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Dress the Part: Where: The ballroom of the Poinsett Club, Greenville. Who: Cover model Elizabeth Self. When: January 8, 2016 Photograph by Paul Mehaffey
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See, hear, read, react. The month’s must-dos.
THE TOWN 23 ON Pics of the litter:
Upcountry fêtes & festivities.
February CENTRAL 63 STYLE Every Southern woman deserves a
set of pearls; a gown fit for a debut; accessories with a personal touch; and tea time, elevated.
Watercolorist Lynn Greer; Tiby Weinstein discusses the evolution of stationery; The Spectator Hotel spins a new take on the Jazz Age; Whole Log Lumber gives new life to old wood; and more.
Piedmont resident Maurice Lindley was born to train bird dogs.
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The Cotillion Club of Greenville keeps its nineteenth-century traditions alive and well. / by Stephanie Trotter // photography by Chelsey Ashford
A banker, a day laborer, a nurse, and a state legislator walk into OJ’s Diner. No, it’s not a joke. It’s a meatand-three miracle: ground zero for the South’s soul—not to mention its soul food. / by Scott Gould // photography by Paul Mehaffey
Got plans? You do now.
Teresa Roche finds unlikely inspiration in the side streets of Italy.
THIS PAGE: Bird dog trainer Maurice Lindley works with his pupils in the field. For more, see “Field Master,” page 56. Photograph by Paul Mehaffey
COVER: On Elizabeth: gown by Sherri Hill, from Dazzles (Columbia, SC). For more, see “Belle of the Ball,” page 66. Photograph by Paul Mehaffey
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here does the line blur between being born in the South and being Southern? For some, growing up here doesn’t constitute “Southernness,” nor does being a recent resident mean that you’re less entitled. Being Southern is a choice, even for those who’ve always called this place home. Living in the South is an experience, while being Southern is an action: It’s passing down family names, sterling silver, and Cotillion memberships. It’s biscuits and gravy, fried chicken, and cornbread, usually procured while standing in line. It’s lending your neighbor a leaf blower, not to mention an ear. There are divisions, yes. There are walls and wounds and views that exclude. History dies hard here. It doesn’t go down without a fight. There are long-standing traditions that remain relevant because of the desire to keep things “as they were.” Southerners have a strong sense of heritage; we place value on times past, on old things, on the way it was. In some cases, it’s still the way it is. But there is progress, forward momentum—of technology and design, of manufacturing and culture. Worlds are colliding, creating a swirl of attitudes and views to enhance already strong roots. So now, instead of what was and what is, we have what will be. Being Southern, then, isn’t only upholding the ways of the past; it is plowing a way for the future. It is making room for more at the table. Just as our forefathers did, just as our children will do. Your Southernness may mean wearing your grandfather’s signet ring or donning a deb gown. It may mean a regular trip to a meat-n’-three. It may mean shaping the look of the New South. Whatever your story and whatever your preference, living here is a blessing—but being Southern is a virtue.
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Putting Greenville on the map! It’s no secret in the art world that the Greenville County Museum of Art is among the country’s top American art museums. Visitors come to the GCMA year round to see one of the world’s largest collections of works by Andrew Wyeth. Folks also come to see the museum’s impressive collection of paintings and prints by America’s most renowned contemporary artist, Jasper Johns. And plenty of people plan a visit to see the museum’s acclaimed Southern Collection, which ranges from Federal portraits to contemporary works.
What you might not know is that the GCMA is regularly asked to lend artwork to the world’s most prestigious museums here and abroad. From Boston to Barcelona, works of art that belong to the permanent collection of the Greenville County Museum of Art are exhibited and appreciated all around the globe. Of course, you can see them right here at home. #the1&onlygcma
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Beauford Delaney, 1901-1970 Washington Square, 1952
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Gari Melchers, 1860-1932 Woman Reading by a Window, 1905
The Museum of Contemporary Art
Red Grooms, born 1937 Painting from “A Play Called Fire,” 1958
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Selected museums that have featured works on loan from the GCMA: Atlanta High Museum of Art Barcelona Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Berlin Deutsches Historisches Museum Boston Boston Athenaeum Museum of Fine Arts
George Bellows, 1882-1925 Massacre at Dinant, 1918
Houston Museum of Fine Arts
London Royal Academy of Arts Tate Modern Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art New York City Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum The Metropolitan Museum of Art The Whitney Museum of American Art Paris Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais Philadelphia Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Savannah Telfair Museum of Art Seattle Seattle Art Museum
Robert Colescott, 1925-2009 Les Demoiselles D’Alabama (Des Nudas), 1985
Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art Venice Peggy Guggenheim Collection
The Tate Modern
Vienna Osterreisches Museum fur angewandte Kunst (MAK) Washington, DC Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden National Gallery of Art National Portrait Gallery The Phillips Collection
Greenville County Museum of Art
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February 2016 Photograph (Sara Watkins) courtesy of the Peace Center
TOGETHER ON STAGE: PATTY GRIFFIN, SARA WATKINS, AND ANAÏS MITCHELL What do you get when you combine one-part bluegrass, one-part songwriter, and one-part country? One incredible trio of uber-talented women. Joining forces for a special musical performance that mixes each of their distinct styles, Watkins, Griffin, and Mitchell are set to deliver a spectacular set of tunes that will rock you right down to your steel-toed boots. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, Feb 23, 7:30pm. $15-$35. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
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Centre Stage’s annual music spectacular is the stuff of legend, setting a precedent for leaving audiences with a smile on their face and some pep in their step. This year’s incarnation, Heart and Soul, is guaranteed to be no different, taking a leap back in time to the days when Motown was king. Groove along to all the tracks that put Hitville, U.S.A., on the map in this extravaganza, directed by Kimberlee Ferreira. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thru Feb 13. Thurs–Sat, 8pm. Sun, 3pm. $20-$35. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org
Back in the late-1980s, a young comedian won a spot on the popular competition show Star Search, only to lose out in the final round. That young comedian was Martin Lawrence, and chances are, you’ve never even heard of the guy who beat him out. With successful stints on both television and film, Lawrence’s bread-and-butter is his livecomedy show. Lucky for us, “Doin’ Time” is coming to the Upstate. And if Martin Lawrence can’t get a laugh out of you, it’s time for an X-ray because your funny bone is officially broken.
Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s drama on the intimate webs spun between family is perhaps one of his most celebrated, emotionally tangling, and introspective. When an elderly retired professor returns to his family home with a young wife who seeks to sell the ol’ homestead, his relatives’ lives are sent into a tailspin, making for an intense and controversial experience for the entire audience. Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. $30. Thru Feb 20, showtimes vary. (864) 235-6948, warehousetheatre.com
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Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sun, Feb 14, 8pm. $53-$107. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com
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Heavy is the head that wears the crown of Funniest Man in America. But James Gregory seems to be taking it all in stride. Having been featured on countless radio shows and television specials, Gregory brings audiences to tears with his no-holdsbarred takes on everything from obesity in America to growing up in Georgia and global warming. Even the most trivial of events become fodder for a good laugh at the mercy of Gregory, making this one night of unforgettable comedy. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Fri, Feb 26, 7pm & 9pm. $35-42. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org
STUDIO SERIES: LOVE INSPIRED
SWEETHEART CHARITY BALL
Love has the power to speak without ever saying a single word. Such is the inspiration behind this showcase by Ballet Spartanburg’s professional company, which tests the limits of movement and emotions through dance. Sure, the special Valentine’s weekend will feature tabled seating and Champagne to help get you in a romantic mood, but one thing guaranteed to take your breath away is the remarkable stories the human body can tell. Ballet Spartanburg Studios, 200 E St John, Spartanburg. Fri–Sat, Feb 12–13, 6pm & 8pm. Adults, $25; senior, $20; students, $15. (864) 583-0339, balletspartanburg.org
There’s no better excuse to get gussied up for a night on the town than when a wonderful cause is the beneficiary. Hosted by the Upstate’s Meals on Wheels chapter, the annual Sweetheart Charity Ball has raised hundreds of thousands for the homebound-helping organization, and the numbers only continue to grow. Offering a fun night of dining, dancing, and auction, you’ll be hoping the clock never strikes twelve at this enchanting evening. Hyatt Regency Greenville, 220 N Main St, Greenville. Sat, Feb 6. (864) 233-6565, mealsonwheelsgreenville.org
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JAMES GREGORY: THE FUNNIEST MAN IN AMERICA!
Quick HITS CUPID’S CHASE 5K
z Raise your hand if the only thing you’ve run from lately is commitment! Proceeds from the race directly benefit the Community Options organization, which helps support those with disabilities. Runners of any athletic ability are encouraged to participate in their best pink, red, and purple shades—and advertise their relationship status with the run’s signature “Available” and “Unavailable” tee-shirts. Gives new meaning to “wearing your heart on your sleeve,” doesn’t it? GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, 115 Henderson Drive, Travelers Rest. Sat, Feb 13, 10am. $25-$40. comop.org
A BLACK HISTORY MONTH CONVERSATION
z In honor of Black History Month, the Peace Center presents another installment of the Poetic Conversations series. Artist Joshua Bennett, who has performed at the Sundance Film Festival and the White House, will be the guest during this evening of thought-provoking conversation. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, Feb 18, 7pm. Free. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
z No one knows mystery, murder, and mayhem quite like Agatha Christie. Even childhood nursery rhymes aren’t safe from the author in this novelturned-play, which weaves a sordid tale about ten strangers who find themselves the targets of a serial killer on an island getaway. With their hosts missing and their numbers dropping like flies, it’s only a matter of time before they all fall down. Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Feb 19– March 6. Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adults, $28; senior, $27; junior, $20. (864) 233-6238, greenvillelittletheatre.org
BLACK & WHITE BALL z A “Musical Masquerade” is the theme behind this year’s Black & White Ball, hosted by the Guild of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. The black-tie affair will include specialty cocktails, prepared dinner, Top Hat Band, and both silent and live auctions. As always, proceeds from the evening will fund continuing seasons of musical magic with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. The Westin Poinsett, 120 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, Mar 5, 6pm. $160. (864) 370-0965, guildgso.org
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AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
Diana Ross With talent bigger than her trademark head of hair, the former Supreme is bringing her powerhouse show to the Peace Center for an intimate evening of hits spanning nearly six decades. Stopping off on this leg of her “In the Name of Love” tour, the legendary songbird will help heat up those winter blues with fierce signature vocals and classic tunes like “I’m Coming Out,” “Upside Down,” and “Missing You.” The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Mon, Feb 15, 7:30pm. $65-$105. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
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Ronald McDonald House McGala December 4, 2015 The Ronald McDonald House put a Latin spin on its 16th annual McGala holiday party. Live and silent auctions (featuring vacation getaways and restaurant giveaways) rounded out a night of flamenco dancing, authentic Spanish market goods, and traditional Spanish edibles. Proceeds from the evening helped fund the Ronald McDonald Houseâ€™s mission to provide families of critically ill children with a home away from home.
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The Cotillion Clubâ€™s 128th Annual Ball January 15, 2016
Martha McKissick with Henry & Jamie Horowitz
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The height of grandeur and Southern charm graced the rooms of the historic Poinsett Club of Greenville, as members and guests of the Cotillion Club enjoyed an evening of dancing, dinner, and merriment. The club celebrated its 128th year with the installation of new members and kicked off the evening with the traditional Grand March dance.Â Photography by Gabrielle Smith
March Armstrong & Aimee Garrett
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Libby Brown with Alex & Kathy Marion
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Sip & Shop December 3, 2015 Flourish Eventsâ€™ second annual Sip & Shop managed to mitigate the chaos of holiday shopping by combining it with the best part of the holidays: the cocktails. This curated retail event brought local boutiques like Thorn, Moppets, and Gageâ€™s together for a one-stop gift shopping experience. A portion of all sales benefitted the Cancer Survivors Park in honor of survivor Lindsey Bates Motley.
