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Contents 15 THE LIST

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


Pics of the litter: Upcountry fêtes & festivities.


Buddy Holmes tells stories to knock your socks off, painter Dabney Mahanes on the beauty of aging, a primer on Euphoria, a sneak peek into the Indie Craft Parade, and more.


Home-grown roses have been the hallmark of the Rose Ball since its beginning in 1971.


Perfect the art of the staycation at these local B&Bs.


Raise the bar: plateware for special occasions meets Gatsby-style attire for a spunky gala season.


Doug Harper invited friends to sample the cuisine of Chef Adam Cooke at his Caesars Head lodge.

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Tupelo Honey’s heavenly biscuits, Greenville’s newest brewery Quest, a NoMa hole-in-the-wall, and more.


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Light makes up the other side of darkness, and the Year of Altruism is testament to that.

// by Jac Chebatoris // photography by Paul Mehaffey


Kirkland Smith crafts portraits of familiar faces from familiar materials in decidedly unfamiliar ways.

COVER: Portrait of Robert St. Claire, co-founder of the Year of Altruism, by Paul Mehaffey. For more, see “One Light,” page 76. THIS PAGE: Photograph by Paul Mehaffey.


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Mark B. Johnston PUBLISHER Blair Knobel EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Paul Mehaffey ART DIRECTOR

Telling Time


e tell stories for many reasons. To honor history, to learn from it. To better understand who we are and who we aren’t. In essence, to remind us of our own power: the power to destroy, the power to create. The power to kill, the power to heal. The power to ignore and the power to act. We are power, embodied. This is what history reminds us—and this is our collective story. Our feature story (“One Light,” page 76) in September’s “People and Education” issue presents the Year of Altruism, an inter-faith, inter-educational, inter-community initiative, chock-full of speakers, volunteerism, educational experiences, and opportunities for connection. At heart, it’s about love and light. Yet it was borne of darkness. Inspired by events that are the antithesis of inspiration. It grew out of a desire to commemorate those lost to the Holocaust and to honor those who still bear the weight. You could consider it an act of defiance or simply life resurrected. The Year of Altruism is the counterpoint to Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, considered the beginning of the Holocaust, which switched off the light for 6 million Jews, and millions of others, 75 years ago. A few who lived through that darkness live among us. Going to the market, cleaning house. Routine chores, daily life. Yet their collective history—the details of their experience—is virtually ungraspable. They rest with it, rise with it, walk with it, live with it every day. Still, whether by grace or will, they chose life. Demanded life. They chose light— and with that, accepted the burden of harboring the darkness of their experience, and of the experience of millions. It’s difficult to remember in life’s darkest moments that light makes up the other side. That light and dark are inextricably connected, for light is the source of dark, while dark is the birthplace of light. We are drawn to mystery, intensity, and drama. We tend to think the worst, focus on what’s missing, and, in general, mind the darkness. But, thankfully, we are graced with the power of choice. While we cannot change history, we can decide how to live with it, just as these incredible people do every day. As a result, they may see the light brighter than the rest of us. They may be the light. And as night turns to day, may we remember their collective story.

Blair Knobel Editor-in-Chief

SENIOR EDITOR Jac Chebatoris ASSISTANT EDITOR Andrew Huang CONTRIBUTING EDITORS M. Linda Lee Steven Tingle CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kathryn Davé Ruta Fox Laura Linen Joshua Moore-Vingia Liza Twery McAngus CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Chelsey Ashford TJ Getz TJ Grandy Jay Vaughan EDITORIAL INTERN Mary Cathryn Armstrong GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN Kate Guptill Holly Hardin PRODUCTION MANAGER GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Kristy Adair Michael Allen Whitney Fincannon MARKETING REPRESENTATIVES Lori Burney Mary Beth Culbertson Kristi Jennings Donna Johnston Pam Putman Kate Banner COMMUNIT Y SPONSORSHIPS & EVENTS MANAGER Ryan Johnston MARKETING MANAGER David Robinson CIRCUL ATION MANAGER Sue Priester PHIL ANTHROPIC ADVISOR

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With talent bigger than her trademark head of hair, the former Supreme is bringing her powerhouse show to the Peace Center for an intimate evening of musical favorites. Journey with the legendary songbird through decades of vintage tracks like “I’m Coming Out,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and “Last Time I Saw Him.” The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sun, Sept 8, 7:30pm. $75-$105. (864) 467-3000,

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When foot-stomping, bearded bassist Ted Dwane underwent emergency brain surgery in June, millions of Mumford fans promised they would wait for the band to make their return. Fast-forward three months and return they have—louder and rowdier than ever. Now, the boisterous Englishmen bring their act over the pond to the Upstate. Be prepared to belt out “Little Lion Man” Mumford-style. Footstomping required. Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park, 861 SE Main St, Simpsonville. Wed, Sept 11, 7:30pm. $35-$50. (864) 2413800,

Perhaps the only time it looked fun to be an orphan, Annie has been a family favorite for more than 30 years. Join your favorite redhead along with Miss Hannigan, Grace, Rooster, and Daddy Warbucks (with conservative talk radio host Mike Gallagher reprising his former role) for the South Carolina Children’s Theatre production. And don’t be afraid to sing along when the pint-sized heroine belts out “Tomorrow” in front of Mr. President. Gunter Theatre, the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sept 6–22, Fri, 7pm; Sat–Sun, 1:30pm. Adults, $26; juniors & students, $17. (864) 467-3000,

Much cooler than the potholders you painstakingly looped together for grandma back at Camp MyParents-Have-to-Work-All-Day. Celebrating the art of the hand-made, the Indie Craft Parade exposes the creative expression of craft artists from around the South, with mediums ranging from paper goods to prints and unique wearables. And there’s food, to boot. You’ve never seen so much artistry under one roof, so drop that lanyard keychain and join the Parade. Huguenot Mill, the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. VIP gala, Fri, Sept 6, 6–9pm; Sat, Sept 7, 9am–6pm; Sun, Sept 8, 11am–5pm. VIP gala, $25; free admission to festival.

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There are some things that go hand-in-hand in the Upstate: rich, robust wines seem to taste their best when complemented by some of Greenville’s most delectable cuisine. Add a little live music to the cocktail and there you have it: Euphoria. This yearly celebration features events like the Songwriter’s Recipe, Swine and Dine whole-hog roast, cooking demonstrations, Sunday Supper, and guest chefs spicing things up at some of your favorite restaurants. Expand your palate and greet the fall season at one of the Upstate’s most unique and flavorful events.

Ah, prom. A time for the perfect dress, slow dancing, and scratching your best friend’s eyes out. Meet the Marvelous Wonderettes, a dreamy female quartet whose performance at their 1958 prom turns sour when secrets and jealousies become exposed through pop hits like “Lipstick on Your Collar” and “Mr. Sandman.” Ten years later, the girls reunite for a one-night-only performance full of ’60s classics—and more drama than you can shake a can of Aquanet at. Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Sept 13–28, Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adults, $30; seniors, $28; juniors, $20. (864) 233-6238,

True beer connoisseurs know that Bud Light is for amateurs and the only thing “natural” about Natty is its talent for building the perfect beer-can pyramid. It’s time to expand your hoppy horizons. Tapped for your tasting pleasure will be local favorites like Greenville’s Thomas Creek and newcomer Quest Brewing Co., as well as SC outsiders Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada. Local musicians provide the soundtrack for your day-drinking. Anderson County Recycling Center, 3024 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Anderson. Sat, Sept 7, 1–6pm. $10-$55.

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SPIRIT WEEK zFor many Upstate families, Spirit Week is not only a way to raise thousands of dollars for local charities (in less than a week, mind you) but also a rite of passage. This year, J.L. Mann and Greenville High join forces in support of Greenville’s Cancer Survivors Park.There will be a concert, a color run, and daily events scheduled to pack in the fun—and the spirit of survival. Greenville, SC. Locations vary. Mon–Fri, Sept 9–13, times vary.

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STROSSNER’S OKTOBERFEST zSalt the pretzels and break out those lederhosen—it’s Oktoberfest. Strossner’s will host its celebration of all-things-German with a delicious menu chock-full of schnitzel, pierogi, spaetzle, and brats. And because it wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without it, a beer tent will be open and serving brews all afternoon to the tunes of Nitro Grass and the Stratton Mountain Boys. Strossner’s Bakery, 21 Roper Mountain Rd, Greenville. Sun, Sept 29, 1–8pm. Free. (864) 233-3996,

MYSTICAL ARTS OF TIBET zYou don’t have to travel overseas to have a transformative experience; this time, enlightenment will come to you. During a week-long visit from India, the Tibetan monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will hold performances in the art of traditional mandala sand painting, combining ancient spiritual dance and song with colorful grains of sand. This unique cultural event is a once-in-alifetime meditative experience. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Mon–Fri, Sept 30–Oct 4, times vary. Most events free; Thursday performance $10-$20. (864) 583-2776,

The Oak Ridge Boys When the Oak Ridge Boys released their countrified cover of “Elvira” in 1981, they set millions of fans’ hearts on fire with the crossover hit. Since then, the boys have released numerous studio albums and made waves in both the country and pop charts, garnering them fans from all ends of the musical spectrum. Spend some quality time with some of country’s most lovable fellas on their 40th anniversary tour. Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, 385 N Church St, Spartanburg. Sun, September 8, 4pm. $25-$50. (864) 582-8107,

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Tapas & Tinis July 18, 2013 About 150 food and music lovers gathered at The Loft at Soby’s for—what else?—tasty morsels and summer jams. Guests sampled the products of Master Chef Derin Moore’s talents while enjoying libations from Van Gogh Vodka and ONEHOPE Wine. Musical group Wine Down also performed. The event was just a sneak peek at the main event coming to Greenville on September 26: Euphoria 2013. Photography by Chelsey Ashford

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Downtown Alive: Friday Night Jazz July 26, 2013 Everyone raves about how walkable downtown Greenville is, but it doesn’t get any better than Friday nights in front of NoMa Square. The City of Greenville’s Main Street Fridays have been supplying live music and a block-party atmosphere in front of the Hyatt Regency all summer long. Moon bounces, face painting, and a soul/funk vibe from Cosmic provided the perfect accompaniments for a night out with friends and family. Photography by Jay Vaughan

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Zoo-B-Que August 2, 2013 It wasn’t as exciting as going on an African safari, but for the 570 guests at the Greenville Zoo’s first annual Zoo-BQue, barbecue and beer samples more than made up for it. Carolina Barbecue, Graze BBQ, Hi-Lo Smoke Company, Hard’s Backyard BBQ, Quaker Steak and Lube, and Voodoo BBQ were all represented, with Carolina Barbecue’s offering voted as best BBQ. The West End Strings Band provided tunes for an evening of noshing with the animals. Proceeds from this event will go toward renovations in the lion’s den. Photography by Jay Vaughan Tiffany Whitley & Cliff Harley


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Lyndsey Huitt & Jacob Long June 15, 2013 Marriage is a joining of families, and Lyndsey and Jacob made sure to incorporate as many elements of their families into their wedding. The ceremony and reception took place on the Huitt family farm; the couple was married under an arbor built by the Jacob’s father; and the ceremony utilized Lyndsey’s greatgrandmother’s Bible. As symbolic as the wedding was, the truth is that the threads of the Huitt and Long families had long been intertwined: Lyndsey’s sister was a childhood friend of Jacob, and the couple became close friends in middle school before dating in high school. The couple now lives in Anderson. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CRAIG & LINDSEY MAHAFFEY // SPOSA BELLA PHOTOGRAPHY

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Allison Davis & Jonathan Britt June 15, 2013 For a couple that had met through music ensembles at Furman, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center was a fitting setting for a proposal. The couple, which had moved to the Northeast to pursue their graduate degrees, frequented the Kimmel Center as patrons of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Before seeing a performance of Debussy’s La Mer, Jonathan took Allison up to a room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Broad Street and asked her to close her eyes. She opened them to find Jonathan on one knee, ring in hand. Their ceremony, which took place at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Greenville, featured Dr. Charles Thompkins, their organ professor from Furman, as well as a host of their musically-talented friends. PHOTOGRAPHY BY TJ GETZ // GETZCREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

Justin was thinking about the beginning of his relationship with Lauren when he reserved the SC Aquarium for his proposal. The pair had met during their time at Wofford College when both participated in a SCUBA course and diving trip in the Caribbean. Lauren, who accompanied Justin to the aquarium expecting to attend a fundraiser, found that the two had the entire aquarium to themselves. With a backdrop of sea turtles and puffer fish in the Great Ocean Tank, Justin popped the big question. The couple was married at Christ Church Episcopal. Lauren and Justin live in Charleston, where Lauren is a fourth-year medical student at MUSC and Justin is an assistant vice-president with First Citizens Bank. PHOTOGRAPHY BY PATRICK COX // COX PHOTOGRAPHY

Elaine Choi & Elliott Tapp May 25, 2013 Elaine and Elliott didn’t have to come from opposite ends of the Earth to meet, but Pacific Palisades, California, and Greenville are close. Elaine, a Stanford and Harvard Law graduate, met Elliot, a Furman and UVA School of Law graduate, in New York City. At the time, they were both attorneys at Cravath, Swaine, and Moore LLP. After dating for a little over a year, Elliot proposed in Portofino, Italy, on a balcony overlooking the Ligurian Sea. They were married at New York City’s Central Presbyterian Church. The ceremony featured the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, which performed selections from Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, as well as the pianist, organist, and cellist from the New York City Ballet. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHUNG // CLY CREATION

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Foot Traffic Buddy Holmes puts a shine on true stories / by Laura Linen // photography by Paul Mehaf fey


reenville is the kind of place where people have stories—because, no doubt, they themselves are interesting people. And the encounters are rich, varied, and unpredictable. I made a mistake. That’s the way I got to meet Talmadge “Buddy” Holmes. Let’s just say, he got “someone” out of a heap of hot water by repairing Italian leather loafers. Thank you, Buddy. There is much to say about Holmes: the leather engineer, the collector, the survivor, the devoted husband and father, and a whole lot of other things he is and represents. The Barber Centre on Congaree holds “Buddy’s Shine Services,” his business name, but you get way more than a shoe shine if luck or a shoe disaster brings you through his doors and into his chair.

