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May is one of my favorite times of the year. With the sunny, blue skies everything is better outdoors; watching baseball, playing tennis, walking the dogs, and just having fun. With school winding down, I look forward to Noah being home more often. He is our last child living at home and as a mother it saddens me. I can’t believe my baby boy will be sixteen on May 18th and is now driving around on his own. WOW! Time flies. It seems like yesterday when I was reading him the popular children’s book, “Love You Forever.”

I want to wish all the moms out there a special Mother’s Day. Being a Mom is the best job to have . It’s tough at times, but with daily prayer GOD is always there and He never leaves you. I look forward to Mother’s Day and having the entire family together.

Over the Easter break, and during the NFL Combine, the kids and Todd decided to run the 40-yard dash and measured out the distance to see how the times compared with elite NFL prospects NFL Combine times. It gave Noah an opportunity to compete against his big brother Joey who is eight years older. They ran neck and neck, it was hilarious. It felt like it was Christmas morning again. Often, the little things that don’t cost money mean the most. Enjoy Mother’s Day and celebrate her honor whether she’s here on earth or up above in the heavens.

Enjoy reading Lexington Life Magazine and/or Irmo Chapin Life Magazine. We couldn’t produce these magazines without our sponsors and readers. Thank you! Happy 16th Birthday NOAH. I love you forever! May/June 2023 | IRMO CHAPIN LIFE | 7 irmo-chapin’s irmo-chapin’s contents EDITOR EMERITUS Allison Caldwell GRAPHIC DESIGNER Jane Carter WEBSITE DESIGNER Paul Tomlinson CONTRIBUTING WRITERS David Cohen, Warren Hughes, Kim Becknell Williams STAFF PHOTOS BY Clark Berry Photography 23 28 PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Todd Shevchik DIRECTOR OF SALES Donna Shevchik 803-518-8853 EDITOR Kristi Antley ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Tracy Tuten 803-603-8187 GRAPHIC DESIGNER Kim Curlee CONTACT US: 114 HAYGOOD AVE., LEXINGTON, SC 29072 • 803.356.6500 • FEATURES 10 Birds of a Feather Flock Together 18 Botanical Beauty for Women Only 23 Bark in the Park 28 Copious Fibers COLUMNS 8 Faith Matters 39 David Clark DEPARTMENTS 7 From the Publisher 9 Irmo Chapin Leader 35 Events 36 Spice of Life
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Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

In recent years, I’ve developed a real love for pheasant hunting. I think that love grows out of the fact that I have been on some good hunts, with lots of great shooting, and I made some good friends in the process. Pheasants aren’t indigenous to America. In fact, in 1881, twenty-eight Ring Necked Peasants were released in Oregon and eleven years later, in a seventy-five day hunting season, fifty thousands birds were harvested. I’ve never been on a hunt quite that good, but I have still made a lot of friends walking across the corn fields of Kansas and South Dakota. Pheasant hunting reminds me of quail hunting when I was a youngster, walking the soybean fields of South Carolina with my Dad and Grandad. Both quail and pheasant hunting are team sports with everyone knowing their shooting lanes, watching the dogs, and respecting their fellow hunters. They are also social sports. Those long walks make for great conversations and wonderful opportunities to become good friends with your hunting buddies.

True friends are hard to find. If you are fortunate enough to have a good hunting or fishing buddy that you have known for a long time, somebody you can honestly talk to, you are fortunate indeed. It seems that many people today are just so busy that it is hard for them to make friends, or to even be a friend. The Bible says, “…a friend loves at all times…” (Prov 17:17), no matter what you’re going through, no matter what you’re facing. A person that is truly a friend will be right there for you. The Bible also says, “greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friend” (John 15:13). Jesus said you are my friend if you keep my commandments. Did you catch that? YOU are the friend of Jesus. He laid down His life for you. It was His way of saying how much you matter to Him, how important you are, and that He wants to be your friend. Jesus gave His life for you. When you open your heart and ask Him to come into your life, He is there to be your friend who will stay for a lifetime and beyond.

Question: Have you surrendered your life to Jesus to become His friend? Who do you need to be a good friend to so that you will have a good friend?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for being my friend. Help me to know how to find and be a good friend. n

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Anne Pinckney Smith

Executive Director of the Newberry Opera House. Anne knows the power of the arts and it’s gentle, subliminal influence to inspire anyone within it’s reach.

knows when to step aside and let that team fly.” The team never missed a beat.

