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The winter holiday season is already here and it’s hard to believe how fast 2019 has flown by. I have already begun my mental preparation for preparing a hearty, delicious Thanksgiving feast for the family. Our tradition is to have turkey with “stuffing,” otherwise known here in South Carolina as “dressing.” I grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia and my parents are from Pittsburgh. Mom always called it “stuffing” and it was a mixture of Stove Top and turkey “stuff.” It was never actually “stuffed” into the turkey. When I moved to South Carolina in 1991, I was initially confused hearing the term, “dressing” used to describe turkey “stuffing.” In my opinion, “dressing” is used to make eating salads more enjoyable. Ranch, 1000 Island, and honey mustard quickly come to mind as some of my favorite “dressings.” According to hungrylobbiest.com, “In the middle ages ‘stuffing’ was known as farce, from the Latin farcire meaning to stuff and first appeared around 1390. Prior to the 16th Century, ‘stuffing/dressing’ was known as farce in England. The term ‘stuffing’ first appears in English print in 1538. However, In Victorian England around the 1880s, it appears the word ‘stuffing’ was too crude and harsh for elite society. This is the first instance of referring to the contents derived from the act of stuffing a bird as ‘dressing’.” As for me, I will be getting “stuffed” on some Creole butter injected, Cajun dry rubbed, deep fried turkey which I will occasionally dip into some sweet, honey mustard “dressing.” Whatever terminology you use, have a Happy Thanksgiving! If you have potential story or editorial feature ideas, please let me know at: toddshevchik@gmail.com. Thank you for your support. Todd Shevchik

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16 The Blended Life-Food. Family. Fun. 23 How to Avoid Overeating on Thanksgiving 24 Meador Acres Chestnut Farm-The World of Chestnuts 28 DIY Old Fashioned, Retro Christmas Decorations 30 Best of Lexington Life 2020 Nominees 42 Adam’s Apple Butter-Tastes Like Memories in a Jar

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47 Tackle Osteoarthritis Early to Enjoy an Active Lifestyle 54 The Classy Cruet-The Mediterranean Meets the Midlands 59 Fun Ways to Make Thanksgiving Day Memorable 63 LHS Cancer of Many Colors Event 64 Get in the Groove-Local Dance Classes 70 Save Time and Money with Meal Delivery Services

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Saturday, November 9 Lexington County Museum Murders and Mysteries Tour Icehouse Amphitheatre, 107 W. Main St., Lexington, 8:00 p.m. Learn about the spooky and more gruesome aspects of Lexington’s history. Because of mature subject matter, attendees must be at least 18 or have parental permission. Sunday, November 10 Woofstock 2019 Fundraising Event Hunter Gatherer Brewery, 1402 Jim Hamilton Blvd., Columbia 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Entertainment, vendors, brews, and a live auction to support rescue efforts of the nonprofit Humane Society Columbia. Bring your leashed dog! Tickets are $10, for details visit humanesc.org

Thursday, November 14 Leeza Gibbon’s “Dare to Care” Live Auction and Charity Event The Oaks Venue, 901 Brookwood Dr., Columbia, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Irmo’s renowned musical savant, Brittany Maier, will inspire attendees with a live piano performance and a surprise celebrity guest. Proceeds help provide free support services to families dealing with Alzheimer’s and other chronic illnesses. For details, visit leezadare2care.wixsite.com. Friday, November 15 – Monday, December 30 Lights Before Christmas at the Zoo Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Walk among nearly one million twinkling lights, animated images, bonfires, and visit

Santa at 6:00 p.m. each night. Admission is $12 for adults; $10 for children ages 2–12; children under 2 are free. For more information, call (803) 779-8717. Saturday, November 16 4th Annual Holiday Market and Silent Auction Chapin High School Gymnasium, 300 Columbia Ave., Chapin, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Browse over 120 local crafters, vendors, and food trucks and support Chapin High School’s Band program. Something for everyone!

Saturday, December 7 Christmas Light Boat Parade at Lake Murray Lake Murray Public Park, Hwy 6, Lexington, 6:00 p.m. Watch as a huge caravan of holiday decorated boats light up the lake. The parade is viewable from the Lexington Park Site of the Lake Murray dam. To participate, call (803) 781-5940 or email vickie@lakemurraycountry.com

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Pastor Ken Jumper The Harvest Wow! I have a story for you. It’s actually an old article I came across a couple of weeks ago that I’d written for Lexington Life in 2011. This one included a chance meeting with my dad, who has passed away and is now in heaven with Mom, so this brought back special memories to me. I thought I’d revisit it with you, as it reminded me so much of God’s faithfulness to those who love and serve Him and the value of finding moments with those we love. I trust it will speak to your heart, as well. Here it is . . . I had been slowing my pace down a bit, turning off the television and just hanging around the house, except for church on Sunday. However, early Monday morning, I had the urge to go to the Riverwalk in Cayce and talk a walk. As I drove there, I thought I would give my dad a call and see if I could catch up with him after my walk. After all, Mom passed last year, Dad’s pushing eighty-five, and I’m tracking a few years myself. I don’t see Dad too much, even though he lives a few minutes away in Cayce where I grew up. I parked at the Gervais Street entrance and headed toward the old “locks” down behind the quarry in Cayce where I grew up. As I am about 30 minutes into my walk, I made my turn and was about halfway back when I thought to give my dad a call. I reached into my pocket for my phone, when … whoa! You won’t believe it. I looked up, and there was my dad standing about 20 feet in front of me. I did a double-take. “Dad, what are you doing down here?” “Oh, I just had a bite to eat and thought I would walk down here a minute,” he replied. He had entered the trail by the park entrance in Cayce, and that’s where we met. Unbelievable timing! We talked a bit, walked awhile together, took a moment to embrace and affirm our love for each other. I left totally amazed at the goodness of the Lord. The Bible states that “the Lord will order the steps of those who trust Him.” Isn’t it amazing that dad and I met at that intersection, down by the river, at the perfect moment? If I had been 30 seconds faster, or as he put it, “If I hadn’t stopped by the bathroom,” we would have missed each other, but we didn’t. God is so good. He has so many wonderful surprises for you, too. Invite Him into your heart and life today. n Follow Pastor Ken on Twitter at twitter.com/pkharvest or @pkharvest

