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Upstate Lake Living magazine

Volume 7, Issue 3 FALL 2013

6 Color & more abound in Burke County 12 Perfectly paradoxical 18 Mountain golf close to home 22 Quilt Trail bursts with color 28 Historic building brings life to Upstate 38 Hike your way to beautiful fall color

34 Safe Boating: Anchors aweigh 35 Fishing: Fall trout adventures 36 Your Waterfront: It’s all about ‘class’ 44 Theatre: New season of excitement awaits 48 Calendar: Fun festivals and much, much more Dear Readers, Summer rains have washed away a droughtrelated early leaf drop and color prognosticators are predicting a good to excellent year for fall color in Upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina. Typically, the color season in the Carolinas runs from the end of this month to early November; this issue offers several suggestions for taking full advantage of a glorious few months in our part of the country. Burke County, NC, invited us north and we were totally taken by the beauty of the countryside and the bustling growth of an area that is transforming into a shopping and arts mecca. It’s a short ride you won’t regret. Writer, Bill Bauer, meanwhile, has found great fall color at the Cherokee Golf Course. And, if you want to find color closer to home, we have a feature about hiking local trails or simply soaking up great color as you drive the Heritage Quilt Trail through Oconee, Pickens and Anderson counties. 4 • UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

Of course, the Upstate is about more than just color. The Foothills Heritage Fair and Walhalla’s Oktoberfest are just two events worth looking into. Walhalla’s Civic Auditorium is also marking a special year you can read about inside this edition. Last but not least we offer a look at one of the finest lake homes ever featured for your reading enjoyment. So, read on, and then have a great fall. We’ll be back just in time for the holidays.

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Brett McLaughlin, Editor P.S. Thanks to those who reached out to me with suggestions of lake homes to feature. One is in this edition. If you would like to share your home with our readers, or know of a neighbor whose home has charmed you, drop me an email with a name or phone number. I can be reached at bmclaughlin@upstatetoday.com

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Burke bills itself as “Nature’s Playground,” and it’s not hard to understand why. You can boat, fish or swim; bike and horseback ride on mountain trails; hike or camp in the Pisgah National Forest; enjoy the wonders of Linville Falls; or simply drive the Blue Ridge Parkway across the county.

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Morganton and surrounds offer color this fall Story by Brett McLaughlin | Photos courtesy of Burke County TDA

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organton, NC gets it. For that matter, Burke County, NC gets it. That’s why, if you have a free weekend this fall and want to get away, you should make the drive up Interstate 85 and find out, firsthand, what all the excitement is about. You won’t regret your decision for a minute. For openers, it’s fall and the Western North Carolina Mountains are gorgeous. Burke bills itself as “Nature’s Playground,” and it’s not hard to understand why. You can boat, fish or swim at Lake James, paddle and fish along the Catawba River in Morganton, bike and horseback ride on trails in the South Mountains State Park, hike or camp in the Pisgah National Forest, enjoy the wonders of Linville Falls or simply drive the Blue Ridge Parkway across the northern end of the county. Morganton, however, is the hub of Burke County activity and should be your base of operations whether your visit lasts a few hours or a few days. It is here you will sense a synergy that is giving rise to a revitalization of what was once a “furniture factory town” that has had to rebrand itself or fall into obscurity. In just over two years, Morganton has added 35 new businesses and 449 new jobs. Main Street storefronts are full; history abounds; live theater and musicals are bringing old and new venues to life; new wineries are opening, adding to the popularity of North Carolina’s wine trails; farm-to-table restaurants are sprouting up like the shitake mushrooms at Pat Stephens’ Muddy Creek Farm; and art of every kind is blossoming. Simply put, it’s a fun place to visit no matter what your interests or your age. “If you have good events and good restaurants, entertainment will catch up. If you have successful entertainment, good restaurants will catch up. As that happens, you have the perception of progress and that feeds real progress,” explained Ed Phillips,

Above: Jennifer Foulides and Ed Wisnieski relocated to Morganton from the Northeast, leaving the hectic life of New York City to cultivate new careers in North Carolina’s burgeoning wine country. They opened Silver Fork Winery in April at the confluence of Silver Creek and White Fork Creek, just a few miles outside of Morganton. At left: A wood grill eatery, root & vine, that features local products such as Muddy Creek Farm mushrooms, and wines from Silver Fork and Lake James Cellars, is comfortably eclectic, the patio is shady and inviting and the food and service are excellent.

director of the Burke County Tourism and Development Authority. “There are a lot of people downtown and that supports more business downtown. It just builds on itself and the businesses support one another,” he added. Take the Saturday morning Farmers Market. Operating in the shadow of a former furniture factory that has been converted into condominiums and a restaurant, the market hosts dozens of local growers and artisans. Among them is Hamilton Wil-

liams, a nationally known ceramic sculptor. Late this summer, Williams opened a working studio in downtown Morganton, reviving an abandoned building that was threatening to become an eyesore. “Morganton has a growing art scene with great restaurants and a bustling downtown business district,” Williams said, explaining his decision to invest in a city that is rapidly becoming that gateway to North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Or, talk to Benjamin Belton, who has FALL 2013 • 7


been operating a men’s store in downtown Morganton since 1977. He’s seen peaks and valleys, but he appears convinced the current renaissance is here to stay. “We’re getting a lot of visitors, and it’s been very good for business,” he said. “We are seeing good, solid growth.” That growth is taking many forms. Jennifer Foulides and Ed Wisnieski opened Silver Fork Winery in April in a bucolic setting at the confluence of Silver Creek and White Fork Creek, just a few miles outside of Morganton. The 32acre parcel includes five acres of established vines, planted and maintained by former owner Larry Kehoe. The new owners relocated to Morganton from the Northeast, leaving the hectic life of New York City to cultivate new careers in North Carolina’s burgeoning wine country. With guidance from the former owner and a lot of hard work, Foulides and Wisnieski are realizing success. A rustically elegant tasting room has been built as a centerpiece, offering indoor and outdoor seating, a lounge area and an expansive view of the vineyards and South Mountain range. The couple has also repurposed an aging shed into the winery and the basement of the main house into a wine cellar. Foulides, a chemical engineer by trade, handles most of the winemaking, while Wisnieski leads the way on the viticulture side. “We had to divide and conquer,” he quipped, noting the long hours each day requires of each of them. However, their efforts are paying off. Special events and advertising along Interstate 40 are also paying off, and the couple 8 • UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

hopes to soon add Silver Fork to at least two wine trails. Meanwhile, closer to town, the established Lake James Cellars is now operating on solar power and recently opened its century-old building to accommodate wine dinners and private functions. These latest improvements to a former textile mill were made possible by a NC Green Business Fund grant obtained with the help of Burke County TDA Business Development Manager Alan Clark. “It’s a great building. It just needed a little TLC when we moved in,” said Berry Fowler about the building they have owned for seven years. “We’ve had several people come in and tell us they are so happy to see somebody using old mills so they’re not sitting empty and falling into disrepair. I think repurposing and renovating the building is just another form of green business.” Pat Stevens, the proprietor of Muddy Creek Farms, is also a believer in green living and another example of the inter-connectedness of the Burke County business community. “We like the satisfaction of seeing our efforts bear fruit,” Stevens said. “I know it’s an old cliché, but it is satisfying when you go on the front porch and look out to the fields and see produce growing and see berries ripening, or you go into the mushroom production area and see the mushrooms growing.” Stephens began growing shitake mushrooms in 2006 and, after a few years, devised his own system to produce more mushrooms from aged Oak logs. While traditional growers stack logs to mimic the conditions in the woods, Stephens hangs

