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Contents 10 EDITOR’S LETTER THE LIST 17 See, hear, read, react.
The month’s must-dos.
25 ON THE TOWN
Pics of the litter: Upcountry fêtes & festivities.
34 WEDDINGS 41 TOWNBUZZ
Alice Ballard’s spiraling ceramic creations reflect the circuitous nature of her own artistic journey; Greenville’s oldest women’s social club stands as a time-tested tradition; and find your outdoor adventure at the Francis Marion National Forest.
ODE TO JOY
North Carolina novelist David Joy investigates the darker side of rural Appalachia to reveal the experience of the human condition. / by Scott Gould // photography by Paul Mehaffey
Trading in their daily grind for the corn kind, a young Spartanburg County couple is bringing the South’s staple back to the good ol’ days. / by John Jeter // photography by Paul Mehaffey
Each January, Ross Kester helps teach kids the art of the hunt on his vast Upstate acreage.
48 GET AWAY
A revamped district in downtown San Antonio is well worth a weekend trip.
57 STYLE CENTRAL 66 81 87 94 104
Sophisticated style is as essential to the Southern gal as chicken n’ biscuits; and these gun gear upgrades guarantee a high-quality hunt.
MAN ABOUT TOWN
When things—well, muscles—get tense during a preliminary massage, the Man wonders if he’s the touchy-feely type after all.
EAT & DRINK
This fresh spin on chocolate pudding will bless your heart (and belly); and a punch revival with Edmund’s Oast is an answer to your party-drink prayers.
COVER & THIS PAGE: Faxon, a Rhode Island Red hen, was a favorite at our February style shoot. For more on Faxon and our latest fashion picks, see “Southern Chic,” page 57. Photograph by Paul Mehaffey
Got plans? You do now.
African-American artists hit the spotlight at the Greenville County Museum of Art’s Masterworks of Color exhibit.
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February Highlights Natural Relief
Greenville artist Alice Ballard’s ceramic sculptures: page 41
MY PHOTO HERE
San Antonio’s Pearl District is worth the ticket: page 48
Style inspired by strong, Southern women: page 57
Photograph by Will Crooks
Ode to Joy
Writer David Joy goes into the dark places: page 68
Pleased as Punch
Edmund’s Oast in Charleston serves up a mean version of the Southern classic: page 84
Photograph by Paul Mehaffey
he South is full of stories. Maybe that’s why we raise the best storytellers. O’Connor, Capote, Lee, Faulkner. Big voices with an unmistakable drawl, whose tales were inspired by the dark and luminous, esteemed and forlorn, rich and wanting characters of this place. Like his literary lineage, David Joy is Southern writer who picks at the heart of human nature. He explores violence like a boy in the woods, kicking over a log to see the bugs underneath (see “Ode to Joy,” by Scott Gould, page 68). By pushing into these dark places, he aims to reveal the essence of who we are. “Art should illuminate the human condition. That’s what I’m trying to do here—show us something about ourselves,” he says. As Southerners, we are a complicated bunch. Among our paradoxical behavior, we adore animals and hunt them, host parties and seek seclusion—but this duality shapes our lives, keeps us entertained, and fascinates those who don’t live here. Joy, 33, makes his home in the mountains of western North Carolina, where life and death draw a little closer. His debut novel Where All Light Tends to Go has received national acclaim, and Joy’s next work The Weight of This World hits shelves in March. He gnaws at life’s bones. (That’s another thing we do in the South.) “I want to write a book that you can hang around your neck for the rest of your life,” he says—something that sticks. We carry our stories close to the vest here, but we also live to tell them. Life in the South is unlike anywhere—and it unfolds in ways beautiful and destructive, right before our very eyes.
Style editor Laura Linen and model Elee Diamaduros flock to new challenges in this month’s shoot. For more, turn to page 57.
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E IS FOUND IN LETTERS OPENING FEBRUARY 15 Masterworks of Color: African-American Art from the Greenville Collection More than 50 works are included in this exhibition that explores the viewpoint of African-American artists. The earliest examples are clay vessels made by enslaved potter and poet David Drake along with an 1850 painting View of Asheville, North Carolina by free man of color Robert Duncanson. The exhibition also features works by such 20th-century luminaries as William H. Johnson, Romare Bearden, and Jacob Lawrence. More contemporary highlights include Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, Leo Twiggs, Gary Grier, and Jonathan Green. Alongside Masterworks of Color, the GCMA presents In a Mirror, Darkly, which examines the issues and images created when white artists portray black subjects and experiences, and Carew Rice, a retrospective of the renowned Lowcountry silhouettistâ€™s works from the 1930s through the 1960s.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU HEAR “AMERICAN SOUTH”?
Mark B. Johnston PUBLISHER & CEO email@example.com Blair Knobel EDITOR-IN-CHIEF firstname.lastname@example.org PAUL MEHAFFEY ART DIRECTOR
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Abby Moore Keith EDITORIAL ASSISTANT “William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Howard Finster, Flannery O’Connor, R.E.M., Muscle Shoals, Larry Brown.”
CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Ruta Fox M. LINDA LEE Steven Tingle Jac Valitchka Heidi Coryell Williams
“When I hear ‘American South,’ skillet cornbread and the thinly veiled insult ‘Bless your heart!’ immediately come to mind.”
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mary Cathryn Armstrong, Kathryn Davé, Polly Gaillard, SCOTT GOULD, John Jeter & STEPHANIE TROTTER
CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS & DESIGNERS Chelsey Ashford, Robin Batina-Lewis, “As a working David Bonner, Will Crooks, Jivan Davé, journalist, I’ve Whitney Fincannon, TJ Grandy, Jake Knight, lived in Texas, Christopher Shane & ELI WARREN
Missouri, Maine, New York City, and beyond. I’ve traveled across all 50 states. Simply put, the American South is the soul of the country. It’s home.”
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Opening March 2017 at Legacy Square Jason and Julia Scholz, owners of Simpsonville-based Stella’s Southern Bistro, will expand by opening their second restaurant location in just a few days at Legacy Square within Verdae. The new restaurant concept highlights a relaxed atmosphere, expanded bar, community seating, and menu that includes small plate options. The first restaurant to open in the Legacy Square town center, Stella’s Southern Brasserie is sure to become a natural gathering spot and excellent destination for a quality meal. For restaurant opening and reservation details, visit: stellasbistro.com or facebook.com/stellasbistro
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LANG LANG Chinese pianist Lang Lang is the rebel of the classical music world, shaking things up with a flair for the dramatic and sensational playing style. The musician has performed for countless dignitaries including former president Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II. Now, he’s bringing his larger-than-life stage presence to you, in hopes of challenging the conventions of traditional tunes and spreading music’s powerful message. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Mon, Feb 27, 7:30pm. $20-$95. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
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The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, Feb 11, 8pm. $65-$95. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
MEMORIES OF THE GAME
An original work crafted by Kristy Thomas, Memories of the Game is familiar territory for anyone who has ever dealt with the tragedy of Alzheimer’s disease. Faced with their father’s growing confusion and memory loss, the McIntosh children are thrust into a struggle all their own, one that will either bind the family together or force them to break apart. The play will premiere as one of Centre Stage’s “Fringe Series” productions. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thru Feb 8. Tues–Wed, 7pm. $10-$15. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org
He may be a New York native, but pianist Emile Pandolfi has certainly made Greenville his surrogate hometown, attending both high school and college here in the Upstate. And lucky for us, he’ll be spreading a little romantic cheer our way with the return of his signature Valentine’s Day concert. With songs handpicked from a 30-plus album collection, the evening is set to incorporate some of Pandolfi’s most enchanting pieces along with his characteristic humor that has charmed audiences the world over. Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Tues, Feb 14, 8pm. $35. (864) 233-6238, greenvillelittletheatre.org
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The Juilliard graduate and multilingual opera singer has garnered international prestige for her astounding vocal energy. A fourtime Grammy winner, Fleming will bring her classical music chops to the Peace Center for a show-stopping performance of film themes, signature compositions, and original works that span the decades. Overflowing with passion, Fleming’s dynamic arias are certainly a thing to behold.
Photograph courtesy of the Greenville Little Theatre
RENÉE FLEMING: IN RECITAL
Photograph (Renée Fleming) by Timothy White; courtesy of the Peace Center
BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
FESTIVAL OF LAUGHS WITH MIKE EPPS
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Feb 21–26. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $35-$95. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
Whether he’s tricking Alan into buying “floories” in The Hangover or trying to evade his baby mama in Next Friday, comedian Mike Epps is always packing plenty of laughs into both his movie roles and as a solo performer on the stand-up circuit. Epps’ “Festival of Laughs” is guaranteed to be no exception, especially with comedians Tony Rock and Bruce Bruce as his secondin-commands. Warning: may cause sidesplitting.
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Photograph (Renée Fleming) by Timothy White; courtesy of the Peace Center
Although it premiered just four years ago, the jukebox musical production written by Douglas McGrath has already scooped up awards for best musical theater album and outstanding sound design. Told in two acts, the narrative trails the career of singer-songwriter Carole King from her early life in Brooklyn to under the spotlights at Carnegie Hall. Hits like “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” and “Some Kind of Wonderful” melt into the storyline along the way, setting the stage for one “beautiful” experience.
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POETIC CONVERSATION: MORE THAN JUST A MONTH, HONORING AFRICANAMERICAN HISTORY In honor of Black History Month, the Peace Center presents another installment of the Poetic Conversations series. Poets Marjory Wentworth and Marlanda Dekine will serve as guest artists for the compelling night of communication, providing thought-provoking topics that will continue to spark minds and facilitate necessary change across the state. Huguenot Mill, 101 W Broad St, Greenville. Thurs, Feb 9, 7pm. Free. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
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Quick HITS THE BOOK OF MORMON
z In most cases, poking fun at religion is grounds for an immediate smiting. But when it’s scripted by the same guys who created South Park . . . well, that probably isn’t the best defense, either. Crowned as one of the best musicals of all time, the Tony Award–winning Broadway smash takes a satirical view at the life of two Mormon missionaries as they attempt to relate to the hardships of a third-world country—using their religion as a guide. Laden with hit songs and plenty of humor, this is one cult you may actually want in on. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thru Feb 5. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $45-$125. (864) 4673000, peacecenter.org
IMPORTANT HATS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
z Some fashion trends should have been kept in the closet; those acid-wash jeans and velour tracksuits were practically begging to be put out of their misery five minutes after purchase. Written by Nick Jones and directed by David Sims, Hats is a fresh take on trends, following the plight of 1930s designer Sam Greevy as he wages a war of the wearables against his archnemesis Paul Roms. When Roms’s outlandish, oddly futuristic designs start taking over NYC, Greevy is determined to best his competition—even if it’s just in the nick of time. Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Thru Feb 18. (864) 235-6948, warehousetheatre.com z A wintertime counterpart to Chautauqua’s June festival, this year’s edition will celebrate the life of one of America’s most influential women. “Eleanor Roosevelt: The Power of Words” takes off with an opening night benefit at Greenville’s Fine Arts Center, where guests can mingle with the First Lady and field questions about her life in the White House and beyond. Historical maven and performer Susan Marie Frontczak is slated to portray FDR’s beloved in a series of two live shows that will continue throughout the weekend. Locations, times vary. Feb 3–5. Opening night, $30; all others, free. (864) 244-1499, greenvillechautauqua.org
z Recent news has proven that powerful things happen when ladies unite. Keep up the positive energy at Coffee Talk, which brings together women of different professional walks to connect with and learn about one another’s paths and goals. Led by a diverse and accomplished group of mentors, with a keynote talk by Amy Herman, this coffee-shop-style program will be good to the last drop. Old Cigar Warehouse, 912 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, Feb 16, 7:45am– 12:30pm. $65. mycoffeetalk.com
AN EVENING WITH ROBERT BLOCKER
z After graduating from Furman University in 1968, pianist and conductor Robert Blocker has since gone on to serve as the Dean of Music at UNC–Greensboro, Baylor University, and most currently, Yale. American Chamber Players violist Miles Hoffman is slated to accompany Blocker for the evening’s showcase; you won’t want to miss this powerhouse classical music duo. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, Feb 23, 7:30pm. $25-$35. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
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Bon Jovi The New Jersey rockers may have ditched the teased hair, fringed jackets, and red leather pants, but that doesn’t mean they’re not still livin’ on a prayer. Promoting the release of their thirteenth studio album by the same name, the “This House Is Not for Sale” tour will be an anthology of the rock anthems you still drunkenly sing karaoke to—“Wanted Dead or Alive” is a personal favorite—plus twenty-first-century hits like “Have a Nice Day” and “It’s My Life.” Fringed jacket optional. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Wed, Feb 8, 7:30pm. $38-$163. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com
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Yeah, THAT Holiday Breakfast December 8, 2016
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More than 300 people gathered at the Old Cigar Warehouse for the Yeah, THAT Holiday Breakfast hosted by VisitGreenvilleSC. Members and stakeholders of the organization were treated to a decadent breakfast by Chef360 that included a smoothie bar, omelette bar, and grits shooters. The highlight of the morning was the lifesize snow globe that guests could get their picture taken in. Photography by David Bonner
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HIGH: Kiah Bellows + Teresa Roche Exhibition Opening January 10, 2017
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Teresa Roche and Kiah Bellows, resident artists at Art and Light Gallery, opened their new exhibition at Aloft Downtown Greenville in style. Guests enjoyed Champagne as they viewed the collaboration paintings completed in tandem by both Roche and Bellows. The exhibition will be on display at Aloft until March 31. Photography by Jake Knight
Kiah Bellows, Jonathan Brashier, Dorothy Self & Teresa Roche
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The Order of the Silver Crescent Awards Brunch January 14, 2017 Olga Bowles, Karyl Woldum & Diane Gluck
The board of directors of Greenville Women Giving and the Community Foundation of Greenville held a Champagne brunch in honor of GWG founders Frances Ellison, Harriet Goldsmith, and Sue Priester. Guests gathered at Embassy Suites Downtown to celebrate the three exemplary women as they were awarded the stateâ€™s highest civilian honor The Order of the Silver Crescent for their continual service to the community. Photography by Jake Knight
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Sunny Mullarkey McGowan Exhibition Opening at Centre Stage Gallery January 13, 2017
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A hundred people gathered at the Centre Stage Gallery to celebrate the unique art of Sunny Mullarkey McGowan. In addition to enjoying McGowanâ€™s paintings and prints on wood, guests savored doughnuts from Village restaurant GB&D. The exhibit will on display at the Centre Stage Gallery until February 26. Photography by Chelsey Ashford
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Sara Berinhout & Roman Gorokhov October 22, 2016
hen Roman Gorokhov and Sara Berinhout first met, the sparks didn’t automatically fly—at least not in a romantic direction. In fact, the two college freshmen mutually disliked each other. However, what started out as a not-so-amicable acquaintanceship eventually blossomed into an everlasting friendship, and five years of dating later, Roman was ready to put a ring on it. But that box would burn a hole in his pocket for a year, as Roman wanted the proposal to involve both their families. One evening while visiting family in Atlanta, the couple strolled through the city’s beautifully lit botanical gardens. Nervous, Roman could not find the
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proposal spot he had scouted out, but when one of Sara’s favorite Elvis songs started to play, he knew “It’s Now or Never.” Roman presented Sara with a locket engraved with the words, “Will you marry me?” and when she looked up, he was down on one knee. The ceremony and reception were held at Chukker Farm in Alpharetta, Georgia, where family played an integral part of the ceremony. Their three grandmothers were flower girls, their sisters provided musical performances, and each
Best of Both Worlds: In lieu of a Champagne toast, guests celebrated the couple with vodka in Mexican shot glasses, to honor Roman’s Russian heritage and Sara’s Mexican ancestry.
