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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS Vol. 68 • No. 10 (ISSN 0047-486X, USPS 316-240) Read in more than 470,000 homes and businesses and published monthly except in December by The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. 808 Knox Abbott Drive Cayce, SC 29033

October 2014 • Volume 68, Number 10


16 Small change, big changes

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Operation Round Up, a charitable-giving program pioneered by Palmetto Electric Cooperative, celebrates 25 years of neighbors helping neighbors through small donations on their monthly power bills.



Diane Veto Parham FIELD EDITOR


Pam Martin

Tom Upshaw of Palmetto Electric (left) and his simple idea have inspired co-ops nationwide to find new ways to help their communities.


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4 CO-OP CONNECTION Cooperative news


Bebop on down to Cheraw for the South Carolina Jazz Festival. Plus: Three innovative ways to use less electricity around the house.

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10 Taking the lead

Learn how not-for-profit electric cooperatives are on the front lines in the fight against hackers. ENERGY Q&A

12 Making sense of

appliance upgrades

In the market for new, energyefficient appliances? Read this before you go shopping.




21 Ambassador of jazz

Columbia’s own Skipp Pearson sings the praises of South Carolina’s rich jazz heritage. SCENE

22 Monarch butterflies get

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Meet the Clarendon County farmer who raises the colorful insects released at weddings, birthdays and memorials. GARDENER

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Enjoy this step-by-step guide to growing new woody plants from the ones you already have. TR AVELS


28 Peace and quiet

Escape the everyday noise and bustle with a visit to the serene beauty of Mepkin Abbey. RECIPE

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30 Go wild

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Georgetown Wooden Boat Show

Plot a course for Historic Georgetown to celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of the nation’s premier wooden boat exhibits and on-site boatbuilding competitions. The waterfront show at Front and Broad streets expands to two days this year, with more than 140 classic wooden boats on display, children’s model boat-building event, maritime arts and crafts, and an exciting test of seaworthiness for the rowing skiffs constructed Saturday afternoon under the big tent on Broad.


South Carolina Jazz Festival

“Bebop on down” to Cheraw, as native son Dizzy Gillespie might have said, for hot jazz in cool venues in this Chesterfield County town. Star attractions this year are the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet (Delfeayo Marsalis, above) and James Tormé, plus more than 20 artists from across the Carolinas. A bebop parade and jazz mass give a unique twist to the weekend festivities.

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Native American Cherokee Trail River Festival

Brightly colored regalia on Native American dancers grabs the attention of visitors at this Cayce celebration of some of the state’s oldest cultural traditions. Browse among handmade Native American crafts, pull up a blanket to listen to stories, or visit with Chief Steve Silverheels, son of TV’s Jay (“Tonto”) Silverheels. Native American artifacts, thousands of years old, will also be displayed at the nearby Cayce Historical Museum. For details, visit Native American Cherokee River Festival on or call (803) 366-1705.


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Boo at the Zoo

The things that go bump in the night are the costumed kids at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens’ annual “spooktacular” in Columbia. While the zoo’s critters sleep, kids 12 and under can score Halloween goodies on the nightly Trick-or-Treat Trail, parade in costumes, frolic in freaky foam, navigate a hay maze, trek a Spooky Safari and enjoy plenty of nottoo-creepy fun. Get tickets in advance, then bring a tote for your treats. For details, visit or call (803) 779-8717.


Smart ways to save energy

Looking for new ways to save on your utility bills? Here are three options to consider, courtesy of Brian Sloboda, an efficiency expert with the Cooperative Research Network. the

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Upgrade your thermostat. Roughly half of or ing gy you buy every month goes to heat

Flatwood Grill revives memories

When Francis Earle “F.E.” Hendrix played first base for

the Flatwood Peaches baseball team in 1952, he never imagined that his team’s photo might one day welcome airline passengers to South Carolina. Hendrix and his smiling teammates are featured on the menu board of the new Flatwood Grill at GSP International Airport in Greer. The restaurant, located in the newly renovated baggage claim area, pays homage to a close-knit farming community that disappeared when the airport was built on the property in 1962 and BMW built its plant nearby in 1992. Hendrix, a member of the Laurens Electric Cooperative Board of “When you play ball for 10 years, Trustees, has become and baseball is the chief thing in the community, you get to know people,” the unofficial historian F.E. Hendrix says of his efforts to of Flatwood, campaignmemorialize the people and the town ing to keep memories of Flatwood. “I felt like they adopted me, and I adopted them.” In the top of the town alive. In photo, Hendrix is the player standing 1999 Hendrix convinced fifth from the left. BMW and GSP to erect a granite historical marker to the village and signage designating BMW’s recreation area as Flatwood Fields. “Something needed to be done—I could see the name Flatwood disappearing,” he says. When GSP began terminal renovations, Hendrix worked with airport officials to create another tribute to Flatwood. In addition to the menu board, a plaque in the new restaurant celebrates the village where farming, mill work and Saturday baseball were mainstays. With the restaurant’s airport location, “Thousands of people will pass by and see the name of Flatwood,” Hendrix says. —diane veto parham

ener mostats cooling your home. Programmable ther but only , year a $180 to up r ume can save a cons or ing heat the ce redu to used are when they day, the of ion cooling load for a significant port ners eow hom t mos , ately Sloboda says. Unfortun efficiency. fail to program their devices for maximum ds-off” option for “han So-called smart thermostats are a new, ors that detect sens ion mot with automated savings. They come ture accordingly. pera tem the st adju and nt when the house is vaca , automatically dule sche Within a few days, the system learns your and returning it e hom not e dialing your thermostat back when you’r are. you n whe to a more comfortable setting

Replace incandescent bulbs. With the gove rnmentmandated phaseout of old-fashioned incandescent lightbulbs, consumers now have three choices for home lighting—halogen-­incandesc ents, CFLs and LEDs. While these replacement bulb s use less electricity, consumers will have to pay more up front. As consumers make the switch, 800-lume n LED bulbs are gaining popularity as a replacem ent for traditional 60-watt incandescents. LED bulbs are long lasting and more energy efficient, and most have the iconic look of the old incandescents, but Sloboda warns buye rs to stick with reputable lighting brands for the best quality. He also advises consumers pay close atten tion to the “lighting facts” label on packaging to compare lumens, light color, light quality and the estimated annual energy cost s of any replacement bulbs. devices using not e you’r n whe keep drawing power even power them. This so-called phantom or vampire add up. really can and 24/7 y tricit elec es drain wast s and iance appl d Continually unplugging househol er pow t smar a using but gadgets is one solution, . load the ce redu to way nt enie strip is a more conv rs, colo Most smart strips feature three outlet et serves as each with a unique task. The blue outl used device ily heav a for l a control plug and is idea into red ged plug hing Anyt r. pute like a TV or com ptacles rece e thes to y tricit elec on— stays outlets llite sate for ect never cuts off—making them perf tant cons need that s boxes or other appliance neutral power. The remaining outlets, generally flowing nt curre to itive sens are r, colo in n or gree TV or the off ing through the blue outlet, so turn well. as them to computer cuts power

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When you’re lounging poolside, energy efficiency is likely to be the last thing on your mind, but for homeowners fortunate enough to have their very own backyard oasis, the energy costs associated with maintaining a pool are a significant concern. Covering your pool when it’s not in use is the best way to cut both the energy and water costs of maintaining a pool. Covers help eliminate debris so your filter system doesn’t have to work as hard. In summer, they cut down on water evaporation. In winter, they form an insulating barrier that keeps heated pools warm by reducing evaporative heat loss. Your energy savings will depend on a variety of factors, but a good cover can cut poolrelated energy consumption by up to 50 percent. Choosing a pool cover will depend on the size of the pool and how much space you have to store the cover when not in use. Transparent insulating solar covers are the most common variety. They float on top of the pool and resemble bubble wrap.

