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LakeWylie TODAY Summer 2018 | Issue 2

A Place in the Sun Time to make your summer plans

Carowinds with Peanuts Charlie Brown and friends help give the park an update

Chamber Spotlight Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce news and information

Our View

Summertime …

and the living is easy


By Susan Bromfield, President, Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

ou don’t need to go to Italy or California Wine Country for a wonderful agricultural tourism experience. Orchards, farm stands, strawberry fields and pick-your-own produce locations are all over the Lake Wylie area. There is nothing better than a freshly picked tomato or vine-ripe berries in summer. Whether you take a drive and visit one of the area farm stands or dine at a restaurant, there are farm-fresh options locally. Jackson’s Kitchen Catering features farm-to-table fare, Q2U BBQ will be serving warm fresh fruit cobblers, Bagel Boat will have seasonal fresh salads and fruit milkshakes, Lily’s Bistro prides itself in farm-to-table selections and local fresh produce will be incorporated into many local restaurant menu offerings. In our Food for Thought section, read about Bush ’N Vine Farm, one of the area growers that is part of the farm-to-table scene and whose products can be found in many local restaurants and shops. Also, read about Elizabeth and Clint Boyd, who left corporate jobs to start a seafood market in their hometown of Clover. Lake Wylie and the surrounding area affords a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the lake lifestyle, recreational opportunities and what is now known as agri-tourism. This label covers all kinds of rural visitor experiences. It can be a drive through the country to South Forty Farm on Highway 274 to see the miniature horses and “designer chickens” while enjoying the authentic experience of buying farm-fresh produce. You can buy a Tony’s Ice Cream cone and sit in the red rocking chairs while you take in the countryside. The Peach Tree in Filbert, a community located between Clover and York on Highway 321, also features local, fresh produce and a large variety of peaches. The Peach Tree is a farm stand and ice cream shop reminiscent of days gone by. The simple, quaint building is filled with fresh summer produce and ice cream, and the beautiful drive through the country to get there is a treat in itself.

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Down the road is Windy Hill Apple Orchard. While it is too early for apple season, Windy Hill has a variety of farm-fresh produce and a rural experience for children of all ages. Recent additions include hard cider tasting and evening entertainment. An option to exploring the beautiful countryside is Lake Wylie itself, a summer playground for boating, waterskiing, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Our Shoreline feature is on the Carolina Show Ski Team, a local group of talented water skiers that has entertained lake crowds for decades. Of course, it is summertime, so our calendar on page 49 features summer fun with all the many opportunities in the area. The Splash Dash family friendly walk and run will kick off the summer season on June 9. This event is staged at YMCA Camp Thunderbird and the race goes through River Hills. It is a great way to enjoy some of the local beauty while getting some exercise and supporting a good cause. Information is on page 54. The annual Ag-Art Tour will be held on June 9 and 10 in York County and is an excellent way to enjoy a rural adventure with artists on site, fresh produce and demonstrations of farm life. Find more details on page 8 or online at www. Tega Cay celebrates its birthday with a variety of activities on the Fourth of July, along with many other communities. We have more on area Independence Day celebrations on page 12. Carowinds has added millions of dollars of expansions in recent years and updated its Peanuts-themed area this year. A story on page 38 tells of what is new for 2018. The award-winning Summerfest downtown street festival will be held in York on Aug. 24 and 25. A short drive away, Kings Mountain State Park and Ebenezer Park offer camping experiences, hiking and swimming. Whether you enjoy recreational experiences, a rural drive and agri-tourism experience or scenic beauty, summer is a time to relax and enjoy some easy living and beautiful surroundings of Lake Wylie. We have it all. LW

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Contents Summer 2018

2 Our View Summertime is fun time in Lake Wylie 8 Mailbag 16 Shoreline

Carolina Show Ski Team has entertained lake crowds for decades

22 Food for Thought

Boyds bring coastal fare to the lake; Bush-N-Vine Farm a Lake Wylie staple for fresh produce

28 Garden Party

Annual Home and Garden Tour

34 Feature

Visit Clover for excellent food, shopping, fun

38 Feature

Carowinds updates Peanuts-themed park

42 Feature

Experience the many sides of York County

46 Feature

Anne Springs Close Greenway’s new ‘front door’

49 Summer Calendar 50 Development Update 54 Spotlight

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Mailbag Did you just catch a fish? Celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary? Are you participating in a charity event or community fundraiser? Where did you go on your last family outing? Whether you just celebrated a major milestone or are gearing up to give back, part of our goal with Lake Wylie Today is to provide a platform for our community to share what’s happening in the community through stories and photos. We want to celebrate with you, laugh with you and build memories with you. Please email photos and stories to .

Annual Ag Art Tour in York County June 9-10



avid Cox, of the Schmoozers men’s group in Lake Wylie, is pictured with a framed photo collage he received from U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC). The Schmoozers visited Norman in Washington, D.C., last fall, and at a recent Schmoozers meeting Norman gave each of the 13 members a framed collage with personalized photo selections of each man capturing memories of the visit. 8 | Summer 2018

he York County Ag Art Tour will be held June 9-10. It is part of the statewide Ag Art Tour coordinated by the Clemson University Extension Service. The event has expanded from its start in 2012 with farms in York County only to include 12 counties across the state. The stars of this self-guided event are the scenic, rural areas of York County where farms and farm stands will showcase farm life, art work and summer produce. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit to find schedules and details.


Lake Wylie Coast Guard Auxiliary to hold boating safety classes


he Lake Wylie Flotilla, 26-02, of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has announced the schedule of the Boating Safety Classes for 2018. These classes are the NASBLA nationally approved “About Boating

Safely” classes and are being held at Cabela’s Outfitters, 1000 Cabela’s Drive, Fort Mill, on the following Saturdays: May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15. These classes run from 9 a.m. until about 5 p.m., and are held in the conference room at Cabela’s. Upon successful completion of the course and test, a certificate and laminated wallet-sized card will be issued. All instructors are experienced Coast Guard Auxiliary members. Residents of North Carolina whose birth date

is later than Jan. 1, 1988, are required to have completed a boating safety course in order to operate a vessel. For more information and to register for one of these courses, please contact the Public Education Officer, Barbara Wilson, at

Lake Wylie Today takes home firsts with SCPA


ake Wylie Today magazine won two first-place awards in the South Carolina Press Association associate division. “Lighting the Night,” a feature on a Chinese lantern exhibit at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, won for Feature Page Design. Comments from the judges included: “Less is more. You took an amazing image with vibrant colors and showcased it with simple, solid design and font choices. Bold, beautiful design.” The magazine’s Summer 2017 issue won for Magazine or Specialty Publication. The judges said, “This winner stood out for varied content, strong writing and design and eye-catching photography.” Summer 2018 |



Rotary receives grant to build picnic pavilion


he Lake Wylie Rotary Club received a matching grant of $2,500 from the Rotary Foundation to launch a project for its picnic pavilion, to be built behind the new Clover School District Community YMCA. Lake Wylie Rotarian Ed Lindsey, who

is leading the program, has worked tirelessly meeting with the partners from the Upper Palmetto YMCA and the CSD. He has also raised additional funds from local companies and donors. The first stage of the project was to purchase and assemble seven metal tables, brand them with the Rotary logo, and place them next to the outdoor pool. Two of the tables are ADA-compliant, for use by handicapped individuals. When completed, the pavilion can be used by swim teams, after-school programs, summer camp children, family and business outings,

Crowders Creek Elementary School, and parents and children using the ball fields. If you wish to donate, checks can be made out to Lake Wylie Rotary Club Foundation Inc. and sent to Rotary Club of Lake Wylie Inc., 548 Nautical Drive, Suite 202, Lake Wylie, SC 29710. For more information please contact Ed Lindsey 803-493-4935 or

Leader selected for Leadership in Law Award


ack Leader, a partner at Elrod Pope Law Firm, has been chosen as a 2018 recipient of the South Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s Leadership in Law Award. Leader is being recognized for achieving success in his law practice, making notable contributions to society and having an impact on the legal industry as a whole. He was honored at a dinner in Charleston on March 23. Prior to joining Elrod Pope Law Firm in 1989, Leader worked on both plaintiff and defense cases. He prosecuted cases for the City of Rock Hill for three years and also became the Assistant Solicitor for York County for nine years. Today, he represents clients injured in accidents or through the negligence of others. Leader is a partner at Elrod Pope along with Tommy Pope, David Benson, Harold Staley and Andrew Creech and associate attorneys Garrett Johnson and Ben Leader. Elrod Pope Law Firm serves clients with wrongful death, personal injury, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice and Social Security disability matters. It has offices in Rock Hill at 212 E. Black St. and by appointment only at 264 Latitude Lane, Suite 102, Lake Wylie. 10 | Summer 2018


Lake Wylie Community

Fourth of July Fireworks Wednesday, the 4th of July! What: Fantastic Fireworks Display

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Time: Dusk to approximately 9:30 p.m.

