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11 THE LIST

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

17 ON THE TOWN

Pics of the litter: Upcountry fêtes & festivities.

37 TOWNBUZZ

Ukelele luthier Russ Morin, ziplining across the Asheville skyline, Sam Pate’s Crosswinds Golf Club, and more.

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57 STYLE CENTRAL

Wherever summer takes you— camping, yoga, Main Street— we’ve got you covered.

WATER MARKS For Simons Welter, Charles Sowell, and real estate broker Bo Aughtry, fly fishing is the light.

/ by Charles Sowell / photography by Patrick Cox

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GREAT SPOTS Every escape plan needs a destination. Try these outdoor splendors on for size. / by Jac Chebatoris & Andrew Huang

62 MAN ABOUT TOWN

Exploring the link between white lightning and greased lightning.

83 EAT & DRINK

A modern Southern belle’s take on food blogging, Six & Twenty Distillery, and local honey.

90 DINING GUIDE 96 TOWNSCENE

Got plans? You do now.

104 SECOND GLANCE

A narrow focus on the wide expanse of American landscapes at the Greenville County Museum of Art.

THIS PAGE & COVER: Photographs by Patrick Cox

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Mark B. Johnston PUBLISHER mark@towncarolina.com Blair Knobel EDITOR-IN-CHIEF blair@towncarolina.com Paul Mehaffey ART DIRECTOR

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chool’s out for summer. But while parents and kids trade in their fall-tospring routines for action-packed leisure, the rest of the working world continues in temperature-controlled routine. We seem to have forgotten the benefit—and near necessity—of play. Of breaking free of walls and desks and hard surfaces into wide-open spaces, fresh air, and soulful nature. We’re smart animals who’ve created sublime tools for connection and progress—which have made our lives comfortable in many respects, fear-inducing in others. Contact and connection with the natural world is refreshing, rejuvenating, and, I’d argue, essential for healthy, balanced, and productive living—not to mention fun. This year, we really took the “Outdoors/Summer Fun” issue to heart, and you’ll note more green on these pages than we’ve ever included. What follows are stories both personal and practical—think of this issue as a guide for year-round play. “Water Marks” (page 66) takes you to our region’s majestic waters via three flyfishing disciples who live by river and by sea. Charles Sowell, the writer of the story and avid fly fisherman, offers a personal essay on his decades-long affair with trout fishing, and presents the stories of Simons Welter, an outdoorswoman who is a professional fly-fishing guide, and saltwater afficionado Paul “Bo” Aughtry, principal at Greenville-based real estate development firm Windsor/Aughtry. Patrick Cox of Patrick Cox Photography donned waders to deliver the river directly to you. “Great Spots” (page 74) is our outdoor travel guide, replete with hikes, rivers, waterfalls, “secret” spots, majestic views, and special places in Upstate South Carolina, western North Carolina, and northern Georgia. Here, we’ve included photography by local residents who are amateur shutterbugs and outdoor beauty seekers. If this guide is any indication, you can nearly fall out of your backdoor into some of the best country in the world (and don’t take only our word for it). The June issue is packed with our usual unique personalities—high school brothers competing on the national mountain-bike-racing circuit, a former race car driver who has traded in her speed for a fast-track engineering post at BMW—plus more outdoor fun (think zip lines), food (moonshine, Southern vittles, Travelers Rest honey), and style (including outdoor gift ideas for Father’s Day, or any day). We live in a delicious place. Golden and green, gurgling and rocky. Mountains beyond mountains, but small enough to touch. Get outside and take it in.

SENIOR EDITOR Jac Chebatoris ASSISTANT EDITOR Andrew Huang CONTRIBUTING EDITORS M. Linda Lee Steven Tingle CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Ruta Fox Laura Linen Joshua Moore-Vingia Charles Sowell Heidi Coryell Williams CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Chelsea Ashford Patrick Cox Jay Vaughan GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN Kate Guptill Holly Hardin PRODUCTION MANAGER GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Kristy Adair Michael Allen Whitney Fincannon Caroline Reinhardt MARKETING REPRESENTATIVES Lori Burney Mary Beth Culbertson Kristi Jennings Donna Johnston Pam Putman Katherine Elrod SALES ADMINISTRATION MANAGER katherine@towncarolina.com Kate Banner COMMUNIT Y SPONSORSHIPS & EVENTS MANAGER kate@towncarolina.com

Blair Knobel Editor-in-Chief

Alan Martin SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT Ryan Johnston MARKETING MANAGER

CONTRIBUTORS

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Patrick Cox

Patrick is a full-time photographer, artist, chef, inventor, floor sweeper, child whisperer, and slave to his hot wife. He is somewhat domesticated, and could never color inside the lines.

Charles Sowell

Charles Sowell has been hunting and fishing since he was shorter than his shotgun and has been writing about the Southern outdoors for more than 30 years. His love of fly fishing has taken him from the Canadian border in the Rockies to the Gulf of Mexico.

David Robinson CIRCUL ATION MANAGER Sue Priester PHIL ANTHROPIC ADVISOR TOWN Magazine (Vol. 3, No. 6) is published monthly (12 times per year) by TOWN Greenville, LLC, 148 River Street, Suite 120, Greenville, SC 29601, (864) 679-1200. TOWN Magazine is a free publication. However, if you would like to have TOWN delivered to you each month, you may purchase an annual subscription (12 issues) for $45. For subscription information or where to find, please visit www.towncarolina. com. Postmaster: Send address changes to TOWN, 148 River Street, Suite 120, Greenville, SC 29601. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA.


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Masterpieces of American Landscape from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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made the decision to exit the rat-race and reclaim a simpler life for their family in spring 2012. Finding a charming neighborhood with Charleston-styled appeal, they decided to sell their large house across town and move to a cozier home that’s central to school and work, and offers a more relaxed routine. - Read more of their story at verdae.com Hollingsworth Park offers a diversity of housing options priced from the $200s. The residential mix includes custom and estate homes to more modest single-family dwellings, townhomes and luxury apartments. Residents enjoy a 20-acre central park, pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, a neighborhood business district and being close to everything. Verdae Development, Inc.

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Singer and author Marshall Chapman returns to her hometown to promote her latest album Blaze of Glory and the second edition of her first book, Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller. The former Southern debutante became a rock and roller after going to an Elvis Presley concert and has since had her songs recorded by Conway Twitty, Jimmy Buffet, and Olivia Newton-John.

Photograph courtesy of LaDakProductions.com

David Reid Theatre, Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St. John St, Spartanburg. Fri, June 7, 7pm. Adults, $25; students, $10. (864) 542-2787, chapmanculturalcenter.org

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Adultery, seduction, and sex! Sondheim orchestrates the lives of Frederik, his 18-year-old virgin wife, his former lover Desiree, her lover Count Carl-Magnus Malcom, and his wife Charlotte as they dance around each other’s infidelities and desires. The Tony Award–winning musical is the source of the classic song “Send in the Clowns.” The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Thru June 8, Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $35. (864) 235-6948, warehousetheatre.com

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DOUBLE TAKE: FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY The Upstate’s breathtaking landscapes filled Georgia native Tom Ebetino with nostalgia when he moved here. This exhibit, presented in partnership with the Metropolitan Arts Council, Centre Stage, and South Carolina Bank & Trust, is a collection of transcendental, spontaneous moments inspired by the pebble-filled brooks and fertile farms of his childhood. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Tues–Fri, thru June 17, 2–6pm. Free. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org

Compton hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar broke out with his 2012 album good kid, m.A.A.d city and was promptly declared “Hottest MC in the Game” by MTV. Fellow California rappers Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q, and Ab-Soul will also appear. Charter Amphitheatre, Heritage Park, 681 SE Main St, Simpsonville. Fri, June 21, 7:30pm. $40, $50. (864) 2413800, charteramphitheatre.com

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A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

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zWhat-Not-to-Miss / JAKE SHIMABUKURO Hawaii native and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro takes the stage for a playfully buoyant summer concert. Shimabukuro, whose intricate, racing dexterity across his four-stringed instrument has been compared to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, blending Hawaiian sounds with jazz, rock, and classical traditions. TD Stage, Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, June 7, 7:30pm. $25. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

TEXTILE CRESCENT TOUR

KINGS OF THE MIC TOUR

As late as the 1960s, Greenville laid claim to the title “Textile Center of the World” with nearly 20 mills in the city’s vicinity. Get a glimpse at Greenville’s textile heritage with local historian Don Koonce on a driving tour of the mills and mill villages.

“Don’t call it a comeback”—LL Cool J headlines a bold lineup of hip-hop artists in concert at the Charter Amphitheatre. Legendary hip-hop artists Ice Cube, Public Enemy, and De La Soul will join the “Mama Said Knock You Out” rapper in support of his latest album, Authentic. Charter Amphitheatre, Heritage Park, 681 SE Main St, Simpsonville. Fri, June 14, 7pm. $28-$64. (864) 241-3800, charteramphitheatre.com

Upcountry History Museum, 540 Buncombe St, Greenville. Sat, June 22, 10:30am. Members, $15; regular admission, $20. (864) 467-3100, upcountryhistory.org

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GREENVILLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

zFilm buffs and connoisseurs of the celluloid arts will not want to miss this five-day event. Last year’s festival featured more than 185 filmmakers from 30 countries. Come support and enjoy the artistic vision of actors, directors, writers, and more. Locations vary, Greenville. June 5–9, times vary. Prices vary. gviff.com

BLUE RIDGE BBQ & MUSIC FESTIVAL

zWith 20 years under its belt, you just know this festival will rock your appetite for food and sound. Get your fill of chicken, pork ribs, brisket, and all the fixings you can handle. There will also be 2 stages of constant music from the likes of Mill Billy Blues, The Legendary JC’s, Big Daddy Love, and Velvet Truckstop. Harmon Field, 1 Harmon Field Rd, Tryon, NC. Fri–Sat, June 14–15, 10am–11pm. Free on Fri, 10am–2pm; adults, $8. (828) 859-7427, blueridgebbqfestival.com

WINNIE THE POOH

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zThe insatiable honey-hunting bear and his posse of friends come to life. Join Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, and Piglet as they tromp about the Hundred Acre Wood on one adventure after another. The A. A. Milne stories are adapted by Kristin Sergel and directed by Kim Granner. Gunter Theatre, The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, June 21, 10:30am; Sat, June 15 & 22, 10:30am, 1:30pm & 5:30pm (June 15 only); Sun, June 16 & 23, 1:30pm & 5:30pm (June 16 only). Adults, $26; children, $17. (864) 235-2885, scchildrenstheatre.org

BRUCE IN THE USA

zWith Memorial Day just past and Independence Day on the horizon, there’s no better time for some All-American music. Join Matt Ryan and his band for a nearly indistinguishable recreation of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and get your blood pumping as the Boss’s arena sound gets packed into a far more intimate setting. The Handlebar, 304 E Stone Ave, Greenville. Sat, June 1, 9pm. $20. (864) 233-6173, handlebar-online.com

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

zIrving Berlin’s sharpshooting musical takes the stage with Mary Freeman as Annie Oakley and John Brigham as Frank Butler. Frank and Annie first meet in Cincinnati where Annie bests Frank in a shooting contest and falls in love with him. Pride tears the lovers apart before fate reunites them. The musical is the source of enduring classic songs like “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Thurs– Sat, June 1, 6–8, 13–15, 19–21, 8pm; Sun, June 2, 9, 16, 3pm. Adult, $30; senior, $28; junior, $20. (864) 233-6238, greenvillelittletheatre.org

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Greenville Drive Stars in the making, the crack of a bat, a group of friends, and a cold beer in hand—all of the ingredients for an entertaining summer evening at Fluor Field. Make your way to the West End stadium and support your hometown Drive during its June home stands. Fluor Field, 945 S Main St, Greenville. June 1–2, 7–12, 20–26, times vary. $7-$10. (864) 240-4528, greenvilledrive.com

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April 10, 2013 SIP, Greenville’s latest entrant to the rooftop bar scene, hosted 150 city officials, media members, and tourism executives for a preview of the menu and wine list. Vendors were on hand to answer questions about the wine bar’s different varietals, Gigi’s Cupcakes supplied sweet treats, and Cam Ramsey provided live music for the evening. Photography by Jay Vaughan

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it’s time for me to die.” He quit teaching that next year and dedicated himself full-time to his craft. Morin’s specialty is making resonator ukuleles, which have spun cones that act like speakers inside of the body, which then acts like a speaker cabinet, giving a more vibrant punch to the plucky, jaunty sound. Resonator ukuleles have been around since the 1920s and ’30s, Morin explains, before there were amplifiers and you wanted to be as loud as you could be. “If you were having a house party, you wanted to be heard,” he says. The instrument has had an ebb and flow in popularity from that time on. Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder even released an entire album of ukulele songs in 2011. Usually, the ukulele is a four-stringed instrument, though, recently, Morin received an order for a six-stringed one. The request came from Hawaii, from a descendent of Hawaiian royalty, he later confirmed. Morin has also shipped them to Australia. Just doing his part to spread the aloha.

