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Warriors Reliving history at

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Civil War reenactments

SC R e c i pe

Green cuisine SC Sto r i e s

A collection that’s right on target

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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS Vol. 68 • No. 4 (ISSN 0047-486X, USPS 316-240) Read in more than 470,000 homes and businesses and published monthly except in December by The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. 808 Knox Abbott Drive Cayce, SC 29033

APRIL 2014 • Volume 68, Number 4

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Pam Martin


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Susan Collins



21 Living history

Andrew Chapman WEB EDITOR

Van O’Cain

South Carolina’s Civil War reenactments bring the 1860s to life.


Susan Scott Soyars Contributors

Becky Billingsley, Mike Couick, Luann Dart, Jim Dulley, Tim Hanson, Hastings Hensel, Carrie B. Hirsch, Jan A. Igoe, Charles Joyner, Jason Ryan, Brian Sloboda, S. Cory Tanner

Mic Smith


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4 CO-OP CONNECTION Cooperative news


Blue Ridge Fest is back with even more classic cars and toe-tapping music. Plus: Learn how new Energy Star-rated appliances can help you pull the plug on high energy costs.


10 Signs of the season

Join us on Facebook as we say so long to a nasty winter and hello to a wonderful spring. ENERGY Q&A

12 Improving the efficiency

of older doors

Upgrading door hardware can improve your home’s comfort and efficiency. SMART CHOICE

14 Pampered pets

Show your pets how much you love them with these innovative products.

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16 The collector


18 Green cuisine

Broccoli couscous soup Green pea salad Spinach squares Okra circles Kale medley GARDENER

20 Bountiful sweet potatoes

Follow these expert tips to grow your own sweet potatoes. HUMOR ME

38 Which way to the luge?

Spring is here at last. Now we can stop worrying about the sanity of winter athletes—and their mothers.

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Ross E. Beard Jr. shares his impressive collection of rare and antique guns with the Camden Archives and Museum.



Reliving history at Civil War reenactments APRIL 2014


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Green cuisine SC STO R I E S

A collection that’s right on target

Civil War reenactor John Saparito portrays Col. Robert Gould Shaw leading the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment in an attack on Fort Wagner. Photo by Mic Smith.

On the Agenda For a listing p m co lete s, see of Event 6 page 3


MAY 16

Blue Ridge Fest

Long before the gates open at 2 p.m., shaggers and classic car admirers will be lining up for prime locations at this 17th annual festival in Pickens, organized by employees of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative and Blue Ridge Security. The floor of the co-op’s outdoor covered facility will be covered in cornmeal to provide just the right underfoot texture for shagging to music from Lloyd Price (“Stagger Lee”), The Tams (“Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy”) and Jim Quick & Coastline. Hundreds of classic cars will be on display through the afternoon; the music and dancing start at 6 p.m. Volunteers will man the grills all day to provide burgers, hot dogs and more. Raffle prizes include a 2014 Polaris Ranger utility vehicle, $5,000 cash and a vacation package. Proceeds benefit local charities. For details, visit or call (800) 240-3400.

South Carolina Strawberry Festival

Kids who excel at eating strawberry ice cream and strawberry shortcake love to show off their talents in contests at this Fort Mill festival. Festival rides are free for kids all day Friday, and Saturday’s Kids Zone fun includes rides, rock climbing, inflatables, bubble dancing, teen-friendly games and a nighttime fireworks display. York Electric Cooperative is a sponsor. For details, visit or call (803) 547-2116.




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MAY 1–3

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Dozens of Lake City’s downtown shops, restaurants, law firms and green spaces become temporary art galleries in this 10-day art competition and town-wide festival. The public gets to help to pick the winners of $100,000 in cash prizes among 400-plus entries from Southeastern artists. Don’t miss the global Inside Out Project’s wall-sized portraits, pasted on building exteriors, among the festival features.

MAY 9–10

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Aiken Bluegrass Festival

Big-time talent, small-town setting—that’s the secret to success for this festival, which has outgrown smaller venues and moves to Aiken Fairgrounds in its 10th year. Musical highlights include Greensky Bluegrass, Travelin’ McCourys, Keller Williams and more. Stick around for the late-night jam, then camp out on site.


Pull the plug on high energy costs Trying to convince your spouse

that it’s time to update those old appliances? Here’s an argument that’s hard to beat—newer appliances, at least those with the Energy Star label, can actually save you money in the long run. If it’s been a while since you last purchased a major appliance, consider conducting a room-by-room search for ways to pull the plug on energyguzzling devices.

MAY 1–4

Black Cowboy Festival

For details, visit or call (803) 499-9663.

MAY 2–3

Mayberry Comes to Westminster

They live on in TV reruns, but for one weekend, beloved characters from “The Andy Griffith Show” bring Mayberry to life in downtown Westminster. Tribute artists portraying Barney Fife, Howard Sprague, Goober and other Mayberry denizens entertain on stage and at festival events. Karen Knotts, daughter of Don Knotts, will share stories of the comic actor behind Deputy Fife in her one-woman show. Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative is a sponsor. For details, visit or call (864) 647-4316.

Attached to your old appliances? You can still save energy with a few small adjustments. n Set your water heater to 120 degrees, and be sure appliances like clothes washers and dishwashers are full when you run them. n Don’t keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Recommended temperatures are 37 to 40 degrees for the fresh food compartment and 5 degrees for the freezer section. n Use toaster ovens or microwave ovens for small meals. They use less energy than a ­traditional kitchen oven. Sources: Energy Star, Consumer Electronics Association, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, U.S. Department of Energy, Natural Resources Defense Council


Missing from history books and Hollywood westerns, African-American cowboys played a key role in building the American West. See them in action at this familyfriendly festival, competing in barrel racing, pole tending and other rodeo events. Festival highlights include historical looks at cracklin’ cooking and blacksmithing, trail rides and a Western dinner and line dancing at Greenfield Farm in Rembert.

