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our best literary voices capture the essence of the upstate

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Contents the list 9 See, hear, read, react.

The month’s must-dos.

15 On the Town

Pics of the litter: Upcountry fêtes & festivities.


Four couples say “I do.”

31 townbuzz

Artist Teri Peña, the Bleckley Inn, new books, skydiving, Betsy Teter, and TreesGreenville.

45 Style central

Reel life, men’s board shorts, and women’s flats.


Take shelter in the valley of Waynesville, NC.

79 Eat & Drink

Chattooga Belle Farm’s muscadine wines, the Sazerac, wine slushies, and Soby’s still cooks.

84 Dining Guide

Find your pleasure in Greer and Spartanburg.

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Got plans? You do now.

96 Second Glance Da’Shawn Mosley goes to Washington.

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PLACE HOLDERS There is more to a place than its land, more to a land than its people. Eleven literary voices capture the essence of the Upstate.

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like to think that writing is the oldest profession. From cave walls to sonnets of Shakespearean proportions, it’s writers that craft the words, tell the stories, paint the verbal pictures, and allow ideas to be shared, discussed, and dissected. A choice of words can enrich or destroy. Each word has a meaning, a use, and a definition. Put them together with structure and creativity, and stories are woven—like spindles spun into gorgeous fabric. One of my favorite authors (Tom Robbins) puts it this way, “Certain individual words do possess more pitch, more radiance, more shazam than others, but it’s the way words are juxtaposed with other words in a phrase or sentence that can create magic.” What better way to express your love, desire, intentions, or feelings than a personal note of carefully chosen words? Choose them wisely. Once written they have staying power, become a reference, become quotable, become a keepsake. There is power in words. They can be motivating, strong, and comforting. Just read the letters of past presidents—Adams, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Kennedy—and you will understand their eloquence and grace. When we asked eleven of the area’s premier literary figures to describe why they love the Upstate, we were humbled by the response. We gave them freedom to express what, to them, makes this place so special. We asked them to write to us, to you, a story, a poem, a rhyme, a reason about this area that spills over borders, covering counties, cities, and towns (see “Place Holders,” page 50). This issue is your summer read—a collection of prose and poetry from your literary neighbors. We are blessed to have such scribes in our midst, and we are honored to celebrate the literary arts in TOWN. As philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein famously said, “All I know is what I have words for.”

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Jackson Browne Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion, and personal politics. he was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriter’s hall of Fame in 2007. Playing guitar and piano, Browne will perform songs from his entire body of work. Singer-songwriter and fiddle player Sara Watkins will open the Acoustic Tour as a special guest.







































The Peace Center 300 S Main St, Greenville Tues, July 17, 8pm. $45-$65. (864) 467-3000,

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The Peace Center, 300 S Main St. Tues–Sun, through July 8, times vary. $35-$135. (864) 467-3000,

This much-lauded, roots-music group takes the stage with a riveting live show following the release of their new album Leaving Eden. The carolina chocolate Drops not only embody a fresh take on traditional music, but punctuate it with buck dancing, jug playing, and entertaining stories. The Handlebar, 304 E Stone Ave, Greenville. Fri, July 13, 9pm. $16. (864) 233-6173,

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Take advantage of peak blueberry season at this Second Saturday event that features local blueberries and other fruit, ice cream, baked goods, and contests. in addition, there will be opportunities to explore the scientific side of blueberries, gardening, and food preservation. Roper Mountain Science Center, 402 Roper Mountain Rd, Greenville. Sat, July 14, 9am–1pm. $5-$6. (864) 355-8900,

catch the South carolina premiere of this award-winning Broadway musical that brings the classic Disney film to the stage with dazzling costumes and a soaring score. The Lion King won a Tony award for Best Musical and tells the tale of royal heir Simba, who must return to the pride lands to fulfill his destiny as king of the lions.

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Winfred rembert Gallery talk Winfred rembert depicts african-americans in the segregated South in his vibrant and compelling paintings. Often using dye on carved and tooled leather, rembert recalls his colorful and often painful memories of growing up and as a prisoner in Georgia. in this gallery talk, he will discuss his life and art, focusing on the current exhibition “Winfred rembert: amazing Grace.” the exhibit will be on display through august 19.

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enjoy a great american treat, the hot dog, at this family fundraiser for the Greenville Zoo. in addition to the tasty red hots, there will be chips, ice cream, and Pepsi—all for 50 cents each.

Hub city Writers Project will host its twelfthannual Writing in Place conference for the literary set, a weekend seminar that includes a keynote address by popular young-adult novelist ruta Sepetys, challenging workshops, faculty readings, and a happy hour at Hub city bookshop. Sleeping in dorms, going to classes, and celebrating happy hour? college—but better.

Greenville Zoo, 150 Cleveland Park Dr. Sat, July 14, 10am–4pm. $7.75, adults and $2.25, children. (864) 467-4300,

Wofford College, 429 N Church St, Spartanburg. Fri–Sun, July 13–15, times vary. $200-$340. (864) 577-9349,

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Quick Hits Henry V zExperience Shakespeare how the Bard was meant to be enjoyed: live and onstage. Bring your blankets and picnics to this open-air production of Henry V, the coming of age of a young king and his evolution into a military leader and ruler. Falls Park, S Main St, Greenville. Thurs–Sun, July 12– Aug 5, 7pm. Free, donations appreciated. (864) 2356948,

The Fox on the Fairway zThe Flat Rock Playhouse becomes the “clubhouse” for a comedy show about a funny game: golf. Two rival golf clubs square off in an annual competition with fortunes on the line, and everything depends on the fragile psyche of a promising young golfer. Those who consider golf to be “a good walk, spoiled” or consider the word golf spelled backwards will enjoy this unforgettable round. Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. Wed–Sun, through July 15, times vary. $35. (866) 732-8008,

Music on Main Street zMusic on Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of regional musical talents, from pop, oldies, rock, and contemporary music. Bring a lawn chair and your dancing shoes. There will be a special Fourth of July Celebration concert.

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Visitors Information Center, 201 S Main St, Hendersonville. Fri, thru Aug 17, 7–9pm; seating area opens at 5:30pm. Free. (800) 828-4244,

Sunrise Hike AT Table Rock zRise before the early birds, take a moonlit hike to the top of Table Rock, and experience a stunning sunrise on the mountaintop. Be sure to pack your camera—and your flashlight—for this unique nocturnal trek. Table Rock State Park, 158 E Ellison Ln, Pickens.Sat, July 7, 2:15–10:15am. $25. (864) 878-9813,

Red, White, and Blue Festival zWhat better way to celebrate independence, Old Glory, and one of the best days of summer than with music, food, and one of the largest fireworks displays in the state? This annual event is a relaxing, family-friendly celebration of freedom. Downtown Greenville. Wed, July 4, call for times. Free. (864) 232-2273,

Diana Krall Krall brings her enchanting vocals to the local stage. Her latest album Quiet Nights blends sweet surrender with Brazilian-influenced numbers, including three Brazilian classics. Krall says, “I feel this album’s very womanly—like you’re lying next to your lover in bed whispering this in their ear.” Don’t miss an evening with this Grammywinning songstress. The Peace Center 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, July 12, 8pm. $65-$85. (864) 467-3000,

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Friends of SmoakPR, Elliott Davis, and TOWN Magazine gathered at the 17th fairway of Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer golf course to mix and mingle and watch the BMW Pro-Am. Guests were treated to a kick-off party at the home of Mark and Donna Johnston that included Big Al’s Barbeque, desserts by Table 301, Thomas Creek beer, and live music by Taylor Moore. Photography by Davey Morgan

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May 17–18, 2012

Hollywood hit the Upstate, as celebrities joined sponsors and special guests at a private reception at the Huguenot Loft at the Peace Center. The next night, guests enjoyed a private concert organized by Mark Bryan and Dean Felber of Hootie & the Blowfish, which featured Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, Steve Azar, and Josh Kelly. Actor Rob Morrow and comedian Gary Valentine surprised everyone with a set of songs.

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David McGee knew, at a very young age, what career path to follow – indeed, he was only six years old when he discovered his heart’s calling. A death in the family exposed him to grief but also to the soothing comfort of sincere compassion. Thus he determined to one day help others, too.

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As a child, David served as unofficial caretaker to the local historical cemetery, tending flowers, tidying gravestones, learning the tales of his hometown’s forefathers. He often re-imagined his Matchbox cars as hearses in peaceful funeral processions. “I felt drawn to tradition,” David recalls. “I had a respect for reverence.” The Tennessee native graduated from David Lipscomb University in Nashville before heading to Atlanta’s Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, where he was a member of Pi Sigma Eta.

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David has dedicated the past 30 years to re-gifting the compassion he received as a child. He is committed to helping families celebrate and remember the ones they love most. “No detail is too small,” says David, a member of St. Paul UMC. “I am so grateful to have this as my life’s work.”

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Flat Rock Playhouse celebrating 60 years

April 25, 2012


Members of Women Mean Business— Greenville businesswomen who want to connect and network socially— indulged in conversation at River Falls Spa in downtown Greenville. The group meets once a month at different woman-owned businesses.

The Fox on the Fairway In this hysterical homage to the classic farce, two rival golf clubs square off in an annual competition with fortunes on the line and everything depends on the fragile psyche of a promising young golfer.

Photographs by Jay Vaughan

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This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner for Best Play follows a young woman and the mysterious notebook that draws her into the genius and madness of her mathematician father. Lindsey Oehman, Elizabeth Garrison & Lauren Skelton

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Guys and Dolls

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This classic, oddball romantic comedy soars with the spirit of Broadway with a cast of characters who sing and dance through a timeless, groundbreaking score.

Kim Mahaffey, Robin Longino, Sarah Dewey & Sarah Swartz

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Meet the Wonderettes, four girls with huge hopes and dreams who sing their way through some of the greatest hits of the 50s and 60s (like, “Heatwave,” Lollipop,” “It’s My Party” and “Respect.”

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Caribbean Crush May 18, 2012 Captain Jack Sparrow couldn’t have done it better himself. With Lilly prints and Bermuda shorts, guests celebrated the fifth-annual fundraiser for the South Carolina Children’s Theatre at Zen in downtown Greenville. While the band Pantasia got folks moving, a silent auction and an open bar kept the party going in pirate style.

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Drive Business Downtown May 3, 2012

Elliott Davis and the Greenville Drive invited Upstate businesses to celebrate in the “Heart of Greenville” at Fluor Field to recognize downtown’s importance in the prosperity of the Upstate. Attendees were treated to a baseball game and a chance to network with other participants, while some were assigned honorary roles as team captains, scorekeepers, and announcers. Photography by Jay Vaughan


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Young Collectors at the Greenville Museum of Art May 19, 2012 Diana & Morgan Tiller

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Members of the Young Collectors gathered at the Greenville County Museum of Art to celebrate another year of art awareness. Guests enjoyed works by Alfred Hutty and John James Audubon, among others. This philanthropic branch of the museum is dedicated to promoting art education, awareness, and stewardship. Photography by Jay Vaughan

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Carmen Solesbee & Kyle Putnam March 24, 2012 Carmen and Kyle first met in a real estate class at the University of South Carolina—and several years later decided to make a home for themselves. Kyle proposed to Carmen in downtown Greenville, and they were married at Furman’s Charles Ezra Daniel Chapel in a ceremony performed by Carmen’s father. The reception followed at the Huguenot Loft at the Peace Center. The couple traveled throughout Italy on their honeymoon. Carmen and Kyle currently reside in Greenville. Photographed by Josh Rigsby

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Clemson made more than only Tiger fans out of Jessica and Bobby. While Bobby was the manager of Keith Street Pub and Grille in Clemson, Jessica worked part-time at the pub while enrolled as a student. After seven years of dating, Bobby proposed on an afternoon walk close to Saluda Falls, North Carolina, near the same spot where they had shared their first date. The ceremony was held at the bride’s parents’ home near Paris Mountain on a beautiful Saturday. Jessica and Bobby currently reside in Easley.

Sometimes fairytales come true. That seems the case for Lanford and Seth, who met through mutual friends. Since childhood, Lanford has cherished trips to Disney World, so Seth took her for a special birthday weekend. While the two explored the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Seth took Lanford out to a dock and proposed. After a wedding at the Trustees’ Garden in Savannah, where the couple has family ties, the two now make their home in Greenville.