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ove what you do and the happy will follow. It’s always on the sunny side in the darker depths of Russ Morin’s Greenville basement workshop, where he makes what has been called the “friendliest instrument in the world”—the ukulele. Just say the word, and you’ll feel a tropical breeze brush by you as a smile warms your insides. While associated with Hawaii, the history of the “uke” actually starts in Portugal where it is a called a braguinha. Morin explains how that happiest of names—ukulele—came about when the Hawaiians, upon seeing the quick action of the fingers moving across the strings, thought it resembled “jumping fleas.” Traditionally made of the native and plentiful koa wood in Hawaii, Morin’s are made from whatever scrap he finds— mahogany scavenged in a dumpster from a restaurant’s remodel, cedar and redwood signs from the sign store where he once worked, wood from the crates used in his friend’s rug-import business, or sturdy sycamore that a kindly gentlemen one day told Morin he could find if he drove down the road a piece, just past the Beacon Restaurant in Spartanburg. What led Morin to find his bliss, however, was a rather unhappy turn of events. About six years into a teaching job at Five Oaks Montessori Academy, Morin’s eldest sibling, his brother—“the surfer, healthy, outdoors-type”—got lung cancer and died at 51 years old. “It was a real wake-up call that there are no guarantees for anything,” Morin says, but sounding like a man who would make ukuleles for a living, quickly adds, “but there’s always good stuff that comes out of these things and it made me think, I need to do what I love. I don’t want to regret when


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Rough Riders: Teenage brothers Luca (top left and right) and Walker (bottom left and right) have their sights set on the mountain bike racing World Championships in South Africa.

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alker and Luca Shaw are kids. It’s hard to remember that fact when talking to them. They look you in the eye when they speak and use phrases like “scaphoid bone” and “sanctioning body.” They are gracious and polite. They sit up straight and praise one another. They don’t interrupt or pepper their sentences with “uh” and “like.” They’re mature, they’re sophisticated, and they can both flat out haul ass on a mountain bike. The boys (Walker, 17, Luca, 16) started riding from almost day one but didn’t take things seriously until they discovered a BMX track near their family’s Hendersonville, NC, home. “We loved bikes,” says Walker, “but this was the coolest thing ever.” It didn’t take long for lightning to strike. “By the time I was 9, we were racing all over the East Coast,” says Luca, “It was a lot of fun.” The brothers became well known on the BMX circuit, with Walker rising as high as fourth in the National Series and Luca earning second place, twice.

When Walker was 14, the boys moved from BMX to mountain bikes. “The transition was super easy,” says Luca. “The skills transfer but the mental part takes a while.” Walker agrees. “If you’re good at one, with a little bit of practice, you can be good at the other,” he says. “It just takes time to get super dialed in.” They’ve found they both love the solitude of downhill mountain bike racing over the crammed tracks of BMX. “With BMX you have so many other people to worry about because you’re racing together,” says Walker. “But with downhill racing, it’s just you against the time— you are in complete control.” The pair is currently preparing for two national events, one in New Jersey and the other in New York as well as the UCI World Cup in Scotland. “This will be our first World Cup,” says Walker. “There are seven World Cups this year but Scotland is big. It’s a legendary track.” Luca chimes in, “It’s the biggest one as far as spectators go, too.” “It’s real fans, not just the moms and dads of the racers,” he says. The boys plan to compete in at least two other World Cups this year, Canada and Italy, and if all goes according to plan the World Championships in South Africa. “It’s a big commitment,” says Walker. “Especially for the parents.” Fortunately the boys’ talent and determination have caught the eye, and checkbook, of a few sponsors including Monster Energy, SRAM, and Specialized, who just added the pair to their Global Factory Team. “We have a good group of people around us helping us out,” says Luca. The Shaw boys plan to keep training, keep improving, and hopefully one day monetize their passion for racing. “The long-term goal is to make a living off of it,” says Luca. “To not have to go to work—just race, ride, and train.” The boys look at each other earnestly. “It’s certainly achievable,” says Walker. “It’s doable.”

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ad’s lucky number—17—was her race car number. That’s right, her race car number. For the past seven years, until last October, Julia Dawson drove race cars. The 26-year-old doesn’t compete anymore, mainly because of the exorbitant finances it takes to race, she candidly admits, but it doesn’t mean she’s slowed down at all. In fact, it was her need for speed that got her into racing to begin with. The Dallas native, who has lived in Greenville for three years, and works as an engineer at BMW, was going 90-miles-per-hour in a 60-milesper-hour zone when she was 16 years old and got pulled over. Her father, instead of taking away her car keys, suggested his little speed demon sign up for a racing course at a local track for some instruction. She did, and after the first year was teaching the class herself. By the time she was 18, she had her first tattoo—it was of the Ferrari emblem. “It was the first car I ever fell in love with when I was six years old,” says Dawson. (The tattoo of 17 stars that trails down her side to commemorate Dad’s lucky number and her car came later.) While she was studying mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, she would be at school for part of the week and racing for the rest, traveling

across the country from Las Vegas to Atlanta. She raced in a division called Spec Miata, which were gutted Mazda Miatas, Dawson explains, until moving up to INEX Legends cars. The second time she tested one, Dawson had a horrible head-on accident that left her, miraculously, without any broken bones, but with a slipped disc and other serious injuries—the worst being a new sense of fear that the then 19-year-old had never felt before. “It was the hardest thing I ever had to do to get over that fear. I just kept going, thinking this is either going to break you or you’re going to get over it. I kept going, it took a while, but I did,” she says. Nine months later, she won her first race. In 2007, she was the top-ranked woman in her division in the nation, and in 2008 raced in her first professional series, the US F2000 Championship Series. Even when she was the only woman competing against 35 to 40 men, Dawson, who describes herself as “highly competitive,” felt most in her element in the car, and if there was any sort of ostracizing, it was never blatant, she says. She might be in a dress and heels, but on one side of her ankle is a tattoo of brass knuckles. On the other side are the words “Can’t Stop.” For Dawson, there’s not a chance.

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iscuit could not have weighed more than 90 pounds, breathing heavily as she ascended the fifth flight of stairs in our final morning ascent. The higher we walked, the more downtown Asheville came into view. It was the second time we’d scaled the large wooden tower that day, a prelude to the act of balancing on its decks and then jumping off. Grasping the handrail and leaning into each step, I heard Biscuit audibly sigh behind me—the carabiners of our yellow “Y Straps” clanging with every step. “I beat cancer,” the young woman muttered. “But I don’t know if I’ll survive these steps.” It had been more than two hours since we’d begun our Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventure Tour—Biscuit with her best friend, and me with three of mine. Far too young to be a cancer survivor, she was a senior, attending college outside of Nashville; my friends and I also attended college together, 15 years earlier. The juxtaposition of our journeys was coincidental, but not inconsequential. We had all chosen to spend the same morning exploring Asheville from on high, and we were doing it with some of our closest girlfriends. For my group of four, the zipline tour made for an interesting mix of hilarity and terror. For those of us who are deathly fearful of heights (this writer), tree hugging was the order of the day. For those who were seemingly fearless, jokes and pranks ruled. The combination made us practically giddy, and I’m fairly certain the thin air wasn’t to blame. One of our group was having a problem trying to launch from the jumping platform, and asked our tour guide Brenda to help. Brenda: “The problem is you’re sitting on your Y tails.” “Funny, I thought I only had X tails.” On another occasion, tour guide Bryan explained that an upcoming zipline would dip before it ended, describing it as “a natural belly.” “This line has a natural belly? So do I!” Yes, after a Friday spent shopping, going to the spa, and dining out in downtown Asheville, a Saturday of ziplining provided the perfect antidote to an ordinary girls weekend. Just a half-mile from the heart of downtown, the Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventure Tour is run by the well-known and highly respected outdoor company Wildwater Ltd. It draws an assortment of tourists and in-town visitors; the common ground seems to be that guests are looking for something slightly more challenging than a stroll across the lawn of the Biltmore, yet more approachable than most extreme adventures.

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At all of Wildwater’s canopy tours—Pigeon, Ocoee, and Chattooga rivers, and in the Nantahala Forest and in Asheville—tourists are invited to speed through the air attached to a series of large metal cables, strung through a canopy of trees. All of the company’s zipline tours require that zipliners start with a few minutes of instruction at “ground school,” which, as the name suggests, teaches the ground rules of zipline safety, at the manageable height of about a foot up. Even after ground school, the Asheville course is designed so that the lines get progressively more challenging. As our group made our way through, we noticed that jumping platforms became higher; the lines got longer; and we went faster. And somewhere along the line, we also became braver—which meant being able to jump without closing eyes for some and dangling off the side of a platform for others. The Asheville course is Wildwater’s most visible. The cables stretch above 125 acres of the Crown Plaza Resort. (The entrance to the course itself is on the far side of the hotel’s main parking area.) Adjacent to the zipline tour is Asheville Treetops Adventure Park, a high ropes course that my friends and I navigated later in the afternoon that included about 50 “challenges” ranging from rock walls and ziplines to swinging logs and rappelling, all high above the ground. A “green” course accommodated the faint of heart (this writer) for a challenging but not heart-stopping adventure, and it left time for spectating and cheering on friends brave enough to navigate more difficult “yellow” and “red” courses. There was heckling, to be sure. But there was also a welcome closeness that came out of the experience, something I was thankful to share with this group of women I now see only once or twice a year. By design, the end of the canopy zipline course loops back around to where it began, and then one final jump remains—the longest, most intimidating line of the day. Our tour guide Brenda paused to point out the “ground school,” where we’d all started just a few hours earlier, and she said in passing, “It’s fun to look and see how far you’ve come.” Instead, I looked at my girlfriends, at Biscuit and her friend, and with the steadiest hand I’d had all morning, took out my pen and paper: “How far we’ve come. That’s what makes jumping easy.”