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Lisa Comer Lisa Comer is a home-grown product who has found her niche as Clerk of Court for Lexington County. She wouldn’t trade it for anything else. “This is, and always has been, home,” she says. “I started life in the Cayce-West Columbia area, moved to Lexington where I graduated from Lexington High, and continued my education at Midlands Tech. I just can’t imagine living anywhere else and don’t plan to try.” Lisa and her husband Stuart, a local contractor, have four children who kept her busy as a stay-at-home mom for 12 years. Then she discovered the calling of courtroom administration, starting as a judgment clerk, parttime, then full-time. Along the way, she was sought to serve in the circuit court courtroom of Judge Early in Aiken, but, after three years there, she returned to focus on Lexington. She set her cap for better things and found herself running for the office of Lexington County Clerk of Court. “That’s a very different world,” she says. “Running for elective office is not really all that difficult, but it certainly involves a lot of hard work. “With my blue-collar background, I know a lot about hard work,” she continues. “My dad was a fireman, and my mom a cafeteria worker. We grew up knowing how to get things done. Winning the election has brought me a lot of happiness.” She says her job includes a variety of responsibilities. Probably the principal one is total responsibility for the courthouse building and schedules. Office filings, space arrangements, coordination of schedules – it includes a lot of moving parts. “I’ll put this staff up against any in the state. We just have an outstanding team who do their jobs every day, working together. It’s wonderful to be able to trust them completely.” It wasn’t too many years ago that fast-growing Lexington County was making-do in an old and significantly outdated courthouse. Now the “new” one is once again outgrown. Every inch of the building is occupied, and its diligent staff has to find ways to shoehorn in the demands of usage. Expansion is desired but not easy to achieve. Just one more important issue for the court administrator to tackle. This clerk of court looks forward to the challenge. n lexingtonlife.com

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The Blended LIFE: Food. Family. Fun. by Chelsie Kelly

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It’s no secret that the food scene in Lexington is evolving, but the most unique and forward-thinking example has a vintage twist: The Blended Bakery has a one-of-a-kind food truck, or “trolley” as it is called, which serves the Midlands. Bringing different things together to create something bigger and better as a whole is not only what the Blended Bakery was built on but what it thrives on. Teresa and DJ Stone, owners of The Blended Bakery, wanted to stand out from the rest, and, after looking for months, the couple finally found their trolley in Oklahoma City. It was an actual trolley bus from 1988 that had 12 feet cut out of it and customized. “It’s a full kitchen on wheels,” says Stone. “We are the only trolley in South Carolina, and I know that because the DMV didn’t really know how to handle the logistics of a trolley,” she laughs. Before Teresa and DJ Stone became the power couple and business owners they are today, Teresa lived with her two children and DJ with his six. After falling in love, they blended the families together in typical “Brady Bunch” fashion. “When we got married, I made our cake and performed the catering, and all the details,” says DJ, who always had a love for cooking. Stone was taught how to cook by his mother and grandmother. His father was in the military, which led them to explore places like Germany and France where DJ perfected his cooking style to become what it is today. He really wanted to bring European-style bakeries back to the Midlands and blend it with American-style bakeries; thus, The Blended Bakery was born. The Stone family applied the concept

of a “blended lifestyle” to its business model. “Our vision for this is a lot bigger than baking and cooking. We want to be a light for families that are blended, from stepparents to adopted parents, resulting in strong, united families, marriages, and children,” explains DJ. “The best way to do that is to have a conversation over dinner. There’s a purpose behind everything we do.” That purpose extends to the trolley’s unique menu. “Eating the same thing over and over gets old, and cooking is no different. When I go out to eat, I know that the menu is never changing. The Blended Trolley’s advantage is that there are no other food trucks in which the options constantly change, keeping the menu fresh and exciting. Others may get complacent in their cooking,” says Stone. To lexingtonlife.com


avoid a monotonous cooking process and an ultimately uninspired menu, The Blended Bakery’s menu changes with the seasons. By working with local farmers and what resources they can provide at the time, The Blended Bakery is able to achieve a fresh, farm-to-table menu. From baked shrimp and grits to Caprese quesadillas, to Charleston-style crab cakes, the menu is nothing short of impressive. “Every dish that goes out of the trolley is a work of art,” says Stone. Having a new menu each month may seem unorthodox to some in the food industry, but DJ insists that it keeps staff on their toes. It is an approach the bakery has used since its start – and it works. “It’s fun to create new things. All of my staff members are very creative, and we put lexingtonlife.com

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our own personal twist on each item,” remarks Stone. For menu updates, customers can follow The Blended Bakery on Facebook, where they post every Sunday. There is a trolley schedule, and customers may also text “schedule” to 8032741010 to have it automatically sent to their phones. While every month provides a unique experience for all involved, December is anticipated the most. While having only been around for a few years, The Blended Bakery has already become known for its “Breakfast with Santa” event. If the menu is any indication as to the care and innovation they put into providing an experience for customers, then it’s no surprise that people refer to Breakfast with Santa as a magical experience. The experience begins with a trip to Santa’s workshop. All staff members are dressed as elves who will help the children in creating their very own Breakfast with Santa buddy. The Blended Bakery capitalizes on a vintage feel, going as far as to place birth certificates for the buddies’ children on parchment paper, complete with calligraphy, where Santa signs his name using a quill pen. Once the children are finished in the workshop, they get breakfast at the trolley. While there are options, the most popular choice are cinnamon buns for both parents and children alike. “It all has a very ‘Polar Express’ feel to it. We go all out for that magical moment; we want it to be memorable,” says Stone. If lexingtonlife.com

the memory doesn’t last a lifetime, don’t worry, there is a professional photographer on staff to capture the moment. Photos arrive by email the next morning like a gift from Santa under the tree. Last year, the event was held at Saluda Shoals Park, which is known for its phenomenal Christmas light show. This year, the event is set to be held at the Lake Murray Welcome Center on December 21 between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. The whole experience happens in about 30 minutes, and there are three available time slots. Tickets sell out fast: “We have had people messaging us since June asking when tickets going on sale,” claims DJ. There are only 100 tickets available per time slot, 300 tickets total, available on the website and Facebook page, @ theblendedbakery as of October 1. No matter what time of year, one feature that never changes at The Blended Bakery is the coffee. “We have our own lines of coffee,” says Stone. “It’s fresh, and our coffee is very smooth.” If one cup from the trolley

isn’t enough, customers can get coffee shipped to their home in larger quantities. This can be done through The Blended Bakery’s website. “We also host weddings, corporate parties, birthdays, etc.,” according to Stone. “You are given two hours and two Trolley workers to serve up to 50 people.” The Blended Bakery also offers “Cake Parties” in which ingredients necessary for party participants to decorate individual cakes or cupcakes is provided. “It was actually part of my own kid’s ideas. It’s simple and easy, and we have done it many times. It’s a lot of fun and it takes between one and a half to two hours,” says Stone. The Blended Bakery Trolley is unlike anything you have ever experienced, and it’s become a huge success in a short amount of time; DJ and Teresa hope to open a brick and mortar location by the beginning of the year. For more information about The Blended Bakery and trolley location, schedule, and menu, visit ThePerfectBlend.net. For those interested in learning more about the family behind the business, be sure to read the blog, “Living Life Blended,” where the Stones share intricate details of the struggles and achievements as a blended family, along with juggling business and life in general. n

