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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS Vol. 71 • No. 4 (ISSN 0047-486X, USPS 316-240) Read in more than 573,000 homes and businesses and published monthly except in December by The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. 808 Knox Abbott Drive Cayce, SC 29033

APRIL 2017 • VOLUME 71, NUMBER 4

Tel:  (803) 926-3 1 75 Fax:  (803) 796-6064 Email: letters@scliving.coop EDITOR

Keith Phillips ASSISTANT EDITOR

Diane Veto Parham FIELD EDITOR

Walter Allread

SPRING & SUMMER TRAVEL GUIDE

PUBLICATION COORDINATOR

Travis Ward

ART DIRECTOR

Sharri Harris Wolfgang DESIGNER

Susan Collins PRODUCTION

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FEATURE

WEB EDITOR

Van O’Cain COPY EDITOR

Susan Scott Soyars

25 Take me out to the ballpark The national pastime is alive and well in South Carolina. Grab your glove, and join us on a road trip to all four of the state’s minor league parks.

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The Blue Angels precision-flying team roars into action at the MCAS Beaufort Air Show. Plus: Learn how lithium-ion batteries could help improve the power grid.

POWER USER DIALOGUE

10 Lessons learned

The inspiring story of Royal Live Oaks Academy of the Arts & Sciences teaches a powerful lesson about the benefits of communitybased education initiatives. ENERGY Q&A

12 Upgrading to a more

efficient air conditioner

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22 Bountiful breakfasts

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SPR & SUMING MER TRAVEL GUIDE

Humor columnist Jan A. Igoe explains why an irrational fear of clowns (and ducks) just makes good sense.

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Play ball! South Carolina’s minor league ballparks offer family fun and plenty of baseball action. Photo by Dmytro Aksonov.


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APRIL 28

Blue Ridge Fest

The party you love is back in Pickens for its 20th year, as Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative employees host their annual classic-car cruise-in and evening of live bands and shag dancing. If you own a classic auto, come line it up for the crowds to admire, then meet on the dance floor for music from Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Contours, Jim Quick & Coastline, and the Flashbacks. Proceeds benefit 12 Upstate charities.

APRIL 21–23

Colonial Times: Under the Crown and Colonial Trades Fair ROB BELKNAP

For details, visit blueridgefest.com or call (800) 240‑3400.

APRIL 29

Run United

Run through historic Aiken with Olympic marathoner Pardon Ndhlovu, NBA champ Devean George, celebrity chef Havird Usry and Miss South Carolina Rachel Wyatt in Aiken Electric Cooperative’s annual road races. Cash prizes go to top finishers in the half marathon, and family members signing up together get registration discounts and are eligible for cash-prize drawings up to $1,000. There’s a Kids’ Fun Run for the youngest set. The event benefits United Way of Aiken County, assisting local agencies that help community members in need.

Step back in time and immerse yourself in 18th-century American life at Living History Park in North Augusta. The Brits occupy the Colonies, but rebellion is brewing. A new “Punch and Judy” show is featured, alongside militia drills, music and dancing, and period artisans demonstrating cabinet making, bread baking, weaving, gunsmithing and more. For details, visit colonialtimes.us or call (803) 279‑7560.

For details, visit aikenco-op.org/RunUnited or call (803) 649‑6245.

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Tara Hall Paddlefest

It’s a fun-filled day on the water for you and your family; it’s a day for Tara Hall Home for Boys in Georgetown to raise funds for its programs for neglected, troubled and abused boys. Come paddle down Black Mingo Creek, join in barrel-boat races, and enjoy waterside games, music and food. For details, visit tarahall.org or call (843) 546‑3000.

APRIL 29–30

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Air Show

Sky-high choreography and precision flying are in store at this free military aviation show. See the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, aka the Blue Angels (above), in high-speed aerobatics and the GEICO Skytypers, who generate giant sky-typed messages in World War II-era aircraft. Also on tap are solo daredevil stunts by pilots Rob Holland and Mike Goulian and a dual routine by Class of ’45 pilots Jim Tobul and Scott Yoak, paying tribute to those who have flown and maintained combat fighters. For details, visit beaufortairshow.com.

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ENERGY 101

Better batteries could improve electric service What do electric cars, laptop computers and smartphones have in common? They’re all powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, a 40-year-old technology that could soon be a part of the power grid. As manufacturers race to make lithium- ​ ion batteries that are smaller, less expensive and more efficient, utilities are studying the potential of using them in large battery banks to store and deliver electricity via the traditional ­distribution network. Such grid-scale battery systems could protect sensitive electronics, enable prompt restoration of power outages and store the energy produced by wind and solar for use when the sun doesn’t shine and wind doesn’t blow.

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“Battery ­companies are working hard to engage utilities and work with them, because they want their piece of equipment to be the utility solution,” says Andrew Cotter, a program manager with the Business and Technology Strategies group of the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association (NRECA). Only a handful of utilities currently use battery systems, but one industry research group predicts that number will grow eight times by 2020, making battery storage a $2.5 billion industry. “The technology is available, people are interested, but no one knows the flaws yet,” Cotter says, adding this prediction: “As utilities gain experience

using batteries in routine operations, they will learn the imperfections and start figuring out … conventional uses. Vendors, in turn, will start developing batteries for those specific applications.” —PAUL WESSLUND

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

LIGHT READING

Diane Veto Parham’s solar eclipse article (“Total blackout,” March 2017) was TOT AL BLACKOUT great! I’ve been to eight total solar eclipses around the world and she got it right. Some observers purposely go to the edge of the path of totality. Although totality is short at the edge, you get extended viewing of Baily’s beads, the prominences and the diamond ring. It’s good to see that there is finally some South Carolina publicity for the eclipse. Other states have been publicizing this for a while. —BILL SCHWITTEK, CLOVER Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse

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Lessons learned learning, the Wickses began connecting with community THE OLD, ABANDONED WEST HARDEEVILLE SCHOOL in Jasper groups and school officials to explore possible solutions. County had come on hard times. In the school’s early planning stages, Jasper County Graffiti covered the walls, parts of the building had families gathered together in places like the Coosawhatchie been set on fire and the trophy case was smashed, with Community Center to talk with Dr. Wicks about not just broken trophies on the floor. There was even evidence raising test scores but giving their ­children opportunities to that squatters had lived in the building, leaving behind grow. With a mission to help every child taste success, these clothes, candles and food. This once well-tended commugroups envisioned a school that wouldn’t charge tuition nity resource had become an eyesore and a symbol of the and would be open to all children in the county through a academic hardships many children faced in this district. ­random lottery. These days, there is new life within those once graffitiWhen they presented their proposal to the S.C. Charter covered walls, thanks to a community coming together to School District, the school’s planners were able to demon­ address a problem. In a place where children once strugstrate that the Royal Live Oaks Academy of the Arts & gled to succeed, students from kindergarten to high school Sciences had the strong support of the community—one are now engaged in hands-on learning activities and are receiving innovative, individualized instruction that meets of the biggest hurdles to starting any new charter school. their needs. And although it might have been simpler to start fresh The new Royal Live Oaks Academy of the Arts & with a brand-new building instead of ­rehabilitating the Sciences charter school opened its doors in August 2012. once-abandoned West Hardeeville School, the Wickses With more than 90 percent of its population ­recognized the appeal of bringing an old qualifying for free or reduced lunch, these building back to life. They recognized that GET MORE For more are kids who were not generally expected to the hope and the history of the building on finding or starting excel. In fact, many of them arrived at their weren’t in the structure itself, but rather in a public charter school new school’s doors about two or three years the local people—many of them parents and in your community, behind where they should have been acagrand­parents of current students—who once contact the S.C. walked through those school doors. demically. But within this positive learning Charter School District Wanting to celebrate every kind of environment that fosters academic pride, posiat (803) 734‑8322; learner, this school has not only enhanced tive peer support and personal responsibility, sccharter.org. the academic life of the county but has also these students are now thriving and growing demonstrated the power of community-based toward their full potential. solutions to long-term challenges. This impressive transformation came about through Royal Live Oaks Academy is just one example of local vision and community collaboration, spearheaded by friends and neighbors coming together to change their the school’s cofounders, Karen and Les Wicks. Dr. Karen community for the better. As we continue to explore the Wicks and her husband relocated to South Carolina with theme of people making big differences through local an eye toward retiring here from New Jersey. As they connections, we’re eager to hear from you. Email me got to know the area, these educators with over 40 years’ at connections@ecsc.org, and then meet back here each experience began to reimagine what their retirement month for more stories about turning challenges into might look like. Seeing local schoolchildren struggling to opportunities for growth and connection. succeed gave them the desire to put their experience to work on a community need. With her Ph.D. from New York University, Karen Wicks has taught middle and high school, as well as on the college level. Before moving to South Carolina, she and her husband also founded an educational program in New Jersey that helped children learn by finding their strengths and weaknesses and developing their criticalthinking skills. Recognizing that Jasper County students MIKE COUICK President and CEO, could benefit from a similar individualized approach to The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina 10

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Upgrading to a more efficient air conditioner

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Replacing an inefficient air conditioner with a more efficient model could significantly reduce your electric bill. A new AC unit is 20 to 40 percent more efficient than one from the 1990s, and Energy Star-certified systems are even more efficient. Replacing an aging system now, before summer starts, could help you avoid installation delays or price premiums. How much money you may save depends on how often your AC runs and your electric rate. If you are in a hot climate and you keep your home’s temperature in the low 70s, your cooling cost will be substantial, and so will the potential savings from replacing your old air conditioner with an efficient new one. The best way to determine ­possible savings is to have an in-home assessment conducted by a qualified heating, ventilating and air conditioning professional or a certified energy auditor (see resnet.us to find energyefficiency professionals). Contractors should be knowledgeable about energy-efficient systems and have good references. It’s a plus if they have North American Technician Excellence certification. Electric co-ops are often interested in reducing peak summer loads and may be able to offer helpful information. Your contractor needs to size the

system to your home. A unit that is too small will not cool your home to the levels you want. If it is too large, it may not dehumidify your home sufficiently, and it will cycle on and off more frequently, which can increase wear and tear on the system and shorten its life significantly. To size the system, the ­contractor will assess your insulation levels. By adding insulation where it’s most needed, you may be able to install a smaller AC unit and enjoy greater comfort and lower cooling costs. Your contractor should also assess your duct­work, which may be poorly designed, leaky or inadequately insulated. Air-conditioning options are suited to different situations. Ask your contractor whether it’s practical to change to a different type of system. u Central

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exhausting heat, is the most common. Packaged systems, which are sometimes installed because of space constraints, combine these functions into one box located outside the home.

u A heat pump can provide cooling and heating in homes with or without ducts. If you are currently using propane or natural gas as your fuel source, this may be a good option. u A ductless mini-split heat pump can be an efficient way to cool up to four zones inside the home. If your existing ductwork is in bad shape or poorly designed, this could be a good solution. u Window

units are much less efficient than other options, but they can be effective for cooling a single room. It’s worth paying a little more for a new Energy Star-compliant unit. Replacing an aging air conditioner is a great way to improve comfort, cut energy costs and reduce peak energy demand. You can learn more about home cooling at energy.gov and find information about energy-efficient products at energystar.gov. Send questions to Energy Q&A, South Carolina Living, 808 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29033, email energyqa@scliving.coop or fax (803) 739‑3041.


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BY AMY L. DABBS

Summer squash, fried with onions in a cast-iron pan, is one of my favorite Southern dishes. Seems like it’s practically mandatory, if you plant a garden in the South, to grow crookneck yellow squash or green zucchini—they’re tried-andtrue, easy to grow and tasty to eat. But with all the hybrid and heirloom summer-squash varieties out there, why not try something new? 18 18

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breadcrumbs and onions. Some varieties to look for include Flying Saucer, Sunburst, Peter Pan and G-Star. Patty­ pan squash grow on bush-type plants and can be harvested at any size. Round, ball-shaped varieties of green zucchini are another squash well suited for stuffing and are considered a gourmet treat. The hybrid varieties Eight Ball and Black Ball have dark-green skin and mature quickly, within 45–50 days after planting. One Ball is a round zucchini with bright-yellow skin. Other yellowskinned zucchini with a more traditional squash shape include Goldmine, which has white stripes along the cylindrical fruit. The exotically named Cocozelle, or Cocozella di Napoli, are open-­ pollinated, heirloom Italian zucchini characterized by darkgreen skins and white or light-green ribs and prized by chefs for their delicious flavor. Harvest these tender squash early and often to keep them producing fruit longer. Tromboncino (Cucur­ bita moschata) are ­trumpet-shaped squash more closely related to winter squash but harvested as summer squash. Similar in flavor to ­zucchini, this Italian heirloom grows on ­vigorously climbing vines. When harvested young, it has a sweet, tender flavor. Left on the vine, tromboncino squash develop hard skins that l l