S m a rt e r s e t t i n g s

In the laundry room: Newer, more efficient washing machines save energy by using (and therefore heating) less water. A full-sized Energy Star-certified washer uses 15 gallons of water per load, compared to the 23 gallons used by a standard machine. During the machine’s lifetime, you save 27,000 gallons of water. In the kitchen: Today’s average refrigerator uses less energy than a continually lit 60-watt lightbulb. Replace your “classic” refrigerator with a new Energy Star-certified model and save between $200 and $1,100 in lifetime energy costs. Just resist the urge to move the old refrigerator to the basement or the garage, or you won’t save a dime. Was your dishwasher built before 1994? If so, you’re paying an extra $40 a year on your utility bills compared to neighbors with a newer, Energy Star-rated model. In the living room: When it comes to televisions, energy consumption increases with screen size, but even

monster TVs can offer savings. LED screens use less energy than comparable LCD models, and regardless of the technology you choose, an Energy Star-rated model will be 25 percent more efficient overall. Once you purchase a TV, calibrate it by adjusting the contrast and brightness to a moderate level. By default, new televisions are set to dynamic, high-contrast settings. This consumes more power than standard, lower-contrast settings. For more tips on how to save energy, visit —Luann Dart

S.C.RAMBLE! By Charles Joyner, See Answer ON Page 35

Find the value of Hartsville HARTSVILLE __________ Each of the nine different letters in HARTSVILLE has been given a different value from 1 through 9. Given the total value of the letters in each of the nine words below, can you find the value of each letter in HARTSVILLE? For one possible solution, see page 35. THEIR (30) HIRE (24) REAL (23)

ALIVE (22) LIAR (22) EVIL (21)

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On the Agenda O n ly o n

Mic Smith

Bonus videos

Off to war. Get a taste of what Civil War reenactments are all about with bonus videos taken during recent events, including the Battle of Aiken and the Battle of Fort Wagner.

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Saving with smart strips As children, most of us were taught to

turn off the TV when leaving the room in order to save energy. But with many of today’s televisions, “off” doesn’t really mean off any more. Many TVs, DVD players, DVRs and cable or satellite boxes—not to mention computers, printers and phone chargers— consume small amounts of electricity even when they aren’t in use. These devices are commonly referred to as “energy vampires,” and they can be responsible for between 5 percent and 8 percent of a home’s annual energy bill. One easy way to manage this small, but steady, power drain is to use a smart strip with your home entertainment center. Smart strips, which allow consumers to manage the power drain created by home entertainment appliances, can cut electricity bills by as much as $70 a year.

Smart strips feature three outlet colors. Red outlets are always energized, making them perfect for satellite boxes or other appliances that need uninterrupted electricity to maintain programmed settings. The blue outlet serves as a control plug and is ideal for devices like a TV or computer. The remaining outlets, generally neutral or green in color, are sensitive to current flowing through the blue outlet, so turning off the TV or computer cuts power to them as well. Some smart strips can be made even smarter with timers or occupancy sensors that determine when to cut power to various devices. Smart strips are available online or at specialty electronic retailers. Payback generally can be achieved in less than one year, depending on the type of equipment the strips control and how often they are used. —brian sloboda

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Signs of the season I dread driving long distances. The monotony is broken by brief periods of absolute fear when the interstate becomes like bumper cars at the State Fair. However, crisscrossing our state these past few weeks, I have enjoyed the telltale signs of spring.

Along an upstate farm-to-market road, plum bushes, OO flowering fuchsia against dark bark. They are one of Mother Nature’s best contributions to minimalist art. A rising tide swells and pushes the Stono River against OO marsh grasses, the setting sun splayed across waters rippled by a stiff northeasterly wind. Volunteer daffodils randomly lace an otherwise sterile OO stretch of I-26 median, as if their “hit and miss” patches are in silent revolt to a long-abandoned SCDOT beautification project that tried to enforce order on nature through blossom saturation. Turtles sunning on a Piedmont pond bank, their onyx OO shells glinting amongst tufts of dormant fescue and a bumper crop of wild onions. My mind wanders. What spring memories would I relive if given the chance? A memory from age 10 of seining a Lowcountry tidal creek and sorting through the crabs, shrimp, fish and shells that tumbled out onto the floor of the boat. A pinch of the crab’s claws and the realization that the shrimp looked a lot different than when they were in a cocktail made indelible impressions. I can’t leave off my list the brisk May Saturday I spent with my then 8-year-old son exploring Bulls Island. Armed with two sandwiches, water, sunscreen and a towel, we had the whole of the beach to ourselves. We were Robinson Crusoes for a day. Catching my very first bass. It was all luck and no skill. I hooked a silver spoon lure on my bream hook and used my cane pole to jig the lure up and down. I caught two 10

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“If Spring came but once in a century, instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake, and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change!” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow fair-sized bass in five minutes. Then my unanchored lure slipped off the hook and fell to the bottom. My beginner’s luck had played out. Finding a covey of days-old quail along a fencerow. They appeared as an unexpected hybrid of a bumblebee and a bantam chick. Hanging from a zip line and plunging through depths of a farm pond: first six inches were chilly succeeded by bone numbing cold. After an hour or two, my arms and ­shoulders burned and my cut-off shorts were permanently dyed red by the clay in the water. Puppies, cats, calves, and foals reaching adolescence as spring burst forth. Young pets became my shadow as I walked, ran, stubbed my toe and stone-bruised my heel breaking in my bare feet for the summer. The quiet of an afternoon spent studying for law-school exams in a hammock strung between two poplars. A tractor swing slung from the lowest branch of a nearby oak serving as a reminder of earlier springs—and that growing up has its costs. South Carolina in the spring is hard to rival, but fun to share. Visit this month, and post your favorite spring photos and memories.