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An alternative to a conventional pool cover is a chemical cover, which provides some evaporation protection without the hassle of moving the cover on and off the pool. Chemical covers use special alcohol molecules that float to the surface and form a protective barrier when the water is calm, but their effectiveness is diminished when swimmers or wind disturb the pool surface. —brian sloboda

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Fall is the perfect season to check windows and doors for gaps that can create uncomfortable drafts and higher utility bills this winter. If you can feel moving air or see daylight, plug the leaks with weather stripping to keep the heat in and the cold out. Source: U.S. Department of Energy


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Don’t let D.C. bureaucrats raise your power bill! Join the campaign to keep your electricity affordable and reliable The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to issue power plant regulations designed to reduce carbon‑dioxide emissions, but the proposed rules are built on flawed assumptions. If adopted, these policies will significantly increase your power bills.

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through the headlines of your favorite news website on a smartphone or tablet—and you are likely to find a story about cybercrime and the efforts to defeat it. The online world that we’ve come to rely on for information, communication, commerce and entertainment can be a scary place, and it’s important to realize that utilities, including your local electric cooperative, aren’t exempt from hacker attacks. Consider these recent reports: The July 9 New York Times reported that earlier this year, Chinese hackers successfully compromised a U.S. government database containing information on tens of thousands of applicants for security clearances. A special report in the July 12 issue of The Economist included this shocking statistic: More than 800 million digital records, including credit card and debit card details, were stolen by cyber crooks in 2013—a three-fold increase over 2012. A report from The Associated Press, published in the Sept. 8 edition of The State news­paper, revealed that the U.S. Naval Academy now requires all cadets to take at least two semesters of cybersecurity coursework in order to graduate. The academy also plans to create a new degree program in cybersecurity. Craig Miller, chief scientist for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), says there are thousands of probes, big and small, into utility systems each year. Most are attempts to grab personal data like bank account information, Social Security numbers and other personal data, but some have been aimed at the computers controlling the power grid. Here’s the good news: Electric co-ops aren’t taking these threats lightly. Thanks to the leadership of the Cooperative Research Network (CRN) and a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, security experts are developing a powerful new tool to fight hackers. It’s called Essence, and it is designed to protect both the

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automated systems that run the utility network and the personal information of co-op members. Most computer systems are protected through firewall programs, special software that blocks suspicious attempts to connect or upload software. These programs depend on lists of known threats that have to be constantly updated, says Maurice Martin, CRN’s project manager for cybersecurity. Essence takes a different approach. Instead of monitoring what’s going in and out of the network, this powerful new tool monitors the network itself. “It looks for anomalies—stuff that shouldn’t be happening—and then raises a red flag when it sees something that’s amiss,” Martin says. The goal is to develop a hardware device small enough to hold in one hand, and versatile enough to install unobtrusively on any network, allowing co-ops of every size to enhance the security of their systems. Researchers hope to have the first prototypes deployed for field testing early next year. If Essence proves its worth, commercial partners will be brought in to produce the product on a national scale, giving all electric utilities a powerful new way to combat hackers. Are you surprised to learn that co-ops are taking the lead in cyber research and development? You shouldn’t be. As not-for-profit businesses owned by, and accountable to, the people we serve, co-ops are uniquely positioned to innovate on behalf of all utility consumers. Delivering affordable and reliable electricity may be the daily work of electric cooperatives, but looking out for our members has always been our primary business. We exist to strengthen and empower our communities. Taking a leadership role on cybersecurity research is just one more example of the co-op difference.











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Making sense of appliance upgrades


I’m in the market for new, energy-efficient appliances in my kitchen, laundry room and living room. How can I find the most efficient models, and how do I evaluate the potential payback period?


When shopping for major appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers and large-screen TVs, look for the yellow EnergyGuide label required by the Federal Trade Commission. It is the best way to determine the typical When shopping for appliances, look for the yellow energy cost to use a device, EnergyGuide label to compare estimated annual but there is a catch. energy costs and overall efficiency. The labels show estimated annual operating costs based out in the fine print on the on national averages for appliance use label. Your actual costs may and energy costs. The assumptions be higher or lower depending built into the cost estimate are spelled on how energy conscious you are, how much you use the device and the real costs of Easy ways to save electricity in your area. Clothes washer While the EnergyGuide n Water heating accounts for about 90 percent of the figures may not be precise to energy your machine uses. Washing with cold water your situation, they can help can save $30 to $40 annually. you evaluate which machines Clothes dryer are more efficient overall. n Clean the lint trap before each and every load. The comparison scale on the n Run loads made up of similar fabrics, so the entire label clearly shows how the load dries in one cycle. appliance stacks up against Dishwashers the least and most efficient n Run full loads whenever possible. models within its class. n Select the no-heat drying option. Another useful tool is the Refrigerators federal government’s Energy n Keep your refrigerator at 35 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Star label. To earn the Energy n Place the fridge in a cool place away from heat Star rating, manufacturers sources such as ovens. must prove that an applin Make sure seals around the door are airtight. ance uses less electricity than If not, replace them. comparable machines. The n Keep the condenser coils clean if it’s an older model. standards vary by appliance and may take other factors 12

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into consideration. An Energy Star-rated clothes washer, for example, must use 20 percent less energy and 35 percent less water than regular washers. To learn more about the specific requirements for household appliances, visit products/certified-products. Touchstone Energy, a national coalition of not-forprofit electric cooperatives, has two digital tools that you might find useful in evaluating potential savings from appliance upgrades. Visit and click on the “Energy Savings Home Tour” tab for a room-by-room analysis featuring savings calculators and fact sheets. Touchstone’s free smartphone app, available for Apple and Android devices, also features savings calculators for everything from lightbulbs to major appliances. As a general rule, it’s hard to determine when an appliance upgrade will pay you back in energy savings. While newer appliances are almost always more efficient than older ones, it rarely makes economic sense to replace existing appliances unless they are at least 10 years old or need expensive repairs. If you make a concerted effort to use your older appliances as efficiently as possible, you can keep annual energy costs low without spending an additional dime. 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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A criminal’s “bread and butter” Scams and schemes are the tricks used to steal your hard-earned money and personal information. n

The “service disconnection” scam This scheme begins with an urgent phone call by someone pretending to be an electric cooperative employee. The caller warns the consumer that electric service to their home or business will be disconnected unless immediate payment is made. The scammer then directs the consumer to purchase a pre-paid debit card (available at many convenience stores and pharmacies) and to call a toll-free number to deliver the unique account numbers listed on the card. Armed with this information, the scammer has effectively stolen the money used to obtain the card.


