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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS VOLUME 74 • NUMBER 2 (ISSN 0047-486X, USPS 316-240) Read in more than 600,000 homes and businesses and published monthly except in December by The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. 808 Knox Abbott Drive Cayce, SC 29033 Tel: (803) 926‑3175 Fax: (803) 796‑6064 Email: letters@scliving.coop

2020 | feb 16 Story time Gather round for the tale of a little festival that’s bringing new life to a quiet Upstate town.

EDITOR

Keith Phillips Tel: (803) 739‑3040 Email: Keith.Phillips@ecsc.org FIELD EDITORS

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Updates from your cooperative

Walter Allread, Josh Crotzer PUBLICATION COORDINATOR

Travis Ward

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See why analysts think 2020 will be the decade of the electric vehicle.

ART DIRECTOR

Sharri Harris Wolfgang DESIGNER

Susan Collins

10 DIALOGUE Overpriced tulips and our energy future

PRODUCTION

Andrew Chapman Chase Toler COPY EDITORS

Trevor Bauknight, Jennifer Jas CONTRIBUTORS

April Coker Blake, Mike Couick, Kevin Dietrich, Tim Hanson, Hastings Hensel, Jan A. Igoe, L.A. Jackson, David Novak, Sydney Patterson, Belinda Smith-Sullivan, Paul Wesslund

12 CO-OPS & COMMUNITY Powering education Berkeley Electric Cooperative and Google are investing in a brighter future for Berkeley County students.

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Lou Green

14 SMART CHOICE Another day at the office

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21 STORIES Making the cut A chance encounter led Edisto Electric Cooperative member Wayne Hendrix to a sharp new career.

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A matter of trust In a recent poll, electric cooperative members across the country say they are increasingly satisfied with the performance of their local co-ops and see them as trusted sources for information on keeping energy costs low. Here are some of the key findings from the survey commissioned by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). l

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Say their electric co-op keeps them informed about its actions.

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Report that their co-op is a trusted source of information about energy use and devices, including solar energy.

95%

Agree their co-op provides reliable electric service.

92%

Say their co-op quickly restores power after outages.

88%

Agree their local electric cooperative plays a “crucial role” in the local economy. l “We hear a lot of stories about how Americans are losing faith in institutions like big companies and government, but that’s clearly not the case with electric cooperatives,” says NRECA Communications Senior Vice President Scott Peterson. “The positive view that members have of [electric] co-ops is a testament to their reputation as honest brokers and entities who truly care about their communities.” 6

How electric vehicles will shape the future of driving years. As a result, the cost of While electric v­ ehicles the battery has dropped (EVs) currently account from more than half for less than 2% of the cost of an EV the overall vehicle four years ago, to market, energy and one-third the price auto analysts are today. Research firm predicting that BloombergNEF preby the end of the decade, they dicts that figure will could account fall to about onefifth the cost of a for half of auto vehicle by 2025. sales in the world. Experts expect EV sales jumped the strongest growth an ­incredible 75% of electric transpor­ from 2017 to 2018, tation to come in according to the specialized ­vehicles. Alliance of Auto Bloomberg predicts Manufacturers, that by 2040, 81% and manufacturmunicipal bus ers see even more EV sales jumped an incredible of sales will be electric. opportunity for Ridesharing ­services growth. Around 75% from 2017 to 2018. like Lyft and Uber the globe, they are investing $225 billion over the next three are another expected market. More than a billion people around the world use these years to develop more EVs. Industry groups services, and the stop-and-go nature of ridereport that manufacturers are now offering more than 40 different models of EVs, a share driving could make the greater effinumber expected to grow to more than 200 ciency of EVs attractive to drivers. New over the next two years. An analysis by the technology also brings unexpected uses. One J.P. Morgan investment firm sees traditional industry writer says a new electric scooter internal combustion engine vehicles falling with a range of 75 miles and a top speed from a 70% share of the market in 2025 to of 15 miles per hour could change what we just 40% by 2030. think of as a vehicle. What’s powering those predictions is As the Bloomberg study concludes, global interest in less pollution, higher effi“Electrification will still take time because the global fleet changes over slowly, but once ciency and greater economy. A study by the it gets rolling in the 2020s, it starts to spread American Council for an Energy Efficient to many other areas of road transport. We Economy (ACEEE) concludes that electricity see a real possibility that global sales of conproduces less greenhouse gases than other forms of energy, especially with the increasventional passenger cars have already passed ing use of renewable power sources to gener- their peak.” —PAUL WESSLUND ate electricity. It also helps that electric cars are getting PAUL WESSLUND writes on consumer and coopcheaper. One of the biggest costs of an EV erative affairs for the National Rural Electric is the battery, and fierce competition among Cooperative Association, the national trade battery manufacturers is driving down association representing more than 900 local prices—about 15% a year for the past 20 electric cooperatives.

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I was disappointed that you ran an article promoting a pest plant known as Flying Dragon (“A dragon for all seasons,” SC Gardener, Jan. 2020). If you have experiences with areas where that plant has been allowed to spread into the environment, you know it is along the lines of kudzu, privet and other invasive species. Home sites still show the invasion of the aggravating plants unless someone takes the time, money and effort to eradicate them. Nobody needs to be encouraged to plant more or to do more than eradicate the existing ones. EDDIE MARTIN, ANDERSON

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Flying Dragon, Eddie. SC Gardener columnist L.A. Jackson responds: “When I planted mine over 15 years ago, I knew it had the potential to seed about—as many other garden plants are quite capable of as well—so, every year, I have picked and trashed the small fruits. In all that time, I have had two skinny Flying Dragon sprouts pop up, and even then, since they were directly under the bush, I suspect they were root offshoots from the momma plant. Based on this, I added the caution to pick the fruits in the article.”

Better than coffee I’ve never been an avid reader. Even when I like a book, I struggle and seldom finish. Jan A. Igoe, however, is the first writer that I’ve found who makes the words fly by! Before I can take two sips of my beloved coffee, I’m at the end of her hilarious “Humor Me” articles and craving more. Thanks, Jan. You make my day! JUDY LANGSFORD, FORT MILL

We appreciate your note, Judy. Humor Me columnist Jan A. Igoe responds: “Thank you so very much for your kind words. Writing gets lonely, so it’s a true gift to hear that readers are smiling. It’s my favorite thing!” WRITE US Do you have a comment or question about the stories in

South Carolina Living magazine? Don’t keep it to yourself. Write us at Letters, 808 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29033 or letters@scliving.coop.