Mike Couick President and CEO, The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina


BY jim Dulley

Improving the efficiency of older doors


Energy losses from inefficient entry doors can account for a significant portion of your monthly utility bills. When leaky doors create cold drafts, people tend to set the thermostat higher, wasting even more energy. You can improve the efficiency of old doors, but don’t eliminate the possibility of installing new ones. The costs of some well-insulated steel and fiberglass doors, especially those for the back door without glass, are very reasonable. A pre-hung door in its own frame is not difficult to install yourself. Before deciding, carefully inspect your old doors. If they are in very bad condition, it will be difficult to improve their efficiency by a meaningful amount. For the wood door, make sure it is not rotting. Then place a long straightedge across the door to see if it is badly warped. With metal doors, the most common problem is rust. The first place to check is along the bottom by the weather stripping on either side. Rainwater tends to collect there. If you can figure out why, correct that

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problem first. Any small holes that have rusted through can be repaired. Clean out as much rust as possible, fill the holes with car body filler, and then paint. If your doors are reasonably sound, check for air leaks. At night, have someone shine a flashlight from outdoors around the seals and see if the light shows indoors. This will highlight significant leaks. On a windy day, move a stick of lighted incense around the seals and watch the trail of smoke to find minor leaky areas. Self-adhesive weather stripping around the door frame will help seal leaks. On double doors, check the astragal—the raised halfround overlap where pairs of doors meet that acts as a seal between them. Often with wood doors, especially ones with compression weather stripping, the main problem is simply that the latch plate is not holding the door tightly closed against the weather stripping. One solution is to reposition the latch plate. This will require filling in the old screw holes and drilling new ones. Chisel away some of the wood in the recess for the new latch-plate position. Another option is to install an adjustable latch plate that can be repositioned for summer and winter, when the door and frame expand and contract from seasonal temperatures and humidity. Steel doors should feature magnetic weather stripping, so the seal shouldn’t be a major issue, because the weather stripping is drawn against

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My front door is wood with a window, and my back door is metal. Neither is efficient nor airtight, but I can’t afford to replace them. How can I improve their efficiency?

This door bottom automatically moves downward when the door closes, forcing the weather stripping against the door threshold and creating a tighter seal. This is ideal when there is tall, plush carpeting by the door.

the door edge. Just make sure the surface of the door and the weather stripping are clean and smooth. If door hinges and pins are worn, the door may not hang square in its opening and will not seal properly. You can replace them, but since there are many different sizes of hinges, take an old one to the store to get an exact match. The seals on the bottom of older doors, against the floor threshold, get worn and can be replaced. You can also create a tighter seal by adjusting the floor threshold higher, using the height-adjustment screws across the threshold. After years of use, they may be filled with dirt. Poke around to find them. If the seal itself is bad, you can install a generic replacement seal. Another option is an add-on retractable threshold seal. This is especially effective where there is carpeting on the floor by the door. The threshold seal is mounted on the lower door edge. When the door opens, a pin against the door frame is released and the seal automatically lifts to clear the carpeting. It is easy to install and adjust. Send questions to Energy Q&A, South Carolina Living, 808 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29033, email or fax (803) 739-3041.

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Ross E. Beard Jr. Age:


Born in Florence; currently lives in Camden Carbine: The Story of David Marshall Williams, a biography of the man who designed the M1 carbine rifle for American GIs during World War II Awards received: Presented the Order of the Palmetto by the late South Carolina governor John C. West Hometown:

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Get More Visitors can see some of Beard’s rare weapons on display at the Camden Archives and Museum, 1314 Broad St., in downtown Camden. Admission is free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call (803) 425-6050.

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When Ross E. Beard Jr. was 10 years old, family friend Melvin Purvis—the late FBI agent who tracked down gangster John Dillinger—took a shine to the young sprout and assigned to him the heady task of caring for his rather extensive gun collection. It was the tail end of the Great Depression, and Beard was grateful for the extra spending money. But the hours spent working on the famous G-man’s gun collection and learning about weapons gave the youth something more—an unquenchable fascination with firearms that continues to this day. Indeed, over the past seven decades, Beard has assembled his own collection of more than 1,000 guns that includes weapons once owned by Dillinger and Purvis, as well as a 15th‑century, .70-caliber matchlock rifle, a walking cane gun, an air rifle carried on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and a nasty little device known as a Russian cigarette gun. “Collecting guns is one of the greatest and most interesting hobbies a man can have,” Beard says. “I’ve learned so much about the history of these weapons, and I’ve had the chance to meet so many wonderful people. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.” He also enjoys sharing the collection. Last spring, Beard curated a selection of rare guns from his arsenal for permanent display at the Camden Archives and Museum. “I have traveled to 21 countries and 38 states, and I have always looked for guns to add to my collection,” says Beard. “And, now, at my age, it’s good to know that they all have a good home.” —Tim Hanson

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2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large red onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 4 cups vegetable broth 1 cup water 4 cups fresh broccoli, chopped ½ cup uncooked whole wheat couscous ½ teaspoon salt or to taste ¼ teaspoon ground rosemary 1 tablespoon lemon juice Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

In a medium pot, heat olive oil, then saute onion and garlic until soft. Add vegetable broth, water, broccoli and couscous. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until broccoli is soft. Add salt, rosemary and lemon juice. Remove from heat and puree with immersion blender or in food processor. Return to stove and simmer on low heat for 4–5 minutes, stirring frequently. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. LINDA F. HARKINS, PELZER


3 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 5 garlic cloves, chopped 1 bunch kale, chopped, tough stems removed 4 stalks celery, finely chopped 1 bunch green onions, chopped Salt and pepper to taste

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In a medium skillet, heat olive oil and lightly saute onion and garlic over medium heat until soft. Lower heat, then add kale, celery and green onions. Cover for 6–8 minutes, stirring frequently. Salt and pepper to taste. BERNADETTE DRAKE, HILTON HEAD ISLAND




½ stick butter 1 medium onion, chopped 2 10-ounce packages frozen leaf spinach, slightly thawed, drained and coarsely chopped 1 cup sharp cheese, grated 1 6.5-ounce can chopped mushrooms, drained 1 cup regular or light mayonnaise 1 10.75-ounce can undiluted cream of mushroom soup 2 eggs, well beaten 1 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg or to taste ¾ cup butter cracker crumbs Salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon French tarragon or to taste (fresh, if possible)

2 tablespoons bread crumbs 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon cornmeal ¼ teaspoon salt 3 cups sliced okra (cut in circles like pennies) ¼ cup olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced



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2 15-ounce cans green peas, drained, or one 16-ounce package frozen peas, thawed 1 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, drained 1 cup cauliflower florets, chopped ½ cup green onions, chopped 1 cup celery, chopped (approximately 2 stalks) 1 cup roasted and lightly salted cashews, chopped ¼ cup bacon, cooked and crumbled ½ cup sour cream 1 1-ounce envelope Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing dry mix Salt and pepper to taste


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In a large serving bowl, combine vegetables, cashews, bacon and sour cream. Prepare ranch dressing according to package directions, then pour over salad, tossing gently to coat. Cover and chill for several hours before serving.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mediumlarge skillet, melt butter, then saute chopped onion until translucent. Add all remaining ingredients to skillet, then stir, mixing well. Spoon into a 2-quart, greased casserole dish (square or rectangular, about 2 inches deep). Bake for 50 minutes or until the center is set. Cut into squares before serving. This recipe can be made ahead and refrigerated.

