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COVER STORY

8 Riverbanks Botanical Garden Where Flora Transcends Fauna 12 The Big Mo Movies Under the Stars

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4 Cayce Historical Museum Celebrating 100 Years 11 What Makes Your Dad Special? Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

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10 Word for Today Pastor Rocky Purvis

DEPARTMENTS 5 Events 7 CWC Leaders Dr. Charles Jackson 14 Spice of Life Grillin’ Father’s Day

L-R: Brandi Rabon, Chelsea Wessinger, Kristi Antley, Anne Reynolds Publisher and Editor -in- Chief Todd Shevchik toddshevchik@gmail.com Editorial Consultant Allison Caldwell allison.caldwell@live.com Sales Manager Anne Reynolds lexliferabon@yahoo.com Account Executives Donna Shevchik shev26@aol.com

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With Father’s Day quickly approaching, there’s still time to find that perfect something special for dad. Last month was Mother’s Day, and it has traditionally been a tough holiday to find something which reflects how important my wife is to me and our children. However, I’m proud to say that this year we found the perfect gift for Donna. You see, Donna is a compulsive cleaner. When she arrives home, the first thing she grabs is the vacuum cleaner. I have learned to stay out of the way. Next, she moves to the laundry and then finally wipes down the tile floor in the kitchen. Call it a ritual, call it a habit, call it decompressing: it drives me crazy! She cannot relax until these tasks are completed. Now many of you are probably thinking, “Why don’t you do these things for her, Todd, so she can relax upon entering the household residence?” Well, I’ve tried. It doesn’t matter if I do them. For some reason unbeknownst to man, she still has to go through the motions. So what did I get her for Mother’s Day? I bought her a vacuum cleaner. No, not any ordinary vacuum cleaner: an iRobot 770! With the push of a button, the 770 scurries about the floor with infrared eyes and vacuums for up to three hours per battery charge. It doesn’t hit furniture and does an amazing job! Donna absolutely loves it! All she does is empty the dirt out of the canister. The iRobot 770 makes her life easier and a little less stressful. Hmmm, it might make a good Father’s Day gift, too! Thanks for reading Cayce West Columbia Life. Enjoy your summer!

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Cayce Historical Museum

Celebrating 100 years! Become a part of history by contributing your stories, photographs, articles, and memorabilia significant to the Cayce and surrounding areas. We cherish the opportunity to record and preserve these reflections of culture, structure and growth during the last century. Items may be copied and returned, donated for display, preserved in the next time capsule, or have the possibility of appearing in our first publication! Don’t miss the unveiling of our time capsule contents! Take time to visit the museum located at 1800 12th Street; Tuesday-Friday from 9a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 2p.m. to 5 p.m. $2 admission fee, special discounts for seniors and large groups. For more information, please contact Leo Redmond at the museum (803)261-3983.

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June Friday, June 13 A Taste of Newberry Downtown Newberry Memorial Park, 5-7:30 p.m. Hosted by the Newberry Opera House, this event features Newberry’s finest cuisines from local restaurants. Enjoy bites from all around town, live music, and the Newberry Opera House Guild Beer Garden. 276-6264. Saturday, June 14 2nd Annual Columbia Mini Maker Faire Edventure Children’s Museum, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Rockets, robots, DIY science and technology, alternative energy, handmade crafts, music, food, educational workshops and exhibits for all ages! Groups and individuals are invited to browse or display their own unique creations. For details go to: www.Edventure.org or call 400-1132. Saturday, June 14 Papapalooza Cookoff Wingard’s Nursery & Garden Center, Lexington It’s time for our first annual Papapalooza Cookoff for dads or moms! Compete by cooking your favorite recipe on your own grill at Wingard’s. Come at 7 a.m. and prepare to serve sample-size portions to 200 people; the event opens to the public at 8:30 a.m. For registration details, go to: www. wingardsnursery.com or call 359-9091.