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Get ready for spring with the Joy of Gardening Symposium in Richburg. Hosted by the Master Gardeners of York County, the daylong event features keynote speaker Christopher Woods, a garden designer and author. Six gardening experts will lead breakout sessions on a variety of topics from dirt to seed, and a garden shop will give attendees the chance to take a bit of the day home with them to nurture in their own landscapes. Admission is $70 and includes lunch. Register online at symposium.yorkmg.org by Feb. 10. (803) 789‑9000; symposium.yorkmg.org IRISH FLING MARCH 13

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The award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers bring their lively bluegrass sound to the McCelvey Center stage in York for a toe-tapping good time Feb. 15. The Asheville-based band has a fluid musical style that has enabled them to collaborate with groups from the Asheville Symphony to the R&B sensation Boyz II Men. The concert starts promptly at 7:30 p.m., but the fun starts two hours before with Vittles & Fiddles, a pre-show mini-festival on the McCelvey Center lawn. Upcoming Southern Sound Series concerts include Balsam Range on March 21 and Della Mae on April 18. Tickets are available online.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a relaxed, family-friendly environment at Newberry’s Irish Fling. From 4–9 p.m., downtown Newberry will be a little greener than usual with live entertainment, Irish food and drink specials at downtown restaurants and bars, plus a kids’ corner and a free leprechaun scavenger hunt so the wee ones can enjoy the celebrations as much as the adults. After the kids go to bed, the adults can come back out for a bar hop that includes nearly 20 locations— all with live music, food and drink specials. (803) 321‑1015; newberryirishfling.com

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The stars will shine at the Doko Film Fest in Blythewood when high school-aged filmmakers present their work to a panel of professional judges. With more than 80 films entered from all over the country, this South Carolina-based film festival has grown quickly in its two years of existence, according to organizer Ray Smith. The events are open to the public, and there is a $10 admission fee for the screening day on Saturday, which includes interviews and a Q&A session with the filmmakers. The Friday event is a reception for filmmakers, judges and the public to mingle prior to the screenings.

For more happenings, turn to our Calendar on Page 36, and see expanded festivals and events coverage on SCLiving.coop.

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Overpriced tulips and our energy future however, do not wish to ignore potential options, and we are open to exploring changes that will benefit our members. As a consumer of electricity, you may rank reviewing the industry’s market structure below weeding your garden on IT WAS THIS TIME OF YEAR, EARLY FEBRUARY, in 1637, and your list of fun things to do. But as a cooperative owner and a mini-financial disaster was about to strike. Thousands member, you can benefit from understanding the challenges of tulips were months from sprouting out of the thawing and choices facing your cooperative. That’s why, over the Netherlands soil. Meanwhile, speculators were holding a coming months, I will be outlining where we’ve been planted, routine tulip auction in the city of Haarlem in the northern how we might be uprooted, and where we might ­flourish again. part of the country. In South Carolina, our energy market structure is comFarmers, tradesmen and artisans had created in a few short years a speculative market for the then-rare flower, a status monly referred to as a cost-of-service model. The state grants symbol for the upper class. By that winter, futures contracts utilities monopoly rights to serve specific territories and the for the bulbs were sometimes trading at 10 times a craftsutilities must provide reliable and affordable power to everyman’s annual salary. But on February 3, no traders showed up one in their assigned territory. Investor-owned utilities are regto the auction. The market collapse began immediately, and ulated by the Public Service Commission and guaranteed a by May the blooms were worthless. return on investments through the rates Tulip mania was one of the first charged to their consumers, while each The way electricity is known market bubbles. It grew quickly cooperative’s member-elected board and burst even faster. Though it had little generated, sold and used approves their rates. In the 20th century, effect on the greater Dutch economy, it this model was common throughout is changing dramatically. created folklore that did make an impact. the nation. Electric utilities were the The financial mechanisms and social rare economic sector where competition lessons are still studied and it’s a story that is still being told. would increase costs. Infrastructure was too large an investEven the notorious Gordon Gekko from Wall Street tells a ment to be duplicated, and utilities needed centralized power protégé about tulip mania in the film’s 2010 sequel. plants to take advantage of the economies of scale. Recent events in the energy industry have brought South The way electricity is generated, sold and used is ­changing Carolina into a set of circumstances that may be of similar dramatically, and the dynamics have shifted for the costs of historical significance one day. It makes me wonder how those the fuels we use to generate electricity. Natural gas prices, events, and our reaction to them, will be recounted hundreds once volatile and high, remain low. Renewable energy costs, of years from now. How will historians say we responded to once high, continue to drop. These shifts, along with environthe failed construction of two nuclear reactors? To changes mental regulations, have forced many power plants that burn with the state-owned utility Santee Cooper? To the emergcoal—once the most affordable, dependable generators—to retire early. Nuclear power generators are the most expensive ing renewable energy market and new technologies? How to build, even though their operating fuel costs are low. The will future ratepayers across the state be affected by our demand for electricity, meanwhile, has flattened for the first actions today? time in modern history. Consumers have become generators— It will take longer than a tulip’s life for these questions to be answered, but the seeds of our responses are being planted think solar panels—and emerging technologies such as battery now. A study committee has been proposed in both the South storage promise to continue this trend of disruption. Carolina House and the Senate to investigate the restructurMany states have moved away from the traditional strucing of the state’s energy market. Common sense says it’s a ture toward a model in which energy generators compete good idea to understand alternate paths and it’s a bad idea to within the wholesale market. Depending on the region of be ignorant of your options. We think this committee’s efforts the country, these wholesale markets are independently can yield positive results and we look forward to participating managed by Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO) or in its work. Independent System Operators (ISO). The RTOs and ISOs With a few notable exceptions, the state’s utilities have are umbrella organizations that bring all public utility transoperated pretty well under our current structure for over a mission systems within a region under common control and century. Our rates are below the national average and our provide a fair and efficient wholesale energy exchange that is reliability is above average. South Carolina’s cooperatives, not wholly dependent upon government regulation. BY MIKE COUICK