Where: Lake Wylie by the Buster Boyd Bridge S.C. Highway 49 at Lake Wylie

Best Viewing Spots: The Buster Boyd Bridge Boat Landing T-Bones on the Lake outside deck Rey Azteca deck at Lake Wylie Plaza Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza on patio at Lake Wylie Plaza Bagel Boat – on the lawn Long Cove Marina

We all enjoy the fireworks each year. Since the Lake Wylie Community Fireworks Display is funded solely through donations, your support of this wonderful event is really needed in order for it to continue. Please send your contribution in any amount now to: Camp Thunderbird Fireworks Fund 1 Thunderbird Lane Lake Wylie, SC 29710 Thanks very much for your support! Summer 2018 |



Area Fireworks for July 4th

Lake Wylie

Tega Cay

Lake Wylie’s annual fireworks display begins around 9:30 p.m. The best viewing areas are: the Buster Boyd Bridge boat landing; T-Bones on the Lake deck; Rey Azteca deck and Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza on the patio at Lake Wylie Plaza; Bagel Boat on the lawn and Long Cove Marina. Watch by boat near the Buster Boyd Bridge.

Tega Cay celebrates its birthday and Independence Day on July 4 with a parade in front of the Tega Cay town hall at 9 a.m. and a boat parade at the Nivens Creek landing at 11 a.m., along with all-day activities at the Golf Course Pavilion Area and Glennon Center. A fireworks display concludes the celebration.

Carowinds Carowinds will hold a fireworks show at 10 p.m. Fireworks are also featured on many other evenings. 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte.

2018 Splash Dash set for June 9


he 2018 Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Splash Dash will be held Saturday, June 9, starting at Camp Thunderbird. Day-of registration opens at 7 a.m. and the 5K and 10K races/walks begin at 8 a.m. Runners and walkers will make their way through River Hills and return to Camp Thunderbird. Advance registration is $20 for the races and $10 for the walks. More information is available at Online registration forms are available at Anyone wishing to volunteer to help with race organization and support is asked to call 803-831-2827.

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Battle of Huck’s Defeat Reenactment


istoric Brattonsville, in the western York County town of McConnells, will stage a reenactment of the Battle of Huck’s Defeat from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 14. Capt. Christian Huck and his Loyalist troops were soundly defeated during the Revolutionary War in the early morning hours of July 12, 1780, in a battle that took place at the home of William Bratton’s neighbor, James Williamson. This victory inspired confidence for backcountry Patriots and began to turn the tide for success in winning independence from England and King George. Call 803-684-2327 or go to chmuseums. org/events for more information.

Choraliers win big at state championship


he Clover High School Choraliers took first place in three divisions and second in another at the recently completed Palmetto State Choral Championships. The Choraliers won the 5A concert choir division and the combined choir division. The Honors Chorale group won the 5A chamber choir division and took second in the combined choir division. Summer 2018 |


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Showtime on the Water Story by Jan Todd Photos by Chris Iadicicco


boat ride and a show. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a Friday night in the summer, right? There are several upcoming weekends that you can do just that. Regular Friday night shows at Windjammer Park, a Fourth of July extravaganza, and a couple of competitions give you several opportunities to see the Carolina Show Ski Team in action. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the beginnings of the group, the only competition show ski team in the Carolinas. In 1988, a small but fearless band of water-skiers gathered at Heritage Lake, a tiny lake that was then part of the PTL Club property in Fort Mill.


The size of the lake gave the skilled boat driver barely enough room to cut a circle, but it was enough for the show. Now the team is headquartered in Tega Cay, with the Lake Wylie cove adjacent to Windjammer Park as their stage. At the mouth of the Torrence Creek inlet, boaters gather around a wide circle marked by buoys, drop and anchor and wait for the show to start. Meanwhile, “landlubbers” bring lawn chairs and set up along the shore at Windjammer. Soon, the music starts, the announcer begins his narration of the storyline, and the show begins! A ski show of this type is more than just tricks | Summer 2018

and jumps. Becky Fox, a member of the Carolina Team for about 20 years, explained, “Our performances typically include a theatrical performance, with ballet, athletics, balancing, barefoot skiing and jumps. The shows have music, choreography, acting and comedy. We might have a themed show, with pirates or superheroes, for example, or it might just be an exhibition.” During the season, Fox drives her family from Mooresville several times a week to practice and perform with the team. She first became involved in show skiing as a teenager with a now defunct team at Lake Norman. She went on to ski professionally at Sea World in Florida,


and then in Japan. She moved back to the U.S. and performed with a pro team in Wisconsin, and later moved back to the Carolinas. Fox recalled, “I saw a little piece in Waterskier Magazine about a show team out of Tega Cay. This dates me a bit: I looked up the information for one of the members listed in the phone book. I called him up, and he invited me to come and check out the team. I’ve been involved ever since.” Becky and her husband, Ethan, have three boys, twins Hudson and Ethan Jr. (age 11), and Adam (age 8), who all ski with the team. “It is something we do together as a family,” said Fox. “Last summer we were in a pyramid, where I had

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two of my sons on my shoulders. That was pretty neat. This summer, we hope to have Adam on top!” “One thing that is unique about a show ski team is that you have people of all ages and skill levels,” continued Becky. “The youngest on our team is about 6 years old, and the oldest is around 60.” Not everyone who joins the ski team


performs at professional level. In fact, most don’t. Many join to learn and improve their skills. The mission of the team is to promote water-skiing and water safety, which they achieve through their show performances, exhibitions, tournaments and community activities. “We practice, we perform, we compete, and we give back,” said Fox. “Those are the four tenets of our team. We try to give kids | Summer 2018

and families a place where they can let go of the hustle and demands of daily life, and instead embrace principles of teamwork, a sense of community and the value of setting goals and working together to achieve them.” “As a member and formal and informal coach on the team, it has been amazing to watch our team grow from a handful of people who brought their own skis to now, an organization

Shoreline that has inspired and taught hundreds of kids to ski,” said Fox. “We host a couple of “Learn to Ski” events each summer, inviting the public to come and use team equipment to learn. There’s a small fee, mainly to cover gas,” she added. The Carolina Ski Team is a nonprofit organization. They use their shows to raise money for different causes. Fox explained, “Once, we collected funds for the children of Belarus, an impoverished country in Eastern Europe, for their medical care. Another time we did a show to raise awareness and money for breast cancer. Everyone on the team, even the boat drivers, wore pink.” Closer to home, the team works together on projects such as cleaning up around Windjammer Park and raising funds for items such as the dock at Windjammer, which is used by both the team and the community. The Carolina Show Ski Team attends tournaments across the U.S. “We’ll travel to Indiana, Florida, Connecticut, and perform our hour-long show. The show is judged on execution, spectator appeal, difficulty and overall skill. Individual performances are recognized and judged as well,” said Fox. She added that a few members of the team have gone on to

professional careers on the water, to stunt ski shows in Japan, to the Tony Bartlett Water Show in Wisconsin, and other ski shows. Chris Iadicicco skied with the team for about 12 years and has most recently served as the team photographer. “I’ve done about everything on the water,” he said. “Barefooting, ski jumps, pyramids. It’s been fun.” The team uses specially designed trick

skis, many custom built by team members, to accomplish feats such as spins and backward skiing. Iadicicco described, “We have something called “swivel skis,” which are show skis with some slight variations to make them more stable. What really sets them apart are the bindings, where the skier puts her foot. The bindings on our swivel skis have the ability to rotate 360 degrees.”

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Shoreline Swivel skiers often perform ballet type moves and poses, which require tremendous balance, poise, and posture. Iadicicco said, “The swivel skiers, who are usually women, usually have running rivalries with the jumpers, who are usually guys.” The team has a lot of fun, and that fun is communicated through the shows to engage the crowd. “We’re very excited about this summer’s season and hope everyone will come out, enjoy the shows, participate in our learn-to-ski events, and even consider joining

or supporting our group,” said Fox. “We are always looking for new skiers and families to join, and we welcome volunteers. From dock helpers, to costume sewers, to rope and ski makers, set designers, sound production, announcers, coaches, boat riders, we welcome people who want to come and be a part of something that is guaranteed to make some great memories that will last a lifetime.” For more information and upcoming schedule details, visit the team website, LW

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Food for Thought

Fresh Ideas

Elizabeth and Clint Boyd, owners of Saltwater Market.

