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SPRING 2019 Volume 14 • Issue 2

12 Dear Readers: Note from the Editor

PUBLISHER Jerry Edwards, jerry@edwgroupinc.com 864-882-3272

14 All hail the women of Wildwater 20 ‘Raft up’ for summer on the lake

EDITOR Brett McLaughlin, bmclaughlin@upstatetoday.com

26 One ‘cool’ spot for a Summer Fest 32 Hot spots to cool off this summer

GENERAL MANAGER Hal Welch, hal@upstatetoday.com

38 Southern charm – Aiken style

ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Wes Grooms, wgrooms@upstatetoday.com

52 Wimbledon comes to the Upstate

ART DIRECTOR/GRAPHICS Melissa Bradley, mbradley@upstatetoday.com

56 A beauty built with family in mind 66 Elevate, escape and enjoy

CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS EDITION Bill Bauer • Phillip Gentry Vanessa Infanzon • Dari Mullins Brett McLaughlin • Lauren Pierce

72 Same mission, but new approaches

COVER PHOTO Larry Druffel, “Lazy Summer Afternon”

Upstate Lake Living’s 2018 Photo Contest Entry

76 Gift ideas for your ‘lake daddy’

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83 THEATRE Summer stock docket is full 87 CALENDAR Music and more this summer

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92 LIFE ON THE LAKE Escape to the lake 94 FISHING Fishing deep 96 YOUR FINANCES Reducing estate planning stress 98 WATERFALL Hickory Nut Falls 10 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

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t’s summer and that means it’s time to get out on the water. That’s exactly what we have tried to do with this edition of Upstate Lake Living. From how to host one of those Lake Keowee parties … safely … to meeting the “Women of Wildwater,” who are waiting to guide you down the Chattooga, this issue is all about water. We are also introducing a new “lake” column we hope you enjoy. Dari Mullins has spent her lifetime on the water and works in the local marine industry. She BRETT MCLAUGHLIN knows the lake lifestyle and looks forward Editor to sharing both her perspectives … and yours. Be sure to reach out to her email and share your stories and suggestions for topics. If escaping to the lakes isn’t in your plans, perhaps a getaway to some “cool” place is. Vanessa Infanzon has found 10 of them. Bill Bauer introduces us to Aiken’s lovely Wilcox Inn and, of course, there is always An Appalachian Summer Festival in always-cool Boone, NC. It’s become a classic, offering everything from music, to film, to the visual arts. Don’t miss reading how Wimbledon comes to the Upstate, about a great golfing opportunity and how some of our neighbors are working every day to improve the lives of others. Finally, have you been out for a great meal lately? Let me know where, and I’ll share your favorite restaurant with all of our readers. Just jot me a line at: bmclaughlin@upstatetoday.com Enjoy the sunshine! Brett McLaughlin, editor

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Editor, My father lives in Seneca, SC, on Lake Keowee and receives your Upstate Lake Living publication. We were both thrilled to see the lengthy article in the spring edition titled “History Blossoms in Milledgeville” as my daughter, his granddaughter, attends college in Milledgeville. We were, however, shocked and disappointed to find the school named incorrectly.  The article mentions a “Georgia State College” several times, but there is no “Georgia State College” in Milledgeville. Georgia State is a large school (30,000+ students) with the main campus in downtown Atlanta. It does have several satellite campuses, but not in Milledgeville.  The college you reference is a much smaller (6,000 students), designated Liberal Arts college, named (since 1996) Georgia College and State University. In the 1920s, it was known as Georgia State College for Women; but, when it became co-ed in 1967, it became Georgia College.  What a shame in such a great article that information so important as the name of an academic institution was wrong. Georgia College has been named so for over 50 years and achieved university status over 20 years ago adding the ‘and State University’ to the name Georgia College.   Sincerely, Darla Donahue Editor’s note: We regret our error and appreciate your letter, which sets the record straight for our readers.


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S T RONG WOMEN H AV E BEEN AT T HE CORE OF OU T DOOR A DV EN T URE FIRM’S SUCCESS his may be the year of the woman in Washington DC, and, perhaps, in Hollywood, but in the furthest reaches of Upstate South Carolina, the year of the woman arrived decades ago and never left. In fact, although Duke Energy had been flooding the region with construction workers for three years, the energy giant hadn’t created a single kilowatt of electricity when Jeanette Greiner, with four children in hand, began running a fledgling rafting business on the Chattooga River. It was 1971. “I was young, and it was fun,” Jeannette said, reflecting back on the early days of the business she and husband, Jim, founded. From a meager, summers-only beginning, the couple’s Wildwater Rafting company has grown beyond the Chattooga River to include the Ocoee, Nantahala and the Pigeon rivers. It is widely recognized as one of the finest whitewater rafting outfitters in the country. But, in addition to whitewater rafting, Wildwater has expanded into zipline/canopy tours, kayak clinics, kayak lake tours, Raft & Rail excursions, high ropes courses, climbing walls, teambuilding and a variety of lodging facilities.

Wildwater Rafting is a success story rooted in family. As with most successful families, the core of this one is comprised of devoted, dedicated and downright talented women. It is a story whose first chapters were written largely by a mother and her two oldest daughters, but it would be a tale not worth telling without a host of other women and … yes, several men who have joined the family tree. “We have always hired the best people, “Jim Greiner said. “Many of them just happen to be women.” Greiner himself had learned about rafting in the region from Clemson students serving as interns in his Virginia Parks and Recre-

The founders of Wildwater Rafting, Jim and Jeanette Greiner, will celebrate 50 years in the outdoor adventure business in 2021.

She was a wife and young mother, but Jeannette Greiner was also a rafting enthusiast from the very beginning. Here, she is pictured in the earliest days of Wildwater Rafting.

ation Dept. programs. After personally rafting a portion of the Chattooga River he thought there might be a future in the business, but he wasn’t about to give up his day job. So, off went Jeannette in the summer of ’71 to test the waters of a rafting business in Upstate South Carolina. Operating out of a former four-room schoolhouse on US Highway 76 (now a pizza restaurant), she purchased food, packed trip lunches, took reservations, checked in guests, ran the store, prepared staff dinners and ran shuttles to and from the river. Technically speaking, she was the chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Wildwater Rafting. In reality, she said she was “the chief cook, bottle washer, reservationist and shuttle driver.” The children — Becky, Beverly, Jeff and Jamie — were 10 years and younger. “Becky and Bev were involved from the getgo,” Jeannette said. “I was 10. I was taking reservations, packing lunches and cleaning up,” Becky said, noting that her early enthusiasm for the business may have also had something to do with the number of “cute guys” that worked at or were guests of Wildwater. SUMMER 2019 › 15


Initially, business was good, but it got much better in a hurry after Field & Stream magazine wrote a story on Southeast rafting, and after Warner Brothers released the movie “Deliverance” in 1972. Within two years, the Chattooga had been designated a “wild and scenic” river by the federal government, and people were flocking to run its rapids. “Before ‘Deliverance’ no one knew about rafting east of the Mississippi,” Jim said. “The Atlanta Constitution ran an article, and that became our largest market.” Well-known retailer Ervin Jackson Jr., of J.B. Ivey & Company, booked an outing and was so impressed by the Wildwater operation that he became the company’s biggest promoter, distributing flyers for the rafting firm throughout the Southeast. Jeannette continued to pay the bills, do the payroll and take care of the accounting through the ’70s and into the ’80s. However, as business boomed, a full-time manager, Juanita Guinn, was hired in 1978. The first full-time female raft guide at Wildwater was Olympic paddler Kim Goertner. Many other female guides followed her. The first Chattooga River manager/chief guide was also a female — Annie Kenyon Scarborough.  NEW GENERATIONS Becky eventually graduated from lunches and reservations to become a guide. By 1981 her proficiency had earned her the title of trip leader and {at right} Cricket Wise Barnett is the third generation of women in the Greiner family to hold a key management position at Wildwater Rafting, one of the Southeast’s leading providers of whitewater rafting and other outdoor adventures. • {below} Jeff Greiner, Jim and Jeanette’s oldest son, is currently president of Adventure America Canopy Tours based in Asheville, NC. The firm offers authentic, full-length, state-ofthe-art Zipline Canopy Tours at five different locations across the Southeast.

