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CITIZENS FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION HISTORIC BUILDINGS TELL THE STORY OF OUR PAST Our vision is for the community to understand and appreciate the irreplaceable value of historic buildings and places and their relevance to modern life. We envision a community that promotes careful stewardship and active use of these diverse resources and recognizes the economic and cultural benefits of preservation. We envision a community where new development complements and reinforces a thriving downtown and historic neighborhoods, contributing to a healthy and enriched humane environment. There is an immediate need in downtown Fort Mill. Get involved! Become a member, donate, or volunteer. To learn more, go to

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Photographer Joseph Bradley captured the cover photo of local Debutante Ruthie Reed in his Greensboro studio with the help of hair and makeup artist Joanne Maye. Miss Reed is our featured local folk and you can learn more about her on page 17.

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Turn off technology and get back to play. See how mindset affects town growth. Mark your calendar for Taste Of Fort Mill.

Introducing Miss Ruthie Reed, a local debutante, as she prepares for the upcoming Colonial Ball.

Grab the reins and experience real horse power.


View the renovation of a Ranch style house and the reinventing of a Main Street business.

Learn 3 old school money principles that will help your budget now.

Got fun? Camping is your ticket to family fun travel.

Afraid of germs? Find out why some germs are actually good for you. What’s the deal with raw food.


Experience Erin’s restaurant and savor old fashion homemade chicken soup.


Watches, handbags, a sparkly palette of eye shadows, and handwritten notes.

Chilly weather wear fit for family adverture, the sound of Matrimony, and Chelsea Arthur’s art series.

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” WINTER 2013

People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out.

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We’re inspired by historic streetscapes, vintage style, and family traditions for this issue, hence the reinventing old theme.

It’s time to turn off your electronic devices and get back to face to face communication. Take time to go outside to play and explore nature. While you’re unplugged from technology, consider how your values and mindset reflect your surroundings - your town. Our cover girl, Ruthie Reed, shows us that some traditions are still relevant today and vintage style is oh so glamorous as she prepares for the Colonial Ball. While we’re talking style, let’s recognize the new addition to Main Street. Home decor, gifts, and the reinvention of the old Belk building add exceptional beauty to historic downtown. Old school money principles, homemade chicken soup, handwritten notes, and fashion for the family round out this glorious issue with



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We now have a generation of children who cannot communicate unless they are typing an email into their computer, a social media post on their iPad or a text on their smartphone.

Turn Off Technology

Get Back To Play Text by Derick Wilder

Derick Wilder As a regular contributor, Derick focuses on children and families. He’s a director for Playball, a child development organization, and heads Reading Giraffe, a literacy initiative. Reach him at or 803-487-4687.


The man next to me on the plane proudly showed off a photo of his grandson and said the boy had posed an interesting question. “Grandpa, what did you do for fun before smartphones?” The grandfather chuckled and replied, “Well, we went outside and played a lot of games, like jacks and hopscotch and tag.” So, after hearing more, his grandson was particularly excited about this “new” thing called hopscotch. So he asked, “Grandpa, can you download it to my phone?” Such is the world in which we live. As a child, I would play with friends under the hot Florida sun every day after school. When we got thirsty, the best water didn’t come from a bottle, but flowed straight out of the nearest garden hose. And a game of tag or hide and seek often ended only when we were called home or the sun went down. Today, it seems our children spend more time tagging friends in photographs and playing online games in a virtual world instead of in the real one. The effects of this cultural change can be seen in a variety of areas. One of them is childhood obesity, in which physical inactivity, along with diet, is a main contributing factor. The obesity rate has doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the last 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Since obese children are more likely to become obese adults, the CDC reports that they are at greater risk of having a series of associated long-term health issues such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer and osteoarthritis. While childhood obesity has received plenty of attention, evidence is surfacing that shows how the effects, both positive and negative, of the ubiquitous technology in our society are even more far-reaching. On the plus side, children now have almost instantaneous access to information and experiences like never before. Finding out how much an elephant weighs or the temperature of the sun is a simple search engine away. Watching the 2000-mile migration of two million wildebeests takes only a couple of clicks, and it’s a breeze for a child to stay in touch with friends and family with Skype, texting or email.

These advances can come with a variety of costs. Author Nicholas Carr offers the engaging analogy that reading a book to find an answer is akin to being a scuba diver who is immersed in a sea of words, while searching the Internet is more like zipping along the surface of information on a jet ski. Using electronic devices as the primary means of communication can inhibit children from developing essential intrapersonal and interpersonal skills that allow them to create deep and meaningful relationships throughout their lives. The American Academy of Pediatrics, which has expressed concerns over children’s media access for decades, just released a policy statement, titled “Children, Adolescents and the Media”. The AAP definition of media runs the gamut, from traditional television to the “new media” that includes cell phones, tablets and social media. The introduction states “media literacy and pro-social uses of media may enhance knowledge, connectedness and health,” but also warns “the evidence is now clear that they (media) can and do contribute substantially to many different risks and health problems and that children and teenagers learn from, and may be negatively influenced by, the media”. Among the more startling findings from the AAP professionals is that children between 8 and 10 spend an average of nearly eight hours a day using media. For older children and teenagers, that number jumps to more than 11 hours of daily media viewing. So after the irony of scouring the Internet’s endless search results to find information for this article, I decided to solicit perspectives that are a bit closer to home by asking for the input of experts who spend their days with our kids. Heather Hackett, child advocate and founder of Be Me Books, Inc., has witnessed the steady march of the digital age. She stressed the link between advancing technology and retreating interpersonal skills. While acknowledging that technology is a fantastic tool that “allows us to have more information at our fingertips than ever before,” she also gave a sobering assessment of the downside.

“We now have a generation of children who cannot communicate unless they are typing an email into their computer, a social media post on their iPad or a text on their smartphone.” Cindy Brown Goodknecht, a first grade teacher in Florida with 22 years of experience, entered the classroom just as computers were being introduced. Interestingly enough, they were initially utilized for tutoring programs that targeted lower-performing students. Over the years, she has witnessed the changes in teacher-student interaction. “No longer do the students find their teacher’s voice an engaging method of delivery. Read-alouds aren’t as fun for the teacher because students just aren’t actively listening,” she said. This conversation wouldn’t be complete without getting a parental point of view. I spoke with Cindy Fultz Carner, an involved mother of two young girls. Carner highlighted ways technology has been successfully integrated into her older daughter’s Kindergarten education. “The school provides 3 different online resources for her, and she is excited about them. She is an advanced reader with an eagerness to learn, so we actually encourage her to use the resources online. She is learning to answer math problems quickly, and there are always new books for her to read online. The technology aspect of it keeps her interested,” she said. Her enthusiasm is paired with parental guidance. “My kids do not use a computer unless I can see it. It is my job to make sure they are safe. You can’t use any kind of technology as a babysitter, only as a tool for learning,” she said. Carner sums up the overriding sentiment when it comes to technology and our children. With so much new information and so many new options, the same old rules of parenting still apply. We ultimately need to be fully engaged in our children’s lives, lead by example and be there to set reasonable boundaries as they explore exciting new frontiers. Lastly, let’s not forget that a neighborhood park is also a place of wonder that provides real life adventures… and, for many kids, that’s a breath of fresh air.



