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Two of the state’s biggest holiday-season festivals are back. Chow down at the 49th annual Chitlin Strut in Salley, and frolic in 20 tons of man-made snow at ChristmasVille in Rock Hill.


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The first weekend in December will be twice as merry and bright for Rock Hill’s annual Christmas festival. Downtown is doubling its twinkle with 200,000 colored lights, and an ice-skating rink debuts at the town’s new Fountain Park. Surprises for the kids at Santa’s Workshop this year are a LEGO design contest, Merry Movie Mania and Pajamarama Story Night. Top it off with 20 tons of real snow, and it’s a white Christmas to dream about.

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South Carolina’s “Red Rose City” packs a powerful holiday punch into one December weekend. For starters, downtown Lancaster hosts a Holiday Market, showcasing works by artists from the Olde English District and beyond, including Linda Slone of Copper Creations in Rock Hill (left). Then stick around downtown for open houses, holiday treats and entertainment at local art galleries, historical sites and shops. Take in tours of local homes, rides on the Santa Train, crafts and cocoa at Santa’s Workshop, photo ops with the Grinch, performing arts at the Winter Block Party, and folk art and Native American art sales. Main Street is the heart of the happenings; plan to park and stroll for a while. For details, call (803) 289-1492 or visit;

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“Indie crafts” can spark spirited debate when it comes to defining the term. But at this annual independent craft and art show in Columbia, it means handmade, hip, funky, experimental, repurposed, upcycled, quirky and unique. More than 100 crafters and artisans will display their unconventional wares at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center—just in time for your coolest holiday shopping. Music, food and drink help make it a party. For details, visit or call (803) 348-8861.

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When the holiday season comes around, we roll out our favorite traditions. For many families, that includes compiling wish lists of gifts we’d like. In our youth, my brother and I folded down corners of the Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog and circled items like a Hot Wheels Sizzlers Juice Machine racing set. At autumn family reunions, aunts and uncles asked, “What do you want for Christmas?” It’s also a great time of year for reflection. I’ve been thinking about the young people in our state, who will grow up to shape South Carolina’s future. They may be dreaming of video games and Disney dolls right now. But I’m wondering what the best gifts might be for those kids. What can we give to the children who already have shelves filled with toys and closets full of clothes? What about those who have just enough to get by—or less? What would I wish for the children of South Carolina? Let’s start with the children in need: XXA

safe place to live and enough food that while they may get hungry, they never have to endure hunger XXParents and caregivers who are present and involved in their lives XXTeachers who care about them—not just about their test scores, but about them XXOpportunities to catch glimpses of what life is like for others, so that they might be inspired to have dreams and set goals for what they can do XXA certainty in their hearts that dreams can come true and prayers are answered XXA love of books, where they can discover ideas well beyond what a text message has to offer XXExposure to music that spans generations and cultures, not just whatever happens to be streaming on Spotify or Pandora XXAn awareness of the wide world in which they live, with an understanding that history and current events are inextricably linked—and that Facebook posts may not tell them everything they need to know XXLess time invested in technology and more moments that fully engage them in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and feel of a reality that is much more than virtual XXThe blessing of learning early that our lives are a shared experience, and it is not what you get, but what you give that leads to happiness Now, how about that other group of kids? The list is the same. In his song “Shed a Little Light,” James Taylor sings, “We are bound together in our desire to see the world become a place in which our children can grow free and strong.” That desire should be on all our wish lists.


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‘This may be the last opportunity to get standard large-capacity tanks.’ heaters can meet. Heat-pump water heaters are an efficient technology, Dennis says, but they cost much more than traditional water heaters and they aren’t suitable for all homes. Parrish Neville, who oversees Palmetto Electric Cooperative’s H2O Select water heater program, says heat-pump water heaters tend to be taller, wider and heavier than ­electric–­resistance water heaters. They also require at least 1,000 cubic feet of open space to 12

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Palmetto Electric Cooperative technician Travis Malphrus installs a load-control switch on an electric water heater. The co-op can turn off the appliance during times of peak electricity consumption to lower power costs for all co‑op members.

function properly. If your current water heater is located in a small utility closet or crawl space, a heat-pump water heater simply won’t work, he says. “They don’t function well in certain environments,” he says. “They have to go in a large utility area or a garage, in most cases.” David Logeman, director of power supply at Central Electric Power Cooperative, says there is another consequence to the DOE rules that will affect all co-op members. Since the 1980s, more than 120,000 South Carolina homeowners have allowed electric cooperatives to install load-control switches on their water heaters. During peak demand hours—times when the cost of power ­skyrockets—the co-op can cut electricity to these water heaters. Traditional large-capacity units hold enough hot water to meet a family’s needs during

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the control period, and they cycle back on quickly and efficiently. Heatpump water heaters take longer to heat water, and that offsets much of the energy savings. Load-control programs save S.C. co-op members nearly $12 million annually in the form of lower electricity rates. By mandating the use of heat-pump water heaters, the DOE standards threaten to curtail the programs’ effectiveness, Logeman says. “The DOE is not going to run in and jerk out every nonconforming water heater, but the standards will shut off growth of the program,” he says. “You’re essentially going to freeze the program benefit, and, as these water heaters are replaced over time, the benefits will simply erode away.” Dennis says co-ops are lobbying Congress and the DOE to allow traditional large-capacity heaters to be manufactured specifically for use in load-control programs, but action isn’t guaranteed and ­manufacturers are already shifting production in response to the standards. South Carolina co-ops with loadcontrol programs continue to provide switches for homeowners who have, or install, qualifying water heaters. Palmetto Electric, for example, offers rebates of $150 to $250 or a turnkey installation option for members who choose to install large-capacity electricresistance water heaters while they are still on the market, Neville says. “This may be the last opportunity to get standard large-capacity tanks,” he says. “They’re simple, they’re costeffective and they are necessary for our load-control program.” 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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aranda Williams stares down from the stands at her 14-year-old son, Cole, who is competing at the May state finals for the South Carolina High School Rodeo Associ­ ation (SCHSRA). She knows the young cowboy has decided to take a calculated risk in the chute-dogging event, and if it works, he will earn a spot in national competition. Cole has one chance to “throw” a steer by correctly wrestling it to the ground, which no one has accomplished so far today. As a result, speed is no longer as important as simply getting the job done, so Cole wraps his arm around one of the steer’s horns early, before the animal

Bull rider Logan Gaskins of Patrick hangs on at the 2013–14 finals for the South Carolina High School Rodeo Association. While bull riders had the option of wearing a helmet or cowboy hat, national rules changed for 2014–15 to require helmets.   | November/December 2014   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


‘If you live in cowboy country, like Wyoming and Texas, you’ve got more people who do this. But we’re one of the powerhouses in the South.’ —Lori Peyton, SCHSRA board member

