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CONTENTS Volume 21 Number 2



FEATURES Visit the 2010 Dream Home Sept. 10 through 26 By Sam Morton


Carolina Home


DEPARTMENTS Carolina Community Our Community Champions The first annual Best of Philanthropy Awards By Robin Cowie Nalepa



Local Seen Not Your Average Race The U.S. Marine Corps Mud Run By Katie McElveen


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Palmetto Pets Achoo! Dealing with pets and allergies By Robin Cowie Nalepa

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Advertising Sections Gotta Have It Getting Down to Business

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IN EVERY ISSUE From the Editor City Scoop Picture This Just Married Out & About

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aybe it’s the memory of someone who offered a helping hand in the past, or perhaps it comes from upbringing and strong mentors. Others say that it’s God’s calling, and some claim it comes from a voice within. Still, the majority of these humble, completely unselfish people usually can’t put into words why they do what they do. Instead, their philanthropic ways are just a part of who they are. Amidst the constant turmoil and bad news that today’s world brings, it’s easy to focus on all of the problems that need fixing. When we turn on the television or radio and hear about the latest bombing in Afghanistan or robbery down the street, many of us become overwhelmed by all that’s wrong in society. However, it’s during these times that we should be extra thankful for all that is still good, and here in the Midlands, we are fortunate to be surrounded by people who strive to spread kindness. Therefore, we at Columbia Metropolitan magazine, along with The Central Carolina Community Foundation, decided to award some of these people that make living in Columbia more pleasant for all of us. We took nominations from around the Greater Columbia area for those unsung heroes who you believe have proven to be community champions in their everyday lives. Then, a panel of judges decided upon the top five, who we have awarded as Best of Philanthropy winners. On pages 26 through 31, celebrate these winners with us: Student Community Champion Anna Price; Group Community Champion Knitting for the Needy; Individual Community Champion C.J. Bilka; Family Community Champion the Singletarys; and Local Business Community Champion Michael Tucker of Chickfil-A Lexington. All of these winners will be celebrated on Sept. 16 during the Central Carolina Community Foundation’s annual gala and will be given a $500 donation made in their name to the charity of their choice. Congratulations to this year’s winners – your generosity, goodwill and determination inspire us all. Columbia Metropolitan magazine is constantly inspired by the generous philanthropic work generated in this town and hopes to give back to our community through awareness and community involvement as much as possible. After all, we’ve been your city magazine for over 20 years, and we want to be a part of making this city the best it can be. As part of this community effort, we have again teamed up with Robert Haas Construction, Coldwell Banker United, Realtors®, Time Warner Cable and SCE&G to present the 10th annual Dream Home, which raises money for the American Cancer Society. The 2010 Dream Home, located in the Preserve neighborhood off Garner’s Ferry Road, showcases the work of Columbia’s top interior designers and suppliers in a beautiful 3,900-square-foot home built by Robert and Julia Haas. The designers have shopped the markets and brought the latest trends in color, fabric, furniture and accessories, and the vendors have stocked the house with the best the industry has to offer. Come visit the Dream Home Sept. 10 through 26 and gather fresh and inspiring ideas for your own home. Admission is $10 at the door, and remember, all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. We hope you enjoy the issue.


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

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About the cover: The 2010 Dream Home dining room by Steven Ford Interiors. Photography by Robert Clark

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State House Butterfly Release Honors National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month O

n Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m., butterflies will fill the air over the SC State House in observance of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The Riverbanks Region Chapter of the SC Ovarian Cancer Foundation holds its “Whispers” event each year, when participants release hundreds of butterflies in memory or honor of relatives or friends who have been affected by ovarian cancer or other female-related cancers. More than 20,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and of those, more than 15,000 will lose their lives. One in 72 women will develop some form of ovarian cancer in her lifetime. Ovarian cancer is called “the disease that whispers” because women may not recognize the symptoms that signal the

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onset. It is one of the deadliest cancers among women, often detected too late to be cured. If detected early, ovarian cancer has a 95 percent five-year survival rate. The survival rate drops below 25 percent for five-year survival for those who are in stage three and below five percent for those diagnosed in stage four. Ovarian cancer is never detected through pap smear examinations. Columbia businesswoman Cathy Novinger, who chairs the chapter and is an ovarian cancer survivor, says, “Although the symptoms are vague, they do exist. Our focus is to reach as many women as possible to help them recognize the symptoms and get treatment as soon as possible.” Proceeds from the event help further the chapter’s mission of educating women in the Midlands about ovarian cancer.

For more information on how to participate in the butterfly release, please contact Sandy Boozer or Cathy Novinger at (803) 926-3462.

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ETV Celebrates

50 Years

(above) More than just math and French courses, ETV taught a full array of classes including Drivers Education. (left) The students’ view of a math lesson being delivered live from ETV’s Columbia studios.


his year marks SCETV’s 50th anniversary as a state agency. The name ETV often evokes memories of watching “Sesame Street,” “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood,” “This Old House” or “Nova.” Others re membe r t hose N P R driveway

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moments, when the story was so riveting that they sat in their cars listening, even after they reached home. Either way, for the last 50 years, numerous people have come to depend on ETV as the source for educational programming that both teaches and

inspires – in short television and radio at its best. ETV began as an “experiment in education” that was broadcast solely into schools for almost the first decade of its existence. In fact, in 1958 – years before PBS or NPR

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even existed – teachers with bee-hive hair-dos taught split infinitives, French verb conjugations and Pythagorean theorems to students in five Midlands schools from ETV’s first small studio at Columbia’s Dreher High School. Deemed an overwhelming success, the General Assembly turned its experiment into a new state agency, the South Carolina Educational Television Commission, in 1960. And with that, ETV was born. By 1963, while the hair-dos might have changed, the teachers’ live broadcasts were being watched in every S.C. county, including 155 public high schools, 36 elementary schools, most state colleges, university extension centers and even 10 hospitals. Over the next five decades, ETV stayed on the cutting edge of broadcast and educational technology, continually expanding its audience, as well as the services it provides. Today the statewide network has three distinct television channels and two radio formats offering a wide variety of award-wining programming to over one million households in South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina. Yet remaining true to its roots, ETV still offers thousands of hours of classroom instruction and has expanded its services to schools including hundreds of hands-on technology workshops for teachers, as well as creating or extending resources such as OnePlaceSC and StreamlineSC to improve education. Additionally, ETV also provides satellite uplinks, videoconferencing and training for everyone from university students to law enforcement officers to emergency first responders.

Smart Cat meets his adoring fans at the SC State Fair.

SC Chief Justice Ernest Finney and his granddaughter, Amanda, celebrate the launch of ETV’s “Road Trip! Through SC Civil Rights History” Web site. www.columbiametro.com

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BungalowFest, A Tour of Homes and Gardens


istoric Earlewood is continuing its Centennial Celebration with BungalowFest, a Tour of Earlewood Homes and Gardens, on Sunday, Sept. 12, from 1 until 6 p.m. Earlewood’s first home and garden tour will showcase 10 historic homes and gardens plus two town homes at the former McCants Elementary School, an award-winning property for its adaptive reuse of a historic building. The tour begins on the front porch of 2901 River Drive, across from Reformation Lutheran Church, and ends at the Surrender of Columbia Monument at Beaufort and River drives. “We thank the City of Columbia and First Citizens Bank for sponsoring Earlewood’s BungalowFest,” says Fred Monk, president of the Earlewood Community Citizens Organization. “Both Earlewood and the North Main area are seeing considerable investment by an influx of people who enjoy the character of this tree-lined historic neighborhood along with the proximity to in-town amenities.”

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Monk explains, “The BungalowFest tour through our neighborhood will be easy to walk, but we will be offering a free trolley service for those who want to ride instead.” The Earlewood neighborhood, established in 1910, includes more than 1,000 homes that reflect the architectural styles of the past 150 years – farm houses, two-story Victorians, Craftsman bungalows, brick Shandonstyle bungalows and new homes. McCants School, built in 1931, recently has been converted into town homes while preserving many of the historic architectural features. “While homes in Earlewood reflect a variety of architectural styles, the predominant one is the Craftsman bungalow,” Monk says. The American Craftsman Bungalow was named from the Arts & Crafts movement that emphasized simple design and fine craftsmanship. The term “bungalow” comes from India (via England) and means a modest-sized house with low-gabled roofs and wide porches. Gabled roofs with overhanging exposed eaves and rafters, welcoming front porches and an abundance of windows are characteristics of the Craftsman bungalow. Tickets for the tour are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Advance tickets can be purchased at First Citizens Bank North Main Street Branch or ordered online at www.earlewood.org.


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Beautiful Windows

(l to r) Zoraida Arledge, Marion Baker, Valerie Helfman


ow often have you read a home décor magazine and wished that you could live in a home as lovely and well designed as the featured houses? Have you just moved to a new home and need to add that final touch to complete the transition from house to home? Are you looking for custom-made window treatments, not the commercially available offerings? Beautiful Windows has the solution to your specific needs. Our expert team – Marion, Zoraida and Valerie – will be delighted to walk you through the design and selection of the right window treatment for your home. Marion Baker, owner of Beautiful Windows, was born and raised in Jamaica. As a young girl she was inspired by a neighbor’s ability to create clothing and curtains. This was the beginning of a love affair between Marion, fabrics and window treatments. When Marion was a teen, her grandmother noticed her spark


of creativity and gave her a vintage sewing machine, which Marion treasures to this day. By this time she was already sewing wedding dresses, school uniforms and curtains. While attending the University of Panama, Marion met and married Tommy Baker, who was serving in the U.S. Air Force. Tommy was soon assigned to Shaw Air Force Base, and thus they moved to the Columbia area. As a stay-at-home mother of two children, Marion decided to make window treatments for the young family’s new home. The careful craftsmanship and innate beauty of Marion’s work was obvious to her friends, neighbors and visiting family. Soon, they asked Marion to create window treatments for their own homes. What began as a hobby and a love for sewing became a business. A more efficient machine was required to meet the demands that her vintage machine could not, and the garage was converted into a workspace. As orders continued to flow, it became clear that


the business had outgrown the Baker garage, and a larger workspace with room to display sample products and materials was a necessity. In September 2007, Beautiful Windows opened to the public on Two Notch Road. Beautiful Windows provides a large variety of first-quality fabrics, trimmings, interior design consultation, space planning, window and bedding treatments, pillows, upholstery, home accessories and gifts. “Our prices are the best in the market because we believe that everyone deserves a beautiful home,” says Marion. “We respect and value our customers’ ideas, and for that reason our team will work hard to make any dream a reality.” B e a u t i f u l Wi n d o w s ’ s h o w ro o m i s located at 10014-D Two Notch Road. You can reach Marion at (803) 865-2935, or visit www.beautifulwindowselgin.com for business hours or to schedule a consultation.

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Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery


our passion for beautiful things is why you spend so much time and effort to update or beautify your home. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery at 9221 Farrow Road showcases some of the world’s finest home products – things so beautiful it’s easy to be passionate about them. Browse through vignettes of lighting, appliances and bath and kitchen faucets, fixtures and accessories. From luxurious to practical … from traditional to contemporary … there’s something for every taste and budget. www.columbiametro.com

But at Ferguson you’ll find more than just beautiful things. You’ll find product expertise, an understanding of the design/building process and showroom consultants who are passionate about working with you and your building professional to make just the right solutions. While showrooms encourage browsing, appointments are recommended for project product selection. Call (803) 699-4000 today, and make an appointment to see just how easy Ferguson can make your building or remodeling experience.


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(back) Wilda Pridgen, June Smith, (front) Jasmin Hernandez, Dr. Cynthia Pridgen


Sophistication ME

ocated in Northeast Columbia, Sophistication ME is a unique medical facility combining a full service gynecology practice with a medical spa. Following a gynecology appointment, patients can pamper themselves with quality aesthetic services without leaving the premises. Owner and Medical Director Dr. Cynthia Pridgen, a board- certified OB/GYN, has created a relaxing spa atmosphere that is unlike any other in Columbia. Instead of feeling as if they’ve been to “the Doctor’s office,” patients re-emerge refreshed, revitalized and rejuvenated. Joining Dr. Pridgen is June Smith, RN and licensed esthetician. As a specialist in women’s health for over 15 years, June nurtures her clients and provides exceptional, comprehensive skin care using the latest medical and aesthetic technologies. Sophistication ME’s cosmetic services include in-office liposuction, microdermabrasion, Botox®, chemical peels, dermal fillers, laser treatments and medical grade skin

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care products like PCA, Glytone and Obagi. In-office liposuction or “Lipotherme”, performed by Dr. Pridgen is a safe, effective procedure that uses a laser to liquefy and remove unwanted fat in targeted body zones. Lipotherme’s thermal effect causes the skin to appear firmer and smoother; further improving body shape. For a noninvasive, alternative solution to traditional f a t re m o v a l p ro c e d u re s ; S o p h i s t i c a t i o n M E o f f e rs ZERONA®. The Zerona® laser procedure is the only completely safe and effective treatment for body slimming on the market today. Zerona has been featured on “The Doctors,” “The Rachael Ray Show” and CBS’s “Early Show” and its spokeswoman is Columbia’s own Leeza Gibbons. You should plan to embark on a journey of wellness that begins as you enter the spa and remains long after you depart. Once you enter our doors you will feel like that kid in the candy store because of all Sophistication ME has to offer. Call the office today for your free consultation.


