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Campers light up the night under a Blue Ridge sky in Shenandoah National Park. For more, see “Free to Roam,” page 94.

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View Point: Where: Blue Ridge Parkway, milepost 92.2, near Purgatory Mountain. When: Circa 1940s. Why: This year marks the centennial anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service. For the story, see page 94. Photograph by Abbie Rowe, courtesy of the National Park Service

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Stage Presence: Where: Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center. What: Dr. Gary Robinson conducts the Young Artist Orchestra and Philharmonic (see “Dr. Robinson’s Opus,” page 102). When: October 16, 2014. Photograph by Chad McMillan

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Pics of the litter: Upcountry fêtes & festivities.






Taylor’s Mill artist Nathan Bertling paints with purpose; a lil’ piece of seaside heaven at the Sanctuary on Kiawah; how to stay alive with outdoor instructor Alex Garcia; Congaree lights up with synchronous flies, and more.


From rescuing drowning bears to restoring natural habitats—Adam Warwick is not your average conservationist.






Just up the creek—half an hour off of I-85—the U.S. National Whitewater Center is training Olympians and drenching daytrippers alike with a smorgasbord of adventures. / by Kimberly Johnson

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A century ago, a group of visionaries committed to all that is sacred and wild about our land by creating the National Park Service. Their legacy thrives on in our own backyard, in a parkway unveiling Blue Ridge beauty and a park preserving those Great Ole Smokies. / by M. Linda Lee

Buy some time with a few titanium gadgets; Fleet Feet’s remodel is a runner’s paradise; and poolside apparel takes on new heights.

By day, the Man is your average Joe, but by night he wins golf tourneys, hustles purse-snatchers, and rescues legendary rock bands with his sick guitar solos.


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Pairing dramatic images with imaginative landscapes, the SE Center for Photography explores the extraordinary in Portal.

THIS PAGE: Bow and arrow from outdoor survival instructor Alex Garcia. For more, see “Holding Fire,” page 56. Photograph by Paul Mehaffey

COVER: Dusk settles on a campsite in Shenandoah National Park. For more, see “Free to Roam,” page 94. Photograph by Xavier Ascanio / Getty Images


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Our editor-in-chief pauses in Muir Woods National Monument, a unit of the National Park Service, during a trip last summer to the California coast.

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here are relatively few stories as good as the ones we experience. Reading about river-riding or scaling mountains, or even just having a beer in the warm sun, isn’t really half as good as actually doing it. But this month we try to close the gap, or at least prompt you to get out. Our sixth Outdoors Issue basically edited itself. In case you’ve missed the news, 2016 marks the centennial of the establishment of our National Park Service, which monitors and maintains 59 designated national parks and 411 total areas, or units. Words fall short here, too, as the word park simply does no justice to the sublimity of these places in their rawness, immensity, and unmasked beauty. Before settlers claimed these borders, before fights for property and dominion, this land was pulling apart and wedging together to create great chasms and canyons, rivers, and the Blue Ridge. The key players who made clear the importance of the NPS and who eventually created it enjoyed time in the woods—for escape, for sport, for profession. But their common philosophy was that being able to access these sacred lands benefits us all (“Free to Roam,” page 94). While some seek peace in nature, others seek thrill. U.S. Olympian Casey Eichfeld doesn’t want to tame water—he wants to defy it. As part of the USA’s Canoe/Kayak team, Eichfeld has been training for the Summer Olympic Games in Rio at Charlotte’s U.S. National Whitewater Center—1,100 acres of natural playground on the Catawba River. Eichfeld, who will compete in his third Olympics, moved to Charlotte eight years ago to train at the world-class facility, which offers much more than watersports (“Up the Road, Down the River,” page 86), including zip-lining, rock climbing, and mountain biking. Obviously, there are more ways to enjoy beautiful June. But celebrating the majesty of dirt and water, trees and rocks, is an important part. This land, that’s yours and mine, is alive and changing, just as it has been for millennia, just as it will be for centuries to come. We take pleasure in its air, awe in its design. Nature, in its authenticity, is at once harboring and unforgiving, but it is always awesome. And it’s the perfect time to go outside.

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Jasper Johns (born 1930) is the world’s most critically acclaimed living artist. While his reputation is international, Johns has deep roots in South Carolina. He grew up in Allendale, the Columbia area, and Sumter, and he attended the University of South Carolina for three semesters before moving to New York to pursue his career in art. Organized from the GCMA permanent collection, this exhibition features more than 25 works, including oil, watercolor and encaustic paintings along with monotypes, lithographs, mezzotints, and intaglio prints.

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William Charles Anthony Frerichs (1829 – 1905) Hunters on the Linville River, circa 1860

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A WORLD OF STORIES AWAITS AT THE GCMA. Don’t miss these exhibitions this summer! Andrew Wyeth’s Places

Drawing inspiration from his birthplace in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and his second home in Cushing, Maine, Andrew Wyeth revealed intimate and universal attributes in his depictions of landscapes.

Jasper Johns

Recognized as the world’s most acclaimed living artist, Jasper Johns began his career bridging the gap between the immediate post-World War II modernist trends and the movements of the 1960s. As a young artist, Johns narrowed his subjects to commonplace objects, “things the mind already knows,” but in later years he introduced more personal images of objects he has collected, transforming the images and their potential meaning.

Horace Day in South Carolina

Painted over four decades of traveling along the South Carolina coast, these interpretations of Charleston and Lowcountry subjects document vibrant city streets, pastoral landscapes, and churches still recognized today by their distinctive architectural details.

The Poetry of Place

From the colorful streets of New Orleans to the undulant Smoky Mountains, this exhibition invites you to re-discover America, where a picture is truly worth a thousand words.

Right Before Your Very Eyes: Art + History

Consider the narratives of specific people and places that intertwine together to tell the story of the South and of our nation.

Local Talent: Doug McAbee

Imaginative drawings and cartoonish steel sculptures executed with bright colors and glossy finishes invite viewers to freely interpret the whimsical works of this local Upstate artist.

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“Following Donna around the yard picking up and disposing of all the debris she pulls out of her beds!”




“When your husband has a master’s degree in Parks & Rec, everything is an outdoor experience. But I’m gonna go with exploring National Parks I haven’t been to.”

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“Collecting shark teeth with my dad as a kid at Surfside Beach. Or riding in his 914 with the top down.”

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mary Cathryn Armstrong, Debbie Crane, Kathryn Davé, Courtney Tollison Hartness, Libby McMillan Henson, Kimberly Johnson & Ashley Warlick CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS & DESIGNERS Chelsey Ashford, Robin Batina-Lewis, Will Crooks, Jivan Davé, Kate Guptill, Rebecca Lehde, Gabrielle Miller, Alice Ratterree, Cameron Reynolds & Eli Warren EDITORIAL INTERN Hayden Arrington EDITOR-AT-L ARGE Andrew Huang HOLLY HARDIN OPERATIONS MANAGER “Live music outdoors, I’m there.”


“My back deck, a cup of coffee, watching the dogs play in the yard.”


“Spending time on my hunting property in Abbeville. Trapping wild hogs, scouting out deer, busting beaver dams. No electricity, no water—just me, hubby, and a bobcat or two.”

“It’s a tie between whitewater kayaking with Green River Adventures or Nantahala River Rafting.”

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HARRY CONNICK, JR: THAT WOULD BE ME Top-selling male artist. Philanthropist. American Idol judge. Harry Connick, Jr. wears many hats these days, but perhaps our favorite is the one he’ll don on the Peace Center stage: musician. The New Orleans native and master of the ivories has been recording since the age of ten, and his recently-released album That Would Be Me is yet another successful installment in an illustrious music career. If you’re wild about Harry, you won’t want to miss this. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St. Sat, June 4, 8pm. $65-$105. (864) 467-3000,

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While most kids considered themselves lucky if their babysitter let them make their own Pizza Lunchable, this eccentric English lady with a flying umbrella is the Holy Grail of at-home childcare. This adaptation of the classic film is already a Broadway smash, enchanting audiences of all ages with its tale of two not-so-well behaved children and the nanny who turns their world upside down. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, indeed.

SESAME STREET LIVE! LET’S DANCE! If you’re willing to both A) wear out your children and B) upstage a few puppets and toddlers with your “running man” rendition, then do we have an activity for you. Join characters from the world’s longtime favorite ’hood as they embark on a spirited, imaginative journey of body movin’ and groovin’. Elmo, Ernie, Abby, and more will be hitting the dancefloor to show off their skills, so better start practicing now. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Downtown. June 10–12. Fri, 10:30am; Sat, 10:30am & 2pm; Sun, 3pm. $20-$52. (864) 241-3800,

It seems only fitting that the Grammy-winning musician from Alabama be the first to kick off a new era of musical performances at the Greenville Zoo. Held in partnership with Eleven Events and the City of Greenville, the ZooTunes series will fund new exhibits, renovations, and programs through the Greenville Zoo Foundation. Soak in the summertime and release your inner party animal with a few brews and tunes with the wildly talented former Drive-By Trucker. The Greenville Zoo, 150 Cleveland Park Dr. Fri, June 10, 6:30–9:30pm.

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This Tony Award–winning sensation comes to life through the eyes of the Flat Rock Playhouse. When fast-talking con man Harold Hill makes his way to River City, he hopes to take the small-time townies for all they’re worth, promising them Big Band dreams for only a small fee. But when he starts falling for the uptight librarian Marian Paroo, his plan quickly falls apart, thus laying the framework for all the laughs, charm, and highhat musical numbers that have made The Music Man an icon for nearly six decades.

It’s been nearly two decades since Ben Gibbard began testing the waters as a solo musician. Now, his full-fledged alternative rock outfit has released their eighth studio album Kintsugi, which peaked at number eight on the U.S. Billboard 200. Their sound is soft with tinges of raw, emotional edge, and with a slew of top singles and Grammy nominations under their belt, it’s easy to see why fans are crazy about Death Cab.

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Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. June 16–July 9. Wed–Thurs, 2pm & 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 2pm. $15-$40. (828) 693-0731,


Quick—how many dogs did Robert Peary and Matthew Henson have when they conquered the North Pole? Anyone? Bueller? Never fear— Chautauqua is here with a living, breathing history textbook. Taking place at various locations throughout the Upstate, this year’s summer series will focus on the true story of Henson and other “American Adventures,” including Mark Twain and Amelia Earhart, as told by some of the nation’s most talented interpreters. Locations, times vary. Free. June 17–26. (864) 244-1499,

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z While visiting the waterpark may be ideal summer fun for the youngsters, all those floating band-aids and hours spent wedged in a line of inner tubes certainly is not. Fortunately, Slide the City is bringing the park to you with 1,000 feet of slip-sliding amusement. Roping its way through downtown Spartanburg, the slide is the perfect way to while away a lazy afternoon with some cool water, yummy eats, live tunes, and much more. E Daniel Morgan Ave & N Church St, Spartanburg. Sat, June 18, 11am–6pm. $13-$20.


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z Venue at Postcard from Paris is hosting a live display of The White Magnolia Bridal Collection for an evening that is sure to be as enchanting as it is informative. Against the ethereal backdrop of Venue’s event space, models will be gracing the floor in TWM’s latest designer trends, available to answer all of your questions on fit, feel, and fancy. Not shopping wedding gowns? Join us for the Champagne, cake, and giveaways. Venue at Postcard from Paris, 631 S. Main St, Greenville. Thurs, June 16, 6-8pm. Free.


z Forget overalls and pitchforks, Mill Village Farms’ Sunday Supper is a fine-dining affair. Set against the scenic backdrop of Serenity Farm—52 acres of organic gardens, classic red barns, and roaming sheep—the farm-to-fork feast offers five locally-sourced courses along with vintage wine pairings and creative cocktails. This year’s supper showcases the talents of Chef Nate Whiting, the culinary genius behind Charleston-based Four Ninety Two and Food & Wine Magazine’s Rising Culinary Star. Proceeds benefit the organization’s various programs to help Greenville’s underserved neighborhoods. Serenity Farm, 155 Redmond Dr, Easley. Sun, June 19, 6:30pm. $150.


z You may have learned a tap dance to “Row Row Row Your Boat,” but rest assured, these spunky Irish dancers are about to put your skills to shame. Celebrating 20 years of the cultural dancing phenomenon, Riverdance will bring their unique fusion of music, theatrics, and movement to Greenville, setting the stage on fire with their fancy footwork. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Emerald Isle—without ever leaving your seat. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St. June 28–July 3. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $25-$85. (864) 467-3000,

Brevard Music Festival Nestled comfortably within the Blue Ridge Mountains, the lush setting of the Brevard Music Center is the ideal background to take in an array of musical entertainment from professionals and budding student musicians. The festival hosts numerous performances, ranging from classical symphonies to full-scale operas, at both the center and Brevard College campus. Times, locations vary. Brevard, NC. June 3–Aug 7. Prices vary. (828) 862-2105,

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Euphoria’s Roast & Toast April 23, 2016

Jennifer Rauch & Daniel Patterson

Michelle Williams & Gina Boulware

Tara Leary & Stacy Kuper

Lucynda & John Moore

Roast & Toast kicked off the opening of the 2016 Euphoria festival season and featured the best of local chefs and their creations. More than 300 guests attended the event at the 500 Club at Fluor Field, where they enjoyed food from a variety of Greenville favorites, including Bacon Bros., Halls Chophouse, and more. Drinks included Stella Artois, Larceny Bourbon, and Firefly and Tito’s handmade vodka. Tickets are now on sale for Euphoria 2016, September 22–25. Photography by Will Crooks ))) FIND MORE PHOTOS TOWNCAROLINA.COM Joyce Clinksealand & Rhonda Rawlings

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Chris & Lauren Doar

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Sue & Sam Inman

Josee Garant & Jennifer Cooper Nwobiara, Uchechi & Kalu Kalu

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David Hamilton & Peter Parrott Dick Elliot, Ed Zeigler & Baker Wyche

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Artists in Bloom April 27, 2016 The Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation celebrated the talents of Governor’s School students and alumni. Sponsored by TD Bank, the event was held at the ONE Building and featured displays and performances by students from each arts discipline—dance, drama, creative writing, visual arts, and music. Proceeds directly benefit students, ensuring a bright future for the public arts school.