Cole Williams, 14, of Greer takes down a steer to earn his way to national competition (above). The grand entry ceremony at Clemson University’s T. Ed Garrison Arena kicks off the last night of the 2013–14 state finals (top).

leaves the bucking chute. That means he takes a 10-second penalty but has more control. “C’mon, Cole!” his mom yells. Within 3.173 seconds of the chute opening, the 6-foot-1, soon-to-be ninth grader maneuvers the steer into the arena and twists the bulky, black animal down to the ground until it comes to rest on its back with all four legs sticking straight into the air. Cole is laid out flat on his stomach, his hand reaching across the steer’s neck, his cowboy hat still on. Announcer Marvin Blanton recognizes the winning performance for the audience gathered at Clemson University’s T. Ed Garrison Arena to close out the state’s 2013–14 rodeo season. “Cole Williams, come on over!” Blanton booms. “That’s what I’m talking about!” Cole’s mom beams. She and her husband are relieved to know that Cole is OK and that his hard work will take him to nationals. “Our adrenaline is running just like his is.”

A powerhouse in the South

SCHSRA has been organizing competitions for South Carolina teenagers for more than 40 years, but it’s not just high-school kids competing any more. Seven years ago, the 16

association created a junior-high division, featuring events that help prepare kids for harder challenges in high school. For example, chute-dogging in junior high leads to steer wrestling, which requires the cowboy to start the event on horseback and drop onto the steer before the throw. The junior-high division went over so well that the South Carolina association launched a youth division two years ago with starter events for kindergartners through fifth graders. “Now, that’s something special,” says Lori Peyton, who has played a key role in expanding the program for younger ages. Peyton competed in rodeo throughout high school in the early ’90s and has been involved as a board member since college. Now her 7-year-old son, Cooper, takes part. The youth division gives children a chance to fall in love with the sport early, she explains. “We’ve seen kids who really are ready to compete once they get to the juniorhigh division,” she says. During the 2013–14 season, SCHSRA traveled to almost a dozen communities around the state, typically putting on two rodeos in a weekend, with a total Now in its second year, a youth division allows elementary-school kids like Elizabeth Jolley of Chester to compete and develop the rodeo skills they’ll need later on.

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of 150–175 young people in elementary through high school taking part. “If you live in cowboy country, like Wyoming and Texas, you’ve got more people who do this,” Peyton says. “But we’re one of the powerhouses in the South.”

Having a blast

Some SCHSRA standouts join rodeo teams at four-year colleges. And then there are sensations like 16-year-old Tim Murphy of Simpsonville, who is already entering professional rodeos and competing for cash prizes. “He’s just a jam-up bareback rider. He’s been riding bulls, too,” says SCHSRA president Scott Justice. “People who follow rodeo are going to see his name.” Murphy sits on the rails of the rodeo pen with some buddies on the last night of the state finals. His faded jeans are the color of dishwater, with more than a few holes, which is not surprising considering that he specializes in two of rodeo’s toughest events. Heading into his junior year at Hillcrest High School, he is close to 5-foot-6, 150 pounds, with a mop of sandy blonde hair sticking out from under his cowboy hat. His grin says he is here to have a good time. “I love this right here,” he says. “It’s a blast.” Murphy is a favorite in bareback riding, which requires the cowboy to ride a bucking bronc one-handed with minimal rigging for at least eight seconds, while spurring the horse. If he stays on for the duration, he can score up to 100 points, half based on his riding performance and half on the intensity of the horse’s bucking. Murphy only started bareback two and a half years ago when a friend called him up and asked him to try. Bull riding came after that. “You gotta conquer the beast,” he says. “It gets addicting.” To boost his performance, Murphy works out and eats much healthier than he used to, but his events can be punishing. He points to a broken wrist and a stress fracture to his hand. The mental game is critical, too. “If your head ain’t right, you can’t do nothing,” he says.

Some days you conquer the beast. Some days the beast conquers you, as Tim Murphy of Simpsonville finds out on this wild bull ride. Murphy fared better during his bronc ride, winning the season’s bareback title.

Striving for safety

Murphy scores enough points during his eight-second bareback ride to cinch the season title for that event, but the bull-riding competition proves to be a tougher challenge. “It’s fixin’ to be a wild ride!” the announcer tells the crowd as the bull flings out of the gate with Murphy hanging on. “Bad to the Bone” blares from the speakers as the young man is thrown three feet in the air, landing on his back with his feet over his head. He quickly recovers and rushes to climb up the pen while a clown-faced bullfighter distracts the kicking bull. It takes eight men to round up the animal while EMS workers examine Murphy to make sure he is OK. There are always two trained bullfighters in the arena to help protect riders, Justice says, and SCHSRA asks livestock contractors to bring bulls that are not as strong or rough l l   | November/December 2014   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


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p Caroline Burgen of Seneca pulls back after roping a calf during the breakaway-roping event. u Goat tying is a good way for junior-high competitors like Gracie Griffin of Pickens to learn the ropes.

Don’t know a lasso from a latte? Use our beginner’s guide to popular rodeo events. Barrel racing. Horse and rider run a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels. Fastest time wins. Five-second penalty for knocking one barrel down. Pole bending. Horse and rider weave around a line of six poles for the best time. Steer wrestling. Competitor on horseback drops onto a steer’s back and wrestles it to the ground while holding its horns. Also known as bulldogging. Chute dogging. Similar to steer wrestling, except competitor starts in a chute with the steer. Bareback bronc riding. Cowboy takes a furious, eight-second ride on a bucking horse with minimal rigging. Riders are judged on upper-body control and the ability to move in time with horse’s bucking action. Saddle bronc riding. Similar setup to bareback riding, but with special saddle and more ways to be disqualified. Riders are expected to gain some control of saddle broncs, which are usually heavier and slower than bareback broncs. Bull riding. Rider holds onto a bucking bull one-handed and tries to stay on for eight seconds. Calf roping/tie-down roping. Rider ropes calf, dismounts and ties three of its legs together. Fastest time wins. Breakaway roping. Similar to tie-down roping, but rider stays on horse after roping calf and pulls rope tight. Team roping. Two contestants, a header and a heeler, team up to capture and correctly rope a steer. Each rider has a horse. Ribbon roping. A junior-high event with a boy-girl team. One ropes a calf while riding a horse; the other removes a ribbon from the calf’s tail and runs to finish line. Goat tying. Young competitors ride to a goat, dismount and tie three legs together. Fastest time wins. Cutting. Horse and rider must separate a single cow away from the herd. SCHSRA schedules weekend cutting competitions separately from its rodeos. Reining. A new fast-paced event for SCHSRA in 2014–15, offered with the Southern Stockhorse Association. Rider and horse show off their skills with stops, slides and turns. —susan hill smith


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Get More The South Carolina High School Rodeo Association (SCHSRA) partners with organizations around the state to put on competitions throughout the school year. Groups interested in hosting a rodeo as a fundraising event should contact Scott Justice at or Lori Peyton at The SCHSRA will run its 40th annual state finals May 21–23, 2015, at the T. Ed Garrison Arena at Clemson University. For the current rodeo schedule, visit

Jessica Burgess, from Starr, speeds through the barrel-racing competition, a fast-paced event that draws girls into the sport.


q Bulldogger Chance Broadaway drops off his horse so he can seize the steer and wrestle it to the ground. The talented 17-year-old won the allaround state high school title for the third time.