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Central Electric Power Cooperative, the wholesale aggregator for South Carolina’s electric cooperatives, announced in December it has joined PJM Interconnection. Headquartered in Pennsylvania, PJM is an RTO that provides power supply and coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in 13 Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia. Central’s current relationship with PJM does not include the buying or selling of energy—Central will instead use PJM’s support in its power supply planning—but the relationship will give South Carolina cooperatives an opportunity to see whether an RTO could benefit our members. Six other RTOs or ISOs now operate in the United States. There are California ISO (CAISO), the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), and the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), which administers parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas. Geographically, the largest is the Midcontinent ISO (MISO), whose territory touches 11 states from Louisiana to Michigan to Montana. The Northeast is served by New York ISO (NYISO) and New England ISO (ISO-NE). While the rest of the West and Southeast continue to operate under the traditional regulated monopoly model, there have been efforts to restructure our state’s energy market in the past. In 2000, Carolina Power and Light, Duke Energy and SCE&G filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory

Commission (FERC) to establish GridSouth Transco. Despite FERC’s approval of the organization, its implementation was suspended months before operation began in 2002. Other RTO attempts were rejected by FERC or never got off the ground. For South Carolina, it could be an ideal time to study and understand what options best protect South Carolina energy consumers. Recent events and market forces have disrupted our industry. New technologies and innovations are guaranteed to impact our future. Now, we have an opportunity to investigate new paths forward and to make crucial decisions that will benefit ratepayers. And as cooperatives, we are uniquely equipped to adapt to change if change is needed. The tulip mania traders were caught up in a socio-­ economic phenomenon and fell victim to its inevitable crash. They may not have had the information they needed, or they may have been too focused on the profits of the moment to care. We don’t have to go back 380 years or cross the Atlantic to learn valuable lessons about how best to move forward. In next month’s column, I’ll discuss states such as California, Texas and Ohio where restructuring and deregulation have created definite winners and losers in their markets. We and the legislature’s study committee can benefit from their ­experiences.

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in Moncks Corner is improving. The school’s principal, Melissa Willis, can see it. She can see it in the ­classrooms, in test scores and in the school’s annual report card, which jumped from “average” to “good” in 2018. “We can see that all of our students are more engaged, and they are all improving,” says Willis. “We’re definitely the school to watch.” They aren’t the only one. Through technology grants and donations, the two companies that have helped bridge the digital divide in rural communities— where access to communication technologies like broadband internet is inferior to nearby urban areas—and equipped schools with the modern teaching tools and innovative curricula. “It’s made a tremendous impact on our students,” says Diane Driggers, chief information and technology officer for BCSD. “[These grants] open up so many opportunities for our students.” Since building their massive data center near Monck’s Corner in 2009, Google has tallied $2.4 billion in local H.E. BONNER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

“We look for strong cooperatives when we build a data center. We like to look for areas where there are good folks and good partnerships.” —LILYN HESTER, GOOGLE EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

capital investments. The tech giant also has donated over $2.5 million to education in Berkeley County. Among many other support projects, Google helped BCSD equip all their students with Chromebooks (a laptop running the company’s Chrome operating system) and partnered with local ­telecommunications 12

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p Landon Warren (left) and Erin Powell (center) are members of the H.E. Bonner Elementary Lego Robotics team, the RoboFoxes, which exists thanks to a Bright Ideas grant from Berkeley Electric. t Fourth graders Grace Caddell (in

pink) and Arianna Watson can take advantage of their long commute home in a Wi-Fi-connected school bus to get a jump-start on their homework.

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company Home Telecom to provide free internet service to over 300 households in rural parts of Berkeley County. In 2016, BCSD became the second school system in the nation and the first in South Carolina to have Rolling Study Halls, Wi-Fi-enabled school buses for ­students with long commutes. “Google’s culture is academic at its core,” explains Lilyn Hester, the company’s head of external affairs for the Southeast. “We’re committed to building interest in STEM education with a focus on computer science and engaging with local students.” Since 2016, Berkeley Electric has provided power to both the Google data center and Bonner Elementary. Their Bright Ideas education grant program supports innovative and effective curricula that cannot be covered by traditional school financing. Since 2016, Berkeley Electric Cooperative has provided over $52,000 in Bright Ideas grants

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to teachers and ­specialists in Berkeley County schools. Last year, Bonner Elementary media specialist Melissa Mills was awarded $1,000 for Lego robotics and STEM materials for the library. “As a cooperative we are committed to the well-being of our communities,” says Leisa Stilley, Berkeley Electric’s manager of communications. “Technology- and STEM-focused careers are a critical part of the daily workings of the cooperative and to most of our local businesses. We are deeply involved in our schools to help grow our next employees and community leaders.” Although Google and Berkeley Electric have not been direct collaborators in their support of education, they have coexisted in their focus toward rural communities. Because of their large footprint, Google data centers nationwide are built in rural areas. Once there, they find out the community’s needs and how to support them. Google also finds electric cooperatives already serving those communities. “We look for strong cooperatives when we build a data center,” says Hester. “We like to look for areas where there are good folks and good partnerships. That’s why we love our relationship with our co‑op.”


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Tech journalist David Novak is editor of GadgetGram.com. Prices and availability are subject to change. Inclusion in this column is not an endorsement by South Carolina Living or any S.C. electric cooperative.

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et me tell you a story. It is a story about, of all things, stories and storytellers, and it begins in the early 1980s, in a car making its way home to Woodruff, South Carolina, from the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee. Inside the car are Woodruff residents Dixie Page and Judy Wyatt, two lovers of oral storytelling, and they’ve had such a great time in Jonesboro that they are chattering away. The talk turns to their hometown, Woodruff, an Upstate textile town in the midst of a decline. Textile mills are closing as the work is being shipped to other places. Jobs are being lost. Community spirit isn’t what it used to be. But, they ask, what if? What if we start a little storytelling festival here in Woodruff? Could that be something to breathe a little life back into the community? To bring the community together? What if we name it after a story? How WHAT ARE WORDS WORTH? Just about everything to two of last year’s featured storytellers, Jeff Doyle (above) and Tony Marr (top right), who enthralled audience member Pat Daniele and others at the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival in Woodruff.

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Gather round for the tale of a little festival that’s bringing new life to a quiet Upstate town BY HASTINGS HENSEL | PHOTOS BY ANDREW HAWORTH

about the folk story where the towns­ people are encouraged to share a little bit of their own ingredients to make a larger meal? In 1985, Page and Wyatt hold the first annual Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, a little half-day festival with local story­ tellers. The next year, after assembling a board of directors, they hold a full-day festival, and from there, as the story goes, things take off. They begin bringing in professional story­tellers who tell stories on stage in the heart of town. For many years, the festival ­flourishes. But then, as stories go, complications happen. Health and family concerns lead to leadership changes, which lead to new directions, then a two-year hiatus.