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December 10, 2015 Friends, customers, and clients alike stopped by Maserati Greenville for the dealership’s holiday party. Guests enjoyed nibbles and drinks, as well as some in-person time with Maserati’s lineup of luxury vehicles. By Chelsey Ashford Photography
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Martinis & Mistletoe with Roots November 5, 2015 This Augusta Road holiday institution found success for the seventh year in a row. Guests filled Roots for the annual unveiling of a holiday collection of decorative wreaths and garlands. In keeping with the shopping event’s name, guests sipped on martinis while browsing the garden center’s wares, with a few participants going home as lucky prize winners.
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December 4, 2015 How much of Greenville have you truly seen? The Greenville Center for Creative Arts went to the community to shed light on the overlooked beauty of our city with its first juried exhibit. From 57 community entries, Clemson art professor Todd McDonald selected 27 pieces for Unseen Greenville. The show also featured artwork from Triune Mercy Center and Legacy Charter High School. More than 500 guests attended the opening reception.
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Savannah Guest & Gabriel Slotnick October 24, 2015
It’s hard to imagine a church that’s survived two wars and several fires being inhabitable—much less beautiful. But for Savannah, the Old Sheldon Church Ruins in Yemassee, SC, were the perfect location for her wedding. Savannah and her fiancé Gabriel (Gabe) had become good friends at John Hopkins University their freshman year, but didn’t start dating until just before they graduated. Three-and a-half years later during a stunning sunset at Martha’s Vineyard, Gabe asked Savannah to spend the rest of her life with him. While researching venues, Savannah discovered Old Sheldon, and she knew the historic structure—surrounded by large oaks draped with Spanish moss—was the place she wanted to commit her life to Gabe. The ceremony was enchanting, accompanied by an old-fashioned party at Richfield Plantation, which included a live jazz band and an oyster roast. Savannah, a professional violinist from Greenville, and Gabe, an audio engineer from Los Altos, CA, now live in Arizona. HUNTER MCRAE // HUNTER MCRAE PHOTOGRAPHY
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Weddings Laura McQuiston & Jeremy Tolbert October 24, 2015 There’s an art to hiding in plain sight, and it takes quite a skilled practitioner—like Jeremy—to pull it off. Although Jeremy and Laura had already discussed getting married, and although he surprised her with an early Valentine’s Day getaway to an undisclosed location, Laura still had no inkling Jeremy was planning a proposal. Excitement overtook Laura as the couple arrived at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Lake Oconee, and the two spent the day exploring the grounds. That evening, the couple walked to a footbridge that crossed the lake to view the sunset. Laura—still none the wiser—and Jeremy took a selfie together as the sun began setting. Laura also began taking a panorama of the beautiful scene. It took a few minutes of silence before she looked over her shoulder to find Jeremy on one knee. She said yes— though, naturally, it took a few moments for her to catch her breath and recover from the surprise. The couple was married at the KilgoreLewis House and reside in Greenville. DAVEY MORGAN // DAVEY MORGAN PHOTOGRAPHY
Veronica Butler & Jonathan Burman October 11, 2015 If you think love can’t be found at your neighborhood grocery store, you might want to double-check the weekly ads. Though Jonathan didn’t pick Veronica out of the produce section, he did meet her at the café of their local Earth Fare. And whether it was love at first sight, or simply a shared love for organic produce, they both felt the potential for something special. Over the following months, they became good friends, until Veronica finally agreed to go on a date. A year-and-a-half later while vacationing in Europe, Jonathan took Veronica to a classical music concert in Vienna. But instead of leaving when the music finished, the director called Jonathan to the stage, who then proceeded to tell the entire audience about the wonderful woman he loved. After calling Veronica up, Jonathan’s knee hit the floor and he asked her to marry him. Jonathan and Veronica live in Greenville. JOSIE DERRICK // JOSIE PHOTOGRAPHY
Rachel Law & Grady Anthony October 17, 2015 Trees, and their trunks, can be quite symbolic—testaments to seasons of prosperity, and in some cases, love. The day after Thanksgiving 2014, Grady and Rachel went to his parents’ house to celebrate the holiday. The couple went on a walk through the woods on the Anthony property. They arrived at a large tree whose trunk was engraved with names. At the foot of that tree, Grady asked for Rachel’s hand in marriage—and when she enthusiastically accepted, the couple added their names to the trunk’s record of love and commitment. Grady and Rachel, who met at a fraternity function their sophomore year at Furman University, dated for seven years before their Thanksgiving engagement. Grady’s father officiated their ceremony, which was held outside of the lake house at the Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards. Grady, an assistant solicitor at the Spartanburg Solicitor’s Office, and Rachel, a manager and buyer at Gregory Ellenburg, live in Greenville. JARRAD LISTER // JARRAD LISTER 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: Andrew Huang, 581 Perry Ave, Greenville, SC 29611, or e-mail email@example.com. Due to space constraints, inclusion is not guaranteed. 36 TOWN / towncarolina.com
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Artwork courtesy of Lynn Greer
River’s Edge Lynn Greer’s watercolors mirror Greenville’s urban energy
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Box Different Strokes: Greer is drawn to working in watercolor because she is “never fully in control of the medium.” She challenges herself to consider alternate angles and fresh perspectives.
“If you want to make a living as an artist, you also have to consider yourself a businessperson. That’s hard for creative people,” Greer says. “You have to be determined, you have to be responsible, and you have to find a compromise between what you really love and what the buyer likes.” In 27 years, Greer has found that comfortable niche. She is exclusively devoted to watercolor, drawn to the fact that she is “never fully in control of the medium.” A secondary challenge, she says, is approaching subjects in a fresh way, exploring unconventional angles and alternative dimensions. Such was the basis for “Night Series,” paintings that shined a figurative light on Greenville’s after-dark personality. Other / by Mary Cathryn Armstrong / / portrait by Eli Warren series—including the popular “Beach Ladies” —accentuates Greer’s unique-yet-relatable take on the everyday. And she never stopped painting people: her commissioned portraits are celebrated for their attentive detail and expressive depth. This type of eclectic versatility is what keeps both artist and ynn Greer has always had something to prove. In high school, Greer’s instructor admonished the emerging artist for painting people, audience intrigued. “As artists, we sometimes get put in categories by the claiming that she was simply “not very good at it.” When applying for college, it was her father who played the skeptic, uncertain of whether public as only doing one thing,” she says. “I have never committed to just one subject. I believe there is something his artsy, independent daughter could sustain a living at this particular interesting on every corner, and I like to change it up.” passion. After all, even Van Gogh died a penniless man. When not in her home studio, she advocates “using art for “My father wanted me to be good at math, and I was terrible at it,” good,” partnering with the Metropolitan Art Council’s artsGreer laughs. “Even at an early age, I knew that I was interested in being an artist. That’s where I really got my praise, and the positive reinforcement integration initiatives and an upcoming collaboration with Mill Village Farms. Though she admits it is neither easy nor was motivating.” perfect, Greer has no regrets about the path she has chosen. Greer enrolled at the University of Georgia as a graphic design major, “I’ve had this dream since the third grade,” Greer says. landing a position in advertising after graduation. She soon found the job’s demands—long hours, onerous clients, and those ever-looming deadlines— “And to see it be truly realized in my lifetime has been a great adventure and wonderfully fulfilling.” confined her creative energy. The upside? Greer left the corporate world View Greer’s work at lynngreerart.com; or contact her at (864) equipped with a business-minded skillset, one that would prove useful as 370-9519 or firstname.lastname@example.org her relationship with art evolved from flirtation into full-time love affair.
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Mind Your Manners Tiby Weinstein encourages us to take note of Southern traditions / by Ruta Fox
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ith texting, Snapchat, Instagram, and Vine, you’d think modern means of communication might have left the written word in the dust. But Tiby Weinstein has owned Greenville stationery store Gage’s for more than 30 years, and is confident that putting words on paper is still worthwhile. We spoke to her about why receiving something tactile in the mail matters. How did you get into the stationery business? >> I have always loved pens and paper, and I was an English major in college. So I guess it’s a natural that I ended up running this type of store. I do have a strong retail background, so that’s why there’s a little bit of everything in here, from candles, cards, and coasters, to barware, local artwork, home fragrance, and accessories. Do people feel inspired communicating on paper? >> If you are a person who feels it’s hard to express yourself, texting works. But for deep, thoughtful communication, writing it down is more effective. For the person who cares enough to take the time, which is now a luxury, writing on stationery is more meaningful. It helps to clarify thoughts, as well. Do you see a resurgence of printed communications with the popularity of Etsy, etc? >> Yes, there has been a sea change. During the recession of 2008, millennials with graphic arts degrees had a hard time finding traditional jobs, so they turned to handcrafting paper goods and developing lines of clever greeting cards. There’s been a resurgence of makers all across the country. At events like the Indie Craft Parade, makers are selling to all age groups, not just young people.
Write This Way: Tiby Weinstein is the owner of Gage’s, which specializes in stationery and gifts.
What changes have you seen in the last several years with social interactions? >> In the past, we had social stationery and social invitations. But now we have Facebook, Evites, and invitations designed on the Internet. The store has become a two-generation concept: old-guard customers who need our expertise for traditional types of stationery, and the younger set who look for old-fashioned letterpress paper items which seem new to them. I’m also seeing the “retro” trend of using fountain pens. But, the smartphone has definitely changed how people communicate. Are there some basics about Southern manners that still hold true? >> We were taught to write thank-you notes, and we know what RSVP means and we do it. But Southern manners are the essence of all manners— courtesy and respect. Shake someone’s hand, look them in eye, open the door for someone, ask about the family. I do think the courtesy you see in the New South is that people take a little more time, they are friendlier, and they want to be helpful. What types of stationery should people always have on hand? >> Folded notes or correspondence cards— personalized is always good. If you have them in the drawer, you’re more likely to use them. Also good to have on hand are birthday, sympathy, and congratulations cards. We are finding that men are a growing audience—they are writing more personal handwritten notes for business. Do you text, or is it all about the written word for you? >> I do text, but sometimes if it’s too lengthy a missive, I forget to push send. But I tell my friends, “If you really need me, call me.”
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All That Jazz
The Spectator Hotel in Charleston is at your beck and call
The spectator shoe, which reached its height of popularity during the â€˜20s and â€˜30s, featured a distinctive white body with darker-colored toe and heel caps. The shoe was originally regarded as too flamboyant, but soon caught on with the Jazz Age crowd.
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Speak Easy: The Roaring Twenties’ influence on the Spectator is easily visible from the glittering 1,800-piece crystal chandelier and hand-painted wallpaper in the lobby (opposite), to the hotel bar’s albino peacock named “Daisy Buchanan” (above left).
