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Contents 65 13 See, hear, read, react. THE LIST

The month’s must-dos.

THE TOWN 19 ON Pics of the litter:

Upcountry fêtes & festivities.

30 WEDDINGS 35 TOWNBUZZ

Artists Signe & Genna Grushovenko, ten years of Artisphere, Just the Answers with Bob Costas, Greenville’s Scottish heritage, and more.

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Scott Gould writes home of his time teaching poetry in Cange, Haiti.

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Pay homage to the Derby (and late spring) with a distinctly equestrian take on refinement.

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Taste is no small matter for the Man—especially when it comes to making art.

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Small batch tonics from Charleston’s Jack Rudy Cocktail Co., Chef Gerard Cribbin’s signature bisque, and ushering in outdoor dining with tacos.

94 DINING GUIDE 96 TOWNSCENE Got plans? You do now. 104 SECOND GLANCE

Variety is the spice of life— and the crux of the Center for Visual Arts-Greenville’s Clemson art faculty exhibition.

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WEST SIDE STORIES West Greenville is an eclectic mix of creatives and long-time residents, with change on the horizon for this dynamic area.

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his year marks the tenth anniversary of Artisphere, Greenville’s award-winning arts festival, featuring a national pool of visual artists, many of them local, as well as performances, food, and exhibits. Greenville enjoys a thriving arts community in large part because of our robust Metropolitan Arts Council, progressive organizations including the Peace Center, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, the Carolina Ballet Theatre, and a formidable collection of boutique theatres such as Centre Stage, the Greenville Little Theatre, and the Warehouse Theatre. Artists give depth and breadth to our stories. They are instigators, transforming the status quo, taking risks, and changing our cultural landscape. Curiously, where artists go, we typically follow. We are intrigued by creativity, by artists themselves, their talent and pursuit. West Greenville is an area of many voices and, consequently, of myriad interests (“West Side Stories,” page 74). Decades ago, it served the Judson, Brandon, and Woodside mill communities. But with the death of the textile industry, it became a relatively neglected and underserved area. Now it has renewed interest, in large part because of the artists who work there, lending it a vibrancy and distinction similar to eclectic neighborhoods in larger cities. Once called the Pendleton Street Arts District, the Village of West Greenville—perhaps a more fitting brand for its mash-up of history, ethnicity, and opportunity—is arguably the city’s most dynamic neighborhood. With that dynamism comes many factors: benefits, to be sure—but answers are never one-sided, nor cut and dry. What seems apparent is the economic potential of an area that hasn’t enjoyed such vitality in decades. Studios and galleries line Pendleton Street, with Dr. Mac Arnold’s Plate Full O’ Blues, ASADA, and other ventures already there or poised to move in. The Center for Visual Arts–Greenville, Clemson University’s creative lab for artists, students, and the community at large, is inside the Village Studios building. A community garden is in the works. This area is on the cusp of significant change, in large part because of artists’ desire to create and share their work. But, what happens to West Greenville’s longtime residents in the face of such change? What becomes of their interests and stake? The hope is for sustainable growth while retaining the neighborhood’s diversity. After all, a village is an amalgam of voices—unique neighbors, working together for a greater good. Artists and others have taken root, but the Village of West Greenville is an intriguing work-in-progress. How will we continue the story?

Blair Knobel Editor-in-Chief

“Connections are fascinating. How a person gets from one thought to the next or how ideas spring from the unlikely . . . these happenings make me curious. Therefore, I make word maps. I explore mind connections. I doodle a carrot, and through an interesting series, it leads to the word tears—fascinating. Connections lead to new ideas, which lead to creative concepts. Word maps are a creative person’s greatest tool. They are artistic expressions of my brain’s creative connections.” —May 2014 cover artist Rachel Bass 10 TOWN / towncarolina.com

SENIOR EDITORS M. Linda Lee Steven Tingle Jac Valitchka ASSISTANT EDITOR Andrew Huang CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Severino Alvarez Mary Cathryn Armstrong Kathryn Davé Ruta Fox Scott Gould Laura Linen Mamie Morgan Kathleen Nalley Stephanie Trotter Heidi Coreyll Williams CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS & DESIGNERS Chelsey Ashford Rachel Bass TJ Getz TJ Grandy J. Aaron Greene Kate Guptill Alice Ratterree Cameron Reynolds EDITORIAL INTERN Casey Lovegrove

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WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY

When it comes to beloved country artist Willie Nelson, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Now Nelson keeps the flames burning by sharing the stage with celebrated artists Alison Krauss and Union Station, featuring Jerry Douglas. A first-time collaboration, Nelson and the gang are set to roll through decades of hit tracks and new tunes, guaranteed to be an evening of indelible harmonies and classic favorites. Charter Amphitheatre, 861 SE Main St, Simpsonville. Fri, May 9, 7pm. $15-$80. (864) 757-1167, charteramphitheatre.com

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There’s something to be said for a community that embraces and supports the local arts yearround. With May comes Artisphere, a celebration and open marketplace of handcrafted, visual, and live arts that the whole family can enjoy. In addition to more artistic ability than Picasso could shake a stick at, there’s Kidsphere for child-centric crafts and plenty of culinary delights to give visitors a true taste of the town. Downtown Greenville. Fri, May 9, Noon–8pm; Sat, May 10, 10am–8pm; Sun, May 11, 11am–6pm. Free. (864) 271-9398, artisphere.us

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Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, 81 Carl Sandburg Ln, Flat Rock, NC. Mon, May 26, 11am–4pm. Free. nps.gov/carl

Whether you like golf or simply enjoy a little star-gazing, the BMW Charity Pro-Am has become a centerpiece in the Greenville sporting community. Pairing the game’s professionals with amateur and celebrity golfers for four days of competition on the Upstate’s most manicured greens, the Pro-Am has raised nearly 10 million dollars for local charities. The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Green Valley Country Club, Thornblade Club. May 15–18; Thurs–Sun, 7am. $10-$100. bmwusfactory.com/charity-golf

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If you happen to see a few thousand of these floating rubber beauties making their way down the Reedy River, there’s no need to question your sanity. The Duck Derby hosted by the Greenville Evening Rotary has been steadily growing over the last decade, with this year’s goal of 10,000 rubber ducks to be adopted by community organizations. The race benefits the Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network, Polio Plus, Mauldin Miracle League, EarlyAct FirstKnight, and Partners in Agriculture.

This Memorial Day weekend affair sends thousands of visitors sky-high with hot air balloon rides, live music, and more activities galore. Sugar pop sensations Hot Chelle Rae, rockers Blues Traveler, and country duo Thompson Square headline Aloft’s 2014 musical lineup. It’s never too early to start making holiday plans, and this Upstate staple is a must for everyone.

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Falls Park, 601 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, May 3, 10am–4pm. Donations accepted. duckrace.com

Heritage Park, 861 SE Main St, Simpsonville. Fri, May 23, 4–11pm; Sat, May 24, 7am–11pm; Sun, May 25, noon–11pm; Mon, May 26, 7am–6pm. $16-$25. (864) 228-0025, aloft.org

FIDELITY MOONLIGHT MOVIE SERIES Paying homage to the drive-in days of the past, the Moonlight Movie Series showcases some of the best vintage flicks in scenic Falls Park. May’s selections include the imaginary rabbit tale Harvey, classic coming-of-age story The Sandlot, and comedy gold in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The series’ final film will be selected by viewers online. Snag your spot under the stars and settle in for a quick trip back to a simpler time where smartphones didn’t rule the world. Falls Park, Downtown Greenville. Wed, 8pm. Free. May 7–28. greenvillesc.gov/PublicInfo_Events/ MoonlightMovies.aspx

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ANGELS IN AMERICA z For many, 1985 was a time of questions, fears, and, above all, change. Tony Kushner’s two-part series tackles these issues and more, as told through the eyes and personal relationships of eight characters living through it all. Using history, theology, and reality, Kushner’s narrative shows the power of the human spirit and the will to withstand even the most uncertain of times. The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. May 30–June 21. Thurs–Sat, showtimes vary. $30. (864) 2356948, warehousetheatre.com

z The third annual Moonlight & Magnolias Gala brings together those dedicated to conserving South Carolina’s Botanical Garden. Guests are encouraged to don their garden party best while noshing on farm-fresh foods and locally crafted beer and wine. UNC-Charlotte Professor of Botany Larry Mellichamp will speak at the “Metamorphosis”–themed evening, where a silent auction will also be held. Fran Hanson Discovery Center, 150 Discovery Ln, Clemson. Sat, May 10, 6–10pm. $75. clemson.edu/public/ scbg/events/moonlight_and_magnolias

DOWNTOWN CONDO RONDO z Sponsored by the Guild of the Greenville Symphony, this bi-yearly event gives attendees a sneak peek inside some of downtown Greenville’s most-sought-after and creative living spaces. Five condos will open their doors for your viewing pleasure, sure to spark plenty of ideas for spicing up your own home. Tickets are available at many downtown and local business locations. All proceeds will benefit the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Downtown Greenville. Sat, May 10, 10am–5pm. Advance, $20; day of, $25. guildgso.org/downtown-condo-rondo

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Gallabrae Proving that Scottish heritage is about so much more than a love for tartan patterns and beer, this Southmeets-Scot festival certainly can’t be missed. The party gets started with the Great Scot! Parade through downtown Greenville, followed by a bagpipe challenge and full-fledged ceilidh with Cleghorn and Seven Nations. Join the clans on Saturday for the Scottish Games (war paint optional) and British Car Show before closing the weekend out at the Celtic Jam. Downtown Greenville & Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. May 23–24; Fri–Sat; times vary. $5-$15 for various events. gallabrae.com

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Stephanie Reeves & Justin Freeman March 22, 2014 Parents know best: the older we get, the more we realize the truth behind this adage. When Stephanie and Justin officially began dating, both sets of parents were only surprised that it hadn’t already happened, as they had assumed. Their close connection began at an early age—Justin was best friends with Stephanie’s brother, so they were constantly in each other’s lives. The couple dated for three years before Justin asked Stephanie’s father for his blessing, and with approval secured, Justin gave Stephanie a card filled with the reasons why he wanted to marry her. The couple was married at Twigs Tempietto in a garden setting accented by deep purple calla lilies. Stephanie, an account manager at Herlong Bates Burnett Insurance, and Justin, a data translation specialist at Windstream, now live in Greenville. PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID JUNKER // MUSE 10 PHOTOGRAPHY

Grace Herlong & Ryan Loveless January 4, 2014 It’s hard to say “no” to puppy dog eyes, so the answer was a foregone conclusion when Ryan tied a ring around puppy Dizzy’s neck. Ryan and Grace had recently moved to Charlottesville, VA, where Ryan was attending the Darden School of Business at UVA. On a quiet morning while Grace was reading, Dizzy came racing down the stairs and bounded onto Grace, causing such a scene that it took her a moment to see the antique diamond glimmering around Dizzy’s neck, not to mention Ryan on one knee. The couple met their freshman year at Furman University and was married at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church. Grace and Ryan currently live in Charlottesville, but will move to Atlanta where Ryan has accepted a position with the Boston Consulting Group. PHOTOGRAPH BY STEPHEN VITOSKY // STEPHEN VITOSKY, PHOTOGRAPHER

Rebeccah Ruscetta & Randall Rainey March 23, 2014 It’s hard to deny our universal attraction to musicians, which is why it’s no surprise that Rebeccah and Randall got their start at The Channel. The two met through mutual friends at the former downtown venue, where Rebeccah volunteered and Randall regularly performed with his band Apart. What might be a surprise is that Randall knew Rebeccah was his soul mate from the very first time they hung out, and told her from the start that he intended to marry her. The couple was married at The Loom at Cotton Mill Place—a fitting venue, as Rebeccah’s grandmother was formerly employed at the mill. Rebeccah and Randall now live in Greenville. PHOTOGRAPH BY HANNAH WOODARD // HANNAH WOODARD PHOTOGRAPHY HEARING WEDDING BELLS? TOWN Magazine wants to publish your wedding announcement. If you currently live or grew up in the Upstate and were recently married, please write to us at TOWN Magazine, Attn: Andrew Huang, PO Box 2266, Greenville, SC 29602, or e-mail ahuang@towncarolina.com. Due to space constraints, inclusion is not guaranteed. 30 TOWN / towncarolina.com


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Researchers at Greenville Health System aren’t just making progress in the war against cancer. They’re making breakthroughs. Like helping to develop the first new treatments for melanoma in more than 30 years. It’s the type of groundbreaking work that only happens in our nation’s elite cancer research institutes—including our very own, right here in the Upstate. Learn more at ghs.org/breakthrough.