Dan Murray & Scott Gould

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Kurt Schumacher, David Badillo & Dr. Cedric Adderley

Sean & Meg Scoopmire Doyle Yates, Lillian Darby, Lynn Darrott & Judy Cromwell

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Who’s Who Celebratory Party April 28, 2016

Rob Howell with Julie & John Good Sullivan Short & Bobby Barreto

The Community Journals hosted a cocktail party to celebrate the 2016 Who’s Who winners featured in the Upstate Business Journal. The event was held at United Community Bank with catering by Larkin’s for the more than 350 people in attendance. Winners included Minor Shaw, president of Micco; Peter Barth, CEO of the Iron Yard; Pamela Evette, president of Quality Business Solutions; Robert Hughes, III, COO of Hughes Development; John Warren, founder of Lima One Capital; ScanSource; and Todd Horne, vicepresident of business development at Clayton Construction. Photography by Will Crooks Alicia Leary & Elisabeth Self

Ashley Neely & Jason Pittman Ryann Pasquale & Stacy Baughman

Hal Weiss & Lorraine Goldstein

Courtney & John Warren

Stan & Kelly Tzouvelekaz

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John & Kelli Tripoli Lisa Shelnutt, Tricia Lukanic & David Shelnutt

Stephanie & Todd Horne

Allison Walsh & Leigh Savage

Cary Weekes & Flavia Harton

Jerry Cooper, Kasey Fay, Chris Fay & Aaron Smith

Tiffany & Harold Hughes

Sandra Birdwell, Debra Nash & Debbie Wallau

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Hope Ball for the Cancer Society of Greenville April 29, 2016

Diane Lewis, Kim Mahon & Karen Eller

Guests were not about to miss the Cancer Society of Greenville’s Hope Ball, in its 18th year, a premier fundraising event that only occurs once every two years. Hosted by ball chairwoman Elizabeth Mann— along with her committee and board of directors—the black-tie affair included dinner and dancing at the Hyatt Regency for its 620 attendees. The evening’s highlight was the $506,475 raised to help cancer patients and their families.

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Dawn Swing, Kristina Biege & Michael Biege Lindy & Reynolds Metcalf

Jacob & Elizabeth Mann

Linda Brees & Beth Granger

Wimberly & Nick Cox

Tom & Debra Strange

Jeff Mahon, Tom Eller, Erik Russell, Brandon Scott

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Artisphere Opening Night Gala May 12, 2016 Artists and patrons alike kicked off Greenville’s favorite fine arts weekend at Artisphere’s Opening Night Gala. Held under the tent on the lawn at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown and sponsored by the Capital Corporation, Coldwell Banker Caine, and Synnex, the celebration offered more than 800 guests an evening of flair and fine dining provided by Rick Erwin’s.

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Retirement Party for Ben Haskew April 13, 2016 A crowd of friends and colleagues gathered at the Peace Center to celebrate the legacy of Ben Haskew. Hosted by the Greenville Chamber Board of Directors, the retirement party honored Haskew’s work as former Greenville president and CEO of the Chamber. The Greenville Drive, Greenville Tech, Hughes Agency, the Peace Center, and TD Bank sponsored the event. Photography by Gabrielle Grace Miller

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More than 300 guests enjoyed a day at the dog races with Greenville Humane Society’s third annual PAWmetto Derby. The event’s adorable contestants raised more than $52,000 for their fellow canines with the “Run for the Noses” race and the “Top Dog” fundraiser. Karen Walker provided derby-inspired treats, including mint julep brownies and Kentucky sweet potato ham biscuits. By Chelsey Ashford Photography

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Members of the Metropolitan Arts Council’s young collectors’ group MAConnect enjoyed an evening discussion with Jason Johnson, director of marketing at the Warehouse Theatre, who joined the party at Mike Vatalaro’s ceramics studio at the Taylor’s Mill. The 60 attendees celebrated the theatre’s season and the impact of the Metropolitan Arts Council on its future. Food was provided by Good Life Catering Company. By Chelsey Ashford Photography

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The Poinsett Club welcomed a soldout crowd to host Centre Stage’s spin on the classic who-done-it. Guests participated in an original interactive murder mystery play while wining and dining on a three-course meal. The play, written by executive director Glenda ManWaring, featured actors including Earth FM radio personalities Debra Capps, Bill Love, and Joey Hudson. All proceeds served to benefit Centre Stage.

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April 5, 2016 This year’s edition of Behind the Counter, a Community Journals publication highlighting the people of the Upstate business community, was unveiled at Midtown Artery in the Village of West Greenville. More than 200 people enjoyed food provided by Seasons Café and Catering, as well an assortment of drinks. Behind the Counter is an annual publication celebrating local businesses in the Upstate area. Photography by Will Crooks

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Half an hour is barely enough time to drink a cup of coffee, but when you’re proposing to the love of your life, you’ll take what you can get. Hunter Reese had intended to ask college sweetheart Blanche Herlong to be his wife on her family vacation at Isle of Palms, but the Labor Day weekend rains had kept his undying professions at bay. However, a man in love is a force to be reckoned with, and when the sun finally came out, Hunter seized his chance. He and Blanche headed out on the boardwalk, and after a few reminisces about their four-and-a-half-year relationship, along with several hesitant glances at the foreboding skies, Hunter told her he just couldn’t wait any longer. Knee to the ground, he pulled out a ring and asked Blanche to be his wife, just as it began to drizzle. The couple married nine months later at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church with a reception at the Courtyard Marriott. Blanche and Hunter now live in Atlanta. PATRICK COX // COX PHOTOGRAPHY JUNE 2016 / 47

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Weddings Melanie Francis & Addison (Buck) Greenway April 30, 2016 He was a childhood friend of the groom, she, a college acquaintance of the happy couple. Melanie Francis and Buck Greenway didn’t expect to meet their future spouse on such a momentous day for their friends, but they happened to be exactly in the right place. After a three-year relationship, another fateful day occurred, and what appeared to be a sweet, home-cooked meal at Melanie’s apartment turned into an even sweeter proposal. Feigning forgetfulness, Buck told Melanie he’d left something at the store, convincing her to run out and pick it up. She returned to discover the room transformed, full of flickering candlelight and her soon-to-be fiancé with a ring and a life-altering question. The next day, the newly-engaged couple attended the 2014 Orange Bowl Clemson victory, sealing the weekend as the best, ever. Melanie and Buck were married at Greenbrier Farms in Easley by their fathers, and hosted a reception with nearly a thousand cookies baked by their closest family and friends. The couple now lives in Jacksonville, Florida. LEVI & ALLIE MONDAY // THE MONDAYS PHOTOGRAPHY

Hannah Tate & Brendan Smith April 23, 2016 When you’re planning the party of a lifetime, it all comes down to the details—age-old wisdom that bride Hannah Tate wasn’t about to ignore. Hannah and her fiancé Brendan met at the College of Charleston and dated for three years before Brendan surprised her with a romantic, outdoor proposal at Paris Mountain State Park. He popped the question in the perfect spot on one of her favorite hiking trails, which had been scouted out days before by Brendan and Hannah’s father. Wedding prep in full swing, Hannah was determined to weave as much meaning into their big day as possible. Not only did she alter her aunt’s wedding dress and make it her own, she had someone stitch a message into a handkerchief, a letter to Brendan’s dad who had passed away 10 years before. Handkerchief in pocket, Brendan committed his life to Hannah on their wedding day at the Viewpoint at Buckhorn Creek with a tangible symbol of his father’s presence. Brendan and Hannah now live in Greenville, where Brendan is the co-owner of marketing firm, Rooted, and Hannah works for Security Finance. CHELSEY ASHFORD // CHELSEY ASHFORD PHOTOGRAPHY

Sarah Bailey & Forde Davis January 30, 2016 High school relationships are capricious at best—some last, some don’t, and some we spend the next four years trying to forget. But not so for Sarah Bailey’s and Forde Davis’s high school romance; their love exists in a category all its own. Both students at Wade Hampton, the two began dating during Sarah’s sophomore year. But instead of heartbreak and drama, Sarah and Forde forged a steadfast friendship, an unyielding bond carrying their relationship through graduation, college, and eventually to a magical proposal nine years later. After dining on their favorite Soby’s meal, the couple took a stroll through Falls Park, and half-way across the luminescent Liberty Bridge, Forde knelt down and asked Sarah to be his wife. The two married at Daniel Memorial Chapel at Furman with a reception following at Old Cigar Warehouse. The couple continues to live in Greenville, where Sarah works as a paralegal at Nexsen Pruet, and Forde is a project manager for PRC Precast. CHELSEY ASHFORD // CHELSEY ASHFORD PHOTOGRAPHY

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Painter’s Perspective Nathan Bertling views life through a refined lens

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In the Moment: Bertling enjoys landscapes altered by humans yet lacking degradation, like Sunset, Anderson Mill Road (below) and Shed in Field (below, right).

Course of Nature Realist painter and draftsman Nathan Bertling depicts to inspire / by Abby Moore Keith // photography by Eli Warren


t’s hard to tell if Nathan Bertling is a painter, a poet, or a prophet. On paper—well, actually on canvas—he’s an artist, pulling masterpieces directly from real life. From his “bat cave” studio in the winding cavern of the Taylor’s Mill, Bertling quotes Bono and Robert Frost in the same breath, breaking out into phrases of pure poetry. But it’s the prophetic piece, his determination to use art to call people’s attention to what really matters, that ultimately inspires. Bertling grew up in Spartanburg with an affinity for art and a curiosity toward the divine, but it wasn’t until his college years in Furman’s art department and, later, his experiences at seminary, that his faith took form. In 2002, Bertling moved to Asheville to study under the realist expert Ben Long. As his artistic prowess grew, so did a great anxiety, and Bertling turned to heavy drinking. On completing his art studies, he returned to Spartanburg a functional alcoholic, longing to shake the addiction and reinvigorate his faith. “There’s something about going through brokenness that shapes people. Artists have to suffer,” Bertling shares

with conviction. “If you aren’t pressed into the crucible of suffering, you can’t possibly know the power of resurrection.” Bertling’s resurrection—spurred on by detox and encouragement from family and church —is portrayed in his self-portrait Post Tenebras Lux, or “out of darkness, light.” Bertling encapsulates a certain determination, mirroring his own resolve to abandon the darkness of addiction and turn toward healing. Not limited to oils, Bertling is also a draftsman. His charcoal drawing Donnichee captures the searching soul of a homeless man. Like Post Tenebras Lux, it’s one of several pieces betraying his prophetic nature, his earnest desire that his artwork speak “cultural messages of hope.” It carves a tangible depth, a reflection of reality that hints at something eternal. “When we’re talking realism, it’s not just about reproducing something you can see to prove your talent. It’s about being moved,” Bertling explains. “It’s much like the difference between hearing a recording of your favorite band and then getting first-row seats. I want to paint from the first row.” See more of Bertling’s work at


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Holding Fire Survival instructor Alex Garcia talks positive thinking, matchmaking, and the power of a small knife / by Steven Tingle // photograph by Paul Mehaffey


Like what kinds of resources? >> For example, your shoelace or the threads in your pants are things you can use for fishing. The bark of a poplar tree can be used to make baskets for holding items you are foraging.

So, my idea of survival is spending the night in a hotel without room service. What can you teach someone like me? >> In about four hours I can teach you to make fire with stuff that’s just lying around the woods.

But it would be handy to have a knife, right? >> Of course. I teach a class on how to properly use and maintain a knife. You know, it’s funny because some students will come out to the class with a massive-sized knife. But the kind of tool-making we use a knife for cannot be done with a big combat knife. Your knife has to be small; the blade should be at most three-and-a-half-inches long. The big ones look great hanging on your hip, but they’re really not functional.

fter twenty-two years in the Army and eight years as an art director at Clemson, Alex Garcia has taken to the woods. Through EarthSkills, LLC, a wilderness self-reliance school he founded in 2013, Alex teaches students how to fend for themselves out in the wild. We asked Garcia why these skills are important in today’s modern world: if it’s all about “feeding the fire” and why he cringes at the word survival.

Is being able to make fire really that important? >> Yes! If you are stranded out in the woods, you need to be able to keep animals away, cook your meals, purify water, and stay warm. But if I’m stranded, what’s the first thing I need to do? >> You have to change your attitude into one of positive thinking. And that positive thinking is wilderness self-reliance and assimilation into nature. The first step of survival is to calm down, look around, and see all of the resources that are around you.

So are these classes about “prepping” and the “prepper” movement? ? >> Not at all. The intent of what I teach is not to make a “prepper” out of you—you know, somebody who is thinking about the end of the Earth or the end of our culture. The goal of the school is to reconnect people to the things we take for granted every day. Yes, it is a survival school, but the attitude and the philosophy are different. The word survival has the connotation that you don’t want the environment that you’re in. You want to get out. So, the reason I don’t like using the word survival is because what I’m teaching is really about accepting ourselves as part of nature. Give me an example of something we take for granted >> Something simple like a container, a bowl, or a cup, just something to hold water in is a necessity. Or what about a piece of rope? We see rope everywhere, but to make that piece of rope when you’re out in the woods takes know-how and a lot of time. So what happens to people in my classes is all of a sudden they start gaining this appreciation for all of the luxuries we have.

