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CONTENTS Volume 20 Number 2 Contents Features 14 Wedding Season (It’s Not Just for the Bride!) Lovely looks to wear to weddings all summer long By Anne Postic


18 Building Columbia The present and future of construction in our city By Robin Cowie Nalepa


20 Road Trips! Summer driving trips that won’t drive you crazy By Beverly Yates Wilson Departments Celebrating 20 Years 12 Celebrating 20 Years ?????????? reminisces 13 1989 Rewind Vista – a brief breakdown of 1989 By Jessica Berger Palmetto Business 22 The Business of Horse Sense Equine Assisted Psychotherapy helps horses help others By Deena C. Bouknight


Living 33 Carolina Home Food For Thought 76 Blue Fin Seafood Restaurant & Bar By Susan Fuller Slack, CCP


Advertising Sections 65 Look Good, Feel Better Ask the Medical Experts 70 Getting Down to Business



In Every Issue 6 From the Editor 8 City Scoop 26 Spread the Word 27 New to the Neighborhood? 73 Good Eats 78 Picture This

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here is something strange going on in this office. Over the years, it has come to my attention that everyone who works here is athletic. Some have always been healthy and fit, while others have gone over to the “fit side” once they were established here. Water cooler conversations are about low-fat recipes and training techniques, and someone always seems to be limping or groaning from an agonizing workout that morning. Henry, our publisher, has always been a runner. He wakes up at an inhuman hour and can be seen running through various neighborhoods around town. In fact, his entire family has the bug – his three children and even Emily, his wife, are working out, playing basketball, running or partaking in some such activity each day. Robyn, our associate editor, began exercising just four years ago to shape up for her wedding and never turned back. To date she has run one marathon, five half marathons and numerous shorter races, competed in seven triathlons of various lengths and currently is training for a half Ironman. Lindsay, our assistant editor, claimed to be very uncoordinated and non-athletic. Then she decided last fall that she would run a marathon. Prior to this, she had never run more than a couple of miles without collapsing. Well, what do you know, she and her sister just ran a marathon in San Diego, finished in great time and made a huge donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society while doing it! Denise, one of our sales reps, has one of those figures that all women envy. You can tell that she has always been fit. She rides her bike – in the mountains, mind you – for over 100 miles without blinking an eye. She’s completed three half marathons and works out almost every day … all with a smile and a positive attitude. Then there’s me. I look around and there are no other potatoes sitting with me on my couch. Yes, I am inspired by these people. I want to be like them, but I can’t seem to find the time. Original excuse, right? I just hope that an occasional game of hop scotch or dancing around the house with my young children will keep my heart ticking until the office bug bites me, and I join them. Actually, I apparently have no choice in the matter, for it must be a requirement in the Columbia Metropolitan employee manual. Whether you read Columbia Metropolitan as you work out at the gym or sit by the pool with a margarita, this issue is sure to help you enjoy your summer. From finding the coolest summer fashions to making the perfect on-the-go picnic, all you need to know is in these pages. Don’t miss the latest issue of Living: Carolina Home, and don’t forget to cast your vote for your favorite businesses in this year’s Best of Columbia contest – the ballot is included after page 72. Enjoy your summer, and enjoy this issue of the magazine. I’ll be the one lounging by the pool, for now.


Henry Clay E D I TO R

Emily Tinch A S S O C I AT E E D I TO R

Robyn Culbertson A S S I S TA N T E D I TO R

Lindsay Niedringhaus E D I TO R I A L A RT D I R E C TO R

Dennis Craighead Design A D V E RT I S I N G S A L E S

Shawn Coward Denise Floyd A D V E RT I S I N G A RT D I R E C TO R

Robyn Culbertson O F F I C E / P R O D U C T I O N / C I R C U L AT I O N MANAGER


Jessica Berger, Deena Bouknight, Margaret Gregory, Evelyn Morales, Robin Nalepa, Anne Postic, Susan Slack, Beverly Yates Wilson P H O TO G R A P H Y

Jeff Amberg, Robert Clark, Jennifer Covington, Bob Lancaster INTERNS

Ramsey Ashburn, Julie Behr, Sarah Patterson Columbia Metropolitan is published 10 times a year by Clay Publishing, Inc., 3700 Forest Drive, Suite 106, Columbia, S.C. 29204. Copyright © Columbia Metropolitan 2009. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Advertising rates available upon request. The publishers are not responsible for the comments of authors or for unsolicited manuscripts. SUBSCRIPTION price $19.97 a year, $29.97 for two years in the United States. POSTMASTER send address changes to: COLUMBIA METROPOLITAN, P.O. Box 6666, Columbia, South Carolina 29260. (803)787-6501.

Sincerely, About The Cover: Enjoy on-the-go recipes for summer.

Emily S. Tinch Editor


Photography by Jeff Amberg Food styling by Susan Fuller Slack, CCP

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Boys & Girls Clubs Celebrate 50th Anniversary With Annual Rubber Duck Race By Sarah Patterson Rain or shine, on July 19, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands 6th Annual Rubber Duck Race will take place at Saluda Shoals Park. Club members, families and community members will be able to race rubber ducks down the Saluda River for exciting prizes. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands are celebrating their 50th anniversary, and the Rubber Duck Race is just one of the many ways the clubs reach out to the community in a fun, collaborative way. Rubber ducks are available for purchase for the race at Midlands-area First Citizens branches or BI-LO store

locations for $5 each. Proceeds benefit the 29 Boys and Girls Clubs in the Midlands. Registration begins at 1 p.m., the race at 3 and the winners announced at 4, with a first-place prize of $1000, a second-place prize of $500 and a third-place prize of $250. The Boys & Girls Clubs help 8,000 Midlands children who need a safe haven. With friendly faces, they are doing so one rubber duck at a time. F o r m o re i n f o r m a t i o n , v i s i t

Mitchell House and Gardens Hosts a Special Wedding on Independence Day By Sarah Patterson With the recent economic downturn, The Mitchell House and Gardens in Lexington was looking for a way to show its appreciation to the soldiers who allow us to keep the independence that we sometimes take for granted. They created the Great Holiday Dream Wedding contest to give one military couple the chance to have a dream wedding on July 4. “We love people being in love, and we have many weddings for military couples throughout the year,” says Phyllis James, owner of The Mitchell House and Gardens. “Each of these weddings is special to our staff, so we decided to have a contest to honor the men and women who serve our country and sacrifice so much for our freedom.” Tif fany Hollis and Kenneth Hibshman met while Kenneth was serving with the elite 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, N.C. Kenneth, a member of the Army since 2004, was deployed to Iraq before Tiffany moved to Columbia with her


family. With e-mails acting as modern-day love letters, Tiffany and Kenneth’s love flourished while he was in Iraq, but it was not until Kenneth had a four-day leave to Columbia that the couple had their first date on Nov. 1, 2007. He proposed on Dec. 4, 2008. They won the Great Holiday Dream Wedding contest shortly after the proposal. The wedding package for 75 guests includes a catered reception, wedding flowers, candles, a wedding cake, planning sessions with a wedding consultant, the services of a wedding director and other special features. With the big day coming up, Patsy Kiser, Mitchell House vice president, says, “All of us are looking forward to helping Tiffany and Kenneth have their dream wedding.” Visit to learn more about the wedding business and the next Great Holiday Dream Wedding contest, which will be held for emergency/first responders.

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Columbia Museum of Art Unveils Re-Installation By Sarah Patterson

Exactly 11 years after its debut on Main Street, The Columbia Museum of Art will unveil the first reinstallation of its galleries on July 18, 2009. Of the 350 works on display, 90 are joining the museum’s masterpieces for the first time. Karen Brosius, executive director of the museum, says, “July will be an exciting time for the museum as we show what has been accomplished since moving to Main Street in 1998.” For the first time in the museum’s history, galleries will be dedicated to the display of American and Asian art objects in addition to the museum’s European art collection.

Diane’s Vase, 1998, by Janet Fish. Columbia Museum of Art 50th Anniversary acquisition purchase with funds provided by Leona Sobel

The 60-year old museum is best known for its world-class collection of Renaissance, Baroque and 18th century art, but with a leadership gift from the City of Forest Acres and additional funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, The Columbia Museum of Art can now highlight its American and Asian art collections to the degree they deserve. In conjunction with the re-installation, the museum also is premiering its newly published catalogue, European Art in the Columbia Museum of Art, Including the Samuel H. Kress Collection, Volume 1: The Thirteenth through the Sixteenth Century, which is the first publication about the museum’s European art collection. The community is invited to celebrate with the museum on Saturday, July 18 with free admission starting at 10 a.m. and opening words from local elected officials, the president of the board and the executive director. Later, until 2 p.m., a family program called Passport to Art will allow children to make their own masterpieces after being inspired by the pieces in the museum’s collection. For more information, visit www.columbia or call Columbia Museum of Art at 799-2810.


2009 Columbia Metropolitan Dream Home a Success The 2009 Columbia Metropolitan Dream Home closed its doors on April 19 after a 17-day showing to the public. For this year’s Dream Home, Robert Haas Construction renovated a home in the Forest Hills neighborhood owned by Eric and Heather Powers. Thanks to Bobby Haas, Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS®, Time Warner Cable, SCE&G, Eric and Heather Powers and local suppliers and designers, the Dream Home was beautiful both inside and out with elegantly decorated rooms and the latest innovative supplies.

(L to R) Dream Home homeowner Heather Powers, Henry Clay of Columbia Metropolitan magazine, Dale Brogdon Lidikay of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS®, Debbie Alexander of the American Cancer Society, Emily Tinch of Columbia Metropolitan magazine and Alex Alexander of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS®

Door prize winner Phillips McDowell

Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS® organized the entire showing of the Dream Home while it was open to the public. Their energetic agents welcomed visitors, helping the show generate more than $10,000 for the American Cancer Society to benefit breast cancer research. As an added bonus at the end of the show, Southeastern Insurance provided a grill giveaway during the final weekend that the house was open to the public. Congratulations to Pam and Phillips McDowell, our door-prize winners. On behalf of all of us at Columbia Metropolitan, thank you to all of the Dream Home participants for a highly successful fundraiser.

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Ben Tanner

As the weather warms and summer sets in, Ben Tanner enjoys sitting poolside with the latest issue of Columbia Metropolitan. He will be the first to say that he loves the magazine, and we will be the first to say how much we have appreciated his support throughout the years. When Ben became a Storm Alert Meteorologist in October 1998 for WIS, he was soon a household name in Columbia. His affable smile and upbeat attitude keep us all tuning in at sunrise and midday to get a check on the weather. However, Ben is much more than a friendly face, as he holds both the American Meteorological Society’s Television Seal of Approval and National Weather Association’s Seal of Approval. When Ben is not busy predicting if the Columbia summer days will be 95 or 98, he loves spending time with his children, Benjamin and Kati, and his wife, Andrea. In light of our 20th anniversary, we would like to thank Ben for bringing us years of sunny smiles – and afternoons – in the capital city.

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By Jessica Berger

The Berlin Wall crumbled, Harry met Sally and Paula Abdul was more than just Simon Cowell’s soft-hearted sidekick. You may have also spent a good portion of the year in acidwashed jeans. We have again traveled back to 1989, the year that Columbia Metropolitan The Vista opened its doors. To mark our 20th year, Columbia Metropolitan will highlight the 1989 happenings of different parts of the Columbia area. Join us as we take a look into the past to recall what happened, as well as what didn’t, and see how much Columbia has changed in two decades.

photo courtesy of Motor Supply Company

Photo by Ron E. Wright courtesy of Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau

1989 Rewind

The Vista – A Brief Breakdown of 1989

➤ The renovation and reopening of Sidney Park, a space designed to bring a touch of greenery to the Vista, was underway. The park was later renamed Finlay Park in 1992.

Motor Supply Company Bistro

The city revealed its plans for the 900-acre Congaree Vista in March. The plans extended from Assembly Street to the Congaree River.

Photo courtesy of Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau

➤ Motor Supply Company opened, becoming one of the first restaurants to set up shop in the Vista. Finlay Park Playground

Photo by Ron E. Wright courtesy of Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau

➤ Columbians celebrated the third annual Vista High Lights festival. The event, which featured art and music along the streets of the Congaree Vista, would later become known as the Vista Lights celebration. ➤ In an effort to stimulate construction, the City Council agreed to sell two acres of the Vista for residential development.

➤ Many crusaded to save the South Carolina Dispensary Office

Vista Lights

Building, a historic Vista landmark built in 1901. It was removed from the National Register of Historical Places in 1989 and demolished in 1990.

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Wedding Season (It’s Not Just for the Bride!) Lovely looks to wear to weddings all summer long By Anne Postic Photography by Jeff Amberg

Stay cool while celebrating the engagement at a backyard barbeque. Signette fuchsia silk tank from Lola, $108. Trina Turk green shorts from Lola, $178. Restricted navy patent ballet flats from Kicks, $54. Jewelry from Just the Thing. Gold hoop earrings, $49.50. Square ring, $119.50. White beads, $15. Model LaJoia Broughton, Millie Lewis Models. Trina Turk white skirt from Lola, $136. Ella Moss white top from Charlie Mack, $98. Vaneli orange slides from Kicks, $95. Necklace from Target, $24.99. Engagement ring from Unforgettable Fine Jewelry, prices vary according to size of center stone (threecarat stone shown). Model Gariane Gunter, reigning Mrs. United States, Millie Lewis

By Deena C. Bouknight Photography by Jeff Amberg

Models. cutline

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The perfect look for a busy engagement party hostess: chic knits won’t wrinkle, prints won’t show stains! Tibi tunic dress from Lola, $398. Butter navy patent pumps from Kicks, $250. Jewelry from Just the Thing. Gold cuff bracelet, $165. Filigree earrings, $75. Tray, $29.50, and monogrammed insulated ice bucket, $56, from Just the Thing. Sparkling wine, Pol Clément Brut from Simply Savory, $12.99. Model Amy Aaron, Millie Lewis Models.

