Thurs, April 14, 2 p.m. Free admission. Overalls and Aprons > Charleston, SC, filmmaker Thibaut Fagonde explores the relationships between ten prominent Charleston chefs— including Sean Brock— and the farmers they work with to provide the “farm-to-table” experience. Sat, April 16, 7 p.m. Free admission.

Reel by Reel Indie Grits Film Festival’s 10th year offers movies, music, and more / by Scott Gould // illustration by Alice Ratterree


he azaleas are out. The flip-flops are on. Gas is, like, less than two bucks. (Go figure.) That’s a road trip recipe. So, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Indie Grits Film Festival in Columbia, here are ten top-shelf reasons to hop in the car and head south on I-26.

1 / Indie Grits happens April 14–17, sandwiched right around the annual pain of Tax Day. But—and this is the important financial part— Indie Grits is absolutely free. The admission for all festival events—including film screenings—is zero, zip, nada. Take that Uncle Sam. 2 / The soul of Indie Grits is film. And this year, some of the most innovative, most visionary filmmakers in the country will be screening their work right on Main Street, Columbia, at the Nickelodeon Theatre. You can see narrative feature films and documentaries, including a new film by Bernardo Britto, winner of the 2014 Short Film Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

3 / The Indie Grits 2016 theme is Waterlines. This year, many of the filmmakers, visual artists, and musicians will create artistic interpretations of the recent floodwaters. This includes the multimedia event “Cinemovements,” where the music of Grammy Award–winning sextet Eighth Blackbird will be coupled with site-specific live performance visuals from filmmakers. Potentially mind-blowing. All for the low cost of nothing.

4 / Speaking of water, Indie Grits is throwing a day-long River Concert on Saturday, April 16, headlined by Big Freedia, the New Orleans Queen of Bounce, and featuring the unapologetically groovy vibes of New Madrid. You’ll find the stage (and plenty of parking and seating) just over the bridge at Gervais Street and the Gist Riverwalk. Did we mention admission is free? 5 / The Nickelodeon Theatre is a mere ministroll from The Whig (, one of the best dive bars in America, according to Yahoo. Now, you will need currency at The Whig, but it’s worth every cent. The Whig is in a basement. It has a cool jukebox. There is taxidermy above your head. It’s a dive. Embrace it. 6 / The festival’s always legendary closing party will take place in a back alley and will feature barbecue, hence the ironic title, Back Alley Barbecue. In the alley/slash parking lot behind The Nick, Chef Mike Davis, owner of the fine dining establishment Terra, is throwing down the ’cue gauntlet, with a soundtrack of live music during the day.

7 / The Weekly Revue is back. On April 15, actor, comedian, and master of ceremonies Toby Lou hosts this popular variety show that begins as a sort of curated open-mic—and ends up in places you never imagined. Yup, free. 8 / The Spork in Hand Puppet Slam. Translation: puppetry for adults. Bawdy, raucous, a bit off color. All the fun stuff. Some of the country’s finest puppetry artists will descend on Columbia and take off the gloves for this adults-only affair. And it’s absolutely free. 9 / Bring the brood. Kindie Grits is happening Saturday morning from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. It’s the kid part of Indie Grits, where youngsters actually make a stop-motion movie. They’ll build sets, create characters, and shoot the film, aided by Indie Grits staff and visiting filmmakers. 10 / While we’re talking family, many of the Indie Grits events are designed to be family friendly, including the River Concert and Back Alley Barbecue. So give the babysitter the weekend off.

Okay, that’s ten good ones. There are dozens more. You can find all the info, including screening times, at We said it was free, right?

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Design Strategy Ralph Lauren alumnus Lee Norwood brings his experience to Oobe / by Steven Tingle

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ee Norwood is sitting on a distressed leather sofa in the Oobe offices in downtown Greenville. He’s wearing cream Lee chinos, a faded denim shirt, and flip-flops. He’s tall and he’s gracious and he’s charming, and he has hair that every middle-aged man wants. And when he leans back and crosses his legs, he flashes a grin that seems to say You know you’ve made wise career decisions when you can come to the office in flip flops. As a kid, Norwood was one of those rare anomalies who chose individual style over the comfort of conformity. There’s a well-known story about the fashion designer Tom Ford being bullied in school because he carried a leather briefcase rather than a backpack. Norwood was cut from the same cloth, a kid who knew what looked good and had the confidence to flaunt it. He didn’t carry a briefcase in high school,

but he did wear an overcoat. He shopped in vintage stores before vintage stores were cool, and he’d mix his finds with hand-me-downs from his dad’s closet and old Ralph Lauren designs. “I know it sounds pretentious,” he says, “but I’ve always had a flair for clothes.” Norwood is originally from Charlotte, and after high school, he found himself at the ultra-conservative Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. His time there was short, but valuable. “I ended up graduating

“The thing I love about Greenville is you feel like people are investing in it,” he says. “In any big city, the people are there just to consume the city. Here people are giving back.” —Lee Norwood

Oobe was founded as an outdoor lifestyle brand in 1994. The company is returning to that heritage with a fall 2016 launch of a new menswear apparel line.

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from Georgia State,” he says. “But I met four of the best friends of my life while I was at Liberty University.” Norwood and his three friends shared a passion for clothes and decided, with the charming naivety of fresh college graduates, to move to New York and make it in the fashion industry. Somehow their plan actually worked. One friend found a job at CNN, the network that was producing one of the only fashion TV shows at the time; two others took jobs at J. Crew; and Norwood was hired at Ralph Lauren. “I started at the store, but I knew I wanted to be in design,” he says. “I got introduced to one of the head designers for a brand called Double RL, and he allowed me to come and do work in the showrooms, and it was there that I got to know the design team and how Ralph Lauren designed. I realized the conceptual side was what I really loved.” Norwood spent a total of 22 years working on various brands at Ralph Lauren. For the last three years, he was the senior vicepresident of men’s design for the Polo brand. But two decades in Manhattan were more than enough for Norwood. So when he and Oobe cofounder Mike Pereyo reconnected (the two had been introduced years earlier by a mutual friend), the stars aligned and the dots connected. In October of last year, Norwood said goodbye to Ralph Lauren and became Oobe’s chief creative officer. “The thing I’m most excited about is working on the Oobe launch,” he says. “It’s the new face of Oobe. We’re building on the heritage of the original line, and the clothes are going to be amazing. But one of the things that attracted me to this company is that one of their sole purposes is to say, ‘How can we love and serve people in our community?’ The way Mike and [cofounder] Tom [Merritt] say it is that the clothes are really just the means to serve people and love people and build a culture that we are proud of.” While the flip-flops may give off a laid back vibe, Norwood is actually a workhorse used to operating at full steam. He admits he had to “detox” some of his New York corporate ways to adapt to Greenville’s slower pace. But he, his wife, and his young daughters couldn’t be happier here. “The thing I love about Greenville is you feel like people are investing in it,” he says. “In any big city, the people are there just to consume the city. Here people are giving back. Whether it’s their craft or their trade, they want to make Greenville special. We feel like we’re doing that, too.”

Sitting Pretty: Lee Norwood worked for iconic fashion designer Ralph Lauren for more than twenty years. He has returned to the South as Oobe’s chief creative officer.

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Sandwich Lady Eugenia Duke’s popular spread remains a household name / by Courtney Tollison Hartness, Ph. D.

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Mayo Clinic: Eugenia Duke took advantage of World War I’s economic boom by selling sandwiches made with her family’s homemade mayonnaise. Her legacy lives on as Duke’s Mayonnaise and in Duke’s Sandwich Company.


very city has its institutions, those places that have shaped the community to such an extent that it is difficult to envision the city without them. With roots in the First World War, Duke’s is one such institution. Between 1917 and 1919, Camp Sevier, a U.S. Army cantonment site located near today’s Rutherford Road, trained more than 80,000 soldiers for service in World War I. The influx of so many men—and sometimes their families—into the Greenville community provided an economic boom and presented opportunities for local residents. Like many during the war, Eugenia Duke sought ways to support the war effort while also taking advantage of these opportunities. When the camp opened, she began selling sandwiches with spreads made with her family’s homemade mayonnaise recipe. The sandwiches were extraordinarily popular; Duke allegedly sold more than 10,000 in one day alone. In 1924, she began to produce mayonnaise and relish in one of the old carriage factory buildings now known as the Peace Center’s Wyche Pavilion. In the late 1920s, Duke sold her mayonnaise recipe to C.F. Sauer, who established Duke’s Mayonnaise, a Southern favorite. She also sold her sandwich spread recipes to her bookkeeper, who expanded the business by selling the sandwiches at local mill stores and to local drug stores for sale at their soda fountains. The sandwich company has changed owners over the years but has consistently grown. In 2012, the company purchased an 80,000 square foot facility in Easley that increased their capabilities eightfold. So, whether your favorite is the egg salad sandwich, ham and cheese, or a toasted pimento cheese with the edges cut off, you may credit a home cook who simply enjoyed time in the kitchen. Courtney Tollison Hartness, Ph.D., teaches history at Furman University.

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he last word you’d expect to hear while sitting on interior designer Caroline Brackett’s back porch is tension. The outdoor nook—tucked behind her home off West Faris Road—is a decidedly relaxed affair. White-cushioned furniture rests on matte gray boards, and white siding and railings bracket the space. A mid-morning breeze rustles white curtains draped on the edges. “I love a little tension between the traditional and the unexpected,” Brackett says, motioning to the contemporary wicker egg swing juxtaposed against more traditional, European-inspired furniture. There are also bolder accents—black throw pillows with white braided trim, succulents resting in a seashell planter, a table made from a refashioned gate—adding potent touches to the porch’s clean lines and neutral colors. “I don’t want anything to ever look like a set,” Brackett elaborates. Ironically, it’s this tension that makes her porch such an inviting space. The porch feels lived-in but clean, airy but intimate—all keys to fashioning a space ideal for outdoor entertaining in the spring.