Land Trust: Through his business EarthSkills, LLC, Alex Garcia teaches essential techniques to help anyone thrive in the wild.

Who attends your classes? >> A little over half of my students are women. I’m not sure why, although one of my students said the classes were a great place to meet men. I guess if you want to date an outdoors guy, this is the place to find him. My students are from all walks of life. I’ve had doctors, lawyers, police officers, high school teachers . . . it really runs across the board. So what’s next for EarthSkills? >> It’s slowly expanding to include multiple-day classes so the students sleep out overnight. Right now I don’t ask them to sleep in a shelter that they’ve built. But that’s coming. To connect with Alex or to sign up for a class, go to ))) TO READ MORE INTERVIEWS, GO TO TOWNCAROLINA.COM

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hat old saw about location, location, location, defines the only hotel on posh, private Kiawah Island. Set at the end of a lush allĂŠe lined with live oaks and palmetto trees, the Sanctuary kneels at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Though it opened in 2004, the Sanctuary has the feel of something much older, starting with those live oaks and palmettos. The 150 full-grown trees were relocated from elsewhere on the island to appear as if they had been growing in front of the hotel for decades. Stepping inside the lobby has the feeling of entering a turn-of-the-nineteenth-century seaside mansion of a wealthy Charleston landowner. The first thing that catches my eye across the wide-planked black-walnut floor is a wall of windows framing the blue-green sea. In order to locate the hotel at just the right height for this view, workers elevated the site with a quarter of a million tons of dirt.

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Green Space: A few shorelines south of Charleston, the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island offers sublime scenes and elegant accommodations. Its five championship golf courses and 10 miles of quiet beach make it a stately paradise.

Three rooms cuddling up to the windows tell the story of a fictional family. On the right, an airy ladies’ morning room blooms with floral-print pillows and draperies, and a portrait of the supposed lady of the house hangs above the ornate mantle. Portraits of her children flank the fireplace, as do two glass-front cabinets displaying the family’s collection of porcelain birds. To the left, the bar is where the gentlemen would retire after dinner, in a cocoon of dark-wood paneling, leather chairs, bare windows, and a portrait of the imaginary patriarch presiding over all. Throughout, period furniture, convivial seating arrangements, crystal chandeliers, fresh flowers, and framed black-and-white family photos on the tables create the ambience of a private residence. “There’s a strong sense of tradition, luxury, and gracefulness in the décor,” says the hotel’s general manager Bill Lacey. You might even call it homey . . . if your last name were Vanderbilt or Rockefeller. On either side of the lobby, a grand staircase winds up to the third floor of the east and west wings, where the romantic Ocean Room steakhouse and the serene spa sit respectively. Two hand-painted murals by local

artist Karen Larson Turner transform the walls opposite the staircases into sun-washed marsh landscapes. The 255 rooms, including 13 suites, follow in luxurious suit, done in pale gold and green hues that echo the colors of the island’s marshes. In addition, our room has a dead-on ocean view and a lovely balcony from which to enjoy it. Kiawah Island is justly lauded for its five championship golf courses, but everything I want in a weekend getaway is right here at the Sanctuary. A light lunch on the breezy patio of casual Jasmine Porch; a dip in the larger of the two outdoor saltwater pools, thoughtfully stocked with lounge chairs, umbrellas, towels, sunscreen, a poolside bar, and private cabanas for rent. Then, perhaps, a nap on an umbrella-shaded chaise lounge on Kiawah’s 10-mile-long beach, lulled to sleep by the whispering surf. “You’d be hard-pressed to find someplace as special as the Sanctuary on Kiawah,” offers Lacey. After spending a couple of heavenly days here, we couldn’t agree more. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, One Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island, SC. (800) 5761570, Rates start at $545 per night.

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In the Limelight Fireflies perform harmonious light shows at Congaree National Park / by Hayden Arrington


t starts slow. A flicker of light here, a faint glow there, and then, without warning, it happens. In one quick blink, the silent darkness of the forest erupts into a brilliant, twinkling theater of illumination— like Christmas in the middle of June. But breaking out into a chorus of carols would be a literal buzz kill, as the entire production comes at the hands—well, abdominal region—of male synchronous fireflies, which light up in unison to attract the ladies. Each year from mid-May to mid-June, thousands of guests pour into the Great Smoky Mountains with hopes of catching sight of these famous flies. But this phenomenon comes even closer to home at Congaree National Park. A half-hour drive from Columbia, the Congaree forest was conserved for its biologically-diverse ecosystem, which is caused by seasonal flooding in the lowlands. The park contains the largest expanse of old-growth bottomland

hardwood forest remaining in the Southeast and is one of the few places in the country to view the annual firefly showcase. Although the visitor’s center is closed come nightfall, the park encourages guests and campers alike to venture into the dark, flashlight in tow, in search of the tiny glowing beetles. Pitch a tent at either of the park campsites or head out on the boardwalk, where the glow is rumored to be in full effect. Because excessive light pollution disturbs the wildlife, carrying red cellophane to cover flashlights is a good idea, along with a can or two of bug spray to keep curious critters away. Regardless of trip planning, the light synchronization itself is unpredictable and sporadic, sometimes only lasting a few seconds at a time. Still, any forest veteran will tell you the experience is well worth the trip, a brief flicker of harmony in the natural world.


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Mountain Man Fifteen minutes of fame long behind him, Adam Warwick lights a fire under habitat restoration in the Blue Ridge / by Debbie Crane // photography by Paul Mehaffey


et’s get the bear rescue out of the way first. If you Google Adam Warwick (go ahead, you know you want to), the first thing that pops up is a headline from CBS News: “Man Saves Black Bear from Drowning.” And, there are pictures of Warwick rescuing a big black bear. Eight years after the fact, Warwick can’t get away from his role as ursine savior. It happened when he was working as a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. A bear that had been darted with tranquilizer ran into the Gulf of Mexico, where it faced death without Adam’s intervention. The bear story gets lots of attention, with reporters from the BBC and London’s Financial Times calling Warwick to do interviews. But, Warwick doesn’t mind; it gave him the opportunity to talk with a wider audience about his current work as stewardship manager in the Conservancy’s Southern Blue Ridge office, just a short drive from the Upstate in western North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest. Warwick joined the Conservancy staff in 2012. Despite his much-publicized hands-on approach to wildlife, he saw the job in the Appalachian Mountains as a way to move from wildlife biology to the field of habitat restoration. “There are lots of talented people out there interested in working with wildlife,” he explains. “Not as many people want to work to conserve habitat for those animals. Habitat restoration is one of the greatest conservation challenges.”


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Man with a Plan Gifford Pinchot, George Vanderbilt’s resident forester, believed in the thoughtful use of land rather than the preservation of it / by Courtney Tollison Hartness, Ph. D.

Looking Glass Rock / Pisgah National Forest

Courtney Tollison Hartness, Ph.D., teaches history at Furman University.

Photograph (Pinchot) courtesy of the Library of Congress


n 1890, the U.S. Census Bureau declared an end to the American frontier. All land in the continental U.S. had been discovered. This announcement deeply jarred American expansionist tendencies, and one hundred years ago, Congress created the National Park Service to protect more lands on the East Coast as well as expanses out west. In 1916, the U.S. government created Pisgah National Forest on land that had previously been part of the Biltmore Estate. During the height of the Gilded Age, George Washington Vanderbilt II opened Biltmore Estate in the mountains of western North Carolina and hired the highly regarded Gifford Pinchot as resident forester. Later, when the U.S. Forest Service was established, Pinchot became its first chief. When Pinchot left Biltmore, his successor Carl Schenck, with support from Vanderbilt, established the Biltmore Forest School, the first school of forestry in North America. The school closed in 1913, and the next year, Edith Vanderbilt sold 86,700 acres of the estate to the federal government. Two years later, this land became Pisgah National Forest, one of the first national forests in the eastern United States. Today, Pisgah is known as the cradle of American forestry. Pinchot, often referred to as “the father of forest conservation,” ardently believed that American forestlands needed to be utilized in perpetuity for the greatest good, and thus argued that the U.S. Forest Service needed to remain under the Department of Agriculture, not the Department of the Interior, under which falls the National Park Service. Pinchot’s beliefs contrasted with those of John Muir, “the father of the National Parks,” who insisted on the preservation of American land. Muir believed that nature, as God’s creation, was to be revered and respected, and resented the impact that foresters had on the landscape. One hundred years ago, wilderness lovers debated the land-use philosophies of Pinchot and Muir. Those debates, along with the parks and forests they sought to conserve and preserve, continue to enrich our lives today.

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By land or water, keeping time never looked better / by Laura Linen

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Museum Muse: The inspiration for our look on model Karen Lopez Jordan is Joseph Lambert Cain’s Memories of New Orleans, circa 1945 (oil on Masonite), in the background at the Greenville County Museum of Art.

Men’s Tudor Fastrider Chronograph (to match Ducati motorcycle) water-resistant to 150M, $4,100. Reeds Jewelers.

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Up & Running: At its new Augusta Street location, Fleet Feet Sports sells an array of shoes, clothing, and accessories to keep Greenville fit and focused. Additionally, owner Sheila McCullough hosts training programs for runners of all levels.

On the Move

Fleet Feet Sports’ new location is a runner’s paradise

/ by Andrew Huang

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heila McCullough is the victim of her own success. McCullough—a beaming, boisterous woman with kind eyes and an easy laugh—has spent the last decade as owner of Fleet Feet Sports, and in that decade, she’s played a huge role in promoting running and fitness in Greenville. However, that thriving community of runners is what forced McCullough to move her store from its location on the corner of Augusta and Aberdeen streets. “We basically outgrew our old location about six years ago,” McCullough says. Now, McCullough oversees a newly outfitted space on Augusta Street near the West End. With the new store, McCullough found an opportunity to better integrate Fleet Feet into the local community of runners. “We really wanted the store to feel like it was connected to the walkability of Greenville,” says McCullough. A miniplaza—complete with benches for sitting and stretching—and a wide garage door dominating the store’s façade are the products of that philosophy. “I really spent some time on the front of the store so it tied in with the sidewalk, and with the

big garage door, we wanted people to feel like they could just flow in here.” Just beyond the garage door is the full array of Fleet Feet’s arsenal: brightly colored running shoes and apparel from Adidas, Asics, Brooks, Hoka One One, Mizuno, New Balance, Nike, Pearl Izumi, and Saucony; nutritional supplements and water bottles; GPS watches; and more. But while the gear is fresh and dynamic, McCullough reminds that Fleet Feet’s training programs are the real attraction. “It’s one thing to sell someone a product, but it’s quite another to sell them that product and then train with them for 12 weeks to get them to the goal they’re shooting for,” says McCullough. “I really want hundreds of people running in groups down the street. It doesn’t have to be how fast, or how far, just that you’re out there building a strong, healthy body. Even though there are all shapes and sizes, that doesn’t mean it should limit your ability to get out and play and enjoy yourself. Fleet Feet Sports, 635 Augusta St, Greenville (864) 235-4800,


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High & Dry Enjoy the view in elevated style / by Laura Linen // photography by Paul Mehaffey

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Golden Hour: Stripe romper in black by Fifteen Twenty, $176. From TWILL,; black wayfarer sunglasses, $13; handmade goddess earrings, $114; handmade Brooklyn Bridge cuff, $74; handmade Cathedral Park ring, $38. All from Custard Boutique,

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About TOWN

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

Dream Believer

By day, the Man has inhibitions—but by night, he sinks all the putts


t’s Sunday at the Masters, and I’m in the final pairing and tied for the lead. As I walk up the 18th fairway, the crowd begins to cheer, and I remove my hat. Not a ball cap covered in logos, mind you, but rather a tweed driving cap, of the sort Sean Connery wore in The Untouchables. In fact, my entire outfit is unsponsored. My slim-cut shirt is free from the emblems of insurance companies or golf ball manufacturers. And my golf bag, which I am carrying myself, is a small, unadorned cylinder of soft brown leather. I am not a pro, but rather an amateur plucked from obscurity. How I got to Augusta National doesn’t matter, for now I am one putt away from the green jacket, which, unless my alarm goes off, I win by sinking a hard breaking twenty footer. The crowd goes wild. My Masters victory is just one of many recurring dreams in which I am the hero. There’s the one in the karaoke bar, when at the end of the evening, and after much prodding, I sheepishly take the stage and belt out a magnificent version of “Don’t Stop Believin’,” hitting each one of Steve Perry’s high notes with perfect pitch. Then there’s the one about the purse-snatcher, who I successfully chase down without breaking a sweat. And of course there’s the concert where Slash slips and falls. Luckily, I am in the front row and jump on stage just in time to grab his Gibson and finish the lead to “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” Or my personal favorite, the transatlantic flight where the captain falls ill and

two engines fail, and I have to assist in the safe landing of the aircraft. Of course, I don’t land the plane all by myself, that would be silly, the copilot helps a little. In my dreams I know Judo, conversational French, and how to race motorcycles. I can dance like Michael Jackson, play the piano like Art Tatum, and serve like Roger Federer. I act in Broadway plays and give readings from my best-selling novels. The trouble with being a sleeping egomaniac is that at some point you have to wake up. My daily life is quite a bit different from my dreams. While I really did once attempt to get my PGA card, I failed immediately by hitting three consecutive balls out of bounds on the first tee of the playability test. My singing voice sounds like a goose after a tracheotomy, and even on the shortest of flights, I require a sleep mask, noise-canceling headphones, and half an Ativan. I’ve never been in a fight, and I’m terrified of motorcycles. And the one time I auditioned for a play, I was promised a call back by someone who never called back. By day, I am a self-deprecating, first-person journalist, which basically means I’m a narcissist with low self-esteem. But at night, I am what my parents always told me I could be, anything I want. So while I still have plenty of time to sign up for guitar lessons, dance classes, and flight school, I think I’ll just wait it out. Because soon the sun will set, the lights will go out, and I’ll tuck myself in and save the world. I’m not sure exactly how. Ask me in the morning.

