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The Essence of

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Contents THE LIST 21 See, hear, read, react.

The month’s must-dos.

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STRING THEORY

They may come from disparate professions, but humility is their common thread. Join us in honoring the recipients of the 2013 Charitable Giving Awards.

Pics of the litter: Upcountry fêtes & festivities.

// by Jac Chebatoris, M. Linda Lee,

TOWNBUZZ 51 Textile artist Mandy Blankenship,

singer-songwriter Stefanie Bannister, ways to give this Thanksgiving season, and the three proactive women who started Greenville Women Giving.

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Head for the High Country in Boone, North Carolina.

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& Steven Tingle // photography by Patrick Cavan Brown

NATURAL HEALER

Dr. Bill Kellett has a long history of helping people near and far, though he may be doing his best work right now.

// by Steven Tingle // photography by TJ Getz

67 STYLE CENTRAL

Shed light on the subject this season.

ABOUT TOWN 72 MAN A bourbon brine gives the Man About TOWN hope for dried-out turkeys.

77 SIDEWAYS

Wine country is just a few hours away in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley.

& DRINK 117 EAT Cool weather stews, Tuscan wines by Janette Wesley and Renato Vicario, a recipe for chess pie, and campfirefriendly dishes, courtesy of a few Greenville chefs.

130 DINING GUIDE 136 TOWNSCENE Got plans? You do now. GLANCE 152 SECOND Painter Suzanne Zoole’s Kitchen

Chronicles explores beloved dishes as emotional outlets.

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FORTUNES OF WAR Four men, separated by generations, bonded by the experience of combat.

// by Andrew Huang // photography by Paul Mehaffey

THIS PAGE: Portrait of Douglas Greenlaw by Paul Mehaffey. For more, see “Fortunes of War,” page 104. COVER: “White Grackle” by Judy Verhoeven, a participating artist in the Metropolitan Arts Council’s Greenville Open Studios, Nov 2–3, 2013

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EDITOR’S

Letter Mark B. Johnston PUBLISHER mark@towncarolina.com Blair Knobel EDITOR-IN-CHIEF blair@towncarolina.com

The Essence of Giving

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t is fortuitous that Veterans Day (November 11) lands during the month of Thanksgiving. What better time to reflect on the service, and sacrifice, of these honorable men and women—many of whom see themselves as just doing their jobs. In this issue, our annual Giving edition, we present four recipients of the distinguished Purple Heart (“Fortunes of War,” page 104), each representing different wars (from World War II to the War on Terror). Bonding them are their stories formed of the same stuff: duty, blood, survival. They chose to act for the purpose of something larger than themselves, but directly connected to themselves. This is the experience of giving. This is the mindset. We give in myriad ways. But the core of giving is the hope that our service expands the life of someone else, which— beautifully and inexplicably—expands our own. It’s as simple as holding a door for someone. As easy as saying hello. When we engage freely, offering something with no expectation, we’ve established a channel—a connection. The wonder is, there is always return. The acts of giving and receiving form an open circuit. At heart, these two actions are the same. To give requires humility, in many respects vulnerability, while receiving requires the same mindset of openness. For the third year, we present the 2013 recipients of the Charitable Giving Awards, in conjunction with the Community Foundation of Greenville. These are the Oscars of charitable giving, and the honorees have taken the Upstate from run-of-the-mill optics to digital, show-stopping, surround-sound. Here, we present their profiles (“String Theory,” page 86). They share accomplishments, sure. These are professionals and leaders. But beyond their resumés is another common trait. One of humility. Each, though appreciative of recognition, is deferent. It’s not about them, in other words. It’s about the work. The action. The community. Greenville Women Giving began as a trickle that has turned into rushing falls. Three women, Harriet Goldsmith, Frances Ellison, and Sue Priester, were the driving forces to create the now 400-member pool, whose waters run deep into the pulse of Greenville County. Like our award recipients, these women are as humble as they are strong, purposeful, and persistent (“Three to Thousands,” page 58), and the fruits of their labor have benefited a slew of Greenville County non-profits and charities—people, essentially. Therein lies the catch. Giving is not selfless action—self is 100-percent involved. The transformative aspect of giving is that it demands the same openness of mind and heart that is required to receive. Thus by giving, we do receive. Let’s open our blessings with that this season.

Blair Knobel Editor-in-Chief

Paul Mehaffey ART DIRECTOR SENIOR EDITOR Jac Chebatoris ASSISTANT EDITOR Andrew Huang CONTRIBUTING EDITORS M. Linda Lee Steven Tingle CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kathryn Davé Dixie Dulin Ruta Fox Laura Linen CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Chelsey Ashford Patrick Cavan Brown Patrick Cox TJ Getz TJ Grandy Jennifer Davis Whitmire EDITORIAL INTERN Mary Cathryn Armstrong

Holly Hardin PRODUCTION MANAGER GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Kristy Adair Michael Allen Whitney Fincannon MARKETING REPRESENTATIVES Lori Burney Kristi Jennings Donna Johnston Annie Langston Pam Putman Kate Banner COMMUNIT Y SPONSORSHIPS & EVENTS MANAGER kate@towncarolina.com

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THE CORE OF GIVING IS THE HOPE THAT OUR SERVICE EXPANDS THE LIFE OF SOMEONE ELSE, WHICH— BEAUTIFULLY AND INEXPLICABLY— EXPANDS OUR OWN.

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Wizards of Pop: Sabuda and Reinhart

Discover beloved and remarkable pop-up book illustrations created by celebrated children’s book artists Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart. Saturday, November 16 Matthew Reinhart will offer two hands-on workshops. Designed for children ages 4 and older, these workshops are free, and all materials are provided. Register online at gcma.org for the 11 am or the 2 pm workshop. Sunday, November 17 Gather in Gallery 4 at 2 pm and join Matthew Reinhart in the exhibition Wizards of Pop: Sabuda and Reinhart. This event is free and is presented by Duke Energy.

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ANYTHING GOES An ocean liner making its way from the Big Apple to London is the setting for this fast-paced comedy of mistaken identity and schemes gone awry. Join Billy, Moonface, and Hope as they get tangled up in a web of love and lies aboard the S.S. American, all the while dishing out a few Cole Porter tunes like “I Get a Kick Out of You.” How will things turn out? Who knows, but as usual, anything goes. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Nov 12–17; Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 6:30pm. $45-$75. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

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Much like derbies and Civil War reenactments, Sunday suppers are a Southern tradition. Sip’s monthly dinner series features chefs from local restaurants. In addition to the family-style eats, the suppers will also include savory wine pairings and live music. This month, indulge in dishes prepared by Heidi Trull from Grits and Groceries and the Green Room’s Patrick Long. Sip, 103 N Main St, Ste 400, Greenville. Sun, Nov 3, 6pm. $75. (864) 509-1181

Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, has gone down in history as one of the most devastating attacks on a religious people. In remembrance of the 75th anniversary and in conjunction with the Year of Altrusim, Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel conducts the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and the Furman Singers through pieces from Schindler’s List and Fiddler on the Roof to remind us that beyond darkness there is light. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, Nov 9, 8pm. $45-$150. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

Our community is famous for many things: a hip downtown scene, thriving businesses, and supreme scenery. The art scene is no exception, steadily blossoming over the years. This annual event sponsored by the Metropolitan Arts Council sheds light on Upstate visual artists, with this year opening the doors of more than 120 studios from downtown to Dacusville for visitors to take a behindthe-scenes look at the magic behind the craft. Locations vary. Fri–Sun, Nov 1–3, times vary. Free. greenvillearts.com

Photograph by Paul Mehaffey

Photograph courtesy of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra

Jo Ann Taylor, Tryst; courtesy of the Metropolitan Arts Council

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While the relays of our youth mostly consisted of baton-passing and silent prayers for the last 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 of up to four 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.

For centuries, the conflict between the citizens of Israel and Palestine has raged, leaving both countries war-torn and with mounting death tolls. This all but slips away when Yaron Kohlberg and Bishara Haroni take the stage. Each from opposite sides of the fence, the pianists look to spread a message of peace and political understanding through their musical union. The pair has performed in all corners of the world, and their sets contain pieces from every genre and period. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sun, Nov 10, 3pm. $45. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

The Grateful Dead and the String Cheese Incident are only the tip of the jam-band iceberg. Keller Williams, however, is a bird of a different flock. Williams’ gracefully-deceptive use of musical looping has earned him the title of a one-man jam band, often giving the illusion of multiple players while his fingers fly across an assortment of instruments. Toeing the line between an assortment of genres, Williams is sure to quench the freewheeling thirst of any music lover. The Handlebar, 304 E Stone Ave, Greenville. Thurs, Nov 14, 8:30pm. $18. (864) 233-1673, handlebaronline.com

November 2013 Photograph courtesy of the Peace Center

Photograph courtesy of Euphoria

Downtown Greenville. Sat, Nov 9, 8am. $25-$35 registration. (864) 907-8849, hoperelay.org

Photograph courtesy of the Project HOPE Foundation

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ZOMBIE OUT RUN zIt’s okay. Put down the crossbow. There isn’t a horde of the undead locked up Governor-style under the city. Instead of ripping out your spleen, these zombies will be after your life flags during a 5K sprint. Make it out alive for the after-party with music from Lions of Zion, cold brews, and betterthan-body-parts food. With two ways to register— biter or bitee—plus a fun run for the kiddies, this is one apocalypse you should seize. Heritage Park, 310 W Curtis St, Simpsonville. Sat, Nov 2, 3–9pm. $15-$40.

zWhen Disney’s Mulan hit theaters in 1998, millions of girls the world over had a new hero and a new desire for swordplay. Now, Crikee, Mushu, and the heroine herself are brought to life on stage. In ancient China, Mulan isn’t cut out for the role of a traditional housewife, dishonoring her family. But when her elderly father is called to fight against the Hun invasion, Mulan must get down to business to save an entire country. Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown, 125 S Main St, Greenville. Nov 15–24; Thurs–Sat, 7pm; Sat–Sun, 2pm. Adults, $18; students, $10. (866) 732-8008, flatrockplayhouse.org

DINING FOR NAMI zAlthough nearly one in four adults in America is affected by some degree of mental illness, it is still largely misunderstood. Greenville’s National Alliance on Mental Illness branch has a mission to cultivate knowledge, care, and rights for those affected. Over dinner, Dr. Frank Page will speak on the suicide of his daughter and how to navigate such trying waters. Embassy Suites, 670 Verdae Blvd, Greenville. Tues, Nov 5, 6pm. $60. (864) 331-3300, diningfornami.com

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Greenville Craft Beer Festival The Upstate has a lot to offer when it comes to homegrown brews, and now it’s time to show off our kegs. This festival brings together local favorites like Quest, Thomas Creek, and RJ Rockers, and regional royalties like Highland, Westbrook, and Wicked Weed. Because we all need a little something to keep our buzzes in check, a specialty menu of eats, perfectly paired with ales, will be served. Fluor Field, 945 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, Nov 16, Noon–5pm. $45-$75. greenvillecraftbeerfestival.com

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Euphoria’s Taste of the South September 27, 2013 It’s never as simple as “a taste”—there’s too much culinary talent in the region. So, credit Euphoria and Verizon Wireless for stacking the deck with South Carolina’s most beloved chefs: Craig Deihl, Jeremiah Bacon, Kevin Johnson, and Anthony Gray, to name a few. Throw in live music from Kim Carnes, Josh Leo, and the Adam Craig Band, and there was hardly a soul or stomach that wasn’t moved to nirvana.

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Photography by Chelsey Ashford

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Songwriters in the Round is an intimate event featuring successful, award-winning singer/songwriters performing their own music in an up-close-and-personal setting. Share an insider’s look into the stories and inspirations behind the hit songs we hear on the radio every day. Past songwriters have written hits performed by Blake Shelton, LeAnn Rimes, Josh Turner, Lee Ann Womack, Darius Rucker, and Rascal Flatts to name a few!

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Holiday Open House Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24

The Rose Ball September 20, 2013 More than 700 guests attended the Rose Ball, Greenville’s longest-running charitable gala. Guests enjoyed cocktails and conversation in the company of 4,000 roses, many from local gardens, before settling for dinner. A diverse array of musical talent was on display, with a harpist, pianists, string ensembles from Furman and Christ Church Episcopal, and the band Right to Party. The ball raised more than $400,000 to be distributed to Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and 13 other local organizations. Photography by Jennifer Davis Whitmire

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Chad Valitchka & Jac Chebatoris

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TJ Getz & Jared Emerson

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October 9, 2013 When it comes to seeing and being seen, nothing beats Greenville’s Fashion on the TOWN. High fashion, luxury lifestyles, and cutting-edge design were on display at Hotel Domestique as Greenville’s premier fashion crawl kicked off. From fine jewelry, Ducatis, and Land Rovers, to gourmet hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, nothing was in short supply. Ashley Bickerstaff & Kathy Falls

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Pelham Architects 30th Anniversary Celebration September 18, 2013 More than 100 clients and friends came to Centre Stage in celebration of Pelham Architects’ 30th year. Bill Pelham took the opportunity to thank his clients for their patronage, as well as introduce them to Centre Stage. Centre Stage’s players performed a special preview of their current shows Lend Me a Tenor and Unnecessary Farce. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as well as desserts and coffee at intermission. Photography by TJ Grandy

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Dana Shearer & Ryan Havner July 20, 2013 For most, a six-week cross-country road trip would be an impossible way to start a relationship. But since Dana and Ryan were already great friends before they became a couple, the road trip was merely ambitious. After dating for a year-and-a-half, Ryan proposed on the morning of the winter solstice. The timing was purposeful. Every day following the solstice gets brighter, and in choosing to spend the rest of their lives with each other, that certainly was the case for Dana and Ryan. The couple was married at Buckhorn Lodge at Paris Mountain State Park and now lives in Asheville, NC. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANGELA COX // ANGELA COX PHOTOGRAPHY

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Samantha Finley & Brian Hansen July 13, 2013 The West End Zone of Clemson’s Death Valley could hardly have been a more fitting location for this couple’s rehearsal dinner. Samantha and Brian met through the Clemson bar scene and bonded over their mutual love for sports. Samantha, a Clemson native, showed Brian the local ways, while Brian, a New Jersey transplant, taught Samantha about the world of professional sports. The couple was married at the historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Pendleton, and their reception at the Madren Center in Clemson featured the Clemson Tiger. Samantha works with Brian at his accounting firm cta|hansen, and the couple lives in Simpsonville PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY & DAVID RAYCROFT // RAYCROFT ART PHOTOGRAPHY

Neither Catherine nor Taylor were expecting a serenade when Taylor proposed on the bank of the Missouri River, but that certainly didn’t deter a middle school–girls soccer team from singing boy-band love songs. Catherine and Taylor met and dated briefly while students at Erskine College, but didn’t get back together until nearly two years later. Taylor, who had moved to Syracuse, NY, flew to St. Louis, MO, to surprise Catherine with a dozen roses and a proposal. The couple was married at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, and now lives in St. Louis. PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVEY MORGAN // DAVEY MORGAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Sydney Peden & Christian Pinnen August 24, 2013 An academic conference is hardly a romantic locale, but you can’t help when you meet your soul mate. Sydney, a museum education coordinator, was pouring coffee at a history conference attended by Christian. Despite not being a coffee drinker, Christian made sure to return for plenty of refills. The couple dated for a year before Christian proposed at Sydney’s alma mater, the College of Charleston. Wedding festivities included 23 of the Pinnen family, who traveled from his hometown of Oberdollendorf, Germany, as well as German traditions. The couple now lives in Jackson, Mississippi. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON AYERS // AYERS PRODUCTIONS

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Departing from a deeply entrenched, traditional American quilting aesthetic, Mandy’s quilts showcase not only a unique style, but also a unique approach. Long inspired by both modern art and indigenous cultures, Mandy employs a streamof-consciousness technique when piecing together repurposed fabrics. Her “responding to the materials” approach often results in geometric lines and abstract shapes. The second step in her process, sashiko, borrows from the rich Japanese sewing tradition. A style of stitching, sashiko means “little stabs.” When Mandy uses sashiko, it becomes a graphic element. She uses thread as her pen, first chalking a design, then following it with bold stitches. Mandy’s passions—vintage materials, global cultures, abstract, and modern art—take new breath in her textile art, becoming something wholly original and intimate. Her work is a journey that’s been a long time in the making—and one with a long future of making ahead. “I am not tired of fabric,” she smiles. “There’s infinite possibility.”

