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Contents 13 THE LIST

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


Pics of the litter: Upcountry fêtes & festivities.


Artist Jo Carol Mitchell-Rogers, intricate wood inlays by Chisolm Leonard, filmmaker Caleb Suttles, and more.


Dan McKinney’s carefully curated goods and Devereaux’s chef Spencer Thomson’s favorite things.


For the Kentucky Derby, dress and drink the part.


An Italian escape to Mt. Pleasant, the Green Fairy, delicate pastries at Rick’s Deli, and more.


Got plans? You do now.


Peter Helwing will have you doing double-takes.

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ILLUSTRATION NATION A merry little band of Upstate illustrators: Alice Ratterree, Justin Gerard, Cory Godbey, and Bonnie Adamson.

/ by Kathleen Nalley / portraits by Paul Mehaffey


Four local florists show there’s more to floral artistry than a Mother’s Day bouquet. / photography by Paul Mehaffey

THIS PAGE: Illustration by Cory Godbey ON THE COVER: Illustration by Alice Ratterree for TOWN Magazine

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Under Cover


mong the challenges of producing TOWN each month is devising clever cover copy. For this issue, our homage to the Upcountry’s faceted arts community, we settled on, simply: The Arts Issue. At the end of the day, the arts need no frills. We considered “Art Meets Life.” But beyond the cliché, the sentiment falls short. It implies that art is somehow separate from life—though life encompasses all and, I’d argue, is itself art in progress. Still, we hold the arts in high esteem. We respect, and sometimes revere, artists for taking the world apart and reimagining it in fresh, thought-provoking ways. For capturing life’s transience to satisfy, intrigue, and at times confound us—to move us, essentially. Each issue of TOWN highlights the arts. You might even consider it an arts publication—TOWN is a community magazine, and the attention we lend to the arts speaks to our area’s cultural values, which have helped to attract global business and put us on the national stage. An artistic community means more than a wealth of galleries or nonprofits. It’s a collaborative of forward thinkers, insightful residents, and proactive leaders. While I gaze at the falls or bike the Swamp Rabbit Trail, I at times take this for granted. What I hope you don’t take for granted are the voices inside these pages. Our main features showcase artistry that is often left out of the spotlight. “Illustration Nation” (page 72) highlights four area illustrators whose fantasy worlds bring to life stories on the page and the screen. “Formal Arrangements” (page 80) features four Upstate florists who have created custom arrangements especially for this issue. The floral arts date back centuries and are more than a gesture for Mother’s Day (May 12). May brings Cinco de Mayo (check out the guacamole story on page 94), and hold onto your hats for the Kentucky Derby. We have two stories devoted to the fastest two minutes in sports: “Riding High” (page 67) is a travel feature on Louisville, Kentucky. The city is packed with plenty to dig into beyond the dirt of Churchill Downs, and the Man About TOWN (page 60) dresses and drinks for the occasion. Also in this issue: a collegiate filmmaker, modern architecture, French pastries, absinthe, a field guide to Charleston (Spoleto Festival USA begins this month), and more. While we call your attention to select people, they’re but a fraction of the talent around us, and within us. We each have the opportunity to draw out our own beautiful stories. Lives worthy of art, indeed.

SENIOR EDITORS Jac Chebatoris Heidi Coryell Williams ASSISTANT EDITOR Andrew Huang CONTRIBUTING EDITORS M. Linda Lee Steven Tingle CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Meaghan Walsh Gerhard Kimberly Johnson Anita Pacylowski-Justo Laura Linen Kathleen Nalley CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Patrick Cox TJ Getz Gabrielle Grace Smith Jay Vaughan GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN Kate Guptill Holly Hardin PRODUCTION MANAGER GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Kristy Adair Michael Allen Whitney Fincannon Caroline Reinhardt MARKETING REPRESENTATIVES Lori Burney Mary Beth Culbertson Kristi Jennings Donna Johnston Pam Putman Katherine Elrod SALES ADMINISTRATION MANAGER Kate Banner COMMUNIT Y SPONSORSHIPS & EVENTS MANAGER

Blair Knobel Editor-in-Chief


Meaghan Walsh Gerhard


Kate Guptill


Follow us on Facebook & Twitter Be in-the-know online! Find the best of TOWN Magazine— events, stories, dining, & more!

Meaghan is a writer, photographer, blogger, critic, and aspiring woman of letters based in Savannah, Georgia. She is also currently working on her first novel. You can view, read, and comment on her work at

A Connecticut native, Kate found her way to the South and is currently a senior studio art major with a concentration in graphic design at Furman University. She has been working with TOWN as a design intern this spring and plans to pursue a graphic design career in Greenville after graduation in May.

TOWN Magazine (Vol. 3, No. 5) is published monthly (12 times per year) by TOWN Greenville, LLC, 148 River Street, Suite 120, Greenville, SC 29601, (864) 679-1200. TOWN Magazine is a free publication. However, if you would like to have TOWN delivered to you each month, you may purchase an annual subscription (12 issues) for $45. For subscription information or where to find, please visit www.towncarolina. com. Postmaster: Send address changes to TOWN, 148 River Street, Suite 120, Greenville, SC 29601. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA.

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Road trip!

From the majestic grandeur of Niagara Falls to the sweeping vistas of Yosemite, this exhibition offers viewers more than 60 works on loan from one of America’s most prestigious art museums.

George Inness (1825 – 1894) Blue Niagara, 1884

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

Opening June 19

Greenville County Museum of Art

420 College Street Greenville, SC 29601 864.271.7570 admission free

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left Upstate New York in 2010 and moved to Greenville to begin a new chapter of their fully retired—but extremely active— lives. Golf at The Preserve, hiking, travel and long rides on the motorcycle would be on their daily to-do list, yard work and home maintenance would not. - Read more of their story at Hollingsworth Park offers a diversity of housing options priced from the $200s. The residential mix includes custom and estate homes to more modest single-family dwellings, townhomes and luxury apartments. Residents enjoy a 20-acre central park, pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, a neighborhood business district and being close to everything. Verdae Development, Inc.

Photograph courtesy of The Peace Center

“The incredible view of the open greenspace from the front porch sparked our interest, but the fact that Shadwell Townes offers a maintenance-free lifestyle is what sold us.” - Peg Harvey, resident

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While multi-talented Steve Martin has always had a gift for comedic timing, he is also a Grammy Award–winning banjoist. For this concert, Martin pairs his intricate five-string banjo work with Edie Brickell’s rich vocals to perform selections from their album Love Has Come for You. The duo is accompanied by bluegrass group Steep Canyon Rangers. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, May 30, 7:30pm. $45. (864) 467-3000,

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GALLABRAE Bagpipes, kilts, and . . . Aston Martins? All that, and more, at Gallabrae, Greenville’s Scottish heritage festival. This weekend-long event is still anchored by the original Greenville Scottish Games, but now includes parades, a ceilidh, Celtic jam sessions, and a classic British car show.


Grammy Award winners Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys grace The Peace Center stage with their brand of American-Chicano rock. Los Lobos, from East Los Angeles, mixes traditional Mexican and Spanish influences with American rock, folk, and R&B. Los Lonely Boys, from San Angelo, Texas, has their own take dubbed “Texican rock n’ roll.”

Grab your road bike, clip in, and join the peloton in downtown Spartanburg. Riders will register on Sunday and depart Monday morning for a grueling, but rewarding, ride to Marion, NC, and up Mt Mitchell. Family and friends can cheer on riders at Tom Johnson’s Campground in Marion before riders begin their final ascent.

The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, May 16, 7:30pm. $40, $45, $50, 50. (864) 467-3000,

Downtown Spartanburg. Registration all through Sun, May 19; ride begins Mon, May 20, 6:30am. Assault on Marion, $40; assault on Mt Mitchell, $135.

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Photograph by Jeremy Flemming; courtesy of Furman University

Locations vary, Greenville. Thurs–Sun, May 23–26, times vary. $15 admission for the Scottish Games.


Take a look at what’s happening during tournament week.


PARTY ON THE PLAZA presented by the Clemson Alumni Association

Thursday, May 16-Saturday, May 18 Tournament Rounds 1-3 Thornblade Club, Chanticleer and The Reserve at Lake Keowee

Friday, May 17 . 7-10pm . Free public event Graham Plaza (corner of Main Street and Broad Street, downtown Greenville)

Sunday, May 19 Final Round Thornblade Club

BIRDIES FOR BEER presented by Michelob Ultra Thursday, May 16-Sunday, May 19 Thornblade Club 9th hole Spectators will enjoy special beverage pricing for 10 minutes each time a Web. com Tour pro or amateur contestant makes a birdie on this par 3.

Enjoy a rockin’ good time as you watch live-streaming video of The Celebrity Concert presented by Drive Automotive, which will take place just steps away on the TD Stage at the Peace Center. You may even see a few celebrities arrive to the concert! For more information about this event visit the Spectator Information page on BMWCHARITYGOLF.COM.

MIKE CREERY FIRST TEE LOVE FOR THE GAME JUNIOR GOLF DAY Saturday, May 18 after the completion of the 3rd Round Thornblade Club Practice Range Youth are invited to attend this free event and receive golf tips from Tour pros while hitting shots at the practice range. Youth will also receive free Chick-fil-A, Pepsi, OOBE t-shirts and more. For additional information about this event, including parking details, visit the Spectator Information page on BMWCHARITYGOLF.COM.

PINK ON THE LINKS Saturday, May 18 All courses Wear pink to show support for breast cancer awareness!

Visit BMWCHARITYGOLF.COM to buy tickets and learn about playing opportunities, sponsorships, volunteering, charities, celebrities, course information and more.

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zLegendary trio Crosby, Stills, and Nash has been rocking international stages for more than four decades. They’ve earned their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with their longevity and their classic 1969 debut album, named one of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” For one evening, the band will be in Greenville for a performance that is as much rock history as it is pure entertainment. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, May 21, 7:30pm. $65, $75, $85. (864) 467-3000,

SONGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME WITH LORNA LUFT zWith the encouragement of Barry Manilow, Lorna Luft set out to create a musical tribute to her mother, Judy Garland. A personal celebration as much about the person as it is the music, Luft laughs, sings, cries, jokes, entertains, and above all honors her mother’s legacy. Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. May 9–26. Wed–Thurs, Sat–Sun, 2pm; Thurs–Sat, 8pm. $40. (866) 732-8008,


A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC zAdultery, seduction, and sex! Sondheim orchestrates the lives of Frederik, his 18-year-old virgin wife, his former lover Desiree, her lover Count Carl-Magnus Malcom, and his wife Charlotte as they dance around each other’s infidelities and desires. The Tony Award–winning musical is the source of the classic song “Send in the Clowns.” The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. May 17–Jun 8, Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $35. (864) 2356948,

BMW CHARITY PRO-AM zDust off your drivers and limber up your swing. The BMW Charity Pro-Am pairs 168 Tour professional golfers with 168 amateurs and celebrities for its annual golf tournament. Twenty local charities have been selected as beneficiaries of the tournament. Since 2001, the tournament has raised more than $9.25 million. Thornblade Club, Greer; Chanticleer Golf Course, Greenville; The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Sunset. Thurs–Sun, May 16–19, times vary. $10–$100. (864) 297-1660,

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zFeast on gyros, souvlaki, calamari, and every Greek dish you can imagine. The four-day long festival will be centered at the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral with live music and traditional dancing as well as historical tours of the church. For those in need of a quick fix, Elford St will have drive-thru lanes for takeout orders. St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 406 N Academy St, Greenville. Thurs, May 16, 10:30am–8pm; Fri–Sat, May 17–18, 10:30am–10pm; Sun, May 19, 11:30am–8pm. Adults, $1. (864) 233-8531,

Blue Man Group Blue Man Group’s trademark swirl of color, music, comedy, and technology come together in explosive theatrical fashion. Get your heart going with big-arena sound in The Peace Center’s intimate space. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues–Thurs, May 7–9, 7:30pm; Fri, May 10, 8pm; Sat, May 11, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, May 12, 1pm & 6:30pm. $45, $55, $65, $75. (864) 467-3000,

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Jay Stephens, Olympia Eddy, Michelle Standemire & Megan Knaut-Ford

THAT Party March 7, 2013 Greenville’s business, civic, hospitality, and tourism communities came out in force for the unveiling of Greenville’s new tourism brand, “Yeah, THAT Greenville.” Visitgreenvillesc, formerly known as the Greenville Convention & Visitors Bureau, gave more than 400 guests a sneak-peek at the TV spots, magazine ads, and new Web site that are part of the branding effort.

