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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS Vol. 69 • No. 6 (ISSN 0047-486X, USPS 316-240) Read in more than 480,000 homes and businesses and published monthly except in December by The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. 808 Knox Abbott Drive Cayce, SC 29033

June 2015 • Volume 69, Number 6

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This Father’s Day, treat dad to a day on the water at Tara Hall Paddle Fest. Plus: Co-ops take action in Washington, D.C., to safeguard a popular energyconservation program that saves S.C. consumers $12 million annually.


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South Carolina’s electric cooperatives played an important role in bringing a $500 million manufacturing plant—and 4,000 new jobs—to the Palmetto State.

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20 Find farming’s future in its past

Visitors get a hands-on experience at the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina. RECIPE

22 Summer’s vegetable bounty

From fried cucumbers to vegetable pie, these recipes will help you enjoy summer produce in a whole new way. GARDENER


24 Better green screens PRINTING


A dream come true HUMOR ME

REVOLUTION S.C. leads the way to the third dimension

Selfie madness

Leyland cypress and other fast-growing evergreens can shield your landscape from unwanted views and nosy neighbors.

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Humor columnist Jan Igoe has some important safety tips for dealing with the selfie-stick paparazzi.


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John Carrington, cofounder of Columbia-based Zverse, shows off a statue created by a 3-D printer. Photo by Andrew Haworth.

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Mr. Potato Head has always been a great playtime spuddy buddy. Now he’s wearing different hats to lead kids on whimsical explorations into outer space, through the jungle, under the ocean, and on archaeological digs at EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia. The wacky, hands-on adventures also help tots and small fries build their learning skills.

JUNE 17–20

Mighty Moo Festival It started simply as an event to honor the WWII crewmen of the USS Cowpens, in the ship’s namesake town in Spartanburg County. In its 38th year, the festival with the funny name offers a full four days of festivities at Veterans Memorial Park in Cowpens, including a barbecue cook-off, performances by the U.S. Fleet Forces Band, games and rides, music, and fireworks. A special veterans’ walk of honor salutes all branches of service.

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Ag + Art Tour

Growing bigger and better each year, this free, self-guided tour of regional farms and artisans began in York County in 2012 and has expanded into Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster and Union counties as well. Billed as the “largest free farm tour in the nation,” its stops include more than 50 family farms, orchards, breweries, greenhouses and farmers markets, with arts and crafts displayed or demonstrated at every site. Highlights include a hydroponic farm, edible landscapes, and historic and organic farming methods.


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Would Dad enjoy spending Father’s Day on the water? Take him canoeing or kayaking down Black Mingo Creek in Georgetown County in this annual outdoor event benefitting Tara Hall Home for Boys. A leisurely, earlymorning paddle down the creek ends at the Tara Hall campus, where festivities include live music, kids’ barrel race, kayak race and a pileau dinner.

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Take a break from modern Fourth of July events and celebrate in mid-19thcentury style at Historic Brattonsville in McConnells. Old-fashioned fun includes games such as hoops and rounders, music, dancing and picnicking. The dramatic highlight of the day comes at 3:30, when gentlemen in period dress read the Declaration of Independence from the front steps of the antebellum plantation home, and gathered patriots toast their independence with eggnog and huzzahs. The Fourth is one of only two days a year that Hightower Hall is open to visitors. For details, visit or call (803) 684-2327.


New water-heater law protects co-op members “The legislation protects the co-op water-heater proSouth Carolina electric cooperatives and leadership gram by creating a category of from the state’s congressional products that won’t be mandelegation, co-op members dated away by the governwill be shielded from federal ment,” he says. “It wouldn’t regulations threatening to have gotten done without the Rep. Joe Wilson undermine a successful (R-S.C. 2nd District) leadership of South Carolina. energy-conservation program We were able to band together that saves Palmetto State and get this passed for the consumers $12 million good of everybody.” annually. South Carolina’s congresDepartment of Energy sional delegation came out in standards put in place this force to help ensure passage More than 120,000 South Carolina homes participate in co-op load-control programs. A switch installed year effectively prohibit of the law, says John Frick, Rep. Mick Mulvaney vice president for government on the water heater allows the co-op to cut power the manufacture of elecduring times of peak demand when wholesale (R-S.C. 5th District) relations for The Electric tric-resistance water heaters power costs soar, saving all consumers money through lower electricity rates. Under the Energy Cooperatives of South Carolina. holding more than 55 gallons, says Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, co-ops will still “Every single office pushed hard as Keith Dennis, an energy programs have access to the large-capacity electric-resistance expert with the National Rural Electric this bill came down to the wire, and water heaters that make the program work. Congressmen Joe Wilson and Cooperative Association. What federal Mick Mulvaney both reached regulators failed to recognize is the out to House Majority vital role these large-capacity units Leader Kevin McCarthy in play in co-op load-control programs ­­­ the waning moments to help that nationally save 500 megawatts of —Keith Dennis, NRECA seal the deal,” Frick says. electricity each year. Mulvaney notes that the efficiency To remedy the situation, a coalition In South Carolina, more than act was one of the few bills capable of of co-ops in 35 states—led by South 120,000 co-op-served homes have earning bipartisan support. load-control switches on large-­capacity Carolina—generated the bipartisan “Getting a bill passed through water heaters, says David Logeman, support needed to push the Energy Congress is not an easy feat, but this director of power supply at Central Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 issue was extremely important to South Electric Power Cooperative. During though a gridlocked Congress. Signed Carolina,” Mulvaney says. “I’m proud peak demand hours—times when into law on April 30, the legislation creates a new category of grid-enabled to have played an integral part in getthe cost of power skyrockets—the electric water heaters to be produced co-ops can cut electricity to these ting this legislation passed, as this is exclusively for utility load-control proheaters, lowering the wholesale cost only the 11th piece of legislation to be of power and saving all S.C. consumsigned by the president this year.” grams, Dennis says. ers $12 million annually in the form of lower electricity rates. Traditional large-capacity units are vital to making the program work, because they hold enough hot water to meet a famStay cool and breathe a little easier this summer ily’s needs during the control period by changing your HVAC air filters. Clogged filters and they cycle back on quickly and make your air conditioner work harder, and they efficiently. “Having the ability to obtain largereduce airflow. Remember to check filters once capacity water heaters is going to a month, and replace them whenever you see a enable to the program to go forward,” serious accumulation of dust and debris. Logeman says. “It’s going to keep us in Source: the game.” Thanks to lobbying by

