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tour right around the corner? FALL 2022 8 | Enjoy a little Julep this fall 16 | Seneca has a new nesting place 20 | Play your cards right this fall 26 | Randolph County: The Heart of NC 34 | Santee offers a trifecta of fun 47 | Back ... and better than ever! 53 | Who’s watching our water? 58 | Life is good at Camp Keowee 70 | Partnering to make a difference 75 | Eatonton: Where literature lives 80 | SC history book life on the lake: Upstate gets Beltway visit 84 fishing: Fall is all about ‘schooling’ 86 your finances: Investment or speculation 88 theatre: Turn up the footlights 90 calendar: Fall into color and more 94 waterfall: A creek worth going up 98



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Autumn Reflections by Larry Druffel


Another big part of what makes life in and around the lakes great is the desire of so many of our neighbors to contribute to improving everyone’s quality of life. In this issue, Dari McBride explores all the volunteer groups that contribute to keeping our lakes clean and safe, while I had the pleasure of interviewing some Keowee Key residents who have captured a way of monetizing voluntary contributions and getting them where they are needed the most. I hope you enjoy both stories.

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when Dan and Kathy McCormick agreed to share their home with Upstate Lake Living. But, like me, I don’t think you’ll recognize the place I featured a few years ago as the McCormicks have transformed the house into their own retirement haven.Finally, I can’t remember when our calendar of events has been so full. Be sure to check it out as there’s bound to be something you and your family will enjoy.

As always, I look forward to hearing your story ideas and feedback, and I really like sharing pictures of life on our lakes.Brett McLaughlin, editor Upstate Lake bmclaughlin@upstatetoday.comLiving Fork State Park are now waived on Tuesdays? there’s a color

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As usual, we have plenty of suggestions for travel. Fall color should be blossoming soon, and both Vanessa Infanzon and Bill Bauer have found some fun places to explore in nearby North Carolina. I, meanwhile, explored a wonderful venue in the North Georgia mountains, where a great meal tastes better when the venue is both unique and fun. If your roots, however, are planted in South Carolina, Bill suggests you check out the fishing, hiking and golf options available in the Santee region, southeast of Columbia. I found myself in a somewhat familiar setting




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JULEPFARM YOUR FALLMAKEDESTINATION Fine food, fun and star-filled skies await 8 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

t’s fall. Nature is rolling out its latest collection of awesome colors in the North Georgia Mountains. You need to go there … now! Lauren and Rick Weaver own Julep Farm. They have exceptional food, a great wine selection, are planning fun fall events and … lest I forget to mention it … it’s all located on a simply gorgeous tract of land in a picturesque valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Best of all, your Julep Farm experience awaits just 45 minutes north of the South Carolina state line. Go … now! You can go for a unique lunch or a mouthwatering dinner at the Julep Restaurant. It’s “New American” cuisine with a Southern twist. The menu is all about seasonal foods, as much as pos sible produced locally. The Julep bar offers a wide selection of wines and champagnes, locally crafted beer and several creative cocktails. Mint Juleps, of course, take the front seat. Indian corn, gourds and pumpkins harvested from the farm’s garden are sure to take center stage at fall events the proprietors have planned. It’s an easy drive home after dinner, but, if you want the complete Julep Farm experience, reserve one of the farm’s quaint cottages. The beds are big and comfortable. The sheets are tightly woven and the linens … wow! Who knew they made towels that big and soft? Spend an evening on the porch, sipping your favorite drink and taking in ever-changing mountain vistas and a star-filled sky that seems to be within arm’s reach. Chances are you will find your way back to the same spot with a cup of coffee and a good book in the morning. Go early and watch the sun rise over the Blue Ridge horizon.

Julep Farm is located on a pastoral, 22-acre tract in a pleasant Blue Ridge valley near Dillard, GA. Surrounding mountain ridges capture sunsets, stars at night and sunrises in the morning.

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Spend a relaxing morning exploring the farm. Play croquet on the lawn adjacent to the most unique chicken coop you may ever find or say “good morning” to the farm’s three minia ture horses. Be sure to keep your distance, how ever, from Ferris the bull. Stroll through the gardens or join an eclectic group of locals and late-summer vacationers in Lauren’s increas ingly popular Julep Market. There you will find coffee and sweets, but also a wide array of mer chandise ranging from humidors and cook books to fine furniture and household furnish ings. Buy a book entitled “Beer Snob” or the latest set of cookware. Maybe you prefer hand made jewelry or a cashmere shawl or caftan.

“My wife’s shop can’t be understated,” Rick said proudly. “It’s fun and it sets the tempo for your visit. We have folks who come and stay for hours. They just want to linger.” Creating that kind of laid-back atmosphere is exactly what the couple had in mind when, having sold their first restaurant concept, the French Market & Tavern in Locust Grove, GA, they went in search of a new adventure. As they drove to Highlands, NC, they passed a “for sale” sign attached to a 22-acre tract just outside of Dillard, GA. Almost immediately, according to Rick, his wife envisioned a modern farm re sort that blended the elegance of the Kentucky Derby with “a splash of sweet tea,” where the Old South could meet modern design, where Napa Valley could mingle with Nantucket.


Simply stated, the goal was: to create a space to preserve and, if possible, improve a stunning landscape and to provide a gathering spot for all to continues to evolve through out the farm, including the restaurant where, Rick explained, he only works as “executive chef” when he has to, preferring to delegate to a kitchen “team.”

“My wife and I are both foodies, so we know what we want to serve,” he said. “We want to keep it simple and create our dishes and sauces from“Northscratch.Georgia is a farm-to-table capital, but we’re not full on in that regard,” he continued.

“We want the best ingredients and, while we {top} The chicken coop seen here is far from ordinary. While a portion of it houses chickens and a potting shed, the front that looks out on these gardens features a French door through which many a glass of wine has been served. {middle} This is the interior of the Sweet Tea Cottage at Julep Farm. It is the largest of four quaint cottages at the mountain resort where dining, sipping wine, star gazing and watching sunrises are favorite activities.

{bottom} The original silo from the Dillard Farm at this location stands proudly in the middle of what is now Julep Farm, a stunning mountain resort that offers fine dining, shopping, creative events and deluxe accommodations.

FALL 2022 › 11 grow our own herbs and some vegetables, we will buy from the best sellers.”

“Maybe we’ll have two fish entrees, bring back the salmon and have another entree that is encrusted in goat’s cheese. We’ll have some bisques and probably something that involves butternut squash,” he thought aloud. “My wife and I both have a knack for knowing what is good, and she knows what will sell.

“We’re up against Charleston so, of course, we’ll have shrimp and grits, but we might bring a little New Orleans along with some tasso ham. We want an explosion of flavors.”

Complete lunch, brunch, dinner and chil dren’s menus are available at: https://julep. farm/kitchen. Dinner entrees are now be ing served a la carte or prix fixe and range in price from $28/$41 for butternut squash ravi oli to $49/$62 for a house cut New York strip steak. Reservations are highly recommended by visiting: now=1tions/julep-kitchen-dillard?from_reserve_

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The menu may change three times a year as products come and go with the seasons, but the basic offerings remain “the things a farm would serve.” That includes lamb, pork and beef entrees, as well as Mountain Trout and pastas.Asked about the fall menu, one could al most see Rick’s wheels begin to turn.

{clockwise from top left} Gigi’s brie & bacon sandwich is a mouth-watering luncheon favorite at Julep Restaurant. It features smooth brie, applewood smoked bacon, bacon jam and caramelized onions, all served on toasted sourdough bread. • Fried chicken, a Belgian waffle, some praline butter, and lots of syrup and powdered sugar are the makings of this brunch favorite of chicken & waffles. • Steamed mussels come served amid a bed of linguini pasta that is highlighted by tomatoes and andouille sausage in a white wine sauce. • The shrimp and grits at Julep Restaurant have a little New Orleans flair thanks to a Cajun cream sauce with tasso and andouille sausage. The grits are no less than Anson Mills’ pimento cheese variety.


• While diners may not always find these short ribs over a sweet potato purée with charred broccolini on the menu, they are a good example of the innovative, flavor-driven entrees that the Weavers strive for at Julep Farm.

The farm has several event centers and Rick is busy building more all the time. The chicken coop actually houses chickens in the back and a potting shed in the middle. In the front howev er, there are shiplap wall panels, granite countertops and a French door through which many a drink has been served to those gath ered in the surrounding gardens or on the croquet court. Another standalone facility has been built near the large flow er and vegetable garden. Some 100 groups gathered around it this summer while engaging in flower-cutting weekend events and en joying sangria. It was also the hub for flower arranging classes taught by Lauren. Wine tastings, mystery theaters and cooking classes have been held in two event spaces that are part of the “Social House,” which is where the restaurant and Lauren’s market are located. From the Watermelon Sugar High to the Fuego Margarita, the cocktails at the Julep Farm bar are a tasty blend of fusion and fun.

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The Julep Farm website is also where you will find an extensive list of signature cocktails and wines. Several wines are available by the glass or bottle. Bottle prices range from $28 to $175.

“Our restaurant manager is actually a sommelier so he can help you with pairings,” Rick noted. “And, the really nice thing is, that because we can sell as both a retailer and a wholesaler, you can call ahead, and we will get whatever wine you want to serve with din ner or to take home. You can even walk around the property with a glass of wine.”

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Owner Lauren Weaver is an accomplished gardener. Not only does she grow hundreds of flowers on her Julep Farm, but she also hosts flower-cutting events and teaches flower arranging classes.

The farm’s accommodations are also a work in progress. Currently four well-spaced cottages line a circular drive on the west side of the property. Eventually, Rick hopes to have 16 cottages built around a greenspace capable of accommodating up to 2,500 festival goers. Each of the existing cottages is unique but all feature high-pitched, ship-lapped ceilings, private baths, minibar areas with wine refrigera tors, quartz countertops and coffee makers. All beds boast high thread count linens and plenty of pillows. Each cottage has at least one largescreen TV and comes furnished with designer soaps, lotions, shampoo andWhileconditioner.relaxing in this tranquil mountain setting may quickly be come your priority, there are plenty of other things to do in the North Georgia, Western North Carolina area. There are multiple vineyards, Black Rock Mountain, Moccasin Creek and Tallulah Gorge State Park, Lake Burton, horseback riding, museums and ziplining. So, regardless of why you go or how long you stay, the first require ment is go … go now! n

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“We’re not a wedding factory, but we have the perfect space for re hearsal dinners and any other gathering of less than 100 people,” Rick said.Inquiries or to schedule a visit pertaining to events can be addressed to: or by calling 706.960.9600.


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16 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING The front of the house offers soft seating for small groups who want to settle in away from the bar seating. Nestle in hotSeneca’satnewestspot Birds of a Feather is unique speakeasy story and photos by Bill Bauer

{at top} Mary Tannery (left) is clearly happy to be working behind the bar at Birds of a Feather, her family’s latest business venture in the heart of historic downtown Seneca.

• {above left} The popular charcuterie boards feature delicacies from Spotted Trotter Meats in Atlanta.

• {above right} Birds of a Feather serves elevated bar bites including these hand-cut truffle fries with truffle oil and parmesan cheese (right), and a pimento cheese plate with pepper rings, crackers and mini-naan bread.

ozy places … they’re everywhere.Myrecent travel writer journeys have led me to more and more breweries, dis tilleries, wineries and cozy gathering plac es, where enjoying a craft beer, a glass of wine or a unique cocktail takes center stage. Tasty dining options also have been part of many of thoseNotdiscoveries.beleftout is South Carolina’s Upstate. On Walnut Street in downtown Seneca, Ja son and Mary Tannery recently opened Birds of a Feather, a fashionable cocktail lounge that is another example of the Tannery fami ly’s commitment to being part of their beloved city’sWhilerevitalization.Birdsofa Feather is new to Seneca, the Tannerys are not. Jason and Mary have owned M. Tannery & Sons on Ram Cat Alley since“We1999.were married in 1998 and bought a building housing a bridal salon before we even bought a house! We sold that one around 2010,” Mary said. “But Jason and I continue to invest in Seneca. We know how wonderful our community is and are passionate to continue adding elements to reestablish Seneca as the thriving downtown it was in years past.” It’s not surprising that, in 2017, the couple bought the Lowery Byrd building (circa 1896) that houses Birds of a Feather. Renovations be gan in 2019. Their vision is aptly named “Sen eca Reimagined,” and they cannot imagine liv ing anywhere else. Deciding on a name for their chic speakeasy was“Don’teasy. worry ’bout a thing, ’cause every lit tle thing gonna be alright,” from Bob Mar ley’s, ‘Three Little Birds’ was and is the theme song for the Tannery’s three sons, identi cal twins Calhoun and Lachlan, and Owen. Sadly, Lachlan succumbed to leukemia at age two, but during his life, the entire family found comfort in Lachlan’s affection for Mar ley’s classic song that was played during mu sic therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina. “‘Three Little Birds’ for our three little birds,” explained Mary, noting that Birds of a Feather is also one of the family’s three businesses at 114 N. Walnut St. All are bird themed – The Nest, an Airbnb; Crown and Crest Events Center; and Birds of a Feather. Throughout their travels, the Tannerys have frequented many quaint establishments, and the new eatery has all the elements of their fa vorite destinations. It is cozy and intimate, warm and friendly. It has personality.