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June 14-28 American Revolutionary War in SC Discussion Series SC State Museum, Columbia American Revolutionary War in South Carolina discussion series in conjunction with a new temporary exhibit. For program schedule and details, go to www. scmuseum.org or call 898-4921. June 16-August 1 Summer Camp Sessions with BRICKS 4 KIDZ The Harvest Afterschool Center, 501 Whiteford Way, Lexington In addition to fun games and activities, students will build unique creations with LEGO bricks. For a complete schedule of summer camp sessions, call 422-4054 or visit Bricks4Kidz.com/Lexington. Saturday, June 21 Southeast Crab Feast Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Rd., Columbia, 4-7 p.m. All you can eat Charleston Blue Crabs in a family friendly environment with live music. Tickets start at only $20, go to: www.southeastcrabfeast.com for program schedule and details.

Saturday, June 28 Lake Murray Fireworks Celebration Spence Island and Dreher Island, about 9:15 p.m. Viewable from both locations, the show is choreographed to a patriotic concert that will air simultaneously on the Cumulus Media stations. The best place to view the show is Dreher Island State Park. Bring a chair or blanket! LakeMurrayCountry.com. Friday, July 4 56th Annual Lexington County Peach Festival Gilbert Community Park Enjoy this star-spangled tradition complete with a parade, live entertainment, fireworks, unique food items, a car show and of course, lots of fresh peaches! For program schedule and full details, go to: www.LexingtonCountyPeachFestival.com or call 892-5207. Friday, July 4 Star Spangled Symphonic Salute Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Rd., Columbia, 8:00-9:30pm Enjoy a Star Spangled Symphonic Salute with the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra, free with park admission. For full details and schedule, go to ICRC.net/SaludaShoals-Park, LMSO.org, or call 731-5208

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cwc by Jackie Perrone

Dr. Charles Jackson Dr. Charles B. Jackson, Sr. has been pastor of Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia for more than 40 years, leading it into a large, multi-campus congregation with a variety of services to the community. Impressive buildings, area expansion, and a staff of 160 support his leadership in service, and the next big venture is already in the works. “Empowerment!” is one of his favorite mottos. He’s seen what education, mentoring and inspiration can accomplish with young people as well as adults, and the church is launching a new endeavor to provide that kind of service to all the community. This dynamic leader started early. At age nine he was standing before his fellow Christians and preaching. He was ordained at 12, and installed as pastor at Brookland Baptist at age 18. Four decades later, he continues to feel the hand of God guiding him and his congregation toward a better community. Brookland Baptist has six ministries, a full service Federal Credit Union, the Brookland Foundation, the Brookland Center for Community and Economic Change, the Brookland-West Columbia Community and Housing Development Corporation, and the Brookland Community Pediatric Center. The impressive main campus features a 2,300-seat sanctuary and a 68,000-foot Community Resource Center at 1045 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia. It includes an Academy of Child Development Center, a Health and Wellness Center, and a Banquet and Conference Center. On October 5, 2008, Brookland became one church in two lowww.cwclife.biz

cations, with the opening of Brookland Baptist Northeast, pastored by Reverend Dr. Christopher Leevy Johnson. What could possibly come next? West Columbia is about to find out, when the Brookland-Lakeview Empowerment center opens its doors. “Lakeview” resonates with Dr. Jackson, as he attended grade school at the Lakeview School which no longer exists. In 2002, Lexington School District Two awarded the property of the abandoned school to the church: 94,000-square-feet on 11 acres of land on Batchelor Street in West Columbia. “We are going to provide what our young people need,” says Dr. Jackson. “We know what happens to youngsters whose education is inadequate, and who lack guidance and mentoring at home. These are the young people who drop out of school, take up with gangs, and resort to violence as a way of life. We think our Center can change that.” Brookland-Lakeview Empowerment Center plans to be a tutorial center, offering a means for success in academics as a pipeline to college. Food will be given to those who need it, with a full-service cafeteria and kitchen on site. In fact, the culinary arts will be taught as a pathway to meaningful employment. Jackson appreciates the $500,000 donation from SCANA which makes that possible. Dedication of the facility was held April 15. “There is a perception of Lexington County as an affluent community,” he says. “But there are pockets of poverty which are dead