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Young Becky Greiner is shown guiding a raft through some of the heavy currents of the Wild & Scenic Chattooga River during her early days as a rafting guide.

guide scheduler for Section 4, where the most fabled set of rapids, the Five Falls, provides the ultimate rafting experience. She went on to manage the firm’s Ocoee operations and met and married Jack Wise, himself a veteran of the whitewater industry. In 1986 he became manager of the original Chattooga operation based in Long Creek. (In 1978 the business purchased, renovated and moved into facilities at the historic Long Creek Academy, which had been built as a “Beaverdam Baptist mountain mission school” in 1914.) Today, Jack is vice president and CEO of Wildwater. Becky is webmaster for Wildwater, Falling Waters Resort and Canopy Tours. Meanwhile, their daughter, Cricket — the third generation of the Greiner family — is adding to the family footprint. “I loved growing up in the rafting business,” Cricket said. “I knew from the time I was in high school that I wanted to work at Wildwater.”

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The success of Wildwater Rafting is rooted in family. Here, Jim Greiner, who founded the company with his wife, Jeanette, in 1971, is surrounded by extended family members; almost all have contributed, or continue to contribute, to the company’s success.

In 2012 she applied to her dad for a management position in the company. He asked her to interview. “You have to know my dad,” she smiled when asked about whether an interview was really necessary. She didn’t get that job, but her father did offer her the job of operations manager at Nantahala. She jumped at the chance. There she reconnected with a boy she had dated while attending Walhalla High School. In 2013 she and Trey Barnett were married. Last year she returned as operations manager at Chattooga, while Trey continues to serve as office manager and regional marketing director at Nantahala. In two years, Wildwater will mark its 50th anniversary. As Jim and Jeanette Greiner reflect back on what they started, they believe that the thread of family woven through the decades has contributed to Wildwater’s success. 18 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

“It’s always been about family,” Jeannette said, “from the top down; even among the guides … they live in the same houses, eat together, work and kayak and hike together. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that families are the biggest market we serve.” “I think the involvement of women has also brought more of a family feel,” said Becky. “I know that having women involved has provided more confidence to new female employees,” Cricket added. “Female guides have told me that my presence gave them more confidence.” Oh, by the way, Cricket and Trey just became parents of Raelyn. It appears there may be more chapters to be written in the story of the women of Wildwater. n For more information, pricing or to make reservations for any Wildwater adventures, visit: wildwaterrafting.com.

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Summer means it’s time to ‘raft up’ on the lake story by Dari Mullins

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These sponsored events often go way beyond the traditional raft up and become destination experiences. With professional riders, private demos, educational sessions and even off-water activities such as golf, poker runs and banquets, these regattas are family-friendly events with lots to offer everyone. Boat dealers also sponsor raft ups. A quick internet search can connect you with many opportunities to join like-minded owners in raft ups. Last year, Watersports Central hosted a small event at Buddy’s Island on Lake Keowee. “We had a great time and even had a floating picnic table on pontoons show up to join in the fun,” a representative of the Senecabased company said. While these annual events are great, real fun often happens when friends simply gather for floating and fellowship. Thanks to cellphones and social media, it’s very easy to let everyone know when and where to meet. Whether joining a crowd at a waterfall, stopping off at a rope swing or just floating at Buddy’s Island, raft ups are a big part of lake life. Boat manufacturers such as Nautique are now hosting regional raft up regattas. Their first in the South will be held this June in Alabama. Photo courtesy of Nautique Boats

WHETHER JOINING A CROWD AT A WATERFALL, STOPPING OFF AT A ROPE SWING OR JUST FLOATING AT BUDDY’S ISLAND, RAFT UPS ARE A BIG PART OF LAKE LIFE.


Local boat dealers such as Watercraft Central in Seneca are promoting the fun of rafting up. Last summer the firm hosted a raft up at Buddy’s Island. Photo by Dari Mullins

Preparation for a raft up is key. Be sure to bring a sturdy anchor (or two), and plenty of fenders and dock lines to ensure your boat is protected as much as possible. Raft ups are fun for all ages and portable games, such as Can Jam or Corn Hole, are always popular with kids or adults. As for food and beverages, it is a good idea to bring food and snacks for those in your party as well as extra for those who may forget or run out. If you plan to pool food with other boaters, be sure you bring enough for everyone. The captain of the vessel should be the designated driver and have water or non-alcoholic beverages to drink. If you plan to consume alcohol, bring enough, but not too much. If you don’t allow bottles of liquor on your boat, encourage guests to mix a drink in an insulated bottle. “Jello” shots are another option. Whether you allow liquor or not, be sure to bring plenty of water. Alternating water and alcoholic beverages keeps you hydrated and helps minimize the possibility of becoming too intoxicated. Sometimes it isn’t possible to plan a raft up, but if you can plan to arrive at a location at the same time as the other boaters it’s easy to just tie up. The heaviest boat should set the anchor and get in position as the host boat. Then, one boat at a time should ease up to the vessel. Be sure fenders are deployed on both boats and have dock lines ready. Try to align boats of the same height together. Also alternate tying up on either side of the host vessel to keep the raft up balanced. Have boats facing the same way so it is easier to pass from vessel to vessel using the swim platforms. Try to minimize climbing over rails and ropes to prevent injury. There are lots of good places on lakes Keowee and Hartwell for raft ups. Some are well known, while others are well-kept secrets. Lake Jocassee has beautiful scenery, but is a smaller, quieter lake, which doesn’t always make for good raft ups. There are surprisingly few “rules” regarding tying up with other boats. Officer DJ Riley, of the SC Dept. of Natural Resources, said the main requirement is boaters cannot block a main channel. When going in and out of a cove, he recommends remaining at idle speed, as it is illegal to pass within 50 feet of boaters at higher speeds. If an organization or business is going to hold a large event — such as a fishing tournament, fireworks display or advertised event — a DNR permit is required. Usually permits can be obtained within HM3-90534 Town Ad-4.5x12.indd 1

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ups is loud music and sometimes fights break out. Neighbors sometimes complain of the noise, he said, but there is no noise ordinance on the lake and the county’s noise ordinance usually doesn’t take effect until 10 p.m. Rafting up requires being respectful of other boats. Don’t board or step across another vessel without asking permission, and be aware of who is around you. If there are young children, watch your language and music choices. When pulling up to a large gathering of boat-

The coves and islands of Lake Keowee and Lake Hartwell provide perfect settings for summer raft ups. Photo by Heather McCurry

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{above} The Eastern Festival Orchestra will return this summer to provide a highlight classical concert event. Photo by Marie Freeman • {at left} Visual arts programming will consist of several new exhibitions this year, as well as the national, juried Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. Photo courtesy of Appalachian State University • {below} Some of the biggest names in music have entertained crowds at An Appalachian Summer Festival. In 2015 it was the Beach Boys who headlined the event. Photo by Marie Freeman

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Then, in 1984, we did more classical music. The Rosens brought some chamber music up from South Florida, and the North Carolina Symphony was among the first groups to perform.” For several years, the festival was viewed as a classical music event for seasonal southerners. Eventually, however, the community began investing. Organizers partnered with the Chamber of Commerce to promote the festival as a summer tourism

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centerpiece presented by Appalachian State University. From three or four classical events presented throughout the summer the festival was condensed into four to six weeks featuring dozens of performances, clinics and lectures. Music now ranges from Bach’s fugues and Chopin’s piano classics, to jazz by Doc Watson, to the cool vibes of the Beach Boys. Attendees can take in visual arts, theater and dance. There are ju-

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{above} Located in the high country of Western North Carolina, some 27,000 people descend on the campus of Appalachian State University during the month-long run of An Appalachian Summer Festival. Photo courtesy of Appalachian State University {below} The Schaefer Center is a primary festival venue offering a 1,673-seat multi-use auditorium that features orchestra and balcony level seating and a proscenium stage. Photo courtesy of Appalachian State University

an opportunity for young artists across North Carolina to launch their careers in classical music. A festival favorite, Pilobolus, returns for an evening of shapeshifting, shadowplay and other expressive explorations of dance. The North Carolina Black Repertory Company returns this summer with its production of “Plenty of Time,” following the 43-year romance between an unlikely pair, a debutant from an elite black family and a working-class young man full of dreams about changing the 30 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING


Each year An Appalachian Summer Festival brings in some of the biggest names in popular music. In 2014 thousands attended an outdoor performance by Little Big Town. Photo by Marie Freeman

world. The festival schedule includes an additional theatrical production, “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical,” which combines improv comedy and Broadway music. The Helene and Stephen Weicholz Global Film Series will once again offer award-winning international film programming, while the Young People’s Global Film Series will feature an array of films from around the world for children and teens. Visual arts programming will consist of several new exhibitions as well as the national, juried Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition now in its 33rd year. Educational activities, including workshops and a lunchtime lecture series round out the festival’s diverse programming menu. “Our programming mix is good. Every season is different. A diverse program attracts a diverse audience,” Ringler said, “and, thanks to corpo-

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Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains at Boone, NC, Appalachian State University has a wide range of facilities and recital halls suitable for festival productions. They include: • The Schaefer Center: a 1,673-seat multiuse auditorium that features orchestra and balcony level seating and a proscenium stage. • Valborg Theatre: a 334-seat modified thrust performance venue. The furthest seat from the edge of the stage is 40 feet away.