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very story has a thread. Perhaps that’s why textile artist Mandy Blankenship has moved so naturally from literature to fine art photography to quilt-making. Artists are born, not made, and Mandy was born to make. “I was always going to make things, because I have to,” Mandy says. “It’s in me.” When Mandy created the first of her modern, stream-ofconsciousness quilts 21 Soldiers, she was literally surrounded by stories. The quilt is made entirely from deconstructed military garments, many of which came directly from the 21 men in her family who have served. As Mandy cut and re-sewed the drab greens and faded browns, her process evolved to an intimate exploration of sacrifice, of the seasons of life given for country. This first quilt (which was later selected at Art Prize 2013 for a gallery showing) marked a turn in Mandy’s journey as an artist. Although she studied English literature and photography in college, it didn’t take long for Mandy to realize that neither a graduate degree in literature nor a career in photography would satisfy her artistic yearnings. “I knew I wanted to be a full-time artist. I just didn’t know what that looked like yet,” she explains. The exploration led Mandy first to mixed-media—small art pieces that combined paper, fabric, stitching—and then eventually to Shop-Keep, a working studio she shares with Billiam Jeans in the Village of West Greenville. Her previous quilting experience included everything from her first “quilt” at age 7 to more recent abstract baby quilts for friends, but 21 Soldiers signified her first experiment in quilting without a vision for the finished piece.


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Surround Sound Stefanie Bannister, winner of Get Down TOWN, takes her music to a wider audience / by Jac Chebatoris // photograph by Paul Mehaffey

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ith her pixie cut and ukulele on which she writes songs about things like summer camp and starfishes in tidal pools, Stefanie Santana Bannister could kill you with cuteness until she levels out the twee by telling you about her day job. “I serve legal documents,” she says. (You know that expression “You got served”—usually meaning with a subpoena or divorce papers? Yep, that’s what the 24-yearold does.) “It’s a weird thing to have fallen into, but I like it,” she says. Another thing that she seems to have fallen into is being— somewhat reluctantly—in an emerging spotlight as a singersongwriter to watch. Bannister, who grew up in Greenville, but lives in Columbia, was entered (notice the passive “was entered,” as in, she did not enter herself ) into the Get Down TOWN Social Media Talent Search sponsored by this magazine and Euphoria 2013. There were about three weeks to enter by posting an original song to Facebook and getting as many “likes” and “shares” as possible to narrow down the search to three finalists. First her father encouraged her to enter by posting the announcement of the contest on her Facebook page. That didn’t go over so well. “I was like, Dad, that is so embarrassing. I’m not going to enter a contest. I’m not going to ask a bunch of strangers to validate me. So, I didn’t do it.” Then her friend Kevin decided he would take matters into his own hands for this talented songstress and posted her music clips of her original song “Grown Up Joke” into the contest. It was the last day to enter. She ended up the winner. That perhaps came as a surprise, as it was only since last January that Bannister took her music out of her bedroom (“I’ve only been playing just for myself. For nobody else’s ears, if that makes sense,” she says) and into the public forum. And while she credits her circle of friends and fellow musicians for helping to instill a newfound notion of taking her music more seriously, it was actually a group of little girls who, as she describes it, “put her to shame” and got her in front of folks. During the summer of 2012, Bannister volunteered at the Girls Rock Camp in Charleston, where she was living before moving to Columbia. Girls Rock is a week-long music camp where girls and trans-youth, ages 8–16, learn an instrument, form a band, write a song, and then perform it at a showcase at the end of the week. “If these little kids can do it and do it so well,” she says that she told herself, “then there’s no excuse for you to be such a weenie about it.” Now she’s working on recording a record and already has one track down (the one about the starfish). It’s as good as anything that you’d hear on Pandora if what you want is solid, easy-breezy, but cool and intelligent songwriting with an entrancing voice. And if her music leads her to have to quit her day job? Well, that just serves her right.

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hile Thanksgiving is typically centered on expanding belt buckles, never-ending football games, and tables straining under the weight of mammoth turkeys, this holiday’s origin lies in the spirit of giving thanks and giving back. One Upstate organization Fostering Great Ideas embraces that idea wholeheartedly. For the third year, FGI and local churches will join forces for Thanksgiving Grace, an event uniting local foster children with their birth parents for an afternoon of feast and family. On the Saturday before Turkey Day, participating families will be invited to Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church to spend time together over a meal with all the trimmings, and make photo albums, as well as lasting memories. If you’d like to get in on the season of goodness, here’s just a single serving of opportunities in our community.

LOAVES & FISHES: FEED 1,000 Stocking the kitchens and food pantries of 94 Upstate shelters, churches, and neighborhood programs in preparation for Thanksgiving is no easy feat. Enter Loaves & Fishes, a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to wiping out hunger. In a single community-wide effort, local churches, companies, and individual groups are encouraged to collect canned items and frozen turkeys until November 18, when volunteers will sort and pack the donations for delivery. These items will be distributed the following week to a host of area philanthropies that will prepare and serve a tasty Thanksgiving meal for those in need. Volunteers will be needed for both distribution days, so there are plenty of chances to make an impact this season. Loaves & Fishes, 25 Woods Lake Rd, #812, Greenville. Mon, Nov 18, Wed, Nov 20, & Mon, Nov 25. Times vary. (864) 232-3595, loavesandfishesgreenvillesc.com

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COMMUNITY FEAST FOR ALL This most wonderful day of eating comes but once a year—make it count by providing the less fortunate with necessities that will last until next November. Join Simpsonville church The Well as they provide a full-course meal for anyone at their table and spend the holidays in good company. There is an open call for kitchenextraordinaires, table servers, and friendly faces to greet guests as they fill their bellies. You can even join in after your own holiday festivities by packing up and delivering dinners to the downtown homeless. Guaranteed to warm body and soul. Center for Community Services, 1102 Howard Dr, Simpsonville. Thurs, Nov 28, Noon–6pm. (864) 335-8891, simpsonville-church.com/ thanksgiving.html

THANKSGIVING TURKEY FRY Cooking up more than 300 turkeys in a single day may sound like the stuff of nightmares, but for Miracle Hill, it’s just another day to help those in need. Join Ellis and Bradley of WSSL-100 fame for an all-out cookout to bless more than 2,000 homeless in the Upstate with a little holiday humanity. The daylong event needs plenty of volunteers to cook, carve, and prepare delicious platters for each of the organization’s nine shelters on Wednesday and Thursday. Miracle Hill Rescue Mission, 189 N Forest St, Spartanburg. Tues, Nov 26, 7am–5pm. (864) 268-4357, miraclehill.org/ turkey-fry

TURKEY DAY 8K The idea of physical exertion on a day usually reserved for naps may bring some to tears, but the good thing about this event is that you can actually see what you’re saving. Since 2005, TreesGreenville has planted some 3,000 trees throughout the county and nurtured countless more. The organization is funded by events like this 8K, 2-mile walk, and tot trot, which loops its way through the scenic downtown area and is the perfect opportunity to burn a few calories before the feast. Race registration and donations will go towards the ultimate goal of planting more than 400 trees in local neighborhoods, schools, and community parks. 292 E McBee Ave, Greenville. Thurs, Nov 28, 8–9am. 8K, $22$28; 2-mile walk, $20-$26; tot trot, free-$10. (864) 313-0765, treesgreenville.org


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Three to Thousands Greenville Women Giving, now with 400 members, began with a Great Idea File and three enterprising women / by Jac Chebatoris // photograph by Paul Mehaffey

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he car door slammed shut and the car pulled out of the driveway—just like it would nearly every day, even for half a day on Sunday forty-something years ago, when Harriet Goldsmith’s husband, a new lawyer, went to work at the law firm in Greenville, SC, where they had just moved. Goldsmith, a native Floridian, was new to Greenville and had no friends and no car with which she could go make some. “I had to find something to maintain my sanity,” says Goldsmith. “And my path was volunteer work through the Junior League, and that gave me an instant group of people, plus I learned about the community of Greenville. If I hadn’t cared about the community and making Greenville a better place, then the idea of collective giving would not have stayed on my radar screen, and it was that caring about the community that we all shared,” she says. By “we” Goldsmith means her friends, or more appropriately, whom she now calls her “soul sisters,” Sue Priester and Frances Ellison, with whom she formed Greenville Women Giving, a philanthropic organization “founded on the idea that collectively, women can make a real difference.” That was in 2006, and since GWG formed with just the power of three, the membership has grown to include 400 members, who all commit to donate $1,000 a year for three years (with

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a $100 administrative fee to cover extraneous costs) to fund grants that will go to community organizations. So far, and now going into their eighth year, GWG has awarded more than $2.6 million in grants to local organizations including this year’s recipients: The Greenville Literacy Association ($56,600), Allen Temple Community Development Corporation ($35,697), Julie Valentine Center ($46,777), Mental Health America of Greenville County ($59,300), Legacy Charter School ($76,445), Project Hope ($45,748) and Greenville County Schools Food and Nutrition Services ($100,000). About nine years before that, however, Goldsmith, whose “modus operandi,” Ellison jokes, is one of organization and structure—a necessary trait when launching such an undertaking— found an article while waiting in a doctor’s office. She did what anybody would do when you find something that piques your interest. She ripped out the page and took it home. But this article didn’t end up just another on the recycling pile—instead it was placed in Goldsmith’s Good Idea File. “Everybody ought to have one,” Goldsmith exclaims from the living room of Ellison’s house, where the first-ever GWG recruitment meeting took place, when the three then-acquaintances asked about 35 of their friends to come and listen to their idea over chicken salad sandwiches.


“It was an article about women who were giving collectively in Seattle, and, interestingly enough, the person that was written up was Colleen Willoughby,” recalls Goldsmith. “I recognized her name because she had been a president of the National Association of Junior Leagues. I read this article and thought it really made sense to me—it was the power of collective giving. So, what I couldn’t do by myself, because I didn’t have the financial ability to do it, if I was part of a large group of women, we could collectively decide how we could make a much greater impact. We would pool our money and then decide.” That Good Idea File held onto that good idea for the next eight years, while Goldsmith says, “It came out, and went back in.” Letting the idea marinate until the right time, Goldsmith found her window, when as a newly-instated board member of the Community Foundation of Greenville, she had to attend

“IT WAS THE POWER OF COLLECTIVE GIVING. WHAT I COULDN’T DO BY MYSELF, BECAUSE I DIDN’T HAVE THE FINANCIAL ABILITY TO DO IT, IF I WAS PART OF A LARGE GROUP OF WOMEN, WE COULD COLLECTIVELY DECIDE HOW TO MAKE A MUCH GREATER IMPACT.” —HARRIET GOLDSMITH an orientation session, after which she asked its president Bob Morris if he would consider talking to her about this good idea. He did, and, speaking of good-ideas-timed-right, the Foundation was celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. Around the same time, the Foundation received the largest bequest they’d ever had, when Jean Harris Knight left close to $3 million to it. “The Community Foundation was doing some exciting things to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary,” Priester explains, “and Bob Morris said to us, ‘You know, if you could get 50 women to join you this first year, then we can take $50,000 of Jean Knight’s money and put it with yours, and you would have $50,000 from the 50 women, and $50,000 from the Foundation of Jean’s gift, and you’d have $100,000 to give away that first year.’ And that was it,” says Priester. “We were like ‘woo-hoo!’” Woo-hoo!, and also watch what we can do. By the end of that first year, they had 135 members—notably, not just the trio’s own network of friends who could be counted on to support the endeavor, but unfamiliar faces. New faces sharing in this, which thrilled its founders. The sisterly solidarity took hold and took off and consequently lives have changed. The main areas that receive these grants funded by the GWG encompass arts and culture, education, environment, and health and human services. The minimum amount that is awarded is $40,000, the maximum is $100,000, with the $1,000 member’s fee dispersed to multiple grants. Members rank the most deserving organizations by vote and disburse funds accordingly. The meetings, committees, voting, and other housekeeping of the organization are the brass tacks. But it is when the members get a chance to hear the stories—usually at a luncheon with a projection screen and video—that the effects of their contribution are felt. “There’s not a dry eye in the house,” says Goldsmith, with Priester, quickly echoing the sentiment. “Carrying those stories back to our members, closing the loop is the important part,” says Priester. “They gave, they

contributed the money. Now, hear about the lives that you’ve changed. We get them in tears.” What they might hear is something like the story of the drug-addicted young mother who was able to find help at The Family Effect and Serenity Place, a residential treatment center for pregnant women, young mothers, and their preschool-age children. “They came and spoke, and they brought the mom and daughter who had been served there,” remembers Ellison. “The little girl was charming and beautiful and plays the violin.” The idea of a collective giving—formed by women, for women—is not new. The godmother of the idea is credited to the object of that long-ago absconded magazine article in the doctor’s office—Colleen Willoughby. Willoughby founded the Washington Women’s Fund in 1995, and it is on the women’s grant-making model of the WWF that organizations like Greenville Women Giving are based. And, like Willoughby, the women who have taken her lead are involved, intelligent, ambitious, and dedicated to helping the greater good. Or as Priester puts it succinctly, “We want people to have a better life.” This is not the ladies who lunch sitting around wishing for world peace, but, instead, roll-up-your-sleeves, we-cando-it types, which Goldsmith, Ellison, and Priester—in their own ways—shared the same notion of. Goldsmith, who has recently “retired from active duty,” says Priester, but will be on the GWG board “for life,” raised three boys who have families of their own now while being on countless boards and volunteering. Who knows how many more ideas that Good Idea File might birth and see come to fruition? Priester launched Computer Dynamics with her husband in 1981, the same year her first child was born, then sold the company and retired in 2001, after her husband was killed in an automobile accident in 1998. Her volunteerism she credits, much like Goldsmith and Ellison, to her background as just something one did. “It has taught me that regardless of circumstances, all of us humans basically want the same things—food, shelter, a safe environment for our families, a meaningful purpose in our lives—and all of us need help at some point or another,” Priester says. “So we all also want to be a part of a community that wants to and does pitch in and help one another.” And, Ellison’s law background came in handy when GWG drafted its bylaws. She, like Goldsmith, was raising three boys, while working and volunteering. But like mama always said, “If you want something done, ask a busy person.” And if you’re too busy to come to every event or one of their lauded education sessions in the aspects of those five giving areas? No problem. Nothing is mandatory. “However, they love to see you there!” says member Brice Hipp, whose sister-in-law Mary Hipp chairs the education committee, just one of the committees including membership and the grants committee. “It allows me to pick and choose events and involvement, according to my interest level and availability. They do an excellent job at keeping the members informed of what is on the calendar and a no-pressure attitude of attending,” Hipp says. And what is more empowering than women helping other women—to feel better, to feel that they make a difference, to feel, ultimately, that their votes count. It’s like that Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox song, “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves.” They are, but they’re also doing it for those who cannot do. To find out more about Greenville Women Giving and membership opportunities with this organization, please visit greenvillewomengiving.org. NOVEMBER 2013 / 59


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MIND YOUR MANNERS Southern hospitality demands Southern etiquette, but saying “thank you” hardly seems a chore at this mountain cottage restaurant. Don’t miss the Sunday brunch menu’s chicken and waffles.

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HUNGER RELIEF A cross between soup kitchen and high-quality local foods, this non-profit community lunch spot only asks that you pay what you can for your meal. The name says it all: Feed All Regardless of Means. F.A.R.M. Café, 617 King St. (828) 386-1000, farmcafe.org

FARM-FRIENDLY Relax in a rocking chair and catch the cool mountain breeze on this restaurant’s open porch. Pan-seared NC trout, brown-sugar-cured honey ham, country meatloaf, and other High Country specialties will take care of any worries that remain. 1861 Farmhouse, 3608 Broadstone Rd, Valle Crucis, NC. (828) 9636301, 1861farmhouse.com

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SHOP ON THE ROCKS Upscale shopping makes its home at the south end of Blowing Rock’s Main St. The idyllic shopping village features home furnishings, jewelry, apparel, and a pet boutique. Make sure to also stop by Kilwins on Main Street for handcrafted fudge. Blowing Rock, NC.