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Wally and Delores Steinhauser

Wingard’s Nursery & Garden Center


argie and Judson Wingard didn’t set out to create a big business. It developed out of their love of plants and their desire to help others enjoy them as much as they did. The seed was planted in the late 1960s, when Jut and Margie began propagating azaleas for their yard. Thanks to their green thumbs, they found themselves with more than they could use, so they set up a roadside stand with a hand-painted sign advertising “Azaleas For Sale 50 Cents.” By the time Jut retired from SCE&G in 1983, the azalea business was flourishing. Over the next 20 years, he and Margie poured their energy into developing the nursery. In the mid 2000s, the Wingards transferred ownership to their daughter and son-in-law, Delores and Wally Steinhauser. Armed with some ambitious plans and a vision for the future, they expanded and modernized the business, adding updates like a point-of-sale system, a Web site (www.wingardsnursery.com) and a gift shop. All of the hard work has paid off. Not only has Wingard’s Nursery & Garden Center experienced tremendous growth and success and developed an outstanding reputation, it also was named one of the Top 100 Revolutionary Garden Centers by Today’s Garden Center


magazine. It’s also affiliated with an official hemerocallis garden, and the latest issue of Nursery Retailer magazine featured Wingard’s Web site, which is loaded with helpful gardening videos. While the nursery has grown into a fullservice garden center, it hasn’t lost its authentic charm. It’s still located beneath sprawling decades-old pecan trees in the shadow of the 100-year-old home where Jut grew up. In fact, visitors might just run into Jut and Margie as they stroll through the peaceful, park-like grounds. The stunning water features and beautiful displays are designed to inspire customers as they explore the nursery. The broad selection of plants includes a vast array of azaleas, daylilies, annuals, perennials, shrubbery, trees, mulches, beautiful container gardens, a great selection of pottery, and The Gift Shoppe with unique and different gifts for gardeners and nature-lovers. The knowledgeable, friendly staff can answer just about any gardening question. “We focus on personalized service to help make you a better gardener, and we routinely offer informative classes and workshops, both in a classroom setting and on our Web site,” says Delores. “We also connect with our customers through a monthly newsletter. It’s like reading a


letter from a friend — one who knows an awful lot about gardening. It’s our goal to help our customers love creating lush, beautiful outdoor environments as much as we do.” Wingard’s is committed to making the community a more beautiful place, and that commitment goes beyond flowers. Wingard’s is considered a pillar of the Lexington-Columbia community, sponsoring events or donating plants or services to Lexington Interfaith Community Services (LICS), Carolina Wildlife Care, the South Carolina Philharmonic, Lexington County Choral Society and the Lexington public schools. Art in the Garden, an annual customer appreciation and fundraising event, features local artists, a variety of musical groups and delicious food and wine, all for a good cause. The proceeds from this event have helped Wingard’s donate $20,000 to Lexington Interfaith Community Services over the last three years. This year’s event will be held on Friday, Oct. 8 and features the world’s greatest Beatles tribute band, The Return. From shopping to workshops to events to a peaceful walk under the pecan trees — there’s always something blooming at Wingard’s!

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Our Community The first annual Best of Philanthropy Awards By Robin Cowie Nalepa Photography by Anne McQuary / www.heybabysmile.com


e love everything about living in the Capital City, from the eclectic mix of people to the steamy Southern air to the gently waving palmetto trees. However, our city – just like any other – has its share of problems and difficulties, and living here is not easy for everyone. Fortunately, Columbia has plenty of helpful people who are always ready to pass along some food, raise a little money or simply offer hugs. Central Carolina Community Foundation and Columbia Metropolitan magazine are thrilled to take a moment to thank some of those who make giving back a priority for themselves, their families or their businesses. On Sept. 16, we will present the first annual Best of Philanthropy Awards: Honoring Our Community Champions to winners in five different categories, honoring them with a $500 donation made in their name to the charity of their choice. Because anyone could submit a nomination for a candidate in the Columbia area, we received many worthwhile entries. Committee members discussed each nomination, and after careful deliberation, the following winners were determined to be the best of the best. Join us to honor the winners.

Student Community Champion

Anna Price

Anna Price is a typical pre-teen. She attends Dent Middle School. She likes to spend time with her friends. She chips in around the house and does chores like vacuuming, watering the plants and cleaning her room. So, it’s not unusual that on a hot summer afternoon, Anna is selling lemonade to her neighbors. But instead of dreaming of the new jeans she might purchase with her profits, Anna focuses on how she can help others. In May 2008, Anna was diagnosed with a brain tumor. While undergoing chemotherapy treatments

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Champions to shrink the tumor that has since blinded the 12-year-old, Anna set up a lemonade stand. She donated her profits – more than $500 – to Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. During her treatment at Palmetto Health, Anna met many children facing life-altering illnesses. It was those children who touched and inspired her, says her mother, Robin. Naturally, when Robin speaks of her daughter and how the illness has affected their family, the tears flow. Yet, a mother’s pride is evident when Robin talks of Anna’s caring spirit and recounts all the ways Anna has raised awareness and funds for local charity groups. “I have heard her say, ‘You don’t know the impact you can have on other people no matter the size of your gesture,’” says Robin. In the past two years, Anna participated in the U S C Dance Marathon fundraiser for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, led the survivor’s lap at the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event and volunteered her time and art work for the Festival of Trees fundraiser. She’s also coordinated a pop-top tab collection to benefit the Ronald McDonald House and donated stuffed animals to the Richland County Sheriff ’s Department. Last fall, Anna raised more than $1,000 for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital at a lemonade stand at the Rockbridge Bazaar. “You know what? I’ve always wanted to help,” says Anna. “I think it’s because people treated me so kindly when I went through chemotherapy. I just want to give back.” Her mother s ays she’s very proud of the way Anna has coped throughout her illness. Not only has Anna reached out to help others, but


also she has made all As in school, participated in the Junior Cotillion and taken piano. “I couldn’t have done this without my family and the Lord,” says Anna. “If every person shows just one person a kindness, then the world would be a better place.”

Group Community Champion

Knitting for the Needy

enjoyment. Through their creations, others find warmth and comfort. Since the group began meeting three years ago, the members have made and donated hundreds of items to those in need of TLC. Babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Palmetto Health Richland receive hats and booties made by the group. The homeless receive scarves. Chemotherapy patients nestle under blankets created by Knitting for the Needy members. Bears given to breast cancer survivors don knitted dresses and aprons. Nursing home residents wear handcrafted slippers. Deployed American

Clockwise from top: Marvis Hemphill, Ursula Lamatsch, Mary Clarkson, Peggy Nettles, Penn Gregg, Polly Rogers

Talk and knit. Talk and knit. Talk and knit. There is a rhythm to the weekly meeting of the Knitting for the Needy. Aged hands click needles and loop yarn to fashion tiny booties, warm hats and cozy blankets. Yet the group of residents at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community does much more than just fashion pretty items for their own

soldiers sport lovingly made caps. Members of Knitting for the Needy like Penn Gregg see their activities as a kind of fun therapy, with a wonderful return. Penn gets to talk and connect with friends, see the creative items that are made and feel good about helping others. “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” says Penn. “For us, it’s joy.”

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“I could be out there (homeless). Any of us could. The Lord has blessed me.”

–C.J. Bilka

Sarah Flores, the activity assistant at Still Hopes, helps coordinate the weekly meetings and the distribution of all the items. She sees the effect the group has on its members and says the impact is great. The group also focuses on giving back to Still Hopes by raising over $2,000 for the Resident Assistance Fund and fulfilling a pledge of $1,000 to the Marshall A. Shearouse Center for Wellness. They sell beautiful handmade articles in the community gift shop, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to these worthy causes. Since beginning in June 2006 with Elizabeth Nassif, who was an activity assistant at that time, Knitting for the Needy has ranged in size from eight to 17 members with ages from 70 to the mid-90s. Some members are life-long knitters while others just learned. Ann Bowman, one of the original members, learned to knit as a teenager. She finds the group activity relaxing and looks forward to it each week. “It gives us something to do that is helpful to other people,” says Ann. “It really seems so easy, too.” The charter members include Mildred Allen, Ann Bowman, Julie Durant, Mercedes Gay, Marvis Hemphill, Ursula Lamatsch, Mildred Lellis, Dale Pedrick, Joyce Sumwalt, Polly Rogers and Louise Williams. The group also includes the

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following residents who have joined over time: Janet Carlisle, Mary Clarkson, Jean Doster, Virley Evans, Pat Flowers Peggy Nettles and Beth Walker. Staff members Sarah Flores, Denise Heimlich and Elizabeth Nassif are also contributing members of the group.

Individual Community Champion

C.J. Bilka

On a muggy summer Saturday in a downtown Columbia parking lot, C.J. Bilka and a crew of volunteers set up tents, unfold tattered tables and arrange an assembly line buffet of hot dogs, chili, chips, bananas, cakes, pies and soda. Along with the food items, Bibles, socks and t-shirts are laid out for the taking. C.J. directs the volunteers on how to fill the cups with ice and lay out the bananas. He has the operation down to a science. He should. For more than eight years, C.J. and the volunteers with His Hands Ministries have offered a free hot dog meal to the homeless every Saturday, without fail. C.J., along with friend Joyce Sims, began the lunches when they learned that the homeless had no options for receiving food on Saturdays. Initially, C.J. would provide for a few dozen

people. Now it’s not unusual for more than 100 people to show up. “We serve everybody who shows up and gets in line,” says C.J. “These people just want a good meal and a happy face.” As C.J.’s reputation as the “Hot Dog Man” grew, people knew they could count on him not just for food, but for other items as well. T-shirts, tennis shoes, toiletries – if someone is in need, C.J. makes sure they are provided for. Early on, C.J., who has a full-time job in state government, absorbed all the expense. In time, local churches offered His Hands Ministries donations. Even local businesses, like Publix Supermarket, now help with the cause. Even with community support, C.J. puts in about 30 hours a week in addition to his day job to provide the Saturday meals and receives no compensation. “C.J. does this from his heart,” says one volunteer, who has worked with His Hands Ministries for years. Yet C.J. insists it is the volunteers and not he who deserves recognition for all that is accomplished through His Hand Ministries. Volunteers, like Robbie Rorke of Lexington, say C.J., whose voice sounds like loose gravel, has a tough reputation as a no-nonsense kind

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of guy, but treats everyone with compassion. While walking through the crowd, C.J. greets those he meets with a steady gaze, a handshake or a pat on the back. “I could be out there,” says C.J. “Any of us could. The Lord has blessed me.”

Family Community Champions

The Singletary Family

Offering a helping hand is a tradition in the Singletary family. Marilyn Singletary’s parents were missionaries who taught their daughter the need for and importance of community involvement. When Marilyn and her husband James started their own family, they knew they would pass this powerful lesson onto their two sons, Michael and Andrew. The family takes the idea of service to heart, giving their time and effort to make a difference. The Singletarys, who live in Neeses, recognize need great and small, and take action locally and globally. “Though they are not wealthy people, they consistently live and

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work for the benefit of others,” says Leigh Walker, a lead agent with 4-H in Orangeburg County. “Typically, one family member will identify a specific need, and the entire family will pitch in to help work toward a goal to meet that need.” No project is too great or small for this family to take on: rolling silverware in a soup kitchen; visiting residents of a nursing home; collecting winter clothing to send to impoverished residents of an Indian reservation; planting a vegetable garden and sharing the produce; repairing a local playground; or organizing a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for tsunami victims. The Singletarys never seem to be idle. Most recently, Michael, 15, has been successful in collecting and shipping more than $25,000 in medical supplies to Haiti, including examination tables, walkers, first aid supplies and diagnostic testing e q u i p m e n t . M i ch a e l c o l l e c t e d donations in the Midlands, and the family hauled the goods to the Midwest to be shipped to the earthquake-ravaged nation through a Kansas-based missions organization. Andrew, 19, recently started Re- Bicycle. The college student refurbishes used bikes to like-new condition and donates them to local children and residents of third-world countries where the bicycle is a primary means of transportation. Andrew says when it comes to philanthropy, he simply followed his parents’ lead. “They are just really giving people,” he says. “They volunteer most of their free time to doing extra. My mom especially – she’s always got her hands in something.” In June, Marilyn led a dozen 4-H members in a service project. She taught them to sew. But instead of making something for themselves, the group made quilted sleeping pads to send to Haitian orphans. In the fall, the Singletarys will host their annual Halloween party for local youth and collect donations for a local mission.

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“You don’t have to be famous or rich to help someone in need,” says Marilyn. “If we all chip in, our community and our world would be a better place.”