In a medium bowl, combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, cornmeal and salt. Add sliced okra and stir to coat. In a medium skillet, heat olive oil, add garlic and okra, and saute 5–10 minutes, stirring often, until most of the roping (thin, white threads secreted from the okra) has disappeared and okra is tender.

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Southern gardeners to beautiful above-ground vines all summer and an underground bounty at harvest time. All they need from you are warm temperatures, good soil and a nice, long growing season. Let’s get our terminology straight first. Sweet potatoes are not tubers; they are tuberous roots—basically, swollen storage roots. To the horticulturist, calling a sweet potato a tuber (a common blunder) is like confusing a limerick and a haiku to the poet: of little real consequence, but irritating. Yams are also totally unrelated plants. Sweet potatoes are related to morning glories and produce vigorous, attractive vines. The ornamental varieties make great additions to flowering containers and borders, but their tuberous roots are generally inedible. Many edible sweet potato types, however, feature darkly colored leaves and stems and sometimes flowers that will complement the annuals in your landscape. As with most root crops, soil preparation is the key to success. Sweet potatoes like the well-draining, sandy soils of the coastal plain, but with a little upfront effort, they do well in red clay. In heavy clay, till 2 inches of compost well into topsoil before planting to loosen and improve the soil. Otherwise the roots may be smaller and misshapen. If your soil is really poor, consider growing the crop in raised beds or containers. Sweet potatoes are typically planted as root sprouts, called “slips,” grown

Sweet potato slips (left) can be planted safely in most parts of the state around May 1. Several leaves should be exposed above the soil line. When digging up sweet potatoes in the fall, handle them carefully to avoid damaging their tender skin. Let the roots dry in the sun for an hour or two, then pick them up and gently brush away the loose soil. Do not wash the potatoes until you are ready to cook them.

from last year’s crop. Buying slips from your local garden supply or a mail-order source is easier than growing your own. I don’t recommend growing sprouts from grocery store roots, which are often treated to prevent sprouting; they may harbor pest or disease issues. Sweet potatoes need a growing season of about 90 to 150 days, depending on variety. Transplant slips once all danger of frost has passed and the soil is at least 65 degrees. Set slips 3 to 4 inches deep with 8 to 12 inches between plants and 3 feet between rows. Keep the newly planted slips well watered until new vine growth begins. Established vines benefit

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from an inch of water each week. Watch out for vines that root down, robbing energy from the main crop and producing undersized sweet potatoes. You can encourage goodsized roots near the crown by simply lifting or kicking aside longer vines occasionally to prevent rooting. In late September, check root size by digging a plant. You want to harvest the crop when 30 percent of roots are 3 to 4 inches in diameter or larger. If the soil gets too cool (less than 55 degrees) or frost threatens, the roots lose quality and won’t store well. Harvest carefully; fresh sweet potato roots skin and bruise easily. Perhaps the biggest challenge for home gardeners is curing sweet potatoes. Curing converts some of the starches into sugars, heals wounds, toughens skins and prolongs storage life. Years ago, many rural South Carolinians had a “sweet potato house” designed for just this purpose. Today we recommend curing the potatoes in the warmest room of your house (usually the kitchen) for two weeks. The temperature must be above 70 degrees or the roots won’t cure at all. Store cured potatoes in a cool, dark location, not below 50 degrees and never in the refrigerator. Mine are in the crawl space under my house. Properly dug and cured sweet potatoes will keep for more than six months in good condition. Learn more about growing sweet potatoes at Clemson Extension’s Home & Garden Information Center,  is an area horticulture agent and Master Gardener coordinator for Clemson Extension based in Greenville County. Contact him at S. CORY TANNER

South Carolina’s Civil War reenactments bring the l86os to life BY JASON RYAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIC SMITH

Cannon fire signals the start of most S.C. Civil War reenactments. Ed Harrison of Monck’s Corner shields his ear from the deafening boom as the Santee Light Artillery blasts away during the 2013 Living History Weekend at Boone Hall Plantation. Although they don’t fire projectiles, some replica artillery pieces can produce a crack measuring 190 decibels.

The smoke hung heavy over the b­ attlefield and would not dissipate, not with the cannons continuously blasting. The booms were so loud that you felt them in your chest, and after the first artillery volley, a few children and even some adult bystanders retreated from the viewing area, hands covering their ears. Others at the 2013 Living History Weekend pressed closer, hoping for a better look as Confederate and Union forces squared off in a re-creation of the famous Battle of Fort Wagner.   | April 2014   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


Reenactors at Boone Hall portray the famous Battle of Fort Wagner to mark the 150th anniversary of the skirmish that took place on nearby Morris Island in 1865. The mock battle included the famous charge by the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, one of the Union’s first African-American units. In both the real battle and the re-creation, the men of the 54th briefly succeeded in breaching the fort’s walls before being pushed back by Confederate troops.

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Each November, living historians in full period dress gather at Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens in Mount Pleasant to participate in the state’s largest Civil War reenactment. The battle portrayed varies from year to year, but the 2013 event held special significance as it commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Union attempt to take nearby Morris Island. In July 1863, the rebels inside Fort Wagner staved off repeated advances by federal troops, including a courageous assault by the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, one of the first African-American units formed during the war. The attack, made famous by the 1989 film Glory, was among the bloodiest battles waged on South Carolina soil. For spectators, it’s a thrilling scene: the roar of the cannons, the stampede of cavalry, and the mock combat of soldiers in blue and gray letting out war cries and firing off black-powder rifles. But for the reenactors, these events are no mere spectacle. They are a chance to pay tribute to the sacrifice and bravery of ancestors and historical figures.

