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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS Vol. 67 • No. 11 (ISSN 0047-486X, USPS 316-240) Read in more than 460,000 homes and businesses and published monthly except in December by The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. 808 Knox Abbott Drive Cayce, SC 29033 Tel:  (803) 926-3 1 75 Fax:  (803) 796-6064 Email: EDITOR


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15 New name, same great game 2013 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl

South Carolina’s top high school football players will face off Dec. 14 in the annual North-South all-star game, and during halftime, one of them will be named the next Mr. Football. Our exclusive game guide explores the history of the game and the award considered the state’s highest individual honor for high school athletes. Plus: Meet the five finalists for the 2013 Mr. Football title.


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State Attorney General Alan Wilson and co-op leaders across South Carolina are warning state residents to be aware of a sophisticated telephone scam targeting utility consumers. Learn how to spot the scam and avoid being a victim.


21 The art of justice

Poet, professor and wordsmith of social justice, Nikky Finney brings her talents home to South Carolina. RECIPE

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Bluegrass fans will have plenty to be thankful for when they see the lineup at this year’s South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival. Three days of concerts at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center start on Thanksgiving Day and lead up to a Saturday night performance by headliners Dailey & Vincent (left). For details, visit or call (704) 864-7203.


Roper Mountain Holiday Lights

A mile and a half of twinkling colored lights lure visitors to the top of Roper Mountain in Greenville, where a Winter Wonderland awaits. Take photos with Santa and his sleigh, roast marshmallows for s’mores, and stroll by giant holiday greeting cards. Perennial visitors will be pleased to know the sparkling caterpillar, a fan favorite, is back in 2013. For details, visit or call (864) 355-8900.

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The setting is perfect for this concert of African-American spirituals and Gullah music—the basement of well-preserved Drayton Hall in Charleston, a pre-Revolutionary plantation. Featuring Ann Caldwell and The Magnolia Singers, the 30th annual event includes informal tours of the property. For details, visit or call (843) 769-2605.


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What was Christmas like in the S.C. backcountry in 1780 and 1840? Costumed interpreters at Historic Brattonsville will dramatize holiday celebrations at five lantern-lit sites on the property, including a Revolutionary encampment, a tavern party, a plantation house and slave quarters. Join in by dipping candles, making paper ornaments or visiting with a period Santa. For details, visit brattonsville or call (803) 628-6553.


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State Attorney General Alan Wilson and co-op leaders from across South Carolina are warning state residents to be on the alert for a sophisticated telephone scam targeting utility consumers. Scam artists will call a home or business posing as a co-op or utility employee and threaten to shut off service in a matter of hours unless the consumer provides immediate payment, often by prepaid debit card. Small businesses, restaurants and Spanish-speaking consumers have all been targeted by this scheme in recent months. While the callers may sound official, the scam is easy to State Attorney General Alan Wilson and co-op leaders held a press conference spot, says Mike Couick, president and CEO of The Electric in October to warn consumers about the telephone scam.    Cooperatives of South Carolina. No co-op employee will ever call asking for immelook up your electric cooperative’s phone Web Extra Visit diate payment by credit card, prepaid for a related number. Call us and make sure you are story on how the scam affected one dealing with our representative.” debit card or wire transfer. unsuspecting co-op member. Wilson says state law enforcement “That’s not an official notification,” he officials are looking into reported fraud says. “It’s a scam.” cases, but he encourages consumers to protect themselves Co-op leaders stress that members who receive any call by shredding or destroying old utility statements, verifying regarding immediate payment of a bill should contact the the ID of any callers and reporting suspicious calls to law co-op directly. enforcement. “We are asking co-op members to be very wary of any “No one can protect you from being victimized better phone calls,” says Tom Upshaw, president and CEO of than you,” he says. Palmetto Electric Cooperative. “If in doubt, hang up and

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Want to spend a week of your summer in Washington, D.C., with 60 rising high school seniors? Here’s your chance. South Carolina high school teachers and guidance counselors can apply to join the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina on the 2014 Washington Youth Tour. Two applicants will be selected as chaperones for the trip, set for June 14–19. Every summer, the state’s Teachers Kim Neal (left) of Clinton and Susan Alford of Cheraw pose for a photo 20 electric co-ops send at the World War II Memorial during the high school students and 2013 Washington Youth Tour. chaperones on an expensepaid trip to our nation’s capital. The trip is coordinated by The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc., the state association of co-ops. While in D.C., the students meet South Carolina’s congressmen, visit monuments and historic sites, tour museums and take part in special Youth Tour programs with 1,500 other high school students from across the country. The deadline to apply is Feb. 3, 2014. Find the online application at Luis Gomez

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On the Agenda

A bright idea If construction goes according

to schedule, South Carolina’s largest solar power facility could be feeding electricity into the state’s power grid by end of the year. Construction on the 20-acre solar generating farm in rural Colleton County—a joint effort between South Carolina’s 20 electric cooperatives and Santee Cooper, the state-owned utility—began in October. Plans call for the plant to be finished by Dec. 31. When fully operational, the facility could be capable of generating up to three megawatts of electricity while providing valuable real-world data on the true potential of solar power in the Palmetto State. The plant will be operated by Liberty Sun Energy, part of InterTech Group based in North Charleston. Santee Cooper will buy the farm’s solar power, working

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Only on Win football tickets. Visit before Nov. 15 if you want to register online for the USC‑Clemson football ticket giveaway. Then come back on Nov. 22 to see if you won. Mr. Football reader poll. Learn more about the five finalists for the 2013 award and vote for your favorite player. The spoken word. University of South Carolina professor Nikky Finney recites her poem “Heirloom” in an exclusive web video. The sunset lady. Meet the Palmetto Electric Cooperative employee behind some of those eye-catching photos you find on Look! Up in the sky! Get a bird’s-eye view of the new zip line experience at Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo with our video and photo gallery.

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with Central Electric Power Cooperative and the state’s electric cooperatives to distribute it to homes and businesses. Cooperatives view the farm as an opportunity to learn how to more fully and cost effectively integrate solar power into the generation mix that serves their members. “This project is a real-world, full-scale learning tool,” said Central Electric Power CEO Ron Calcaterra. “The question co-ops want to answer is how we can design a consumer-friendly product that makes solar power available to our members in a reliable, affordable and economically sustainable way.”

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When just words won’t work … There are many humorous anecdotes of folks mis ­

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There was a bit of confusion at the grocery store yesterday morning. When I was ready to pay for my groceries, the cashier said, “strip down, facing me” in a very authoritative voice. Making a mental note to complain to my congressman about Homeland Security running amok, I did just as she had instructed. When the hysterical shrieking and alarms finally subsided, I found out that she was referring to my credit card. I got my groceries but was asked to shop elsewhere in the future. They need to make their instructions to us seniors a little clearer! I laugh at that story because I have been both a perpetrator and victim of such “shortcut” speech. Not all miscommunication springs from “shortcut” speech. Some appears to flow from “shortcut” thinking. As I painfully watched our folks in Washington toss verbal grenades over the nation’s budget crisis and debt ceiling, it seemed as if their inside-the-beltway words were either: 1) scripted where R’s and D’s play assigned parts rather than seeking to make a difference or govern, or 2) uttered so that the volume of their words far exceeded the effort of the thought that preceded them. In this latter case, the speakers seemed to have no mental roadmap for themselves, much less one to share with others. What could happen if thought preceded words generally, but most especially in matters of significant gravity? What might happen if we conceded that there may be wisdom beyond the sound bite? What would happen if we all anchored our words and actions in purposeful and thoughtful reflection? As we enter a holiday season centered initially on gratitude, next on new possibilities, and finally on making those new possibilities happen, please consider the words of poet Max Ehrmann, written in 1927. A thoughtful friend brought them to my attention recently when I was tempted to speak before thinking.