of their parents walked them both down the aisle. The day was a cultural affair, as Sara and Roman expertly weaved two diverse backgrounds, Mexican and Russian, into the details of the event. Guests enjoyed food organized by Cara Tadsen of Chukker Farm and entertainment from Black Tie Events. Sara currently lives in Cambridge, where she is working on a Harvard law degree, and Roman is a venture analyst in NYC, but they see each other every weekend. APRIL + JAMES // SIMPLY VIOLET PHOTOGRAPHY
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Weddings Ansley Erbacher & Chip Wall October 22, 2016 Teal hunting isn’t the first date most girls dream about, but it certainly got Ansley Erbacher and Chip Wall within cupid’s crosshairs. When Ansley met Chip one fateful day on Morris Island, she had no idea her life would change forever. Chip, an avid outdoorsman, rubbed off on Ansley, and soon she went from coveting cashmere to sporting camo. After two years of dating, it all came back to the little island on which they first met where Chip made the biggest catch of his life by asking Ansley to be his wife. The couple had a stunning ceremony at Stella Maris Catholic Church and a unique reception at the Cigar Factory’s Cedar Room in downtown Charleston. The couple now lives in Mount Pleasant, where Chip is a merchant mariner for McAllister and Ansley is a physical therapist at Concentra. LINDSEY AND CRAIG MAHAFFEY // SPOSA BELLA PHOTOGRAPHY
Jenni Gray & Marshall Saunders July 16, 2016 In modern society, couples don’t need to live close by in order to go the distance. Take Jenni Gray and Marshall Saunders, who had not only been living in different cities but also separate countries when they met through an online dating service. The two had just relocated to Greenville and soon agreed to meet, which led to seven spectacular months filled with adventures together before Marshall decided to take the next step. Lake Robinson provided the perfect setting for a picturesque proposal, and the wedding and reception were held at the Rockwood Manor in Virginia. Jenni left no detail untouched, creating a unique wedding experience for her guests. The couple lives in Greer, where Jenni works in construction management and Marshall is a power train analyst and developmental engineer with BMW. MICHAEL KEYES // PHOTOGRAPHIC DREAMS
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Natural Relief Alice Ballard’s work symbolizes life’s innate rhythm / by Polly Gaillard // photography by Eli Warren
tepping into Greenville artist Alice Ballard’s home studio is like an adventure in the woods: magnolia seed pods, rock collections, leaves, small tree branches, and acorns are placed about the open space and pinned to walls. Her poetic sculptures symbolically mimic the organic world in themes like life cycles and interconnectedness. She explains, “Life is like a spiral; we are always coming back around to places, people, and things.” Ballard became a self-proclaimed artist at three years of age when she climbed out of her crib, found a wax crayon, and made markings all over her bedroom wall. She recalls this story, her first memory, in its irony because she only remembers how fun it was to draw on the wall rather than the ensuing punishment from her mother. Ballard’s father was a colonel in the U.S. Air Force. The places she lived with her parents is a long list of charming cities alive with endless possibilities for the young artist. She fondly recalls family trips to the Louvre rather than playing board games on weekends. Her various homesteads set a foundation for her artistic development and inspired a great love for travel. After graduating with a Master of Arts degree in painting from the University of Michigan, Ballard discovered her love of clay, which was quickly becoming popular in the world of fine art and craft. She had experimented with sculpture in college, but clay was different, she thought. “The pliability and softness of clay are what I love. It seems as if the medium has a life of its own,” states Ballard. The 1970s were prolific years for the talented young artist. She married Charlie Munn, began teaching drawing, joined a raku firing group, gave birth
Alice Ballard teaches ceramic arts at Christ Church Episcopal School and exhibits her naturally inspired ceramics throughout the world. She will join jewelry artist Kate Furman at Art & Light Gallery in Greenville beginning February 9. Her work will also be at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts in the exhibition Possibilities: GCCA Ceramics Invitational, February 3–March 29. She is represented by Hodges Taylor Consultancy in Charlotte and Blue Spiral 1 in Asheville, North Carolina.
to her son Ryan, and started a gallery relationship with the prestigious Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1983, while on a business trip, Charlie tragically died when the company plane he was on caught fire. Her son was only nine-years-old. Ballard confesses, “That first year after Charlie died, the studio became my refuge, but eventually it became a place of loneliness. I realized I needed contact with people during my grief.” Ballard’s reemergence from the solitude of her studio after her husband’s untimely death took the form of teaching art to children in Charlotte. She ultimately gave her creativity to the students and took a hiatus from doing personal work. She craved the structure, purpose, and connection with the children. It was a welcome change in a dark time. In the late 1980s, Ballard met her second husband, Alaskan architect Roger Dalrymple. After working together on public art installations in Alaska for five years, the couple moved to Greenville in the mid-1990s. It took an invitation and trip to the International Ceramic Colony in Resen, Macedonia, and a 15-year break from her personal art before Ballard returned to the studio and picked up exactly where she left off; doing mostly sculptural ceramic work in white earthenware. Soon after, Ballard began teaching at Christ Church Episcopal School where she teaches today. She also spent ten years molding students at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. In the earth-toned and textured wall installations of pods in her studio, Ballard’s intuitive voice signifies her metamorphosis. These themes are also apparent in the series Tree Totems, created after September 11, 2001, where large-scale sculptures sprout new growth in improbable places, representing new life budding from an otherwise barren form. She explains, “Fire is necessary for seed pods to release their seeds. The burning is essential for new life to grow. The idea of the new growth on the trees gave me closure from my husband’s death.” Today, Ballard continues to spend productive time in the studio as she moves between several bodies of sculptural work while revisiting her first loves in art: painting and drawing. “The older I get, the more I realize my work is a self-portrait, a life story,” says Ballard.
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Each year, Ross Kester offers his family land to help local youth learn how to hunt
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Hunting Grounds: Located on 300 sprawling acres in Union County, just east of Greenville, the Kester family land plays host to an annual youth hunt each January.
he Polaris Ranger bounces over rolling terrain under an azure-blue South Carolina sky. Thumping past thick stands of loblolly pine, cedars, and oak, the mud-spattered ATV winds through plots of wheat, chicory, oats, and turnips planted for the property’s fulltime residents, who keep it all shorn. “If the deer weren’t here, this would be this tall,” says Ross Kester, his hand at mid-shin. “There’s an incredible blend of nutrition here, and it’s the deer that keep it looking like a putting green.” It’s those deer and his family’s 300 Union County acres that Kester offers to the Quality Deer Management Association Foothills Branch and the state’s Department of Natural Resources for an annual youth hunt. The daylong program teaches safety, ethics, and the thrill of hunting. Kester, 39, along with daughters Darby, 6, and Anna, 8, who are dressed like their dad in full camo, show visitors around his family’s sprawling property, where he has played host to the Upstate chapter’s hunt for the past six years. This year was snowed out, but on today’s afternoon, a brilliant sun blasting through leafless trees reveals usually hidden stands. “The coolest thing I saw was last year when Eddie Monts was out and we had a full-size deer decoy— an archery target—and he was doing a demonstration on shot placement—where the ethical kill shot is—and the kids were just totally enthralled,” Kester says. Monts, 32, a DNR sergeant, is youth coordinator for the state’s Take One Make One program for would-be hunters ages 10 to 17. At the annual event, he’s among two dozen parents, guardians, guides, and QDMA volunteers, including Kester and friends, who gather from lunchtime—which includes venison, dove purlieu, or hamburgers and hot dogs—until dark on the second Saturday of each January. Some 400 children are enrolled in the statewide program. To qualify for the hunt—outings for turkey and duck are also offered elsewhere—each child must pass a test. A lottery selects just five. Cost? “Just the time and gas to get there,” Monts says of the Kester property he calls a sportsman’s paradise. QDMA, an Athens, Georgia–based nonprofit with some 60,000 members in all 50 states and several abroad, started in 1988 to help manage the nation’s deer population. In South Carolina, that’s about 730,000 deer, with 200,000 harvested each season, which opens in September. “If there’s five hunters, three or four see a deer and one or two shoot a deer,” Kester says. “We had only one year that we didn’t have a kill.” “You’re in a good area for our program,” says national QDMA Hunting Heritage Program manager Hank Forester. “We have a lot of really dedicated volunteers there.” On this balmy twilight, Kester, a partner at the wealth-management firm Pintail Capital in downtown Greenville, shows the lay of the land. As he stows his Browning A-Bolt .270 rifle, with its black Leupold scope, he’s all appreciation. “It’s an interactive form of charity that we can participate in as a family, that my children can be around some of these kids that’re less fortunate and talk to them, interact with them. Parents have a chance to send their kids out with responsible guides and unwind. Rather than just writing a check to somebody, you can actually have them here and see the enjoyment on their faces.” To learn more about QDMA and its youth hunt: qdma.com/youth/national-youth-hunt/
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Buzz Belles of the Ball:
Betsy Zimmerman, Susie White, and Kathryn Hilton are members of the Assembly, Greenville’s oldest social club for women, dating back to 1923. Membership is based on family lineage and marital ties. Last November, the club celebrated its 92nd ball in grand style at the Poinsett Club. While the Assembly remains dedicated to familial tradition, it now welcomes single women, and its membership reflects a new age of diverse, independent professionals.
Pearls of Wisdom Greenville’s oldest women’s social club keeps its generational legacy / by Stephanie Trotter // portrait by Eli Warren
iamond brooches, beach houses, biscuit recipes. Every family cherishes precious heirlooms and unique traditions, carefully passing them to the next generation. In long-standing local families, one such treasure is membership in the Assembly, the oldest women’s social club in Greenville, and one of the most revered in the state. By constitution, the Assembly exists exclusively to host an annual ball. But in reality, the venerable group has preserved Southern heart and heritage by maintaining time-honored decorum through cultural shifts and changing mores. Current president Susie White is still coming down off the high of organizing 2016’s ball, the 92nd, which was held in November. “It was such a joyful night celebrating friendships and our new debutants,” she recalls with affection. “To see the smile on their faces . . . and the décor was so elegant. It was simply spectacular.” Attendance was also the highest it’s been in a decade, with 312 members and guests participating, partially due to the president’s hard work. Susie’s commitment to the group is notable, as her membership came through marriage. “This was not a tradition I grew up with,” she explains. “What I enjoy most is knowing I’m a part of something that is significant to the family I married into. When you marry into tradition, it becomes your tradition, and you appreciate it.” The Assembly consists solely of women—specifically, daughters, and daughters-in-law of past and current members. Consider it a storied invitation etched at birth, or betrothal, dating back to 1923 when 16 local ladies enlisted their friends and created the social club. Little could the Prohibition-era
housewives have predicted the professionals who would be holding dance cards today. After working in New York City and Atlanta for a decade, Kathryn Hilton is amazed with her hometown’s growth. “There are so many great things changing in Greenville,” she observes. “It’s wonderful to see those, and it’s important to remember the past.” Both of her great-grandmothers were charter Assembly members, and Kathryn made her debut at the ball as an 18-year-old Clemson student. She’s committed to sharing that legacy with her newborn daughter Mills. “As Greenville evolves, it’s important to show the history that comes with the culture. The Assembly gives a nod to that time. I want her to know her family’s history.” Perhaps no one speaks as well to the group’s matrilineal roots as its volunteer historian. “We hope in setting this standard, we will establish a tradition that will be handed down to our sons and daughters,” reads Betsy Zimmerman, from the brittle meeting notes of her ancestors. Like many members, she can trace her lineage back to the original 16. “I love history. I’m glad to be a part of something that has been around for quite a while,” she reveals. Each fall, Betsy can’t wait for the ball. “With today’s busyness, it’s a touchpoint,” she explains. Susie sums it up best, adding, “Women’s friendships should be celebrated. I think the South is particularly fond of traditions, especially those that celebrate friendships and family. And that’s what we do, with one elegant evening.”