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Barrel racer Gracie Moore of Saluda rushes back to the finish line during the junior-high competition.

S.C. riders stand tall at nationals As a result of their performances in the 2013–14 S.C. finals, these teens competed with notable results at the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) competition in Wyoming. Tim Murphy, 16, placed fifth in bareback bronc riding and had the highest score in the second round of competition. Kayla Lombardo, 17, scored the fastest goat-tying time of the entire national competition. Leah Hunter, 17, finished in the top 20 in the Queens Contest. The S.C. Junior team sent 19 competitors to its national competition in Des Moines, Iowa. Jini Justice, 13, won the first go-round in pole bending and finished 16th overall. She is a member of Aiken Electric Cooperative.  Mikayla Joh Almond, 13, finished as reserve champion in breakaway roping, third in pole bending and fourth in overall events. Her horse, Buddy, was American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Horse of the Year.

as in the pros. Bull riding now requires a helmet, while protective vests and mouth guards are required in all the rough-riding events. Justice says safety is a “big deal” for the SCHSRA, which abides by a detailed list of rules to protect the health of participants and livestock. A large number of adult volunteers assist at and monitor events, and no rodeo starts without an EMS-staffed ambulance on hand. “Any time you’re dealing with animals, there is inherent risk of injury,” he says. “But we try to lessen that as much as we can.”

Their dad coaches the children at the family farm outside of Greer, where they keep nine horses and about 20 cows, and they invite friends over to practice. The family drives to rodeos together in a live-in trailer that can sleep up to eight. The Williamses stay on site, as do many other families, and the parents are happy for their trailer to be a hangout. “There aren’t very many parents of teenagers who are with their kids every weekend,” Maranda Williams says. Kelsea Williams enjoys that closeness as well. “It’s really a way that all of my family can be together,” she says. As the association’s queen for 2013–14, she led the grand entry at the start of each rodeo, along with a ­supporting group of “sparkle girls” and a junior-high princess. It is a ­position she has dreamed of holding since elementary school. At this night’s rodeo, she handed over her official responsibilities to a new queen, so she is free to leave the action in the arena and head outside to the stables to introduce Dude, the horse that helped her represent the state. A 9-year-old girl in a pink sequined top comes over to

‘There’s always a worry in our minds. We just ask God to watch over them’.

A family atmosphere

Maranda Williams and her husband, Brian, recognize there are risks in rodeo. They pray for their three children to stay safe but encourage their kids to compete. “There’s always a worry in our minds,” she says. “We just ask God to watch over them.” In addition to their chute-dogging son, Cole, they have a younger daughter, Karley, 12, who loves riding horses. Older daughter Kelsea, 17, competes in barrel-racing events and is wrapping up her term as the South Carolina High School Rodeo Queen. 20

Kelsea Williams, the 2013–14 SCHSRA queen, and her horse, Dude.

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the stables, and Williams introduces her as well. “This is Ella Kate, the best little barrel rider in South Carolina,” she says, smiling at the young girl from Piedmont. Ella Kate, a junior-high princess in training, has been getting advice from Williams and clearly wants to follow in the teenager’s footsteps. “Everyone’s pretty much a family in this ­association,” Kelsea Williams says, and others will tell you the same. Maybe that’s because rodeo is not an easy thing to do, not for the young people who participate, and not for the parents and other volunteers who make these events happen. Yet it’s something that they love and want to carry on for future generations. Working together, they have created a community in which everyone cheers for each other, no matter who is in the arena.

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Practically prepared

Don’t call Scott Hunt a survivalist. To be sure, he’s equipped to outlast catastrophic weather, economic chaos and communications blackout. While others might scramble, Hunt would be warm and safe at home with his family and their carefully stored food and water supply. But Hunt makes a distinction between responsible preppers, who thoughtfully stockpile supplies in anticipation of potential disasters, and the “outliers” or “kooks” with a survivalist mentality (“I’m going to make it and you’re not”) who give prepping a bad name. “In a Hurricane Katrina or Sandy-type situation, people that are prepared are part of the solution,” says Hunt, a Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative member. “They can take care of themselves, plus they can take care of other people.” That “sheepdog mentality,” he says, led him from previous jobs as an engineer and church pastor to founding Practical Preppers in 2011. Traveling the country as a speaker and consultant, Hunt teaches others to prepare for emergencies. His 55-acre farm showcases sustainable-living projects like converting wood to vehicle fuel and using solar power to pump spring water to his cows and chickens. So what is Hunt prepping for? The most realistic scenarios—those without Hollywood-style zombie invasions or terrorist takeovers—involve an economic crash or an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that interrupts access to water, power, food or communications. Hunt’s experience as a mechanical engineer and longtime homesteader groomed him for his ongoing role as resident expert on National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Preppers. He has a sizeable social media following and a new book, The Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness, that tells people how to prep on whatever scale suits them. “You can do this on a budget,” he tells people. “You just can’t do it in the middle of the storm.”

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It’s a warm fall night in Dillon—

perfect football weather—and what seems like the entire town is packed into the home-team bleachers, cheering as the Dillon High School Wildcats charge onto the field through a tunnel of cheerleaders. Fireworks explode in the night sky, and fans in Wildcats T-shirts and hats lean over the fence to get closer to the team. Outside the stadium, storefront signs up and down Main Street wish the players well, and traffic is backed up for a mile. Anyone still hoping for a good seat to watch Dillon play its Class 2-A rival, Marlboro High School, is an hour too late. An observer watching the spectacle from the sidelines might easily forget that Dillon is a town plagued by persistent poverty, an alarming drop-out rate and a reputation for political corruption. “There are some real challenges here, no question,” says Shaun Anderson, principal of Dillon High School. “But this town has serious pride. Just look around.” The man most responsible for stoking that community spirit— head football coach Jackie E. “Coach” Hayes—skips the grand entrance, happy to let his players take all the limelight. While his team stampedes 22

onto the field, he slowly walks the sideline, head mostly down, his impenetrable “game face” firmly affixed. “Rich, poor, black or white,” says Anderson, “if it’s Friday-night football in Dillon, we’re all together as one.”