The “government wants to help pay your electric bill” scam In this ploy, the consumer is told about a “new government program” that will pay a portion of their monthly power bill. The scammer convinces the consumer that they will qualify for the “program” if they divulge information such as a bank routing number or Social Security number.

DON’T BECOME A VICTIM! Your co-op will not call you and ask for personal information. Never reveal to a caller your bank account numbers, credit card numbers or your Social Security number.

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Do not reply to telephone messages asking for personal or private information. If you get a message that causes you to be concerned about the status of your electric bill, call your co-op and speak directly to a member services representative.

When in doubt, hang-up and call local law enforcement. Many scam artists are aggressive in their tactics. If you receive a phone call from someone pushing you to divulge personal information, hang-up. Then contact your local authorities with as much information about the call as you are able to provide.

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n a h c l l a Sm g n a h c Big Fire tore through John McKnight’s Williamsburg County home last summer, destroying everything in its path.

25years of giving Operation Round Up marks 25 years of neighbors helping neighbors BY DIANE VETO PARHAM


His granddaughter died in the fire; his wife was severely burned, and other family members were injured. Anguished and homeless, the family was in desperate need of help. “We went from everything to nothing in a matter of minutes,” says McKnight, a member of Santee Electric Cooperative. “We were still so traumatized, and then it’s like someone came and put a hand on our backs and said, ‘We’re going to help you and get you back on your feet.’” That someone was Santee Electric Trust, which oversees the Santee co-op’s Operation Round Up program. Funds from this community outreach effort provided the family five nights at a local hotel, plus a $500 Walmart gift card to buy immediate necessities like clothes, shoes and toothbrushes, and a $250 Visa card to help McKnight and his wife travel to Florida for their granddaughter’s funeral. “The way they came in and helped

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me and my wife was just remarkable,” says McKnight, who had never heard of Operation Round Up until it came to his rescue. “It took a lot of stress off of us, just to have those basics— a pair of shoes, some clothes on your back, at least a place to lay your head. It was such a relief.”

Neighbors helping neighbors

A fast-food lunch. A bottle of shampoo. A matinee movie ticket. You might spend $6 on any of these and not think much of it. But pool your $6 with similar dollars from your fellow cooperative members, and you can change lives. That’s the simple idea behind Operation Round Up, which for 25 years has been caring for people in the communities cooperatives serve. Here’s how it works: With permission from their members, co-ops with an Operation Round Up program automatically

, e g n g es SANTEE John McKnight and his wife, Gloria Duncan, lost their 7-year-old granddaughter, D’Asia Williams, in a devastating fire last June. Operation Round Up stepped in to help with their basic needs in the days after the fire. “It was like you’re drowning, and someone throws you that lifeline,” McKnight says.

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round up a participating member’s electric bill each month to the next highest dollar. For example, a consumer’s monthly bill of $52.73 would be automatically rounded up to $53, with the extra 27 cents going into the local co-op’s Operation Round Up fund. On average, that’s about $6 a year for a participating member’s account—or about 50 cents a month.

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In 1989, Palmetto Electric Cooperative created Operation Round Up as a way for co-op members to help people in need in Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties. Recognizing a great idea, co-ops across the state and nation were soon adopting the program in their own communities. Celebrating its silver anniversary this month, Operation Round Up is now in 16 of this state’s electric co-ops, having distributed more than $33 Tom Upshaw retired in June after 30 years million in aid for as Palmetto Electric’s community projpresident and CEO. He ects and people in was honored last April need across South by state lawmakers for his service, including Carolina. Multiply the creation of that across the Operation Round Up. 300‑plus co-ops in 39 other states that have adopted the program to measure the even-bigger impact—Operation Round Up has delivered untold millions in charitable aid to communities nationwide. “Co-ops were organized to bring power to the rural areas of our state, but the broader aspect of that is to improve the lives of the people we serve,” says Leigh Smith, communications coordinator for Lynches River Electric Cooperative. The seventh cooperative principle, she points out, is “concern for community.” “You couldn’t find a better program to do that than this one,” she says.

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It all started with “one of those fouro’clock-in-the-morning-when-youcan’t-sleep ideas,” Tom Upshaw says. The year was 1989, and Upshaw—­​ who retired last June after 30 years as president and CEO of Palmetto Electric Cooperative—was mulling ways his co-op could be more deeply involved with the community. He pitched his Operation Round Up concept to the co-op’s board of trustees, and they enthusiastically embraced it. They ­established the Palmetto Electric Trust to oversee monthly applications for ­assistance and disbursement of funds. “We had no idea it would spread like it has,” Upshaw says, adding

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25years of giving

The power of a good idea ‘When we started, we had no idea it would last this long. That says something, I think, about the amount of good that it’s done. If you look at the impact on all the people, the families, the organizations that have been helped by this, it’s certainly satisfying to see what we’ve been able to do in 25 years.’ — Tom Upshaw

Members making an impact

When emergencies hit home—­ overwhelming medical bills; a roof in ruins; wells that won’t pump water— people in Operation Round Up communities can reach out to the program for help. “Everyone who applies for assistance feels their situation is unique and catastrophic, because it is catastrophic to them,” says Vicki Ross-Bell, administrative services manager with MidCarolina. The cooperative averages 30 to 40 requests for assistance each month. “We want to enhance the quality l l


At Marlboro Electric Cooperative, Operation Round Up has purchased supplies for the Salkehatchie Summer Service program since 1995, enabling youth volunteers to repair homes for needy families.

Aiken Parker Northrop and Garrett Dorn repaired a roof at a Salkehatchie Summer Service work site in 2009. Aiken Electric’s Operation Round Up is a regular contributor to the program.

Muriel Gouffray

that he’s fielded inquiries about the program from as far away as Canada, England and Australia. “I’m absolutely amazed.” A key focus of the program, he says, is to “help people out of rough spots ... to help them out of that emergency or hole that they’re in at that particular point in time.” At the height of the recent recession, Palmetto’s Operation Round Up often had more requests than it could handle. “People call and say, ‘I’ve never had to ask anyone for help before,’” says Jackie Cooper, who works with Berkeley Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up program. “I tell them we all go through tough times when we have an emergency or a need we can’t fulfill ourselves,” she says. “That’s what this program’s here for.” Operation Round Up also ­impacts the local community by funding projects that need a specific boost. Palmetto’s fund, which has disbursed more than $6 million since it started, helped install a helicopter pad at Hampton Regional Medical Center for medical transports, and it bought the first delivery truck for a local ­program called Second Helpings that distributes surplus food to agencies ­serving the disadvantaged. “It’s a simple idea where nobody is hurt,” Upshaw says. “We’re talking on average about $6 a year. But ­collectively, those dollars mount up and make a difference.”

Operation Round Up supports Fairfield Electric Cooperative’s Give A Turkey program, providing precooked holiday dinners to 75 families at Thanksgiving and 50 at Christmas.


More than 50 Broad River Electric Cooperative volunteers stuffed 3,000 book bags with school supplies and delivered them to ­elementary schools in August. ­Operation Round Up funds bought the bags, and community partners donated pencils, notebooks, paper and other needed items.

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Operation Round Up license agreements as of June 2014 Source: Palmetto Electric Cooperative

In western Illinois, Adams Electric Cooperative funds art education for elementary school students through an art mentoring program.