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‘Storytelling connects people to other people. It’s connected to our humanity, our shared vulnerabilities and shared humor. Having that human experience together builds community.’ —BOARD MEMBER AND FESTIVAL EMCEE NICOLE HAZARD

Enter Woodruff native and active community member Karyn Page-Davies. Growing up, Page-Davies’ mom was an insurance agent who took her daughter with her on work visits, where they would sit and listen to people’s stories. “I remember then, as a child, enjoying those stories,” Page‑Davies says. “And you get connected that way, and you love it for the rest of your life.” So, Page-Davies convinces everyone that she can become the chairperson and director of the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival. It won’t be easy work—the festival is a nonprofit run by volunteers, and you need money and people and time to put it on—but what’s a story if it’s one of easy work? So, the story goes on.

TAKING TURNS TELLING TALES (from top) Last year’s headliner, Regi Carpenter, turns a childhood story about a Sunday drive to the town dump into a captivating tale. “New Voices” storyteller Cooper Braun-Enos competes in the Liars Competition with a questionable retelling of the biblical creation story during the 2019 festival. Storyteller Lona Bartlett holds aloft the “Soup Bowl of Destiny” from which names are drawn to determine which teller takes the stage.

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dozen years later, and the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival is once again making a name for itself. As in, it literally has changed its name to the Stone Soup Storytelling Institute. Now the Institute encompasses the festival, but it also has expanded its outreach to include a performance space called Muse 134, and programs like Speaking Down Barriers, which encourages young women of color to tell their stories. “Storytelling connects people to other people,” says board member and festival emcee Nicole Hazard. “It’s connected to our humanity, our shared vulnerabilities and shared humor. Having that human experience together builds community.” On a bright weekend in late April, I come to the 2019 festival never having been to a storytelling festival in my life. I sit down in the Woodruff Community Center with 50 other spectators who, remarkably in the Age of Inattention, do not stare at cell phones but instead are all ears. Like many people, I suppose my first thoughts are that a storytelling festival might be something like reading a book aloud to children. At first, it almost feels like being at the movies—the room is dark, and we’re all watching the entertainment—yet it’s not the silver screen that has us rapt. We’re listening to one of the festival’s four professional Featured Tellers, Jeff Doyle, tell a wild childhood tale of a road trip with his grandparents out West. The story moves along in a series of outrageous situations, including a station wagon that transforms into a


HOME-GROWN TALENT South Carolina native Yasu Ishida, one of the 2019 “New Voices,” talks about his childhood, time machines and magic during his turn on stage at the Stone Soup Storytelling Institute.

spaceship, two grandparents intent on filling the car with Coors beer, and a bear. Doyle punctuates his story with hand gestures, sound effects and body language. At one point, when he begins shivering to describe the cold, it occurs to me that, amidst the laugh lines, this is like stand-up comedy, but Hazard later is quick to correct me. “Storytellers replace all the snark with heart,” she says. “Comedy is anecdotal. These are fully developed stories.” If not movies, if not comedy, then maybe it’s like music? After all, these changes of intonation, if you listen without considering the words’ meaning, sound nearly symphonic in crescendos and decrescendos.

COMPARING NOTES Tellers, from left, Sarah Beth Nelson, Mark Goldman, Cooper Braun-Enos and Denise Mount, chat between performances.

But as soon as I’m thinking of that, Doyle connects with his audience by asking us, “Who among you remembers potted meat?” Hands shoot up. This isn’t music. This is connective storytelling, and when you get down to the heart of the story, there’s nothing like it. “I try to relate to the human condition,” Doyle tells me later, over coffee at the nearby Humble Grounds. “Those things that happened to you that happened to everybody else. It usually starts with some kind of seed from something that ­happened in my life. A lot of people struggle with this—you say, ‘I have nothing funny in my life,’ but you’re looking at too big a swath. Really what you’re looking for is that little seed, that one event that happened, and you just build around that.” He also understands the pure entertainment factor of story­telling. After all, he got his start telling a story the old-­ fashioned way—beside a campfire at a father-child campout. A self-described “frustrated theater guy” who works as a contractor, he joined a storyteller’s guild in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and began obsessively crafting his stories. Like a good storyteller, he builds up to the delivery. “Here's a storyteller’s secret,” he says. “You struggle with ‘Oh my God, that’s not really true,’ and then you get to a point where that doesn’t really matter.” e’s telling me this, in part, because I have come to the festival to try my hand—well, my mouth—at the Amateur Open Mic competition, which is held in the morning before the New Voices (a dozen invited up-and-coming storytellers from all over the country) and Say What? Tall Tales, Whoppers, and Lies (a contest to see who can spin the best yarn). You can learn a lot at these “telling sessions.” The best of the New Voices will be invited back as Featured Storytellers the following year, and their stories are obviously wellcrafted and intensely rehearsed. Amateur storytellers have a tight time limit—5 minutes. This prevents unnecessary

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After listening to the professional storytellers, I’ve stayed up half the night thinking about ways to improve my story with sound effects, audience interaction, returns to detail, and a positive moral message. IT’S DIFFERENT OUT LOUD Writer Hastings Hensel won the Amateur Open Mic event with a true childhood story of being swept down a Columbia storm drain with his friends—and living to tell the tale.

