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Bracing For A Record Year James Cash Penney, the business entrepreneur who started the JC Penney stores once said, “Growth is never by mere chance; It is the result of forces working together.” Since 2013 the real estate market has grown exponentially due to multiple forces converging. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said “The combination of the stock market being at record highs, 16 million new jobs created since 2010, pent up household formation, and rising consumer confidence are giving more households the assurance and ability to purchase a home.” 2017 was a strong year for real estate. In the Lake Keowee area list prices were up 4%, days on the market were down 5%, and active listings were down 17%, making for a seller’s market according to Lakefront homes were also up this year. According to Western Upstate MLS data, last year on Lake Keowee 195 Lake front homes were sold. This year, as of November 6th, there have been 194 homes sold, and that number is estimated to grow to 232 by the end of the year based on current trends. That’s an

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increase of 37 homes from 2016. But the growth is not done yet.The market is estimated to continue its upward trend in 2018 with the US economy expected to grow an average of 2%. reports that the economy is on the rise in the coming year. What does that mean for homeowners and buyers? For starters it could imply that despite the rising home costs, there will be more ready and able buyers out there benefitting from the economic growth and able to afford increased prices. With continued strength in real estate prices comes an increase in home equity wealth for homeowners. According to CoreLogic, home equity wealth has doubled since 2011 to $13 trillion due mainly to the housing market recovery. Moreover, CoreLogic forecast that a continued rise in home values in the coming year could create an additional $1 trillion in home-equity wealth for homeowners. At Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, C Dan Joyner Realtors, were gearing up for a record breaking year in 2018. Our constant commitment to our customers, and our revolutionary marketing puts you in great position when buying or selling your home.

We strive to make every story a success story. When our name goes on a real estate sign, it means something. It is a promise of integrity, professionalism, innovation and the highest possible standard of work. Berkshire Hathaway is one of the most respected in the world—especially with real estate. And we do not take that reputation lightly. That is why you will see these values reflected in every office, every agent, and every interaction. Berkshire Hathaway Home Services C Dan Joyner is the name buyers and sellers trust. Refer to the representation below to see how real estate on Lake Keowee has grown, and is expected to continue to grow in 2018.



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Lot 34 Quiet Point Drive, Lake Keowee Lightly wooded, great views: $239,900

Lot 21 Retreat Pointe Rd. Lake Keowee Main channel, great views: $234,900

Lot 35 Quiet Pointe Drive, Lake Keowee Lightly wooded, great views: $229,900

2206 Retreat Pointe Rd. West Union. Point Lot, Over an acre: $1,193,900

Lot 16 McAlister Rd. Lake Keowee Gently sloped: $246,900

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56 | Never a dull moment at Never Blue

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62 | It’s time to revisit The Rock

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34 | A turning point in history 70 | Enjoy a Georgia wine tour 38 | Simply a very ‘pretty place’ 72 | Soulful strains in Clemson 42 | One man’s passion benefits kids 46 | Couple creates a home for comfort

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DEAR READERS As dangerous as I know it can be, I’ve made an assumption in this edition of Upstate Lake Living. I’ve assumed you are as tired of cold weather as I am and that you’re ready to do something about it! That said, we’ve put together some great travel suggestions, none of which takes you too far from home. That way, if it’s still the least bit chilly, you can just strike out for home and be back in front of the fireplace before you know it. Bill Bauer gets things started with a “great things to do in Lexington” story. Of course, Bill didn’t miss out sampling barbecue joints to visit, but he also took some time to learn more about the area’s outdoor adventures. (Wouldn’t you know that one of them would involve a golf course?) Freelance writer Vanessa Infanzon can’t wait to get her hiking boots on, and she’s put together a handy hiking guide that includes walks close to home and a few a little farther away. Personally, I didn’t have to go far (just 90 minutes up the road) to find all sorts of fun things to do and see in Hendersonville. I’m telling you, if you haven’t been downtown, please go. It’s just a neat place to visit, whether you want to shop, enjoy a craft beer or get on board with some of those new cider concoctions. It will be pretty up there this spring but, if you wait until fall, add an orchard to your list of places to visit. Finally, you’ll find we’ve “expanded” our calendar to include more complete information about four events you may want to take in this spring. None is too far away and the variety is great. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions for upcoming editions. I’m particularly looking for homes to feature and restaurants to visit. You can reach me at: bmclaughlin@ Brett McLaughlin, editor 12 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

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orth Carolinians and Upstate SC foodies have long known that pork barbecue reigns supreme in Lexington, NC. In fact, the city and surrounding area play host to no less than 15 restaurants solely dedicated to barbecue. Today, however, the combination of an inner city revitalization and a concerted effort to embrace its natural resources have made Lexington a go to destination for more than its ’cue! Located in the heart of Davidson County, the Yadkin River, North Carolina’s second largest waterway, snakes along the county’s western border. About 15 miles south of Lexington, it feeds into High Rock Lake, the first of six reservoirs known as the Yadkin chain lakes. “The water has always been there, but in the past there hadn’t really been any official recreational development going on around the water,” said Robin Bivens, executive director of the Lexington Tourism Authority. That changed in 2005 when the Tourism Recreation Investment Partnership (TRIP) was formed to identify recreational opportunities, find funding sources and assist in implementing recreational projects. Lexington is reaping the benefits. Local lore has it that legendary Daniel Boone made his way through Lexington and actually stopped to “set a spell.” Boone, it is said, hunted and fished along this portion of the Yadkin River in the mid-1700s as he traveled west searching for “elbow room.” Early property records indicate the Boones owned land on the western side of the river in Davie County, but local lore maintains that the family also spent time on the Davidson County side.

Paddle boarding and kayaking are nearly as popular as canoeing when it comes to outdoor activities on the Yadkin River, home to the North Carolina Daniel Boone Heritage Canoe Trail.

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Regardless of which side one come’s down on, there is no denying that among TRIP’s latest accomplishments is The North Carolina Daniel Boone Heritage Canoe Trail, a 22-mile stretch of the Yadkin River with four access/egress points and accompanying historical markers. Primitive camping is available about halfway down the trail at the 110acre Boone’s Cave Park, which also has a picnic area and several hiking trails. Just south of the trail, High Rock Lake covers more than 15,000 acres, making it the second-largest lake in North Carolina. Common activities include boating, swimming, paddling and fishing for crappie, largemouth bass, stripers and catfish. Short- or long-term lodging at the lake ranges from rustic to urban. Two marinas and campgrounds — High Rock Lake and Tamarac — offer full-service sites and cabins complete with swimming pools, fishing piers and boat rentals. Paula Noonan of Lakefront Properties/Rentals provides lakefront housing options in all sizes with lots of amenities. Once an outdoor recreation store, High Rock Outfitters in downtown Lexington is typical of the city’s revitalization, diversifying to become the go to spot for craft beers and wines with a steady dose of nightly musical talent. Owner Chris Phelps brings budding artists and highly touted musicians into an intimate and acoustically sound setting, accompanied by an ever-changing assortment of beers and wines. But, while Phelps recognized the need to convert his store to a downtown musical venue, he didn’t stop offering guide and outfitting services as well, including canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals. “People are trending toward wanting to get outside more,” Phelps said, “so we’re trying to give people access to the resources that exist.” {above} With no less than 15 restaurants dedicated solely to barbecue, Lexington, NC, reigns supreme when it comes to pork, making a traditional pork basket a “must” on any visit. {right} Bull City Ciderworks is a perfect example of how public grant funds and private investment are being used to revitalize the city.


As the economy changed in Lexington, once vibrant factories and mills — closed and vacant for years — are coming to life again. Bull City Ciderworks is a perfect example of how public grant funds and private investment are being used to revitalize the city. Operating from Durham, NC (hence the

“Bull” nomenclature), the owners were working at the annual BBQ Capitol Cookoff in Lexington when conversation turned to all of the old Dixie Furniture real estate in the Depot district. “We came back and met with the city representatives, ultimately toured the entire plant and found a building that worked well for our

The North Carolina Daniel Boone Heritage Canoe Trail is a 22-mile stretch of the Yadkin River with four access/egress points and accompanying historical markers.

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needs and at the right economics for our business,” said John Clowney, one of four partners in the ciderwork operation. “Most importantly we felt good about Lexington’s leadership.” The foursome settled on a space that formerly housed the Lexington Home Brands Furniture complex and opened the

production facility and cider bar on March 17, 2016. Made from 100 percent apple juice (never back-sweetened with fructose corn syrup), The Bull’s ciders are bridging the gap between wine and beer, using ingredients like honey, black tea, hops, ginger, tart cherries, bacon and even candy corn and hibiscus to flavor a host of core, seasonal and

limited concoctions. Cider tours are held every Saturday, and the 16-tap tasting room, where “well-behaved children and friendly dogs are welcome,” is open Thursday and Friday, from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. Light snacks are offered, and tasters are encouraged to bring their own eats.

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However, no trip to hog heaven should go without sampling some of Lexington’s finest at one of those 15 BBQ joints, stopping in for some sweets and nostalgia at The Candy Factory, or stocking up on some of the finest pimento cheese ever made at Conrad and Hinkle’s Market. If you are in search of more standard fare, check out one of downtown’s new eateries like Sophie’s Cork and Ale, where Chef John Wilson has created an amazing menu built to pair with a selection of fine wines and craft beers. In a more country-like setting, Childress Vineyards, named to the Top 25 Tasting Rooms in America, is open daily for tours and tastings as well as lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and once a month for dinner overlooking the vineyards. “We’re seeing visitors who want to eat barbecue, but they want to be active too,” Bivens said. “As a community, these outdoor opportunities make us well-rounded. It’s so nice to have the lake and the river and the hiking trails to pair with our small, walkable town.” Lexington’s rebirth and the addition of the new businesses — clothing boutiques, wine bars, live music venues, a craft cidery and an amphitheater — make it a desirable destination for a day trip, an overnight, or weeklong stay. n

Richard Childress takes pride in the fact that Childress Vineyards has been named among the Top 25 Tasting Rooms in America. It is open daily for tours and tastings as well as lunch.

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LEXINGTON GOLF CLUB IS A MUST PLAY If you’re coming to Lexington to sample the barbecue or take part in any of its new outdoor pursuits, don’t forget to bring your clubs. Just outside the city center is the Lexington Golf Club, built in 1938 by the WPA, Work Projects Administration, as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal on land donated to the city by the Hunt family. Once the only golf course within miles, the city-owned club saw the need to reinvent itself when golf courses began springing up all around Lexington. “We were the only game in town back in the day, but now there are many options within a short drive,” said longtime pro JJ Fashimpaur. “We needed to do some major upgrades to remain competitive.” Dugan Aycock, former president of the Carolinas PGA, took the original 9-hole project and helped design the back nine in the 1940s, creating a layout that maxes out at just over 6,000 yards from the back tees. In 2003 the city partnered with community leaders and contracted golf architect Mike Gleason to completely renovate the course. A1A4 bent grass greens were installed, the tee boxes and fairways were replaced with Bermuda 419, and recycled gray water from the city of Lexington’s onsite filtration plant became the source for irrigation from April through October. “It was a group effort all the way,” said Fashimpaur. “Tees and greens were moved to open up holes and eliminate blind shots to more spacious

landing areas, all of which really sped up play.” Majestic pines, oaks and maples define the fairways and elevation changes that are surprisingly greater than the surrounding area and make it play just a bit longer than the scorecard indicates. The par-71 layout has one par-3 and one par-5 on the front, but three par-3s and two 5’s on the back. The final three holes make for a spectacular finish. Sixteen has a dramatic drop from an elevated tee; 17 winds along a creek-lined fairway dropping slightly again to a tucked away, undulating green; and the final hole’s rolling fairway slowly ascends to a putting surface surrounded by out-of bounds as you return to the clubhouse. Lexington Golf Club was selected by Travel + Leisure Golf magazine as the “best renovation of the year” in 2005. “We offer an award-winning golf course with a great test of skill and great greens, for a great value,” Fashimpaur said. “Anyone who shows up can join a

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hether you want to stand in a place where you feel like you can touch the sky while casting your gaze across a panorama that takes in four states, or if you simply prefer to explore a vibrant community of proprietary shops, Hendersonville, NC, should be among your spring destinations. Located just 90 minutes from Upstate South Carolina, this once-sleepy foothills community has awakened with an unparalleled mix of shops, boutiques and restaurants, infused by art and cultural events. The result has been a record number of visitors and a couple of generations of new residents.  Hendersonville’s Main Street has become a Western North Carolina destination. A streetscape that originally needed to be wide enough to turn a horse and wagon around has been transformed to include wide, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, framed by benches, gazebos and attractive planters. Locally owned shops offer everything from men’s and women’s apparel to children’s toys and band instruments. Eateries are interspersed along the four-block shopping district, many of them offering outside dining. 