Give the Gift of Music this Mother’s Day... Want to give a Mother’s Day gift she’ll never forget?

Take her to see Music From The Heavens featuring the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, The Greenville Chorale and soprano Christina Major. This divinely inspired concert showcases spiritual works including Verdi’s “Te Deum” and “Stabat Mater,” Poulenc’s “Gloria,” and Mascagni’s Easter Hymn from “Cavalleria Rusticana.” The GSO is offering a special discount of $5 off per ticket to the Mother’s Day performance of Music From The Heavens on Sunday, May 11, 2014. To take advantage of this offer, purchase tickets from The Peace Center Box Office online by entering the coupon code TOWNMAG to receive the $5 discount or purchase tickets in person or by phone and give the coupon code TOWNMAG.

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Past Forward: Signe (top) and Genna Grushovenko reference a bank of vintage photography as inspiration for their artwork. Genna creates the background scheme and pattern, while Signe renders the imagery for each piece. Meet the Grushovenkos at this year’s Artisphere festival, May 9–11, or visit their studio at 1203 Pendleton St, Greenville. View more of their art at grushovenko.com

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painter from La Grange, Georgia, meets an artist from Kiev, Ukraine. They’ve now got 15 years of marriage under their belt, and like many married women, Signe loves it when she can still take her husband’s breath away. In her case, however, it’s when Genna walks in and gasps at the work of art she’s just painted from an “underpainting” he began. If it’s more along the lines of a “hmmm” at what she’s created, then, says Signe laughing, “I’m mad. I hate it when I don’t get the gasp.” The Greenville couple met in 1998 at an art opening at the cooperative artists’ gallery that Signe was a partner in, and married the next year. The Grushovenkos have been collaborating on their vintage photograph–inspired paintings for the past 10 years, and Genna says the process of working together on their art “was decided early on that it would be like a relay. I do my part, she does her part. We do maybe a little critique at the end to kind of know if it’s finished,” he says. A finished Grushovenko painting still evokes the photo that inspired the work—the retro bouncy waves of ladies from the 1950s; the clean lines of the trousers and loafers of the gentlemen are there—but with one very distinguishing characteristic: the figures are faceless. “We leave the figures faceless because they’re meant to be more symbols or ciphers than portraits,” Signe explains. “It allows the viewer to project themselves into

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the painting and leaves more room for interpretation and viewer participation.” The creation begins with Genna at their Pendleton Street studio, applying paint to the top of the canvas, letting it run down before turning the canvas a different way. This “motion-painting” technique results in colorful stripes or plaids, which then Signe, from her studio in the couple’s home, will draw a grid using a chalk pastel to keep the scale of the figures accurate, and then will use an oil pastel to draw the images for painting. Bold strokes of color make up the rest of the composition. The work’s nostalgic fingerprint is still there, but a new creation is sprung forth, one fitting the style of what first attracted Signe to making it: “I really liked that tension between the contemporary style with traditional imagery.” So do the gallery owners and clients that buy the couple’s art, such as at the Bayou City Arts Festival in Houston, from where the Grushovenkos just returned last month, where nearly 20 of their pieces sold. In fact, the pair is gone for half the year, traveling to top-notch arts festivals and exhibitions in Chicago and Des Moines (June), Denver (July), Sausalito (September), and New York (October). You can catch them here at our own Artisphere in May. “Our work is very upbeat and happy,” Signe says. “It’s things that people want to live with and see every day.” A fitting barometer, too, for partners in life. But for this couple, home is where the art is.

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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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ome said it was a lofty goal: to create a nationally lauded festival that celebrates the arts in Greenville, to build a cultural epicenter in South Carolina, and to change the very fabric of a place into one that values arts as influencing economic development. Artisphere, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, has helped contribute to Greenville’s rebirth as a hub of the arts. The festival has not only brought artists and art lovers from around the globe to the Upstate, it has made art accessible to the masses. At the three-day street celebration, thousands of visitors can peruse art exhibits, purchase art for their homes, be inspired by demonstrating artists, and participate in one-of-a-kind creative experiences. Artisphere has been listed in Greg Lawler’s Artfair Sourcebook, the “who’s-who” of arts festivals, three times in the last nine years, two years consecutively. “That’s a big deal,” explains Kerry Murphy, the festival’s executive director. “Artist surveys of the festival itself, its marketing, its sales, determine who gets on the list. The fact that artists have rated Artisphere high in these categories is very validating.” In ten years, the festival has both grown in size and evolved in content, based upon feedback from the community as well as its planners’ constant research of other successful arts festivals around the country.

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The original Artisphere featured 100 artists, stopped at Broad Street, and took place in April. “We discovered that April is typically a pretty rainy month, so we opted for May,” explains Murphy. Additionally, the festival also now opens at noon on Friday. A pivotal evolution of the festival was to make it more inclusive. “Now, we’re bridging the gaps. We have programming for just about all age groups, and we showcase both international artists as well as our local artists,” says Murphy. “Greenville County high schools began participating last year.” This year’s festival features 125 artists, the largest number in the festival’s 10-year history, chosen from an applicant pool of 934 (also the largest). Fifteen local artists, selected by a blind jury, will be featured in the show. The festival is truly a community effort, and it could not come to fruition without its dedicated sponsors, many of whom, including title sponsor TD Bank, have been with the festival all ten years. Says Murphy, “That speaks directly to the value our community places on Artisphere.” But, perhaps, the best part of the festival is the impact it has on its visitors. “To see all the people out and enjoying themselves, that’s the part that makes Artisphere so wonderful.”


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ARTISPHERE AT-A-GLANCE—BEST BETS AT THE FESTIVAL Opening Night Gala:

Purchase your tickets to attend the Thursday evening opening gala. We’re promised it offers “a surprise at every turn.”

Art:

More than 100 artists of various media will line Main Street with art for sale.

Culinary Arts Café:

Select from a variety of foods from some of Greenville’s hottest restaurants, including Roost, Grill Marks, Passarelle, Rick’s Deli, and Tealoha, among others.

Kidsphere:

Get your hands dirty, stimulate your creative energy, and learn a bit about the artistic process in this interactive exhibit for kids.

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Artist Demonstration Row:

Watch metalsmiths, glassblowers, and printmakers create art from the elemental form.

Art in Action:

Experience creativity in its most kinetic form when crowd-favorite Brian Olsen turns oversized canvases into works of art right in front of your eyes.

Silent Auction:

Bid on works by all the juried artists in the silent auction. Can’t come to the festival? This year, you will have a chance to bid online. Proceeds benefit Artisphere and various community arts organizations.

Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition:

Great works of art are being created in the Upstate. Here’s your chance to see some of the best local artists.

Clemson University STEAM Exhibit:

Witness the interrelatedness of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Among the offerings, discover how art and engineering students create the Deep Orange Project and the digital animation and production art behind popular films Life of Pi and The Hobbit.

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After-Hours Concert Series on the Main Stage:

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A non-descript strip mall on Wade Hampton holds a very distinct honor—it is the home of not only Greenville’s oldest art gallery, but the oldest existing art gallery in the state of South Carolina. Owner Sandy Rupp’s father started Hampton III in 1970 with three artists, and it now features nearly 30 of some of South Carolina’s most premier, well-established artists including Carl Blair, Sigmund Abeles, and Leo Twiggs. For Rupp, acquiring art begins with your senses—and your soul. RUPP’S TIPS: Be interactive. “You’ve got to go out and

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t is personal, evocative (often provocative), and emotional, but art can also be daunting: all of that “but what does it mean?” one might feel strolling through museums and galleries—as well as collecting it. Greenville’s ever-burgeoning art scene—especially with the creative percolations bubbling up in the Village of West Greenville—means we have plenty of guidance to glean from gallery owners in the pursuit of acquiring a collection, or just finding one piece that you really love. Check out those we’ve highlighted here, but also Art and Light, Christopher Park, T.L. Norris, Matthew Campbell Studio and Gallery, Les Beaux Arts, and Mary Praytor.

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Married artists, Brian and Kayli Hibbard run this downtown, 2,000-square-foot, contemporary fine art and sculpture gallery, which focuses on local, regional, and nationally collected artists. HIBBARD’S TIPS: Learn what you like. Ask yourself, “Do I like

the subject matter, the colors, the media, the meaning, or sentimentality of the piece?” she says, which will help you identify others. Get familiar with the person behind the piece. Gallery openings and workshops are

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look and educate yourself through the eye,” says Rupp. “Interact with artists’ programs. We host a Coffee and Conversation for the public for every show that we do, so the artists come, and for an hour we sit around and talk about art. You learn an awful lot about how an artist is thinking.” Rupp explains that artists create because of who they are, and in that is its own enhanced value. So take an art walk, stop by a gallery, let your senses do the talking, and then listen when the art speaks back. MIDTOWN ARTERY 1241 PENDLETON ST, GREENVILLE (864) 420-5387, MIDTOWNARTERY.COM

Charlie Thompson is a businessman who owns Midtown Artery, which represents mainly abstract artists, with pieces that range in price from $2,500 to $495,000, but Thompson points out that price can often be perceived as quality. Instead, use your eyes—like nearly every gallery owner also told us—“You have to like it.” That might seem obvious, but some collectors invest in a piece hoping that the price will go up. “Doing that is like picking a single stock in the stock market,” Thompson says. “It’s too hard to predict.” And probably not nearly as fun. THOMPSON’S TIPS: Invest in original artwork. Invest in quality.

Look for a career artist, who makes their living through their art. “They’re generally mid-to-late career who are well-collected at least nationally and well-represented in galleries,” Thompson says. Don’t be too matchy-matchy. “A lot of people buy original art, believe it or not, on how it goes with the furniture,” says Thompson. Instead, he says, “Buy the art, paint the walls.”


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MAY 10 DAHLIA TUBER SALE AND MUM-CUTTING SALE The Carolinas Dahlia and North Carolina Chrysanthemum societies will provide a wide variety of quality tubers and cuttings along with expert advice to nurture superior dahlia and chrysanthemum blooms in your garden.

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ASHEVILLE-BLUE RIDGE ROSE SOCIETY EXHIBITION This weekend, dedicated to horticulture’s favorite bloom, features prized roses of all sizes and shades. Experts will be present to expound on the history and diversity of rose varieties.

SCANOGRAPHY EXHIBIT BY BARBARA SAMMONS Barbara Sammons takes the art of gardening into a new medium. Using a highquality flatbed scanner, Sammons is able to capture the finer details that make each plant a unique piece.

BONSAI EXHIBITION GARDEN The collection emphasizes the art of bonsai cultivation and features more than 100 trees either donated or created at the Arboretum. The exhibit includes traditional Asian trees as well as specimens native to the Blue Ridge region.

