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Fall Into Style Fashion’s Best Traditions Have a Fresh Look

Back to School Issue 13 Pages of Tips & Advice for a Stress Free Year

Plus: Wealth Management Guide Inside! Investment Intel From the Pros


5 Fall Beers You’ll Want to Try

Dawn Corley The Queen of Antique Silver

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Automotive Easy D-I-Y solutions to create a dream garage Art Seen The untried path offers Pat Parise an array of talented arrows in his quiver Staff Picks New book titles for some good reading Events Local fundraisers, cultural events, family outings, and more Local Chatter Bits-and-pieces of happenings in Columbia

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Beauty We found new ways to add body and bounce to your hair Fashion Columbia’s cool trends for the new season

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A love for all things old has amassed Dawn Corley a rare antique silver collection that has served royalty and U.S. Presidents


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Dining Out Dianne’s on Devine Viva La Vista Recipes and chef interviews for the Vista’s signature food festival Restaurant Guide The best spots for eating and drinking in Columbia Libations Five autumn beers that you’ll want to try this fall

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conform to an uneven surface. Common household vinyl floor cleaners are fine for care and maintenance of this system. And, at $3.75 per square foot, it’s a sensible choice. Another option with any of the modular flooring is simply creating a parking pad. If you want a nice area for parking only, you might put together a small pad that is slightly larger than your vehicle. It’s a way to dress up your garage without going to the trouble of working on the entire floor. Epoxy Paint If you’re thinking of painting your garage floor, you have to be careful in your choice of products. A typical concrete paint found at a home improvement center won’t provide the performance needed in a garage environment. The challenge with that type of paint is that it reactivates itself whenever a hot tire is rolled over it, causing the paint to lift from the surface. You’ll end up with paint on your tires and not on your floor. James Galante with King Concrete Designs in Columbia recommends an epoxy paint process. “If you want a true showroom floor appearance, you need the epoxy process,” shares James. Professional preparation of the floor surface will be needed to get the right result. “We grind down to the surface layer to make everything fresh. We then roll on the initial layer of epoxy, which adheres on the molecular level, and the color chip flakes are spread out throughout the garage floor,” said James. “We remove any excess flakes and complete the process with a clear coat sealant.” It’s the clear coat that prevents the hot tire lifting, and also creates a barrier to protect the flooring from oil and other damaging chemicals. No matter what flooring you choose, your home and garage can be the envy of the neighborhood when you dress up your basic concrete with one of these high-end options. Your car will thank you for it! – Melissa Sprouse-Browne September/ October    2011  |    13

Buzz » Art Seen

More Than Landscapes The untried path offers Pat Parise an array of arrows to pull from his quiver


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are apt preparation for a series of framed abstract paintings hanging nearly ceiling high in a neatly-spaced configuration. Some of these paintings were part of a Gallery 80808 show featuring his works last year; the others from the original series are now in the possession of collectors. “I’ve had four solo shows at 808 since 2005,” Pat said. The colors coursing through the paintings might have been inspired by the lustrous end papers found in antiquarian books, only the hues are much richer, almost electric. Abstracts on display around the studio give way to expansive countertops – workspaces for his myriad projects, and

landscapes. “Before my brother persuaded me to consider coming to the art school at USC, I had studied fine art at Bethany College in Salina, Kansas, under the tutelage of Raymond Kaymeyer. A pastel collage on a large easel exhibits one of Pat’s ways of being frugal with materials. “After the death of my father when I was six years old, my mother raised us four.” Money was tight. Pat learned to use resources wisely. “The pieces of this collage were hand-cut from mat board remnants. I just couldn’t see them go to waste.” Pat worked out an intricate design for the large-scale piece then began cutting shapes to fill in his design. The 1/8-

Pat credits his mother – “she was a wonderful painter” – for some of the techniques he employs today in his landscapes.

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along the linear wall space above them stretch yards of landscapes – almost a gallery of their own. It is from these finished works, many South Carolina scenes, that his early October show at City Art in The Vista will be comprised. Wendeth Thomas Wells, owner of City Art, said this show – Pat’s first local show in a commercial gallery – will focus upon his stylized landscapes. And he will complete more before the City Art opening October 6. “I just finished a Northern Winter scene painted from reference material I pulled from my portfolio.” Pat credits his mother – “she was a wonderful painter” – for some of the techniques he employs today in his

inch thickness of the mat board lifts each piece from the surface creating just enough depth to make it slightly 3-D with nearly a shadow rimming each piece. It’s not unusual for Pat to be involved in multiple projects in various stages of completion. Returning day after day to add new layers of color or texture is how he achieves the intensity that characterizes his landscapes, in demand by collectors in both private and public domains. He moves fluidly from one genre to another. His USC professor, and over the years, his mentor, the celebrated printmaker Boyd Saunders said Pat’s way of working “is the mark of great skill. Pat really knows his craft. I have


hroughout his three-decade career as an artist, Patrick “Pat” Parise has built on the tried and true – techniques, applied theories and other lessons he learned at the University of South Carolina’s School of Art in the mid-70s. But it’s also true that he’ll try new things that challenge or appeal to him. So far he’s been successful at making the untried work, then including the new as integral parts of his output. Before he begins his disciplined day at making art in his spacious studio, he puts on a CD pulled from an extensive music library shelved close to his art supplies. “Whatever I choose for a given day is for background only. Could be instrumentals, ballads, even a little soft rock, but I don’t want anything that would interfere with my concentration,” Pat said. As he crosses the threshold into his well-lit workspace, he passes by a symmetrical collection of ceramic plates and other vessels he painted over a period of ten years on pre-fired material. Visually, the swirling patterns and rich colors of the plates

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save up for the purchase of his own Charles Brandt Etching Press, open an etching studio and begin making limited editions and monoprints. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some collectors Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve dealt with have been so taken by my copper and zinc plates they have offered to buy them.â&#x20AC;? But the artist either â&#x20AC;&#x153;cancels the plateâ&#x20AC;? after the limited edition is fully printed or reuses the metal in other ways. Examples of his wide-ranging work accessorize the home he shares with his wife Sandra, a family law attorney. One of his early forays in a new direction was not on the walls of their home, but underfoot. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I designed a custom in-laid floor of wood and marble for the foyer of our home, and from there I have done several others in the Columbia area.â&#x20AC;? Putting together shapes and cuts of various wood species was not unlike designing the geometric monoprints that have become one of his signatures â&#x20AC;&#x201C; although the scale was larger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I enjoy the process and they now are another specialty. I keep my saws, nail gun and compressor close by.â&#x20AC;? Patâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set of skills was also expanded when he was asked to design and craft 28 seven-foot tall mahogany candelabras for Shandon Presbyterian Church in Columbia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had never really done anything quite like that before, but a lot within art is transferable so I was able to figure it out.â&#x20AC;? A new genre for Patrick Parise? Sure, but surely not the last. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rachel Haynie Pat with his newest abstract work, Recycled 60 x 40 mat always admired his commitment to his work. Pat has a lot of arrows in his quiver.â&#x20AC;? Boyd added that in addition to his industry, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pat presents himself well, can talk with anybody, and I do believe could charm a bird right down out of a tree.â&#x20AC;? It was Saunders who set Pat on his path to printmaking. Pat has just pulled an artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proof off the press for his printmaking class when Saunders walked by. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He took a look at what I had done, and walked on toward his office. In a minute he came back and asked me to come to his office. I wondered if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d done something wrong,â&#x20AC;? Pat recalled. What Saunders had seen in that intricately designed piece was potential, promise. Instead of admonishing Pat for anything, Saunders asked if the piece could be used on the cover of the upcoming course catalogue for the Art department. Soon after Pat finished his studies at USC, Saunders gave the new graduate another opportunity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He invited me to oversee the printmaking studio in the evenings for several years, and that was quite an honor.â&#x20AC;? Pat was able to

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Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India by Miranda Kennedy


he sights, smells and sounds that are India are hard to explain to those who have never experienced them and nearly impossible to duplicate. However, Miranda Kennedy has done a remarkable job in her memoir Sideways on a Scooter, as she takes readers into what is modern day India. But while Kennedy captures the essence of today’s India impeccably, she captures its citizens and especially the women of India even more intricately, showing the true beauty of a country lies within the heart of its people. The wealth of information and insight in Sideways on a Scooter truly offers a peek into a world completely unknown to the average American, a world often ripe with injustice and poverty but also just as full of elegance and pride. Dreams of Joy

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In her much awaited sequel to Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has once again transported readers to a China of another time. However, instead of the glamour of Shanghai at its height of power and prosperity, we are taken to the Red China of Mao-Tse-Tung as the innocent nineteen year old Joy searches for her father, the famous painter of “beautiful girls” known as Z.G. Li. As family secrets unravel so does a country on the edge of revolution and disaster, traveling from the city of Shanghai to the countryside of rural China, Chinese American Joy soon finds herself captivated by her first love and later horrific events she could never have imagined. Traditional Chinese culture and political upheaval combine with the love of family and tradition to create a book of theatrical proportions showing why Lisa See is considered a true master at her craft.

Everyone has secrets but the neighbors who live in and around Litchfield House on the outskirts of London seem to have an abundance of them. Closely they hold onto those secrets they keep from others and occasionally they even hide darker truths from themselves. A nosy neighbor who watches all, a handsome adulterer, three distinctly different college girls and a drunken old woman determined to end her life in a bottle, all play a role in the story to be told. As a dazzling cast of characters emerge in Ruth Rendell’s latest masterpiece so does the traditional “who-done-it” and the ensuing mystery. Modern day London comes alive, as readers are taken on a twisting journey in this psychological thriller with an original cast of characters and an ending not to be missed. „

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Local fundraisers, cultural events, family outings and more… September 2 - October 28 Fall Main Street Marketplace Open-air market featuring fresh produce, baked goods, gifts, art, handmade crafts, and more. Downtown-Boyd Plaza, 779-4005. Friday’s only, 10am-2pm. September 15 SC Philharmonic presents Masterworks 1-Autumn Romance Enjoy local and worldwide musicians. Jennifer Frautschi on violin, Korngold-violin concerto, and more. Koger Center for the Arts, 771-7937. 7:30pm. Ticket prices vary. September 16 3rd Annual Bar Stool Classic A 9-hole putt-putt tournament through Five Points bars and restaurants. $500 cash prize for winner. All proceeds benefit the Babcock Center Foundation adults with disabilities. Five Points, 5pm. 748-7373. $10. September 16 - October 2 Disney’s Alice In Wonderland, Jr Join Alice’s madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the white rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game. Village Square Theatre. Fri-Sat, 8pm, Sun, 3pm. 359-1436. Ticket prices vary. September 17 - October 2 Tour Of Homes Columbia’s largest Open-House of new homes for sale, this annual scattered-site showing gives you the opportunity to see the best communities, as well as fine homes in every price range. Locations vary. Noon-6pm. 798-0009. September 23-24 Irmo Okra Strut Two day event featuring a parade, street dance, arts & crafts, rides, and lots of food. Irmo Village Shopping Center, 781-7050. September 25 Viva La Vista Food Festival Signature event to sip and sample from 30 Vista restaurants preparing food and offering lots of tasty, affordable bites with a full lineup

of bands playing all afternoon. The Vista, noon-6pm. 269-5946. September 30 - October 2 Columbia City Ballet presents Off The Wall And Onto The Stage Evocative choreography combines with lowcountry painter Jonathan Green’s colorful Gullah imagery for a theatrical event. Koger Center for the Arts, 799-7605. Show times vary. September 30 Riverbanks Zoofari The Zoo’s premier fundraiser. Catch a glimpse of some wild creatures, savor tasty cuisine and cool libations and bid on one-of-a-kind silent and live auction items. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, 779-8717. 7pm. October 1 21st Walk For Life and 5k Race For Life All proceeds stay in the community and benefit Palmetto Health Breast Cancer. Finlay Park, 8:30am. 434-7275. October 1 Congaree Bluegrass Festival Family-oriented festival featuring music from Steep Canyon Rangers, Bill Wells, Capital City Cloggers, and more. Children’s area. Granby Gardens Park, 11am-7pm. 796-9020. Free admission. October 7 Wingard’s Nursery presents Art in the Garden VI Food, fun and great music by Orleans and special guest Felix Cavaliere. Ticket price includes two-hour concert, gourmet dinner with wine and beer, a juried art show, and silent auction. Wingard’s Nursery & Garden Center, 7-10:30pm. 359-9091. $50. October 15 5th Annual Fur Ball Moonlight Gala Cocktails, heavy hors d’oeurves and dancing fill the evening along with live and silent auctions, and plenty of entertainment to keep your tail wagging all night. Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 7:30pm. 407-0991.

