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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS Vol. 69 • 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 2015 • Volume 69, Number 4

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Susan Collins PRODUCTION

Andrew Chapman WEB EDITOR

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Grab your paddle and get ready to get wet as we take you on a tour of the best white-water rafting and kayaking adventures within easy driving distance of South Carolina.



Susan Scott Soyars Contributors

Becky Billingsley, Mike Couick, Jim Dulley, Hastings Hensel, Jan A. Igoe, Charles Joyner, Belinda Smith-Sullivan, Craig Springer, S. Cory Tanner




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Classic cars and good-time music add up to big fun at Blue Ridge Fest. Plus: Download your application for the 2015 WIRE Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship.


10 What your car says about you

Electric cars are growing in popularity every year. Find out what that means for motorists and your local electric cooperative. ENERGY Q&A

12 Improve comfort by

increasing thermal mass

Learn how the materials you use to remodel or build a home can influence its energy efficiency. SMART CHOICE

14 Outdoor ambience

Sprucing up your landscape? Here are 10 outdoor features guaranteed to make the neighbors jealous.

Meet the Charleston physician who invented a robot that kills Ebola and other dangerous pathogens. RECIPE

18 Cast-iron creations

Shepherd’s pie Jalapeno corn sticks Broccoli, spinach and mushroom frittata Rustic pear-cherry tart GARDENER

20 Patience pays with

strawberry plants

Growing your own fresh strawberries is a time-intensive gardening project, but the rewards are sweet. HUMOR ME

38 Fifty shades of sea foam

A hair-coloring crisis is no laughing matter—unless Jan A. Igoe is the one telling the story.




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Rafters celebrate a successful run over Bull Sluice falls on the Chattooga River. Photo by Mic Smith.

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Blue Ridge Fest

Party for a good cause in Pickens at the 18th annual Blue Ridge Fest. There’ll be plenty of tunes, an outdoor dance floor, burgers on the grill, hundreds of awesome autos at the Upstate’s largest classic car show, and a raffle for prizes up to $10,000. Shaggers can dance to performances by Johnny Tillotson, The Shirelles with Shirley Alston Reeves, and the Swingin’ Medallions. Organized by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative and Blue Ridge Security employee volunteers, the event at 734 West Main St. benefits 12 charities in the co-op’s service area. For details, visit or call (800) 240-3400.



Earth Day Celebration


For details, visit or call (803) 547-4575.

Lake City has a big heart for art. For nine days, this small town transforms its public spaces and local shops into display sites for hundreds of artworks from 12 Southeastern states. Festivalgoers help select winning artists, who compete for cash prizes. Family-friendly fun includes the Art of ’Que barbecue cook-off, a farmers and artisans market, interactive art events and live music.

Celebrate Mother Earth in Fort Mill during the 20th anniversary of Anne Springs Close Greenway nature preserve. Grammy-winner David Holt will share mountain music and stories, and folk musician Billy Jonas will teach kids to make “re-percussion” instruments from recycled materials for his afternoon concert. Outdoor adventures, a “Recycled Runway” costume contest and hands-on arts and crafts will keep families busy caring for the planet.


For details, visit or call (843) 374-0180.


Beer, Bacon & Music Festival

Bacon appetizers, bacon entrees, bacon desserts—Hilton Head Island chefs will be makin’ bacon for this new festival. Vote for your faves while sipping on craft brews and dancing to music from local bacon-loving bands. It’s a fundraiser at Shelter Cove Community Park for the HHI Recreation Association Children’s Scholarship Fund, so there’ll be a bounce house and other kid-sized fun, too. For details, visit or call (843) 681-7273.


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Colleton County Rice Festival

Rice is all wrapped up in Colleton County’s history, as this 40th annual festival proclaims. Special events include the brand-new Tour de Lowcountry bike ride, splashy competition by the popular Palmetto Dock Dogs, rising Nashville stars Gal Friday Band (above), Charleston’s PlaneJane, and a grand fireworks finale. For details, visit or call (843) 549-1079.


Quality deck lighting extends outdoor living space

Avoid the runway effect. Do-it-yourselfers tend to think that

every square inch of walking space should be covered in light. Not true, says Bornhorst, and there’s no need to frame the pathway with neat lines of opposing lights. He recommends asymmetric placement of soft lights over paths.

Illuminate the house. For a dramatic effect and useful illumination, try lighting the house. “Most people light landscape plants but forget to light the house,” he says. “Lighting a home’s exterior adds texture and silhouettes and interest in the architecture.” —craig springer

New WIRE scholarship application available

Visit to download the 2015 application.

One year ago, Summer Brown of

Fountain Inn read about the WIRE Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship in a South Carolina Living article. She applied, and just a few months later, the Laurens Electric Cooperative member was awarded a $2,500 scholarship to help her pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Wesleyan University. The WIRE scholarship offers a one-time financial boost each year to a woman who is an electric cooperative member, who has been out of school for several years and who is ready to complete her education. Along with Brown, WIRE also awarded a $2,500 scholarship last year to Katherine Farrell of Camden. A Lynches River Electric Cooperative member, Farrell used her scholarship to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Liberty University. Application forms are now available for the 2015 WIRE scholarship, which will be awarded to a woman who may not have been able to attend college after high school but now wants to further her education. WIRE (Women Involved in Rural Electrification, a community service organization affiliated with the electric

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Warm summer nights are perfect for entertaining friends and family on the deck or patio, but before you send out invitations and fire up the grill, consider a lighting makeover. Landscape lighting designer Jason Bornhorst offers these helpful hints. For more landscape Be subtle. Being “well lit” doesn’t mean lighting and decorating floodlights that are painful to look upon, options, turn to this and perish the thought of yellow bug month’s Smart Choice bulbs. Quality illumination is subtle column on page 14. illumination. People should be “walking through pools of ambient light on decks, porches and walkways,” Bornhorst says, likening the desired effect to a candlelight conversation. “You want soft lights cast downward against a wall or deck surface and just enough Attractive landscape lighting is subtle. Create pools of ambient light on walkways, and don’t forget to light the house. light to see your friends and family.”