Above: If you go this fall, feel free to take the grandkids. Morganton’s Martha’s Park is a popular place for families to go and for children to romp in a refreshing fountain. At left: Oak Hill Iron Works owners Dean and Lynn Curfman are taking the age-old art of blacksmithing to a new level, forging both art and functional items for individuals, businesses and clients across the U.S. A handful of young “smithies,” such as this one, have eagerly joined them in the adventure.

them in a darkened greenhouse. His “vertical orientation” allows him to produce 20 harvests per year and increases the quality by getting them away from bugs and other creatures. Stephens has developed an online customer following and is part of Burke County’s synergy that brings growers and vintners into partnerships with local restaurants. Other examples of this collaboration are art galleries combining forces to present regional exhibitions and an ironworks operation with national sales holding court beneath a tent during the annual juried art fair on the historic courthouse lawn. More than one businessperson in Morganton talked about the presence of root & vine, a wood grill eatery where all the food is prepared from scratch, using as much local product as possible — including Muddy Creek Farm mushrooms — and where local wines from Silver Fork and Lake James Cellars are served. The menu is comfortably eclectic, the patio is shady and inviting, the food is excellent, the service even better and the local renaissance partnership is clearly enhanced. And, while root & vine provides a


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more “upscale” dining experience within listening distance of the Friday night “music on the square” events, JD’s Smokehouse in nearby Rutherford College takes Southern barbecue to a whole new level. If you make the trip to Morganton, be sure take a few minutes to visit Oak Hill Iron Works. It takes the age-old art of blacksmithing to a new level, forging both art and functional items for individuals, businesses and clients across the U.S. Custom work ranges from spiral staircase railings to ornate chandeliers and from wine racks to public art. Locally, Oak Hill created a series of iron benches placed throughout the downtown area, while, nationally, it created the balusters for St. The downtown business district of Morganton is always bustling. The historic courthouse lawn is the setting for Friday night music events throughout the summer and fall and for a host of events, from art fairs to wellness events, on Saturdays and Sundays. A nearby Farmers Market draws hundreds of visitors each Saturday, and local merchants combine forces for an endless list of good reasons to come downtown.

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Perfectly Paradoxical Lake Keowee home provides elegant comfort Story by Brett McLaughlin | Photos by Jack Kates III

Tucked back off the road in the Keowee Falls South development is the impressive home of Charles and Lindley Buchas. This view of the home shows a turret that houses a spiral staircase to the second floor. A waterfall feature is off the drive to the left.

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harles and Lindley Buchas call Memphis home ... at least for now. That could change any time and likely will ... sooner rather than later. The couple has crafted a distinctive lakeside home in the Keowee Falls South development. They just celebrated their fifth anniversary at the summerhouse, and the urge to make a permanent move to Salem, SC, seems to escalate as they gleefully tour visitors through their magnificent home-away-from-home. On the surface, the house appears to be a study in paradoxical design. Approaching from either the road or the lake, the structure appears massive, in part, due to its stone exterior and rising rooflines. A closer look, however, and the house takes on an almost cottage-like allure with small panes in many of the windows overlooking the lake and

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side of the kitchen one is transported to a far more elegant place as the ceiling catapults to 25 feet and a breathtaking view of the lake rushes through windows that soar to the rooftop.

As the Italian Tarantella plays over the home’s central sound system, lunch on the stone patio outside the great room could just as well be overlooking the lower ranges of the Apennine Mountains.

Meanwhile, in the lower level living area, it is more likely a Penn State game day, with football on the big screen, pool being shot on a nearby table and beverages flowing freely from a neatly crafted bar. At left: This sitting area in the master suite was originally planned to be a screened porch, but was enclosed to afford yearround use. A door leads to a deck that wraps around the remainder of the home’s main level. As with all the primary rooms in the home, it provides a magnificent view of Lake Keowee. Below: A primary “gathering” area on the main level is the kitchen. An island work area contains double ovens, a six-burner range located under a range hood whose wood matches the kitchen cabinetry and the front paneling of the refrigerator. A microwave and icemaker are among the other conveniences, while a nearby pantry provides adequate storage behind a door with a cutglass window.

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The Buchases said their intent was to create a home that was more comfortable than formal. What they did was create a home capable of accommodating both. Encouraged by friends to look for property in Upstate South Carolina, the couple purchased their lot in April 2006. They soon began working with Atlanta architect Keith Price and signed on with The Paragon Group and builders Larry Hutchinson and Skip Wilson in Greenville. “‘The little lake house’ kind of grew,” Lindley said with a

smile. “But, it’s a great home. Charlie has five siblings and we have two daughters and four grandchildren. It’s wonderful for family reunions and get-togethers.” The couple had few requests of their

designer and builders. They wanted every room to have a view of the lake, and they wanted the home to be open, light and airy. Few changes were made to the original design, one being the addition of a for-

This informal sitting area on the main level is where the family spends most of their time. Adjacent to the kitchen and nearby great room, it provides a homey, library-type atmosphere suitable for both man and beast.

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So unique is the Buchas’ home that one feels a different ambiance depending on where one is. mal dining room, primarily because an additional wall was needed to house the home’s elevator. Construction began in fall 2006 and Lindley began piling up travel points with weekend flights that continued until the couple moved in on Memorial Day 2008. Over the period of the build, Lindley became close friends with Diana Gilbert, CEO of a design firm carrying her name, and a frequent customer of Rowan Company Furniture & Interiors, both of Greenville. Charlie, meanwhile, became a master of making choices on everything from stone, to appliances, to fixtures ... right down to the faucets. “I told her, ‘Honey, you narrow it down to three and I’ll tell you what I want’,” he said. In addition to the great room and sitting area, the other primary “gathering” place on the main level is the kitchen. The area was designed not only to meet all the family’s needs — a son-in-law has his own built-in coffeemaker — but also to accommodate large groups, such as Charlie’s golfing companions and the Penn State sorority sisters of the couple’s youngest daughter. An island contains a six-burner range located under a range hood whose wood matches the kitchen cabinetry and the front paneling of the refrigerator. The is16 • UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

A neatly coiffed waterfall, designed and built by Zone 7 landscapers of Seneca and Salem, spills down a small hill adjacent to the paved drive and opposite the front entrance.

land also contains a pair of ovens. A microwave and icemaker are among the other conveniences, while a nearby pantry provides adequate storage behind a door with a cut-glass window. A back hallway to the garage features built-in bookshelves and leads to Lindley’s small office “hideaway,” the elevator, a half bath, a more-than-ample laundry room and a back stairway to the second level.

Another hall off the great room leads past another half bath to the master suite. Originally the room was to have a porch, but the couple chose to enclose it and create a sitting area. The adjacent bathroom features a granite tub and walk-in shower and three sinks, two of which, the couple quips, are for Lindley and over which hang antique mirrors from Augusta Antiques. A large walk-in closet completes the suite. The home’s deck can be accessed at several points. It sweeps across the back of the home and includes an area near the kitchen/sitting room that features a stone table, gas fireplace and screens that retract, opening up the full extent of the deck. A spiral staircase off the great room leads to the second level where the highlight is one of the daughter’s suites. Again, the room contains a small sitting area with a gas fireplace and French doors that open to the outside. The suite has a bath with a sunken tub and two sinks. There are hardwood floors throughout the upper level, which also contains Charlie’s office. The richly wood-lined space has


library-type shelving which, in addition to books, holds keepsakes from his long career with Fed-Ex and remembrances of his time at Penn State. The room affords another great view of the lake. A guest room on this level is truly guest-worthy, right down to a built-in ironing board in one of the two rooms that comprise the guest bath. French doors provide yet another lake view and the bath contains a walk-in shower and two sinks. Another unique design feature on the exterior wall that forms part of both spiral staircases is tiered windows, creating an almost-castle like feel as one traverses the stairs. The lower level is home to their oldest daughter’s suite, which features a small, screened porch, walk-in closet and tile shower. The living area on this level is home to the big screen television and other electronic paraphernalia, as well as ample seating, the bar and kitchenette and pool table. A small area on the lake side of the room is set up for table games, cards and puzzles, while an adjoining room contains exercise equipment. A cooled wine cellar is neatly tucked off to one side.