{clockwise from top left} Henderson County boasts the 7th largest apple production in the country. Not only are the orchards themselves fun to visit, particularly in the fall, but they have become a source for local cideries springing up in the area. • Bold Rock has established itself as one of the leading cideries in the country. The firm is using locally sourced apples for some of its leading lines at the Mill Valley plant just outside Hendersonville. • The wide sidewalks Hendersonville has to offer are perfect for outdoor dining or simply enjoying a stroll. Specialty shops, great eateries, a variety of attractions and a full schedule of outdoor concerts and other events make the Main Street scene vibrant.

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The nearby Flat Rock Playhouse has a second location on Main, both offering professional theater and musical entertainment. And, local merchants and tourism promoters have teamed to provide 22 Friday and Monday music events on Main as well as street dances, car shows and festivals such as Rhythm & Brews. Having developed an impressive array of standard

and craft breweries, headlined by the East Coast headquarters of Sierra Nevada Brewing, Henderson County is now seizing on its designation as the 7thlargest apple-producing county in the country by encouraging the development of cideries, three of which offer tours and tastings. Food and drink, of course, go hand-in-hand, and that fact has not been lost on Hendersonville,

The Flat Rock Playhouse, the state theater of North Carolina, offers a full season of professional productions. A second location in downtown Hendersonville is home to the Music on the Rock series. Photo courtesy of Blue Bend Photography

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Hendersonville’s blocks-long shopping district is simply a fun place to be. You can shop until you drop, stop by the Henderson County Heritage Museum in the historic courthouse or satisfy your historic train interests at the Train Depot. The Henderson County Tailgate Market operates off King Street every Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon, and no less than 10 art and craft studios can be found within shouting distance of downtown. Crafting an economy Hendersonville features six breweries and cideries and two wineries. Most feature live music, food trucks, tours or all of the above. If the first Apple County Cider Jam in 2017 and a civic events calendar that features a free Rhythm & Brews night every third Thursday (May through September) weren’t proof enough of the area’s brew enthusiasm, it also has its own cicerone (the beer equivalent of a sommelier) in Gary Clancy, owner of The Brewery Experience, a brewery tour operation. Southern Appalachian Brewery is one of the most successful craft operations in the area. Located in a former Coca-Cola bottling factory, it opened six years ago as the first brewery in the county. There are now 38 breweries in Buncombe County. Owners Kelly and Andy Cubbin feature up to 16 taps for their brews and feature live music four nights a week and a play area for children.

Cideries, meanwhile, are becoming as bountiful as the local apple orchards they rely on. Bold Rock’s Carolina Apple and Flat Rock Cider Works’ Blackberry Gold feature apples from the local farms. Bold Rock opened in 2012 in the Mills River community just outside Hendersonville. In just five years it has established itself as the largest craft cider brewery in the country. One of its

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You can’t go hungry The listing of food and beverage offerings in the Hendersonville Visitor’s Guide (a publication we recommend picking up at the Visitor Information Center, 201 South Main St.) is three full pages of relatively fine print. It’s that easy to find great eats, no matter where your tastes run. Season’s Restaurant at the Highland Lake Inn & Resort offers fine dining in a casual country setting. Renowned for its wine selection, the Season’s menu varies by season based on the flow of produce from the organic gardens on the resort property. It is a favorite among theater buffs attending the nearby Flat Rock Playhouse, as well as locals who have come to enjoy the offerings of Executive Chef Nate Sargent. Another popular downtown location is Never Blue, where owner and Executive Chef Jesse Roque has become a noted chef in the North Carolina dining scene and is known for her seamless melding of flavors and use of local and often unusual ingredients. More about her and Never Blue can be found on page 54. If your tastes are Southern or, at least, more casual, HenDough, 532 Kanuga Road, is both fun and pretty darn tasty.

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A HIKE story by Vanessa Infanzon | photo courtesy of SC Tourism

Shown here in autumn, the hike to Lower Whitewater Falls can be just as beautiful in the spring, rewarding hikers with a platform view of the 200-foot falls. Photo courtesy of Discover South Carolina



his winter’s frigid temperatures may have kept you homebound and unable to fulfill any New Year’s resolutions such as increasing exercise, spending time with grandkids or learning a new hobby. North Carolina and South Carolina are home to dozens of state parks and recreational forests with trails through woodlands and pastures and views of waterfalls. If you have the option to hike during the week, you won’t have to fight those weekend crowds, but be sure to choose a hike that fits your needs and ask the right questions ahead of time: Are you going with a group with varying levels of ability? Do you want distance or a more difficult terrain? Are you more interested in the nature, views and photography aspects of a hike? (Be sure to check the sidebar for tips from an outdoors expert before embarking on your adventure.) THESE TRAILS ARE LESS THAN AN HOUR AWAY • Lower Whitewater Falls is part of the

Foothills Trail and Jocassee Gorge. It is a total of 3.8 miles round-trip. Difficulty: Moderate Address: Near SC HWY 130, near the NC State Line, Salem Trail Head: Enter the Duke Energy’s Bad Creek Hydroelectric Station; drive two miles to the Foothills Trail/Whitewater River parking lot. Trailhead is at far end. Feature: Platform with a view of a 200foot waterfall More information: trail/lower-whitewater-falls Cost: Free • Natural Bridge Nature Trail in KeoweeToxaway State Park is a 1.3-mile loop. Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous Address: 108 Residence Drive, Sunset Trail Head: Behind the Visitor’s Center Feature: Cross Poe Creek via a large boulder. Look for little cascades by the creek. More information: https:// trails; 864.868.2605 Cost: Free • Oconee Bells Nature Trail at Devils Fork

State Park is a 1.5-mile loop. Difficulty: Moderate Address: 161 Holcombe Circle, Salem Trail Head: At the rear of the Ranger Station. Feature: Look for the Oconee Bell wildflower blossom between mid-March and mid-April. More information: https://; 864.944.2639 Cost: $5 adults; $3.25 SC seniors (age 65 & older); $3 children ages 6-15; ages 5 and under, free. • Lakeside Trail at Table Rock State Park is a 1.9-mile loop. Difficulty: Easy to moderate Address: 158 E. Ellison Lane, Pickens Trail Head: Find the trail near the boathouse. Follow the purple blazes. Feature: Stroll along this path and stop at benches to enjoy the view. More information: https://; 864.878.9813 Cost: $5 adults; $3.25 SC seniors (age 65 & older); $3 children ages 6-15; ages 5 and under, free.

Several small waterfalls can be seen while hiking the moderate Natural Bridge Nature Trail in KeoweeToxaway State Park. Photo courtesy of KeoweeToxaway State Park

The more strenuous hike afforded by the North and South Rim Trails at Tallulah Gorge State Park is certainly worth it given that there are many views like this one. Photo courtesy of Ga. Dept. of Natural Resources

THESE PARKS ARE A ONE-TO TWO-HOUR DRIVE AWAY • Kings Mountain Nature Trail in Kings Mountain State Park is a 1.2-mile loop. Difficulty: Easy, paved Address: 1277 Park Road, Blacksburg, SC Trail Head: Begins at the picnic area Feature: Follow the interpretive signs to learn about the wildlife, vegetation and history. More information: https:// trails; 803.222.3209 Cost: Free • Waterfall Loop at Dupont State Recreational Forest is a 3-mile loop. Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous Address: 1300 Staton Road, Cedar Mountain, NC Trail Head: Next to the Visitor’s Center Feature: High Falls and Triple Falls 32 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

More information: http://www.; 828.877.6527 Cost: Free • North and South Rim Trails at Tallulah Gorge State Park is a 3-mile loop or round-trip. Difficulty: Moderate for round-trip. Strenuous for loop trail — Hikers take 1,099 stairs and use a suspension bridge to cross the gorge. Address: 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Road, Tallulah Falls, GA Trail Head: Start the North Trail behind the Interpretive Center. Feature: Views and overlooks of Oceana Falls, L’Eau d’Or Falls, Tempesta Falls, Hawthorne Cascade and pool, Hurricane Falls and Caledonia Cascade More information: http://gastateparks. org/TallulahGorge/Trails; 706.754.7981 Cost: $5 per vehicle. n

PRO TIPS FOR HIKING Wes Lawson, general manager at Jesse Brown’s Outdoors in Charlotte, offers these quick tips for hiking: • Function over form for footwear. Find the shoe that supports you properly, and you will rack up the miles and memories. • Hydrate with water; refuel with snacks. A reusable water bottle or a hydration bladder for more ounces will ensure you keep headaches, muscle cramps and nausea away. Pack nuts, granola bars and dried fruit for energy. • Don’t forgo the first-aid kit. Make your own with several sizes of adhesive bandages, moleskin for blisters, ibuprofen, sunscreen, lip balm, bug spray and something for an upset stomach. Ask the grandkids to help build the homemade kit, as it’s a great way to get younger members of the family involved in the activity. • Take safety seriously. Let someone know where you are going, when you are leaving and when you expect to return. In the event of an injury or a prolonged absence, those details can be a major asset to first responders. Take along a map of the trail; if none are available, take a photo of the one posted at the park.

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MUSGROVE MILL A TURNING POINT IN HISTORY story by Bill Bauer | photos courtesy of Musgrove Mill Historical Site


rguably, the Revolutionary War in South Carolina began and ended in Charleston. On April 21, 1775, a small group of Patriots seized munitions stored in the State House. There were no known commanders for the British or the Patriots and no one was killed on either side. Fast-forward to December 14, 1782, when the British, under the command of Major General Alexander Leslie, were forced to evacuate Charleston, thus ending the war in the Palmetto State. In between there were hundreds of battles, sieges and skirmishes, some lasting minutes and others going on for days; some leaving mass casualties and others with none. Perhaps one of the shortest, but bloodiest, was the Battle of Musgrove Mill, just down the road apiece in nearby Clinton. In February 1780, the British landed in Charleston with 8,500 troops. Countless conflicts ensued, including one on August 18, 1780, on what was the homestead and gristmill of Edmund Musgrove. The battle along the Enoree River lasted only 30 minutes, but was considered a turning point in the war.

The Battle of Musgrove Mill only lasted 30 minutes, but it was considered a turning point in the Revolutionary War as it played out in South Carolina.

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The British Camp Trail is only a mile and starts at the Visitor’s Center and gift shop. The trail takes you along the Enoree River where Musgrove’s old mill and homesite were located.

Coming on the heels of crushing Patriot defeats at Camden and Fishing Creek, and despite being heavily outnumbered, Patriot forces under the direction of Col. Isaac Shelby were victorious in defeating a highly trained band of Provincial Loyalists, who were holding Musgrove’s mill under the command of Lt. Col. Alexander Innis. Col. Shelby was forced to change his original plan to attack when he discovered the Loyalists forces at the mill had been reinforced. The Patriots successfully lured the enemy into attacking them and, after several fierce exchanges, Lt. Col. Innis was shot from his horse; his troops, fearing defeat, retreated across the Enoree River. The Patriots had only four killed and nine wounded, while the Loyalists suffered 63 killed, 90 wounded and 76 captured.


Reenactments at Musgrove Mill bring to life the everyday events of both Patriot and Loyalist families during the Revolutionary War period.