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he entrance to The Spectator Hotel lies a mere block off busy Market Street, convenient to, yet worlds away from, the many attractions of Charleston’s Historic District. As we pull up, a staff member comes out to greet us, retrieve our luggage, and park our car. Adam, as he introduces himself, will be our personal butler for the length of our stay. Check-in proves a quick process at one of two crescent-shaped desks in the lobby. While the concierge is taking an imprint of my credit card, Adam brings me and my husband today’s featured cocktail—a flute of Champagne—which is offered to every guest. As I take in the lobby, lit by a dazzling 1,800-piece crystal chandelier, I am drawn into the dark cocoon of the adjoining bar. Clad in black wood with antique mirrors lining the coffered ceiling, the bar hovers between lounge and library. Shelves along several walls hold an eclectic collection of antique and modern volumes, everything from a 1937 leather-bound edition of Bonniers Konversations Lexicon to a paperback copy of Grateful Dead Lyrics. Comfy seating areas are thoughtfully placed around the room, equally accommodating groups and intimate tête–à–têtes. I make note to come back later to sample a cocktail at the marble-topped bar. Hand-painted wallpaper behind the check-in desks introduces the hotel’s exuberant Jazz Age design theme. Even The Spectator’s name—a
reference to the spectator shoe, a gentlemen’s oxford popular in the 1920s—hails from that era. Perhaps the bar’s albino peacock best symbolizes the hotel’s ambience. Dubbed “Daisy Buchanan” (the enigmatic female protagonist in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby) by one of the owners, the majestic white taxidermed bird presides over a corner of the bar, her long white plumage cascading like a wedding gown. Daisy’s feathery beauty embodies the show-stopping style of the Jazz Age. Once we have our key, Adam whisks us up to our third-floor King Suite and completes the check-in process there. He points out the features of the room, which is swathed in a neutral palette accented by ebony-hued woods. The space encompasses a wraparound balcony as well as a small seating area with a second flat-screen TV. Italian marble lines the surfaces in the bathroom. Adam offers to unpack our bags and even fetch pantry items to stock our in-room refrigerator. We demur, as the complimentary selection of snacks, sourced from local gourmet grocery Southern Season, more than satisfies our need for munchies. During our stay, Adam explains, he is at our beck and call to do anything from press clothing and make dining reservations to arrange in-room yoga classes and massages. In the morning, an “artisan” breakfast will be delivered to our room at the time we specify. A caffeine jolt can be supplied any time from the in-room espresso machine. This is all part of the 41-room boutique hotel’s core concept: distinctive service. “We pride ourselves on our service,” says Mark Henry, Director of Guest Services. “Your butler at The Spectator is a mobile concierge. We tell people that as long as a request is not illegal or immoral, we’re happy to do it for our guests.”
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Plank Owner: Jim Stowell (left) bought a portable sawmill to build a home, but ended up falling in love with wood and founding Whole Log Lumber Co.
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ood may well be nature’s greatest gift. We can’t live without trees for oxygen. We rest in their shade and warm ourselves with burning logs. We squeeze oils and resins for food and medicine. We mill paper, elevating ourselves beyond other species. Lumber builds our homes, furnishings, and fences. And wood whispers. You hear it when you listen to Jim Stowell and Loy Lauden, a couple as soft-spoken as rustling leaves and as sturdy as oak. Together, their Whole Log Lumber Co. coaxes new life from bug-bored boards and burn-scorched beams, resuscitating the heart in heart pine.
Down by the Green River, where Paradise lay— just on the other side of the North Carolina line from north Greenville—their company also reclaims oak and mixed hardwoods from old textile mills, barns, deconstructed homes, and centuries-old buildings. “A lot of these were cut 300 years ago,” Lauden says, showing hand-hewn beams alongside lengths of ash, where bark beetles 85 years ago chewed holes that are popular design features now. “And the trees were growing six-, seven-hundred years before that. Some of this stuff is in its second or third lifetime.” Stowell came to this hidden Eden in the early ’80s. In a hamlet of small whitewashed churches,
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dairy pastures, waterfalls, and a curvy road with little traffic, he purchased a portable sawmill to build his home. Falling in love with heart pine, he founded a permanent mill. The 67-year-old Connecticut native and Lauden, 64, have been married 20 years, and WLLC has handled “zillions of board feet,” he says. The high whine of a saw every few seconds is all that punctuates the serenity. From old wood comes stunning “new” floors, unique mantelpieces, rich paneling, and fine trim. One client, Virginia Theological Seminary, brought charred beams from a historic chapel that burned down. The wood was reconditioned and returned. For another client who owned the Mills River property where Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. now stands, WLLC processed 75,000 board feet from the historic home there. The old home’s legacy lives on in three new family homes. Talk about recycling. WLLC prides itself on being green long before green was a thing. “Everything
we do is reclaimed,” Stowell says, while Lauden adds, “Our ideal is to get the right use out of every piece. You can’t tell what you’re going to get until you cut into it,” and back to Stowell: “Old wood has a mystery to it that transcends.” To resurrect that mystery, WLLC takes the wood through several steps, including a wire-brush machine of Stowell’s design; grading; trimming; and burnishing, which brings out the natural patina in wood’s grain. In addition to the beauty inherent in previously handcrafted wood, WLLC’s products offer another bonus: old wood is considerably more stable than new wood, which is still curing. “New wood won’t be predictable until it ages out and dries,” Stowell says. “Plus, it doesn’t have any history.” Lauden adds, “New wood doesn’t have the vibrations, if you’re into subtle energy.” Whole Log Lumber Co. 195 Blueberry Farm Rd, Zirconia, NC (828) 697-0357, wholeloglumber.com
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Room & Board: Whole Log Lumber Co. takes old wood—reclaimed from old mills, barns, and deconstructed homes—and reconditions it, leaving age-old character intact (below). That wood is then given new life in the form of floors, beams, and trim.
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Play Fetch: Duck decoy auctions, a staple at the Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition, are supplemented by decoy demonstrations.
Wild Side / by Libby McMillan Henson
n need of a weekend of skilled retrievers, duck decoys, and Southern cooking? Look no further than Charleston’s Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition, slated for Feb 12–14. This coastal extravaganza offers travelers a weekend of Southern charm, from art exhibits to a sportsman’s ball. The Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition, aka SEWE, emphasizes its “W” with more than 500 renowned wildlife artists scheduled to exhibit original works or demonstrate their talents. From zebras to hummingbirds, the animal kingdom is gloriously represented via the talents of visual artists from across America (Idaho to New York) and even South Africa’s Limpopo (yes, Rudyard Kipling fans—that Limpopo). In between SEWE’s stunning art exhibitions, there are opportunities to interact with the natural world, from a birds of prey demonstration to a Saturday morning seminar on fly fishing. There’s even interaction of a different sort—the kind that takes place on a plate. Demos by Lowcountry chefs with local ingredients pepper the weekend schedule. Of course, SEWE wouldn’t live up to its name if it overlooked the sacred bond between a Southerner and four-footed companions. In addition to duck decoy auctions and decoy shows, there’s also a
weekend-long DockDogs® competition, where canine aquatic performance dogs (many of them retrievers) will go head-to-head in jumping events leading up to Sunday’s finals. You will likely spy talented whippets, border collies, Belgian Malinois, Dobermans, and Dutch Shepherds as they strive for “Big Air” titles. Friday’s events are capped by the swanky South Carolina Waterfowl Association Sportsman’s Ball, while Saturday evening offers an old-fashioned oyster roast and then a memorable boots-and-jeans fête revolving around more oysters, barbecue, live music, and new friends. Sunday winds down in time for revelers to pack up their duck boots, pearls, pooches, and any newly acquired artwork, and head home. For the Southern sportsman and woman, hunting is never easier than during this festive February weekend. Just point yourself toward the Lowcountry, and go see what moves you.
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Weekend Highlights ART—Look for Charleston’s own Jennifer Black, Rick Reinert, Kevin LaPrince, and Karen Hewitt Hagan, whose work will include familiar subjects and places. Two are featured in Friday night’s Southern Exposure show. FOOD & DRINK—Multiple chef demos will showcase South Carolina ingredients and offer tastings of SCsourced food products. Saturday night’s casual oyster roast promises a heap of Southern fun and an open bar. THE SPORTING LIFE —Anglers won’t want to miss the fly-fishing and castnet demos, which run throughout the weekend. Dog folk can hang around for retriever demos and the DockDogs® competition. Who knows? You might go home contemplating possibilities for you and your pup. WILDLIFE—Sunday’s Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Show affords attendees a close look at bobcats, alligators, snakes, and other hard-to-find critters.
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Training bird dogs comes naturally for Piedmont’s Maurice Lindley / by Jac Valitchka
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’m just going to put it to sleep,” Maurice Lindley says as he swirls the homing pigeon’s head around, tucking it into the downy feathers in the wing. The bird doesn’t resist. Lindley moves a few steps to place it in brush in the clearing, which is scraggy and brown in January’s unrepentant chill, and strides a few paces over to Tinker, a mostly white English pointer. Then, through unspoken commands—a firm hold on leash, a few strokes of the tail upward—and as the bracing west wind sends the scent of the bird into her atmosphere, the dog is suddenly as still as a statue. Setting her gaze, and with practically only her nostrils quavering as she breathes, the pointer hones in on the bird and waits in this determined position until Lindley comes to retrieve her. Next, he hurls a plastic Mountain Dew bottle, and as he’s doing so explains his motivation. “People say pointers don’t retrieve.” Tinker comes bounding directly back, the plastic vessel clenched in her teeth. Lindley, tall and white-bearded, has been in the dogtraining business pretty much since he was old enough to drive. The spark of love for bird dogs started before that. “I went bird hunting one time with my brother and a neighbor when we were 10 or 11 years old, and the first time I saw a dog point to a wild covey of birds, I knew right then what I was going to do.” By the time he was 16 years old, he already had paying clients. “My first client was from West Virginia, and I sold him a puppy and he brought me a German short hair that I trained for him. It was something that was in me from the beginning.”
His brother Bobby works with Maurice (Mo for short), as well as Mo’s wife Kaye, at Lindley’s Kennels in Piedmont, South Carolina, on a plentiful amount of country acreage dotted with kennels for the boarded dogs, pigeon coops for the birds used in training, and cages with the cutest bunch of pointer puppies you ever did see. Cuter still are the Lindleys’ two granddaughters—Mae and Ella—who help explain how some of the pups earned their names—“Mr. Warmy Pants” among one of the favorites, as he just wanted to snuggle to be warm under the chin of whomever would be lucky enough to hold the new puppy. Mae and Ella are accompanied by their mother Sonya, who is Lindley’s stepdaughter, as well as his interpreter for this interview. Lindley is deaf, his hearing taken completely since 1994 from Meniere’s Disease, an incurable disorder of the inner ear. He can talk, and though the dog people of the world are assured that the dogs in our lives can understand us, it’s Point of Fact: not as though “they speak Although Maurice English,” Lindley has been Lindley (right) is deaf, quoted as saying. He and it hasn’t hindered his ability to connect and train bird dogs like these white English pointers.
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his bird dog training technique are so lauded, that Martha Greenlee, the owner of Piney Run Kennels in Baskerville, Virginia, wrote Training with Mo, a book about Lindley, and hosts him for yearly seminars on introducing pups to gunfire and building up their drive for prey. “I believe Mo is one of the top pointing-dog trainers in the country for teaching a dog to be steady in the bird field,” explains Greenlee. “Mo started training dogs as a teenager and has worked over a thousand dogs. Believe me, he knows bird dogs! He knows how to read dogs and how to communicate to them.”
He definitely loves them. Lindley estimates he’s got about 20 “personal dogs,” Tinker among them. (“She’s my baby,” he says.) And if he were still able to hear, the cacophony of yelps and howls—the whines of the new puppies and the chorus of the kenneled German wirehairs and shorthairs, the chocolate labs and the vizsla—would be the soundtrack for his life. “What I admire most about Mo is he will bring every dog he gets in for training to his or her potential,” says Greenlee. “Not every dog is going to be a national champion, but Mo will develop every dog to be the best he or she can be.” When it comes to his bird dogs, Lindley is definitely on point.
