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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS Vol. 69 • No. 8 (ISSN 0047-486X, USPS 316-240) Read in more than 550,000 homes and businesses and published monthly except in December by The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. 808 Knox Abbott Drive Cayce, SC 29033

August 2015 • Volume 69, Number 8

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Susan Scott Soyars Contributors

Becky Billingsley, Mike Couick, Bret Curry, Jan A. Igoe, Charles Joyner, Dianne Poston Owens, Brian Sloboda, Belinda Smith-Sullivan, S. Cory Tanner


12 Hunt and pick Ride along on a 44-mile search for bargains and hidden treasures during the annual Peach Tree 23 mega yard sale. Kathy Baughman, a Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative member from Leesville, salvages old glass bowls and mismatched china to create her “screwed and glued” bird feeders and garden art to sell at yard sales.


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Tradition returns to Darlington with the 66th running of the Bojangles’ Southern 500. Plus: Tips to help your air conditioner survive the dog days of summer.

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© COPYRIGHT 201 5. The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. No portion of South Carolina Living may be reproduced without permission of the Editor. SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING 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’s not-forprofit electric cooperatives are celebrating 75 years of commitment to our principles and service to our members.

Spend a little time with living historians David and Renee Gillespie, and you’ll be transported to the 1700s. TR AVELS

20 Shoeless Joe’s home base

Explore the life and times of Greenville’s very own baseball legend, “Shoeless Joe” Jackson. RECIPE


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24 Recovering from crape murder


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17 History in the here and now

Four refreshing summer treats you and the kids can make at home.

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Phyllis Bedenbaugh of Lexington welcomes customers to her tables at the Peach Tree 23 yard sale. Photo by Andrew Haworth.

Expert tips for pruning crape myrtles the right way. HUMOR ME

30 Avoid the shark’s house

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, Jan Igoe weighs in on the topic of beach safety.


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AUGUST 21–22

Sandy Oaks Pro Rodeo

Ropers, riders, livestock and even the clown are all champions at this IPRA-sanctioned rodeo. Pro rodeo clown Mike Wentworth of Ridge Spring, a two-time world champ, along with saddle bronc of the year Desperado and champion bucking bull Fast ’n’ Furious, will entertain at Lazy J Arena west of Edgefield. SEPTEMBER 4–6

For details, visit or call (803) 637-5369.

Bojangles’ Southern 500 Weekend

Tradition returns to the track “too tough to tame” with the 66th running of the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Labor Day weekend. Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race spotlights 43 of the sport’s top drivers. Catch the NASCAR Xfinity Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 race Saturday afternoon and racing greats Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick, Austin Dillon and Richard Petty in the fan hospitality center before Sunday’s race. For details, visit or call (866) 459-7223.



Dacusville Farm Show

This blast from the past puts antique farming vehicles and equipment at center stage. A daily tractor parade, tractor rides, antique trucks and steam-powered engines show off the Dacusville community’s farming heritage. Find the fun at the Turner farm at 3147 Earls Bridge Road, Easley. Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative is a sponsor. For details, visit or call (864) 423-3239.


Lone Star Bluegrass & Honky Tonk Weekend



Kids have a ball—a monster water ball—at York’s summer celebration, but walking on water is just part of the fun. There’s also a 4-H petting zoo, assorted inflatables and Little Blue Choo-Choo rides at this downtown festival. New this year: the RaceDay Motorsports bus, which puts gamers in the driver’s seat of racing pods for simulated racetrack action. York Electric Cooperative is a sponsor. For details, visit or call (803) 684-2590.


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Three days of free music—“the last hoo-rah of summer” before football season, as organizer Pat Williams calls it—brings in bluegrass fans to this family-oriented festival. Now in its 14th year at Lone Star Barbecue and Mercantile in Santee, the event features some of South Carolina’s best bluegrass and country music bands. For details, visit or call (803) 854-2000.


Help your AC survive the summer of another South Carolina summer upon us, your home’s air conditioner might be struggling to keep up. Here are some smart energy tips to help increase your comfort while managing your electric bill.

With the dog days

Get a tune-up. An annual or semiannual heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system tune-up is the best way to keep ­everything operating in peak condition. Be sure to ask the contractor to inspect the ductwork as well. An HVAC system that operates at optimum performance will provide the comfort you expect, plus you’ll be using energy wisely. As a reminder, your HVAC system generally ­accounts for up to 50 percent of the total electric bill each month. Consider an upgrade. If

your HVAC unit is on its last leg and you’ve been contemplating installing a new system, why wait? The good news is today’s air conditioners and heat pumps are even more energy efficient

than their predecessors. If replacement is in your future, be sure to look for a contractor who understands building science and will run a computer-generated load calculation for your home. The software used by HVAC professionals removes any guesswork and accurately sizes the unit required to heat and cool your home. A properly sized system provides optimum comfort while using less energy to operate.

Change the filter. Clogged

filters inhibit proper airflow and can cause premature wear and tear on your system. I suggest changing them monthly or, at a minimum, every three months. Mark the replacement date on the filter, and put a reminder on the calendar.

Be sure to ask your HVAC professional if you plan to use HEPA or heavy-pleated filters to make sure they will work with your system.

Stop the leaks. If you have

a fireplace or woodstove, make sure to close the damper. An open damper is similar to having an open window. Why pay to cool and dehumidify the air, only to let it escape through the chimney?

Check the windows. Speak­

ing of windows, if your home has double-hung (­windows that open at both top and bottom) construction, make sure both top and bottom sashes are closed and locked. If left unlocked, it’s not uncommon for the top sash to drop or open at the top. Don’t forget to check for air leaks around all doors and windows while you’re at it. If you can see daylight or feel air flowing through the seam, fill the gap with weather stripping or caulk.

An annual professional checkup is the best way to keep your air conditioner humming.

Upgrade your insula­t ion.

If you have an older home, some insulating products are prone to settle. Have an insulation contractor inspect the insulation level in your attic. If necessary, an additional layer of cellulose insulation applied over the existing insulation will thwart unwanted heat gain in the summer and keep your home warmer in the winter. —bret curry

Get More For more energysaving tips, see these related stories on “Keeping your cool” Our complete guide to AC maintenance and replacement. “Clearing the air” Get advice and tips on changing air filters. “Wrap it up” A do-it-yourself guide to improving your home’s insulation. “Blowing hot and cold” Learn why heat pumps are an efficient way to heat and cool your home.