Today, Musgrove Mill is one of eight historic sites in South Carolina’s 47 state parks. Just minutes from Interstate 26 in Clinton, Musgrove Mill features two interpretive trails — one quite easy and the other a little more challenging. The British Camp Trail is only a mile and starts at the Visitor’s Center and gift shop where you can pick up a map of the park. The trail takes you along the Enoree River where Musgrove’s old mill and homesite were located. At Horseshoe Falls, the Battlefield Trail is slightly longer at 1.3 miles and a bit more rugged, but takes hikers to the actual battlefield. The park maintains a canoe and kayak launch on the Enoree, and fishing is permitted in both the river and the park lake. Rods and reels, part of the Tackle Loaner Program sponsored by the Dept. of Natural Resources, are also on hand. Picnic shelters may be reserved, but are also available on a firstcome, first-served basis. Musgrove Mill is also a pet friendly site, but owners are requested to keep their pets on a six-foot leash at all times. Musgrove Mill Historical Site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. For general information call 864.938.0100. For shelter reservations call 1.866.345.PARK or reserve online at The park is located at 398 State Park Road, Clinton. n Just minutes from Interstate 26 in Clinton, Musgrove Mill State Park is not only a historical site but features a variety of outdoor activities, all of which can be considered at the park’s Visitor Center.

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The name says it all story by Brett McLaughlin | photos courtesy of the YMCA Camp Greenville


here are a lot of pretty places in the Upstate, but there is only one place so beautiful that it is simply called “Pretty Place.” This spring, when the Oconee Bells are in bloom and trees are caught in that prism-like period between red buds and green leaves, do yourself a favor and take the short trip to the Fred W. Symmes Chapel at YMCA Camp Greenville in Cleveland, SC. It will take one hour to travel up highways 11 and 276 from Salem to 4399 YMCA Camp Road, but it will only take seconds to be overwhelmed by the beautiful panorama displayed from 3,200 feet atop Standing Stone Mountain. Sunrises are particularly awesome when viewed from beneath the simple cross that stands at the cliffside opening of the chapel. A morning visit may also find you looking down on wispy clouds dotting the valley


below and providing a platform for the Blue Ridge Mountains that go on seemingly without end into the far off horizon. Symmes Chapel is one of the many buildings that makes up YMCA Camp Greenville, a 1,400-acre preserve that opened in 1912. The chapel is the setting for countless weddings and other events each year and is also used for Sunday and Monday morning worship services by campers or groups. It is the spiritual center of the camp. For that reason, visitors are welcome during daylight hours any time campers are not using the chapel or when other events are not planned. Typically, the chapel is booked throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, and staff strongly recommends calling the camp office (864.836.3291) prior to visiting to avoid conflicts with other events at Pretty Place. The current chapel was constructed in 1941

with donations from Fred Symmes, who was also a co-benefactor of the Symmes-Stevens cabin at Camp Greenville. Several additions and improvements have been made to Pretty Place in subsequent years, including major upgrades in 2012. The serenity of the chapel itself, combined with the breathtaking view, has left many visitors speechless. “Something about this place just gives one the most calming feeling,” one visitor wrote. n Once you enter the camp, follow the road one mile and it will dead end at the chapel. If the chapel is open, visitors may park in the chapel parking lot. There is no parking allowed anywhere else on Camp Greenville property. Restrooms are available after March 24. Hiking, picnicking, tailgating, grilling out or any other recreational activity are not allowed. YMCA Camp Greenville is a pet free facility.


Fred Symmes was the head of the Nuckasee Mill from the mid-1920s through the 1940s. Originally built as the Huguenot Mill in 1882, it is the mill on the Reedy River next to the Peace Center and the old Markley Carriage Factory. He was quite active in serving mill employees in Greenville during the Great Depression, and served on committees trying to maintain the mills in Greenville during those desolate years.  SPRING 2018 › 39

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Eddie Brown’s passion changes children’s lives story by Bill Bauer

While TJ Grove double-checks to make sure food and beverages are in place, Eddie Brown strolls the grounds of Seneca’s Cross Creek Plantation, greeting arriving golfers. There will be 80 or more in and around the clubhouse before the National Anthem is sung and the horn sounds to start play. Many are locals, several from Eddie’s league. Others have traveled from as far away as Atlanta. They came bearing $75 worth of toys and an equal amount of cash to compete in a 2-man scramble. They didn’t come for the biscuit breakfast, the boxed lunch or even the fantastic post-tournament party Grove will serve at his Solé Restaurant that evening. They came for Eddie Brown and his cause … Toys for Tots. Once they are on the course, Marine representatives will load a truck with $7,500 worth of toys, bound for the homes of deserving children at Christmas. In a few days, Brown will call local T4T director Tim Callahan to arrange delivery of a $20,000 donation.


hen he played golf at the University of South Carolina in the early-60s, Eddie Brown dreamt of playing on the PGA Tour. Alas, it was not to be. Fortunately, however, he didn’t put all his clubs in one bag so to speak. Armed with a degree in business administration and the relationships forged as an assistant PGA professional on Fripp Island and as a sales rep for Uniroyal/ Royal Golf in Atlanta, he formed his own golf sales company in 1970. Interest in golf was growing, and Eddie was blessed with a warm, genuine, friendly persona that endeared him to countless PGA professionals and their friends. He became the fifth independent sales representative of Callaway Golf and the only one hired personally by Ely Callaway Jr., founder of Callaway Golf. At one time his service area included Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia. In the ’90s Eddie bought a small interest in a golf facility called The Hooch. It was then that he had an epiphany of sorts. “I had been blessed to be able to make a decent living doing what I loved; I decided I had to give back in some way in appreciation of my success,” he said. Eddie studied many charities and decided on a foundation sponsored by the U.S. Marines — Toys for Tots. “I chose Toys for Tots, T4T, mainly because I found out 97 percent of all contributions that come in to the Marines goes directly to the kids.” T4T had its beginnings in 1947 when retired Marine Major Bill Hendricks collected 5,000 toys for needy children in Los Angeles, CA. By the time Eddie adopted the charity, Marine Reserve Units were annually distributing over 7.2 million toys to over 4.1 million underprivileged children. By 2012, when T4T joined the Philanthropy 400 group, it was distributing nearly 16.8 million toys to more than 7 million children. As a golfer and part owner of a golf course, it was only natural that Eddie used Eddie Brown (left), pictured here with Solé owner TJ Grove, organized his first Toys for Tots Golf Tournament in 1996. Since then, his events have raised thousands of dollars and collected thousands of toys for deserving youngsters. Photo courtesy of Eddie Brown


{left} This picture was taken at one of the first T4T tournaments at The Hooch near Atlanta. Eddie Brown and his wife, Linda, are kneeling in front. {below} A big field of golfers, a huge outpouring of toys and a bundle of money to contribute brought smiles to every face at last fall’s Toys 4 Tots event at Cross Creek Plantation in Seneca. Photo by Bill Bauer

golf as his avenue to give back. In 1996 he organized his first T4T tournament at The Hooch, beginning a passionate relationship that has spanned two decades, involved play on several courses, raised thousands of dollars and collected thousands of toys. As the T4T tournament grew and Eddie recognized the need for a larger facility, he turned to PGA professional and good friend Jeff Paton, the director of golf at the Golf Club of Georgia. Paton had played in all of Eddie’s events and stunned his friend by inviting him to move the event to the Golf Club of Georgia. “We moved there around 1999. They had 36 holes, and for several of the years we were there we used both courses and had well over 200 players,” Eddie recalled. Eddie’s success led an old friend, Tom McDermott to suggest they hold a similar T4T event at the Berkeley Hills Country Club in nearby Duluth, GA. The first was held in 2004, and the event is still going strong today. “Eddie’s passion for T4T is the reason it has been so successful,” said PGA professional David Ayers. “I’ve worked or participated in thousands of events over the years, and Eddie’s is one of the best! After the second event I played in, I thought if Eddie can run his event like he does, I would run a similar event at my club and provide assistance to worthy youngsters. So for the last 10 years, we have been collecting toys and passing them along each Christmas. Eddie’s efforts were responsible for increasing the gifts provided to needy youngsters.” Eventually Eddie retired and moved to Lake Keowee. He did not retire from T4T, however, and continued to commute to run his Atlanta

tournament until 2013. Three years later he initiated his tournament in the Upstate. “I met a young man named TJ Grove. He is a remarkable guy, owning and operating five restaurants in Seneca, Clemson and Augusta. He’s a good golfer. He and I decided we would start a new T4T in Seneca. We spoke with Mark Ernst at Cross Creek Plantation, and he gave us a great deal,” Eddie said. In 2014 Eddie and TJ cranked up the initial event. As one would expect, it was a winner, following the same formula that made the first tournament at The Hooch a success. Each year since has been bigger and better. “I make it every year to Eddie’s tournament,” said 2017 participant Keric Shanahan. “I played in the tournament down in Atlanta for 15 years and wouldn’t think of not helping Eddie’s cause. He has a big heart and his passion for doing this is one-of-akind.” Eddie recalled a tournament in the early 2000s at which he thought he recognized a young Marine. “I said to him, ‘Haven’t we met before?’ He told me he had worked for my tournament for two years but missed last year because he was in Iraq.”

Among the host of players participating in last fall’s Toys 4 Tots tournament was Clemson golf team member Marisa Messana. Photo by Bill Bauer

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Eddie asked him when he had gotten back in the states. The Marine’s reply said it all: “I got back last night, Eddie. I wouldn’t have missed this for anything!” “Eddie and TJ are amazing at what they do. This is a huge contribution to our Toys for Tots program,” said Callahan who, like hundreds of active, reserve and retired Marines, provides a driving force for T4T’s success.

Plans are already underway to tee it up for Eddie’s 23rd Toys for Tots event this fall. “I would like to continue the Cross Creek event forever,” he said. “Their staff is great to work with and the proximity of TJ’s restaurant, Sole’, for our after tournament party is perfect. Also, our cost at Cross Creek is great, which means more toys for the kids.” The success of Eddie’s tournament is

legendary among golf pros and course managers, a couple of whom have approached him about doing a T4T tournament at their courses. Quoting Abe Lincoln, Eddie has told them, “‘No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.’ I’m definitely considering it. After all, you can’t support these kids enough.” n

Two uniformed Marines stand by, ready to load some $7,500 in toys for delivery to deserving children last Christmas. The toys were part of the entry fee to Eddie Brown’s annual Toys 4 Tots tournament at Cross Creek Plantation. Photo courtesy of Eddie Brown


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CRAFTED FOR COMFORT story by Brett McLaughlin | photos courtesy of Rebecca Lehde, Inspiro 8 Studios


Unlike many lake homes, the Rubin home features a large, grassy area particularly enjoyed by their grandchildren. The home itself features an exterior of stone and northern fir with a Vermont slate roof. Exterior amenities include a firepit and patio area on the left side of this photo and a covered hot tub to the right.

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ometimes it takes a village to build a spectacular home. Just ask Len and Marlene Rubin. The couple adores their five-bedroom home in The Reserve at Lake Keowee, and they even seem to have enjoyed the seamless, two-year design-build process that produced it. “It worked out really well,” Len said. “We went back and forth, changing the shape of the rooms, even making some changes on the fly, but we were building on a costplus basis so we were able to get exactly what we wanted.” The Rubins will be the first to admit, however, that it took a team of builders and craftsmen, spearheaded by Tom Dillard of Dillard Jones Builders, to create their retirement haven. Having fallen in love with the lake, the mountains, the golf course and, most importantly, the sense of community at The Reserve, the couple secured a lot


overlooking both a deep channel and the 14th tee. They immediately turned to Dillard. “We were overseas and actually started a vacation home search back in the 1980s,” Len said. “We never pulled the trigger though, and things just segued to a retirement home.” Len’s 37-year career with Exxon had seen them move a dozen times and live as far away from their native Northeastern U.S. roots as Singapore and Hong Kong. By the time he starting drawing home design lines on notepaper, the couple knew exactly what they wanted … more or less. Traditional, but not too traditional; light and bright, but no beige; bedrooms for their three daughters and plenty of room for husbands and grandchildren. While Len reviewed design plans and went back and forth with designer Richie Martin on room shapes, Marlene was busy discovering Houzz, a leading interior design magazine.