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It’s a simple question that sometimes we don’t ask ourselves often enough: What do I have in my life that I am truly thankful for? Life moves fast and technology seems to make things go by even faster than they used to. Can you believe it’s about to be 2020?! All too often we find ourselves going through the motions each day, neglecting to reflect on the blessings we have. Personally, I try and make an effort to count my blessings each day, but we are all human. So during the holidays I pay special attention and reflect on how grateful I am that my immediate family now lives in the Town of Lexington and we get the chance to gather together each year at my home. I also think about how sometimes we only truly pause to think about blessings in our lives when we are faced with the most tragic moments that force us to take a step back and reflect. Those moments of tragedy for me happened in 2013 when I lost my oldest brother suddenly in a car accident. A few years later, I lost my mother. Among all the blessings I count, I’m thankful to be Mayor of this great town I get the opportunity to call home. I’m thankful for the growth, change and prosperity here. I’d venture to say we have the best of the best when it comes to public safety, schools and the future. So, this holiday season I ask you to pause, take a minute and simply reflect on what you are truly thankful for.

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How to Avoid Overeating on Thanksgiving is a day of celebrating family and friends. It’s also a holiday filled with a huge amount of savory foods and sweets, often irresistible delicacies we allow ourselves to indulge in just once each year. With so much good food being shared, it’s often difficult to avoid gorging and feeling bloated later during the day. Here are five tips to help you limit food intake this Thanksgiving. 1. Eat a Nutritious Breakfast Pace yourself. Start the day with a nutritious breakfast. Skipping this meal only makes you hungrier and more likely to overeat at the big event. Choose natural oatmeal or yogurt, avoiding high sugar varieties to prevent cravings mid-day. Eggs and fruit also provide good options for a nutritious breakfast. 2. Start Small It is important to take small portions lexingtonlife.com

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Meador Acres Chestnut FarmThe World of Chestnuts by Kristi Antley

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“…Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose…” The nostalgic holiday lyrics bring warm memories of fun times with family, but many have wondered at one time or another “what is a chestnut” and “where are they found”? If you are a Lexington County resident, you may not realize Meador Acres Chestnuts, LLC is nestled in the rural town of Pelion, near the intersection of Highways #178 and #172. Owners James (Jimmy) and Katrina Meador began their labor of love by planting roughly 50 chestnut seedlings in 2007. “We had four clear acres

of prime land open and had been contemplating how to best utilize the area,” Jimmy explains. Desiring to give back to the community by offering an alternative to indoor activities for families, the couple decided to have a farm that would be open to the public for educational events and field trips. “Black walnut trees came to mind when we were looking for ideas, but they can be quite messy and hard to grow. I was accustomed to West Virginia chestnuts from back home and decided it would be an excellent choice.” At the time, Jimmy had not eaten a chestnut in 25 years, and his wife had not even tasted the nut. Originally exported from Asia, the American chestnut species suffered from “blight,” a rapidly spreading fungal dis-

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ease that obliterated most of the natural forest supply from 1904–1950 and is still a threat today. Seedlings take approximately 9 to 10 years to mature, and bear nut clusters are covered in spiny husks or “burrs.” Random trees may develop quicker than others, coming “into season” sporadically at year four, five, or six; further, a fully grown chestnut tree may reach a height of 50 to 75 feet tall. Time is of the essence when dealing with chestnuts. After the heavy clusters fall to the ground, and the spiny “burrs” open, they are collected daily before they are eaten by animals or damaged by insects. Although the season is brief, there is always pruning, treating, and gathering in stages to be done. “Harvesting has become a family affair,” says Jimmy. “Because once the trees are full and the nuts ripen, they will typically drop during the middle to the end of September through the beginning of November, and we must be vigilant.” Each nut is removed from the burr and husks by hand, leaving a shiny, dark shell. The nuts dry out within a week of removing the shell and begin to shrink, remaining viable refrigerated for a month or frozen for a year. Boiling or roasting is necessary to extract the nuts from the “skin”; a small incision is cut in the outer layer before heating so that they will not burst. Because of the high tannic acid content, the skin of the chestnuts should be carefully removed after heating and should never be eaten raw. The chestnut orchards at Meador Acres Farm are a part of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture SC Agritourism Association and are organic. Customers may place orders online, but visitors at the farm enjoy the full experience: a guided tour along with hand picking their own chestnuts, enjoying the farm animals, learning firsthand the lifecycle of the chestnut, and, most of all, how to cook and eat them. Chestnuts have a delicious, mild, semisweet flavor; they are crunchy when eaten raw and creamy when baked, boiled, grilled, or roasted. Being versatile, chestnuts can be used in desserts, soups, meat dishes, and stuffing. The Meador’s even mill their own chestnut flour, which is available seasonally in limited supply. “People underestimate chestnuts,” Jimmy remarks. “The nuts are good for you – gluten and cholesterol free, 99% fat free, high in filexingtonlife.com

Nutty Nosh Easy Roasted Whole Chestnuts Ingredients 1 lb chestnuts 1/4 c butter salt to taste 1 pinch ground cinnamon Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Cut a ½-inch crisscross on the flat side of each nut. Be sure to cut through the shell to prevent the nut from exploding. Place the nuts in a shallow baking pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool. Peel off the shell. Place nuts in a skillet with butter. Sauté over high heat until the butter is melted and the chestnuts are well-coated. Place skillet in oven and roast until they are golden on top. Sprinkle with salt and cinnamon. Delicious served with eggnog, vanilla ice cream, or salted as a snack. Savory Chestnut Soup Ingredients 8 c chicken stock 1½ lb chestnuts, peeled 1 c chopped onion 3 sprigs fresh parsley 2 whole cloves 1 bay leaf ½ c heavy cream 3/4 tsp white sugar salt to taste ground black pepper to taste Directions With a sharp knife, slice an “X” across each chestnut. Place chestnuts in a single layer on a jelly roll pan. Pour 1/4 cup water into the pan. Bake in a preheated 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) oven for 10 minutes. When cool enough to handle, shell, and peel. In a large saucepan, combine the chicken stock, shelled chestnuts, and chopped onions. Place the parsley sprigs, cloves, and bay leaf in a spice bag and add to the chicken stock mixture. Simmer over medium-low heat for 45 minutes. Discard the spice bag, and puree the chestnut mixture in a food processor or blender. Add the heavy cream, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste. Return mixture to saucepan and