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Texas Revival An expanding entertainment district in downtown San Antonio is good reason to hop a plane to the Lonestar State / by M. Linda Lee
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Photograph (Hotel Emma lobby) by Nicole Franzen; Hotel Emma’s cupola and Pearl Brewery by Scott Martin
ention San Antonio, Texas, and the first image that likely pops to mind is the Riverwalk. Hallmark of the city’s downtown, the core of this 15-mile-long pathway packs both sides of the San Antonio River with a delightful collection of hotels, bars, restaurants, and shops. This waterside walkway may hog the city’s limelight, but if you hop a water taxi north along the Downtown Reach to the Museum Reach, you’ll discover Pearl, a once-seedy area reimagined into a lively neighborhood and entertainment district. Pearl’s beginnings fermented in beer. The J.B. Behloradsky Brewery took root there in 1881, but was purchased two years later by the San Antonio Brewing Association. The brewery was rechristened Pearl Brewing Company, deriving its title from a German brewmaster who likened the bubbles in a freshly poured beer to fizzy pearls. Otto Koehler served as president of Pearl Brewing until his death in 1914, when his wife, Emma, took the reins. She gradually modernized the facility and increased production, until, by 1916, Pearl ranked as the largest brewery in Texas—capable of producing 110,000 barrels per year. After expanding its reach to national markets in the later 1900s, Pearl Brewing closed its doors for good in 2001. Silver Ventures purchased the 22-acre plot, and, in tandem with Lake/Flato Architects and Giles Design Inc., envisioned a grand plan to revitalize the area as the village now known as Pearl. “Preservation has always been a key part of the project’s mission, and, as such, many original buildings have been renovated for reuse,” notes Elizabeth Fauerso, Pearl’s chief marketing officer.
District Charge: Once, San Antonio’s Pearl District’s heart was its popular brewery Pearl Brewing, which closed in 2001. Since then, its property and surrounding acres have been revitalized and restored as one of the city’s best hotels and prime areas for entertainment.
STAY /// Hotel Emma Industrial chic meets modern finesses at this new hotel, housed within Pearl’s original brewhouse. The décor features painted ceramic tiles and Mexican pottery, which complement buffalo leather sofas and Kilim-upholstered chairs. In the spirit of south Texas hospitality, margaritas are presented to guests at check-in. 136 E Grayson Ave. (210) 4488300, thehotelemma.com
EAT /// Bakery Lorraine Lauded for its rainbow of French macarons, Bakery Lorraine also offers lunch specials including tartines, quiche, and a savory bread pudding. Don’t pass up dessert—the owners honed their pastry skills at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery in the Napa Valley. 306 Pearl Pkwy, Ste 110. (210) 862-5582, bakerylorraine.com /// Cured Lodged in Pearl Brewery’s 1904 Administration Building, Cured shows off Chef Steve McHugh’s fabulous homemade pickles and house-cured charcuterie, crafted from the purest regional products. 306 Pearl Pkwy, Ste 101. (210) 314-3929, curedatpearl.com
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Cure All: (clockwise from top left) A display of house-aged charcuterie welcomes diners to Cured restaurant; jazz club dancehall fusion Jazz TX showcases the area’s best musicians; Cured’s poutine is prepared from regional products; and the cozy courtyard beckons at Hotel Emma, in the renovated Pearl Brewery.
/// Il Sogno Osteria Owned by James Beard Award nominee and San Antonio native Andrew Weissman, Il Sogno turns out house-made pasta and wood-oven–fired pizzas, as well as whole roasted branzino and rabbit cooked in red wine. Locals choice— try the tortino alla Nutella. 200 E Grayson St, Ste 100. (210) 223-3900
Today, dozens of chef-owned restaurants and locally run retailers, apartments, a jazz club, and a boutique hotel occupy Pearl’s historic structures, a glowing example of adaptive growth. Events such as a twice-weekly producersonly farmers’ market; seasonal concerts at the riverfront amphitheater; and the Tamales! Festival—which ushers in the Christmas holidays each December—have fashioned Pearl into a dynamic district. Everywhere you look, vestiges of the district’s past appear. Slide into the sleek lobby of the Hotel Emma, housed in the seven-story 1894 Pearl Brewery, the cupola-crowned landmark of the campus. Named for Emma Koehler, the hotel displays a refined design that smartly incorporates artifacts from the brewery’s manufacturing process. The flywheel of a generator from the brewery’s cooling system forms the centerpiece of the lobby, once the engine room. In the hotel’s Sternewirth bar, beer silos have been cut out and retrofitted with cozy banquettes as semi-private seating areas. Jazz TX, part jazz club, part dancehall, recently filled the basement of the Pearl Brewery bottling house. Meanwhile beer-making has returned to the neighborhood at Southerleigh, a restaurant and craft brewery also located in the old Pearl’s brewhouse.
/// Dos Carolinas Owner Caroline Matthews designs pleated and embroidered men’s guayaberas that are handtailored to order at her shop. The cotton and linen fabrics keep their cool in the South Texas heat. 303 Pearl Pkwy, Ste 102. (210) 224-7000, doscarolinas.com/ guayaberas /// Melissa Guerra Run by cookbook author Melissa Guerra, this Latin kitchen market offers etched Mexican glassware plus everything you need to whip up a meal, from volcanic molcajetes to cast-iron tortilla presses. 303 Pearl Pkwy, Ste 104. (210) 293-3983, melissaguerra.com
Amid the district’s historic buildings and brick-paved pathways, you’ll find the third location of the esteemed Culinary Institute of America. Stop in at the CIA’s student-run Nao Latin Gastro Bar, which pays homage to traditional Latin American flavors in its indoor and outdoor cooking stations. Despite its name, despite its charm, Pearl is more than just a pretty place. The district’s developers took sustainability to heart when reclaiming the area. It now claims a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification for its environmental initiatives, which include a 200-kilowatt solar installation to generate power and recycled beer cisterns to catch rainwater to supplement irrigation of the drought-resistant xeriscaping. With its industrial image polished up, Pearl successfully juxtaposes old and new. It now gleams as an extraordinary gem, looking toward the future while honoring its past.
Photograph (Hotel Emma courtyard) by Nicole Franzen; photography (Cured) courtesy of Cured; (Jazz TX) courtesy of Jazz TX
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Francis Marion National Forest is a Lowcountry haven teeming with outdoor amusements / by Abby Moore Keith
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FAIR GAME Nothing says Southern sport quite like a 12-gauge and a trusty bird dog, and Francis Marion is rank with hunting, as well as fishing, opportunities. Seasonal waterfowl and big game sport— think duck, deer, and even wild hog—is possible in the forest’s four wilderness management areas (permits required). Test your marksmanship at two rifle ranges, Twin Ponds and Boggy Head, and then there’s plenty a pond to reel in varieties of bream, catfish, and bass. TRAILS ON TRAILS A plethora of paths snake their way through Francis Marion, significantly the Palmetto Trail, which begins at Buck Hall on the coast and diagonals west to the Upstate. Hop on one of the interpretive trails for easy access to the area’s most celebrated wildlife, or try the Awendaw Passage for a quiet trip through the forest’s beauty. Biking, horseback riding, off-road vehicles, and camping are also allowed on designated trails.
Tall Order: Since Hurricane Hugo leveled nearly one third of its trees in 1989, the Francis Marion National Forest, with its famous loblolly pines, has been in a season of new growth.
ROW YOUR BOAT The Buck Hall boat ramp is right off the Intracoastal Waterway and an excellent access point for motorized vehicles. Smaller craft can paddle along on the Awendaw Creek Canoe Trail, a short meander through the marsh into the Waterway where travelers can catch sight of herons, pelicans, and, if you’re lucky, a dolphin or two.
secret sanctuary resting 40 miles north of Charleston, Francis Marion National Forest is more than 250,000 acres of pristine Lowcountry land. The area was a prime logging site for lumber companies of old, but the forest’s loblolly pines and cypress-shaded swamps have been preserved by the U.S. Forest Service for more than 80 years. Named for Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, the landscape provides nature-loving patrons enough recreation to match the adventuresome spirit of the Swamp Fox himself.
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PLACES OF INTEREST A designated Important Birding Area by the National Audubon Society, the forest, and specifically Little Hellhole Reservoir Birding Area, is a great spot to glimpse the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, as well as other resident and migratory birds—just don’t forget the binoculars! The Seewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center is the wildlife and history hub house, and if your Francis Marion excursion lands on a Saturday evening, make sure to stop by Guy and Tina’s Bluegrass Pickin’ Parlor for a cultural affair chock-full of string pluckin’ and sweet singin’, moonshine excluded.
Visit the Francis Marion National Forest website or the district office for further outdoor activities, as well as information regarding permits and regulations. 2967 Steed Creek Rd, Huger, SC. (843) 336-2200, fs.usda.gov/main/ scnfs/home
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Each month, the Man About TOWN will share his Upstate rendezvous, which may or may not involve cocktails.
Turning the Tables The Man reflects on tropical pleasures in the dead of winter
he first professional massage I experienced took place in 2006 on a cruise through the Caribbean. I was nursing a head cold and my wife at the time suggested I try an “aromatherapy massage” in the ship’s spa. I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend what amounted to a car payment on a fragrant rubdown. But finally I decided: “What the hell, I’m on vacation.” Two hours later I was laying on a soft table with my face squished into a padded, doughnut-shaped cushion that looked alarmingly like a hemorrhoid pillow. I was naked and nervous, covered only by a thin sheet the masseuse had wrapped around my body and tucked under my arms. As she began to work on my neck and shoulders, I noticed the refreshing scent of eucalyptus. I began to relax and thought this is exactly what I need. But as the eucalyptus aroma strengthened, I could sense a disturbing movement in my sinuses. At first the droplet of snot that appeared from my right nostril was small and stationary, like a bead of water that might dangle for hours from the kitchen tap. But as the eucalyptus worked its way through my sinuses, more mucus began to flow. Soon I could see a clear stream of snot trailing from my nostril halfway down to the polished teak floor. My hands were trapped under the sheet, so I tried to snort the stream back up into my nose. This only achieved in unstopping the left nostril, and a minute later a second long stream appeared next to the first. “I nee a nissue,” I mumbled into the cushioned doughut hole. “Excuse me?” the masseuse replied. “I NEE A NISSUE!” By the time she finally understood, she had slipped in the shimmering pool that had collected on the floor under my face.
My most recent massage occurred last year in Costa Rica, where a luxury travel magazine had sent me to review a fully staffed private villa available for rent. The staff had lined up a full itinerary of activities, including a “special massage” that would take place by the villa’s infinity pool. The masseuse was a middle-aged Costa Rican woman who spoke almost no English, and when I arrived she simply said, “Undress, get under sheet, face down.” Speaking no Spanish, I was unable to warn her about my tickle points (feet, ankles, calves, thighs, and sides), so I gritted my teeth when she grabbed my heels and began working her way up my legs. It would be a gross understatement to say I was surprised when the masseuse slipped her hands under the sheet and grabbed my buttocks as if she were a baker working fresh dough. I jerked my head up like a squirrel sensing danger and squeezed my cheeks together so tight it would have been a challenge to slip anything thicker than a library card between them. “Oh, My God!” I thought. “Is this what they meant by ‘special massage?’ Where will she go next? How will I write about this? And, most importantly, how much should I tip?” After a few minutes of vigorous buttocks-kneading, I fell into a sort of trance, to the point I was almost euphoric when the masseuse worked her way back down my legs to my feet, which curiously were no longer ticklish. By the time she finished with my back and shoulders, my entire body felt like jelly. I was paralyzed. The masseuse lowered her head next to mine and said “Is OK?” I could only whisper: “Do you have any time tomorrow?”
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I made a wrong turn. Right where Plott Valley Road splits off from Plott Creek Road, I miss the sign, throw my old Bonneville in reverse and back up, carefully, searching for some sort of landmark and keeping my eye out for the ditch. I see David Joy’s mailbox, but it’s one of those country sculptures—three or four big, dented boxes balanced around each other, and no way of knowing which house goes with what mailbox. That’s when I see David standing in his doorway, waving at me and laughing about my navigation skills. “You got a lot of Plotts around here,” I say when I hit the back door. “You ever heard of a Plott Hound?” he answers and without waiting continues: “They are this badass dog that was bred to chase bears and hogs. The family that used to live in that old house right down there came up with the breed.” He points off in the direction of my wrong turn. That’s the thing about David Joy. He seems to know things you don’t, and they are all more interesting than anything you do happen to know. David doesn’t have a Plott Hound. His dog of choice is a friendly, scruffy terrier mix of some type, sporting a Springsteenworthy under bite that gives him a perennial cheesy smile. Charlie the Terrier leads us into the house, a low-ceiling farmette set on ten acres of land on the backside of Plott Valley. This is where Joy currently basks in the success of his first novel, Where All Light Tends to Go. (Okay, actually, that’s a lie. I just imagine him basking. Heck, that’s what I would do. But Joy really isn’t the kind of guy to bask in anything for an extended period, except perhaps a monster carp he hauled in on a fly rod or the fresh venison he just stocked his freezer with. It only takes a couple of minutes around Joy to figure out he’s not the kind of guy to get stuck on anything for long, especially himself and his success.) And following the publication of Where All Light Tends to Go, the success has been swift and consistently glowing for the 33-yearold’s debut novel. The New York Times Book Review called it a “remarkable novel . . . With his bone-cutting insights into these men and the region that bred them, Joy makes it an extraordinarily intimate experience.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote that Joy’s “moments of poetic cognizance are the stuff of fine fiction, lyrical sweets that will keep readers turning pages.” ven more glowing were the reviews from Joy’s fellow writers. Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone and The Maid’s Version, called the book “lyrical, propulsive, dark and compelling . . . Joy makes it clear that he knows well the grit and gravel of his world, the soul and blemishes of the place.” And Silas House, who wrote Clay’s Quilt and Eli the Good said, “You won’t be able to put down this profoundly moving and illuminating look into a mysterious and intricate world where the smell of the Southern pines mingles with the scent of cooking meth.” Where All Light Tends to Go cut an immediate and impressive swath through the literary territory, not only in the South, but across the country, as well. (Joy’s initial book tour began not in the South, but in the Southwest.) It was a novel discussed primarily for the
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manner in which Joy folded flowing, lyrical language inside what has been dubbed a “country-noir,” a fastpaced plot that traces the violent and cruel coming-ofage of young Jacob McNeely. Such an auspicious debut brings about a number of things: a slot on the short list for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel, foreign translations, a long-list nomination for the International Dublin Literary Award. It also brings expectations for book-number-two. Not to worry. Joy has upped the ante with The Weight of This World, set for publication on March 7 of this year. Joy says his second novel was being written before his debut hit the streets, so “I didn’t know how the first book was gonna be taken.” That gave him a bit of an authorial free hand. So what he did was ramp up the violence in the second book, in an attempt to “go into the darkest places and find the
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Neck of the Woods: When David Joy isn’t cranking out best-selling novels, he enjoys his 10acre plot in the Waynesville, NC, hills with his terriermix, Charlie.