Number of programs by state

George Earhart (center) wanted to request Operation Round Up’s help to replace a broken well pump, but he needed help filling out the application. Two employees of Union Rural Electric Cooperative in Ohio— member services representative Cindy Stoppa and meter technician Tim Sherwood—drove to his home to help with the paperwork, and Round Up paid for a new $900 pump.

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Oklahoma Nathan Landry, 8, got his AmTryke thanks to funds from Oklahoma Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up. OEC Foundation’s Vivian Gibson presented a check for the therapeutic tricycle to (left to right) occupational therapist Karen Dahlke at J.D. McCarty Center in Norman; McCarty’s director of development, Uwe von Schamann; and Sooner AMBUCS vice president Jim Ballard.

of life in our communities,” Ross-Bell says. “If we can help when they’re in a bind, keep them from being evicted or foreclosed on, we can make a huge difference to them and their family.” Each co-op determines how best to use Operation Round Up funds in its community. Most are supervised by a trust board that reviews requests, which can disburse funds directly to individuals who apply for assistance. Other Round Up programs prefer to fund needs through a community’s established social service organizations. “That reaches more people with one gift,” says Cindy Sarratt with Tri‑County Electric Cooperative’s Round Up program, which funds local organizations and also aids individuals in need. Santee Electric pairs its Round Up funds with State Housing Finance 20


Louisiana Grateful recipients of assistance from Dixie Electric Membership Corporation’s Operation Round Up program, based in Baton Rouge, send their thanks to the DEMCO Foundation for help with scholarships, home repairs, emergency funds and medical expenses.

& Development Authority grants to complete health- and safety-related repairs—roofing, HVAC, plumbing, windows and doors, wheelchair ramps—for elderly and disabled residents in its service area. Fairfield Electric Cooperative funds holiday dinners at Thanksgiving and Christmas for needy families in its ­service area. Co-op employees ­volunteer with another Round Up effort called Adopt an Elder, which ­provides care baskets filled with toiletries, stamps, cards, socks, gloves and other needed items to elderly and shut-in residents. Mid-Carolina Electric expanded its program with a feature called Operation Round Up Plus, thanks to a suggestion from one of its members. Any MCEC member can choose to donate a few extra dollars per month to the Operation Round Up fund. The

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360 members who have opted into the Plus program boost the fund by about $850 each month, Ross-Bell says. In August, Broad River Electric Cooperative joined forces with community partners to donate more than 3,000 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to elementary-school students in Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties. Operation Round Up funds purchased the bags, and Broad River solicited donations of pencils, notebooks, paper and more from area churches and businesses. Its employees helped stuff the backpacks. “All the money is our members’ money—it’s donated by them; it’s the members’ generosity,” says Josh Crotzer, member service coordinator for Broad River Electric. “I hope they recognize the impact that it’s having in the community.”

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Ambassador of jazz

When the music starts, Skipp Pearson moves. Even seated, he dances—shoulders lifting, torso swaying, fingers snapping, head bobbing, foot tapping. “That’s where jazz is, in the spaces between the two and the four,” Pearson explains, counting the beats. When he plays his tenor sax—“my girl,” he says—it’s clear the jazz is also in the man. Jazz music resonated with Pearson from the first time he heard it as a boy. He spent much of his youth sneaking around juke joints and peeking through flaps on concert tents so he could hear what the jazz musicians inside were playing. When he sat in on a schoolmate’s saxophone lesson, he knew: “I need to know how to do that.” He picked up tips from experienced players, taught himself to read music, paid the high school band director 50 cents for lessons. “That’s partially how you get it done—you get the training,” says Pearson, who later earned a music degree from Claflin College. “The music comes from the heart. It has to be you.” After living a jazzman’s life—playing clubs in U.S. and European cities, performing for President Obama and S.C. governors, sharing a stage with the likes of Patti LaBelle, Wynton Marsalis and Otis Redding—Pearson is the state’s own treasure-trove of jazz experience. Wherever possible, he passes along his knowledge to talented younger musicians. “You don’t learn from books—you learn from generations that knew before,” Pearson says, a gentle rasp in his velvety voice. “Sharing the music, playing, talking about it, jamming, listening to each other.” Duly designated our official ambassador of jazz by the S.C. legislature, Pearson aims to inspire South Carolina to embrace its deep jazz heritage. “I want jazz to be recognized here,” Pearson says, “because it’s been played here for a long time.” —DIANE VETO PARHAM

Skipp Pearson AGE:


Born in Orangeburg; now living in Columbia CAREERS: 32 years as a music educator in Bamberg, Clarendon and Orangeburg counties; jazz performer since his late teens HOMETOWN:


Le Café Jazz in Columbia ( NAMES: Christened as Thales Thomas Pearson; nicknamed “Skipp,” by a girl in high school who declined his company because he “skipped around too much”; also answers to “Pops”   | October 2014   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING



BY Marc Rapport | photos by Milton Morris

t u t e b r f h l i c e r s a n o M

Butterfly farmer Bill Robinson understands how well

his winged insects can lift spirits. When friends and family of the late Evelyn Murphy dedicated a memorial garden to the longtime school principal in Anderson, the ceremony ended with dozens of Robinson’s colorful monarch butterflies taking flight. “It was just beautiful,” says Kathy Dobbins, Murphy’s friend and colleague. “They represent a free spirit, and that was definitely Evelyn. It was a devastating loss for us and such a touching way to honor her.” Robinson hears that a lot. His own loss—the long illness and passing of his first wife, Darlene—led him to begin breeding and selling the colorful insects, first to work through his grief, then to help others deal with theirs. And, of course, to celebrate. “We do a lot of weddings, too,” says Robinson, who grew his hobby into a thriving small business, Occasion Butterflies. “Releasing butterflies at a wedding is particularly joyful because sometimes the butterflies stay right in the immediate area. Some of them will remain near the bride, go onto the flowers that she is carrying and intermingle with the audience. The audience loves that, particularly the kids.”

A home fit for monarchs

Bill Robinson has made a second career out of butterfly farming.


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Raising monarch butterflies is a second career for the former chief warrant officer in the Florida Army National Guard. He retired to six acres of pastureland in Clarendon County after working overseas as a missile systems specialist for Raytheon. Today, he and his wife, Frances, devote their time and energy to flying objects of an entirely different nature.


n e m t a e r t l a y o get the r The airy kitchen in the Robinsons’ home includes two refrigerators. One, along with the wine cooler next to it, is filled with special mesh butterfly pens. Their screenedin porch serves as ground zero for butterfly mating, and outside are 600 milkweed plants in pots beneath a shady tree. Milkweed is what monarchs eat in the wild, and fresh, hand-grown sprouts and leaves are vital to the labor-­ intensive process of raising healthy butterflies. It all starts with the eggs. Small, white and delicate eggs are deposited on milkweed leaves and left to hatch in plastic kitchen containers. Tiny caterpillars emerge to feed on the leaves and grow quickly. In seven to 10 days, they transform into translucent blue-green chrysalises and finally emerge as bright orange monarchs. “It happens amazingly fast,” Robinson says. “In just minutes, it seems like, they’re completely formed.” “It’s really quite miraculous to see, and we just never get tired of it,” he says. “It’s quite a process, and scientists