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“We just went to their website and picked styles and rooms we liked,” Marlene said, noting that countless aspects of their home were taken directly from the site. “Someone has a master bath exactly like ours,” she laughed. With Martin and Dillard, the Rubins lined up an unparalleled team of subcontractors that included Jose Florez Fine Woodworking, Heirloom Stairs & Iron Works, Kim Jackson of ID Studio Interiors and Simply AV. “Heirloom did all the railings, inside and out, the chandeliers, the fireplace screen and practically all of the lights inside and out,” Len said. The firm also designed and built a motorized hoist to carry wood up to a porch that houses the only natural wood fireplace in the home. (The other fireplaces and the fire pit are natural gas.) From the porch one has a great view of both the lake and the golf course below. “And, Jose was an artist,” Marlene said, pointing to examples of his work


{at top} The master suite features furnishings handpicked by the Rubins, working in conjunction with Kim Jackson of ID Studio Interiors. The chandelier is a mirror image of a larger version, both having been created by Heirloom Stair & Iron Works. The suite offers an expansive view of Lake Keowee and the Blue Ridge Mountains. {above} Len Rubin’s office is unlike any other room in the home. Although it offers yet another wonderful view of Lake Keowee, its rich walnut paneling, custom octagonal ceiling and Heirloom-created chandelier create a completely different décor from the remainder of the “light and bright” home.

Len’s 37-year career with Exxon had seen them move a dozen times and live as far away from their native Northeastern U.S. roots as Singapore and Hong Kong. By the time he started drawing home design lines on notepaper, the couple knew exactly what they wanted … more or less.

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here was a time, not that long ago, that a good number of folks living in the Hendersonville area of North Carolina didn’t have a clue what a tapa was. Then, along came Jesse Roque. “At first people weren’t very interested in fancy, little plates,” the chef said, recalling her decision to offer tapas 10 years ago. “The town was slow to come around, but we added some tacos and gradually trained our customers and clients to go the small plate route.” Now, reservations are next to essential to get a seat for dinner in Roque’s 150-seat eatery. For the record, a tapa is an appetizer or snack native to Spanish cuisine. It may be cold or hot. In select restaurants, of which Never Blue is now one, tapas have evolved into an entire, sophisticated cuisine with patrons ordering many different tapas to create a full meal. “With tapas you are not committed to one meal,” Roque said. “Food has evolved, and people who enjoy food may see 15 things on a menu they want to try. With tapas we have guests who order 10 to 15 different things; they walk out full, satisfied and we haven’t broken their wallets.” The current Never Blue menu is an eclectic assortment of 28 tapas ranging from some with true Southern roots such as butter biscuits and jam, to more ethnic offerings such as duck wontons with jezebel and lime-ginger sauce and patatas cilantras, which are fried potato cubes with lime-cilantro aioli and queso fresco. “I never want anyone to say ‘there’s nothing for me’,” said Roque, who was named 2016 North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association Chef of the Year. That was certainly not the case during our visit as Roque prepared six tastings that spanned a wide range of tastes. We started with the house-made butter biscuits with a choice of hot pepper jam, local strawberry-white balsamic jam or Caribbean-spiced rum-banana jam. It was a great beginning. We then moved to the bull’s blood beets roasted in malbec brown sugar and served with golden pickled beets, peppered goat cheese mousse and fried marcona almonds. Spiced pork lumpia featuring house-made Filipino longanisa sausage, and hot chicken tacos, featuring Nashville fried chicken, were next up before diving into a vegetarian offering quelites ravioli. The last of the tapas was a tasty serving of veggies and grits featuring house-blackened vegetables served in with Adluh grits spiced with tasso ham cream and smoke gouda sour cream. While much of that may sound exotic, it was all very tasty. If, however, more conventional fare is your heart’s desire, there is also fried fish, mac and cheese, crab cakes and both fried shrimp and fried chicken served with any number of dipping sauces.

{at top} Among the seafood favorites at Never Blue are the Lowcountry lump crab cakes with Sunburst Chef & the Farmer sprouts, blood orange vinaigrette and gazpacho aioli. {above} Jesse Roque’s twist on Southern fried chicken features a carrot cake waffle served with bacon jam, maple syrup and candied pecans.

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Roque, who was credited in The Atlanta Journal Constitution with helping to reinvent “cultural diversity” on the North Carolina culinary scene, said she loves to operate outside the box. “This part of the country used to be just meat and potatoes,” she said, “but there is a large Hispanic population here and, since I’m married to a Mexican national, I love to cater to those tastes. The ethnic market has bled out into the Southern culture, and I really love cooking out of the box.” As she prepares for subtle menu changes due in April she is looking forward to exploring a “new box” aimed at the area’s growing Middle Eastern culture. She also has big plans for “Jack fruit,” which she described as a “big, ugly mass” that looks like pulled pork.

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“With tapas you are not committed to one meal. Food has evolved, and people who enjoy food may see 15 things on a menu they want to try. With tapas we have guests who order 10 to 15 different things; they walk out full, satisfied and we haven’t broken their wallets.” — JESSE ROQUE —

“It’s another great simulated meat source that I can offer vegetarians,” she said. Not to fear, however, Roque promised that, by demand, mac and cheese will stay on the spring menu, which will also feature a few new taco offerings and a tapa with apricot barbecue pulled pork. Never Blue also has an extensive offering of salads and sandwiches, but it is the dessert offerings that really can’t be ignored. Much of Roque’s career was spent as a pastry intern and chef at some of the South’s finest restaurants. Today, the demands of serving as owner and chef have required her to hire her own pastry chef, Hannah Eaton.

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Chef Jesse Roque has been honored numerous times and featured in countless food magazines for her daring use of ingredients and flavors.

Never Blue is not what Jesse Roque had in mind when she took a little vacation to Hendersonville, NC, 10 years ago. The classically trained pastry chef originally opened Never Blue with her husband and artist mother as a café/bakery and art gallery. But, over the last nine years, the restaurant has grown to a globally inspired tapas hotspot drawing loyal diners from across the Southeast. A family tragedy prompted a new start for Jesse’s mother in a little house on Never Blue Road in Western North Carolina in 2006. Jesse visited. After three weeks she called her boyfriend (now husband), Edson, to ask if he wanted to move to the mountains and open a coffee shop/art gallery. They found a dilapidated building on the south side of Main Street, and after a year of construction, Never Blue opened in February 2008.  “We served breakfast and lunch, café style, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that you don’t make money serving breakfast,” she said. Like the layers of one of her mother’s paintings that adorn the walls at Never Blue, the eatery has since emerged as a dining icon in downtown Hendersonville, and Jesse has become widely known for her seamless melding of flavors and use of local and often unusual ingredients. 60 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

“I needed to bring Hannah on, and it’s been a great move,” she said. “While I’m still pretty involved, she has brought a fresh outlook to our pastries. She’s taught me several things and says she has also learned from me.” One taste of the New Orleans-style croissant bread pudding waffle with house-made caramelized hazelnut butter ice cream and we were convinced the dessert duo was working. A breakfast brunch is served on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Currently it features Huevos Rancheros (potato cubes, black beans and two fried eggs), Huevos Montanas (gouda-sour cream grits with two fried eggs) and something called the dancing queen, a carrot cake Belgium waffle served with chicken tenders, maple-bacon jam syrup and candied pecans. And, to top it all off, Never Blue has a full bar, has been singled out for its selection of wines and has been deemed the “go to spot” for cider in Cider Culture online magazine. Food critic Cecilia Moreno may have captured the essence of Never Blue and its effusive chef when she recently wrote: “My personal experience with dining is that you can have a meal or you can have an experience. If you plan on visiting Never Blue, plan to have an experience and relish on cocktails, appetizers, dinner and dessert.” n

Chapulines (Cricket) tacos aren’t for everyone, but they have become increasingly popular at Never Blue in Hendersonville. Many who have tried this plate say the crickets taste much like other roasted, nutty snacks, or even potato chips.

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Dynamic golf duo polishes ‘The Rock’ into a gem story by Bill Bauer | photos courtesy of The Rock


ack in 2015, developer Anthony Anders and PGA Tour professional Tommy Biershenk joined forces to revitalize the Hejaz Shrine golf course in Mauldin, SC. Under new ownership and with a new name, Legacy Pines Golf Club is now one of The Upstate’s best public links. In May 2017, the duo purchased a “piece of the rock” — The Rock at Jocassee that is — and using the same successful strategy, has brought an aging and neglected golf course back to life. The Rock Golf Club and Resort, as it is now called, has been restored and it reopened in November to rave reviews. Located on a hillside and accompanying valley along Highway 11, near Table Rock State Park, The Rock at Jocassee, as it was formerly called, was originally a 9-hole course built back in the early-80s by real estate developer and novice designer Ray Haskut. In 1990, Stan Brown, Dave Wilkins, John Walton and Tommy Tomlin captured the natural terrain of the mountains and bottomland and skillfully laid out the remainder of the course.


The course is filled with risk-reward situations where big hitters must also be accurate if they try to clear creeks and ponds to reach the par-5s in two for an eagle attempt.

Originally, it was to be a development project with homes and lodging surrounding the course. However, like many such projects, The Rock’s development came to a screeching halt as the economy skittered to a stop. While it remained a fun golf course with a short but challenging design, changing ownerships and scaled back maintenance greatly reduced its playability. Mother Nature eventually had her way with the once-lush fairways and greens. Then, along came Biershenk and Anders. The pair visited The Rock, took one look and recognized the potential of a unique layout that weaves its way around a designated Indian burial ground and between creeks and waterfalls that feed the Oolony River adjacent to the course. “What we saw was a great golf course that had just gone downhill,” said Biershenk. “And one that we thought we could bring back to life following the same steps we took at Legacy Pines.” Biershenk believes that golfers want great greens, so that became the first focus of The Rock’s rehabilitation. “We killed the existing greens and replaced the aging bent grass with TifEagle Bermuda,” he explained. Much-needed irrigation was installed and bunkers were trimmed.

Number eight is a signature par-3 that measures 187 yards but has an elevation drop of nearly 180 feet making it play considerably less than the scorecard reads. A waterfall is visible from the tee, and three bunkers and a creek protect a small green.

A combination of elevated tees and greens, along with doglegs, makes The Rock a shot maker’s course — where driving for accuracy, not necessarily length, is often more prudent.

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“We worked every day hoping to get the course in shape before the holidays, and completed the first phase before Thanksgiving,” Biershenk said. Playing at just over 6,700 yards from the back tees, The Rock’s challenge is certainly not its length, but rather a carefully measured tee shot. The fun begins at 1,200 feet from atop the number one tee box where players must be careful not to outdrive the fairway of this 367-yard par-4. A power fade can get you around the corner of a sharp dogleg right and set up a shorter approach over a creek that crosses in front of the green. This combination of elevated tees and greens, along with doglegs, is typical of many holes, making this a shot maker’s course. “You will use every club in your bag as you work your way around the course,” Biershenk

said, referring to the variety of holes. “And choose wisely from the tee box!” The old adage, “Drive for show and putt for dough,” doesn’t necessarily apply at The Rock, where each tee has a colorful marble sign illustrating the hole and often sports a white star, pointing out where to deftly place your tee shot. No two holes are more different and illustrate the elevation changes than numbers eight and nine. Easily dubbed the signature hole, eight is a panoramic par-3 that measures 187 yards, but has an elevation drop of nearly 180 feet making it play considerably less than the scorecard reads. A gorgeous waterfall is visible from the tee, and three bunkers and a creek protect a small green. Moving to the ninth hole, a 357-yard par-4, you have to return to the original elevation

of the clubhouse. You can easily drive out to the sharp right dogleg for an uphill approach requiring an extra club or two to an ample green some 80 feet above your feet. The course is filled with risk-reward situations where big hitters must also be accurate if they try to clear the creeks and ponds to reach the par-5s in two for an eagle attempt. The par-5 third hole can be reached if you are willing to take the risk of landing your long second shot on a green surrounded by water. Number 15, a 382-yard par-4 from the white tees and 415 from the tips, begs you to try to drive the creek and be rewarded with a chip shot to the green. Water comes into play on 14 holes. Biershenk describes the course as “old style” and not a simple down and back track. “The layout is short but demanding and

The clubhouse was packed when the completely remodeled facility held its grand opening in November. It now features a full-scale restaurant offering breakfast and lunch for golfers seven days a week, and a full dinner menu Thursday through Saturday.