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from the mayor

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TOWN OF FORT MILL Dear Readers, Winter is here, the New Year is quickly approaching, and in keeping with our annual holiday calendar, we will see the approach of our traditional Christmas events. First, there will be the Christmas Tree Lighting in Main Street’s Confederate Park on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., which will involve Christmas carols from several of the local grade school choruses and, of course, the yearly lighting of the town’s Christmas tree. Then two days later on Dec. 7 at 11 a.m., the Christmas Parade will follow along Tom Hall, Main and White streets. We expect an upwards of 150 units in our parade and there are always lots of great vantage points along the route from which to view the spectacle. Also in early December, results from the Southern Bypass Overlay Committee will be unveiled. This committee was established by the Fort Mill Town Council earlier this year to assist in the drafting of a development plan for the 4-mile-long bypass that will connect Highway 21 to Highway 160. As Fort Mill continues to grow, this bypass will help alleviate traffic for residents traveling around the town. We continue our focus on the revitalization of our business sector.

Toward that end, we’re excited by progress on several components of the effort such as verifying the safety and appearance of the buildings and improving the general aesthetics of downtown by adding attractive green spaces for people to enjoy. Lastly, we are excited about The Greens, a new apartment complex being built on Tom Hall and Main streets. The 4-story building will house 64 units of one, two and three bedroom apartments. This new complex will eventually house approximately 100 people inside the sweet spot of a quarter mile of our downtown. By spring, these apartments will be available for rent, and we hope that this will lead to more businesses moving into our downtown. In the spirit of this issue’s reinventing old, we are excited at the possibility of revitalizing the bustling lively atmosphere of downtown. Feel free to visit our website and Facebook page to keep in touch with the goings-on around the town. We encourage your questions and feedback. Kindest Regards, Danny Funderburk Mayor Town of Fort Mill



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< the Chamber strives to effect progressive change in consumer perceptions about business issues and economic development > Text by Rob Youngblood, Chamber President Many years ago, Greek philosopher Aristotle declared, “Change in all things is sweet.” In more recent history, American inventor and businessman Charles Kettering noted, “The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” These quotes beg the question: If change is ‘sweet’ and brings progress, why does it take so long to effect change with certain issues? Change is oftentimes slow to occur with issues like those associated with longstanding laws or practices that had been religiously followed for years, and, for many folks, a lifetime. As recent as 20 years ago, few local residents would have believed that today’s York County retailers would have the ability to open their doors (and cash registers) any time on any day of the week. Further, most registered voters wouldn’t have given a second thought to being able to cast a ballot in a countywide referendum allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages each day of the week, and even fewer would have guessed that the public would approve a referendum allowing local businesses such options. Eight years ago, the York County Regional Chamber’s Board of Directors decided that the time had come to lend the organization’s hand in effecting the above-mentioned changes. In November 2012, county voters confirmed the Chamber Board’s belief that citizens wanted more shopping and dining choices and that businesses wanted the opportunity to better compete with our friends north of the county and state-line. Establishing a level playing field for county businesses is also a primary objective in another major Chamber effort, called “Buy Into It – York County” campaign, designed to change perceptions and shopping practices of local consumers. Since changing long-standing behaviors requires ongoing reinforcement, the Chamber

recently expanded the effort to a yearround education and awareness program. It strongly encourages residents to buy-into (or adopt) the concept of supporting our county and its businesses by first considering local purchases, before buying goods and services elsewhere. Foremost among the many reasons to shop and buy locally is to support the local economy. In addition to sustaining local

profits and jobs, spending in Your County has an economic “multiplier effect” that causes every dollar used to purchase items in county stores to turn-over (i.e. be spent again) locally at least one more time. Local spending supports local residents who work at the stores and many other citizens who supply goods and services to those retailers. Also, local retail purchases account for most of the state sales taxes paid in York County, much of which returns to us for local roads, schools and other vital government services. Our retail sales tax rate of 7% is lower than that of our northern neighbors and is a good reason for staying in York County. The gas savings, along with the convenience factor, are obvious advantages as well.

Chamber’s efforts in this area are working, many county residents refuse to change on this issue even though most of what they need (and much of what they want) to buy is available to them locally. While change is one of the definitions of impact, a reference to the work and outcome of this Chamber of Commerce, progress on this initiative requires patience and diligence. Remembering that even Ebenezer Scrooge

changed, the Chamber is up for the challenge. In fact, even though our program is now year-round, we are again promoting the importance of holiday retail sales to many local businesspeople who count on holiday buying to break-even or turn a profit that year. For that reason and knowing that most employees of these businesses are our neighbors, giving local businesses the first crack at one’s purchases is simply the right thing to do. This festive season of giving should be a fitting reminder of that spirit.

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Mindset for Growth


We all know the world has been changing rapidly. Think about new technology like smartphones and iPads, and compare that to the old technology used by Orville Wright and Neil Armstrong. While Orville conducted the first controlled air flight in 1903, Neil was the first to step on the moon in 1969. During these 66 years, there was not only a major change in technology, but there was a significant shift in what people considered possible for the future. On a smaller scale but closer to home, Fort Mill has been changing, and it now requires a new mindset for growth to continue building its desired community. “Fort Mill was rural forest and vast farm land before the textile industrial revolution,” explains Rudy Sanders, past chair of the Fort Mill History Museum. Fort Mill has a unique history, as its population demographic shifted from Native Americans to European settlers to the Springs Industries’ family and employees. “It used to be that citizens drove around our town and could be assured of knowing nine out of every ten people they passed. Now it’s flipped. It’s nine out of ten people they most likely won’t know,” Mayor Danny Funderburk says. This change in citizen dynamics has been a challenge for longer term residents who have experienced significant growth over the past 5-20+ years. “Fort Mill is in an enviable position,” says Wink Rea, a real estate developer and Fort Mill resident of more than 40 years. Rea is vice-chair of the Fort Mill Economic Council, which is partnering with the Town Council to shepherd the area through its growth and development while aiming to keep the small-town atmosphere. There are significant projects already underway and more in the planning stages. Six thousand new homes have been approved to be built

over the next few years. Commercial plans in the area include the old Knights Stadium and different spots along Route 160 so more amenities will be available locally, rather than requiring residents to make trips to Charlotte, Ballantyne or Pineville. Discussions for a new bridge and bypass will try and make access easier for residents and non-residents to visit, shop and eat. There is also a large vacancy at the Springs Development Complex which could bring a big company worker population back and close to downtown. 64 higher-end apartments are already being built just north of Main Street and the downtown area will continue to evolve as more people are inevitably closer in proximity. “Traffic greater than 10,000 cars each day approaches a level that can get the attention of national retailers,” Rea said. There are many stakeholders involved in planning and managing growth in the area, including town, county and state officials (for infrastructure like roads, water, and sewer), school leadership, land owners, commercial and retail developers and residents. “Growth is coming regardless of what people desire and will continue to come at a rapid pace for the next 30 years. Fortunately, we’ve invested considerable time, money and effort in building a comprehensive growth plan that includes intelligent recommendations to support our growth while focusing on maintaining the highest quality of life for our citizens,” Funderburk said. Where does Fort Mill go from here? “It is important to know what it was like generations ago. We are losing natural green space every day. Progress for expansion growth is always disruptive to the environment. Hopefully, we are careful to find a comparable balance,” Sanders said.