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Hard Knocks: Just 8 weeks before her farewell performance, Carolina Ballet Theatre’s

Diving Lessons: It wouldn’t be a true family vacation without a little bit of drama.

Wild Blue Yonder

An author brings her kids to the cusp of adventure—and encourages them to jump in / by Ashley Warlick

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y son sits in the palm-shaded white shore of Playa Lagun, the bony, bleached fingers of coral scattered around him, and refuses to go any further. He’s eleven, so I won’t say he’s crying. His bright turquoise swimshirt, SPF fifty-billion, isn’t half as bright as the Caribbean blue water I’m standing knee-deep in, not a tenth as bright as the flawless equatorial sky above us, and as he sits in the sand and refuses to put on the fins and snorkel I’ve ordered from Amazon especially for this trip, sunscreen is starting to drip into his eyes. I may or may not say some very un-vacationy things in this moment, like you’d better, and right now, and get the hell out here.

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Holder King of the Sea: With vibrant fins and venomous spines, lionfish are a harmful, nonnative species in Curaçao. Divers and snorkelers alike are encouraged to hunt, and consume, these destructive invaders.

I’ve flown the sunscreen, the swimshirt, the snorkeling kits, him, his sister, and myself nearly 2,000 miles, all the way to Curaçao, an island on the edge of South America. I’ve finally sold the novel I’ve been working on for ten years, and in celebration, we are taking the grand vacation. I’ve planned this sucker to within an inch of its life. We’ve spent a little time on a resort, then rented a car and a room on a renovated Dutch plantation on the wild part of the island in order to explore for ourselves. A resort is a resort is a resort, but this is another country, another continent, and there’s a certain element of travel that you can’t have simply handed to you in your lounge chair or ordered up from the bar. Playa Lagun isn’t manicured and swept or managed by a hotel, and we’ve been told the best snorkeling is right here. We just have to dive in. The problem is the lionfish. My son read the government-posted sign at the beachhead, how the lionfish are poisoning the reefs, how we should report them if we see them, that they are deadly. He’s also taken a recent interest in the horror films of the 1980s, so the word deadly has a particular graphic presence for him. He’s skipped over the fact that the fish are deadly to other fish, invasive, and bad for a country whose tourism is based in the health of its reefs. Gentle waves lap at his outstretched legs, bright green iguanas scrabble the rocks behind him, the world is impossibly, beautifully blue. But the water, he’s convinced, holds terrible danger. When I was his age, I remember looking over the side of a Boston Whaler my father had rented from a ramshackle marina in Abaco, into the Caribbean. There were giant sea stars on the ocean floor that seemed close enough to touch, like you could just reach over the edge of the boat and grab them. We sent my father down again and again, his lungs full to bursting, to bring them back to us, big as garbage can lids, and we turned their bodies belly-up to watch the thousands of feet undulate and struggle in the air. I’ve brought my kids to this moment in part because of that one, and the time I swam with sting rays in the Caymans, walked into the water at some mile-marker beach, dove off boats into schools of grunts

and snapper, jellies clear as glass. This ocean, and all the strange and vibrant things it holds, is part of my imagination, my sense of adventure. And I want to share it with them now. That said, I’ve already screwed this trip up plenty. I’ve left my driver’s license back in Greenville (as it turns out, you actually do need to drive in a foreign country) and our back-channel car rental took three days and a big tip to Patrick back at the resort. Lingering manuscript work cast a shadow over our first few evenings, and finding a hot Internet connection was the usual chore. And now I’m on the cusp of losing my temper with a kid whose government-induced fear is normal and natural and just another part of not-the-plan. I look over my shoulder into the lagoon, a bowl of volcanic cliffs, their faces extending under the waterline, their nooks and shelves full of anemone and urchin, brain coral and sea fans, parrot fish, angel fish, trigger fish, grouper. My daughter is already out there, mask down and fins up. Six years older than her brother, she’s headed to college soon, into whatever wild that’s going to be. I can see how far she’s getting from us. I turn back to her brother, better prepared to understand. There’s a woman sitting next to him in the shallows. She wears a serviceable brown bathing suit, fins at her side, and she’s showing him how to spit into his mask. She points to the disposable waterproof camera looped around his wrist (another item lugged all the way from SC) and says he’ll have to be quick with it to catch pictures of the fish. Her husband sits beside her, fiddling with his wildly sophisticated underwater equipment, encased in a plastic box. They’ve come all the way from Canada to go snorkeling here, and yesterday they saw turtles, and a seahorse, and a couple different kinds of shark. What about the lionfish, he asks. They’ve seen lionfish all over the island. They’ve been here almost two weeks already, snorkeled lots of beaches, and lionfish are everywhere. Kind of beautiful, with their fluttery brown fins to make them look bigger than they are. She talks about camouflage and design, the nature of predators. It’s good to be careful. This ocean is not our home, and what we find has not invited us. But lionfish, she says. They’re sooo tasty. She winks at me. Tasty. My son laughs. And then he spits into his mask, pulls on his fins, duckwalks out to where I stand. The pressure of the moment has lifted, the face-off we were having slipped away in the context of other people. Isn’t that the point, really, that this is not our home? For better or worse, for whatever is out there. It’s good to be careful, and we go. Ashley Warlick’s fourth book The Arrangement (Penguin), about the life and loves of famed food writer MFK Fisher, has received critical praise. The author, editor, and partner/buyer at downtown Greenville’s M. Judson Booksellers & Storytellers has a reading planned for August 22 at M. Judson.

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lympian Casey Eichfeld’s day is saturated with whitewater. It starts in the morning with his morning commute. “I walk across the street, down my neighbor’s backyard, and hop into the river,” Eichfeld says. Paddling his slalom canoe to the U.S. National Whitewater Center, where he is also an instructor, happens to ensure an immediate start to his morning workout. After boating down the Catawba River, he plucks out his boat at a foot trail that takes him to the recreational channel at USNWC. “I paddle the rest of the whitewater down to the bottom pond, and there I am, right there at work and ready to go,” he says. Door to door, his commute takes about 15 minutes, or about the same amount of time it would take if he were to drive. Sitting on about 1,100 acres, located a 1.5-hour drive from the Upstate, the Whitewater Center is a mecca for paddlers of all abilities—from daytrippers looking for a little flat water to athletes like Eichfeld, who is prepping for the Olympic games in Rio later this summer. About eight years ago, Eichfeld moved to Charlotte to be closer to the Whitewater Center. This summer he is readying for his third Olympics, training daily as a paddler for the U.S. team in both slalom and double canoe events.



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Bob Bowman, head coach of the U.S. Olympic swim team, says he’s learned an important life lesson over the years molding swimmers into champions. “The process is more important than the outcome.”

The famous swim coach behind Michael Phelps has deep South Carolina roots. He was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, where he began swimming at 11-years-old in a summer swim team at a St. Andrews neighborhood pool. As a teenager, he competed on a year-round swim team at the University of South Carolina, which eventually led to a scholarship at Florida State. It was there that he began coaching. Swimming has changed over the last 30 years, he says. “The sport in general, it has changed from kind of a sport that people thought of every four years to a sport that has a very high profile.” In 2000, for example, the eightday Olympic swim trials were held in Indianapolis in an area that held 3,500 people. Since then, however, the trials have been moved to an arena in Omaha that seats 14,000 spectators. Every one of the competitions held twice over the course of eight days is completely sold out, Bowman says. Much of the swell in the fan base is thanks to gold medalist Michael Phelps, who Bowman has coached since Phelps was 11. Phelps has won more medals in his three Olympic games than any other athlete. “You have to work pretty hard to swim on the level he wants to swim at,” Bowman offers. “The training can be grueling. If you have big goals, you’ve got to be willing to do the work.” Bowman has tapped into his decades of experience coaching the nation’s top swimming athletes and put his learned wisdom down on paper in his new book The Golden Rules: 10 Steps to World-Class Excellence in Your Life and Work. “I think most people are surprised by it’s not really a swimming book,” he says. “It’s really more about selfimprovement. I think the lessons that we’ve learned over so many years in the swimming process actually carry over to many other ways of life.” “We never tell an athlete to focus on a gold medal. I mean, what is that?” Bowman asks. “What you can control and make a meaningful change in is how you practice, the plan that you have to improve your skills or to improve your conditioning or to improve your racing ability. The process of success is far more important. If that’s taken care of, the outcomes tend to fall into place.”

“We usually take one day off a week just to make sure we’re getting some rest. But even on that day, we’ll be on the flat water for some of the easier paddling,” he says. “I race for myself, because I have to enjoy it, but I certainly would like to bring home a medal for myself and the U.S.”

AGAINST THE CURRENT Casey Eichfeld paddles to his place on the U.S. Olympic team at slalom trials in April. The Rio games this August will be Eichfeld’s third Olympic appearance.

SIGHTS ON GOLD Whitewater athletes like Eichfeld flock to the Whitewater Center for the simple reason that there’s nothing else like it in the country. It’s one of only 18 Olympic training sites in the United States, and the only one in the Carolinas. It’s also the largest manmade whitewater course. Though the facility opened in 2006, the inspiration for an outdoor recreation center came from the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. The 2000 Olympics were the first time a manmade whitewater stadium was used for Olympic competition. The course has created a niche for itself, attracting athletes in search of fresh challenges. USNWC is designed to create customizable rapids by dropping bollards into the pegboard bottom of the competition channel, allowing paddlers the ability to train on constantly changing courses. The Whitewater Center has been important to the U.S. Olympic team since it opened, according to U.S. canoe and kayaking spokesperson Aaron Mann. “This is the first course built in the United States that has movable obstacles,” he says. Which means that they can be moved around like Legos, creating eddies, and channeling water. “It’s pretty important to have a site that’s big whitewater that is controllable,” Mann says. And then there are the fans who come to the center to watch the teams train. The Whitewater Center hosts U.S. Olympic Trials for canoe and kayak slalom, most recently in early April. For Mann, who competed in the Olympics in 2012, the impact of people being on hand to watch during trials is extraordinary. “I came out of the start, and all I could hear was cheering,” Mann says. “I couldn’t hear the water it was so loud. At first, it’s a little surprising, but it really energizes you as a competitor.”

“ TH E H U M A N M IN D IS VE RY G O O D AT GE T T IN G I N A P E RSO N ’ S WAY. ” —Casey Eichfeld

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“I WANT THE S POR T TO E XI ST AF TE R M Y CA REER, AND THAT’S ON E O F M Y B I G G E ST GOA L S AS AN ATHL ETE.” —Casey Eichfeld The chance to be a part of the Olympic movement in the Carolinas is incredibly exciting. The Olympic trial events rally thousands of fans, the center reports. But the Olympic piece is actually only a small part of the Whitewater Center’s overall business, says USNWC spokesman Eric Osterhus. The Whitewater Center has about a million visitors annually— everyday people who come to raft, kayak, hike, rock climb, or ride the zip line. And the venue, above all, seeks to be a “catalyst for the outdoor lifestyle,” he says, whether it be through the biking trails, programming, or events. O LY M P I C A M B I T I O N S Interest in recreational whitewater paddling is growing exponentially, according to Eichfeld, and the Whitewater Center is a perfect example of how the public is becoming increasingly drawn in. Paddling as an Olympic sport isn’t terribly visible, which means the athletes largely shoulder the financial burden of training. “We’re in a small sport, and we do it because we love it. We’re not in it to get rich,” Eichfeld says. “Honestly, if I can come out of this sport and not be in debt, I will be happy.” Eichfeld’s job at the Whitewater Center is an opportunity to pay for his training, but beyond that, it ensures that the sport has a future. “It’s really fun for us to get a hold of kids when they’re quite young, before self-preservation mode kicks in,” he says. “The human mind is very good at getting in a person’s way.” He speaks from experience. Eichfeld’s parents had a small slalom canoe, just waiting for him when he was born, he says. His earliest memories are of paddling the boat on Virginia’s James River with his dad. “I have been paddling my entire life,” says the now 26 year-old, whose home club is the Potomac Whitewater Racing Club. “I was born into the sport.” By age 8, he was competing on a national level, and a decade later he was representing the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. He went on to paddle solo in the 2012 Olympics in London, and is slated for two events in the upcoming games in Rio—solo and in double canoe with training partner Devin McEwan. “I want the sport to exist after my career, and that’s one of my biggest goals as an athlete,” Eichfeld says. The Whitewater Center is an ideal venue for such a vision. “If I can help inspire a few extra kids to become a part of the sport and maybe one of those kids takes over for me when it comes time for me to retire—that would be incredible.”


U. S . N AT ION A L W HI T E WAT E R CE N T E R Since its opening in 2006, the center has more than quadrupled in size, currently boasting 1,100 acres and 31 outdoor activities. Most visits to USNWC begin in the parking lot. It’s $5 a day to park, or $40 for an annual pass. Next up, the decision of which of the 31 activities to try. For those who can’t decide, an All-Sport day pass for whitewater, flatwater, and land activities for $59 might be the answer, though keep in mind it would be impossible to check off all of them in one day. A la carte activities, such as the zip line or flatwater kayaking, cost $25 each.

Whitewater & Flatwater Increasing heart rates in frothy water is USNWC’s bread and butter. Take on Class II through Class IV rapids with Adventure and Family Rafting; try whitewater kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. For ultimate thrill seekers, Rodeo Rafting offers aggressive whitewater with technical turns, waves, and drops. Visitors looking for a more relaxed activity should consider flatwater kayaking, tandem kayaking, or standup paddle boarding.