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18 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING Its seating for nine at the bar, table seating for 22 and soft seating for six affords everyone a place.“We have so many great businesses in downtown Seneca, and we saw a need for something a little different. It’s all in the de tails. Once you’ve visited Birds of a Feather that statement will ring true, right down to our feather pens (we use) to sign receipts,” she said. “We strive to create a memorable experi ence for each guest.” Birds of a Feather serves elevated bar bites, rare spirits and crafted cocktails. The truffle fries are hand-cut and stacked using truffle oil and salt, and parmesan cheese. The charcuterie boards that feature delicacies from Spotted Trotter Meats in At lanta are favorites of regulars who stop in for a bite and a libation from a crafted cocktail menu that changes seasonally. Sesame crusted tuna, seared and served over a bed of lettuce and avocado, and the pimento cheese plate with pepper rings, crackers and mini-naan bread should not be missed. For a finishing touch, one can add an assortment of desserts, several accompanied with berries and cream, and regular and spiked coffees. Sunday brunch offers an assortment of tra ditional brunch items such as quiche, shrimp and grits, and daily features. Whether one is looking in from Walnut Street or seated inside, Birds of Feather in Seneca has a “speakeasy feel” that is attracting even more folks to discover downtown. Visit our showroom for new arrivals and special sales.

Muddled strawberries and rasp berries combine with Tito’s Vodka to make the BOF Pink Lady. Figs, honey and blueberries are blended with vodka, gin, prosecco and gin ger beer to create an assortment of distinctive cocktails. Espresso and chocolate martinis can satisfy the sweet tooth, but don’t overlook The Dude, which features Kahlua, Squirrel Peanut Butter Whiskey and heavy cream, all mixed to per fection and served in a peanut but ter rimmed glass. In short, “unique” is the only way to describe the signature cock tails at Birds of a Feather. If you’re looking for a comfort able place to relax, imbibe and dine on lighter fare, stop in. For Sunday Brunch, call ahead to 864.614.8311 and reserve a spot. Birds of a Feath er is open Wednesday and Thurs day from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can visit BOF’s website at or contact Mary by emailing mary@ or call ing 864.723.4046. n

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“A new flock favorite is our waf fle board. It has a Belgium waffle, strawberries, blueberries, black berries, raspberries, freshly made whipped cream, maple syrup, pre serves, butter and, of course, ba con,” Mary said. “You will not leave hungry, I promise.” Birds of a Feather’s beverage menu includes beer and wine, in addition to its signature and craft ed “Wecocktails.squeeze and cut fresh fruit daily for our crafted cocktails,” the owner said. “We’ve recently start ed making our own bitters, and we offer a beautiful array of glass ware from vintage-inspired to our themed bird glass.” Bourbon offerings are strictly top shelf and served neat, with a cube, or in specialty crafted cock tails. The Smoked Bourbon Old Fashioned, made with Bulleit Rye bourbon, soaked black cherries and smoked orange peels is out standing, as is the Blood Orange Whiskey Sour concocted with the Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bour bon, blood oranges, lemon and egg whites.

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20 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING A fourth hotel tower with 725 rooms and seven suites was part of a $330 million expansion of Harrah’s Casino Resort in Cherokee, NC. Photo courtesy of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT THIS FALL Roll the dice for Lady Luck at these North Carolina casinos story by Vanessa Infanzon


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quick drive to Cherokee or Kings Moun tain this fall will land you in North Car olina gam bling country. you’re new to poker and slot machines or a regular in Vegas, casinos operated by local indigenous tribes in these locations will give you a run for your money. even if you leave a few dollars lighter, take heart in knowing that money lost to “the house” is used to fund housing, schools and services within the nation. 954 slot machines and 46 electronic games are the gambling options at Two Kings Casino in Kings Mountain, NC. courtesy of Two Kings Casino

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A variety of electronic games provide a unique source of entertainment at Two Kings. courtesy of Two Kings Casino Show identification to gain access into the casino. Bring a light jacket or sweater because it’s chilly inside. to smoke outside because the facility is smokefree.

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CATAWBA TWO KINGS CASINO In July 2021, Catawba Two Kings in Cleveland County opened a temporary 27,000-square foot space filled with 1,000 ma chines, including 954 slot ma chines and 46 electronic games. Parking is free, the building is wheelchair accessible and a sher iff or sheriff’s deputy is always on duty. The casino is open 24/7. Every day, one new member in the Lucky North Club wins $1,000 in a drawing. Join this re wards program for free by signing up online and printing the card on property. Members can also win playing interactive games. Play Rollin’ Up Riches or Spin to Win. They’re like the games you see on The Price is Right: Turn the wheel or choose the right envelope for a chance at a prize. Check the web site for new promotions.

If poker is your game, there’s a room just for you at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.


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“It’s an economic engine for the tribe,” says Trent Troxel, vice presi dent of Catawba Two Kings and former president of the economic board for Catawba Nation.

FALL 2022 › 23 Place bets and in-game bets in the sports book, an enclosed lounge with more than 20 TVs and Captain’s chairs. A separate area is available for high-limit games.

• Be realistic about your expectations. You won’t turn $100 into a million. Be happy with small wins and know when to walk away.•Keep your casino gambling sessions short. You can win in the short run with a little bit of luck. The longer you play, the more likely it is that the casino’s edge will catch up to you.

• Learn the strategy for blackjack and video poker on your home computer. Gain an advantage by spending some of your gambling money on a program that will teach you to play these games properly. It’s cheaper than trying to get your education at the tables.

• Never take money to the casinos that you can’t afford to lose. Set a budget before you leave. View a visit to the casino as entertainment: The money you gamble with is the price of admission.

• Savor a win. If you’re ahead after a few hours, take a break and savor it. You can always come back later. For more information about the Dominator, go to

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If you’re visiting for the first time or haven’t made this short trip north lately, Harrah’s will surprise you with a $330 million expansion finished during the pandemic. A fourth hotel tower with 725 rooms and seven suites was added. You can grab drinks from the lobby bar before dinner at Guy Fieri’s Cherokee Kitch en + Bar. Soon to be open for quick bites is Gordon Ramsey Food Market, featuring eight cuisine concepts and a full-service restaurant. The casino has more than 3,000 games, 11 restau rants, retail shops, an event space for shows and con certs and an 83,000-square foot convention center. Take a break from the tables to visit Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, view the Soco Falls or hike the Water rock Knob Trail. The Blue Ridge Craft Trails highlight local basket makers, painters, potters and more. Finish the day with drinks and dinner at Wicked Weed Brewpub or Brio Tuscan Grille, inside Harrah’s. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee, NC 28719; 828.497.7777 or harrahs-cherokee n {at top} It doesn’t have to be all about the tables at Harrah’s in Cherokee. The Mandara Spa is one of several amenities the resort offers. {at right} Brio Tuscan Grille is one of 11 restaurant options inside Harrah’s Cherokee Resort. Photos courtesy of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Lake is



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For travelers and tourists motivated to see the “heartland in the middle,” it may not be necessary to hop a plane to Kansas. Especially for Easterners, it’s a lot closer to The Heart of North Carolina, an area anchored by Randolph County smack in the middle of The Old North State. Here, hills and valleys and farmland and forests contribute natural beauty to an area that is home to the towns of Archdale, Asheboro, Franklinville, Liberty, Ramseur, Randleman, Seagrove, Staley and Trinity.Asheboro, the county seat, and Seagrove are the most well-known communities, each featuring unique, world-class attractions. Asheboro boasts the world’s largest natural habitat zoo, while Seagrove nurtures the creativity of some of the nation’s finest potters. Rapidly growing Asheboro offers intown opportunities with plenty of Southern charm and grace, prompting visitors to stroll through shops and a huge collector’s antique mall, dine and snack on uniquely prepared foods, take in art and history, and socialize with a cold glass of craft beer or quality wine. The Randolph Arts Guild, Vintage Cottage, Central Bakery, Bold Coffee and Four Saints Brewing Company are just a few of the special places to look for. Trip planners should check schedules for Sunset Theater, Rhinoleap Productions and Asheboro Zookeepers Baseball. Blooms are expected in mid-September at Kersey Valley, where beauty blends with a plethora of activities including ziplining, a corn maze, farm tours, axe throwing and more. Photo courtesy of Kersey Valley and Tony Wohlgemuth 11092www.oconeeaudiology.netN.RadioStationRoad,Seneca

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Fall is the perfect time for visitors to explore the county’s many options for outdoor fun and recreation and to enjoy fall color. There are rivers, ancient mountains, hiking trails, farms and orchards and a large attractions and adventures park. Hikers are encouraged to explore five miles of trails along the Deep River in Randleman, Franklinville and Ramseur. Hiking up to the top of historic Faith Rock Trail is worth the climb. Visitors will find the Randolph County Trail Guide helpful in choosing their paths https://www. Carolina, however, are its people — interesting, lively individuals with bright, colorful personalities who leverage their energy and guide creative forces to accomplish great things for visitors to see and experience. Whether you’re interested in running into people who throw pots, bake pies, grow peaches, craft beer, make music, paint murals, nurture wildlife, build a zipline or blend tea, they’re all here.


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• Seagrove is home to the North Carolina Pottery Center, which showcases North Carolina as the handmade pottery capital of the United States. With its beautiful interior and exhibits that offer the stories and artistry of local and statewide potters, it’s an excellent first stop before touring Potter Eck McCanless is pictured at work in his shop in Seagrove. Randolph County is home to the North Carolina Pottery Center as well as a multitude of local shops and galleries.

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more than 50 pottery studios and shops sprinkled across the area’s scenic, mostly rural landscape. Many studios invite visitors to watch demonstrations and hear the backstories of artists. A wide range of unique and differentiated styles and techniques exists resulting in pieces that can be rustic, traditional, functional, fine art, modern or sophisticated. Get familiar at This writer recommends a browse through the Blue Hen, Crystal King, Smith, Eck McCanless and Bobbie Thomas studios, but visitors really can’t go wrong with any of the pottery destinations in Seagrove.•Ifyou really want to engage some genuine and colorful personalities, you will find plenty roaming, running, playing, feeding and just being themselves at the North Carolina Zoo. This natural wonder receives visitors from around the world and is a teaching destination that provides people of all ages an amazing opportunity to have fun among animals that are housed amid incredible natural beauty. The zoo’s population represents animals from North America and Africa. New developments are on the horizon; check them out at:

• Whether you’re touring solo or have the whole family or a pod of friends in tow, a field trip to Millstone Creek Orchards is an excellent way to spend a fall afternoon. Apples and pumpkins dominate the scene. Pick-your-own is a fun activity and a highly effective way to have children learn where their food comes from. Millstone Creek Orchards is an excellent place to spend a fall afternoon. Fresh apple cider pressing demonstrations often involve owner Beverly Mooney (right) and U-pick opportunities abound.

Faith Rock Trail is one of the most popular hikes to be found in the Randolph County Trail Guide.

A young girl and her father enjoy feeding a giraffe at the North Carolina Zoo, which is visited annually by people from around the world. Photo courtesy of North Carolina Zoo

30 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING Having started with a few apple trees and a pickup truck-sized storefront, the orchard now spans close to 20 acres. Nature trails, hayrides and fishing ponds, as well as seasonal and holiday events, draw visitors year-round. An onsite bakery and cannery allow visitors to take extra goodies home.•Don’tletthesunflowerspassyou by.

This simple white house is where Richard Petty grew up. It sits adjacent to the Petty Museum and the Petty Garage in Randleman.