ends. We know our children can be helped out of that poverty with the right support.” Services for senior citizens will be offered as well, providing a safe place to visit, learn, eat and socialize. A recent one-week Vacation Bible School provided a Bible camp for 507 children, including a bus route for those needing transportation. The Empowerment Center wants to bring them there all summer. Dr. Jackson has been the recipient of many honors, including honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from his alma mater, Benedict College, and also from Morris College in Sumter. He is married to the former Robin Hoefer, and father of two children, Rev. Charles B. Jackson Jr., pastor of the new Laurel Street Baptist Church of Columbia, and Candace, a graduate of the Duke University School of Law and an Associate at Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough LLP. The immediate family also includes a daughter-in-law, the former Iva Gaymon, and four grandchildren. Dr. Jackson’s story is Brookland Baptist’s story, a lifelong commitment that’s making a difference on many levels in West Columbia. n June 2014 | Cayce-West Columbia Life | 7


Riverbanks Botanical Garden:

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n the northeast corner of West Columbia, the aptly-named Botanical Parkway leads nature-loving visitors from Highway 378 to Riverbanks Botanical Garden, a flourishing haven of vibrant foliage that spreads from the parking lot to over 70 acres of naturally preserved countryside. Last year the zoo broke its annual attendance record with more than one million visitors walking through its gates. Hundreds of thousands of these guests stopped to “smell the roses” within the borders of the Botanical Garden. 8 | June 2014 | Cayce-West Columbia Life

The main section of Riverbanks Zoo opened in 1974. The original Botanical Garden was presented to the public in 1995, more than 20 years later. In 1997, the garden area was expanded to incorporate a stunning patch of heirloom antique roses. In 2001, the West Columbia entrance, which provides the most direct access to the Botanical Garden, was constructed. Before that time, an internal tram transported patrons from the main section of the zoo across the Saluda, to the West Columbia side of the river where the gardens lie. During that expansion, additional features such as a bog-garden entry plaza and a treetops bridge were installed to connect the new entryway to

the original grounds. As a thriving ecological sanctuary to thousands of ordinary and extraordinary plants, the horticultural visionaries who safeguard this flora intend to let it grow in every way possible. Plans are underway to break ground this summer on a five million dollar, three-acre children’s garden outside the existing walled area. When completed in late 2015, this new attraction will include an interactive water feature, a shallow wading area, tree houses to explore, dinosaur-dig sand boxes, and an educational interpretive center where classes can be held. Currently, this award-winning and nationally renowned garden is home to more than 4,200 species of native and exotic plants, many of which are sown along protective walkways or within carefully cultivated themed sections that feature specific flora such as roses, shade-sharing vegetation, lilies, and Asian plant life. The majority of the garden area, however, is respectfully maintained in its original state of untamed woodlands that stretch from the civilized patches and pathways down to the Saluda River. “There’s always something blooming here,” says Andy Cabe, the garden’s director of 14 years. This is possible, he explains, because of South Carolina’s extensive growing season and moderate winters. From among the thousands of plant species he monitors, Cabe’s favorite is the ficus auriculata lour — a green leafy shrub more commonly known as the roxburgh fig. This tropical-looking perennial returns each year with 10-15 extra feet of growth and attracts many admiring comments from garden visitors. “We want people to see something new every time they come,” says Cabe. “To expose people to new plants, we make sure this garden does not remain entirely static.” To that end, the staff is constantly updating the grounds with new and interesting plants and seasonal displays. The success of the Botanical Garden results from the efforts of the staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to protect its wellbeing. Six full-time gardeners are employed to maintain the grounds, and each one is assigned to supervise specific areas as well as communal space where they work with others in a group. Community volunteers come about once a week and coordinate with staff several hours each day to ensure the vegetation remains www.cwclife.biz


healthy and strong. The garden workers’ main responsibilities include planting, pruning, fertilizing, weeding and watering. The latter task is especially important during the hot summer months. Others involved in the garden’s upkeep include the greenhouse manager, who cultivates scores of plants for the garden as well as the common grounds of the zoo. A data entry operator maintains a registry of every type of plant species growing on the property. Each sprout is assigned a number that corresponds to an entry in the database, so information can be made available to staff members who are caring for that particular plant. Twenty years of horticultural notes are contained in this invaluable inventory that records every detail about the plants’ histories including origins, propagation methods, bloom times, care strategies and more. This meticulous inventory system not