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The rehearsal dinner: the wedding party is prepared. Time to enjoy! Lilly Pulitzer Garcelle BeauvaisNilon dress from Pink Sorbet, $428. Pink Lilly Pulitzer Mizner clutch from Pink Sorbet, $228. White McKim Lilly Pulitzer sandals from Pink Sorbet, $178. Theodosia necklace from Kicks, $250. V Fish white dress from Charlie Mack, $110. Enigma sandals from Kicks, $65. Jewelry from Just the Thing. Pink and green earrings, $129.50. Enamel bracelet, $149.50. Gold bead bracelet, $17.50. Tan buckle (add a coordinating sash, as seen here, or a colorful scarf), $45. Engagement ring from Unforgettable Fine Jewelry.

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A beautiful bride, a beautiful guest — ready to dance all night. Kay Unger dress from Round Robin, $384. Satin Caparros shoes from Round Robin, $70. Evening clutch from Round Robin, $128. Swarovski crystal jewelry from Unforgettable Fine Jewelry. Pendant necklace, $95. Bracelet, $300. LaRoque wedding gown, made and priced to order. White satin shoes, Something Blue by Cynthia Rowley from Kicks, $216. Jewelry from Unforgettable Fine Jewelry. Engagement ring, price upon request. Wedding band, $390. Blue Topaz and diamond drop earrings, $2499. Bouquet courtesy of Rosewood Florist.

Make-up by Freya Katzman of Freya for Smashbox at The J Thomas Salon & Color Studio Hair by Jordan Carlson of Flow Salon Location courtesy of Riverbanks Botanical Gardens

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Building Columbia The present and future of construction in our city


By Robin Cowie Nalepa

Rendering courtesy of Duda/Paine Architects, LLP

nly a few years ago, the city of Columbia resembled one giant erector set. From the right vantage point one could see the long arms of numerous cranes peppered around town, hear the thunderous booms of stacking beams and the warning beep-beep-beep of heavy machinery. From one side of town to another, a frenzy of construction – brick and mortar, steel and concrete – changed the landscape. Towers and homes went up. Suburbs and sprawl crept out. Vacant lots and fields sprouted shopping malls and subdivisions. Renovations and restorations updated and expanded. Contractors and developers had projects stacked like cordwood. But what goes up must come down, as they say. Bailouts, layoffs and mortgage woes shook the foundation of the economy. Investors stopped investing. Companies stopped growing. People stopped buying.


The effect on new construction was predictable and inevitable, even in Columbia. “Five years ago we were slammed with projects,” says Lucinda Statler, urban design planner for the City of Columbia. “In the last six months to a year we’ve seen a slow down.” Others in the construction business agree. “The market has slowed considerably from 18 months ago,” says Mark Hood, owner of Hood Construction in Columbia. Hood Construction is currently working on several projects

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Main & Gervais tower

including Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and completed the renovations of historic 701 Whaley in Olympia in 2008. “We’ve had more projects than ever before postponed, including some which were already permitted,” Mark says, citing a lack of financing as the major reason, with a lack of confidence being a close second. Fortunately for Mark and others in the business, construction projects can take months to years to complete. Since the construction phase occurs long after initial

development plans begin, that means a lag time between when a slowdown occurs and no work for general contractors and their crews. Mark is optimistic, saying he does not think building in Columbia will come to a screeching halt. One positive indicator is that his projects were only postponed and never actually cancelled. Another indicator may be the “noise” he is hearing from clients and colleagues. Mark works closely with architects and engineers who

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Photography courtesy of Fred Delk

are at the front end of the development and building chain and say they are beginning to see activity again from developers. “In the last 30 days, I’ve started to feel an up-tic in the amount of work that is being priced,” he adds. F r e d De l k o f t h e Co l u m b i a Development Corporation also sees projects cranking up again. Though Columbia has seen a slowing, the area weathers the downturns in the construction cycles well, according to Fred. “Columbia never seems to hurt as badly as other areas for some reason,” he says. So what follows such high profile construction as the recently completed new USC Baseball Stadium and continued development of the Innovista Research Park and Main Street’s sky-reaching buildings? Several new construction projects in the works include: a new office tower on Main and Gervais; a mixed-use, two-story building on the corner of Gervais and Pulaski streets beside the Publix grocery store in the Vista; 521 Gervais, a group of upscale condominiums in the Publix building; an 18,000-square-foot education and training facility for the S.C. Bar Association adjacent to their offices on Park Street; a new Walgreens in Five Points; a high-end loft unit behind the Vista Publix called Lofts at Printers Square; and a new BB&T bank on the corner of Harden and Blossom streets in Five Points (currently Hiller Hardware). Perhaps the most unusual proposed project is an urban organic garden to be established in a vacant field near Owens

701 Whaley

Field Airport. The sustainable garden will consist of a fish farm, greenhouses and organic vegetables. The Columbia Development Corporation is leasing the property for the farm. Fred expects the first crops will be ready in the fall.


During the building boom, residential properties from luxury condos to riverfront town homes were sprouting like pricey weeds. Now the economy has acted like a powerful shot of Round-Up. One development to feel the impact was 900 Pulaski, deisgned by Richard Mock. The project envisioned as a gated community with 22 single-family homes and 16 luxury condominiums hit the ground running. But now the site sits with the infrastructure in place but no buildings going up. John Boozer, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS®, represents the project and expects construction to resume within the next few months. CanalSide, a mixed residential

community on the site of the old Central Correctional Institute which broke ground in 2007, has completed only one of its six phases. Original plans proposed 750 single-family homes, townhomes, condos and apartments. However, it is not unusual for large residential developments to take many years to complete. For home builder Steven Mungo, the first part of 2009 started off slow, but by March sales were picking up again. One reason may be that the company has been retooling its marketing message and pricing. The Mungo Company has built new homes in the Midlands since 1954. “We have to offer more for the dollar than we had previously,” says Steven. Apparently, it’s working. The Mungo Company experienced its highest April sales in 13 years. “There are fewer buyers looking for homes, but the ones looking are serious about purchasing,” he says. One side effect of the economy on residential construction according to Steven will be fewer mega neighborhoods, due to the risk and cost involved.

Photography by Brian Dressler

The Future


Despite the challenges faced by developers and builders, from more competition to fewer investment dollars, good news may be just around the corner … or at least down the block. Prime real estate in Columbia still exists. Parcels like that at Assembly and Gervais streets in the Vista still await the right project. Currently vacant, the former site of Kline Steel is being actively marketed, and the owner, Jerry Kline, has his sights set high. Holding on to the land for the perfect project is the smart move, according to Fred. It raises the bar for everyone and in the end benefits the city and its residents.

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Road Trips!

Summer Driving Trips That Won’t Drive You Crazy By Beverly Yates Wilson


ith all it takes to fly somewhere these days, road travel is becoming increasingly popular. Families and couples want quick trips to unique destinations, and the key to weekend escapes is keeping the drive to three hours or less. Columbia Metropolitan has uncovered hidden gems in Athens, Ga., Litchfield, S.C. and Blowing Rock, N.C.

Whether you set out for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, each of these destinations has one thing in common – Southern hospitality. Here’s to porch swingin’, mint iced tea sippin’ and good ole Southern eatin’.



or those inclined to head toward the water, Litchfield Plantation is a three-hour drive from Columbia. You’ll find the rich history of the old South preserved on the resort’s 600 acres. A member of the renowned Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Litchfield Plantation is an ideal home base from which to explore the area, or simply pick a porch swing and enjoy a mint iced tea. FRIDAY: Prepare to be pampered Lowcountry-style at the Carriage House Club, which has been named by Southern Living magazine as a terrific “Food Find.” The chef turns to the sea for his culinary inspiration – crab, fish

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and shrimp form the basis of his dishes with entrees such as she crab soup and inlet shrimp and grits gracing the menu. SATURDAY: Head over to the main carriage house for a breakfast of fluffy buttermilk pancakes topped with homemade peach or vanilla jam and served with apple-smoked bacon. Next, tour the property’s beautifully landscaped lawn and hidden gardens. The pool and cabana house, shaded by a subtropical forest of cypress, pine and Spanish moss, is a wonderful hideaway for you and a good book. The freeform heated pool overlooking the tidal marshes and rice fields is also a serene place to relax. Frank’s Outback just down the road in Pawleys Island is the place for lunch. Pierce Culliton, the executive chef, has put together a menu that blends Lowcountry and Pacific Rim cuisine. Head to the beach Saturday afternoon and enjoy the property’s three-story beach house. The house is for guests only and provides parking, dressing rooms, showers and kitchen facilities. Walk five miles of pristine

beach or relax under their canopy. SUNDAY: A visit to the Lowcountry wouldn’t be complete without spending some time at Brookgreen Gardens. The gardens are the artistic result of sculptors Archer and Anna Huntington. Wander around, visit the outdoor collection of figurative sculptures or take a boat ride on the Springfield to get a feel for the massive property. Huntington Beach State Park offers nature lovers a close-up opportunity to view wildlife in its natural habitat. Stroll the boardwalks, which extend into freshwater lagoons and wind their way through marshes, providing outstanding viewing platforms for bird watchers. Atalaya, the Huntingtons’ summer home, is now a national landmark. Park guides will give you all the history you care to know about the castle, as well as the colorful family who built it. Before leaving, visit the classic Hammock Shops Village on Highway 17. You’ll find an eclectic collection of shops including The Original Hammock Shop, home of the Original Pawleys Island Rope Hammock.

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he quaint antique shops, rare-book stores, eclectic jewelry boutiques and sidewalk cafes in Athens reflect more history than one can digest in a weekend. FRIDAY: Drive through the historic Cobbham District and check into the Foundry Inn and Spa – Athens’s only boutique property. The buildings date back to the 1800s, and rooms are adorned with feather down comforters and stocked with upscale bath products. Make a reservation for dinner at the popular restaurant Five and Ten. Chef Hugh Acheson’s winning pan-roasted halibut with green garlic broth and fennel farro is worth the drive alone. The editors of Food & Wine Magazine sure agree, naming him one of the 10 best new chefs in the country. SATURDAY: There’s nothing like waking up to a hearty Southern breakfast. Let your nose guide you to the

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hen you’ve had enough summer humidity, turn your attention to Blowing Rock. In three short hours you’ll drive right into a Norman Rockwell painting. Long-weekend visitors will have plenty of time to take in area attractions, including the Blue Ridge Parkway, Moses Cone Manor, Grandfather Mountain, Linville Falls, Tweetsie Railroad and Mystery Hill. FRIDAY: Check into The Inn at Ragged Gardens, a historic manor tucked away in the middle of Blowing Rock. The inn’s 11 rooms and suites reflect a summer cottage theme. For dinner, make reservations at

restored Nathan Hoyt Home for biscuits and gravy, muffins and fresh fruit. Spend the morning at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. In the midst of antique roses, fruit trees and native plants, a stream is criss-crossed by a series of bridges as it meanders through ponds and tumbles over waterfalls. Stroll down one of the five miles of nature trails or attend one of the garden’s Green Thumb Workshops. The botanical garden offers Garden Adventure Packs - self-guided field trips in backpacks ($5) that are filled with activities and treats ranging from clipboards and magnifying glasses to adventure maps and a habitat hunt. Avid gardeners will want to leave time for another hidden jewel – Thyme After Thyme. Athens is chock-full of interesting show gardens and nurseries. After all, it was here that the first garden club in America was organized in 1891. For lunch, The Last Resort is a local favorite and family-friendly. It began as a music club and bar and helped put the B-52s on the local music map. Try the Carolina crab cakes with roasted sweet peppers and fresh greens with aioli dressing or the fried green tomato sandwich topped with bacon, onions and peppers. Clayton Street offers a remarkable array of unique buys, ranging from

colored tea glasses at Helix to handmade jewelry at The Art of It All. Bargain hunters will find loads of hip-hop wear, platform shoes and even lava lamps at Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother. Pace yourself. The Athens nightlife rocks loud and late. The area has been something of a cultural haven since the B-52s launched the town onto the national scene as a hotspot for aspiring musicians. That reputation was secured by the rise of R.E.M. and Widespread Panic. SUNDAY: Head over to Espresso Royale or Jittery Joe’s for your mug of joe. The décor of these older coffee shops – high ceilings with sculptured mouldings, large mirrors and mosaic-tiled floors – has become the trademark of many downtown establishments in Athens. The Grit, housed in a 19th century renovated storefront, offers a tasty vegan brunch and has items for even the pickiest of eaters. Children will be entertained by the interesting collection of odds and ends that decorate the building. Next, visit the Georgia Museum of Art. Or, for those with young children, Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail, a small zoo, is a popular place to see native wildlife. Every first and third Sunday of each month they offer guided feeding tours where children follow along with zookeepers. Best of all, both are free.

Crippen’s Restaurant. This casually elegant country inn restaurant has received numerous awards and honors for its appetizers, homemade pastas, fresh meats and seafood. Save room for dessert that is made on the premises. SATURDAY: Enjoy breakfast in the inn’s dining room while enjoying the views of the formal and “ragged” gardens. Art in the Park, a series of art and fine handcraft shows featuring juried artisans, is a relaxing way to spend the morning. Now in its 45th year, Art in the Park features 100 exhibitors in six shows that run May through October. If you’re traveling with children, you should know that the children and family programs at Chetola Resort are two reasons families return year after year. Camp Chetola features an 800square-foot interactive play area for children. Fort Boone is a themed tree house that has a tunnel and playhouse for younger children. A large-scale model railroad, children’s climbing wall and video viewing area with a Sony

PlayStation will keep children of all ages entertained. Kid’s camp activities include scavenger hunts, magic tricks, Stories Under the Stars, and the Mosey Cone Cemetery Trip, where kids learn about the Cone Family and tell fun ghost stories. For a special dinner treat, the Gamekeeper Restaurant is a must. This gourmet restaurant tucked away in Yonahlossee Resort specializes in modern mountain cuisine using locally grown, organic ingredients. SUNDAY: Blowing Rock offers a variety of outdoor adventure opportunities. Enjoy a hike on Glen Burney Trail, a stone’s throw from Main Street; the trail descends 800 feet into John’s River Gorge, following the course of New Year’s Creek and three substantial waterfalls. Or take a drive or bike ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which offers scenic parks, more trails and picnic spots. Rock climbing and caving expeditions can be arranged with one of the many area adventure guide companies.

