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There’s nothing more relaxing than to take a dip in a cool pool on a hot afternoon. Whether you take the full plunge or merely sit and dangle your feet, the cold water invigorates and beats the heat on a summer day. Summertime always meant adventure for me as a child growing up. During these months I could count on some good road trips to places near and far. We have cruised the pacific highway in California, hiked through mountain forests, explored state parks, and have journeyed to various other cities to visit family. I really enjoyed these travels each summer because it meant seeing new places, and meeting new people. It’s important for us as children and as adults to develop this sense of adventure, to get out and broaden our perspectives. While Columbia is an excellent place to live and visit, we, too, need to get away. Inspired by our city’s salubrious outdoor lifestyle, we’ve made this our annual Getaways and Health issue. We present an array of southern getaways for all types of travelers in our feature “Summer Road Trip” (page 42). Our health supplement (page 29) will empower you to get active, eliminate illness and divulge some secrets on how to talk with your doctor. For our horticultural enthusiasts, we explore some of the lush and vibrant gardens being grown by local homeowners in “Backyard Gardens” (page 25). We’ve also found some great summer wines that pair well with a variety of foods in “Summertime Winners (page 54). This is a wonderful time of year to enjoy the outdoors with your family and plan a venture, near or far. So get out and have some fun – go experience some place new. It doesn’t take much to make lasting memories, whether it’s walking the beaches in some far away land or merely running through the sprinklers in your own backyard. Enjoy!

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Performance Envy Possessing an enviable combination of performance, comfort and technology, the 2011 BMW 5 Series is a top choice in the midsize luxury sport sedan segment WRITTEN BY DEAN MOSELY


he 2011 BMW 5 Series has been completely redesigned. Highlights include less adventurous styling than in years past, more powerful engines and new technology features. Few models have sustained such a high level of excellence as the BMW 5 Series. Over the course of five generations, the 5 has consistently been one of the best automobiles you could buy, period. Now it’s time for generation six to take its place in the automotive world in the form of the 2011 BMW 5 Series. It’s been given a full shot of adrenaline. The base 528i’s 3.0-liter straight-6 is up by 10 horsepower to 240 hp. The 535i’s turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-6 is unchanged in terms of output, but a switch to a new turbocharger design has improved low-end torque and fuel economy. The prize for the biggest punch goes to the 550i; this year it gets the same 400-hp 4.4-liter turbo V8 as the 7 Series. As the 2011 550i is about 300 pounds heavier than last year’s model, the extra power will certainly be put to use. Part of that weight gain is due to the car’s increased size, as it’s now both longer and wider. Mechanically, it has a lot in common with the 7 Series and features the 7’s new multilink front suspension and a new electric-assist steering rack. New feature highlights include the latest (and greatly improved) iDrive system, an automated parallel parking system, a head-up display, top-view and side-view cameras and a blind-spot monitoring system. When equipped with active cruise control, the 5 Series also comes with a pre-collision system that can warn the driver of the possibility of rear-ending a vehicle ahead. If a collision is imminent, it can also automatically apply the brakes. The available lane-departure warning

system alerts the driver via vibrations in the steering wheel if the car starts to veer out of its lane; the same sensation is felt for the available blind-spot monitor, which also utilizes side-mirror indicators when other vehicles move into

accelerates as quickly as a V8 sport coupe but without the pretentious bombast. Choosing the 300-hp 535i or even the less potent 528i is hardly like sitting in the cheap seats; most people will be more than satisfied with their power and

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the BMW’s blind spots. A night-vision system is capable of displaying possible hazards that are otherwise out of regular headlight range. Both drivers and passengers will be quite pleased with the 5 Series’ cabin. The iDrive controller, thanks to the new physical buttons and menu structure, is pretty easy to figure out and provides a large amount of customization of the car’s features. Opting for the navigation system is recommended, as its screen is larger and much better looking than the standard center display. It wasn’t too long ago that the high-performance M5 was throwing down 400 hp. Now you get that (plus a lot more torque) out of the latest 550i, which

fuel economy. With any engine choice, the new eight-speed automatic works exceptionally well, even when multi-gear downshifts are performed. If equipped with the optional adaptive suspension and active steering, the 2011 BMW 5 Series does an excellent job of providing both a comfortable ride and capable handling. The steering feel isn’t as lively as what you’ll get out of, say, a 3 Series, but the new electric-assist rack is still precise. On a curving road, the 5 is confidence-inspiring and unflappable. However, when the road tightens up, the car’s larger size and 2-ton curb weight can make it seem a bit bulky, especially if you’re driving a 5 without the adaptive suspension and steering. „

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Jack of All Trades

Reaching new heights for his art is all in a days work for sculptor, carver, assemblage artist Jemes Davis


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him assures the self-taught, still evolving artist a continuous supply of materials. “Inspiration usually comes from the form and shape of the wood itself,” said Davis, who has been making art in Columbia for a decade or more. In the same way that sculptors often speak of releasing art from stone, Davis releases figurative

its forms is fused indelibly into this artist’s ethic, and thereby affects not only how he uses his materials but how he works on them. “I may use ax and ass for hewing beams, and on smaller scale pieces, power tools at first to remove bark effortlessly. After that I am most likely to use more primitive hand tools – planes and chisels.

“Inspiration usually comes from the form and shape of the wood itself.” – Jemes Davis pieces, vessels, and intricately carved masks from cylindrical remains of trees that had to be limbed up or cut down. The physicality of his job and the length of his work days often deplete energy and time for creating art, and gardening also demands a share of his attention. “I may look at a piece of wood, think about it for a while before I cut into it,” Davis said, gesturing to the inventory stashed around his self-built workshop behind the Forest Acres home he shares with Debbie and a trio of rescue dogs. “By then I have a pretty good idea what I should create with it. I prefer getting to it while it’s still fresh. It’s easier on the chain saw when it’s still wet.” It’s not unusual from Davis to be drenched by a sprout of sap when his blade slices into a particularly green piece. Being respectful of nature in all

They expose striations and lift textures.” Davis said he sometimes embellishes his work with a little paint, but the wood primarily conveys the artistic message. Once he quiets his tools, the resulting art has a voice of its own. You wouldn’t be expected to recognize sources from which Davis has reconfigured salvaged wood into art, but a look at some of his work provides a visual tour of some of Columbia’s most stately trees – tidier than before the arborist arrived on the scene. “Tree-mains” with which he has worked have come from the grounds of Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community, as well as the State House grounds and, across Sumter Street, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Recently fish have been thematic for Davis. He has been creating assemblages from recycled aluminum


s a professional arborist, Davis keeps his eyes peeled for the unexpected. Keen alertness is an essential part of the safety protocol to which he adheres – to keep his own digits on his hands and to protect his co-workers on the ground beneath him, handling ropes and other tools of the trade. “If I see something I need to have, I am very careful at how it comes down,” said Davis, whose work in trees is a natural amalgam of his former jobs – in construction, sailing, cooking. When Davis and his wife Debbie made career moves to Columbia, they left behind a diversity of trees. “In Tampa orange trees were everywhere. In Miami there were 80-foot tall mango trees in people’s yards.” Wherever work has taken him, he has found beauty – and art. Self-described as a jack of all trades, he has employed all the skills that have come with that earlier diversity of labors for the sake of his art. Sometimes Davis doesn’t recognize the potential of a sawed-off limb or stump until he sets foot back on terra firma, unlashes himself from his riggings and sees what has been toppled might be his next artistic challenge. “Young trees can compartmentalize wounds and other problems better than mature trees,” Davis explained, but diseases, even fungi, can bring about intriguing formations. Taking his work home with

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cans and found objects. Now if his bent for reclaiming wood, rescuing dogs, replanting tulips uprooted before their time then dumped at the curb by an impatient gardener do not convey this artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s environmental position, picture this. When he noticed a wren flitting about the perpetually open mouth on one of his ornately carved masks, he routed out more space on the back of the mythical face and hung it slightly away from its surface. His alteration gave the wren more room to nest inside and start its family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jemesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work has a very spiritual quality,â&#x20AC;? said Tensia Cassinetti, gallery manager of House of Frames and Paintings (HoFP) where many of Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s works are represented. Two tables carved from massive trunks suggest baptismal fonts and a particularly artful carved wooden bowl would inspire parishionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; generosity if it were passed as a collection plate. His eye for form alerted him to a tri-forked trunk that became a crucifix he installed above the beams of his workshop Whatever purpose his art serves â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to uplift, to function, to amuse or provoke thought, it is always part of a growth process springing from a deep tap root: Davisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creativity and imagination. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rachel Haynie

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Looking for relief from the heat of another sweltering Carolina summer? Your retreat could be as simple as diving into the pages of a divine book. WRITTEN BY COURTNEY WEBB

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult


usic therapist Zoe Baxter is not only robbed of a child of her own when she unexpectedly delivers a stillborn baby late in her highrisk pregnancy, she also loses her husband. After years of fertility treatments and the resulting emotional toll, Max as a recovering alcoholic simply cannot handle the toll of the path of desperately seeking parenthood. However when Zoe enters a new marriage she finds her only chance at motherhood may be with embryos fathered by her former husband. Does Max have the right to deny Zoe’s last chance at parenthood? And what if Zoe’s partner is ready and willing to be a parent but fits the role of a second Mom rather than Dad? Tackling the emotional and often heartbreaking world of infertility and gay parental rights, Sing You Home is a novel that asks the much disputed question: What makes a family? This latest moving work is yet another bestselling blockbuster and Jodi Picoult has proven once again why she is considered by many to be the undisputed master of writing about contemporary and often controversial moral issues. Music lovers will also enjoy the accompanying soundtrack included with the book.

The Peach Keeper

Skipping a Beat

The South has long been a playground for novelists. Its mystical beauty and traditional roots provide inspiration for many and true masterpieces for some. Sarah Addison Allen is one of the South’s newest treasures with the ability to translate that special quality into the written word. In her fourth book The Peach Keeper, the small town of Walls of Water, North Caroline comes alive with family secrets, lifelong friendships and sweet revenge. The Peach Keeper is a not to be missed saga for any lover of contemporary Southern literature.

Very few people get a second chance at life. Julia Dunhill feels blessed when her successful husband Michael survives a very close call with death but her marriage after becomes a struggle of its own when he unexpectedly awakes with a new take on life and decides to give away their entire fortune. How will they live if Michael gives away their home and all their savings? What will they do with themselves at this point in their lives if they must start all over from scratch? In a tale that reflects real life in its complexity and scope, Skipping a Beat is a novel of effortless construction and unique depth that is rarely seen in modern commercial fiction. Sarah Pekkanen is a rising star in the literary world and Skipping a Beat is a true gem.

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Local fundraisers, cultural events, family outings and more… May 1-May 22 Who Shot Rock & Roll The first major exhibition on rock and roll, including 175 works by more than 100 photographers. Covers Era from 1950s to present. Columbia Museum of Art. 799-2810. Times and prices vary. May 7 3rd Annual Black Tie and Tails Gala Celebrate the “Spirit of the Wild” amid breathtaking views of Columbia’s skyline while helping the Carolina Wildlife Care’s rehabilitation program. Event includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, silent auction, and live music. 7pm. $100 per guest. 772-3994. May 11-15 Alegria-Cirque du Soleil A jubilation of stunts and acrobatics and a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment. Great for the whole family. Colonial Life Arena. 576-9200. Prices and times vary. May 14 Biscuits, Bow-Wows & BBQ Music Festival A festival to benefit FIDO Dog Rescue! Bring your dog and enjoy an afternoon at the Riverwalk Ampitheater. Fabulous music by the Black Bottom Biscuits. Prizes for cutest and funniest looking dogs. 11-2pm. Free admission. 926-9154. May 14 3rd Annual Palmetto Patriots Ball Hosted by the Blue Star Mothers of SC to celebrate and benefit service members, veterans and their families in SC. 5:30pm. $50 per guest. 206-6088. May 14 Tour de Midlands Century Ride Bicycle race to create awareness and provide support for the Lexington Greenways Alliance. Four different courses ranging from 15-102 miles. 7am. $30. 996-0223.

May 14-15 15th Annual Book Festival Presentations by 60 renowned national and local authors, book signings, antiquarian book dealers, exhibitors, children’s events, and more. Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. 9am5pm. Free admission. 771-2477. May 14-22 Follow the Blooms Garden Tour The Garden Club of SC has over 40 private gardens that will be open to the public. Venues throughout the state. $50. May 20-21 24th Annual Carolina Children’s Home BBQ Festival Two day event includes music and kid’s activities. 11-3pm. 787-2306. May 23 51st Annual SC Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony Come celebrate the men and women who have earned a place in history. 5:30pm. 779-0905.