gently heat through. Serve with a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream, a bit of chopped parsley, and some cooked chopped chestnuts just before serving. High-quality vegetable broth can be substituted for the chicken broth. A great addition to any holiday feast! Chestnut Flour Waffles (gluten free) Ingredients 1/2 c chestnut flour 3 tbsp white rice flour 1 tbsp potato starch 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 c milk 1 egg, separated 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tsp honey Directions Preheat a waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions. Mix chestnut flour, white rice flour, potato starch, and baking powder together in a large bowl. Combine milk, egg yolk, vegetable oil, and honey in another bowl. Sift in flour mixture, whisking constantly to prevent lumps in the batter. Beat egg white in a glass, metal, or ceramic bowl until peaks form. Fold gently into batter until just combined. Pour batter onto preheated waffle iron and cook until golden brown per manufacturer’s instructions, 3 to 5 minutes. Chestnut flour has a smoky flavor with hints of molasses, add maple syrup – you will be delighted! November 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 25


ber and flavor.” As more people become aware of the advantages and uses for chestnuts, demand has increased substantially. The Meadors have been approached by several large grocery chains over the years but have declined because of a belief in helping small businesses grow, keeping quality high with low overhead cost, building community partnerships, educating the public, and in keeping local money local. Their chestnuts recently became available at Wingard’s Market on North Lake Drive in Lexington, another small business that encourages education and hands-on nature activities for families. “We like the personal relationships we build with our customers and invite families to come back to nature, smell the fresh air, and get exercise while learning valuable lessons here at the farm,” Jimmy replies, warmly smiling. “We want to get kids off the couch and outdoors; Katrina and I pro-

mote a healthy lifestyle.” The 2019 chestnut season is almost over. For details and descriptions of available products or to schedule a tour or group event, visit meadoracreschestnuts. com, or email the Meadors at meadoracres@yahoo.com. n

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Everything makes a comeback eventually, and Christmas decorations are no exception. If you want an atmosphere filled with authentic, nostalgic Christmas trimmings and accessories this year, begin with an open, creative mind. Think back to your childhood memories and envision the scene you would like to recreate, e.g., the lighting, scents, music, decorations, and the warmth. Or search the Internet for decorations from the time period you will focus on and find books on the subject at the library for inspiration. Take inventory of resources at home you could possibly repurpose for decorations and be prepared to call on friends and family for ideas and opinions. Tight budget? No problem! Making Decorations During and after World War II, when money was tight, people used what they had in their homes as decorations. Trees

were adorned with decorative lanterns and garlands made of newspaper and magazine cuttings, and sprigs of holly and red berries from the garden were brought inside. Anything from pasta to damaged curtains and cushion covers provided fodder for garlands and ornaments. Old velvet, cotton, or hessian was used to cover tiny boxes put together from breakfast cereal packets and then tied with ribbons. Look around your home for inspiration, and you will find plenty of materials that can be used as coverings, trim, foundations, or mats. It is also a good idea to look for surplus stock, which is sold cheaply in January ready for the following year. Pine Cones Pine cones make lovely Christmas decorations; they already have a festive scent. Collect them from your garden or local woodland and dip them in eco soy wax lexingtonlife.com


and glitter. Tie each cone with a red or gold ribbon at the top and use them as attractive fire-starters, tree ornaments, or simply place them in a decorative bowl. You can enhance their natural scent by adding cinnamon, cloves, apple, or Mandarin oil to the melted wax before you dip them. Popcorn Garlands, and Ornaments Add red, green, and blue to plain popcorn with food coloring; then, thread a needle with cord or household string to create wreaths. Plain popcorn also looks attractive used in swags or as adornments for the tree. Alternatively, add glitter to four pieces of popcorn at a time, thread them with string and bunch them together in clusters as ornaments. You’ll need to leave a loop at the top of each decoration from which to hang your creations. Gingerbread Gingerbread ornaments fashioned like reindeer, snowmen, angels, Santa, holly, ivy, and heavenly trumpets look great on Christmas trees and taste good as well. Use cookie cutters rather than just your fingers to form their shapes for a consistent result. Remember to make a tiny hole from which to thread ribbons for hanging. Alternatively, put them on a sparkly string and use them as garlands. Other homemade decorations include cranberry door wreaths, cinnamon bundles, holly and ivy strands, orange pomanders, candlestick holders, and table decorations. Get into the creative mindset and use materials from your garden and home to make beautiful Christmas accessories. The only limit is your imagination. Foraging for Authentic Festive Trimmings Sometimes, people fail to see the beauty of antique ornaments and garlands, thinking they are tacky and give them away. Search second-hand shops, charity and thrift shops, and yard sales. You can also ask elderly relatives if they have any they are no longer using. However, keep in mind that some people often can’t bear to part with their decorations because of the warm memories, unless they are passed along as heirlooms. Some recycled traditional ornaments lexingtonlife.com

look shabby merely because they are still in their original packaging, which may be battered and broken. Forget the boxes they come in and examine the condition of the ornaments themselves. Although many antique tree trimmings are plastic or wood, even more of them are glass, and modern varieties are expensive. If you find a box of glass baubles, you may have a valuable treasure! Treat the ornaments kindly, remembering to wrap them in tissue paper and put them in a shoe box to keep them safe when you pack them away at the end of the holiday. Time spent protecting delicate ornaments ensure that they will be used for years to come, also protecting your investment. You don’t have to spend much money on traditional festive trimmings for your home if you take time to create your own or buy them inexpensively. There is great satisfaction found in searching for or making personalized, unique Christmas decorations. Your family and friends will be delighted to see them, and you’ll look forward to digging them out of the attic next year. n

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Adams Apple Butter

Memories in a Jar Tastes Like

by Linnette R. Mullin

Theresa Adams’ passion started at the young age of five when she had her first taste of apple butter. Her mother had passed away, and her father, being in the military, wanted his daughters to have a sense of family, home, and connection. He moved them to his wife’s hometown of Morton, Illinois – the pumpkin capitol of the world. It’s amazing that the village where Libby’s packs their pumpkins took in a little girl who would one day pack her very own apple products. “My fondest memories are of my grandmother’s house, where I enjoyed homemade apple sauce, apple pie, and biscuits from scratch,” explains Theresa. Her aunt, however, is credited with introducing her to apple butter. With this little taste of heaven in her mouth, Theresa went with her aunt to a Mennonite relief sale, where she observed women selling homemade apple butter. Fast forward 42 | LEXINGTON LIFE | November 2019