“Did I ever tell you that President Johnson was a customer? And his top advisor?” This is not just idle chit-chat between a shoe-shiner and client. This is a nugget in a treasure chest of stories of famous clients and special patrons Buddy can call his own. When Buddy tells his stories, he is modest and matter-of-fact, as if every day you meet the likes of Johnny Carson, Dean Martin, and David Rockefeller. To Buddy, they were gentlemen who wanted to look their best, who happened to have done a few important things. Yes, a few. “There’s a lotta guys (and ladies) with a lotta shoes in this town!” He turned 70 this past March. You can tell he’s happy to be alive. He’s survived six by-pass surgeries, goes to the gym every day at 5 a.m., and lives a good life with his wife of 39 years, Rochelle. Getting married to her was literally the last thing he did before leaving New York City and heading home for Greenville in 1972. When his mother nicknamed him “Buddy,” she must have known he would be a friend to many. One friend in particular was not only a friend, but an “Angel.” Buddy calls Brackey Cole that, because Cole raised money for Buddy when Buddy was out of work for 10 weeks recovering from his heart surgery 11 years ago. Cole and others chipped in, so that Buddy wouldn’t have to worry. “That’s what friends do,” Buddy says. The first thing Talmadge Holmes, his given name, asks me is “Where do Greenville’s bestdressed go (for a shoe-shine), the ones who dress from head to toe—not the ones who stop at their socks?” It’s not a trick question, and I am glad to know the answer.

Hot Seat: In New York City, Buddy Holmes buffed the shoes of some of the Rat Pack, but—lucky for us—moved back to his hometown of Greenville. Take a load off at his shop: Buddy’s Shine Services, 637 Congaree Rd, Greenville, (864) 676-9078

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Counting Crows

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fter growing up in the small town of Waynesboro, Virginia, with a passion for drama and dance, it’s no wonder that Dabney Mahanes’s visual art is often figurative, full of emotion, and alludes to a story. Mahanes pulls inspiration from the myriad experiences she has gained through her 70-plus years and has learned to embrace both the light and the dark parts of life. The artist shares, “We are so afraid of the pain and suffering in our lives, but if you can embrace the darkness it will carry you, transform you, and be your friend.” Although often referred to as “The Crow Lady,” her paintings reflect a wide spectrum in both subject matter and palette. The crow motif started to blossom in her art only within the last five years, but her affinity for the large blackbirds began decades ago while on a spiritual journey out West after a divorce. Mahanes reflects, “The Native American culture and symbolism had a big influence on me. In their culture, the crow is a prominent symbol that represents eating death and becoming pregnant with life.” So, as she was mourning the death of a marriage, she learned to embrace the birth of a new life as an artist. “I think once you surrender and stop trying to control everything, then the universe sort of steps up and presents opportunities,” she says.

Recently, the artist has started to explore the role of older women in society through a series of self-portraits. In this work, she is seeking to shine light on the value and wisdom that lay within the expressive wrinkles earned from life experiences. Mahanes has been intrigued by some reactions: “I had two women my age that were appalled by these pieces. ‘Why would you paint yourself so old and ugly?’ I thought, ‘This is the very reason why I’m painting.’ As older women we’re allowing ourselves to be invisible because we’re embarrassed by our age. We often don’t feel like we fit in because of our appearance, but it’s more about inner beauty. That’s what I want to remind people.” It’s particularly exciting to visit Dabney’s studio while strolling through the newly rebranded Village at the West End on a First Friday night. Whether it’s a bright blue dilapidated shack framed by a fiery orange sky, a youthful dancer so full of life you hear music, or the soft eyes and hard creases of an elderly woman’s face that force you to pay attention, Mahanes’s work is as authentic as the artist herself.

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Living Color Tom Styron, director of the Greenville County Museum of Art, sees the bigger picture

and just want what’s best for the museum, so don’t waste your art history on me.’” Pellet’s authenticity, directness, and goodwill struck a nerve with Styron. “I thought how bad can it be down there if this guy is running it?” Over the past 30 years, authenticity, directness, and goodwill have combined to turn the Greenville County Museum of Art into the premier American art museum in the South. Under the directorship of Styron and the generous support of the community, the museum has amassed the largest private collection of Andrew Wyeth’s watercolors in the world as well as collections of Southern and American contemporary art. “The potential that I thought I saw has transformed into much more than I ever imagined,” says Styron, who plans on continuing to build the museum’s collection despite the constant changes in the art market, including rising prices and decreasing availability. “There is something about a great art collection that is always stimulating,” says Styron, “and characterizes its community as open minded, critical, curious, and progressive. I think this institution can symbolize that.” Eye Spy: Under the leadership of Tom Styron, the Greenville County Museum of Art now ranks among the premier art museums in the South, with the world’s largest private collection of Andrew Wyeth watercolors, as well as a formidable stock of Southern and American contemporary art.

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om Styron, the longtime director of the Greenville County Museum of Art, will be the first to admit he had no intention of ever coming to Greenville. In the early 1980s, he was the ambitious, young director of the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, pleased with his position but on the lookout for new opportunities. At the same time, the Greenville Museum was sifting through the ashes of a very controversial period (the details are not important) that had left it without a director and with a fair amount of bad blood. The museum commission was searching for a new director but many of those qualified for the position, including Styron, felt the situation was just too toxic. “The museum was in quite a bit of a stew and had lost a good amount of its support and goodwill,” says Styron. “I had been contacted about it, but it was not a situation that interested me.” Then the current chair of the Greenville Museum’s commission John Pellet and his wife visited the Chrysler Museum in person with hopes to convince Styron to at least visit Greenville and take a look at the situation. “John was wearing three different kinds of plaid,” says Styron. “And as I was taking them through the museum, I gestured toward a big abstract expressionist painting when John said, ‘Tom, you don’t need to tell me anything about this collection; I don’t know anything about art. I’m chairman of the commission because the major donor in Greenville thought he could trust me to run it. I’m a businessman

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Net Gains The Paladins welcome decorated lacrosse coach Richie Meade to their stable / by Laura Linen // photograph by Paul Mehaffey


hat do you get when you combine competence, character, and commitment together with cradling, scooping, and (hopefully not) slashing? The inaugural men’s lacrosse team at Furman University and its new coach Richie Meade. Positions as attack, midfielder, and defense will become Class I and the founding members of Furman’s NCAA lacrosse team—a team that will represent the highest standards, both on and off the field. If a Paladin is a “knight renowned for heroism and chivalry,” this is what Coach Meade will instill in his players. If you follow college lacrosse, you already know of Meade and his record. He exudes pure determination and leadership, and has tested his mettle at the United States Naval Academy, coaching its team to an appearance at the NCAA final in 2004. In addition, Meade comes to Furman having had high-level coaching positions at the United States Military Academy, the University of Baltimore, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina. In case you are not aware, lacrosse is kind of a big deal. It’s the fastest growing sport in the United States. It’s ancient in origin and has been played for kings and queens. It’s fast-moving and extremely technical. Just watching a game can leave you breathless. But, for Coach Meade, it’s a welcome challenge to hone a first-rate lacrosse team at Furman. And the team will welcome the coach’s alma mater and former employer UNC at Chapel Hill as its first rival next February. Meade cares a heck of a lot about teaching these athletes about life both on and off the field—its pain, injury, elation, and victory. Coach Meade strives to ensure that players know what to do in every case, not only in winning moments. And he’s starting the team of 48 in only one year, as opposed to similarly-sized schools trying to accomplish it in two. “It’s going to be difficult,” he says, but Meade gives the impression this is exactly what he signed up for. Come February 9 at Paladin Stadium, the attack will be at the ready.

Field General: Richie Meade is at the helm of Furman University’s inaugural lacrosse team. His sterling resumé includes coaching at two service academies and an NCAA finals appearance. His team will take the field against UNC Chapel Hill next February.

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Coming Up Roses The venerable Rose Ball returns to the Poinsett Club to raise money for Greenville charities / by M. Linda Lee


Greenville’s premier charity event, the Rose Ball donates 100 percent of its proceeds to a wide range of community programs. Bon Secours St. Francis Health System receives half of the money raised. The other half is awarded to 13 other area charities, chosen by the Rose Ball Beneficiaries Committee. To date, the event has raised $2.6 million for area charities. “It’s a good feeling to give back,” says Holly Rollins, publicity chairman for this year’s ball. “And there’s a great party at the end of two years of work.” What a party it is. Some 500 guests dress in formal attire, men in tuxedos and women in long gowns (the tradition of wearing gloves fell out of vogue years ago). A sit-down dinner is served, and music is provided by a string quartet, a harpist, two pianists, and a dance band. Place cards, bearing the full name of each guest, are handwritten in calligraphy. “It’s a lot of work,” admits Beth Nuckolls, the 2013 Rose Ball chairman, “but in every way, it is such a positive experience.” And what happens to all those roses after the gala known to insiders as “the grandest ball of them all”? They are distributed to nursing homes and hospitals to brighten someone else’s day.


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ivency, Fragrant Cloud, Elle, Mother of Pearl. In every variety, size, and hue, 5,000 roses arrive in bud vases and buckets to adorn the Poinsett Club for the biennial Rose Ball. Many of the flowers are plucked from area gardens, as they have been since the inception of Greenville’s longest-running charity ball in 1971. This was the year that Mrs. Charles E. Daniel and Mrs. Ellison S. McKissick, avid rose growers, hatched the idea to hold a charity ball decorated with roses from their gardens. Home-grown roses have symbolized the event ever since. Decorators, artists, and a cadre of some 200 volunteers set to work two days before the ball to festoon each room of the Poinsett Club with a rainbow of roses and greenery, transforming the 40,000-square-foot Poinsett Club into an oldfashioned rose garden. This year’s theme, “The Art of the Rose,” will incorporate work donated by local artists. A sense of humor often comes in handy, as in 2009 when Decoration Committee chairman Lisa Tice ordered 500 votives for the ball. When she went to find them the day of the event, the votives were nowhere to be found. In desperation, she looked in the Poinsett Club’s kitchen, and there were her votives, filled with mousse. Apparently the kitchen had mistaken them for the 500 dessert dishes they had ordered. All ended well, however; the club replaced the votives in time for the ball.

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FORWARD THINKING FOOD & FASHION In vogue taste, The VIP Party Menu by Hotel Domestique: chilled cucumber gazpacho, blue prawn crackling and caviar, crème fraiche, dill ∙ hamachi tostada, jalapeño, cilantro, lime ∙ cured salmon pastrami on rye ∙ shaved fresh bean salads with vinegar sauce and pork belly crouton ∙ celery root and black truffle cappucinos ∙ pork belly, soy, and figs on rice crackers ∙ shoe string frites with pickled mustard seeds ∙ fuille de brik, lardo, espelette chorizo buneulos, date filling, dried olive dust white cheddar apple sandwiches ∙ oxtail steam buns ∙ fried chicken skins with pepper powder and sea salt ∙ fried oyster po’ boys with pepper relish and lime chili sauce ∙ popcorn three ways—smoked paprika-lime, truffle parmesan, caramel peanut

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t Brains on Fire we believe with all our hearts and souls, it is possible to fall madly and passionately in love with the people you serve. And we believe that it’s possible for those folks to fall in love with you, too; and, yes, for you to become famous and grow your organization because of that love. That’s exactly what we’ve done to grow our own business over the years. Not only have we fallen in love with our customers, we received the permission and indeed the honor to get to know and care for our customers’ customers. It’s our role as marketing matchmakers to help connect our customers with their employees and customers through shared passions. Every business owner should be wildly romantic and passionate about your advocates; the employees and customers who help fuel your success. What does it take to fall in love with your advocates, the customers and employees who are ready, willing and happy to fall in love with you? Start by following these three Passion Principles. 1. Love people. Never leverage people.

We hate it when we hear companies talk about leveraging fans to tell their story. Think about it: Do you really use people you care about? Absolutely not. You listen to them. You get close to them. You see them frequently. You want to be a meaningful part of their life. You inspire them and in return, they inspire you. If you want people to be in love with you and talk about you, you must fall in love with them first. Your clients, customers, donors, tribe, employees, advocates—what you call them doesn’t really matter—can and should become beloved heroes in your organizations. 2. Love takes patience.

