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6 Family plays prominent role in town’s revival 12 The many faces of Charlotte 16 Former mill town is artistic haven 22 Get your speed on! 28 Bring the kids, grandkids for a great time 32 Tour helps sort out epicurean overload 36 Great golf and so much more 42 You’re invited to Vince’s for dinner 48 Solé: A tasty dining experience 50 Fishing: Clemson’s other big cats 52 Your Waterfront: Times, they are a-changin’ 54 Theatre: Summer stock has plenty to offer 57 Calendar: Summer sizzles with fun things to do Dear Readers, Is there a more beautiful place on the planet than Upstate South Carolina in the late spring and early summer? I don’t think so. Whether you are on your deck enjoying a cool June morning, or escaping the August heat beneath a giant ceiling fan, we hope you enjoy this edition of Upstate Lake Living. We kick things off with a great place to visit right here in our own backyard … historic downtown Pendleton. There’s a renaissance going on there, and we hope you enjoy our story about a family that has been at the heart of that effort. Then, in case you want to go north in search of cooler air, we’ve put together a package of stories on Charlotte, NC, a city where new and old blend seamlessly in an eclectic array of neighborhoods and lifestyles. Whether you want to walk or bike the greenway or take the wheel of a Ferrari at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte is your kind of place. You can find fine art in the Bank of America Center, where folks walk at a whirlwind pace, or, if your art tastes are simpler, try strolling through the boutique art galleries in the colorful NoDa neighborhood north of the city center. Speaking of tastes, did you know that Uptown Charlotte has more than 1,500 eateries? To help sort it all 4 • UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

out, we suggest a culinary tour with Kristi Martin. Kids and grandkids are welcome in Charlotte, and we’ve featured plenty for them to do. Bill Bauer, of course, has found a great golf destination in the region, and there are plenty of other links to Charlotte fun in this edition. Whether for a long weekend, a mid-week getaway or just a fun day away (You can be up and back in under six hours.), consider a visit to the Queen City. That said, I need your help. I need the names and phone numbers of lakefront homeowners who might consider having their home featured in our magazine. Or, maybe you would let us feature your home. I know great houses are out there, and our readers love it when folks share the houses they call “home.” Also, believe it or not, we’re just a summer and fall away from our winter edition and, this year, we want to do stories about family holiday traditions. Whether it’s a special meal, wonderful decorations, a special church event or your family’s ethnic traditions, please consider sharing with us so we can share with your neighbors. Give me a call at (864) 985-2446 or email me at I look forward to hearing from you. Until next time, have a wonderful Upstate summer. Brett McLaughlin, Editor

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he rising of the sun was still hours away. The historic square was dark and quiet. Even the mockingbirds had yet to begin their morning ritual, sprinting from spot to spot, their phenomenal auditory senses leading them to breakfast in the rich soil beneath the azaleas. But, in the back of The Village Baker, Ron Rizzo was wide-awake and hard at work, filling ovens with breads and breakfast treats. Hungry patrons would be clamoring for the fruits of his labors when the doors swung open in just a few short hours. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8


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Pendleton’s town square, seen here from the second floor of historic Farmers’ Hall during Spring Jubilee, is the focal point of many events and the focus of new efforts by public and private sector interests to improve the retail area and draw more visitors to the community. Photo courtesy of the Pendleton District Commission


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It was the tasty baked goods and the success the Rizzo family had with their bakery that eventually led them to open both a café and 1826 On The Green in historic Farmers’ Hall.

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Before the family’s recent sales of the bakery and café, Barb Rizzo had also began her week at the bakery, but her attention also had to be focused on securing the last of the fresh produce and groceries needed to satisfy the regulars who visited the bakery’s adjacent Village Café for lunch. She also had to make sure everything was in order at 1826 On The Green, the family’s restaurant located across the street. A small birthday group was scheduled to arrive just before noon. The sun was just beginning its ascent; it looked like the weather would hold for an outdoor luncheon. A couple of professors, a few students and a handful of passing 8 • UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

tourists were typically expected for lunch. A good warm-up for what would hopefully be a decent dinner crowd at the historic Farmers’ Hall eatery.


It is around this schedule that the Rizzo family built success, not only for themselves, but also for the town they love and adore. From breads, brownies and baguettes-to-die-for, to homemade soups and luncheon salads, to bacon and beef sliders and tenderloin steaks, the Rizzo family spent the better part of the past five years providing provisions and nourishment to discerning diners from Pendleton to Atlanta, Charlotte and Columbia. And while that has meant success for Barbara and Peter Rizzo, it has meant just as much to the Pendleton community, a historic place where the costs of preserving the past are significant and onerous amid the economic demands of the present. Anyone who is invested in the success of Pendleton will acknowledge that the sustenance provided a community by the existence of successful restaurants is a key

to the community’s growth. The Rizzos, who opened the bakery in 2008, weathered a 30-month recession, and recently sold two-thirds of their business in much better shape than they received it, willingly acknowledge the role their risk played in keeping downtown Pendleton vibrant. However, they say others have also contributed to a resurgence of the retail district. Two years ago, earnest discussions began about updating the town center. Thanks to an Our Town grant, those plans are closer to becoming a reality. The Rizzos are fully on board. “Traffic has gone up, for us and for other retailers,” Barb said. “If you give people something worthwhile coming to, they will come.” Peter and Barbara moved to Pendleton when she began her master’s degree studies in industrial psychology at Clemson University. Her husband, a baker from the age of 13, was retired but quickly became bored. He began baking and selling goods at local farmers markets, but the itch to open his own bakery was too great. It wasn’t long after they opened the bakery they were both working full-time. “The little bakery got a LOT bigger,” Barbara said with a smile. “People were

knocking on our door before we opened in the morning.” Ron moved east and joined them in 2009. Peter eventually “retired the rolling pin” again, and his son took over primary baking duties. The coffee shop next door became available in 2009. Barbara had begun serving pizzas and calzones out of the bakery, but it simply wasn’t large enough. After buying the coffee shop they quickly added table service and an expanded menu. Success, they found, breeds success. “Successful people kept coming to us, and we were approached by the owners of 1826. We had been wanting to do fine dining and it was the perfect fit — small and easily manageable (36 seats inside and 24 on the patio),” she said. Just as she had done at cafe, Barbara tweaked the 1826 menu on the fly, adding and deleting menu items as she watched what sold and what didn’t. She concluded that less expensive entrees were needed so she added selections like beef and bacon sliders and other choices that would appeal to what proved to be an ever-changing clientele. “The customers have changed,” she said. “At first, it was mostly retirees and special occasions, but we have a bigger range now. We get university students on dates, professors and young couples. They can even come with their children.” Pendleton’s history and the charm of its village green have long been known across the state, and efforts to build a tourism trade have been gradually successful. Of late, those efforts have also seen greater success. “The tide is coming up,” Barbara said, noting that during the depths of the recession half of the retails stores on the square were closed. Today, there is nary an empty storefront. “Pendleton has been good to us and we love Pendleton,”

Pendleton offers visitors a variety of historic opportunities and events. The Pendleton District Commission offers the Histo ric Pendleton Walking Tour. Numerous buildings and sites featured on this tour highlight Historic Pendleton , which dates to April 8, 1790. The entire town, along with an area extending into Pickens County, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors may pick up Historic Pendleton Walking Tour brochures at the Visitor’s Center. Step-on guides and custom tours are available by appointment by calling (800 ) 862-1795.

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“Pendleton has been good to us and we love Pendleton,” Barb Rizzo says. The busy entrepreneur hopes that her family’s success will contribute to Pendleton’s efforts to renovate its downtown square of which Farmers’ Hall is the centerpiece.

she said. “It has been the most welcoming and helpful place we have ever lived. And, I think we have helped keep it viable. We’ve drawn people here from a larger area. We are a destination place and while people are here, they browse the



square and stop in at the other shops.” She is hopeful that the efforts of Pendleton Pride In Motion, Clemson University students and officials and the Our Town grant will mean even brighter days ahead. “I hope they will improve the pathways on the green and zmake the entire square more cohesive,” she said, referring to efforts to pull businesses along Mechanic and East Queen streets more into the mix of the square. “It’s a beautiful little town and has so much to offer.” n 1826 On The Green is open Thursday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and Thursday though Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. for dinner.

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n dozens of wonderful ways, Charlotte, NC is a city of multiple personalities. So wonderful, in fact, that no matter what your interests, the city begs to be visited … whether for a day, a long weekend or a week. Beginning with its historical nicknames, the almost-contradictory nature of Charlotte is evident. The Queen City label has its roots in royalty, eloquently honoring the wife of King George II, who ruled the colonies. Then there is The Hornet’s Nest, a proud, patriotic title derived from Lord Cornwallis’ description of the city after hostile residents drove the British general out of town. Today, the contrasts go far beyond nicknames and are pleasantly visible as one traverses a city that delineates its diversity by neighborhoods, of which there are at least 16 by most counts. Trade and Tryon streets create the core of Uptown. Here a myriad of skyscrapers provides headquarters to a fleet of financial institutions including Bank of America and the East Coast operations of Wells Fargo. Just a short walk away, however, is the historic 4th Ward neighborhood, where a leisurely stroll down narrow streets allows one to capture the essence of life in Charlotte’s most prosperous part of


town in the Victorian era. The city seems to relish its contradictory nature and encourages it as well with an eclectic array of events and attractions. For instance, the lobby of the 60-story Bank of America tower boasts a work by artist Ben Long. One of the largest secular frescoes in the world, the three-panel painting represents themes of making/ building, chaos/creativity and planning/knowledge. A few blocks away, another Long fresco depicts the scene of The Good Samaritan, a work that attracts countless visitors to the First Presbyterian Church, where Stonewall Jackson’s wife worshipped and where there is an appropriately curious mix of Tiffany stained glass, massive gas chandeliers and a one-time steam pipe organ. Discovery Place is a colorful pavilion near the city center. Here, the world of science is brought to life through interactive exhibits and a larger-thanlife IMAX theater. But, within a stone’s throw is the quaint Alexander Michael’s restaurant — an old-fashioned neighborhood tavern in what used to be a general store, paint store and one-time laundromat. The Hearst Tower, directly across from BoA, boasts brass railings designed by Edgar Brandt that were rescued from an Au Bon Marche department

