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Rainbow Road: As Greenville’s aspirations (and skylines) climb ever higher, we look to those that have—and continue to—build up our region and its residents. Where: Academy Street in downtown Greenville. What: Light trails streaking past Phase III construction at Riverplace on the Reedy River. When: October 13, 2015 Photograph by Andrew Huang

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Letter Mark B. Johnston PUBLISHER mark@towncarolina.com

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Blair Knobel EDITOR-IN-CHIEF blair@towncarolina.com Paul Mehaffey ART DIRECTOR SENIOR EDITOR Andrew Huang STYLE EDITOR Laura Linen

The Roots of Giving

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t’s true that to give, you must give up. And, while that is the Oxford definition, it is only half of the story. Take, for example, a tree. Its trunk strong with branches pushing upward, bearing sheltering limbs and foliage. But, its complementary roots, the parts that we can’t see, are crucial. As the tree’s sustaining element, they are largely out of sight, so that we are left with only the view of its bountiful and ever-growing beauty. Like a tree’s essential root system, givers are necessary for the health of our society. They keep us thriving so that we may continue to grow, blossom, and thrive. And, like hidden roots, which themselves strengthen as the tree grows, these folks also benefit from a stronger, more vibrant community. The 2015 honorees of the Charitable Giving Awards represent the root structure of our community tree. Their humble gestures are the life force of our success (“Good Nature,” page 88). In conjunction with the Community Foundation of Greenville, we are pleased to honor James Barker, Pendleton Place, Stewart and Martha Spinks, Dr. Jerry Youkey, Harriet Goldsmith, and Anne Ellefson. Their gracious acts help us to grow and bear fruit, which in turn keeps the cycle going. During November, we give thanks—for food, shelter, family, friends, and freedom. Here, we pay tribute to those who consistently pay it forward in myriad, yet understated, ways. In the case of their community investment, the return reverberates—echoing and multiplying with every season.

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS M. Linda Lee Steven Tingle Jac Valitchka CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mary Cathryn Armstrong, Stephanie Burnette, Kathryn Davé, John Jeter, George Singleton & Stephanie Trotter CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS & DESIGNERS Chelsey Ashford, Will Crooks, Jivan Davé, TJ Grandy, Kate Guptill, Alice Ratterree, Cameron Reynolds, Elizabeth Shanks, Nill Silver & Eli Warren EDITORIAL INTERNS Hayden Arrington Abby Moore DESIGN INTERN Kayla Pellegrino Holly Hardin OPERATIONS MANAGER GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Kristy Adair Michael Allen Whitney Fincannon MARKETING REPRESENTATIVES Nicole Greer, Kristi Jennings, Donna Johnston, Annie Langston, Lindsay Oehmen & Emily Yepes

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HERE, WE PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO CONSISTENTLY PAY IT FORWARD IN MYRIAD, YET UNDERSTATED, WAYS.

Blair Knobel and artist Elizabeth Shanks discuss the details of this issue’s cover. To view more of Elizabeth’s work, see “Cut Away,” page 54.

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Danielle Car DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGER Kristi Fortner EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT Lorraine Goldstein, Sue Priester & Hal Weiss CONSULTING MEMBERS TOWN Magazine (Vol. 5, No. 11) is published monthly (12 times per year) by TOWN Greenville, LLC, 581 Perry Ave, Greenville, SC 29611, (864) 679-1200. If you would like to have TOWN delivered to you each month, you may purchase an annual subscription (12 issues) for $65. For subscription information or where to find, please visit towncarolina.com. Postmaster: Send address changes to TOWN, 581 Perry Ave, Greenville, SC 29611. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA.


NOT ALL STORIES ARE FOUND IN BOOKS. Thank you to the 2015 Art for Greenville donors for helping us tell our story.

AFAD Weekend Sponsor TD Bank 2020 Visionaries Gordon and Sarah Herring Lucy and Jack Kuhne Deborah Gibson and Tom Styron Lee Howard Watson Bequest Millie and Wilson Wearn Bequest David Drake Collection Lead Donors AVX Corporation Daniel-Mickel Foundation Susan and Thomas O’Hanlan

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Wyeth Circle Elliott Davis Decosimo, LLC The Greenville Journal

Chairman’s Circle Lillian Coleman Darby Linda and Tom Govreau The Graham Foundation The Greenville News Minor and Hal Shaw Bev and Jim Whitten Windstream

Director’s Circle The David E. Maguire Foundation Wilson and Denise Eidson Marcy and Dexter Hagy Dr. Falls L. Harris Heather and Glenn Hilliard Mary Burnet and Ellis Johnston

Grand Benefactors Louise and Roger Ables Elizabeth and Clyde Baucom Beach Ball Foundation Ginnie and David Beard BMW Manufacturing Co. Ann P. Bryan Cathy and Brad Campbell CarolinaPower Anne and Bill Carpenter Betsy and Kenneth Cates Pam and Scott Christopher Malinda and Marshall Coleman Jane Rush Davenport Harriet and Jerry Dempsey Family Foundation Laura E. duPont Mrs. Lewis Eisenstadt Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. Julie and Berry Garrett Dr. and Mrs. W. Larry Gluck Hansen Design Group Courtney and Sean Hartness Bunny and Bob Hughes Margaret and Earle Hungerford Mrs. E. H. Kittredge, Jr. Martha Louise and Lee Lewis Nancy and Erwin Maddrey

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

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Pics of the litter: Upcountry fêtes & festivities.

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Nashville songwriter Phillip Lammonds; BANGS Shoes’ philanthropic model; cover artist Elizabeth Shanks; a majestic Charlotte hotel; and more.

PROFILE 63 TOWN Retired Navy SEAL Thom Shea and

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Like roots of a venerable tree, the unseen labors of the 2015 Charitable Giving Award winners anchor a community bursting forth in abundance. / by Mary Cathryn Armstrong, John Jeter, M. Linda Lee, Steven Tingle & Jac Valitchka // photography by Paul Mehaffey

A LEAGUE OF HER OWN

Attorney Anne Ellefson has spent her lifetime breaking barriers and advancing a vision of what the Upstate could be.

/ by Stephanie Trotter // photography by Eli Warren

wife Stacy are channeling Thom’s training to advance corporate achievement in the civilian world.

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Athens, GA, has mastered the art of making old things feel brand new.

Nail artist Linh Trinh adds a layer of polish to fall looks; vegan leathers and furs are a luxe and humane combination; and a paean to Oscar de la Renta in Atlanta.

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Sportsmanlike conduct gets the seal of approval from The Man.

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The menu at Kindred in Davidson, NC, defies categorization; creative ways to prepare winter squash; Asheville’s Noble Cider; and carving sets for family feasts.

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THIS PAGE: Apples at Noble Cider in Asheville, NC. For more, see “Cider House Rules,” page 114. Photograph by Paul Mehaffey

COVER: Artwork by Elizabeth Shanks. For more, see “Cut Away,” page 54. Photograph by Paul Mehaffey

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Get to know this year’s Charitable Giving Awards honorees. Watch our video features on each recipient to see intimate interviews with the winners and testimony from other community members.

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FASHION ON THE TOWN // #FOTT2015 The 5th edition of Greenville’s ultimate Retail Crawl has come to a close, but we’re still giving away great prizes. Check the FOTT social accounts on November 6 to see a video drawing of the $100 gift certificate winners, as well as the grand prize drawing for a New York City getaway, sponsored by TOWN.

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This handsome two story brick home offers the classic architecture of this desirable neighborhood, and its renovations offer an exceptional residence of the highest taste and standards. This 4 bedroom 3 1/2 bath home offers a very desirable open floor plan, high ceilings, hardwood floors, fabulous kitchen, master suite with its own den, rec room, study, two car attached garage, private back yard with brick wall and much more.

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This handsome “in town” brick residence combines classic exterior architecture with today’s desire for an open, updated floor plan. A few of its superior features include: high ceilings, master on the main, gourmet kitchen, four bedrooms, 3 baths, rec room, 3 car garage and private, level backyard. Exceptional quality and location!

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This six year old custom built 5 bedroom 4 1/2 bath home is beautifully appointed with fabulous open floor plan; large updated kitchen; incredible master suite with access to the outside and covered porch. 3++ car garage. Private, fenced, and beautifully landscaped backyard.

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GREENVILLE OPEN STUDIOS For the 13th year, the Metropolitan Arts Council has partnered with more than 130 Upstate visual artists to showcase and promote our homegrown talent. From downtown to Dacusville, this is your chance to visit these artists’ studios and get a behind-the-scenes look at the magic behind the craft. Be sure to visit the Metropolitan Arts Council’s Web site for a catalogue, map, or mobile app for this artsy weekend. Locations vary, Greenville. Sat–Sun, Nov 7–8. Times vary. greenvillearts.com

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MOTOWN THE MUSICAL With a history that is as rich and sultry as an evening in the juke joint, the story of Motown’s rise as one of the most influential record labels in music is a tale for the ages. Follow along as founder Berry Gordy reminisces on the many greats who walked into his studio, the likes of which included Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder. The songbook reads like a master list of hits, and Motown the Musical will light a fire in your soul.

Powerhouse guitarist? Check. Melodic country songstress? Check. World-famous bluegrass musician? Check. The gang’s all here! Join this magnificent trio for one night only of musical collaboration, combining forces to bring you a masterful experience. Whether you go in a fan of Skaggs, Cooder, or White, you can bet you’ll be leaving as a fan of all three of these legendary talents. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, Nov 21, 8pm. $30-$60. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Nov 24–29. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sat, 2pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $25-$85. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

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HOPE RELAY While the relays of our youth mostly consisted of baton-passing and silent prayers for Capri-Sun, this race has a lot more impact. In support of Project HOPE’s programs to fund autism research and support in the community, runners will race in teams through either a 14- or 34-mile course, beginning at the Kroc Center and winding through downtown Greenville. The classic-style relay will be broken up into different legs, with separate divisions for athletes of any skill. Downtown Greenville. Sat, Nov 14, 7:20am. $30 registration. hoperelay.org

SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND

THE LAST PORTRAIT: 20 YEARS OF PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY BY POLLY GAILLARD

The actual song is only half the story, a concept that songwriter Phillip Lammonds looks to explore when he once again helms Songwriters in the Round. The annual event hosted by the Governor’s School School for the Arts & Humanities brings together established country musicians in the intimate setting of the Old Cigar Warehouse. With insider stories, great music, and a few drinks, look for these artists to give guests a rare and honest insight into their lives and craft.

Photographer Polly Gaillard has traveled the globe, learning and teaching the art of portrait photography. In honor of 20 years of work, the Lipscomb Gallery will host a month-long exhibition of her portraiture. Uninhibited and electric, Gaillard’s powerful introspective, human images are an inspiration to behold. Lipscomb Gallery at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, 15 University St, Greenville. Nov 6–Dec 7. Mon–Fri, 10am–4:30pm. Free. (864) 282-3705, scgsah.org

Old Cigar Warehouse, 912 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, Nov 19, 7–10pm. $100. gsafoundation.net

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z Closely mirroring John Steinbeck’s classic novel, the stage version of Of Mice and Men spins the tale of George and Lennie, two hapless workers tied together on the road of life. As Lennie’s guardian, George is charged with the tough task of keeping his feeble-minded companion out of trouble. But when the pair takes a job working on a farm, they are forced to face a mortality they hadn’t previously considered. Chapman Cultural Center Theater, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Nov 6–15. Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adults, $25; seniors, $24; youth, $20. (864) 583-2776, chapmanculturalcenter.org

SHINDIG FURNISHINGS ANNIVERSARY

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z How do you kick off an anniversary celebration? Free mimosas and hot toddies are certainly a good start. Throw in food trucks JB Tingles and Automatic Taco, prizes and giveaways, and DJ King Harold for good measure and you have an event that can’t be missed. Shindig Furnishings, a homegrown purveyor of restored mid-century modern furniture, celebrates their first year of business in hip style. Shindig Furnishings, 542 Rutherford Rd, Greenville. Sat, Nov 14. Store hours, 10am–3pm; after-party, 5–8pm. (864) 915-9705

WAREHOUSE THEATRE 42ND SEASON GALA

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EMILE PANDOLFI: A HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR

z Kick off the start of another holiday season with one of Greenville’s beloved natives. Famed for his enchanting command of the ivory keys, Pandolfi has released nearly 30 studio albums featuring original tunes, classical masterpieces, and renditions of Broadway favorites. He is also well known for his collection of Christmas recordings that include a wide range of modern and traditional favorites that are guaranteed to ignite your holiday spirit. Younts Center for the Performing Arts, 315 N Main St, Fountain Inn. Fri, Nov 27, 7:30pm. $40. (864) 409-1050, yountscenter.org

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra The Trans-Siberian Orchestra puts a modern spin on the same old holiday standards, bursting forth with unbridled energy and musical power. Rolling through works by all the classical masters with the help of guitars, pyrotechnics, and so much more, TSO creates a holiday tradition for a new generation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sun, Nov 22, 3pm & 7:30pm. $40-$70. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com

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The 23rd Annual Rose Ball September 18, 2015 Greenville’s longest-running charitable event found success yet again this year. The 23rd annual Rose Ball showcased the work of more than 25 local designers and 4,000 locally grown roses, based around the theme “Origin of the Rose.” Funds raised through the Rose Ball will benefit 15 local charitable organizations.

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The Cliff’s ten-day IMBIBE Wine + Food Festival came to a suitable close with a Grand Tasting at The Cliffs at Mountain Park. The tasting featured a beer garden stocked by local breweries, 125 wine samples, and chef stations, alongside the Cliffs Member Art Showcase and a lively charity auction. All proceeds went to Cliffs Residents Outreach, which supports student programs and family humanitarian efforts in the Upstate. Photography by TJ Grandy

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Maureen—Moe for short—met Towers at Furman. He was a senior and she was a freshman, but sparks didn’t start flying until after Moe graduated. She was looking to work on an Acoma Pueblo reservation through Americorps, and as fate would have it, Towers was already working on a Navajo reservation. They started dating, and though separated by distance at times, they stayed connected through a traveling journal that preserved their story—a living artifact of their love. On a sunny weekend in January five years later, Moe and Towers headed to Litchfield Beach. Over a self-prepared seafood feast, Towers pulled out their journal, instructing Moe to turn to the last page. Flipping to the back, she discovered the words, “Will you marry me?” in his handwriting. Moe looked up to find Towers on one knee, holding out a beautiful family ring. A year and a half later, the two were married at Larkin’s Sawmill. They continue to live in Greenville, where Moe is a social media strategist at Brains on Fire and Towers teaches at Lead Academy. ANGELA COX // ANGELA COX PHOTOGRAPHY NOVEMBER 2015 / 43


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Weddings Mary Pat Kiser & Parker Smith July 11, 2015 Parker was not about to let a little bit of rain ruin his proposal. He had met his girlfriend Mary Pat during a group project for a class at Clemson, and after two and a half years of dating, he was ready to put a ring on it. But a damp forecast was not boding well for his planned proposal at Falls Park. So he called their pastor and nonchalantly convinced Mary Pat to stop by the church with him to pick up a table for a tailgate the following day. When they stepped inside, he grabbed her hand, led her down a candlelit aisle, and asked her to marry him. A short time later, Mary Pat walked down that same aisle at St. Paul’s Church where she and Parker were married. The couple, self-described dancing machines, hosted a reception at the Westin Poinsett—which included a caricaturist, tambourines, and good old milk ‘n’ cookies—and ended the night by speeding away on Mary Pat’s grandfather’s bright red moped. The newlyweds now live in Greenville. SHANNON NOEL // SHANNON NOEL PHOTOGRAPHY

Brooke Neibauer & Stephen Anderson July 25, 2015 When Stephen went to watch Arkansas play his beloved South Carolina in the fall of 2011, he had no clue a football game would lead him to his future fiancé. Brooke just so happened to be there as well, and both had their fingers crossed for a Gamecock victory. Ultimately the Razorbacks pulled out the win, but neither Stephen nor Brooke considered the evening a loss. Realizing they had a little more than Gamecock fever in common, the two started dating. Two-and-a-half years later, Stephen proposed to Brooke in front of the Biltmore Estate, one of her all-time favorite places. While surreptitiously snapping a photo of her in front of the fountains, Stephen put down the camera, got on one knee, and asked Brooke to be his wife. The two were married a year later at St. Matthews United Methodist Church, with a reception at the Westin Poinsett. The couple lives in Greenville, where Brooke works as a nurse at Greenville Memorial and Stephen is an attorney. LINDSEY & CRAIG MAHAFFEY // SPOSA BELLA PHOTOGRAPHY

Kellianne Blakemore & James P. Covil May 30, 2015 Kellianne and James (Jamie) met in high school at their hometown diner over a chicken finger plate—which sounds like a charming 1960s romance, except that it happened five years ago. Kellianne walked into Pete’s on Poinsett, where Jamie was working at the time. He just so happened to be on a lunch break, and the rest is history. Four years later, Jamie suggested a quick stroll in Falls Park before dinner, which turned into a surprise proposal and a celebration supper with their families. The two were married at City View First Baptist Church and hosted their reception at Green Valley Country Club. Kellianne wore her mother’s wedding dress—tweaked a bit for style—and the couple rode away in a 1940s Plymouth. Jamie and Kellianne reside in Greenville, and the best part is they still eat at their table at Pete’s. CHELSEY ASHFORD // CHELSEY ASHFORD 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, P.O. Box 2266, Greenville, SC 29602, or e-mail ahuang@towncarolina.com. Due to space constraints, inclusion is not guaranteed. 44 TOWN / towncarolina.com


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hillip Lammonds lives in Pawleys Island mostly, but as one of those in the rarefied air of professional songwriting, he spends a lot of time in Nashville. From the Appalachian Mountains where he was raised, to being on the road with Charleston band The Blue Dogs, Lammonds will soon travel to Greenville for the Songwriters in the Round fundraiser for the South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts & Humanities. The self-deprecating, funny songwriter opens up to TOWN. Okay, first question, Phillip—have you met Taylor Swift? >> I have . . . I took my kids to the Opry several years ago. We were backstage, and she was there. My daughter Martha Grace told her that she had fixed her hair just like Taylor’s, and Taylor scooped her up and went to the dressing room to primp and compare.