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Desiderata by Max Ehrmann Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.



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Even though a door is relatively small as compared to the entire wall area of a house, just one door can allow a significant amount of energy loss. Even insulated doors often have some glass, which decreases insulation value, and inadequate weather stripping will allow air to leak through. Before buying anything new, make sure your primary doors are as airtight as possible. Adding storm doors can certainly improve the energy efficiency of almost any house, but they are not designed to correct the efficiency problems of an old, warped primary door. If possible, buy replacement weather stripping for your existing doors from the original manufacturer. If you can’t find it, most home improvement stores sell many styles of generic weather stripping that should fit. Pry off the old door molding, fill any gaps around the framing with non-expanding foam insulation and caulk around the door frame. When you’re ready to buy a storm door, pay attention to the quality

Designs and features can fit any efficiency need or budget of the door’s construction. That’s for a nice appearance, long life and security. Plus, the door must withstand a lot of abuse, so don’t just pick the cheapest one. From just an energy-efficiency standpoint, though, the most important factors are the dead-air space between the storm and primary doors and how well wind is blocked. Buying an aluminum storm door and installing it yourself is a typical low-cost option. They’re very lightweight and made to fit standard-sized openings, so installing one is a simple do-it-yourself project. When you see the door on display at the store, attached to a wooden frame, the aluminum frame will feel ­important

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very strong. When you open the box at home, you may find the unattached aluminum frame strips are somewhat flexible. Be careful not to kink them during handling. Apply a generous bead of caulk on the back of the aluminum frame when screwing it to the door frame. If you plan to use natural ventilation during the summer, a self-storing, triple-track storm/screen door is the most convenient option. The screen panel has its own vertical track in the door, so it never has to be removed. At the end of winter, just slide one of the glass panels down and slide the screen panel up for ventilation. A fairly new design of storm/screen door uses a spring-mounted, roll-up, retractable screen, built into the door. When you are ready for ventilation, just lower the glass and pull the screen down as far as you wish. This design is attractive because the screen is hidden away during winter without having to remove and store the screen panels. When your budget does open up someday, some very attractive, allwood-frame storm/screen doors are available. These are strong and secure but do require some regular maintenance, similar to any wood door. For added security, ornate, wroughtiron storm doors are available with ­deadbolts and very tough, break-inresistant, stainless-steel screens. Send questions to Energy Q&A, South Carolina Living, 808 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29033, email or fax (803) 739-3041.

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New name, same great game Learn who earns the 2013 Mr. Football title at this year’s high school all-star game By Mark Quinn

When a group of coaches met to establish the S.C. Athletics Coaches Association in 1946, the idea for the North-South All-Star football game was hatched as a way to showcase the fledgling organization. The idea was simple: Gather the best high school players across the state and let them test their skills against one another. The inaugural game kicked off in 1947 at Columbia’s City Stadium, and there’s been an all-star game every year since. This year, the all-star game and the highly anticipated announcement of the 2013 Mr. Football award have a new title sponsor—South Carolina’s electric cooperatives. “Football is part of the lifeblood of so many of the communities we serve,” says Mike Couick, president and CEO of The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina. “We appreciate the significance of this game and are proud the cooperatives are playing a part in supporting this year’s event.” Opportunity is a central theme of the all-star game. The selection committee scours the state to choose the 88 players who will arrive in Myrtle Beach six days before the game, which is on Dec. 14 this year. The practice fields are a popular stop for college recruiters on the hunt for talent, and for the athletes, the game is one final chance to secure a college scholarship. Over the past 20 years, almost half the players in the all-star game have played football at the collegiate level. “This game represents the entire state,” says Keith Richardson, co-director of the North-South All-Star Game. “That gives some of these young men from the smaller programs a chance to see how they stack up and gives them some recognition they may not have had.” That was certainly the case for Bob Paulling, CEO of Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative in Lexington and a member of the 1978 South squad. “No question, being a part of the North-South game was one of the biggest thrills I’ve ever had,” says Paulling, who took his talents to Clemson and played on the Tigers’ 1981 national championship team. “I was just a small-town boy from St. Matthews, and we didn’t get a whole lot of attention. To have an opportunity to shine in a big game meant a lot to me.” Since 1995, the association also has awarded the ­prestigious Mr. Football award to the state’s top high school player. This year, the award will be granted during halftime of the all-star game, and if history is any guide, the winner will be one of the most soughtafter college recruits in the country. Turn the page to see a roster of past winners, the five finalists for the 2013 award and profiles of past Mr. Football winners. l l   | November/December 2013   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


Mr. Football 2000 • Roscoe Crosby, wide receiver • Union High School

The legend of Roscoe Crosby: Part two Tragedy and misfortune helped steal his career in sports. In retrospect, they probably saved his life. First, the update. Yes, Roscoe Crosby is alive and well. Crosby rarely grants interviews, and when we meet he immediately introduces himself and throws out the first question. “Guess you’re wondering what I’ve been up to,” he says. Truth is, many sports fans have wondered about Roscoe Crosby. There was a time, not long ago, when Crosby was South Carolina’s most celebrated athlete. As a senior at Union High School in the fall of 2000, Crosby was rated the number-two football receiver in the country. Blessed with a rare combination of speed, strength and size, he was a dazzling wide receiver. In early December, he helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a second consecutive state championship. A week later, Crosby was crowned South Carolina’s Mr. Football. When asked if he remembers anything about the ceremony, he laughs out loud. “What!? Of course I remember,” Crosby says incredulously. “I went out that week to buy a new suit to wear. We had won state, so the season was already a success. But I’ll be honest. I wanted that award. I wanted to be the best.” After football season, Crosby put on his high school

baseball uniform. As great as he was catching passes, football was his second-best sport. A sweet-swinging left-hander, Roscoe Crosby could hit a baseball like nobody’s business. Just ask Kevin Floyd, a scout for the Kansas City Royals. “When I first saw him, I told my boss, ‘Look, I’ve been doing this 25 years. I’ve never seen anything like this kid. He may be the perfect baseball player,’” Floyd says. By the spring of his senior year, major league scouts had Crosby tabbed as one of the top five baseball prospects in the country. “That was a crazy, crazy time,” Crosby recalls as he thinks back to his last semester of high school. “You’re pulled a million different directions. Do I play football? Take the money and play baseball?” Crosby decided he could do both. In February 2001, in front of a throng of media, he announced he would play football at Clemson. In June, the Kansas City Royals, undeterred by Crosby’s desire to be a part-time baseball player, drafted him and gave him a signing bonus of $1.7 million. When a reporter asked Allen Baird of the Kansas City Royals why the team made an investment in a player who was not 100 percent committed to baseball, the general manager shot back with a list of glowing evaluations from his scouting staff. Then he added this about Crosby: “He just makes it look so easy.”