REVOLUTIONARY ROAD This record store will infuriate those with OCD, but patient digging through bins of vinyl usually yields a few treasures. When you find records with potential, give them a spin on the store’s record player for a quick preview. 641RPM, 641 W King St. (828) 865-9641

SWINGERS CLUB Grandfather Mountain is one of the highest peaks in the Blue Ridge and provides plenty of opportunities for hiking. However, the highlight is definitely the Mile High Swinging Bridge: a 228-foot long suspension bridge that sways over an 80-foot chasm. Grandfather Mountain. 2135 Grandfather Mountain Entrance Rd, Linville, NC. (828) 733-4337, grandfather.com

HIGH HOPES According to some, the High Country’s climate and elevation put it on par with some of Europe’s great viticultural locations. Sample the goods at three area wineries: Grandfather Vineyard and Winery, Banner Elk Winery & Inn, and 1861 Farmhouse Restaurant and Winery. exploreboonearea.com

STAY CABIN FEVER Not quite a scene from a fairy tale, but 6 acres of secluded mountainside in the High Country can be quite enchanting. These two modern and fully-furnished cabins, fronted by a 100-foot waterfall, are just minutes from Boone, Valle Crucis, Banner Elk, and Blowing Rock. The Cabins of Sugar Grove. Banner Elk, NC. Confirmed booking required for directions to the cabins. (919) 741-8481, cabinsofsugargrove.com

MAST HEAD This sprawling homestead dates back to the late eighteenth century when the Mast family arrived from Pennsylvania. The original house and outbuildings (including the blacksmith shop, loom shop, granary, and cottages) have been renovated without disturbing their authentic rustic charms.

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ith the yearly feast around the corner, I feel I should make a confession: I hate turkey. Actually, that’s not totally accurate. The truth is I loathe turkey. Turkey breast, turkey sandwiches, turkey burgers, turkey meat loaf, I despise them all. And that’s not even mentioning the possible human rights violation known as turkey tetrazzini. In my opinion, as far as flavor is concerned, turkey falls somewhere between styrofoam and bark. As a kid, Thanksgiving was my least favorite holiday. Other holidays were fun. Christmas had presents, Fourth of July had fireworks, Memorial Day and Labor Day were all about cookouts, and Halloween was a sugar-fueled, costumed Euphoria. But every Thanksgiving was exactly the same, me at a cramped table stuck between arguing uncles and cheekpinching aunts, staring blankly at a dry bird stuffed with wet bread. My only condolence was knowing they would all be asleep in an hour. Thank you, L-Tryptophan. Some may scoff at my disdain for this traditional feast but I feel I’m not alone. In fact, I believe there are legions of secret turkey haters out there who suffer through this dry, tasteless bird only because it is a vehicle for much better fare. Let’s face it, the real stars of Thanksgiving are the fixings—butternut squash, green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes crusted with brown sugar. The turkey is the stage, but the fixings are the show.

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Even some chef friends of mine have admitted that turkey is on the bottom of their protein list. “I never cook it,” one local chef recently told me. “It’s just dry and tasteless, why bother?” Another said he cooks turkey on Thanksgiving only so he can have a couple of days of turkey sandwiches afterwards. Others said it was all in the preparation and that I should try smoking the turkey to impart more flavor. Some even recommended deep-frying it, which to me seemed liked a bad idea even before I watched a YouTube video titled “Turkey Frying Disaster Compilation.” But Chef Jason Scholz of Stella’s Southern Bistro in Simpsonville wouldn’t give up on me. He admits turkey is often “dry and flavorless” and probably the reason gravy was invented. But Scholz has a flavoring secret and it involves the only turkey I usually have in my house, the kind that’s wild and 100-proof. Upon the mention of bourbon, Scholz had my attention. The trick, he claims, is to create a brine of bourbon, brown sugar, and spices and allow the bird to soak up these flavors for about 30 hours prior to putting it in the oven. I’m going to try Scholz’s recipe this year as a last-ditch effort to stick with tradition. But I still wish the Pilgrims and Wampanoag had just roasted a pig. ))) For Chef Jason Scholz’s Bourbon-Herb-Brined Roast Turkey recipe, go to towncarolina.com/blog/


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I was given the opportunity to participate in internships and Model UN Conferences that have opened my mind to the world. The broad perspective I now have has inspired me to make real changes in the world. I was treated with respect by both my teachers and peers. I know who I am and what I want from life. I am a Five Oaks Academy Graduate.

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and kindness by all their peers and teachers. I have loved my time here in this school and just now I am truly grasping how lucky I am to be here. I can only wish that more people were given the chance to attend schools like mine” — Enrique Dehaerne, Graduation Speech, 2013


To the Upstate Community, Nurses, Professional Counselors & Therapists, Social Workers & Clergy we invite you to

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A complimentary light lunch will be served. You are welcome to come to any of the talks listed below or join us for all.

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FEATURING: The Rev. Dr. Kathleen Rusnak, Ph.D., author of Because You’ve Never Died Before: Spiritual Issues at the End of Life

Making Connections

David B. Gladson, M.Div., CACII, Interim Hospice Bereavement Manager

Through Stories

Allyson Helvie, LBSW, M.Div., AnMed Palliative Care Chaplain Judge Debora Faulkner, Greenville County Probate Judge

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Beth Marshall, author of A Time to Heal, a grief journal Nigel Robertson, WYFF News Anchor

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Elizabeth Berrien, author of Creative Grieving—A Hip Chick’s Path from Loss to Hope

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DAY SESSION: 8:30-9:00 Registration* Grief During Difficult Times 9:00-10:15 The Rev. Dr. Kathleen Rusnak, Ph.D. 10:35-11:55 Move to choice of Session A or B (A) Loss, Grief and Faith The Rev. Dr. Kathleen Rusnak, PhD. (B) Putting the Tinsel Back on the Tree: Practical Ideas for Hoping and Coping David B. Gladson, M.Div., CACII & Allyson Helvie, LBSW, M.Div. 12:00-12:45 Lunch provided 12:45-1:30 Navigating Probate with the New Provisions Judge Debora Faulkner 1:30-2:00 This Wasn’t Supposed to Happen Beth Marshall 2:00-2:35 From Loss to Purpose Nigel Robertson 2:35-3:00 Closing Exercise The Rev. Dr. Kathleen Rusnak, Ph.D

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PLANT • PROMOTE • PROTECT

TreesGreenville is a membership-based nonprofit organization founded in 2005. Our mission is to plant, promote, and protect trees in Greenville County. We plant trees in parks, schools, and neighborhoods; promote the benefits of trees; and protect our urban forest by teaching the community about proper planting and care. For more information about our mission or to make a donation please visit our website www.treesgreenville.org.

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Vini Vita

North Carolina proves a fertile ground for Napa-style wines / by M. Linda Lee

onsidering a trip to wine country? No need to buy a plane ticket to California. The viticultural charms of the West Coast spill across the hilly farmland of the Yadkin River basin in nearby North Carolina. Here, in the Yadkin Valley, 120 wineries—and counting— snuggle between the Blue Ridge and the Brushy mountains. Located roughly 175 miles from Greenville in the countryside surrounding Winston-Salem, the Yadkin Valley embraces all or part of seven counties—Surry, Yadkin, Wilkes, Davie, Davidson, Forsyth, and Stokes. Winston-Salem bills itself as the gateway to the Yadkin Valley for good reason; the city makes a convenient and comfortable base from which to explore the vineyards. Most of the valley’s wineries are within an hour’s drive of Winston-Salem, via US-421 and I-77. Folks laughed at Lillian Kroustalis and her late husband Jack when they planted vinifera vines in the 1970s on their farm in Lewisville. Traditionally, the only grapes that fared well in North Carolina’s humidity were the cloyingly sweet varieties that grow wild here: muscadines and scuppernongs. The couple persevered, however, and Westbend Vineyards—the winery they established in 1988—now reigns as the oldest in the valley. Stop to taste their signature Chardonnay, as well as the seasonal pumpkin ale at Westbend’s new brewery. Take your libation outside on the shady patio and enjoy it with Chesapeake Bay crab cakes and a basket of fried pickles from The Vineyards mobile grill. In 2000, there were only 20 vineyards in North Carolina when Charlie and Ed Shelton, brothers from nearby Mt. Airy—also the birthplace of actor Andy Griffith and the setting for his 1960s’ television series—planted their first vines. Today, the 300-acre Shelton Vineyards ranks as the state’s largest family-owned estate winery, producing 30,000 cases a year. A tour here is not complete without a meal NOVEMBER 2013 / 77


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If Tuscan-style villas, intimate tasting rooms, and slopes blanketed with vinifera vines figure in your ideal fall getaway, the Napa of North Carolina is just a short drive away. Vineyard Valley: (clockwise from top left) Pilot Mountain and the area around Winston-Salem is home to more than 120 wineries; grapevines at RayLen Vineyards; crepes from Twenty One & Main; the vineyards at McRitchie Winery; the tasting barn at Medaloni Cellars

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Photographs courtesy of RayLen Winery (grapes); Twenty One & Main (crepes); McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks (signpost); and Medaloni Cellars

at Harvest Grill, and perhaps a bottle of Shelton’s 2011 Estate Chardonnay, recently featured at a dinner at the James Beard House in New York City. Following Shelton in 2001, RayLen Vineyards is a smaller property, turning out some 9,000 cases annually. RayLen takes its name from Rachelle and Helen, daughters of the winery’s owners, Joe and Joyce Neely. A former textile executive from Clinton, South Carolina, Joe Neely established his Mocksville winery as a retirement project. In the small tasting room, you can appreciate their best-selling Category 5—a lusty Cabernet Sauvignon blend that reflects the finesse of winemaker Steve Shepard. North Carolina’s wine industry really popped after the Yadkin Valley won federal approval as the state’s first American Viticultural Area, or AVA, in 2003. Childress Vineyards opened the following year in Lexington. Owned by NASCAR driver Richard Childress, who raced with the late Dale Earnhardt in the 1970s, the winery’s annual case production rivals that of Shelton. Tour the winemaking operation, couched inside a 35,000-square-foot, Italian villa–style structure; then linger in the sumptuous, wood-lined tasting room to experience Childress wines. Afterwards, a lobster BLT hits the spot for a leisurely lunch at the winery’s first-rate bistro. Part of the Swan Creek AVA created in 2008, Raffaldini Vineyards set its enchanting, Tuscan-style tasting room, with its rustic stone façade and red-tile roof, atop a hill just south of Elkin. Here, winemaker Kiley Evans turns Sangiovese, Montepulciano, and Pinot Grigio into excellent wines for owner Jay Raffaldini, whose family traces its roots back to the 14th century in Mantua, Italy. You’ll want to dawdle at this lovely site, where it’s easy to imagine you’re in Tuscany as you sip wine on the tranquil stone terrace enveloped by rows of grape vines. No wonder the winery calls itself “Chianti in the Carolinas.” To the north, in Thurmond, Sean and Patricia McRitchie craft small batches of sparkling dry cider in addition to some outstanding wines at McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks. They also host a regular schedule of special events, including a Holiday Open House, November 30–December 1. Ironically, the valley’s newest winery is right down the road from the oldest. Boutique Medaloni Cellars, opened earlier this year by Joe Medaloni, touts its Chardonnay, aged in six different types of French oak. An open-air tasting room, a 1.5-mile trail, and several upscale cabins dot Medaloni’s five acres of vines. RayLen’s tasting-room manager, John Marshall, echoes the sentiment of many local winemakers when he admits, “We’re still learning what we can grow here.” Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, and Viognier number among the varietals that take to North Carolina’s clay soil and humid climate. “We’re making our own wine in our own style,” says Mark Friszolowski, the winemaker at Childress. “European varietals grown in North Carolina yield softer wines,” he adds. “They don’t have the tannin structure to be big and aggressive.” While the Yadkin Valley may be a mere teenager in winecountry age, its wines are ready to drink now. And over the next ten years, vintners here expect the region to mature into a well-aged wine destination. So, if Tuscan-style villas, intimate tasting rooms, and slopes blanketed with vinifera vines figure in your ideal fall getaway, a short drive is all that’s required to reach the Napa of North Carolina.

The Best of Yadkin Valley, NC STAY Hampton Inn Shelton Vineyards Owned by the Shelton family, this Hampton Inn is perfectly situated for access to Shelton Vineyards and other wineries in the northern Yadkin Valley. 150 Charlestowne Dr, Dobson, NC. (336) 353-9400, hamptoninn.com Aquilla Creek Cottage Once a tobacco packing house, this beautifully-restored cottage now accommodates four with all the modern amenities, including a full kitchen. 6136 Aquilla Creek Rd, East Bend, NC. (336) 6993758, aquillacreekcottage.com Cabins at Medaloni Cellars Three “modern-rustic” cabins here cater to couples, with fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, and a deck with a gas grill. 9125 Shallowford Rd, Lewisville, NC. (336) 946-1490, medalonicellars.com EAT The Bistro at Childress Vineyards The three-course “Trifecta” lunch changes weekly to showcase the creativity of Chef Spencer Wright. 1000 Childress Vineyards Rd, Lexington, NC. (336) 236-9463, childressvineyards.com Harvest Grill Vegetables and herbs from the on-site garden complement the menu of tasty, contemporary American fare at Shelton Vineyards. 286 Cabernet Lane, Dobson, NC. (336) 366-3590, sheltonvineyards. com/harvest-grill Twenty One & Main Pair steak frites or a pan-roasted chicken breast with a Yadkin Valley wine in this early 20th-century building in downtown Elkin. 102 E Main St, Elkin, NC. (336) 835-6246, twentyoneandmain.com PICNIC Medaloni Cellars BYOF or come Sunday, when Mix Grill food truck sets up at this winery near Winston-Salem. 9125 Shallowford Rd, Lewisville, NC. (336) 946-1490, medalonicellars.com Raffaldini Winery Buy a bottle of Sangiovese, some salami, and local cheeses in the tasting room for a picnic on the terrace, complete with a sweeping view of vine-covered hillsides. 450 Groce Rd, Ronda, NC. (336) 835-9463, raffaldini.com RayLen Winery Pick up some North Carolina barbecue from Snook’s nearby (109 Juney Beauchamp Rd, Advance, NC) and pair it with a bottle of spicy RayLen Shiraz on the patio next to the grapevines. U.S. 158, Mocksville, NC. (336) 998-3100, raylenvineyards.com PLAY Mt. Airy Get the full Andy Griffith experience in the late actor’s hometown, aka Mayberry. Take a Squad Car Tour, visit the Andy Griffith Museum, stay at Andy’s Homeplace, and savor a pork chop sandwich at the Snappy Lunch. (336) 786-6116, visitmayberry.com Deck the Halls From November through January, a purchased passport entitles you to a wine tasting, a commemorative glass, and a hand-crafted holiday ornament at each of 13 Surry County wineries. (336) 4018390, verysurry.com

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The Holiday Honor Card A n A lt e r n At i v e H o l i d Ay G i f t

In the Heart of Greenville Painting by local artist, Jim Reel

What better way to show that you care during the holiday season than to honor family, friends, and business associates by making a gift to those less fortunate in our community. Your gift of at least $5 per card to United Ministries will provide assistance to someone who truly needs the kind of support that your donation will provide. This year’s honor card will have two message options: Option 1: A gift has been given in your honor to United Ministries to remind those among us who lack education or employment skills, who are in financial crisis, or who are homeless that they are not alone.

Option 2: A gift has been given in your honor to United Ministries to remind those among us who lack education or employment skills, who are in financial crisis, or who are homeless that they are not alone.

May you have the gift of hope at Christmas and always.

May you have the gift of hope this holiday season and always.

For card orders of 100 or more, the inside message can be customized for an additional fee. To place your order, please visit our website at www.united-ministries.org. Or, you can call Teresa Skinner, Director of Development at 864.335.2614, or email her at tskinner@united-ministries.org. Thank you for providing life-changing opportunities to people in need during this season of sharing.

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GIVING REQUIRES HEART, AND THESE SEVEN RECIPIENTS OF THE THIRDANNUAL CHARITABLE GIVING AWARDS, PRESENTED BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREENVILLE, HAVE PUMPED THEIR FAIR SHARE. THING IS, THESE FOLKS DON’T THINK ABOUT THAT, BECAUSE THAT WOULD REQUIRE MEASURE. TO THEM, GIVING IS BOUNDLESS, MUCH LIKE THE WORK OF THE HEART—PUSHING LIFE INTO OUR VEINS, DAY IN AND DAY OUT.