“If we invest in the arts and the arts invest in people, the outcomes are so much more palatable. Small towns have the same challenges as bigger towns with less resources. It is the responsibility of organizations like ours to address the challenges and do our part to help make our community thrive,” Anne Pickney Smith, the new

With a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Charleston, Smith began her career working in Human Resources for the Carolinas HealthCare System and transitioned into fundraising for the Carolinas HealthCare Foundation. Over time she discovered a natural affinity for fundraising. Eventually, she married and moved to Newberry. She joined the Opera House in 2019, eight months before the pandemic that would close theaters across the country. She feels that she was in the right place at the right time.

The stress of uncertainty permeated staff meetings during the shut-down; the staff voted unanimously to open the theater as soon as Governor McMaster gave permission. “We had a fantastic team coming out of COVID-19 and we kept that team together,” Anne explains. “A good leader

The Newberry Opera House has been the heart of Newberry County since its dedication in 1882. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1969, it is a fully restored historic building that has welcomed numerous Grammy winners, internationally renowned performers, as well as regional and local acts.

The theater seats 412 people making it an intimate, comfortable but unforgettable delight for all of the senses. Every seat in the house has access to excellent sound and phenomenal visual displays that will move even the most conservative people. It is a hidden gem in South Carolina, the perfect venue for not only watching live performances, but a space where viewers feel a connection with the performers themselves. Downtown Newberry has a host of inviting restaurants, flowing walkways and parks, and eclectic shops to complete your adventure. For event schedule and ticket information visit n May/June 2023 | IRMO CHAPIN LIFE | 9
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Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Some of the widest variety of winged creatures can be found right here in Lake Murray Country and the Saluda, Broad and Congaree River areas. Saluda Shoals, along the banks of the beautiful Saluda River, is a 480-acre area park operated by the Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission. That’s not to mention the Congaree National Park in Richland County, which is internationally famous for birding enthusiasts. Along with Saluda Shoals Park, although not claiming to be complete, top birdwatching spots in our local area include Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve and Timmerman Trail, Fourteen Mile Creek Trail, Gibson Road Soccer Complex, Lake Murray Dam and Bomb Island, Cayce and West Columbia Riverwalks, Gibson’s Pond Park and Shealy’s Pond Heritage Preserve.

You don’t have to go far to witness some of the best birdwatching experiences in the country. Right here in South Carolina we are fortunate to have a truly world-class opportunity at Lake Murray’s Bomb Island. During the summer, more than a million Purple Martins roost for the summer on the island, traveling from their winter home in South America from late June to early August, with numbers peaking in July. Many of us have seen their huge cloud of black dots in the distance as they descend on the island each evening in a feeding frenzy. Many times they will disperse into a 100 mile radius.

Congaree National Park is known to be home to some 200 bird species. Although that number is not considered high for a particular area, the park is known for the sheer number of birds present at any given time of year. In addition, the national park is an ideal habitat for migrant birds, especially for populations looking for a suitable nesting site or wintering grounds. Almost all of South Carolina’s woodpeckers have been recorded at Congaree National Park, including the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and the Red-cockaded Woodpeckers.

Artist and ornithologist James Audubon received much of the inspiration for his renowned paintings in South Carolina. In 1831 he went to Charleston where he began painting his famed edition, “The Birds of America.” In 1905, the National Audubon Society was formed to protect birds and preserve their habitats, a role more critical than ever as species become more endangered. Today, Audubon South Carolina in Charleston has more than 26,000 support-


ers, including an active Columbia chapter. The state society has two major conservation areas, Francis Beidler Forest and Silver Bluff, and oversees some 22,000 acres.

In the birding world, there is a distinction between a “birder” and a “birdwatcher”. A birdwatcher may be content to enjoy avian observations from the kitchen window or an outside deck. Birders are noted for their dedication, patience and expertise; including the ability to recognize birds for their songs and calls. One of the most enthusiastic local birders is Patricia Voelker, who conducts birdwatching walks at Saluda Shoals Park.

Although she has always appreciated birds, Voelker says she did not become a birder in the accepted sense of the word until 2005. “I met several others who were long time birders and began birding more intentionally, buying my first pair of binoculars. Meeting other birders led to my joining the Carolina Bird Club, attending annual conferences and getting on ebird, the free app from Cornell University of Ornitholo-

gy,” she explains. Voelker recommends that those who have a genuine interest open an account. “That website keeps your life list updated, shows where good bird spots are, and teaches so much.” A birding life list is typically a list of all the species a person has seen over a lifetime.

Voelker has a long list of recorded rare sightings and is willing to traipse long distances and endure inclement weather for the rare opportunity to spot a particular bird. In her own words, she describes some of her most memorable experiences:

– “ I have watched the last hawk chick sit in the nest while its parents and siblings fly back and forth, encouraging the last one to hop out onto a limb from which it will fly.