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Against the Grain Former Seattle Seahawk Shane Hall polishes his skills in the woodshop / by Abby Moore Keith

// photography by Paul Mehaffey

Good Game: While Hall produces custom cabinets and farm tables for clients, his skill shines in fine furniture pieces like this exquisitely finished rocking chair.


hen you meet Shane Hall, former pro football player isn’t what comes to mind. Hall is a towering six feet six inches tall, but his presence is disarming. It’s hard to imagine him tearing up the gridiron on the Seattle Seahawks’ offensive line. But that’s exactly what Hall was doing 10 years ago—and playing for the University of South Carolina a few years before that—until a dislocated kneecap tackled his football aspirations. For a while he dabbled in investment, but the 9-to-5 grind did little to satisfy the itch to use his hands. Forfeiting suit and tie, Hall picked up a chisel and unearthed a rusty childhood ambition— the art of woodworking. After forsaking investment, Hall married his wife Roxanne and moved to Asheville to learn under expert woodworker George Paolini. Now, the professional athlete turned carpenter is the proud owner of woodworking company Hall Handcrafted. From his workshop garage in Easley, Hall and right-hand man Eric Standridge design and build custom cabinetry and farm tables with meticulous dedication, a constant hum hovering as the saw buzzes with each new cut. Though the company’s production consists mostly of cabinets and tables, Hall’s artistic passion is more in vein with refined furniture, a branch of woodworking he hopes to expand this year. For example there’s the rocking chair—a mahogany and ash chef d’oeuvre he crafted for his daughter just days before her birth. Then there’s his son’s crib, which he side-paneled with walnut burl—a tree growth that creates stunning natural patterns in the grain. “If I had it my way, I’d just build furniture all day long,” Hall says with a chuckle. “I just enjoy making something . . . you start the day with nothing and you can end the process with a completed job.”

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Each month, the Man About TOWN will share his Upstate rendezvous, which may or may not involve cocktails.

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n a recent flight from GSP to LaGuardia, a woman sitting next to me blew her nose into a Kleenex and then stuffed the tissue into the seat back pocket in front of her. She was wearing pajama bottoms, a sweatshirt, and one of those toilet-seat shaped neck pillows that gave her the appearance of a whiplash victim. I glanced to the man sitting on my other side to see if he had noticed the incident, but he was too busy digging into a large bag of Doritos to judge his fellow passengers. Like the nose blower, he was also dressed for comfort—sweatpants, an oversized t-shirt, and large sneakers that he had kicked off and were now diffusing a smell that was competing admirably with the cool ranch aroma coming from his fingertips. I’m not old enough to remember the jet-setting days of the ’60s when flying was glamorous, but in airline ads from those days, the seats seem as large as settees and the aisles as wide as sidewalks. And everyone looks fabulous. The air hostesses in their pillbox hats, miniskirts, and silk scarves tied at the neck. The passengers in suits and ties or cocktail dresses and pearls, nibbling on shrimp cocktails and sipping Champagne. The scene is much different today. While flight attendants and pilots still dress with some semblance of style and professionalism, many of the passengers look like they are at a slumber party.

I also imagine the passengers in the ’60s were somewhat better behaved than their modern counterparts. I’m sure they said things like “excuse me” if they accidentally elbowed the person next to them, or thought better than to bring slices of onion pizza or tuna sandwiches on board. But, then again, they didn’t have the stress of competing for overhead storage space or flying for hours pressed into a space only slightly larger than a toddler’s car seat. At the airport, waiting to board my flight back from New York, I looked around the gate and noticed a very old man wearing a blue cap with W WII Veteran printed on the front. As the boarding process began, I wondered why he was not getting on the plane before everyone else. But when an airport attendant pushed an elderly woman in a wheelchair up next to him, who reached out and grabbed his hand, I realized he had been waiting for his wife. They were the last two passengers to board the plane, and they shuffled slowly up the aisle to their seats in the bulkhead row. A minute later, a flight attendant and two men who had been seated in first class approached the couple. After a brief conversation and some handshakes, the flight attendant led the elderly couple to first class and the two men sat down in the bulkhead seats. I smiled to myself, plugged in my noise-canceling headphones, and thought: all is not lost.

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The Man longs for the bygone days of flying in elegance

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Our Man in Havana

Ocean Drive: (above) Havana’s Malecón is a five-mile-long esplanade tracing the city’s seaside footprint; (opposite, from left) Much of Cuba’s allure can be attributed to its simultaneous agelessness and gracefully decaying architecture.

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Cuba’s diverse assortment of architectural styles speaks to its history as a European colonial outpost, as well as a once-affluent Caribbean capital city.


hey said there was garbage on the road, and that’s why the traffic was stopped. Policía kept everyone confused. Then the bombing started. Six MiGs rocketed overhead. The sound was tremendous. A sonic boom. Two passes.

Apparently, the “garbage on the road” was maneuvers. Tomás joked: “We begin the bombing in five minutes.” Two classmates insisted the MiGs were dropping something. We had just passed the Provincial School for the Defense, and we were on the front row of this show. Then the helicopter gunships started chopping across the sky. There were two. I hope to God everything turns out. Some first day in Cuba. I wrote those words 30 years ago during my first visit here. In January 2016, I got the opportunity to return, traveling with my

uncle, a world-renowned orthopedic surgeon who also happens to be an 81-year-old retired Army officer with a chronic case of wanderlust. We flew in his small Cessna from Key West to Cienfuegos, Cuba, and then to Havana, in one of the first-ever caravans of private American aircraft to land here, at least since 1959. Cuba has changed dramatically in three decades. For one, we didn’t cross paths this time with any Soviet MiG fighter jets or attack helicopters. Those days are gone, the Kremlin no longer propping up the Cuban economy. For another, Cuba’s all the rage now, especially for Americans. While President Obama normalized relations with Havana last year, the American embargo remains. Still, optimism flies as high as the Stars and Stripes over the just-opened American Embassy fronting Havana’s storied Malecón seaside promenade, a broad sidewalk that’s also, incidentally, in worse shape than it was in 1986. Seems like everyone I know is planning a trip or they can’t wait to get here, especially before Starbucks and McDonald’s overwhelm this city’s achingly charming, decaying architecture. A Greenville Tech group is coming in July. Fifteen artists from Asheville went in February. Students from Converse College, where I teach in Spartanburg, are studying here next January. Hotels in this seedy, loud, tourist-jammed capital city are booked at least a year in advance now, thanks to block reservations from anxious cruise lines and travel agencies. Even Obama made a trip in March—the first for a sitting U.S. president in more than 80 years. APRIL 2016 / 83

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Cuba’s nothing if not a hotly political and politicized place, which only nurtures the baffling dichotomies that ensure the island’s enduring allure.

Although diplomatic relations have been reestablished with Cuba, travel to the island nation is still strictly regulated. However, there are plans for direct commercial flights as soon as October.

Runaway Revolution: Classic cars remain one of Cuba’s most enduring calling cards, but their appeal is just one aspect of a landscape that is also coping with significant financial hardship.

In 1986, our visit was tightly choreographed, a running dog-and-pony show, the government orchestrating our every move. As guest journalists, we got stashed away at a one-time beach resort about 20 miles outside of Havana. For Americans these last 57 years, the island just 90 Authorities wanted to make sure we wouldn’t mix with miles away might as well have been in a different galaxy. the locals. Chaperones, including Tomás, who’s featured For most of us, Cuba is a place where time stands still. in several journal entries, accompanied us everywhere, That’s not entirely true. always trying to wheedle greenbacks out of us. The journal I kept right after I left Manhattan and In 2016, our group was free to go anywhere. We Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism had no government guides or monitored itinerary. We tells of a Cuba I almost didn’t recognize this time. In the even stayed in Old Havana, in casas particulares, private notebook’s 69 pages, I wrote entries nearly every day. homes now open for the tourist tsunami. Unlike the days The small, careful print totals some 17,000 words, about when it was illegal for Cubans to approach Americans, a quarter of the length of a garden-variety novel. I didn’t I could speak with all kinds of people, including many keep a journal on my return, instead using high-tech who weren’t even born when I was here last. gizmos unthinkable back in the day, but I did collect some “Now, we have the opportunity to say what we pretty cool audio and video recordings and tons of hi-res want,” Pepe Diaz, 28, tells me over café con leche at a JPEGs, as photographs are called these days. plaza café across from an unassuming Spanish Colonial I first came here during the time of Ronald Reagan, church. With a sharp image of Che Guevara tattooed near the end of the Cold War. Russians were all over the on his belly, Pepe tears up when he talks about Cuba’s place, keeping an eye on their comrades and investments. much-mythologized revolutionary. But when you ask I returned in the days of Barack Obama, with tourists about Fidel, whose cult of personality and force built La from all over the world and Americans beginning to poke Revolución, Pepe simply shrugs. around for opportunities. Cuba’s nothing if not a hotly political and politicized Havana remains an ineluctable, if somewhat forlorn, place, which only nurtures the baffling dichotomies that city. Classic Chevy Bel Airs and Ford Fairlanes still cough ensure the island’s enduring allure. As I wrote in 1986, up fumes that layer the town with soot, but thirty years trying to make sense of it all: ago, the streets of Havana were tidier. Likewise, you saw few, if any, panhandlers back then. Now, especially in the A country of extremes: One day, a busload of tourist traps of Cienfuegos and the pirate-lair seaport town American journalists witnesses MiG maneuvers and of Trinidad, you see even-poorer people holding a hand gunships strafing a hill near Havana … The next day, out for a coin as payment for taking their picture. Back Tomás and I are bobbing up and down in two or three then, discreet hustlers worked the black and gray markets feet of crystal clear Caribbean Sea and talking about to wheedle illegal greenbacks out of the rare American friendships and the fundamental silliness of hatred visitor, even though possession of dollar bills was illegal. and conflict. Nowadays, doe-eyed children, buskers, ragged old people, and part-time jineteros—slang for street jockeys—openly ask for whatever you’re willing to give them, from ink pens to pesos in Cuban Convertible Currency, or CUCs (pronounced “kooks”) available only to foreigners.

