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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS Vol. 67 • No. 3 (ISSN 0047-486X, USPS 316-240) Read in more than 450,000 homes and businesses and published monthly except in December by The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. 808 Knox Abbott Drive Cayce, SC 29033

March 2013 • Volume 67, Number 3

Tel:  (803) 926-3 1 75 Fax:  (803) 796-6064 Email: letters@scliving.coop EDITOR

Keith Phillips ASSISTANT EDITOR

Diane Veto Parham FIELD EDITOR

Walter Allread PUBLICATION COORDINATOR

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ART DIRECTOR

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Susan Collins PRODUCTION

FEATURE

16 Small spaces, big bounty

Raised-bed gardens make it easy to harvest fresh, tasty produce right in your own backyard. Here’s everything you need to get started.

Andrew Chapman WEB EDITOR

Van O’Cain Susan Scott Soyars Contributors

Allison Askins, Becky Billingsley, Mike Couick, Jim Dulley, Hastings Hensel, Carrie B. Hirsch, Jan A. Igoe, Charles Joyner, Megan McKoy‑Noe, S. Cory Tanner Publisher

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SC LIFE STORIES

6 ON THE AGENDA

Apply now for the 2013 WIRE Opportunity Scholarship. Plus: Learn how extended federal tax credits can help you recover up to $500 of the cost of your next home improvement project.

POWER USER DIALOGUE

10 Principled leadership

21 Doing as Romans did

South Carolina’s top Roman reenactor explains how Christian faith and a love of history combine into one interesting hobby.

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For coonhounds and their people, the Grand American Coon Hunt and Show is a tail-wagging good time. TR AVELS

Jack Wolfe recently retired after 28 Harboring history 38 years as CEO of Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative, but his influence continues to shape co-ops across the nation. ENERGY Q&A

12 Keep indoor air healthy

Learn how central air cleaners catch up to 30 times more pollutants than standard air filters and maintain the efficiency of your HVAC system.

Explore the romance of the sea at Georgetown’s South Carolina Maritime Museum.

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Hundreds of top coonhounds, from across the U.S. and Canada, converge on Orangeburg the first weekend of every January to compete in the Grand American Coon Hunt and Show. Photo by Milton Morris.


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Highlights

MARCH 16, 23 and 30

Horsing around

MARCH 22–23

Smokin’ at the Farmers Market Commissioner’s Cup BBQ Cook‑Off & Festival

Pig out for two days at the State Farmers Market in West Columbia, while teams from around the South show off their barbecuing skills. Friday night’s “Anything Butt” contest focuses on dishes without pork, and Saturday zeros in on the best-prepared Boston butts and pork ribs. Kids 12 and under get in free with three canned goods for Harvest Hope Food Bank. For details, visit scstatefarmersmarket.com or call (803) 737-4664.

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Get your outfits ready—it’s time for Aiken’s Triple Crown and Camden’s Carolina Cup, for horse and hat aficionados. The Aiken Trials on March 16 marks the first leg of the Triple Crown—officially six races at Aiken Training Track, but unofficially a day of fabulous tailgating and friendly betting, plus contests for best hat and best spread. Following closely on consecutive Saturdays are the Aiken Spring Steeplechase, where horses leap fences while fans enjoy their feasts and fashions, with the Pacers and Polo match chasing hot on its heels. Camden’s 81st Carolina Cup will run its six races on March 30 and dress things up with a new feature behind the grandstand—a Paddock Shoppes village with popular retail vendors and Cup merchandise.

APRIL 12–14

World Grits Festival

If you love grits enough to go swimming in them, head to St. George. The tiny town, which claims to consume more grits per capita than anywhere else in the world, fills a kiddie pool with grits and lets contestants soak them up by the pound. Indulge in other grits-inspired contests and meals, or watch an old-fashioned mill grind corn into grits that you can take home. For details, visit worldgritsfestival.com or call (843) 563-7943.

For details, visit aikentrainingtrack.com or call (803) 648-4631; aikensteeplechase.com or call (803) 648-9641; pacersports.com or call (803) 641-3406; also, carolina-cup.org or call (803) 432-6513.

APRIL 11–20

Come-See-Me Festival

Don’t own your own frog? No worries—kids can borrow one on site to compete in the Mayor’s Frog Jump at Cherry Park on April 13. Hop over to the kazoo parade later that day at Old Town Market, or leap into any of the kid-friendly events dotting this 10-day Rock Hill festival—a teddy bear tea party, ice cream sundaes with festival mascot Glen the Frog and Mother Goose, chalk art on Main Street or the Healthy Kid Zone fitness activities. Fireworks and skydiving exhibitions will entertain grown-ups, too. For details, visit comeseeme.org or call (803) 329-7625.

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APRIL 15–21

RBC Heritage

The star of this year’s PGA tour stop at Hilton Head Island’s Harbour Town Golf Links may be a Jumbotron. Heritage Lawn is the new spectator gathering area at the 17th green and 18th tee, with a giant video board broadcasting live coverage, plus hospitality and activity tents with games, giveaways and concessions. Palmetto Electric Cooperative cosponsors the tournament, which features a $5.8 million purse and some of golf’s best players. For details, visit rbcheritage.com or call (843) 671-2448.


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WIRE scholarship means opportunity for women organization affiliated with the electric cooperatives in South Carolina) awards of the WIRE Opportunity Scholarship the scholarship based on financial in South Carolina Living last spring, need and personal goals. she thought it was meant for her. An applicant for the WIRE scholarThe $2,500 scholarship goes each year to a woman who is an electric ship must: cooperative member, who has been l be a member of a South Carolina out of school for several years and electric cooperative who is ready to complete her educal have graduated from high school or earned her GED at least 10 years ago tion—just like Walters. l be accepted into an accredited S.C. “It was kind of meant to be,” says Walters, a Mid-Carolina Electric college or university, and Cooperative member from Lexington. l demonstrate financial need and Walters is now enrolled in a nursing ­personal goals. program at Midlands Technical Women who have previously College, and the WIRE ­scholarship obtained a four-year college degree lifted the financial burden of an are not eligible. Applicants may expensive first semester—books, have previously earned a two-year degree or some college credits. The stethoscope, blood pressure cuff and Leah Walters, mother of three and recipient of a scholarship, which can be used for the other starting materials. 2012 WIRE scholarship, is studying to be a nurse. fall 2013 or spring 2014 semester, will “It was a real help to not have to be paid jointly to the winner and her college of choice. struggle so much,” the mother of three says. Applications are available at your local electric Application forms are now available for the 2013 WIRE cooperative or by download from scliving.coop. The Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship. The one-time ­scholarship is awarded to a woman who may not have been deadline to apply is June 3. Mail the application to WIRE able to attend college when she graduated from high school Scholarship Committee, Attention: Bobbie Cook, Aiken Electric Cooperative, Inc., P.O. Box 417, Aiken, SC 29802, or but now wants to further her education. WIRE (Women fax to (803) 641-8310. —Diane Veto Parham Involved in Rural Electrification, a community service When Leah Walters saw a ­description

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Visit SCLiving.coop this month for web extras and other cool stuff. Fight like a Roman: Watch a video of Roman reenactor Rusty Myers (see page 21) as he demonstrates the weapons and combat techniques of a centurion. Room to grow: When there’s no more square footage in your home vegetable garden (see page 16), the only way to go is up. Learn how trellises can help you harvest more produce. One tasty deal: If you’re handy in the kitchen, let the world know it by using our online form to submit your best recipes. For each one we publish in the magazine, we’ll send you a $10 BI-LO gift card. Look for the link at SCLiving.coop/food/recipes.aspx.