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Many years ago, a horticulture colleague shared this rule of thumb about choosing seeds: Stick with 80 percent tried-and-true varieties, and experiment with 20 percent new and unusual plants. Trying that with summer squash can lead to delicious discoveries! Squash are grouped into either summer or winter types. Winter squash, such as spaghetti, acorn and butternut squash, are grown while temperatures are warm but typically are harvested in early fall. They have higher sugar contents than summer squash. With their hard outer shells and dense, sweet flesh, these squash are perfect for storing and eating well into winter. Summer squash (Cucurbita pepo) grow best when temperatures are between 65 and 75 degrees Fahren­ heit. Yellow straightneck, crookneck and green zucchini are all ­varieties of the same plant with different fruit shapes, sizes and growth habits. They’re ready for harvest when they are young and tender, while your fingernail can pierce the thin, edible skin. Eat them raw or cooked, but quickly; their shelf life lasts only about a week before fruit quality begins to decline. Among the varieties of ­summer squash, you may have seen a rounded, scallop-edged squash that ­resembles a flying saucer. That’s pattypan squash—sometimes called scaloppini or sunburst squash. These whimsically shaped squash are often served scooped out and stuffed with garlic,

Battling blossom-end rot Just like tomatoes, squash can get blossom-end rot, a dark-brown or black rot that occurs near the end of the fruit. Blossom-end rot is caused by a lack of calcium available to the plant while the fruit are forming. This can be caused by a deficit of calcium in the soil and exacerbated by dry periods or irregular irrigation. TO COMBAT BLOSSOM-END ROT:

l Test garden soil regularly, and apply lime only if

recommended. l Mulch vegetables with 2 to 3 inches of organic materials, such as grass clippings, pine straw or leaves, to prevent soil from drying out. l Don’t overfertilize plants with nitrogen or potash (potassium). Excessive amounts of these nutrients depress the uptake of calcium. l Irrigate squash plants during long dry periods. l Improve soil by adding organic matter, such as good-quality compost. Compost improves soil structure, drainage and water-holding capacity. Adding organic matter helps increase plant uptake of water and calcium. Plus, all the critters in good, healthy soil help combat diseases and insects naturally.

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Cooking with squash If you’ve got summer squash, we’ve got recipes. Check out ideas for transforming your squash and zucchini into delicious pies, soups, pasta and more at

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Layer a rainbow of vegetables to bake up as a summer side dish.

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Toss thin strips of sautéed squash and other vege­ tables with fettucine for a garden-fresh summer supper.

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Start with a classic Southern combo of yellow squash and Vidalia onions, then mix in more veggies, rice and just the right seasonings.

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allow them to be stored a bit longer. Cucuzza squash (Lagenaria sicer­ aria) is another popular Italian hybrid. The pale-green fruit ­resemble long, skinny baseball bats growing on a vine. Typically, they are harvested for eating when they are less than 3 inches in diameter and between 15 inches and 3 feet long. Botanically, cucuzza is really a gourd. Unlike other summer squashes, its skin is too tough to eat, and it’s best eaten cooked. You might hear cucuzza called “googootz,” a slang term that can mean any zucchini squash or a term of endearment for a loved one. No matter what you call it, eat it stuffed, like a true Sicilian, for a tasty summer supper. When planting, follow soil-test ­recommendations for fertilization rates. Avoid applying too much nitrogen; this can lead to vigorous growth with few flowers. Don’t fret if the first flowers on

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Cucuzza squash is really a gourd, and the skin is too tough to eat, but it’s a great choice for stuffing.

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on the same plant. After a few days, ­female, fruit-producing flowers emerge, and tiny squash fruit will follow. Pollinators are critical for good fruit production. Honeybees and squash bees, a native pollinator, do the lion’s share of the work. Misshapen fruit are a sign of poor pollination. To attract a variety of pollinators, try planting zinnias, cosmos and other ­pollinator-friendly flowers nearby. If you grow tired of eating the fruit of your summer squash, try eating the flowers. The edible flowers are delicious stuffed with cheese, fried or simply chopped over pasta. Harvest squash blossoms first thing in the morning before they are fully opened. No matter how you eat them, summer squash are versatile, diverse and ­delicious! is an area horticulture agent for Clemson Extension based in Charleston County. Contact her at adabbs@clemson.edu.

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Bountiful breakfasts

Most days, a cup of coffee or a bo wl oatmeal may su of ffice. But for specia l da ys, overnight gues ts or a twist at dinnertime, a more bountiful breakfast is in order. This loaded egg ca sserole is a mea l by itself and ca n be prepared the night befo re. For treat, try quick- a sweet and-easy fruit pinwheel s. And red velvet waffles pair nicely with map leglazed ham.

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¼ cup peach preserves 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder Pinch of cinnamon  1 ¼-pound smoked ham steak, ½-inch thick

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In a small bowl, combine preserves, maple syrup, chili powder and cinnamon. Make diagonal cuts, 1 inch apart, on outer edges of ham steak to prevent it from curling up. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, place ham steak, and brush top with peach glaze. Cook 4–5 minutes, then turn over. Brush cooked side with glaze, and cook another 4–5 minutes. Remove to a platter, brush once more with the glaze, and let rest 5 minutes.

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2 cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 tablespoons cardamom (or cinnamon) 1 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons sugar 3 whole eggs, beaten 2 ounces unsalted butter, melted

2 cups buttermilk, room temperature 1 tablespoon red food coloring 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¾ cup chopped pecans Mascarpone frosting (recipe at right) Fresh berries (optional) Maple syrup

Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cardamom, salt and sugar. In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, melted butter, buttermilk, food coloring and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to the dry, and stir until combined. Allow to rest 15 minutes. Ladle waffle batter onto the iron, in the amount recommended for your model. If you do not have a waffle iron, use batter to make pancakes. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons pecans onto batter. Close lid, and cook until waffle is golden on both sides and is easily removed, about 4 minutes. Keep warm in a 200 F oven until ready to serve. Spoon mascarpone frosting into a zippered plastic bag. Snip off one of the bottom corners of the bag to form a piping tip. Pipe desired amount onto the top of waffles. Serve with berries and maple syrup. 22

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4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted (more, if needed) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a stand mixer, beat butter on medium speed until smooth. Beat in cheese. Add powdered sugar and vanilla, and mix on low for a few minutes. Increase speed to medium, and beat until smooth. Leftover frosting will last up to a week in the refrigerator.