Mountain biking has been a USNWC cornerstone from the beginning. Originally owned by Mecklenburg County’s Parks and Recreation Department, the park maintained 11 miles of mountain biking trails. The center expanded to offer 35 miles, with an additional 15 miles coming this year. Much like ski slopes, the trails are rated based upon skill level. “There’s something for the first-timer who has never been on a bike and wants to come out here to try trails, as well as technical trails for enthusiasts,” Osterhus says. Zip Lines & Rock Climbing Take to the air on one of the zip-line courses, such as the 200-foot Canyon Zip, or the 1,200-foot Double Down. Rock-climbing thrill seekers have even more to look forward to this summer: the world’s first deep-water solo climbing complex. Climbers will be able to scale 25-, 35-, or 45-foot wall sections, all belay free. The walls will be over a 20-foot pool. So how do you get down? “You fall into the water when you’re done with your climb,” he says. Music Warm weather means it’s time for the USNWC River Jam Concert Series, held every Thursday and Saturday through September. The events are free, just pay for parking. Have dinner at the Pump House Biergarten or at the River’s Edge Bar & Grill.

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THRILL SEEKERS Despite its worldclass whitewater reputation, USNWC offers a slew of outdoor activities. With more than 35 miles of trail for mountain bikers and a weekly summer concert series, guests can create their ideal out-ofdoors experience.

INTO THE WOODS Adventurists snag bird’s- eye views of Catawba River woodlands while braving the center’s platform-to-platform Canopy Tours.

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Land from the eastern Blue Ridge (this page) to the western Sierras (opposite: El Capitan in Yosemite National Park) falls within the purview of the National Park Service, which turns 100 in August.

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preserving and maintaining 84 million acres of america's most spectacular landscapes ,

the National Park Service (NPS) was founded one hundred years ago this August to manage the nation’s nascent system of national lands. The idea of parks that could be enjoyed by everyone—not just pleasure grounds for the wealthy—was a visionary and truly democratic notion. And it all started in a valley called Yosemite. The year was 1851, and California was in the grip of Gold Rush fever. An armed group of men nicknamed the Mariposa Battalion was trekking across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada in an attempt to drive the Indians from their homelands and open the area to ranchers and lumbermen. One day in late March, the group stumbled upon a pristine valley hemmed in by sheer granite cliffs. A young doctor in the group, Lafayette Bunnell, was so smitten by the valley’s beauty that he felt compelled to give it a name.




He dubbed it “Yosemite,” after the tribe that resided there. As it turns out, Bunnell was mistaken about the tribe’s name. Years later, scholars learned that the natives called themselves the Ahwahneechee, and referred to the valley as “Ahwahnee,” “the place of a gaping mouth.” Yosemite, in the language of the people who were ultimately forced from their land, means “they are killers.” After the first photographer visited the valley in 1859, word and images of Yosemite spread. It lured more tourists, including landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, who referred to Yosemite as “the greatest glory of nature . . . .” He joined Scottish-born naturalist John Muir and others in the campaign to protect Yosemite Valley, and in 1864, President Abraham Lincoln granted 60 square miles encompassing the valley and the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoia trees to the State of California for “public use, resort, and recreation.” (Yosemite would not be designated as a national park until 1890.) It was the first time the U.S. government had ever set aside natural lands that were open to everyone.

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A Scottish-born immigrant who grew up in Wisconsin, John Muir has been hailed as “one of the patron saints of twentieth-century American environmental activity.” He studied geology and botany at the University of Wisconsin, and, despite pursuing an early career in industry, he eventually found his spiritual connection in the natural world. In 1867, he set off on foot from San Francisco to Yosemite, which he described as “. . . the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter . . . the sanctum sanctorum of the Sierra.” The more time Muir spent exploring the mountains in the West, the more ardent an advocate he became for saving the wild lands in California’s Sierra Nevada. In May 1892, he and a group of supporters founded the Sierra Club as a nonprofit organization to, in Muir’s words, “do something for wildness and make the mountains glad.” Muir was elected the club’s first president, and held that office until he died in 1914. During his life, John Muir was a prolific writer who rhapsodized about the “necessity of wildness,” and stirred in countless Americans a deep love of their land. Today, that sentiment endures in the 64 local chapters of the Sierra Club in America, who carry on the organization’s mission “to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth.” The South Carolina Chapter, founded in 1978 and based in Columbia, is the largest grassroots conservation organization in the state. The 20,000 members and supporters of this all-volunteer group safeguard the quality of the state’s 30,000 miles of waterways, clean up nuclear waste, and promote the use of solar power. When renewed logging interests threatened the old-growth hardwood forest on the Congaree floodplain south of Columbia in the early 1970s, the South Carolina Chapter jumped in to help preserve it. Thanks to the combined efforts of a number of state conservation groups, the largest intact expanse of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States became Congaree National Monument in 1976. That same 22,000-acre site was designated as South Carolina’s first national park in 2003. “Congaree National Park is our biggest victory,” says chapter chair Christopher Hall, who oversees the soon-to-be eight regional Sierra Club groups around the state—including Clemson and Greenville—that form the South Carolina Chapter. The public can appreciate that landscape through the club’s Outing Program, which sponsors hundreds of hiking, backpacking, bicycling, kayaking, and camping experiences each year. These outings serve as a way for people to take in the beauty of nature while fostering awareness of local conservation issues. To accomplish their goals, which this year include introducing an Environmental Bill of Rights to the State Legislature, the South Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club partners with other like-minded groups such as the Conservation Voters of South Carolina, the Coastal Conservation League, and Upstate Forever. “This gives us a stronger voice in the state,” Hall asserts. “Our strength is in our numbers.”

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GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN STATE PARK Some of the Blue Ridge’s most challenging trails, forcing hikers to navigate cliffs and climb ladders, weave through this popular park, just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Banner Elk, NC. You can access 12 miles of trailheads and backpack camping sites from the Parkway, as well as from the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, where the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge (left) resides. There is a fee for access from the GM Stewardship Foundation.



Scottish-born businessman turned naturalist John Muir fell under the spell of northern California’s sublime Yosemite National Park, proclaiming it the “sanctum sanctorum” of the Sierra. He entered the park on foot from San Francisco.

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ight years later, on March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a bill establishing more than 2 million remote acres of geysers, hot springs, and jagged mountains in Montana and northwestern Wyoming as Yellowstone, the world’s first national park. The one thing that the government did not provide for was the park’s protection. It would be another 44 years before there would be a separate government agency to supervise the parks. On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson established the National Park Service as part of the Department of the Interior “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner . . . as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” A century later, two of the most popular of the 411 places managed by the National Park Service sit in Greenville’s backyard. The Blue Ridge Parkway, with more than 15.5 million visitors, ranked as the most-visited park “unit” in 2015. At the parkway’s southern terminus, Great Smoky Mountains National Park reigns as the most popular of the 59 national parks in America, boasting 10.7 million visitors last year. Connecting Shenandoah National Park in

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BLUE RIDG E PA RK WAY border for the initial stretch of road. “It is the first use of the parkway idea, purely and wholeheartedly for the purposes of tourist recreation distinguished from the purposes of regional travel,” wrote Stanley Abbott, who was appointed as the project’s landscape architect in 1936. Abbott had his work cut out for him, as much of the land along the proposed parkway had been clear-cut by lumber companies and cultivated by farmers. This meant that thousands of trees and tons of dirt had to be moved, some of it by hand. A fan of Frederick Law Olmstead (the designer of Central Park in New York City), Abbott laid out the landscape as a chain of parks, overlooks, and recreational areas. He spoke of the latter as “beads on a string, the rare gems in the necklace.” With the bulk of the road construction completed by contractors, and the overlooks,

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Connecting Shenandoah National Park in Virginia with Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway unfurls along 469 miles of rounded, indigo-hued peaks, high meadows, and deciduous forests. Several politicians blazed the trail for this scenic highway. In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited the first camp of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) —one of his New Deal programs to create jobs while implementing conservation projects across the country—on the Skyline Drive in Virginia. He was so impressed by what he saw that when Virginia senator Harry F. Byrd later recommended that Skyline Drive be linked to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, Roosevelt readily agreed. On September 11, 1935, workers began clearing and grading land on the Virginia-North Carolina



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landscaping, and structures built by the CCC, the 45 sections of the parkway were built in noncontiguous segments that took more than 50 years to finish. Today, what Abbott called a “managed museum of the American countryside,” the parkway invites visitors to celebrate the journey, rather than the destination. The speed limit on the Blue Ridge Parkway is 45 mph, and no traffic lights, billboards, or gas stations mar the sweeping panoramas that appear around every bend of the two-lane road. “Like the movie cameraman who shoots his subject from many angles to heighten the drama of his film, so the shifting position of the roadway unfolds a more interesting picture to the traveler,” Abbott wrote in 1939. Whether visitors come to see the natural

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• 1 MABRY MILL (MP 176): This 1908 mill provides one of the best photo ops on the BRP • Hunt for some of the 24 species of lungless SALAMANDERS in GSMNP; • 3 Reached via a 2.5-mile loop trail off the BRP, CRABTREE FALLS (MP 339) tumbles over a 60-foot cliff • 4 Seek out the hidden CATALOOCHEE VALLEY in GSMNP to see a rare herd of ELK that have been reintroduced in the parks ALSO NOT TO MISS: Comb the woods on the BRP from May to August for showy orange TURK’S CAP LILY (Lilium superbum) • A 2.5mile hike leads to roaring 20-foot ABRAMS FALLS , located off the loop road in Cades Cove at GSMNP • At the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway (MP 5.8) the outcrop of HUMPBACK ROCKS once guided wagon trains over the mountains • In GSMNP, look for SWEET PINESAP ROCKS (Monotropsis odorata), a dark-pink blossom known for its heady perfume

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Japanese immigrant and minerturned-photographer George Masa (above, left) and St. Louis librarian Horace Kephart, who abandoned his former life for solace in the woods, were instrumental in securing 150,000 acres of land to become the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; visitors enjoy a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Roanoke, VA.





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G RE AT S MOK Y MOUNTA I N S N ATION A L PA RK Picking up where the Blue Ridge Parkway ends at Cherokee, North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompasses the largest contiguous forested habitat east of the Mississippi River. Today, visitors flock to this 800-square-mile wilderness—the most-visited national park and the third most-visited NPS unit overall—but the Smoky Mountains have been a haven for humans for far longer than a century. In 1904, a St. Louis librarian named Horace Kephart made his first trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. He was seeking solace and a place to start over after his unhappy marriage ended and he lost his job and his family. In the North Carolina mountains, he lived alone in a small cabin, where he wrote about his surroundings, describing the area as “an Eden still unpeopled and unspoiled.” Disturbed by seeing lumber companies stripping the virgin forests, Kephart employed his pen to help preserve the Great Smoky Mountains as a national park. He was joined in his efforts by Japanese immigrant George Masa, a minerturned-photographer who had settled in Asheville. Masa’s images and Kephart’s words were used in promotional materials supporting the campaign to create a national park in the Smokies. Congress authorized the creation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1926 with one caveat: money to buy the 150,000 acres of land had to come entirely from the states or private donations. By 1928, $5 million had been raised, donated by individuals, private groups, and even school children. Inspired by George Masa’s photographs of the Great Smokies, John D. Rockefeller Jr. donated another $5 million. And to seal the deal, President Franklin D. Roosevelt allocated $1.5 million in federal funds to complete the land purchase. It was the first time in U.S. history that the government had directly purchased land for a national park. he Civilian Conservation Corp went to work in the new park in 1933. “The CCC was the backbone of the construction of our stone work, bridges, 370 miles of roadways, and 848 miles of trails,” says Dana Soehn, management assistant/public affairs for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. “There is no place you can go in this park that has not benefitted from work the CCC did.” It was difficult and dangerous work, and paid only $30 a month—$25 of which had to be sent home to the men’s families. Building the overlooks along the park’s roads “was all pick, shovel and wheelbarrow,” reports Corps member Frank Davis in his book My C.C.C. Days. “We would dig into the side of the mountain, loosening dirt and rock that would slide down to the road below. There, two guys would shovel the dirt into a wheelbarrow and a third guy would push it over to the shoulder of the road and dump it.”

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beauty, historic structures like the picturesque 1908 Mabry Mill, or the Appalachian cultural heritage that is preserved along its route, there is seemingly no end to the ways people can explore.

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ow designated an International Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains a stunning diversity of plant and animal life: 130 species of trees, 1,500 kinds of flowering plants, 65 species of mammals, more than 200 types of birds, 67 native fish species, and more than 80 varieties of reptiles and amphibians. Cades Cove, site of an early nineteenth-century pioneer settlement, and Clingmans Dome, the highest peak in the park at 6,643 feet, are just two of the highlights embraced by the mountains that the Cherokee called “Shaconage,” or “blue, like smoke.” THE CAS E FOR CON S E RVATION As the steward of our national lands, historic sites, and monuments, the NPS still wrestles with the thorny contradiction on which it was founded. “The essence of what the National Park Service does is make sure that our visitors enjoy the parks while protecting them as natural resources,” explains Jeremy Barnum, public information officer for the NPS in Washington, D.C. With a record-setting 307 million overall park visitors in 2015, balancing those two objectives—and an $11.9 billion backlog of maintenance projects—is a daunting task. For their part, the NPS has set out a handful of centennial initiatives to ensure that America’s greatest natural treasures remain relevant to the next generation of visitors. One of these, the Find Your Park program (, highlights unique adventures visitors can experience in any park. The idea is to encourage people to spend time in lesser-known parks close to them. “If you look at a cross-section of NPS sites,” says Dana Soehn, “they tell America’s story in a way that no other nation does.” Sites contained within the park system recount both light and dark moments in America’s history. “You could say,” adds Soehn, “that the National Park Service is the keeper of defining America.”