– “I have watched with a broken heart as Red-headed woodpecker parents tried to get help for their babies when their nest tree fell, splitting apart at the nest, tossing the too-young-to-make-it youngsters out. I have held one of those youngsters as our bird walkers tried to find a way to get them reunited with their parents. I have mourned

Birding Tips from Patricia Voelker:

• Anywhere you are, you can find birds, if you just be still and watch. Watch the sky for Turkey or Black Vultures circling, or for a Great Blue Heron on its way to a lake, or a flock of robins, or blackbirds, or grackles or Cedar Waxwings just moving from tree to tree.

Saluda Shoals Park

5604 Bush River Rd., Columbia, SC 29212 • 803-772-1228

Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve 634 Old State Rd., Cayce, SC 29033

Timmerman Trail

Cayce Riverwalk

201 Naples Ave., Cayce, SC 29033

West Columbia Riverwalk Park

109 Alexander Rd., West Columbia, SC 29169

Fourteen Mile Creek Trail

1104 N. Lake Dr., Lexington, SC 29072

Gibson’s Pond Park

241 Gibson Rd., Lexington, SC 29072

Gibson Road Soccer Complex Duffie Dr., Lexington, SC 29072

Bomb Island, Lake Murray

Shealy’s Pond Heritage Preserve

1060-1014 State Rd. S-32-279, Lexington, SC 29073

• Watch shrubs for sparrows or juncos and towhees in winter. When you see a branch move, check it out. Notice an odd lump in a tree or unexpected color? It could be a sleeping owl or watchful hawk or crows gathering to torment a hawk in another tree. Watch and you will be rewarded.

• If you are a beginner, simply open your eyes and ears. Expect to see and hear birds and you will. Check out guidebooks and buy the one you like best. Get a free app for your cellphone or computer.

• Become a regular on Cornell’s ebird site, which tracks birds through your posts. You can find good local birding sites listed there and which birders in this area have seen certain breeds and where. Sign up for the emails that notify you of unusual birds.

• Reach out and network with others who enjoy birding.Start talking about birding and you’ll meet others who bird. If you’re on social media, check for birding groups you can join. Carolina Bird Club has a newsletter and a website and holds regular conferences with guided walks.

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Backyard Birding Tips from Zach Steinhauser:

• Elevated Feeders: Some birds like the Tufted Titmouse, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and Brown-headed Nuthatch like to feed on food sources they can find in the trees. People can mimic this behavior by installing Tube Feeders, Hopper Feeders, or Suet Feeders.

• Suet Feeders: Suet is a formulation of animal fat and other ingredients, like insects, to attract birds and provide a food source high in energy. Birds like Woodpeckers, Warblers, Chickadees, Titmice, Nuthatches, and Wrens all incorporate suet into their diets. We have various types of suet here at Wingard’s Market that cater to different birds and their requirements.

• Ground Feeders: While some species of birds feed exclusively in the trees, there are some that venture to the ground to feed. Birds like Cardinals, Mourning Doves, various Sparrows, and even Ducks will come to Ground feeder trays or platform feeders that are set on the ground in a place close to cover if it’s needed.

• Insect Feeders: Some birds will feed primarily on insects and worms, like Eastern Bluebirds. To attract them, place hanging tray feeders full of mealworms, which provide a high source of energy and protein.

For details regarding tours with Zack, visit

Wingard’s Market

1403 N. Lake Dr., Lexington, SC 29072


the loss of those birds every time I pass the site where it happened.”

– “I have seen the problems caused by a young Blue Jay getting focused on people, following us, calling to us, needing parents who were no longer there. The Rangers had to relocate him to another part of the park where fewer people would be.”

– “I have watched Blue Grey Gnatcatchers building their nests and watched the hawks bringing nesting material to create theirs. I have watched these nests be filled with baby birds as their parents take turns feeding them. Then the babies fledge, dropping to the ground where they mimic the parent, even as they scream for food they are now grown enough to catch on their own.”

Birders not only treasure their sightings, but they also value the camaraderie enjoyed with others who share their interest. Voelker points specifically to John Myers and mentions Myers and John Tjaarda as recognized members of the local birder circles. Myers is a board member of the Columbia Audubon Society and an active volunteer at Lexington Museum, where he recently led a session on “Protecting Birds in Your Own Backyard” at the museum‘s “Great Outdoors Day.”

Tjaarda, a West Columbia native, who is also active in the Columbia Audubon Society, is a gifted photographer. Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve in Cayce is one of his favorite areas for birding. “There have been some real special birds to pop up there over the past few years like a Grasshopper Sparrow, a Sedge Wren and tons of migrating Warblers,” he says. “ If you want good looks at Red-headed Woodpeckers, Wood Thrush, or Prothonotary Warblers, then this is one of the best spots to go.”