Details are available and tickets may be purchased through An Appalachian Summer Festival’s box office Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., at 800.841.ARTS (2787) or on the festival’s website, www.appsummer.org

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• The George M. Holmes Convocation Center: a multi-purpose arena that can be configured into a 6,500-seat venue for concerts.

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1830s, she also knows all about how Dexter and another surveyor, C.O. Pascalis, went on to lay out the city, which remains famous for its wide streets, parkways and historic “winter cottages.” (They are not your basic “cottage” since they must have at least 22 rooms.) The duo created space for 200 parks that are modern-day green spaces, shaded by original pines and added hardwoods, and surrounded by one-way streets over 100 feet wide. It is not uncommon to stop your car for a crossing horse or carriage. Horses have the right-of-way in Aiken, and it might be the only city where the buttons to change traffic lights are high enough for a rider on horseback to reach. Polo fields, horse racing and training facilities, steeplechase, flats, and sulky races make Aiken an equestrian and polo lover’s dream. However, Aiken is not a one-horse town when it comes to the interests of tourists. Downtown Aiken is home to a blend of boutiques, eateries and antique stores that contribute to an atmosphere of simple Southern charm. Seekers of a getaway who desire casual yet elegant accommodations and dining, a variety of historical sites, museums and attractions, an eclectic culture and shopping district will find it all in Aiken, whose website aptly describes the city as “A Place Like No Other.” When visiting, the “Must see list” should include:

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day, 2-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 2-5 p.m. AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM Located inside Banksia (named after the Banksia rose), one of Aiken’s “winter cottages,” the museum is an ever-changing display of Aiken’s past, present and future. The building is the original home to Richard Howe, a northern horseman and owner of the International Harvester Company. The original cottage, built in 1860, was not big enough to be an Aiken cottage so Howe moved it to its present site; it now has 32 rooms with 15 bathrooms and a ballroom. The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 2-5 p.m. Admission is free. SHOP AND DINE ON LAURENS STREET Strolling Aiken’s downtown should be required. The city’s beautifully landscaped town square is filled with flowers and fountains, and its wide streets, with ample free parking, make it an inviting place to spend an afternoon or evening. The Aiken Center for the Arts is home to the work of new local and national artists, and clothing boutiques, outdoor stores and antique shops abound. The laid-back Aiken Brewing Company, the exquisite locally sourced cuisine at Malias, or “the best grits in the South” at Betsy’s Round the Corner are three excellent choices. Just a block or two away is The Stables at Rose Hill Estate where an equestrian atmosphere highlights the dining experience. n For information on all there is to see and do in Aiken as well as finding out about special events, accommodations and dining, call the Aiken Visitors Center at 888.245.3672 or 803.293.7846; or visit the website at www.visitaikensc.com

{at top}It is not uncommon to stop your car for a crossing horse or carriage in Aiken, where horses have the right-ofway. Photo by Barry Bornstein {middle} Rye Patch houses a carriage museum, a guest cottage, rose garden and the original restored stables that contain Aiken’s historic, fiberglass painted horses. Photo by Bill Bauer {at right} To date, 40 champions have been inducted into the Thoroughbred Hall of Fame, all of which trained at the famous Aiken track from 1942 to the present.

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AS GRAND AND GRACEFUL AS EVER, THE WILLCOX NOW DRAWS PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO ENJOY PERSONAL SERVICE, GRACIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS, EXCELLENT CUISINE AND THE OWNERS’ INDIVIDUAL INTERPRETATION OF THE “AIKEN LIFESTYLE.”

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A white-pillared colonial revival landmark on the National Historic Register, The Willcox is a treasured piece of the city’s history and serves as both the living room of the community and a second home to out-oftown guests. “At The Willcox, we are home to our visitors as well as our locals,” said Tina McCarthy, general manager. “We pride ourselves in being an inn where guests can relax and be pampered while spending a few days or a week in Aiken, and also be a daily respite that Aikenites can call home.” Located just a few short blocks from Laurens Street, downtown Aiken’s shopping and dining center, The Willcox is a picture of easygoing elegance. Inviting rocking chairs line the porch, which gives way to a spacious and comfortable lobby and sitting area, restaurant, spa, library and cocktail lounge. Twenty-

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{above} Participants in a clinic look on as Mike Lissner, director of tennis at The Reserve at Lake Keowee, shows some serve and volley techniques. • {below} Chrissie Lissner offers up serves to Reserve tennis players during last year’s grass court play. Clinics and tournaments are all part of what has become a Wimbledon-in-the-Upstate event at The Reserve at Lake Keowee.

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As in the past, the singles and doubles courts will be open for two to three weeks with Lissner and his wife and fellow professional, Chrissie, offering complimentary clinics that concentrate on teaching members the differences of playing on a grass court. “The game of tennis started on a grass court so it’s great for our tennis enthusiasts to experience firsthand how this game began and take on a new challenge,” Lissner said. “We teach them that the style of game is very different from what they see on hard or clay courts. I think they gain some understanding for what the tour professionals at Wimbledon experience after playing on our grass courts. “Tennis has gotten very big here,” Lissner said, noting that some 150 residents regularly play on The Reserve’s four hard clay courts and enjoy a nice clubhouse and tennis lounge. “We have 50 to 75 members who are very regular, our clinics always have between 2040 members and the Friday night tennis socials are pretty popular,” added Lissner, a New York native who is now the top ranked player in South Carolina in his age group. At the Reserve in July, however, clay will give way to grass as members enjoy some friendly, yet competitive, play and spectators enjoy a garden party of champagne, strawberries and cream and delicious hors d’oeuvres on the Great Lawn. n

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For two to three weeks in July the Great Lawn at The Reserve at Lake Keowee takes on a distinctly Wimbledon-esque feel as members of The Reserve club play on a couple of special grass courts.

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This is the ninth move Mike and Kitzi Craig have made during their married lives. The new home on Lake Keowee is all about family … past, present and future. • {inset} This is the original Craig home located on the Keowee River in Pickens County. The home and its acreage served three generations of the family before being purchased by Duke Energy. The family cemetery was relocated when the river valley was flooded.

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Mike and Kitzi Craig have moved nine times in their married lives, but, more than ever, what they expect will be their final move — a September 2018 relocation from Greenville to a lake home just north of Seneca — was about family. In fact, not only was the decision to buy a lot and build a home about being able to gather family, but the house itself was designed to be about family … past, present and future. “My husband’s family’s roots are at Lake Keowee. Or, I guess I could say the roots are under Lake Keowee,” Kitzi wrote in a note introducing her home to Upstate Lake Living. Indeed they are. Among the family’s heirlooms is a copy of the charter signed by King George III, granting the Craig family ownership of land in the Carolina colonies in the 1700s. At least three generations, dating to before the Civil War, have lived specifically in the Keowee River Valley. Mike’s great grandfather, John, is among the family members whose graves were relocated from a cemetery on the family farm to a private burial plot near the old Pickens Presbyterian Church. That’s when Duke Energy purchased most of the 1,20058 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

acre farm and the family moved to higher ground in the 1960s. Mike himself was seven when the family relocated, but even after the sale the resulting Lake Keowee was center stage in Mike’s life. “I grew up on that lake,” he said. “My dad and I would go fishing and when I was in high school … I went to Pickens High School … we would take out ski boats and go swimming at Crow Landing. “I forgot how much I loved Lake Keowee,” he added, explaining part of the motivation he and Kitzi had to build a home on the lake. “When we decided to build a lake house, there was no other place to build than Lake Keowee,” said Kitzi, adding that she was also encouraged by a desire to have a place where family could come and stay. “We have 30- and 28-year-old daughters and two grandchildren that live in Greenville,” she said, “but when you live that close » CONTINUED ON PG. 60

{above} Among the family’s heirlooms is this dinner bell, which called at least three generations of Craig family members from farm fields that now lie at the bottom of Lake Keowee. Today it sits in the backyard of the family’s new lake home, a testament to generational respect.