There are numerous perspectives on how to continue building our desired community. We have many options to choose from in regards to land use, infrastructure, culture, education, health care, senior wellness and others. All the options require careful study and the right mindset while choices are being made that will impact the future. Going forward, Fort Mill needs to be clear on what its growth mindset looks like. Land owners and developers need to understand how their decisions may appear only like a short term, profit maximizing approach. These choices should be balanced with taking a longer term view including investments in a variety of projects to diversify the area. Residents and leaders also should consider focusing on a few key landmark projects aligned with the true heart and soul of Fort Mill. There are big choices ahead for the community. What we need now is more citizen engagement, a collaborative dialogue between strategic partners and visionary leadership. Together, with the right mindset, we will successfully create Fort Mill’s future and secure it as a great place to live for generations to come.

Jim Ruberg Jim is a former Senior Executive and Consultant at TIAA-CREF, Bank of America and KPMG. He is CEO and Founder of Values Capital, LLC - a leadership and organizational development company. Jim is also an Affiliate with Aberkyn, a joint venture with McKinsey & Company. He proudly lives in Fort Mill with his wife, children, dog, hamster and bunny. You can reach him at



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TASTE OF FORT MILL 2014 Text by Lori MacLeod | Photos by Michael Newton


The inaugural Taste of Fort Mill was truly the town’s most tasteful event in 2013. Held on an evening in April with stunning views from the Springfield Golf Pavillion, the event showcased the epicurean delights of many local restaurants. Partygoers enjoyed dancing under the stars, wine tasting, entertainment and prizes. This event is the brainchild of Fort Mill resident Cindy Kelly. As a classroom volunteer at The Palmetto School, Kelly saw firsthand the disappointment on students’ faces, after a beloved teacher’s position was eliminated due to lack of funding. That’s when Kelly decided she wanted to help. As a non-profit organization, 60 percent of The Palmetto School’s operating budget comes from donations. Kelly’s idea was to create an exciting event that not only helps the school that educates and heals so many at-risk children, but also tantalizes guests with the flavorful offerings of local restaurants. After the success of the first Taste of Fort Mill event, the school was able to hire another



teacher. Kelly and her team are hard at work again to ensure the 2nd annual Taste of Fort Mill is just as inspirational. The Fish Market, Local Dish, Bistro One Sixty, Towne Tavern, Akahana Asian Bistro, Savannah’s Room, Red Oak BBQ, Breadsmith, The Cupcake Girl, Tipsy Bottle, The Peach Stand, Springs Farm, Publix and Brusters will showcase their scrumptious specialties with more sponsors signing on daily. The dance hours are sure to be fun with great dance music by C’leb Entertainment. Danny’s Pizza is onboard to sponsor the dance hours, serving their fabulous pizzas. If you would like to become a sponsor please visit our website or our Facebook page. Adding to the excitement, there will be a grand prize giveaway for sponsors. Each sponsor will receive tickets for the grand prize giveaway based on their sponsorship level. The big Take -A-Chance drawing is for a chance to win $1000, and you do not have to be present to win. There will also be a silent auction featuring themed baskets for all age groups.

The planners are hoping for another sellout success for the 2014 Taste of Fort Mill, which will be held April 25th from 7-11 p.m. All proceeds will benefit The Palmetto School, which serves abused, abandoned or neglected children that reside at The Children’s Attention Home, Pilgrim’s Inn, Family Promise and Safe Passage. Tickets are $35, in advance only. A cash bar will be available. The event will be at the Springfield Golf Pavillion in the Springfield neighborhood: 639 Hambly House Lane, Fort Mill. For more information, go to or check out Taste of Fort Mill on Facebook.

Lori MacLeod Lori is a freelance writer and television producer. She is mother of Carly, 17, a Nation Ford High School Senior and twins Ryan and Sarah, 12, both 7th graders at Fort Mill Middle School.

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Ruthie Reed

Text by Victoria Wright | Photos by Joseph Bradley | Hair & Makeup by Joanne Maye


Ruthie Reed has a strong presence. She’s tall, has the red hair of a Disney princess, and resembles the classic beauty of a decade past. Standing on the top of the porch, with a more than gracious smile, Ruthie introduces herself and leads the way through several rooms in her house to a quaint dining room with the table set for tea. Ruthie’s mother, Maggie, brings out an apple pie and when Ruthie declines a cup of tea, Maggie fills her cup anyway. “That’s one thing about my mother: I can never say no,” Ruthie jokes of her mom’s insistence, which is similar to how Ruthie got into cotillions— despite Ruthie’s tomboy inclinations, her mother signed her up for the National League of Junior Cotillions while Ruthie was in middle school. At 18, years after she began cotillion training, Ruthie is a debutante, which in its original form (and still part of some European royal societies) was a way of introducing an aristocratic young woman to society and available suitors. Nowadays, a debutante ball, or a cotillion, is more for the romance of the tradition. On Dec. 20, Ruthie will be one of ten debutantes being presented at the Colonial Ball, hosted by the South Carollina Sons of the American Revolution (SC SAR) that will be held in Charleston. Ruthie’s eligibility to be presented at this ball is because of her father’s involvement with SC SAR. “We are a very traditional family. We saw that as a huge tradition that not a whole lot of people get to do, and it brings our ties back to our ancestors and what they used to do,” Ruthie said. Ruthie’s grandfather began tracing their family tree in the 1970s, then passed the task to Ruthie’s mother Maggie. “I found I really had a passion for it. I started on my husband’s line, and we discovered that he was descended from the Calloways and the Hemsleys in North Carolina, and they fought at the Battle of Kings Mountain,” Maggie said. Then, Maggie began to document her own ancestry and discovered her family line can be traced to Jamestown, which is 25 generations back. This lineage also includes William Bratton, who is an important historical figure in York County. So, on her mother and her father’s side, Ruthie was able to join the Children of the American Revolution (CAR) organization. Ruthie, herself, is eight generations away from a Revolutionary patriot. “To be able to know you have a deeper connection to this country gives