Powerhouse identity firm Brains on Fire lights a flame in their latest book The Passion Conversation / excerpt by Robbin Phillips, Greg Cordell, Geno Church, and John Moore

People Before Profits: Brains on Fire urges companies to fall in love with their clients. The Passion Conversation is available at Barnes & Noble and Meet the authors at a booksigning on September 7, 3–7pm, at Barnes & Noble, The Shops at Greenridge, 1125 Woodruff Rd, #1810, Greenville.

3. Get people to talk about themselves.

The passion conversation isn’t about getting people to talk about YOU, the brand. It’s about getting people to talk about themselves. Encourage others talk about themselves, their lives, their hopes and their dreams. Create platforms, online and offline, for the people you serve to share their own stories. Give them opportunities to talk and be willing to listen. At Brains on Fire, we no longer consider ourselves to be in the marketing business. Instead, we’re in the people business. This makes sense for us because marketing nowadays is more about reframing the work you do in the world to inspire your employees and customers. The most successful word-of-mouth– driven businesses in the world have always been in the business of inspiring people. Good stuff happens when you’re in the people business. We promise.

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For real and lasting relationships to take hold, you have to be in it for the long haul and not for a one-night stand (perhaps the marketing equivalent of a one-time purchase). Loving your customers is not something you do for a limited amount of time. It’s something you do every single day. And the value of that effort grows exponentially stronger and deeper with time.

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Emily Jeffords Ink Meets Paper

Maker’s Mark The Indie Craft Parade brings the best Southern artisans to downtown Greenville



layfully described as “not your grandmother’s church bazaar,” the Indie Craft Parade is Greenville’s hugely successful celebration of all things handmade. On September 7 and 8, the Huguenot Mill will be transformed into a showplace of stuff—the crème de la crème of crafts. It will include more than 70 “makers” and will feature the antithesis of anything cookie-cutter or mass-produced, with goods selling anywhere from $5 to around $50—and admission is free. The brainchild of co-founders Elizabeth Ramos and Erin Godbey, Indie Craft Parade is now going on its fourth year. Obsessed with the online crafting community Etsy, Ramos and Godbey are also voracious readers of crafting blogs. In creating a festival, they figured they could curate a large variety of products and allow people to shop for handmade goods all in one happy place. Featured will be all sorts of creations—fine-art prints, ceramics, glass, wood and fiber items, jewelry, clothing, accessories, and paper goods, plus toys, home and garden items, and artisan foods. Additionally, you’ll see turn-of-the century art forms that are currently enjoying a revival, such as letterpress printing and bookbinding. Open to artists exclusively from the Southeast, it’s highly competitive—this year there were more than 300 applications to claim one of 77 booths. “We wanted to level the playing field with ICP. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or how long you’ve been in business,” says Ramos. Acceptance is based on

photographs of products that artists submit, and entrance is gauged on strict criteria including originality, quality, innovation, and uniqueness. The jury this year includes some of Greenville’s most prominent art luminaries. Grab a ticket to VIP Night on Friday, and you’ll get a preview of the show, live music, delicious food, and local craft beers. If not, pop in Saturday and Sunday and spend a few hours perusing all things unusual. Sate your cravings for artisan coffee, tea, and gourmet fare from local, independent businesses. Ramos sums it up: “We want to attract families, kids, and people who would not normally attend an art show. Skilled artisans are redefining America’s craft scene, reviving dying trades, repurposing discarded objects, and using traditional craft techniques in non-traditional ways. Indie Craft Parade seeks to connect Greenville to the national modern craft movement.”

Top Notch: Check out the Indie Craft Parade, Sept 7–8, at Huguenot Mill at the Peace Center, 101 W Broad St, Greenville. Free admission; VIP party on Fri, Sept 6, $25.

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High Five A crafty sampling of the talent at this year’s Indie Craft Parade

Spectrum Julia Riffel Handmade jewelry, painted and polished, made from raw wood or leather in geometric shapes adorned with glass beads, metals, and gold-leaf details. Rachel Wilder Terrariums Rachel Wilder Handcrafted terrariums formed from reclaimed window glass and leadfree solder. Plus, unusually shaped tiny miniature terrarium necklaces with ferns and moss inside.

Ink Meets Paper Allison & Daniel Nadeau Greeting cards, wedding invites, and a range of custom designs that have been printed and hand-fed into an antique printing press using the traditional letterpress process. Finkelstein’s Center Michelle Jewell Handmade, plush whimsical creatures, animals, and toy dolls, and illustrated hand-screened tote bags.

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Emily Jeffords Mixed-media works: original ink landscape paintings collaged with bits of fabric and paper and mounted on wood or metal.

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Plate Up Find your pleasure at Euphoria, Greenville’s premier food and music festival / by Mary Cathryn Armstrong


or foodies, music lovers, and aficionados of the well-bodied spirit, Euphoria is the Holy Grail of divine delights. A feast of Greenville’s finest fare mixed with national flair, the annual event invites world-renowned chefs, sommeliers, and artists to the Upstate for a long, savory weekend. Here, we’ve taken the liberty of crafting delights for any budget, but feel free to go à la carte. ))) Grab your tickets at

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Wallet lighter than a puff pastry? Never fear! Euphoria can still be attained. If the only thing you know about wine is one comes in white and the other stains your clothes, become a vino aficionado at one of the Westin Poinsett’s wine seminars on Saturday.Then, make your way to the Traffic Jam (ironically not on Woodruff Road), where hot food and cool spirits blend together with gritty bluegrass courtesy of Seven Handle Circus. Heal your Sunday hangover at the Jazz Brunch on Main.

It’s not easy being the middle child. Unless it’s at Euphoria. On Thursday, learn about the genius behind some of Nashville’s most creative pens at the Songwriter’s Recipe.And whether you’re a serial restaurant offender or an at-home culinary expert, Saturday’s Tasting Showcase will appeal to your appetite with an array of celebritychef showcases and local vendors. Close out the evening with a multicourse dinner accompanied by some homegrown brews at Bacon Bros. Public House.

If you’re looking to break a little more bread, kick off Euphoria by twisting your spits at Roost’s whole-hog roast on Thursday night. Come Friday, you’ll be singing along with Kim Carnes to “Bette Davis Eyes” while sipping your favorite ale and noshing at Taste of the South. On Saturday, indulge at your favorite Greenville restaurant where a guest chef will take the kitchen.Top it all off with a traditional Sunday Supper overlooking the Reedy.

If you prefer to have your weekend already mapped out (and wearing a special badge), it’s best to go with the VIP Pass. Not only do you get instant access to the cream of the crop, you’re also on the list for a number of exclusive experiences and a VIP party on Friday night. There’s even complimentary transportation to your chosen fêtes in a swank Land Rover.

Wine Seminars: Sat, Sept 28. The Westin Poinsett, 120 S Main St. 11am–4pm. $35. Driven Associates Presents Traffic Jam: Sat, Sept 28. Old Cigar Warehouse, 912 S Main St. 5–8:30pm. $75. SCBT Jazz Brunch: Sun, Sept 29. Corner of Main & Broad sts. 10am–2pm. $45.. $45.

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hite wicker rockers beckon from the front porch of Park House B&B’s circa 1911 white-columned house at 221 Park Street. But when Jessica and Rick Landerer first saw it, the crumbling former residence of J.L. Mann (superintendent of Greenville County Schools from 1916 to 1940) bore little resemblance to the pristine structure that stands here now. Despite its appearance, Jessica saw potential in the decrepit house. “I always wanted to live in a beautiful old house,” says the diminutive innkeeper, a New Yorker who fell in love with Greenville at first sight 10 years ago. In 2010, the Landerers purchased this house in the East Park Historic District and stripped it to the studs. The double front doors with their beveled glass panes are the only original elements they could salvage. It was a two-year project, but the result was worth the sweat equity. Today the couple welcomes guests in four rooms in the house and a small cottage above the garage, each with its own flair—not to mention robes, flat-screen TVs, and drawers neatly built into the closets. Guests love to linger in the parlor with the newspaper after a breakfast of waffles with fried ice cream, and then walk downtown to shop and sightsee. 221 Park St, Greenville. (864) 987-0571,; rates between $169–$219.

THE GARDEN HOUSE B&B Two blocks from the little commercial core of Simpsonville, this 7,000-square-foot Victorian started out as a humble cottage in 1905 and now sits amid an acre of vivid gardens. In nice weather, many guests ask to have breakfast on the back porch overlooking the tranquil view, a request that innkeeper Frances Shelton is happy to fulfill. The Garden House offers five rooms, each with its own appeal. One upstairs room has an antique claw-foot tub and a big walk-in closet; another boasts a jetted tub and a gas fireplace in the bathroom. 302 S Main St, Simpsonville. (864) 963-3379,; rates between $99–$159. THE INN ON TYGER MEADOW At the top of a gravel drive off Route 414, the red-roofed Inn on Tyger Meadow looms large in a clearing flanked by woods. Three spacious rooms near North Greenville University are wellappointed with gleaming modern baths. The largest room has a private entrance that affords access to the outdoor hot tub. Breakfast might bring turkey-bacon and egg cups sprinkled with herbs from owner Nan Brinsko’s garden, or Door County cherrycream-cheese French-toast bake, a recipe that wins raves. 103 Tyger Meadow Rd, Travelers Rest. (864) 275-1141,; rates between $105–$125. PETTIGRU PLACE B&B A short brick path through a shady English garden leads to the front door of Greenville’s oldest B&B, located in the Pettigru Street Historic District downtown. Owner Lori Donaldson enjoys chatting with her guests in the morning over the likes of a Golden Soufflé topped with sweetened sour cream and fresh berries, and she’ll also arrange romantic picnics. 302 Pettigru St, Greenville. (864) 242-4529,; rates between $125–$225.

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About TOWN

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

Smart Guy September marks a month of recharge for the Man


n the first act of Noel Coward’s 1930 play Private Lives, a honeymooning couple exchanges witty banter while enjoying the view of the French Riviera from their hotel terrace. Their conversation eventually deteriorates into a heated discussion of the husband’s previous marriage and the shortcomings of his ex-wife who initiated their divorce. His new wife wonders why he put up with this shrew for so long, and asks why he didn’t initiate the divorce himself. The husband, quite taken aback by this question, simply responds, “It would not have been the action of a gentleman.” Over the past 80 years, the “actions of a gentleman” have become rare to the point of near extinction. Whereas a gentleman once rose when a female entered a room, a woman is now lucky if her appearance warrants a glance away from the latest text message. Gentlemen used to hold doors, dress for the occasion, arrive on time, write thank-you notes and send flowers. They didn’t wear hats indoors or golf shirts to fine restaurants. They were quick with compliments and sparse with critiques. They behaved by a code of conduct based on the respect for the feelings, sensibilities, and welfare of others. Unfortunately in today’s world we are often too busy coddling our own feelings, sensibilities, and welfare to notice those of others. We’ve become a society of narcissists, gazing constantly into the reflective pool of our smartphone screens. While technology has increased our ability to connect, it has at the same time lowered our standards of behavior. The smartphone hasn’t killed gentlemanly manners but it has certainly put them on life support.

To this steady and unfortunate decline in etiquette, your Man About TOWN says, “Enough already!” Enough of Instagramming the dragon roll or checking our fantasy-football standings while our dinner companions sit idly by. Enough of illuminating the darkness of the Peace Center to tweet that we’re watching Jersey Boys. Enough of conducting loud, personal phone conversations in waiting rooms and airport terminals. Enough of being too impatient and reckless to pull off the road before responding to a text. It’s time for us gentlemen to raise our standards and remember our smartphones are our servants, not our masters. In an effort to lead by example, I vow for the month of September to leave my phone in the car when visiting a restaurant, theatre, or someone’s home. When my phone is with me, I promise not to act as if I were Bruce Wayne and every text alert or social-media notification were the bat signal. I promise not to text while driving or interrupt a face-to-face conversation to check my phone. I promise to excuse myself and conduct my phone conversations out of the earshot of others. In short, I promise to use my phone with the feelings, sensibilities, and welfare of others in mind. By the end of the month, I hope to discover I am not as tethered to my phone as I once thought and that the time saved by not constantly texting, posting, tweeting, or throwing animated birds has allowed me many more opportunities to perform the actions of a gentleman. As Noel Coward himself once said, “Manners are the outward expression of expert interior decoration.” For me, September is the month I do a little redecorating.

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Into the Wild : Grey Logs, nestled in pristine wilderness near Caesars Head, served as lodge, private residence, and restaurant before Doug Harper bought and renovated the cabin.