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PALMETTO BUSINESS Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is ideal for troubled youth who have behavior problems, anger issues or who have faced traumas.

The Business of

Horse Sense

Equine Assisted Learning helps horses help others By Deena C. Bouknight Photography by Jeff Amberg

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efore the invention of the automobile, horses were necessities for many people. They served as the main mode of transportation and provided farming assistance. In this modern era, however, many view them simply as pretty pasture ornaments, while equestrians enjoy them recreationally. But in recent years, horses have begun filling a more noteworthy purpose. Winston Churchill said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man,” showing he apparently recognized horse sense. Contrary to what some may think, horses are not just big, dumb, grass-ingesting animals. They are prey animals and are constantly aware of the environment around them, and because they respond to safety, comfort, trust and respect issues, horses are proving to be therapeutic in countless scenarios. In fact, horse sense has been given a name: Equine Assisted Learning (EAL). Stephanie Bowman, a licensed professional counselor in Columbia, was so enthralled with what she experienced when she was introduced to it in 2006 that she became certified with the EAGALA (Equine Assistance Growth and Learning Association) as a mental health specialist. Seeing people who are unaccustomed to being around horses interacting and problem-solving with one another in a dynamic way led her to start her company, Turning Point Equine Assisted Services. Stephanie teamed up with Julie McCrary, an EAGALA certified equine specialist whose nonprofit, F.A.I.T.H. (Fostering Achievement & Inspiration Through Horses), has similar goals. Both women have prior experience with horses. “We live in a world in which stress is high and demand for performance is even higher,” points out Stephanie. “Effective leadership and team dynamics are no longer nice theoretical concepts. They are essential for business success.” By working with groups of professionals in a variety of fields, Stephanie’s goal is to use horses to help consultants, educators, law enforcement officers and others learn new ways of

thinking and solving problems. “In they got out of it,” says Stephanie, “not various team building activities, the natural what they got the horses to do.” She feedback from the horses is integrated with adds, “Horses are ideal in these situations the skills of the facilitators to provide because they are social animals who have insight and awareness of team dynamics,” a distinct hierarchy of roles, and they give she explains. “Using horses may tell you immediate feedback to the people who are more about yourself and your team in five working with them. People, also, assume minutes than you could learn in a month different roles when they interact with the horses. The horses are good at setting or more of meetings at your office.” Recently, a group of healthcare boundaries and responding to leadership. professionals met with Stephanie and They respond to being asked to do things Julie for a workshop at Folly Farms in ... to the relationship that is formed.” Blythewood. Nearby was a corral with Besides team building, Turning Point three horses: an old gelding, a rescue horse also offers Equine Assisted Psychotherapy that was formerly abused and another (EAP) to address such issues as conflict younger gelding. Inside the ring were resolution, behavior problems, anger obstacles such as cones, poles, a tarp and a low jump. The group, which consisted of professional counselors and graduate students in counseling, had little to no experience with horses. The goal for one particular task was for the group to work together to get each of the three horses through the obstacle course without touching the horses with any part of their bodies. Their only tool was a handful of long ribbons. After many attempts, someone suggested they drape the ribbon over the horse’s neck – without touching it with their hands – and pull on the ribbon to lead the horse. They were able to lead the horses one by one through the In this activity, kids dip their hands in paint and decorate a horse with course without difficulty. illustrations of an assigned theme. Clapping, cheering and praise for the horses followed once the issues, assertiveness, trauma, grief, loss and boundaries. “It’s ideal for troubled youth, last horse was led through the course. The group agreed that they adolescents who have faced traumas, learned skills in problem solving, veterans, orphans and abused women,” encouragement, conquering uncertainty says Julie. “Horses give you immediate and communication during the exercise feedback, but are non-judgmental.” She adds, “Troubled youth, especially, with the horses. They expressed a feeling of accomplishment, a bonding with the are given so many rules. This is a chance horses and a satisfaction with working out for them to figure some things out for themselves, to learn self-discovery and issues in a group setting. “The success is measured in what build confidence.”

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One activity that youth enjoy with the horses is what Stephanie calls “Horse Art.” The kids dip their hands in several colors of paint and decorate a horse with illustrations of an assigned theme, such as “friendship.” “With the theme of ‘friendship,’ we tell the kids to paint a picture, use words or otherwise illustrate how their best friends make them feel or qualities they want in someone who is a very good friend,” explains Stephanie. Of course, Stephanie and Julie do look at what the children choose to paint on the horse. More importantly, they observe how the participants connect or respond to the horse’s actions. “With one group, the horse had her head raised and seemed uncomfortable at one point,” says Stephanie.  “We watched to see if the kids noticed the horse’s behavior. If so, we would ask them how they interpreted this behavior.” The women would then observe the childrens’ answers to these questions and help the kids draw conclusions about their own relationships from the answers that they had given. EAP provides the opportunity to apply what is learned with the horses to other areas of life. “For some, the mere size and power of the horse sets the stage for overcoming fears and developing confidence to work through challenging situations,” Stephanie says. “Horses have an uncanny ability to illuminate who we are and where we need to go. People often don’t learn new things unless they’re challenged – when they are stretched beyond their comfort zone. Some of the deepest and most lasting changes occur when people find their own answers to problems that they face. Interacting with the horses can help them discover these answers. Horses can touch deep recesses in us that are inaccessible to most people, regions people are afraid to address – this is where horse sense touches the human heart.” Fo r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n v i s i t www. or call (803) 556-9379.

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Patrick Cunningham

Anne Able

Trey Cantey

Bill Mason

Kellie Ballentine

Laurie Griner

Scott Johnson

Jim Macfie

Laura Herbert

Brittany Walker

Jared Whiting

Anthony Meyer

Pam Jenkins

Louie Jones

Mike Kelly

Russell Pate

David Hunt

Catherine Wilson Horne

John Bradley

Cheryl Holland

Dan Peagler

Lee King

Todd Sease

Ted Speth

Patrick Cunningham of Irmo has been awarded a $500 Agency Hands in the Community Award from the Allstate Foundation. Anne Able, Trey Cantey, Bill Mason and Erik Rutherford have been honored by Allstate with the Chairman’s Conference award. Anne Able, Kellie Ballentine, Laurie Griner, Scott Johnson and Jim Macfie have been recognized with the Regional Champions award. Sincerely Yours, a family-owned carpet cleaning business on Legrand Road in Northeast Colmbia, has celebrated its 50th year of business. Laura Herbert, a nurse at Providence Hospital, is a Palmetto Gold winner. Dr. Edward Darrell Hopkins, Jr., has been inducted into the Providence Hospital 2009 Society of St. Luke. Providence Hospitals has received full Cycle II accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care. Richland County Public Library has named Gary Langston as its Adult Volunteer of the Year, Brittany Walker as its Teen Volunteer of the Year and Jared Whiting as its Junior Volunteer of the Year. Jill King, Mary Lewis, Barbara Middendorf, Nina Shelley, Paul Tsalapatas and Richard Webster Richardson have received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Eunice Hendrix and Mary Lewis have been inducted into RCPL Volunteer Hall of Fame. Turner Padget Graham & Laney 2009 Super Lawyers®: Reginald W. Belcher, John E. Cuttino, Lanneau Wm. Lambert, Jr., Curtis L. Ott, Steven W. Ouzts, Thomas C. Salane, Franklin G.

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Shuler, Jr. and John S. Wilkerson, III. Plowden & Robinson 2009 Super Lawyers®: Francis M. Mack, Eugene H. Matthews and Franklin J. Smith, Jr. Angie Fontana, a Lexington Medical Center nurse, has received a proclamation by the South Carolina State House that designates May as Osteoporosis Month. Anthony J. Meyer, vice president of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, has joined the Scott Hannon Memorial Foundation Board of Directors. Lexington Medical Center has received approval from DHEC to perform emergency angioplasty and to add a second catheterization lab at its main hospital campus. Pam Jenkins has been named director of life and product development of Colonial Life. The agency has opened a new office in the Lake Carolina Town Center, which will be managed by Louie Jones. D. Michael Kelly, Esq., of the Mike Kelly Law Group has received the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the USC College of Arts and Sciences Russell R. Pate, PhD, has been named to the Policy Steering Committee of Health Sciences South Carolina. David Hunt Creative, a Columbia, SCbased graphic design firm, is celebrating its 15th year of business. Catherine Wilson Horne, EdVenture Children’s Museum CEO, has been named a Noyce Leadership Fellow. Edward W. Mullins Jr., a Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough attorney, was awarded the Lou Potter Award for lifetime professional achievement by the Defense Research and Trial Lawyer’s Association. Meredith Keane, senior paralegal with the firm, has received the

2009 Jean D. Nunn Excellence in Leadership Award. The firm also has been honored by the Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc., with its 2009 Robert D. Spencer Volunteer Award. John C. Bradley Jr., a Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte attorney, has been elected to the board of the Friends of South Carolina Libraries and chosen to serve as vice president for 2009-2010. Maj. Richard L. Jones has been appointed area coordinator of The Salvation Army of the Midlands. The Mungo Companies have been ranked 38th on the national 2008 Builder 100 Listing by Builder magazine. ACDO has received two PICA Awards by the Printing Industry of the Carolina. Heathwood Hall Episcopal School has received four Silver Wing awards at the SC Public Relations Society of America banquet. George Drafts has been honored by the Lexington County Health Services District Board of Directors with the Stilwell Award for Achievement in Philanthropy, the Foundation’s highest award. Cheryl R. Holland, president of Abacus Planning Group, has attended the first “Top Independent Advisors Summit” hosted by Barron’s Magazine. Dan Peagler has joined First Citizens Bank as assistant vice president and retail sales manager. Lee King has joined the bank as senior appraisal specialist. Provost Academy has named Peter M. Brown and Anne Bundrick to its state board. Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte has been named one of the top litigation firms

in South Carolina by Benchmark Litigation. Amy L. B. Hill has been named one of the top young litigators in South Carolina by the magazine, as well as Star of the Quarter for 2008-2009 by the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division. Kristy Ackerman Stoneburner, program coordinator with LRADAC, has received the Lucinda Thomas Health Education Award from the SC Public Health Association. LRADAC has honored St. Mary’s Episcopal Women’s Group, Jody Thomas, Sam Fulmer and Diane Reid for volunteering. LRADAC has received three Silver Wing awards at the SC Public Relations Society of America banquet. L. Todd Sease has been appointed to serve on the Midlands Technical College Commission. SC Oncology Associates is now one of six oncology strategic sites in the national network of the Sarah Cannon Research Institute, allowing patients to enroll in clinical trials without leaving their communities for treatment. The SC Philharmonic Orchestra has been named a participant in the Institutional Vision Program administered by the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Leadership Academy. Harley Haven has been awarded HarleyDavidson Motor Company’s 2008 Bronze Bar and Shield Circle of Achievement Award. Ted Speth, managing shareholder in the Columbia office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, and Leighton Lord, board chairman of Nexsen Pruet, have graduated from the Midlands Diversity Leaders Initiative.

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New Home Communities PALMETTO BUSINESS

1. Baneberry Place Price Range of New Homes: $127,990 - $189,840 School District: Lexington 1 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Eric McCord, (803) 356-1544 Directions: Take I-20 West to Exit 51/Longs Pond Rd. Turn left onto Longs Pond Rd. and continue to community entrance on right. 2. Beasley Creek Price Range of New Homes: $150,990 - $260,480 School District: Richland 2 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Deronda Lucas & John Bray, (803) 735-1203 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 24/Wilson Blvd. Turn left onto Wilson Blvd, then right onto Turkey Farm Rd. Beasley Creek is ahead on the left. 3. Blythecreek Price Range of New Homes: mid-$130,000s - $200,000 School District: Richland 2 Midlands Realtors, LLC Steve Applewhite, (803) 309-2023 Kendrick Chiles, (803) 730-9553

Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 27/ Blythewood Rd. Turn right onto Blythewood Rd., then left at light onto Boney Rd. Blythecreek is 1.5 miles ahead on the left. 4. Congaree Downs Price Range of New Homes: $109,990 - $156,490 School District: Lexington 2 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Alicia White & Jeannie Michaels, (803) 755-0406 Directions: Take I-26 East to Exit 113 toward SC-302/Columbia Airport/Cayce. Turn right onto Ramblin Rd. and continue 1 mile to community entrance on left. 5. Courtside Commons Price Range of New Homes: $104,900 - $119,900 School District: Lexington 1 US Properties – SC, Ltd. Deborah C. Hall, (803) 234-7810 Directions: Take I-26 East to Exit 111/ US Hwy 1 to Lexington. Turn right onto Oak Drive at Barnyard Flea Market. Community is .25 mile on left next to Lexington Tennis Facility.