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Denim bias crop, $265, by A.L.C., from Augusta Twenty; breech pants, $224, by Trophy Hunter, from The Tack Shop; suede ankle boot, $132, by Steve Madden, from Muse Shoe Studio; Clarino quilted belt, $90, by The Tailored Sportsman; silk equestrienne scarf, $154, by Rönner, both from The Tack Shop; necklace, $220, by Sarah Cavender, from Thorn; 14K gold & pearl earrings, $520, from Hale’s Jewelers. OPPOSITE : Neutra maxi dress, $395, by Troubadour, from Anthropologie; gladiator sandal, $138, by Free People; hoop earrings, $36; both from Monkee’s of the West End

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HAND SIGNALS this page: Poplin tunic, $345; culottes, $395; both by Tibi; both from Augusta Twenty OPPOSITE : Sawyer (horse) in the stables at Green River Farm.

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EQUAL FOOTING OPPOSITE: Vintage lace dress, $50, from Through the Looking Glass; Aubrey lace-up suede knee boots, $475, by Joie, from Augusta Twenty; necklace, $240; Arabian pewter cuff, $35; both from The Tack Shop; topaz & diamond ring, $6,750, by Susan Kalan, from Hale’s Jewelers

this page: Blouse, $85, by ST by Olcay Gulsen, from J. Britt; 14K white gold & 2.75 ct diamond necklace (as bracelet), $5,850; 14K white gold & 1.5 ct diamond necklace (as bracelet), $3,250; both by Diamond Station; 14K gold & pearl earrings, $520; topaz & diamond ring, $6,750, by Susan Kalan; all jewelry from Hale’s Jewelers

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Karolie printed dress, $369, by Ted Baker, from Monkee’s of the West End; Kasey 2 sandal, $145, by Pelle Moda, from Muse Shoe Studio; straw hat, $36, by Liz Claiborne, from Labels Designer Consignments; hoop earrings, $205, from Monkee’s of the West End; gold watch, $1,295, by Michele, from Hale’s Jewelers OPPOSITE: Heritage contour zip field boots, $290, by Ariat; nubuck Perlon bat, $57; both from The Tack Shop; Kelly jeans, $168, from Beija-Flor

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FEATURED RETAILERS: Anthropologie, (864) 242-4553, anthropologie. com; Augusta Twenty, (864) 233-2600,; Beija-Flor, (864) 373-9497,; Bella Bridesmaid, (864) 2414001,; Hale’s Jewelers, (864) 297-5600,; J. Britt, (864) 240-7366,; Labels Designer Consignments, (864) 631-1919, labelsgreenville. com; Monkee’s of the West End, (864) 239-0788,; Muse Shoe Studio, (864) 271-9750,; The Tack Shop, (864) 271-7121,; Through the Looking Glass, (407) 489-6718 SPECIAL THANKS: Rachel Law Anthony (model); Will Crooks (photographer’s assistant); Caroline Hafer (assistant stylist); Millie Lewis Agency; Our Carolina Foothills (location scouting & logistics); Stone Soup (catering); Patti Shedlow; Lisa & Kimberly Walker

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It Moves You. Literally, and Figuratively The breathtaking performance of Infiniti’s 3.7-liter 24-valve V6 leaves nothing to be desired. The engine block is crafted out of aluminum alloy to reduce weight and increase responsiveness, giving you soulful power and a truly thrilling drive. At 328 horsepower and 30 MPG, no other sedan in its class can deliver this much efficiency with such impressive power—not the 3 series, the A4, or the C-Class.


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My grandmother taught me to sew. During a doggedly hot Alabama summer, she made a painstaking attempt to teach two stubborn grandchildren how to cut, stitch, and stuff gingerbread men pillows. Incidentally, mine turned out better than my cousin’s, who would have much preferred to be outside whittling sticks, or whatever it is young boys like to do. I added yarn for hair and jingly buttons; he accused me of showing off. I was.

This passing down of skills between generations is a familiar story for many students entering the apparel, textiles, and design major at Bob Jones University. As a rite of passage, it often lays the groundwork for aspiring designers as they build on their talents. But it’s not a ubiquitous theme. Quite the opposite, actually. “Students today are actually getting less experience in design construction because the fundamentals aren’t being taught as much in schools,” professor Karen Flora explains. She is one of a handful of instructors leading the program, implemented a decade ago as a comparable successor to the now-defunct family consumer science major. “We do have students with some degree of education from a class or family member, but it’s not a requirement. What we really look for is an interest.” Flora continues by saying that the classes are typically “small,” and the department’s hands-on approach balances well with the core of a liberal arts university. The mixed bag of merchandising, costume history, tailoring, and fiber arts classes under the curriculum’s umbrella, she adds, encourages students to “pursue their own interests and tastes.” It’s a philosophy that sharpens “necessary basics” into professional techniques. When I sat down with three of this year’s graduating seniors, I was initially apprehensive. I knew Bob Jones University to be strongly conservative, and I was curious as to whether the reserved dress code policies would impede individual expression. The revelation was that, as students, these women have logged the same hours fitting mannequins and conquering fears of high-powered sewing machines. But as designers, their identities are quite singular.

“When I was little, I would cut up everything. I was such a nightmare,” Sabugo confesses. “Anything that my parents hadn’t worn in a while, I tore it up in a few minutes and handstitched something for my Barbies. I’ve just always been drawn to fabric.”


Andrea Sabugo is pretty weird. I know this because she told me so. She tossed that tidbit out into the ether casually, as if stating that Krispy Kreme glazes their donuts. Having also been knighted as such, I don’t flinch at the term. It takes a degree of self-awareness and confidence to divulge social quirks to anyone, much less a stranger.

DESIGN THINKERS: (from left) Graduating BJU seniors Andrea Sabugo, Rebekah Walker, and Christiane Deas.

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PINS AND NEEDLES: Rebekah Walker applies practical skills and imaginative complexity in the pursuit of making fashion statements.

“When I was little, I would cut up everything. I was such a nightmare,” she confesses. “Anything that my parents hadn’t worn in a while, I tore it up in a few minutes and hand-stitched something for my Barbies. I’ve just always been drawn to fabric.” Weary of their clothes going the way of paper snowflakes, Sabugo’s parents enrolled her in painting lessons to channel that youthful exuberance. She flourished, and the formation of such a passionate double bond—one with fabric, the other with paints— prompted Sabugo’s mother to suggest a degree in fashion. She just needed to learn how to sew. Sitting across from this charismatic woman, it’s difficult to grasp that there was a time when crafting a skirt nearly brought Sabugo to tears. Or that she considered leaving the program altogether in her sophomore year. As the “weird” descriptor pops up again, I impulsively ask the one question that’s been tumbling around my mind: Isn’t Bob Jones University a little too conservative for your style? “At first, I was afraid to show what I really wanted to

do. I thought it was too ‘outside the box’ to be accepted,” she says. “Once I knew I was supported, I realized I could shine through anything and stay within the boundaries of a certain market. It was a real-world experience.” What Sabugo creates now is an amalgam of these pivotal phases in her life. The single vision of “a thousand things flying around a room at once” is shared between the little girl who splattered doll outfits with color and the young woman hand-painting her grandmother’s plate pattern onto a funky, mixed-media dress. Sabugo’s pieces are tinged with an edgy sort of playfulness, emerging organically and instinctively. They are much more than their collective physical elements of needle and thread. They are manifestations of a vibrant—and sometimes weird—personality. And like the constant reworking of fabric, Sabugo, too, is in a state of alteration. “My end goal is always changing,” she replies when I inquire about post-graduation plans. “What’s important to me is doing things differently. I want people to see ‘me’ in my work, and hopefully that impacts them in some way.”


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GARMENT DISTRICT: (from left) Christiane Deas prefers rich textures and a neutral palette in her designs; the apparel, textiles, and design major incoporates fiber arts in addition to classes on merchandising, costume history, and tailoring.

EMBElLISH Rebekah Walker and I are discussing peacocks. It’s not an ordinary topic for two twenty-somethings, but then again, why shouldn’t a conversation about design be a little unusual? I want to know what’s appealing about this regal creature. The reason she gives is so obvious—too obvious, in fact—that I almost feel silly for asking. “Peacocks have this iridescence,” she says. “Humans can create these one-dimensional colors, but with a peacock, there’s depth and multiple colors mixed in. It’s like it never ends.” The longer we chat, the more an attraction to complexity begins to make sense. Walker has her own unique set of layers. She is soft-spoken in tone, but there is an underlying current of dynamic energy and definite sense of direction. This is a woman with a propensity for details and an appreciation for planning. As unsurprised as I am that Walker characterizes her process as “methodical,” I am equally as impressed to hear how much she values her missteps. “Most of my biggest accomplishments happened through little mistakes,” she admits. “I love keeping myself open because as soon as you close the box on your creativity, you cease to be innovative.” In her quest to find “new ways to bring back old style,” Walker’s has devised an eloquent language of eternal glamour. It’s a soft type of vintage sophistication, heightened by deliberate declarations in hand-beading and feather accents. She has yet to quit playing with her palette of chic, and the opportunity to experiment further after graduation is one she relishes. Her designs may never be as “extreme” as others on the runway, but that’s simply because Walker believes a woman’s relationship with her clothing should be “connective” rather than contentious. “Not being comfortable can ruin a great design,” she says. “We’re very tactile people, and aesthetics are mixed

with our feelings. So if you don’t feel good in it, the aesthetic beauty will be lost.” True to form, Walker is already strategizing for the future. She talks about moving north to Washington, D.C., and designing chic gowns for tomorrow’s first ladies, or hopping across the pond to dress the Royal Family. Her legacy? Reminding the world that fashion is still an art. “When we think of art, we think of painting and huge sculptures. Fashion is sometimes forgotten in that field,” Walker says. “But it takes a lot of creativity and inspiration. I want someone to look at my pieces and see an artist behind it.”

