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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS Vol. 71 • No. 6 (ISSN 0047-486X, USPS 316-240) Read in more than 573,000 homes and businesses and published monthly except in December by The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. 808 Knox Abbott Drive Cayce, SC 29033

JUNE 2017 • VOLUME 71, NUMBER 6

FEATURE

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

16 Buried treasure

EDITOR

Metal detectors in hand, treasure hunters scour the backwoods of South Carolina for lost relics from the Civil War and the American Revolution.

Keith Phillips ASSISTANT EDITOR

Diane Veto Parham FIELD EDITOR

Walter Allread PUBLICATION COORDINATOR

Travis Ward

ART DIRECTOR

Sharri Harris Wolfgang DESIGNER

Susan Collins PRODUCTION

Andrew Chapman WEB EDITOR

Van O’Cain COPY EDITOR

ANDREW HAWORTH

Susan Scott Soyars CONTRIBUTORS

Mike Couick, Jayne Cannon, Jim Dulley, Hastings Hensel, Jan A. Igoe, Thomas Kirk, Sydney Patterson, Susan Hill Smith, Paul Wesslund PUBLISHER

Lou Green ADVERTISING

National Country Market Tel:  (800) NCM-1181 Paid advertisements are not endorsements by any electric cooperative or this publication. If you encounter a difficulty with an advertisement, inform the Editor. ADDRESS CHANGES: Please send

to your local co-op. Postmaster: Send Form 3579 to Address Change, c/o the address above.

Periodicals postage paid at Columbia, S.C., and additional mailing offices. © COPYRIGHT 201 7. The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. No portion of South Carolina Living may be reproduced without permission of the Editor.

6 ON THE AGENDA

21 Silhouette storyteller

Be there as the next Miss South Carolina and the next Miss Teen South Carolina receive their crowns. Plus: What will the substation of the future look like? The answer may surprise you.

POWER USER DIALOGUE

10 Repairing homes and lives

Using teenage volunteers to renovate homes for elderly, disabled and disadvantaged residents, Columbia-based Home Works of America does more than improve the housing stock. It also forges social bonds that build stronger communities. ENERGY Q&A

12 Breathe easy with

efficient air filters

The right filtration system is the secret to removing dust, smoke and other pollutants that can cause allergies to flare. SMART CHOICE

14 Gifts for Father’s Day Member of the NCM network of publications, reaching more than 7 million homes and businesses

Forget the tie and aftershave. Today’s dad deserves tools that make life easier and more fun.

STORIES

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Clay Rice learned the art of handmade paper portraits from his famous grandfather but has taken the family business in new directions. SCENE

22 A magnificent seven

Top chefs present the seven recipes every S.C. cook should know. TRAVELS

30 Hagood Mill keeps

history alive

For more than 150 years, the water-powered grist mill at Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folk Center has been a gathering place where neighbors can stock up on local news along with grits, meal and flour.

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KEITH PHILLIPS

is brought to you by your member-owned, taxpaying, not-for-profit electric cooperative to inform you about your cooperative, wise energy use and the faces and places that identify the Palmetto State. Electric cooperatives are South Carolina’s — and America’s — largest utility network. SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING

SC LIFE

HUMOR ME

38 Long story skort

Shopping for summer outfits becomes a misadventure our humor columnist won’t soon forget.

34 MARKETPLACE 36 SC EVENTS

COMFORT

FOOD Top chefs present 7 recipes every S.C. cook must know F E ATU R E

Hunting for buried treasure HUMOR ME

Fitting-room madness JUNE 2017

NATIONAL REPRESENTATION

4 CO-OP CONNECTION

ALEXANDER FOX

Mary Watts Tel: (803) 739-5074 Email: ads@scliving.coop

Chef Frank Lee of Charleston shares his recipe for shrimp and grits, one of seven classic South Carolina dishes every cook should know. Photo by Ruta Smith.


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Highlights

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If your family’s Independence Day plans include fun in the sun on S.C. beaches, stake out a shoreline position to show your appreciation for the armed forces that protect our freedoms. The free military flyover, with F-16s from Shaw Air Force Base and a C-17 taking the skies, starts at 1 p.m. at the N.C. border and travels south along the S.C. coast. On the ground, kids, parents and hundreds of thousands of holiday revelers will be waving U.S. flags, saluting pilots overhead and creating patriotic art in the sand in support of our nation’s defenders. For details, visit salutefromtheshore.org.

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It’s free, it’s the biggest in the country, and it’s still growing. This self-guided farm-and-art tour is stretching into Florence and Newberry counties this year—that brings the total up to 11 participating S.C. counties and more than 80 different tour sites. Every weekend in June offers new places to visit to learn firsthand about farm life, watch local artisans in action, enjoy live music and buy S.C. produce and artworks. For details, visit agandarttour.com.

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A rare opportunity to see two long-gone legends together takes place when newsman Walter Cronkite interviews Elvis Presley in a June 10 preview for this annual living-history celebration. Performers portraying Cronkite (Larry Bounds, pictured) and Presley take us back to 1958, just before Elvis began his U.S. Army stint. Other festival performers bring to life President Abraham Lincoln, poet Maya Angelou, labor leader/activist Cesar Chavez and conservationist author Rachel Carson at venues around Greenville.

That crowning moment, when a new Miss South Carolina succeeds 2016 winner Rachel Wyatt (pictured), will be televised statewide Saturday night during the pageant’s big finish. But you could be there, live and in person, for all five days of competition for both Miss South Carolina and Miss S.C. Teen. Nearly 100 young women will compete for crowns and more than $200,000 in scholarships in the two pageants at The Township in Columbia.

Chautauqua History Alive Festival

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The punch list As utilities design and build future substations, they’ll face these obstacles and opportunities:

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In Seattle, Washington, the Denny Substation, serving an urban district, will incorporate pedestrian walkways, artwork and even a leash-free dog park. Work on the site started in 2015, and the substation is expected to be energized in 2018.

Localized solar and wind farms, battery-storage systems and the unique characteristics of electric vehicles may allow consumers to sell excess electricity back to the utility.

The substation of the future SOLAR FARMS, ELECTRIC CARS, C ­ OMPUTER

hackers, vandals and thieves might not seem to have much in common, but they’re all making big changes in your electric service. Those changes have electric utilities talking about “the substation of the future.” That mass of wires and equipment you see behind chain-link fences of traditional substations turns high-­ voltage electricity from centralized power plants into lower-voltage electricity that can be used in your home. But that straight-line path for electricity is changing, says Tom Lovas, a consultant with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Battery-storage systems in homes, localized solar and wind generation, and the unique characteristics of electric vehicles give consumers new options to manage their energy use and provide surplus power back to the grid. “The traditional model of generation, transmission and distribution is kind of being turned on its head,” Lovas says. “In the past, power flowed to a substation and then flowed out to the consumer …. The substation has now become a point of information and interconnection, and it’s coordinated in a different way.” When power flows in both directions, running a utility gets a lot more complicated. First, there’s safety. Lineworkers need to be sure they

SAFETY With non-utility

know which wires are energized and which are not. Electricity traveling in a different direction could put new stresses on old equipment. And utilities need new ways to monitor electric current. Information about where the electricity is coming from and where it’s going can be used to improve operations, reduce outages and lower maintenance costs, Lovas says. Protecting this data from hackers and securing the physical infrastructure from vandals and copper thieves is another priority in designing future substations, according to a report by the Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation (CEATI). Lovas also predicts that many utilities will take aesthetics into account as they build future substations in more remote locations, underground or hidden by trees and other amenities. As an example, he points to a substation now under construction in Seattle, Washington, to serve a historic urban district. The facility will operate with the latest electrical equipment hidden behind a sloping wall and be surrounded by pedestrian walkways, artwork and even a leash-free dog park. When will we see the substation of the future? Maybe never, if it’s hidden behind a grove of trees. Or, since improvements and advancements are already being installed, maybe it’s already here.

power producers putting electricity onto the grid, extra precautions need to be taken so workers in a substation know which wires are energized.

INFORMATION High-tech equipment will monitor electric current and how it’s being used. Learning how to analyze that information could help utilities reduce outages and manage electricity more efficiently. SECURITY As substations

increasingly become data centers, cybersecurity will be a major concern. Traditional threats will also be addressed, including vandals, copperwire thieves and animals that can chew wires and damage other equipment.

APPEARANCE Not every-

one likes the looks of a sub­station, so planning includes looking for more remote locations, planting trees around them or designing attractive walls so they fit better into the look of a ­neighborhood.