Thanks for playing along, I just had to ask because she is so huge now. But, seriously, what is it about writing songs that you love? >> I love songwriting more than any other job I can imagine. I pinch myself every time I pass the Nashville city-limit sign. Songwriting makes you explore every corner of your passion, your intellect, your wit, and, of course, your imagination. It’s very intimate and revealing at the same time. What are examples of what you consider “perfect” songs? >> That’s easy: “Yesterday” (Paul McCartney); “Hallelujah” (Leonard Cohen); “Amazing Grace” (John Newton); “Me and Bobby McGee” (or anything written by Kris Kristofferson); “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today” (Randy Newman); anything by Hoyt Axton. How did you get involved with the Songwriters in the Round for the Governor’s School, and why is it important to you? >> I was asked to be on the foundation board of the Governor’s School several years ago. I always had aversions to the classic auction, snake-oil fundraisers that are so prevalent. The event is akin to being in your living room with the most talented songwriters and performers in the business, with me on their coattails. The Governor’s School offers students with overflowing talent and creativity an inlet and an outlet to foster a passion that, left to smolder, might otherwise tragically burn its own way out. For which artists have you written? >> Hootie and the Blowfish, Josh Turner, Blake Shelton, Lee Brice, and Jerrod Niemann.

Ring Leader: Join Lammonds and a band of his peers at the Old Cigar Warehouse for Songwriters in the Round on November 19. Tickets are $100. For more information, (864) 282-1570.

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How does a good song come together for you? >> It’s a little bit like training a wildcat to fetch, or catching lightning in a mayonnaise jar. You are trying to allow stream of consciousness and the craft of art find some middle ground. Usually, me or my co-writer will have either a title, an idea, a hook, a story, a melody, or a groove that prompts, or sometimes forces, further inspiration. We bounce whatever we arrive at around for a while and hope to find the core emotion of the pieces. We whittle, patch, paint, go into labor, and breathe deep, argue, laugh, and cry until it’s either born or it decides it “just won’t get wrote.” Then we go to lunch.

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High Priority Charlotte’s Duke Mansion is preservation at its most charitable / by M. Linda Lee

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idden away in Myers Park, two miles south of Charlotte’s city center, the Duke Mansion adds its Colonial Revival grandeur to a historic residential neighborhood. As you turn into the circular drive, a graceful fountain announces the house, and white rockers on the brick-paved front porch beckon beneath soaring two-story white columns. This queenly estate has been home to a parade of wealthy Charlotte families over the years, beginning with Zebulon V. Taylor, president of Southern Public Utilities (now Duke Power), who built the original home in 1915. But it is the second owner, James B. “Buck” Duke, founder of the American Tobacco Company and Duke Power Company, for whom the mansion is named. He purchased the home in 1919 and tripled its size to 32,000 square feet with 14 acres of grounds. Opened as an inn in 1998, Duke Mansion operates as a B&B with a twist: the 20-room lodging is run as a nonprofit organization, with all proceeds going to preserve and protect this historic treasure. The inn staff also caters to meetings and group events, though they cap the number of weddings at 25 per year, in order to carry out their mission of caring for the house. Everywhere on the first floor, you can spy the landscaped gardens through large picture windows. Period furnishings and soft hues decorate the guest rooms, and some of the bathrooms have been updated with marble floors, enclosed vanities, and large showers. 50 TOWN / towncarolina.com

Treat yourself to one of the six second-floor rooms that share spacious screened sleeping porches (hint: those on the back side of the house overlook the gardens). In the morning, a hot buffet breakfast is convenient for business travelers, or guests can order one of several hot entrées from the kitchen. Depending on the day, breakfast may be served in the sunlightdappled Solarium (where Buck Duke created the Duke Endowment in 1924) or in the more formal Ray Dining Room, which is part of the original structure. After breakfast, take a stroll through the tree-shaded Myers Park neighborhood and ogle the eye-catching historic homes, with architectural styles ranging from Tudor to Classical Revival. Boutiques and restaurants on the “Myers Park Mile” of Providence Road are also a short walk away. This year the Duke Mansion celebrates its 100th birthday. And like a dignified Southern lady, the Myers Park matriarch looks forward to the next century of welcoming guests and preserving her illustrious past. The Duke Mansion 400 Hermitage Rd, Charlotte, NC (704) 714-4400, dukemansion.org Rates range from $129–$329


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t’s very rare that a successful business is built around the premise of giving money away. And it’s hard to imagine a simple canvas sneaker changing communities. But those two things are exactly what BANGS Shoes does. Then again, very little about this burgeoning shoe company is typical. For one, Hannah Davis, its founder, is barely old enough to rent a car. And though her business is predicated on selling shoes, the 2009 Clemson graduate can’t claim a formal education in business, entrepreneurship, fashion, or design. Instead, she majored in political science and minored in Mandarin Chinese. Like many idealistic college graduates, Davis wanted to change the world. And like most 2009 graduates, she entered a job market gutted by the Great Recession. So she did what plenty of graduates do: she went abroad. Davis moved to China to teach English. One innocuous element of her time abroad ended up sticking. “I discovered these shoes that are worn by Chinese workers and farmers. They were this very simple, easy-to-wear shoe that looked like a Converse.” Her desire to affect change melded with this shoe in epiphany, just as her teaching contract was ending. “I literally sat up in bed one day and said, ‘I’m going to start a business, and I’m going to use these shoes to affect social change.’”

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Progress came in fits and starts, but by October 2012, BANGS Shoes had an experienced investor on board and had received its first shipment of shoes. With the release of its new Adventure line in April 2015, the brand began seeing exponential growth—all of which is great news BANGS, but even better news for the beneficiaries of its philanthropic model. “The core of the brand was always to invest in sustainable development,” says Davis. “I wanted to create a model to help people in the long term.” BANGS accomplishes this by investing 20 percent of its net profits in entrepreneurs across the world. It’s the classic case of teaching a man to fish: successful entrepreneurs add to the economic health of their own communities, which fosters additional growth. To do this, BANGS partners with Kiva, an organization that vets potential entrepreneurs and manages the loan process. “We want to focus on selling the shoe and getting our mission out there. If we can create a sustainable business model, then it becomes a sustainable fundraising mechanism,” says Davis. Maybe it’s naïve to believe that one person, or one pair of shoes, can change the world. But it would also be a mistake to discount the impact that this woman, her ideals, and a bunch of canvas sneakers can have.

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Cut Away For our cover artist Elizabeth Shanks, paper itself is a worthy artform // portrait by Paul Mehaffey

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lizabeth Shanks’s ArtBomb workspace feels a little like an art studio, and a lot like stepping into a woodland diorama after a snow storm. Tiny bits of white paper clippings scatter the floor like snowflakes, a handful of dried flowers poke out from a mason jar, and photographs of a thicket hang tacked up against the wall. In the back corner, a large collage of white paper feathers contrasts strikingly against a black backdrop, the feathers carved out from the same sheet and connected by impossibly thin and delicate lines. This is papercut art—intricate designs and images created by cutting away sections of paper—a unique form Shanks discovered from artist Kara Walker. “She was cutting paper with fluid cuts that seemed almost dangerous. That effortless gesture drew me to the medium,” Shanks says. “The fact that a simple white plane of paper can contain so much information by removing tiny bits of paper constantly amazes me.” Shanks’ art education began at a young age: she carried wet prints for her dad in his printmaking studio. She went on to study art in college, eventually ending up in Greenville as a member of Anthropologie’s visual team. She was compelled by the area’s thriving artistic community, but also by the easy access to mountains and

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nature, subjects she finds particularly inspiring. “When I’m cutting paper, I think about ecology,” she says. “To some degree, I feel a sense of dread for how humans treat our environment. So I keep trying to capture its beauty as well as express that building anxiety.” This urgency permeates her process. Shanks slices sheets with a standard #11 X-ACTO blade, each cut a fast, fluid gesture. She works standing, projecting original drawings onto drywall and free-cutting the outlines—she prefers the authenticity that manual cutting brings. Though the process can be time-consuming, the end product is stunning. Paper as a medium is frail, ephemeral, and yet her silhouettes project distinct strength. This contrast is part of what makes her work so compelling—the bold and the delicate juxtaposed in almost-chaotic beauty. “My work is all about manipulating images of nature for a strong composition. In a papercut, everything has to be connected by a little delicate snip of paper or the structure will be weak. I guess that’s sort of a nice metaphor for how I view nature.” Elizabeth Shanks’s work can be viewed at the ArtBomb during Open Studios (Nov 7–8), as well as the exhibit PaperWorks at Anderson University (Jan 11–Feb 19).

Clean Sheet: Elizabeth Shanks’s papercuts are inspired by nature and the tension of human coexistence with it.

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Cultural Exchange: Coffee importer Raaji Disasa links the Upstate to his native Ethiopia with washed, single-origin Sidamo beans—available from Disasa Buna and Yo’ Cup in Laurens.

Word of Mouth Disasa Buna brings fine Ethiopian coffee— and rich social traditions—to the Upstate / by Kathryn Davé

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or a while now, “Let’s get coffee” has been the new “Let’s do lunch” or “Let’s meet for drinks.” First, it was over white paper cups emblazoned with the iconic siren; today, we’re more likely to swap stories while sipping small mugs of craft-roasted pourover. But in Ethiopia, where Disasa Buna’s story begins, coffee is no passing trend. In Ethiopia, coffee is the cornerstone of social connection. It’s what struck Raaji Disasa most when he moved to Ethiopia in 2011. Born to Ethiopian parents who fled a Communist government in the ’80s, Disasa’s first visit to his parents’ homeland was to immerse himself in the coffee industry. He worked with his father’s childhood friend, one of Ethiopia’s top green coffee exporters. “You can’t overstate how essential coffee is to daily life there,” he explains. “It’s a two-hour process that starts with hand-roasting green beans over a fire and ends with the neighborhood gathered around, drinking and gossiping.” The genuine spirit of this traditional coffee ceremony inspired him to bring it, along with some of the world’s best coffee, back to Laurens four years later—where he founded Disasa Buna, an Ethiopian coffee business, in June 2015. While Disasa was overseas, coffee culture in America exploded. Suddenly, words like “Chemex” and “single-origin” had transcended barista nerdspeak to become standard café menu items. People were finally ready to appreciate

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the nuanced flavors of Ethiopian beans. Disasa Buna’s first offering—the one that has become an instant hit, both online and on shelves as far as Phoenix and New Orleans—is a washed, single-origin Sidamo. Washed describes a more complex bean-processing method, which results in a cleaner, truer taste. Sidamo refers to the region in which it’s grown. Disasa explains that, like wine, coffee beans have terroir. The same seed planted in two different regions will produce two different tastes. Grown on the high-altitude Kori farm, Disasa Buna’s Sidamo is clean and bright, with notes of blueberry, jasmine, and citrus. Of course, without a good roast, the coffee bean’s taste would be irrelevant. “I would rather a drink a lower-quality coffee roasted well than the finest coffee roasted poorly,” says Disasa, who has partnered with Leopard Forest to roast his beans. In time, Disasa will probably import other beans and develop his own blends, but for now, he’s focused on connecting people, one cup at a time. “Coffee is my way of sharing Ethiopia with the world,” he smiles. “Coffee is my passion.”

Disasa Buna’s coffee can be purchased online at disasabuna.com or at Yo’ Cup (128 S Public Sq, Laurens), where it is also brewed and served.


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Light Show The Blue Ridge Parkway offers a perfect vantage for the Leonid meteor shower / by Abby Moore // illustration by Alice Ratterree

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he bluster of autumn—with its early morning nip, warm lattes, scarves, and changing leaves—bids us head outdoors. And while the vibrant colors and the underfoot crunch of fall foliage are easily enjoyed in daytime, there’s no reason to head indoors once it gets dark. As long as you dress for the chilly nights, the world— and sky—is yours for the taking. Take in the stars—and not just a twinkle from Orion’s belt while you take the trash out. Make it a full production: cozy blankets, hot cider, and clear-sky comet catching. Luckily, the Earth’s orbit each November crosses the path of a rather large comet, which sprinkles our atmosphere with bits of astral debris. The result is a sea of stars sprinkled with plenty of pizzazz: dozens of

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bright lights streaking across the sky as part of the Leonid meteor shower. Enjoying this cosmic phenomenon can be a challenge, but it’s worth the effort. The best viewing times are during the wee hours of the morning between November 17 and 18. You’ll want to head to an area with limited light pollution. We recommend Craggy Gardens, by milepost 364 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. A short 40-minute drive northeast of Asheville, Craggy Gardens provides easy access to a 360-degree view. Hop on the Craggy Pinnacle trail from the parking lot, and you’ll reach the bald in 20 minutes. Other great stargazing locations along the Parkway include Mills Valley Overlook (milepost 404.5), Pounding Mill Overlook (milepost 413.5), and Richland Balsam Overlook (milepost 431.4).

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could see his weapon’s barrel. Then I saw his back and head and right arm. I took a breath and closed my eyes. All the training at sniper school and all those rounds I had fired over the years kicked in. This November 11, while many honor those in uniform, the Shea family is still figuring out exactly what to do. You see, after 25 years, it will be only the second Veterans Day their veteran is actually home. Up until last fall, Navy SEAL sniper Thom Shea spent his autumn days strapped into protective body armor, an MK17 assault rifle on one side and an MK13 sniper rifle on the other, fighting in some sand-blasted hellhole only God and the enemy knew existed. “Yeah, Veterans Day is not a big day to me,” the recently retired senior chief special warfare operator admits. “I’m a veteran all the time. We celebrate being alive all the time.”

Thom’s wife and kids are learning to create new traditions with their Silver and Bronze star recipient. This Veterans Day, they’ll light a fire at their Simpsonville home and pass around a flag carrying names like Lawyer, Nike, Snowman, and Texas. “It’s a flag my whole platoon signed. The family will talk about old times, all the times we’ve spent laughing, and what it was like for them not to have daddy around. I’m 47 years old, and my entire career I’ve never been home in November. I missed it all,” says Shea. I opened my eye to look at the wind. I could see it moving from left to right at about three miles per hour. The mirage was kicking. I closed my eyes and took another breath. With them still closed, I released the safety. Each fall was filled with training, or war—three to be exact. The lethal fighter describes each, saying, “Kosovo was secret, clandestine, stay hidden and report on the stuff going on. Iraq was a lot of nighttime-only missions that were not as combat-intensive. Afghanistan was when the gloves came off and you could stay out there a week, or six hours. You never really knew when it was going to end.” Shea’s 2009 foray to that Middle Eastern war zone is the pinnacle of a 23-year-career, filled with distinguished valor and combat action medals. The self-described “high-energy predator” logged more than 250 SEAL missions, ran the famed SEAL sniper course, and is credited with 65 enemy KIAs. Back in spring of ’09, when the chief learned his SEAL Team was not going to the Philippines as planned, but Afghanistan instead, he called fellow student and friend Chris Kyle, of American Sniper, for intel. Thom’s team would be one of the first to fight in Afghanistan, and Kyle had similar experience. “It was really clear to me this was a very, very dangerous deployment. I’d been in combat many times before, but we’d been asked to go into Afghanistan because it had gotten out of control,” says Shea. Suddenly I thought of my kids and my wife, and I thought of that connection, far away, so far away, when I was not this man covered in dust, bullets flying everywhere, my men fighting for their own lives. The Sheas don’t simply believe there’s a good woman behind every good man. They’re a living example of a Spartan wife behind every Spartan warrior. “Military spouses are immensely capable. They have to manage everything,” explains Stacy, Thom’s wife of ten years. “You have to be fiercely independent when they’re gone, and immediately surrender that independence to connect with your husband for the precious days or moments he’s there, so there’s not a power struggle.” NOVEMBER 2015 / 63


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the book is also a love story, teaching spouses how to support each other on the most intimate levels. “I had to edit some of it out,” chuckles Stacy. “It is a vulnerable look into our lives. If we get even one or two to reach out and connect, then it’s worth it. We get emails from people who’ve changed the way they deal with their parents and business partners, and how they make unbreakable bonds.” Thom calls that the “upside surprise.” He was simply trying to show his kids how to harness a positive “internal dialogue” should he die at war. “I made a life out of not giving up,” he shares. “I failed four times before becoming a SEAL. Four separate times. Anything worth doing, you can’t just do one time. You have to keep doing it. It’s okay that things don’t work the first time, try it again, try it again. It’s like a mantra for me.” More people are sure to learn that mantra now that a national publisher is re-releasing Unbreakable. Hollywood is also reviewing the book for a possible movie. Time froze. Then I saw blood splash the rock behind his head . . . I rolled . . . and I heard a smack on the ground. I looked where I had lain to take the shot and saw a round embedded in the dirt, right where my head had been. He’d had me dead to rights, but he’d been too slow. As you fly your flag this Veterans Day, think of Thom’s platoon flag, filled with names of those who risked their lives protecting ours. “If you see someone in uniform, just acknowledge them, say thank you, and let them say thank you,” advises the retired senior chief. His Spartan Wife adds more, saying, “I wish all Americans would do is live a life that’s worthy of the sacrifice of the people who put themselves in harm’s way to make it. And they do it without flinching.” The warrior closes by encouraging all to use the unbreakable mindset that’s helped him escape the devil’s crosshairs time and again. “Ask yourself what would your life be like if you learned not to quit. Then go and do it!” I smiled, bent down, and twisted the bullet out of the ground, then dropped it in my pocket. I recall thinking it would make a great necklace for Stacy.