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f you’ve had both the pleasure of meeting Teri Peña and seeing her paintings, there’s a clear correlation between the art and its creator. Both appear grounded in warmth, playfulness, and a peaceful outlook derived from approaching life as a continuous journey. While she credits her mother as one of her greatest artistic influences, it’s apparent by her work’s array of subjects that this multifaceted woman has a wide variety of passions and experiences to draw from. After studying communication arts at East Carolina University, the Charlotte native had a successful career in advertising and corporate communications in Michigan. But when the Peñas moved to France in 1992, Teri began to concentrate on painting. During her four years abroad, Peña enjoyed painting plein air After returning to the States and air. settling in Greenville with three young daughters, she decided to experiment with large-scale painting, switching from watercolors, a more convenient medium for transporting around the French countryside, to working in oil paints. Naturally, when she started “moving the paint around,” memories of France began flowing onto the big canvases. “I really started focusing on playing, and using the memories I had of the skies and water in France, places that brought me peace and wonder,” Peña explains. The artist has developed multiple landscape series, which are often inspired by places that have played a significant role in her life, such as the Lowcountry, France, and Chile. In Peña’s earlier works, large sweeping brushstrokes are balanced by an earthen color palette. Her most recent landscapes use bolder colors and are activated by experimentations with shadows. Whether pieces from the former triathlete’s bicycle series, famous writer portraits, or collection of Percheron horse paintings, there remains a sense of timelessness throughout the work. Pena’s studio is in the Art Bomb in Greenville’s Far West End. Recently hanging near the front door of the nonprofit was a Peña painting titled Fahrvergnügen. The piece depicts a beautiful countryside with a road worthy of a Sunday drive, and heading down the road is a four-wheeled piece of cheerful nostalgia—a VW van. When someone suggested she add a sign to clarify the van’s destination, her response was, “If you drive a Volkswagen, you’re not worried about where you’re going or how long it takes to get there. It’s about the journey.”

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Stable Mates: Anderson’s elegant Bleckley Inn, a restored livery stable, boasts 14 smartly decorated rooms and suites, along with 8,000 square feet of event space and a charming side alley.

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ike a modern Southern lady, the Bleckley Inn holds to genteel manners while showing off a sophisticated, contemporary style. This boutique hotel, which opened in March 2011 just off of Main Street in Anderson, receives guests in its casually elegant lobby, comfortably dressed in subdued earth tones. Lit by a sparkling Swarovski crystal chandelier, a heart-pine and wrought-iron staircase leads up to the rooms—all 14 of which are on the second floor. A group of visiting Budweiser Clydesdale horses sparked the idea for the inn, according to local entrepreneur and Bleckley Inn owner, Steve Kay. When the Clydesdales came to town in 2009 for the Anderson Soiree festival, Kay had already purchased the Fretwell Company livery stable that fronts McDuffie Street. It was in this early-twentieth-century brick carriage house that he hosted the Clydesdales. The horses’ handlers, however, had to drive back out to the highway to find a place to stay. That was when it dawned on Kay that downtown Anderson needed a good hotel. So he snapped up the three historic structures adjoining the carriage house and set about renovating them into a large breakfast room and 8,000 square feet of meeting space. Much of the past is preserved in original brick walls, wood beams, and photographs of the early families who once owned the buildings. To the mix, he added the stone-and-brick edifice that contains the inn’s lobby and guest rooms.

Three categories of rooms take the names of the former owners of the inn’s historic buildings. Spacious Bleckley Suites (named after nineteenth-century merchant Sylvester Bleckley, whose building once stood on this site) accommodate longer stays with a full kitchenette, washer and dryer, and separate bedroom and living areas. The six Peoples Rooms (for John Peoples, a local banker and Bleckley’s son-in-law) have king beds, while four larger Fretwell Rooms make space for two queen beds. All accommodations boast 10-foot ceilings, heart-pine floors, mahogany furnishings, and tall, custom-made doors. Oversized tile baths, 600-thread-count bed linens, robes, mini-refrigerators, flat-screen TVs, and free WiFi number among the creature comforts. A hot, gourmet breakfast is included in the rates, and fresh-baked cookies and milk are laid out in the hall pantry each evening after dinner. Kay, who maintains a frequent presence in the inn, claims that what sets the Bleckley apart is that the property is small enough to consider its guests as family. “I tell my staff to always treat guests like your mother would,” he says. That is, with the gracious welcome of a true Southern hostess. The Bleckley Inn 151 E Church St, Anderson (864) 225-7203, Rates: $150-$200/night

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Marching Forward Kimberly’s Flight: The Story of Captain Kimberly Hampton, America’s First Woman Combat Pilot Killed in Battle by Anna Simon with Ann Hampton, 2012 Casemate

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by Kimberly herself saying that landing a helicopter in sand was like having a “brown paper bag over your head.” Hampton’s emotions are equally candid, including one point during Kimberly’s funeral services when she admits to muttering, “I’d rather have Kimberly back instead,” as the Army officer handed her the folded flag from her daughter’s casket. This book succeeds because it goes beyond the headlines in the days and weeks following Kimberly’s death. It quantifies the efforts in the War on Terror (Hampton was one of more than 1,000 deployed to Iraq in the summer of 2003, for example), and it personalizes their plight through hundreds of emails, letters, and instant messages, excerpted throughout. Kimberly’s Flight not only pays tribute to the life of an extraordinary woman; it gives a voice to the untold sacrifices every soldier makes in service to country. If it’s hard to read this book—to learn of a life cut short and to see her face smiling back at you from the page—then imagine how hard it was to write.—Heidi Coryell Williams

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ith thoroughness, accuracy, and, at times, heart-wrenching honesty, Kimberly’s Flight details the life and military career of Easley native Captain Kimberly Hampton, commander of D Troop, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry, the armed reconnaissance aviation squadron of the 82nd Airborn Division. On January 2, 2004, Kimberly was flying an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter above Fallujah, Iraq, in support of a raid on an illicitweapons marketplace. The helicopter crashed when a heat-seeking, surfaceto-air missile entered the exhaust and knocked off the helicopter’s tail boom. Kimberly was killed, making her the first woman combat pilot in history to lose her life in battle. Told from the perspective of a grieving mother who has loved and lost her only child, the book takes readers from Kimberly’s first breaths in the hospital to her last phone call home, a full month before her death, and beyond. Kimberly’s Flight says as much about the ultimate sacrifice of a soldier as it does of the sacrifice of military parents, who allow their children to pursue their dreams no matter the cost. “I just wanted to hug her and keep her close,” Hampton says, “but I loved Kimberly enough to let her fly.” Kimberly’s Flight offers a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of soldiers who have served and are serving in the War on Terror, doing everything from dodging bullets to building makeshift offices in dusty desert tents to constructing bunk beds in crowded barracks. Co-authored by newspaper veteran Anna Simon (Greenville News), Kimberly’s Flight remains grounded, albeit sadly, in the firstperson view of a grieving but proud mother (Ann Hampton). Hampton recounts high-school tennis matches, the college admissions process, military training, and more—all from the sidelines of her daughter’s life, where she simultaneously cheered and fretted over where Kimberly’s ambition and talent would lead her. Descriptions of the Middle East are vivid at times, including one offered

ugusta Road, a commercial corridor and concentration of historic neighborhoods, was once a trade route between Greenville and Augusta, Georgia. First-time author and history lover Kelly Odom captures its evolution in the illustrated history Greenville’s Augusta Road, out July 30. With 165 photos from the Greenville County Historical Society, Odom tracks the development of business and the influx of wealth into the area between 1860 and 1960. He begins the journey at Main Street and follows Augusta Road through its business district, neighborhoods, and golf clubs. In addition, the book spotlights well-known homes and businesses, including the Tuten-Mart shopping center, among others. An Upstate native and third-generation co-owner of the Pickwick, a pharmacy and soda fountain on Augusta Road since 1947, Odom is no stranger. He says this writing endeavor evolved from his interest in history and desire to highlight the Greenville County Historical Society, “a hidden gem.” Proceeds from the book’s sale will benefit the society. —April A. Morris

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Skydive Carolina offers a different perspective / by Kimberly John son

ho could forget the image of Jack Nicholson yelling “geronimo!” before flinging himself out the open doorway of a perfectly good airplane, hurtling toward the flat earth below in The Bucket List? The scene threw down a cinematic challenge to live life to the fullest. Each year, thousands of area jumpers follow Jack’s lead and seek out their own life-changing adventures with the help of Skydive Carolina in Chester. The company also has a large jumping community of licensed skydivers who jump regularly from both North and South Carolina, with many jumpers from the Upstate, according to general manager James LaBarre. “The largest draw for first-timers is the ‘bucket list’ theme,” says LaBarre, who added that this year alone, Skydive Carolina is on target to provide 5,000 tandem jumps. “When the movie The Bucket List came out, it really got people thinking, and as a result we have seen a much larger demographic, from 60-to80-year-olds coming out.” Landing space and ideal weather also make for an easy draw, he explains. “Skydiving operations in the north

tend to close down for the winter. Because we have mild winters here in the Carolinas, it does allow us to jump year-round,” he says. “We see a lot of folks who have been through difficult times in life, and as a result, they just want to start living, whether they’ve lost somebody or they’re overcoming cancer,” LaBarre says. “It’s a very empowering experience. Your whole social circle is telling you, ‘you’re crazy,’” he says. “There’s all this build-up and tack on whatever baggage you have going on in your life. Then you go do it, and you’re completely free, you land, and you loved it,” he says. “What can’t you do now that you’ve faced jumping out of an airplane?” Taking that first step need not be daunting, he adds. “What people need to realize is this is not as scary as a roller coaster. If you can handle going on a roller coaster at Carowinds, then you can handle a skydive.” The speed at which you leave the airplane, which is moving at 100 miles-perhour, prevents the stomach-in-your-throat sensation, he explains. “The sense of peace you have when that parachute opens up is extraordinary,” LaBarre says. “If you’re looking to get out of your comfort zone, if you’re looking to see the world from a whole different perspective, and if you have anything that is troubling you, come make a skydive because once you get out of that airplane, none of that matters.”

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Word Play Hub City Writers Project executive director Betsy Teter fills a niche / by Jac Chebatoris

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DR would be so proud. About 17 years ago, three writers in Spartanburg decided to create an organization based on President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s idea called the Federal Writers’ Project, enacted to put 6,000 writers back to work during the Great Depression. Betsy Teter felt Spartanburg could benefit from a similar incentive: “We felt like the community could do more to appreciate its assets, its culture, and its history,” says Teter, who, along with journalist Gary Henderson and Wofford University professor and author John Lane (her future husband), founded the Hub City Writers Project in 1995, based in Spartanburg. The kick-off party, pegged to their selfpublished Hub City Anthology, an original collection of personal essays written by local writers about the experience of living in Spartanburg, was in a decrepit train station, which was a fitting backdrop. Teter explains, “The name ‘Hub City’ goes back to the late 1800s when Spartanburg was a very ambitious place and laid all the railroads here that made the city prosper.” The city decided shortly thereafter to renovate the train station. We were building a community of writers, but at the same time it was our mission to community-build, as well— to make this a stronger community focused on things that mattered,” she says. Teter comes from a family with three generations in the car-dealership business, but words were always the industry where she felt most at home. After attending Spartanburg Day School, she majored in English and history at Wake Forest University then jumped into the newspaper business for 15 years before launching the Writers Project, for which she is the executive director. Two years ago, the Hub City Press became another tentacle, expanding the reach of this literary community as an independent and nonprofit press with its own bookstore. The Writers Project has published 400 writers and has a budget of $450,000—not bad for an idea that started over coffee those many years ago. Just recently, a literary agent who had been living in Ohio called Teter to say she had moved to Spartanburg. When Teter asked why, the woman said she had heard about the Hub City Writers Project and began following it on Facebook. “She said Spartanburg looks like a literary town, so I decided to just move here,” says Teter. “I thought, wow, that’s a pretty good sign that we’re shaking things up for the better.” A novel idea if there was one.

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TreesGreenville promotes the count y’s upward mobilit y / by Kimberly John son


n any given Saturday, from October to March, there’s a small army of volunteers storming through the county with pitch axes and shovels, looking to put a little more green in Greenville. Each weekend, volunteers of the 400-member-strong TreesGreenville scatter around the county, planting 15-gallon trees where needed. The county-wide nonprofit has been responsible for planting nearly 3,000 trees since it began in 2005. “We plant trees that will be around for generations yet to come,” says Joelle Teachey, the organization’s executive director. “We promote the benefits of trees, and we protect trees by teaching people how to properly plant and care for them.” The group offers workshops to teach how to properly prune and fertilize trees and to test soil. There’s a good way to plant a tree, starting with a really wide, shallow hole, she explains. “Trees, more often than not, are planted too deep,” says Teachey, who has a background in environmental science. Then there’s the dreaded “mulch volcano,” a gardening abomination that comes from an overly aggressive use of the soil covering. Mulch should never touch the bark, Teachey explains. Through its Legacy Tree Project, TreesGreenville plants trees capable of living at least 100 years, such as oaks and

maples, at parks, schools, and neighborhoods. Eighteen schools have already benefited from their saplings. “Any park, municipality, even city can request support from TreesGreenville,” she says. For example, the organization, with an assist from Public Works, recently planted at a county animal care facility on Airport Road. “We provided the materials, but they provided the labor,” she says. Residential areas also get their love. Through its “Neighborwoods” initiative, neighborhoods throughout the county can organize group plantings. A new grant from TD Bank will pay for 50 trees to be planted to screen off the revitalizing Brutontown community from an adjacent industrial complex, Teachey says. Edible fruit trees planted in affordable housing neighborhoods have been meaningful for residents long after shovels have been put away. Teachey recalls the excitement of a single mother of two daughters who received a plum tree, fruit her children had never tasted. The tree helped provide fresh fruit, which would have otherwise been too expensive for her to afford, she says. “That, to us, keeps us passionate,” Teachey says. “It’s important to take care of our environment. It’s important to take care of our trees, so they’ll take care of us.”