“I don’t think there’s any defined date when the substation of the future takes over,” says Lovas. “It’s just a natural progression of things.” —PAUL WESSLUND

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On the Agenda A COOL NEW IDEA IN AIR CONDITIONING During the summer, the best way to cool down your beverage is to put a few pieces of ice in it. Soon, an even bigger chunk of ice could be responsible for cooling down your home or business. Ice chilling, properly known as cool thermal storage (CTS), operates on a simple principle: Make a large block

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As beautiful as they are useful, herbs shouldn’t be relegated to a backyard vegetable patch or patio pots. Their colorful blooms and fragrant foliage can be seamlessly integrated into your landscape. Gardening columnist Amy L. Dabbs of Clemson Extension shows you how at SCLiving.coop/herbs.

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ICE ENERGY

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Ice batteries operate during off-peak hours to freeze water in an insulated storage tank. During peak hours, ice-chilled refrigerant circulates from the unit to the air-conditioning system, eliminating the need for energyintensive compressors.

of ice during the night, then use that ice during the day, instead of an AC compressor, to keep the building cool. This method for air conditioning, sometimes called an ice battery, can shift 95 percent of the energy used for air conditioning to nighttime hours, when demand for electricity—and the cost of generating it—drops. By moving electricity use from daytime to nighttime, both the utility and consumers save money. CTS systems can be added to existing buildings or installed during new construction, but they have limitations. The technology works best when a facility has a high air-conditioning load, and consumers should make sure their utility offers a suitable time-of-use rate structure when calculating potential return on investment. Most commercial units are installed on top of the building they serve, so the building’s roof must be able to handle several thousand additional pounds. While CTS units are primarily used at commercial and industrial facilities, one company, Ice Energy, now produces a residential unit designed to work in conjunction with traditional HVAC units and mini-split heat pumps. Currently sold only in California, the system will be offered in other states later this year. —THOMAS KIRK GONE FISHIN’ The Vektor Fish & Game Forecast provides feeding and migration times. Major periods can bracket the peak by an hour. Minor peaks, ½ hour before and after. Minor

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Dialogue

Repairing homes and lives Home Works is a lean and efficient organizaresidents, the stresses of home ownership and tion, thanks to executive director Jim Huggins upkeep mean that the comforts of home are and his team of just six full-time staff. A pro­ always just out of reach. Whether it’s a leaky fessional engineer and certified construction roof, leaking ductwork or nonfunctioning manager, Huggins brings 10 years of corporate plumbing, the overwhelming costs of making management experience and eight years of repairs mean that many elderly, disabled service in the U.S. Navy to ensure that the work and disadvantaged homeowners are living in is done properly and up to code and that every houses that are not just uncomfortable, but also work site is safe for all involved. unhealthy and unsafe. One of the most compelling aspects of Home More than 20 years ago, a South Carolinian Works is the way it engages the young people named Hank Chardos founded an organization of our state. During busy workdays that often called Home Works of America with the goal of involve roof repair or replacement, building repairing the houses of elderly and disadvanaccess ramps, or repairing kitchen and bathroom plumbing, there is also a different taged homeowners, providing kind of work happening. With hope and allowing them to safely an average of 20 to 40 adult and remain in their homes—think of How you can help youth volunteers on site at a time, a Habitat for Humanity program For more information there are countless development for existing homes. Today, Home on Home Works, call and mentorship opportunities Works annually repairs 100 to (803) 781-4536 or visit homeworksofamerica.org. that can transform young lives, 130 homes across South Carolina, says Jim Powell, director of North Carolina and Georgia by development. coordinating volunteers from local “If you could witness the hope that happens churches, civic clubs and youth groups. when a youth connects with an elderly homeConsider these examples of recent Home Works projects. owner,” Powell says. “That connection is almost In the Pee Dee region, termites had eaten more important than the swinging of hammers through the floor and subflooring of an elderly or scraping of paint.” lady’s home, essentially confining her to living Helping neighbors remain safe and comfortin the kitchen—the only remotely stable room able in their homes is important work, and in her house. If she ventured beyond that space, using the opportunity to inspire compassion she feared falling through the floor. During a and understanding in future generations is four-day work blitz, Home Works brought in an strengthening our communities in ways we can’t expert volunteer contractor who helped jack up even imagine. Home Works is a shining example the house, so the volunteers could rebuild the of what can happen when local people band entire floor structure. together to build a better state. Down in the Lowcountry, an aging gentleman If you know of other organizations working had been living with nonfunctioning plumbing locally to solve problems and improve the lives of for years. Every day, he would carry a 5-gallon neighbors, please write to connections@ecsc.org, bucket outside to fill it up at a water spigot. He or Connections, 808 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, would then bring it back inside, where he would SC 29033. pour it into his toilet tank for flushing. Through the volunteer efforts of Home Works, this man now has properly functioning plumbing, greatly improving his quality of life. FOR SOME OF OUR STATE’S MOST VULNERABLE

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BY JIM DULLEY

Breathe easy with efficient air filters

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We are replacing our old heat pump and evaluating different filter options. Our kids have aller­ gies, so we want the cleanest possible air in our home. What MERV rating should we look for when selecting filters?

p This electronic air cleaner charges air particles and uses 72 square feet of filtering media to trap them. t Change your heating and cooling system’s air filter at least every three months; a dirty filter requires the system to work harder to keep you comfortable.

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MERV is short for minimum efficiency reporting value, and it measures how well a filter or aircleaner appliance traps particulates, including dust, smoke, pollen and mold spores. The rating ranges from 1 to 16. An inexpensive, 1-inch-thick fiberglass filter is about MERV 2 at best. A filter used in hospitals for surgery may be MERV 16. My geothermal heat pump uses a MERV 11 filter. Consult your doctor for a precise diagnosis of allergens, and choose filters accordingly. Many common allergens (pollen, pet dander, dust mites) can be removed by a MERV 4 filter. Mold spores vary in size, but a MERV 7 filter can remove most of them. Removing tobacco and other smoke requires a minimum of MERV 13. Installing air filters with the highest MERV is not always the best choice for a home. These filters can decrease airflow through ducts to the point where the heat pump’s efficiency drops, and with lower airflow, fewer allergens make it to the filter to be removed. Most filters rated MERV 7 or higher use some type of pleated media. This filter material is folded back and forth like an accordion inside a stiff paper frame, often with reinforcing wire mesh. High-MERV filters are typically about 2 inches thick. Thicker filters (up to 6 inches) do not necessarily filter better, but they can hold

more particles before needing to be replaced. Keep in mind, a central filter only removes allergens that reach it. Many of the larger allergen particles never get drawn into the return air ducts. They puff up when someone sits on a sofa and settle back down again. Small, room-air cleaners—­stand‑alone appliances with built-in fans and filters—are another important tool when trying to control airborne allergens. For families without allergies, installing a basic, pleated-media filter is adequate. Its main purpose is to keep dust and dirt from getting into the heat-exchange coils inside the heat pump. Dirty coils can inhibit heat transfer and reduce system efficiency. Experts recommend changing air filters every three months to keep HVAC systems in peak working order. Washable electrostatic air cleaners can be an effective choice. The air flowing over the filter media creates a natural static charge, causing particles to stick to it. Rinsing the filter in the

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bathtub neutralizes the charge and washes the trapped particles away. Washable filters cost more than disposable filters, but if properly maintained, they can provide years of service. Whole-home air cleaners, which use a combination of thick pleated media and electrostatic grids, can be built into a new HVAC system in place of traditional air filters. Most manufacturers offer these combination systems as an option that is programmed to work with the heat pump’s computerized thermostats. Other manufacturers, such as Aprilaire, sell their own whole-home air cleaners that can be installed to work with existing heat pumps and other HVAC systems. These cleaners have their own control panels, which allow you to program the timing of the filter to fit your family’s at-home schedule. They also offer apps to control the system from a smartphone. As with any filter, the pleated material in a whole-home air cleaner will, over time, become clogged with the particles it removes and require cleaning and maintenance. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and guidelines to breathe easier and ensure peak operating efficiency. Send questions to Energy Q&A, South Carolina Living, 808 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29033, email energyqa@scliving.coop or fax (803) 739-3041.


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POWER PLAY Dad will be all-powerful with this Father of All Portable Chargers. The RAVPower 27,000-milliamphour Universal Power Bank weighs less than 2 pounds and can charge an iPhone 6s up to 11 times. Multiple ports allow simultaneous charging of several devices, while the built-in AC outlet is a convenient way to charge a laptop. $170. (888) 280‑4331; amazon.com.