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Philanthropic Spirit Award

Fluor

Good Sports Fluor employees take to the hot seat for a great cause / by Steven Tingle

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pon first meeting Annette Allen, vice-president of sales, marketing, and strategy for Fluor’s industrial services business line, it’s hard to imagine her in a dunk tank, or for that matter dunking her. “Oh, I’ve been in the dunk tank six years in a row now,” she says, referring to one of Fluor’s events to raise awareness to its wildly successful annual United Way Campaign. “It’s a good, fun way to raise money.” When it comes to giving back to the Greenville community, Fluor excels at raising money. Just the annual charity golf event Golf for Greenville has raised more than $2.5 million since its inception in 1990, benefiting such local charities as The Family Effect, Safe Harbor, Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network, and the Greenville Free Medical Clinic, among others. Fluor is also committed to helping build homes in the community through monetary donations and also a fair amount of elbow grease with Habitat for Humanity and Homes “It’s hard to think of Hope. A sign in the lobby of Fluor’s executive offices currently of the success of reminds the staff that “framers” are needed for the most recent Greenville and our Homes of Hope build. “We provide a conduit for employees to give back on their wonderful Upstate own, both from a monetary standpoint and also from a servitude region without standpoint,” says Allen. “Greenville is a very charitable and a very giving community, and our people are no different.” Nowhere is considering the this more evident than in Fluor’s commitment to the United Way. depth of generosity “United Way is our primary organization that we support from a and leadership global level,” says Allen. “Specifically, here in Greenville, I think it takes on even a more personal meaning to our employees because that Fluor and of the history of Fluor and of Daniel in Greenville.” Fluor matches its dedicated 50 percent of its employees’ donations, and even during a sputtering economy, the company and its 2,200 Greenville employees have employees provide.” continued to raise the bar and then jump over it. “2008 was the first year we exceeded one million dollars including total employee —Mike Wilson, District donations and company match,” says Allen. “And last year our Manager, Government total was $1,656,000.” This year’s campaign has just ended and the and Community numbers are still being tallied, but Allen hints that they’ve already Relations, Duke Energy surpassed last year’s goal. South Carolina “This is really a meaningful recognition for the Fluor Corporation and more specifically for Fluor in Greenville,” says Allen. “Our employees do take a lot of pride in our community and giving back to the community. And to be honored with a recognition of this caliber is very special and very meaningful to us.” THE PHILANTHROPIC SPIRIT AWARD, SPONSORED BY DUKE ENERGY, HONORS A BUSINESS THAT FOSTERS CHARITABLE GIVING THROUGH EMPLOYEE-INCENTIVE PROGRAMS AND IS DEDICATED TO GIVING BACK TO THE UPSTATE IN A SIGNIFICANT MANNER.

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THE PHILANTHROPIC SPIRIT AWARD, SPONSORED BY NAME HERE, HONORS A BUSINESS THAT FOSTERS CHARITABLE GIVING THROUGH EMPLOYEE INCENTIVE PROGRAMS AND IS DEDICATED TO GIVING BACK TO THE UPSTATE IN A SIGNIFICANT MANNER.

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Jennifer Foelske, United Way co-chair , Donna Stroud, Fluor Community Relations, Boggs Howard, United Way co-chair, and Annette Allen, vice-president of sales, marketing, and strategy for Fluor’s industrial services business line, and United Way board vice-chair


Community Spirit Award

The University Center

School Rise The University Center brings the next generation of students into a college mindset / by Jac Chebatoris

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ne of Nelson Mandela’s most famous quotes on education states thusly: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” One of Martin Luther King Jr.’s declares, “Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.” Greenville County students will have a better chance to strive for both with the implementation of the Greenville Early College on the campus of the University Center. Greenville Early College is a college preparatory program for students from low-income families who are classified as “underachievers” to start preparing for college early. For these community-galvanizing efforts—which were made possible with donations from the Hollingsworth Funds, Community Foundation of Greenville, Greenville United Way, the Jolley Foundation, Michelin, and other area foundations and individuals—the University Center of Greenville is this year’s Charitable Giving Community Spirit Award “The University winner. “The Community Spirit Award is an excellent validation Center expands that the University Center is making progress in its mission to higher education advance access and attainment of higher-education degrees for the benefit of the citizens and economic community of greater offerings to the Greenville,” says David A. Taylor, the University Center of residents of Greenville’s CEO and president. Greenville County The upshot is students—many of whom would probably not by facilitating graduate high school—receiving diplomas but also going on to partnerships with college and university. Better-educated students, make for bettercontributing citizens. Superintendent of Greenville County Schools Greenville Technical Burke Royster sees firsthand the effect—and the need for—a College, area place like Greenville Early College. “One thing that makes this universities, and the intervention unique is that it takes students out of their homeprivate sector. The based school and places them in a small, intensive, environment with high rigor and numerous supports. The Early College model increased access also focuses on developing a “college-going mentality” among the to higher education students and their families, many of whom have never considered strengthens the higher education as a possibility.” community and An even bigger indicator that this program has had a substantial result: 31 of the 33 members of the Early College’s initial class from gives people the August 2012 returned to the program. (Royster explains that both education and students who left the program moved out of the area.) Furman, skills they need to Clemson, USC-Upstate, and Greenville Technical College are the educational partners in this non-traditional construct of taking succeed.” students out of their “norm” (physically, even, which is why the Early College is on the University Center campus) and giving them —Keith Miller, Ph.D., a slice of life—the energy, the enthusiasm, and most important, the President, Greenville potential—of higher education. Technical College Thanks to leaders like MLK Jr and Nelson Mandela, and ours here at home like Taylor and his team and collaborators, they are erasing the chalk of years past to create a clean slate, wide with potential. THE COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD, SPONSORED BY GREENVILLE TECHNICAL COLLEGE, 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.

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Ruth Nicholson Award

Jo Hackl

Balancing Act Jo Hackl serves her vocation, her family, her community—and still finds time to smell the roses / by M. Linda Lee

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f Jo Hackl were a circus performer, she’d surely be a juggler. Her blue eyes twinkle as the corporate attorney from Electric Mill, Mississippi, counts all the organizations on whose boards she has served: the Community Foundation of Greenville, EMRYS, the Peace Center, Greenville Area Development Corporation, the Children’s Museum of the Upstate, and the list goes on. As she talks, you can almost see the balls in the air. A mother of three, Hackl strikes a delicate equilibrium between her work with the Wyche firm, her family life (her husband Bob is the executive chef and coowner of Augusta Grill), her passions for gardening and writing (she just finished her first children’s novel), and the staggering amount of volunteer work she performs in the community. How does she do it? “Jo has tremendous balance in her life,” explains Harriet Goldsmith, who recently succeeded Hackl as board chairman of the Community Foundation of Greenville. Jo carves out time to write on Friday and Saturday nights before her husband comes home from the restaurant. Sunday is reserved for her family, who often spends time together in the garden. Not just any garden, but a chef’s garden, ripe with heirloom vegetables, herbs, and an orchard full of fruit trees—all organically grown. Hackl is committed to her adopted city, where she has lived “Jo is thoughtful, for the past 24 years. “I wanted to be in a city small enough that practical, and one person could roll up their sleeves and effect change,” she strategic. She says. In Greenville, she occupies her “curious mind” with interests exemplifies that bounce from arts to economic development. No matter the discipline, Hackl can approach a problem from the analytical servant angle, while using her creative side to formulate an outside-theleadership.” box solution. “There are so many different dimensions to Jo,” notes Goldsmith. “And she brings all of them to whatever she does.” —Bob Morris, “Jo could easily just go to work in the morning and leave at President, night,” says Tod Hyche, an attorney at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, who has served with Hackl on the board of the Community Community Foundation for many years. “Fortunately, she does not do that. She Foundation gives of her time and expertise to numerous organizations in the of Greenville community, and her contributions will have a lasting impact on Greenville.” Goldsmith agrees: “Everything Jo touches is better for her having been involved in it.” For Jo Hackl, life is much more than a juggling act. “It’s rewarding to go places in Greenville with my children and know that I was part of them,” she says. As it happens, a river runs through many of these places. Through her work with the Community Foundation, Hackl has had a fundraising hand in the redevelopment of downtown’s Falls Park as well as Lake Conestee Nature Park in Greenville County. And the Wyche firm where she works has long been a staunch protector of the Reedy River. A wry smile tiptoes across Hackl’s face as she muses, “It’s a rich and full life.” THE RUTH NICHOLSON AWARD IS THE HIGHEST HONOR PRESENTED BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION EACH YEAR, AND HONORS THE VOLUNTEER WHO HAS MADE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE GREENVILLE COMMUNITY THROUGH VOLUNTEER WORK FOR THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OR TO ONE OF ITS PROJECTS, PROGRAMS, OR AREAS OF EMPHASIS.

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Creative Spirit Award

eMedia Group

Creative Touch Bill Bishop and Joel Hogg of eMedia Group show their true colors / by Steven Tingle

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eep inside the production facilities of eMedia Group, there is a wall covered in handprints. The prints are small and in vibrant colors, some are perfect forms but a few are a little smeared. Under each is a name: Devon, Wesley, Elizabeth, Gabe—about fifteen in all. The staff of eMedia passes this wall every day, and it serves as a reminder of what really matters, things far beyond the everyday tasks of printing, embossing, diecutting, and binding. Values the owners of this company hold dear. eMedia Group’s owners, partners Bill Bishop and Joel Hogg, are as different as night and day. “I’m Yin and he’s Yang,” Bishop says. “We like to say if you put us together you get one good person.” But that joke is just Bishop’s natural modesty coming through. Over nine years, the two men have not only built a thriving business but have also made it a personal and corporate mission to give back to the community they call home. “We grew up here, we both went to Clemson, and we were both raised in humble settings,” says Bishop. “And the value of giving back was instilled in us.” That value is evident throughout the maze of hallways and offices that make up eMedia Group’s facility, located in an industrial area just off of Rutherford Road. The walls are adorned with framed golf flags from charity tournaments, t-shirts and brochures for non-profits, and race bibs for fundraisers all over the world. And then there are the handprints, a thank-you from the kids of the Meyer Center, which provides early childhood education and therapy services for children with disabilities. The kids visited the facility “Bill and Joel for a field trip, complete with tour and more importantly pizza and take a can-do ice cream. “We do a lot with the Meyer Center,” says Bishop. “I’m approach to on the board, and I go over there once a week. I’m supposed to service. While read to the kids, but I just end up getting on the floor and playing with them.” they could stop The Meyer Center is just one of the many organizations Bill, at their countless Joel, and eMedia support in a variety of ways, from in-kind creative ideas, donations to writing a check to actually making time to get out they roll up their and personally help. Take Meals On Wheels for example. Bill has sleeves and make been driving a route once a week for more than fifteen years, plus eMedia Group has a weekly corporate route that the staff takes things happen.” turns driving. “What’s ironic is that my route is a mile off Main Street,” says Bishop. “We have such a cool little town, but you —Mark Johnston, know what, these people are Greenville, too.” Meals On Wheels President and utilizes 150 volunteers each day to package and deliver more than Publisher, Community 1,500 meals to homebound residents in Greenville County. For Journals Bishop, it’s one of the highlights of his week. “You can be having the worst day ever,” he says, “but go do a Meals On Wheels route or go sit in the floor with the Meyer Center kids, and let me tell you—it changes who you are.”

THE CREATIVE SPIRIT AWARD, SPONSORED BY THE COMMUNITY JOURNALS, HONORS AN INDIVIDUAL OR AGENCY WHOSE PRO-BONO CREATIVE INPUT—FROM DESIGNING LOGOS, TO DEVELOPING A FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN, TO DEVISING WORKSHOPS AND PROGRAMS, TO PLANNING EVENTS—HAS BEEN INTEGRAL TO THE SUCCESS OF LOCAL NON-PROFITS.

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Benevolent Spirit Award

Rick Timmons & Rick Pennell

Growing Season Two patrons sow the seeds to reap a facelift for Greenville’s beloved Peace Center / by Jac Chebatoris

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fternoon light by the Reedy River in downtown Greenville is a stunning sight in autumn. Even more gratifying might be seeing it stream through the clear glass panes of Genevieve’s at the Peace Center knowing you helped build this gleaming structure. The two gentlemen sitting on the plush settees inside the theatre lounge deflect the notion, of course, but it was through their guidance and leadership that Genevieve’s now exists as part of the renovation efforts executed by the capital campaign kicked off in 2011. Rick Timmons, secretary and treasurer at Canal Insurance and Rick Pennell (“He’s Rick Number 1, I’m Rick Number 2,” says Pennell, president and CEO of Metromont) were both members on the board of the Peace Center who were then voted in as co-chairs to helm the capital campaign. Along with Peace Center president Megan Riegel and her team, the capital campaign dominated its goal of fundraising with an astounding $22.5 million to update, add on, and refine the now 22-year-old Peace Center. In addition to the new lounge, the biggest boost to this landmark space, which really is considered the cornerstone of the downtown Renaissance when it opened in 1990, is the expanded lobby space. The concert hall seats 2,000, and now offers a roomy lobby for relaxing before, during, and after shows. The Grand Plaza in front was also redone, water features were added, and the “Wells Fargo is outdoor amphitheatre overhauled to create a luminous new venue proud to honor for entertainment during warmer months. Rick Pennell and “Rick and I aren’t going to tell you that it was easy because Rick Timmons as somebody might think we’re pretty good fundraisers,” jokes Timmons, adding, “It was a daunting proposition to try and raise recipients in this $22.5 million, but this was a very compelling story. Twenty years year’s Charitable ago they turned a dream into a reality, and with the impact the Giving Awards. Peace Center has had on the community, it was easy to see how Their leadership we would get to the finish line.” For their spearheading efforts, they are this year’s Benevolent in the business Spirit Award recipients given by the Community Foundation, and philanthropic though they are quick to acknowledge the essential work of the communities Peace Center staff, volunteers, and others who helped in the makes a fundraising campaign. A campaign that may look less important on paper, but that takes on new light in this shining venue for the significant impact arts, including Broadway tours, concerts, dance, and theater—for every day.” everyone. Timmons suggests, as a means of explanation, “Come to the show tonight.” The Diavolo dance group was performing, —Chris Fincher, and as part of the outreach mission of the Peace Center and in Region Head, partnership with Duke Energy, tickets were only $5. “The energy is Commercial Banking, going to be electric.”

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THE BENEVOLENT SPIRIT AWARD, SPONSORED BY WELLS FARGO BANK, HONORS INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE GENEROUSLY GIVEN TIME, ENERGY, HEART, AND SOUL TO A SPECIFIC NON-PROFIT.

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Healthcare Transformation Award

Jerry Dempsey

Following Through Jerry Dempsey transforms his business acumen into long drives for the Greenville Hospital System / by M. Linda Lee

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ention Jerry Dempsey’s name to most any guy who knows him well, and one of the first things he’ll tell you is that Jerry can shoot his age—and under—in golf. As Dempsey turned 81 in October, that’s an impressive feat—but far from his only one. A native of Landrum, South Carolina, Dempsey has a resumé that reads like a corporate Who’s Who. During his 28 years with Borg-Warner Corporation, he advanced from engineer to president and CEO; later, he rose to the rank of chairman and CEO of Chemical Waste Management. Since he retired as board chairman of PPG Industries, Inc., in 1997, Dempsey has spent the lion’s share of his time putting his business skills to work on a volunteer basis with a number of organizations in Greenville. As a board member of the Greenville Health System, a five-year term that he is about to complete, the soft-spoken entrepreneur was instrumental in establishing the University of South Carolina School of Medicine (USCSOM) in Greenville—an accomplishment in which he takes great pride. “His business acumen, insights, counsel, and contacts have been an incredible gift to GHS and the USCSOM, as well as to Greenville, the Upstate, and South Carolina,” crows Dr. Jerry Youkey, executive vice-president of Medical and Academic Affairs for GHS, and dean of USCSOM. Dempsey has long been true to his alma mater Clemson University; look for him with his wife Harriet at any home game, dapper in a coat and tie. Besides being former chair of the President’s Advisory Board, Dempsey still serves on the Board of Visitors and the Dean’s Advisory Board for Engineering and Science, work that has earned him the Distinguished Service Award, Clemson’s highest alumni honor. “It takes strong volunteer leadership to move an agenda forward,” says Bill O’Rourke, “Jerry Dempsey executive director of Development and Alumni Affairs for Clemson University. “Jerry has done that, and our community is better for it.” is a role model for “You have to have a lot of energy to keep up with Jerry!” exclaims how successful Bill Johnson, executive director of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. A leaders selflessly past president of GSO and a member of the symphony’s advisory council, make a commuDempsey never misses a concert—even this year’s Fourth of July event in Heritage Park that was essentially rained out. Clad in rain gear, Jerry and nity a better place. Harriet hung in until the last notes sounded. “They’re all in, whatever they On behalf of do,” Johnson says. Greenville Health Everyone agrees that Dempsey is tireless in marshalling the forces System, I offer my needed to get things done. As chairman of the Strategic Planning Group for the First Presbyterian Church, Dempsey brings his considerable talents congratulations as a strategic thinker to the table. “That’s his greatest gift,” notes First on this well-dePresbyterian’s senior pastor, Dr. Richard Gibbons. “Jerry is a man of great served award.” character and integrity.” “It’s important to give something back in order to improve the quality —Michael C. Riordan, of life in the community where you live,” Dempsey says. “Seeing what we President and CEO, accomplish, and the impact those things have on the community is its own reward.” His next project? “I’ll continue to work on the Second Century Greenville Health Capital Campaign for GHS,” he says, before adding wistfully, “and I hope I System get to play more golf.” 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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For decades, Dr. Bill Kellett has cared for numerous people around the world. But the grandness of his life’s work lies in the mindset with which he begins each day: I can help..