Local bird enthusiasts frequently “flock” to the the wild birds department (Wings and Things) at Wingard’s Market in Lexington. It is a regular destination for shelters, feeders, seeds, accessories, observation tools and other items. Zach Steinhauser, continuing in the footsteps of his grandfather, Judson Wingard, is actively engaging his degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida. Steinhauser offers guided tours through his recently opened Carolina Safari Company (CSC). He realized his passion for connecting people with nature firsthand during one of his guided excursions to Bomb Island to see the Purple Martins.

As for attracting birds to your home,


Steinhauser advises there are four necessities: food, water, cover, and space to raise young. Although natural food sources can provide sustenance, people can greatly supplement nutrition through feeders. “There is surprisingly a lot more to bringing birds to your backyard feeder that you’d think,” he says. “Some like to feed on the ground, some like to feed off the ground, some like insects and some like a special sort of seed.”

“Food alone is not sufficient to attract and retain wildlife to your yard,” he stresses. “A habitat needs water in order for wildlife to remain. Natural sources of water include lakes, ponds, puddles, rivers, and creeks, while you can establish artificial water sources such as birdbaths, fountains, and Koi or regular ponds, he notes. Wildlife will first be attracted to the water source and then begin to look for food sources.

Various birds also require different types of nesting boxes which require special features such as roofing, drainage and ventilation. Native plants, those that occur naturally in a landscape and are native to a particular area, also help in attracting wildlife, he emphasizes. Also, he cautions, pet owners need to be aware of the threat dogs and cats pose to birds and other wildlife. n May/June 2023 | IRMO CHAPIN LIFE | 13

Tips from The Carolina Wildlife Center in the event that an injured or orphaned bird is discovered:

Injured Adults

-Gently remove the animal from the ground using a towel or cloth, and place it inside a covered box with air holes. Bring the box inside and place it in a dark, quiet location secure from pets and children.

-If the bird has hit a window, wait two hours before returning outside. From a squatting position, remove the box lid and gently touch the back of the bird’s tail to encourage it to fly. If the bird does not fly, simply hops from the box, or has any type of injury, it will need further care.

-The sooner an injured animal gets the medical attention it needs, the better are its chances for survival. You may offer the bird a shallow dish of water, but do not attempt to feed it.

Injured Chicks or Hatchlings

-If the chick or hatchling is obviously injured, cold, or has been caught by a cat or dog, then it cannot be returned to its nest and needs to be taken to a wildlife rehabilitator immediately.

-Place the chick in a covered box with air holes and line with cloth. Keep it warm using a hot water bottle or place the box on top of a heating pad set on low.

Abandoned Nests

-If you suspect that a nest is orphaned, watch from a safe distance for three hours to ensure the mother will not return. Do not disturb or remove the nest. Call our center if necessary.

Orphans – Hatchlings

-A bird that is not well feathered or not strong enough to stand should be placed back into its nest. If you cannot reach the nest, make a substitute nest from a small wicker basket, a strawberry container, or a hanging basket. Line with pine needles or leaves. Place the basket as close to the original nest as possible. Watch for three hours to ensure that the mother returns to feed both nests.

Orphans – Fledglings

-Fledglings are well feathered, hopping

strongly, and will not stay in a nest if returned. They can remain on the ground for several days before strengthening their flying skills and require a different approach to reunite them with their parents.

-Place the fledgling on a nearby branch off the ground or back in the vicinity where it was originally found and leave the area. Listen for the sounds of an adult calling or carrying food around. Watch to ensure the parents find the fledgling.

-If the location is unsafe, try to stay within 30 feet when selecting another location. Carry the bird to a few locations and let it call out for its parents. A distress call is the fastest way to find a parent. Other non-parent adults of the same species may also respond to the distress call, so it will be important to watch for the parents who are the only birds that will feed it. If dogs or cats are in the yard, bring them inside. If the parents are not seen returning after three hours, you can consider the fledgling orphaned.

Orphans – Ducklings and Goslings

-Attempting to pair a single duckling back with its mother is not recommended. If it is paired with the wrong mother, it will be killed. A lone duckling cannot survive on its own without its mother’s warmth and protection and quickly fall prey to other ducks, turtles, or egrets/herons. An orphaned duckling or gosling should be rehabilitated with the same species of similar age and size to avoid imprinting or socializing to humans.