structure It was bound to happen. With approximately 1,000 Starbucks locations in Greenville, it was only natural that Christiane Deas and I ended up at different ones. A few minutes later, over our respective sugary beverages, she says something that echoes our earlier blunder. “Designing almost never starts out exactly like I envision it. But what I like about sewing is that it’s a problemsolving process,” she tells me between sips. “When you’re able to adapt and solve a problem in your favor, it enhances the entire thing.” Currently working as a J. Crew sales associate, Deas is often surrounded by a profusion of playful patterns and brightly-hued fabrics. So it seems paradoxical when she tells me that she is by no means “a color person.” She favors a more muted motif, often substituting rich textures for loud tints and opting for neutrals in her day-to-day wardrobe. In paring down to the basics, a single item can flaunt both strength and versatility. “I like to design things that are easy to wear, but also make a statement,” Deas says. “You shouldn’t have to go to a bunch of stores to make a great outfit; one simple garment should be able to make the statement for you.” About halfway through my green tea, I bring up the concept of the “ideal customer.” Deas barely hesitates

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“Most of my biggest accomplishments happened through little mistakes,” Walker admits. “I love keeping myself open because as soon as you close the box on your creativity, you cease to be innovative.”

before ticking off traits: driven, successful, careeroriented, and purposeful are the unmistakable earmarks of her buying audience. She is unequivocally candid about her preference for fitted structure over relaxed styles, and often parallels her designs with the goings-on of personal life. But working with classmates in an intimate environment does have its benefits—namely, staying in touch with a diversity of tastes. “When I first started, I was designing for myself,” Deas says. “Meeting the girls in my major, I saw how their personalities affected their style and thought about different ways to match that.” A casualty of the university’s decision to eliminate the family consumer sciences major, this “non-artist” doesn’t claim a single regret about adapting to a new role as designer. Deas’s naked ambition is matched only by a genuine excitement to keep “doing more”— whatever that entails. “It blows me away that fashion is a cycle where everyone is taking inspiration from what’s already been done. And yet, it’s [still] evolving,” she says. “It’s encouraging that no matter how much you design, it’s never going to be truly replicated.”


DRAFT BOARD: Andrea Sabugo references sources of inspiration as she sketches designs.

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Betwixt Tween and Teen Boutique

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lassy. On trend. And all about the girl in between. Betwixt Tween and Teen Boutique has made it our mission over the last year to help bridge the gap that exists in girls’ clothing. We strive to champion the girl that is just starting to emerge into her own sense of style. We do so not with neon colors or glittery logos but rather with an understated approach that pleases both parent and daughter. Betwixt is a proud retailer of Yellowberry (undergarments, leisure, and athletic inspired apparel exclusively for girls), PREP Cosmetics for girls, Vintage Havana, Tractr Denim, Kiddo by Katie, Pomelo, Hayden Los Angeles, among others. Coming Summer 2016 Splendid and Ella Moss.

re you excited for sunshine and tan lines? Kuka Juice is the place to be to feel and look your best this season! The juicery is a company rooted in Greenville that focuses on providing cold-pressed juice, almond mylks, and vegan food options to the local community. The owners, Abigail Mitchell and Samantha Shaw are passionate about educating Greenvillians on everything healthy. Just one stop in the shop and you will see for yourself that these ladies area serious about catering to your specific nutritional needs. Swing by or make an appointment with their in-house nutritionist to receive a customized program to help you become the best version of yourself. With summer approaching, make sure you check out Kuka Juice to see what seasonal flavors are being stocked fresh from the farm to your bottle!


rowse on Main is a contemporary women’s boutique located on the fast growing Main Street in Travelers Rest. Here you will find brands that you know and love such as Karlie, PPLA, Z SUPPLY, Olivaceous and much more! Our goal is to offer you unique, fashionable pieces at affordable prices. We love our customers and love helping them pick out a one of a kind wardrobe. Come by and find out why we are the talk of the town.

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Pan bagnat boasts Mediterranean flavors and make - ahead simplicity / by Kathryn Davé

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long, luxurious soak does the body good. If it’s a crusty French loaf soaking in sunkissed Mediterranean olive oil, the effect is positively transcendent. Pan bagnat, French for “bathed bread,” is a Provençal classic that’s easy to prepare, easy to transport, and only improves with time. In other words, pan bagnat is the perfect picnic fare. Once again, the French nail it—even when it comes to humble sandwiches. Invented in Nice, where it is now considered a regional specialty, pan bagnat is essentially a salad niçoise pressed between crusty bread (carb lovers rejoice!). The bread is liberally doused in olive oil before being layered with a stack of ingredients that typically include tuna, anchovies, red pepper, olives, hardboiled eggs, tomato, and fresh basil. The sandwich is wrapped, pressed, and weighted to give the flavors time to marry. And while they’re doing just that, you’re free to crack open the rosé or shimmy into a swimsuit or, best of all, sleep in since your picnic lunch is practically made already. Bright spring weekends with their generous breezes and blue skies demand al fresco dining. Because it tastes as sun-drenched as the first warm spring days feel, the pan bagnat makes a sublime alternative to standard picnic spreads. But how could it not? After all, this sandwich was born in the South of France.

The sandwich is wrapped, pressed, and weighted to give the flavors time to marry. And while they’re doing just that, you’re free to crack open the rosé or shimmy into a swimsuit or, best of all, sleep in since your picnic lunch is practically made already.


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INGREDIENTS 1 (8-inch) round crusty loaf or long ciabatta, halved 1/3 c. good-quality olive oil 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard 1 tsp. white wine vinegar 1 (6 oz.) jar or can of tuna packed in olive oil 6 anchovy fillets, minced 2 hardboiled eggs, thinly-sliced crosswise 1 small red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips ½ small sweet onion, sliced 1–2 ripe medium tomatoes, thinly sliced crosswise ½ c. black olives, pitted and halved 6–8 fresh basil leaves Salt and fresh-ground pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Whisk olive oil and Dijon mustard together. Pour dressing evenly over both sides of the bread. Drizzle more oil if it seems necessary. 2. Break up tuna in a small bowl with a fork, then spread over the bottom half of the bread. Sprinkle the white wine vinegar over the tuna. 3. Layer minced anchovies, onion, red pepper, egg slices, black olives, tomato slices, and basil leaves onto the sandwich. Top with fresh-cracked pepper and salt to taste. 4. Cover the sandwich with the top half of the bread and press firmly. Wrap sandwich in plastic wrap, then in foil. Place a heavy object (such as a cutting board with a thick stack of books or a cast-iron skillet) on top of the sandwich. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Slice into quarters to serve. ))) FOR MORE RECIPES TOWNCAROLINA.COM

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Bar Kindred Spirits: Rainer’s craft cocktail menu delivers a blend of old classics punched up with housemade infusions and syrups.

Live jazz musicians play at a volume that adds ambience without getting in the way of conversation.

Slow Sip Rainer’s Bar is a place for savoring drinks and good company / by Stephanie Burnette // photograph by Rebecca Lehde


he best part of the West End’s newest lounge might be what it lacks: taps, televisions, soda guns, and blaring speakers. Rainer’s Bar—the nightlife counterpart to West End café Rainer’s—is a passion project of proprietor Betty Bercowski. She relocated her retail art destination, the Christopher Park Gallery, upstairs and established in its place a bar to savor drinks, music, and conversation. Open Wednesday through Saturday, Rainer’s Bar seats just a few dozen in deep chairs and on comfortable stools. It’s an intimate spot equally suited for a pre-dinner aperitif or a soothing nightcap, with live music providing a decidedly jazzy and appropriately unobtrusive soundtrack. Craft cocktails—which pay homage to classics sips like the Manhattans and Sazeracs of old—are the highlight of the menu, but if you order a beer, it will come bottled and poured into a cold glass. Wine varietals change seasonally and are carefully selected. Rainer’s Thai Dragon—a coconut milk cocktail with a homegrown pepper floater— makes for a delightful change of pace. The opaque drink blushes with sweet heat as the fruit becomes immersed. Or, try The Pampered Rob, a strained gin libation, pale in color yet bursting with fresh notes for spring. Rainer’s Bar 610 S Main St, Greenville (864) 232-1753

THAI DRAGON Yield: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS 2 oz vodka, infused with fresh lemongrass and chilies 1 oz coconut rum 1 oz cream of cocoa Condensed coconut milk Juice of 1 wedge of lime 1 fresh basil leaf, torn INSTRUCTIONS Shake the ingredients vigorously with ice and strain into a daiquiri glass. Float one fresh Thai Dragon chili on the surface of the drink. This drink, developed by bartender Virginie Martin, utilizes Asian peppers that she cultivates from seed.

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Masters Class Table 301’s Chef Rodney Freidank takes his game back to Augusta / by M. Linda Lee

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very year since 2008, Chef Rodney Freidank writes his prep lists, packs his knives, and drives to Augusta, Georgia, in early April for the Masters. He’s not going to watch the renowned golf tournament; he’s going to work. An avid golf fan whose multitude of duties as corporate chef for Table 301 leaves him little time to swing his own clubs, Freidank gets his annual pro-golf fix cooking for corporate bigwigs and golfers at the ESPN House. 1 / How did you get involved in cooking at the Masters? >> RF It was about being in the right place at the right time and having the right attitude. In 2008, an ESPN crew came to Greenville to do the Bassmaster fishing tournament. While the fishermen were out on the lake, their loved ones attended scheduled activities, one of which was a cooking class with me. When we got to the day of the event, only four people had signed up. I was bummed, but decided to make the best of it. We made a three-course lunch and had a great time. Three weeks later, I got a call from

Lynn Kadri from ESPN, who had been at my class. She asked if I would be interested in cooking for ESPN at the Masters. For me, the Masters is the Holy Grail of golf, so, of course, I jumped at the chance. We went to Augusta, learned a lot, had fun, and got invited back the next year and the next. This will be our eighth year at the Masters.

Course by Course: Chef Rodney Freidank, corporate chef at Greenville restaurant group Table 301, will head to the Masters for an eighth year to cook for VIPs, players, and staff at the ESPN House.