Feeling the period rush Reenactors are sticklers for authenticity, careful to dress appropriately, respect rank, follow orders and do everything possible in a manner consistent with the past. Campfires, for example, consist only of burning logs, with no propane stoves in sight. Coffee is not consumed from ceramic mugs but instead from metal pans called coffee coolers. Soldiers cringe when a comrade lifts a cellphone to his ear during drills. The passion for authenticity, along with the backdrop of Boone Hall’s avenue of live oaks, stately mansion, restored slave dwellings and cotton dock, helps create a “period rush” that allows reenactors to feel as if they are stepping back in time to the 1860s, says Jerry Morris of Barnwell. “That normally only lasts a moment or two, then it’s gone—you’re back to being a reenactor,” he says. During the 2013 Battle of Fort Wagner, Morris played the part of an aide to Union Brig. Gen. Truman Seymour. His friend and fellow reenactor, Bruce Blackmon of Laurinburg, N.C., adopted the persona of the general. A financial aid director for a community

Marching to a period drum cadence is one way Civil War reenactors immerse themselves in the military culture of the 1860s. Adherence to military rank and protocol within reenactor units is another. Soldiers who “die” on the field of battle remain where they fall for the duration but rise after the last shots to the applause of spectators.

shoulders of these brave guys, I’m quite proud.’  —James Brown   | April 2014   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


A Confederate reenactor prepares breakfast in one of the open fields at Boone Hall Plantation. For the duration of a living history weekend, dedicated reenactors live the life of Civil War soldiers, wearing only period clothing, sleeping in cloth tents regardless of weather conditions, and cooking with cast-iron pots over wood fires.

A first-time reenactor reports from the Battle of Charleston Experiencing a true “period rush”—that moment of temporal vertigo when the present blurs into the past, or what some Civil War reenactors call “seeing the elephant”—requires the perfect blend of preparation and unpredictability. That, at least, was what I learned at last year’s Battle of Charleston when I enlisted with the 7th South Carolina Infantry unit commanded by Maj. Buddy Jarrells, who doubles as the battle’s director. “I first saw the elephant at Gettysburg in 1976,” he says. “It’s hard to explain, but you’ll know it when you see it. You actually think you’re back in time.” The preparation part began as soon as I arrived at the campsite at Legare Farms on Johns Island. Pvt. James Daves issued me my gear—a rifle and bayonet, a shirt, a felt hat, a cap box and a round box to go on my CS belt, a wool jacket and pants, a haversack for any small provisions—before assigning me to sleep in the supply tent, where I carved out a small space for my bedding and my modern items. One of the basic rules of reenacting, I learned, is that “farbish” gear (reenactor’s slang for anything inauthentic) stays inside your tent, and everything outside of it must be as historically accurate as possible. The company was quick to drill me in the basics of Civil War soldiering. No sooner had I stowed away my gear than Pvt. Cody “Pinky” Horrell began instructing me in the art of handling a black-powder weapon, and Pvt. Craig Wood taught me how to roll paper gunpowder cartridges and fire them high so as to avoid unintended injury.


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Civil War reenactment correspondent Hastings Hensel eschews technology in his note taking.

The night before battle, as the voices drifted in a camp that had scrubbed itself free of modernity, I lay awake and stared out the open tent flap. The moon had risen above the Stono River, and nothing in my line of sight was any different than it might have been 150 years before. I thought about the past, about the circumstances and the reality of one’s birth, and of my two known Civil War ancestors, one of whom had died nearby during a skirmish. At dawn, stirring to the sound of a bugle blowing reveille, I felt a temporary confusion, as though I were in fact a Civil

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War soldier waking in fear and anticipation. All throughout the morning, there was a stony-faced urgency among the troops, a palpable seriousness, as though our lives were indeed on the line. After roll call and drills, we began marching single file to war along an old game trail that ran along the riverbank and wove between the trees. It still felt like a big game of make-believe, but then the unpredictable happened. Storm clouds gathered and a chilly rain began to fall, and it was as if the weather had been sent to dissolve the lines of reality. Pandemonium interrupted the stillness. Union troops opened fire, the brightyellow flashes of their rifles lighting up the woods. Cavalry units flew by on horseback, and men started letting out piercing rebel yells. We followed our captain down a dirt road and tried to hold our ground, but the wall of Union soldiers kept advancing. After firing my last round, I made a conscious decision to take a hit and “die” for the authenticity of the battle. I watched as a bearded Union soldier crouched down, loaded his rifle and took aim. My shoulder jerked back, and I fell down onto the cold, wet ground in a spasm. I lay there looking up into the trees as the rain fell and the woods filled with smoke. The war charged on around me, and I considered again how the view was no different than it might have been 150 years ago when my ancestor lay dying. The whole weekend I had been ever so close to seeing the elephant, and there it was suddenly, just as Jarrells had warned me​—a specific but brief feeling of bewilderment, an unbroken connection to the past.

college, Blackmon began reenacting in 2000 and has since invested hundreds of dollars in both blue and gray uniforms and the equipment needed to portray a soldier on either side of a battle. He got into the hobby to satisfy his curiosity regarding his 10 ancestors who served in different units of the Confederate Army. “What was in their thinking? Why did they fight?” he says, noting that none of his ancestors were slaveholders. “Community spirit motivated them, likely.”