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The LIFETIME OF CHARITABLE GIVING AWARD, sponsored by Elliott Davis, celebrates lifelong service to others through both individual endeavors and community involvement.

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rank is not his real name but for the purposes of this story, that’s what we’ll call him. It’s a Wednesday morning, and he is sitting in a small brick building tucked between Spero’s Pete’s Original and United Ministries on Pendleton Street. He’s dressed in ragged jeans and sneakers and his shortsleeve shirt reveals several tattoos. Not the kind of brightly-colored, tightly-carved art created in hygienic tattoo parlors, but the dark, faded stains made with a sharpened paper clip and ball-point-pen ink. Frank’s face is weathered, his shoulders are hunched, and his watery eyes reflect years of struggle. It’s hard to place his age. He could be 30, he could be 50. As they say, it’s not the years, it’s the mileage. Frank freely admits he’s an alcoholic, though there’s probably more to his story. Frank is sitting in the waiting room of Places of Hope, a day shelter run by United Ministries where the homeless can shower, wash their clothes, and find support in getting off the streets. Although the building is unmarked, it is wellknown to those who need it. On this particular morning about twenty men are milling about the waiting room. They are black and white, young and old. Some, like Frank, sit quietly, their heads down solemnly like middle-schoolers waiting to see the principal. Others move about nervously, talking in alarmingly loud voices. Many look like they woke up in the clothes they are wearing and a few look like they woke up under a bridge, which is entirely possible. Despite their appearances, these men have two things in common: one, for whatever reason, and the reasons are many, they are homeless, and two, they are men most of us would cross the street to avoid. They are men we like to think don’t exist. Men who are invisible until they are right in front of our eyes, and only then do we consider them, quickly solving the problem of their appearance by simply turning away.

MISSION STATEMENT: Though, now retired, Dr. Bill Kellett does not provide official diagnoses or prescriptions, his knowledge and experience is invaluable to the homeless he serves at Greenville County’s Place of Hope.

But in this room it’s impossible to turn away, and scanning across the scene reveals one man who is stunningly out of place. He’s an older man, dressed in khaki pants and a purple golf shirt. He’s sitting up straight with his hands across his lap and a slight smile on his face as if he’s just remembered the punchline of an old joke. Despite the slight chaos in the room, this man looks perfectly comfortable. If you didn’t know better you would think he’s spectacularly lost and waiting to renew his driver’s license. According to the Place of Hope staff, this man is here two, three, sometimes five mornings each week. This is the man this story is about. But the man this story is about doesn’t want it to be about him. He wants it to be about the other men in this room and the hundreds more like them throughout Greenville County. The men he has spent years helping. The men who call him “Doc.” The men who call him their friend. If we had the time, I would tell you of Dr. Bill Kellett’s history. Of the early days when he was a ten-year-old boy, selling newspapers with his two younger brothers at the old Greenville General Hospital. About his education at Greenville High School, followed by Wofford where he met his wife Lydia on a blind date, and finally the Medical University of South Carolina where he earned his medical degree. I would tell you about the years of practicing obstetrics and gynecology. About all of the babies he has delivered and the patients he has served throughout this community. But let’s begin this story with Dr. Kellett’s epiphany. It occurred more than twenty years ago and thousands of miles from downtown Greenville. A physician friend of Dr. Kellett’s had been to Africa on a medical mission trip and recounted what a life-changing experience it had been. Upon hearing this heart-wrenching story, the Kelletts decided they had to go, and in the summer of 1992 they took a trip that would change their lives. “That trip taught us about living without,” says Lydia. “Without communication, without electricity. It was sunrise, work, sunset.” Dr. Kellett says it changed the way he approached his work. “I learned to be a physician instead of a very specialized doctor of medicine,” he says. “I learned to figure out medicine in a world where there were no consults, labs, or high-tech solutions. It is the school of taking one step at a time with your patient. That first trip to Africa changed my life and my life’s calling.” Over the years the Kelletts returned to Africa four more times and also volunteered in South America, Asia, and Central America. With Westminster Presbyterian Church, they visited and worked in the Dominican Republic every year for twenty years. “I have found that poverty is poverty, hunger is hunger, and poor is poor,” says Dr. Kellett. “In our community, however, the issues that present obstacles to my clients are mental illness, addiction, and primarily selfimposed health issues—obesity, alcohol, cocaine, and more.” The “clients” Dr. Kellett is speaking of are the homeless men of the Greenville Community. Men like Frank who seem to be caught in the dual grip of bad decisions and bad luck. “When you’re a convicted felon, it’s very hard to find a job,” says Nick Bush, Place of Hope’s Team Leader. “[Frank] can’t even find a kitchen job, and he’s actually a great cook.” For someone like Frank who has “done his time,” it must seem as though his “time” is never really “done.” The past is a stopped watch. And Frank’s story is just one of many.

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“Why are these guys here?” repeats Nick. “It ranges from mental health to substance abuse to situational to lifestyle. In some cases it stems from childhood, because when they were a kid there was no established family unit, they were passed from their mom, to a cousin, to grandma. I know a lot of guys who are here because they lived with their grandma, and once grandma died they were homeless.” Ask Nick about Dr. Kellett’s presence at Place of Hope, and he shakes his head with amazement. “Dr. Kellett is an asset that we cannot replace,” says Nick. “Did you know he gives out 125 free flu shots a year to these people who wouldn’t have been able to get them? We have an average of 55 people coming here each day, and a lot of them are lost and taken advantage of on the street. They ask Dr. Kellett for medical advice, and he shoots straight with them.”

“Listening is the bottom line. It shows a caring aspect. Listening is a practice Bill has honed over the years.” —Lydia Kellett Although Dr. Kellett doesn’t make official diagnoses or prescribe medications, his knowledge of medicine and the labyrinth of the healthcare system give the homeless the direction they need. “Sometimes it’s as simple as just a spider bite that becomes infected,” says Nick. “He’s able to look at it and talk to them and ease their mind.” Sometimes it’s more serious, in which case Dr. Kellett has been known to grab someone by the hand and take them to a clinic. His reputation is such that if he says someone needs to be seen right away, they are seen right away. In the Place of Hope waiting room, a man approaches Dr. Kellett and claims his jaw is infected. Dr. Kellett stands and takes a close look at the man’s face. “It’s not infected,” he says, “you’re OK.” The man is insistent and his voice rises in disagreement. “I’m telling you it’s infected, Doc. LOOK AT IT!” Dr. Kellett examines the man’s face again and gently repeats his original diagnosis. The man continues to argue and raises his right hand in frustration. Dr. Kellett raises his own hand and with a big smile gives the man an impromptu high five. This interrupts the pattern, and the man begins to laugh. “Come back tomorrow,” says Dr. Kellett. “OK, Doc,” says the man, his tone back to normal. “I’ll come back tomorrow.” To watch this exchange is to witness Bill Kellett’s gifts: patience, understanding, calmness, sincerity, and, according to Lydia, the selfless act of listening. “It’s all about engaging and listening,” she says. “No matter whether that’s in the House or the Senate or a street corner downtown. Listening is the bottom line. It shows a caring aspect. Listening is a practice Bill has honed over the years.” Later that Wednesday morning, Frank sits in a cramped office in the back of Place of Hope’s staff area. He rubs his hands together as a nosy writer asks him about his life and what has led him to his current situation. He answers each question with vague mumbles. But when asked about Dr. Kellett, tiny sparks of life appear in his tired eyes. “Anytime I’ve ever needed him, he’s always been there and I’ve needed him a couple of times,” says Frank. “It’s rough out here. We have good conversations, and that means a lot to people that are having a hard time. A nice conversation with someone makes the day better. He’s a great guy, and I’m not a kiss-ass, I’m telling the truth. He’s awesome. He’s Doc.”

PLEASANT STAY Pleasant Valley Connection serves a deserving Augusta Road–area neighborhood It must be challenging to live in a neighborhood that, in the words of others, needs “cleaning up.” The phrase implies more than the need for a fresh coat of paint or an adopt-a-street program. It suggests a social problem. It hints toward improving the quality of the residents rather than the condition of their homes. It is an uneasy topic of complexities and emotion. But sometimes all a neighborhood needs are options. Take the Pleasant Valley community for example. Located just off of Augusta Road and mere steps from the meticulously manicured turf of a private country club, the area is what the City of Greenville calls a “Special Emphasis Neighborhood,” which is a politically correct way of saying, “this place needs some help.” A study conducted in 1995 revealed that 22 percent of the greater Pleasant Valley community’s 4,150 residents lived in poverty and that 30 percent of the population was under 18, with more than half of those children living in single-parent homes. Furthermore, in 2007, the Greenville County School District reported Southside, the closest high school, as having a staggeringly shameful 54.2-percent gradation rate, almost 20 percent below the national average for that year. It’s a cruel irony that Prosperity Drive runs right through the center of the neighborhood. Enter the Pleasant Valley Connection. What started as a multi-agency planning committee in 1995, which included Westminster Presbyterian Church, the City of Greenville, Pleasant Valley residents, and the enthusiasm and drive of Lydia Kellett among others, is now celebrating its 10th anniversary as a source of education, compassion, resources, and care for the greater Pleasant Valley Community. The facility, located in the heart of the neighborhood, offers a pre-school program, after-school tutorial, a summer day camp, a senior program, and a new teen center that will focus on giving teens the skills needed to graduate from high school, further their education, and successfully enter the workforce. “We like to say we serve our community from ages 3 to 93,” says Jan Howard, the organization’s development director. “It’s just a great learning environment.” The Pleasant Valley Connection is doing just what its name implies: it is connecting the community with businesses, churches, and other organizations to improve the education, employment, health, and well-being of the residents. By offering its services at low costs, the organization is giving the community’s residents much-needed options for early childhood care, education, and development as well as helping the seniors of the neighborhood remain fit, both physically and emotionally. It’s giving those who long for higher standards a place to find them. The higher grades, healthier residents, and lower crime in the community are proof it’s working.—ST

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FORTUNES OF WAR Four vets of the Upstate SC chapter of the Military Order of the PURPLE HEART share their battle stories BY ANDREW HUANG

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THE FACE OF WAR CHANGES WITH POLITICS, GEOGRAPHY, AND TECHNOLOGY. BUT THE NATURE OF WAR DOESN’T. FOR THE BOOTS ON THE GROUND, WAR WILL ALWAYS BE BIG, LOUD, AND UGLY.

BLOOD BROTHERS : (clockwise from top left) Robert Bostwick; Bostwick’s Purple Heart; Douglas Greenlaw; Greenlaw’s commendations including 1 Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars, and 2 Purple Hearts

Bob Bostwick wasn’t a rifleman—not at first. He was assigned to the Quartermaster Corps when he first arrived in Korea and oversaw a shower unit. From the units rotating through the showers, Bostwick first learned about the hazards of combat. “We would hear stories about what was going on . . . it was pretty brutal.” The entrance of communist Chinese forces in the fall of 1950 had altered the balance of military power, and by spring of 1951, United Nations forces were on their heels. Six weeks after arriving, Bostwick was transferred to a front-line infantry unit. “We had a spring offensive, and they needed all the help they could get.” By July 1951, the front lines stabilized. Though there were rumors of a cease-fire, the fighting did not stop. Bostwick’s unit was tasked with manning an outpost to monitor the Chinese activity. “We just set up on the outpost night after night. This one night, 16th of November 1951, we were completely overrun. There were, oh, gosh, there were . . . I never dreamed there would be so many. They would send one wave in and you’d think it was all over, and they’d send another wave in, and then the third one. They just overran us completely.” During the fighting, Bostwick and his assistant machine gunner were blown out of their position and tumbled to the bottom of the hill their outpost was on. “My assistant machine gunner, he was captured. I was captured also. I thought I was pretty well hidden in a clump of bushes, but they discovered me.” His captors marched him away from friendly lines, moving at night and sleeping in the daytime to avoid American airpower. On the second day, Bostwick saw an opportunity to escape. “It was just a little old shack that we were in, and my two captors, they went to sleep and . . .”—Bostwick’s voice cracks, almost imperceptibly—“. . . and I was able to overpower them and make my escape.” That was the end of Bostwick’s combat experience. Upon returning to American lines, doctors removed 40-odd pieces of shrapnel. Bostwick was sent to Japan to recuperate, where he later rejoined his unit. “I’m proud of my service. I am. I wouldn’t want to do it again, but it was a job that had to be done. I just tried to do my part.” Bostwick mustered out of the Army in August 1953. He went on to start a pest control company in Florida and an outdoor power equipment company in Missouri before retiring to Greenville with his wife Carole. Bostwick now serves as senior vice commander of the Upstate SC chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

There is a commendation, awarded in the name of the president, for our military service members who do not escape their baptism of fire and steel unscathed.The Purple Heart exists exclusively to recognize combat veterans who are wounded in action against enemy forces. It is a powerful sign, one whose heritage can be traced to an order established by George Washington. And though it is perhaps enough to know that bravery exists, we should mind the high costs of war. Here are four men, staggering in ages between 27 and 88, who stand as snapshots of the lives of thousands, and as glimpses into the dark, and light, of battle.

DOUGLAS J. GREENLAW 1 ST LIEUTENANT U.S. ARMY 196 TH LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE SOUTH VIETNAM 1967–1968

ROBERT BOSTWICK CORPORAL U.S. ARMY 1 ST CAVALRY DIVISION SOUTH KOREA 1951–1952

As Doug Greenlaw tells it, aside from the fact that it was Thanksgiving Day in 1967, there wasn’t much to like. Then a first lieutenant stationed near Chu Lai, South Vietnam, Greenlaw was a platoon leader in the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. His unit specialized in helicopter assaults. “They flew us around in helicopters to hot spots . . . they used us wherever we could be used. When the bell went off, we all jumped in and went.” On that November day, Greenlaw and his platoon were spearheading an assault against a battalion of North Vietnamese regular troops. Riding in the lead helicopter, Greenlaw noticed that his pilots looked confused. “They were arguing over the map and I’m thinking to myself, this isn’t good.” And it wasn’t. “They made a mistake and landed my platoon virtually in the middle of this battalion, so we were surrounded by 300 well-armed, well-trained North Vietnamese troops.” Greenlaw was first out of the helicopter. “I was wounded immediately,” Greenlaw recounts, but it was a relatively minor wound to his leg. Outnumbered 6-to-1, Greenlaw’s platoon was in dire straits. “We pretty much had had it. We were pretty much out of ammunition in the first 15 minutes . . . I called in an airstrike on our own position to keep them away.” Greenlaw and his beleaguered platoon held on for 5 hours before friendly forces could reach their position. Everyone in his platoon was killed or wounded. There are more details, but Greenlaw prefers to keep them to himself: “It was a long day, and it’s a long story, and real nasty.” He does offer another glimpse into that day when later asked about his other ribbons and medals. His Silver Star (the third highest military decoration for valor) was also earned that Thanksgiving Day. “I dragged a few people to safety,” he states. Of this, and of his service, Greenlaw just shrugs. “People make a big deal of it even though it’s not that big of a deal. We were just ordinary, 20-year-old kids.” Greenlaw was given a coveted battlefield promotion to company commander after he recovered from his wounds. On Easter of 1968, during the Tet Offensive, Greenlaw was severely wounded by a booby-trapped artillery shell. After being triaged, Last Rites were administered to Greenlaw. Doctors did not expect him to survive. However, Greenlaw recuperated and now serves as CEO of Greenville-based One Minute News and commander of the Upstate SC chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

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Angel Martinez is a first-rate storyteller. His Southwest farm-boy accent has a directness tempered by an upward lilt and a twinkle in his eye. You expect a punch line with every breath he takes, and he seldom disappoints. Best of all, the spry 88-year-old has a lifetime of material. He blazes through anecdotes of his time as a machine-gunner in the 89th Infantry Division: how he discarded his regulation gas mask but kept the gas-mask pouch (the 31-pound machine gun he toted was heavy enough, Martinez explains, and besides, the pouch was perfect for holding extra rations); how he used to boil eggs in his watercooled machine gun (after a few minutes of firing, the water in the cooling jacket got plenty hot). But when Martinez speaks about the night that earned him his first Purple Heart, his cadence slows. On March 26, 1945, his unit participated in the Allied effort to cross the Rhine River. Beyond the Rhine lay the heartland of Nazi Germany. The crossing was heavily fortified and fiercely defended: the 89th recorded its heaviest losses in this action. As the crossing got underway, German counterartillery began landing along Allied positions. “They were bombing us real bad. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared. I was scared most of the time, but my friends were the ones who were going to advance.” The crossing was successful, but Martinez didn’t escape unscathed. “I got hit by artillery. I lost some teeth, and my head [was hit by shrapnel], and some other stuff. It wasn’t that bad compared to some of the other guys.” As Allied troops took stock, Martinez realized his friend Fee was nowhere to be found. “We couldn’t find Fee, so then I go up [to look for him] . . . he was lying down and there was a big piece of shrapnel . . . God, I felt so bad. It really should have been me because I wasn’t married at the time.” Three days after the crossing, Martinez was tasked with assisting Graves Registration in locating casualties from the assault. Allied forces had advanced so quickly that the dead had been left behind. In the process of locating his fallen comrades, Martinez, along with an unarmed medic, surprised a German counterattack and took 17 prisoners without a fight. He was awarded a Bronze Star (the fourth-highest military decoration for valor) for his role.