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By now, just about everyone on the planet nization landed 15 other projects that will bring has heard that Volvo Cars is coming to South capital investments of more than $661 million Carolina, but news this good is worth repeating. and the potential for 1,645 new jobs to co-opGov. Nikki Haley announced last month that served communities across the state. Now that we Volvo will build its first U.S. assembly plant in can add Volvo to the roster, the 2015 scorecard Berkeley County. Construction is scheduled for capital investment stands at $1.16 billion (yes, to begin this fall, and the project represents a ­billion)—and the year isn’t even half over. $500 million investment in the Palmetto State Even better: All of these new projects are economy. When production begins in 2018, the coming on the heels of a banner 2014 that saw plant will create 2,000 new jobs initially, and as $923.6 million in new capital investments and many as 4,000 new jobs by 2030—figures that 8,381 new jobs announced for the Palmetto State as a result of the Power Team’s work. “We’re just don’t include the additional jobs and economic getting started,” Chavez says. “There is so much opportunities that will be created by ­suppliers opportunity out there.” and support industries. Any way you slice it, It might seem odd to some that cooperatives Volvo’s decision to build cars in South Carolina is serving rural and suburban South Carolina are a big win for the state’s economy. heavy hitters in economic development, but it’s You might be surprised to learn that South an example of our commitment to the commuCarolina’s not-for-profit electric ­cooperatives played an important role nities we serve. Providing in closing the deal. Large affordable and reliable Getting to work manufacturing plants run power is our daily work, South Carolinians interested in learning on electricity, and as the but helping our friends and about job opportunities with Volvo can operators of the state’s neighbors live better lives visit For information largest utility network— is our real purpose, and it’s on being a supplier or vendor to the been that way since the first 70,000 miles of line serving car company, email your request to S.C. electric co-ops were more than 70 percent of formed in the 1930s. the state’s landmass— By virtue of our not-forwe showed Volvo execuprofit structure, our ethic of service to commutives that they had reliable partners who wanted the company to succeed in the Palmetto State. nity and the strength of our statewide network, The plant will be served by Edisto Electric South Carolina’s electric cooperatives are Cooperative, and neighboring support facilities uniquely positioned to help grow our economy will be served by Berkeley Electric Cooperative. by supporting job creation. Attracting new indusFor nearly three decades, co-ops have been try creates a wave of economic benefits that recruiting new industry to South Carolina extend far beyond the new paychecks generated through the S.C. Power Team, a business-­ every two weeks. More money spent in local development partnership with Santee Cooper, economies spurs new business opportunities and the state-owned utility. Since 1988, the Power supports the local tax bases that fund our public Team has brought more than $11 billion in schools. capital investments and 63,000 jobs to our state The ripple effects of all this new industry will by helping companies find suitable industrial benefit South Carolina for generations to come, sites with the utility infrastructure they need to and we’re proud to have played a part in making grow and prosper. it happen. While the Volvo deal is getting all the press, it’s only the latest in a string of wins for the Power Team, says James Chavez, president and CEO. In the first five months of this year, the orga-



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Two South Carolina firms are on the cutting edge of the 3-D printing revolution BY ERIN WEEKS




alk into the lobby of 3D Systems Corporation and you will enter a place that’s half a cabinet of curiosities, half a fantastical playhouse. The walls are lined with detailed models of the human skull, Mayan death masks and sleek prosthetic limbs. Waist-high, black-and-white chess pieces stand guard like sentries. In a large and intricately decorated Victorian dollhouse, a tiny turkey dinner sits atop a tiny kitchen table. Visitors can touch just about everything, except the geometric shapes made of sugar. Every item in this unusual collection, whether made from plastic, metal or sugar, was printed on a device designed and produced by this company, headquartered in Rock Hill. As the largest manufacturer of 3-D printers in the world, 3D Systems is on the cutting edge of a technology that many believe will change everything—from how we eat to the way we capture time with loved ones to the medical procedures that save our lives. It’s a story you might expect to be unfolding in Silicon Valley and other well-established tech hubs. In fact, it’s happening right here in South Carolina.

Layer upon layer

Photos courtesy of 3D Systems

The idea that turned Charles Hull into the grand­father of 3-D printing started out as spaghetti. In 1983, the inventor worked as an engineer for a small company in California that used UV light to fashion tough, acrylic-based surfaces for tables—as the light hit the liquid material, it hardened into a resinous plastic.

Charles Hull

Inventor of 3-D printing, and founder and current chief technology officer of 3D Systems

Avi Reichental

President and CEO of 3D Systems

‘Even Hull couldn’t have imagined all the things people have done with it.’ — Avi Reichental

Limited only by the imagination From large

industrial to desktop models, 3D Systems manufactures printers that will print objects as varied as a sugar cake stand and decoration, a plastic heart modeled from a CT scan, and a prototype metal machine part.

Hull wondered what might be possible if, instead of curing a single, two-dimensional coat, thousands of ultrathin coats were “printed” on top of each other and hardened according to a specific computer-generated design. For a long time, Hull’s private experiments in his spare lab merely resulted in a tangled mess of resin spaghetti. Finally, around midnight one evening about a year into his efforts, he printed a small cup—the world’s first 3-D printed object. He called the technology stereolithography and in 1986 went on to found 3D Systems, which eventually relocated to South Carolina. Hull remains the company’s chief technology officer today. “Chuck Hull knew that this technology would be impactful, but even he couldn’t have imagined all the things people have done with it,” says Avi Reichental, the current president and CEO of 3D Systems. Hull first sold his technology to Detroit, where the auto industry and other manufacturers used it for rapid prototyping of detailed mechanical parts that might otherwise take months or even years to produce. The aerospace and defense industries were also quick to recognize the potential of 3-D printing. For the first two decades of its existence, though, the technology required specialized expertise. Only computeraided design (CAD) software engineers could actually implement it, which sometimes generated friction with designers and may explain why much of the public remained unaware of its growing influence and use. All that has changed in the past decade with the development of personal 3-D printers. Dozens of plug-and-play devices now on the market use intuitive software that requires no knowledge of CAD, just a little bit of imagination. These include the well-known Makerbot   | June 2015   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING



Replicators and 3D Systems’ line of Cube printers, tabletop machines that print plastic objects in a rainbow of colors. It’s this kind of printed product—dinosaur figurines, futuristic napkin holders, bangle bracelets—that currently dominates the public’s conception of 3-D printing. The democratization of the technology and the arrival of kid-friendly, sub-$1,000 home 3-D printers is an incredible thing, says Reichental, but it represents just the tip of the technological iceberg. There are no costs or penalties for 3-D printing objects that are highly complex. That “free” complexity is driving faster innovation and greater performance in demanding manufacturing fields. Gains in materials science have also contributed to the rise of 3-D printing and pushed it into unexpected fields. “We can print with over 120 materials,” Reichental says. “Everything from chocolate to titanium.” All of this explains why the technology has quietly spread into dozens of new industries and

The 3-D printing material most familiar to consumers is used to print Cubify robots, tires and Bespoke scoliosis braces.