More than combat Battlefield heroics are only half the fun of this or any of the state’s other Civil War living history weekends (see “Ride to the sound of the guns,” p. 26). Merchants—sutlers, in ­reenacting parlance—pitch their tents near the camps, selling everything from lemonade and kettle corn to period apparel and reenacting gear. Military and civilian reenactors in full period attire (tip: don’t call it a costume) provide lectures on Civil War history, lead church services, play music and answer spectator questions. In their camp along the Avenue of Oaks, members of the 54th Massachusetts Company I Reenactment Regiment drew crowds of spectators as they sang and spoke in character about escaping slave plantations in the South to join the Union Army. Two of the unit’s reenactors—James Brown and Ernest Parks—are curators of the Seashore Farmers’ Lodge Cultural Museum on Sol Legare Island just outside Charleston, where the 54th Massachusetts had one of its first skirmishes. Brown says he participates in reenacting to help educate others about the contributions of African-Americans in the Civil War. “These guys are the first civil rights workers,” he says. “To stand on the backs and shoulders of these brave guys, I’m quite proud.” That passion for bringing the past to life is common among reenactors of all stripes, including John Nolen of Socastee, otherwise known as Mr. H.G. Garfield, a Confederate camp provost, Provost John Nolen lays down the law in the Confederate camp.

Reenactors enjoy authentic 1860s music and dancing during the Saturday night ball at Boone Hall’s Living History Weekend. South Carolina’s Civil War reenactments draw families from across the Southeast. From left to right, Victoria Vatt, 15, from Chattanooga; Jamie Metts, 12, from Myrtle Beach; Kaelynn Lewis, 13, from Summerville; and Belle Donnelly, 14, from Lake City, Fla., met and became friends during the 2013 Battle of Fort Wagner. Between battles, 54th Massachusetts reenactors stayed in character, enthralling spectators with songs and stories of escaping slavery to join the Union Army (from left to right, Ernest Parks, David Fleming, Benjamin Blanks and James Brown).   | April 2014   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


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or military police officer. Should one misbehave at camp, perhaps by getting drunk or using foul language, Garfield will bestow upon the guilty a “log buddy.” “I’ll tie a good-sized chunk of wood around their legs and let them drag it around the camp,” says Garfield, explaining in a softer tone he is not entirely cruel in implementing this punishment. “I’ll let you tote it in your hand. I won’t make you drag it.” Unfortunately, there are times when a provost cannot show mercy. At a previous reenactment, Garfield court-martialed his own son for improperly wearing officer piping on his uniform, then arranged for a mock firing squad. “He got right by God before he died,” says Garfield, who called a preacher to administer last rites.

When the mock battles are complete, blue and gray troops shake hands, form up by units and offer a combined rifle salute to spectators.

Respect for the past Garfield and the other reenactors clearly have fun with their hobby, but underlying it all is a deep, solemn respect for what occurred 150 years ago, when war gripped a young country and threatened its continued existence. Randy Burbage, chairman of the annual event at Boone Hall and a captain in the 10th S.C. Volunteer Infantry, has participated in the festival for 24 years. Reenactments are important, he says, to “let the people of the Lowcountry know what happened around here and what sacrifices their ancestors made.”  

Veteran reenactor Randy Burbage normally portrays a Confederate soldier in honor of his ancestors, but like many of his fellow living historians, he is equipped to portray either side. “I’ve been doing this a long time and I’ve had people ask, ‘Why do you want to refight the war?’ I don’t want to refight the war. I started because I wanted to know what my greatgrandfathers experienced.”   | April 2014   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


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Saturdays • Native American Exhibits, Museum of the Cherokee in South Carolina, Walhalla. (864) 710-9210. Third Saturdays • Milling Day, Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center, 138 Hagood Mill Rd., Pickens. (864) 898-2936.