Co-op members Katherine Farrell (left) and Summer Brown went back to college with the help of 2014 WIRE scholarships.

cooperatives in South Carolina) awards the scholarship based on financial need and personal goals. An applicant for the WIRE scholarship must: l be a member of a South Carolina electric cooperative l have graduated from high school or earned her GED at least 10 years ago l be accepted into an accredited S.C. college or university, and l demonstrate financial need and personal goals. Women who have previously obtained a four-year college degree are not eligible. Applicants may have previously earned a two-year degree or some college credits. The scholarship, which can be used for the

fall 2015 or spring 2016 semester, will be paid jointly to the winner and her college of choice. Applications are available at your local electric cooperative or by download from The deadline to apply is June 2. Mail your completed application to WIRE Scholarship Committee, Attention: Bobbie Cook, Aiken Electric Cooperative, Inc., P.O. Box 417, Aiken, SC 29802, or fax to (803) 641-8310.

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Bonus videos

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Man vs. rapid. Columbia white-water kayaking enthusiast Andrew Grizzell takes us on a bumpy ride down Mills Race rapids on the Saluda River. Shooting Bull Sluice. What happens when you strap a GoPro camera on the helmet of a kayaker and send him over a 10foot waterfall on the Chattooga River? Find out in this video. Kitchen knife knowhow. Chef Belinda demonstrates the most essential tools in a cook’s kitchen— good, sharp knives— in this two-part video. Visit food/chefbelinda. Ebola zapper. Turn to page 16 to read how Charleston physician Dr. Jeffery Deal invented a robot that kills the Ebola virus. Then read the story online to see the machine in action.

Safe digging starts by calling 811 From planting shrubs to building a fence, many outdoor projects require digging. This spring, South Carolina’s electric cooperatives and the Safe Electricity program ( remind you to call 811 before the shoveling begins. This simple step could prevent serious injury or even save your life. “Outdoor projects take planning and preparation,” says Molly Hall, executive director of the Energy Education Council and its Safe Electricity program. “Part of that preparation is planning to avoid underground utilities, and 811 helps both consumers and contractors to do this.” The 811 “Call Before Be safe, not sorry. Call 811 You Dig” number is a free, before you start your building or landscaping project. national line that was created to help prevent people from coming into contact with underground utility lines during digging projects. When you call, 811 routes you to your local electric co-op’s For more information about locating service. Make sure to 811 and electrical safety, visit tell the operator where you and plan to dig and what type of work you will be doing. From there, it takes a few business days for a professional to come mark your public utilities with flags or spray paint.


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studying for his written driver’s test. It reminds me of preparing for my own license exam in 1975 and the hot pursuit of my first car. When I landed my permit, I told Dad that I “deserved” to drive something other than the farm pickup, which, in retrospect, wasn’t all that bad. It was a double-cab Ford, complete with air horns that sounded like a Freightliner going through the middle of Clover. I had in mind a car that would make a statement about Mike, the new driver. I knew Dad would never go for a Corvette, but I was looking for something that would say, “This guy’s got style.” Imagine my shock when my first car turned out to be a 1962 Ford Thunderbird. Dad had purchased it from a friend whose elderly mother was no longer comfortable driving. The T-bird had its perks. It came with every option Ford offered in 1962, including leather seats and 14-speed windshield wipers. It also had a 390 V-8 engine that guzzled gasoline every time I turned the key. Remember, this was just two years after the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo. I worked hard to keep gas in that car at the thenexorbitant price of 57 cents a gallon (believe it or not). I cut grass at $2 per hour so I could afford to drive around on the weekends. It was my first exposure to the value of energy conservation and the real-world economics of transportation. Today, with gas in the $3-a-gallon range, millions of drivers face an entirely new set of economic realities when it comes to cars. Take electric vehicles, as an example. In 2010, the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf were the first of a new generation of practical, production-model electric cars. Just five years later, the market is filled with electric vehicles that run the gamut from compact commuter rides to family sedans to luxury roadsters that take full advantage of the head-snapping acceleration offered by electric motors. According to Brian Sloboda, an energy expert with the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, there are more than 215,000 electric vehicles on American roads today, and that

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number will continue to grow. A recent survey by Consumer Reports found that 60 percent of Americans will consider an electric vehicle when they make their next car purchase. What does owning an electric car say about the driver? Electric cars produce no greenhouse gas emissions, and a study by Navigant Research shows that electric motors are three times more efficient than internal-combustion engines, making electricity a cheaper fuel per mile traveled than gasoline. As prices fall, technology improves, and more new models hit dealer showrooms, consumers will buy electric cars for all the emotional and practical reasons they buy a gas-powered car today, but I believe the common thread will be the underlying personal statement, “This driver is smart.” For utilities, electric cars present challenges and opportunities. Daily charging of an electric vehicle can increase a home’s total electricity consumption 13 to 40 percent, depending on the miles driven. As electric cars become common, co-ops may have to upgrade their infrastructure, but they’ll also be able to work with members to improve service across the board. The massive batteries inside electric cars can store energy and help supply power to the home or back to the grid when needed. And if cars are routinely charged during the overnight off-peak hours between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., utilities will be able to fill in the gaps of the morning and evening demand spikes, effectively keeping electricity rates lower for all consumers. My son’s first car may or may not be electric (his mother and I are putting off that decision until he has a license in hand), but I’ll wager a set of hubcaps for a 1962 Ford Thunderbird that electric cars will definitely be a part of his—and every driver’s—future.

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Improve comfort by increasing thermal mass


I’ve read that increasing thermal mass can improve energy efficiency. What exactly does this mean? Is it something we can do when we remodel our older home?

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thermal mass to lose the heat stored from the daytime. Close the windows in the morning, and the cooled thermal mass absorbs heat coming in without causing the room temperature to rise as fast. You can increase the thermal mass in your house by selecting highmass, or heavier, materials and locating them throughout the home. Concentrate on rooms that generate heat or tend to overheat during the summer. If you are building a house or adding rooms, use heavy foam insulating sheathing on the outside of the wall framing. This allows the framing lumber to become part of the interior thermal mass. The thermal mass of various materials is rated by heat-capacity properties. For example, water has a high relative-heat capacity of 62.4 per cubic foot, compared to drywall at only 1.3 per cubic foot. Wet soil rates about 55, concrete is about 31, brick is about 27, and stone/tile ranges from 18 to 36, depending on type. Their natural thermal properties, in addition to their densities, determine

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Dense building materials such as ceramic tile, synthetic stone, and fabricated quartz countertops increase your home’s indoor thermal mass due to their ability to retain heat energy.