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a sense of place. Essence of place. it’s often thought that people give meaning to a place. But maybe a place gives meaning to us. Maybe the place, with its ineffable yet distinct beauty—its collective soul—says more about those who call it home than what we could say about it. for these mountain hills, with their Cherokee mystery and Scots-irish moonshine, call back natives who’ve since gone, and call forth settlers to begin anew. There is more to a place than its land, more to a land than its people—both are indispensable, interconnected, whole. and it’s this wide circle that we call home. Edited by Blair KnoBEl Photography by Paul MEhaffEy

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place-in-the-heart mystique in his memoir Red Hills and Cotton. y family first shows up here, in the Keowee What Stephen Vincent Benet had said, in a review of Red Hills basin at the top of South Carolina, in 1784. when it became a national best-seller in 1942, was true—it was At least that was when deeds to Cherokee indeed “the most beautiful book ever written about the South.” As lands began to be filed, by invasive evidence, it remains in print, through the University of South Carolina European whites. Press, though Ben was killed while covering the war, a few months One of these, my brother, due to certain after its publication. inter-family dust-ups that at one point Beyond the writing, what set it apart was that it was about Pickens involved shooting, was born in Georgia. He was killed on his twentyCounty, South Carolina—the most beautiful part of the South—and first birthday, off the coast of Iwo Jima. Except for short, rare, and about our kin—thousands of whom never left, or have managed, joyful visits to our great-aunt Bird Montgomery, who once ran a somehow, to come home. boarding house beside the Southern tracks in Central, he would never Getting here, at last, was sweet almost beyond endurance. be able to know “Home.” He had been pledged to Clemson, out of Since every bald knob and pine-bristled hillock and every stream high school in Miami, when the war took most every male not already and pumpkin field had been the stuff of stories on the porches of in a wheelchair. my childhood, nothing was strange. The little old stores, with the While, in our childhood, we lived wherever our daddy could make a perfume of Nehi chocolate, laying mash, snuff, and banana flips, living, one thing was implied, somehow, about our tribal life. Someday and the attendant old men, who hushed the tale at once when a we would go home. Not my mother’s idea. Bitter things had happened, “womern” came inside; the old iron bridges, over muddy Twelve Mile following her elopement with my father, a tenant on her mother’s and sparkling Eastatoee; the churchyards, where nearly every stone considerable cotton farm. The sticklers for Family Preservation were bore a familiar name; the old houses where people I knew by blood adamant. “For Heaven’s sake, that man is an ORPHAN!” without ever knowing in the flesh had lived, and sometimes lived, Translation: He had no Land! Even a heinous felon might have still—this was the stuff of rapture. Land—and be a better bet. Our family had its values, after all. “Don’t go back there,” my mother said to me, over and over. But here was the old house near Keowee, its ruins consumed I knew her better. I knew her loneliness for her people, for the cool, by a thicket, where my daddy, then 5, and his older brother, hemlock-shadowed flow of the sacred river Keowee, and for the 9, and the year-old baby found solace with “Aunt Jane,” arching blue horizon, at the far end of the family fields. time to time, after their mother died. They were in the care of There was never any doubt, this was my home. I remember standing their sister, 11, who made the living chopping cotton. Made them on the seat of a T-Model Ford, at no more than two years old, staring work, too—and made them go to school. Their pride would not out the windshield, enraptured at the sight of hills ahead. I was 52, let them “live on Aunt Jane and Uncle William.” But they did love when I got here, to stay. to go there! Most of my working life had been in newspapers. Reporting was Just past the “Eastatoee Waterworks”—a hollowed locust flume serious business, a trust and an obligation. We worked for a publisher, rammed back into the rocks of a crystal roadside spring—with a cup and somewhat in the interest of his profit, of course. But the bottom beside it for the convenience of the thirsty, I had to stop and cry. line of that day was the service of the public. It was telling the truth, or Home, home. getting in bad trouble. Sometimes truth-telling got the scribe in trouble, Of course, as Cud’n Ben had written, there had to be a “stopping too. I remember a colleague who was called in from a fine dinner to place for the night.” I bought one, in the woods not far from Mile cover a holiday parade and was not inspired. He drew an editor’s wrath Creek, above Six Mile. Paid next to nothing for it, which some when his copy showed up, in total: “Saw the Thanksgiving Parade. thought was way too much. But it was a haven like no other. The Again. As usual, there wasn’t much to it.” A little fake enthusiasm was frogs came up on the back porch to sing at night. Once when I not considered lying. was despairing, the birds came I had several newspaper jobs singing, from everywhere, after a project for the Anderson right up within reach. Getting here, at last, was sweet almost beyond Independent helped me come Down in the woods near a home in 1984. But what was spring, the wood thrush had its endurance. Since every bald knob and pine-bristled working on my mind, all the time, nest. In the evening, its fourhillock and every stream and pumpkin field had was to see this place as it had phrase song was straight from been the stuff of stories on the porches of my evolved, some four decades after Heaven. Just as its ancestors childhood, nothing was strange.. a beloved reporter kinsman, Ben sang for mine—two centuries Robertson, captured its basic, ago. Home.


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dot jackson Dot Jackson began as a music student, but found that took way too much effort and there were too many great players out there already. She taught school for a while, but that was really hard work. With a natural gift for telling everything, she found her place in newspapers, for more than 40 years, wrote one novel, Refuge, and is now the on-site manager of the Birchwood Center for Arts and Folklife, in the mountains of Pickens County.

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elieve me when I say that I have little love for the to escort said individual to the gate and, with one of those old-timey airline experience. My luggage does—I’ve had jetmetal megaphones, keep the passenger-to-be apprised. setting Samsonite pieces travel the continental United Here’s a list of cities I’ve flown into or out of over the last ten years States solo for the low, low price of 50 dollars. If on book tours, in no particular order: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New my luggage could talk, it might show up a couple York, Memphis, Cedar Rapids, Minneapolis–St. Paul, Seattle, Portland, days after I returned home and say, “You only went San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Jackson, Miss., Jackson Hole, Salt Lake to New York? Man, I’ve been to Charlotte, Detroit, City, Jacksonville, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Richmond, Greensboro, Jackson Hole, Denver, Atlanta, Houston, and back in the last few days. I Raleigh, DC, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Detroit, Cincinnati, Birmingham, just flew in, and boy are my tags tired . . .” Cleveland, Louisville, Nashville, Chattanooga, New Orleans, Charlotte, I imagine more than a few other people have had this experience. Roanoke, St. Louis, and Toledo. There might be five or ten others I’ve Know that I’m an anger-filled curmudgeon, and it almost pains me to say banished from my memory. that my love of Upstate South Carolina begins and ends at the GreenvilleWhat I’m trying to say is this—like knowing exactly what a magnolia Spartanburg International Airport. tree looks like, I’ve tried to understand the other trees. I’ve learned this, so A long time ago at Furman University I took a philosophy course far: I fly into or out of these cities or towns, I have bad experiences, and on Ludwig Wittgenstein, and somewhere in between banging my head I spend a good 12 hours all curmudgeonly angry about what happened. on the desk repeatedly, I caught Professor Jim Edwards say something Maybe I had to stand in line forever waiting for baggage. Maybe I had about how To Know Something Completely, Then We Need to Know to go talk to a representative about my jet-setting luggage that didn’t All of Its Opposites. To know a magnolia tree best, for example, then show up. Maybe I had fellow passengers bang into my shoulders as we should know pine, oak, sycamore, cypress, and all those others. And we walked aimlessly toward a moving sidewalk that crept along slower to love and understand the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, than vegetarians committed to a barbecue festival. Maybe I wanted to indeed, it’s best to visit all of the other airports in America. fly back to Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, but missed my I’ll go ahead right now and say, okay, what’s the story with calling flight because the idiot in charge of announcements said, “Passengers… this place “International”? I’ve never flown from Greenville to Santiago Nibblety…Slaw…Forensic Napalm…Zhigamojo…Now!” here’s always something, I swear to God. or Singapore. I know that perhaps Michelin or BMW executives fly to I don’t need to tell anyone from around here how beautiful France and Germany, but they—and only they—should be obligated to it is to drive out of the short-term parking garage, pay about include “International” when describing their departure site. one-tenth that it costs in all those aforementioned cities, then take Listen, when I leave from GSP it goes like this: I park my Jeep in an that slow right-hand bend to I-85. February or June or October, it’s enclosed, short-term parking garage because it ain’t exactly expensive, exhilarating to roll down the windows and let the Upstate blow in on comparatively speaking. I walk in, and there’s an air of excitement the way to downtown Greenville, which one day might be referred to across the board. I check in easily, take the escalator upstairs, take as Mecca. I won’t even go into the times I should’ve driven straight a right, and order the best pancakes in the world at that Windows home but got caught up somewhere between the Bohemian and restaurant. IHOP needs to send its manager trainees here to learn the Ford’s Oyster House, needy of nerve-curing supplements—or to see importance of Perfect Pancakes. that weird curved bridge over the Reedy, or get out of my Jeep and Later on, I stroll on over to Gate A or B—meet the smiling TSA agent, take a walk on the Swamp Rabbit Trail where most passersby kindly show my ID, take off my shoes, and don’t get thrown up against a wall say, “Hey, how are you?” to be probed. After getting through the short line, and having my laptop A couple years ago we had a visiting writer from the Cleveland area X-rayed for cancer, it’s an easy walk to my gate. The little bistro-kiosks named Dan Chaon come visit the South Carolina Governor’s School for the upstairs offer coffee and bagels and sandwiches and beer—like at other Arts and Humanities. I took him back to GSP. After we got him checked American airports, except it’s all less than a half-mile from the gate. And in, he said, “This might be the only civilized airport in the United States.” bagels don’t cost 20 bucks. I said, “See? South Carolina’s not like everything they say on TV. When it’s time to board the plane, the voice from above doesn’t sound We’re not as backwards as like, “Passengers…Nibblety… everyone thinks—at least not Slaw…Forensic Napalm… around this part of the state.” Zhigamojo…Now!” Nope, I check in easily, take the escalator upstairs, take a right, We went outside, and the most hearing-impaired looked at jets flying elsewhere, passenger can make out and order the best pancakes in the world at that Windows sad passengers going onward what’s going on overhead— restaurant. IHOP needs to send its manager trainees here toward destinations that will and if he or she can’t, I would to learn the importance of Perfect Pancakes.. never compare to what we be willing to bet that someone have here. downstairs would be happy


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george singleton George Singleton has published four collections of stories, two novels, and one work of nonfiction. His short stories and essays have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Garden & Gun, Oxford American, Playboy, New Stories from the South, the Georgia Review, Southern Review, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. His latest collection, Stray Decorum, will be available in September. A recent Guggenheim Fellow, and winner of the 2011 Hillsdale Award in Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, he teaches fiction writing at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.