10 years, and we find Theresa moving to Lexington with her retired military dad, bringing with her warm memories of faith, family, home, and, of course, apple butter. However, it wasn’t until her college days that apple butter would come back into her life. As the Christmas season approached, Theresa needed to create Christmas gifts a college student could afford. The lexingtonlife.com


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memories of family back in Illinois came to mind, and with it the idea of making homemade apple butter. She bought a canning book and all the supplies she would need. The gift went over so well, it became a Christmas tradition. There was another important discovery she made during her college years: She met Mr. Shannon Adams and was married in 1992. What fun she had labeling her homemade Christmas gifts as “Adams Apple Butter!” After earning a degree in human resources, Theresa went to work for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, which led to a job in advertising sales at Columbia Metropolitan Magazine. When she had worked there for eight years, she became an independent representative and has, since then, worked for Southern Living magazine. She could not have known her Christmas gifts would one day merge with her business acumen and advertising experience to start her own apple butter packing company and online mercantile. A pivotal year occurred when Theresa needed to raise funds for her son’s student ambassador trip. She made two batches of apple butter and sold every jar. Since that proved successful, she made

chasing eighty pounds of apples at a time from local farmer’s markets, she would spend 10 hours preparing the apples and jars, cooking and packing the apple butter, resulting in roughly 100 jars of apple butter at the end of the day. Then, she would transport the apple butter to be sold at various farmer’s markets, including Soda City in Columbia. In 2015, Theresa joined the South Carolina Specialty Food Association and continued learning about the food packing business. She talked to various co-packers and found one in North Carolina who agreed to her nondisclosure terms. Together, they took her recipe and tweaked it until they could mass produce the apple butter she produces in her kitchen. What started with one product, Adams Apple Butter, has grown into what will soon be 10 Adams Apple treats with this fall’s addition of Adams Apple Hot Chow Chow. Theresa’s criteria for her eatables is that each product must contain apples, apple cider, or apple cider vinegar. While South Carolina is not apple country, all apples used in her recipes are grown in the United States. The 10 products are made with simple ingredients Theresa uses in her own kitchen. Becoming quite nostalgic while experimenting with new recipes,

batches of apple butter in hopes of earning extra Christmas money – again, she sold out. Recognizing a brilliant business opportunity, she formed Adams Apple Eatables in the fall of 2014, which included branding, creating an online presence, and securing a commercial kitchen. Pur-

she created an Apple Pie Jam recipe in 2015 in homage to her grandmother. In 2016, she created Adams Apple Pumpkin Butter in homage to her hometown and pumpkin capitol of the world – Morton, Illinois. It is no wonder customers call her apple butter “home in a jar.” November 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 43


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“I do it to create a taste of memories, a little taste of home in a jar for others to enjoy.” Since contracting with a co-packer, Theresa spends her time creating unique apple recipes, branding and marketing, packing and shipping her products, and representing them to specialty shops and markets across the nation. Following her most recent venture to the Atlanta Market, she increased her clientele to more than 135 shops in 28 states. She has added top-quality South Carolina made products such as apple-scented soy candles, an all-natural apple scented soap and lotion set, and biscuit and pancake mixes along with flour sack towels, mugs, and other gift items. With the addition of these other products to her brand, she changed the company name to “Adams Apple Mercantile.” In the near future, t-shirts, rolling pins, and biscuit cutters, along with Adams Apple Hot Chow Chow, will be introduced to the line of available products. In keeping with that familiar “down-home” vibe, Theresa rele-

gates a different plaid pattern to every Adams Apple Mercantile product, encouraging customers to “Feast and Be Plaid.” She also creates individualized gift packages for both personal and corporate gifts and lovingly hand-packs every item. Who would have thought making apple butter in the kitchen for Christmas gifts would eventually lead Theresa to becoming a sole proprietary businesswoman? From apple pickers to co-packers to top-quality small business owners in South Carolina and beyond, Adams Apple Mercantile provides employment and partnering opportunities and continues to grow. “I do it to create a taste of memories,” Theresa warmly remarks. “A little taste of home in a jar for others to enjoy.” For information regarding Theresa’s recipes, online store, wholesale order details and a list of shops who carry Adams Apple Mercantile products, visit www.AdamsAppleMercantile.com. n

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Tackle Osteoarthritis Early to Enjoy an Active Lifestyle Despite its sophistication, the human body is prone to suffer wear and tear like any other machine. Signs of aging to watch for include stiffness of the limbs, body ache, and painful joints. If the symptoms recur regularly, you should take them seriously, as they could indicate osteoarthritis (OA). What is osteoarthritis? OA is a degenerative condition of the joints that occurs when the cartilage that serves as a cushion between the joints wears down. The bones begin rubbing together, which leads to localized inflammation and further degradation of the cartilage. As the tissue loses its lubricity, movement of the limbs becomes difficult and painful. The good news is that cartilage usually degrades slowly. The bad news is that many people live with OA for years without recognizing the early symptoms and seek remedies only when the condition has reached an advanced stage. Detected early, you can control, perhaps even reverse, OA and its symptoms. Being alert to the warning signs and acting on them promptly will help you to enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle. Symptoms to watch for In the early stages of OA, the symptoms are so subtle that you might not notice them, or you’ll shrug them off as being a consequence of spending too much time at the computer or over-ex-

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erting yourself on the playing field. But if you suffer from back pain, experience stiffness when you roll out of bed in the morning or wince when you feel a sharp jolt in your knee as you climb the stairs, you can be as sure as the bones in your body that you have OA. If you ignore the early symptoms, you’ll suffer more pain in your wrists, fingers, ankles, knees, hips, and lower back as cartilage continues to degrade. You’ll lose flexibility and grow lethargic, and you may even have swelling in stress points such as the ankles and knees. What steps to take If you’ve identified OA in its early stages, there are several things you can do to alleviate pain and discomfort associated with the condition. Lose weight If you’re overweight, throw off that extra flab and give your joints a lighter load to bear. Change your diet and follow an exercise plan. In the case of the latter, however, you must be careful about the workouts you choose. For instance, jogging will only exacerbate a bum knee, and if your back hurts, it would be unwise to attempt deadlifts. You don’t want to stress your joints while trying to strengthen the muscles that support them. If you’re not sure what to do, seek expert advice before hitting the gym. Eat right Apart from making dietary changes to help you lose weight, you need to avoid (or at least reduce) foods that contribute to inflammation in the body, including sugar, salt, white flour, omega-6 fatty acNovember 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 47


ids, and all preparations that contain these substances in significant quantities. Be wary of salty snacks and savories; whole-fat dairy products, red meat, and egg yolks; baked sweets and white wheatbased foods such as pasta; and foods high in saturated fats, like doughnuts, burgers, and anything deep-fried. If you find diet changes impossible to imagine, simply opt for safe, healthful, tasty alternatives to the foods you must avoid. Start slow; small changes add up quickly. You may substitute honey and maple syrup for sugar, for example; season your dishes with lemon zest or flavored pepper instead of salt; do your oil-based cooking with olive, canola, or avocado oil; bake your bread and other goodies without oil, or use any of the safe varieties mentioned earlier. For a steady supply of omega-3 oils, keep your pantry stocked with oily fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, and sardines; walnuts, almonds, and other nuts; and flax,