Local Business Community Champion

Michael Tucker

owner/operator Chick-fil-A Lexington

More than 30 years ago, Michael Tucker heard a speaker at his local Rotary meeting that moved him to action. Th a t s p e a k e r, K a t h y R i l e y, executive director of The Women’s Shelter, spoke about the organization in Columbia and its mission to give

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emergency and temporary housing to homeless women who are in crisis situations. Michael was so moved that he contacted Kathy to see how he could help. At that time, Michael, as owner/ operator of the Chick-fil-A in Woodhill Mall, began providing one meal a week to the women receiving assistance from the shelter. Beginning in 1995, Michael also led other Midlands Chick-fil-A restaurants to sponsor The Women’s Shelter Thanksgiving Souper. This annual community-wide event offers a simple $2 meal for purchase on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, and the proceeds go directly to the shelter. The event raises $25,000 to $30,000 annually for the shelter. “Chick-fil-A has always been recognized as an excellent corporate citizen across the nation, but Mr. Tucker’s dedication to helping The Women’s Shelter provide service for the homeless is above and beyond the usual corporate philanthropic initiative,” wrote Kathy Riley when she nominated Michael as a Community Champion. Yet, when Kathy speaks of Michael, it’s evident her appreciation of him goes beyond the boardroom and has a foundation in the kind of person she believes him to be. “He thrives on doing the right thing,” says Kathy. “He is dogged in his belief. He represents everything that is good and kind.” One reason Michael s ays he was moved to action was a similar philosophy of “you get what you sow” shared by The Women’s Shelter and Chick-fil-A. “[The Women’s Shelter] spends their money wisely,” says Michael. “They do a great service, and it’s been our privilege to work with them all these years. It’s been a tremendous partnership.”


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172 Preserve Lane Columbia, SC 29209 Open Sept. 10 through 26 Mon. through Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. 1 to 6 p.m. $10 admission for adults, seniors and children Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society

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olumbia Metropolitan presents the 2010 Dream Home! This tenth Dream Home showcases a 3,900-square-foot home in the Preserve neighborhood off Garner’s Ferry Road. Tour this home to experience fine craftsmanship and exquisite interior design while benefitting cancer research. The Dream Home is possible through the combined efforts of Robert Haas Construction, Coldwell Banker United, Realtors®, Time Warner Cable, SCE&G and Columbia Metropolitan, as well as a multitude of home product suppliers and interior designers. For all those involved in its remodeling and decorating, this beautiful home in the Preserve neighborhood is definitely a dream come true. Tour the Dream Home Sept. 10 — 26 from 11

a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $10 and are sold at the door. Don’t miss the “cash and carry” sale on Sept. 27 from 9 to 11 a.m., when many items in the home will be marked down in order to be sold quickly. Directions: From I-77: Take Exit 9 (9A or B depending on your direction). Take Garners Ferry Road northwest toward Columbia, then left onto Pelham Drive (between The Shops at Woodhill and Eric’s San Jose). Turn left on Preserve Lane into The Preserve subdivision, then second left. The Dream Home is on the right at 172 Preserve Lane.


Visit the 2010 Dream Home Sept. 10-26 in the Preserve neighborhood. Living room by LGB Interiors. Photography by Robert Clark


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or the fourth consecutive year, the beneficiary of the Columbia Metropolitan Dream Home will be the American Cancer Society. With the high incident rate of cancer in the Greater Columbia area, Columbia Metropolitan again has recognized the need for cancer awareness. ACS exudes a sense of volunteerism and community like no other service organization. This year, as in the past, ACS volunteers will help staff the home along with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors® employees. But the donation of their time and efforts doesn’t stop there. Betty Rogers gives her time to ACS to transport cancer patients who do not have other means to reach doctors’ appointments, chemotherapy or radiation treatments. “A few years ago, my brother got cancer. His wife couldn’t take him to his appointments, so we needed help,” Betty says. “He succumbed to that cancer after a brave battle. Shortly after that, I saw an ad in the paper looking for volunteers to help. I saw it as a way to give back to my neighborhood and my community.” Betty has made some good friends through her gentle acts of kindness, and she says that the patients – despite all else they have to worry about – are genuinely grateful. “They really appreciate you taking your time to do this,” she emphasizes. Tanya Speaks is a cancer survivor and a recipient of ACS services, and she is among the grateful. Tanya had been relatively healthy all her life, but then

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in February 2009, she received news that changed her life: She had Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “The doctor said it was curable, but I had to take chemo every 14 days from March 2009 to December 2009,” says Tanya. A PET scan in January 2010 showed no more traces of the cancer, and Tanya remains in remission. “The services I received from the American Cancer Society were astronomical. I didn’t even know the services existed before my diagnosis. They took me to doctor’s appointments, P ET scan appointments and to chemotherapy,” she says. For Tanya, that was a godsend. The chemo appointments lasted eight hours, and they rendered her so weak

and drained that even if she had transportation, she wasn’t physically able to drive. “I went in one person and came out one sick individual,” Tanya explains. “The volunteers made my life much easier.” Almost every person in the United States today, in one way or another, has felt the impact of cancer on their own lives or the lives of friends or loved ones. The American Cancer Society benefits the Greater Columbia community through the many critical programs, services and educational opportunities that it provides. The Society today also funds some of the most promising areas of cancer research. These research advances, along with improvements in diagnosis and treatment, are changing

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attitudes as well. Today, America is home to over 10 million cancer survivors. As a national organization, the American Cancer Society has played a role in every major cancer breakthrough brought about by research. It has invested more than $3.2 billion in cancer research, with 42 of its researchers receiving the coveted Nobel Prize. The Society is the largest source of private, not-for-profit cancer research funds in the U.S., second only to the federal government in total dollars spent. Show your support. Come tour the Dream Home and help family and friends beat cancer. For more information, contact Lang Hunt at The American Cancer Society at (803) 750-1693.


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he Columbia Metropolitan Dream Home returns to The Preserve this year and features yet another custom-built home by Bobby and Julia Haas of Robert Haas Construction. The 3,900-square-foot luxury house sits tucked away on a lot in the back of the subdivision. It is elegantly landscaped and presents a stunning curbside view. Bobby and Julia are a dynamic design team, and this home, like all of the Dream Homes, shows off

their elegant taste. Luxury features including heavy moldings, hardwood floors throughout, extra-tall ceilings both upstairs and down and iron balusters on the stairway make the house feel luxurious, but still homey. An oversized

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laundry room upstairs contains plenty of room for ironing, folding and storage, along with an oversized utility sink. The house is equipped with an alarm system and a sound system with speakers throughout. Bobby is clear about his and Julia’s participation in the Dream Home each year: “First and foremost, it’s about the charity (the American Cancer Society). We’re proud to play a part in benefiting the people it serves,” he says. Secondly, Julia is excited to get an opportunity to showcase the latest products and the latest trends in homebuilding: “Shades of grey are very popular this year,” she says. “Also, wallpaper has made a comeback.” One of the new products Julia was especially eager to feature was the Euro-style tub in the master bath. It’s set upon a pedestal rather than having claw feet, and its fixtures sit in the middle rather than the front of the tub. “It’s really a special piece that gives the master bath a unique touch,” she says. Julia and Bobby also had fun designing the layout of the kitchen, which is extra large and perfect for entertaining any size group. It features a large kitchen island for friends to gather around, whether the cook is chopping celery or mixing margaritas. Cooking and storage are made easy with a complete set of GE Monogram appliances and a

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butler’s pantry with a desk and shelving opposite. Columns set off the great room and dining room, giving the house an openness and easy flow. A marble fireplace and shelving and cabinets on each side of the hearth lend elegance to the great room. The master suite rounds out the first floor. Upstairs, each room’s wall paint plays off the graphite/gray/ice blue theme of the downstairs rooms. Three full bathrooms mean plenty of amenities for guests, and a fourth space could serve as an office, a library or a media room. A wraparound porch with a large slate floor and a beadboard ceiling adorns the main entry and a private master suite entry. The Dream Home is a customization of a Southern Living house plan, so Bobby and Julia have not labeled this house as having a designated style. Instead, they’re content with calling it warm and welcoming.

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oldwell Banker United, Realtors® has been proud to support the Columbia Metropolitan Dream Home for more than 10 years, as it is part of the company’s overall philosophy of giving back to the community in which it operates. Over the past several years, the company has contributed more than $1 million to fight breast cancer through the American Cancer Society.

“There is no better time to give back than when the economy is difficult,” says Jeffrey B. Wheeler, president and COO, Carolinas Region. “In good markets, giving seems to be plentiful. However, in

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these challenging times, the need is even greater, and our company is proud to maintain its high level of giving and support. Our history of giving goes back for over 60 years and includes health, the arts, education and obviously the Dream Home. We are excited to partner with American Cancer Society in this great cause.” For the 2010 Dream Home, approximately 100 agents will donate their time working three- to five-hour shifts as docents and tour guides. According to Dale Brogdon Lidikay, a Realtor® with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors®, employees have donated more than 1,000 hours to this single project in the last decade. “Every individual and family has its own ‘Dream House’ – a home that meets their needs,” says Jeffrey. “Our company has been serving the needs of home buyers and sellers in the Midlands since 1955, and we have done so in a variety of ways. Finding out an individual’s true needs and finding the right home with the right financing is the key. We have all seen the disastrous effects from some of the loans that were offered over the past four to five years. We are proud

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to say that we focus on providing homeowners with comprehensive, accurate information so they can make the best, most informed decision for their families.” National statistics show that in today’s time, real estate is a buyer’s market; however, Jeffrey adds that real estate is a very localized business: “We’ve been charting each month the sales and prices for the past five years, and in the major Carolina market we serve – Columbia, Charleston and Charlotte – the trends are all up. While they are still below their 2004 and 2005 highs, there is no better time to buy or sell a home than in today’s market. The combination of great home affordability, plus the unbelievable, low interest rates makes this a great time to buy a home,” he says. According to Jeffrey, the best way for his associates to work with customers and clients is simply to listen. “Listening is a lost art, and not listening leads to both misunderstanding and misconception. Too many sales people attempt to sell something instead of helping their clients buy, and the difference is in the listening skills. Hearing what your clients have to say, showing them the options that are available to them and watching their faces shine as they enter their new home is an amazing experience.” He concludes, “Our goal is not to sell a house; our goal is to help people fulfill their dreams, and we do that every day.”


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ime Warner Cable is proud to sponsor the Columbia Metropolitan Dream Home. While the Dream Home is a fun way to show visitors all the latest products and services from Time Warner Cable, it is also a great way to give back to the community.

families more quality time together and a more enjoyable experience, all with the convenience of one bill. For most families, cable is a musthave. Time Warner Cable’s Digital Cable includes more than 100 HD channels at no additional cost. And, since many families are busier than

For most families, entertainment options are an important part of everyday life, and Time Warner Cable can provide them all with Digital Cable, Road Runner High Speed Internet, Road Runner Mobile and Digital Home Phone Service. Time Warner Cable’s ability to offer something for everyone gives

ever, Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) and Video on Demand allow them to watch their favorite shows at times that are convenient. According to Time Warner Cable, finding favorite shows is also easier than ever before, as its new digital lineup rearranges digital channels above 100 into easy-to-find categories

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based on programming type, such as sports, music, kids and family. Digital Cable also features interactive services including Time Warner Cable’s exclusive Start Over, which allows Start Over channels to be restarted multiple times within the normal broadcast time. Road Runner High Speed Internet offers a fast and user-friendly Internet experience for everyone in the family. It’s four times faster than standard DSL and up to 140 times faster than dial-up. The whole family can take advantage of how easy it is to enjoy streaming entertainment, video games and the latest news. And with cable, the connection is always on. Users will also notice faster download speeds, secure shopping and a Free Internet Security Suite that keeps the computer safe from threats. Connecting to Digital Home Phone is easier than ever. Digital Home Phone customers get unlimited calling for one price. They also receive the features they want at no extra charge, including Caller ID, Caller ID on TV, Call Waiting, Speed Dial, Call Forwarding and more – all without giving up their existing phone numbers. Time Warner Cable recently launched VoiceZone™, a new service in North and South Carolina that is available to Digital Home Phone customers at no extra charge and provides access to control and monitor the home phone from any Internet-connected computer. With VoiceZone™, customers have the power to change call settings, set up caller ID, access voicemail, block unwanted calls and even set distinctive rings.