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t’s vacant now. An elegiac, stubborn building, shrugging by often, he says, wanting a look inside, including Max and Trude off the Virginia creeper scaling its shady side. On my daily Heller, and, once, a group of children from the Beth Israel Synagogue neighborhood walks in the Heritage Historic District on North on Summit Drive. Crosby renovated the place twice in the 17 years he Main, I find myself being drawn to it. owned it, constructing an apartment on the lower level in which he lived Perhaps it’s the majestic silver dome—now peeling—and the for a short while, and later rented out. “We had gallery openings, parties. tiled Stars of David that still grace its entryway, but the history It was a great, great time,” he says with a pensive sigh. He reluctantly of the place is hard to ignore. It was, after, all, Greenville’s first sold the building in 2004. The new owner put the property up for sale synagogue. It was built with one million bricks. Included on the lower level several years ago. was a mikvah, a bathing pool for ritual cleansing, that is there still, as is a Mark Bergstrom, restaurant consultant and a culinary chef and chandelier with a chain, originally lowered to light candles. instructor, is smitten with the old synagogue and nearly rescued it The Beth Israel congregation formed in 1910 with 25 families who last fall. A Charleston native who now makes Greenville his home, worshipped at various rented places before constructing the synagogue in Bergstrom “fell in love” with Greenville and says the old synagogue is 1929. Greenville’s Jewish population had been increasing since the turn “a great historical building.” Last year, Bergstrom’s company, Feast or of the twentieth century, and most of the members of Beth Israel owned Famine, spent considerable time and resources recruiting an investor retail stores located on Main Street in downtown Greenville. By 1947, at and assembling an elaborate plan of tax credits and loans to restore a time when Jews were excluded from the Greenville Country Club and the building and transform it into a wine bar and restaurant called the the Poinsett Club, the synagogue had grown to 300 members, including Madeline, “a paring of eclectic wine and food grown from local farms.” Max Heller, who was elected mayor of Greenville in 1971. According The plan would have spent more than 6 million dollars restoring the to newspaper clippings from the era, during World War II, Beth Israel building to original historical standards, he says, replacing copper and Synagogue sponsored a servicemen’s center, and the American actor Zero stained glass, and uncovering oak floors and plaster walls, as well as Mostel is said to have performed at one of the synagogue’s USO shows. installing energy efficient heat and air, and solar panels. “That building Beth Israel’s congregation transitioned from orthodox to conservative has a great feel. You just can’t buy that feel,” he says. “There’s not enough practices in the late 1940s, and in 1957 purchased land on Summit Drive historical landmarks like this in Greenville.” Bergstrom had the building for a new synagogue. Grace Evangelical Methodist Church moved into rezoned to Office District, the “least invasive,” he says, with a special the Townes Street location next and held services there until 1964, when exception added for a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. nfortunately, the plan didn’t clear all hurdles by January 1, a cooperative of labor unions took up residence. A 1968 city directory when laws changed and tax credits disappeared, and the deal lists local union offices for carpenters, electrical workers, plumbers, fell apart. Bergstrom says the current owner hasn’t sold the steamfitters, and Teamsters who provided aid and relief to workers for 13 property, and it has been in foreclosure since February. It’s likely the years. Occasionally, there were bread lines. In 1978, the building was sold bank will soon auction off the building to the highest bidder, and to the Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Temple. without historical protection the old synagogue could even be torn A decade later, David Crosby opened his photography studio there, down. “I’m heartbroken about it,” Bergstrom says. “It’s perfect for a Crosby Stills. Crosby found the building had suffered various indignities. combined restaurant and historical landmark. I really think that’s the Leaks had been ignored, literally papered over, and stained glass removed. best fit for the structure and the neighborhood.” Faith Tabernacle had replaced most of the windows with red Plexiglass. “It Mike Mecklenburg, president of Colonel Elias Earle Historic District gave you an awful headache,” Crosby says. “Everything was red inside.” Association (CEEHDA) and active with Friends of Stone Avenue, The mikvah had been fashioned into a makeshift baptismal pool, he says, laments such a historical gem is vulnerable to being demolished. “We with a system of rigged heating coils that was downright dangerous. “It don’t have the laws here to protect historical buildings. In fact, we was a wonder no one had been electrocuted.” have no local landmark law.” The old synagogue, he says, “has such But there were happy surprises, too. He found a dozen, small tin a great history, but it has a very cloudy future.” menorahs in a closet, the Hebrew still legible under the rust. The dome, Surely a city that has drawn accolades from all over the country once a majestic centerpiece in the auditorium, had been boarded up from and beyond for its lively, gorgeous downtown—a rediscovered the inside, blocking out light, which Crosby uncovered. “Right after the waterfall, an elegantly restored Westin Poinsett Hotel, a newly real-estate closing, the first thing I did when I owned the building was erected Mayor Max Heller knock out the panels to see the sculpture in Legacy Plaza— dome. I couldn’t wait to see that will save the old synagogue dome.” He and a friend built an The mikvah had been fashioned into a makeshift on Townes Street. I have intricate covering of 12 handfaith Greenville will see painted panels over the dome baptismal pool, Crosby says, with a system of rigged how crucial it is to preserve that could retract and open heating coils that was downright dangerous. “It was a this vulnerable landmark. like flower petals with a system wonder no one had been electrocuted.” Meanwhile, it wouldn’t hurt of pulleys and a commercial garage opener. People stopped to pray for a miracle.


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mindy friddle Mindy Friddle is the author of The Garden Angel, selected for Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program in 2004. Her second novel, Secret Keepers, won the 2009 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction. The South Carolina Arts Commission granted Mindy a fellowship in prose in 2008, and she has twice won the South Carolina Fiction Prize.

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Speech by Glenis redmond


ove my state, the whole state—especially the Upstate, because it made me who I am: hands and hearts tempered with struggle and beauty. From my daddy’s parents: Mable and Willie Clifton to my own: Johnny and Jeanette, meeting at Fountain Inn Negro High School, locked in a kiss that ended after 47 years of marriage. I am from their sharecropping, separatebut-not-so-equal history, yet their fierce steps kept the tribe of our family moving forward. Daddy bussed tables at the Poinsett Hotel on Main Street. Mama dusted at TE Jones Furniture Store out in Greer. These hands bore me out of the dust of their Upstate dreams, but I am also grounded by Lowcountry roots: 50,000 unnamed slaves thrust on the Port of Charleston. Those ghosts speak even today from cobblestone carriage rides and out of the mouth of the Atlantic. Upcountry is Lowcountry’s kissin’ cousin. Can’t speak of one without feeling the breath of the other. When I open my mouth people say, you not from around here. I was somewhat Upstate raised, but I was born more near the middle: Sumter. As my parents’ fourth child, I came to life on Shaw Air Force Base—smack dab in the middle of my dad’s military trek—my walk, tongue, and ways are molded by this journey. Many call me an Air Force brat, but I am Carolina sweetened. My poetry is imbued with frontporch storytelling from the green flatlands to the foothills. Greenville back roads are in my veins. I could navigate Old Georgia Road with my eyes closed. I am from down yonder—Highway 25 going south on Augusta Road, where the Hub used to be and the old Woodmont High School still stands. I was the household’s resident book geek and word nerd. I ran after the bookmobile like most kids ran after the ice-cream truck. I also pored over stacks at the Main Library on College Street during every free moment. Woodmont High School gave me teachers that sculpted me. Mr. Jack “Hoss” Candler shaped my scholarly mind in biology. Mrs. Michelle Meekins (now Dr. Meekins) strengthened my backbone just by the way she conducted herself as woman and a teacher. Ms. Roberta Sergeant (now Mrs. Allen) put a poet’s journal and pen in my hand. The Upstate I come from is make-do—Mama working at Model Coats down at the Ware Place sewing applique on housedresses, making $1.50 an hour—her back bent all day over a sewing machine. These tired know-how hands made me. They took me to the Jockey Lot—ten tube socks for a dollar. On trips to Pelzer we sang the commercial’s jingle, There’s more for less at Sky City. I am Jeanette Redmond’s child grown by her grace, but I am my father’s daughter—his mouth and temper. A fire he set that caused me not to suffer fools. Straightforward-arrow-of-a-girl that straddles the racial divide with dignity. I always sought a larger picture: track, mime, dance, literature, but mostly I am a soul growing. I am fruit from the Palmetto family tree: Redmonds, Baileys, and Greggs. We came together at reunions at Mt. Pleasant Recreation Center, a rich, charismatic crop of preachers, artists, athletes, and teachers. I am from we-don’t-speak-of-this-Cherokee-and-Sioux, but it is as plain as the high cheekbones on all our faces—these are the stories not told, but they flow fierce in my blood. I recognize and honor all my relations and all the poems and stories that have shaped my life: the dignity of church-lady hats parading down the aisle at Bethlehem Baptist

Church, the music my daddy played by ear, and the shape notes the all-male choir sang, from Reverend Stewart’s holler in the pulpit to Louvenia Stewart’s Sunday-morning, no-nonsense announcements to our funeral-home paper, fan sway. I am from talk-back congregations: Hallelujah, Thank you, Jesus, and Pass the collection plate. I love the Upstate where my daddy played at practically every black church in a 100-mile radius, but his after-hour gigs spoke more to my soul: blues and jazz. With this beat I danced my body’s poetry from Woodmont’s gym to The Ghana, to the Memorial Auditorium—my first concert, Parliament and the Funkadelics. Music feeds me like food, but nothin’ was better than Mama’s comfort food: salmon croquette on top of grits topped by a pat of butter and sprinkled with extra-sharp cheese, with homemade, buttered biscuits on the side. I am from good eatin’ and stomachaches: from Pisgah Fish Camp on Friday to Thunderbird Inn or Morrison’s Cafeteria on Sunday, then off to stroll and be seen at Cleveland Park. witnessed Saturday-night, Main Street, bumper-to-bumper roads that blacks in my day never felt safe to cruise. We were from Piedmont, a plateau. And a place, if you weren’t careful, would hold you down, if you didn’t keep moving. I found Suzanne Abrams’s The Artist’s Way as steps that healed me on my journey and which led me to create the first Poetry Slam at the Village Café downtown on Main Street, a space I carved for poets in the ’90s for them to bring their words from the page and into a mic— out into the world. Now, I am back in Greenville working with the Peace Center to promote poetry in the community.


Verse flows like the Reedy River through me. I am from circles and spirals that go back to Main Street the blood that always turns the heart to the past—the long memory that won’t let me forget the whole story— pot liquor simmered—good to you, but hard to swallow—the downhome taste of collards on your tongue—a beautiful broken line: Descended from sharecroppers Descended from slaves Descended from Nigeria Descended from Cameroon Survival’s hands: mahogany, golden, and alabaster hands scooped me up lifted me to my full Southern height. I do not walk alone—elder’s songs grace my ears on this journey:

I’m gonna stay on the battlefield I’m gonna treat everybody right

I am from this kinda strength I am from this kinda love stirred with salt and sweet of the land coming together in Upstate heat

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glenis redmond Glenis Redmond is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. She graduated from Erskine College with a BA in psychology and from Warren Wilson College with an MFA in poetry. She is a Cave Canem: A Home for Black Poetry fellow and an NC Literary Fellowship recipient from the North Carolina Arts Council. Glenis is a Kennedy Center teaching artist and a full-time road poet, performing and teaching across the country. She founded the Greenville Poetry Slam and took the first all-women’s team to nationals. Glenis is twice an Individual Regional Slam Champion and twice a top-ten finalist at nationals. Her poetry is featured in the Emrys Journal, Meridians, and the Asheville Poetry Review, among other publications. Her latest book of poetry is Under the Sun.

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life by john lane


often joke about how half of my genetic material has been them a time dimension (a depth of memory) and an emotional circulating in the Carolina Piedmont for hundreds of years, gravity. Love of place builds like topsoil through the seasons of but I have also written about the rootlessness of my early occupation. Place-love isn’t as flashy as pride or as short-term years, how my mother, broke and unemployed, moved us as greed. True place-love doesn’t track well in travel magazine back from North Carolina to the South Carolina Upcountry, surveys because it’s temperamental and might go off in the wrong her home region, after my father’s suicide in 1959. I was direction, like this essay. five when we returned to Spartanburg, and in our first five So I refuse to give some namby-pamby simple answer about years back we moved a half-dozen times—Tenant Street, Hollywood our love of this place, some nod toward “quality-of-life indexes,” Street, Washington Road, the mill village of Arkwright, East Park Avenue, “excellent recreational opportunities,” and “proximity to both the Florida Avenue, Sewanee Street. As my uncle loaded the pickup he used mountains and the sea.” to say, “Boy, if you don’t like the place, keep your motor running, and When I stalk my love for this place and try to define it, I shy away it’ll change again.” from writing something that one of the various Upstate Chambers Those early childhood years were a formative time of great, deep of Commerce might easily excerpt for an economic development connection to place: the seasonal garden my father planted, the walks on brochure. Love is not a single emotion. Psychologist Robert Sternberg sand roads with my sister to the stables where she worked, swimming has a famous triangular theory of love, dividing the emotion into and fishing with friends and family in the community’s lake on the passion, intimacy, and commitment. Commitment is the triangle’s base outskirts of town. of varying lengths depending on one’s level of engagement. The other Memories of that childhood place are also punctuated by frequent two legs—passion and intimacy—can be of different lengths as well. weekend, dream-time drives east to my father’s family’s farm on the We engage all three when we ponder our love for this place. hat has kept me committed to this place is a complex stew North Carolina coastal plain near Wilson, to the “old home place.” We of emotions that runs the gamut between love and hate I’m went there to see my old grandfather Lane (who would have been sure many in the region share. I love paddling our rivers close to 90 at that time, born only two years after Appomattox) and to and hiking our many protected preserves, visiting the abandoned or commune with my father’s tribe of eight brothers and sisters, who were redeveloped industrial sites like Saxon Mills and Spartan Mills where still working the 400-acre farm. my kinfolk labored in the past. I love the local fried food of old-time I ate sweet corn, cucumbers, crowder peas, and yellow squash (never drive-ins, and the emerging farm-to-table culture as seen through so zucchini as my mother always called that “Yankee squash”) picked from many local, small farms. I love our book and coffee culture. I love the the field, sat on the front porch with my ancient grandfather who never Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville and the Glendale Shoals Preserve had a driver’s license or plowed with anything but a mule, watched the downstream from our house on the east side of Spartanburg. distant tree line, and listened to stories of land, labor, and family. I also hate things here. How can we not be disgusted at times by My father’s people were of English origin, from what the Old South our Upstate political culture, one that South Carolina’s Pitchfork Ben called “the planter class,” though they always said they were “land poor.” Tillman would have recognized in 1900? And isn’t it hard to love a Their world was ancient, and I’m sure they thought it was settled. The place when the primary value often seems to be creating “a pro-business farm had been in the family since 1800, and no one sitting on that porch environment” at any cost, with little regard for the natural systems that would have believed that by the year 2000 there wouldn’t be any Lanes have been in place here since the cold of the Pleistocene retreated? working the land anymore. Is it possible to love the “mind of the South” we see at work on My mother’s family in Spartanburg was more of a sort of Piedmont Woodruff Road or at Westgate—big-box culture, traffic snarls, suburban archetype: Scots-Irish, scrappy, profane, most of them cotton-mill sprawl, asphalt hell, neon circus—or in the super gas plazas called workers. They were the folk WJ Cash described in The Mind of the South QT popping up overnight like poison mushrooms on central corners as full of industry, thrift, vision, luck, callousness, and cunning. around Spartanburg? What was it that brought But I do love it all. I’m all these bucolic, rural, and committed. I’m intimate. pastoral childhood memories I’m passionate. As U.S. and reflections to the surface Love of place builds like topsoil through the seasons poet laureate Stanley just now when I sat down to of occupation. Place-love isn’t as flashy as pride or as Kunitz advised in a poem write about my assigned topic, once, “live in the layers, my love of this particular region? short-term as greed. True place-love doesn’t track well in not on the litter.” And What brought me here is travel magazine surveys because it’s temperamental and so live and love we do, the complexity of answering nested always between the any question about love, might go off in the wrong direction, like this essay. demands of our affections especially love of place. Place, and their complexities. and being placed, carry with