October 15 USMC Ultimate Challenge Mud Run Teams of 4 compete along a 5.2 mile allterrain course filled with military-style obstacles. Children ages 5-13 can enter the Pollywog, a mini version of the real thing. Features music, food, games and rides along with vendors. The Leatherneck, 7am-7pm. 929-6650. Prices vary. October 20-21 5th Annual Haunted History Halloween Program This family-friendly event features ghoulish guides who lead visitors on a spooky journey and tell ghostly stories, including strange and unusual events in Lexington County’s antebellum. Lexington County Museum, 359-8369. Times and prices vary. October 21-30 Boo At The Zoo Annual Halloween spook-tacular.  Children 12 and younger are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, a freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and more. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, 6-9pm. 779-8717. October 22-29 Tricks & Treats at the State Museum Bring your family to the annual haunted Halloween parties for two weekends of fun, chills and thrills. Wear a costume and receive $1 off general admission. South Carolina State Museum, Saturdays 10am-4pm. 898-4952. October 22 Carolina Green Fair Features a kidzone with carnival games, rock climbing, and face painting, art walk with a variety of paintings and crafts, and local musicians. 100+ exhibitors. Finlay Park, noon6pm. 843-513-2655. October 22 25th Annual Group Therapy Chili Cook-Off Competitors battle to win the title of “Best Chili” for various categories. These tasty recipes include vegetarian, traditional, wild things, exotic and hot stuff. Five Points, 748-7373. September/  October    2011  |    17

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onger lives, inadequate savings and a long economic recovery are among the reasons why more people are working past the average retirement age of 63. Americans are changing the game plan for retirement, with millions laboring right past the traditional retirement age and working into their late 60s and beyond – a trend expected to accelerate as baby boomers close in on retirement without sufficient savings. Additionally, as more baby boomers retire, we are seeing a steady increase in the number of workers in the 55 and over age group and a rise in the number of “mature” workers who want to remain in the labor force (i.e., want to continue to work and also to remain active). As a result, more and more men and women over the age of 50, particularly C-level executives, are making an investment in their long-term health by participating in an age management program such as Cenegenics Carolinas. Cenegenics helps patients manage the aging process through a personalized plan of exercise, nutrition, weight management, and hormone replacement therapy and optimization to improve quality of life, promote longevity, and feel years younger, among other healthy aging benefits. Headed by Mickey Barber, MD, age management specialist and former assistant professor at Tulane University, Cenegenics

Carolinas takes a preventive approach to help patients stave off age-related disease. Rather than waiting for disease to occur, Cenegenics uses a scientific based program to improve health before disease appears. This is key for those who are concerned about retirement savings and want to extend their healthy, active working years past the traditional average retirement age. More can be done about the decline in health that comes from the risk associated with family history, lifestyle, and the aging process than taking a pill. My goal is to get the message out that there is more to cardiac health than just taking medication, that it’s never too late to make the changes that will help you age healthier, and— though we can’t stop the aging process—we can control our health as we age. I’m not just an age management physician, I’m also a patient and a grateful living example that we can manage the aging process and stave off disease through a personalized plan. – Kelly Johnson To learn more or speak with Dr. Barber, call (843) 724-7272 or visit

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eautiful butterflies will fill the air at the SC State House September 27, at 5:30 p.m. as the SC Ovarian Cancer Foundation Riverbanks Region Chapter holds its annual “Whispers” event to promote awareness of the whispering symptoms of ovarian cancer. September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Participants will release hundreds of butterflies in memory or honor of a relative or friend who has been affected by ovarian cancer and other female-related cancers. Each year more than 20,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and of those more than 15,000 will lose their lives. One in 72 women will develop some form of ovarian cancer in their lifetime. Ovarian cancer is called “the disease that whispers”, because women may not recognize the symptoms that signal the onset. It is one of the deadliest cancers among women, often detected too late to be cured. If detected early, ovarian cancer has a 95% five-year survival rate. Ovarian cancer is never detected through pap smear examinations. Columbia businesswoman Cathy Novinger, who chairs the Chapter and is an ovarian cancer survivor said, “It’s important to understand that all women are at risk for this disease, but it does not have to be fatal. Symptoms are vague, but they do exist. We want to make sure women know what they are and that there are tests available to aid in early detection.” Proceeds from the event help further the Chapter’s mission of educating women in the Midlands about ovarian cancer. For more information on how to participate in the butterfly release, contact Sandy Boozer or Cathy Novinger at (803) 926-3462.


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Body-Boosting Tricks We found new ways to add body and bounce to your hair



s the old saying goes, everything is bigger and better in Texas. When it comes to hair, though, I like to think that we Southern belles can outvolumize even the bounciest Texan—at least in terms of our locks. Just ask my husband, who often watches me with a confused look as I mousse, blow dry, Velcro roll, tease and hair spray my strands— all with the ultimate goal of hopefully achieving a little bit of bounce and volume. Follow these simple tricks to give your hair a lift (and these tips come at a perfect time because hair with lots of body is very trendy right now!)


Shampoo Wisdom

According to Aly Aun Garcia, a Color Specialist Before at Bella-Riley’s Salon and Day Spa in Lexington, the best place to start achieving a springy look is with volumizing shampoos and conditioners. Garcia says it’s important, though, not to put the conditioner too close to the root of the hair because it can weigh it down. Instead, you should put the conditioner on the ends where it’s needed most. If you’re looking for some recommendations in terms of products that you can use, Elyse Decker, the Artistic Director at Five Points Salon in Columbia, suggests Aveda’s Pure Abundance line. Decker also advises altering the temperature of the water that you use to dampen and rinse your hair. “With your shampoo, you want to use the warmer water and with the final rinse, you should always—whether you’re talking

volume or not—you should always use a little more tepid rinse. It makes the cuticle of the hair better. The shine is better. The control is better,” says Decker.


Go Higher With a Dryer

Once you get out of the shower, the process should continue with a good mousse (or root lifting product) and a blow dryer. Garcia recommends blow drying the hair with a

dry, pop in some big hot rollers (or large Velcro rollers) and finish your dressing routine. The large barrel of these rollers will bend the hair shaft away from the scalp and give it curvature and volume at the root. Just before you walk out the door, take the rollers out, flip your hair over, brush it out, and apply a light or heavy hair spray (whichever you prefer). “You’ll have bounce and volume that people will just stare at all day,” says Garcia.


Fix a Flat (HairDo)

Of course, while your hair might look great leaving the house, there’s no way to guarantee that it will still look that good when you return. After After all, we do live in a hot, humid environment. If your locks fall flat throughout the day, there are several fast fixes that can pump body and bounce back big, fat-barreled round brush in order to into them. Garcia recommends carrying achieve lift and volume. If that’s too time a small can of hair spray (think travel size) consuming for your busy schedule, all you in your handbag so that you can tousle have to do is flip your damp hair upside your strands at the crown and re-spray down, brush towards the floor, and blow it them. If you don’t have any product with dry. Of course, if you’re physically unable you, Decker says all you have to do is find to turn your head upside down, have no a public restroom with a good hand dryer. worries. You can do virtually the same “One of my favorite things is the electric thing by adjusting the way you hold your dryers in public restrooms. Just stick your hair dryer. “Kind of come at your scalp head upside down, underneath the dryer, vertically and blow it up that way. So, you and it blows air and body back into your don’t have to tip upside down, but hold hair.” And voila, you have a re-volumized your blow dryer upside down and let it look! blow the hair up,” says Decker. – Mackenzie Matthews-Taylor Once your hair is completely

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A love for all things old has amassed Dawn Corley a rare antique silver collection that has served royalty and U.S. Presidents WRITTEN BY JACKIE PERRONE » PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAY BROWNE


awn Evers Corley may have been born 200 years late. She seems a product of the 18th century rather than the present, and that’s just fine with her. “The Industrial Revolution may just be a dirty word,” is her opinion. “A work of art must be hand-made, and original. If it’s created from local materials, so much the better. And what could be more artistic than silver? It positively speaks to me.” Known as the Charleston Silver Lady, she has spent her life researching, acquiring, and discussing antique silver and its place in the Colonial era. She credits her great-aunt for stimulating her early interest in historical handwork. By the time she was 10 years old, she says, she had begun acquiring fine antique pieces. Today, she presides over a home, a plantation property, and two shops filled with the handiwork of

Ready to Serve: (right) The dining room setup at Corley Hall. (top) An amorial family crest. (above) Intricate sea shell decorations on a covered dish. 26    |

early American craftsmen as well as items from England and other European locales. She precisely pinpoints the beginning of the machine age at the year of 1835. “Up until that time, silver items were made from melted silver coins. Coin silver is prized for its originality and craftsmanship. When machines came along, sterling became the element of choice.” This Charleston native now lives in Lexington with her husband, Charles “Chuck” Corley, himself a descendant of the family which donated the land for the establishment of the town of Lexington. “Our mutual interest in old things brought us together,” she phrases it. Together, they are involved with just about everything pertaining to the history of this area. Corley gives many lectures every year, traveling across the country and to Europe. She has been featured on local and national television, and was chosen to appraise the jewelry objects found in the Civil-War-era Hunley submarine at the time it was raised in Charleston harbor.

The historic Corley home was the subject of a documentary on HGTV in its series “If Walls Could Talk.” Last year, Corley lent some of her prize pieces to the South Carolina State Museum for a special exhibit, during which she offered classes in the appraisal and understanding of antique silver. The display was extended twice because of its popularity. On the occasion of President Bill Clinton’s last Renaissance weekend, she provided the silver and table setting for Presidents Clinton and both Presidents Bush at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island. She has some of the silver pieces originally owned by John C. Calhoun. To say that she is a seller of antiques has to be something of a stretch, because Corley does not really want to part with her unique possessions. “Owning a piece of antique silver is like owning a moment in time,” she says. “There’s not a tremendous amount of money in Charleston, but there’s a tremendous amount of old things. People cherish their

Dawn Corley »Birthplace: Charleston, SC »Family: Husband, Charles »Current Interest: Life long interest of collecting silver with stories related to the coast and midlands of South Carolina »Passionate About: Preserving the history of South Carolina

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old family pieces, whether it’s a wooden bread paddle or a solid silver fish fork.” She knows the story behind every one of the thousands of items in her collection. A “hot-water urn” dating to 1810 features Bright cutting (an angled incision) and an “amorial,” not a monogram but a family crest element. An inner cylinder allows for hot coals to be immersed in the urn, keeping the liquid hot, and a special vent in the top handle provides an escape for steam. A covered entrée dish, also circa 1810, was fashioned by the celebrated London silversmith Paul Storr, who created authentic chicken-feet as well as sea shells for decoration. A pair of wine stands date to about 1780, made of handrolled Sheffield silver with a laurel design, and with a cobalt inner cup. To own one of these rare items is significant; the matching pair, almost unheard-of. She displays these pieces along

creation. Anything you see with three legs will pre-date the Industrial Revolution. They signify the Holy Trinity.” The word “organic” features heavily in Corley’s discussions. “This agrarian society appreciated and treasured its home products,” she says. “They displayed their garden produce on these hand-made pieces. They made furniture from the trees growing on their property. Shells, ivory, mother-of-pearl; these things from nature were used to embellish their handiwork.” She has a charger tray made in the early 1700’s, of Chinese export silver for the royal family. The design motifs “embrace the earth,” as she expresses it. The fruits and flowers which grew around them are shown, grapes and their leaves and other local produce. She found this piece in an antique mall in Virginia, where she browsed while serving as a visiting lecturer. If you haven’t realized by now that this is a person passionate about her work, you need to see her hug and caress

“A work of art must be hand-made, and original. And what could be more artistic than silver? It positively speaks to me.” – Dawn Corley

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with some Charleston-made coin-silver forks, and goblets featuring the distinctive Bright cutting. Two huge serving pieces allow for the serving of a large entrée such as a goose, or perhaps a venison leg. They are domed, with a shell motif and a gadroon border. One of these pieces, to be brought in by servants, has the amorial etched onto the one side which will be displayed. The other piece has the amorial crest on both sides of the dome, signifying that it was to be set on the table and thus viewed from more than one side. Corley treasures a handsome epergne whose topping references a swallowtail butterfly. “You can see the butterfly motif in the lines,” she exults. “People who don’t look closely think it is off-center and may try to straighten it. This piece rotates although there is no screw anywhere; it is simply designed expertly with sophisticated movable parts. It dates to the 1750’s and rests on three legs, a sign of rare and expert

one of the gorgeous old pieces she holds. “They speak to me!” she says. Each is lovingly hand-polished with - get this! toothpaste. It doesn’t scratch, and helps preserve the shine. The Corleys own and have lovingly restored Lemmonhill Plantation in Fairfield County, filled with antiques authentic to the period. Private tours can be arranged at www.lemmonhillplantation. com. Also, follow the link there to see photos of Corley Hall, their Lexington home. A long-range plan for a permanent antique silver museum in Lexington is in the works, so that these signal creations will be on display for everyone to cherish. Another simmering project: Corley will show up on national television next year, part of a specialty table-top series. Corley is available to speak to local groups, and for appraisals. “Anything hand-made, or pertinent to South Carolina,” she specifies. „






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Home & Garden

The Yin and Yang of Gardening A zen-style garden offers balance and low maintenance upkeep WRITTEN BY KAREN PETIT


reen: The color is not the same as environmental green.” It’s a statement likely to give most gardeners a moment of pause and curiosity, but for landscaper Henry Loconte, who combines his training in botany with feng shui (Chinese design), it’s exactly what you’d expect him to say. That’s because Loconte of Zen Gardens in Columbia offers a one-of-a-kind service as an alternative to the status quo of landscaping. After a brief academic career at the New York Botanical Gardens in the 1990s, Loconte relocated to the South for the milder winters and greater biodiversity of plants. His love for all things green - and serene - led him here, where he creates gardens as special places “conducive to meditation, enlightenment, and the aspirations of life.” Loconte defines zen as the “absence of negative energy from plants positioned with insufficient space and the absence of repetitive high maintenance with small gas engines.” His green philosophy is not “tree

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hugging,” but rather discriminating, with a decided bias against nuisance plants, which are high maintenance and environmentally incorrect. Common nuisance plants include lawns, Oriental wisteria and fig vine, just to name a few. Lawns are high maintenance because they need mowing, edging, fertilizing, and pest control for weeds & insects. The greenest yards would lack lawns altogether, Loconte said. Otherwise, lawns should be minimized, and those narrow strips of grass in front of beds are not green designs. Planting annual grass seed in the winter is not green, because it requires additional maintenance during a season when there should be none, he said. Feng shui uses yin and yang for a balanced design. “Contemporary designs tend to focus on symmetry, which is an artificial construct; nature is not symmetrical,” Loconte said. “Symmetry is boring and does not entice the mind. Yin and yang are best understood as opposite yet equal energies of various forms of polarity, such as color or shape or texture.”