Nearby there is a full bath that can be used by those who stay in the “bunk room” on this level. Knowing that he would be inviting adult friends to stay and play golf, Charlie saw to it that the four bunks were doubles, not twins. The lower level opens on to a stone patio that has a wood-burning fireplace and provides access to the stone walkway that leads to the dock and lake some 50 feet below. While the Buchases enjoy having family and friends visit during their long stays at the home, they also enjoy the seclusion it provides. That privacy has even been assured in the future thanks to Seneca landscaper Lance Yuda, whose landscaping firm handled the waterfall design and all planting, including trees bred for vertical growth that are growing up around the deck. ❖ Three devoted Golden Retrievers share the Lake Keowee home of Charles and Lindley Buchas. The couple currently spends much of the summer and many other weekends and holidays at the Lake Keowee home they someday expect will be their full-time residence.

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Mountain golf close to home Story by Bill Bauer | Photos courtesy of Cherokee Valley Golf Club

n the 1800s, Travelers Rest was just that — a respite for those journeying to and from the mountains. Abundant wildlife and an attractive climate also made it home to the tribes of the Cherokee Nation. Today it remains an idyllic setting in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and neatly tucked into the rolling hills between Greenville, SC and Hendersonville, NC is the aptly named Cherokee Valley Golf Club. A P.B. Dye design, Cherokee Valley offers the look and feel of mountain

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golf while not being too far from home. Dave Maga, managing partner and PGA professional, says location is the key to Cherokee Valley’s popularity, in more ways than one. “You’re 20 minutes from the city life to the south and about the same from the mountain life to the north,” he said. “You can play 18 in the morning and be back to mow the lawn in the afternoon.” But, he is quick to point out that location has another meaning when it comes to scoring low on this distinctively demand-

ing layout. While not a long course, playing a mere 6,612 yards from the back tees, Cherokee Valley will provide a challenge. Visual deception, elevated greens and tee boxes and carefully placed bunkers call for accuracy from tee to green. And then you have to putt! From the tee box on number 15 it is hard to focus on the hole some 90 feet below with Glassy Mountain staring at you across the valley.


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with mountain backdrops is not an easy task, but Cherokee Valley is the exception. From the tee box on number 15 it is hard to focus on the hole some 90 feet below with

Glassy Mountain staring at you across the valley. This 226-yard par 3 provides not only a daunting challenge that changes with the winds, but an imposing panoramic view of the foothills. “When you launch a ball that remains in the air for a long time the wind can really affect it,” claims Maga, who points out that standing on the tee, you sometimes can’t feel the breeze that can drive your shot off course. Pay attention to the treetops that surround the green and don’t be fooled by a still flagstick. Cherokee Valley is a 365-day golf course that averages 22,000 rounds of golf a year, and takes great pride in being golfer friendly. “You don’t feel overwhelmed or intimidated by the layout and the challenge is to simply beat the course,” says Maga. “And our Champion Bermuda greens are always in good shape.” Driving into the parking lot you are greeted by a cart guy or gal dressed in a Masters style, white caddy outfit. In the pro shop a If you’re looking to combine some fall color with some great golf, you may want to consider a day — or longer — at the Cherokee Valley Golf Club in Travelers Rest.

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A patchwork of precious Story by Brett McLaughlin

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Working on one of the quilts installed on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail last year are Jane Bolling (left), Nancy Warmath (center) and Cindy Blair.


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How it started ... It all began in Adams County, Ohio in 2001 with Donna Sue Groves, a field representative with the Ohio Arts Council. She decorated her family barn with a quilt square pattern from one of her mother’s quilts. It grew to over 20 quilt panels in Adams County, and now quilt panels can be found on barns in Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, the Carolinas, and it is quickly spreading throughout the Appalachian Region.

representations of real quilts — handcrafted by Upstate artisans, which together tell the story of this region’s rich history. If you haven’t “taken the trail” before, this fall may be a great time to do so. The colorful story of the quilts may only be outdone by Mother Nature’s own fall color. The trail’s origins date to 2009 when a group of citizens came together to esMany of the schools in Oconee County proudly display quilt trail markers that have been designed and/or crafted by the students themselves. These proud students and adults of Fair Oak Elementary School in Oconee County, SC, show off their quilt, created in June 2012.

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More than two dozen states now have counties participating in the movement. More states and counties are joining in as word sweeps the country. Oconee County was the first county in South Carolina to embrace the Quilt Trail concept. They added their own special features to the concept by extending the Quilt Trail to homes, historic buildings and businesses that wanted to participate.

tablish the Oconee Heritage Quilt Trail in an effort to promote Oconee County. According to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail website, the first quilt square in South Carolina, sponsored by the Wynward Pointe Ladies Group, was mounted on the Oconee Heritage Center in Walhalla, SC, in the winter of 2010. Today it is one of over 116 quilt squares recreated in wood and scattered along a trail that winds through Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties. One of the newest additions to the trail is at The ARTS Center of Clemson. Unveiled in August, the outdoor quilt square

was inspired by a textile quilt square done by Anna Willis. It shows an African village and is a complex work, with people, animals and huts. One of the trail panels actually dates to 1993 when someone suggested that Jenny Grobusky of Walhalla, get a new bedspread. Instead, she quilted her own, using a colorful Dresden-plate pattern, and gave it to her husband for their 50th wedding anniversary. A hand-painted copy of that quilt now hangs on her barn waiting for visitors to discover. CONTINUED ON PAGE 26


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The official trail begins at the South Carolina Welcome Center at Exit 1, on Interstate 85. While trying to drive the entire Upstate trail can take a day or more, the portion that winds through the Seneca-Westminster-Walhalla triangle in Oconee County is a leisurely 2 ½-hour ride, assuming one is happy just viewing quilts from the road. Each painted quilt panel is a copy of an existing quilt that usually has some historical connection with the sponsoring family or organization. The quilt panels are painted by volunteers at the Oconee Conservatory of Fine Arts in Walhalla or the Anderson Arts Center, where

patterns are drawn onto panels and then painted with the appropriate colors. Many of the quilts are sponsored by community organizations or groups, whose members are very involved in the painting of their quilt block. If you have been but a passerby or an occasional reader of Quilt Trail press re-

Verla Warther (left) and Mary Dee Rudy paint a quilt replica to be placed on a local barn.

leases, you may want to take a sunny Saturday and “ride the Quilt Trail” through the Upstate. Enjoy lunch at some quaint local haunt along the way and enjoy getting to know more about this area whose history has been, and continues to be, crafted and recreated by talented hands. A printable PDF of the quilts on the trail, along with addresses, and a PDF map can be found at: http://www.upstateheritagequilttrail.org/. Group tours can be arranged by contacting the UHQT at info@uhqt.org. ❖

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Walhalla Civic Auditorium marks colorful history

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hen the Walhalla Civic Auditorium season opened with a production of Steel Magnolias this past month, it was a more fitting premiere than many may have realized. Robert Harling’s story of women who could be as tender as magnolias and as hard as steel mirrored, in many ways, the passion and commitment of the men and women who gave life to the very venue in which the play was performed. Surely the characters who raised the WCA from virtual ashes a decade ago must have frequently used the same humor and lighthearted conversations as Harling’s characters to cope with the seriousness of their undertaking. It was, after all, a momentous project that tested the will of a hardy band of volunteers. It was the early 1990s. Students had