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john lane John Lane is a professor of environmental studies and English at Wofford College, where he also directs the Goodall Center for Environmental Studies. He is the author of 12 books, including poetry, prose, and edited anthologies. Abandoned Quarry: New & Selected Poems was published by Mercer University Press in 2011. His latest prose book My Paddle to the Sea was published in 2011 by the University of Georgia Press. In late 2012, Mercer will publish his latest essay collection, Begin with Rock, End with Water. For five years he wrote a column for the weekly Greenville Journal called “The Best of the Kudzu Telegraph.�

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food for

thought T by Ashley warlick

here’s a machine at the state farmers market on Rutherford Road that sounds pretty much like a jackhammer. Folks sift shell beans into its maw and, after a great rattle and hum, collect the resulting speckled butter, crowder peas, Christmas limas in the lid from a cardboard filebox. They stack sandwich bags of shelled beans beside the cash register, tucked little pods of tenderness. I would buy my weight in shelled beans if I could, simmered with some onion and fatback and plenty of fresh thyme—it takes so damn long to shell those beans yourself. The Soda Shop on North Main Street is the slowest place to get the thinnest, crispy-edged, pimento cheeseburger on the planet. The counterweight to this is their fresh-squeezed orangeade over crushed ice. I have thought to bring a flask of gin many, many times, often the last, semi-desperate thought I have before my burger arrives. My father, who believes prompt service is his birthright, once nearly lost his mind in the wait, and I don’t know if we can take him back.

Two summers ago, my cousin Emily and I picked 33 pounds of figs at the Happy Berry in Six Mile. I believe it took something in the neighborhood of two hours to do it, and before we were through, my son wept in the car for the bees and the heat and the endlessness. We took the figs back to Emily’s lakehouse on Keowee, went for a swim in the green water, and, starting after dinner until the small hours of the morning, we made 16 quarts of preserves, the last jar of which I opened yesterday. It’s as if that one season lasted almost three. I have always liked the idea of plenty, and its weird relationship to time. Expectation is part of that—anticipating what you need and when you can get it—and so, too, waiting for the right time, getting enough while you can. And then you teeter on the edge of being sick and tired of whatever it is you’ve chased after and gathered up, right on the edge of never wanting to see a fig, a hot day ever again—you teeter right on the edge of too much, and being grateful. It’s an ephemeral place, and kind of the essence of home. This summer is the first time I’ve joined a CSA, which stands for community-supported agriculture, and means that once a week I pick up a grocery bag full of vegetables from Parson Produce in Clinton. We are now deep into peppers and tomatoes and squash, but back in the spring, my first bag held eight different kinds of lettuce, two types of kale, and a kohlrabi. It was a personal quest to eat it all: the salads and more salads, the kale chips and gratin, the vegetables I didn’t recognize. Daniel Parson went to school with my brother. I’ve known him for years, as a college freshman and later as a farmer, as a dad. He grew all of this himself, on land down the road, bagged up and carted to me because I threw in with him by way of a bunch of post-dated

checks and a willingness to eat what I was served. I feel responsible. Committed. I was writing about the community garden on the property of St. Francis Hospital, and two of the women who keep plots there came to talk to me about their vegetable pride, their own histories with growing their food. Liz and Dot walked me through the beds, filled a grocery bag of green tomatoes, tiny white eggplants, chilies of a dozen shapes and sizes. It was a summer morning beginning to rev towards high, and we stood in the garden shed drinking water that was still hot from the day before. Dot told me her recipe for stewed green tomatoes, and I wrote it down. As I was leaving, she followed me to the car. She said she knew I was a writer, and she could tell I was in the middle of a grand change, and she would pray for it, for me, because that was what she did. “Your new is going to come,” she said. “My new?” “Your new whatever,” she said. “Write that down in your little book.” I did what I was told.

I don’t grow anything myself. I have just moved into a new house with a yard the landlady takes care of. But I have a lovely front porch; the trolley passes by, and I can hear the ladies singing from the Baptist church across the street on Sundays. Near the corner of the front steps, I found a volunteer tomato plant and showed it to my father. Now four feet tall and counting, I receive photos of my tomato plant when I’m out of town, staked and tied with strips of plaid from what I’m pretty sure is an old pair of his boxer shorts, updates on the count of flowers, of fruits. The tomatoes are still green, pear-shaped teardrops, but we talk about how we’ll be rolling in tomatoes soon. We’re talking about more than food here, and we always have been. If you are what you eat, what you feed your friends and family, then, too, a town is fed by what it grows, in its farms and gardens, what springs up unexpectedly. The little family joints, the dive bars, the white-tablecloth restaurants, the guy selling boiled peanuts on the side of the road: Greenville is a rich place for what sustains.

You teeter on the edge of being sick and tired of whatever it is you’ve chased after and gathered up, right on the edge of never wanting to see a fig, a hot day ever again—you teeter right on the edge of too much, and being grateful. It’s an ephemeral place, and kind of the essence of home.

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ashley warlick Ashley Warlick is the author of three novels: The Distance from the Heart of Things, The Summer After June, and Seek the Living, all published by Houghton Mifflin. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Garden & Gun, Redbook, Oxford American, and McSweeney’s, and she is the editor of edible Upcountry, a magazine focused on local and sustainable foodways in the Upstate. She teaches in the MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte, and is at work on her fourth novel, In Hunger.

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claims for magnolia & shadow by Sarah Blackman & John Pursley III

Because of the graceful bridge and my love of entrances, Because of The Art Bomb and Andrew Wyeth, Because the world is haunted by dogs and empty spaces, Because Delta swelter and Dorothy Allison Just making the place sound really great, Because old mills slumping toothless up the mountain, And Blind Gary Davis and Pink Anderson, And dogwood, redbud, jessamine, quince. Because Shakespeare in the park and the hollow thwack Of bucket drum solos. A goose egg Laid in daylilies and Christmas-tree lights every day of the year. Because “life without television?” has become a landmark for me. Because the black cat beseeching the porch is now dictator of our home. Because of the porch, the craftsman style houses— Golf carts steered by children across dull canals. Because the Cherokee and Richard Pearis, His bridal bed, his boot on top of the mountain. Because dal and roti, baingan bharta simmering in strip malls, Because Esquerita is not Little Richard, Because of the Michelin Man, and the White Horse Flea Market Where we almost bought a pig (and a donkey). Because Old Textile Hall was listed on the National Register in 1980 And then demolished in 1992. Because the Reedy ran dark under the highway for all those years, And Jesse Jackson sat down at a Woolworth’s lunch counter. Because medicine shows and grist mills, Evangelical ardor and brass bands baloomphing Main Street. Because the Handlebar and Unknown Hinson, Unknown Hinson and Unknown Hinson. Because Shoeless Joe Jackson should be in the Hall of Fame. Because Helen Maria—eight pounds, eight ounces— And strawberries in white plastic buckets, yarrow root tonic in dusty jars. Because scuppernongs are next to godliness, and muscadine Grows wild on Paris Mountain. Because Horizon Records, And Thomas Creek, Addy’s mustard soup and Barley’s hoppy din. Because 49th is not 50th. Because thank you Mississippi. Because Scotch Bonnet, Aji Cito, Bhut Jolokia and Devil’s Tongue. Because heirloom and hand-spun, grass-fed and free-range. Because a candle should look like a slice of key lime pie, Because Peg-Leg Bates danced his ass off for Ed Sullivan, Because Baby Bob thinks peanut butter is about the best stuff on earth, And to settle means less to till the land, than to make it our own.

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John Pursley III & Sarah Blackman John Pursley III is the author of If You Have Ghosts, a poetry collection, and several chapbooks. He teaches at Clemson University. Sarah Blackman’s poetry and fiction have been published in the Missouri Review, the Gettysburg Review, and American Poetry Review, among others, and her short story collection, Mother Box, is forthcoming from FC2 in August, 2013. She teaches creative writing at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville.

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after the

ice STORM by ClaIre bateman

Was I wrong to love those shatterings as oak and magnolia descended with the reverberations of an enormous egret opening its wings inside a blown glass cathedral?

Stepping carefully through prisms of afternoon, we watch negative space rushing through to rearrange itself in a multitude of altered angles, lacerations of trees and sky.

Winter privacy is bluer than that of summer. This wreckage aspires to become habitation, this latticework of downed boughs rising up as harborage for everything that creeps and burrows.

What is the difference between rupture and radiance? Does the world splinter because it’s weak, or is it weak because it demands to be broken?

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claire bateman Claire Bateman’s books are The Bicycle Slow Race (Wesleyan University Press, 1991), Friction (Eighth Mountain Poetry Prize, 1998), At the Funeral of the Ether (Ninety-Six Press, 1998), Clumsy (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2003), Leap (New Issues, 2005), Coronology (a chapbook, single long poem, Serving House Books, 2009), and Coronology (and other poems) (Etruscan Press, 2010). She has been awarded individual artist fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Surdna Foundation. She has taught at Clemson University, the Fine Arts Center, and various workshops and conferences, and is poetry editor of the St. Katherine Review.

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ground by michel stone


he Geechie dialect of my people is thicker than pluff rejections, making stellar progress toward plans to paper my bathroom mud, so I’ve got to come clean here and admit I was with them. I had some fabulous ones, too: the New Yorker, Georgia raised a Lowcountry girl. I cut my teeth on shrimp Review, the Southern Review, Ploughshares . . . and grits, drank salt water from my Sippy cup. When A weekend at Hub City’s Writing in Place conference changed my I married and settled in Spartanburg, my parents tack. The instructor’s prompt became the kernel from which sprouted mourned my move “north” and spoke as if I’d landed in my novel The Iguana Tree. When I left that weekend workshop I New Jersey. continued the piece I’d begun, ultimately submitting it to Hub City’s But the truth is, I love the Upstate. Other than being born in a annual creative writing contest. My story won. The prize: a week at place, nothing makes somewhere feel more like home than raising one’s Wildacres Writers’ Workshop where the instructor suggested I continue children there. my story. Her encouragement was the push I needed to attempt a novel. The late writer Harry Crews said, “The closest a man can come to Later, through Hub City, I met C. Michael Curtis, longtime fiction experiencing childbirth is writing a novel.” Having endured both childbirth editor of The Atlantic. He became a trusted reader, advisor, and, when and novel writing, I can say he’s probably right. And since I have birthed a I’d completed the novel, my editor. Mike referred me to his literary novel and three children here, raised them up from infancy among kudzu agent in Boston, who, upon reading my manuscript, signed me. Soon vines and red clay mud, I have a connectedness to the Upstate that is afterwards, however, the agent became terminally ill. etsy Teter, executive director of Hub City Press, had read different but equally as strong as my Lowcountry roots. my manuscript and said if the time came when I gave up on I love the Upstate for many reasons, most of which revolve around publishing with a big publishing house, she would like to the natural world and the four seasons. publish my book. I said yes, and now, eight years after that initial Hub I’d not seen a tulip poplar until I moved here; I fancy the way their City workshop, I have a novel entering its third printing and receiving blossoms drift to the ground each spring, their yellow-orange petals forming fabulous reviews, due largely to Hub City’s tireless efforts at promoting tiny, upside-down umbrellas. And though they are a gardener’s nemesis, I’m it. One of the first places I was invited to read from my novel was quite taken with chipmunks; they don’t live in the Lowcountry. Emrys’s Reading Room in Greenville. I am living my dream. My husband, our children, and I delight in cruising Highway 11, Between my novel’s inception and publication, I published a dozen the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway, visiting majestic waterfalls and or so stories and essays. One of the most rewarding projects proved to mountain streams for midsummer dips and picnics. The cool, clean waters be a partnership between Hub City and Emrys, resulting in a beautiful of the Upstate refresh in ways the warm, salty ocean and tidal creeks anthology titled Outdoor Adventures in the Upstate, which I was fortunate cannot. We love field-ripened strawberries and just-picked peaches, both to coedit with then-editor of the Emrys Journal, Lydia Dishman. uncommon where I was raised. In June 2010, Hub City opened Spartanburg’s only independent The brilliant fall foliage of the Upstate far surpasses the autumnal bookstore. Hardly a day passes that I don’t stop to grab coffee from colors of my childhood, and nothing in the state compares to the the coffee shop or an award-winning biscuit from the bakery—both Clemson Tigers’ pregame festivities in Death Valley. under the same roof as the bookstore. Nothing feels more like home, Snowfalls in my youth were rare and fleeting. The more frequent besides home, than that fabulously happening place. Proceeds from wintry weather here thrills me with an embarrassingly childlike glee, every book sold fund creative-writing education and independentand I’m right there dancing with my children in our PJs when school book publishing in our area. cancellations are announced as the first flakes fall. The characteristics that define one’s home are often amorphous I appreciate our diversity of cultures, too, fostered by the variety of things—peculiarities we feel so innately we cannot name them when international industries here. My children’s lives are richer because of their we’re in the midst of them. A necessary distance from a place brings its friendships with children from Europe, Asia, Central America, and Mexico. distinctiveness into focus somehow. Being away from the Lowcountry But more than anything else, what appeals to me most about living for the past seventeen years has allowed me the necessary perspective in the Upstate is the supportive literary community. The scaffolding here to write about my birthplace. Had I remained there, my novel wouldn’t for fledgling as well as established writers is astonishing. Integral to have come to fruition. Not only would I have somehow been too my writing life are the fine writers and literary organizations I’ve come immersed in the place, but also, to know, specifically, the Hub and perhaps more importantly, I City Writers Project in Spartanburg wouldn’t have become connected and the Emrys Foundation in The characteristics that define one’s home are often to so many influential authors Greenville. Both organizations amorphous things—peculiarities we feel so innately and instructors who nurtured and nurture our area’s emerging and continue to nurture my craft. established writers. we cannot name them when we’re in the midst of The richness of the Upstate I’d hardly published a sentence them. A necessary distance from a place brings its provides fertile ground for raising when I attended my first Hub City distinctiveness into focus somehow.. children and stringing words. I’m workshop, though not from lack fortunate to call this place home. of trying. I’d accumulated stacks of