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Increasing the thermal mass means increasing the ability of materials in your home to retain heat energy. This can be done anytime, but it is ideal when remodel­ ing. Plus, many of these improvements are quite attractive. The concept of increasing thermal mass means having your house’s structure and interior objects absorb and hold as much heat energy as possible. The heavier the items in your home— for example, slate flooring or brick interior walls—the more mass there is to better absorb heat. As outdoor temperatures change, thermal mass helps moderate indoor temperature swings to improve comfort and efficiency. Thermal mass can save energy in your home by reducing indoor temperature swings during winter months—less heat is lost through the walls and windows. This is particularly true in rooms where heat is generated, such as the kitchen, bathroom, or rooms with large, south-facing windows. On cold winter days, heat generated by the HVAC system is absorbed by the home’s thermal mass. At night, heat is released to warm the home. The greater the mass, the more it will keep the home comfortable. During summer months, high thermal mass can help keep rooms cooler and delay the need for the air conditioner to kick on in the morning and throughout the daytime. Unless high humidity is an issue, opening windows at night and running a whole-house or window fan allows the

the above relative numbers. As you remodel, opt for heavier materials over lighter ones where you can. Installing dark, ceramic-tile flooring near a door or window provides an excellent source of thermal mass. A decorative brick wall works well in a room with a fireplace or large windows. Heavy granite or slate counter­tops in a kitchen or wooden floors can also be a good source for thermal mass. Even the damp soil in large potted plants can store heat, while the plants naturally purify indoor air. Old milk jugs full of water, stored under cabinets and near your heating system, will also increase thermal mass. 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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In the center of a hospital room, looking like R2D2’s taller, slimmer cousin, the robot radiates a bluish light. In just minutes, it delivers its deadly blow. Waves of ultraviolet C radiation attack the DNA of bacteria lurking on bedrails, nightstands and doorknobs, sterilizing every hard surface. “This thing kills everything,” Dr. Jeffery Deal says of the TRU‑D (total room ultraviolet disinfector), an automated disinfection system on wheels. “Nothing survives this wavelength, if you put adequate doses there. Nothing.” A self-described poor country boy from Toccoa, Ga., Deal was educated in South Carolina and practiced otolaryngology in Charleston until the loss of vision in one eye forced him to give up surgeries. He turned his attention to medical missions in war-ravaged South Sudan, earning a master’s in anthropology and board certification in tropical medicine to better equip himself for that work. He invented TRU-D to battle germs and drug-resistant superbugs that can plague hospitals. The robots are being used in operating rooms, intensive-care units and burn wards across the U.S., Canada and Europe. Last summer, in the midst of a frightening global health crisis, the question arose: Could TRU‑D kill Ebola? It can. At its lowest setting, TRU‑D delivers a dosage of UVC light 1,000 times more powerful than what is needed to kill Ebola. In August, the Memphis company that distributes the devices, TRU‑D SmartUVC Room Disinfection, donated two robots to Ebola treatment units in Liberia. Deal spent two weeks in Monrovia, training staff there to use TRU-D and treating patients. “We weren’t thinking about Ebola when we built this thing,” says Deal, who developed TRU‑D with his brother, David, a physicist and industrial hygienist, and Phil Ufkes, a Hanahan engineer. “It’s God’s providence,” Deal says. “It’s almost like it was designed for this moment in time.” —DIANE VETO PARHAM

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Cast-iron creations

Cast-iron cookware can be a versatile kitchen tool. It holds heat well, allowing more even heating. A wellseasoned cast-iron pan is affordable, nonstick and long-lasting—it can be passed down for generations. Today’s preseasoned castiron cookware comes in assorted shapes and sizes for use in the oven, on the stovetop or on the outdoor grill. They’re also great serving vessels for the recipes below.


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H cup cornmeal (preferably stone-ground) H cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1 H tablespoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda H teaspoon salt H jalapeno pepper, minced 2 scallions, minced (white and light-green parts) 1 cup buttermilk 1 large egg 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


Preheat oven to 400 F. In a large mixing bowl, mix together dry ingredients (cornmeal through salt). Add the jalapeno pepper and scallions. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the buttermilk, egg and melted butter. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and thoroughly combine. Spray a cast-iron corn-stick mold with cooking spray, and heat in the oven for 10 minutes. Fill the mold with the cornmeal mixture, almost to the top of each depression. Bake until the tops are golden brown, approximately 15 minutes. To remove from pan, loosen the sides with a small spatula. Place a wire rack over the mold and invert onto the rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

1 H pounds ground beef or ground lamb 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 ½ pounds potatoes H teaspoon freshly ground black pepper G cup heavy cream 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 teaspoon tomato paste ¾ teaspoon kosher salt G teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 cup beef stock 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce FILLING 2 teaspoons freshly chopped parsley 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme 1 cup chopped onion leaves 1 large carrot, peeled and diced small H cup corn kernels 2 cloves garlic, minced H cup frozen English peas

Preheat oven to 375 F. Peel the potatoes and dice into ½-inch cubes. Place in a medium saucepan, and add enough water to cover. Set on medium-high heat, cover and bring to a boil. Decrease heat; simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the cream and butter together. Drain the potatoes in a colander and return to the hot pan to evaporate excess water. Use a food mill or potato ricer to process the potatoes, or use a masher. Add the warmed milk mixture, salt and pepper; continue mashing until smooth. Keep warm. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add onion and carrot, and saute 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook an additional minute. Add the beef, salt and pepper, and cook until browned, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle meat with flour, and stir to coat; continue cooking for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste, stock, Worcestershire sauce, parsley and thyme, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the sauce thickens, 5 to 10 minutes. Add the corn and peas. Spread the beef mixture evenly in a cast-iron or other baking dish, about 11 by 7 by 2 inches. Top with the mashed potatoes, starting around the edges to create a seal to prevent the mixture from bubbling up. Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 30 minutes or until the potatoes begin to brown. Remove from oven, and cool on a rack for 20 minutes before serving. 18

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3–4 pears 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice G cup light brown sugar 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice (or combination) Pinch of salt J cup water H cup dried cherries 1 9-inch pie crust (your favorite recipe or store‑bought) 1 tablespoon honey