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purchase decisions, 69 percent said ‘very strong’ or ‘strong role.’ When asked at the time of their purchase which home features were most important to them, gas was right up there in importance with hardwood floors and granite.” “There’s no question that buyers want homes with natural gas for heating, water heating, logs and cooking. What’s even more impressive is that the majority of those surveyed said that a home with both electricity and natural gas is an ideal home versus an all-electric. These customers want energy savings and reliable comfortable homes,” she concludes. The SCE&G survey also asked: If all home features were equal, how much more likely would homebuyers be to purchase a home with natural gas? The percent of electric-only home buyers who said they would purchase a home with natural gas has jumped from 55 percent in 2008 to 77 percent in 2010. “Real estate agents who are knowledgeable about energy efficiency in homes (electric appliances and gas appliances) are ultimately helping customers find their dreams in their next homes. We hear from agents all the

time that they are being asked to provide advice on a home’s energy efficiency,” Lisa says. “We hear from customers every day that energy efficiency is important. And we’re dedicated to helping them understand the energy choices they have when purchasing a home or renovating



ver time, owning a home has proved to be a good decision. And while lately the economy has presented challenges, it has also helped us to slow down and focus on what matters most – family, friendship and community – and finding a home that’s right for you. SCE&G wants to do its part in helping homeowners achieve and keep their dreams of home ownership. “Every day we’re working with homebuilders to find ways to meet the needs of today’s homebuyers who – let’s face it – have a lot to choose from in a down housing market,” says Lisa Hill, manager of market development/ customer relations for SCE&G. “Builders are looking at their homes as a demonstration of their workmanship, their knowledge, the products they use, the energy efficiencies they feature in their homes for the conscientious homebuyer, etc. Their homes really showcase to customers what kind of professional builder they are.” Today’s homebuyers who shop for houses that have natural gas are knowledgeable and are looking for ways to control energy costs. Builders who build with natural gas, Lisa says, build quality homes that customers gravitate to because they are able to save energy and money over the lifetime of their purchases. “We recently surveyed new home buyers within the past 24 months, and they told us several things,” says Lisa. “When asked to what degree energy efficiency played a role in their final

an existing home. Natural gas is a choice that can really help customers save on their energy bills and lessen their homes impact on the environment all while adding comfort and convenience.”

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Dining Room

Steven Ford Interiors

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Steven Ford once again brings his extraordinary design style to the Dream Home. Steven says, “Gray is the new neutral, which we’ve used on the walls. But we’ve also used warm wood tones and golds to contrast the coolness of the wall color and window treatments.” The yellow accents create a rhythm in the space which contrasts the serene background and adds a punch of color to the room. The yellow lead edge of the gray silk panels also picks up on the yellow accessories. The room’s chandelier is a modern version of a classic fixture using gold and crystals. “Our goal was to create an understated, clean and fresh-feeling room,” Steven says.

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Linda Burnside, Eileen Beaver

Family Room

LGB Interiors

Linda Burnside of LGB Interiors is another fabulous perennial Dream Home participant. This year she uses a monochromatic color palette with Restoration Hardware Graphite as a main color and hues of gray throughout. “The upholstery − everything in the room really − is all neutral. This year it’s all about textures,” she says. The focal point of the family room is its artwork – watercolors on rice paper that Linda purchased in Beijing. “They’re floating between two sheets of glass and add a splash of yellow and orange,” Linda says. Linda acquired two additional pieces made from coconut tree bark. Linda also brought in two antique Chinese cloisonné vases from Beijing. She says her room is all about relaxation and calm − a Zen atmosphere. “The room is very easy to be in. I wanted the artwork to be interesting. Overall, it’s very minimalist,” she says.

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Foyer Brandon Shives, Eveleigh Hughey

Brandon Davidson Interiors

Designers Brandon Shives and Eveleigh Hughey of Brandon Davidson Interiors collaborated with neighboring designers Linda Burnside and Steven Ford on a palette of grays for the open floor plan. In the foyer, a slate grey backdrop grounds tones of yellow and cream. A theme of orbs plays through the rug under foot to the artwork above the console up to the chandelier overhead. A round mercury glass vase completes the look and adds a touch of glitz. Brandon says, “We were inspired when we found this piece of art – the colors were perfect, and it had the right feel. Everything fell into place from there.”


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Kitchen & Breakfast Room

Mary & Martha’s

Mary & Martha’s is dedicated to making preparations fun, quick and easy in order to spend more time with family and friends. The Dream Home kitchen encompasses that theme with beautiful, yet practical ways to get tasks done in order to maximize relaxation time. Beverly Tuller An incredible array of great kitchen accessories are available today. Mary & Martha’s offers a great variety for the novice or the experienced cook, from the affordable to the high-end, much of which is gracefully displayed here. “The walls are painted lemon chiffon, which I believe is a very neutral yellow, to make the room soothing and bright – hopefully to also reflect the mood of the cooks!” says Mary & Martha’s owner Bev Tuller. “The kitchen needs to be family-friendly and conducive to preparations, relaxing and high traffic. The most important room in the house is the kitchen; it is the hub of the family,” Bev says. According to Bev, a great quote speaks to her design style for the kitchen: “Life’s riches other rooms adorn, but in a Kitchen a HOME is born!”

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Powder Room

Katherine Anderson, Katie Caston

Katherine J. Anderson Design/Interiors Katherine Anderson uses an interesting wallpaper and a great piece of artwork by Rick Wells to complement the wall colors in the adjoining dining room as well as all of the other downstairs rooms. She also uses a grey color palette, sticking to the neutral theme of the open spaces downstairs and accents the subtle tones in the dining room. “We are interested in flow and good artwork – not flashy temporary décor,” Katherine says.

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Master Bedroom & Bath Joan Goodwin

Verandah Interiors

This posh master suite is artistically designed by Verandah Interiors. Joan Goodwin has chosen to embrace “Classic Modern Glamour.� The decor in the master bedroom is a sophisticated take on modern living. Fine fabrics and diverse patterns stimulate the eye. The neutral color palette interacts with bold, vibrant color, bringing both warmth and tranquility to this unique space. The master bathroom is dressed in luxurious Cararea Marble in the shower, counter tops and floors. Faceted framed mirrors over the vanities add a sense of glamour and luxury. The similar color story of soft neutrals offset by vibrant hues in the master bath bring the two rooms together in an elegant, yet cohesive statement.

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Bonus Room

M. Gallery Interiors

Mandy Summers, owner of M. Gallery Interiors, believes in living an inspired life. Whether inspiration comes from objects in nature, beautiful artwork, great books or photographs from travels, she encourages her clients to create spaces that invigorate them. Mandy wanted to dedicate this entire room to nurturing passions. “Surrounding yourself with items that reflect your varied interests is energizing. Whether your space is an oasis of your favorite objects simply meant to help you decompress or a hands-on studio where you unleash your imagination or both – get inspired!” Mandy Summers


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Cottage Antiques & Interiors

“The goal or theme for the room is for it to be a classically designed, welcoming guest retreat, with a hint of spa that incorporates an eclectic mix of modern and antique pieces,” says Mary Beth Klinar, owner of Cottage Mary Beth Klinar Antiques & Interiors. The focal point of the room is the antique brass bed and the vintage Oriental screen behind it. Mary Beth used a classic color scheme of black and red, with warm neutrals of taupe, gold and white. Nearly half of the items in the room are vintage or antique. The shower curtain and valances in the bathroom are actually a repurposed vintage tablecloth and napkin set found on eBay. The drapery rods in the bedroom are a vintage find discovered at an auction. Other antique and vintage items include the bed, the screen and some of the accent furniture. But it’s not all vintage. Mary Beth mixed in some more modern furniture and fabrics with the traditional décor. The modern grid pattern of the matelasse coverlet and the organic pattern on the clean-lined club chairs mix with the bed skirt’s large-scale houndstooth and the traditional fabric of the drapery’s stylized floral pattern.

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Bedroom 2

Jim Lamb Interior Design

Jim Lamb has designed this room as a guest bedroom. “I want it to be comfortable for a woman or a man, so I am not using any lace, frills or ruffles,” he says. His wall color is ice blue, and Jim incorporated a Sherman Benton custom-made iron table with a granite top. “The room is meant to be used. There’s nothing so precious in there that you can’t use it. It’s very utilitarian,” he explains. The bed’s headboard is locally custom-made and custom-upholstered. Jim uses accent pieces that are interesting and fun. He wants them to look as if they’ve been loved and passed down through the family. The two paintings in the room are by local artists Sherry Lynn Dailey and Rob Shaw. “The design style is eclectic. I want to create a room in which anyone would be comfortable.”

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Bedroom 4

Paul D. Sloan Interiors

Paul D. Sloan’s guest room is best described as one of materials contrasting with the overall feeling of the room. It sparkles with metals and metallic finishes, leather and a cool, almost icy color scheme, but conveys an overall serene and elegant feel. Paul utilizes luxurious linens and lighting that are soft with sparkle. The palette continues into the bath with silvery surfaces and fixtures. “It could be a sophisticated guest room or a second master,” says Paul.

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HoFP Gallery

Art is the finishing touch that gives focus to a home. The staff at HoFP Gallery saw this year’s Dream Home as all about cool sophistication with its subtle color palette of soft grey walls, white trim and natural woods. The warmth of yellow accents on the walls and furnishings is a good balance to the crispness of teals in the main rooms and is echoed on the kitchen walls. For an important wall in the eating area, HoFP chose a large metal sculpture, “Tandrell,” by Peter Skidd. It’s large enough to fill the space, but its dimensionality provides an airy feel. Though it incorporates a wide range of colors, no one color dominates. The stairwell and upstairs hall are always great places to show off an eclectic mix of art, but HoFP says that subtlety is still important. South Carolina coastal scenes by Columbia artist Rick Wells provide the illusion of windows in this windowless interior. A three-dimensional fish by local artist Jemes Davis breaks up the expanse of stairwell wall and interjects a bit of playfulness. A pair of paintings of clothes drying in the breeze, “Rain or Shine” I & II by Peter Kuttner, echo that playfulness and pull the coastal colors from the stairs through to the sleeping areas. A hand-carved solid wood table by Jemes Davis serves to anchor the hallway while its soft curves provide visual relief to the boxy space.

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Dream Car

Honda Pilot by Honda of Columbia

Adding a bit of glitz and glamour to the Dream Home is the 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L. The dream car was graciously provided by Honda of Columbia, which has been locally owned and operated for more than 30 years. The Pilot boasts a 3.5-liter V6, which delivers 250 hp and a fuel efficiency combined rating of 19 mpg. The two-wheeldrive Pilot provides 3,500 pounds of towing capability, while the four-wheel-drive version can haul up to 4,500 lbs. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the Pilot its “Top Safety Pick,” and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Pilot its highest safety rating of five stars for both front and side impact collisions. Standard equipment includes front and rear power disc brakes, remote entry, power windows and locks, hidden storage well in the cargo area and lift-up glass hatch on the tailgate. The Ex-L version includes even more luxury features, such as a navigation system with voice recognition, Blue Tooth with hands-free link, a rear view camera, off-road tracking, a six-disc changer with 10-speaker audio system and a USB audio interface.


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Bowers Landscaping & Irrigation

1124 Corley Mill Rd., Lexington (803) 957-4419 www.bowerslandscaping.com “Doing Business the Old-Fashioned Way With Personalized Service” Bowers Landscaping & Irrigation has been providing top quality landscape design, installation and project oversight for more than 50 years. Bowers Landscaping provides a variety of services, including landscaping design, landscape installation, custom site work, hardscaping, patios and walkways, irrigation, outdoor lighting, drainage, fencing, retaining walls and ponds/water features.

Brabham Fence

1601 Shop Rd., Columbia (803) 929-1218 www.brabhamfence.com If it’s a pool you need to secure, a pet or a child you’re looking to contain, or if you’re just trying to keep people out, Brabham Fence is the company you need to call. Located in Columbia, Brabham Fence is a full-line fence contracting company that sells and installs residential and commercial fencing. They offer everything from ornamental with brick walls and columns to industrial chain link with automated gates. Brabham Fence works hard to understand what the customer needs and wants, providing them with quality products and services that fit the individual’s requirements.

Brandon Davidson Interiors

2200 Devine St., Columbia (803) 929-0047 Brandon Davidson Shives is a Columbia native and a graduate of Converse College with a bachelor of fine arts in interior design. After working in the design field for 10 years, she established Brandon Davidson Interiors, LLC in 1999. Brandon’s design style reflects her sophisticated and upbeat personality along with her focus on each client’s individual needs. Eveleigh Horton Hughey is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a bachelor of arts in Architectural History. Her design career began in Columbia in 1998, and after living in New York, she returned home to join Brandon Davidson Interiors in 2002. Eveleigh’s style mixes classic design with a fresh and current twist.

Carolina Ceramics

(803) 699-8710 www.CarolinaCeramics.com Green building. Energy efficiency. Sustainability. These words are making their way into conversations between new homeowners and homebuilders everywhere. For Carolina Ceramics, this is good news. Brick is not only beautiful and affordable, but also it reduces a home’s overall impact on the environment. Brick is made from earth — literally — so its environmental impact is minimal. No scary chemicals go in, and no mysterious emissions are released over time. Traditional brick is an essential element in any sustainable design because of its energyefficiency and low maintenance. Carolina Ceramics is proud to be locally owned and operated. In Columbia since 1939, the company uses clay and sand to make an array of durable, beautiful and environmentally friendly brick. And equally important, it utilizes green manufacturing processes because it

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respects the environment and South Carolina. When you think of brick, think local, think green, think Carolina Ceramics!

Cottage Antiques & Interiors

10511 Two Notch Rd., Northeast Columbia (803) 865-4001 www.cottageantiquesinteriors.com “Mixing Today’s Trends with Timeless Antiques” describes the design philosophy of Cottage Antiques & Interiors. Located on Two Notch Road in Northeast Columbia, Cottage Antiques & Interiors is a boutique offering an eclectic mix of classic antiques (discovered at auctions and estate sales) alongside a great selection of new lamps, artwork, accessories and seasonal décor. Owner and interior designer Mary Beth Klinar has been designing residential and commercial interiors for the past 15 years. She believes that everyone’s home should be a reflection of his or her own personal style and taste, and she likes to incorporate the client’s existing pieces – often including family heirlooms or collections – to personalize the space. Her focus is always to provide clients with beautiful, functional and up-to-date spaces that feel good to live in and are a refuge to come home to at the end of the day.