-Place the baby duckling or gosling in a covered box or kennel with air holes and line with cloth. Keep it warm placing the box on top of a heating pad set on low. Bring the fledgling to Carolina Wildlife Center or a federally permitted rehabilitator for immediate care. n

Carolina Wildlife Center

5551 Bush River Road Columbia, SC 29212

Injured Animal Hotline: 803-772-3994

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Botanical Beauty For Women Only

What’s behind a name? Lots most of the time. Sometimes it’s obvious, sometimes it’s a mystery, but often it’s botanical. I’ve not met a woman named Star. Nor have I met one named Gazer, but Star Gazer? That’d be a name for the ages. Envision Star Gazer, a prepossessing woman training her telescope on a galaxy, that astronomical hoard of raging gas and dust.

Closer to home, curiosity got the best of me, as it often does, and I set out to learn about women-flower names, not flower-women names, mind you. A flower-woman sells flowers. Imagine a street corner, where a woman pedals petals. A woman-flower carries the name of a flower and flowers come in all shapes, colors, and temperaments. Women comprise humanity’s flower garden, do they not?

Of course they do, and some names bring flowers to mind at once: Rose, Ivy, Violet, Lily, Hazel, and Daisy, for instance. Other names surprise you. Erica comes from heather, the Ericaceae family. Daphne is Greek for laurel. Daphne is also a flowering shrub.

Some names mystify. Desdemona means “afraid of God,” and some women take their name from the Desdemona rose. Desdemona, it sounds exalted and a tad sinful. And here’s a name that sweetens the air like some heady perfume, Esmeralda, Spanish for a family of coveted orchids. There’s Rhoda. Named for the rhododendron you ask? No, named for Rhodes, the Greek island first named after its roses.

And what about perilous flowers whose blooms can transport you across the river Styx?

We have Amaryllis belladonna. Any names there? Amy springs from Amanda, not Amaryllis, but there’s a floribunda rose, Amanda. Belladonna, Italian, means beautiful

en used belladonna to enlarge their pupils. They considered big dark eyes alluring. I suspect some cheap sunglasses in all that Italian sunshine would have come in handy. The next time the eye folks dilate your eyes they’ll probably use atropine sulfate drops. I don’t know if it will enhance your allure ladies, but you’ll need sunglasses for sure.

Carolina Jessamine, one of the deadlier flowers, contains neurotoxic alkaloids that affect nerve endings and cause paralysis, muscle weakness, and spasms. All parts of the plant are poisonous, flowers and roots especially. The list of toxic flowers is a long one, both floral and human.

Literature and music make good use of flowers to convey women as ravishing, radiant, youthful, and pleasurable. Women as flowers? They are humanity’s flowers, but in reality as close as they come is to engage in mimicry—to look like flowers. They clothe themselves with floral patterns. They wear flower hairpins, floral jewelry, and flowers in their hair. Once upon a time Scott McKenzie wrote and recorded a hippie anthem. “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.” (Be sure they’re not toxic.) And like flowers, women are fragrant. Perfumes galore send their intoxicating redolence into the air.

You’ll find a few flower names for men, Sorrel, Thorn, and Jared, but they don’t ring poetic as women-flower names do. I know of no men who take their names from pollinators, but women take their femaleness from flowers, and many a botanical beauty flourishes in our garden. And yet how futile to wish humanity’s flowers forever bloom, for the seasons turn and a killing frost always comes.

Flower names endure, however, and the list goes from A to Z. There’s Azalea, Alyssa, Aster, Clementine and Iris to Marguerite and on to Zin nia, pretty maids all in a row.

So, ladies, your name, is it floral? If so, which flower might you be? n

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Irmo-Chapin Life Family Doggos!

Barks, Tails and Paws-Fun for Fido! It’s finally SPRING and time to let our fourlegged friends explore and play! Whether your pooch is a new addition to the family, a former rescue or shelter pet, or has been in the family for years, he will enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the great outdoors. Don’t let limited green space keep your dog from enjoying fresh air, interacting with other dogs, trotting leisurely down shady paths and running wide open at full speed!

One great way to spend quality time with your best friend outdoors is to visit a local dog park.

These venues are specifically designed for owners and their best friends to safely share time together away from home. A dog park immediately establishes a commonality among those present, encourages outdoor recreation, provides a central meeting place, and creates healthy bonds. Dogs can run leash-free in many contained areas while playing with other four-legged friends. This type of outing provides a secure environment for owners to introduce their pet to a new dynamic, connect with other pet lovers and, in most instances, add some exercise into their day at the same time. Even people without dogs can enjoy the pleasant outdoor environment and unwind while watching the dogs romp and playfully galavant.

Karen Triplett often takes her granddog, Raya, to a dog park. Raya is a large breed

Leonberger. “She loves it,” Triplett said. “She swims in a big pond the whole time.” She said some of the advantages to using a dog park include a fenced area, a shady, wooded spot and a faucet for cleaning after playing. Having designated areas based on size is also helpful, especially for smaller breeds. Triplett mentioned a few minor negatives such as a waiting list and more expensive fees at some parks. While she enjoys taking her granddog, she doesn’t take her own dog Luna, because “she isn’t a huge fan of other dogs,” she said. “Dog parks aren’t for every dog. I strongly feel that dogs that aren’t fans of other dogs need to be introduced to other pups in less stressful situations, like parallel walks, etc.”