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Charlotte’s diversity makes it a ‘must visit’ destination the epicurean tapestry of the city by simply crossing the city’s invisible neighborhood lines. Uptown you can dine at any number of nationally-known venues, including Emeril Live, McCormick & Schmick’s and Ruth’s Cris Steakhouse. There’s fine food downtown as well, but you can also get a spiked milkshake and gourmet burger at Cowbells or a traditional meat-and-three plate at The King’s Kitchen where lunch gives way to Bible study and the “Sundays” are for services, not eating. The McNinch House in the 4th Ward serves by reservation only but if you want to dine where two presidents stayed and the first mayor lived, you’re pretty much guaranteed a great meal.

store in Paris. In front of the plaza is a glass and bronze sculpture crafted by Howard Ben Tre entitled the Castellan, which translates to “keeper of the castle,” and, within the lobby is the Bank of America Gallery, which contains priceless artwork. On the other hand, 30 blocks north is the NoDa, a revitalized mill town neighborhood that now houses dozens of quaint galleries and shops, live music and theater venues and is a “must” on the list of almost any Charlotte visitor. The city may have approved razing the original Belk Department Store, built in 1908, to build the BoA tower, but city fa-

Freedom Park, a 98-acre retreat located between the city’s historic Dilworth and Myers Park neighborhoods, annually attracts over one million visitors. In addition to recreational opportunities, the park hosts free films and musical performances throughout the summer, and every September it hosts a five-day Festival in the Park. This photo shows part of the 7-acre lake inside the park.

thers also saw fit to help restore history and vanquish urban decay by approving funds to move a bootlegger’s house and several other vintage homes into the 4th Ward, creating a charming place to spend a summer afternoon. In that same way one can get a sense of

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And, if you’re hungry and adventuresome, you might want to catch the light rail — or take a horse and carriage from the corner of Trade and Tryon — to the South End. Fun to visit any day of the week, this self-described “quirky and cool” neighborhood is best discovered on “Food Truck Friday.” More than 60 food trucks operate in Charlotte, offering everything from cupcakes to fajitas to grilled cheese. More than a dozen gather for the weekly Food Truck Friday in South End, attracting upwards of 3,000 people.

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If you go to Charlotte on the weekend, chances are good you will find a festival. The city celebrates in a variety of ways from Uptown’s Taste of Charlotte (June 6-8), to the International Collectibles and Antiques Show (July 3-6), to the Queen City Bike Show (Aug. 29-31). Many of the city’s biggest events are hosted in Freedom Park, a 98-acre retreat located between the city’s historic Dilworth and Myers Park neighborhoods. The park is centered on a 7-acre lake about three miles from downtown. The park has paved trails, tennis/volleyball courts, sport/athletic fields and playground 14 • UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

There are many ways to see the city, but among those increasing in popularity are Segway tours. A variety of tours through the many neighborhoods of the city are available. Visitors will also find transportation opportunities ranging from a popular public bicycle system to a light rail line and trolley system.

equipment. One can walk into the cab of an actual steam engine. Free films and musical performances in the park pavilion are featured throughout the summer, and every September the park hosts the five-day Festival in the Park, which annually attracts over 100,000 visitors. Every year, over one million people make their way to Freedom Park. Another popular attraction tucked away in the Myers Park Neighborhood is the Duke Mansion. Many visitors don’t realize that the 1916-built home of James Buchanan Duke is now a working hotel. Originally 8,000-square feet, it was enlarged to 32,000-square feet and is a very nice place to stay or simply take a boxed lunch on a summer afternoon. (A side note is that one of the city’s many Segway tours begins at the mansion. For more information, visit: Of course, no discussion of Charlotte is complete without sports talk. The city stakes its claim to being the home of NASCAR, and a visit to that Hall of Fame is almost mandatory. However, there are plenty of other sporting opportunities, including the Charlotte Knights who are enjoying their first year in BB&T Ballpark, a visitorfriendly ballpark just blocks from many downtown hotels. From your hotel downtown, it’s just a short ride to the U.S. National Whitewater Center,

If you choose to stay in downtown Charlotte and want to avoid the turnstile that is valet parking or the congestion that simply comes with a bustling city-center, Charlotte offers both typical and atypical forms of transportation. The CATS Bus Service is safe, convenient and inexpensive, but for a different, and equally inexpensive, experience you might want to hail the Gold Rush Red Line trolley that runs along Trade Street during the week. Or, if you want to visit the fast-growing South End the 9.6-mile Lynx Light Rail Blue Line might be your best bet. Some 15 Blue Line stations provide access to prime recreation and the Charlotte Convention Center for just $2 each way and, in a few months, the Light Rail system will also extend north to the popular NoDa arts community. For the truly adventuresome the Charlotte B-cycle system allows an entire family to pedal its way through Uptown using an innovative bike-sharing program. The relatively inexpensive enterprise ($8 for 24-hour pass including first 30 minutes; $4 for each additional 30 minutes) features 200 bikes that you can rent for 30 minute-increments from 20 stations located throughout Uptown and surrounding neighborhoods. Hint: To avoid additional usage charges, dock your bike at one of the 20 convenient stations every 30 minutes and then check out a different bike to keep riding around the city. You can read more at: Finally, for the really fun-at-heart, think about taking a Charlotte Segway Tour. A variety of tours — Historic Uptown; Markets, Museums & Parks; Taste & Glide; Haunted Segway tour; and more — are available seven days a week, beginning at 9 a.m. with the last tour starting at 7 p.m. For more information, visit: http://www.

[At left] Another popular attraction tucked away in the Myers Park Neighborhood is the Duke Mansion. Many visitors don’t realize that the 1916-built home of James Buchanan Duke is now a working hotel. Photo by Kristin Byrum Photography [Below] The Levine Museum of the New South is one of several extraordinary museums in Charlotte. An interactive museum, it provides the nation’s most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War Southern society featuring men, women and children, black and white, rich and poor, long-time residents and newcomers who have shaped the South since the Civil War. It is located downtown at the corner of Church and 7th streets, adjacent to the popular 7th Street Market.

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people who love living a laid-back lifestyle in the shadow of urban Charlotte. “Our identity is tied to the mills,” explains Matt Lemere, a Walhalla native and active member of the NoDa Neighborhood Association. “At one time there were three mills. One of them has been renovated into a craft brewery, and the other two are being renovated now. One will be apartments and the other will be mixed-use, retail and residential. “We are working with a non-profit on one of them,” he continued. “It’s important to us that we continue to have affordable housing.” Many of the neighborhood’s residents are artists or owners of the small businesses that line the two major streets of town. Others, like Lemere and three other association members who provided us with a tour, work downtown but escape to the slower pace of NoDa every night. They live in former “mill homes” some of which have been painted purple, pink and rainbow colors. They support local businesses, purchasing all forms of art as gifts; enjoy simply walking around town, greeting neighbors, most of

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painted a few murals on worn out buildings and worked with city hall to take back the streets. They recruited other artists, musicians and young entrepreneurs willing to take a chance. Their efforts were rewarded. Many of those who came to see the art or hear the music stayed. Even the city is now reaching out to NoDa, building three new light The historic Mecklenburg Mill is one of three former mills that form the historic core of the current NoDa (North Davidson) Neighborhood. One mill has been converted into an awardwinning brewery. The other two will become residential and mixed-use facilities upon renovation. The mill houses that made up those communities are now homes to some 3,500 permanent NoDa residents.

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town menu is featured at the converted mill brewery and, just beyond the NoDa “thoroughfare,” at 2424 N. Davidson, you will find the flagship store for Amelie’s French Bakery, a 24-7 eatery that sets a new standard for pastries and desserts. A walk through the neighborhood is relaxing and fun. One large mural depicts the community’s mill history, while anoth-

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hile the seeds of NASCAR were sown on backcountry roads in Appalachia, where bootleggers in fast-paced cars sought to outrun federal agents, the roots of NASCAR as we now know it lie in Daytona where the first official event took place on a sandy beach June 19, 1949. Since then, NASCAR speedways have sprouted up across the country from Delaware to California. But, as Dorothy said to Toto, “There’s no place like home,” and while NASCAR venues may have branched out, realizing the ultimate racing experience and becoming immersed in all it represents means returning to NASCAR’s home in North Carolina’s Cabarrus County … where racing lives! Just a few miles from Charlotte is Concord, which according to Julie Hinson, communications manager for the Cabarrus County Visitors Bureau, is the most unique racing destination in the world. “When visitors and fans get off exit 49 there are so many opportunities to experience first-hand what NASCAR [At left] The Charlotte Motor Speedway was built near the same site where the first sanctioned “strictly stock” NASCAR race was held in 1949. Today, it is home to six major sanctioned races each year. [Below] Realizing the ultimate racing experience and becoming immersed in all it represents means returning to NASCAR’s home in North Carolina’s Cabarrus County … where racing lives!