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On the Agenda

Energy tax credits are back Need an incentive to jump-start that

home improvement project? Here’s one: The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 revived energy-efficiency tax credits to the tune of $500. The credits are designed to offset the cost of upgrades such as superefficient water heaters, heat pumps, central air conditioners, building insulation, windows and roofs. This marks the third extension of the incentive initiated by the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005. The last round expired in 2011; the new legislation covers 2012 upgrades along with projects undertaken in 2013. If you’ve already received an energy tax credit, you’re out of luck—there’s a lifetime cap of $500. The amount of the credit varies by upgrade. Taxpayers can recoup

up to 10 percent of the cost of new insulation, for example, but the credit is capped at a total of $500 for all improvements. Labor costs are not covered. Eligible upgrades include insulation materials, systems designed to reduce a home’s heat loss/gain, exterior doors, skylights and windows ($200 maximum for upgrades between 2006 and 2013) and qualifying metal or asphalt roofs. Replacing your home’s heating or cooling systems? You could qualify for a tax credit ranging from $50 to $500 for units put in place between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2013. Eligible improvements include ­electric heat pump water heaters GONE FISHIN’

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with an energy factor of at least 2.0 ($300 cap) and qualifying central air conditioners ($300 cap). To file for energy tax credits, use IRS Form 5695, and be sure to get a Manufacturer Certification Statement that proves the product qualifies for the tax credit. For full details on ­qualifying upgrades and individual caps, visit energystar.gov/taxcredits.

Empowering people I want to thank you for the article “Politics and power” in the January issue of South Carolina Living. It was a very enlightening and educational article about where our electricity actually comes from, where the “hidden fees” are charged and how it all affects our electricity bill each month. I agree wholeheartedly that “the power to tax is the power to destroy,” and only wish you could explain that concept to our legislators. I really appre­ ciate what the cooperatives are doing for members in keeping us informed, especially now in this new era of high taxes and higher prices on food, gas and everything else related to our daily lives. Carlene Carmen, Conway

Correction The February 2013 cover feature “Deep Secrets” contained an incorrect photo credit on page 13. The photo of Senior Conservator Paul Mardikian holding the spar tip was taken by Senior Archaeologist Maria Jacobsen and provided by the Warren Lasch Conservation Center.

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of South Carolina (ECSC) in 2005, one of my first meetings was with Jack Wolfe, CEO of Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative. Jack had been serving the members of his co-op since the early 1970s, and during his tenure, Mid-Carolina quadrupled the number of homes and businesses served within its territory. I also knew that Jack served on the board of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), so it was no surprise when he challenged me to study and take to heart the seven Cooperative Principles—­voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, economic participation of members, autonomy and independence, a commitment to education and training, co­oper­ation among cooperatives and concern for community. He took a business-card version of the principles out of his wallet and gave it to me. I could see that it was wellworn. We talked about those principles at length on that September 2005 day, and we returned to them regularly whenever we discussed issues or met for lunch. Jack recently retired after 38 years as CEO of MidCarolina, but his legacy of leadership and grassroots advocacy on behalf of co-op members is still felt across the nation. In February, I was thrilled to see him called to the stage at the NRECA annual meeting in New Orleans to receive the Clyde T. Ellis Service Award. The award is conferred by the NRECA Board of Directors to honor leaders who go above and beyond the call of duty in order to further the principles of electric cooperatives. I have had the extraordinary opportunity to watch Jack work for the cooperative cause at various levels. His ability to search for common ground was a hallmark of his leadership style, and in 2006—after a chicken dinner cooked and served by a local men’s Bible fellowship— he demonstrated that fact when he engaged a member advisory committee in a vibrant two-way discussion about issues facing Mid-Carolina. At his 2011 annual meeting in the Lexington High School auditorium, he had both Congressman Joe Wilson and Senator Lindsey Graham pledge to about 2,000 cooperative members to protect the cooperative’s mission. On the state level, Jack was a respected leader in the boardrooms of Central Electric Cooperative, the wholesale power supplier to South Carolina’s distribution co-ops, and ECSC, the statewide association of cooperatives. He also earned the respect of state legislators, regulators and other utility leaders.

For his work promoting cooperatives at the national level, Jack Wolfe (center) received the Clyde T. Ellis Service Award from NRECA CEO Glenn English (left) and board member Michael Guidry (right).

My most interesting observations of Jack have been at the national level. From 2007 to 2008, he served as president of the NRECA Board of Directors, where he made sure the voices of co-op members were heard in the halls of power. Under his leadership, NRECA developed the highly successful “Our Energy, Our Future” grassroots advocacy campaign, which brought cooperatives across the nation together in a common lobbying campaign for sound energy policies. His work on the board also provided the NRECA government relations department the clout they needed to make sure the co-op point of view was incorporated in a comprehensive energy bill. His support for the NRECA Cooperative Research Network (CRN), a co-op–sponsored “think tank” that is exploring new energy technologies, has also paid dividends. Thanks to the work of CRN’s experts, federal regulators and lawmakers now recognize cooperatives as innovators with sound ideas for keeping electricity affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible. Of course, if you ask Jack about all this, he’ll probably decline to take any credit, but his actions speak for themselves. Thank you, Jack, and congratulations on an honor that is well-deserved.

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Big Bounty Raised beds make home gardening easy BY S. CORY TANNER

Plucking fresh, ripe tomatoes or cucumbers

right off a vine in your own backyard is undeniably appealing. No matter how tempting that harvest may be, however, an intimidating vision of a vegetable garden—a large plot of land with crops in long, straight rows—prevents potential gardeners from even planting those vines. Or maybe it’s a question of space. Not every backyard has room for such extensive plots. The good news is that you don’t need an acre of land to grow your own food. A few square feet, fashioned into a raised-bed garden, can produce a surprising amount of edible produce. For the novice or hesitant gardener, a raised bed is an excellent way to begin growing vegetables, says Reece Lyerly, director of Gardening for Good in Greenville. 16

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“Raised beds seem more like gardening and in-ground rows more like farming, so raised beds help new gardeners transition to growing their own food in a defined space,” he says. Chances are you have enough room for at least one raised bed. Consider the benefits that these small-scale, defined plots offer to a gardener: ; The clearly defined gardening space makes raised beds easier to maintain than typical inground plantings. It also makes soil preparation, weeding and planting easier. ; For areas with poorly drained soils or a high water table, raised beds improve soil drainage. This is important, because most vegetables abhor wet feet. ; Raised beds can make use of difficult sites, such as those with poor soil, excessive rocks or


even pavement. Raised beds have even been built on old tennis courts and in driveways. Site selection is crucial. Choose a level area that gets as much sun as possible—at least six hours a day if you’re planning to grow vegetables. Avoid the shade near trees. Not only will shade reduce the bed’s productivity, but tree roots will quickly discover the rich soil of your new bed and compete for water and nutrients. A spot near your home and a water source is ideal. The more convenient the bed is to your home, the more likely you are to give it the attention it needs. Raised beds will do well on the south side of a building, because they will get ample sun, and the light and heat reflecting off the structure can help protect the bed from cold snaps.