Excerpts are from Unbreakable: A Navy SEAL’s Way of Life by retired senior chief SEAL Thom Shea, now available at bookstores and online. Join the Sheas on Friday, November 20, 5:30–9 p.m., at the Poinsett Club for cocktails and dinner to celebrate the re-release of the book by a national publisher. Thom will also give a keynote talk at the event. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com. To learn more about Shea’s work, visit adamantinealliance.com.

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Stacy and Thom were three kids and four years into marriage when he prepared to deploy to Afghanistan. The day before he left, the Spartan Wife asked her adrenaline-infused fighter to write a guidebook for the children. She recalls, “I knew how dangerous it was going to be. This is no game. I told him, if you don’t make it home, I don’t know what I’ll tell the kids about what kind of man you are. Write a lesson that can come only from a child’s father.” So in-country, when not straddling land mines and avoiding rocket-propelled grenaedes, the guy who flunked out of West Point because of English, wrote home. He composed long, purposeful emails filled with memories and specific instructions on how to become unbreakable. He outlined arduous tasks to build a body and mind capable of success. Across six months in hell, the man called “Ridge Boss” found his voice. In the end, for his kids, he sent home 13 pointed lessons, and he ushered home every single member of SEAL Team Seven, Task Unit Trident, Bravo Platoon. All 22. Alive. I am a sniper. I smiled because I knew I was up against a worthy shooter. I said, “Do your best (expletive). Try to kill me, because here it comes, buddy.” I slid the last inch forward, where I would be exposed for a split second, then squeezed. Thom’s past two years of civilian life have passed as quickly as his last four in the Navy, when he ran the West Coast SEAL Sniper Program and designed new weaponry. In late 2013, after considering other locations, the Sheas settled in Greenville. During the transition of camouflage to dress suits, the highly-skilled seaman’s instructions to his children have become a book: Unbreakable: A Navy SEAL’s Way of Life. With a friend’s encouragement, the Sheas self-published Unbreakable. Response was undeniable. Readers demanded more, so the Sheas created Adamantine Alliance, which uses Unbreakable’s directives to push everyone, from athletes to venture capitalists, to their highest performance levels through personal coaching and motivational speeches. While outlining tasks to grow as an individual and leader,


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y better half Glenda agreed to let me take a job at Wofford College, after she’d retired from teaching. I thought, We need to find a compound of sorts. At the old house in Dacusville, in Pickens County, I looked out my writing room window and watched men and women push dogs out of their trucks and SUVs. I watched a man hit a deer, not kill it, then get out of his truck and shoot it in the head right there on my front lawn, then drive off. One morning we found a guy passed out in his truck, pulled right up to our cars in the driveway. “It’s only going to get worse,” I told Glenda. She agreed. So we found this corner-lot house that’s not even thirty-three years old since construction—with a chainlink fence covering the entire couple acres. On the outside of the fence are ten-foot-high tea olive bushes facing both roads. In the back there’s pine woods, and the inside of the fence holds azaleas, Elaeagnus, faux holly, real holly with red berries, Leyland cypresses, and so on. Hibiscus. Whoever owned the house before us must’ve had a thing for making nursery owners wealthy. Listen, I’m no zoologist, but all those plants—and

I’m not exactly a plant guy—attract lots of critters. In the past year I’ve sat on the back deck to see a fox zip by me, and crept down the driveway in order to get a better view of deer at four in the morning standing ten feet from me on the other side of the fence. Predawn I’ve listened to coyotes yipping not that far away. Using a Havahart trap, I’ve caught possums that, when released, just stood there beside me. I have a photo of me putting a leash on one possum and trying to take him for a walk. He didn’t oblige very well. Chipmunks and squirrels? Check. Hummingbirds? It’s like standing on a battleship with the F-14s coming home. Bluejays, crows, pileated woodpeckers, downy woodpeckers, cardinals, bluebirds, mourning doves, hundreds of wild canaries at a time making a mess of the bird feeders. On the other side of the main road, there’s a cell tower that hosts a wake of black buzzards that I watch when the sun comes out. They’re staring at me as I write this, I bet. Okay, so the previous owners—a nice couple who install big-time kitchens, thus what sold the house to Glenda, seeing as these folks put in a couple gas Wolf stoves and a hood normally seen at a Waffle House—may have been color-blind. Downstairs, the rooms were painted a bright yellow. Then there was the lime-green living room. The laundry room was a shade of orange not known to sane people, the bedroom some kind of blue. If one took off the roof and looked down, it wouldn’t have looked that much different than four or five tubs of sherbet, or a bag of saltwater taffy. Maybe the previous owners had gone to the Caribbean on a second honeymoon and became enthralled with the color schemes of local bodegas. But here’s the best room, and it’s where I write now: They had hired out some local muralists to transform a perfectly normal room—probably once used as a child’s bedroom, or an office. Four normal walls became a jungle, the ceiling a sky with a bald eagle flying across. On the day after closing, I drove over to the new house, armed with whatever paint colors Lowe’s and Home Depot make up. Me, I call these paints “dark green” and “white,” but they have special names. NOVEMBER 2015 / 67


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Singled Out: Writer and professor George Singleton made his new house a home, with personal touches—but, his office renovation was the crux.

Carolina Writers at Home, edited by Meg Reid and published this October by Spartanburg’s Hub City Press, features the work of local authors George Singleton, Clyde Edgerton, Nikky Finney, Allan Gurganus, Dot Jackson, and more, with first-hand accounts of the beloved homes where they make their life and work. Rich photography by Rob McDonald brings out the singular character and unique details of each space. For more information, go to carolinawritersathome.com or hubcity.org.

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walking distance of the UGA campus. The Graduate is all about kitsch, and the decor is a dizzying mix of stylish retro and Southern traditional, with a wink and nod to Athens’s educational heritage—think bulldog desk lamps, chalkboards full of chemical equations, and room keys crafted to look like old college IDs. The retro vibe doesn’t stop at the Graduate, as downtown Athens is chock full of vintage shops and boutiques. From more than 50,000 titles at Jackson Street Books, Georgia’s oldest antiquarian bookshop, to the shelves of vintage designer bags, shoes, and jewelry at Agora Vintage, Athens has a way of taking what’s old and


making it new again. Make time to peek inside Community, an upstairs boutique on Jackson Street, to find redesigned vintage clothing alongside threads by local artisans. There’s no shortage of innovative chefs and interesting menus in the downtown district, so as afternoon gives way to night, put on your walking shoes and take a culinary pub crawl. Start at the National, a Mediterranean-inspired bar and café located on Hancock Street. A plate of Medjool dates stuffed with celery, Manchego cheese and smoked paprika pairs well with the spice of a National Tonic, made with Bulleit Bourbon, grapefruit juice, and Blenheim Ginger Ale. From there, head south on North Hull Street to the Last Resort Grill, a bistro located in the iconic, but now sadly defunct, music club of the same name. A generous glass of Pinot Noir serves as a nice backdrop to small plates of crispy pork belly and a potato onion pancake. A two-minute walk east takes you to the Branded Butcher, with one of the most interesting cocktail menus in Athens. The Ric’s Flair Number 2 is like an Old Fashioned on steroids (Wooo!), while the Butcher’s house-made charcuterie, including chicken liver mousse and habañero bratwurst, is not to be missed. Once back at the Graduate, stumble into the Foundry, the hotel’s music club featuring nightly live acts. Order a local Terrapin brew and soak up the energy as folks of all ages dance, drink, and sing the night away. It’s just a normal night in a town that makes everyone feel young.

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The Whole Day Through: Athens offers plenty of attractions beyond the pigskin, such as boutique hotels, artsy shops, inspired food and drink, and a great music scene.

Last Resort Grill A local favorite for close to 25 years, serving lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Small plates of crab cakes and fried green tomatoes lead to big plates of blackened catfish, roasted pork loin, and horseradish crusted salmon. 184 W Clayton St, Athens, GA. (706) 549-0810, lastresortgrill.com The National Helmed by esteemed chef Hugh Acheson, the National features a Mediterranean-inspired menu infused with Southern influences that reflects the seasonal changes of northeast Georgia. 232 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA. (706) 549-3450, thenationalrestaurant.com Seabear Oyster Bar Seabear is famous for oysters, craft cocktails, and new takes on retro classics—all made from ingredients sourced from sustainable purveyors. 297 Prince Ave, Ste 10, Athens, GA. (706) 850-4367, seabearoysterbar.com

Shop Agora Vintage Looking for a vintage Louis Vuitton bag? Hermes scarf? Chanel necklace? Agora Vintage is a treasure trove of gentlyused designer clothing and accessories. 233 E Broad St, Athens, GA. (706) 2552623, agoravintageshop.com Community Open seven days a week, this boutique features redesigned vintage clothing and clothing handmade by local designers, along with an array of artisan gifts made by talented crafts people around Athens. 119 N Jackson St, Athens, GA. shopcommunityathens.com Frontier Eclectic shop Frontier offers an array of gifts for the home and garden, including jewelry, bath products, and unique works by local artists. 193 E Clayton St, Athens, GA. (706) 369-8079, frontierathens.com Jackson Street Books From cookbooks and biographies to dog-eared pulp paperbacks, you’re sure to find something in the 50,000-plus titles at Georgia’s oldest antiquarian bookshop. 260 N Jackson St, Athens, GA. (706) 546-0245

Stay The Graduate Set in a converted iron foundry and a nineteenth-century farmhouse, this chic boutique hotel is a five-minute walk from the Downtown Athens Historic District. 295 E Dougherty St, Athens, GA. (706) 549-7020, graduateathens.com Hotel Indigo Featuring stylish rooms with hardwood floors and modern furnishings, this pet-friendly hotel is just steps away from more than 150 dining, shopping, and entertainment venues. 500 College Ave, Athens, GA. (706) 546-0430,

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hair and makeup by Isabelle Schreier (Belle Maquillage)

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Double Digits: Linh Trinh (left) treats nails as another opportunity for a style statement.

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Linh Trinh at Wilson’s on Washington elevates the mani to fine art / by Stephanie Burnette

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ail artist Linh Trinh is consumed by design. The 25-year-old boy wonder has garnered an impressive following at Wilson’s on Washington in just one year, and devotees call Trinh’s sense of color and design “intuitive.” “It’s the art major in me,” he says. “Studying perspective challenged me to look at detail in a conscious way.” The Spartanburg native attended Winthrop University for graphic design but was a fashion doyen at heart. As a high school senior, Trinh earned his cosmetology license and worked at a nail salon every Saturday. “I dreamt about the ways fashion could be expressed,” he says, “and I think of nails as an accessory just as much as a bag or jacket.”

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Crème-toned colors excite him this season. He sees them as “an update from summer’s bright whites and stark neutrals.” This new palette offers depth on the nail in shades of offwhite, egg white, cream, and greige, and Trinh likes how the manicure pairs with the season’s rich layers. A plethora of crimson hues are also trending, from bright cherry to cranberry to oxblood. “Red is always right for the holidays,” says Trinh, “and this year it’s about finding the red that works just for you.” He suggests holding a red polish bottle next to the underside of the wrist, comparing the hue against both the tone of the skin and the color of the vein. And for the avant-garde? Last year’s cobalts have been supplanted by shimmering greens, embellished with black or metallic nail art. He favors asymmetrical styling, adjusting the pattern on subsequent digits or only stylizing a single nail on the hand. “If you get tired of it, it’s just polish,” he quips, “and there are a million more looks to try. I tell my clients to seize the day when it comes to their mani.” Linh Trinh charges $30-$40 for manicures and $35 for pedicures at Wilson’s On Washington, 794 East Washington St, Greenville. (864) 235-3336, wilsonsonwashington.com LINH’S TIPS:

• Gel polish produces a hardened barrier and a no-smudge finish that is entirely work-ready in 30 minutes and lasts up to three weeks • If you love a bold toe, go neutral on the mani • Buy gloves for dish washing, gardening, and homeimprovement projects to extend the life of a manicure


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MAN

About TOWN

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

Good Game The Man’s son shows that sport is more than skill

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everal years ago, when my son Julian was in the fifth grade, he decided to sign up for the school basketball team. I was taken by surprise. We are not, nor ever have been, a sports family. I didn’t play sports as a kid and don’t watch sports as an adult. In fact, the only time I break into a sweat is when I’m whisking a hollandaise or jump-starting a car. But Julian was determined to play, and soon I was chauffeuring him back and forth to practice. It was immediately evident that this was more of a social endeavor than an athletic one. Julian had no interest in the game of basketball and was fairly confused about how the whole thing worked. That’s not to say he didn’t have skills. He could run and he could dribble, but he couldn’t do both simultaneously. If he happened to be passed the ball while running down court, he would stop abruptly, bounce the ball a few times, hand it to the nearest teammate, then take off in a wild sprint with no apparent destination in mind. During the actual games, Julian spent much more time on the bench than on the court. Only if the team was so far behind that there was no hope of winning would he be put in the game, where he would invariably perform his routine of catch, stop, bounce, hand off, sprint. Only once did he attempt to make a basket. The shot didn’t go in but it did hit the backboard, and

Julian reacted victoriously. That it was the opposing team’s backboard didn’t matter. I beamed with pride nonetheless. In one game, a player on the opposing team, a rival school from the other side of the county, twisted his ankle and fell hard on the floor. The whistle sounded and the players went to their respective benches as the opposing team’s coach knelt next to the kid, who was obviously in pain. After a few tense minutes, the coach lifted the boy to his feet and began leading him off the court. Julian sprang up, ran over, and patted the player on the back as he hobbled off. As I watched this, I happened to be sitting next to one of the school’s teachers, a kindly man named Mr. Terrell, who had been my seventh-grade history teacher at the same school many years before. “We used to give a trophy for sportsmanship,” he said. “But we haven’t done that in a long time.” I felt my eyes tear up, and my heart swell. On the way home I asked Julian what compelled him to run across the court and pat an opposing player on the back. “He was hurt,” Julian said. “And I wanted him to feel better.” I was more proud of my son that day than if he had scored 100 points. Ten years later he’s exactly the same—there’s not an athletic bone in his body, but he is kind, caring, and full of empathy. As a father, what more could I ask for? ))) Catch up with the Man at towncarolina.com/blog

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CLASS ACT James Barker’s accomplishments as president of Clemson University abound, but he’s happiest back in the classroom

BY STEVEN TINGLE

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hen James Barker was in his fifth year of architecture school at Clemson University, he was invited by the dean to serve on a committee reviewing the work of second-year students. Barker had just married his wife, Marcia, and the couple was living in married-student housing. The experience of serving on that committee changed the course of Barker’s life. “I came home and said, ‘That’s what I want to do,’” he recalls. “I want to be an architect, but I also want to teach.” Even though the vast majority of Barker’s career has been focused on academic administration, he has always been a teacher at heart. “I didn’t really envision being an administrator,” Barker says. “I was a teacher, and now I am again.” After serving for 14 years as the president of Clemson, Barker has returned to the classroom as a full-time faculty member, teaching second-year architecture students. “All during the time I served as dean and as president, that was my ambition. That’s really what I wanted to do again,” he says. “Now I’m able to teach again in the space I was taught, and it’s just a wonderful circle. I feel really blessed to have that opportunity.” But the world is very different today than it was even ten years ago, and Barker empathizes with young people living in the “too-muchinformation” age. “Students are challenged to sift through information the size of bumper stickers to try to find the difference between information and knowledge,” he says. “And then ultimately to try to sift through the knowledge to find insight

and wisdom. It’s a very challenging environment. But students are just smarter today. They are better read and better traveled. They see the whole planet as their territory, and I think that’s great.” Barker’s understanding of students’ changing needs helped drive projects like the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). “Instead of building a Clemson campus in Greenville separate from the community, we integrated right into the heart of the community,” Barker says. “It’s part of Clemson’s engagement with Greenville. Where automotive engineering and ICAR are right next door to BMW and Michelin. Where business students are right on Main Street, and where bioengineering students are embedded in Greenville Hospital. Where we have a gallery and art center in West Greenville. It’s a different concept of what a university is, and it’s worked beautifully.” Other educators and administrators agree with this philosophy. “When I think of leadership in education, I think of Jim Barker,” says Dr. Keith Miller, president of Greenville Technical College. “Jim’s willingness to bring Clemson into Greenville Technical College’s Center for Manufacturing Innovation means that together, we can create a national showcase for workforce development.” Despite all of the accomplishments during his tenure as president, Barker might just be happiest where he is right now—teaching eager students. “You can get lost thinking that the important work is what you’re doing in administration,” he says, “when really, the important work is happening in the classrooms.”