humanity there.” (And, trust me, if the violence in the new novel is an escalation from what happens in Where All Light Tends to Go, Joy’s sophomore effort promises to be an intense ride.) Joy’s interest in the darker crevices of human nature is quickly becoming the thematic engine in his fiction. “I’m interested in the nature of violence,” he says. “I want to know where the line is, what is the moment when people turn away.” When Joy talks about his work, something interesting happens. The eyes narrow. The arms begin to conduct the words. The palpable passion for creating characters and their environments fills the small room. “Look,” he says, gesturing to television mounted on the wall in the corner, “I only get one channel up here, ABC, and I’ll bet you if I turned on ABC News right now, we’d see an act of violence in the first five minutes. We constantly watch the darkest parts of humanity on TV, and it’s dismissed by people because it’s easy to dismiss. If we don’t look for some humanity in those dark places, well, I think we’re in a hopeless world.” Joy takes a breath, gearing up. “And I don’t believe it’s hopeless. I want to find that humanity. Most violent people aren’t inhuman. There are very few pure monsters in this world. I want to explore how that works. I want to start a conversation about violence. I want to ask important questions about it.”
ccording to Joy, his second novel does just that—examine the nature of violence among three characters, characters for which trauma is a deciding factor for every decision they make. “Art has two roles, I think,” Joy says. “First, a work of art should elicit an emotional response, no matter what it is. Second, art should illuminate the human condition. That’s what I’m trying to do here—show us something about ourselves.” In this attempt to create his art on the page, Joy has been grinding away at a feverish pace, much to the delight of his publisher, G.P. Putnam’s Sons. “When I signed for the first book, I promised Putnam’s a book a year. I’ve been trying to do that, but it’s been difficult. I want to get to a place where I’m not pushing myself as hard as I am now.” Joy’s easy grin spreads over his bearded face, making me wonder if he even thinks that’s a possibility, if he actually realizes he only has one speed and that speed is flat-out. “I mean, the thing is, I’m looking forward to the books I write when I’m fifty, when things have
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the British and the burning of his home by local patriots in the 1770s. After Vardry McBee bought the lion’s share of the village in 1815, it didn’t take him long to continue harnessing the river for commercial use. McBee was, perhaps, the greatest and most ambitious entrepreneur the city has ever known. One of the first of his scores of local businesses was a stone gristmill on the edge of the upper Reedy Falls in 1816. He built a larger “You done good,” Daddy said as he mill squeezed right my next to it in 1829 (the foundation shoulder. That was one of those few times he’d wall canbeen still be seen along the riverwalk proud, but I could hardly hear him or feel his touch. and are the oldest ruins in downtown). My ears rang. My body numbed. Greenville, just like any town of the era, The high-pitched drone that wailed in my ears dependedthat on grains as a staple of daily life. went away by nightfall, but it was that numbness Gristmills, built on seemingly any available stayed with me. It was the fact that the tingling never stream or river, left that let me know from then on that, when the time were a vital part of early American society (by 1860, South Carolina came, I could do it again. averaged 40 per county). Agriculture was JOY’S SECOND NOVEL THE WEIGHT OF THIS WORLD (G.P. PUTNAM’S For some reason, that was the memory that played SONS) IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER FROM PUTNAM BOOKS AT WWW. a specialty out in my mind over and over as I stared at the backof McBee’s, and his crops PENGUINRANDOMHOUSE.COM. THE NOVEL IS SCHEDULED FOR of my father’s head in the sanctuary of Hamburg thrived. Like most Southern farmers before PUBLICATION ON MARCH 7. Baptist on the day of Mama’s funeral. Daddy sat on thehe grew plenty of corn. His the Civil War, opposite side of the church and about five pews ahead Reedy mill turned it into hominy, grits, and of me. Mr. Queen sat beside him, havingcornmeal brought the to allow locals the convenience of ashes and urn up the mountain from Sylva. Queen, grains to make cooking easier. processed his bald head gleaming with candlelight, never turned first real manufacturing Greenville’s around to look at me, but Daddy did. Daddy fixed his utilized the waterpower of industry also eyes on me and stared for a long time, a solemn look the river—although this time it wasn’t for about his face. I tried to hold his eyes, outlast his stare, grains. For nearly a century, what is now but like always he wouldn’t be proven weak. known as the Peace Center complex was A handful of the regular congregation had stayed the site behind that Sunday to offer support. I imaginedof one of the busiest and most successful the reverend had asked them to stay, and it meant businesses in Greenville’s early 1835, the Gower & Cox Wagon HAS HUMBLE BEGINNINGS. GREENVILLE’S REEDY RIVER STARTS something that he didn’t want the placehistory. empty. In When Factory was started by WITH A FEW SPRINGS SEEPING OUT OF THE GROUND JUST brought NORTH I was a kid, Papaw me here toand this Carriage pew blacksmiths Ebenezer Gower and Thomas every Sunday. Just down the hall was where I’d had IN TRAVELERS REST OFF EBENEZER CHURCH ROAD. IT GATHERS From WH ER E ALL LIGHT TEN DS TO GO to memorize all of those verses. A mean woman M.old Cox. When Ebenezer’s younger brother STRENGTH, BREADTH, AND FORCE AS IT FLOWS—TOUCHING by DAV I D JOY named Mrs. Jones beat those verses into our heads Thomas Claghorn (T.C.) Gower joined the THOUSANDS OF LIVES BY THE TIME IT REACHES ITS MOST tanned hides when we didn’t remember. company they changed their name to the PROMINENT THE CITY. ITour MEANDERS I REM E M B E R T H E FFEATURE I R S T T I M EINI K N E WHEART I WA S OF THE and She’dCONTINUING managed to hammer those versesGower, so far Cox and Gower Carriage Factory. ULTIMATELY FOR C A PAFOR B L E 16 O F MILES K I L L I NTO G, ALAKE N D I CONESTEE, M E A N R E A L LY down into me that even now, after all these In years, 1853, IH.C. Markley became a THE COMPLEXITY OF K I L LANOTHER I N G, N O T J 57 U S TMILES R A B B ITO T S LAKE A N D CGREENWOOD. HICKENS Cover to Cover: remembered. I’d never believed in any of it, though, fourth partner in theDubbed business—then PRESENCE A N DITS S U CUSES H , WAAND S W HITS E N ENDURING D A D DY T O O K M E WAY IS WORTH REFLECTION. a countryeven as a child. The only reason I’d gone was named Gower, Cox noir and for Markley Carriage WHETHER COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISES, B AC K I N W H I T E FOR S I D E REFRESHMENT, C OV E A F T E R H O G S. 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The building was The Walkers had a hog bayed in a dried creek bed where hair slicked and combed, while the five-member First Novel. used for “Be carriage storage and display, with smoothed river rocks lay like dusty cobble. congregation stood and sang the opening hymn, the lower “Stick him up under his arm, Jacob,” Daddy yelled over squeals Thou My Vision.” I knew those words well, but forfloor serving as a blacksmith By the of the nineteenth century, there was and snarls. some reason,shop. they failed melast thatdecades afternoon. 1770s–1870s: Frombut thewhen earliest times of Greenville’s I’d never heard anything like that sound, Daddy Sharp angles of colored through stained a lumber shedlight onshone the bank of the river exactly where the TD habitation, the Reedy A Century of and Growth unsheathed the knife the cutting edge he’d sharpened that River has glass and glowed where the light touched A dark Amphitheatre is today andpews. a wheelhouse on the banks right next a central in attracting morning on whetstone caught sunlight, played I knew what I hadrole to do. brass urn holding ashesStreet of myBridge. mother stood atop to thetheMain A paint shop (now the Wyche Pavilion), around its banks. He handed me the knife, and I clenchedpeople the leather-wound handle For the a tall pedestalcarriage at the front the church with summer andofwagon warehouses, a hardware store and office Native Americans, its clear, into coolawaters were crucial. as tight as I could, my fist squeezed knot, and fought my Even more wildflowers spread in a vase behind it. The pedestal building (426 S. Main St.) were among the other buildings in the way through the hounds I could thewildlife blacks ofinthe pig’s eyes. was nearly the same height as the podium where the important was its till ability to see draw from Eyes wide, chomping and screaming, thearea pig an seemed reverend stood. He was the reverend that had been surrounding fieldscutters, and hills, making the fueledimportant by some blend of fear and rage, and local I felt tears dam up when IAwas young, though time IS hadNOW startedKNOWN to hunting ground for the Cherokee FORthere NEARLY CENTURY, WHAT AS THE PEACE in my and eyesCatawba as I pulledtribes. the butt endfirst of the knife into my Richard stomach CENTER wash away the picture I held of him. reverend Our colonial settler COMPLEX WAS THE SITEThe OF ONE OF THE BUSIEST AND MOST and thrust hard until thedrawn steel bolster flushitsagainst coarse was old now,BUSINESSES his belly fattened, all that seemed EARLY HISTORY, THE GOWER Pearis was also to therested area for waters, SUCCESSFUL INbut GREENVILLE’S hair and tight skin. All seven inches of blade was in him now and to disappear behind a curtain of fist-pounding, sweatchoosing to build his plantation Great Plains near & COX WAGON AND CARRIAGE FACTORY. the squealing grew louder, and I pulled out and stuck him again dripping hallelujahs. Though his God-given name the Reedy Falls. Its natural water power was first and again until the sound was wet, fell silent, and blood pooled was Hiram Bumgarner, I’d only ever known him as harnessed by Pearis with a gristmill built on the factory’s complex. onto dried oak leaves. I wiped the tears across my face with my Reverend, and he spoke with fire,Production a locust kindinofthe heatGreenville facility outpaced all edge of the upper falls. Though Pearis’ presence was key tokindling the othersword. south Washington, D.C., or putting Greenville on the map as shirtsleeve as if I was swiping snot from my nose so as Daddy on every Heof wore no robes, stoles, village’s origins and the river’s utilization, histotime here was clericals. limited Never a transportation before textiles became the city’s enduring wouldn’t see, and the hounds were still clenching firm the hog had. He always hub stoodlong in front of his circumstances ofofthe Revolutionary his siding with claim to fame. waters were a needed resource for the when by I watched the last bit light go out of his War, eyes. namely The muscles congregation in nothing moreThe thanReedy’s a white collared
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slowed down some. I want to write something you can’t forget, you know what I mean? I want to write a book that you hang around your neck for the rest of your life,” he says, giving Charlie a scratch behind both ears. The mistake some readers might make is to assume that in order for Joy to explore the darker niches of his Appalachian characters’ psyches, he must have visited there himself on occasion. But an afternoon around the fireplace in his den quickly clears up that misconception. Joy is quick to laugh, would probably rather talk about fishing than publishing, and spends his late afternoons rambling around his kitchen. (“Stay for dinner. I’ve got deer cube steak and gravy and some damn good mashed potatoes.”) And he gets as excited about the books he’s reading as he does about the ones he’s writing. (“Man, I’ve only read two books this year that blew my mind. Life’s too short to read shitty books.”) n other words, Joy is living a writer’s life back in Plott Valley, but his life isn’t his writing. He’s one of those novelists who saves his forays into the bleaker recesses of humanity for those solitary hours when it’s just him and a blank page and the mountains he knows so well. And when he returns from those expeditions, he gives us something valuable and lasting—a book that will “hang around our necks for years to come.”
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1870s–1970s: Flourishing Textiles and a Dying River
“ I ’ D S E E N T H AT L I G H T I N E V E RY L I V I N G T H I N G FROM SQUIRRELS TO ELDERS, AND I’D SEEN T H A T L I G H T B U R N O U T W H E N I T E N D E D .”
Baptist funerals were revivals. There wasn’t time for looking back on lives lost when there were souls that still needed saving. Ten minutes into the sermon, spit flew from the reverend’s lips. Sweat beaded on his forehead and bled over him. The summer heat was inescapable in that tiny sanctuary, everyone breathed heavy, and the reverend unbuttoned his top two buttons, his yellow-tinged undershirt visibly wet. The five-member congregation, who had already sat through one sermon that morning, fanned themselves with folded bulletins, sweat gathering on them as well, and they glared on at him, never seeing the man, only hearing the words. I found myself gazing up at the giant cross above the altar in the same way I’d done every Sunday as a child, and waiting for some sign, some light, to shine down and show me God was real. I’d been waiting around all of my life for that light, but so far nothing had ever come. When I was a kid, I expected it would appear like magic, but even then the idea seemed silly. I did wonder what happened when we died, though, and I’d wondered about it for most of my life. Thinking that nothing happened, that there was absolutely nothing following all of this pain, seemed just as silly as magic. No, there had to be something. And if there had to be something, then there had to be God, so in some way or another I was a believer. The preaching was just a murmur in the room now, white noise that played in the background while my thoughts spoke and held me in a trance. I reckon the closest I’d ever come to understanding an idea as big as God was the light that flickered in the eyes of the living, the light that Daddy never had. I’d seen that light in every living thing from squirrels to elders, and I’d seen that light burn out when it ended. I thought about that hog in Whiteside Cove, and I could see that hog’s eyes clear as day, the way those lights had cut out like a switch had been turned when that pig huffed one last bloody breath. Then I thought of Mama, the way her eyes had glimmered that afternoon we spent talking, and the way those lights were long since gone when I found her there, eyes open, mouth gaping, brains blown sideways. There was a place where all light tends to go, and I reckon that was heaven. That lighted place was what that Indian had his eyes fixed on in the picture Mama fancied, and I guess that’s why she’d wanted to get there so badly. The place where all that light gathered back and shined was about as close to God as I could imagine. On the pew where I sat, though, there wasn’t a damn bit of light to be had. Light never shined on a man like me and that was certain. In a lot of ways, that made men like Daddy the lucky ones to have only ever known the darkness. Knowing only darkness, a man doesn’t have to get his heart broken in search of the light. I envied him for that.