Designing your raised bed

The walls of raised beds can be constructed of just about anything non-toxic that will hold soil. The examples shown here are, top to bottom, cast stone, concrete block, recycled concrete and pressure-treated lumber.

Photos this column by S. Cory Tanner

Bed design is all about personal preference. Your imagination and budget are the only limits. Lyerly encourages gardeners to be creative when choosing materials for their beds. Recycled materials, such as broken concrete sidewalk, may be more affordable for people on a limited budget than pressure-treated lumber, synthetic lumber or stone. “They can be built out of anything non-toxic that holds the soil in the beds,” Lyerly says. “Drystacked materials, like concrete blocks or rock, work great and allow flexibility to redesign the garden later.” Rectangular beds are the easiest shape to construct from dimensional lumber. Design the bed so you can reach the center without ever walking in the planting area—usually 3 to 4 feet wide, depending on your reach. Raised beds should be at least 8 to 12 inches deep to provide a good planting depth. Anything less than 6 inches is basically just a border. Walking space around your bed should be at least 2 feet wide in order to accommodate rototillers and wheelbarrows. Lining the paths with weed-barrier fabric and placing a layer of mulch

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To construct one 4-by-8-foot raised bed, you will need: l Circular saw l Three 8-foot lengths of 2-by-8-inch l Posthole digger pressure-treated lumber l Cordless drill l One 8-foot length of 4-by-4-inch l Level pressure-treated post l Framing square l 24 3 ½-inch coated deck screws

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Begin by marking out a level, 4-by-8-foot area where the bed will be built. Remove as much existing vegetation (grass, weeds, etc.) as possible by rototilling and raking out stems and roots, as well as rocks or other debris. For troublesome perennial weeds, like Bermuda grass, kill it beforehand with an herbicide labeled for vegetable gardens or by smothering it with layers of newspaper and mulch. Herbicides are only effective if the weeds are green and may take two to three weeks to work. Smothering by layering newspaper, cardboard or mulch may take as long as six months or more.

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When the area is cleared, you are ready to begin construction. First, saw one of the 2-by-8 boards in half to make two 4-foot sections; these will be the end boards for the bed railing. Then saw the 4-by-4 post into four 2-foot sections. These will frame and anchor the bed railing. Many home centers will cut lumber to your specifications when purchased.

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Next, use a posthole digger to dig holes 18 inches deep in the four corners, and place a 4-by-4 post in each hole. Position posts so the bed railings will fit on all sides. Using deck screws, attach the 2-by-8 rail sections to the outside of the posts, starting with the long (8-foot) rails. The tops of the rails should be 2 inches above the tops of the posts so the posts aren’t visible in the finished bed.

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Next, attach the 4-foot end rails to each end, making sure the corners are square. Using your level, make sure all the rails are level. The bed rails should sit on the surface of the surrounding soil, with no gap between the rails and the soil. You may need to dig deeper postholes or backfill slightly to level the rails.

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S. Cory Tanner

Constructing a raised-bed garden

The Greater Greenville Master Gardeners worked together to build and prepare raised beds for the Project Host Soup Kitchen garden in Greenville, which helps feed the hungry in their community year-round.

or gravel on top will make them attractive, functional and low maintenance. If you have good native soil, use that as the basis for your bed. Filling your new planting area with pure organic matter, such as compost or potting soil, may seem like a good idea, but soils with more than 20 percent organic matter tend to dry out quickly and degrade rapidly. They won’t hold nutrients as well as blends with native soil, so they’ll need more frequent watering and fertilizing. Instead, add 2 or 3 inches of compost, pine bark or other organic material to the native soil and till it all together to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. Adding a similar amount of organic matter each year will help maintain excellent soil for the long term. To establish new beds, Lyerly recommends “double digging” the soil beneath the planting area. To double dig a bed, remove the top 10 to 12 inches of soil and set it aside. Insert a spading fork as deeply as it will go into the soil beneath to break it up, and mix in compost. Then generously mix additional compost to the soil that

When all rails are square and level, backfill around the posts with soil (concrete is unnecessary) and tamp lightly. Your new raised bed will now be secure, stable and ready to fill with soil.

To double dig prior to establishing a raised bed, remove the top 10 to 12 inches of soil. Dig the next layer down, but leave the soil in place and mix in compost. Add additional compost to the topsoil that was removed and return it to the bed, but do not mix the layers. Double digging permits deeper rooting by plants growing in the bed.

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from a hose-end sprayer are another alternative. Daily inspections will be more fun when it comes time to harvest. Bring a basket to collect the ripe produce you’ll soon be enjoying from your backyard garden.

was removed and return it to the bed. This extra effort will prepare the soil 20 inches deep, yielding better drainage, aeration and moisture retention, and will benefit the bed for years to come. “Double digging gives an even greater rooting depth for the plants to grow in, allowing you to build shorter bed heights, which translates into cheaper construction costs,” Lyerly advises. After the bed is filled, submit a sample of the blended soil to your Clemson Extension Office for testing. Follow any recommendations for needed additions of lime or fertilizer, and your bed will be ready to plant.

is an area horticulture agent and Master Gardener coordinator for Clemson Extension based in Greenville County. Contact him at shannt@clemson.edu.

S. Cory Tanner

The sky is the limit when it comes to choosing which vegetables and herbs to plant. You could plant just one crop, but I recommend mixing crops of various sizes that mature at different times (see graphic above). Known as interplanting, this process creates variety, extends your harvest and reduces the risk of crop failure due to pests or disease. A trellis in your garden will allow you to include vining plants (see photo at right). Water your raised-bed garden as needed. Hand watering is easy in a raised bed; just be sure to water the soil, not the leaves, to prevent disease. Inspect your crops daily for pest insects or disease. If caught early, most problems can be remedied by simply removing the pests by hand or plucking off diseased leaves. Yellowing leaves and poor growth are signs of nitrogen-­ deficient soil, which can be remedied with fertilizers such as calcium nitrate or fish emulsion applied ­alongside the plants. Liquid fertilizers

Safe for your garden? Prior to 2004, chemicals used to pressure treat lumber contained the toxin arsenic, causing concern that vegetables growing adjacent to treated lumber might take up enough arsenic to cause negative health effects in humans. Although studies have shown that this is unlikely, lumber companies voluntarily removed these products from residential markets in 2003. Newer pre­serv­ a­tives use safer, copper-based compounds to protect the wood. If you still have concerns about using treated lumber for garden beds, simply affix plastic or rubber sheeting to the inside face of the boards. This will prevent preservatives from leaching into the bed and being taken up by plants. Also, naturally decay-resistant woods, such as cedar and cypress, are available, but they tend to be more expensive.