Above and Right: Milton Morris

Roscoe Cosby shares his life story with at-risk teens. “Talking about sports helps me get their ear. But when they learn my past, I have a way to their heart.”


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Who is the next Mr. Football? Here are the five finalists for the 2013 honors.

Not so easy Crosby heard that a lot growing up. His prodigious talents allowed him to skip the awkward years of high school and go straight to small-town star. Friday night games? Easy. The rest of Roscoe Crosby’s life? No such luck. His dad abandoned the family when Crosby was 2. His mother had her own issues to cope with, so Crosby went to live with his grandmother. “There would be times I was just mad,” he says. “Why did my dad just leave like that? Why do I have to live with my grandmother?” Crosby channeled all those emotions and energy into sports. Every time he stepped onto a playing field he felt confident. It was one aspect of his life over which he had complete control. “All I knew was that sports offered me a way out,” says Crosby. “A way to make it.”


A short stay in Tigertown The first semester at Clemson gave glimpses of what was to come for Crosby. After four practices, receivers coach Rick Stockstill proclaimed Crosby as “the best I’ve ever seen as a freshman. What he does out there is God-given.” Crosby had his share of struggles. He arrived on campus a millionaire, and the money set him apart from his teammates, even though he practiced hard and played harder. “I won’t lie. I wanted to live the good life,” Crosby says. “The money, the fame, the jewelry and cars. I wanted all of it because to me, at that age, I thought those things meant I was successful.” Crosby played hurt most of his freshman season at Clemson. There was a broken nose, and a sprained knee hampered his speed. Still, he finished the year with four touchdowns and showed enough promise that the Clemson coaching staff expected 2002 to be his breakout season. No one could have known then that Crosby’s college career would never materialize.

The landslide After his freshman year at Clemson, Crosby reported to a Florida instructional league to learn the ins and outs of pro ball, but he was lonely and far from home. Five of Crosby’s friends left Union on a road trip to Florida to help prop up the spirits of their friend. They never made it. On a lonely stretch of road near Hinesville, Ga., the driver was killed when he lost control of the car. So were two others. Crosby was devastated. Three of his oldest friends from childhood, the guys he trusted most, were gone. “I never felt so alone,” he recalls. Crosby was still grieving when more disappointing news arrived. Doctors discovered a tendon tear in Crosby’s elbow. He would undergo reconstructive surgery, which meant l l

Christian Miller Linebacker, Spring Valley High School Columbia Committed to Alabama Jae’lon Oglesby Running back, Daniel High School Clemson Committed to Clemson Jacob Park Quarterback, Stratford High School Goose Creek Committed to Georgia Mason Rudolph Quarterback, Northwestern High School Rock Hill Committed to Oklahoma State Donell Stanley Lineman, Latta High School Latta Committed to South Carolina Photos Courtesy of (from top): Spring Valley High School; South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association; Jacob Park; Northwestern High School; Latta High school

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Mr. Football Winners Year Winner/Position High School College/Pro Career

1995 Jermale Kelley, WR Berea 1996 Kyle Young, OL Daniel 1997 Chris Hope, DB Rock Hill 1998 Derek Watson, RB Palmetto 1999 Mark Logan, QB Greenwood 2000 Roscoe Crosby, WR Union 2001 Moe Thompson, DE Stratford 2002 Eric McCollom, QB Camden 2003 Trey Elder, QB Byrnes 2004 J.D. Melton, QB Myrtle Beach 2005 Prince Miller, DB Byrnes 2006 Malcolm Long, QB Gaffney 2007 Richard Mounce, QB Blythewood 2008 Stephon Gilmore, CB South Pointe 2009 Marcus Lattimore, RB Byrnes 2010 Jadeveon Clowney, DE South Pointe 2011 Shaq Roland, WR Lexington 2012 Tramel Terry, WR Goose Creek

South Carolina/NFL Europe Clemson Florida State/Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans South Carolina/Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Calgary Stampeders Georgia Tech Clemson South Carolina Iowa Appalachian State Navy Georgia/Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions South Carolina State Charleston Southern South Carolina/Buffalo Bills South Carolina/San Francisco 49ers South Carolina South Carolina Georgia   | November/December 2013   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


Milton Morris

‘One day I hope they understand that as much as I’m helping them, they’re helping me even more.’

no sports for the rest of 2002. Without the emotional release of athletics, Crosby was left alone to rehabilitate. And think. The more he began to think, the more he wondered if the dreams he was chasing were just a mirage. In 2003, Crosby’s brother disappeared while swimming in a lake outside Union. Divers found the body three days later. The cascade of tragedy exacted an emotional toll that was almost impossible to push aside. “I went for the quick fixes to feel better,” Crosby recalls. “I’d buy a car. Go out all night. Stupid things like that. I couldn’t see I was just digging a deeper hole for myself.” Then there were Crosby’s obligations. By the summer of 2003, the Royals were pushing him to forget football and focus on baseball. When Crosby said he needed the summer off to take classes at Clemson and continue his football eligibility, the relationship went south.

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The Royals withheld an installment of Crosby’s bonus money. The team stopped paying his Clemson tuition; legal arbitration dragged on for 24 months. In August, Crosby returned to Clemson’s football field. A month later, he withdrew from school, citing “family reasons,” and never returned. “I loved my teammates,” says Crosby. “And [Clemson’s] Coach Swinney was incredible—he was so supportive. But with everything I was dealing with, I didn’t have it in me. I couldn’t play.” Just two years after he was celebrated as one of the nation’s most talented athletes, Roscoe Crosby disappeared.

The road to recovery “There were some dark, dark nights,” Crosby recalls about that time when sports were no longer an option. “You feel sorry for yourself. And you’re scared. I mean, who was I supposed to be now?” Instinctually, Crosby began to fight back. The same competitive spirit that helped him deal with a difficult childhood wouldn’t let him quit. In 2005, he gave sports one more chance. After months of intensive training, he signed on with the Indianapolis Colts, but Crosby soon realized his life needed a new direction. “I wasn’t at peace with who I wanted to be as a man,” Crosby says. “I felt empty. The pro lifestyle is all about Ferraris, women and money, and I didn’t want that life anymore.” Crosby moved back to Union County and went to work as a counselor at AMIkids White Pines, a wilderness camp in Jonesville that partners with the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice to steer at-risk kids away from serious trouble. “I grew up here, so I know exactly what these kids are dealing with,” he says. “Drugs, prostitution and gangs. I tell these guys, ‘You have choices. You don’t have to be a product of your environment.’ ” As a camp counselor, Crosby organizes physical activities for the youngsters, which includes coaching their undefeated flag football team. He is embracing his new role as a mentor and is on call “24-7” to lend an ear when someone needs to talk. As youngsters come with tough-luck tales of their past, Crosby tells them he can relate. “They get here and they think they know me,” he says. “But all they know is Roscoe Crosby, the athlete. Talking sports helps me get their ear. But when they learn my past, I have a way to their heart.” Crosby speaks these words earnestly. He loves his new line of work because in the process of helping others, he’s also healing himself. His past was once his opponent. Now it’s his ally. “These kids are grateful to have someone really listen to them,” he says. “They let me know how much it means, and that’s great. But one day I hope they understand that as much as I’m helping them, they’re helping me even more.”