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chia, and other seeds. Focus on a balanced, nutrient-rich diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. If you’re a drinker, reduce your intake because the purine in commercial alcohols will only add fuel to the fire in your joints. Seek help over the counter Experts advise medication as a last resort at different stages of disease, preferably low dosages of drugs with minimal side effects. Acetaminophen such as Tylenol and Panadol are effective analgesics, but they are not anti-inflammatory. Those who don’t respond to acetaminophen might receive low doses of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve). However, while these drugs

will reduce pain and inflammation, they also tend to cause stomach upset. Prolonged use could lead to kidney damage, bleeding in the stomach, and the increased risk of stroke and heart attack. You could try drugs that cause less stomach irritation (Celebrex, for example), but you must take them in small doses, as they, too, could damage your kidneys. Unfortunately, side effects come along with all medications to some degree, so seek alternative, natural treatment first and use medications sparingly as needed. Explore the wonders of GFC Growth factor concentrate (GFC) therapy is fast emerging as the treatment of choice for dealing with early osteoarthritis. Unlike other approaches, which only help to alleviate symptomatic conditions, GFCs renew degraded cartilage, eliminate pain, and restore flexibility and mobility. GFCs are naturally occurring substances known to stimulate cellular growth and regenerate tissue; they are autologous (come from the patient’s body), extracted from blood platelets, and injected directly into problem areas. It usually takes a couple of injections and three to six months before the patient sees improvements, but it eliminates the need for surgery, which makes the wait worthwhile. Athletes, who are most prone to joint trauma, have found GFCs to be effective in treating problems ranging from runner’s knee and to tennis elbow to groin strain and Achilles tendinopathy. Being proactive with your health and listening to your body are important for longevity, strength, and independence. If you think you have early osteoarthritis, discuss treatment options with an orthopedist. You will be able to nip the problem in the bone and get a new lease on life. n

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Absolute Glass Inc., located at 1612 West Main Street, Lexington, was established in May of 2003 by two Lexington County natives who have a passion for excellent customer service, fair pricing, and the ability to give back to their community. Mary Anne Jones grew up in Columbia and worked as the victim assistance coordinator for Lexington County for several years prior to opening Absolute Glass with her husband, Ray Jones. Ray was born and raised in Irmo and later moved to Chapin. He had been in the glass industry for over a decade before venturing into the glass business on his own. Shortly after opening the business in 2003, he realized it would take both he and Mary Anne working as a team to maintain success, with Mary Anne as co-owner and business manager and Ray as co-owner and lead technician. Although the dynamic of working together would be difficult for some couples, the Joneses have achieved a great reputation for their expertise, quality service, and customer satisfaction. lexingtonlife.com

Ray has a passion for his craft, and the company quickly became the place for specialty high-end vehicle glass installation and repair. As Absolute Glass continued to thrive, Mary Anne and Ray decided to expand into the residential and commercial glass industries. “We do just about anything involving glass, such as shower glass, tabletops, mirrors, custom glass shelving, decorative glass, and more,” Mary Anne explains. “We strive to be a one-stop shop for any and all glass needs.” They also work with tempered glass, rear- and side-view mirrors, and even vintage or classic glass work. Happy customers have become repeat customers, recommending Absolute Glass to friends and family, building strong relationships in the community. “Business continues to increase, and we

are amazed at the growth in Lexington,” remarks Mary Anne. “We currently have three technicians in addition to Ray, three customer service representatives, and two college students who help with office work and marketing.” Creating and maintaining a family-owned and operated business is a huge undertaking that requires dedication, energy, and determination. “The startup of this company was very time consuming, and it took a lot of work and long hours, not to mention we found out in the first month of opening that we were expecting our first child.” Mary Anne and Ray have two children, Raymond, a sophomore at Gray Collegiate Academy in West Columbia, and Hannah, a seventh grader at Beechwood Middle School who participates on the school dance team. Absolute Glass offers free mobile service, free residential and commercial quotes, and will travel within a 50-mile radius of their location. There are several discounts available, including military discounts, discounts for Lexington Medical Center employees, and other beneficial promotions. The interactive website, absoluteglassinc.com, makes life easy for customers to request a quote, file a glass claim, schedule appointments, ask questions, and, best of all, connect with Mary Anne and Ray. Stop by today for your automobile, home, hobby, or business glass needs and ask about the Absolute Glass Lifetime Warranty on replacements or repairs. n November 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 51


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The Classy Cruet: The Mediterranean Meets the Midlands by Marilyn Thomas Praised for the innate ability to enhance the flavor and nutritional value of even the simplest dishes, olive oil and vinegars refined in Europe’s Mediterranean region are foundational staples for any kitchen. Whether used as a topping, cooking base, dressing, or occasionally a homemade remedy for common ailments, the addition of these two powerful ingredients is guaranteed to result in a unique burst of taste, texture, and versatility. While visiting Italy in 2012, Lexington residents Kaye and Greg Gerrald rediscovered the exhaustive qualities of these superfoods and have made it their personal and professional mission to share these additives and their enriching advantages with the local community. Self-proclaimed foodies Kaye and Greg anticipated enjoying the renowned cuisine for which the Mediterranean region is celebrated on their trip. As expected, their dining experiences included dishes infused with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and this taste revelation ignited a new passion that neither could escape. Upon returning to Lexington, “We came home and put olive oil and balsamic vinegar on everything,” recalls Kaye. Thus, the couple was excited to visit a shop in Georgia that sold these authentic products, but, when selecting which items they should buy, they decided to purchase everything they liked and used the inventory to stock the shelves of their own store. The first market, fittingly named “Classy Cruet: Olive Oils & Balsamic Vinegars,” opened at the Hope Ferry Center on Highway 378 in November 2013, and they expanded to a second location, just four years later, on Columbia Avenue in Chapin. “Our mission at The Classy Cruet is to bring our customers the freshest and highest-quality extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world,” says Mrs. Gerrald. “We have over 50 varieties of the finest olive oils and balsamic as well as a selection of gourmet pastas, spreads and chutneys, salts, seasonings, and culinary tools.” The store carries unique items that make perfect gifts such as cutting boards, dipping dishes, cruets, and other serving pieces. “We can create a custom gift basket suited for any occasion,” she adds, “whether it’s for a corporate activity or a personal event such as a wedding.” The Classy Cruet has a Facebook page that posts additional information and hosts a website at www.theclassycruet.com, where most of its products are available for purchase online. The site also publicizes product-friendly recipes and upcoming events, such as local cooking classes and related demonstrations, in which the public is welcome to enroll and participate. “Even a novice can benefit from using our products,” says Mrs. Gerrald. “The oils and vinegars provide so much flavor to an ‘ordinary’ recipe, taking your cooking to the next level with very little effort. Our premium olive oils and vinegars lexingtonlife.com