Dodecahedron cake decoration


Orthopedic hip implant

Photos courtesy of 3D Systems

‘We can print with over 120 materials, everything from chocolate to titanium.’ — Avi Reichental

Back on her feet Paralyzed from waist down in a skiing

accident more than a decade ago, Amanda Boxtel is the first to test a custom-fitted robotic exoskeleton designed and printed by 3D Systems with the help of Ekso Bionics.



applications. The maker of Invisalign, the clear, plastic orthodontic alternative to metal braces, uses 3-D printed molds to slowly adjust teeth positions. In Afghanistan, engineers and archaeologists are using 3-D printing software and models to recreate cultural artifacts destroyed in the previous decade of war. Even the animation world has benefitted from the technology, with films like ParaNorman using 3D Systems printers to help animators model and develop more realistic facial expressions in their characters. The most life-changing applications of the technology, though—present and future—are likely medical. A new breed of thermoplastics, heat-, chemical- and stress-resistant materials, allows doctors to reconstruct facial and cranial injuries in wounded soldiers, for instance, with 3-D-printed bones. The materials are “biocompatible,” meaning the human body does not recognize them as foreign. Instead, cells glom onto the thermoplastic, over time supplementing it with natural bone. Several of the men and women who had limbs amputated after the Boston Marathon bombings are able to walk, run and dance again thanks to lightweight, highly customized 3-D-printed prosthetics. Surgeons have even begun to use patients’ CT scan data to virtually plan and practice surgeries and print implants before stepping into the operating room, which can reduce the length of procedures and likelihood of complications. “There is a lot of hype about the objects that we’ll be able to 3-D print in the future,” Reichental says. “What many people don’t realize is that this technology already touches everything around us, from the health care we receive to the cars we drive to the eyeglasses and shoes that we wear.” Reichental says it’s no longer a question of whether the technology will be impactful, but rather how it will be most useful and influential in consumers’ personal lives. Will homes of the future contain culinary 3-D printers that print novelty candies, as does the recently unveiled 3D Systems ChefJet, or, perhaps one

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In another Dimension

day, personalized nutrition? Will 3-D printers become integrated into our social lives the way cell phones have—with friends scanning and printing smiling 3-D selfies in addition to posting them to social media? Or will the technology develop most as a practical and educational tool, fit for toy making, tinkering and printing the odd broken part around the house? “I believe that 3-D printing will impact our lives in all of those ways and countless more,” Reichental says. “Every day we discover a new application for this game-changing technology.”

Selling the stadium

An hour and a half down the road, Columbiabased Zverse is a portrait of how entrepreneurs are bringing 3-D printing to the fore. In a warehouse near Williams-Brice Stadium, the

The young company churns out products that sell as fast as they’re printed: sports collectibles.

Finding a niche John Carrington (left) and Kevin Maloney, who cofounded Zverse as a result of a lunchtime conversation, display printed versions of Clemson’s Memorial Stadium and USC’s Gamecock mascot.

young company churns out products that sell as fast as they’re printed: sports collectibles. Palm-sized replicas of university stadiums are its signature—and most popular—product, and in just a year, Zverse has seen a meteoric rise, snagging dozens of difficult-to-obtain licenses to work with university athletics departments. The University of South Carolina was its first client, but now college football fans from Florida to Wisconsin to Oregon can own their beloved stadiums in miniature. Cofounders John Carrington and Kevin Maloney, natives of Columbia and Augusta, Ga., respectively, had no idea they would end up in the sports memorabilia niche. Over lunch one day several years ago, their conversation found   | June 2015   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


In another Dimension

Playing For the team Ryan Harrison, one of Zverse’s designers, builds a layer-by-layer computer model of a stadium that will be input into one of four sandstone powder printers.

photos by Andrew Haworth

football game. The university had presented gifts such as signed footballs in the past, but now they hoped Zverse could 3-D print a more personalized memento for each of the dozen veterans honored at the ceremony. Carrington asked if replicas of Williams-Brice Stadium had ever been produced. They hadn’t. Ten days later, USC president Harris Pastides and athletics director Ray Tanner were handing out those replicas. Zverse was even able to incorporate the stadium’s then-current banners. Had the replicas been traditionally manufactured, the process could have taken years. In traditional manufacturing, Carrington says, companies come up with an idea, prototype that idea, get a mold made—which can cost tens of thousands of dollars—and then have to source the production of the product, generally overseas. Manufacturing in China can alone add 4 to 6 months to the entire process. “We’re taking actual, living content that day— and we’re able to make it the next day,” says cofounder Maloney. In the company’s printing room, stadium replicas line finishing racks like hundreds of freshly baked confections. Each of Zverse’s four machines prints with a sandstone powder, which produces objects that feel ceramic to the touch and allows the company to incorporate color with greater nuance than any other 3-D printing material. In the next room, two designers sit at desks fine tuning the logos on a computer model of another stadium. At $150 to $200 a pop, the replicas aren’t cheap, but many are limited-edition keepsakes, and every last one was designed and manufactured in Columbia. In addition to USC, Zverse has worked with Clemson University, Wofford College, Coastal Carolina University and The Citadel. The company’s 11-person staff, which Carrington projects will double in size next year, is all in-state talent. Most of the investors and board members are South Carolina-based, as well. “We see a lot of opportunity for growth in South Carolina,” Maloney says of the state’s entrepreneurial culture. “We’re happy to be a part of that story.”