and racing is all about. There is no place else where you can walk into your favorite driver’s race shop and see crews repairing or building cars, explore history, grab some merchandise and be at the speedway or dragway in a matter of minutes. You can’t get that at any other racing destination but Concord,” Hinson said. Exit 49 steers you onto Bruton Smith Boulevard and points you to Concord’s racing complex, an unparalleled concentration of motorsports attractions that includes the Charlotte Motor Speedway, the zMAX Dragway, the Dirt Track and a host of team racing shops. Just a short drive away is The NASCAR Hall of Fame, the ultimate pit stop for longtime racing enthusiasts or newcomers to North Carolina’s official state sport. This is the mecca of Motorsports, the heart of NASCAR country and the only race destination that has it all. Charlotte Motor Speedway For more than 50 years, fans have flocked to the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway erected near the same site where the first sanctioned “strictly stock” NASCAR race was held in 1949. CMS hosts the trifecta of racing — the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Sprint Cup series and Camping World Truck series — featuring six major events each year. But there is much more than these championship races for motorsports enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy. A weekly short-track series for Legend Cars and Bandoleros,

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If you go ... STAY: Lodging is no issue in Concord (but plan ahead during race weeks), as a dozen major hotels are located at Exit 49. If you’re looking for more than a basic hotel, try the Embassy Suites Charlotte Concord Golf Resort and Spa, or the Great Wolf Lodge. The Embassy Suites has 308 two-bedroom suites, a full service spa, restaurant, and is attached to the Rocky River Golf Course. At the Great Wolf Lodge it is always 84 degrees — even at the indoor water park! DINE: Up and down Bruton Smith and Concord Mills boulevards, the dining choices are endless. Name a chain and you’ll most likely find it. Of interest is the Quaker Steak & Lube, just minutes from the racetrack. Grab hold of a gas nozzle door handle and enter a race-themed restaurant complete with racecars suspended from the ceiling and NASCAR memorabilia galore. For a special treat, The Speedway Club, on the 6th floor of the Smith Tower inside Charlotte Motor Speedway, is the ultimate place to dine and provides the perfect view of the 1.5mile superspeedway. Open year-round for lunch and dinner, The Speedway Club allows non-members to visit and dine on a one-time basis but requires membership for continuous usage. SHOP & DO: Concord Mills is North Carolina’s largest shopping and entertainment destination with over 200 stores under one roof. Anchoring one corner is the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. On the opposite end are an IMAX and an AMC 24-screen theater. For the gamers and sports enthusiasts there is a Dave & Buster’s. Newly opened this year is the SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium, with over 5,000 sea creatures displayed in a combination of tanks and an underwater 180-degree ocean tunnel. For assistance on racing information and all your other travel needs in Concord, contact the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-848-3740 or contact Julie Hinson at Julie@ 24 • UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

national and regional car club competitions and the World Karting Association’s regional, national and international races are scheduled throughout the year. Inside the confines of the superspeedway visitors can board a tram for an upclose tour of all that goes on behind the scenes on race day. Visits to the pits and garages, a walk on the famous 24-degree bank of the speedway and a trip to the winner’s circle are on the agenda. For those who need the speed and want to experience firsthand what it’s like at 165 mph, there’s the Richard Petty Driving Experience. You can suit up and get behind the wheel for up to 50 laps, or take the passenger seat and leave the driving to the professionals. At a slightly “slower” pace, The Exotic Driving Experience will put you in a classic Ferrari or Lamborghini, once again as a driver or passenger. “Anyone can enjoy the thrill. You can go from 60-160 mph and decide whatever fits your need for speed and safety,” Hinson explained. For Jimmy Griffin and his son there was no better way to spend the teen’s 14th birthday. “We chose to come to CMS because of the Southern hospitality. The Petty and Exotic car experiences were reasonable, friendly and focused on making the customer experience a great one. Jimmy and I shared the excitement and made memories around a common passion we have with cars,” Dad said.

The cars are ready and the mechanics are waiting for the 500-mile Bank of America Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Visitors to the track on non-race days can board a tram for an up-close tour of all that goes on behind the scenes. Visits to the pits and garages, a walk on the famous 24-degree bank of the speedway and a trip to the Winner’s Circle are included.

zMAX Dragway Unlike the high bank oval of the speedway, the zMAX Dragway is a fourlane straightaway. In fact, it is the only all-concrete, 4-lane racing surface in the world and hosts two of the National Hot Rod Association’s premier events. Funny Cars, Super Stock, Nitro, Roadster Super Gas … the list of race classes is lengthy. A visit to zMAX is unique in that a drag race is over in seconds — blink and you’ll miss the finish. But a day at the drags is an all-day affair. Elimination races fill all four lanes beginning early and culminate in a twocar final in every class. Dragsters approach the ¼-mile strip starting line and await the calibrated countdown of lights signifying the start. Then with a thunderous roar and the smell of burning rubber, the race is on. In a matter of seconds, parachutes emerge to slow them down after reaching speeds upwards of 200 mph, and finish-line scoreboards light up the time and top speed. At zMAX visitors can walk to the pits, chat with the drivers, visit the vendors for just about anything automotive and stand along the race rail for an amaz-

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together for race day. Where they build and repair the racecars, practice pit stops and prepare for race day. And, there is no charge to visit!” Within a few miles of the CMS are several race shops, each bearing the personal stamp of its NASCAR team. At Hendrick Motorsports visitors can view mechanics in spotless garages, working on the cars driven by none other than Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Khane. Then they can take a walk to the museum and team store, where the history of Rick Hendrick’s AllStar Racing Team dating back to 1984 is on display, and everything from T-shirts to the actual lug nuts and tires used in races is on sale. Hendrick’s “garage” complex is 430,000-square feet of pure NASCAR! Roush Fenway, the “winningest” team in NASCAR history and headquarters for Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, has all of the above and adds a 100-seat theater to its shop where 27 years of history come alive. A few laps up the road in Kannapolis is the shop of Stewart-Haas Racing, which Danica Patrick, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch call home.

NASCAR Hall of Fame At the NASCAR Hall of Fame, they say, “This Is Our Sport. This Is Our House,” and, since its opening in May 2011, the Hall of Fame has become a year-round, must-see attraction. The Hall pays homage to any and all that have impacted the sport. The lives and times of drivers, crew members and owners past and present are immortalized in a combination of interactive and hightech displays that will entertain and educate the most avid racing fan or a newcomer to the sport. “This is the ultimate way to get up close and personal with my sport and see NASCAR’s history come alive,” said Buddy Nash of Memphis, TN. “We’re so excited. It was so easy to get here, and it doesn’t get any better for a race fan.” Your NASCAR journey begins by registering your Hard Card, an all access pass to the hands-on activities and watching the introductory history of NASCAR movie on a panoramic screen in the 278seat High Octane Theater. Then it is off to three more levels of NASCAR. Level 2 houses Glory Road and the

Great Hall, complete with a banked ramp featuring 18 legendary cars lined up on a 33-degree incline similar to that found on the Talladega Race Track. The action begins on Level 3, where inductees are enshrined in the Hall of Honor. Here you can get the feel for Race Week. Take the Kobalt Pit Challenge and try your hand at changing tires in record time, view a mini-race shop and race car transporter, and qualify for a simulated ride in an actual race car — the ultimate experience. Finally, Level 4, the Heritage Speedway, greets you with 28 exhibit points, illustrating NASCAR’s history from its early days to the present. From the attached parking garage, alternate entrance through the Buffalo Wild Wing Café and customer service, the NASCAR Hall of Fame caters to all visitors’ needs. Access is easy off the John Belk Freeway in Uptown Charlotte adjacent to the Convention Center. The NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call (888) 902-6463 or visit online at www. n

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ucked away in a distinctive neighborhood several blocks from the city center, is Fort Wild a natural playground where children run, jump, explore and let their imaginations run wild. As wind chimes echo through the trees, two children meet on a small stage, each playing out an imaginary character. Another youngster plays in a sandbox, To learn about other Charlotte venues for children of all ages, visit: GoodForKids&cflt=museums&find_ loc=Charlotte%2C+NC. You can also visit: www. to obtain a free Kids’ Directory that contains coupons and offers for dozens of events and activities.

while still others dart around a pond or run in and out of a teepee. “We have tried to create a space that challenges their imaginations in a safe environment,” said Heather Gladys, director of the Charlotte Nature Museum. “So many kids are just afraid to go outside and play anymore.” With its notoriety for NASCAR and its downtown skyline dominated by skyscrapers built by the kings of finance, one might think Charlotte is no place to vacation with children and grandchildren. They would be wrong. Fort Wild is an extension of the Charlotte Nature Museum, which caters to youngsters from 8 months to 8 years. It is, however, just one of many kid-friendly Charlotte venues. There is also Discovery Place, one of the leading hands-on science centers in the country, where youthful visitors The Paw Paw Nature Trail leads to Fort Wild where young visitors to the Charlotte Nature Museum are challenged to use their imaginations in a safe and natural environment.



Clemson Downs—the only Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Clemson, South Carolina— provides for its residents a continuum of care, including Independent Living, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing services. Since its opening in 1980, “The Downs” (as the community is fondly known) has afforded its residents personalized, spacious apartments, complemented by a professional staff focused on each individual’s physical and mental well-being. The 38-acre, tree-lined campus provides a serene, beautiful neighborhood environment, ideal for building friendships and enjoying engaging programs, enriched by the intellectual, athletic and spiritual resources of nearby Clemson University. Clemson’s only full-service retirement community is expanding. The new expansions represent a strategic addition of much sought

after Private Skilled Nursing residences and a “level of care” that was not even defined when Clemson Downs was opened. The “Memory Care” component is sometimes also referred to as “Dementia” or “Alzheimer’s” care facilities. These accommodations are specifically designed and programmed for residents living with the effects of dementia and other issues related to cognitive function. The new center will serve 32 residents in a “home-like” setting. Each resident will enjoy private accommodations, 24-hour care and daily experiences designed to cater to their special needs. “The research has shown that residents with cognitive disease and decline need and respond favorably to accommodations that are specifically designed to address their diagnoses,” according to Dr. John LeHeup, the community’s Executive Director.