drainpipe while exploring it with four friends (“Remember The Goonies?” I ask the audience). It was the summer of 1996 in Columbia, South Carolina, when an afternoon thunderstorm can come on you as quick as that (snap of fingers), and we twisted through the storm drain like we were at a Myrtle Beach waterpark (“Ever been to Wild Water & Wheels?”) except for the fear of death by drowning (pause for nervous laughter). Finally, we washed out into a creek where we scrambled, wet and bloody and screaming, into a breakfast restaurant, where astonished retirees put down forkloads of grits (mimic the act of interrupted grit-eating). Soon, ambulances and cops descended upon us (sound effect of sirens) and pronounced us all safe. We went our own separate ways into life with nicknames like Drain-Boy and Drain-O (pause for laughter) until (sigh) two of the boys, in separate accidents in their 20s, passed away. But (dramatic pause) the moral of this story is that, when I think back on my friends who are no longer with me, I think THE HEROINE OF THE STORY Woodruff native Karyn Page-Davies breathed of it as a descent into darkness and a coming back again into new life into the Stone Soup Storytelling Institute a dozen years ago and continues to serve as festival director. light (pause for sniffles), and that stories—like this story—are what will always connect us. To make a long story shorter, I’ll spoil the ending: I win the tangents. I’ll be judged on presentation (5 points), stage presamateur hour. ence (5 points), knowledge of material (5 points), originality But the bigger story is not about me. It’s how my one little (5 points) and creativity (5 points). story is one ingredient in the bigger soup bowl of stories I My story is called “The Drain Pipe,” and as I freely admit, hear over the weekend. Stories in the voices of Greek queens. it’s a story I’ve told many times, though never over coffee at a Japanese fairy tales. Hilarious beach vacation stories. Heroic storytelling festival. It’s also true. As in: it’s not a whopper nor a journeys. Animal fables. Time machine invention tales lie nor a myth nor a tall tale nor a fabrication nor a ­taradiddle, (complete with magic tricks). Celtic myths. Family legends. which have all been described to me as a way of “ratcheting up Allegorical stories set in the mythical the impossible,” or “seeing how far you town of Big Fib. can string them along.” GET THERE Together, these are the voices that However, after listening to the protell the larger story of the Stone Soup fessional storytellers the previous The 2020 Stone Soup Storytelling Festival Storytelling Institute. evening, I’ve stayed up half the night will take place April 17–19 at Or, in the words of its director, thinking about ways to improve my Project Muse, 134 South Main Street, Page‑Davies: “People recognize the story with sound effects, audience Woodruff, SC 29388 utility of sharing your story or your interaction, returns to detail, and a For more information about the festival, experiences with somebody. The conpositive moral message at the end. visit stonesoupsc.org or email My little story is about the time, nection you make when you get perstonesoupkp@aol.com. as a child, I got washed down a storm sonal. It brings community together.” 20

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Wayne Hendrix 64. Allendale. Originally from Ridge Spring. OCCUPATION: Custom knifemaker, owner of Hendrix Handmade Knives (hendrixknives.com). A MATTER OF FAITH: Hendrix is a devout Jehovah’s Witness and, as such, refuses to make tactical knives. CO-OP AFFILIATION: Member of Edisto Electric Cooperative. AGE:

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Wayne Hendrix found himself at a career crossroads in the early 1980s. A field biologist, he’d been laid off from a position with the Academy of Natural Sciences studying mayflies and assessing the health of streams near the Savannah River Plant. He was chopping firewood to get by. But a chance meeting with the late George Herron of Aiken, considered one of the top custom knifemakers in the world, led Hendrix down a new path. “I just happened to have the opportunity to work for George, who was one of the best in his field,” Hendrix says. “Had George been a furniture maker or a duck call maker, I likely would have done that instead.” With time and experience, Hendrix gained a reputation of his own. Over the past 37 years, he’s crafted nearly 20,000 knives, some costing as much as $1,000. Working 40–45 hours a week, he makes about 400 blades a year in the shop behind his Allendale home. Using drills, presses and sanders, Hendrix cuts the blades from bars of hardened steel, profiles them into shape, notches them, then tapers and polishes the blades. He also fashions the handles to order, which can be made from everything from African blackwood and birdseye maple to abalone shell and sheep horn. “Most of the knives I make sell for $100 to $150,” Hendrix says. “My goal is to make an affordable hunting knife.” —KEVIN DIETRICH | PHOTO BY MILTON MORRIS

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Every year, millions of Americans are diagnosed with canophilia, which is highly contagious and has no cure. Symptoms range from petting every dog in sight to frequent stops at the animal shelter and the irresistible urge to adopt another dog, no matter how many you’ve already welcomed to your pack. The condition often gets worse over time. By definition, canophilia means the love of dogs, and canine enthusiasts adopt more than 3 million shelter dogs every year, which is 25% of the ones looking for homes. Mutts and purebreds alike are fighting the odds from the moment they set paw inside. Adoptions favor the small, young, pretty, non-shedders, which are rare. Most pets that walk into a shelter never walk out. Adoption is a long-term commitment, like a successful marriage. You’re choosing a dog to love and cherish, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health until death do you part. Be sure you’re compatible before you sign on the dotted line. 22

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If you went to Woodstock, skip the puppies

Ignore this advice if you’ve got a family of young kids to grow alongside a young pup for the next 10 to 15 years. You’ll be fine. But if you are already ­collecting Social Security, cover your eyes and keep walking past the puppies. It may be difficult to picture the tiny, fur-covered angel asleep in your palm as an 80-pound wrecking ball, but it happens fast. Besides, puppies are a lot of work. They usually arrive with worms, crying


visit the shelter and find a pup everyone likes who likes every one of you. Take your time. If your child is in kinder­ garten, remember that the dog you pick will probably be there when she leaves for college.

for comfort and ready to pee on your oriental rug. An older dog is more likely to be cuddle-ready and content to walk around the block at your pace. Their personalities have developed, so you know what you’re getting. (Don’t worry about the puppies. They always find homes.)

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Evaluate your lifestyle (and dog‑style)

We’re all friends here, so let’s be truthful. Do you prefer three hours of Netflix to running a marathon? How many hours a day will you entertain your pup? On a scale of one to 10, how patient are you? There are myriad reasons why dogs end up in shelters, but one of the biggest is irreconcilable differences. A young Aussie has the stamina of an Olympic decathlete. Likewise border collies, which go nuts without a job. And those sleek Belgian Malinois that are always making news? They’d rather be hunting terrorists than watching you crochet. If you like a quiet home, avoid musically inclined breeds. Huskies love to sing, beagles like to howl, and Chihuahuas never tire of yap-yap-­ yapping. According to iheartdogs.com, those noisy little dogs are the third most commonly dumped breed in ­shelters. Beagles are No. 6. Do some breed research before you choose.

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Forget the last dog movie you loved

No, Cruella, you really don’t want 101 Dalmatians running around the house, no matter how adorable they look on screen. Cocker spaniels, St. Bernards, collies, sheepdogs, Labrador retrievers and mastiffs have taken turns in the spotlight and enjoyed commensurate popularity, but that doesn’t guarantee you’ll be delighted to have them on the other end of your leash. Some are high-maintenance breeds that slobber, shed and require nonstop grooming. And believe me, tripping over a mastiff who takes up half your kitchen gets old fast. If social media doesn’t make

you want to dress like Kim Kardashian, don’t let Hollywood pick your pooch. The director can yell, “Cut” when things go sideways. You can’t.