3 • Pork in the Park, downtown, Newberry. (803) 321-1015. 3 • S.C. Tour de Cure, Robert Mills House, Columbia. (803) 799-4246, ext. 3291. 29–May 1 • Food for Thought, Westin Poinsett Hotel, 4 • Concertos & Cupcakes with Greenville. (864) 271-0500. the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra, Harbison Theatre 29–May 4 • Great Anderson at Midlands Technical College, County Fair, Anderson Sports Irmo. (803) 407-5011. MIDLANDS & Entertainment Center, Anderson. (864) 296-6601. 4 • The Big Nosh, Tree APRIL of Life Congregation, 4–5 • Columbia Open Studios, MAY Columbia. (803) 787-2182. 1–4 • Piedmont Plant and Flower artists’ studios in Richland and 6–8 • Nature and Wildlife Lexington Counties. (803) 779-4571. Festival, Greenville State Farmers Market, Greenville. (864) 244-4023. 11–20 • Indie Grits Film Festival, Photography Workshop, Santee State Park, Santee. (803) 854-2408. primarily at Nickelodeon Theatre, 2–3 • Mayberry Comes to 8–10 • South Carolina Poultry Columbia. (803) 254-8234. Westminster, downtown, Festival, downtown, Batesburg17 • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Westminster. (864) 647-5316. Leesville. (888) 427-7273. South Carolina State House, 2–4 • Spring Fling, downtown, 10 • Blooms, Bees and Birds Columbia. (803) 790-8208. Kokanko Sata Doumbia will Spartanburg. (864) 596-3105. Family Day, Settlemyre Planetarium perform April 29 at the Tryon Pure 24 • Fishing Foundation 2–11 • “Boeing Boeing,” of the Museum of York County, Golf Tournament, Wood Creek Fine Arts Center in Tryon, N.C. Spartanburg Little Theatre, Rock Hill. (803) 329-2121. Golf Club, Elgin. (803) 699-2411. Spartanburg. (864) 585-8278. UPSTATE 24–27 • Pee Dee Plant and Flower 10 • Cones for a Cure 5K, 4711 3 • Dragon Boat Upstate Forest Dr., Columbia. (803) 731-4060. Festival, 2513 W. Lucas St. (Hwy. APRIL Festival, Portman Marina, 52), Florence. (803) 734-2200. ONGOING 15–19 • Okra to Opera Anderson. (864) 287-3211. Conference on Southern 25 • Wine Tasting, Daily • The Life and Art of Grand 3 • Finale Pops Culture, Converse College, Riverbanks Botanical Garden, Addie Sims: A Look into Her Concert with the Foothills Spartanburg. (864) 596-9000. Columbia. (803) 779-8717. World, (virtual Philharmonic, J. Harley Bonds exhibition). (803) 898-4921. 18–19 • “Treasure Island,” 25 • A Taste of Fort Mill, Center, Greer. (864) 268-8743. Chapman Cultural Center, Springfield Golf Club Pavilion, Mondays through Fridays • 3 • Season Finale Concert: Spartanburg. (864) 542-2787. Fort Mill. (803) 547-2304. Slavery by Another Name, I.P. Masterworks III with the Stanback Museum & Planetarium, 18–19 • Azalea Festival, 25–26 • Sparkleberry Country Spartanburg Philharmonic, Orangeburg. (803) 536-7174. downtown, Pickens. (864) 507-0180. Twichell Auditorium at Converse Fair, Clemson University Sandhill College, Spartanburg. (864) 596-9725. Research & Education Center, Tuesdays through Sundays, 19 • Go Fly a Kite, Columbia. (803) 920-1621. through May 4 • Tutankhamun: Spartanburg Science Center, 9–14 • Artisphere, downtown, Return of the King, South Spartanburg. (864) 583-2777. 26 • “The Fantasticks,” Harbison Greenville. (864) 271-9398. Carolina State Museum, Theatre at Midlands Technical 19 • Clemson Easter Bunny 9–18 • “The Hollow,” Columbia. (803) 898-4921. College, Irmo. (803) 407-5011. Run, South Carolina Botanical Easley Foothills Playhouse, Tuesdays through Sundays, Gardens, Clemson. (571) 318-6907. 26 • Earth Day Birthday, Easley. (864) 855-1817. through June 29 • “Mama, Museum of York County, 19 • Azalea Festival 5K, downtown, 15–18 • BMW Charity Pro Let’s Make a Moon,” South Rock Hill. (803) 329-2121. Pickens. (864) 630-6558. Am, three golf courses, Carolina State Museum, 26 • Celebrate Sound: Don’t 25–26 • Stone Soup Storytelling Greenville. (864) 297-1660. Columbia. (803) 898-4921. Walk in Silence, Masonic Lodge, Festival, Woodruff Library, ONGOING Wednesdays • Wee Wednesdays, Lexington. (816) 333-8300. Woodruff. (864) 476-8770. Main Street Children’s Museum, Daily • Self-Guided Tours, Bob Olympia 26 • Fest, intersection 26 • Camp School Benefit Rock Hill. (803) 327-6400. Campbell Geology Museum, of Wayne and Whaley streets, Auction and 5K, Main Street, Clemson. (864) 656-4600. Thursdays through May • Columbia. (803) 261-0559. Westminster. (864) 985-2732. Rhythm and Blooms, Riverbanks Tuesdays through Saturdays • Kid’ s Day of Lexington, 26 • 26 • Railroad Festival, downtown, Desolate Pride Civil War Exhibit, Botanical Gardens, West Virginia Hylton Park, Central. (864) 654-1200. Columbia. (803) 779-8717. Anderson County Museum, Lexington. (803) 356-8554. Anderson. (864) 260-4737. 26 • Firing on Fort Sumter: Saturdays • Historic Trolley 26–27 • SummerFun Horseshoe The Opening Ball, American Tour, Augusta Museum of History, Tuesdays through Sundays, Tournament, Marion Davis Legion Hall at Duncan Park, Augusta, Ga. (706) 724-4067. through May 31 • Peaches & Plates Park, Newberry. (803) 321-1015. Spartanburg. (864) 599-1947. A’Plenty: Celebrating Spartanburg’s First Saturdays • South Carolina 26–27 • Olde Towne Artisans’ Food History, Spartanburg 26 • Upstate Walk to State House Tours, 1100 Gervais Fair, Colonial Times, North Regional History Museum, Defeat ALS, Heritage Park, St., Columbia. (803) 734-2430. Augusta. (803) 279-7560. Spartanburg. (864) 596-3501. Simpsonville. (866) 492-4821. Second Saturdays • Children’s Art 29–May 1 • Charleston Cooks! Tuesdays through Sundays, 26 • Poetry Saturday, Program, Sumter County Gallery at Santee, Santee State Park, through June 15 • Protests, Chapman Cultural Center, of Art, Sumter. (803) 775-0543. Prayers and Progress: Greenville’s Santee. (803) 854-2408. Spartanburg. (864) 278-9693. Sundays • Gallery Tour: Civil Rights Movement, MAY 26–27 • Revolutionary War Highlights of the CMA Collection, Upcountry History Museum, Encampment Weekend, Columbia Museum of Art, 2–3 • South Carolina Greenville. (864) 467-3100. Musgrove Mill State Historic Columbia. (803) 799-2810. Strawberry Festival, downtown, Wednesdays and Saturdays • Site, Clinton. (864) 938-0100. Fort Mill. (803) 547-2116. Hub City Railroad Museum, 27 • Tour of Homes, downtown, 2–3 • Allendale County LOWCOUNTRY 298 Magnolia St., Spartanburg. Spartanburg. (864) 596-3501. Cooterfest, Memorial Avenue, (864) 316-6924. APRIL Allendale. (803) 584-4619. 29 • Kokanko Sata Doumbia, 14–18 • Spring Break Camps, Bluegrass Open Fridays • Malian ngoni artist, with Toubab 2–4 • Festival of Roses, James Island County Park, Stage, Silver Dollar Music Hall, Krewe, Tryon Fine Arts Center, Edisto Memorial Gardens, Charleston. (843) 795-7275. 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14–20 • RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island. (843) 671-2448. 17 • iFive:K, Charleston Maritime Center, Charleston. (843) 724-3773. 19 • Coastal Island Horse Show, Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, Johns Island. (843) 768-5867. 19 • Soft Shell Crab Festival, Paris Avenue, Port Royal. (843) 592-1892. 19 • The Hat Ladies Easter Promenade, Marion Square and surrounding streets, Charleston. (843) 762-6679. 19–27 • Colleton County Rice Festival, multiple locations, Walterboro. (843) 549-1079. 21 • Gullah, Its Arts and Traditions, Hebron Church, Johns Island. (843) 722-2706. 23–26 • Myrtle Beach International Film Festival, Carmike Cinema at Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. (843) 497-0220. 24–27 • Pee Dee Spring Plant & Flower Festival, Pee Dee State Farmers Market, Florence. (843) 665-5154. 25–27 • In-Water Boat Show, Bristol Marina and Brittlebank Park, Charleston. (864) 250-9713. 25–May 4 • ArtFields, multiple locations, Lake City. (843) 374-0180. 26 • Where the Wild Things Run 5K, Caw Caw Interpretive Center, Ravenel. (843) 795-4386. 26 • Putting for Parkinson’s, Wescott Golf Club, North Charleston. (843) 670-8462. 26 • Charleston Dog Show, Marion Square, Charleston. (843) 345-8006. 26 • Southern Flame Food and Music Festival, The Ponds, Summerville. (843) 875-0843. 26 • Italian Festival, Azalea Park, Summerville. (843) 224-4433. 26 • Folly Beach Wine & Sign, Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier, Folly Beach. (803) 761-2860. 26–27 • Art Market, Historic Honey Horn, Hilton Head Island. (843) 689-6767. 27 • Daffodil Festival, Moore Farms Botanical Gardens, Lake City. (843) 374-2261. 27 • Divas Half Marathon, Main Street, North Myrtle Beach. (800) 733-7089. 27 • Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival, Memorial Waterfront Park & Pier, Mount Pleasant. (843) 884-8517. MAY