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Mr. Football 2009 • Marcus Lattimore, Running Back • Byrnes High School

From Mr. Football to Mr. Popular Last October, it appeared everyone with a passing interest in sports was pulling for Marcus Lattimore. A gruesome knee injury had ended his junior season at the University of South Carolina and probably extinguished a bright professional career. What followed was an outpouring of support so vast that it became a story unto itself. “It was truly amazing,” Lattimore says of the get-well cards and letters that came in by the bushel. “I can’t tell you how many I got. We quit counting when we got to 50,000. There were so many, Coach [Steve Spurrier] had to store some in his garage.” The response overwhelmed him, even though Lattimore lived life as one of the state’s highest-profile athletes. It began in 2009 when he was a senior at Byrnes High School, the powerhouse program in Duncan. Most observers called him the best running back in the country, making him the subject of an intense college recruiting battle. He capped his prep career in Myrtle Beach that December, receiving South Carolina’s Mr. Football award. “Winning Mr. Football was definitely one of the greatest feelings I’ve ever had,” he says. “It’s still something I think about even now.”

‘I’m just so blessed to be in this situation. The only downside is I have a long way to go for a home-cooked meal.’

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When it was time to choose a college, Lattimore says he picked South Carolina because it was close to home. An instant fan favorite, he was praised as “a highly hyped signee who lived up to the billing” by The Sporting News, which named Lattimore the 2010 National Freshman of the Year. He started the 2011 season as one of the best-known players in college football, but a knee injury in game six knocked Lattimore out for the rest of the year. He rehabilitated the knee with a maniacal will, and his comeback was a national story when the 2012 season began. A junior, Lattimore was expected to play the season and turn pro in 2013. The plan was on track until the devastating knee injury last October against Tennessee. He cried as he was carted off the field. A desolate crowd gave him a standing ovation. Many instantly speculated Lattimore would never play football again.

“As long as I was told I still had a chance to play football, then I knew I’d be OK,” he says. “If I had a chance, I could take it from there.” Lattimore attacked another rehabilitation regimen with conviction. Bolstered by the support of fans and eager to prove his career was not over, he clawed back to health in time to work out for pro scouts ahead of the NFL draft. Barely five months after his knee was mangled, Lattimore finished an exhaustive series of agility drills, and the scouts broke out in spontaneous applause. Drafted by the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and signed to a four-year deal, Lattimore remains on injured reserve but is looking forward to making his NFL playing debut in 2014. “I still think I’m dreaming, to tell you the truth,” he says by phone from Santa Clara, Calif. “I love it out here. I’m just so blessed to be in this situation. The only downside is I have a long way to go for a home-cooked meal.” l l   | November/December 2013   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


Mr. Football 1996 • Kyle Young, Offensive Lineman • Daniel High School

The Scholar Athlete It is one of the great ironies in football: the game’s largest, strongest players are often the most overlooked. Offensive linemen are the semi-anonymous players who toil in the trenches without much notice. It is one reason the announcement of the second-ever Mr. Football award surprised everyone in the room. Even the winner.

“When they called my name it was definitely a shock,” recalls Kyle Young, who played at Daniel High School. “I remember thinking it was an honor just to be invited. Linemen don’t usually get that kind of attention.”

Two of many highlights during 65 years of North-South rivalry 1971: “The best there was.” It was

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the year of integration for many of the state’s public high schools. In Sumter, that gave Freddie Solomon the opportunity to take the helm of the Sumter Gamecocks. As quarterback, Solomon shined as an electrifying runner and dangerous passer. He was such a phenomenal talent that a sportswriter once wrote Solomon “was faster than anything that didn’t burn fuel.” Named the MVP of the 1971 all-star game, Solomon had an outstanding professional career, helping the San Francisco 49ers win the Super Bowl in 1982.

1993: “A clash of the Titans.” Leading the

North team that year was Woodruff head coach Willie Varner. A gruff man straight from the old school, Varner captured an unheard of 10 state titles in his time. The South’s head coach was John McKissick of Summerville High School. No slouch, McKissick had six state titles of his own, stamping Summerville as the Lowcountry’s powerhouse program. The 1993 all-star game was the one time these two coaching legends ever squared off against each other, and on a dreary winter day in Myrtle Beach marked by sleet and snow flurries, Varner’s North team beat the South 31-8. “I guess when you’re playing friends, someone you respect like John McKissick, you feel a little apprehensive when you win big like that,” Varner told The State newspaper that day. “Friends are more important than winning.” At the age of 87, McKissick continues to coach Summerville. He’s in his 62nd year as head coach and has won more than 600 games, a national record.


‘I remember thinking it was an honor just to be invited. Linemen don’t usually get that kind of attention.’

Kyle Young (right) earned the Mr. Football title in 1996 and went on to be an outstanding student and offensive lineman at Clemson University. Today he is an associate athletic director at his alma mater.

Young descended from a football family that bled Clemson orange. Young’s grandfather, Ed McLendon, played for Clemson’s 1939 Cotton Bowl team. His brother, Will Young, lettered in football for Clemson from 1992 to 1995. He even married into a football family: his father-inlaw lettered in football at Clemson in the late ’60s. To no one’s surprise, Kyle followed in his family’s footsteps and played college football for the Tigers. “It was great for me,” says Young, who grew up just a few miles away from Memorial Stadium. “Everything I have I owe to Clemson.” Young entered the Tigers’ starting lineup in 1998 and became a frontline fixture there for the next four seasons. Sure, Young was big, strong and agile. He was also smart. “Like having a second coach on the field,” according to Clemson coach Tommy Bowden. Young was a powerful force on the football field and just as strong in the classroom. “I was taught to make the most of everything I do,” says Young, who graduated summa cum laude with a degree in secondary education. He is the only athlete in school history to be named a first-team Academic All-American three times. “The only thing I regret is not winning a championship of some kind,” says Young, who played in three bowl games. After graduating as one of Clemson’s most decorated athletes, Young stayed connected to his alma mater and hometown by taking a job in the Tigers’ athletic department. Today, he is the associate athletic director who oversees the school’s Olympic sports programs. Being named Mr. Football was the first of many awards that eventually came Young’s way. It remains one of his most cherished accomplishments. “When you look at that list [of Mr. Football winners] and see some of the guys that followed me,” he says, “it’s really humbling.”

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SC Life The art of justice

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Poet; professor; since August 2013, the John H. Bennett Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Creative Writing at the University of South Carolina Most recent book: Head Off & Split, which won the 2011 National Book Award for poetry. FIRST POEM: Written at age 15, in a pocketsized, spiral-bound notebook, while she rode a bus through her Sumter hometown. “It was the worst poem I ever wrote in my life,” she recalls, laughing. “But there was a music there—there was some rhythm in the language that made me smile.”