New owners recognized the potential of The Rock’s unique layout as it weaves its way around a designated Indian burial ground and between creeks and waterfalls that feed the Oolony River.

makes you think and navigate from tee to green,” he said. The partners did not just attend to the golf course as they began their renovation. “We totally redesigned the existing clubhouse and turned it into a full scale restaurant where not only golfers can enjoy a typical 19th hole, but travelers along Highway 11 can stop in for a good meal complete with a variety of adult beverages,” Biershenk noted. An attractive stone fireplace and large screen TV are a focal point in the lounge area, and the men’s and women’s locker rooms are welcoming. “We had a well-attended grand opening featuring Nashville recording artist Jerrod Niemann, and have already held several tournaments and gatherings,” Biershenk said. “We hope to take advantage of course side and mountain lodging, and have craft beers and a wine-making operation in the future to make us a full scale resort.” The Rock Golf Club and Resort is open seven days a week and offers breakfast and

lunch for golfers and a full dinner menu Thursday through Saturday. An apartment above the clubhouse and the privately owned Table Rock Resort offer great lodging options for stay and play golf packages. “We’d like The Rock to become a home away from home for traveling families and folks in the area as well as golfers,” Biershenk said. “They are bringing affordable golf to the Pickens area just like they did at Legacy Pines in Greenville through a mutual love of golf and the joy of creating recreational venues for all to enjoy,” added John Thomas, director of golf. n The Rock Golf Club and Resort is on Sliding Rock Road just off Highway 11 near Table Rock. You can’t miss the main entrance traveling in either direction as it captures a beautiful view of the third hole’s island green and water fountain. Call for tee times at 864.878.2030 or schedule online at SPRING 2018 › 65

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n the heels of the 20th anniversary of 1997’s blockbuster hit “Titanic,” Biltmore has launched a new exhibition: “Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie.” The exhibition offers period attire worn by actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and many others from the film’s cast. Staged throughout Biltmore House, the exhibition runs through May 13. With these costumes, guests have perfect examples of the wardrobes favored by transatlantic travelers like George and Edith Vanderbilt in the early 1900s. “We are all fascinated with ‘Titanic’ and this moment in history,” said Leslie Klingner, Biltmore’s curator of interpretation. “It’s intriguing to think about what was happening in the daily lives of the Vanderbilts and how closely that connected to what the filmmakers showed onscreen.” For example, the formal dinner scene in which Jack joins the first class passengers takes place in the ship’s dining room. Costumes from that scene are set in the Banquet Hall where the Vanderbilts and their houseguests dined in full evening dress.   This is the first large-scale exhibition of fashions from “Titanic,” which won a record 11 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Costume Design. Showcasing the work of Os-

Biltmore’s museum services team members Janey Abbott, left, and Leslie Klingner arrange the costume worn by Kate Winslet in “Titanic” in Biltmore House. The costume is one of 45 in “Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie,” now open at Biltmore.


car-winning designer Deborah L. Scott, the garments evoke the lifestyle of the era when voyages on the great ocean liners of the early 20th century offered high society and luxury on ships known as “floating palaces.” First class passengers took every opportunity to see and be seen in the finest fashions of the time. And, just like Jack and Rose, the fictional couple at the heart of “Titanic,” the days at sea fostered friendships and romances, including Vanderbilt’s courtship of Edith Stuyvesant Dresser. Klingner notes that many of the gowns displayed in the second floor living hall were worn by actors portraying real people who actually sailed on Titanic. They included the As-

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tors and the Guggenheims — couples the Vanderbilts would have known or were familiar with. Interestingly, the exhibit also includes the story of the Vanderbilts’ own plans to sail on Titanic’s maiden voyage. At the last minute, they decided to sail instead on Titanic’s sister ship, the RMS Olympic. Klingner and associate curator Lauren Henry made an additional discovery while putting the exhibit together as they came across some surprising images from the January 1912 issue of Les Modes magazine, a popular fashion magazine of the period. One photo shows a model wearing a crisp, pinstriped jacket and skirt, and it seemed very familiar. Turns out, it was the exact ensemble that inspired Scott to design the “arrival suit” Kate Winslet wears when her character, Rose, arrives on Titanic.  NEW GUIDED TOUR DEBUTS The exhibition is part of the self-guided tour through Biltmore House and is included in estate admission. Guests interested in a more in-depth experience may wish to take the Glamour on Board Guided Tour, created and designed by Biltmore’s museum services team especially for this exhibition. Hosts conducting the tour will provide colorful details about the costume design process, with insights into the elegance of the era’s fashions, culture of the times, connections with the Vanderbilts and making of the film. This guided tour requires a separate ticket. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE VANDERBILTS Guests will be able to learn even more about the family by visiting the Antler Hill Village, where the “Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad” exhibition is located, offering guests deeper insight into the family’s time at home and their extensive travels throughout Europe and the Far East. Complementing Glamour on Board, the Legacy exhibition, which opens March 15, delves into the Vanderbilt family’s daily lives and their unique personalities. TITANIC THE MOVIE TEA AT THE INN Live orchestral music, period décor and actors in period attire create an immersive atmosphere as guests dine on a selection of teas and artfully prepared light bites inspired by the tea menu served on Titanic. Taking place in the Vanderbilt Room at The Inn, the tea will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on April 14. Call 866.336.1245 to reserve. n For tickets, reservations and more information, visit

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t’s time to get the oil changed, fill the tank and, if you’re lucky, put the top down for a road trip through Georgia’s wine country. The Winegrowers Association of Georgia is sponsoring its annual Wine Highway Week beginning at noon March 16 and continuing through 5 p.m., March 25.   Whether you have visited any of neighboring Georgia’s delightful wineries or not, this is a great way to see and experience all the views and wonderful wines of Northeast Georgia. Just pick two or three days during the week, divide up the wineries and head out on the highway. “Our wineries offer great wines that are grown and produced here in Georgia, many of which have won local, regional, national and international awards,” said Emily DeFoor of Habersham Winery in Helen, Ga.

Participants can visit any of 20 participating wineries. Hours are: Fridays, 12-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sundays; 12:30-5 p.m.; and Monday-Thursday, 1-5 p.m. A $50 fee for each participant will be collected at the first winery visited. Travelers will receive a “Wine Highway Week” collectors’ glass and “passport,” which will give them admission to all participating wineries at no additional charge. “Be sure to keep you passport and collectors’ glass with you at all wineries visited,” DeFoor said. Member wineries and affiliate members will each provide their own unique open-house format, with many offering food and wine pairings, music and barrel and library wine tastings. n For more information, visit:

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Swingin’ Medallions to bring soulful sound to Clemson Music Festival story by Vince Jackson


he Swingin’ Medallions, whose music for shagging was iconic in the early 1960s, will put the finishing touches on this year’s Clemson Music Festival, April 20-28, at venues throughout the greater Clemson area. The first soulful strains of The Swingin’ Medallions emanated out of Greenwood, SC, during the early-’60s. Their musical roots are based in the early rhythm and blues acts that band members enjoyed as young college students. The music most often associated with the band comprises beach music, frat rock, R&B and any music for dancing the shag. This year the Medallions return to the Upstate with a benefit show at Garrison Arena on April 28. Their appearance benefits the Clemson Sertoma Club’s efforts to send disadvantaged children to Camp Sertoma for a summer camp experience.

Currently a mix of young and old, The Swingin’ Medallions has always maintained a highenergy, party-style stage presence, which concert-goers can expect to experience again when the group performs a benefit concert April 28 as part of the Clemson Music Festival. Opposite page shows original group in the early 1960s.


In 1966, after a few years of touring colleges from the Carolinas to the Louisiana Bayou, John McElrath took the band to Arthur Smith’s Studio in Charlotte to record “Double Shot (of My Baby’s Love).” Band members remember how awkward the recording session sounded after experiencing their raucous concert shows, so a live audience was brought into the studio to add excitement and noise to the final recording. As a result, the song became a million-seller that same year and has been a party classic for decades. “She Drives Me Out of My Mind” and “Hey, Hey, Baby” were Top 40 hits in 1966 and 1967, but “Double Shot” remains the most requested tune as The Swingin’ Medallions’ signature song. Many of the band members attended and graduated from Greenwood’s Lander University while honing their performing skills across the Southeast. The performances enabled the guys to raise money to attend college. Jimmy Perkins, one of the original members of the group, plays bass, sax and sings lead

Currently, the band is comprised of McElrath’s two sons and Perkin’s brother, along with other long-time members. “It’s a close family group of guys,” Perkins said. The band has always included at least eight members with a four-piece brass rhythm section. The high-energy, party-style stage performance of the original Medallions continues today, justifying their designation as “the party band of the South.” One of the group’s highlights was a 2009 appearance with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Greenville’s BILO Center. n

vocals. We caught up with Perkins as he prepared for one of the 60-plus events the band performs each year. “We have had many different members of the band. So many that we call ourselves The University of the Swingin’ Medallions,” he said.

Tickets for The Swingin’ Medallions Garrison Show may be purchased by emailing or purchased online at The website also contains a schedule of festival performances as well as other information about the event. Interested parties may also visit the festival’s Facebook page at: ClemsonBluesFestival.

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rowing Our Future” will be this year’s Foothills Area YMCA’s festival event, planned for June 8 at The Lighthouse Event Center. An exciting night of fun and festivities is planned with all proceeds going to benefit local YMCA programming. “We nurture the development of our youth, improve the health and wellness of the community and provide opportunities to give

back and support our neighbors,” said Foothills YMCA CEO Christle Ross. “Last year’s Lakeside Art & Music Festival raised more than $27,000 in scholarship dollars, which allowed every child to participate in summer camp, regardless of a family’s ability to pay,” she continued. “Growing” will be the operative term for this year’s gala as activities get underway with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., Container gardeners work against the clock at last year’s YMCA event, creating arrangements that are judged by, and then auctioned off to, attendees, with proceeds going to fund YMCA programming.


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followed by a buffet-style meal catered by The Lighthouse at 7:15 p.m., and then a rousing round of competition container gardening. This is an event where local gardeners are given their choice of containers and allowed to bring one item from home to add to their garden, Ross explained. Zone 7 provides plants and soil, as gardeners race to select their container and complete a garden in one hour. The gardens are then judged by attendees and winners selected. At the end of the evening, the gardens are auctioned as part of a live auction event.  “We always walk away with a beautiful arrangement that lives on our front porch well into the fall for all to see and enjoy,” said Dorah Leonard. “I look forward to being a gardener and participating in this event each year,” added Julie-ann Shannon. “What a creative way to raise money to benefit the children of the YMCA.” The Clemson Jazz Band will entertain during dinner and a silent auction. Ross said local businesses and restaurants have donated auction items pertaining to lake living and Clemson University. There will also be a festive wine pull and fun auction games like chicken and a lottery tree. She said the event is the organization’s primary fundraising event. In 2017, the YMCA After-School Care program expanded to 11 elementary schools serving 400 participants. Last summer it hosted 150 children per week in day camp, and awarded $100,000 in scholarships for summer camp and after-school care to children in financially challenged situations. The soccer program served over 60 children, ages 3-6, in Clemson, Central and Oconee County. While providing this programming, work has continued to secure a community facility for aquatics and fitness. The Oconee Memorial Hospital campus has donated land and strategic partnerships have been formed with the hospital, the School District of Oconee County and area industries. “We have designed a facility that will significantly impact the lives of adults and children living in Oconee and Pickens counties, while fulfilling the needs of our community,” Ross said. n Tickets can be purchased starting March 15, online at Foothills YMCA. net and through the office at Gignilliat Community Center, 621 N. Townville St., Seneca.

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THE VOTES ARE IN! We’re happy to reveal the winner of the 2017 Upstate Lake Living Photo Contest and the runners-up! This year, many images were submitted from readers that demonstrated what makes our magnificient lakes a great place to live, work and play. The winning photos were selected from three categories — places, people & pets and nature. We loved getting a chance to see your creativity and enthusiasm. Thanks to all of our readers who participated this year and congratulations to our winners!