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Craft Foods (& Drinks): The Nose Dive’s updated concept retains its former menu experience of “urban comfort food,” now executed by famed Table 301 chef Shaun Garcia. It has also unveiled Crafted at Nose Dive, a new cocktail program (with the Missy Migas, right) and elegant upstairs bar.

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econd thoughts are ever wiser, a do-over is usually better, and hitting the target is easier with practice. After five years on Greenville’s Main Street, the Nose Dive is nothing new. It is a high-ranking soldier in the Table 301 battalion, a restaurant group whose flagship Soby’s sets the pace for seven venues and counting. What breaks the Nose Dive from the pack is its emphasis on upscale pub food and craft drinks, offering a mix-andmatch experience fitting for lunch, dinner, late night, and times between. Now, diners are demanding more, from varied plates to inventive cocktails. If necessity is the mother of invention, reinvention is its sexier sibling. The Table 301 group, headed up by owner Carl Sobocinski, unveiled a revamped, restyled, and otherwise renewed version of the place, with an emphasis on “urban comfort food.” Famed chef Shaun Garcia, who helmed Soby’s kitchen for more than a decade, has now taken the wheel, serving up his favorite Southern dishes and riffs on others—like the West Coast Burger, a take on California’s beloved In-N-Out fast food chain. “There are three things in life that I love more than anything: a good burger, good pizza, and ice cream,” he says. With Garcia elevating the menu, Sobocinski and team needed to up the drink game. Competing for top billing is the Nose Dive’s enhanced cocktail program, helmed by 301 beverage director Anjoleena Griffin-Holst. Crafted at Nose Dive is like an experience within an experience. The restaurant’s upstairs perch, with dimmed lighting, marble

and wood accents, and quilted velvet chairs, lends more of a lounge feel where diners can customize their seating, including a front row of chairs overlooking accordionstyle windows that open to Main Street, or quiet “cubbies,” complete with heavy curtains, elegant lighting fixtures, and cushy pillows. The cocktails are as inventive as the food. Griffin-Holst and bartender Edgar Flores created a mix of tastes reflective of personal experiences, local ingredients, and the time of day. Standards done better like the T&T, Tanqueray gin enhanced with house-made tonic, sit well with standout seasonal options like Springtime in Provence, a refreshing, herbal take on the classic French 75. “This cocktail is just our ode, our daydream fascination of being on a coastal French countryside where it’s springtime most year-round,” says Flores. The Missy Migas is a kicky spin on the paloma, a traditional Mexican tequila drink with grapefruit soda. Here, the drink incorporates sister venue Southern Pressed Juicery’s Hot Mess juice as the grapefruit addition (with health benefits to boot) plus a house-made agave simple syrup and soda. Crafted’s “Capped Cocktails,” are an homage to the nightcap, playful, and as satisfying as a dessert. First acts may set the stage, but the second is where the action starts. The Nose Dive & Crafted at Nose Dive, 116 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 373-7300,; lunch and dinner, Mon–Fri; brunch and dinner, Sat–Sun

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he winding entrance to Sierra Nevada’s Mills River Brewery— adjacent to the Asheville airport—is impressive enough on its own to merit an investigative journey. But there’s a host of other reasons why this daytrip might become a family favorite. Massive in size, yet still inviting, the Taproom—the brewery’s restaurant—seats a boggling 420 guests in an outdoorsy yet industrial environment. Pub-style high-tops offer the opportunity to make new friends over one of the 200 different beers served over the course of a year. A covered patio holds a few of many tables available to patrons, and the bar itself offers seats with a prime view of current beer selections. The perches foodies will most appreciate, however, are the barstools facing the pizza oven, or those looking into the open kitchen. Sierra Nevada turned to the Biltmore Estate’s former kitchen manager to create a menu worthy of its magnificent facility. Like the brand’s original Chico, California’s brewery, the goal was to be food-distinctive to the region. Easy access to local farmers and food JUNE 2016 /109

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Stop Vat’s Good: Sierra Nevada’s Mills River Taproom and Restaurant serves food on par with the best kitchens. Try the duck fries with duck confit, aged cheddar, and Torpedo hot sauce aioli, or the harissa rubbed lamb ribs with malted molasses glaze and cumin yogurt, along with the Mason Jar Salad (right), presented tableside, or the Beets and Goat Cheese, with pickled golden beets, roasted red beets, local goat cheese, Otra Vez vinaigrette, and pistachios.

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producers still drives the majority of the menu, which evolves every couple of months. The best pairing of all might be a craft brew and a talented chef. The sizeable crew manning the Taproom and Restaurant kitchen can be seen pouring charcoal briquettes into woodfire grills; pulling pretzels and bubbling pimento beer cheese from the open wood-fired oven; stretching pizza dough hailing from the Taproom’s busy bakery; and filling up the countless vessels which hold the menu’s mason jar salads. (Presentation is finished table-side, when the jar is shaken to distribute a mouthwatering vinaigrette over the contents: local greens, roasted tomatoes, chickpeas, house feta, sunflower seeds, and cucumber.) Experimenting with various brew profiles while noshing your way through their shareable plates is a must. The best dessert of all might be Sierra Nevada’s barrel-aged Rain Check spiced stout. Aged in bourbon barrels, this rich, dark stout has notes of vanilla mingling with the roasted malt and molasses at its base. It joins a heady list of nearly two dozen brews on tap, a broad mix of year-round and seasonal beers as well as a few specialty

and high-altitude brews. Barkeeps—all certified beer stewards—are currently pouring IPAs, pilsners, porters, stouts, a narwhal, a rye ale, and a vintage re-release of a previous Beer Camp brew. Save time to hang out on the Taproom’s vast, sunny Back Porch at the Taproom. Dogs are abundant on this festive patio (which holds fire pits for chilly evenings), and the vibe is definitely family friendly. Be aware, however, that the Back Porch’s limited menu does not offer the same fare you’ll find indoors and on the covered patio. An estate garden, a large stage, cornhole, and all sorts of comfy seating make the Back Porch a summertime essential. With a cold brew waiting after a hike on surrounding trails, you couldn’t ask for a better end to this advantageous daytrip. The Taproom and Restaurant is generally open from 11am until 9 or 10pm and noon–9pm on Sunday. Check for hours (which can vary) and a calendar of upcoming events; beer festivals and concerts add even more motivation to point the car north.You can reserve in advance for a guided tour, but self-guided tours are free, fascinating, and offer a well-curated history as well as great views of the plant below.

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Chefs understand what we often forget: fresh herbs make food taste alive.


f you, for one reason or another, find yourself sailing into June with nary a sprig of herbs growing just outside your door, don’t let your summer cooking suffer. The farmer’s market makes it simple to stock your kitchen with plenty of herbs, not to mention all manner of local, seasonal fruit, vegetables, meats, and cheeses. When you do your weekly shop, plan to pick up a few bunches, even if you don’t have a recipe that calls for them. If you ask a professional chef for her secrets, it’s likely that one of them is the use of herbs. Chefs understand what we often forget: fresh herbs make food taste alive—like in this grilled vegetable salad: roughly-chopped cilantro and parsley put the summer standbys of squash and beans center stage. 1) Marinades: When chopped and stirred with oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper, fresh herbs make a wonderful alternative to traditional marinades. If you use enough herbs, the consistency will be closer to a paste than a liquid. Bonus: if you have any marinade left, you can serve it as a rustic sauce after your food has been cooked. 2) Compound Butters: Inevitably, your cooking routine won’t use up all of your herbs, and you’ll be left with half-bunches or random sprigs. Rather than wasting them, finely chop any leftover bits and mix with softened, salted butter. After mixing, shape and chill the butter for later use. This is a brilliant way to amp up flavor any time you’d normally use butter: in a pan sauce for pasta, tossed with steamed shellfish, spread on toast, finishing a steak. 3) Desserts: Crowning summer desserts with fresh herbs is a revelation. Herbs add another dimension to sweet treats, particularly in summer when fruit is often the star. Try basil with peaches, balsamic vinegar, and ice cream; thyme in a humble plum tart; mint to finish a blueberry galette.


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American Grocery offers refined American cuisine and a changing menu that emphasizes quality ingredients from local and regional producers. Begin with the Charred Octopus with gigande beans, grilled spring vidalia onions, flatbread, romesco, salsa verde, and toasted almonds; next have an entrée of salt-crusted grassfed ribeye with pomme purée, onion soubise, and red wine jus, and finish with pastry chef Ben Snyder’s Chocolate Whoopie Pie. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 732 S Main St. (864) 232-7665, AUGUSTA GRILL

The unassuming Augusta Grill is home to owner Buddy Clay’s vision of upscale comfort food. From cozy booths to the intimate dining room, patrons can enjoy dishes such as the breaded artichoke and leek-stuffed chicken breast. The lineup of entrées and appetizers changes daily, but regulars can always get Chef Bob Hackl’s highly sought-after blackberry cobbler.

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Invention isn’t common in Asian cuisine. Tradition usually takes precedence, offering a toned-down version of the authentic. But this is not the case at Yellow Ginger. From the savory sweet curry of the Chicken Rendang, a Malaysian specialty, to the fresh, updated take on shrimp lo mein, Chef Alex Wong and wife Dorothy Lee have managed to reinvent the conventional while still paying homage to their Asian culture. An immigrant of Malaysia and a veteran of some of New York City’s top kitchens, Wong has made his home here in South Carolina for more than twenty years, finding his place first as a head chef for Greenville’s Hyatt Regency and now as chef and owner of Yellow Ginger. Wong’s deft hand and attention to detail is clear from the first crunch of a spring roll to the last satisfying slurp of an udon noodle (made in house). Start off with the homemade pot stickers, or dive right into the soul-satisfying Mee Goreng (above), with fresh lo mein noodles, tofu, bean sprouts, green onions, and shrimp married together with an unctuous soy tomato chili sauce, then topped with a fried egg. Finish with the dreamy signature coconut curry pie, with a homemade crust. It’s like the perfect Southern ending with an Asian twist. —Hayden Arrington $-$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 2100 Poinsett Hwy, Ste J. Greenville. (864) 605-7551,

You might think you know what meat lover’s heaven looks like, but if you shop up at Chef Anthony Gray’s gastropub, you’ll know for sure. From a board of house-cured, smoked, and dried meats, to a glass-walled curing room display, there’s no shortage of mouthwatering selections. The menu’s flavor profiles extend to cocktails, which heavily feature whiskeys, bourbons, bacon-infused liquors, and even smoked sorghum syrup. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 3620 Pelham Rd. (864) 297-6000, BRAZWELLS PUBS

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

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A hotspot serving drool-inducing food (pan-seared scallops with butternut squash risotto) and creative drinks, Breakwater’s candy-apple-red accents (the bar, dining room chairs, and wall decor) meld with mirrors and glass to produce a unique New York City-meets-Lowcountry vibe. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 802 S Main St. (864) 271-0046, HALLS CHOPHOUSE

The renowned Charleston steakhouse puts down roots in the former High Cotton space on the Reedy River. Indulge in a selection of wet- or dry-aged steaks (USDA Prime beef, flown in from Chicago’s Allen Brothers), or try a Durham Ranch elk loin with root vegetable hash and pine nut relish. $$$$, D, SBR. 550 S Main St. (864) 335-4200,

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Though this barbecue joint has since branched out, Henry’s original location has long set the standard. A Greenville institution, the Smokehouse specializes in slow-cooking meat in open pits over hickory logs. Sure, there’s more on the menu, but their succulent ribs with beans and slaw will transport you to hog heaven.

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

The Nose Dive is city bar meets corner bistro. Beer, wine, and craft cocktails complement an ambitious menu of “urban comfort food.” Look for an elevated gastropub experience at every meal, from fried chicken and waffles to a customized grits bar at brunch. Located on Main Street between ONE City Plaza and the Peace Center, this gastropub is downtown hotspot and neighborhood hangout, in one. $-$$, L, D, SBR. 116 S Main St. (864) 3737300, OJ’S DINER

OJ’s is not a restaurant. It’s an Upstate institution. The old-school meat-andthree dishes up homestyle favorites on a daily basis, but every weekday comes with specials: lasagna and porkchops on Mondays, turkey and meatloaf Tuesdays, and more. Don’t forget to dig into a mess of sides; the mac ‘n’ cheese tastes the way mama made it and the way God intended. $, B, L. Closed Saturday & Sunday. 907 Pendleton St. (864) 235-2539, RESTAURANT 17

Tucked away in Travelers Rest, Restaurant 17 blends contemporary European bistro with the Blue Ridge foothills. Pick up freshbaked bread from the café (open daily) or peruse the market’s wine selection. The menu changes daily, but expect expertly prepared dishes like line-caught rainbow trout and pork crepinettes. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest. (864) 516-1715, 864.610.0361

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Greenville may be landlocked, but Rick Erwin’s restaurant takes us seaside. The

day’s fresh catch comes grilled, seared, broiled, blackened, or in chef-designed specialties. Try the fried lobster bites with a drink at the elegant bar, pre- or post-Peace Center performance. Ideal for group dinners or quiet date nights, Nantucket offers both an intimate and entertaining atmosphere. $$-$$$$, D, SBR. 40 W Broad St. (864) 5463535, RICK ERWIN’S WEST END GRILLE

Traditional surf-and-turf meets upscale dining at Rick Erwin’s. The dining room is decorated in rich, dark woods that, along with low lighting, create an intimate, stylish atmosphere. Entrées range from sashimigrade tuna and pan-seared sea bass, to certified Angus beef. $$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 648 S Main St. (864) 232-8999, SMOKE ON THE WATER