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can gain a greater understanding of science, technology, engineering and math in a fun, interactive and informal setting. (See related story.) And, then there is ImaginOn. Described by one elated parent as “The Holy Grail of children’s libraries,” ImaginOn has separate areas for children and teens, daily gaming, a recording studio, and it is also a partner of the Children’s Theatre where there is always a show to delight youthful visitors. Junior explorers can put on an apron and splash in the water table stream or climb through “underground” tunnels to see what nature holds beneath its surface in Our Big Backyard at the Nature Museum.

But, back to the Nature Museum. Located in Charlotte’s Myers Park neighborhood, the museum was built by a neighborhood association in 1951. It abuts the city’s massive Freedom Park and can be accessed off a portion of the 33 miles of developed greenway running through the city. The Museum is easy to navigate. Kids can roam the Great Hall and visit Beginnings, an area filled with young animals and information on their lifecycles. Youngsters of all ages can enjoy the creatures that call Creature Cavern home, including a screech owl, a skunk and resi-

dent groundhog Queen Charlotte. In the Butterfly Pavilion, children flit about among the plants and flowers, practically mimicking the free-flying butterflies. Others watch butterflies grow in a chrysalis house. Junior explorers can put on an apron and splash in the water table stream in Our Big Backyard. Another popular favorite is The Nature Dome, a converted planetarium, where, several times daily children gather around a campfire and engage in a conversation with Grandpa Tree. Finally, visitors can stroll the Paw Paw Nature Trail leading to Fort Wild. The forest is alive with wildlife, old trees and seasonal wildflowers, and the loop is easy to navigate for both the young and the young-at-heart. “We live in an urban environment,” Gladys said, “but we can find time and ways to relax. We think we have created a place to do that.” n Charlotte Nature Museum is at 1658 Sterling Road. It is closed on Mon., but is open Tues. – Fri. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Adult/child tickets are $8. Children younger than 2 are free and there is a military discount of $2. For more information, visit:

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For children of all ages — and even parents and grandparents — Discovery Place offers a family-friendly experience surrounded by the excitement of a busy urban community, to say nothing of the only uptown rainforest in the Carolinas. Ranked as the top attraction in Charlotte for the past four years, Discovery Place features both permanent and traveling exhibits. In the Project Build area, building takes on a new form as guests tap their primitive instincts, using materials such as PVC pipes and camo netting to build structures critical to human survival. From there, they unleash their inner architects to illustrate and conceptualize, creating building sketches, developing floor plans, and designing functional and useful buildings through different computer-generated programs. In the Explore More Stuff Lab, visitors can experiment with the science that allows us to investigate what is going on in the universe. They can use the transit method to explore one of the ways astronomers look for planets around other stars, and investigate the light emitted by different gasses using a spectrometer.


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is bulging with national corporate restaurants, to which Martin says, “Yeah, yeah … you can eat at any of them in most cities across the country. However, have you ever really gotten to know what these restaurants are all about? Do you normally get to go into the kitchen and have the chef give you a cooking demonstration?” So, if your tastes run to McCormick & Schmick’s, Emeril Live or Ruth’s Chris Steak House, this is the tour for you. The diversity in the Historic Plaza Midwood neighborhood is apparent as you stroll along and gaze at its architecture, art and historical sites. That diversi-

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want when it comes to epicurean delights. Martin adds new tours all the time, and is currently offering five options, not counting private outings that you can help design. One very distinct tour features Charlotte’s Arts District, NoDa. The neighborhood is bursting with a vibrant nightlife and creative local flavor with historical character, and the district’s food scene is totally distinctive. If you are staying uptown, or simply want to experience it via your palate, you might want to join Martin in her Uptown Chic-Behind-The-Scenes Tour. The city [Opposite page] Culinary tour members may enjoy these shrimp and grits spoons at The King’s Kitchen or there may be another Southern favorite offered as part of the Feast Food Tours Soul of the South tour.

ty is carried through to its cuisine where you can experience comfort on a spectrum from fried pickles, BBQ and local beer, to fine dining and exquisite wines. Ask Martin about her Dives to Dining Tour. The latest edition to her menu of tours is the Bars to Bites Tour in the Historic South End. This is Charlotte’s fastest-growing community to live, work and play and is now home to a variety of restaurants where fellowship is found over great food and beverages. These experiences could be at a comfortable wine bar, upscale restaurant, local pub, or brewery and food truck combination. On nearly every outing, Martin sees that her guests meet food artisans and find out how their passion gets transformed into deliciousness. That was cer-

[At left] Corey Cochran, GM of The McNinch House Restaurant, speaks to a group of culinary tour participants as they enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine selected by the restaurant’s wine steward, Anthony Wesley. [At right] McNinch House Wine Steward Anthony Wesley typically selects wines based on the tour food so it varies from tour to tour.

good use of fried green tomatoes or pimento and cheese. If one is truly blessed, they may get to sample one of Cowbell’s famous spiked milkshakes or a craft cocktail. The pace of the tour then changes as Martin ventures a couple of blocks out to the 4th Ward and the 122-year-old McNinch House. Presidents have stayed and dined in this venerable example of early Charlotte. Today, the former mayor’s home offers multi-course meals by ResSUMMER 2014 • 33

ervation Only. Its diverse and changing menus reflect the seasons and, during the summer, Martin’s guests may expect to enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres from the porch overlooking Church Street. Heading back downtown, your Feast Tour will take you to King’s Kitchen, where the story is just as impressive as some of the best meat-and-three food in the city. Ordained Minister Jim Noble operates King’s Kitchen as a non-profit. Monday through Saturday the place is hopping for lunch. Most days the popular eatery is filled with Uptown business people, but on Wednesday, lunch is reserved for those who need a meal but can’t afford one. On Sunday, the seating area becomes a sanctuary and, after lunch during the week the same area is set up for Bible study. A number of Noble’s servers are reforming alcoholics, recovering

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drug users and former inmates. Under watchful guidance they are taught culinary or wait staff skills and rewarded with a certificate of completion that is recognized by restaurants throughout the city. As tour guests will learn from Martin, King’s Kitchen is “soul” food of a totally different kind. The next-to-last stop is Savannah Red, located inside the Marriott Hotel. Off an area that serves a breakfast buffet in the morning is a 27-seat dining room that was initially the playground for Belgian Chef Jean Pierre Marechal, who started the farm-to-table movement in Charlotte. The lights are low, red and sultry and dining becomes part of the “New South” experience. Tour guests may get a sampling of anything from lobster cobbler with saffron, to filet of elk, to bacon consommé. Or, if you’re lucky, you may get to taste Savannah Red’s special Krispy Kreme bread pudding made with Makers Mark bourbon. After that treat, Martin wraps things up at the unique 7th Street Pub-

lic Market, an eclectic mix of shops featuring a fresh fish deli, a farm-to-pizza shop that offers local honey for crustdipping, a vegan cupcake place whose offerings will astound your taste buds and gourmet desserts at Bar Chocolate. “I like to end with something sweet and this market has a lot of choices,” said Martin. Your tour guide is a 15-year veteran of the hospitality industry and a longtime Charlotte resident. She knows the city’s history and will offer you as much as you like as you stroll through the city and its earliest suburbs, enjoying a city that knows how to eat. n Tours are offered every Saturday and some Friday evenings. They are all walking tours, lasting up to three hours. All tours are $49 per person and an advanced ticket purchase is required. Tours are for adults only. Refunds are made only in the case of hazardous weather. For more information on tours, policies, procedures and other offerings by Feast Food Tours, visit


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Ballantyne’s signature hole is 18, where a creek, lake and three bunkers lead to a two-tier green. The majestic hotel and spa, restaurant and golf shop provide a stunning backdrop for the putting surface. Photo courtesy of Bissell



n the 1990s, Smoky Bissell and his faithful Dalmatians walked a piece of Charlotte, NC farmland with the vision of building a golf course. Little could he have envisioned that day what would result from construction that began in 1996, leading to the 1998 opening of The Golf Club at Ballantyne. Today, multi-story corporate buildings and the elegant, yet charming, Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge surround the 18-hole, championship course located in the heart of south Charlotte. The Golf Club at Ballantyne (GCB) is in one word, spectacular. Entering the Ballantyne complex off Johnston Road at I-485, you will immediately find refuge from the fast-paced life that

This aerial view of the 14th hole depicts how generous landing areas from all tee boxes make The Golf Club at Ballantyne playable for any level of golfer. However, it also depicts some of the hazards, including a lake and green-protecting bunkers. Photo courtesy of Bissell




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“We pride ourselves on service, and we offer a country club feel at a totally public golf course.” — PGA Golf Professional Matt Zvanut —

encircles this world-class haven. GCB is all about making your golf experience first class, a process that begins when you arrive and doesn’t end until you leave. “We pride ourselves on service, and we offer a country club feel at a totally public golf course,” says PGA Golf Professional Matt Zvanut. There are no memberships at Ballantyne, but you feel like you have one as every employee seeks to meet your golfing needs. It is no wonder that Ballantyne has achieved Golf Digest’s prestigious, 4 ½-star “Best Place To Stay” rating, which Director of Golf Woody Allen describes as, “A testament to our passion for delivering the best total golf experience.”