QUILT GARDEN This Arboretum staple reinterprets traditional quilt block patterns into a patchwork garden that changes seasonally. This year’s pattern “Spools” refers to the cotton and linen used to bind wounds during the Civil War. The North Carolina Arboretum l00 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC. (828) 665-2492, ncarboretum.org

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looming azaleas and dogwoods mark the end of capricious temperatures and rainy days, and in turn, sun-soaked May promises to raise spirits and senses. Look no further than the North Carolina Arboretum, nestled at the foot of the Southern Appalachians outside of Asheville, for the season’s intrinsic inspiration. Explore the 434-acre expanse on biking trails, hunt down geocached treasures, or stroll through quiet gardens to harness spring’s fervor.


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t seven years old, Marett Haskins was asked about her future career. She declared she wanted to be an architect then went right ahead and made it happen. After completing a five-year master’s program in Architecture, Sustainability, and Urban Planning in 2010, she got a job as an associate architect, but found herself drawn to her craft-oriented hobbies—crocheting, quilting, and sewing. After fashioning herself an iPad case using a bold, graphic print, friends clamored for one of their own, and Auspicious Miss was born, debuting at the Indie Craft Parade last September. Using contemporary patterns, geometric prints, and vibrant colors, she is now making an accessory line of iPad cases, envelope and zipper clutches, and tote bags. Diaper clutches and wet bags are on the drawing board to launch soon. Haskins purchases limited quantities of fabric remnants locally, so once these limited-edition pieces are sold out, that’s it. Sourced, designed, and manufactured in Greenville entirely by hand, her dedication to quality both in fabric choice (heavy-duty home décor cotton) and superior production details is a nod to her background in structures. “What you can’t see is as important as what you can see,” she says. There’s thick felt on the inside of the iPad cases to protect surfaces and strong hidden magnets to secure the flaps to keep contents safe. The zipper clutches she’s titled Miami, Denver, Portland, L.A., and Palm Springs feature leather trim in plum and caramel contrasted with fabrics that pop—those textiles were designed by Project Runway winner Jay McCarroll. “With my large range of colors and patterns from neon brights to navy, I feel any woman can find something they’ll like. My designs are truly statement pieces with a purpose; they’re multi-functional and fun. Accessories are so important and can easily add the wow factor to an outfit,” she adds. Auspicious Miss goods are only available for purchase on her Web site, but Haskins ships internationally and even accepts Bitcoin. Building a following, one design at a time.

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Answers Television Arena: For nearly 40 years, Bob Costas has played a starring role on the biggest stages of sports. He will be the keynote speaker at the Coaches 4 Character ACE (Advocates for Character and Education) Awards on May 22 in Greenville.

> The idea of an individual reaching his or her potential, but within the

framework of a team, is extremely important. And if you can reach your personal best honestly without cheating, without cutting corners, while listening to your coaches, and not only respecting your teammates, but respecting your opponents, then there’s something you can derive from it beyond the final score.

> I grew up in New York in the 1960s, so the teams I remember most are Mickey

Mantle’s Yankees, who were the dominant team in the American League, and the New York Knicks, which became a great team in the early ’70s; they were the perfect example of teamwork. Everyone seemed to have a role, and no one put themselves above the team. They exemplified the best values of the game.

> My eulogy for Mickey Mantle was an interesting and poignant intersection

of youth and adulthood. I never met Mickey until 15 to 16 years after he last played. We became good friends. I was aware of his struggles and his demons, but I was also aware of his virtues and the effect he had on a generation of baseball fans. So, I tried to blend all of those things in an empathetic way.

> I’ve been so lucky that I’d have to make it a short list of favorite events. At

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une in to watch top sporting events and odds are that Bob Costas is on your screen. He has hosted a staggering eleven Olympic Games, seven World Series, six Super Bowls, and received 25 Emmys. Local fans can witness the veteran sportscaster’s quick wit and inspirational storytelling in person this month, when he delivers the keynote address at the Coaches 4 Character ACE Awards in Greenville on May 22 at the Redemption World Outreach Center.

> These are all kids [ACE Award recipients from 33 local schools] who have achieved and deserve the recognition. They’re all kids who may need a little boost, but they’ve shown they all want to take advantage of that opportunity and be on a successful path.

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the Olympics, Muhammad Ali lighting the torch in 1996 in Atlanta. They’d kept it an almost perfect secret; that was such a stunning moment. I called Michael Jordan’s last shot as a Chicago Bull, when everyone thought it was the last shot of his entire career, but the one that won the N.B.A. title. That was a very dramatic moment. And in baseball, I was part of the coverage of the ’86 World Series when the ball went through Bill Buckner’s legs and the ’88 series when Kirk Gibson hit the impossible pinch-hit home run in game one off Dennis Eckersley.

> Sports is drama without a script. It’s one of the few things that can aggregate a large and diverse audience in a niche world. It cuts across all demographic groups, gender, age, race, and backgrounds. It unifies generations, and stories get passed on.

> My son Keith works for the Major League Baseball Network, and we’re on a minor league baseball tour. We went to Charleston and some other places last year. Since I was last in Greenville, they’ve changed the ballpark, so it’s a miniature Fenway. We’ve planned a swing through Asheville and Greenville so we can have a continuing Bull Durham experience.

> Keith attended Clemson for a year, so we’re both familiar with Greenville and what a charming town it is. He has good memories of the basketball and football games he attended and the people he met there and stays in touch. For more on attending the Coaches 4 Character ACE Award Ceremony on May 22 and the reception to follow, go to coaches4character.com/ace-awards.html


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Highland Games The Upstate celebrates all things Scottish at the annual Gallabrae

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or nearly eight years, Scotsmen and women have descended on Greenville in late spring. This Memorial Day weekend, the city becomes a temporary home to all things Scottish—bagpipes, Celtic dancing, heavy athletics, and more. How Upstate South Carolina practically became a Scottish enclave nearly 4,000 miles away from Scotland is a story that spans several centuries (not to mention an ocean). In the 1600s, under the reign of King James I, Protestant Scots began settling in the Irish province of Ulster, partially in a bid to convert Ireland (a recent English conquest) from Catholicism. Over the next few generations, religious violence, rising rents, and a series of droughts drove Ulster Scots to immigrate to America en masse in the eighteenth century. Arriving first in Pennsylvania, these new settlers quickly pushed toward the frontier as they discovered much of the coastal land was already owned or was too expensive. They spread southward along the Great Wagon Road into Virginia, and from there, into the Carolinas. Many of these Ulster Scots settled in Greenville and became the backbone of the textile mill industry. Vardry McBee, the “Father of Greenville,” is just one of the notable Scots to contribute to the area.

The Scottish Games began in 2006 as an effort to acknowledge the Upstate’s rich and vibrant Scottish heritage. Patterned after ancient Scottish clan gatherings, the games focus on a strongman competition that evolved from eleventh-century Scottish tournaments to determine the best warriors. However, the games grew far beyond this initial scope into Gallabrae, a weekend-long festival named by the Standing Council of Scottish Clans as one of the top Scottish gatherings in the world. Gallabrae, a Gaelic neologism that means “bold and daring” and “beautiful highlands,” kicks off Memorial Day weekend with the Great Scot! Parade down Greenville’s Main Street and a ceilidh, or social gathering with folk music and dancing, at the TD Amphitheatre. The Greenville Scottish Games remain a cornerstone event on Saturday, but there’s also an opening ceremony featuring massed pipe bands, a British car show, and demonstrations ranging from medieval weaponry to falconry. In keeping with the Scottish fighting spirit and Memorial Day, Gallabrae is also dedicated to the armed forces of the United States and Scotland, with members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers serving as honor guard at the opening ceremony of the games.

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he Metropolitan Arts Council has changed how schools in Greenville County approach education, by making space for art in Upstate classrooms. In 2002, MAC partnered with Greenville County Schools for the Tanglewood Project, an arts-education initiative funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant. The project’s success led to the creation of the SmartARTS program. Over the last decade, SmartARTS has expanded into eight Title 1 schools (although all Greenville County schools are eligible). The backbone of the program is collaboration between teachers and artists: teachers receive training during a weeklong summer institute and partner with teaching artists to team-teach during the school year. The program relies on handson projects in core curricula; no subjects and no artistic media are off limits. The SmartARTS impact is self-evident at Stone Academy. The school’s halls are covered by colorful artwork and poetry, most of which are products of daily hour-long sessions with visiting artists. According to teachers at Stone, one of the program’s most appealing elements is its versatility. While “non-everyday” activities maintain student interest, artists and educators are able to integrate subject matter through a virtually endless spectrum of media. “When we did pottery with [local artist] Shane Bryant, the kids really got that connection of all the pieces,” says Cathy Dodson, a fourth grade teacher at Stone. Bryant collaborated with teachers to help students address the question, “How does history affect you?” Their exploration led to exhibits on pottery and early slavery, which were used as creative springboards for students. “Their hands were dirty, they saw it, they did it, they wrote [poetry] about it, and they heard it. All of those just seemed to come together seamlessly,” says Dodson. For participating artists like Simpsonvillebased painter Marlon Hunt, teaching in the classroom bears many gifts, as well. His seven-plus years in the SmartARTS program have challenged him to think of fresh ways to communicate, both in the studio and the

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classroom. His reward, he says, is seeing kids actually comprehend academic subject matter. “Kids learn in so many different ways,” Hunt says. “Sometimes we are so boxed in, and thinking outside of that box is something I always want to challenge the kids with. As an artist, I’m thinking, ‘What are the ways kids learn best, and how can I fine-tune that so that they can get the most out of this?’” Poet and author Vera Gómez has worked with SmartARTS for more than a decade, watching the program mature and flex. She says that she is constantly amazed at the way writing has impacted the growth and development of even the most reserved of children. “I think that there are different depths to being young, and as we become adults and learn about the grind of family and work, we forget to look at and appreciate things like the blueness of the sky,” she says. “I tell my kids that, today, they’re artists, and there is no right or wrong. And when you combine that freedom, comfort, and trust, more risks are taken.”

Child’s Play: Educators participating in the Metropolitan Arts Council’s SmartARTS program reap the benefits of a varied and creative repetoire of teaching methods— as do their students. For more information, go to greenvillearts. com/smartarts


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Southern Vines Château Élan offers a Georgian taste of wine country / by M. Linda Lee

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hen entrepreneur Donald Panoz, whose pharmaceutical company pioneered the nicotine patch, purchased 3,500 acres of land in Braselton, Georgia, in the early 1980s, he envisioned a vineyard and winery. So the first thing he did was plant 30 acres of vinifera grapes. The second thing he did was construct a winery, modeled on a sixteenth-century French chateau, its steeply pitched roofs rising just off I-85, approximately 100 miles south of Greenville. The posh inn was born later of necessity, to support longer visits to the winery. As it happened, the inn soon outstripped the winery in popularity, and the project mushroomed into a resort encompassing 275 rooms, 5 restaurants, 63 holes of championship golf, a 35,000-square-foot conference center, and a separate European-style spa. Though the winery and vineyard continued to operate, attention clearly shifted over the years from the wine program to the resort. That is, until 2012, when Simone Bergese, a seasoned winemaker from the Piemonte region of Italy, was hired to revamp the wine program at Château Élan. Bergese jumped in, ripping out the 30 acres of vinifera vines, which are difficult to grow in Georgia’s humid climate, and replacing them with indigenous muscadines and vinifera hybrids like chambourcin. Anyone who has tasted muscadine wine recognizes its distinctive, heady nose and cloyingly sweet taste. But these are due to the sugar that winemakers add, not to the inherent sweetness of the muscadines, which actually have less sugar than their vinifera cousins. So, Bergese treated his muscadines like vinifera grapes, aging them in French oak for two months. His muscadine wine, dubbed Muscadry, resembles an offdry Riesling in character, pairing well with sushi and spicy Asian food. Besides “upscaling muscadines,” as he calls it, Bergese also buys grapes from California to use in blending his American Reserve series, which includes Pinot Noir, Merlot, a Syrah-Sangiovese blend, and even a Port. He also partners with the small Azienda Agricole San Marco in northern Italy, which grows and bottles Italian varietals such as Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, and Barbera d’Asti for Bergese under the Château Élan label. As further evidence of Château Élan’s commitment to its wine program, the resort will be undertaking a complete renovation of the winery building, both inside and out. By this time next year, the facility will be transformed with an expanded restaurant, a spacious outdoor terrace, and a new tasting room and wine market.