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only supports the gardeners in their cultivation of the plants in their care, but also allows the staff to be knowledgeable so they can assist patrons who request information. “We like to look at the garden as a great place for people to come to take home ideas,” explains Cabe. Because the amateur gardener can easily be overwhelmed by the lavish and complex structure of the Riverbanks garden, he advises visitors to “find combinations of plants that you like, and take little pieces of what we do and bring it home.” Phil Maas is a backyard gardener who has volunteered at the zoo since 2006. “The people that run the Botanical Garden are an excellent group of folks,” he says. “They are so knowledgeable, and they share that knowledge. I get far more just from being there than they do from me working there. It’s a lot of fun, and we get to do more than most people

get to do at home. It’s a real pleasure to work with those people.” The garden’s education coordinator provides more formal horticultural training for all ages, and a variety of educational opportunities available throughout the year include summer “sprout camp” for preschoolers, nature activities for children, and gardener programs for older children and adults. Riverbanks Zoo also hosts annual family-oriented activities in the garden such as the Springtime at the Garden Festival in April, and the Rhythm and Blooms concert series in May. Any time of year, the public can reserve facilities for special occasions such as weddings, business meetings and social functions. Because its lush vegetation flourishes year-round, the Botanical Garden makes the perfect backdrop for photo shoots of any kind, during every season. The local community is encouraged to support the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden by visiting as often as possible, especially during special events. Group rates and discounts are offered to military personnel and seniors, and membership packages are also available. Membership provides individuals or families with unlimited daytime visits to the garden and zoo as well as free guest passes, a magazine subscription, and numerous other benefits. Volunteers are always needed to help maintain all areas of the garden and zoo, and contributions from donors are also welcome. Find information about volunteering, reservations, educational opportunities, memberships and more at Riverbanks.org. n

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Pastor Rocky Purvis Northside Baptist Church

Do you believe God answers prayers? There was a story several years back in the Houston Post. It said, during a morning worship service, a woman named Ellen noticed a nice looking man sitting by himself at the back of the church. As a single woman, she had a vested interest in meeting him. So she approached him, extended her hand and said, “Hi, I’m Ellen.” He took one look at her and bolted out the door without saying a word. The following Sunday he returned to that church and made his apology. He said, “My name is Bob Price and I owe you an apology for my rude behavior last Sunday. You see, my deceased wife’s name was Ellen, and I had been praying, ‘Dear God, please send me another Ellen.’ When you approached me and said, ‘Hi, my name is Ellen,’ I lost it.” Bob and Ellen have now been happily married for a number of years. Chuck Swindoll tells the story of a woman who had 12 children, but didn’t get married until she was 31. She said she never worried about getting married, but she did get a pair of man’s pants and hang them on the end of her bed. Each night she would pray this prayer: “Father in heaven, hear my prayer and grant it if you can. I’ve hung a pair of trousers here; please fill them with a man.” When Chuck told the story to his church there was a man there who was just laughing, but his teenage son looked very serious. About four weeks later this young man’s mother called and said, “I don’t know if this is serious, but every night my son is hanging a bikini on the end of his bed.” Here’s what I believe. Nothing is too big — or too small — to take to God. Jesus said, “Ask and you will receive.” Are you asking? He really does listen, and answer! And that’s the Word for Today.