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Searching for lost relics in the backwoods of South Carolina

Swope, though, has stopped while crosszation, and deep in the foggy woods ing a shallow creek. His metal detector is outside of Chappells, Barry Swope is picking up something in the pebbly ground sweeping his metal detector close to the beneath the waters. BY HASTINGS HENSEL ground and listening for the high-pitched “I’m doing something you’re really not PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW HAWORTH tone that might mean treasure. supposed to do, which is hunt iron,” he says. A half-dozen of his fellow South Carolina “Iron is everywhere. You can lose your mind Dirt Diggers club members, each with their own with it. The machine has the ability to ignore small metal detectors and shovels, have moved farther ahead. By nails, little pieces of iron. But a place like this? Well, a poring over old maps and by scouring the internet, they’ve Confederate button, it’s made of iron. You ignore it, and researched the land, and they believe they are close to the you won’t find it.” site of a Colonial gristmill. A Colonial gristmill would mean He uses the handle of his shovel to steady himself as he Colonial people. Colonial people would mean Colonial relics. kneels down into the creek. The shovel makes a crunching And Colonial relics are exactly what have brought them here sound as he digs out a circle around the target, and he on this three-day weekend hunt in January. pries out a handful of earth, a big wedge known as a plug. Then he reaches for a belt holster and his pin-pointer—​ a smaller, wand-shaped metal detector that can give a DOWN AND DIRTY Ron Ethridge (above left) of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and more precise reading—and he holds it up to the plug. It Barry Swope of Daphne, Alabama, know the next high-pitched whine could doesn’t beep. indicate a fascinating find concealed in the soil below. FAR FROM THE CROWDS OF MODERN CIVILI­

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“No, it’s deeper. That’s a good sign,” he says, because deeper means older, and because for “metalheads,” as for archaeologists, history isn’t a timeline but a layering of earth on top of earth. It’s all about digging to get down to it. He keeps digging and scanning until the pinpointer emits a high-pitched tone. Swope reaches one gloved hand into the dirt and pulls out something small but faintly shiny. For a moment, he thinks it might be what most of the detectorists are after this weekend—a button or a coin. Yesterday, one member dug up a cast-iron Confederate button with the letter “I” on it for Infantry. But then, he holds it up to his eye like a jeweler and gives a half smile as he shakes his head. “Mr. Shotgun Shell,” he says, bracing himself up with the shovel, his jeans now muddy and wet at the knees. Nevertheless, he estimates the shell is 100 years old, and he puts it in a container so he won’t find it again. It’s

time now, he says, to catch up with the others and see if they’ve found the gristmill. First, though, he must replace the plug—an essential part of the metal-detecting community’s leave-no-trace ethic. He puts the dirt back in the hole and presses it down with his boots. “Now, no one will know we were ever even here.”

FERTILE GROUND

In many ways, South Carolina is home to some of the most fertile relic-hunting ground in the country. “The reason everyone loves digging in South Carolina is the vast array of relics dug here,” says Kandi CochranReady, president of South Carolina Dirt Diggers club. “You have the Revolutionary War and an abundance of Civil War FIELD OF DREAMS Members of the S.C. Dirt Diggers club search a 5-square-mile tract near Chappells. A 1788 Spanish coin (above center) was located by club member Joe Denton of Little River. SCLIVING.COOP   | JUNE 2017   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING

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TOOLS OF THE HOBBY Chuck Smith (left) of Rock Hill and Josh Mangum are poised for the hunt with metal detectors and shovels at the ready.

ZEROING IN The metal detector whines, the hole is dug, and then Greg Hornsby of Jacksonville, Florida, gets to search for potential treasure .

artifacts. With the Civil War starting in Charleston, that area is loaded with stuff.” As club president, Cochran-Ready finds a site for the annual dig and secures permissions from the landowner. For this event, she’s leased the property from a hunt club. Her choice was guided by careful study of the 1825 Atlas of the State of South Carolina by Robert Mills and genealogy pages on the internet. The club believes there was a 1756 township called Scotland once located somewhere within these five square miles. And there’s an 1809 graveyard on the property, with the last person having been buried there in 1851. It’s the kind of site that makes relic hunters feverish. Indeed, on the Saturday morning of the hunt, they come from all over the country, as the club is open to all who have a respectful interest in the hobby. One of several metal-detecting clubs in the state, the South Carolina Dirt Diggers club began as a Facebook page among a few friends and has now grown to more than 50 members. The metal-detecting world, after all, is a relatively small and close-knit community, especially in the age of the internet, when people can post their finds online. After news leaked out in the community about some of the club’s discoveries, including Confederate belt buckles, membership spiked. Most members come to the hobby as amateur history buffs. “I’ve always been interested in history,” says Chuck Smith of Rock Hill, who, like many relic hunters, has his own YouTube channel, Southern Fried Relics, where he posts videos of his hunts. “I failed about every class in high school except history and science. I loved history, loved knowing what was there before me. To pull something out 18

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of the ground that’s been there for 200 years, and I’m the first person to touch it? It can be worth $5 or $500. It’s priceless to me.” Many of the members have a more personally historical interest. They come to the hobby through genealogy. Patrick Stewart of Scottsboro, Alabama, drove more than five hours to get here because, he says, his roots run deep in South Carolina—back to the revolution, and Stewart grew up spending summers at his grandfather’s house near Due West. Finding relics puts him closer to his familial past. Swope, who is a psychologist from Daphne, Alabama, offers a different sort of perspective—that metal detecting is like a gambling addiction. “It’s like slot machines,” he says. “You’ve got intermittent noises—the beeps. Intermittent rewards and the varying value of the reward. Repetitive motion like pulling a slot. It’s like every addicting thing there is—all in one.” The idea of intermittent rewards is one most relic hunters have no problem talking about. For every good find—a flat button or an old coin—there are thousands of throwaway finds—pop-tops, shotgun shells, barbed wire, scrap metal, chewing-gum wrappers, beer cans. “The problem is,” says dirt digger Mark Emmons of Paducah, Kentucky, “when people paste their finds on Facebook or something, they’ll paste the good finds, and they don’t put a whole hunk of junk that they’ve also found.” One small thing any relic hunter likes to find, however, is an old nail. Nails mean construction. Construction likely means homesites. Homesites mean more relics. In this way, metal detecting is like sleuthing as much as it is like gambling. You pick up on small clues to lead you to the


TRASH OR TREASURE? Rick Horsley (left) and Ken Weitlauf, both of Cincinnati, Ohio, examine a metal object discovered on a hunting lease near Chappells.

‘To pull something out of the ground that’s been there for 200 years, and I’m the first person to touch it? It can be worth $5 or $500. It’s priceless to me.’ —CHUCK SMITH, ROCK HILL RELIC HUNTER greater discovery. Once you make a discovery, well, then the hobby becomes more like historical fiction writing—­ interpreting what you’ve found and perhaps imagining the story behind it. Smith, for instance, takes a look at a harmonica reed that’s been dug up and says, laughingly, “Somebody probably jerked it out of his hand and smashed it, because he was tired of hearing it.” When Swope pulls out an intact, iron wagon wheel from the creek, he says, “This was a serious problem, right there. Their only wagon, losing its tread. You can see the dent. They’ve got a problem, because they’ve got to get food or to the market. It’s a bad day for them.”

SAVING HISTORY

The question everyone always asks is: “What’s your best find?” Most relic hunters, when asked this question, kind of roll their eyes or shrug their shoulders. For most hunters, it’s hard to say, and one relic hunter’s favorite find might not be interesting to the next. But most will tell you that the best finds are the ones in which the hard research paid off. Josh Mangum, an expert hunter who grew up

THE TALES THEY COULD TELL Detectorists are usually history buffs, too. Unearthed relics, including this selection located during the January hunt, inspire them to imagine the story behind their finds.

sight-hunting arrowheads in the plowed tobacco fields outside of Charlotte, says his best find was a collection of 18-pound cannon shells from the Revolutionary War that he found near Camden. “I can date them to the exact week they were lost in 1780,” he says, citing a letter George Washington sent to Gen. Johann de Kalb that mentioned the shells. “I know the troops that were there, and actually, my fifth greatgrandfather enlisted there with the artillery regiment.” This sense of satisfaction is often the reason why relic hunters almost always preserve and collect their finds, and why “selling” is nearly a curse word. “We don’t do it for the money,” Mangum says. “It’s all about saving history.” Mangum is passionate about another aspect of relic hunting—that of preserving artifacts—a multi-day process that requires electrolysis for cleaning, baking to remove the moisture and wax varnishing. “You get into the hobby, and you figure out different methods for cleaning and preserving stuff,” he says. “Especially iron. If you find a cannonball, and you don’t do anything about it, then it’s just going to sit there and disintegrate.”

DIGGING INTO THE BOOKS

While the image of metal detecting normally conjures up the old man on the beach or the straight-faced airport security officer, serious relic hunters spend more time researching sites and securing permissions from land­ owners than they do in the field. “We don’t search on any land unless we get permissions to hunt,” says Emmons. l l SCLIVING.COOP   | JUNE 2017   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING

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JOIN THE CLUB Membership in these clubs is open to anyone interested in the hobby. Meetings often include guest speakers, metaldetecting tips and reports by members sharing their finds.