“What I admire most about Mo is that he will bring every dog to his or her potential.” —Martha Greenlee
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eneral Waddy Thompson was born in Pickensville, Ninety-Six District, South Carolina—near Easley in present Pickens County—but he grew up in Greenville. He graduated from South Carolina College in 1814 when he was 16 and was admitted to the bar in 1819, beginning his practice in Edgefield, South Carolina. He married Emmala Butler, the daughter of one of the state’s richest plantation owners. About 1824, the couple moved to Greenville, where Thompson became involved in politics. He served as member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1826 to 1829. In 1842, President John Tyler appointed Thompson as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Mexico, where he served from 1842 to 1844. He became friendly with Mexican president Antonio López de Santa Anna and succeeded in having 300 Texan prisoners freed. He eventually returned to Greenville and managed plantations in Edgefield and Madison, Florida. After his wife died in 1848, he married Cornelia Jones of Wilmington, North Carolina, and moved to Paris Mountain, where he owned 1,000 acres. By the time of the Civil War, Thompson had become a Unionist, but the war nevertheless ruined him. In 1866, he sold his Paris Mountain property and moved to his Florida plantation. The Florida legislature appointed him solicitor general of a circuit in 1868, but he died that same year while in Tallahassee, and was buried in the churchyard of St. John’s Episcopal Church there. Mill magnate and visionary, Captain Ellison Adger Smyth began the Poinsett Club in Waddy Thompson’s former home on North Main Street as a men’s club in 1913. It was called the Poinsett Club from the beginning. When the Depression hit, the members closed the club in 1929. In 1933, some of the same members decided to start it up again and rented another home on Main Street. That didn’t work out, so in 1935 they leased Lewis Parker’s old home from Fred Symmes, which is where the Poinsett Club stands today. —Don Koonce Photograph courtesy of the Greenville County Historical Society
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grew up in a multi-cultural household. Meaning, my father was from Manhattan and my mother was from the backwoods of western North Carolina. I like to think I inherited the best from both worlds. My dad instilled in me a certain metropolitan sophistication, as well as a love of Big Band music, travel, and icecold martinis. My mom, on the other hand, gave me a strong work ethic, common sense, and true grit. Along with a fair amount of guilt. But while I was living with my parents, one thing neither of them gave me was decent food. My dad rarely cooked, and when he did, it was an elaborate process involving multiple pots, pans, and utensils, along with a pantry full of ingredients. When he would finally emerge from the kitchen, he’d look like a Waffle House cook after a double shift but with nothing more to show for his efforts than a platter of silver dollar pancakes or a plate of corned beef hash, which looked suspiciously like what we fed every morning to the family dog. My mother was a much more efficient cook but an equally boring one. Her idea of “gourmet” was crosshatching strips of Spam on top of macaroni and cheese. She will tell you I was a picky eater, but growing up in that house, one had no choice. For real food, I relied on my mom’s mom, my grandma. She was a big woman, about two hundred and fifty pounds of housedress. But like Mario Batali or Paul Prudhomme, she’d earned her girth. While Grandma would shuffle around the kitchen in her orthopedic
sneakers, I’d sit in the living room and play checkers with my grandpa anticipating her calling us to the table. Every visit to their house was like a trip to Cracker Barrel. Grandma baked homemade biscuits every single morning, handmixing flour, butter, Crisco, and buttermilk, and then dropping spoonfuls of the wet dough into a hot cast-iron skillet. Later in the day she’d use that same skillet to make cornbread with courseground cornmeal and a generous ladle of bacon grease. I’d crumble a warm wedge of that cornbread onto a plate and cover it with slow-cooked pinto beans, homemade relish, pickled beets, and chopped onions. I’d then bury myself in this mountain of fatback-soaked carbs while my father looked on as if I were eating something I’d scraped off the front bumper of the station wagon. Then there were the chicken and dumplings, and chicken fried steak with sausage gravy. And the pork chops and collard greens and barbecue chicken and fried okra. While there was a feebly fought culinary war between the states at my parents’ home, at Grandma’s the war was over and the South had decidedly won. There’s a strong connection between love and food. Even now, a proper Southern biscuit or bowl of pinto beans whisks me back to my sweet grandmother’s table. If not for her, I would have starved to death. ))) Catch up with the Man at towncarolina.com/blog
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SOCIAL GRACES SINCE 1888, THE COTILLION CLUB HAS CARRIED ON A LEGACY OF CAMARADERIE, TRADITION, AND ETIQUETTE. MORE THAN A PARTY FOR GREENVILLE’S SOCIAL ELITE, IT IS A MEANS TO PRESERVE WHAT WE ARE SO FOND OF HERE—SOUTHERN HERITAGE.
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LITTLE HAS CHANGED ON THE SMOOTH, BLACKEMBOSSED INVITATION MAILED TO GREENVILLE SOCIETY EACH WINTER. The world has shifted from horsedrawn carriages to rocket ships, but the Cotillion Club’s request, upon soft ecru paper, has remained pretty much the same. Attend the Cotillion Club’s ball, and you’ll find few changes there, either. The rules, the etiquette, even the member’s names, are duplicates of what they were 128 years ago, when textiles ruled the Upstate and Grover Cleveland governed the nation. The men of the Cotillion Club have created a bond through time and tradition, clinging to Southern heritage and manners like kudzu up a Longleaf pine. Dance One: DANCE 1: THE GRAND MARCH
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“It’s just like family. It makes you feel good. I go and a lot of my friends go,” shares George Zimmerman, senior vice-president of Coldwell Banker Commercial Caine. “We’re in our 70s, and we’ve been going for 40 to 50 years. You can look across the ballroom and sometimes see three generations within a family. We went when our parents were there and our grandparents. I guess that’s where you have that connectivity.” The native Greenvillian has served as secretarytreasurer of the Cotillion Club for 15 years, which also makes him unofficial historian and keeper of the scrapbook. “Oh, there’s Buck Mickel.” George flips through brittle pages filled with faded photos, dance cards, and dog-eared clippings. Names and memories spill from his lips as easily as Champagne from a Waterford flute. As the second-oldest dance club in South Carolina, the Cotillion Club has storied rituals, conceived and upheld by men whose names line local streets, buildings, and beyond. Furman, Beattie, and Blythe. McKissick, Cleveland, and Earle. With little prompting, George takes us back to 1888.
The War Between the States was over. The General Assembly officially designated Greenville a city and new doors of trade were opening. As the club’s historical notes show, prominent leaders decided it was time to establish a new organization to “sponsor formal balls in a correct and refined manner, among a congenial membership, which could also serve an appropriate place for young ladies to make their entrance into Society.” Captain Ellison Adger Smyth is considered “the founding father” of the Cotillion Club. He and his friends fashioned their new circle after the Saint Cecelia Society of Charleston (the oldest social organization in the state). The original purposes and committee structure stand to this day, as does the insistence upon specific attire and etiquette. DANCE 1: THE WALTZ Dance Two: THE WALTZ
As George likes to say, “It’s just a social club. It’s a men’s social club for a dance.” Per custom, that lone dance, the only invitation-driven event the club hosts all year, is held each January. As they’ve done for decades, some 400 members and guests arrive at the Poinsett Club for a specific number of stylized dances, a seated dinner, and then more dances. Upon entry, everyone moves along a receiving line of officers and committee members. Men seldom wear the top hats and capes of past generations, but they do don white gloves, a white tie, and tailed tuxedos. “You can do it tastefully. If you don’t do it tastefully with etiquette and stuff like that, then take your white tie and tails off, and put on slacks, or jeans. We do that the rest of the year.” George continues to joke, “Why not take a bath once a year?” The ladies also wear long satin, or kid-leather, gloves reaching up to their elbows. “The basic foundation of the dance has not changed,” George explains. The dance starts the way it’s been done for as long as I can remember.” At the scheduled hour, all couples move to the elegantly appointed ballroom to hold the first dance called the Grand March. By tradition, the Grand March is performed to the song “Colonel Bogey March” (made famous in Bridge on the River Kwai). One couple starts the march, and as they circle the room, they pick up new couples at certain intervals, to create two large, rotating pinwheels. The Cotillion Club president and his wife always lead the March. This year’s president: Smyth McKissick, greatgrandson of founding-father Captain Smyth. Although not as strict as the Saint Cecelia Society’s ball, where ladies cannot walk unescorted across the dance floor, decorum still presides here, as well. No drinking on the dance floor. No smoking on the dance floor. Gloves mandatory on the dance floor. And each couple uses a ribbon-threaded dance card, outlining the evening’s events, down to the exact minute the fourth waltz will begin.
THE COTILLION CLUB HAS STORIED RITUALS, CONCEIVED AND UPHELD BY MEN WHOSE NAMES LINE LOCAL STREETS, BUILDINGS, AND BEYOND. FURMAN, BEATTIE, AND BLYTHE. MCKISSICK, CLEVELAND, AND EARLE.
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“I THINK THAT’S WHAT MAKES THIS CLUB KIND OF UNIQUE, THE BLEND OF GENERATIONS OF FAMILY AND FIRST-GENERATION MEMBERS. THAT HAS KEPT THE LIFE-BLOOD OF THE CLUB STRONG.”
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Dance Three: THE TWO-STEP
Over time, this bastion of Southern tradition has adopted some adjustments, especially with venues and music. Early on, with a smaller membership, the ball was held in private homes and then in downtown dance halls, such as Williams Hall and Cleveland Hall. In 1924, it moved to the Poinsett Hotel, where patrons rented rooms to set up intimate visiting areas (and stocked-bars during Prohibition). In 1975, the ball shifted to the Poinsett Club, which was a natural location with 75 percent of Cotillion members also paying dues to belong to the Poinsett Club. No surprise, music has brought much debate and occasional controversy, as orchestras from as far away as Connecticut try to meet the varied tastes of three generations in attendance. Rumor has it “The Mexican Hat Dance” created a huge hullaballoo in 1947. In 1980, Judge Clement Haynsworth, Jr., wasn’t happy, either, and filed a formal letter of complaint with fellow members. George breaks into a smile while reading the document, “We in recent years have come to a complete break in our tradition.” He defends the honorable judge, saying Haynsworth and his wife put on a beautiful waltz. Although steeped in charming rituals, George outlines why members must take note of the times. “If we don’t change, we die,” he explains. “There will be change. You’ve got to do that by virtue of it. We now start off with waltzes and then go to shagging. If we just did waltzes, no one would dance. You know, these young kids want to go out there and whoop, whoop.” The described whoop, whoop is now reserved for after-dinner. This is when dance card lines once filled with box steps and difficult Lancers are left open for free-style. Women have witnessed a transformation in treatment across the decades, as well. Although a men-only club, members have re-written rules to ensure that single daughters are invited to the balls, and that when married, their husbands can gain entry. Initially structured as a platform for young ladies to meet well-bred suitors, George clarifies, “We don’t do debutantes.” Some years, the club has given debutantes a spotlight, even allowing them to stand in the receiving line, but daughters do not make formal debuts at the annual ball. DINNER & DANCING: The Cotillion was founded as a men-only club but now invites single daughters of family lines to the ball. After a series of formal dances and a seated dinner, the floor opens to "free form" dancing, which includes the state dance of South Carolina: The Shag.
Dance Four: THE SHAG
Active membership has crept up due to demand, where it’s currently capped at 200. With family trees gaining limb after limb, the waiting list now bulges with sons, sons-in-law, and men new to Greenville. Nominated males, over 21 years of age, can sit on the list for five years or more, before receiving an invitation to join the club. George is proud of the current mix of legacies and newcomers. “I think that’s what makes this club kind of unique, the blend of generations of family and first-generation members. That has kept the life-blood of the club strong.”