The new night-light

Say goodbye to your plug-in night-lights The SnapPower Guidelight system uses three ultra-efficient LEDs built right into a standard outlet cover to provide low-level lighting and leave both sockets free. Homeowners simply remove the existing outlet cover from any receptacle and replace it with the Guidelight cover plate. A sensor activates the LEDs when it’s dark and turns them off during the day. For more details, visit —bret curry

Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire. Manufacturers recommend using rigid venting material, not plastic vents that may collapse and cause blockages. Source:   | August 2015   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


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Making thermostats cool

Until recently, few people paid attention to the thermostat. It hung on the wall, waiting for someone to adjust the temperature either up or down. Today, a new breed of thermostat is on the market and promises to turn what was once an afterthought into a powerful tool that can save energy and make your home more comfortable. One of the major advances in thermostat design was the programmable thermostat. It was a simple concept. You told the device what temperature your home should be during specific spans of time on specific days, and it would handle the rest. Now, a new type of thermostat is capturing people’s attention—the smart thermostat, also known as the learning thermostat. These thermostats attempt to take the pain out of programming, and they do this by learning your behavior. The most well-known of the smart thermostats is the Nest Learning Thermostat. Developed by former Apple employees, the Nest asks that you use the thermostat as a regular manual thermostat. After a week or so of use, the device remembers preferences and settings. It then begins to automatically adjust heating and air conditioning with a goal to save energy. Since the smart thermostat connects to the Internet, you can control it from your phone via an app, a convenient feature that many consumers enjoy. But the best part about using smart thermostats? You control the system while you’re away and come home to a temperature that’s just right for you. A smart thermostat can cost between $200 and $400, but users will recover some of that cost through energy savings over the life of the appliance. —brian sloboda

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The durability of purpose Getting to age 75 isn’t easy.

Mike Couick

President and CEO, The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina


It’s hard enough to do as a human being, but it’s even harder for a business or organization. The list of businesses that became household names only to fail is seemingly endless—Enron (1932–2001), Pan Am (1927–1991), Studebaker (1852–1967) and Circuit City (1949–2009) come immediately to mind. All seemed poised for sustained success; all failed to achieve it. Age is even tougher on nonprofits. Statistics show that only 13 percent of nonprofits make it past 60; the American Red Cross (1881) and YMCA (1844) are two well-known examples of organizations that endure. Some cooperatives have done well. There are Japanese agricultural cooperatives that date back 10,000 years, and the oldest cooperative in America, the Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire, was founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1752. Between 2014 and 2016, each electric cooperative in South Carolina will turn 75, which is an incredible story and one that goes far beyond electricity. Ours is a story about purpose, about vision and about a commitment to core principles that has never wavered. That commitment is why the co-op has been able to survive changing political and economic climates. It’s why the co-ops remain to this day a powerful force for their members in a marketplace that otherwise could be far less consumer friendly. How do we know this? Let’s “truth test” the very first cooperative principle—voluntary and open membership—against today’s challenges. Historically, this first cooperative principle allowed rural Americans access to electricity

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at a time when for-profit power companies refused to serve them. But what does that principle mean today, especially in an America where there’s an expectation of equality and access to services? In other words, why is it still important? That core belief—the principle that informs all others—assures members and the rest of the world that cooperative services are for everyone and remain open to any who would join. In a stroke, the first principle eliminates the ability to refuse people for illegitimate reasons. It also gives co-ops the ability to turn people away who might seek to join for the wrong reasons, people who want to turn co-ops into something they aren’t for their own personal gain. That value has stood the test of time and continues to do so today. It is what has made us durable. But our security isn’t assured. Today we face fresh challenges (I prefer to call them opportunities), from technology and a new generation of distributed energy resources, such as solar, to more familiar ones, such as large storms, hurricanes and the dangers of political inaction. To face those, we must stay true to our purpose, which isn’t simply providing electricity but rather making life better for the small towns, exurbs, suburbs and the rural areas we serve. We are stewards of that larger purpose of community service. We are bigger than our bottom line because of our principles. Not many things make it to 75. Fewer still make it 75 more. For South Carolina’s electric cooperatives to endure well into the future, we must remain responsible to our purpose, to our principles and to our people. I believe we will.


Working with the state’s electric cooperatives and the South Carolina Power Team, Santee Cooper is an important resource for industries relocating and expanding here. Since 1988, we have helped bring more than $10 billion in industrial investment and more than 62,000 new jobs to our state.That’s a powerful partnership.

44-mile Treasure hunt: “If you can’t find it at the Peach Tree 23, you don’t need it,” says Pat Asbill (above right), who launched the mega yard sale in 2006 while serving as Ridge Spring’s mayor, so she could show off her town to visitors. THIS AND THAT: The incredible variety of items for

sale means, sooner or later, everybody can find something they want. The antique wooden type­setter’s drawer (pictured above typewriter) caught the author’s eye, and seller Jacqueline Dorn of Leesville (above left) cut her a great deal on it. Woodworker Ike Carpenter (opposite, top right) of Edgefield lives up to his name by carving sculptures, spoons and intricate chains at his shop in a former gas station.


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Chasing down bargains at the Peach Tree 23 isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon BY DIANE VETO PARHAM Photos by Andrew Haworth

the dim light and lingering cool of 5:30 a.m., I am packing my car for every potential emergency. Focus on the mission: poor planning now can cost precious time later. Ice-cold water bottles for the inevitable June heat. Power snacks to sustain our energy. Hand sanitizer in case a portable potty is unavoidable. And, most critical, wallets stuffed with dollar bills and quarters. This is D-day for me and my fellow yard-sale warrior, Joanie Thresher—day one of the Peach Tree 23, a 44-mile bargain-hunters’ bonanza that stretches along S.C. 23 through Lexington, Saluda, Edgefield and McCormick counties. We’re on a quest to sift, sort, pick and poke through as much good stuff as we can. “The 23,” as the annual, two-day event is known to locals, is the original among South Carolina’s three mega yard sales (see “Get There,” page 16). For hunters like Joanie and me, and legions more like us, it’s a gold mine of opportunity. Drive through any neighborhood on a Saturday morning and you might stumble across a yard sale here or there. Drive the Peach Tree 23 and you’re guaranteed hundreds of simultaneous sales and hordes of yard-sale enthusiasts, all converging in a hunt for hidden treasures. Packed and prepped—Joanie at the wheel, me in the navigator’s seat—we motor off in the still-quiet dawn, our imaginations buzzing over what discoveries lie ahead.

Everything and the kitchen sink

The massive scope of miles-long yard sales like the Peach Tree 23 is bait enough for yard-sale aficionados who will happily drive from states away to dicker and deal. One man’s trash, another man’s treasure, right? This is not shopping; shopping happens at the mall. Yard sales are about serendipity, about bonding with a piece of history, about scoring a deal on something I didn’t know I wanted until it spoke to me. l l   | August 2015   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


Just around the corner: t Shelby and James Rikard of Batesburg (center and right) have a can’t-miss corner lot on S.C. 23, perfect for attracting buyers to their sale. The Rikards start stockpiling sale items months in advance and have used past yard-sale earnings to pay off family medical expenses. u Temptations along the Peach Tree 23 route include stacks of vintage magazines at a Batesburg seller’s spread, cups of fresh peach ice cream at Watsonia in Monetta, and the opportunity to own a personal Statue of Liberty, for sale in the town square of Ridge Spring.