“WHEN I THINK OF LEADERSHIP IN EDUCATION, I THINK OF JIM BARKER.” Dr. Keith Miller, president, Greenville Technical College

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EDUCATION SPIRIT AWAR D

TEACHABLE MOMENTS The Education Spirit Award recognizes an individual who has dedicated his or her career to the betterment of youth and the educational experience for the Upstate.

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DOCTOR’S ORDERS Dr. Jer r y Youke y is betting on the health of our community by establishing a scholar ship for medical students

GETTING BETTER The Healthcare Transformation Award honors an outstanding individual or organization that actively and compassionately works to transform the health of our community through contributions of time, talent, and treasure.

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H E A LTHCA R E TR AN SFOR MATI ON AWARD BY JOHN JETER

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rab the baby and a suitcase, the caller told his wife, and get to the coast. Fleeing with her year-old son to a fishing village, they boarded a boat, people dangling over the side. They made it to a transport ship and scuttled across the Sea of Japan from South Korea that June morning in 1950 when the North invaded. The boy’s father, a U.S. Army warrant officer, stayed behind, shredding sensitive military documents. For six months, the wife never knew if her husband survived behind enemy lines. Dr. Jerry Youkey’s family ultimately reconnected in Wrens, Georgia, two-and-ahalf hours due south of where, nearly 65 years later, Youkey is now dean and associate provost for health science at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville. A former Army officer himself, the doctor moved here 17 years ago with his wife, Sharon, a nurse and educator at Greenville Health System, where her husband also serves as executive vicepresident of medical and academic affairs. Last year, the Youkeys established the Levi S. Kirkland, Sr., MD Scholarship, an $800,000 scholarship for minority medical students. Married 41 years, the couple knows the high costs of higher education: One daughter’s an oncologist, another has a master’s degree in social work, and their son’s an attorney. “We’re hoping, with this, to give a handful of kids opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have to become physicians, No. 1, and No. 2, to be as free of debt as they can be,” Jerry says. “This medical school is a dream come true,” Sharon adds. “If, in fact, we are fortunate

enough to attract the best and the brightest students through scholarships to the medical school, we will improve our community. It’s a way for us to give back. We have been blessed in many ways.” So has Greenville. “Sharon and Jerry are remarkable leaders in this community,” says Mike Riordan, GHS’s president and CEO. “Their gift to create opportunities for medical students is just one example of the Youkeys’ commitment to improving Greenville.” Among the many lives they’ve touched here is Craig Brown, owner and president of the Greenville Drive. Brown has worked with Jerry on the Medical Experience Academy, MedEx, which exposes students to healthcare-career opportunities. “Everything Jerry and his wife do is directed toward the community,” Brown says. “You give your time, your talent, and your treasure, and Jerry and Sharon have given their careers to spending their time and talent on the community.” University of South Carolina president Harris Pastides agrees: “I know that his efforts are heartfelt. They come from a deep spirit of caring and giving, he and Sharon both.” Talking with both Youkeys leaves you with the sense they have all day for you, though each works countless hours—colleagues mention all of that in thanking the couple for their gifts. “He’d surely be the last person in the world to have asked for it,” Pastides says of the award’s recognition, “but that’s what makes him the special colleague and friend that he is—full of wisdom, full of passion, full of leadership.”

“GHS HAS BEEN COMMIT TED TO SUPPORTING THE HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNIT Y FOR OVER 100 YEARS, AND OUR VISION IS REFLECTED BEAUTIFULLY IN THE WORK AND DEDICATION OF DR. JERRY YOUKEY.” Michael Riordan, president and CEO, Greenville Health System

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SAFETY NET Pendleton Place advocates on behalf of the most innocent and vulnerable among us

BY JAC VALITCHKA

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itting down to write this piece about a place in Greenville—a haven, to put it more aptly—a quote by Brandon Lee, son of martial arts great Bruce Lee, from the movie The Crow comes to mind: “Mother is the name for God on the lips and hearts of all children.” That line captures their vulnerability and dependency on their mothers and fathers to guide, support, and protect them. What if, however, it is at the hands of those same people that the exact opposite occurs? The answer is Pendleton Place, founded by the Junior League of Greenville 40 years ago. Laurie Rovin has been the non-profit’s president since 2011, and she knows all too well how Pendleton Place’s mission to “keep children safe and support families in crisis through prevention, assessment and intervention,” is relied upon. From 2014–2015, Pendleton Place provided services to 555 people, 278 of which were children. Notice the plural: “services.” As Rovin explains, Pendleton Place wanted to “shift the focus of the child welfare space from ‘those kids’ or ‘government kids’ or ‘other people’s problems’ to child well-being and community. Today, we really look at our work to protect, equip, and heal vulnerable children and families.” Jason Richards, chief operating officer of NAI Earle Furman and a former Pendleton Place board member, further explains the organization’s vital community role. “Pendleton Place is one of the more wellknown Greenville non-profits, but I think it’s also one of the most misunderstood in terms of

purpose. It has a great legacy as a shelter, and it still provides a safe home for many young women, but the organization does so much. The mission of keeping children safe and supporting families in crisis is now done in a much more proactive and comprehensive way. Pendleton Place serves not only as a provider, but as a convener for organizational and individual stakeholders in the lives of the children it serves. This team approach results in a much more comprehensive and effective way to help families.” Pendleton Place’s efforts take shape in four programs. Family Bridges provides supervised visitation and safe custody exchange to help minimize conflict between parents, and protects children from abuse and neglect. The Assessment Center evaluates children and families entering the foster-care system in Greenville County. Connections Count provides case management and mentors for at-risk young adults, ages 18-21, and their families. Smith House is the residential program for girls, ages 12-21, who have been removed from their home due to neglect or abuse. The uplifting part—in addition to things like personal letters Rovin receives from young women who have been at Smith—is the chance for all of us to be involved. Pendleton Place is always in need of volunteers, and their mentoring program is a great place for charitable hearts and minds. Until words like “abuse” and “neglect” are not commonplace descriptions of the fallout from fractured families, there are thankfully two other ones that can be on the hearts and lips of our very own: Pendleton Place.

“WHEN I LISTEN TO THE NEWS OR READ ABOUT CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, IT IS ALMOST TOO MUCH TO COMPREHEND. PENDLETON PL ACE FILLS A NEED WHERE CHILDREN CAN FIND A LOVING SANCTUARY, AND PERHAPS FOR THE FIRST TIME, KNOW LOVE AND SECURIT Y.” Greta Somerville, Cascades Verdae

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COMM U N ITY SP IR IT AWARD

ALL TOGETHER NOW The Community Spirit Award is given to an outstanding local non-profit organization that serves the community through its vital programs and efforts to communicate and partner with other non-profits.

Laurie Rovin, president of Pendleton Place.

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CUSTOMER SERVICE For a community that has suppor ted their dreams, Stewar t and Mar tha Spinks seek to retur n the favor

COMMUNITY CHEST The Philanthropic Spirit Award honors a business that fosters charitable giving through employee-incentive programs and that is dedicated to giving back to the Upstate in a significant manner.

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P H I LAN THROP IC SP IR IT AWARD BY MARY CATHRYN ARMSTRONG

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hat is the true measure of a philanthropist? Some say the scales tip heavily in favor of dollars-and-cents contributions. Others assign more merit to community involvement and handson participation—the “non-monetary” gestures of giving. In 43 years of business, Spinx Company, Inc., founder Stewart Spinks has learned how to strike a careful balance between these two paradigms of giving. Even in the company’s fledgling years, Spinks was emboldened by the spirit of a tight-knit community that fully embraced his dream. “Early on, I found that Greenville was woven of a fabric that cared about helping people be successful,” Spinks says. “This is a collegial community. We’re not riddled with the ‘if you make it, I can’t’ attitude. It’s more ‘all ships rise with the tide.’” And rise Spinx did, growing from a one-man, onelocation operation to the largest independently owned retailer headquartered in South Carolina, with more than 1,600 employees in this state alone. They even cracked Convenience Store News and Petroleum’s top 101 list of convenience stores in the United States and Canada. The beneficiary of a supportive community, it comes as no surprise that the company’s outreach embodies the cornerstone of “handups” versus “handouts” as means to success. Martha Spinks, Stewart’s supporter for nearly 50 years, says both she and her husband are steadfast education advocates. Their collaboration with the modern NEXT High School’s development, as well as their generous contributions to Greenville Technical College’s campus and classroom infrastructure and scholarship programs, stand as examples of their efforts. Greenville Tech Foundation president Bob Howard says his longtime friend “stands as an example to which many others could aspire.”

“Stewart will be remembered in Greenville for his hard work, his generosity, vision, and the success he has achieved,” Howard says. “But his legacy will also be the positive and caring way that he runs his company because he truly has a deep concern for the welfare of his employees.” In addition to the usual benefits, Spinx offers longterm staff access to an employee stock-ownership plan, as well as scholarship opportunities for employees and their families to continue their education. The company is also involved in the March of Dimes and Boy Scouts, and sponsors several fundraising events, most notably the Spinx Charity Classic, which raised $90,000 for local chapters of the Ronald McDonald House, American Red Cross, the Greenville Tech Foundation, and Harvest Hope Food Bank this year. While these efforts speak to the Spinkses personal investment in the Upstate, they’ve also garnered recognition at the statewide level. “South Carolina is a giving state. We are a friendly state. And we are a charitable state. I cannot think of a better family that needs to be honored than the Spinks family and team for all the work that they’ve done,” says Governor Nikki Haley. Stewart has since handed over the title of CEO to his son, Steve, but Martha says she doesn’t envision her husband retiring anytime soon. He still gets up early and dresses for work “like he’s 25-years-old,” she laughs. She hopes that their enthusiasm will encourage others to give back to those in need, no matter the capacity. As for Stewart, he hopes to continue “putting more in the tank” than he takes out. “I feel very fortunate. I’ve certainly come to appreciate the Upstate for its generosity and spirit. I’m at a stage in my life where I want to give back what I’ve received.”

“MAKING A DIFFERENCE HAS BEEN A CORNERSTONE OF THE SPINKS’ FAMILY PHILOSOPHY FOR DECADES. I CAN THINK OF NO FINER REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PHIL ANTHROPIC SPIRIT IN THE UPSTATE, AND THROUGHOUT SOUTH CAROLINA, THAN STEWART AND MARTHA.” Linda Hannon, government and community relations manager, Duke Energy

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HEART OF GOLD Har r iet Goldsmith values accomplishments over acclaim

BY M. LINDA LEE

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he sun pouring through the windows in Harriet Goldsmith’s family room is almost as warm as her smile. Maybe that’s why people are so drawn to her. Or maybe it’s the way she cuddles her foundling cocker spaniel, Freckles, so lovingly in her lap. In talking to her, one thing quickly becomes clear: This year’s winner of the Ruth Nicholson Award is more interested in others than in herself. “I can’t think of anyone who deserves the award more,” says Sue Priester, who, along with Frances Ellison, founded Greenville Women Giving (GWG) with Goldsmith and served on the board of the Community Foundation with her. “Harriet has great insight and understanding of what can and should be done in our community.” Goldsmith, a Tallahassee native who moved to Greenville in the early 1970s with her husband, Andy, started doing volunteer work with the Junior League in her new city when she was a young stay-at-home-mom (she now has three grown sons and seven grandchildren). Through the Junior League she got to know the community, met new friends, and most important in her view, she learned of Greenville’s needs and challenges. It was Goldsmith who spawned the idea for Greenville Women Giving, based on an article she read in the doctor’s office about a similar organization in Seattle. She took the article home and tucked it away in her “good idea file.” In 2006, she was going through the file and happened on the article. She realized that what she couldn’t do

by herself financially for the community, she could do as part of a women’s philanthropy group. So she brought the idea to Bob Morris, president of the Community Foundation. Morris told her to run with it, and promised if she could grow the group to 50 women by the end of the year, he would match the money they raised. By the end of that first year, Greenville Women Giving had 135 members. This year the group celebrates its tenth anniversary. To date, GWG has donated $3.5 million to the community in the areas of arts, education, environment, health, and human services. When Goldsmith stepped aside to foster a change in leadership at Greenville Women Giving, her partners appointed her Chair Emeritus. “Frances and I frequently tackle projects by asking ‘What would Harriet do?’” Priester claims. “She continues to guide us actively and when we invoke her name.” For her part, Goldsmith prefers to roll up her sleeves and get things done rather than just write a check. “I love getting to know the people we are trying to help,” she says. “I understand that under different circumstances, I could be right where they are.” Priester admits to being awed by the total number of people that Goldsmith has had an impact on locally. Yet Goldsmith humbly demurs from taking credit for all her contributions to the city she can’t imagine leaving. “It’s nothing I’ve done,” she insists. “It’s what this group of women has done. There’s no end to what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

“HARRIET’S ABILIT Y TO CONNECT PEOPLE TO THE COMMUNIT Y FOUNDATION HAS BEEN E XCEPTIONAL. IT IS NO COINCIDENCE THAT WE HAVE ENJOYED UNPRECEDENTED GROW TH UNDER HER LEADERSHIP.” Bob Morris, president, the Community Foundation of Greenville

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RU TH NICHOLSON AWARD

GIVE A HAND The Ruth Nicholson Award is the highest honor presented by the Community Foundation that recognizes the volunteer who has made significant contributions to the Greenville community through work for the Community Foundation or to one of its projects, programs, or areas of emphasis.

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Pat Conroy Exhibit October 23, 2015

Highlighting a wealth of materials from the Pat Conroy Archive at the University of South Carolina Libraries, this exhibit explores Conroy’s relationship with the Lowcountry. Featuring works such as The Water is Wide, The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides and his most recent memoir The Death of Santain as well as personal scrapbooks, photographs, letters, cover artwork, and promotional pieces, this exhibit examines the impact that the Lowcountry had on Conroy and his internationally renowned and beloved books.

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Attorney and community champion Anne Ellefson continues to hone her singular vision

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ach morning as the sun rises over Greenville, an abused mom hugs her children, safe within the walls of Pendleton Place. Across town, dozens of excited five-year-olds dive into learning at their allday kindergarten class. On Main Street, entire blocks of businesses come to life, as construction crews push west even more. This is when attorney Anne Ellefson heads toward her desk at Greenville Health System. On her way to work, the Lifetime of Charitable Giving Award recipient doesn’t look back upon her role in improving the community by supporting initiatives like those above. Instead, she stares down the future—a future ripe with opportunity. It’s all she sees. “Let’s see, right now I’m with the bar, ETV, seeTAC, and Hollingsworth.” The humble 61-year-old quietly speaks in code, disguising the importance and financial significance of her current volunteer efforts, to say nothing of the impact and influence she wields state-wide through her “real job.” So, please allow us to translate. Ellefson’s the current president of the South Carolina Bar, governing some

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15,000 members. She sits on the Hollingsworth Funds board of directors, which just distributed $6.6 million to 54 organizations in Greenville. She walks in her father’s footsteps, working with the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center Board. This grandmother of four even toils to keep Sesame Street on air, by serving as president of the SC ETV Endowment board of trustees. These are but a few of her recent philanthropic endeavors, leading many to ask, “How does she do it?” “I’m pretty good at compartmentalizing,” admits the deputy general counsel for academics and community affairs at GHS. “When I’m at work, it’s work, and when I’m at home, I’m home. I try not to mix the two.” And then there’s what she calls the “Worth It” test. “When I decide to do something, I have to see if the sacrifices and efforts are worth what I get out of it,” she explains. “Once you’re on a board, there are all sorts of opportunities out there. Everybody’s got limited time and resources, and you’ve got to make sure you’re putting your priorities in order. Don’t sacrifice your family, your health, your mental health, for something your heart’s not really into.” Judging by everything Ellefson’s into, surely, her heart is the largest in the Upstate.