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ust about every warm Wednesday evening a “skins game” takes place at Crosswinds Golf Club, off of I-385 in Greenville. Around 6:15 p.m., golfers of all shapes, sizes, and abilities pull into the parking lot and step out of mini vans, convertibles, work trucks, and SUVs. They steady themselves against their vehicles and replace boots, loafers, and Crocs with golf shoes and sneakers. Most remove their driver from their golf bag before heading to the small clubhouse where they give their name and $25 to the man behind the counter. Then it’s out through the back door and on to the practice green for a few quick putts. The practice green, like the other 18 greens, is cool-season bent grass, grown tight and cut short. Crosswind’s greens are smooth and deceptively fast, like rolling marbles on a mirror. The greens are better than they should be—in fact, for a par-three course next to an Interstate, they are better than they have any right to be. An avid golfer just back from the Lowcountry comments, “I don’t think you could find better greens anywhere in the state right now.” Those within earshot agree. The variety of players this evening is stunning. There’s a single dad, a former Atlanta Braves pitcher, an auto-body repairman, and a slim blonde whose tight outfit serves as a distracting strategy. There are limber twenty-somethings and pot-bellied 60-yearolds. There are Polo shirts tucked into flat-front khakis and printed t-shirts billowing above cargo shorts. Crosswinds is truly an equalopportunity golf course. A few yards from the green, a man stands off to himself, casually watching the proceedings. He’s pushing 70 and seems slightly weak but his handshake is sturdy and firm. He’s wearing khaki shorts and sport sandals and his brown windbreaker stands guard against the evening air. His thinning hair is cut close above his ears where tiny translucent tubes snake around and disappear into the canals. “Hello, Sam,” the former big league pitcher calls out. “Hey, Sam,” yells the single dad. “Good to see you, Sam,” shouts the auto-body repairman. Most of the players know the founder and owner of Crosswinds, and Sam Pate knows most of them in return—“Hello, Jose”—“Hello, Trent”—“Where’s your brother tonight, Rob?” If you play Crosswinds, you will come to know Sam Pate. He’s there almost every day. Sometimes to check up on things, or roll a

Breath of Fresh Air: A double lung transplant hasn’t stopped Sam Pate from staying the face of Crosswinds Golf Club, an 18-hole par-three course near downtown Greenville.

few putts on the practice green, or maybe just to walk nine by himself, part of his long and continued rehabilitation. At 6:30 p.m., a man with a clipboard emerges from the clubhouse and ascends the first tee. “Listen up,” yells Jim Cadieu, the general manager and golf pro. Jim goes over the game’s rules, which takes about fifteen seconds, then assigns players their starting hole. Pate watches proudly as the group of around 40 breaks apart in all directions across his course. He had no experience in the golf business when he built Crosswinds in 1997. “I went into it recognizing the fact I didn’t know much,” he says. “I tried to think of everything that could go wrong. Double lung transplant was one thing I didn’t think of.” Two weeks earlier Sam Pate sat at an outdoor table at Adams Bistro off Pelham Road and lunched on chicken, pinto beans, and collard greens. “When the leaves are off you can JUNE 2013 / 47


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see the course from here,” he says, pointing across the parking lot. Pate is popular here, as well. Without asking, he’s brought a glass filled with half tea, half lemonade, and almost every employee offers an enthusiastic, “Hey, Sam!” He returns their greetings by name. Pate is catching up with John LaFoy, lunch companion and one of the founding partners of Crosswinds. LaFoy, a Greenville-based golf course architect with a Foghorn Leghorn voice is a designer whose talent has taken him from Augusta National to past president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. Pate first met LaFoy in 1997 after Pate’s friend, the executive director of the downtown airport, asked Pate if he had any ideas, or interest, in developing a piece of land near one of the runways. At the time the parcel was cleared but zoning restrictions had limited it to a 29-acre eyesore. “I said you might have room for a par three,” Pate recalls. Pate negotiated a 40-year lease on the land, and LaFoy had the audacious, and brilliant, idea to ask seventeen of his architect friends to design one hole each. “The hard part was to get seventeen architects to do it without having to pay them,” says LaFoy. All but one accepted the offer. The result is mind-boggling: a par-three course with holes designed by Rees Jones, Tom Fazio and Tom Marzoff, Bob Cupp, and Pete and Alice Dye, among others. Pate has owned Crosswinds outright since 2002 but the course is not his only job. “I’m a salesman,” he says when asked what he does for a living. “I’ve been with the same company for 32 years.” Pate sells paper business forms, a product slowly being eliminated by technology. Over the years Pate has learned the golf business is much like his other job: it’s based on relationships, on remembering names and being memorable. He’s also learned to slow down and smell the collard greens, as a double lung transplant in 2008 kept him in the hospital for 48 TOWN / towncarolina.com

In Good Company: Pate hooked up with renowned golf course architect, and a founding partner of Crosswinds, John LaFoy, who suggested that each hole be designed by a different architect.

three months and on a treadmill for much of five years. “I’ve been very, very fortunate,” he says. Back at the skins game, the floodlights are on and the last few putts are rolled through eerily long shadows. Pate has gone home, the temperature has dropped and a final plane descends over the course into darkness. Soon the results will be tallied and the winners goaded into buying a round at a bar somewhere nearby. When the parking lot empties, Jim will turn off the lights, lock the door and close the gate on another long day. Tomorrow, grass will be cut and bunkers raked and somewhere one fewer business form will be sold. And Sam Pate will shake hands and remember names and maybe roll a few putts on mirror-slick greens, all while feeling grateful for his friends, for his course, and for every single breath.

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10AM: History and Highlights

Take the morning to explore the downtown historic district. First stop: the Visitor Center in the 1799 brick and tabby Arsenal (713 Craven St), where you can stock up on maps and information as well as browse exhibits detailing the area’s military heritage. Across from Waterfront Park, the c.1804 John Verdier House (801 Bay St; (843) 3796225, historicbeaufort.org) offers a tour of a nineteenth-century cotton planter’s home. Carteret and Bay streets are the places to poke in shops and galleries for home accessories, art, antiques, and gifts. Check out The Point neighborhood to see the houses that starred in films such as The Big Chill and Prince of Tides. 1PM: Eat Local

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The white shrimp caught off of the South Carolina coast are some of the best around. And one of the most popular places to sample these local crustaceans is at the little Shrimp Shack on St. Helena Island. Try the Shrimpburger, a deep-fried, chopped-shrimp cake on a bun, with the sweet potato fries. Shorts, T-shirts, and flip-flops are fitting dress at this oh-so-casual spot. 925 Sea Island Pkwy. (843) 838-2962

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et on a point of land jutting into the Beaufort River on Port Royal Island, Beaufort’s historic core melds antebellum architecture with modern amenities. Everywhere you look, the Lowcountry coast unveils its beauty in ochre and pale-green marshes, sun-drenched blue waters, and moss-draped live oaks. With its slow pace and Southern hospitality, Beaufort beckons you to stay a while and let your cares drift away on the outgoing tide.

8:30AM: Eye Opener

Start your day as many locals do, with breakfast at Blackstone’s Cafe. Just off Bay Street, the cafe serves up smoked salmon or shrimp omelets and stacks of buttermilk pancakes. Hearty appetites favor the homemade corned beef hash topped with two extra-large eggs. And what sweet tooth can resist the made-in-house pecan sticky buns? 205 Scott St. (843) 524-4330, blackstonescafe.com

2PM: Beaching It

From the Shrimp Shack, it’s a short drive east to Hunting Island State Park, where you can spend the afternoon on the beach. This former barrier-island hunting ground is South Carolina’s most visited state park for a reason. Fringed by stately palms, the wide, white-sand beach is a pristine place to relax. Climb the 175 steps up to the top of the 1875 Hunting Island Lighthouse for a gorgeous panorama of the sea and maritime forest. 2555 Sea Island Pkwy, Hunting Island. (843) 838-2011, southcarolinaparks.com/ huntingisland

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To appreciate Beaufort’s past, a stay in a historic B&B is de rigueur. The Beaufort Inn, with its eye-catching pink façade and inviting double piazzas, dates to 1897. A peaceful room here might include a private balcony and a claw-foot soaking tub. Pamper yourself with a treatment at the Beaufort Day Spa, adjacent to the inn. 809 Port Republic St. (843) 379-4667, beaufortinn.com

What better way to view the Lowcountry coast than from the water at twilight? Captain Dick’s two-hour sunset cruise departs from Beaufort’s Downtown Marina at Waterfront Park and sails up the river past the Old Point and back through Factory Creek, where you’ll likely spot dolphins. Reservations required. beaufortrivertours.com, (843) 812-2804

Another good choice, the c.1820 Greek Revival–style Rhett House Inn boasts 10 high-ceilinged, individually decorated rooms on three floors, plus seven additional rooms in a building across the street. Guests enjoy afternoon tea, evening hors-d’oeuvres, homemade desserts, and complimentary use of bicycles and beach chairs. 1009 Craven St. (843) 524-9030, rhetthouseinn.com

Back on land, the Saltus River Grill keeps to the day’s watery theme with an appealing menu of seafood specialties. To start, local oysters on the half shell speak in Asian accents with shiso, wasabi, and yuzu sauce. Next, Sea Island shrimp pairs with mascarpone grits, roasted shiitake mushrooms, and lardons of bacon in Chef Brian Waters’ version of a Lowcountry favorite. If the mosquitoes aren’t biting, stake out a table on the patio, overlooking the river. 802 Bay St. (843) 379-3474, saltusrivergrill.com

Feeding Frenzy: Both historic and gastronomic appetites can have their fill in Beaufort. The Point neighborhood (top) is home to prime examples of antebellum architecture, while the Saltus River Grill (second from top and bottom right) blends fresh seafood with Asian ingredients.

8:30AM: Southern Starter

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Both the Beaufort Inn and the Rhett House serve up hearty Southern fare to start the day. At the Beaufort Inn, the bounteous Southern Graces buffet in the Magnolia Room includes an omelet station, grits, breakfast meats, and a daily changing selection of house-made pastries. Guests at the Rhett House enjoy a full spread of eggs, biscuits, and bacon or sausage in the dining room or on the veranda, weather permitting. Beaufort Inn, 809 Port Republic St. (843) 3794667, beaufortinn.com Rhett House Inn, 1009 Craven St. (843) 524-9030, rhetthouseinn.com Don’t leave without seeing Penn Center, a school founded in 1862 to educate newly freed Sea Island slaves. Today, the center’s 17 buildings function as a conference center, but you can read the stories about some of the people who attended this institution at the onsite York W. Bailey Museum. For another taste of island culture, visit the nearby Red Piano Too Art Gallery (870 Sea Island Pkwy; (843) 8382241, redpianotoo.com). A former agricultural co-op founded by Penn School graduates in 1940, Red Piano Too now showcases local folk art and sweetgrass baskets. 16 Penn Center Circle W, St. Helena Island. (843) 838-2432, penncenter.com

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The South Holston and Watauga Rivers in far East Tennessee are possibly the best trout-fishing destinations in the Southeast, with 4,000 to 6,000 fish per mile. The browns are all considered wild, as none have been stocked since the late 1980s. Guide and gear for Watauga can be found at Watauga River Lodge, 643 Smalling Rd, Watauga, TN, booking@wataugariverlodge.com; guides and gear for South Holston can be found at the South Holston River Fly Shop, 608 Emmett Rd, Bristol, TN, (423) 8782822. Independent guide services are offered by Randy Ratliff at (423) 360-1468, or easttnonthefly.com The Tuckasegee, or Tuck, is another big-water tailrace fishery noted for high numbers of trout per mile. Tuckasegee rises near Cashiers, North Carolina, and flows into Lake Fontana near the Little Tennessee River. Most easily fished by drift boat, the river is comparable to a big Western stream. It can be waded when Duke Energy Corporation is not releasing water from its upstream reservoirs. Gear and guides can be found at Hookers Fly Shop, 546 W Main St, Sylva, NC, (828) 587-HOOK, or hookersflyshop@yahoo.com; Hunter Banks Company, 29 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC, (828) 252-3005, (800) 227-6732, hunterbanks.com The Chattooga River is the crown jewel of South Carolina’s trout fishery. It is a place where delayed harvest water offers fly fishermen a shot a big stocked trout, and wild fish abound, some of them monstrous, in the backcountry. Places like Rock Gorge and Ellicott Rock Wilderness are legendary for their difficulty and for the fighting wild trout there. Neither Rock Gorge or Ellicott Rock Wilderness should be fished alone—the wading is too tough, and the river can kill you. Gear, guide services, and advice can be found at the Chattooga River Fly Shop near Mountain Rest, SC, (864) 638-2806, chattoogariverflyshop@yahoo.com. Open Wed–Sun during the summer season.