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Grab a waterfall hikes brochure, local visitor’s guide or download our SC Waterfalls mobile app for details and directions to any of our 26 beautiful Oconee County waterfalls. Plan ahead and be prepared for your hike! 1. Bee Cove Falls 2. Big Bend Falls 3. Blue Hole Falls 4. Brasstown Falls 5. Bull Sluice Falls 6. Cham Ram Park (Ramsey Creek Falls) 7. Chauga Narrows 8. Cheohee/Miuka Falls 9. Fall Creek Falls 10. Hidden Falls 11. Issaqueena Falls 12. King Creek Falls 13. Laurel Fork Falls 14. Lee Falls 15. Long Creek Falls 16. Mills Creek Falls 17. Opossum Creek Falls 18. Pigpen Falls 19. Reedy Branch Falls 20. Riley Moore Falls 21. Secret Falls 22. Spoonauger Falls 23. Station Cove Falls 24. Whitewater Falls (Lower) 25. Wrights Creek Falls 26. Yellow Branch Falls


Enjoy all there is to offer in the “Land Beside the Waters” with family and friends! 27. Enjoy a boat tour of Lake Jocassee 28. Whitewater raft down the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River 29. Enjoy the view at Chattooga Belle Farm 30. Hike the Foothills Trail 31. Grab a flashlight and visit Stumphouse Tunnel 32. Enjoy the many offerings of the Sumter National Forest 33. Take a drive and see the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail 34. Pick-up fresh Oconee grown fruits and vegetables at one of our 4 local farmers markets 35. Grab a bike and see Oconee County on 2 wheels 36. Cast a line and catch a bass on Lake Hartwell, Keowee and Jocassee


37. Pull on some waders and fly fish on the Chauga and Chattooga Rivers 38. Rent a pontoon and enjoy the day on Lakes Hartwell, Keowee and Jocassee 39. Play a round of disc golf 40. Hit the pavement for the Seneca Half Marathon 41. Hike the Chattooga Trail 42. Head to one of Oconee’s 4 State Parks for a picnic or swim 43. Pitch a tent or park your RV at one of Oconee’s 3 County Parks 44. Rent a kayak or learn to paddle board at South Cove County Park 45. Paddle around Lake Tugalo 46. Hit the links at any of our many golf courses 47. Saddle up and go horseback riding 48. Try local honey from one of our 100+ beekeepers…Sourwood honey is local specialty. 49. Build a campfire, tell ghost stories, and eat s’mores 50. Rent a vacation cabin for the weekend 51. Take a family picture on the suspension bridge at Chau Ram County Park 52. Find some hidden treasure on a geocache or letterbox outing 53. Pitch in for the Think Oconee/Keep Oconee Beautiful litter campaign 54. Enjoy spring break programs at South Cove County Park 55. Catch a trout on Lake Jocassee 56. Find an Oconee Kindness Rock and share on Facebook (Oconee Rocks) 57. Check out the fall foliage 58. Run a 5K 59. Feed the fish at the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery 60. Hike the East Fork trail from Fish Hatchery parking lot 61. Get your adrenaline pumping with a zipline canopy tour at Wildwater LLC 62. Enjoy fresh Oconee apples at one of our many U-pick orchards OR roadside markets 63. Take the kids for a family outing to “Go Fish” stocked catfish pond 64. Try your hand at Pickle Ball 65. Visit the South Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair and see how an old-fashioned fair should be 66. Try guided striper fishing on Lake Hartwell 67. Take a jump off the high dive at Oconee State Park 68. See the rare elusive Oconee Bell via the Oconee Bell trail at Devils Fork State Park 69. Attend a Farm-to-Table dinner 70. Watch a movie at the World of Energy Movie Night 71. Sport your Halloween costume at Boo by the Lake at South Cove Park 72. Cool off with a family tubing trip down the river (plan ahead and know your route/time needed) 73. Take in the panorama at the Oscar Wigington Scenic Overlook 74. Take a stroll down any of our cities’ charming main streets for shops and snacks.


Visit a museum or historic site and learn about our local area and what has made Oconee County so special for the last 150 years! 75. Oconee History Museum (Oconee Heritage Center) 76. Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum 77. General Store Museum 78. Museum of the Cherokee in South Carolina 79. Patriot’s Hall: Oconee Veterans Museum 80. Lunney House Museum 81. Oconee Station State Historic Site 82. World of Energy 83. Historic Old Pickens Church 84. Oconee State Park 85. Westminster Depot 86. Blue Ridge Field 87. St. John’s Lutheran Church 88. Old Saint John’s Meeting House 89. Bethel Presbyterian Church 90. Alexander Cannon Hill House 91. Retreat Rosenwald School 92. Russell Farmstead Site in Sumter National Forest 93. Historic Ballenger House 94. Foothills Farmstead 95. Tour a historic cemetery 96. Visit all of our historical markers

115. Take a walking tour of historic downtown Walhalla, Westminster, or Seneca 116. Share the beauty of Oconee and enter the “Keep Oconee Beautiful Association” Photo Contest


Oconee’s calendar is dotted with festivals and fun all year long. 117. Seneca Fest 4th of July 118. South Carolina Apple Festival - Westminster 119. Oktoberfest - Walhalla 120. July 4th Hillbilly Day – Mountain Rest 121. Labor Day Brew N Que – Seneca 122. South Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair – The F.A.R.M. Center in Seneca 123. Oconee Belle Fest at Devils Fork State Park 124. Mayfest Art of Living - Walhalla 125. Long Creek Music Festival 126. Fun in the Sun Festival-West Union 127. Cruzin on Main Classic Car Cruise Ins with the Big Show 128. Tamassee Brew Festival 129. Long Creek Fall Picnic/Music 130. Appalachian Homecomin - Salem 131. Issaqueena’s Last Ride Cycling Challenge 132. Home, Health and Life Expo - Seneca 133. INT Wakeboard/WakeSurf event-South Cove Park 134. Rally in the Valley cycling event - Walhalla 135. Mountains to Main Triathlon-South Cove Park 136. Old Keowee Contra Dance-South Cove County Park 137. Seneca Jeep Fest


Oconee’s history, heritage, and natural beauty has inspired many wonderful artists and musicians 97. Take a class or view an exhibition at the Blue Ridge Arts Center 98. Support the Full Moon Artists 99. Visit End of the Road Studios 100. Paint a picture at Walhalla Art Works 101. Visit Arts off the Alley for some unique souvenirs or gifts 102. Check out the unique kudzu crafts at Kudzu Kabin Designs 103. Grab a book or enjoy a program at one of our 4 public libraries 104. Catch a musical act or play at Walhalla Civic Auditorium 105. Relax at Seneca’s Jazz on the Alley 106. Support local musicians at the Westminster Music Centre 107. Immerse yourself in a comedy or drama at Oconee Community Theatre 108. Bring your lawn chair for Westminster’s Music on Main 109. Enjoy the pickin’ and grinnin’ at Long Creek’s Silver Dollar Music Hall 110. Spot the cats on historic Ram Cat Alley 111. Kick up your heels at the Oconee State Park Square Dance 112. Complete a Passport to Arts, Treasures and History from Oconee Arts & Historical Commission 113. Learn a new instrument at Oconee Heritage Center 114. Get in the Christmas spirit at one of Oconee’s Christmas parades


You gotta eat! Oconee has something for everyone… 138. Ice cream scoop at Ye Old Sandwich Shoppe, CC Fudge and More, or Sweet Retreat 139. Try the South Carolina State Snack, boiled peanuts, at Pelfrey’s (corner of Whetstone Road and Highway 28 north of Walhalla). 140. Get saucy and have some BBQ at Black’s BBQ, Brasstown BBQ, Heavenly Hog, Little Pigs BBQ, or the Spotted Pig 141. Order the fried chicken at Walhalla Steakhouse Cafeteria 142. Relax with a view of Rabun Bald from Belle’s Bistro at Chattooga Belle Farm 143. Savor a sandwich or salad at Presst or Blue Marble 144. Have a fancy date at Vangeli’s Bistro, Paesano’s, Cappone’s or the The Lighthouse 145. Meet some friends after work at Sole Sushi Bar & Grill or The Tiki Hut 146. Grab a burger at Time Drive-In, Bantam Chef, or Lucky Strike 147. Try something spicy at Taco Riendo, Puerto Nuevo, Three Amigos, or Los Amigos 148. Pick a meat and three at Kountry Kupboard or Mountain View 149. Enjoy a slice at Carolina Pizza, Humble Pie, or Joe’s New York Pizza Kitchen 150. Find your drinks at Solé, Brews on the Alley, Spot on the Alley or the Beer Station

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MARCH 15 – APRIL 8 MAMA MIA The tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The storytelling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.

MARCH 27-28, APRIL 3-4 (7 P.M.) CAPTURE NOW This is a unique coming of age story about two brothers from Long Island who learn from each other what it means to be cool, who they would die for and how rock ’n’ roll can uplift even the youngest of souls.

blunt-nosed, sharp-eyed look at love and tying (and untying and retying) the knot.


MARCH 9-11, 16-18 ANNE OF GREEN GABLES Join in the adventures of Anne Shirley as she travels from childhood to maturity in this heartwarming adaptation of the classic novel. Anne is an independent, redheaded, freckle-faced orphan who changes the lives and hearts of all who come to know her. Delight in Anne’s high-spirited antics as she narrowly escapes Mrs. Blewett’s clutches at the orphanage, whacks Gilbert over the head with her slate, saves little Minnie May from her deathbed and, when she has come of age, finally lets Gilbert into her life.

APRIL 20-22, 27-29 DRIVING MISS DAISY Daisy Werthan — a widowed, 72-year-old Jewish woman living in mid-century Atlanta — is deemed too old to drive. Her son hires Hoke Colburn, an African American man, to serve as her chauffeur. What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing, soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them.


MAY 10-26 RED HERRING Three love stories, a murder mystery and a nuclear espionage plot converge in this noir comedy about marriage and other explosive devices. It’s 1952: America’s on the verge of the H bomb, Dwight Eisenhower’s on the campaign trail, and I Love Lucy’s on Monday nights. Meanwhile, Senator Joe McCarthy’s daughter just got engaged to a Soviet spy, and Boston detective Maggie Pelletier has to find out who dumped the dead guy in the harbor or else lose out on a honeymoon in Havana. A

APRIL 20-22, 27-29 HALF AND HALF​ ​ alf and Half explores marriages past and H present. In the first act, set at a breakfast in 1970, the husband reads the newspaper and the homemaker wife fries the eggs. In act two, at a breakfast taking place on a morning in 2005, the career-minded wife reads the paper and the stay-at-home husband cooks the frittata. We get a comic look at how husbands and wives accept and reject their roles, and how their roles have changed. An

interesting parallel is created between the two generations, making for a very poignant comedy about marriage.


MARCH 9-11, 15-18, 22-25 RAGTIME Ragtime’s Tony award-winning music and lyrics chronicle the lives of three distinct groups in 20th Century America: African Americans, upper-class suburbanites and Eastern European immigrants. Many of the fictional characters’ stories weave in historical figures, including Harry Houdini, Henry Ford and Booker T. Washington, creating the fabric of America today.

APRIL 13-15, 19-22, 26-29 PERFECT WEDDING An uproarious comedy! Planning for the perfect wedding is never easy. It’s even harder when the groom can’t remember what happened at the bachelor party, there’s a stranger hiding in his bathroom and his bride is on her way to his room! Watch Bill and Rachel try to pull off their perfect wedding amidst chaos and fast-paced laughs. This farce will keep you laughing until the wedding bells chime!


APRIL 6-15 THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK The story takes us to the Nazi occupied Netherlands, where a straightforward Jewish girl is in hiding with her family. The story follows the day-to-day life, and sometimes the humorous escapades, of the Frank family in the attic where they lived in hiding for two years. Adapted from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Frances Goodrich and Albert Hacket have fashioned a wonderfully sensitive tender drama out of a real-life legacy left to us by the spirited Anne Frank. SPRING 2018 › 85

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MARCH 5-7, GUNTER THEATRE GO, DOG. GO! GDG brings the adventures of P.D. Eastman’s book to life in a frolicking musical dog party. The cast of this beloved preschool favorite has gone to the dogs — with cars, hats, audience participation, and even a wild game of ball as this hilarious visual spectacle manages to sneak in some important lessons about life between innings. Go, Dog. Go! is a musical romp full of surprises, color, clowning, vaudeville, singing/barking, and of course, six lovable dogs!