6. Creek Ridge Price Range of New Homes: $200,000 and up Price Range of Lots: $33,500 - $66,900 School District: Richland 2 Russell & Jeffcoat Realtors Peggy Fowler, (803) 600-5741 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 27/Blythewood. Turn right and go to second light. Turn left onto Wilson Blvd. to immediate right on Langford. At first light, travel 4.5 miles to left on Grover Wilson, 3.5 miles to right on Bear Creek, .5 mile to right on N.E. Miles to right into Ridge Creek. 7. Dawson’s Park Price Range of New Homes: $99,900 - $147,900 School District: Lexington 1 Midlands Realtors, LLC Donna Reed, (803) 422-4700 Directions: Take Highway 1 away from Lexington. Community is .5 mile from Lexington High School on the right. 8. Eagle Pointe Price Range of New Homes: $130,000 - $170,000 School District: Lexington 5

indicates a natural gas community Great Southern Homes Bill Guess, (803) 360-0941 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 91 and turn left toward Chapin. Go approximately 1 mile and turn left onto Lexington Ave. Go approximately 2.5 miles and turn right onto Stucks Point Drive. Eagle Pointe will be .25 mile on the left. 9. Eagles Rest at Lake Murray Price Range of New Homes: $204,990 - $265,480 School District: Lexington 5 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Donna Stevens, (803) 407-3708 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 101A/ Ballentine/White Rock/US 176. Merge onto Dutch Fork Rd., then left on Johnson Marina Rd. and left on Richard Franklin Rd. to community entrance on right. 10. Eagles Rest at Lake Murray Garden Homes Price Range of New Homes: $214,990 - $236,990 School District: Lexington 5 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Vickie Proper, (803) 732-5950

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Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 101A/ Ballentine/White Rock/US 176. Merge onto Dutch Fork Rd., then left on Johnson Marina Rd. and left on Richard Franklin Rd. to community entrance on right. 11. Eve’s Garden Price Range of New Homes: $250,000 - $364,000 School District: Kershaw County Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS ® Novella Taylor, (803) 730-3738

28 C O L U M B I A M E T R O P O L I T A N Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit 98. Turn left toward Camden, then right at Black River Rd. 12. GreenHill Parish Price Range of New Homes: $325,000 - $600,000 Price Range of Lots: $35,000 - $80,000 School District: Richland 2 Manning Kirk & Associates Russell & Jeffcoat Realtors

Barbara Puffenbarger, (803) 699-0015 Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit 82/Spears Creek Church Rd. Turn left onto Spears Creek Church Rd., and continue 2 miles to GreenHill Parish entrance on right. 13. Haigs Creek Price Range of New Homes: $270,000 - $360,000 Price Range of Lots: $40,000 - $48,000 School District: Kershaw County

Russell & Jeffcoat Realtors, Inc. Shelba Wooten Mattox, (803) 600-0527 Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit 87, left onto White Pond Rd., right onto Whiting Way (frontage road) and left into Haigs Creek. Follow the new homes signs to new construction. 14. Indigo Place Price Range of New Homes: $109,900 School District: Lexington 2

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Midlands Realtors, LLC Bridget Biviano, (803) 479-8349 Directions: Take I-77 South to Gaston Exit. Go straight across Charleston Highway (Hwy 321) onto Fish Hatchery Rd. Indigo Place is .5 mile ahead on right. 15. Indigo Springs Price Range of New Homes: $150,000 - $230,000 School District: Richland 2

Great Southern Homes Debi Burke, (803) 546-9000 Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit 80 and turn left onto Clemson Rd. Go approximately four miles and turn right at Summit Parkway. Turn right onto Timber Crest. At stop sign, turn left and then right onto Indigo Springs Drive.

$120,000 - $250,000 School District: Richland 2 Great Southern Homes Robert Perry, (803) 360-9165 Directions: Take I-20 East to Exit 82 and turn left onto Spears Creek Church Rd. Jacob’s Creek is approximately 3 miles ahead on the right.

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$114,000 - $208,300 School District: Richland 1 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Christine Landers & Sharon Thomas, (803) 754-0674 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 19/ Farrow Rd. Turn left on Farrow Rd. then left on Hardscrabble Rd. Community entrance is ahead on right.

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18. Kelsney Ridge Price Range of New Homes: $160,000s - $300,000 School District: Kershaw County ERA Wilder Realty Ken Queen, (803) 600-3361 Directions: Take Two Notch/Hwy 1 north to just over Kershaw County line. Turn right on Steven Campbell Rd. Go approximately 1 mile to Kelsney Ridge on left. 19. Lake Carolina Price Range of New Homes: $140,000s to $2,000,000+ School District: Richland 2 Lake Carolina Properties, (803) 736-5253 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 22/ Killian Rd. and turn right. Killian Rd. will become Clemson Rd. At the third light, turn left onto Hardscrabble Rd. Continue for 2.5 miles. Turn right into Lake Carolina. Please proceed to the Information Center for your personal tour of Lake Carolina.  20. Lake Frances Price Range of New Homes: $150,000 - $220,000 School District: Lexington 1 Great Southern Homes Beth Gardner, (803) 360-3599 Directions: Take Blossom St. Bridge and continue to follow SC-215/US-176/US-21/ US-321. Take slight right at Airport Blvd/

SC-302. Go approximately 5.5 miles and turn right onto Ramblin Rd. Lake Frances is on the left. 21. The Landings at Night Harbor Price Range of New Homes: $215,000 - $235,000 Price Range of Lots: $39,000 School District: Lexington 5 ERA Wilder Realty Debbie Erdman, (803) 917-3521 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 91/ Columbia Ave., toward Chapin for 2.1 miles. Continue through the light and you will be on Amick’s Ferry Rd., continuing 5.4 miles. Turn left on Green Meadow Drive then turn left into Night Harbor and take an immediate right to the sales center. 22. Longtown Place Price Range of New Homes: $195,090 - $251,580 School District: Richland 2 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Amanda Little, (803) 732-1515 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 22/ Killian Rd. Turn right onto Killian Rd. and take to end. Turn left onto Longtown Rd. and continue to community entrance on the left.

23. Orchard Pointe Price Range of New Homes: $200,000 - $375,000 School District: Lexington 1 Sycamore Development, LLC, (803) 788-8300 Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS ® Jean Reed, (803) 358-1158, Directions: Take I-20 to Highway 378 West toward Lexington/Lake Murray Dam. Turn left onto Mineral Springs Rd. Orchard Pointe is 1.2 miles ahead on the right. 24. Paradise Cove on Lake Murray Price Range of New Homes: $299,000 - $700,000+ School District: Lexington/Richland 5 ERA Wilder Realty Todd Beckstrom, (803) 719-2090 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 91/Chapin. Turn left over interstate and follow Columbia Ave. through Chapin. Go straight at stoplight, Amicks Ferry Rd. and veer to right after one mile. Continue on Amicks Ferry Rd. for approximately 2.1 miles and turn right on Crystal Lake Rd. Follow to end on left.

29. Stonemont Price Range of New Homes: $203,990 - $265,980 School District: Lexington/Richland 5 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Darlene Reese, (803) 732-1515 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 101A/ Ballentine/White Rock. Turn right onto Koon Rd. to community entrance on left. 30. Summer Lake Price Range of New Homes: $285,000 - $800,000 School District: Lexington 1 Southern Visions Realty, Inc. Anne Wilkins Brooks, (803) 359-9571 Directions: Take I-20 to Hwy 378. Take Hwy 378 West through Lexington approximately 4 miles. Summer Lake is on the right just past the Piggly Wiggly.

25. Peach Grove Villas Price Range of New Homes: $199,000 - $275,000 School District: Richland 2 Epcon Columbia Daniel Elmaleh, (803) 223-9545 Directions: Take I-20 West to Exit 80. Turn left onto Clemson Rd. Go 1.5 miles (towards the Village at Sandhill) and turn right onto Earth Rd. Peach Grove Villas is located on the right just before the entrance to Woodcreek Farms.

31. Wellesley Price Range of New Homes: $149,990 - $207,300 School District: Lexington 1 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Matt Shealy & Brantley Jones, (803) 957-3290 Directions: Take I-20 West to Exit 61/US 378 toward Lexington. Merge right on US 378 and turn left at first light onto Ginny Ln. Continue to community ahead on right.

26. Rabons Farm Price Range of New Homes: $84,900 - $155,000 School District: Richland 2 Great Southern Homes Jody Styron, (803) 360-1558 Directions: Take Bull St./SC-277 North and go approximately 9 miles. Take the Farrow Rd. exit and turn left. Turn right at Rabon Rd., slight left to stay on Rabon Rd. Turn left at Flora Dr. Turn Right at Rabons Springs Rd.

32. Westcott Ridge Price Range of New Homes: Patio Homes $180,000 - $250,000; Traditional $300,000 - $500,000 School District: Lexington/Richland 5 Russell & Jeffcoat Realtors Rhonda Jacobs Walsh, (803) 781-6552 Directions: Take I-26 West to Exit 97/Peak. Veer Right on Hwy 176. Westcott Ridge is on the left, across from Waterfall subdivision.

27. Saddlebrook Price Range of New Homes: $140,000s - $220,000s School District: Kershaw County ERA Wilder Realty Charlie Thomas, (803) 413-9607 Directions: Take Two Notch Rd./Hwy 1 North. Go through Elgin, approximately 3 miles. Saddlebrook will be on the left. 28. Saluda River Club Price Range of New Homes: $190,000 - $1,000,000+ School District: Lexington 1 Saluda River Club Realty, LLC 30 C O L U M B I A M E T R O P O L I T A N

Bridget Downing, Kathy Seymour & Ted Johnson, (803) 358-3969 Directions: Take I-20 West to Exit 61/Hwy 378. Turn right and take immediate right onto Corley Mill Rd. The entrance to Saluda River Club is located 1.5 miles down Corley Mill Rd. on the right.

33. Willow Tree Price Range of New Homes: $114,000 - $208,300 School District: Richland 1 Shumaker Homes, (803) 787-HOME Angelia Jefferson, (803) 783-7183 Directions: Take I-77 North to Exit 9/Garners Ferry Rd./US 378. Turn right on Garners Ferry Rd., left on Trotter Rd., left on Caughman Rd. and right onto Ulmer Rd. Continue to community entrance ahead on left. This listing is provided by the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia. J U L Y / A U G U S T 2009

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Co nte nts CH6 Third Time’s the Charm Kathy and Harrell Crawford’s dream home By Margaret Gregory

CH14 A Blue Ribbon Picnic

About the Cove r Kathy and Harrell Crawford’s home on Lake Murray Photography by Robert Clark PUBLISHER Henry Clay

A pick-up-and-go menu that’s easy to prepare By Susan Fuller Slack, CCP

EDITOR Emily S. Tinch

CH24 Reversing Roles

EDITORIAL ART DIRECTOR Dennis Craighead Design

Multi-generational living in Columbia By Robin Cowie Nalepa

CH28 Small Yard, Big Impact Maximize your outdoor space

By Evelyn Morales

ASSOCIATE EDITOR Robyn Culbertson ASSISTANT EDITOR Lindsay Niedringhaus

ADVERTISING SALES Shawn Coward, Denise Floyd ADVERTISING ART DIRECTOR Robyn Culbertson OFFICE/PRODUCTION/CIRCULATION MANAGER Lindsay Niedringhaus INTERNS Ramsey Ashburn, Julie Behr, Sarah Patterson




Kathy and Harrel Crawford’s Mediterranean-style home has a view of Lake Murray from nearly every room.

Third Time’s the Charm Kathy and Harrell Crawford’s dream home By Margaret Gregory Photography by Robert Clark


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athy Crawford always knew she wanted a Mediterraneanstyle home. She was drawn to the beauty of the tile, stucco, arches and columns. But the Crawfords’ first home on Lake Murray was a contemporary style that they later remodeled into a Hilton-Head feel. Their second home on the lake was a brick traditional. So when Kathy and her husband, Harrell, decided to build again, they had no doubts about how this house would look. “I just knew that I wanted the Mediterranean style with this house. We both enjoy building houses, so this was the opportunity to get what I really wanted,” Kathy says. Not only did she know exactly what she wanted for an exterior look, but Kathy also had a vision of how the interior would look. “I collected so many photos from magazines and kept them as we began planning. We knew it would be an open floor plan for the main living area of the house. In this house, I wanted to be in the kitchen and still be able to converse with my sons and husband in the living areas,” Kathy says. Harrell and Kathy chose Carolina Design Group from Charlotte, N.C. to custom-design the house. “We were looking for someone that could be creative in their design,” says Harrell. “I had framed houses in high school and college, so I could envision what we wanted in a three-dimensional way.” Wayne Jewell of Jewell Builders built the house over a 13-month period. Mingling with family and friends certainly won’t be a problem in the 7,400-square-foot house. The kitchen and breakfast area flow continuously to the living and dining rooms through the expansive foyer, which features a curved suspended staircase to the upstairs. A hand-crafted coffered ceiling and oblong Travertine tile on the floors highlight the Mediterranean style of the home. The house offers a view of Lake Murray from nearly every room, and the arched entryways and recesses, Corinthian A hand-crafted coffered ceiling and oblong Travertine tile on the floors highlight the home’s Mediterranean style.



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columns and stucco walls add to the feeling that the Crawfords might truly be in an Italian summer home. Throughout the house, Kathy created the Italian feel with warm golds, yellows and browns for wall colors, dark wood flooring and gilded furnishings. Kathy definitely has a flair for decorating. “I’ve always wanted to be a decorator but never pursued it,” she admits. In fact, she had bought many of the furnishings for the previous house. “Kathy likes to go antique shopping,” says Harrell, “so we really didn’t have to purchase much in the way of furniture.” She also has collected many beautiful oil paintings that help complete the feel of the home. A limestone fireplace in the living room complements the limestone hood that sits at an opposing end in the kitchen. A large island allows guests to mingle in the kitchen with plenty of space for food and beverages. “It was a challenge to find a piece of granite long enough and wide enough for the island,” Kathy recalls. “I knew that I wanted the granite to contrast against the dark floors and was looking for colors of ecru, brown and black.” They chose Delacatus granite, and the colors mesh perfectly with the custom cabinetry finished in Special Walnut.

Left: A limestone fireplace in the living room pops off the warm-toned wall. Above: A large island allows guests to mingle in the kitchen with plenty of space for food and beverages. Right: The gilded dining room features faux paint on the walls, accented by a large gilded mirror, tea cart and crown moulding.