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michel stone Michel Stone’s debut novel The Iguana Tree, which Kirkus Reviews says “recalls the work of John Steinbeck,” received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and an IPPY Award as one of the top novels published in 2012 by an independent publisher. Stone has published numerous stories and essays, and she is a 2011 recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Award given by the South Carolina Arts Commission. She received her BA from Clemson University, her MA from Converse College, and she’s an alumna of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Raised on Johns Island on the South Carolina coast, Michel now lives in Spartanburg with her husband and their three children.

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felt by scott gould


hought I knew something about love in the sixth Upstairs at the Corner Pocket, where the pool tables stand, grade, when I tried to give a plexiglas heart to refuses to change. The dark pockmarks on the uneven floor— Laurie McCutcheon on the Kingstree Elementary tattoos from wanna-be pool sharks spearing the hardwoods School playground. It became quickly apparent with their cues—have never been sanded out. The actual bar is that young Miss McCutcheon had no desire for my a throwback, none of that trendy marble or prettified cement. heart, plexi or otherwise, and I realized at that Just wood. Wood you can get a grip on. The brick walls are moment that I would be forever an idiot about original and solid. I love the fact that the Corner Pocket thumbs love. There are a half-dozen women and a golden retriever who its nose at change. Well, for the most part. They did install can attest to my sustained ignorance. Ask any of them (the dog motion-activated towel dispensers in the bathrooms. I cried a excepted), and they’ll say I try too hard or try too little. They will little the day I first saw those. say I give up too soon or say the wrong thing at the exact right The real changes all happen below us, on the street level. time. (Like the evening I invoked that late 1970s philosophical think That’s where downtown Greenville’s little tornado of evolution tank Lynyrd Skynyrd and told a woman, “I know a little ’bout love, and revolution spin. We’re safe at the corner table. But we can and, baby, I can guess the rest.” She did not appreciate the musical spy on it all through the tall windows that bracket the table. Joe, reference. We haven’t talked since.) Shawn, and I watch people and businesses and thunderstorms So, if you were to press me about love and the Upstate, I could come and go and come back again. We cheer on the men and comfortably plead utter stupidity. But that would be a bald-faced women who try (and try and try) to ease their cars into the parallel lie. Because there is one thing around here I couldn’t possibly live parking spaces on Coffee Street. We watch the coveys of girls in without, one thing whose disappearance would leave me battered their summer clothes scatter toward Downtown Alive, and we and lonely: the corner table at the Corner Pocket. I love that corner, bemoan our birth dates. From the corner table, the three of us dammit. I can’t help myself. step back in time for the afternoon, while just outside the window, I’m there an afternoon a week, normally. Shawn and Joe meet time (and Greenville) punch the gas and downshift toward some me upstairs. In the late afternoon, usually around five, we have the sort of future. We’re safe, one story up. ’ve crunched the numbers. The corner table at the Corner place to ourselves. We go in the afternoons because we have reached Pocket is the cheapest therapy in town. It’s the place the point in our lives where the energy and noise of a crowd are as where I’ve grown scar tissue after some of life’s left turns: welcome as a hangnail. We go to talk, to catch up, to lie. The bartender an evaporated marriage, a busted engagement, a left knee doesn’t mind tuning the satellite radio to classic rock. (Zeppelin and replacement. Shawn, Joe, and I discovered early on that we can a two-rail bank shot are oddly organic.) The bartender takes good deposit the heavier parts of our lives on the sidewalk outside care of us because we are her only tips in sight, at least until dark. the door of the Corner Pocket and feel lighter when we retrieve She hands us a rack of balls and a cube of chalk. She fills pints with them. There must be something healing about the sound of Pabst Blue Ribbon draft, teeth achingly cold, so cold it is undoubtedly a cue ball cracking through a tight rack. Maybe it’s the PBR. pumped from some frozen chamber far below. Speaking of below, Really, the only thing I know about love is that it will, inevitably, that’s where the food comes from, delivered upstairs to the pool hall body-slam your heart. I know, I know—everything must change. by a creeping dumbwaiter that grinds and moans like a freight train So one day, I expect I’ll climb the stairs to the bar and walk right coming to a halt. This may be the last restaurant dumbwaiter in the into the smell of new felt on tables that have been leveled to Upstate. I’ve never seen (or heard) another. perfection. Or I’ll spot a fern hanging in the window, blocking Our favorite table in the corner is, admittedly, butt-ugly. The felt my view of Charlie’s Steakhouse. Or—god forbid—I’ll head to has been worn so bare, you can see the gray slate peeking through my table, balancing a rack of balls and a pint, and trip on the what’s left of the nap. The rails are spongy and dead. There is a new, state-of-the-art karaoke machine. And my heart will bottom yellowish stain in the shape of Australia near the side pocket. Balls out. But until that afternoon don’t roll straight on this table, comes, love is more than rather they tend to break toward worth the risk, I suppose. Coffee Street like a crazy putting From the corner table, the three of us step back I’ll keep going to the Corner green. And playing nine-ball on Pocket, keep watching the slick corner table is akin to in time for the afternoon, while just outside the Greenville bustle below me, rolling marbles on ice, more like window, time (and Greenville) punch the gas and keep thinking how lucky I am curling than pool. But I love it downshift toward some sort of future. to be in a place like this, a for its faults, love it because I’ve We’re safe, one story up. place I love to be. come to recognize all the angles, expect all the breaks.


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Waynesville offers a portal to Western North Carolina’s hidden treasures / by Kimberly John son

View Finder : (clockwise from left) Downtown Waynesville shines against the Blue Ridge backdrop; public art punctuates the area; Waynesville is in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains

he valley town of Waynesville tucked between Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains offers up a sepia-toned mountain getaway straddling epochs of yesteryear and today. It’s the kind of place where you go to let your feet and mind wander. While the sleepy mountain town was founded in the early 1800s, its character began to emerge decades later as Union soldiers were sacking the region. According to lore, in May 1865, as Civil War fighting began to wane, a guerilla unit of Rebel soldiers maneuvered through the terrain to completely surround the raiding Federalists pillaging the area. A night of psychological warfare ensued, fraught with tremendous bonfires and bone-chilling war chants from the ridgelines above. The next day, however, Rebels put down their weapons and brokered a truce. The war, they learned, was already over. The action would go on to mark the end of years of bloody battle. Perhaps it was only inevitable that hospitality would take root. Today, visitors flock to the mountain valley area to surround themselves in natural beauty and to surrender to a slow, relaxed pace. The Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast, nestled in a compact residential neighborhood off of Waynesville’s Main Street, is one of the area’s most popular accomodations. The tree laden property surrounding the turn-of-the-century historic home promises a morning wake-up call of song birds and melodic doves. The inn has been completely restored, with amenities added, such as a great room with stone fireplace and well-appointed bathrooms in each of its five guest rooms. The décor is tastefully vintage, but steers clear of being saccharine. The sweets are saved for breakfast, as the decadence of the Andon-Reid begins with its signature first meal of the day. Course after course promises offerings such as fresh fruit, poached eggs with dill, homemade chicken sausage, and a sweet chaser, such as peach cobbler or banana cream Neapolitans. J U LY 2 0 1 2 / 7 3

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Innkeepers Rachel and Ron Reid have thought of just about everything to help their guests feel at home, from a fully stocked refreshment bar in the common area to a full gym and sauna room in the basement for those guests seeking to work off the breakfast delights. Their efforts have brought numerous accolades, recently garnering the inn’s inclusion as one of the fewer than 400 inns endorsed by Select Registry. It’s a triumph when you’re in the nation’s pool of more than 20,000 bed and breakfasts. Ron, however, relishes in what he sees as a more meaningful approval metric. “About 70 percent of our guests are repeat,” he says. It’s little wonder. The house, as well as Waynesville, radiates a sense of calm, he says, recounting the first impressions he and his wife felt when they first saw the property in 2006. “That’s what we were looking for and what we hope we give to our guests,” says Ron. “We hope to help create a memory that they can take home with them.” Less than an hour away from the Daisy Avenue retreat is the Great Smoky Mountain’s Cataloochee Valley, a place where nature’s magic lies in wait. Accessing the valley provides its own adventure, starting down the Cataloochee Trail, a historical Native American footpath gradually widened for interstate passage of wagons and, later, automobiles. Blacktop driving gives way to gravel for several miles before entrance into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, forcing everyone who passes along to slow down and take in the beauty of the lush forest foliage. The bumpy dirt road is less of an infrastructure oversight, and more a reflection of locals seeking to hold change at bay. Sunrise and sunset are show time at Cataloochee, when elk emerge from the tree line to graze the valley floor. About a decade ago, nearly two-dozen elk were reintroduced into the area as an experiment, undoing a long absence in southern Appalachia due to loss of habitat and overhunting. Inn & Out : (clockwise from far left) The Andon-Reid Inn Bed & Breakfast, off of Waynesville’s Main Street; the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa; pulled pork sandwich at the Sweet Onion Restaurant; elk graze in the Cataloochee Valley; a refurbished cathedral tube radio at the shop Affairs of the Heart; homemade coconut cake from Pheasant Hill Café & Gallery

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The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa For nearly 100 years, the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa has offered premier accommodations, nestled in the heart of the Western North Carolina mountains, minutes from nearby Asheville and Maggie Valley. Legendary golf designer Donald Ross carved out a picturesque course in 1926, and since then, 18 more holes have been added for a total of 27 holes of championship golf. Guests will also enjoy fine amenities and stunning views from nearly all of the inn’s 115 rooms. 176 Country Club Dr, Waynesville. (800) 627-6250,

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The Rickman House. Queen Anne Victorian completed in 1908. 3 story, 6 BR with large foyer lined with original pocket doors that lead to the parlor, formal living, great room, and massive dining room. Large kitchen with butler’s pantry, front and rear staircases with intricate woodwork, eight fireplaces. Original stained glass, wrap around porch with corner gazebos. Paved brick driveway with porte-cochere leads to parking for up to 6 cars. Large backyard with a deck, gazebo, and Koi pond. The widow’s walk allows you to see wonderful views of downtown and the distant mountains. The opportunity to own this sought after home only comes around once in a lifetime. MLS#1236513


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Today, the herd is about 140 strong, and promises a memorable spectacle during the rutting season of fall or calving season in early summer. Once the sun gives way to blueblack night, prepare for an astounding lesson in bioluminescence. Rare synchronous fireflies, visible once a year for only three weeks in early summer, light up Cataloochee’s forest floor and sky in a nightly mating dance. The sighting is extraordinary in that these fireflies exist only in the Great Smoky Mountains and Southeast Asia, says naturalist and passionate wildlife enthusiast Esther Blakely of Cataloochee Valley Tours. They are a wonder to see, she says, because they evoke memories of childhood of staying up late and chasing them into the summer night. No trip to Waynesville would be complete without an afternoon exploring the shops and art galleries of its quaint downtown. Small shops are stuffed to the rafters with pottery and antiques, such as the collection of restored, elegant, cathedral tube radios at Affairs of the Heart. Indulge in a slice of coconut cake—nay, a wedge beckoning to be taken down by at least two forks—found in the pastry case at the Pheasant Hill Café & Gallery on Main Street. But don’t tarry too long, the beauty of the valley awaits.