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Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large pot over medium-high heat, boil potatoes 5 minutes in salted water. Drain, and let cool. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage until browned, breaking into bite-size pieces. Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper-towel-lined platter. Reserve one tablespoon grease in skillet; discard the rest. Cook white parts of the onion with bell pepper in skillet about 3 minutes. Add garlic, and cook an additional minute. In a 9-inch-by-13-inch baking dish, mix potatoes, sausage, onion and bell pepper. Cover with cheese. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, cream, thyme, salt and pepper; pour over mixture in baking dish. Bake 30 minutes or until eggs are fully cooked. Let rest 5 minutes. Garnish with green onion slices. To make ahead, prepare casserole, but don’t bake. Cover, and store in refrigerator. Before baking, bring casserole to room temperature. Bake as directed above.

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Preheat oven to 375 F. Roll out each sheet of puff pastry on lightly floured work surface until it is a 10-inch square. Cut each into four 5-inch squares, and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Spoon a tablespoon of cream cheese in the center of each square, smoothing and flattening with back of spoon into a 1½-inch circle. Top with a dollop of jam. With a knife, make a 1½- to 2-inch cut at each corner of the dough, diagonally toward the center. (Do not cut underneath cream cheese.) Each square will now have 8 points. Gather every second point, bringing them to the center of the pastry. Press these 4 corners together slightly. Brush pastry with melted butter; sprinkle with sugar. If desired, add fresh berries. Bake 25 minutes or until puffed up and golden brown. Cool completely before applying glaze. To make glaze, in a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and cream, stirring or whisking until smooth. Use a fork to drizzle glaze over pastries. SCLIVING.COOP   | APRIL 2017   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING

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Just 5 years old at the time, John Katz walked into Boston’s Fenway Park beside his dad, eager for his first ball game. Climbing up into the stands, gazing awestruck at the giant Green Mon­ ster scoreboard, surrounded by throngs of pumped-up baseball fans—that day seared into him lifelong memories that, years later, still give him goose bumps. “That’s the type of memories we want to build for people here,” says Katz, now president of the Columbia Fireflies, the Greenville Drive infielder Josh Ockimey heads out to minor league the field for the next inning against Hagerstown at Fluor Field. ball club

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that took up residence in downtown Columbia last baseball season. “We’re creating memories for families and bringing generations together.” In communities where minor league baseball teams have a home​—and South Carolina now has four—spring and summer ball games step up to the plate as spots for affordable family-fun nights and relaxing entertainment for fans of all ages. A night at the ballpark is more than just baseball. Wacky costumed ­mascots, silly between-inning contests, fan interaction via video­boards, theme nights, fireworks displays—everything is ­designed to keep the fans engaged from the first pitch to the final out. Food ­offerings have moved well beyond hot dogs and peanuts—care for a shrimp taco or a brie-and-blueberry grilled cheese? Seating options suit your tastes, be it a picnic blanket on a grassy berm, reserved field-level seats, ­tables with wait service or barstools overlooking the outfield. And where else do you get to hear the theme songs from “The Addams Family” and “Green Acres” played in organ music? “Whether or not people watch the baseball game is not that important,” Katz says. “What’s important is the experience they are having while they’re here. It puts a smile on your face.” Here’s a look at what South Carolina’s four minor league ballparks​ —in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Myrtle Beach—have to offer.

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BASEBALL IN THE HOLY CITY OPENING PITCH “The Joe,” as

fans call the RiverDogs’ home stadium, is the oldest of South Carolina’s four ballparks. It has a casual, broken-in feel, like your favorite, frayed-aroundthe-edges jeans. The concourse gets action-packed and a little tight with fans milling around on game days, and that’s the way they like it. “It’s much more than a ball game going on,” general manager Dave Echols says. Perched beside the Ashley River and an adjacent marsh, The Joe offers water views on

the first-base side and beyond right field, when you’re not watching the game. With winds coming off the river, this can be a tough park for batters to launch big hits. Fly balls can swerve into the stands; bring your glove.

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Families like to stake out space on Shoeless Joe’s Hill, a cushioned green berm at the far reaches of right field, where they can spread picnic blankets under palm trees. On hot days, try to catch a breeze off the marsh in the highest seats. The brand-new Riley Park Club takes advantage of scenic views while offering padded balcony seats and an indoor lounge.

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Charleston scores extra points for creative ballpark food. Last season, they introduced a shrimp-and-grits corn dog, a double chicken-and-waffle burger, and a Lowcountry rice bowl topped with pulled pork, collard greens and mac and cheese. If you insist on a hot dog at a baseball game, take a swing at the Homewrecker:

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a $10, one-pound, foot-long, all-beef hot dog that can be loaded with up to 20 toppings, including okra and pimiento cheese.

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Charleston leads the league in videoboard fan interaction. Top of the list: “Simba cam,” during which fans mimic the scene in The Lion King where Rafiki hoists newborn cub Simba overhead. Be ready to woof along during “Who Let the Dogs Out?” after home runs, dance The Charleston or greet your neighbors when the video screen flashes “Holy City—friendliest city in the South.”

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innings entertainment on the field takes some goofy turns at The Joe. One crowd favorite involves selecting fans from the stands to dance to the theme song from Chariots of Fire—portly men are top choices for contestants. Kids get in on ribbon-twirling contests and “pony hops”—racing down the third-base line on inflatable toy horses.

Keep your camera ready for a “Simba cam” moment.

FAMILY FUN  Stationed around the perimeter are a pitching booth, basketball hoops, a dunking booth and a bounce house. Sundays are Kids Club Sundays—kids get in free, parents get free parking, and young fans play catch in the outfield before the game and run the bases postgame. Come early to the Aug. 21 game to watch the total solar eclipse at the park. BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR:  Actor Bill Murray. As the RiverDogs’ part owner, staff “director of fun” and a diehard baseball fan, Echols says, Murray shows up at 10 to 15 games a year. “He likes to be here whenever the ballpark is buzzing,” Echols says. “He’s very approachable, very into the game, very into wanting the fans to enjoy their experience here.”