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Photography by Jay Vaughan Elizabeth Drewry & Art Farwell Randy Bell & Meshelle Raybon

Kate Thompson John Castile & Michael Kerski

Todd Bertka & Patty Conroy

Brandy Amidon & Alison Quarles

Tami Miller & Pam Hale

Barrett Alexander, Toni Green & Garrett Cherrett

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Fashion with a Passion March 7, 2013 Some of the Upstate’s favorite boutiques pitched in for a uniquely fashionable evening. Guests enjoyed a New York–style runway show and a silent auction with vacation and spa packages. The event, hosted by Safe Harbor, also featured the stories of two survivors of domestic violence. The evening raised $80,000 in support of Safe Harbor’s mission to provide assistance to domestic violence victims. Photography by Gabrielle Grace Smith Aimee Williams & Sally Holly

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Beth Morrow, Tiffany Boggs, Amanda Sanders, & Ashley Gettys

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Vision Partners Society Donor Appreciation Dinner March 7, 2013 The Greenville Health System welcomed its gift-giving partners to this donor appreciation dinner held at the Hyatt Regency Greenville. In addition to conversation and a meal, donors heard from GHS president Michael Riordan and cancer survivor and GHS donor and volunteer Carmen Brotherton about their impact on the community. Photography by Jay Vaughan

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Red Shoe Society Kickoff Party February 28, 2013 The young philanthropic arm of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas celebrated the group’s accomplishments in 2012. The Red Shoe Society also invited guest speakers Kristy and Madilyn Jordan to tell their experiences to the group. Madilyn, a liver transplant recipient, has been a frequent guest at the Greenville Ronald McDonald House the past two years. Photography by Jay Vaughan

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Red Dress Event February 28, 2013 The 230 guests at this annual St. Francis Foundation event were seeing red— literally! The heart-health event featured women in red dresses as well as red pomegranate martinis. Acclaimed television journalist Jane Robelot emceed the event, which included a heart-healthy menu and guest speaker Marilyn Smedberg-Gobbett, a national spokeswoman from WomenHeart.

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The Metropolitan Arts Council gallery took the wraps off Some Like It Hot. The exhibit, which featured 2 works each from 26 artists, celebrated the diversity of encaustic painting. About 150 people were on hand for the reception and the initial viewing of these paintings created with hot wax. Photography by Jay Vaughan

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Brantley Culver & Jake Anderson March 9, 2013 For Brantley and Jake, Clemson University’s campus now has another special memory. In April 2012, Jake proposed to Brantley in the Carillon Garden at nearly the same spot they met in 2005. The couple was married at Furman University’s Daniel Chapel, and they celebrated in true Southern fashion. The reception featured a healthy dose of fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and the South Carolina crescent moon and Palmetto tree. Brantley is a brokerage assistant with Colliers International, and Jake is the assistant to the director of track and field operations at the University of South Carolina. The couple resides in Columbia. PHOTOGRAPH BY CRAIG AND LINDSEY MAHAFFEY / SPOSA BELLA PHOTOGRAPHY

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Caroline Springs & Jeffrey Kent Giguere, Jr. March 23, 2013 A weekend getaway to the mountains turned into something far more exciting than Caroline could have anticipated. The weekend, originally a couples’ retreat with Caroline’s sister and boyfriend, started with pouring rain and thick fog on the way up the mountain to Cashiers, NC. Finally, after lunch and a break in the fog, the two were able to find an overlook for which Kent had been searching. As they set up a camera for a picture together, Kent got down on one knee and presented Caroline with a ring. The couple’s ceremony was held at First United Methodist Church in Myrtle Beach, SC, where Caroline’s parents were also married. PHOTOGRAPH BY PAULA PLAYER / PAULA PLAYER PHOTOGRAPHY

One evening after a graduate class, Stacey came home to what she thought was storm debris scattered on her lawn. A closer look revealed a trail of rose petals that led to a bouquet of flowers and a card in the bedroom. With Gary nowhere to be found, Stacey called to find out that he was at dinner with friends and had just wanted to do something nice. But then the doorbell rang, and Stacey found Gary at the door on one knee. Stacey and Gary dated for 15 months before getting engaged. The couple was married at Huguenot Loft, and they now live and work in Mauldin, Gary as a police officer and Stacey as a fifth-grade teacher. PHOTOGRAPH BY CRAIG AND LINDSEY MAHAFFEY / SPOSA BELLA PHOTOGRAPHY

Andreana Horowitz & Richard Snyder, Jr. March 2, 2013 The treehouse setting for Richard and Andreana’s engagement was fitting for a relationship that began as childhood friendship. The couple, which had been dating for nearly four years, was on a routine bike ride to Moreland Landing while spending Easter weekend with the Horowitz family in Palmetto Bluff. At the top of a five-story tree house, and with the May River as backdrop, Richard popped the question. The couple was married on the chapel lawn at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff and departed their reception via yacht before returning for an after-party. Andreana and Richard reside in Greenville. PHOTOGRAPH BY GAYLE BROOKER / GAYLE BROOKER PHOTOGRAPHY

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Artist Jo Carol MitchellRogers melds painting and photography to highlight the extraordinary of the ordinary

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Ordinary Icons, acrylic works on masonite, begin with a photograph which Jo Carol recreates in paint. “I love the process of painting,” Jo Carol says. “I love the color interaction. I love getting lost in both the structure and color of a piece as it starts to evolve.” The finished results are everyday settings elevated through light, color, and composition. The pieces feel familiar, almost nostalgic. These feelings led Jo Carol to explore ways to better “marry” her photography and painting. Could her photo roams produce more than snapshots of scenes she would later commit to acrylic? If the painting was the photograph could the opposite also be true? The Sense of Place photography series fools the eye. The large, soft-focus pieces appear at first to be paintings, which is good because that is Jo Carol’s intention. And although photo manipulation is easier now than ever before, all of Jo Carol’s photography work is done completely in camera. No Photoshop, no digital filtering, not even cropping. “The composition you see is exactly what I saw at the moment I shot it,” says Jo Carol. “Philosophically that’s important to me. That’s a challenge that I set.”

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o Carol Mitchell-Rogers. It’s a long name to begin with, but add Dr. to the front or Ph.D. to the end, and you’ve really got a mouthful. “I’m not hung up on the Dr. thing,” Mitchell-Rogers says, her face blushing slightly as she describes her education. Mitchell-Rogers holds three degrees, a BFA from the University of Georgia, an MFA from Clemson, both in painting and drawing, and a Ph.D. in art education from the University of Georgia. “It’s an odd combo,” she says. “I hold two terminal degrees—the MFA in painting and a Ph.D. in art education—which is a really geeky sum total of 12 years in college.” But we’re not here to learn about Jo Carol Mitchell-Rogers, the student, or Dr. Mitchell-Rogers, the professor and chair of Anderson University’s art department, we’re here for Jo Carol, the artist. The painter and photographer whose two recent series Ordinary Icons and Sense of Place blur the lines between painting and photography, familiar and mysterious, ordinary and exquisite. “I have a good friend who is also a photographer,” Jo Carol says, “and when we have any spare time, we set out on what we call photo roams. There’s no agenda, we don’t know where we’re going to end up.” These “roams” have led Jo Carol throughout the Upstate. Past small towns and abandoned mills, hot-dog billboards, and yards populated with chained dogs and aluminum chairs. The typical scenery most of us overlook every day. “I’m attracted to the ordinary and the power and the beauty of what’s right in front of us,” says Jo Carol. “I’ve learned that our region alone is very rich, and the imagery are simply subject matters I happen upon.”

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fternoon tea, debutante parties, special-event dinners. A typical week for Emile Labrousse, executive chef at Greenville’s venerable Poinsett Club, can entail planning and preparing literally thousands of meals. So how’s a guy to relax? When this chef has a day off, he heads for the Green River near Saluda to indulge his other passion: fly fishing. A day spent fly fishing is, he says, “a Zen moment that lasts seven days.” Labrousse started to fish—and to cook—as a young boy in Périgueux, in southwestern France. “Growing up, my living room was the outdoors,” recalls the chef. “I would forage for mushrooms in the woods and ride 30 miles outside town on my little red bike to fish in the Dordogne River.” After high school, Labrousse attended culinary school

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(In)lay Man: Chisolm Leonard’s intricate wood inlays give his handmade, oldfashioned furniture the ultimate custom touch. For more, go to

Chisolm Leonard of Hendersonville, NC, makes an age-old art his own / by Laura Linen

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loodlines reveal more than physical traits. What about artistic talent? Chisolm Leonard credits a distant relative’s prowess for furniture craft and restoring as part of his genetic code. Through transforming wood into beautiful inlays and furniture designs, Leonard is actually warping time. By reproducing pieces from a bygone but treasured era, the artist rediscovers, revitalizes, and reinvents custom-made furniture—handmade, in a time-honored, old-fashioned way. Whether by way of genetics or osmosis, Chisolm has a passion and talent for woodworking. Words like mortise, tenon, dovetails, and hide glue may need googling by most of us, but these are facets and materials of woodworking that are second nature to him. He selects such materials and methods because of their history: these sought-after Charleston antiques survived earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and fires. The fine woods that Leonard uses for his furniture, black walnut, mahogany, and heart pine, while somewhat expensive, are also chosen for reasons of preservation and beauty. Leonard began his path with a broad scope. Building log cabins in Telluride taught large-scale carpentry skills, then a multi-year apprenticeship with premier antique restoration expert David Beckford in Charleston, South Carolina (Leonard’s hometown), combined with his current work at Barnhardt’s Restoration, refined his touch. After exposure to various antiques, restorations, and history, Leonard focused primarily on the art of inlay. Most inlays, made from American Boxwood, chosen for its “clear” quality, are intricate additions to almost any piece of furniture. The artist crafts blue marlins, mallards, flowers, leaves, or special requests. A well-known media magnate ordered custom tables with quail inlays, but needed them in three weeks; however, Leonard’s work doesn’t happen overnight, and there are no elves. Each intricately designed inlay may often take a week to make, full-time. Named after a Peter Tosh song, Chisolm’s company Brand New Secondhand is exactly that—no, not the secondhand gal Tosh was singing about, but a breath of new life into the traditional aspects of inlay and furniture craft. A second chance to make history.

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rowsing Will Crooks’s fashion blog— WAC Ave Street Photography— it’s easy to become disoriented. Because while the blog is a virtual catalog of Greenville’s street fashion, the rich photographs lend an urban aesthetic. Crooks, who is a junior accounting major at Furman University, shoots with an eye and confidence characteristic of a seasoned fashion photographer, but when asked of his experience, he laughs and tilts his chin up a little: “The first time I picked up a camera was this summer, the day I started my blog. It was a crappy little point and shoot. I just started walking up to people who were wearing something I thought was interesting, and I’d ask if I could take their picture. The goal was to get images that weren’t terrible.” These days, Crooks’s goal for his pictures is loftier: he wants each photo to tell a story, to capture a little of who its subject is or might be, to re-create the sense of mystery that drew him to these strangers in the first place. An Ohio native, Crooks says he hopes his blog will help dismiss some of the negative stereotypes that surround the South, including that fashion here is trite or staid. The photographer hopes his blog does something to bridge the gap between “real

life” and the seeming inaccessibility of fashion. He is drawn to looks inspired by styles from the 1920s and 1950s, though he laughs at his own idealization of these times: “What’s interesting is that back in those days, to wear a T-shirt and jeans was a form of rebellion. That was a statement. Today, dressing well is almost a form of rebellion.” Style is more than a person’s dress, however. It is often an attitude or way of being. Crooks says he approaches people because of an alertness or a way they’re interacting with others—or maybe because of the way they carry themselves. “I definitely walk by people who are dressed well but have an awful scowl on their face,” he says. “I’m not inspired by them, even if their clothing is magical.” Crooks’s interests in accounting, photography, and fashion seem as diverse as his sartorial subjects, but perhaps they’ve one thing in common: all three, he says, require an attention to detail, an appreciation for small things. he says. “Just about everything I’m doing here people did 60 years ago. It was lifestyle before we got spoiled by our instant, ondemand, Keurig-cup world.”


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building. “And let me tell you they pushed our limits,” says Webb. “They pushed us beyond what we thought we were ready for as far as architecture, because we’re stodgy bankers,” jokes Webb, adding, “but we wanted to be open to the possibilities, and so when you walk in, it looks more like a hotel lobby than a bank lobby. It feels very inviting.” It’s also sleek and modern, without killing itself to be that way. Hanging drum pendant lights and low, leather chairs and, especially, the C-Bar give it more of a modern café vibe than bank lobby. The C-Bar looks just like that—a C-shaped (C for Certus) bar where customers can use a touch screen to shop for services, yet still interact live with bankers. Thanks to the cross-hatched overhead skylight, which “bridges”—a consideration pertinent to Greenville—exterior and interior, there is an ever-shifting ambiance and atmosphere. While the corner (which Mayor Knox White dubbed “his favorite in Greenville” at the branch opening last month) has seen its share of buildings, a new landmark—one with a name that means “certain” in Latin— intends, as clear as its glass, to live up to that name.