NOMINATED BY THE COMMUNIT Y FOUNDATION AND VOTED ON BY A COMMITTEE MADE UP OF EXECUTIVES REPRESENTING THE COMMUNIT Y FOUNDATION OF GREENVILLE AND TOWN MAGAZINE, THE LIFETIME OF CHARITABLE GIVING AWARD HONORS LIFELONG SERVICE TO OTHERS THROUGH BOTH INDIVIDUAL ENDEAVORS AND COMMUNIT Y INVOLVEMENT, AND IS A GIFT THAT SPANS A LIFETIME.

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you couldn’t go downtown and find a sandwich. The storefronts were rapidly Growing up alongside her big brother in shutting down and either boarded up, or Laurens, Anne remembers both of her parents taken over by less-than-ideal businesses.” serving as leaders in the community. Her Guiding these go-getters was Anne’s mother, Bette, was a teacher who started a pilot, most significant leadership position to public school kindergarten. Her father, the late date, and she immediately demonstrated banker Phil Sutherland, founded the town’s the vision and strategy she’s known United Way. “My father was not a man of too many words, but his actions were pretty strong,” ANNE AGREES WITH A for today. She restructured the league’s training program, believing it was more she recalls. “I think we grew up expecting to do productive for one member to train 10 the things they did.” people, than simply do the work of 10 Her folks moved to Greenville while Anne was people. Hundreds of trained members in college, first at Salem College in North Carolina, then infiltrated the county, providing and then the University of South Carolina. The womanpower and money to dozens English major didn’t know what she wanted to of different groups including Camp do when she graduated, until a summer job her Opportunity, YMCA Camp Greenville, junior year. “A friend suggested I think about The Meyer Center, Senior Action Center, becoming a paralegal. I was supposed to be a Loaves and Fishes, and more. runner in a law office, but I did more than that. At With an emphasis on children, the end of the summer, the lawyer I was working Anne and the JLG also pushed to pass for said, ‘You’re an idiot! Go to law school. You legislation for a penny-tax to fund can do it!’” And so she did. daylong kindergarten in public schools. Upon graduation from USC’s Law School, Summing up Anne’s work across a Anne should have received a jackhammer along quarter of a century, Tina says, “Countless with her sheepskin, as her groundbreaking work children, battered women, substancewas about to begin. In 1979, she was one of only abuse victims, senior citizens, rape two female legal eagles at Haynsworth Sinkler victims, at-risk after-school students, and Boyd, P.A. In-house colleagues treated her fine, abused and neglected children all have but outside the office, she fielded odd stares Anne to thank for her compassion and and perplexing comments. “Somebody would generosity. She’s harnessed the collective be talking to me and say they’d known a female efforts of others to turn thousands of lives lawyer, and she was ‘real great.’ They’d say that into something better.” like she had only one head and not three,” she recalls with a hearty laugh. “There are always Ten Million Reasons going to be bumps in the road, but they weren’t Over the years, Anne estimates she’s horrible. I have pretty thick skin I suppose, so it served on the board of directors for didn’t bother me.” more than a dozen groups and agencies, After observing her for decades, Tina Hampton including the South Carolina Chamber says little sways Anne’s positive attitude and of Commerce, the Greenville Chamber calm demeanor. “She is incredible. She’s an of Commerce, United Ministries of example of everything to strive for,” shares the Greenville, and the Community Planning director of administration for the Junior League of Council of Greenville. She hesitates Greenville. “Whether educationally, voluntarily, or when asked which one post, or project, empathetically, she’s a role model. As a mother, was a favorite. “Every one of them is as a professional, as a wife, she’s a role model. different and has given me gratification She’s just fabulous.” Tina remembers how Anne for different reasons,” she explains. “I’ve stepped up to serve as the league’s presidentgotten to know so many wonderful people with each elect, and then president, when the original appointed organization. That’s my paycheck, in addition to feeling officer stepped down at the eleventh hour. “Anne was good about doing good things.” one of the first league presidents who worked full-time and United Way president Ted Hendry quickly points to she had twins. Imagine that! She broke league stereotypes, ten million reasons why she’s deserving of the Lifetime while earning respect and awe across the community.” of Charitable Giving Award. You see, Anne chaired the United Way of Greenville County’s giving campaign A League of Her Own when it jumped over the $10 million mark for the first Balancing her growing family and career, Anne led time. “Her vision leads how the United Way is positioned the league ladies while fulfilling many non-league duties today,” he says. “I think her real contribution beyond that come with top officer positions. It was a time of raising the $10 million was the vision she had for the major change for the service group’s focus and funding. United Way to do more than it ever dreamed possible.” Anne energetically spearheaded support and resources Hendry details how Anne pressed for a community for projects that laid the foundation of the Greenville we study that led to touch-points they now utilize, focusing know today. During her year as president-elect, the upon school readiness, high school graduation, and JLG was one of the first to fund an initiative for a financial stability for families. “She is very encouraging new performing arts center in the middle of the city, and very nurturing. She has a wonderful wit. She is quite what we now call the Peace Center. the visionary. She was very persistent in moving that In addition, the group of 1,250 women had recently vision forward,” he recalls. “She’s quiet and thoughtful, relocated their offices just off of Main Street, planting but persistent.” small seeds of stability and growth for bigger downtown “I am persistent,” Anne agrees with a smile. “Bob development to come. “Everyone was moving out, and Hughes told me I have the wisdom of Job, the patience we were moving in,” Tina recollects. Anne can still picture of a saint, and the foot of Pelé.” lunch hours, saying, “When I first started working here,

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Shooting for the future That foot is now propelling new groups forward, including the Hollingsworth Funds board of directors. “It’s a real honor to serve on that board,” she reveals. “It may be the most strategic thing I’ve been a part of. It’s a really meaningful exercise coming together in deep strategy with our grants, and watching the sale of the assets of Mr. Hollingsworth, and turning them into real significant dollars that we are able to give to the community.” Recipients of the latest round of grants include just about every major non-profit entity in the county, including Pendleton Place, Greenville Free Medical Clinic, Homes of Hope, and the Metropolitan Arts Council.

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lthough Anne’s husband Ted, a former stockbroker, is long retired and enjoys calling himself a “trophy spouse,” the philanthropic-minded lawyer has no desire to ditch her deskwork. In fact, after rising to managing director at Haynsworth, becoming the first female in South Carolina to lead a firm with more than 100 attorneys, winning the Greenville County Bar’s Tommy Thomason Award, and qualifying for listings in “The Best Lawyers in America”® and “South Carolina Super Lawyers”™, she’s gunning down the future in a new role. Almost two years ago, she left commercial real estate to work for GHS in a job that perfectly blends her legal and philanthropic passions. “We are creating a really

wonderful academic health center that will have huge benefits for this community,” she explains. “Before we started this conversation, there was no medical school in Greenville, and now we have a full, four-year medical school. We’ve got 5,000 learners on this campus. It’s really fun to have my volunteer side and work side coalesce, and be involved in something I feel is really making a difference. This is worth it.” So, at an age when many slow down, Anne is revving up to serve in old and new ways. She credits her parents, her husband, and employers for supporting her efforts and providing flexibility with her schedule. “I’m going to be here awhile,” she predicts. “I’m not ready to pull in my claws from what I’m doing out in the community at this point. I think Greenville has always been a good community. We’ve always had visionary leadership and a generous community, and those two things have enabled us to come from the small textile town we were to a pretty cosmopolitan city.” Proving, without a doubt, her efforts are all worth it.

Get Up & Go: Attorney Anne Ellefson has served on the board of directors for more than a dozen groups and agencies, many simultaneously. Her ability to juggle these responsibilities has opened a world of opportunity and growth.

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American Grocery offers refined American cuisine and a changing menu that emphasizes quality ingredients from local, regional, and national producers. Try the goat cheese gnudi with grilled apples, baby kale, squash purée, and brown butter before an entrée of salt-crusted grassfed ribeye with pomme purée, onion soubise, and red wine jus. Finish with a lemon chiffon pie. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 732 S Main St. (864) 232-7665, americangr.com

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The unassuming Augusta Grill is home to owner Buddy Clay’s vision of upscale comfort food. From cozy booths and the intimate private dining room, patrons can enjoy dishes such as breaded artichoke and leek stuffed chicken breast with roasted tomato vinaigrette. The lineup of entrées and appetizers changes daily, but regulars can always get Chef Bob Hackl’s highly sought-after blackberry cobbler. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 1818 Augusta St. (864) 242-0316, augustagrill.com

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You might have an inkling of what a meat lover’s heaven looks like, but if you show up at Chef Anthony Gray’s gastropub, you’ll know for sure. From the board of house-cured, smoked, and dried meats, to the glass-walled curing room on display, there’s no shortage of mouthwatering selections. The menu’s flavor profiles extend to the cocktail list, which heavily features whiskeys, bourbons, bacon-infused liquors, and even smoked sorghum syrup. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 3620 Pelham Rd. (864) 297-6000, baconbrospublichouse.com BREAKWATER RESTAURANT

Breakwater is a hotspot that serves beautiful food (Ahi tuna marinated in lime, soy, and chili topped with avocado salad, wasabi aioli, soy syrup, and wonton crisps) and creative drinks. Candy-apple-red accents (the bar, dining room chairs, and wall decorations) meld with mirrors and glass to produce a uniquely New York Citymeets-Lowcountry vibe. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday. 802 S Main St. (864) 271-0046, breakwatersc.com HENRY’S SMOKEHOUSE

Though this barbecue joint has since branched out, Henry’s original location has long set the standard. A Greenville institution, the Smokehouse specializes in slow-cooking meat in open pits over hickory logs. Sure, there are other things

on the menu, but a rack of Henry’s succulent ribs with sides of beans and slaw will transport you to hog heaven. $, L, D. 240 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 232-7774, henryssmokehouse.com HIGH COTTON

Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook picturesque Falls Park for an airy and relaxed dining room. The menu, steeped in locally-sourced ingredients, features fish, game, and steaks prepared with a Southern flair. Staples include the peachmustard-glazed pork chop (paired with blistered okra and bacon-bourbon jus) and the Maverick Shrimp & Grits (featuring Andouille sausage, stone-ground yellow corn grits, and tomato-scallion pan sauce). $$$-$$$$. D, SBR. 550 S Main St. (864) 3354200, highcottongreenville.com LARKIN’S ON THE RIVER

Located between the Peace Center and the Reedy River, Larkin’s seeks to balance upscale dining with comfort. Start with shecrab soup, then an entrée from the day’s selections—or opt for an aged filet mignon with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Dine in the enclosed outdoor patio to enjoy the river view, and polish off your meal with a selection from the extensive wine list. $$$-$$$$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Daily), SBR. 318 S Main St. (864) 467-9777, larkinsontheriver.com

RICK ERWIN’S NANTUCKET SEAFOOD

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 chef-designed specialties. Try the lobster bites, lightly breaded and fried, with a drink at the elegant bar, pre- or post-Peace Center performance. A destination for a group dinner or a quiet date night, Nantucket offers both an intimate and entertaining atmosphere. $$-$$$$, D, SBR. 40 W Broad St. (864) 5463535, nantucketseafoodgrill.com NOSE DIVE

The Nose Dive is city bar meets corner bistro. A wide range of beer, wine, and an ambitious menu that hits nearly every continent make it hard not to dive in. Look for an elevated gastropub experience at every meal, from fried chicken and waffles to Thai-chili-rubbed tuna, to a customized grits bar at brunch. Located right on Main Street midway between ONE City Plaza and the Peace Center, this gastropub is downtown hotspot and neighborhood hangout, all in one package. $-$$, L, D, SBR. 116 S Main St. (864) 3737300, thenosedive.com RESTAURANT 17

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of the Blue Ridge foothills. The sleek, contemporary interior puts the surrounding land on display, with particular emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients. Pick up a fresh-baked loaf of bread from the café (open daily) or peruse the wine selections at their market. The menu changes daily, but expect dishes like handmade cavatelli and braised local veal bolognese. $$$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest. (864) 516-1715, restaurant17.com RICK ERWIN’S WEST END GRILLE

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

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Located in the West End Market, Smoke on the Water has a homey feel, with a separate street-side dining area and covered patio tables overlooking Pedrick’s Garden. Choose something from the smoker (beerbutt chicken), or pick from sandwiches, burgers, or salads. Sides vary from mac ’n’ cheese to a bowl of greens, and even spinach casserole. $-$$$, L, D. 1 Augusta St, Ste 202. (864) 2329091, saucytavern.com SOBY’S

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Local flavor shines here in entrées like the crab cakes with remoulade and sweet corn maque choux, mashed potatoes, and haricot verts. 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. $$$-$$$$, D, SBR. 207 S Main St. (864) 232-7007, sobys.com

ASIAN & INDIAN BANGKOK THAI CUISINE

Bangkok Thai makes a standout version of pad Thai, everyone’s favorite noodles. The curries are also a surefire hit, though the green curry is of particular note: it is the only one made from fresh chilies. For a different dining experience, take a seat on the floor pillows in the back room. $$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Mon–Sat), Closed Sundays. 1440 Pelham Rd, Ste M. (864) 458-7866, bangkokgreenville.com HANDI INDIAN CUISINE

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

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

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Choose from curry, noodles, fried rice, or vegetarian dishes, while the chef’s specialties offer even more choices. $$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Mon–Sat). 106 N Main St. (864) 241-9988, lemongrassthai.net KIMCHEE KOREAN RESTAURANT

Kimchee’s kimchi has locals coming back for seconds. Try the Kalbi short ribs (marinated in soy sauce, onions, and sesame seeds) or bibimbap (served in a hot stone bowl for crispy rice). All dishes come with ban chan, side dishes that include kimchi, japchae (glass noodles), marinated tofu, and more. $$-$$$ L, D. Closed Sunday. 1939 Woodruff Rd Ste B. (864) 534-1061, kimcheekoreanrestaurant.com MEKONG

Chef Huy Tran delivers the nuances of fine Vietnamese cuisine at Mekong. Among favorites is the grilled pork vermicelli, featuring marinated pork, lettuce, cucumber, bean sprouts, mint, cilantro, peanuts, crispy shallots, and a chili-garliclime sauce. For some textural variation, try the broken rice platter, which puts julienned pork, a grilled pork chop, and a steamed pork omelet over broken rice. $, L, D. 2013 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 244-1314, mekongrestaurantsc.com PURPLE INTERNATIONAL BISTRO & SUSHI

A stone’s throw from Fluor Field, this place serves an Asian mix. There are Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Asian-fusion entrées, but sushi is a strong suit. The udon with Prince Edward Island mussels, mahi-mahi with a spicy crawfish glaze, or roasted duck are worthy options. The latter, perfumed with star anise, is roasted to order—and worth the wait. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 933 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 232-3255 SUSHI KOJI

Sushi Koji flaunts a contemporary air. Chef Koji Fujikawa presides over the five-seat sushi bar. If you order one of the two omakase menus, you’ll be treated to the chef’s choice of the freshest fish flown in from markets in Japan and the United States. $-$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 247 N Main St. (864) 631-1145 TSUNAMI

Come here for fresh fish, sure, but if you’re in the mood for something hot, try one of the many hibachi selections, including filet mignon, or the teriyakis, stir-fries, and soups—steaming bowls of fresh udon or soba noodles. Perfect for slurping. $-$$, L (Mon–Fri), D. 106 E North St. (864) 467-1055, tsunamigreenville.com

BEER & PUBS DIVE ‘N’ BOAR

A traditional dive-bar atmosphere with an inventive menu, Dive ‘N’ Boar caters to the barbecue-loving Southerner. This spin on the neighborhood gastropub has 25 different local beers on tap in a laidback atmosphere. The bar specializes in house-infused liquors and cocktails using local herbs and ingredients. Stop by on the weekend for live music and a meal, or meet up with friends for drinks on their screened-in patio. $-$$, L, D, SBR. 2541 N Pleasantburg Dr. (864) 509-0388, facebook.com/divenboar LIBERTY TAP ROOM BAR & GRILL

Located next to Fluor Field, Liberty Tap Room Bar & Grill is both pre-game watering hole and after-work hangout. Dinner choices range from 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. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 941 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 770-7777, libertytaproom.com MAC’S SPEED SHOP

Across from Liberty Taproom, Mac’s looks to be family friendly for both the Harley-set as well as the post-Drive-baseball crowd with plenty of brisket, ribs, and beer-can chicken. “Start your engine” with a plate of Tabascofried pickles, washed down (quickly, no doubt) with one of the 50 craft beers on tap. With outdoor seating, you’ll likely want to lay some rubber on the road to grab your spot. $-$$$, L, D. 930 S Main St, (864) 239-0286 macsspeedshop.com

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.

$$-$$$, B, L, D (Thurs–Sat). 500 E McBee Ave, Greenville. (864) 242-2535, marybethsatmcbee.com MARY’S AT FALLS COTTAGE

Located in historic Falls Cottage, Mary’s offers brunch and lunch with a charming atmosphere perfect for leisurely weekends. The menu includes the Ultimate Reuben and meatloaf sandwich, as well as Southern comfort favorites such as the Fountain Inn salad and the hot chicken salad. $, L, SBR. Closed Monday. 615 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 298-0005, fallscottage.com

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Everyone needs a neighborhood bar. Where better to join cheer with (or heckle mercilessly) your friends? This hangout is within walking distance of the North Main area and features an outdoor patio and rollup garage doors—perfect for fall. Rotating bottle and draft selections and plenty of outdoor seating keep things fresh.