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The first time Rusty Myers dressed up as a Roman centurion for a church play, the best feature of his makeshift costume was a construction helmet, worn backwards, with broom bristles on top. Eleven years—and a lot of historical research—later, Myers cuts a striking figure in a more authentic uniform: vivid red tunic; leather harness crisscrossing his torso, displaying phalarae (medallions) for battle heroics; caligae military boots on his feet; and a transverse crest atop his metal helmet, so his soldiers can always spot him. “People are amazed,” says Myers of the spectators who watch him at S.C. festivals, church dramas and school performances. Most, he says, “have no idea that Roman reenactment even exists.” It didn’t, in South Carolina, until Myers banded together with a handful of other friendly would-be warriors to create Legio VI, the state’s only Roman reenactment legion. Only 40 or so small groups like his exist nationwide. For many, he says, it’s an opportunity to mingle their Christian faith with a love of history—a fascination with the military forces overseeing Judea in Jesus’ time. “You can make Christian history come alive,” he says. He has written a monologue, “The Confession of Justus,” that he performs during Lent, giving a centurion’s perspective on the crucifixion. “Only one person stood up for Jesus and said, ‘This is the son of God’—a grizzled, old centurion,” Myers says. “It’s a pivotal moment in the history of the world, and we’re not even sure of his name.” —DIANE VETO PARHAM

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Dixie Belle, just 7 months old,

For coonhounds and their people, the Grand American Coon Hunt and Show is a tail-wagging good time

Coonhounds compete in the Grand American bench show according to the seven coonhound breeds recognized by the United Kennel Club. Those breeds are American leopard, black-and-tan, bluetick, English, Plott, redbone (at left) and treeing walker.

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performed well this morning. As a reward, the black-and-tan coonhound is cozied up next to owner Jack Jones, her head resting contentedly in his lap. “She started treeing at 4½ months​ —very unusual,” Jones boasts of Belle’s coon-hunting skills like a proud papa, caressing her sleek head. On this cold January morning, displaying other fine traits in her first-ever bench show, she has won an impressive trophy and ribbon for Best of Breed and Best of Class among female blackand-tan puppies. “I done called my wife, and she’s all tore up,” says Jones, a bearded and burly dog breeder and hunter from Marshall, N.C. “She loves the trophies better than the dogs do.” It’s still early on day one of the 48th annual Grand American Coon Hunt and Show, one of the largest coonhound events in the country. Jones and Belle are on the bleachers inside the Orangeburg County


Fairgrounds Arts Building, watching some 150 other handlers and dogs compete, waiting to find out if they’ll be included in the Best of Show competition later on. Jones passes time swapping stories with other dog owners and scouting the field in the United Kennel Club– sanctioned event, watching the floor where handlers coax their dogs into perfect posture: chest forward, tail erect, nose high. “Dogs aren’t statues,” breeder Krystle Pickett of Hilliard, Fla., points out. “These are hound dogs, bred to be smelling something, not standing still with their nose in the air.” Sharp-eyed judges examine each dog, teeth to tail, ensuring they meet breed standards and searching for the one animal that best looks the part of an all-American coonhound. Like all the handlers showing or hunting with their animals at the Grand American, Jones and Pickett want to win, but they also enjoy the

Sprawled across the Orangeburg County Fairgrounds are the vendor tents, pickup trucks and RVs of all who come to take part in the Grand American. A grassy hill is popular with the kids on site, who grab any loose sheet of cardboard for sledding in the sun. Faye Blackburn likes to hunt rabbits and raise beagles and coon dogs at her home in Metter, Ga. She comes to the Grand American to visit with old friends, make new friends and sell her unregistered pups.

camaraderie. Part dog show, part coon hunt, part shopping extravaganza, part social gathering, the event is a 48-yearold tradition that attracts some 30,000 competitors, vendors and spectators from across the U.S. and Canada. Arriving on the scene with no dog, no hunting know-how and not a stitch of camouflage to my name, I am the anomaly. Doesn’t matter. This is an open party. The people are sociable, the dogs are friendly and the whole atmosphere is relaxed. One common obsession ties it all together: Here, it’s all about the dogs.

Getting down to business

Camo-clad Faye Blackburn has set up shop at the rear of her pickup truck in the grassy parking area. The sun has pushed aside the morning chill, and she bides her time in a folding chair behind a pen of adorable puppies—a mix of beagle and Plott hound—waiting for their charms to lure customers.

“We don’t register these—we just like to hunt ’em and raise ’em,” Blackburn says. It’s a “relatively close” two-hour drive from her home in Metter, Ga., she says, so she’s come to the Grand American every year for 20 years. She’s not alone. Plenty of other makeshift vendors are doing brisk business from behind pickup trucks in the parking lot. And plenty of buyers are in evidence, roaming the grounds with new puppies cradled in their arms. The dogs for sale out here are easier on the budget than the pedigreed dogs inside the fairgrounds, the ones with family trees far more extensive and impressive than most people I know. Stud dogs, most with lengthy lists of titles and hunting wins, are also being promoted in these indoor stalls. “If someone’s looking for a hound to hunt, they’re looking for one that’s done well in competition hunts,” explains Grand American president David McKee of Whitmire, a member of Broad River Electric Cooperative. Like the dog breeders on site, commercial vendors here benefit from a targeted market. Booth after booth sells dog boxes, GPS tracking

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The loser is easy to spot in a treeing

Up a tree

contest. That would be the raccoon. The trapped critter is tightly caged and surrounded by barking, baying and howling coon dogs, all trained and eager to go after the nearest coon. (For humans, a similar experience might consist of being lowered—unwillingly—into shark-infested waters in a metal cage. On the one hand, you have the protection of the cage. On the other hand, there are sharks.) This caged coon is hoisted and lowered repeatedly from a tree branch. Each time he comes down, he is brought face to face with one of these dogs, his scent inflaming the hound. Then up the cage goes, to the relative safety of a high branch, as the dog below leaps and barks and yowls around the base of the tree for a full minute, while judges count his vocalizations. Over and over this is repeated, dog after dog, with no hope of reprieve. Well, almost no hope—let’s come back to that shortly. The winners, on the other hand, are numerous. This popular sideshow at the Grand American awards trophies to the top male and top female dogs in contests on both Friday and Saturday of the event. “It’s a tradition that’s been going on since the ’40s or ’50s,” Grand American president David McKee says. “It’s just for the fun of seeing whose dog does the best.” Top performers have a claim to fame that may translate into dollars. Scattered around the contest site are lucky sellers and buyers of pups that are the offspring of previous treeing-contest champs. The true winners are the spectators. Crowded eight to 10 deep around the

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contest tree, we applaud a keen-nosed hound that never lets his target out of sight. We gasp and “ooh” at dogs leaping 5 to 6 feet up the tree trunk trying— fruitlessly—to reach that coon. We burst out laughing when one dog, straining at the collar to be let loose, runs right past the tree. We smile and “aw” at the youngest dog handlers, giving their pups a first try. Whether the dog barks furiously, sniffs around vaguely or wanders back to its owner, the crowd loves the kids. Now, back to the coon. At contest’s end, he’ll be released to the woods, of course. But if fate intervenes? Midday Saturday at the 48th annual Grand American, as the coon was lowered to the ground, suddenly his cage popped open. Freedom! Wasting no time, the coon scampered up into the highest branches of the contest tree and stayed put well into the night. Score one for the coon. —Dvp


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transmitters, leashes, hunting vests, head lamps, jewelry made from used shotgun shells, camouflage-colored comforter sets, “koon huntin’ music”— if it’s remotely related to coonhounds or hunting, you can buy it here. And at a great price. “It’s like the difference between Kmart and the mall,” Jones says of the bargains. With six more black-andtans at home besides Dixie Belle, one expecting puppies any day, he planned to stock up on dog and hunting supplies after the bench show, while a friend was shopping for a new tracking system for his dogs. “Between the two of us, we’ll spend $1,500,” Jones says. Making his fourth consecutive trip to the Grand American this year, vendor Kyle Evans of Evans Custom Dog Boxes in Jones, Mich., says the event is one of the top three sales venues for his company all year. “We’ll sell about 24 dog boxes this weekend—that’s a load of dog boxes for us,” Evans says. “It’s well worth coming, I can tell you that.” His top seller? The camouflage-­ colored box, of course.