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KERNELS OF WISDOM:
High school sweethearts Jonny and Michelle Stauffer grow their own heirloom corn at Colonial Milling Co. in Pauline, SC, outside of Spartanburg, where they transform it into grits and cornmeal.
GRITS A young family’s quest to make the South’s ubiquitous standard the only way that works–The Old-Fashioned Way.
Something mystical happens when you drive out Highway 56, just past the boondocks, and turn off onto a gravel driveway toward a big white plantation home smack out in the middle of nowhere.
Once you see the house and the fields behind it, fallow now in winter, you feel as if the eighteenth century never left this place—then you meet the occupants and get the almost-magical sense that they aren’t in the twenty-first century, either. “The family is the prettiest damn family. It’s like a dream come true.” Those words and their ethereal sentiment belong to Teryi Youngblood Musolf, chef at Passarelle Bistro next to Falls Park, where she serves a product that comes from this dreamscape, a place called Colonial Milling Co. in Pauline, South Carolina, just outside Spartanburg. That’s where Jonny and Michelle Stauffer purchased a home built in 1790 and started their farm-fed company from scratch three years ago. Today, they grow and mill heirloom corn into grits and meal. Now on 35 acres, the imposing two-story manse once was the centerpiece of a 600-acre spread
belonging to one William Smith. In 1765, Smith arrived there from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and later fought in the Revolutionary War, served in the South Carolina Senate, and in the U.S. Congress. He was, first and foremost, a planter. So is Jonny. Which explains why the Stauffers moved here with their son, Grant, now 6, from Spartanburg—to plant and, ultimately, to carry on a tradition that feeds people. The couple doesn’t so much recreate history as they continue a story as old as South Carolina itself. “When you’re in high school,” Michelle says, “maybe you don’t appreciate history. But when you’re living here, you’re, like, ‘Wow, this is pretty cool.’” She glances out a window from their living room, where two logs mysteriously burn as if they’re four. Nodding toward the mottled bricks on the back porch columns, she says, “The bricks were made here on the property. You see people’s thumbprints on them. It’s not restoring the past, but you’re keeping it alive in some way. You’re making it tangible.” And tasty. From a sideboard in their large dining room, she serves heavenly fresh-baked cornbread from their own grain seed, also a couple of hundred years old—“She’s the one that turns it into magic,” Jonny says of his wife of 12 years. “I just grow it.” by JOHN JETER photography by PAUL MEHAFFEY
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alk all you want about non-GMO and preservative-free. Jonny spent three years handculling his yellow Hickory King Corn seeds and replanting them until he reaped the harvest he wanted last spring. He got their start-up palmfull of grains from an 85-year-old gentleman in Hendersonville, North Carolina. “This corn is the history of our country,” Michelle says. “This is what our forefathers ate. This is what the Indians gifted them to grow.” She stops and, then, with a movie-star smile, adds: “This is cool. I guess I geek out about it.” “It’s always been a dream of mine to farm—and ours, not just mine, ours,” Jonny says. Jonny, 39, and Michelle, two years his junior, were high school sweethearts in Boiling Springs. Back then, he cut hay on a friend’s uncle’s farm—“the most amazing job ever.” DNA’s practically required to farm, but he didn’t get that. “I swear I was adopted,” he laughs. “His mom doesn’t like it when he says that,” Michelle says. “But it’s neat to see what you can turn something into.” Jonny listens without interruption. He wears a well-worn ball cap, a light-colored flannel shirt, and denims with a few smudges. Michelle wears a sweater and jeans. She works as a rehab nurse on weekends. He owned his own landscaping business for 15 years before selling everything he had to become a freelance commodities speculator. “I kept my dog and my wife and that little car out there. I never used other peoples’ money.” He apparently made enough seed capital to capitalize his seed venture, enough to move to a place far from today. “You take a piece of red clay,” Michelle says, “and it’s incredible to see what he can do with it. He has the vision. I don’t have the vision. I just have a strong back and I trust him and I think we can do it.”
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Jonny and Michelle Stauffer, and their son Grant, create small-batch grits and cornmeal with non-GMO, preservativefree Hickory King Corn with a pink granite slab in their quaint operation in Pauline, SC. Their products can be bought locally at the Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery, the TD Saturday Market, or purchased via their website at colonialmilling.com.
"We've come up with enough crazy ideas that I think she trusts my intuition when I get a vision. You can call it a vision ," He says. "It's a crazy ideA."
IN ADDITION TO GRITS, COLONIAL MILLING CO. SELLS CORNMEAL FOR AN OTHERWORLDLY TASTE OF OUR FAVORITE SKILLET BREAD.
COLONIAL MILLING CO. 6097 HWY 56, PAULINE, SC. (864) 304-1945, COLONIALMILLING.COM
Perhaps. But it’s leaving a good taste in folks’ mouths. The Stauffers began selling their wares last year at the TD Saturday Market in downtown Greenville. Nowadays, their grits and cornmeal go to more than a dozen retailers and restaurants. At the Saturday morning market, they say, people greeted them like rock stars. “People came by high-fiving us, ‘Thank you for doing this, thank you for keeping the tradition going,’” Michelle says. “I’ve never had anybody tell me, ‘Thank you for what you do.’ Until this. People get it. It’s amazing to see people see what you see. When I was landscaping, I never had anyone say, ‘Y’know, thanks for pulling up and doing my yard,’” Jonny says. He takes a visitor back to the mill, past the Yorkshire and mixedbreed hogs, Thelma and Louise, squealing and playing in a muddy pen. Cocks crow down near the field, where brown-dead corn stalks await spring’s tilling. After seeing the deep-rooted home, you envision a nearby creek with an ancient wooden watermill, patiently turning giant stones that grind dried kernels. Not here. Instead, the entire milling operation sits inside an 800-square-foot metal container, one of those cargo housings you see on a semitrailer truck or train. The milling machine itself is about the size of a peach basket with a funnel on top. A casing houses two 8-inch millstones, one of which is pink Balfour granite. Next to the mini-mill is a sifter, also painted bright white, about half the size of a home refrigerator; the odd-looking electrical contraption shakes and shakes to separate grits from fine, powdery meal. You can’t help but chuckle in bemused astonishment when you see this equipment. Jonny does.
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“If the focus is on this mill, then, yeah, it’s funny, it’s a joke. I’m laughing with you. But we’re just smallscale farmers, is what we are. We try to produce an unbelievably delicious product. It just happens to need to be milled, and this is the mill we do it with.” Jonny bought the gizmos from Meadows Mills, which began manufacturing in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, around 1900—because old, too. Brian Hege, the company’s vice president of sales, explains that pink granite’s special geologic properties actually influence the product’s quality. While rubbing rocks together would certainly create friction, too much of it burns away grains’ natural fat.
"The method for milling that my mills utilize is a superior method because we don't raise the temperature of the product, " he says. Who doesn’t like that savory deliciousness of fat? More grain, more goodness, says Passerelle’s Musolf. “He uses the whole corn. You can see every bit of it in the grits. You can see the germ, the whole thing, whenever you’re holding it. The corn itself is a very sweet corn. The mouth feel about it is really tender and really succulent, so you can tell the corn is really good corn to start with.”
That’s why Julie McGuire stocks Colonial Milling’s grits at the Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery, where she’s grocery manager and buyer. “Their grits, in particular, have a really true heirloom, stoneground texture and taste to them.” Of Colonial Milling and its two proprietors: “They are a really special company, and they’re doing a really special thing.” She also applauds the old-fashioned packaging. Jonny mills by the batch, up to 60 pounds at a time. He fills each 16-ounce jar by hand, packing as many as eight cases, 12 Mason jars to a case, and signing and numbering every “1790” label by himself. “Unless they just get a wild hair and wanna come help,” he says, nodding toward his wife and son. Molly Perry, a chef who was helping out a Spartanburg caterer in January, took pouches, rather than jars, with her to Washington, D.C., after she placed what’s probably Colonial Milling’s single biggest order to date: 15 pounds of fresh-ground grits for a swank brunch the Friday after the presidential inauguration. “I love local products and I try to use them whenever I can in my cooking because they’re just better,” she says, just days before serving some 150 members and guests of South Carolina’s delegation, celebrating at a posh townhouse two blocks from the Capitol. While Perry joins others who dollop praise on the Stauffers, like so much butter on hot grits, she’s equally enthralled with the whole package: “He has a really neat operation.” As Musolf says of the Stauffers’ history-simmered grace and grits: “It makes the story better, and it makes the corn taste better.”
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Traditional chocolate pudding takes a cue from its sophisticated French cousin
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Smooth Operator A sophisticated take on chocolate pudding earns a place at company dinner / by Kathryn Davé // photograph by Jivan Davé
Chocolate pudding’s history, laden with nostalgia and tradition, is precisely what makes it a candidate for your next dinner party.
t’s not polite to lick the spoon. Which is why I will do it secretly, in the quiet of my dark kitchen at night, hours before any guests arrive. This is the South, or one part of it. We know how to host, how to lay our fancy linens and heirloom china, how to cook up a storm and pass it off as “nothing special,” how to make any ordinary occasion something remarkable. But, more importantly, we also know how to make people feel at home. Sometimes that looks like serving a simple, comfort food dessert, such as chocolate pudding. It’s no slight to classic chocolate pudding to point out that it’s not usually considered “company dessert.” The quick, stove-top custard is a sweet treat to be sure, but it’s more likely one enjoyed at grandma’s Sunday supper or after school. Chocolate pudding’s history, laden with nostalgia and tradition, is precisely what makes it such a good candidate for your next dinner party. This version builds on the Southern classic, but takes cues from its more sophisticated French cousin, pots de crème. The result is a rich chocolate custard that delivers an elegant depth of flavor with the silkiness of traditional pudding. Best of all, it can be made the night before and poured into individual ramekins (or vintage Champagne coupes if you’re feeling fancy) to set—so you can lick the spoon and none will be the wiser.
CHOCOLATE PUDDING WITH WHIPPED CRÈME FRAÎCHE Serves 8
INREDIENTS 1 large egg, plus 2 yolks 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate (66%–74% cacao), chopped 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, softened 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 ½ cups whole milk ½ cup heavy cream 1/3 cup brown sugar 2 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder 2 Tbs. cornstarch ¼ tsp. fine sea salt, plus extra
In a small, heatproof bowl, whisk together egg and yolks. Place chocolate, butter, and vanilla extract in a food processor or blender, but don’t turn on. In a medium saucepan, whisk together milk, cream, brown sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt until smooth. Bring to a full boil, whisking, and let bubble for 1 to 2 minutes to activate cornstarch. When it starts to thicken, pull the saucepan off the heat immediately. Pour a little of the hot cornstarch mixture into the eggs, stirring constantly to temper, then pour eggs back into the pan. Cook over low heat, whisking constantly, until mixture just returns to a bare simmer. Immediately pour into the food processor or blender. Run the machine until the pudding is very smooth. Pour into individual ramekins (or teacups or coupe glasses) and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm and cold, at least 4 hours or up to 3 days. Meanwhile, whip heavy cream, crème fraîche, and vanilla extract until soft peaks form. Keep refrigerated until ready to use. Serve pudding with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and a pinch of sea salt. Recipe slightly adapted from Melissa Clark and Merrill Stubbs. ))) FOR MORE RECIPES TOWNCAROLINA.COM
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Bar “This recipe should yield enough for twelve people to have a great party, or six Charlestonians.” —Jayce McConnell
INGREDIENTS 1 liter Evan Williams White Label bourbon 1 750ml bottle Madeira ½ 750ml bottle Smith & Captionhead: Cross rum text herew 3 quarts water 15 lemons 2 cups Demerara sugar 1 bunch fresh thyme 1 whole nutmeg, grated
METHOD Peel the lemons and place peels in a nonreactive bowl (reserve the lemons, as you will need them later). Muddle the peels with sugar, thyme, and nutmeg. Allow mixture to sit at room temperature for at least two hours or overnight in the refrigerator. In the meantime, juice the lemons. When the lemon peel-and-sugar mixture is nice and syrupy, add the lemon juice and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer. When it’s party time, pour everything into a punch bowl. You can add an ice ring or just ladle the punch into glasses over ice. Grate some nutmeg on top and garnish with fresh thyme.