Dillon has always been home

Dillon High School has been a part of Jackie Hayes’ life since he arrived there as a freshman in 1977, playing quarterback for the junior varsity. “I was coaching varsity when he started coming up,” says Gerald Reaves, a retired educator who now works as

‘All I kept hearing was, “That Jackie Hayes is special.” Turns out, everyone was right.’ an assistant to Hayes. “All I kept hearing was, ‘That Jackie Hayes is special.’ Turns out, everyone was right.” Hayes flatly refuses to talk about his playing days (“All I know is that was a long time ago”), but his talent impressed coaches statewide and earned him a spot in the 1980 Shrine

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Working the program

On and off the field, three simple rules define success for coach Jackie Hayes Bowl. “You could just tell he was a ­natural-born leader,” says Reaves. “When he was quarterbacking out there, he was coaching. He just didn’t know it at the time.” After earning his degree at Catawba College in North Carolina, Hayes jumped at the chance to return to Dillon as coach of the junior-­varsity team. “There was never a question about coming back,” he says. “It was home, and it was exactly where I wanted to be.” But the town Hayes returned to in 1984 was fundamentally different from the one he left. Dillon County’s psyche was in tatters as a result of a highly publicized vote-buying scandal that tagged the region with a reputation for corrupt politics. The tobacco industry, the region’s economic mainstay, was in sharp decline, and jobs were vanishing at an alarming rate. On the football field, things weren’t much brighter. The varsity Wildcats posted just two wins in as many seasons before Hayes—at the age of 29—​ took over as head coach in 1992. Today,

Dillon High School is a football powerhouse with four state titles to its credit, and Hayes is in the record books as the youngest coach in state history to win 200 games.

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winners include standouts Jadeveon Clowney, Marcus Lattimore and Stephon Gilmore—all of whom are now playing in the National Football League. Last year’s Mr. Football recipient, Jacob Park of Goose Creek High School, is now a freshman quarterback at the University of Georgia. “The day after I won, there was a story in the Athens paper about me being named Mr. Football,” Park says. “So, yeah, I’d say it’s a pretty big deal— especially when you see some of the guys who won the award before me.”

Jackie Hayes is hard to read. His neutral expression almost never changes. When the Wildcats score, he claps a couple of times, adjusts his headset and starts talking to his assistants about the next play. Polite yet intense, Hayes works 80hour weeks during the football ­season. When football ends, he pours his   l l

Before the dust settles on South Carolina’s 2014 high-school football season, the state’s top players will gather in Myrtle Beach on Dec. 13 to play in the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl. The all-star game for graduating seniors is organized by the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association, a project they’ve maintained every season since 1947. Proceeds are directed to a scholarship fund that assists the children of coaches. During halftime, the association will also announce the winner of South Carolina’s 2014 Mr. Football award. Recent

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The head coach of a high-school football team is part taskmaster, motivator, punisher and consoler. “Unless you’re a coach, you can never understand the ­responsibility you feel for the kids,” says Keith Richardson, former head coach at Clinton High School and a member of the South Carolina Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. “You have this sense of obligation that’s hard to explain.” In Dillon County, where one out of every three kids under the age of 18 is raised in poverty, that obligation can be staggering. “There are some tough family stories out there,” Hayes says of his athletes. “And if you care at all, you’re going to do what you can to at least give them an opportunity to succeed.” For Hayes, that translates into an unusual coaching strategy: Never cut a player who follows the three simple guidelines known as “the program.” l Work hard. l Be respectful and responsible. l Follow the rules. “If you work hard, you have a chance to be part of something ­bigger,” says Hayes. “And that’s important around here. There are some tough situations to deal with. But if you give a young man a chance, allow him to work hard, follow the rules and do all we ask, why shouldn’t he have a chance to be part of something special?”

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energy into his second job: represent­ ing House District 55 in the S.C. General Assembly. His decision to enter politics in 1998 sprang from a desire to enact change beyond Dillon High School. “I thought, instead of sitting around complaining about things, I’d actually get up and try to change them,” he says. Through the years, he’s steadily gained influence at the Statehouse, where he’s affectionately known as “Coach” and serves on several influential committees. “He’s an ideal colleague,” says Rep. Kenny Bingham, former Republican majority leader of the house. “Coach shows up prepared every day. He works as hard as anyone. He’s not looking for headlines and doesn’t showboat. And most of all, everything Coach says you can take to the bank. He’s a man of his word—which isn’t always common in politics today.”

As a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education, Hayes serves with three others to allocate public-school funding, and he is steadfast in his mission to improve education in South Carolina’s poorest counties. “That’s a child’s ticket to life,” Hayes says. “We have to offer opportunities to all kids if we want to be the state we know we can be.”

The fire that still burns

With the Wildcats racking up wins on the field and his influence growing in the General Assembly, Hayes has no intention of leaving either job anytime soon. Serving as a state ­representative “means you’re going to get your share of criticism,” he says. But Hayes believes he’s reached a point where his work as an elected official is paying dividends for his constituents. “It’s

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rewarding because you feel like at the end of the day you’re doing your part to hopefully make things better.” When it comes to coaching, “it’s still fun watching these young men develop, watching teams grow together,” says Hayes. “If you win championships, that’s great. But that’s not the bottom line here. We want to make sure we’re doing right by these kids, because we owe them that. “I tell you what makes me feel good,” he continues. “It’s looking at old team photos and being able to say, ‘This guy is an attorney now. This guy is a teacher. This one is a banker.’ My ultimate satisfaction is being able to give someone a chance to succeed.” Jackie Hayes will coach the South Squad in the 2014 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl. Darryl Page, head coach at Lower Richland High School, will lead the North Squad.

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Perfect poinsettias The iconic flower of the Christmas

season owes its fame to a native South Carolinian. Joel Roberts Poinsett of Charleston was the first U.S. minister to Mexico. In 1828, he found a beautiful euphorbia plant in bloom there and sent samples back home. Today we know it as the poinsettia, and according to Dr. Jim Faust, a Clemson University poinsettia researcher, it’s the number-one-selling potted flowering plant in the U.S. Faust has some tips for enjoying your poinsettias as long as possible. Success starts with selecting good quality in the garden center. Look for plants with healthy flowers—the small, green-and-­yellow bead-like structures in the center—and fully colored bracts, usually bright red, white, pink or burgundy. You want abundant,

dark-green leaves all along the stems. Avoid poinsettias with drooping, wilted or yellow leaves, bare stems and unbalanced or damaged branches. Check the container size; cheaply grown plants potted in undersized containers will appear disproportionately large. Plants with some growing room for their roots are more likely to survive the season. At home, place your ­poinsettia where it can get at least six hours of bright, indirect sunlight each day. An east- or south-facing window with a sheer curtain to filter the light is perfect. Avoid placing it near heat-emitting appliances (stoves, fireplaces, vents), as excessive heat will cause premature leaf drop. Also avoid cold; poinsettias are tropical plants that prefer temperatures between 50 and 75 degrees. Poinsettias depend on moderately moist soil. Water when the soil surface feels dry, but don’t fertilize it during bloom. If there’s a decorative foil pot covering, remove that when watering to allow the soil mixture to drain. You never want the plant to sit in standing water.