South Carolina Metal Detector & Relic Association LOCATION: Greer MEETINGS: First Tuesday

of each month, 7 p.m. scmetaldetectingclub.com

INFO:

Palmetto Metal Detecting Club

JOSH TYREE

PATRICK STEWART

LOCATION: Little River MEETINGS: Second Thursday

“WHAT’S YOUR BEST FIND?” Patrick Stewart of Scottsboro, Alabama, now has an answer to that question after finding this pewter George Washington inaugural button during the South Carolina Dirt Diggers’ annual hunt.

INFO:

Even after exhaustive research, relic hunters can never count on finding treasure. “Don’t expect to go out and find a bunch of great stuff to start out with,” says Doug Holder, a veteran relic hunter from Tennessee, whose greatest find in his 30-plus years of detecting is a Confederate belt buckle. “Just go out to enjoy the hobby, and don’t expect to get rich doing it. It’s more about getting out in the woods and nature. If you find something, that’s great. And if you don’t find anything, you’ve had a good day.”

of each month, 6:30 p.m. Joe Denton, (330) 338‑2153

Palmetto Relic Hunters Club LOCATION: Cayce MEETINGS: Second Tuesday

of each month, 7 p.m. Rudy Reeves, rreeves@sc.rr.com INFO:

South Carolina Dirt Diggers

Statewide membership MEETINGS: Holds an annual hunt, location to be determined INFO: Kandi Cochran-Ready, kready74@hotmail.com LOCATION:

South Carolina Treasure & Artifact Association

LOCATION: Greer MEETINGS: Fourth Monday

of each month, 7:15 p.m. sctaa.blogspot.com

INFO:

Carolina Coin and Relic Association

LOCATION: Goose Creek MEETINGS: Second Thursdays

except December, 7 p.m. INFO: Art Di Filippo, (843) 330‑0016, carolinacoinandrelic.com

Metal Detecting Association of the Carolinas LOCATION: Matthews, N.C. MEETINGS: Fourth Tuesday

of each month, 7 p.m. Charles Jones, coindigger23@yahoo.com INFO:

Low Country Metal Detecting Club

LOCATION: Summerville MEETINGS: First Saturday

of each month, 7 p.m. Daniel Wilson, lowcountrymdc@gmail.com INFO:

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This hunt, though, would turn out to be about finding something. As the group continues hunting the gristmill site, Stewart suddenly gets a fantastic signal on his metal detector. At first, he’s skeptical. All day, he and fellow relic hunter Josh Tyree have been pulling out the metal tops to Beanee Weenee cans in the area—from hunters or loggers, they guess. Nevertheless, he digs down. The relic hunter’s mantra, after all, is that you never know. “Looks like a coin in that plug,” says Tyree. “I think you know what it is,” Stewart says, deflated. “I think it’s a pull tab.” Stewart breaks open the plug between his two hands, holds the small metal object up and cries, “It’s a button, baby! It is a button!” Tyree gets out a toothbrush and tells him to go easy on it. It’s a pewter button, with a shank. This is good. This is real good. They high five. They whoop and holler. Stewart puts the button into a container and keeps hunting. Later in the day, as the sun is starting to descend and the club is gathered together to socialize for their annual raffle, Stewart hands

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‘If you find something, that’s great. And if you don’t find anything, you’ve had a good day.’ —DOUG HOLDER, A VETERAN RELIC HUNTER

the button over to Swope, who encourages Stewart to clean it off. They pour what they have on it—a little Bud Light Lime. They see some stars on it and hand the button over to Charles Emmons (twin brother and relic-hunting partner of Mark Emmons), who picks at it gently with his fingernail and begins to make out the letters “ington” on the back. They pour on more Bud Light Lime. Lo and behold, the name Washington appears. The crowd gathers. The phones and cameras come out. Emmons says that it might be a George Washington inaugural button, if it has an eagle on it. He picks at the bottom. It has, yes, an eagle on it. Stewart, who drove from Alabama to reconnect with the state of his ancestors, will no longer be able to shrug off the question, “What’s your best find?” This is the find of a lifetime. And though his wife joked with him about all the money it might be worth, he has no plans to sell it. “I would love to use it for educational purposes,” he says. “You can’t put a monetary value on it. And, to me, it was just such a special moment in a special place, there in South Carolina.”

GET MORE Visit SCLiving.coop to see a short video clip of Patrick Stewart’s find, courtesy of fellow treasure hunter Josh Tyree.


SC Life

Stories

Silhouette storyteller

Clay Rice’s early lessons in the exacting art of ­silhouettes came from a master. His grandfather, Carew Rice, started his career in the Depression and spent four decades cutting silhouette portraits, landscapes and insightful scenes of Lowcountry life, a legacy of work that became treasured around the South. Growing up in the 1960s, Clay frequently stayed at the Rice family homestead on the Chehaw River, where his grandfather showed him how to cut simple shapes, like barnyard animals. “He was such a character, which is what made me pick up the scissors, you know. He looked like he was having so much fun with them.” As lighthearted as his grandfather came across, he was “relentless” in pursuing perfection in silhouettes, something Rice sought to emulate as he established his own successful career as an artist. Yet, he also looked for ways to set himself apart. “I saw early on that if I wanted to step out of his shadow, I had to go a different direction and use some of my other talents.” Rice tried his luck in Nashville as a songwriter as a young man, only to return to South Carolina and silhouettes as his mainstay. In more recent years, though, he has married his lyrical abilities with intricate illustrations to create distinctive children’s books. His debut effort in 2010, The Lonely Shadow, won two major book awards, and his fifth title is on the way. While each has its own personality, they share common themes celebrating resilience and creativity. For Rice, the books have become one of his most meaningful pursuits. “You feel like you’re making more of an impact, something that will outlive you.”

MIC SMITH

—SUSAN HILL SMITH

GET MORE Follow Silhouettes by Clay Rice on Facebook for his appearances. Learn about the work of Clay Rice and his grandfather, Carew Rice, at ricegalleries.com. See an exhibit of Carew Rice’s silhouettes at the Greenville County Museum of Art through Sept. 10.

Clay Rice AGE:

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Children’s author, silhouette artist, songwriter/musician Grew up in Myrtle Beach and historic Charleston, and often visited his grandfather in the ACE Basin, where he still likes to escape. Currently lives on Isle of Palms with his wife and kids. LATEST WORKS: Ants ’n’ Uncles (2016); The Stick (2014); Mama, Let’s Make a Moon (2013); The Lonely Shadow (2010). AN UNEXPECTED TURN: A ballet company in Tacoma, Washington, did a production inspired by The Stick. “That was quite an honor.” CLAIMS TO FAME: HAILS FROM:

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Classic recipes every S.C. cook should know

Maybe we should agree, right here at the outset, to disagree. Because narrowing the list of beloved South Carolina dishes to just seven favorites seems like BY DIANE VETO PARHAM a sure path to a food feud. No matter our picks, somebody will go to the mat arguing for fried chicken, pinto beans, Beaufort stew or whatever else we’ve left out. Add to that the audacity of defining how the dishes should be prepared and, well, we’re clearly asking for trouble. Nevertheless, we dared. With the help of some accomplished South Carolina chefs, we’ve assembled a buffet of time-honored foods that Sandlappers have grown up with and that transplants have learned to love. These are dishes we expect at church suppers, or when neighbors drop by with comfort food, or at eateries where the locals hang out. They’re the recipes your grandma made best (but maybe YOUR FAVORITE FOODS you’ve never mastered) and the cooking you crave Got your own ideas about what from your hometown meat-and-three. should make the list of classic S.C. recipes? Of course you do. We’d If you’re ready to add these classics to your own love to hear about them. Visit repertoire, take some tips from these top chefs for SCLiving.coop/myrecipe to tell us your favorite S.C. dishes and share real South Carolina cooking at home. your recipes and photos. If we publish your recipe in a future issue, we’ll send you a $25 gift card.

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Heidi Trull shows off her signature tomato pies on the front porch of Grits & Groceries, the restaurant near Belton she owns with her pastry-chef husband, Joe.