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n a recent evening, Doug Harper, chairman of the Harper Corporation, gathered together a veritable who’s who of Greenville in an old cabin near Caesars Head called Grey Logs. The cabin was built in 1925 by Dr. B. E. Geer, who served as president of Furman University from 1933 to 1938. Over the years the building has been a lodge, a private residence, and a “weekends only” restaurant. But by the time the Harper family purchased it in 2007, the property had fallen into complete disrepair. “It was in really bad shape when I bought it,” says Harper. “The house was actually in danger of falling in.” Harper renovated the property from the ground up, jacking up the floors and installing steel beams along with a new foundation. The siding, windows, plumbing, and electrical we’re all replaced along with the installation of new bathrooms and a restaurant-quality commercial kitchen. “I’ve renovated it in the style of a rustic mountain lodge,” he says. “It has been a labor of love, but I’m probably uniquely qualified to do it being a contractor.” While Harper’s guests sat around tables crafted from hemlock harvested from the property, the kitchen bustled with activity as Chef Adam Cooke prepared a buzzword-heavy meal: locallysourced, organic, fresh, farm-to-table. Cooke is the former executive chef of Blackberry Farm, the luxury hotel in Walland, Tennessee, and now executive chef at Hotel Domestique located just twenty minutes north of Greenville. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, Hotel Domestique is a sleek, refined, boutique hotel owned by brothers George and Rich Hincapie, that was formerly known as La Bastide and operated by the Cliffs Communities. The Hincapies, along with Doug Harper and Harper Construction, have transformed the property into a luxury getaway that blends French and Mediterranean influences

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Club While Harper’s guests sat around tables crafted from hemlock harvested from the property, the kitchen bustled with activity as Chef Adam Cooke prepared a buzzword-heavy meal: locallysourced, organic, fresh, farm-totable. Cooke is the former executive chef of Blackberry Farm, the luxury hotel in Walland, Tennessee, and now executive chef at Hotel Domestique located just twenty minutes north of Greenville. with Southern hospitality. Designer Eric Brown has used a subtle, muted palette along with the occasional and unexpected blast of orange, creating a relaxed yet contemporary feel. It is a substantial upgrade from the former décor. Cooke will head up the hotel’s restaurant, suitably named “17” after the number of times George Hincapie competed in the Tour de France. For the Grey Logs dinner, Cooke and Harper collaborated to source ingredients from local farms and purveyors. “Doug has a serious interest in food and wine,” says Cooke. “He brought in a bunch of local trout and actually gutted them the morning of the event.” Cooke waited until the day of the dinner to “hit the markets” and select the freshest ingredients, which included cheese from Spinning Spider Creamery, carrots and garnishes from Broken Oak Organics, pork from Greenbrier Farms as well as local honey, peaches, butter, and new potatoes. “I’d say other than the salt and olive oil, everything was locally sourced,” says Cooke. The full menu included pan-fried trout topped with bacon, breadcrumbs, and spring onions, simple roasted vegetables, a salad of fennel and shaved ham dressed with a honey vinaigrette, and cornmeal cake with slow-roasted peaches, fromage blanc, and honey. “The way I cook is to treat everything individually the way it needs to be treated, like slow-roasting the vegetables and cooking the trout whole,” says Cooke. “We weren’t trying to be splashy or stylish. It’s food that’s easy to understand—it’s food I like to eat.” Harper’s Grey Logs guests included former Secretary of State Dick Riley, Tom O’Hanlan, and Rich Hincapie among others. “I have frequent dinner parties,” says Harper, “but the purpose of this dinner was to introduce Adam Cooke to the Upstate. And the meal was fabulous.” While Harper has noticed the occasional black bear, deer, and coyote in the Grey Logs backyard, the night of the dinner party was wildlife-free. “We’re completely surrounded by wilderness,” says Harper. “To have a meal like this here is just amazing.”

Dinner Debut : Doug Harper, chairman of Harper Corporation, hosted a dinner party to introduce and showcase Chef Adam Cooke’s talents. Cooke, who oversees the kitchen at Hotel Domestique, impressed with a locally-sourced menu featuring ingredients from Spinning Spider Creamery, Broken Oak Organics, and Greenbrier Farms.

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SOUTH CAROLINA TROUT, ROASTED WHOLE, WITH LEMON, BACON, SPRING ONIONS, AND BREADCRUMBS Courtesy of Chef Adam Cooke INGREDIENTS One trout per person, 7–10 inches in length 4 cups homemade breadcrumbs (can substitute Panko Japanese breadcrumbs) 4 lemons One bunch flat-leaf parsley One lb. thick cut or slab bacon One lb. spring onion (can substitute green scallions) Kosher salt Smoked paprika EQUIPMENT Medium mixing bowl One small sauté pan One large sauté pan One baking sheet per 4 trout One spatula One serving platter per 4 trout METHOD Gut and lay trout open filet-side up on a work surface. Lightly season the inside of the trout with salt and paprika. Tip: paprika can be hard to sprinkle on its own, so mix 1 tablespoon into 1 cup of salt to help evenly distribute. Fold trout closed and lay on a baking sheet with paper towels underneath and on top. Hold in a fridge until ready to cook. FOR THE TOPPING Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Preheat the small sauté pan on high heat. Cut bacon into small cubes and slice the white parts of the onions into rings. Add the bacon to the pan, immediately turning the heat down to low. Cook bacon until it browns and add the onions to cook with the bacon in the fat. When the onions cook through, strain the fat into the mixing bowl and keep the bacon-onion mixture warm. Add the breadcrumbs to the mixing bowl with the bacon fat and drizzle enough oil to coat the crumbs. Zest the lemons into the breadcrumbs and season lightly with salt. Toss to evenly coat, and pour onto the baking tray. Bake for 10–12 minutes until brown and evenly toasted. Remove from the oven and cool. Chop the parsley briefly and add to the mixture. Keep the parsley stems. FOR THE TROUT Preheat the large sauté pan on high heat. Pat dry the trout and add to the pan, seasoning the skin at the last minute. Place the trout in the pan, working in batches so you don’t crowd the pan and cause the fish to steam or stick. Crisp the trout skin aggressively on both sides and move to the baking tray. Slice the zested lemons and place inside the trout with the parsley stems. Bake at 350 until done, about 12–15 minutes. During the last few minutes of baking the trout, rewarm the bacon and toss with the breadcrumbs. TO SERVE Platter the trout and spoon the breadcrumb mixture over the top. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the trout and serve immediately.

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One Light One life, like a single light. Alone, a match. But bundled, it’s fire—moving like lightning, brighter and hotter, with the power to change the world. The Year of Altruism is the flint— offering opportunities for learning, dialogue, connection, and, ultimately, power for good. by Jac Chebatoris photography by Paul Mehaffey

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n fact, let’s do. The Peanuts gang with their wide-eyed view of the world is a great study of human behavior—as the intricacies of relationships are handily on display. For instance, love: Lucy draped longingly over Schroeder’s piano unabashedly expressing her feelings. Ambition: Charlie Brown kicking, missing, and, yet, always re-kicking the football and trusting Lucy every time not to pull the ball away, which of course she did. Compassion: Pig Pen and Linus who just asked to be accepted for their stinky, thumb-sucking selves.

Match Points:

(clockwise from top-left) Rabbi Marc Wilson, Courtney Tollison Hartness, Ph.D., and Robert St. Claire have kickstarted a movement called the Year of Altruism, in response to the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, which is considered to be the start of the Holocaust.

At any given turn, whether it was Snoopy’s hijinks disobeying his master at times, Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie, or Sally who adored and pined for Linus, even with his anxiety and early male-pattern baldness, there was a clear example inherently that we need each other in this life. So that in our collective journey, and in the throes of upheaval, the connectedness and goodness of humanity help us to rise above. Charlie Brown, plagued by his own insecurities and self-doubt, would try and try again. He was often the butt of the joke— even by his own friends, and his own dog. But at the end, after all was said and done, he was lifted up—literally, sometimes as the cartoon would often show—on the shoulders of those around him, but metaphorically, too. He was then able to see the best in the worst of times. Charlie Brown, as much as he struggled, found compassion, concern, kindness, and humility. Can’t we all? That is what the founders of the Year of Altruism, a year-long movement that kicked off in August, are hoping. That, as a force, if we should choose, we can lift each other up, instead of tear each other down. We can look past the obvious differences that keep us contracted like a spring that wishes to find its velocity, but instead allows its own coils to rust for fear of letting go. We can trust that hate will always be overmatched by love. That the muscle of fear will atrophy when it’s not allowed to be exercised. That from darkness, there will always be light—no matter how hard-won the first flicker might be. Seventy-five years ago the light went out. Throughout Germany and Austria, synagogues were burned, stores and buildings demolished, and Jewish cemeteries were desecrated on the “Night of Broken Glass,” called Kristallnacht, November 9–10, 1938, instigated by Nazi officials, and considered to be the start of the Holocaust. Subsequently, the lives of an estimated 11 million people were taken by the tyranny of fear and prejudice and corrosive hate that sprang forth, spreading through Europe until the Allied forces defeated the Germans and Hitler committed suicide in 1945.

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Family Tree: Livia and Sandor Koser, who now make their home near Spartanburg, are Holocaust survivors; (left) the couple during early marriage, and with their son, Dr. Andras Koser, who now practices medicine in Spartanburg

History Alive


he Year of Altruism founders and directors Rabbi Marc Wilson and Robert St. Claire, were so heartened at the response at the 70th-year commemoration of Kristallnacht, that going into the 75th, they decided that the acknowledgment of this somber marker in history was an opportunity for exponential expansion of goodwill. To share the notion that deep in the layers of when our resiliency is challenged, lies potential. To make sure the stories of those, like Spartanburg residents Sandor and Livia Koser, who, as teenagers, were separately held for a year at the Buchenwald and Auschwitz concentration camps, still get told. To memorialize that while the genesis of the YOA was founded in this solemn remembrance of the persecution of the Jews, it is also, at its core, the good of humanity that connects the movement to that of human rights—regardless of your beliefs, color, creed, or sexuality. It is not a “Jewish” thing or an “African American” thing. Or, any other categorical “thing,” then. What it is, is a chance to hold us all up to the challenge of the very definition of the word— altruism: unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others.

Upstate residents Livia and Sandor Koser are Holocaust survivors


rom the stories we’ve read, or have seen in movies and documentaries, we know of the accounts. It is almost too much for the mind to process. But it is not until you sit across from two survivors of the Holocaust that the open, raw depths are felt. Livia Koser, 82, gets up from the table at her house near Spartanburg, with flints of nervousness in her aquamarine eyes. It is mainly her eyes, and those of her husband Sandor, 83, that translate the unwanted memories that their native Hungarian cannot. Livia and Sandor, at 13 and 14 years old respectively, were taken from their separate villages in cattle wagons by Hungarian police to the ghetto where Nazi officials collected and kept them before sending them off to the death camps. Sandor’s mother was sent to the gas chamber immediately upon arriving. Livia and her mother were sent to Auschwitz, in Poland, and Sandor first to Auschwitz then to the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany to suffer and bear witness to the atrocities of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. An estimated 11 million people, six million of them Jews, were killed. Livia and Sandor had names before the camps; there, only numbers. Livia’s is still tattooed on her left forearm. The lines and angles have faded in the 70 years since they were first branded into her 13-year-old skin, but as she passes her finger over it, the tremulousness returns—as if it could ever really leave. The day they were liberated— Sandor by U.S. troops and Livia by the Russian army in 1945—they now refer to as their birthdays. That they would both survive the camps to find each other later in high school in Hungary, marry,

have their son, Dr. Andras Koser, then immigrate to the States in 1997 is nothing short of a miracle. Livia’s barracks at the Auschwitz death camp were next to one of the five crematoriums where the bodies of those who were sent to the gas chambers (6,000 a day, at times) were burned. The question that looms like a thundercloud, bearing heft in the unfathomable, is one they themselves seem unable to answer fully. Stories of starvation—one loaf of bread for 10 people—the more than 1 million children who were killed, lice and rodents and rampant disease in the inhumane conditions, including what became the normal, daily stench of burning flesh. There are no answers for the questions that you have—how could this happen? How did they ever survive it? They’ve gone back to the camps, out of a sense of obligation and as part of the healing process, multiple times. Livia keeps the photos of the visits in a floral-patterned, blueplaid album, so deceiving in its cheery outer layer that belies the despairing depths of the memory contained within, yet communicating what her native tongue cannot: members of their family were killed, their dignity and innocence taken, but their indomitable spirit remains. Mentally they never gave up, explains their son. Their story is important, not just because this gentle, elderly couple, who live on a quiet, treelined street here, are among us, but because they are two of the last living testaments to our darkest days in recent history. You don’t know what to say when you get up from their table three hours later. And so you just look them in the eye and say, thank you.

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It is not a “Jewish” thing or an “African American” thing. Or, any categorical “thing,” then. What it is, is a chance to hold us all up to the challenge of the very definition of the word—altruism: unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others. We’ve hopefully been the recipients of others’ altruistic efforts in the smallest of ways— the happy news that someone ahead of you has paid for your parking fee or your latte. The moment in a harried day when you gladly accept the offer presented to you to skip ahead in the grocery-store line. These circumstances that act like spark plugs sending bolts of feelgood endorphins into our fibers, hopefully, causing enough of a stir in the place where selflessness can grow to do the same—without expectation or the hopes of a return favor. “The thought of the Year of Altruism is so appealing to people,” says St. Claire, who converted to Judaism 15 years ago, “and then when they see it unfolding, it’s like catching a wave, and everybody else wants to get on the wave and go along with you.” In addition to Furman University, the primary partner of YOA, more than 80 organizations have already joined forces with the movement to help provide a broad spectrum of events

scheduled under the YOA umbrella throughout the year, including volunteer work and community projects, interfaith services, theatre performances, concerts, and presentations such as: The Charles H. Townes Lecture on Faith and Reason, presented by Furman University, on November 5, 2013, at the Younts Conference Center, featuring Dr. Daniel C. Matt, scholar of Jewish mysticism and translator/editor of the multivolume series The Zohar: Pritzker Edition published by Stanford University Press. Ashes to Rebirth: Kristallnacht-Altruism Memorial Concert, presented by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, on November 9, 2013, at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Commemoration Service, presented as part of the Dream Weekend and co-sponsored by Greenville Baptist Ministers Fellowship, on January 19, 2014, featuring Reverend Dr. Joseph Roberts.