Bank On It: Chicago-based architectural firm 4240 designed CertusBank’s new Augusta Road Branch. 1111 Augusta St, Greenville. (864) 315-1360,

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rchitecture is sexy. Just ask Brad Pitt. He’s had his hand in more than a few projects (homes for New Orleans’s Make It Right Foundation), and has been a rather well-received ambassador for such a distinguished field. Frankly speaking, financial institutions, on the other hand, are typically not so sexy. But bring the two together and you get an exceptional experience. CertusBank’s first branch in Greenville at 1111 Augusta Street at the intersection of Church and Augusta streets is a gleaming, striking, and illuminating reflection of how Certus wants to do business—in a transparent, open, and forward-looking way. The floor-to-ceiling glass walls on three sides of the rectangular-shaped structure attest to that. “My security folks don’t like it so much,” laughs Certus president K. Angela Webb, regarding the unique quality of the bank building. Certus hired the Chicagobased architectural firm 4240 (who were consulted for what will be the flagship branch at the One Building on Main Street, opening in September) to create something different than what is traditionally a financial

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verybody loves a great makeover, where the humdrum is nipped, tucked, and spruced into the remarkable and memorable. Greenville start-up Loft Resumes is making a name for itself by doing just that, and is getting noticed for helping job seekers get noticed. Loft Resumes, headquartered in Greenville’s CoWork collaborative work space, is the brainchild of native Upstaters Dodd Caldwell, 34, and Emory Cash, 29. The idea, explains Caldwell, was born out of a job-seeking experience of a friend, looking for work in the music industry. “He ended up going to a graphic artist, and it really ended up looking completely different than any other resumé,” he says. “He started getting calls for interviews after he had done this resumé,” he says. “I started looking around, and there really wasn’t anything else out there like that,” Caldwell says.

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Around the same time, graphic designer and family friend from Spartanburg Emory Cash had just typeset a resumé for his wife, who was also looking for a job. “I saw that there really weren’t a lot of good resumé designs out there,” Cash says. The two started talking, and the seed for a company was planted. The pair started the presses in March of last year, taking design operations full time last summer. Cash left his job as an art director to take on creative director duties with Loft Resumes full time in August. And in the past year they’ve picked up kudos from design sites, such as, and they are seeing a lot of traffic by way of Pinterest. Many of their clients are referred to them by word-of-mouth. The secret to their popularity is simple: Designs start at $99, which gets you a first draft proof within three business days. Each resumé is custom typeset and they don’t stop tweaking until the customer is happy. While their wheelhouse is in the more creativetype industries, such as marketing or sales, their customers run the gamut. Clients range from neurosurgeons to forklift operators, Caldwell says. While certainly sassy, the designs aren’t meant to distract from a lack of skills or experience on a resumé, they caution. “It’s going the extra mile,” for those looking to gain a foothold in a creative industry, says Caldwell. “This is the icing on the cake that can really help you stand out.” It’s great to see something that we started as a side project has now become a business,” says Caldwell. “People email us about getting their dream job from using one of our resumés. That’s just fun.”

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rowsing Will Crooks’s fashion blog— WAC Ave Street Photography— it’s easy to become disoriented. Because while the blog is a virtual catalog of Greenville’s street fashion, the rich photographs lend an urban aesthetic. Crooks, who is a junior accounting major at Furman University, shoots with an eye and confidence characteristic of a seasoned fashion photographer, but when asked of his experience, he laughs and tilts his chin up a little: “The first time I picked up a camera was this summer, the day I started my blog. It was a crappy little point and shoot. I just started walking up to people who were wearing something I thought was interesting, and I’d ask if I could take their picture. The goal was to get images that weren’t terrible.” These days, Crooks’s goal for his pictures is loftier: he wants each photo to tell a story, to capture a little of who its subject is or might be, to re-create the sense of mystery that drew him to these strangers in the first place. An Ohio native, Crooks says he hopes his blog will help dismiss some of the negative stereotypes that surround the South, including that fashion here is trite or staid. The photographer hopes his blog does something to bridge the gap between “real

life” and the seeming inaccessibility of fashion. He is drawn to looks inspired by styles from the 1920s and 1950s, though he laughs at his own idealization of these times: “What’s interesting is that back in those days, to wear a T-shirt and jeans was a form of rebellion. That was a statement. Today, dressing well is almost a form of rebellion.” Style is more than a person’s dress, however. It is often an attitude or way of being. Crooks says he approaches people because of an alertness or a way they’re interacting with others—or maybe because of the way they carry themselves. “I definitely walk by people who are dressed well but have an awful scowl on their face,” he says. “I’m not inspired by them, even if their clothing is magical.” Crooks’s interests in accounting, photography, and fashion seem as diverse as his sartorial subjects, but perhaps they’ve one thing in common: all three, he says, require an attention to detail, an appreciation for small things. he says. “Just about everything I’m doing here people did 60 years ago. It was lifestyle before we got spoiled by our instant, ondemand, Keurig-cup world.”

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Arts Arsenal The Metropolitan Arts Council is ramping up arts advocacy in Greenville / by Andrew Huang

t’s hard to reconcile the starving artist stereotype with Greenville’s flourishing art scene. That is, until you realize there are other forces at work. Greenville’s artists and arts groups have the Metropolitan Arts Council (MAC) in their corner. MAC’s influence and support of the arts community takes many forms. Greenville Open Studios, gallery exhibitions, arts advocacy, cultural planning, and partnerships with local schools and organizations are among the tools in MAC’s arsenal. However, for many in the arts community, the most important contribution MAC makes is to their pocketbooks. Arts organizations, individual artists, and schools receive operational income and project support from MAC’s quarterly grants program. In 2012 alone, MAC awarded a record-setting $366,404 for cultural initiatives.

The importance of this program is not lost on Alan Ethridge, executive director of MAC. “The grants program has been the backbone of the organization since its founding in 1973,” he says. Powerhouse organizations including Artisphere, Centre Stage, The Peace Center, and the Carolina Ballet Theatre name MAC as a prominent supporter, but with private and public funding growing scarcer, MAC’s role as a champion for Greenville’s independent artists and arts education will only expand. Greenville ceramicist and sculptor Diana Farfán is one such beneficiary. MAC embraced Farfán and has “enthusiastically supported and advised” the Colombia native. “I was able to complete funding to improve and promote my project, ‘A Hand of Love,’” she says. Will Ragland, theatre teacher at Woodmont High School, has seen firsthand the direct benefits of the grants program. “MAC has helped fund such things as costumes, dance choreography, and stage combat training in order to help us provide world-class educational opportunities. We believe our students deserve the best we can imagine, and MAC has always been there to help us accomplish our goals.” Numerical Order 3: Consecutive years MAC has raised more than $1 million in support of its programs and services 9: Arts organizations whose operating grants have more than doubled, from $10,000 in 2006 to $22,000 in 2012 41: Greenville County schools participating in MAC’s SmartARTS program to integrate arts into the general curriculum 140: Artists who participated in Greenville Open Studios 2012

$1.8 million: Amount in sales that have resulted from Open Studios since 2004 MAC Daddies: (left to right) Kim Sholly, director of operations, Heather Magruder, director of arts education, and executive director Alan Ethridge coordinate MAC’s efforts across Greenville County.

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$366,404: Amount MAC awarded to local artists, organizations, and schools in 2012

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rowsing Will Crooks’s fashion blog— WAC Ave Street Photography— it’s easy to become disoriented. Because while the blog is a virtual catalog of Greenville’s street fashion, the rich photographs lend an urban aesthetic. Crooks, who is a junior accounting major at Furman University, shoots with an eye and confidence characteristic of a seasoned fashion photographer, but when asked of his experience, he laughs and tilts his chin up a little: “The first time I picked up a camera was this summer, the day I started my blog. It was a crappy little point and shoot. I just started walking up to people who were wearing something I thought was interesting, and I’d ask if I could take their picture. The goal was to get images that weren’t terrible.” These days, Crooks’s goal for his pictures is loftier: he wants each photo to tell a story, to capture a little of who its subject is or might be, to re-create the sense of mystery that drew him to these strangers in the first place. An Ohio native, Crooks says he hopes his blog will help dismiss some of the negative stereotypes that surround the South, No home here is the same. including that fashion here is trite or staid. The photographer hopes his blog does something to bridge the gap between “real

life” and the seeming inaccessibility of fashion. He is drawn to looks inspired by styles from the 1920s and 1950s, though he laughs at his own idealization of these times: “What’s interesting is that back in those days, to wear a T-shirt and jeans was a form of rebellion. That was a statement. Today, dressing well is almost a form of rebellion.” Style is more than a person’s dress, however. It is often an attitude or way of being. Crooks says he approaches people because of an alertness or a way they’re interacting with others—or maybe because of the way they carry themselves. “I definitely walk by people who are dressed well but have an awful scowl on their face,” he says. “I’m not inspired by them, even if their clothing is magical.” Crooks’s interests in accounting, photography, and fashion seem as diverse as his sartorial subjects, but perhaps they’ve one thing in common: all three, he says, require an attention to detail, an appreciation for small things. he says. “Just about everything I’m doing here people did 60 years ago. It was lifestyle before we got spoiled by our instant, ondemand, Keurig-cup world.”

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Charleston Cooks With Spoleto Festival USA beginning this month, it’s prime time to break for the Holy City / by Andrew Huang


CURIO CLOSET Find vintage home goods and jewelry with as much character as Charleston’s French Quarter. Artisan-made goods complement a showroom with pieces culled from nationwide antique hunts. Curiosity, 56½ Queen St. (843) 647-7763,

EYE CANDY There are bookshops, and then there are specialty bookshops finely tuned to the literature of food. This is the latter. Rare and first-edition books, artwork, plants, and seeds round out the food-focused shelves. Heirloom Book Company, 123 King St. (843) 469-1717,

SHUTTLE LOOM Charleston’s role in the textile industry gets an updated touch at this boutique clothier. The curated inventory of casual clothing features brands such as Apolis, Billykirk, Gitman Bros. Vintage, and Saturdays.

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BB GUN Handcrafted sandwiches and locally sourced ingredients are the hallmarks of this sandwich stop, but don’t let that stop you from checking out guest chefs at intimate pop-up dinners. Butcher & Bee, 654 King St. (843) 619-0202,

OUT OF THE ORDINARY Towering stacks of oysters and fresh seafood from Charleston waters would be plenty enough to entice, but the new-retro interior of this former bank begs for a double take.

ART PARTY For 17 days, Charleston turns into a city whose streets and venues are overflowing with artistic displays. Opera, theater, dance, music, and visual art all have a place at the 37th edition of the world-renowned Spoleto Festival USA—and don’t miss Charleston’s version, Piccolo Spoleto. Spoleto Festival USA. May 24–Jun 9. (843) 579-3100,

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LUCCA STRIKE Chef Ken Vedrinksi, a James Beard Award semifinalist in 2011, does his restaurant’s Tuscan namesake justice with handmade pastas combined with farm- and net-to-table produce and aromatic olive oils. Vedrinski also hosts prix fixe, familystyle dinners on Monday nights.

FISHY BUSINESS Captain Jamie Hough could tell you stories about his awardwinning credentials for fishing in the Lowcountry, but it’s infinitely more satisfying to let him guide you to fishing nirvana in the inshore and deep-sea waters around Charleston.