you a sense of ownership, of giving back to the community, because you’re not just transient and here, passing through. Your family has deep roots,” Maggie explained. “You can be as involved or as uninvolved as you want. But if you’ve got that (knowledge of your ancestry), you need to document it, because it’s a gift and a legacy that you can give to the next generation.” As a debutante, Ruthie still enlivens a practice of the old world, but as a freshman at Guilford College, studying forensic biology, she is carefully experimenting everything college has to offer, from experiencing different international customs to involving herself in the art department. “That first year, you don’t know if you’re coming back or even how you’re going to do, so make a memory and make it last,” Ruthie said. “Whenever I look back on my first year, I met all these great people, I tried all these new things. I might not ever do them again, but I tried.” Her biggest challenge right now is teaching her father how to dance for their waltz at the Colonial Ball. Ruthie describes his dancing as “standing and swaying back and forth.” Ruthie learned the difficulties herself when she learned in 8th grade. “Now I can do it and not realize I’m doing it.” Much like the ball in Cinderella, Ruthie will be wearing a white gown (seen here). She will also have to perform a full Windsor curtsey, which requries plenty of practice. “You see someone else doing it, and you’re like, that’s easy. I can do that, but you have to be very balanced,” she explains, and all while wearing a corseted dress. “It’s actually very nerve-racking when you have people looking at you. It’s like walking across the stage. You don’t want to fall on your face accidentally.” With all the fine training of an accomplished woman of a bygone era and the lineage wellrooted in American history, Ruthie embodies all the qualities of a modern Southern princess, or at least a princess of Fort Mill.

Victoria Wright Victoria Wright is a recent graduate from Winthrop University, where she earned a degree in mass communication and developed her passion for writing and photography. After falling in love with Charlotte’s culture, she is planning on staying in the Fort Mill area while waiting for her life’s next adventure. Victoria can be reached at

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o rs e power Text by Michael Strenk | Photo by Pete Markham

Winston Churchill once said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” This timeless quote could not be more true during this day and age. Everyday people hardly think twice before turning their keys and hearing the horsepower in their car engines spring to life. You would be hard-pressed to find a mode of transportation with more of an emotional and romantic connection to the past than mounting a horse. Less mechanical than the bicycle and far more personal than playing a video game, horses have the ability to sense someone’s feelings and offer their own in return. The nature of contact between humans and horse transcends the simplicity of the exchange—thusly it can be hard to explain to those who have yet to saddle up. Horses are capable of forming deeper bonds than other commonly domesticated furry friends like cats and dogs, according to Dr. Wendy Schonfeld, an instructor certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. Horses respond to respect, loyalty, trust and caring. When a rider works together with a 1,300-pound horse, the pair form a team. There is a mutual dynamic going on that simply doesn’t exist between people and their household pets. “Riding can be very therapeutic,” agrees Fort Mill native Katie Ott. “It’s a nice break from school or work, and it’s a good way to spend time outside.” Ott has been riding horses since age six, yet for her, riding is more than a welcome recess from today’s fast-paced life. It is a shared family activity passed down from her great uncle. However, owning and maintaining your own horse is not for everyone. Luckily,

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there is a more accessible option here in town for those who are interested in equine activities, but are not ready for the level of commitment ownership requires. At the Greenway, the Adopt-a-Horse program allows riders to adopt a horse for three hours each week on every Thursday, Friday or Saturday. The program starts in September and extends all the way through May. Monthly fees start at $75, and the program presents an easy way to start your own family tradition or create unique experiences with your kids. Schonfeld highly recommends horse riding for all ages, because it builds confidence, as well as self esteem, and helps develop balance and coordination. She is the founder of the RideAbility Therapeutic Riding Center at Cherokee Farms in Clover, which is a nonprofit that specializes in helping people with special needs to improve both mentally and physically. Other great places to ride locally include Larkspur Ranch in Indian Land and the Spratt Farm in Fort Mill. The emotional element, relaxation and pleasant disconnect from modern amenities is what makes horses remarkable. After all, the rush of a single horsepower stallion can be just as fulfilling as a 304-horsepower Ford Mustang.

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In densely populated lake areas, often the only way to get a fantastic lot is to buy one that already has a house on it. When this property was purchased on Lake Wylie, it came with a dated L-shape house that had a low, overhanging brown roof, brown siding, brown doors and brown windows. There was a wide drainage ditch surrounding half of the house that sat a foot-below grade. But, the unattractive house also came with a long, private driveway with a picturesque approach to the property, a flat lot with large oaks and 378 feet of shoreline, which includes a small beach.

story, which had lower tax rates. Demolition of the original house only took two weeks, but construction of the new house proceeded more slowly. There was an attempt to retain as much of the original house and materials as possible by recycling or reusing whatever possible, but existing sub-flooring had to be repaired and leveled to even out the earlier years’ construction. Foundations needed beefing up and waterproofing, and existing walls had to be increased in height. An extensive grading and drainage system was installed in the front yard to catch or divert runoff.

The existing structure was actually a house inside a house. As it originally stood, it was a 50s river cabin that faced Big Allison Creek and its accompanying boat house that faced the adjacent cove. Instead of tearing down the small cabin and boat house, the previous owners built over and around them, joining the two with the L-shaped ranch.

The house was constructed in an attempt to earn LEED certification and was subject to many additional regulations, like protecting existing trees from damage during construction and providing recycling bins for workers to dispose of water bottles and cans. Every attempt was made during both the design and construction phases to construct the house to meet the LEED requirements for a modern, green house, as well as a stylish, historically-based structure.

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To create a permanent residence, it was obvious that most of the old structure would have to be replaced. However, building on the original foundation would allow the new structure to be grandfathered in and allow it to be rebuilt close to the water. Some places are only 15 feet from the shoreline, offering wonderful views of the lake.


The inspiration for the L-shape footprint came from the works of Robert Stern, a famous American architect, in order to create an authentic Dutch Colonial Revival, which was popular in the Northeast in the 1920’s and also common to The Hamptons. It is a dressed-up version of its colonial ancestor and is occasionally referred to as a “barn house” for its charming, steep double-pitched gable roof with flared eaves. It was a typical style built by Dutch settlers who settled New York in the 17th century. The steep roofline provides space for a complete second story, but allows the house to be classified as a one-




The final product, as approached from the driveway, is a fairly traditional replica of a Dutch Colonial Revival, with two symmetrical wings comprising the finished L-shape house and each ell having bays, double-hung windows, shed dormers and chimneys flanking the ends. However, the rear, or lakeside, of the house is expansive, with interesting rooflines that cover the porches and room additions. Tall windows and fench doors, topped by transoms, wrap the entire rear, which offers views of the lake from every room in the house. There are many doric columns, porches with balustrades, large palladian windows and corbels that are all painted white to contrast with the natural cedar-shake and stone-clad structure. Two cupolas, one topped with a copper weathervane of a Blue Heron, a bird that frequents the nearby cove, top each ell of the house and can be lit at night.

Lynn Blackwell, Allied ASID Lynn is an allied ASID interior designer, a SC licensed builder and the co-owner of Main & Gray Home located on Main Street in Fort Mill. She received a BS in Accounting from USC and a BFA in Interior Design from WU. She is married with two grown children and resides in the Lake Wylie area. Contact her at 803-802-4663 or



Main Street Text by Lynn Blackwell, Allied ASID | Photos by Victoria Wright


ain Streets all across America are transforming into modern commercial corridors, symbolizing towns’ commercial viabilities. In recent years, Fort Mill’s own Main Street has been underoccupied, due to business closings and years of suburban sprawl. Both, of which, drove down real estate prices, making the price of 223 Main Street affordable enough to do the extensive work required. With its days as a Belk department store long gone, the building at 223 Main has come full circle, returning to its retail roots.