MARCH 13-18 THE COLOR PURPLE This 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival is hailed as “a direct hit to the heart.” A joyous American classic about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South, The Color Purple has conquered Broadway in an all-new “ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold.”

APRIL 28 – MAY 6, GUNTER THEATRE THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY Life is too normal for 10-year-old, Stanley Lambchop. He craves adventure and that’s just what he gets in this musical travelogue. Join Flat Stanley as he “hangs ten” off the coast of Hawaii and thwarts a robbery at the Louvre in Paris, France. This production is based on the beloved children’s book that has become a classroom sensation all over the world.

MAY 8-13 WAITRESS Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna — a waitress and expert pie maker, who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.


APRIL 16-22 THE DIVINERS Named “Best New Play” at the American College Theatre Festival in 1980, this play is the story of disturbed young Buddy Layman and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930s.


APRIL 13-15, 20-22 RAGGEDY ANNE AND ANDY Raggedy Ann, America’s most endearing folk doll, comes to life in this stage adaptation that captures the imagination and hearts of children of all ages. The story unfolds in a special playroom where wonderful, magical events transpire. A newcomer has arrived in the playroom, a fancy French doll named Babette. But that very evening, a certain prince, Leonard-the-Looney-Hearted, comes riding by on his hobbyhorse and whisks her away to Looney-land. Raggedy Ann knows what she must do! She and Andy climb out the window into the “deep, deep woods” to rescue Babette.

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Bluegrass/Country Saturday, March 10 • 7:30 p.m. Award-winning Jamie Dailey & Darrin Vincent backed by one of the best bands are elite entertainers in American Music, Bluegrass, Gospel and Traditional Country.

7 BRIDGES BAND: An Eagles Tribute

Saturday, March 17 • 7:30 p.m. 7 Bridges faithfully re-creates the experience of an Eagles concert from the band’s most prolific period. The show features one brilliant single after another with some surprises sprinkled in.


Bluegrass/Gospel Saturday, April 14 • 7:30 p.m. An awarded, accomplished AmericanaRoots group based in the Mountains of North Carolina. Mountain Faith Band’s humility, kindness & love shows through every performance.


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Westminster Music Centre hosts gospel/bluegrass group Tugalo Holler; 7 p.m.; visit: for information.


Asheville Train Show in the Expo Building at the Western NC Agriculture Center; door prizes, Thomas the Tank Engine for kids, snack bar, over 180 vendors and repair advice and testing will be available; noon to 7 p.m. on Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.


Grab your passport and let a Clemson Area Transit bus take you to four different venues in Clemson for an evening of live music, spirits, food and art. The ARTS Center partners each year with the Center for Visual Arts, Lee Gallery at Clemson University, to bring you Passport to the Arts. Call 864.633.5051.

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Walhalla Civic Auditorium hosts the beach music of The Swingin’ Medallions; 7:30 p.m.; tickets and info:


Gina Chavez, an acclaimed bilingual Latin-folk singer/songwriter from Austin, Texas will perform at the Brooks Center, Clemson University; 7:30 p.m.; tickets and info:

When talented dental professionals use their expertise to help the underserved in our community in need of dental care, that’s something to smile about.


Westminster Music Centre hosts folk rock group Danika & The Jeb; 7 p.m.; visit: for information.

For people who don’t have insurance, too often the alternative is neglect of oral health care that results in visits to the emergency department, where patients receive little more than temporary relief for the unbearable pain of decay, abscesses and infection.


Walhalla Civic Auditorium hosts the bluegrass and country sounds of Dailey & Vincent; 7:30 p.m.; tickets and info:


That’s why we’re here. AccessHealth Community Dental Clinic is the only free dental clinic in Oconee County— and the first to be located inside a hospital in South Carolina—serving uninsured adults who can’t access dental care through their own resources. We treat the source of the problem, extracting hopeless teeth and restoring oral health through hygiene and education.

Brooks Center for Performing Arts at Clemson University presents the CU Symphonic Band with “Give Us This Day” headlines, an epic evening of contemporary wind and percussion music; 7:30 p.m.; tickets and info: www.


Brooks Center for Performing Arts at Clemson University presents the Hermitage Piano Trio performing Rachmaninoff’s Trio No. 1 in G minor, Arensky’s Trio in D minor, Op. 32, and Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, Op. 37a; 7:30 p.m.; tickets and info:

Thanks to Clinic Coordinator Kimberly Harmon, RDH; Charles Garabadian, DDS; William Gustafson, DDS; Teddy Martin, DMD; Ruth Phillips, DDS; Erik Sprogis, DDS; Leslie Sprogis, DDS, Layton Mainous, RDH, and the other dental health professionals who regularly help those in need keep smiling.

MARCH 15-18

The Anderson Senior Follies in the Henderson Auditorium at Anderson University. “For the Record” features songs of ’50s, gospel and American songwriters. Show times 7:30 p.m. on March 15 & 16; 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on March 17; 2:30 p.m. on March 18. Call Anderson University Box Office 864.231.2080 for tickets. For information:

If you are a dentist, oral surgeon, hygienist or assistant who would like to join our corps of volunteers, please call the Community Dental Clinic with Mountain Lakes AccessHealth at (864) 885-7550.


Blue Ridge Arts Center, 111 East South 2nd St., Seneca, hosts second national juried photography show. Opening reception March 16, 5:30 p.m.; food and refreshments; gallery hours Wednesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; for information, call 864.710.6593.




Bellfest at Devils Fork State Park; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; until noon, Upstate master naturalists will escort groups along the trail, where part of an interpretive story about the Oconee Bells and local history will be told at 10 different stations; people are also welcome to hike the trail on their own; other activities

calendar of events include music, food, exhibits, local vendors, silent auction, local authors, cloggers. Nominal admission; for info:

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Seneca’s 7th Half Marathon and 5K event. Walk up registration will be at Shaver Recreation Complex, 698 W. S. 4th Street, starting at 6:30 a.m.; 5K starts at 8 a.m. with half marathon at 8:15 a.m.; live music, beer and light food after the event. Walhalla Civic Auditorium hosts 7 Bridges and their fabulous tribute to The Eagles; 7:30 p.m.; tickets and info: Kids Fest at Hagood Mill; young and old will enjoy hands-on activities that merge with demonstrations and craftsmen to provide a rich experience; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; free admission, $5 parking; 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens.


School District of Oconee County Student Art Show at The World of Energy, 7812 Rochester Highway, Seneca; for information: upcoming-events


Westminster Music Centre hosts an evening with singer/songwriter John McCutcheon; 7 p.m.; for info:


Festival of Eggs — display and voting contest — at The World of Energy, 7812 Rochester Highway, Seneca; for information: upcoming-events

MARCH 20 – MAY 24

Biltmore Blooms: The estate gardens, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, come to life with immense floral displays featuring thousands and thousands of tulips. Biltmore’s restaurants will feature special seasonal menu items, with the Winery offering specialty tours.


Brooks Center for Performing Arts at Clemson University presents the Houston Ballet II performing a diverse range of dance works such as excerpts from the great classics like The Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia to works by notable choreographers; 7:30 p.m.; tickets and info: www.


Spring Celebration with egg hunt and other

activities, 10 a.m. to noon at The World of Energy, 7812 Rochester Highway, Seneca. 3rd Annual Mountain Motor Show in the Expo Building of the Western NC Agricultural Center; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. view the region’s most impressive display of classics, customs, hot rods, tuners, imports, 4x4s, trucks and motorcycles. Show your ride and win cash prizes for best in each category and People’s Choice.



The Easter Rabbit makes his annual appearance on Biltmore’s Front Lawn on Easter Sunday. The grand Easter Egg Hunts are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Children 9 and younger attend for free when accompanied by an estate pass holder or ticketed adult. 


Brooks Center for Performing Arts at Clemson University presents the CU Jazz Ensemble with an evening of eclectic music, including classic big band swing favorites, Latin jazz, funk, fusion and modern jazz works; 7:30 p.m.; tickets and info: events


variety of ensembles perform at the 19th annual “POPS” concert, benefitting the department’s scholarship fund; 5 p.m.; tickets and info, visit: events.


Brooks Center for Performing Arts at Clemson University presents The CU Men’s and Women’s Choirs in an a cappella and accompanied performance from several style periods; 7:30 p.m.; tickets and info, visit:


Brooks Center for Performing Arts at Clemson University presents the Swiss-based theater troupe Mummenschanz, which has dazzled audiences worldwide for more than 45 years through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects; 7 p.m.; tickets and info, visit: events.


Walhalla Civic Auditorium hosts the bluegrass and gospel music of the Mountain Faith Band; 7:30 p.m.; tickets and info, visit: www.

Music on Main, free downtown concert in Westminster; 6 p.m.


Brooks Center for Performing Arts at Clemson University presents Tigerroar Live, an annual spring concert showcasing unique arrangements of current popular music across genres, including “Top 40,” classic rock, alternative and hiphop. No instruments, just voices. The show is a cappella; 7:30 p.m.; tickets and info: www.

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Brooks Center for Performing Arts at Clemson University presents the CU Symphonic Band and CU Concert Band; 7:30 p.m.; tickets and info, visit: events.


Brooks Center for Performing Arts at Clemson University presents the CU Singers & Cantorei, CU’s premiere choral ensemble with a program of a cappella and accompanied music from various style periods; 7:30 p.m.; tickets and info, visit: events.

APRIL 20-21

Each April, the Azaleas bloom, artisans and crafters come out, and the community joins together to celebrate spring in the city of Pickens; national, regional and local musical artists, local arts and craft vendors, exciting and varied food trucks, a children’s ride area and free children’s creation area, the largest cruise-in in the area are all part of the annual Azalea Festival. The Pickens Women’s Association 5K is held in conjunction with the festival, and history buffs will enjoy self-guided tours through historic Pickens or can hop a shuttle for a short drive to the many historic places in and around Pickens County; for more information, visit: pickensazaleafestival. com/#history


Greater Clemson Music Festival concludes at Hagood Mill, 138 Hagood Road, Pickens; event will also recognize and celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Pickens County and the role the mill site played; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; free admission, $5 parking fee.


tribute to Frankie Valli featuring the talents of Let’s Hang On; 7:30 p.m.; tickets and info, visit: Central Railroad Festival: Visit downtown Central and enjoy trains, trains, and more trains as the annual Central Railroad Festival is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Food, craft vendors, kid’s games and activities, Jack Roper’s Magic Show, music, and more free activities; visit:


World of Energy, 7812 Rochester Highway, Seneca, hosts a Public Forum featuring Dr. John Coggeshall, who will discuss historic “Liberia: A community of freed black slaves in northern Pickens County;” 3 p.m.; this event is part of a yearlong series celebrating the 150th anniversaries of Oconee and Pickens counties.



2018 Blue Ridge Festival, the premier charity event in Upstate South Carolina combines great entertainment and a classic car cruise-in along with good food; 734 West Main St., Pickens; for information on entertainment lineup and tickets, visit: Music on Main, free downtown concert in Westminster; 6 p.m.



The Lunney House Museum, 211 W. South 1st St., Seneca, is open Thursday thru Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; admission by donation.

The Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum, 208 W. South 2nd St., Seneca, is open Thursday thru Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; admission by donation.

MAY 12

Historic Ballenger House tours and rentals; Seneca Woman’s Club preserves this historic home, 212 E. South 3rd St. Call Debbie, 864.324.8417 or Ruth, 864.882.7162. Visit

Blue Ridge Arts Center, 111 East South 2nd St., Seneca, will host a Garden Party Invitational Show; Opening reception May 18, 5:30 p.m. with food and refreshments; gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday, 1-4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; for information, call 864.710.6593.


MAY 22 Super Tuesday at the World of Energy, 7812 Rochester Highway, Seneca, featuring Wade Fairey of Roots and Recall; 10 a.m.; this event is part of a year-long series celebrating the 150th anniversaries of Oconee and Pickens counties.