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PHOTOS BY RUTA SMITH


tomato pie

We wait impatiently each spring for our garden tomatoes to ripen on the vine and savor them when, finally, they’re ready to pick. But when summer’s bounty starts to overwhelm, we need clever ways to make use of all those fresh tomatoes. That’s where tomato pie shines. “The beauty of tomato pie is that you can use all the tomatoes— the ones that are a little too ripe or the ones that aren’t quite ripe enough,” Heidi Trull says, remembering the homemade tomato pies her family’s cook, Hattie Mae, made when she was growing up in Sumter. Now, it’s Trull laying claim to her own Southern kitchen—Grits & Groceries restaurant—in a very rural patch near Belton. And March through October, for as long as she can get hold of farm-fresh tomatoes, Trull keeps Hattie Mae’s Tomato Pie on her menu. “It’s buttery, fatty, delicious, summertime goodness,” Trull says of the mini pies with tomatoes, cheese, mayo and seasonings stuffed inside flaky piecrusts made by her pastry-chef husband, Joe. These personal-size pies, made in muffin tins at Grits & Groceries, have attracted a national media spotlight on the Today show and on Southern Living’s YouTube channel. But it’s mostly the regular lunch crowd that gobbles up the hundreds of pies Heidi and Joe make every week. To avoid soggy tomato pie, use every bit of the salt the recipe calls for, says Heidi Trull. “It gets all the moisture out of the tomatoes. You’re not going to be eating that salt, because you rinse it off.”

CHEF EXTRA

HATTIE MAE’S TOMATO PIE SERVES 8

4 ripe tomatoes, sliced ¼ cup salt 1 cup grated hoop cheese 1 cup Duke’s mayonnaise 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil 1 medium onion, diced Salt and pepper to taste 8 mini piecrusts (or one large)

Slice tomatoes, and cover with ¼ cup salt. Let sit for 1 hour. Rinse well in colander, and pat dry with paper towel. Place piecrusts in pan(s), and lay tomato slices in pie shells. In a medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Pour over tomatoes. Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes.

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collard greens

Like barbecue, Anthony Gray says, there’s no such thing as bad collard greens. Some are just better than others. “Collards are a beast of a vegetable,” says Gray, chef and co‑owner of Bacon Bros. Public House in Greenville, where they cook up 100 to 150 pounds of collards a week, yearround. “You really have to beat them up a little to coerce the flavor out of them.” There’s a sweet spot in the cooking process to reach the perfect texture and flavor, he says. Undercook your greens, and you’ll get unpleasantly crunchy collards that never absorb the flavors of their broth. Overcook them, he says, and they’re “mushy, like canned spinach.” Because they take a good bit of prep and cooking time, people often make collards only for special occasions. “You can’t just cook a little collards—you have to make a big pot to make it worthwhile,” he says. Keep tasting the broth while your greens are simmering, after the pork and greens have released their flavors, and add seasoning when needed. “If your broth tastes good, your greens will taste good,” Anthony Gray says. Hang onto the pot liquor—that’s the broth left over after cooking, and it’s full of flavor and nutrients. Use it as a base for soups, to serve over pork chops or just to ladle onto your greens. “It’s a very important part of the collard greens experience,” Gray says.

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HOME-COOKED COLLARD GREENS SERVES 8–10

1 quart diced smoked bacon 1 quart thinly sliced yellow onion 2 tablespoons freshly minced garlic 1 cup apple cider vinegar ½ cup Worcestershire sauce 1 gallon water or chicken stock

Salt and pepper, to taste 5 pounds collard greens, washed, cut and stems removed 1 ham hock Hot sauce or pepper vinegar (your favorite), to taste

In a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, cook bacon about 10 minutes, until meat is crispy and fat has rendered down. Add onion and garlic; reduce heat to low, and cook 5–10 minutes, until onion caramelizes. Add the remaining liquid ingredients, and bring liquid to a soft boil. Taste broth; adjust flavor with salt and pepper as needed. Add collards in batches, so they break down evenly. Stir collards, and add ham hock. Reduce heat to medium, cover pot and simmer about 1 hour, stirring occasionally and checking for tenderness. Serve with your favorite hot sauce or pepper vinegar. ANTHONY GRAY BY CARROLL FOSTER COLLARD GREENS BY MICHAEL PHILLIPS


PERFECTLY EASY PEACH COBBLER SERVES 6–8

FILLING

6–7 large peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced ½ cup sugar 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon cornstarch Pinch of salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

TOPPING

1 cup all-purpose flour ½ cup sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes, chilled ½ cup milk

Preheat oven to 400 F. In a large bowl, combine peaches, sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, salt and cinnamon. Pour into a 9-inch baking dish, and place on middle rack in oven. Bake 10–15 minutes. While peaches are in oven, in a medium bowl, blend together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry cutter, cut in butter until flour mixture resembles coarse meal. Gradually stir in enough milk until mixture becomes a slightly sticky dough (there may be milk left over). Do not overmix. Remove peaches from oven. Using a spoon, drop spoonfuls of dough all over top of peaches, leaving a small hole in the center to allow steam to escape. Return to oven, and bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Serve warm or room temperature with ice cream.

It would be a sin against the peach-producing state of South Carolina to omit the fuzzy fruit from this line­up. Peach cobbler, easily thrown together and able to feed a crowd, is a familiar friend at our potluck suppers and restaurant buffets. As a kid spending summers on her grandparents’ farm, chef Belinda Smith-Sullivan, South Carolina Living’s recipe columnist, fell in love with peaches. Now living in the heart of S.C. peach country, she’s working on a cookbook all about peaches. Cobblers have been popular for centuries, she says, as slightly messy concoctions of syrupy fruit topped with lightly sweetened dough, once cooked over open fire in cast-iron Dutch ovens. “Because time was of the essence, cobbler was made quickly and was never meant to be an attractive-looking dessert, like a pie,” Smith-Sullivan says. “You don’t need to take the time and fuss with a cobbler, because they’re supposed to look rustic.”

peach cobbler

Bake the peaches with no topping first, so they get softer, with a bit of bite, Belinda Smith-Sullivan says. Then dollop on the dough, and let it cook just long enough for the topping to get browned and crusty, spreading almost to the edges of the dish. “You want the peaches kind of peeking through, where the sides bubble up,” she says, but don’t worry over it too much. “It’s not an exact science.”

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PHOTO BY ALEXANDER FOX

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pimiento cheese

Sisters Nancy (left) and Joyce McCarrell serve up pimiento cheese sandwiches like Mama used to make at The Cafe at Williams Hardware in Travelers Rest.

CAFE AT WILLIAMS HARDWARE PIMIENTO CHEESE MAKES 3–4 CUPS

1 pound block of cream cheese ½ cup of diced pimientos 2 cups Duke’s mayonnaise

1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 teaspoon of paprika ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper

When they opened their kicked-back cafe beside the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Travelers Rest nine years ago, sisters Joyce and Nancy McCarrell were on a mission: to recreate “what it was like growing up at Mama’s house.” “We wanted people to have a place where they could feel like they were coming home when they ate here,” Joyce McCarrell says. No surprise, then, that pimiento cheese sandwiches, just the way Mama used to make them, were among the first items on the menu. Nothing fancy about this throwback to the school-lunchbox standard. “We’re pretty much purists; don’t mess with it, just serve it,” McCarrell says. Their pimiento cheese basics are cheddar and cream cheeses, a good dose of ­pimientos, mayo, and a little zing from paprika and cayenne pepper. No hot sauce, though, as some folks are inclined to add. “And, of course, it’s Duke’s mayonnaise,” McCarrell says, echoing a pledge familiar to many Southern cooks who will brook no substitute for the brand born in Greenville. “That’s the one Nancy and I like, and, growing up, that’s the one Mama used.”

Heat cream cheese in a microwave at half power. Once softened, place cream cheese in mixing bowl, and add pimientos and mayonnaise. Mix until there is a smooth consistency, with very few chunks of cream cheese remaining. Add cheddar cheese, paprika and cayenne pepper, and mix well. If desired, add more mayonnaise to make the pimiento cheese smoother and easier to spread. Keep refrigerated for up to a week.

Everything the McCarrell sisters needed to know about cooking, they learned as teenagers in the 1960s from their mama, who shared what she learned from a long line of good cooks before her. So, maybe Joyce McCarrell is holding out when she teases about the secret ingredient in their pimiento cheese: “I can’t tell you how much love we put into it.”

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biscuits

Though they’ve frustrated many a cook, homemade biscuits are welcome anytime, anywhere, in the Palmetto State. Who better to teach the basics than South Carolina culinary virtuoso Nathalie Dupree, an award-­winning chef, best-selling cookbook author and cookingshow host? Her cookbook Southern Biscuits describes dozens of different ways to make biscuits. “Historically, our biscuits are not the size of fast-food biscuits,” Dupree says. “They were always much smaller, never large. People had large families, and it was better to eat one or two small ­biscuits than to make large biscuits that would go to waste.” Smaller biscuits cook faster; they don’t heat up a kitchen, a blessing for cooks in summer. Puttering around her happily cluttered little kitchen in her Charleston home, Dupree uses only a small patch of open counter and a toaster oven to whip up a quick batch of biscuits. “People make biscuits more complicated than they CHEF EXTRA Mix ingredients in a need to be,” she says. The key to success is practice: Get wide bowl, where you can combine a feel for the dough with your hands, how to avoid overthem without overworking the working it, how the flour behaves in different weather. dough, Nathalie Dupree advises. “Go out and buy $10 worth of ingredients, lock Place biscuits close together on the yourself in the kitchen and just play around with them,” baking sheet; “they get help rising Dupree says. “See what works best for you, see if you like from their sister biscuits.” And learn your oven’s hot spots, so you’ll know Crisco or butter better. Practice hand rolling the dough.” Dupree’s Two-ingredient biscuits are a great starter where the biscuits brown faster. recipe for anyone whose previous attempts at biscuits have, instead, begotten hockey pucks. “When they conquer that version, they’ll understand the dough, and they can move on to other recipes,” she says.