Joe Turner, dressed in cargo shorts and with a long, wavy mop of hair, looks more like a surfer than a combat-seasoned sergeant. The only bodily hints that Turner was, in fact, a combat engineer with the 101st Airborne Division are a couple of tattoos: “WHO’S NEXT” adorns his knuckles in simple, block text; “We few, we happy few” flows in script along his right forearm. Of his knuckles, Turner grins and says, “You can interpret that however you want.” Of the quote from Shakespeare’s Henry V, he bluntly says, “The guy who died in Afghanistan. It was his favorite quote.” “The guy” is Gerald Jenkins, a member of Turner’s five-man combat engineer team and a close friend. As a combat engineer, Turner was an expert in explosives: making them, using them, neutralizing them. Turner’s team had been tasked with clearing vegetation from a riverbank near an infantry base. “We were getting rid of the trees for them, to give them a clearer field of view,” he says. “[Jenkins] was basically keeping an eye on our bags while we were waist-deep in the river. He took one step to the left and that blew him up. Shrapnel came headed my way and got in my head.” It was a bad day, but in many ways, not unexpected. “You never know where you’re going to step. I’ve seen everything from a soda can to a shoebox blow up on somebody,” Turner says. By the time Turner deployed to Afghanistan, he was already an old hand with one 15-month deployment to Iraq under his belt and qualifications from Airborne, Air Assault, Ranger, and Sapper schools. Even so, Afghanistan was a different beast altogether. “We were in vehicles all the time [in Iraq] . . . it’s like a mosquito bite on your vehicle when a bomb blows up,” Turner says. But in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan, Turner and his team traveled on foot. “Afghanistan got me real religious,” Turner says. “Every step you take, you’re like, ‘Is this the step that I’m going to be finally done?’ But my step was true and I’m still alive.” Yet for Turner, mortality remains in everyday life: “Death is an entity. It tends to stay with you.” Turner, who joined the Army to travel, is continuing in that spirit. He is currently traveling cross-country and plans to backpack across the world indefinitely. His itinerary includes Alaska, Russia, and Israel.

ANGEL S. MARTINEZ PRIVATE FIRST CLASS U.S. ARMY 89 TH INFANTRY DIVISION EUROPEAN THEATRE OF OPERATIONS 1944–1945

JOSEPH M. TURNER SERGEANT U.S. ARMY 101 ST AIRBORNE DIVISION AFGHANISTAN 2010–2011

OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD VETERAN SCHOLARSHIPS FOREVER HELPS VETS NAVIGATE LIFE AFTER SERVICE BADGE OF COURAGE : (clockwise from topleft) Angel Martinez’s Purple Heart; Martinez; Joseph Turner

For more on how to support local Purple Heart recipients, visit purpleheartvet.com, or attend Comedy Night with the Military Order of the Purple Heart on Nov 6. See page 137 for more details.

While military service can certainly be fraught with danger, coming home is hardly smooth sailing. Veterans transitioning to civilian life face a range of challenges including finding housing, mental-health concerns, disability, and educational deficits. Ron Demonet hopes to address one piece of the puzzle by tackling unemployment among veterans with his nonprofit organization Veteran Scholarships Forever. A lifelong engineer, Demonet has made a living out of troubleshooting problems, and to him the need for additional resources is clear. While veterans have access to educational benefits (including free tuition) under the GI Bill, those benefits are primarily limited to veterans who wish to pursue 2- or 4-year degrees. As Demonet notes, “There’s a gap in funding” for veterans who want job training but are not seeking the traditional college experience. Through Veteran Scholarships Forever, Demonet seeks to establish endowed scholarships at community and technical

colleges targeted at veterans who want to enroll in nondegree certification programs. After the scholarships have been established, the partner institutions are responsible for choosing the scholarship recipients and administering funds. “Once it’s set up, it’s literally a scholarship forever,” Demonet says. Regardless of the political climate, those funds will be available. It’s an important consideration for Demonet, a veteran from the Vietnam era. Furthermore, by setting up scholarships at local institutions, there’s no need for Veterans Scholarships Forever to duplicate the infrastructure already in place for awarding scholarships and for job placement. “It’s a simple mission,” Demonet says, but considering the challenges facing returning veterans, even a simple contribution can make an enormous impact.—AH Find out more about Veteran Scholarships Forever (501(c) status pending) at scholarshipsforever.org. NOVEMBER 2013 / 109


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African Peanut Stew (previous spread) While some stews are the result of a messy experiment with spices, meats, and other ingredients, Chef Abdel Dimiati’s African Peanut Stew is a testament to tried-and-true methods. He starts off with a quick sauté of the stew’s vegetable ingredients—sweet potatoes, onions, and bell peppers— before tossing in colorful dashes of cayenne, black, and white peppers to punch up the flavor. Other ingredients like ginger and tomato broth help cut down the heat, and last but not least, the stew’s namesake legumes (in both crushed and butter form) are added to the simmering pot. Kickers Restaurant, 301 Maxwell Ave, Greenwood. (864) 943-4300, kickersrestaurant.com

Brunswick Stew If a thick, Southern-style helping of meat and veggies is the stuff of your dreams, look no further than this smokehouse favorite. The recipe for Brunswick stew often varies with location and generation, but this version by Henry’s Smokehouse tastes like something Grandma cooked up on the rare snow day. Thickets of chicken and pork balance well with vegetables like corn, lima beans, potatoes, carrots, and other spices. Like Henry’s famous pork, the Brunswick is made in-house daily, so you’re guaranteed to get the freshest taste, whether you have one bowl or three.

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Fesenjan Robust is the name of the game for this Persian delicacy. At the intersection where sweet meets sour, the stew brings together the flavor of crushed walnuts with pomegranate syrup for a savory sauce simmered with chicken breast. The result is a tangy and satisfying dish, sure to ward off autumn’s chills while still pleasing your taste buds. Fesenjan also comes in a vegetarian version for the herbivores out there, with portobello mushrooms stepping in as a strong substitute for the missing poultry. Both versions are served with piping-hot basmati rice. Pomegranate on Main, 618 S Main St, Greenville. Dinner only. (864) 241-3012, pomegranateonmain.com

Seafood Waterzooi The name of this stew may sound like a creature from the Harry Potter series, but one taste will have you convinced there really is something enchanted here. Though the hearty dish was originally perfected in the small town of Ghent, Belgium, it now takes up residence in the Trappe Door’s cozy underground atmosphere. Following tradition, the hearty stew is loaded with seafood and vegetables. Served with a crunchy slab of bread for sopping up any bottom-of-the-bowl leftovers, the waterzooi pairs beautifully with any of the restaurant’s seasonal draft beers. The Trappe Door, 23 W Washington St, Greenville. Dinner only. (864) 451-7490, trappedoor.com Limited Seating Available – Advanced Reservations Required

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House Wine Greenvillians Renato Vicario and Janette Wesley bring home a taste of Tuscany

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anette Wesley and her husband Renato Vicario recognize opportunity when it knocks. In 2009, two plots of land—approximately 15 acres—bordering the 11th-century Villa St-Andrea that the two Greenville residents own in Cortona, Italy, came up for sale. They snapped up the two parcels, with the thought that they would plant a vineyard. A crazy notion? “Sure,” says Wesley, “but we like wine a lot! And since part of the land was already planted with Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, we knew we’d either have to make wine or take the vines out.” As it happens, her husband is no novice when it comes to winemaking. As a boy in Baveno, in the vicinity of Lake Maggiore in northern Italy, Vicario helped his uncles and grandfather in their vineyards. In 2000, the couple planted a test vineyard just for themselves. (In Italy, you can plant 1,000 square meters of vineyards for family use without having to apply for any permits.) In 2010, they set about preparing the soil, planting 16,000 vines (mostly Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc), and training them on 1,600 poles and 45 miles of wire—enough to reach from Cortona to Florence. They insist on using a painstaking biodynamic process, which, though time-consuming, eschews the use of chemical fungicides and pesticides. Vicario likens

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his arduous winemaking process to taming a wild horse— without breaking its spirit. The first three Vicario wines, ready now, are all based on Sangiovese (whose Latin name, Sanguis Jovis, means “blood of Jupiter”), the signature red-wine grape of Tuscany. Ready now are a 100-percent Sangiovese In Villa finished in oak, an unoaked Sangiovese, and an unoaked Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon blend. As if winemaking weren’t challenging enough, Wesley and Vicario recently purchased a warehouse in Greer, where they will be distilling small batches of artisanal liqueurs using organic fruits and herbs such as tarragon, Eastern May Hawthorne, bitter oranges, and blackberries from their Moon Hare Garden on-site. Besides the taste, which translates to a sip of the Tuscan countryside, the best things about Vicario wines are the pride and passion that the couple—both adamant advocates of Slow Food—pours into each bottle. “We make this wine to serve at our own table,” says Vicario, who adds no sulfites or yeasts (other than those that occur naturally) to his wines. “Renato’s name is on our wine,” adds Wesley, who designed the labels,— “and we want it to represent who we are.” ))) Find a recipe for Renato’s braised beef on our Web site at towncarolina.com

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he kitchen is not a scary place,” insists Mark Pollard, executive chef and manager of Charleston Cooks/ Maverick Kitchen Store in Greenville. Teaching eight cooking classes a week, he empowers everyone from clueless cooks to full-blown foodies—helping them gain confidence, try new techniques, and, most of all, have some fun—all while learning their way around a mise en place. He’s stirred the pot since he was sixyears-old by apprenticing in his family’s fine-dining restaurants. After attending Johnson & Wales culinary school, the Clemson alum says he is happy spending his career behind a stove. And, he’s amazed at the recent changes in the gastronomic landscape in Greenville. “It’s becoming more eclectic, more innovative— with farm-to-table leading the way as well as influences from Charleston, Nashville, and Asheville. Honestly, we are moving away from the clichéd, old-fashioned

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cooking of the South to frying less, using more fresh ingredients, and making simpler dishes,” he says. Since it’s that time of year, you might have Thanksgiving angst. But Pollard will have 30 people at his table. He’ll be cooking and smoking a couple of turkeys, a ham, a pork tenderloin, and a slew of sides for the family, incorporating traditional recipes alongside new ones he hasn’t tried before. He’s generously agreed to share one of his family’s favorite delights that’s been deliciously received for more than 30 years. Try his Chocolate Chess Pie and bring something new to your feast. Charleston Cooks/Maverick Kitchen Store 200 N Main St, Greenville mavericksouthernkitchens.com, (864) 335-2000

Stir together the butter, flour, and salt in a mixing bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour until it is the size of small peas. Add one splash of milk at a time to the flour and stir until the dough forms a ball. Wrap the ball in plastic wrap and flatten into a disk shape. Chill dough for 8 minutes. Roll dough out into desired shape. PIE FILLING 1 stick unsalted butter 2 oz top-quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped 1 cup white sugar 3 eggs 2 Tbs all-purpose flour 2 Tbs pure vanilla extract 1 Tbs Kahlua or other coffee-flavored liqueur ¼ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp salt Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place butter and chocolate in saucepan over low heat, and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat, and set aside to cool. Place sugar, eggs, flour, vanilla, Kahlua, cinnamon, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Whisk well to combine. Add cooled chocolate mixture to egg mixture and whisk until smooth. Pour filling into pie crust and bake in a preheated oven until edges of crust are lightly browned and filling is puffed and set, about 30–35 minutes.

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“Growing up in middle Georgia, I am very used to camping and spending time outdoors. One of my favorite things to eat while camping is Brunswick stew, a hearty stew consisting of braised meats, vegetables, and tomatoes. Classically, this is a game stew consisting of whatever you happen to hunt that day—squirrel, rabbit, dove, or quail, but chicken, pork, and beef are all good substitutes. Cook this directly on the fire in a cast-iron Dutch oven.” BRUNSWICK STEW INGREDIENTS 1/2-lb of good, smoky bacon 1 lb of chicken thighs 1 lb of pork shoulder 1/2-lb of ground beef 3/4 tsp of black pepper Salt to taste Several dashes of your favorite hot sauce 3 Tbs sauce Juice from a lemon 1-1/2 cups ketchup 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, your favorite 1 can of diced tomatoes 2 cups corn 2 cups butterbeans 2 cups diced potatoes 6 garlic cloves, minced 1 large yellow onion, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 2 bay leafs 4 cups chicken broth METHOD: In a Dutch oven, add the bacon and let brown. Then add the seasoned chicken thighs and brown on each side. Repeat the process with the pork shoulder and finally add the ground beef. Once all is browned, add the celery, onions, and garlic and cook for 5 minutes and then add the tomatoes. Cover with stock and lid and allow to cook for 1.5 hours. After that, add the rest of the ingredients and cook for one more hour. Adjust the seasoning to your liking and eat away.

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“My favorite campsite meal is breakfast! Always potato, mushrooms, and bacon hash in a castiron skillet with easy eggs on top and apples in foil packages with butter and cinnamon, and with some kind of bread warmed up on the rocks of the fire pit. Simple, delicious, happy.” CAMPFIRE HASH INGREDIENTS 10 oz of slab bacon cut into 1/2-in cubes 1-1/2 lbs marble potatoes 1/2-lb tiny button mushrooms 1 large yellow onion, diced 1 sprig each of fresh rosemary and thyme Salt and pepper 5 farm-fresh eggs METHOD: Carefully, render bacon in an iron skillet over hot coals. Spoon out bacon to drain on paper and reserve about 1-oz of bacon fat in the pan. Sauté onions slightly then add mushrooms and potatoes. Allow potatoes to cook for 1 minute before adding the rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook until the potatoes are fork tender, stirring occasionally to brown potatoes evenly and keep from burning. Add the bacon back to the pan and mix in well. Spread in an even layer and crack eggs, spaced evenly, over top of hash. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover with foil or a lid if you have one. Cook until eggs are easy set and serve with warm bread and buttered cinnamon apples.