The gilded dining room features faux paint on the walls, accented by a large gilded mirror, tea cart and crown moulding. Arched recesses are lit from above to highlight a collection of oil paintings. While some of the window treatments were made for the house, Kathy was able to use others that she already had. For example, in the guest room, she wanted to keep the same treatments that she had matched to the bed coverlet, but the 12-foot ceilings posed a problem. So she worked with her seamstress to extend the curtains by blending more materials for a bottom border. She didn’t have to look far, either, for someone to hang her curtains – Harrell hung all the window treatments and paintings himself. The master suite at the opposite end of the house is a quiet, secluded retreat. Just outside is the pergola that Kathy wanted, where she can sit on cool mornings and enjoy a beverage. The master bath creates its own sense of retreat with a large tub flanked by columns and a large tiled walk-in shower. Not much was wasted from the bath’s construction – the center of the marble cut to hold the garden tub was recycled into a marble top for a foyer table. Upstairs is a billiard room with a built-in bar and a large elephant table for seating. Columns were incorporated into the bar to continue the style of the house. Bedroom suites on this level wait for the Crawfords’ two sons when they visit from college. The house offers more on the basement level. “This is the man cave,” Harrell laughs. The tremendous room was originally meant to serve as a storage area, “but when our boys come home, they can camp out down here with their friends and have a space all to themselves,” says Kathy. For the Crawfords, building this house was a dream come true. “I didn’t want it to be too casual, but I did want it to be warm and comfortable,” Kathy says. Apparently, they accomplished their goal. According to Harrell, “I don’t think we’ll ever move again.”

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A Blue Ribbon Picnic

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A pick-up-and-go menu that’s easy to prepare By Susan Fuller Slack, CCP Photography by Jeff Amberg / Food styling by Susan Fuller Slack, CCP

“Let’s picnic” is the universal battle cry of summer. In our work-til-you-drop culture, it’s a relief to find time to relax and enjoy al fresco dining. Picnic food can be as simple as a chunk of cheese, a loaf of bread and a jug of wine or a sack of burgers. Or it might be a moveable feast with an abundance of dishes – not a bad idea since appetites have a way of increasing outdoors! A perfect picnic menu includes interesting, delicious, make-ahead recipes that easily can be toted to the lake, the beach, a park or even the backyard. Perfect picnics begin with the perfect picnic basket and carefully packed foods that arrive intact and at the proper temperature. Use your picnic basket to carry dishes, supplies, non-perishable foods (like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches) and snacks. Place a small towel in the bottom of the picnic basket to help protect from spills. Heavy items like dishes and silverware go on the bottom or in a designated spot. Add food containers, and then place a folded tablecloth on top. Keep food safety in mind; it is better to carry perishable items and drinks in a cooler with ice and/or frozen ice packs. You can also use empty water or soda bottles that have been filled with water and frozen. Foods should be eaten within two hours of being removed from the cooler. The menu below can be conveniently prepared ahead of time in stages. All you have to do the day of the picnic is pack up and go. The corn relish and watermelon-shaped cookies can be made at least a week ahead and frozen. The brownies and mint syrup can be made two days ahead and refrigerated or frozen. Frozen cookies carried to the picnic will quickly thaw in warm weather. Prepare the chicken, orzo salad, fruit dip and cut-up fruit one day ahead. Round out the menu with crudites (crisp raw vegetables) and olives, a loaf of hearty bread and beverages like iced tea, water and soft drinks. If you don’t think you’ll have time to prepare the fruit, choose several that don’t need cutting like strawberries, grapes or cherries with stems. Or pick up a small watermelon or a basket of ripe peaches to serve at the picnic. Whether you prepare the entire menu or try out a dish or two for your next picnic, the ritual will require little more than good weather and good spirits for everyone to relax and enjoy some spontaneous fun.

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Parmesan PotatoCrusted Chicken

Orzo Caprese Salad This dish is healthier than the typical mayonnaise-based pasta salad with less chance of spoiling.

At the National Chicken Cooking Contest this year, this recipe stood out in the “battle of the chickens” and was picked to represent the Middle Atlantic region. New Jersey resident Suzanne Banfield coats the chicken with potato flakes because she has celiac disease and maintains a gluten-free diet. It is a healthier version of fried chicken, delicious hot or cold and makes a great picnic dish with Suzanne’s orzo on the side. • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves • 1/2 cup instant potato flakes • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese • 1 teaspoon garlic powder • 1 teaspoon dried oregano • 1 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper • 2 eggs, beaten • 2 tablespoons cooking oil In shallow dish, mix together potato flakes, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Dip chicken first in beaten eggs and then in potato mixture, coating all sides well. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Remove chicken to baking sheet and place in 350-degree oven for about 15 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Serve at once or cool before packing to carry to a picnic. Makes 4 servings.

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• 8 ounces orzo pasta, cooked according to package directions • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, plus 2 tablespoons of the oil • 1/4 cup fresh basil, sliced in strips • 1 teaspoon minced garlic • 2 ripe tomatoes In large bowl, mix together orzo, mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes and oil, basil and garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Slice the tomatoes and arrange on 4 plates. Mound one-quarter of salad on tomatoes on each plate and add a piece of Parmesan Potato-Crusted Chicken. Serves 4. Susan’s Tips: The recipe can be doubled. If the breasts halves are extra large, you can cut them in half to make eight pieces; increase the amount of potato coating slightly. Carry the chicken, orzo salad and whole tomatoes separately to the picnic. Slice tomatoes just before eating. Chicken can be made hours in advance and refrigerated.

Corn & Pepper Relish This flavorful relish can be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen. It’s a great way to use up a supply of fresh summer corn. If frozen, thaw in the refrigerator one day before serving. Pack into a portable container to carry to your picnic basket.

• 5 cups fresh or frozen, thawed corn (28-ounce bag) • 2 large bell peppers (red and green), seeded and cut into small dice • 2 m e d i u m r e d o n i o n s , chopped • 1 1/2 cups sugar • 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar • 1/2 cup corn oil • 1 teaspoon celery seed • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed • 1 teaspoon sea salt • 1/2 teaspoon tumeric powder • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, to taste Put all the ingredients into a medium heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 20 to 25 minutes. If using frozen corn, add 10 minutes after the other ingredients have cooked. Cool slightly and pack into refrigerator or freezer containers. Makes about 6 cups.

Blue Cheese Flower Pot This pretty cheese “flowerpot” can be

decorated with fresh herbs, edible flowers or vegetable flowers. It will brighten up your table at picnics or backyard barbecues. • 2 8-ounce packs cream cheese, softened • 1 8-ounce pack blue cheese, crumbled and softened • 1 stick uns alted butter, softened • 1/4 cup minced sweet onion

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Picnic Tips • Preparing dishes a day ahead is helpful. • At home, do the prep work and pack the foods in suitable containers; assemble them onsite. • Try to use reusable earthfriendly containers. • Pack soft foods like dips and spreads in hard containers. Double pack in plastic bags to prevent leaks. • Store perishable foods in watertight containers immersed in ice. • Pack lettuce, herbs and veggies in sturdy zip-top plastic bags away from the ice; pack cookies and bars in shallow containers. • Keep raw meat cold. Cook hamburgers to 160 degrees; bonein chicken pieces to 170 degrees; boneless chicken parts to 160 degrees; ground chicken to 165 degrees. • Wash your hands before working with the food. • Always wash melons before cutting because bacteria can live on the rinds. • Place the ice chest in a shaded area at the picnic, if possible. • A wide-mouth thermos is good for items like soup, coffee and chili. • The dollar store is a great place to find plastic trays, containers and other picnic supplies. • Fresh watermelon and pineapple sticks are tasty and can be used to flavor and stir iced tea. • Fresh mint can help keep away the bees. • Clean up well after your picnic and recycle leftovers into compost.

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• 2 to 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce • pinch of salt, or to taste • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper • 1/3 cup finely chopped toasted walnuts • fresh herbs or edible flowers, as desired • crisp crackers or fresh bread • small clusters of fresh grapes, or sliced tart apples In a mixing bowl, combine the two cheeses, butter, onion and Worcestershire with an electric mixer. Season with salt and pepper. Line a clean, unused flower pot with damp cheesecloth or several long pieces of heavy duty plastic wrap. Press cheese mixture into the pot. Smooth and cover top. Refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. Carry cheese in the flowerpot to the picnic, then unmold onto a clean, unused flower pot saucer or other serving plate. Pull off the cheesecloth. Sprinkle the top with walnuts and decorate casually with fresh herbs or flowers. Arrange crackers and grape clusters around the base. Don’t forget the serving knife. For an alternate serving method, pack cheese into a portable container. Cover and carry to the picnic. Serves 6.

Watermelon Slice Cookies

Make these cookies 2 or 3 days before you plan to serve them. Keep the dough cold at all times as you work with it. Use the “dip and sweep” method of measuring to get the right amount of flour. The easiest way to roll the dough is between layers of heavy-duty plastic

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wrap. This allows you to easily lift the dough and chill it, as needed. If you cut the cookies before baking, the edges tend to get too brown. This recipe can be doubled. The cookies are well worth the extra effort. • 2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened to room temperature • 3/4 cup sugar • 1 large egg • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract • red and green food color • mini chocolate chips or currants • 1/2 teaspoon white sesame seeds, if desired Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar with a wooden spoon. Beat in egg and flavoring extracts. Stir in flour mixture until ingredients are combined. Remove 1/2 cup of the dough to a small bowl; stir in 3 or 4 drops green food coloring and cover with plastic wrap. Remove another 2/3 cup of the plain dough and wrap in plastic wrap. To the remaining dough, blend in 1/4 teaspoon red food coloring, or slightly more if needed. Shape red dough into a 3 1/2-inch long roll and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the three doughs at least two hours. To shape cookies, place the plain dough between layers of plastic wrap and roll out to form a rectangle measuring 8 1/2 by 3 3/4 inches. Chill if too soft to work with. Position roll of red dough at short side of plain dough then roll up neatly. Chill. Shape green dough into a 10 by 3 1/2 inch rectangle; chill if necessary. Place white and red dough log at short end of green dough and roll up. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Dough can also be frozen.

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To make cookies, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap dough. With a sharp, thin knife, cut into 1/4 inch-thick slices. Place on baking sheets. Decorate red dough with chocolate chips and sesame seeds, if desired, to resemble watermelon seeds. Bake 9 to 10 minutes. Immediately cut cookies neatly in half. Cool about 5 minutes then remove from pan. When completely cool, store in an airtight container. Cookies can be frozen. Makes 16 to 18 watermelon slices.

Gingery Orange Dip

This fruity dip is pretty served in an orange-shell bowl. Cut off the top onethird to one-half off a large naval orange and scrape out the insides. Fill the empty shell with the dip. • 1 8-ounce pack cream cheese, softened • 1 7-ounce jar marshmallow crème • grated zest of 1 medium orange • 1 tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate or tart orange juice • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract • 1 packed teaspoon grated fresh gingerroot • 1/4 cup thick rich Greek yogurt (I like Chobani, available at area markets) • strips of orange zest or fresh mint leaves, if desired With an electric mixer, blend all the ingredients, except yogurt, until smooth. With a spatula, fold in yogurt. Scrape

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into a container, cover and refrigerate. At serving time, spoon dip into an orange-shell bowl or other serving container. Garnish with orange zest or fresh mint. Serve with pieces of fresh fruit. Makes about 2 cups.

Lemon-Mint Syrup Use this lemony syrup to add a burst of flavor to ice tea. It also is delicious made with fresh limes. • juice from 6 well-rinsed lemons, strained • 2 quarts water • about 1 cup fresh mint leaves • 1 1/4 cup sugar, or to taste After squeezing out the lemon juice, put lemon peels, water and mint into a large saucepan. Simmer 15 minutes; do not boil or lemon taste will be too strong. Strain hot mixture into a clean heatproof bowl and immediately stir in sugar until dissolved. Discard lemon peels and mint. Add reserved lemon juice to syrup. Cool slightly; pour into a jar and refrigerate. Use syrup to flavor unsweetened ice tea or bar drinks. Carry to the picnic in a portable container in the ice chest.

Pecan Caramel Brownies

Toasting the pecans will enhance their rich flavor. • 1 stick unsalted butter • 1 cup sugar • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract • 2 large eggs • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder • 1/8 teaspoon salt • 1/2 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour (unsifted) • 2 cups lightly-toasted pecan or walnut halves, divided

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• 22 to 25 caramels, unwrapped • 2 tablespoons whipping cream, or water • 1 tablespoon dark rum, coffee or water • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the inside of an 8 by 8-inch baking pan with heavy foil. Coat lightly with vegetable spray. Melt butter in a 1-quart Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave one minute or until melted. By hand, stir in sugar and vanilla. Cool slightly; beat in eggs and cocoa. Stir in baking powder, salt and flour. Stir in 1 cup pecans. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Top with remaining pecans. Bake 22 to 25 minutes until brownies test done but are still slightly moist inside. While brownies are baking, melt caramels with cream in a small pan over low heat. Stir occasionally, adding rum when mixture is smooth. Drizzle over brownies immediately after they are removed from the oven. Sprinkle top with chocolate chips. Cool at room temperature two hours or more before cutting. Brownies can be made two days ahead and refrigerated or frozen. Slice while chilled. Recipe can be doubled. Makes 12 small or 9 large brownies.

Useful Picnic Items • Reusable table cover or quilt • Serving utensils, knife for cutting fruit • Paper towels, napkins and handy wipes • Large and small trash bags for garbage and items like wet swimming suits • Corkscrew and can opener, if needed • Salt and pepper packets, condiment packets • First aid kit • Food, water and bowls for your pet • Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hats and bug repellant • Flowers and herbs from your garden to stick into a jar or bottle • Camera to capture the memories

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Reversing Roles Multi-generational living in Columbia

By Robin Cowie Nalepa / Photography by Jeff Amberg


onnie Chappell said she’d never do it.

She lived an independent life full of social activities from church to garden club. She drove herself where she needed to go, which usually wasn’t too far from the Forest Acres home she’d lived in for decades. Widowed and in her late 80s, she managed well. Then a health scare shook things up, not the least of which was Bonnie’s family. Bonnie’s daughter, Patty Lee, and her husband, Frank, encouraged Bonnie to move with them to a new home in Arcadia Lakes. Bonnie wasn’t sold on the idea. The home seemed too far from the epicenter of her life. And besides, she’d always said she wouldn’t live with one of her children. “I thought I was doing fine at home,” says Bonnie. Her family knew the reality was different and continued to share their concerns with Bonnie. Eventually Bonnie agreed and made the move. “She told everyone she lived in the garage and ate leftovers,” says Patty, with a big smile.