TWO-INGREDIENT BISCUITS MAKES ABOUT 12 2-INCH BISCUITS

2 cups White Lily self-rising flour, plus some for shaping 1 cup heavy cream

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NATHALIE DUPREE BY ALEXANDER FOX BISCUITS BY GINA MOORE

Preheat oven to 450 F. In a wide, medium bowl, add flour, and make a hollow in the center. Pour in cream, and mix ingredients just until they hold together. It will be lumpy and gloppy. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface or flexible plastic cutting board. Fold the dough over on itself, or bend the cutting board to help with folding the dough over, and pat or roll out dough to a ½- or 1-inch thickness. Fold and pat again, for a total of three times, and flatten with floured hands to a ½-inch thickness. Use a 2-inch biscuit cutter to cut biscuits; place with sides touching on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10–12 minutes, until lightly browned, turning pan around halfway through cooking time to ensure even browning. If desired, brush tops with melted butter before serving. SCLIVING.COOP   | JUNE 2017   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING

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macaroni and cheese

For their family-run restaurant, Julia Belle’s, in Florence, Fran and Warren Snell knew there were two recipes they had to nail. Number one: “a killer fried chicken,” head chef Warren says. Number two: mac and cheese. “Some people call it mac and cheese,” he says. “We call it money.” Beautiful in its simplicity, good mac and cheese is the one non-negotiable side dish at any restaurant serving up South Carolina cooking. Be they locals or travelers along I-95, when diners step into a place called Julia Belle’s, operating in a big, red barn, they’re expecting serious Southern food, Fran says. “Downhome,” Warren says. “Just like you’d expect to get at Grandma’s house.” Their mac and cheese doesn’t disappoint. It’s gooey and rich and stuffed full of cheese, with a flavor bump from garlic, mustard and chicken stock. Daughter Julia, the house baker and Warren’s cooking partner in the kitchen, describes it as “the best of both worlds—it’s very creamy, but it does have that crusty, melted cheese on top.”

JULIA BELLE’S WORLD-FAMOUS MACARONI AND CHEESE SERVES 6–8

½ cup all-purpose flour ½ cup melted butter 2 cups chicken stock 2 cups milk 1 teaspoon granulated garlic 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt

Dash of black pepper 2 cups shredded colby cheese 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 4½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, separated 8 cups water 1 tablespoon salt 4 cups elbow macaroni

In a saucepan over low heat, mix flour and butter together until blended, making a roux. Cook about 3 minutes. Blend in chicken stock and milk. Continue to cook on low about 6 minutes. When sauce begins to thicken, add garlic, mustard, salt, pepper, colby and Parmesan cheeses, and 3 cups of cheddar cheese (reserve 1½ cups cheddar for topping). Cook about 5 more minutes on low. Set sauce aside while macaroni cooks. In a pot over high heat, bring water to a boil, and add salt. After salt dissolves, add macaroni. Cook about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain macaroni noodles, and add them to the sauce. Place mixture in buttered casserole dish, and top with 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar. Bake at 375 F about 30 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 F.

“The secret to this recipe,” Warren Snell says, “is the amount of cheese.” That amount? “A lot.” Three different cheeses thicken the sauce, and the whole dish is topped by a thick layer of shredded cheddar, melted until there’s nary an elbow noodle in sight.

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Julia and Warren Snell share a fatherdaughter moment and some macaroni and cheese at Julia Belle’s in Florence.

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JULIA AND WARREN SNELL BY MILTON MORRIS MACARONI AND CHEESE BY GINA MOORE


shrimp and grits

It’s a dish so synonymous with the Lowcountry that a bowlful of authentic shrimp and grits must be on every Charleston tourist’s to-taste list—rightly so, by chef Frank Lee’s estimation. “This dish has got legs,” Lee says, tracing it to its roots among the Gullah people of the sea islands. “It’s got a colorful history. It’s mysterious. It has culture, flavor, regionality. It tells a great story. It’s got all the bullet points you could want in a dish.” Shrimp and grits was born as an easy-to-fix supper that took advantage of what was local and available, as good Southern cooking should, Lee says—­ abundant, sweet shrimp pulled from nearby creeks; ever-present grits, cooked slow, absorbing flavor from sulfurous coastal waters; tomatoes fresh from the garden. “It was a good nighttime dish in summer” that didn’t heat up the whole kitchen and could be seasoned simply with garlic, salt and butter, he says. After 40-plus years as a chef, Lee retired last year from Slightly North of Broad (aka S.N.O.B.), a long-loved bistro on Charleston’s East Bay Street where shrimp and grits became a menu fixture in his tenure. He bears witness that it’s not just visitors who come in for the iconic dish; the locals love it, too. “I’d watch people eating it,” Lee says. “Shrimp and grits makes people happy.”

PHOTOS BY RUTA SMITH

S.N.O.B. SHRIMP AND GRITS SERVES 2

CHEF EXTRA The evolution of S.N.O.B.’s shrimp and grits recipe is fully told in Frank Lee’s new cookbook with restaurant owner Bill Hall, The S.N.O.B. Experience. What makes it work, Lee says, are “fresh-as-you-can-get shrimp,” locally made stone-ground grits that take 40 minutes to cook, “top-of-the-season tomatoes,” good sausage that doesn’t overpower the other flavors, and simple seasonings.

4 ounces country ham, julienned 4 ounces kielbasa sausage 2 tablespoons butter 20 shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 teaspoons Cajun spice 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes (peeled and seeded) 1 cup chopped green onion 2–3 ounces shrimp stock (recipe below) Creamy grits (recipe below)

In a skillet over medium-low heat, brown ham and kielbasa with 1 tablespoon butter. Add shrimp, garlic and Cajun spice, and saute without burning the spice, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and green onions, and continue to saute until tomatoes render some juice. Moisten with shrimp stock; bring to a bubble (not a boil). Finish by adding remaining tablespoon of butter. SHRIMP STOCK MAKES 4 CUPS

4 cups shrimp shells (about 2 pounds shrimp) ½ cup olive oil 1 cup diced onions 1 cup diced carrots ½ cup diced celery

1 teaspoon fennel seed 1 cup diced fresh tomato 2 tablespoons garlic 4½ cups water

In a 2-gallon pot, toast the shrimp shells in olive oil until pink and fragrant. Add onions, carrots, celery and fennel seed. Cook, without burning, until vegetables relax and give up some rigidity. Add tomatoes and garlic, and cook 5 minutes. Add water, and bring to a boil. Skim and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine strainer. CREAMY GRITS SERVES 4

3 ½ cups water ½ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons butter

1 cup stone-ground grits ¼ cup cream

In a saucepan, bring water, salt and 1 tablespoon butter to a boil. Stir in grits. Reduce heat to low. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until grits are thick and creamy, about 40 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in cream and remaining butter. Keep warm until ready to serve. SCLIVING.COOP   | JUNE 2017   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING

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BY DIANE VETO PARHAM

PHOTOS BY KEITH PHILLIPS

Hagood Mill keeps history alive this place was the community’s gathering spot, where you’d catch up on news of the day with neighbors while the local gristmill ground your corn or wheat into grits, meal or flour. Today, it still is. Every month, on the third Saturday, thousands of visitors gather for mini festivals at Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folk Center in Pickens, enjoying food, entertainment and a trip through Upstate history. Always, the centerpiece of activity is the water-powered, wooden gristmill, still churning out grits, meal and flour just as it has since 1845—the oldest such mill still operating in the state. A HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS AGO,

GetThere Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folk Center is located at 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens. HOURS: The mill site and historic buildings are open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The petroglyph site is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Third Saturday festivals are held rain or shine. FEES: No admission fee, but there is a $5 parking fee for Third Saturdays. DETAILS: Visit visitpickenscounty.com or call (864) 898‑2936. Watch the 2016 renovation of the mill’s waterwheel in the YouTube video “Hagood Mill: Crafting a Legacy” in the featured video section of SCLiving.coop.