THE SMALL WATER Davidson River is, without doubt, the most famous fly-fishing destination in Western North Carolina. Located near Brevard, in Pisgah National Forest, the Davidson is an anything-goes stream below Avery Creek. The browns here are massive and tough to catch. It is, however, the best chance new fly fishermen have to land a trophy fish under the expert tutelage of a guide. Davidson River Outfitters (DRO) is the one place that fishermen on the river need to visit. Their guides are on the river daily, and they carry the particularly tiny flies that the fish will take. DRO is located at 95 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forrest, NC; (828) 877-4181, davidsonflyfishing.com High on Grandfather Mountain, Upper Wilson Creek is one of the best-kept secrets in Western North Carolina fly fishing. Upper Wilson has a thriving population of naturally reproducing browns, rainbows, and brook trout, but the gin-clear water makes fishing tough. One cast and you either hook up or move on. Wilson Creek Outfitters is the gold standard for Wilson, 831 West Union St, Morganton, NC; (828) 430-3556, wilsoncreekoutfitters.com


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A Personal Note Writer Charles Sowell breaks down his river passion

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lifetime obsession in the back of a battered jon boat on a blackwater pond in Edgefield County about 50 years ago. Watching my father work a battered old fiberglass rod from the front of the boat set the boy’s imagination soaring. The utter grace of the cast, the thunderous strike of a bass, or even a big bluegill, was mesmerizing, visceral—grabbing me by the gut and refusing to let go. That time is as far removed from my fly fishing today as I am from my long-dead father. His role in planting the seed of the obsession was much the same as my own in my sons’ lives. Sometimes it takes, as with the older boy Wil, sometimes it doesn’t as with the younger son Richard. Sometimes you catch a fish and sometimes you don’t. Eventually, fish caught and fish missed become secondary to the beauty of the sport, the art of the cast. The wiliness of tying a fly that will fool a sight feeder like a trout, or a bottom feeding catfish, carries the mind of a modern man into the realm of the fish’s primitive world. The closer one comes to that mindset, the more wild trout are caught. There are, literally, hundreds of places where stocked trout, stockers as they are known, can be caught in North and South Carolina. But only a few dozen where wild fish predominate. The first inkling that I’d not had the true fly fishing experience came on Hazel Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park about 20 years ago. There is no easy way to get to Hazel. It is a five-mile boat ride or a 20mile hike. The stream has not been stocked since the 1920s. I hooked a 10-inch rainbow, which jumped head-high when it first felt the hook. I thought it was leaping to escape a big brown and almost lost the feisty rascal looking for the larger fish. After landing the rainbow, it hit me that this was how wild fish acted. It became my fishing-life’s work to seek out and catch as many of these wonderful fish as I could find. Here’s a secret from a fishing world filled with more closely held information than the Pentagon: Every fly fisherman I’ve ever known who was worth his, or her, salt had a teacher, a sensei, that changed them into artists. Mine was Joe Humphreys. Well into his late 80s now, Joe was in his 60s when I met him at the old Foothills Fly Shop on Pleasantburg Drive. Humphreys’ resumé is impressive. He taught fly fishing at Penn State for nearly 20 years. President Jimmy Carter, Vice President Richard Cheney and basketball coaching great Bobby Knight have all come under his tutelage. He was a regular on outdoors television shows for years. None of that impressed me as a brash younger man. I wanted results, to learn something special. When Humphreys made his line curve to land his fly behind a 21-inch pine on a 40-foot cast, I was hooked. When Humphreys landed four of the five visible fish in a pool on the East Fork of the Pigeon River at Cold Mountain, North Carolina, I became a disciple. This obsession has taken me into some of the most beautiful country and wildest rivers in both Carolinas. Places like Wilson Creek on Grandfather Mountain, Hazel Creek in the Smokies, Rock Gorge on the Chattooga, Slickrock Creek in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness of North Carolina, and Ellicott Rock Wilderness, on the Chattooga near its headwaters in North Carolina. The Slickrock Creek trail has been rated one of the 12 toughest in America. It is barely a trail at all, more like a bear path cutting through brambles and laurel hells.

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Fly fishing is a way of life that never wanders far from the mind’s forefront. The roar of a big whitewater river, or the burble of a small stream, the smell of a school, or wildflowers in bloom are all part of a seamless whole that makes up the experience. The society of fly fishers is almost like a club. There is no secret handshake (yet), but one knows if the other person is a member within a few minutes of talking, or watching them work a rod. The wanna-be types look like old ladies trying to swat a bee with a broom. The art of fly fishing often develops relationships that last a lifetime. There is Carter Nelson, known as “The Goose” to his friends, who won his nickname by slugging a big gander on the West Fork of the Chattooga River one April morning. He lives in Charleston now, where Goose regularly pounds on red fish, bass, and bream with his fly rods. He still makes a pilgrimage to the mountains two or three times of year for a dose of trout. My wife Laura has fished more trout water than most men. She’s been at my side—or on the river—for more than 20 years. She’s a small woman, and the big water is often more than she can handle now. But she still goes to cast over the spots that make fly fishing guides flinch, like the Chattooga River’s Rock Gorge. Rock Gorge gets its name from the building-size boulders that litter the channel where the river necks down from 100 feet wide to about 30. The river literally squirts between boulders in places that are lined with vertical rock walls about 90 feet high. It is a place that requires swimming skills as well as wading expertise. There are probably fewer than 20 fishermen a year who venture into this three-mile stretch of river; the trailheads down to the river are a jealously guarded secret. There are moments in the gorge where the sheer wildness of the place takes precedence over fishing. The sight of a bald eagle gliding upstream about 15 feet above Laura’s head is a moment frozen in time. The bird’s wingspan was about a foot wider than Laura is tall. I was sitting beneath a massive hemlock in the gorge with fishing partner Greg Beckner, waders down around our ankles, when a 400-pound wild boar trotted out of the laurel and sent our hearts into hyper-drive. The massive boar smelled like a nightmare, he was that close, but he simply looked our way with the equivalent of a piggish sneer and trotted back into the laurel. There are comic moments, too. One February morning about 15 years ago, Laura and I were driving in to Simms Pool on Chattooga when a mink challenged us. The little creature stood in the middle of Big Bend Road, a jeep trail, and stood his ground while stamping his little front feet. The tiny creature, two-feet long if you count the tail, would not yield until I stepped out of the truck to shout at him. The look on the animal’s face, there are people in that thing, and his inchworm escape gallop started the day off with a smile. Later that morning, and each of us about 30 trout to the good, I was fishing out in the middle of the river while Laura changed lures on the shore. Looking over I saw another mink creeping up from behind her. I couldn’t remember if rabies could happen at this time of year, so I shouted, “Laura, come to me!” She never looked up. Instead she dove into the river headfirst, fearing there was a bear on the bank with her. When she surfaced and turned around to see the mink it turned into a Monty Python moment. Hands on her soaking hips, she proceeded to cuss the mink out and then turned her ire on me. I laughed so hard that I sat down in the middle of the river, filling my waders.


Casting Call: Writer Charles Sowell has answered the call of the river for more than 50 years.

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Hot Rods: The allure of the sport is as varied as its practitioners. (clockwise from top) the inside of Sowell’s nymph fly box; Sowell on the river; the writer’s favorite trout rod, a 3-wt. Sage Z-axis with a minimalist Sage reel; Sowell displays a nice brook trout taken on a nymph in the Chattooga; (opposite) a 150-pound-range tarpon crashes through the surface; real estate broker Bo Aughtry brings it to the edge of the boat, before releasing it.

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Open Dweller

Though river fishing gripped Bo Aughtry for decades, he now takes to the sea

is a man possessed by the magnificent obsession of fly fishing. “It enchanted me from the start,” he says. “I remember once, in high school, going to pick up a friend for a dance and ending up in a jon boat paddling around in the semi darkness on a pond. I picked my friend up wearing a tux, with a three-pound bass in one hand.” He started his more than 50-year career on the water as a child, fly fishing for bass and bream on his father’s pond, and has gone through all the phases of the sport—from pond fishing, to stream trout fishing to fishing salt water for monster 150-pound tarpon, 20-plus-pound permit, and feisty bonefish. He is also an accomplished fly tier, measuring his output in 100 dozen flies a year. Aughtry is a Citadel graduate who began his real estate career in 1971, establishing the Aughtry Company in 1980 and serving as president until the merger that created Windsor/Aughtry Company in 1988. He currently is responsible for commercial development as broker in charge of the commercial group. He has served as chairman of the State Department of Health and Environmental Control Board. Aughtry no longer fishes 60 to 70 days a year. “I miss it,” he says. “And wish I still could. Fly fishing on the South Holston and Watauga rivers in East Tennessee (for trout) is simply amazing. Those are the best rivers in the South, and they are within driving distance of Greenville.” Today, Aughtry is almost exclusively a saltwater fly fisherman. He was hooked on a trip to Mexico when he tried bone fishing for the first time. “There is nothing like a fish that will take you a couple of hundred yards into your backing,” he says. Fly reels, even saltwater ones, typically hold 40 feet of fly line and up to 500 yards of backing. With a 150-pound tarpon at the end of your line, it takes that much backing to slow the fish down and settle in for the fight. For Aughtry, sight fishing (casting to the fish you want) on a bright, sunny day, and the smell of saltwater filling the sinuses, is part of the great adventure. “When you see a big tarpon take your fly and then stick him (set the hook), you’ve got about two seconds before the fish blasts through the surface like a missile launch,” he says. Aughtry usually fishes now with his 13-year-old son Patrick who is well on his way to emulating his father’s prowess on the water. The younger Aughtry started tying flies at age 9. Today he ties commercial-grade flies for the saltwater guides who take the pair fishing for the rod busters. Despite all of his accolades, and the many thousands of fish caught through the years, Aughtry is proudest of the fact that “I’ve never killed a fish in the salt.” Catch-and-release takes on a new meaning when you don’t even pause to weigh a really big tarpon.

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the highest in the entire United States. Green River Cove Rd, Saluda, NC.

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Graybeard Mountain Trail

Graybeard is the sixth-highest mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountain range and the trail begins at the end of Graybeard Trail Road in Montreat, a Presbyterian retreat center. Access to the nearly 5-mile trail is public. The steady climb (800-feet) along Flat Creek is inviting and joins the switchbacks of the “Old Trestle Road” and an early twentieth-century railroad bed. Graybeard Trail Rd, Montreat, NC.