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The Dental Retreat at Mountain Park, which serves Cliffs Members and Property Owners, Associates and the surrounding communities, opened in December 2011 after years of planning. Dr. Julian and his wife, Karen, visited The Cliffs several years ago from their home in Kansas and fell in love with the area and The Cliffs’ commitment to wellness. What initially was thought to be a prime spot for a summer home or perhaps retirement has now become their full-time residence and business location. “My sense of adventure kicked in and I decided to start something new here in South Carolina after practicing in Kansas for the past 33 years,” said Julian. “The prospect of starting a practice from scratch and watching it grow and positively impact a community is very exciting for me.” Dr. Julian’s unique approach to patient care has been well-received by his first patients at The Dental Retreat at Mountain Park. His philosophy is that patients don’t necessarily need dental care – he’ll never tell a patient what procedure they must have done. However, he will give the patient all the information available along with treatment options so they can choose the plan they are most comfortable with. And he’ll provide that information during a consultation in a room with actual chairs…not while the patient is laid back in a dentist chair with a variety of metal tools in their mouth.


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His patients also appreciate that they can have all of their dental care done under one roof with a doctor and staff they have gotten to know well and grown comfortable with. “I rarely have to refer a patient out to another doctor unless they need something very specialized like orthodontic care. I like to think of my approach as dentistry from A-Z,” said Julian. “From basic cleanings and fillings to crowns, root canals, dentures and implants, our office is equipped to handle it all.”

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X-rays taken with the 3D Cone Beam imaging system, a new type of technology used by less than 5% of dentists in the country. still standard in most dental offices, Dr. Julian uses a 3D X-ray machine on all new patients that provides non-distorted images that can be viewed and manipulated from different angles, giving his patients the complete picture of their current dental health. Another piece of equipment that is unique to Dr. Julian’s practice is the soft tissue laser, which significantly reduces the pain, bleeding and inflammation often associated with dental care. It’s no surprise that his patients have become big fans of the laser! While the residents of the The Cliffs and the surrounding communities are fortunate to have Dr. Julian in their backyard, dentists and patients all over the world are benefitting from his passion and commitment to the field of dentistry. The Dental Retreat at Mountain Park serves as an education center, hosting dentists from the United States and abroad for educational seminars where Dr. Julian helps other dentists advance their level of care using more modern techniques and equipment. If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Jon Julian and The Dental Retreat at Mountain Park, please make plans to attend one of the following events: TITLE OF FIRESIDE CHAT? Tuesday, February 28, 5:00 pm at The Cliffs at Glassy Clubhouse FILL IN DATE, 5:30 pm at The Cliffs Valley Clubhouse


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Chattooga Belle Farm elevates muscadine wines


hattooga Belle Farm’s muscadine wines are full-bodied, a little sweet, and have forty times the health benefit of typical red wine. It’s enough to make you light-headed, and not because the Long Creek–based orchard sits at a slightly higher altitude. Bottled by Pelzer-based City Scape Winery, and locally grown and harvested by the folks at Chattooga Belle, these traditional Appalachian wines are an old-fashioned, flavorful, and fruity alternative to traditional red wine, perfect for enjoying on a sultry summer night or at an afternoon brunch. Chattooga Belle Farm has released three wines this year, each with its own, unique blend of grapes, all picked from the mountainside vineyards of this Oconee County orchard. Muscadine wines have been around for hundreds of years in the South and are typically made from a mixture of muscadines, scuppernongs, and Concord grapes. Chattooga Belle’s blends incorporate three muscadine grape varieties, Carlos, Nobel, and Magnolia, as well as scuppernongs, and require no supplementing from outside sources. They are custom crafted by a local winery with tasting input from Chattooga Belle owner Ed Land. The Chattooga Belle Farm Blush is fruity and crisp and adds Concord grapes to the scuppernong and muscadine mix. And new this year is Chattooga Belle’s blackberry blend, which combines blackberries and scuppernongs. A sweet ending to summer meals, which are in full swing. —Heidi Coryell Williams

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Breakwater Restaurant mixes a high-steppin’ Sazerac One of America’s most venerable cocktails, the Sazerac has a checkered past. The drink was first crafted—or so the story goes—at the Sazerac Coffee House in New Orleans around 1850. The original Sazerac was made with cognac—specifically an imported French brand called Sazerac-deForge et Fils. In the late 1800s, when the phylloxera epidemic wiped out the grape vines in France, rye whiskey became the main ingredient. To this, Crescent City bartenders added bitters made by local apothecary Antoine Peychaud. The dash of absinthe to rinse the glass was reputedly initiated by Sazerac House bartender Leon Lamothe. After wormwood-infused absinthe became illegal by 1915, mixologists substituted Herbsaint, an anise-flavored liqueur invented in New Orleans in 1933, shortly after Prohibition ended. Today, the tradition of using rye remains. And now that absinthe is legal again, Breakwater Restaurant bar manager Stacey Wingate uses it to make the Sazerac on his cocktail menu. Upon first sip, the scent of anise hypnotizes your palate, followed by the strong kick of rye whiskey. Sugar takes off a little of the edge. Believe what you will of the legend, but at the end of the day, the Sazerac still possesses a soupçon of decadence—just as you’d expect from the official cocktail of New Orleans. —M. Linda Lee

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t may not be a cellar, but there is another place to store that bottle— the freezer. Wine purists may object, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. I’m a purist, too: sommelier, wine educator, Old World wine preferences. But I’m also human (read, forgetful). The recipe was discovered by accident when I forgot about guests and needed to chill a bottle fast. I threw a bottle of white in the freezer—but forgot about it after my guests said they only drink red. That’s all it takes! There is nothing to add. The joy of this recipe is its simplicity. The trick is to catch the bottle just before it freezes solid. Check every 30 minutes. When you see solids beginning to form, remove the bottle and open it normally. If you’ve timed it perfectly, you’ll need a chopstick or very thin handle of a spoon to encourage the partly frozen solids out into the glass—any glass. Be playful. Like a regular slushy, the wine choice depends on your flavor preferences. I suggest Pinot Blanc—hints of melon and pear make this grape a pleasant choice. But Sauvignon Blanc offers more tangy citrus and even grapefruit flavors. Or, try an off-dry Riesling for a bit of sweetness. Traditional? No. Delicious? Absolutely. —Richard Peck

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reenville can thank its lucky stars that Clemson grad Carl Sobocinski ditched his major in architectural design in favor of the restaurant business. What the field of architecture lost, Greenville’s restaurant scene gained, beginning with Soby’s, across from the Westin Poinsett on Main Street. In 1997, when Sobocinski and founding partner David Williams opened Soby’s in a late-nineteenth-century cotton-exchange building, Main Street had a dearth of good places to eat. An instant hit, with original, exposed-brick walls and space for 150 diners on two levels, Soby’s played a big role in catalyzing Greenville’s downtown dining renaissance. Fifteen years later, it’s still a lively scene most any night of the week. In warm weather, diners fill the brick patio, and French doors in the front of the bar—which boasts a 500-label wine list—open up to the sidewalk. Chef de Cuisine Sean Garcia interprets “New South Cuisine” in the likes of crispy fried chicken with kumquat pepper jelly. Though he uses just-picked organic produce from the 7-acre farm he tends in Travelers Rest, the chef keeps his grandmother’s down-home comfort Soby It : food in mind as he crafts Soby’s menu. (clockwise from top-left) While the she-crab soup and fried green Deviled eggs with crispy tomatoes are classics here, tonight we start prosciutto; BLT iceburg with an iceberg wedge and a Southern wedge; Soby’s interior; charcuterie platter. I’m not a fan of iceberg white-chocolate banana cream pie; Chef de Cuisine lettuce, but the chilled wedge sprinkled with Sean Garcia; pan-roasted Benton’s bacon and preserved tomatoes wins trout sautéed i n brown me over with its icy-cold crunch. butter, with haricot verts As for the charcuterie, whole-grain mustard and fingerling potatoes from Asheville complements salty slices of country ham; a house-made duck rillette pairs well with house-made pickles; and buffalo burrata cheese, creamier than mozzarella, makes a good mate for grilled bread. Of course, the contents of the basket of buttery, house-made cheese biscuits disappear in the blink of an eye. Pan-roasted trout is the frontrunner of the entrées. Mild and flaky, it is served simply with haricots verts and ovals of fingerling potatoes tossed in nutty, brown butter. Potato-crusted snapper sits on a bed of crawfish étouffée with just the right amount of spice. And half a sweet, succulent lobster tail plated with two seared sea scallops tops creamy risotto as a house special. Only the meatloaf disappoints; it lacks the moistness and depth of flavor I’ve tasted in this dish on previous occasions. What better way to end our meal than to indulge in the rich, whitechocolate banana cream pie (a menu staple since the beginning)? This table leaves happy that Carl Sobocinski followed his heart.

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Greer / by M. Linda Lee Bin 112 Billing their cuisine as “southeastern with an international twist,” brotherand-sister team Jason and Allison Clark (he’s the chef; she manages the restaurant) cook up some sophisticated fare at their Greer eatery. Favorites—available in both appetizer and entrée portions— include the BIN Stack (a grilled Angus filet mignon medallion stacked on a crab cake, a fried green tomato, and a “potato flata,” a

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

DellavenTura’s With more than 30 years’ experience in the business, Joe Ventura knows his stuff. His family helps run this pizzeria, located a mile north of the Greer Medical Campus of Greenville Hospital Center. Fans come here for everything from subs and calzones at lunch to chicken Romano and shrimp Stacey (named after one of Joe’s daughters) at dinnertime. Then, of course, there are the pizzas with hand-tossed crusts and toppings like fresh sausage, ricotta cheese, spinach, Genoa ham, and eggplant; these are available all day. $$–$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 337 S Buncome Rd, Greer. (864) 989-0100, The GreaT Bay OysTer hOuse Gulf shrimp, Charleston clams, and Apalachicola oysters tempt at this laid-back oyster house in Greer Station. Though oysters are the house specialty, many other seafood preparations (think seared scallops, blackened salmon, sesamecrusted tuna) make waves here. Check out the nightly specials:

on Monday, for instance, come for half-price steamed oysters; on Thursday, a special Lowcountry Boil. Sushi lovers should head to the back of the restaurant, where Sushi Mizu offers a fusion of nigiri, sashimi, rolls, and hibachi dishes. L, D. Closed Sunday. 109 E Poinsett St, Greer. (864) 879-1030, The MasOn Jar New kid on the block, the Mason Jar prides itself on serving good homemade food seven days a week. In addition to sandwiches and burgers served with hand-cut fries or your choice of another side, the menu features a different special every day (available at lunch and dinner). It might be meatloaf or turkey and stuffing, but whatever the chef’s whim, the special comes with three sides and sweet tea for one modest price. And beverages come to the table in (you guessed it!) Mason jars. $, L, D. 202 Trade St, Greer. (864) 879-4454,

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BARS, CAFéS, & RESTAURANTS Rivera’s Chef Bruce Rivera came to Greer in 2008, after two stints in downtown Greenville, one in the kitchen of the erstwhile Sophisticated Palate on Main Street, and then at his own Café Rivera in the West End. The chef’s Puerto Rican roots shine in empanadas and ceviche tostadas, as well as in the Mayan-style roast pork, the specialty of the house. The selection of Angus steaks can get pricey, but if you’re watching your budget, sandwiches and entrée salads make less-expensive dinner options. $$$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 117 E Poinsett St, Greer. (864) 8779600,

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THE Strip Club 104 Jason and Allison Clark, the duo that brought you Bin 112, opened a steak place in the former location of Gerard’s. From a lamb Porterhouse to a house-aged, Black Angus filet mignon, meat forms the core of the menu. But don’t pass up the sushi-grade, pistachio-crusted tuna or the char-grilled salmon. Sauces (sweet chili BBQ; bacon and caramelized onion Béarnaise) and sides (sautéed forest mushrooms; Parmesan-truffle pommes frites) are available à la carte, and most entrées come with the Strip Club’s signature carb, Rice-a-Noodle. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 104 E Poinsett St, Greer. (864) 877-9104,

Southern Thymes Café This no-frills, diner-style eatery has been pleasing locals with large portions of homestyle Southern cooking since 2005. Starting at 7am daily, Southern Thymes serves up hearty breakfasts of omelets, hotcakes, French toast, and more. Supplement your meal with hash browns, stewed apples, or a bowl of sausage gravy. For lunch, there