Walk through poinsettia history Poinsettias have evolved over the past two centuries, from the 12-foot, gangly shrubs growing in the wilds of Mexico to the cultivated and colorful beauties we now enjoy in holiday displays. An exhibit featuring an array of poinsettia varieties— including the trailblazing 1923 Oak Leaf, the compact Freedom Red introduced in 1991, and 21 varieties grown by Clemson University horticulture students—will be on display Dec. 1–25 in the lower lobby of the Westin Poinsett hotel on Main Street in Greenville. For more information, contact Jim Faust at

Faust says modern varieties should last at least a month in the home with this simple care. Many folks opt to discard their faded Christmas flower after the holidays, but if you like a challenge, you can keep your poinsettia and attempt to make it bloom again next year. When the decorative bracts have faded, usually in late March or early April, prune the plant back to 6 to 8 inches tall and fertilize with an allpurpose liquid fertilizer. This encourages new growth to emerge. Move your plant outdoors once nighttime temperatures stay above 50 degrees. Acclimate it in a shady spot at first, then gradually move it to less shade over a twoweek period, ending in full sunlight. Fertilize it every two to three weeks through spring, summer and fall. Early in June, repot your poinsettia into a slightly larger container, using a quality potting mix, and pinch back the shoot tips once or twice before Sept. 1 to encourage more branching. Once outdoor temperatures dip below 60 F, bring your plant indoors. Starting the first week of October, give it 14 hours of complete, uninterrupted darkness at night and six to eight hours of bright sunlight during the day. Caution: Any interruption in the nightly dark period—even briefly turning on a light—may reset the bloom cycle. Your careful efforts will reward you with colorful bracts and flowers in full bloom between Thanksgiving and Christmas. is an area horticulture agent and Master Gardener coordinator for Clemson Extension based in Greenville County. Contact him at S. CORY TANNER


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BY Diane veto Parham

Staring into space Stephen Hawking once told an audience. “Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist.” A great place in South Carolina to take Hawking’s advice is the newly expanded South Carolina State Museum, where you can peer through the eyepiece of an historic telescope at the stars, the sun, the planets and the wonders of the universe. Upco mi n g e v e n t s

For up-to-the-minute details on planetarium shows, 4-D movie schedules and observatory events, visit l Second Shift Twosdays: Extended hours to 8 p.m., with special planetarium and 4-D theater shows and nighttime sky viewings l Observatory sights include nighttime lunar viewings; Andromeda galaxy in late fall; Jupiter in late February/early March l “Building a Universe,” space-themed art exhibit, Lipscomb Art Gallery, through March 15, 2015

The South Carolina State Museum is located at 301 Gervais St. in Columbia. HOURS: Monday and Wednesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday, noon–5 p.m. SOLAR OBSERVATION: Monday, 2–4 p.m.; Tuesday–Friday, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 2–3 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sunday, 1–4 p.m. (weather permitting) GENERAL ADMISSION: Adults (ages 13–61), $8.95; seniors (62 and over), $7.95; children (ages 3–12), $6.95. Military discount is $1 off. First Citizens First Sundays: general admission is $1 the first Sunday of the month. Additional tickets are required for planetarium shows, 4-D theater films and blockbuster exhibits. DETAILS: (803) 898-4921;




For more than 25 years, the State Museum in Columbia has been telling the story of our state. The latest transformation of the 19th-century textile mill building, completed in August, added a 2,500-square-foot observatory that is capped by a rotating dome and houses the museum’s new showpiece: a 1926 telescope by Alvan Clark & Sons, famed as makers of some of America’s finest refracting telescopes. The telescope’s massive steel tripod legs extend from the fourth-floor observatory right down through the concrete floor of the museum’s newly renovated lobby, where they greet visitors at the front door and make an iconic backdrop for a photo op. The antique Clark telescope is the main attraction among the museum’s collection of 25 American-made telescopes, heralded as one of the best such collections in the world. “This represents when Americans became a force in building telescopes, in building observatories and, ultimately, in astronomy,” museum education director Tom Falvey says of the Robert B. Ariail Collection of Historical Astronomy. “This is our pride and joy.” A camera mounted on the newly digitized Clark telescope records highresolution still images and videos of the sun during daytime viewings, displaying them on a large, flat-screen monitor, where guides can explain details to museum visitors. Nighttime viewings offer opportunities to observe the moon and any other heavenly bodies within view at the time.

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Photos: SCSM / Sean Rayford

State’s new observatory and planetarium offer glimpses of the cosmos

“Look up at the stars,” physicist

The dramatic new entrance to the State Museum showcases the historic Alvan Clark telescope, from its three-story-high tripod to the dome atop the observatory. Inside the new 4-D theater, visitors enjoy multi-sensory interactions with seasonal short films.

“What people really want to see is the planets,” Falvey says. “The winter sky is great for that.” The $23 million upgrade also added a ground-floor planetarium, where guests can sit back and watch shows projected on a rounded, digital dome above their heads. The panoramic view offers a unique screen for enjoying interactive astronomy shows, live-sky shows, laser-light shows set to music, and educational films on space, art and history. The planetarium—the largest in the state—makes the most dramatic exterior change to the historic mill building. “This is where 21st-century glass meets 19th-century brick,” museum public relations manager Anna Kate Twitty says of the four-storyhigh windowed walls that offer a peek at the globe-shaped planetarium inside. Another highlight among the ­museum’s new features is its upgraded 4-D theater. Bubbles, smoke, scents, misting water, puffs of air, and seat vibrations are a few of the sensory thrills in store during the short films shown here. The experience is synced to the current film, so when a short version of The Polar Express is on screen, guests can expect “snow” showers and the aroma of hot cocoa and pine needles while they watch.