Women’s History Month guest speaker Layli Miller-Muro of the Tahirih Justice Center, presented by Furman University, on March 25, 2014. “This is a common thing for Greenville and for the city of Greenville,” says St. Claire. “Greenville itself has been and is a naturally altruistic community. That’s why the people are so receptive to this. We’ve been doing this for years.” So far, Greenville is the only city to have taken up the mantle of such a movement like this, though Rabbi Wilson says he has started to field calls from organizers in other places like Macon, Georgia, on how to bring this idea to take seed in their own community. The Year of Altruism program director, and assistant professor of history at Furman University and museum historian at the Upcountry History Museum, Courtney Tollison Hartness, Ph.D., points to the gleaming data reflecting this community’s best-foot-forward mentality: “Last year the local United Way

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Past Lives: Sandor

and Livia Koser are Spartanburg County residents who came to America from Hungary in 1997. They both were taken to concentration camps during World War II and narrowly survived.

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They’ve gone back to the camps, out of a sense of obligation and as part of the healing process, multiple times. Livia keeps the photos of the visits in a floral-patterned, blueplaid album, so deceiving in its cheery outer layer that belies the despairing depths of the memory contained within, yet communicating what her native tongue cannot: members of their family were killed, their dignity and innocence taken, but their indomitable spirit remains.

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It’s up to all of us—not as parts, but as a whole—to serve with possibility, to peer into the darkness and see what is there that can bring us all closer, and not just see a great divide. raised $15 milion; the Greenville Literacy Association ranks in the top-three percent nationally in terms of the volunteers and the number of those it serves; and the Greenville Meals On Wheels program, the sixth-oldest in the country, celebrates its 45th year of service to those who are housebound,” explains Hartness, who remembers that as a child she was always told “to leave the world a better place than how you found it,” and is hoping that a similar note is what reverberates throughout the next year for the YOA. One need only turn on the evening news or read the scrolling newsfeed of Facebook to know that, sadly, venomous vitriol and heated and often hurtful epithets and opinions are given way too much space. The tagline of the Year of Altruism is A Movement Powered by Humanity. The founders have said they’re just the ones who have struck the match. It’s up to all of us—not as parts, but as a whole—not just for our own community, but for the Upstate, to the state, to the United States and beyond, to serve with possibility, heading off intolerance and healing the wounds of persecution, to peer into the darkness and see what is there that can bring us all closer, and not just see a great divide. “Are you upset, little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don’t worry . . . I’m here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you.”—Charlie Brown to Snoopy. Here’s to it being like that for us in real life, too. Find more at

Beautiful Life: Trude Heller, at 91, remains

active in the Greenville community and continues to share her incredible life story. At the core is her late husband Max Heller (far-left), a two-time mayor of Greenville who is largely responsible for transforming the city to its current vibrancy.

Lasting Legacy Trude Heller tells a familiar story, but that’s hers alone


t was the knock at the door in early March that changed everything. Young Trude Schonthal’s parents answered the door of their house in Vienna, Austria, and the man demanded the family to be moved out—of their home—in six hours or they would be killed. It was 1938, and the man was one of Adolf Hitler’s Nazis, a month after the Anschluss, which was the harbinger of the hideous “Night of Broken Glass,” or what is known as Kristallnacht, considered to be the beginning of the Holocaust in which 11 million people, 6 million of them Jews, were killed. It has been many miles from Vienna and years that have passed—69 of those spent with the love of her life, her late husband, and former two-term Greenville mayor, Max Heller—since Trude Schonthal Heller had to survive with her mother in dark woods for six weeks to try to escape out of Austria, which was one of the first countries Hitler took over. Her story, and that of the romance for the ages of she and Max, has been told for decades now, but with the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht upon us, Heller’s dedication to keeping the story alive—her own way of honoring perhaps the memories of those who didn’t make it out—is especially poignant. Spry as someone with a happy heart, at 91-years-old, Heller sits on the sofa in her Greenville apartment surrounded by paintings by her husband, and of his mother’s intricate needlework, framed and hanging on the wall. Seeing her lively eyes and hearing her laugh punctuating the sentences that describe an experience that most of us have only read about or seen in movies illustrates the worthwhile choice that the young couple made, after they were able to flee and were later married in Greenville in 1942. They met at a resort outside of Vienna when she was just 14 and he was 17 (with the promise to marry her even then, though he left Austria in 1938 for Greenville and it would be another year and a half before she would see him again). “There were two kinds of refugees, those that were always upset and those that wanted to be happy. And we wanted a happy home, and we did it,” she says. They did that by a series of what Heller simply describes as the many miracles that happened along the arduous and emotional story of survival. The week that Heller met the man who was to become her husband, as she learned “to dance the waltz on top of a table,” she says, was the very week that

he also met the young college graduate named Mary Mills on holiday in Europe with four of her friends. Mills, Max Heller often said, became the reason that he did not end up “a bag of bones in Auschwitz.” The stories of chance meetings like that of Max and Mary (he immediately wrote to her once Hitler had taken over, asking for her help. It was through her that Max was able to secure his passage into the United States, famously arriving with $1.60 in his pocket, to sweep floors at the Piedmont Shirt Factory before opening his own companies, becoming mayor, and running for Congress) pepper Heller’s conversation and are parts of what she focuses on when she speaks pubicly, such as at the Upcountry History Museum on October 22, in conjunction with the Year of Altruism. “I’m a busy retiree,” she jokes. But it’s with a sense of purpose to educate so we don’t forget the atrocities of Hitler who, Heller says, would surely have taken over the world had it not been for American soldiers. It is Kristallnacht that Heller remembers well—36 hours hiding behind the rolling iron curtain that closed the store that her parents owned (the last one they still had after the Nazis took everything). She was 15, and while synagogues burned and chaos filled the streets that only months before she had walked happily to her dance classes, she and her mother, father, and a childhood friend, who wasn’t Jewish (so he was allowed to work in the store after it was taken over) huddled in fear while the Nazis banged on the door. Her father was eventually taken, to be sent away to the concentration camps, and she and her mother began the harrowing journey to freedom, finally to New York, where, on the very day that Max Heller arrived by bus from Greenville to visit her, so did a Western Union telegram with the good news that her father was alive. “He was always my good omen,” she says of her husband, with whom she has three children, 10 grandchildren and 16 greatgrandchildren, and of whom she says she misses “every moment” since he passed away in 2011. He is with her still, from the eyes of his photo to the soulful connection the two of them shared from the moment they met. Defying odds and circumstances, withstanding distance and time, terror and uncertainty. Triumph of humanity of will and always of choice to notice that the dark doesn’t obscure the light, but is often what brings it into being. SEPTEMBER 2013 / 85

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Golden Rule: Tupelo Honey Cafe’s buttermilk biscuits are served with its signature Tupelo honey.

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MUST-TRY DISHES APPALACHIAN EGG ROLLS: East meets South in this savory starter. Pulled pork is slow-roasted, kicked up with smoked jalapeño BBQ sauce, and rolled together with a mix of braised greens, pickled onions, and shredded carrots. BRIAN’S SHRIMP AND GRITS: Executive Chef Brian Sonoskus came up with his own version of this Lowcountry favorite. His shrimp rest on a bed of goat cheese grits, topped with a zesty sauce with roasted red peppers.

Tupelo Honey Café is a sweet option any time of day / by M. Linda Lee


iazza Bergamo was still fenced off in a tangle of mud and construction when Tupelo Honey Café opened next door to Anthropologie on June 18. Diners are still buzzing about this Asheville-based chain, which is in the process of expanding to several Southern states. Even on a rainy weeknight, there was a 30-minute wait for a table in the sunny yellow space with its cozy bar at the back. “Our reception in Greenville has been overwhelming,” says the company’s owner, Steve Frabitore. “I still pinch myself that Tupelo Honey Café is a part of Greenville’s vibrant downtown.” It didn’t take Greenvillians long to discover that the café’s big, fluffy biscuits are worth a trip. Available at breakfast (which is served all day) and with evening entrées, the biscuits are accompanied by the regional honey for which the café is named. Pale amber in color and buttery in taste, Tupelo honey is produced from the blossoms of white Ogeechee Tupelo trees, which grow in river basins in southern Georgia and northwestern Florida.

While inspired by Southern fare, the culinary team led by Executive Chef Brian Sonoskus veers off in some unexpected directions. Appalachian Egg Rolls, for example, are filled with pulled pork and braised greens, and served with a smoked jalapeño BBQ sauce for dipping. As for the 18 sides, think benne-coated asparagus, salsa verde black-eyed peas, and a velvety mac and cheese. In keeping with its owner’s guiding principle of giving back, the company weaves itself into the fabric of each of the communities where its restaurants are located. “We want to make a longterm commitment,” says Frabitore. “You’ve got to do something more than just open your doors and make a profit.” In Greenville, Tupelo Honey Café is partnering with Mill Village Farms, an urban-garden program that engages local at-risk youth in growing food for their communities. To date, Tupelo Honey has raised more than $37,000 for the program and has hired three young people from Mill Village Farms. “Food is the universal currency,” Frabitore believes. “When people gather around food, they can change things.” Mon–Thurs, 9am–10pm; Fri, 9am–11pm; Sat, 8am–11pm; Sun, 8am–9pm; 1 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 451-6200,

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NOT YOUR MAMA’S MEATLOAF: This meatloaf is made with local, hormone-free, grass-fed beef with some bacon folded in to make it extra moist. Rosemary-shallot-tomato gravy guilds the lilly.

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Lickin’ Good: (this page) Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf is a signature entrée at Tupelo Honey Café, made with local, grass-fed beef topped with a rosemaryshallot-tomato gravy; (opposite, clockwise from top) Appalachian Egg Rolls are packed with slow-roasted pork and braised greens; wash ’em down with a refreshing ginger muddled mojito; Chef Brian Sonoskus’s rendition of the Lowcountry classic shrimp and grits, with goat cheese grits and spicy roasted red pepper sauce

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Cask Away: Quest is selective about their process: ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible, from West End Coffee Company beans to locallyharvested malt from Asheville.

Tapping In Cheers to Quest, Greenville’s newest microbrewery / by Kathryn Davé

Taproom open Tues–Wed, 4–8pm; Thurs–Fri, 4–9pm; Sat, 12–9pm. Thursday nights offer concerts and a food truck, beginning at 5:30pm. Quest Brewing Co., 55 Airview Dr, Greenville. (864) 272-6232,

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f you’re the sort that pays attention to the pub lineup, you might have noticed a new name joining the draft. From the printed beer list at American Grocery to the scrawled chalkboard at Barley’s, Quest Brewery has been getting around. You could attribute this warm welcome to local pride— after all, Quest beer is brewed right here in Greenville—but truth is, Quest beer is just really, really good. When an award-winning brewmaster and an avid home brewer crossed paths chasing the same dream, Quest Brewing Co. was born. In July 2013, Don Richardson and Andrew Watts celebrated the grand opening of their microbrewery. They were as intentional about choosing Greenville as they are about crafting their beer. The Upstate is defined by a passionate, adventurous spirit—a perfect pairing, they felt, to Quest’s bold, experimental, American- and Belgian-style beers. It’s been well-established that drinking beer makes you feel good. But when you drink Quest, you also get to feel good about the beer you’re drinking. Quest is committed to reducing their carbon impact, strengthening the local economy, and locally sourcing goods whenever possible. For example, that Kaldi Coffee Stout you’re sipping? It’s made with beans from West End Coffee Company. You can try that coffee stout (or another fine Quest beer) around town or right from the source. Quest’s taproom is open to the public, featuring a concert every Thursday night, brewery tours on Saturday afternoons, and good times all the time. Fill your growler. Raise your glass. Find your Quest.