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not inhabited the building for more than a decade. The school board offices in the front portion of the original Walhalla Graded School — built in 1902 at a cost of $8,000 — had been remodeled. However, the auditorium that had been built in 1913, and the classrooms behind it, had fallen into disrepair. The roof had three leaks. Called “the finest auditorium in the state” by a Clemson College speaker addressing the school’s 1913 graduating class, the 453-seat facility had become a repository for unused equipment and stacks of battered chairs. The stage had been cut up and enclosed, last used as a testing area. But, some citizens — Rev. George Shealy, Frances DeVoe, Maxie Duke, Bob Nicholson, Carroll Gambrell and Betty Hoadley — began to meet in their homes. Talk centered on restoring the auditorium and, eventually, a mission evolved: to create a venue in which family entertainment and educational programs could be

provided for the Upstate area. Local attorney Larry Brandt prepared an application to obtain non-profit status and, in 1994, the Walhalla Civic Auditorium Restoration Committee was chartered as a 501(c)3 organization. Some early funding was obtained from the Dreyfus Foundation and the local Blue Ridge Bank. But, like all struggling non-profits, the WCARC played host to countless bake sales and yard sales. The old auditorium seats were sold as $200 keepsakes, but times were always tough. “There were times we didn’t know where we were going to get the money,” recalled Barbara Wilson, who joined the It was a hard-working and devoted band of local volunteers that saved the original Walhalla Graded School. Now, the facility houses Oconee County’s only venue that routinely attracts audiences from across the Upstate to enjoy theater and music productions and educational events.


group in 1996. “We got some Heritage grants and ATAX money and once, when we were most in need, a lady from out of the area left us a bequest … We never borrowed a penny.” Eventually, the auditorium was restored, with most of the work being done by volunteers. Professional sound and lighting were added, and every effort was made to retain the elegance of the historic facility. Meanwhile, the WCARC gave way to the Walhalla Civic Auditorium Corporation in 2003. On August 16 of that year, the facility hosted its first performance, a sold out concert by pianist Emile Pandolfi. Since then, a wide variety of performances, ranging from Doc Watson to the Glen Miller Orchestra, have graced the stage. Audiences have enjoyed the music of Ralph Stanley, reminisced with The

Return, a Beatles tribute band, and Eddie Miles’ Elvis tribute. As the facility marks “A Year of Celebration” for its 10th anniversary as a performance venue it enters its third year of an expanded schedule.

This former boardroom at the front of the Walhalla Civic Auditorium facility served the School District of Oconee County until it moved into new facilities on Pine Street in 2005. The room has been renovated and is now used for public meetings and private parties.

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The Walhalla Civic Auditorium had become a repository for old school equipment and battered auditorium seats when volunteers first began its restoration. The seats were sold for $200 each to help fund the community’s efforts to save the historic facility.

“We were doing 8 to 10 shows a year,” explained WCA Business Manager Bill Chiusano. “We are trying to create top of mind awareness so we tripled the number of shows the first year and are adding 7 to 8 each year. We are close to being in the black.” Chiusano noted that fully onethird of the current audience comes from outside the immediate community. “We are thinking regionally now,” he said, adding that shows are booked to attract audience members from 75 to 100 miles away. “We want to be a cultural center.” Well known in local theater circles, Jimmy Burdette will produce seven Civic Auditorium produced plays this season. “This is a great place to see a show,” Chiusano said. “The auditorium is cozy.

The audience is close to the stage. There are no obstructed view seats, even in the back row of the balcony, and it is acoustically perfect. The artists comment on the sound all the time. Whoever built this place 100 years ago, knew what they were doing. We have very little metal for sound to bounce off. We have a lot of wood.” The current WCA board believes that,

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love and attention, and those items have a price. Chiusano said the board is close to having the $13,000 to $20,000 needed for roof repairs, but exterior painting and other needs continue to surface. “We don’t want people to forget us,” Chiusano said. “We need help from the community in the form of support and from the local government. We just need a little money to help us continue and to expand our base.” ❖ For more on the WCA, its schedule, its celebration and ways to assist with its mission, visit: http://www.walhallacivic.com/contact.html

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Anchors aweigh!

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ne of the mysteries of the deep that all boaters will eventually come to grips with is the proper procedure to anchor their vessels. Frankly, my first attempt to anchor on one of our Upstate lakes (not my first anchoring experience) ended in a $125 plus loss. It was a beautiful brand-new aluminum Danforth anchor with over 100 feet of rode (that’s the nautical term for anchor rope) attached. What went wrong is a pretty good object lesson! Pleased that my anchor got a good bite, I was just as upset to have to cut away the new anchor and rode that were firmly hung in a submerged tree. The Corps lakes for the most part were not cleared of trees — only topped — but on Lake Keowee, most of the trees were cleared. What was the lesson learned? That every body of water requires a little research before dropping a “hook” (anchor). Despite many years of boating and even a short stint as a yacht captain, I was caught flatfooted. It was an experience I’ll not soon forget. Whether you ever use it or not, an anchor is an essential piece of safety equipment. Certain states require one to be aboard whenever underway (not South Carolina or Georgia). In theory you should carry enough rode to anchor in the deeper parts of the body of water you’re boating on, but we’re facing depths of over 150 feet and that becomes impractical. Why, most folks would ask? Applying the proper ratio to firmly anchor in calm seas (seven feet of rode for every foot of depth), you’d need to carry over 1,000 feet of rope. Moving from the theoretical to the practical let’s look at a couple of the many equipment options available. If your boat is typical of the ones most of us have, you

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should keep about 150 feet of 3/8-inch line onboard to anchor. Choice of anchor is up to the skipper, but mine would be a good expendable Danforth anchor sized for my boat, which can be purchased in most cases for less than 30 bucks. Unfortunately the everpopular mushroom style anchor — which is a fair fishing or lunch hook — is not a good choice. A mushroom anchor to be stable would have to be heavier than most of us could handle and requires a lot of time to settle in order to assure that it won’t drag and cause potential trouble. It is handy as a secondary anchor or when drifting a little bit isn’t a big problem. Here are a few tips on the actual procedure, which may save you some grief: • Make sure you cautiously open the anchor’s storage compartment; you never know what’s going to come out. Even the nonaggressive mud dauber can issue a wicked bite when surprised. • If this is an overnight or long-term event, you’ll want to know the bottom is clear of debris or be able to see the bottom. • Position the bow of your boat over the exact spot you want to place the anchor. Do not under any circumstances throw or swing the anchor beyond your normal reach. • After placing the hook gently, back up until it sets. About six to eight feet of chain placed between the anchor

and the rode will help the hook gain enough purchase to hold your boat in place. • Make sure there is plenty of room for your boat to swing 360 degrees in the event of a wind change. • When upping the hook carefully pull over the spot where the anchor is and pull it straight up. If the anchor does not release, cautiously pull beyond the position of the anchor and give it a good yank. • Anchoring — like most boating skills — is an art form and practice makes perfect. •••••

This column is usually restricted to one topic, but the State of Georgia has recently enacted some very significant changes to its boating regulations. — The legal limit for boating under the influence of alcohol is now 0.08, the same as operating a motor vehicle nationwide, bringing Georgia in line with federal standards. — Now all children 13 years of age and under are required to wear a life vest when in a moving vessel in Georgia waters. This is a good idea for all boaters when underway. — If the operator was born after Jan. 1, 1998 (applies to out-of-state residents too), they must have passed an approved boater education course when operating a vessel in Georgia waters. This becomes effective July 1, 2014. The last two items surpass federal requirements. Our lawmakers in South Carolina should be on the road to passing similar legislation. Don’t short yourself; take advantage of our outstanding fall boating weather. Hope to see you on the water!