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Light Work Anderson native Caleb Suttles made a documentary film before college. Now, he’s honing his craft at Savannah College of Art & Design / by Meaghan Walsh Gerard

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hen Caleb Suttles sees clothing, he doesn’t just see fabric—he sees purpose. Suttles, a native of Anderson, is not a designer or clothier. He’s a filmmaker, steeped in art at an early age, first at the Montessori School of Anderson (“The curriculum was student-led which gave me the time and support I needed to truly lay the foundation of my filmmaking aspiration,” he says), then for a semester at Clemson University, and now as a student at Savannah College of Art and Design. Suttles, 19, experimented with cameras and filmmaking at a young age. “When I was in elementary school, I would create stories and have my grandfather film me acting them out,” he recalls. As a teenager, he continued to make amateur films and post them online, eventually finding virtual communities to share his art. “I am passionate about filmmaking for its unique qualities,” he explains. “Film allows me to manipulate moving images of reality, and enhance them visually and sonically. I am a believer that we all can craft our own realities, but it is a skill a filmmaker must embrace. We must be able to imagine worlds that do not exist, futures that seem impossible, and potential in the most unlikely places,” he says. Suttles’s first feature film, Pre-Do: Foresight in 20/20, which he made when he was just 17, earned him an invitation to present at TEDxGreenville in 2012. To create that documentary, he visited retirement communities and asked elderly people about their regrets, and, perhaps more important, what advice they would give teenagers today. “In my talk I described my belief that, without the intervention of the knowledge I had attained through the film, I might have settled for the situation I was in, and attempted, simply, to fit in. But instead I worked intensely on commercial video production projects, applied to

Film Sass: Suttles began experimenting with film in elementary school. His first feature film, PreDo: Foresight in 20/20, made when he was 17, earned him an invite to TEDxGreenville in 2012.

art schools, and began creating fashion films—even when it seemed futile. These things became my salvation,” he says. His forthcoming documentary, Do or Dye, is set to release in 2014 and will be a collaborative effort with the SCAD community. “I plan to crowd-source the funding and hopefully several tasks of a crew on the film; however, I will be writing, producing, directing, and editing the film myself,” he explains. The film will focus on fashion and how people use it as a mode of expression—but also as a kind of armor. Suttles will highlight those who, he says, “boldly defy our culture’s accepted mores, and defy traditional expressions of gender, appearance, and beauty.” He is fascinated that fashion can so greatly affect one’s outlook on life in general. When his mother battled breast cancer, Caleb saw her use clothing as a sort of protection, and as a new way of expressing herself. “It affected her physically, and she used fashion throughout that journey,” he says.

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This means that all of the students he works with, no matter their discipline, have a common artistic vocabulary and basic knowledge. Suttles intends to continue his collaboration with fellow students, with an eye toward making socially conscious yet commercially viable work. His most recent piece with a commercial bent is a competition film for Cotton, Inc. It features handmade clothing created entirely from cotton and exhibits both the fine detail of the construction along with its wearability. Suttles contends that art should try to achieve something beyond the everyday. “I try to find visuals that are beautiful and jarring—something you’re not used to seeing.” It’s about seeing beyond the obvious—and bringing life to life.

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“The film will be an exploration of the relationship between individuals in various misunderstood and disadvantaged situations and the fashion they employ as a tool of resilience and strength,” says Suttles. He intends to follow these individuals as they navigate their “particular subcultures and ideally discover how fashion benefits their journeys in situations of sickness, poverty, exclusion, and discrimination.” Suttles insists that the project will be seen through the lens of his “personal desire to express the benefits of an industry typically presented as harmful to selfconfidence.” In other words, presenting fashion in a way to make the audience feel better, stronger, and more connected. Suttles has plenty of artistic partners to work with at SCAD in Savannah. Although he is enrolled in the film department, he is constantly collaborating with students in the fashion department. “Fashion has always been important to me,” Suttles explains. “It is the physical embodiment of the message I am most devoted to, selfexpression and self-actualization. Here, I have been able to connect with a community of fashion designers, filmmakers, and studio artists alike—all of whom are incredibly driven and inspire me to push forward every moment of the day.” Suttles also says he is grateful that he has been able to immerse himself in foundation studies as well. “Everyone, even a film major, has to take drawing and color theory.”

Focal Points: (clockwise from top-left) Suttles was invited to present at Greenville’s 2012 TEDx event; the filmmaker in profile; stills from films Wonder, Beyond the Bend, and Cotton, Inc., respectively. To view more of Suttles’s work, go to

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Point of View

Dan McKinney, owner of Pixel Point Graphics in Anderson, handpicks his handcrafts / by Andrew Huang


an McKinney has four criteria when he curates his selection of artisan crafts: the objects must be functional, they must have a unique form, the artist must have his or her “hands in the earth,” and Dan must have a relationship with that artist. The result is a gallery that is chock-full of local charm—and some treasures found afar.



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1 Short Vase, by Matt Jones. Sandy Mush Community, NC. $25. “Matt digs his clay from a creek running through his backyard and finishes the pottery in a wood-fired kiln.” 2 Petite Journal with Fruit Crate Art Covers, by Dan McKinney. Anderson, SC. $12. “These small journals are based on the wonderful treasury of Depression-era fruit crate art.” 3 Long Leaf Pine Bowl, by Nancy Basket. Walhalla, SC. $55. “Nancy learned her basket-making skills in the Pacific Northwest. She brought those skills to South Carolina and makes baskets from long needle pine and kudzu.” 4 My Heart Belongs to Blue Birds, by Munsey Millaway. Boone, NC. $30. “Munsey has a yard full of treasures (a.k.a. junk) that he turns into whimsical birdhouse folk art. He has stories about finding each and every object used in his creations.” 5 Sweeps, by Marlow Gates. Sandy Mush Community, NC. $25–$60. “Marlow grows the dock and broom straw, finds the handles along the ridges of Appalachia, and weaves the brooms on his farm.” 6 Black Cherry Bowl #8, by Ozmint Hardy. Indian Springs, Nova Scotia. $65. “A parasite devastated the Hardy woodlot in the 1900s and ruined the trees for furniture making. They were untouched until Ozmint figured out how to turn the burls into free-form bowls and vases.” 7 Journal with Copper-Etched Adornment, by Dan McKinney. Anderson, SC. $35. “I like to think that bound books are picture frames for words. I make the covers from handmade papers and copper plates I etch.”

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THE ITEM: EVOO THE WHY: Extra-virgin olive oil is the go-to for most every chef. Make a salad dressing, poach a fish, cure dry skin . . . it does it all. Sometimes Thomson utilizes the special EVOOs from Palmetto Olive Oil Company in Greenville.

THE ITEM: CAROLINA GOLD RICE THE WHY: The most versatile rice. Once extinct, but now back and better than ever. Carolina Gold and its cousin Charleston Gold are the highest-quality rices you can find, and all part of SC history.

Chef Spencer Thomson of Devereaux’s shares his stash of tools and inspirations / by Laura Linen


pencer Thomson is on a quest. The Devereaux’s chef is working to unravel the clues that will ultimately lead to treasure: he aims to devise an Upstate menu with 200-year-old recipes that can rival the culinary traditions of the Lowcountry. The Roanoke, Virginia, native has always appreciated the South and its finer things, but living at home after high school wasn’t exactly ideal. Under the auspices of “helping out some friends in Charleston, who needed a roommate,” Thomson packed his bags and headed further South.

In Charleston, Thomson was given the chance to refine his culinary talent. Working through the fine restaurants 82 Queen and McCrady’s, Spencer discovered he had the skills and tools for real culinary exploration. The young, sought-after chef landed at one of the only five-star/five-diamond properties in South Carolina at the time. But, as on any quest, sometimes the dotted lines lead to dead ends. A year off to travel showed Thomson his heart was still in the restaurant world. Luckily, Chef Stephen Devereaux hired him to come to Greenville to help create and open familyowned Devereaux’s, now part of the Table 301 Restaurant Group. Now, a love for South Carolina history and culinary excellence have put Thomson on the cusp of unearthing the Upstate’s deep food history—even if his shovel is actually a baby off-set spatula with a broken handle.

THE ITEM: BOB MARLEY POSTER THE WHY: For inspiration and just for fun, a large Bob Marley poster hangs on a wall in the kitchen of Devereaux’s. Signed by culinary dignitaries who visit Devereaux’s, it is a guestbook of sorts. A relatively new tradition to the kitchen Spencer wishes he had started long ago.

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

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For the Man, the Kentucky Derby is a fast track to feel your peak hands me the icing on the cake, a Panama straw hat by Stefano. Sold! Now on to the question of how to properly indulge my Derby party guests. For that, I turn to Darlene Mann-Clarke, co-owner of American Grocery Restaurant. Darlene is a certified sommelier but, damn, if she doesn’t know her whiskey. Darlene suggests serving two cocktails, Mint Juleps for the men and Derby Cloches for the ladies. Both feature bourbon, or rye in the Julep if you prefer a hint of spice, and each are reliable race-day libations. And, so, there you have it, the proper outfit and the proper cocktails for a gentleman to enjoy this year’s Kentucky Derby in style. When you look and feel this good, you don’t care where your horse places—hell, you may even forget to watch the race. MINT JULEP 2 oz bourbon or rye 5 mint leaves 1 oz simple syrup Few dashes of Fee Brothers Mint Bitters Crushed ice Sterling-silver cup (or your preferred glass) Muddle mint leaves, mint bitters, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add bourbon or rye. Dry-shake ingredients. Place crushed ice in cup and pour ingredients over. Serve with a straw. DERBY CLOCHE 1.5 oz bourbon 5 fresh raspberries 3 mint leaves 0.5 oz lime juice 0.5 oz simple syrup 0.5 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, muddle fresh raspberries and mint. Add bourbon, simple syrup, and St. Germain. Shake until chilled; strain into a coupe cocktail glass. Clothing courtesy of Rush Wilson Limited, Greenville, Drinks courtesy of American Grocery Restaurant, Greenville,

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s a connoisseur of the liquid arts, the phrase “I’ll Have Another” generally flows freely from my lips. That being said, I should have taken it as a sign when those three magic words appeared as the name of a horse with 12-to-1 odds running in last year’s Kentucky Derby. But, instead, your Man About TOWN wagered on the favorite, a horse that led most of the race only to be overtaken in the last furlong by I’ll Have Another. After the running, many of us surprised losers stood at the bar, ripping up tickets and yelling the name of the winner to an overworked bartender working at breakneck speed. They say the Kentucky Derby is the fastest two minutes in sports. More accurately it is a couple of days of highfalutin debauchery masquerading in seersucker and sun hats. And, man, is it fun. But proper enjoyment of the Derby should not be limited to Louisville. If you have a TV, a tailor, and some decent bourbon, Churchill Downs is as close as your living room. In fact, I myself plan on enjoying this year’s race from the comfort of home, along with some debaucherous friends, highfalutin and otherwise. The key, however, to hosting an authentic Derby party is to dress and drink appropriately, and for that I turn to the experts. Let’s start with attire. This year marks the 139th running of the Derby, and watching such a prestigious and fashionable event in pleated khakis and a golf shirt seems blasphemous. (Note: pleated khakis are blasphemous, period.) So for a proper Derby outfit, I head to the sartorial master, Rush Wilson. Rush suggests a brick red, windowpane sports coat over a pink, cotton cashmere zip vest, both by Peter Millar. A Gitman Brothers orange and white striped shirt, J.Z. Richards striped tie, and Peter Millar plaid pocket square round out the color. For pants, Rush recommends a light fabric, perhaps a pair of Ballin Super 120’s Gabardine in light tan. And while white bucks might be traditional derby footwear, Rush steers me to a pair of brown Allen Edmonds spectators. As I’m walking out the door, Rush 60 TOWN /

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Healing Art A ballerina discovers more than her Achilles heel / by Anita Pacylowski-J u sto

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Hard Knocks: Just 8 weeks before her farewell performance, Carolina Ballet Theatre’s then–principal dancer Anita Pacylowski-Justo suffered an injury to her Achilles tendon.


t was February 2011, eight weeks before my final onstage performance—a grand farewell to my career as a ballerina. Thirty hops en pointe on my left foot was a challenge for me as I rehearsed the role of Giselle. “One, two, three . . . twelve . . . half-way there . . . 18, 24 . . . 30—yes! The elation rang in my head, just like when I went en pointe for the first time 30 years ago. Full of joy and smiles, I maintained my composure going into the next technical feat of the solo: a series of pique turns in a circle as fast as I possibly could. Again, “One, two, three . . . six . . . twelve . . . and jump—yes! This is the dancer’s battle every day: to train the muscles to do the technique while masking the arduous effort it takes to get there. “Get some water and let’s run the solo again,” my director and husband Hernan Justo instructed. Even though I’d heard the words countless times, they always hit deep in the gut. I remember feeling my heart beat so strong that it felt it would pump out of my chest. My brain squeezed from concentration. I brushed off the sweat and with a quick drink of water started the solo again. This time, however, the joyful feeling of a solo well-danced didn’t happen. As I performed the part when Giselle asks her mother for permission to dance, I turned to run and “pop!” A searing pain seized me. A deep pain, like someone kicked me as hard as they could in the back of my left calf. Struggling not to fall and hopping on my right leg frantically, I remember the dancers swirling around me, and then Hernan grabbing me and holding me to the floor. “What happened?” he asked, his voice laced with undeniable fear as one of our dancers, also frightened, ran from the studio to get an ice pack. I closed my eyes and held my calf. I started to cry in an effort not to scream.