‘Monarchs are considered the most desirable butterfly for release,’ Bill Robinson says. ‘They’re active, and yet they don’t move at a rapid pace.’ still really don’t understand exactly how it happens.” To ensure proper nutrition, the Robinsons hand feed their butterflies every few days—a process as hands on as it is low-tech. Frances Robinson reaches into one of their refrigerator’s mesh containers and gently clasps the first butterfly by its folded wings, handing it to her husband. Bill Robinson places the insect on the lip of an improvised feeding trough—an inverted plastic food-storage lid—filled with a fructose solution. With patience, steady hands and a dental pick, he gently uncurls the butterfly’s proboscis, or feeding tube, and places it in the solution. It takes a few minutes for each butterfly to feed, so the Robinsons proceed in assemblyline fashion, adding more hungry butterflies to the trough before retrieving the first insects in line. l l

Monarch butterflies taste food through their feet, so Robinson allows the insects to sample the fructose solution (top) before using a dental pick to gently unfurl the feeding tube (center). The feeding process takes about three minutes (above), then the butterflies are returned to mesh pens.   | October 2014   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING


SC Scene

Lab technician Sandra Clossman gets up close and personal with a monarch butterfly during a release ceremony at Orangeburg’s Mabry Center for Cancer Care.

All fed, the insects are kept in a refrigerator at around 43 degrees until it is time to pack them inside special envelopes and insulated boxes and ship them to customers nationwide at a cost of about $5.50 per butterfly. That nurturing care produces a healthy survival rate. “Out in the wild, only one out of 100 eggs will make it as an adult,” Robinson says. “There are many, many predators. Mice, birds—just about anything out there that likes protein is going to eat a butterfly. They’re lucky to make it past two weeks, whereas the way we process ours, we keep them healthy.” At any given time, the couple has approximately 120 butterflies on hand. Robinson says he can keep a brood for three or four months at a time, if needed, but there are limits. “They age and lose their scales and color,” he says. After a few weeks, unsold butterflies are released into the back yard to help boost wild populations.

House calls and happy customers

Occasion Butterflies has garnered a reputation for adding a colorful flair to memorials, weddings, birthday parties and other special occasions. “Bill Robinson is passionate about butterflies,” says Brenda Williams, vice president at The Regional Medical Cen­ ter of Orangeburg & Calhoun Counties. She arranged a butterfly release at a 24

ceremony for the recently expanded Mabry Center for Cancer Care. “He took great care to deliver them in person and give explicit instructions about their release,” she says. Rain is something Robinson recommends avoiding for butterfly releases. But rain during the Mabry Center ceremony didn’t dampen the celebration. “The butterflies just go for shelter when that happens,” he says. “But they have to fly to get there, so it still went very nicely.” One of the winged beauties, in fact, alighted on the shoulder of lab tech Sandra Clossman, to the delight of the crowd. “We chose to release butterflies because they are a symbol of transformation and of new life,” Williams says.

‘It’s a lot of work. Frances, I’m sure, would like to vacation more, but she’s a great sport,’ Bill Robinson says. ‘We meet such wonderful people doing this.’


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Make new plants with hardwood cuttings Rooting cuttings is one of my favorite gardening feats. Sure, I understand the biology behind it, but I still

find something magical in taking a small piece of stem from one plant and turning it into a brand-new plant. Plus, it’s a cheap way to produce plants for yourself or to share with other gardeners. You have probably taken a cutting from a tender plant like a tomato, coleus or pothos and rooted it simply in water. But the prospect of rooting cuttings from woody plants may seem daunting. Fortunately, many common trees and shrubs— blueberry, crape myrtle and hydrangea, to name a few—can be rooted easily in the dormant season by using hardwood cuttings. Hardwood cuttings should come from mature, dormant stems that do not bend easily. Crape myrtles, grapes and pomegranates all root with this technique. The process can begin right after the leaves drop from these plants in the fall. Use sharp, clean pruners to take 6-inch-long, pencil-­diameter cuttings from vigorous shoots on the plants you want to propagate. If it is a tree or shrub that produces suckers from the stems or roots, use those suckers for your cuttings. Their increased vigor means they usually root and grow more easily than cuttings from other areas of the plant. Don’t forget to make note of which end is up—upsidedown cuttings won’t root! It can sometimes be difficult to tell on a leafless cutting, but the leaf buds on the stem usually point upward. Keep your cuttings moist and out of direct sunlight. If they dry out, they are much less likely to survive.

Hardwood cuttings may be stuck in beds of sand or even directly into garden soil. I prefer to stick them in containers with a 50-50 mix of pine bark fines and horticultural perlite, but any well-draining potting soil will work. Fill a 3-gallon nursery pot two-thirds full with the soil mix and water to settle. Then stick the cuttings upright until only the upper 2 inches of the 6-inch cutting are exposed, spacing cuttings about 2 inches apart. Ten to 12 cuttings should fit easily. The cuttings need to stay cool so they don’t sprout leaves too early, but don’t let them freeze. Keeping them in an unheated garage or shed through the winter is ideal. Check them periodically, making sure the soil doesn’t dry out, although soggy soil is equally problematic. Once the danger of a hard freeze has passed, move the containers outside into a dappled sun area—under a deciduous tree is perfect. If everything goes well, at least 50 percent of your cuttings should produce new leaves in the spring. Resist the urge to tug on the cuttings, as their new roots will be tender and easily damaged. Wait until you see healthy roots emerging from the container’s drain holes, then carefully remove your rooted cuttings from the container, separate and repot them into their own containers. By summer’s end, you’ll have healthy new plants, ready to be planted or shared with friends.

Many common trees and shrubs can be rooted easily in the dormant season.


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1 Start with a 6-inch cutting. Be sure it’s pointing upward. 2 Use a dibble to make room in the soil for the cutting. 3 Dredge the bottom half-inch of the cutting in a rooting hormone such as Rootone, then tap to remove excess. 4 Nestle the cutting into the prepared hole. Only an inch or two of the 6-inch cutting should show. 5 Leave about 2 inches between cuttings in the pot. Place the pot somewhere cool but not freezing, like an unheated garage, for the winter. Keep the soil moist but not saturated. Move the pot outside when a hard frost is no longer a danger. 6 Once roots emerge from the drain holes, carefully dig out and separate the cuttings. 7 Repot individually.