Renaissance BBQ cook-off, live entertainment, arts & crafts show and sale. 11am-10pm. 454-0088. June 10-19 The Commedia Princess & The Pea Presentation of the Hans Christian Anderson story, told through a vagabond band of actors. Humor and witty banter the entire family will enjoy. Columbia Children’s Theatre. Fri-Sun, times vary. $8. 691-4548. June 11 Five Points Carnival of Savings A unique summer event for people of all ages. A glorified sidewalk sale that reaches out to all those who love shopping in Five Points. Great for the family. Carnival games, street activities. 11am-3pm. 748-7373.

Editor’s Pick June 5 May 21 Ribs EdVenture’s Annual Gala & Edventure will celebrate springtime under the stars with a black-tie gala

that will celebrate the delight, imagination and wonder of children. This adults-only event features dining, music, and a live and silent auction to be held outside on their newest event venue, a 12,000 square foot terrace overlooking the Congaree River. The museum’s largest fundraiser and one of Columiba’s premier charity events will feature the presentation of the SC Great Friend to Kids award and the Unsung Hero award honoring organizations and individuals across SC who have made a significant contribution to advance the interest of children. 7pm. $100 per guest. 779-3100.

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Trendy Tresses What does your hair color say about you?


ike most of you, there’s a little more spring in my step now that the weather is warm, the birds are singing, and another sweet, sticky South Carolina summer is in sight. With that said, it’s also the time of year when I start to rethink my total look—from my head down to my toes. I want new sandals, trendy clothes, and of course, a different colored hairdo that will update my style. If you were to ask my husband, he’d say I spend way too much time thinking about how to adapt my tresses to the changing of the seasons. In my defense, though, (and much to my relief ), I don’t appear to be alone in my thinking. According to Tim Shealy, the owner of Austral Salon on Beltline and Lake Murray Boulevard, many women (and men, too!) opt for different hair colors as seasons come and go. For example, this is the time of year when you see men and women lightening their locks in preparation for the warm months ahead. “You have your standard hair trends for summer. People tend to go with some softer highlights, those kinds of things, to make them feel spring-like and summery,” says Shealy. In contrast, when the weather starts to turn cooler, people head to their local salons for warmer, darker colors that include rich brunettes and auburns. So why do people like myself go to so much trouble and expense every time a new season rolls into town? Quite simply, it’s because hair color is one of the ever-present ways that people of all ages can express themselves and their personalities. “The two things that you carry with you in your wardrobe every day is your hair color and your eye wear…those things are on your face, on your head. It’s the first thing that people see about you regardless of what outfit you have on,” says Shealy. With that being said, Shealy adds that it’s important for you not only to pick a hair color that suits your skin

tone and flatters your features, but also one that you can easily maintain. After all, since you carry it with you twentyfour hours a day, seven days a week, you want to make sure that you aren’t walking around with roots showing at your scalp or with

you decide to go blond or brunette or red or blue (for those of you who are adventurous), experiment with your hair color and find a look that suits your personal style, profession, and personality. If you have questions, book a consultation with your favorite stylist and ask for recommendations.

“People tend to go with some softer highlights, those kinds of things, to make them feel springlike and summery.” – Tim Shealy locks that look as faded as your favorite swimsuit does at the end of summer. “If you were a brunette, but now you’re 30% gray and you’re on a tight budget, blonde highlights are not the way for you to go. You should try to get somewhere more in line with a believable type color so it’s not as high maintenance,” says Shealy. So regardless of whether

After all, they’re the professionals! Happy hair coloring. – Mackenzie Matthews-Taylor

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Well Styled » Grooming

The Truth About Tanning Protect yourself! Our skincare expert gives us the scoop on sun secrets.


ealthy Tan? There’s no such thing! But, there’s nothing like a day at the beach either. Besides, every lady knows tanned skin looks thinner than non-tanned skin! The facts are that ultraviolet light exposure can be extremely harmful causing premature aging. Repeated sun exposure is responsible for brown and white spots, tough leathery texture, and nasty wrinkles and crow’s feet. If that’s not bad enough, too much sun can even be deadly. Basil and squamous cell cancers are on the rise and melanoma rates are nearly doubling in women between the ages of 22 to 29. We need the vitamin D provided by the sun, but in small doses. Unfortunately, small doses turn into bigger doses with our outdoor activities and other distractions. It is vital that we always protect our skin. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a chemical or physical block with an SPF of 15 or greater applied to your skin, a 4” brim hat and sun glasses. A block has a physical ingredient with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 12 or higher. These guidelines are for adults and children alike. What do those SPF numbers mean? You’ll see an SPF of 2 to 50 and that refers to the product’s ability to block out the sun’s harmful rays. A SPF of 15 means that you can be in the sun 15 times longer than you can without sunscreen before burning. You should look for a “broad-spectrum” product that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. I sometime hear in my practice that a client is allergic to sunscreen. While this may be true in some cases, typically that individual

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may be allergic to just one or two of the ingredients. Originally, most products contained para-aminobenzoic acid, commonly known as PABA. A lot of people presented sensitivity to PABA and was staining to clothes. There is a new version of this effective ingredient called PABA Esters that causes much less sensitivity. The very best for sun protection is Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide. Think back to the white noses you’d see on lifeguards? The formulas today don’t have that white and pasty appearance.

to soothe the pain. Apply aloe or another cooling product – Never apply butter or oil to any burn! Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen can be helpful. Bear in mind that most of the skin issues we complain about today is a direct result of our sun exposure when we were kids! Be safe in the sun, model good sun practices and teach your kids that tanning beds are no different than direct sunlight. Until pale skin becomes fashionable again, the only good alternative is airbrush tanning or self-tanners. Thankfully, those tanning

Remember that there is a big difference between “Waterproof ” and “Water resistant.” If you participate in outdoor recreation activities like swimming, you’ll want to be sure and use a “waterproof ” product that will stay on. It’s important to apply your sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before any sun exposure. But what if you forget? What if you get burned? Get out of the sun as quickly as you can and stay hydrated. Take a cool shower or bath

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Southern Drawl

Eating Close to Home Entrepreneur and food visionary Emile DeFelice talks about bringing farmers and feeders together WRITTEN BY KATHERINE PETTIT


host 52 parties each year,” laughed Emile DeFelice from his office at the All Local Farmer’s Market on Whaley Street near downtown Columbia. The 40-something entrepreneur is the guiding force behind the market, a fabulous conglomeration of small farmers, business owners and foodies who converge on 711 Whaley Street for four hours every Saturday morning. It’s a party, for sure, including folks who bring their four-legged companions and their children, some towed in Radio Flyer wagons. Live music adds to the festive mood and there are weekly visitors who bring a bottle of champagne to enjoy with their homemade focaccia, or goat cheese on sourdough. Some vendors are staples each Saturday, including Will-Moore Farms and Caw Caw Farms (source of Emile’s other business – pastured pork), while other vendors such as Palmetto Potions set up booths less frequently. “Most people don’t need to buy a bottle of hot sauce every Saturday,” Emile observed. A recent market included stalls with homemade pies and cakes, breads and spreads, pottery, flowers, grits, cutting boards, lettuce and bokchoy, very fresh tuna and snapper, boiled peanuts, coffee and ice cream. Freshly-picked lettuce from fields outside of Sumter demanded a salad, and the tuna was put on ice in preparation for the evening’s grill, anticipating a light sear and a bit of Wasabi on the side. It’s a party all right, but there’s more than that in this air. The vendors are all building their businesses, and they have a palpable sense of community that makes the convivial atmosphere supportive and mutually nurturing. What’s more, they recognize Emile’s role in this very unique offering to the Local Talent: Live music adds a cheer to the Saturday festivities at the All Local Farmer’s Market.

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Midlands and beyond. Trail Ridge Farm and Dairy vendor Kelly Hammond talked about the loyalty among the group at the market as he offered tastes of his goat cheese spreads. “Emile has great ideas, and he’s particularly good at promoting this market through the website,” he explained, adding, “He’s definitely an innovative thinker.” Keith Willoughby, from WillMoore Farms, echoed the sentiment. “He is passionate about local food, but it goes further than that. He’s interested in improving the overall community and that shows in what he does.” Keith knows all about community support. His barn recently burned and the All Local Market has rallied to raise $15,000 to help him rebuild. Erin Curtis is the market manager and assists with Caw Caw Farms as well. “Emile goes full speed ahead,” she said as she walked through the market on a recent Saturday. “He is always challenging me, but he lets me be creative, and gain experience and as

a young professional, I really appreciate that.” Born in Calgary, Canada, Emile’s family lived in a number of countries including Italy and Holland before settling in Atlanta. He holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in French and Philosophy from Emory University and a Master’s Degree in International Politics from the University of South Carolina. Columbia has been his home for about 20 years. He got into the forerunner of this business selling herbs (grown in his Olympia backyard) to a retailer at the Farmer’s market. Now, he sells pastured pork to some of the most well-regarded chefs and restaurants in the country (plus local establishments, including Garibaldi’s, Hunter Gatherer, Terra, Motor Supply, Rosso and Gervais & Vine). Regular folks can buy the pork at Rosewood Natural Foods, online, and of course, every Saturday at the All Local Farmer’s Market.And if you want to visit the farm, that’s possible, too. They schedule farm tours several times each


Emile DeFelice »Birthplace: Calgary, Canada »Family: Significant Other, Eme; children, Louis and Lydia »Past Affiliations: SC Director of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association; Founding Chair, SC Food Policy Committee; Former candidate for SC Commissioner of Agriculture; member of then-candidate Senator Barack Obama’s Agriculture Advisory Committee. »Current Interests: Owner – Caw Caw Farms; Founder – All Local Farmer’s Market »Passionate About: Keeping a local food option. Offering alternatives to the industrial farm complex, bringing fun-loving, local-foodies together with area farmers.

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year. “We invite you to pull back the curtain and see what we do on the farm,” he says. “We encourage transparency.” Spend a bit of time with Emile and you discover that he’s done his research. The man knows of what he speaks. In the early days, however, it was more “learn-as-you-go.” “I began this work in complete ignorance and optimism,” he said. “Part of the benefit of doing it this way is that your mind isn’t polluted by the teachings of industry agriculture. I’ve learned a lot, and part of what I’ve learned has encouraged me to become more

enjoyable experience for the customers,” he explained. In fact, real estate agents have begun bringing prospective Columbia homeowners to the market on Saturdays – perhaps to demonstrate how much fun can be had in the Midlands. “Columbia just hasn’t done a great job of selling itself,” he mused. “I think it’s got a bit of an undeserved inferiority complex.” You’d never know it on Whaley Street. That scene could be playing itself out in any of the great cities across the country, from Seattle to Asheville, and Austin to Toronto. And in fact, Emile talks about the potential of our capital city. “Columbia has great bones

“I’ve learned a lot, and part of what I’ve learned has encouraged me to become more active in bringing together SC farmers and their potential customers. That’s where I spend most of my energies, now.” – Emile DeFelice

Local Fun: Fresh vegetables and flowers are always in season and plentiful at the Farmer’s Market.

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active in bringing together SC farmers for green living and we’re moving in that and their potential customers. That’s direction.” where I spend most of my energies, Clearly, those bones are showing now.” in his work. And with his permanent For example, he says that location at 711 Whaley Street his today’s consumer wants reliability, market has the continuity it needs to consistency and quality. “That’s keep growing. If nothing else, quality, why we’re open 52 Saturdays each consistency, reliability and word-ofyear – and we’ve never missed a mouth will see to that. „ week without produce, so don’t let anyone tell you this is a seasonal business.” Spend a Saturday observing the All Local Market shoppers and you’ll see all ages, ethnic backgrounds, and rungs of the socio-economic ladder. Even the dogs are friendly. He calls the local food movement trans-political. He points out that in towns known for attracting the Creative Class (author Richard Florida’s term for the creative and supercreative individuals who make up approximately 30% of all US jobs), there is a strong local food system. Emile says he wants to provide that parallel food system for people in Columbia. “I want to put money Pork Loin: Served fresh from Caw Caw Farms with in the South Carolina farmer’s Petits Pois à la Françoise, honey glazed Tokyo turnips, and pocket while providing a fun, pickled mustard seeds.

Home & Garden

Backyard Gardens

Inspiration from the past is all that was needed to create these inviting outdoor gathering places WRITTEN BY JACKIE PERRONE » PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAY BROWNE


garden can soothe, comfort, inspire and stimulate. Also, to be fair: challenge, struggle, fight, and even die. Dedicated gardeners have experienced it all, and keep coming back for more. Their results? As varied as the individuals who invest their creativity into God’s good earth. Herein, three Midlands gardens as different from each other as the families who nurture them. A formal layout with artwork, or dug from the side of a hill, or informally flung across the landscape, each reflects its owner’s passion and imagination. The South Carolina countryside offers a home to all.

Hannah’s Garden Hannah Rogers visits with her friends while she works in her garden. They’re pretty easy to get along with.