Dog parks are not best place to teach a dog how to behave around other dogs. Getting an early start on socializing your pup is a huge benefit; generally, you can start between 3 and 12 weeks of age. Playdates on a small scale are wonderful for introducing dogs to others in a safe space; interacting with a neighbor or friend’s dog is a good initial test. If your dog is usually shy, reactive, or hasn’t been around other dogs you should consider a less distracting environment like doggy daycare or a training class before checking out the dog parks.

Be Mindful and Respectful

Responsible pet owners take the time to browse individual park websites before EACH visit to make their time as pleasur-

able as possible with no unforeseen problems. A few fundamental and obvious requirements across the board are that the owner must remain on-site with his dog, monitor behavior, and property discard waste. You may also encounter requests for proof of vaccination, documentation regarding spaying, neutering or sterilization, fees for pre-registration and other records for eligibility.

Some parks have age and breed restrictions as well as limitations for young children and toys or treats that may be prohibited. While some rules may seem unusual or annoying, they are designed to reduce the likelihood of any unpleasant confrontation, serious injury, unnecessary aggression or intimidating situations. As a rule of thumb, always refer to each individual park’s website or call the administrative office for the most current operating hours, updates, fees, rules and regulations before your visit.

Start Slow and Have Patience

Keep Fido’s first visit to the park short— it can be overwhelming, confusing and scary. Take a few minutes to walk him casually around the perimeter of the park so that he will become acquainted with the area and perhaps sniff a few new friends along the fence line. Be vigilant. During this period, scope out any pets that appear to have a friendly, calm demeanor. If possible, explain to their owner that you are trying May/June 2023 | IRMO CHAPIN LIFE | 23

to socialize your dog and ask if they could spend some time together. He may be willing to have one-on-one time with your dog before introducing him to a large number of friends on the first day.

Be prepared to supervise and interact with your dog at all times while at the park—this is the place to be focused on your dog, not on your cell phone. Be sure your dog has a good recall response to come to you immediately when called, not just at home. Keep his leash in hand at all times and be ready to intercede if necessary. Watch for signs of intimidation or aggression to avoid conflict.

The Town of Lexington Paw Park

999 Hendrix St., Lexington

Hours: Daily 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. | 803-359-1027 |

This is the first feature dedicated to dogs in the Town and covers 3 acres. There is a 3 dog per household maximum, with different rates according to residential location.

Barking Lot Dog Park

5605 Bush River Rd., Columbia (located in Saluda Shoals Park)

Hours: Daily 7:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m. | 803-772-1228 |

*Note: closed Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. for regular maintenance

Dogs can run off-leash throughout a two-acre fenced area, with pools for cooling off in hot weather, a gazebo for owners to find shade and an agility course for dogs with extra energy. An annual fee of $40 is required for one to two dogs. Parking is $5; an annual parking pass is available for $55 annually.

Bark West

1940 Augusta Rd., West Columbia

Hours: Daily Sunrise to Sunset | 803-939-8627 |

This is a brand new park! Pre-registration and membership are required, forms can be found online. Yearly fees are $25 for one or two dogs and $10 for a third dog. A ratio of three dogs per human is the maximum allowed. Specific areas are

“Blue” the Lexington Traffic Mascot

If you frequent the Lexington area you have probably experienced slow traffic at one time or another. You may have caught a glimpse of a very large dog hanging his head out of a truck window wearing gog gles while you were waiting at a traffic light. “Blue” is a four-year old, full-blooded blue Great Dane and the ninth Great Dane that Emily and Sean Bebbington have owned.

Blue has become sort of a local celeb rity as people have come to recognize him around town and at various parks, pet stores, businesses and venues; sight ings are regularly posted on social media. Weighing in at 175 pounds, he obvious ly gets noticed just for his size but is he is loaded with personality and charisma. “He loves the attention,” Sean remarks, “Many people say they have never seen a dog like that.” He points out that al though Blue is very sociable when out on the town, he’s protective at home, barking at strangers such as delivery people. “He’s such a big presence in our home, he even has his own couch.” n
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COPIOUS FIB ER S a Weaver’s Dream

People who love to work with yarn are a close-knit group (pun intended!) and depend upon a relatively small number of quality supply retailers. Michelle “Missy” Waddell and her daughter Catherine opened Copious Fibers at 7325 St. Andrews Road in Irmo in 2015. In Missy’s words, “We wanted to build a community in this shop of fiber enthusiasts.” Their endeavor quickly went above and beyond that goal.

