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Table of Contents Winter 2009/2010 Cover Story

18 Features

Luxury Accomodations… at Home – a downtown older home bath renovation combines elegance and efficiency Photography by John Wrightenberry

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Gateway Green – enhanced entrances to our city are a joint effort of the City of Columbia Forestry and Beautification Department and Columbia Green

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Living with Art – the art of Stephen Chesley puts a personal stamp on the Trapp family home

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Stephen Chesley – a glimpse into the transition of an artist’s style

Columbia Cooks Villa Tronco, A Family Legacy – several generations of the Tronco family share their heritage and love of Italian food in a special historic setting

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Publisher Lorri-Ann Carter and Service Printing representative, Rhett Kelly, LQVSHFWWKHßUVWSDJHVKHHWRIDUHFHQWLVVXHRIColumbia Home & Garden magazine before giving the go-ahead for the full press run.

hot off the press! Publisher Lorri-Ann Carter, obviously happy with the results, stands beside massive stacks of 16-page sheets, each of which will be folded, trimmed, and stapled to become a section of Columbia Home & Garden magazine. A state-ofthe-art Heidelburg 8-color press, which is capable of simultaneously printing both sides of each sheet in full color, stands tall in the background.

Creative Director MATT HUDSON Graphic Artists JANE CARTER KATIE JONES Photography Director JOHN WRIGHTENBERRY Contributing Photographers LISA WILLSON Contributing Writers RACHEL HAYNIE SAM MORTON WILLIAM THRIFT Staff Assistants JESSICA REEVES BRITTANY ROOF Cover Photography JOHN WRIGHTENBERRY

columbiaHG.com Visit us on the Internet for additional information, including links to our advertisers, subscription information, writers’ guidelines, and advertising opportunities. ©MMIX Columbia Home & Garden, LLC. All rights reserved. No part may be reprinted without written permission from the publisher. Columbia Home & Garden is published quarterly for Columbia Home & Garden, LLC by CarterTodd & Associates, Inc., 1233 Washington Street, Suite 101, Columbia, SC 29201. Subscribe to Columbia Home & Garden magazine at the introductory price of $12 for a one-year subscription. Each issue will be mailed to your home or office. Send check to Columbia Home & Garden, PO Box 50145, Columbia, SC 29250, or visit us online at columbiaHG.com to use credit card. The editors welcome unsolicited manuscripts and photographs. Please visit us online at columbiaHG.com for submission guidelines, or e-mail us at editorial@columbiaHG.com.

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CONTRIBUTORS JOHN WRIGHTENBERRY Known for his rare blend of personality and talent, John Wrightenberry’s manner of putting his clients at ease and his natural artistic ability is evident in every image he captures. His education and experience combines traditional photographic methods with fashion and photojournalism. You may visit John’s nationally award-winning studio at www.johnwrightenberryphotography.com.

SAM MORTON A graduate of The Citadel, Sam Morton is the co-author of four fiction anthologies, author of a collection of short stories and poems, and author of a novel. A former editor of two regional business magazines and currently a contributing writer for Columbia Home & Garden, Morton also writes non-fiction for local businesses.

WILLIAM THRIFT A graduate of the University of South Carolina, William Thrift has traveled extensively in the US and abroad. After serving many years as a corporate regional manager for a private business, his creative side has emerged. He has written a novel, currently produces short fiction and nonfiction articles, enjoys songwriting, and dabbles in creative cuisine.

LISA WILLSON A graduate of Midlands Tech and Spartanburg Tech, Lisa Willson currently works for Lexington Medical Center as a radiation therapist. Her hobby and favorite pastime, photography, has quickly developed into an important part of her life.

RACHEL HAYNIE Rachel Haynie has covered local and statewide arts and history for more than a decade, but she has a new favorite topic: a grandaughter. 8 | Columbia Home & Garden


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Italian Festival and Bocce Tournament BY TRISHA PIZZUTI-BOCKUS

SOME OF THE CROWD WATCHED WHILE SOME PARTICIPATED IN ONE OF THE TRADITIONAL ITALIAN FOLK DANCES. PART OF THE FESTIVAL ENTERTAINMENT INCLUDED DANCERS ON STAGE.