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Wild ace pizza & pub Honoring the veterans of World War II, during which american soldiers stationed in Italy were introduced to the joys of pizza, this pub packs in the crowds for hand-tossed, new York–style pies, “Hero” sandwiches, and “Fighter Wings.” Specialty pizzas have names like pearl Harbor (ham, pineapple, and bacon) and amelia Earhart (a veggie version). For those with particular diets, Wild ace offers gluten-free pizza crust and soy cheese. the fried Snickers candy bar with vanilla or chocolate ice cream begs you to save room for dessert. $-$$, L, D. 109 Trade St, Greer. (864) 879-6900,

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goes upscale, with tempting mains— pecan-smoked pork chops, cashewcrusted Atlantic salmon, and shrimp and spoonbread—taking center stage. $$$, L, D. 226-B W Main St, Spartanburg. (864) 699-9669 Gerhard’s cafÉ Voted best restaurant in Spartanburg last year, Gerhard’s Café blends American cuisine with German and Austrian specialties for an Old World vibe that’s just right. Drop by for a drink and tasty bar appetizers, or enjoy an upscale dinner in the Elizabeth dining room. (Word has it they serve the best wiener schnitzel this side of Austria.) $$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 1200 E Main St, Spartanburg. (864) 591-1920, La Taverna This family-friendly place serves up tasty pizza and a long list of Italian specialties—think baked ziti, chicken Parmigiana, veal saltimbocca, and shrimp fra diavolo. The bill of fare at lunch and dinner is nearly the same, except for the addition of midday subs. If you’re craving something that’s not on the menu, just ask. Chef Rosario Pugliese will happily prepare special orders if the kitchen is not too busy. La Taverna also welcomes the young set with a special kids’ menu. $$, L, D. 120-A Dorman Commerce Dr, Spartanburg. (864) 576-8660, Lime Leaf Located right downtown, this restaurant has been the local pick for Thai cuisine since it opened in 2005 (there’s now a new location in Hendersonville, NC). A variety of traditional curry dishes spice up the menu. Don’t care for curry? There are myriad Asian-fusion choices, including noodle dishes, fried rice, and seafood that take their influences from Chinese, Korean, and Japanese cuisines. $$-$$$, L (Mon–Fri), D. 101 E Main St, Spartanburg. (864) 541-2171, miyako sushi Popular Miyako has something for everyone. All the standards are here, along with enticing special rolls such as the Citrus Rainbow (tuna, salmon, avocado, and lemon) and the Dancing Unagi (shrimp tempura, barbecued eel, and avocado). For the non-sushi set, the menu offers plenty of cooked dishes— from soy-marinated steak to chicken teriyaki. On weekends, plan to get here early, or be prepared for what could be a long wait. There’s also a sibling in Greenville on Rushmore Drive. $$, L, D (only Sat). Closed Sunday. 116 Magnolia St, Spartanburg. (864) 583-5112,

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Palmetto Palate The mother-son duo who runs this casual restaurant, located at the Spartanburg Farmer’s Marketplace, roast the roast beef and turkey for their sandwiches, make their own salad dressings, and create all their soups in-house. At dinner, choose among all-inclusive entrées or à la carte grill and side items. Call two hours in advance to order any number of casseroles and other dishes (lasagna, chicken pot pie, quiche) to pick up for dinner the same night. $$$, L (Mon–Sat), D (Tues–Fri). 401 E Kennedy St, Spartanburg. (864) 541-1818, Renato’s Chef/owner Renato Marmalino relies on fresh-imported Italian ingredients to whip up dishes such as scaloppine di manzo (beef tenderloin medallions sautéed with fresh herbs, garlic, mushrooms, and a splash of balsamic vinegar) and spaghetti alla carbonara (tossed with eggs, pancetta, cream, and parmesan). The wine list skews Italian, too, with bottles running the gamut from Prosecco to Brunello di Montalcino. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 221 E Kennedy St, Spartanburg. (864) 585-7027,

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II Samuels Originally called Ribault St. Eatery, II Samuels’ name change is nothing more than a reflection of its commitment to staying fresh, with an innovative take on American cuisine. Stop in for a signature sandwich at lunch, or enjoy an elegant dinner and wine. The evening menu changes weekly, featuring entrées like blackened tuna or osso bucco. Try your entrée’s wine pairing, order a wine flight, or choose from the extensive list. $$-$$$$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Tues–Sat). 351 E Henry St, Ste A, Spartanburg. (864) 596-5080,

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Wasabi Located in a little shopping strip, Wasabi boasts a full sushi bar plus a menu of hot dishes. You can build your own lunch with a special main course and choice of two sides (miso soup, fried rice, and steamed vegetables, etc.). Dinner entrées include Kyoto chicken, tempura, and shrimp teriyaki as well as noodle and rice dishes. But if you want the real deal, take a seat at the sushi bar and let the chef point you to the day’s freshest catch. $-$$; L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 1529-C John B. White Sr. Blvd, Spartanburg. (864) 5768998,

Spice of Life Spice of Life presents fresh, creative American cuisine with a unique Southern twist. Longtime guests can expect to see menu favorites from the past, along with new creations and a focus on local, sustainable food. The historic building lends great ambiance to a night out or dinner with friends. Add a full bar and a friendly, neighborhood vibe—your weekend plans are made. $$-$$$. D, SBR. 100 Woodrow St, Spartanburg. (864) 804-6688,

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Thru July 8 The Lion King Catch the South Carolina premiere of this award-winning Broadway musical that brings the classic Disney film to the stage with dazzling costumes and a soaring score. The Lion King won a Tony award for Best Musical and tells the tale of royal heir Simba, who must return to the Pride Lands to fulfill his destiny as king of the lions. Peace Center, 300 S Main St. Tues–Sun, times vary. $35-$135. (864) 467-3000,

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

The Flat Rock Playhouse becomes the “clubhouse” for a comedy show about a funny game: golf. Two rival golf clubs square off in an annual competition with fortunes on the line, and everything depends on the fragile psyche of a promising young golfer. Those who consider golf to be “a good walk, spoiled” or consider the word golf spelled backwards will enjoy this unforgettable round. Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. Wed–Sun, times vary. $35. (866) 732-8008,

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What better way to celebrate independence, Old Glory, and one of the best days of summer than with music, food, and one of the largest fireworks displays in the state? This annual event is a relaxing, familyfriendly celebration of freedom. Downtown Greenville. Wed, call for times. Free. (864) 232-2273,

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picnics to this open-air production of Henry V, the coming of age of a young king and his evolution into a military leader and ruler. Falls Park, S Main St, Greenville. Thurs–Sun, 7pm. Free, donations appreciated. (864) 235-6948,

SunriSe Hike at table rock

Rise before the early birds, take a moonlit hike to the top of Table Rock, and experience a stunning sunrise on the mountaintop. Be sure to pack your camera—and your flashlight—for this unique nocturnal trek. Table Rock State Park, 158 E Ellison Ln, Pickens. Sat, 2:15– 10:15am. $25. (864) 878-9813,


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Aspiring young yogis can get a taste of this practice with the experts from Greenville Yoga. Children will use creative and fun movements to stretch and energize. Children’s Museum of the Upstate, 300 College St, Greenville. Mon, 3–4pm. $9-$10. (864) 233-7755,

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Krall brings her enchanting vocals to the local stage. Her latest album Quiet Nights blends sweet surrender with Brazilian-influenced numbers, including three Brazilian classics. Krall says, “I feel this album’s very womanly—like you’re lying next to your lover in bed whispering this in their ear.” Don’t miss an evening with this Grammywinning songstress. Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, 8 pm. $65-$85. (864) 467-3000,

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SC PeaCh FeStival

Some might argue that South Carolina’s staple crop is sweet tea. But at the renowned SC Peach Festival in Gaffney, crowds will gather once more to honor what is rightfully the state fruit. The festival will include a dog show, golf tournament, dessert contest, parade, and BBQ tasting, just to name a few. Downtown Gaffney, Thurs–Sat, Fri–Sat, Sat, times vary. Free admission (some events require entry fee). (864) 489-5721,


Carolina ChoColate DroPS

This much-lauded, roots-music group takes the stage with a riveting live show following the release of their new album Leaving Eden. The Carolina Chocolate Drops not only embody a fresh take on traditional music, but punctuate it with buck dancing, jug playing, and entertaining stories. The Handlebar, 304 E Stone Ave, Greenville. Sat, 7pm. $12-$15. (864) 233-6173,


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Coldwell Banker Caine presents the work of local photographer Kim Sholly, as she explores the everyday with pinhole and toy plastic cameras. Sholly continues to work in the darkroom, coaxing images that are singular and unique—like the moments she captures. Main Street Real Estate Gallery, 428 S Main St, Greenville. Opening reception, Thurs, July 26, 5–7pm.


Hub City Writers Project will host its twelfth-annual Writing in Place conference for the literary set, a weekend seminar that includes a keynote address by popular young-adult novelist Ruta Sepetys, challenging workshops, faculty readings, and a happy hour at Hub City Bookshop. Sleeping in dorms, going to classes, and celebrating happy hour? College—but better. Wofford College, 429 N Church St, Spartanburg. Fri–Sun, times vary. $200-$340.

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Enjoy a great American treat, the hot dog, at this family fundraiser for the Greenville Zoo. In addition to the tasty red hots, there will be chips, ice cream, and Pepsi—all for 50 cents each. Greenville Zoo, 150 Cleveland Park Dr, Greenville. Sat, 10am–4pm. $7.75, adults and $2.25, children. (864) 4674300,

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On this special acoustic tour, the longtime songwriter and performer Jackson Browne will play guitar and piano, selecting numbers from his more than four-decadelong career, creating a different show each night. Singer, songwriter, and fiddler Sara Watkins, a founding member of the band Nickel Creek, will open. Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, 8pm. $45-$65. (864) 467-3000,

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The Laughing STock underground

The Greenville Little Theatre’s improv troupe Laughing Stock performs latenight shows every second Saturday at Coffee Underground. The audience suggests it, and the troupe runs with it, often with surprising results. Coffee Underground, One E Coffee St, Greenville. Sat, 10:30pm. $5. (864) 233-6238, laughing-stock

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roper MounTain Science cenTer BLueBerry FeSTivaL

Take advantage of peak blueberry season at this second Saturday event that features local blueberries and other fruit, ice cream, baked goods, and contests. In addition, there will be opportunities to explore the scientific side of blueberries, gardening, and food preservation. Roper Mountain Science Center, 402 Roper Mountain Rd, Greenville. Sat, 9am–1pm. $5-$6. (864) 355-8900,


WinFred reMBerT gaLLery TaLk

Winfred Rembert depicts AfricanAmericans in the segregated South in his vibrant and compelling paintings. Often using dye on carved and tooled leather, Rembert recalls his colorful and often painful memories of growing up and as a prisoner in Georgia. In this gallery talk, he will

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Relive the heyday of the girl groups and solo singers of the ’60s in this musical revue featuring 37 hits from artists like the Supremes, Tina Turner, the Chiffons, and Aretha Franklin. This melodious stage production features favorites like “One Fine Day,” “Respect,” “Proud Mary,” “My Boyfriend’s Back,” and more. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $25-$30. (864) 233-6733,

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Some of the best teen baseball players in the world travel to the Upstate to duke it out in the 45th annual Big League World Series. Last year, teams from across the globe, including those representing the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, and Asia gathered to test their skill. Don’t miss this eight-day, international celebration of baseball. J.B. “Red” Owens Recreation Complex, 111 Walkers Way, Easley. Times vary. $3-$30. (864) 855-7933,

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High Art Creative writing graduate Da’Shawn Mosley wins a top honor

Opening Night of Emily Mann’s Greensboro: A Requiem Greensboro: A Requiem strutted into the theatre, passed in high heels and a crimson cocktail dress to grab the seat next to mine. Waited until the lights dimmed to spread her snowy legs, speak her jagged talk of vintage reconnaissance and unrestrained profanity. Because Greensboro heard the late night conversation my grandmother held in the kitchen with my brother and me to discuss her many reasons why not to date white girls. She gave us a glimpse of the future and the concept was so minimal: the two of us content black men with content black brides. But Greensboro told me she could recall a series of days

This past June, a president met the president—of the United States. Da’Shawn Mosley, recent graduate in creative writing of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (and 2011–2012 student body president), met President Barack Obama—but it was Obama who congratulated Da’Shawn on his rare accomplishment of selection as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Da’Shawn has already received numerous honors throughout his young career. But with plans to begin an undergraduate degree at the venerable University of Chicago this fall, we are sure to hear more of this rising talent—and add his work to our shelf. An executive decision.—Blair Knobel

Poem courtesy of Da’Shawn Mosley

when the blonde meteorologist on the local news reported nothing but thick fog. And one night, the glittering brunette two rows down called me at home, said she wanted a relationship. I thought things through, and declined. —Da’Shawn Mosley

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TOWN Magazine - July 2012 issue - Published by Community Journals out of Greenville, SC.

TOWN July 2012  

TOWN Magazine - July 2012 issue - Published by Community Journals out of Greenville, SC.