In the 1920s, the Cotillion Club was considered the “arbiter of social life in Greenville.” Today, its active roster boasts doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, publishers, bankers, and business leaders. Gentlemen who embrace deep-seeded roots of courtesy and sophistication. George praises those coming up behind him, standing tall in the tradition set by their forefathers. “These younger guys come on to the committees, and it gets instilled in them. The things we traditionally do, they start to pick that up. In fact, they run with it more than we older members.” His sons are reaching for the reigns within the club, just as he grabbed them from his father when he joined in 1968. “It’s interesting to see the young men pick up right where we’re leaving off. I think we’ll leave it in good hands.” Dance Five: DANCE 5: THE NEW QUARD
THE NEW GUARD
“Shhhh. Now everybody listen.” Angie Mosley commands the attention of a ballroom full of middle school students as she teaches them the cha-cha. As director of the Greenville Chapter of the National League of Junior Cotillions, she’s ensuring the next generation knows the swing from a fox-trot, and which fork to use first during dinner. “I’ve always said manners are like the rules of life,” she cheerfully instructs. “Just like rules to play a board game, and rules for a football game, there are rules for life.” Over the past 16 years, thousands of children have learned those rules with “Mrs. Mosley” at Thornblade Country Club and the Poinsett Club. “I always say Cotillion teaches them skills they will carry through life. Things like how to greet people, make an introduction, make eye contact. It allows them to grow and build confidence.” She loves the letters she receives from former students describing how they aced an interview, impressed a teacher, even secured a date, because of what they learned with her at Cotillion. Getting them to Cotillion can be difficult. The young boys squirm in their ties, the girls tug at their dresses, but smiles break out when the music starts. Tender lips count one-and-two, and one-and-two, as they master a variety of dances and learn to hold a real dialogue with others. “Social media has had the biggest impact on the courtesies in life,” explains Angie. “Kids today don’t know how to have face-to-face conversations with each other.” While the world tugs at today’s youth in so many ways, and not all positive, Angie stands firm in her belief that mastering even a bit of etiquette will lead to success. “It’s hard to believe we are going to phase out of social graces. As disappointing as our world can be, I can’t believe there won’t be a place for that somehow, some way. I would like to think manners never go out of style.” Especially in the South where tradition is a birthright, and courtesy as rich as the clay is red.
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SOUTHERN Connector AT OJ’S DINER, SOUL FOOD BECOMES FOOD FOR THE SOUL. IT IS A PLACE WHERE FOLKS COME FOR MORE THAN A GOOD MEAL—THEY COME TO FEEL WELCOME BY SCOTT GOULD PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL MEHAFFEY
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THIS ISN’T ANOTHER ARTICLE ON OJ’S DINER. You know that whole thing’s been done to death. All those others, the ones that wax poetically about the owners and the fried chicken and the sweet tea and squash casserole—you just don’t want to plow that ground again. Because you’d rather read about the South. And OJ’s. And about how OJ’s might very well be the South you know. Because you were born here, grew up here. All of your firsts (the ones locked in your memory) occurred in the South—first day of first grade, first crush, first
Beagle, first kiss, first car, first fist fight. The list keeps lengthening, thankfully, as your years slide by in the South. You’re not sure where the precise borderlines are, where the South begins and ends on paper, and you don’t really care. Sometimes the South is hard under your feet. Sometimes it is only an idea that buzzes around your head like a trapped fly and you carry it no matter how far away you go. But of course, you also know how the South can get—how frustrating and confusing and combustible and angry it becomes. If you could close your eyes and pass your hands across the skin of the South, you would feel the rough scar tissue of a thousand wrongs, and you would touch open wounds that have yet to heal. Open your eyes and you catch sight of the grimy evidence: the wrong kinds of flags flying from truck beds, the wrong kinds of glances on the sidewalk, the wrong kinds of silence. You wonder how a place so beautiful and passionate and compassionate could sustain those blemishes this long. But you’ve never thought of leaving, even when it turns dark, even when those who don’t really know the South begin to throw stones from their side of the borderline. (Those people, the out-of-staters who somehow magically capture the mind of the South after only a
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> > All Walks: During the lunch rush at OJ’s Diner, the door often stays open, with the line extending into the parking lot; (opposite) cook Doug Jefferson (far left); the steaming buffet; fresh-made biscuits; (this page) waitress Shakira Curenton, patron Ioma Burgess; the lunch crowd winds out the door
week of walking her streets, the ones who chide the South from two time zones away. The experts.) There are things these people don’t know, will never know, couldn’t possibly know. They haven’t lived the Southern life. They don’t know there are indeed places like OJ’s where the South comes together—if only for a moment in time—to be what it was always meant to be, a place where inside the walls, all the walls come down. A place where the color of your skin or the depths of your particular pockets are wonderfully meaningless. all it momentary tolerance. Call it gastronomic diversity. What you want to call it is a little miracle. A meat and three miracle. In the South, food is a great equalizer. Does it happen in places other than the South? You aren’t sure. What you do know is that other areas of the country don’t contend with the same constant, looming history like the South. Here, the food has to work harder. The walls are thicker below the Mason-Dixon. But here, you can find those little miracles five days a week at OJ’s Diner. You notice the line that snakes out the door, even though it’s chilly
outside. There is always a line. It is your first clue that something good happens inside the door. A line means people want to be here, that something is desired. Study the line and you find a portrait of the South, the South you know. Today, it’s young nurses in loose-fitting scrubs and grayhaired bankers tucking their ties inside their shirts. Hard-scrabble men with faces chapped by the January wind and women dressed as if they just stepped out of a courtroom drama. The person in the threshold holds the door for the next, and the line moves on. Hispanic men with drywall dust on their boots. Enlisted soldiers with an Army shine on theirs.
CALL IT MOMENTARY TOLERANCE. CALL IT GASTRONOMIC DIVERSITY. WHAT YOU WANT TO CALL IT IS A LITTLE MIRACLE. A MEAT AND THREE MIRACLE. IN THE SOUTH, FOOD IS A GREAT EQUALIZER. APRIL FEBRUARY 2016 / 89
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>> Community Table: OJâ€™s Diner is a place where cultural differences exist happily together over hot, delicious food. Patrons enjoy the gregarious, welcoming nature of the staff, including Azmeer Ali (top left); Doug Jefferson (middle right), Terry Johnson (opposite middle), and Kionna Shaw (opposite bottom).
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They call you by name at OJ’s. If they don’t know your name, Shakira the waitress gives you a new one. Lovebug. Honey. Sugar Muffin. My Brother from Another Mother. You are always called something once you breech the door and approach the buffet. (You see what happens there, don’t you? If everyone has a name, if everyone is a John or Mr. McKenzie or Brenda or Lovebug, no one is a stranger. You are connected to everyone else because you are all suddenly friends of OJ’s.) You reach the buffet, armed with a plastic tray and a handful of napkins. Around you, the regulars in line know the specials. The guy sporting his harsh-green reflective safety vest and steel-toed boots is excited. Tuesday is
meat loaf day. “I been waiting for this since last Wednesday,” he whispers over his shoulder to you, as if he’s sharing an intimate secret. His name is Donnie. At least that’s what Shakira called at him when he walked through the door ahead of you. Donnie hopes you’ll order meat loaf, too. fresh tin of fried chicken slides into a steaming hole in the buffet, next to the baked tilapia next to the turkey and dressing next to the fried whiting next to the mac and cheese next to the mashed potatoes next to the sweet potato soufflé. Your eyes glaze over with sensory overload. The line crawls by the collection of food like a gaggle of museum patrons, all of us examining the art we’d like to buy. People call this soul food. You’ve heard of this, read about soul food. You aren’t really sure what that means, but you are willing to sample the definitions. You sit down and that’s when you realize that OJ’s is much more than food. You sit down and that’s when the little miracles occur. Around you, the walls of the South begin to crumble a little. You cannot help but eavesdrop. YOU SIT DOWN AND THAT’S WHEN YOU REALIZE THAT OJ’S IS You hear Shakira, who is black, MUCH MORE THAN FOOD. YOU SIT DOWN AND THAT’S WHEN giving wardrobe advice to the table THE LITTLE MIRACLES OCCUR. AROUND YOU, THE WALLS OF of white nurses. (The nurses are THE SOUTH BEGIN TO CRUMBLE A LITTLE.
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YOU WISH THOSE OTHER PEOPLE COULD SEE THIS, THOSE PEOPLE WHO PONTIFICATE ABOUT THE SOUTH AND HER PROBLEMS. YOU WOULD LIKE TO TELL THEM THAT OJ’S DOESN’T SERVE SOUL FOOD. NO, THEY SERVE FOOD FOR THE SOUL, AND THAT’S A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT OFFERING. YOU WOULD TELL THEM THAT THEY WILL ALWAYS LEAVE OJ’S FULL. BUT MORE THAN THAT, THEY WILL LEAVE FULFILLED, KNOWING THAT EVEN IN THE GRAYEST DAYS, THERE IS A PLACE IN THE SOUTH WHERE YOU CAN TAKE CARE OF THE SOUL.
N > > Hot Plates: (opposite) A collection of uniforms and work attire denotes the diversity of clientele; a selection of Southern-style foods on the buffet; (this page) restaurant manager Jordon Johnson
going dancing on the weekend. Shakira tells them what shoes won’t hurt their feet. She pats one of the nurses on the shoulder. Shakira likes to touch, to hug.) The Hispanic man behind you tells his friends something about his daughter’s Christmas presents. (Your college Spanish can only get you so far.) In the far corner, a former legislator shares a booth and a long laugh with a couple of on-duty cops. Running down the middle of OJ’s is a short row of long tables, communal tables, big enough to seat eight or ten, plenty of open seats. And this is where segregation comes to die. A quartet of cable installers, still shivering from their morning, slide in beside an elderly black couple, and the six of them talk about the weather while they pass the salt back and forth. A couple of retired white men move their canes over for the young black kid, a flat-bill squeezed over his head, and his girlfriend.
No table is better than the other, no booth more prime than another at OJ’s. No patron is better than the other, either. Once you pass through the door, fill your plate, pay your bill, and hunt for a table, all things become equal. You are no better or worse than the man to your left or woman to your right. You are all the same over a plate of country fried steak or baby back ribs. Seems silly, that something as simple as a buffet could bring people shoulder to shoulder. It doesn’t take an act of congress or a protest or a speech. Just takes a decent piece of fried chicken and a good casserole. And an appetite. When you ask Shakira about it, she says it’s all about love. “I love every person who comes here,” she says. “I don’t care what color anybody is. Black, white, yellow, brown. I love them all. Love is a strong word. I grab onto that word. I hold onto it. I give it back to everybody.” Shakira knows what you know. She’s felt it the eleven years she’s worked at OJ’s. The love. The little miracles. ou wish those other people could see this, those people who pontificate about the South and her problems. You wish they could hear the conversations, could eavesdrop on the laughter, could feel one of Shakira’s hugs. You would like to tell them that OJ’s doesn’t serve soul food. No, they serve food for the soul, and that’s a completely different offering. You would tell them that they will always leave OJ’s full. But more than that, they will leave fulfilled, knowing that even in the grayest days, there is a place in the South where you can take care of the soul. All you have to do is walk through the door.
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Boiled peanuts are about as Southern as red clay, and searching them out is just about as good as eating them Nuttin’ Better: Once upon a time, peanut boils were held as social gatherings, much like oyster roasts or crawfish boils.