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you end up going out to dinner and then everyone goes home. I wanted a place where our family could come and stay.” So, a lot was purchased, the couple designed a totally functional home with no wasted space, and Mike hired family — his cousin, Jerry Atkinson — to build it. Meanwhile, Kitzi, an interior designer, teamed up with residential designer Lucynda Moore to create a home that reflects the Craig family in countless ways. Bookshelves lining both sides of the front entrance foyer attest to the couple’s love of books, and at the end on one set of shelves, is the first evidence of an abiding love of family — a stained glass window created from various pieces collected over three generations. “This was my grandmother’s,” she said pointing to one piece, “and this was my mother’s. This piece belonged to Mike’s mother. Every one of them was in the family.” The window is particularly beautiful at night when a light over the stairway to the lower level provides backlighting. The entry level has an open design with » CONTINUED ON PG. 62

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The kitchen/dining area is designed for functionality and family gatherings. Unique features include open shelving for dining ware and a transom window under the cabinets to draw in natural light. Kitzi even salvaged pieces of the stair rails in her grandparents’ home and converted them into corbels that accent the range top. • {below} The couple’s love of reading is evidenced by the bookshelves that line the foyer entrance. In the left foreground is a stained glass window made from individual pieces of glass collected by family members over three generations.


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a great room that flows seamlessly into a kitchen and dining area. A large, gas fireplace dominates the lakeside wall and opens on both sides, providing interior warmth in the winter and taking the chill off a screened porch in the spring and fall. “We wanted a big porch because, between May and November we pretty much live out there,” Mike said. “The fireplace was pretty much the starting point on our design.” The designing ladies also allowed Mike into the planning mix when it came to the kitchen, where he is “at home.” “I’m the cook so I wanted easy access to everything,” he said, pointing to a 6-burner range, double oven, beer/wine refrigerator and large farm sink. As is the case throughout the home, unique features abound in the kitchen. There is open shelving for dining ware, a transom window under the cabinets to draw in natural light and even a slotted drawer that hides the paper towel dispenser. Kitzi salvaged pieces of

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{at left} On each side of the bed in the master suite is a painting made from a family photograph. This one features Kitzi’s grandmother and mother seated on a park bench. In the other photo, members of Mike’s family are shown swimming in the Keowee River. • {below} A large, gas fireplace dominates the lakeside wall of the great room and also serves to take the chill off a screened porch in the spring and fall. Between May and November the couple said they “pretty much live ” on the porch.


the handrails in her grandparents’ home and converted them into corbels that accent the range top, and there is a unique workplace island whose granite countertop extends out to envelop an intimate booth for family dining. “We wanted everything to be functional … no wasted space,” Kitzi said. “That’s why we don’t have a formal dining room.” “We are huge Clemson fans and, when we have friends over, this is where everyone gathers,” Mike added, gesturing toward the vast open area of the combined rooms and the porch beyond. A small door off the kitchen leads to a grilling deck where Mike eventually plans to have an outdoor kitchen. The windows on that side of the room open to allow people on the deck to be served from inside the kitchen. On the opposite wall, a small hall leading to the garage and stairs to the lower level can be closed off by one of

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A gas fireplace in the great room also opens onto a screened porch. Kitzi’s love of art is reflected in paintings throughout the home, particularly in this room, which is open to a kitchen/ dining area to the right.

three doors that hang from exterior rails. (Another separates the bedroom from the master bath, and the third is a screen door that can be closed and secured with an oldfashioned hook latch to safeguard the stairs from curious grandchildren.) Kitzi’s love of art is reflected in paintings throughout the home, none dearer, however, than a pair of commissioned works mounted over the nightstands on each side of their bed in the master suite. One was drawn from a photo of her grandmother and mother seated on a park bench. The other was drawn from a picture of several of Mike’s relatives wading in the Keowee River at a place that became known as Craig’s Rock. The bedroom and master bath are both spacious as is the walk-in closet beyond the bath. Attesting, again, to the functionality of the home, the laundry is located between the closet and a door leading to the main part of the home. Another door from the master leads to the screened porch. Two guest suites are also all about family. Intended to be used primarily by their married daughters — Kathryn Martin and Malinda McCrary — and grandchildren, each features a baby crib nook. The lower level has an expansive “game 64 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

room” with a sliding door to a large patio. An interior wall is covered with family photos and Mike pauses to point out his grandfather as well as a favorite great-uncle. This level also has an additional bedroom that will become a bunkroom as the grandchildren get older. The eclectic nature of Kitzi’s personality is displayed in the adjoining bath where the globes on the vanity lights were formerly “exit” lights and where the towels are embroidered with the home’s latitude and longitude. The couple’s sons-in-law have staked claim to a current storage room, vowing to make it into a game room. “I told them they are going to have to do it and I refuse to call it a man cave,” she joked. “I have daughters.” From top to bottom, the Craig home is about family, from those whose roots extend back two and one-half centuries to grandchildren whose adult memories will be forged aboard Grandpa Mike’s boat fishing and skiing on the lake of his youth. n Kitzi Craig and her daughter Malinda are partners in City Lights, a design and home furnishings business on Ram Cat Alley in Seneca. Mike still owns and operates an office furniture business in Greenville.

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olf architect William B. Lewis has left his mark on a dozen golf courses throughout the Southeast, designing layouts on Florida’s flat terrain, South Carolina’s gentle hills and North Carolina’s undulating mountains. In 1965, Lewis took his skills to new heights, literally, creating a masterpiece near the top of 5,517foot Bald Mountain just north of Asheville, NC. At 4,800 feet above sea level, Wolf Laurel Country Club is mountain golf at its finest where the elevation changes as much as 1,200 feet while playing 18 unique holes. Driving the course is a roller coaster ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the only way to enjoy the wonderful round of golf Wolf Laurel offers. A tree-lined, winding country road off NC Highway 19 on the road to Burnsville takes you into The Preserve, a gated residential community, past the historic Buck House Inn on Bald Mountain Creek, and up the mountain, opening to a magnificent mountaintop vista and the Wolf Laurel Country Club’s restaurant, clubhouse and golf course. It is here that a true golf adventure can begin. According to PGA Golf Professional Bobby Anglin, “Wolf Laurel is one of the most scenic golf courses anyone will ever play. And, at 4,800 feet, the summertime temperatures hover between 75 and 80 degrees, which is perfect golfing weather.”

“Wolf Laurel is one of the most scenic golf courses anyone will ever play.” Bobby Anglin PGA Golf Professional

This photo offers a clear example of how every hole at Wolf Laurel Country Club is lined by woods that play as lateral hazards, challenging the accuracy of every shot. Photo by Bill Bauer

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Celebrating its 20th year, Wolf Laurel was purchased by a group of property owners who converted it into a private course in 1999. Today, however, it is open to the public for guests staying at partnering venues such as the Buck House Inn. At 5,847 feet from the white tees, Wolf Laurel’s layout is not overly long. Its difficulty is also not found in its water hazards, as there are only a couple of holes where water comes into play. Bunkers? There are only 10. Anglin describes what makes the course challenging in this way: “Every hole is lined with woods, so we play them as lateral hazards. And, there are no parallel holes where you can hit the ball into another fairway. The course is tight Hole No. 6 drops over 200 feet from tee to green. It also sports a spectacular 50-mile view from the upper tees and easily carries the signature hole label. As with all five par-3 holes on the course, it is important to judge the elevation change when selecting a club.