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Nikky Finney is not afraid to dash your expectations. As the only daughter of noted civil rights attorney Ernest A. Finney Jr., retired chief justice of South Carolina, and the sister of two brothers who followed their father into law, she was expected to become a lawyer. Instead, she chose to pursue justice through poetry. At one of her first public speeches since her return to South Carolina, she was expected to deliver a genteel address about black Southern writers. But she surprised her audience with a raw poem and startling video about the brutal killing of a young Army private. Finney has things to say—about humanity, about harsh realities, about making your voice heard. Her poems wrap simple, beautiful words around hard, ugly truths. Warm and open, she will revel with you in what is lovely but insist that you remember what is not. She turns your face to the fire, then shows you that you have the power to douse the flames. “I feel no privilege as a poet—only responsibility,” says Finney, back in her home state after 38 years. “I have not come home to lean back in whatever comfort one finds in an endowed chair.” Merging an upbringing steeped in social justice and her powerful gift with words, Finney is home to tell provocative truths, uncomfortable though they may sometimes be. “I want you to come and hear my work… because you might feel like you’re going to grow. You’re going to leave a little different from the way you came,” Finney says. “That’s what art does.” —DIANE VETO PARHAM

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Holiday traditions at the table CRANBERRY-RASPBERRY TRIFLE SERVES 8–10

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In a medium bowl, combine the raspberries and cranberry sauce and set aside, reserving ¼ cup for garnish. Whip the heavy cream, adding the vanilla and sugar during the final stages of whipping. Place half the angel food cake pieces into the bottom of an 8- or 10-inch trifle bowl, then layer with half of fruit mixture and half the whipped cream. Repeat with remaining cake, fruit and whipped cream. Garnish with reserved fruit mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. SUZANNE RINGGER, GREENVILLE


3 mint tea bags 3 decaffeinated tea bags 3 cups boiling water 4 lemons 4 limes 2 grapefruits 2 liters Sprite 5 cups ice ½ bunch mint leaves, chopped 2 cups fresh cranberries Karen Wiesner/iStockphoto


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2 cups frozen raspberries 1 16-ounce can whole berry cranberry sauce 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1 teaspoon vanilla ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar 1 angel food cake (store-bought or homemade), torn into pieces


2  ½ cups all-purpose flour 1  ½ teaspoons baking soda 1  ½ teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon allspice 1 teaspoon nutmeg 2 eggs 2 cups granulated sugar ½ cup vegetable oil 1 15-ounce container applesauce 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped ¾ teaspoon rum extract ¾ teaspoon butter-flavored extract N cup water 1 cup black or golden raisins 1 cup pecans, rough chopped

In a small pan, steep the tea bags in water just below boiling point for 7–8 minutes. Remove tea bags and let cool. Juice lemons, limes and grapefruits and remove any seeds. Combine tea, fruit juices and Sprite in 4-quart-capacity punch bowl. Add ice, mint leaves and cranberries.

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a Bundt pan. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground cloves, allspice and nutmeg; set aside. In large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, oil, applesauce, chopped apple, and rum and butter-flavored extracts. Stir flour mixture into applesauce mixture, adding the water in small amounts while stirring. Stir in raisins and pecans. Bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then carefully invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.



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CHRISTMAS EVE LASAGNA O of a 16-ounce box lasagna sheets 1 tablespoon butter 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, chopped 1 pound raw crabmeat 1 pound raw bay scallops ¼ cup white wine 1 tablespoon lemon juice 4 tablespoons butter 5 cloves garlic, minced 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 cups milk 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated, divided 2 cups mozzarella, grated, divided Salt and pepper to taste Pinch of nutmeg 1 16-ounce container ricotta cheese 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed ½ cup Italian bread crumbs 1 egg

Preheat oven to 350. Lay the lasagna sheets in a large baking dish and pour boiling water over them. Let the sheets rest in the warm bath while other ingredients are being prepared, gently moving them around occasionally to prevent them from sticking together. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a medium skillet. Add the shrimp, crab and scallops and saute just a few minutes until cooked. Remove from skillet and set aside. In the same skillet, add the white wine and lemon juice, deglaze, and simmer to reduce by half, stirring occasionally. Add the cooked seafood back into the skillet and toss to coat. Remove from heat. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan. Add the garlic and saute until tender, about 1 minute, being careful not to burn. Add the flour and stir constantly while cooking on low heat for 2–3 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk and simmer, stirring often, until white sauce thickens, then remove from the heat. In a medium bowl, stir together ½ cup Parmesan cheese, 1 cup mozzarella, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Set aside; this mixture will be used as the final topping. In another medium bowl, stir together the ricotta cheese, spinach, bread crumbs, egg, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, 1 cup mozzarella and ½ cup of the white sauce.

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To assemble lasagna, pour ¼ cup of the white sauce over the bottom of a 9-by-12-by-2-inch casserole dish. Add a layer of lasagna sheets. Add a layer of half of the ricotta cheese mixture and half of the seafood; pour ½ cup of white sauce over it. Add another layer of sheets. Add the remaining half of the seafood and pour ½ cup of the white sauce over it. Add another layer of sheets. Add the remaining ricotta cheese

mixture; pour ½ cup of the white sauce over it. Add a final layer of sheets. Pour the rest of the white sauce over it and top with prepared Parmesan cheese, mozzarella, salt, pepper and nutmeg topping. Bake for 45 – 60 minutes or until bubbling on the sides and golden brown on top. JOE COLAMONICO, MURRELLS INLET

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Can’t-miss trees Selecting a tree for your ­landscape p Vibrant flowers dress up the loropetalum evergreen in early spring. u The low profile and showy floral display of the white fringe tree makes it a desirable choice for limited spaces. q Eastern red cedars create excellent screens and provide food and shelter for wildlife.

Medium trees (25 to 50 feet tall at maturity) will fit in most urban

landscapes but still need some room to grow. Chinese pistache is a shade tree that grows 30 to 35 feet tall and about the same in spread. It provides dappled shade, perfect over a bench with a glass of sweet tea. In fall, shades of yellow, orange and red often develop at the same time; its fallen leaves are fragile and easy to clean up. This tree has no serious pests and is extremely drought tolerant. Young trees can be a bit awkward looking, but a mature pistache is worth the wait. Eastern red cedar is a native, evergreen conifer that thrives in our state. It tolerates poor soil but needs good drainage. Red cedars are excellent trees for wildlife, providing food and shelter for birds and other animals. These trees will ultimately reach above 50 feet tall, but it takes many years since their growth slows substantially the older they get. Cedars make excellent screens and tall hedges and should be considered a substitute for Leyland cypress, because they have far fewer problems. 26

Small trees (less than 25 feet tall at maturity) are good for limited spaces

like courtyards and under power lines. Two types of fringe trees I love are the white fringe tree, a S.C. native also known as grancy (sometimes granddaddy) graybeard, and the Chinese fringe tree. Both are beautiful, deciduous trees, but without a doubt these trees are grown for their outstanding spring flower display. From May to June, both produce large, wispy clusters of white flowers with thin, strap-shaped petals. The overall effect gives these trees a look of being shrouded within a cloud or mist. When the sun hits the flowers it can seem as if the tree is glowing.

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is a big decision, since you’ll live with the results for a long time. Just look at how many oaks and maples—trees that grow 50 to 70 feet tall—are planted thoughtlessly under power lines. Fortunately, there is a tree for almost any site. Four of my favorite medium- to small-sized trees will fit into most landscapes and are under­ used in South Carolina. I call them “can’t-miss trees,” based on their appearance, adaptability, drought tolerance, and resistance to pests, diseases and other problems.