The structure, which was built c. 1900, spent many of its years as the home to a frequently changing roster of businesses from a spa and a salon to different mortgage, computer and roofing companies. Most recently, it underwent a reinvention as the home of Main & Gray, an interior design firm and retail home boutique. Even for a licensed builder and an interior designer, taking on this old building was a daunting task. A previous owner created the building into a confusing assortment of small offices, along with a second floor, inside the 14-foot-tall space. The interior needed a near complete demolition, as well as new mechanicals, roof, doors and windows. But

there was an interesting front-to-back axial view, access to rear parking, original pressedtin ceilings, heart-of-pine flooring and brick found underneath the plastered walls. The charm of the building and its quaint main street location in the rapidly-growing area near Charlotte made it more attractive than a newer building that has no personality or history. The name Main & Gray has its origins partially in its location, with the latter part being chosen for the firms’ signature color. The renovation took the building down to its original shell, removing almost all of the previous interior additions, and added back to the empty space with decorative 11-foot

columns, suspended beams, paneling, trim and custom cabinetry to create a classic but modern interior. LED track lighting is hung from the attic space using airplane cable and leaves tiny holes in the antique tin to preserve it as much as possible. A crystal chandelier encased in a 5-foot, rusted orb hangs in front of the new, oversized front door, and an antique heart-of-pine cabinet was transformed into a contemporary store counter in keeping with the overall vintage-yet-modern design of the interior. The building did have less-than-attractive, mid-20th century additions that turned out to be assets, such as the narrow, rear portion

of the building, which sits several steps lower than the original construction on the site where horses and carriages once stood. The area’s abundant natural light made it a perfect choice for the firms’ workroom that now has a 12-foot-long work counter and hundreds of fabric samples for customers to select custom upholstery. Also, the space directly over the new restrooms and small kitchen provided a loft studio space which is the creative hub of the business that is private yet still open enough to interact with the activities below. In the case of 223 Main Street, in Fort Mill’s Downtown Historic District, the building is part of what was once the nucleus of Fort Mill’s business activity that helped the town

become what it is today. My hope is for more downtown property owners to follow suit and help make Main Street the iconic bustling, unique center of town that Fort Mill deserves.

Lynn Blackwell, Allied ASID Lynn is an allied ASID interior designer, a SC licensed builder and the co-owner of Main & Gray Home located on Main Street in Fort Mill. She received a BS in Accounting from USC and a BFA in Interior Design from WU. She is married with two grown children and resides in the Lake Wylie area. Contact her at 803-802-4663 or




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3 Old School Money Principles Text by Michelle Black


ave you ever taken the time to sit down with one of your grandparents and ask for financial management advice? Times have changed, but the lessons that your postDepression-era grandparents learned about money are still extremely valuable. Here is a quick look at 3 old school money principles which could breathe fresh life into your budget today.

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CASH IS KING Keeping a sizable portion of your earnings liquid is extremely important and was a much more common practice once upon a time. Before you begin investing or get into debt, our first priority should be to establish an emergency fund. You have probably heard the recommendation to save enough cash to cover 3-6 months of expenses in order to be prepared in the event of unemployment or an emergency. However with the average length of unemployment currently lasting nearly 37 weeks, you can see that a 3-6 month emergency fund simply is not sufficient. An emergency fund with 8-12 months of expenses is a great place to start, but there is no need to stop saving when you reach that point. Keep in mind the following advice I once read from a very smart grandfather, “You can double your money by folding that cash you have in your hand and putting it in your pocket.” LEARN TO CUT SPENDING My husband’s grandmother should write a book to teach the rest of us how to make our dollars stretch. She saves a ton of money by

finding multiple uses for products, saving leftovers, and by not throwing things out when they break. Do not be surprised if trying to cut your spending habits drives you a little crazy at first. After all, we live in a world of instant gratification. When something breaks, we buy a new one. Why save leftovers when we can grab food more conveniently on the way home? As you break the habit of wasting money, then little by little you will begin to see your disposable income grow. Keep up the habit and you may wonder why it took you so long to figure out these great money management principles in the first place. DEBT IS NOT YOUR FRIEND Debt is an acceptable part of life in today’s culture. Want a big screen TV for Super Bowl Sunday? Just charge it. Yet, there once was a time when debt was viewed as something which should be avoided. If your grandparents wanted something, they would figure out a different way to get it rather than piling on the debt. Debt sets people up for a host of problems such as bad credit scores, stress, marital problems, and even bankruptcy. Of course, not all debt is bad. Even so, it is best to only consider going into debt for the really important purchases such as a home, and not for those wants which you could really do without. You may look at the way your grandparents managed money as archaic or perhaps unsophisticated. However, even if they did not have access to the endless supply of money management tools which we enjoy today, the principles followed by our grandparents can still be priceless. If we all took a little advice from yesterday’s generation and saved more cash, spent less, and stopped trying to live above our means, just think how differently our world would look today.



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Budget Deal

Oct. 1 was the start of the federal government’s fiscal year, and after no new budget was created, the government shutdown occurred. Instead, the new deal that re-opened the government only lasts until Jan. 15, 2014, meaning the government is still operating on the 2013 budget figures until that date. Hopefully, Congress and the president will approve the new fiscal 2014 budget by that date when the government can potentially shutdown again. It’s hard to run a company- let alone a country- on an old budget during a new year. Part of the new deal suspends the debt limit for the country until Feb. 7, 2014 and requires a super committee to hammer out the differences in the House and Senate budgets by Dec. 13, 2013.

1099-K Audit Letters are going out to business owners and self-employed individuals

The IRS has been busy sending out compliance letters to business owners and self-employeds who accept debit and credit card payments. Merchant providers supply the IRS with Form 1099-Ks each year, which report how much in gross sales they received in the form of debit and credit cards. The IRS has been busy analyzing that component of reported sales revenue against the total gross sales reported on your most recent tax return. The IRS estimates how much, statistically, of your total yearly gross sales should be credit/debit sales. If your reported gross sales fall outside of this statistical

norm, the IRS become concerned that you under-reported your business’s gross sales. If you receive this warning letter, please let us know at once.

Payroll and Compensation Audit Initiative

The IRS’s top audit areas right now both are in the field of compensation. The two areas are S-corporation owners paying themselves too low of a W-2 and taking too much out instead through distributions and businesses that should have their labor force on W-2, but instead issue 1099s to their workers. Please talk to us if you feel you possibly are in violation of either of these before year’s end.

Employers who reimburse taxfree employees’ health insurance premiums

Starting in 2014, employers can no longer reimburse an employee for the cost of their health insurance premiums and have it qualify as a tax-free fringe benefit. The only way this would be possible is if it is paired with a health policy that has no limits or have less than two employees.