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as a whole, with plenty of doglegs, so there are many holes you can challenge off the tee to set up a much shorter and easier approach. But, if (your drive) is not straight, oftentimes it will lead to a penalty stroke.” Club selection is also a consideration as the elevation changes from tee to green are huge on several holes. Hole number 10, which Anglin sees as the best scoring hole, is a dogleg left, par-5 with a drop of 300 feet from the tee to the fairway. Measuring 535 yards, the longest hole on the course, it has the biggest elevation change. A nice straight tee shot into the fairway below often lends itself to a downhill second shot that offers the opportunity to reach the green in two, giving a chance at eagle. “Five par-3s make Wolf Laurel unique, and it is extremely important to judge the elevation change on all of them, especially numbers 2 and 6,” says Anglin. Two plays two-three clubs uphill and six drops over 200 feet from tee to green. It also sports a spectacular 50-mile view from the upper tees and easily carries the signature hole label. It plays considerably shorter than its yardage would indicate, and Anglin suggests playing 4-5 clubs less on this hole as short is also better than long. Wolf Laurel’s tees and fairways are bluegrass, and its greens are bent. They are fast, tiered and undulating. While they appear relatively flat, they are often affected by typical mountain topography. “What we call the mountain effect can have a big influence on how the ball rolls and breaks,” Anglin explained. “It is always important to evaluate the slope of the mountain when trying to read the putts. Downhill putts are especially quick, and keeping the ball below the hole is the key to success on this course.”

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PLAY ON OUR LAKES AND STAY SAFE! Boating Safety Checklist BEFORE LEAVING, I … q Checked the weather q Told someone where I am going q Gathered all lifesaving devises and made sure they are in good condition q Checked the fuel and battery charge q Made sure lights are in good working condition on the boat and trailer q Made sure the fire extinguisher is readily available q Put the plug in

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AT WOLF LAUREL COUNTRY CLUB GUESTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO “ELEVATE, ESCAPE, AND ENJOY.” Every golf course has its risk and reward holes and also a hole or two where par is your friend. Number 13 is a challenging 460-yard, par 4 that, although playing downhill, has a creek running across the fairway making the tee shot difficult for long hitters. A layup with an approach from an awkward downhill lie to a small undulating green makes this hole one where you will be happy to take four and move on. Open from May through October, Wolf Laurel is busy, averaging over 6,000 rounds of golf. Its well-appointed, fully stocked pro shop and restaurant overlook Bald Mountain, the third highest peak in the Appalachians. The clubhouse restaurant, with its expansive deck, offers vista views to accompany a complete menu overseen by Executive Chef Jacob Pacetti. At Wolf Laurel Country Club guests are encouraged to “Elevate, Escape, and Enjoy.” One trip up Bald Mountain will get it done. n Wolf Laurel is located in Mars Hill, NC, 27 miles from Asheville. Wolf Laurel’s website http://www.wolflaurelcountryclub.com provides a number of places to stay that offer golf privileges to non-members. Its “Discovery Package” offers a condo, villa or home for golfers and non-golfers to experience its mountaintop amenities and can be available by calling 800.221.0409. Tee times can be arranged by calling the Pro Shop at 828.680.9772.

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ransforming lives with love and compassion. That is the mission of Foothills Care Center. And, while the goal of this 28-year-old organization may not have changed, the delivery system has evolved dramatically in recent years. Once Foothills Pregnancy Center, not only has the name changed to better underscore the mission, but locations and services have changed and expanded under the guidance of new names and faces. “We are totally focused Dr. Cheryl Kubacz on the whole person, including the boyfriend, husband or father. We believe that if a heart is transformed, people will choose life,” said one of those new faces, Director Dr. Cheryl Kubacz, whose background

in medicine made her hiring last November something of a departure for the agency’s board of directors. The former Foothills volunteer recalls the fortuitous series of events that led from her professional training in preventive medicine to her appointment as Foothills CEO, something she said her husband predicted would happen. “I thought that was ridiculous because there was not a job available, to my knowledge, that fit the picture of preventive medicine,” she recalled. And, yet, within two months the previous CEO announced she was stepping down and asked Kubacz to pray about applying for the job.   “I believed in that moment that I would not consider the job,” she said. “I had my own practice and was happy with my life as it was.” However, through prayer and a series of confirming events she was led into the directorship. “I opened my eyes to see that what we believe to be the path we are supposed to be on, may not be the path God will put us on. As I truly look at my skill set, professional experience and international mission work, I see how I have been prepared for this current mission,” she said from her office in the agency’s

facilities at 207 N. Main St. in Seneca. It is from these neatly organized offices that Foothills provides not only free pregnancy testing and free ultrasound screenings, but also offers a wide range of counseling and classes. “We work to prevent unwanted pregnancy by helping transform hearts so that they do not make choices that create negative consequences,” Kubacz said. “We are not just a crisis pregnancy center. If we only operate to stop the bleeding of a crisis, then we participate in enabling the cycle of destruction and co-dependency. “We use prevention. We empower. We love. We do not condemn.” The spectrum of client care classes even includes financial planning. “We have a program that asks them to save $10 a week, and if they come to us after a year and have that $500 we match that savings,” Kubacz said. “We have basic health and nutrition classes and post-abortion recovery classes. We stay with the clients through the first year of the baby’s life, asking them to meet with a mentor one hour every two weeks.” One of the stops the Foothills mobile unit makes is at the jail where a ministry began three years ago.

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“We are spirit led. We believe that people choose abortion because they feel they have no other options. We want to share the truth of saving lives, using different verbiage and a different method. We are doing it by simply loving on people.” - Foothills Care Center Director Dr. Cheryl Kubacz “Again, we are trying to transform hearts,” the director said, adding that when these clients leave jail they have the potential to reach people the program would, otherwise, never come in contact with. “We try to equip them with skills and, in some cases, they become disciples for the program.” Last year, Foothills opened a clinic in Clemson and launched a program offering sexually transmitted infection testing. “Through health testing and treatment, this office creates an opportunity for us to be involved with the campus community, which is really at the heart of what we do,” she said. Walk-in clients are accepted but, with a limited paid staff and a small group of well-trained volunteers to provide medical and counseling services, most clients are seen by appointment. Doctors, other medical facilities and a network of supportive churches are primary referral sources.

“Typically, we see four clients an hour,” Kubacz said. “Sometimes we’re slammed, and other times it’s only two or three an hour. “It’s a lot of work, but compassion isn’t always easy.” It’s also not inexpensive. “We survive off community support. Local churches are our largest source, but we also have some very generous individual supporters. And, of course, we do fundraisers,” she said, listing an annual baby bottle drive, golf tournament and banquet among others. Volunteers are also crucial to the mission. While only a select few are chosen to receive the training needed to counsel clients, many others provide services ranging from answering phones, to doing laundry, to being client care advocates. “We always need more,” Kubacz said, “especially volunteers with medical skills. Our nurse

right now is only part-time, and we could really use more help.” With all that is going on at Foothills, Kubacz is also leading a charge to increase community awareness of the agency and its new approach to carrying out its mission. “We are spirit led,” she said. “We believe that people choose abortion because they feel they have no other options. We want to share the truth of saving lives, using different verbiage and a different method. “We are doing it by simply loving on people,” she said. n Foothills Care Center is located at 207 N. Main St., Seneca. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2-5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Call 864.882.8796 or visit: foothillscarecenter.com for an appointment, to volunteer or for more information.

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EVERY DAD has his LAKE DAY story and photos by Lauren Pierce

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here’s nothing quite like fishing with your father and the feeling of being wide-eyed and hopeful as you experience your first bite — unsure if it is really a nibble or if you’re about to catch something bigger than your finger. Fishing with Dad is a time-honored tradition and a right of passage for many sons and daughters. That first experience of time shared on the lake is frequently recalled, particularly at Father’s Day … that one time each year we pause to celebrate the great men who helped raise us. For many who live in the Upstate, there’s no better place to celebrate Father’s Day than at the lake. From cruising on Dad’s favorite boat, to sharing the seat of a Jet Ski, to reeling in a good catch while fishing, the lake provides a perfect backdrop to celebrate all things “Dad.” Boat shops around the Upstate typically see

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an increase in shoppers near Father’s Day for items ranging from American flags and flagpoles to captain’s hats, fishing gear and even bass boats. Mike Noel, of Seneca, received fishing equipment and a kayak holder from his daughter Amy one Father’s Day. “My wife and I use it year-round, and I was definitely thankful to receive gear from my daughter. I just love to fish, and we live out on the lake as well,” Noel said. Even if you can’t make it out on the lake for Father’s Day, a simple, lake-inspired gift will do the trick and have your dad feeling like he’s already out on the water. Tanner Shope, son of Boathouse of Seneca owner Dana Shope, bought his dad a 5-foot-4inch Liquid Force wakesurf board for Father’s Day when he was 10 years old. “The reason behind it is just because I wanted to get behind it, too. It’s just a father and son thing. In general, water sports are our thing,” the younger Shope said. “He was so excited and it took him awhile to get used to it,

THE LAKE PROVIDES A PERFECT BACKDROP TO CELEBRATE ALL THINGS “DAD.” If Dad still has the itch to get out behind the boat, you might want to consider taking him shopping and letting him see the array of wakeboards and skiing paraphernalia available today.