Story and photos by Jan Todd


taste of the coast is just a short drive from Lake Wylie. Saltwater Markets, in its third year of business, brings fresh seafood to our area every day. Elizabeth and Clint Boyd launched their business with the idea of helping their neighbors get comfortable preparing fish at home. “We have a passion to share the absolute best with our community,” explained Clint. The Boyds worked in the wholesale seafood industry for years, pairing fishermen with chefs all over the country. “We sought to revitalize the marketplace, getting away from the farm-raised product, back to fresh-caught fish from the ocean. We paid the fishermen what they needed to earn, and paid them quickly, so we developed very good relationships with them.” “Corporate America” became tiring for the 22

Boyds, however. “I told Elizabeth that I’d like to open a little fish shop and share what we’ve learned with our customers,” said Clint. “So that’s what we did! We opened our shop in our hometown of Clover. We get our fish the same way the chefs did in our wholesale business. Fresh catch is overnighted to us or, if caught on the East Coast, delivered straight to us by truck.” Some people are intimidated to prepare seafood at home, especially varieties such as halibut, grouper or moonfish that they may have only enjoyed in restaurants. It’s the goal of Saltwater Markets to take the fear out of fish. “When customers come into our store, they get a chef ’s advice. We send them home with perfect fish, along with a preparation plan that they can easily execute.” A great seafood meal doesn’t have to break the bank, Clint emphasized. “You can cook | Summer 2018

halibut at home for the price of a dinner at Bojangles!” he said. “We can put together a meal plan for any price.” “We have one customer who is retired, on a limited income. He comes in three times a week, and says, “This is what I have to spend today.” Whether it is $10 or $30, we send him home with great fish and a plan to cook it. He is eating better than he ever has before, and it has improved the quality of his life.” The variety of fish offered varies day by day, season by season. Each day, the Boyds decide what they’d like to have in the case the next day, and contact the fishermen. They usually have some selections from the Carolinas, such as shrimp, trout and catfish. Then they may have some Hawaiian tuna, Hawaiian moonfish, Tazmanian ocean trout, or Alaskan halibut flown in whole. They’ll even have some

Fish and other ingredients can be purchased and wrapped, ready to put in the oven. exotic offerings such as Port Judith squid. Not in the mood for seafood? The Boyds have also filled the need for a boutique butcher shop. “We have a wonderful meat selection,” said Elizabeth. “Aged filets, rack of lamb, hams and turkeys for the holidays.” Saltwater Markets offers catering for events and special occasions. “We’ll do Low Country Boils, Oyster Roasts, Crawfish boils, casual things like that for backyard birthday parties. Or we can cater fine dining plated courses. We cater for small dinner parties for six to 12 people, all the way up to weddings and large events for 400 people.” Professional chefs are on staff at Saltwater market, offering advice and instructions. Cooking classes are scheduled two to three times a month, and participants can sign up on the website. “Our classes are based on customer feedback, what people want to learn,” said Elizabeth. “We’ve done classes on preparing sushi, grilling fish, cajun cooking, gumbo. We have a class coming up on Sunday brunch that I’m really excited about!” Saltwater Markets now has two locations. In Clover, the store is at 713 Bethel St. They opened their second location, at 3414 S. New Hope Road in Gastonia, last August. Both locations are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. More information on cooking classes and special offers can be found at

Bush-N-Vine One of the best things about summer is the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables. As an accompaniment or main course, summer staples like fresh tomatoes, corn, okra, squash and salads are healthy and delicious dishes on the dinner table. Bush-N-Vine has been providing customers in York County with fresh produce for several generations. Sam Hall is a fourth-generation farmer, a graduate of Clemson University just like his father, Bob. “My great-great-uncle started the farm, growing peaches,” said Sam. “He packed peaches in the old shed that still Summer 2018 |


Food for Thought stands next to the road. He took the peaches to the train station in York, and shipped them up to New York. My dad reopened the farm in 1979 and started raising all sorts of vegetables.” Customers have visited the farm for years at its location on Filbert Highway in York. To better serve their customers coming from the eastern parts of the county, Bush-N-Vine opened produce stands on Ebenezer Road in Rock HIll, and in Lake Wylie. “We just moved the Lake Wylie stand up to a space next to The Bagel Boat,” said Sam. “The

place we’d been for the past few years was sold, so we had to relocate. I think it will be a good location. The Bagel Boat has a good following, and we have a good following as well, so we ought to help each other.” The Bagel Boat is embracing their new neighbors, featuring Bush-N-Vine produce in some of their menu items. “They make milkshakes and smoothies with our fresh strawberries, and a strawberry salad with Bush-NVine vinaigrette dressing,” said Sam. A growing segment of Bush-N-Vine’s business is their CSA program. CSA, or Com-

Fresh produce and peaches from Bush-N-Vine. munity Sponsored Agriculture, is a relatively new trend that has become very popular in the United States. Members in a CSA pay an upfront fee, then receive fresh, locally grown produce on a regular basis. It supports the local farmers by guaranteeing sales and covering costs upfront, and provides a good value to members on produce guaranteed to be at its peak freshness. “We offer five CSA seasons,” explained Sam. “Spring, early summer, late summer, fall and winter. Each season is seven weeks, and people can sign up for any or all of the seasons. Each week, the customer picks up a basket of fresh produce picked that day.” There are currently 12 pickup locations, and CSA members choose the most convenient location. “We have basket sizes to fit different family sizes,” added Sam. “Extra small feeds one to two, all the way up to large that feeds five to six.” Sam said that the CSA program has been growing tremendously. “We started out doing about 50 baskets over a six-week period. Now we’re up to 400 per week. We put the baskets together based on what’s in season.” Bush-N-Vine started a Facebook page just for their CSA members, with recipes and serving suggestions, plus information on upcoming deliveries to help people plan their meals. “It’s really rewarding to see the community enjoying our fresh produce,” said Sam. The farm and satellite stands are open Monday-Saturday. Special events, produce tastings and “pick-your-own” strawberry opportunities are available at the farm. Visit bushnvinefarm. com for more information. LW 24 | Summer 2018

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Summer Dining Guide

Lake Wylie Dining Guide Wondering where to eat? Well wonder no more. Check out all these Lake Wylie dining options.



Cherry – Asian Cuisine

Jersey Mike’s

Azteca Grill

Christopher’s Bar and Grille

Lake Wylie Bowl N Bounce

Bagel Boat

Copper Premium Pub

Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza

Best China

Domino’s Pizza

Lee’s Hoagie House


Dunkin Donuts

Lily’s Bistro

511 Nautical Drive Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-5555 604 Nautical Dr. Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-8930 4090 Charlotte Hwy Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-5995 5243 Hwy 557 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-5540 4927 Charlotte Hwy Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-9346 | Summer 2018

4034 Charlotte Hwy Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-9594

1500 Village Harbor Dr. Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-2461

4516 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 701-7021 125 E Evergreen Rd Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-7075 335 Vesla Lane Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 675-6044

604 Nautical Drive, Suite 101 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-0912 4034 Charlotte Hwy Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-2553 4074 Charlotte Hwy Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-0855

312 Bulkhead Way Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 619-4046 4547 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 701-7788


Pizza Hut

Kochi Japanese Steakhouse

T-Bones on the Lake

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Q2U BBQ and Catering


Waffle House

Panda Hut

Rey Azteca Mexican

Sweetwater Grille


Papa John’s

River Hills Country Club

Taco Bell at Lake Wylie


Pier 88 at River Hills Marina

The Cove

Thai Fusion

5262 Highway 557 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803)831-0577 312 Bulkhead Way #105 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 398-1663 144 Highway 274 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 631-1988 221 Latitude Lane Suite 101 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-0101 54 Marina Rd Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-0088

5241 Hwy 557 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-1188 4052 Charlotte Hwy Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-8883

4052 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-9277 1 Country Club Dr. Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-2126 5301 Hwy 557 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-5455

5360 Highway 557 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 610-0146 5245 Hwy 557 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-0143

4582 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-1788 311 Vesla Lane Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 701-7068

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This River Pointe home was designed and built for former Charlotte Hornets star Larry Johnson and features an indoor basketball court (inset).