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For example, black and white, or pink and red, or pale yellow and bright yellow. Different shapes include a low rounded shrub versus a taller pyramidal one, he said. Another focus of feng shui is the utilization of water fountains as auspicious sources of positive energy. Traditionally, moving water is positioned to the left side of the front door, but additional placements include the eastern direction (health), southeast (wealth), or north (career). Plant diversity is an important focus of landscaping. Herbs are far more diverse than shrubs, Loconte said, so achieving balance involves biasing for herbs. There are too many shrubs in most landscapes, which makes them imbalanced and too yin, he said. This is because landscape design has been reduced to amassing trees and shrubs, without enough spacing, which adds expense to landscaping. “It’s difficult for shrubs to look good in the long run without giving them the space they need. I’m not into short-term effects; I’m into the long-term sustainability,” said Loconte. Loconte also promotes drip irrigation as the most conservative and effective form of watering, even for lawns. Sprinkler heads are wasteful and, ineffective for trees and shrubs, he said. September/ October    2011  |    31

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Drip lines can replace sprinkler heads of an existing irrigation system, or they can originate directly from faucets. Battery-operated timers for faucet drip systems are an option as well. Vegetable gardens, especially tomatoes, grow best with drip irrigation. And what about those pesky weeds? Loconte specializes in weeds pulled by hand. “This really is the foundation of my hands-on approach to gardening; the human hand is the greenest tool of all, ”Loconte said. Even in a difficult economy, people don’t have to forgo having a beautiful yard and garden. “Landscaping can and should be done in phases,” Loconte said. “We can start with a mailbox garden and work from there.” It only requires people thinking

outside the box to achieve a lovely landscape. “People have a strong desire to hold on to what they have. We become familiar and content with pruned shrubs and cannot envision a world without traditional landscaping,” Loconte said. “Think about the joy of having a low maintenance garden without extreme pruning and only horticultural practices.” If your garden needs a makeover – even an extreme one – maybe it’s time: “We all need more zen in our lives,” he said. „

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» We l l n e s s

The Secret to Great Sleep Feeling a little tired? Follow these simple snooze busters for some quality shut-eye WRITTEN BY CLAIR DELUNE


here’s a story about a tired-looking man who claims to sleep like a baby. The punch line is that he wakes up every three hours. We’ve all had a sleepless night caused by worry or illness. When it’s difficult to fall or stay asleep on a recurring basis, you have insomnia, which is enough to keep anyone up at night. “Sleep is as essential as diet and exercise,” according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). “Inadequate sleep can result in fatigue, depression, concentration problems, illness and injury.” According to the NSF and the

Federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of hours a person should sleep decreases with age as does the ability to fall asleep easily. Infants and children require much more sleep than the 7-8 hours per night recommended for most adults. While insomnia can be caused by health issues, it puts you at risk for more. A lack of short or long-term sleep affects alertness and productivity. In addition to risks of accident or death to yourself and others caused by a lack of mental alertness, a detrimental effect on the economy is attributable to workers with sleep deficits Following a bedtime routine can help you sleep more peacefully.

working below their most productive levels. Campbell McLain, M.D., of Columbia’s SleepMed Clinic, specializes in medical issues as they relate to sleep disorders. Dr. McLain says you might have a sleep problem if you feel sleepier than normal during your waking hours, have trouble achieving or maintaining sleep at night with consequences during the day, or if anything unusual happens in your sleep. “Talk to a physician about your sleep if you have a problem,” Dr. McLain says. “The daytime consequences guide the urgency, but you are putting yourself and others at risk if the problem is not resolved. Sleeplessness plays a role in 100,000 vehicle accidents per year. Many of our man-made disasters – from Three Mile Island, to Chernobyl, to the recent incidents of sleeping on the job by pilots and air traffic controllers – are attributable to sleep concerns.” You are not alone. About 70 million Americans are up nights on a regular basis worrying about, if nothing else, their insomnia. Dr. McLain says one-third of the population experiences occasional insomnia, and 10 percent have chronic insomnia with daytime consequences that adversely affect them professionally or socially. In addition to the risk of hazards caused by sleeplessness, there are health risks from a lack of healthful sleep. “The mortality rate for insomniacs is much higher across all causes,” Dr. McLain says. “Whatever illness you have is worsened by a lack of sleep. Studies show that less than six hours per night for an adult results in negative health effects.” Some health issues worsened by a lack of good sleep include asthma, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, depression, vascular problems, heart and lung illnesses and diabetes. During the wee hours of the morning the body needs to be in certain stages of sleep to produce some healthful benefits, and paradoxically not produce others that can have adverse effects on the body if not regulated. September/ October    2011  |    33

“Cortisol, leptin and ghrelin are hormones necessary to regulate body functions. If disrupted by inadequate or interrupted sleep, they can result in weight gain, an increase in likelihood for diabetes and stroke, strain on the heart and vascular systems, and asthma attacks,” Dr. McLain says. “Sleep apnea is another health risk that occurs in over five percent of the population but is estimated to be undiagnosed in 80 percent of the sufferers.” Dr. McLain recommends medical attention if you believe you have sleep apnea, which has symptoms most often noticed by someone other than the patient. “The body relaxes as we sleep,” Dr. McLain says. “For some, the airway is constructed in a way that allows it to close off when fully relaxed, resulting in a lack of air. The sleep is interrupted multiple times each night as the sleeper rouses – sometimes slightly, other times with gasping or choking.” Signs of apnea include waking with a dry mouth, feeling unrested, or loud snoring that wakes you or another person. Smoking exacerbates apnea, which can be associated with an increased risk for diabetes, impotence, and weight gain,as well as death from suffocation. A good night’s sleep is a necessity to recharge the body and live as long and healthful life as possible. Those who claim, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead,” should be careful what they wish for – the medical facts show that one cannot trade vital sleep hours for waking hours without risking dire consequences. What’s a poor insomniac to do? Improve your SHQ (sleep hygiene quotient).

Exercise during the day to reduce stress and allow your body to relax. Evidence shows that exercising late can detract from your ability to fall asleep or maintain a sleep state.

In The Evening

Refrain from alcoholic beverages – they seem to make you drowsy, but once their effects wear off, you waken, throwing your body’s sleep rhythms off. If you do drink alcohol, limit your intake to no more than an ounce per hour, with the last drink at least three hours before sleep so your liver can metabolize the alcohol. Don’t eat large meals past seven p.m. If you need a light snack, consider foods that help you sleep – turkey contains tryptophan, which helps you nod off. Warm milk is a champ for knocking you out naturally. Remember, hot cocoa contains a stimulant, so if you feel hyper from chocolate, spritz some vanilla in your hot toddy for a change of brain pace.

Turn off the appliances – TV, computer, smartphone, IPod – stop studying or working and darken your sleep space. Even LED lights from your alarm clock can disrupt your sleep. Dr. McLain says a lack of light causes the sleep hormone, melatonin, to signal the brain it is time for sleep. Perform your nightly ritual – the older we get the harder it is to switch gears. Give your brain a signal by going through the same motions every night. Set out your clothes for the next day, brush your teeth and hair, wash your face, pat the pet, kiss your loved ones, and cool and darken the room. Go to bed at the same time every night. Get out of bed if you cannot sleep. Read a book in another room and go back to bed when you feel sleepy. Don’t “make up” for lost sleep over the weekend; that sets a pattern for sloppy sleep hygiene the following week, risking chronic insomnia and good health. „

“Whatever illness you have is worsened by a lack of sleep. Studies show that less than six hours per night for an adult results in negative health effects.” – Dr. Campbell McLain

In The Morning

Be diligent about getting up out of that down comforter – pick a time to get up and stick to it. Dr. McLain says your brain will work with you and not against you if you adopt a sleep schedule. Try reducing your intake of caffeine. If you must have your “daily fix” of java or energy beverages, stop by noon each day.

Throughout The Daylight Hours

Eat healthy. Eating more frequent, small meals will allow the food to energize you regularly, and balance your sugars and starches with protein to avoid that midafternoon energy slump. Take a stretch or walking break instead of a sugar or caffeine break. Drink plenty of fresh, clear water but stop intake three hours before bedtime. 34    |

A light snack at bedtime can make your slumber even sweeter.

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Healthy School Lunchbox Ideas 2011 Made Simple B Back to

ack to school for the kids often means back to the lunch-packing grind for mom and dad. You struggle with healthy lunch options, what your child will actually eat and time constraints during the morning rush to get everyone out the door. Explore these new alternatives that will fill them up, and might even make them smarter! WRITTEN BY EDNA COX, RD, CSG, LD

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Lunch Leverage

Give kids the energy they need to make it through the day with a healthy lunch. Studies have shown children who have a nutritious diet and healthy food at school are better prepared to study and learn. When kids fill up on sugary foods or skip lunch they are often tired and disinterested in school by early afternoon. Equipping your child with healthy foods will enhance their learning and focus, and they are less likely to miss school. Studies also show children who eat a nutritious lunch have less chance of becoming obese. Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Children who eat a healthy lunch tend to have better nutrition throughout the day. Promoting a healthful diet also helps in preventing other medical conditions associated with obesity such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Lunch Gear

With the right lunch gear your child can enjoy more variety and healthful options. Brown bags may be convenient and inexpensive, but they tear easily and won’t keep cold foods cold or hot food hot. They’ll do for a quick PB&J sandwich and an apple. Go retro with metal lunchboxes, where a thermos or beverage can be packed. They are sturdier than the brown bag, but food choices are still limited. Insulated bags are the best choices. There are bags with two or more compartments, so food and beverages can be stored separately. Some bags are equipped with freezer packs; you can also buy freezer packs separately. You may opt to skip the freezer pack and freeze a small water bottle or a box of 100% juice. This will keep the food safe and your child will have a slushy drink to enjoy at lunch and won’t have to worry about bringing the ice pack home. The insulated bag / ice pack combo will keep food safe and fresh. You can use insulated jars for hot foods. Add a few plastic containers and you will be able to pack a variety of hot and cold healthy lunchbox options.

Here are a few tips to add variety to this tried and true standby.

» Try using “natural style” peanut

butter (ingredients are peanuts and salt) or reduced sugar or reduced fat choices. Other nut butter spreads, such as almond or walnut butter, are becoming popular and can add variety. » Add raisins, thinly sliced apples or bananas, strawberries, applesauce, grated carrots, or zucchini to the spread. » Pair the nut butter spread with 100% fruit spread. » Spread it on a variety of breads – cinnamon with raisins is sweet, but not overpowering. » Use a whole grain pita, tortilla wrap or whole grain crackers. » Stuff celery sticks with this favorite.

PB&J – A New Way Lunch should provide a third of your child’s total calories, vitamins and minerals for the day. Choosing from several food groups for a balanced meal of carbohydrates, protein, and fat will provide the most benefit educationally, nutritionally and physically for your child. Include more whole foods than processed foods. Choose lunch items that have higher amounts of fiber, and nutrients that kids need like calcium, protein and Vitamin C. Pack the child-friendly version of the nutritious food. Too often we focus on nutrition rather than what the kids will really eat. There may be some children who will eat hummus, but many won’t. Be creative and give your kids something to look forward to at lunch every day that they won’t want to trade away. 36    |

Kids adore peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. In fact, a Harris Interactive poll of 2,066 adults reported 80% of parents rely on peanut butter sandwiches for their kids’ lunches. Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein, and it provides Vitamin E, folate, and mostly health protective mono and polyunsaturated fats. But, don’t get stuck in the peanut butter jam. Try to make a traditional favorite a little healthier.

Peanut Butter – Strawberry Wrap Prep 5 minutes 1 whole wheat tortilla 2 Tbsp natural crunchy peanut butter ½ c sliced strawberries Make It 1. Lay the tortilla on a work surface. Spread the peanut butter. 2. Cover with the strawberries. Roll into a tube. Slice on the diagonal into the desired number of pieces. Nutrition Info: 332 calories, 10 g protein, 7 g fiber, 230 g sodium. Serve with 1 cup 1% milk for a complete meal of only 434 calories.

All breads are not created equal, for example, using

100% whole wheat bread instead of white bread adds about 20 grams of fiber per week, plus many more nutrients. In addition to being an excellent source of fiber, whole wheat breads are rich in folate, a B vitamin that manufactures memory cells in the brain. Most bread flour is enriched with the B

Omega 3 Fatty

vitamins that help to improve alertness. If your child has not developed a taste for whole wheat bread, there are a number of “transitional” breads available. These varieties look like white bread but are made with 30% whole grains. Read the ingredient labels when buying bread and check for hidden sugars, high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. Choose bread that is low in sugar but high in iron for teens. Mix it up and make it interesting by using a variety of breads and crackers for sandwiches. Use Wraps, Pita Pockets, Bagels, English Muffins, Tortillas, Flat Breads, or Multi Grain Crackers as the foundation for a more interesting sandwich, more flavor and more nutrients.