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Green River Gorge Trail

Hike the steep trail into the Green River Gorge, just southeast of Hendersonville, NC, which boasts a mix of ravines, coves, and some of the most enticing whitewater rapids in the eastern United States. “The trail from Big Hungry Road down into the Green River Gorge meets the river at the rapid the kayakers have named Groove Tube,” says Pickens resident and sustainable landscape designer Rick Huffman. Be sure to walk across (or at least see) the 225-foot-high bridge across the Green River Gorge on Interstate 26. It’s the highest in North Carolina, and one of

Chattooga Narrow is a spectacular hike along the Chattooga. This hike begins at the iron bridge over the Chattooga in North Carolina. After getting your fill of the outdoors, fill up at Cornucopia, a quaint café in Cashiers, NC. Bull Pen Rd, Cashiers, NC. Cornucopia Restaurant, 16 Cashiers School Rd, Cashiers, NC. (828) 743-3750

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Poinsett Passage of the Palmetto Trail

Follow the yellow-blaze trail through a beautifully untouched area of the Palmetto Watershed (property of the Greenville Water System, this 19,000acre tract has been protected since it was acquired in the 1950s). The moderately difficult trail is about 6.6 miles starting at the Orchard Lake Campground near Saluda and will continually climb up to 3,060 feet at the top of Rocky Spur Mountain. Or start at the Blue Wall Preserve, which will tack another 3.5 miles onto the hike. Orchard Lake Campground, 460 Orchard Lake Rd, Saluda, NC. (828) 749-3901, orchardlakecampground.com

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Rim of the Gap Trail

It’s beauty before comfort here, folks, but when the scenic yet challenging trail calls your name, you’ll

“The 80-mile Gran Fondo Loop was George’s favorite ride when training for the big races like the Tour de France or Paris Roubaix. It starts at Hotel Domestique, goes down Highway 11 through Tryon, up Skyuka Mountain, down White Oak, up Howard Gap, then loops through Green River Cove back through Saluda and finishes at the hotel. The ride has a bit of everything—long hills, steep hills, and the best scenery around. Very little traffic and passes some great towns in between.”—Rich Hincapie

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have a hard time turning it down. This 4.3 trail runs between Caesars Head and Jones Gap and features rocky terrain that can be—like any diva—cold and impassable at first glance, but the cliff faces, streams, and “Weight Watchers Rock” are all part of the greater love story. Jones Gap State Park, 303 Jones Gap Rd, Marietta, SC. (864) 836-3647, southcarolinaparks.com/ jonesgap

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The Shortoff Mountain Trail

The Shortoff trailhead is at the end of Wolf Pit Road at the southern end of Linville Gorge near Nebo, NC, in the Lake James area, and is a short, but rocky, 4.4 miles long. Red sumac, once burned out by fire, is making a comeback, but the views of Lake James are an upshot. Just be sure to pack your hat and sunscreen, as the tree cover is still growing back as well. Wolf Pit Rd, Morganton, NC.

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waterfalls, picnic grounds, park lakes (36-acre Pinnacle Lake and 67-acre Lake Oolenoy), and cabins. The invigorating (read: fairly strenuous) 3.6-mile hike to the top of Table Rock will be worth it, as the views are breathtaking and include a landscape of streams and waterfalls. Table Rock State Park, 158 E Ellison Ln, Pickens, SC. (864) 878-9813, southcarolinaparks.com/tablerock

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Whiteside Mountain Trail

Soaring views along this designated National Recreation Trail near Highlands, NC, are part of the thrill—there’s also the 700-foot-high cliff walls along the 2.5-mile loop with the cliff top resplendent in mountain laurel that blooms in mid-June. On a clear day, you can see Greenville from about 60 miles away. Whiteside Mountain Rd, Cashiers, NC.

Table Rock State Park

What’s not at Table Rock State Park? Hiking trails, camp sites,

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Lake Jocassee, Oconee State Park

With 7,500 acres, you’ll find plenty of space to play including trout fishing, scuba diving, and swimming at Lake Jocassee at Devil’s Fork State Park. Or, hike the 3.2-mile Oconee Passage trail, which skirts along scenic Oconee State Park, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Oconee State Park, 624 State Park Rd, Mountain Rest, SC. (864) 6385353, southcarolinastateparks.com/ oconee

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Rainbow Falls, Gorges State Park

Talk about a water feature. Just 53 miles from Asheville, NC, the stunning 150-foot falls pour a cascade of water from the Horseshoe River in the Blue Ridge Mountains at Nantahala National Forest, adjacent to Gorges State Park. One of its best features is the ability to see the falls from above, below, front, and side. A few hundred yards upstream from Rainbow is a great sliding rock Morton Overlook, Great Smoky Mountains National Park 76 TOWN / towncarolina.com

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The Iron Bridge over the upper Chattooga River


Jumping Off Rock, Lake Jocassee, Oconee State Park, SC


(called either Turtleback Falls or Drift Falls). Gorges State Park, 976 Grassy Ridge Rd, Sapphire, NC. (828) 9669099, ncparks.gov

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Rainbow Falls, Jones Gap

One of Greenville attorney Cary Hall’s favorites: “The Rainbow Falls trail at Jones Gap Park displays intricate rock work, the signature of professional trail builder Deano Contos, who built the trail several years ago with funds provided by Naturaland Trust. The falls at the end of the trail take their name from the rainbows created in the late afternoon by the setting sun shining down through Jones Gap.” Jones Gap State Park, 303 Jones Gap Rd, Marietta, SC. (864) 836-3647, southcarolinaparks.com/jonesgap

Tallulah Falls

The 1,000-foot-tall granite walls of Tallulah Gorge State Park are not even its most striking natural feature. That distinction collectively belongs to the six waterfalls that compose Tallulah Falls: l’Eau d’Or, Tempesta, Hurricane, Oceana, Bridal Veil, and Lovers Leap. The falls drop a combined 500 feet over a 1-mile length. Trails ring the gorge, but the strenuous hike to the bottom is tailor-made for the adventurous. Just make sure to go to the park’s Interpretive Center for a free permit. 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr, Tallulah Falls, GA. (706) 754-7981, gastateparks.org

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Upper and Lower Whitewater Falls

Get your Zen on at these falls on the Whitewater River near Cashiers, NC. The upper falls, the highest east of the Rocky Mountains, drops more than 400 feet, and the lower drops another 400 feet. A virtual feast for the eyes awaits in the lush and wild terrain full of fauna, ferns, and moss along slick rock cliffs and steep slopes. A paved, wheel-chair-accessible walkway leads from the parking lot to the upper overlook. NC 281, Cashiers, NC.

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Caesars Head

“Granitic gneiss outcrop,” though scientifically accurate, is a description that does no favors when it comes to communicating the breathtaking view from this overlook. Bare rock surges through mountain and foliage, leaving an unimpeded view of Raven Cliff Mountain, the Dismal Forest, and Table Rock Mountain. Caesars Head State Park is part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area and its trails connect to Jones Gap State Park. 8155 Greer Hwy, Cleveland, SC. (864) 836-6115, southcarolinaparks.com/ caesarshead

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The Cathedral

It’s easy to see nature preservationist and Greenville attorney Tommy Wyche’s inspiration when he dubbed this rock formation “The Cathedral.” Standing at the base of this sheer, 200-foot cliff creates the same neck-craning sense of awe as vaulted cathedral ceilings. The cliff is about 4 miles into the Naturaland Trust

Trail and just a few minutes past the suspension bridge over Raven Cliff Falls. In the presence of rugged, secluded, natural beauty, this hike can be as spiritual as any religious pilgrimage. Raven Cliff Falls Loop, Mountain Bridge Wilderness, Caesars Head State Park, Cleveland, SC

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“There’s something just mesmerizing about the waterfalls and the 100-foot one in the Cullowhee Forest is to be experienced,” says Pickens resident and sustainable landscape designer Rick Huffman. “As I walk through the lush, ancient forests along the Tuckaseegee River, I hear the roar of rushing water getting louder. Then, in a turn, I see the awesome 100-foot falls gushing. I feel the freshness of the air and the sense of reverence of nature’s power and majesty.” Cullowhee, NC.

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Jumping Off Rock

These sweeping panoramas have been documented countless times in photographs and postcards, but nothing can hold a candle to actually being at this Jocassee Gorges overlook. Untouched wilderness extends as far as the eye can see, and at sunset, a remarkable palette springs forth from the sky, the hills, and Lake Jocassee. The rocky cliff is an occasional nesting ground for peregrine falcons and is accessible by a steep, twisting, gravel drive. SUVs and vehicles with proper ground clearance are recommended— actually jumping off the rock is not. Horse Pasture Rd, Lake Jocassee, SC.

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Triple Falls, Dupont State Recreational Forest

Cullowhee Forest

Mount Mitchell

On a clear day, visitors can see up to 85 miles into the Pisgah Mountains. But even on foggy, cloudy days (of which there are many), Mt. Mitchell’s 6,684-foot summit holds a beautiful, mystical appeal. The highest peak east

of the Mississippi is easy to reach as well. NC 128 leads to a trailhead just 980 feet from the peak. Just make sure to pack extra layers. Temperatures at the top can be up to 30ºF cooler than in nearby Asheville. 2388 State Highway 128, Burnsville, NC. (828) 675-4611, ncparks.gov

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Raven Cliff Falls Suspension Bridge

Serious stimulation for your senses awaits—hike the two-mile Raven Cliff Falls trail, relishing the rhodendron, mountain laurel, and trees, while anticipating the 420-foot Raven Cliff Falls with a swinging steel-and-wood suspension bridge over the first drop of the falls at Caesars Head State Park. Caesars Head State Park, 8155 Greer Hwy, Cleveland, SC. (864) 836-6115, southcarolinaparks.com/ caesarshead

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Swimming Hole at Triple Falls

Your kids will want to go once they know a scene from The Hunger Games was filmed here, but let’s hope what they take home is the thrill of the beauty of this gem at Triple Falls in Dupont State Forest. Scott Dishman of Greenville enthuses about one of his favorite spots: “The Little River spills down three dramatic falls, zig-zagging just a bit as it drops, and at the bottom of the final fall is the greatest little swimming hole on Earth. Mountain laurel and rhodendron dip into the water on all sides, and the three waterfalls above make a glorious and calming sound.” Dupont State Recreational Forest, Staton Rd, Pisgah Forest, NC. (828) 877-6527, ncforestservice.gov/contacts/dsf.htm

Special thanks to Cary Hall, Scott Dishman, Rich Hincapie, Rick Huffman, and Dan McKinney for providing information for this article.

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Eat Well, Travel Often: This tagline on Glover’s blog CarolinaGirlCooks.com is her mantra. Her pursuit of culinary excellence takes her near and far.

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AVOCADO PIE Serves 6–8 FILLING: 2 avocados 1 can sweetened condensed milk 8oz cream cheese, room temperature Zest and juice of 1 lime CRUST: 1 package of coconut cookies, crushed: about 1 1/2 cups of crumbs 2 Tbsp sugar 1/4 cup melted coconut oil (or butter if that’s what you have) METHOD: To make the crust, crush the cookies in a food processor until fine. Add sugar and melted coconut oil. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12–15 minutes, just until the crust is set and lightly browned. Allow to cool completely.

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While the crust is cooling, in a food processor combine the avocados, condensed milk, cream cheese, and lime juice/zest. Mix until smooth. Pour into the cooled crust. Place plastic wrap directly on top of the pie limiting the amount of air that reaches the pie. It will turn brown too quickly if you don’t do this. Refrigerate for about 3 to 4 hours and serve immediately after removing from the fridge.