or the past two years in late fall, the family-friendly Italian Festival and Bocce Tournament has been held in Columbia. Sponsored by the Sons of Italy in America Lodge 2808, this festival is an all-day event that showcases through its â&#x20AC;&#x153;One-Day Passport to Italyâ&#x20AC;? concept Italian heritage, culture, and hospitality. /RGJH  LV D VWDWHFKDUWHUHG QRQSURĂ&#x;W organization. In 2007, under the leadership of then president Nick Pizzuti, the lodge launched a public awareness campaign to move the lodge forward. 7KHORGJHSXEOLVKHGDQGVROGLWVĂ&#x;UVW,WDOLDQUHFLSH book Bella Cuciana Italiana (Beautiful Italian .LWFKHQ DQGVSRQVRUHGDQ,WDOLDQIHVWLYDOWKHĂ&#x;UVW ever in Columbia. Through these efforts, the lodge now enjoys greater visibility in the community and D JURZLQJ PHPEHUVKLS  7KH VXFFHVV RI WKH Ă&#x;UVW festival, held at Riverfront Park in 2008, was largely GXHWRWKHWHDPZRUNRIORGJHRIĂ&#x;FHUVDQGPHPEHUV and to the generosity of local Italian-American merchants and other corporate sponsors and business partners. Because of the large attendance (3500+) and the anticipated increase in visitors this year, the venue for the 2009 festival was changed to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s larger Finlay Park. Due to the success of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival, the lodge has met two of its major goals: giving back to the community, and establishing a college scholarship fund for a student of Italian descent. To continue its support of these and other worthy causes, the lodge has declared its Italian Festival and Bocce Tournament an annual event. The events at the 2009 festival included the bocce tournament; an Italian history/culture information booth; authentic Italian food; an Italian Fresh Market; beverages, including Italian label wines and beers and soft drinks; an Italian Automobile Show; an Italian motorcycle Show; Italian merchandise sales; and lots of entertainment, including traditional games for children and adults, Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, traditional Italian folk dance, Marionette Theatre, and Italian music featuring Belle Arti Enterprises & The Dick Goodwin Quartet. Photos provided by Trisha Pizzuti-Bockus. H&G columbiaHG.com | 9


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Ansel Adams Exhibition MONOLITH, THE FACE OF HALF DOME, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA, 1927 GELATIN SILVER PRINT

FROZEN LAKE AND CLIFFS, THE SIERRA NEVADA, SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA, 1932 GELATIN SILVER PRINT

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ow on display at the Columbia Museum of Art, Ansel Adams: Masterworks From the Collection of the Turtle Bay Exploration Center, Redding, CA, will run through January 7, 2010. This collection of 47 gelatin Silver prints by Ansel Adams (1902-1984) represents a selection Adams made late in his life to serve as a representation of his lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work and what he felt were his best images. Included in Ansel Adams: Masterworks are many of Adamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most famous and best-loved photographs that encompass the full scope of his work: elegant details of nature, architectural studies, portraits, and the breathtaking landscapes for which he is revered. In a career that spanned more than Ă&#x;YHGHFDGHV$QVHO$GDPVEHFDPHRQHRI Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beloved landscape photographers and one of its most respected environmentalists. There are few artists whose name and works represent the extraordinary level of popular recognition and artistic achievement as that of Ansel Adams. Adamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; popularity also lies in the fact that he starts with familiar subjects like

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aspens, mountain streams, and rocky shorelines. Upon this foundation of the familiar he introduces a luminous, scintillating clarity, as in Mount Williamson, The Sierra Nevada, from Manzanar, California, included in the show. Writers, critics, and fellow artists have presented many reasons for Adamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; popularity. Among them is his deeply held conviction that place matters and that the world around us is a marvel to behold and to respect and honor. His photographs interpret the voice of nature and celebrate its beauty with poignant and romantic feeling. Through his meticulous selection from among all the variables of exposure, filter, position, and myriad other factors, Adams created a rationalized naturalness, free of the discomfort of chaos. The collection was donated to The Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, CA, by Dr. Fidel Realyvasquez. The traveling exhibition is organized by The Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, CA, in association with Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. Both photos courtesy, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding, CA ŠAnsel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. H&G


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Photos courtesy of the Congaree Vista Guild

CHILDREN IN THEIR COSTUMES FROM THE CAROLINA BALLET’S “NUTCRACKER” WERE ON HAND AT THE TREE LIGHTING.

STREET BANNERS ANNOUNCE THE FESTIVITIES.

VISITORS GATHER AT ONE OF THE SHOPS DECORATED WITH LIGHTS.

or more than 20 years, the arts and entertainment community of Columbia’s Congaree Vista has welcomed the holiday season with an annual family evening celebration of food, arts, entertainment, and shopping. This year’s event, held on November 19 from 5 to 10 pm, located in the heart of the Congaree Vista district, took place on Gervais Street between Gadsden and Assembly, and on Lady, on Park, on Senate, and on Lincoln. Close-by participants include the SC State Museum and various businesses, all accessible by a free horse and carriage operating from the museum to the corner of Gadsden and Assembly. Several Vista streets were pedestrian-only, so visitors could enjoy street entertainment that included live music, singing, Irish dancing, magic, ballet, and much more. Carolina Ballet’s “Nutcracker”