Pizza is the number one most popular food in school

cafeterias, according to the American Dietetic Association. Most cafeteria offerings are loaded with fat and lack nutritious toppings. You can make a healthy pizza at home and pack it for your child’s lunch. This allows your child to have an all time favorite dish while getting plenty of nutrition. There are several prepared pizza crusts that are good choices – reduced fat or whole wheat crusts are the best. English muffins and tortillas serve as nutritious homemade pizza crusts. Top with low-salt tomato sauce, low-fat mozzarella cheese Acids and a variety of veggies.

Whole Grain

Sandwiches Made Healthy

Sliced turkey, lean roast, or chicken from the deli – use light mayo or mustard and cheese made with reduced fat milk. Avoid using processed luncheon meats and the Lunchables, because of the nitrites in them.

» Tuna wrap with light mayo, lettuce and tomato. » Egg salad made with light mayo and grated veggies on a whole wheat bagel. » Pita pocket filled with turkey, chicken, beans, grated vegetables, cucumber slices, shredded cheese, and rice. » Chicken salad made with light mayo, sliced grapes, apples, mandarin oranges (drained) or almonds stuffed in a pita or wrap. » Serve sliced meat rolled up into tubes and offer the bread on the side.

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Sides are important to rounding

out any meal and a great opportunity to incorporate fruits and veggies into your child’s diet.

» Veggie sticks – baby carrots, celery,

Think Outside the Lunchbox

Bring the thermos back. Thermoses are a huge time and money saver. You can send hot foods like leftovers from dinner you made last night. Reheat foods to at least 165° before you pack them into the thermos or insulated jars. When the weather turns cool, nothing taste as soothing as chicken noodle soup whether it’s homemade or almost homemade. Here are a few hot ideas.

» Beef and vegetable stew with a

hard roll. » Chicken noodle soup and whole grain crackers. » Chili with tortilla chips. » Chicken casserole. » Lasagna with garlic bread.


cucumbers, zucchini, squash, green or red peppers with low-fat ranch dressing for dipping. » Any fresh fruits – grapes, sliced apples or pears (after slicing dip in orange or lemon juice to prevent browning), bananas. » Dates rolled in coconut or stuffed with walnuts makes for a healthy sweet treat. » Yogurt parfait made with cut up fresh fruit – sprinkle with granola or trail mix (pack in an insulated jar). » Low fat prepackaged yogurts are good sides or great for dipping fruit slices. » Send a veggie or pasta salad in a plastic container. Keep the dressing on the side in a smaller container. » Pretzels without trans-fats are better choices than potato chips. » Graham crackers, fat-free fig bars, oatmeal raisin cookies instead of chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes or brownies.

Taco Soup is a healthy soup

that is quick and easy to prepare, inexpensive, tastes great and is popular with the kids to take along to school. Parents can make ahead, and reheat before loading into the thermos. Prep 20 minutes Servings – 12, 1 cup 1 lb Ground beef, extra-lean 1 Onion, chopped 3 cans (15.5oz each) Chili Beans, undrained (black beans or kidney beans may be substituted) 1 can (14.5 oz) Whole tomatoes, undrained 1 can (14.5 oz) Corn, undrained 1 can (8oz) Tomato sauce 1 pkg Taco Seasoning Mix 1 ½ cups Water 1 ½ cups Shredded cheddar cheese, (2% milk) Make It 1. Brown meat with onions in large saucepan; drain. Return mixture to pan. 2. Add all remaining ingredients except cheese; stir, breaking up tomatoes with spoon. Bring to a boil; simmer on medium-low heat 5 min., stirring occasionally. 3. Top with cheese. Nutrition Info: 6 oz serving 196 calories, 14 g protein, 6 g fiber, 5 g fat, 2 g saturated fat.

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These are both nutritious and delicious. Homemade snack bars are less expensive than store-bought. Prep 15 minutes Cook 20 minutes Servings – 16 bars Cooking spray 2 tbsp Light margarine 1 tbsp Canola oil ¼ cup Light brown sugar 2 tbsp Honey Zest of 1 orange 2 tbsp Orange juice 1/3 cup Dried pitted dates, chopped ¼ cup Walnuts, chopped 2 cups Old-fashioned oats 2 tbsp Sunflower seeds

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Make It 1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Coat a 9 x 9 in. square baking pan with cooking spray and set aside. 2. Place margarine, oil, sugar, honey, orange zest and orange juice in a medium saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring until the butter has melted. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the dates and walnuts. Add the oats, making sure they are evenly coated with the butter mixture. 3. Spread the mixture in the prepared pan, pressing it down firmly and evenly. Sprinkle the sunflower seeds over the top and press down lightly to embed the seed in the surface. 4. Bake until golden brown around the edges, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the pan. When cool, turn the contents out onto a cutting board and slice into 16 bars. The bars can be kept in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Nutrition Info: One Bar 103 calories, 2 g protein, 4 g fat (0 g sat.), 2 g fiber. Keep it fun and positive! Keep healthy snacks on hand for after school hunger. Don’t nag about eating healthy foods, just be consistent with healthy food offerings. And remember to think outside the lunchbox. „

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ON BELLA Alice & Trixie black & white geometric print dress, $259, at Belladea. Daniblack “Etta” suede heels, $175, Rebecca Minkoff “Covet” handbag, $395, both at Kicks.

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A Passion for the Classroom

Two Teacher of the Year recipients provide us an education on their unwavering commitment to help kids learn



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isten to some of Mrs. Elizabeth Knott’s students and you will discover all the ways they love and respect their teacher. Example: “Mrs. Knott never yells at us; she never gives up on us either.” For this dedicated instructor beginning her seventh year teaching, new beginnings mean new opportunities. “I know that every day when I come to work, I’m given the chance to positively impact the life of a child,” she explained. “Nothing beats the look I see on a child’s face when he or she is bursting with excitement about a book they’ve just read. And, I love the unmistakable grin that lets me know they are finally starting to believe in themselves as much as I believe in them. I don’t think I could ever get enough of that.” Knott originally planned to major in business, but after serving as a teacher cadet at Lake Murray Elementary during her senior year in high school, she was changed forever. “I learned about the excitement which comes from sitting next to a child and seeing the difference I can make in that young life. It’s one of the greatest feelings

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Mrs. Elizabeth Knott, 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year. School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties, 2nd grade teacher, Lake Murray Elementary School.

I’ve ever had, and when I first felt it, I immediately knew that I wanted to experience it many times. I knew I wanted to become a teacher.” Her classroom is one that encourages adventure, curiosity and enthusiasm. “In just seven years, I’ve seen the tools of the trade become revolutionized,” she said. “Chalkboards and overhead projectors have given way to dry erase boards and interactive whiteboards.” In the classroom, pull-down maps collect dust, while students explore other continents on Google Earth or Skype, with people from other parts of the world. “To most teachers, the shift is almost unbelievable, but to our students, these tools are a normal (although really cool) part of their classrooms.” It’s important for parents to talk with their child and that child’s teacher about what’s going on at school. “When you find out what your child is learning, help them look for ways to connect those lessons to everyday life,” she explained. “They will be more motivated to learn.” Should difficulties arise, ask the teacher for ways the two of you can work together to best help the child. Finally, Knott emphasized that one of the best things parents can do is to Mrs. Patricia Swinton, 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year. Richland One School District, 12th encourage their child to read. “Reading grade science teacher, A.C. Flora High School. every day is so important and it’s crucial that it happens in school as well as at home. Parents can help get their child excited about reading by reading with them and teach with Smart Boards as video conferences are common these talking with them about good books.” days. Everyday access is available to grades and assignments and “Teaching is constantly changing to keep up with the world information about upcoming events to students and to the parents. around us. Our job is to best prepare students for the world that “When I began teaching in 1967, the biggest problem they will someday live in.” „ we had was gum under the desks,” she smiled. “Today, children and adults are different. Family structures have changed – there aren’t as many nuclear families.” Swinton observed that although children are more knowledgeable about events in the world, their “ o me, teaching is a profession that’s all about giving, needs remain much the same as they were so many years ago. training and passing along knowledge to a new generation,” “Children need to feel that they are special, that they matter as said Mrs. Patricia Swinton. “It is so important to create a individuals,” she said, adding, “I’ve never met a child who wants to community, state and nation that is well educated.” fail. The basic relationship between students and teachers remains Swinton’s love of teaching began on her first day in the constant. They want you to care about them and they want to do classroom. “I was 20 years old, weighed less than a hundred pounds well. As Richland One says: Be those successful, contributing and stepped in front of a New York classroom filled with students,” citizens in a global society.” she laughed. “Something happened. Our eyes locked and I knew How can parents encourage and assist their children in this is where I should be. I’ve never burned out from teaching, and school? Swinton suggests asking the student, “How was your I’m excited about starting a new year.” day?” She recommends that parents use the passwords that are What are her biggest challenges? “Some students find it available to monitor the assignments to see that work is completed. difficult to be attentive where there are outside factors impacting Providing a good area that’s free of distractions in which to study at them,” she explained. “If they don’t understand what they’re home is another important way to help. And finally, looking over reading, it’s difficult to learn.” Richland One is combating that the work and encouraging the student is positive. “Be proud of challenge with reading strategies at all levels, in all contents. their efforts – congratulate them and let them know that they are There’s a bit of a dichotomy present, according to Swinton. accomplishing good work. A parent is the child’s first teacher and “There are so many positive advances in technology – continuing to support that child in school is vital. iPads and laptops, e-books and ways to enhance communication “It’s a demanding job because teachers must find a way to between parents and teachers – and yet at the most basic level, make class successful. If you love these students, it’s worth all the reading competency continues to be critically important. We effort.” „


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Cool School Supplies

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Turn this year’s teen mayhem into fun learning with these innovative products for power students




he kids are back in class, sorting out their routines, taking stock of their teachers, and perhaps learning the ropes in a new school, or with a new principal. Whether or not you have children in the home or in the neighborhood, we all breathe a collective sigh of relief when the school year routine begins again. And now that most school supplies are in hand, bus routes memorized, and the appropriate book bag purchased, it’s time for us to consider more weighty subjects. We’ve spoken with experts, scoured the Internet, and talked with teachers and students. Here are some ideas you’ll want to discuss with your children, your spouse and yourself.


SUPPLIES Ok, you’ve bought the folders, notebooks, crayons, pens, and multitude of other items on your child’s school supply list. You think you’ve got it under control, right? Not so fast. Depending on your child’s age and grade, you may want to consider saving yourself a lot of pain and last minute trips to the store by having these extra items stashed away.

» Flash Drive. These babies

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middle or high school, chances are they’ll need one. Chances are, they’ll also lose that drive sooner rather than later. Spend an extra $5-$10 now and know that sooner or later, when that desperate wild-eyed kid can’t remember where they left the drive and a report is due tomorrow – you’ll be the hero of the hour.

» Poster Paper.

Buy a couple of pieces of poster paper, as well as several pieces of heavy, colored paper for projects. This is the age of technology, but in our experience, there will be some project due the old-fashioned way. Be prepared. You can thank us later.

» A Good Alarm Clock. They will swear

by their cell phone’s ability to wake them up. Don’t necessarily believe it. If the cell phone has been taken away, or isn’t allowed at night, or the child is too young for a phone, have a wake-up-back-up and place it far enough away so the turn-off can’t be reached from the bed.

» A Big Calendar, accessible to the entire family, color-coded, if you prefer so each

family member can add important dates and events. Start the process by adding every important date you can find. It will save a lot of grief between students and parents.


Older students may benefit from a Digital Audio Recorder. Affordable and available at big box retailers or online, it can avoid miscommunication and quite possibly keep the notes more complete and the information more accurate. (Check to make sure your school allows it.)


» School-appropriate technology. We’re not talking

expensive laptops here, although as the student grows, a laptop will be critical. (Not possible financially? Contact the school. Some have technology that can be loaned out to students, much like a library book.) What will make getting the work done easier and more accurate? How about a foldable wireless keyboard (if allowed). Available from Amazon for a variety of phones, it’s a cool plus.



We know students who swear they can’t study without background music. We won’t get into the pros and cons of that, but if their grades are great with their favorite playlist in their ear, check out (Time calls it a Celestial Jukebox, while Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg pronounces it “so good.”) Millions of tracks available.