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. Wash it down with selections from the tap and a premium beer list that leans toward the Belgian and German end of the spectrum.

$-$$, L, D. 300 E Stone Ave, Greenville. (864) 252-4055, ujgreenville.com THE VELO FELLOW

Cozy in a funky way, the Velo Fellow is a hip pub under the Mellow Mushroom. Burgers and sandwiches form the core of the menu, which includes fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and—in a twist—tofu Marsala. In addition to the craft brews on tap, the Velo Fellow offers traditional absinthe service, complete with a silverplated brouilleur. $-$$$, L, D, SBR. 1 Augusta St, Ste 126, Greenville. (864) 242-9296, thevelofellow.com

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH 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 a Bloody Mary bar, or indulge your sweet tooth with a slice of homemade rum cake. $$, L, D, SBR. Closed Monday. 2 W Stone Ave, Greenville. (864) 233-0006, thebohemiancafe.com CHICORA ALLEY

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

If your name has “eggs” in it, you’d better know your eggs. Eggs Up Grill doesn’t disappoint. From classic over easy eggs, to eggs Benedict, all the way to Patty-o-Sullivan omelets (grilled corned beef hash with melted swiss cheese), this breakfast joint has you covered. Not a fan of eggs? Eggs Up also serves breakfast fare like pancakes, waffles, and French toast. $-$$. B, L. 31 Augusta St, Greenville. (864) 520-2005, eggsupgrill.com MARY BETH’S AT MCBEE STATION

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

$$$, B, L, D, SBR. 116 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 335-8222, thegreenroomupstate.com SOUTHERN CULTURE KITCHEN & BAR

Expect an uptown spin on comfort food classics like tater tots served in a parchmentlined Chinese takeout container with pimiento cheese fondue. For something a little sweeter, don’t miss the weekend brunch. The apple-stuffed French toast (adorned with melted goat cheese, maple syrup, and applewood bacon) will send you into a contented slumber. $$, D (Mon–Sat), SBR. 2537 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 552-1998, southernculturekitchenandbar.com TANDEM CREPERIE & COFFEEHOUSE

Tandem lures Swamp Rabbit cyclists with the aromas of Counter Culture Coffee and guarantees of a happy stomach. Try the Lumberjack (cornmeal crepe, ham, bacon, eggs, cheese, bechamel, and maple syrup) or satisfy your sweet tooth with the Banana Nut crepe. If you can’t choose between savory and sweet, split one of each with a friend and enjoy in the spirit of Tandem’s motto: “Together is best.” $, B, L, SBR. Closed Monday. 2 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-2245, tandemcc.com TUPELO HONEY CAFÉ

Big Southern charm comes in the form of a steaming hot biscuit at Tupelo Honey. Indulge in the famous sweet potato pancakes (topped with pecans and peach butter of course) any time of day, or try one of the mouthwatering sandwiches like the Southern Fried Chicken BLT with maplepeppered bacon. The Southern small plates are built for sharing: baked macaroni-andcheese with Cajun blackened shrimp, for instance. $$, B, L, D. 1 N Main St, Suite T, Greenville. (864) 451-6200, tupelohoneycafe.com

CAFÉS COFFEE TO A TEA

This quaint spot with a focus on local products and healthy options makes any day better. Mornings shine with a breakfast sandwich or fresh-baked cinnamon roll. Lunch offers a variety of soups, salads, and sandwiches (we recommend their signature: hormone-free chicken salad on house-baked bread). For dessert, try a slice of cake from NOVEMBER 2015 / 123


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the rotating counter selection. Gluten-free options abound. $-$$, B, L. Closed Sunday. 1 Augusta St, Ste 101, Greenville. (864) 373-9836, coffeetoatea.com COFFEE UNDERGROUND

Coffee Underground boasts a wide selection of specialty coffees, adult libations, and dreamy desserts like the turtle cheesecake with vanilla and chocolate swirl, caramel, and pecans. If you’re craving more substantial fare, choose from a splendid breakfast-anytime option, sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries, and desserts. $-$$, B, L, D, SBR. 1 E Coffee St, Greenville. (864) 298-0494, coffeeunderground.info

$, B, L, D. 300 River Place, Ste 122, Greenville. (864) 283-6702, ochateabaronline.com

upon which buttery avocado, fresh feta, and other flourishes rest. Make sure you sample some of the homemade pita bread seasoned with fresh garlic and olive oil.

TEALOHA

$, L. 19 Augusta St, Greenville. (864) 2509650, greenlettuceusa.com

As the weather warms up and Main Street fills, it pays to have a cool, quiet escape. Tealoha’s blend of raw and refined fills the bill. Recycled barn-wood panels and earthy brown and green tones impart the feel of a subdued oasis, while sleek, modern furniture is decidedly comfy and urban. A menu of exotic loose-leaf teas is fleshed out by smooTEAS (tea-infused smoothies) and specialTEAS (tea-based lattes). $, B, L, D, Closed Sundays. 131 E McBee Ave, Greenville. (864) 509-1899, tealoha.com THE VILLAGE GRIND

METHODICAL COFFEE

Between the white marble countertops, the gleaming chrome Slayer espresso machine, and the white-tiled loft, Methodical is a coffee bar built for Instagram. It’s no surprise, considering tastemakers such as the Vagabond Barista Will Shurtz, designer Marco Suarez, and hotelier David Baker are the forces behind Methodical. Even better: there’s plenty of substance to go with style. Single-origin espressos, housemade shrub sodas, and homemade treats ensure there’s plenty to rave about. $-$$, B, L, D. 101 N Main St, Ste D, Greenville. methodicalcoffee.com

Tucked between art galleries in the heart of Pendleton Street, the Village Grind is an essential destination for Greenville coffee lovers. With its emphasis on community, the coffeehouse uses only local ingredients—from milk and syrups to beans from Due South Coffee—to create one-of-a-kind beverages to be enjoyed with friends on the mid-century couch or solo at the pallet-inspired window bar. $, B, L. Closed Sunday. 1263 Pendleton St, Greenville. (864) 915-8600, facebook.com/thevillagegrind

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O - CHA TEA BAR

A trip to O-CHA will have you considering tea in an entirely new light. This sleek space, located right on the river in Falls Park, specializes in bubble tea (flavored teas with chewy tapioca pearls) but also offers a large assortment of loose-leaf teas, cold drinks, and snacks.

GREEN LETTUCE

Rough-hewn, knotty wood planks and an airy, sunlit interior give Green Lettuce a Mediterranean vibe fully matched by its menu of hearty salads. Fresh lettuce, crisp like a snare drum cadence, forms a base

SOBY’S ON THE SIDE

Located just around the corner from Carl’s eponymous restaurant, Soby’s on the Side adds speed and efficiency to Soby’s reputation for high-quality food. Pick from their regular menu or try one of their chalkboard specials that change with each day of the week. From BBQ Monday to Grilled Cheese Wednesday, add a spontaneous element to your lunch, or enjoy a hot breakfast. $$. B, L. Closed Sunday. 22 E Court St, Greenville. (864)-271-8431, sobysontheside.com SULLY’S STEAMERS

When considering the ingredients for the perfect sandwich, steam isn’t often the first (or even last) thing to come to mind. For Robert Sullivan, hot air is the key to handheld nirvana. With a smorgasbord of ingredients like cut meats, veggies, and homemade cream cheeses, Sully’s stacks up custom bagel sandwiches served piping fresh. There are countless combinations, so plan on more than one visit to turn up the heat.

$, B, L, D (closed Sunday evenings). Open until 3am on Friday & Saturday. 6 E Washington St, Greenville. (864) 509-6061, sullyssteamers.com SWAMP RABBIT CAFÉ AND GROCERY

Downtown Greenville, Swamp Rabbit Trail. Grocery store, neighborhood café. Local produce, delicious food. These

intersections are what make the Swamp Rabbit Café a staple. Stop by for breakfast and enjoy fresh-baked scones and muffins, or enjoy their roast beef and Havarti sandwich for lunch. And for a quick pickme-up at any time of day, try the café’s organic coffee from Counter Culture. While you’re here, peruse the grocery’s inventory to continue the local trend at home. $, B, L. 205 Cedar Lane Rd, Greenville. (864) 255-3385, swamprabbitcafe.com TWO CHEFS DELI & MARKET

Count on this deli for fast, high-quality food. Hot and cold lunch fare is available, ranging from homemade soups to a traditional grinder and a turkey melt. If you’re not up to cooking, there’s a case of “crafted carryout” entrées and sides to go. Impress last-minute guests with the likes of roasted turkey and Parmesan potatoes. Choose from the many options on the daily menu, or check back for daily specials. $-$$, B, L, D. Closed Saturday & Sunday. 104 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 370-9336, twochefsdeli.com

EUROPEAN DAVANI’S RESTAURANT

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

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The Lazy Goat’s tapas-style menu is distinctly Mediterranean. Sample from the Graze and Nibble dishes, such as the crispy Brussels sprouts with Manchego shavings and sherry glacé. For a unique entrée, try the duck confit pizza with a sour cherry vinaigrette and a farm egg. An extensive variety of wines is available in addition to a full bar.

Pomegranate serves traditional Persian cuisine in an eclectic Eastern ambience. Attentive service, reasonable prices, and a flavorful variety, such as the slow-cooked lamb shank or the charbroiled Cornish hen kabobs, make this an excellent spot for lunch or dinner. Be sure to sample from the martini menu at the aquamarinetiled bar, or head outside to the street-side patio facing Main.

Exposed brick walls and an adjoining garden patio give Trattoria Giorgio an intimate atmosphere perfect for a romantic night out. Chef Giorgio Todisco insists on preparing all of his pastas onsite. His dedication to dining excellence shows in the Pappardelle Bolognese, a favorite of restaurant regulars. Reservations are highly recommended.

$$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 170 River Pl, Greenville. (864) 679-5299, sthelazygoat.com PASSERELLE

Gaze over the lush Falls Park scenery while digging into the mouthwatering French-inspired cuisine. Make a lunch date to enjoy lighter dishes like the farro and strawberry salad, or go for the bistro burger with its caramelized leeks and mushrooms, arugula, Gruyere, and garlic aioli. At night, the bistro serves up romance à la Paris, with items like escargot and Provençal lamb. $$$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Daily), BR (Sat–Sun). 601 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 509-0142, passerelleinthepark.com

$$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 618 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 241-3012, pomegranateonmain.com RISTORANTE BERGAMO

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

PITA HOUSE

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

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$$-$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 121 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 271-9166, trattoriagiorgio.net

PIZZA BARLEY’S TAPROOM & PIZZERIA

Pizza and beer—flowing from more than 27 taps downstairs and another 31 upstairs—are what bring students and young revelers to Barley’s. Besides the tap, there’s a list as long as your arm of selections by the bottle. Try the classic New York-style pizzas, or go for one of Barley’s specialty pies. Afterwards, make your way upstairs to the billiards tables and the dartboard lanes. $-$$, L, D. 25 W Washington St, Greenville. (864) 232-3706, barleysgville.com

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

MELLOW MUSHROOM

$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 23 W Washington St, Greenville. (864) 4517490, trappedoor.com

$-$$$, L, D. 1 Augusta St, Ste 101, Greenville. (864) 233-9020, mellowmushroom.com/greenville

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

SIDEWALL PIZZA COMPANY

Located in a renovated tire shop on the main drag of Travelers Rest, this pizza joint is sure to become a favorite with its handcrafted, brick-oven pizzas made from local ingredients. Build your own or try a signature pie like the Tommy, with creamy roasted garlic sauce, mozzarella, pecorino romano, caramelized onions, mushrooms, spinach, and peppadew peppers. Don’t neglect dessert, either. The homemade ice cream (in a bowl, or in a float) is a throwback treat that’ll make you forget about those fellas named Ben and Jerry. $$, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 35 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 610-1406, sidewallpizza.com VIC’S PIZZA

The sign that says “Brooklyn, SC” at this walk-up/take-out joint makes sense when you see what you’re getting: piping hot New York–style pizza, served on paper plates. Purchase by the (rather large) slice, or have entire pies delivered (as long as your home or business is within three miles). $, L, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 12 E Coffee St. (864) 232-9191, vicspizza4u.com

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This eerie Hitchcock adaptation of John Buchan’s novel puts Richard Hannay in a world of covert deception. He is forced to make a run for his life, while facing a speeding train chase, plane accident, and plenty of heated action. But it’s not all drama. There’s plenty of laughs along the way—and maybe even a little romance—making this the perfect blend of adventure, mystery, and intrigue. Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $20-$28. (864) 2336238, greenvillelittletheatre.org

Known for his thought-provoking photos of decadence gone dead, photographer Andrew Moore brings his distinct perspective to the Upstate. This exhibition at the downtown museum will showcase a selection of Moore’s work in the South, a haunting portrayal of local structures whose days of glory have long passed them by. Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College St, Greenville. Wed– Sat, 10am–6pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Free. (864) 271-7570, gcma.org

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LETTERS HOME

Letter-writing may be a lost art, but when a single sheet of paper is all that links you to a loved one living thousands of miles away, it can mean the world. Drawing on the success of HBO’s Last Letters Home documentary, Letters Home is an intimate portrayal of life—both overseas and here on the home front—during the adversities of war. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues–Thurs, 10am. $10. (864) 4673000, peacecenter.org

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DREAM: THE SONGS OF COMPOSER SCOTT ALAN

New York composer Scott Alan has crafted works for some of Broadway’s brightest productions. Now, his impressive repertoire of songwriting will serve as the centerpiece of this GLOW Lyric Theatre performance. With 18 Upstate performers rounding out the magnetic cast, “Dream” will showcase some of Alan’s most significant musical selections. Younts Center for Performing Arts, 315 N Main St, Fountain Inn. Fri, 7:30pm. $20. (864) 409-1050, yountscenter.org

DOZEN DIVAS 6–7 THE SHOW

Stevie Nicks, Cher, and Barbra Streisand all under one roof? It’ll certainly feel like it when Dorothy Bishop takes the stage. The superstar performer brings a comedic and alluring edge to each of the twelve characters she embodies. The exceptional tribute show has been lauded by theater critics from Broadway and beyond, and now the Upstate gets to experience a whole lotta “Diva” firsthand! Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Fri–Sat, 8pm. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org

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For the 13th year, the Metropolitan Arts Council has partnered with more than 130 Upstate visual artists to showcase and promote our homegrown talent. From downtown to Dacusville, this is your chance to visit artists’ studios and get a look at the magic behind the craft. Locations vary, Greenville. Sat– Sun, times vary. greenvillearts.com

Andrew Moore, Zydeco Zinger, 2012; photograph courtesy of the Greenville County Museum of Art

MICE 6–15 OF AND MEN

The stage version of John Steinbeck’s novel tells the tale of George and Lennie, two migrant workers tied together on the road of life. As Lennie’s guardian, George is charged with the tough task of keeping his feeble-minded companion out of trouble. The pair confronts the evil in mankind, mortality, and their own dreams in this American classic. Chapman Cultural Center Theater, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adults, $25; seniors, $24; youth, $20. (864) 583-2776, chapmanculturalcenter.org

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Photographer Polly Gaillard has traveled the globe, learning and teaching the art of portrait photography. The Lipscomb Gallery at the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities hosts a month-long exhibition showcasing 20 years of her portraiture. Uninhibited and electric, Gaillard’s powerful, introspective, images are an inspiration to behold. Lipscomb Gallery at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, 15 University St, Greenville. Mon–Fri, 10am–4:30pm. Free. (864) 282-3705, scgsah.org

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October can keep the pumpkin spice, because November is all about the cider. A celebration of apple juice’s darker side, the fest will star both regional and national cider makers, including Durham’s Bull City Ciderworks, Woodchuck out of Vermont, and Boone’s own Appalachian Mountain Brewery. Even better, CiderFest will have artisanal eats, Highland arts and crafts, and live music courtesy of the Shifty Drifters and Goldie and the Screams. And if you happen to imbibe more than your share, never fear—it’s just fruit, right? WNC Farmer’s Market, 570 Brevard Rd, Asheville, NC. Sat, 1–5pm. $15$30. ciderfest.wncgbc.org

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flavorful concessions, games, face painting, farm animals, and much more. Visitors can snap up anything from locally-crafted goods a la Mercy Verity Candles, Oak Leaf Pottery, and Stone-Good Jewelry to Tupperware products and Mary Kay Cosmetics. Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church, 2519 Woodruff Rd, Greenville. Sat, 10am–3pm. Free. greenvillefallfestival.com