its way to the topic of 3-D printing. They kept returning to their excitement over new strides in 3-D print technology, and eventually their conversation began to take shape as a business idea. Before long, they were on their way to tour 3D Systems’ facilities in Rock Hill. “They have a fully functioning grandfather clock,” Carrington says. “How many moving parts are in a grandfather clock? That was fascinating to us. We were sold.” In early 2013, Carrington decided to take the plunge and leave his job. At first, he was based in downtown Columbia’s IT-oLogy offices with a single 3-D printer. “I get cold sweats when I think about what was going on at the time,” Carrington says, “because we were so excited, but we really didn’t know how we were going to make money yet. I left my career with a wife and two kids.” The company tried out 3-D printing products for a few niche markets before being noticed by scouts at Octagon, a giant in the entertainment marketing world. Executives had seen images of Carrington’s work online and encouraged him to tap into the college athletics market. One of the company’s seminal moments came, quite literally, in the form of the landmark that now sits a mile from Zverse’s offices. Officials at the University of South Carolina approached the young company and asked for help producing something special for Military Appreciation Day, when veterans are recognized on-field during halftime at a Gamecocks

Sandstone powder

Cocky, the USC mascot

‘We see a lot of opportunity for growth in South Carolina. We’re happy to be a part of that story.’ — Kevin Maloney

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Sallie West still gets butterflies when she recalls standing in front of a Hollywood auditorium filled with actors, producers and directors all waiting to hear her acceptance speech. West had just won the prestigious 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the people behind the Oscars). Her romantic drama, Moonflower, beat out more than 7,500 contenders from around the world, earning the writer from Johns Island a $35,000 stipend and instant acclaim as an up-and-coming talent. Here’s the plot twist: Moonflower was her first-ever attempt at a screenplay, written on a whim. The journey to Hollywood began two years ago when she was laid off from her job as a technical writer cranking out manuals for government agencies. Idle, worried and faced with the daunting task of finding work, she decided to take some time to try her hand at writing fiction. She dreamed up an “outré September passion” between a Charleston cello maker and a Scottish musician, flipped open her laptop and started typing. “I knew I wanted to write a romantic drama, and I knew I wanted to write about classical music, because it’s something that interests me,” she says. Searching the Internet provided the information she needed on how cellos are made as well as tips for formatting her screenplay. When the script was finished, she submitted it to the Nicholl competition primarily as a way to get professional feedback. She never expected to win. Although the whole thing is still a bit surreal, West is now hard at work on her next script with plans to pursue screenwriting full-time as the second act of her own life story. “I still can’t believe it happened,” she says of winning the fellowship. “It’s really regenerated my interest in writing, and I’m so excited about the future. It’s been one of the best years of my life.” —Pam Windsor

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Technical writer turned award-winning screenwriter Life philosophy: Follow your dream, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Writing partner: Zuzu, her 10-year-old Shih Tzu Little-known fact: Holds a “Secret” security clearance obtained when she wrote a communications manual for the Department of Homeland Security Co-op affiliation: Member of Berkeley Electric Cooperative   | June 2015   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING



BY Diane veto Parham

Find farming’s future in its past —handmade, crude, cobbled together from rough bits of discarded floor boards. The handles clearly had a previous life as shovels or hoes. Its worn metal wheel was salvaged from a seed planter. When Les McCall kneels beside the wheelbarrow, he admires it like a work of art. “It’s an awesome piece of machinery, and it was made out of junk that someone just happened to have lying around,” McCall says. That gift for recognizing the history and creative engineering in old farm equipment makes McCall an ideal interpreter for the treasures at the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina. Raised on a small cattle farm in Oconee County, McCall graduated from Clemson six years ago with a degree in history and a passion for farming. Now, as director of the state’s official agricultural museum, McCall channels his skill set into helping every child and adult who walks through the doors see how powerfully farming has shaped South Carolina’s past

GetThere The Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina is located at 120 History Lane, Pendleton, directly across U.S. 76 from Tri‑County Technical College. HOURS: The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Open for special events as listed on website and for group tours by appointment. ADMISSION: Free, but donations are accepted. DETAILS: (864) 646-7271;


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It’s just an old, wooden ­wheelbarrow​

and how critical it is to our future. “We have our fancy mission statement with six-dollar words in it, but it all boils down to a hands-on experience in agriculture,” says McCall, who is determined that visitors should “get their hands dirty when they come in here.” So a visit to this Pendleton museum may include planting lettuce in an aquaponic garden fertilized by its resi-

Past meets future: iPads connect bygone farm life with modern methods. dent goldfish, or peering into a working beehive, or separating cotton seeds from fluffy fibers. Out back, work is in progress to add raised-bed gardens, compost piles, rain barrels and chicken coops where visitors can learn how to be farmers in their own backyards. “This is not going to be a stuffy ­collection museum,” says McCall. The museum’s grand opening in June 2013 was actually a rebirth. For nearly 40 years, this same building was the Pendleton District Agricultural Museum—a 6,000-square-foot storehouse for a rambling assortment of pre-1925 tools and machinery. Thanks to the efforts of the late Sen. T. Ed Garrison, a lifelong Anderson County farmer, it was renamed by the state legislature in 2012, with a renewed


mission of preserving and promoting South Carolina’s agricultural heritage. McCall started working alongside community volunteers to transform it into an attraction worthy of its calling. As visitors stroll past old Museum director farming paraLes McCall, showing off a wheelbarrow phernalia, history cleverly crafted unfolds—how from repurposed South Carolina scraps, wants visitors to “get their pioneered farmhands dirty when land conservathey come in here.” tion, how cotton impacted the state’s economy and culture, how electricity transformed farm life. In “The Barn,” they can sample labor-intensive farm tasks with an old-style water pump (“Kids pump it so hard, they lift themselves off the ground,” McCall says) and handcranked machines for shelling and grinding corn. Clarabelle, a life-size plastic cow with a squeezable udder that squirts water, gives kids a feel for daily milking chores. But here, the future lives right alongside the past. Next to historic plows, reapers and weaving looms are iPads that connect bygone farm life with modern methods—a video of a contemporary cotton gin in operation, for example. See for yourself how back-breaking work done by men with hand tools became more efficient and productive with new inventions. For kids who’ve had no physical connection to agriculture, discovering that their barbecue comes from pigs, their breakfast cereal from grains grown in a field, and their clothes from cotton bolls may spark an interest in farming careers. “Agriculture shapes destiny,” McCall says. “We use the history of agriculture in the state to inform decisions on the future of agriculture. That’s our main goal.”