LEMON BLUEBERRY MOONSHINE SLUSH Serves 10–12 4 1/2 cups water 1 cup sugar 1 12-oz can frozen lemonade 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries 1 1/2 cups moonshine Lemon/lime soda or sparkling lemonade METHOD: In a saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil. When the sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat and let it cool for about 5 minutes. Add in the frozen lemonade. Stir until it’s melted. Blend the blueberries with about 1/2 cup of the lemonade mixture until smooth. Pour the blueberries into the lemonade mixture and add the moonshine. Pour into a freezer-safe bowl (one that you want to serve the slush out of) and freeze overnight. Remove from the freezer about an hour before your party. Scoop the slush into glasses and pour the sparkling lemonade over top.

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Bar Still Waters Powdersville’s Six & Twenty Distillery is the stuff of Cherokee legend Blue, Virgin Wheat whiskey married to five-year-old Kentucky bourbon, takes its moniker from the custom of a bride wearing something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Aiming to be different, Six & Twenty’s grain bill uses red winter wheat from Anderson, South Carolina, as wheat has a softer mouth feel than corn. “Moonshine is to cornbread as virgin wheat whiskey is to angel food cake,” is how distiller Raad compares the two. Both men have a fierce sense of pride about what they do. “We make it with these hands,” Raad says, as both men hold up their cupped palms as if cradling a handful of wheat. He and Redmond personally sign and number every bottle. “We put our names on this stuff, so it has to be perfect,” echoes Redmond. “We never stop experimenting,” Raad admits. “If you think you have the process licked, you’re probably doing something wrong.” Now that’s a labor of love. —M. Linda Lee

Something Borrowed: Six & Twenty Distillery offers tours of the stillhouse on Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Please call to reserve a spot. You can buy their spirits and other paraphernalia at the gift shop on site. 3109 Hwy 153, Powdersville. (864) 263-8312, sixandtwentydistillery.com

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here’s something abuzz up in Travelers Rest. It’s the Carolina Honey Bee Company, a place dedicated to the sweet pursuit of all things honey. Owner Tim Dover is unabashedly passionate about it—he turned a hobby into a full-time business. After inheriting bees from his grandfather, he now has hundreds of hives across two counties in the Upstate, which means his family has been keeping bees for more than 100 years. Along with partner Susan Gardner, Dover has created a one-stop shop that showcases all you need to delve into the fascinating practice of beekeeping. You’ll find the essential protective clothing, tools, books, wooden hives, the bees—of course—even the extracting and processing equipment to harvest the honey. “Beekeeping is one hobby that pays its own way, because you can actually sell the honey,” Dover says confidently. If you’re not ready to start your own apiary in the backyard, partake of the benefits of honey’s healing properties (great for moisturizing as well as burns and wounds) with Carolina Honey Bee’s signature cosmetics—from body butters to lip balms. The beeswax candles, bee-themed jewelry, decorative items, and edible goodies will have you flitting around the store. Honey’s flavor depends on the flowers the bees choose. Taste the subtle differences—Wildflower from flowers grown in the Upcountry, Tupelo from the coastal Low Country, and Sourwood from the lily of the valley that blooms in South Carolina’s mountains. Prices range from $2.75 for 2oz to $27 for 37oz, and Carolina Honey Bee ships internationally—the honey will be securely nestled in a hand-made wooden box. Classes run $65 and up—in early June, there’s a Queen Rearing class and in late June, a Honey Harvesting class. Dover adds, “Our management class in the fall will teach you how to get the hive ready for winter . . . remember, honeybees are not actually aggressive, they just want to make honey.” HONEY, PEAR, AND GORGONZOLA CROSTINI Serves 16 1/2-inch slices of baguette-style French bread 1 small ripe pear, very thinly sliced 2 tablespoons of Carolina Bee Tupelo Honey 4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese or other blue cheese, crumbled Snipped fresh chives

Naturally Delicious: Carolina Honey Bee Company, 10 S Main St, Travelers Rest, SC. (864) 610-2337, carolinahoneybeecompany.com

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On a large ungreased baking sheet, arrange baguette slices and broil until lightly toasted, turning once. Slice pear and place on bread slices. Lightly drizzle with honey. Top with cheese and chives. Serve immediately.


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Guide Backyard Barbecue Quality meets quantity at the Huntin’ Camp BBQ & Grill That feeling after a Thanksgiving Day full of eating and drinking? It’s not just the domain of cold weather and tryptophan. Just drive up Highway 25 to Grady McCombs’s barbecue joint, the Huntin’ Camp. The restaurant is simply decorated. The parking lot is gravel, the façade and porch assembled from knotty pine boards, and the interior is punctuated by hunting trophies, an homage to McCombs’s day job as a game warden. But you don’t come to the Huntin’ Camp for cuttingedge interior design. You come for the slow-smoked pulled pork (12–16 hours, depending on how moist the applewood chips are) and the hefty racks of ribs (seasoned with a McCombs family dry rub). Of both, there are plenty. Up to 800 pounds of meat go into the restaurant’s smokers on any given week. The Huntin’ Camp doesn’t pick sides when it comes to barbecue sauces, either. There’s the standard mustard-, tomato-, and vinegar-based sauces, as well as a unique Alabama-style white sauce. The vinegar-based sauce is the house specialty, a tangy, generations-old family recipe flecked with red pepper flakes, while the recipe for the white sauce was a gift from Alabama natives passing through. The best way to sample the Huntin’ Camp’s bounty is to dig into the buffet. In addition to pulled pork and smoked chicken, there’s an assortment of sides such as potato salad, macaroni and cheese, rice and hash, and sweet potato crunch. On the other hand, if you just want an enormous helping of protein, the Sportsman Special will do the trick: 1 rack of ribs, 1 pound of barbeque, and 12 chicken wings. Afterwards, as you toe the line between food coma and nirvana, make your way to the porch. The lineup of rocking chairs is perfect for basking in the afterglow. —Andrew Huang

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$–$$$, L, D. 2221 Highway 25 North and Goodwin Rd, Travelers Rest. (864) 834-2102, huntincampbbqandgrill.com Photograph by Paul Mehaffey

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There’s no mistaking 24 on Main’s Mediterranean menu—just check the Roman Colosseum mural. But while there’s ample selection of pasta (bella chicken marsala and a classic fettuccine alfredo, for example), the steaks and fresh seafood are certainly worthy of consideration. Enjoy 12 ounces of New York Strip brushed with a brown sugar bourbon glaze, or the chargrilled Norwegian salmon drizzled with tomato-scallion butter $$$, D. Closed

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When the Swamp Rabbit Trail offers such terrific bonding opportunities for you and your dog(s), it’d be such a shame if there weren’t a place for you and your furry friends to cool off. Luckily, The Barker Bar is dogfriendly and just a few steps from the trail. While you enjoy an ice-cold microbrew, your dog can play with others in the fenced-in dog park behind the bar. $, L (Sat), D (Mon–

Sat). Closed Sunday. 226 S Main

When the McCarrell sisters— Joyce and Nancy—moved back to Travelers Rest and bought the Williams Hardware building, they were interested in bringing back a sense of community to the town. With family recipes and local produce at the center of their efforts, they’ve managed to slow things down so that neighbors and friends can savor meals and enjoy each others company at this hometown

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If you’ve already worked up a sweat running or biking down the Swamp Rabbit Trail, you might as well go full-bore and embrace the mess of a chili or slaw dog. Take in the summer energy from the enclosed patio without subjecting yourself to the heat and enjoy your bratwurst, turkey dog, or veggie dog (the list goes on) in peace. $, L, D.

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The reuben known as “Pam’s Favorite” is a bit of a misnomer. If you’ve had it, more than likely, it’ll become your favorite as well. This deli’s made-to-order sandwiches are popular with the Furman University set, and experimentation in the kitchen means there’s bound to be an interesting side order on the menu— a BBQ coleslaw, for example. $, L (Mon–

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PIZZA HOUSE

A Travelers Rest staple for more than 25 years, Pizza House is more than just a stopover for a slice. The menu features foot-long subs and truly gigantic calzones stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella, and Muenster cheeses. The large portions are made even sweeter with fair prices. $, L

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THAICOON

Bobby Thaicoon’s eponymous restaurant has become a go-to for Furman University students seeking Thai fusion and moderately priced sushi. For a fragrant spin but filling meal, try the pineapple fried rice: jasmine rice sautéed with pineapple, cashews, onions, and your choice of protein. The soft-lit interior and weekday bar specials also make Thaicoon a soothing watering hole after the work day. $$, L, D. 5000 Old Buncombe Rd, Greenville. (864) 2467255, ricefiregroup.com/thaicoon

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Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 235-6533, myflatrock.com MOJO’S FAMOUS BURGERS & MORE

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

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Local produce, hormone-free meats, and house-baked bread marry to produce delicious sandwiches in a renovated red barn just off Main Street in Travelers Rest. The food is simple, satisfying, wholesome, and undeniably fresh—much of the produce and many of the herbs come straight from a garden out in front. With all the attention Upcountry Provisions pays to crafting your food, it’s only polite to return the favor and devote yourself to a healthy sampling of fresh-baked muffins, cakes, and cookies. $, B, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 102 S Poinsett Highway, Travelers Rest. (864) 834-8433, upcountryprovisions.com

steak are just some of the toppings on the menu (in addition to the usual). Word of advice: if you’re picking up a 28-inch pizza, you’ll need to tip the box slightly to the side to get it out the door. $$, L, D. Closed Sunday.

5000 Old Buncombe Rd, Greenville. (864) 246-2900, torrellispizza.com

TRAILSIDE CREAMERY

While nowhere near an actual desert, the Trailside Creamery can still seem like an oasis in the sands, especially in the summer heat. Located just off the Swamp Rabbit Trail, it’s the perfect stop for a soft-serve treat in a trail-friendly waffle cone. There’s no need to skimp on toppings, either. Sprinkles, mini M&Ms, crushed Heath bar, and gummy bears are just some of the extra goodies available.

$, L, D. Closed Monday. 11 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-0096, trailsidecreamery.com

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Hand-tossed pizzas topped with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, and basil should erase any lingering doubts about eating in a former Pizza Hut. It’s not just the pizza, either. The menu features authentic Italian flavors like cioppino, a seafood stew, and little-neck clams in spaghetti alla vongole. Like it or love it (the most likely outcomes), feel free to dish feedback to the chef, who you’ll likely see checking on guests in the dining room. $$$, D. Closed Sunday.