ne of the favorite events ushering in the summer season in Lake Wylie is the annual Home and Garden Tour, hosted by the Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women’s club. Proceeds from the tour benefit the Faye Bergman Scholarship fund, which provides financial assistance to worthy high school seniors residing in the Clover School District. “We’ve recently opened the scholarship opportunity up to both boys and girls,” commented Suzanne Krause, who chaired the event this year. “Also, we take applicants from all high schools, both private and public.” Celebrating its 32nd year, the tour has grown in popularity each year as guests have the opportunity to visit some of Lake Wylie’s finest homes. Particularly in recent years, renovations of older lake homes have provided looks at beautiful and innovative renovations and “make-overs”, giving tour guests inspiration for things to try in their own homes. This year’s tour included seven homes, three in River Hills, three in various neighborhoods on the South Carolina side of the lake, and one just over the bridge in River Pointe. The home on 16100 Woolwine Road in River Pointe allowed visitors into one of Lake Wylie’s most iconic homes, originally owned and designed for former NBA star Larry Johnson. It has recently been purchased by Carlos Rogers, a young entrepreneur who has renovated the home and offers it as a rental property for vacations and events. This luxurious house has over 11,000 square feet, five bedrooms, a movie theater, workout gym, rec room with arcade games, and boat dock. And yes, it still has the indoor basketball court installed by Larry Johnson! Rogers, who played basketball in college, said he was drawn to the property by “the amazing views, the basketball court, and the home’s unique history.” He has put his own stamp on the basketball court by installing his company’s logo on the floor. Doug and Margaret Meyer-Cuno opened their home on Bonum Road for the 2018 tour. They’ve recently completed some major renovations to their 19-year-old home, including a new screened porch, a beautiful wine room, and a remodeled master bath with a spa-like steam room with a tub and shower enclosed in the glass room. The Meyer-Cunos also made some changes to their pool area, adding a large seating area with a fire pit. Their outdoor pool room serves as a guest house and entertainment center for parties around the pool. Decorated in a beach theme, it provides a festive environment for

Garden Party fun times during summer months. In River Hills, Anne and Ted Fletcher’s home on the sixth tee of the golf course was an example of a newer home in the neighborhood. The Fletchers have lived in River Hills for 38 years, and have built and renovated several homes in the development. The highlight of this home is the outdoor living area, with a covered porch and fireplace that make the space comfortable for all seasons. Another golf course home, owned by Lee and Dianne Kehler, overlooks three fairways. Built in 1982, it was purchased by the Kehlers in its original condition about 12 years ago. They have since added on to the home, extending the kitchen into a big open room with a living area. Lunch was provided mid-tour at the River Hills Country Club. A lovely display by artist Carolyn Lygo greeted guests in the lobby. Also at the lunch was a fashion show featuring women’s clothing by Chico’s. Following lunch, guests gathered at Hank LeBrun’s home on Sunrise Point Court in River Hills. Professional singer Natasha McNeil, accompanied by pianist Wes Revels, provided elegant entertainment for guests as they toured the modern style home by acclaimed architect W. Crutcher Ross.




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1) The Clarks’ five-year-old home on Lake Wylie blends the old with the new with a perfect dose of Southern Charm. Reclaimed wood floors and antique furniture decorate this classic French Country design. 2) Carolyn Lygo, award-winning portrait artist, displayed her work at the River Hills Country Club during the Tour. 3) Suzanne Krause acted as docent in the Kehlers’ home in River Hills. 4) The Meyer-Cunos added a lakeside patio with fire pit, to enjoy the views during all seasons of the year. 5) Hank LaBrun’s home on Sunrise Point Cove was designed by acclaimed architect W. Crutcher Ross, and features a cylinder fireplace. 6) The Meyer-Cunos’ recent renovations to their home added a steam room that encompasses a tub and shower. 7) This home in Handsmill on Lake Wylie was one of the first waterfront houses built in the development. The porches and water features of this home were a highlight on the tour. The sixth home on the tour, belonging to the Clark family, was located in Cooks Cove, off Lake Wylie Road. This five-year-old waterfront home blends old and new, with restored antique doors and furniture, reclaimed wood floors, and elegant French Country architecture. The family of six built the home with entertaining in mind, with plenty of Southern charm. Last year, the Clarks added a pool, hot tub, fire pit, and dining and lounge areas in the yard to enjoy the cove views on Lake Wylie. The final stop on the tour was a

home on Rivergrass Lane in Handsmill on Lake Wylie, currently offered for sale. It was one of the first waterfront homes built in the neighborhood, and features multiple porches and outdoor living areas. The water features set this home apart, from the babbling cascade greeting guests at the front door, to the landscaped waterfall tumbling down the hill on lakeside. For more information on the Faye Bergman Scholarship and other work of the Clover-Lake Wylie Rebublican Women, visit LW

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by Lizabeth Currie Live Nursery Sales Specialist, Lowe’s Lake Wylie


ummer is in the air. This means fresh vegetables in our gardens and at the veggie stands on our side roads. Nothing better in the world! But with our gardens, of course, come problems. Here are some tips. If the soil in your vegetable garden has been prepared well with organic fertilizer, you shouldn’t have to fertilize during the growing season. If all plants are producing, leave well enough alone. By overfertilizing, you take the risk of plants to set fewer fruits, not more. The plant will grow well but at the expense of flowers and fruits. Overwatering, just like overfertilizing, is a problem. Rule of thumb for veggies is one inch of water per week, plus another half inch for every 10 degrees above 60. Overwatering can drown out shallow root systems and leach away vital nutrients. If you are not sure if your garden bed is moist enough, dig down about five inches into the soil and see if you can form a ball in the palm of your hands with the soil. If you can, then your soil is sufficiently watered. My grandmother, Mimmie, always said when she harvested veggies to can, it was like finding the pot of gold at the end of the green rainbow. So true! For the best flavors, most vegetables should be harvested when still young and tender. Some of those are beans, cucumbers, squash and okra. Herbs should be harvested throughout the growing season but are most flavorful just before their flowers open. Tomatoes are best ripe, of course, but for those of us who love fried green tomatoes, pick away! If you haven’t tried fried green tomatoes, put it on your to-do list. They are quite addictive. Harvest your veggies early morning; the sugar content is greater when it’s not so hot on your plants. To avoid spreading diseases, do not harvest when plants are wet. When harvesting herbs to dry, do so when they are dry. Wash produce only before using to avoid molding. Most of all, just enjoy all the great vegetables we have available to us. I have mastered Brussels sprouts to where my whole family eats them now. With the right recipe you can get even the pickiest eater to enjoy veggies. LW

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A day in Clover is full of fun activities and delicious food By Andrea Meglii Spread photo by Ed Stewart

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The mural at Boyd Tire and Appliance in Clover.

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ooking for something to do with your friends this summer? Here’s a perfect day trip for you to experience Southern, small-town charm at its best in Clover. Victoria’s is the perfect place to get started with a delicious breakfast. There are so many combinations to choose from, no one in your group will be disappointed. After breakfast, High Cotton Antiques is a wonderful place to start your exploration. Located on the south end of town in what was once a cotton warehouse built in 1923, the interior of

the building itself is a work of art, with brick walls and wood ceilings and a “state-of-the-art” (for its time) sprinkler system. Home to 20 vendors, this place is sure to have something that catches your eye and reminds you of your childhood. Sara Denton, owner of High Cotton Antiques, is always sitting by the front door, usually chatting with someone who grew up in Clover about the good ol’ days. Slow down and enjoy the moment; if you close your eyes and listen carefully you can almost hear the train coming down the tracks.

High Cotton Antiques

If you are into flea market style, then Clover Antiques is a must-stop shop. In business for 16 years, James Taylor knows what people are looking for and usually has that hard-tofind item from the past somewhere in the shop. From old telephones, large wine bottle baskets and Elvis Presley plates, you can find it at Clover Antiques. Good Things Consignments & More isn’t your mother’s consignment store. This little gem is where all the ladies of Clover shop. Along with consignments of home decor and name-brand clothing, it carries a selection of items from ALTA in Rock Hill. No need to fight the traffic in Charlotte to find fun dresses, shoes, jewelry and pocketbooks at affordable prices. Love It Marketplace is a creative, vendor-based shop filled with gorgeous painted furniture, and reimagined items with antique and vintage pieces sprinkled in here and there. Most days you can find owner Kristi Jenkins out back, giving an older piece of furniture a fresh new look with a coat of paint. There is always something new and different to be discovered at her shop. For lunch, Jackson’s Kitchen is a fine choice. You may have tried their delicious foods at any number of events in York County, but you must stop by and experience lunch in the restaurant while you’re here. Make sure to 36 | Summer 2018

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take home a loaf of fresh homemade bread, pimento cheese, chicken salad or a pecan pie to share with the family. To begin your afternoon tour around town, drop in at Palmetto House, a well-known flower and gift shop in the area that features a gorgeous showroom of home and garden decor. Take a moment to stop and smell the flowers and browse through this lovely gift shop. You can find the perfect gift for your friend’s baby or that upcoming wedding shower, and an entire room is dedicated to the Clemson and South Carolina fans. A little farther north on Main Street, Treasures & Junk is the place for vintage, quirky and hip. Owner Karen Carter has her finger on the pulse of all things cool, and you can find it here before you can find it anywhere else. Mid-century modern glass and dinnerware are in abundance. You will also find vintage clutches, compacts and jewelry. The 50’s called and said you should go to Treasures & Junk. If you haven’t already made plans for dinner, then make sure to stop by Saltwater Markets and pick up a pound of shrimp or a cut or two of the catch of the day. With deliveries every day, it’s the freshest place in York County. If you need assistance, they can help you with prep and cooking instructions.