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BY PHILLIP GENTRY

Fall for mountain trout

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ith the return of rainfall and normal water levels in our waterways this summer no group is happier to have abundant water than the fervent group of mountain stream fly fishermen that calls the Upstate home. The fall season in the mountains of Oconee, Pickens and Greenville counties promises to be one of the best on record. With ground water levels resupplied, mountain streams should be at their best this fall as the leaves begin to change, the weather begins to cool, and most importantly, rainbow, brown and brook trout begin to rise. The state of South Carolina manages several wild streams in the upper reaches of the tri-county area as well as several hatchery-supported rivers. The mainstays of these waters are fish planted from the state’s cold water hatchery in northern Oconee County, however a grass roots movement was also undertaken several years ago to reestablish brook trout to the area. Brook trout, originally native to the area, were greatly reduced by forest management practices of the early 1900s, when timber companies did not abide by management practices that are now in place to protect water and soil, which contributed to the absence of brook trout in the region. In response the SC Department of Natural Resources and a coalition of government agencies and private conservation organizations began working to bring the Eastern brook trout back to the mountain streams that it historically inhabited in the mountain region. Beginning in August of last year, Karl Ekberg took over as owner of the Chattooga River Fly Shop in Mountain Rest, a full-service fishing retailer dedicated to fly fishing the mountain streams of the Upstate and beyond. Ekberg is excited about the prospect of the local fly fishing as trout in our local streams begin fattening up for the winter.

“The state will resume stocking the big rivers with brood fish around the first of September, and the good water levels we’ve had all summer should make for an exciting season of fall fly fishing,” Ekberg said. “There is just a phenomenal number of fish in our area streams, including some sizeable fish that have held over from prior stockings.” Like specialty shops that service any number of outdoor sports, customers of

up a special item on their way to the water,” Ekberg explained. Finding locations to fish for trout is as easy as picking up a good topographical map of the area. The local forest service office in Oconee has these on hand, or Ekberg said he typically keeps a good supply of them at the shop. For fishing on the Chattooga River this fall, he recommends concentrating on the area from Burrell’s Ford to Ellicott

Chattooga River Fly Shop who are entrenched in fly fishing find the shop to be the rallying point of much of their local fishing. Novice fly anglers looking to get into the sport may benefit by signing up for one of the many guided fly fishing trips the shop offers — or even obtain instruction on what equipment, conditions and locations best suit their fly fishing skill levels. “We try to offer a wide variety of services for those who know nothing about fly fishing but would like give it a try all the way to those who are veteran fly casters and fly tiers and may only need to stop by to pick

Karl Ekberg, owner of Chattooga River Fly Shop in Mountain Rest, SC, has high hopes for fall trout fishing in mountain streams across the Upstate. Higher than normal summer rainfall has recharged local ground water levels, which should make for excellent fishing this fall.

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BY DAVE KROEGER

President/CEO Kroeger Marine Construction

It’s all about ‘class’

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ou may not think that life on the lake means you have class, but it does. Of course we are not talking about social rank, style or taste but rather the class that has been assigned to your lake frontage. These classifications can have a major effect on the use of your lakefront property. Duke Energy has analyzed and classified every foot of Shoreline in the Lake Keowee Shoreline Management Plan (SMP). There are 11 classifications of shoreline on Lake Keowee but, for this issue, let’s look at just the “environmental” and “impact minimization zone” classifications. These two will most likely effect your shoreline use, whether you belong to the “Existing Group” of lake front property owners, who have improved their lakefront with a dock or some type of erosion control, or the “New Group,” those who own lakefront property and plan to either build or market the property in the future. What is an Environmental Zone? The SMP defines this class as vegetated areas or cove heads with stream confluence. These types of shorelines exist where there is stable, wetland-type habitat and/or emergent vegetation. Common types of emergent vegetation may include, but are not limited to: Black willow (Salix nigra), Alder (Alnus serrulata), Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), Cattail (Typha latifolia) or Rushes (Juncus effusus). Restrictions in an environmental zone include no removal of vegetation, no construction, excavation or shoreline stabilization inside the project boundaries. The important thing to remember about this particular class is that it is dynamic in nature. Even though a property may not originally be designated as environmental this can change over time. An example of this would be during low water periods when some of the above listed vegetation may grow. The opposite is also possible as, during periods of high water, some types of vegetation may die off. Duke Energy Lake Services has a detailed review process for environmental class. For the “existing” group of property owners the only time a growing environmental area would affect existing construction would

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be at the point a new permit was applied for requesting change in structure or erosion control. Also pertaining to both groups, any amount of environmental frontage will be deducted from the total allowable shoreline frontage. For the “new” group, no structure or erosion control can occur within 50 feet of an environmental zone. An environmental zone on an adjoining property could also affect your permit due to the fact that new structures or erosion control can be no closer than 50 feet from that zone as shown in this diagram. What about the Impact Minimization Zone? The SMP defines this class as shoreline areas having stable sand, gravel or cobble substrates. As for restrictions, applicants must first

try to avoid IMZs, but if complete avoidance is not practicable, then construction within these areas may have specific mitigation requirements imposed by the federal, state or local resource agencies. Furthermore, shoreline stabilization within the project boundaries must adhere to the shoreline stabilization technique selection process.

In a nutshell, work done on IMZ shorelines will require things like larger boulders and natural plants and grasses that can be integrated into, above and below the structure. This will apply to both the “new” and “existing” group upon any construction or erosion control that takes place. One purpose of these shoreline classifications is to provide spawning, rearing and nursery habitat for fish, and rearing nursery and adult habitat for amphibians, reptiles and birds. Lake Hartwell safety note The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has requested that lakefront property owners disconnect power to docks during periods of high water. With the lake above full pond many dock power connections are underwater, creating an electrical shock possibility. Another safety request with high and fluctuating water is for dock owners to remove the temporary anchor pins from the lake bottom. These pins were most likely set at low water level and, if allowed to remain in the lake bottom, could become an unseen hazard when the water rises above them. A couple of takeaways from this would be to understand that there is a pretty complex set of guidelines that govern shoreline use on our Upstate lakes. If you have an active, approved permit, know when it expires and tap into the resources available to stay up-to-date. Shoreline classifications and detailed information can be found on the Duke Energy link: http://www.duke-energy.com/pdfs/KT_ Class_LUR_final.pdf; for Lake Hartwell, call 706-856-0300 or visit http://www.sas.usace. army.mil; or contact Kroeger Marine Construction at 864-882-7671 or www.kroegermarine.com


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or avid hikers and even occasional walkers there is simply no better season than fall. Cool temperatures, clear skies and spectacular color lure folks into Upstate forests and parks, taking them along exciting trails, past churning river rapids and to the base of countless waterfalls.

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This map provides details for the 15.5-mile Chattooga River Loop Trail through Oconee County. More information is available at: www.sctrails.net.


Whether you are a regular hiker, a periodic walker or a procrastinator promising yourself to “get out” more, fall color is your invitation to the great outdoors. And, the Upstate is the best place to be. No matter where you live, you are not far from a great walk. Trails come in all shapes and sizes. Some simply involve a short walk, such as the few hundred feet required to take in Issaqueena Falls north of Walhalla, or several miles, such as the Chattooga River Trail, all or part of which makes for a great walk for a few hours or several days. And, if you’re a parent or grandparent looking for a hiking excursion that includes kids, Lake Conestee has “Hike and Play” dates throughout the fall. You can also visit http://www.meetup.com/greenville-hiking-with-kids/ for more great hiking ideas. Here are a few of the other countless trails to consider for fall color in the Upstate. The first two are considered easier hikes. • Jones Gap State Park is a great family hike. It is only about 1.1 miles (one way) with almost the entire length alongside the

www.sctrails.net A great source of public information regarding Upstate trails is the website maintained by the South Carolina State Trails Program, www.sctrails.net. The site provides trail maps, a trail inventory, details on special interest trails like those named, and a wealth of information regarding the increasingly popular activity. Trails on this site are well described, with quality descriptions, lengths and times of hikes, difficulty levels and good directions. For more information contact: Andrew Pickens Ranger District, 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664; 864-638-9568; the office on SC Highway 28 north of Walhalla is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. whitewater of the Middle Saluda River with plenty of places to stop and play on the rocks and in the water. And the waterfall is extremely picturesque.