For centuries, visitors have traveled to Camden and fallen in love with our classic Carolina lifestyle. South Carolina’s oldest inland city has something special for everyone.

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BY Belinda Smith-Sullivan

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6 ears fresh corn on the cob, shucked 1 –2 tablespoons canola oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper ½ cup packed, fresh basil leaves 1 garlic clove ¼ cup fresh lemon juice ¼ cup olive oil 1 10-ounce container grape tomatoes, halved ½ small red onion, diced small 1 small red bell pepper, diced small

Preheat a grill pan over high heat, or prepare an outdoor grill. Brush each corn cob with canola oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on the hot grill pan, and char each side 2–3 minutes. Once charred, set aside until cool enough to handle. When cool, using a knife, slice the corn kernels off the cob. In a food processor or blender, add the basil and garlic, and pulse until basil starts to break down. Add lemon juice, and continue pulsing while adding oil in a steady stream. Process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, combine corn, tomatoes, onion and bell pepper. Drizzle vinaigrette over the salad, and toss to combine. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Refrigerate if not served immediately.

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By mid-summer, vegetable gardeners are often abundantly blessed wi th the cucumbers, squash, zucchini, toma bursting from their ga toes, beans and okra rdens to overwhelm, try these . If the overflow starts vegg garden-friendly Vegetab ie-rich recipes. The le Pie summertime supper an makes a great d can also be prepared as a pizza.

1 cup mayonnaise ½ cup Sriracha hot sauce (or other hot sauce) 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 2 cups buttermilk (more if needed) 3 cucumbers, peeled and sliced ¼-inch thick 2 pounds okra, trimmed and cut into ½-inch pieces 1 cup cornmeal 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper Canola oil

For the spicy mayo, combine mayonnaise, Sriracha sauce and lemon juice in a small bowl. Set aside. Pour buttermilk into a large bowl; add the cucumber slices and okra pieces. Make sure the vegetables are completely submerged in the buttermilk; add more if needed. Allow to soak while you assemble the coating in the next step. In another large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Drain vegetables and transfer to coating mixture. Toss well to coat. In a deep cast-iron skillet or heavy pan, heat about 6 cups of oil to 350 F. Working in small batches, fry vegetables—okra first, then cucumbers—in hot oil for about 5 minutes or until brown. Stir occasionally to promote even frying. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined platter. Serve with the spicy mayonnaise.


ONION-TOMATO JAM (yields 3 cups)

2 tablespoons olive oil 2 Vidalia onions, thinly sliced 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 garlic clove, minced 2½ pounds roma (plum) tomatoes, cored, seeded and chopped ½ cup molasses ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup cider vinegar ½ teaspoon ground allspice ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon chipotle powder or red pepper flakes


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1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed (or use store-bought flatbread or pizza crust) Flour, for dusting work surface 1 cup onion-tomato jam 3 roma tomatoes, sliced ¼-inch thick 1 eggplant, sliced ¼-inch thick 1 yellow squash, sliced ¼-inch thick 1 zucchini, sliced ¼-inch thick 2 roasted red bell peppers, cut into long, thin strips 2–3 tablespoons olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano, divided ½ cup crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese

Prepare jam as the bottom layer for the pie filling. In a saute pan with a lid, over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons oil. Add onion, season with salt, cover and cook until wilted and soft, about 10 minutes. Remove the lid, and cook until golden and caramelized, stirring often, about 20 minutes more. Stir in the garlic, and saute 1 minute. Add tomatoes, and cook an additional 10 minutes. Add remaining jam ingredients, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Stirring constantly, cook until tomatoes break down and jam becomes thick, about 20 minutes. For crust, preheat oven to 400 F. If using store-bought crust, place it on baking sheet. If using puff pastry, unfold dough gently on a work surface that has been dusted with flour. Repair any tears or holes using your fingers (and a little water, if needed) to gently squeeze the pastry back together. Place pastry on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. On all four sides of the pastry, create a 1-inch border, which will puff up and form the edge of the pie crust: Lay a clean ruler along the edge, and carefully trace a line 1 inch from the edge with a paring knife, being careful not to cut all the way through the dough. Repeat on each side. Use a fork to poke small holes in the center of the pastry but not in the border. This will prevent the center of the pastry dough from rising as it cooks. Spread 1 cup of onion-tomato jam evenly over the pie or pizza crust on baking sheet, leaving the 1-inch border of crust exposed. Layer tomatoes, eggplant, squash and zucchini in overlapping rows or any pattern you like. Sprinkle roasted red bell pepper strips on top. Drizzle the top with a little olive oil, and brush a little oil on the 1-inch border. Season with salt and pepper, and top with half of the oregano. Bake until the crust is golden brown, 20–25 minutes. Remove from oven, and sprinkle with cheese and remaining oregano. Leftover onion-tomato jam can be used on bruschetta or crostini hors d’oeuvres, topped with goat cheese.


1 pound ribbon-shaped pasta, such as pappardelle or fettuccine 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 pints cherry tomatoes Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 garlic cloves, finely minced 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped 2 medium zucchini, shaved into ribbons 2–3 carrots, shaved into ribbons 1 cup quartered artichoke hearts 1 pound thin asparagus, ends trimmed, cut into thirds ½ cup lima beans or green peas Parmesan cheese, shaved

Prepare pasta according to package directions, until it is cooked al dente. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add tomatoes, and season with salt and pepper. Saute until tomatoes soften and skins began to wrinkle, about 2 minutes. Stir in garlic, and saute an additional minute. Remove from heat, and stir in basil. Set aside. In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the zucchini and carrots, and saute until they start to go limp. Add the artichoke hearts, asparagus and beans or peas. Toss gently, and saute for 1–2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, including juices, and then gently toss in all the cooked pasta. Garnish with lots of shaved Parmesan.   | June 2015   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING




Better green screens cypress screen?” Statewide, this question is all too common at Clemson Extension offices. Fast-growing evergreen trees, like Leyland cypress, are a popular landscape choice for blocking out undesirable views or nosy neighbors. Unfortunately, Leylands are susceptible to insects, disease and other maladies when planted too close together, a fact many homeowners forget in the rush to create a dense living wall around their property. If an instant screen is what you need, build a privacy fence. Seriously. A fence is faster and more effective. You can always plant evergreens in front of the fence if you prefer a view of leaves to boards— just allow the plants the space they need to grow strong and healthy. If you have time to wait for a green screen to grow in, plant a mixed hedge. Don’t fall for the ­substitution

If an instant screen is what you need, build a privacy fence. Seriously.