» And finally, check out Designed for NintendoDS, these are educational games disguised as entertainment. Known for strengthening reading skills and exercising the mind with puzzles and logic, these awardwinning video games will add learning to fun-time – but don’t tell them! „


Hip Study Supplies: 1. Flash drives. 2. iPhone alarm clock. 3. Digital recorder from Sony is easy to use. 4. ThinkSmartGame for ages 8+. 5. Foldable wireless keypad.



on’t be alarmed if you have no clue what your students are talking about with their homework. The math is different and students are building Powerpoint presentations as early as middle school. You may not fully understand the techniques they’re using, but you can help them. First take advantage of the new age of communication between parents and teachers. Richland One calls their program ParentConnect; Lexington One calls it LexConnect; Lexington-Richland Five has parent Portal. Your child’s school will have something similar. Contact the school, get your password and check your student’s progress as often as you like. Occasionally, you may discover how they did on a test before they learn the news. Ask them about their day and don’t take a shrug or mumbled “It was ok” for an answer. As Richland One Teacher of the year Patricia Swinton advises, encourage the student and be proud of efforts. Stay involved and positive. Provide a designated place for homework. Sure, laptops can make the act of doing homework more portable. But a desk (even better, a table), with supplies and a comfortable chair is a plus for any student. It gives the act of doing homework an elevated status. After all, this is important work! offers lots of tips to help kids study. Visit their website for tons of ideas that will jumpstart your participation in your student’s homework success. Here are two:

» Studying is more than homework. There’s a difference between studying and doing homework. Encourage your child to take notes, really scrutinize charts and tables, summarize a chapter or subject.

» Note-taking is a critical skill and should be developed. Many students don’t know how to take notes in the form of outlines. It’s an important skill that will serve them well. Still have more questions? Here’s another cool website we found that’s worth browsing for additional tips and ideas: homework.html. „ September/ October    2011  |    49

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Bully Platform Technology has its uses, but as we discover can also make it easier for cruel kids to go beyond mean WRITTEN BY KATHERINE O. PETTIT

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hether in person or online, bullies can damage your child’s selfconfidence and more. This problem may be worse than in years past, simply because there are so many remote ways to bully children. You don’t have to get up close and personal to devastate a child’s reputation in seconds. Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Email, texting – for students so inclined, it’s much easier to harass without being face to face. And, like the feathers in the movie Forrest Gump, it’s impossible to keep the damage contained. So what’s a concerned parent, neighbor, or family friend to do? First, understand that this is a problem that includes bullies, the bullied and the bystanders who are often unwilling to get involved. (Interesting point: when bystanders don’t speak up, the bullies often feel encouraged and accepted by that silent majority.) Midlands’ schools have policies on dealing with bullies, and South Carolina has laws against bullying. Talk with the school, his teacher, her coach. Get different perspectives that relate to your child. Everyone who works with children is concerned about the issue, as seen in the large numbers of websites devoted to bullying. Great advice for parents and teachers can be found online, with a variety of ways to educate and build self-esteem. First identify the problem. We’ve all seen the signs. A child doesn’t want to attend school, or ride the bus, or go to a special event. He won’t tell you why, or she makes vague excuses, perhaps due to fear or feelings of shame that this happened at all. Helping them with their social skills will help provide armor against an attack. Conversely, teaching your child not to tease others will help stop bullying at its earliest stages. Easy? Absolutely not. You’re the adult, though – you’ve seen it all before. And if, as many experts suggest, the act of bullying is more about power than harmless fun, it’s critical that you stay involved and alert. Advising students to be slow to anger is important, says school psychologists, educators and parents who’ve been there. Making sure

programs are well-supervised will help. Listening, watching and encouraging communication is key. Here are some websites, in addition to your local school’s site, that will give you food for thought, even as you shudder at what’s been done to children by other children. » Committee for Children – » » » »


Make Time to Listen – Take Time to Talk – Bullying Research has found that remarkable things can happen if parents and caregivers spent at least 15 minutes of undivided time a day listening and talking with their children. Starting a conversation with children begins when parents listen to their children about what’s important in their lives. Research also tells us that children really do look to their parents and caregivers for advice and help about difficult choices and decisions.


What can parents of young children do about school bullying? Parents are their children’s first teachers. Therefore, parents’ words and actions at home will be imitated by their children in other settings. The most important opportunity that parents have is to speak and act in a respectful way and to solve problems fairly and peacefully. Being a positive role model means teaching children respect and peaceable behaviors by example. Suggestions for ways to be a positive role model are as follows:



family, friends, and peers. » Urge children to tell an adult when they are being bullied.


At School » Learn the school rules, expected behavior, and consequences of bullying. » Participate at school, offer services, and attend school-sponsored activities. » Communicate regularly with your child’s teacher. » Report bullying behavior immediately when you become aware it is happening. » Ask for and accept the school’s help whether your child is a target, a bully, or a bystander.


If your child has experienced conflict or confrontation with a bully, build his or her confidence and independence with reassurances: » He or she is not at fault, and the bully’s behavior is the problem. » Everyone is entitled to respect, and he or she does not deserve being bullied. » You will work with the school staff to address the problem. You are committed to helping the school protect your child and other children from bullies. (Keep accurate records of incidents and be specific about your child’s experiences when discussing resolution of the problem with staff.) » You will meet with your child’s teacher, the principal, and/or the school counselor. 

Conversation Starter - General Questions What does “bullying” mean to you? Do you ever feel lonely at school or left out of activities? Let’s talk about what happens and what you feel. What is lunch time like at your school? Who do you sit with, what do you do, and what do you talk about? What’s it like to ride the school bus? Tell me about it. Do kids ever call you mean names, or tease you? Talk more about how you feel and what you do when this happens. Have you ever been scared to go to school because you were afraid of being bullied? What ways have you tried to change it? Have kids ever bullied you by hitting or pushing you, or other things like that? Let’s talk about what you do when this happens. Information provided courtesy of Richland One School District. Go to their website for more advice about teen bullying. „

At Home » Talk with children often and listen carefully to what they have to


Discuss bullying behavior and how hurtful it can be to others. » Make behavioral expectations clear and be consistent with discipline when siblings and peers engage in hurtful teasing and bullying. » Help children understand the meaning of friendship by modeling friendly behavior and showing how friends act positively toward each other. » Discuss the fact that people are individuals and everyone develops characteristics and personalities that make them who they are. » Model basic manners and respect for September/ October    2011  |    51

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Programs and information to help get you started on the right path this school year WRITTEN BY KATHERINE O. PETTIT


idlands Schools are hard at work starting a new year and introducing students to new ways of learning and thinking. All of the districts have policies on use of technology, as well as dealing with issues such as bullies. We’re highlighting just a few programs here.

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Meadow Glen Elementary is teaching students with the help of interactive technology, including LCD projectors, audio enhancement systems and laptops for teachers. » The district is expanding its world language curriculum to help meet the goal of 75% of district graduates speaking more than one language by 2020. » Centers of Advanced Study at Lexington Technology Center and all of the district high schools are offering specific areas of advanced study, including Advanced Agribusiness Research – Pelion High; Advanced STEM Studies – Lexington Technology Center; Public Health and Advanced Medical Studies – White Knoll High; and World languages and International Business – Lexington High. » Schools of the Future – NOW! Initiative will help schools prepare a new generation of leaders and global citizens. Kindles and Nooks » LexConnect is provided for are new technology parents to access grades and monitor at Richland County their student’s progress in school.


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ParentConnect lets parents access grades and monitor academic progress. » eChalk web pages provide parents with a constant link to classroom activities and school news. » FollettShelf is the district’s eBook collection and lets parents help their students select eBooks. » Nooks, iPads, Kindles, laptops and tablets are among the technology devices being provided to students. » Access information for online tools is available from each school library media center.

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Muller Road Middle School is implementing a program in which students will use a school-issued iPad loaded with syllabi and programs to complete assignments. » Parent Portal is available for parents to access grades and check student progress. » The District Design Writing Team, composed of employees, has written the Richland Two story, which focuses on three words – inquire, ignite, inspire. The district invites students, employees, community members – past and present – to share their Richland Two stories. Visit the website and click on “How do I share my Richland Two Story?”

Lexington Two –

» Powerschool Parent/Student Portal provides the opportunity to check grades and classroom progress » Rachel’s Challenge was presented at middle schools Aug. 29 – Sept. 2. The program, named for the first person killed at Columbine High School, motivates students toward positive change in the way they treat others. A year-long program will continue training students. » Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology is inspiring creativity and hands-on learning, through macBooks and iPads, a SMART Table for interactive learning, recorders, iPhoto and iMovie programs and more.

School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties –

» Parents in Lexington-Richland Five have access to Parent Portal, an easy-to-use, secure communication tool connecting teachers, parents and students through our website. Parent Portal allows collaboration to improve student achievement. Up-to-date, online access to grades, homework, attendance and assignments makes it easier for parents, teachers and students to accurately monitor, identify and accelerate student progress. » Ballentine Elementary and River Springs Elementary are among district schools with active recycling and green programs. » Dutch Fork High School was named one of America’s Best High Schools by Newsweek. » Chapin High School and Irmo High School are also award-winning schools with a variety of notable achievements.


Other Options to Use New Cellphone Policy – high school students may use wireless communication devices before and after school, during their lunch break, within “Free Zones” (as determined by the principal) and as deemed appropriate by the teacher and approved by the principal for educational The SMART Table offers and/or instructional interactive learning. purposes only. A new school wellness program requires that, during the instructional day, food brought from home to be shared with students must be commercially packaged and purchased from a store. Lexington-Richland Five has many diabetic students and more than 700 students with food allergies that include peanuts, dairy, wheat and soy products. This change allows staff members to monitor nutritional information and ingredients, providing the greatest health safety for our students. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) will be incorporated in all 20 schools this year. It is a discipline program that rewards positive behaviors. All elementary schools will begin the Response to Intervention program as part of their reading programs. This is part of the new authorization of IDEA and has federal and state guidelines.

HELP YOURSELF Ever heard of a website called Fishful Thinking? It’s sponsored by Pepperidge Farm, so you’ll get some words from the sponsor, but you’ll also receive great tips and activities to help you build the five ingredients of Fishful Thinking: Optimism, Resilience, Goal Setting, Empowerment and Emotional Awareness. There are daily tips (great for dinner-time discussion), activities that reinforce positive thoughts and behaviors, and virtually no-cost ways to make a point while having a good time. Take advantage of their expert suggestions and fun-filled programs. At the end of our too-busy days, their suggestions will give you the jumpstart to keep the conversation going. If you’re not a parent, you still have the opportunity to help the children in your neighborhood, extended family, church or civic organization. Volunteer at your local elementary school. You’ll spend a few hours and perhaps change the life of a child forever! „

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The State of South Carolina’s Economy So where do we stand? Dr. Joey Von Nessen, professor of economics at the University of South Carolina, has the ingenuous story


ews headlines on the economy, jobs, unemployment, and the stock market have helped foster feelings of uncertainty for most Americans. But in South Carolina, the news is better. Job growth over the past 12 months has been slow, but steady, and the same is forecast for the remainder of 2011 and into 2012, said Dr. Joey Von Nessen, a research economist in the Division of Research at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business. At the Moore School’s 30th annual Economic Outlook Conference in December 2010, USC research economists forecast economic recovery through 2011, but at a slow pace. Even with the state’s unemployment rate fluctuating between 10 and 11 percent throughout this year, South Carolina is still experiencing a growth in jobs, Von Nessen said. Some of the lagging growth is caused by a lack of confidence. “Consumers and businesses are dealing with a lot of uncertainty,” he said. “And when consumers are not confident, they are more hesitant to spend, and when businesses lack confidence in the economy, they are more hesitant to invest and hire.” However, USC economists remain cautiously optimistic about the road ahead for the nation, and especially for South Carolina, where manufacturing, construction, durable goods and professional services are showing increases over 2010. 56    |

“In the major industries of South Carolina, we are seeing improvements. In addition, most economic indicators show that things are getting better,” Von Nessen said. “People keep asking ‘are we going to get out of this?’ Things are taking longer than anyone would like. However, it’s not a question now of ‘if,’ but when.” Some forecasts have the nation pulling out of the economic downturn between late 2012 and 2014. “We can’t say for certain. We’re looking at one to three years before getting back to pre-recession employment levels,” Von Nessen said. “But the economy is improving, and people need to keep some perspective on what’s going on around them.” He cautions people not to look solely at the headlines. “Monthly statistics are not the best way to gauge growth. There are fluctuations across the board. Look at the trends to see where we’re headed,” he said. “Those are the best predictors of our economic status.” The debate over the nation’s debt ceiling was no help to Americans’ confidence level, either. And, in an election year, the economy will be a key factor in the way Americans cast their votes. “Americans need to have a good idea of what policies are coming so they can plan for the future. Consumers and businesses will be more hesitant to act in an uncertain political environment,” he said. While South Carolina mirrors the national economy in many respects, the state has been better off than many

others. “The decline in the housing market wasn’t as severe in the Palmetto State,” Von Nessen said. “Much of the nation suffered far worse than we did. “South Carolina doesn’t always have the ‘economic booms’ as other parts of the country, but we don’t get the ‘economic busts,’ either,” he said. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner facility in North Charleston will bring jobs to the Lowcountry and increase manufacturing and construction payrolls. The Amazon distribution facility in the Midlands will add jobs to the Midlands. “These will give a significant boost to our state’s economy,” he said. “Each of these companies has the potential to bring other related companies and businesses to the areas where they’re located.” So, when the news seems to bring more confusion than clarity, Von Nessen said, “Keep in mind: The economy is healing.” Look for information on the 2011 Economic Outlook Conference at USC at „