{at left} Father’s Day is a great time to gift Dad with a new life jacket. {at right} Looking for a practical and less expensive gift for your dad who is still “surfing” the lake? Perhaps a new towrope is in order.

but once he got it, he got it. He still has that board from 13 years ago.” The Boathouse business itself was forged by love between father and son, a bond that has allowed the store to flourish for the past four years. “It was most definitely a passion, turned hobby, turned business for us,” Shope said. While not all lake-related gifts are affordable for some, practical gifts such as clothing can put a smile on Dad’s face and, as they say, it’s the thought that counts! “I got a Guy Harvey shirt once, and I have loved them. They are light, made of wicking material and can be worn all yearlong. I’ve got four of them now,” said Rick Barrett, adding that the shirts protect him from UV rays as well as pesky bugs since he buys them with long sleeves.

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Seneca’s Chad Hodge is convinced the best thing you can give a father is undivided attention, and that includes just spending time together on the lake. You could even pull up two chairs overlooking the lake and catch up on life. No gift required. “Time is better than any gift I could ever give him,” said Hodge. Whether it’s a physical gift Dad can use or just a little time together, be sure to do something extra special for Father’s Day this year … something he can remember and cherish for years to come. n Sometimes the gift of time spent together is simply the best Father’s Day gift you can give. Here, Jacob Pierce spends a little timed fishing with his dad, Preston.

LAKE CENTRIC GIFT IDEAS FOR ANY DAD Anyone can invest in a striped tie or an infamous “World’s Greatest Dad” mug for Father’s Day, but why go with the same old thing when gift ideas abound that will really make him feel like the lake is calling his name? For instance: • A bug repellent T-shirt and/or clothing are great for those summer days and nights spent out on the lake. • A captain’s hat may be the perfect gift for any dad who grew up watching “Gilligan’s Island” and wants to skipper his own ship. • Lake related books such as “The Knot Tying Bible” or “The Total Fishing Manual” are staples for the adventurous father. • Waterproof Bluetooth speakers always come in handy considering you’re surrounded by water. • Lifejackets are available at just about every boat shop. A new lifejacket can be a great gift to replace an old one. Remember, safety first! • Polarized sunglasses can save Dad’s eyesight by blocking that glare off the surface of the water. He’ll be sure to thank you when he can focus better on fishing or other lake activities.

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JUNE 13-30 DRIVING MISS DAISY Daisy Werthan, an elderly and wealthy widow living in the South, is determined to maintain her independence. But after crashing her car, her son arranges for her to have a chauffeur, an African American driver named Hoke Colburn. Both employer and employee are outsiders: Hoke because of the color of his skin, Miss Daisy because she is Jewish. After their relationship gets off to a rocky start, they gradually form a close friendship over the years, one that transcends racial prejudices and social conventions.

JUNE 18-19, 25-26 (7 P.M.) GOOD PEOPLE Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who has made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out.

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THRU JUNE 23 CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: THE MUSICAL   A fantastic Broadway musical! This high-flying musical comedy follows the riveting true story of a con artist seeking fame and fortune with nothing more than charm, imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks. Based on the 2002 Steven Spielberg film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, the delightful score by the team that brought you “Hairspray” is full of high-energy dance numbers.

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JULY 2-7 DEAR EVAN HANSEN A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, and a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. “Dear Evan Hansen” is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. It is winner of six 2017 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album!

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JULY 26 – AUGUST 18 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, this stage production is based on the 1980 hit movie. This hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought provoking and even a little romantic. Hey, a girl can scheme, can’t she?

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calendar of events JUNE 7-8 Seneca Rotary Club Poker Run on Lake Keowee; Friday, June 7 registration from 4-8 p.m. at The Lighthouse Restaurant, 1290 Doug Hollow Road; poker run June 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with winner announced at 4:30 p.m.; information at www. SenecaRotaryPokerRun.com

JUNE 8 West Union Fun in the Sun Festival features games, food and activities for children of all ages; for information, visit: www.scwestunion. com

JUNE 12 Duke’s World of Energy hosts “Nuclear rocks!� Kids will be painting rocks and taking them to various locations to spread the word about nuclear energy and the World of Energy; free; adult supervision required; 10 a.m.

JUNE 13-15 The Martin and Lewis Tribute Show; Tony Lewis and Tom Stevens come together to

capture the essence of Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin in this one-of-a-kind show; The Center For Art & Inspiration, Hendersonville, NC; 828.697.8547; for tickets, TheCenterAI. com

JUNE 14 Music on the Mountain at Table Rock Lodge at Table Rock State Park. Enjoy traditional Blue Grass music as local musicians gather. Visitors are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and join in a jam session or simply sit back to enjoy the music with the lake and mountains as a beautiful backdrop; 2-6 p.m.

JUNE 15 Americana & Folk Festival at Hagood Mill, 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens; bring lawn chairs and enjoy demonstrations of pottery, quilting, broom-making, spinning, woodcarving and more; free with $5 parking charge; 864.898.2936.

JUNE 19 The Roper Mountain Science Center brings

“Arcs and Sparks� to the World of Energy; free; adult supervision required; 10 a.m.

JUNE 22 Annual Antique & Vintage Show on the sidewalks of Main Street, Hendersonville; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; show features vintage, handmade, rustic, Mid-Century, industrial, collectibles and much more; held rain or shine; 828.233.3205;Â DowntownHendersonville.org

JUNE 25 Patriotic concert hosted by Walhalla Presbyterian Church and West Union Presbyterian Chapel; Walhalla Performing Arts Center, 101 E.N. Broad St., Walhalla; a community choir will pay tribute to our nation’s founding fathers and to all veterans and active duty military personnel; free admission; donations to assist Veterans’ Relief Fund.

JUNE 26 Blue Ridge Arts Center volunteers will paint lightbulbs with kids to celebrate the World of Energy’s 50th anniversary; free; adult

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JUNE 27 Celebrate the World of Energy’s 50th anniversary with all-day activities, including a community art project, nuclear bingo (2-4 p.m.) and refreshments and live entertainment in the evening; The World of Energy’s renovated Story of Energy self-guided exhibit will be open to the public during the celebration; for more information visit: www. duke-energy.com/energy-education/energycenters-and-programs/world-of-energy-atoconee-nuclear/upcoming-events

Clemsonfest, Fourth of July festival with live music, family activities and fireworks; 5-10 p.m.; Spittoono Field, Central, SC; $10 per car.

JULY 4 Seneca 4th of July Celebration, 6-9:30 p.m., Gignilliat Field; music by The Okaysions and The Wobblers; fireworks; for more information, visit: www.seneca.sc.us Salem 4th of July Celebration, 7-9:30 p.m.; fireworks; for more information, visit: www. salem.sc.us

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60th Hillbilly Days, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 120 Verner Mill Road, Mountain Rest; bluegrass music; clogging, fiddle and banjo competitions; greased pig and pole events; chicken barbecue; for more information, visit: www. mountainrestcommunityclub.com

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JULY 3 Independence Eve in Walhalla, 7-10 p.m., Walhalla soccer field; features music, fireworks and local food concessions.

Weekend Family Fun at Chimney Rock State Park; regular hours; challenge yourself on a 32-foot climbing tower, take in the

different views on many trails and even get up-close to some wilder staff at the July 4, 2 p.m. Family Animal Encounter; cost included with park admission (ages 5-15/$8; adults/$17). 800.277.9611; ChimneyRockPark.com

JULY 10 The Critter Keeper visits the World of Energy with all kinds of fun and exotic animals to see and touch; free; adult supervision required; 10 a.m.

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JULY 24 Kids will build and launch water-powered rockets at the World of Energy. Each child must bring two 2-Liter plastic bottles; free; adult supervision required; 10 a.m.

JULY 31 Clemson Extension brings a fun, engaging program to the World of Energy that teaches kids about water resources and the environment; free; adult supervision required; 10 a.m.

AUGUST 2 Music on the Mountain at Table Rock Lodge at Table Rock State Park. Enjoy traditional Blue Grass music as local musicians gather. Visitors are invited to bring their acoustic instruments and join in a jam session or simply sit back to enjoy the music with the lake and mountains as a beautiful backdrop; 2-6 p.m.