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Château Élan Winery & Resort 100 Rue Charlemagne, Braselton, Georgia; just off I-85 via exit 126 (678) 425-0900, chateauelan.com


Upcoming Wine Events Château Élan hosts a regular schedule of wine-related events. For more, check chateauelan.com.

May 3 A Taste of Georgia. Go local at this pairing event, which marries Château Élan wines with Georgiamade artisanal food.

May 15 Women of the Winery. Ladies’ night at Château Élan Winery.

May 17 Dining Under the Stars. “Accidental Farmers” is the theme for the May version of this alfresco wine dinner on the vineyard’s sunset lawn.

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n a stifling August night in South Carolina, 1932, Sherriff Furman Chambers finds himself roused from dreamland by an unsettling telephone call: two men have been dragged out onto Highway 9 in front of Hillside Inn and gunned down. As Chambers investigates, only three things are clear: The man who shot them is named Mary Jane Hopewell, the dead men were runners for Larthan Tull’s underground liquor operation, and Tull wants retribution.

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f you’ve been paying any attention, you already know that the new economy has an awful lot to do with old-fashioned ideas. So it goes with the Printshop. A niche merchant founded by a trio of artist-owners, the Printshop will officially open its doors—heavy glass and metal relics that swing out onto West Greenville’s somewhat-forlorn McBeth Street—on May 17. Indeed, the Printshop’s 3,500-square-foot space is

off the beaten path a bit, but anyone who leans a little alternative won’t have a hard time finding proprietor-creators Emory Cash, Jeremy Cody, and Andrew Ramos: their storefront is just around the bend from throwback-grocer and popular eatery Swamp Rabbit Café. (Though it’s not quite west enough to be considered part of the bohemiantransitional Village of West Greenville.) The where will tell you how to find them, of course, but it is not nearly as important as the why. Except, chances are, you’ve never really considered why you might want access to a Kelsey Excelsior Letterpress or graphical chemical lithopress. Indeed, the Printshop appears the answer to a question unasked—that is, until you encounter the new brand of creative that is fueling commerce in some of Greenville’s most unexpected corners. Here’s the problem in a nutshell: You’re an artist or a reformed one, and you decide you want to turn your designs, your drawings, or your dreams into something slightly more tangible or replicable (or both): a notecard, a t-shirt, or a set of lithograph prints, for starters. In art school, most art students have access to a print shop where they can use ink and surface to replicate their artwork. The press equipment is, like the industry itself, a bit of a throwback, lending a hand-made, somewhat one-of-a-kind treatment to the printed product. These days, the industry exists as a unique hybrid of old and new: original artwork is turned into digital files, which are then used to create the plates and molds that are used on the presses. But upon graduation, access to the college print shop typically ends. “So, when they got out of art school, a lot of times, they stop making,” explains co-founder Cash, who graduated from Anderson University in 2006 with a degree in graphic design. He is now the CEO and founder of Loft Resumes. “They may be interested in printing, but they’ve never had access since art school.” It’s a problem all three co-owners experienced. It’s something many of their creative counterparts have suffered. So a cooperative, one that makes printing presses and working studio space available to the art community at large, makes sense. A lot of sense. The more artists make, the more they sell, and the more it fuels that new economy that’s taking off. (continued on page 58) M AY 2 0 1 4 / 5 7


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The Printshop A shared space for making and creating 3 McBeth St, Greenville theprintshop.com theprintshop.co The presses:

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Just ask Cody, who earned his MFA in printmaking from Ohio University and went on to found community print shops in Seattle and Chicago. He recently relocated to Greenville, and he did so with many of the presses he’s accumulated during the past decade in tow. Along with Ramos and Cash, several more presses have been or are being added to the shop. Following the success he experienced in those larger, possibly more art-forward cities, Cody says he expects Greenville, with its eclectic and growing art community, to enjoy a similar renaissance of printmaking. “More than any other industry, printing is a community of sharing,” offers Cody. “Painters might hide their techniques, for example, but we are open about it. We work together and say, ‘You could get a better effect if you did it like this.’ There’s no head-to-head competition.”

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Ink Well: (above, from left) Emory Cash, Jeremy Cody, and Andrew Ramos are the founders of the Printshop, 3,500-square-feet of printing presses, studio space, and creative resources available for community use.

Ramos, whose wife Lib Ramos co-founded the hugely successful Indie Craft Parade, has a distinct grip on that sense of community: In recent years, the illustrator, graphic designer, and founder of Ramos Creative has connected with a variety of other artists and industry leaders by virtue of Indie Craft and its many off-shoots. Cash and Cody were among those connections. Printmaking might be considered by some to be more “process” than an art. But it is still an artistic medium, and it is one that’s largely inaccessible because of how bulky, heavy, and expensive print equipment is. The Printshop makes available (for a studio fee and after completing required safety training) this equipment for things like etching, silkscreen, lithography, woodcut, monotype, letterpress, and more. Two extra-large 48” x 96” worktables, plus two 36” x 72” glass slabs for mixing ink are in the wide-open workspace, as well as vacuum tables for silkscreen, a nipping press for bookbinding, a library full of resource material, and more. “People want this kind of business, and they want it here in Greenville,” Ramos offers. “But we know from talking to them, they would also be willing to come from another city or even another state for the opportunity to DIY.”


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16 March ’14 Dear Pops—Katie and I landed safely in steamy-hot Port-auPrince. (You remember Katie Dey, right? One of Maggie’s strings teachers at Governor’s School back in the day? She’s the one who talked me into this little junket.) In the city, the signs of the earthquake are still here. Tent cities and crumbled halfbuildings. Now, we’re in the hills, in Cange, a village perched on both sides of National Highway #3, a thousand feet above Lake Peligre. You asked me why in the world folks in Haiti needed—or even wanted—creative writing classes. I hear you, man. Wondering the same thing myself. I’ll let you know if I find an answer. —Scott 17 March ’14 Hey Maggie! You should see the way these kids flock around your old mentor, Katie. Guess why? Because she has something they badly want . . . music. For real. They line up at 7am to wait for her. They hang out by this dank, mildewy storage room until someone unlocks the instruments, so they can practice before

school. And when the band fires up later in the morning, the locals gather, just to watch rehearsals near this small fishpond. You should see the faces on these kids when they get to play music. It’s like they just discovered a new country. Love, Dad 18 March ’14 Robert—Your wife’s a rock star. I didn’t know she could teach brass and conduct a band, too. She asked me to get in touch and see if you could round up a few things to send down here. Like any used violin or cello strings. A spare chin rest. Maybe a tuning peg or two. Man, these instruments are in sad shape. These kids would probably have a seizure if they actually played on a set of new strings. Can you hit up a few of your symphony friends for their used ones? Anything would help, trust me. They are begging for instruments that work. —Scott 18 March ’14 Pops—In case you need to get me, we’re staying at Zanmi Lasante (Creole for “Partners in Health”). It’s a little compound of

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Holder of humanitarian wonderfulness in Cange. Did you finish that book I gave you? Mountains Beyond Mountains? Probably not. A guy named Tracy Kidder wrote it about Paul Farmer, the doctor who co-founded Partners in Health. Brought some firstworld healthcare to the third world here in Cange. Lives got better after he came. Healthier. I suppose you could say that we’re here because of Paul Farmer. When people don’t have to spend every waking minute just trying to stay alive, they can open up a little space in their world for the arts. Like poetry. Or music. Interesting thought, huh? —Scott 19 March ’14 Emily! So I’m in front of this class, sweating buckets because it’s 90 outside. And 90 inside. These students are older, between like 18 and 25. They attend this school called CFFL (stands for Centre de Formation Fritz Lafontant). It’s sort of a tech school. The men and women study agriculture or construction or woodworking. And today they look at me like I’m an alien. They are polite enough, but the expression on their faces says: Why are you here? I tell them we’re going to write poetry. Crickets. Silence. Then Jenn the Translator tells them in French, and they laugh at me like a chorus. Didn’t need Jenn to translate that response. Hangin’ in there, Dad 20 March ’14 Dear Maggie—Remember when I taught you how to fish? Taught you how to reel one in? Well, I am reeling in these students. At first, they didn’t want to play ball, didn’t want to write poems. Then I showed them what a poem can do, how it can feel to connect with a reader, with a stranger. Now they are dying to write about their families, about Haiti, about love. I mean, today we talked about abstract versus concrete. And they dug it. Check this out—I asked them to write a love poem, but they couldn’t use the word love. (Get it? Very concrete.) Blew their minds. Cannot wait to read what they come up with. Later—Dad 20 March ’14 To the National Endowment for the Arts . . . Dear NEA People— This morning in Cange, Haiti, a 17-year-old poet named Jean Bonhomme showed up at my door and asked me translate his Creole poetry into English. One poem was about his mother Write of Way: Scott Gould, writer and creative writing instructor at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, traveled to Cange, Haiti, to share his love of poetry with students like Jean Bonhomme.

and how hard Haitian mothers must work to keep their children fed. Listen to this opening line: “In this world, a mother’s life tears like a worn t-shirt.” In other words, there are writers tucked away in dusty villages in Haiti begging for chances to express themselves. I believe we should talk about how we can help make this happen. Sincerely, Scott Gould, creative writing teacher at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville, SC 21 March ’14 To the Honorable Knox White . . . Dear Mr. Mayor—Just a quick message to let you know what a strange and wonderful connection Greenville has with a little Haitian village, Cange. For instance, a man from Greenville helped figure out how to pump fresh water from a lake, a mile up a mountain . . . and keep villagers alive. The arts center in Cange is named for a Greenvillian. And Gillaine Warne, from Greenville by way of Australia, spends half her time and most of her energy here, running the school she started. Now, Greenville is sending artists regularly to help young folks express themselves through music and writing. (I’ve got some poetry samples for you.) I know you’ve got that whole sister-city thing going on with Bergamo, Italy. But how about a sister-third-world-village? Greenville, meet Cange. Yours truly, Scott Gould, a Greenvillian 21 March ’14 Emily—I’m willing to bet you 20 bucks that today saw the first ever poetry reading at CFFL. Yep. All those students who weren’t too excited about poetry? Today, we had a public reading of original works. In English! Their poems were brimming with love. Might be love of family or country or God or the love of love itself. When I heard Bernide read her poem (a feminist piece called “Woman”) and she said, “Woman, you are like the horizon that swallows the last hours of night,” I almost cried. That’s a gorgeous, honest, perfect line. I think they’ve actually figured out how powerful their words can be. We all exchanged poems and email addresses. But I think we ultimately (hopefully?) exchanged a lot more. —Dad 21 March ’14 Pops—Our last night in Cange. Imagine a little makeshift stage in the dining hall of Zanmi Lasante. Imagine students (kids, really) in bright white shirts. Imagine them playing music together. I heard instrumental bands, string ensembles. There were dancers, too. My young poet/friend, Jean Bonhomme, read a poem in Creole about his mother, and I followed him with the English translation. I don’t know how to say “tissue” in Creole, but that’s what they were passing around in the crowd. There’s something borderline miraculous when people who are aching to express themselves suddenly discover the outlet art provides. These folks are playing music and writing poems for the sheer joy of creation. No agendas here. Just passion. Talk to you when I land in Miami. —Scott 22 March ’14 Dear Jean Bonhomme—Here are some things I forgot to tell you last night. Always respect the power of language. Always love your mother. Remember that art can squeeze into the smallest places in your life, so make some space for it. Remember the details are more important than the big picture. Don’t forget to go to the fishpond and listen to the band every day. (Music is always good for your heart.) Don’t forget to pay attention to the things the world offers. And don’t forget to write. Your friend, Scott

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AFTER DECADES OF NEGLECT, THE FORMER MILL COMMUNITY OF WEST GREENVILLE FINDS ITSELF UNDER THE LIGHT, WITH A GROWING LEGION OF ARTISTS, GALLERIES, RESTAURANTS, AND OTHER BUSINESSES MOVING IN. NOW, THE POTENTIAL FOR THE NEWLY REBRANDED VILLAGE OF WEST GREENVILLE BOTH EXCITES AND CHALLENGES OWNERS AND RESIDENTS ALIKE, EACH WITH VESTED INTERESTS AND BRIGHT HOPES. / by Steven Tingle // photography by J. Aaron Greene & Paul Mehaffey 74 TOWN / towncarolina.com


AFTER DECADES OF NEGLECT, THE FORMER MILL COMMUNITY OF WEST GREENVILLE FINDS ITSELF UNDER THE LIGHT, WITH A GROWING LEGION OF ARTISTS, GALLERIES, RESTAURANTS, AND OTHER BUSINESSES MOVING IN. NOW, THE POTENTIAL FOR THE NEWLY REBRANDED VILLAGE OF WEST GREENVILLE BOTH EXCITES AND CHALLENGES OWNERS AND RESIDENTS ALIKE, EACH WITH VESTED INTERESTS AND BRIGHT HOPES.