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Bonnie Chappell moved in with her daughter, Patty Lee, after living in her own home for decades.

Bonnie’s joke was true … sort of. Frank renovated the home’s two-car garage into an apartment suite with a small kitchenette, large accessible bathroom and plenty of room for visiting great-grandchildren and their toys. And Patty cooked meals and left plates for her mother’s lunch. Now, nine years later, sitting beside her daughter in the spacious family room, Bonnie says there is “nothing not to like” about the situation.

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One of the biggest challenges of multi-generational living is the role reversal that often occurs between the parent and the adult child. The parent often feels an immense loss of control, especially if they have to move from their home. One key element for making the situation easier is to discuss the options and possibilities as a family in advance. Carol Natrigo-Waters, clinical social worker, Senior Primary Care Practice In fact, multi-generational living is a growing trend in the United States. Adult children and their aging parents share nearly 4 million homes, according to the Census Bureau. This number is likely to grow as the baby boom generation ages and health concerns and economic pressures force families to explore their options. On a recent afternoon, Bonnie and Patty talked affectionately about one another and their living arrangements. Patty calls her mother her best friend and relishes the time they share and the things she’s been able to learn from her mother, like heirloom sewing. Yet, when Patty’s own daughter needed her to come to Charleston not too long ago, making arrangements for Bonnie’s care proved difficult. Rene Kilburn understands the challenges faced by multigenerational families. Finances, stress, safety concerns, even sibling rivalries among adult children may take their toll, Rene says. Rene’s company, Home Instead Senior Services, provides assistance to older individuals in Richland and Lexington counties, from companionship and meal preparation to shopping and Alzheimer’s care. “We provide a safety net for families,” says Rene. This kind of help allows families like the Lees some free time and allows Bonnie a bit of independence, like when a Home Instead employee drives her to her weekly hair appointment, now that she no longer sees well enough to drive. Multi-generational living can disrupt long held routines and schedules causing guilt and frustration for all parties. John and Linda Steele spend an average of 12 hours a day working at their AVON store on St. Andrews Road. When they head home each day, they always have more to do, especially since Linda’s mother Elizabeth Adams lives with the couple. Elizabeth, 87, has resided with her daughter and son-in-law since 2000 when a stroke greatly impaired her ability to live on her own.

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Initially, Elizabeth was able to do things, Linda says. Now, however, she needs round-the-clock care. Sadly, the family’s nighttime routines often are interrupted by agitated outbursts, which Elizabeth can’t control. “It’s basically like having another child,” says John. The Steeles manage with the help of in-home caregivers and their own adult daughter, who also lives with them. Fortunately, they have plenty of room for everyone. The Steeles built their 8,000-square-foot home with hallways wide enough for wheelchairs and bathrooms accessible from each bedroom. “We knew we wanted a house big enough for everyone,” says John. The Steeles’ daughter, Sarah Sessions, added another generation to the mix when she moved in with her parents while completing her Masters degree in Art Education. She saves money, eats breakfast with her grandmother every day and gets to spend time with her family. “I love it personally,” says Sarah. One of the biggest challenges of multi-generational living is the role reversal that often occurs between the parent and the adult child, according to Carol Natrigo-Waters, a clinical social worker at Senior Primary Care Practice in Columbia. The parent often feels an immense loss of control, especially if they have to move from their home and are forced into an environment where they feel like a visitor. In addition, they may have to turn over finances, give up freedoms such as driving or social networks and be told what to do, especially if there is a cognitive decline. One key element for making the situation easier is to discuss the options and possibilities as a family in advance, Carol says. “For some people it’s not a major stressor because it’s what they are expected to do. But most people don’t plan on being a long-term caregiver. Talking about what lies ahead down the road is ideal so you aren’t addressing it during a crisis.” Family members should initiate conversations with an older loved one before any cognitive decline is apparent, covering everything from finances and health care to available community resources that could help keep the senior independent for as long as possible, explains Carol. “We stress the importance of having advanced directives in place,” she says. Mary Katherine Bagnal, CEO of Senior Matters Extended Services, LLC, agrees. In order to avoid uncomfortable situations, Mary Katherine urges clients to change what could be a reactive event to a proactive process. “When a parent moves in with his or her adult children, the issue of boundaries needs to be discussed,” says Mary Katherine. “Often, within a family, unit boundaries have never been discussed; therefore, either the adult parent or the adult child could quickly fall into roles developed in earlier years.” Back at the Lee home, Patty and Bonnie know they made the right decisions at the right time. “To do what I swore I would never do has been wonderful,” says Bonnie.

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Small Yard,

Big Impact

Maximize your outdoor space

By Evelyn Morales Photography by Jeff Amberg


long with dandelions and lemonade, summer marks the return of weeds and the drone of lawnmowers. If you have a large backyard, the thought of mowing the lawn may not rank as high as other summer activities

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Rafael Labrador’s small backyard has plenty of style, color and charm.

like swimming or taking naps in the afternoon shade. However, if your backyard is small, a larger part of your time can be spent enjoying it. The green trend has found many homebuyers scaling back on the size of their homes, and small backyards are becoming big assets. As opposed to a

large backyard, a smaller backyard can be a more personal space. Rafael Labrador has lived in his cozy home on Beaufort Street for nine years. Built in 1915, the historic Earlewood house has vintage charm. A small footpath leads to a wooden fence, beyond which lies a small

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backyard with all the accoutrements that make the property charming, creative, peaceful, recreational and intimate. “I wanted it to be an extension of my indoor living space,” explains Rafael. “I wanted it to be free and natural, yet perfectly suited to the eye. I wanted to have a space that was my own little area of greenery in the city.” Among the Mexican petunias, tea roses, asters, Gerbera daisies, lantana and fire poker plants is a wooden pergola seating area dripping with yellow jasmine and climbing hydrangea. The spot is just right for a grill and a small gathering of friends. Rafael uses planters for his annuals, allowing him to switch them out and giving his backyard a versatile aesthetic. “I enjoy having a low maintenance lawn. I can spend more time planting flowers this way,” says Rafael. “I don’t need a sprinkler system, and when I do have to water, it’s not so time consuming. I grew up with a big backyard and remember the long days of mowing grass in the summer and raking leaves in the fall. In my case, a small backyard is actually beneficial.” Creativity can make all the difference when considering the design of a small backyard, and using non-traditional items for decor speaks to the owner’s individuality. Rafael’s backyard features a quaint cement birdbath adorned with frogs, bright gazing balls, hanging ornaments, statuary and more. “The fence features an iron cross and wall planters. There’s a ceramic sun from Mexico along with several pieces of yard art. It’s all a very eclectic mix of texture and color,” he says. “I also have a huge Washington palm that I grew from a small plant of two feet to its current size of 10 feet.” Tim and Shari Carrier just moved into their house on Wilmot Avenue two months ago and are optimistic about their small backyard. The palm trees and pink stucco walls of the house, along with the small in-ground swimming pool, lend to the backyard’s Caribbean ambience. The stone paved patio and privacy fence give a cooling, courtyard feeling. “The landscaping and outdoor spaces in our new backyard are fairly well designed,” Tim says, “and that was very appealing to us when we decided to buy the house. We moved in and were entertaining that weekend.” “There have been some challenges, like figuring out how to squeeze in some tomato plants. But for the two of us, the pooch and on occasion a few

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friends and family, what more do we need?” The Carriers also garnished their backyard with an unusual yard ornament. “We haven’t had much time to add anything yet, but we did get this great goofy monkey bird bath,” explains Shari. “Its bowl is way too deep for birds, so we stuffed it full of multicolored bromeliads. It’s like Carmen Miranda’s head-dress.” Having a small backyard with big impact doesn’t require a big budget. Rafael offers some advice for homeowners with small backyard spaces: “If you are on a limited budget, you can use indigenous plants to South Carolina like bamboo, mimosa trees, Queen Anne’s lace and wisteria. These plants are readily available and can be easily transplanted from one area to another. Always research the plant, because bamboo and wisteria need to be planted in containers in the ground in order to keep them from spreading. Another great idea is to swap plants with friends and neighbors. A lot of plants need to be divided after several years of growth, like irises, daisies, Mexican petunias, crinum lilies and ginger.” The green trend has found many homebuyers scaling back on the size of their homes, and small backyards are becoming big assets. Tara Shepherd, owner of Spirit Scapes and NatureBy-Design Landscaping, creates tranquility and meditation gardens for her clients as well as labyrinths for yards of all types, but suggests some plants and flora that are ideal for smaller backyards. “For shade plants, evergreens, autumn ferns, holly ferns and hostas are good,” she says. “For sun plants, I suggest dwarf tittisporum and dwarf varigated abelia. For trees, I recommend any of the red Japanese maples because they are generally small, as well as crepe myrtles. For flowers, impatiens are perfect.” “Planning and design are key elements in a small backyard,” advises Trent Hutchinson, owner of Blue Moon Landscaping. “In a small space, the bed, grass layout, placing of water features, lighting, irrigation, shrubbery and trees are very important because you are working with a limited space, and you want to make the most of what you have.” “We’ve seen a considerable increase in interest of stone and paver patios and walkways, as well as fire pits and water features,” Trent adds. “Our customers have shown a great interest in backyard renovations and installations. Being outside in a cozy, comfortable space is a great way to enjoy a morning cup of coffee and wind down at the end of the day, and it creates a great way to get to know your neighbors.”

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Should a plastic surgeon provide all the latest options in cosmetic medicine in addition to the surgical procedures already offered?

should have advanced training, education and experience in gerontology, social work, nursing and/or counseling. How does laser hair removal work?

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The Laser and Skincare Center uses Candela Lasers to perform hair removal treatments. The laser emits a gentle beam of light that passes through the skin to the hair follicle where it is absorbed. The laser energy is transformed into heat, which destroys the hair follicle, leaving the Angela H. Heaton, LE, surrounding skin unaffected. Both The Laser and the GentleYag and GentleLase laser systems utilize a patented cooling Skincare Center device that protects the upper layers of the skin with a cooling burst of cryogen. Together, the longpulse laser and air-cooling offer optimal treatment with minimal effects. We offer safe hair reduction treatments for all skin types and have had great success.

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A Professional Geriatric Care Manager is a health and human services professional with a specialized body of knowledge and experience related to aging and elder care issues. He Mary Katherine Bagnal, or she is focused on maintaining MSW, CMC, NCG the well-being, independence and Senior Matters dignity of elders and dependent Extended Services adults, while balancing the special needs and problems of families caring for them. All Professional Geriatric Care Managers

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to fix problems that in the past have needed a hysterectomy. These ultrasounds allow us to evaluate each part of the uterus, and sometimes the problems can be fixed with outpatient therapy, such as endometrial ablation or hysteroscopic procedures. If a diagnosis indicates that a hysterectomy is still necessary, we can now take a laparoscopic approach, which takes about six days for recuperation. Before that, women would need to plan on recuperating for up to six weeks. The 4-D ultrasound also enhances our prenatal diagnosis capabilities by providing great in-the-womb pictures.

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If the blurred vision caused by your cataracts is interfering in your daily life, you may want to consider surgery. In cataract surgery, the human lens is removed and replaced with a man-made lens called an implant. New, state-ofthe-art lenses can reduce and, in some cases, even eliminate the need for glasses. Before surgery, talk to your ophthalmologist

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about which implant is right for you. In years past, cataract removal required a hospital stay. Today, the procedure is done in an outpatient setting with local anesthesia, and recovery is very rapid. Usually, you can resume normal activity shortly after surgery.

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Why would an ophthalmologist perform cosmetic procedures such as Botox®, facial fillers and laser skin treatments such as Fraxel? Ophthalmologists often get asked this question. Botox® injections have been used extensively to treat facial wrinkles, restoring a more youthful, r e s t e d appearance. Juvederm and Restalyne are injectable fillers, which are used to fill moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Botox® Kelly S. Hynes, MD, PhD and Juvederm 20/20 Vision

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are often used in combination with laser procedures such as Fraxel Laser Skin Resurfacing to “turn back the clock” on facial aging. An ophthalmologist is a physician who is educated and trained extensively in the anatomy of the face and eyes, including the muscles and structures around your eyes. An ophthalmologist first described the use of Botox® (botulinum toxin) around the eyes in the 1970s for eye spasms. Who better to perform your cosmetic facial procedures than an ophthalmologist?

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Osteoarthritis of the knee is one of the five leading causes of disability among men and women. How can we prevent or slow this process? While family history is a significant factor in osteoarthritis, staying strong and flexible can minimize the risk, as well as maintaining a broad-based exercise regime, keeping weight under control and eating a balanced diet. If an injury occurs that causes pain,

Robert M. Peele, MD Midlands Orthopaedic, P.A.

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swelling or locking for more than three to four days, seek evaluation. Ignored symptoms can accelerate a joint’s failure. Patients whose disease has progressed to a degree that everyday activities are impaired are candidates for joint replacement. When arthritis medications, injections, strengthening exercises and swimming are no longer able to improve the daily quality of life, replacement may be a viable option. Alternatives to joint replacement include the use of bracing to unload a deteriorating joint, using crutches or a cane to assist ambulation and medications taken by mouth or injection to modify the inflammation, reduce pain and improve function.

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When should I consider getting treatment for veins in my legs?

For decades, the progressive severity of venous disease was mostly underappreciated. Patients were told that their condition was largely a cosmetic concern and not a medical problem. Hence, many Paul Espinoza, MD, RVT had to endure their untreated Palmetto Vein and symptoms, Aesthetic Center leading to a decreased quality of life. Left untreated, venous reflux disease could lead to more serious complications, such as disabling chronic pain, leg ulcers, superficial thrombop hlebitis, spontanous venous rupture, blood clots and even the dreaded pulmonary embolism. Fortunately, recent technology has led to a renaissance in venous disease awareness and management. With the advent of accurate diagnosis by an ultrasound scan and the availability of minimally invasive ablation procedures, a vein specialist has the ability to diagnose and treat up to 90 percent of people with venous disease in an outpatient setting. So if you have any symptoms, whether small or great, get checked out. Be proactive, not reactive.