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Look beyond the “rap sheet”

When I first met Gizmo at the local Humane Society, he was sitting in a crate at the counter. The scruffy ­terrier-mix had short legs, a bushy tail that curled over his back, and ears that rotated like radar dishes. You could tell the little guy had attitude to spare.

Never underestimate

canine power: physical and emotional

When a petite friend of mine adopted Barley, the Lab puppy quickly outgrew his pixie-size handler. Barley meant no harm when he exploded out the front door and dragged her down the front steps, shattering her collar bone. She forgave Barley, but Mr. Pixie was ready to “dump that mutt in the shelter” or file for divorce. A few tantrums later, they reached a truce and called in an expert, who taught the dog to wait at an open door until given permission to exit. Barley mastered obedience just in time to save their marriage.

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Don’t surprise significant others or count on kids

Is your family on board with your decision to adopt? You’re not surprising your future ex-husband, right? He may fall madly in love with a dog he didn’t want, but don’t count on it. As the divorced mom of many rescues, you can trust me on this. Smiling children will pledge to walk, feed and brush the dog “so you won’t have to do a thing, Mom.” And they absolutely mean it for three days. Caring for a dog does teach kids ­responsibility, but you’ll probably be elected Pooper Scooper-in-Chief. Bring everybody to

“You don’t want him,” the shelter assistant assured me. “He ran away from his ­original owner and was just returned by his second adopter.” Any time a dog is returned to the shelter, it’s a black mark against him. Poor Gizmo never bit, snapped or growled at anyone, but he had a rap sheet and no way to plead innocence. Someone claimed he beheaded a Barbie doll. Despite a history of toy aggression, Gizmo became my best friend for the next 13 years. Memories of his antics still brighten my darkest day.

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Sophie Oliver Submitted by John Kouchinsky, Santee Electric Cooperative

Submitted by Phil Webb, Fairfield Electric Cooperative

Oliver was an abused dog we adopted from a shelter. At the time he was so ugly he was adorable—like the ugly duckling to the swan. He is the love of my life.

Sophie is a 10-month-old Spinoni Italiano who is the happiest puppy in the world. She never stops wagging her tail! We love her very much and consider her part of our family for sure!

Pet Project Photo Challenge In a recent issue, we challenged you to share photos and stories of your favorite “fur baby,” and the volume of responses was overwhelming. We’ve selected a few of our favorite photos and stories of pet rescues shared in this exclusive photo gallery.

Molly

Submitted by Sandi Diaz, Fairfield Electric Cooperative We were searching for our first family dog and we knew we wanted a beagle. We rescued Molly from a PAWS facility in Bryson City, North Carolina (we live in Anderson, South Carolina). Molly was eight weeks old when she arrived in our home and she is so much fun. When given the choice of whom or what to obey, she always obeys her nose!

Shelby Submitted by Joyce Cain, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative I saw her on a website from the animal shelter. My Maltese had passed away a couple of years earlier and I knew I had to have another puppy to make me whole again. Once I saw Shelby's photo, I called my husband. It was late Friday afternoon near closing time. He got there and called me. “Come on up, you have got to see her,” he said. I knew then I would not leave that shelter without her.

Kenai

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Submitted by Jessica Coop, Black River Electric Cooperative Kenai is a 5-year-old lab mix. She became a part of my life when she was just 6 weeks old. Someone had dumped her on the side of the road. She was hungry, hurt and scared when I found her. One look and I knew she was destined to be in my life. She's been by my side through college, getting married, joining the military, having a baby and countless moves. I couldn't ask for a better best friend.


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Don’t discount the jumpers

When you introduce a new dog to the one (or more) at home, don’t expect instant harmony. That may take some time. The pets section of webmd.com recommends introducing everyone in a neutral environment. Try a leisurely walk with both dogs on loose leashes. Watch for signs of stress, such as tucked tails and flattened ears, and be prepared to intervene. Some trainers recommend crating a new dog and letting everyone breathe the same air for a while. Keeping all dogs leashed in the house for a week also gives them time to realize the others don’t pose a threat.

Of course, you weren’t hoping to adopt a kangaroo, but shelter dogs are so deliriously happy to escape their e­ nclosures, they can’t always contain it. A dog that jumps up to greet you p ­ robably hasn’t had much training, which is easily fixed. In fact, lack of training is the reason some dogs, especially big ones, end up in shelters. Behavior that was cute in a puppy might not be so cute two years later. Dogs need to know what’s expected of them. To avoid ­problems, start training early. Establish boundaries and be consistent. If bad habits aren’t corrected, they always escalate.

Do your math

Getting a healthy, ­ eutered or spayed n dog for under $100 is a great deal, but no one gets off that easy. The first year of dog owner­ ship will set you back almost $1,300, according to m ­ oneyunder30.com. That doesn’t include medical emergencies. It doesn’t take many tests or X-rays to run up a vet bill. Anything from accidental poisoning to a sock-swallowing bender that requires surgery can run into thousands of dollars. And there’s the cost of training. Most of us need help getting our dogs to behave. It’s not just teaching Fido what to do, it’s teaching him what not to do, like eating 23 socks, digging up the yard, counter surfing or playfully tackling your toddler. You might start with a group class for the basics, like sit, stay, down, etc. There are also private trainers who will come to your home, or boot camps where your pup goes for a few weeks for training without distractions. For example, Off-Leash K9 Training in Myrtle Beach charges $600 for a Basic Obedience Package that includes a training collar, leash and four lessons. Private trainers may charge considerably more, especially if they’re dealing with aggression. Another expense to consider is doggie daycare, which spares your best friend from spending the day in a crate while Mom and Dad work. It’s a relief to come home to an exhausted dog that’s ready

to relax with you. Camp Bow Wow, a national franchise, charges $30 per day. If you board overnight, petrx.com says $25 to $45 is the average tab. The fancier the facility, the more they charge.