In addition to local clients, the shop is frequently visited by loyal customers from Camden, Aiken, Saluda, Augusta and even Atlanta. Missy came up with the name “Copious Fibers”, and it is truly amazing how many different colors, styles, quality variants and compositional makeups are available. Some projects require softer, more delicate yarns while other projects like baby clothes or blankets need strength and durability for washing. Whatever the need or purpose, Copious Fibers has it at an affordable cost.

Customers do not walk into Copious Fibers just to shop for supplies--it has become a designated location for all things related to handiwork and fibers. Many people look forward to relaxing and quietly working on their projects at the shop after a busy day or week, considering the time a form of “therapy”. Here they can escape the many demands, responsibilities and interruptions of home and work. As a bonus, clientele have the perfect opportunity to utilize the help and expertise of other more seasoned crafters.The shop is a clean, inviting, and well-organized haven with a calm, relaxed atmosphere. Colorful sofas, comfy chairs and several workstations invite customers to not only browse but sit and work in peace. Silence is layered with friendly conversation as the skeins of yarn and pre-spun fibers absorb any disruptive sounds and create a perfect, gentle, acoustic environment.

Missy and Catherine both embrace the adage, “If you want to grow your yarn business, teach people to knit.” Copious Fibers is a place to learn how to knit, crochet, weave, or even spin fibers into yarn. The best part is that anyone can learn this handiwork in the shop for free. Missy and Catherine are there to teach even absolute beginners one-on-one for as long as they would like to come and learn. For a small fee seminars, classes, and workshops involving special techniques or guest instructors are available. Copious Fibers carries materials from countries around the world including Israel and the Middle East. They even have luxury yarn made from the exotic mulberry silkworm from China and India

Just as an artist follows his intuition to choose the colors for a painting to achieve his vision, the method and technique of mixing of colors and patterns with fiber for a project is a huge part of the process. Whether a project’s theme involves one color or five or six colors, there is always great anticipation for how the artist will apply his own personal “twist” on the piece and the satisfaction of the end result. Visit Copius Fibers’ Facebook page for more details or drop by the shop and meet Missy and Catherine Waddell. They are ready to give you a tour of the shop and assist you with all fiber needs. n May/June 2023 | IRMO CHAPIN LIFE | 29 COPIOUS FIBERS 7325 St. Andrews Rd. Irmo, SC 29063 803-466-7949
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Thursday, May 11th-Saturday, May 13th

South Carolina Poultry Festival

101 Main St., Leesville, various times

This free 3-day family event has something for everyone! Enjoy a parade, live music and entertainment, cooking contests, tractor and car shows as you browse food and craft vendors. For a schedule of events and details visit or email

Saturday, May 13th

Lexington Wine Walk

Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 West Main Street, Lexington, 6:00 p.m.

Join the Lexington Beautification Foundation for the 12th Annual Wine Walk! The event will feature unlimited wine tastings, live music from Going Commando and food for purchase. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older to participate and have a valid ID to enter. Ticket holders will receive a souvenir wine glass; for more information visit

Friday, May 19th

Taste of Newberry

Main Street, Downtown Newberry, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Visit Newberry for this FREE quintessential small-town event that takes place during the First Friday Main Street Shop and Dine. This event will feature samples of food, beer, and wine, and full meals from many local restaurants throughout the county along with

Care for Your Family

The board-certified physicians and caring staff at Lexington Family Practice Chapin combine their clinical expertise with state-of-the-art services to provide comprehensive, continuing care for patients ages 3 and older. In addition to well visits and same-day appointments, this practice offers on-site imaging, laboratory services, school and sports physicals, among other services. And it’s all conveniently located in Chapin.

plenty of vendors and live music. Main Street will be open to pedestrians only; free parking. Please bring cash to make purchases. For details visit or call 803-321-1015.

Thursday, May 25th-Sunday, May 28th

Sumter Iris Festival

Swan Lake Iris Gardens, 822 W. Liberty St., Sumter

This 3-day family-friendly festival held annually on Memorial Day Weekend includes concerts, arts & crafts, plants & flowers, antique & classic car shows. The fun begins the evening before the festival, with the annual “Crowning of The King & Queen” followed by the “Taste at the Gardens”, featuring great music and great food from some of the area’s leading restaurants, chefs and caterers. For event schedule and ticket information visit

Saturday, May 27th

South Carolina Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

South Carolina State Fairgrounds, Gate #6, 901 George Rogers Blvd, Columbia, 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Witness the ultimate food truck and craft beer experience featuring some of the area’s most popular food trucks dishing out fan favorites such as delicious-topped waffles, vegan wraps, adult popsicles and dozens of regional and national brews. Rain or shine event; bring your blankets and lawn chairs! Children 10 and under are free with adult ticket purchase. For event map, schedule, vendor listings and tickets visit