MYSTERIES, 7 LEGENDS, MIRACLES

While comic books and classical tunes seem to go together about as well as Donald Trump and a presidential election, Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel and his band of talented Greenville Symphony Orchestra musicians make it work with Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony, inspired by Superman comic books. The ensemble follows up with the celestial, ethereal spirit of Rainbow Body by composer Christopher Theofanidis. As for the miracles, leave that part to Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable Sleeping Beauty ballet. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm. $17-$66. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

7 PARIS MOUNTAIN 16K

Lace up those running shoes—it’s time to get a little dirty. The final race of Greenville Rec’s Dirt Series will determine who takes home the title of champion of the mountain and the reigning crown of Dirt King and Queen. It’s a nearly ten-mile race, but with scenic views of the Upstate surrounding you, it may just feel like a walk in the park. Paris Mountain State Park, 2401 State Park Rd, Greenville. Sat, 9am. $13-$58. greenvillerec.com


8 FALL CHAMBER CONCERT

The International Ballet of Greenville, celebrating 12 years of dance, will debut their new season at the Younts Center. Mixing both contemporary and classical ballet, the evening spotlights contributing guest artists, musicians, and vocal performers in addition to the International Ballet’s talented ensemble. It’s a rare opportunity to see a variety of artistic talent in one evening, so don’t miss out. Younts Center for the Performing Arts, 315 N Main St, Fountain Inn. Sun, 3pm. internationalballetsc.org

8 MERCYME

They may be from another Greenville—this one’s in Texas—but the men of MercyMe are sure to be welcomed to the Upstate with open arms. The Christian rockers have racked up numerous accolades from Billboard Magazine and the American Music Awards, not to mention an extensive fan base across the globe. The quintet’s recently released album, Welcome to the New debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Album chart, and their highly anticipated “Greater Than” tour will be a celebration of rock hits both new and old. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sun, 7pm. $30-$65. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com

NIGHT FOR 10 COMEDY THE MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART

Get ready to wipe tears of laughter from your eyes. The Military Order of the Purple Heart hosts its third annual amateur Comedy Night at Genevieve’s Lounge. Watch as hilarious local storytellers take the stage for a night of entertainment (and maybe a few bawdy jokes). All of the funds raised will benefit combat wounded veterans in the Upstate. Genevieve’s Lounge at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, 6pm. $35. peacecenter.com

PLACE 10 PENDLETON BENEFIT BREAKFAST

One of the Upstate’s most treasured resources, Pendleton Place is dedicated to restoring and protecting the value of family in Greenville. In order to continue their crucial work, the organization will host its 6th annual Benefit Breakfast. Guests can start their day with an array of delicious breakfast cuisine, all while learning about the work of Pendleton Place and how they can get involved with this organization’s valuable programs. TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Tues, 7:30–8:45am. Free. pendletonplace.org

10 RAGTIME

The lives of three families from very different walks of life become strangely intertwined in this retelling of E.L. Doctorow’s popular 1975 novel. New York City serves as the backdrop for the tale of the Protestant upper crusts, the African-American

Harlem community, and the immigrant Jewish family who are all trying to find their place in a world on the brink of imminent change. The raw portrayal has been nominated for more than 12 Tony Awards, including Best Score by Stephen Flaherty and Best Book by Terrence McNally. Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, 141 Jersey Ln, Clemson. Tues, 7:30pm. Students, $20; adults, $40. (864) 656-7787, clemson.edu

13 AUCTION FOR A CAUSE

In honor of its 22nd edition, this year’s Auction for a Cause is changing things up a bit. Sure, there will still be the same fabulous array of unique items up for bid, plenty of good food, and live bands on stage. But this time, you’ll be encouraged to don your best pirate gear for a free ticket to the event’s raffle! The swashbuckling evening will benefit several well-deserving Upstate organizations, including the Spartanburg Humane Society, Camp Sertoma, and the Upstate Family Resource Center. Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, 385 N Church St, Spartanburg. Fri, 5:30–9pm. Advance, $15; door, $20. itrulycare.com/events/auction-fora-cause

13 GREENVILLE ROYALE

Lady killer and super spy James Bond may have saved the world from self-destruction more times than he ordered a cocktail shaken, not stirred, but the real heroes at this suave event are the members of Greenville’s own Red Shoe Society. This one-night-only affair will feature fabulous drinks, eats, and auctions to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. Live music and swanky dress add the finishing touches to this eve of sophistication. Clemson ONE Building, 1 N Main St, Greenville. Fri, 7–11pm. $50$100. rmhc-carolinas.org

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in the community, runners will race in teams through either a 14- or 34-mile course, beginning at the Kroc Center and winding through downtown Greenville. The classic-style relay will be broken up into different legs, with separate divisions suitable for athletes of any skill level. The Kroc Center, 424 Westfield St, Greenville. Sat, 7:20am. $30 registration. hoperelay.org

If it takes three to tango, then four must be the magic number for one of America’s most widely celebrated guitar ensembles. Playing a blend of modern, original, and traditional pieces, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet provides a unique musical experience for fans of any genre, one that is only enhanced by the warm, intimate environment of the Peace Center’s Huguenot Loft. Huguenot Loft at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 8pm. $35. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

14 THE AMAZING JOURNEY

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra adds another installation to its fall Spotlight Series with this double performance at Centre Stage. Featuring works by celebrated composers Bach, Villa-Lobos, and Dohnanyi, “The Amazing Journey” will highlight a variety of instrumental elements, including special pieces for the bassoon, piano, and clarinet. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Sat, 2pm & 7pm. $15. (864) 233-6733, centrestage.org

14 HOPE RELAY

While the relays of our youth mostly consisted of baton-passing and silent prayers for Capri-Sun, this race has a lot more impact. In support of Project HOPE’s programs to fund autism research and support

14 MARKETFEST @ BSTREET

If you’re the type of shopper that looks for a little bit of everything on your excursions, look no further than Marketfest @ B Street, a community effort that combines one-of-a-kind crafts with delicious homemade goods and live music. Visitors can peruse numerous vendor tables offering handmade jewelry, art, and home accents, not to mention tasty casseroles, preserves, soups, and much more. Show your support for the Music and Arts Ministry at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church at this perfect kickoff to the holiday season. Buncombe Street United Methodist Church, 200 Buncombe St, Greenville. Sat, 10am–4pm. Free. marketfestatbstreet.com

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Throw in food trucks JB Tingles and Automatic Taco, prizes and giveaways, and DJ King Harold for good measure and you have an event that can’t be missed. Shindig Furnishings, a homegrown purveyor of restored mid-century modern furniture, celebrates their first year of business with in-shop all day long. Shindig Furnishings, 542 Rutherford Rd, Greenville. Sat. Store hours, 10am–3pm; afterparty, 5–8pm. (864) 915-9705

Photograph (Minneapolis Guitar Quartet) courtesy of the Peace Center

THEATRE 14 WAREHOUSE 42ND SEASON GALA

Proving that Aladdin was onto something with his magic carpet ride, the Warehouse Theatre fêtes over four decades of Upstate drama with an “Arabian Nights” themed gala. By far one of Greenville’s most well-attended and well-dressed events, the gala will include live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and an auction of upscale items guaranteed to please. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the theatre’s progressive and educational programming. The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Sat, 6:30pm. $100. (864) 235-6948, warehousetheatre.com

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of colorful speedos and hightop booties are plenty scary, a “stepover toehold sleeper” courtesy of champion John Cena is the stuff of nightmares. Scream, shout, and jeer for your favorite wrestling champs like Cena and Braun Strowman as they pummel each other in an Eight Man Tag Team match. You may not be able to break a chair over your in-laws (unfortunately, the chairs are bolted down), but watching someone else do it might just do the trick. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Mon, 7:30pm. $24-$108. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com

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You may have tried the Spartanburg ArtWalk, but how about taking a two-wheeled approach to things? It’s simple: bring your own bike or rent one from the city’s B-Cycle sharing station located downtown. Then grab an ArtCycle map with participating gallery locations and away you go! Downtown Spartanburg. Thurs, 5–8pm. spartanburgartmuseum.org

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former Governor School of the Arts board member Phillip Lammonds looks to explore when he once again helms Songwriters in the Round. The annual event hosted by the Governor’s School brings together established country musicians such as Liz Sharpe of Little Feather and David Tolliver of Halfway to Hazard in the intimate setting of the Old Cigar Warehouse. With insider stories, a bunch of music, and a few drinks, look for these artists to express themselves and give guests a rare and honest insight into their lives and craft. Old Cigar Warehouse, 912 S Main St, Greenville. Thurs, 7–10pm.$100. gsafoundation.net

EVENING WITH 20 AN RETIRED NAVY SEAL THOM SHEA

Join retired Navy SEAL Thom Shea and his wife, Stacy, as they celebrate the re-release of his wildly popular book Unbreakable. Cocktails and dinner will precede a keynote presentation by Shea, who served in Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The Poinsett Club, 807 E Washington St, Greenville. Fri, 5:30–9pm. For tickets, eventbrite.com

JOLLY 20 –22 HOLLY HOLIDAY FAIR

Unless you’re a Grinch with a heart two sizes too small, prepping for Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. Fortunately, the Holly Jolly Holiday Fair has all the supplies you need. Local crafts, decorations, gourmet eats, and gifts will be on display for shoppers as well as special holiday-themed entertainment. And, of course, the Big Man himself will be on deck with his band of merry elves to snap pictures for this year’s Christmas card. Anderson Civic Center, 3027 Martin Luther King Blvd, Anderson. Fri, 5–9pm; Sat, 10am–6pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Adults, $5; seniors, $3; 12 & under, free. hollyjollyholidayfair.com

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All Mozart. All the time. Such is the theme behind the Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s “Magic of Mozart” performance. As part of the GSO’s Chamber Series, the evening will feature some of the master composer’s most notable works, including The Magic Flute, The Abduction from the Seraglio, and two additional symphonies. The production will conclude with a special mystery encore that is sure to keep you spellbound until the very last note. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $43. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

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Powerhouse guitarist? Check. Melodic country songstress? Check. World-famous bluegrass musician? Check. The gang’s all here! Join this magnificent trio for one night only of musical collaboration, combining forces to bring you a spectacular experience with hits that blur the lines between decades and genres. Whether you go in

a fan of Skaggs, Cooder, or White, you can bet you’ll be leaving as a fan of all three of these legendary talents. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm. $30-$60. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

22 BILL FRISELL TRIO

In the world of jazz, Bill Frisell is more than just a talent—he’s an icon. Drawing on inspiration from other fusion and folk artists before him, Frisell has released numerous solo albums in addition to being featured on recordings with Bob Moses, Kermit Driscoll, and other genre superstars. Along with bassist Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen on drums, Frisell’s live performance is sure to deliver a dynamic and ear-pleasing evening. Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sun, 7:30pm. $35. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

22 TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

If the Trans-Siberian Orchestra had participated, your daughter’s fourthgrade Christmas pageant might have been a whole lot more interesting. The progressive rock band puts a modern spin on the same old holiday standards, bursting forth with unbridled energy and musical power. Rolling through works by all the classical masters with the help of guitars, pyrotechnics, and so much more, TSO truly does create a holiday tradition for a new generation. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sun, 3pm & 7:30pm. $39.50-$70. (864) 2413800, bonsecoursarena.com

THE 24–29 MOTOWN MUSICAL

With a history that is as rich and sultry as an evening in the juke joint, the story of Motown’s rise as one of the most influential record labels in music is a tale for the ages. Follow along as founder Berry Gordy reminisces on the many greats who walked into his studio, the likes of which included Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder. The songbook reads like a master list of hits, and Motown the Musical will light a fire in your soul that won’t be soon put out. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sat, 2pm; Sun, 1pm & 6:30pm. $25-$85. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

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DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS LET’S CELEBRATE “Let’s Celebrate” is a whirlwind of family-friendly fun, bringing in all of your favorite Disney characters for a one-of-a-kind party the kids won’t soon forget. Walk in a winter wonderland with Mickey and Minnie, hit the waves with Lilo and Stitch, or join the tea party in Wonderland—it’s all up to your own imagination! Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St. Wed-Fri, 7:30pm; Fri, 3:30pm. Sat, 11am & 3pm; Sun, 1pm & 5pm. $23-$64. (864) 241-3800, bonsecoursarena.com

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TREESGREENVILLE TURKEY DAY 8K Thurs, Nov 26 7:30am Take to the streets before the big event to raise money for TreesGreenville, which promotes the planting and care of trees in our verdant city.

TURKEY 26 ASHEVILLE TROT 5K

The idea of physical exertion on a day usually reserved for naps brings some to tears, but at least you’ll have Asheville’s beautiful downtown for company. Sponsored in part by the Asheville Citizen-Times, the race is one of the city’s largest, and will even include a one-mile fun run. And don’t forget to dress up in your most festive poultry-themed attire. Downtown Asheville, 121 College St, Asheville, NC. Thurs, 8:30am. $15-$40. ashevilleturkeytrot.com

26 TREESGREENVILLE TURKEY DAY 8K

Before tackling turkey and all the trimmings, take to the streets to lose some calories for a good cause. Since 2005, TreesGreenville has planted more than 3,000 trees throughout the county and nurtured countless more. Bring the whole family out for event: an 8K, 2-mile walk, and tot trot make it easy for everyone to participate. The 8K route loops its way through the scenic downtown area and is the perfect opportunity to work up a pre-feast appetite. Downtown Greenville. Thurs, 7:30am. $10-$32. treesgreenville.org

26–Dec 30 ROPER MOUNTAIN HOLIDAY LIGHTS

The best way to spread Christmas cheer may be singing loudly for all to

hear, but if that’s the case, the Roper Mountain Holiday Lights runs a close second. For more than 20 years, thousands of Upstate families have roamed past marching toy soldiers, playful teddy bears, and on into Winter Wonderland for a hot cup of cocoa. Sponsored by the Rotary Club, proceeds from the event go towards the science center and local youth organizations. Roper Mountain Science Center, 402 Roper Mountain Rd, Greenville. Open nightly, 6–10pm. Mon–Thurs, $10; Fri–Sat, $15. (864) 355-8900, ropermountainholidaylights.com

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Kick off the start of another holiday season with one of Greenville’s beloved natives. Famed for his enchanting command of the ivory keys, Pandolfi has released nearly 30 studio albums featuring original tunes, classical masterpieces, and renditions of Broadway favorites. He is also well known for his collection of Christmas recordings that include a wide range of favorites that are guaranteed to ignite your holiday spirit. Younts Center for the Performing Arts, 315 N Main St, Fountain Inn. Fri, 7:30pm. $40. (864) 409-1050, yountscenter.org

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Hope Starts at Home Saturday, November 7, 2015 Caine Halter YMCA • Run4LifeSC.org By continuing to support lung cancer research and expanding our reach to all cancer patients, survivors and their families, we are continuing the Caine Halter legacy as Run4Life.

Fall is here and the days are getting shorter. At Cascades Verdae, our social life is just beginning at dusk.

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cultural offerings, supportive services for young students, caring responses to homeless and mentally ill persons, tireless commitment to protect our beautiful natural resources, and provision of high-quality health and human services. All of us are truly blessed to live here.

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81,000 South Carolinians are living with Alzheimer’s. Join us to bring families help and hope. The Alzheimer’s Association works with families, businesses and community partners to offer help for those facing Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Together, we can provide support and resources for families going through one of the most difficult periods of their lives. Our 24/7 Helpline is available anytime day or night at 800-272-3900. From education programs to in-depth care consultation, our staff is here to help people with Alzheimer’s and their families to maximize the care they receive and navigate difficult situations. Our caregiver support groups help family members relieve stress and frustration, better understand the disease process, and learn everyday coping techniques. In addition to supporting families, the Alzheimer’s Association is the largest private nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research in the world. We’re working tirelessly to find effective methods of treatment, prevention and eventually a cure.

With your support, we can realize our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Start a team!

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A Ride to Remember is a 3-day 252-mile cycling event across South Carolina, beginning in the Upstate and ending at the Charleston coast.


Your are invited to the 7th Annual...

CAROLINA - CLEMSON

PEP RALLY THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH 6PM-10PM Certus Loft at Huguenot Mill 101 W. Broad Street Greenville SC 29601 www.bbbspeprally.com

Come and join in the games, music, and silent acution. Enjoy tailgating food, beer, and wine. Get a group together and make up a cheer...you just might win the prize. Be sure to wear your school colors...of course!

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MISSION: Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

LOCAL FACTS: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate has provided one-to-one mentoring services since 1974 serving over 10,000 youth.

LITTLE BROTHERS AND LITTLE SISTERS ARE: 46% less likely to use drugs 27% less likely to use alcohol 52% less likely to skip school

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Blood donors and recipients rarely meet, yet they share one critical, life-saving connection.

Russell, Greenwood, SC

Lillia, Piedmont, SC

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Lisa, Belton, SC

to hear their moment.