Bissell’s original design has undergone several changes over the years. Some holes have been shortened and others lengthened. Bunkers have come and gone, and the original pro shop and small restaurant have become a 214-room hotel, deluxe spa and one of Charlotte’s top-rated dining spots, the Gallery Restaurant. But, it was the golf course that came first and remains the centerpiece at Ballantyne. At 6,740 yards from the championship tees, GCB is a true test of golf. Tight fairways, undulating greens, massive bunkers, a meandering creek and several ponds provide innumerable challenges. Generous landing areas from all tee boxes

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make the course playable for any level of golfer, as tilted fairways have a funneling effect helping to keep the ball in play. “It is a firm, fair course,” claims Zvanut. “When it dries out you will get a lot of roll off the tee, but the greens are well protected by the bunkers. There are not a lot of holes that you can’t run the ball up.” Length should not be an issue if you choose the tee that suits your game. GCB is unique in that the front nine has one par 3 and one par 5, but the back has three of each for a par-71 layout. All of the par 5s are reachable in three shots, but if you get off the tee you can get there in two. Avoiding the greenside bunkers with carefully placed approach shots

is mandatory to get a birdie or eagle. Number 17, at 445 from the white tees, is typical of the par-5 designs. From the tee box a daunting pond lines the left side of the fairway and three bunkers surround the green. Knowing the pin placement on this green, as well as the rest of the holes, is a must. “Good luck if you get above the hole or on the wrong side of a spine,” says Zvanut. “Even the most benign pin placement is trouble if you are on the wrong level.”

Number 10 is an eye-catching par 3. From the tips it plays a full 160 yards and requires a full carry over water. A hole location directly behind the bunker perched between the water and the green calls for a near-perfect golf shot. Photo by Bill Bauer

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The yardage from the tee boxes makes the par 3s exciting holes for all golfers. While the greens are not huge, they make perfect targets; each backed by trees and fronted with bunkers to catch an errant shot. After stopping at The Turnhouse for food and beverages, number 10 is an eye-catching par 3. From the tips it plays a full 160 yards and requires a full carry over water. A hole location directly behind the bunker perched between the water and the green calls for a near-perfect golf shot. The 16th hole is a bit lengthy at 225, but comes down to a respectable 160 from the forward tees and has one of the largest greens on the course. A huge bunker lines the left and leaves an opening for a pitch and run should your tee shot come up short. Sights and sounds at The Golf Club at Ballantyne are many. Tree-lined Bermuda fairways and well-landscaped natural areas lie in stark contrast to the modTight fairways, such as this one on the 9th hole, undulating greens, massive bunkers, a meandering creek and several ponds provide innumerable challenges at The Golf Club at Ballantyne. Photo courtesy of Bissell


ern edifices, harmlessly hovering above and around the course. A low-pitched, steady hum of traffic blends nicely with the shrill echoes of nature’s inhabitants. Your journey through GCB’s incomparable setting nears the end when you approach the par 4, 18th hole, which is Ballantyne’s signature hole. Standing on the elevated tee, a Ballantyne prototype is before you. The creek returns from the left and cuts across the fairway below. An elongated bunker lines an equally long lake that juts into the fairway from the right, and three circular bunkers protect each side of the twotiered green. The majestic hotel and spa, restaurant and golf shop provide a backdrop for the putting surface. It is a stunning sight, as well as a very playable hole. Carrying the creek should not be a problem, but your approach can be delicate. The 18th is a composite of all you will have experienced thus far. The Golf Club at Ballantyne is more than a golf course … it is a destination. The Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond hotel and spa provides the perfect venue for a stay-and-play golf outing. A full service salon and 18 treatment rooms for

massage and body treatments are among the available services. A steam room and sauna, whirlpool and indoor, outdoor and resistance pools complement the facility. Single- and multiple-day packages incorporating golf, lodging and spa services can be arranged for individuals, couples or groups. Ballantyne partners with other nearby hotels and provides shuttle service to the golf course. With a full-service outing pavilion, clubhouse, golf shop, custom club fitting and practice area, The Golf Club at Ballantyne is dedicated to delivering the best in course facilities and personalized service. Add the renowned Dana Rader Golf School — a GOLF Magazine top 25 selection — offering a host of single- and multiple-day lesson packages, and the only thing missing is you. n The Golf Club at Ballantyne is just a 2-hour drive, making it possible to play a superb round of championship golf and return to the Upstate in a day. But to experience all it has to offer, plan to stay a night or two. Visit, and then contact the hotel at 1-800-325-3589 for reservations.

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Plenty tasty and ample enough for a table full of hungry diners, the Farmhouse Charcuterie appetizer features imported sopporosatta, prosciutto, a French olive mix, Port Wine Derby cheese and other imported cheeses and some very tasty artichoke salad.


hree nights a week Vince Scafiti invites a few friends over for dinner. Well, to be totally honest, they might not all be friends when they arrive, but the chances are good they will be by the time they leave. And, if they haven’t struck up a friendship with North Georgia’s most convivial restaurateur, they will go home having enjoyed a truly fine meal. Scafiti and his wife, Donna, own and operate The Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek. Appropriately it is billed as “… the most unique dining experience anywhere in the Northeast Georgia Mountains.” From Upstate South Carolina it takes an hour to reach The Farmhouse. The drive is a bit circuitous with curving mountain roads making up the last 13 miles of the trip. However, the food and Farmhouse experience are worth the drive. Diners are advised to make a reservation (Something you will have to do at least two weeks in advance.) for the first seating at 6 p.m. During the summer you can enjoy a leisurely dinner and still be home before dark. Scafiti makes dining fun by keeping it simple. For his part, he sets out gathering the freshest ingredients he can early in the week. On Wednesday he sets his menu and puts it on the website. “I’m 10 miles from nowhere. My grocery guy doesn’t deliver here so every Thursday and Saturday morning he calls me when he’s in Tallulah Falls; I pull my coat on over my pajamas and meet him in Clayton. “I buy the best meat and fish I can find. The Black Sea Bass I’m serving tonight wasn’t out of the water 18 hours when I got it,” he continued. “My filets come from Painted Hills Farms in Ore-

gon; my pork comes from Iowa. “We have a large garden and greenhouse where we grow all of our own herbs and flowers and some of my own vegetables in the summer,” he said, adding, “I’m the gardener, but I don’t work 7 days a week. I’m not going to divorce court over a tomato.” Scafiti makes all of his own pastas, salad dressings and even blends his own mozzarella cheese. Some of those items are the products of cooking classes he offers monthly. Diners, about half of whom are repeat customers, arrive between 6 and 10 p.m., Thursday through

Saturday, or for brunch on the first Sunday of each month. If they like, folks can come early and enjoy a glass of wine from overstuffed chairs on The Farmhouse porch or at a shady picnic table on the front lawn. When you enter The Farmhouse, you see the kitchen and, very likely, all four of Scafiti’s employees. A few steps away are seven tables, 34 seats. The room has a two-story high ceiling, which allows for casual conversation in spacious coziness. Another distinctive feature is a massive

[At top] The Farmhouse desserts routinely vary, but Donna’s strawberry cake was delicious and chef/owner Vince Scafiti’s key lime pie was made extra tasty by a secret ingredient in the crust. [Above] The filet mignon really is indescribable! At nine ounces it is bigger than many steakhouse filets and certainly more tender. Seared on the stove and finished in an oven, it is served with a rich bordelaise sauce and presented elegantly with fingerling potatoes and, in this case, a tasty blend of Hon Shimeji mushrooms and sugar snap peas.

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stone fireplace that is generally stoked on winter evenings. On any given night, half the tables might be available for a second seating. “When I opened I thought I would have seatings at 6 and 8 p.m. The problem was, the folks at 6 never left,” the owner said with a smile. Don’t be in a hurry. Scafiti comes from an old-school Sicilian family and knows that using quality ingredients to make great food takes time. “It’s like coming to Vince’s house for dinner,” he said. “It’s like having a dinner party every night. My food network is unimpeachable. My people know what I want, and they won’t sell me anything that isn’t the best they have. “I only buy what I need. I never have leftovers. If I run out of something on the menu … well, we go to plan B,” he said, adding, “If I know that someone who is coming has a special dish, I’ll try to buy it. I’ve got a lady who loves Chilean Sea Bass.

The scallops are served fresh from New Bedford, Mass. Lightly seared on the outside and mouthwateringly moist inside, the presentation includes cucumber slaw on a bed of wild rice, topped with a stir-fry featuring Hon Shimeji mushrooms and sugar snap peas.

When I know she’s coming, I’ll buy a couple of pounds and put that on the menu.” Because the menu changes weekly, if not daily, diners never know what will be offered when reservations are made. However, Scafiti generally offers beef, seafood and pasta entrees. During our visit the menu also had a veal and rack of lamb entrée.

Our meal started with one of the chef ’s favorite appetizers — a shareable Farmhouse Charcuterie that featured imported sopporosatta, prosciutto, a French olive mix, Port Wine Derby cheese and other imported cheeses and some very tasty artichoke salad. In addition to a standard house salad that can be enjoyed with any of four homemade dressings — the ginger soy comes highly recommended — The Farmhouse offers a unique Caesar salad served in a homemade parmesan basket, and a vineripened tomato and avocado salad topped with white balsamic vinaigrette.

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Chef/Owner Vince Scafiti’s kitchen is organized and active. Although The Farmhouse only has seating for 34, Scafiti is involved in the creation and presentation of every dish that comes out of his relatively small kitchen, located just feet away from the dining area.