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Know when to choose a stuffed animal

Dogs land in shelters through no fault of their own. Economic hardship is the major reason people surrender their pets, but it’s not the only factor. Couples move where dogs aren’t allowed. They get divorced, or need to care for a sick parent or expect a new baby and fear the dog’s reaction. Life throws some unexpected curveballs, but some are avoidable. If you work 80 hours a week or your life is in turmoil, it may not be the best time to make a lifetime commitment to a furry friend. One last thought: Dogs are sentient beings and shelter life is very hard on them. They’ll need time to decompress, so remember the 3-3-3 Rule when you adopt. For the first three days, your dog may be overwhelmed and stressed by a new home and family. Adrenaline kicks in and their behavior is less predictable. Let the pooch settle in before training starts. By the third week, Fido will get the hang of things. He’ll trust you and his environment. His behavior may change and his personality will emerge as his comfort level increases. At the three-month mark, your pup knows he’s loved and cherished. Now his true colors start to shine.

JAN A. IGOE is actively involved with rescuing shelter dogs for service work. She loves fostering and socializing canines for permanent homes or service training. Two of her personal pups are certified therapy dogs.

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History in black and white STORY AND PHOTOS BY TIM HANSON

A photographer’s labor of love is the only museum in South Carolina to celebrate the civil rights movement

DOCUMENTING THE STRUGGLE Cecil Williams (top) converted his Orangeburg photography studio into a museum documenting the midcentury civil rights era with exhibits, artifacts and many of his own photos.

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an 84-yearold African American woman by burning a cross in front of her home in Elloree, South Carolina, photographer Cecil Williams snapped a photograph of her being consoled by civil rights activist Rev. Henry Parker. “I remember that lady’s exact words,” says Williams. “She said, ‘The Klan come ’bout midnight, jest whoopin’ and hollerin’. They burned a cross and ran down on my fence.’ ” This was in 1960 and Williams, 23 years old at the time, was the South Carolina correspondent for Jet magazine, the national weekly publication for black Americans. That blackand-white image is one of thousands of photos taken by Williams throughout the 1950s and 1960s that document the struggle for civil rights in South Carolina. Today, it is included in a robust collection of photo­graphs, exhibits and artifacts that make up The Cecil Williams Civil Rights Museum, which opened last year in Orangeburg. “This is the only museum in South Carolina that celebrates the golden years of the civil rights movement,” says Williams. Housed in a 3,400-square-foot building that Williams designed nearly 40 years ago, and which previously served as his studio, the photographer has created a space that scholars say helps preserve a period of history in South Carolina that has been largely overlooked by most non-academic books on the civil rights movement. Many people photo­graphed by Williams are easily recognizable​—Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr., Andrew Young—but others may not be quite as familiar. For example, there are photos of Harry Briggs, the namesake of the Briggs vs. Elliott lawsuit in nearby Clarendon County that was ultimately resolved in 1954 by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown A DAY AFTER THE KU KLUX KLAN TERRORIZED


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TAKING PRIDE IN HIS WORK (clockwise from above) Cecil Williams and assistant Larry Mitchell develop history in the darkroom of his Orangeburg studio. Williams’s photo of civil rights protestors at a February 1963 demonstration at Confederate Square in Orangeburg is one of more than 500 images on display at the museum. Williams points out a Jet cover photo he took of Coretta Scott King.

vs. Board of Education ruling ending school segregation. The museum also displays photos of the Rev. J.A. DeLaine, the leader of the movement for equal rights in Clarendon County. These men, as well as other African Americans who dared confront segre­ gation, suffered swift reprisals. Many were fired from their jobs. Others were denied bank loans for their farms and businesses. Some received death threats. And at least one—the Rev. J.A. DeLaine— was eventually forced to leave the state. In another part of the museum are Williams’ photos of the events leading up to and following the infamous 1968 Orangeburg Massacre, in which three African American students were killed and nearly 30 others injured after state troopers opened fire on a group of protesters at South Carolina State College. One famous photo shows

GET THERE The Cecil Williams Civil Rights Museum is located at 1865 Lake Drive in Orangeburg. HOURS: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The last visitors should arrive by 2:45 p.m. During the week, the museum is open by appointment only. ADMISSION: $20 per person. Children under age 6 are not admitted. DETAILS: (803) 531-1662; cecilwilliamsmuseum.com

a handful of spent shotgun shells that Williams picked up the morning after the shootings. “The shells were confis­cated from me by the FBI and used during the trial of the state troopers who fired on the students,” Williams says. “I’m now trying to get the shells returned for the museum.” Also featured in the museum are photographs Williams took during the 1963 desegregation of Clemson University and the 1969 hospital workers’ strike in Charleston. In all, there are more than 500 photographs, many of which have appeared in photography books that Williams has published over the years. “It is really a very powerful and moving experience to visit this museum and see these photographs,” says retired South Carolina State University professor William C. Hine. “Cecil has done an outstanding job.” Williams is a lifelong resident of Orangeburg. His love of photography began at age 9, when he used a small, inexpensive camera to take photos of his family. Later, in high school, he earned money taking photos of weddings. Then, as the civil rights movement kicked into gear, he landed the correspondent position with Jet and began documenting an era in South Carolina that changed America forever. “So many of the people involved in the movement here are now deceased,” Williams says. “I am very thankful to my maker for giving me the opportunity—through my photos and this museum—to tell their stories for them.”

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The best of South Carolina shrimp BY BELINDA SMITH-SULLIVAN

BLACKENED SHRIMP PO’ BOY SERVES 4

SMOKY PAPRIKA SAUCE

Shrimp is the most popula r seafood and that ’s especially tru e here in South Ca rolina where ou r wildcaught Atlantic shrimp are unriv aled in taste. Even better—we South Carolinia ns know what to do with them . For all four of th ese recipes, I recommend ju mbo shrimp (21 to 25 shrimp per poun d) but feel free to experiment.

cup mayo H G cup yogurt 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice H teaspoon smoked paprika (also known as Spanish paprika) H teaspoon ground cumin Pinch, kosher salt SHRIMP

1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed 1 tablespoon blackened seasoning (more if desired) (recipe below) 2 tablespoons canola oil, for frying 2 baguettes, halved and split (or 4 hoagie rolls, split) Iceberg lettuce, shredded 1 large tomato, thinly sliced Sliced pickles, optional

In a small bowl, combine all sauce ingredients and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Can be made the day ahead to allow flavors to meld. In a medium bowl, toss shrimp with seasoning. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add shrimp all at once and cook 2–3 minutes per side. Remove to paper-lined plate and keep warm. Spread sauce on baguettes and add lettuce, tomato and pickle slices to the bottom. Top with equal amounts of shrimp, and serve. Leftover sauce can be passed for additional servings. HOMEMADE BLACKENED SEASONING