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What Makes Your Dad

Spec al? by Ward Cunningham

Are you having a hard time deciding what to get dad for Father’s Day? Although he will love homemade cards and cookies, we have a few other suggestions you may find interesting. Most dads spend a huge amount of time on yard work. Let Lee Herlong of Simply Green Turf Care provide him with a lawn evaluation to resolve weed and fire ant issues. After his yard work, dad needs a cool place to relax. Schedule a free inspection of his A/C unit with Burt Keeney of Starr Mechanical for replacement parts or an upgrade estimate. Dad may need a new suit or a few accessories for vacation, a graduation or wedding ceremony. Craig Reagin Clothiers offers everything he needs to look sharp this summer with brand name shirts, slacks, bow ties, suits and casual wear. Has dad been neglecting his health? Annual medical exams identify problems before they start, and it’s easy to work one into his busy schedule at Bledsoe Family Medicine. Whose father would not enjoy fishing, skiing or cruising? Debra Shoemaker at Safe Federal Credit Union in Lexington is offering 100% boat financing.” Dad wants his vehicle spic and span for the family road trip. Mike Hutchins of Frank’s Car Wash has coupons available for bumper to bumper cleaning in under 20 minutes. Dad is sure to work up a large appetite keeping up with his job and “honey-do lists”, satisfy his hunger with a fresh 1/3 lb. beef bacon cheeseburger cooked to order from Compton’s Kitchen. Every dad treasures spending quality time with his children. Take a walk or a hike together, watch a movie or sports event with him, visit a museum or arrange a family gathering in his honor. n www.cwclife.biz

Let’s hear it for Dad! What makes your dad special? “My dad takes me fishing with him and lets me drive the boat.” Chase, age 14 “When we go camping, dad builds a fire and we make s’mores.” Grace, age 11 “I get to help dad flip the burgers when he’s grilling!” Haley, age 9 “I like it when we rake leaves and he jumps in the piles with me.” Georgia, age 5 “My dad is so cool, he plays video games with me when he has time.” Hunter, age 16

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Movies Under the the theater site, which was in disrepair and disarray. “There was no equipment left, and the screens were mostly gone,” Boaz says. “The only thing left was the screen tower and the concession building. Both were just shells, so we really had to rebuild everything. Richard cut all the trees that had grown up in the fields himself.” The drive-in re-opened in March of 1999. A second screen was added in 2005, and a third in 2011, bringing the drive-in up to its current capacity and size.

Now Showing:

An Experience Like No Other

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he mention of a drive-in movie theater evokes nostalgic memories for many who came of age during the heyday of drive-ins in the 50s and 60s, when big cars and Bmovies provided the backdrop for many a hot summer’s night. Fortunately, those bygone days are still within reach at the Monetta Drive-In. Affectionately known as “The Big Mo”, it’s one of only three active drive-in theaters left in South Carolina. At their peak, there were over 5,000 drive-ins nationwide. Now there are less than 500. The Big Mo was originally built in 1951, and operated continuously until 1986. Lisa and Richard Boaz, the current owners and operators, reopened it in 1999. 12 | June 2014 | Cayce-West Columbia Life

The Previews:

History and Restoration

Why go to a drive-in when there are so many nice indoor theaters available? Boaz says it means different things to different people, but watching movies under the stars definitely has its advantages. “For some people it’s the price, with us showing two movies for less than the price of one,” she says. “For others it’s the nostalgia, going back to a simpler time. For a lot of people it’s just a nice experience to share with your family or friends — a communal experience where you can be with others and not worry

“We used to go to a drive-in in West Virginia when we were first married, and we were there the night it closed down for the last time,” Lisa recalls as she tries to explain just what she and her husband were thinking when they purchased the remains of the original Monetta Drive-In. “We got into the history of driveins, and spent some travel time seeking out the ones that had closed,” she says. “When we moved to South Carolina, Richard was traveling for work and stopped in at a couple of other sites. Someone mentioned Monetta, which wasn’t in any of the history books we had read.” In 1998 the couple purchased www.cwclife.biz


Stars about being super quiet. There is plenty of time before the movie to visit with each other, play games — we have a playground for the kids.” Big Mo theater-goer Charlie McLinden enjoys the large scale screens as well as the nostalgia factor. “It echoes a simpler, better era in Americana,” he says. “And you haven’t truly enjoyed a horror film until you’ve seen it 35 feet tall under a starry sky.” The Von Fange family turns a Big Mo outing into their own version of the classic dinner and a movie experience. “We always get a large group together and pair the double feature with a trip to Shealy’s in Leesville,” says Sharon Von Fange. “Bringing lawn chairs and a portable radio means our son and his friends can sit outside of the car and enjoy the movie.” The biggest change this season will be the installation (over the winter) of three new digital projectors, something required as the industry shifts away from film prints and into digital copies of movies for showings. The Big Mo was part of an online contest through Honda that enabled them to win one of three projectors, an $80,000 prize that Boaz says came