Preheat oven to 375 F. In a medium-sized bowl, combine eggs, milk, salt, pepper, basil and hot sauce. Set aside. In a 9- or 10-inch cast-iron or ovenproof skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat, and saute the onion and broccoli 3 to 5 minutes. Add spinach and mushrooms, and cook an additional 3 minutes, stirring gently. (Add olive oil, if needed.) If desired, add precooked meat and/or potatoes at this time. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add egg mixture. Cook until the edges of the egg mixture start to separate from the sides of the pan, about 5 minutes. Do not stir. Add cheese to the top of the frittata, and put pan in the oven. Cook for 10 minutes or until the eggs are set.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Peel, core and slice pears into ¼-inch slices. In a medium-sized, non-reactive bowl, toss pear slices with lemon juice to prevent browning. Add brown sugar, cornstarch, spice, salt, water and cherries, and toss until pears are evenly coated. Lay the pie crust in a small (6 to 8 inches) cast-iron skillet. Mound pear mixture into center of pie crust, leaving 2 inches of crust as a border. Gently fold the border over the pears. Bake for 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven. In a small bowl, combine the honey with ¼ teaspoon boiling water to make a glaze. Brush glaze over top and sides of tart. W h at Õ s C oo k i n g at

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6 eggs G cup milk Salt and pepper, to taste H teaspoon dried basil J teaspoon hot sauce 2 tablespoons olive oil (more, if needed) 1 small red onion, chopped (about 1 cup) 2 cups fresh broccoli, chopped into small florets 2 cups fresh baby spinach 1 cup mushrooms, sliced Precooked ham or bacon (optional) Precooked diced potatoes (optional) ½ cup Swiss cheese, grated or shredded


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Patience pays with strawberry plants Much like tomatoes, home-

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grown strawberries have flavor you won’t find at the supermarket. The sweetness of backyard berries simply isn’t possible in fruit that must be shipped long distances and stored on grocery shelves. If you’ve visited a strawberry farm, you’ve probably seen strawberries growing in rows of black plastic. Known as the annual hill system, this high-input method allows commercial growers to produce strawberries as an annual crop— planted in fall, harvested in spring, then removed. But to grow them as perennials that can produce for several years, home gardeners should opt for the older—but slower— matted row system. In the matted row system, planting takes place in spring, and harvests begin a year later. This system tends to be more successful in the Upstate and Midlands than in the coastal plain, where it is susceptible to certain diseases. March and April are good months to plant matted-row strawberries,

Best S.C. berries Maximize your berry-growing success by choosing varieties adapted to your region. The most fruitful options for South Carolina are called “June-bearing” (confusing, since they bear in April to May for us). Don’t be tempted by the “ever-bearing” and “day-neutral” types, with their catalog claims for continuous harvest—most were bred for Northern climates and struggle in our summer heat. Here is a short list of varieties that will perform in your backyard.


if you have a site ready to plant. Otherwise, plan to spend this year preparing next spring’s strawberry bed. Select a full-sun location, and avoid wet sites—strawberries don’t like poorly drained soils. Consider planting in raised beds or planters on heavier soils. Avoid sites where strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or potatoes have grown in the last five years, due to the threat of the soil-borne disease verticillium wilt. With your site selected, get your soil tested for pH and nutrient

recommendations. Straw­ berries perform best with a soil pH of 6.0 to 6.5 and will adapt to sandy or clay soils, but adding organic matter will benefit any strawberry bed. Rotted leaves, compost, pine bark fines and peat moss are all good amendments. Till them into the soil, along with lime applications, in the fall. But wait until next spring, just before planting, to add other recommended nutrients. Next, choose a strawberry variety suited to your region (see “Best S.C. berries”), and order ­certified disease-free plants in time for spring planting. Typically, these come in bundles of 25 bare-root plants, enough for a 75-square-foot bed. A week or two before planting, till your soil again and add any recommended fertilizers. Space your plants 24 inches apart, in rows 36 inches apart. Don’t worry if it looks sparse—runners will quickly fill the bed. Spread the plants’ roots out well, and cover them so crowns are just above the soil surface—proper planting depth is critical (see illustration of proper planting depth). Water


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Good disease resistance; high marks for flavor; may be best all-around variety for S.C.



A day-neutral type with some heat tolerance; may bear second crop in fall; good-quality berries

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Large fruited; excellent for fresh eating


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Large fruited; good quality; needs a second variety for pollination


Upstate and Midlands

Good disease resistance; large berries

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Heat-tolerant, vigorous plants with heavy yields

Soon after planting, your new plants will try to flower, but don’t let them. Too deep Just right Too shallow

Proper planting depth for strawberries is essential. If planted too deep, with the leaf stems and crown buried, the plant will rot. Planting too shallow, with the tops of the roots exposed, will cause the plant to dry out and die.

Remove mulch and covers during warm spells as the plants resume growth, and remove entirely once the threat of frost has passed. Once you finally taste the fruits of success, take steps to keep the bounty coming. Early-summer chores include thinning your beds to reduce crowdOpen strawberry flowers are sensitive to a late freeze or frost and should be covered for protection. ing, leaving the strongest ­daughter plants in place, and fertilization. summer heat and help keep the area Detailed guides for the best methods weed free. Keep the plants well irrican be found at Clemson Extension’s Home & Garden Information Center gated the first year. Side-dress with a calcium nitrate fertilizer a month after at Your persistence will pay off, year after year, in healthy, planting, then again between Aug. 15 abundant berries. and Sept. 15. Strawberry flowers come early in our state, so in late winter, be alert to S. CORY TANNER is an area horticulture a freeze or frost, which can damage agent and Master Gardener coordinaopen flowers. Protect your plants tor for Clemson Extension based in on cold nights with a couple inches Greenville County. Contact him at of straw or row covers over plants.

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well to settle the soil around the roots. Soon after planting, your new plants will try to flower, but don’t let them. You must remove all of the first year’s flower buds. A full, healthy bed is vital to future yields, and fruiting the first year will interfere with root and runner establishment. Be patient—your labors will be sweetly rewarded the next spring. Mulching beds with clean straw will conserve moisture, insulate soil from

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e’re gliding along the Chattooga River through a scenic mountain gorge on the South Carolina-Georgia border, headed into the teeth of Bull Sluice—a 10-foot waterfall and class-IV-plus rapid—when suddenly the boat begins to pick up speed as the roar of the falls rises in our ears. We all know this means we’re past the point of no return, and that realization causes us to grip our paddles with white-knuckled determination and strain to hear our river guide, Mia McDonald, who is grinning as she steers us toward our fate. “All forward!” McDonald yells confidently. “All forward!” We dig in, paddling furiously, trying to give our boat the extra momentum it needs to crash nose first into the frothy cataract of white water below without spinning and tossing us all into the drink. At the lip of the falls, McDonald screams, “Get down!” and we fall backward into the raft, hunkering together so that we look, I think, like a frightened family in a tornado bunker. For a moment, the roar of the falls deafens into a kind of silence, and the raft seems suspended in air. I know there are things happening—water splashing in sunlight, paddle blades scraping against each other, the thud of my knees against the neoprene raft—but it all seems to unfold in a languid slow motion. And then we crash.