On the hunt

By early afternoon on both Friday and Saturday, the bench show is history. Shoppers are browsing at ease, and many of the kids on site have found free

Coon hunters gather to await the announcements of their assigned cast numbers and hunting territory for the Saturday night hunt. Hunters are grouped into ‘casts’ of three or four hunters with their dogs and guided to a hunting location within about an hour and a half of Orangeburg. Clay Moody, 3, is the proud new owner of Little Dan, a 9-week-old redbone puppy, bought from a breeder at the Grand American whose dog won a previous year’s treeing contest. The son of Bo and Becky Moody of Hilliard, Fla., Clay shot his first coon out of a tree last year, using a .22 Crickett youth rifle.

entertainment—sliding down a steep grassy hill on scraps of cardboard boxes. Now it’s time to shift the energy and emphasis to the night hunt. Hundreds of hunters—mostly men, a few women—crowd around a pickup truck with a makeshift office cabin in the bed. From here come the announcements: which hunters and dogs you’ll be hunting with, come darkness, and where. “These next casts are hunting out of Three Rivers tonight,” an announcer calls out to the crowd. “Cast number 50, dog number 285​ —​that’s two-eight-five; dog number 129—that’s one-two-nine; and dog number 171—that’s one-seven-one. That’s cast number 50.” As president of the Grand American, David McKee of Whitmire is too busy organizing the event to have time to hunt in it. He likes to do his hunting with his 11-year-old grandson. “You and your dog have to work together as a team,” McKee explains. “You’ve got to know your dog and put a lot of time in with your dog. You’ve got to know what your dog is out doing in the dark.”

And on it goes, for about 30 minutes. As a spectator, I have to admire the low-tech yet finely orchestrated system of randomly divvying up 323 hunters into 82 “casts” and connecting them to a guide who will steer them to their designated hunting territory, somewhere within an hour-and-a-half radius of Orangeburg. All the hunting takes place after dark, when the three- or four-person casts take their dogs out to one of 20 or so designated hunting sites. Up all night chasing coons, the hunters have a two-hour window in which to score points for “striking” (barking on the scent of a coon) and “treeing” a coon. The coons are not injured or killed in this hunt. A good hunter, McKee tells me, knows his dog’s bark. For a newbie like

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“I’m looking for a dog that will go hard in a competitive coon hunt. Maybe the in these deep swamps and cutovers, that coons aren’t out feeding where your has a little more in go power, heart, drive,” dog is tracking. Maybe your dog trees he says. “I’m looking for dogs that run a a possum by mistake or roams outside coon fast—if it’s not the dog’s desire to the designated hunting territory. Every catch a coon, that’s not the dog for me.” misadventure costs a hunter points. A member of the Orangeburg County Then again, as hunter Elliott Shuler Coon Hunters Association, Shuler, 42, of Holly Hill knows, good luck makes a started hunting deer, ducks and doves welcome ally. with his father and grandfather at age 3. Shuler, a member of Tri-County As a teenager, he took up coon hunting Electric Cooperative, recalls a statewide with “whatever coon dogs we could competition in 2011 when he and his dog, beg, borrow, steal or find.” Then Charlie Horse Range Kate, were stuck in second Brown, an experienced coonhound owner place. Time was running out—only four from Bowman, showed Shuler the art of minutes left. Kate had treed two coons handling a well-trained hunting dog. that night, but to win she needed to tree “His dogs were on a different level than one more as the minutes wound down. what I was used to,” Shuler says. “I didn’t She treed two. realize that me and my dog was supposed “Nothing trumps good luck in the end,” to be a team. I thought the dog was Shuler says, shrugging off the come-fromsupposed to do all the work.” behind win. Shuler now shares the sport with But long-time friend Doug Shuler youth hunters across the state. A wildlife (no relation), who co-owns Kate, credits biologist with the S.C. Department Elliott’s successes to a passion and skill of Natural Resources, he merged his that inspires other hunters. work and hobby to initiate an annual “Elliott is respected because people youth coon hunt, encouraging the next know he puts in a lot of time with his generation of hunters to appreciate the Elliott Shuler and Cotton’s Cowgirl dogs,” Doug Shuler, of Santee, says. sport. His daughter, Charlotte, 12, won Elliott’s dogs have hunted at the Grand American for more this year’s event with Cowgirl. than 20 years. One of his dogs—Coon Hammerin’ Texas Style Between farming and his full-time job, Shuler has less time to Zippo—was the 2007 Nite Hunt Champion, and three of his dogs hunt than he’d like. Still, he enjoys the chase (not so much the competed this year, one finishing in the top 20 on Friday. His top kill—“If you kill ’em, you can’t hunt ’em again,” he reasons) maybe performer was Cotton’s Cowgirl, who won the Saturday night hunt. three or four times a week, taking to the woods with one or Pride and a commitment to drawing out the best in his dogs more of his dogs in tow. radiate from Shuler when he talks about the coonhounds he He calls it “alone time,” but it’s also an investment in his dogs— breeds, trains and hunts. time that may pay off, soon enough, with a lucky win. —Dvp

Bad luck is the unpredictable enemy

me, this is hard to fathom, as my ears have been ringing for two days with the cacophony of hundreds of barking hounds. But I learn some subtle distinctions—a “chop bark” or “chop mouth,” for instance, means a series of short, quick barks; a “bawl” is a longer, protracted vocalization. Every dog has its own vocal trademarks. And there are rules for scoring these hunts. So, so many rules. So many that the hunters themselves occasionally get confused. Friday night’s hunt turns out to be a low-scoring affair across the board. “Coons just wasn’t moving,” hunter Greg Kennedy of Kingstree says with a shrug. “My dog treed a lay-up coon [a coon that hasn’t come down 26

to feed] about 30 minutes after the hunt—that don’t get me nothing.” Undaunted, Kennedy, a Santee Electric Cooperative member and president of two S.C. coon-­hunting clubs, came back Saturday for a second round of competition, hoping to make it into the final hunt. The top four teams from Friday and Saturday nights form an elite cast that ventures out for one final hunt in the wee hours of Sunday morning to determine the championship. “It’s all about the fellowship,” Kennedy says. “Some people take it too serious, but I try to treat it like it’s just pleasure hunting with a friend on a Friday night.” Elliott Shuler of Holly Hill fared

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a little better than Kennedy on Friday, then won Saturday’s hunt with his treeing walker, Cotton’s Cowgirl, but neither made the final four. “Sometimes one spot is good one night, not so good the next night,” says Shuler, a past winner of the Grand American. “It’s the luck of the draw— everything just has to go right for you.” Win or lose, at the end of the day— or night—the competitors are here for the camaraderie, the love of the sport, the beauty of the outdoors, the thrill of the chase and, of course, the love of their dogs. “You’ll see people from every walk of life out there, mixing and mingling,” Shuler says. “For most people, it’s mostly about the dogs.” 