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On a Kick From Old Hollywood to a new century, the Moscow Mule keeps things zingy


hat do you do when you want to unload a stock of ginger beer and promote a new type of white whiskey? You create a cocktail, of course. That’s how John G. Martin, president of Heublein Inc. (a producer and distributor of alcoholic beverages), and Jack Morgan, proprietor of the Cock ‘n’ Bull Tavern on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, proved that necessity is, indeed, the mother of invention. The year was 1941; the place was New York City’s Chatham Hotel. Gin was the “it” drink at the time, and Martin and Morgan were looking to replace it with Martin’s newly acquired white spirit, Smirnoff’s vodka. While sitting around the bar one day, they married Morgan’s line of spicy ginger beer with Martin’s vodka and lime juice in a copper mug and gave birth to the Moscow Mule. Thanks

to their ingenuity, vodka sales more than tripled between 1947 and 1950. Morgan took the drink to the West Coast, where the Moscow Mule became the toast of the town in Hollywood. The libation fell from grace in the early 1950s, owing to the anti-Communist craze that gripped the entertainment industry. With no such stigma today, the Moscow Mule is enjoying a comeback. “The Mule is in again, and most everyone is offering the classic,” says Katy Edwards, a bartender at Roost. In an ironic twist, she substitutes gin for vodka in Roost’s version of this cocktail. John G. Martin would not be pleased. —M. Linda Lee

Drink It Here: In keeping with tradition, Breakwater serves its classic Moscow Mule, made with Russian Standard vodka, in a frosty copper mug (pictured). $8. 802 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 2710046,

At Roost Bar they make a Greenville Mule with Hendrick’s gin, adding sweetness with St. Germain elderflower liqueur and apple juice. The drink gets its kick from house-made gingerbeer syrup. $10. 220 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 298-2424,

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High Cotton’s Southern Mule uses their house-brand Maverick vodka, paired with the traditional duo of lime juice and spicy Blenheim ginger ale. $8. 550 S Main St, Greenville. (864) 3354200,

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Paulista’s Delight brings international fare to North Main / by Andrew Huang

The small kitchen has actually worked in Rebellato’s favor. Whereas Café Paulista’s menu was strictly Brazilian in origin, Rebellato’s one-woman operation has taken on an international flair. There are always a few Brazilian staples ready to go, but Rebellato hasn’t shied away from indulging her culinary interests. Peruvian steak stir-fry, Mexican tamales, Italian ravioli, Jamaican fish stew, and Korean barbecue have all made appearances, and it’s not uncommon for regulars to hand her a list of requests. Of course, if you ask what her favorite dish is, she’ll smile and point to the feijoada, a dish made with rice and black beans. She explains, “I’m Brazilian. We love rice, and we always have beans on the table. It’s comforting.” For Café Paulista’s former regulars, it’s no doubt just as comforting to know that Rebellato’s brand of ethnic comfort food is back on the menu. Paulista’s Delight at the Drop - In Store 709 N Main St, Greenville. (864) 283 -1938 $, L, D. 11:30am–8pm, daily

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here are hole-in-the-wall spots, and there are actual holes in walls. The Drop-In Store, just up the hill from Horizon Records, has one in its back wall. Fortunately, it’s not a building-code violation. It’s just a rectangular cutout that offers a peek into a small but tidy kitchen. That kitchen is the heart of Paulista’s Delight, Valerie Rebellato’s latest Greenville culinary venture. Rebellato, who made a name for herself as the chef and owner of Café Paulista, left to be a ski resort chef in McCall, Idaho, after closing her restaurant. “I wanted to get away, try something different,” she says, but ultimately returned for the reason many come to Greenville in the first place: “It was too cold in Idaho.” Upon returning, Rebellato learned there was an unused kitchen in the back of the Drop-In from her friend Maria Gomes, who runs the store with her husband Roland. The decision was a no-brainer, and the addition of Paulista’s Delight to the Drop-In rounds out the neighborhood bodega to match NoMa’s New York–style abbreviation. Rebellato’s space is just a small slice of a packed convenience store. Takeout is de rigeur, but there’s also some seating: three booths, lined up in front of the kitchen, are tucked between aisles of breakfast cereal and five-dollar champagne.

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Noodles go the distance at Saigon Fast Food Saigon Fast Food might not rank high on your list of comfort-food stops. It might not even register on your list of Greenville restaurants (its location within sight of the busy North Pleasantburg/East North intersection makes it easy to overlook). But rest assured, Helene and Quan Dang, the husband-and-wife owners of this Vietnamese restaurant, have something for whatever ails you. Take a peek inside the menu—a hefty binder of laminated pictures—or if that’s too intimidating, just ask Helene. “Oh, my dear,” she’ll say, before recommending something, probably steeped in a bowl of ultra-savory broth. “Everyone says my soup is medicine. They come when they have a cold or sinus things, and they tell me the next day they are all better,” she says. The secret? Herbs and meat spend up to 10 hours getting acquainted. The Dangs are particular about using meat in their stock. While bone is cheaper, meat produces a clearer, less greasy broth. Attention to detail has won Saigon Fast Food a bevy of regulars that includes chefs from local restaurants like Irashiai, Miyabi, Sweet Basil, and Lemongrass. Considering the Dangs’ pedigrees, it’s no surprise. Helene grew up helping run her family restaurant in Virginia, while Quan was apprenticed to a Hong Kong chef at age 7, spending the subsequent 11 years learning his trade in countries like Hong Kong, France, and Thailand. But all that hardly matters when Helene sets a steaming bowl of pho in front of you. You’ll break a sweat—partially from the spices, partially from the effort of putting away so much rice vermicelli, sprouts, sliced beef, shrimp, and herb-infused broth—but it’s all part of the experience. “Eating here is like going to a sauna, except you leave with a full feeling in your stomach,” Helene says with a chuckle. Bet your Campbell’s chicken noodle can’t do that. —Andrew Huang $ - $$, L, D. 1011 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 235-3472 Photograph by Paul Mehaffey


Laotian native Bounhom Lim opened Bangkok Café as counterpoint to the Chinese buffet that used to occupy the space. Pungent lemongrass, creamy coconut milk, and spicy chili peppers give the restaurant—not to mention the food—a mouthwatering aroma. The MSG-free menu has all the usual suspects, from delicate fresh rolls wrapped in translucent rice paper to seafood curry, filled

with jumbo shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels, and crab. $-$$, L,

D. Closed Monday. 1200 E Main St, Spartanburg. (864) 583-2532, BANGKOK THAI CUISINE

It’s not easy to find pad thai that has flavor beyond noodles drenched in sweet sauce. Luckily, Bangkok Thai manages to bridge the expectation gap with a fragrant offering. The curries are also a surefire hit, though the green curry is of particular note: it is the only one made from fresh chilies. For a different dining experience, take a seat on the floor

pillows in the back rooms.

$$, L (Mon–Fri), D (Mon–Sat). 1440 Pelham Rd, Ste M. (864) 458-7866, BAVARIAN PRETZEL FACTORY

Carb lovers need no further introduction, but if you’re on the fence about baked goods, the Bavarian Pretzel Factory is a good place to start. Owner and manager Linda Sue Gschnitzer takes pride in infusing every pretzel, pastry, and loaf of bread with Old World quality. In addition to baked goods, guests can partake in hearty platters of sausage, cheese, stew, and pork loin

for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. $,

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This locally-owned restaurant near Clemson University calls itself a sushi bar, but it doesn’t stop there. Also on the menu is a full roster of entrées that runs the gamut from a New Zealand rack of lamb to panfried grouper, “Oscar style.” Pasta, burgers, sandwiches, and flatbread pizzas round out the selection. Red walls and lime-green accents color

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Treat your taste buds and ears at the Bohemian Café, side-by-side with the legendary Horizon Records music store. This eclectic café with an international flair serves up daily specials for curry and pasta. For Sunday brunch, treat yourself to a Bloody Mary bar, or indulge your sweet tooth with a slice of homemade rum cake. $$, L, D, SBR. Closed Monday.

2 W Stone Ave, Greenville. (864) 2330006, THE CAZBAH

For a unique dining experience, try the Cazbah. Linger over a light dinner, or create a sumptuous meal of the menu’s tapas, such as the lobster cigars or sesame-seared tuna. While you won’t find sweet tea, an extensive wine selection will delight those looking for a more sophisticated evening. There is a sister location in Greer. $, D. 16 W McBee Ave. (864) 241-9909,


A hodgepodge of salvaged hubcaps, vintage portraits, and plush vinyl seating entice diners of all ages. Fortunately, Chuy’s comes with a menu to match this vibrant, retro attitude. Start things off with any one of the numerous sauces measuring mild to wash-this-down-with-amargarita, guacamole mashed daily, or hot queso. Move on to Mexi-style staples like sizzling fajitas and crispy tacos—but many come with a twist: The Chuychanga, Elvis Fried Chicken breast (breaded and fried golden with Lay’s potato chips), and green-chileinfused New Mexican Martini are only a few unique offerings. Just try to save room for the tres leches cake. $-$$, L, D. 1034-B Woodruff Rd. (864) 2884453, FONDA ROSALINDA

If you’re looking for Mexican food beyond the usual tacos, enchiladas, and burritos, head for this little storefront around the corner from East North Street. Mexican-born chef/ owner Rosalinda Sala, who started cooking at her mother’s side when she was a small girl, goes beyond the standard in her menu of South of the Border fare: sea bass with shrimp and scallops comes doused with salsa nopales (cactus sauce); traditional barbacoa (slow-cooked lamb shank) in Rosalinda’s choice of sauces; and chicken choices include pollo en mole poblano, smothered with a spicy, house-made mole. $$-$$$, L, D (no

dinner Mon & Tues; no lunch Sat). Closed Sunday. 1124 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 292-7002,

D (Daily). 115 Pelham Rd. (864) 2710900,



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

Closed Sunday. 1200 East Main St, Spartanburg. (864) 591-1920,

panko topped with spicy crab salad and unagi sauce. $$, L (Closed Sat),

There’s no mistaking what you’re in for at Korean BBQ. This hole-in-thewall won’t wow you with its simple interior, but the assortment of Korean dishes should. A selection of ban chan (side dishes) should get your salivary glands going with snapshots of flavor before you dive into bowls of bibimbap (rice mixed with vegetables, meat, and an egg) or yukejang (a spicy beef and vegetable stew). $$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 1170 Woodruff Rd. (864) 286-0505



Rough-hewn, knotty wood planks and an airy, sunlit interior give Green Lettuce a Mediterranean vibe fully matched by its menu of hearty salads. Fresh lettuce, crisp like a snare-drum cadence, forms a base upon which buttery avocado, fresh feta, and other flourishes rest. Make sure you sample some of the fragrant pita bread seasoned with fresh garlic and olive oil. $, L. 19 Augusta St. (864) 250-9650

The Lazy Goat’s tapas-style menu is distinctly Mediterranean. Sample from the Graze and Nibble dishes, featuring such unusual pairings as trout spanikopita and grilled calamari. An extensive variety of wines is available in addition to a full bar. $$-$$$, L, D.


At lunch, sample items from a reasonably-priced buffet with plentiful choices that change daily. From the menu, try the Handi Special: a sampler of tandoori chicken, lamb kabobs, lamb or chicken curry, and vegetable korma, served with basmati rice, naan, condiments, and dessert. $$-$$$,

L, D. 18 N Main St. (864) 241-7999, HANS & FRANZ BIERGARTEN

Hans & Franz resides within a Civil War–era brick building, next door to the strip mall housing Two Chefs Deli. Grab a seat at one of the hightopped tables in this cozy space and dig into traditional German fare: schnitzel, bratwurst, spaetzle, fleishkäse, and the like. Of course, you’ll want to wash it down with one of the German or Belgian beers on the extensive international list. In nice weather, enjoy a wurst or a beer in the pleasant, palm-edged cabana bar out front. $$-$$$, L (Thurs–Sat), D

Closed Sunday. 170 River Pl. (864) 679-5299, LEMONGRASS

Lemongrass Thai brings flavor to please. Choose from curry, noodles, and fried rice, or vegetarian dishes. The Bangkok Street Cuisine menu includes Siam Chicken (grilled, marinated chicken breast with chunks of pineapple, carrots, bell pepper, cashew nuts, and mushrooms) and Prik King (chicken or pork sautéed in spicy chili sauce), while the chef’s specialties offer even more choices. $$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 106 N Main St. (864) 241-9988,


Warm wood paneling and comfortable booths ensconce diners in a blend of old Shanghai and modern America. While all the usual suspects are on the menu, Lieu’s also has a few authentic specialties worth your time. Try the Ma Po Tofu, silken tofu and vegetables in a chili sauce; the Sichuan Green Beans tossed in a fiery garlic sauce; or the Singapore Noodles, rice noodles and vegetables stir-fried with just a touch of curry and coconut milk. $$, L, D.