We tasted three of Scafiti’s five entrees during our visit, but the most memorable were the center cut filet mignon and the diver scallops. Without exaggeration, they were both the best we have ever tasted. The scallops, fresh from New Bedford, Mass., were flaky and tender and cooked to perfection — lightly seared on the outside and mouth-wateringly moist inside. They were served with cucumber slaw on a bed of wild rice, and topped with a stir-fry that prominently featured Hon Shimeji mushrooms and sugar snap peas. As for the filet, it really is indescribable. At nine ounces it is bigger than many steakhouse filets and it was certainly more tender. Scafiti sears the meat on the stove and then finishes it in an oven. The result was an entrée we were able to cut with a bread knife — and probably could have done so with a fork — and that actually melted in our mouths. It is served with

list, but Vince’s key lime pie was also very tasty, perhaps because of his secret ingredient — two-thirds graham crackers and one-third gingersnaps in the crust. If you ask him, Scafiti may share with you what he calls the “fluke” beginnings of The Farmhouse. It’s a fun story and will

a rich bordelaise sauce and presented elegantly with fingerling potatoes and asparagus. Even at $43 we would order it again and again. Donna makes many of The Farmhouse desserts, which also change regularly. Her strawberry cake topped our

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have you scratching your head after enjoying one of the best meals to be found this close to home. n The Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek requires reservations. They may be made online at: www.thefarmhouseatpersimmoncreek.

com, or by phone at (706) 782-9834. Salads and appetizers ranch in price from $6.50 to $15; entrees from $30 to $43; and desserts are $7. The Farmhouse has a good selection of fine wines. Diners may also bring their own wine, but there is a corking fee. To learn more about The Farmhouse, visit the website.

If you go ... The directions to 3093 Blue Ridge Gap Road, Clayton, are best obtained from The Farmhouse website, www. Your own GPS may take you out of the way and down more mountain roads than necessary. In short, take US-76 to Clayton. At the first major light bear right, staying on US-76/US-441. Go .3 of a mile and turn left on US-76. Go 8 miles and turn right on Persimmon Road. Go 2.2 miles and bear right on Persimmon Creek Road. Go 3 miles to The Farmhouse (By now the road name will have changed to Blue Ridge Gap Road.) If you reach Dolly Dixon Lane, you’ve gone too far. The Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek bills itself as “… the most unique dining experience anywhere in the Northeast Georgia Mountains.” With owners who feel they are inviting friends in for a leisurely dinner party, and food that, in many cases, is incomparable, that may be the perfect characterization. | PAGE LABE L

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n almost any night of the week, Solé Grill and Sushi Bar in Seneca can get so busy, owner T.J. Grove says he couldn’t even let his mother in if he wanted to. But that shouldn’t turn you away, because with a reservation it’s almost guaranteed that one can experience “casual dining with a touch of class.” “If you came in last night you wouldn’t have had anywhere to go,” Grove said on a Thursday afternoon. “The entire place was full — top to bottom, back to front.” It’s fair to ask what makes a sushi restaurant in the heart of a rural county such a local attraction. It could be the relaxed atmosphere in the appealing interior dining rooms and patio, which is accompanied by soft music, familiar faces and a pleasant staff. Or for many, it could be the extensive drink menu that is filled with more than 100 wines and Solé’s own signature cocktails.


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It is very likely that it is the work of its chefs that brings in the continuous crowds each week. The list of cooks consists of a regular sushi chef, main chef and kitchen manager, Chad Barnes, and even restaurant partner, Thomas Shaw — each of whom ardently prepares meals from scratch every day, right down to the spices. And if you ask Grove, it’s primarily be-

cause there’s something on the menu for everyone. “We tell people if they eat, they will find something here they like,” he said. The all-encompassing menu — in addition to the aforementioned — has Grove and Shaw taking reservations right until they’re ready to open the doors each day. Thirty minutes before Solé opens on that same Thursday afternoon, Grove is answering two phones and pacing between the floor and the kitchen to finish last-minute tasks. The momentum and energy in the ligneous, soft-lit dining area has already begun to build. Solé’s staff meticulously begins by preparing tables, mixing beverages and even cutting fresh vegetables at the sushi bar. Soon, an eager patron knocks on the side-door entrance, peering through the glass. The restaurant is still not officially open, but the staff happily greets him. While staring through the glass entry, he looks down at his watch and realizes he’s early. However, a waitress acquiesces and lets him in, and he takes a seat at the bar. He

knows what to order. He must be a regular. It is these customers and similar dining experiences that Grove says leaves people feeling like they’re eating at a well-known fictional bar where “everybody knows your name.” “A lot of people compare it to ‘Cheers,’ because they can go to the bar and have a drink or two, then by the end of the night wind up saying ‘hi’ to someone they know,” Grove said. “It’s a really cool atmosphere you don’t usually find up here.” But even if it’s your first time dining at the restaurant, it does not take too long to find something on the menu that is palatable. With numerous menu options featuring steaks, pasta and seafood and more than 30 sushi and specialty rolls, a customer can easily find a balance of appetizing tapas and entrees. Two popular specialty roll choices are the yellow dragon roll and the fiery habanero roll. The fiery roll can sound audacious, but it is surprisingly not too spicy. It is tempura-fried with a fiery habanero spicy tuna mix inside and served with a jalapeño wedge on top. The yellow tail over an eel and cucumber roll topped with roe — or caviar — has a lighter and fresh taste, and not to mention, is gorgeously plated. From the grill, the seared sesame tuna could effortlessly become a personal favorite. It is sesame-crusted and seared rare over flavorsome orange teriyaki fried rice. A heartier meal option on the other side of the menu is the blue cheese portabella chicken. The panko-crusted chicken breast is baked in the oven and topped with blue cheese cream sauce and blue cheese crumbles. It comes served with a jalapeño

mushroom cap and garlic mashed potatoes. Instead of a typical vegetable side, the chef thinly slices vegetables and sautés them with salt, pepper, garlic and a little white wine. If you dine on Fridays and Saturdays, Barnes and Shaw make chef specials, adding a twist on available meals and even sometimes making items that are not offered on the menu. “I enjoy the specials a lot,” Shaw said. “It just gives us a chance to do a little something different.” Barnes said the specials are created spontaneously or inspired by their everyday life, such as a recent idea to make cookies and cream crème brulee, a twist on a menu dessert. “It grew from an idea from my girlfriend’s daughter,” Barnes said. “She just wanted something that tasted like ice cream.” Solé is open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and strongly encourages reservations. Prices average around $20 for an entrée, and burgers and sushi rolls are priced at $10 and less. There are also weekly specials, including all-you-can-eat sushi on Mondays, buyone, get-one sushi on Wednesdays and $7 burgers on Thursdays. The half-pound burgers are ground at the restaurant and served on Kaiser rolls or grilled sourdough bread. With the restaurant celebrating its three-year anniversary in Seneca this year, it is garnering some of its best business yet. Solé, whose name derived from the idea of a former waitress, was located in Clemson until 2005. With encouragement from former customers, the owners decided to bring it back, purchasing the location on the U.S. Highway 123 bypass in Seneca about four years ago. Shaw is a Clemson University alumnus, and both he and Grove have ties to Clem-

son, including fathers who once taught at the university at the same time. The two began working together as chefs in downtown Clemson almost 10 years ago. “I taught him everything he knows until he got better than me,” Grove said jokingly about his friend. Alongside fellow restaurant partner Jay Klugo, the duo now manages Solé and a pair of restaurants in downtown Clemson — 356 Sushi Bar and Wingin’ It. Currently, Shaw is still heavily involved in cooking and mostly manages Solé, while Grove floats between the restaurants, working more in customer service, though it is apparent they both have their hands in most everything. “Our service is phenomenal, our food is great, our atmosphere is fun and our prices are right,” Grove said. “You can still come and have a great time, have some cocktails and relax and not go broke. We try to set up where you can come here a few days a week.” “If you leave the office and you want to come in, you’re on a date or you just want to hang out, you can come in anytime and enjoy it,” he said. It goes without saying that the desire to see their customers coming back is one that is currently being met without challenge. n For reservations, call (864) 882-9463, and for more information, visit SUMMER 2014 • 49


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t would come as no surprise to anyone if you were in the Clemson area of Lake Hartwell and struck up a conversation about “big cats.” We have a lot of them up here. They’re decked out in orange and purple, and they run down the hill and play football at Death Valley. However, there is another, lesserknown big cat on the other side of the hill from Death Valley. This one is blue and it swims in Lake Hartwell. Although striped bass trips greatly outweigh the number of calls he gets for catfish, on the days he guides for them, Captain Bill Plumley has a pretty airtight pattern for finding Hartwell catfish. “One misconception about blue cats is that they lie on the bottom and don’t move,” said Plumley. “Actually, they move around a lot. They may be in the back of a creek at daylight and by midday they’ll move all the way out to the main river channel. I have caught blues all over the lake at one time or another, but during the summer I’ll follow a similar pattern and fish back in a creek at daylight moving to deeper water after the sun gets up.” Plumley focuses on two primary areas for summer catfishing on Lake Hartwell. The first includes the stretch of the Tugaloo River from the I-85 crossing near Fair Play all the way up to the Highway 123 bridge crossing above Westminster. His second area is the entire stretch of the Seneca River. Plumley says he catches the majority of his fish in water between 20 and 60 feet deep. He may fish shallower if he locates concentrations of baitfish closer to the bank, which is typical early in the morning. Likewise he prefers to graph a large school of baitfish before he decides to commit to fishing any one area. “Striper and catfish arches on the graph give different signals,” he said. “The


popular belief is that stripers give a harder signal because they have scales and catfish don’t. Either way, I’m going to anchor the boat front and back and give it a shot if I see baitfish and large arches in the right location.” The right location for Plumley may be the edge of a channel up one of the main rivers, a deep flat adjacent to a main channel or a long point that drops off into deeper water. Long points often serve doubleduty if he can beach his boat and reach the deeper water with a long cast. Once the boat is secure, Plumley casts 6 to 8 rods in a semi-circle around the transom of his 23-foot center console boat. His craft is set up with a homemade trolling bar that allows easy access to the rods. In addition, the bar is outfitted with Driftmaster dual position rod holders that allow the rods to either angle up for fan cast fishing or sit parallel to the water for vertical fishing. Bait choices for Plumley are dictated by water depths. His best summer baits are usually fresh cut blueback herring, a “match the hatch” choice for fishing deep water. The final note about blue catfishing is the bite. Plumley says blues don’t fool around and peck a bait to death like a channel cat will do or sneak off with a slow tick of the open spool alarm like a flathead.