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Shhh! The word’s out about Mepkin Abbey By Susan Hill Smith Photos by Mic Smith


Even as they respond to God’s call

to live a life of solitude and constant prayer, the monks of Mepkin Abbey gladly share their home with thousands of visitors each year. After all, the brothers heed the call of St. Benedict, the founder of Western monasticism, who instructed his followers to welcome strangers as one would welcome Christ. Mepkin Abbey’s monastery sits atop a bluff at the confluence of two branches of the Cooper River, in a sheltered spot enveloped by Berkeley County pine forests. The avenue of oak trees at the entrance to this former rice plantation leads to a riverside garden established by publishing icons Henry and Clare Boothe Luce, who purchased the property for a personal retreat in the 1930s. Many of Mepkin’s visitors are drawn here for the scenery. Before the Luces gave Mepkin to the Roman Catholic Church in 1949, they commissioned landscape architect Loutrell Briggs to design the cathedral-inspired camellia garden that still sits in the ravine below the monastery. Others who come to Mepkin are

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The Trappist monks lead visitors from prayers to lunch (above). While touring the grounds, visitors will find several artistic nativity scenes (bottom left).

spiritual seekers influenced both by its natural wonders and its religious purpose. “You find God in this beauty,” says Abbot Stan Gumula, the community’s elected spiritual father. Visitors of all beliefs are welcome. “This is a place of prayer, where prayer becomes valid.” Regular visitors say they feel a sense of peace as soon as they arrive and leave behind the outside world. “Everywhere you go there’s music, there’s noise, there’s activity. To find a place that’s relatively close by, that’s quiet, is a gift,” says Mepkin’s communications director, Mary Jeffcoat. Some of Mepkin Abbey’s visitors come out of curiosity. Only 17 Trappist monasteries exist in the United States, and while Mepkin’s guests are asked to respect the community’s desire to be set apart, they are also given a window to learn more about this place and way of life. For the monks, Mepkin is their

Mepkin Abbey highlights Located in a meadow near the entrance, this memorial offers a ring of stone squares encircled by nine oak trees, each with a marker dedicated to one of the City of Charleston firefighters killed in the 2007 Sofa Super Store blaze. Labyrinth. While the circular labyrinth is modest in size, a contemplative walk to the center could take up to an hour when the plants that form the path’s border have grown high enough to prevent shortcuts. Nancy Bryan Luce Garden. The canopy of oaks shades a series of terraced rooms that slope down to the river in this garden. Volunteers have worked hard in recent years to restore the garden and the rest of the property to a more manicured state. Mepkin Abbey Store. Guests can buy oyster and shitake mushrooms that Mepkin’s monks grow on their farm, as well as foods produced by other monasteries. Spiritual gifts, artwork and books are also available. Bell Tower. Located by the church, the Bell Tower is dedicated to the spirits of all those who have lived on, worked and loved the land. The bells ring seven times a day. Columbarium. In 2012, Mepkin Abbey established a wall on a hillside by the river with niches for cremated remains. The monks have invited others to consider this as a final resting place of reflection and remembrance. St. Francis Retreat Center. Dedicated in 2013, the retreat center allows for overnight guests who stay to further their spiritual development. It includes the Father Francis Kline Memorial Chapel. Charleston Nine Memorial.

home. They are spiritually connected here, having limited interaction with the outside world. Nourished by Scripture reading, communal chanting of prayers, and work, they live quietly, with some spoken conversation by day but no talking, other than prayers, from 8 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Currently, 15 brothers live at Mepkin full time, some in various stages of the discernment process. It takes at least seven years to become a monk, longtime volunteer Liz Bruno explains to visitors. Docent-led tours of the ­monastery avoid the brothers’ personal living area, called the cloister. The 11:30 a.m. tour ends with a chance to attend midday prayers, which are spoken and sung by the monks in the church. The most popular time to visit is during the Mepkin Abbey Crèche Festival, which began in 2002 as a c­ elebration of Advent and Christmas. The festival starts close to Thanksgiving and allows the monks to share 40–50 nativity sets from their extensive collection and from other collectors.

Abbot Stan Gumula (above) prepares for mid-morning prayers in the Mepkin Abbey church. Visitors on docent-led tours are invited to witness the moving ritual as the monks chant and sing. The monastery gift shop sells mushrooms grown and harvested by the monks (left) as well as spiritual books and artwork. Self-guided tours of the beautiful garden and grounds (below left) are free.

GetThere Mepkin Abbey is located in Berkeley County at 1098 Mepkin Abbey Road, Moncks Corner. HOURS: The store/reception center is open 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday; 1–3 p.m. Sunday. (Closed Mondays.) Monastery tours start at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday, with the exception of the first Friday of the month. Tours of the gardens are self-guided. Groups of 10 or more should make reservations by calling (843) 761-8509. ADMISSION: Monastery tours are $5 for adults, free for children and students. Visits to the garden and historic grounds are free. 2014 CRECHE FESTIVAL: Nov. 17–23 and Nov. 28–Dec. 6. On Oct. 3, the monastery will start taking online reservations, which are required. DETAILS: (843) 761-8509,   | October 2014   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING



EDITED BY CArrie Hirsch

Whether you hunt in the great outdoors or at the neighborhood butcher shop, it’s time to get in the game

Go wild


4 raw quail (about 1 pound total weight) All-purpose flour for dredging Salt and pepper to taste 1 ½ tablespoons bacon drippings 2 tablespoons lime juice 4 tablespoons maple syrup, honey or agave

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Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly dredge quail in flour, then lightly salt and pepper. In a medium, ovenproof skillet, heat bacon drippings, then pan fry quail over medium heat, skin side down, for 3 minutes. Turn over, then fry for an additional 3 minutes. Pour lime juice and maple syrup into the bottom of the skillet from the side, not over the quail. Transfer to the oven, and roast for 5 minutes. Remove, cut each quail in half, then serve immediately, pouring the maplelime glaze over the top. DANA ROSE, BLUFFTON


Preheat oven to 400 F. Thaw frozen greens and squeeze out all excess water. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients, then stir until moistened. Pour into a greased, 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. To serve as an appetizer, bake in a greased, 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking dish and cut into 1 ½-inch squares. MILDRED SPEARMAN, WESTMINSTER


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1 10.5-ounce package frozen chopped kale, turnip or collard greens (or 2 cups of cooked fresh greens) 1 7-ounce box cornbread mix 4 eggs, beaten 6 tablespoons butter, melted 1 medium onion, chopped 8 ounces cottage cheese ½ teaspoon salt

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3 rabbits, cut into pieces (about 1½ pounds each) Salt and pepper 6 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 shallots, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 3 teaspoons dried thyme 1 ½ cups dry white wine

3 cups chicken stock 1 ½ cups heavy cream 6 tablespoons Dijon or whole‑grain mustard 8 ounces mushrooms, sauteed and chopped 1 pound tagliatelle, wide noodles or pasta of choice Chopped fresh parsley


1 cup butter, softened 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons powdered sugar 2 cups all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ to N cup fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 325 F. In a medium mixing bowl, beat butter, lemon zest and 1 cup powdered sugar until creamy. Add flour, salt and enough lemon juice to make a soft dough. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to avoid dough sticking to your hands, and shape dough into a 7-inch log. If the dough is too soft to form the log, refrigerate it for 15–20 minutes, then shape the log. Set log on waxed or parchment paper and refrigerate for 2 hours or more. Remove and cut into ¼-inch rounds. Arrange on baking sheet, and bake for 12–14 minutes or until light brown around the edges. Cool for 1 minute, then use a spatula to remove wafers to a wire rack to cool completely. If wafers stay on baking sheet too long, they may stick and crack when removed. IRENE ROSIER, WEST COLUMBIA

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Four hours before cooking, cover the rabbit pieces in a large pot of salted, cold water. To prepare, drain rabbit pieces and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven, heat half the butter and oil over medium heat. Brown rabbit pieces, in batches if necessary, then remove and set aside. Reserve 1 tablespoon of pan drippings, then saute shallots for 2–3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in garlic and thyme, and saute for an additional 2 minutes. Add wine, bring to a simmer and allow the liquid to reduce to half. Return the rabbit pieces to Dutch oven and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add chicken stock and additional water, if needed, so that liquid is covering the rabbit. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 50–60 minutes or until tender. In the last 10–15 minutes of cooking time, prepare pasta according to package directions. Transfer cooked rabbit from Dutch oven to a lipped serving platter. Stir heavy cream and mustard into the pan juices, bring to a boil over medium heat, and stir frequently until the sauce thickens and reduces, about 2–3 minutes. Stir in sauteed mushrooms and remaining butter and check seasoning. Ladle sauce over the rabbit pieces, sprinkle with parsley, and serve immediately over hot pasta.