Appropriate spacing

As these Green Giant arborvitae mature, their canopies are just beginning to touch at the bottom.


theory that a single row of Green Giant arborvitae (or any other evergreen plant) will avoid the problems common to Leyland cypress. It won’t. Planting dense rows of any one type of plant is called a monoculture, and it’s setting yourself up for failure. If one succumbs to disease, the others will all be susceptible. By planting different kinds of plants in a living screen, you can (pardon the pun) hedge against disease and pest problems. Consider mixed plantings

Plant diversity

Using a variety of plants provides a green screen with visual interest and restricts overall susceptibility to insect or disease problems.

of hollies, magnolias, and cedars or junipers. These groups aren’t closely related, so they don’t share many insect pests or diseases. If one type of tree becomes infected or dies, it won’t ruin the look of your screen. If you have enough space, stagger your plants instead of planting in a straight line. This will give your planting visual depth and make it more forgiving if you lose a plant or two. Regardless of the plants you choose, space them appropriately. Landscape trees and shrubs should be spaced according to their mature canopy


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“What’s wrong with my Leyland

A common problem

Disease and death can mar a screen of Leyland cypress trees if they are planted too closely.

spread. When young plants grow together and develop interlocked canopies, it blocks natural sunlight and airflow, creating the perfect environment for plant stress and insect or disease infestations. Intertwined roots of closely planted trees may also compete with one another for water and nutrients, leading to additional stress. Canopies can become misshapen, unsightly, flat-sided or even bare on one side. Do your homework on screening plant options—determine the mature size, width and height before planting. Then base your choice and spacing on that information. Leyland cypress trees, for instance, mature at 60 to 70 feet tall and 12 to 15 feet wide. I recommend 12-foot spacing as the minimum distance apart to avoid problems, but 15 to 20 feet would be even better. If you want to space young plants more closely just to start, try a 6-foot spacing, but be sure to remove every other tree as soon as their canopies begin to touch. is an area horticulture agent for Clemson Extension based in Greenville County. Contact him at


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5–27 • “All Shook Up,” Greenville Little Theatre, Greenville. (864) 233-6238. 5–27 • “Boeing Boeing,” Warehouse Theatre, Greenville. (864) 235-6948. 12–14 and 19–21 • “Into the Woods,” Younts Center for Performing Arts, Fountain Inn. (864) 409-1050. 12–21 • Chautauqua History Alive Festival, multiple locations, Greenville area. (864) 244-1499. 12–21 • “Sleeping Beauty,” Peace Center Gunter Theatre, Greenville. (864) 467-3000. 17–20 • Mighty Moo Festival, downtown, Cowpens. (864) 463-3201. 19 • Bluegrass Music and Square Dancing, Oconee State Park, Mountain Rest. (864) 638-5353. 22–26 • Cinderella’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo Camp, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 583-0339. 25–27 • Festival of Flowers, multiple locations, Greenwood. (864) 223-8411, ext. 232. 27 • Aviation Expo, Greenwood County Airport, Greenwood. (864) 942-8557. 27 • Freedom Blast, Greer City Park, Greer. (864) 848-2190. JULY

3–4 • Celebrate America, downtown, Easley. (864) 423-4344. 3–4 • S.C. Festival of Stars, Ninety Six Park, Ninety Six. (864) 543-3396. 4 • 4th of July Celebration, amphitheater, Historic Pickens. (864) 878-0105. 4 • Celebration of Freedom, Cowpens National Battlefield, Gaffney. (864) 461-2828. 4 • Cruzin’ on Main Street, Gignilliat Sports Complex, Seneca. (864) 247-8816. 4 • Hillbilly Day, Mountain Rest Community Club, Mountain Rest. (864) 638-9070. 4 • Red, White and Blue, downtown Main Street, Greenville. (864) 232-2273. 4 • Red, White and Boom, Barnet Park, Spartanburg. (864) 596-2026. 4 • 4th of July Celebration by the Homeland Park Fire Department, South Main Street, Anderson. (864) 296-9716.


4–5 • Backcountry Militia 4th of July Encampment, Kings Mountain National Military Park, Blacksburg. (864) 936-7921. 9–11 • South Carolina Festival of Discovery, uptown, Greenwood. (864) 942-8448. 10 • Jim Quick and the Coastline, Peace Center, Greenville. (864) 467-3000. 13–17 • Charlotte’s Web Camp, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 583-0339. ONGOING

Mondays, June 22–July 27 • Carolina Shag Lessons, Dance Center at Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 583-0339. Tuesdays through Sundays, through July 5 • “Furnace and Flame: Contemporary Studio Glass,” Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg. (864) 582-7616. Tuesdays through Sundays, through Nov. 1 • “Spartanburg’s Music History,” Spartanburg Regional History Museum, Spartanburg. (864) 596-3501. Second Wednesdays through October • Yappy Hour, NOMA Square, Greenville. (864) 235-1234. Wednesdays through August • South Carolina BLUE Reedy River Concerts, Peace Center Amphitheatre, Greenville. (864) 467-3000. Third Thursdays • Art Walk, downtown, Spartanburg. (864) 582-7616. Sundays • Sundays Unplugged, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542-2787.


12–21 • “Br’er Rabbit,” Columbia Children’s Theatre, Columbia. (803) 691-4548. 14–20 • Southeastern Piano Festival, Koger Center for the Arts, Columbia. (803) 777-4281. 15–20 • Columbia Fashion Week, Hilton Columbia Center and Capital City Club, Columbia. (803) 701-0172. 18 • Snapshots of the Past: 18th Century Medicine, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. (803) 684-2327. 20 • Ridge Peach Festival, Trenton Town Park, Trenton. (803) 275-9487. 20 • Juneteenth in the Park, Berry Park, Aiken. (706) 664-3989. 20 • Parents’ Night Out: Summer Splash, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia. (803) 779-8717.