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Bon-Bons n-Bons and their the Mother Ginger were on hand at the lighting of the giant Christmas tree at the corner of Gervais and Lincoln Streets. Festivities kicked off at 5 pm and went on until 10. Gervais, Park, and Lincoln Streets (between Lady and Senate) closed at 6 pm. Mayor Bob and other dignitaries lit the Christmas tree at the intersection of Lincoln and Gervais at 7 pm. Transportation via horse and carriage was available from the South Carolina State Museum to as far east as Assembly, with numerous stops in between for convenience. Open houses were plenty in stores, galleries, and other businesses. Adluh Flour offered samples of the mill’s famous biscuits, hot from the oven. Ample parking space was available in three parking garages, many lots, and on the street. The SC State Museum, the Convention Center (Lincoln St. south of Senate), and the lot at Lady behind M Vista offered free parking for Vista Lights. So did Canal & Senate, an events venue located at 320 Senate Street. A complimentary horse-and-carriage ride was available from Canal & Senate to the heart of the Vista. Columbia’ s Congaree Vista, always an art destination, gave everyone an opportunity to kick off the 2009 holiday season at Vista Lights. Additional information is available at (803)269-5946 H&G or visit vistacolumbia.com. THE CENTERPIECE E CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS UP GERVA V IS AT LINCOLN.

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Lights Before Christmas rom November 21, 2009 through January 3, 2010, (closed November 26, December 24, 25 and 31), each evening from 6 to 9 pm everyone is invited to experience Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longest running holiday tradition at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Explore the Zoo illuminated by nearly one million twinkling lights and more than 350 handcrafted images. Take your photo with 6DQWD URDVW PDUVKPDOORZV DW WKH -LQJOH %HOO %RQĂ&#x;UH and be sure to wear your hat â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it snows nightly at Riverbanks during the Lights Before Christmas. Admission is free for Riverbanks members and general admission is $6 for children ages 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12 and $8 for adults. Avoid long holiday lines and purchase your tickets in advance at riverbanks.org. It is the mission of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden to foster appreciation and concern for all living things. Riverbanks is located at 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC 29210. The Botanical Garden entrance is located at 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia, SC 29169. The park is open daily from 9am to 5pm, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Admission is $9.75 for adults, $7.25 for children ages 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12 and free for children 2 and under. Group rates and other discounts may apply. For more information, call Riverbanks at 803.779.8717 or visit riverbanks.org. Photos provided H&G by Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

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Holiday Tours of Historic Houses xperience classic holidays during Historic Columbia Foundation’s tours of Columbia’s decorated historic houses. Visitors are invited to enjoy the holidays in an historic setting, touring house museums and neighborhoods, making 19th century decorations, dining with a Victorian Santa, and more. Columbia’s house museums will be decorated for the holiday season from November 20 to January 3. Featured houses include the Hampton-Preston Mansion, Robert Mills House, and the Mann-Simons Cottage. On Friday, December 4, enjoy Candlelight and Carriage Tours from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Historic Columbia invites the community to tour the Robert Mills House by lantern light as costumed guides provide tours and engaging stories about 19th century holiday festivities and customs in Columbia. Carriage rides touring the historic Robert Mills District will also be provided during the evening. Local school choirs will demonstrate their talent and provide musical entertainment for the community during the Choir Showcase on Saturday, December 5 from noon until 4 pm at the Robert Mills House & Garden. Historic Columbia also will provide complimentary tours of the house museums as a gift to the community. The classic holiday experience continues as children are invited to have Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 19 at the Robert Mills Carriage House. Families can enjoy activities, and take pictures with a Victorian Santa from 8:30 to 10:30 am. Families can also participate in Family Day: Ho, Ho, Holiday from 10 am until noon at the Robert Mills House. Children can shop special “Elf Shelves” and secretly wrap their gifts for parents in Santa’s Workshop, make Victorian holiday decorations, and learn about the history of the Christmas tree. Family Day will also feature a hot cocoa and a Christmas story. For more information on Historic Columbia Foundation’s holiday programs, call (803) 252-1770 or visit HistoricColumbia.org. Historic Columbia Foundation was founded in 1961 by a group of preservationists determined to save the Ainsley Hall House, known today as the Robert Mills House. More than four decades later, Historic Columbia Foundation manages four historic house museums and their associated artifacts, and tells the stories of people, places, and progress in Columbia H&G and Richland County. 16 | Columbia Home & Garden

ONE OF COLUMBIA’S MOST TREASURED LINKS TO ITS HISTORY, THE ROBERT MILLS HOUSE, LOOKS EVEN BETTER WITH WINTER SNOW.

A CANDLELIGHT CARRIAGE TOUR IS ONE OF THE GREAT WAYS TO CAPTURE THE MOOD OF THE HOLIDAYS.


Holiday Main Street Marketplace Find that perfect gift this season at the Holiday Main Street Marketplace on Friday, December 4! The downtown holiday openair market, held from 10 am to 2 pm at the corner of Main & Hampton Streets in front of the Columbia Museum of Art, features holiday specialty items, prepared foods, baked goods, art, photography, books, handmade crafts, and much more, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always free admission! Complimentary shuttle service courtesy of City Center Partnership is available in the 36-block area downtown bounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly, and Marion Streets. The holiday market is KHOGHDFK\HDURQWKHĂ&#x;UVW)ULGD\LQ'HFHPber. For more information, please contact 803.779.4005 ext. 2042. H&G columbiaHG.com | 17


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BY USING THE EXISTING SPACE, THE RENOVATED BATHROOM REMAINS EFFICIENT.