Kersey Valley Attractions’ sunflowers are scheduled to bloom in mid-September and will be in full force for 3-4 weeks. The “Don’t miss a blooming thing” section of their website provides updates on the blooms. The sunflower fields are popular for taking family and celebratory photos. When Kersey Valley owner Tony Wohlgemuth signs off on emails, he doesn’t use a title. He writes “Comes up with the fun stuff,” and that’s exactly what he does. This ultimate playground and adventure park offers ziplining, laser tag, axe throwing, a farm tour, escape room and a cornfield maze

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Kersey Valley’s Spookywoods is famous among Halloween enthusiasts. The nationally known attraction includes a real haunted house, a terrifying tram ride, a chilling cornfield experience and a labyrinth style maze. Come prepared to be scared.•RandolphCountyis race country and home to famed racer Richard Petty. The Petty Museum honors the family’s NASCAR legacy. Anyone who loves racing, cars or appreciates the humble rise of a family to influence and a key role in building a national sport will enjoy this museum. Petty family race cars are on display along with history of the family and sport. A retail shop features a wide variety of race-themed products and memorabilia. http://www.•Teablending is held in high regard in Asheboro largely due to the efforts of Carriage House Tea, which organizes tea tastings and parties and promotes awareness of the rewards of drinking quality tea. The landmark company prides itself on fusing Old-world charm with modern selections, blending authentic tea in small batches. The lovely shop and tasting rooms offer a delightfully satisfying setting and invite visitors to peruse shop shelves for creative teas and tea services. http://www. carriagehousetea.comOwnerandmaster tea blender Mary Murkin, aka “Lady Mary,” is a familiar name

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• The General Wine and Brew, a potter-owned establishment, offers friendly sips.

• Start the day at The Biscuit Company.

• After golf or a high-definition golf simulation round at Holly Ridge Golf Links, relax and enjoy a meal on the covered porch.

• For the duration of your visit, make Glaze King Donuts a habit.•A visit to The Table in Asheboro is a culinary outing and social event, featuring made in-house freshness and a creative menu.•Don Julio Cocina has a host of exceptional menu choices.

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32 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING in Asheboro. She also owns Brightside Gallery, which is housed in the Carriage House Tea bungalow and is home to regularly scheduled musical performances. Mary is also developer of Asheboro’s Ghost Walk, which features theater guild actors who tell spooky stories that have come down through history.

• For stellar fried chicken, beat a path to highly praised Magnolia 23.

Numerous special events dot the Randolph County calendar featuring parades, light displays and holiday celebrations. Stay in touch by visiting Mary Murkin, owner of Carriage House Tea and Brightside Gallery, is largely responsible for the fact that tea blending is held in high regard in Asheboro, where tastings and parties promote the rewards of drinking quality tea. Photo courtesy of Carriage House Tea

• Lumina Wine and Beer is the place for a nightcap and to mull over the day.

Dining and beverage options in The Heart of North Carolina are many and varied. Here’s a quick list of a few of the best:

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Fish, golf or simply frolic in nature at this South Carolina gem

If you like to play the ponies, there’s nothing better than winning the trifecta. And, while it may not be easy to pick the win, place and show horses at the track, winning the Santee, SC, tri fecta can be easy. All it requires is that you love golf, fishing and/or being out in nature. Given those interests, it’s a safe bet you’ll cash in if you put your bet down just a few miles from the I-95 and I-26 interchange. It’s there that you will find three great golf courses, lakes Marion and Moultrie on the Santee Cooper River, and the San tee State Park. It’s a trifecta of fun! What you won’t find are a quaint town, an his toric village or a bustling downtown. Heading into Santee is a three- or four-mile trip down a two-lane strip that runs east and west on Old Route 6. It’s complete with the usual chain hotels, restaurants and stores you’d expect along any interstate exit. However, don’t be fooled by what you see … or don’t see. Santee is a hidden gem. It is an area of South Carolina that is all about experiencing leisurely lake life amid some of the finest fishing in the Southeast, while exploring nature’s beauty and abundant wildlife, or while golfing at three decidedly different golf courses. When you turn off the highway and head to Santee State Park, Lake Marion or Lake Moultrie, or tee it up at Santee National, Lake Marion Golf Club, or Santee Cooper is easily one of the most scenic rounds of golf you’ll play. Surprising elevation changes, well maintained fairways, and smooth but fast Bermuda greens lead to a spectacular finishing hole overlooking Lake Marion and I-95’s long span bridge.


Santee State Park is for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking, camping, kayaking and boating are all parkForattractions.golfers,Santee is paradise with three cham pionship golf courses that are part of the Golf San teeBrocklineup.Hannay, operations manager for Golf Santee, says it’s all about “location, longevity, love and low prices.


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Santee Cooper Country Club, you disappear into South Carolina’s charming Lowcountry and leave the blacktop behind. For anglers, lakes Moultrie and Marion hold re cord size catfish whose haunts are well known to several lake guides. None is more popular than the Cajun Guide Service run by Mouse, the only fe male captain on the lakes (See related article.).

“For those with a love for the game, Santee of fers a relaxing, non-hurried atmosphere focused on golf, golf and golf, and, with several courses in short proximity to each other, those committed to the game can play, play and play with very little drive time in between,” he said.

At Santee National you’ll not only find a great golf course, but also the Chapel Creek Golf Villas. Located along the first hole, they provide the per fect lodging for individuals or groups on a golf trip. The course clubhouse is also home to Golf Santee, which can arrange all your needs for a super golf vacation.Thecourse, designed by Porter Gibson in 1989, plays less than 7,000 yards and is described as {above} Santee National’s par3’s are well bunkered and pin placements can present a challenge. {below} With five tees and generous landing areas, any caliber of golfer can have a good look from the rolling Bermuda fairways to the putting surfaces of Santee National.

While there are a few other courses a short drive away, Santee National, Lake Marion Golf Club and Santee Cooper Country Club are basically a chip shot from each other. Each presents a distinct challenge.“LakeMarion is a bit more open than the oth ers, but it’s longer so you’ll have to bring some dis tance,” Hannay said. “Santee Cooper is a shorter course that requires shot-making to navigate … a chance to really show off your accuracy, and San tee National combines these two experiences with an open front nine that closes in a touch when you make the turn.”

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The short, tight layout at Santee Cooper Country Club will test every club in your bag.

“player friendly.” With five tees and generous landing areas, any caliber of golfer can have a good look from the rolling Bermuda fairways to the putting surfaces. While some of Santee National’s 40 white sand bunkers are strategically placed at fairway doglegs, most guard the course’s ‘Ultradwarf” Bermuda greens. Water comes into play from several tee boxes making club selection important on the four par-5’s and numbers one and 12, a pair of straight par-4’s. Santee Na tional’s par-3’s are well bunkered and pin placements can present a challenge. The entire layout is clearly defined by a combination of mossy live oaks and Loblolly pines. While not dense, tee shots that elude the open fairways can find themselves behind a tree trunk or resting on a root. As they say, keep it in the short grass!





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This 1967 George Cobb design is a lovely challenge. While that may sound a little oxymo ronic, its short, tight layout will test every club in your bag. While beautiful, majestic pines and native foliage surround you, clubhouse hostess Tanya is quick to tell you, “I hope you brought your short game,” alluding to approach shots be ing the key to going low. At only 6,578 yards, the course is a shot mak er’s paradise with doglegs left and right, along with an occasional straight hole. You do not have to be long off the tee, but you must be ac curate if you want to reach the ample greens in regulation. Magnificently designed risk and re ward par-5’s provide a chance to score, and the par-3’s are nothing but challenging. Santee Cooper is easily one of the most scenic rounds of golf you’ll play. Surprising elevation changes, well maintained Bermuda fairways, and smooth but fast MiniVerde® Bermuda greens lead you to a spectacular finishing hole overlook ing Lake Marion and I-95’s long span bridge.

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UPSTATE LAKE LIVING Towering pine trees line the fairways and sur round the greens, all of which are protected by 47 bunkers and a handful of sparkling lakes. Like the others in Santee’s trio, Bermuda grass flows from tee to green and, as expected, is close ly manicured making for long fairway rollouts and smooth rolling putts. Like Santee Cooper, its sister course, Lake Marion places a premium on tee shots, play ing less than 6,500 yards. Only the number one handicap fourth hole surpasses 500 yards. At 561, it requires two big hits for a chance at eagle or a short iron for a shot at birdie. The par-3’s are gettable for all abilities, but beware of the water on number six. Likewise, the par-4, 14th has a menacing lake reaching into the fairway.

Your hosts at Golf Santee will help you create a custom stay and play package that includes tee times and lodging, as well as recommend dining options.“Convenience, experience and assistance with a smile,” is how Hannay describes Golf Santee’s approach to packaging. “Golf Santee has had a hands-on role in golf travel for over 30 years; scheduling accommodations and tee times for groups is our specialty. We make it easy on group leaders and get the job done right.” Golf Santee works with area hotels, local land mark hotel and restaurant Clarks Inn and villas with multiple beds and baths and full kitchens on Santee National Golf Club, as well as North Shore Villas & Marina. All three golf courses offer full service pro shops, putting greens and driving ranges. The Lake Marion Golf Club has a lighted range. Contact Golf Santee at 800.345.7888 to speak with an agent and be sure to visit for more information. n Lake Marion places a premium on tee shots. It plays less than 6,500 yards but presents several risk-reward opportunities, including maneuvering around this water on number six.

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My trip to Santee allowed a day to get off the golf course and take in a day of fishing. I highly recommend it. I arrived at Lake Marion landing a few minutes before my 7 a.m. charter only to find a closed marina store and an empty parking lot. Not being sure where to park, I circled the lot and spotted a diminutive gal prepping her pontoon.“Hey!” I yelled. Her quick response was, “I’m Mouse, are you Bill?” And so began my day in search of trophy catfish from the waters of Lake Marion.

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Barbara Witherell, aka Mouse, has owned and operated the Santee Cajun Guide Service for 23 years. A U.S Coast Guard certified master captain, she hails from the bayous of Louisiana where she began fishing with her grandfather not long after she learned to walk. “My sisters did the girl things and I fished, shrimped and hunted,” she said. It only took a few minutes for Mouse to maneuver her 30-foot pontoon out into the open water and attach seven rods from stem to stern, each to be baited with chicken and herring.“You never know what catfish will take,” Mouse said as she cut the bait and attached it to a circle hook and a trailing treble. She was marking fish on her Hummingbird and checking the wind speed with a hanging piece of fish line. Pointing to the line she quipped, “If it’s wet, it’s raining. If you can’t see it, it’s foggy. If it’s not moving, there’s no wind.”

Even a writer like me can find success when fishing with the Cajun Guide Service operating on Lake Marion in Santee, SC. Photo courtesy of Bill Bauer

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Mouse, as she is known on Lake Marion, casts one of the seven rods that will trail her pontoon as she navigates Lake Marion on a fishing charter.


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She was looking for about .4-.6 mph on her graph and using the line for direction before letting out drag socks allowing the boat to drift over the fish. Mouse and her late husband Boudreaux were a perfect match, even agreeing to fish and camp on their honeymoon. Mouse began the charter company while Boudreaux was flying all over the world, working in the bakery equipment business. Eventually, they would both own boats and serve as guides.

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FALL 2022 › 41 “We had a small place on the lake where we spent weekends and vacations, and then one day Boudreaux gave his two-week notice and joined me on the lake,” she said. That was 2005, and until his death, the two roamed Lake Marion’s 110,00 acres (It is South Carolina’s largest lake.) in search of Arkansas blue, channel, white and bullhead catfish. “Fish, fish, fish,” Mouse yelled pointing a bending rod near the bow. “Reel six times, then lift the rod out of the holder, stick the butt end in your belly button, and reel it in.” In seconds she was right behind me with a net and deftly scooped up my first catfish. By the end of the day, the boat’s cooler had a dozen cats, the largest being 17 pounds. Arkansas blues were introduced into Lake Marion in the ’60s and have found a home. Not a bad day’s work is what these anglers produced while fishing the waters of Lake Marion with the Cajun Guide Service. Photo courtesy of Cajun Guide Service Remodeling & Roofing Roofs, Decks, Siding, Remodels, Framing, Additions, General Contractors


The Santee Cajun Guide Service operates seven days a week, departing from the Millcreek Marina at the end of Millcreek Road, a few miles off Old Route 6. Plan to spend a full day on the lake with your party of up to six. For rates, testimonials, photos and all you need to book a charter, call 803.682.1111 or visit: www.

Barbara Witherell, aka Mouse, who has owned and operated the Santee Cajun Guide Service for 23 years weighs out a catch.