Chinese fringe tree will grow a little larger than the native, close to 25 feet tall in maturity, and somewhat broader in outline. Use these as specimens, focal points in flower borders and just about anywhere you would plant a dogwood or cherry. Loropetalums are evergreens usually pruned into shrubs. Unless you plant the dwarf forms that are intended to be shrubs, save yourself the trouble of routine shearing and let loropetalum become an attractive small tree. Consider it an evergreen alternative to crape myrtle for the tight spaces under power lines and near buildings. Practically pest free, loropetalum will tolerate sun or shade. The purpleleafed varieties are the most common, with pink flowers in the early spring. Zhuzhou fuchsia is one of the best cultivars to grow into a small tree. is an area horticulture agent and Master Gardener coordinator for Clemson Extension based in Greenville County. Contact him at S. CORY TANNER   | November/December 2013   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING




ZZZZZipping over the river One effect of the new

zip line experience at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is that it seems to reduce people’s vocabularies to two words: “awesome” and “cool.” Whooshing through treetops, gliding above the Saluda River, and making the pedestrians below stare up enviously at you is two hours well spent. Some guests climb down from the final platform, wideeyed and exhilarated, pumped to do it all over again. “We’ve had older people come out to tick it off their bucket lists,” says Susan O’Cain, communications specialist for Riverbanks. The zip line canopy tours at the Columbia zoo opened in August with two separate courses that offer unique treetop-level experiences: l The higher intensity ZOOm the River! course features three zip stretches—two short warm-ups, then one 1,010-foot zoom over the Saluda. A couple of cargo net climbs and a swinging bridge complete the adventure. l The Zip the Zoo! course runs along the edge of the zoo’s Carousel Plaza. It’s a good starter course for kids and beginners, with four shorter zip stretches and GetThere a few climbing elements to add a bit of challenge. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is located at Zipping is as simple as 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, just off I-126 at Greystone Boulevard. sitting down. You’re in a shoulder-to-thigh harness, HOURS: The zoo is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. hooked to an overhead Advance reservations are required for the zip line tours. Allow two hours at cable line, so all you need the zoo for the experience. to do is relax into the harness—and step off a COST: Zip the Zoo! is $45 for the general public, $30 for zoo members; ZOOm treetop platform. the River! is $55 for the general public, “That first step off is $40 for zoo members. the hardest, because you DETAILS: (803) 779-8717; have all the nerves, you’re a little anxious, you don’t 28

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Chelsea Padgett of Nashville, Tenn., glides in for her final landing after her zip line ride over the Saluda River. Riders travel above the Riverbanks zoo and grounds on cable lines that run from one treetop platform (above) to the next.

know what to expect,” O’Cain says. “Then that first ride is just indescribable, and it just gets better from there.” The tree-mounted platforms do have a bit of wobble, but at all times, riders are safely harnessed and tethered to an overhead line or a sturdy structure. Even on the most daunting section of the river course—​ a bridge made of swaying planks, suspended by cables, that guests walk across single file—the harness and tether offer plenty of security. Because Riverbanks is part garden, protecting its trees is a priority. Plat­ forms are suspended around the trees using halo structures that minimize damage and allow for healthy tree growth. No question about it—the star attraction is the final and swiftest stretch of the course, where the rider bursts out of the trees and over an open expanse of the Saluda River. The incomparable view and the breeze on your face as you soar over the water are treats enough. Getting to wave at curious onlookers on the bridge over the river or in kayaks below is a bonus. Two trained guides travel the full course with riders. Listen to them—they’re full of handy tips for important things like how to land Peter Pan style or how to tuck your legs up to zip faster. And they’re good for wacky suggestions for ramping up the fun—whoop like a siamang ape, for example, or high five a tree leaf on your way down the line. Don’t forget your exit line when the ride is over: “That was awesome!” Or maybe “Cool!”

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Airports bring out the kid in people who love the simple joy of watching planes take off and land. At Greenville Downtown Airport, plane lovers of all ages have found an observation point at the Runway Cafe, where the runway views are clear, the menu has an international flavor and a brand-new, aviation-themed ­playground entertains the kids. Slap in the middle of four main Greenville arteries—South Pleasant­burg Drive, Laurens Road, Haywood Road and I-385—the restaurant attracts a steady crowd: local businesspeople Mike Bliss covered one wall of his Runway Cafe with an oversized on lunch breaks, fly-in pilots and parents with mural of an airplane’s cockpit instrument panel. Young patrons young children. They come to sit near the floorlove to stand next to the mural, where they can pretend they are to-ceiling windows or out on the patio and watch pilots operating the controls. the planes while they eat. While the burgers are popular (there’s a black“The windows are the attraction,” says owner bean version for vegetarians), it’s the weekly Mike Bliss, who opened Runway Cafe with specials that intrigue regulars. Bliss rotates about partner Lem Winesett in 2010. “There’s not a 80 different dishes, featuring bad seat in the house.” tastes from around the globe, Bliss’ previous restaurant Runway Cafe and emails customers who want was a cafe in a local indepen21 Airport Road Extension to know when their favorites are dent bookstore. When he and Greenville, SC 29607 available. Winesett, a caterer, heard that (864) 991-8488 His mulligatawny soup is a the downtown airport needed creamy, low-sodium, curry-rich a restaurant, they converted an Hours: Sunday through dish with apples, chicken and old flight school building into an Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; rice. Other international specialaviation-themed eatery, complete Wednesday and Thursday, with a menu of sandwiches, ties include Moroccan chickpea 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to salads and specials to suit. chili, Ethiopian peanut soup and 8:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, “I’ve been working in restauRussian borscht. 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For the kids, the “Little Flyers” rants since I was 14 and that has Upcoming events at the menu features must-haves such always been my dream—to have park and cafe: Nov. 2, 11 a.m.: Radioas corn dogs, chicken nuggets a really cool restaurant in a neat Controlled Aircraft Show— and grilled cheese, with aviationlocation, and this fits the bill,” Free aerobatic display, themed names like the “Puddle Bliss says. performed by three RC clubs Jumper” and the “Zeppelin.” Perfect for his location is the in South Carolina. Most appealing to the younger cafe’s $100 Hamburger—two Dec. 15, 9 a.m.: S.C. Breakfast diners, however, are the fly-ins half-pound Angus beef patties Club—Meet, eat and chat who park their planes on the topped with three cheese slices. with pilots and aviation apron beside the restaurant and The actual price is $10.99. But enthusiasts. the airport playground. the name comes from an inside “The kids all run to the fence” joke among private pilots who log to see the planes and pilots, says Lara Kaufman, training hours by flying in to meet fellow pilots the airport’s public relations director. “These for lunch at airport cafes, spending well over the guys are like superheroes to them.”  cost of a burger just in fuel costs.