Along the way there are several opportunities for lunch, including a picnic at Jones Gap State Park, hot dogs at the FMart at the corner of River Falls Road and Highway 276, or a picnic at Caesar’s Head State Park. • The Caesar’s Head Loop is a 2.2mile loop trail that catches three waterfalls: Cliff Falls, Firewater Falls and Rock Cliff Falls. Frank Coggins Trail #15 starts across the road from the Visitors’ Center and will take you to Cliff Falls where you’ll pick up Naturaland Trust #14 for the other two waterfalls. The kids will really enjoy Firewater Falls; it is a low volume drip rock waterfall with a cave at the base of the falls. • Burrell’s Ford Trail is another family friendly hike that is relatively short (2.5 miles) but somewhat remote. It is about 18.6 miles, or some 30 minutes, west of Walhalla on SC Highway 28. The highway takes you into Georgia about a half-mile before you turn right onto Burrells Ford Road. Although the two family friendly hikes are relatively short, they are remote, 2.5 miles off the beaten path of SC 107

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up above Walhalla at Burrell’s Ford. The road is technically a fire service road that crosses the Chattooga River into Georgia. Although gravel, it is a good road down to the bridge. Once it crosses into Georgia, the road deteriorates and “exploring” across the bridge is not recommended. The Chattooga River is the largest of our mountain rivers. Although Burrell’s Ford is a good distance upstream, the river is still impressive and a lot of fun to be around. There are some picnic tables in the Burrell’s Ford Campground, but there are plenty of other places along the river and even at the waterfalls you might want to have your lunch. If you choose to have your lunch at the campground picnic tables, bear in mind that the campground is about a quarter mile from the parking lot and you’ll have to carry everything in. An easy hike of about a half-mile will take you from the campground parking lot to King Creek Falls, a 70-foot cascade. On the opposite side from where the trail comes into the falls, there is a beach fronting the pool at the base. A little further down Burrell’s Ford Road from the campground parking lot, you’ll find the trail to

Spoonauger Falls, less than a half-mile away. • The Chattooga Trail Loop is part of the Foothills Trail and is one of the Upstate’s most popular hiking locations. It runs parallel with the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River for 15.5 miles through some of South Carolina’s finest wilderness. The Loop Trail is a great hike for the entire family. It’s moderate in difficulty with a few inclines and obstacles to deal with (fallen trees over trail, wet spots, rocky/root exposure). You’ll start at what locals call the “Iron Bridge,” where you’ll CONTINUED ON PAGE 42 This map and the map on page 42 indicate the availability of hiking trails throughout Oconee and Pickens counties. More details on local trails are available at: www.sctrails.net

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upstate theatre FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE P.O. BOX 310 FLAT ROCK, N.C. 828-693-0731 TOLL FREE: 866-732-8008 WWW.FLATROCKPLAYHOUSE.ORG THRU SEPT. 15 (MAINSTAGE) DEATHTRAP Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell that has left him with a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college — a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. Sidney’s plan, which he devises with his wife’s help, is to offer collaboration to the student, an idea that the younger man quickly accepts. Thereafter, suspense mounts steadily as Sidney’s intentions are revealed, and the plot begins to twist and turn with such an abundance of thrills and laughter that audiences will be enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play. SEPT. 4 – OCT. 6 (PLAYHOUSE DOWNTOWN) CATS The entire Playhouse Downtown will be transformed into a junkyard for the gathering of the Jellicle Cats. Based on the universallypopular poetry of T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the story of the annual ascension of one special cat to the Heaviside layer. A true musical theatre phenomenon, CATS opened at London’s New London Theatre on May 11, 1981 and ran for a record-setting 21 years. OCT. 2 – NOV. 3 (MAINSTAGE) HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY Don’t miss the spectacular musical biography of the legendary singer-songwriter frequently mentioned alongside Armstrong, Ellington, Presley and Dylan as one of the great innovators of American popular music. Lost Highway is an honest and mesmerizing portrait of the drifting cowboy from his beginnings on the Louisiana Hayride, to his triumphs on the Grand Old Opry, to his eventual self-destruction at 29. The play includes 20 of Williams’ bestloved songs like “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Move it on Over” and “Hey, Good Lookin’.” NOV. 7-24 (MAINSTAGE) THE THREE MUSKETEERS This adaptation, based on Alexandre Dumas’

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timeless swashbuckling story, is a humorous tale of heroism, treachery, close escapes and above all, honor. The story, set in 1625, begins with d’Artagnan setting off for Paris in search of adventure. Along with d’Artagnan goes Sabine, his sister, who poses as a young man and quickly becomes entangled in her brother’s escapades. Soon after reaching Paris, d’Artagnan encounters the famous musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis. He joins forces with his heroes to defend the honor of the Queen of France. But along the way he must confront the most feared man in Europe, Cardinal Richelieu, his henchman Rochefort, and the most dangerous foe of all, the infamous Countess de Winter who will stop at nothing to exact her revenge. This is exciting and daring adventure for the whole family! NOV. 15-24 (PLAYHOUSE DOWNTOWN) DISNEY’S MULAN JR. Join our YouTheatre students as they present a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and a fighting spirit. Based on the hit Disney movie and set in ancient China, this story of adventure, courage and bravery is one for all ages. The story begins as Mulan’s big day with the village Matchmaker is wrecked by her nervousness, thereby dishonoring her family. When her father, Fa Zhou, is unexpectedly called to the army, Mulan’s adventure begins. Accompanied by a misfit dragon named Mushu, Mulan must fit into the army, save the Emperor and restore her family’s honor. CENTRE STAGE 501 RIVER ST. INSIDE THE SMITH-BARNEY BLDG GREENVILLE, S.C. 864-233-6733 OR TOLL FREE 877-377-1339 SEPT. 19-20, 28-29; OCT. 3-4, 19-20 (3 P.M.), 24-25; NOV. 2-3 (3 P.M.), 7-8, 14; ALL SHOWS 8 P.M. UNLESS INDICATED LEND ME A TENOR Set in 1934, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation is primed to appear for one night only as Otello. He arrives late and through a hilarious series of mishaps passes out. Our protagonist, the mild mannered Max, must go on in Il Stupendo’s stead. This madcap screwball comedy will leave you teary-eyed with laughter!

SEPT. 21-22 (3 P.M.), 26-27; OCT. 5-6 (3 P.M.), 17-18, 26-27 (3 P.M.), 31; NOV. 1, 9-10 (3 P.M.), 15-16; ALL TIMES 8 P.M. UNLESS INDICATED UNNECESSARY FARCE A cheap hotel room, two cops, three crooks and eight doors combine with a whole lot of lies and videotape and even a little sex appeal to create this smash hit of non-stop laughter! You’ll be laughing within the first 60 seconds and good luck catching your breath for the next two hours. OCT. 15, 22 & 29 (7:30 P.M.) FREUD’S LAST SESSION Freud’s Last Session centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud who invites the young, rising Oxford Don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. On the day England enters World War II, Freud and Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God and the meaning of life. Deeply touching and filled with humor and exploring the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing the greatest questions of all time. NOV. 28-30 A CHRISTMAS CAROL “Old Marley was as dead as a doornail ... This must be distinctly understood or nothing wonderful can come of the story ...” Much wonderful will come of this fascinating Christmas classic as only Centre Stage can present. Our take on Dickens’ classic is one you and your whole family will not want to miss. CLEMSON LITTLE THEATRE 214 S. MECHANIC ST. PENDLETON, S.C. RESERVATIONS 864-646-8100 EVENING PERFORMANCES, 8 P.M. MATINEES, 3 P.M.