HoFP Gallery

2828 Devine St., Columbia (803) 799-7405 www.hofpgallery.com HoFP Gallery is Columbia’s premier source for art, framing, lighting and display. Established in 1967 as House of Frames and Paintings, the gallery shows artists from around the world and around the corner. Surprise yourself with the variety. Delights for the eye await around every corner in the downstairs galleries – spacious rooms hung in the salon style with something for every taste and budget. The second floor gallery is the site for one-man and small group shows. This space, complete with an outdoor terrace, also offers a spectacular setting for private parties, receptions and business functions. It’s a little slice of Soho on Devine. HoFP offers professional lighting solutions for art with low-voltage systems and specialty lighting. It’s the finishing touch – lighting by design.

Honda of Columbia

Hwy. 378 at I-20, Lexington Sales: (803) 256-0156 Service: (803) 799-1080 Parts: (803) 799-1025 www.hondacarsofcolumbia.com Honda of Columbia has been locally owned and operated for over 30 years. The


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company was established in 1978 by the late Mr. Paul Shuping in downtown Columbia on Gervais Street. In 1980 Mr. Shuping was joined by his son, Perry Shuping. In 1984 the company was moved to a new facility on Greystone Boulevard. In 1986, Allen Semones joined the company. Today, Honda of Columbia is proud to serve its customers from the new state-ofthe-art facility on Highway 378 at I-20. The family tradition continues as Perry’s son, Will, and Allen’s son, Paul, now work with the company to help ensure that Honda of Columbia’s reputation of excellence will carry on. Simply stated, Honda of Columbia has offered high value at reasonable prices for over 30 years and will continue to do so for many more.

Jim Lamb Interior Design

P.O. Box 50313, Columbia (803) 771-6239 JCL1021@bellsouth.net Jim Lamb began his career as an interior designer around 15 years ago after working in a lamp shop and designing friends’ houses for fun. Jim’s philosophy for design is simple: “There’s no reason to have things matchymatchy. I don’t like homes that are decorated with everything out of a furniture store. I like using old pieces that have nicks and scratches and tell a story. It gives the room personality.” Jim is quick to credit all who he works with – the painters, the seamstress, the carpenter, etc. – in helping him to create beautiful spaces. “I don’t do this alone,” he says. “We work well as a team, and it’s important to note that designing is a collaborative effort.”

Katherine J. Anderson Design/Interiors

2710 Gervais St., Columbia (803) 931-8877 www.kjainteriors.com Experience with an eye for innovation. Katherine J. Anderson Design/Interiors has over 35 years experience in residential and commercial design. The firm manages a client’s vision at every step of the process – from studs to sconces – including new home construction, home renovations or planning office space and environments. They can help you find the right color, finishes, furniture or accessories to reflect your style, and they can even move you in to your new home or office. Katherine Anderson has worked as a designer in Columbia for 30 years. Katherine has previously worked with G. Walker Gallery, Wilbur Smith and Associates and Corporate Concepts in Columbia. She received a BA from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. She also holds a BA from the University of South Carolina in Commercial Interior Design.

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Katie Caston has six years experience in interior design, previously working with McMillan Smith and Partners in Spartanburg, Klingman Williams in Greenville and Storehouse Furniture in Columbia. She earned her BFA in interior design from Converse College in Spartanburg.

LGB Interiors

2200 Devine St., Columbia (803) 929-5322 www.lgbinteriors.com Linda Burnside of LGB Interiors believes that interior design can only be successful if you make it a team effort. “As designers, we become three-dimensional artists who facilitate our clients’ visions,” she says. LGB is known for finding inspiration from unlikely places and seeks out the best in every specialty, which allows for great synergy and spectacular results. The LGB team manages every project from design inception and construction to move in day and takes great pride in attention to detail. It’s time for the magic to begin!

M. Gallery Interiors, LLC

711 East Main St., Suite I, Lexington (803) 785-4620 M. Gallery Interiors is a unique customer service-oriented gallery located in Lexington’s Historic Cotton Mill. It is an amazing space full of color and life, where you’ll be inspired by original works from painters, photographers, sculptors, woodworkers, basket weavers, ceramists and clay artists. You’ll discover architectural pieces, rugs of every size and style and a variety of unique gifts and home accessories. M. Gallery Interiors offers in-home decorating services, hosts “Meet the Artist” wine and cheese events and rents out the gorgeous space for your special occasions. Available by appointment Monday and Tuesday, open Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. until 3p.m. Call (803) 785-4620 to learn more.

Mary & Martha’s

4711-16 Forest Dr., Columbia (803) 787-6165 www.maryandmarthasc.com When Bev Tuller opened Mary & Martha’s kitchen shop in October of 2006, she followed a family tradition of retail entrepreneurship. Her mother, Ginny Tuller, opened The Dandy Lion Children’s Shop in 1978 when Bev was just 12 years old. At age 40, Bev decided it was finally time to open her own store. “I love kitchen gadgets,” Bev says. “So I wondered what it would be like to do that fulltime. I had no idea it would consume every moment of time I have. Yet, I’m having the time of my life!” The name comes from the Biblical sisters, Mary and Martha, who entertained Jesus regularly. There are two sides of the store:


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Martha’s side is full of preparation gadgets, cookware and cutlery; Mary’s side shows off the softer, prettier, “sitting and enjoying your guests” items.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

(803) 935-4611 www.outdoorlights.com Enhance the beauty of your home and landscape investment. Increase the overall safety and security. Extend your outdoor living environment into the evening hours. All of these benefits are possible when you select Outdoor Lighting Perspectives for the design and installation of your landscape lighting system. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives will provide The Ultimate Lighting Experience™ and is equipped to help in all phases of your home improvement project. From design consultation to installation and maintenance, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives focuses on lighting. And as the nation’s largest provider of architectural and landscaping lighting, you’ll be assured that the job they do for you will be to your most exacting standards.

Paul D. Sloan Interiors

1012 Gervais St., Columbia (803) 733-1704 www.pdsinteriors.com Paul D. Sloan started Mais Oui in 1984 and became Paul D. Sloan Interiors in 2001. With a diverse retail establishment representing many styles of décor, Paul has had the opportunity to design in many regions of the country. “I try to implement the best function with each person’s particular environment and home,” he says. “My goal is to always create a vision that can be expanded into the future with changes in style and color.” K. Justin Drafts came to work for Paul D. Sloan Interiors while attending the University of South Carolina. Upon graduating with a degree in Marketing and Retail Management, he began working full time as manager and buyer of Paul D. Sloan Interiors. “I try to create luxury in the home using each client’s vision, lifestyle and needs,” he says. As an independent designer, Jackie Adams bought items for her clients from Mais Oui. She went to work for Paul Sloan in 1988 when he expanded his business to include interior design. Her work is found in all areas of South Carolina and as far away as Florida. “I hope I don’t have an identifiable ‘look,’” she says. “It’s all about making the client comfortable with his or her style.”

Poirier Painting

108 Rama Ln., Lexington (803) 206-0649 Poirier Painting is a licensed and insured painting company that specializes in commercial and residential painting, including interior and

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exterior painting, pressure washing and drywall repair. Poirier Painting is proud to be the 2010 Dream Home painter.

Real Value, Inc.

1031 Sparkleberry Lane Ext., Columbia (800) 699-1449 www.rockofadam.com Proudly serving the Carolinas for more than 18 years, Real Value, Inc. offers a wide selection of exotic natural stone counters and tile for both new construction and remodel projects. Their stone work has been featured in some of the largest homes across the Eastern seaboard. As the company continues to diversify, it now offers fine custom cabinets as an authorized Merillat dealer; customers can complete a simple vanity to an extravagant kitchen. With each project the focus remains on the customer’s vision as well as providing the highest level of quality and service. Real Value has two full service locations, one in Columbia and one in Charlotte, as well as a satellite office in Charleston. The associates are ready to assist you on the journey to your new kitchen or bath. For more information on the company, products and services offered, visit www.rockofadam.com or call (800) 699-1449.

Southern Custom Doors & Hardware

409 Larch Rd., Lugoff (803) 438-8115 www.scdoors.com Southern Custom Doors & Hardware opened its doors in 1997 as a custom door shop offering the finest products available and emphasizing craftsmanship, quality and design. Owner Bill Barrett has sold custom doors throughout the United States, Canada and even in the Grand Cayman Islands. Since 1997, Bill’s business has expanded to include stock doors, garage doors, gates, screen doors, iron doors, custom windows, pet doors and hardware. The onsite door and cabinet hardware showroom is one of the largest in the Midlands. As the door experts, the staff can assist customers in selecting the perfect hardware for their design style and functionality.

Steven Ford Interiors

2200 Devine St., Columbia (803) 799-1177 Columbia native Steven Ford has been creating beautiful, inviting homes and offices for more than 20 years. With clients from the coast of South Carolina to New York and California, Steven has brought his personal style and expertise to create comfortable yet elegant environments. The result is a home that reflects the character of the client with the polish of a true design professional. Steven Ford Interiors has in recent years developed a commercial division. Sources


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are available to take on large projects such as hospitals, law firms and private practices. Whether you have a remodeling project, new construction or a simple “makeover,” please call to book a consultation.

Tile Center, Inc. 2517 Two Notch Rd., Columbia (803) 254-9338 www.tilecenterinc.com Tile Center is a family owned company, and meeting your needs demands their fullest attention. Tile Center has been a leader in Midlands tile sales since 1960 because of their “customer first” philosophy. Today, Tile Center continues that tradition by providing superior value in products and excellence in customer service. Whether you are looking for a special design, that perfect glass mosaic or an exact color to fit your décor, Tile Center provides variety and quality like no other to make your project a complete success. Come visit the largest ceramic tile showroom in Columbia and experience the difference!

Verandah Interiors (803) 586-9563 www.vcustomdesigns.com In t e r i o r d e s i g n e r Jo a n G o o d w i n is a leading force in the interior design community, and she brings a combination of chic sophistication with an international flair. She develops eclectic design concepts that redefine conventional standards with innovation and style. Joan has over 17 years of interior design experience. The key elements in her design are the clients and their individual prefaces. She is founder and CEO of Verandah Interiors, LLC. Joan was a designer in the Parade of Homes 2000 and 2006, which were featured in Designer Dream Home Magazine and won Best Interior Design in the Parade of Homes 2008. She was also lead designer of City Dreams 2002 project, set designer for ETV Connections in 2003 and Tour of Homes designer in 2005. Verandah Interiors, LLC, is a full-service interior design firm offering decorating consultations, custom interiors, furnishings, fine art and accessories, renovations, upfits and redesigns for commercial and residential properties, including new construction and churches. The firm also offers a broad spectrum of design services while still portraying the personalities of the clients. Verandah Interiors provides the ultimate in interior design through quality products, exceptional value and awardwinning personalized service.

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Brandon Davidson Interiors Foyer Cottage Antiques & Interiors Bedroom 3 HoFP Gallery Art in Breakfast Room and Hallways Jim Lamb Interior Design Bedroom 2 Katherine J. Anderson Design/Interiors Powder Room LGB Interiors Family Room and Covered Back Porch M. Gallery Interiors Bonus Room Mary & Martha’s Kitchen and Breakfast Room Paul D. Sloan Interiors Bedroom 4 Steven Ford Interiors Dining Room Verandah Interiors Master Bedroom and Bath Don’t miss the Cash and Carry Sale on Sept. 27 from 9 until 11 a.m. Many items in the Dream Home will be marked down to be sold quickly.


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Preserving the Taste of Summer Delicious recipes to preserve your summer vegetables By Susan Fuller Slack, CCP

ABOUT THE COVER Christy and Joe Edens recently overhauled their pool, creating a minimalist, modern look. Photography by Anne McQuary, www.heybabysmile.com. PUBLISHER Henry Clay


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Delicious recipes to preserve your summer vegetables

ven if your survival doesn’t depend on a packed pantry filled with edibles that are sun-dried, well-preserved or perfectly pickled, most South Carolinians “relish” the thought of extending the taste of summer as the first chill of autumn sets in. Whether you have a flourishing garden or purchase your produce at a local farmers’ market, you can still enjoy summer’s bounty in the fall. Jars of homemade preserved fruits and vegetables capture the spirit of the season and make beautiful gifts for holiday giving.

Spicy Tomato Jam

3 1/2 pounds ripe red tomatoes 3 cups granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1 large juicy lemon (for minced zest and juice) 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin or allspice 1 small seeded, minced hot red chili, or 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes, or to taste 2 to 3 teaspoons grated fresh gingerroot 1 cup water

Drop a few tomatoes at a time into a large pot of boiling water for 30 seconds; turn once. With a slotted spoon, remove to a bowl of iced water and cool slightly. Remove from water and pull off skins. Over a medium bowl, break open each tomato to scrape out seeds and drain off any tomato liquid. Cut tomato pieces into small cubes and put into a heavy 3 to 4 quart cooking pot. (Strain saved tomato liquid for use in other recipes.) Sprinkle tomatoes with sugar and salt. Mix lemon zest and juice into tomatoes. Let stand 3 to 4 hours.