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8–17 • “Dial ‘M’ for Murder,” Spartanburg Little Theatre, Spartanburg. (864) 585-8278. 16 • Science Saturday: Robots, Spartanburg Science Center, Spartanburg. (864) 583-2777. 16 • Mistletoe Market, 5 Point Church, Easley. (864) 850-0580. 16 • Holiday Bazaar, Rosewood Center, Liberty. (864) 843-3177, ext. 4. 21 • ArtWalk, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 583-2776. 21 • A Spartanburg Christmas, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, Spartanburg. (864) 596-3501. 23 • Holiday Bazaar, The Backwoods, Long Creek. (888) 498-2829. 23–Jan. 4 • Holiday Lights Safari Benefit, Hollywild Animal Park, Wellford. (864) 472-2038. 28 • TreesGreenville Turkey Day 8K, downtown, Greenville. (864) 313-0765. 28–Dec. 25 • Lights of Hope, Darwin Wright Park, Anderson. (864) 940-9371. 28–Dec. 30 • Roper Mountain Holiday Lights, Roper Mountain Science Center, Greenville. (864) 355-8900. 30 • Holiday Craft Show, Larry Traynham Center, Ware Shoals. (864) 456-7158.

8 • Christmas Parade, downtown, Union. (864) 427-9039. 14 • Christmas Parade, Limestone Street, Gaffney. (864) 487-6244. 14 • Christmas Parade, downtown, Carlisle. (864) 427-1505. 31 • New Year’s Eve Champagne Run, 5 Research Dr., Greenville. (503) 329-6453. JANUARY

6–Feb. 3 • Hustle Dance Lessons, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 583-0339. 10–12 • “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” Spartanburg Little Theatre, Spartanburg. (864) 585-8278. 11 • Race for the Grasshopper, Cowpens National Battlefield, Gaffney. (864) 978-7295. ONGOING Daily through Jan. 6 • Skating on the Square, Morgan Square, Spartanburg. (864) 562-4059. Daily, Nov. 29–Jan. 20 • Ice on Main, Village Green, Greenville. (864) 467-4355. Daily • Art Gallery at the Fran Hanson Discovery Center, South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson. (864) 656-3405. Mondays • Country Two-Step Lessons, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 583-0339. Mondays through Saturdays, Nov. 1–Dec. 21 • Holiday Art Sale, The Arts Center, Clemson. (864) 633-5051. Tuesdays through Sundays through Dec. 21 • From ’Bourg DECEMBER to ’Burg, Spartanburg Art Museum, 1–Jan. 1 • Light Displays, Little Spartanburg. (864) 582-7616. River Amphitheater and Children’s Saturdays through Park, Laurens. (864) 984-3933. November • Hub City 3 • A Dickens of a Christmas, Farmers Market, Magnolia downtown, Spartanburg. Street Train Station, (864) 596-2976. Spartanburg. (864) 585-0905. 4 • Foothills Philharmonic Sundays through Nov. 30 • Christmas Concert, J. Harley Bonds Hawk Watch, Caesar’s Head State Career Center, Greer. (864) 268-8743. Park, Cleveland. (864) 836-6115. 6 • Christmas on Limestone, Sundays • Sundays Unplugged, downtown, Gaffney. (864) 487-6244. Chapman Cultural Center, 7 • Jingle Bell Run/Walk Spartanburg. (864) 542-2787. for Arthritis, 5 Research Dr., Greenville. (704) 705-1799. MIDLANDS 7 • Christmas Parade, downtown, NOVEMBER Laurens. (864) 984-2119. 15–16 • “Planet Hopping,” 7 • Poinsettia Christmas Harbison Theatre at Parade, Main Street, Midlands Technical College, Greenville. (864) 232-2273. Irmo. (803) 407-5011. 7 • Christmas Tour of 16 • Christmas at the Farm, Kings Homes, multiple venues, Mountain State Park Living History Union. (864) 301-2466. Farm, Blacksburg. (803) 222-3209. 7–8 • Christmas at Rose Hill, 21 • Annual Card & Ornament Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Debut, Museum of York County, Site, Union. (864) 427-5966. Rock Hill. (803) 329-2121. 8 • 125th Birthday Party for The Generals’ House, 305 N. Main St., Abbeville. (864) 366-8193.


Crafty Feast on Dec. 15 in Columbia is an independent craft fair featuring handmade, repurposed and experimental crafts. 21 • Carolina Backcountry Oyster Roast, Sumter County Museum, Sumter. (803) 775-0908. 21 • Vista Lights, downtown, Columbia. (803) 269-5946. 22–24 • Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show, Jamil Shrine Temple, Columbia. (803) 736-9317. 23 • Colonial Cup, Springdale Race Course, Camden. (803) 432-6513. 23–24 • Festival of Trees, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia. (803) 434-7275. 27–Dec. 31 • Holiday Lights on the River, Saluda Shoals Park, Columbia. (803) 772-1228. 29–30 • Christmas Craft Show, McConnells Community Center, McConnells. (803) 230-3845. 30 • Christmas in the Backcountry, Living History Park, North Augusta. (803) 279-7560. 30 • Cotton: Bolls, Bales, Batts and Beyond, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. (803) 628-6553. 30 and Dec. 7 and 14 • Santa Express, South Carolina Railroad Museum, Winnsboro. (803) 712-4135. DECEMBER

1–31 • Fantasy of Lights, Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter. (800) 688-4748. 1–5 and 8–20 • Lights Before Christmas Overnight, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia. (803) 602-0803. 5–8 • ChristmasVille, historic downtown, Rock Hill. (803) 329-8756. 5–8 • Favorite Things Holiday Market, S.C. State Fairgrounds, Columbia. (803) 252-4552. 6–8 • Holiday Open House and Artisans Market, Arts and Heritage Center, North Augusta. (803) 441-4380. 6–8 • A Nutcracker Fantasy, Lexington Middle School Auditorium, Lexington. (803) 808-7766.

7 • Tut’s Tea Party, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898-4999. 7 • Christmas for the Birds, Living History Park, North Augusta. (803) 279-7560. 7 and 14 • Christmas Candlelight Tours, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. (803) 628-6553. 14 • Small Town Christmas Parade, downtown, Elloree. (803) 535-9522. 14 • Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, 104 Saluda Pointe Dr., Lexington. (704) 705-1799. 15 • Crafty Feast, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia. (803) 348-8861. 21–Jan. 1 • Winter Fest, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898-4999. 31 • Famously Hot New Year, downtown, Columbia. (803) 413-6808. JANUARY

1–31 • Free Plant Identification Service, USC Herbarium, Columbia. (803) 777-8196. 4 • Joe Davis Memorial Resolution Run, Walter Elisha Park, Fort Mill. (980) 224-3137. ONGOING

Daily, except major holidays, Nov. 23–Dec. 30 • Lights Before Christmas, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia. (803) 779-8717. Daily, by appointment • Zip Line Adventures, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia. (803) 602-0803. Mondays in December • Merry Mondays, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898-4999. Second Tuesdays • Family Night $1 Admission, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia. (803) 779-3100. Wednesdays • Wee Wednesdays, Main Street Children’s Museum, 133 E. Main St., Rock Hill. (803) 327-6400.

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First Thursdays • Art Crawl and Streetfest, Main Street, Columbia. (803) 988-1065. First Fridays • Meet the Artists, The Village Artists, Columbia. (803) 699-8886. Saturdays • Behind-theScenes Adventure Tours, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia. (803) 978-1113. Second Saturdays • Children’s Art Program, Sumter County Gallery of Art, Sumter. (803) 775-0543. Second Saturdays • Experience Edgefield: Living History Saturdays, Town Square, Edgefield. (803) 637-4010.