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The Fireflies’ first season didn’t produce a winning record, but the park itself scored well—Ballpark Digest named it Ballpark of the Year for 2016 and went on to gush that it’s “one of the best ballparks opened in the last decade.” All that love led to Spirit Communications Park being chosen as the site for the 2017 South Atlantic League All-Star Game set for Tuesday, June 20. Unusual for a minor league park, it features a 360-degree concourse, so there are seats

offering a view of the field from every angle. And the spacious park was designed with accessible community use in mind— you can walk lunch-hour laps around the 1/3-mile concourse, attend concerts and off-season sporting events, and even catch the total solar eclipse during the Aug. 21 afternoon game.

BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE  Take your pick. Handy, built-in food-and-drink rails front several seating areas. A ledge with barstools behind center field overhangs the

warning track by about 5 feet; you can eat, drink, and watch stellar catches or heart­break­ing errors directly below. Adiron­dack rockers behind the outfield are first come, first served. The chairs at half-circle tables all face the field, so you dine without missing any action. A grassy berm is popular with families—level tiers for picnics, and a slope for kids who just want to roll downhill.

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Familiar ballpark foods are well covered, but you’ll also find a wide assortment—Philly cheesesteaks, burritos, brats and more—at vendor carts around the concourse. Big sellers are the funnel cakes and house-made pulled-pork barbecue sandwiches.

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Mason the Firefly and house-made pulled-pork barbecue sandwiches are both popular at Columbia’s Spirit Communications Park.

camera is coming for you in Columbia, sooner or later. The “kiss cam” is a little presumptive—hopefully, you’re sitting next to someone you don’t mind smooching. Catch a glimpse of yourself on the video screen in a “hit the

Fans take in the game from behind center field as the Fireflies’ Nicco Blank pitches against Augusta.

dab” moment or leaning over a ship’s bow during “Titanic cam.”

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of zany on-field antics keep Fireflies fans amused between innings. Bizarrely entertaining is the race to build a human cheeseburger, as fans dressed like burger ingredients layer on top of each other. The “dash for cash” pits two competitors, tied together with a bungee cord, in a tug of war to reach moneybags.

FAMILY FUN  An enormous, inflated Mason the Firefly hovers over the park’s Kids Zone, where you’ll find inflatable slides, a bounce house, a cushioned play surface and wiffle ball. Plus, there’s pingpong, cornhole and lawn games on a grassy patch behind center field. Sunday is Splash Day, with water games stationed around the park. BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR:

Tim Tebow. The former NFL quarter­back and Heisman Trophy winner will launch his professional baseball career with the Fireflies after spending spring training with Mets. Come early in the season to be sure to catch a glimpse of Tebow in jersey number 15.

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Parents keep an eye on their kids and Drive pitcher Jeffry Fernandez from the playground at Greenville’s replica of Fenway Park.

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history? This park’s for you. Not only does Fluor Field pay tribute to the Upstate’s historic textile leagues, it’s decked out in signage featuring legendary major leaguer “Shoeless Joe” Jackson of Greenville and other native S.C. ballplayers who rose to greatness, including some who played with the Drive’s parent team, the Boston Red Sox. The ballpark itself is a replica of Boston’s Fenway Park, with the same dimensions and its own manually operated Green Monster scoreboard in left field. The weathered-brick exterior, historic photos and urban, West End setting add a retro feel and reinforce links to Fenway. In a region that has long loved baseball, the park upholds tradition as a community gathering spot.

BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE  Brandnew seating atop the Green Monster is another feature that mimics the Fenway experience. Private parties can reserve the Mountain Dew dugout for a field-level perspective. Take your beach blankets and kids who like to roll down hills out to the grassy berm in left field. New upgrades in sections 116–119—where you get the best sunset views—replaced bleachers with comfy chairback seats. BUY ME SOME PEANUTS AND ...

It’s mostly traditional fare—hot dogs, pizza slices, nachos—in the concession stands at Fluor Field, with some fast-food chains mixed in. But if you want to mix it up, try the Triple Crown Burgers at The Iron Yard 500 Club outdoor dining area—that’s three sliders, each

with its own unique topping. Other stars in the lineup are the loaded Fiesta Nachos at Carrera Cantina or a cool scoop of ice cream at Sweet Caroline’s (Red Sox fans will catch that reference).

CAMERA-READY MOMENT  Reedy Rip’it—the frog mascot who reportedly loves “fly” balls and catching “flies”—does an energetic dance atop the home dugout, leading fans in dancing to “Cotton Eyed Joe.” If you follow his lead, you can check out your own moves on the outfield videoboard. LET THE GAMES BEGIN  Between

innings, Greenville takes it old school with vintage sack races and three-legged races for the fans. Reedy Rip’It might also go head to head in a challenge race against the

mascots from other local sports teams or businesses.

FAMILY FUN  A small, enclosed playground, conveniently stationed at the far reaches of left field, overlooks the field, so you can keep an eye on the kids and the game at the same time. There’s also a speed-pitch game near the Field Street entrance. Friday nights are for fireworks, and kids get to the run the bases after Sunday home games. BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR:

A home-game homage to the Bosox—singing “Sweet Caroline” in the middle of the 8th inning, just like they do in Boston.

On-field emcee Zach Sprunger runs the sack race with a young fan. Craig Houghton (left) changes the manual Green Monster scoreboard at Fluor Field.

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BEACH BALL OPENING PITCH  With so many

competing tourist attractions nearby, the Pelicans ramp up the entertainment in a ­carnival-like atmosphere— balloon animals, face painting, kids with cotton candy, sideshow performers twirling lighted hula hoops, fireworks after Saturday-night games. They play a little higher-level ball here—Class A-Advanced— but, generally, “that doesn’t matter to Mom and Dad and the kids,” general manager Andy Milovich concedes. When the Pelicans became a Chicago Cubs affiliate in 2015, the ballpark underwent a “Cubsification” process that pays tribute to its parent team wherever possible, such as signs that mimic Wrigley Field’s iconic red marquee. The Pelicans even adopted Wrigley’s tradition of hoisting a “W” flag after home wins or an “L” after a loss.