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Harboring history The economic fortunes of Georgetown

have always been subject to a kind of tidal fluctuation. Indigo, rice, lumber, tourism—each cash crop and industry has risen and fallen through wartime and peacetime, through fiscal boom and bust. But for every setback, Georgetown finds a way to build itself back up, a resiliency made possible by the fact that it is a port city situated on the Winyah Bay, between the Atlantic Ocean and the many rivers that lead into the state’s interior. In “1905: Georgetown’s Golden Year,” the lead exhibit at the South Carolina Maritime Museum, visitors can relive the boom times created during the port’s busiest year on record. Dec. 19, 1905, marked the 100th anniversary of the town’s incorporation, and with business at an all-time high, Georgetown residents threw themselves a glorious Centennial Celebration. Mayor William Doyle Morgan acted as master of ceremonies for a boat parade on the Sampit River that included yachts, lumber ships and the monitors USS Nevada and USS Arkansas. The waterfront festivities were followed by

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Author Robert “Mac” McAlister is one of the volunteers who narrate the maritime history of Georgetown. That history includes the sinking of the Union blockade ship USS Harvest Moon in Winyah Bay during the Civil War. The vessel was serving as Adm. J.A. Dahlgren’s flagship when a Confederate mine sank the paddlewheel steamer on Feb. 29, 1865.

an equally festive land parade down Front Street in the heart of downtown. The Golden Year exhibit ­features 35 enlarged black‑and‑white photos (many taken during the ­celebration), newspaper clips and other artifacts that serve as a snapshot of the moment when “the city on the Sampit” was flush with money and optimism, says museum director Susan Sanders. “It captures the whole festive, explosive energy that was in this area in 1905, which was the pinnacle year for the lumber industry era,” she says. On display through April, the Golden Year exhibit is the second major display created by the nonprofit museum since the doors opened to the public in February 2012. The facility is operated by the Harbor Historical Association, the group best known for sponsoring the annual Wooden Boat Show—a gathering of wooden-boat enthusiasts who congregate every year in Georgetown for one weekend in October to celebrate all things nautical. Like the festival itself, the museum relies on a cadre of engaged volun­ teers. Visitors to the museum can get a narrated tour from local experts like Robert “Mac” McAlister, who

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has authored several books on Georgetown’s maritime history. Guests can also lead themselves through the museum’s collection: framed maps, intricate models of famous Georgetown ships and a rare piece of oak framing salvaged from a wooden sailing ship. The museum currently occupies a small space on Front Street, but the association’s long-term plans call for expansion as they establish 12 to 15 permanent exhibits to tell even more of the city’s maritime history. Work is already under way on an exhibit covering the history of the Henrietta, the largest wooden sailing ship built in South Carolina. Constructed on the Sampit River and launched in 1875, the ship sailed the world, transporting grain and material, before sinking in a typhoon off Japan 15 years later. “It’s real important for people to understand that the community is really supporting this whole effort,” Sanders says. “This whole museum is the blood, sweat and tears of a lot of volunteers and community members who want to tell the story.”


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In a large serving bowl, combine mayonnaise, brown sugar and lemon juice. Add all remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes or until ready to serve. Add additional mayonnaise to taste, if needed. If desired, add more brown sugar to lessen the onion flavor.

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When you step through the squeaky porch door at Lone Star Barbecue and Mercantile, prepare to step back in time. Located on State Park Road near Santee, Chris Williams Lone Star Barbecue (left) came home Lone Star is a rustic eatery cobbled together and Mercantile to South Carolina from four old country stores—some dating back in 2002 to run 2212 State Park Road (less than to the mid‑1800s—that were relocated from the Lone Star 1.5 miles off I-95, near Santee) restaurant with nearby communities. Owner Pat Williams estab(803) 854-2000; lonestarbbq.net his father, Pat. lished the business to give folks a taste of the Winter hours: Thursday and way life used to be, and when diners sit down Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; at the sturdy, heart-pine tables, they are surSaturday, 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; rounded by shelves still stocked with clothing, barbecue, crispy fried chicken, Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. shoes and farm implements from a bygone era. sweet-and-crunchy hush puppies “I was fascinated with old stores,” says and a tomato pie that instantly puts Williams, who grew up on a farm in Springfield. “In their a satisfying tang in your mouth. day, these stores were the hubs of civilization. That’s where “We try to keep it as authentic as possible,” Chris you saw your friends and heard the news.” Williams explains. “We’re very well known for our barbeThe kitchen, run by son Chris, serves up classic country cue, but we’re almost as well known for our fried chicken, dishes that are every bit as nostalgic as the surroundings. which is completely an original preparation. We don’t buy The buffet is piled high with steaming trays of vegetabreading mix. We mix our own spices and add it to flour. It goes through quite a process before it comes out on the bles (fresh and local whenever possible), hickory-smoked buffet line.” The younger Williams can cook down-home ­favorites Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare LONE STAR TOMATO PIE with the best of them, but he’s not exactly a home‑grown cheese spread by combining mayonSERVES 15 chef. After graduating from The Citadel in 1990 and work­ naise, cheese and grated onion. Salt and 10 medium vine-ripe tomatoes, ing in Charleston and Columbia restaurants, he entered the pepper to taste. Grease a 13-by-9-inch washed, cored and sliced Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. casserole dish with butter or pan spray. 1 cup mayonnaise “I just fell in love with it,” he says of his craft. 1  ¼ cup grated sharp cheddar cheese Cut seven slices of bread into mediumAfter graduating from culinary school, Chris Williams sized cubes and layer bottom of pan 1 onion, grated or minced fine honed his skills working in New York restaurants until evenly. Layer tomato slices, shingle 15 slices day-old white bread 2002, when his father lured him home to run Lone Star. style, over the bread, reserving the Salt and pepper to taste Since coming back, he has enjoyed reconnecting with his neatest slices. Trim crust from remaining eight bread slices and arrange on South Carolina roots and drawing on his training to surtop of tomatoes. Cover the top layer prise Lone Star customers with some unexpected additions of bread slices with a little more than to the popular Sunday buffet. half of the cheese mixture. Arrange “Sometimes I’ll do something out of the box,” he says. remaining tomato slices in shingle style “Lately, I’ve been having fun doing something French every as before. Season again with salt and Sunday.” pepper. Dollop remaining cheese spread Another weekend specialty is bluegrass music. Live in rows across the top. Bake uncovered bands play every Saturday, and there’s a “pickin’ parlor” for 25 minutes or until cheese spread for amateur musicians on the first and third Fridays of the turns golden brown. Serve immediately. month. The restaurant also serves as the setting for annual “There’s nothing fancy about it. It’s just Labor Day and Memorial Day bluegrass festivals, adding simple and tasty,” chef Chris Williams to the nostalgic vibe that defines the Lone Star, says Pat says of Lone Star Tomato Pie. Don’t scrimp on the main ingredient if you Williams. decide to make it at home. “Fresh, local “The locals love it,” he says. “The tourists find it culture tomatoes. That’s key.” shock, but they love it, too.” 