3 / What is your most memorable experience at the Masters? >> RF It’s got to be that first year. We made meatloaf Sunday night to represent Soby’s and do comfort food the last night when the guests were tired. After dinner, this guy walks into the kitchen and gives me a big hug and tells me how good the meatloaf was. Turns out he was the CEO of Ford Motor Company. I couldn’t believe that this guy, who flies all over the world and can eat anything he wants, was hugging me over meatloaf! 4 / Is there a theme for the menu you plan for Augusta? >> RF After all these years, I now have a way I do it. Monday night of the Masters is always the NCAA Basketball Championships, so we do something light like pizza or tacos made from scratch. We also do a steak night and a seafood night. And one night we do a Champions Dinner. Every year, the champion from the previous year gets to choose a menu to share with all the previous champions. Four years ago, I had the idea to do a Champions Dinner at the ESPN House. That was the year that Charl Schwartzel from South Africa was the champion, so I cooked South African dishes. ESPN loved this idea so much that now it’s become part of the theme each year. This year’s champion is Jordan Spieth from Texas, so that’s an easy one—Texas barbecue and beef, of course.

2 / How do you approach this daunting task? >> RF My job is to be highly stressed but to never seem like I’m stressed at all.

5 / Do you get to see any of the tournament? >> RF For the past four years, I’ve gotten to go to the Masters on Sunday. I’m not out there long because I have a lot of work to do, but I get giddy just stepping out on the course.


6 / What keeps you going back every year? >> RF The relationships that I’ve built. And there’s always the hope that someone will find a way for me to play Augusta National!

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AN ELECTRIC on ON an Electric Bicycle!BICYCLE Now anyone can enjoy exploring Greenville’s bike paths and greenways on an electric bicycle. You can pedal up our hills and go a lot farther with assistance from the quiet electric motor, but still with all the freedom, joy, and exercise of biking. Visit The eBicycle Store in downtown Greenville at RiverPlace for a test ride, or learn more on our website.

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BRAZWELL’S PUB Channeling the fun-loving legacy of the original Billy “Braz” Brazwell, this pub is an optimal pick for your next fun-filled food memory. Brazwell’s steps up your game day with plates like seared sesame tuna—an appetizer of thinly sliced, sesameencrusted tuna seared to perfection and served with julienne carrots and cucumbers in a creamy Sriracha aioli—along with crowd favorites like spicy buffalo wings (available by the pound) and, of course, a mile-long list of burgers. $$, L, D. 631 S. Main St. (864) 568-5053,


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American Grocery offers refined American cuisine and a changing menu that emphasizes quality ingredients from local, and regional producers. Try the Crab Toast with pain perdu, crab salad, spring peas, and pea tendrils, or the Grilled Baby Lettuces salad, before an entrée of salt-crusted grassfed ribeye with pomme purée, onion soubise, and red wine jus. Finish with pastry chef Ben Snyder’s interpretation of carrot cake: a cinnamon parsnip cake, carrot jam, ginger spice Bavarian, cream cheese cremeux, candied walnuts, and carrot gelée.

can always get Chef Bob Hackl’s highly sought-after blackberry cobbler. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 1818 Augusta St. (864) 242-0316, BACON BROS. PUBLIC HOUSE

You might have an inkling of what a meat lover’s heaven looks like, but if you show up at Chef Anthony Gray’s gastropub, you’ll know for sure. From the board of house-cured, smoked, and dried meats, to the glass-walled curing room on display, there’s no shortage of mouthwatering selections. The menu’s flavor profiles extend to the cocktail list, which heavily features whiskeys, bourbons, bacon-infused liquors, and even smoked sorghum syrup.

$$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 732 S Main St. (864) 232-7665,

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The unassuming Augusta Grill is home to owner Buddy Clay’s vision of upscale comfort food. From cozy booths and the intimate dining room, patrons can enjoy dishes such as the breaded artichoke and leek stuffed chicken breast with roasted tomato vinaigrette. The lineup of entrées and appetizers changes daily, but regulars

Breakwater is a hotspot that serves droolinducing food (pan-seared scallops with butternut squash risotto and tabasco buerre blanc) and creative drinks. Candy-applered accents (the bar, dining room chairs, and wall decorations) meld with mirrors and glass to produce a uniquely New York City-meets-Lowcountry vibe.

$$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 802 S Main St. (864) 271-0046, HALLS CHOPHOUSE

The renowned Charleston steakhouse puts down roots in the former High Cotton space on the Reedy River. Indulge in a selection of wet- or dry-aged steaks (all USDA Prime beef, flown in from Chicago’s Allen Brothers), or try something a little different—perhaps a Durham Ranch elk loin, served with root vegetable hash and pine nut relish. $$$$, D, SBR. 550 S Main St. (864) 3354200, HENRY’S SMOKEHOUSE

Though this barbecue joint has since branched out, Henry’s original location has long set the standard. A Greenville institution, the Smokehouse specializes in slow-cooking meat in open pits over hickory logs. Sure, there are other things on the menu, but a rack of Henry’s succulent ribs with sides of beans and slaw will transport you to hog heaven. $, L, D. 240 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 232-7774, LARKIN’S ON THE RIVER

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the Reedy River, Larkin’s seeks to balance upscale dining with comfort. Start with shecrab soup, then an entrée from the day’s selections—or opt for an aged filet mignon with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Dine in the enclosed outdoor patio to enjoy the river view, and polish off your meal with a selection from the extensive wine list. $$$-$$$$, L (Mon–Fri), D (daily), SBR. 318 S Main St. (864) 467-9777, NOSE DIVE

The Nose Dive is city bar meets corner bistro. A wide range of beer, wine, and an ambitious menu that hits nearly every continent make it hard not to dive in. Look for an elevated gastropub experience at every meal, from fried chicken and waffles to a customized grits bar at brunch. Located right on Main Street midway between ONE City Plaza and the Peace Center, this gastropub is downtown hotspot and neighborhood hangout, all in one. $-$$, L, D, SBR. 116 S Main St. (864) 3737300, OJ’S DINER

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on a daily basis, but every weekday comes with specials: lasagna and porkchops on Mondays, turkey and meatloaf Tuesdays, baby-back ribs and fried croaker on Fridays, and more. Don’t forget to dig into a mess of sides, either. The turnip greens and mac ‘n’ cheese taste the way mama made ’em and the way God intended. $, B, L. Closed Saturday & Sunday. 907 Pendleton St. (864) 235-2539, RARE STEAKHOUSE ON THE PIAZZA


The standard salads, seafood, and chops come together at this popular ONE City Plaza steakhouse, serving USDA Aged Black Angus Beef. Also open for lunch, try the Greenville Hot Brown, with duck fat French fries, bacon, sautéed onion, and tomato, smothered in cheddar cheese sauce on Texas toast. Maybe not hearthealthy, but good for the soul.

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Tucked away in the hills of Travelers Rest, Restaurant 17 blends the atmosphere of a contemporary European bistro with that of the Blue Ridge foothills. Pick up freshbaked bread from the café (open daily) or peruse the wine selection at their market. The menu changes daily, but expect dishes like line-caught rainbow trout and pork crepinettes (with spicy sweet potato puree, Brussels sprouts, sunchokes, cipollini, scallion, and smoked shoyu).

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Greenville may be landlocked, but Rick Erwin’s restaurant brings us closer to the sea. The day’s fresh catch tops the menu, grilled, seared, broiled, blackened, or in chef-designed specialties. Try the lobster bites, lightly breaded and fried, with a drink at the elegant bar, pre- or postPeace Center performance. A destination for a group dinner or a quiet date night, Nantucket offers both an intimate and entertaining atmosphere. $$-$$$$, D, SBR. 40 W Broad St. (864) 5463535, RICK ERWIN’S WEST END GRILLE

Traditional surf-and-turf meets upscale 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 sashimigrade tuna and pan-seared sea bass, to certified Angus beef.


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Located in the West End Market, Smoke on the Water has a homey feel, with a separate street-side dining area and covered patio tables overlooking Pedrick’s Garden. Choose something from the smoker (beer-butt chicken), or pick from sandwiches, burgers, or salads. Sides vary from mac ’n’ cheese to a bowl of greens, and even spinach casserole.

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

Local flavor shines here in entrées like the crab cakes with remoulade, sweet corn maque choux, mashed potatoes, and haricot verts. With an astonishing selection of 700 wines, you can’t miss the perfect complement to your meal. Featuring different selections every week, the Sunday brunch buffet showcases the chefs’ creativity. $$$-$$$$, D, SBR. 207 S Main St. (864) 232-7007,


Sailing in on a fresh beach breeze down the eastern seaboard, the Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar has made its way to Pelham Road in Greenville. Explore the heart of the sea with their signature oyster sampler, with fresh oysters served raw, steamed, and chargrilled. If shellfish aren’t your thing, grab another quintessential coastal delight like the Shack’s lobster roll. $$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 3620 Pelham Rd, Ste 4. (864) 335-8975,


Bangkok Thai makes a standout version of pad Thai, everyone’s favorite noodles. The curries are also a surefire hit, though the green curry is of particular note: it is the only one made from fresh chilies. For a different dining experience, take a seat on the floor pillows in the back room. $$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Mon–Sat), Closed Sundays. 1440 Pelham Rd, Ste M. (864) 458-7866, HANDI INDIAN CUISINE

At lunch, sample items from a reasonably priced buffet with plentiful choices that change daily. 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) 241-7999, IRASHIAI SUSHI PUB & JAPANESE RESTAURANT

Splashes of red and lime green play off the blend of traditional and modern influences at this sushi restaurant. Chef and owner Keichi Shimizu exhibits mastery over his domain at the bar, but also playfully blends modern-American elements into his menu. $$, L (Closed Sat), D (Daily). 115 Pelham Rd. (864) 271-0900, KIMCHEE KOREAN RESTAURANT

Kimchee’s kimchi has locals coming back for seconds. Try the Kalbi short ribs (marinated in soy sauce, onions, and sesame seeds) or bibimbap (served in a hot stone bowl for crispy rice). All dishes come with ban chan, side dishes that include kimchi, japchae (glass noodles), marinated tofu, and more. $$-$$$ L, D. Closed Sunday. 1939 Woodruff Rd Ste B. (864) 534-1061, MEKONG