Pleased as Punch Pleased as Punch
The South’s favorite party drink makes a comeback worthy of an heirloom punchbowl / by M. Linda Lee // photograph by Christopher Shane
ugar, lemon, water, alcohol, and tea or spices—the original formula the British East India Company brought from India to England in the early 1600s and what we affectionately term punch. Widely popular in antebellum days, punch fell out of favor (and flavor) in most parts of the United States after the Civil War. Except in the South. Folks here held fast to these powerful potables, which were, and are again, the beverage of choice at large social gatherings. The precedent for punch popularity began with Southern militias, like the Charleston Light Dragoons. Founded in 1791 as an elite cavalry unit comprising the city’s wealthiest residents, the Dragoons evolved into a social club after the Civil War. The recipe they crafted at that time became a closely-guarded hallmark of their get-togethers. Riding the wave of the classic cocktail revival, the South’s preferred party drink is making a comeback. Jayce McConnell, head bartender at Edmund’s Oast in Charleston, reports their Old Thyme Punch sells
so well, they keep it in a keg and serve on draft. “I came up with the recipe because I wanted to put a punch on the menu that utilized ingredients—bourbon, rum, and Madeira—traditionally consumed in the Southern colonies, especially Charleston,” McConnell notes. Punch fosters conviviality by definition. “The punch bowl brings people together, sharing the same beverage, meeting new friends while catching up with the old,” observes Justin Simko, who manages Husk Bar in Charleston. And if you’re hankering to sip on some of that secret Dragoon Punch, Husk Bar serves an updated version based on the original recipe. Try stirring up a batch for your next celebration, but be warned: this libation packs, well, a punch. There’s good reason an 1880s Chicago journal described the drink concocted by Chatham Artillery in Savannah as “the killer of time, the destroyer of bitter memory, the mortal enemy of despair.”
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American Grocery offers refined American cuisine and a changing menu that emphasizes quality ingredients from local and regional producers. Begin with the goat cheese gnudi, with poached apple, onion petals, and brown butter; next, have an entrée of salt-crusted grassfed ribeye with pomme purée, onion soubise, and red wine jus, then finish with the banana pudding cake. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 732 S Main St. (864) 232-7665, americangr.com AUGUSTA GRILL
The unassuming Augusta Grill is home to owner Buddy Clay’s vision of upscale comfort food. From cozy booths to the intimate dining room, patrons can enjoy dishes such as the breaded artichoke and leek-stuffed chicken breast. The lineup of entrées and appetizers changes daily, but regulars can always get Chef Bob Hackl’s highly sought-after blackberry cobbler. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 1818 Augusta St. (864) 242-0316, augustagrill.com BACON BROS. PUBLIC HOUSE
You might think you know what meat lover’s heaven looks like, but if you show up at Chef Anthony Gray’s gastropub, you’ll know for sure. From a board of house-cured, smoked, and dried meats, to a glass-walled curing room display, there’s no shortage of mouthwatering selections. The menu’s flavor profiles extend to cocktails, which heavily feature whiskeys, bourbons, bacon-infused liquors, and even smoked sorghum syrup.
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$$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 3620 Pelham Rd. (864) 297-6000, baconbrospublichouse.com
Channeling the fun-loving legacy of the original Billy “Braz” Brazwell, this pub is an optimal pick for your next food memory. Brazwells steps up game day with an appetizer of thinly sliced, sesameencrusted tuna seared to perfection—along with crowd favorites like spicy buffalo wings (available by the pound) and, of course, a mile-long list of burgers. $$, L, D. 631 S Main St. (864) 568-5053, brazwellspub.com DIVE ‘N’ BOAR
Don’t be fooled by its title—this establishment is much more than a traditional dive-bar. With a smashing cocktail program and Chef Adrian Carpenter’s fine fair, Dive ‘n’ Boar makes quite the splash. Try the oxtail and potato gnocchi or the crispy frog legs with charred okra and Tabasco brown butter.
$-$$, D. Closed Sunday. 2541 N Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 509-0388, divenboar.com GB&D
The restaurant’s description itself—Golden Brown & Delicious—tells you all you need to know about this West Greenville joint. Locally-sourced takes on American favorites, such as well-crafted salads and sandwiches—like the killer burger on a housemade brioche bun, as well as seasonal specials fill the menu. Don’t miss the chicken & waffle sandwich with a fried egg and maple hot sauce. It’s totally worth the 1,000 napkin deaths.
The Anchorage If you’re an avid member of the Chef McPhee fan club, your moment has (finally!) arrived. McPhee’s blue-bedecked restaurant dropped anchor last month in the Village of West Greenville, and his fresh fare–focused menu is causing quite the splash. Start your Anchorage experience with the brown butter cauliflower grits or the spicy sweet potatoes. Then move on to the pappardelle with Border Springs Lamb sausage, complete with botarga, white sofrito, Reedy spinach, and egg yolk, or try the mackerel poke below, with baked skin, granny smith apple, shoyu, lime, ginger, and charred scallion. Don’t miss the outstanding cocktail program at the gorgeous bar upstairs. $-$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 586 Perry Ave, Greenville. (864) 219-3082, theanchoragerestaurant.com
$$, B, L. Closed Sunday & Monday. 1269 Pendleton St, Greenville. (864) 2309455, eatgbnd.com
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The renowned Charleston steakhouse puts down roots in the former High Cotton space on the Reedy River. Indulge in a selection of wet- or dry-aged steaks (USDA Prime beef, flown in from Chicago’s Allen Brothers), or try a Durham Ranch elk loin with root vegetable hash and pine nut relish. Don’t miss the lavender French toast at brunch. $$$$, D, SBR. 550 S Main St. (864) 335-4200, hallschophousegreenville.com HENRY’S SMOKEHOUSE
Though this barbecue joint has since branched out, Henry’s original location has long set the standard. A Greenville institution, the smokehouse specializes in slow-cooking meat in open pits over hickory logs. Sure, there’s more on the menu, but their succulent ribs with beans and slaw will transport you to hog heaven. $, L, D. 240 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 232-7774, henryssmokehouse.com
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Located in the space formerly occupied by Corner Pocket, Ink N Ivy boasts a menu of American fare with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Lunch features staples like the charred salmon salad, wok-blackened and served over crisp greens, sweet peppers, and leeks. The evening menu tacks on entrées like the grilled scallops, topped with lime cilantro butter, and served on wilted chives, baby spinach, and roasted peppers. $$, L, D (Mon–Sun), SBR (Sat–
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A straight farm-to-table concept, Kitchen Sync relies heavily on natural, fresh ingredients. The crispy kale plate appetizer is sourced from local farmers, and the Banh Mi salad comes loaded with bean sprouts, cashews, garden herbs, and rice noodles, topped with pulled pork or tofu. Try the cracklin’ chicken thighs: spiced with a no-tell “magic” dust, served with seasoned collards and roasted veggie mac ‘n cheese. $$, D (Tues–Sun). Closed Mondays. 1609 Laurens Rd, Greenville. (864) 5688115, kitchensyncgreenville.com LARKIN’S ON THE RIVER
Located between the Peace Center and the Reedy River, Larkin’s balances upscale dining with comfort. Start with the shecrab soup, then an entrée from the day’s selections—or opt for an aged filet mignon with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Enjoy the river view on the enclosed outdoor patio, and polish off your meal with a selection from the extensive wine list. $$$-$$$$, L (Mon–Fri), D (daily), SBR. 318 S Main St. (864) 467-9777, larkinsontheriver.com NOSE DIVE
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The Nose Dive is city bar meets corner bistro. Beer, wine, and craft cocktails complement an ambitious menu of “urban comfort food.” Look for an elevated gastropub experience at every meal, from fried chicken and waffles to a customized grits bar at brunch. Located on Main Street between ONE City Plaza and the Peace Center, this gastropub is downtown hotspot and neighborhood hangout, in one.
Mondays. 109 N Main St, Ste A, Greenville. (864) 520-2579, oakbluekitchen.com OJ’S DINER
OJ’s is not a restaurant. It’s an Upstate institution. The old-school meat-andthree dishes up homestyle favorites on a daily basis, but every weekday comes with specials: lasagna and porkchops on Mondays, turkey and meatloaf Tuesdays, and more. Don’t forget to dig into a mess of sides: the mac ‘n’ cheese tastes the way mama made it and God intended. $, B, L. Closed Saturday & Sunday. 907 Pendleton St. (864) 235-2539, ojsdiner.com RESTAURANT 17
Tucked away in Travelers Rest, Restaurant 17 blends contemporary European bistro with Blue Ridge bliss. Pick up fresh-baked bread from the café (open daily) or peruse the market’s wine selection. The menu changes seasonally, but expect dishes like sweet corn beignets and a dry-aged pork chop with pumpkin-seed pesto. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest. (864) 516-1254, restaurant17.com
RICK ERWIN’S NANTUCKET SEAFOOD
Greenville may be landlocked, but Rick Erwin’s restaurant takes us seaside. The day’s fresh catch comes grilled, seared, broiled, blackened, or in chef-designed specialties. Try the fried lobster bites with a drink at the elegant bar, pre- or post-Peace Center performance. Ideal for group dinners or quiet date nights, Nantucket offers both an intimate and entertaining atmosphere.
$$-$$$$, D, SBR. 40 W Broad St. (864) 546-3535, nantucketseafoodgrill.com RICK ERWIN’S WEST END GRILLE
Traditional surf-and-turf meets upscale dining at Rick Erwin’s. The dining room is decorated in rich, dark woods that, along with low lighting, create an intimate, stylish atmosphere. Entrées range from sashimigrade tuna and pan-seared sea bass, to certified Angus beef. $$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 648 S Main St. (864) 232-8999, rickerwins.com ROOST
This nod to the enterprising farm-to-table trend lends a modern, tasty addition to North Main. With a promise to provide food with a limited distance from producer to consumer, Roost’s ingredients are sourced from nearby areas in South and North Carolina. In good weather, try to snag a spot on the patio overlooking NoMa Square. $$-$$$, B,L, D, SBR. 220 N Main St. (864) 298-2424, roostrestaurant.com RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE
Tucked into downtown Greenville’s new Embassy Suites hotel, this N’awlins-based franchise pairs the finest steak fare with its ideal wine complement. To start, snack on the succulent blue crab cakes with lemon butter, then cut into a tender filet perfectly paired with a glass of dark red Syrah. Your finale can be savory or sweet: the lobster mac n’ cheese comes sprinkled with green chilies, and the bread pudding—drizzled in white chocolate—is a dessert lover’s dream.
$-$$, L, D, SBR. 116 S Main St. (864) 373-7300, thenosedive.com
$$$-$$$$, D. 250 Riverplace, Greenville. (864) 242-2000; 851 Congaree Rd, ruthschris.com
SMOKE ON THE WATER
Smoked, hand-pulled BBQ is a glowing centerpiece of this local eatery. Serving plenty of homestyle dishes, like the Tabasco-breaded hot chicken sandwich and pimento cheese appetizer, Oakblue also offers the Korean BBQ sandwich with hefty short rib, pickled Daikon radish, and spicy Gochujang aioli.
Located in the West End Market, Smoke on the Water has a homey feel, with separate street-side dining and covered patio tables overlooking Pedrick’s Garden. Choose something from the smoker (beerbutt chicken), or pick from sandwiches, burgers, or salads. $-$$$, L, D. 1 Augusta St,
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Local flavor shines here in entrĂŠes like crab cakes with remoulade, sweet corn maque choux, mashed potatoes, and haricot verts. Their selection of 700 wines guarantees the perfect meal complement. Featuring different selections every week, the Sunday brunch buffet showcases the chefsâ€™ creativity. $$$-$$$$, D, SBR. 207 S Main St. (864) 232-7007, sobys.com
BEER AND PUBS THE COMMUNITY TAP
Convenience, expertise, and great atmosphere collide at The Community Tap, Greenvilleâ€™s neighborhood craft beer and wine shop. Choose from their extensive selectionâ€”more than 180 local, national, and international brewsâ€”or have a glass or two from one of their ever-rotating taps. 217 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 631-2525, thecommunitytap.com LIBERTY TAP ROOM BAR & GRILL
Located next to Fluor Field, Liberty Tap Room Bar & Grill is both pre-game watering hole and after-work hangout. Dinner choices range from classic burgers and juicy steaks to spinach pizza. Gather with friends at the long bar to enjoy one of 72 brews on tap. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 941 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 770-7777, libertytaproom.com MACâ€™S SPEED SHOP
Across from Liberty Tap Room, Macâ€™s is for the Harley-set as well as the Greenville Drive crowd, with plenty of brisket, ribs, and beer-can chicken. Try a plate of Tabasco-fried pickles, washed down with one of the 50 craft beers on tap. With outdoor seating, youâ€™ll likely want to lay some rubber on the road to grab your spot. $-$$$, L, D. 930 S Main St, (864) 239-0286 macspeedshop.com THE PLAYWRIGHT
The Playwrightâ€™s hearty dishesâ€”homemade lamb pot pie or a classic Reubenâ€”are perfect soul-warming remedies. Designed to transport guests to Ireland, the pub features Dublin-crafted bar and booths, famous literary figures that adorn the walls and menus, and a warm spirit of hospitality. $-$$, L , D, SBR. 401 River St, Greenville. (864) 241-3384, theplaywrightpub.com UNIVERSAL JOINT
Everyone needs a neighborhood bar. Where better to cheer (or heckle mercilessly) with your friends? This hangout is within walking distance of North Main, featuring a covered outdoor patio and roll-up garage doors. Rotating bottle and draft selections and plenty of outdoor seating keep things fresh. $-$$, L, D. 300 E Stone Ave, Greenville. (864) 252-4055, ujgreenville.com THE VELO FELLOW
Cozy in a funky way, this hip pub is right under the Mellow Mushroom. The menu has burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, shepherdâ€™s pie, falafels, and more. In addition to craft brews on tap, the Velo Fellow offers traditional absinthe service, complete with a silver-plated brouilleur.
$-$$$, L, D, SBR. 1 Augusta St, Ste 126, Greenville. (864) 242-9296, thevelofellow.com
BREAKFAST/LUNCH THE BOHEMIAN CAFĂ‰
Treat taste buds and ears at the Bohemian CafĂŠ, side-by-side with the legendary Horizon Records. This eclectic cafĂŠ with an international flair serves curry and pasta,
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$$, L, D, SBR. Closed Monday. 2 W Stone Ave, Greenville. (864) 233-0006, thebohemiancafe.com CHICORA ALLEY
Chicora Alleyâ€™s Caribbean riff on traditional Mexican and Southern fare offers signature crab cakes or mountain-high nachos, shrimp and chicken burritos, quesadillas, and more. Be sure to drop by on Sundays for brunch.