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COMFORT FOOD BEACON DRIVE-IN

The Beacon’s burgers, fries, and onion rings are as much a part of Spartanburg lore as anything, even earning the approval of Guy Fieri on his show Diners, DriveIns, and Dives. Bring an appetite and a healthy disregard for your coronary well-being: the portions are plenty as well as heavy. For a more well-rounded meal, go for the country ham plate, fried gizzards, or hamburger steak with baked beans and potato salad. Wash it all down with some of the drive-in’s famous iced tea. $, B (Mon–Sat),

L, D. 255 John B. White, Sr. Blvd, Spartanburg. (864) 585-9387, beacondrivein.com

Tucked into the lower level of the Hilton, the intimate setting of the newly-renovated bistro makes the perfect atmosphere for a little Southern comfort. While the lunch menu boasts sandwiches like a brisket Philly with caramelized onions and sharp cheddar or a BLFGT (a classic BLT topped with fried green tomatoes), the evening options take a more formal approach. Dig into Carolina mountain trout, crab cakes, or a baseball sirloin, each served with sides like pimento mac ’n cheese or butter beans with ham. The restaurant even offers a familyfriendly Thanksgiving menu with all the eats you’ve come to expect. $$, B, L, D. The Hilton Hotel, 35 W Orchard Park Dr, Greenville. (864) 232-4747, hilton.com

BRICK STREET CAFÉ

You’ll likely have to loosen your belt after chowing down at this Augusta Street mainstay, serving the comforts of home. Try Mom’s Spaghetti, Miss Sara’s Crab Cakes, or the signature fried shrimp with sweet potato

fries. But do save room for dessert. Made-from-scratch sweets like the “24 Karrot” cake, peanut butter cake, and sweet potato pie are hard to resist—especially when you need to pick up a special something for the Thanksgiving table. $$-$$$, L, D (Thurs–Sat). Closed Sunday. 315 Augusta St. (864) 421-0111, brickstreetcafe.com

CAFÉ AND THEN SOME

Politics, satire, and good food mix extremely well at Café and Then Some. Diners are treated to menu items like duck burritos, Carolina jumbalaya, and chicken roulade, not to mention quintessential Southern treats like shrimp and grits and blackened catfish. But the best part is the show that comes after dinner. Proprietors Bill and Susan Smith get on stage to entertain with folksy music and satire. It’s a one-stopshop for your night’s entertainment. $$-$$$, D (Wed–Sat). 101 College St. (864) 232-2287, cafeats.com

THE CAFÉ AT WILLIAMS HARDWARE

When the McCarrell sisters— Joyce and Nancy—moved back to Travelers Rest and bought the Williams Hardware building, they were interested in bringing back a sense of community to the town. With family recipes and local produce at the center of their efforts, they’ve managed to slow things down so that neighbors and friends can savor meals and enjoy each others’ company at this hometown café. $$, B (Sat-Sun), L (daily). 13 S Main St, Travelers Rest. (864) 8347888, cafeatwilliamshardware.com

HENRY’S SMOKEHOUSE

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

Sunday. 240 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 232-7774, henryssmokehouse.com HIGH COTTON MAVERICK BAR & GRILL

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 broiled Duroc pork chop (paired with Timms Mill yellow grits) and the Maverick Shrimp & Grits (featuring house-made Andouille sausage, braised leeks, and roasted tomatoes). The bar also features the restaurant’s own private label spirits. It’s easy to see how this cuisine translates to the restaurant’s Thanksgiving meal, featuring an array of signature fresh salads, soups, and entrées—all with a holiday twist. $$$$. L (Mon–Sat),

D, SBR. 550 S Main St. (864) 3354200, highcottongreenville.com THE HUNTIN’ CAMP

THE GREEN ROOM Like a European brasserie, the Green Room’s diverse menu features standout dishes that change with the clock. Start your day with eggs Benedict or down a Lil’ Piggy pork sandwich with sweet potato fries for lunch. For dinner, the melt-in-your-mouth, sweet chipotle meatloaf is the ticket. $$$, B, L, D, SBR. 116 N Main St. (864) 335-8222, thegreenroomupstate.com

This well-kept Upstate secret has been a family favorite for years, mostly because of its smorgasbord of Southern-style options. In addition to daily buffet offerings, there are plates chock-full of firecracker chicken sandwiches, jalapeño jack burgers, and, of

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BARS, CAFÉS, & RESTAURANTS course, barbecue. For lighter choices, there are appetizers like fried green tomatoes or sweet potato chippers, plus hearty smoked chicken salad. Bring the flavor home for the holidays with a full catering menu that includes barbecued meats, whole hogs, cobblers, green beans, and turkey, to name a few. $$, L, D. 2221 Hwy 25 N & Goodwin Rd, Travelers Rest. (864) 834-2102, huntincampbbq.com

OJ’S DINER

If you happen to pass by this well-established eatery at any hour between breakfast and early dinner, you’re bound to see a full parking lot and a line of hungry stomachs roping the sidewalk. With a menu that pleases both the palate and the pocketbook, OJ’s has been serving up quality combinations for years. Early risers can get a head start with a trio of eggs, bacon, and grits for a mere $3.50 (yes, you read that correctly), while lunch and dinner options run on a rotating schedule of home-style favorites like country fried steak, butter beans, and chicken pot pie.

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$, B, L, D. Closed Saturday & Sunday. 907 Pendleton St, Greenville. (864) 235-2539, ojs-diner.com THE PURPLE ONION

The Purple Onion in downtown Saluda is a longstanding favorite for many reasons. Not only do the lunch and dinner menus offer a variety of eats for any appetite, but the majority of the dishes are crafted from homegrown products courtesy of local farms. Choose from savory sandwiches like the ale-infused Duck Rabbit Milk Stout pimiento cheese with jalapeños or fresh salads like the green goddess, beet, and feta for lunch, then make a dinner trip for the unbeatable Apple Brandy Farms grilled ribeye with rosemary potatoes or the daily green plate special featuring produce straight from the Appalachians. $$, L, D.

Closed Monday & Wednesday. 16 Main St, Saluda. (828) 749-1179, purpleonionsaluda.com

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE

The sound of sizzling butter is a pretty good substitute for a trumpet fanfare when your steak— a perfectly seared sample of thick USDA Prime beef—arrives on a hot plate. Round out your meal with mashed potatoes, fresh asparagus, lobster bisque, or fresh salad. Head to the eatery on Turkey Day as

SOBY’S NEW SOUTH CUISINE Local flavor shines here in entrées like the crab cakes with remoulade, and meatloaf with maple Creole mustard glaze. With an astonishing selection of 700 wines, you can’t miss the perfect complement to your meal. For breakfast and lunch (think soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts), check out Soby’s on the Side, right around the corner. The Greenville favorite also packs a holiday punch with their annual Thanksgiving buffet. Fill your plate with squash succotash, giblet gravy, roasted turkey, and an assortment of freshly made dessert pies. $$$-$$$$, D, SBR. 207 S Main St. (864) 2327007, sobys.com

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Part of a dying breed of Southern traditions, S&S Cafeteria has but one location left in Greenville. The place is named for its parent company, Smith & Sons Foods, which opened its first cafeteria in Columbus, Georgia, in 1936. Enjoy a vast array, including prime roast beef, Southern fried chicken, baked spaghetti, and deviled crab. And that’s not to mention comfort-food sides of macaroni and cheese, whipped

Sassafras Southern Bistro offers traditional Lowcountry cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Meet friends at the large bar area or take a seat outside for Southern culinary creations ranging from rainbow trout to quail. $$-$$$$, D. Closed

Sunday & Monday. 103 N Main St, Ste 107. (864) 235-5670, sassafrasbistro.com

SMOKE ON THE WATER

Located in the West End Market, Smoke on the Water has a homey feel, with a separate street-side dining area and outdoor tables great for sunny days. Choose something from the smoker (Beer-Butt Chicken), or pick from sandwiches, burgers, or salads. Smoke ’n’ sides vary from mac ’n’ cheese to a bowl of greens, and even spinach casserole. $-$$$, L, D. 1 Augusta

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Whether you’re a state senator or spend your days on the construction site, Tommy’s Ham House is the place to get a hot meal just like Mama used to make. Breakfast kicks off at 5 a.m. with a hearty helping of sweet potato hotcakes, beef bologna, omelets, and homemade pork chop biscuits. And if that’s not enough to get your mouth watering, take a gander at the lunch menu, which offers platefuls of livers with gravy, fried chicken, lemon pie, and collard greens. Take some of the Southern sweetness home with special menus available for holiday catering. $, B, L. 214 Rutherford St, Greenville. (864) 242-6099, tommyscountryhamhouse.com

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Need a downtown restaurant where you can camp out for all three meals of the day? Look no further than Tupelo Honey, where big Southern charm is served with a steaming hot biscuit. Indulge in the famous sweet potato pancakes (topped with pecans and peach butter of course) any time of day, or for a heartier appetite try one of the mouthwatering sandwiches like the Southern Fried BLT with maple-peppered bacon or a stacked grilled cheese with the just-rightfor-fall tomato soup. Classic downhome entrées like skillet catfish are topped with salsa and served over goat cheese grits, while the Not Your Mama’s meatloaf dish is blended with bacon and doused with tomato shallot gravy and a side of mac ’n cheese. $$, B, L, D.

1 N Main St, Suite T, Greenville. (864) 451-6200, tupelohoneycafe.com

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Industrial meets organic with hand-crafted farm tables, rustic, bronze chandeliers, and reclaimed wood beams throughout the dining room. Expect an uptown spin on comfort food classics like tater tots served in a parchment-lined Chinese takeout container with pimiento cheese fondue. There’s also the pulled pork nachos: a tower of fried wontons interwoven with pulled pork, slaw, melted cheese, and barbecue sauce. For something a little sweeter, don’t miss the weekend brunch. The apple-stuffed French toast (adorned with melted goat cheese, maple syrup, and applewood-smoked bacon) will send you into a contented slumber. $$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Mon–Sat), SBR. 2537 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 552-1998, southernculturekitchenandbar.com

hand-in-hand with the neighborhood café vibes. For a crunchy take on salad, give the fried pecan-crusted chicken version a try. $$, L, D. 1175

Woods Crossing Rd. (864) 627-9088, southernfriedgreentomatoes.com SPOONBREAD

Off the lobby of the historic Westin Poinsett Hotel, Spoonbread serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner in true Southern style. Lunch here is best begun with a cup of Lowcountry crab and corn chowder, followed by a patty melt or perhaps a Poinsett Chicken BLT. Sunday brunch offers elegant buffet service and a la carte options. $-$$$, B, L, SBR. 120 S Main St. (864) 421-9700

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STAX ORIGINAL

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

Inspired by the community-oriented folk tale Stone Soup, owner and equine enthusiast Suzanne Strickland has taken it upon herself to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience in Landrum. She introduces diners to produce from local farmers, such as with the panko-breaded NC trout served with gingered sweet potatoes and sautéed Brussels sprouts. The community also makes a contribution to the décor with artwork and photographs of locals with their horses. Precisely plated dishes bursting with flavor make this a spot a dining destination. $$$, L, D, SBR.

Poinsett Hwy,Greenville. (864) 2322133, staxoriginal.com

Closed Monday. 1522 E Rutherford St, Landrum. (864) 457-5255, stonesoupoflandrum.com

This eastside outpost of Two Chefs downtown (104 S Main St) packs ’em in for lunch. Satisfy the midday munchies with made-to-order sandwiches like a hearty grinder or a baguette stuffed with turkey, ham, applewood-smoked bacon, and Muenster cheese. Those with lighter appetites can choose from a tempting roster of salads or the two soups of the day. There’s ample space to eat here, or take your lunch back to the office. The “crafted carryout” items make a worthy case for take-out dinner on your way home, too, including gourmet menus for Thanksgiving. $-$$, L. Closed Sunday. 8590 Pelham Rd, Ste 29. (864) 284-9970, 2chefs2go.com

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Our community is famous for many things: a hip downtown scene, thriving businesses, and scenery enough for ceaseless inspiration. The art scene is no exception, steadily blossoming over the years. The annual event sponsored by the Metropolitan Arts Council sheds light on Upstate visual artists, with this year opening the doors of more than 120 studios from downtown to Dacusville for visitors to take a behind-the-scenes look at the magic behind the craft. Locations vary. Fri–Sun, times vary. Free. greenvillearts.com

What do you get when you take two inexperienced cops, a ditzy mayor, and a hit man whose calling cards include a kilt and a set of bagpipes? This hilarious new stage comedy BISCUITS, BACON by Paul Slade Smith. When rookie AND BOOKS cops Eric Sheridan and Billie Dwyer attempt to uncover an embezzlement As children, some of our first views scheme, they are thrust into the of the world came from books. world of the Scottish Clan mafia. Many of us spent years begging Through a series of comedic events, for green eggs and ham, followed their bumbling tactics may just save by threats to move into the nearest the day. boxcar when these demands weren’t Centre Stage, 501 River St, met. Now, the Reach Out and Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, Read program is 5:53 raising awareness Goodwill_CommJournal_dbltrk_left.pdf 1 10/15/13 PM

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(and funds) for childhood literacy. Acclaimed children’s author Melinda Long will speak on the value of early reading at the breakfastthemed event. Embassy Suites, 670 Verdae Blvd, Greenville. Fri, 9–11am. $100. (803) 434-2523, rorcarolinas.org

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FANTASTIC SYMPHONY

Transport yourself to the colorful fantasyland of classic Spanish musician Manuel de Falla and French composer Hector Berlioz in two of their signature symphonic pieces. The evening will heat up with a harmonious journey of The Three-Cornered Hat in Falla’s flavorful ballet masterpiece, followed by the unpredictable yet ear-pleasing Symphonie Fantastique. Conducted by Edvard Tchivzhel, the show is presented as part of the Masterworks Series. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $16-$57. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

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ZOMBIE OUT RUN

It’s okay. Put down the crossbow. There isn’t a horde of the undead locked up Governor-style under the city. Instead of ripping out your spleen, these zombies will be after your life flags during a 5K sprint. Make it out alive for the after-party with music from Lions of Zion, cold brews, and better-than-body-parts food. With two ways to register— biter or bitee—plus a fun run for the kiddies, this is one apocalypse you should seize. Heritage Park, 310 W Curtis St, Simpsonville. Sat, 3–9pm. $15$40. greenvillezombierun.com

3SIP SUNDAY SUPPER

Much like derbies and Civil War reenactments, Sunday suppers are a Southern tradition. Sip’s monthly dinner series features chefs from local restaurants. In addition to the family-style eats, the suppers will also include savory wine pairings and live music. This month, indulge in dishes prepared by Heidi Trull from Grits and Groceries and the Green Room’s Patrick Long. Sip, 103 N Main St, Ste 400, Greenville. Sun, 6pm. $75. (864) 509-1181

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TRANSFORMATION, COMMUNITY, AND SELF

Furman University’s Herring Center for Continuing Education will host a juried art show featuring works selected by panelists Bob Chance, Diana Farfan Valente, and Joe Thompson. These panelists, recognized local artists in their own right, have selected pieces that highlight the theme “Transformation, Community, and Self” by artists served by the Herring Center’s programs. The exhibit will kick off with a reception on Nov 4, where the Herring Center will announce finalists whose work will be selected for its permanent collection. Herring Center for Continuing Education, Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville. Mon–Fri, 8:30am–4:30pm. Free. (864) 294-3107, furman.edu/conted

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THE THREE MUSKETEERS

We all know that good things come in threes, and the trio of French, sword-fighting companions from Alexandre Dumas’s renowned novel is certainly no exception. Follow the young d’Artagnan as he joins up with Athos, Porthos, and Aramis to take on the seventeenth century’s most villainous foes and save the Queen of France. Now, who wants a candy bar? Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock. Wed–Thurs, Sat–Sun, 2pm; Wed–Sat, 8pm. $35. (866) 7328008, flatrockplayhouse.org 10/15/13 5:52 PM

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Hit up the Thornblade Club for a 1950s-themed bash. There will be food, games, and silent and live auctions, but the real attractions are the antique car cruise and dueling pianos, courtesy of Jack n’ Diane’s. Michael Cogdill of WYFF4-fame will emcee the evening’s activities. Funds raised at this event will go towards InDwellings, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building homes for adults with developmental disabilities. Thornblade Club, 1275 Thornblade Blvd, Greenville. Thurs, 6:30–10pm. $50. (864) 283-6080, indwellings.org

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DIAL “M” FOR MURDER

Although master of suspense (and creator of the original “mama’s boy”) Alfred Hitchcock made the thriller famous, Frederick Knott’s original play has had audiences on the edge of their seats for more than 60 years. Follow the twisted tale of deceit, lies, and blackmail as Tony Wendice plots a vengeful murder on unfaithful wife Margot. But when the tables are turned and nothing goes according to

plan, the intertwined lives of four people will never be the same. David W. Reid Theatre, Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adults, $25; seniors, $24; students $17. (864) 585-8278, spartanburglittletheatre.com