Project assisted by City of Rock Hill and York County Accommodations Tax Program

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EDITED BY CArrie Hirsch

Sweets to swap

It’s time to let the diet lapse just a little—and bak— e some tasty treats for the holidays


1 15½-ounce package Oreo cookies 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 10-ounce jar maraschino cherries with stems, drained ½ cup chocolate wafer crumbs ½ cup sliced almonds or pine nuts Colored nonpareils or pearl dragees

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Place cookies in a food processor; cover and process until finely crushed. Add cream cheese; process until blended. Keep mixture covered with a damp cloth at all times while you shape cookies. Shape 2–3 teaspoons cookie mixture around each cherry, tapering to resemble a mouse, and place on parchment paper. Sprinkle with wafer crumbs. Gently press sliced almonds or pine nuts into mice for ears and nonpareils or dragees for eyes. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. PAT CARTEE, YORK


1 cup vegetable shortening 1 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2¾ cups all-purpose flour, sifted

¾ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda Cookie cutters Sprinkles and store-bought or homemade buttercream icing for decorating



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In a medium mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar for 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla extract, beating for 2 minutes. Sift flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda together and gradually beat into wet mixture. Shape into a ball, then cover tightly with plastic wrap. Chill dough overnight. Preheat oven to 375 F. Sprinkle flour onto cutting board and on top of dough, then roll out dough about ½-inch thick and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Place shapes on ungreased cookie sheet and bake, one batch at a time, for 10–12 minutes or until light golden in color. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute; remove to wire rack with spatula to cool completely. When completely cooled, decorate with icing and sprinkles, as desired.

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1 cup light-brown sugar, firmly packed ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon salt 1 cup pecans, chopped Nonstick mini-muffin tin(s) with 24 cups

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4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 2 eggs

To make the dough: In a medium bowl, blend together cream cheese and 1 stick softened butter. Stir in flour. Chill dough for 1 hour. To make the filling: In a medium bowl, beat together 2 tablespoons softened butter, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla extract and salt until smooth. Stir in ½ cup of the chopped pecans. To assemble: Preheat oven to 325 F. Shape chilled dough into 24 1-inch balls, then place balls in ungreased mini-muffin cups. Press dough into bottom and up the sides of each mini-muffin cup. Divide filling mixture evenly among dough-lined muffin cups. Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup of chopped pecans. Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool 30 minutes before removing from mini-muffin cups.


2 cups unsalted butter, softened 6 ounces cream cheese, softened 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted Jam, jelly or preserves of choice Confectioner’s sugar

In the large bowl of a stand mixer, on medium speed, beat butter and cream cheese until light. Fold in flour and mix well. Divide dough into 4 portions. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Heat oven to 350 F. Have ungreased baking sheets ready. Sprinkle the work surface and rolling pin generously with confectioner’s sugar. Roll out 1 dough portion at a time to about ¼-inch thickness. Use a small (2-inch diameter), round cookie cutter or glass to cut out cookies. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets, leaving 1 or 2 inches between each cookie. Make a small depression in the center of each cookie with fingertip or back of a teaspoon. Fill dough with approximately ¼ teaspoon of jam, jelly or preserves. If you use too much filling, it will run out onto the baking sheet. Bake until cookies are lightly browned on the bottom, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool on wire racks. While still warm, sprinkle generously with confectioner’s sugar or drizzle with your favorite icing.



1 ½ sticks unsalted butter 1 cup granulated sugar 8 ounces dates, pitted and chopped (about 1½ cups) 1 cup pecans, chopped 2½ cups Rice Krispies or other rice cereal ½ cup powdered sugar, sifted


Celebrate the season. In addition to the kolacky Sharri Wolfgang

In a large pot, bring butter, sugar, dates and pecans to a boil for 4–5 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, then stir in rice cereal. When cool enough to handle, shape into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in powdered sugar, shaking off any excess. Store in airtight container.

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14–15 • Clemson IPRA World Championship Rodeo, T. Ed Garrison Arena, Pendleton. (864) 918-7633. 15 • Selugadu VIII: A Native American Celebration, Hagood Mill Historic Site, Pickens. (864) 898-2936. 15 • HOPE Relay, Kroc Center, Greenville. (864) 676-0028. 16–21 and 23 • “Big Love,” Brooks Center at Clemson University, Clemson. (864) 656-3043. 21–23 • “That’s All Mozart!” by Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Peace Center, Greenville. (800) 888-7768. 22 • Liberty Holiday Bazaar, Rosewood Center, Liberty. (864) 506-0737. 24–25 • “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” Peace Center, Greenville. (800) 888-7768. DECEMBER

3–20 • Spirit of Christmas Past Festival, downtown, Fountain Inn. (864) 408-9755, ext. 32. 4–6 • Holiday Fair, TD Convention Center, Greenville. (864) 233-2562. 5 • Christmas with the Annie Moses Band, Brooks Center at Clemson University, Clemson. (864) 656-3043. 5–7 and 12–14 • “Christmas at Dingley Dell,” Easley Foothills Playhouse, Easley. (864) 855-1817. 6–7 • Christmas at Rose Hill, Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site, Union. (864) 427-5966. 6–7 and 13–14 • Christmas at Ashtabula Plantation, 2725 Old Greenville Highway, Pendleton. (864) 646-7249. 8 • Christmas with Aaron Neville, Peace Center, Greenville. (800) 888-7768. 13 • Christmas Pops Concert and Toys for Tots Drive by Foothills Philharmonic, J. Harley Bonds Career Center, Greer. (864) 268-8743. 13 • Heartstrings at Hagood Mill, Hagood Mill Historic Site, Pickens. (864) 898-2936. 13 • Music on the Mountain and Sabrina House Gift Drive, Table Rock State Park, Pickens. (864) 878-9813. 13–14 • “The Nutcracker” by Ballet Spartanburg, Twichell Auditorium at Converse College, Spartanburg. (864) 583-0339, ext. 1.


20 • Ed Harrison Memorial Celtic Christmas, Hagood Mill Historic Site, Pickens. (864) 898-2936. 21 • Mythmas Party, Cannon Center, Greer. (864) 256-0866. JANUARY

3 • Wedding Festival, Hyatt Downtown, Greenville. (864) 235-5555. 6–7 • Jazz Reach: 100 Years of Jazz, Peace Center, Greenville. (800) 888-7768. 9–11 • S.C. RV & Camping Show, TD Convention Center, Greenville. (800) 848-6247. 10 • Stomp, Peace Center, Greenville. (800) 888-7768. 15 • Vijay Iyer Trio, Brooks Center at Clemson University, Clemson. (864) 656-3043. ONGOING

Daily through Jan. 19 • Ice on Main, Village Green, downtown Greenville. (864) 467-4435. Nightly, Nov. 15–Jan. 3 • Holiday Lights Safari Benefit, Hollywild Animal Park, Wellford. (864) 472-2038. Nightly, Nov. 27–Dec. 26 • Anderson Lights of Hope, Darwin Wright Park, Anderson. (864) 437-8311. Nightly, Nov. 27–Dec. 30 • Roper Mountain Holiday Lights, Roper Mountain Science Center, Greenville. (864) 355-8900. Tuesdays through Saturdays, Dec. 6–Feb. 5 • Sydney Cross: Printmaking, Pickens County Museum of Art & History, Pickens. (864) 898-5963.