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“The record blue on Santee Cooper is 113 pounds, but blues in the 50-pound range are more common,” she said. Originally, Lake Marion was known as a hot spot for stripers. The stripers are still there, but fishing for cats is popular among all the guides. At one time, Mouse, Boudreaux and their son Scott, all had charter boats on the lake. “Are you going to catch that fish, or am I?” Mouse asked as another rod bent. I shot to the rod, reeled my six turns, stuck the butt end in my belly button and reeled away. Mouse came up and tightened the drag. It was a big cat and line was going out. I worked the fish around the bow, dipping over and under other rods, and brought the fish to the boat. I never saw it but as Mouse peered over the side, net in hand, she said, “That’s a 35-pounder!” In an instant the line from another rod rode up the curve in the circle hook, closed off the barb, and the mighty blue rolled over and swam away. Alas, another “one-that-got-away” story was born. Fishing with Mouse is more than fishing. Together, we solved all the problems of the world, discussing not only her passion for fishing but also the trials and tribulations of life. At 4’11” and in her late 60s, she isn’t slowing down. “I had a month where I fished three days, took two off, and then had 23 straight charters,” she said proudly, adding that she only plans to hang up her rods “when I get up in the morning and say darn, I have to go fishing today!” n

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213 JOCASSEE POINT ROAD • $3,819,000 The Cliffs at Keowee Falls North Listing Agent Trip Agerton (404) 281 - 0475 / 10 NIGHT HAWK WAY • $3,750,000 The Cliffs at Glassy Listing Agent Shawn McDonald (864) 501 - 6242 / THE FINEST COLLECTION 864-481-4444 | | ©2022 Justin Winter and Associates, LLC. All rights reserved. Sotheby’s International Realty® and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered service marks licensed to Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC and used with permission. Justin Winter and Associates, LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each franchise is independently owned and operated. Any services or products provided by independently owned and operated franchisees are not provided by, affiliated with or related to Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC nor any of its affiliated companies. If your property is listed with a real estate broker, please disregard. It is not our intention to solicit the offerings of other real estate brokers. Sales data based on Western Upstate MLS. Prices noted are List Price per Western Upstate MLS. Custom Residence Collection 115 WOOD SAGE COURT • $4,299,000 The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards Listing Agent Justin Winter (864) 506 - 6387 / 739 PLACID COVE WAY • $2,789,000 The Cliffs at Keowee Falls South Listing Agent Katherine Fili (203) 521 - 9033 / 304 CLUB COVE WAY • $4,855,000 The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards Listing Agent Justin Winter (864) 506 - 6387 / 226 LONG RIDGE ROAD • $3,295,000 The Reserve at Lake Keowee Listing Agent Kimberly Martin (864) 775 - 0195 / UNDER CONTRACT

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Unlike a hurricane, where folks in harm’s way can somewhat pre pare for potential flooding, there is no warning when Mother Na ture brings rain in the form of a microburst.That’swhat happened in the aftermath of last year’s Hurricane Fred, when, in a matter of minutes, one of these rare weather phenomena dumped 20 inches of rain on the tiny town of Cruso, NC. The result was six deaths and mas sive destruction to homes, forests and a golf course, all in the shadow of Cold Mountain. However, in Cruso, where, if you blink, you might miss the welcome sign that informs you there are “9 Miles of Friendly People Plus One Old Crab,” resilient folks brought the town and their golf course back to life.

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“We lost every bridge that crosses water on the golf course, and several greens in the val ley portion of the course were submerged and severely damaged,” Boone said. “To make any repairs we had to be able to cross the creeks and streams.”

The trio of General Manager Buddy Law rence, Director of Golf Rodney Russell and Golf Course Superintendent Jeremy Boone, CGCS, had been recreating Springdale, mod ernizing its facilities, upgrading the course and changing it into a first-class golf resort.

For more than 50 years Sprindale has been the heart and soul of Cruso. It has brought golf ers and vacationers to not only play a round or two of mountain style golf, but also to experi ence a warm, friendly, family atmosphere. In 2018, under the new ownership of the West family, the resort brand’s vision changed. Key and well-planned changes created a “secluded and peaceful mountain golf resort” experience forAndguests.then, the microburst arrived.

Back … and better than ever!

story by Bill Bauer | photos courtesy of Springdale Golf Resort

Just west of Canton, nestled along the Pigeon River, Cruso’s nine miles feature rolling hills, mountain creeks and dramatic scenery. Amid it all is Springdale Golf Resort.

The Blue Ridge Mountains provide the backdrop for the first and second holes at Springdale Golf Resort in Cruso, NC.

The sun rises over Mt. Pisgah as groundskeepers go about their morning routines at Springdale Golf Resort.

After the priority of replacing eight bridges and repairing two others was complete, it was all systems go. Moving mud and debris, restoring fairways, tees, greens and bunkers, and basically redoing the work of redesign architect Ron Garl, only took 44 days.

A new irrigation system assures excellent fairway lies and smooth rolling greens. Some 29 pure, white-sand bunkers provide a coun try club feel. A new driving range, putting green and new 9-hole put ting course, The Baby Spasm (named after the 13th hole affectionately known as The Spasm), are among the latest additions.

The beauty of Springdale is that it feels like home. Whether you are a local member or a traveling golfer, you will be catered to from the moment you enter the property until you drive back down the moun tain. A new welcome center and clubhouse, the Rocky Face Tavern, an outdoor fireplace, a heated pool and hot tub, teen center and a new fit ness center are just some of the top shelf amenities onsite.

As for playing the course, get ready for a ride up and down one of North Carolina’s most scenic golf courses. At 6,865 yards, Springdale is not long, but it does require some decision making. A brook cutting across or adjacent to fairways on 16 holes, as well as full-carry ponds, Picturesque views are routine at Springdale. In this instance, it is a look back on the seventh hole from the number 8 tee.


The Springdale course itself offers a unique and challenging test that is only overshadowed by breathtaking, panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

“The flood was August 17, and we reopened nine holes on October 1,” Boone said.

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The Spasm — a dogleg right, 476-yard, par4 hole from the tips (a more generous 355 from the forward tee) — derives its name from its difficult tee shot and treacherous green.

The Spasm’s tee shot is typical at Springdale. Doglegs and elevated tees and greens make for a challenging, fun round of golf. The par-5’s are all potential scoring holes if you play from the tee box that best suits your game. Both nines finish with beautiful par-5’s that, with a good drive, are reachable in two. Nine is perhaps the classic risk-reward hole. Go for it in two and you have an eagle opportunity. But a miss lands you in the creek or heavy rough. “A layup leaves you an easy uphill wedge shot. I’d rather be chipping to the green for my third,” Boone noted. The same goes for the par-3’s. Big hitters can accept the 200-yard challenges on holes eight and 17, but for the mid- to high-handicapper and senior golfers there is a tee box that makes themWhileplayable.thebunkers do not overwhelm the course, they are strategically placed to require careful club selection. A cut of rough just off This view of the number 9 green also provides a good view of the new welcome center and clubhouse as well as the patio of Rocky Face Tavern.

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“It’s hard to beat, literally. It’s what we are known for and what people talk about,” Boone quipped when asked about the signature hole. “Depending on the time of day, sun angle and time of year, there are several more panoramic holes worthy of signature status.”

50 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING the apron of the greens will give you a fit. A sim ple rule: Don’t come up short! Springdale guests can unwind and get cozy in several private sanctuaries, all surrounded by breathtaking views. Golf Watch villas, forest homes, country cabins and treehouses provide the perfect accommodations for all guests. A spa cious deck at Rocky Face Tavern overlooks the putting greens and valley, and makes for a great 19th hole where you can relax and watch golf ers take on the Baby Spasm, a multi-hole putting green as treacherous as The Spasm itself. As the leaves begin to turn, put Springdale on your golf bucket list. Already breathtaking mountain views will only get better as nature dips into its color palette and a chill fills the fresh mountain air. n Springdale is located at 200 Golfwatch Road, Cruso, NC 28716. Call 828.235.8451, or email GM Buddy Lawrence to schedule your stay. Visit for stay and play options, lodging and more infor mation.

{above left) The signature hole at Springdale has been dubbed The Spasm, a dogleg right, 476-yard, par-4 hole that derives its name from its difficult tee shot and treacherous green. {above right} Housing options at Springdale Golf Resort come in several varieties, including these “treehouses.” There are also villas, forest homes and country cabins, many of which offer splendid views of Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.


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In 1993, FOLKS became one of the first organizations to acknowledge the need to monitor water quality. Founded as a non-profit corporation to focus on lake issues, one of the first things FOLKS did was test water quality on a regular basis. It operated an in-house testing laboratory for over 25 years — gathering, recording and reporting its data. In 2020, FOLKS adopted the Citizen Science Program protocol put forth by AdoptA-Stream and began testing stream water at the point that it feeds into the lake rather than in the main body of water. They continue to sup port Adopt-A-Stream efforts by providing finan cial support for stream testing kits and schol arship money to Walhalla High School, where future generations are being trained on the im portance of protecting water sources. FOLKS also has two certified instructors, several certi fied monitors and a host of volunteers that sup portOverAdopt-A-Stream.thepastnearly three decades, FOLKS has made a significant impact on the Lake Ke owee Watershed using grant funds obtained from Keowee-Toxaway Habitat Enhancement

S outh Carolina’s Upstate lakes have some of the most beautiful water in the country. While many factors contribute to the clarity and cleanliness of the water, it is often assumed that location and the natural order of lake formation are the main factors. These do make a difference, but they are not the only difference makers. Water coming off the mountains is filtered and purified naturally. However, does it stay that way? Who is monitoring the water as the region grows and expands to accommodate more people, business and industry?


The fact is a staggering number of organizations, agencies and citizens are advocating and overseeing the protection of this vast natural resource. While many are government or in stitutional entities that are paid for their services, others are volunteer and non-profit organizations staffed and encouraged by participation and support from local residents. Here are some of the organizations focused on water qual ity in the Upstate.


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FOLKS members participate in an Adopt-A-Stream certification class at Clemson University.

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A little snow doesn’t stop members of Friends of Lake Keowee from learning the ins and outs of sampling stream water.

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This team was created in 2017 as a non-profit corporation and is funded by Duke Energy. Its members represent a diverse group of stakeholders who work to develop and implement a long-term plan to protect the Lake Keowee reservoir. They focus on identifying and monitoring water quality of lakes Keowee and Jocassee. Their main objective is to undertake activities that protect, maintain and improve water quality by addressing existing water quality issues and identify ing potential problems. One concentrated area is the repair and replacement of septic sys tems. The initial focus was on the Cane Creek and Little Cane Creek watershed as it exhibited a higher concentration of bacteria. In No vember 2020, the Water Protection Team was awarded its first non point source implementation grant, and, since that time, 19 septic systems within the grant area and 15 septic systems outside the grant area have been repaired or replaced. Each of these projects has a di rect, positive impact on Lake Keowee.


54 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING and the SC Dept. of Environment Control, as well as through water quality monitoring programs and regular lake litter cleanups. FOLKS served as a stakeholder for the Lake Keowee relicensing and is currently serving on the stakeholder committee for the Bad Creek relicensing. It was the founding member of the Lake Keowee Source Water Protection Team. For more information on joining FOLKS, check out https://www.


In Anderson and Pickens counties, Clemson has a consortium that focuses on educating the campus community about stormwater issues. However, since water does not necessarily follow county boundaries, the consortium frequently works with partners and residents through out watersheds surrounding the lakes and rivers to educate on best prac tices to prevent pollutants — sediment, nutrients, bacteria and litter — from entering the system.

Students from Walhalla High School gathering water samples to test for pollutants in a stream that feeds into Lake Keowee.

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The University’s Cooperative Extension Service has a Water Resourc es Team that consists of extension specialists, associates and agents from around the state working together to address water quantity and qual ity issues. This team provides research-based information in the form of community outreach and education, public involvement opportunities and in-depth trainings and workshops to the citizens of South Caroli na. The common goal of these services it to foster stewardship and sus tainable management of water resources for current and future genera tions.You can find more information about Clemson Extension’s upcom ing events at:

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The fate of clean water rests with future generations. At Walhalla High School, science students are learning how to fulfill that role.


For over two decades, this group, made up of professionals and leaders from a wide range of organizations, has come together to educate themselves and develop initia tives for protecting Lake Hartwell and conserving water.


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As mentioned, Adopt-A-Stream is a statewide, volunteer monitoring program that offers free training workshops on how to collect stream data. Volunteers have a great er awareness of water quality and nonpoint source pollution after attending a work shop. They also learn about the tools used to collect water quality data and how to share that data. For more information on the program visit The group is always looking for volunteers and participants. To volunteer, contact Mallory or Christine to request work shop information.