Individual Mandate

The determination of whether you, as an employer, will come under the 2015 rules for employers that have to offer qualifying health insurance to your employees is determined in tax year 2014. This makes next year your planning year, which will determine whether you will be subject to the new requirements of having to offer health insurance to your staff in 2015.

Here is how it works

The Shared Responsibility, or “pay-or-play” provisions, begin tax year 2015. Large employers must offer affordable health coverage that offers minimum value to their staff beginning in 2015. Failure to do so results in a $2,000/year penalty, per full-time employee. This mandate and penalty only applies if you are a large employer, which is measured by determining if the average number of fulltime employees in 2014 was at least 50. Just because you may employ many workers less than 30 hours does not necessarily make them non-full time. We encourage you to talk to us if you feel the number of employees in 2014 who will work at least 20 hours or more per week will be on average over 50, so we can help you plan accordingly.

Every American must obtain health coverage or pay a penalty effective Jan. 1, 2014 This is the most talked about new penalty. There will be a penalty that will be included on your tax return equal to the greater of $95 per uninsured adult in the household (half of that for each uninsured child) or one percent of your household income.

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amping is one of those words that means something different to everyone. For some, it’s a tent in the backyard. While for others, it’s an improvised lean-to shelter that’s made from evergreen limbs and somewhere high in the Rocky Mountains. As for the majority, it is far more likely to be somewhere in between. Camping is a great way to enjoy a family centered activity during the humdrum weekends of winter. Families have been going on camping trips together even before station wagons, campers or SUVs made it popular. The idea of loading up the kids, the dog, and even the mother-in-law in the suburban goes back much further than many people realize. With the creation of the first national parks in the late 1800s, family camping began to thrive. The idea of a fun, family oriented, destination that could also serve as a conservation tool was quite the success. Over the years families began to understand the value of spending time together in nature. Wintertime became especially prized due to the fact that several snowy destinations made excellent camping grounds for family outings during picturesque months. Entire campgrounds sprang up throughout the country, covering hundreds of acres, and catering to wintertime visitors and family focused activities. The addition of campers only served to elevate the enjoyment and possibilities for the family looking for cold weather fun. In the past century and a half, the idea of camping with the entire family has evolved quite a bit. From fully



equipped luxury campers to wilderness cabins without central heat (and thermal underwear), winter camping can be as challenging as we want it or as comfy as we need it. Getting the kids in on the camping action has never been more fun. Whether you’re in a tent, cabin or camper, there is always a need for a warm fire. Turning the chore of starting a fire into a scavenger hunt of sorts is a great way to start off a trip. If you choose to go old school and start a wood fire outside - which mom and dad may see as “the way it had to be done when we were kids”- then tasking the kids with gathering kindling (no, not a Kindle) and larger wood will keep them warm and occupied. Once the necessary items have been gathered, starting and maintaining a good fire can provide an afternoon of fun that involves the whole family. Of course there’s always the chance to make a snowman, dig out a snow chair or table, and if you’ve never tried to build an igloo, you’re missing out. Another great way to engage the whole family is by taking a hike, one that truly is an adventure for every member of the family. Within just a few yards of the camper, cabin or tents, there is a never-ending supply of wonder and discovery. While walking you may find a rotting tree stump or log. This is a great chance to engage the kids in an impromptu science class. Peel some bark away and have the kids name all of the bugs, worms and crawly things they can find. Mom and Dad must be ready as well, because without a doubt, the kids will want to know, “What is that one called?” Now here’s where it gets fun, because you’ll either have to know the answer, or come up with some quasi-science sounding name that convinces them that, as always, Mom and Dad know everything. In the event that a buggy stump cannot be readily

located, the family can still find a myriad of activities. Deer running across the path, squirrels playing tag in the barren tree limbs and even the woodpecker that feels the need to act as an early alarm clock, all serve as a living theater, which easily surpasses anything found with a TV remote. Children who normally have a video game controller fused to their hands will enjoy playing cards or joining in on a game of Charades. There’s just something about being in the woods as a family that makes these things fun again. When it comes time to rustle up some grub, no one will be calling Domino’s. This is another chance to make things a family affair. Sure we’ve all had grilled cheese, but have you cooked it on a campfire or camp stove? Contrary to what the younger members of camp may think, real s’mores don’t actually come in a wrapper from the grocery store. Having the kids make tin foil envelopes will get them excited about helping make dinner, as long as you don’t tell them that it’s for fire-roasted zucchini and mushrooms. Even the dreaded household chores seem more fun when it’s a cabin porch that needs sweeping or an enamel coffee percolator that needs cleaning. Winter is a great time to make family memories close to home or far away. The advantage of this time of year is having a majority of the camp or trailer sites to yourself. It will be cold and dirty, but there’s thermal undies for now and a shower waiting for you when you get home. Even if your idea of family camping is from a Robin Williams movie you watched on Netflix, don’t underestimate the allure and fun of spending time with your family out of the house this winter.


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GERMS ARE GOOD F Text by Bree Ziegler RN, CHHC

or years, we considered bacteria to be the enemy. We have a wide variety of antibiotics and antibacterial products to minimize our contact with bacteria in order to prevent disease and illness. Unfortunately, current studies show that the overuse of medications and products that kill bacteria are negatively impacting our health. Some research shows that the overuse of antibiotics may be contributing to the rise of chronic health conditions such as obesity, asthma and cancer.

probiotics (good bacteria), are essential to a wide range of bodily functions, including boosting the immune system, providing important nutrients and promoting healthy digestion. Probiotics are also important for keeping the bad bacteria at bay. When antibiotics kill off the good bacteria with the bad, yeast and other harmful organisms can thrive in the body resulting in a wide range of health concerns, like frequent illness and infections, poor digestion and chronic fatigue.

Though antibiotics have saved many lives since their discovery in the 1940s, their overuse has led to two major concerns: antibiotic resistance and the destruction of the good bacteria along with the bad.

Antibiotic resistance is a widespread issue and is one that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls “one of the world’s most pressing public health problems.” Many times antibiotics are given when they are not needed and will not be effective, such as with minor illnesses or when the underlying issue is actually a virus rather than bacteria. As a result of antibiotic overuse, we are now seeing a significant increase in bacteria that are resistant to the available antibiotics. Some of these new bacteria, like methicillinresistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), are considered “superbugs” because of

Every person is carrying around 3-5 pounds of bacteria in their body at any given moment, according to the National Institute of Health. But before you run for the hand sanitizer and a prescription of amoxicillin, remember not all bacteria are bad for you. In fact, good bacteria are vital for your body to maintain a healthy balance. According to nutritional consultant and author Donna Gates,



their strong resistance to treatment. These superbugs are a major concern because they can lead to significant health problems and can even be life-threatening. There are several ways that you can avoid illness related to antibiotic overuse. Balance your own personal bacterial ecosystem by adding in probiotics through nutrient supplements and probiotic-rich foods, like live-cultured yogurt, or fermented foods, like sauerkraut. Stay healthy by making high-quality nutrition choices and exercising regularly. Making healthy choices can boost your immune system, so that you get sick less often. Finally, talk to your doctor about limiting antibiotic use by letting milder illnesses run their course and only treat bacterial infections, not viral, with antibiotics.