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“When that thing was built, it was high technology at the time—you couldn’t get a more sophisticated mill than that,” says Billy Crawford, director of Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folk Center in Pickens County. Visitors recognize the treasure in their midst—not just watching the giant waterwheel spin, but taking advantage of its output, be it cornmeal, buckwheat flour, smoked grits, or whatever the miller is grinding. “People line up—they treat the third Saturday as their day to stock up on mill products,” Crawford says. Music—especially traditional oldtime and bluegrass—is another big draw on Third Saturdays, when visitors bring blankets and lawn chairs to sit outside and listen to live performers. A new shelter will soon be built to keep the audience out of rain and hot sun, and new music genres sometimes share the stage with old favorites. News is still being made at this historic site, whose primary function is preserving and telling the story of the settlers and Native Americans who carved out lives in the Upstate wilderness. One of its newest features, the petroglyph site, is dedicated to the 2003 discovery of prehistoric carvings on a creek-side outcropping of rock. An air-conditioned building, opened in 2015, was built over the rock carvings to showcase and protect the

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Some of the petroglyph figures at Hagood Mill appear to be placed inside structures or dwellings. The mystery behind the meaning of these structures is part of the appeal of this historic find.

remarkable find. Inside, ancient meets modern in an audiovisual tour of the petroglyphs, with multicolored lights highlighting the carvings of sticklike people and abstract figures, all defying attempts to explain their meaning. Most familiar is the one nicknamed “Refrigerator Man”—a rectangular body with head and legs sticking out—who serves as the site’s symbol. Keep exploring the 18-acre historic site to discover hand-hewn log cabins dating back to 1791 and 1820. Here, volunteer living-history artisans demonstrate spinning, weaving, hearth cooking, chair caning, broom-making and other traditional homesteading skills on Third Saturdays. In the pottery shed and the blacksmith shop, which also houses an 1896 cotton gin and a moonshine still, skilled volunteers perform the tasks of providing your own tools and household needs in the 19th century. “That’s the tradition we honor today, showing folks how people were living back then,” Crawford says.


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UPSTATE JUNE

14–17 • Mighty Moo Festival, various venues, Cowpens. (864) 463‑9116. 15 • ArtWalk, downtown, Spartanburg. (864) 542‑2787. 15 • Trivia Night, McKissick Theatre at Clemson University, Clemson. (864) 656‑0539. 15–18 • Summer on Augusta, Augusta Street, Greenville. onlyonaugusta@gmail.com. 16–18 • “Delval Divas,” Oconee Community Theatre, Seneca. (864) 882‑1910. 16–25 • Chautauqua History Alive Festival, various venues, Greenville. (864) 244‑1499. 17 • Americana and Folk Festival, Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center, Pickens. (864) 898‑2936. 17 • Greenbrier Farms’ Biscuit Brunch, Greenbrier Farms, Easley. (864) 855‑9782. 17 • Hot as a Pepper, Trailblazer Park, Travelers Rest. (864) 834‑8740. 17 • “Over the Top: American Posters from WWI” opening day, Upcountry History Museum, Greenville. (864) 467‑3100. 20–21 and 27–28 • “Death and the Maiden,” Centre Stage Professional Theatre, Greenville. (864) 233‑6733. 21–24 • S.C. 4-H Horse Show, T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena, Pendleton. (864) 656‑4028. 21 • The Longest Day: A Sunset Celebration, The Loom at Cotton Mill Place, Simpsonville. (864) 351‑8677. 22 • Twilight 5K, Carolina Triathlon, Greenville. (864) 202‑2470. 23 • Finally Friday on the Square, Main Street, Laurens. (864) 984‑2119. 24 • Freedom Blast, Greer City Park, Greer. (864) 968‑7005. 24 • Retro Vertigo, Trailblazer Park, Travelers Rest. (864) 834‑8740. 26 • Monday Matinee Movie, Upcountry History Museum, Greenville. (864) 467‑3100. 29–July 1 • S.C. Festival of Stars, Ninety Six Town Park, Ninety Six. (864) 543‑3396. JULY

4 • Hillbilly Day, Mountain Rest Community Club, Oconee. (864) 718‑0688.

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4 • Red, White & Blue Festival, downtown, Greenville. (864) 232‑2273. 4 • Red, White & Boom, Barnet Park, Spartanburg. (864) 562‑4195. 6 • Ice Cream Social, Lever Beach at Clemson University, Clemson. (864) 656‑0539. 6–8 • Festival of Discovery, Main Street, Greenwood. (864) 942‑8448. 7 • First Friday Nature Walks with Dr. David Bradshaw, South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson. (864) 656‑3405. 7 • Hope on Horizon Walk, downtown, Greenville. (201) 772‑4607. 7–9 and 13–15 • South Carolina Peach Festival, various locations, Gaffney. (864) 489‑5721. 9 • Full Moon Hike, Discovery Center at the S.C. Botanical Garden, Clemson. (864) 656‑3405. 13 • Arcade Night, Union Underground at Clemson University, Clemson. (864) 656‑0539. 14–15 • Bastille Days Festival, Embassy Suites Riverplace, Greenville. (864) 301‑5325. 14–15 • “Xanadu,” Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542‑2787. 15 • Banjo Extravaganza, Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center, Pickens. (864) 898‑2936. 15 • Palmetto State’s Strongest Man, Palehorse Strength and Conditioning, Boiling Springs. (989) 200‑1157. ONGOING

Daily through June 18 • “The Way We Worked,” Museum on Main Street, Pickens. (864) 898‑5963. Daily through Sept. 10 • “Wyeth Dynasty,” Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville. (864) 271‑7570. Tuesdays • Greenville Downtown Line Dance, Sears Rec Center, Greenville. (864) 467‑6667. Tuesdays • Tell Me About It Tuesdays, Greenville Zoo, Greenville. (864) 467‑4300. Wednesdays • Wild for Reading Wednesdays, Greenville Zoo, Greenville. (864) 467‑4300. Every other Wednesday • Music Sandwiched In, Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg. (864) 948‑9020. Thursdays • Learning Safari Thursdays, Greenville Zoo, Greenville. (864) 467‑4300.

Third Thursdays • ArtWalk, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542‑2787. Second Saturdays • Heartstrings, Hagood Mill, Pickens. (864) 898‑2936. Sundays • Say What Open Mic, Coffee Underground, Greenville. (864) 298‑0494.

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16–17 • Juneteenth Rock Hill: A Celebration of Freedom, various venues, Rock Hill. (803) 487‑0945. 17 • Blackwater Summer Festival, Aiken State Park, Windsor. (803) 256‑4000. 17 • Ridge Peach Festival, Trenton Town Park, Trenton. ridgepeachfestival@gmail.com. 17 • Soiree on State, State Street, Cayce. (336) 324‑6366. 17 • Summer Drive-In Movie Series: “Grease,” Historic Columbia Speedway, Cayce. summerdriveinseries.com. 17–18 • Ag + Art Tour: Kershaw County, various farms and artisans, Kershaw. ssale@camdensc.org. 17–18 • Ag + Art Tour: Lancaster County, various farms and artisans, Lancaster. (803) 286‑1145. 17–25 • Hampton County Watermelon Festival, various locations, Hampton. (803) 943‑8324. 18–24 • Southeastern Piano Festival, USC School of Music and other venues, Columbia. (803) 777‑0083. 19–23 • Historic Columbia Summer Camp, Robert Mills House, Columbia. (803) 252‑1770. 20 • Time Travel Tuesday: Blacksmithing, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. (803) 684‑2327. 20–24 • Miss South Carolina Pageant, Township Auditorium, Columbia. (843) 857‑9173. 23–24 • Children’s Chance Lake Murray Poker Run, Rusty Anchor/ Catfish Johnny’s, Lake Murray, Columbia. (803) 254‑5996. 24 • Pine Needle Basket Workshop, Lee State Park, Bishopville. (803) 428‑4988. 24–25 • Ag + Art Tour: Fairfield County, various farms and artisans, Fairfield. (803) 635‑4242. 24–25 • Ag + Art Tour: Newberry County, various farms and artisans, Newberry. (803) 276‑4274. 24–25 • Ag + Art Tour: Union County, various farms and artisans, Union. (803) 981‑3021. 24–25 • Stable View USEA/USEF Recognized Horse Trial, Stable View Farm, Aiken. (484) 356‑3173.