(top) The backyard of Hannah’s was thoughtfully done, choosing plants carefully and building good soil. (above) Livingston statue from Zambia.

Never talk back, enjoy her monologue, and mostly just spend their time looking good. That’s because the lavish and gorgeous garden Rogers nurtures at her Kilbourne Road home includes not only a huge variety of plants and trees, but statuary depicting a maiden with a water jug, turtles, frogs, birds, fish and the newest members of the family: an Amazonian female flamboyantly displayed in the front yard, and a Zambian gentleman reading in the back yard. “I spend a lot of hours every day in this garden,” she says. “I talk to them while I dig and plant. They’re good company.” Hannah and her husband, Dr. Ron Rogers, share their garden with living persons also, and on a big scale. The Columbia Museum of Art, McKissick Museum at U.S.C., Columbia

Green, Central Carolina Community Foundation, Children’s Hospital, United Way, Women in Philanthropy: all these Midlands organizations have benefited from fabulous receptions held in the Rogers’ candle-lit garden oasis. This garden has been featured in local, regional and national publications. Often its signal feature is heralded as being a shade garden. Massive oak and other trees tower over the landscape, but judicious pruning and attention to detail have provided filtered sunlight for the lush plantings below. “Chris Freeman has been a caretaker for these huge trees,” says Rogers. “Just recently he took out several branches without interrupting the symmetry and shape. He has installed cables across for support, to relieve stress on the root system. “In the back yard, Sox and

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trip to Zambia.” Nestled on a chair in the back yard is a Livingston statue the Rogers’ found in Zambia. Constructed of wire mesh and beads, the slender body bends towards his reading matter while his small hat is cocked atop his head. “When I saw him I just had to have him!” says Rogers. “The price was reasonable, until we faced the project of getting him to the U.S. The crate built to transport him looked about the size of a room. Now here he is!” When she can figure out how to do it, she wants to put a plastic magazine in his hands. Hannah Rogers relies on containers for much of her gardening success. She collects interesting pots and can move

You never know what you are going to see next at Hannah’s. Borders filled with intriguing plants and prehistoric looking statues surround you throughout the journey.

Freeman Tree Expert Company took out some of the tall crepe myrtles, and reduced the size of the pittisporum. This allows more sunlight onto the flower beds and makes a more open feeling.” Hannah Rogers credits designer Steven Ford with help in her garden, also. When grass was losing its battle to grow underneath trees, they came up with another approach. With hoses and twine and markers, they laid out paths across the struggling area, running inside the house repeatedly to view the layout from second-story windows until they

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were satisfied. Now handsome paths of brick squares interlaced with Mondo grass embellish the corner. That’s where the new lady reclines. The result of an inspiration Rogers found at Heligan Garden in Cornwall, England, she was created by Jeri Burdick of Eutawville: a 20-foot-long “Mud Maid” of wire, styrofoam, cloth, and cement, sporting a changing hairdo of moss or grass The Rogers’ love to travel, especially since his retirement from teaching at U.S.C. “But we very seldom buy anything,” she says. “Except for the

them around to favor special plants in their best spot. “I do not use pesticides or chemicals,” she says. “ERTH-Food is a fertilizer which keeps everything fed, and lots of water takes care of them even in hot dry summers.” Their double garage serves as an outdoor party room for the large receptions. They have installed sheet-rock and lighting, with a permanent curtain rod so that a drape conceals the serving area at the rear during a party. Walk from the front yard to the

The finished product at the Penlands, complete with a retaining wall and middle fountain.

back on stepping stones created to look like sleeping cats. Imagination never runs out in the Rogers garden.

Penland’s Garden “Garden” was just a pipe dream (literally!) at the Penland house in Kings Grant. A more appropriate slogan would be “Survival.” Water from the steep hillside behind them gushed through their property, under and around the house. “Look behind us,” says Rebecca Penland. “The bottom of that house is on a site higher than the roof of our house. Everything comes down this way.” Something big had to be done to fix the problem. Like maybe on the scale of the Aswan Dam. Enter Hay Hill Services, Inc., with the necessary expertise and resources. Moving mountains was just the first step. A lot of digging pushed the mountain away from the house, and a network of drainage pipes was installed into and under the terrain. The back yard was rescued first, then the front yard had to be re-oriented as well. Only after a huge project of digging, channeling, piping, and draining could the Penlands start thinking of some gardening. The flat space achieved through the leveling is not large, but well situated off the rear porch and patio. With Fred

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The Buff ’s day lily garden in full bloom, adorned throughout with unique and charming garden statues; pictured is a Curly Cinnamon Windmill day lily.

Gant of Hay Hill Services overseeing, they called on the design expertise of Elizabeth Rice, a Columbia landscape designer, who created the oasis with a fountain and a statue of a heron. A paved path around the fountain and side beds for flowers complete the framework of a compact and restful garden. “It inspired us to change things at the back of the house,” says Penland. “We had added a room which took part of the porch, and at the other end we built the patio with a grill installed. Now the space is just right for entertaining.”

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Buff ’s Day Lily Garden When you meet a member of the Wingard family in Lexington, look closely at their hands. Green thumbs are a given, in this tribe. Judson and Marjorie Wingard started azaleas by rooting them, 60-plus years ago, to enhance their country property near Lexington. Now, the next generation has taken over, and the home-nurtured plants have been succeeded by expertise in just about all areas of gardening, on the acreage which used to be rural but has now melted into

Lexington as well as Lake Murray. Wallace and Delores Wingard Steinhauser bought her parents’ nursery business a few years ago and expanded to offer gardening advice and workshops along with the plants. Gail Wingard Buff and her husband Wayne built their home in 1975 on adjacent property. Their garden has evolved into a local showplace, best known for its huge collection of day lilies. “I have retired after 30 years as a nurse at Lexington Medical Center, and Wayne is still teaching in the School of Pharmacy at U.S.C.,” says Buff. “This garden is what we do, all year round. We’ve become active in the American Hemerocallis Society, and this is now a National Display Garden for day lilies.” Their annual Open House for day lilies brings hundreds to their garden each spring. This year, the occasion will take place June 11-12, and it is part of a tour arranged by the North Carolina and South Carolina Day Lily societies. Finding Wingard’s Nursery at the corner of Highway 6 and Pilgrim Church Road is the easy part; a turn into a winding dirt road leads you around to the Buff house and garden. Parking space is on nearby property, and a golf-cart shuttle brings visitors to the garden. “We’re about maxed out on space!” according to the Buffs. “When we put in new plants, something old has to go. We have about 450 varieties of day lilies; each one has a tag with the name, date and hybridization. We keep detailed records to decide which ones to keep and develop, while others go into the mulch bed. They’re at their best in June and July, and with so many varieties, some will bloom up to the first frost or even after. “Sunlight and water, that’s the main requirement for day lilies. We feed them with Wingard’s Mix – a mixture of sand, humus and food. We can mix it to be organic if desired. We work mostly with raised beds, it’s easier and better.” Wandering paths lead the visitor through and around the flower beds, which display ceramic and metal sculptures as well as antique garden tools. When an ice storm felled dozens of trees on the property, the Buffs decided to keep the stumps to serve as pedestals for garden art. Their garden tips its hat to the past while keeping up with the 21st century. „

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Worst Diet Saboteurs

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Worst Diet Saboteurs

Find out which underlying habits are foiling your plans for losing weight



e all know the weight loss rules: salad for lunch, dressing on the side, low calorie snacks… but the pounds keep adding up. Most women, and more often today, many men, have tried and failed to lose weight. The U.S. population is larger than ever before in history. Over 65% of American adults are overweight or obese. That means over 97.1 million people are unsuccessful at managing their weight. The trend is not slowing down. Obesity experts predict that by 2050 almost all women and men will be overweight, unless something changes! Where do all these extra pounds come from? We try diet after diet and have numerous excuses for our failures. The problem is multifaceted. Mindless eating is the underlying saboteur and it disguises itself subtly in 10 common habits. These habits are often second nature and so subtle that we are not aware of their impact on our food choices and caloric intake. Here are some tips to help you identify and combat these culprits.

1 Invisible Calories

A couple of bites of your partner’s entrée, a bite of a free product to taste test at the grocery store, a nibble while you’re cooking or a spoonful of cookie dough could add 100 – 200 extra calories. Taste testing and nibbling on a daily basis could lead to a 7 – 10 pound weight gain in one year.

2 Misleading Labels When foods are labeled “Fat Free”, “Sugar Free”, or “Healthy”, it does not mean they are “Calorie Free”. These products may be only a few calories less than the regular version. Studies show that overweight people ate twice as many “sugar free” cookies as they ate regular cookies, resulting in increased calorie intake. 40% of the individuals studied overate or compensated by adding extra cheese, mayo, or ordering cookies or dessert.

3 Skipping Meals

Many people think that skipping breakfast saves calories. Research shows that breakfast skippers weigh more than breakfast eaters. Eating fewer than 3 meals daily resulted in increased caloric intake for the day. One egg, a slice of toast and 1 piece of fruit is only 250 calories and a perfect start to the day.

4 Super Snacks

Eating every couple of hours is good to get the metabolic rate going, but makes it easy to consume too many calories. The snacks are the main culprit and source of increased calories. Try to limit intake to 2 snacks daily and limit the snacks to 150 calories each.

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Slow Down

The faster you eat the less likely you are to pay attention to what you eat and your body doesn’t have time to recognize that you have eaten. Take time to taste the food. Adopt a European-style of eating: savor every bite and appreciate the taste, texture and flavors of the dish.



Many people are programmed to eat by the clock. It’s noon, and though you’re not even hungry, it’s lunch time. Pay attention to feelings of hunger and plan to eat only when you actually feel hungry. Studies show that individuals who are in touch with their hunger cues eat 300 – 500 less calories daily.


Technology Terrors

How often do you finish an entire bag of chips while watching your favorite TV show or polish off a bag of M&Ms while surfing the net? You’re not focused on the food – you’re distracted and don’t realize all that you’ve consumed. In a recent study of 548 Boston area children by the Harvard School of Public Health, children who watched more TV ate an average of 167 calories more per hour than children who watched 1 hour or less of TV daily. According to a nutrition study conducted by the USDA, adults who watched 2 hours of television daily were more likely to be overweight and ate 137 calories more per day than adults who watched TV for 1 hour or less. Separate from technology!


Easy Access

If foods are easy to reach for and grab, you’ll eat more. Keep the candy bowl off your desk. In a recent study of office workers, when the candy bowl was placed on their desk they ate 125 calories more each day. This may seem minimal, but 125 calories per day can add approximately 10 pounds per year. If you are in the habit of stopping by a convenience store for a soda, take an alternate route and save ~ 160 calories. At the end of one year that equals 58,400 calories or 17 pounds. Keep favorite snack foods out of sight, behind cabinet doors. Keep fresh fruit or sliced veggies in a bowl in the frig, so when you open the frig the first thing you see are healthy choices sliced and ready to eat.

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9 Liquid Calories Calories from beverages count too, and sometimes more!

Alcohol, smoothies, coffee with cream and sugar, sweet tea, and soda provide approximately 21% of our daily caloric intake. Beverages satisfy thirst, but they do not feed our bodies and satisfy hunger. So if you require 1,500 calories to lose weight and you drink 21% of your calories (that’s 315 calories), you only have 1,185 calories left to eat. How do these calories add up? » 8 oz. coffee, black - 0 calories » 12 oz. diet soda - 0 calories » 16 oz. unsweet tea - 0 calories » 8 oz. skim milk - 80 calories » 6 oz. wine spritzer - 80 calories » 12 oz. light beer - 110 calories

» 8 oz. coffee with sugar/cream - 30 calories » 12 oz. soda - 150 calories » 16 oz. sweet tea - 160 calories » 8 oz. whole milk - 165 calories » 5 oz. wine - 130 calories » 12 oz. beer - 160 calories » 20 oz. fruit smoothie - 410 calories

Replace sodas, fruit juice and sweet tea with water or sugar free beverages. Switch to club soda and vegetable juice for snacks. Wine is known to have health benefits, but the calories add up quickly. Drink alcohol in moderation.