Rafting the Chattooga

When I began to map my summer road trip to explore the best white-water adventures within easy driving distance of South Carolina, rafting the Chattooga was The author, second from top in the raft, valiantly tries to snap a photo of the moment his crew topples over Bull Sluice on the Chattooga River.

at the top of the list. Made famous by the book and movie Deliverance, the river offers wet-and-wild adventures for everyone from the first-time rafter to the top kayakers. When you sign up for a Chattooga rafting trip with Wildwater rafting company, of Long Creek, your adventure starts at their outpost on the grounds of the former Long Creek Academy. It is a rustic, scaled-down summer camp with a canteen, a zip line, and two old, wooden houses that are home to some 35 river guides during the paddling season. On the day I visit, customers are milling about, nervous and excited, including my rafting companions, the Cross family of Buffalo, N.Y. Rafting the Chattooga, mom Melissa Cross says, is “something we’ve always wanted to do. We’re Christmas-Day excited.” Rapids in the eastern U.S. are classified on a I–VI scale, according to three criteria: the gradient drop, the technicality of making it successfully through the rapid, and the consequences if you don’t pull it off successfully. Our half-day “mini-trip” will take us 13 miles downriver through a series of beginner-friendly rapids but ending at the infamous Bull Sluice. Rafting guides take pride in not dumping anyone out, and though we make it easily through the first two sets of rapids, bumping along through Swimmers and spinning through 8-Ball Ledge, 10-year-old Gabriel Cross goes flying out of the boat in 8-Ball Rapid. “That was a bit scary,” he says later as we eat a rafting lunch—hummus, GORP, pita bread, cheese and juice laid out on an overturned raft. “Here I am holding onto the strap, and the boat is pummeling me. l l   | April 2015   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


And I just jumped and flew back into the raft.” “It’s all fun and games until the raft runs over your son,” his mother says, laughing. But the thing about white water, like most adventure sports, is that you have to forget about the last challenge and concentrate on the next one. So we make our way after lunch through Kick in the Butt, Pain in the Butt, George Washington’s Nose and Surprise—the names of class I, II and III rapids passed down by guides of yore. Then it’s time for the big one. Paddling hard toward the lip of Bull Sluice, my mind races through the worst-case scenario—the raft hitting an

unexpected rock and launching me out as though I were on a spring. The cold water. The underwater panic. The dark current sucking me under. But when the moment comes, we nail it. The boat launches over the edge and dives into the churn below, just the way McDonald told us it would. Cold water splashes across my face, and time begins to speed up again. There are cheers, high fives with the paddles, and a scramble to get the boat over to the shore and watch the next raft give it a shot. Even though she does it every day, sometimes multiple times a day, the experience still gives McDonald a thrill. “The river never gets boring,” she says. “When you’re out there, all you’re thinking about is the river. It’s really nice to be fully possessed by something.”

The National Whitewater Center

Rafting is the easy way into white-water adventure, offering all the thrills but also the security of a big, inflatable boat, a guide to do the steering and multiple hands to do the paddling. When it comes to white-water kayaking, however, it’s all up to the individual to read the water, steer a course and power the boat. That’s why my trip included a day-long kayaking course at the National Whitewater Center, located just across the South Carolina-North Carolina border near Charlotte. Part amusement park, part training center, part rapids factory, the center is a concrete behemoth that hosts 700,000 visitors a year and 4,000 visitors on a typical

Before they take guests over the Bull Sluice waterfall, rafting companies stop at this rocky outcrop (above left) to watch other boats give it a go. The journey leading up to the falls (left) takes rafters through beautiful scenery and a series of beginner-friendly class-II and class-III rapids.

‘The river never gets boring. ... It’s really nice to be fully possessed by something.’ —River guide Mia McDonald


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Charlotte’s National Whitewater Center (top) is an outdooradventure theme park, complete with man-made rapids as thrilling as any found in nature. It’s also a training center where instructors like Jim Dando (green kayak at left) teach beginners the art of white-water kayaking.

summer Saturday. It is, by all measures, a bona fide recreational compound, featuring zip lines, hiking trails, ropes courses, stand-up paddle boards, climbing walls and restaurants, all in addition to miles of man-made whitewater channels that snake around the place. On most mornings, the channels are as still as puddles until 10:30 a.m., when they turn on 680-horsepower pumps to send water coursing throughout the park. Then a host of rafting guides begin shoving their boats into the water and taking throngs of campers and tourists on wet-and-wild rides. Ah, those white-water guides—that special breed of confidence and arm tone, lovers of craft beer, drivers of midsize pickup trucks, debaters of the merits of new-school Chaco sandal versus old-school Teva—so often college-aged, dreadlocked, sporting worn-in and stickered gear. There is no group quite like them. The National Whitewater Center employs about 200, and for my private white-water kayaking lesson, they give me the patient and skilled Jim Dandro, whose second job (you guessed it) is starting his own brewery, Rivermen Brewing. On land, he gears me up—a brand-new Wave Sport Recon 93 white-water kayak, a snug personal flotation

device (PFD), a 27-inch paddle, a red ­helmet, and a neoprene skirt that won’t allow any water into the cockpit. I’m not sure if I look like a ­paddler or a bumbling aquatic villain in a comic book. In the water, we practice the basic white-water kayaking techniques, including wet exits (a maneuver that gets you out of the boat when it flips over) and edging (a technique that allows paddlers to cross a current without capsizing or being shot downstream). The wet exit, even in the lukewarm water of the park, comes as a shock. You purposefully flip the kayak, experiencing for a moment something like underwater vertigo, but then you tap your hands on the boat, and, if no one is close enough to flip you over, you push yourself out of the boat and up to the surface, gasping for air. Once you get all that down, well, then it’s time to shoot your first rapid. We portage our kayaks to a ledge overlooking the gentlest class-I run at the complex—Kitchen Sink. A group of kids in the water makes it look easy, edging out into the current and then peeling out and needling through the rapid like old pros. Dandro scouts our line, the path we will take through the churning water, and then we swim it, feeling for where the current is going to take us. “You won’t capsize,” Dandro promises, “as long as you put your paddle in the water.” I make it through the first rapid just fine, but then I let my boat get too sideways, and I follow my instincts rather than my instruction. My instincts are to balance myself by rocking my torso, rather than digging in with the paddle. l l   | April 2015   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


Sure enough, I capsize. “Despite that mistake,” Dandro says, grinning and helping me drain almost 90 gallons of water from the kayak, “you’re a strong paddler, and I still think you can make it through the Entrance Exam.” Ah, the Entrance Exam—NWC’s class-II gateway rapid. Dandro points out the line we’ll take, emphasizing that we want to hit the water where it makes a V. “You’ll need to put your paddle in the water this time and take strong strokes to get through it,” he says. Tucking in behind Dandro, following his lead, I hit it right on the V and paddle hard to clear the rapid with a sense of vengeance and triumph.