5–7, 12–14 and 19–21 • Nights of a Thousand Candles, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet. (800) 849-1931. 6–7 • Christmas Festival, downtown, Holly Hill. (843) 709-3706. 6–8 • Holiday Weekend, historic downtown, Beaufort. (843) 525-6644. 7 • Holiday Market & Craft Show, Farmers Market Pavilion, Mount Pleasant. (843) 884-8517. 7 • Santa at the Beach, Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-0874. 7 • Christmas Festival & Parade, Felix Davis Community Center, North Charleston. (843) 740-5854. LOWCOUNTRY 8 • Christmas Light Parade and Tree Lighting, Coleman Boulevard, NOVEMBER Mount Pleasant. (843) 884-8517. 14–17 • Dickens Christmas 8 • Christmas Concert with the Show & Festivals, Myrtle Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Beach Convention Center, Thomas Episcopal Church, North Myrtle Beach. (800) 261-5991. Charleston. (843) 740-5854. 15–16 • Pee Dee Ultimate 14 • Christmas in the Adventure Deer Hunt, Inlet Holiday Home Tour, Chesterfield and Marlboro multiple venues, Murrells counties. (843) 287-1915. Inlet. (843) 357-2007. 15–17 • Charleston’s Holiday 14 • Jingle Bell Run/Walk, Roper Market, Charleston Coliseum St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital, and Convention Center, North Mount Pleasant. (843) 686-7399. Charleston. (336) 282-5550. 14 • Christmas at the Farm, 15–17 • Kiawah Island L.W. Paul Living History Farm, Motoring Retreat, Kiawah Conway. (843) 915-5320. Island Club’s River Course, Kiawah Island. (843) 768-3875. 31 • New Year’s Eve Celebration, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle 16 • St. Nicholas BBQfest, riverfront, Conway. (855) 492-8626. Beach. (800) 386-4662. 31 • New Year’s Eve Gala, 20 • Distinguished Lecture Series: Leonard A. Lauder, Gibbes The Jazz Corner, Hilton Head Museum, Charleston. (843) 722-2706. Island. (843) 842-8620. 23 • Murrells Inlet 2020 JANUARY Oyster Roast, Wicked Tuna, 1 • New Year’s First Day Murrells Inlet. (843) 357-2007. Hike, Myrtle Beach State Park, 28–30 • South Carolina State Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-0874. Bluegrass Festival, Myrtle 1 • Exploring Pinckney Island, Beach Area Convention Center, Pinckney Island, Hilton Head Myrtle Beach. (706) 265-0655. Island. (843) 689-6767, ext. 223. 29–30 • Central Oak Missionary 1 • Polar Bear Run, Publix, Baptist Church Youth Explosion, Bluffton. (843) 757-8520. Hilton Head High School Seahawks Cultural Center, Hilton ONGOING Head Island. (843) 342-2641. Daily • Enchanted Storybook Forest, Brookgreen Gardens, 30 • Intracoastal Christmas Murrells Inlet. (843) 235-6000. Regatta, Intracoastal Waterway, Little River and North Myrtle Daily, through Dec. 31 • Beach. (843) 249-8888. Holiday Festival of Lights, James Island County Park, DECEMBER Charleston. (843) 795-7275. 1 • Murrells Inlet Christmas Daily, Dec. 2–31 • “Inspired” Parade, U.S. 17 Business, art exhibition, Charleston Murrells Inlet. (843) 357-2007. Area Convention Center, North 4 • Art with a Twist Antique Charleston. (843) 740-5854. Walk, Gibbes Museum, Tuesdays and Saturdays • Charleston. (843) 722-2706. Shag Lessons, Beach Music & Shag 4 • Blood Drive, Coastal Preservation Society Clubhouse, Carolina Hospital, Hilton Head Charleston. (843) 814-0101. Island. (843) 689-8246. Wednesdays • Organic Farmers Market, 714 8th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach. (843) 429-0018, ext. 302.


By Jan A. Igoe

Live and lettuce live I don’t remember exactly when our family officially

adopted her, but Aunt Gladys has been around forever and is crazy enough to go toe-to-toe with any of my blood relatives, so she fits right in. Decades ago, Mom discovered Gladys standing by a rusty, old Rambler parked at a two-headed meter (that took only quarters) with a penny in her hand. Even then, she seemed ancient. Standing in the street, she looked to be about 4-foot-6 in her lace-up orthopedic shoes, which made those Minnie Mouse legs look even more toothpicky. Her eyes and hair were equally blue. Mistaking Gladys for confused and helpless, Mom started to put her own quarter in the slot for the Rambler. “Oh, not that one, dear,” Gladys interrupted, turning toward the other car sharing the meter. “That one!” Her bony, little finger was pointing to a bright metallic Porsche Roadster convertible. Before Mom could take her quarter back, Gladys pushed the coin into the slot and quickly returned the penny to her change purse, which contained quite a few quarters. Scammed by a prehistoric hustler who drives a stick! You had to love her. So we kept her. Gladys still chauffeurs herself everywhere. Her coordination is extraordinary, probably from practicing the bongos every day. But she can get creative with technicalities, like where she’s going. When she went to pick up her friend at the airport in Raleigh, we got a frantic call on Monday night. “Irene has been kidnapped! She’s gone,” Aunt Gladys moaned. “I called 9-1-1, and the cops are on their way.” Well, the good news is that Irene was fine. She wasn’t at the airport because her flight didn’t leave until Wednesday. And its destination was Charlotte. Since then, we’ve been trying to keep Aunt Gladys busy 38

a little closer to home. She’s got a nice, big yard, so we gave her a book on gardening, which she seemed to enjoy. A few days later, Mom returned with her first crop report. Aunt Gladys was running around in coveralls planting lettuce. In her living room. We’re not talking about some harmless little blackthumb-proof AeroGarden here. Oh, no. Aunt Gladys went out and sprang for the most decadent professional hydroponic growing system she could find. Easily 7 feet tall, the monster was sitting where her sectional used to be. It had dozens of bright, migraine-inducing lights and enough tubes to raise Frankenstein from the mulch. If you wanted to watch TV, you’d have to straddle the filtration system, which had displaced both recliners. “I’ll keep you girls up to your eyeballs in arugula,” Aunt Gladys promised merrily. Mom was horrified. Gladys was thrilled— almost as thrilled as the hydroponic company where she must have dropped thousands. Within six months, the system had yielded approximately three leaves of overpriced produce—not quite enough salad for a flea. The only thing that experienced substantial growth was her water bill. “What are you going to do now?” we asked our unfazed aunt, who was playing a bongo solo to the lettuce. Of course, Aunt Gladys had everything under control. She’d already lined up a buyer while she was out shagging. “No worries. I met a guy who’ll take it for twice what I paid,” she said. We were about to do the happy dance when Aunt Gladys shared her plan to deliver it personally. To Raleigh. We just have to talk her out of taking the Porsche.  Jan A. Igoe is a writer and non-gardener from the beach who patronizes the produce section of her supermarket, where you can buy hydroponic lettuce for less than $350 a leaf. Write her at

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