10 Portion Control It’s not the food we eat that is the problem –

all foods can fit in menu planning. It’s the amount of food we eat that is the problem. We have grown accustomed to large servings when dining out and feel we need the same portions when dining at home. A few mindful steps to portion control: Leave a few bites on your plate Use a smaller plate – using a 10” plate rather than a 12” plate results in a savings of 50 – 150 calories Check portions periodically using measuring cups, spoons, scales. Small amounts add up quickly:

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» 1 oz. French Fries - 88 calories » 1.5 Donut Holes - 100 calories » 3 Hershey Kisses - 75 calories » 3 Oreo Cookies - 160 calories » 15 Tortilla Chips - 140 calories » 20 Potato Chips - 165 calories » 12 Peanut M&Ms - 125 calories Recognizing these habits that sabotage your healthy efforts and good intentions is a first step. Breaking the habits of mindless eating results in improved health and a greater appreciation of food. Take the time to slow down, plan and enjoy your meals, and savor every healthful bite. „

To Lose a Pound

Did you know that you need to decrease your caloric intake by 3,500 calories to lose one pound? This works out to eating 500 fewer calories per day for one week. Your daily caloric requirements are based on age, height, weight, sex, and overall activity level. A woman will burn fewer calories than a man, and a shorter person will burn fewer calories than a taller person. As you age, you also begin to burn fewer calories due to a slower metabolism. To maintain a healthy weight, find the right balance between the amount of calories eaten and the calories burned.

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Finding The Right Doctor

Advice from the pros about the patient-doctor connection and how to talk to your doctor WRITTEN BY LINDA H. LAMB


f only finding the right doctor were as easy in real life as it is on TV. Just make an appointment with “Dr. House” – he’s brilliant, never asks about insurance, and can cure any medical calamity within 60 minutes. For most of us, finding and dealing with doctors can be a little more complicated. Gone are the days when the same family physician diagnosed your chickenpox, set your broken arm, answered your questions about puberty and advised you about starting your own family. Now, your choices in medical care may be dictated at least in part by your health coverage. And you’re more likely to interact with an array of medical professionals over the years, depending on the problems you face and the treatment options you have.

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When you do face decisions about doctors, it helps to prepare for them thoughtfully – and to remember that twoway communication with your doctor will help you receive the best possible care.

Decision Times One situation in which you may face decision-making about doctors is when you must choose a primary care provider, or PCP. According to the National Institutes of Health, your PCP will see you for nonemergency care, advise you on prevention and lifestyle issues and assess and treat medical problems. Your PCP also will connect you to a specialist when you need one. If you have a serious chronic condition, it’s wise to choose a PCP with a special interest in treating that disease, advises For instance, a medical practice with a team approach to diabetes care can help you manage the disease and avoid serious complications. Is parenthood in your future? Choosing a pediatrician is one of the most common scenarios in which people find themselves “shopping” for a doctor, says Dr. Joshua T. Thornhill IV, associate dean for medical education and academic affairs at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Before that, you may interview obstetricians as you seek the right person to help bring your baby into the world. “With obstetricians, you’re really interviewing the whole practice, not just the person,” Thornhill says. That’s because there are bound to be times when you’ll find yourself dealing with whoever is on call. Thornhill says that his own specialty – psychiatry – presents another situation that often requires a face-to-face interview and careful decision-making. “You really want to be sure that this is a person you can talk to,” he says.

Advice & Interviews There are lots of ways to find medical practitioners. Lists may be available from your insurance provider or hospital as well as medical associations. You can ask other health care providers, such as your dentist or pharmacist, for suggestions. Probably your first instinct will be to seek advice from friends and family members – and according to the American Academy of Family Physicians, that’s a fine place to start. Its website,, suggests that you get some names

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About Chemistry Dr. Joshua T. Thornhill IV, associate dean for medical education and academic affairs at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

from people you trust, then call the doctors’ offices for more information. You can ask about insurance, office hours and locations, and which hospital they use. Also inquire about a doctor’s availability after hours, Thornhill advises: It’s important to know about your options in an emergency. When you interview a doctor – whether a potential PCP or a specialist –

The interview meeting can be a time to establish that a doctor has the expertise you’re looking for. But how about the issue of chemistry – what’s traditionally known as the doctor’s “bedside manner”? “This is a constant question that comes up during medical school training,” Thornhill says. “Do you want kindness, or competence? The thing is, we want both . . . they need to be competent, but they also need to be warm, caring physicians.” Doctors are busy, but you deserve one who’s willing to know you as a person, he says – to call you by name, demonstrate familiarity with your

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condition and make you feel that your concerns are being addressed. Trust your instincts on this, Thornhill advises. If you’re hesitant about the decision, don’t rush into what could be an important, long-term relationship. Go home and sleep on it. Generally, however, “people know what works for them,” Thornhill says. “They know after they’ve spent a few minutes with a physician whether this is a person they can work with.” „

TIPS ON FINDING A DOCTOR » Seek recommendations from friends, family members, advocacy groups and other medical professionals. » Ask for an appointment to talk to a doctor to see if he/she is a good fit. » Come prepared with questions about insurance, office hours and procedures, approach to treatment, etc. »

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» Before a doctor visit, write down questions and concerns you want to discuss. Otherwise, you might feel nervous or flustered and forget something. Be sure to tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions and all the medications and other treatments you are using.


come prepared. Be observant, and bring a list of questions to help you zero in on factors that are most important to you. Some considerations suggested by the National Institutes of Health: Note whether the office staff seems friendly and helpful. Get an idea of the doctor’s approach to care. Is there an emphasis on education? Is the doctor-patient relationship viewed as an active partnership? Does the doctor’s approach tend to be conservative or more aggressive? How about the doctor’s manner? Does his or her communication style seem compatible with your own? Thornhill recommends that you ask how long, on average, patients have to wait before seeing the doctor. (That’s a good inquiry to make of friends or family members who recommend a particular physician, as well.) “And remember that while a seasoned practitioner has more experience, a younger one may have more recent training on the latest techniques and procedures”, Thornhill says.

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Reverse The Signs of Aging Local experts chime in on the common effects of aging and how you can overcome them



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ging … it is something we all face. It happens every day we live. While some aspects of aging, especially if associated with ill health, might be challenging, the alternative is markedly less appealing. In a youth-obsessed culture, in which age 50 is supposed to be “the new 30,” there are steps we can take to preserve our best selves, delay the onset of some of the negative aspects of aging, and possibly avoid them entirely. Several doctors provided insights and advice about how eight conditions commonly associated with aging might best be prevented or treated. For those aspects that cannot be avoided entirely, the doctors discussed risk factors, medications, and ways to mitigate the negative effects when possible.

Hormone Deficiency Hormones affect bone density, so women going through menopause between the age range of 40 to 60 years might have a drop in estrogen, which puts them at higher risk for bone density loss. It also affects the vasomotor capacity of the body to remain cool, which will result in hot flashes, or euphemistically, one’s own personal summer. “The flashes vary in intensity from person to person, so some will have little problem,” Taylor said, “While others may have their lives disrupted intensely for many years.”

What The Doctor Recommends There is an intense debate over the benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy for women, so talk to your doctor about what is best for you. Black cohosh can be effective as an OTC supplement, but keep your doctor informed about all supplements you are taking because they can interact with other drugs and supplements. Wear layers of clothing so you can adjust to changes in your temperature. Carry a small folding fan to cool a hot flash in a jiffy. An M.D. can prescribe aids such as estrogen cream to ease the dryness that might occur after menopause. Men can seek advice from their urologist or general practitioner about ways to offset the effects of lessened testosterone.

Varicose Veins Bill Moore, M.D., of Lexington Medical Center, is a surgeon who treats patients with vascular disease, or problems with their blood vessels. These problems usually begin anywhere from age 30 to well past 70, depending on the number of risk factors a person has. The effects of vascular disease can include atherosclerosis, commonly called “hardening of the arteries,” but more aptly defined as blood vessels that contain deposits of plaque, which prevent blood flow and can lead to heart attacks and stroke. Dr. Moore says one’s risk for vascular disease can be reduced. “Risks include smoking, sedentary behavior, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity,” said Moore. Modification of those behaviors can reduce your chances of getting the disease as well as decrease the severity in those who do get the disease.

What The Doctor Recommends Early screenings can identify and address issues before they become critical. Exercise, eat a low salt diet and try to eliminate or treat risk factors such as: smoking, obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes. Ask your doctor about baby aspirin therapy or prescription medicines. South Carolina is called the buckle of the Stroke Belt in America, so the risks are much higher. Be aware of the signs of stroke and get help immediately… seconds make a difference.

Arthritis Osteoarthritis, which has an onset later in life and worsens with age, is much more common than the more debilitating Rheumatoid Arthritis, which must be treated aggressively. Arthritis can strike anyone anywhere on his or her body. The usual onset for osteoarthritis occurs between 50 to 60 years of age. However, it can occur in younger people from overuse of a joint or when there is a family history of the disease. “Inflammation causes wear and tear on the cartilage and decreases the synovial fluid that lubricates the joints and makes them move smoothly,” Taylor said. “The movement of the joint feels gritty and becomes increasingly painful.”

What The Doctor Recommends Get diagnosed to be sure what type you might have. Rheumatoid needs to be treated with prescription medicines, but osteoarthritis often can be mitigated, especially in the early stages, with overthe-counter (“OTC”) nonsteroidal antiinflammatory pain pills and topical creams before it is necessary to take prescription drugs. Check with your doctor for pain recommendations, and about seeing a physical therapist, who can be helpful in determining movements and exercises that relieve stress on joints.

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Hearing Loss Hearing loss is much more common than vision diminishment. Dr. Hirth says that hearing loss can be caused by genetics, environmental exposures or medications. “There is a decline in aural acuity by age 50 or 60,” Hirth said. “It can come earlier if you add insult to injury such as environmental exposures to loud noises, which can come from loud work settings, combat explosions, or loud concerts.” Exposure to loud noises early in life is the biggest risk factor for hearing loss,” according to Hirth. “It is cumulative and tends to be irreversible.” Dr. Hirth expressed concerns about the possibility for earlier onset and more profound problems for younger generations as they age because of their increased use of ear buds and headphones.

What The Doctor Recommends

“Hydration is not equated with moisturization, so drinking lots of water helps, but only because it flushes impurities out of our system, not because it moisturizes our skin. When you use sun protection, be certain you are protecting your skin against the much more harmful penetrating UVA rays.” – Dr. Dina Grice

Loss of Bone Density Women are the primary patients for bone density and hormonal issues, but men can be affected by these problems as well. Dr. Taylor said that one to four percent of women are affected by osteoporosis, or a thinning of bone density, and all will experience it to some extent after the age of 70. “Risk is higher for Caucasian females under 120 pounds with decreased estrogen, often from menopause,” Taylor said. “Family history plays a role, so if you have a parent who broke a hip, you are at higher risk and should be checked.” She said that early warning signs include fractures, back pain or spinal compression.

What The Doctor Recommends Have a bone density test (DEXA scan) at age 65 for women, age 70 for men. But let your family history determine if you are at higher risk, and if so, get one earlier. Take 1,000 units daily of vitamin D and 1200 mg of calcium via food or supplements as a preventive measure. Stop smoking. Get weight-bearing exercise daily. Dr. Taylor recommends a “jolt on the bone type exercise,” such as running or walking. Take prescription medicine if your doctor recommends it, but, according to Taylor, despite the number of advertisements for disphosphonates such as Boniva, the majority will not need them.

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The key to maintaining one’s hearing throughout life is prevention at the early stages. Hearing loss is cumulative. Wear ear plugs and reduce the amount of noise you hear. Keep away from loud, repetitive noises. If you work somewhere noise is unavoidable, seek protective gear that will reduce your risk of hearing loss (see If you are exposed to environmental (traffic or construction) noise use ear plugs. Reduce the amount of time you use ear buds and headphones and keep the volume as low as possible. If problems are noted, seek medical advice, where a doctor will first determine if wax blockage is a problem, then screen your hearing, and then recommend hearing aids if needed. If you are speaking to someone with a hearing problem, it is often beneficial to face the person, articulate clearly, lower your tone and target the “good ear.” Do not yell. Our ability to hear higher pitches diminishes first, so Dr. Hirth suggests a hearing check for the man if a woman complains he does not listen – the reality is that as men age they cannot hear higher-pitched female voices as easily.


Loss of Mental Aptitude

Loss of Vision

Treatment and prevention of wrinkles has spawned an entire cadre of businesses promising to eradicate any signs of aging and to preserve our personal fountains of youth. According to Dina Grice, M.D., of The Dermatology Group, some claims contain truth, while others are not worth the water making up the majority of their formulas. “A preponderance to wrinkle is 85 percent extrinsic, or external, and 15 percent intrinsic, or genetic,” said Grice. She says risk factors include light or fair skin that freckles easily as well as skin that has been exposed to pollution and the environment without adequate protection. “Damage occurs from exposure to sun and the environment at an early age and can begin showing in our 20s, with wrinkles becoming more noticeable in our 30s and 40s,” Grice said. Skin protection is a key factor in reducing one’s risk of wrinkling, however, Grice suggests caution about use of chemicals, and believes a physical barrier, such as zinc oxide, might be a safer choice to consider, especially for young children. “UVA rays are much more damaging to the skin than UVB rays, which is what a sunscreen with SPF ratings is blocking,” Grice warns.