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Good Goobers Salty and sweet, the official snack of South Carolina is a roadside delicacy / by Stephanie Burnette // photograph by Paul Mehaf fey
• IN A NAME The word goober or
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riny and hot, boiled peanuts demand a doubled paper bag, or better yet plastic. The roadside snack—traditionally offered at stands in South Carolina, the countryside of Georgia, and into northern Florida—is as much a Southern culinary fixture as grits or fried chicken, and similarly has found its way onto many a foodie bucket list. In fact, a decade ago, the South Carolina General Assembly decreed boiled peanuts our state’s official snack food. Act 270 deemed boiled peanuts a “truly Southern delicacy worthy of designation.” Like most things with a long history (anthropology suggests boiled peanuts originated in West Africa and migrated with the Atlantic slave trade), there are plenty of traditions for making this snack. However, Valencia peanuts are the preferred variety for boiling because of their tightly grouped sets of three to five seeds. A preference for green or dried peanuts is also recurrently debated, though both types are considered raw.
• WHOLE DEAL You can eat the smallest boiled peanuts whole, shell and all. These, called “pops,” absorb the most salt during cooking and have the softest shells.
• GOOD FOR YOU Boiled peanuts are lower in calories than their dry-roasted counterparts, and are a great source of fiber and antioxidants.
The green ones, pulled fresh from the ground, are only available during harvest season and are perishable—only aficionados seem to possess the know-how to freeze them for later use. On the other hand, dried peanuts—fresh peanuts with the bulk of their moisture removed—are available yearround in the produce aisle, but they need an overnight soak before boiling. Either way, Southern peanuts beckon to be simmered like their starchy cousins: black-eyed peas, crowder peas, and pintos. When properly cooked, the legume adopts an inherently sweet taste in contrast to its brackish potlikker. And, if you come across small, immature pods—sometimes referred to as pops—eat ‘em whole. The soft, thin skin is fully digestible. So, the next time you see a roadside stand, pull over. Chances are there’s something noteworthy in that steaming pot.
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SOUTHERN CULTURE KITCHEN & BAR Expect an uptown spin on comfort food classics like tater tots served in a parchment-lined Chinese takeout container with pimiento cheese fondue. For something a little sweeter, don’t miss the weekend brunch. The applestuffed French toast (adorned with melted goat cheese, maple syrup, and applewood bacon) will send you into a contented slumber. $$, D, BR (Fri–Sun). 2537 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 552-1998, southernculturekitchenandbar.com
AMERICAN AMERICAN GROCERY
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American Grocery offers refined American cuisine and a changing menu that emphasizes quality ingredients from local, regional, and national producers. Try the goat cheese gnudi with grilled apples, baby kale, squash purée, and brown butter before an entrée of salt-crusted grassfed ribeye with pomme purée, onion soubise, and red wine jus. Finish with an almond frangipane bar: slow roasted pineapple, almond brittle, caramelized white chocolate, vanilla rum crème anglaise.
$$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 1818 Augusta St. (864) 242-0316, augustagrill.com BACON BROS. PUBLIC HOUSE
You might have an inkling of what a meat lover’s heaven looks like, but if you show up at Chef Anthony Gray’s gastropub, you’ll know for sure. From the board of house-cured, smoked, and dried meats, to the glass-walled curing room on display, there’s no shortage of mouthwatering selections. The menu’s flavor profiles extend to the cocktail list, which heavily features whiskeys, bourbons, bacon-infused liquors, and even smoked sorghum syrup.
$$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 732 S Main St. (864) 232-7665, americangr.com
$$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 3620 Pelham Rd. (864) 297-6000, baconbrospublichouse.com
The unassuming Augusta Grill is home to owner Buddy Clay’s vision of upscale comfort food. From cozy booths and the intimate dining room, patrons can enjoy dishes such as the breaded artichoke and leek stuffed chicken breast with roasted tomato vinaigrette. The lineup of entrées and appetizers changes daily, but regulars can always get Chef Bob Hackl’s highly sought-after blackberry cobbler.
Breakwater is a hotspot that serves beautiful food (pan-seared scallops with butternut squash risotto and tabasco buerre blanc) and creative drinks. Candy-applered accents (the bar, dining room chairs, and wall decorations) meld with mirrors and glass to produce a uniquely New York City-meets-Lowcountry vibe. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 802 S Main St. (864) 271-0046, breakwatersc.com
The renowned Charleston steakhouse puts down roots in the former High Cotton space on the Reedy River. Pore over a selection of wet- or dry-aged steaks (all USDA Prime beef, flown in from Chicago’s Allen Brothers), or try something a little different—perhaps a Durham Ranch elk loin, served with root vegetable hash and pine nut relish. $$$$, D, SBR. 550 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 335-4200, hallschophousegreenville.com HENRY’S SMOKEHOUSE
Though this barbecue joint has since branched out, Henry’s original location has long set the standard. A Greenville institution, the Smokehouse specializes in slow-cooking meat in open pits over hickory logs. Sure, there are other things on the menu, but a rack of Henry’s succulent ribs with sides of beans and slaw will transport you to hog heaven. $, L, D. 240 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 232-7774, henryssmokehouse.com LARKIN’S ON THE RIVER
Located between the Peace Center and the Reedy River, Larkin’s seeks to balance
upscale dining with comfort. Start with shecrab soup, then an entrée from the day’s selections—or opt for an aged filet mignon with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Dine in the enclosed outdoor patio to enjoy the river view, and polish off your meal with a selection from the extensive wine list. $$$-$$$$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Daily), SBR. 318 S Main St. (864) 467-9777, larkinsontheriver.com RICK ERWIN’S NANTUCKET SEAFOOD
Greenville may be landlocked, but Rick Erwin’s restaurant brings us closer to the sea. The day’s fresh catch tops the menu, grilled, seared, broiled, blackened, or in chef-designed specialties. Try the lobster bites, lightly breaded and fried, with a drink at the elegant bar, pre- or post-Peace Center performance. A destination for a group dinner or a quiet date night, Nantucket offers both an intimate and entertaining atmosphere. $$-$$$$, D, SBR. 40 W Broad St. (864) 5463535, nantucketseafoodgrill.com NOSE DIVE
The Nose Dive is city bar meets corner bistro. A wide range of beer, wine, and an ambitious menu that hits nearly every continent make it hard not to dive in. Look
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for an elevated gastropub experience at every meal, from fried chicken and waffles to a customized grits bar at brunch. Located right on Main Street midway between ONE City Plaza and the Peace Center, this gastropub is downtown hotspot and neighborhood hangout, all in one package. $-$$, L, D, SBR. 116 S Main St. (864) 3737300, thenosedive.com RESTAURANT 17
Try the Mile High Nachos! GREAT Burgers, Crab Cakes, Shrimp & Grits, Cubans, Salads, Nachos, Cold Beer, Sunday Brunch, and More! Book your private party with us! Up to 75 people in Greenville Up to 100 people in Mauldin • No rental fees on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
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$$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest. (864) 516-1715, restaurant17.com
Chef Huy Tran delivers the nuances of fine Vietnamese cuisine at Mekong. Among favorites is the grilled pork vermicelli, featuring marinated pork, lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts, mint, cilantro, peanuts, crispy shallots, and a chili-garliclime sauce. For some textural variation, try the broken rice platter, which puts julienned pork, a grilled pork chop, and a steamed pork omelet over broken rice.
$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 648 S Main St. (864) 232-8999, rickerwins.com
SMOKE ON THE WATER
$$, L (Closed Sat), D (Daily). 115 Pelham Rd. (864) 271-0900, irashiai.com KIMCHEE KOREAN RESTAURANT
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.
Hours: Sunday Brunch at both locations 11 am till 2:30 pm; Tuesday–Saturday 11:30 am ‘til late; Closed Monday
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.
Tucked away in the hills of Travelers Rest, Restaurant 17 blends the atmosphere of traditional European bistros with that of the Blue Ridge foothills. The sleek, contemporary interior puts the surrounding land on display, with particular emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients. Pick up fresh-baked bread from the café (open daily) or peruse the wine selections at their market. The menu changes daily, but expect dishes like line-caught rainbow trout and Wagyu flat iron steak (with charred carrot, Asher Blue cheese, pecan gremolata, and pumpernickel purée).
RICK ERWIN’S WEST END GRILLE
608B South Main St. Downtown Greenville 864.232.4100
IRASHIAI SUSHI PUB & JAPANESE RESTAURANT
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 (beerbutt chicken), or pick from sandwiches, 12:12 PM burgers, or salads. Sides vary from mac ’n’ cheese to a bowl of greens, and even spinach casserole.
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, kimcheekoreanrestaurant.com MEKONG
$, L, D. 2013 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 244-1314, mekongrestaurantsc.com 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 worth the wait.
$-$$$, L, D. 1 Augusta St, Ste 202. (864) 2329091, saucytavern.com
$$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 933 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 232-3255
Local flavor shines here in entrées like the crab cakes with remoulade, sweet corn maque choux, mashed potatoes, and haricot verts. With an astonishing selection of 700 wines, you can’t miss the perfect complement to your meal. Featuring different selections every week, the Sunday brunch buffet showcases the chefs’ creativity. $$$-$$$$, D, SBR. 207 S Main St. (864) 232-7007, sobys.com
ASIAN BANGKOK THAI CUISINE
Bangkok Thai makes a standout version of pad Thai, everyone’s favorite noodles. The curries are also a surefire hit, though the green curry is of particular note: it is the only one made from fresh chilies. For a different dining experience, take a seat on the floor pillows in the back room. $$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Mon–Sat), Closed Sundays. 1440 Pelham Rd, Ste M. (864) 458-7866, bangkokgreenville.com 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, handiindiancuisine.net
Sushi Go flaunts a contemporary air. Chef Koji Fujikawa presides over the five-seat sushi bar. If you order one of the two omakase menus, you’ll be treated to the chef’s choice of the freshest fish flown in from markets in Japan and the United States. $-$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 247 N Main St. (864) 631-1145
BEER & PUBS DIVE ‘N’ BOAR
A traditional dive-bar atmosphere with an inventive menu, Dive ‘N’ Boar caters to the barbecue-loving Southerner. This spin on the neighborhood gastropub has 25 different local beers on tap in a laidback atmosphere. The bar specializes in house-infused liquors and cocktails using local herbs and ingredients. Stop by on the weekend for live music and a meal, or meet up with friends for drinks on their screened-in patio. $-$$, L, D, SBR. 2541 N Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 509-0388, divenboar.com 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. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 941 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 770-7777, libertytaproom.com
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MAC’S SPEED SHOP
MARY’S AT FALLS COTTAGE
Across from Liberty Taproom, Mac’s looks to be family friendly for both the Harley-set as well as the post-Drive-baseball crowd with plenty of brisket, ribs, and beercan chicken. Try a plate of Tabasco-fried pickles, washed down (quickly, no doubt) with one of the 50 craft beers on tap. With outdoor seating, you’ll likely want to lay some rubber on the road to grab your spot.
Located in historic Falls Cottage, Mary’s offers brunch and lunch with a charming atmosphere perfect for leisurely weekends. The menu includes the Ultimate Reuben and quiches, as well as Southern comfort favorites such as the Fountain Inn salad and the hot chicken salad.
$-$$$, L, D. 930 S Main St, (864) 239-0286 macsspeedshop.com THE PLAYWRIGHT
The Playwright’s hearty dishes—homemade shepherd’s pie or a classic Reuben, for example—are the perfect soul-warming remedies for chilly days. 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.