THE PHOTOS BELOW SHOW THE ORIGINAL BATHROOM PRIOR TO RENOVATIONS.

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on had lived in several different cities across the country and traveled to many more. When he arrived in Columbia, he decided to give in-town living a try. He loved the character of the Heathwood neighborhood with its abundant trees and older homes, as well as its proximity to shops and businesses for necessities and a wide variety of nearby HQWHUWDLQPHQWFKRLFHV7KHKRXVHKHĂ&#x;nally selected had potential, but the interior hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been updated in many years. :KHQ LQ QHHG WXUQ WR IDPLO\ Ă&#x;UVW Ron turned to his sister, Tami, an accomplished designer of hotels and golf resorts based in Phoenix. She knew that her brother traveled extensively and was used to the upscale practicality of an executive lifestyle. She also knew that rich, warm tones and natural materials


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Keep your tools clean. Some nurseries recommend sterilizing the blades of your hand clippers and loppers in denatured alcohol or a Clorox solution.

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Azaleas donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like a buzz cut. Hedge trimmers are forâ&#x20AC;Śhedges. Consider the overall shape of each azalea plant and prune individual limbs selectively to achieve that never-been-pruned effect.

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Artist Notes

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ames Harleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sculptural wall hangings display various mixtures of Asian, AfriFDQ DQG (XURSHDQ VW\OLVWLF LQĂ XHQFH and are intended to fuse the sacred spirit of traditional/historical mask work with a contemporary, urbanindustrial sense of design and materials. Working primarily with salvaged metal, the intent behind his â&#x20AC;&#x153;primitive LQGXVWULDOĂ&#x2122; DHVWKHWLF LV WR DIĂ&#x;UP DQG validate the constant dialectical process of absorbing the historically sacred into the contemporary aesthetic vocabulary. While many contemporary artists have embraced the inGXVWULDOVW\OHPRVWDUHĂ&#x;[DWHGRQWKDWDEVROXWHO\ clean, seamless, machine-like quality. Says Har-

OH\ Ă&#x2DC;, Ă&#x;QG WKDW VHQVLELOLW\ D ELW LPSHUVRQDO DQG like to challenge it by bringing the artist back into the industrial work. I want that contemporary quality in composition, but then I want my viewer to know that the hands of a human being not only designed, but also crafted the object itself. Secondarily, my aim with these pieces is to challenge myself to communicate the warm sensuousness of the human form in clean style via the use of cold, hard, and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dirtyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; industrial materials.â&#x20AC;? Be it his classically inspired sculptural figures or mystical masks, all of the work reflects his personal fascination with history and the interplay of historical processes. For more information on the artist and his work, visit his website at www.jamesharley.net. H&G columbiaHG.com | 27


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which holds that ignoring the little problems— litter, broken glass— creates a sense of irreparable decline that leads people to abandon the community or to stay away.

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We should call, then, the work of Columbia Green and the City of CoOXPELD )RUHVWU\ DQG %HDXWLßFDWLRQ Department the anti-Broken Windows Theory, or perhaps the Best Foot Forward Theory. Neither of these organizations waits for an area to be broken before they earn a makeover. “Our main focus has been gateways and major roadways into and through the city,” said Sara Hollar, superintenGHQW RI )RUHVWU\ DQG %HDXWLßFDWLRQ “The goal is to have an impact on a large number of people and not just a small handful. Some of the projects the city has completed started from requests from neighborhood or citizen groups. It can be a long process. We commu-

COLUMBIA GREEN WORKS WITH THE CITY OF COLUMBIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY AND BEAUTIFICATION TO ENHANCE MAJOR ROADWAYS THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

nicate with those that live or work nearby and work to resolve any issues or concerns that those groups may have with a planned project. We also listen to suggestions and incorporate those as is possible.” The two organizations became partners shortly after Columbia Green was founded in 1984. “Our group is modeled after Philadelphia Green, which


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forces and have made an impressive team in the arena of urban landscaping. “Urban Landscaping is the natural and planned landscape in an urban environment,” Hollar said. “It includes trees, plants, and hardscape (sidewalks, buildings, etc) because each part has an impact on the others. It is not just what is planted and where, but how what is planted impacts the area around it.” Combined, as well as working in 30 | Columbia Home & Garden

partnership, the groups have tackled some large projects. One completed a number of years ago is the I-126 corridor from Greystone to Elmwood Avenue and Huger Street. The city planted magnolia, crape myrtle, and London Plane trees along the corridor. Closer to Elmwood and Huger lies a shrub bed and a rock fall in the median areas. Columbia Green helped with the trees and shrubs and Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission

helped with the rock fall. Another more recent project is the Garners Ferry/ Leesburg Road and I-77 interchange. This project was completed with a grant from South Carolina Department of Transportation. “There are multiple areas in this interchange where we installed shrubs and trees,” Hollar said. The city has also taken on several large streetscaping projects over the last few years, including those on North Main, Main, and Lady Streets.