This is not shopping; shopping happens at the mall. Yard sales are about serendipity, about bonding with a piece of history, about scoring a deal on something I didn’t know I wanted until it spoke to me.

“If you can’t find it at the Peach Tree 23, you don’t need it,” says Pat Asbill, an antiques dealer and former Ridge Spring mayor who launched this event in 2006 as a townwide yard sale, then later invited neighboring towns from Batesburg-Leesville to Modoc to join in. The simple marketing ploy here: Let visitors discover the charms of these small towns. “We want our towns to get noticed and for people to like us and come back,” Asbill says. Mission accomplished. Now in its 10th year, the granddaddy of S.C.’s long yard sales has “grown into a monster,” Asbill says, with more than 12,000 cars passing through on a sale day. “Oh, my heavens, our stores do better that day than any other day of the year.” But the main attraction is the stuff: the rummage of other people’s attics, closets, basements and garages, arrayed atop tables and blankets, in front yards and parking lots, beneath pop-up tents and shady trees. If I just say you can find everything and the kitchen sink (literally), can you picture it? “I have bought a golf cart and a box of squash,” Asbill says. “That’ll tell you the extent of it.” If you need tools or treadmills, Christmas decorations or cabinet handles, dishes or Disney movies, it’s for sale. If you collect lighthouses, salt and pepper shakers, Hummel figurines, you name it, you’ll find it. I’m not a collector, but I see so many kinds of elephants up for grabs— as plates, lamps, metal yard art, tiny tchotchkes—I almost wish that was my passion. Anything vintage, old stuff repurposed into art, new crafts made from scratch, baked goods, produce, come and get it. And if it’s been for sale on late-night TV—singing Santas, talking bass, and amazing gadgets that chop and reshape your food—it’s here at rock-bottom prices. 14

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The thrill of the deal

Yard-sale strategy comes down to two schools of thought: Arrive early and get the best pick. Arrive late and cut better deals before sellers pack up. In a perfect world? You dicker your way into a deal even first thing in the morning. That works for Joanie at our first stand of day one, a lone table in a Batesburg-Leesville parking lot, with few buyers before 8 a.m. A fan of retro décor, Joanie spots a long-necked, amber-glass pitcher marked $20 and doggedly haggles down to $12. Seller Virginia Graham works this stand alongside granddaughter Denise Smith of Batesburg, a Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative member. They have some cool stuff— 45 rpm records by Elvis, The Beatles, Johnny Cash; old movie and concert posters; collectible soda bottles; vintage glassware. But nothing makes me pull my dollars out. The day is young. We do a slow crawl down S.C. 23 to find a multi-seller spread set up in front of stately Southern Fox Manor, a twostory Southern beauty wrapped in porches. Stacks of vintage Life and Look magazines top one table. I’m loving the cover photos of “young senator Jack Kennedy” and his glamorous wife, Jackie, Clark Gable, Twiggy, and assorted mid-century icons. The ads inside are a step back in time. Cultural history, for a buck apiece. The author sniffs out a true cedar “I have more plastic scent in a keepsake chest. tubs at home, filled with


for tackling mega yard sales

Peach ice cream and Lady Liberty these,” the seller says, waving his hand as he walks off, as if he doesn’t care Since 23 runs through prime S.C. peach n Start early to beat traffic and how much I pay, just so he can unload country, we pass more orchards than get first shot at the goods. Most some. I cannot resist. I buy one with a yard sales in places. Who could pass up a vendors set up by 7 or 8 a.m. John Lennon cover for my Beatlemaniac mid-morning visit to Watsonia in Monetta n Come later in the day to make brother and one with a photo essay on for freshly picked peaches and just-made deals with sellers who want to Ernest Hemingway. peach ice cream? Not me. Score one for unload what’s left. At a nearby sale, I bury my nose the 23’s marketing scheme: We’ve discovn Keep an eye on the weather. in a pretty Lane cedar keepsake chest, ered a new destination to come back to. Rain may make vendors pack up stamped “J.A. McAllister Furniture, Mount On the road again, front-yard sales early. Carmel, South Carolina” inside the lid. dot our path, enough so we can pick and n Expect lots of cars and pedes(I own a similar one that belonged to my choose where we want to stop. Clusters trians, especially around large grandmother, but I have two daughters. of parked cars mean multiple sellers; clusters of vendors. Park where You do the math.) There’s a convincing worth a snoop. At Ridge Spring, there’s you are not blocking traffic. cedar scent and a working key. No price a definite uptick in activity. Parked cars n Bring cash—lots of quarters tag, though. jam both sides of the street, and buyers and dollar bills, plus some bigger “How much for this?” I ask the harried roam the town square like fire ants on a bills for larger purchases. seller. busted mound. n Wear cool clothes, sunscreen “Two dollars,” she says, a bit distracted. My favorite table is a champion of the and a hat. Comfortable shoes are That’s not even worth dickering over. Sold. unexpected: A U.S. military first-aid kit essential. Our next stop is where I strike pay dirt. from the 1960s, with unopened packages n Drink lots of water. Before we’re even out of the car, I spy of bandages and ointments. Vintage carn Handy items: Wet wipes for an old typesetter’s drawer—a little piece hood emblems. Assorted retro refrigera­tor grimy hands; shopping bags to magnets tucked inside old-fashioned candy of journalistic history, softly calling my hold smaller items; measuring tins. A pair of old wire-rimmed ­bifocals name. I play it cool, stroll casually among tape; truck or car with large in a case imprinted with “Henry J. Godin, the mishmash for sale. Its sticker once carrying capacity. Optometrist, Augusta, Ga.” read $45, but it’s been scratched through n Sellers, get permission. You may “I try to keep a duke’s mixture of everya couple times, down to $30. I’d love to need to fill out a permit form with pay $20. thing. Sometimes it works and people will the yard sale’s organizers or get “How low can you go on this?” I ask buy it. Sometimes not,” vendor Johnny approval from a property owner seller Jacqueline Dorn of Leesville, trying Conder says of his wide-ranging assortbefore setting up your stand. to act as if the answer doesn’t matter. ment. He also has a stash of old eight-track “Hmm ... $25?” Dorn suggests. I hem tapes. Does anybody even own a functionand haw and change the subject; we chat genially for a ing eight-track player? Doesn’t matter, Conder says: “People few moments. This is her fifth year selling at the Peach who have these show cars, they like to take ’em and set ’em Tree 23, always under the shady awning of a former car on the dash, kind of gives it the look of that era.” dealership. She drops her price: “$22.50?” The eye-catching sale on the square has to be Johnnie “I was thinking $20,” Joanie pipes up on my behalf. Barnes’ trailer, with its 8-foot-tall metal replica of the Statue Gotta love Joanie. of Liberty, a reproduction cannon and a hodgepodge of The gracious Dorn concedes. Ah, sweet victory! I’ve cast-iron schoolhouse bells. Barnes, of Jackson, isn’t intergot my prize. ested in haggling. You meet his price or he’s not selling. “I finally learned, price higher than what you want, (The $1,500 price tag on the cannon tempts one man, because people want to negotiate,” Dorn says. but his wife won’t go higher than $800.) It’s a win-win   | August 2015   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