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Neighborhood Watch: (opposite) The Village of West Greenville is a blend of influences, from Lily Wikoff of Lily Pottery to blues icon Dr. Mac Arnold.

It’s safe to assume that many of the longtime residents of West Greenville are unaware their neighborhood

now has a Web site, or a logo, or a social media campaign. But it’s also safe to assume many of those people don’t care. West Greenville has been their

home for decades, and they’ve weathered all types of changes. They’ve watched a thriving industry sputter, then stall, then crash. They’ve watched jobs disappear and services grow scarce.

They’ve watched buildings decay and sidewalks buckle. They’ve heard gunshots and sirens and rumors of redevelopment. And, for many of those years, they’ve lived behind a veil. West Greenville has long been a neighborhood in the shadows. A footnote in the textile history of the Upstate. A ghost town of living, breathing souls. the mills, making it one of the first “outlet” stores. But by the early 1970s, the textile industry was losing steam. Foreign competition and new technology were chipping away at the profitability of the mills. Like a spigot gradually being closed, the economy of West Greenville was slowing to a drip. “There was no magic date when it changed,” says local historian Don Koonce. “But the town turned its back on a dying industry, and everything shifted northeast.” For West Greenville, this ushered in a time of poverty, crime, drugs, and blight. reenville native Reverend Vardrey Fleming, pastor of Bethel Bible Missionary Church since 1970, remembers the change. “West Greenville became known for all of the social ills you could think of,” he says. It became so bad that Fleming considered moving his church, which is located just north of Pendleton Street, to a safer area. “I began looking around, then said no, I’m going to stay and make this a mission,” Fleming says. “A mission to rid West Greenville of all of the substandard housing and also to have a diverse community. Because you can’t build a strong community without a mixture of people.” As president of the West Greenville Neighborhood Association, Fleming has diligently worked toward his goal, and along with other organizations has improved the quality of the housing in the area significantly. During a 2009 interview with the Journal Watchdog, Fleming was quoted as saying, “Within the next five years, I believe this neighborhood won’t be recognizable by those who once knew it.” Five years later the reverend’s prediction is pretty close to the mark.

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FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY,

West Greenville was the pulsing heartbeat at the center of the Textile Crescent. Brandon Mill opened in 1899 and Woodside, less than a mile north, in 1902. In 1914, after a second addition was completed, Woodside became the largest cotton mill under one roof in the world. With Judson Mill less than a 15-minute walk to the south, West Greenville was a hub of commerce serving the needs of three mill villages. There were restaurants, stores, community centers, and a theatre. Hosea’s Restaurant, on the corner of Pendleton and Perry, was open 24 hours a day, and at dawn served milkmen and mailmen beginning their workday alongside third-shift mill workers ending theirs. Even non-residents were drawn to West Greenville as the Brandon Mill company store sold overruns from 76 TOWN / towncarolina.com


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IN THE EARLY 2000s, despite the successful efforts of those working to elevate the housing

Scenic Tour: (opposite) Artist Diane Kilgore Condon (bottom-right) founded the ArtBomb (top) in response to rising real estate prices in downtown Greenville. Now, the ArtBomb’s studios and gallery spaces are bursting with creative energy; Clemson University’s Center for Visual ArtsGreenville is a gallery and laboratory for students, alumni, and faculty.

options in the area, the economy of West Greenville was still stagnant. On Pendleton Street, a handful of stores were open, but most buildings were shuttered and some were falling apart. Hosea’s Restaurant had closed in the 1970s, and the 10,000-square-foot Brandon Mill store had been boarded up for decades. The sidewalks bordering Pendleton Street remained eerily quiet and empty as if setting the stage for a tumbleweed to roll past. During those years, it seemed West Greenville was all but forgotten by those who didn’t live there. If you were looking to open a business, West Greenville was not even on your radar. But if you were an artist looking for cheap studio space, well, that’s another story. “I rented space on Coffee Street for ten years but then real estate started to shift,” says artist Diane Kilgore Condon, who in the early 2000s, found herself, as well as other artists, being priced out of the area surrounding Main Center for Visual Arts–Greenville opens Street. “We were driving around looking for a place to rent real-world opportunities for students and came into West Greenville the back way,” she says. by Kathleen Nalley “We stopped at the first large, commercial building we ran into, and there was a little sign in the window that said Clemson University’s latest addition to Greenville started ‘For Sale or Lease.’” The building was the old Brandon Mill with a question: how can the university design a place that company store, and Diane immediately saw its potential. merges the interests of students, faculty, and alumni with those of emerging and acclaimed artists, and contribute Eighteen months later, she had purchased the building, to the fabric of the surrounding community? The answer formed a non-profit, and was renting out studio space in was the Clemson University Center for Visual Arts–Greenville the newly named “ArtBomb” for $100 a month. (CVA-G), an art gallery/student laboratory/project space hile artists seemed to be comfortable with the located in the Village, where students, faculty, and alumni area, others were left scratching their heads. participate with art historians, artists, critics, and curators. “The only questions people had were, ‘Is your The facility was made possible by a gift from Richard and Gwen Heusel. life insurance up to date,’ or ‘Has anyone been The CVA-G is a satellite of the CVA at Clemson University, held up at gunpoint?’ That was all people were interested which serves as the umbrella for all visual art activities. in. That was the only set of beliefs they had about the While plans for a future campus facility are underway, a area,” Diane says. Twelve years later the ArtBomb is still facility like the CVA-G opens a world of new possibilities for full of artists, and Diane is still charging a pittance for students. “Art students typically exhibit on campus,” explains Greg Shelnutt, art department chair at Clemson. “Here, studio space. “We’ve only gone up $50 in twelve years,” they are participating in a thriving urban environment with she says. “We really should go up. Rents are going up community members and professional artists, which allows everywhere else, and it would make this a lot easier.” them to push their art beyond the university setting.” Diane is again seeing the shifting landscape of real estate For the community, the CVA-G is one important piece of and knows today it would be impossible for someone to the whole. Explains Shelnutt, “A place like this can be part of create something like the ArtBomb in West Greenville. a larger dialogue. It can be an incubator of ideas as well as an expression of a community’s identity.” “When we came in, we had the luxury of low overhead,” The CVA-G collaborates with local schools such as she says. “The studios coming in now don’t have that, so Legacy Charter (for which they received a $5,000 SC there is a different mission.” Arts Commission grant) and Upstate businesses and Soon other artists came and opened their own studios organizations to create an immersive creative environment and eventually the area became known as the Pendleton for the community. The center also hosts the monthly West Street Arts District, then later as the Far West End. New Greenville Business Association meetings and participates in First Friday. Additionally, they’re partnering with other energy was flowing through West Greenville, although at Upstate arts organizations in an effort to better shape a very moderate rate. community-wide arts initiative. But now the pace of change is increasing significantly. “I’m currently working with Fleming Markel to curate A repurposing of the Brandon Mill into residential and an exhibit ‘It Takes a Village,’” says Gene Ellenberg, CVA-G retail space has just been announced, and Mac Arnold’s program coordinator and artist. “We’ve challenged neighborhood artists to create new works that inform a Plate Full O’ Blues music venue, located just steps away context of being here in the Village.” The pair will exhibit the from the old Hosea’s building, is bringing some real food works in the summer at Riverworks Gallery at Arts Crossing back to the town, with ASADA restaurant sharing interior in downtown Greenville. space. Last year the area was renamed “The Village,” and Bob Morris, president of the Community Foundation of a full branding campaign is now underway. According Greenville, an organization that invested $100,000 into the to the Village Web site, there are four galleries and 24 CVA-G, thinks Clemson’s presence in the Village to be an important part of the neighborhood’s revitalization. “There’s studios where artists create photography, paintings, an important sense of momentum here in the Village, and jewelry, sculpture, iron works, and “outsider art.” But Clemson brings a grasp on a comprehensive, long-term hipness comes with a price. (continued on page 82)

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“I began looking around, then said no, I’m going to stay and make this a misson to have a diverse community. Because you can’t build a strong community without a mixture of people.” —Reverend Vardrey Fleming

vision. We feel like the CVA-G is poised to impact our local economy and the community as a whole.” Adds Ellenberg, “The traditional thinking is that you have to go elsewhere to experience a contemporary arts culture: day trips to see indie films in Atlanta or works at the High Museum. Greenville has certainly embraced the arts, but more recently I’ve noticed more critical and progressive movements. The works produced in our own community, brought together within the right context, and those international artists exhibiting locally, are, indeed, relevant and dynamic. The CVA-G is helping to bring that experience here, and that’s very exciting.”

For more information, go to blogs.clemson.edu/cvagreenville or visit CVA-G at 1278 Pendleton Street, Greenville.

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On a Mission: ASADA’s mission-style tacos are available, with a full menu and specials, inside Dr. Mac Arnold’s Plate Full O’ Blues music lounge; (opposite) textile artist Mandy Blankenship lives and works in the neighborhood; ribbons of house-made fettuccine at Naked Pasta; the Village’s numerous studios and galleries make it an art-buying destination.

“IT’S THE CLASSIC STORY OF ARTISTS LOOKING FOR CHEAP RENT,”

says textile artist Mandy Blankenship, who also serves as the artist representative for the West Greenville Business Association. “They come in and make an area cool, and then the visionary developers come in and rents rise, and it pushes the artists out.” Originally from Dallas, Mandy, along with her husband Joshua, recently purchased a home near Brandon Mill, and both are deeply involved in the growth of the community. “You have these families who have lived in the area a super long time, and I would hate to see them get pushed out,” she says. “But at the same time you want progress, so there’s a lot of tension. I don’t know a way around that story, but if there is a way I would certainly love to do it.” Artist Jennifer Lynne Ziemann, who rents studio space on Pendleton Street, is cautiously excited about the growth. As a single mom working in downtown Greenville during the day and painting and teaching art classes in the evenings and on weekends, she hopes the community remains centered on the artists and longtime residents alike. “For it to go forward as a true arts community, we need to embrace the community that is already here,” she says. “Businesses should come in, but it needs to first be an arts district so artists can afford to be here. I do wonder where this is all going to lead.” iane Kilgore Condon realizes the development of the area is going to happen one way or another but hopes it happens slowly and organically, and with respect for the longtime residents in the area who have lived through even the darkest days of West Greenville with dignity and pride. “I think we’re a little starstruck about ourselves,” she says. “I think some are trying to go too fast and getting frustrated by the fact that they can’t have it all right now. We need to remember that for 15 decades there has been death and sorrow and joy and success and effort and beauty in this area. It’s a beautiful neighborhood. I loved it the way it was. I love it the way it is. And hopefully I will love it the way it will be.” To call what is presently happening in West Greenville a “renaissance” might be overly generous. During First Fridays, the monthly open studio and gallery event, Pendleton Street is bustling with life and possibility. On most other days, however, the sidewalks are empty and many of the studios closed, as the artists, most of whom do not live in West Greenville, are elsewhere, working their day jobs. But venture one or two streets over from Pendleton in either direction, and you will see life in progress: kids playing basketball in the streets, a woman in a housedress planting geraniums in plastic swan planters, a mom pushing a baby in a stroller. The new name of this area may prove visionary because a diverse community is what really makes a village. As artists, entrepreneurs, investors, and residents come together in West Greenville, there is potential for something truly wonderful to happen.