Located in the West End Market, Smoke on the Water has a homey feel, with separate street-side dining and covered patio tables overlooking Pedrick’s Garden. Choose something from the smoker (beerbutt chicken), or pick from sandwiches, burgers, or salads. Sides vary from mac ’n’ cheese to a bowl of greens. $-$$$, L, D. 1 Augusta St, Ste 202. (864) 232-9091, SOBY’S

Local flavor shines here in entrées like crab cakes with remoulade, sweet corn maque choux, mashed potatoes, and haricot verts. Their selection of 700 wines guarantees the perfect meal complement. Featuring different selections every week, the Sunday brunch buffet showcases the chefs’ creativity. $$$-$$$$, D, SBR. 207 S Main St. (864) 232-7007, THE SHUCKIN’ SHACK

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


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

Located next to Fluor Field, Liberty Tap Room Bar & Grill is both pre-game watering hole and after-work hangout. Dinner choices range from classic burgers and juicy steaks to spinach pizza. Gather with friends at the long bar to enjoy one of 50 brews on tap. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 941 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 770-7777, MAC’S SPEED SHOP

Across from Liberty Taproom, Mac’s is for the Harley-set as well as the post-Drivebaseball crowd, with plenty of brisket, ribs, and beer-can chicken. Try a plate of Tabasco-fried pickles, washed down with one of the 50 craft beers on tap. With

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The Playwright’s hearty dishes—homemade lamb pot pie or a classic Reuben—are perfect soul-warming remedies. Designed to transport guests to Ireland, the pub features Dublin-crafted bar and booths, famous literary figures that adorn the walls and menus, and a warm spirit of hospitality. $$-$$$, L , D, SBR. 401 River St, Greenville. (864) 241-3384, UNIVERSAL JOINT

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

Cozy in a funky way, this hip pub sits right under the Mellow Mushroom. The menu has burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, falafels, and more. In addition to craft brews on tap, the Velo Fellow offers traditional absinthe service, complete with a silver-plated brouilleur. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 1 Augusta St, Ste 126, Greenville. (864) 242-9296,


Treat taste buds and ears at the Bohemian Café, side-by-side with the legendary Horizon Records. This eclectic café with an international flair serves curry and pasta, and for Sunday brunch, treat yourself to a Bloody Mary bar, or indulge your sweet tooth with a slice of homemade rum cake. $$, L, D, SBR. Closed Monday. 2 W Stone Ave, Greenville. (864) 233-0006, CHICORA ALLEY

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


If your name has “eggs” in it, you’d better know your eggs. Eggs Up Grill doesn’t disappoint. From classic over-easy eggs to Patty-o-Sullivan omelets (grilled corned beef hash with melted swiss cheese), this breakfast joint has you covered. Not a fan of eggs? Try classic diner fare like pancakes, waffles, burgers, and French toast. $-$$. B, L. 31 Augusta St, Greenville. (864) 520-2005, THE GREEN ROOM

The Green Room’s changing menu features standout dishes for any time of day. Enjoy brunch on the weekend with eggs Benedict or stuffed French toast with raspberry cream cheese. For dinner, the sweet chipotle meatloaf is the ticket. Wash it down with selections from the tap and a premium Belgian/German leaning beer list. $$$, B, L, D, SBR. 116 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 335-8222, the-green-room/


Located in historic Falls Cottage, Mary’s offers brunch and lunch with a charm perfect for leisurely weekends. The menu includes the Ultimate Reuben and quiches, as well as Southern comfort favorites like the Fountain Inn salad and hot chicken salad. $-$$, L, SBR. Closed Monday & Tuesday. 615 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 298-0005, TANDEM CREPERIE & COFFEEHOUSE

Tandem lures Swamp Rabbit cyclists with aromas of Counter Culture Coffee and a happy stomach guarantee. Try the Lumberjack (cornmeal crepe, ham, bacon, eggs, cheese, bechamel, and maple syrup) or the tasty Banana Nut crepe. Stuck between savory and sweet? Split one of each with a friend in the Tandem spirit: “Together is best.” $, B, L, SBR. 2 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-2245, TUPELO HONEY CAFÉ

Big Southern charm comes in forms of steaming hot biscuits at Tupelo Honey. Indulge in sweet potato pancakes (topped with pecans and peach butter of course), available all day, or try a mouthwatering sandwich like the Southern Fried Chicken BLT with maple-peppered bacon. $$, B, L, D. 1 N Main St, Suite T, Greenville. (864) 451-6200,


Coffee Underground boasts a wide selection of specialty coffees, adult libations, and dreamy desserts like the peanut butter pie with graham cracker crust and a peanut butter and vanilla mousse. If you’re craving more substantial fare, choose Untitled-6 from a splendid breakfast-anytime option, sandwiches, soups, salads, and more.



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Whether it’s the white marble countertops or the gleaming chrome Slayer espresso machine, Methodical is a coffee bar built for Instagram. Tastemaker Will Shurtz, designer Marco Suarez, and hotelier David Baker ensure there’s plenty of substance to go with style. With single-origin espressos, housemade shrub sodas, and homemade treats, there’s plenty to rave about. $-$$, B, L, D. 101 N Main St, Ste D, Greenville. MOE JOE COFFEE & MUSIC HOUSE

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

Tucked between art galleries in the heart of Pendleton St, the Village Grind is essential for Greenville coffee lovers. Emphasizing community, the coffeehouse uses all things local—from milk and syrups to beans from Due South Coffee. Enjoy drinks with friends on the mid-century couch or solo at the pallet-inspired window bar. $, B, L. 1263 Pendleton St, Greenville. (864) 915-8600, thevillagegrind

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Located around the corner from Carl’s Sobocinski’s restaurant, Soby’s on the Side adds speed and efficiency to high-quality food. From BBQ Monday to Grilled Cheese Wednesday, add a spontaneous element to your lunch, or enjoy a hot breakfast.


$$. B, L. Closed Sunday. 22 E Court St, Greenville. (864)-271-8431, SULLY’S STEAMERS

When considering the perfect sandwich, steam isn’t the first (or even last) thing to come to mind. For Robert Sullivan, hot air is the key to handheld nirvana. With a smorgasbord of ingredients like cut meats, veggies, and homemade cream cheeses, Sully’s serves bagel sandwiches piping hot and always fresh.

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$$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 933 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 232-3255


Count on this deli for fast, high-quality food, from homemade soups to a traditional grinder and a turkey melt. Grab “crafted carryout” entrées and sides, or impress last-minute guests with roasted turkey and Parmesan potatoes. Choose from the daily menu, or check back for daily specials. $-$$, B, L, D. Closed Saturday & Sunday. 104 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 370-9336,



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A stone’s throw from Fluor Field, this sushi haven serves an Asian mix with Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Asian-fusion entrées. The udon with Prince Edward Island mussels, mahi-mahi with a spicy crawfish glaze, or roasted duck are worthy options. The latter, perfumed with star anise, is roasted to order—and well worth the wait.


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Bangkok Thai makes a standout version of pad Thai, everyone’s favorite noodles. The curries are a surefire hit, though the green curry is the only made from fresh chilies. For a different dining experience, take a seat on the floor pillows in the back room.

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$, L, D. 2013 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 244-1314,

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of fine Vietnamese cuisine at Mekong. Favorites include the grilled pork vermicelli: marinated pork, lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts, mint, cilantro, peanuts, crispy shallots, and sauce. For textural variation, try the broken rice platter: julienned pork, grilled pork chop, and steamed pork omelet over broken rice.

At lunch, sample items from a reasonably priced buffet with choices that change daily. Try the Handi Special: a sampler of tandoori chicken, lamb kabobs, lamb or chicken curry, and vegetable korma, served with basmati rice, naan, and dessert. $$-$$$, L, D. 18 N Main St. (864) 241-7999, IRASHIAI SUSHI PUB & JAPANESE RESTAURANT

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

Kimchee’s kimchi keeps locals coming back. Try the Kalbi short ribs (marinated in soy sauce, onions, and sesame seeds) or bibimbap (served in a hot stone bowl for crispy rice). All dishes come with ban chan, side dishes that include kimchi, japchae (glass noodles), marinated tofu, and more.

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

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

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

The Pita House has been family-operated since 1989. Inside, it’s bare bones, but the cognoscenti come here for tasty Middle Eastern fare such as hummus, falafel, kibbeh, and shwarma. And save room for baklava and other Mediterranean sweets for dessert. Also, check out the little grocery in the back of the restaurant for some homemade inspiration. $, L, D. Closed Sunday. 495 S. Pleasantburg Dr, #B, Greenville. (864) 271-9895, POMEGRANATE ON MAIN

Pomegranate serves traditional Persian cuisine in an eclectic Eastern ambience. Attentive service, reasonable prices, and a flavorful variety, such as the slow-cooked lamb shank or the charbroiled Cornish hen kabobs, make this an excellent spot for lunch or dinner. Be sure to sample from

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the martini menu at the aquamarine-tiled bar, or head outside to the street-side patio facing Main. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 618 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 241-3012, RISTORANTE BERGAMO

Ristorante Bergamo, open since 1986, focuses on fresh produce and Northern Italian cuisine: fresh mussels sautéed in olive oil, garlic, and white wine, veal with homegrown organic herbs, and pasta creations such as linguine with shrimp and mussels. The bar fronts 14-foot windows along Main Street, making it a prime location for enjoying a glass while people-watching. $$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 100 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 271-8667, THE TRAPPE DOOR

A rathskeller vibe pervades this underground tavern that boasts an incredible beer program, with 10 on tap and more than 150 bottles. Belgian specialties include waterzooi (a creamy seafood stew) and carbonnades flamandes (beef stew braised in Belgian beer). For dessert—you guessed it—Belgian waffles are the ticket. $$, L, D. Closed Monday. 23 W Washington St, Greenville. (864) 4517490,


The vibrant Latin culture of San Francisco’s Mission District comes to Greenville by way of ASADA. Grab a bite of Latin flavor with the chayote relleno de camarones (a Nicaraguan dish of chayotes stuffed with sautéed shrimp in a creamy spicy ChipotleGuajillo sauce); or see a trans-Pacific collaboration at work with the chicken karaage taco, which features Japanese-style fried chicken and a Latin-Asian slaw.

$-$$, Closed Sunday & Monday; food truck schedule varies. 903 Wade Hampton Blvd. (864) 770-3450, AUTOMATIC TACO

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

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

JBT’s Twitter account for weekly schedules. $. Schedule varies. Twitter: @jb_tingles THOROUGHFARE FOOD TRUCK

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

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

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$-$$, L, D. 25 W Washington St, Greenville. (864) 232-3706, MELLOW MUSHROOM

Greenville’s West End outpost of this beloved pizza joint is perfect for families, parties, duos, or flying solo. Try the Kosmic Karma with sundried tomatoes, feta, and pesto, or the House Special, stacked with three meats, veggies, and extra cheese.

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

Located in a renovated tire shop on the main drag of Travelers Rest, and now at a new, second location near Cleveland Park, this pizza joint is a fast favorite with its handcrafted, brick-oven pizzas made from local ingredients. Build your own or try a signature pie like the Tommy, with creamy roasted garlic sauce, mozzarella, pecorino romano, caramelized onions, mushrooms, spinach, and peppadew peppers. Don’t neglect dessert, either. The homemade ice cream (in a bowl, or in a float) is a throwback treat that’ll make you forget about those fellas named Ben and Jerry.

$$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 35 S Main St, Travelers Rest, (864) 610-1406; 99 Cleveland St, Greenville. (864) 5580235, VIC’S PIZZA

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


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

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There are few things more American than sipping beer while hundreds of screaming children try to ambush a giant frog named Reedy Rip’It. But there are also few better ways to while away the warm days than watching the home team at Fluor Field. Baseball is America’s pastime for a reason, and cheering on the Drive as they take on teams from Charleston to Florida is sure to become your family’s favorite pastime. Fluor Field at the West End, 945 S Main St. Times vary.

Image of Waterfront, Beaufort by Horace Day, courtesy of Greenville County Museum of Art

Although he was born in China, artist Horace Day found an enchanting way to capture the voice of South Carolina through his collection of oil and watercolor paintings. The museum’s exhibition will showcase several of the series’ most iconic works of art, many of which include landscapes and architectural designs that are strikingly familiar to us all. It’s like seeing the beauty of our state through a fresh pair of eyes. Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College St. Wed–Sat, 10am–6pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Free. (864) 271-7570,

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CAN’T-MISS CULTURE / EVENTS / ATTRACTIONS of your enemies. Just kidding, it’s roast tenderloin. The evening culminates in the viewing of that week’s Game of Thrones episode, and, thankfully, you’ll have an entire week to recover from whatever drama unfolds. Lex 18 Moonshine Bar & Restaurant, 18 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC. Sun, 6:30–10pm. $43-$60. (828) 575-9494, lex18avl. com/feast-thrones-costumedrevelry-viewing/

Thru June 12 SOME ABSTRACTION REQUIRED One of the greatest qualities of art is its ability to transcend typical boundaries and experiment with new angles and themes. This is the concept behind this SAM exhibition, which features nine contemporary artists, whose pieces explore areas of science and math through a variety of media including collage, clay, and mixed media. Designed to appeal to both sides of the brain, this display is certainly art that makes you think. Spartanburg Art Museum, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Tues-Sat, 10am–5pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Free. (864) 582-7616,

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

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Start stocking up on those Wet-Naps—things are bound to get a little bit sticky. The first annual Sparkle City Rhythm & Ribs will include not only plenty of pig pickin’s from championship smokers from across the country, but also live music performances by the Craig Sorrells Project, Zataban, Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues, and many more artists. The Kansas City Barbeque Society will be hosting a special BBQ competition, and there will be plenty of familyfriendly fun. Barnet Park, 248 E St John St, Spartanburg. Fri–Sat. Free-$5.