GetThere Peach Tree 23: You can start at either end of the route, but it’s always 44 miles, along S.C. 23 between Batesburg-Leesville and Modoc. Well established, it’s a highlight of the year for this region, and it’s always the first Friday and Saturday in June, rain or shine. Next dates: June 3–4, 2016. Visit or call Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce, (803) 275-0010.

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South Carolina is home to three long yard sales. Before you go, check websites to confirm dates and locations.

The Big Grab: Denise Jones of Blythewood

has successfully met her goals for the event she launched four years ago: “It brings people to the community, it brings the community together, and it fills our hotels and eating places.” The route loops over 43 miles, through Blythewood, Ridgeway and Winnsboro, “so you can jump on anywhere,” Jones says. It’s always the Friday and Saturday after Labor Day. Next dates: Sept. 11–12. Visit or call Blythewood Visitors Center, (803) 550-9323; Ridgeway Town Hall, (803) 337-2213; or Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce, (803) 635-4242.

for Barnes. Even when his attention-getters aren’t selling, they’re attracting curious crowds. He quotes me a price of $450 for Lady Liberty. “It’ll last forever,” he assures me. Good to know. If I pay that much for a Statue of Liberty, I sure don’t want to ever have to buy another one. It’s still on the trailer when we leave town.

End of the road

By 2 p.m., we are hot, hungry and tired, but only halfway down Highway 23. The Johnston Railroad Diner seems like a good place to catch a second wind. Between taking orders and serving sandwiches, owner Marion Bledsoe tells us no matter how busy it’s been today, it will be crazier tomorrow. “On Saturday, the traffic looks like a funeral procession out here all day,” he says. When we hit Edgefield late that afternoon, only the diehard sellers are still braving the heat, including aptly named woodworker Ike Carpenter. He fesses right up to being the town character, as well as a fifth-generation folk artist. Easily the most entertaining find on our trip, he works out of a former gas station, surrounded by rustic carved bowls, spoons, tables, and his specialty—complex chains with moving parts, all carved from a single piece of wood. For half an hour (at least) we are awash in Carpenter’s detailed stories, one on top of another, about his family’s 16

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I2I: The new kid on the block, the I2I (pronounced eye-to-eye) runs for 49 miles, from I-77 to I-26, through Chester, Union and Newberry counties. The nonprofit Community Development Zone in Chester organized the first I2I last year, hoping to copy the success of the nearby Big Grab. The other two sales stay on a tight track, but this one meanders, so you’ll need good directions to find your way. Still in its infancy, plans are to hold it the first Friday and Saturday of June. Next dates: June 3–4, 2016. Visit or call Olde English District Visitors Center, (803) 789-7076.

carving legacy, the origins of his art, the 63 hours he spent on a single piece, plus pop quizzes about the S.C. and American history reflected in his tools and his carvings. When he finally takes a breath, Joanie and I each buy a cherry-wood spoon with a bowl shaped like South Carolina to carry home the memory of this craftsman and Intricate chains his riddles and tales. carved from one “Next time y’all come, you’ll have piece of wood (top left) and to let me do some of the talking,” spoons with he jokes as we leave. a bowl shaped Ten-plus hours after we set out, like South Carolina are there’s still cash in our wallets, but specialties of our energy is spent. Modoc, last stop Ike Carpenter on the Peach Tree 23, will have to of Edgefield. wait until next year.

Final score

At day’s end, we drive toward home, air conditioning on high, assorted treasures safely stowed in back. Despite some sore feet and sunburn, I’m still smiling about that typesetter’s drawer. It’s in great shape, with a metal drawer pull embossed with “Hamilton Mfg. Co.,” one of America’s biggest manufacturers of letterpress type and printers’ cabinets. For a lifelong journalist, it’s a pretty cool find. It’s going to look great hanging in my home office. Maybe next yard sale, I’ll find stuff to display in it.

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History in the here and now Spend a little time with David and Renee Gillespie and you might forget which century you’re living in. Experts in the hand-manufacturing processes of the 1700s, the Gillespies happily spend their days making period-authentic clothing, banjos, flintlock rifles, miniature paintings and hand-chiseled tombstones, using only the tools and materials of the era. When they’re not working from their rustic home near Pumpkintown (built from salvaged 18th-century timbers, of course), they can be found demonstrating their talents and selling their wares at museums, parks and historic sites along the East Coast. “We’re living historians, and we’re crafting the period for the public. At the same time, we’re crafting it for ourselves, too,” David Gillespie says. “There are events we go to where we have to pinch ourselves. You look around, and there’s nothing modern. Everything is totally correct. That’s when we become part of the period again.” For both Gillespies, allowing children to experience history by taking a turn at Renee’s spinning wheel or picking up David’s stone-cutting tools is the most rewarding part of their travels. “It brings history alive,” Renee says. “Even if a child never learns how to spin, they’ve got a connection with something that happened in history.” Three years ago, David left his surveying job, allowing the couple to devote themselves full-time to doing what they love—studying, practicing, preserving and sharing the knowledge of longforgotten trades through their public appearances and a sutler business, Pumpkintown Primitives ( “The Lord has given us talents,” David says. “If we can make a living with our talents and give God the glory for it, what else could anyone ask for?” —dianne poston owens

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David and Renee Gillespie 36 and 41 Pumpkintown Claim to fame: Living historians who specialize in making things the 18th-century way Little-known facts: David is the author of A Brief Treatise on Tomb and Grave Stones of the Eighteenth Century. Renee’s indigo-dyed fabrics are featured at the Smithsonian Institution. Family tree: Both have ancestors who served as Patriot spies during the American Revolution—Renee’s seventh-generation grandmother, Lydia Barrington Darragh of Philadelphia, and David’s fifth-generation grandmother, Laodicea “Dicey” Langston Springfield of Laurens. Higher calling: Christian faith guides the couple in their work. At events, their sutler’s tent is always closed for business on Sundays. “We’re like an 18th-century Chick-fil-A,” David says. Co-op affiliation: Members of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative Ages:

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Shoeless Joe’s home base Arlene Marcley greets her guest cheerfully at the door of a tiny brick bungalow, the home of a baseball legend. Inside is a veritable shrine to Joseph Jefferson Wofford Jackson, the famed “Shoeless Joe” of the Chicago White Sox. Baseball fans know Jackson’s sad tale—banned for life from the game he loved after he and seven others were accused of conspiring to throw the 1919 World Series. But Jackson’s saga all started and ended in South Carolina. “Joe’s house,” where Jackson lived and died, is now the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Baseball Library in Greenville. Filled with Jackson memorabilia, his restored house gives the phenomenal ballplayer due hometown recognition, thanks largely to Marcley’s efforts. “Anything to do with Joe Jackson is “Welcome to Joe’s house!”

Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Baseball Library is at 356 Field St., Greenville, across from Fluor Field. HOURS: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Private tours by appointment. ADMISSION: Free. Donations and gift-shop purchases help support operations. DETAILS: (864) 346-4867;


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Jackson’s old home, restored and opened as a museum in 2008, showcases his achievements and memorabilia. Founder Arlene Marcley holds a Louisville Slugger like the bats the company made for Shoeless Joe during his playing days. Items on display include a baseball left on Jackson’s grave, inscribed by a young fan: “Somehow I know you are the greatest ever.”

a treasure,” says an admiring Marcley. Marcley discovered Shoeless Joe in the 1990s while working for Greenville’s mayor. Fans phoned the mayor’s office frequently, seeking details about the city’s famous native son. Marcley did some research, became a dedicated Jackson fan, and founded the nonprofit museum, where she leads tours to share Jackson’s story. Born in Pickens County in 1888, Jackson moved to Greenville’s Brandon Mill village as a child when his dad took a job at the cotton mill. Jackson began working in mills himself at age 6, never attending school. By 13, he was working 12-hour days, but he was also a star on the textile mill’s men’s baseball team. His extraordinary talents—Babe Ruth reportedly called Jackson’s swing “the perfectest”​—earned him a spot with the minor league Greenville Spinners. He quickly rose to the majors in Philadelphia, Cleveland and, finally, Chicago. Acquitted of

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wrong­doing in the World Series scandal by a Chicago jury, Jackson was nevertheless banned for life from professional baseball in 1921. Jackson and wife Kate ­eventually came home to Greenville and built their bungalow in 1940. Despite his ban, Jackson found ways to enjoy baseball again, teaching neighborhood kids how to bat, managing local mill teams and playing exhibition games with barnstorming teams. “He’d play under an assumed name, but people knew it was Joe

Babe Ruth reportedly called Jackson’s swing ‘the perfectest.’ Jackson, and they’d come to see him play,” Marcley says. In 1951, Jackson suffered a heart attack and died in his home’s front bedroom. That sunny yellow room now features a life-size cutout of Jackson, surrounded by game photos and articles, old gloves, uniforms and fan tributes. The home’s entry hall

Greenville’s ‘Shoeless Joe’ Jackson sites

tells the tale of how a pair of too-tight shoes, abandoned mid-game, earned Jackson his unusual nickname. Its wood-­paneled office is a library with more than 2,000 books about Jackson’s life and baseball. Decades later, baseball fans still admire Jackson’s achievements and debate his guilt. Meanwhile, Marcley has launched a new petition to lift his ban, in hopes of clearing his path for admission to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Visitors can sign the petition in Jackson’s old living room or on the museum’s website. “All his life, Joe said he never did anything to throw that game,” Marcley says. “I want to see his name cleared.”

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Shoeless Joe statue and plaza, corner of South Main and Augusta streets: A life-size bronze statue of Jackson swinging his bat, on a base built with bricks from Chicago’s old Comiskey Park, where the White Sox played. Shoeless Joe Jackson Memorial Park, 406 West Ave.: The baseball field where Jackson once played, beside the old Brandon Mill, is just off Shoeless Joe Jackson Memorial Parkway on U.S. 123. Every odd year, the park hosts the Vintage Games, an old-style doubleheader between teams representing the Jackson museum and Georgia’s Ty Cobb Museum. Next date: Oct. 24 at 10 a.m.  Jackson gravesite, Woodlawn Cemetery, 1901 Wade Hampton Blvd.: Joe and Kate Jackson’s graves are usually covered with baseballs, shoes, gloves and other paraphernalia left by fans. Guided directions to the gravesite are on the museum’s website.

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Cool treats are refreshing on hot days, especially if only minimal effort is needed for big payoffs. And kids might enjoy being part of the kitchen crew if they know ice cream is the reward. Ice-pop molds in fun sizes and shapes are easy to find in craft or discount stores. You can even use small containers you already have, like paper cups and ice trays.


3 cups diced, seedless watermelon Juice from ½ lime 4–5 tablespoons sugar

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In a blender, add all ingredients, and blend until well pureed. Pour into ice-pop molds of your choice, three-fourths full. Cover and place the molds in the freezer, and freeze several hours or overnight.



Using paper cups

To freeze ice pops in paper cups, follow the same process used for a plastic mold, making sure not to overfill the cups. Place filled cups on a baking sheet, and cover with foil. Make a small slit in the foil over the center of each cup, and add a wooden stick (the foil will support the stick until the pops freeze). Once frozen, peel the paper cup away from the pop before serving.


1 cup plain yogurt 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (or strawberries, bananas or pineapple) 2 tablespoons honey

In a blender, add all ingredients, and blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour into ice-pop molds of your choice, three-fourths full. Cover and place the molds in the freezer, and freeze several hours or overnight.


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In a medium bowl, mash half the peaches. Sprinkle with lemon juice and 2 tablespoons sugar. Stir, cover and refrigerate. In a heavy, 2-quart saucepan, combine the milk and 1 cup cream with the remaining peaches. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean. Add the seeds and the bean to the milk mixture (or add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract). Cook over medium heat until bubbles form around edges of the pan, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Strain through a fine sieve, pressing on the peaches with the back of a spoon. Discard the remaining solids and the vanilla bean. In a medium bowl, combine egg yolks, ½ cup sugar and remaining cream. Whisk until smooth. Measure out ½ cup of the hot milk mixture, and gradually whisk it into the egg mixture, a little at a time, whisking until smooth. Pour back into the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly and keeping at a simmer, until thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, about 4–5 minutes. Do not let the custard boil. Strain through a sieve into a bowl. Place the bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice and water (but not so full that water will run over into the custard). Stir custard occasionally, allowing time for it to cool. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing wrap directly onto the surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours or overnight. To freeze, pour the custard into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Drain the reserved mashed peaches and add to nearly frozen custard 5–10 minutes before removing from the machine. Transfer to a freezer-safe container; cover and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours.