Upstate Forever was founded in 1998 as a nonprofit conservation organization to protects critical lands, waters and the unique character of Upstate South Carolina. The organization works with landowners, communities and local stakeholders to balance growth with protection of our natural resources. Part of that effort involves clean water projects. To learn more, visit:


Founded in 2006, AQD focuses on Pickens and Oconee counties, seeking to protect the watershed, the environment and the public. Its stated goal is “to support projects, legislation and development that en hance the overall quality of life for residents while monitoring compli ance with the letter and spirit of local ordinances.” This is a paid membership-based organization that focuses on moni toring, education and awareness, and advocating for change. For more information visit: n New volunteers are pictured monitoring physical, chemical, bacteria, habitat and macroinvertebrate parameters as part of an Adopt-A-Stream training workshop conducted by the Water Quality Division of the S.C. Dept. of Health & Environmental Control. Photo courtesy of SC Adopt-A-Stream During a free training session, new volunteers conduct macroinvertebrate (aquatic insect) sampling in a small stream that feeds into Lake Jocassee. Photo courtesy of SC Adopt-A-Stream

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Members keep up to date on Lake Hartwell levels, the cleanliness of the lake and the potability of its water. The public is invited to meetings that always include an educational component designed to help mem bers understand the role water plays in both economic development and quality of life. The next meetings are September 13 and October 11. For more details visit: calendarcatgid/6

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A lakeside view of the home speaks to not only its spaciousness, but also to the carefree retirement lifestyle the McCormicks have embraced since moving from “grass in Ohio” to Lake Keowee.


Keowee LIFE GOODISAT Retirement home is everything this couple hoped for … and more

story by Brett McLaughlin |

photos by Matthew El-Bayadi


If Dan and Kathy McCormick have said that to each other once, they’ve said it a hundred times over the past 18 months. Even when they were sealed in a bubble and plaster dust made seeing an adjacent wall impossible, or as Dan was tasked with assembling a color pallet with 13 shades of green, blue and gray … they knew they had done good.

A spectacular view of Lake Keowee with tiers of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range stacked on the horizon; a kitchen that invites family and friends to gather; a peaceful cove for undisturbed swimming and paddleboarding; quiet places to escape with a book, a beverage or both … … yes, indeed, they did good.

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Enjoying an unparalleled view of the cove, the open waters of Lake Keowee and the Blue Ridge Mountains, dominates time spent in the great room of the home.


“We did good!”

Dan and Kathy McCormick said their retirement lake home has been absolutely everything they had hoped for and more.

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This intimate formal dining area off the kitchen was relocated by a previous owner. It is one of several renovations the McCormicks discovered during their own remodel.


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Living in Cincinnati, the McCormick’s vacationed at East Tennessee’s Norris Lake. It was during a getaway there that Kathy asked Dan, “Why do we live in Ohio on grass when we can live on a lake?” Although they weren’t expecting to move for a couple of years, they had discussed retirement living in a Carolina lake community. And so, the search began. “We researched lakes in both North and South Carolina, and in October 2020 we decided to take a road trip,” KathyTheyrecalled.quickly eliminated North Carolina’s bustling Lake Norman and narrowed their focus to three or four South Carolina locations. “When we saw Keowee, that was it,” Dan said. “The clarity of the water, the activities, the friendliness of the people …”Although the Covid pandemic was impacting everyone’s lives, Allen Tate Realtors representative Sandy Peirce wanted to show the McCormicks the Keowee Key community and one particular house. It was a fortuitous visit.

The kitchen is open and expansive with a dominant island feature, splendid red and white oak flooring and an informal dining area. Everything on the wall at the left is refrigerated, including wine chillers that serve as bookends to cooling drawers and a small sink and beverage area.

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“Most of the communities were shut down,” Kathy said, “but here, people still seemed to be active. There were folks at the rec center and people out walking.” At The Club, Dan and Kathy watched as four golfers came off the course and gave hugs to “Ester,” an elderly woman who was sitting by herself. “We knew this was the kind of place we wanted to live,” Dan said. As for the house, Kathy said the lake view and the kitchen were “a wow,” but she and her husband saw reasons why it had been on the market for 300 days. Since they were “lake shopping” and not expecting to move any time soon, they returned to Cincinnati, pleased with what they had found. However, the prospect of buying the house kept gnawing at the couple. Kathy’s college-aged daughter, Morgan, was all for the move, and Peirce was staying in touch. The privacy of the cove and the view of the lake and mountains were top of mind.




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One feature on the lake level is the bear room, and entry level living area after McCormicks bought home. great lake view.

“The lot was unique. That view is rare,” Dan said, looking out over the deck to the vista beyond. “You can change a house, but you can’t change the view.” Eventually, they made what they refer to as “an offensive offer” that was accepted. They closed in January 2021, and two months later they moved. It didn’t take long for a 9-10-month remodeling effort to get underway. Efforts to sand down textured plaster throughout the home proved futile, so eventually the interior was reduced to what Dan calls “its bones.” In the process, however, the couple was able to uncover not only the original construction (circa 1989), but changes made by two other prior“Weowners.don’thave the original building plans, but we’ve got a pretty good idea how it looked when it was built and the changes other owners have made,” Dan said. “Doing the drywall was not in the plan,” Kathy added. “We had decided we could live with it and just paint it.” “Eventually, it was cheaper and easier to just tear it out. In the process we were able to move some electric switches that had been left behind and make some plumbing changes,” Dan explained, noting that an archway to a former dining room and a door to the sitting

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room off the master suite had both been closed off in the great room but light switches had been left behind.

The house was furnished at closing, right down to several bottles of fine wine in the kitchen’s bookend chillers and ketchup and mustard in the cabinetappearing refrigerator. The McCormicks brought their own furnishings from Ohio, sold much of the existing furniture on consignment and eliminated much of the home’s “ornate” décor — goldleaf picture frames and antlered hunting trophies on the entry walls — in favor of a simpler, cleaner look.

A large entryway greets guests and gives way to a great room whose high ceiling and The master suite offers views of the cove on one side and the lake and mountains on another. The suite also features a large bath with sunken tub and walk-in shower, his and her closets, a small laundry and a splendid sitting room overlooking the lake.

The couple also replaced drywall ceilings atop the two-story great room with wood panels and large beams, installed wood and wrought iron bannisters and stair railings, refinished all the red and white oak flooring and installed a wooden mantle on the entry level fireplace.

The décor of Dan’s office on the entry level testifies to his career serving as an Air Force training officer while working for General Electric.

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66 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING massive windows offer magnificent views of the lake and mountains. Double doors lead to a deck that expands those views beyond a smaller, “keeping room,” where the couple spends a great deal of their time relaxing.Ahallway runs the length of the home. To the left is the large, master suite whose sitting room provides additional views of the cove that wraps around the home. The bath features both a sunken tub and large, walkin shower. The suite has his and her walkin closets, a small laundry and what Kathy refers to as her husband’s “Batman” door to a small garage that houses his vintage Corvette. To the right of the entry, the hall leads past a wood-paneled office where an airplane theme testifies to Dan’s love of flying and his career as a U.S. Air Force trainer with GeneralAcrossElectric.thehall one can access a very large kitchen with an L-shaped island. The wine chillers flank a wall whose cabinetry is also refrigerated. Separate, upright refrigerator and freezer units blend seamlessly into expansive cabinets. A single step-down leads to a small sitting area with one of the home’s 11 televisions. » CONTINUED ON PG. 68

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The second floor features a balcony walkway that connects bedrooms with full baths at each end. The couple lightheartedly refers to the larger room (two doubles, a twin and a sofa) as the “Morgan and friends” room as Kathy’s daughter loves visiting the lake with college friends.

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“Just what every home needs, right?” Dan quipped.

The lake level of the home allows easy access to an expansive patio, part of which is covered. A flagstone walk leads to the nearby dock. There is a small putting green, and the previous owners did away with a flower garden, replacing it and all the home’s grass with artificial turf that Dan said he is happy to not have to mow. This level features a unique divided hallway. One side provides access to a guest room whose area rug, upholstery and wall décor earn it the name “the bear room.” Another room provides storage for lake and boating necessities. There is a bath for those coming off the lake. The street-side hallway affords access to a living and dining area for visiting youngsters, a game room, workout area and tool shop for Dan. “This has been absolutely everything we expected,” Kathy said. “The community has exceeded our expectations,” Dan added, noting that his Keowee Key neighbors are “down-to-earth folks who seem to just be here to enjoy life.” “We call it Camp Keowee,” Kathy laughed, “and even ask ourselves what the activity of the day will be. “Whether it’s looking at the flowers, being out on the lake or just enjoying the house, we did good,” she said. n


We call it Camp Keowee and even ask ourselves what the activity of the day will be. Whether it’s looking at the flowers, being out on the lake or just enjoying the house, we did good. MCCORMICK

A formal dining area, walk-in pantry, full laundry and entry to the home’s two-car garage complete the entry level layout.

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It’s hard to live in Oconee County, South Carolina and not know that many of the folks who live in the communities around the lakes are foot soldiers in an army of volunteers. They greet you at the doors of the hospital, serve meals and mop floors at Our Daily Bread, mentor students, read books to babies, comfort the sick and dy ing … the list goes on. Jon Bachman has lived in Keowee Key for quite a while. He knew that many of his neigh bors were donating their time and talents to countless charities. But not until he read an article in the neighborhood’s monthly newslet ter four years ago, did he know how much was being“Angiven.article in (Scuttlebutt) said our commu nity volunteers gave over 100,000 hours (annu ally) helping local charities,” Bachman recalled. “I thought, wow, if we could attach a dollar value to each hour volunteered, what an impact we could have on the county in which we live.”

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“We sign a letter of understanding with each charity partner that says we will publicize them to our community and encourage our resi dents to donate time and money to them,” Bachman said. “In return, they commit to invest every dollar received from our community ex clusively in Oconee County and to report back to us every quarter how many donors and how much they have received from Keowee Key.”

Residents who donate to Tri-County Technical College are assured that their money is being used to fund scholarships for Oconee County students regardless of which campus the students attend.

Nanine Hartzenbusch is a retired journalist and photojournalist who joined the committee in 2020.


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So that’s what he set out to do. He recruited a half-dozen friends to form a committee that has been dubbed the Keowee Key Community Partnership.“Whilenot a 501(c)3 or a committee that reports to the HOA, we do take direction and follow guidelines established by the community,” Bachman said. “Basically, we’re just a group of volunteers, with a mis sion to encourage our members to support organizations that support the less fortunate in Oconee County.” Initially, the committee sought out local charities that help the less fortunate, focusing on smaller organizations whose service area is with in Oconee RecognizingCounty.that Keowee Key is largely an active lifestyle communi ty whose residents have moved from across the country, Bachman ex plained, “we tell our residents, hey, you live in Oconee County. You’ll spend the next 15 to 20 years — probably the best years of your lives — in Oconee County. So, keep supporting the non-profits where you came from, but give some serious thought to those charities that serve the less fortunate in the county in which you now live.” Currently, the KKCP committee had vetted and approved 22 lo cal charities, providing services ranging from education to shelter, and from child and family services to medical and rehabilitative care.

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“We lived in Charlotte and were researching retirement communi ties,” she explained. “I liked this kind of volunteer-based program the minute I saw it online. The breadth of the people we touch is impres sive. It was a real plus for us moving here.”

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Last year, 11 businesses donated some $13,000.


Among the programs supported by KKCP donors is Livestrong at the YMCA. The free 12-week exercise program allows cancer survivors to reclaim their health through individualized support from certified YMCA instructors.

Like Bachman, Paul Corbeil has lived in Ke owee Key for years, but he was quick to become involved in the community partnership when his friend reached out.

“We don’t receive or accept funds and re ceipts for tax donations come from the chari ties themselves,” Bachman said. “We ask for no names and don’t worry about how the chari ties spend the donations, just that it is all spent

“Sometimes the poverty level in Oconee County is overlooked,” he said. “Fifty-seven percent of the kids in this county are eligible for free lunches. These kids are our future, and we need to pass along the benefits we have re ceived.”

The KKCP has gone beyond encouraging residents to donate locally by approaching small businesses that do business inside Keowee Key and asking them to support partner charities.

KKCP charity partner Fostering Faithfully operates an Oconee center where foster parents and kinship caregivers can pick up shoes and clothing, diapers, toiletries and other needed items. The Oconee Department of Social Services also utilizes the center for emergency placements.

in Oconee County. For example, one of our Partners is Safe Harbor … The (Memorandum of Understand ing) with them says that any funds received from residents of Keowee Key will be spent on/in their shel ter in Oconee County. We also have an MOU with Tri-County Technical College that states that funds received from Keowee Key must be used to provide scholarships to Oconee Coun ty high school graduates even if they attend a Tri-County campus outside of Oconee County.”