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THE MEDIAN AT BULL STREET AND I-277 NEAR THE RED CROSS HEADQUARTERS BUILDING IS VIBRANT WITH COLOR.

term goals of each project are met, the UHTXLUHPHQWVIRUDVSHFLĂ&#x;FSURMHFWZLOO be different. A couple of issues the groups consider before choosing plants for an urban VHWWLQJDUHWKHUHĂ HFWLYHKHDWIURPDOOWKH pavement and the increased chance of damageâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;either malicious or accidental. Plants chosen need to be hardy and able to survive in urban conditions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have found that Lantana, Daylilies, Marigolds, and Loropetalum work well. Red Maple trees have not worked so well afWHUWKHĂ&#x;UVWIHZ\HDUVĂ&#x2122;+ROODUVDLG Safety is also an important concern.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;While we want our areas to be beautiful, we do consider many other issues during the planning part of a project. Maintenance and visibility are major issues. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to add landscaped areas that we can not maintain. We also donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want a project that will hinder WUDIĂ&#x;FRUFDXVHDFFLGHQWVEHFDXVHSHRple canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see,â&#x20AC;? said Hollar. The groups try to pick plants that ZLOO Ă&#x;W WKH VSDFH WR EH LPSURYHG $Qother big consideration is overhead or underground utilities. They try to limit IXWXUHFRQĂ LFWVZLWKXWLOLWLHVE\FKRRVLQJ the right plant for the location, and they columbiaHG.com | 33


also consider the appearance during all seasons and what will look good or blend with any existing landscape nearby. Over the years, Columbia Green has helped beautify Columbia one project at a time. Once an original project has been installed, Columbia Green continues to fund the seasonal annuals on those sites. Some of those sites include the Bull Street medians, Rosewood medians near Midlands Tech, Blossom Street Bridge, and Sunset Drive near Palmetto Health Richland. Hamilton said that Columbia Green, OLNH DOO QRQSURĂ&#x;WV KDV EHHQ KLW KDUG by the economy. Aside from donations by patrons and members, the organization relied heavily on federal grants, all of which have dried up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be doing any more medians for a while. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll concentrate on the gateway projects as well as giving community grants to neighborhood associations.â&#x20AC;? As part of the application process, the associations must give a detailed plan on how they will maintain the gardens and plants they install. Last year, Colum-

bia Green awarded $12,000 in community grants. If you like what you see in the byways through the city, the Department RI )RUHVWU\ DQG %HDXWLĂ&#x;FDWLRQ KDV DZDUGSURJUDPV7RĂ&#x;QGRXWDERXWWKH

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Cki[kc e\Whj5 What is the statute of limitations: how long must a home carry the previous residents’ name before its cultural identity transfers to the current owner? For nearly two decades, the welcoming home at 12 Heathwood Circle has been the setting for family living: Trapp holiday gatherings, special occasions, and even a couple of weddings. “Friends tell me they feel comfortable here, whatever the occasion,” said Ethel Trapp, whose entertaining seems effortless. “Yet, the home is still referred to fairly often as the Byrnes house.” It might also be called the Chesley Museum. Trapp is an avid collector of Stephen Chesley art. “Only the artist has more than I do,” she said.

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A CHESLEY TILTED AGAINST THE BACK OF AN ANTIQUE CHEST IN THE

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Nearly two decades ago, the Trapps’ sealed bid transferred the historic University of South Carolina property into their names. The James F. Byrnes family had not lived there for years, but their historic ambiance remained. It’s not the white, painted-brick residence in Columbia’s heavily wooded Heathwood neighborhood that makes it historical. It was the couple who built it, lived there. The dormered dwelling, barely meeting the Heathwood neighborhood’s two-story criteria, had come to the university as a bequest from Maude Byrnes. She and her statesman husband built the unimposing home just as the former congressman, justice, secretary of state completed his term as South Carolina governor in 1955. The couple 38 | Columbia Home & Garden

chose white wrought iron similar to that embellishing the Governor’s Mansion patio for their own home. Once the property came into the university’s possession, there were years during which it was unoccupied, and another span of time during which Kay McCoy, who had been a Byrnes Scholar, lived there. As caretaker, representing the Byrnes Foundation, McCoy opened the home to the public during special occasions and welcomed civic groups for meetings. Students on Byrnes Scholarships served as docents. But all the Byrnes’ furnishings, memorabilia and papers had been removed and archived for posterity long before the Trapps moved in, which was several years after initiating renova-