Charis Taylor, M.D., of Providence Hospital, discussed bone density, arthritis, hormonal changes and a diminishment of mental aptitude, which is often parodied in entertainment as being inevitable. Dr. Taylor differentiates two conditions: a general decrease in mental acuity versus dementia. Everyone experiences some aptitude loss, but dementia is not inevitable for all. “Beginning at age 20 there is a decrease in the number of brain cells,” said Taylor. “However, it is not indicative of dementia. Signs of dementia include having trouble following steps, such as in a familiar recipe, or leaving the stove on.” She says it is more worrisome if a person gets lost in familiar territory or cannot recall names of those close to them. Dementia can have a gradual onset, such as with Alzheimer’s disease, which leaves long term memory intact, but recent memories are gone. However, vascular dementia, including strokes and TIAs (tiny strokes that are sometimes imperceptible) have a rapid and sometimes almost undetectable onset and require immediate professional medical attention.

Hearing loss and diminishment of visual acuity are two health issues commonly associated with aging. Victor Hirth, M.D., Chief of the Division of Geriatrics at the University of South Carolina Medical College and Medical Director of Geriatric Services for Palmetto Health has some surprising data. Vision deterioration is by no means experienced by all. More than 50 percent do experience some vision issues and age is a factor for those who do, but the onset age differs. “The serious vision concerns come from diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy,” Hirth said. “Changes in brain-related visual processing are another important concern. Our ability to scan across a full field of view lessens with age and the risk of accidents increases, especially while driving.”

What The Doctor Recommends For both men and women, prevention is the best course of action when it comes to this new wrinkle. Sun protection is necessary from an early age and not just at the poolside or beach. Walking to and from your car, working in the garden or driving to work can expose your skin to aging. Antioxidants may help but retinoids, available by prescription, are the only proven wrinkle prevention, according to Dr. Grice. Get a baseline body skin mapping done early (in your 20s if possible) for comparison and let your dermatologist determine how often to return for check-ups. On your own, you might want to use an OTC product with retinol (not as strong as Rx retinoids, but considered helpful). Today’s medical procedures are less invasive and more natural than facelifts and fewer people are getting those, but opting instead for injectibles to smooth wrinkles and laser procedures to boost collagen for a young, fresh look.

What The Doctor Recommends Dr. Taylor recommends doing mind-challenging activities daily such as sudoku or crossword puzzles to “jog your neurons” and keep your mind working at top efficiency. Maintain a healthy lifestyle through adequate sleep, a low-fat diet to keep cholesterol down and daily exercise. Stop smoking – it lessens the amount of blood to your brain – instead, breathe deeply to oxygenate your brain. Tell your doctors all medications and supplements you are taking. Use memory aids such as organizers, lists and calendars; use a central landing spot for keys and wallets; and note landmarks when you are in strange surroundings, especially when you are parking cars in large lots. In certain cases, prescription drugs can help slow the rate of memory loss.

What The Doctor Recommends Control of blood sugar reduces the risk of getting diabetes or its complications, which is one of the main causes of vision loss. An annual eye exam to test for macular degeneration and glaucoma is important in order to treat those diseases early. Dr. Hirth wants us to accept that this is a natural progression for some of us that can be rectified very simply. Don’t bypass your ophthalmologist for your annual exam and prescription eyeglasses, but he says age-associated loss of near vision can be compensated by brighter lighting and using more magnification. Inexpensive “readers” will accommodate your needs without accelerating your vision loss. He recommends getting several pairs in different strengths for different purposes. If you have vision loss and memory loss, perhaps get a pair for every room. „

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Summer Road Trip Whether you need a weekend getaway or just want to get away, these relaxing Southern towns are sure to indulge WRITTEN BY KATIE MCELVEEN


here are two kinds of summer vacations. There’s the big one, the trip to Yosemite or Europe or New York that you’ve been planning for months.  Then there’s the getaway, that spur-of-the-moment, let’s-get-out-of-here escape that occurs to you on Wednesday when you realize there’s nothing on the calendar for the upcoming weekend.  To help you make the most of those Wednesdays, we’ve selected nine cities ready to deliver a dose of fun—and great food—to an otherwise quiet weekend.

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South Walton Florida

hotels, spas and art galleries. TOP TABLES: Seacrest’s Café Thirty-A may resemble a cottage, but the food is pure sophistication. Try the local cobia, which is served with shrimp-spiked Spanish rice. At La Crema in Rosemary Beach, tapas and chocolate are the stars. Breakfast at Great Southern Café is a Seaside tradition— everything is homemade, including the sausage. BED DOWN HERE: The David Rockwell-designed WaterColor Inn has 60 Gulf-facing rooms, all with

private balconies and free bikes to use during your stay. There’s a spa, several pools and restaurants and a number of pretty parks scattered throughout the resort. GOOD TO KNOW: Put a kayak into one of the creeks that runs along the back side of Seaside and WaterColor and it’s an easy paddle to Grayton Beach. Refuel at the Red Bar before heading back. For more information:


WHY GO: Sugar-sand Gulf beaches strewn with bike paths, kayak trails and a dozen laid-back beach towns, like funky Grayton Beach, charming Seaside, sophisticated WaterColor and bustling Rosemary Beach, all linked by Scenic 30-A, which has a maximum speed limit of 25 and gives pedestrians the right of way. It’s the summer vacation you remember from childhood, but packed with parental perks like upscale restaurants, beach bars, chic

Sheer relaxation on the beach (opposite) and inside the room (this page) at WaterColor Inn.

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Charleston South Carolina

WHY GO: To explore hip Upper King Street, where boutique owners have filled their shops with smart, handpicked—and often locally made—furniture, clothing, jewelry and works of art. TOP TABLES: There’s more than produce at the Marion Square Farmer’s Market—local chefs are turning out everything from cheese-stuffed crepes to still-hot doughnuts. Not an early riser? The Saturday market dinner at the Swamp Fox restaurant and the Francis Marion Hotel is made from items chef Ryan Kacenjar purchased at the market that morning. Monza Pizza may be casual, but they take their pizza seriously, using yeast imported from Naples and baking it in a wood-fired oven. Steaks get top billing at Hall’s Chophouse, except on Sunday mornings, when the gospel singers that perform during brunch are the star attractions. BED DOWN HERE: The 21room Wentworth Mansion is filled with lovely period details

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such as Tiffany glass panels, ornate crystal chandeliers and marble fireplaces; climb the spiral staircase to the hotel’s cupola for a wonderful view of the city. GOOD TO KNOW: If dinner’s over but you’re still not ready to call it a night, slip into Charleston Grill for live jazz and a glass of Champagne. For more information:

Birmingham Alabama

WHY GO: Chef Frank Stitt

really started something when he opened Highlands Bar & Grill in 1982. Today, the city is a bona-fide food mecca. There’s also great shopping in the Mountain Brook villages, golf at Ross Bridge (part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail) and even a strong music scene. TOP TABLES: Beyond the Stitt triumvirate (French Bistro Chez Fon Fon, Mediterranean Bottega and high-stylesouthern Highlands), options abound. Seafood isn’t the only thing that dazzles diners at

Hot & Hot Fish Club: meat roasted in the wood oven emerges crusty and juicy and the nightly doughnuts are a worthy indulgence. Verandah on Highland serves Cajuninfluenced fare in a sunny 1908 manse that’s perfect for brunch. When you’ve had enough of fine dining, get your burger fix at Flip Burger Boutique. Every trimming you can imagine is on the menu, including a few you can’t, including a foie gras milkshake. BED DOWN HERE: Use those Marriott Reward points in style at the 248-room Ross Bridge Resort. Oversized rooms have fluffy white beds, private balconies and granite baths; there’s also an Aveda spa and easy access to the Ross Bridge, the third-longest golf course in the world. GOOD TO KNOW: Birmingham stays up late— Parkside, Workplay and Ona’s Music Room are hopping with live bands well into the night, or

in Biltmore Village, chef Bill Klein combines lessons learned in Alsace and San Francisco to create elegant dishes like salmon scented with cardamom. It’s all about Italy at Cucina 24, where interesting wines by the glass are paired with housemade ricotta-topped ciabetta and other authentic Italian small plates. Local treasures are on display at Table, where every ingredient—seafood, meat, veggies as well as foraged ramps and other greens, is so fresh that the restaurant doesn’t even own a freezer. The results—think seared scallops with tarragon pesto—are rave worthy. BED DOWN HERE: Grove Park Inn’s huge stone fireplace and glorious porch epitomize mountain luxury; underneath it all, a world-class spa with a grotto pool awaits. Rooms vary, from cozy enclaves in the old inn to large themed suites. There’s also a club level that includes breakfast and access to the club lounge.

Bespoke style at Ross Bridge Resort

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North Carolina

WHY GO: So you can enjoy the mountains by day— NAVITAT offers zip-lining in nearby Moody’s Cove—and settle into sophistication with activities like the Biltmore’s music series in the evening. TOP TABLES: At Fig Bistro

GOOD TO KNOW: There was a time when shopping in Asheville was limited to homemade soaps and oddlyshaped candles. No more. Today, art galleries and chic boutiques line downtown streets. Top stops: Moda at Biltmore Park for women’s picks and the Asheville Wine Market for great, offbeat bottles from around the world. For more information:


A tranquil room at the Wentworth Mansion.

Grove Park Inn’s huge stone fireplace and glorious porch epitomize mountain luxury

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Suite life at the Hermitage Hotel.

Savannah Georgia

WHY GO: Maybe it’s the SCAD effect, but Savannah has emerged as a destination for cool, creative restaurants, art galleries, hotels and shops. TOP TABLES: Cha Bella’s locally sourced, organic fare goes well beyond brown rice and beans—try the Carolina Gold rice risotto with Georgia shrimp. Zunzi’s may look like any other hole-in-thewall takeout place, but the fare—which ranges from South African sausage to curry to chicken salad—is anything but

boring. Tucked into a former subterranean grain warehouse, Alligator Soul turns out authentic gumbos as well as inventive daily specials. BED DOWN HERE: Just a year old, the Bohemian Hotel deftly mixes scuffed wooden floors, exposed brick and Industrial Age oils with velvet sofas, neon lighting and ethereal silk screens in the lobby; rooms, with shell encrusted chandeliers, wooden vanities carved with ships and views of Savannah’s waterfront, celebrate the city’s maritime heritage. At cocktail time, take the elevator to Rocks

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on the Roof, the hottest bar in town. GOOD TO KNOW: Although Broughton Street is still the heart of Savannah’s shopping district—don’t miss the modern furnishings at 24e—Whittaker Street between Jones and Wayne is lined with jewel-box boutiques and Shop SCAD, which sells works— including paintings, jewelry, clothing and sculpture--created by Savannah College of Art & Design students and faculty, is just around the corner. For more information:

Nashville Tennessee

WHY GO: They don’t call it Music City for nothing. Catch an act at Bluebird Café, which launched the careers of, among others, Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks or at one of the dozens of bars and honky-tonks that gave Music Row its name. TOP TABLES: Experiment with fun sushi—spicy tuna with watermelon ‘pop rocks’ anyone?—and Robatayaki, traditional Japanese fire-grilled meat and veggies, at Virago’s; for a less creative experience,


sink into the elegant fare at the Capitol Grille, located in the Hermitage Hotel. Feed a craving for Tex-Mex at San Antonio Taco Company, afterwards, cool the heat with gourmet popsicles in flavors like rose, pineapple chili and caramel at Les Paletas. BED DOWN HERE: With is beaux arts lobby, soaring marble columns, gilded furnishings and stained-glass details, the historic Hermitage Hotel is Nashville’s most sumptuous stay. It’s no wonder movie stars, heads of state and industrial tycoons have been staying here for more than a hundred years. Bath butlers personalize the oversized marble baths, the hotel also provides gourmet meals for pets. GOOD TO KNOW: Nashville’s many mansions—in the form of antebellum plantation houses and the over-thetop homes of country stars like Barbara Mandrell—are open for ogling. For more information:

The Gratz Park Inn is tucked into a leafy downtown neighborhood amid antique shops and stately homes Distilled luxury at Gratz Park Inn.

Lexington Kentucky

WHY GO: Even if you can’t make it to Lexington during the six or so weeks that the horses are running at the park like Keeneland race track, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Visit Derby winners as they graze in glory at Three Chimneys Farm and the Kentucky Horse Park, or head out of town to the Woodford Reserve, Buffalo Trace, Four Roses or Wild Turkey distilleries. TOP TABLES: Dig into old-school faves like Caesar salad prepared tableside at J Morse on Vine; Bourbon and Tabasco add gentle fire to the pork chops at the

eclectic but charming A La Lucie. Every city needs a great steakhouse, and Malone’s located just outside the city fills the bill in Lexington with giant steaks so good they sell them on line. And feel free to dig into

the wine list: there’s a courtesy car on hand to get you home. BED DOWN HERE: Recently renovated, the Gratz Park Inn is tucked into a leafy downtown neighborhood amid antique shops and stately homes. GOOD TO KNOW: Gourmands are flocking to Midway, the historic mill village set into the rolling bluegrass-covered hills about twenty minutes outside of Lexington. Here, free-spirited chefs are setting up shop in 19th-century storefronts alongside bookstores and antique shops. For more information:


North Carolina

A river-view room at Bohemian Hotel.