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4 large ripe peaches, peeled and chopped 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons sugar 1 ½ cups whole milk 1 ½ cups heavy cream 1 vanilla bean, split (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract) 6 large egg yolks ½ cup sugar


1 ¼ cups whole milk 2 cups heavy cream 1 cup fresh mint, packed 1 vanilla bean, split (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract) 4 egg yolks ½ cup honey Pinch salt, optional ½ cup mini chocolate chips ½ cup sliced or slivered almonds (or pistachios, walnuts or pecans)

In a heavy, 2-quart saucepan, combine the milk, 1½ cups cream and the mint. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean. Add the seeds and the bean to the milk mixture (or add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract). Cook over medium heat until bubbles form around edges of the pan, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and let flavors fuse for about 20 minutes. In a medium bowl, combine egg yolks, honey, salt and remaining cream. Whisk until smooth. Gradually whisk into the mint-flavored mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly and keeping at a simmer, until thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, about 4–5 minutes. Do not let the custard boil. Strain through a sieve into a bowl, pressing on the mint with the back of the spoon. Discard the mint and vanilla bean. Place the bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice and water (but not so full that water will run over into the custard). Stir custard occasionally, allowing time for it to cool. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing wrap directly onto the surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours or overnight. To freeze, pour the custard into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Add chocolate chips and nuts to nearly frozen custard 5–10 minutes before removing from the machine. Transfer to a freezer-safe container; cover and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours. W h at Õ s C oo k i n g at

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r e d r u m Recovering from crape So, you’ve murdered your crape myrtle.

Crape murder happens when branches are all topped at the same height. Multiple shoots will emerge, growing into a thick mess. Remove all but one or two of the strongest shoots. (At left, leaves were removed to show the branch more clearly.) u These shoots growing in different directions are far enough apart that both may be left to develop. center photos by Andrew haworth

q Use a sharp handsaw to remove branches more than ¾ inch in diameter. Cut close to, but not into, the branch’s collar.

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q Six weeks after a proper pruning, this murdered crape myrtle is on its way to recovery.


Now what? Severely pruning crape myrtle trees (jokingly referred to as “crape murder”) is common. Horticulturists frown on it, but it’s not as fatal as the label suggests. If crape myrtles died from such extreme topping, we would have few of these flowering trees left. Fortunately, a little restorative pruning will return topped crape myrtles to their natural shape and beauty. A typical “murdered” crape has had all its branches cut indiscriminately at about the same height—usually about shoulder high to the person doing the pruning. Called topping, it causes stress, destroys the tree’s natural form and encourages sprouts where you don’t want them. Crape myrtles topped in winter will send out new shoots in all directions from each pruning cut the next spring. Initially, this may make the plant appear full and lush. But if not corrected, it will grow into a thick mass of interwoven and unhealthy branches. Over time, repeatedly topped trees look ragged and tired, and gnarly knobs of old stubs and wounds will develop. You can repair the damage by returning the tree to an upright vase or umbrella shape, preferably within a year of the initial topping. Select one to three of the healthiest new shoots emerging from a pruning cut; leave these untouched. Then, remove all the rest. This may mean removing eight or more shoots from each stub. Keep the strongest shoots that are growing in a similar direction as the original branch. Shoots growing toward the center of the tree, crossing other branches, or growing in undesirable directions should come off. Later, you may need to remove more shoots if they are interfering with

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A little restorative pruning will return topped crape myrtles to their natural shape and beauty. one another. But to start, it’s better to remove too few than too many. Corrected branches may look sparse right after pruning. Over time, these remaining shoots will become dominant and resume normal growth. Once you’ve thinned the new shoots, look for and correct other problems. Stubs of branches left over from previous cuts, ragged pruning cuts, and suckers sprouting from the base should be removed for a healthier and more attractive tree. Be sure to make proper pruning cuts when removing limbs. At the base of each branch, where it intersects ­another stem, is the branch collar, usually a swollen area where one branch transitions to another. Make the pruning cut as close to the collar as possible, without damaging it. Leaving the ­collar intact results in a wound that seals more quickly and cleanly. Your restored tree will look thin and a bit straggly at first. But, in a month or two, natural branching will resume and start to fill in its appearance. Give the tree a checkup in six months to a year to see if follow-up pruning and training are needed. Within two to three years, the original topping cuts will barely be visible, and the tree will regain its natural form, as long as no new crape murder is ­committed! is an area horticulture agent for Clemson Extension based in Greenville County. Contact him at


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15 • Edouard Michelin Memorial 5K, Michelin Conference Center, Greenville. (864) 458-4374. 15 • Militia Day, Walnut Grove Plantation State Historic Site, Roebuck. (864) 596-3501. 15 • Rolling Waterwheel Gospel Jubilee, Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center, Pickens. (864) 898-5963. 20 • Textures in Colors reception, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 764-9568. 21 • Band of Oz, Peace Center TD Stage, Greenville. (800) 888-7768. 21–22 • Spring Water Festival, Mineral Spring Park, Williamston. (864) 847-7361. 21–23 • A Celebration of Quilting, Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center, Anderson. (864) 964-0785. 22 • Apple Festival Pageant, West-Oak High School, Westminster. (864) 647-7223. 22 • Beach Ball, Hartness Estate, Greenville. (864) 334-6223. 22 • Flight of the Dove, Bailey Memorial Stadium at Presbyterian College, Clinton. (864) 833-2820. 22 • Hub City Empty Bowls bowlmaking session, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 621-2768. 22 • Mutt Strut, Greenville Tech’s Swamp Rabbit Trail, Greenville. (864) 242-3626. 23 • Greenville Triathlon, Westside Aquatic Center, Greenville. (864) 420-5169. 27–Sept. 7 • Upper S.C. State Fair, Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Greenville. (864) 269-0852. 29 • A Night at the Opera, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 948-9020. SEPTEMBER

1–6 • “Kinky Boots,” Peace Concert Hall at the Peace Center, Greenville. (800) 888-7768. 5 • 1Spark Festival, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542-2787. 5–6 • Dacusville Farm Show, Turner farm, 3147 Earls Bridge Road, Easley. (864) 423-3239. 6–7 • Bacon Labor Day, Simpsonville City Park, Simpsonville. (864) 423-8074. 7 • Sugar Creek Youth Triathlon, Sugar Creek 1 Pool, Greer. (864) 363-0570. 8–12 • South Carolina Apple Festival, multiple locations, Westminster. (864) 647-7223.