Kayaking the Saluda

For the last stop of my journey, I meet up with Columbia white-water enthusiast Andrew Grizzell, a Mid-Carolina

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Man vs. rapid: Ride along with Columbia paddler Andrew Grizzell as he shoots through Mills Race rapid on the Saluda River.

Shooting Bull Sluice: Take the plunge over the infamous waterfall on the Chattooga River without even getting wet.


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‘I’m pretty much addicted to white water. My life revolves around it.’ —White-water enthusiast Andrew Grizzell

Electric Cooperative member with more than 20 years of paddling experience. “I’m pretty much addicted to white water,” Grizzell says when we shake hands at River Runner Outdoor Center. “My life revolves around it. People will say, ‘Let’s go on a vacation to Europe,’ and I’m like, ‘What are we going to do there? Sip wine? Where can we go paddling?’ ” He certainly looks the part—the long, black beard, the Costa del Mar sunglasses he wears even indoors, the pickup with the “Redneck Rafter” bumper sticker, and a truck bed full of white-water kayaks. He acts the part, too, hosting local kayaking competitions, including the Ice Man, a winter race, and the Saluda Shootout, a four-part series in the summer. The proceeds go to the local charity Canoeing for Kids. When he’s not paddling, he’s working for the City of Columbia as a park ranger, usually down on the canal, often in a boat. The rapids of choice for Midlands white-water paddlers are called Mills Race, an extended stretch of class-II and class-III cataracts on the southern end of the Saluda River, located conveniently off I-126 in the shadow of downtown Columbia and across from Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. Although access from the zoo parking lot has been shut down, local kayakers like Grizzell have worked out a deal with a nearby law firm to secure private access near the put-in. To paddle or float the Saluda is a special experience, because you get impressive views of the city skyline, as well as wildlife—bald eagles, ospreys, snakes, turtles. Its flow rate is determined by how much water gets released from the Lake Murray dam, and on the day we’re set to go paddling, the river is running around 2,800 cubic feet per second, a moderately good flow for a summer’s afternoon. We shoulder our kayaks from the gated parking lot to the put-in, and as we shove off into the river, Grizzell offers a piece of familiar advice. “As long as you’re paddling, you should be fine.” We paddle upstream and peel out, heading straight into one of the state’s best rapids—made so by an old cofferdam from the Civil War. “All right,” Grizzell says. “Follow right behind me.” He leads the way into the roiling water, and there’s an enviable smoothness in the way he zigzags through the rocks. I’m digging in, trying to follow his line, the spray hitting my face. I back paddle to pivot, scraping by a ­triangular rock jutting out of the water. The moment, as it was at Bull Sluice, is nearly hypnotic and slow, though

Expert white-water paddler Andrew Grizzell leads writer Hastings Hensel through Mills Race rapids on the Saluda River (above). Hensel made it through his first run of the class-II and class-III rapids and celebrated by capsizing in the calm water just downstream.

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I can feel the rocks scraping the bottom of the boat. And then we’re through it. Yes, by God, I’ve made it through the Mills Race rapids, and I’m smiling and nodding at Grizzell as we peel out into the flat water behind several large boulders. It’s a beautiful day, and this is just wonderful, but then it happens. I cross the eddy line of a current, the boat begins to tip, and instead of putting my paddle blade in the water to steady myself, I try to balance with my body, forgetting for a moment all that I’ve learned. The next thing I know, I’m capsized and pulling another wet exit. As I swim the kayak to shore, Grizzell muffles his laughter. “That’s about the first time that boat’s been swimming,” he says. When I ask him if that’s a bad thing, if my mistake has somehow cursed or tainted his boat, he laughs again. “Oh, no, man,” he says by way of reassurance. “One thing about being a kayaker is that you’ve got to always be ready to swim.”