20–28 • Hampton County Watermelon Festival, multiple locations, Hampton and Varnville areas. (803) 943-4645. 23–25 and 27 • Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant, Township Auditorium, Columbia. (843) 857-9173. 24 • Predators in Native American Lore, Museum of York County, Rock Hill. (803) 329-2121. 26 • See Lancaster Live! Lancaster County Historic Courthouse, Lancaster. (803) 289-1486. 27 • Family Tree on the River Festival, West Columbia Riverwalk, West Columbia. (803) 269-8496. 27 • Midlands Baby, Kids & Family Expo, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia. (803) 800-2044. 27 • Dutch Oven Bread Baking, Kings Mountain State Living History Farm, Blacksburg. (803) 222-3209. 27 • Gravatt Fishing Tournament, Gravatt Camp and Conference Center, Aiken. (803) 648-1817. 27 • Pine Needle Basket Workshop, Lee State Park, Bishopville. (803) 428-4988. 27–28 • Ag + Art Tour, Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union and York County farms. (803) 981-3021. 28 • Carolina Celebration of Liberty, First Baptist Church, 1306 Hampton St., Columbia. (803) 343-8558. JULY

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6–9 • Junior All-Star Golf Tournament, Spring Valley Country Club, Columbia. (678) 425-1716. 11 • Battle Reenactment of Huck’s Defeat, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. (803) 684-2327. 12 • XTerra Harbison Half Marathon & 5K, Harbison State Forest, Columbia. (404) 421-3231.

Fireworks will light up the night skies across South Carolina in early July.


4 • Murrells Inlet July 4 Boat Parade, The Point, JUNE Garden City. (843) 652-4236. Daily through July 26 • “Courage: 15 • Honey Horn History Walk, 4 • Fourth of July Picnic, The Vision to End Segregation Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton South Carolina Aquarium, and the Guts to Fight for It,” Head Island. (843) 689-6767. Charleston. (843) 720-1990. South Carolina State Museum, 17 • Gullah Program, Columbia. (803) 898-4921. 4 • July 4th Celebration, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Riverfront Park, North Daily through Aug. 23 • “Finding Inlet. (843) 235-6000. Charleston. (843) 740-5853. Freedom’s Home: Archaeology at Mitchelville,” South Carolina State 20 • Tara Hall Paddle Fest, 4 • Patriots Point 4th of July Museum, Columbia. (803) 898-4921. Black Mingo Creek and Celebration, 40 Patriots Point Road, Tara Hall Home for Boys, Mount Pleasant. (843) 881-5984. Daily through Sept. 20 • “The Georgetown. (843) 546-3000. Adventures of Mr. Potato Head,” 4 • Port Royal 4th of July 20 • First Blush of Summer EdVenture Children’s Museum, Celebration, The Sands, Port Fest, La Belle Amie Vineyard, Columbia. (803) 779-3100. Royal. (843) 986-2211. Little River. (843) 399-9463. Mondays through August • 4 • Salute from the Shore, South 22 • Coastal Kayaking, Hopelands Summer Concert Carolina coast from Cherry Grove Huntington Beach State Park, Series, Hopelands Gardens, to Hilton Head. (803) 331-8881. Murrells Inlet. (843) 235-8755. Aiken. (803) 642-7650. 4 • Surfside Beach 4th of Monday through Fridays, through 23 • World Golf Scramble, July Celebration, Surfside Pier, Crown Park Golf Club, Aug. 14 • KinderCamp and Surfside Beach. (843) 650-9548. Longs. (843) 756-3200. Wild Weeks, Riverbanks Zoo and 4 • Uncle Sam Jam, Garden, Columbia. (803) 779-8717. 26 • Reggae Nights, Mount Pleasant Pier, Mount James Island County Park, Mondays through Saturdays, Pleasant. (843) 795-4368. Charleston. (843) 795-4386. through July 25 • “Traditions, 14–19 • Junior SOS, Ocean Drive Change and Celebration: 27 • Carolina Day, multiple Beach and Golf Resort, North Native Artists of the locations, Sullivan’s Island. Myrtle Beach. (919) 682-4266. Southeast,” McKissick Museum, (843) 723-3225. 17–18 • Pageland Watermelon Columbia. (803) 777-7251. 27 • Cast Off Fishing Tournament, Festival, downtown, Tuesdays through Sundays, Mount Pleasant Pier, Mount Pageland. (843) 672-6400. through Aug. 30 • “Art & Pleasant. (843) 762-9946. 17–26 • Beaufort Water Imagination in Children’s 27 • James Bonecrusher Smith’s Festival, multiple locations, Literature,” Museum of York Do Right Golf Challenge, Beaufort area. (843) 524-0600. County, Rock Hill. (803) 329-2121. River Oaks Golf Plantation, Tuesdays through Sundays, Myrtle Beach. (910) 658-3408. ONGOING through Sept. 27 • “Wolves and Daily through July 26 • 27 • Riverfest, downtown, Wild Lands,” Museum of York “Antebellum Waccamaw: Conway. (843) 248-2273. County, Rock Hill. (803) 329-2121. Paintings and Drawings 27–28 • Art in the Park, Chapin First Thursdays • First by Emily Esdaile Weston,” Park, Myrtle Beach. (843) 446-3830. Thursdays on Main Street, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells 27–28 • Festa Italiana, 1200–1700 blocks on Main Street, Inlet. (843) 235-6000. The Market Common, Myrtle Columbia. (803) 988-1065. Nightly through Sept. 5 • Beach. (843) 333-7059. Third Thursdays • Vista Nights, Hot Summer Nights, Myrtle The Vista, Columbia. (803) 269-5946. JULY Beach Boardwalk, Myrtle Beach. (843) 626-7444. 2 • Independence Celebration, Thursdays beginning June 11 • downtown, Cheraw. (843) 537-8421. Tuesdays through Saturdays, PLAYcation Camps, Main Street Children’s Museum, through November • Henrietta, 4 • 4th of July Fireworks, Rock Hill. (803) 327-6400. the Largest Wooden Sailing Cherry Grove Pier, North Ship Ever Built in South Myrtle Beach. (877) 332-2662. First Fridays • First Friday Carolina, Horry County Museum, Fort Mill, Walter Elisha Park, 4 • 4th of July Fireworks, Conway. (843) 915-5320. Fort Mill. (803) 547-5900. Gahagan Sports Complex, Tuesdays through Sundays • Summerville. (843) 871-6000. Fridays through mid-August • Guided tours, McLeod Carolina Show Ski Team, 4 • Fabulous Fourth in the Plantation Historic Site, James Windjammer Beach Park, Creek, Marguerite H. Brown Island. (843) 762-2172. Tega Cay. (803) 431-3920. Municipal Center, Goose Wednesdays, Fridays and Creek. (843) 569-4242. Fourth Fridays • 4th Fridays Saturdays • Myrtle’s Market, on Main, downtown, 4 • Independence Day Fireworks, Myrtle Beach. (843) 918-4906. Sumter. (803) 436-2500. Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Third Thursdays through Beach. (843) 444-3200. Fourth Saturdays • Bluegrass August • Third Thursdays Series, Haynes Auditorium, 4 • 4th of July Fireworks, Concert, Cheraw Community Batesburg-Leesville. (803) 582-8479. Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Center, Cheraw. (843) 537-8421. Beach. (843) 272-8349. ONGOING