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Lexington Medical Center


exington Medical Center is a 384-bed modern medical complex and the anchor of a comprehensive health care network employing 5,100 people. Its mission is to provide quality health care that meets the needs of the community. The network includes the main hospital, six community medical centers, the largest extended care center in South Carolina and an occupational health facility. Lexington Medical Center performs more surgeries than any other hospital in the Midlands, and its Emergency Department is the second busiest in the state. The hospital has a bariatric surgery program that is certified as a Bariatric Center of

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Excellence by the American College of Surgeons. The hospital offers digital mammography, which can detect spots as small as a single grain of sand, at its Women’s Imaging Centers and in a mobile mammography van that travels around the area.  Lexington Medical Center is the first hospital in Columbia to perform Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery, which reduces scars and recovery time, and it is the first hospital in the state to perform Microwave Ablation for the treatment of tumors. Other specialties include an innovative Doula program for women giving birth that’s both unique to the Midlands and a first-of-its-kind program in the Southeast. Lexington Medical Center is

a leader in “green” health care with the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)Certified medical office building in South Carolina. The green building includes recycled construction materials, measures to save water and energy and emphasis on air quality. The hospital also has an extensive community outreach program. Lexington Medical Center offers a wide variety of classes on topics including diabetes, maternity, support and preparing for surgery. It also sends clinicians to businesses, churches, schools and civic groups to provide important health assessments, free screenings and educational wellness presentations.


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The Whitney Hotel

(l to r) Elaine Taylor, front office manager, Jamie Blevins, general manager, Mary Lynn Lee, director of sales & marketing


he Whitney Hotel opened its doors in the quaint historic neighborhood of Old Shandon as an apartment building in 1985. It was converted to a 74-room hotel one year later and has been serving its guests’ needs as the only hotel of its kind in Columbia ever since. The unique apartment-style suites make the accommodations perfect for families, large groups, people relocating and those guests looking for something a little different from the norm. The current management staff has a combined 50 years of experience in the hotel industry. “It’s a challenging yet rewarding job,” says Jamie Blevins, the general manager who oversees all aspects of day-to-day

operations. “The best part about it is that every day is different.” He has been managing The Whitney since 2004. Mary Lynn Lee, The Whitney’s director of sales since 2003, adds, “I definitely have the best job in Columbia! Whether it’s a group, a wedding or a family relocating to Columbia, I love helping all of our guests with the special events in their lives.” The hotel’s front desk staff gets their training from Elaine Taylor, who has been hiring friendly, thoughtful employees since 2004. “We want our guests to feel at home, so we treat them like any host would treat his or her house guests.” As an example of this unique hospitality, The Whitney offers a daily, freshly cooked breakfast.


While the hotel has had quite a few well-known guests over the years, they respect their privacy to the point of not boasting about their more “notable” clients. “We enjoy showing everyone the same courtesy whether they are a celebrity or a college parent,” says Mary Lynn. The Whitney might be a little harder to find because it doesn’t have the visibility of the larger hotel chains, but once guests spend time in its “home away from home” atmosphere, they can’t imagine staying anywhere else. Visit the Web site at to view photos and make your reservation.

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Polo Village (Standing l to r) Gene Mathis, maintenance supervisor, Robert Schack, maintenance technician; (seated l to r) Kimberly Smith, assistant manager, Vickie Millwood, property manager, Natasha Pollock, leasing specialist


eveloped in 2006, Polo Village offers luxury apartment living in Northeast Columbia. A true leader in the multifamily housing industry, Polo Village aims to provide the highest level of customer service and standard of living. All aspects of the community are constantly evaluated to ensure efficiency and effectiveness and to help keep Polo Village a place everyone would be proud to call home. The multifamily housing industry is about providing people with homes, and that is what Polo Village is all about. “When Polo Village prepares an apartment home for move in, we critique your new home as if it were our very own,” says maintenance supervisor Gene Mathis. The community’s

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goal is to provide the best product and service and to make the residents happy. Polo Village sits upon 21 beautiful acres located at 1270 Polo Road, a prime location that is convenient to several major interstates (I-20, I-77 and I-277), as well as shopping, dining and the relaxing environment of Sesquicentennial State Park. From the luxury that residents enjoy daily in their apartment homes to the grand amenities throughout the community, the lifestyle at Polo Village is unmatched. The natural environment effortlessly blends with the latest trends in apartment home living. Polo Village is an illustration of unparalleled design allowing residents to create their own unique style and class.  


Polo Village is expanding, adding several new apartment homes to the current community. Seventy-two new homes are expected to be completed in the spring of 2010. “We are excited about the expansion and feel extremely fortunate that we are in the position to grow our community. We value the relationships we have with our residents and look forward to continuing to serve them,” says Vickie Millwood, property manager. The Polo Village Team, with 51 combined years of experience, is happy to assist future residents Monday through Saturdays. To find out more information call (803) 419-7319 or visit the Web site at today.

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Restaurant Guide DOWNTOWN & THE VISTA AMERICAN Bernie’s $ B,L,D 1311 Bluff Rd., 256-2888 Biscuit House $ B 1019 Bluff Rd., 256-0958 Blue Tapas Bar & Cocktail Lounge $ 721 A Lady St., 251-4447 Voted Best Cocktail Finlay’s Restaurant $$ B,L,D 1200 Hampton St. (in the Columbia Marriott), 771-7000 Flying Saucer $ L,D 931 Senate St., 933-999 Gervais & Vine $$ D Voted Best Appetizer Voted Best Wine Menu 620-A Gervais St., 799-VINE Hunter-Gatherer Brewery $$ D 900 Main St., 748-0540 Liberty Taproom & Grill $$ L,D 828 Gervais St., 461-4677 Mac’s on Main $ L,D 1710 Main St., 929-0037

Ruth’s Chris Steak House $$$ L,D Voted Best Steak 924-A Senate St. (at the Hilton), 212-6666 ASIAN M. Café $$ L,D 1417 Sumter St., 779-5789 Miyo’s Fine Shanghai & Szechuan Cuisine $$ L,D Voted Best Chinese Restaurant 922 S. Main St., 779-MIYO COFFEE/DESSERT Immaculate Consumption $ B,L 933 Main St., 799-9053 Nonnah’s $ L,D Voted Best Dessert 930 Gervais St., 779-9599 DELI Cool Beans! Coffee Co. $ B,L,D 1217 College St., 779-4277 No Name Deli $ L 2042 Marion St., 242-0480 FINE DINING Columbo’s $$ B,L,D, SBR 2100 Bush River Rd. (in the Radisson), 744-2200

Hampton Street Vineyard $$$ L,D 1201 Hampton St., 252-0850 Hennessy’s $$ L,D 1649 Main St., 799-8280 Motor Supply Co. Bistro $$ L,D 920 Gervais St., 256-6687 P.O.S.H. $$ B,L,D 1400 Main St. (at the Sheraton), 988-1400 Ristorante Divino $$$ D Voted Best Fine Dining Restaurant 803 Gervais St., 799-4550 ITALIAN Mellow Mushroom $ L,D 1009 Gervais St., 933-9201 Villa Tronco $$ L,D 1213 Blanding St., 256-7677 NATURAL/HEALTH Garden Bistro $ B,L 923 Gervais St., 933-9085 Nice-N-Natural $ L 1217 College St., 799-3471 SEAFOOD Blue Marlin $-$$ L,D Voted Best Seafood Restuarant 1200 Lincoln St., 799-3838

KEY $ - $10 or less $$ - $11 to $20 $$$ - $21 and up

B - Breakfast L - Lunch D - Dinner SBR - Sunday Brunch

Columbia Metropolitan’s 2009 Best of Columbia contest winners are in red. The Oyster Bar $-$$ D 1123 Park St., 799-4484 SOUTHERN 300 Senate at the Canal $-$$ L 300 Senate St., 748-8909 Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Bang for the Buck Voted Best Family Restaurant Voted Best Grits 818 Elmwood Ave., 779-6407 STEAK Longhorn Steakhouse $-$$ L,D 902-A Gervais St., 254-5100 SUSHI Camon Japanese Restaurant $$$ D 1332 Assembly St., 254-5400 SakiTumi $$ L,D 807 Gervais St., 931-0700 WINGS Carolina Wings $ L,D 600 Gervais St., 256-8844 Wild Wing Cafe $ L,D 729 Lady St., 252-9464

FIVE POINTS & DEVINE STREET AMERICAN Goatfeather’s $-$$ D, SBR 2017 Devine St., 256-3325 Harper’s Restaurant $-$$ L,D 700 Harden St., 252-2222 Mr. Friendly’s $$-$$$ L,D 2001-A Greene St., 254-7828 Salty Nut $ L,D 2000-A Greene St., 256-4611 Yesterday’s $$ L,D 2030 Devine St., 799-0196 ASIAN Baan Sawan $$$ D 2135 Devine St., 252-8992 Egg Roll Chen $ L,D 715 Crowson Rd., 787-6820 DELI Adriana’s $ B,L,D 721 Saluda Ave., 799-7595 Andy’s Deli $ L,D 2005 Greene St., 799-2639 DiPrato’s $ L,D, SBR

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Voted Best Sunday Brunch 342 Pickens St., 779-0606 The Gourmet Shop $ B,L 724 Saluda Ave., 799-3705

Groucho’s Deli $ L,D Voted Best Sandwich • 111 Sparkleberry Ln., 419-6767 • 730 University Village Dr., 754-4509

Groucho’s Deli $ L,D Voted Best Sandwich 611 Harden St., 799-5708

Tiffany’s Bakery & Eatery $ B,L Voted Best Bakery 8502 E Two Notch Rd., 736-CAKE

FINE DINING Dianne’s on Devine $$$ D Voted Best Wait Staff 2400 Devine St., 254-3535

FINE DINING Arizona’s $$$ L,D 150 Forum Dr., 865-1001

GERMAN Julia’s German Stammtisch $$ L,D 4341 Ft. Jackson Blvd., 738-0630

GREEK Zorba’s $ L,D Voted Best Greek Restaurant 2628 Decker Blvd., 736-5200

GREEK Devine Foods $ L,D 2702 Devine St., 252-0356 INDIAN India Pavilion $ L,D 2011 Devine St., 252-4355 IRISH Delaney’s $ L,D 741 Saluda Ave., 779-2345 ITALIAN Garibaldi’s $$$ D Voted Best Restaurant in Columbia 2013 Greene St., 771-8888 MEXICAN El Burrito $ L,D 934 Harden St., 765-2188 Eric’s San Jose $ L,D Voted Best Mexican Restaurant 6118 Garners Ferry Rd., 783-6650 NATURAL/HEALTH Mediterranean Tea Room $ L,D 2601 Devine St., 799-3118 PIZZA LaBrasca $ L,D 4365 Jackson Blvd., 782-1098 Village Idiot $ L,D 2009 Devine St., 252-8646 Za’s Brick Oven Pizza $ L,D Voted Best Pizza 2930 Devine St., 771-7334 SOUTHERN Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Bang for the Buck Voted Best Family Restaurant Voted Best Grits 7938 Garners Ferry Rd., 647-0095 SUSHI Saky $-$$ D 4963 Jackson Blvd., 787-5307 Sushi Yoshi $ D 2019 Devine St., 931-0555


ITALIAN Travinia Italian Kitchen $$ L,D 101 Sparkleberry Crossing Rd., 419-9313 MEXICAN Hola Mexico $ L,D 10014 C Two Notch Rd., 865-7758 San Jose $ L,D • 801 Sparkleberry Ln., 419-8861 • 420 McNulty St. #C, 735-9787 • 808 Highway 1S, 438-2133 SEAFOOD Blue Fin $$ L,D,SBR 461-4 Town Center Pl., 865-7346 SOUTHERN Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Bang for the Buck Voted Best Family Restaurant Voted Best Grits • 7620 Two Notch Rd., 788-3088 • 10170 Two Notch Rd., 419-5662 Mint Julep $-$$ D 120 Sparkleberry Crossing Dr., 419-7200 STEAK Longhorn Steakhouse $-$$ L,D 2760 Decker Blvd., 736-7464

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FONDUE The Melting Pot $$$ D Voted Best Romantic Dinner 1410 Colonial Life Blvd., 731-8500 GREEK Zorba’s $ L, D Voted Best Greek Restaurant 6169 St. Andrews Rd, 772-4617 ITALIAN Alodia’s Cucina Italian $-$$ L,D 2736 N. Lake Dr., 781-9814 INDIAN Delhi Palace $ L,D 1029 Briargate Cir., 750-0866 MEDITERRANEAN Al-Amir $$ L,D Voted Best Restaurant in Irmo 7001 St. Andrews Rd., 732-0522 MEXICAN El Chico Restaurant $$$ L,D 1728 Bush River Rd., 772-0770 Little Mexico $ L,D 6164 St. Andrews Rd., 798-6045 San Jose $ L,D • 1000 Marina Rd., 749-9484 • 498 Piney Grove Rd., 750-3611 NATURAL/HEALTH Sun Ming Chinese Restaurant $ L,D 7509 St. Andrews Rd., 732-4488 PIZZA Custom Pizza Company $$ L,D 6801-3 St. Andrews Rd., 781-6004 Bonefish Grill $$-$$$ D 1260 Bower Pkwy., 407-1599 Catch 22 $$ L,D 1085 D Lake Murray Blvd., 781-9916

Steak Carolina $-$$ L (Sat only), D SOUTHERN 5 Lake Carolina Way, Ste 170, Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D 661-6424 Voted Best Bang for the Buck Voted Best Family Restaurant WINGS Voted Best Grits Carolina Wings $ L,D • 7569 St. Andrews Road, 732-1225 2000-18 Clemson Rd., 419-0022 • 1824 Broad River Rd., 798-6427 D’s Restaurant $ L,D STEAK Voted Best Wings Longhorn Steakhouse $-$$ L,D 111 Sparkleberry Crossing, 171 Harbison Blvd., 732-2482 462-1895 SUSHI Wild Wing Cafe $ L,D 480-2 Town Center Place, 865-3365 Inakaya $-$$ L,D Voted Best Sushi Restaurant 655-C St. Andrews Rd., 731-2538 IRMO AMERICAN Sticky Fingers $-$$ L,D 380 Columbiana Dr., 781-7427