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Through the next hours of that day, reality began to set in. Three Advils and an ice pack would not fix me, would not allow me to rehearse tomorrow, or the next day, or the next week. My dream—of dancing the role of Giselle in my farewell stage performance after a lustrous career in dance—would never be. The ballet that I fell in love with, I could no longer give to Greenville as I had intended. My dear, sympathetic doctor solemnly shook his head. It was a tragedy not unlike that of Achilles himself. The one area of my body I would have never thought would be my “Achilles heel,” literally was. My husband—my mentor, my director, and my love—felt my pain. We embraced and cried a lot as we tried to think through the situation professionally and with composure. After what seemed like a day that lasted forever, as the sun was setting, we agreed that, as they say in this business, the show must go on. And in that moment—as the sun set on me, it rose on another beautiful ballerina, Madeline Jazz. Madeline, the very same dancer who, as a student in the ballet school, had named her teddy bear after me, was now being tapped to take center stage . . . to become Giselle. My role was to help her ascend to the moment with grace and confidence. *



The road from that day until Carolina Ballet Theatre performed the ballet Giselle on April 9, 2011, was a true reflection on what our company is built on. We all knew how important this performance was—a one-night-only season closer at the city’s most acclaimed arts venue, The Peace Center Concert Hall. Each and every dancer, staff, student, volunteer, fan, and board member had a special understanding of what needed to be done and has forevermore set a standard as high and proud as CBT has ever known. One of our own—our dancer family—had fallen, and we came together. Fear be damned. Through love and commitment to one another, and the core that connected us all as dancers, the ballet took shape honorably under Hernan’s direction. I stayed away from the studio for a while, so the attention would stay on the dancers and Madeline could build her own voice outside of my shadow. Once I healed, I returned to the studio to work one-on-one with Madeline to fine-tune her performance. I remember watching her become Giselle. Her technique worked in service of her artistry. The bravura and dynamics needed to execute this difficult role were in full bloom. My tears now were not of sadness, but of uncontainable joy and hope. This was what Hernan and I wished for in our company—a generation of artists who are a higher evolution of us. We want them to respect and feel the honor bestowed on them as entertainers. Nearly eight weeks after my injury, the curtain went up on Giselle. I was not onstage but in the audience, my decorated cast gracefully hidden beneath a full-length black gown. As the lights dimmed and overture began to play, I closed my eyes and awakened all my senses. I never, ever want to forget that feeling. I wanted to dance with Madeline that night with all my energy and love. At the close of the ballet, I took my final bow onstage, alongside the beautiful Carolina Ballet Theatre dancers and cast. The curtain came down, and I hugged the dancers tightly and wept for all that was and all that wasn’t. Growth Spurt: Sustaining an injury, Pacylowski-Justo took on the role of mentor, motivator, and fan to ensure that Carolina Ballet Theatre continues thrive.

* * * Now, two years later, I can reflect with more distance as I document my journey. I like to believe I am living each day in the moment, teaching the next generation of professionals and students to be sensitive artists and art lovers. I have harnessed my passion as a dancer to be an agent of delivering the soul of the artform of dance to all who will listen. Someone asked me the million-dollar question: would I ever dance again? Hindsight has powerful clarity. That my Achilles heel set me up for the next chapter—the next dream, or ideal—in my life, I know for certain. That journey will never include thirty hops en pointe, or anything en pointe for that matter. Rather, I live out my legacy as a dancer through our company dancers, watching and guiding them to take risks and grow. Will I dance again? I do not know. But I live each day to the best with the faith that it leads to a whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

About Carolina Ballet Theatre Founded in 1972 by Barbara Selvy, Carolina Ballet Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and Greenville’s only professional resident dance company, featuring nine full-time dancers and four dance trainees, an all-volunteer guild, 3,500 patrons, and an entire community of supporters. For 40 years, CBT has been a significant contributor to Greenville’s vibrant arts and culture through exercising its mission to entertain, educate, and engage its audiences through the dynamic medium of dance. With more than 50 years of professional dance experience, artistic director Hernan Justo and his wife, the company’s ballet mistress and community engagement coordinator Anita Pacylowski-Justo, drive CBT’s artistic vision. Together with CBT’s many committed volunteers and patrons, the company has evolved into a professional powerhouse that draws dancers and honors from around the world.

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Riding High Though it’s steeped in racing, Louisville is a hat trick / by M. Linda Lee

Horse of a Different Color: Revitalized riverfront, arts, and restaurant districts add a modern touch to the home of the Kentucky Derby and the birthplace of bourbon.


hink of Louisville, Kentucky, and the image of thundering horses races to mind. True, Louisville (pron. LOU-uh-vull) is beloved as home to the Kentucky Derby, the first race of the Triple Crown, but this city on the Ohio River breeds excitement well beyond the track at Churchill Downs. With a population of approximately 740,000, Kentucky’s largest city is no one-horse town. Each year on the first Saturday in May, 150,000 people overflow the stands and the infield of Churchill Downs to watch three-year-old thoroughbreds run for the roses in what has been hailed as “the fastest two minutes in sports.” Women flaunt wide-brimmed, flowerbedecked hats, and nearly everyone sips mint juleps, the official libation of the Derby. Can’t make it for the Derby? Race or not, a visit to Churchill Downs is de rigueur. The twin white steeples that crown the grandstands have become the icon for this venerable track, which has hosted every Kentucky Derby since the first race in 1875. Start at the adjacent Kentucky Derby Museum, where you can spend hours browsing the two floors of exhibits that chronicle the history of the Derby, its horses and jockeys. The thrill of Derby Day gallops to life on the first floor in “The Greatest Race,” which presents the story of the race in a 360-degree, high-definition format. For a closer look at the Downs, take one of the track tours that range from a walk through the historic grandstand area to a van ride around the backside of the track, where prize thoroughbreds are stabled. M AY 2 0 1 3 / 6 7


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Trail Blazer: (from top) Chef Edward Lee’s Old Louisville restaurant, 610 Magnolia; distilleries on the Bourbon Trail include Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, and others; the handpainted ceiling and marble floors in the Brown Hotel’s lobby; beef shortribs from 610 Magnolia; the Louisville Slugger Museum’s bat vault

Bourbon, the main ingredient in those Derby Day mint juleps, is America’s only native spirit and one that Kentucky holds dear. The countryside south and east of Louisville (including Bardstown, Lexington, and Frankfort) are to bourbon what California’s Napa Valley is to wine. Dating back to the 1700s, bourbon production in Kentucky was somewhat of a happy accident. Corn grew well in Kentucky, and settlers found that in the process of shipping it to ports like New Orleans, the corn would rot. They quickly figured out that distilling the corn into whiskey was a better use of the crop. As it happened, they used oak barrels to ship the spirit, and by the time the whiskey reached its destination, the liquor had taken on some of the mellow flavor and amber color of the oak. They named the spirit after Bourbon County (established in 1785 when Kentucky was still part of Virginia), where bourbon was first made. Nowadays, 95 percent of the world’s bourbon comes from central Kentucky. To be called bourbon, the whiskey mash must contain at least 51 percent corn and be aged at a maximum of 125 proof for at least a year in new, charred white oak barrels. Delve deeper into bourbon history and production along the Bourbon Trail, a prescribed tour of seven area distilleries. When you enter the warehouses where the bourbon is placed to age, drink in the sweet, heady aroma. That’s the “angel’s share,” the bourbon that evaporates out of the oak barrels. Early distillers believed that if the angels received their own share of bourbon, they would protect the wooden warehouses from fire. However, you need not leave the city to sample some fine Kentucky bourbon. The lobby bar at the Brown Hotel is reputed to have the best Manhattan cocktail in the city. This downtown lodging also claims bragging rights to the Hot Brown, an open-face turkey and bacon sandwich covered with Mornay sauce, which was created as a late-night nosh in 1926. On Whiskey Row, as the 100 block of West Main Street (which housed Kentucky’s bourbon industry prior to Prohibition) is called, Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar offers more than 60 different brands of bourbon. Horses and bourbon don’t drink up all the attention here. Louisville is equally lauded for baseball bats. The city has been synonymous with hand-turned wooden bats since 1884, when Bud Hillerich, an amateur baseball player and son of a local woodworker, turned his first bat for a professional player in town. Learn the story and watch craftsmen lathe the famous bats from pieces of white ash at the Louisville Slugger Museum. You can’t miss the museum near the waterfront: just look for the world’s biggest baseball bat leaning against the brick museum building on West Main Street. Fashioned of steel rather than wood, the hollow, 120-foot-tall bat replicates in large scale the Louisville Slugger owned by Babe Ruth. Louisville’s setting near a series of rapids called the Falls of the Ohio made it a natural stopping point for travelers after the city was founded in 1778, and modern residents still value the riverfront. Dedicated in 1999, Louisville Waterfront Park blankets 85 downtown acres with green space where you can stroll through the lawns and gardens, picnic and play, or catch a cruise on the paddlewheel steamboat Belle of Louisville, which turns 100 years old next year. Other signs of urban revitalization glimmer in the East Market District, dubbed NuLu (for New Louisville). Stretching along five blocks of East Market Street, NuLu bursts with artisans’ boutiques, antiques shops, art galleries, and trendy restaurants. Browse Scout for home accessories; Red Tree for fine, hand-crafted furniture; and the Hyland Glass showroom for hand-blown objets d’art. Stop in Ghyslain on Market for fresh-baked croissants and fine French chocolates, and plan a meal at Harvest, where local and sustainably raised ingredients combine in tasty, regionally inspired dishes. Elsewhere downtown are the Louisville Science Center, the Speed Art Museum (currently closed for renovation), and the KFC Yum! Center, a new 700,000-square-foot sports arena. To the east, Bardstown Road, a.k.a. Restaurant Row, cuts through the Highlands neighborhood, chock-a-block with shops and eateries of all stripes. Stay for a day, stay for a week. Odds are, you’ll be back. Louisvillians have an unbridled enthusiasm for their city, and it’s highly contagious. With the speed of those sleek thoroughbreds, Derby City just might run away with your heart.

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The second artist was a backpacker who hiked mountains and lived in the woods. In his fantasies, dragons, princes, and trolls wore the expressions of people he observed. His imagination was vast, and through color, line, and texture, he created scenes where princesses rode tortoises through blue clouds, where monsters dressed in proper jackets and ties, and where darkness was only inhibited by a flood of golden light. He dreamed of inventing space-exploring robots. The third of the four artists lived underground with a family of blueeyed cats. The world he created was a dream menagerie, where foxes with sheen the color of rust wore top hats and carried walking canes; black bears donned white, billowy poet’s shirts; lions were armored knights; maidens emerged from trees, and trolls from boulders and mountainsides. The last, but not least, of the four was a fair maiden whose life had been spent in song. Everywhere she went, melodies followed her, and music filled the air. Once, she came upon a fork in the road and chose to follow the path that seemed less traveled. She fashioned silhouettes of children skipping, and paintings where umbrellas evolved into sailboats and sepia-toned skies hung over pastel pastures.

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The Fair Maiden

Alice Ratterree


ven though artist Alice Ratterree enjoyed a career as a classically trained singer working in operatic, concert, and oratorio venues (as a soloist for the Boston Pops and with Emmanuel Music, Boston’s premier presenter of Bach cantatas), she still felt like a big piece was missing.

“My life has been guided by three passions,” Alice explains. “Music, art, and theatre. And I was always connected to the idea of somehow merging them.” After returning to her Upstate home, a spontaneous visit to the Greenville Museum for an event about children’s book illustrators pointed Alice toward a medium that would combine her passions. She met Bonnie Adamson, who quickly became a friend and mentor. “I basically accosted Bonnie after the event and asked her to show me how to do what she does,” Alice says. “That night, I joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and three years later, here I am!” Alice has done freelance work in design and illustration for various clients. And she has done many commissioned portraits over the years. But discovering the freedom found in children’s book illustrations lured her into a new career. “With children’s book illustration, the artist gets to sit in the director’s chair,” Alice explains. “You have to determine your character’s motivations; you have to costume your characters and create the set; and you have to imagine how the whole story will be played out and come to life visually. It truly is combining all of my passions into one medium.” Alice is inspired by the classics, particularly from the Golden Age of Illustration, which dates from 1880s to shortly after World War I. Think Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and The Wizard of Oz. “A desire to get out of one’s comfort zone drives a lot of great stories,” Alice says. “A character wanting to experience a life they do not have, to discover something, then come back home again, is fabulous narrative material.” To date, Alice has published illustrations in several alphabet, activity, and coloring books, and most recently won an honorable mention in the 2013 Tomie dePaola Award competition from the SCBWI. “In music, you are bound by physiology. You can stretch your vocal chords, but there are limits to the quality, tone, and volume you can produce based upon your bone structure, etc. In illustration, you are truly limited only by your own imagination.”