11 • Clemson Alumni Challenge Golf Tournament, John E. Walker Sr. Golf Course, Clemson. (864) 656-2345. 11–13 • Women’s Outdoor Retreat, Hickory Knob State Resort Park, McCormick. (803) 609-4778. 11–27 • “Mary Poppins,” Spartanburg Little Theatre at Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542-2787. 12 • “From Italy, Germany, Russia: Power and Force” by the Spartanburg Philharmonic with pianist Andreas Boyd, Twichell Auditorium at Converse College, Spartanburg. (864) 948-9020. 12 • Labors, Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site, Union. (864) 427-5966. 12 • Surviving on the Winter Homestead, Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center, Pickens. (864) 878-2936.

11–12 • Fiddle ’n Pig Shindig BBQ & Bluegrass Festival, Dairy Barn at Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill. (803) 547-4575. 12 • Open Horse Show and Vendor Fair, Gaston Farm Road Equestrian Center, Chester. (803) 374-6255. 14 • HT Behind the Scenes— Theatre, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Irmo. (803) 407-5011.

15 • Trash to Treasures, townwide, Elloree. (803) 897-2821. 18 • Toucan Tuesday, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia. (803) 779-8717. 21 • “From Lightning Was Born a Man: Myth, Reality and Chief Pushmataha,” USC-Lancaster Native American Studies Center, Lancaster. (803) 313-7063. ONGOING 21–22 • Antiques & Artisans, Daily through Aug. 21 • “Lincoln: Church of the Good Shepherd, The Constitution and the York. (803) 684-4021. Civil War,” S.C. State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898-4921. 21–22 • Sandy Oaks Pro Rodeo, Lazy J Arena, Edgefield. Daily through Sept. 20 • “The (803) 637-5369. Adventures of Mr. Potato Head,” 22 • Children’s Trust Benefit Gala EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia. (803) 779-3100. and Silent Auction, S.C. State Museum, Columbia. (803) 744-4025. Daily through Feb. 7 • “Carolina Makers,” S.C. State Museum, 22 • Guided History Hike, Columbia. (803) 898-4921. Comporium Amphitheater at Anne Springs Close Greenway, Mondays through August • Fort Mill. (803) 547-4575. Hopelands Summer Concert Series, Hopelands Gardens, 22 • Jailbreak Escape Urban Aiken. (803) 642-7650. ONGOING Challenge Run, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Second Mondays • Family Climb Tuesdays through Saturdays, Nights, Northside Recreation through Aug. 20 • “Ancient Forms, Lexington. (803) 785-8230. Center, Rock Hill. (803) 329-5633. Modern Minds: Contemporary 22 • Main Street Latin Festival, Cherokee Ceramics,” Pickens downtown, Columbia. Tuesdays through Oct. 20 • County Museum of Art & History, (803) 939-0360. Clover Farmer’s Market, Pickens. (864) 898-5963. Clover Community Center, 22 • Run Wild Cross Country Clover. (803) 222-9495. Tuesdays through Saturdays, Festival, Sesquicentennial State through Aug. 20 • “Surfaces Park, Columbia. (803) 622-7865. Tuesdays through Sundays, and Spaces: Photography of through Aug. 30 • “Art & 22 • Summerfest, downtown, Cecilia Feld & Bruce Schlein,” Imagination in Children’s York. (803) 684-2590. Pickens County Museum of Art & Literature,” Museum of York 27 • Five Points after Five, History, Pickens. (864) 898-5963. County, Rock Hill. (803) 329-2121. intersection of Harden and Devine Tuesdays through Sundays, Tuesdays through Sundays, streets, Columbia. (803) 748-7373. through Nov. 1 • “Spartanburg’s through Sept. 13 • “From Marilyn 28 • Tim Clark Band, Lancaster Music History,” Spartanburg to Mao: Andy Warhol’s Famous City Hall, Lancaster. (803) 289-1498. Faces,” Columbia Museum of Regional History Museum, Spartanburg. (864) 596-3501. Art, Columbia. (803) 799-2810. SEPTEMBER Wednesdays through Tuesdays through Sundays, 3 • Bluegrass Night, Allison August • South Carolina through Sept. 27 • “Wolves and Creek Presbyterian Church, Blue Reedy River Concerts, Wild Lands,” Museum of York York. (803) 366-1302. Peace Center Amphitheatre, County, Rock Hill. (803) 329-2121. 4–6 • Lone Star Bluegrass & Greenville. (864) 467-3000. First Thursdays • First Honky Tonk Weekend, Lone Second Wednesdays through Thursdays on Main Street, Star Barbecue & Mercantile, October • Yappy Hour, NOMA 1200–1700 blocks on Main Street, Santee. (803) 854-2000. Square, Greenville. (864) 235-1234. Columbia. (803) 988-1065. 5 • Eutawville 5K, downtown, Second Thursdays through Third Thursdays • Vista Nights, Eutawville. (803) 492-3374. December • Spoken Word The Vista, Columbia. (803) 269-5946. 5 • Lt. Dan’s Band Concert, Experience, Callie and John First Fridays • First Friday Hilton Field at Fort Jackson, Rainey Conference Room at Fort Mill, Walter Elisha Park, Columbia. (803) 751-1105. Chapman Cultural Center, Fort Mill. (803) 547-5900. Spartanburg. (864) 542-2787. 5–7 • Labor Day Festival & Third Fridays through Sept. 18 • Second Saturdays • Heartstrings, Parade, multiple locations, Food Truck Fridays, Fountain Park, Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Chapin. (803) 345-2444. Old Town Rock Hill. (803) 329-8756. Center, Pickens. (864) 878-2936. 11 • Lakeside, USC‑Lancaster Fourth Fridays • 4th Fridays Bundy Auditorium, Lancaster. on Main, downtown, (803) 289-1486. MIDLANDS Sumter. (803) 436-2500. 11 • Run for Our Troops, W.M. AUGUST Rish Riverwalk Park & Amphitheater, 13–31 • Summer Fun Arts & LOWCOUNTRY Sciences Camp, multiple locations, West Columbia. (803) 814-5858. AUGUST Lancaster County. (803) 285-7451. 11–12 • Aiken’s Makin’ Festival, 7–23 • “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” downtown, Aiken. (803) 641-1111. 14–22 • “Big City,” Trustus Footlight Players Theater, Theatre, Columbia. (803) 254-9732. 11–12 • Bowman Harvest Charleston. (843) 722-4487. 15 • Palmetto Peanut Boil, Publick Festival, downtown, Bowman. (803) 829-2666. House, Columbia. (704) 649-5358.