$-$$, L, SBR. Closed Monday & Tuesday. 615 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 298-0005, fallscottage.com MARY BETH’S AT MCBEE STATION
Breakfast is an essential meal, and Mary Beth’s treats it accordingly. Take your pick: biscuits, omelets, eggs Benedict, waffles, crepes, and pancakes populate the breakfast menu. Or don’t pick—get the Mega Breakfast for a hearty menu sampling. For something later in the day, Mary Beth’s also has lunch and dinner menus that include sandwiches, rack of lamb, and salmon.
$$-$$$, L , D. 401 River St, Greenville. (864) 241-3384, theplaywrightpub.com
$$-$$$, B, L, D (Thurs–Sat). 500 E McBee Ave, Greenville. (864) 242-2535, marybethsatmcbee.com
THE GREEN ROOM
Everyone needs a neighborhood bar. Where better to join cheer with (or heckle mercilessly) your friends? This hangout is within walking distance of the North Main area and features a covered outdoor patio and roll-up garage doors. Rotating bottle and draft selections and plenty of outdoor seating keep things fresh. $-$$, L, D. 300 E Stone Ave, Greenville. (864) 252-4055, ujgreenville.com 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. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 1 Augusta St, Ste 126, Greenville. (864) 242-9296, thevelofellow.com
BREAKFAST/BRUNCH THE BOHEMIAN CAFÉ
Treat your taste buds and ears at the Bohemian Café, side-by-side with the legendary Horizon Records music store. This eclectic café with an international flair serves up daily specials for curry and pasta. For Sunday brunch, treat yourself to a Bloody Mary bar, or indulge your sweet tooth with a slice of homemade rum cake. $$, L, D, SBR. Closed Monday. 2 W Stone Ave, Greenville. (864) 233-0006, thebohemiancafe.com 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 on the outdoor patio. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. Closed Monday. 608-B S Main St, Greenville. (864) 232-4100, chicoraalley.com EGGS UP GRILL
If your name has “eggs” in it, you’d better know your eggs. Eggs Up Grill doesn’t disappoint. From classic over easy eggs, to eggs Benedict, all the way to Patty-o-Sullivan omelets (grilled corned beef hash with melted swiss cheese), this breakfast joint has you covered. Not a fan of eggs? Eggs Up also serves other classic diner fare like like pancakes, waffles, burgers, and French toast. $-$$. B, L. 31 Augusta St, Greenville. (864) 520-2005, eggsupgrill.com
Like a European brasserie, the Green Room’s diverse menu features standout dishes that change with the time of day. Enjoy brunch any day with eggs Benedict or the mini crab cakes topped with chipotle cilantro lime remoulade. 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.
• Full Service Catering • Full Bar • Private Cooking Classes Available • Intimate Rehearsal Dinners (on premises for up to 55 guests)
BOCCA PURE ITALIAN RISTORANTE Authentic Italian Cuisine 2660 Poinsett Hwy., Greenville
$$$, B, L, D, SBR. 116 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 335-8222, thegreenroomupstate.com
864.271.7877 | www.boccapureitalian.com Wine List • Nightly Chef’s Specials • Open for Dinner at 5 pm Monday - Saturday
TUPELO HONEY CAFÉ
Big Southern charm comes in the form of a steaming hot biscuit at Tupelo Honey. Indulge in the famous sweet potato pancakes (topped with pecans and peach butter of course) any time of day, or try one Bocca 4thS Town Feb16.indd of the mouthwatering sandwiches like the Southern Fried Chicken BLT with maplepeppered bacon.
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$$, B, L, D. 1 N Main St, Suite T, Greenville. (864) 451-6200, tupelohoneycafe.com
CAFÉS COFFEE TO A TEA
This quaint spot with a focus on local products and healthy options makes any day better. Mornings shine with a breakfast sandwich or fresh-baked cinnamon roll. Lunch offers a variety of soups, salads, and sandwiches (we recommend their signature: hormone-free chicken salad on house-baked bread). For dessert, try a slice of cake from the rotating counter selection. Gluten-free options abound. $-$$, B, L. Closed Sunday. 1 Augusta St, Ste 101, Greenville. (864) 373-9836, coffeetoatea.com METHODICAL COFFEE
Between the white marble countertops, the gleaming chrome Slayer espresso machine, and the white-tiled loft, Methodical is a coffee bar built for Instagram. It’s no surprise, considering tastemakers such as the Vagabond Barista Will Shurtz, designer Marco Suarez, and hotelier David Baker are the forces behind Methodical. Even better: there’s plenty of substance to go with style. Single-origin espressos, house-made shrub sodas, and homemade treats ensure there’s plenty to rave about. $-$$, B, L, D. 101 N Main St, Ste D, Greenville. methodicalcoffee.com
Belgian Inspired Cuisine & Ales Daily Lunch Specials Starting at just $9, unique daily burger, crepe, and mussels. Served with soda, tea or a glass of Bavik Pilsner. HAND CRAFTED
Cocktails Fine cocktails from the highest quality Bourbons, Scotch, Absinthe, and more.
MOE JOE COFFEE & MUSIC HOUSE
Burning the midnight oil? Head over to Moe Joe in downtown Greenville. The coffee shop, open late every night, features
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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, moejoecoffeeandmusic.net
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).
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.
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, facebook.com/ thevillagegrind
DELI & SANDWICHES SOBY’S ON THE SIDE
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
$, B, L, D (closed Sunday evenings). Open until 3am on Friday & Saturday. 6 E Washington St, Greenville. (864) 509-6061, sullyssteamers.com SWAMP RABBIT CAFÉ AND GROCERY
Downtown Greenville, Swamp Rabbit Trail. Grocery store, neighborhood café. Local produce, delicious food. These intersections are what make the Swamp Rabbit Café a staple. Stop by for breakfast and enjoy fresh-baked scones and muffins, or enjoy a pogacha (a stuffed pastry from the Balkans) for lunch. And for a quick pick-me-up at any time of day, try the café’s organic coffee from Counter Culture. While you’re here, peruse the grocery’s inventory to continue the local trend at home. $, B, L. 205 Cedar Lane Rd, Greenville. (864) 255-3385, swamprabbitcafe.com 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
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Walk to Cleveland Park or Downtown from this elegant 1930s home, renovated throughout and ready for you.
$$. B, L. Closed Sunday. 22 E Court St, Greenville. (864)-271-8431, sobysontheside.com
$, B, L, D, Closed Sundays. 131 E McBee Ave, Greenville. (864) 509-1899, tealoha.com
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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.
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COFFEE UNDERGROUND Coffee Underground boasts a wide selection of specialty coffees, adult libations, and dreamy desserts like the peanut butter pie, with graham cracker crust, chocolate, 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. $-$$, B, L, D, SBR. 1 E Coffee St, Greenville. (864) 298-0494, coffeeunderground.info
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you’re not up to cooking, there’s a case of “crafted carryout” entrées and sides to go. Impress last-minute guests with the likes of roasted turkey and Parmesan potatoes. Choose from the many options on the daily menu, or check back for daily specials. $-$$, B, L, D. Closed Saturday & Sunday. 104 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 370-9336, twochefsdeli.com
EUROPEAN DAVANI’S RESTAURANT
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. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 1922 Augusta St, Ste 111A, Greenville. (864) 373-9013, davanisrestaurant.com THE LAZY GOAT
The Lazy Goat’s tapas-style menu is distinctly Mediterranean. Sample from the Graze and Nibble dishes, such as the crispy Brussels sprouts with Manchego shavings and sherry glacé. For a unique entrée, try the duck confit pizza with a sour cherry vinaigrette and a farm egg. An extensive variety of wines is available in addition to a full bar. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 170 River Pl, Greenville. (864) 679-5299, thelazygoat.com PASSERELLE
Gaze over the lush Falls Park scenery while digging into the mouthwatering Frenchinspired cuisine. Make a lunch date to enjoy lighter dishes like the arugula salad, or go for the bistro burger with its caramelized leeks and mushrooms, arugula, Gruyere, and garlic aioli. At night, the bistro serves up romance à la Paris, with items like escargot and mussels. $$$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Mon–Sat), BR (Sat–Sun). 601 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 509-0142, passerelleinthepark.com 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) 271-9895, pitahousesc.com POMEGRANATE ON MAIN
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. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 618 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 241-3012, pomegranateonmain.com 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.
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$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 100 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 271-8667, ristorantebergamo.com THE TRAPPE DOOR
A rathskeller vibe pervades this underground tavern that boasts an incredible beer program, with 10 on tap and more than 150 bottles. Belgian specialties include waterzooi (a creamy seafood stew), and carbonnades flamandes (beef stew braised in Belgian beer). For dessert—you guessed it—Belgian waffles are the ticket. $$, L, D. Closed Monday. 23 W Washington St, Greenville. (864) 451-7490, trappedoor.com TRATTORIA GIORGIO
Exposed brick walls and an adjoining garden patio give Trattoria Giorgio an intimate atmosphere perfect for a romantic night out. Chef Giorgio Todisco insists on preparing all of his pastas on-site. His dedication to dining excellence shows in the Pappardelle Bolognese, a favorite of restaurant regulars. Reservations are highly recommended.
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$$-$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 121 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 271-9166, trattoriagiorgio.net
PIZZA BARLEY’S TAPROOM & PIZZERIA
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. $-$$, L, D. 25 W Washington St, Greenville. (864) 232-3706, barleysgville.com
Home is beautifully appointed and works well for many lifestyles. Highly desired Eastside neighborhood.
Greenville’s West End outpost of this beloved pizza joint is perfect for families, parties, duos, or flying solo. Try the Kosmic Karma with sundried tomatoes, feta, and pesto, or the House Special, stacked with three meats, veggies, and extra cheese. $-$$$, L, D. 1 Augusta St, Ste 101, Greenville. (864) 233-9020, mellowmushroom.com/ greenville 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) 610-1406, sidewallpizza.com 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, vicspizza4u.com
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Scene Thru Feb 13 HEART AND SOUL
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THROUGH THE NIGHT Crafted by award-winning playwright Daniel Beaty, this moving portrayal of how a single event can ripple through the lives of so many is both relatable and transcending. Blending elements of poetry, music, and drama, Through the Night examines in intimate detail the evenings of six African-American males in different walks of life as they struggle with issues that affect us all, including health, education, and money. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm. Sun, 3pm. $20-$35. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org
Centre Stage’s annual music spectacular is the stuff of legend. It has long set a precedent for leaving audiences with smiles on their faces and pep in their step. This year’s incarnation, Heart and Soul, is guaranteed to be no different, taking a leap back in time to the days when Motown was king. Groove along to all the tracks that put Hitville, U.S.A., on the map in this extravaganza, directed by Kimberlee Ferreira. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm. Sun, 3pm. $20-$35. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org
Thru Feb 20 UNCLE VANYA
Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s drama on the intimate webs spun between family is perhaps one of his most celebrated, emotionally tangling, and introspective. When an elderly retired professor returns to his family home with a young wife who seeks to sell the ol’ homestead, his relatives’ lives are sent into a tailspin, making for an intense and
controversial experience for the entire audience. Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. $30. (864) 235-6948, warehousetheatre.com
THE 2–7 MATILDA MUSICAL
We have three childhood wishes: a teacher as sweet as Miss Honey; a single bite of that delicious chocolate cake (Bruce Bogtrotter, you lucky devil); and that nightmares of the “Chokey” wouldn’t lead to a drinking problem. Based on Roald Dahl’s 1988 novel, the musical adaptation has become an instant hit, amassing numerous Tony nods, including a win for excellence in theatre. Join the telekinetic youngster along with her best friend Lavender and the nasty Ms. Trunchbull for an evening of magical marvels. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sat, 2pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $25-$85. (864) 4673000, peacecenter.org
BROTHERS 3–7 RINGLING & BARNUM AND
For those without a fear of clowns (it’s called coulrophobia, and it’s
real), the circus is a great way to spend some quality time with family. As always, the world’s favorite three-ring show has crafted an amazing spectacular of wonder and amusement—appropriately titled “LEGENDS.” Feast your eyes on a bounty of awe-inspiring and deathdefying performances. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Wed–Fri, 7:30pm; Sat–Sun, 11am & 3pm; Sat, 7pm. $15-$60. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com
5–7 WINTER CHAUTAUQUA Who better to kick off this year’s Winter Chautauqua festivities than one of our nation’s most courageous and successful explorers? Meriwether Lewis, the leader of the Lewis and Clark expedition, makes a triumphant return via the Chicago entertainer Brian Fox Ellis, who perfectly channels the Virginia colonist. A special benefit show on the opening night will include tasty treats and plenty of storytelling. Plus, it’s a rare opportunity to willingly bring back someone from the dead. The Fine Arts Center, 102 Pine Knoll Dr, Greenville. Fri, 7:30pm; Sat–Sun, 2pm. Opening night,
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I BECAME 5–14 HOW A PIRATE
For most kids, the idea of taking to the high seas with a crew of bearded, eye-patched men is the stuff of dreams. And most moms would come along—as long as Johnny Depp was captaining the ship. Taken straight from the pages of local author Melinda Long’s children’s book How I Became a Pirate, the musical follows the precocious Jeremy Jacobs as he sets off on an adventure for the ages, yo-ho-ho-ing it up with some salty companions and discovering that all oceans lead straight home. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Times vary. $18-$27. (864) 4673000, peacecenter.org
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There’s no better excuse to get gussied up for a night on the town than when a wonderful cause is the beneficiary. Hosted by the Upstate’s Meals on Wheels chapter, the annual Sweetheart Charity Ball
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YAMATO Feb 17th Wed, 7:30pm $15-$45 This ain’t your grandmother’s symphony concert. This Japanese troupe blends traditional Taiko drumming with high-energy showmanship.