WHY GO: Yes, the shopping is great in Charlotte, not just thanks to SouthPark and Phillips Place, but also to boutiques like Capitol, which has garnered national attention. But don’t stop there. The stunning Mario Botta-designed Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is winning raves for both its architecture and it’s collection of contemporary masters.

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TOP TABLES: With the addition of BLT Steak to Charlotte’s dining scene, celeb chef Laurent Tourondel’s innovative cooking is just an hour away. Let Blue’s Mediterranean-inflected dishes, from Moroccan tagine to seabass, roasted whole with artichokes and lemon, sweep you to Europe, or hit the coast at Upstream, where raw seafood from around the world— ceviche, sushi and oysters on the half shell—meets more traditional seafood dishes. BED DOWN HERE: What recession? Charlotte’s own Ritz Carlton puts the chain’s unparalleled luxury within easy reach—and it’s LEED certified to boot. The penthouse spa and fitness center deliver terrific views of the city; rooms are done up in soothing beiges and have groovy amenities like flatscreen televisions built into the bathroom mirror. GOOD TO KNOW: Charlotte isn’t just about indoor activities. The US National Whitewater Center packs nearly every outdoor adventure sport imaginable—kayaking, whitewater rafting, ziplining, mountain biking, rock climbing and trekking, just to

name a few—into a 400-acre adrenaline-fueled paradise. For more information:

Augusta Georgia

WHY GO: There’s more to Augusta than the Masters—the city is emerging as a center for the arts. Visit on the first Friday of the month and you’ll

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Balcony dreams from the Partridge Inn.

find Artists Row in downtown alive with open art studios and boutiques, lots of food and terrific live music. Don’t miss the Augusta Museum of History, where an exhibit of James Brown, who was born in Augusta, brings the Godfather of Soul to life. TOP TABLES: Don’t load up on chips and salsa at the boisterous Rooster’s Beak—ice


Panoramic city views at Ritz Carlton.

cream in flavors like peppermint chocolate cake and pumpkin gingersnap await. Taste the world at the Bees Knees, where the flavors of Spain, France, Thailand, Japan and other cultures come together on tiny tapas plates. Cozy and friendly, the French Market Grill is known for crawfish, jambalaya, barbecued shrimp and other Cajun specialties. BED DOWN HERE: Built as a winter home for snowbird Northerners in 1836, the Partridge Inn is filled with sunny verandahs, detailed brickwork and stately magnolia trees. Airy rooms are large and well appointed; book a room overlooking the gardens for the prettiest view. GOOD TO KNOW: You may not ever be able to play Augusta National, but you can hit the links at Forest Hills, where Bobby Jones began the Grand Slam of Golf in 1930. For more information: „


Grand Cayman White sandy beaches and crystal clear blue water make this a top destination worth diving into WRITTEN BY KATIE MCELVEEN


ore than 250 named scubadiving sites put the Cayman Islands on the map as a tourist destination, and while Cayman Brac and Little Cayman have stayed true to their dive-centric roots, Grand Cayman has emerged as a luxury destination in its own right, supplementing nature with a decadent dose of nurture. Start with resorts. A topnotch Ritz-Carlton overlooks Grand Cayman’s famed Seven-Mile Beach. Although the rooms are lovely with their dark wood and oversized marble baths, the real draw here is the celebritystudded amenities. Topping the list is the restaurant Blue, a seafood restaurant headed by Eric Ripert of the famed Le Bernardin in New York. Mirrors, curving spaces and a gorgeous outdoor patio radiate sexy elegance; dishes like yellowfin tuna layered with foie gras and sautéed cobia with a coconut-scented

avocado cream sauce showcase the collision of perfect ingredients, faultless technique and well-honed creativity. There’s also a La Prairie Spa, Greg Norman-designed golf course, children’s environmental program run by Jean-Michel Cousteau and a tennis center overseen by the legendary Nick Bollitteri, who coached, among others, Andre Agassi and Maria Sharapova. Nestled into a grove of sea grapes beside a small private beach in the West Bay area, two-year-old Cotton Tree hotel may not have Ritz Carlton’s splashy facilities, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in verve and luxury. Each of the four plantationstyle cottages has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a full kitchen outfitted with stainless-steel appliances and a wide front porch. There’s a sleek pool and, tucked onto the garden, an outdoor spa cabana. Original artwork by Caymanian

Tranquility: (top) World renowned reef diving is found in Grand Cayman; (above) The exterior view of the Cotton Tree hotel.

artists—paintings, sculpture and historic black and white photographs of the island—fill the rooms, as do cookbooks brimming with recipes for island fare, historic texts, chic furnishings and modern conveniences like flat-screen televisions and wireless internet. Owned by Heather Lockington, who was born in the Cayman Islands, was raised in the UK and moved back to live her dream of creating a hotel, Cotton Tree embraces island style and celebrates Grand Cayman. Dining options are equally varied. Some waterfront restaurants are all about the view. And while Calypso Grill’s panorama is right up there, diners flock to this cozy West Bay restaurant for the food, too. Fish—wahoo one day, perhaps snapper the next, all with sauces that range from chipotle and cream to

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near Rum Point. Don’t let the isolated location deter you. The fish is fresh and beautifully prepared and the Caribbean specialties like Jamaican codfish with ackee, conch fritters, turtle steak (a Caymanian delicacy) and fish escovitch—it’s similar to ceviche—are wonderful. Beach bars line the coast: try Calico Jacks on Seven Mile Beach and Kaibo in Cayman Kai for casual grub that’s as good as the drinks and the scene. Need a break from fish? At Pappagallo, pastas are homemade; the meaty Bolognese sauce is thick but not overly tomato-ey. Even if you don’t dive, Grand Cayman’s water is worth exploring. Snorkeling is straight from the movie Nemo, especially at Smith Cove and West Cemetery beaches, where you can wade right in and catch site of zillions of colorful

fish just a few yards from shore. Adventurous types should take the trip to Stingray City, a popular sandbar where, upon hearing the approaching boats, dozens of stingrays hurry over, in their graceful, floaty way, eager to trade interaction with humans for a free meal. Or just drift in the gin clear water. Even on popular Seven Mile beach, there are gorgeous stretches of undeveloped beach nirvana that feel remote but aren’t. On top of all of this, Grand Cayman’s infrastructure makes getting around a breeze. The roads are smooth and well-marked, towns and beaches are safe and the water is drinkable. Even better, catch a flight from Columbia and you can be on the beach in time for a late lunch. „

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zesty—has a starring role, but lobster bisque, tuna carpaccio, the daily tart and even grilled steak are all artfully handled as well. Located within Camana Bay, the island’s high-end shopping plaza, trendy Abacus is worth the trip for its creative takes on island favorites, like jerk salmon, which arrives with a rum-scented salsa. For more traditional island fare, head to Over the Edge, a slightly scuffed cafe perched on a bluff

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Pure Luxury: (top 2) Cool colors enhance an interior room at the Cotton Tree hotel; view of the outside beach area from your room; (above) The pool view from the Ritz-Carlton.

Smith Cove: A secluded beach area that offers great snorkeling right from the shore.

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imple Food without Pretension. It’s a mission statement of sorts for the charming restaurant Terra, where owner and chef Mike Davis is committed to supporting local farmers and using the finest and freshest ingredients from their harvests. That commitment speaks for itself through Davis’ thoughtful and creative menu selections that change daily. Continued on page 52 »

Carolina White Shrimp: Grilled and served with fava beans, spring pees, and leek ragout with spring pee coulis.

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Dining Out Yet, simple seems out of place as a description for a restaurant where, on a recent evening, grilled Carolina mountain trout shared the plate with local asparagus clipped that morning and a polenta cake made from the cornmeal of the Palmetto State’s own Anson Mills. The spaghetti carbonara appetizer, a light version of an Italian favorite, featured organic eggs from the Wil-Moore Farm in Lugoff, and South Carolina crab starred in an appetizer. Perhaps simple should make way for “simply delicious” as a description. Once a picky eater, Davis found that “food was a discovery” when he began cooking at restaurants to make extra money in college. He decided to pursue his dream of becoming a chef and restaurant owner and studied at Johnson & Wales in Charleston, where he worked at Magnolia’s. Davis then moved to New Orleans and worked for James Beard Award-winning Chef Susan Spicer at Bayona and as a sous chef at Cobalt. He was selected for a rewarding sous chef position at Birmingham’s Chez Fon Fon and worked with Chef Frank Stitt, another James Beard Award winner. It was in these restaurants where Davis refined his passion for using fresh, local ingredients. Recently, an entrée of Steak Frites featured potatoes crispy and light and a steak so deliciously prepared that it gave new meaning to “meat and potatoes.” Another entrée showcased Carolina white shrimp with a spring pea coulis. As difficult as it may be, diners should leave room for Terra’s desserts, which include homemade ice creams –

(top) Lush settings inside Terra; (above) Chef and owner Mike Davis awaiting the evening crowd.

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“I’m only as good as the ingredients that come through our back door and into the kitchen. I want food that is at its peak.” – Mike Davis even a peanut butter one! Since 2006, the restaurant has found its niche among foodies who appreciate fine dining in a relaxed, casual environment. While the main restaurant seats about 88 people, a private dining room will accommodate up to 50 people. A patio with lush greenery and fountains, surrounded by brick walls and wrought iron, will hold about 40 people in a setting with a distinct European feel. Terra has a Certified Specialist of Wine and a knowledgeable staff to help guests who are uncertain about which wine to order with their meal. The restaurant also provides a wonderful “What We’re Drinking with Our Meals” guide for customers, too, and its wine selection earned the 2010 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Terra recently qualified for membership in the creative contemporary category of the Distinguished Restaurants of North America. It is one of six in South Carolina, and the only restaurant outside of Charleston, to earn this distinction. Believing that a restaurant should “never rest on its laurels,” Davis works with his staff to plan new offerings. “Pinot and Pizza” on Wednesdays features wood oven pizzas and a glass of wine for only $12, and the new “3/30/Thursday” is an affordable three-course meal – appetizer, entrée and

dessert – for $30 on a week night. The special is offered as an extra to Terra’s menu. Davis has quickly established a reputation for excellence. He was invited to cook for Taste of the South, the annual Southern Foodways Alliance benefit in January 2009 at Blackberry Farm. In February 2010, Davis was invited to cook his Southern Roots dinner at the esteemed James Beard House in New York City for a sold-out crowd of diners. Davis believes that the emphasis on using local ingredients, though not necessarily a new trend, is gaining popularity in South Carolina and that Columbia is at the forefront of this significant food movement. “This is important for those of us who have made food our passion,” said Davis. “I’m only as good as the ingredients that come through our back door and into the kitchen. I want food that is at its peak. It gets us back to the agrarian way of our past.” – Karen Petit


100 State Street, West Columbia (803) 791-3443 Tue – Thurs, 5-10pm Fri – Sat, 5-11pm


Guide Locations: (D) Downtown; (DS) Devine Street; (F) Five Points; (FA) Forest Acres; (I) Irmo; (L) Lexington; (N) Northeast; (R) Rosewood; (V ) Vista Area; (W ) West Columbia Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries (D) 931 Senate St., 799-0441; (FA) 4751 Forest Dr., 787-3178; (I) 285 Columbiana Dr., 407-6443; (N) 460-2 Town Center Place, 788-6200. Hamburgers, with an array of other options available. Daily 11am-10pm. Harper’s Restaurant (F) 700 Harden St., 252-2222. Enjoy casual dining with an array of American cuisine, including steak, chicken, seafood, BBQ, burgers and salads. Lunch and Dinner, Mon-Thurs 11:15am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:15am-11pm, Sun 10:30am-10pm. Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Ale House (D) 900 Main St., 748-0540. English-style brew pub with a variety of fresh homemade dishes. Brewhouse serving continental fare and regional favorites. Handcrafted beer made in-house. Lunch, Tue-Fri 11am-2pm, Dinner, Mon-Sat 4-11pm. Liberty Tap Room & Grill (V) 828 Gervais St., 461-4677. Handcrafted brew-pub with rich ethnic cooking styles serving seafood, steak, chicken, burgers, soups and salads. Mon-Sat 11am-until, Sun 10am-until, Sun Brunch 10am-3pm.

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Use our restaurant listings to find the best eating and drinking in Columbia. American

Cellar on Greene (F) 2001 Greene St., 343-3303. Unique combination of wine shop by day and wine bar by night. Offering 3 course meals with steak, seafood or duck as well as pizza and desserts. Dinner, Tue-Thurs 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 5-11pm.