(Mon–Sat). 3124 S Highway 14. (864) 627-8263,

1149 Woodruff Rd. (864) 675-9898,



Splashes of red and lime green play off the blend of traditional and modern influences at this sushi restaurant. Chef and owner Keichi Shimizu exhibits mastery over his domain at the bar, but also playfully blends modern-American elements into his menu. Soleil Moon Frye fans should give the Punky Brewster roll a try: tuna, mango, hot sauce, and

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

cuisines. $$-$$$, L, D. 101 E Main

St, Spartanburg. (864) 541-2171,


Formerly with Stella’s Southern Bistro in Simpsonville, Chef Huy Tran delivers the nuances of fine Vietnamese cuisine at Mekong. Among favorites is a noodle feast, featuring grilled pork, marinated with lemongrass, ginger, garlic, soy, and oyster sauces, and shredded pork simmered in a flavorful broth. Chef grows the herbs that are heaped in the bowl, and finishes the dish with nuoc cham, a Vietnamese sauce. Add a crispy spring roll and take your ’buds to a new dimension. $, L, D. 2013 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. (864) 244-1314, MIMI’S STEAKHOUSE OF JAPAN

Dinner and a show? At MiMi’s, it’s dinner as a show. This family-ownedand-operated hibachi steakhouse is a spacious 7,500 square feet so you won’t have to worry about anyone’s food getting flipped onto your plate— unless the chef intends it. Grab a few friends and enjoy the theatrics of onion volcanoes from a grill-side seat. $$-$$$, L, D. 1791 Woodruff Rd. (864) 987-9030, MIYAKO SUSHI

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


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

Spartanburg. (864) 582-0618 NAMI ASIAN BISTRO

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Sushi rolls come in three types: cooked, raw, and vegetarian. Get a view of the lake from seats in the contemporary dining room, or get a closer look from the pleasant outdoor patio. If you sit at the sushi bar, the waitress, not the sushi chef, takes your order. $$-$$$, D. Closed

Sunday & Monday. 1629 Marina Rd, Anderson. (864) 287-3219, htm NEVER ON SUNDAY

It doesn’t matter if you’re not Greek. Coming to this little restaurant will feel like going to your (Greek) grandparents’ house. Never on Sunday is run by a husband-and-wife team: he cooks, she attends to guests. Comforting home-cooked meals come straight from the kitchen, and family portraits and Greek memorabilia add to the homey atmosphere. $$, L, D. Closed Monday. 210 E Coffee St. (864) 232-2252


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

tea destination also hosts O-CHA Unplugged, a series featuring acoustic sets by local talent. $, L, D.

up some authentic dishes at home? Check out the little grocery in the back of the restaurant. $, L, D. Closed



Here, you’ll find the standards, along with house specialties (whole steamed flounder or a Triple Gourmet Bird Nest, a “nest” of lo mein noodles filled with a mix of meat and veggies), and hibachi dinner entrées that come with rice, vegetables, soup, and salad. From kung pao shrimp to chicken coconut curry to tofu, there’s something for everyone. $-$$, L, D.

Pomegranate serves traditional Persian cuisine in an eclectic Eastern ambience. Attentive service, reasonable prices, and flavorful variety, such as the slow-cooked lamb shank or the charbroiled Cornish hen kabobs, make this an excellent spot for lunch or dinner. Also try the martini menu. $$-$$$,

300 River St, Ste 122. (864) 283-6702,

Closed Sunday. 4 S Main St. (864) 787-6241 PITA HOUSE

Located at the intersection of Pleasantburg and Faris Road, the Pita House has been family-operated since 1989. Inside it’s bare bones—plastic booths and simple tables—but the cognoscenti come here for good Middle Eastern fare, such as hummus, falafel, kibbeh, and shwarma. The menu is basically the same for lunch and dinner; if you’re having trouble deciding, go for one of the sampler plates (they may set you back a few more bucks). And save room for baklava and other Mediterranean sweets for dessert. Want to cook

Sunday. 495 S. Pleasantburg Dr, #B, Greenville. (864) 271-9895

L, D. 618 S Main St. (864) 241-3012,


table. In addition to the standard combinations of enchiladas, fajitas, and chimichangas, the menu features specialties bursting with homemade flavor. Try the tequila Chipotle chicken for a tender seasoned breast $$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 1860 Woodruff Rd, Ste H. (864) 284-0023,


Bright walls and a long, inviting bar make a sunny backdrop at Sacha’s. Arepas are available with ingredients like beans, chorizo, avocado, shredded beef, and more stuffed inside (rellenas) or piled on top (encima). The patacones, or deep-fried plantains, are thick and sweet. For the unadventurous, there are hamburgers, hot dogs, there are hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken wings on the menu. Hungry groups can order the Fiesta Platter, a sampler that serves six people. To drink, try one of the natural fruit juices, or the imported cervezas. $, L, D (no

Nello Gioia uses the finest local and international products with a focus on Northern Italian cuisine: New Zealand mussels in light saffron broth, veal scaloppine, and the risotto of the day are standout choices. The restaurant takes full advantage of high ceilings to showcase its extensive wine selection. $$-$$$$, D. Closed Sunday & Monday. 100 N Main St. (864) 2718667,

dinner Fri & Sat). Closed Sunday & Monday. 1001 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 232-3232,



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The aromas of north Indian spice blends are apparent the moment you step into Saffron’s modern, upscale dining room. The restaurant’s tandoor oven produces a mix of slow-cooked, flavorful meats as well as fresh-baked breads like naan and roti. If the spicy flavors of your dish need taming, try the raita, a blend of cool yogurt and shredded cucumbers. To try new flavors, go with the lunch buffet’s rotating selection of dishes. $$-$$$,

L, D. 1178 Woodruff Rd, Ste 16. (864) 288-7400, SCHWABEN HOUSE

German native Dennis Züge cooked for the likes of Roger Federer and Tina Turner before moving to Greenville. The 25-year-old chef brings his traditional German sensibility to classic dishes like sauerbraten and weinerschnitzel, but isn’t afraid to also branch out with dishes like beef carpaccio over arugula and salmon confit. $$$, L (Wed–Fri), D (Mon–Sat). 1440 Pelham Rd. (864) 329-8681, SUGAR & SALT


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

Plantains—in soup, in salad, fried, and stuffed—are just one of the unique ingredients found on the menu of this Colombian restaurant. Switch up your Latin American palate with patacon relleno (fried green plantains filled with mozzarella, shrimp, quail eggs, sausage, and more) or a perro caliente Colombiano (a Colombianstyle hot dog served with pineapple sauce). $, B, L, D. Closed Sunday

& Monday. 1170 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. (864) 292-8228,

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Sushi Koji flaunts a contemporary air. Chef Koji Fujikawa presides over the five-seat sushi bar. If you order one of the two omakase menus, you’ll be treated to the chef’s choice of the freshest fish flown in from markets in Japan and the United States. $-$$, L, D. Closed Monday. 217 N Main St. (864) 631-1145


Modern, swanky, and bathed in neon light Sushi Masa isn’t. But that’s because this sushi spot’s singular reverence for tradition and pure flavor doesn’t require any embellishments. Try the temaki zushi for 8 pieces of cone-shaped sushi hand-rolled in crisp seaweed. The kitsune udon, with thick, chewy udon noodles and sweet fried tofu, is a good choice if you’re in the mood for something hot. To take home authentic Japanese flavors, Tanpopo, a Japanese grocery, is connected to the restaurant $-$$, L, D. Closed

Sunday. 8590 Pelham Rd. (864) 2882227, SUSHI MURASAKI

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Hip décor meets ancient culinary art at Sushi Murasaki. The sleek interior and expansive street-level windows may seem anything but Japanese, but then again, the sushi doesn’t need a visual crutch. The tempura is light and crisp, the sushi expertly prepared and presented. Locals will appreciate the Clemson- and USC-themed rolls, in addition to standards such as tuna 11:39 AM and yellowtail. $$-$$$, L, D. 2 S Main St. (864) 271-2452, SWEET BASIL THAI CUISINE

Intricate ornamental screens, wicker chairs, and rich, red hues provide a backdrop worthy of the basil, coriander, lemongrass, and gingerinfused flavors that come out of the kitchen. Start with the Sweet Basil Roll, a refreshing bundle of bean sprouts, cucumbers, shrimp, and rice noodles wrapped in delicate rice paper. The mouthwatering combination of coconut milk, lemongrass, cilantro, and lime of the tom-ka gai soup is also sure to whet your appetite for a diverse selection of Thai dishes.

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$$-$$$, L, D. Closed Sunday. 8590 Pelham Rd, Ste 15. (864) 627-4151, TAKOSUSHI

Good for a group, especially if you’re in the mood for a sushi roll and your friends are craving burritos. You can start with shumai; your pals with nachos. Then you’ll have to pare down the long list of makimono rolls while the rest of the table decides between tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas. $$-$$, L, D. Closed

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Local, organic, and gluten-free—while a growing number of restaurants check off those boxes, it is still a rarity to find Mexican food that satisfies those requirements. Enter Tortilla Maria. In addition to the innovative takes on enchiladas and tacos, the restaurant offers a colorful selection of healthy smoothies and juices. The Mean Green Juice blends apples, celery, cucumber, ginger, lemon, and spinach together for a refreshing, cleansing beverage. $, B (Sat), L, D. Closed Sunday. 115 Pelham Rd. (864) 271-0742, THE TRAPPE DOOR

A rathskeller vibe pervades this underground tavern that boasts an incredible beer program, with 10 on tap and more than 150 bottles. Mussels come in six different preparations, served with crispy homemade frites. Other Belgian specialties include waterzooi (a creamy seafood stew), and carbonnades flamandes (beef stew braised in Belgian beer). $$, L, D.

Closed Monday. 23 W Washington St. (864) 451-7490,


The ease and convenience of fast food is no excuse for eating poorly, not when Tropical Grille is at your disposal. Heaping portions of juicy grilled chicken top off takeout containers of rice and fresh-steamed vegetables. To add a little more Cuban pizzazz to this healthy combination, try the curry sauce. There is a sister location at 3093 S Hwy 14 in Greer. $, L, D. 215 Pelham


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Come here for fresh fish, sure, but if you’re in the mood for something hot, try one of the many hibachi selections, including filet mignon, or the teriyakis, stirfries, and soups— steaming bowls of fresh udon or soba noodles. Perfect for slurping. $-$$, L

( Mon–Fri), D. 106 E North St. (864) 467-1055,

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One a day may not keep the doctor away, but this fruit of many faces is the perfect fall companion for all the pies, cobblers, and salads you can eat. A week-long affair, the festival has as many activities as there are kinds of apples: baking contests, fish fries, golf tournaments, a parade, concerts, and the crowning of one lucky lady as Miss Apple Festival. Westminster, SC. Locations vary. Times vary. Free.

There are few things more visually stunning than the rolling greens and airy mountains of the South’s unique landscape. This exhibition brings these visions home to the Upstate, featuring the simplicity of the South and beyond as told by artists like John James Audubon and Louis Remy Mignot. Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College St, Greenville. Wed– Sat, 10am–6pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Free. (864) 271-7570,

Thru Sept 14


If you’re a fan of backstage shenanigans and obscenely diverse, kooky characters à la 30 Rock, don’t hesitate to check out this Kerrie Seymour–directed play. Shedding light on the struggles of television host Max Prince, the audience is privy to all the inner workings of a failing series: its shortcomings, its wacky writers, and of course, its heart. The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat,

8pm; Sun, 3pm. $30. (864) 2356948,

Thru Sept 15 DEATHTRAP

It’s a classic story. A struggling playwright professor with dreams of seeing his name in lights on the marquis (again) strikes a deal to hawk his student’s script as his own. Classic, right? Maybe not, but with all the thrills, humor, and intrigue this Ira Levin piece has to offer, Deathtrap is one mystery you won’t want to break out of. Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. Wed–Thurs, Sat–Sun, 2pm; Wed– Sat, 8pm. Adults, $35; seniors, $33; students, $25. (866) 7328008,

Thru Sept 15


Masterpieces of American landscape—60 in total—have arrived in Greenville courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The dazzling array of works features pieces by

Thomas Cole and his nineteenthcentury Hudson River School compatriots as well as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and other modern photographers. The century-spanning exhibit can’t begin to capture the natural beauty of the United States— but it’s a great start. Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College St, Greenville. Wed– Sat, 10am–6pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Free. (864) 271-7570,

Thru Sept 22 WYETH VS.

Twentieth-century artist Andrew Wyeth left his impression on the art world through distinct paintings depicting the tranquility of rural life. Now, those same works are used as a tableau of comparison against other famed artists cultivating similar themes during Wyeth’s time. Gaze upon some of his best-known scenes and see if you can spot the differences. Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College St, Greenville. Wed– Sat, 10am–6pm; Sun, 1–5pm. Free. (864) 271-7570,

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This ain’t your grandmother’s cabaret. On second thought, maybe it is. Swapping out sequins for straw hats, the Pumpkintown Mountain Opry serves up Southern-fried comedy with a steaming side of rip-roaring fun. And with a new comedy set each Saturday, you’ll never see the same show twice. The Pumpkintown Opry Dinner Theater, 3414 Hwy 11, Pickens. Sat, 7pm. $30. (864) 836-8141,


Paying homage to the drivein days of the past, Moonlight Movies showcases some of the best vintage flicks outdoors in scenic Falls Park. September’s selections include 1940’s A Shop Around the Corner, the legendary Rudy, and Inspector Clouseu in A Shot in the Dark. The series’ final film will be selected by viewers

online. Snag your spot under the stars and settle in for a quick trip back to a simpler time where smartphones didn’t rule the world. Falls Park, 601 S Main St, Greenville. Wed, 8:30pm. Free.