All the KKCP does, Bachman said, is encourage community residents to give to local charities, support its busi ness partners, track how much is giv en and report back to the community. This summer the Partnership topped the $1,000,000 mark.

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“It has been way above my wildest expectations when I started this ini tiative,” Bachman said. “Our com munity is having a major impact right where we live.” n To learn more about KKCP, visit: or face or contact Bachman at:

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t may often seem that the briar patch of modernday living is as tangled as it could possibly be. But not too far from Upstate South Carolina lies the original briar patch about which Uncle Remus told stories that remind us life has been complicated for a good while longer than we may think.Brer Rabbit, the trickster hare who succeeds by his wit rather than his brawn, is as central a character in current-day Eatonton, GA, as he was in the Uncle Remus stories told by 19th century writer Joel Chandler Harris for whom Eatonton was home. Since 1963 the Uncle Remus Museum has conserved Harris’ early years in Eatonton, offering insights into the life of a stuttering, shy child who went on to become a literary giant. story by Brett McLaughlin all right, Brer Fox. It’ll hurt something awful, but go ahead and skin me. Scratch out eyeballs! out my ears by the roots! Cut off my legs! you want do with me, Brer Fox, but in that briar patch!”


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Uncle Remus Museum hostess Miss Georgia tells an Uncle Remus story to a group of youngsters visiting the museum.


Although he was born into poverty, Harris was surrounded by literature from a young age. However, he was poor and, at 14, he answered a newspaper ad for a “young, intelligent, white boy” to serve as a printer’s devil at Turnwold Plantation in East

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Joel Chandler Harris

AccordingEatonton.toLynda Walker, director of the Uncle Remus Museum, it was at the plantation that Harris experienced the stories and language of the plantation’s slaves, absorbing experiences that would shape the famous stories he began writing after later accepting a job at the Atlanta Journal Constitution. In his words, the purpose of the stories was to “preserve in permanent shape those curious mementos of a period that will no doubt be sadly misrepresented by historians of the future.”

“He loved the people who shared these stories, and he related to them,” she said. “He never meant for these stories to be his fame. He always said he was just sharing childhood memories and stories that might have been lost. He even called himself a cornfield journalist.”

However, the tales of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and Brer Bear skipping to and fro and scheming to outwit each other did become famous and, decades later, the people of his hometown made sure they would live on.

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Eatonton is one of seven communities featured on the Antebellum Trail, a 100mile trek that takes visitors through communities that were spared General Sherman’s famous “March to the Sea.” Each town provides a window to the history of the Old South. Self-guided tours through Athens, Watkinsville, Madison, Eatonton, Milledgeville, Old Clinton and Macon highlight the lives and legacies of 19th century Georgians. Visitors will see lovely Greek Revival and other Antebellum architecture in historic house museums, learn from local tour guides and historians, browse through antique shops and dine on Southern delicacies. For more information, visit:

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The Uncle Remus Museum is in Turner Park, three blocks south of the courthouse on Highway 441. It consists of a log cabin made from three slave cabins originating in Putnam County. The cabins are similar to the one occupied by Uncle Remus, whose stories are captured in shadow boxes containing delicate woodcarvings of “de critters” humanized by the author. The shadow boxes illustrate 12 of Harris’ best-known stories.

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The museum also features painted murals that depict the years surrounding the Civil War during which the Uncle Remus stories are set. Another focal point of the museum is two pictures from the movie “Song of the South” donated by Walt Disney when the museum opened in 1963. The museum also has a wing devoted to the relationship between Harris and his mentor, Joseph Addison Turner, who taught him the printing trade and provided Harris with the equivalent of a college education in writing and journalism. For museum hours or fees and more information call 706.485.6856 or visit www.

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A HISTORIC CITY Aside from its place in literary history, Eatonton has much to offer it visitors. Local attractions include the Rock Eagle & Rock Hawk Effigies, the Memory Lane Classic Car Museum and the Old School History Museum. The residential section of the historic district of the city features over 100 Antebellum and Victorian era structures, as well as many historic commercial buildings. The historic district also boasts several high style examples of Greek revival, Queen Anne, Folk Victorian and Gothic Revival homes. A selfguided walking tour passes by several historic homes throughout the downtown district. n For more information on accommodations and dining in the city and a complete schedule of community events visit: Eatonton is about a three-hour drive from Upstate, SC. Take Highway 11 to I-85 and go south. Take exit 164 toward Carnesville. Continue 29 miles and turn right onto US-129/US-441 for approximately 44 miles. Turn right on N. Jefferson Ave./Madison Road. Go 1.5 miles to Eatonton.

The museum features photos visitors won’t see anywhere else and provides glimpses into the unique lives of the three writers, all of whom faced challenging childhoods and went on to infuse heart and soul into their works. Visit


for hours, tours and more information on upcoming events and classes.Eatonton visitors can also take the Alice Walker driving tour, which takes in the Pex Theater, ButlerBaker School, her birthplace and family home, the AME chapel and the chapel cemetery. The tour brochure is available at the Visitors Center and gives a timeline of important events in Walker’s life. Walker was born in Eatonton in 1944 to African American sharecroppers. At four years old her mother enrolled her in school to keep her out of the cotton fields. Within four years she had retreated completely into books and writing. She graduated as valedictorian of her Eatonton class and continued her education at Spelman and Sarah Lawrence colleges. After graduation, she worked for the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi, further enhancing life-long experiences that created strong awareness of racial inequality and social justice.



Eatonton, however, doesn’t boast connections to just one famous author. It is also the childhood home of two other renowned authors and is home to the Georgia Writers Museum — a not surprising fact given that nine authors in the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame have lived within 30 miles of Eatonton. In addition to Harris, permanent exhibits at the GWM feature Flannery O’Connor, whose short stories probed human alienation and the relationship between the individual and God, and Alice Walker, best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Color Purple.”

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Just when you thought you knew every thing there was to know about South Carolina history, along comes renowned South Carolina author Lee Davis Perry with a new guide to the state’s top na tional landmarks. So, before you jump full speed ahead into fall travel, you might want to spend a couple of hours making sure you know as much as you think.Perry’s new guide, “Historic South Carolina: A Tour of the State’s Top National Landmarks,” features an array of intriguing, nationally recog nized historic landmarks. And, while the author leans heavily on the offerings of the Charleston area where she grew up, there can be no denying her historical knowledge of the Palmetto State … at least everything east and south of what she refers to as the Fall Line, whose geographic and political center is Columbia. If your interest lies largely in landmarks that may exist in the Upstate region, Perry’s guide may not be for you. Using the National Park Service guidelines for determining “landmark” status, Perry has included 65 of South Carolina’s 70 designated sites, but only three are in the Up state. While her new guide devotes 75 pages to the greater Charleston area, 15 to the Southern Corner and 15 more to the Grand Strand, the Upstate is covered in six pages. Among the sites featured in Lee Davis Perry’s new guide to the state’s top national landmarks is Drayton Hall, which the author writes about with a Southern flare.


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Historic South Carolina book offers tour of national landmarks

Still, as history goes, Perry’s book provides interest ing anecdotes and beautiful color photography of fa mous manors and plantation houses, centuries-old churches and chapels, and beautiful marshlands of the LowAsCountry.shewalks readers through one landmark after another, her attention to historic fact lends substance and depth to what would otherwise be a governmental designation. For instance, in the paragraph of the first landmark conversation she notes that the Miles Brew ton House has, remarkably, stayed in the same family since being built in 1769. Likewise, her personal affection for the city of her youth is keenly felt as she writes of the Charleston His toric District: “If anything is more remarkable than Charleston’s softly pastel colors, cobblestone streets, graceful church spires, and elegant old homes with their exquisite interiors — it has to be the fact that any of it still exists at all. No other colonial city has suf fered so many calamities as often as Charleston.” The Huguenot Church in Charleston was organized in 1681, and groups of believers arrived in this area between 1680 and 1763. In 1706, The Church Act established the Anglican Church as the official religion in South Carolina, and, slowly, most Huguenot churches were absorbed into what became Episcopal congregations.

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The Joseph Manigault House at 350 Meeting St. in Charleston is open daily throughout the year. An admission is charged to tour the house, which was designed and built in 1803, by Charleston gentleman-architect Gabriel Manigault for his brother, Joseph.

As Perry leads readers through Charleston, into the Low Country and then up the Grand Strand and inland to the Fall Line, she weaves together a tapestry of historic events, diverse cultures and geographically significant places. By the time readers reach the Upstate, where an Abbeville man sion, historic Fort Hill and the John C. Calhoun House in Clemson and Ninety-Six and Star Fort are featured, there is bound to be new appreciation for the history that has shaped 21st century South Carolina. The book concludes with a thematic index that provides a quick overview of all the sites by various categories. This index can be a functional tool for those arranging visits to these landmarks. By far the “Architecturally Significant” index is the largest group due to the concentration of wealth in South Carolina leading up to the Civil War. On the other hand, the “Na tive American and Early Peoples” list is limited, and readers are left with Perry’s introductory wish that these landmarks will increase in number as more of their history is traced and “their cultural impact on our state will be recognized.”

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UPSTATE LAKE LIVING Her descriptions of several landmarks, such as the popu lar plantation home, Drayton Hall, provide evidence of her Southern roots. She writes: “… Drayton Hall offers an ad venture in architecture. Yes, architecture and a great deal more. If for no other reason, Drayton Hall should be seen and experienced as the sole survivor of the ugly 1865 ram page by Union troops, who looted and burned nearly every other plantation house along the Ashley River …”

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Oconee Nuclear Station utilizes nuclear fission-produced enriched uranium to convert water from Lake Keowee into steam, which then powers turbines to produce electricity.

The tour concluded with a press conference at Blue Ridge Electric Co-op.

The team was able to see firsthand some of the vast energy resources being captured in the Upstate.

The following day the group toured the Bad Creek Hydro Station in Oconee County. The facility generates electricity by pumping water from Lake Jocassee to the Bad Creek Reservoir, and then from Bad Creek Reservoir back to Lake Jocassee. The reservoir is a 367acre body of water that is essentially a massive battery, used to store energy from Lake Jocassee. Bad Creek Reservoir is 1,200 feet higher than Lake Jocassee and during times of low energy usage the water is pumped up to the reservoir and then, during periods of high energy use, is released back down generating electricity in the process.

The team then moved on to the Oconee Nuclear Station, one of the United States’ premier nuclear facilities located on Lake Keowee. The station produces enough electricity to power 1.9 million homes and was the first nuclear station to produce 100 million kilowatt hours of electricity.

After the event, Duncan shared, “I had the opportunity to lead members of Congress from states across the country on a tour to the Third District to see Upstate South Carolina’s innovative energy strategies and the all-ofthe-above energy solution firsthand. With gas prices and utility prices at record highs nationwide, we are advocates for an all-of-theabove energy solution to meet our nation’s needs through innovative solutions like nuclear energy. We believe in unleashing American energy production by utilizing our nation’s vast natural resources and innovation, refusing to pick the winners and losers when it comes to energy production. Unleashing an all-ofthe-above energy strategy will inevitably lower energy costs for Americans and strengthen our energyCongressmaneconomy.”Kevin Hern of Oklahoma added, “All-of-the-above energy means exactly what it sounds like. We’re not trying to arbitrarily ‘cancel’ any one industry, we want all our resources to work together to provide American families with reliable, affordable energy.”While this topic is a little unusual for me, I felt it was noteworthy and reveals what an important part of the country we are privileged to live and work in every day. It was exciting to see firsthand the role our Upstate lakes play in such an important global issue … something we often may forget while boating, swimming and enjoying the recreation our lakes provide.

Dari McBride is the President of the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce. An avid boater since childhood, Dari enjoys living on the lake and sharing her love of boating and water sports with all ages.