14–16 • Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic Art & Crafts Festival, S.C. State Fairgrounds, Columbia. (336) 282-5550. 14–22 • “Our Town,” Longstreet Theatre, University of South Carolina, Columbia. (803) 777-2551. 15 • Thanksgiving Dinner on the Farm, Kings Mountain State Park, Blacksburg. (803) 222-3209. 15 • Mistletoe Market, Covenant Baptist Church, Lancaster. (803) 416-2332. 16 • “Salute to Norway” by Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Irmo. (803) 400-3540.

16 • “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” USC-Lancaster Bundy Auditorium, Lancaster. (803) 289-1486. 18 • Jodi Cobb’s “Stranger in a Strange Land” presented by National Geographic LIVE! Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Irmo. (803) 407-5011. 20 • Holiday Open House and Book Signing, Salkehatchie Arts Center, Allendale. (803) 584-6084. 21–23 • Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show, Jamil Shrine Temple, Columbia. (803) 736-9317. 21–23 • Fall One-Act Festival, Johnson Studio Theatre at Winthrop University, Rock Hill. (803) 323-2211. 21–Dec. 20 • “A Christmas Carol,” Trustus Theater, Columbia. (803) 254-9732. 22 • An Evening with the Hammonds, Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, Beech Island. (803) 827-1473. 22 • Smokin’ Hot Butts BBQ, Farmer’s Market, Manning. (803) 435-4405. 28–29 • Christmas Craft Show, McConnells Community Center, McConnells. (803) 230-3845. 29 • Christmas in the Backcountry, Living History Park, North Augusta. (803) 279-7560. 29 • Chitlin Strut, 230 Pine St. NW, Salley. (803) 258-3485. 29–30 • Jamil Shriners Craft Show, Jamil Shrine Temple, Columbia. (803) 772-9380. DECEMBER

3 • Festival of Lessons, Carols and Lights, Santee Conference Center, Santee. (803) 854-2152, ext. 203. 4–7 • ChristmasVille, Historic Old Town and multiple sites, Rock Hill. (803) 329-8756. 4–7 • Holiday Market, Cantey Building at S.C. State Fairgrounds, Columbia. (803) 254-0805. 5 • Tree Lighting, downtown, Aiken. (803) 642-7634. 5 • Masters of Soul, USCLancaster Bundy Auditorium, Lancaster. (803) 289-1486. 5–6 • Christmas Festival, downtown, Holly Hill. (803) 496-3330. 5–6 • Christmas Craft Show, H.O. Weeks Center, Aiken. (803) 642-7631. 5–7 • Red Rose Holiday Tour & Downtown Holiday Market, downtown, Lancaster. (803) 289-1492. 5–17 • Holiday Sales Show, Douglas-Reed House, Camden. (803) 425-7676, ext. 1. 6 • Red Rose Holiday Tour Winter Sale, USC-Lancaster Native American Studies Center, Lancaster. (803) 313-7172.

6 • Christmas for the Birds, Living History Park, North Augusta. (803) 279-7560. 6 • Santa’s Market Craft Show, Seven Oaks Park, Columbia. (803) 772-3336. 6 • Christmas at the Farm, Kings Mountain State Park, Blacksburg. (803) 222-3209. 6 • Christmas Concert by the Lancaster Chamber Choir, Cultural Arts Center, Lancaster. (803) 289-1492. 6 and 13 • Christmas Candlelight Tour, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. (803) 684-2327. 7 • York County Choral Society Holiday Concert, Byrnes Auditorium at Winthrop University, Rock Hill. (803) 323-2211. 7 • Garden Club Home for the Holidays Tour, multiple locations, Lancaster. (803) 283-8345. 9 • Story Time with Mrs. Claus, H.O. Weeks Center, Aiken. (803) 642-7631. 11 • Crafty Feast, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia. (803) 348-8861. 11 • Night of a Thousand Lights, downtown, Aiken. (803) 649-2221. 11 • ’Tis the Season Opening Event, Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken. (803) 641-9094. 12–15, 18–23 and 26–27 • Christmas in Hopelands, Hopelands Gardens, Aiken. (803) 642-7631. 13 • Colonial Christmas, KershawCornwallis House at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, Camden. (803) 432-9841. 13 • Breakfast with Santa, H.O. Weeks Center, Aiken. (803) 642-7631. 13–14 • Christmas in Olde York Holiday Tour of Homes, multiple locations, York. (803) 684-2590. 13–14 and 20–21 • “The Nutcracker,” Koger Center, Columbia. (803) 799-7605. 31 • New Year’s Eve at Noon, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia. (803) 400-1166. 31 • Famously Hot New Year, Main Street, Columbia. (803) 413-6808. JANUARY

10 • “Frog Princess” premiere, Columbia Marionette Theatre, Columbia. (803) 252-7366. 10 • Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, USCLancaster Bundy Auditorium, Lancaster. (803) 289-1486. 15 • Vista Nights, The Vista, downtown Columbia. (803) 269-5946.

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Daily, Nov. 28–Jan. 1 • Poinsettia Festival, Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter. (803) 436-2640. Daily through March 15 • “Building a Universe,” S.C. State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898-4921. Nightly, Nov. 21–Dec. 30 (except Nov. 27 and Dec. 24–25) • Lights Before Christmas, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia. (803) 779-8717. Nightly, Nov. 26–Dec. 31 • Holiday Lights on the River, Saluda Shoals Park, Columbia. (803) 731-5208. Nightly, Dec. 1–31 • Fantasy of Lights, Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter. (803) 436-2640.


13–16 • Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach. (843) 448-9483. 15 • Coastal Island Horse Show, Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, Johns Island. (843) 768-5867. 15 • St. Nicholas BBQFest, Riverfront Park, Conway. (843) 248-4706. 15 • Rockabillaque, Park Circle, North Charleston. (310) 801-2727. 15–16 • Grand Strand Model Railroaders Train Show & Sale, Lakewood Conference Center, Myrtle Beach. (843) 293-4386. 15–16 • Atalaya Sleepover, Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet. (843) 237-4440. 21–23 • Holiday Market, Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston. (336) 282-5550. 22 • Tinsel Trot Holiday Fun Run, Old Santee Canal Park, Moncks Corner. (843) 899-5200. 22 • Holiday Goodness Bazaar, Wellness Center, Dillon. (843) 774-5115, ext. 3. 22 • Turkey Trot 5K, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet. (843) 235-6000. 27 • Turkey Trot, Surfside Pier, Surfside Beach. (843) 267-7443. 27–29 • S.C. State Bluegrass Festival, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach. (706) 864-7203. DECEMBER

4–6, 11–13 and 18–20 • Nights of a Thousand Candles, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet. (843) 235-6000. 5–7 • A Night on the Town, downtown, Beaufort. (843) 525-8531. 6 • Holiday Street Festival, Front Beach, Isle of Palms. (843) 886-8294. 6 • Tidelands Combined Training Show, Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, Johns Island. (843) 768-5867.