Taylor, Greenville, SC

Allison, Greer, SC

Marsha, Bostic, NC

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WINDOWS INTO THE

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FUTURE Understanding the past and the foundation we build on sharpens and inspires our vision for the future. European Old Master paintings and antiquities reveal past people and diverse cultures—their fashion, architecture, values, innovations, mistakes, and triumphs. Visit and support M&G, an internationally respected collection— you’ll help strengthen and further Greenville’s

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the world and help M&G continue making a difference for students of all ages, including thousands of Upstate K-12 and college students.

Unlike many museums, M&G is not endowed, and we rely largely on donor contributions to cover the costs to sustain the museum and to help students learn through the proven, effective teaching methods of arts integration. The Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery, Inc. is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit and a separate independent organization from Bob Jones University. Gifts made to M&G exclusively support the services, collections, and operations of the Museum & Gallery.


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The Transforming Power of Hope Look, there’s a butterfly! How many butterflies can you find? Created by artist Yuri Tsuzuki, the Butterfly Project has installed dozens of butterflies in downtown Greenville as a visual reminder of the transformation that results from the struggle for life, rebirth and hope. Like the butterflies, the Cancer Survivors Park will celebrate the strength and beauty that can be found even through life’s most difficult times. Learn more about the Cancer Survivors Park and how you can support the park by becoming a butterfly keeper.

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What makes The Children’s Museum of the Upstate a world-class institution?

DONORS LIKE YOU. With annual support from our donors, we are able to:

Offer hands-on learning, exploration and play for Upstate kids.

Maintain and upgrade our nationally-renowned exhibits.

Provide the ultimate STEM classroom environment.

Create special programs that make a lasting impression.

Call 864-553-7920 to schedule a donor tour today and learn how your gift will ignite a passion for learning through play.

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A middle school for children with ADHD, Autism and Learning Differences. Einstein Academy has been providing a safe and comfortable learning environment to children from 4th through 8th grade since 2005. Offering affordable tuition and an after school program Monday through Friday until 5:30pm, the school is centrally located for easy commutes. • • • • • • •

Low student to teacher ratio Self-paced curriculum Innovative teaching techniques Specialized teaching staff Scheduled, frequent physical activity Related Arts Programs A custom-designed learning atmosphere

If you are interested in scheduling a tour to visit our school and/or shadow with one of our classes, we encourage you to set up a time to do so! Our doors are open and our staff are always happy to answer your questions.

For more information contact our main office. 864-269-8999 info@einsteinacademysc.org www.einsteinacademysc.org

EINSTEIN ACADEMY • 847 Cleveland Street, Suite D of First Baptist Church • Greenville, SC 29601

NOW ENROLLING NEW STUDENTS! SCHEDULE YOUR TOUR TODAY.


Rebuilding Homes. Restoring Hope.

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We share the love of Christ by rebuilding sub-standard housing for homeowners in need.

A safe, sanitary, and secure home leads to a sense of hope that things will be better.

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I am taught in a nurturing environment that fosters my individual learning style. I am able to advance in curricular areas of strength while receiving individualized guidance in areas where I need support. I am a confident learner. I am Five Oaks Academy. I am a Montessori Child.

Toddler through Middle School

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Graduates of the Governor’s School are living around the state and the world, working as actors, musicians, dancers, doctors, teachers, writers, software developers, and other arts related and non-arts related professionals. The school and foundation are assuring that our future leaders will be disciplined, accomplished and creative thinkers. The Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation serves South Carolina’s artistically talented students by raising revenues to bridge the gap between funds provided through government appropriation and the actual cost of the education opportunities that the school is committed to provide students.

15 University Street | P.O. Box 8458 | Greenville, SC 29604 | 864-282-1570 | www.GSAFoundation.net


A Peace Center Resident Company Established 2004

The Nutcracker

with live accompaniment by The Greenville Symphony Orchestra

Classical Ballet, Modern World. Greenville, South Carolina

Artistic Director, Vlada Kysselova Executive Director, Lena Forster

Saturday, December 12 - 8 PM

Sunday, December 13 - 3 PM

PEACE CENTER CONCERT HALL

November 8

May 7-8

INTERNATION AL BALLET OUTREACH PROGRAMS:

SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENT SCHOLARS HIPS

This organization is sponsored in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts

Fall Chamber Concert

Features and Fairy Tales

STORYTIME BALLET: Greenville Library All photos courtesy Š Karl Trump Photography

INTERNATIONAL BALLET

Conductor, Edvard Tchivzhel


MONIKA KORRA

GUEST SPEAKER

Join us on February 11th for the 6th Annual Julie Valentine Center Luncheon to hear the remarkable story of an amazing woman. Monika Korra moved from Norway to Dallas on a track scholarship with Southern Methodist University. During her sophomore year she was kidnapped at gunpoint and brutally raped by three men. After assisting with the convictions of her assailants, Monika turned tragedy into a message of survival and hope. She founded the Monika Korra Foundation with a mission to Kill the Silence surrounding rape and abuse and make it possible for survivors to seek the help needed for complete healing. Monika’s book of the same name “Kill the Silence” was released this fall.

MONIKA KORRA FORMER SMU RUNNER

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You Played. Thank You Mark your calendars for next year! LEGACY GALA September 18, 2016

LEGACY LIONS GOLF CLASSIC September 19, 2016 W W W. L E G A C Y C H A RT E R . O R G

LEGACY CHARTER SCHOOL

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making the healthy choice the easy choice

Help make Greenville County the healthiest county in the nation! LiveWell Greenville promotes healthy eating and active living in schools, neighborhoods, businesses and other areas of our community. By contributing to the annual giving campaign, you will be recognized as a LiveWell Greenville CHAMPION for your support of LiveWell Greenville’s mission to create and maintain a community that promotes healthy eating and active living. Your tax-deductible donation supports access to healthy foods and physical activity through the following initiatives: • Healthy snacks and meals for more than 80,000 school children

Join the Movement GoFundMe.com/LiveWellGreenville

• Worksite wellness for local employees in Greenville County • Improvements to local parks & recreational areas

LIVEWELL GREENVILLE’S 5TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

• Active transportation through bike lanes and sidewalks

SAVE THE DATE

Friday, February 5th 2016 11:30 am to 1:00 pm TD Convention Center $25pp or $250/table of 10 Reserve your seat at Celebratelivewell@eventbrite.com Questions? Contact Lori Burney at 864.437.6718 or lburney@livewellgreenville.org


Responsibility Isn’t Given to Our Youth. It’s Unearthed at Mill Village Farms in Greenville.

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yren was a good kid who needed a break. But breaks are few and far between in communities that are 40 percent under the poverty level. Think back to your first job. How did you get it? A family friend, perhaps. Your dad’s golf buddy, most likely.

Mill Community Ministries’ most public endeavor is the Mobile Market, yet their most ambitious endeavor may be Nasha Lending. This is where Tyren learned how to invest, how to run a business for profit and how to solve problems.

Not in Tyren’s community. Yet, Tyren grew into a local role model and future leader of Greenville by age 16. And he’s not alone. This is the power of responsibility—taught daily at Mill Village Farms in Greenville. To be precise, there are three farms. One is on Sullivan Street, another on Saluda Dam Road and to find the third, you have to travel downtown, walk to the corner of East Washington and Main Street and look straight up. (It’s the first urban rooftop farm in South Carolina.) This is where Tyren learned teamwork and leadership skills, specifically tending to vegetables he’d never heard of before. Rutabaga. Cauliflower. Bell peppers. “I feel ownership over what I do,” Tyren says. “I know it’s my responsibility to get things done and be a role model for the newer youth.”

Tyren repairs a bike at his Nasha Lending concept’s Bike Repair station through Village Wrench.

Mill Village Farms participants (30 teens this year, 56 next year) learn more than the skills necessary to grow vegetables. Tyren learned the skills needed for future employment, along with the confidence to pursue entrepreneurship. The farms offer local-grown produce for communities that have limited access to fresh and local foods, and they sell their foods to Greenville’s backyard through their Mobile Market. Since June, the Mobile Market has enjoyed over 2,800 customer visits and counting.

When Nasha Lending isn’t equipping under-resourced entrepreneurs with training and no-interest loans—helping open a cafe, beauty salon business, and print shop—they teach entrepreneurial classes to students such as Tyren. It was in one of those classes where Tyren and his team brainstormed a bike repair station idea through a third Mill Community Ministries program, Village Wrench.

Mill Village Farms is one of three community-based endeavors created by a collection of entrepreneurs at Mill Community Ministries. They’re called “social entrepreneurs.” They don’t push for IPOs or dream of owning their own island. What they do believe in is empowering individuals to transform their communities through hard work and big ideas.

Village Wrench supports under-resourced communities through bicycle repair, bike earning and cycling educational opportunities. Tyren’s Nasha Lending team wanted to offer a bike repair station (for free) in the city, and they brought it to life. “I became friends with people I didn’t even know,” he says. “I enjoyed helping people, especially if it involved me building something.” This is happening right now. Right here in Greenville. Let Silicon Valley have their venture capitalists and seed funding. Mill Community Ministries is transforming our local communities with empowerment and hope. Support their cause in Greenville, and future leaders like Tyren, with a tax-deductible donation this holiday season. Visit millcommunity.org/donate or mail checks to Mill Community Ministries, 2801 Pelham Rd., Greenville, SC 29615.

Tyren checking on the progress of seedlings for the rooftop farm.

millcommunity.org/donate


Hello. I’m homeless. d e f d e r e t l & e sh Hello. I’m abused. d e v o l e f sa & Hello. I’m addicted. r e b o s n a cle & Miracle Hill is the largest and most comprehensive provider of shelter and food to homeless children, women and men in Upstate South Carolina.

Please help. Adult Shelters • Children’s Homes • Foster Care Addiction Recovery Centers • Thrift Stores

MiracleHill.org 864.268.4357


Picture Yourself Changing Lives. Be a Mentor!

Pendleton Place’s Connections Count program provides support and mentoring that equips young adults in need to lead successful lives as

Celebrating 40 years of service with

independent adults. We awaken young adults to their power, unique gifts and purpose by providing case management services, creating goal-oriented life plans and matching them with caring mentors. Be a part of our important work...become a mentor!

For more information, contact Tennison Barry at 864-516-1220 or tbarry@pendletonplace.org www.pendletonplace.org


AUTISM NOW IMPACTS 1 IN 50 SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN … THEIR FAMILIES …OUR COMMUNITY

Lifelong care will cost over $2.4 million per child.

• 95% of our clients learn to communicate with the world. • 48% become able to succeed in regular classrooms. • 86% of those who start therapy before age 3 lose the need for additional support.

The potential is there. Invest in HOPE. www.projecthopesc.org


Assembling the Ingredients for Financial Stability and Cooking Up Progress Students in the CC Pearce Culinary School learn the skills they need to get and keep a job in food service by cooking meals for children of low-income families. Last year, our graduates prepared 50,000 nourishing meals for hundreds of Greenville’s least fortunate children.

Catering creates work opportunities for our students and graduates. Support those working to improve their lives by choosing Project Host Catering for your next event or party. Or attend a monthly Community Dinner to taste our students’ new skills and support them on their journey to sustained employment.

Learn more at projecthost.org


Dollars Make Change

Give hope this year Serving Greenville County since 1904 Social Ministries | Emergency Homeless Refuges Food Pantry & Dining Hall | CSRC Rehabilitation Program www.salvationarmygreenville.org

Donate Goods.

864-235-4803

1 -800-SAL-ARMY

By shopping and donating your items here, you are helping others and Doing the Most Good . sm

Locations in Greenville, Taylors, & Mauldin Call 864-233-1627 to schedule a pick up of your items

Your purchases and donations are helping those in need. And DOING THE MOST GOOD.

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Grab that bell and ring it well for the ultimate bragging rights! Family Stores

Battle Battle of of the the Bells Bells

DECEMBER 5TH, 2015 10:30 AM - 8:30 PM

Gather your friends, co-workers, or team and head to your selected Salvation Army Kettle location to raise the most money! Visit salvationarmygreenville.org by November 16th to register! Call 232-9027 for more information

Family Stores


The road to healing is paved with togetherness. Help a sick child stay close to family and the care they need. DONATE NOW

rmhc-carolinas.org

#KeepingFamiliesClose


@shannonforest /shannonforestschool @shannonforest christianschool #theshannoncru


ADMISSIONS OPEN HOUSE (GRADES 6-12) SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8 1:00 P.M. SJCS CAMPUS “OUR GRADUATES ARE DESTINED TO CHANGE THE WORLD ...” Margaret Ann Moon Founder & Board Chair Emerita (1953 - 2014)

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To your family traditions with handcrafted treasures; each with the story of a maker making a better life.

Find your holiday treasures at Ten Thousand Villages, conveniently tucked into festive downtown Greenville.

207 N Main St, Downtown Greenville Mon–Thu 11–6, Fri–Sat 11–7, Sun 1–6 1-864-239-4120 greenville.tenthousandvillages.com


2900 Augusta Road | Greenville, SC 29605

864.991.8443 TheChandlerSchool.org


What if?

It’s a question we associate with dreamers, idealists, and artists. Christopher Columbus said it best, “Nothing that results in human progress is ever achieved by unanimous consent.”

What if a school existed that was actually a learning community? What if kids weren’t categorized based on age or grade? What if rigorous academics were combined with having a secure place to learn resilience? What if this place cultivated respect and teamwork? Not all of us fit into a box. For bright, dyslexic students a traditional school environment can often be stifling and unproductive. Because their amazing minds are organized differently, learning can become laborious and painful. Instead of finding joy in learning, school can become a dreadful burden—for the entire family. At The Chandler School, it’s just different. In a delightful way. Situated on 3.5 wooded acres in the historic C. Granville Wyche mansion, the school’s unique setting sets the tone for equipping the students with executive function skills they can apply in school and life. Instead of expecting a student to conform to a curriculum, Chandler takes a revolutionary approach. The curriculum adjusts to fit the student’s learning style, and concepts are reinforced in a variety of hands-on, multisensory ways.

Each child will succeed. Based on the Orton-Gillingham approach as a foundation to learning, the Chandler School is an educational estuary giving each student a positive environment to take risks, learn resilience, and to ask questions—as well as answer them. These life skills result in a confidence that impacts each child for their entire life.

Led by a visionary headmaster with more than 35 years’ experience educating exceptional dyslexic learners, Dana Blackhurst has created an environment where each student is accepted unconditionally yet held to high standards of accountability. They are challenged academically and applauded for any and all achievements. Multiple Intelligences are learned, studied, and implemented. This is important because students analyze and understand who they are as learners and how they acquire knowledge in a way that works best for them as individuals. As their self-advocacy skills develop, they are able to become empowered, effective communicators. ACE (Automotive Culture & Engineering), is an original, innovative class that propels multisensory learning to the next level. Students study engineering, physics, math, history, and technology as they investigate every part of automotive engineering. Professionals from around the country provide state-of-the-art opportunities for our students who want to understand the automotive industry. AutoBOTICS (Autonomous Robotics) captures the thrill of creating while cultivating vital programming skills and fueling students’ imaginative energy. Designed to give children a head start in understanding how electrical and mechanical systems work, it promotes critical thinking and problem solving skills. At The Chandler School we are committed to producing students who are South Carolina’s future explorers, engineers, artists, doctors, and leaders of tomorrow.

One student at a time.


With your help planting

10,000 TREES IN 10 YEARS in Greenville County Register your tree and learn more at www.treesgreenville.org • • • • •

How to properly plant a tree Plant a tree. How to properly mulch and prune Make it count. What trees to plant (preferred species) Planting the right tree in the right place The benefits of trees and a healthy urban forest

For more information about our mission or to make a donation please visit our website www.treesgreenville.org. TreesGreenville is a 501 c 3


The children you love from the CHristmas classics find themselves all grown up and in a bar on Christmas Eve. What could go wrong?

Sponsored by Susan & Steven Bichel and The Elbert W. Rogers Foundation

864.235.6948

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he scope of Polly Gaillard’s photography has evolved through her twenty years behind the camera, yet one theme remains consistent: the breadth of human connection. From the fragile innocence of adolescence to the hardened wisdom of seniority, sincerity in emotion prevails no matter the subject. “I am not interested in beauty, but in a stance, stare, gesture, or something I can’t quite put my finger on that makes the individual unique to me,” she says. “For that moment, I get to connect with the subject and think about what it would be like to be this person in a particular place and time.” For Gaillard, that moment of connection defines a portrait. The click of the shutter captures an unguarded peek into the heart of a stranger. The truth of the eyes, the honesty of the body, and even the beauty of the soul are immortalized through her portraiture.—Hayden Arrington

Polly Gaillard’s show The Last Portrait is on display from November 6–December 4 at the Lipscomb Gallery, located at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities. To see more of her work, visit pollygaillard.com.

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Polly Gaillard, Maria, Cortona, Italy, 2013. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

Polly Gaillard’s portraits are more than just another face


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TOWN November 2015  

TOWN Magazine published monthly in Greenville, South Carolina by Community Journals.

TOWN November 2015  

TOWN Magazine published monthly in Greenville, South Carolina by Community Journals.