Chef Huy Tran delivers the nuances of fine Vietnamese cuisine at Mekong. Among favorites is the grilled pork vermicelli, featuring marinated pork, lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts, mint, cilantro, peanuts, crispy shallots, and a chili-garliclime sauce. For some textural variation, try the broken rice platter, which puts julienned pork, a grilled pork chop, and a steamed pork omelet over broken rice. $, L, D. 2013 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 244-1314, PURPLE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO & SUSHI

A stone’s throw from Fluor Field, this place serves an Asian mix. There are Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Asian-fusion entrées, but sushi is a strong suit. 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 well worth the wait. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 933 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 232-3255

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A traditional dive-bar atmosphere with an inventive menu, Dive ‘N’ Boar caters to the barbecue-loving Southerner. This spin on the neighborhood gastropub has 25 different local beers on tap in a laid-back atmosphere. The bar specializes in house-infused liquors and cocktails using local herbs and ingredients. Stop by on the weekend for live music and a meal, or meet up with friends for drinks on their screened-in patio. $-$$, L, D, SBR. 2541 N Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 509-0388, LIBERTY TAP ROOM BAR & GRILL

Located next to Fluor Field, Liberty Tap Room Bar & Grill is both pre-game 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 the nearly 50 brews on tap.

tooth with a slice of homemade rum cake. $$, L, D, SBR. Closed Monday. 2 W Stone Ave, Greenville. (864) 233-0006, CHICORA ALLEY

Chicora Alley’s Caribbean riff on traditional Mexican and Southern fare offers signature crab cakes or mountain-high nachos, shrimp and chicken burritos, quesadillas, and more. Drop by on Sundays for brunch. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. Closed Monday. 608-B S Main St, Greenville. (864) 232-4100, EGGS UP GRILL

If your name has “eggs” in it, you’d better know your eggs. Eggs Up Grill doesn’t disappoint. From classic over-easy eggs, to eggs Benedict, all the way to Patty-o-Sullivan omelets (grilled corned beef hash with melted swiss cheese), this breakfast joint has you covered. Not a fan of eggs? Eggs Up also serves other classic diner fare like like pancakes, waffles, burgers, and French toast.

$-$$$, L, D, SBR. 941 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 770-7777,

$-$$. B, L. 31 Augusta St, Greenville. (864) 520-2005,



Across from Liberty Taproom, Mac’s looks to be family friendly for both the Harley-set as well as the post-Drive-baseball crowd with plenty of brisket, ribs, and beercan chicken. Try 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, (864) 239-0286 THE PLAYWRIGHT

The Playwright’s hearty dishes—homemade shepherd’s pie or a classic Reuben, for example—are the perfect soul-warming remedies. Everything about this pub has been designed to transport guests to Ireland—from the Dublin-crafted bar and booths, to the famous literary figures that adorn the walls and menus, to the spirit of hospitality inside. $$-$$$, L , D. 401 River St, Greenville. (864) 241-3384, UNIVERSAL JOINT

Everyone needs a neighborhood bar. Where better to join cheer with (or heckle mercilessly) your friends? This hangout is within walking distance of the North Main area and features a covered outdoor patio and roll-up garage doors. Rotating bottle and draft selections and plenty of outdoor seating keep things fresh. $-$$, L, D. 300 E Stone Ave, Greenville. (864) 252-4055, THE VELO FELLOW

Cozy in a funky way, the Velo Fellow is a hip pub under the Mellow Mushroom. Burgers and sandwiches form the core of the menu, which includes fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and—in a twist—tofu Marsala. In addition to the craft brews on tap, the Velo Fellow offers traditional absinthe service, complete with a silverplated brouilleur. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 1 Augusta St, Ste 126, Greenville. (864) 242-9296,


Treat your taste buds and ears at the Bohemian Café, side-by-side with the legendary Horizon Records music store. This eclectic café with an international flair serves up daily specials for curry and pasta. For Sunday brunch, treat yourself to a Bloody Mary bar, or indulge your sweet

Like a European brasserie, the Green Room’s diverse menu features standout dishes that change with the time of day. Enjoy brunch on the weekend with eggs Benedict or stuffed French toast with raspberry cream cheese. For dinner, the melt-in-your-mouth, sweet chipotle meatloaf is the ticket. Wash it down with selections from the tap and a premium beer list that leans toward the Belgian and German end of the spectrum. $$$, B, L, D, SBR. 116 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 335-8222, MARY’S AT FALLS COTTAGE

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Our boutique shop is the perfect place to explore and purchase fine, low-production wines from across the globe. We also offer craft beers and gourmet cheeses as well as weekly flights and educational tasting events. Or take advantage of our special order process with convenient pickup in Travelers Rest.


Breakfast is an essential meal, and Mary Beth’s treats it accordingly. Take your pick: biscuits, omelets, eggs Benedict, waffles, crepes, and pancakes populate the breakfast menu. Or don’t pick—get the Mega Breakfast for a hearty menu sampling. For something later in the day, Mary Beth’s also has lunch and dinner menus that include sandwiches, rack of lamb, and salmon. $$-$$$, B, L, D (Thurs–Sat). 500 E McBee Ave, Greenville. (864) 242-2535, TANDEM CREPERIE & COFFEEHOUSE

Tandem lures Swamp Rabbit cyclists with the aromas of Counter Culture Coffee and guarantees of a happy stomach. Try the Lumberjack (cornmeal crepe, ham, bacon, eggs, cheese, bechamel, and maple syrup) or satisfy your sweet tooth with the Banana Nut crepe. If you can’t choose between savory and sweet, split one of each with a friend and enjoy in the spirit of Tandem’s motto: “Together is best.” $, B, L, SBR. 2 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-2245, TUPELO HONEY CAFÉ

Big Southern charm comes in the form of a steaming hot biscuit at Tupelo Honey. Indulge in the famous sweet potato pancakes (topped with pecans and peach butter of course), available all day, or try one of the mouthwatering sandwiches like the Southern Fried Chicken BLT with maplepeppered bacon. 864.610.0361

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Coffee Underground boasts a wide selection of specialty coffees, adult libations, and dreamy desserts like the peanut butter pie, with graham cracker crust and a peanut butter and vanilla mousse. If you’re craving more substantial fare, choose from a splendid breakfastanytime option, sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries, and desserts.

$-$$, B, L, D, SBR. 1 E Coffee St, Greenville. (864) 298-0494, METHODICAL COFFEE

Between the white marble countertops, the gleaming chrome Slayer espresso machine, and the white-tiled loft, Methodical is a coffee bar built for Instagram. It’s no surprise, considering tastemakers such as the Vagabond Barista Will Shurtz, designer Marco Suarez, and hotelier David Baker are the forces behind Methodical. Even better: there’s plenty of substance to go with style. Single-origin espressos, house-made shrub sodas, and homemade treats ensure there’s plenty to rave about.

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Burning the midnight oil? Head over to Moe Joe in downtown Greenville. The coffee shop, open late every night, features a menu full of signature caffeinated concoctions as well as a fully stocked bar of craft beers and wines. Customers can enjoy the sounds of local talent or show off their own musicality during Wednesday open mic nights. $-$$, B, L, D. 20 S Main St. (864) 263-3550, TEALOHA

It always pays to have a cool, quiet escape away from Main Street’s bustle. Tealoha’s blend of raw and refined fills the bill. Recycled barn-wood panels and earthy brown and green tones impart the feel of a subdued oasis, while sleek, modern furniture is decidedly comfy and urban. A menu of exotic loose-leaf teas is fleshed out by smooTEAS (tea-infused smoothies) and specialTEAS (tea-based lattes). $, B, L, D, Closed Sundays. 131 E McBee Ave, Greenville. (864) 509-1899, THE VILLAGE GRIND

Tucked between art galleries in the heart of Pendleton Street, the Village Grind is an essential destination for Greenville coffee lovers. With its emphasis on community, the coffeehouse uses only local ingredients—from milk and syrups to beans from Due South Coffee—to create one-of-akind beverages to be enjoyed with friends on the mid-century couch or solo at the pallet-inspired window bar. $, B, L. 1263 Pendleton St, Greenville. (864) 915-8600, thevillagegrind


Located just around the corner from Carl’s Sobocinski’s restaurant, Soby’s on the Side adds speed and efficiency to Soby’s reputation for high-quality food. Pick from their regular menu or try one of their chalkboard specials that change with each day of the week. From BBQ Monday to Grilled Cheese Wednesday, add a spontaneous element to your lunch, or enjoy a hot breakfast.

St, Greenville. (864)-271-8431, SULLY’S STEAMERS

When considering the ingredients for the perfect sandwich, steam isn’t often the first (or even last) thing to come to mind. For Robert Sullivan, hot air is the key to handheld nirvana. With a smorgasbord of ingredients like cut meats, veggies, and homemade cream cheeses, Sully’s stacks up custom bagel sandwiches served piping fresh. There are countless combinations, so plan on more than one visit to turn up the heat. $, B, L, D (closed Sunday

evenings). Open until 3am on Friday & Saturday. 6 E Washington St, Greenville. (864) 509-6061, TWO CHEFS DELI & MARKET

Count on this deli for fast, high-quality food. Hot and cold lunch fare is available, ranging from homemade soups to a traditional grinder and a turkey melt. If you’re not up to cooking, there’s a case of “crafted carryout” entrées and sides to go. Impress last-minute guests with the likes of roasted turkey and Parmesan potatoes. Choose from the many options on the daily menu, or check back for daily specials. $-$$, B, L, D. Closed Saturday & Sunday. 104 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 370-9336,


Heaping portions and a menu that mixes inventive flavors with customer favorites makes Davani’s a Greenville favorite. The friendly staff doesn’t hurt, either. Try the Muscovy duck, pan-seared with port wine and a sundried cherry demi-glace, or the veal Oscar, topped with crab meat, asparagus, and hollandaise. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 1922 Augusta St, Ste 111A, Greenville. (864) 373-9013, THE LAZY GOAT

The Lazy Goat’s tapas-style menu is distinctly Mediterranean. Sample from the Graze and Nibble dishes, such as the crispy Brussels sprouts with Manchego shavings and sherry glacé. For a unique entrée, try the duck confit pizza with a sour cherry vinaigrette and a farm egg. An extensive variety of wines is available in addition to a full bar. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 170 River Pl, Greenville. (864) 679-5299, PASSERELLE BISTRO

Gaze over the lush Falls Park scenery while enjoying mouthwatering French-inspired cuisine. Make a lunch date to enjoy lighter dishes like the arugula salad, or go for the bistro burger with its caramelized leeks and mushrooms, arugula, Gruyere, and garlic aioli. At night, the bistro serves up romance à la Paris, with items like escargot and mussels. Don’t miss brunch on the weekend. $$$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Mon–Sat), BR (Sat– Sun). 601 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 5090142, PITA HOUSE

The Pita House has been family-operated since 1989. Inside, it’s bare bones, but the cognoscenti come here for tasty Middle Eastern fare such as hummus, falafel, kibbeh, and shwarma. And save room for baklava and other Mediterranean sweets for dessert. Also check out the little grocery in the back of the restaurant for some homemade inspiration. $, L, D. Closed Sunday. 495 S. Pleasantburg Dr, #B, Greenville. (864) 2719895,

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Pomegranate serves traditional Persian cuisine in an eclectic Eastern ambience. Attentive service, reasonable prices, and a flavorful variety, such as the slow-cooked lamb shank or the charbroiled Cornish hen kabobs, make this an excellent spot for lunch or dinner. Be sure to sample from the martini menu at the aquamarine-tiled bar, or head outside to the street-side patio facing Main.