Alice starts with a pencil sketch. “A pencil is my favorite thing. It literally becomes an extension of me,” she says. She then scans her sketch into Photoshop and applies colors. She creates three digital layers, sandwiching the original between two other layers. To give her work the warm tones for which she’s known, Alice always begins with a background of sepia and builds colors up using very low opacities. M AY 2 0 1 3 / 7 5


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The Backpacker

Justin Gerard


reenville native Justin Gerard feels like he’s cheated the system. “I still can’t believe I get to do what I love for a living,” he says. A full-time artist whose portfolio includes everything from portraits to animation to children’s book illustrations to online howto videos for aspiring artists, Justin is a man of many creative talents. “After college, I was a roofer for nine months while I built up my portfolio,” Justin explains. “But I knew all I wanted to do was to be an artist since the moment I discovered crayons.” Soon after his roofing stint, Justin founded a company, Portland Studios, in Greenville. He worked alongside several other artists, including Cory Godbey, to establish a clientele for projects ranging from illustrations to videogame graphics. While Justin closed Portland Studios a couple of years back, he and several of the other artists still get together to collaborate or even just for lunch. Justin and Cory also spend time working with the Lamp Post Guild, an online, interactive art education initiative wherein the two contribute video-format art courses. “Teaching others is really a natural progression for me. To enable and empower aspiring artists so that they can perhaps make a living doing what they love . . . that speaks close to my heart,” says Justin. Justin claims that people he observes daily inspire his art. “The best work is always stuff you’ve experienced personally,” he says. “People’s expressions inform my characters.” Justin also is inspired by events in real life. Take, for instance, his work entitled “The Forest Troll,” which was originally imagined after Justin found himself distanced from fellow cyclists on an unfamiliar mountain trail. In his mind, the incident related to a Hobbit project he’d been working on: “If I were wandering around in the background of Tolkien’s world, I’d probably have been a dwarf. Not a legendary warrior or a powerful orc chieftain or a wizard, but a dwarf whose helmet hadn’t been tied quite right, and who got himself and his band into a lot of trouble,” he explains. When he found his way back from the woods, he scribbled down an image that would eventually become “The Forest Troll.” As for the future, Justin plans to continue exactly what he’s doing. “I really can’t remember ever wanting to do anything else.”

Justin plays out the whole scene, like a movie, in his head. He begins each drawing with a 1x1–inch thumbnail. After twelve or so of these, Justin takes the thumbnails up to 3.5x3.5 inches, wherein he draws actual figures and elements of the scene. Then, he scans these thumbnails into Photoshop and assembles the scene on the computer. Once the image is refined, he prints it out as a 16x20–inch piece, which is then finished with watercolor or another treatment. 76 TOWN /


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Reiki Cory starts with a series of thumbnail drawings. He then either scans the drawing(s) into Photoshop and digitally colors, or he goes the traditional route and completes a watercolor painting. Ultimately, the medium depends upon the wishes or needs of the client.“The medium really doesn’t matter,” says Cory.“I just like making pictures.”

The Underground Dweller Cory Godbey


ll art is an act of storytelling,” says Travelers Rest native and illustrator Cory Godbey. “As an artist, you provide the viewer a springboard for their own imagination.”

While Cory works in three primary areas—illustration, animation, and comics—he commits to doing one personal project per year, which he typically turns into a printed book. While primarily a learning process, Cory is able to use the finished pieces to market his work to art directors and as a source of fresh content for his blog. Additionally, he can use the personal project as a benchmark to see how far he’s come in a given year. “When I began doing the personal project, it was merely taking random sketches done over a year’s time and assembling them into a finished piece,” says Cory. After the first year, however, he became much more intentional. “I decided upon a theme for the year, and once pieces were complete, I spent a great deal of time forming a narrative around them, dividing them into progressive chapters, and arranging them much more thoughtfully and strategically.” Cory claims that these yearly projects have become vital to his personal and professional development. “As a general rule, the personal work drives my client work,” Cory says. His work with The Jim Henson Company, for whom he’s completed projects for Fraggle Rock and Labyrinth, began through one of his yearly projects. Like the other local illustrators, Cory’s work gravitates toward fairy and folk tales. “I don’t like drawing buildings or machines. I love trees and creatures, humans, trolls, and monsters, things that are more organic,” he says. One of the projects for which Cory is most proud is for the documentary The Last Flight of Petr Ginz, a story about a boy, who at 14 had written five novels and penned a diary about the Nazi occupation of Prague. By 16, he had produced 120 drawings and paintings, edited an underground magazine in the Theresienstadt Ghetto, written numerous short stories and, ultimately, walked to the gas chamber at Auschwitz. “We were invited to screen this film at the United Nations,” says Cory. “And I served on a panel that discussed the film as well as Petr Ginz’s work. It was an incredible experience.” Cory hopes that his art—whether in print or digital form— always reveals something new to the viewer. “It’s always better to show something to someone they didn’t know they would like.”

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The Teacher

Bonnie Adamson


o learn the business of children’s book illustration, one needs to look no further than Greenville artist Bonnie Adamson. Bonnie, whose prior career was in graphic design and magazine publishing, has garnered the wisdom of a veteran and mentors those with an interest in entering the industry.

“I had always thought about doing children’s books and carried characters and ideas around in the back of my mind. One day, I decided to Google ‘children’s illustrators,’ which lead to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), an organization that has been instrumental in teaching me this business,” Bonnie says. These days, Bonnie can rattle off many interesting facts about children’s book publishing: that a picture book, for example, is traditionally 32 pages. “We depend upon the page turn,” she says. That a children’s book doesn’t have to be obviously didactic, but usually does impart a lesson or contains a flawed character to which children can relate. That the current market demands more cutting-edge visuals to attract today’s reader. That apps are changing how readers interact with stories. That there’s a craft to creating children’s books that parallels that of fiction: tension, plot arcs, and conflict resolution. Within SCBWI, Bonnie serves as assistant regional advisor and illustrator coordinator for the Carolinas. She touts the SCBWI as being the most valuable thing for budding writers and illustrators, and credits Twitter as being the second. In fact, Bonnie co-hosts a Twitter chat, “#kidlitchat,” every Tuesday at 9 p.m., where authors, illustrators, and agents converse about happenings in the industry. As far as the importance of books in a child’s life, Bonnie feels that, “Children often see picture books as personal objects, something which is theirs and theirs alone. It’s a sort of empowerment. There’s a reason you will often find labels in the front of books with the words, ‘This book belongs to . . . ’ It’s important for children to have their own books,” she says. Bonnie works with an agent, whom she met at a SCBWI conference, to find publishing homes for her ideas. A few years back, she published a series with Raven Tree Press. “It doesn’t matter how many books you’ve sold. You’re still constantly biting your fingernails,” she says. As for her perspective on art now that she is published, Bonnie says, “I always thought art was a means to an end, a tool. But in the process, I realized just how important art is to me. I consciously placed myself with other artists. And I realized I’d found my tribe.”

Bonnie often begins with wordplay. She admits, “A lot of times, an odd phrase will get stuck in my head, and that phrase informs a future character.” After she settles on her character(s) by getting a strong visual image, Bonnie completes a series of sketches that evolve over time. She then moves the sketch into pen and ink, vector (digital) art, or watercolor. No matter the medium, Bonnie admits, “I have a large backlog of ideas to bring to life.” 78 TOWN /


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ore than a haphazard mix of plants, floristry is a centuries-old art. Bouquets, vases, planters, and corsages intertwine with life’s defining moments—weddings, funerals, celebrations, proms, not to mention Mother’s Day. You could call 1-800-Flowers—or you could call one of our own. Greenville has a notable bouquet of floral artists, and these four stand out for their knowledge, expertise, and artistry. Original arrangements by The Houseplant, Twigs, Roots, & Dahlia: A Florist Photography by Paul Mehaffey

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Wrap Around

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Hit the road for Bacco, Chef Michael Scognamiglio’s Mount Pleasant restaurant, for a taste of Venice

Suckered In: Bacco’s insalata di polpo, grilled octopus over julienned red potato, celery, and arugula salad

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Lip Smackers: (clockwise from far-left) Lasagna Bolognese; Bacco’s long dining room evokes a casual Italian trattoria; roasted local clams (vongole al forno); tiramisu; Bacco’s espresso bar

Back Track Bacco in Mount Pleasant is a primo alternative to Charleston’s food scene


hile Charleston has its share of rock-star chefs and award-winning restaurants, reservations at many of those tables can be frustratingly difficult to score. For delightful food without the hassle, cross the Cooper River to Mount Pleasant, where Bacco wins raves for Chef Michael Scognamiglio’s authentic Italian cuisine. Tucked into a shopping strip just on the other side of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, Bacco’s long, narrow space suggests a casual trattoria. Greenville claims a connection to Bacco’s talented chef, who lived here for nine years before moving east to attend the College of Charleston. He intended to go into marine biology, but, instead, he admits he “just fell into cooking.” After a stint with Chef John Marshall at Al Di La in West Ashley, Scognamiglio opened Bacco in 2007. He prefers simple Italian dishes, those you would find in a typical restaurant in Italy. “I cook dishes I’m familiar with from my family or my travels,” Scognamiglio says. Since his father hails from Venice, much of Bacco’s menu leans toward that region. This means entrées like stewed cuttlefish with black ink sauce over white polenta, and a selection of fizzy Venetian cocktails that make perfect summer coolers.

Pappardelle, cavatelli, and other paste are made in-house daily. “I can never get enough pasta,” laughs the thin chef, who admits he’s been tempted to eat pasta for breakfast. While the short menu changes slightly every week, certain favorites—the standout grilled octopus salad, meaty lasagna Bolognese, and surprisingly light eggplant Parmigiana—remain constants. Half-portions of pasta (think pappardelle tossed in tomato-basil sauce with fresh mozzarella pulled to order) allow you to enjoy a primo and still have room for a meat or fish secondo. And don’t skip the dolci—especially the pillowy tiramisu, accompanied by a glass of house-made limoncello. Owning a restaurant may be a far cry from his original ambition, but Chef Michael is happy where he landed. As he puts it, “Cooking is a labor of love for me, and I’m always learning something new.”

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Green Fairy Tales Absinthe is present at many a Greenville boîte


hey sit at tiny café tables, some alone, some in couples, always with sodden, forlorn demeanors. They are the absinthe drinkers, depicted on canvas by the likes of Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, and Pablo Picasso. From painters to poets, artistes in late nineteenth-century France were drawn to the aniseflavored liquor distilled from wormwood (Artemisia absinthium, a wild relative of the daisy). They believed that the bitter terpene thujone in the wormwood had the power to boost mental clarity and enhance perception. No wonder the bohemian set in France at the time embraced La Fée Verte (the Green Fairy, as absinthe was called) as their muse. Shortly after French physician Pierre Ordinaire created absinthe in 1792 as an herbal remedy, the drink caught on with the aristocracy. By the 1870s, absinthe held all of France in its pale-green grasp. Some believe its popularity was linked to the phylloxera blight that spiked the price of wine, which was routinely paired

with water in the belief that the alcohol would kill bacteria. Less expensive absinthe had a similar effect, and so began the tradition of diluting absinthe with water. Eventually, folks came to think that absinthe caused hallucinations, a notion fueled in part by the desultory images in the Impressionists’ paintings. Despite its popularity, absinthe was banned in France, the United States, and other countries by 1914. Fortunately for contemporary cocktail lovers, the ban was lifted in the United States in 2007, and today you can order absinthe in several bars in Greenville. Some even offer the classic French service in which drinkers place a sugar cube atop a slotted spoon over their glass. They then drip ice water over the sugar to dilute the absinthe. Try it to impress your date . . . after all, absinthe makes the heart grow fonder. —M. Linda Lee

Drink It Here: Breakwater has a glass absinthe tower, which makes the ritual all the more impressive (Pernod absinthe; $15/2oz pour). They also use absinthe to coat the glass for a Sazerac ($10). 802 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 2710046, Dark Corner Distillery brews their own version of absinthe, The Green Villain, from a blend of wormwood, sweet fennel, and anise seed ($45/ bottle). 241 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 631-1144,

The Trappe Door offers traditional Parisian service with a choice of three types of absinthe: Mata Hari ($8), Pernod Supérieure ($11), and Grande Absente ($12). 23 W Washington St, Greenville. (864) 451-7490,