Few local anglers realize that Lake Hartwell has a thriving population of blue catfish. The fish became established years ago and have grown into a thriving population in terms of both size and number. Photo by Phillip Gentry

“When it’s a blue, especially a good one, he’ll grab it and go,” he said. “The line will go from a broad bow to the rod bent double and hurting. That’s a good blue cat bite!” n For more information about Lake Hartwell catfishing, contact Captain Bill Plumley (864) 287-2120 or www.


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here are several noted changes coming down the pike related to the Duke Energy relicensing process. To some degree they are time sensitive. In the 2013-14 winter issue of Lake Living I covered the basics of the “Modification of Existing Docks to Reach Deeper Water.” This will be discussed in detail in the fall issue, as it is closer to the earliest possible date that Duke Energy may begin accepting applications. The most impending change will be the Habitat Enhancement Program (HEP). The purpose of the HEP is to create, enhance and protect aquatic and wildlife habitat within the project boundaries, including the Keowee/ Toxaway Hydroelectric Project (the project reservoirs and islands, plus any part of the watershed draining into the project reservoirs) by encouraging, reviewing, evaluating and funding proposals to accomplish this purpose. Duke Energy will provide start-up funding for the HEP that will be supplemented by fees assessed to anyone applying for certain lake-use permits within the project. Per the Relicensing Agreement, collection of the associated fees for the HEP will begin on what is referred to as the Shoreline Management Plan Effective Date (Sept. 1, 2014). Completed permit applications post-marked to Duke Energy Lake Services after Sept. 1 will be subjected to the applicable HEP fee. How will this affect you? This HEP fee will apply to any dock 52 • UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

or stabilization request requiring a permit under the Shoreline Management Plan. This includes dock or stabilization modifications, expansions or maintenance. There is no fee associated with existing approved boat docks or shoreline stabilization structures, unless there is an application for alteration, expansion or maintenance. The HEP fee will also apply to oth-

er permit application types such as marinas, excavations, conveyances, line crossings, etc. The total list and fee chart can be viewed on the Duke relicensing link below. As a note, the existing fees required for lake-use permits for such things as private docks and shoreline stabilization have not changed and remain at $300 for private docks and $50 for shoreline stabilization. The HEP is an additional fee that Duke Energy is required to assess and administer. HEP fees for private use type permits are as follows: Private residential dock, $500; shoreline stabilization, except for

bioengineering stabilization, $500. By way of example, if you were going to apply for a new dock on your property or apply to modify or maintain your existing dock before Sept. 1, there would not be any associated HEP fee. The standard application fee total would be $300. After Sept. 1, the fees would be $300 for the standard application and $500 for the HEP, for a total of $800. This amount total would be the same if the application was for a combined riprap and boat dock permit. If the application were for just a riprap permit, the fee would be $50 for the standard application and $500 for the HEP, for a total of $550. HEP fees will be waived only for dock modifications needed to reach deeper water during the window of opportunity and bioengineering shoreline stabilization. These waivers are defined in more detail in section 7.5.2 in the link below. keowee-toxaway-relicensing.asp For Lake Hartwell residents, here are some useful links regarding water management on Lake Hartwell and the Savanna Basin, including balancing the basin blog site. http://balancingthebasin.armylive. h t t p : // b a l a n c i n g t h e b a s i n . a n

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upstate theatre FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE P.O. BOX 310 FLAT ROCK, N.C. 828-693-0731 TOLL FREE: 866-732-8008 WWW.FLATROCKPLAYHOUSE.ORG THRU JUNE 22 THE LAST FIVE YEARS (PLAYHOUSE DOWNTOWN) The Last Five Years tells the emotionally powerful story of two twenty-something New Yorkers who dive head first into a marriage fueled by the optimism that comes with finding “the one.” But in a city where professional and personal passions collide and only the strongest relationships survive, navigating the waters of love and matrimony can sometimes prove too much. JUNE 12 – JULY 13 MY FAIR LADY (MAIN STAGE) This show is the standard by which all others are measured. My Fair Lady is triumphant. Henry Higgins, a professor of Phonetics, encounters Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, one cold March night at Covent Garden market. He declares to his friend Colonel Pickering that in three months he could transform Eliza into a duchess. But at what cost? With memorable songs like “The Rain in Spain,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” it’s no wonder everyone falls in love with Eliza Doolittle. JULY 3 – 27 BOEING BOEING (PLAYHOUSE DOWNTOWN) This classic farce recently revived on Broadway, features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German and American fiancées, each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard’s apartment at the same time. Buckle your seatbelts; it’s going to be a funny ride. JULY 24 – AUGUST 24 MISS SAIGON (MAIN STAGE) From the creators of last summer’s hit musical Les Misérables comes another epic production


about love and revolution. In the turmoil of the Vietnam War, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. This raw and uncompromising international sensation is an intensely personal story of the losses we suffer and the sacrifices we make in a world gone mad. CENTRE STAGE 501 RIVER ST. INSIDE THE SMITH-BARNEY BLDG. GREENVILLE, S.C. 864-233-6733 OR TOLL FREE 877-377-1339 THRU JUNE 7 A FEW GOOD MEN Military lawyers at a court martial uncover a high-level conspiracy while defending their clients, United States Marines accused of the murder of a fellow marine at Guantanamo Bay. A Few Good Men, while high drama at its best, offers plenty of wisecracking humor and captivating suspense. JULY 10 – AUGUST 2 SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL This Musical tracks five women as they come of age during the liberating days of the 1960s that really made England swing. This non-stop journey provides infectious and soulful pop anthems and ballads from the likes of Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield and Lulu. Experience the progression of many of your favorites from 1960 to 1970 as these five ladies face some tough situations while the music motivates them to persevere. CLEMSON LITTLE THEATRE 214 S. MECHANIC ST. PENDLETON, S.C. RESERVATIONS 864-646-8100 EVENING PERFORMANCES, 8 P.M. MATINEES, 3 P.M.

JUNE 6 – 8 & 15 – 18 THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB

Some friendships never die. Watch as five quirky best friends reunite throughout the years, confronting an array of life’s grand events: from weddings, parenting and divorces to discussions of love,  friendship and betrayal.

These vivacious Southern women weather whatever life throws at them in a touching comedy with a dramatic final twist. JULY 30 – AUGUST 3 THE DOG PARK

In this charming and delightful original play, people and their canine companions share the puzzles of life — illness, aging, love and death — and become a family. You’ll laugh, maybe even shed a tear, and you’ll definitely fall in love with The Dog Park. Proceeds go to Voices for Animals and Clemson Little Theatre’s Capital Campaign. OCONEE COMMUNITY THEATRE 8001 UTICA ST., SENECA, S.C. RESERVATIONS: 864-882-7700 10 A.M. – NOON AND 2 – 4 P.M. EVENINGS, 8 P.M., SUNDAY MATINEES, 2:30 P.M.

JUNE 13 – 15 & 20 – 22 THE FOREIGNER An inspired comic romp, the play demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English. The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by “Froggy” LeSeuer, a British demolition expert. This time “Froggy” has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So “Froggy,” before departing, tells everyone that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Then the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should — the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister’s pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn’t understand a word being said. GREENVILLE LITTLE THEATRE 444 COLLEGE ST., GREENVILLE, S.C. 864-233-6238 OR WWW. GREENVILLELITTLETHEATRE.ORG ALL SHOWS 8 P.M., EXCEPT SUNDAYS AT 3 P.M.

JUNE 1, 5 – 8,12 – 15 & 19 – 22 LES MISERABLES Do you hear the people sing? This is the South

upstate theatre Carolina premiere of the world’s greatest musical. An international hit for more than two decades, it’s the epic story of forgiveness and hope, revolution and romance, tragedy and triumph, and ultimate redemption. Victor Hugo’s classic story is brought to life by an unforgettable score. Join Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, Fantine, Eponine, Cosette, Marius and the Threnardiers in a special night in the theater. JULY 31 – AUGUST 3 COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ABRIDGED GLT’s Studio 444 presents this on the main stage. AUGUST 14 – AUGUST 17 SPLISH SPLASH 2 The rockin’ tribute to the music of the ‘50s is back! Our incredible local cast performs songs such as “Splish Splash,” “Summertime Blues” “Johnny Be Goode” and many more.

PEACE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 300 SOUTH MAIN ST. GREENVILLE, S.C. 864-467-3000 OR 800-888-7768 JUNE 24 – 29 EVITA Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical returns at last! Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. Evita features some of theater’s most beautiful songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “High Flying, Adored.”


JUNE 20-22 & 27-29 TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE This is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.

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and bluegrass music, crafts and food each July. Mountain Rest, SC. (864) 638-1967

JUNE 7 First Saturday at the Hartwell Marina, Anderson, SC; 7 – 10 p.m., featuring The Evolutionaries from Hart County Community Theater. Bring your picnic dinner and enjoy the music in the shade by the lake.

JUNE 14 Music on the Mountain at Table Rock State Park. Enjoy traditional Blue Grass music as local musicians gather at Table Rock to keep this inspirational talent alive; 2 – 6 p.m.

July 4 Celebration in Seneca, SC at Gignilliat Field. Live music and fireworks.