By Jan A. Igoe

Pet me in Pittsburgh Until a few weeks ago, I lived a

reasonably full life without ever seeing Pittsburgh. As you probably know, that’s the chilly corner of Pennsylvania famous for pierogies, Pirates, Penguins and Steelers. But you have to personally experience Pittsburgh to discover that it is also the perpetual roadwork capital of Earth. Barring blizzards, you can make it from Myrtle Beach to almost Pittsburgh in 10 hours, which is where you should plan to camp, rent or die. The last few miles—from almost Pittsburgh to really Pittsburgh—will take three days. Some very nice Pittsburgh folks invited the service-dog charity I work with to experience fundraising up North. Nonprofits are prolific panhandlers, so we wasted no time loading 15 service dogs into an RV and heading to Pennsylvania. The dogs are great travelers, but the humans were getting crankier with every passing road cone. I don’t mean amateur cranky; I mean Olympic cranky. Hungry, tired and dirty, we had just gotten out of the rig when a big, shirtless guy came flying up, armed with a selfie stick, looking for a furry photo op. He was the kind of 20-something Pittsburgh exports to Myrtle Beach for spring break, but we drove 700 miles to meet this one. He introduced himself as Buffalo Bob. Between you and me, we weren’t really in a Buffalo Bob mood. 30

The dogs didn’t know what to make of the stick thing or the barechested stranger trying to grab them. A selfie stick, in case you haven’t been whacked with one yet, looks like the contraption your shrinking grandma uses to grab the pickles off the top

shelf. It’s basically a 3-foot pole with a clip to extend cell-phone cameras beyond arm’s reach, so guys like Bob can capture themselves at the opera, winning a burping contest or hugging a pack of service dogs wearing vests that say, “Do Not Pet.” We tried dog vests that said, “Please Ask to Pet Me,” but well-meaning people kept dropping down on their knees, getting nose to nose with the dog, to request the animal’s permission. Some petters got upset when the dog didn’t answer, so we made the directions easier. In Bob’s case, it didn’t matter what the vest said. He was on a mission to


pet every last dog and preserve the moment for posterity. Or Instagram. Me: “Please don’t pet them. They’re working.” Bob: “Nah, they’re just hanging out.” Me: “They’re waiting for their next task. You wouldn’t walk into an office and try to pet the receptionist, would you?” Bob: “Sure, if she was furry. Can you skooch left? You’re blocking my shot.” At that point, having exhausted diplomatic negotiations, we shuffled all the dogs back into the RV and locked the doors. Bob huffed and puffed and knocked with his selfie stick, but we pretended nobody was home. “You’ll be sorry. My stuff always goes viral,” he said to the RV as we peered out a slit in the blinds. Bob kept circling while we unpacked, ate, fed the pups and waited. “The dogs have to pee,” the trainer said. “How do we make him leave?” Then a lightbulb went off. I cracked the door just wide enough to slip Bob $20 and send him on a beer run. With any luck, he’d start without us and forget where the RV was parked. Bob took off, never to return. We’ll just have to wait for spring break.  Jan A. Igoe learned that Pittsburgh’s chief export is southbound tourists. She is eternally grateful to live in paradise, where heavy traffic means five cars using the same road, spring break notwithstanding. Share the fun at



Helping keep South Carolina beautiful South Carolina has a beautiful landscape, especially in the springtime. The time is ideal to take stock in your surroundings and see what needs refreshing. Look around you and see if your community needs some spring cleaning as well! One of the easiest ways to improve your neighborhood’s appearance is to pick up litter and tend to overgrown vegetation. Litter is ugly. It is also dangerous to pedestrians and drivers. It deters business development. It increases crime rates. It decreases property values. It harms the environment. Litter is an important issue in the quest for a better quality of life. If you really want to make a difference in our state’s quality of life, you can take your spring cleaning to the next level and Adopt-A-Highway. Adopt-A-Highway is going through a revival in South Carolina thanks to our partners at the South Carolina Department of Transportation. By putting this program under PalmettoPride’s umbrella, South Carolina Department of Transportation was able to let the litter experts (that’s us!) focus on the volunteers, so they could put all their efforts into improving our roadways. Adopt-A-Highway is a volunteer pickup program of state roads. Every county has state roads that can be adopted. The public participation in the well-being of our streets and communities is a vital part of the solution. We all have a role to play in our communities, and where there is litter, there is a need for pickup. Research shows that litter begets more litter. With routine care, we can lessen the amount of litter on our roadsides. The less litter that remains on the ground, the less litter will

You many have noticed that our interstates are cleaner. Litter is being picked up regularly from our partners at SC Department of Corrections and SC Department of Transportation. Governor Nikki Haley has helped PalmettoPride clean up our state by initiating new policies for interstate pickup and proclaiming April as Zero Tolerance for Litter Month.

be thrown on the ground. PalmettoPride’s ultimate goal is to change behavior that creates litter. We must create a new social norm of passion for our environment rather than apathy. Who creates a social norm? You do. We do. Peers do. Adopt-A-Highway pickups are scheduled four times a year. This is a great way for groups and clubs to fulfill community service hours. Churches can invite members of their parish to take turns cleaning up their section – what a great way to bring the congregation together to improve its community! Do you want to honor someone special? Adopt-A-Highway in their honor or memory and the sign will be visible to everyone. If you like to walk for exercise, you can add litter pickup to your routine. If everyone has the mindset of no littering, and more people get involved, that message would impact those who continue to litter. Remember that bit about peers? Peer pressure can work for good, you know. To learn more about Adopt-A-Highway and other community improvement programs, please visit our website,

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South Carolina Living - June 2015  
South Carolina Living - June 2015