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Fresh and FunStraw BerrieS


6 pecan shortbread cookies, finely crushed

2 tbsp. butter, melted

2 tbsp. white sugar

6 -1/2 pint canning jars with lids

12 oz. sliced, fresh strawberries

1 -8 oz. package cream cheese, softened

1/2 c. white sugar

2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1/2 c. heavy cream, whipped

Mix cookie crumbs, butter, and 2 tablespoons sugar in a bowl until combined. Divide mixture evenly among jars, about 3 1/2 tablespoons each, and gently press (do not pack) into bottoms. Halve 6 strawberries for garnish, and set aside. Chop remaining strawberries. Beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and lemon juice in bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Fold in whipped cream and chopped berries; divide evenly among jars, about 1/2 cup each. Top each with a 2 berry halves and cover with lids. Chill at least 2 hours and up to 3 days.


8 oz. frozen strawberries

2 tbsp. honey

2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Blend strawberries, honey, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, and black pepper together in a blender until smooth.



2 c. fresh strawberries

1 tbsp. white sugar

3 1/8 c. all-purpose flour

2 c. white sugar

1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 1/4 c. vegetable oil

4 large eggs, beaten

1 1/4 c. chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, grease and flour two 9x5-inch loaf pans. Slice strawberries and place in a medium-sized bowl. Sprinkle lightly with 1 tablespoon sugar and toss to coat. Combine flour, 2 cups sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda in large bowl; mix well. Blend oil and eggs into strawberries. Add strawberry mixture to flour mixture, blending until dry ingredients are just moistened. Stir in pecans. Divide batter into pans. Bake in the preheated oven until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes (test each loaf separately). Remove from the oven and let cool in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn loaves out of pans and allow to cool before slicing.

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8 large strawberries, halved

2 tbsp. white sugar

7 c. water, divided

2 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 c. white sugar

Place strawberries in a blender; top with 2 tablespoons sugar. Pour 1 cup water over strawberries; blend until completely smooth. Transfer strawberry juice into a large pitcher; stir in remaining 6 cups water, lemon juice, and 1 cup sugar until well blended. Chill before serving. n May/June 2023 | IRMO CHAPIN LIFE | 37

The Turning Point

The old man said: “Looks like you are thinking negative thoughts.”

The young man said: “Well, you’re right. But that fellow over there is wrong about something we talked about. I know I’m right, and it makes me mad.”

The old man said: “Do you think that guy over there cares two cents what you think?”

“Well, he should!”

“But he doesn’t. He hasn’t given you a single thought. You are the only person bothered by this situation, and it’s tearing you apart.”

“But he’s my friend! He should care what I think.”

“Well, maybe he’s not your friend.”

“But we’ve hung out together drinking beer and having fun.”

The old man sat silent for a moment. “Son, you’ve got to come to terms with the fact that anybody you’ve met while you’re drinking beer and having fun doesn’t even know you exist. If those are the only friends you’ve got, then you don’t really have any friends.”

The young man began to fight back

tears. “Dern. There must be something wrong with me.”

The old man put his hand on the young man’s shoulder. “No. Stop thinking that. There is nothing in the world wrong with you. You just had the wrong friends.”

“But this is very hard to deal with.”

“Son, you are approaching 40 years old. You need to read up on how gold is refined. The raw material is placed into a fire, and the trash is burned away. The trash is called dross, and it is nothing but a waste product. And you may not like this process, but God is preparing you for a purpose in this approaching period of your life. Most men go crazy in their 40’s. You are being given a chance to become something more than you have ever been. This difficult time is a purifying fire, as long as you pray for God’s guidance, and as long as you pay attention and follow the right path.”

“You’re making this sound like all this pain is something good for me.”

“Yep, that’s exactly what I’m saying. You are learning how flimsy and shallow all your so-called friends really are, and you are leaving them behind because you are

growing. They aren’t leaving you, you are leaving them. They could follow this good path, but the odds are good they will not. You will learn the value of solitude, and you will discover real friends on this new path that you would have never met before.”

“Why couldn’t I have met them earlier?”

“Because they don’t go in the places you’ve been going. They are living their life, not wasting it.”

“I feel really stupid.”

The old man laughed. “There’s no need in that. All young men go through this— women probably do as well. You haven’t been stupid, really. You’ve just been young. And now it’s time to be a grown man. Most young men never really grow out of being young. This is a turning point. Keep praying.” n May/June 2023 | IRMO CHAPIN LIFE | 39
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