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1–31 • Fiber Fantasia IV, World of Energy, Seneca. (864) 885-4600. 10–19 • “Who’s Crazy Now?” Oconee Community Theatre, Seneca. (864) 882-1910. 17–18 • Upstate Harvest Moon Festival, downtown, Simpsonville. (864) 963-3781. 17–18 • “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party,” Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 583-0339. 17–19 • Antiques, Fine Art & Design Weekend, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville. (864) 271-7570. 17–19 • Oktoberfest, Sertoma Field and Main Street, Walhalla. (864) 638-2727. 17–25 • Spooky Hayrides, Palmetto Equestrian Therapeutic Riding Program, Clinton. (864) 923-4998. 18 • Storytelling Festival, Hagood Mill Historic Site, Pickens. (864) 898-2936. 18 • Fall Festival, Palmetto Equestrian Therapeutic Riding Program, Clinton. (864) 923-4998. 18 • Sunrise Hike to Bald Knob, Table Rock State Park, Pickens. (864) 878-9813. 19 • American Swing, Rainey Fine Arts Center, Anderson University, Anderson. (864) 231-6147. 19–24 • Starburst Storytellers’ Festival, Anderson County Library, Anderson. (864) 260-4500. 23 • Contra Dance, The Showroom at Hub-Bub, Spartanburg. (864) 310-4218. 23–Nov. 2 • Upper South Carolina State Fair, 3800 Calhoun Memorial Highway, Easley. (864) 269-8057. 24–Nov. 2 • “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Easley Foothills Playhouse, Easley. (864) 855-1817. 25 • Tales of Union County, Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site, Union. (864) 427-5966. 25 • Bark in the Park Walk-a-Thon and Festival, Greenville Technical College, Greenville. (864) 243-4222. 31–Nov. 2 • “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” Spartanburg Little Theatre, Spartanburg. (864) 542-2787.



1 • Masterworks II featuring Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished,” J. Harley Bonds Career Center, Greer. (864) 268-8743. 1 • Cluster for Kids Oyster Roast, Arran Farm, Easley. (864) 506-0737. 7 • Around the World in 80 Songs ... or Less, Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium, Boulevard Baptist Church, Anderson. (864) 231-6147. 7–9 • “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” Spartanburg Little Theatre, Spartanburg. (864) 542-2787. 8 • Heartstrings at Hagood Mill, Hagood Mill Historic Site, Pickens. (864) 898-2936. 8 • Music on the Mountain, Table Rock State Park, Pickens. (864) 878-9813. 11 • Russian State Symphony Orchestra, 221 Brooks Center at Clemson University, Clemson. (864) 656-3043. 13 • CU Percussion Extravaganza, 221 Brooks Center at Clemson University, Clemson. (864) 656-3043. 13 • Contra Dance, The Showroom at Hub-Bub, Spartanburg. (864) 310-4218. 15 • Selugadu VIII: A Native American Celebration, Hagood Mill Historic Site, Pickens. (864) 898-2936. ONGOING

Tuesdays through Saturdays, through October • Walnut Grove Plantation Public Tours, Walnut Grove Plantation, Roebuck. (864) 576-6546. Thursdays through October • Jazz on the Alley, Ram Cat Alley, Seneca. (864) 885-2700. Thursdays through Sundays, through Nov. 2 • Denver Downs Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, 4915 Clemson Blvd., Anderson. (864) 222-0336. Saturdays in October • Hayrides, May-Lan Tree Plantation, Pelzer. (864) 243-3092. Saturdays and Sundays in October • Farm Tours, Mini Miracles Farm, Taylors. (864) 631-5325.


8–19 • South Carolina State Fair, State Fairgrounds, Columbia. (803) 799-3387.

16–25 • Western Carolina State Fair, Aiken Fairgrounds, Aiken. (803) 648-8955. 17–30 • Boo at the Zoo, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia. (803) 779-8717. 18 • Palmetto Health Foundation’s Walk for Life/ Race for Life, Finlay Park, Columbia. (803) 296-2330. 18–19 • Colonial Times: “A Day to Remember,” Living History Park, North Augusta. (803) 279-7560. 18 and 25 • Tricks and Treats, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898-4921. 22–26 • “Reasons to be Pretty,” Johnson Studio Theatre at Winthrop University, Rock Hill. (803) 323-4014. 23 • S.C. Midlands Master Gardeners Association Annual Gardening Symposium, Columbia Conference Center, Columbia. (803) 865-0495. 24 • Wine and Spirits Dinner, Living History Park, North Augusta. (803) 279-7560. 24–25 • Francis Marion Symposium, Dubose Campus of Central Carolina Technical College, Manning. (803) 478-2645. 25 • Old Town Zombie Crawl 5K Run/Walk & Fun Run, downtown, Rock Hill. (803) 524-5671. 25 • All Hallowed Eve Ghost Walk & Illusion Show, Living History Park, North Augusta. (803) 279-7560. 26 • The Texas Tenors, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Irmo. (803) 407-5011. 26 • “Boo”seum, Main Street Children’s Museum, Rock Hill. (803) 327-6400.


8 • Storybook Ball, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia. (803) 400-1166. 13–15 • Underexposed Film Festival YC, Community Performance Center, Rock Hill. (803) 328-2787. 14 • CMA Jazz on Main, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia. (803) 799-2810. 14–16 • Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic Art & Crafts Festival, South Carolina State Fairgrounds, Columbia. (336) 282-5550. ONGOING

Daily • Windows to New Worlds, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898-4921. Daily through Jan. 18 • “Chapman’s Charleston, 1863– 1864,” South Carolina State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898-4921. Daily through Feb. 1 • “South Carolina Unearthed,” South Carolina State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898-4921. Tuesdays through Oct. 28 • Clover Farmers Market, Clover Community Center, Clover. (803) 222-9495. Tuesdays through Sundays, through Nov. 2 • Scarecrows NOVEMBER in the Garden Exhibit, Robert 1–2 • Repticon Columbia Reptile Mills House and Gardens, & Exotic Animal Show, Jamil Shrine Columbia. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23. Center, Columbia. (803) 772-9380. First Thursdays • First 1–2 • Revolutionary War Thursdays on Main Street, Field Days, Historic Camden 1200–1700 blocks on Main Street, Revolutionary War Site, Columbia. (803) 988-1065. Camden. (803) 432-9841. Saturdays in October • Public 8 • “The Mountaintop,” Harbison Farm Tours, Cotton Hills Farm, Theatre at Midlands Technical Chester. (803) 581-4545. College, Irmo. (803) 407-5011. Saturdays and Sundays in 8 • Governor’s Cup Road October (except Oct. 18) • Race, Gervais and Main streets, Museum and a Movie, Columbia. (803) 731-2100. South Carolina State Museum, 8 • Springfield Defends Columbia. (803) 898-4921. Fruitcake, old Springfield High Sundays through October • School building, 210 Brodie St., Gallery Tour, Columbia Museum Springfield. (803) 258-3764. of Art, Columbia. (803) 799-2810.