1 • Gibbes on the Street— East Meets West, 135 Meeting St., Charleston. (843) 722-2706. 2 • Relay for Life, Emmanuel Christian School, Hartsville. (800) 227-2345.

2–3 • A Taste of Beaufort, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Beaufort. (843) 525-6644. 2–3 • Sweetgrass Music Festival, Patriots Point, Charleston. (843) 452-5131. 2–10 • North Charleston Arts Festival, multiple locations, North Charleston. (843) 740-5854. 2–10 • Spyder Rally, Springmaid Beach, Myrtle Beach. (843) 902-3444. 3 • Midlands Walk to Defeat ALS, Canal Park, Columbia. (866) 492-4821. 3 • Dragon Boat Festival, Brittlebank Park, Charleston. (843) 324-9505. 3 • Taste of the Coast, Park and Sports Complex, North Myrtle Beach. (843) 997-4162. 3 • Kahuna on the Cooper Fishing Tournament, Mount Pleasant Pier, Mount Pleasant. (843) 795-4386. 9 • Oxygen Ball, Marriott on Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston. (843) 556-8451. 9–11 • Greek Festival, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Charleston. (843) 577-2063. 9–18 • Myrtle Beach Bike Week and Spring Rally, multiple locations, Grand Strand. (336) 643-1367. 10 • Mayfest on Main, Main Street, North Myrtle Beach. (843) 281-2662. 14–18 • Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, Grand Park at The Market Common, Myrtle Beach. (843) 918-1014. ONGOING

Daily • Hiking on Beaver Pond Nature Trail, Little Pee Dee State Park, Dillon. (843) 774-8872. Daily through December 2014 • “Finding Freedom’s Home: Archaeology at Mitchelville,” Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island. (843) 689-6767. Mondays through October • Coastal Kayaking, Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet. (843) 235-8755. Tuesdays through May 1 • Toddler Time at the Animal Forest, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston. (843) 852-4200. Tuesdays through Fridays • Introductory Tours, Hobcaw Barony, Georgetown. (843) 546-4623. Tuesdays through Sundays, May 1–22 • Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild Juried Exhibition, Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-2510. Thursdays through April 30 • Name That Bird, Edisto Beach State Park, Edisto Island. (843) 869-2156.

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in sunblock and Speedos. But right now, I’m watching the Winter Olympics, where 2,800 world-class lunatics spent two weeks in Sochi proving that ice is exceptionally hard. Hey, they could have done that in South Carolina. Wicked winter weather treated snow-phobic Carolinians to our own Olympics, which wasn’t much fun for the electric co-ops. But it was

a learning experience for anyone who tried bobsledding down the driveway on her butt. One “Look, Ma, no brakes!” skid into the HOA mailbox was enough to keep me indoors until piña colada season. That’s the only frozen stuff that isn’t trying to kill you. The storms also taught me a great deal about cat litter. Those insurance commercials that show a car hopelessly stuck in snow until actor J.K. Simmons pours litter under the rear tire convinced me to buy some for the upcoming ice storm. After sprinkling it all over my steps, I discovered that all cat litter is not created equal. The clay stuff I bought for $2 a bag can also be 38

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used to glue wings back on commercial jets. Just add ice water. Once the sleet melted, I tried to sweep it off the steps, but the broom got stuck. I tried hosing it off, but that only reinforced the bond. Everywhere I turned, another pound of sludge had cemented itself to my shoes, car, rugs and dog’s paws. It even migrated over to my elderly neighbor’s perennially green plastic grass. He got suspicious and marched over to ask if I had any idea why his Astroturf turned gray. I pleaded the Fifth. Growing up in the icy North, with our plows, shovels and snowsuits, we were ready for snow. We even had our own personal mountain—a 5-foot hill behind the school that was perfect for riding Flexible Flyers into the woods. Everything was fine until one kid managed to hit a tree and lose his spleen. Minutes later, our folks confiscated every sled, toboggan and garbage can lid in the neighborhood. Which brings me to Sochi and the questions I ask every four years: Do ski jumpers have mothers? Who resuscitates them when their kids hit the ramp doing 60 mph to fly the length of a football field? Do they understand the term “avalanche?” I’m happy to live in a sane region of the world, where Carolina mothers are 97 percent more likely to sign their babies up for T-ball than luge lessons. When I once caught my 7-yearold riding her bike without a helmet, I made her write a 1,000-word thesis on traumatic brain injury. After that, she became so terrified of essay writing, she tossed the helmet and swapped her bike for a gerbil. But I still count it as a win. Now that the winter madness is over, I can stop worrying about what makes Shaun White’s mother tick and how curling became an Olympic sport (or any kind of sport). Meanwhile, let’s have a piña colada, but go easy on the ice.  JAN A. IGOE is delighted to trade our frozen wonderland for frozen drinks with little umbrellas to shield them from the summer sun. Write her at


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