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an Wallick, managing partner of Wallick Investments, LLC, says volatile markets provide an opportunity for investment managers to earn their clients’ trust, prove their competence and add value to their clients’ accounts. Wallick says this can be achieved by formulating and adhering to a plan created in advance. WRITTEN BY KAREN PETIT Without a plan, often called an investment policy statement, it would be even more difficult for an investment manager to suggest his or her performance could be repeatable. An investment policy statement should always take into consideration an individual client’s risk tolerance, goals and timeframes. Most thorough investment policy statements also define asset allocation guidelines, diversification requirements and investment selection criteria. One of the most important benefits of an investment policy statement is it helps eliminate emotion associated with investment decisions. When an investor is looking for an investment professional to assist them, Wallick recommends reviewing the CFA Institute’s “Important Questions.” Visit http://www. to find this document online. In addition to the questions recommended by the CFA Institute, Wallick suggests choosing an investment manager who will accept fiduciary responsibility for your investments. This means he or she is legally required to keep your best interest first. Wallick says it is unfortunate that many investment professionals are held to a lesser standard by regulators called a “suitability standard.” Under the suitability standard, advisors are free to sell any investment or insurance product that can be considered appropriate for the client’s situation, not necessarily the best product or strategy, just an appropriate one. A difficult economy is all the more reason to seek the counsel of a wealth management advisor who will invest a person’s assets in stocks, bonds, CDs, money market accounts, currencies, commodities, and other investments, as well as answer questions when the market is in flux. „

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orry won’t get you to retirement or ensure that your future financial needs will be met. But a sound financial plan will. People who have clear goals and an established financial plan feel more secure when the stock market moves sharply up or down or the economy is on a less-than-steady course, said Mike Crapps, president and CEO of First Community Bank. “The first question anyone should consider in financial planning is what their personal goals are and what they want to achieve. Goals are different, and we start by looking at what a person wants to accomplish and their current status,” he said. “Then, we develop a plan.” “Knowing that you have a sound plan in place means not getting caught up in the daily movement of the markets. That sounds more difficult than it really is, especially in recent months. But a comprehensive financial plan gives you a strategy to follow.” First Community Financial Consultants also listen to those who think that they are not in the same financial league as their colleagues or peers who are investing in stocks, bonds and mutual funds or have long-established retirement funds. “Financial planning is for anybody trying to make sound financial decisions,” Crapps said. “We are here to help you shape your future.” First Community Bank began offering financial planning services, sometimes called wealth management, when business clients began saying that it wasn’t the day-to-day needs of their financial lives that concerned them, but their long-term goals. They needed help with investment strategies. The bank listened and began offering wealth management services. First Community Bank’s niche in the market is that they combine the expertise of investment planning with the resources of a community bank.“Everyone has a vision of what they want their future to be,” Crapps said. “It is the role of a financial consultant to help you translate that vision into reality.” „ 58    |


teve Thomas left a successful 20-year career with Wall Street firms to open his own financial management company. The investment – begun in 2004 – paid off for multiple parties. Today, Linden Thomas & Company caters to high net-worth clients. Renowned for its customtailored fixed income and equity portfolios, the Charlotte-based company serves clients in 32 states, including the Carolinas. Thomas, the company’s principal and senior financial advisor, said the decision to become an independent financial manager was made to offer clients the best service possible, through client consultations, maintaining close client relationships and client education. “It is our goal to understand our clients’ objectives and their expectations,” Thomas said. “If their goal is to have income, then the No. 1 objective is to build an incomefocused portfolio. If they are looking at growth over time for their investment, then we want to know if the growth is short term or long term. If it’s long term, the client can afford some setbacks.” The stock market volatility and shaky economy have many investors understandably nervous. “Right now, we’re in an unusual environment. People lack confidence in the government. But corporate earnings look good,” Thomas said.  “The Federal Reserve has said that interest rates will remain low for some time. If we can fix the problem in Washington, we can get back to business as usual.” The company has earned national recognition. Barron’s named the company among the Top 1,000 Advisors in 2011 and 2010. Thomas was ranked No. 12 in America’s Top 100 Independent Advisors for 2010 by Registered Rep., a financial industry publication. And the company is among “Five Star Wealth Managers, Best in Client Satisfaction” in Charlotte. “Having a good plan in place, selecting an advisor that you trust, and setting up a portfolio designed to meet long-term expectations will enable investors to reach their goals and understand the market’s ups and downs,” Thomas said. While the market dips have some people fixated on selling, Thomas said the market also opens opportunities for investing. Watch for Linden Thomas & Company to move up – uptown, that is. The firm will move from South Park to 516 N. Tryon St. in Charlotte. To learn more, visit www. „


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Answer: It is only natural that investors have become cautious given the current economic environment. However, there is no “one size fits all” investment strategy. Your investment strategy is unique to you. One of the first steps in adopting an investment strategy is to determine your tolerance for risk. What is your primary purpose for investing? Do you need to take regular withdrawals from your portfolio? What is your time horizon for investing? A key to setting investment goals is to balance return expectations with your willingness to accept risk. It is important that you are comfortable with the amount of risk in your portfolio so that you will be able to stick with your investment strategy even through turbulent times. An important step toward achieving your goals is to include the appropriate mix of assets in your portfolio. This mix, known as ‘asset allocation’, is the balance of equities (stock), bonds (fixed income), and cash (or cash alternatives) within your portfolio. A core objective of asset allocation is to potentially increase the overall return for a given degree of risk, or to reduce the overall risk of a portfolio for a targeted level of return. Although keep in mind that asset allocation and diversification do not guarantee a profit, or prevent a loss, in declining financial markets. Before deciding on your asset allocation, you should consider your investment goals and your level of risk tolerance. The key to building a diversified portfolio is to make sure that your investment decisions are consistent with your financial objectives and long-term plans. By taking time to understand your investment objectives and style, as well as the investment choices available, you can develop an investment strategy that is right for you. – Jan Jernigan, Vice President, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and its Financial Advisors do not render advice on tax or tax-accounting matters. Clients should always check with their tax and legal advisor before engaging in any transaction involving IRAs or other tax-advantaged investments. This material was not intended to be written or used, and it cannot be used by any taxpayer, for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer under US federal tax laws. Jan Jernigan is a Financial Advisor with the Global Wealth Management Division of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Columbia, South Carolina.  The information contained in this article is not a solicitation to purchase or sell investments.  Any information presented is general in nature and not intended to provide individually tailored investment advice.  The strategies and/or investments referenced may not be suitable for all investors as the appropriateness of a particular investment or strategy will depend on an investor’s individual circumstances and objectives.  Investing involves risks and there is always the potential of losing money when you invest. The views expressed herein are those of the author and may not necessarily reflect the views of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, Member SIPC, or its affiliates.

Question: How do you see the Columbia residential real estate market faring in the next year? What sectors of the market do you think will be good, and what sectors might be troublesome? Answer: Although Columbia’s residential real estate has suffered during the past several years, it has not suffered to the degree that has occurred in some other parts of the country. It looks like the grass turned out to be greener on our side of the fence, another reason to enjoy living here. New home sales in Columbia, especially in the starter-home market, continued to be strong. Buyers of under $200,000 homes opted to avoid costly maintenance issues by purchasing new homes or re-sales that were in excellent condition. All indicators point to the market continuing to be strong during the coming year. By contrast, the over $200,000 market in both new homes and re-sales has been soft for several years. That segment is now beginning to show some signs of improving, but homes need to be in good condition and at a competitive price in order to stand out in a larger-than-normal inventory of homes for sale, including anticipated foreclosures and short sales. That said, now is absolutely the best time ever to buy a home. Interest rates are as low as anyone can remember, so payments are sometimes as low as rent. Buyers have a wide selection of homes from which to choose, so the exact home is easier to find. Overall, residential real estate should fare well in Columbia during the next year. – Tommy Carter, broker-in-charge, Russell and Jeffcoat Real Estate Metro Office 60    |

An Insider’s Guide to Investment Research Ever thought about what the portfolio managers on Wall Street read? Here are a few analysts that help steer their decision making » Northern Trust’s monthly “U.S. Economic and Interest Rate Outlook” from chief economist Paul Kasriel is well respected for its data-rich economic reports. You can find this by clicking on the Economic Research tab. » John Mauldin’s weekly “Thoughts From The Frontline” commentary is read by more than a million people each week. You should read his weekly too because your competition does. » Bill Gross is the analyst whose words move the bond market. Read his monthly “Investment Outlook” to find out what this visionary sees on the horizon. » John Hussman’s “Weekly Market Comment” is an invigorating dose of straightforward analytical truth in a field notorious for its conflicted viewpoints. „


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ow Serving…Hot Jazz! If you’re looking for a place to hear great jazz, head over to Dianne’s on Devine. On a recent Saturday night, the Jenna McSwain Trio played to a packed house, with standing room only at the bar and the dining rooms were full of appreciative patrons. One of the nicest restaurants in Columbia, Dianne’s on Devine offers an intriguing menu with a heavy Italian influence. Opened by Dianne Light in 1995, the restaurant has become a reliable destination for fine dining. The addition of regular jazz musicians brings a whole new dimension to the experience. Continued on page 62 »

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Dining Out “Jazz is on the upswing and we feel that we have the perfect venue for showcasing some of the best local musicians,” said Dianne. “We moved the piano around and made everything fit to create an area where the musicians would be comfortable and the sound is amazing,” she said. The crowd can be engaged, with plenty of applause, but the music’s not so intrusive that you can’t have a private dinner with quiet conversation. Several different groups play on a rotating basis. Friday and Saturday nights are the standard evenings for live music, and sometimes Wednesdays as well. Jenna McSwain’s group is a three piece ensemble of bass, drums and piano with Jenna on piano and vocals. Dustin Retzlaff plays bass and Marc Widenhofer handles the drums.They went to school together in Colorado, where they pursued graduate degrees in Jazz Studies. “We focus on jazz, but we also take music from other genres and make it jazzier by putting our own spin on it,” said Jenna. They’ve been playing at Dianne’s on Devine since June. “The only thing that feels like work is when we have to load our equipment. When you do what you love with such a passion, you never work a day in your life,” shares Jenna. “When you come into an upscale restaurant, you think that it might be rigid, but this is not like that at all. Dianne is so nice – they take great care of us and we love playing here,” she enthused. Some nights, each of the groups might have someone sit in and join them to jam. For example, the Jenna McSwain Trio had a Brazilian guitarist join them

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“This is the feel that I always wanted this restaurant to have, so people can come relax and have a good time listening to superb jazz.” – Dianne Light for a set and, in honor of his parents who were present, Jenna sang in Portuguese. “Every time one of the groups play, it’s packed, just like a supper club,” said Dianne. With a casual, relaxed atmosphere, people come out and have a great time. A favorite at Dianne’s on Devine, Reggie Sullivan majored in Jazz Studies at the University of South Carolina and quickly established himself as one of the most sought after bass musicians in the area.  He has performed with several major names, such as Wynona Judd, Olivia Newton-John, Wycliffe Gordon, Herlin Riley and Chris Potter. He has also appeared on both local and national television broadcasts. His repertoire includes jazz, rhythm and blues, and funk. The regulars really enjoy the entertainment. A frequent patron and lover of jazz, Mrs. Lynn Long and her husband Gene enjoy the live music offered at Dianne’s on Devine. The Longs dance in front of the band area whenever the mood strikes, and her sheer happiness is obvious to anyone watching. Mrs. Long is a retired assistant principal from Chapin Elementary School. “This is the feel that I always wanted this restaurant to have, so people can come relax and have a good time listening to superb jazz,” said Dianne. Another performer who takes advantage of the corner bar stage is Don Russo. With a smooth voice and great vocal range, Don can perform virtually anything. Add to that his excellent guitar

work, and you’ll know why he is a “must see” performer. The Ross Holmes Band plays a wide variety of music from big band, beach classics, standards, rythym & blues, party music, and a whole lot more. Ross and his band offer one of the finest and most versatile repertoires around, and are noted for their ability to entertain all age groups. To round out the jazz musician line-up, dinners will also enjoy the Dick Goodwin Trio. One of the most recognized local names in jazz, Dick Goodwin has been involved in every aspect of the music business. From teaching at the University of South Carolina, to composing, producing and performing, Dick is the master of the genre. Friday nights feature Billy Sloan. Billy plays a mixture of everything, from light rock to old favorites. Be sure to check us out online and sign up for our newsletter. You can find information on upcoming performers and special events, such as the Tribute to Elvis (conducted each year on the date of his birth and of his death). With a diverse menu, both in food and music, you’re sure to enjoy an evening at Dianne’s on Devine. – Melissa Sprouse-Browne Dianne’s on Devine 2400 Devine Street, Columbia (803) 254-3535 Dinner Mon, 5-9pm Tue – Sat, 5-10pm

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Foodies, locavores, and oenophiles, mark your calendars. The Viva La Vista food festival is your signature event to sip and sample from 30 Vista restaurants preparing food and offering lots of tasty, affordable bites. From sushi to steaks, tapas to cupcakes, Viva La Vista has something to suit everyone’s palate. In addition to a full lineup of bands playing all afternoon, families will enjoy Lunch Money, a popular children’s band. Here’s just a taste of what we’ve got cooking


Some of the Restaurants Attending 1 Blue Marlin 2 Cupcake 3 Gervais & Vine 4 Liberty Tap Room & Grill 5 Motor Supply Company Bistro 6 Nonnah’s 7 Pearlz Oyster Bar 8 Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse 9 Saki Tumi

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Chef Brian began his career at the young age of 16 washing dishes, but quickly moved his way into the kitchen. He got a first hand education when his uncle helped land him a job as part of the opening team at a Longhorn in Knoxville. “The pace of the business and short term gratification of working in a restaurant fits my personality.” Chef Brian is passionate about sustainable seafood and providing a great Executive Chef Brian Dukes dining experience for his guests. “We have to protect our oceans if we want to eat seafood for the next 20 years and beyond.” Chef Brian graduated from Johnson and Wales University, then moved to Orcas Island to develop his skills under the tutelage of chef Geddes Martin. His culinary experience also includes a stint in NYC, where he was exposed to some of the best and most expensive ingredients in the world – truffles, wines, artisan meats and cheeses. Chef Brian’s Signature Dish is Scallop Succotash, made with George’s Bank scallops. “I like simple dishes that are prepared perfectly. The corn, butterbeans, and tomatoes are at their peak freshness right now, and all the vegetables are local.”