SEPT. 6-8, 13-15 MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS “It was a civilization Gone with the Wind …” but this blockbuster almost wasn’t made. The legendary producer halts production, fending off angry actors, and drags a new screenwriter and director into the fray. Locked together in the producer’s office, they aim to rewrite the script, but encounter one problem: The writer has never read the book. Watch as director and producer dramatically reenact the novel’s plot and hilariously portray all the characters.


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OCT. 11-13, 18-20 THE LION IN WINTER Often revived, this story is the basis of the Oscar-winning film which starred Peter O’Toole and Katherine Hepburn. Henry II of England has three sons: Richard, Geoffrey and John. He wants the kingdom to stay united after his death; all three sons want to rule. Henry favors the youngest John, while Eleanor favors the eldest Richard. Middle son Geoffrey hopes to play both ends against each other and come out on top. This is domestic conflict at its sharpest and funniest. Target audience — adult. DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED THE PRINCE OF DARK CORNERS This is the story of Lewis Redmond, an Oconee outlaw, who was more famous than Jesse James. More information will be available at www. OconeeTheatre.org or 864-882-1910. GREENVILLE LITTLE THEATRE 444 COLLEGE ST., GREENVILLE, S.C. 864-233-6238 OR WWW.GREENVILLELITTLETHEATRE.ORG ALL SHOWS 8 P.M., EXCEPT SUNDAYS AT 3 P.M.

SEPT. 13-15, 19-22, 26-28 THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES The 1958 Springfield High School prom is where we meet the Wonderettes — Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy — four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts, and voices to match. As we learn about their lives and loves, they treat us to classic ’50s songs such as “Heat Wave” and “Lollipop.” Act Two showcases their 10-year reunion in 1968 with high-octane renditions of ’60s tunes like “It’s My Party,” “Leader of the Pack” and “Respect.” A captivating new show for anyone who loves the greatest hits of the ’50s and ’60s. OCT. 25-27, NOV. 1-3, 7-10 WALKING ACROSS EGYPT “Walking Across Egypt” is Mattie Riggsbee’s favorite hymn, but she lives far from Egypt in rural North Carolina. Mattie has always been feisty, but at 78 she’s afraid she’s slowing down. That changes when she strikes up an unlikely friendship with juvenile delinquent Wesley Benfield. Armed with only her mouth-watering cornbread and her deep, abiding faith, Mattie is determined to steer Wesley to the straight and narrow … if only she can manage to stay out of trouble herself. This funny and

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upstate theatre heartwarming story will restore your faith in mankind while proving that you’re never too old to be needed, and never too lost to be found. PEACE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 300 SOUTH MAIN ST. GREENVILLE, S.C. 864-467-3000 OR 800-888-7768 OCTOBER 17-20 (SHOW TIMES VARY) WAR HORSE A heart-warming tale of loyalty and friendship, the winner of five 2011 Tony Awards, War Horse tells the story of young Albert and his beloved horse, Joey. When Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped away, he is soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness currently playing to packed houses around the world. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets, created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride.

funeral — is even half this much fun! OCT. 25-27, NOV. 1-2; SPECIAL MIDNIGHT PERFORMANCE ON OCT. 26 GHOST GIRL: THE LEGEND OF BLOODY MARY Who can forget the scary story of Bloody Mary, the evil spirit who will scratch your eyes out when summoned? Most people heard the Bloody Mary legend when they were children, listening to spooky stories around a campfire or at slumber parties. Well, come see our version of this legend unfold “live” onstage as we tell our accounts of this ghastly mystery. Warning, you could already be cursed after reading this! Be afraid, be very afraid! BROOKS CENTER 141 JERSEY LANE, CLEMSON 864-656-7787 MONDAY-FRIDAY, 1-5 P.M. HTTP://WWW.CLEMSON.EDU/BROOKS/EVENTS/

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SEPT. 9-14 (8 P.M.), SEPT. 15 (3 P.M.) (BELLAMY THEATRE) LATE: A COWBOY SONG LATE: A Cowboy Song by Sarah Ruhl explores the vast world of uncertainties in the life of Mary. She is unsure of her marriage, her choices and her daughter. Then there is Red, Mary’s childhood friend who Ruhl describes as “no cowgirl, she’s a cowboy.” This play, which straddles the realistic and the abstract, is the tale of a woman pulled in two directions, searching the horizon for a future.

SEPT. 20-22, 27-29 REX’S EXES This deliriously funny sequel to Red Velvet Cake War finds the Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas — Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette — teetering on the brink of disaster again. The cousins try and help one another but things only get out of hand as usual. As the outrageous complications of this ferociously funny Jones-Hope-Wooten comedy explode into chaos, you’ll find yourself hoping your next family celebration — be it birthday, wedding or

SEPT. 30 – OCT. 1 (8 P.M.) MAMMA MIA! A mother, a daughter, three possible dads 
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NOVEMBER 12-17 (SHOW TIMES VARY) ANYTHING GOES All aboard for this saucy and splendid production of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Anything Goes, winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography! Peppering this Cole Porter first-class comedy are some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, including “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top” and, of course, “Anything Goes.” WALHALLA PLAYERS WALHALLA CIVIC AUDITORIUM 864-638-5277 OR 1-877-368-5318 WWW.WALHALLACIVIC.COM

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calendar of events SEPTEMBER THRU SEPTEMBER “Oconee Outdoors,” an exhibit focusing on Oconee’s rich history as a recreation destination at Oconee Heritage Center. Call 864-638-2224 for information. OHC is at 123 Browns Square Drive in Walhalla, SC. SEPT. 3 Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, 8 p.m. at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. Dubbed “the new Queen of bluegrass” by The Wall Street Journal and featured on the cover of International Musician, Vincent is a world-renowned vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter with a dozen International Bluegrass Music Association Awards to her credit. The Newcomer Club of the Foothills general membership meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church, Seneca SC. Guest speaker will be Ben Turetsky, executive director of FOLKS, a group dedicated to preserving and protecting Lake Keowee and its watershed. More information and directions to the meeting can be found at the club’s website, www.newcomerclub.com SEPT. 7-NOV. 14 The Pickens County Museum of Art & History exhibit “Fiber Art: Connecting Concept & Medium” is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. SEPT. 9 Jason Bishop, 7 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. From his breathtaking double levitation to his cutting edge op art and plasma illusions, Jason Bishop features stunning and original state-of-theart magic. The show features exclusive large illusions, award-winning sleight of hand, and “close-up” magic that is captured live and projected onto LCD screens for the audience to have a clear view of every detail. SEPT. 13 Walhalla Civic Auditorium hosts local bluegrass featuring Highway 81 and the Most Wanted Bluegrass Band; 8 p.m. Call for ticket information at 864-638-5277. SEPT. 14-16 (PREVIEW ON SEPT. 13) The ARTS Center of Clemson, 212 Butler St.,