WLRQV WKDW UHDGLHG WKH KRPH WR UHàHFW their lifestyle. Ethel is so well rooted in her home she doesn’t mind the historic footnotes at all. “Every now and then I will be sitting in the study – conscious that it had been his – and there he’ll be, in some Movietone News clip with, maybe Winston Churchill. We were told, soon after we moved in, that our study was very reminiscent of his, of how they had it decorated. It’s the room left most nearly intact,” Ethel said, gesturing to the built-in bookcases that kept Byrnes’ volumes within easy reach of his desk. Other spaces were adapted from Albert Thomas’ original architectural GHVLJQ WR UHàHFW PRUH FRQWHPSRUDU\ living. “Our daughter Frances and


away the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s age was one created from a former servantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bathroom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know that Willie, who drove the couTEXTURES AND MOODS THAT ple during their time at the Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s HAVE ATTRACTED ETHEL TRAPP Mansion, continued to take them wherTO HER FRIENDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WORK FOR ever they need to go in a black CadilNEARLY TWO DECADES. lac,â&#x20AC;? said Ethel, who hangs onto snippets of history pertinent to her house. Traditional surroundings, interpretson Lee came up with a way to open HGZLWKDQDLU\HFOHFWLFWRXFKDQGĂ RRGWKH PDLQ URRPV XS VR WKH Ă RZ ZRXOG ed by natural light, make the historic be more effective,â&#x20AC;? Trapp recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I home an ideal backdrop for Chesleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see how the contractors could do art. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember how tentative I was what they envisioned, but they did, and DERXWSXUFKDVLQJRXUĂ&#x;UVWSLHFHĂ&#x2122;(WKHO said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the time it seemed like a lot of it has worked beautifully.â&#x20AC;? While running her hand across the money for a work of art, but Trapp (as smooth Winnsboro blue granite coun- she called her husband) and I agreed it tertop, Ethel explained the extent of the was an investment. In todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy renovations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We completely gutted the it would cost that much to have a work kitchen. Part of the roof had completely of Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s framed!â&#x20AC;? Over the years collector and artist collapsed, and we replaced the whole thing with copper. The sun room was KDYHPRYHGZHOOEH\RQGĂ&#x;UVWQDPHEDVLV VKDGHG E\ FRUUXJDWHG Ă&#x;EHUJODVV QRZ and are now great friends. In fact, part of it opens onto the backyard. And we Ethelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pleasure at collecting Chesleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claimed space for the breakfast room work is seeing how it has evolved over the years during their friendship. from a boiler room.â&#x20AC;? Signaling what visual pleasures the Another upgrade Ethel said gave ART LIGHTING ON CHESLEY

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ETHEL TRAPP R CHERISHES HER HUSBANDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PORTRA R IT, DONE BEFORE TRAPP R , AS SHE CALLED HIM, DIED IN 1996.

Trapp home holds in store is a small Chesley set on an antique chest in the foyer. As she added pieces, Ethel found just the right spot in her home to display each one. Roaming from room to room in search of Chesleys is like perusing a Ă&#x;QHJDOOHU\7KHDUWLVWVLJQHGDQGGDWHG each piece and left inscriptions uncovered on the frameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back, enabling Ethel to easily refresh the memory of her collecting chronology by taking a piece off the wall and turning it over. She also can tick off how many years she has been collecting Chesley paintings by the number of deckle-edged, handpainted Christmas cards she has framed and hanging throughout her home. As early as 1985 when he was still establishLQJ KLPVHOI DV D Ă&#x;QH DUWLVW DQG KDG KLV Ă&#x;UVWVKRZDW/HZLV &ODUN&KHVOH\EHgan the practice of thanking buyers for their patronage by sending small pieces of original art just before the holiday. The wainscoting in the Trapp foyer forms an ideal grid for setting off holiday treasures


covering nearly two decades, and there are groupings of the framed Christmas cards elsewhere in the home. Still physically drawn to the work, she moves toward one, hands out as if to touch the painting, and says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I had to choose, I think this may be my favorite,â&#x20AC;? but then moves on to another favorite. She adores the classical verdure of the landscapes, but is thankful the artist painted her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portrait before Trapp died in 1996. Her home has such a contented feel and settled look it is hard to imagine where she might put another Chesley. But she knows about his latest series and wonders if her collection may need to include some pieces. Ethel Trappâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s burgeoning collection may be growing even further, and of course it will be showcased in her historic home. Or museum.