Pan Seared Scallops with Succotash

Serves 4 16 large dry packed scallops 3 tsp canola oil Salt and pepper to taste Heavy sauté pan 1. Get your sauté pan hot over medium-high heat, add oil when pan is hot, season scallops with salt and pepper. Sear for 2 minutes on each side until scallops are golden brown. For the Succotash 4 oz butter 2 cups butter beans, blanched 3 ears of corn, cut off the cob 2 vine ripe tomatoes, diced 1 bunch of basil, chiffonade 1 clove of garlic, minced

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Salt and pepper to taste 1. To blanch the butter beans, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and place the beans in the boiling water for 10 minutes. 2. For the corn, soak the corn in water for 10 minutes, then place on a grill for ten minutes to steam the corn, remove the husk and cut off the cob. 3. In a saute pan, heat the pan over medium heat and add the butter, when melted add the corn and garlic, saute for 2 minutes, add the butter beans and cook for 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and salt and pepper and basil until all vegetables are tender.


Chef Nathan grew up in the DC area, and has been cooking since he was 14. He started out as a food runner, but moved up fast. His career took off when he joined Earthfare, and headed up their hot bar program. Self-taught, he would invent cuisine and come up with new menus daily. Chef Nathan’s culinary skills were honed during a 2-year stint to Hawaii as the executive Chef Nathan Brick chef running a goat dairy and organic farm. “Making our own cheeses and dealing with fresh produce right from the farm offers you some of the finest ingredients.” On a local front, chef Nathan has gained experience working under chef Mike Davis at Terra initially, before moving over to join Liberty Tap Room. His influences have come from the ability to use local organic food and the culture of the city. Chef Nathan is passionate about citrus – he uses the whole orange or lemon in a lot of his dishes. “They enhance and add a crisp flavor to a variety of dishes.” Chef Nathan’s Signature Dish is Banana Foster Cheesecake. It’s fairly simple to make, and has won the best dish award at this event in the past. It is a Liberty cheesecake topped with flambeed Bananas and foster sauce. “This is one of the best dishes on our menu.”

Banana Foster Cheesecake

Serves 4 1 Liberty cheesecake Bananas Chilled butter Brown sugar Meyers dark rum Banana liqour Cinnamon

1. Saute sliced banana in a hot pan with a little butter. Deglaze pan with dark rum and banana liquor and flambé. 2. Dissolve brown sugar into the pan and add the chilled butter and cinnamon. 3. Pour generously over cheesecake.






Although Chef Kristian went to college to become an architect, the siren song of food just wouldn’t release him from its grip. “I love food too much. Having a mom who could cook so well really spoiled me. Then, I went into the Army and traveled the world, eating amazing dishes. When I got to college, I realized I HAD to learn to cook if I wanted to continue to eat well. So, I bought Pierre Franey’s “Sixty Minute Gourmet” and began Executive Chef Kristian Niemi cooking my way through it.” During his senior year at the University of Minnesota, he also began the Culinary Arts program at St. Paul College. “Graduation from both was within days of one another, then we hit the road and came to Columbia.” Not long after landing here, Chef Kristian became the opening GM for Blue Marlin, then left to open Mr. Friendly’s. Gervais & Vine followed, then Solstice and Rosso. “Food is the ultimate medium to work with if you’re even slightly creative. Most of the time, regardless of what you make, the results are delicious. Other times, they’re spectacular!” Chef Kristian’s Signature Dish is Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops with White Balsamic Reduction and Rosemary Oil. Kristian’s best tip to budding cooks is to seek the absolute best ingredients. “If you have the best, you have very little left to do to make an amazing meal. This recipe is a perfect example.”

Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops

Serves 4 12 jumbo, dry-packed sea scallops 1 cup, plus 1 T olive oil 2 T fresh rosemary, chopped 2 cups white balsamic vinegar Fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper 1. To make oil, add chopped rosemary to 1 cup of the olive oil in a small saucepan. Heat the oil slightly until warm. Remove from heat and allow to steep for one hour. Strain through sieve and reserve. 2. To make balsamic reduction, add vinegar to a small saucepan and bring to simmer. Allow to

simmer on low until reduced to 1/4 its original volume. You should end up with about a half-cup of syrup. Allow to cool to room temp. This will keep for months. 3. To sear scallops, lightly season with salt and pepper and place in a pre-heated saute pan (on medium-high) with a tablespoon of olive oil. Allow to sear until browned on one side, then turn over, allowing to lightly brown on the other. Remove from pan and place on serving plates. Drizzle with white balsamic syrup and rosemary oil and serve.



When Paul was in grade school both of his parents worked and after school it was his job to get dinner started according to the notes his mom left him. After a while he got a subscription to National Geographic, reading stories of far-away places and recipes from around the world. He began to experiment with the international flavors he learned about from his magazine, and Chef Paul Cernansky almost immediately Chef Paul’s passion for food was born. Chef Paul trained at Johnston & Wales University and upon graduation worked for many years as a front-of-the house manager, but somehow he always ended up in the kitchen – asking questions, tasting ingredients, pairing flavors and ultimately trying his hand at cooking. One of his biggest influences was working as a government contractor in Iraq. As a chef abroad, Chef Paul experienced a whole new world of flavors & cooking techniques that continue to influence his culinary style. When Chef Paul isn’t in the kitchen, he loves to sail. “Sailing is a passion. There is nothing like using the wind and water to move!” In the kitchen, Chef Paul believes that using local ingredients gives cooking a sense of community, and he tries to incorporate them into his menu whenever possible. Chef Paul’s Signature Dish is the Sweet Potato Casserole. “It is one of the most popular choices on our Ruth’s Chris menu – its buttery, creamy flavor and melt-in-your-mouth pecan topping make you feel like every dinner is a Thanksgiving feast.”

Ruth’s Sweet Potato Casserole

Serves 4 Crust Mixture ¾ cup brown sugar ¼ cup flour ¾ cup chopped nuts (pecans preferred) ¼ cup melted butter Sweet Potato Mixture ¾ cup sugar ¼ tsp salt ½ tsp vanilla 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes 1 egg, well beaten ¼ cup butter

1. Combine Crust Mixture in mixing bowl and put to one side. 2. Combine Sweet Potato Mixture ingredients in a mixing bowl in the order listed. Combine thoroughly. 3. Pour Sweet Potato Mixture into buttered baking dish. 4. Sprinkle Crust Mixture evenly onto surface of Sweet Potato Mixture. 5. Bake for 30 minutes at 350°. Allow to set for at least 30 minutes before serving.

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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 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.


Ready to Eat?

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. 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. 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.

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 Café (D) 1417 Sumter St., 779-5788. Fresh Asian cuisine and Mandarin tea room. Lunch and Dinner, Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat 5-10pm. Miyo’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.


Tiffany’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.v

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Restaurant Guide BBQ

Hudson’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.


DiPrato’s (F) 342 Pickens St., 779-0606. New

Hennessy’s A Main Street Dining Tradition Since 1983

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. 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.

Desserts 5 Coffee 5Spirits

Relaxed elegant atmosphere serving lunch and dinner.

* Voted Best Desserts

Groucho’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.


Café Strudel (W) 118 State St., 794-6634. European style café 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. Nonnah’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.

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zDesserts zExotic Imported Coffee zLarge Wine Selection Lunch: M-F, 11:30-2pm Dinner: M-Th, 5-11pm Sat-Sun, 5pm-12:30am 930 Gervais Street 5 803-779-9599

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Al’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. Arizona’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. Columbo’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. Dianne’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.

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Fall Brew As summer’s searing heat gives way to cooler days and nights, and people head to tailgate parties, Oktoberfest celebrations, and weekend road trips, what could be more fitting than an autumn ale that expresses all that is special about the season. Zack Klicka, the beer manager at Morganelli’s, said the lighter, crisp beers of spring and summer give way to the harvest ales, pumpkin ales, and beers with more hops and malt – and a touch of spice. “Fall has its own season of beers, including malty, dinner-type beers and the pumpkin ales that are distinctly American. You’ll find beers with a hint of bitterness, but that are not overpowering, and you’ll find some with a heavier body that go well with fall foods.” With that in mind, here are five beers of fall that you’ll want to try:

» Sierra Nevada

» Spaten Oktoberfest

A great beer with food, this malty brew is very drinkable. Spaten Oktoberfest is amber in color, and “beer geeks” will tell you that this selection has a good aroma and satisfying taste. The Spaten Brewery says the beer has achieved its “impeccable taste by balancing the roasted malt flavor with the perfect amount of hops.” $7.99/six-pack.

» Samuel Adams

Oktoberfest A beer known for its reddish, amber hue, Samuel Adams Octoberfest is brewed with several varieties of malted barley to give it a substantial flavor that serves as transition from the light beers of summer to the heavier winter beers. Some beer experts believe it tastes slightly different from year to year, but it’s a favorite among the fall beers. $7.99/six-pack.

» Victory Festbier

Victory Festbier is considered “one of the best American-made, Oktoberfest style beers,” Klicka says. Like the Spaten Oktoberfest, Festbier is considered a good drinking beer. It is made with German malts and whole flower European hops. Amber in color, Festbier starts sweet and ends nutty and is good paired with a variety of foods from pizza to rotisserie chicken. $9.99/six-pack.

» Pumking Ale

With a name like “pumking,” it comes as no surprise that this ale is “like pumpkin pie in a bottle,” Klicka says. “You taste the spice and pumpkin … It’s very complex.” And for a ringing endorsement, “people go wild over this one,” he says. More like a dessert beer, Pumking Ale has a rich copper color and is a true spirit of fall celebrations. $10/22-oz bottle. – Karen Petit


Tumbler A rich brown ale, the Sierra Nevada Tumbler has a roasty, nutty – but very smooth – taste and a medium body. The Tumbler ale is completely different from the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale that is sold year-round. For those with a discerning beer palette, the Tumbler’s taste focuses more on malt than hops. $7.69/ six-pack.

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Restaurant Guide 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. 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. 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.

Ristorante Divino

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. 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.

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 Mon - Sat Starting at 6pm

Reservations Suggested

803 Gervais Street - 803.799.4550

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Restaurant Guide presents


Moeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.


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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. 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 Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Stop in and see our Wall of Beer

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.

Mediterranean Locally Owned and Operated Large Selection of Beer, Wine, and Spirits Excellent Customer Service Party Planning Morganelliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Liquor and Wines 3155 Forest Drive, Columbia 803-787-5651 72     |

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.


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. 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. Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original oyster bar, serving the freshest Gulf oysters, steamed or raw, soups, and shrimp and grits. Mon-Sat 4-until. 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;small-plateâ&#x20AC;? 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. Friendlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

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Ruthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.


Off the Beaten Path in Bordeaux

This revitalized city has emerged as a shopping mecca, and shows us that wine is just part of the fun TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATIE McELVEEN


hink of Bordeaux, and most of us envision rolling hills covered in neat rows of vineyards, of ruby-red grand crus opened for special dinners and crisp whites that take the edge off of summer’s heat. But the city of Bordeaux is also worth a visit, particularly in light of a sprucing up that resulted in the inclusion of the city’s entire historic district as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2007. Beginning in the 18th century, Bordeaux was one of Europe’s most important ports, trading not just wine from the nearby vineyards, but also sugar. But when the port moved closer to the ocean in the 1970’s, Bordeaux’s once active port became run down as unused warehouses crumbled and the neighborhood became seedy. Change came in the 1990’s when Mayor Alaine Juppe took on the three centuries of grime and embarked on a plan to revitalize a city that had once been so beautiful that in the 1850’s Baron Haussmann used it as his model to transform Paris into a “modern capital”. Ten years after Juppe began his initiative, Bordeaux emerged ready for her close up. Today, a park-strewn promenade has replaced the dilapidated buildings that once

(top) One of downtown Bordeaux’s main shopping districts. (above) An ancient cloister-turned-wine café in St. Emillion.

lined the riverfront and more than 4,000 buildings were scrubbed of centuries of soot. Bordeaux is a walkable city, filled with shady squares, twisty cobblestone streets that wind past ornate medieval cathedrals, ancient city gates, art-filled parks, chic shops and two botanical gardens. Constructed over two centuries and reflecting both neoclassical and Italianate details, the buildings create a mosaic colored in green, ocher and yellow, the city’s chosen palette. Cafes—locals report the city has more per capita than any other—are tucked here and there, ready to seduce with coffee and a croissant or a glass of wine and charcuterie, the assortment of cured meats and cheeses famous in this area.