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Naked Pasta owner Julie Jenkins loves the community that’s developing in West Greenville. “It’s endearing,” she says. “We all know each other by name in the Village, and also the names of spouses, children, and dogs. We support each other like family.” Julie works alongside her husband Ed Creighton, his children, and a few key team members. “When you’re a small business,” she says, “everyone does everything.” Julie’s desire to create an open kitchen wherein artisanal products are made stemmed not only from a love of pasta, but from an adoration of farmers’ markets, as well. “The downtown market was something I looked forward to every Saturday, so the desire to become a part of it was my driving force.” Since then, Naked Pasta has widened its circuit; they’re now represented at stores in Spartanburg, Anderson, and Flat Rock, as well. This month, Naked Pasta plans to expand in another way. Ed is using the space just next door to develop a common area for artists, writers, and foodies to relax and enjoy the Village. “It’s going to be called the Wheel,” Julie says, and will house writing workshops and art classes, as well as serve as a place for folks to relax and enjoy food from next door.” TO TRY I’m loving the gluten-free linguine topped with Naked Pasta’s fresh-made vodka sauce, and tend to top with sautéed shrimp or vegetables. Or both. Julie’s current favorite is the mushroom fettuccine (seasoned with porcinis) and paired with their Italian sausage and basil marinara. We agree that the squid ink pasta—full flavored and aesthetically dramatic due to its deep black color— goes well, simply, with a drizzle of olive oil from Palmetto Olive Oil on Augusta Street, Greenville. Down the street, ASADA owners Roberto Cortez and Gina Petti spend much of their day prepping food inside their kitchen, positioned in the back of Dr. Mac Arnold’s Full Plate O’ Blues. “That’s the biggest adjustment we’ve had to make,” Gina says, referring to their move from food truck to the new static customer-to-counter location. “The prep work. The long hours. We’re making food all day.” I’m early (which never happens) and hungry (which is mostly how I remain) when I arrive for lunch one bright Tuesday. The doors are unlocked, though, and Mac Arnold himself moves about the place in his signature cowboy hat, straightening chairs, paintings, the bar. Service is not set to begin for another half hour, but Roberto doesn’t turn me away. Instead, he prepares a feast of my favorite tacos, chips, pico de gallo, and a mandarin Jarritos soda. Because, if you’ve experienced ASADA’s food, you’ve left with a full belly but also an understanding of their kindness. Halfway through the meal, Gina arrives with a bottle of sriracha, concerned I haven’t enough spice. After that, Roberto emerges from the kitchen with a ramekin of guacamole he’s—just that minute—finished making. “Some good things come,” he says, “from getting here early.” TO TRY ASADA is known for their carnitas taco, a staple. As one Yelp reviewer puts it, “It was one of the best things I have ever tasted.” Currently I’m loving their fried chicken karaage taco, which is marinated in sake/ginger/soy and topped with a Latin-Asian slaw, jalapeños, radishes, cabbage, scallions, and sesame seeds.


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f you’re a cocktail lover, you might have a few bottles of tonic water kicking around the back of your refrigerator. Perhaps there’s a dusty bottle of grenadine, too, should you need to stir up an emergency tequila sunrise. You probably never think twice about these bar staples. And, for years, no one else was either. But as the craft spirits revival started to swell, Charleston resident Brooks Reitz had an epiphany. “I didn’t want to mix grocery store tonic with a great craft gin,” he explains. Reitz began tinkering with his own tonic: a concentrated syrup that marries quinine with white pepper, lemongrass, clove, allspice, and orange peel. He and co-founder Matt Burt perfected the recipe, and before long, his small-batch tonic was being bottled, sold, and served across the country. Designed to be diluted with soda water, Jack Rudy tonic delivers layers of flavor, finishing with the quintessential quinine bite. Christened after Reitz’s great-grandfather, Jack Rudy Cocktail Company’s next move was to rescue grenadine from the back of the bar, where the garish red syrup sat largely ignored. Jack Rudy’s classic version blends family-farmed pomegranates, orange flower water, and cane sugar—and makes quite a case for keeping those bottles in the open. ))) Find more recipes with Jack Rudy’s Small-Batch Tonic at towncarolina.com 88 TOWN / towncarolina.com

METHODOLOGY: Muddle the orange together with all ingredients in a double old-fashioned glass. Fill with ice and top with club soda. Garnish with an orange wheel.

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alone, we go through five gallons of it,” he notes. The base is a seafood stock, made with cooked lobsters pulverized in a Vitamix. Fish bones, shrimp, and crabmeat also figure in the soup, which is thickened with a roux and finished off with a generous dose of cream just before serving. When I ask Chef Gerard if he will share his seafood bisque recipe, he quickly responds: “No one wants to make this at home!” And as he details the complex process, which requires expensive ingredients (a bunch of lobsters, for starters) and takes about a half-day to complete, I realize he’s right. It’s best to let Gerard do the work, and drop in for dinner at Coal Fired Bistro to enjoy the delicious, sherryspiked results. Chef Gerard Cribbin’s signature seafood bisque, $7 Coal Fired Bistro, 8595 Pelham Rd, Greenville. (864) 329-0400, coalfiredbistro.com Sea Section: Chef Gerard Cribbin, a fixture in the Upstate culinary scene, has reestablished himself at Coal Fired Bistro.

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ans of the erstwhile Gerard’s Restaurant in Greer will welcome a familiar face at Coal Fired Bistro these days: Chef Gerard Cribbin is back in town. Since last October, the former chef/partner of Gerard’s has been crafting his signature seafood bisque and other specialties on Greenville’s east side. Inspired by his mother, Cribbin always loved to cook. He started his career at age 15 in a New Jersey pizza joint, where he quickly made the move from cleaning boy to kitchen helper. “I couldn’t learn fast enough,” says the chef, who, as a teen, would funnel his meager salary back into the restaurant’s pinball machines. Happy to be working in Greenville again, after several years at the Cliffs communities, Cribbin is rising to the new challenge like his coal-fired-oven-baked Italian rolls. He has put his stamp on the menu, adding signatures such as his luscious seafood bisque, tender fried calamari—made with fresh Rhode Island squid—and linguini Cardinale, incorporating lobster meat and spinach in a rosy, lobster cream sauce. Seafood bisque is a dish he’s made for years, and customers still go wild for it. “On a crowded Friday night


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ASADA If tacos are a marriage between flavor and mobility, then ASADA food truck is the epitome of the concept. Fresh missionstyle tacos are a staple on the menu. And if you find the rotating stable of food truck stops too unpredictable, there’s the brick-and-mortar kitchen inside Mac Arnold’s Plate Full O’ Blues in the Village of West Greenville. Food truck locations vary; ASADA at Mac Arnold’s Plate Full O’ Blues, 1237 Pendleton St, Greenville. Times vary. asadarestaurant. com; facebook.com/ asadafood; Twitter: @ASADAfood

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PAPI’S TACOS Table 301 plankowner Jorge “Papi” Baralles brings family tradition and the familiar childhood flavors of Cuautla, Mexico, to this walk-up taqueria on the Reedy River. The menu is short and to the point—a selection of tacos with veggies, shrimp, pork, beef, chicken barbacoa, or chicken and chorizo. Get in, get out, and enjoy Falls Park—with tacos in hand, of course. 300 River St, Greenville. Mon–Sat, 11am–7pm; Sun, 11am–5pm. (864) 3737274, eatpapistacos.com TORTILLA MARIA In accordance with her restaurant’s mission, owner Maria Mehrabani has cleaned up the taco’s cheap and cheerful origins for a more refined, healthier take on this Mexican street food staple. Seasonally available, locally grown ingredients are wrapped in fresh-made organic corn tortillas for guilt-free munching. 115 Pelham Rd, Greenville. Tues–Fri, 11am–9pm; Sat, Noon– 9pm. (864) 271-0742, tortillamaria.com

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THE LOCAL TACO While tradition dictates certain taco fillings, flour and corn tortillas are really blank canvases upon which flavors dance, mingle, and surprise. The Greenville outpost of Nashville-based Local Taco takes advantage, packing their tacos full of adventurous flavors like Korean barbecue and smoked brisket. The taco joint also makes good on its name with locally sourced ingredients, and a location in the refurbished Campbell’s Pharmacy makes it a popular neighborhood stop.


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Guide ROOST This nod to the enterprising farm-to-table trend lends a modern, tasty addition to North Main. Executive Chef Trevor Higgins brings old-fashioned Southern favorites into the twenty-first century. For brunch, try the buttermilk or buckwheat pancakes with Happy Cow whipped butter and maple syrup, or the smoked bacon and cheddar omelet. Beers from Quest, Thomas Creek, Highland, and Sweetwater showcase regional breweries, and cocktails like the Gentleman’s Agreement (Carolina peach moonshine and black tea) pay homage to local flavors at the glass-fronted bar overlooking NoMa Square. $ - $$$, B, L, D, SBR. 220 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 298-2424, roostrestaurant.com

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

AMERICAN GROCERY

American Grocery offers refined American cuisine that emphasizes the highest-quality, seasonal ingredients, many from local producers. Mother’s Day brunch is

no exception, with dishes prepared especially for the holiday. Past favorites include Pig & Pancakes, with house-cured bacon and Zephyr pancakes, and the AGR “Royale with Cheese,” an 8 oz. house-ground ribeye burger with Lusty Monk mustard and all the trimmings. $$-$$$, D. Mother’s Day

brunch: 11am-2:30pm. 732 S Main St. (864) 232-7665, americangr.com THE BOHEMIAN CAFÉ

Treat your taste buds and ears at the Bohemian Café, side-by-side with the legendary Horizon Records music store. This eclectic café with

an international flair serves up daily specials for curry and pasta. For Sunday brunch, treat yourself to the Bloody Mary bar, or indulge your sweet tooth with a slice of homemade rum cake. $$, L, D,

SBR. Closed Monday. 2 W Stone Ave, Greenville. (864) 233-0006, thebohemiancafe.com

at their new location in Mauldin, where the crab cakes Benedict plays a starring role in Mother’s Day brunch. Or forgo brunch for dinner at the original location—with a Falls Park view or patio seat, you won’t leave unsatisfied. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. Closed Monday. 608-B S Main St. (864) 232-4100, chicoraalley.com

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COFFEE UNDERGROUND

Chicora Alley’s Caribbean riff on traditional Mexican and Southern fare offers signature crab cakes or mile-high nachos, shrimp and chicken burritos, quesadillas, and more. Now offering Sunday brunch

Coffee Underground boasts a wide selection of specialty coffees, hot chocolate, and adult libations. If you’re craving more substantial fare, choose from a splendid breakfastanytime option, sandwiches, soups,

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FORD’S OYSTER HOUSE & CAJUN KITCHEN