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out the manmade “beach,” at field level near left field, with sand, palm trees, beach chairs and a lifeguard stand. Nextdoor is the opposing team’s bullpen; you can scout the pitchers warming up. Sit in

the picnic area near deep right field to get really close to the action. You’ll find shade under covered seating in the stands, but steer clear of the metal posts that can block your view. Want to catch a home-run ball? Try the bleachers behind left field.

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At Clark & Addison Grille, named for the intersecting Chicago streets where Wrigley is located, two big-appetite sandwiches salute favorite Windy City foods: the meaty Chicago Double Play, with Italian beef slices and sausage stuffed into one bun, and the Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Burger, a thick beef patty

sandwiched between personalsize pepperoni pizzas.

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A chosen fan or celebrity guest leads the crowd in singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the ­seventh-inning stretch, a la the Chicago tradition started by longtime Cubs announcer Harry Caray. You can post game-time selfies on Instagram to see them displayed on the video­board during a betweeninnings song they call “Selfie Safari” (to the tune of the Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ Safari”).

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energetic kids for the mattress race, where young runners race down the third-base line toting a mattress with a teddy bear on top. For grownups, there’s the “knocker balls” contest—adults encased in giant inflatable balls run at and bounce off each other. ’Nuff said.

FAMILY FUN  A mini Wrigley

Field in Grissom Plaza, near left field, has inlaid bricks and stones that mimic the layout of a baseball field. It serves as a

From left: A mini Wrigley Field with its own ivy-covered wall entices kids to play their own game. The Pelicans’ David Bote high fives the mascots before the start of their game against the Frederick Keys. The umpire directs Deuce around the bases.

wiffle ball field for kids, complete with faux ivy on the brick outfield wall and a scaled-down Wrigley marquee. On Family Sundays, have a catch in the real outfield. After any home game, kids 12 and under take the field to run the bases.

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR: Deuce, a well-trained yellow Labrador, is on duty after the third and sixth innings, when he carries a basket of fresh baseballs out to the ump at home plate. And when the Pelicans win, Deuce does a victory lap around the bases. 

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Calendar  of Events UPSTATE APRIL

14–15 • Pickens Azalea Festival, Main Street, Pickens. (864) 508‑6483. 15 • Gardens Then and Now, Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center, Pickens. (864) 898‑2936. 17–21 • Greenville County Senior Games, various venues, Greenville. (864) 288‑6470. 18 • Maya Angelou Power of Words Talk, Hughes Main Library, Greenville. (864) 244‑1499. 18 • Tamassee DAR School Benefit Golf Tournament, The Cliffs Valley Golf Course, Travelers Rest. (864) 901‑4543. 21 • Laurens County Museum Appreciation Gala, Laurens County Museum Witherspoon Building, Laurens. (864) 683‑3688. 21–22 • “An American in Paris,” Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542‑2787. 21–23, 28–30 • “Getting Sara Married,” Oconee Community Theatre, Seneca. (864) 882‑1910. 22 • Central Railroad Festival, downtown, Central. (864) 654‑1200. 22 • Guy Penrod, Walhalla Civic Auditorium, Walhalla. (864) 638‑5277. 22 • Spartanburg Soaring, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542‑2787. 22–30 • Greater Clemson Music Festival, various venues, greater Clemson area. (864) 650‑0585. 28 • Blue Ridge Fest, West Main Street, Pickens. (800) 240‑3400. 28–29 • Ghost Creek Gourd Fest, Ghost Creek Gourd Farm, Laurens. (864) 682‑5251. 28–29 • BRAPA Tractor and Engine Show, Broad River Antique Power Association, Gaffney. (864) 304‑7558. 28–30 • Spartanburg Spring Fling, downtown, Spartanburg. (864) 596‑2976. 29 • Community Yard Sale, Disciples United Methodist Church, Greenville. (864) 297‑0382. 29 • Kings Mountain Marathon, Kings Mountain State Park, Blacksburg. (864) 247‑6735. 29 • Military Items Sale, Military History Center at the Greenville Downtown Airport, Greenville. (864) 270‑6660. 29 • Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra Grand Finale, Twichell Auditorium, Converse College, Spartanburg. (864) 948‑9020. 29 • Spring Means Babies, Split Creek Farm, Anderson. (864) 287‑3902.

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29 • Vintage Market at The Park, Greer City Park, Greer. (864) 621‑2020. MAY

2 • Cesar Chavez Power of Words Talk, Hughes Main Library, Greenville. (864) 244‑1499. 4–6 • Abbeville Spring Festival, Court Square, Abbeville. (864) 366‑9673. 4–14 • The Great Anderson County Fair, Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center, Anderson. (864) 757‑3022. 5 • Mountain Faith Band, Walhalla Civic Auditorium, Walhalla. (864) 638‑5277. 5 • Spartanburg Association Wildlife Banquet, Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, Spartanburg. (864) 591‑1220. 5–6 • Greer Family Fest, Greer City Park, Greer. (864) 877‑3131. 5–6 • Project Host BBQ Cook-Off and Festival, Hudson and Welborn streets, Greenville. (864) 235‑3403. 6 • Spring Express and Craft Show and Community-Wide Yard Sale, downtown, Iva. (864) 940‑2919. 7 • Tamassee Craft Beer Festival, Keowee Towne Market, Salem. (864) 557‑6168. 11 • “The Way We Worked” Opening Reception, Pickens County Museum of Art and History, Pickens. (864) 898‑5963. 12–14 • Artisphere, downtown, Greenville. (864) 271‑9398. 13 • American Truck Historical Society Palmetto Upstate Chapter Spring Show, O’Neal Church of God Community Park, Greer. (864) 677‑3453. 13 • Classic Car Show, downtown, Iva. (864) 348‑6193. 13 • Sock Hops Vocal Group, Walhalla Civic Auditorium, Walhalla. (864) 638‑5277. 15 • The Assaults cycling challenge, starts at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, Spartanburg. (864) 546‑4782. ONGOING

Daily through Sept. 10 • “Wyeth Dynasty,” Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville. (864) 271‑7570.