J.B. Tingle’s “Farm to Fender” mantra puts local farms first. This food truck bases their weekly menu on the freshest ingredients available from surrounding Upstate farms. Next time, try the Hurricane Veggie-Buttered Panini: grilled Great Harvest white bread, melt-in-your-mouth havarti cheese, Thai basil aioli, and farm-fresh veggies. Or ,if you’re lucky to find JBT around brunch, then grab the Shindig breakfast taco—the perfect companion to a mimosa. Follow JBT’s Instagram account for weekly schedules.

$$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 618 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 241-3012, RISTORANTE BERGAMO

Ristorante Bergamo, open since 1986, focuses on fresh produce and Northern Italian cuisine: fresh mussels sautéed in olive oil, garlic, and white wine, veal with homegrown organic herbs, and pasta creations such as linguine with shrimp and mussels. The bar fronts 14-foot windows along Main Street, making it a prime location for enjoying a glass while people-watching. $$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 100 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 271-8667, 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. Belgian specialties include waterzooi (a creamy seafood stew), and carbonnades flamandes (beef stew braised in Belgian beer). For dessert—you guessed it—Belgian waffles are the ticket. $$, L, D. Closed Monday. 23 W Washington St, Greenville. (864) 4517490,


The vibrant Latin culture of San Francisco’s Mission District makes its way to Greenville by way of Gina Petti and Roberto Cortez. This duo has been slinging tacos, nachos, quesadillas, and burritos for years out of LOLA their food truck, and now from their location on Wade Hampton Boulevard. Their Mission-style staples anchor a selection of specials featuring worldwide influences. Get another take on Latin flavors from the chayote relleno de camarones (a Nicaraguan dish of chayotes stuffed with sautéed shrimp in a creamy spicy Chipotle-Guajillo sauce); or see a trans-Pacific collaboration at work with the chicken karaage taco, which features Japanese-style fried chicken and a Latin-Asian slaw. $-$$, Closed Sunday & Monday; food truck schedule varies. 903 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864)770-3450, AUTOMATIC TACO

Since 2015, this taco truck has delivered new wonders and old favorites. See your average mac n’ cheese transformed when owner Nick Thomas stuffs this country comfort inside a mild poblano pepper. Don’t miss a chance to reinvent your taste buds—check the Automatic Taco’s Facebook page for their weekly schedule. $. Schedule varies. (404) 372-2266 CHUCK TRUCK

Like the paint splatters on the truck, the Chuck Truck’s burgers explode with intense flavors delivered by local ingredients. Treat yourself to a pimento cheeseburger and fries, or salute our Cajun neighbors with the truck’s signature N’awlins Burger—a freshly ground beef patty served with andouille sausage, peppers, onions, and applewoodsmoked white cheddar, topped with the Chuck Truck’s very own herb aioli. $. Schedule varies. (864) 884-3592,

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From culinary school to the streets of Greenville, Neil and Jessica Barley, the husband-and-wife team behind Thoroughfare, have made it their mission to bring people together through food. Not only has Thoroughfare proved that tater tots can be eaten with every meal (their Disco Tots are served topped with chipotle cream and scallions), they’ve driven their way into our hearts. With your tots, try a Meatloaf Sandwich: a thick slice of meatloaf topped with homemade pimiento cheese and served between two slices of grilled ciabatta bread. $. Schedule varies. (864) 735-8413,

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Pizza and beer—flowing from more than 27 taps downstairs and another 31 upstairs—are what bring students and young revelers to Barley’s. Besides the tap, there’s a list as long as your arm of selections by the bottle. Try the classic New York-style pizzas, or go for one of Barley’s specialty pies. Afterwards, make your way upstairs to the billiards tables and the dartboard lanes.

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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. $-$$$, L, D. 1 Augusta St, Ste 101, Greenville. (864) 233-9020, SIDEWALL PIZZA COMPANY

Located in a renovated tire shop on the main drag of Travelers Rest, this pizza joint is a fast favorite with its handcrafted, brickoven pizzas made from local ingredients. Build your own or try a signature pie like the Tommy, with creamy roasted garlic sauce, mozzarella, pecorino romano, caramelized onions, mushrooms, spinach, and peppadew peppers. Don’t neglect dessert, either. The homemade ice cream (in a bowl, or in a float) is a throwback treat that’ll make you forget about those fellas named Ben and Jerry. $$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 35 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 6101406, VIC’S PIZZA

The sign that says “Brooklyn, SC” at this walk-up/take-out joint makes sense when you see what you’re getting: piping hot New York–style pizza, served on paper plates. Purchase by the (rather large) slice, or have entire pies delivered (as long as your home or business is within three miles). $, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 12 E Coffee St. (864) 232-9191,


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Thru Apr 10 THE ADDAMS FAMILY Truth be told, the best part about living with the Addams Family would be getting to wear all black, all the time. Plus, no one would ever ask about your day. For this family of doom and gloom, all the world’s blasé, and they’re perfectly fine with it. But when daughter Wednesday catches the eye of a young man in town and invites him over, the family is forced to put on a “happy” face. Let the oddities ensue! Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $10-$35. (864) 233-6733,

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You’ve never experienced a road race quite like this one. The 5K dash is the only one that includes a jaunt through the Greenville Zoo’s neighborhood of critters and finishes off with a kid-friendly soiree in Cleveland Park. Awards will be given to race winners, with this year’s swag including zoo membership and special artwork crafted by none other than the animals themselves. Greenville Zoo, 150 Cleveland Park Dr, Greenville. Sat, 8–10am. $35. (864) 627-4200,


You may not have the Batcave. Or the Batmobile. Or a billion dollars. Okay, so maybe you just have a cape that your mom made. But that doesn’t mean you can’t join forces with other heroes of the graphic novel and comic book worlds for a weekend of gaming and panels featuring all of your favorite comic characters. Artists, writers, and celebrities of the sci-fi genre are slated to appear, as well as plenty of product vendors to sate your inner nerd.

TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Sat, 10am–6pm; Sun, 12–6pm. Sat, $15; Sun, $10; weekend pass, $20.


The Greenville Symphony Orchestra continues its tribute to Upstate leader and visionary C. Thomas Wyche. Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel leads the GSO in a performance of Wyche’s original composition Moonbeams, as well as Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt and Symphony No. 2 by composer Jean Sibelius. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $17-$66. (864) 467-3000,


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Join this very special celebration with some of contemporary Christian music’s most popular musicians. Australian artists Hillsong Worship, singer and songwriter Kari Jobe, Brian Houston, and many others are slated to

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CAN’T-MISS CULTURE / EVENTS / ATTRACTIONS perform, and local “worship teams” will be available to assist attendees in their journey. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Thurs, 6:30pm. $32-$104. (864) 241-3800,

Photograph (Edvard Tchivzhel) by Paul Mehaffey



Even though there’s a stigma associated with talking about mental health, it is one of the most serious issues facing our population. To raise awareness and provide lasting education, Greenville County’s Mental Health America chapter presents the Colors 4 Hope race through the Swamp Rabbit Trail. In the vein of other color runs, expect to be covered head-to-toe in an array of colored powders, a set of four that were specifically chosen to represent the one-in-four citizens affected by mental illness. Trailblazer Park, 235 Wilhelm Winter St, Travelers Rest. Sat, 8:30am. $20-$50 registration.

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POETRY AND DRAMA OF LIFE Apr 2–3, Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm The Peace Center Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel leads the GSO for an evening of memorable works as a tribute to local visionary C. Thomas Wyche, including an original piece by Wyche, himself.

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There may not be enough time to go around the world in 80 days, but this Upstate festival is happy to bring the world to you in a single afternoon. For the third year in a row, Greer Goes Global will feature international cultures from every corner of the globe, stirring up a melting pot of culinary delights, live performances, crafts, and more. Little adventurers will have an opportunity for handson activities like making their own henna tattoos. Don’t worry: they’re not permanent! Greer City Park, Greer. Sat, 11am–4pm. Free.


Scaling miles of steep snow and freezing temperatures is, by definition, the opposite of a walk in the park these days—but can you imagine doing it before you could wear a North Face jacket? African-American Matthew Henson did just that, leading a team of a dozen people, including explorer Robert Peary, on an expedition to the North Pole in 1909. The famed guide gets new life courtesy of versatile performer Keith Henley, who will recount Henson’s perilous but momentous trek in full detail. Hughes Main Library, 25 Heritage Green Pl, Greenville. Tues, 7–8:30pm. Free.