Family fun activities The Town of Clover is busy getting New Centre Park’s second phase completed. This year you can look forward to a summer concert series in the new amphitheater, and the splash pad will be open soon for the little ones to cool off. Don’t forget that there is always a movie in the park on the last Friday of the month. Check the Town of Clover’s website for the dates and movie to be played. Gallery 120 is looking forward to sponsoring an Art in the Park event soon. Don’t forget to sign up the kids for the summer camp offered by Gallery 120. There will also be classes for adults through May. The trail that connects New Centre Park to Clover Community Park will take you to the disc golf course. There is also a summer adult sports program for softball, soccer and kick ball. Visit the Town of Clover website cloversc. org for more information. The Third Saturday series runs from May to September, including Cars & Coffee at Fred Caldwell Chevrolet from 8-10 a.m., followed by Main Street Market in Jackson’s Kitchen parking lot from 10 a.m.-noon. Andrea Meglii is the executive director of the Clover Chamber of Commerce. LW Summer 2018 |


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harlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang have a new home at Carowinds. The amusement park that straddles the North Carolina/South Carolina border south of Charlotte opens the 2018 season with a transformed kids’ area. Formerly called Planet Snoopy, the new Camp Snoopy features five new junior rides that include Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies and a soaring Camp Bus, and an 8,000-square-foot climb-and-play area with plenty of shade. A new fountain with shady pergolas serves as the centerpiece and gathering place for families. Wilderness-inspired theming and upgraded amenities add charm and practicality. Overall, the updated attraction gives families a chance to spend quality time together, or just let parents relax for a few minutes while kids play nearby, said Carowinds Vice President of Operations Jerry Helms. “We did this update to add some new rides for families and give them a place to relax and regroup a little. We have a new fountain and pergola area that’s ideal for sitting and watching. There are a variety of of things that make the Peanuts area very family friendly,” he said. Camp Snoopy isn’t the only new experience at Carowinds. The Great Carolina Fest will serve as a celebration of Carolinas culture with new food choices that include a smoked brisket bacon cheeseburger, Carolina bird dog sandwich, s’mores funnel cake and more. The old Character Carousel has been relocated to a site near the Vortex roller coaster and updated as part of a a new pavilion. It is now called the Grand Carousel. The Flying Ace Aerial Chase got a new paint scheme and has been renamed Kiddy Hawk, a reference to Kitty Hawk on the North Carolina Outer Banks, the site of the Wright Brothers’ first airplane flight.

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The old Character Carousel has been updated, relocated and renamed the Grand Carousel.

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Feature To help families stretch their entertainment dollars, Carowinds has introduced the Pre-K Pass this year, a budget-boosting free season pass that provides complimentary admission for kids 3-5 years old through-

out the 2018 season. This will include entry into The Great Pumpkin Fest and WinterFest. Online registration must be complete by May 28 and the deadline for in-person activation is June 17. LW

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arowinds’ renovated kids’ area, Camp Snoopy, is new for 2018 and features new rides, a climb-and-play area and upgraded amenities surrounded by a natural-looking midway. Also for 2018, Carowinds introduces the Pre-K Pass, a free season pass that provides complimentary admission for kids 3 to 5 years of age throughout the 2018 season. Online registration ( pre-k-pass) must be complete by May 28 and the deadline for in-person activation is June 17. Camp Snoopy includes six new rides and attractions: • Camp Bus: Buckle up and take a ride that will lift guests up, down and all around.

• Peanuts Trailblazers: Burn rubber on a small speedway in a Jeep-themed vehicle. • Kite Eating Tree: Ride along in a kite vehicle that takes you to the top of the tree and gently brings you back down. • Pig Pen’s Mud Buggies: Guests will “drive” around the popular Pig Pen character while bouncing on a bumpy ride. • Woodstock Whirlybirds: Spin around in an oversized bird’s nest on this classic teacup ride. • Beagle Scout Acres: This 8,000-square-foot area provides plenty of room to play and lots of shade. For park hours, tickets and more information, go online to

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Fresh roadside produce Blue slushie fun at Summerfest.


trip into western York County offers visitors a wide range of options. You can stroll down the historic streets of downtown York with its myriad small businesses and restaurants. A short drive from there can quickly take you out of the ever-expanding suburban sprawl and into a quiet, rural setting of farms, forests and small communities. Southern charm and history define downtown York, originally known as Fergus Crossroads before taking the name Yorkville. Shortened to its current name in 1915, the town’s main business district is a 364-acre National Register Historic District that is home to nearly 200 historic homes and buildings. Everything from civil rights marches to circus parades has marched down the streets of York. Many of the buildings in the downtown area date to the early 1800s. In many of these buildings, you’ll find an eclectic mix of businesses that includes vintage and thrift stores, music stores, jewelers, bakeries, restaurants and much more. Festivals and live events are never in short supply in York. The downtown area is host to the Downtown Live concert series, Summerfest and Christmas in Olde York. Summerfest, in its 35th year, attracts thou- | Summer 2018

sands to the central business district on the fourth Saturday in August. The free festival includes a craft fair, classic car show, train rides, 5K and 10K runs, a moonlight bike ride, kids’ games and much more. Christmas in Olde York is highlighted by a tour of some of the town’s beautiful historic homes and other sites while they are adorned for the holidays. Carolers walk along the streets amid the glow of holiday lighting as people enjoy egg nog and hot chocolate while shopping the quaint stores of downtown. The Downtown Live series offers live, local music and movies from May to August that are free for all to come and enjoy at its new venue, York Place, at 234 Kings Mountain St.

Explore York County After exploring the charms the town of York has to offer, visitors can head west to the communities of Sharon, Smyrna and Hickory Grove. The drive itself takes you back in time as you travel through rolling hills, old-growth forests and acres of farm land lined with cattle and crops. Both communities are quintessential small towns with quaint downtowns full of unique shops and stores that elicit memories of days gone by. Several family owned farms and orchards

Feature in western York County offer tours and special events, especially on weekends. Many offer specialty products such as homemade ice cream, hot cider doughnuts, pick-yourown berries and many other treats depending on the season and availability. Festivals and events are a big part of smalltown life, and those in the western part of York County are no exception. Hopewell Day just marked its 100th anniversary last year. It is a celebration of rural life that includes music, food and fun. The highlight of the festival is Hopewell Hash, a slow-cooked concoction of beef and onions that hasn’t changed its simple recipe in the long history of the celebration. Sales of the hash and baked goods go to support renovations at the old Hopewell schoolhouse. Street dances and fish fries are also held throughout the year, so there’s never a shortage of family fun. Several western York County farms are part of the Ag & Art Tour, a statewide partnership with the S.C. Department of Agriculture and Clemson University that features locally owned and operated farms and the talents of local artisans. This year’s tour in York County will take place June 9 and 10. More information is available online at LW

Street fairs are popular attractions during the summer in Western York County.

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The Center of it all Anne Springs Close Greenway breaks ground on new welcome center


nne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill will soon welcome visitors through a new “front door.” According to a news release from the center, construction is scheduled to begin soon on a new 6,300-square-foot welcome center for the 2,100-acre nature preserve. The new facility will be located at the Lake Haigler entrance off U.S. Highway 21 in Fort Mill. “Our new Welcome Center will provide a much-needed ‘front door’ and focal point for the greenway,” said Jan Martin, chairwoman of the greenway’s board of directors. “It will be a place where members and visitors can meet to learn all about the greenway and how they can get the most enjoyment out of their time spent in nature on our beautiful 2,100 acres of preserved land.” A groundbreaking ceremony held April 20 at the site was attended by Anne Springs Close, the center’s namesake and Close family matriarch, along with other members of 46

the Close family, greenway Board of Managers members, and local business leaders and supporters. The facility will be the first major building constructed on the greenway since its formation in 1995. Most of the funding for the project, which will cost an estimated $4 million, will come from donations made during the “Nature Needs You” capital campaign conducted in 2012. Additional donations will be sought from individuals and companies in Fort Mill and the greater Charlotte region. “We’re hoping to make it easier to get in, get acclimated and get onto the greenway,” said Elizabeth Bowers, development and marketing manager for the the greenway. “This is the final piece and crown jewel for our capital campaign.” The building is expected to be completed by spring 2019. Charlotte-based 505Design is design architect for the project. Landscape | Summer 2018

architect is The Dodd Studio (Dan Dodd) of Fort Mill. A planned second phase of the welcome center project includes a “forest porch,” an elevated platform among the trees which will allow visitors and participants in the outdoor educational programs to experience nature in a unique way. The welcome center will serve as a place for members and visitors to learn about the greenway’s mission and its myriad outdoor recreational and educational programs. It will house member services staff which, in addition to providing an orientation to the 2,100acre property and its 40-plus miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, will assist visitors with purchasing memberships, registering for programs, summer camps and special events, and purchasing greenway-branded merchandise. The building has been carefully designed with natural features, materials and sustain-

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Where: 2,100-acre nature preserve can be accessed via the following entrances: 2573 Lake Haigler Drive, Fort Mill 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill 104 Adventure Road, Fort Mill 1058 Horse Road, Fort Mill (horse barn) 971 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill (mountain biking)

Groundbreaking for the new Anne Springs Close Greenway Welcome Center was held in April. The facility is expected to open in spring 2019. ability practices that will reflect the center’s mission and complement the surrounding landscape. Located near the Nature Center adjacent to existing peach orchards and the historic Nation Ford Trail, the facility will house a large, open lobby and reception area, a small café and kitchen, and offices for member services staff. The facility’s extensive landscaping will feature a large, formal lawn surrounding the center along with a variety of native plantings, including trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses. A gravel parking area located near the center will provide space for approximately 170 vehicles for regular visitors and special events.