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Sterilize 6 half-pint preserving jars; set aside. Add remaining ingredients to tomatoes. Place pot over medium-low heat and simmer 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. For more tartness, add another tablespoon lemon juice or cider vinegar. Cook 20 minutes more or until thickened, stirring every 5 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent scorching. Ladle hot jam into half-pint jars leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims. Seal with clean lids and rims, according to manufacturer’s directions. Process 10 minutes in a boiling water bath. Cool completely before storing. Makes 6 halfpint jars of jam. Storage Variation: Omit boiling water bath. Cool jam in jars, then store in the refrigerator several weeks.

Cranberry Orange Conserve

1 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries, rinsed, picked over 1 3/4 cups sugar 2 navel oranges (for grated zest of one orange and fresh-squeezed juice to equal one cup) 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped 1/2 cup dried golden raisins, cranberries or cherries 3/4 cup chopped, lightly-toasted walnuts or pecans 1 to 2 tablespoons orange liqueur, if desired

Cook the cranberries, sugar and 1 cup orange juice in a saucepan over low heat about 5 minutes, or until skins begin to pop. Add the zest of one orange, the apple and raisins and cook about 5 more minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir in the nuts and liqueur, if desired. Let cool; then pour into a sterilized quart jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store in the refrigerator.

Marinated Roasted Red Bell Peppers

3 extra-large sweet red peppers 1/2 cup white or red wine vinegar 2 cloves garlic, each cut into quarters 1 teaspoon sea salt freshly ground black pepper 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, or to cover dried herb sprigs (rosemary, thyme or oregano), if desired

Preheat oven broiler. Place whole peppers on a heavy baking sheet generously lined with aluminum foil. Broil for 10 minutes, turning peppers often, or until the peel blackens in spots. Sweat the roasted peppers by tightly wrapping them in the foil used to line the baking pan or put into a clean paper bag and tightly close the top. After 15 minutes, remove peppers and pull off the blackened skins. Cut peppers into wide strips, removing stems, seeds and interior membranes. In a medium saucepan, bring vinegar and salt to a boil. Add pepper strips and simmer 2 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and let mixture cool to room temperature. Drain peppers and mix in garlic, salt and pepper. Pack pepper strips into a 1-quart wide-mouth glass jar. Pour olive oil over the top. Add oven-dried herb sprigs, if desired. Tap jar on a flat surface to expel air bubbles, which helps prevent mold formation. Seal with

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a clean lid and rim. Refrigerate and use within one month.

Cantaloupe and Peach Preserves

5 cups small-diced cantaloupe pieces 5 cups peeled, small-diced fresh peaches (7 or 8) 5 cups granulated sugar 2 medium lemons (for grated zest and 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice) 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/2 to 3/4 cup finely chopped, lightly toasted pecans or blanched almonds (optional) 1 to 2 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur or brandy (optional)

Sterilize 10 half-pint preserving jars; set aside. In a heavy Dutch oven or 4-quart heavy pot, mix cut fruit (about 4 pounds) with sugar and lemon zest and juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook for 30 minutes, stirring often. Add nutmeg and continue cooking 15 minutes or until mixture is thick and jammy. Stir in toasted nuts and liqueur, if desired. Ladle hot preserves into half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims. Seal with clean lids and rims, according to manufacturer’s directions. Process 5 minutes in a boiling water bath. Cool completely before storing. Makes 10 half-pint jars. Storage Variation: Omit boiling water bath. Cool preserves in jars, then store in the refrigerator several weeks.

Confetti Corn and Pepper Relish

2/3 cup sugar 1 3/4 cups distilled white vinegar 1/4 cup water 1 teaspoon fine sea salt 1 teaspoon celery seeds 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1/4 teaspoon ground hot red pepper, or to taste 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric 3 ears fresh-shucked tender corn (about 2 1/2 cups corn kernels) 2 cups finely diced red and green bell pepper (2 large peppers)


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1 small sweet onion, finely diced (about 3/4 cup) 2 stalks celery, trimmed, finely diced (about 1 cup)

Sterilize four half-pint preserving jars; set aside. Combine sugar, vinegar, water and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add celery seeds, dry mustard, ground red pepper and turmeric; simmer 1 minute. Add all the vegetables. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 15 minutes, stirring often. Pack relish into clean jars leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims. Seal with clean lids and rims. Cool; then store in the refrigerator for three weeks. Makes about 3 1/2 cups.

Rainbow Vegetable Pickles 3/4 pound small zucchini, cut into sticks 3/4 pound small yellow summer squash, cut into sticks 1/2 pound trimmed carrots, cut into sticks 2 large red bell peppers, cut into strips 2 stalks celery, sliced diagonally into 1/2-inch strips one bunch baby radishes, trimmed, quartered lengthwise 1/3 cup Kosher salt (without iodine) 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, optional 3 cups white wine vinegar or white balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup sugar, or to taste 2 large peeled garlic cloves, smashed 2 small dried chilies, or to taste 1 or 2 fresh herb sprigs (thyme, oregano or rosemary) 1 small bay leaf

Put cut vegetables in a large ceramic or glass bowl. Sprinkle with salt. Pour water over vegetables just to cover. Put a weighted plate on top to keep vegetables submerged. Store in refrigerator overnight. (Vegetable mixture can be sealed in an extra-large zip top bag if refrigerated space is limited.) Pour vegetables in a colander to drain; rinse quickly under cold water to remove excess salt. Gently press out water and lay out on clean tea towels to air-dry. Sterilize a 1 quart preserving jar; set aside. Put veggies in a large bowl; add oil, if

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used. Bring vinegar and sugar to a boil for 1 minute; turn off heat. To the jar, add garlic, chilies and herb sprigs. Pack vegetables into the jar. Pour in hot vinegar to within 1/4 inch of the rim. Wipe jar top. Seal with sterilized lid and rim. Let cool, then refrigerate up to 3 months. Variation: Veggies can be stored in 3 or 4 1 pint preserving jars.

Curried Pear Chutney with Fresh Ginger

1 cup white vinegar 2 1/2 packed cups light-brown sugar 1/2 cup honey 3 tablespoons julienne strips fresh gingerroot 1 medium lime (for julienne zest and fresh lemon juice) 1 cinnamon stick 1/4 teaspoon each ground turmeric, cumin and salt 1/2 teaspoon each ground cloves and cayenne 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 3 whole cardamom seeds, crushed 3 tablespoons finely diced red bell pepper 4 pounds firm green pears, peeled, quartered, cored, cut in 1/2-inch cubes 1 cups golden raisins 2 teaspoons tamarind concentrate mixed with 2 tablespoons water or lime juice, to taste 2 tablespoons pear liqueur or dark rum, if desired

In large saucepan, combine the first 11 ingredients. Bring to boil over mediumhigh heat, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar and honey. Add pears; bring back to a boil, stirring well to coat with spice mixture. Turn off heat and let mixture stand 1 hour. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes. Add raisins. Continue simmering 1 hour or until chutney turns a deepgolden color and is reduced to a thick conserve. Stir in tamarind water and pear liqueur. Spoon mixture into 2 sterilized pint jars. Wipe jar rims. Seal with clean lids and rims. Cool then store in the refrigerator 4 months. Makes 1 quart. For more recipes, tips and information about preserving your vegetables visit www.columbiametro.com.


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Christy and Joe Edens recently overhauled their pool, creating a minimalist, modern look.

The options are endless for designing your pool By Melissa Andrews / Photography by Anne McQuary/www.heybabysmile.com


ummer in Columbia is hot – famously hot, that is. No doubt, the first thing you want to do when the temperatures soar is take a dip in a pool. More than ever, the pool is becoming an extension of the house – from look to feel as homeowners seek to create complete backyard experiences. Now’s the perfect time to build one for next summer! Alison Felschow, owner of Crystal Pools, says, “People need to think of their pools as pieces of art, because they spend nearly 75 percent of their time looking at them, as opposed to using them.”


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Even if you’re not in the water, sitting beside it with a glass of wine or lemonade in the dead of summer somehow still seems to cool you off. Deciding to install a pool does take some forethought. First, you should ensure that your yard is even capable of accommodating a pool. “Do you have a 100-year-old oak tree you would never think of cutting down? Or maybe you’re in a flood prone area, and a pool just doesn’t make sense,” notes Jack Oliver of Jack Oliver Pools. Mark Schimmoeller of Southern Vistas in Columbia adds, “Don’t forget to check power lines – overhead and buried – as the pool has to be 10 feet away. Consider that pools require routine maintenance. Also consider solar orientation, natural shade and wind direction, so as to plan for maximum comfort.” Once those details have been discussed, Alison says you need to create a master plan of what you want to achieve with the pool. Do you want an outdoor kitchen but can’t yet afford one? Then that should be in the master plan so that current designs take that growth into consideration. This will save time and money in the long run. A master plan will also help if working with multiple contractors. For Mark and his team, it’s a completely creative process that starts with a vision-sharing conversation with the homeowners. Says Mark, “When you go through the process, you get a feel for when you have it right. You can be working on it for hours, and finally everything melds and feels right. It’s rewarding to design an outdoor living area where people are proud to entertain.” So what can you do to make your pool more unique and inviting? The possibilities are endless. Many people want to evoke a natural feel to their pools. Using real stone, boulders and trickling waterfalls, homeowners are hoping to create pools that look as if they have been there for years. In short, many want to create backyard getaways that have the feel of a luxury spa or hideaway found on a remote island. “I often recommend real stone and like to use actual boulders. Every rock is

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different, and it makes the pool look very special,” suggests Mark. On the opposite side of the spectrum, some homeowners want to evoke a more contemporary, clean feel. So was the hope for Columbia resident and interior designer at Verve, Christy Edens and her husband Joe, who recently overhauled their pool, creating a minimalist, modern look. “Our home is Mediterranean on the inside, so we wanted to create something completely different for the pool area,” says Christy. “It’s much more modern, more stark.” While the pool has a rectangle shape, it’s certainly not ordinary. Flanked by contemporary waterfalls on a white stucco wall and surrounded by peacock pavers, Christy’s pool delivers a modernistic, yet peaceful feel. Add to that the new pool logia, complete with a full kitchen and fireplace, and one could fancy spending the entire day without stepping inside. As evident by the Edenses’ pool, water features bring a sense of drama and peacefulness. Waterfalls and fountains add panache, while also providing soothing sounds to surrounding environments. Adds Mark, “A recirculating waterfall in a pool also has a fantastic look, and you’re able to hear it when you swim under water.” Mark has also installed negative edges on pools – in essence infinity pools with seemingly no end. “We designed an amazing pool on a steep hill. The infinity pools are particularly attractive when the pool’s edge blends into a water view beyond,” he says. For those trying to achieve the more exotic look and feel, black bottom finishes with stone surrounds and waterfalls give a natural lagoon finish. And in keeping with the purity of nature, many homeowners are getting away from the standard fiberglass sliding board and installing slides that are built into or amid stone, making them more cohesive, attractive parts of overall pool design. The first desire for Columbia resident Maureen Mendoza was to create a place that offered great entertainment for family and friends. With a beautiful surrounding terra cotta patio that leads to a raised terrace for additional entertain-


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ment, Maureen’s pool area is a great place to “just be” in the backyard – to relax, grill on the screened-in porch and entertain poolside. Also for Maureen, the pool became a great way to exercise after a workout injury as well as a way to keep an eye on the kids while improving their overall health. Maureen adds a helpful recommendation: “Make sure to research the types of trees and flowers that will be surrounding your pool. Spending the day fishing out flower petals can take away from time relaxing and grilling by the pool.” Maureen’s favorite part of her outdoor oasis? “The large plants that surround the exterior of the pool make me feel as if I’m in a serene environment and away from the world. I feel like I’m in a hidden sanctuary that no one else can see.” Adding to the serene environment that many homeowners want to achieve is the lighting they are installing, which can play a large part in the aesthetics of the pool. LED is becoming very popular. Says Jack, “You can have up to 15 different colors in one pool. Light blues and reds give off a dramatic illuminated look.” Decking can also be a huge differentiator. Jack says many options exist that can make a pool stand out. High-end pavers, integrated color concrete, spray decking using a stamped paint, tile, stone and concrete that looks like stone are a few of the unique techniques he and his team have been using. Another trend taking off in recent years is the use of fire. Says Alison, “We are integrating fire applications much more than we were 15 years ago. Now, people are thinking of fire bowls by the pool and fire pits for staying warm and cooking. It’s a great addition to the overall design.” So whether you’re looking for an outdoor retreat or an entertaining kidfriendly atmosphere, the sky is the limit if you should decide to install a pool. With wine in hand or a burger on the grill, you’ll find it much easier to embrace the heat on a sizzling Columbia summer day.