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Holy Guacamole Celebrate the fair avocado this month with a shot of tequila / by Andrew Huang


ith Cinco de Mayo on the horizon, it’s as good a time as any to start thinking about what you’ll be doing between sips. Guacamole’s avocado-based sauce concocted by the Aztecs hits the spot for those who love the creamy, symmetrical green fruit as well as those who like something hefty to go with their tortilla chips. Visit these local establishments for their unique takes on the venerable dip. BAR NONE When you have a salsa bar with 10 varieties of the zesty, spicy dip, it’s hard not to go overboard. But if you need a cooling counter to the heat, dip your chip instead into a bowl of creamy blended avocado. Papas and Beer, 317 Haywood Rd, Greenville. (864) 286-3350, DUGOUT DIP Too much sun or too much rain—whatever your reason, make the most of your break from the ballgame. A short hop across the street from Fluor Field will take you to refreshing beverages and crispy chips, a perfect (if unorthodox) combination for spring baseball. Compadres Mex Mex Grill, 929 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 282-8945 FREE RANGE Let go of your nagging nutritional concerns and go to town on a bowl of local, organic, MSG-free guacamole. Bahram and Maria Mehrabani’s take on the taquería is renowned for its focus on healthy eats, and this dip is no different. Tortilla Maria, 115 Pelham Rd, Greenville. (864) 271-0742, BORDER CROSSING While not required, Spanish-language skills are certainly encouraged at this authentic taquería. You won’t be mistaking anything here for an Americanized Mexican restaurant chain, least of all the flavor. Taquería Mexico, 6300 White Horse Rd, Ste 106, Greenville. (864) 246-4712


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Avocados are ripe when the exterior has a brown tint (put in a paper bag to ripen) and the fruit gives a bit when squeezed. Here is our tried-and-true recipe for your May 5th celebrations:

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French Connection Rick’s Deli & Market is a taste of Europe with an American twist / by Blair Knobel

Specialty sandwiches, salads, and boutique items such as gourmet meats, cheeses, condiments, a commendable wine selection, plus a rotating selection of small plates for the evening hours (Rick’s is open until 8), fill in the pauses between the pastry, viennoiserie—croissants, pain au chocolat—and breads made daily. Absence is powerful—but the presence of this food makes us realize what we’ve been missing.


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bsence speaks volumes. Words can often muddle the experience, especially when it comes to food. A blissful look is all it takes. The pastries at downtown Greenville newcomer Rick’s Deli & Market need little introduction. After all, the photograph does most of the talking. What this image can’t express is the talent behind the authentic French pastries at the sunny restaurant. Executive chef Emmanuel Hodencq hails from ClermontFerrand, France. He and his wife Vivian, the deli’s spritely manager, moved to the Upstate last fall after selling their renowned restaurant Hodencq in Clermont-Ferrand, which garnered a Michelin star. Like a well-made soufflé, timing is everything. Greenville restaurateur Rick Erwin met the couple through friends who work for Michelin. Erwin wanted to open a French-inspired spot, while the Hodencqs were ready to embrace a different culture and introduce their distinctive cuisine to American palates. Rick’s Deli & Market opened near Falls Park in February.

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Guide Loca-Motion Joel and Lenora Sansbury’s homage to local food satisfies the masses


For Joel and Lenora Sansbury, owners of The Farmer’s Table in Spartanburg, food might as well be religion, though you might not know it from the dining room’s mint-green walls and multi-colored table settings. But make no mistake: eating local is serious business at this Spartanburg breakfast and lunch joint. As Joel puts it, “we hold ourselves personally responsible for what people eat.” This dedication is clear from just a glance at their menu. Nearly every ingredient is locally sourced or made in-house. The prominence of local and housemade food isn’t just for show either. Though the Sansburys have enjoyed the support of the locavore movement, their initial concern was making delicious food that anyone could enjoy. It just so happened that the local array of organic produce and meat dovetailed perfectly with their quest to provide Spartanburg with better-quality food. Since opening in March 2011, the restaurant has only increased its commitment to local food. In a little over a year, the roster has expanded from 6 to more than 25 local vendors, which is only natural considering how thorough the menu is. Omelets and Benedicts made with cage-free eggs, French toast with bread from the Great Harvest Bread Company, ground bison patties from Carolina Bison, and rosemary focaccia rolls from Bavarian Pretzel Factory ensure that whatever you’re in the mood for—breakfast, lunch, sweet, or savory— there’s something for you.—Andrew Huang $, B, L. 401 E Kennedy St, Spartanburg. (864) 582-6554,

and Dives. Bring an appetite and a healthy disregard for your blood pressure: the portions are plenty as well as heavy. Wash it all down with the drive-in’s famous iced tea. $, B


Laotian native Bounhom Lim opened Bangkok Café as counterpoint to the Chinese buffet that used to occupy the space. Pungent lemongrass, creamy coconut milk, and spicy chili peppers give the restaurant—not to mention the food—a mouthwatering aroma. The MSG-free menu has all the usual suspects, from delicate fresh rolls wrapped in translucent rice paper to seafood curry, filled with jumbo shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels, and crab. $-$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 1200 E Main St, Spartanburg. (864) 583-2532,


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bourbon icing and praline candy) are plenty enough for your sweet tooth, but if you want to share, Cakehead also has cakes in 8” and 10” sizes. $$-$$$, L, D closed $, B, L.

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Crusty yet soft, and always fresh— that’s a quick-and-dirty description for Broadway Bagels. Cut apart and piled with lunchmeat, mixed greens, and every sandwich topping you can imagine, these bagels are a substantial alternative to your run-ofthe-mill deli offering. $, B, L. Closed Sat & Sun. 1200 E Main St, Ste 4, Spartanburg. (864) 591-0058


That pastry chef Liz Blanchard revels in handcrafting sweet and savory treats is a given—that those treats are mostly palm-sized and under $5, well, that’s just decadent. Cupcakes with towering flourishes of icing (like the New Orleans Praline—a brown sugar cupcake with vanilla-

Chef/owner Tray Mathis picks many of the deli’s ingredients from his garden in Chesnee, so you know the food here is farm-fresh. At lunchtime, the War Eagle wrap (roasted chicken, smoked bacon, cheddar, avocado, roasted tomatoes, and garlic mayo) is a hands-down winner. In the evening, “bistro mains” such as seared beef medallions, BBQ yellowfin tuna, and pesto-crusted chicken breast steal the show. The deli is located in Converse Corners shopping center, across from Converse College. $$$, L, D, SBR. 551 E Main St, Spartanburg. (864) 5855580,


Cribbs Kitchen fulfills the dream of chef/owner William Cribbs, who vowed to open his own restaurant

before he turned 30. Sandwiches run from classics (Reuben; French dip; half-pound Black Angus burgers) to contemporary iterations like the North Spring Street, a ciabatta roll stuffed with roasted chicken, applewoodsmoked bacon, caramelized onions, pesto, and provolone. In the evening, the menu goes upscale, with tempting mains—pecan-smoked pork chops, cashew-crusted Atlantic salmon, and shrimp and spoonbread—taking center stage. $$$, L, D. Closed Mon.

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Voted best restaurant in Spartanburg last year, Gerhard’s Café blends American cuisine with German and Austrian specialties for an Old World vibe that’s just right. Drop by for a drink and tasty bar appetizers, or enjoy an upscale dinner in the Elizabeth dining room. (Word has it they serve the best wienerschnitzel this side of Austria.) $$-$$$$, D. Closed Sun. 1200 East Main St, Spartanburg. (864) 591-1920,

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This family-friendly place serves up tasty pizza and a long list of Italian specialties—think baked ziti, chicken Parmigiana, veal saltimbocca, and shrimp fra diavolo. The bill of fare at lunch and dinner is nearly the same, except for the addition of midday subs. If you’re craving something that’s not on the menu, just ask. Chef Rosario Pugliese will happily prepare special orders if the kitchen is not too busy. La Taverna also welcomes the young set with a special kids’ menu. $$, L, D. 120-A Dorman Commerce Dr, Spartanburg. (864) 576-8660, LIME LEAF

Located right downtown, this restaurant has been the local pick for Thai cuisine since it opened in 2005 (there’s now a new location in Hendersonville, NC). A variety of traditional curry dishes spices up the menu. Don’t care for curry? There are myriad Asian-fusion choices, including noodle dishes, fried rice, and seafood that take their influences from Chinese, Korean, and Japanese cuisines.

$$-$$$, L, D. 101 E Main St, Spartanburg. (864) 541-2171, MIYAKO SUSHI

Popular Miyako has something for everyone. All the standards are here, along with enticing special rolls such as the Citrus Rainbow (tuna, salmon, avocado, and lemon) and the Dancing Unagi (shrimp tempura, barbecued eel, and avocado). For the non-sushi set, the menu offers plenty of cooked dishes—from soy-marinated steak to chicken teriyaki. On weekends, plan to get here early, or be prepared for what could be a long wait. There’s also a sibling in Greenville on Rushmore Drive. $$, L, D. Closed Sun. 116 Magnolia St, Spartanburg. (864) 583-5112, MONSOON NOODLE HOUSE

When limp lo mein and pad thai swimming in overly sweetened sauce is not an option, Monsoon delivers. This Asian-fusion spot across from downtown Spartanburg’s Morgan Square is a local favorite and sister restaurant to Lime Leaf. Try the pho for its savory, almost addictive, beef broth. $, L, D. 129 W Main St, Spartanburg. (864) 582-0618


The Nu-Way’s dive bar atmosphere might not give the impression that it has gastropub quality and creativity in the kitchen, but Food Network Magazine named the bar home of South Carolina’s best burger in 2009. The Redneck Cheeseburger is the star, with hand-patted beef topped with chili and pimiento cheese. $, L, D. Closed Sun. 373 E Kennedy St, Spartanburg. (864) 582-9685


The mother-son duo who runs this casual restaurant located at the Spartanburg Farmer’s Marketplace roasts the roast beef and turkey for their sandwiches, makes their own salad dressings, and creates

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Settle in at the bar with a friend for some good conversation and plenty of experimentation. Refuel’s extensive wine list (29 wines by the glass, 39 by the bottle) is a fairly good guarantee for a satisfied palate. Add in small plates from the tapas menu to pique your total flavor experience. To sample a variety of wines without going through entire glasses, swing by on Saturday evenings for the wine flight special.


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Chef/owner Renato Marmalino relies on fresh-imported Italian ingredients to whip up dishes such as scaloppine di manzo (beef tenderloin medallions sautéed with fresh herbs, garlic, mushrooms, and a splash of balsamic vinegar) and spaghetti alla carbonara (tossed with eggs, pancetta, cream, and Parmesan). The wine list skews Italian, too, with bottles running the gamut from Prosecco to Brunello di Montalcino. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sun. 21 E Kennedy St, Spartanburg. (864) 585-7027, STONE SOUP

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Suzanne Strickland has taken it upon herself to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience in Landrum. She introduces diners to produce from local farmers, such as with the panko-breaded NC trout served with gingered sweet potatoes and sautéed Brussels sprouts. The community also makes a contribution to the décor with artwork and photographs of locals with their horses.

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If you’ve never stopped by this independent pizza joint, it might be hard to pay attention while you order your pizza. Most likely, you’ll spot the pizza dough being hand-tossed just behind the counter in hypnotic fashion. The payoff is exceptional: doughy, thin, foldable, and generous slices of New York–style pizza topped with whatever your heart desires from a list of 24 toppings. $-$$,

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Thru May 19 COTTON PATCH GOSPEL This bluegrass musical is billed as the “Greatest Story Ever Told,” and for good reason. Join the residents of a rural Georgia town for a modern retelling of the gospels of Matthew and John. Herod is reincarnated as the Governor of Georgia and Pilate is the local politician who sends Jesus to Lee Correctional Institute. Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown, 125 S Main St, Hendersonville, NC. Thurs, Sat & Sun, 2pm; Wed– Sat, 8pm. $35. (866) 732-8008,

Bradford Gee will be directing the choir’s annual spring concert. St. James Episcopal Church, 766 N Main St, Hendersonville, NC. Fri, 7:30pm; Sat, 3pm. Adults, $20; students, $5.

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Charleston-native Merton Simpson’s series Confrontations is on display at the Greenville County Museum of Art. Simpson painted these large-scale works in response to the Harlem Race Riots, the Orangeburg Massacre, and the Kent State shootings. Black-and-white faces, broken into flat, jigsaw-puzzle representations, communicate escalating racial tensions Simpson witnessed. Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College St, Greenville. Wed– Sat, 10am–6pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Free. (864) 271-7570,


If you slept through the high school English unit on Macbeth, you’re in luck. The Bob Jones University Classic Players are performing this Shakespearean masterpiece about temptation, crime, and punishment. Watch as Scottish lord Macbeth fulfills the prophecies of three witches in a bloody bid for power. Rodeheaver Auditorium, Bob Jones University, 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. Wed, 8pm; Thurs, 2pm & 8pm. $12-$30. (864) 770-1372,

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Grab a few friends, a picnic blanket, and a grassy spot in Falls Park for a classic movie screening. Movies include From Here to Eternity, The Searchers, Holiday, and more. Lawn chairs and coolers are welcome, though you will have to purchase a $1 wristband to consume alcohol.