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can be added to most anything that you prepare on a regular basis,” she explains. “Olive oil could be used as a healthier alternative in place of other oils or butter. We even have an all-natural, soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, butter-flavored olive oil.” She suggests that the butter olive oil is “a good place to start” because “you can use it most anywhere you would use butter.” For the Gerralds’ experienced palate, however, inquiring about their favorite product is like “asking ‘who’s your favorite child?’” Mrs. Gerrald says, “One of my favorite combinations for vinaigrette is lemon olive oil and rose balsamic. Also, the rose balsamic is excellent over fruit. One of Greg’s favorite combinations for grilling is the chipotle olive oil and chocolate balsamic. This makes a great marinade for pork or beef. There are just so many options. Our staff is always happy to offer suggestions on pairings and how

to use our products. We also offer Mediterranean diet classes as well as other items having to do with a healthy lifestyle. We have speakers come in on occasion to discuss heart health, exercise, meal planning, and other health-related concerns,” she concludes. Both Greg and Kaye promote a healthy lifestyle and diet due to their medical backgrounds. A graduate of the University of South Carolina’s School of Pharmacy, Mr. Gerrald has since retired after working in the field for 30 years; further, Mrs. Gerrald holds a bachelor’s degree in medical terminology from the Medical University of South Carolina, with professional experience as a former staff member of the American Red Cross and several hospitals. “The health benefits of fresh olive oil are extensive with new positive attributes discovered all the time,” says Mrs. Gerrald. To summarize, she states that this product, which is rich in anti-oxidants, can bolster the immune system, protect against viruses, and help fight diseases and conditions such as cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis. Likewise, balsamic vinegar, another antioxidant, has been found to have similar healing properties but is also reputed to act as a natural pain reliever, cure infections, and aid in the digestive process. Furthermore, Mrs. Gerrald debunks the common misconception that the nutritional content of olive oil is compromised when heated by citing an article published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. According to the study, researchers heated extra virgin olive oils to 356°F for 36 hours and found that the olive oil still retained most of its health benefits. “Whether you’re new to the experience of flavored olive oils and vinegars or are simply looking for a new taste sensation,” Kaye warmly adds, “we invite you to stop in and experience The Classy Cruet.” Customers are encouraged to browse, sample, and savor its oil and vinegar products before making a purchase, and empty bottles can be refilled at a discount. “Our belief is that once customers experience the variety of flavors and the quality of our products, they will enthusiastically incorporate these flavorful, healthy oils and vinegars into their daily lives.” n lexingtonlife.com


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No matter how wonderful your past Thanksgiving Day events have been, there is always a way to make it even better and more exciting. A few simple changes to the regular routine can enhance your holiday feast, foster family togetherness, and leave everyone at the table with lasting and cherished memories. Set Up a Living History Museum The typical Thanksgiving Day table is a veritable living history museum and a great learning opportunity for everyone

sitting around it. From the grandparents who stormed the beaches at Normandy and freed the world from the horrors of Nazi occupation to the newly minted kindergarten students busy navigating their digital environment, all ages and experiences are represented. Turning Thanksgiving dinner into an exercise in living history is a wonderful way to bring the generations closer together. Invite everyone to share a favorite story, photograph or important memory, encourage the lexingtonlife.com


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one or two of their favorite recipes. Once you have them all compiled, you can create your own custom holiday cookbook on your own or with the help of a professional book publisher. When the Thanksgiving holiday arrives, you can place the finished product at each place setting, so guests can compare their favorite recipes with friends and relatives. The book will become a treasured family heirloom. Let the Kids Help Out It is tempting to sit the youngest guests at the kid’s table and keep them busy with coloring books and crayons, but that could be a wasted opportunity. If you have been sidelining the children, it may be time to get them involved. Even the youngest kids can help with cooking and table preparation, from making handcrafted place cards from construction paper and glitter to stirring the sauce and keeping an eye on pies as they bake to perfection. Encourage your young guests to lend a helping hand – it will make them feel good, keep them occupied, and create lifelong memories. The Thanksgiving Day holiday is a time for celebration, a chance for farflung family members to come together and share a meal. But beyond the golden-brown turkey and delicious desserts, there are opportunities to share stories, explore history, and even hunt for bargains. If you want to make this year’s holiday better than ever, the ideas listed above can help you get started. n

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v oo r G Get in the By Marilyn Thomas

There is no excuse for keeping those dancing shoes tucked away in the back of the closet or passing up the chance to “chacha” if you are in the Lexington area. From the shag to the rumba to square dancing, these local venues offer open opportunities to groove to the rhythm of the dancer’s choice, regardless of skill level– and it’s never too late to start. “I’ve always liked music, and I’ve always loved people, so when you put those two together, you can’t help but dance, and that’s why I like it so much,” says Jim Williamson, the founder and an instructor of the Blue Moon Ballroom, located at 554 Meeting Street in West Columbia. By answering an employment advertisement in the newspaper, Mr. Williamson entered the world of dance as a 21-year-old who was seeking a career to support his family. About eight years ago, he decided to open his own studio and improve upon the knowledge, technique,