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Calendar  of Events UPSTATE

1–2 • Mayberry Comes to Westminster, downtown, APRIL Westminster. (864) 647-5316. 15–25 • Clemson Blues 1–3 • Spring Fling, downtown, Festival, multiple locations, Spartanburg. (864) 596-3105. Clemson area. (864) 650-0585. 2 • Tamassee Craft Brew 16–18 • Stone Soup Storytelling Celebration, Keowee Towne Festival, multiple locations, Market, Salem. (864) 557-6168. Woodruff. (864) 476-8770. 2 • Sunday Dinner Cooking Class 16–19 • Blue Wall Birding with Carol Bozarth, Hagood Festival, Table Rock Lodge, Mill Historic Site and Folklife Pickens. (864) 878-9813. Center, Pickens. (864) 898-2936. 17–18 • Azalea Festival, 2 • Step into Spring Craft Show downtown, Pickens. (864) 507-0180. Extravaganza, Lexington Middle 17–18 • Hub City Hog Fest, Grain School, Lexington. (803) 553-4912. District, Spartanburg. (864) 921-1587. 2 • Pops Concert by the Foothills 17–19 • French Heritage Philharmonic, J. Harley Bonds Festival, multiple locations, Career Center, Greer. (864) 268-8743. Abbeville. (864) 942-2850. 2 • Reedy River Duck Derby, 18 • Gourd Fest, Ghost Creek Falls Park on the Reedy River, Gourd Farm, Laurens. (864) 682-5251. Greenville. (864) 235-2293. 18 • SHA Horse Show, Croft State 8 • Blue Ridge Fest, Blue Park, Spartanburg. (864) 384-0012. Ridge Electric Cooperative, Pickens. (800) 240-3400. 18 • Native American Artifact Identification Day, Laurens 8–10 • Artisphere, multiple County Historic Courthouse, locations, Greenville. (864) 271-9398. Laurens. (864) 430-7563. 8–17 • The Fair @ Heritage 18 • Iron City Festival, downtown, Park, Main Street, Simpsonville. Blacksburg. (864) 839-6006. (864) 296-6601. 18 • Goodwill Mud Run, SC-TAC 8–17 • “The Music Man,” (formerly Donaldson Center), Chapman Cultural Center, Greenville. (877) 538-7975. Spartanburg. (864) 542-2787. 18 • Kelley’s Kure 8K and 5K, 9 • Clemson Triathlon, Clemson Heritage Park, Simpsonville. University Beach and Recreation (864) 979-6432. Area, Clemson. (864) 420-5169. 19 • Seek & Snap, downtown, 9 • Mushroom Cultivation Greenville. (864) 608-9819. Workshop, Mushroom Mountain Farm, Easley. (864) 855-2469. 23–May 3 • Great Anderson County Fair, Anderson Sports 9 • Ecosystems on the and Entertainment Center, Homestead, Hagood Mill Anderson. (864) 296-6601. Historic Site and Folklife Center, Pickens. (864) 898-2936. 24 • “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Ballet Spartanburg, 15–16 • Mayfest Art of Chapman Cultural Center, Living Festival, downtown, Spartanburg. (864) 583-0339. Walhalla. (864) 638-2727. 24 • GAMAC Masterworks ONGOING concert, Boulevard Baptist Daily through April 28 • Dwight Church, Anderson. (864) 231-6147. Rose Exhibit, Chapman Cultural 25 • Railroad Festival, downtown, Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542-2787. Central. (864) 654-1200. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 25 • Spring Means through May 14 • “A Look Babies, Split Creek Farm, Back at the Carolina Blues,” Anderson. (864) 287-3921. Pickens County Museum, Pickens. (864) 898-5963. 25 • Firing on Fort Sumter: The Opening Ball, American Legion Hall at Duncan Park, MIDLANDS Spartanburg. (864) 599-1947. APRIL 25–26 • Revolutionary War Encampment, Musgrove Mill State 10–19 • “Skippyjon Jones in History Site, Clinton. (864) 938-0100. Cirque de Ole,” Columbia Children’s Theatre, Columbia. (803) 691-4548. 30–May 2 • Spring Festival, 11–15 • Columbia Open Historic Downtown Square, Studios, multiple locations, Abbeville. (864) 366-5021. Columbia area. (803) 779-4571. 30–May 3 • Piedmont 15 • Walk a Mile in Her Plant and Flower Festival, Shoes, S.C. State House, Greenville State Farmers Market, Columbia. (803) 790-8208. Greenville. (864) 244-4023. 15–19 • Indie Grits Film MAY Fest, multiple locations, 1–2 • Greer Family Fest, Columbia. (803) 254-8234. downtown, Greer. (864) 877-3131.


Go to for more information and for guidelines on submitting your event. Please confirm information before attending events. 16 • Advocacy Day for Access and Independence, S.C. State House, Columbia. (803) 779-5121. 16 • Girls Night Out, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia. (803) 779-3100. 16–19 • Midlands Plant and Flower Festival, S.C. State Farmers Market, West Columbia. (803) 734-0648. 16–25 • Come-See-Me Festival, multiple locations, Rock Hill. (800) 681-7635. 18 • “Suffering and Heartbreaks Caused by the American Civil War,” Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, Ehrhardt. (803) 267-3675. 18 • Spring Plant Sale, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia. (803) 779-8717. 18 • Spring Hill Derby Day Run, Spring Hill High School, Chapin. (803) 476-8711. 18 • Earth Day Celebration on the Greenway, Dairy Barn, Fort Mill. (803) 547-4575. 18 • Curing Kids Cancer Fire Truck Pull, Columbia Fire Department & Museum, Columbia. (803) 238-1920. 18 • OlympiaFest, corner of Whaley and Wayne streets, Columbia. (803) 237-1793. 18 • Jillian’s Cure Superhero 5K, Eli Mack Room and Virginia Hylton Park, Lexington. (803) 979-3258. 18 • Taste of Blackville, downtown, Blackville. (803) 284-2444. 18–19 • Columbia International Festival, State Fairgrounds, Columbia. (803) 799-3452. 18–19 • Colonial Times: Under the Crown & Colonial Trades Fair, Living History Park, North Augusta. (803) 279-7560. 21 • “Eliza Lucas Pinckney: Whim, Schemes & Projects,” Elloree Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, Elloree. (803) 897-2225. 23 • McDaniels Golf Classic Auction, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia. (803) 434-2818. 23 • Contemporaries Oyster Roast, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia. (803) 343-2197. 23 • Wine, Women & Shoes, Stone River, West Columbia. (803) 254-0118. 25 • Sparkleberry Country Fair, Clemson University Sandhill Research & Education Center, Columbia. (803) 920-1621. 25 • Striped Bass Festival, Courthouse Square, Manning. (803) 435-4405.

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25 • Bike with a Ranger, Lee State Park, Bishopville. (803) 428-4988. 25 • Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler, Finlay Park, Columbia. (803) 731-2100. 25 • Kid’s Day, Virginia Hylton Park, Lexington. (803) 356-8554. 25 • Strawberry Festival, Our Lady of Peace School, North Augusta. (803) 279-8396. 25 • Walk MS, Riverfront Park, Columbia. (704) 943-2334. 25–26 • SummerFun Horseshoe Tournament, Marion Davis Park, Newberry. (803) 321-1015. 26 • Concertos & Cupcakes, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Irmo. (803) 400-3540. 30–May 2 • Humanities Festival, multiple locations, Camden. (803) 771-2477. 30–May 3 • Black Cowboy Festival, Greenfield Farm, Rembert. (803) 499-9658. MAY

1–2 • S.C. Strawberry Festival, Walter Y. Elisha Park, Fort Mill. (803) 547-2116. 1–2 • Allendale County Cooter Fest, multiple locations, Allendale. (803) 584-4619. 1–3 • Orangeburg Festival of Roses, Edisto Memorial Gardens, Orangeburg. (803) 534-6821. 1–3 • Love for a Cure Tennis Tournament, Lexington County Tennis Complex, Lexington. (803) 957-7676. 1–16 • “Other Desert Cities,” Trustus Theatre, Columbia. (803) 254-9732. 2 • Arts on the Ridge, Cotton Yard, Ridgeway. (803) 337-2213. 2 • Doll & Toy Show, S.C. State Fairgrounds, Columbia. (803) 783-8049. 2 • Johnston Peach Blossom Festival, downtown, Johnston. (803) 275-2345. 5–7 • Culinary Camp with Chef Laurie, Santee State Park, Santee. (803) 854-2408. 8–9 • Bluegrass Festival, Aiken County Fairgrounds, Aiken. (803) 640-9287. 9 • Comedian Etta May, USC Lancaster Bundy Auditorium, Lancaster. (803) 289-1486. 9–10 • Palmetto Paint Horse Show, S.C. Equine Park, Camden. (803) 983-0366. 15–16 • Aiken Garden Show, Aiken County Historical Museum, Aiken. (803) 641-6777.