Originally conceived in 1979 as a 12-voice madrigal group, the Carolina Concert Choir has since grown into a 60-member ensemble of musical richness. The group has performed works by Handel, Fauré, and Vaughan Williams and is a recurring guest at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston.

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Greer is growing and the 29th installment of the Greer Family Fest reflects that. The weekend festival features live music on two stages, a KidsZone, a food court, and more than 150 community vendors. Benton Blount, Noah Guthrie, and the Marshall Tucker Band are among the musical acts performing. Downtown Greer. Fri, 6–10pm; Sat, 10am–10pm. Free. (864) 8773131,

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Blanche DuBois is a Southern belle whose poise masks her anxieties, alcoholism, and failed seductions. Looking to escape her past, she visits her sister, Stella Kowalski, in New Orleans and comes face-toface with Stella’s husband Stanley, a brutish force of nature. Tennessee Williams orchestrates the collision of crumbling Southern gentility with sensual animalism as Stanley picks apart Blanche’s delusions with savage glee. Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adults, $26; seniors, $25; children, $18. (864) 233-6238,

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Join the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The orchestra will also accompany guest pianist Wael Farouk for a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on Theme of Paganinia. Twichell Auditorium, Converse College, 580 E Main St, Spartanburg. Sat, 7pm. $10, $25, $35. (864) 542-2787,




Ever thought your rubber ducky deserved something bigger than your bathtub? The Rotary Club of Greenville is hoping that’s the case with its Duck Derby. Adopt a duck and send it racing down the falls of Reedy River with thousands of others. There will be plenty of prizes for the winning ducks. Proceeds from the race will benefit local charities including GAIHN and the Mauldin Miracle League. Falls Park, Greenville. Sat, 10am– 4pm. $10 per duck. (864) 527-0425,

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It’s market season again! Grab some fresh, local produce, baked goods, meats, and cheeses at this weekly market. You can rest assured that you are supporting local farmers and sustainable practices with each item you purchase. Chef demonstrations are also great for getting some kitchen inspiration for what you take home. Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8am– Noon. Free. (864) 467-4494,



Help the Greenville Downtown Airport raise money for playground equipment and a picnic pavilion for the airport’s aviation-themed park. Grab a few friends and throw back to the ’80s with cover band Retro Vertigo. Food, beer, and wine will be available for purchase. Greenville Downtown Airport, Airport Road Extension, Greenville. Sat, 7–11pm. $15. (864) 242-4777, PartyDownForThePlayground.html



The Greenville Symphony closes its 65th concert season in suitable fashion. The program exclusively features the energetic, ebullient, and dazzling musical acrobatics of Tchaikovsky. Talented violinist Rachel Lee will put her virtuosity on display with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major, with Maestro Tchivzhel directing the triumphant Symphony No. 5 in E minor as finale. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $15-$60. (864) 467-3000,


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Blue Man Group’s trademark swirl of color, music, comedy, and technology come together in explosive theatrical fashion at The Peace Center. Get your heart going with big arena sound in The Peace Center’s intimate space. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $45, $55, $65, $75. (864) 467-3000,


SONGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME WITH LORNA LUFT With the encouragement of Barry Manilow, Lorna Luft set out to create a musical tribute to her mother, Judy Garland. A personal celebration that is as much about the music as it is about the person, Luft laughs, sings, cries, jokes, entertains, and above all honors her mother’s legacy. Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. Wed–Thurs, Sat–Sun, 2pm; Thurs– Sat, 8pm. $40. (866) 732-8008,



Ten chickens, 3 goats, 3 lambs, 3 turkeys, 3 pigs, 1 llama, and 1 cow: that’s Bovinova in a nutshell. This two-day cookout will benefit the Special Olympics as well as local charity Loaves and Fishes. While a whole roasted cow will be the centerpiece, there will be plenty of other dishes, including 36-inch pans of paella. Heritage Park, Simpsonville. Fri, 5pm–11pm; Sat, 11am–6pm. $100. (864) 380-2966,


The fine arts move out of galleries and performance halls onto Greenville’s streets. Ranked the 7th best fine arts fair in the country, Artisphere showcases everything from visual artists to local musicians to performance artists to culinary geniuses. Check out art displays, partake in wine tastings, and learn a little something through DIY demos. Downtown Greenville. Fri, 12pm–8pm; Sat, 10am–8pm; Sun, 11am–6pm. Free. (864) 271-9398,





Greenville’s musicians, both budding and established, perform together for a post-Artisphere concert. Members of the Greenville Symphony and the Greenville County Young Artist Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. YAO cellist Stephen Hawkey will also be featured as pianist for Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 7:30pm. Adults, $15; students and children, $8. (864) 467-3000,



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This unique house on Paris Mountain began as a summer retreat, but was later transformed by architect Willie Ward into a year-round residence with the addition of a bedroom wing and guest house. Situated on 9+ acres overlooking the city of Greenville and Furman University, this home has 3 large bedrooms and 3 baths, cypress paneled den, vaulted ceiling living room, dining room, kitchen and sunroom. A charming guest house includes a large chestnut paneled bedroom/ living area with a fireplace, spacious kitchen and bath. A 20’x40’ pool and patio is a perfect spot to entertain or watch the sunsets. Lots of extras including built-in storage, basements and a workshop. 641 Altamont Rd., Greenville $825,000

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CHAUTAUQUA DISCUSSIONS: MALCOM X This installment of the “American Legends” discussion series will focus on Malcom X, ghetto hustler turned human rights activist. Dr. Roger Sneed explores the identity, legend, and legacy of Malcom X as it pertains to African-American culture, political discourse, cultural criticism, and religious thought. Hughes Main Library, 25 Heritage Green Plaza, Greenville. Tues, 7pm. Free. (864) 244-1499,


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College applications are nervewracking enough, for parents and students. You’re liable to lose it when you add in the stress of figuring out how to distill your personality and market yourself in no more than 500 words. Lindsey Walker, senior assistant director of admissions at Furman University, is here to ease the pain with a two-session course on how to best showcase yourself in a college application essay. Herring Center, HRG102, Furman University, 3000 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. Tues, 6:30-8:30pm. $69.


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Dust off your drivers and limber up your swing. The BMW Charity Pro-Am pairs 168 Tour professional golfers with 168 amateurs and celebrities for its annual golf tournament. Twenty local charities have been selected as beneficiaries of the tournament. Since 2001, the tournament has raised more than $9.25 million. Thornblade Club, Greer; Chanticleer Golf Course, Greenville; The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Sunset. Thurs–Sun, times vary. $10–$100. (864) 297-1660,



Ken Ludwig’s tribute to the great English farces of the ’30s and ’40s takes the stage. Bingham, president of a country club, has placed a large wager on a golf tournament that he is likely to lose when a golfer switches sides. Luckily, Bingham’s new help happens to be a good golfer. A broken arm, a toilet-flushed engagement ring, and a

sex-starved vice-president complicate matters for Bingham. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adults, $25; juniors, $15. (864) 233-6733,



James Aldean is known as several things: country singer, multi-platinum recording artist, and winner of multiple ACM, CMA and CMT awards. He’ll be stopping by Greenville as part of his Night Train Tour with guests Jake Owen and


Satisfy your craving for gyros, souvlaki, calamari, and every Greek dish you can imagine. The fourday long festival will be centered at the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral with live music and traditional dancing as well as historical tours of the church. For those in need of a quick fix, Elford St will have drive-thru lanes for takeout orders. St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 406 N Academy St, Greenville. Thurs, 10:30am–8pm; Fri–Sat, 10:30am–10pm; Sun,

Thomas Rhett. Expect a few new wrinkles as Aldean incorporates tracks from his album Night Train into his live set. Bi-Lo Center, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Thurs, 7:30pm. $29, $55. (864) 241-3800,



Grammy Award–winners Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys grace The Peace Center stage with their brand of American-Chicano rock. Los Lobos, from East Los Angeles, mix traditional Mexican and Spanish influences with American rock, folk, and R&B. Los Lonely Boys, from San Angelo, Texas, have their own take dubbed “Texican rock n’ roll.” The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, 7:30pm. $40, $45, $50, 50. (864) 467-3000,



Ditch the tie for a Hawaiian shirt, the lace-ups for flip-flops. The SC Children’s Theatre is throwing their annual Caribbean celebration, complete with steel drums, silent auction, and tasty beach cocktails. Bring a friend and enjoy the beach vibe your vacation dreams are made of. Zen, 924 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 7–11pm. $50. (864) 235-2885, caribbeancrush

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


Grab your road bike, clip in, and join the peloton in downtown Spartanburg. Riders will register on Sunday and depart Monday morning for a grueling, but rewarding, ride to Marion, NC, and up Mt Mitchell. Family and friends can cheer on riders at Tom Johnson’s Campground in Marion before riders begin their final ascent. Downtown Spartanburg. Registration all through Sun; ride begins Mon, 6:30am. Assault on Marion, $40; assault on Mt Mitchell, $135. assaults


Legendary trio Crosby, Stills, and Nash has been rocking international stages for more than four decades. They’ve earned their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with their longevity and their classic 1969 debut album, named one of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” For one evening, this band will be in Greenville for a performance that is as much a piece of rock history as it is pure entertainment. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, 7:30pm. $65, $75, $85. (864) 467-3000,



There’s little more enjoyable than a warm spring day spent with friends watching baseball, and for five days, that’s what Greenville will get. The 30th annual SoCon baseball championship will take place at Fluor Field. Make sure you cheer on your favorites and alma maters including hometown favorite Furman. Fluor Field, 945 S Main St, Greenville. Wed–Sun, times vary. Call for cost. (864) 591-5100,



Bagpipes, kilts, and . . . Aston Martins? All that, and more, at Gallabrae, Greenville’s Scottish

heritage festival. This weekend-long event is still anchored by the original Greenville Scottish Games, but now includes parades, a ceilidh, Celtic jam sessions, and a classic British car show. Locations vary, Greenville. Thurs– Sun, times vary. $15 admission for the Scottish Games.


A midsummer night’s dream in Falls Park? Well, not that Shakespearean play, and not quite midsummer yet, but the Warehouse Theatre’s outdoor Upstate Shakespeare Festival is pretty dreamlike. Grab a seat on the grassy hills of Falls Park and enjoy a cornerstone of English theatre in the cool evening. Falls Park, Greenville. 7:30pm. Free. (864) 235-6948, warehousetheatre. com/upstate-shakespeare-festival



From Friday to Monday, hot air balloons will take to the sky at dusk for an unparalleled balloon glow. The weekend-long balloon festival will have plenty for visitors of all ages to enjoy: live music at the amphitheatre, a Family Fun Zone, carnival rides, a disc dog tournament, a 5K race, and more. Heritage Park, Simpsonville. Fri–Mon, times vary. Admission,

$8-$12; parking, $5 daily. (864) 228-0025,



Just because you don’t have winged shoes like the Roman god Mercury doesn’t mean you can’t also take flight. Help the Downtown Greenville Airport raise money for its aviation-themed park and get a chance to run at a unique location: an airport runway. Runway Café, Downtown Greenville Airport, 21 Airport Road Extension, Greenville. Sat, 8:30am. Before May 23, $25; after May 23, $30. (864) 242-4777, runontherunway.html



While multi-talented Steve Martin has always had a gift for comedic timing, he is also a Grammy Award–winning banjoist. For this concert, Martin pairs his intricate five-string banjo work with Edie Brickell’s rich vocals to perform selections from their album Love Has Come for You. The duo is accompanied by bluegrass combo Steep Canyon Rangers. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, 7:30pm. $45. (864) 467-3000,

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As any photographer, painter, or Photoshop dilettante can tell you, light can change everything. It is the difference between a flat subject and a dynamic composition, an ordinary scene and a striking vision. Peter Helwing’s richly detailed watercolors are preoccupied with the magic of light, shadow, and reflection. Glint and glitter play out in streets, landscapes, storefront windows, and waterfronts. Many of these scenes are instantly recognizable Upstate landmarks, and yet the magical cast of each watercolor begs a closer examination. Such is the power of light. —Andrew Huang Another of Peter Helwing’s watercolors, Cochran Jewelers, will be on display at Artisphere’s Artists of the Upstate exhibit in the Founder’s Room at Larkin’s, May 10–12. For more information on Helwing’s artwork, visit

Peter Helwing, Cigar Warehouse; courtesy of the artist

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