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27 • Revolutionary War Dragoons, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. (803) 684‑2327. 30 • Finally Friday Free Concert, Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, Camden. (803) 425‑7676. JULY

1 • 4th of July Celebration, Lake Murray, Columbia. (803) 781‑5940. 1 • July Gospel Singing, Midland Gospel Singing Center, Gilbert. (803) 719‑1289. 2 • Five After Five, Five Points, Columbia. (803) 748‑7373. 4 • Independence Day Celebration, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. (803) 909‑7244. 4 • Lexington County Peach Festival, Gilbert Community Park, Gilbert. (803) 892‑5207. 9 • Harbison Half Marathon and 5K, Harbison State Forest, Columbia. (803) 896‑8890. 10–14 • Historic Columbia Summer Camp, Robert Mills House, Columbia. (803) 252‑1770. 11 • Worms, Linstocks and Sponges, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. (803) 684‑2327. 14 • Twilight in the Garden, featuring “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia. (803) 779‑8717. 15 • The Battle of Huck’s Defeat, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. (803) 684‑2327. ONGOING

Daily through July 15 • “A Compass to Guide: South Carolina Cabinetmakers Today,” McKissick Museum, Columbia. (803) 777‑7251. Daily through Sept. 4 • “Savage Ancient Seas,” S.C. State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898‑4921. Daily through Sept. 17 • “Home Sweet Home,” Museum of York County, Rock Hill. (803) 684‑3948. Daily • “App4That,” S.C. State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898‑4921. Daily • “Art: A Collection of Collections,” S.C. State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898‑4921. Daily • “South Carolina and the Great War,” S.C. State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898‑4921. Daily except Monday • Historic House Museum Tours, various locations, Columbia. (803) 252‑1770, ext. 23. Wednesdays through August • Wonderful Wednesdays, Museum of York County, Rock Hill. (803) 909‑7244. Second Thursdays until September • Elmwood Cemetery Tours, Elmwood Cemetery, Columbia. (803) 252‑1770, ext. 23.

LOWCOUNTRY JUNE

16 • Moonlight Mixer, Folly Beach Pier, Folly Beach. (843) 795‑4386. 17 • Cast Off Monthly Fishing Tournament, Mount Pleasant Pier, Mount Pleasant. (843) 795‑4386. 18 • Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series Race 2, James Island County Park, Charleston. (843) 795‑4386. 20–25 • Mopars at the Beach, various locations, Myrtle Beach. (864) 325‑9660. 21 • Welcoming the Enemy at Walterboro Airfield, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, Ridgeland. (843) 284‑9227. 21–24 • Christian Covenant Fellowship of Ministries ​ Conference, Florence Civic Center, Florence. (843) 401‑0037. 22–25 • Charleston Carifest Caribbean Festival, various venues, Charleston. (843) 557‑6258. 23 • Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series: De Lions of Jah, James Island County Park, Charleston. (843) 795‑4386. 24 • Cast Off Monthly Fishing Tournament, Folly Beach Fishing Pier, Folly Beach. (843) 795‑4386. 24 • DragonBoat Beaufort, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Beaufort. (843) 473‑4477. 24 • Dwayne Doopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, Paris Avenue, Port Royal. (843) 986‑2211. 24 • Special Needs Swim Night, Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark, North Charleston. (843) 795‑4386. 24–25 • Art in the Park, Chapin Park, Myrtle Beach. (843) 446‑3830. 24–25 • Festa Italiana, Market Common, Myrtle Beach. (848) 333‑7059. JULY

1 • July 4th Boat Parade, Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, Murrells Inlet. marshwalk.com/events. 3 • Independence Day Celebration, downtown, Cheraw. (843) 537‑8400. 4 • Hilton Head Island Firecracker 5K, Shelter Cove Community Park, Hilton Head Island. (843) 757‑8520. 4 • Independence Day 8K, Valor Park at the Market Common, Myrtle Beach. (843) 839‑3500. 4 • July 4th on the MarshWalk, Murrells Inlet MarshWalk, Murrells Inlet. marshwalk.com/events. 4 • Kaminski House July 4th with Indigo Choral Society, Kaminski House Museum, Georgetown. (843) 546‑7706. 4 • Salute from the Shore, various sites along S.C. Coast. salutefromtheshore.org.

4 • Uncle Sam Jam, Mount Pleasant Pier, Mount Pleasant. (843) 795‑4386. 5–8 • MegaDock Billfishing Tournament, Charleston City Marina, Charleston. (843) 278‑4920. 7 • 1964 The Tribute, Alabama Theatre, North Myrtle Beach. (800) 342‑2262. 7 • Moonlight Mixer, Folly Beach Pier, Folly Beach. (843) 795‑4386. 8 • Outdoor Movie, Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston. (843) 795‑4386. 9 • Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series Race 3, James Island County Park, Charleston. (843) 795‑4386. 11–15 and 18–22 • Bob Bell Charleston Summer Classic, Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, Johns Island. (843) 768‑5503. 12 • Archery Camp, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, Ridgeland. (843) 284‑9227. 14 • Friday Night Boogie, Mount Pleasant Pier, Mount Pleasant. (843) 795‑4386. 14 • Movies Under the Stars: “Finding Dory,” Valor Park at the Market Common, Myrtle Beach. (843) 839‑3500. 15 • Isle of Palms Beach Run, starts at Windjammer at Front Beach, Isle of Palms. (843) 886‑8294. 15 • Shaggin’ on the Cooper, Mount Pleasant Pier, Mount Pleasant. (843) 795‑4386. 15 • Special Needs Swim Night, Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark, North Charleston. (843) 795‑4386. ONGOING

Daily through 2017 • “Homegrown Heroes: The Lowcountry in WWII,” Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, Ridgeland. (843) 284‑9927. Wednesdays through October • Arts and Crafts Market, Bay Creek Park, Edisto Beach. (843) 603‑0009. Thursdays through Aug. 17 • Movie Night in the Park, Shelter Cove Park, Hilton Head Island. (843) 757‑9889. Thursdays through Oct. 26 • Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise, Charleston City Marina, Charleston. (843) 722‑1112. Fridays • Sunset Celebration, Shelter Cove Park, Hilton Head Island. (843) 757‑9889. Saturdays • Charleston Farmers Market, Marion Square, Charleston. (843) 724-7309. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 7 • “Places and Spaces: Plantation Lives,” Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, Mount Pleasant. (843) 883‑3123, ext. 213.


SCHumorMe

BY JAN A. IGOE

Long story skort in the wonderful world of fitting rooms, where I’ve devoted considerable time to finding a bathing suit that will flatter both an apple and a banana shape, or maybe a pear and a pineapple. At this point, I’m a virtual fruit salad. You want enough coverage to obscure anything that swings, jiggles or bounces as if you’re jumping on an invisible trampoline. Something more modest than a Speedo, yet more flattering than a roof tarp. At my first stop, I was returning to my dressing room with a few more swimsuits when I met my clothes coming out. The brand-new salesgirl— Polly, who looked to be all of 11—had carefully hung up the palazzo pants and top I’d worn into the store and was diligently returning them to rack. Never mind that the store doesn’t sell those brands. Me: “Excuse me, Miss. Those are my clothes.” Polly: “You need another size?” Me: “No, they fit fine. They’re mine.” Polly: “You want to buy them?” Me: “I already did. I wore them here.” Polly: “So, you want to check out?” Words failed, so we opted for tugof-war. I latched onto some fabric, but Polly had a death grip on the hangers. Yes, she had youth on her side, but I had height, weight, rage and the fullnelson move I’d perfected on my little brother. Eventually, I got my clothes back, but that kid put up a really good fight. Someday, Polly will head the lossprevention division of a multinational company, where everyone will have to work naked. I gave up on bathing suits and hit the fancy golf store—the one with a 70-percent-off rack—and started IT’S BEEN A WEIRD WEEK

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Yes, she had youth on her side, but I had height, weight, rage and the fullnelson move I’d perfected on my little brother. hunting for a skort. They had a cute one in my size, but the zipper was stuck. The saleslady (an adult, this time) used a paper clip to MacGyver it open. “Try it on, dear,” Ruth said. “If it fits, we’ll fix the zipper.” So, off I went. Seconds later, the skort was on and the zipper was up. But, contrary to popular belief, what goes up does not always come down. The zipper got stuck again—this time with me wedged inside. Ruth raced back with her paper clip but couldn’t get it to budge, so she called in reinforcements. Seconds later, eight hands were

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plucking at my waist, trying to dislodge the zipper. One saleslady was waving a can of WD-40, and another was using her teeth. My heart was racing as claustrophobia took over. Composure-wise, I had about 10 seconds left before I’d be running out of the store screaming, skort and all. “Let’s cut her out,” one said, sounding like a first responder at a car wreck. “Hold her steady.” Scissors came slicing in from all sides, and they freed me in the nick of time. Ruth and her rescue team apologized profusely. They’d done their best to improvise, since none of their previous customers had ever been held hostage by a zipper. Still, if you’re ever stuck in a skort, I’d do it in Polly’s store. JAN A. IGOE has developed an acute case of zipper-phobia. Get-well cards and pliers are welcome at HumorMe@SCLiving.coop.


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