City Center Grill (D) 1200 Hampton St. (in the Columbia Marriott), 744-6940. Traditional American favorites with regional fare. Breakfast, Mon-Fri 6:30-10:30am, Sat-Sun 6:30-12, Lunch daily,11:30am-2pm, Dinner, Mon-Sat 5-10pm.

Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar (N) 841-4 Sparkleberry Ln., 788-6966. New American grill with extensive wine list. Serving seafood, pork, chicken, salads. Lunch Tue-Fri 11:30am2pm, Dinner, Mon-Thurs5:30-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-10:30pm. Tombo Grille (FA) 4509 Forest Dr., 782-9665. Forest Acres hotspot serving incredible food, wines, and high-gravity beer. Dinner MonThurs 5:30-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-10:30pm. Yesterday’s (F) 2030 Devine St., 799-0196. Relaxed family atmosphere serving up regional dishes made fresh daily. Menu items include beef stew, BBQ, lasagna and chicken. Lunch and Dinner, Sun-Thurs 11:30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11:30-1am.

Area restaurants provide this information to Columbia LIVING magazine. It is published according to space availability. No advertising or other considerations are accepted in exchange for a listing. To participate in our restaurant guide, call 843-856-2532.

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Summertime Winners If you’re seeking the perfect wine for a get-together this summer, consider the five below, chosen especially for the season by Wine Styles owner Robert Sox. “When it’s warmer, people think about lighter food and lighter wines,” Sox says. Each wine retails for less than $15 a bottle.

» New Age White

» Lenz Moser

Heuriger (Austria): Comes in a 1-liter bottle, and is a good choice when you’re serving a larger group. A fresh and lively white wine with good fruity body and spicy overtones, the wine makes for easy drinking with a pleasantly long finish. Sox says “it’s the sort of wine one might serve when guests come over to relax and sit on the porch.”


Crios Rose of Malbec (Argentina): This pink wine is a traditional rose which is much drier than the sweet blush wines. The wine, from noted winemaker Susana Balbo, exhibits a fragrant bouquet of cherry and wild strawberries leading to a mediumbodied, dry concentrated wine with lots of spicy red fruits and excellent balance.

» Segura Viudas Aria

Cava (Spain): A blend of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo grapes, the wine’s flavors harken of fresh pineapple, apples and pears, honey, caramel and a touch of citrus. This fruity, wellbalanced wine really is Spanish champagne, Sox says, made by traditional methods. It is the perfect wine if you need something with bubbles and would be suitable for a wedding reception.

» Heavyweight Red

(California): A blend of Cabernet, Syrah and Zinfandel, this wine is a little “more fruit forward and not as serious as real heavy Cabernets,” Sox says. Scents of wood, berry and spice waft from this wine. The right wine to enjoy with something rich and beefy, this wine’s flavor suggests such fruits as black cherry and licorice with a touch of raisin. – Cecile S. Holmes


(Argentina): Made of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Malvasia, it’s perfect for a hot summer day. This slightly sparkling wine suggests aromas of fresh flowers and fruit, is crisp, yet soft on the finish. “This wine is meant for you to have it with a slice of lime or lemon. Adding the citrus really balances out this wine,” Sox says.

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Restaurant Guide Asian

Baan Sawan Thai Bistro (DS) 2135 Devine St., 252-8992. Quaint bistro offering traditional Thai dishes with seafood, chicken and beef. Choose from a variety of Curry flavors. Dinner Tue-Thurs 5:30-9pm, Fri 5:30-10pm, Sat 5:309pm. Take out is available. M CafĂŠ (D) 1417 Sumter St., 779-5788. Fresh Asian cuisine and Mandarin tea room. Lunch and Dinner, Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat 5-10pm. Miyoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (D) 922 S Main St., 779-6496; (FA) 3250 Forest Dr., 743-9996; (I) 1221 Bower Pkwy., 781-7788; (N) 715 Fashion Dr., 7888878; (V) 701 Lady St., 255-8878. Unique Asian flared foods, sushi, fine teas and specialty entrees. Hours vary by location. SakiTumi Grill & Sushi Bar (V) 807 Gervais St., 931-0700. Serving up award winning sushi with fresh ahi tuna. Grill menu includes steak, chicken and beef. Dinner, Mon-Wed 4:3010pm, Thurs-Sat 4:30pm-midnight. Thai Lotus Restaurant (I) 612 St. Andrews Rd., 561-0006. Lunch and Dinner Daily, 1110pm, Lunch Buffett11am-2pm.


Tiffanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bakery & Eatery (N) 8502 Two Notch Rd., 736-2253. Full service delicatessen and custom bakery. Specialty is wedding cakes. Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat 8am-3pm.


Hudsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Smokehouse (I) 301 Park Terrace Dr., 661-7533; (L) 4952 Sunset Blvd., 3561070. Voted some of the best BBQ in all of Columbia, offering full menu or Southern buffet with all the sides. Lunch and Dinner Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-3pm.

Grouchoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Deli (F) 611 Harden St., 7995708; (N) 111 Sparkleberry Ln., 419-6767; 730 University Village Dr., 754-4509; (I) 800 Lake Murray Blvd., 749-4515; 2009 Broad River Rd., 750-3188; (FA) 4717 Forest Dr., 790-0801; (L) 117 ½ E. Main St., 356-8800. A local favorite featuring made-to-order sandwiches, low-fat options, soups and salads. Lunch and Dinner. Hours vary by location. Rosewood Market and Deli (R) 2803 Rosewood Dr., 256-6410. Wide variety of menu selections such as coconut shrimp, gumbo, pasta, soups and salads. Low carb healthy dishes available. Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, Sun 10am-2pm, Dinner Mon-Sat 5-7:30pm.


CafĂŠ Strudel (W) 118 State St., 794-6634. European style cafĂŠ serving an array of sandwiches, soups, salads, and burgers. Breakfast and Lunch Mon-Wed 8:30am-3:30pm, ThursSat 8:30am-10:30pm, Sun 10am-2:30pm. Nonnahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (V) 930 Gervais St., 779-9599. Offering a lite lunch and dinner menu, with some of the best desserts in Columbia. Relaxed, yet upscale atmosphere wonderfully decorated with original artwork from local artists. Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm; Dinner Mon-Thurs 5-11pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-12:30am.

Fine Dining

Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Upstairs (W) 300 Meeting St., 7947404. Romantic and elegant Italian restaurant overlooking the Columbia skyline. Entrees include fresh fish, steaks, chops, pasta and lamb. Dinner, Mon-Sat 5-10pm. Arizonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (N) 150 Forum Dr., 865-1001. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily, SunMon11:30am-9pm, Tue-Thurs 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm.


Columboâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (D) 2100 Bush River Rd. (in the Radisson Hotel), 744-2200. Unique Italian cuisine, prime steaks and a superior wine list served up in a casual intimate atmosphere. Breakfast daily, 6:30-11am, Lunch and Dinner daily 11am-midnight.

The Gourmet Shop (F) 724 Saluda Ave., 7993705. A local favorite, serving homemade sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts. Menu items include turkey pesto, reuben, chicken salad, and smoked salmon. Mon-Fri 9am3:45pm, Sat 9am-4:45pm, Sun 10am-3:45pm.

Dianneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Devine (DS) 2400 Devine St., 254-3535. Italian influenced cuisine, serving seafood, veal, chicken, pasta, soups and appetizers. Dinner Mon 5-9pm, Tue-Sat 5-10pm.

DiPratoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (F) 342 Pickens St., 779-0606. New York style delicatessen serving Mediterranean and Italian cuisine with signature sandwiches, soups and salads. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sat brunch 10am-1pm, Sun brunch 10am-4pm.

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Restaurant Guide

Hennessy’s A Main Street Dining Tradition Since 1983

Garibaldi’s (F) 2013 Greene St., 771-8888. Sophisticated neighborhood café with an art deco bar, serving classic Italian fare and delectable seafood. Dinner, Mon-Thurs 5-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5-11pm, Sun 5-10pm.


Hampton Street Vineyard (D) 1201 Hampton St., 252-0850. Offering an array of cuisines with seafood, pastas, beef and chicken. Menu changes quarterly. Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am2pm, Dinner Mon-Sat 6-10pm.

Rosso Trattoria Italia (FA) 4840 Forest Dr., 787-3949. Elegant casual Italian food fare serving up local, seasonal products, Menu boasts an array of pastas, grilled meats, steaks, and excellent wine list. Dinner, Mon-Thurs 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 5-11pm.

Hennessy’s (D) 1649 Main St., 799-8280. One of Columbia’s landmark restaurants offering elegant dining in a casual atmosphere. Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Dinner Mon-Thurs 6-9pm, Fri-Sat 6-9:30pm.

Business, Bridal, and Private Dinners and Luncheons are available!

Hennessy’s Restaurant  &  Lounge 1649  Main  Street,  Columbia,  SC (803)  799-­‐8280

Lexington Arms (L) 314 West Main St., 3592700. Serving a wide variety of foods including lamb, beef stroganoff, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Dinner, Mon-Thurs 5:30-9pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-10pm. Momo’s Bistro (DS) 2930 Devine St., 2522700. Fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Choose from seafood, steak, pork, chicken, lamb and salads. Dinner Mon-Thurs 5:30-10pm, Fri 5:30-11pm, Sat 5:30-10pm, Sun Brunch 10:302:30pm. Motor Supply Bistro (V) 920 Gervais St., 256-6687. Serving up innovative food with a menu that changes twice daily. Lunch, TueSat 11:30am-2:30pm, Sun Brunch 11am-3pm, Dinner, Tue-Thurs 5:30-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:3010:30pm, Sun 5:30-9pm. P.O.S.H. (D) 1400 Main St. (in the Sheraton Hotel), 988-1400. Breakfast only, Mon-Fri 6:30-10:30am, Sat-Sun 6:30-11am. Ristorante Divino (V) 803 Gervais St., 7994550. Authentic Northern Italian cuisine, serving homemade pastas, seafood, duck and beef. Reservations suggested. Dinner, Mon-Sat 6pm-until.

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Terra (W) 100 State St., 791-3443. Great neighborhood restaurant serving wood-oven pizzas, quail, red drum, steaks and salads. Dinner, Tue-Sat 5pm-until.


Grecian Gardens (W) 2312 Sunset Blvd., 794-7552. Authentic Greek cuisine including an excellent wine list. Menu selections include chicken, seafood, steaks, Greek pizza, salads and sandwiches. Lunch and Dinner, Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-9pm.

Moe’s Grapevine (R) 4478 Rosewood Dr., 7768463. Casual and personal dining experience with an Italian flare. Lunch, Tue-Fri 11am2:30pm, Dinner Tue 5-9pm, Wed-Sat 5-10pm.

Travinia Italian Kitchen (L) 5074 Sunset Blvd., 957-2422; (N) 101 Sparkleberry Crossing Rd., 419-9313. Contemporary Italian cuisine serving fresh pasta, soups, chicken, pizza, veal and seafood. Lunch and Dinner Mon-Thurs 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm, Sun 12-9pm. Villa Tronco (D) 1213 Blanding St., 2567677. Enjoy casual fine dining in Columbia’s oldest Italian restaurant. Old world charm with authentic recipes. Lunch, Mon-Fri 11:00am2pm, Dinner Mon-Sat 5-9pm.


Camon Japanese Restaurant (D) 1332 Assembly St., 254-5400. Hibachi-style cooking with seafood, steak and chicken. Dinner, MonSat 5-9:30pm. Sakura Japanese Restaurant (FA) 4827 Forest Dr., 738-9330. A local favorite serving up an array of tasty seafood and sushi dishes prepared fresh daily. Lunch, Mon-Sat 11:30am-2pm, Dinner Mon-Thurs 5:30-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:3010pm. Sato Japanese Steak & Seafood (FA) 1999 Beltline Blvd., 782-1064. Authentic Japanese cuisine prepared at your table with the finest chefs. Dinners include appetizer, soup, and salad. Choose from steak, chicken or seafood. Lunch Tue-Fri 11am-3pm, Dinner 4:30-10pm daily.


Al-Amir (I) 7001 St. Andrews Rd., 732-0522. Lunch, Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm, Dinner MonFri 5:30-9:30pm, Sat-Sun 11:30-9:30. Gervais & Vine (V) 620-A Gervais St., 7998463. Spanish-styled Mediterranean wine and tapas bar offering a wide selection of beers, outside seating and a menu with culinary influences from across the Med. Dinner, MonThurs 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 5-11pm.

Mon-Sat 4:30pm-Until  :  620-A  Gervais  St.     803.799.VINE  (8463)  :

Columbia's  Premiere  Tapas  Bar   since  1999  with  over  50  tapas  and  50   wines  by  the  glass.  LIVE  JAZZ  every   Thursday  and  Saturday.