MIDLANDS APRIL

15 • Easter Bunny Eggspress Trains, S.C. Railroad Museum, Winnsboro. (803) 635‑9893. 15 • Historic Stable and Barn Tour, Rye Patch, Aiken. (803) 642‑7631. 15–16 • “Spring Fever” Dressage Show, Stable View Farm, Aiken. (484) 356‑3173.

Go to SCLiving.coop for more information and for guidelines on submitting your event. Please confirm information before attending events. 18 • USC-Aiken Chamber Ensemble, Etherredge Center, Aiken. (803) 641‑3305. 19–30 • Aiken Spring Classic Horse Show, Highfields Event Center, Aiken. (803) 649‑3577. 20 • Kershaw County Music Association Spring Instrumental Showcase, Fine Art Center of Kershaw County, Camden. (803) 425‑7676. 20–29 • Come-See-Me Festival, various locations, Rock Hill. (803) 329‑7625. 21 • Dutch Fork Choral Society Concert, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Irmo. (803) 318‑0488. 21–22 • Clarendon County Striped Bass Festival, Weldon Auditorium, Manning. (803) 435‑4405. 21–22 • Manning Lions Club Fish Fry, Manning Restaurant, Manning. (803) 473‑4377. 21–23 • Under the Crown and Colonial Trades Fair, Living History Park, North Augusta. (803) 279‑7560. 22 • Aiken Wine and Sign, Aiken Conference Center, Aiken. (803) 761‑2860. 22 • Mead Hall Strawberry Festival, St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church, Aiken. strawberryfestival@ meadhallschool.org. 22 • Pork in the Park, downtown, Newberry. (803) 321‑1015. 22 • Southern Sound Series: The SteelDrivers, McCelvey Center, York. (803) 909‑7244. 27 • Chamber Music Southeast with Phillip Bush & Claire Bryant, Fine Art Center of Kershaw County, Camden. (803) 425‑7676. 29 • 10th Annual Clinic Classic, Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County, Camden. (803) 713‑0806. 29 • Earth Day Birthday, Museum of York County, Rock Hill. (803) 909‑7244. 29 • Historic Beech Island Tour, Beech Island Historical Society Visitors Center, Beech Island. (803) 827‑0184. 30 • “Around the World in 20 Songs or So,” Aiken’s First Baptist Church, Aiken. (803) 641‑4777. MAY

3–7, 10–14 • Aiken Charity Horse Show, Aiken Horse Park, Aiken. (803) 218‑9977. 5 • Cinco De Mayo Harvest Dinner, City Roots Urban Sustainable Farm, Columbia. (828) 301‑2328.

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5–6 • Cooterfest, Allendale Community Center, Allendale. (803) 584‑4619. 5–6 • South Carolina Strawberry Festival, Walter Elisha Park, Fort Mill. (803) 487‑5413. 5–7 • Orangeburg Festival of Roses, Edisto Memorial Gardens, Orangeburg. (803) 534‑6821. 6 • Aiken Horsepower Spring Fling Show and Shine, Aiken Mall, Aiken. (803) 270‑3505. 6 • Aiken Symphony Orchestra’s Pops Blockbuster, Etherredge Center, Aiken. (803) 295‑0313. 6 • Guided Historical Walking Tours: Natural History, 12,000 Year History Park, Cayce. (803) 765‑2200. 6 • May Monthly Gospel Singing, Midland Gospel Singing Center, Gilbert. (803) 719‑1289. 6 • “Noises Off,” Aiken Community Playhouse, Aiken. (803) 648‑1438. 6–7 • South Carolina National Guard Air and Ground Expo, McEntire Joint National Guard Base, Eastover. (803) 647‑8208. 6 • We Care Sticky Open Golf Tournament, Timberlake Country Club, Chapin. (803) 467‑0734. 6 • Woofstock, Citizens Park, Aiken. (803) 514‑4313. 7 • Camden Community Concert Band Spring Concert, Fine Art Center of Kershaw County, Camden. (803) 425‑7676. 7 • The Big Nosh, Tree of Life Congregation, Columbia. (803) 361‑4858. 10 • Microbacterial Benefits, Museum of York County, Rock Hill. (803) 909‑7244. 10 • “Under the Stars” Schooling Dressage Show, Stable View Farm, Aiken. (484) 356‑3173. 12–13 • Aiken Bluegrass Festival, Aiken Fairgrounds, Aiken. (803) 640‑9287. 13 • Barbecue Dinner Trains, S.C. Railroad Museum, Winnsboro. (803) 635‑9893. 13 • Guided Historical Walking Tours: Native American Lifeways, 12,000 Year History Park, Cayce. (803) 765‑2200. 14 • Kershaw County Music Association Mother’s Day Concert, Fine Art Center of Kershaw County, Camden. (803) 425‑7676. ONGOING

Daily through April 30 • “The Way We Worked,” Blythewood Historical Society, Blythewood. (803) 348‑6945.

Daily through May 6 • “Black Medicine/White Bodies: An Investigation of Yellow Fever Epidemics,” McKissick Museum, Columbia. (803) 777‑7251. Daily through May 21 • “Salvador Dali’s Fantastical Fairy Tales,” Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia. (803) 799‑2810.

LOWCOUNTRY APRIL

15 • Kids’ Triathlon, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island. (843) 768‑6001. 15 • Soft Shell Crab Festival and Charity Crab Race, The Sands, Port Royal. (843) 717‑3090. 15–16 • Art in the Park, Chapin Park, Myrtle Beach. (843) 446‑3830. 19 • Lowcountry Coin Club Meeting, Felix C. Davis Community Center, Charleston. (843) 302‑6210. 19 • Wine Down Wednesday, Old Towne Creek County Park, North Charleston. (843) 795‑4386. 20–23 • Charleston Race Week, Charleston Harbor Marina, Charleston. (843) 284‑7062. 21 • “Play Me, I’m Yours” Opening Night Festival, Willcox Plaza, Florence. (843) 260‑6210. 21–23 • Charleston Outdoor Festival, James Island County Park, Charleston. (843) 795‑4386. 21–29 • ArtFields, various venues, Lake City. (843) 374‑0180. 22 • Mullet Haul Trail Run, Mullet Hall Equestrian Center at Johns Island County Park, Johns Island. (843) 795‑4386. 22 • Palmetto Pump & USA Climbing Competition, James Island County Park, Charleston. (843) 762‑9511. 22 • Walk for Autism, Hampton Park, Charleston. (843) 469‑3507. 27 • Yappy Hour, James Island County Park, Charleston. (843) 795‑4386. 29 • Dragon Boat Festival, Grand Park at the Market Commons, Myrtle Beach. (843) 945‑9440. 29 • Earth Day Music Fest and Diabetes 5K, Myrtle Beach Speedway, Myrtle Beach. (843) 995‑3199. 29–30 • Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Air Show, MCAS Beaufort, Beaufort. (843) 228‑7675. 29 • Seacoast Artists Guild Art in Common Spring Festival, Valor Memorial Garden, Myrtle Beach. (843) 748‑0133. 29 • Shaggin’ on the Cooper with The Sugarbees, Mount Pleasant Pier, Mount Pleasant. (843) 795‑4386.