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12–19 • Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival, historic district, Bluffton. (843) 815-6278. 17–19 • South Carolina Jazz Festival, multiple locations, Cheraw. (843) 537-8420. 18 • Loris Bog-Off Festival, downtown, Loris. (843) 756-6030. 18 • Take Your Kid Fishing, Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-0874. 18–19 • Native American Cherokee Trail River Festival, Granby Gardens Park, Cayce. (843) 259-6511. 18–19 • Palmetto Campout, Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet. (843) 235-8755. 18–19 • Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, Front Street, Georgetown. (843) 520-0111. 21 • Taste of the Town, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach. (843) 448-6062. 24 • Hilton Head Heroes Elegant Evening and Silent Auction, TidePointe Clubhouse, Hilton Head Island. (843) 422-6343. 24–26 • Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort, Savannah. (843) 785-7469. 25 • Sellers Revitalization Raccoon Festival, Main Street, Sellers. (843) 752-5009. 25 • Storyteller Sandy Vermont, Horry County Museum, Conway. (843) 915-5320. 25 • A Novel Wine Tasting and Literary Event, September Oaks Vineyards, Ridgeland. (843) 597-0912. 25 • Harvest Festival & Block Party, Olde Village, North Charleston. (843) 740-5854. 30–Nov. 9 • Coastal Carolina Fair, Exchange Park, Ladson. (843) 572-3161. NOVEMBER

1–2 • Art in the Park, Chapin Park, Myrtle Beach. (843) 446-3830. 1–2 • Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, Port Royal Golf Club, Hilton Head Island. (843) 785-7469. 1–2 • Waccamaw Indian People Arts Festival & Pauwau, 591 Bluewater Road, Aynor. (843) 358-6877. 2 • Arts in the Barn, Widgeon Point Preserve, Okatie. (843) 521-2175.

5–10 • FestiVELO, Whitten Inn, Santee. (843) 303-3334. 6–8 • Special Olympics National Invitational Tennis Championships, Van der Meer Shipyard Racquet Club, Hilton Head Island. (843) 785-7244. 7–9 • Hilton Head Oyster Festival, Shelter Cove Community Park, Hilton Head Island. (843) 681-7273. 8 • Murrells Inlet 2020 Oyster Roast, Morse Park Landing, Murrells Inlet. (843) 357-2007. 8 • Syrup Day, L.W. Paul Living History Farm, Conway. (843) 915-5320. 8–9 • Art in the Park, Valor Park, Myrtle Beach. (843) 446-3830. 13–16 • Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach. (843) 448-9483. 14 • A Lowcountry Evening at Sunnyside Gala, Sunnyside, Murrells Inlet. (843) 357-2007. 15 • St. Nicholas BBQFest, City Marina, Conway. (843) 248-4706. 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. ONGOING

Daily, Oct. 1–Nov. 2 • Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, Boone Hall Plantation, Mount Pleasant. (843) 884-4371. Daily, Nov. 6–Dec. 31 • Festival of Trees, Ripley’s Aquarium, Myrtle Beach. (800) 734-8888. Daily, Nov. 14–Jan. 1 • Holiday Festival of Lights, James Island County Park, Charleston. (843) 795-4386. Daily through December • “Finding Freedom’s Home: Archaeology at Mitchelville,” Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island. (843) 689-6767. Mondays in October • Coastal Kayaking, Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet. (843) 235-8755. Mondays through Saturdays in October • The Great Pumpkin Patch, Holiday Farms, Ridgeland. (843) 726-5527. Weekends in October • Pumpkin Patch and Maze, Legare Farms, Johns Island. (843) 559-0788.


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Recycle this Every year, my cousin sends me

an unsigned birthday card. Inside, there’s a sticky note—well, what’s left of a sticky note after you cut it into tenths. The teeny print, which can best be read with a high-power microscope, reads, “Recycle Me.” That’s how I know it’s from frugal Fran. We’ve been sending the same card to each other for 27 years. It’s not my style, but if the card stops on my end, Fran will swoop in to rate my recycling regime. And we don’t want that. Between you and me, I have been known to slip an occasional orange rind in the trash when no one’s looking. Please don’t tell her. The last time Fran pedaled up ­unannounced, I spied her out back looking for the compost pile I don’t have before she rang the bell. Her overalls were, shall we say, “vintage,” and the only thing holding her glasses together was a pound of earthfriendly duct tape. I recognized the frames from her yearbook photo. “What have you done to save our planet lately?” Fran asks, while preparing to inspect my kitchen garbage. If there’s a shred of plastic in there, it’s sermon time. I was scrambling for a plausible defense, when I realized that my kind rarely puts anything back into the waste stream. Creative types would sooner cut off an ear than part with a sardine can that could one day make it to the top of the Christmas 38

tree, given the right nontoxic paint, soy-free glitter and previously owned pompoms. I may not be a worldclass recycler, but I’m a fabulous re-purposer. “Let’s see. I gave up my paper shredder,” I told Fran, who is opposed

to using electricity for frivolous things like cooking, air conditioning and lights. “I save energy by soaking my secret documents in Clorox and mixing the mulch with dog deposits. When they harden into meatball-sized identity protection balls, they’re ready to mingle with the organic trash.” Fran pondered for a moment. “Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. You need a compost pile. Bring me your pitchfork.” It might have been a good time to check the ­property-owner association rules on composting, but Fran was

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already in recyclomaniac mode, and it took some time to admit that my idea of a pitchfork is jewelry pliers. Three trips to the Home Depot later, we had our “Compost 101” supplies. Fran generously allowed me to use a gas-powered vehicle for this special mission. While she hammered my new worm bin together, I located a spot away from curious neighbors who love local farmers as long as they don’t live next door. Two hours later, my compost box was ready for residents. The good news is the finest worms run about $25 a pound. More than lobster, but then crustaceans don’t compost. Fran collected all my banana peels, coffee grounds, apple cores and eggshells—straight out of the trash—and started layering her garbage lasagna. She promised it will only smell “mildly earthy” if I follow proper aeration techniques and treat my worms well. I will do that by never, ever, touching them or getting closer than 10 feet. After she left, I liberated the orange rinds I’d hidden from Fran. Some year, they might look great on my Christmas tree. And with my new pitchfork, putting them up will be a snap.  is trying to become a better steward of the planet, but interacting with worms could be a deal breaker. Write her at

Jan Igoe

STEM Workshop for K-8 Teachers

Energyandthe Environment

A FREE half-day session for K-8 teachers featuring lessons and activities aligned to state education standards and ready for use with your students Fall 2014 Workshops October 11

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October 18

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Black River Electric Sumter

Workshop attendees will receive ✷ 4 credit renewal points ✷ Access to grade-

appropriate lessons and activities

✷ Lunch

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South Carolina Living Magazine October 2014  
South Carolina Living Magazine October 2014