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Juliana King makes old new again By Melissa Andrews / Photography by Robert Clark or some people, a pillow is simply a place to rest their heads. For others, it’s a nice addition to a sofa or bergere chair. But for those who own a one-of-a-kind antique pillow design from Juliana Antique Textiles, there is a story to be told and a beautiful creation to behold. Juliana King, the exuberant and talented founder of the company, began her business in 2009 and already has built quite a reputation for her wares from South Carolina and Georgia to Texas and Colorado and many regions in between. Her love for the ornate began simply enough on a trip with Hammond School to the Guatemalan markets more than 17 years ago. From the elaborate designs to the vibrant colors of the textiles she saw, the market – and the trip as a whole – was a lifechanging event for her, arousing an interest in handmade goods. Studying in Spain during her college years at Washington and Lee later instilled in Juliana a love for all things old and European. These influences culminated in the establishment of Juliana Antique Textiles. Through her company, Juliana has created more than 175 pillows that combine, for the most part, French 19th-century embroideries, appliqués and galloons, which are decorative woven trims made of metallic gold or silver threads. Juliana displays these trimmings on new designer velvet, as the


embroideries and appliqués need a strong fabric to support them. What’s more, the velvet fabric serves as a grand canvas, ensuring the gorgeous embroideries are the focal point of the piece. Juliana tends to use striated velvet, as it lends age to the piece and best showcases the magnificent patina of the materials. Juliana gets her inspiration by simply appraising her collection. She evaluates the raw materials to see which might come together to create yet another work of art. Adding to that inspiration are the religious undertones of the embroideries she collects. Many pieces in her collection have come from aged ecclesiastical garments. The embroideries have remained intact and are often sold by French churches in order to make money. The intricate designs then add to the life of a new piece, while conserving the beauty and creating a new story. When asked which of her creations is currently her favorite, Juliana chooses Amelie, which is designed with an antique French 19th-century black silk velvet fragment hand-embroidered with silver and gold metallic threads. The pillow features a pelican feeding her young in the center. The pelican symbolizes the Holy Eucharist, as the bird was thought to pierce its own flesh to give blood to its chicks. Says Juliana, “I love all of the ecclesiastical appliqués – pelicans, lambs, sacred hearts. All have religious significance. The metallic appliqué of the pelican feeding her young on the Amelie pillow was very

possibly made by a nun and definitely took numerous hours to create. These works of art amaze me. My challenge is to figure how to best showcase them in the form of a pillow. The Amelie pillow is probably the finest pillow I have made to date, as the embroidery work is truly museum-quality. Amelie is now available at McHugh Antiques in Aspen, Colo. Another impressive creation is Ernesto, for which Juliana used antique black silk velvet and 19th-century silver metallic pompons from an old bullfighter’s costume, paired with an antique metallic galloon and old silver metallic cording. Juliana notes that antique textiles is a genre of art with which many here in America are not familiar. There are not a lot of collectors here, but those who are often keep their pieces to study and preserve. Says Juliana, “I can only hope that I am preserving these pieces in a way that would make any textile collector proud.” Verve is the exclusive retailer of Juliana’s pillows in Columbia. Stephanie Abernathy, manager at Verve, says, “We love the beauty of old textiles and the idea of making them new. Juliana’s creations allow customers to have a little sense of history in their homes. – they are truly unique.” For Juliana, a mother of two, her business allows her to focus on her family while also doing something she loves. It’s the ideal way for her to combine her interest in home décor with her love of travel. Juliana says, “It’s not a fad. I don’t have to design as many

of these as possible before people lose interest. Luckily, they are timeless.” Ultimately, Juliana will be making trips to Paris with her girls to buy for herself. Juliana plans to create pillows that her children will have for a lifetime. Timeless indeed. Clients can purchase pillows through Juliana’s web site, www. AntiqueTextilePillows.com. Juliana is happy to create a custom pillow based on customer requests and also provides generous discounts to designers.

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New to the Neighborhood?

New Home Communities 1. Allan’s Mill Price Range of New Homes: $100s - $160s School District: Richland 2 Palmetto Homes & Land Realty, LLC Mark Wright, (803) 404-1983 www.candcbuilders.com Directions: Take Percival Rd. to Smallwood. Turn left on Old Percival Rd. Allan’s Mill is on the right.

3. Concord Park Price Range of New Homes: $160s School District: Lexington 2 C and C Builders of Columbia Tina Horne, (803) 736-5008 www.candcbuilders.com Directions: Take I-77 to exit 2 for 12th St. Extension. Turn left on Taylor Rd. behind Busbee Middle School.

2. Chelsea Park Price Range of New Homes: $179,900 $204,900 School District: Lexington Richland 5 Rymarc Homes (803) 732-0118 www.rymarc.com Directions: Take I-26 West to exit 97 for Hwy 176/Peak. Take an immediate right on Julius Richardson. Proceed .7 miles to end. Turn right at West Shadygrove. The Chelsea Park entrance is .2 miles on left. Turn left into Chelsea Park on Heathwood. Turn right on Newton Rd., and the new phase is straight ahead.

4. Heath Pond Price Range of New Homes: $140s - $250s School District: Kershaw Palmetto Homes & Land Realty, LLC Diane Nevitt, (803) 414-3945; Dan Long, (803) 917-0947 www.DianeNevitt.com Directions: Take I-20 East to exit 87 for White Pond/Elgin. Turn left onto White Pond Rd., then left onto Larry Jeffers Rd. Heath Pond is ahead on the right.


5. The Homestead Subdivision Price Range of New Homes: $130s - $200s School District: Richland 2

EXIT Real Estate Solutions Richard Carr, (803) 421-9630 www.ExitColumbiaSC.com Directions: Take I-77 North to Farrow Rd. North. Turn right onto Hardscrabble, then right onto North Brickyard. Homestead Subdivision is on the left. 6. Jacobs Creek Price Range of New Homes: $124,900 $224,900 School District: Richland 2 Great Southern Homes RMS – Realty & Marketing Services Robert Penny, (803) 360-9165 www.gshomes.gs Directions: Take I-20 East to exit 82 for Spears Creek Church Rd. Turn left onto Spears Creek Church Rd. Continue for three miles and cross Two Notch Rd. Jacob’s Creek will be approximately 1/2 mile ahead on the right. Follow signs to the new model home. 7. Lake Frances Price Range of New Homes: $169,900 -

indicates a natural gas community $194,900 School District: Lexington 1 Rymarc Homes (803) 315-6409 www.rymarc.com Directions: Take I-20 to exit 55 for Hwy 6 East. Turn right at Hwy 6 East/S. Lake Dr., and continue for 3.6 miles. Turn left at Platt Springs Rd., and continue for 3.5 miles. Take a sharp right at Ramblin Rd., and go .5 mile. Turn right into Lake Frances on Lake Frances Way. 8. Lexington Villas Price Range of New Homes: $184,900 $273,900 School District: Lexington 1 Epcon Communities Jennah Wells, (803) 520-4381 www.LexingtonVillas.com Directions: Take I-20 West to exit 61 for Hwy 378/Sunset Blvd. Turn right, and go four miles toward Lake Murray. Turn right onto Whiteford Way. Lexington Villas will be ahead on the left.

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9. The Lofts at Printers Square Price Range of New Homes: $749,000 $1,550,000 School District: Richland 1 Coldwell Banker United, Realtors® Danny & Karen Hood, (803) 227-3220 or (803) 227-3221 www.LoftsAtPrintersSquare.com Directions: In the Vista, the Lofts at Printers Square are at the corner of Lady and Pulaski streets.

School District: Richland 2 Great Southern Homes RMS – Realty & Marketing Services Lauren Sawyer, (803) 360-4327; Sandy Cleaves, (803) 622-9065 www.gshomes.gs Directions: Take I-77 North to Two Notch Rd. exit. Turn right onto Two Notch, then left onto Rabon Rd. Turn right onto Flora Dr. Rabon’s Farm is .5 mile ahead on the right. Take second entrance, and model home is on the left.

10. LongCreek Plantation Price Range of New Homes: $250,000 $650,000 School District: Richland 2 Plantation Properties (803) 754-2071 www.longcreekplantation.com Directions: Take I-77 North to the Killian Rd. exit, and turn right. Follow the signs to LongCreek Plantation

15. Rutledge Place Price Range of New Homes: $125,000 $225,000 School District: Kershaw Palmetto Homes & Land Realty, LLC Barbara Jordan, (803) 243-0524; Steve King, (803) 600-9414 www.barbarajordan.homesandland.com Directions: Take I-20 East to exit 98. Turn left onto Hwy 521 North. Continue 5.7 miles through Camden. Rutledge Place is ahead on the left on Edinburgh Castle Rd.

11. Peach Grove Villas Price Range of New Homes: $184,900 $273,900 School District: Richland 2 Epcon Communities Levi Weisser, (803) 223-9545 www.PeachGroveVillas.com Directions: Take I-20 East 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. 12. Pine Forest Price Range of New Homes: $120s - $180s School District: Kershaw Palmetto Homes & Land Realty, LLC Diane Nevitt, (803) 414-3945 www.candcbuilders.com Directions: Take I-20 East to the Elgin exit. Turn left onto White Pond Rd. Continue to the traffic light in Elgin, crossing Main St./Hwy 1. Cross railroad tracks, and bear right onto Smyrna Rd. Pine Forest is on the left about a mile ahead. 13. Quail Creek Price Range of New Homes: $100s - $150s School District: Kershaw Palmetto Homes & Land Realty, LLC Diane Nevitt, (803) 414-3945 www.candcbuilders.com Directions: Take I-20 East to the Elgin exit. Turn left onto White Pond Rd. Continue to the traffic light in Elgin, crossing Main St./Hwy 1. Cross railroad tracks, and bear right onto Smyrna Rd. Turn right onto Wildwood Ln., and then left onto Cook Rd. then left into Quail Creek community. 14. Rabon’s Farm Price Range of New Homes: $79,900 $159,900

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16. Saluda River Club Price Range of New Homes: Townhomes from the $200s; Craftsman Homes from the $300s; Executive Homes from the $500s; Village District Homesites from the $60s; River District Homesites from $113,900 School District: Lexington 1 Saluda River Club Edmund H. Monteith, Jr., (803) 358-3969 www.saludariverclub.com Directions: Take I-20 West to exit 61 for Hwy 378. Turn right, and take an immediate right onto Corley Mill Rd. The entrance to Saluda River Club is located 1.9 miles down Corley Mill Rd. on the right. 17. South Brook Price Range of New Homes: $134,900 $152,900 School District: Lexington 1 Rymarc Homes (803) 315-6409 www.rymarc.com Directions: Take I-20 West to exit 51. Turn left, and South Brook is on the left. 18. Spring Knoll Price Range of New Homes: $120s - $150s School District: Lexington 1 Thomas Shumpert, (803) 518-2588 www.candcbuilders.com Directions: Take I-20 West to Hwy 6. Turn left toward Red Bank/Pelion. Go about 4 miles, and turn right onto Platt Springs Rd. Take the first road to the left, which is Brevard Rd.

www.candcbuilders.com Directions: Take Hwy 378 through Lexington, and turn right onto Wise Ferry Rd. Stoney Creek is ahead on the left.

19. Stoney Creek Price Range of New Homes: $220s - $280s School District: Lexington 1 ReMax Real Estate Consultants Thomas Shumpert, (803) 518-2588

20. Stonington Price Range of New Homes: $169,900 $199,900 School District: Richland 2 Rymarc Homes

(803) 732-0118 www.rymarc.com Directions: Take I-77 North to exit 24. Turn left onto Wilson Blvd. Stonington will be one mile on the right. 21. The Thomaston Subdivision Price Range of New Homes: $160s - $200s School District: Richland 2 EXIT Real Estate Solutions

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Richard Carr, (803) 421-9630 www.ExitColumbiaSC.com Directions: Take I-77 North to exit 22. Turn right onto Killian Rd., then left onto Longreen Pkwy. Thomaston Subdivision is on the left. 22. Wellesley Price Range of New Homes: $170,900 $194,900


School District: Lexington 1 Rymarc Homes (803) 808-1201 www.rymarc.com Directions: Take I-20 West to exit 61 for US 378/Lexington. Merge right on US 378, and turn left at the first light onto Ginny Ln. Continue to community ahead on the right.

23. Westcott Ridge Price Range of New Homes: $220s to $400,000 School District: Lexington/Richland 5 (Chapin) Russell & Jeffcoat Realtors, Inc. Brenda Berry, (803) 781-6552 www.westcottridge.com Directions: Take I-26 West to exit 97 for Hwy 176/ Peak. Turn right onto Broad River Rd. Continue 1 mile, and Westcott Ridge is on the left.

This listing is provided by the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia.