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15 • Cocktails & Cufflinks Bachelor Charity Auction, Charleston Visitors Center, Charleston. (843) 284-3394. 15 • Dancing with the Clarendon County Stars, Sunset Acres, Cades. (843) 687-7774. 15 • Half Rubber Tournament, recreation center, Isle of Palms. (843) 866-8294. 16 • North Charleston Bridal Show, Charleston Area Convention Center, North Charleston. (843) 529-5000. 18 • Exploring Pinckney Island, Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island. (843) 689-6767. 20 • Pier Predicaments, Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-0874. 21 • Rocking Hot Summer Night, Bluffton Oyster Factory Park, Bluffton. (843) 706-4500. 22 • Behind the Scenes Tour, Hobcaw Barony, Georgetown. (843) 546-4623. 22 • Race for The Ark, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Summerville. (843) 832-2357. 22 • SpongeBob—Fact or Fiction? Myrtle Beach State Park Activity Center, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-0874. 23 • An Afternoon of Truth Telling & Hope Spreading, Charleston Music Hall, Charleston. (843) 763-7333. 23 • Hot Nights & Holy City Dinner, Middleton Place Pavilion, Charleston. (843) 556-6020. 28–Sept. 20 • “The Producers, A New Mel Brooks Musical,” Dock Street Theatre, Charleston. (843) 577-7183. 29–Sept. 13 • Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, Old Santee Canal Park, Moncks Corner. (843) 899-5200. 29 • Death by Chocolate: A Chocolate and Champagne Affair, Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head Island. (843) 290-6932. SEPTEMBER

3–6 • Lowcountry Jazz Festival, North Charleston Performing Arts Center, North Charleston. (843) 529-5000. 4–5 • Woodland River Festival, Woodland Beach, Saint Helena Island. (843) 263-5261. 4–6 • Coastal Uncorked Food and Wine Festival, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. (843) 626-9668. 4–6 • Edisto Beach Music and Shag Fest, Bay Creek Park, Edisto Beach. (843) 869-3867. 5 • Cast Off Fishing Tournament, Mount Pleasant Pier, Mount Pleasant. (843) 762-9946.

5 • VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200, Darlington Raceway, Darlington. (843) 395-8802. 6 • Bojangles’ Southern 500, Darlington Raceway, Darlington. (843) 395-8802. 11 • Lowcountry Autism Foundation Fall Fling, Country Club of Hilton Head, Hilton Head Island. (843) 876-0415. 12 • Calligraphy Workshop, Charleston Museum, Charleston. (843) 722-2996. 12 • John Williams Extravaganza, North Charleston Performing Arts Center, North Charleston. (843) 202-2787. 13 • Dog Day Afternoon, Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark at Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston. (843) 795-4386. ONGOING

Daily through Sept. 5 • Hot Summer Nights, Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Myrtle Beach. (843) 626-7444. Daily through Nov. 1 • National Sculpture Society Awards Exhibition, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet. (843) 235-6000. Mondays • Coastal Kayaking, Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet. (843) 235-8755. Mondays through Aug. 31 • Jane Austen Summer Film Festival, First Presbyterian Church, Hilton Head Island. (843) 681-3696. Tuesdays through Saturdays, through Sept. 5 • “Hometown Teams—How Sports Shape America,” Georgetown County Museum, Georgetown. (843) 545-7020. Tuesdays through Saturdays, through November • “Henrietta, the Largest Wooden Sailing Ship Ever Built in South Carolina,” Horry County Museum, Conway. (843) 915-5320. Tuesdays through Sundays, through Sept. 20 • “Norman Rockwell’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn,” S.B. ChapinF.B. Burroughs Art Museum, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-2510. Tuesdays through Sundays • Guided tours, McLeod Plantation Historic Site, James Island. (843) 762-2172. Third Thursdays through August • Third Thursdays Concert, Cheraw Community Center, Cheraw. (843) 537-8421. Fourth Thursdays through October • Carolina Dreamers Car Club Cruise-In, Shelter Cove Towne Centre, Hilton Head Island. (843) 757-3019. Sundays through Aug. 30 • Batty Over Bats, Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-0874.


By Jan A. Igoe

Avoid the shark’s house Every summer, when the ocean is

full of tasty t­ourists, the theme from Jaws starts playing in my head, and I avoid dipping a toe in the surf, despite assurances from experts that I’m more likely to be maimed by an aggressive vacuum cleaner. (Not if I don’t plug it in.) “Don’t be stupid,” Kathy scolds while pouring herself more of the coffee I somehow summoned enough smarts to brew. My neighbor has a huge brain filled with marine biology and fish facts she likes to fling at former art majors. “Sharks don’t want to eat you. You’re galeophobic.” That fancy word means I suffer from a persistent, overwhelming fear of sharks—an apex predator that can generate a whole set of hull-crunching chompers practically overnight. They’re always hungry and frequently dine in oceans, much like the one beside South Carolina. The synonym for galeophobic is intelligent. Kathy can call me names, but I still prefer swimming in pools where makos aren’t members. Every time a shark bites someone, she jumps to its defense to say it was all a misunderstanding. “Sharks don’t like the way humans taste. They’re simply taking an exploratory bite.” Exploratory bites hurt as much as regular bites, but the shark will send a note of apology to you in the ICU.


Kathy thinks it’s helpful to assure galeophobics that we’re more likely to be crushed by a vending machine or trampled by a hippo than accosted by a shark. “Hippos kill 2,900 people a year,” she says. “They weigh 8,000 pounds and eat boats.”

By comparison, sharks are less lethal than teacup poodles, but in Horry County, hippos are easier to avoid. Besides, I can only nurture one phobia at a time. And I watched Sharknado twice. In the sci-fi thriller, cyclones sent thousands of sharks twirling through the skies over Los Angeles to rain down on the city’s terrified residents. Since sharks don’t usually fly, this must have been just as stressful for them as a plane crash is for people. A lesser animal might forget eating for a while, but sharks are very focused and went right on mauling everyone.

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Kathy gave me some tips for handling close encounters with a salivating shark. Every expert says the same things: l Don’t try to make friends with it. (No problem there.) l Punch the predator in the nose. (Yes, the nose. It should be somewhere above the 700 gnashing teeth. Try not to miss.) l Don’t wear jewelry. (Sharks are attracted to shiny objects. If it likes your necklace, just hand it over. Say it’s a gift.) l Don’t play dead. (By now, overwhelming panic should make this advice easy to follow.) Forget the experts. I’ve found a new shark mentor in Veronica-Pooh Nash Poleate, the Tennessee woman whose sage advice recently went viral on Facebook. If you don’t want to be eaten, she says, it’s simple. Just stay out of the shark’s house. When a chicken or pig shows up in her living room, it ends up on a plate. You don’t want to be lunch? Stay out of the shark’s kitchen. Sorry, Kathy. That works for me. You just watch out for the hippos.  jan a. igoe has nothing against sharks, but keeping a respectable distance feels right. She wishes everyone a wonderful, safe summer vacation. Write Jan at


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