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tephen Chesley took inspiration for his latest series, 27 Days in July, from a single van Gogh painting that was part of the recent show at the Columbia Museum of Art. “As I was standing there, looking at RainAuvers, I was struck by van Gogh’s dedication to his work.” The catalog for Chesley’s recent show noted that in the last month of his life, van Gogh painted thirteen double-square canYDVHVRIWKHJDUGHQVDQGßHOGVDURXQG$Xvers. Rain-Auvers is one of his last works. “What a state he must have been in! Although he had moved in May 1890 from the asylum at St. Remy in Provence to the village of Auvers-sur Oise, north of Paris, he was still ill, alone, broke, hadn’t sold a painting in a long time,” Chesley, a student of art history, noted. “Not long after Vincent arrived at Auvers, he took a revolver

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and gave a temporary problem a permanent solution,” was Chesley’s allusion to van Gogh’s suicide. “If he could produce art like that under those conditions, what might I be able to do?” Inspired by Vincent’s tenacity to his art, Chesley set out to mill the stretchers, stretch and size the same number of Belgian linen canvases to the exact dimensions, using rabbit skin glue as sizing, then started painting at van Gogh’s speed. “I wanted to match the effect,” Chesley said. “Simple became profound. Comprehending the mental challenge and sheer physicality of creating about a painting a day, sometimes two a day, became mindboggling.” Part of the process involved getting out LQWKHßHOG2QHIRUD\WRRN&KHVOH\IRUD series of sketches back to the English-inspired gardens restored and nurtured by


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his friends Crosby and Cleo Lewis at WKHLU SUH5HYROXWLRQDU\ :DU )DLUĂ&#x;HOG County manor which was built by Capt. James Kincaid in 1774. The resulting landscape painting may be reminiscent of van Goghâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sweeping vistas which ZHUHSXWGRZQLQKLVĂ&#x;QDOZHHNV\HWLWLV pure Chesley. Much of the Columbia artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation and collectibility is owed to his landscapes, sometimes described as brooding, although this verdant depiction conveys promise, hopefulness; something van Gogh sought earlier via his liberal use of chrome yellow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vincent was urged by his friend Gauguin when they were together that spring to paint de tete - from the head; but in his turmoil, Vincent was not able to.â&#x20AC;? Chesleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s output is comprised in his one-man show, 27 Days in July, recently held at Vista Studios, Gallery 80808. The works can now be seen at Chesleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio, which is also at 808 Lady Street.

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magine it’s 1940. America is about to become embroiled in a global war and you’re one of the many young soldiers of Italian descent uprooted from points north and wedged among thousands into barracks at Fort Jackson in preparation for the risky maneuvers that would eventually liberate Europe. It seems like eons since you’ve sat around the dinner table at home, the familiar aromas of tomatoes, onions, gar-

lic, oregano, and parsley weaving together around you like a soft blanket, while your mother, grandmother, sisters, and aunts buzz around the kitchen. Seeking something to help you through the homesickness, you amble down Columbia’s Main Street and catch a scent that warms your heart. Sadie Tronco is cooking spaghetti and meatballs for her family at the Iodine Fruit Store, and it smells like heaven. You wave over some


THE TRONCOS AND THEIR EXTENDED FAMILY L GATHERING TO EA E T IS A COMMON SIGHT AT THE RESTAURA R NT.

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of your buddies and go inside, where Mama Tronco, as she was affectionately known, entreats you to sit and eat. As the word spread, more soldiers and townspeople visited Mama Tronco for traditional Sicilian fare such as the ameed spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, hick ken cacciatore, and veal scallopini Maama Tronco even introduced pizza DQGKDGWRJLYHLWDZD\DWĂ&#x;UVWEHFDXVH mostt C Columbians were unfamiliar with W 7KXVZDVERUQWKHĂ&#x;UVW,WDOLDQUHVauraantt in Columbia. The entrepreneurial spirit runs in the T famiily. Mama Tronco began life as Sadie Car di C rnaggio, daughter of Charles and Anna, aand moved with them to Columbia aroound 1910. Charles owned one RI&ROXPELDĂ&#x2013;VĂ&#x;UVWIUXLWVWRUHVORFDWHG on Gervais Street. During World War I, James Tronco was transplanted from Philadelphia to Columbia and assigned as a medic to Camp Jackson, as it was then known. He met Sadie while she helped out in her fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s store. Sadie and Jim were married, had children, and eventually opened their own fruit store on Main Street and named it after the iodine for which South Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soil was known. Perhaps it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t only the food that

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A PORTRAIT FOR MAMA TRONCO HAS A PROMINENT HOME IN THE RESTAURANT.