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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 hero of this suave event is 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. Dueling pianos courtesy of Jack n’ Diane’s and swanky dress add the finishing touches to this eve of sophistication. Zen Greenville, 924 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 7–11pm. $60-$100. (864) 272-0197, redshoesociety.org

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Whether you’re a Greenville native or just visiting for the weekend, it’s not hard to spot the many impacts Caine Halter had on community progress. Though he passed away in 2007, Halter continues to give back through this annual event, which has raised more than $800,000 for lung cancer research over the past five years. There’s nothing better than a jaunt through Cleveland Park on a crisp fall day— especially in remembrance of a man who gave so much to the Upstate. Caine Halter YMCA, 721 Cleveland St, Greenville. Sat, 8:30am. Adults, $15-$25; juniors, $10-$15. lungs4life5k.com

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

If you attended karaoke in a smoky honky-tonk over the past year, there was at least one (or ten) crooners slurring the lyrics to “Cruise” between swigs of $1 Busch Light. Now, you can see the Florida natives live in the Upstate. Feel free to sing along with the country pop pair to hits like “Get Your Shine On” and “Round Here.” Currently on their first tour as headliners, the boys will be joined by upcoming stars Colt Ford and Tyler Farr. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Sat, 7:30pm. $25-$40. (864) 241-3800, bswarena.com

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While the relays of our youth mostly consisted of baton-passing and silent prayers for the last Capri-Sun, this race has a lot more impact. In support of Project HOPE’s programs to fund autism research and support, runners will race in teams up to four through either a 14- or 34-mile course, beginning at the Kroc Center and winding through downtown Greenville. The classicstyle relay will be broken up into different legs, with separate divisions for athletes of any skill. Downtown Greenville. Sat, 8am. $25-$35 registration. (864) 9078849, hoperelay.org Not all of us are natural runners. We have the cute shoes and eyecatching spandex—but so does Richard Simmons and he cries a lot. If you drink more than jog, here’s your course. Throughout the race, participants down ale, courtesy of sponsor Thomas Creek Brewery. For those who hate to jog, there will also be contests for best costumes and feats of strength, including a kegcarrying race and a keg toss. Greer, SC. Sat, 2pm. $53 registration. kegsnks.com

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Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, is considered the devastating night that was the start of the Holocaust. In remembrance of the 75th anniversary and in conjunction with the Year of Altruism, Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel conducts the Greenville Symphony orchestra and the Furman Singers through pieces from Schindler’s List and Fiddler on the Roof to remind us there is always light after the storm. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm. $45-$150. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

Supplicants at the altar of beer, your wish has been granted. The Tryon Beer Fest returns to Depot Plaza with live music, authentic German food, and plenty of craft beer from 19 breweries to sample. The second-annual festival also brings a new addition: an all-you-can-eat oyster roast, available with a limited number of presale tickets. Tryon Depot Plaza, Depot St, Tryon, NC. Sat, Noon–8pm. Presale, $30; premium package (includes oysters, presale only), $50; basic admission at gate, $40. tryonbeerfest.com

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death tolls. This all but slips away when Yaron Kohlberg and Bishara Haroni take the stage. Each from opposite sides of the fence, the pianists look to spread a message of peace and political understanding through their musical union. The pair has performed in all corners of the world, and their sets contain pieces from every genre and period. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sun, 3pm. $45. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

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ANYTHING GOES

An ocean liner making its way from the Big Apple to London is the setting for this fastpaced comedy of mistaken identity and schemes gone awry. Join Billy, Moonface, and Hope as they get tangled up in a web of love and lies aboard the S.S. American, all the while dishing out a few favorite tunes like “I Get a Kick Out of You.” How will things turn out? Who knows, but as usual, anything goes. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues–Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 6:30pm. $45-$75. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

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KELLER WILLIAMS

The Grateful Dead and the String Cheese Incident are only the tip of the jam-band iceberg. Keller Williams, however, is a bird of a different flock. Williams’ gracefully deceptive use of musical looping has earned him the title of a oneman jam band, often giving the illusion of multiple players while his fingers fly across an assortment of instruments. Toeing the line between an assortment of genres, Williams is sure to quench the freewheeling thirst of any music lover. The Handlebar, 304 E Stone Ave, Greenville. Thurs, 8:30pm. $18. (864) 233-1673, handlebar-online.com

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ANDERSON GREEK FESTIVAL

Some people plan their yearly calendars around holidays like Thanksgiving or Easter. Others plan theirs around the Greek Festival. Fill your plate with favorite like

spanakopita, souvlaki, and moussaka, then burn off the calories with a little horos around the dance floor to some popular Greek tunes. Pay a visit to the agora and pick up a few goods from local vendors and a t-shirt to commemorate your day as a Greek. Civic Center of Anderson, 3027 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Anderson. Fri, 5–10pm; Sat, 11am–10pm; Sun, 11am–7pm. Free parking; additional costs for food and gifts. (864) 260-4800, the-greek-festival.org

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MOZART THE MAGNIFICENTT

The man who made Falco famous may have died at a young age, but not before he transformed the world of music with numerous concertos and symphonies. In celebration of the composing great, the GSO’s duo of principals, second violinist Joanna Lebo and violist Katie Dey, will perform Symphony Concertante, one of Mozart’s most mesmerizing pieces. But don’t leave your seats yet; the evening will end with an encore performance of a surprise selection. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. $41. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org

27, 29–Dec 1 DISNEY ON ICE: PRINCESSES & HEROES

Ariel has left the ocean, Jasmine the desert, and Cinderella the castle. Now, they’re doing double axels across the ice in front of hundreds of mini Upstate princesses. Join your favorite royals as they take to the skates in a whirlwind of fast-paced adventure, singing, friendship and laughter. Dress-up is encouraged, and there’s no better time to break out that sparkly prom dress you’ve been Space-Bagging since 1984. Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville. Wed, Fri–Sun, 7:30pm. $17-$47. (864) 2413800, bswarena.com ))) Find more events at towncarolina.com/town-scene.html

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Engaging the Digital Native

Ed Talk • Conversations about technology in our schools • Moderated by Phil Yanov Join us for our annual Partner of the Year Luncheon, honoring Fluor. This year, we’ll discuss the changing use of technology in education, from the perspective of educators, administrators, and local technology experts. 4th Annual Partner of the Year Honoring Fluor Monday, November 25 - Noon Hyatt Regency $25 Purchase Tickets Online or Call 864.233.4137 www.pepgc.org


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to college graduation and empowering underserved urban students to become productive, healthy, principled citizens in a changing society. Invest in our education revolution by contacting William Brown at 864-233-0808 or wbrown@legacycharterschool.com.


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inspire agive.generation volunteer. teach. care. You can help us make a difference in the life of a local child by supporting The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. Every day across Greenville County, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club inspires more than 700 members to learn, grow, graduate, and succeed by overcoming their difficult circumstances or home lives. Please give and help our many successful, life changing programs continue inspiring a generation!

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Estates Homes as distinguished as our readers.

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104 Tooley Road

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4BR, 4.5BATH · MLS#1264639 · $1,390,000 Prudential C. Dan Joyner Co. Wanda Reed (864) 270-4078 www.cdanjoyner.com

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4BR, 3.5BATH · MLS#1266838 · $890,000 Hamilton & Co. | Keller Williams Realty Brian Hardyman (864) 527-7685 289FoggyCutLane.info

18 Orchard Meadow Lane

5BR, 4.5BATH · MLS#1260509 · $714,900 Prudential C. Dan Joyner Co. Pam Granville (864) 430-5634 www.cdanjoyer.com

Prudential C. Dan Joyner Co. Melissa Morrell (864) 9181734 www.greenvilleagent247.com

3BR, 2BATH · MLS#1261808 · $779,000 Keller Williams Greenville Central Bruce Bachtel (864) 313-3606 www.GreenvilleHomeClick.com

336 Riverside Drive

3BR, 4.5BATH · MLS#1260445 · $699,000 Coldwell Banker Caine Peggy Major (864) 325-7141

Coldwell Banker Caine Heidi Putnam (864) 380-6747

3BR, 3.5BATH · MLS#1263572 · $769,000 Coldwell Banker Caine Jane McCutcheon (864) 787-0007 janemccutcheon@cbcaine.com

212 Shelburne Road

4BR, 3.5BATH · MLS#1264818 · $499,000 Prudential C. Dan Joyner Co. Cindy Bolt Bishop (864) 270-1332 www.cdanjoyner.com

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Index

Advertiser

Page

Telephone

Web Site

Advertiser

Page

Telephone

AugustaRoad.com Realty, LLC

6,7

864.325.2112

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4 Rooms

33

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Andreana Horowitz Snyder

65

Argent Trust

149

Arts Company, The

121

Legacy Charter School

145

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llyn strong

138,139 864-233-5900 llynstrong.com

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Lungs for Life

149

864-271-3422 argenttrust.com

Mackey Mortuary

75

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March of Dimes

60,126 864-551-2640 marchofdimes.com/ southcarolina

Marchant Company

49

864.467.0085

marchantco.com

Massage Envy

65

864.675.1155

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Meals on Wheels

148

864-233-6565 mealsonwheelsgreenville.org

Military Order of the Purple Heart

142

Miracle Hill Ministries

85

Montessori School of Greenville

143

Muse Shoe Studio

71

864.271.9750

NAI Earle Furman

141

864-232-9040 naiearlefurman.com

Northwestern Mutual

149

Old Colony Furniture

38

864.277.5330

Paisley & Paper

127

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Passerelle Bistro

123

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Barkery Bistro, The

115

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Bennetts’ Frame & Art Gallery

66

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Blue Ridge Electric Co-op

57

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Bocca Pure Italian Ristorante

123

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Boutique One Thirty Three

65

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Bubbly Blow Dry Bar

73

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Bynum Aesthetic Dentistry

29

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Carlton Motorcars

15

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Carolina Consignment

63

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Carolina Furniture

13

864.963.9536

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Centre Stage

113

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CertusBank

19

Chicora Alley

125

864-991-8863 chicoraalley.com

Chocolate Moose

133

864.232.2121

Columbia Museum of Art

28

803-799-2810 columbiamuseum.org

Comfort Keepers

115

864.268.8993

Commonwealth Women’s Care

26

864-365-0250 commonwealthwomenscare.com

Community Works Carolina

64

864-991-8530 communityworkscarolina.org

Cox Photography

45

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Currahee Club

36

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Bryan Spry Zaks Consulting Group 71

certusbank.com chocomoosebakery.com comfortkeepers.com

coxphotography.net

336-727-4295

DNA Creative Communications

110

dnacc.com

Duke Energy

60,81

Elliott Davis

112

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Eric Brown Design

IFC, 1 864.233.4442

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Favor Greenville

111

864-764-8504 favorgreenville.org

Five Oak Academy

74

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Gallery Seventeen

139

864.235.6799

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Geiss and Sons

8,9

864.297.6458

geiss.com

Getz Creative Photography

18

864-354-2548 getzcreative.com

Gold Collections

63

864.228.2920

855-398-6200 duke-energy.com/fall

goldcollections simpsonville.com

Web Site

lungs4life5k.com 864.232.6706

mackeymortuary.com

864-268-4357 miraclehill.org/bethebridge montessorigreenville.com museshoestudio.com greenville-sc.nm.com oldcolonyfurniture.com

Peace Center for the Performing Arts 30

864.467.3030

Pelham Architects

23

864.271.7633

peacecenter.org pelhamarchitects.com

Pelham Links Family & Cosmetic Dentistry 37

864.297.6365

pelhamlinks.com

Pendleton Place

75

864-516-1227 pendletonplace.org

Pilates Moves

142

864.631.5568

pilatesmovesonline.com

Plantation Shutter Company, The

126

800.922.9572

theplantationshutterco.com

Posh Paws

65

864.271.4377

poshpawsgreenville.com

Professional Party Rentals

112

864-627-8808 professionalpartyrentals.com

Project HOPE Foundation

135

Public Education Partners

144

864-233-4137 pepgc.org

pure barre

71

864.477.8312

Restaurant 17

4,5

864-516-1254 restaurant17.com

ReWa

84

Rick Erwin’s

116

Ron McDonald House Charities

114

redshoesociety.org

Roper Mountain Holiday Lights

126

ropermountainholidaylights.com

Rush Wilson Limited

27

Safe Harbor

80

Salon Beverly

66

Salvation Army, The

146,147 864-527-5948 krocgreenville.org

SC Children’s Theatre

138

864-467-3000 scchildrenstheatre.org

Shannon Forest Christian School

63

864-678-5107 shannonforest.com 864.234.7900

projecthopesc.org purebarre.com pipepatrol.org 864-232-8999 rickerwins.com

864.232.2761

rushwilson.com safeharborsc.org

864.879.9696

salonbeverly.com

Goodwill

136,137

Governor’s School for the Arts

32

Green Lettuce Restaurant

121

Green Room, The

119

864.335.8222

thegreenroomupstate.com

skinkare

82

Greenville County Museum of Art

17

864.271.7570

greenvillemuseum.org

Smithworks

61, 115 864-573-5252

Greenville Dermatology

66

864.242.5872

greenvilledermatology.com

Southern First

22

Greenville Health System

10,114

ghs.org/breakthrough

Spartanburg Regional

46

Greenville Technical College

133

864-250-8000 gvltec.edu

Spaulding Company

127

864-458-8585 spauldinggroup.net

Greer Audiology

140

864-416-7300 greeraudiology.com

St. Francis Festival of Trees

40

864-255-1040 stfrancisfoundation.com

Gregory Ellenburg

12

864-298-0072 gregoryellenburg.com

Stacey Bradshaw

63

864-230-1314 staceybradshaw.com

Hale’s Jewelers

BC

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Stax Seafood Grill

123

864-288-5546 staxs.com

Hamilton & Co.

142

864-527-7685 mygreenvillehome.com

Steve White Audi

2,3

Happy Cow Creamery

47

864-243-9699

Studio 7

IBC

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Harrison Lighting

112

864-271-3922

TOWN ESTATES

150

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Haywood Mall

50

864.288.0512

Traveling Chic Boutique

42

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Ike Carpet

127

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Trees Greenville

76

Jane Crawford Skin Clinic

43

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Twigs

126

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JB Lacher Jewelers

25

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jblacher.com

United Ministries

83

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Jeff Lynch

11,41

864.268.3101

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Upcountry History Museum

128,129 864-467-3100 upcountryhistory.org

JHM Hotels

48

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Valerie Miller/Marchant Company

57

864.430.6602

valeriejsmiller.com

Julie Valentine Center

134

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Verdae Development

20

864.329.8383

verdae.com

Wells Fargo

81

864-467-2500 wellsfargo.com

goodwillsc.org 864-282-1570 gsafoundation.net

halesjewelers.com

haywoodmall.com

Kitchen Arts & Pottery

121

864-271-2171 kitchenartsandpottery.com

L’s on Augusta

113

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lsconsign.com

Labels Designer Consignments

39

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labelsonaugusta.com

skinkare.com southernfirst.com spartanburgregional.com

stevewhiteaudi.com

treesgreenville.org twigs.net

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n the South, our dinner table is often our grandest form of expression. Love, tragedy, celebration, and heartache are funneled into the heartiest of dishes, with tattered recipe cards and dog-eared cookbooks serving as the ties that bind present and past generations. Using the visual language of food as emotionsignifier, Spartanburg artist Suzanne Zoole has crafted Kitchen Chronicles: Paintings of the Foods We Love, on display at the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery at the Chapman Cultural Center. Zoole’s colorful, folksy pieces blend elements of heartfelt sentimentality with an edgy simplicity, providing a retrospective glance into the culture of (plated) Southern hospitality. Whether it’s the familiar sight of buttery grits sharing space with sunny-side eggs or a slice of pie, the award-winning artist hopes to capture how ordinary foods have become extraordinarily ingrained in our cultural memory. —Mary Cathryn Armstrong Suzanne Zoole’s Kitchen Chronicles: Paintings of the Foods We Love will be on display at the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery at the Chapman Cultural Center through November 28. The gallery, located at 200 E St. John St, Spartanburg, is open Mon–Sat, 10am–5pm, and Sun, 1–5pm.

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Suzanne Zoole, Cotswold Breakfast; courtesy of the Chapman Cultural Center and Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg

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