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Raise your hand if the only thing you’ve run from lately is commitment! Proceeds from the race directly benefit the Community Options organization, which helps support those with disabilities. Runners of any athletic ability are encouraged to participate in their best pink, red, and purple shades—and advertise their relationship status with the run’s signature “Available” and “Unavailable” t-shirts. Gives new meaning to “wearing your heart on your sleeve,” doesn’t it? GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, 115 Henderson Drive, Travelers Rest. Sat, 10am. $25-$40. comop.org
SYMPHONY SWEETHEARTS N’ JAZZ
Since smooth jazz and romance seem to go hand-in-hand, there’s no better way to celebrate V-Day than with the Spartanburg Philharmonic. In collaboration with the Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble, selected works from modern and classic jazz artists will be presented, spotlighting the special talents of trumpeter Jens Lindemann and soprano Tish Oney. Twichell Auditorium at Converse College, 580 E Main St, Spartanburg. Sat, 8pm. (864) 5969724, spartanburgphilharmonic.org
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Back in the late-1980s, a young comedian won a spot on the popular competition show Star Search, only to lose out in the final round. That young comedian was Martin Lawrence, and chances are, you’ve never even heard of the guy who beat him out. With successful stints on both television and film, Lawrence’s bread-and-butter is his live comedy show, and lucky for us, “Doin’ Time” is coming to the Upstate. Dishing on everything from family to pop culture, if Martin Lawrence can’t get a laugh out of you, it’s time for an X-ray because your funny bone is officially broken. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sun, 8pm. $53-$107. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com
15 DIANA ROSS
With talent bigger than her trademark head of hair, the former Supreme is bringing her powerhouse show to the Peace Center for an intimate evening of hits spanning nearly six decades. Stopping off on this leg of her “In the Name of Love” tour, the legendary songbird will help heat up those winter blues with fierce signature vocals and classic tunes like “I’m Coming Out,” “Upside Down,” and “Missing You.” The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Mon, 7:30pm. $65-$105. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
Hailing from the Greek island of Kalamata, the renowned composer is known throughout the world for his eclectic fusion of jazz, new age, and modern instrumentals. With countless Billboard number-ones under his belt, the master music man heads to the
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has raised hundreds of thousands for the homebound-helping organization, and the numbers only continue to grow. Offering a fun night of dining, dancing, and auction, you’ll be hoping the clock never strikes twelve at this enchanting evening. Hyatt Regency Greenville, 220 N Main St, Greenville. Sat. (864) 2336565, mealsonwheelsgreenville.org
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Upstate for one night only of tunes to salve the soul. Joined by other craftsmen of his time, this legendary performance is one that you won’t want to miss. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, 7:30pm. $55-$95. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
There will be no dozing during this show. In fact, this Yamato performance may keep your energy high for days to come. Modeled after the Japanese art of Taiko drumming, Yamato blends together edgy modern sounds with traditional heritage. Since 1993, the traveling troupe has continued to craft a unique, vibrant live act that can only be experienced. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Wed, 7:30pm. $15-$45. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
BLACK HISTORY 18 AMONTH CONVERSATION
In honor of Black History Month, the Peace Center presents another installment of the Poetic Conversations series. Artist Joshua Bennett, who has performed at the Sundance Film Festival and the White House, will be the guest during this evening of thought-provoking conversation. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, 7pm. Free. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
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No one knows mystery, murder, and mayhem quite like Agatha Christie. Even childhood nursery rhymes aren’t safe from the author in this novelturned-play, which weaves a sordid tale about ten strangers who find themselves the targets of a serial killer
on an island getaway. With their hosts missing and their numbers dropping like flies, it’s only a matter of time before they all fall down. Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adults, $28; senior, $27; junior, $20. (864) 233-6238, greenvillelittletheatre.org
HEART 20 AMERICAN ASSOCIATION UPSTATE
Taking top honors as the numberone Heart Ball in the state of South Carolina, the Upstate’s version has helped raised more than $700,000 for the American Heart Association. This year, they’ve set the bar even higher, offering a variety of auction items valued at $150,000, not to mention a fantastic gourmet dinner, live music, and a special segment honoring the survivors and families of those affected by heart disease. TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Sat, 6–11:30pm. $1,000 per 2 guests. (864) 627-4158, heart.org
20 –21 MEET THE HEROES
Yes, the evening will feature the immense, unparalleled musical talents of conductor Edvard Tchivzhel and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. However, it will also feature a little something extra for the audience to enjoy: the debut of rising star violinist Benjamin Beilman, who will delight the masses with compositions by both Mendelssohn and Beethoven. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $17-$66. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
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The human voice is one of music’s most powerful instruments, striking chords that no man-made tool could ever come near. Riding on the success of hits like Pitch Perfect, composer and vocalist Deke Sharon developed this touring company of a cappella musicians. Drawing in tunes from today’s modern music and other sing-a-long favorites, Vocalosity will have you looking at a cappella in a whole new light. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, 7:30pm. $15-$35. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
Sponsored by Furman University’s own Gordon and Sarah Herring, the 19th edition of the Greenville Chorale’s winter production is set to be one of the best yet. The historic Westminster Presbyterian Church provides an idyllic setting for this year’s performance, which will showcase “Requiem” by Herbert Howell, Benjamin Britten’s “Hymn to St. Cecilia,” and other pieces by classical composers. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2310 Augusta St, Greenville. Sun, 3pm. Adult, $30; student, $15. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
ON STAGE: 23 TOGETHER PATTY GRIFFIN, SARA WATKINS, AND ANAïS MITCHELL
What do you get when you combine one-part bluegrass, one-part songwriter, and one-part country? One incredible trio of uber-talented women. Joining forces for a special musical performance that mixes each of their distinct styles, Watkins, Griffin, and Mitchell are set to deliver a spectacular set of tunes that will rock you right down to your steeltoed boots. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, 7:30pm. $15-$35. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
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The Texas born-and-bred country star has been flying solo since 1971, drawing in fans of all generations with hits like “I Believe in You” and “I’m Just a Country Boy.” He’ll be bringing those hits along with a selection of tracks from his most recent album to the Peace Center for a one-night-only show of easy riding and lowdown style. With numerous awards and a spot in the Country Hall of Fame, Williams’ laidback brand of country is a sure bet for any music lover. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 7:30pm. $35-$55. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
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TOGETHER ON STAGE: PATTY GRIFFIN, SARA WATKINS & ANAÏS MITCHELL Feb 23rd Tues, 7:30pm $15-$35 This veritable brain trust of musical women showcases three distinct styles and plenty of award-winning musicianship.
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Heavy is the head that wears the crown of Funniest Man in America. But James Gregory seems to
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be taking it all in stride. Having been featured on countless radio shows and television specials, Gregory brings audiences to tears with his no-holds-barred takes on everything from obesity in America to growing up in Georgia and global warming. Even the most trivial of events become fodder for a good laugh at the mercy of Gregory, making this one night of unforgettable comedy. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Fri, 7pm & 9pm. $35-42. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org
Truth be told, we still can’t listen to “I Will Remember You” without a few tears welling up. But the “Queen of Christian Pop” has maintained her title well throughout the years, once again hitting the Billboard Christian charts with an album released last year. Grant will be joined by none other than Grammy-winning musician Steven Curtis Chapman, a leading Christian music artist in his own right. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sun, 6pm. $38-$78. (864) 2413800, bonsecoursarena.org
MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE You may be bundled up in your mittens and wishing that the 70-degree days of December were still hanging around, but that doesn’t mean the Greenville Symphony Orchestra can’t transport you to a much warmer locale. With the help of principal flautist Carolina Ulrich, conductor Edvard Tchivzhel will lead the orchestra on a flavorful journey of ethnic pieces, including works by Ibert and Rossini. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $43. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
& March 5 BLACK WHITE BALL
A “Musical Masquerade” is the theme behind this year’s Black & White Ball, hosted by the Guild of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. The black-tie affair will include specialty cocktails, dinner, Top Hat Band, and both silent and live auctions. As always, proceeds will fund continuing seasons of musical magic with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. The Westin Poinsett, 120 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 6pm. $160. (864) 370-0965, guildgso.org
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PRESENTS THE 2016
ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON
11AM TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Upstate Forever’s ForeverGreen Annual Awards Luncheon honors individuals and organizations for significant contributions in the fields of land conservation, E Msustainable B A Sdevelopment, S Y Swater Uquality, I T Eair Squality, waste reduction and recycling, public service and volunteer work.
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n the realm of travel, it’s long been unfashionable to frequent tourist-ridden attractions. Instead, the goal is an organic experience—of living, eating, and experiencing a place like a local. Of course, there is the question of how daily life can compare to cinematic landmarks. Artist Teresa Roche provides an answer in Out to Dry and More, a series of works that reference a recent trip to Rome, Cortona, and Florence. Roche recalls: “Meandering through the streets, and often straying off course onto alleyways closed to traffic, I would drink in the sights of homes bedecked with flower boxes, hanging ivy, and laundry lines strung overhead, using my camera to capture magical buildings in glowing in tones of terra-cotta, maize, and wine. And those laundry lines: the simple excitement and surprise of color amidst the white linens and limestone—life flying its ordinary flags out every window as I walked below.” Though there is an undeniable sense of awe in grand structures like Rome’s Colosseum or Florence’s Duomo, there is perhaps a more accessible beauty in the quiet margins of the everyday.—Andrew Huang
Out to Dry and More is on display at Centre Stage (501 River St, Greenville) until February 26. Centre Stage is open Tues–Fri, from 2–6pm.
Teresa Roche, Trastevere Energy, Rome. Acrylic on wood panel, 36in x 48in.; image courtesy of the artist
Teresa Roche catalogs beauty on the periphery
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