OXUHG WKRVH Ă&#x;UVW VROGLHUSDWURQV LQWR Mama Troncoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s store. It was probably also the familiar way she welcomed them â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just like their mothers and grandmothers would have done to people in need back in their own hometowns. The young soldiers broke bread with Mama Tronco and others of her immediate family, essentially becoming another layer of her family. This is the essence of the tradition she passed along to her daughter, Carmella. Following closely in her motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s footsteps, Carmella helped out in the fruit store. She recalls having to boost herself on an overturned Coke crate in order to work the cash register as a little girl. She also helped out as her mother developed new recipes to offer to the public. She was drawn to baking and soon began making her own contributions with homemade bread and desserts such as pound cake, amoretto bread pudding, and an endless variety of cheesecakes. Carmella married USC basketball star, Henry Martin, and together they worked with Mama Tronco to develop the restaurant they would eventually name Villa Tronco in honor of Mama Troncoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy of delicious Italian cuisine. Carmella continues to provide desserts and baked goods for the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu, as well as her much coveted special orders. Carmella Martin had a daughter and named herâ&#x20AC;ŚCarmella. Little Carmella KDG WKH EHQHĂ&#x;W RI OHDUQLQJ UHFLSHV WKDW by this time had been perfected and remain unaltered to this day. In keeping with tradition, she also tried dishes on 46 | Columbia Home & Garden

her family at home and perfected the chicken soup, a staple of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu. In addition to assisting in the kitchen, she learned all aspects of running a busy restaurant. After marrying Joe Roche, she DQG -RH RIĂ&#x;FLDOO\ WHDPHG XS ZLWK &DUmella, Henry, and Mama Tronco to build the restaurant into a Columbia icon. In 2006, Villa Tronco was given the Hall of Fame Award by the Greater Columbia Restaurant Association. The family also actively promotes Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Italian Festival through their participation in the local Sons of Italy lodge. Vigilant about their surroundings, one of the things the family managed to do was to secure the historic landmark designation for the building they occupied. According to the plaque on the building, it was originally the Palmetto (QJLQH &RPSDQ\ Ă&#x;UH VWDWLRQ LQFRUporated in 1858. Miraculously, it was one of the few Columbia buildings that General Sherman decided not to burn in the waning days of the Civil War. As an historic landmark, restorations were in order. The space that once served as the stables and then became a warehouse space for Sears & Roebuck has been transformed into the back dining room. Original architectural DVSHFWV VXFK DV WKH Ă RRU EULFN ZDOOV skylight, and the stable doors were preserved; and the façade underwent extensive restoration in 1983. The family QRZ PDLQWDLQV D Ă&#x;UHĂ&#x;JKWHUĂ&#x2013;V PHPRULDO with pictures and artifacts just inside the main door. Throughout the years, the family has welcomed many Villa Tronco employees

into their fold. Some of them were students who continue to keep in touch, returning to the restaurant on occasion to dine and share their successes with the Martin and Roche family members they came to know and love. Over the years, a few chefs have graced the kitchen, each bringing their own unique style and expertise to Villa Tronco. Primarily Carmella Roche (but other family members as well) screens, trains, and evaluates incoming chefs. While each chef is encouraged to develop and offer their own Italian dishes as specials, the menuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staple dishes remain sacred. Chefs shadow the other assistants in the scratch kitchen during a probationary period and are grilled on Mama Troncoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recipes until Carmella and the other family members are satisĂ&#x;HGWKDWWKH\DUHZRUNLQJRXW Just like James Tronco decades earlier, the current executive chef, Tom Sedio, is a Philadelphia native. Tom has worked as head chef in various restau-


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rants in New England, at one point even owning his own restaurant. Tom learned the classic Italian dishes by cooking with his mother and grandmother, and was able to prepare Mama Troncoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recipes with respect and care. +H TXLFNO\ JDLQHG WKH FRQĂ&#x;GHQFH RI Carmella and her family and now has full reign over all aspects of Villa Troncoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen. In addition to his other duties, Tom develops and prepares daily specials not found on the menu, such as Osso Buco or fresh Grouper with peaches and cream sauce. For the home chef, Tom offers a PHDO RQH PLJKW Ă&#x;QG VHUYHG LQ D 6LFLOian villa. Fresh ingredients and simple preparation enable anyone to share these recipes with friends and family. Each yields one serving, so multiply all ingredients by the number of people to be served.

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BALSAMIC GOAT CHEESE SALAD 4 oz chevre goat cheese R]PL[HGEDE\Ă&#x;HOGJUHHQV 1.5 tbsp aged or reduced balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp pine nuts 4 cherry tomatoes (halved) ,QDPL[LQJERZOFRPELQHWKHĂ&#x;HOG greens and the balsamic vinegar (reserve a little vinegar to drizzle on top of the other ingredients) and mix well. Place into a serving bowl and top with the rest of the ingredients, sprinkling one at a time, the goat cheese may be sliced or crumbled, drizzle with remaining vinegar. CHEF TOM SEDIO PUTS THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON THE SALAD.

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The essence of the restaurant endures. On the day of one of my interviews with the family, in the lull between the lunch and dinner crowds, Carmella Rocheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister Sara called WR VD\ VKH KDG MXVW ODQGHG RQ D Ă LJKW from Boston. She was excited about seeing everyone and her only request was that her mother, Carmella Martin, bring home one of the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tomato and cheese pizzas (they make fresh dough every day). Both Carmellas laughed warmly at this. It seemed like the spirit of that homesick soldier had just sat down at the table with us, and I imagined a smiling Mama Tronco happily welcoming him back.

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