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16 • Irish Fest, downtown, Gaffney. (864) 487-6244. 16 • St. Patty’s Day Dash & Bash, downtown, Greenville. (864) 879-6977. 16 • Hagood Mill’s Sixth Annual KidsFest, Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center, Pickens. (864) 898-2936. 17–18 • Spice of Life Food and Fitness Fest, TD Convention Center, Greenville. (864) 250-9713. 23 • Friends Fourth Saturday Program: Turtles, Paris Mountain State Park, Greenville. (864) 244-5565. 30 • Easter Fun, Unicoi State Park, Helen, Ga. (800) 573-9659. APRIL

2 • Tamassee DAR School Golf Tournament, Keowee Key Golf Course, Walhalla. (864) 944-9921. 3–6 • Clemson Literary Festival, various downtown venues, Clemson. (864) 656-3151. 5–7 • Camping with a Ranger, Table Rock State Park, Pickens. (864) 878-9813. 6 • Springfest, Helen Festhalle, Helen, Ga. (706) 878-1908. 6–7 • Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee, The Village Green, Pendleton. (864) 646-3782. 12–13 • Albino Skunk Music Festival, 4063 Jordan Rd., Greer. (864) 233-8430. 13 • S.C. Chili Cook-off Championship, downtown, Belton. (864) 940-3111. 13–14 • Goodwill Mud Run, 5 Chapel Rd., Greenville. (864) 351-0100. 14 • ShalomFest, Temple of Israel, 400 Spring Forest Rd., Greenville. (864) 292-1782, ext. 100.

ONGOING

Daily • Art Gallery at the Fran Hanson Discovery Center, South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson. (864) 656-3405. Daily • Trail Riding, Croft State Natural Area, Spartanburg. (864) 585-1283. Mondays and Wednesdays, through March 27 • Intro to Wheel Throwing, The ARTS Center, Clemson. (864) 633-5051. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 2–25 • Intermediate Wheel Throwing: Bowls and Lidded Vessels, The ARTS Center, Clemson. (864) 633-5051. Saturdays and Sundays • Historic Building Tour, Oconee Station State Historic Site, Walhalla. (864) 638-0079. Second Saturdays • Music on the Mountain Bluegrass Jams, Table Rock State Park, Pickens. (864) 878-9813.

MIDLANDS MARCH

9–15 • Juilliard in Aiken, various venues, Aiken. (803) 292-3124. 15–17 • SumterFest, Dillon Park, Sumter. (803) 795-9755. 16 • Swan Lake Quilt Extravaganza, Patriot Hall, Sumter. (803) 436-2260. 16 • Lions Club Shrimp and Oyster Roast, Health Pavilion, Sumter. (800) 688-4748. 16 • Pine Needle Basket Workshop, Lee State Park, Bishopville. (803) 428-4988. 16 • St. Pat’s in Five Points, Harden Street and nearby, Columbia. (803) 748-7373. 17 • St. Patrick’s Day on Main Street, Rock Hill. (803) 802-1678. 18 • Wine, Dine & Design, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia. (803) 776-9100.

Aiken. (803) 649-7999. 22–23 • Smokin’ at the Farmers Market Commissioner’s Cup BBQ Cook-off & Festival, State Farmers Market, West Columbia. (803) 737-4664. 22–24 • Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic, S.C. State Fairgrounds, Columbia. (803) 734-4008. 23 • Spring Steeplechase, Ford Conger Field, Aiken. (803) 648-9641. 23 • Springtime at the Garden Festival, Riverbanks Botanical Garden, Columbia. (803) 779-8717. 23 • Spring Herb Fest, Little Red Barn Gallery, Barnwell. (803) 541-7900. 23 • Andrew Jackson Birthday Celebration, Andrew Jackson State Park, Lancaster. (803) 285-3344. 27 • S.C. Assistive Technology Expo, Brookland Banquet and Conference Center, West Columbia. (803) 935-5263. 30 • Carolina Cup, Springdale Race Course, Camden. (803) 432-6513. APRIL

1–5 • Spring Break Zoo Camp, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia. (803) 779-8717. 5–7 • Dogwood Festival, Main Street, Denmark. (803) 793-3734. 6 • Survival Skills for Hiking, Kings Mountain State Park, Blacksburg. (803) 222-3209. 9 • Carolina Bays: Mysterious Depression Wetlands, Birds & Butterflies, Aiken. (803) 649-7999. 11–14 • Pee Dee Plant and Flower Festival, Pee Dee Farmers Market, Florence. (803) 734-2200. 11–20 • Come-See-Me Festival, various venues, Rock Hill. (800) 681-7635. 12 • Masters of Motown, Community Performance Center, Rock Hill. (803) 328-2787. 12 • Wine Tasting, Riverbanks Botanical Garden, Columbia. (803) 779-8717. 12–14 • Catawba Pow-Wow, Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill. (803) 328-2427, ext. 230. 13–14 • Columbia International Festival, SC State Fairgrounds, Columbia. (803) 799-3452. ONGOING

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Daily • Trail Riding, Kings Mountain State Park, Blacksburg. (803) 222-3209. Daily • Trail Riding, Lee State Park, Bishopville. (803) 428-5307. Daily • Trail Riding, Poinsett State Park, Wedgefield. (803) 494-8177.

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Daily, except Mondays • Living History Days, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. (803) 684-2327. Daily, except Mondays and major holidays • Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, Camden. (803) 432-9841. Daily, by appointment • Overnights and Night Howls, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Columbia. (803) 779-8717, ext. 1113. Mondays through May • Homeschool Mondays, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Columbia. (803) 978-1113. Second Tuesdays • Family Night $1 Admission, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia. (803) 779-3100. Fourth Thursdays • Tales for Tots, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia. (803) 779-3100. Saturdays • Behind-theScenes Adventure Tours, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Columbia. (803) 978-1113. Second Saturdays • Children’s Art Program, Sumter County Gallery of Art, Sumter. (803) 775-0543. Fourth Saturdays through August • Bluegrass Series, Haynes Auditorium, Leesville College Park, BatesburgLeesville. (803) 582-8479. Saturdays and Sundays • Gallery Tour, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia. (803) 799-2810. Sundays • Sunday Brunch & Jazz Series, Senate’s End, Columbia. (803) 748-4144.

LOWCOUNTRY MARCH

1–31 • North Charleston City Gallery Exhibit: Works by Dayton Colie & Michael Fowler, North Charleston City Gallery, Charleston Area Convention Center. (843) 740-5854. 1–31 • Window Exhibit: Works by Alvin B. Glen, The Meeting Place, North Charleston. (843) 740-5854. 2–30 • PTR Spring TennisFest, various venues, Hilton Head Island. (800) 421-6289. 13–17 • Charleston Art & Antiques Forum, The Old Courtroom on Chalmers Street, Charleston. (800) 926-2520. 14–16 • Pee Dee Street Rodders Run to the Sun, 2501 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. (843) 669-3564. 16 • St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, downtown, North Myrtle Beach. (843) 280-5584.