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Text by Melodie Bretscher, R.D.H. and Maggie Rehkow

Do you often wake up thirsty or have trouble

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and fresh. The seasonal, local art on the walls and the use of repurposed light fixtures and furniture combined to give the space a genuine shabby-chic flair.

The daily menu includes a variety of selections, including modern versions of Southern dishes and all-American favorites, but I was most intrigued by the tarragon chicken. Tarragon is an herb that isn’t widely used in traditional American cooking, but is rather popular in French cuisine. Tarragon has a light anise flavor that I am not normally fond of, but when it was added with a traditional béarnaise sauce, I found the tarragon to be delicious. The presentation of the tarragon chicken was accompanied by rice and roasted, seasonal vegetables, which included carrots, radishes and pan squash. The roasted radish proved to have a bitter edge, but the pan squash was delicious. Bree’s Experience With a passion for local food and local art, Erin’s mission is to bring a fresh, relaxing dining experience to downtown Rock Hill.

The cozy restaurant’s décor consists of work from local artists with different artists being featured in the restaurant throughout the year.

Since Erin’s ingredients come from

local farmer’s markets, their menu changes based on what foods are fresh and in season. After reviewing the menu selections, I chose the North Carolina mountain apples topped with a grilled pork cutlet, served with sides of mashed sweet potatoes and green beans. The portion sizes are generous. The thin cut of grilled pork seasoned with hints of thyme and pepper is served on top of sweet cooked apples. The flavors of the sweet apples and seasoned pork complimented each other very well. The green beans distracted the fresh combination of the pork and apples as they were slightly overcooked. Rounding out the dish was one of my all-time fall favorites, the mashed sweet potatoes.

They were

creamy and delicious. With a farm-to-table approach and options for a variety of dietary needs including vegan and gluten-free, Erin’s brings a healthy dining option to the Rock Hill area.

Valerie McGann and Bree Ziegler are Fort Mill Magazine’s official foodie reviewers. They both love good quality food and, of course, they love to eat! Have suggestions on where they should go next? Email:




old fashion Homemade Chicken Soup Text by Valerie McGann | Photos by Victoria Wright


s a home cook, I am always looking for new and improved ways to make my family their favorite dishes so they never feel like a single dish exhausts their taste buds. When the weather is cold outside and you come to my house for dinner, you will likely be treated to a soup or stew that is guaranteed to warm your insides. My first cooking experience as a kid was making soup, although it was condensed and came out of a can. As a young adult living on my own for the first time, I tried to make “homemade” chicken noodle soup, but this version consisted of canned broth and adding leftover cooked chicken and frozen vegetables. That counts as homemade, right? The best part of this initial homemade attempt was that my curiosity began to stir. I wanted to know exactly how to make homemade chicken broth. I honestly had no idea, so I looked it up in a cookbook. My initial reaction was that it looked time consuming and I wasn’t having any part of it. Then one snow-bound afternoon, I decided to try it, and I found that not only is homemade chicken broth easy to make, but it tastes much better than anything I had ever purchased in the store.

1 large onion, roughly chopped 2 tsp. dried thyme leaves 2 tsp. dried rubbed sage 1 tsp. black pepper 1 tbsp. kosher salt In a large Dutch oven, combine all of the ingredients. Bring the water to a hard boil. Allow the water to boil for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook the broth for at least 1 hour. Turn off the heat and allow the broth to cool to room temperature. Using tongs, remove the cooked chicken to a cutting board and separate the cooked meat from the bone, fat and skin. Place the cooked chicken into a plastic zipper bag and save for your soup recipe. Remove all of the large cooked vegetables from the broth and discard. Pour the broth through a sieve into another large pot if you are making your soup immediately. If you are storing your broth for a later meal, be certain that your storage container can hold up to 12 cups of broth (at least 3 quarts). The first soup recipe I would like to share combines the decadence of a cream soup with the rich nutty flavor of wild rice.

Homemade chicken broth is devoid of the preservatives found in store-bought versions, and using fresh ingredients gives the flavor depth. As the years have passed, I have made my homemade chicken broth too many times to count. It is the one recipe that has never failed me on my worst day in the kitchen. The versatility of soups made with homemade chicken broth expands far beyond where your imagination can take you. In addition to my recipe for super simple homemade chicken broth, I have included two recipes for chicken soups that are sure to please a crowd. Get ready to climb on board because this isn’t your mama’s chicken noodle soup anymore. Homemade Chicken Broth 12 cups water 4-5lbs. bone-in chicken breasts, thighs or a combination of both 2 ribs of celery, cut into thirds ¼ lb. (or 4 oz.) carrots

Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup 8 cups chicken stock 2 cups low fat milk 3 tbsp. butter 3 tbsp. flour 1 lb. shredded cooked chicken 2 cups cooked wild rice ½ lb. (or 8 oz.) carrots, sliced 2 ribs celery, finely chopped 1 small onion, diced 1 tsp. dried thyme 1 tsp. dried rubbed sage Black pepper and kosher salt to taste

In a large Dutch oven, melt your butter over medium heat. Sprinkle the flour, sage, thyme and a pinch of salt over the melted butter evenly. Using a wooden spoon, stir the mixture until the flour is well absorbed and begins to dry out for 3 minutes. Slowly pour in the milk and the stock into the pan, continually whisking the liquid so that it doesn’t form any lumps. Continue to whisk the soup until it thickens. Add the carrots, onion, celery, chicken and wild rice to your cream soup. Reduce the heat to medium low and allow the vegetables to cook slowly. The soup will be ready to serve when your vegetables are fork tender. The second soup I would like to share has a spicy Mexican flare. Depending on the taste buds of your audience, you can add a small finely diced jalapeno for a little extra kick. Chicken Tortilla Soup 4 cups chicken stock 1 cup plain tomato sauce 2 cans (15 oz.) diced tomatoes with green chilies 1 can (15-16 oz.) black beans, drained 1 can (15-16 oz.) chili beans, drained 1 small onion, finely diced 2 cups frozen whole kernel sweet corn 1 lb. shredded cooked chicken 2 tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. cilantro 2 tsp. kosher salt 1 tsp. black pepper (If you are short on dried herbs, you may substitute 2 tbsp. of low sodium taco seasoning mix instead). In a large Dutch oven, heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onions, allow to cook for 3-5 minutes or until they begin to turn translucent. Then, add the remaining ingredients into the pot, stir to ensure that the dried herbs/seasonings are well incorporated into the liquid. Bring the soup to a rolling boil on high heat. Cover and reduce the heat to medium low, allow the soup to cook for 30 minutes. Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream and crushed tortillas as a garnish.