Perhaps the only time it looked fun to be an orphan, Annie has been a family favorite for more than 30 years. Join your favorite redhead along with Miss Hannigan, Grace, Rooster, and Daddy Warbucks (with conservative talk radio host Mike Gallagher reprising his former role) for the South Carolina Children’s Theatre production. And don’t be afraid to sing along when the pintsized heroine belts out “Tomorrow” in front of Mr. President. Gunter Theatre, the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 7pm; Sat–Sun, 1:30pm. Adults, $26; juniors & students, $17. (864) 467-3000,



Mixed media artist (and recent

Upstate transplant) Harlan Lovestone may have exhibited his work across the United States, but now he’s bringing his unique pieces to Greenville for his first intown gallery exhibit. Lovestone’s pieces touch on realism and impressionism, with a quality that is both modern and timeless. A treat for the eyes and supporting local art? Nothing could be finer. The Artistry Gallery, 12 Andrews St, Greenville. Fri, 1–5pm. (864) 982-2087



Much cooler than the potholders you painstakingly looped together for grandma back at Camp My-ParentsHave-to-Work-All-Day. Celebrating the art of the hand-made, the Indie Craft Parade exposes the creative expression of craft artists from around the South, with mediums ranging from paper goods to prints and unique wearables. And there’s food, to boot. You’ve never seen so much artistry under one roof, so drop that lanyard keychain and join the Parade. Huguenot Mill, the Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. VIP gala, Fri, 6–9pm;

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For many Upstate families, Spirit Week is not only an amazing way to raise thousands of dollars for local charities (in less than a week, mind you) but also a rite of passage. This year, J.L. Mann and Greenville High join forces in support of Greenville’s Cancer Survivors Park. There will be a concert, a color run, and daily events scheduled to pack in the fun—and the spirit of survival. Greenville, SC. Locations vary. Mon–Fri, times vary.

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Proving that not all art comes on a canvas, this exhibit will feature intriguing creations constructed from various fabrics. Displays include quilts, soft sculptures, woven pieces, and even ready-to-wear art that could go straight from museum to closet. Pickens County Museum of Art and History, 307 Johnston St, Pickens. Tues–Wed, Fri, 9am–5pm; Thurs, 9am–7:30pm; Sat, 9am– 4:30pm. Free. (864) 898-5963,

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When the Oak Ridge Boys released their countrified cover of “Elvira” in 1981, they set millions of fans’ hearts on fire with the crossover hit. Since then, the boys have released numerous studio albums and made waves in both the country and pop charts, garnering them fans from all ends of the musical spectrum. Spend some quality time with some of country’s most lovable fellas on their 40th anniversary tour. You’ll be glad that you did. Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, 385 N Church St, Spartanburg. Sun, 4pm. $25-$50. (864) 582-8107,

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It’s never too late to pick up an instrument. But if you need a little encouragement this fall, Furman University is here to help. Debuting after Labor Day, the Learning for You program will offer a number of classes for beginners and the slightly more seasoned, all taught by the most renowned professionals in their field. Whistle a harmonica tune with members of the Mac Arnold Band, pick up the basics of guitar, or learn the piano in a few hours flat. Locations vary. Times vary. $29-$129. (864) 294-2135, learningforyou

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You’ve never seen a race shine quite this bright. Hundreds of runners of all ages deck out in their most glowing gear in support of One By One, a Greenville-based effort to reach out to Nicaraguan youth affected by poverty and abuse. The night-time race will also be illuminated by live music and paint stations dotted along the track, and a special after-party will be held with goodies and games for participants and viewers. Heritage Park, 861 SE Main St, Simpsonville. Sat, 8:30pm. $45.

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True beer connoisseurs know that Bud Light is for amateurs and the only thing “natural” about Natty is its talent for building the perfect beer-can pyramid. It’s time to expand your hoppy horizons. Tapped for your tasting pleasure will be regional favorites like Greenville’s Thomas Creek or Spartanburg-based RJ Rockers, as well as SC outsiders Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada. Local musicians provide the soundtrack for your day-drinking. Anderson County Recycling Center, 3024 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Anderson. Sat, 1–6pm. $10$55.

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through decades of vintage tracks like “I’m Coming Out,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and “Last Time I Saw Him.” The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sun, 7:30pm. $75-$105. (864) 467-300,

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When foot-stomping, bearded bassist Ted Dwane underwent emergency brain surgery in June, millions of Mumford fans promised they would wait for the band to make their return. Fastforward three months and return they have—louder and rowdier than ever. Now, the boisterous Englishmen bring their act over the pond to the Upstate. Be prepared to belt out “Little Lion Man” Mumfordstyle. Foot-stomping required. Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park, 861 SE Main St, Simpsonville. Wed, 7:30pm. $35-$50. (864) 2413800,



Whether you’re getting married or just like to scrapbook your dream wedding, the fall wedding festival takes the stress out of scouring the Internet for the perfect photographer, caterer, and venue. The event covers everything from tabletops to theme ceremonies, and even includes workshops with wedding experts. And if your future hubby feels a little left out (doubtful), a Groom’s Expo will showcase the latest in men’s trends. TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Dr, Greenville. Thurs, 4–9pm. $9. (864) 235-5555,

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When it rains, it pours. And with a record number of inches this summer, nothing could be more appropriate than a trip back to old Hollywood for one of the most iconic rainy-day musicals of all time. When Don Lockwood and his fellow actors make the switch to talkie films in the late 1920s, the forecast calls for drama, hilarity, and a high chance of romance. And with classic stage tunes like “All I Do Is Dream of You” and “Good Morning,” it won’t be long before you find yourself singing in the aisles. David Reid Theatre, Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E St John St, Spartanburg. Fri–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adults, $25; seniors, $24; juniors, $17. (864) 542-2787,



Ah, prom. A time for the perfect dress, slow dancing, and scratching your best friend’s eyes out. Meet the Marvelous Wonderettes, a dreamy female quartet whose performance at their 1958 prom turns sour when secrets and jealousies become exposed through pop hits like “Lipstick on Your Collar” and “Mr. Sandman.” Ten years later, the girls reunite for a one-night-only performance full of ’60s classics— and more drama than you can shake a can of Aquanet at. Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adults, $30; seniors, $28; juniors, $20. (864) 2336238,

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When Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS debuted in 1981, we started looking at the stray cats in our neighborhood a little bit differently. Billed as the second longest-running production in Broadway history, the T.S. Eliot– takeoff spawned classic songs like “Memory” and introduced the phrase “jellicle” to the dictionary. Flat Rock Playhouse brings the junkyard downtown in their production, promising an evening of feline fun for the whole family. Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown, 125 S Main St, Hendersonville. Wed–Sat, 8pm; Thurs–Sun, 2pm. $40. (828) 693-0731,



He may not have won American Idol, but Casey Abrams certainly won over fans with his gritty singing voice and fearless attitude. Abrams takes the stage in Fountain Inn to perform tracks from his self-titled debut album, playing the virtuoso roles of singer, guitarist, and songwriter all in one evening. Fountain Inn Center for Visual & Performing Arts, 315 N Main St, Fountain Inn. Sat, 7:30pm. $20-$25. (864) 409-1050,

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The fifth-annual event has something to offer for everyone in the LGBTIQ community and its allies. Strut your stuff and roll 1,000-deep with individuals and coalitions from across the Upstate. Slated to perform at this year’s festival are numerous performers, illusionists, and speakers, with the bawdy, colorful Patty O’ Furniture providing comedic commentary. Barnet Park, 248 E St John St, Spartanburg. Sat, 11am–6pm. Free admission.





James McMurtry has rock music sewn up; he’s played with Dwight Yoakam, befriended John Mellencamp, and can count Stephen King as one of his biggest fans. The singer/songwriter double threat brings an evening of soul-baring folk and rough-hewn rock melodies to Greenville for an evening of music sure to touch the inner vagabond in you. The Handlebar, 304 E Stone Ave, Greenville. Wed, 8:30pm. $19. (864) 233-6173,

While moving to Nashville, LA, or NYC might be the first thing on your mind if you’re an aspiring musician, you might want to hold off—for a little while, at least. Take

helped you, well, count, and Cookie Monster was our first friend with sugar-induced hyperactivity. Now, the band of fuzzy friends leaves their neighborhood for ours, with Elmo leading the way. Sing and dance along as Sesame is turned upside down with the help of Abby Cadabby’s magic wand. Travelers Rest Amphitheater, 115 Wilhelm Winter St, Travelers Rest. Sat, 10am–7pm. Free.

a chance on your dream at Shine Night, produced by the Nashville Connection, a multi-day program that will take place next March. Singers and songwriters will have opportunities to wow a panel of judges and the audience, Idol-style. You won’t be in front of millions, but it could be your million-dollar break. The Handlebar, 304 E Stone Ave, Greenville. Thurs, call for times and registration fees.

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Who says opera has to be boring? Blending together off-brand humor and madcap antics, the story centers on Max, a young assistant who is forced to step into the shoes of famed tenor Tito Merelli after the singer is accidentally drugged. With a case of mistaken identity and more mix-ups than Pavarotti has solos, you might wonder how they’ll ever dig themselves out of this disastro enorme. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adults, $25; seniors, $23; juniors, $15. (864) 233-6733,

What do you get when you take two inexperienced cops, a ditzy mayor, and a hitman whose calling cards include a kilt and a set of bagpipes? This hilarious new stage comedy by Paul Slade Smith. When rookie cops Eric Sheridan and Billie Dwyer attempt to uncover an embezzlement scheme, they are thrust into the world of the Scottish Clan mafia. Through a series of unfortunate-but-comedic events, their bumbling tactics may just save the day. Centre Stage, 501 River St, Greenville. Thurs–Sat, 8pm; Sun, 3pm. Adults, $25; seniors, $23; juniors, $15. (864) 233-6733,




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banjos, there is an art to the practice of pickin’. Bringing together the best of folk music—fiddling, banjos, guitar, and stringband—the 17th annual convention invites you to experience life outside of auto-tune. Winners will be crowned in each category and the top fiddler will be named South Carolina State Champion. Historic Hagood Mill Outdoor Stage, 138 Hagood Mill Rd, Pickens. Sat, 10am–4pm. Free.


There are some things that go hand-in-hand in the Upstate: rich, robust wines seem to taste their best when complemented by some of Greenville’s most delectable cuisine. Add a little live music to the cocktail and there you have it: Euphoria. This yearly celebration features events like the Songwriter’s Recipe, Swine and Dine whole-hog roast, cooking demonstrations, Sunday Supper, and guest chefs spicing things up at some of your favorite restaurants. Expand your palate and greet the fall season at one of the Upstate’s most unique and flavorful events. Downtown Greenville. Locations vary. Times vary. $35-$795.

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Take your standard summer camp ropes course, add dynamic choreography, a soundtrack, and intricate acrobatics, and you’ll roughly approximate the Diavolo experience. The Diavolo Dance Theatre, founded in 1992, creates abstract human narratives through a mixture of teamwork, daring movements, and total trust between ensemble members. Their Peace Center performance will feature Fluid Infinities as well as their newest skateboard-inspired piece, Transit Space. The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Tues, 7:30pm. $15, $20, $25. (864) 467-3000,

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In times past, folks actually got up in the morning for the most important meal of the day. Hoping to recapture some of that Mayberry-esque magic, the curb market will be serving up wood stove–cooked ham, sausage, and gravy biscuits along with a helping of old-fashioned fun. The event will also feature live bands, a retro car show, and crafts. Henderson County Curb Market, 221 N Church St, Hendersonville. Sat, 8am–2pm. Free. (828) 6928012,



Salt the pretzels and break out those lederhosen: it’s Oktoberfest! Strossner’s will host its celebration of all-thingsGerman with a delicious menu of schnitzel, pierogi, spaetzle, and brats. A beer tent will be open and serving all afternoon to the tune of Nitro Grass and the Stratton Mountain Boys. Strossner’s Bakery, 21 Roper Mountain Rd, Greenville. Sun, 1–8pm. Free. (864) 233-3996,

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You don’t have to travel overseas to have a transformative experience; this time, enlightenment will come to you. During a week-long visit from India, the Tibetan monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will hold performances in the art of traditional mandala sand painting, combining ancient spiritual dance and song with colorful grains of sand. This unique cultural event is a once-in-a-lifetime

Get a sneak peek inside some of the Upstate’s most regal homes—without breaking and entering. The 35th annual event opens doors to homes in the Collins Creek and recently developed Hollingsworth Park communities. Stately abodes and lush parks showcase the latest in residence style, and light lunches, fashion shows, and shopping will be available for visitors to enjoy. The Guild of the Greenville Symphony will also kick off the tour with a patron party on October 3. Proceeds will benefit the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Patron party at 322 E Parkins Mill Rd; tour through Collins Creek and Hollingsworth Park neighborhoods, Greenville. Thurs, 7–9pm (patron party); Fri–Sat, 10am–4pm; Sun, 1–4pm. Patron party, $75; advance, $20; day of tour, $25. (864) 370-0965,

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With dainty cheeks fashioned from old bottle caps, piercing blue Lego eyes, and golden hair crafted from plastic dinosaurs long extinct, the bombshell herself comes to life as you’ve never seen her before. It takes a keen eye to see how these discarded odds and ends can form the faces of celebrity, but Columbia-based artist Kirkland Smith seems to have the skill for scraps. On view at Converse College’s Milliken Art Gallery, Smith’s Nothing Wasted exhibition features works made entirely from post-consumer materials. Everyday items are transformed into striking 3-D assemblages with social commentary. By creating beauty from chaos, Smith hopes her pieces will encourage viewers to reexamine their environmental impact and foster a healthier relationship with the world. —Mary Cathryn Armstrong Kirkland Smith’s Nothing Wasted is on display at the Milliken Art Gallery at Converse College through September 26. The gallery, located at 580 E Main St in Spartanburg, is open Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm, and Sun, 2–5pm.

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