29 • Taste of James Island, First Baptist Church of James Island Athletic Practice Field, James Island. (843) 762‑3653. 29 • Taste of the Coast, House of Blues Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach. (843) 272‑8163. 29 • Wine and Warblers, Audubon Center at Biedler Forest, Harleyville. (843) 462‑2150. 30 • Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival, Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, Mount Pleasant. (843) 884‑8517. MAY

2 • Starr Ward Chamber Music Series: Sam Suggs, Waters Building, Florence. (843) 260‑6210. 3 • Wine Down Wednesday, Old Towne Creek County Park, North Charleston. (843) 795‑4386. 3–4 • Hospice Care of the Lowcountry’s Hearts Open Golf-AThon, Haig Point Signature Course, Hilton Head. (843) 706‑2296. 3–7 • North Charleston Arts Fest, Charleston Area Convention Center, North Charleston. (843) 740‑5854. 5 • Angie’s Day Barbecue Fundraiser, Little River United Methodist Church, Little River. (843) 222‑3723. 6 • Beer, Bacon and Music Festival, Shelter Cove Community Park, Hilton Head Island. (843) 681‑7273. 6 • Cars on Kiawah, Ocean Park, Kiawah Island. (843) 277‑0271. 6–7 • “The Pirates of Penzance” by Carolina Master Chorale, Ocean View Baptist Church, Myrtle Beach. (843) 444‑5774. 12 • Friday Night Boogie, Mount Pleasant Pier, Mount Pleasant. (843) 795‑4386. 13 • Green and Lean 5K, Brittlebank Park, Charleston. (843) 579‑7501. 13 • Mayfest on Main Festival, Main Street, North Myrtle Beach. (843) 280‑5570. 13 • Outdoor Movie, North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston. (843) 795‑4386. 13 • Shaggin’ on the Cooper with Shem Creek Boogie Band, Mount Pleasant Pier, Mount Pleasant. (843) 795‑4386. 13 • Tara Hall Paddle Fest, Tara Hall Home for Boys, Georgetown. (843) 546‑3000. ONGOING

Daily through April 22 • Festival of Houses and Gardens, various locations, Charleston. (843) 722‑3405. Daily through April 30 • “Painting the Southern Coast: The Art of West Fraser,” Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston. (843) 722‑2706.


SCHumorMe

BY JAN A. IGOE

Pennywise and clown foolish MY NEIGHBOR ANNIE IS A

­ elightful woman with a d huge heart. She teaches special-­education classes and bakes cookies. She fosters puppies and recycles. But then, there’s her dark side. On the weekends, she’s a clown. Annie (aka Schmootzy) graduated from a circus-clown university, where she was salutatorian. That doesn’t mean she starts cracking jokes on Saturday morning. It does mean she switches to patched overalls, a boutonniere that squirts seltzer, a flat-topped hat sprouting live daisies and enough white face makeup to sunblock a summer’s worth of beachbound tourists. Besides advanced balloon-animal construction and stilt walking, she learned to make her face look as disturbingly nonhuman as possible. The truth is, I’ve been avoiding her on weekends. There’s something about clowns that creeps me out. It always has. As a kid, I was convinced there was a homicidal clown hiding in our basement, just waiting to electrocute me with his hand buzzer if I ever went down there alone. (You know John Wayne Gacy Jr. worked kids’ parties as Pogo the Clown, right?) We really should lock up the clowns whenever the circus isn’t using them. Unfortunately, my mother loved clowns and had a sewing machine. So, I spent several Halloweens wearing a huge ruffled collar, a red, blinking

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nose and an orange, polka-dot clown suit big enough to fit a linebacker. I wanted to be Snow White, but Mom wanted Bozo. (To this day, I can’t date balding redheads.) Turns out, I was rightfully traumatized. Fear of clowns is a ­legitimate phobia, and lots of people had it even before clowns turned creepy and started terrorizing local communities. Last August, Greenville was plagued by reports of dodgy clowns trying to lure kids into the woods. Other “dangerous clown sightings” were reported here and abroad. Whether the reports were truth or hoax, I’m worried about Annie now that clowns have a bad rap. Gangs of vigilante clown hunters may be gunning for her, not realizing that Schmootzy—the lovable, cookie-­baking clown—is the good witch of clowndom. They should be after clowns like Pennywise, Stephen King’s sewerdwelling, child-eating, epitome-of-evil

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movie antagonist. They can have Bozo, too. It’s clearly time to switch to a new phobia with fewer social implications. Maybe omphalophobia—fear of belly buttons—would work. Reports of dangerous belly buttons almost never make the news. There’s fear of teen­ agers, or ephebiphobia, but every parent has that (especially when the teens start driving). Fear of gravity, or barophobia, could work. Gravity has no compassion for anyone over 35 and doesn’t deserve our mercy. A posse of gravity hunters could gang up on it, and no one would care. Some of us (me, me, me) would be cheering. I think I’ve settled on anatidae­ phobia, which is fear that a duck is watching you. Yes, it’s a real phobia. If you have ever witnessed the little paddlers in early spring, when the drakes have romantic intentions, you know that duck courtship has all the niceties of a steel-cage match. It’s not a tender ritual suitable for Animal Planet. There’s no nice worm dinner for the poor girls. If they survive the foreplay, they probably end up with anatidaephobia, too. Daffy and Donald will never be the same. welcomes new, exotic phobias and friendly ducks. If anyone needs a vintage Halloween costume, please contact her at HumorMe@SCLiving.coop.

JAN IGOE


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