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and experience he had gained working as a dance instructor at other schools. Named “Blue Moon,” after the well-known song that has inspired dancers for decades, “I originated this company and innovated it with ideas that we do what nobody else does,” explains Mr. Williamson. Primarily, the studio offers private and group lessons for “Everything you’ve seen on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’” he says, which includes the foxtrot, waltz, American tango, rumba, cha-cha, swing, shag, samba, merengue, mambo, bolero, Viennese waltz, and Peabody. “Your first visit is always free,” he adds. Additionally, the Blue Moon hosts two dance parties every Friday evening, which are open to the public; at these events, a musical playlist is created to accompany a variety of dance styles. The facility’s ballroom is also available for rent to other instructors without their own space and for private parties hosting special events, all for the benefit of the community. “We teach everyone who wants to dance,” says Mr. Williamson. “We see people anywhere from 18 up into their upper 80s, but just about anybody can take dance lessons, including people who are limited physically. Everybody deserves a chance to dance,” he continues, and, according to Mr. Williamson, people dance for many reasons – to socialize, make friends, exercise, or prepare for a professional function or special event. “But the reason I think people should dance is because it gives them a chance to be in contact with each other in nonverbal communication that goes much deeper than words could ever go.” Mr. Williamson mentions another venue, commonly known as “The Barn,” which is located at 680 Cherokee Lane, also in West Columbia. Officially titled as the Hugh Dimmery Memorial Center Dance Hall, its Facebook page and website calendar are filled with activities that provide dance-related opportunities for interested individuals as well as groups and clubs. Dot Tunstall is one of those patrons who has visited The Barn Blue Moon Ballroom over the years, and, as the current bluemoonballroom.dance president of the Star Promenad554 Meeting Street ers Square Dance Club, she enWest Columbia, SC joys participating in square and 803.908.3948 or 803.569.0380 round dancing. “I have always enjoyed dancing,” she says. “When The Barn I was young, I took tap and ballet danceincolumbia.com at Lexington High School.” She 680 Cherokee Lane also remembers attending square West Columbia, dances after football games and SC803.794.7714 recalls that “At one time, square dancing was really really popular Star Promenaders in this area.” Serious enthusiasts Yellow Rock Hall like Ms. Tunstall are often mem2211 Platt Springs Rd bers of larger square-dancing West Columbia, SC clubs and attend state and nation803.356.2170 al conventions. “I went all over the United States with a partner square dancing,” she explains, “and we hit every state [in the lower 48].” West Columbia’s Star Promenaders Square Dance Club originally formed in 1971, and it’s endeavored to preserve this traditional pastime by teaching new students and hosting related events, such as dances, which are held on the first and third Saturday evenings at the Yellow Rock Hall at 2211 Platt Springs lexingtonlife.com

Road in West Columbia. Typically, these bimonthly activities commence at 7 p.m. with a round or a line dance lesson. After that, the traditional square dance begins and continues for the next two hours, complete with refreshments and callers who announce the moves for the dancers to follow. “If you can walk, you can square dance,” says Ms. Tunstall, and she endorses the activity, “Because it’s so good for you! It’s good for you with exercise, it’s good for you with socialization, and it’s good for your mind because you have to listen to directions and follow them. It’s one of the best exercises I believe that you could do. You can’t beat it,” she adds, “and it’s nonalcoholic, very family friendly. Young grandchildren come in sometimes to learn how to dance.” To add to the festivities, dance nights often revolve around holiday or seasonal themes, and Ms. Tunstall tells how the clubs will often “steal” other groups’ banners when they visit neighboring square- and round-dancing venues. In addition, the club makes an effort to perform at places like retirement centers and collect donations for charitable causes such as Mission Lexington, Toys for Tots, or Epworth Center. The Promenaders offer organized square-dancing classes beginning in September of each year, and the first lesson is free. Those who are interested in taking lessons can inquire at the Saturday night events, but even visitors without experience are welcome to join in the romp. “We will have people that will help them,” explains Ms. Tunstall. “They’re called ‘angels.’ The angels help people learn how to square dance at the lessons and at the dances as needed. It’s a fun thing to do and it’s good for you,” says Ms. Tunstall, “You can just come on in and we’ll take care of you.” n November 2019 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 65


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CRANBERRY DIP Ingredients 1 12 oz pk fresh cranberries 1 c white sugar 1 c apricot jam 1 c chopped pecans 1 8 oz pk cream cheese Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine cranberries with sugar in a 2-quart baking dish with a lid, stirring well to coat all the berries. Bake covered, for about 30 minutes, until the cranberries pop and release their liquid. Remove from oven and stir in the apricot jam and pecans. Refrigerate overnight to blend the flavors. To serve, allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature. Pour dip over the block of cream cheese on a serving dish. Serve with buttery round crackers, bread, or small pretzels.

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ALWAYS STANDING I stopped at a nearby country store Saturday after a long day’s work. A friend of mine leaned on his old truck talking to a younger black man. My friend introduced me to Kenji. Kenji’s no longer active duty, but Kenji is a Marine. I was immediately aware I’d stumbled onto Holy Ground. Kenji began describing how their convoys in Iraq didn’t stop for anything. He described the open desert, the heat, and how they approached an area where two men and a little girl stood out front of a few small huts. The little girl was dressed as if she was heading off to school. She had a book bag on her back. That all made sense to the Marines looking through their binoculars. It was morning. “But why does she have a raincoat slung over her bookbag in the desert?” Kenji trained his binoculars on her face and saw that she was crying. The little girl walked back towards the huts as the convoy approached. Kenji and the other Marines watched the two men push the little girl back lexingtonlife.com

out towards the road. When they got the little girl to the edge of the road, the men ran. The little girl exploded along with her backpack under the raincoat. Kenji was evidently needing to talk, and the Lord graced us all with a truck outside a country store. “The convoy -- it stopped that day.” Kenji gripped my friend’s truck and looked down at the ground in such a way that his face was hidden from us. Then Kenji looked back at us and lifted his right hand towards heaven. “I - I - I’m pretty sure we took some innocent men that day, but we unloaded on ‘em, and we killed everything and everyone we could find, and we kept on killin’ ‘em until somebody pulled us out of there.” Kenji’s eyes were a bit wet, but it seemed as if he had just gotten a bowling ball dislodged from his chest. “I didn’t sleep for two weeks after that. I kept seeing my little girl and the little girl in the raincoat playing together.” Kenji stared into space with his hand still lifted up, but he wasn’t looking at anything nearby. After a few moments, I put my

hand on his shoulder and said: “An old Marine friend of mine used to say that sorting them out was God’s job.” Kenji breathed deep and dropped his hand: “Yeah, it’s gonna have to be, ‘cause we didn’t waste no time on sortin’.” The older I get, the more filled I am with a somber and solemn feeling associated with men and women who have seen a slice of living I thank God I’ve never experienced. It’s a combination of guilt, respect, and awe -- and that’s not a very good description. Maybe it’s better to say that a part of me deep inside remains always standing, ready to salute. I have no earthly idea what else to say or do. n

David Clark writes and works in Cochran, GA. Connect with him at cw.w4trj@gmail.com.

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