16 • Lord of the Dance Irish Dance, North Charleston Performing Arts Center, North Charleston. (800) 745-3000. 16 • ArtFest, Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, Mount Pleasant. (843) 884-8517. 18 • Grand Strand Senior Job and Volunteer Assistance Fair, Myrtle Beach Area Convention Center, Myrtle Beach. (843) 918-1014. 18 • Lowcountry Legends Salute the James Beard Foundation, Fort Moultrie, Sullivan’s Island. (843) 727-9998. 19–23 • Charleston Fashion Week, Marion Square, Charleston. (843) 971-9811. 21–31 • Charleston Festival of Houses and Gardens, 40 East Bay St., Charleston. (843) 722-3405. 22 • “Forever Plaid” dinner theater, Charleston Area Convention Center Ballroom, North Charleston. (843) 740-5847. 22–24 • Charleston International Antiques Show, 56 Beaufain St., Charleston. (843) 722-3405. 23 • Taste of the Coast, Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. (843) 997-4162. 23 • Walk to Defeat ALS, Grand Park, Myrtle Beach. (843) 971-0933. 23 • Equinox Music and Arts Festival, downtown, Conway. (843) 248-3558. 24 • Liars Competition at the BIG Story Fest Preliminaries, ARTworks, Beaufort. (843) 379-2787. 30 • Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament, 161 Seven Farms Rd., Daniel Island. (800) 677-2293.

6 • Tour of Hobcaw Barony, 20 Hobcaw Rd., Georgetown. (843) 546-4623. 6 • Cooper River Bridge Run, Coleman Boulevard, Mount Pleasant. (843) 792-0345. 6 • Park Palooza, Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-0874. 6 • Garrison Weekend, Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, Summerville. (843) 873-1740. 11–14 • Liars Competition at the BIG Story Fest, ARTworks, Beaufort. (843) 379-2787. 11–14 • Women’s Coastal Skills Clinic, Hunting Island State Park, Hunting Island. (843) 838-7437. 12–14 • World Grits Festival, downtown, St. George. (843) 563-7943. 12–21 • Society of Stranders Spring Safari, various venues, North Myrtle Beach. (803) 366-5506. 13–14 • Art in the Park, Chapin Park, Myrtle Beach. (843) 446-7471. 14 • Blues by the Sea, Freshfields Village Green, Johns Island. (843) 762-9125. 15 • Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am, The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort, North Myrtle Beach. (843) 399-7238. ONGOING

Daily, March 21–April 21, except Easter • Charleston Symphony Orchestra League Designer Showhouse, 4 S. Adgers Wharf, Charleston. (843) 723-0020. Daily • Trail Riding, Cheraw State Park, Cheraw. (843) 537-9656. APRIL Daily • Nature Center, Hunting Island State Park, 1–7 • Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament, 161 Seven Farms Rd., Hunting Island. (843) 838-7437. Daniel Island. (800) 677-2293. Daily, except major holidays • Parris Island 1–20 • Charleston Festival of Houses and Gardens, 40 East Bay Museum, Beaufort. (843) 228-2166. St., Charleston. (843) 722-3405. 4–6 • Egg Scramble Jamboree, Daily, except Christmas • Day in the Life of a Sailor, Charles Lamar. (843) 326-5551. Towne Landing State Historic 5 • Relay for Life of Myrtle Site, Charleston. (843) 852-4200. Beach, Grand Park and Coastal Tuesdays through Carolina University, Myrtle Saturdays • Education Beach. (843) 655-6672. Center Displays and Programs, 5–6 • Hilton Head Island Myrtle Beach State Park, Seafood Fest, Shelter Cove Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-5325. Community Park, Hilton Head Tuesdays through Sundays • Island. (843) 681-2772, ext. 137. Feeding Frenzy, Huntington 5–7 • St. Stephen Catfish Beach State Park, Murrells Festival, Alice Price Park, St. Inlet. (843) 237-4440. Stephen. (843) 567-3597. Thursdays • Farmers 5–7 • Flowertown Festival, Market of Bluffton, downtown, Summerville. Calhoun Street, downtown (843) 871-9622. Bluffton. (843) 415-2447. 6 • Myrtle Beach Challenge, throughout Myrtle Beach. (843) 424-0649.


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By Jan A. Igoe

You need that like a lobster needs a cell phone Have you seen that TV spot for the Neck Basket? It’s a wire basket that hangs around your neck (duh), conveniently placing all your indispensable items—lawnmower, poodle, groceries— directly under your nose. Problem is, there’s no such thing. It’s just BigSpot.com’s example of a thoroughly dumb idea. As dopey products go, the Neck Basket doesn’t seem any dumber than a lot of stuff you’ll find on Amazon, where ditzy products thrive. The more ridiculous the invention, the more rapier-witted reviewers will roast the product in their comments, which keeps the spotlight glowing. Soon, a cult following spreads like kudzu as buyers line up to buy whatever Edsel everybody is bashing. Here are some gems no one should live without:

Banana gadgets

You can always judge a civilization by how they treat their bananas—the only fruits that rate their own patio furniture. Unlike pineapples and mangoes, upscale bananas relax on private hammocks, gently swaying in the breeze as if they aren’t about to be skinned alive. Only then are they ready to face the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer, the greatest innovation since the GrowYour-Own-Rice bra. The 571 BS (for banana slicer) puts an end to asymmetrical portions once and for all. This innovative, crescent-shaped miracle has plastic rungs to carve identical slices your geometry teacher 38

cannons and flamethrowers.” The Donk won’t replace your family car, since it’s not street legal in most places. But who cares about that? You’re a tank. The only bad news is they stopped selling Donks on Amazon, where free shipping would be a plus. But don’t let that stop you. You know you’re getting tired of the minivan.

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would be proud to eat. Send the Ginsu out to pasture. Just one artful swipe of the 571 does the trick. And it’s daffodil yellow. Bananas love that.

Personal tank

Have you settled for a Land Cruiser from Toyota when you could have one from Badonkadonk? For just under $20,000, you can park the “Donk” personal tank/cruiser in your garage next to the other suburban assault vehicles. The advantages of a Donk can’t be overstated. Since it looks like a mutant metal horseshoe crab straight out of “Star Wars,” it will be easy to pick out in the mall parking lot even on Black Friday. You’ll never have to dodge another rock-spewing dump truck. And when your kids learn to drive, they can sideswipe anything they want. According to the Donk website, this tank offers “plenty of protection against paintballs, pneumatic

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Tired of sending your Geiger counter out for calibration? Now you can have your own stash of radioactive uranium. Yes, it’s legal. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is fine with low-level material for education and scientific use. You may need a driver’s license to buy Sudafed, but a can of uranium is fine. Just don’t eat it.

Lobster phone

If you’ve got an Android phone, I’m sorry. The Lobster Mobile Telephone Case is made exclusively for iPhones. Apple may be thrilled that its visionaries pared a picture-taking, web-surfing, email-fetching, musicstoring communications marvel down to four ounces, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from stuffing the phone into a full-size red plastic lobster. The days of groping through your pockets for your iPhone are over. When the crustacean rings, just grab it by the antennae, legs, claws or tail and speak into the lobster. Tell whoever calls you want a Neck Basket to store your banana slicer. JAN A. IGOE is a gadget-loving writer from Horry County who is accepting contributions for her tank fund. Write her at HumorMe@SCLiving.coop.


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