Other features of the welcome center include a large, covered porch facing the Rush Pavilion picnic area and a large, open, natural corridor adjacent to Nation Ford Trail that leads to the 28-acre Lake Haigler. The Lake Haigler area of the greenway is a popular destination for members and visitors and is the location of the Nature Center, Rush Pavilion picnic shelter and its annual Fall Frolic event. Last year, approximately 281,000 people visited the center, and membership levels have climbed to nearly 5,000 households and more than 15,000 individuals. The number of volunteers has also increased to more than 1,300 participating in support of activities last year. LW | Summer 2018

Hours: 5:30 a.m.- 9 p.m. MondayThursday; 5:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday Fees: Hiking and picnicking, $5 (free for members and children 4 and under); mountain biking, $5 (free for members); horse trails, $15 per horse (free for members); recreation complex daily use, $10 (free for members) Membership information: support/membership-1 General information: or 803-547-4575

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elebrate the season with fun, family friendly events held all summer long. Please check ahead with event organizers to confirm dates and times as they are subject to change.

a.m. Registration for the race is $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the event. Walker registration is $10. Wheelchair racers are welcome. Each pre-registered runner will receive a T-shirt, and day-of entrants will get one while supplies lasts. To register, visit or call the chamber at 803-831-2827.

imately 9:30 p.m. The best viewing areas are: The Buster Boyd Bridge boat landing; T-Bones on the Lake outside deck; Rey Azteca deck at Lake Wylie Plaza; Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza on the patio at Lake Wylie Plaza; Bagel Boat on the lawn and Long Cove Marina. Watch by boat near the Buster Boyd Bridge.

May 31 (Every Thursday through Aug. 30) Sip & Stroll at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Sip a glass of wine, stroll through the gardens and enjoy live music at Lost Hollow’s Hillside Theatre. Free with garden admission. 6500 S. New Hope Rd, Belmont, NC 28012. www.

June 9-10 York County Ag Art Tour A free, self-guided tour of farms in York County that is part of the statewide Ag Art Tour. Farms, artisans and live bluegrass and folk music. The tour will run 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, June 10. Go online to for a list of participating farms.


June 16 Tega Cay Summer Food Truck Rallies Monthly food truck rallies held at Runde Park. Headlining music acts from 7-10 p.m. Kids activities and lots of concessions. 5110 Windward Drive, Tega Cay. Email jblethen@ or call 803-548-3512.

July 4 Tega Cay Fourth of July Celebration Tega Cay celebrates its birthday on July 4 each year with a parade in front of the Tega Cay town hall at 9 a.m. and a boat parade at the Nivens Creek landing at 11 a.m. All-day activities are planned at the Golf Course Pavilion Area and Glennon Center. A large fireworks display concludes the celebration.


Thursdays in June Sip & Stroll at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden See description in May events. June 8 (every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through September) River Jam A free, outdoor weekly concert series through September from 7-10 p.m. at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. National musical acts and food and craft beer selections. Parking $6 per vehicle. 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte. June 2 Rock the Park at Carowinds Carowinds is showcasing a variety of musical acts, including Tobymac, Zach Williams, Big Daddy Weave, Hollyn and more. 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte. Purchase advance tickets online at June 9 Lake Wylie Splash Dash The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Splash Dash returns to Camp Thunderbird to kick off the summer season at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 9. Walkers will begin at 8:10

June 16-17 Father’s Day weekend at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Free garden admission for all fathers. Celebrate Father’s Day weekend with family crafts and activities, a round of Pollinator Putting, live music and more. Grab lunch and a beverage, including craft beer from the Beer Garden, then stroll the garden. 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont, N.C.

July Thursdays in July Sip & Stroll at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden See description in May events. July 4 Lake Wylie Community Fourth of July Fireworks Lake Wylie’s annual fireworks display will be held on Wednesday, July 4, at approx-

July 4 Carowinds Fireworks Carowinds will hold a fireworks show at 10 p.m. on July 4. Fireworks are also featured on many other evenings. Season passes for families make this a popular spot all summer long. 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte.

August Thursdays in August Sip & Stroll at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden See description in May events. Aug. 18 Tega Cay Summer Food Truck Series See description in June events. Aug. 24-25 York Summerfest Celebrating its 35th year, this is one of the largest festivals in South Carolina. Concerts, food, antique car show, unique craft vendors, children’s area, art exhibits and more. 5-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. North Congress and Roosevelt streets between Liberty and Madison streets. LW

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Development Update

Seller’s Market

Buckle up, folks, we’re off to a fast start with real estate activity in 2018. Waterfront sales are breaking records, and sales off the lake are fired up as well. Inventory is tight, making it an excellent time to be in the seller’s shoes. 50 | Summer 2018


by Drew Choate

uyers better be on their toes in this marketplace, as many new listings are going under contract within a day or two after listing. Finances should be in order, with prequalification work done, and daily updates on potential fits should be requested from a Realtor. Average prices paid for homes are up, on and off the lake. Waterfront home prices on Lake Wylie averaged $848,000 in first quarter this year, the highest point in eight years and a hefty 17% above the average price for the year in 2017. The

main reason behind this jump is the shift to more luxury homes in the mix. Eight homes sold for over $1 million on Lake Wylie in first quarter, which is unprecedented. Three of those were in the Clover school district. Inventory of these luxury homes, which have long been in oversupply, are now more in line with demand, and are selling faster. New construction has been a factor on the lake, Summer 2018 |


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with homes in McLean, The Vineyards on Lake Wylie, and a few others scattered along the shoreline. Waterfront lot sales are up significantly as well, as some buyers are choosing to custom-build their own home when suitable established houses aren’t available. The market for lower-priced homes on the lake is struggling, due to inventory shortages. Lake houses priced under $500,000, a segment that dominated the market a few years ago, are rarely available. Off the lake, prices are climbing as well. The average non-waterfront home sale in the first quarter sold for $332,000, up 8% from last year. Price per square foot climbed 10%, up to $124. New construction represented almost half of sales through March, with strong activity in Paddler’s Cove, Summerhouse, and Kings Grove Manor. Luxury homes off the lake are selling very well, with homes priced over $400,000 representing about 20% of sales. These higher-priced homes are either new construction or in established neighborhoods such as River Hills, Heron Cove and Palm Tree Cove. Swimming pools, golf course views, neighborhood amenities, and nice outdoor living spaces set these homes apart. Typically, the number of properties available for sale increases in late spring and summer, when the real estate market peaks. Because we’re beginning the season with depleted inventory, however, we should expect a tight market through the summer. It’ll be an exciting ride! Drew Choate leads The Lake Wylie Man real estate team here in Lake Wylie, specializing in waterfront and lake community homes and land. LW 52 | Summer 2018

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News of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

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Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

Presents the 25th Annual Splash Dash 10K/5K Race


ake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s annual 10K/5K race and 5K walk, will be held this year on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Camp Thunderbird and River Hills in Lake Wylie. This premier event, in its 25th year, is one of the most challenging runs in the Southeast. It began as a 10K run on a hilly course that challenged the most advanced runners. Through the years, a 5K was added to the event to make it more family friendly and so more people could participate at every level of running ability. The walk was added more than 20 years ago as a short fun run. With time and more people walking for health and wellbeing, the walk is now a 5K and family friendly so there will be adults, children of all ages as well as a few family dogs and strollers tagging along. The route is hilly with shade from trees, making it a unique and desirable race and walk in the region. Each year the local Boy Scouts Troop 333 help out and man the water stations along the route. Volunteers monitor the course wearing bright orange LKW T-shirts so runners and walkers can see the course ahead of them. The Splash Dash is a Champion Chip event by Queen City Timing. The 10K course is USATF Certified, and the courses for both races and the walk wind through the scenic and undulating roads of River Hills. Starting time for the race is 8 am. Walkers will step off behind the runners. More than 120 awards are given out to a variety of age groups and male and female overall winners for both 5K and 10K races. Hospitality is plentiful and the scenic and wooded location makes this race special. Registration for the race is $20 in advance 54

And they’re off! Runners at the Splash Dash 5K and 10 K race.

or $25 on the day of the event. Wheelchair racers are welcome. Each pre-registered runner will receive a specially designed T-shirt. Runners who register on the day of the race will receive a T-shirt as long as the supply lasts. The fee to participate in the walk is $10. The first 100 walkers to register will also receive a T-shirt. | Summer 2018

To register for Splash Dash, visit Queen City Timing website at www.queencitytiming. com or the Chamber’s website at and download a registration form, or call Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce at 803-831-2827 for forms and more information. Same-day registration is at 7 a.m. at Camp Thunderbird.