House Energy Action Team visits the Upstate

BY DARI MCBRIDE {clockwise from top} Participants in the All of the Above Energy Tour pose at the Bad Creek Reservoir. Pictured are (l to r) U.S. Rep. Neal Collins, SC; State Rep. Bill Sandifer; U.S. Rep. Rick Allen, GA; U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, NC; U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, SC; U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, ND; U.S. Rep. Ron Estes, KS; U.S. Rep. Diana Harshberger, TN; U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern, OK; U.S. Rep. Troy Balderson, OH; and State Sen. Rex Rice. Photo courtesy of the office of Rep. Jeff Duncan • Congressman Jeff Duncan (right) makes observations during the recent Bad Creek Reservoir energy tour. Photo courtesy of the office of Rep. Jeff Duncan • The HEAT Congressional delegation poses with Clemson University President Dr. Jim Clements (center) on the first stop of a recent All of the Above Energy Tour. Photo courtesy of Clemson University


In July, Congressman Jeff Duncan, cochair of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) and member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, led nine members of Congress on an “All of the Above” Energy Tour of Upstate South Carolina. The team — Representatives William Timmons, Drew Ferguson, Richard Hudson, Kevin Hern, Diana Harshbarger, Troy Balderson, Ron Estes, Kelly Armstrong and Rick Allen — visited several locations in our area and went on up-close tours of the Bad Creek Hydro Station and Oconee Nuclear Station. Other state and local dignitaries joined in on parts of the two-day event including Gov. Henry McMaster and SC State legislators Sen. Thomas Alexander, president of the Senate; Sen. Rex Rice; Rep. Neal Collins; and Rep. Bill Sandifer, Chairman of the House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee. I was honored to be able to attend the first stop on the tour at Clemson University. University President Jim Clements and others shared Clemson’s capabilities in energy innovation, research and education. They revealed the focus they have on creating the next generation of energy workforce, specifically on alternate sources from battery research and hydrogen to wind power.

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Chasing schooling fish is one of the most exciting tactics for catching striped bass. Since a school of hungry stripers at the surface tends to draw attention, the chances of multiple boats looking to get in on the action are good. Always approach a school near the surface with a trolling motor, cutting out the big motor at least 100 yards back from the active fish.

Another reminder is that schooling fish rarely sound and travel great distances. Seeing feeding across the lake most likely means there is a separate school. When a school sounds, remain in the area and wait as the fish will usually regroup and surface again.

Striped bass are likely to school most anywhere below the I-85 crossing of Lake Hartwell. Large bays and coves off the main tributaries of the Tugaloo River and Six and Twenty Creek are popular mid-lake areas. Other good lower lake areas include large open water areas around the Greenpond Landing area, Singing Pines and out in front of Big Oak access. Anglers may slowly troll live or artificial baits in those areas while scanning adjacent water with binoculars, looking for surface feeding. Schools as large as one-half acre are not uncommon, but most likely will feature isolated surface feeding. When this is spotted, motor close to the area but cut the motor well before the fish to avoid sounding the school.

About the time schools reopen anglers should expect to find striped and hybrid striped bass schooling on the surface of Lake Hartwell.

Phillip Gentry is a freelance outdoor writer who has been writing a wide variety of outdoor articles across the Southeast since 2004.

Top baits for schooling fish are any noisy, splashing surface baits like Sammys, Zara Spooks or hard jerk baits. Other favorites include Alabama rigs and soft plastic jerk baits ranging from 3 to 5 inches in length.

86 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING As overnight temperatures begin to moderate, Lake Hartwell striper anglers, looking to capitalize on schooling fish, will get what they wish for. As is typical for this time of year, large schools of striped bass and hybrids can be seen from long distances in the mid- and lower-lake areas, chasing schools of baitfish on the surface.Seeing fish schooling on the surface typically happens as water temperatures change and continues for several weeks. Late afternoon, from around 4 p.m. until dark, is the best time to find fish schooling. The best days will have light or no wind and be overcast. With a lot of wind, it’s hard to locate the fish on the surface. This early in the season don’t expect to see too many birds up from the coast yet, but once the birds come in, finding schooling fish from a great distance is pretty easy. Shore birds — such as loons, terns and especially seagulls — target the baitfish that stripers have pushed to the surface. Another sign to look for is water splashing, caused by rapidly breaching fish. Often water splashes can go several feet in the air. Although the two species will feed together, hybrid bass are the more aggressive of the two and therefore usually the quickest to get to the bait. Owing to their white bass ancestry, hybrids fight harder — a fourpound hybrid will pull as hard as a 10-pound striper. Fish also seem to school more by size and get bigger as fall wears on.

It’s fall and the fish are schooling

A common misconception is that fish come up randomly, when, in fact, stripers are attempting to “herd” baitfish against the surface or onto a shallow point or shoal to feed on them. Watch for the direction the bait is moving rather than chasing the school from behind. This allows you to offer a more natural looking presentation while giving plenty of room to other anglers who may be pursuing the school.


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With cryptocurrencies so much in the news, you might be wondering if you should invest in them. But “invest” may not be the right word — because, in many ways, cryptocurrencies, or “crypto” for short, are more speculation thanButinvestment.what’sreally the difference between a speculator and an investor? Probably the main factor is the differing views of time. A true investor is in it for the long term, building a portfolio that over many years can eventually provide the financial resources to achieve important goals, such as a comfortable retirement. But speculators want to see results, in the form of big gains, right now — and they’re often willing to take big risks to achieve these outcomes.There’salso the difference in knowledge. Investors know that they’re buying shares of stock in a company that manufactures products or provides services. But many speculators in cryptocurrency don’t fully comprehend what they’re buying, because crypto just isn’t that easy to understand.

• Volatility — Cryptocurrencies are subject to truly astonishing price swings, with big gains followed by enormous losses … sometimes within a matter of hours. What’s behind this type of volatility? Actually, several factors are involved. For one thing, the price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies depends heavily on supply and demand, and the demand can skyrocket when media outlets and crypto “celebrities” tout a particular offering. Furthermore, speculators will bet on crypto prices moving up or down, and these bets can trigger a rush on buying and selling, again leading to the rapid price movements. And many purchasers of crypto, especially young people, want to see big profits quickly, so when they lose large amounts, which is common, they often simply quit the market, contributing to the volatility.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by David Adrian Jr., a Seneca financial advisor with the Fortune 500 Company that serves more than 7 million customers and has over $1 trillion in assets under management. Reach Adrian at 864.882.5763 or come/david-adrian.www.edwardjones.


Cryptocurrency is a digital asset, and cryptocurrency transactions only exist as digital entries on a blockchain, with the “block” essentially being just a collection of information or digital ledgers. But even knowing this doesn’t necessarily provide a clear picture to many of those entering the crypto world.

In addition to time and understanding, two other elements help define cryptocurrency’s speculative nature:

• Lack of regulation — When you invest in the traditional financial markets, your transactions are regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the firms with which you invest are typically overseen by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Other agencies are also involved in regulating various investments. These regulating bodies work to ensure the basic fairness of the financial markets and to prevent and investigate fraud.

Crypto: Investment or speculation?

The cryptocurrency market is still relatively new, and it’s certainly possible that, in the future, crypto can become more of an investment and less of a speculation. In fact, Congress is actively considering ways to regulate the cryptocurrency market. But for now, caveat emptor — “Let the buyer beware.”

But cryptocurrency exchanges are essentially unregulated, and this lack of oversight has contributed to the growth of “scam” exchanges, crypto market manipulation, excessive trading fees and other predatory practices. This “Wild West” scenario should be of concern to anyone putting money in crypto.




A notice appears in the paper of Chipping Cleghorn: “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, 29 October, at Little Paddocks, at 6.30 p.m. Friends accept this, the only intimation.” This surprises Letitia Blacklock, owner of Little Paddocks; however, she takes it in stride and prepares for guests that evening. The villagers are intrigued by the notice, and several of them appear with awkward reasons but definite


Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moorhen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. The Moors, presented by the Clemson Players, is a dark comedy about love, desperation and visibility.

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The original production won 10 Tony Awards, including a special Tony for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. You’ll be there when the sun rises on this new production, with stunning movement and dance. A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives and the timeless traditions that define faith and family.


THE THANKSGIVING PLAY  In this Clemson Players production, good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month.

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In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.


NOV. 14-20

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

This ridiculous comedy farce will have you laughing nonstop from beginning to end. The Olivier Award-wining play is a combination of Sherlock Holmes mystery meets Monty Python hysteria. Come see The Cornley Drama Society as they “attempt” to put on a murder mystery. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead and actors who trip over everything, this show has been described by the Huffington Post as, “The funniest play Broadway has ever seen!”

NOV. 15-20



This musical tribute to the music of Fats Waller is set in a time when Manhattan nightclubs such as the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom were the playgrounds of high society, and Lenox Avenue dives were filled with piano players banging out the new beat known as swing. Five performers present an evening of rowdy, raunchy and humorous songs that encapsulate the various moods of the era and reflect Waller’s view of life as a journey meant for pleasure and play.

Come see our sparkling new Holiday show for the whole family. This incredible concert will feature holiday favorites, Broadway show tunes, show-stopping dance numbers, a live band and modern holiday hits as they’ve never been heard before. See some of the Upstate’s finest performers as they sing festive songs from cherished shows like, “White Christmas,” “Holiday Inn,” “Elf the Musical,” “Meet Me in St. Louis” and so much more!







Come see Broadway’s newest hit comedy smash! Something Rotten takes the audience back in time to the Renaissance, where everything is new! We meet brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are struggling writers trying to compete with their rock star contemporary, Shakespeare. After seeking advice from a local soothsayer, they write the world’s very first musical. Come see this hilarious, heartwarming story with acting, singing and dancing all at the same time.

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Hilda finds only tedium in running the Holly Railway Station … that is until Leo Tannenbaum drops in out of nowhere the day before Christmas Eve. Suddenly, the whole drab town is transformed by the magic of the Christmas spirit. This theatrical greeting card is full of eccentric characters wise cracking their way to finding the true wonder of Christmas.

Based on the writings of Charles Dickens (primarily “The Pickwick Papers”), this show is an adaptation of some of his early works and will be the highlight of your holiday season.


This much-revived classic offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, remarried but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira, who is called up by a daffy “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati. Blithe spirits breezily clash with the living in Noel Coward’s joyous comedy.


OCT. 14-16 & 21-23

Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, while his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cook to prepare gourmet delights and has invited his best friend along to provide the alibi. A husband’s plan; a wife’s secret; a weekend that goes hysterically wrong. www.newcomer HELPING

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This story centers on the young Jonas, whose world seems perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But, when Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver … to receive and keep the memories of the community. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life.

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SEPT. 30 Walhalla Performing Arts Center presents Sail On, the most booked Beach Boys Tribute group in the world; 7:30 p.m.; for information or tick ets, visit:

SEPT. 6-10 South Carolina Apple Festival in downtown Westminster; live music entertainment, local craft and food vendors and music; golf tourna ment on Tuesday, river float on Wednesday, ap ple baking contest on Thursday, craft and quilt shows and championship rodeo on Friday and Saturday; Gateway Arts Center, Westminster, offers Art and History Walking Tour and Lun cheon featuring local residents’ “Famous Fam ily Recipes.” For more information, visit: www.

Sip ‘N Stroll Art Festival and Wine Tasting on Ram Cat Alley in downtown Seneca; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; four tastings for $10. Walhalla Hispanic Heritage Celebration, live music, dancing, food, kids’ activities; 12-6 p.m. on Main Street.

SEPT. 15 Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, 221 Brooks Center, Clemson, presents global pi ano sensation Maxim Lando; 7:30 p.m.; call 864.656.3048 or visit clemson.universitytickets. com for more information and tickets.

OCT. 1 Friend of Lake Jocassee hosts Lake Jocassee Paddle Splash involving races for kayaks, surf skis, canoes, paddleboards and other self-pow ered craft; for info and registration visit


Walhalla Performing Arts Center presents Reckless: The Ultimate Bryan Adams Trib ute; 7:30 p.m.; for information or tickets, visit: Westminster’

SEPT. 16 Walhalla Performing Arts Center presents The Lettermen; 7:30 p.m.; Donovan Tea, Bobby Poynton and Rob Gulack have created an award-winning three-part harmony on 75 al bums over six decades; for information or tick ets, visit:

OCT. 7 Walhalla Performing Arts Center presents Greg Hester & Street Choir, who have been paying tribute to Van “The Man” Morrison for over five years to packed houses; 7:30 p.m.; for infor mation or tickets, visit:

OCT. 14-15 South Carolina Big Foot Festival on Main Street in Westminster, features live music, ex pert speakers, Bigfoot tales, food and craft ven dors, Bigfoot themed contests and children’s ac tivities; Friday, 4-9 p.m. with parade at 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; for more informa tion, visit:

OCT. 14

SEPT. 20-24 SC Foothills Heritage Fair at The Farm Center, 2063 Sandifer Blvd., Westminster, features con certs, livestock shows, rodeos, dance exhibitions, 4-H youth events, hands-on learning opportuni ties, farm animal exhibits; for prices and more information, visit: SEPT. 22 Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, 221 Brooks Center, Clemson, presents Step Afrika! A blend of percussive African dances and forms; 7:30 p.m.; call 864.656.3048 or visit clemson. for more information and tickets. SEPT. 23 Walhalla Performing Arts Center presents Grand Ole Opry star John Conlee; 7:30 p.m.; for information or tickets, visit: www.walhal

OCT. 13 Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, 221 Brooks Center, Clemson, presents Julie Fow lis, a multi-award-winning Gaelic singer who is deeply influenced by her early upbringing in the Outer Hebridean island of North Uist; 7:30 p.m.; 864.656.3048 or visit clemson.universi for more information and tickets.