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$-$$$, L, D, SBR. Closed Monday. 608-B S Main St, Greenville. (864) 232-4100, chicoraalley.com EGGS UP GRILL
If your name has â€œeggsâ€? in it, youâ€™d better know your eggs. Eggs Up Grill doesnâ€™t disappoint. From classic over-easy eggs to Patty-o-Sullivan omelets (grilled corned beef hash with melted swiss cheese), this breakfast joint has you covered. Not a fan of eggs? Try classic diner fare like pancakes, waffles, burgers, and French toast. $-$$. B, L. 31 Augusta St, Greenville. (864) 520-2005, eggsupgrill.com THE GREEN ROOM
The Green Room has a revamped menu, which presents Southern fare and American cuisine with a bent towards sustainably raised meat and fish, as well as local produce. Try the pan-seared New York duck breast with rainbow Swiss chard, beech mushrooms, sweet potato purĂŠe, and cherry Cognac glacĂŠ, or the wild-caught shrimp and grits, with local Adluh Mills grits, pepper confetti, Andouille sausage, charred okra, and a shellfish broth.
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$$-$$$, L, D, SBR. 116 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 335-8222 MARY BETHâ€™S
Breakfast is an essential meal, and Mary Bethâ€™s treats it accordingly. Take your pick: biscuits, omelets, eggs Benedict, waffles, crepes, and pancakes populate the breakfast menu. Or donâ€™t pickâ€”get the Mega Breakfast for a hearty menu sampling. For something later in the day, Mary Bethâ€™s also has lunch and dinner menus that include sandwiches, rack of lamb, and salmon. $$-$$$, B, L, D (Thursâ€“Sat). 500 E McBee Ave, Greenville. (864) 242-2535, marybethsatmcbee.com MARYâ€™S AT FALLS COTTAGE
Located in historic Falls Cottage, Maryâ€™s offers brunch and lunch with a charm perfect for leisurely weekends. The menu includes the ultimate Reuben and quiches, as well as Southern comfort favorites like the Fountain Inn salad and hot chicken salad.
$-$$, L, SBR. Closed Monday. 615 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 298-0005, fallscottage.com TANDEM CREPERIE & COFFEEHOUSE
Tandem lures Swamp Rabbit cyclists with aromas of Counter Culture Coffee and a happy stomach guarantee. Try the lumberjack (cornmeal crepe, ham, bacon, eggs, cheese, bechamel, and maple syrup) or the tasty banana nut crepe. Stuck between savory and sweet? Split one of each with a friend in the Tandem spirit: â€œTogether is best.â€? $, B, L, SBR. 2 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-2245, tandemcc.com TUPELO HONEY CAFĂ‰
Big Southern charm comes in forms of steaming hot biscuits at Tupelo Honey. Indulge in sweet potato pancakes (topped with pecans and peach butter of course), available all day, or try a mouthwatering sandwich like the Southern fried chicken BLT with maple-peppered bacon. $$, B, L, D. 1 N Main St, Suite T, Greenville. (864) 451-6200, tupelohoneycafe.com
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$, B, L, D (closed Sunday evenings). Open until 3am on Friday & Saturday. 6 E Washington St, Greenville. (864) 509-6061, sullyssteamers.com
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Coffee Underground boasts a wide selection of specialty coffees, adult libations, and dreamy desserts like the peanut butter pie with graham cracker crust and a peanut butter and vanilla mousse. If you’re craving more substantial fare, choose from a splendid breakfast-anytime option, sandwiches, soups, salads, and more. $-$$, B, L, D, SBR. 1 E Coffee St, Greenville. (864) 298-0494, coffeeunderground.info
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Whether it’s the white marble countertops or the gleaming chrome Slayer espresso machine, Methodical is a coffee bar built for taste. Coffee guru Will Shurtz, designer Marco Suarez, and hotelier David Baker ensure there’s plenty of substance to go with style. With single-origin espressos, house-made shrub sodas, and homemade treats, there’s plenty to rave about. $-$$, B, L, D. 101 N Main St, Ste D, Greenville. methodicalcoffee.com THE VILLAGE GRIND
Tucked between art galleries in the heart of Pendleton Street, the Village Grind is essential for Greenville coffee lovers. Emphasizing community, the coffeehouse uses all things local—from milk and syrups to beans from Due South Coffee. Enjoy drinks with friends on the Mid-Century couch or solo at the pallet-inspired window bar. $, B, L. 1263 Pendleton St, Greenville. (864) 915-8600
DELIS & SANDWICHES
Count on this deli for fast, high-quality food, from homemade soups to a traditional grinder and a turkey melt. Grab “crafted carryout” entrées and sides, or impress last-minute guests with roasted turkey and Parmesan potatoes. Choose from the daily menu, or check back for daily specials. $-$$, B, L, D. Closed Sunday. 644 N Main St, Suite 107, Greenville. (864) 370-9336, twochefscafeandmarket.com
Vibrant Latin culture comes to Greenville by way of ASADA. Grab a bite of Latin flavor with the chayote rellenos de camarones (a Nicaraguan dish of chayotes stuffed with sautéed shrimp in creamy spicy ChipotleGuajillo suace); or see a trans-Pacific collaboration at work with the chicken karaage taco, which features Japanese-style fried chicken and a Latin-Asian slaw. $-$$. Closed Sunday & Monday. 903 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864)-770-3450, asadarestaurant.com BANGKOK THAI CUISINE
Bangkok Thai makes a standout version of pad Thai, everyone’s favorite noodles. The curries are a surefire hit, though the green curry is the only one made from fresh chilies. For a different dining experience, take a seat on the floor pillows in the back room.
$$, L, D. Closed Sundays. 605 Haywood Rd. (864) 458-7866, bangkokgreenville.com CANTINA 76
CAVIAR & BANANAS
A Charleston-based fresh-food fantasy, Caviar & Bananas has answered Greenville’s gourmet prayers with a whopping selection of salads, sandwiches, and baked goods galore, not to mention a fine selection of beer and wine. But don’t miss weekend brunch! We suggest the B.E.L.T.: bacon duo, fried egg, arugula, tomato, and black pepper aioli, on grilled sourdough bread.
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$-$$. B, L, D, SBR. 1 N Laurens St. (864) 235-0404, caviarandbananas.com RICK’S DELI & MARKET
For a filling, gourmet lunch on the go, the artisanal sandwiches and salads at this West End deli hit the spot. Try the Classic Reuben, with corned beef piled high on toasted marbled rye with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing, or the Rick’s Chopped Salad, with turkey, bacon, and ham. For dinner, fish and chips, herb-crusted salmon, and chicken piccata make the cut.
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Located around the corner from Carl Sobocinski’s restaurant, Soby’s on the Side adds speed and efficiency to high-quality food. From BBQ Monday to Grilled Cheese Wednesday, add a spontaneous element to your lunch, or enjoy a hot breakfast.
$-$$. B, L. Closed Sunday. 22 E Court St, Greenville. (864) 271-8431, sobysontheside.com SULLY’S STEAMERS
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When considering the perfect sandwich, steam isn’t 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 serves bagel sandwiches piping hot and always fresh.
Tex-Mex has a new home in Greenville with the addition of Cantina 76. Although ripe with golden-brown chimichangas and zesty enchiladas, the menu’s real star is the taco selection. Play it safe with classic handhelds like fried tilapia and ground beef with lettuce, tomatoes, and shredded cheese, or turn up the heat with fried chicken doused with jalapeño aioli. $, L, D. 103 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 631-2914, cantina76.com HANDI INDIAN CUISINE
At lunch, sample items from a reasonably priced buffet with choices that change daily. Try the Handi Special: a sampler of tandoori chicken, lamb kabobs, lamb or chicken curry, and vegetable korma, served with basmati rice, naan, and dessert. $$-$$$, L, D. 18 N Main St. (864) 241-7999, handiindiancuisine.net IRASHIAI SUSHI PUB & JAPANESE RESTAURANT
Splashes of red and lime green play off the blend of traditional and modern influences at this sushi restaurant. Chef and owner Keichi Shimizu exhibits mastery over his domain at the bar, but also playfully blends modern-American elements into his menu. $$, L (Sun–Fri), D (Daily). 115 Pelham Rd. (864) 271-0900, irashiai.com KIMCHEE KOREAN RESTAURANT
Kimchee’s kimchi keeps locals coming back. Try the Kalbi short ribs (marinated in soy sauce, onions, and sesame seeds) or bibimbap (served in a hot stone bowl for crispy rice). All dishes come with ban chan, side dishes that include kimchi, japchae (glass noodles), marinated tofu, and more. $$-$$$ L, D. Closed Sunday. 1939 Woodruff Rd Ste B. (864) 534-1061, kimcheekoreanrestaurant.com
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Chef Huy Tran delivers the nuances of fine Vietnamese cuisine at Mekong. Favorites include the grilled pork vermicelli: marinated pork, lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts, mint, cilantro, peanuts, crispy shallots, and sauce. For textural variation, try the broken rice platter: julienned pork, grilled pork chop, and steamed pork omelet over broken rice. $, L, D. Closed Monday. 2013 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 244-1314, mekongrestaurantgreenville.com YELLOW GINGER ASIAN KITCHEN
Here, Chef Alex Wong and wife Dorothy Lee have managed to reinvent the conventional. Start off with the homemade pot stickers, or dive right into the soul-satisfying mee goreng, with fresh lo mein noodles, tofu, bean sprouts, green onions, and shrimp with an unctuous soy tomato chili sauce then topped with a fried egg. $-$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 2100 Poinsett Hwy, Ste J. Greenville. (864) 605-7551, yellowgingerasian.com
EUROPEAN DAVANI’S RESTAURANT
Heaping portions and a menu that mixes inventive flavors with customer favorites make Davani’s a Greenville mainstay. The friendly staff doesn’t hurt, either. Try the Muscovy duck, pan-seared with port wine and a sundried cherry demi-glacé, or the veal Oscar, topped with crab meat, asparagus, and hollandaise. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 1922 Augusta St, Ste 111A, Greenville. (864) 373-9013, davanisrestaurant.com THE LAZY GOAT
The Lazy Goat’s tapas-style menu is distinctly Mediterranean. Sample from the Graze and Nibble dishes, such as the crispy Brussels sprouts with Manchego shavings and sherry glacé. For a unique entrée, try the duck confit pizza with a sour cherry vinaigrette and a farm egg. An extensive variety of wines is available in addition to a full bar. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 170 River Pl, Greenville. (864) 679-5299, thelazygoat.com PASSERELLE BISTRO
Gaze over the lush Falls Park scenery while enjoying mouthwatering French-inspired cuisine. Make a lunch date to enjoy lighter dishes like the arugula salad, or go for the bistro burger with its caramelized leeks and mushrooms, arugula, Gruyere, and garlic aioli. At night, the bistro serves up romance à la Paris, with items like escargot and mussels. Don’t miss brunch on the weekend. $$-$$$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Mon–Sun), SBR (Sat–Sun). 601 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 509-0142, passerelleinthepark.com PITA HOUSE
The Pita House has been family-operated since 1989. Inside, it’s bare bones, but the cognoscenti come here for tasty Middle Eastern fare such as hummus, falafel, kibbeh, and shwarma. And save room for baklava and other Mediterranean sweets for dessert. Also, check out the little grocery in the back of the restaurant for some homemade inspiration.
$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 495 S. Pleasantburg Dr, #B, Greenville. (864) 271-9895, pitahousesc.com POMEGRANATE ON MAIN
Pomegranate serves traditional Persian cuisine in an eclectic Eastern ambience. Attentive service, reasonable prices, and a flavorful variety, such as the slow-cooked lamb shank or the charbroiled Cornish hen kabobs, make this an excellent spot for lunch or dinner. Be sure to sample from
the martini menu at the aquamarine-tiled bar, or head outside to the street-side patio facing Main.