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The U.S.M.C. UlTiMaTe Challenge MUd RUn


By Katie McElveen / Photography Courtesy of Greater Columbia Marine Foundation

ver the years, Sherri Greenberg has participated in dozens of races, from marathons and 10k runs to triathlons and bike treks. But none of her experiences fully prepared her for the USMC Ultimate Challenge Mud Run, which requires participants in teams of four to wriggle, climb, jump and crawl over a 4.2-mile course scattered with walls, slippery slopes, muddy pits, rope swings and watery trenches. “All those obstacles mean you’ve got to figure out a strategy for getting everyone on the team through them as quickly as possible,” she says. “Since we were only as fast as our slowest person, it boiled down to good old fashioned teamwork. It ended up being incredibly inspiring.” USMC Major Jim Williamson, who has served on the board of the Greater Columbia Marine Foundation as a volunteer organizer for the run since 2007


and has, with three other team members, won it for the past three years, agrees that there’s nothing like the Mud Run. “It’s a chance to be a Marine for a day,” he grins. “The racers are smiling at the beginning and still smiling at the end, covered in mud. Being part of a team will do that to you.” Although the Mud Run is a blast for participants, it serves a greater purpose by raising money for the Greater Columbia Marine Foundation. Over its 16 year history, the run has contributed nearly half a million dollars to charities that support the families of military men and women injured or killed while serving on active duty. They include, among others: the Wounded Warrior Regiment, which provides lifelong assistance to Marines and their families; local JROTC programs; college scholarships in the names of South Carolina Marines killed while serving on active duty; and Blue

Star Mothers, a national support program for military families operated by moms of soldiers. The race itself barely resembles a running event. Instead of a mass start, teams are staggered, with two given the go-ahead every 20 seconds. Each team member must cross every obstacle, but they’re encouraged to help each other. “The climbing wall is where you really lean on your team,” says Sherri. “You really need to figure out the best way to get everybody over it. If the strongest person goes first, he or she can more easily lift the others, but then there’s no one to give the last person a leg up.” For many racers, the Mud Run’s toughest obstacle has been registering before the race has reached its maximum number of participants. That’s because the course located at McCrady Training Center on Ft. Jackson was built as an actual training exercise for about 150

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“iT’S a ChanCe TO Be a MaRine FOR a daY. The RaCeRS aRe SMiling aT The Beginning and STill SMiling aT The end, COVeRed in MUd.” — Maj. Jim Williamson

USMC UlTiMaTe Challenge


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DESCRIPTION: 4.5 mile all-terrain muddy obstacle course LOCATION: The Leatherneck, Sandy Run exit off I-26 REGISTRATION: PRIZES:

$150/four-man team

Cash prizes for overall and top teams in each


Pollywog - mini-Mud Run for

children. $10/child; Mud Pit - All day live music event. $10/ person, FREE for Mud Run Participants Proceeds support Columbia area Marines who were wounded and the families of those killed while serving

Marines at a time. That was fine for the first few years of the Mud Run, when participants tended to be soldiers, former soldiers and their friends. But by 2006, word had gotten out, and 250 teams had registered to take on the course. After several years of growth, the course maxed out at 1,800 teams of four last year. “We sold out the 2009 event a month before race day,” says Jaime Lomas, owner of Eggplant Events, which manages the race. “Next to the Mud Run at Camp Pendleton in California, this is the largest mud run in the country. I’m always amazed that for all the people who register every year, still so many don’t know it exists.” Faced with growing demand for a facility that couldn’t expand, the Greater Columbia Marine Foundation Board of Directors came up with a plan to move the race to a space that could accommodate larger crowds. They found it earlier this year on a piece of private land near Sandy Run. It’s a good thing, since over 2,500 teams signed up for this year’s Sept. 25 event in the first 45 days of open registration. “The new course is definitely more difficult,” says Jaime. “There are 31 obstacles over 4.5 miles, as compared to the old course’s 4.2. We’ve added some new, tough challenges as well, like an arm walk, which totally relies on arm strength and a 15-foot wall that has to be conquered.” But “The Leatherneck,” which was built by Marines, isn’t just about being more of a challenge. Wider lanes leading to each obstacle will reduce bottlenecks. The obstacles themselves were built to accommodate multiple teams at a time. Creeks and hills provide natural changes in terrain, and thick woods and few open fields make it more of an obstacle course than a run. And while the new course doesn’t have the open fields that were strewn over the old one, Jim doesn’t think anyone will mind: “When your shoes are weighed down with 10 pounds

on active duty.

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of mud, there’s not much sprinting going on.” In addition to accommodating up to 3,600 teams, the additional space at the Leatherneck has opened up opportunities for additional enhancements. The Pollywog, a mini-Mud Run for the little Mudpuppies, gets the whole family in the trenches. Over the years contenders have asked for there to be entertainment after their run, and this year the Mud Pit, an all-day after-party for racers and spectators, will include several live bands, as well as lots of food and drinks. “Even with two teams going off every 20 seconds, the last racers don’t hit the trail until about 5:30 p.m.,” says Jaime. “We want to make this a day for everyone to challenge themselves and have a slogging good time!” Although Sandy Run may seem further out than the previous location, Jaime says that it’s much more convenient: “The old course was in a remote part of Ft. Jackson, in Eastover,” she says. “Now, we’re just off I-26. Parking is better, and it’s a lot easier to find.” Jim couldn’t be more pleased. “Working on the race for the last four years, and winning it three years in a row, has been a lot of fun. But the best thing about this race is the exposure it gives Marines in the community. Before we started the Mud Run, a lot of people didn’t even know the Marines had a presence here. The race has changed that, and the growth has allowed us to provide even more support to our fellow Marines and their families.”


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Dealing with pets and allergies By Robin Cowie Nalepa


ack, sneeze, cough and wheeze – it’s the soundtrack of the allergy sufferer. Add a friendly bark or a meow to the mix and things can get down right miserable. Although millions of Americans are allergic to furry and feathered friends, animal companions capture our hearts. The choice between itchy eyes and scratchy throats and cuddly critters makes for tough decisions for some individuals. Dr. Lawrence Weiner, a local allergist, says there are no truly hypoallergenic pets. Any animal can cause problems if a person is sensitive to a particular allergen. From fish to hamsters to dogs to cats, Lawrence says the best rule of thumb for someone with allergies is avoidance. But what if you or your family just really want to share your love and home with a pet? Your next line of defense is appropriate medicine, says Lawrence. In some cases, allergy medications may prove effective. In others, desensitization, or allergy shots, may be the best course of action. An allergist can help the allergy sufferer learn exactly what he or she is allergic to and how to battle it. One common misconception about pet allergies is that animal fur generates the allergic reactions. The culprit is actually dander and dry flakes of skin, and

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in some cases the pet’s saliva, explains Lawrence. Some people don’t even have to rub a belly or scratch behind the ears to suffer; just walking into a home with a pet can be too much since allergens are microscopic, lightweight and travel easily on clothing and in the air. And ridding a home of pet allergens isn’t always easy. Cat dander may stick around more than six months after a home is pet-free, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) Web site. Pets inhabit more than 70 percent of American households according to the AAAAI. And as many as 10 million pet owners suffer from pet allergies. Frankly, some folks will do anything for love, furry or otherwise. While growing up, David Felder of Columbia was highly allergic to animals. “If I went to a friend’s and saw a cat, my eyes would swell up and my lungs would close up,” says David. “It was rough.” David tried shots to eliminate, or at least reduce, his reactions. Nothing seemed to help. Even as an adult, he suffered. Then David began dating a charming young woman, Tara. Her only flaw — she loved animals. To share her company, David was forced to contend with a cat and a “big, hairy dog” whenever he visited.

Things didn’t always go well. “I was a wreck when I would go to her house,” he says. One evening, David found the combination of his allergies and Tara’s 120pound St. Bernard, Libby, and cat, Gracie, nearly too much. Out of his emergency asthma inhaler, he had to drive to his house for medication with all his car windows down just so he could breathe. Fortunately, six years later things are much better. The couple married. As for Libby and Gracie? They’re still around, too. “They’re our children,” says David. David breathes a little easier now. He stopped receiving allergy shots more than 15 years ago but does take a low-dose asthma medication. Yet, he no longer experiences allergy symptoms around his pets. He credits this to spending time with the animals. “I can basically be around them all day long now, and nothing seems to bother me,” he says. While this immersion approach worked for David, it isn’t likely to work for everyone, and most physicians are unlikely to suggest this course of action. Dr. Wendi Lilly-Bare, a veterinarian, says many people suffer through allergic reactions in order to have pets. Wendi even knows a few vets who take allergy medicine or shots to continue their work. Wendi, who practices at Pet Friends Veterinary Clinic, suggests that if a person or family wishes to own a pet but is concerned about allergies, talking with an allergist and a veterinarian may help them settle on the best options for both the family and the pet. By the way, it’s not just humans who have allergies. “Many people don’t realize that dogs and cats have allergies similar to humans,” says Wendi. “While I was a student, I was learning about skin allergy testing in dogs from a veterinary dermatologist – he told me about a case of a dog that tested allergic to humans.” Now that’s nothing to sneeze at. For more information about reducing allergy symptoms caused by pets, visit our Web site at www.columbiametro.com.

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PICTURE THIS NAI Avant 2010 Client Appreciation Party

Ben Arnold , Bruce Harper

Lloyd Kapp, Al Barnett, Tom Milliken

Charles McCallum, Dan Avant

Gayle Averyt, Tom McTeer

Charlotte Berry, Pat Johnston

Johnny Jeffcoat, Ben Kelly

Rob Lapin, Robert King, Nick Stomski, Teri Stomski

Folline Vision Center Spring/Summer 2010 Trunk Show

Clark Gilmer, Natalie Killman, Kristen Berg

David Drummond, Dr. Melissa Minger

Valerie Holmes

YLS Cocktails and Conversations

Barbara Kirkland, Jada Richardson

Tiffany Rushton, Moss Blachman

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Alison Furia and Jody Barr


Shelley Hill and Kenley Young


Annie Schlichting and Nicholas Williamson


Jackson Babcock and Melissa Uhl

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Matthew Uhl and Ashley Phipps

Lauren Branham and Andrew Smith

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Chapin Community Theatre, 240-8544 Sept. 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30 Curtain Up on Murder Children’s Chance, 254-5996 Sept. 18 2nd Annual Vista Charity “Nite Owl Ride” City Center Partnership, 779-4005 Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24 Fall Main Street Marketplace, 10am to 2pm City of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation, 545-3100 Sept. 21 Midlands Senior Olympics Trials: Golf, LinRick Golf Course, 8:30am Sept. 22 Midlands Senior Olympics Trials: Tennis, South East Park Tennis Center, 9am Sept. 22 Midlands Senior Olympics Trials: Bowling, Royal Z Lanes, 10am to 2pm Sept. 22 Midlands Senior Olympics Trials: Badminton, Trenholm Park, 1pm Sept. 23 Midlands Senior Olympics Trials: Track and Field, Meadowlake Park, 9am to 2pm

Innovators in Clay Sept. 2 Film: Craft in America: Community, 12pm Sept. 3 SC6 Artist Series: Gallery Talk with ceramic artist Virginia Scotchie Sept. 9 Concert: Richard Buckner, 7pm Sept. 12 Film: Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem, 1pm Sept. 14 Community Gallery Reception: Break! Artistas Latinos in South Carolina, 6 to 8pm Sept. 14 to Oct. 31 Exhibit: Break! Artistas Latinos in South Carolina

Sept. 23 USC Symphony Orchestra with Rachel Barton Pine, violin, 7:30pm

Sept. 17 Play With Your City: Finalist Face-Off, Nelson Mullins Rooftop, 6pm

Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra, 781-8846 Sept. 30 Wine & Waltzes Gala, Saluda Shoals Park River Center, 6:30 to 9:30pm

Sept. 23 Concert: World Jazz Trio with Ravish Momin Sept. 26 Film: Chinese Art: Treasures of the National Palace Museum, 1pm Earlewood Centennial Reunion, www.earlewood.org Sept. 11 Earlewood BungalowFest, 1 to 6pm EdVenture, 779-3100 through Oct. 1 Exhibit: Blooming Butterflies Sept. 12 Grandparents Day

Sept. 23 Midlands Senior Olympics Trials: Swimming, Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 3pm

Sept. 12 Tales for Tots, 2 to 3pm

Sept. 24 Midlands Senior Olympics Trials: Fitness Walk, Horseshoes, Spincasting and Frisbee Golf, Maxcy Gregg Park, 8:30am

Sept. 25 Big Wheels!, 10am to 4pm

Sept. 14 Family Night, 5 to 8pm

Colonial Life Arena, 576-9200 Sept. 16 George Strait and Reba McEntire

HoFP Gallery, 799-7405 Sept. 3 to Oct. 2 Michael Krajewski, one-man show, 6 to 9pm

Columbia Museum of Art, 799-2810 through Oct. 3 Exhibit: SC6: Six South Carolina

Koger Center, 777-7500 Sept. 16 SC Philharmonic Master Series 1, 7:30pm

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Midlands Technical College, 732-0432 Sept. 20 to Oct. 25 Class: Think Interior Decorating/ Design is Just That? Think Again … with Pam McPeak, ASID, Harbison Campus, 6 to 9pm Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264 Sept. 12 John, Janet and Jazz with John Wagner, 3pm Sept. 24 Nanci Griffith, 8pm Sept. 26 Christopher Cross, 7pm Sept. 30 Joey & Rory, 8pm\ Sandhill Research and Education Center, 699-3190 Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28 Sandhill Farmers Market, 2:30 to 7pm SC Ovarian Cancer Foundation, 926-3462 Sept. 28 Butterfly release at the State House, 5:30pm

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