Spotlight Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

25th Annual

2018 Board of Directors

Lake Wylie Splash Dash

Charles Wood - Chairman Morningstar Storage

10k • 5K • 5K walk

Susan Bromfield - President Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

JUNE 9, 2018 - 8:00 a.m.

Donna Bordeaux Bordeaux & Bordeaux, CPAs, PA

Registration /Check-in at Camp Thunderbird Race in River Hills Plantation

Fred Caldwell Fred Caldwell Chevrolet

Jane DuBois Lake Wylie Today/Lake Wylie Marketing


Allan Gregory K. A. Wealth Management

$20 10K & 5K – early registration by June 7, 2018 $25 10K & 5K Day of Race $10 Walkers

Jeff Ledford Lowe’s - Lake Wylie Don Long

Name:____________________________________________Age:______Sex:___M___F Address:__________________________________________Date of Birth:___/___/____ City:______________________________State:___________Zipcode:_______________ Phone:_________________Email:______________________Fax:__________________ T-Shirt Size: (Check one) ___M ___L ____XL Waiver & Release: By signing this entry form, I release Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce, its agencies, and representatives of the Splash Dash Road Race, Carolinas Healthcare System, River Hills Community Association and YMCA Camp Thunderbird from any claims of liability, illness, damage or injury suffered by me as a result of participating or traveling to and from this event. I understand that running or walking a road race is a potentially hazardous activity, unless I am medically able and properly trained. I hereby certify that I am in such physical condition and in good health. I also give permission for use of my name and picture to be used in any account, broadcast, or telecast of this event. Signed:______________________________________________Date:_____________ (Parent or Legal Guardian if under 18) MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO AND MAIL TO: Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce/Splash Dash P.O. Box 5233 Lake Wylie, S.C. 29710 Phone: 803-831-2827 Fax: 803-831-2460 e-mail:

Paige McCarter Fairway Mortgage Doug McSpadden McSpadden Custom Homes Matthew Mugavero Lake Wylie Liquors Brian Rich Q2U BBQ and Catering Brad Rippetoe YMCA Camp Thunderbird Michaelyn Sherrill Home Companions Marc Sosne Clover School District Gwen Thompson Clover Community Bank P.O. Box 5233 264 Latitude Lane, Suite 101 Lake Wylie, SC 29710 (803) 831-2827 Fax: (803) 831-2460

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Business After Hours Thursday, March 1, 2018 Sponsored by and held at Lakepointe Ridge by Redwood Photos by Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

Ed Lindsey and Mary Sieck of the Lake Susan Lukowski of Lake Wylie Travel and Wylie Rotary Club. Pat Charles of Kasby’s By The Lake.

Chamber members at the BAH at Lakepointe Ridge by Redwood.

Lakepointe Ridge offered a beautiful venue for the BAH.

Stacey Hood (center) and Kevin Bolin The Lake Wylie Marine Commission of Lakepointe Ridge by Redwood was well represented by Blanche Bry(right) welcome Bud Rother to the ant and Peter Hegarty. model home. 56 | Summer 2018

Charles Wood congratulates Tonya Bowe for winning the grand prize.

Stacey Hood of Lakeponte Ridge by Redwood (right) welcomes Betty DeBree of CaroMont Health.


Business After Hours Thursday, March 15, 2018 Sponsored by Clover Community Bank and Lake Wylie Liquors Held at Clover Community Bank – Lake Wylie Photos by Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

Susan Bromfield (from left) thanks co-sponsors Angel Neelands and Gwen Thompson of Clover Community Bank and Matthew Mugavero of Lake Wylie Liquors.

The Clover Community Bank team hosted Business After Hours.

Heather Lemmond (from left), Rhonda Benfield, John Freeman and Caleb Grant enjoy the BAH.

Host Matthew Mugavero (right) of Lake Wylie Liquors welcomes Senator Wes Climer to the BAH.

Jane DuBois (from left), Mark Wright, David McCorkle and Bo Redmond (left) and Dave Cyphers Angel Neelands enjoy the evening. of Clover Community Bank.

Lisa McCarthy (left) and Bobbie Otto show off their festive attire.

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Business After Hours April 10, 2018 Sponsored by Iron Gate Farm and Jackson’s Kitchen Catering Photos by Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

Tommy Garrone of Tommy D’s wins a prize.

Thank you to Jackson’s Kitchen Catering for co-sponsoring a wonderful evening.

Chamber Chairman Charles Wood (left) welcomes Ernest and Susan Flanagan of Flanagan Heating and Cooling.

Rick Jiran of Duke Energy (from left), Lori Robinson, Angel Mike Barrett of Jackson’s Kitchen Catering Laura Stewart of Carolina Neelands and Von Miskelly of Clover Community Bank and (from left) and Chamber President Susan Brom- Family Dentistry at Lake Wylie Jane DuBois of the Lake Wylie Today Magazine. field welcome Deb Andres of Wells Fargo. wins the grand prize.

Tisha Petrea of Morningstar Storage wins a basket from Jackson’s Kitchen Catering. 58 | Summer 2018

Charles Wood (from left), Jane DuBois and Charles Bromfield enjoy the evening.

Kathy Spencer (from left), owner Bob Heffner and John Walker of Iron Gate Farm with Susan Bromfield, Chamber president.


Business After Hours April 19, 2018 Sponsored by and held at Kasby’s By The Lake Photos by Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

Myron Boloyan is welcomed to the BAH by Kasby’s.

Ed and Susan Lukowski of Lake Wylie Travel Bud and Ann Rother welcome enjoy the festivities at Kasby’s. members to Kasby’s.

Mark and Linda Henderson get ready to greet members of the chamber to the BAH.

Chamber members await the name of the next winner.

The staff of Carolina Family Dentistry of Lake Wylie have a great time at the BAH.

Linda and Mark Henderson of Kasby’s on the Lake present Drew Choate (center) with a door prize.

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Spotlight Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

Spring Appreciation Day Luncheon and Fashion April 25, 2018 Held at River Hills Country Club Photos by Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce

Kayla Dover, of event sponsor Bank of York, is ready to model.

Sandee Wilkerson models a beautiful dress from Alta of Rock Hill.

Sid Wood of Boingo Graphics (from left) with Amy Wentzel, Shawn Spohn, Michele Oswald and Amber McIntosh of Atrium Health.

Rick Jiran of Duke Energy is ready to hand out roses while modeling.

Bill Shanahan, York County Manager, models at the spring fashion show.

Table sponsor Halford, Niemiec and Freeman enjoy the luncheon.

Thank you Watson Insurance for being an event sponsor of the Spring Appreciation Thank you to this year’s Lake Wylie Chamber models! Great Job! Luncheon and Fashion Show. 60 | Summer 2018


Welcome New Members Jan. 25, 2018 – April 24, 2018



Anchor Self Storage BB&T Bethel Commons Associates, LLC


Greater Lake Wylie Progressives Olivia Adams 12 Cove Road, Lake Wylie, SC 29710 980-406-1310

Comporium, Inc.

Saltwater Markets Clint and Elizabeth Boyd 713 Bethel St., Clover, SC 29710 803-222-6057

Lake Wylie Marine Commission Peter Hegarty 15905 Riverpointe Drive, Charlotte, NC 28278 704-533-4603

Dana Anthony Custom Homes Dental Care of Lake Wylie Doc Marcia, LLC Eason Roofing, LLC Flanagan Heating and Cooling Glaza Chiropractic Center, Inc


Ingun USA, LLC

Sam’s Club-Rock Hill Liz Landis 2474 Cross Pointe Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29730 803-372-6500

Financial Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Deb Andres 12802 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28273 803-417-1733

Tow Boat U.S. - Lake Wylie Adam Huth 54 Marina Road, Lake Wylie, SC 29710 803-681-0911

Andre Carelock-Rinehart Realty Andre Carelock 2879 W. Highway 160, Suite 100

Business Suite Now Available For Rent Everything a small business needs at reasonable rates!