2660 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. (864) 271-7877, boccapureitalian.com EVERYDAY ORGANIC

From salad greens to potato chips, including beer and wine, Everyday Organic guarantees that every ingredient here is free from chemicals, hormones, and preservatives. It may be a no-frills place with plastic utensils, but the food is tasty, fresh, and inexpensive. Start, perhaps,

with some warm roasted vegetable dip or a bowl of homemade soup (selections change daily). Salads and sandwiches make up the main dishes, which have an international flair in the likes of a croque monsieur and a Cuban panino. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free items are available, too. $-$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 3225 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 498-9194, eorestaurants.com FLAT ROCK GRILLE

The Cherrydale location of this local chain is now the only one in Greenville (the Woodruff Road restaurant closed in early 2011). Seafood—Southern-fried flounder, baked stuffed shrimp, hickory-glazed salmon—is the main event, but there are plenty of choices for carnivores, too (come Friday or Saturday for prime rib). Since Flat Rock Grille is right next to the Cherrydale Cinemas, it’s no surprise that the grill offers a dinner-and-a-movie deal: For every dinner entrée you order Monday through Thursday, you can

Within easy striking distance of Cherrydale, Furman University, and Travelers Rest, the Peddler occupies a charming, nearly century-old stone house. Inside, four fireplaces flicker invitingly on rare cold days, and the cozy bar makes a perfect spot for a pre- or post-meal cocktail. “Where’s the beef?” is a silly question here. Your waiter will bring a tray bearing hunks of beef to the table so you can customize your steak according to size and cut. Entrées include a baked potato and unlimited trips to the bounteous Peddler salad bar.

$$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 2000 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. (864) 2357192, thepeddlersteakhouse.com STAX ORIGINAL

American diners have timeless appeal, and this popular eatery on the corner of Pleasantburg and Poinsett is no exception. Owned by the Stathakis family from the early ’70s, Stax’s location has weathered the years since the ’50s, when it opened as a pharmacy (note the original counters). Hearty country breakfasts—with homemade biscuits, of course—will set you off on the right foot, while sandwiches and burgers make do for both lunch and dinner. And it just wouldn’t be a diner in the South without a meat-andthree menu. $, B, L, D. 1704 Poinsett

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Another place to indulge a liquid diet, Coffee & Crema is located across from the Fresh Market in the Forest Park shopping center. Here, you can satisfy any java craving with international offerings including French press, cappuccino, and a unique pour-over. Don’t need that jolt? Go for a fruit smoothie, and treat the kids to a chocolate (or vanilla or strawberry) milkshake. Despite its name, Coffee & Crema even draws tea drinkers with a


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$, B, L, D. 27 S Pleasantburg Dr, Suite 130, Greenville. (864) 235-0051, coffeeandcrema.com FONDA ROSALINDA

If you’re looking for Mexican food beyond the usual tacos, enchiladas, and burritos, head for this little storefront around the corner from East North Street. Mexican-born chef/ owner Rosalinda Sala, who started cooking at her mother’s side when she was a small girl, goes beyond the standard in her menu of South of the Border fare: sea bass with shrimp and scallops comes doused with salsa nopales (cactus sauce); traditional barbacoa (slow-cooked lamb shank) in Rosalinda’s choice of sauces; and chicken choices include pollo en mole poblano, smothered with a spicy, housemade mole. $$-$$$, L, D (no dinner Mon

& Tues; no lunch Sat). Closed Sunday. 1124 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 292-7002, mexicanrestaurantgreenville.com LIFEIT CAFÉ

Being green with envy generally isn’t a healthy state of being, but being chock full of dark leafy greens is another story. Raw and living foods are the focus of Chef Latrice Folkes’s café. The menu is the epitome of fresh: kale, broccoli, avocado, sprouts, and cucumbers star in sandwiches, salads, and wraps. There’s also the option to drink your veggies and fruits in the form of organic smoothies. Regardless, nothing is prepared above 118ºF to preserve the nutrients and enzymes in every bite. $, L, D. Closed Monday. 730 S Pleasantburg Dr, #L, Greenville. (864) 271-4334, lifeitcafe.com PITA HOUSE

The Pita House has been familyoperated since 1989. Inside it’s bare bones—plastic booths and simple tables—but the cognoscenti come here for good Middle Eastern fare, such as hummus, falafel, kibbeh, and shwarma. The menu is basically the same for lunch and dinner; if you’re having trouble deciding, go for one of the sampler plates (they may set you back a few more bucks). And save room for baklava and other Mediterranean sweets for dessert. Want to cook up some authentic dishes at home? Check out the little grocery in the back of the restaurant. $, L, D.

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Part of a dying breed of Southern traditions, S&S Cafeteria has but one location left in Greenville. The place is named for its parent company, Smith & Sons Foods, which opened its first cafeteria in Columbus, Georgia, in 1936. A vast array of items encompasses mains like prime roast beef, Southern fried chicken, baked 94 TOWN / towncarolina.com

spaghetti, and deviled crab. And that’s not to mention comfort-food sides of macaroni and cheese, whipped potatoes, collard greens, and corn on the cob. Bring the whole family, or get your dinner to go. $, L, D. 1037 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 233-3339, sscafeterias.com

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

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

Sandwiched in a little strip mall next to Sacha’s and across the street from Taco Casa, this storefront eatery presents a third option for ethnic food: Vietnamese. Contrary to its name, Saigon Fast Food is a sit-down restaurant. Inside, the small room is spiffed up with green-cloth-covered tables and a host of condiments in the middle of each. Folks come here for steaming bowls of pho—a fragrant broth made with rice noodles and your choice of other ingredients (meats and vegetables)—and an extensive menu of Vietnamese specialties to wash down with a glass of bubble tea. $$-$$, L, D. 1011 N

this Colombian restaurant. Switch up your Latin American palate with patacon relleno (fried green plantains filled with mozzarella, shrimp, quail eggs, sausage, and more) or a perro caliente Colombiano (a Colombianstyle hot dog served with pineapple sauce). $, B, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 1170 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 292-8228, colombianfoodsugarandsalt.com TACO CASA

This little red-roofed Mexican place dates back to 1985, a time when there wasn’t much diversity in the area’s cuisine. Do as the locals do and start with an order of nachos. When your meal comes, you can spice up your entrée, from the simple menu of tacos burritos, tostados, and enchiladas, with a variety of salsas (mild to tongue-searing). A nod to its setting in the South, the restaurant even serves sweet tea. Prices here are a real deal, but be sure to bring cash—Taco Casa doesn’t accept credit cards. $, L, D. Closed Sunday. 1001

N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 232-1021, tacocasa.tk

WADE HAMPTON BLVD BEST OF FRIENDS CAFÉ

On the south end of Wade Hampton Boulevard, next to Joe Joe’s Fish Market, this little restaurant is announced by a bright-red awning. Inside, it’s a simple affair done with wood-paneled walls and basic booths lit by Tiffany-style, stained-glass lamps. The meat-and-three menu includes a wide range of mains and sides; and the café, which serves beer and wine, also offers catering. Best of Friends is open for dinner, but only until 8pm, so there’s no late-night dining here. $,

Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 235-3472

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Industrial meets organic with handcrafted farm tables, rustic, bronze chandeliers, and reclaimed wood beams throughout the dining room. Expect an uptown spin on comfort food classics like tater tots served in a parchment-lined Chinese takeout container with pimiento cheese fondue. There’s also the pulled pork nachos: a tower of fried wonton trips interwoven with pulled pork, slaw, melted cheese, and barbeque sauce. For something a little sweeter, don’t miss the weekend brunch. The apple-stuffed French toast (adorned with melted goat cheese, maple syrup, and applewood bacon) will send you into a contented slumber. $$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Mon–

Sat), SBR. 2537 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 552-1998, southernculturekitchenandbar.com

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A Greenville institution, the Clock is more than an old-timey drive-in; it’s a piece of history. In the early ’50s when the place opened on Wade Hampton Boulevard, it was the favorite hangout of local high school students who came here for cheap burgers and shakes. Today, the modest structure marked by a large towering clock no longer offers drive-in service (you have to go inside to order), but that doesn’t stop fans from coming here for the signature chili cheeseburgers. In case you’re wondering, the Clock takes its name from the original Billy Haley song, “Rock Around the Clock.” $, L, D. 1844 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 244-5122 HAUS EDELWEISS

What began on Stone Avenue in 1979 as a small venture by two German housewives has ended up as a full-service restaurant, deli, and catering operation in its current (and larger) location near Bob Jones

University. Lovers of German food have long prized this eatery for its authentic dishes (think sausages and Weiner schnitzel) and the perpetual favorite, the German potato salad. The original owner retired in 2004, and the place closed in 2008 Reopened under new management in February 2011, Haus Edelweiss reigns again with its legendary menu. $, L, D (weekends only). Closed Sunday & Monday. 903 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 991-8998

HENRY’S SMOKEHOUSE

Though this barbecue joint has since branched out with several satellites around the area, Henry’s original location has long set the standard for hickory-smoked pork butt. A Greenville institution, the Smokehouse specializes in slow-cooking meat in open pits over hickory logs. Sure, there’s smoked chicken and Brunswick stew on the menu, but a rack of Henry’s succulent ribs with sides of beans and slaw (or sweet potato casserole and mac and cheese) will transport you to hog heaven. $, L, D. Closed Sunday. 240 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 232-7774, henryssmokehouse.com MEKONG

Formerly with Stella’s Southern Bistro in Simpsonville, Chef Huy Tran delivers the nuances of fine Vietnamese cuisine at Mekong. Among favorites is a noodle feast, featuring grilled pork, marinated with lemongrass, ginger, garlic, soy, and oyster sauces, and shredded pork simmered in a flavorful broth. Chef grows the herbs that are heaped in the bowl, and finishes the dish with nuoc cham, a Vietnamese sauce. Add a crispy spring roll and take your ’buds to a new dimension. $, L, D. 2013 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 244-1314, mekongrestaurantsc.com THE OPEN HEARTH

Named for its exhibition kitchen, this Greenville stalwart has been in business since 1959. Despite the host of trendy new restaurants in town, fans still come here for the buttery steaks cooked to order on the coal-fired grill. Jimmy Melehes and his wife, Paula Starr, own the place (which was founded by Jimmy’s parents) and are always on hand to give guests a warm welcome. Steaks abound, from a one-and-a-half-pound sirloin for two to a modest filet mignon wrapped in bacon, but there’s plenty to satisfy seafood lovers, too. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 2801 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 244-2665, theopenhearthrestaurant.com

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Thru June 8 A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

Adultery, seduction, and sex! Sondheim orchestrates the lives of Frederik, his 18-year-old virgin wife, his former lover Desiree, her lover Count Carl-Magnus Malcom, and his wife Charlotte as they dance around each other’s infidelities and desires. The Tony Award–winning musical is the source of the classic song “Send in the Clowns.” The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $35. (864) 2356948, warehousetheatre.com

Ken Ludwig’s tribute to the great English farces of the ’30s and ’40s takes the stage. Bingham, president of a country club, has placed a large wager on a golf tournament that he is likely to lose when a golfer switches sides. Luckily, Bingham’s new help happens to be a good golfer. A broken arm, a toilet-flushed engagement ring, and a sex-starved vice-president complicate matters for Bingham. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adults, $25; juniors, $15. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org

Thru June 15 UPSTATE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: HAMLET

A midsummer night’s dream in Falls Park? Well, not that Shakespearean play, and not quite midsummer yet, but the Warehouse Theatre’s outdoor Upstate Shakespeare Festival is pretty dreamlike. Grab a seat on the grassy hills of Falls Park and enjoy a cornerstone of English theatre in the cool evening.