What To Do The riverfront and Les Quais Pont de Pierre is the graceful 18th-

century bridge that was commissioned by Napoleon I. Stroll past it, then stop to take in Michel Courajoud’s water mirror, a black granite reflecting pool that intersperses clouds of mist with mesmerizing reflections of the intricately carved arched facades of the stock exchange and grand Place de la Bourse. Next up is Esplanade des Quinconces, a massive and lushly planted palace ground that now holds a number of imposing monuments dedicated to French revolutionaries and, within a 19th century warehouse, CAPC, Bordeaux’s museum of contemporary art. Shopping on Rue St. Catherine and the Golden Triangle Bordelaise shoppers are notoriously picky, so much so that designers use the city as a test market for new concepts. Take advantage of unique items (and often, lower prices than you’ll find in Paris) with September/ October    2011  |    73

an afternoon perusing Bordeaux’s two main shopping areas, which converge at the elegant 1780 Grand Theater. Bustling Rue St. Catherine was a major Roman thoroughfare; today, it comprises nearly a mile of car-free shopping bliss where international chains like H&M and Zara are interspersed with Galeries Lafayette, Michard Ardillier (great shoes for men and women) and other French retailers. High-end designer boutiques such as Hermes, Kenzo and hat maker La Boite a Chapeaux are located within the Golden Triangle created by cours Clemenceau, allees de Tourny and cours de I’ntendance; stop into La Parfumerie for a whiff of freshly citrusy l’eau de Bordeaux, the shop’s exclusive, unisex scent. Caneles at Baillardran Rainbows of delicately flavored macarons steal the show in other parts of France, but in Bordeaux, locals are downright passionate about caneles, the tiny, unadorned cakes eaten in multiples for breakfast, snacks, dessert and even as an accompaniment to wine. According to legend, thrifty nuns invented the addictive treats as a way to use the egg yolks left after vintners had used the whites to clarify their wines and voila – a classic was born. Part cake, part custard, caneles are baked in heavy copper molds, which allow them to develop a crunchy, almost coffee-colored crust while the interior stays smooth and creamy. The unique flavor, sweet but with an appealing edge of caramel, comes from a dash of rum – which, along with wine and sugar, was one of the most abundant products to pass through the port of Bordeaux – and a mandatory 24-hour rest period for the dough. Although caneles are available throughout Bordeaux, those made by Baillardran, a bakery with locations throughout the region, are considered the best.

(clockwise from above) Vineyards in the Haut-Medoc; Chateau du Taillan; St. Emilion’s town square sits in the shadow of the Monolithic church, which was carved from a block of granite.

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Cooking class at The Regent Bordeaux If you’ve always wanted to cook with a French chef, here’s your chance. Now that Pascal Nibaudeau, executive chef at Le Pressoir d’Argent restaurant in The Regent Bordeaux hotel has his Michelin star, he’s sharing his kitchen with novices. Once a month, the restaurant allows up to eight would-be chefs into the fold for two hours of chopping, stirring, shredding and garnishing dishes like potato mousseline with truffle, caneles, and deceptively simple consommé under the watchful eyes of several station chefs and the pastry chef. After tasting the prepared dishes with a glass of bubbly white Bordeaux, dinner is served in the elegant dining room. Once you’ve seen the city’s sights, head out of town, where you’ll find the region’s famous vineyards and wine producers are less than an hour away. The Romans planted

the first grapes in Bordeaux more than 2,000 years ago; today, the region produces a billion bottles a year. The Haut-Medoc Day trippers can explore the Haut-Medoc, a small appellation that lies just a few miles outside of Bordeaux. A good place to start is Chateau Paloumey, a 64-hectare estate (1 hectare is about 2 ½ acres) that welcomes visitors with a chance to not just taste wine but, during the harvest, the opportunity to head out to the fields to taste the grapes. Sleek and modern, Chateau Paloumey’s tasting room is well suited to the brawny cabernetfocused reds produced there. Wines can be purchased by the bottle or in innovative glass WIT’s, which stands for Wine in Tube. Resembling a test tube and holding a bit more than a glassful, the WIT’s make transporting wine home quite easy. Tall, ivy-covered walls mark the entrance to Chateau de Taillan, and the long shady drive ends at a grand, columned chateau flanked by massive stone lions that could be a picture in a storybook. Where Cazeneuve and her husband started their wine business from scratch, Armelle Falcy-Cruse’s family has owned Chateau du Taillan since 1896, but the chateau itself dates to the 18th century. The wine cellar was built in the 15th century—an astonishing 300 years before the chateau. Pack a picnic so that after touring the historic manse, tasting the wine and exploring the cellar, you can settle into a sunny patch of grass for lunch and a bottle of Chateau de Taillan. St. Emilion Named for the Breton monk who settled in the region in the 8th century, St. Emilion is known as much for its charming medieval walled city as it is for its lush merlot-based wines. Located about 45 minutes northeast of Bordeaux, the village is a warren of steeply sloping streets, ancient buildings topped with terra-cotta tiled roofs and ruins of monasteries, ramparts and convents from the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries. Several significant churches remain, including the Collegiate Church, with its massive stainedglass windows and soaring Gothic arches and the monolithic church, which was carved from limestone. With the exception of its massive bell tower, the church, with its quiet hermitage and catacombs, is completely underground. Like Bordeaux, St. Emilion has its favorite sweet: almond macarons. Baked using the same recipe created by the city’s Ursuline nuns in the 17th century, the barely-sweet cookies are vaguely chewy and taste of nothing but sugar and almonds. Ferlion Bakery has the most authentic macarons in the city. „

(clockwise from top) Ancient terra cotta rooftops in St. Emilion; Limestone lines the walls within the 18th-century Chateau du Taillan; Merlot grapes at Chateau Paloumey.

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A Hospitable Past Early accommodations helped bolster Columbia’s economy and set the benchmark for current hotels


eing planned as a state capital naturally implied that Columbia also was envisioned as a city of hospitality. Even before a gavel convened the first meeting of the General Assembly in1786, the certainty of sporadic habitation by lawmakers converging for sessions necessitated Columbia to have accommodations. But over the years, hotels have provided Columbia more than just beds for the heads of its legislature. In addition to being a government town, this state capital developed as a military town and an academic center. Established on the confluence of the Saluda, Congaree and Broad rivers as a trading post long before John Lawson paddled and poled his way upstream from Charleston to survey the area, the settlement warranted protection. The outpost known as Fort Granby, then, was the site of the area’s first militarization. And establishing South Carolina College was one of the legislature’s early initiatives. In time hotels became landmarks for those pointing out directions and ultimately gave architectural import to

the cityscape. The sites on which visionary hoteliers chose to build have proven to be prime real estate, not only in their times but later as new replaced original structures. As commercial bellwethers, the investments in hotels boosted the local economy and often emboldened other entrepreneurs to join the risk. As social icons, hotels provided gathering places for political discourse and other civic dialogue, as well as business exchanges and epic punctuations of gaiety: dinners, galas and grand balls. Tourism overarched all these categories – and although business leaders and, in time, chambers of commerce have fervently marketed the city as a destination, Columbia’s commercial stool has always supported itself on three legs: government, military and academics. And yet one of the first reviews of a stay-over here was written by a tourist from little-known Bridges Hotel. The account was penned in the diary of Mrs. Henry W. Conner destined for North Carolina and Tennessee for the remainder of her honeymoon. As noted in John

(top) Gresham Hotel, circa 1911. (above) Colonia Hotel. 76    |



Hammond Moore’s Columbia and Richland County: a South Carolina Community, 17401990, the bride referenced crossing a fine bridge to reach Columbia. This Charlestonian described the municipal expanse as “commanding a beautiful view of the town which is handsomely situated on a hill of consideration eminence…. From the cupola of the Bridges Hotel we had a fine and extensive view of the town and its environs which are beautiful, with large gardens and an apparently great regard to neatness and taste in their buildings.” Mrs. Connor’s entry was written in January 1827. For hotels to take hold as commercial establishments the citizenry first had to alter its private view of hospitality a bit. In those days having guests stay in private homes was the epitome of social graciousness. For more than two centuries following the 1791 visit of the nation’s first president, the home in which he allegedly stayed was known as the George Washington house. The threestory frame home endured at the corner of Assembly and Gervais streets until the mid-20th century before it was razed to make way for progress. And members and heirs of the

Randolph family that accommodated Lafayette in their home during the French Marquis’ 1825 American return tour recounted that visit as long as the home survived Columbia’s penchant for wrecking balls. A most unwanted guest, William Tecumseh Sherman, commandeered a private Gervais Street home for his headquarters during Columbia’s occupation. Established years later on that site was the Town House Motel, now part of the Clarion chain. A bronze plaque outside the entryway attests to Sherman’s presence. When Nell Graydon, the late historian, was composing Tales of Columbia, she included other famous guests who stayed with someone they knew in Columbia. At Hampton and Preston homes alone (and, admittedly, there were quite a few of those), Daniel Webster, Winfield Scott, Henry Clay, Millard

Fillmore and Franklin Buchanan were among those who came calling. Undoubtedly, such guests were delivered to front gates by some horserelated mode, but by the turn of the 19th century railroads were beginning to bring into Columbia guests seeking sleeping rooms. And their demands were met. In 1919 there were nine hotels and 10 railroad lines serving the city. The Gresham Hotel, established in 1911 at the corner of Gervais and Wheat streets was the only accommodation south of the capital, close to Union Station (now the location of California Dreaming restaurant). Because of their sweeping foyers, in-laid flooring, marble, and brass appointments and the amenities their chefs and staffs offered, hotels would have posed an unfair advantage if compared to the accommodations that preceded their grand openings. As the area already was a trading post prior to the Charleston bride’s stopover at Bridges Hotel, there clearly was lodging available, although in those early days boarding houses provided most of it. According to a 1859 city directory in Richland County Public Library’s Local History Room, tenants often stuck around Columbia long enough to warrant being listed at boarding house addresses – the abbreviation “brd” next to their names indicating their long-term status at a specific dwelling place. One hotelier hoped the guests its investors targeted would stick around for long periods as the boarders did, but it was not to be. The Colonia Hotel owners

(clockwise from top left) Columbia Hotel; Jefferson Hotel lobby; Jefferson Hotel, circa 1912; Plaque on wall at the current Clarion hotel depicting Sherman’s stay.

envisioned winter-long stays by wealthy Northerners such as Aiken and Camden attracted. But, without horses and race tracks, The Colonia could not compete. Or was the Pickens and Hampton streets corner too far off the main drag for the convenience of regular visitors to the Capital City. Before being refurbished in alliance with discerning guests’ expectations, The Colonia had been September/ October    2011  |    77


(top) Wade Hampton hotel. (above) Jerome hotel.

Columbia Female College which became Columbia College, long since re-located to the Eau Claire area of town. Hotels within view of The Capital fared best. Fires, including the city-wide blazes brought by the torch-bearing Sherman February 12, 1865, caused the demise of many early hotels. As Reconstruction set in, hotels began appearing on uptown streets again. The first Columbia Hotel was established at 1531 Main Street in 1881 (the second in 1931). The Jefferson Hotel was built at the corner of Main and Laurel streets in 1912 when horse and buggies vied with automobiles for parking spaces. According to David and Martha Sennema, authors of Columbia, South Carolina: A Postcard History, the Jefferson was the city’s leading hostelry for more than half a century. Named for three generations of influential patriots, the Wade Hampton Hotel, built in the mid-30s, was closest to the State House. As its reputation developed, it was known as much for its lounge and for Maxim’s, a gourmet restaurant, as for its comfortable guest rooms. All downtown hotels were at full attention during war years when throngs of servicemen from Fort Jackson and Columbia Army Air Base crowded the city. But after the armistice, they never fully regained their capacities. In a decade or so were deemed anachronisms. The Jefferson was razed in the mid-60s, its corner becoming Citizens and Southern National Bank’s commercial village, Jefferson Square. The Columbia was imploded in 1971, its site going to Bankers’ Trust Tower – that building’s rooftop now bears the corporate name Wilbur Smith and Associates. Last to fall, the Wade Hampton made way in the ‘80s for what today is called Capital Center. Today’s center city hotels have as service benchmarks the welldeveloped Southern hospitality of Columbia’s historic hotels. „ 78    |

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Social Scene » Good Times For a Good Cause First Friday Wine & Cheese Reception The Village Artists Gallery held their monthly First Friday reception and featured the art of Dawn Faber, Melinda Kilcoyne Smith, and Rita Smith. Gallery shoppers were out for a fun evening of wine and cheese and fine art. Photographs By Sally Taylor.










1. Heather and Daniel Thompson 2. Artist Rita Smith with “Woodland Stream” 3. Artist Melinda Kilcoyne Smith with “Breezy” 4. Dawn Faber, Lily and Drew Fasbender 5. Jerry Coughenour 6. Warren Koestner 7. Wakima Fields and Brianna Pressley 8. Artist Dawn Faber with “Precipice” 9. Kay and Dave Hatfield September/ October    2011  |    79



Blooming Butterflies Come explore the world of the butterfly! The exhibition features over 20 species of butterflies native to the Southeast, and showcases dozens of species of trees and plants. Complete with a Bloom Room to observe chrysalises and emerging butterflies. Exhibition on display at the EdVenture Children’s Museum through October 8. Visit for more information.

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Columbia Living Magazine Sept-Oct 2011  
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