Derrick Dorsey Band at Downtown Pickens Cruise-In; Pickens Amphitheater; 7 – 10 p.m. Audie Blaylock & Redline (Bluegrass) at Walhalla Civic Auditorium, 8 p.m.; call (864) 638-5277 for more information and ticket prices. Westminster Music Hall presents The Jeff Sipe Trio; 8 p.m.; for more information and ticket prices, visit JUNE 8 Hunt Cabin: Harvesting our Heritage — Medicinal Herbs; visit the Hunt Cabin and learn about life in 19th Century upcountry South Carolina. Participate in hands-on activities from the time period; SC Botanical Gardens, Clemson; 1 – 4 p.m.

JUNE 21 Milling, Music & Memories at the Historic Hagood Mill, 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens; featuring tours, demonstrations, living history presentations and the Mill’s “Celebration of Eddie Lee Bolt — A Life Well Lived.” JUNE 27 Dancin’ on Depot on Depot Street in Hartwell, featuring the Party Band of the South, Still Cruzin’; 7 – 11 p.m.; $5 admission; for more information call (706) 376-0188. JUNE 28 – 29 You would be hard-pressed to find a more historic site in South Carolina to celebrate Independence Day than the Festival of Stars in Ninety Six, with a parade, vendors and fireworks. 96 Town Park, Ninety Six.

JUNE 11 – 14 Cowpens Mighty Moo Festival: four-day event that includes street dances, a golf tournament, beauty pageant, a baseball game, an arts and crafts sale and a parade. The festival honors the veterans and crewmen of the USS Cowpens CVL 25 and the USS Cowpens CG63. Veterans Memorial Park, 127 Palmetto St., Cowpens.

JUNE 28 – AUG. 14 Exhibitions at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History include: Michael Brodeur: Paintings — a 10-year survey; Keith Spencer: the Painted Landscape; and highlights from the Pickens County Collection. For more information, hours and locations, call (864) 898-5963.

JUNE 13 An evening of Opera & Jazz featuring Catherine Devoe Fisher at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium; 8 p.m.; free hors d’oeuvres; all proceeds go to benefit the Old St. John’s Meeting House and Wedding Chapel. Call (864) 638-5277 for more information and ticket prices.


JUNE 13 – 22 Chautauqua History Alive Festival — Rising to the Occasion. 25+ free shows and other events. Non-stop live history and fun for the whole family. A different show outdoors each night and more indoors during the day. Relive decisive historical moments. Come for a day, a weekend, or stay for a week. You can catch all characters on either weekend or spread it out. Performed by nationally acclaimed historical interpreters at locations throughout the Greenville-Spartanburg

JULY 3 Live band and fireworks at Clemson Y Beach, Clemson, SC. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., $10/ car. Food, inflatables and fun. Rain or shine. (864) 654-1200 JULY 4 4th of July Celebration at Pickens Amphitheater; 7 – 10 p.m. Salem, SC’s July 4 Community Celebration on Main Street with street dancing, food, entertainment and fireworks. Free. Hillbilly Days. One of the oldest July 4th festivals in the state of South Carolina: festival includes clogging, square dancing, country

JULY 5 First Saturday at the Hartwell Marina, Anderson, SC; 7 – 10 p.m., featuring Audio Chamber. Bring your picnic dinner and enjoy the music in the shade by the lake. Downtown Pickens Cruise-In and Katlin Owen Band at Amphitheater; Pickens, SC; 7 – 10 p.m. JULY 6 Hunt Cabin: Harvesting our Heritage — Fabric Arts. Visit the Hunt Cabin and learn about life in 19th Century upcountry South Carolina. Participate in hands-on activities from the time period; SC Botanical Gardens; 1 – 4 p.m. JULY 12 Music on the Mountain at Table Rock State Park. Enjoy traditional Blue Grass music as local musicians gather at Table Rock; 2 – 6 p.m. JULY 19 Milling, Music & Memories at the Historic Hagood Mill, 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens; featuring tours, demonstrations, living history presentations and the Mill’s Ol’ Summertime Medicine Show.

AUGUST AUGUST 2 First Saturday at the Hartwell Marina, Anderson, SC; 7 – 10 p.m., featuring Silvercreek Band. Bring your picnic dinner and enjoy the music in the shade by the lake. Music on the Mountain at Table Rock State Park. Enjoy traditional Blue Grass music as local musicians gather at Table Rock 2 – 6 p.m. Downtown Pickens Cruise-In and The Folsom Prison Gang at Amphitheater; Pickens, SC; 7 – 10 p.m. AUGUST 3 Hunt Cabin: Harvesting our Heritage — King Corn. Visit the Hunt Cabin and learn about life in 19th Century upcountry South Carolina. Participate in hands-on activities from the time period; SC Botanical Gardens; 1 – 4 p.m. SUMMER 2014 • 57

calendar of events AUGUST 16 Milling, Music & Memories at the Historic Hagood Mill, 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens, SC; featuring tours, demonstrations, living history presentations and the Mill’s Rolling Waterwheel Gospel Revue. Jamie Wright Review at Pickens Amphitheater; 7 – 10 p.m. AUGUST 22 – 24 33rd Annual Spring Water Festival in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Features free kids’ activities, amusement rides, crafts, antique and classic auto show, live music and other special attractions including a 5K race and 1-mile fun run. Festival features a variety of performers on three stages. Mineral Spring Park, State Highway 20, downtown Williamston, SC.

ONGOING Historic Ballenger House tours and rentals: The Seneca Woman’s Club preserves and manages the Historic Ballenger House. Tours and rentals by reservation. (864) 654-4043. Oconee County Library used book sale is the second Thursday of every month in the basement of the Walhalla Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hardback and paperback books (adult’s and children’s), magazines, books on tape, books on CD, records, CDs, games, puzzles and DVDs. City of Seneca hosts “Jazz On The Alley” every Thursday night through October; 6:30 – 9 p.m. on Ram Cat Alley. Free. Oconee Heritage Center Book Club meets 4th Thursday of each month; 6:30 p.m.; Walhalla, SC. For a list of books, call (864) 638-2224. Oconee Appalachian Kids: 1st Saturday of each month, 1 – 2 p.m. at Oconee Heritage Center; boys and girls ages 6 – 12. A different activity and craft featured each month, emphasizing local culture and history. Hagood Mill, 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens, hosts “corn grinding” days, rain or shine, the third Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. These monthly mini-festivals offer traditional arts, folklife and music. Presently there are more than 25 regular demonstrators who share their skills in milling, blacksmithing, cotton ginning, moonshining, spinning, weaving, bee-keeping, metalsmithing, quilting, woodcarving, flintknapping, chair caning, open hearth cooking and more. City of Seneca hosts Cruzin’ on Main, 1st Saturday of every month beginning April 5, 3 p.m. Hagood Mill, 138 Hagood Mill Road, has monthly “First Saturday” house concerts in the Visitor Building from noon to 2 p.m. and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to tour the grounds and to pick up “mill products.” Guided tours available by appointment. The site itself 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 features open mic each Friday at 7 p.m. with regular pickers performing at 8 p.m. Clemson Area Storytellers monthly meeting is the 4th Tuesday of each month, 7 – 9 p.m., at The ARTS Center, Clemson, SC. 58 • UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

Audie Blaylock & Redline (Bluegrass) Saturday, June 7 @ 8 pm

Award-winning vocalist and guitarist, AUDIE BLAYLOCK is certainly one of the hottest Bluegrass artists today. Along with his band REDLINE, they are celebrating a load of #1 singles from numerous albums on the Rural Rhythm Records label, and thrilling audiences with their incredible musicianship, impeccable harmony and highly entertaining stage shows. Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank and Ye Olde Sandwich Shoppe

Tickets $25.00, children under 12 $12.50, group rate $20.00

Tuesdays with Morrie (play-poignant comedy) June 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29 • Evenings @ 8 pm, Sundays @ 2:30 pm TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life. Sponsored by First Citizens Bank and Blue Ridge Electric.

Tickets $12.00, children under 12 - $6.00, group rate $10.00

Walhalla Civic Auditorium presents

2014 SHINNING STARS SUMMER THEATER CAMP!!!!! Come join our camp for theater fun that will excite your children about all things related to theater! Sessions include: Introduction to theater, acting, theater etiquette, costuming, make-up, lighting, props and staging. Special end of camp performance for family & friends! Summer Camp Fee $150.00 includes T-shirt and all snacks

TWO WEEKS!!! Monday, July 7 – Friday, July 18, 2014 • 9-12 am TWO CLASSES AGES • 7-9 & ages 10-12 To sign up please call 864 638-5277 or email us at Our camp application is also on our web site

Limit 25 students per class SO SIGN UP NOW!!!

Andy Offitt Irwin (Storyteller, Comedian) Saturday, July 19, 8 pm

Andy’s silly putty voice, hilarious heartfelt songs, astounding narratives, and astonishing mouth noises, have made him one of the most adored touring storytellers/comedians in the United States. An award-winning artist and educator, Irwin has appeared at venues such as the Library of Congress, National Storytelling Festival, and Walt Disney World. Three of his CD’s have won Storytelling World awards. A fun night for the entire family.

Tickets $12.00, children under 12 $6.00, group rate $10.00

Driving Miss Daisy (play) August 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17 Evenings 8 pm, Sundays 2:30 pm

Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play and an Academy Award winning film. A warm-hearted, humorous and affecting study of the unlikely relationship between Daisy, an aging, crotchety white Southern lady, and Hoke, a proud, soft-spoken black man. A classic must see play in every sense of the word.

Tickets $12.00, children 12 & under $6.00, group rate $10.00

To order tickets call 864 638-5277 or online You can also purchase tickets at the following local merchants. The Wine Emporium in Keowee/Salem, H&R BLock Dogwood Plaza in Seneca, Dad’s & Lad’s in Westminster, Community 1st Bank in Walhalla and the Walhalla Chamber of Commerce.

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