15–16 • Red Rose Festival, downtown, Lancaster. (803) 286-8414. 15–16 • Birdfest, Pineland Farm, Panola. (803) 452-5800. 15–17 • S.C. Book Festival, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia. (803) 771-2477. ONGOING

Daily through May 10 • “From Here to Timbuktu,” EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia. (803) 779-3100.


16 • Taste of Darlington, Darlington Raceway, Darlington. (843) 332-6559. 16–18 • S.C. BBQ Shag Festival, Hemingway Recreational Facility, Hemingway. (843) 687-2240. 16–18 • Puddin’ Swamp Festival, multiple locations, Turbeville. (843) 659-2781. 16–19 • Charleston Race Week, Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, Charleston. (843) 628-5900. 17–18 • Omar Shriners Smoke on the Beach, Sea Mist Hotel, Myrtle Beach. (843) 971-0131. 17–19 • East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival, James Island County Park, Charleston. (843) 795-4386. 17–19 • Charleston In-Water Boat Show, Bristol Marina & Brittlebank Park, Charleston. (864) 250-9713. 17–26 • Society of Stranders Spring Safari, multiple locations, North Myrtle Beach. (803) 366-5506. 18 • Soft Shell Crab Festival, Paris Avenue, Port Royal. (843) 592-1892. 18 • Spring Jam Music Fest, The Grove at Patriots Point, Mount Pleasant. (843) 412-6122. 18 • Wings-n-Wheels, Lowcountry Regional Airport, Walterboro. (843) 549-2549. 18–19 • Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild Art in the Park, Valor Park, Myrtle Beach. (843) 446-3830. 18–26 • Colleton County Rice Festival, Washington and Hampton Streets, Walterboro. (843) 549-1079. 22–25 • Myrtle Beach International Film Festival, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. (843) 497-0220. 24 • Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival, Memorial Waterfront Park, Mount Pleasant. (843) 884-8517. 24–May 2 • ArtFields, multiple locations, Lake City. (843) 374-0180. 25 • Ground Zero Dragon Boat Festival, Grand Park, Myrtle Beach. (843) 945-9440.

25 • Celebrate Main Street, downtown, Dillon. (843) 774-0040. 25 • North American Quilling Guild Conference, Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, Myrtle Beach. (843) 236-4545. 25 • Putting for Parkinson’s, Wescott Golf Club, North Charleston. (843) 670-8462. 25 • Socastee Heritage Festival, Socastee Swing Bridge, Myrtle Beach. (843) 458-1461. 25 • Spring Festival & Outdoor Expo, downtown, Loris. (843) 756-6030. 25–26 • Art Market at Historic Honey Horn, Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island. (843) 689-6767. 26 • Old Village Home, Garden & Art Tour, Edwards Park, Mount Pleasant. (843) 764-2323, ext. 386. 26 • Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival, Memorial Waterfront Park, Mount Pleasant. (843) 884-8517. MAY

1 • Relay for Life, Park West Recreation Complex, Mount Pleasant. (843) 744-1922. 1–2 • A Taste of Beaufort, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Beaufort. (843) 525-6644. 1–3 • Charleston Insiders’ Weekend, historic downtown, Charleston. (843) 805-2300. 1–3 • Hilton Head Island Boat Show, Windmill Harbour Marina, Hilton Head Island. (843) 812-5802. 1–9 • North Charleston Arts Festival, multiple locations, North Charleston. (843) 740-5854. 1–31 • Military Appreciation Days, multiple locations, Myrtle Beach. (843) 918-1014. 2 • Annual Sheep Shearing, Middleton Place, Charleston. (843) 556-6020. 2 • Dragon Boat Festival, Brittlebank Park, Charleston. (843) 324-9505. 8–17 • Spring Bike Rally, multiple locations, Grand Strand area. (336) 643-1367. 9 • Mayfest on Main Festival, Main Street, North Myrtle Beach. (843) 280-5570. 9 • Bluffton Village Festival, Old Town Bluffton. (843) 815-2277. ONGOING

Daily through May 3 • Society of Bluffton Artists Exhibition Featuring Joy Hermann, SOBA Gallery, Bluffton. (843) 757-6586. Tuesdays through Sundays, through April 23 • “Laurie Blum: My Inner Garden,” Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-2510.


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Fifty shades of sea foam When the phone rings

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out of an extra­terrestrial swamp. Apparently, she’d been testing a new brand of color that turned out much darker than her regular shade, so she followed it up with a peroxide rinse and more color. Now she had a full-fledged rainbow riot going, plus a few Kelly Osbourne-lavender strands sprinkled in. It was pretty scary. “You don’t need me. You need a chemist,” I said. “Too bad there’s not a 911 number for hair emergencies like this.” Actually, there is. Stacie spent most of the night on the phone with them, but her problems had only gotten worse. This was right up there with the time she waxed her legs together and had to hop around for a week. We started searching the Web for answers. One site advised washing her hair with ketchup to cancel out the green tones. We used five bottles,

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but the green wouldn’t budge. Then we tried dish detergent and baking soda, like the next website suggested. That didn’t work either, although the tangerine parts seemed brighter. “How about a car wash?” I asked, as Stacie shot me one of her poison-dart looks. After five hours of color lifters, ash toners, dandruff shampoos and Murphy’s Oil Soap, I suggested the unthinkable: “Call your salon. Confess your sins and beg forgiveness. You can’t go through life impersonating Lady Gaga.” So we hid Stacie under a tarp and snuck her in the back door of her upscale salon, where her spurned colorist was waiting. We were expecting a lecture, but Lemar plopped her down in his chair and went right to work, no questions asked. He must handle so much DIY color correction that he doesn’t waste time getting cranky anymore. Pretty soon, Stacie’s mess looked like hair again. Blonde, without the calico highlights. “Remind me never do this again,” Stacie said, as she forked over $275, plus tip, for root rehab and structural repair. At those prices, if there is a next time, I’ll gladly paint her head. Jan a. igoe advises seeking professional help before performing chemistry experiments on your own head. But if you forget, share your disasters at

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