ASIAN AMERICAN 5 Guys Famous Burgers & Fries Miyo’s at Columbiana Place $$ L,D $ L,D Voted Best Chinese Restaurant Voted Best French Fries 1220 E-2 Bower Pkwy., 781-7788 460-2 Town Center Place, 788-6200 Miyabi Kyoto $$ L (Sun only),D Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar $$$ D Columbiana Centre, Harbison Blvd., Voted Best Restaurant in Northeast 407-0574 841-4 Sparkleberry Ln., 788-6966 Thai Lotus Restaurant $ L,D Village Bistro $$ L,D,SBR Voted Best Thai Restaurant 498-1 Town Center Place, 227-2710 612 St. Andrews Rd., 561-0006 DELI

Groucho’s Deli $ L,D Voted Best Sandwich • 800 Lake Murray Blvd., 749-4515 • 2009 Broad River Rd., 750-3188


WINGS Carolina Wings $ L,D 7587 St. Andrews Rd., 781-0084 D’s Restaurant $ L,D Voted Best Wings 285 Columbiana Dr., 227-0238 Wild Wing Cafe $ L,D 1150 Bower Parkway, 749-9464 Wings & Ale $ L,D 125-C Outlet Pointe Blvd., 750-1700


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BARBECUE Hudson’s Smokehouse $ L,D Voted Best Barbecue Voted Best Ribs 4952 Sunset Blvd., 356-1070 DELI Cafe 403 $ L 403 N. Lake Dr., 808-2992 Groucho’s Deli $ L,D Voted Best Sandwich 117 1/2 East Main St., 356-8800 FINE DINING Lexington Arms $$ D 314A West Main St., 359-2700 ITALIAN Travinia Italian Kitchen $$ L,D Voted Best Restaurant in Lexington 5074 Sunset Blvd., 957-2422 MEXICAN Eric’s San Jose $ L,D Voted Best Mexican Restaurant 604 Columbia Ave. 957-9443 San Jose $ L,D 4510 Augusta Rd., 957-5171 SOUTHERN Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Bang for the Buck Voted Best Family Restaurant Voted Best Grits 621 West Main St., 951-3555


Buffalo’s Café $ L,D 5464 Sunset Blvd., 808-6001 Carolina Wings $ L,D 105 North Pointe Dr., 356-6244

CAYCE & WEST COLUMBIA AMERICAN New Orleans Riverfront $$ L,D Voted Best Outdoor Dining 121 Alexander Rd., 794-5112 COFFEE/DESSERT Café Strudel $ B,L 118 State St., 794-6634 DELI House Coffee $ B,L,D 116 State St., 791-5663 FINE DINING Al’s Upstairs $$$ D Voted Best Italian Restaurant 300 Meeting St., 794-7404 Terra $$ D 100 State St., 791-3443 GREEK Grecian Gardens $$ L,D 2312 Sunset Blvd., 794-7552 Nick’s $$ L,D 1082 Sunset Blvd., 794-9240 SOUTHERN Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Bang for the Buck Voted Best Family Restaurant Voted Best Grits • 2240 Airport Blvd., 796-7820 • 501 Knox Abbott Dr., 791-0314

• 2234 Sunset Blvd., 794-0923

4840 Forest Dr., 787-3949

WINGS Carolina Wings $ L,D 2347-C Augusta Rd., 791-0260

MEXICAN Casa Linda $ L,D 2009 Beltline Blvd., 738-0420

D’s Wings $ L,D 920 Axtell Dr., 791-4486

FOREST ACRES AMERICAN Tombo Grille $$ D 4517 Forest Dr., 782-9665 ASIAN Miyo’s on Forest $$ L,D Voted Best Chinese Restaurant 3250 Forest Dr., Suite B, 743-9996 Sakura $-$$ L,D 20 Forest Lake Shopping Center, 738-9330 Sato $$ D 1999 Beltline Blvd., 782-1064 DELI Groucho’s Deli $ L,D Voted Best Sandwich 4717 Forest Dr., 790-0801 McAlister’s Deli $ L,D 4710-A Forest Dr., 790-5995 ITALIAN Italian Pie $$ L,D 3246 Forest Dr., 454-1743

San Jose $ L,D 4722 Forest Dr., 462-7184 NATURAL/HEALTH Zoe’s $ L,D Voted Best New Restaurant 4855 Forest Dr., 782-1212 PIZZA Paulie’s Pizzeria $ L, D 4515 Forest Dr, 787-5005 SEAFOOD Bonefish Grill $$-$$$ D 4708 Forest Dr., 787-6200 SOUTHERN Lizard’s Thicket $ B,L,D Voted Best Bang for the Buck Voted Best Family Restaurant Voted Best Grits • 402 Beltline Blvd., 738-0006 • 3147 Forest Dr., 787-8781

The Deli at Rosewood Market $-$$ L,D,SBR 2803 Rosewood Dr., 256-6410 ITALIAN Moe’s Grapevine $$ L, D 4478 Rosewood Dr., 776-8463 PIZZA Dano’s $ L,D 2800 Rosewood Dr., 254-3266 Pizza Man $ L,D 341 S Woodrow St., 252-6931

REMBERT FINE DINING Boykins at the Mill Pond $$$ D 84 Boykin Mill Rd., (803) 425-8825 Lilfreds of Rembert $$$ D 8425 Camden Hwy., (803) 432-7063

CHAPIN FINE DINING Mark’s $$-$$$ L,D,SBR 2371 Dutch Fork Rd., 781-2807

WINGS D’s Restaurant $ L,D Voted Best Wings 2005 Beltline Blvd., 787-2595

SEAFOOD Rusty Anchor $$-$$$ D Voted Best Lakeside Restaurant 1925 Johnson Marina Rd., 749-1555


Visit for an extended listing.

Pasta Fresca $$ D 3405 Forest Dr., 787-1838

AMERICAN Rockaway Athletic Club $ L, D Voted Best Hamburger 2719 Rosewood Dr., 256-1075

Rosso $$ D


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Big City Taste BLUE FIN SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & BAR By Susan Fuller Slack, CCP / Photography by Jeff Amberg

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lue Fin Seafood Restaurant & Bar is a welcome newcomer to the Village at Sandhill, situated in a prime location in the Town Center. It brings the exciting flavors of Charleston and Lowcountry cuisine to Columbia and suburbia. The culinary techniques at Blue Fin are cutting-edge; sophisticated dishes are served with flair, yet they exude the down-home appeal of favorite comfort foods. Unlike many trendy “upscale-casual” eateries, Blue Fin is chef-owned, independent and marked with the twin stamps of creativity and authenticity. The large restaurant space is beautifully decorated, a lovely oasis from the traffic outside its windows. A warm, earthy color palate glows from the luxurious upholstery, rich burnished woods and stone. The ambience and lighting help create a cozy, relaxing atmosphere. The main dining room features a large sleek bar stretched along one wall of the restaurant, showcasing the handsome illuminated, glass-front liquor cabinet. Compact tables spill out to the patios from the front and side of the establishment for al fresco dining. Chef Freddy Lee was born in India and traveled extensively with his parents while growing up. His father, an international businessman, maintained offices in New York and London. Freddy settled in New York and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. His professional skills were honed in the kitchens of vaunted New York establishments like the River Café, Le Cirque (when legendary Daniel Boulud was executive chef) and Tribeca Grill, owned by restaurateur Drew Nieporent and actor Robert De Niro. Freddy relocated to Winston Salem, N.C., and, with his brother Terry, opened the acclaimed Bernadine’s Fine Dining in 1992 and the popular Bleu Restaurant in 2000. The N. C. Business Bureau named the brothers “Best Restaurant Operator in North Carolina.” Freddy’s partner at Blue Fin is North Carolina native John Tharp, a graduate of Johnson and Wales University. John worked at Charlotte’s Lava Bistro & Bar and then relocated to New York City to

become sous chef at Tribeca Grill. John received a coveted invitation to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in Greenwich Village, home to the James Beard Foundation, which showcases some of the nation’s best and most exciting young chefs. Freddy Lee was part of John’s team during the memorable dinner. In 2007, the Lee brothers hired him as the executive chef at Bleu in Winston Salem. Blue Fin’s menu offers a colorful palette of updated Southern classics. The chef-partners draw inspiration from a variety of sources: Lowcountry culinary traditions, fresh, local seasonal ingredients, the eclectic culinary styles of New York City and global influences. Lowcountry cuisine is on every South Carolinian’s short list of favorite foods to eat. The region’s best fish dishes are characterized by freshness and simplicity – ideals that carry over to Blue Fin. On the list of Chef’s Favorites you will find shrimp and grits, with aged-cheddar grits and seared Ahi tuna, and Blue Fin Frogmore Stew, named for a town on the island of St. Helena near Charleston. Each entrée comes elegantly paired with the appropriate sides. The pan-blackened catfish is especially delightful on a creamy cheddar grits cake, topped with succotash, andouille sauce and fried oysters. Panroasted trout comes with black eye peas, okra, butter beans and Creole mustard sauce. Meat eaters are not ignored at Blue Fin. Under Chef’s Favorites, grilled lamb loin comes with white beans, potatoes, oyster mushrooms, okra and apple cider jus. Pork tenderloin is served with plantain mousse, hominy, sweet potato and chipotle vinaigrette. The meltingly tender braised boneless short rib is a standout entrée and one of Freddy’s favorites. He teams it with sweet corn pudding, oyster mushrooms, butter beans and BBQ sage jus. Freddy explains that the beef is soaked in sherry, Madeira, port and red vinegar for 36 hours and then slow-cooked. The food pairing in the dishes under the Chef’s Favorites contrast yet complement each other perfectly, allowing the flair and creativity of the chef to reach fruition.

The menu also offers a variety of succulent steaks and additional fish choices. Here, choose a favorite side and a matching sauce such as whole grain mustard butter, andouille sauce, mango chutney or orange chili vinaigrette. Ten side choices include spiced jasmine rice, sweet potato fries, braised collards and spinach. The menu offers several pasta dishes, fried seafood dishes, a variety of sandwiches and tasty items for children. A special three-course prix fixe menu (multicourse meal at a set price) offers tasty menu compositions like smoked andouille and shrimp stew, grilled salmon with creamy grits, collards and warm pecan vinaigrette and white chocolate crème brûlée. Most items on the menu are available at lunchtime, plus a few specials. Sandwich selections include an angus burger, crab and shrimp cake sandwich, blue po’ boy sandwich, blackened chicken Caesar wrap and a brie, tomato and arugula sandwich. Save room for dessert, all made inhouse. Try the luscious Southern Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting, fresh  coconut and caramel sauce. A different flavor sorbet is prepared each day. What could taste better than a slice of Southern Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and caramel sauce or the perennial favorite – key lime pie with raspberry sauce and whipped cream? Brunch favorites include Crab Cakes Benedict, steak and eggs, vegetable omelet, Norwegian Egg Sandwich (with cheddar, crème fraîche and arugula), pancakes, waffles and the popular Cinnamon Roll French Toast with honey mascarpone cheese, strawberries and candied walnuts. Two talented chef-owners with innovative cooking skills, a great location, reasonable prices and a friendly, knowledgeable staff practically guarantee this restaurant’s success in Columbia. John’s comment about the dishes he served at the Beard House dinner could easily apply to the cuisine at Blue Fin: “It’s Southern heart, with big-city taste.”

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July 14 Family Night, 5 to 8pm

Columbia Marionette Theatre, 252-7366 through Aug. 15 Pinocchio, Sat. 11am to 3pm

Koger Center, 777-7500 July 24 Columbia City Jazz Company, 11am & 7:30 pm July 31 Summer Dance Institute Performance, 6pm

Columbia Museum of Art, 799-2810 through July 3 Sew Much More, ages 11-14, 1 to 4pm through Sept. 27 Cleve Gray: Man and Nature July 1 About Face Drawing Sessions: Long Pose, 10 to 1pm July 1 to 3 Project Runway, ages 8 to 12, 1 to 4pm July 18 JJ/RR Jasper Johns/Robert Rauschenberg: 20th Century Masters in the Collection

Mckissick Museum, 777-7251 through July 25 The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls through Aug. 1 Worth Keeping: Traditions in a Permanent Collection through Aug. 15 Order Now! Decorating the Modern Home through Aug. 15 Saving Face: Conserving USC Portraits July 11 to Jan. 16 Urban Archaeology in Columbia, SC

EdVenture, 799-3100 through Aug. 14: Camp EdVenture through Aug. 29 The Mysterious Disappearance of Cati Pillar through Dec. 31 Team Up! July 13 Hands-On, Minds-On!

Nickelodeon, 254-3433 July 1 to 7 Valentino: The Last Emperor

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Richland County Public Library, 929-3440

July 10 Escape to the Lowcountry: A Celebration of Dorothea Benton Frank’s new novel, 6:30pm SC State Museum, 898-4921 through Aug. 14 Mad Science Summer Camps through Aug. 14 Deadly Medicine: Creating the Masterpiece through Aug. 23 Robert Courtwright: Collages, Collage Constructions and Masks 1953-2008 through Sept. 7 Powers of Nature July 11 Museum Road Show Swim Lessons Company, 865-2629 July 6 to 29 Make A Splash water safety initiative, Still Hopes Wellness Center Town Theatre, 799-2510 July 10 to 25 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast


Columbia Marionette Theatre, 252-7366 Aug. 29 Snow White EdVenture, 799-3100 Aug. 11 Family Night, 5 to 8pm Mckissick Museum, 777-7251 Aug. 15 to Jan 23. The Biennial Department of Art Faculty Exhibition Aug. 29 to Jan. 9 Southern Satire: The Illustrated World of Jak Smyrl SC State Museum, 898-4921 Aug. 8 Southeastern Toy Soldier Show Trustus, 254-9732 Aug. 14-22 The Sweet Abyss

Trustus, 254-9732 through July 25 The Rocky Horror Show

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