AUGUST 3 The Return, A Walhalla Performing Arts Center favorite, returns to the stage having brought their Beatles tribute performance to audiences all over the world; for tickets and information visit: WalhallaPAC.com

AUGUST 9 Walhalla Performing Arts Center presents James Gregory, ‘the funniest man in America’; this show is a fundraiser for the Shriners Hospitals for Children; for tickets and information visit: WalhallaPAC.com

AUGUST 9-10 Hendersonville Burning Can Festival: The best of the craft-beer-in-a-can lifestyle comes together in one packed weekend with activities in the morning and music all night, plus beer, mountain sports, food and revelry; Friday from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; $30-75; REEB Ranch.

AUGUST 17 Walhalla Performing Arts Center presents The Isaacs, a multi-award winning family group whose unique style showcases tight family

harmony and blends musical influences of bluegrass, rhythm & blues, folk, country and southern gospel; for tickets and information visit: WalhallaPAC.com

AUGUST 25 From Las Vegas to the Walhalla Performing Arts Center comes a brilliant tribute to Frank Sinatra featuring vocal sensation Dave Halston & His “Little Big Band;” join in a nostalgic evening of music featuring many of Frank Sinatra’s most popular songs; 7 p.m.; for tickets and information visit: WalhallaPAC.com

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calendar of events the Westminster Music Centre and city of Westminster host Music on Main; come celebrate music, food and family-friendly good times on Main Street, from 6-9 p.m.; free.

youth classes and workshops in ceramics, painting, printmaking, mixed media, fiber, photography and metals and jewelry; information at: explorearts.org.

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

Seneca hosts Cruzin’ on Main the first Saturday of every month, April thru October, 4-7 p.m., at downtown’s Norton-Thompson Park.

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

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

Seneca hosts Jazz on the Alley, every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. on Ram Cat Alley; bring your chairs and enjoy great music, food and camaraderie.

Westminster Music Centre hosts open mic night every second Wednesday of the month. No cost, obligation or ego here. Bring your instrument and your tunes for 20 minutes of fun. Limited refreshments available; 7 p.m.

Every Friday through August 23 is Music on Main Street concert series and Classic Car Show; Visitor Center, 201 S. Main St., Hendersonville; 7-9 p.m.; free; bring a chair; pets, alcoholic beverages and coolers are prohibited; seating area opens after 5:30 p.m. with early admission prohibited. The ARTS Center of Clemson, 212 Butler St., Clemson, offers registration for adult and

Rhythm & Brews is third Thursday through September; 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Headliner: Colby Dietz Band & Opener: Kenny George Band; free admission; offers music, food, beer, wine and cider from local companies and a children’s area; on Main Street in Hendersonville, between Caswell and Allen streets; no dogs allowed. 828.233.3216; DowntownHendersonville.org

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

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Living the lake life

BY DARI MULLINS

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he best memories are made on the water. For me, that is a fact. I spent every summer of my childhood on Lake James in North Carolina. My mom was from Florida and had been around water and boats her entire life. Her main request when she married my dad and they settled in Asheville was that he find some water and a boat. They purchased a boat before buying a television! I have vivid memories of lake life. From jumping off the dock, to floating on inner tubes and pulling my dad through the ski course. The time I spent on the water is precious to me. Once I grew up and married, my children were around the lake as much as possible. They did field sports in the summer so their water time was less than mine growing up, but we still found the time to teach all of them to swim, ski and enjoy the water. One of their best memories is their grandfather driving the boat and trying to flip them off the tube. Now, as young adults, they come visit and get on the water with me as much as possible. They love to ski, wakeboard and wake surf as often as they can throughout the summer. My daughter and son-in-law also enjoy kayaking and fishing. So, whether you like fast-paced activities like water sports and riding a personal water craft, or you prefer the slower pace of paddle boarding or fishing, there are memories to be made on the water. Speaking of which, I’ve found it easier to make those memories if one seizes the opportunity to disconnect. We live in a digital, always-connected world. We have gotten used to constantly having a phone in our hands, checking our email or sending a text message. No matter where we are, someone is almost always digitally pulling at us. Even the youngest family members can’t escape. Elementary students have cell phones, and often toddlers can be seen playing with a phone or tablet to keep them occupied. As children dive deeper into the digital world they get involved in online gaming and social media sites. They are constantly sending texts,

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{clockwise from top} Pictured kayaking and fishing are my daughter, Aspen, and her husband, Levi Deweese. • Enjoying family and friends on the lake are: back, from left, my son Artie Mullins and friends Taylor McBride and Landon Woody, and, front, friend Nina Lofaro; me and friend Richelle Woody. • My daughter Autumn Mullins tears it up on the wake board.

pictures and videos to their friends. Parents are often shunned and excluded from their virtual world. One place we can escape is on the water. Getting on a paddleboard, boat or kayak allows us to look up and around, and enjoy the beauty of nature. By disconnecting from our fast-paced, digital world we can recharge and revive our spirits. Taking time to relax helps when life gets a little crazy. On the lake, our children’s virtual reality usually takes a back seat. My children put their phones in the glove box for every boat outing. The result is lots of communication and laughter. I have gotten very close to my children since they have joined me at the lake more in the past few years. They often bring friends and “significant others.” And, while it is common to not really know your children’s friends if they come to the house and stay secluded playing video games or watching TV, a boat is a closed space

that allows you to really get to know those friends and make some wonderful memories in the process. It is a privilege to live on the water and has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. I am honored to be able to write and share about lake life with this column. My goal is to share life on the lake with you, the reader. If there is a subject you would like me to cover, or you know of some unique ways people are enjoying the lake lifestyle, please email me and let me know. I can be reached at dari@watersportscentral.com. Dari Mullins is marketing coordinator and office manager at the Seneca location of Watersports Central where she enjoys sharing her love of the water, boating and sports with people of all ages.


Located at Oconee Nuclear Station in Seneca, S.C., the World of Energy education center opened in July 1969, when the nuclear plant was under construction. The World of Energy has proudly served the community for 50 years. Whether you are looking to fill an hour or spend an entire afternoon, the World of Energy engages you with informative exhibits and displays. Begin with a self-guided tour of the World of Energy’s educational exhibits. Pack a picnic and enjoy nature on the grounds. The World of Energy is open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The facility’s exhibits and all events are free and open to the public. Upcoming Events June 27: To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the World of Energy will host BINGO and trivia from 2-4 p.m., followed by a live performance from “Those Guys” entertainers from 5-7 p.m. Be sure to take time to paint the World of Energy’s community art bulb, designed by volunteers from the Blue Ridge Arts Council. The art bulb will be available to paint June 24-28, in the World of Energy lobby. Giveaways and more will be provided. All events are free and open to the public. Wednesdays at the World of Energy, June-July 2019: Wednesdays at the World of Energy are free summer programs for children six through 12 years of age. Adult supervision is required. Programs begin at 10 a.m. and last one hour. Visit duke-energy. com/worldofenergy and click on Upcoming Events to find a complete list of Wednesdays at the World of Energy activities. Oconee Nuclear Station Boy Scout Merit Badge College, Aug. 24: Boy Scouts welcome! This free Scout experience is an allday event on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Duke Energy’s World of Energy at Oconee Nuclear Station. Scouts can register for one merit badge. Badges include: Engineering, Electricity, Energy, Nuclear Science, Environmental Science, Emergency Preparedness and Fishing. Visit duke-energy.com/worldofenergy and click on Upcoming Events to register online.