Falls Park, Greenville. 7:30pm. Free. (864) 235-6948, warehousetheatre.com/ upstate-shakespeare-festival

Thru June 22 ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

Irving Berlin’s sharpshooting musical takes the stage with Mary Freeman as Annie Oakley and John Brigham as Frank Butler. Frank and Annie first meet in Cincinnati where Annie bests Frank in a shooting contest and falls in love with him. Pride tears the lovers apart before fate reunites them. The musical is the source of enduring classic songs like “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Thurs– Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adult, $30; senior, $28; junior, $20. (864) 2336238, greenvillelittletheatre.org

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It’s market season again! Grab some fresh, local produce, baked goods, meats, and cheeses at this weekly market. With peaches from Monetta

and tomatoes from Central, you can rest assured that you are supporting local farmers and sustainable practices with each item you purchase. Chef demonstrations are also great for getting some kitchen inspiration for what you take home. Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8am– Noon. Free. (864) 467-4494. saturdaymarketlive.com

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Tap into your wild side! The Greenville Zoo is hosting its annual Brew in the Zoo event, presented by RJ Rockers. Explore the zoo in the evening light with a posse of friends and samples of beer in hand. Greenville Zoo, 150 Cleveland Park Dr, Greenville. Sat, 6–9pm. In advance, $30; day of event, $40. (864) 467-4300, greenvillezoo.com

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With Memorial Day just past and Independence Day on the horizon, there’s no better time for some AllAmerican music. Join Matt Ryan and his band for a nearly indistinguishable recreation of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, and get your blood pumping as the Boss’s arena sound gets packed into a far more

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Even though nature’s beauty is all around us, sometimes the artists in us can get in a creative rut. Join professional artists and photographers for a full day of workshops and demonstrations to get re-inspired. Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve, 820 John B White Sr. Blvd, Spartanburg. Sat, 9am– 5pm. $125, pre-registration required. (864) 574-7724, hatchergarden.org

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Join singer/songwriter Angela Easterling at the Swamp Rabbit Café after the Upstate Farm Tour. The Greer native has embraced and explored her heritage, resulting in critical acclaim from Oxford American and Country Weekly. This after-party concert also features the Blue Ridge Rounders and is the final performance in the Community Garden Music Series. Swamp Rabbit Café & Garden, 205 Cedar Lane Rd, Greenville. Sun, 6:30–8:30pm. Free. (864) 2393757, ggardeningforgood.com/ concert

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CENTURY BMW REEDY RIVER CONCERT SERIES This summer-long concert series is pitch perfect for those who want to enjoy some mid-week live music and the Greenville outdoors. Jazz, country, rock and roll, blues, and reggae performances will all be represented. TD Stage, Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Wed, 7–9pm. Free. greenvillesc.gov/PublicInfo_ Events/RRNCS.aspx

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If you’re not familiar with Greer’s downtown charms, these themed Tuesday nights are a good place to start. Join other area denizens for girls’ night out, splurge day, and a community garden walk, and explore the restaurant and retail scene in this historic town. Downtown Greer. Tues, 5–8pm. Free. (864) 416-0125, greerstation.com

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GREENVILLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Film buffs and connoisseurs of the celluloid arts will not want to miss this five-day event. The festival celebrates independent films from all over the world: the inaugural 2012 festival featured more than 185 filmmakers from 30 countries. Come support and enjoy the artistic vision of directors, cinematographers, actors, and more. Locations vary, Greenville. Times vary. Prices vary. gviff.com

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EVITA

Eva Perón’s rise from illegitimate child to international icon is chronicled in this Andrew Lloyd Webber collaboration with Tim Rice. Her career as a performer and singer leads her to become the wife of Argentinean dictator Juan Perón. A lifetime seeking power gives way to her true calling: serving the people. Riding a wave of populist sentiment, Eva is revered by the Argentinean people and reviled by social elites. Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. Wed, Thurs, Sat–Sun, 2pm; Wed–Sat, 8pm. Adults, $40; seniors, $38. (866) 732-8008, flatrockplayhouse.org

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jazz, bluegrass, Latin, and orchestral sounds. Concert-goers can also expect guest appearances by pianist Derek Parsons and the Greenville Chorale. Lakeside Amphitheater, Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. 7:30pm. Free. (864) 294-2086, furman.edu

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WEDDING FESTIVALS

Your one-stop shop for wedding inspirations is coming to town. Leave no stone unturned with everything from a mock wedding and reception display, to tabletop displays of wedding designs, to fashionable attire for the entire wedding party. The first 600 brides through the door are eligible for the Grand Prize. TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Thurs, 4–9pm. $8. (864) 233-2562, weddingfestivals.com

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BLAZE OF GLORY: MARSHALL CHAPMAN IN CONCERT Singer and author Marshall Chapman returns to her hometown to promote her latest album Blaze of Glory and the second edition of her first book, Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller. The former Southern debutante became a rock and roller after going to an Elvis Presley concert and has since had her songs recorded by Conway Twitty, Jimmy Buffet, and Olivia Newton-John. David Reid Theatre, Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St. John St, Spartanburg. Fri, 7pm. Adults, $25; students, $10. (864) 542-2787, chapmanculturalcenter.org

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FIRST FRIDAYS

Visit downtown Greenville for an eyeful. More than 25 local art galleries and venues will be open. Works by emerging and established artists will be on display. Visitors can expect a diverse range of media: oils, watercolors, pottery, jewelry, woodworks, and photography, among others.

Locations vary, Greenville. Fri, 6–9pm. Free. (864) 325-4445, firstfridaysonline.com

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JAKE SHIMABUKURO

Hawaii-native and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro takes the stage for a playfully buoyant summer concert. Shimabukuro, whose intricate, racing dexterity across his four-stringed instrument has been compared to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, blends Hawaiian sounds with jazz, rock, and classical traditions. TD Stage, Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 7:30pm. $25. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

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COLORS

The Spartanburg Art Museum celebrates 20 years of its COLORS outreach program this summer. The program has 11 sites throughout Spartanburg County where children from low- and moderateincome families can learn and create art. The museum will be sponsoring an exhibit of child art, as well as hosting a fundraising gala on June 15. Spartanburg Art Museum, Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St. John St. Tues–Sat, 10am–5pm; Sun, 1–5pm. $7. (864) 582-7616, spartanburgartmuseum.org

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LANDRUM QUILT SHOW

Whether you love quilts or just need something warm for your bed, the Landrum Quilt Show is bound to have something for you. There will be 12 vendors, more than 100 quilts, and plenty of other handcrafted items. Make sure to put your name in the drawings for the show quilt and fat quarter baskets. Landrum Middle School, 104 Redland Rd, Landrum. Thurs–Fri, 10am–5pm; Sat, 10am–4pm. $4. landrumquilters.com

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BLUE RIDGE BBQ & MUSIC FESTIVAL

Renew, revamp, and strengthen your relationship with God, your sons, your brothers, and your fathers with this weekend of manly fellowship. There will be workshops and exhibits full of hunting, fishing, football, and motorcycles interspersed with faithbuilding exercises. Speakers include Tim Tebow and A&E’s Duck Dynasty stars Willie and Jase Robertson. Bi-Lo Center, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Fri, 7pm; Sat, 8am. $49-$89. (864) 241-3800, bilocenter.com

With 20 years under its belt, you just know this festival will rock your appetite for food and sound. Get your fill of chicken, pork ribs, brisket, and all the fixings you can handle. There will also be two stages of constant music from the likes of Mill Billy Blues, The Legendary JC’s, Big Daddy Love, and Velvet Truckstop. Harmon Field, 1 Harmon Field Rd, Tryon, NC. Fri–Sat, 10am– 11pm. Free on Fri, 10am–2pm; adults, $8. (828) 859-7427, blueridgebbqfestival.com

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

Fake phone calls to get out of social obligations (like a bad date) are nothing new. Oscar Wilde foretold this phenomenon with this comedy, wherein two young gentlemen invent alter egos to get around social conventions. Things quickly spiral out of control as their romantic interests discover their identities. Hendersonville Little Theatre, 229 S Washington St, Hendersonville, NC. Thurs–Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 2pm. Adult, $20; student, $15; youth, $10. (828) 692-1082, hendersonvillelittletheatre.org

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WINNIE THE POOH

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The insatiable honey-hunting bear and his posse of friends come to life. Join Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, and Piglet as they tromp about the Hundred Acre Wood on one adventure after another. The A. A. Milne stories are adapted by Kristin Sergel and directed by Kim Granner. Gunter Theatre, Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 10:30am; Sat, 10:30am, 1:30pm & 5:30pm (June 15 only); Sun, 1:30pm & 5:30pm (June 16 only). Adults, $26; children, $17. (864) 235-2885, scchildrenstheatre.org

KINGS OF THE MIC TOUR

“Don’t call it a comeback”—LL Cool J headlines a powerhouse lineup of hip-hop artists in concert at the Charter Amphitheatre. Legendary hip-hop artists Ice Cube, Public Enemy, and De La Soul will join the “Mama Said Knock You Out” rapper in support of his latest album, Authentic. Charter Amphitheatre, Heritage Park, 681 SE Main St, Simpsonville. Fri, 7pm. $28-$64. (864) 241-3800, charteramphitheatre.com

KENDRICK LAMAR

Compton hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar broke out with his 2012 album good kid, m.A.A.d city and was promptly declared “Hottest MC in the Game” by MTV. Fellow California rappers Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q, and Ab-Soul will also appear. Charter Amphitheatre, Heritage Park, 681 SE Main St, Simpsonville. Fri, 7:30pm. $40, $50. (864) 2413800, charteramphitheatre.com

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SECOND HAND JAZZ

Come out to Lake Keowee for an evening of cool breezes and even cooler cats. Second Hand Jazz, with Shaun Ritchie on bass, Matt Dingledine on guitar, and Tim Blackwell on drums, has a reputation for riffing on jazz standards as well as performing modern originals. Bring a lawn chair and picnic for lakeside music in luxury. Upcountry History Museum, 540 Buncombe St, Greenville. Sat, 10:30am. Members, $15; regular admission, $20. (864) 467-3100, upcountryhistory.org

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27–July 14 THE BIG BANG

What could be more catastrophically hilarious than a 12-hour musical with 318 cast members, 6,428 costumes, and 1,400 wigs? How about two producers trying to raise the $83.5 million necessary to put on such a show? Chronicling some of history’s most famous figures, from Big Bang to present, the producers attempt to give investors a taste of what their money’s worth with creative re-tellings of the lives of Adam and Eve, Caesar, Eva Braun, and Napoleon.

performance as educational seminar, with explanations and demonstrations before each dance. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St. John St, Spartanburg. Sun, 4–6pm. Patrons, $25; adults, $15; balcony, $10; children, $5. (864) 542-2787, chapmanculturalcenter.org

Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown, 125 S Main St, Hendersonville, NC. Thurs, Sat–Sun, 2pm; Wed–Sat, 8pm. Adults, $35; seniors, $33. (866) 732-8008, flatrockplayhouse.org

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Husband and wife duo Krishnakumar and Sivakami revive 2nd century BC classical Indian dance for audiences. Bharatanatyam features intricate footwork and rhythms as well as enchanting melodies provided by live orchestra. The event is as much

HANGIN’ AT THE HANGAR

Take off with the Runway Café on a mission to help the Julie Valentine Center with its objective to end sexual violence and child abuse. A ticket buys you cocktails, dinner, access to a silent auction, and live music, all at a hip venue. Greenville Downtown Airport, 21 Airport Rd Ext. Sun, 4pm. Tickets at Cork & Tap and Runway Café. $45, dinner and open bar; $25, dinner and cash bar; kids 12 and under are free. (864) 304-7645

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Land Marks

America’s spacious skies, amber waves of grain, purple mountain majesties, and fruited plains have made plentiful fodder for artists across multiple generations. Sixty masterpieces, curated by Karen Quinn, will be on display at the Greenville County Museum of Art. The exhibit is on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and will be making its first stop in the United States after a stint in Japan. The exhibit features a dazzling array of works ranging from Thomas Cole and his nineteenth-century Hudson River School compatriots as well as modern photographers such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. —Andrew Huang The Greenville County Museum of Art will be displaying Masterpieces of American Landscape from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from June 19 until September 15. The museum’s hours are Wed–Sat, 10am–6pm, and Sun, 1–5pm. The museum is located at 420 College St, Greenville.

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