6 • Santa at the Beach! Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-0874. 7 • St. David’s Christmas Home Tour, St. David’s Episcopal Church and School, Cheraw. (843) 537-3832, ext. 10. 11 • Holiday Hoedown Special Needs Social Event, Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston. (843) 572-7275. 12 • “The Elves & the Shoemaker,” Sterett Hall Auditorium, North Charleston. (843) 740-5854. 13 • Holiday Farmers Market & Craft Show, Moultrie Middle School, Mount Pleasant. (843) 884-8517. 13 • Lowcountry Masters 5K Train Run, Laurel Hill Plantation, Mount Pleasant. (843) 795-4386. 13–14 • Progressive Show Jumping, Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, Johns Island. (843) 768-5867. 13–14 • Village Antiques & Collectibles Holiday Market, Felix C. Davis Community Center, North Charleston. (843) 745-1028. 26–31 • Beach Ball Classic, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach. (800) 537-1690. 31 • A Southern Times Square, The Market Common, Myrtle Beach. (843) 839-3500. 31 • Garden by Candlelight, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet. (843) 235-6000. 31 • Holiday Festival of Lights Fireworks Show, James Island County Park, Charleston. (843) 795-4386. JANUARY 1 • New Year’s Sprint Triathlon, Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-5636. 1 • New Year’s Day Polar Bear 5K Run, Publix Buckwalter Place, Bluffton. (843) 757-8520. 3 • Bulldog Breakaway New Year’s 5K, The Citadel, Charleston. (843) 708-9618.  9–11 • Grand Strand Boat Show, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach. (336) 233-0426. 12 • Mary Wilson, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head Island. (888) 860-2787. 14–15 • S.C. AgriBiz and Farm Expo, Florence Civic Center, Florence. (843) 432-1224. ONGOING

Daily through Dec. 31 • Festival of Trees, Ripley’s Aquarium, Myrtle Beach. (800) 734-8888. Daily through Jan. 1 • Holiday Festival of Lights, James Island County Park, Charleston. (843) 795-4386.


By Jan A. Igoe

When cats fly When I was growing up, my family couldn’t have pets.

Not real pets, anyway. If it had fur, some sibling would immediately erupt in hives and start wheezing. So we were mostly turtle-with-a-plastic-palm-tree people until Luigi showed up. Luigi was the neighborhood’s battle-scarred, brawlwinning, feline transient. Everybody knew him, but nobody admitted to owning him. He dwarfed all the local cats and, come to think of it, most of the dogs. Striped like a tiger, Luigi stalked the streets as if the suburbs were his personal Serengeti. You did not want to be a mouse, lizard or human limb within leaping distance of this cat. So one day, Luigi, whose left ear was hanging on by sheer will alone, followed me into the house. I didn’t notice him until my father started screaming colorful adjectives in exceptionally high decibels. Loosely translated, it meant, “If you kids plan to see puberty, you’d better get that thing out of here!” Dad grabbed a broom, and Mom armed herself with pot lids. They didn’t have an emergency plan for cat eviction, so they went for the closest domestic weapons. My mother leaped from chair to chair, clanging the lids wildly as my father swept the cat out with a series of macho thrusts. Luigi left, but only long enough to decide if my parents were serial killers. Dad delivered daily rants: “You kids better keep that thing out” because “It’s filthy,” and “I don’t want a cat. Period.” We listened. Luigi didn’t. Every time our front door opened, the “mangy thing” 38

would materialize out of thin air and strut right in. Then a miracle happened. A week later, Dad was lounging on the sofa watching Sunday football with his new BFF, Luigi. “Don’t sit there. You’ll disturb my cat,” he warned. “If you’re going to sneeze, go outside.” My siblings theorized that aliens had abducted our real father, but I think Mom just wanted her broom back. Either way, we had a cat. Since then, I’ve been fascinated by cat-centric people, like the Dutch guy who couldn’t bear to part with his longtime pet, Orville. In 2012, Orville was tragically killed by a car, so his owner— an artist, which may explain a lot—decided to see if the cat would have better luck flying. This involved a visit to a taxidermist, who preserved the beloved feline in a spread-eagle stance. Next, a helicopter expert attached propellers to the pussycat’s paws and motorized his belly. The cat-copter’s inaugural flight took place at an Amsterdam art festival, where some visitors were not prepared for a remote-controlled feline navigating amongst the nudes. I’m just glad Dad didn’t know about this taxidermy business. Luigi might still be sitting on the couch, with the TV remote mounted in one paw and a Budweiser in the other. Fortunately, he wouldn’t have to fly unless the Giants fumbled.  is allergic to cats but has overcompensated by c­ ollecting canines. At present, none of them can fly. Write her at

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SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING  |   November/December 2014  |


PalmettoPride would like to thank all our volunteers and partners who have worked with us over the years. The Great American Cleanup of South Carolina. Community cleanups. Community Pride Grants. Zero Tolerance for Litter. PalmettoPride Blitz. Neighborhood Makeovers. Keep America Beautiful. Adopt-AHighway. Palmetto Prideways. We have been busy. What began as a statewide public awareness campaign to eradicate litter and promote beautification has grown into an umbrella organization with more than 2 dozen signature programs. We coordinate pickup efforts with partners of all sizes, from one individual who picks up trash on a morning walk to a multistate agency initiative for interstate pickup. We house the state affiliate for Keep America Beautiful and the state office of Adopt-A-Highway. We work with communities on public green spaces. We work with private businesses to pick up trash on our interstates. We educate and entertain children with our marionette show Litter Trashes Everyone Mention the word litter and people think “annoying” or “not a big deal”.

Litter is one element that seems small compared to melting glaciers or criminal activities. But it is a big deal. It matters to the thousands of volunteers who give their time and energy to protect and care for their communities. It matters to our state and local governments who use resources to clean it up. It matters to business owners who want patrons to buy or use their goods and services. It matters to criminals who want to take advantage of people. Litter is a big deal. Eradicating litter

is a big deal. Clean interstates, main streets and neighborhoods increase the overall health of our communities. Healthy communities increase economic interest, bringing in new business and supports our state’s thriving tourist industry. Strong economic output creates jobs. Strong communities and a strong economy make us proud of our home state. At PalmettoPride, we are more than just picking up trash. Visit us at our website to see how you can be a part of the pride.

2700 Middleburg Drive, Suite 216 | Columbia SC 29204 | 877-725-7733 |

South Carolina is our home. Keep it clean.

2700 Middleburg Drive, Suite 216 | Columbia SC 29204 | 877-725-7733 |

South Carolina Living - Nov./Dec. 2014  
South Carolina Living - Nov./Dec. 2014