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Fishing Deep

BY PHILLIP GENTRY

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hen the water in Upstate South Carolina lakes heats up during the summer, the best place to find fish is in deep water. And, while fishing deep sounds easy, it is a little more complicated than it seems, particularly if you are fishing for striped bass, spotted bass or cold water trout, which tend to roam around in deep water. One of the best ways to find these fish is to troll deep, open water using one of two methods: with lead core line or using downriggers. Lead core line is exactly what its name suggests, a continuous strip of lead that is sheathed in nylon braid. The appeal of lead core is that it sinks better than standard line, getting to the depths rockfish are holding at. Standard lead core tests are 18-, 27- and 36-pound, with 27 being the hands-down favorite among veteran anglers. The line is spooled on a heavy action rod and fished in the same manner as regular fishing line. “Although all boats are a little different, at a trolling speed of 2 to 2 ½ miles per hour, a bait on lead core will sink 3 ½ to 4 feet per color (10 feet),” according to local angler Rodney Crisco. By watching your graph and marking fish, you can let out the number of colors to get down to them.” At the tag end of the line, Crisco attaches a 50-foot section of 20-pound mono or fluorocarbon leader via a double uniknot. To the other end of the leader, he ties a 3-way swivel with either a double bucktail rig, a bucktail and spoon, or he may use a combination that includes hard stick baits. The second deep-water tactic is trolling downriggers, and one of the kings of the lead ball is Mike Lundy. “In hot weather, we can troll about as fast as the bait will let us,” said Lundy. “If you’re trolling through fish at 2 miles per hour and aren’t getting bites, try bumping it up to 3 or 3 ½ mph. It’s important to know what speed your boat will troll. Some boats have trouble getting down to 2 or 3 mph, and you might have to drag a five-gallon bucket or drift sock to maintain a slow speed.” Lundy runs his downrigger balls along channel runs so he doesn’t top out on a long point. He stays glued to the sonar to watch 94 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

out for both fish and potential ball-fouling structures rising up from the bottom. “I either replace the steel downrigger cable that comes on most models or string 150-pound braided Dacron line over the top of the spool,” Lundy explained. “That eliminates the humming noise you get from the steel. I think that high-pitched noise can spook fish.” Another of Lundy’s secrets is to use a rubber band to attach the line to the downrigger release. Lundy uses two lines per ball, employing a stacker release about midway up the line. He believes the rubber band gives the baits a smoother pull through the water and will release easier on a small fish, which can be a big problem since smaller fish will often spin on the line and grab other lines and weave them into a mess. Lundy’s choice of trolling baits is any kind

Trolling lead core line and trolling behind a downrigger ball can lead to results such as these this fishing on Upstate lakes in the summer. Photo by Phillip Gentry

of suspending hard bait with a small lip. His favorites are Smithwick Rattling Rogues, Redfins or Bombers. He prefers the suspending baits that will dive 4-5 feet when trolled. Since the bottom release is 4-5 feet above the ball, he knows exactly how deep that bottom bait is working, and that’s the one he puts dead on the fish he sees on the sonar.

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Reducing estate planning stress

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hen it’s time to do your estate planning — and it’s actually never too soon to begin — you may find the process somewhat bewildering at first. You’ll have many questions: What sort of arrangements should I make? Who should get what? And when? HOW CAN YOU ADDRESS THESE AND OTHER ISSUES? You’ll need to get some help. In drawing up your estate plan, you will need to work with an attorney. For guidance on the investments that can help fund your estate planning arrangements, such as a living trust, you can draw on the help of a financial advisor. You also may want to connect with a trust company, which can help facilitate your estate plans and coordinate the activities of your legal and financial professionals. Of course, you might think that only the very wealthy need a trust company, but that’s not really the case. People of many income levels have long used these companies. As long as you have a reasonable amount of financial assets, you likely can benefit from the various services provided by a trust organization. And, these services can range from administration of a variety of trusts (such as living trusts and charitable trusts) to asset-management services (such as billpaying, check-writing, etc.) to safekeeping services (such as providing secure vaults for jewelry and collectibles). In short, using a trust company can make things a lot easier when it’s time to plan and execute your estate. A trust company can help you in the following ways: • Avoiding family squabbles — It’s unfortunate, but true: Dividing the assets of an estate can cause ill will and turmoil among family members. But 96 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

a trust company can act as a neutral third party, thus minimizing any feelings of unfairness. • Providing greater control — When you establish an arrangement such as a living trust, administered by the trust company, you can give yourself greater control over how you want your assets distributed. For example, you can specify that a certain child receive portions of your estate spaced out over several years: a move that may appeal to you if you think this child might not be ready to handle large sums all at once. • Saving time and effort — As mentioned above, when you work with a trust company, you can let it do all the “legwork” of coordinating your plans with your financial professional, tax advisor and attorney. These professionals are used to dealing with trust companies. • Gaining protection — Trust companies assume fiduciary

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A feature of Surface Guided Radiation Technology used at AnMed Health Cancer Center is that it is motion sensitive. Radiation beams automatically switch off if movement is detected, limiting dosage to only the affected area while protecting surrounding organs and tissue.

Newly introduced technology at the AnMed Health Cancer Center will not only improve treatment accuracy, but also spare nearby organs from radiation exposure. A new linear accelerator equipped with Surface Guided Radiation Technology (SGRT) increases the options available to AnMed Health’s highly trained team of radiation oncologists, physicists, dosimetrists and therapists for fighting cancer. While radiation is one of the most commonly used treatments for cancer, it can impact the health of normal surrounding tissue. In some cases, such as cancer in the left breast, which is so close to the heart and left lung, radiation treatment may negatively impact those organs. SGRT is combined with Dr. Victor Tomlinson the patient’s own Medical Director of breathing, called Radiation Oncology Deep InspiAnMed Health ration Breath Hold (DIBH), to move the heart away from the breast during therapy. Combining SGRT and DIBH helps ensure that the patient’s heart is protected. “If you have left breast cancer, we take extra precautions to make sure that your heart receives minimal radiation exposure during your treatment,” said Dr. Tomlinson, medical director of radiation oncology. Multiple camera units monitor thousands

of points on the skin. Any motion can be detected as the patient holds their breath with sub-millimeter accuracy, and if the This scan illustrates how effective Deep Inspiration Breath Hold is in adding space patient moves between the left breast and the heart. The organ-sparing technique, implemented out of position, at the AnMed Health Cancer Center, protects the heart from radiation exposure. the radiation of the reasons why AnMed Health has earned beam turns off, safeguarding the surroundAccreditation with Commendation from ing organs, Dr. Tomlinson said. the Commission on Cancer of the Ameri“Because patients may breathe differcan College of Surgeons – an honor given ently depending on the circumstances, to only one in four cancer hospitals in the SGRT can detect any motion as you hold country. your breath and your body moves in various At AnMed Health Cancer Center, highly directions. If you move out of position, skilled professionals, state-of-the-art the movement is detected and the radiation technology, and expert outpatient care are beam switches off. Your cancer is treated combined to provide nationally recognized while your heart is protected,” Dr. Tomlintreatment under one roof. As a charter son said. member of Levine Cancer Institute’s cancer SGRT is good for many other cancer care network, AnMed Health is providing types as well. Because of the accuracy of the more access to specialist consultations, redosing, radiation can be delivered directly to search, and program offerings and services. various tumors. The treatment is effective in For AnMed Health patients, this means treating brain tumors, prostate cancer, lung access to more clinical trials and an even cancer, head and neck cancers and sarcomas. deeper clinical team, including preventative “With brain tumors, for example, this care and education and the latest diagnostic technique is different from traditional tools and treatment methods. methods in that it uses a frameless solution and has an open face mask which makes it more comfortable for the patient. In addition, position monitoring is in real time and it enables high positional accuracy with a focus on the patient’s overall well-being,” Dr. Tomlinson said. Implementation of tools like these is one

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f you happen to be headed to the hills to “cool off” this summer, you might want to make a stop at one of the tallest waterfalls in North Carolina, Hickory Nut Falls in Chimney Rock State Park. Just a short twohour ride from the Upstate, at 351 feet, Hickory Nut is pretty impressive even in the driest of weather. If you happen to go after a couple of good rains, you’re in for a real treat. Flowing down a massive cliff face out of a forest high above, the falls is a very steep cascade, becoming nearly vertical and freefalling in sections closer to the bottom. The very bottom spreads out over ledges, becoming photogenic just before it drops into a small, flat pool. The stream then runs level for a short distance around huge boulders before dropping over another series of cascades. If it all looks familiar to you, it may be because the falls was featured in the final fight scene of the 1992 film The Last of the Mohicans. Being located in a state park, there is an entrance fee, but the threequarter mile hike through a hardwood forest is easy. There is a viewing platform at the base as well as a picnic table to enjoy a snack or lunch. For a longer, steeper hike, park in the Meadows area inside the park entrance. For a shorter, more level hike, park in the upper lot. 98 ‹ UPSTATE LAKE LIVING

DIRECTIONS Take SC Highway 11 northeast and merge onto northbound US 25 north of Greenville. Eventually merge onto I-26 toward Hendersonville, exiting at 49A (US 64) toward Bat Cave. Go roughly 15 miles and turn right onto Chimney Rock Park Road. Take the park road to the entrance gate and pay the entrance fee. You’ll receive a map from the attendant.


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