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SEPT. 6 Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, 221 Brooks Center, Clemson, presents the flamekeeper of traditional New Orleans-style jazz, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band; 7:30 p.m.; call 864.656.3048 or visit clemson.universitytickets. com for more information and tickets.

Hagood Mill, 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pick ens, presents its Storytelling Festival and Liar’s Competition; the mill will be operating 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; for more information, visit: www.ha

SEPT. 24 Music on Main on East Main Street, Westmin ster; Classic Car Cruise-In starts at 3 p.m. and live music is from 5-8 p.m.; food trucks, ven dors, and much more, so bring a chair and join us for an evening of dancing in the street.

SEPT. 15-18 Euphoria in Greenville features exclusive tast ings, cooking demonstrations, wine seminars and multi-course dinners with celebrity chefs; for more information or to purchase tickets, vis it: events/euphoria/

Walhalla Performing Arts Center presents End of the Line, a comprehensive, studied, ramb lin’ good time Allman Brothers Band experi ence; 7:30 p.m.; for information or tickets, visit:


Arts Center show “How About Them Apples” opens; awards will be viewer’s choice. SEPT. 10 Friends of Lake Jocassee VIP Day; lake, road and park cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon, at Dev il’s Fork State Park; for more information, visit:;noon to 6 p.m.; two morn ing rides starting at 8 a.m.; food vendors; event takes place in two parking lots at NortonThompson Park downtown; all proceeds to au tism awareness; more info at

SEPT. 28 Oconee Memorial Hospital Foundation 15th Annual Golf Classic at Keowee Key Golf Course; 18-hole captain’s choice with BBQ lunch, gifts and prizes; to view online auction visit:; for res ervations or more info, call 864.885.7912.

OCT. 8 Walhalla Performing Arts Center presents Mutts Gone Nuts, which is sure to unleash havoc and hilarity as Scott and Joan Houghton attempt to match wits with their mischievous mutts in a family-friendly performance that is leaving audiences howling for more; 7:30 p.m.; for information or tickets, visit: www.walhal Germanlapac.comhistory event downtown Walhalla; For more information, visit: www.walhallamain

Oconee Humane Society annual, Wags & Whiskers Gala at the Club at Keowee Key; the largest fundraising event for the organization features, Yappy Hour, dinner and a live and si lent auction; tickets are $75 and tables of 10 can be reserved; email or call 678.372.7600 for tickets.

SEPTEMBER Blue Ridge Arts Center, 111 E. South Second St., Seneca, presents its 2022 quilt show and an nual members show; regular gallery hours are Thurs. – Fri., 1-4 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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OCT. 20 Brooks Center for the Performing Arts presents the Clemson Univer sity Singers and Cantori; the CU Singers, in collaboration with per forming arts voice majors, will perform several choruses and arias from iconic operas; 7:30 p.m.

OCT. 21-23

OCT. 31 Halloween on the Green at Norton Thompson Park, Seneca; 5-8 p.m., rain or shine; more info at Boo on Main in Westminster

Friday, September 9 @ 7:30 PM


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OCT. 26 Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, 221 Brooks Center, Clemson presents Mummenschanz: 50 Years, a journey filled with imagination and poetry featuring the most beloved sketches from the foundation’s repertoire over the past five decades; 7:30 p.m.; call 864.656.3048 or visit for information and tickets.

Market & Craft Fair on Main Street in Walhalla begins at 10 a.m., featuring over 65 curated, handmade-only vendors, plus sales and specials at downtown stores and restaurants.

Saturday, September 24 @ 7:30 PM

NOV. 4-6

Walhalla Performing Arts Center presents The Dan Tyminski Band; 7:30 p.m.; for information or tickets, visit:

OCT. 29 Music on Main on East Main Street, Westminster; Classic Car CruiseIn starts at 3 p.m. and live music is from 5-8 p.m.; food trucks, ven dors and much more, so bring a chair and join us for an evening of dancing in the street.

Walhalla Oktoberfest celebrates Walhalla’s German heritage with German food, dance and music, arts & crafts, and carnival rides and games; for more information, visit:

NOV. 3 Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, 221 Brooks Center, Clem son, presents the CU Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band and Drumline.; 7:30 p.m.; call 864.656.3048 or visit for more information and tickets.

Everything Outdoor Fest showcasing and celebrating the Southeast’s most popular outdoor activities will be held at Historic Hopkins Farms in Simpsonville; visit for complete details.

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Friday, September 16 @ 7:30 PM

Spend the day on Main Street in Walhalla and enjoy Walhalloween, featuring trick or treat, a dog costume parade and more, starting at noon; for more information, visit:

Friday, October 7 @ 7:30 PM It will be a tribute you don’t want to miss with Greg Hester & Street Choir. Greg Hester is the real deal and endorsed by Van Morrison Keyboard alum Kenny Kirby.

RECKLESS is the most respected Bryan Adams tribute band touring today. Reckless replicates the look, sound and feel of the original 80’s rock legend; Bryan Adams. These veteran musicians love what they do and have developed an amazing on-stage chemistry.


During the past two decades, John Conlee has achieved a level of success that he has sustained by simply being himself and by making records that the listening public can relate to. JOHN CONLEE

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NOV. 1 Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, 221 Brooks Center, Clemson, presents the Verona Quartet with pianist David Fung; 7:30 p.m.; no ticket required; call 864.656.3048 or visit clemson.universitytickets. com for more information.

With over 75 albums – numerous certified gold – you won’t want to miss-hits like “When I Fall in Love,” “Come Back Silly Girl,” and “Theme From A Summer Place.” THE LETTERMEN

With more than 8000 live shows under his belt & numerous appearances on some of the country’s most popular radio shows, like Bob & Tom or John Boy & Billy, his massive tribe of fans will tell you that he hits that mark every time.

Friday, September 30 @ 7:30 PM Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute is a show based out of Nashville, TN, that focuses on performing songs by America’s Band, The Beach Boys, to sheer perfection. SAIL ON: BEACH BOYS TRIBUTE

Friday, September 23 @ 7:30 PM

Seneca Youth Carnival; noon to 8 p.m. in Norton Thompson Park; rides, games and prizes, gaming truck, food vendors, music by DJ Pound, rock climbing wall and more; for more info, visit www.seneca.

Walhalla Performing Arts Center presents Celtic Angels Christmas; 7 p.m.; for informa tion or tickets, visit:

DEC. 10

NOV. 11 Walhalla Performing Arts Center presents Gaelic Storm; 7:30 p.m.; traveling over 200 days a year, Gaelic Storm has forged a unique path in Celtic music dating back to the mid1990s; for information or tickets, visit: www. Brookswalhallapac.comCenterfor the Performing Arts, 221 Brooks Center, Clemson, presents the women of TakeNote and the men of Tigeroar; 7:30 p.m.; call 864.656.3048 or visit clemson.uni for more information and tickets.


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NOV. 18 Magical Musical Holiday Light Show opens in Norton-Thompson Park, downtown Seneca, 5:30-10 p.m.; more info at Walhalla Performing Arts Center presents Electric Avenue – The 80’s MTV Experience; 7:30 p.m.; for information or tickets, visit:

DEC. 17-18

Foothills Dance Conservatory’s 20th anniver sary performance of The Nutcracker; Clemson University’s Brooks Center for the Perform ing Arts; all seats are reserved, and tickets are available for purchase through the Brooks Center; for more ticket information, email fd

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DEC. 9

Walhalla Performing Arts Center presents The Christmas Tour: A Salute to Conway and Lo retta featuring Tayla Lynn & Tre Twitty; 7:30 p.m.; for information or tickets, visit: www. Walhallawalhallapac.comtourof homes; for more information, visit:

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NOV. 29 Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, 221 Brooks Center, Clemson, presents the CU Symphony Orchestra; 7:30 p.m.; call 864.656.3048 or visit clemson.universitytick for more information and tickets.

Norwegian brass ensemble tenThing takes the audience on a holiday-themed musical journey through Europe and America for the Delores St. Clair Wright Christmas Show at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, 221 Brooks Center, Clemson; 7:30 p.m.; call 864.656.3048 or visit clemson.universitytick for more information and tickets.

The 30th annual gingerbread display at the Grove Park Inn is open to the public; call the Gingerbread Hotline at 800.413.5778 or vis it

DEC. 1-31 Entries begin Dec. 1 for Seneca’s Down Gin gerbread Lane competition; winners an nounced Dec. 15 at A Jazzy Christmas; entries will be on display at city hall through end of year; for more information, visit www.seneca.

NOV. 18 – DEC. 17 Blue Ridge Arts Center 111 E. South Second St., Seneca, presents The Little Big Show: “Po chade” and Then Do It; and also the member challenge exhibit “Where Are You From? Take Me Home!”; regular gallery hours are Thurs. –Fri., 1-4 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. NOV. 21 Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, 221 Brooks Center, Clemson, presents the CU Symphonic Band; 7:30 p.m.; call 864.656.3048 or visit clemson.universitytick for more information and tickets.

NOV. 17 Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, 221 Brooks Center, Clemson, presents the CU Men’s and Women’s Choirs; 7:30 p.m.; call 864.656.3048 or visit clemson.universitytick for more information and tickets.

NOV. 18-19 Hagood Mill, 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pick ens, presents its Native American Festival: Selugadu, the celebration of cornbread; the mill also will be operating 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; for information, visit: www.hagoodmillhis

Walhalla Performing Arts Center presents Christmas with the Annie Moses Band; 7:30 p.m.; for information or tickets, visit: www.

Walhalla Performing Arts Center presents classic bluegrass in the form of the Del Mc Coury Band; 7:30 p.m.; for information or tickets, visit:

Seneca Woman’s Club hosts its annual Christ mas Open House from 2-4 p.m. at the His toric Ballenger House, 212 E South 3rd St, Seneca; tours will be available upon request by calling 864.272.3842. DEC. 11 Walhalla tour of churches; free community event; for more information, visit: mainstreet

NOV. 15 Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, 221 Brooks Center, Clemson, presents the Clem son University Jazz Ensemble; 7:30 p.m.; call 864.656.3048 or visit clemson.universitytick for more information and tickets.

Walhalla Christmas parade, 5pm. DEC. 4 Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, 221 Brooks Center, Clemson, presents the Clem son Choirs’ Sounds of the Season perfor mance; 4 p.m.; call 864.656.3048 or visit for more infor mation and tickets.

NOV. 25 Walhalla Performing Arts Center presents Ru mours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute; 7:30 p.m.; for information or tickets, visit: www.walhal NOV. 28 City of Seneca’s “Magic of Christmas” tree lighting and parade at Norton Thompson Park in downtown Seneca; entertainment begins at 5 p.m. with tree lighting at 5:50 and parade at 6 p.m.; more info at NOV. 28 – DEC. 2 Oconee Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 19th Christmas Tree Festival, Winter Wonder land; beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and holiday items at The Inn at Patrick Square in Clemson; all proceeds benefit Prisma Health Hospice of the Foothills; Dec. 2 gala at The Club at Keowee Key features sit-down dinner, dancing and live auction; for more informa tion and tickets, call the OMH Foundation at 864.885.7909 or 864.885.7912.

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Walhalla Performing Arts Center presents the world’s most authentic and entertaining Beatles tribute band, The Return; 7:30 p.m.; for information or tickets, visit: www.walhal

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The hike begins at the Nature Center at an elevation of 1,160 feet and goes up to 1,520 feet. Streams, rapids and waterfalls parallel the trail 75 percent of the time, especially at the beginning and end. There are lots of stream crossings and bridges to navigate as one passes through a dominant oak-hickory forest with scattered pines and hemlock.

There is an observation deck less than 100 yards up the trail at the falls. Here, hikers can peacefully commune with the great South Carolina outdoors and, on hot days, are welcome to wade in the water below the falls.

Take note that State Park fees are in effect: $5/adults, $3/age 6-16, free/5 and under. A $50 annual pass is available for purchase for all the area state parks.


DIRECTIONS Take SC Hwy 11 to the west gate entrance of Table Rock State Park and follow the signs to the Nature Center.

Carrick Creek Falls

The 2-mile Carrick Creek loop is a circuit that takes about one hour to complete and is clearly marked with green blazes on tree trunks throughout the trail. It’s a great way to spend a summer day!

This waterfall is not the biggest … not even in Table Rock State Park … but the hike to see it is short, easy and provides breathtaking views of the park.

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