Pendleton Playhouse, 214 S Mechanic St, Pendleton. Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adults, $17; youth & students, $7. (864) 646-8165,



While most kids considered themselves lucky if their babysitter let them make their own Pizza Lunchable, this eccentric English lady with a flying umbrella is the Holy Grail of at-home childcare. This adaptation of the classic film is already a Broadway smash, enchanting audiences of all ages with its tale of two not-so-well behaved children and the nanny who turns their world upside down. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, indeed. Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $25-$35. (864) 233-6238,

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Ah, youth. Going to prom. Having your first kiss. Methodically wreaking havoc on your cruel hometown with a set of dangerous supernatural powers. Stephen King’s Carrie has been transformed into a powerhouse musical production that follows the story of a young high school outcast and one very fateful prom night. With the addition of songs like “The Destruction,” “Unsuspecting Hearts,” and the namesake “Carrie,” this adaptation proves that dreams—or nightmares—really can come true.

Nestled comfortably within the Blue Ridge Mountains, the lush setting of the Brevard Music Center is the ideal background to take in an array of musical entertainment from professionals and budding student musicians. The festival hosts numerous performances ranging from classical symphonies to full-scale operas at both the center and Brevard College campus. Times, locations vary. Brevard, NC. Prices vary. (828) 862-2105,


Top-selling male artist. Philanthropist. American Idol judge. Harry Connick, Jr. wears a great many hats these days, but perhaps our favorite is the one he’ll don on the Peace Center stage: musician. The New Orleans native and master of the ivories has been recording since the age of ten, and his recently-released album That Would Be Me is yet another successful installment in an illustrious music career. If you’re wild about Harry, you won’t want to miss this. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St. Sat, 8pm. $65-$105. (864) 467-3000,

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Each year, the Miracle Hill Challenge raises thousands of dollars for the ministry organization, money that goes toward meeting not only the physical, but also the emotional needs of the homeless. This year’s fundraising goal is set at $200,000, and the event is designed to appeal to every sportsman, with one-mile fun runs for the kids, to a 5k road race and various levels of cycling from 20 to 40 miles across the Upstate. It’s good for you, and good for the community, so why not join in? Furman University Paladin Stadium, 900 Duncan Chapel Rd, Greenville. Sat, 7am–4pm. $30-$45. (864) 268-4357,



Remember when you were a kid and your mom told you not to jump in mud puddles? Make sure to send her a photo from this event. The fifth annual edition of this muddy jaunt will require over three miles of legwork, with obstacles like tire pendulums, mulch mound, and mud creek dip thrown in to up the ante. Funds raised from the run will go toward programs at the Hands On! Child’s Gallery

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SESAME STREET LIVE! LET’S DANCE! If you’re willing to both A) wear out your children and B) upstage a few puppets and toddlers with your “running man” rendition, then do we have an activity for you. Join characters from the world’s longtime favorite ’hood as they embark on a spirited, imaginative journey of body movin’ and groovin’. Elmo, Ernie, Abby, and more will be hitting the dancefloor, to show off their skills, so better start practicing now. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St. Fri, 10:30am; Sat, 10:30am & 2pm; Sun, 3pm. $20-$52. (864) 241-3800,

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It seems only fitting that the Grammy-winning musician from Alabama be the first to kick off a new era of musical performances at the Greenville Zoo. Held in partnership with Eleven Events and the City of Greenville, the ZooTunes series will fund new exhibits, renovations, and programs through the Greenville Zoo Foundation. Soak in the summertime and release your inner party animal with a few brews and tunes with the wildly talented former Drive-By Trucker. The Greenville Zoo, 150 Cleveland Park Dr. Fri, 6:30–9:30pm.

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No, that’s not Nessie you see gliding across the crystal waters of Lake Lure; it’s just a couple of 30-foot boats decked out in dragon gear. This annual event puts a modern spin on an age-old tradition, inviting numerous teams to make the watery trek across 250 meters of the Rocky Broad River. Proceeds from Lure of the Dragons will go to supporting local charitable institutions Camp Lurecrest and the Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach Center. 2992 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, NC. Sat, 9am. $650 registration per team.



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CAB FOR CUTIE 11 DEATH It’s been nearly two decades

since Ben Gibbard began testing the waters as a solo musician. Now, the full-fledged alternative rock outfit has released their eighth studio album Kintsugi, which peaked at number eight on the U.S. Billboard 200. Their sound is soft with tinges of raw, emotional edge, and with a slew of top singles and Grammy nominations under their belt, it’s easy to see why fans are crazy about Death Cab. US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St, Asheville, NC. Sat, 8pm. $45-$55. (828) 259-5736,


FEATURING KIM WILSON In the “here today, gone tomorrow” revolving door of the music industry, crafting over four decades of tunes is a rarity. But the Fabulous Thunderbirds have proven that they’re “tuff enuff” to stick it out. As part of the Peace Center’s “Rock the River” concert series, the blues-rockers will showcase their catalog of hits on the TD Stage, including “Wrap It Up,” “Powerful Stuff,” and “My Babe.” TD Stage at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St. Thurs, 8pm. $30-$50. (864) 467-3000,


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ROPER MOUNTAIN SCIENCE CENTER BUTTERFLY ADVENTURE Having hundreds of something swarming around your head seems a lot less threatening when it’s beautiful butterflies. Located in the center’s rainforest area, the experience will feature more than a dozen varied species of the flying insect from all around North America, and plenty of on-site education to learn more about these charming winged creatures. It’s a valuable opportunity to experience another ecosystem. Roper Mountain Science Center, 402 Roper Mountain Rd, Greenville. Mon–Sat, 9am–2pm. Adults, $8; ages 4–12, $7; 3 & under, free. (864) 355-8900,

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series, there’s no time like the present. Designed to provide an in-depth, comprehensive experience for talents of all levels with any instrument, the workshops will be led by members of various symphony orchestras, university professors, and chamber players, and will culminate in a showcase for family and friends. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St. Thurs, 7pm; Fri–Sat, 9:30am; Sun, 11am. $375. (864) 467-3000,

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THE EXPLORER’S CLUB Long before Alfalfa and Spanky set up the “He-Man Woman Hater’s Club,” the Explorers were booting out the feminine mystique from their international research association. Written by award-winning playwright Nell Benjamin, this comedic play takes place in nineteenth-century London and follows the tale of one woman who dares to fight for her rights to join the club. But what unravels is much more than a question of membership— it’s a question of sanity. Centre Stage, 501 River St. Thurs– Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $10-$30. (864) 233-6733,

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Quick—how many dogs did Robert Peary and Matthew Henson have when they conquered the North Pole? Anyone? Bueller? Never fear— Chautauqua is here with a living, breathing history textbook. Taking place at various locations throughout the Upstate, this year’s summer series will focus on the true story of Henson and other “American Adventures,” including Mark Twain and Amelia Earhart, as told by some of the nation’s most talented interpreters. Locations, times vary. Free. (864) 2441499,

Imagination is the beginning of creation.

-George Bernard Shaw



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This Tony Award–winning sensation comes to life through the eyes of the Flat Rock Playhouse. When fasttalking con man Harold Hill makes his way to River City, he hopes to take the small-time townies for all they’re worth, promising them Big Band dreams for only a small fee. But when he starts falling for the uptight librarian Marian Paroo, his plan quickly falls apart, thus laying the framework for all the laughs, charm, and high-hat musical numbers that have made The Music Man an icon for nearly six decades. Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. Wed–Thurs, 2pm & 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 2pm. $15-$40. (828) 693-0731,

The original Jersey Boy makes a pit stop in the Upstate during the American leg of his international tour. In addition to a dynamically entertaining set that includes timehonored standards “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” Valli will also feature cuts from his solo career, a melting pot of covers and originals, each revamped with that special Four Seasons’ spin. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St. Sat, 8pm. $65-$95. (864) 467-3000,


The Gran Fondo series holds athletically-challenging events throughout the East Coast, with stopovers in Maryland, Georgia, and even New Jersey. Now the event makes it way to the spectacular Smokies for its Asheville segment. Riders can choose from three distances between 30 and 100 miles, with each path weaving its way through a scenic landscape before capping off at Pack Square Park. Participants can fuel their senses at the finale festival, with sustainable

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AN EVENING WITH FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS June 18, 8pm The Peace Center With hit singles like “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and “Rag Doll,” this Jersey Boy sensation brings his world tour back to Greenville.



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eats, live music, and brews to benefit Friends of the Smokies. Asheville, NC. Sat, 8am. $65-$130. granfondonational gran-fondo-asheville/

Roping its way through downtown Spartanburg, the slide is the perfect way to while away a lazy afternoon with some cool water, yummy eats, live tunes, and much more. E Daniel Morgan Ave & N Church St, Spartanburg. Sat, 11am–6pm. $13-$20.

sourced courses along with vintage wine pairings and creative cocktails. This year’s supper showcases the talents of Chef Nate Whiting, the culinary genius behind Charlestonbased Four Ninety Two and Food & Wine magazine’s Rising Culinary Star. Proceeds benefit the organization’s various programs to help Greenville’s underserved neighborhoods. Serenity Farm, 155 Redmond Dr, Easley. Sun, 6:30pm. $150. sundaysupper




While visiting the waterpark may be ideal summer fun for the youngsters, all those floating band-aids and hours spent wedged in a line of inner tubes certainly is not. Fortunately, Slide the City is bringing the park to you with 1,000 feet of slip-sliding amusement.


Forget overalls and pitchforks, Mill Village Farms’ Sunday Supper is a fine-dining affair. Set against the scenic backdrop of Serenity Farm— 52 acres of organic gardens, classic red barns, and roaming sheep—the farm-to-fork feast offers five locally-

When you’re a kid, going anywhere with your parents can be an adventure: McDonald’s, the grocery store, even the laundromat. But what happens when an innocent trip to wash and fold ends in the loss of a toddler’s best friend? Based on the beloved children’s book by Mo Willems, this musical adaptation is one that all youngsters can relate—and even sing along—to. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St. Sat, 10:30am, 1:30pm, 5:30pm; Sun, 1:30pm. $18-$27. (864) 467-3000,


In another installment of the theatre’s Fringe Series, Centre Stage presents a play written by Jeff Baron. When a young businessman named Ross Gardiner narrowly evades a hit-andrun with 86-year-old Mr. Green, the judge sentences him to six months of visitation with the elderly widower. An equal mix of drama with hints of comic relief, Visiting Mr. Green is a mental rollercoaster that will keep your mind rolling long after the curtain closes. Centre Stage, 501 River St. Tues–Wed, 7pm. $10-$15. (864) 233-6733,

Photographs (Slide the City) courtesy of Slide the City; (Riverdance) by Jack Hartin, courtesy of the Peace Center


Annual Estate and Antique Show

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Western North Carolina takes the spotlight at this weekend festival, which combines all the best cultural elements that the area has to offer. Local foodie favorites will roll right up to the fairgrounds with a variety of food trucks like Lil’ Mojo Kitchen & Lounge, Ron’s Taco Shop, and Choo Choo Barbecue—just make sure to chow down after riding the Tilt-aWhirl. Musical performances are slated throughout the fest as well, with Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Caleb Johnson, and the Mountain Faith Band all set to headline. WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd, Fletcher, NC. Thurs–Sun. Adults, $10-$12; seniors, $9; under 6, free.



Known for both his musical chops and androgynous sense of style, David Bowie has set a precedent for generations of artists to come. Hoping to reach both seasoned fans and new Bowie-lovers, the Wham Bam Bowie Band packs the playlist with Ziggy Stardust’s greatest hits, and even dusts off a few rare cuts as well. Be ye a Starman or a China Girl, it’s time to prove that, yes, there really is life on Mars—and life after death. The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC. Fri, 9pm. Advance, $10; door, $12. (828) 398-1837,


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The worst thing about lip syncing? You don’t get to really sing. The best thing about lip syncing? Same answer. Cast a $10 vote for your favorite Upstate personality as they faux-sing their hearts out on the TD Stage—all in an effort to raise money for the Julie Valentine Center. This year’s celebrity lineup includes Bo Stegall of Bo Stegall the Salon, FOX Carolina’s Cody Alcorn, Bootcut Media founder Anne Decabooter, and many other local celebs. Rock on! TD Stage at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St. Sat, 7pm. $50-$100.



You may have learned a tap dance to “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” but rest assured, these spunky Irish dancers are about to put your skills to shame. Celebrating 20 years of the cultural dancing phenomenon, Riverdance will bring their unique fusion of music, theatrics, and movement to Greenville, setting the stage on fire with their fancy footwork. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Emerald Isle— without ever leaving your seat. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $25-$85. (864) 467-3000,

RIVERDANCE June 28–July 3; Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. The Peace Center An innovative combination of music, dance, and song, this host of talented performers transports audiences across the Atlantic to the culturally rich shores of their Irish homeland.

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World of Difference


here may be no greater inspiration than that of the unknown. The endless possibilities that exist beyond our experience have sparked countless tales of fiction, illustrating mystical worlds far more exotic and otherworldly. From Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland to J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter, the realm of the magical has always fascinated young and old alike. Playing off of our public obsession, Lori Vrba’s Portal illustrates a world that is “exotic, mystical, spiritual, and maybe even a little bit dangerous.” Pairing dark and dramatic subject matter with bold and imaginative landscapes, the artist questions the other not only as an outside force but also as “an internal place of essence, magic, grace, and fortitude.” —Hayden Arrington The Southeastern Center for Photography (1239 Pendleton St, Greenville) will open its exhibition Portal with a reception on June 3, 6–8 p.m. For more information, please visit

Lori Vrba, Black Velvet, medium-format film capture on Ossabaw Island; 40”x40” archival pigment print

Portal explores the boundaries of external and internal influences

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