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features its 20 × 20 Invitational Clay Show and Exhibit, Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information call 864-633-5051. SEPT. 17 One-Day Meet & Critique at Hemlocks Studio for Reserve members and public guests. Fetch 1 to 3 pieces from your stash of finished, unfinished, repainted, nearly thrown out … sketches, drawings or paintings. After lunch, we’ll return to the studio in Cedar Mountain, NC, to fix, finesse and finish! No more than 10 participants will leave The Reserve at 8:45 a.m. Cost of $95 per person is payable at class to Hemlocks Studio. Non-members contact Foundation office at 864-481-4010. SEPT. 21 Pickens County’s 17th Annual Ole Time Fiddler’s Convention with the Second Annual South Carolina State Fiddling Championship at Hagood Mill, 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens, SC; 864-898-2936 SEPT. 26 “Herbal Skin Care” with Robin McGee: from noon to 3 p.m. at the Hagood Mill — Creating natural body care products is not about covering flaws, fighting the aging process or living up to some standardized and unrealistic concept of beauty. Tuition is $65. Call 864898-5963 to register or for more information. SEPT. 28 Annual Birchwood Arts & Crafts Show; Table Rock Wesleyan Camp, 600 West Gate Road (adjacent to Table Rock State Park, off SC 11), Pickens, SC; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine; admission is free. Activities include handcrafters and artists from the upcountry SC and western NC areas, live music and homemade food; for further information visit http://www.birchwoodcenter. org/ SEPT. 29 Music in the Air XI, 5 p.m., Clemson Memorial Carillon (Tillman Hall). Bring a picnic, enjoy fresh air and unwind as university carillonneur Linda Dzuris performs a free concert on the 47-bell instrument. Recommended listening spots are Cox Union Plaza, Military Heritage

Plaza, Bowman Field and the Clemson Memorial Carillon Garden across from Tillman Hall. Visitors are invited to tour the playing cabin following the performance.

OCTOBER THRU DECEMBER Our Hats Off To You! features the Oconee Heritage Center collection of historic headwear. Call 864-638-2224 for information. OHC is at 123 Browns Square Drive in Walhalla, SC. OCT. 1-5 The 2013 edition of the SC Foothills Heritage Fair will be held at 178 Hayfield Road near Westminster, SC, off Hwy. 123 across from Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative. Midway rides by J & J Amusements, draft horse pull, Clemson storytellers, fishing tanks, wrestling, Mr. Twister the Clown, cattle dog trial, community stage and much, much more. For more information visit: http://www. carolinafoothillsheritagefair.org/ OCT. 5 The Greater Walhalla Area Chamber of Commerce is holding the Inaugural Kraft Bierfest from 2-6 p.m. at The Depot, S. College and E. Mauldin St., Walhalla, SC. Event will include Home-crafter’s competition, craft and specialty brew tasting, music and more. To purchase tickets or enter contest, visit www.walhallakraftbierfest.com. OCT. 8 Patti Lupone, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. “Coulda’, Woulda’, Shoulda’” features songs from musicals that Patti LuPone could have played, should have played, did play, and will play. Such shows include Hair; Peter Pan; Funny Girl; West Side Story; Bye, Bye Birdie and songs from her Tony Award-winning performances in Evita and Gypsy. OCT. 10 “Kitchen Cures: Medicine From The Pantry” with Robin McGee: noon to 3 p.m. at the Hagood Mill. Many of the spices and seasonings that we have in the cupboard and in


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calendar of events the kitchen garden have medicinal properties as well as being delicious. Tuition is $55. Call 864898-5963 to register or for more information. OCT. 17 Ballet Hispanico, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. Immerse yourself in the magic of Latin dance with Ballet Hispanico, a company that has performed for three million people in 11 countries on three continents. OCT. 18-20 The 35th Annual Oktoberfest in Walhalla, SC, features fun, food, carnival rides, arts and crafts, music, shopping and more for the weekend! All at Sertoma Field in Walhalla. For more information visit: http://walhallaoktoberfest. webs.com/ OCT. 19 Twelfth Annual Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival — Hosted by John Fowler and featuring some great storytellers with a lot of tall tales, whoppers and fun; 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens; 864898-2936 OCT. 22 CU Singers, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. Clemson University’s premiere choral ensemble performs repertoire from a variety of style periods. 2013 Reserve Charitable Golf Classic. Rain date is Oct. 29. For more information call 864-869-2106. OCT. 24 David Finckel, Wu Han and Philip Setzer, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. Violinist Philip Setzer joins Musical America’s “2012 Musicians of the Year,” cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, husband and wife co-directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, in an evening of masterpieces from the piano trio repertoire of Beethoven, Shostakovich and Dvorak. “Herbs for Winter Wellness” with Robin McGee: noon to 3 p.m. at the Hagood Mill. Did you know that common garden Thyme was used in hospitals as a disinfectant long before the invention of those aerosol sprays? Tuition is $60. Call 864-898-5963 to register or for more information. OCT. 26 2nd Annual Run 2 Fall 5K, 8:15 a.m., Southern

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Wesleyan University, Central, SC. OCT. 27 Seneca Ghost and Goblin 3K Run; to register or for more information go to register@active.com. OCT. 29 CU Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. Experience the excitement of extraordinary young talent as the two winners of the annual Concerto/Aria Competition headline this concert. The concert also includes Strauss’s “Emperor Waltz,” as well as works by Grieg and Ravel. OCT. 30 The Onion Live! at 8 p.m., at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. Satirical news source, The Onion, brings its biggest stories to Clemson in a rousing sendup of news, politics and the whole wonderfully perilous human condition. A live show like you’ve never seen, The Onion Live! features a crack staff of hardened journalists who take aim at headlines fresh from today’s edition, with loads of audience interaction and multimedia razzle-dazzle. OCT. 31 Seneca hosts Halloween on the Green, 5-9 p.m.; local merchants will provide candy to children attending.

NOVEMBER THRU DEC. 21 The Arts Center of Clemson, 212 Butler St., features its holiday sale. For more information call 864-633-5051.

NOV. 9 Walhalla Civic Auditorium hosts local bluegrass concert featuring New Dixie Storm and Tugalo Holler; 8 p.m.; call for ticket information at 864638-5277. NOV. 15 2013 Pickens School District New Play Festival, 7 p.m. A night of short original plays written, produced and starring local high school students from across Pickens County; advance purchase $3; at-the-door $5. NOV. 16 “The Return,” recognized as one of the premier Beatles tribute bands in America, returns to the Walhalla Civic Auditorium stage at 8 p.m. The first half of the show will feature a tribute to the early Beatles music and the second half will pay tribute to Sargent Peppers and Beyond Beatles music. Call for ticket information at 864-638-5277. Selugadu VII: A Native American Celebration at Hagood Mill. Hosted by Reedy River Intertribal and featuring Native American drumming, dancing, culture and crafts; 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens; 864-898-2936 NOV. 19 Brooklyn Rider with Bela Fleck, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. A wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that attracts legions of fans and draws critical acclaim from classical, world and rock critics. The quartet’s commitment to new repertoire and fresh interpretations of established pieces makes it a natural to partner with Bela Fleck, the premiere banjo player in the world and winner of 14 Grammys.

NOV. 4 Benjamin Beilman, 8 p.m., at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. Violinist Benjamin Beilman has been praised for his “handsome technique, burnished sound and quiet confidence.”

NOV. 21 CU Jazz Ensemble, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. Join the “The Jungaleers,” as they present an exciting blend of jazz to music lovers all around the Upstate. From swing to funk, big band classics to new and original charts, nothing is out of bounds for this talented group.

NOV. 8 CU Percussion Extravaganza, 8 p.m., at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University. An evening of rhythm featuring the Clemson Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band and Drumline. From Trinidad to Death Valley, this one-of-a-kind percussion extravaganza combines concert and marching percussion at its best.

NOV. 25 CU Symphonic Band features “Mothership,” a work by contemporary composer Mason Bates that combines electronics with live wind and percussion instruments. Also featured is “Space Cat,” music written by conductor Mark Spede for an animated film produced by Clemson’s Digital Production Arts studio.


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