Celebrate Earth Day at the World of Energy, 7812 Rochester Highway, Seneca, with a free event in partnership with Keep Oconee Beautiful Association; 10 a.m.–1 p.m.


Walhalla Civic Auditorium hosts a inspiring

Issaqueena Festival in downtown Six Mile features food, arts, and crafts vendors and free entertainment for adults and children.

Walhalla Civic Auditorium hosts the gospel and country sounds of Guy Penrod; 7:30 p.m.; tickets and info, visit:

Brooks Center for Performing Arts at Clemson University presents the CU Symphony Orchestra with a “buffet symphony” of favorite movements by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and more; 7:30 p.m.; tickets and info, visit:


Enjoy the “growing up” songs of your youth as The Sock Hops bring back the music of the 50s, 60s and 70s at Walhalla Civic Auditorium; 7:30 p.m.; tickets and info, visit: www.walhallacivic. com

Westminster Music Centre hosts open mic night every second Wednesday of the month. There is no cost, obligation or ego here. Bring your instrument and your tunes for 20 minutes of fun. Limited refreshments available.


Walhalla Civic Auditorium brings back one of its most popular groups of all time, The Return, and a tribute to The Beatles unlike any you have seen; 7:30 p.m.; tickets and info, visit: www.

Brooks Center for Performing Arts at Clemson University presents the CU Percussion Ensemble & CU Steel Band. The percussion ensemble features contemporary drumming and percussion from around the world. The steel band performs soca and calypso tunes, as well as classical, pop, and Latin arrangements; 7:30 p.m.; tickets and info, visit: brooks/events.

Hagood Mill, 138 Hagood Road, Pickens; bringing together farmers, gardeners, demonstrators, vendors and teachers to share new and ‘old’ practices and products that promote healthful living while retaining age-old skill sets for current and future generations; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; admission is free, $5 parking fee.


MAY 19

Oconee Relay for Life features opening ceremony, survivor/caregiver walk, luminaria ceremony and closing ceremony all on the grounds of Oconee Memorial Hospital; 3-10 p.m. Homesteading and heirloom seed swap at

Hagood Mill, 138 Hagood Mill Road, has monthly “First Saturday” house concerts in the Visitors Building from noon – 2 p.m. and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to tour the grounds and pick up “mill products.” Guided tours available by appointment. The site is available every day during daylight hours to picnic or walk the nature trail. For information contact Hagood Mill at 864.898.2936 or Pickens County Museum at 864.898.5963. Silver Dollar Music Hall in Westminster, SC, features open mic each Friday at 7 p.m. with regular pickers performing at 8 p.m.

The New South The Lunney House Museum Architecture & Exhibit “Speaking in One Historic Voice”

A 1909 American Queen Anne style bungalow, carriage house and “two seater outhouse.” Former residence of Dr. W. J. & Lilian Mason Lunney Architect: Charles Christian Hook The arts & crafts interior features: • Art glass windows • Original chandeliers • Long leaf pine woodwork and quarter sawn oak mantel • English fireplace tiles • Flat panel wainscot with burlap inserts • 1866 Chickering & Sons “cocked hat” parlor grand piano

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or the angler who plans on using live bait, a bait tank is another piece of critically important equipment. Most sport fish prey heavily on forage species such as shad and herring. The problem for live-bait anglers is that these baits are delicate by nature and don’t last long in a minnow bucket. Owning and maintaining a large capacity bait tank means you’ll have plenty of healthy bait on hand at the dock or even to carry with you in the boat. Ideally your bait tank should be equipped with a filtration system designed to remove dead organic matter, keeping water clear and the odor down. It will also remove ammonia, a chemical that causes stress and kills bait. The system should have a scale screen to remove scales and other debris, and ideally the tank should be arranged to allow easy access to the filters and screens to facilitate cleaning and changing them. Water circulation via a pump is needed to keep water flowing at the proper speed based on the size of tank. Water that flows too fast will wear down and possibly injure bait. Try for a steady, gentle, circular flow. Aeration systems that will pull air from outside the system and disperse it in the tank via an airstone or venturi are available on some bait tanks. These provide a fine mist of bubbles that helps oxygenate the tank. Other systems introduce oxygen from a refillable oxygen tank. These oxygen injection systems can literally double the carrying capacity of bait tanks, but there is some controversy over storing and handling oxygen tanks, which some consider a fire hazard. Temperature control is important for keeping and storing bait. Cooler water temps hold more oxygen and thus keep baits lively. Ice is often used to keep bait tank water cool, but it is recommended to freeze containers filled with lake or untreated well water instead of using bagged ice. This keeps


unknown impurities such as chlorine and heavy metals out of the tank water when the ice melts. Don’t use a lot at one time to avoid drastically changing your water temperature. Rapid changes in temperature will cause bait to go into shock and eventually die. Also, moving bait from 70-degree tank water into 90-degree lake water poses temperature shock problems. It is best to keep the bait water within 10 degrees of the ambient water temperature to reduce this risk. Temperature control is more of a consideration during hot weather than at other times of the year. Non-iodized salt can be mixed into your tank to help condition water before adding bait. This will help harden scales and rejuvenate the bait’s slime coat. The recommended dosage is one half-cup of noniodized salt for every 10 gallons of water. For hardier commercial bait such as shiners, the recommended dosage is one-quarter cup of non-iodized salt for every 20 gallons of water.

Proper care and maintenance of a large capacity bait tank will guarantee you an ample supply of healthy live bait for long periods of time.. [photo by Phillip Gentry]

Water softener salt and rock salt (ice cream salt) are readily available sources of noniodized salt. Frequent cleaning and care of your bait tank will ensure bait health and survival. Baking soda and a plastic dish cleaning brush can be used to remove grime from inside the tank. Baking soda will leave no chemical residue that could upset your water balance during its next use. Rinse the tank thoroughly with water after cleaning and allow the tank to air dry.

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Waterfront safety


t’s been a couple of years since I have written about waterfront safety. Since we continue to have a steady stream of new lake residents, I thought it would make sense to offer an update on this important topic. Here are a few thoughts I hope will keep your family safe around your waterfront. LIFEJACKETS A lifejacket (or Personal Flotation Device) is the single most important piece of equipment on your boat, and the most important consideration should be size. More than twothirds of all boating fatalities are drowning incidents, and 90 percent of drowning victims are not wearing a lifejacket. A throwable device, such as a life ring, is also a good idea to have on or near your boat dock to protect swimmers. FRIENDS AND FAMILY As you may have discovered, one of the most active times for using your waterfront is when you have family or guests visiting. Your guests may not be familiar with boating, swimming or just being around the water. Keep this is mind as you operate your boat or other equipment around your dock. A little supervision and guidelines for children can go a long way in keeping everyone safe. DIVING AND SWIMMING Jumping into the water from a boat dock is fun and a natural part of life on the lake. The thing to watch out for is the fluctuation of lake levels. What was once a safe depth of water could change overnight and become a shallow water diving hazard. Dark or murky water can also obstruct the view of underwater objects like rocks or stumps. This is of particular concern when jumping from high levels such as the top of a sundeck dock or any elevated platform. The slip of a boat dock really should not be considered a swimming area. A large percentage of boat docks have some type of boat lift in the slip or underwater bracing. If the boat is out of the slip and the boat lift is in the down position, an unfamiliar person, especially a child, might find it tempting to jump in. A boatlift is a mechanical device with steel components that could easily cause serious injury to a swimmer. Basically, anywhere under a dock is not a suitable place to hang around while swimming. Some water animals, such as beavers, otters, 96 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING


muskrats or snakes, can make the top of the floats or dock frames their home or resting place. This is not the best place to be eye-to-eye with one of them. HYDRAULIC, PNEUMATIC AND RETRACTABLE DEVICES This would include any device that extends or retracts, such as boatlifts, Jet Ski lifts, folding benches, retractable stairs, swim ladders, etc. Any of these could have the potential to produce serious pinch points and other possible dangers. The main objective is to never allow anyone to operate these devices that is not familiar with them or trained in their operation. Also, never allow anyone to ride a retractable device up or down from the water; keep everyone clear when operating. BOAT DOCK ANCHORING SYSTEMS Floating boat docks are always anchored in some way to keep them in place. These anchoring systems can be a tangled obstacle to swimmers. The most common method of anchoring is with steel cables from the boat dock to the shoreline. Swimmers should not grab these cables as they can become rusty and frayed over time and produce sharp wire cuts. There are also underwater systems that are typically made up of cables, ropes and concrete anchors. Always make certain swimmers are aware of the location of these systems and stay clear of them. It is possible to become caught or tangled with anything underwater. HOT AND SLIPPERY DECKING Any decking material can become very hot in the summer. An unsuspecting person could burn their feet. A quick douse with a bucket of lake water or a garden hose can help cool things off while in use. Hardwood and composite decking can also become very slippery when it is wet. This is especially true on access ramps that are usually on an angle leading to your dock. BOATING The purpose of this article is not to talk about boating safety but rather waterfront safety. Although, I do think it is worth mentioning that when boating, it is not legal to sit on the side of the boat (gunwale) while in operation. This is not only a safety concern due to the danger of someone falling overboard while the boat is in motion, but it is also the quickest way to be stopped by any lake law enforcement division.

DOCKING YOUR BOAT It is a natural for people to want to help while docking a boat into a slip. It is best to instruct everyone to keep their hands inside the boat. The momentum of a boat, especially in rough water, can be very powerful and cause injury to hands or arms if caught between the boat and the dock. This also holds true for getting fingers or hands caught in the loop of a line while under strain. If you are new to boating or would just like a refresher, take time to study some of the boating safety courses available. Here are two online links: html or CLIMBING ON RIPRAP It can be tempting, but riprap (erosion control made up of graded rock or other types of stones) should not be walked or climbed on. These structures are designed to inhibit erosion but can slide or tumble if walked on. Also, there are creatures, such as snakes, rodents, etc., that like to make their home in these rocks. ELECTRICAL LINES Many boat docks have some type of electrical wiring. If any wiring that runs on or around a dock is exposed, it can tempt swimmers to grab and hang for a quick rest. Keep people clear of these wires and contact an electrician to have them inspected and concealed, if possible. Electrical shock around the water is a serious issue. I have included a link below to an article written by Clark Howard entitled “What Every Parent Needs to Know about Electrical Shock and Drowning:” There are several devices that can detect electrical current around docks. A little awareness, supervision and education will help make sure that a good day on the water stays that way. I wish you all fun and safe times on the lake.

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Check the Forecast Before Hitting the Lake The biggest weather-related dangers for local boaters and swimmers are strong winds, lightning, and heat-related illnesses. Always let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.

Strong Winds

Strong winds create large waves and make waters choppy. Boaters and swimmers must be aware that wind and wave conditions on area lakes can change rapidly and often vary greatly from place to place.


When Thunderstorms are expected, it is best to avoid large stretches of open water, as wind can pick up quickly. If you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Be aware of the weather and be prepared to take shelter.

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ear the banks of Lake Rabun in the North Georgia Mountains, Falls Creek cascades into a beautiful forest, forming one of the area’s most popular waterfalls. Minnehaha Falls spills over a cliff, flowing down 120 feet over sharply angled terraces before continuing downstream to the Lake Rabun shore. The trail is exceptionally short and easy, but it’s well worth a visit on a warm spring or summer afternoon. The hike departs the trailhead located off the unpaved Bear Gap Road near Lakemont, Ga. The hike ascends a wooden staircase and continues on a well-worn trail beside Falls Creek. Rhododendrons cover the landscape and the waterfall quickly becomes audible, thundering down into the creek valley.


The hike reaches Minnehaha Falls at just less than .2 mile, entering a clearing below the waterfall. Several enormous, scattered boulders dot the landscape below the falls. The crest of the waterfall towers overhead. DIRECTIONS Take US 76 to Clayton, Ga.; turn left (south) on US 23/441 for 3 mile to the Rabun Beach Recreation Area, and turn left on Old 441. Go 2.5 miles and turn left on Lake Rabun Road. Go 1 mile past the Recreation Area and turn left on Low Gap Road. (Look for the Flat Creek Community sign.) Follow Bear Gap Road, which forks to the left, 1.5 miles to trail on right side of road.

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