$$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 618 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 241-3012, pomegranateonmain.com RISTORANTE BERGAMO
Ristorante Bergamo, open since 1986, focuses on fresh produce and Northern Italian cuisine: fresh mussels sautéed in olive oil, garlic, and white wine, veal with homegrown organic herbs, and pasta creations such as linguine with shrimp and mussels. The bar fronts 14-foot windows along Main Street, making it a prime location for enjoying a glass while people-watching. $$$, 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. $$, L, D. Closed Monday. 23 W Washington St, Greenville. (864) 451-7490, trappedoor.com
PIZZA BARLEY’S TAPROOM & PIZZERIA
Pizza and beer—flowing from more than 27 taps downstairs and another 31 upstairs—are what bring students and young revelers to Barley’s. Besides the tap, there’s a list as long as your arm of selections by the bottle. Try the classic New York–style pizzas, or go for one of Barley’s specialty pies. Afterwards, make your way upstairs to the billiards tables and the dartboard lanes. $-$$, L, D. 25 W Washington St, Greenville. (864) 232-3706, barleysgville.com MELLOW MUSHROOM
Greenville’s West End outpost of this beloved pizza joint is perfect for families, parties, duos, or flying solo. Try the kosmic karma with sundried tomatoes, feta, and pesto, or the house special, stacked with three meats, veggies, and extra cheese. $-$$$, L, D. 1 Augusta St, Ste 101, Greenville. (864) 233-9020, mellowmushroom.com/greenville SIDEWALL PIZZA COMPANY
Located in a renovated tire shop on the main drag of Travelers Rest, on Cleveland Street downtown, and soon to open on Pelham Road, this pizza joint is a fast favorite with its handcrafted, brick-oven pies made from local ingredients. But their salads are nothing to ignore, not to mention dessert: the homemade ice cream will make you forget about those fellas named Ben & Jerry. $$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 35 S Main St, Travelers Rest, (864) 610-0527; 99 Cleveland St, Greenville. (864) 558-0235, 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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THE BOOK OF MORMON In most cases, poking fun at religion is grounds for an immediate smiting. But when it’s scripted by the same guys who created South Park . . . well, that probably isn’t the best defense, either. Crowned as one of the best musicals of all time, the Tony Award–winning Broadway smash takes a satirical view at the life of two Mormon missionaries as they attempt to relate to the hardships of a third-world country— using their religion as a guide. Laden with hit songs and plenty of humor, this is one cult you may actually want in on. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $45-$125. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
An original work crafted by Kristy Thomas, Memories of the Game is familiar territory for anyone who has ever dealt with the tragedy of Alzheimer’s disease. Faced with their father’s growing confusion and memory loss, the McIntosh children are thrust into a struggle all their own, one that will either bind the family together or force them to break apart. The play will premiere as one of Centre Stage’s “Fringe Series” productions. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Tues–Wed, 7pm. $10-$15. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org
top hits from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Pretty hard for those wintertime blues to get you down when you’re shaking your groove thing, right? Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $25-$35. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org
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Twentieth-century artist Andrew Wyeth left his impression on the art world through distinct paintings depicting the tranquility of rural life. What you may not know is that he wasn’t the only Wyeth to put visuals to paper. This collection of more than 70 distinct sketches, paintings, and other artworks are a ledger of artistic ancestry, including pieces by Wyeth’s sisters, son, and father. The centennial celebration of his birth delves into some of the artist’s most exceptional contributions to the craft, weaving a story that needs few words. Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College St, Greenville. Wed–Sat, 10am–6pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Free. (864) 271-7570, gcma.org
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Chautauqua’s June festival, this year’s edition will celebrate the life of one of America’s most influential women. “Eleanor Roosevelt: The Power of Words” takes off with an opening night benefit at Greenville’s Fine Arts Center, where guests can mingle with the First Lady and field questions about her life in the White House and beyond. Historical maven and performer Susan Marie Frontczak is slated to portray FDR’s beloved in a series of two live shows that will continue throughout the weekend. Locations, times vary. Opening night, $30; all others, free. (864) 244-1499, greenvillechautauqua.org
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Local talent takes over this Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra production, which will also feature choral accompaniment courtesy of Spartanburg Sings. Members of the SPO—including Karen Hill on clarinet and bassoonist Frank Watson—will tackle the mastery of Mozart in the composer’s “Sinfonia Concertante,” written in 1779. The piece is sandwiched in between other renowned arrangements by Beethoven and Gabriel Faure. Twichell Auditorium at Converse College, 580 E Main St, Spartanburg. Sat, 7–9:30pm. $25-$45. (864) 542-2787, chapmanculturalcenter.org
4 SWEETHEART CHARITY BALL There’s no better excuse to get gussied up for a night on the town than when that night also benefits a wonderful cause. Hosted by the Upstate’s Meals on Wheels chapter, the annual Sweetheart Charity Ball has raised thousands in profits 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. Sat. $150-$300. (864) 233-6565, mealsonwheelsgreenville.org/ sweetheart-charity-ball.aspx
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Have you ever considered what Roxie Hart might sound like tuned down a few octaves? Or if Sweeney Todd was a little more Sweeney “broad”? Wonder no more! This special showcase by the Spartanburg Little Theatre’s Fringe Series will bend all the genders for one night only in a unique switch of the sexes. Both funny and frisky, “Broadway Backwards” might leave you pondering why grown men don’t sing “I Feel Pretty” more often. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Thurs, 7:30pm. $20. (864) 542-2787, spartanburglittletheatre.com
POETIC CONVERSATION: MORE THAN JUST A MONTH, HONORING AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY In honor of Black History Month, the Peace Center presents another installment of the Poetic Conversations series. Poets Marjory Wentworth and Marlanda Dekine will serve as guest artists for the compelling night of communication, providing thoughtprovoking topics that will continue to spark minds and facilitate necessary change across the state. Huguenot Mill, 101 W Broad St, Greenville. Thurs, 7pm. Free. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
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Join Greenville’s own Swamp Rabbits ice hockey team as they go head-tohead with the Orlando Solar Bears at this family-friendly event. This time, the Swamp Rabbits won’t be the only ones scoring as the goals rack up; $5 from every ticket sold to the evening’s match will go to the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance, a nearly seven acre space near the Swamp Rabbit MarbleLife_qtrS_TOWN Jan17.indd in Trail dedicated to honoring, sharing, Ma n and healing patients, survivors, their eo lac families, and the community. P k Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Par 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Fri, 7pm. $15. (864) 674-7825, swamprabbits.com
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BY THE 10–12 INSPIRED CLASSICS The Greenville Symphony Orchestra kicks off the 2017 season of its Chamber Orchestra Series with this homage to composers-gone-Baroque. Russian composers Sergei Prokofiev and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky along with Germany’s Robert Strauss take
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cues from their forefathers with three distinct compositions that blend together traditional styles with modern zest. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $44. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
CHASE 5K 11 CUPID’S While the odds of a cherubic baby in a diaper chasing you down the street with a bow and arrow at this event are about as likely as not eating an entire Whitman’s Sampler in one sitting, don’t be surprised if he pops up during this 5K. Proceeds directly benefit the Community Options organization, which helps support those with disabilities. Runners of any athleticism are encouraged to participate in their most amorous running duds. You’re already running from your feelings, so why not do it for a good cause? Trailblazer Park, 115 Henderson Dr,
FESTIVAL OF LAUGHS WITH MIKE EPPS
Whether he’s tricking Alan into buying “floories” in The Hangover or trying to evade his baby mama in Next Friday, comedian Mike Epps is always packing plenty of laughs into both his movie roles and as a solo performer on the stand-up circuit. Epps’s “Festival of Laughs” is guaranteed to be no exception, especially with comedians Tony Rock and Bruce Bruce as his second-in-commands. Warning: may cause sidesplitting. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sun, 7pm. $49-$75. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com
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GONE NUTS 11 MUTTS It’s time to settle this like adults. Dogs rule, cats drool. Especially this brilliant band of pups, whose rags-toriches tale rings more like shelter-tospotlight. Watch in wonder as these rescue Rovers defy the odds with an unexpected bag of tricks designed to awe, amaze, and earn a few laughs along the way. Kinda makes those six months it took to teach Spot how to roll over seem a little pointless, doesn’t it? Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. Sat. $14-$28. (828) 693-0403, flatrockplayhouse.org
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He may be a New York native, but pianist Emile Pandolfi has certainly made Greenville his surrogate hometown, attending both high school and college here in the Upstate. And lucky for us, he’ll be spreading a little romantic cheer our way with the return of his signature Valentine’s Day concert. With songs handpicked from a 30-plus album collection, the evening is set to incorporate some of Pandolfi’s most enchanting pieces along with his characteristic humor. Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Tues, 8pm. $35. (864) 233-6238, greenvillelittletheatre.org
The Juilliard graduate and multilingual opera singer has garnered international prestige for her astounding vocal energy. A fourtime Grammy winner, Fleming will bring her classical music chops to the Peace Center for a show-stopping performance of film themes, signature compositions, and original works that span the decades. Overflowing with passion, Fleming’s dynamic arias are certainly a thing to behold. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm. $65-$95. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
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WINTER JAM February 17; Fri, 7pm. Bon Secours Wellness Arena. For only $10, experience 12 of the best-known spiritual musicians and speakers. Winter Jam is an evening filled with music and faith-based dialogue for the whole family.
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Proving that not all spiritual music has to come from a hymnal, the touring Winter Jam production brings together some of the genre’s more contemporary acts for an evening of full-fledged praise and worship. This year’s show includes “Duck Dynasty” star Sadie Robertson, speaker Tony Nolan, Billboard Top Ten artists Thousand Foot Krutch, indie hip-hop artist Andy Mineo, and many more. Dedicated to faith and the power of
ministry, Winter Jam is an all-ages event and even includes some special Q & A segments for exclusive “Jam Nation” members. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Fri, 7pm. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com
For over two decades, the unforgettable caricature of veteran comedian James Gregory has stood grinning: his shirt un-tucked, his arms outstretched, a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious comedy experience. Storytelling at its best.
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PIEDMONT BOYS 17 THE AT REVEL When the Handlebar closed its symphonious doors a few years back, all the live music-lovers of the Upstate collectively wept. But after a fix-up to rival the talents of HGTV sweethearts Chip and Jo, the old Handlebar, reborn as Revel, will hosts its first live music event thanks to new company Chass Productions. The long-awaited evening will feature the local likes of Greg Payne & the Piedmont Boys, Darby Wilcox and the Peep Show, Jacob Johnson, and a pre-show special with the WPOS band. Revel, 305 E Stone Ave, Greenville. Fri, 7pm (VIP), 8pm (GA). $25; $15. (864) 400-9805, chassproductions. com
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Put on your cheap sunglasses, because the tres hombres of blues-rock are back. With nearly 50 years and more than 15 albums to their name, ZZ Top has carved out a space among the genre’s biggest legends and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. Whether you’re rolling through “La Grange,” a “Sharp Dressed Man,” or
a “Rough Boy,” the Texas all-stars have got you covered. In the words of Billy Gibbons, “A haw, haw, haw.” The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sun, 7:30pm. $65-$85. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Although it premiered just four years ago, the jukebox musical production written by Douglas McGrath has already scooped up awards for best musical theater album and outstanding sound design. Told in two acts, the narrative trails the career of singersongwriter Carole King from her early life in Brooklyn to under the spotlights at Carnegie Hall. Hits like “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” and “Some Kind of Wonderful” melt into the storyline along the way, setting the stage for one “beautiful” experience. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $35-$95. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
AN EVENING WITH ROBERT BLOCKER
After graduating from Furman University in 1968, pianist and conductor Robert Blocker has since gone on to serve as the Dean of Music at UNC-Greensboro, Baylor University, and most currently, Yale. American Chamber Players violist Miles Hoffman is slated to accompany Blocker for the
evening’s showcase; this powerhouse duo is one classical music lovers won’t want to miss. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, 7:30pm. $25-$35. (864) 4673000, peacecenter.org
JAMES GREGORY: THE FUNNIEST MAN IN AMERICA!
In a way, comedian James Gregory is just like your grandpa; he tells hilarious stories about life in the South, hates being politically correct, and puffs on cigars on his own front porch. The “funniest man in America” has been featured on countless radio shows and television specials, bringing audiences to tears with his no-holds-barred takes on everything from obesity in America to growing up in Georgia and global warming. Because what this country needs is a few more laughs, right? Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Fri, 7pm & 9pm. $35-$42. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org
24–Mar 12 PETER AND THE STARCATCHER While the perks of growing up—we can have ice cream whenever we want!—far outweigh the negatives, adventures seemed greater when the world seemed bigger. Set sail on an unforgettable epic with a pre–Tinker Bell Peter Pan and Molly as they journey on the high seas to a land of
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enchantment with plenty of quirky characters in tow. It’s a tale that will sweep your imagination all the way to Neverland—so long as you believe in faith, trust, and pixie dust. Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $20-$35. (864) 233-6238, greenvillelittletheatre.org
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Never fully realized your dream of sailing the ocean blue in a ship painstakingly crafted during your post-retirement woodworking phase? This is a close second. Sponsored by Greenville County Rec, the Cardboard Regatta invites builders of all ages to craft a winning design made from environmentally-friendly materials to race in the pool of the Westside Aquatic Center. Prizes for best-dressed crew, best-sinking, and best-looking boat will be awarded to each level of competitor, so hit the deck and let’s get to it! Westside Aquatic Complex, 2700 W Blue Ridge Dr, Greenville. Sat, 2–5pm. $15-$100. (864) 2886470, greenvillerec.com/event/ cardboard-regatta/
ANNUAL WINTER 26 20TH CONCERT To commemorate the 20th iteration of this annual winter spectacular, the Greenville Chorale is going bigger and better, with twenty-two
of the Upstate’s most most-gifted vocalists sending their voices on high to the rafters of the Charles E. Daniel Chapel. Selections for the performance include pieces by American composers Craig Johnson and Bradley Ellingboe, and Latvia native Eriks Esenvalds. But the real star of the affair will be “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass,” an inventive musical journey written by Carol Barnett. Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. Sun, 3pm. $15-$30. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
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Forget N’awlins, Mardi Gras graces Greenville this year in the form of Fête Tuesday, an Emry’s Foundation fundraiser for the literary arts. Don your purple, green, and gold—mask and beads encouraged, of course— and enjoy an evening of celebration. Put a little fat in your Tuesday with the finest Cajun fare, a world-class silent auction, and Big Band jazz tunes provided by The Mill Town Brass Band. All proceeds benefit the Emry’s foundation and their commitment to nurture literary creativity. Larkins Sawmill, 22 Graves Dr, Greenville. Tuesday, 6pm. $100. emrys.org/fete-tuesday
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER February 24–March 12. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $20-$35. Greenville Little Theatre. Travel back to your childhood with Peter Pan and discover how Peter made his way from an orphan in London to the flying green-tight-clad child we all know and love.
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rt is not simply a portrayer of history; it is history in the making. With more than 50 works displayed, Masterworks of Color: African-American Art from the Greenville Collection will transport viewers on a tour of American and world history as seen through the creative lens of several of our country’s preeminent African-American artists, including David Drake, William H. Johnson, and Kara Walker. The diverse exhibit explores art from a myriad of eras including the Harlem Renaissance, Abstract Expressionism, and the Contemporary period.
The Greenville County Museum of Art is located at 420 College Street in Greenville, South Carolina, and is open Wednesday– Saturday, 10am–6pm and Sundays, 1pm–5pm. The Masterworks of Color exhibit is on display February 15–August 27.
Romare Bearden, Salome, 1973. Photograph of artwork courtesy of the Greenville County Museum of Art.
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