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f there is no other reason to write someone a note, do it because it makes them feel good. In this day and age, even if you have nothing in particular to say, the sheer act of taking time to share your thoughts in writing is one of life’s utmost pleasantries. Letter writing today is a delicacy of tradition indicative of chivalry, style and proper manners.

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on their tour, where Brown describes people’s


common misperception of Charlotte as being

music identity, most

traditionally Southern with white picket fences.

will look to The Avett

Though Charlotte is more Southern than Los

Brothers– the kind of band with enough honky

Angeles will ever be, it isn’t like the stereotype

tonk, flannel shirts and beards for the entirety of

that people think it is, nor is it necessarily as

the folk genre. But now, more than ten years

twangy as The Avett Brothers represent it as.



since The Avett Brothers started, it’s time for newer bands to start defining Charlotte’s sound.

Looking through the backdrop of several music

One band that is making headway is Matrimony,

videos by Matrimony, the sentiment for their

consisting of Jimmy Brown, his wife, Ashlee

Charlotte roots is evident, and even their latest

Hardee Brown, and her two brothers Jordan

release, Montibello Drive, is named for the

Hardee and CJ Hardee.

street in Charlotte, a place where Brown and the Hardees all lived.

“I guess the Avett Brothers are an inspiration in terms of their work ethic (and) how much

As for the dynamics of a band of family

they’ve toured. They’re just a real hardworking

members, Brown describes the unique sibling

band, which I really respect,” Jimmy Brown says on a phone call from Costa Mesa, California, but he doesn’t think Matrimony is following in their musical footsteps of bluegrass and folk. “That whole Southern banjo-y music isn’t really that big of an influence. I think of us more as a fun, emotional rock group with two singers and a family sing-a-long.” Brown describes Matrimony as sounding like a hillbilly Fleetwood Mac, saying it’s not just folk or Americana but there is a pop sensibility, too. When it comes to creating new songs, Brown

harmonies between Ashley, CJ and Jordan. “It sounds better, all of us singing, than it sounds any of just one of us singing.

Maybe that’s

just because you can’t hear my voice properly whenever everyone is singing. We’ve got a cool connection and we got a cool thing where we’re all very grateful and aware of it. We do everything we can do to retain those relationships and to make sure everybody’s having a good time and making sure we can still play music together.”

Victoria Wright

says the band doesn’t focus on any particular sound but rather, they focus on writing lyrics

Victoria Wright is a recent graduate from

that are emotive and personal. “When we write,

Winthrop University, where she earned a

we don’t think about any other bands. You write

degree in mass communication and developed

what you’re feeling, and we definitely learned a

her passion for writing and photography. After

few things about what works for us as a band,”

falling in love with Charlotte’s culture, she is

he says.

planning on staying in the Fort Mill area while waiting for her life’s next adventure. Victoria can

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Artistic Landscape Text compiled by Victoria Wright | Photos by Chelsea Arthur

“Brush Series,� the most recent installation by 22-yearold sculptor and metalsmith

Chelsea Arthur,

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q&a How long have you been creating art? Since I was little, I have always seen exquisiteness and allurement in objects. Being surrounded by creativity, growing up fostered my attraction and propelled me to entertain the endless what-if ’s in the mundanity of life. Still, I find myself enthralled by the little details that are overlooked, which sometimes gets overwhelming, but is satisfying at the same time.

Instinctively, I am drawn to flora, metals, textiles and wood, but I love to explore new materials and their materiality. There is something that resonates with physical pieces of the past. Maybe it’s because they hold a history all on their own before I make them into part of something new, but with this in mind, I am also drawn to unique forms or physical objects that are already embedded with meaning within society, which I believe ties in with my interests in the past.

ideas are influenced and awakened by what I find. After acquiring materials that resonate with me, I form a vague idea of what I want to pursue and work intuitively on many different projects simultaneously.

What made you decide to be an artist? I can’t remember a time where I wasn’t imagining, creating and envisioning new possibilities. Creativity is something that is instinctive. I decided to become an artist, because it would be too hard to go against it. [I] can’t imagine my life without it. It’s funny, because when I was little, I always thought I was weird for not thinking normally, like everyone else, but now I’m glad I never grew out of it.

“I use found objects to create new pieces of art. The driving force behind my work is to bring attention to commonly overlooked objects.”

How did you conceptualize the idea for “Brush Series?” It all started when I was driving and continually thinking about the brush I would see along the way and how it would change over the course of the year. I thought it was so beautiful, but yet overlooked as though it was trash and unwanted. It’s important to note that sometimes at the start of the project I don’t really know what the meaning of a piece is, but through the process, it comes out through me.

Where do you draw your inspiration? It’s hard for me not to be inspired by my physical environment and new experiences. I draw my inspiration from every part of my life in conjunction with history, nature, and found objects. Where do you get your materials? Rarely ever do I go out with the intent to buy something to make a sculpture or piece of jewelry, unless it’s sheet metal. I mostly stumble upon materials or happen upon them: in nature, my garage, the scrapyard or on the side of the road. Just going and finding things that other people discard that are so unique and beautiful is exhilarating and part of the process. Are there any materials that you like to work with the most?

How would you describe your work? It is motion combined with thought and tactile objects, vague inclinations mixed with spontaneity, passion focused on expression and how I can make it individualized for the viewer. I use found objects to create new pieces of art. The driving force behind my work is to bring attention to commonly overlooked objects. Do you craft an idea first then obtain the materials? Or do you find the materials then craft the idea? I find materials and then craft the idea. My

What is your creative process like? My works are about jumping in, being open to change, speaking what I feel and experimentation, it is not restrained but more of a flow.

What’s the idea behind “Brush Series?” The idea did not come about until I took a step back from my work and realized how much I was alluding to time, along with presence and absence. But I want my work to be open to interpretation and have the viewer bring in their own experiences and project what is resonating with them on an individual level. Is there a certain way that viewers should experience “Brush Series?” I don’t really have one particular way for the work to be viewed; it resonates differently with different people and I want the viewer to have their own experience on an individual level, whether that means interacting with the pieces or not.



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hange means reinvention. Each time a major shift happens in our lives, we have to take control of who we will become or risk never reaching our full potential. I’ve reinvented myself several times in my life. Most adults have. What we must always remember is that we have to choose reinvention. Each time I’ve done it, I’ve forged my new path deliberately. Reinvention is neither easy nor smooth.



reinventing you Text by Tracey Roman | Photo by Dale Bridges

Often we encounter resistance. We don’t want to let go, even of things that cause us pain. We often struggle with limiting beliefs or stories about ourselves that hold us back from trying new things. There is a way to keep your compass pointed toward your new life, even in the midst of any resistance you may encounter. Each time you find yourself slipping into old habits that no longer serve you, don’t

bother wondering why you’re doing it or beating yourself up. Just ask yourself this: “What can I do in this moment to keep moving forward?” Then, no matter what you feel in that moment, do something to maintain momentum, even if it’s one small thing. There’s an old adage that says that true courage isn’t about not feeling fear; it’s about feeling fear and acting anyway.

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