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Ford’s—a nod to Greenville’s first Ford dealership of 1918 in the same building—combines fresh seafood with Cajun flavor straight from New Orleans. For Mother’s Day, look for special additions to the brunch buffet’s regular selection of fried chicken, waffles, shrimp and grits, and oysters. $-$$, L, D, SBR. Ford’s Oyster House & Cajun Kitchen, 631 S Main St. (864) 223-6009, fordsoysterhouse.com

THE GREEN ROOM

Like a European brasserie, the Green Room’s diverse menu features standout dishes that change with the time of day. Enjoy brunch any day with eggs Benedict or the mini crab cakes topped with chipotle cilantro lime remoulade. For dinner, the melt-in-your-mouth, sweet chipotle meatloaf is the ticket. $$$, B, L, D, SBR. 116 N Main St. (864) 335-8222, thegreenroomupstate.com GRITS & GROCERIES

Although this little place isn’t open on Sunday, Mom will enjoy a sumptuous Southern brunch and a drive to Belton just as much the day before. Any meal here should begin with the addictive praline bacon, topped with brown sugar and pecans. Then, perhaps on to the Carolina shrimp gravy and grits or a ginger-pear waffle. Just be sure to save room for the decadent desserts. How could you resist the Coca-Cola cake or a homemade fried apple pie with cinnamon ice cream? $-$$. B, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 2440 Due West Hwy, Belton. (864) 2963316, gritsandgroceries.info

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chicken and waffles and bourbonmaple cranberry glaze or choose the classic shrimp and grits dish. $$$-

Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook picturesque Falls Park for an airy and relaxed dining room. For Mother’s Day, enjoy a unique take on brunch with huevos rancheros (served with black beans, chorizo, and beef tenderloin) or the Scottish salmon salad (including fingerling potatoes, dilly beans, tarragon dressing, and a pickled egg). $$$-$$$$. D, SBR. 550 S Main St. (864) 335-4200, highcottongreenville.com LARKIN’S ON THE RIVER

Located fortuitously between the Peace Center and the Reedy River, Larkin’s seeks to balance upscale dining with comfort. On Sundays, satisfy your brunch craving with the

The menu for the Lazy Goat’s Mother’s Day brunch buffet promises the same Mediterranean inspiration they’ve become known for. Try dishes like Spanish frittatas with chorizo and Manchego cheese or Israeli couscous with tomatoes and cucumbers in a lemon-mint dressing.

$$-$$$, L, D. Mother’s Day brunch: 10am–3pm. 170 River Pl. (864) 6795299, thelazygoat.com LIBERTY TAP ROOM BAR & GRILL

Located next to Fluor Field, Liberty Tap Room Bar & Grill is both pregame watering hole and after-work hangout. Dinner choices range from the classic burger and juicy steaks to spinach pizza. Gather with friends around the long bar to enjoy one of the nearly 50 brews on tap—or try the signature Bloody Mary with your favorite brunch meal. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 941 S Main St. (864) 770-7777, libertytaproom.com

THE NOSE DIVE

The Nose Dive is city bar meets corner bistro. A wide range of beer (local, domestic, international), wine, and an ambitious menu that hits nearly every continent make it hard not to dive in. With Chef Spencer Thomson, formerly of Devereaux’s, now in charge of the kitchen, look for an elevated gastro pub experience for every meal, from golden tilefish with shrimp bisque to a customized grits bar at brunch. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 116 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 373-7300, thenosedive.com PASSERELLE

At this dining hotspot, you can gaze over the lush Falls Park scenery while digging into mouthwatering French-inspired cuisine. Make a brunch date to enjoy elevated classics like crêpes filled with Nutella, bananas, hazelnuts, and orange syrup, or stick with hot sandwiches such as the traditional croque monsieur, made with Gruyere cheese and Mornay sauce on sourdough. $$$, L (Mon-Fri), D, BR (Sat-Sun). 601 S Main St. (864) 2719700, passerelleinthepark.com

MARY BETH’S AT MCBEE STATION

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Breakfast is an essential meal, and Mary Beth’s treats it accordingly. Take your pick: biscuits, omelets, eggs Benedict, waffles, crepes, and pancakes populate the breakfast menu. Or don’t pick—get the Mega Breakfast for a hearty menu sampling. For something later in the day, Mary Beth’s also has lunch and dinner menus that include sandwiches, rack of lamb, and salmon fillets. $$-$$$, B, L, D (Thurs–

Local flavor shines here in entrées like the crab cakes with remoulade and bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with habañero butter sauce. With an astonishing selection of 700 wines, you can’t miss the perfect complement to your meal. Featuring different selections every week, the Sunday brunch buffet showcases the chefs’ creativity. For breakfast and lunch any day of the week (think soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts), check out Soby’s on the Side, right around the corner.

Sat). 500 E McBee Ave. (864) 2422535, marybethsatmcbee.com MARY’S AT FALLS COTTAGE

Located in historic Falls Cottage, Mary’s offers brunch and lunch with a charming atmosphere Mom will love (grab a seat on the upstairs patio overlooking the park). The menu includes the Chicken Salad Croissant, as well as French toast, eggs Benedict, and essential homemade desserts. $-$$, L, SBR.

Closed Monday. 615 S Main St. (864) 298-0005, fallscottage.com NANTUCKET SEAFOOD GRILL

Greenville may be landlocked, but Rick Erwin’s restaurant brings us closer to the sea. The day’s fresh catch tops the menu—grilled, seared, broiled, blackened, or in chefdesigned specialties. For brunch, try a blue crab omelet or salmon BLT. $$-$$$$, D, SBR. 40 W Broad St. (864) 546-3535, nantucketseafoodgrill.com

$$$-$$$$, D, SBR. 207 S Main St. (864) 232-7007, sobys.com SOUTHERN CULTURE KITCHEN & BAR

Industrial meets organic with handcrafted farm tables, rustic, bronze chandeliers, and reclaimed wood beams throughout the dining room. For brunch or dinner, there’s the pulled pork nachos: a tower of fried wonton trips interwoven with pulled pork, slaw, melted cheese, and barbecue sauce. And in a nod to the service industry, there’s now Monday night brunch.

here is best begun with a cup of Lowcountry crab and corn chowder, followed by a patty melt or perhaps a Poinsett Chicken BLT. Sunday brunch offers elegant buffet service and a la carte options. Seafood ceviche, rosemary-roasted pork loin with onion bacon jam, and broiled grouper with papaya chutney are on deck for Mother’s Day. $-$$$, B, L,

SBR. 120 S Main St. (864) 421-9700, westinpoinsettgreenville.com/ restaurant

STELLAR RESTAURANT & WINE BAR

Elegant tapas and an extensive wine list (including beer) punctuate this intimate second-story space. Try the lobster and potato croquettas in fennel remoulade or the smoked Australian rack of lamb for dinner and perhaps finish off with chocolate fondue. The Chivito sandwich (made with steak, pork belly, and pineapple mayo) is a brunch favorite, though the special menu for Mother’s Day will include dishes made especially for the holiday. $-$$$, L, D. 20 N Main St, Ste B. (864) 438-4954, stellarwinebar.com STELLA’S SOUTHERN BISTRO

Whet your appetite with the houseinfused pineapple martini, served with pineapple-infused orange vodka and ginger syrup before you begin digging into Chef Jason Scholz’s 2- or 3-course Mother’s Day menu. Start with the pecan goat cheese and frisée salad in warm bacon vinaigrette, followed by the mapleglazed duck sausage and fritter, and end with a flourless chocolate torte.

$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 684-C Fairview Rd, Simpsonville. (864) 757-1212, stellasbistro.com TUPELO HONEY CAFÉ

Need a downtown restaurant where you can camp out for all three meals of the day? Look no further than Tupelo Honey, where big Southern charm is served with a steaming hot biscuit. Indulge in the famous sweet potato pancakes (topped with pecans and peach butter of course) any time of day, or for a heartier appetite, try one of the mouthwatering sandwiches like the Southern Fried BLT. $$, B, L, D. 1 N Main St, Suite T, Greenville. (864) 451-6200, tupelohoneycafe.com

$$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Mon–Sat), SBR. 2537 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 552-1998, southernculturekitchenandbar.com SPOONBREAD

Off the lobby of the historic Westin Poinsett Hotel, Spoonbread serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner in true Southern style. Lunch

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Remember when the Spring Fling was a middle school dance? Well, for nearly forty years, the city of Spartanburg has welcomed the rite of spring with open arms at this annual weekend of fun. The celebration is packed with events for every type of festivalgoer. Music, races, downtown shopping, and activities for the kids are all part of this year’s free Spring Fling bill. The best part? You don’t have to wait for an invitation. Downtown Spartanburg. Fri, 5–11pm; Sat, 10am–9pm; Sun, noon–7pm. Free. cityofspartanburg.org/ spring-fling

If you’ve caught the seasonal gardening bug, the Master Gardeners are supplying all the plants you’ll need to populate that backyard plot. Grow your own tomatoes, squash, and other summer vegetables, enjoy herbs fresh from the soil, or jumpstart your landscaping projects with trees, shrubs, and perennials. University Center, 225 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. Sat, 8am–2pm. greater greenvillemastergardener.org

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REEDY RIVER DUCK DERBY

If you happen to see a few thousand of these rubber beauties making their way down the Reedy River, there’s no need to question your sanity. The Duck Derby hosted by the Greenville Evening Rotary has been steadily growing over the last decade, with this year’s goal of 10,000 rubber ducks to be adopted by community organizations. The race benefits the Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network, Polio Plus, Mauldin Miracle League,

EarlyAct FirstKnight, and Partners in Agriculture. Falls Park, Downtown Greenville. Sat, 10am–4pm. Donations accepted. duckrace.com

this spring awakening, the Bank of Travelers Rest sponsors the annual Strawberry Festival, where not only can you delve into some of your favorite berry recipes, but also indulge in hearty helpings of local bluegrass, arts and crafts, and family activities—all set against a backdrop of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Hwy 276, north of Travelers Rest. Sat, 10am–4pm. Free. upstatestrawberryfestival.com

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Greenville’s Young Artist Orchestra joins forces with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra to perform selections by composers Mendelssohn and Paganini. In addition to the powerful Reformation Symphony, Maestro Gary Robinson will conduct Young Artist violinist Paul Aguilar through an energetic rendition of Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1. With a mix of fresh and familiar faces, audiences can delight in this meeting of the generations. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 7:30pm. Adults, $25; students & children, $8. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

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FIDELITY MOONLIGHT MOVIE SERIES

The Moonlight Movie Series showcases some of the best vintage flicks in scenic Falls Park. May’s selections include the imaginary rabbit tale Harvey, classic coming-ofage story The Sandlot, and comedy gold in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The series’ final film will be selected by viewers online. Snag your spot under the stars and settle in for a quick trip back to a simpler time where smartphones didn’t rule the world. Falls Park, Downtown Greenville. Wed, 8pm. Free. greenvillesc. gov/PublicInfo_Events/ MoonlightMovies.aspx

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bonding time with other humans. Note: dogs should be friendly, spayed/neutered, and vaccinated. Greenville Humane Society, 305 Airport Rd, Greenville. Thurs, 6–8pm. $8. (864) 2423626, greenvillehumane.com

More than just a mashup of the oddest names one can think of, this comedy by funnyman playwright Christopher Durang puts a new spin on familial relations. Based on past works by Chekhov, the story follows the bitter intricacies between live-in sisters Vanya and Sonia, whose mundane world is turned on its head when superstar sister Masha returns home—and she’s not alone. Jealousy? Check. Shirtless man? Check. Need another reason? Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. Wed–Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 2pm. $40. (828) 693-0731, flatrockplayhouse.org

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WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY

When it comes to beloved country artist Willie Nelson, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Now Nelson keeps the flames burning by sharing the stage with celebrated artists Alison Krauss and Union Station, featuring Jerry Douglas. A firsttime collaboration, Nelson and the gang are set to roll through decades of hit tracks and new tunes, guaranteed to be an evening of indelible harmonies and classic favorites. Charter Amphitheatre, 861 SE Main St, Simpsonville. Fri, 7pm. $15-$80. (864) 757-1167, charteramphitheatre.com

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BRANTLEY GILBERT

After touring with some of country music’s greatest acts, singer and songwriter Brantley Gilbert kicks off his second

headline tour Let It Ride to promote the soon-to-be-released Just As I Am album. In addition to the tracks that took him to the top of the Hot Country Songs chart, Gilbert will debut new songs for diehard fans to sing along with. The Let It Ride tour will open with special guests Brian Davis and Eric Paslay. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sat, 7:30pm. $25-$37. (864) 2413800, bonsecoursarena.com

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DOWNTOWN CONDO RONDO

Sponsored by the Guild of the Greenville Symphony, this biyearly event gives attendees a sneak peek inside some of downtown Greenville’s most intriguing and creative living spaces. Five condos will open their doors for your viewing pleasure, sure to spark plenty of ideas for spicing up your own home. All proceeds will benefit the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Downtown Greenville. Sat, 10am–5pm. Advance, $20; day of, $25. guildgso.org/ downtown-condo-rondo

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The third-annual Moonlight & Magnolias Gala brings together those dedicated to conserving South Carolina’s Botanical Garden. Guests are encouraged to don their garden party best while noshing on farm fresh foods and locally crafted beer and wine. UNC-Charlotte professor of botany Larry Mellichamp will speak at the “Metamorphosis”–themed evening, where a silent auction will also be held. Fran Hanson Discovery Center, 150 Discovery Ln, Clemson. Sat, 6–10pm. $75. clemson.edu/ public/scbg/events/moonlight_ and_magnolias

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ARTISPHERE

There’s something to be said for a community that embraces and supports the local arts year-round. With May comes Artisphere, a celebration and open marketplace of handcrafted, visual, and live arts that the whole family can enjoy. In addition to more artistic ability than Picasso could shake a stick at, there’s Kidsphere for childcentric crafts and plenty of culinary delights to give visitors a true taste of the town. Downtown Greenville. Fri, Noon–8pm; Sat, 10am–8pm; Sun, 11am–6pm. Free. (864) 271-9398, artisphere.us

10–11

MUSIC FROM THE HEAVENS

The Greenville Chorale accompanies the Greenville Symphony Orchestra as they close out yet another successful season at the Peace Center. The pairing of musical majesty will perform selected works by Verdi including Te Deum (in honor of the composer’s 200th anniversary) and Gloria by Poulenc. The evening will also highlight the vocal prowess of soprano Christina Major, as conducted by Edvard Tchivzhel. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 98 TOWN / towncarolina.com

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PORTUGAL. THE MAN

Quick—think of all the cool things that come from Alaska. Thankfully, rockers Portugal. The Man are one more thing you can add to that list. Though they’ve been around nearly a decade, the Wasilla natives have only hit mainstream and music fest popularity in the last few years, and their recent work with powerhouse producer Danger Mouse on Evil Friends has upped the experimental rock ante even more. The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville. Sun, 8pm. Advance, $23; at door, $25. (828) 225-5851, theorangepeel.net

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PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

The Phantom of the Opera has become one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most timeless stories of romance and deception. When Christine becomes the object of the Phantom’s affection, he will stop at nothing to have the young soprano singer in his grasp. You know the story, now see it live. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri, 8pm; Sat, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $50-$95. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

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BMW CHARITY PRO-AM

Whether you like golf or simply enjoy a little star-gazing, the BMW Charity Pro-Am has become a centerpiece in the Greenville sporting community. Pairing the game’s professionals with amateur and celebrity golfers for four days of


competition on the Upstate’s most manicured greens, the Pro-Am has raised nearly $10 million for local charities. The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Green Valley Country Club, Thornblade Club. Thurs–Sun, 7am. $10-$100. bmwusfactory. com/charity-golf/

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BLUE RIDGE FEST 2014

Interested in joining the biggest classic car cruise-in that the Upstate has to offer? Then motor on over to this annual festival, where retro rides, shagging, and prize raffles create the perfect opportunity to give back to the community. Now more than a decade old, Blue Ridge Fest has become the gathering spot for good times and good fun for all. Kicking off with the cruise-in, the Beach Night–themed evening will also feature live music and great eats. Blue Ridge Electric Co-op, 734 W Main St, Pickens. Fri, 6–10:30pm. Under 6, free; juniors, $12-$15; adults, $20-$25. blueridge.coop/blueridgefest

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SALUDA ARTS FESTIVAL

Shining the spotlight on local arts and business, the Saluda Arts Festival brings crafts to the masses in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Sure, there are countless booths dotting the downtown streets purveying every kind of handiwork you could hope for, but that’s not all this yearly soiree has to offer. The Deluge, The Danberrys, and Sweet Claudette are slated to take the McCreery Park Pavilion Stage, as well as a spring dance production. Historic Downtown Saluda. Sat, 10am–4pm. Free. saluda.com

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SC COMICON

Artwork by Benjamin Frey; courtesy of Artisphere

There’s only one place you can catch Lou Ferrigno in the Upstate. And no, it’s not locked in your mom’s basement binge-eating Cheetos during old reruns of The Incredible Hulk. The Green God himself will join forces with other heroes of the graphic-novel world for a weekend of gaming and panels with the experts. Artists, writers, and media experts are slated to appear, as well as plenty of product vendors to sate your inner nerd. TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Sat, 10am–6pm; Sun, 11am–5pm. Day pass, $10; weekend pass, $15. sccomicon.com

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A FEW GOOD MEN Yes, it was indeed a play before Jack Nicholson convinced us all we couldn’t handle the truth back in 1992. Comprised of equal parts intrigue and adrenaline-pumping suspense, the Aaron Sorkin original tells the inside story of high-profile crime in the armed forces court martial. When a major conspiracy is uncovered during a routine murder trial, the disciplined structure of the U.S. Marines begins to unravel—as do those in its path. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Downtown Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $20-$30. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org

23–24

GALLABRAE

Proving that Scottish heritage is about so much more than a love for tartan patterns and beer, this South-meets-Scot festival certainly can’t be missed. The party gets started with the Great Scot! Parade through downtown Greenville, followed by a bagpipe challenge and full-fledged ceilidh with the bands Cleghorn and Seven Nations. Join the clans on Saturday for the Scottish Games (war paint optional) and British Car Show before closing the weekend out at the Celtic Jam. Downtown Greenville & Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. Times vary. $5-$15 for various events. gallabrae.com

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ALOFT

This Memorial Day weekend affair sends thousands of visitors sky-high with hot air balloon rides, live music, and activities galore. Sugar pop sensations Hot Chelle Rae, rockers Blues Traveler, and country duo Thompson Square headline Aloft’s 2014 musical lineup. It’s never too early to start making holiday plans, and this Upstate staple is a must for everyone. Heritage Park, 861 SE Main St, Simpsonville. Fri, 4–11pm; Sat, 7am–11pm; Sun, Noon–11pm; Mon, 7am–6pm. $16-$25. (864) 228-0025, aloft.org

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OCONEE FOREVER RALLY IN THE VALLEY

Oconee Forever hopes to harness some earthy goodness with Rally in the Valley, a combination athletic event and conservation drive dedicated to preserving the habitats of farms and wildlife in the area. Cyclists can register for 30- or 60-mile races (breathtaking views included) and all are invited to dig into hand-pulled barbecue, craft brews, and Americana entertainment afterwards. Calyx Farms Event Center, 6181 N Hwy 11, Walhalla. Sat, 8am–12pm. Cyclists, $35-$45; event-only, $20-$25. oconeeforever.org/ rallyvalley

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CARL SANDBURG FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL

Rootsy, down-home folk music is at the heart of this festival, and there’s no better setting than the historic home of American poet and Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sandburg. Held at the outdoor amphitheater, the festival features live acts every hour, on the hour, ranging from the Irish-American musical stylings of Stillwater Hobos to blues by the King Bees and Ruby Mayfield & Friends. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, 81 Carl Sandburg Ln, Flat Rock, NC. Mon, 11am–3pm. Free. nps.gov/carl

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FOREIGNER & STYX

Chances are, you had your own copy of The Grand Illusion record. And chances are you blared it so loud in your room, your mom’s Hummel porcelain collection nearly shook off the shelves. Relive those glory days with the Summer Soundtrack tour, a reunion of classic rock proportions featuring Styx, Foreigner, and former Eagle Don Felder. These songs were the soundtrack to your life back then, so why not sing along with them now? Charter Amphitheatre, 861 SE Main St, Simpsonville. Fri, 7pm. $15-$89. (864) 757-1167, charteramphitheatre.com

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WADE BAKER JAZZ GROUP

While the bespectacled Wade Baker resembles more of an indie rockstar than the frontman for a thriving jazz band, the multi-instrumentalist’s phenomenal musical talent proves you can’t judge a book by its cover. Playing a variety of classic standards and fresh, funky, blended originals, the Wade Baker Jazz Group speaks to fans on a multitude of levels. Come see what all the fuss is about. You won’t be disappointed. Blues Boulevard Jazz, 300 River St, Ste 203. Fri, 7:30 and 9:45pm. $5 cover. (864) 242-2583, bluesboulevardjazzgreenville.com

30 –June 22 LES MISÉRABLES

If you want to take the family out for an uplifting evening of theatrical magic, this is not the show for you. The intertwined lives of Jean Valjean, Fantine, Javert, and Cosette is not an easy story to tell, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful. Featuring original music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, the dramatic musical includes not only a tumultuous storyline, but also inimitable songs like “I Dreamed a Dream” and “One Day More.” Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adults, $30;

seniors, $28; juniors, $20. (864) 2336238, greenvillelittletheatre.org

30 –June 21

ANGELS IN AMERICA: PARTS 1 AND 2

For many, 1985 was a time of questions, fears, and, above all, change. Tony Kushner’s two-part series tackles these issues and more, as told through the eyes and personal relationships of eight characters living through it all. Using history, theology, and reality, Kushner’s narrative shows the power of the human spirit and the will to withstand through even the most uncertain of times. The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Thurs– Sat, showtimes vary. $30. (864) 2356948, warehousetheatre.com

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Thru Sept 1 THE GREENVILLE DRIVE There are few things more American than sipping a cup of beer while hundreds of children try to ambush a giant frog named Reedy Rip’it. But there are also few better ways to while away the warm days than watching the hometown Drive at Fluor Field. Baseball is America’s pastime for a reason, and cheering on the Drive as they take on teams from Charleston to Florida is sure to become your family’s favorite summer pastime. Fluor Field at the West End, 945 S Main St, Greenville. Times and ticket prices vary. greenvilledrive.com

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risscrossed scaffolding, pipelines, and pathways dominate Kathleen Thum’s work—infrastructural elements at once arterial, lifegiving, and suffocatingly dense. Thum compresses the terrestrial landscape with man-made elements to capture the “ongoing shifting of power between mankind and the earth.” In exploring this complex relationship, the earth is as much integrated with these man-made systems as it is disturbed by them. Thum’s drawings will be displayed as part of the Clemson Department of Art Faculty Exhibition, which features works of 10 other faculty members in various media, including sculpture, digital media, and printmaking. An audio component will be available to accompany each piece with the artist’s commentary.—Casey Lovegrove The Clemson Department of Art Faculty Exhibition is on display through May 31 at Clemson’s Center for Visual Arts–Greenville, located at 1278 Pendleton Street in the Village of West Greenville. The gallery is open Tues–Sat, 10:30am–5:30pm. Hours will be extended to 9pm on First Fridays.

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