• • • • • • • • • • • •

Jackson’s Kitchen, Inc. Jesse’s Place Rescue Joe L. Versen Appraisals, LLC Journey Fellowship Lake Wylie Pediatric Dentistry, LLC Lake Wylie Pet Resort, LLC MarineMax Lake Wylie

Boat Services

Real Estate

Jan. 25, 2018 – April 24, 2018 Businesses

Fort Mill, SC 29708 803-323-7861

Anne Violanti

Renewing Members

Fully and Beautifully Furnished Rental Office New Professional Business Center Includes High Speed Internet and WiFi Includes All Utilities Except Telephone Includes Reception Area & Mail Service Large Office Ample Parking Prime Lake Wylie Business Location Convenient Location Easy Access Save Fuel and Work Close to Home Includes Hospitality Area

Located at Lake Wylie Business Center, 264 Latitude Lane, Lake Wylie, SC. For information or tour, call Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce (803) 831-2827

Mary Kay Cosmetics - Heather Catts McSpadden Homes Morningstar Storage Palmetto Law Associates, LLC Parkway Concrete Products River Hills Community Association River Hills Community Church Sloan Financial Group, LLC Stateline Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge & Ram Stifford-Stine Insurance Agency Subway The Lake Wylie Man, Inc. Tiger Due Diligence, Inc. United Way of York County, SC Upper Palmetto YMCA WalMart - Lake Wylie

Individuals Walter Hein Jim Lane Sandee Wilkerson Melanie Wilson

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Spotlight Upcoming Activities

Lake Wylie Splash Dash 5K/10K Run and 5K Walk

Save The Date! Lake Wylie Chamber Annual Golf Classic

Presented by Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Saturday, June 9, 2018 8 a.m. Held at Camp Thunderbird and River Hills Lake Wylie

Business After Hours Thursday, June 14, 2018 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by River Hills Marina, T-Bones on the Lake, Suntrust Bank, Arby’s – Lake Wylie and Sea Tow Held at River Hills Marina Pavilion River Hills, Lake Wylie Come by boat or by car

Lake Wylie Fourth of July Community Fireworks Wednesday, July 4, 2018 Approximately 9:30 p.m. Best Viewing Lake Wylie Plaza, Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza, Rey Azteca- Patio, Bagel Boat, T-Bones on the Lake and Long Cove Marina

Business After Hours Thursday, July 12, 2018 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Caromont Family MedicineLake Wylie Held at Caromont Family Medicine 1200 Village Harbor Drive Lake Wylie, SC 29710 62 | Summer 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018 Held at River Hills Country Club Lake Wylie

Thank You

2018 Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce Spring Appreciation Luncheon Sponsors! Event Sponsors

Bank of York and Watson Insurance

Table Sponsors

Clover Community Bank Halford, Niemiec & Freeman Lake Wylie Today YMCA -Camp Thunderbird

Mistress of Ceremonies Debra Andres

Our Models

Tonya Bowe, Heather Catts, Kayla Dover, Elizabeth Hartley, Angel Neelands, Sandee Wilkerson, Melanie Wilson, Rick Jiran, Matthew Mugavero, and Bill Shanahan

And Thank You to

River Hills Country Club Christine Robinson, Violinist Alta of Rock Hill, Tracy Stiff Lowe’s – Lake Wylie – Floral arrangements Mary Kay Cosmetics, Heather Catts Lake Wylie Liquor - Model Hospitality

Thank you also to our door prize contributors, volunteers and to everyone who participated.

Spotlight Lake Wylie Community

Fourth of July Fireworks Wednesday, the 4th of July! What: Fantastic Fireworks Display

When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018

2018 Cars and Coffee

Time: Dusk to approximately 9:30 p.m.



Lake Wylie by the Buster Boyd Bridge S.C. Highway 49 at Lake Wylie

Summer Market Place

Best Viewing Spots: The Buster Boyd Bridge, Boat Landing • T-Bones on the Lake, outside deck Rey Azteca deck at Lake Wylie Plaza • Lake Wylie Italian and Pizza, Lake Wylie Plaza Bagel Boat, on the lawn • Long Cove Marina

3rd Saturday of the Month

We all enjoy the fireworks each year. Since the Lake Wylie Community Fireworks Display is funded solely through donations, your support of this wonderful event is really needed in order for it to continue. Please send your contribution in any amount now to:

8 am – 10 am at Fred Caldwell Chevrolet 974 Bethel St. Clover, SC 29710

Camp Thunderbird Fireworks Fund

(June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18)

Cars and Coffee

Clover Market on Main Street

1 Thunderbird Lane Lake Wylie, SC 29710

8 am – 11 am at Jackson’s Kitchen 304 N. Main St. Clover, SC 29710

Thank you for your support! Other Area Independence Day Fireworks

4th Saturday of the Month (June 23, July 28 and Aug. 25)

Tega Cay Tega Cay celebrates its birthday on July 4 each year with a parade in front of the Tega Cay town hall at 9 a.m. and a boat parade at the Nivens Creek landing at 11 a.m. All-day activities at the Golf Course Pavilion Area and Glennon Center. A large fireworks display concludes the celebration.

Carowinds Carowinds will hold a fireworks show at 10 p.m. Fireworks are also featured on many other evenings. 14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte.

Cars and Coffee and Farmer’s Market 8 am – 11 am at Lake Wylie Assisted Living 4877 Charlotte Highway Lake Wylie, SC 29710

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Southern Twang

Play me a Country Song


outherners like both kinds of music: Country AND Western. I grew up watching “Hee Haw.” I didn’t actually like it, but my dad was in charge of the TV, and he really liked the “Hee Haw Honeys.” He claimed that he watched it for the music, but we all knew it was the Honeys. Although, now that I think about it, he did particularly get a kick out of the raspberry portion of “Where, oh Where, Are You Tonight?” You might remember the lyrics: Where, oh where, are you tonight? Why did you leave me here all alone? I searched the world over and thought I found true love, You met another and, PFFT, you were gone!

I remember my dad singing along to that, and relishing the “PFFT” raspberry, enjoying it more than any grown man should. Hee Haw presented country music in its most twangy, cornball form, clothed in overalls and a straw hat, barefooted and missing a few teeth. It wasn’t because of Hee Haw, but perhaps in spite of Hee Haw, that I became a country music fan in later years. Because eventually, I discovered the true gems of country music. The true gems wear a Stetson and cowboy boots, a pair of blue jeans 64

by Jan Todd that fit just right, and may have spent time in prison. The best country songs are rarely played on the radio, where mainstream pop, merely disguised as country music, dominates the airwaves. No, the best stuff is played in honky tonks and music halls, places with parking lots filled with pickup trucks and empty tins of dipping tobacco. From these places you might hear classics like Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother,” or George Strait’s “All my Exs Live in Texas,” or Loretta Lynn’s and Conway Twitty’s “You’re the Reason Our Kids are Ugly.” Classic country music is honest, heartfelt, and full of Southern wisdom. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you cry. I get all teared up whenever I hear Willie Nelson sing “Always on My Mind.” And I agree wholeheartedly with Guy Clark when he sings, “Only two things money can’t buy, that’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.” My all-time favorite country artist, though, is Lyle Lovett. Truth be told, he ventures all over the board from bluegrass to blues, from country to big band. Or, in Lyle’s case, “Large Band.” In fact, Lyle and his Large Band will be in our very midst, performing at the Rock Hill’s Old Town Amphitheater in August. I’ll | Summer 2018

be there, on Row 5, singing along to some of his classics like “Give Back My Heart (Chip Kicker Redneck Woman)”: I told her redneckness has got to be a disease You catch it on your fingers and it just crawls right up your sleeves Is that beautiful, or what? Lawsa mercy, that man has a way with words. He’ll do a whoop-about and take you in directions you weren’t expecting, like when he’s singing about the guy in the bar who has a roving eye. After warning “What belongs to me don’t belong to you,” Lyle voices his real concern: If it’s her you want, I don’t care about that You can have my girl but don’t touch my hat. Summertime is the perfect time to cruise down the lake on a pontoon boat, with some classic country tunes cranked up. If you’re really lucky, you might pull up to T-Bones on the Lake and hear some live music drifting off of the deck. Good country music will get your toes a’tappin’ and your face a’grinnin’, even when the songs are about love gone wrong, heartache and outlaws. It makes you glad to be alive, and happy to be better off than the guy who’s singing. LW

Serving our community for 30 years! Proud to be your neighbor, your bank. Lake Wylie Office

Clover Office

5196 Charlotte Hwy

124 N. Main St.

Lake Wylie, SC 29710

Clover, SC 29710

(803) 831-8933

(803) 222-7660

Lake Wylie Today, Summer 2018  

Lake Wylie Today, a quarterly magazine, highlights the leisure and excitement of lakeside living, our comfortable, small-town atmosphere and...

Lake Wylie Today, Summer 2018  

Lake Wylie Today, a quarterly magazine, highlights the leisure and excitement of lakeside living, our comfortable, small-town atmosphere and...