The Best Happy Hour in Forest Acres with $7 Wood-­Fired Pizzas and $4 Martinis. LIVE Music every Saturday. Rosso Trattoria Italia is located in beautiful Forest Acres.


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Ego Fare Late night fun and great food is served up at the new Alter Ego Tapas & Lounge


estled away in the Shoppes of Flight Deck, Alter Ego Tapas and Lounge is the newest addition to the Lexington restaurant and bar scene. With eclectic décor in an intimate setting, this place is the perfect choice for a quick bite and a drink with friends. Alter Ego offers both inside seating and several tables outside on the patio. And coming this summer, owners Sean Miller and Jonathan

Alter Ego during lunch, you’ll find highly attentive servers and fast, affordable fare. They offer an excellent selection of salads and soups, including a huge Chef Salad filled to the brim with mixed greens, plenty of veggies and your choice of dressing. Another favorite is the “Build Your Own” salad, where you mix and match virtually anything you can imagine as a salad ingredient. The full menu is also available during lunch, if

Knight hope to open up the rooftop deck. Plans include having a live DJ to spin tunes and entertain patrons while offering beer service on the roof. “We opened in February of this year and everything is going really well,” said Miller. “My partner’s in the military and we’re working to create a place that all types of people can enjoy.” Both Miller and Knight are locals, who grew up in the greater Columbia area. If you’re checking out

you’d like to have something a little more substantial. The Big Bacon Cheeseburger comes topped with a mound of bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and provolone cheese. It definitely lives up to its name, with big, juicy meat and lots of napkins. Looking for something healthy? Order the Ego Tilapia, which gives you six ounces of delicious tilapia, topped with spinach and dressing for only $7.99. Not into fish? The Alter

Authentic Maryland Crab Cakes with Capri salad and honey basil vinaigrette dressing.

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Chicken gives you the same acoustic soloist and Saturday treatment, with six ounces of features a full band. The chicken served with spinach and soundtrack is rock-centric, with dressing. a mix of classic to contemporary. The tapas menu offers Various local artists are featured one item for $4.50 or three for on any given night. If singing $10.50. You’d do well to try in public is your forte, don’t the bruschetta and the mini miss Thursdays, when “The pita-melt platter, with five mini 2 Michaels” run fun karaoke pita-melts in your choice of nights. ham, turkey, tuna club or cheese. Alter Ego is striving For a spectacular to be Lexington’s number one finish to your meal, you’ll have late night spot. The majority of a hard time choosing between other restaurants and bars in the the Ego Cheesecake and the Lexington area close prior to Altered Brownie. The cheesecake 2:00am, when Alter Ego is still is made in the traditional New going strong. York style and is topped with – Melissa Sprouse-Browne Hershey’s syrups. The brownie is homemade, served warm and topped with vanilla ice cream. Things get really Alter Ego Tapas & Lounge interesting when the sun goes down – Alter Ego turns into a 109-U Old Chapin Road, Lexington lively venue with live music and (803) 808-0832 drink specials all night long. On Wednesday and Friday, Open Daily 11:00am – 2:00am the entertainment is from an


“My partner’s in the military and we’re working to create a place that all types of people can enjoy.” –Sean Miller

Restaurant Guide Seafood

Blue Fin (N) 461-4 Town Center Place, 8657346. An upscale yet casual atmosphere with a full bar. Dishes include seafood, pasta, chicken, soups and salads. Lunch daily 11am-2:45pm, Dinner Mon-Thurs 3-10pm, Fri-Sat 3-11pm, Sun 3-9:30pm.

Ristorante Divino

Blue Marlin (V) 1200 Lincoln St., 799-3838. Serving dishes with a Cajun and Creole influence. Menu includes seafood, steaks and chicken. Lunch, Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30, Dinner Mon-Fri 5:30-10pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am-11pm. Bonefish Grill (FA) 4708 Forest Dr., 787-6200; (I) 1260 Bower Pkwy., 407-1599. Great seafood dishes prepared on a wood-burning grill, all within a relaxed casual atmosphere. Dinner Mon-Thurs 4-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 4-11:30pm, Sun 4-10pm.

Catch 22 (I) 1085 Lake Murray Blvd., 749-4700. A fine-dining seafood restaurant with an array of seafood dishes, steak, chicken, sandwiches, soups and salads. Kids menu available. Dinner TueThurs 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 5-11pm. The Oyster Bar (V) 1123 Park St., 799-4484. Columbia’s original oyster bar, serving the freshest Gulf oysters, steamed or raw, soups, and shrimp and grits. Mon-Sat 4-until.

Refreshingly Elegant Fine Northern Italian Cuisine

Pastas ~ Gnocchi ~ Risotto ~ Veal ~ Seafood ~ Daily Seasonal Specials Wine Spectator Award Winners every year from 2002-2010 Serving Dinner Monday through Saturday Starting at 6pm 803 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201 Reservations are suggested - 803.799.4550

Pearlz Oyster Bar (V) 936 Gervais St., 6617741. Fun, eclectic restaurant serving the freshest seafood in a casual dining atmosphere. Daily 4pm-until.


Mint Julep Bistro & Lounge (N) 120 Sparkleberry Crossing Dr., 419-7200. Mediterranean style “small-plate” dining with traditional Southern ingredients. Selections include shrimp & grits, gumbo, BBQ, chicken dishes, soups and salads. Full wine and liquor bar. Dinner Mon-Thurs 4-10pm, Fri-Sat 4-11pm. Mr. Friendly’s (F) 2001 Greene St., 254-7828. Serving new Southern cuisine including seafood, chicken, beef and wild game. Sophisticated and casual atmosphere, extensive wine list and a wide variety of micro-brew beer. Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Dinner Mon-Thurs 5:3010pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-10:30pm.

Steaks and Seafood

Ruth’s Chris Steak House (D) 924-A Senate St. (in the Hilton Hotel), 212-6666. U.S.D.A. prime beef, chops, chicken and fresh seafood. Reservations recommended. Breakfast daily 7-10:30am, Lunch daily 11am-3pm, Dinner SunThurs 3-10pm, Fri-Sat 3-11pm.

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Science Restored An antique collector’s persistent efforts land him the crown jewel of telescopes


elestial considerations seen through Bob Ariail’s life-lens could bring May 7-14, National Astronomy Week, into sharp focus. Inspired in his formative years by a teacher who appreciated the study of planets, stars and moon, Ariail was drawn into astronomy’s enduring allure after college, after serving in the U.S. Air Force, after the insurance business called him to a career. The avocation whose gravitational pull was heavenly for him is perhaps the only academic discipline in which amateurs regularly make stunning contributions. On his own he became knowledgeable by reading and listening to learned professionals. Then he became a collector of antique telescopes, and that venture necessitated that he teach himself to restore rare instruments. Music and mathematics, it’s said, are cognitively compatible, as are mathematics and astronomy, and Ariail is gifted in all, according to his long-time friend, trumpeter Sonny Smith. “He is a

great musician – clarinet, alto saxophone, flute – he can play them all. We played in college dance bands together, primarily as The Pastels. Bob’s attention to details makes him a great businessman – by the numbers, a great musician, and a great astronomer,” said Smith, who – like Ariail - also made insurance his career. As this Southern gentleman made friends in the astronomy discipline, he gained cooperation and respect within the ancient discipline. In a network of like-minded discoverers he learned of important telescopes in need of a new owner, and oftentimes also in need of tender loving care. He created a workshop at home and taught himself how to fabricate long-missing parts long from otherwise-still viable optical pieces. “When I arrived on the scene at the South Carolina State Museum early in 1983, I was working with Bob within days,” recalled Ron Shelton, science curator emeritus. “He noted in a 1942 issue of Sky and Telescope Magazine there had been a very historic

A Job Well Done: Bob Ariail (on right) receiving the Lippershey Medal from Kenneth Launie, President of the Antique Telescope Society.

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Fitz telescope commissioned for Erskine College, had gone to the college believing it might still exist and helped officials locate it. By that time he already had been restoring it for six or seven years in a designated room in the Science Museum and Planetarium (adjacent to the former Columbia Museum of Art at the corner of Senate and Bull streets), with some fabrication taking place in his own workshop.” Even then, Shelton said, Ariail had an ambition that the oldest known remaining Fitz telescope would eventually come to the state museum. “By then, Bob had begun writing for astronomy journals, and was collaborating with Deborah Jean Warner, curator, Physical Sciences Collection, National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institute,” Shelton said. Together Warner and Ariail revised the definitive book on America’s premiere 19th century telescope maker. In connection with his work and findings, Ariail was invited to speak to an assembly in Washington, D.C. His accommodations during that trip were at the Blair House, official guest house of the American president. In 1995 the book he co-authored, Alvan Clark and Sons: Artists in Optics, was released by Smithsonian Institute Press. Some of Ariail’s earlier writings included descriptions of his ongoing study and restoration of the Fitz. When he found it in an Erskine physics lab closet, pieces were missing; the box of miscellany came with no instruction manual. Attempts to find a comparable instrument to study were nearly impossible. While that tedious, uncharted restoration work was underway on weekends and evenings, Ariail was building his insurance business to a level of success that allowed him to continue collecting. Thirteen years later when the telescope was finally fixed, Bob approached Historic Columbia



Foundation (HCF) about showcasing the ornate brass telescope in the east parlor of the Hampton Preston Mansion. “Ariail arranged for a live model in period attire to interpret the scene, and paid local professional photographer Crawford Clarkson to shoot it,” Shelton said. Ariail especially wanted Columbians to have an opportunity to see, and know about, the historic and ornate telescope with brass fittings and mahogany tube, because his agreement with Erskine College included its return. Dr. Rodger Stroup was director of HCF at that time. “I remember it was a very beautiful telescope, brass and mahogany, appropriate for the period of its setting.” recalled Stroup. “It’s not that, to our knowledge, there ever was any telescope here,” said HCF Director of Cultural Resources John Sherrer. “But the families who lived here were learned people of their times, and we still occasionally hear from visitors who came while that vignette was up. It made a lasting impression.” “Taking the Fitz back to Erskine after having worked on it so lovingly for 13 arduous years must have been one of the longest trips Bob ever took,” Shelton said. Ariail was invited to present back to Erskine the restored telescope, then and still the oldest known remaining observatory telescope built by Henry Fitz, in ceremonies at the McCain Library April 27, 1985. “All along his ambition was

Project Complete: The fully restored Henry Fitz Telescope.

remains on view to this day.” Since the pinnacle moment in which the exhibit opened in October

“Over the years the Fitz telescope’s presence at the South Carolina State Museum has drawn scholars and other visitors. It has been a status point to potential donors and the astronomy community around the world.” – Ron Shelton for it to eventually come to the South Carolina State Museum,” Shelton said. At that time the state museum was an official South Carolina agency, and staff members were working in the1893 textile mill building, but a wait still lay ahead. “I went with Bob back to Erskine and we came away with a commitment for that historic telescope to become part of the state museum collection,” Shelton recalled. “The first exhibit built re-created the Erskine Observatory, including the Fitz, and it

1988 and Ariail was recognized for first discovering the telescope still existed at Erskine, then restored and ultimately returned it, eventually persuaded the liberal arts institution to donate it, the insurance man continued writing and collecting. Over the years the telescope’s presence at the museum has drawn scholars and other visitors. “It has been a status point to potential donors and the astronomy community around the world,” Shelton said. Thus Ariail and his

contributions – including other telescopes given over the years – have helped set the stage for the success of the Windows to a New World project. The project’s planners believe the project will position South Carolina on the cutting edge of science education in an innovative, multi-dimensional facility that will include an observatory and digital-dome planetarium. Among the instruments to outfit the addition, projected to open in a few years, will be telescopes, courtesy of Ariail. Ariail’s influence has crossed town. The new Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library on the University of South Carolina campus already has been given important illustrated books of early astronomy from Ariail’s collection. The library anticipates more books coming from the USC alumna. Thanks to Ariail, Columbia has enviable lenses trained on the future. „

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Social Scene » Fun Times for a Good Cause Junior Woman’s Club of Lexington Fashion Show

First Birthday Party




The Country Club of Lexington was in bright lights for the 7th annual Junior Woman’s Club of Lexington fashion show gala, showcasing spring fashion apparel. Proceeds benefitted the Lexington County Women’s and Children’s Charities.





Great gifts, good fun and birthday cake to boot were the rave at Especially For You. The evening was a celebration marking their first year in business.


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SC Ovarian Cancer Foundation’s Celebrity Fashion Show Columbia’s Convention Center was alive in color for this fundraiser featuring local celebrities as the runway models. Proceeds benefitted the Foundation’s Riverbanks Region Chapter to educate women about ovarian cancer.










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Columbia Living May/June 2011  

Premiere lifestyle magazine of Columbia South Carolina. May/June issue of 2011.

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