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Long before Meryl Streep went from a devil wearing Prada to a witch wearing a prosthetic chin, this original musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine was taking the theatre world by storm, sending worlds of beloved fairy tales on a collision course. The cast includes Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack (of magic bean fame), and others, each on a personal journey to make their dreams come true. A little bit dark and a little bit humorous, Into the Woods makes for a perfect family outing. Billingsley Theatre at North Greenville University, 7801 N Tigerville Rd, Tigerville. Thurs–Sat, 7:30pm. Adult, $12; student, $5. (864) 977-7085,



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The moment that the first beautiful bud bursts open is when we know spring is finally here. For more than thirty years, the city of Pickens has celebrated this rite of the season, feting the flower with an open invitation for Upstate vendors, artists, and performers to showcase their respective talents. The event kicks off with a special cruise-in on Friday evening, followed by musical acts The Note Ropers and The Extraordinaries at Saturday’s all-day festival. 107 E Main St, Pickens. Fri, 7pm; Sat, 10am–11pm. Free.


PARTY FOR THE PLANET This big blue marble that we call home truly is a miraculous place, so it’s only fair that we throw it a fabulous party once a year. In honor of Earth Day, the Greenville Zoo is set to host a “party for the planet,” inviting local vendors to join in and provide a little global education for the masses. There will also be educational speakers, conservation learning, and other activities designed to enlighten on environmental efforts. Greenville Zoo, 150 Cleveland Park Dr, Greenville. Sat, 9am– 1pm. Adults, $9; ages 3–15, $6; under 2, free. (864) 627-4200,


Honoring the medical professionals that put heart and soul into their work on a daily basis, Walk with the Docs unites the public with members of the Bon Secours St. Francis and Greenville Health System teams for a unique experience. Take in the stunning downtown scenery as you support a terrific cause for the community. Funds raised go towards the Greenville Free Medical Clinic and its volunteer staff. Greenville Free Clinic, 600 Arlington Ave, Greenville. Sat, 9am. Adults, $30; kids, $12.

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Have you heard the hills come alive with the sound of music? Are brown paper packages tied up with strings a few of your favorite things? Then you’ve come to the right musical. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic centers on the von Trapps, a wily group of children and their iron-fisted father, Georg. But when the young Maria is brought on as governess, the von Trapps learn what a precious gift they are to one another, in a time when love was needed the most. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Wed–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri–Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $30-$85. (864) 467-3000,

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A GREAT SACRED SONG FEST Spring is finally here, and there’s no better way to celebrate the season than with the Greenville Chorale. The two-part series will debut at Greenville’s First Baptist Church and then conclude at Taylors First Baptist Church, and will showcase a vocal program chock full of Mendelssohn, Bach, Beethoven, and more. Locations vary. Sun, 3pm. Adults, $30; students, $15. (864) 467-3000,


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Having a kindergartner color on the 1914 E Main walls with permanent marker or cut Mon-Fri 9-5 & Sat their own hair seems like a miniscule problem in comparison to the hardships Anne Sullivan faced during her time with Helen Keller. Keller, born both deaf and blind, would CaroConsign_4thS_Town Apr15.indd 1 eventually become a pillar in the world of educational activism. However, this drama is adapted from her years under the compassionate, patient tutelage of Sullivan, a woman single-handedly responsible for opening up the world to her young student. Gunter Theatre at The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Times vary. $18-$27. (864) 467-3000,


art enthusiasts in Lake City, South Carolina, for one of the Southeast’s most prolific art contests. ArtFields 2016 features more than $100,000 in cash prizes for artists awarded on the basis of visitor vote and a juried panel, which means tons of talented artists putting their best work forward. Downtown Lake City, SC. Fri–Sat. Free. (843) 374-0180,

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THE SOUND OF MUSIC April 20–24 Wed–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri–Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm $30-$85 The Peace Center A brand-new production of The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony Award–winning director Jack O’Brien, is coming to the Peace Center.

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It’s been almost forty years since the Reedy River Run began, and this year’s move to April is sure to bring even more springtime glory to the event. The 10K jaunt wraps its way through Main Street and the downtown area, before winding up at Falls Park. Celebrate your finish with a yummy Jersey Mike’s sub, door prizes, and swag bags from Fleet Feet at the post-run festival located by the race’s namesake river. TD Bank, downtown Greenville. Sat, 7:15am. $20-$29.

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Calling all cheese lovers! This one-day event is worth the drive to the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. Bring the whole family for a day of festivities and food. More than twenty cheese makers attended last year’s event, with more expected to participate this year. There will be tastings and learning opportunities for those interested in tackling homemade cheeses. Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC. Sun, noon–4pm. Adults, $12; children 12 & under, free. (828) 484-1586,

If you love the comedic stylings of Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy, you might be a . . . Well, you can guess where this is going. The pair— formerly of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour—have embarked on their own national takeover, aptly titled “We’ve Been Thinking.” Are they thinking about world peace or macaroni salad? The Republican party or their cousin Dale’s new mud flaps on the Chevy? You’ll just have to wait and find out. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sun, 7pm. $53-$63. (864) 241-3800,


The Greenville County Youth Orchestra brings another stellar year of musical enlightenment to a close with their final concert showcase. The spring ensemble performance will unite all 300 students of the organization, bringing together members of the chamber strings, philharmonic, young artists, sinfonia, and junior sinfonia for an unforgettable collaboration of melodies. It’s a fabulous opportunity to support arts in the Upstate and your local budding musician. Need we say more? The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, 7:30pm. $5-$12. (864) 467-3000,

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28–May 8 THE GREAT ANDERSON COUNTY FAIR Let’s face it. Fairs are for food. Where else can you get a puff pastry doused in sugar and deep-fried to an angelic golden hue? Fortunately, the Great Anderson County Fair has been expanded to two weekends, which means there’s plenty of time for you to partake in all of your favorite fair fare. After you’re done indulging, take in a live concert, visit the petting zoo, or bet on your favorite piggy at the hog race. Anderson Sports & Entertainment Complex, 3027 MLK Jr Blvd, Anderson. Mon–Fri, 4–11pm; Sat, 10am–12am; Sun, 12:30–11pm. Adults, $7; 6 & under, free. (864) 757-3022,

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You may have heard of the Million Dollar Quartet, a spur-of-the-moment musical session starring Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, and Carl Perkins in December of 1956. What you may not know is the backstory of this momentous musical gathering— until now. Based on the book by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott, the production highlights the artists’ many hit tracks and provides a unique inside look at the interactions behind the music. Flat Rock Playhouse, 125 S Main St, Hendersonville, NC. Wed–Thurs, 2pm & 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 2pm. $15-$40. (828) 693-0731,

LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES Don’t be surprised if the theater gets a little steamy: the title isn’t the only thing sexy about this French tale of forbidden fruit. Originally written by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, the novel has since been adapted to stage productions and the cult classic film Cruel Intentions. Having grown weary of the superficial pleasures of their wealthy lifestyle, two former lovers challenge each other to a duel of deception. It’s virtue versus lust in this sordid affair, and someone’s bound to lose. The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. $30. (864) 235-6948,

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Time to stock up on the detergent. You’re going to get a little dirty. Boost your ego with the same rope-climbing, wall-hopping, and belly-crawling that soldiers-in-training go through on this three-and-a-halfmile course. This race may not be for the faint of heart, but athletes of almost any age and endurance are encouraged to participate and raise a little money for Goodwill charities. SC-TAC, 5 Chapel Rd, Greenville. Sat, 7am. Registration, $100-$140.



Each leg of this ride will begin at the beautiful Furman campus, before breaking off into 100-, 62-, 42-, 24-, and 7-mile stretches around the Upstate. Post-ride festivities will include brews and eats from the Table 301, Performance Food Group, and New Belgium. This year’s targeted goal for fundraising is $145,000, with each dollar raised going to support systems, meals, and other food programs provided through the Meals on Wheels Greenville organization. Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. Sat, 7:30am. Free-$45.

If only we could wrestle those pesky political callers the way these cowboys rope up livestock. The Southeastern Rodeo Association presents some of its finer men in boots as they rope calves, race barrels, and of course, ride out the fury of a less-than-thrilled bucking bull. The inaugural event with be hosted by special guest Kountry Wayne, whose YouTube videos and social media stunts are quickly propelling the comedian to fame. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sat, 7:30pm. $27. (864) 241-3800,


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The Upstate’s largest classic car cruise-in returns with the 19th annual Blue Ridge Fest. Live music by Jay and the Americans; Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners; and Jim Quick & Coastline rounds out the Friday festivities. The event has raised more than $2 million in its 18-year history, with all proceeds donated to charities in Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens counties. 734 W Main St, Pickens. Fri, 3pm. $30 per carload of four.

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May 14 DOWNTOWN CONDO RONDO This year, the Guild of the Greenville Symphony will be showcasing five exceptional homes from the Historic West End of Greenville. This tour of downtown living—which coincides with Artisphere—showcases all the glamor, convenience, and possibilities of urban lifestyles. Each home has something unique to offer, from highrise condos in the heart of Greenville, to townhomes with panoramic views of the Greenville skyline and surrounding mountains. Downtown Greenville. Sat, 10am– 5pm. Advance, $20; day of, $25. (864) 370-0965,

BLUE RIDGE FEST May 6 Fri, 3pm $30 per carload of four 734 W Main St, Pickens This event features a Beach Music show and dance, along with the Upstate’s largest classic car cruise-in.

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andscapes, at their core, are simply a collection of the visible features in an area of land: trees brushing the edge of a lake, a skyline silhouetted at sunset, or the very streets upon which we live. But these scenes set the stage for the complexity of our lives. When we recall landscapes, we also recall the moments that have taken place on those stages, or the moments that could. Painter Ginger Cebe captures these tendrils to the past and future in Out in the Open, an exhibition of her landscape work. “Using loose and bold brushstrokes, I strive for an emotional connection with the viewer to bring them to a place where I have found excitements, adventure, and peace,” she says. And while Cebe’s own experiences drive her work, they do not preclude our own connections—emotional and physical—to the land.—Bethany Mlinar Cebe’s exhibit Out in the Open is on display at Centre Stage (501 River St, Greenville) from March 4–April 22. The gallery is open Tues–Fri, 2–6 pm.

Ginger Cebe, Tucked Away. Oil, 16in x 20in; image courtesy of the Metropolitan Arts Council

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