about due to the overwhelming support they received from theater lovers. “It was unbelievable,” she says, remembering the excitement of entering and then winning the contest. “They only gave out nine projectors in the whole country, so for us to win one was pretty amazing. It was a very humbling experience to find out that many people cared about the drive-in — even folks who don’t come regularly, but didn’t want to see us close.” Boaz says the new equipment will provide a noticeably brighter, sharper picture, judging from the test runs they’ve given it leading up to this season. As part of the process of installing the new projectors, the projection rooms themselves had to be upgraded for climate control and to keep dirt and other things out of the new digital equipment. “The old projectors would keep on chugging no matter what the conditions were, but the new ones have to be heated, cooled and generally sealed up,” Boaz says. “We used to run [the old ones] with the windows open a lot. Once in a while a bug would get into the camera during a movie, and you’d see a twenty foot bug leg on the screen until we could get it out.”

Coming Soon:

Searching for the Past

The Boaz family considers themselves the caretakers of a grand tradition, one that has lasted now for over 60 years in Monetta. Sadly, they have precious little of the tangible history of the drive-in to show off. The Big Mo’s Facebook page offers a few black and white photos of the derelict stage prior to the reopening, but Boaz says they would be very interested in obtaining anything related to the theater in hopes of sharing that history with others. “We would love to have some pictures from the original run of the theater,” she says. “The only piece of memorabilia we have is a playbill-style sheet of paper showing what movie was going to be playing that weekend. It was found in a library book and brought to us.” With so much history and local memories tied up in the experience of going to The Big Mo, it’s reassuring to think that those memories will continue to be made — even in our new digital age — as yet another generation enjoys the drivein for years to come. n

If You Go

The Big Mo is located at 5822 Columbia Highway North in Monetta. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., movies start between 7:30 and 7:45 p.m. Cash only admission is $8 adults (ages 12 and up), $4 kids (ages 4-11), and free for age 3 and younger. Debit/credit cards are accepted at the concession stand only. Multiple double features are offered each weekend, rain or moon. Call (803) 685-7949, visit TheBigMo.com or follow them on Facebook for current listings. www.cwclife.biz

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Grillin’

Father’s Day

Baked Bacon Jalapeno Wraps 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese 12 fresh jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded 6 slices bacon, cut into halves Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spread cream cheese into jalapeno pepper halves; wrap each with a piece of bacon. Secure the bacon with toothpicks to prevent unraveling while baking. Arrange wrapped jalapeno peppers onto a baking sheet with cream cheese side facing down. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil the grate. Bake peppers in preheated oven for 10 minutes, turn, and continue cooking until the bacon is completely browned, about 10 minutes more. Transfer jalapeno wraps to preheated grill and cook until the bacon is crisp, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

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Grilled Sausage with Potatoes and Green Beans 3/4 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and halved 1/2 pound red potatoes, quartered 1 large onion, sliced 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. ground black pepper 1 tsp. vegetable oil 1 tsp. butter 1/3 cup water Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat. Place the green beans, red potatoes, onion and sausage on a large sheet of foil. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with oil and top with butter. Tightly seal foil around the ingredients, leaving only a small opening. Pour water into the opening, and seal. Place foil packet on the prepared grill. Cook 20 to 30 minutes, turning once, until sausage is browned and vegetables are tender. Grilled Marinated Shrimp 1 cup olive oil 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 lemon, juiced 2 Tbsp. hot pepper sauce 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp. tomato paste 2 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. ground black pepper 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails attached Skewers In a mixing bowl, mix together olive oil, parsley, lemon juice, hot sauce, garlic, tomato paste, oregano, salt, and black pepper. Reserve a small amount for basting later. Pour remaining marinade into a large resealable plastic bag with shrimp. Seal, and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours. When ready to cook, preheat grill for medium-low heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard marinade. Lightly oil grill grate. Cook shrimp for 5 minutes per side or until opaque, basting frequently with reserved marinade.

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