2 teaspoons paprika 1 teaspoon garlic powder H teaspoon salt H teaspoon onion powder

H teaspoon ground dried thyme G teaspoon dried oregano G teaspoon black pepper G teaspoon cayenne pepper

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KNOW YOUR SHRIMP Fresh vs. frozen. Frozen shrimp can be used interchangeably for fresh shrimp in any recipe. Thaw frozen shrimp in the refrigerator overnight before cooking, or, if you’re in a hurry, in a bowl under slow-running cold water. Prawns vs. shrimp. There is no distinguishable difference in the taste of prawns and shrimp. They are interchangeable in recipes. Should I remove tails from shrimp? This is a personal preference. Generally, the tails are removed to make the dish easier to eat. However, in more sophisticated dishes, the tails may be left on for appearance and presentation. What’s your favorite color? While there are over 300 species of shrimp worldwide, the four main types available in our area are white, pink, brown and red. Once cooked it is almost impossible to visually tell them apart. Keeping count. Shrimp is graded by size based on the number of shrimp per pound. SHRIMP SIZE

NUMBER PER POUND

Colossal (also referred to as U15)

15 or fewer

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16 to 20 21 to 25

Extra Large

26 to 30

Large

31 to 40

Medium

41 to 50

Small

51 to 60

Tiny

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SHRIMP FETTUCCINE ALFREDO SERVES 4

CHEF’S TIPS

Using white pepper or black? Use white pepper when cooking white sauces, potato dishes or when you do not want the black pepper flecks distracting from the appearance of the dish. White pepper is hotter than black but with a different flavor profile. Its earthy, musty flavor is most closely associated with Asian cuisine. Stone-ground grits vs. regular corn grits. Quick or regular grits require less cooking time, around 5–15 minutes, whereas stoneground grits will take 30–60 minutes or longer, depending on desired consistency. 30

1 pound fettuccine 2 cups heavy cream H cup unsalted butter, softened 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese, freshly grated White pepper, to taste 1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed

J teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 teaspoon minced garlic Chopped parsley, for garnish Grated Parmesan, for garnish

Cook fettuccine according to package instructions, and keep warm. In a saucepan over medium heat, heat heavy cream. Add butter and whisk gently to melt. Sprinkle in cheese and stir to incorporate. Season with pepper. Add pasta to sauce; stir to combine and keep warm. Toss shrimp with cayenne pepper. In a skillet over medium heat, heat butter and saute garlic for 30 seconds; add shrimp and cook 2–3 minutes per side. To serve, divide fettuccine and sauce in serving bowls or plates and top with shrimp. Garnish with parsley and additional Parmesan.

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EASY SHRIMP PILAU SERVES 6

6 slices bacon, cut in half-inch pieces 1 bell pepper, chopped 1 onion, chopped 1  H cups long-grain rice Kosher salt G teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes 2 H cups seafood stock or clam juice (more if needed) G cup chopped fresh parsley 2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed

In a large pot or Dutch oven, over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp; remove to paper towel-lined plate. In the same pot, cook bell pepper and onion until soft, about 5–8 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring occasionally, until transparent, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper flakes. Add tomatoes, stock and parsley and stir. Cover and bring to a boil; lower heat to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes. Add additional stock if rice gets too dry. K A REN H ERM A N N

Add shrimp to rice, cover and cook an additional 10 minutes. Stir in bacon and serve.

SHRIMP AND SAUSAGE GRITS SERVES 4

GRITS

3 cups milk 3 cups heavy cream, plus more for thinning if needed 1 cup stone-ground grits 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Kosher salt White ground pepper 1 cup sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded

SHRIMP

2 pounds jumbo uncooked shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails on Kosher salt Pinch cayenne pepper, more if desired H lemon, juiced 4–5 slices bacon, cut into H-inch strips 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips GW ÉN A Ë L LE VOT

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1 onion, chopped 1 large garlic clove, minced 1 pound spicy sausage, cut into G-inch slices G cup all-purpose flour 1 cup chicken stock 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 2 green onions, sliced

In a large saucepan over medium heat, add milk and cream; slowly whisk in the grits. When the grits start to bubble, reduce heat and simmer for 35–40 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until thick and creamy. Remove from heat and stir in butter, salt, pepper and cheese. If still too thick, add additional cream ¼ cup at a time until desired consistency. Set aside and keep warm. Into a medium bowl, add shrimp, salt, cayenne and lemon juice; set aside. In a large skillet over medium heat, add bacon pieces and cook until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside. Add the peppers and onion to the skillet and saute until soft, about 3 minutes; add garlic and cook an additional minute. Make a well and add sausage to the skillet and cook until brown. Sprinkle the mixture with flour and stir; slowly pour in the stock and stir until mixture is smooth. When it starts to simmer, add shrimp and cook 2–3 minutes until opaque. Stir in bacon, parsley and green onions. To serve, spoon grits into serving bowls and top with shrimp mixture.

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FEBRUARY IN THE GARDEN n Applying a dormant oil spray on branches and trunks to smother over­ wintering eggs and larvae of such pests as aphids, whiteflies, scale and spider mites is a good way to help curb spring and summer outbreaks against susceptible ornamental and fruit trees. Just remember to spray on a day when the temperature is expected to remain above 40 F. n On mild days, visit local arboretums, botanical gardens or even area nurseries with display beds to check out what kinds of hardy plants they are using to liven up their outdoor settings with cold-weather interest and color.

TIP OF THE MONTH Any indoor plants that have large, smooth leaves, such as rubber plant, dracaena, croton, fiddleleaf fig or philodendron, will show off better if they are wiped at least once a month, using a soft cloth lightly moistened with warm water. Cleaning the foliage will, of course, perk up the coloration of such houseplants, but more importantly, it will remove from the leaf surfaces dust and other particles that can interfere with these potted pretties’ all-important photosynthesis process.

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Croton and other indoor plants with large, smooth leaves will benefit from a gentle wipedown once a month.

BY L.A. JACKSON

gardening friends lessons in geography gone wrong, lily of the Nile is your kind of plant. In spite of the name, it is from South Africa, where, like here, the Nile River can only be found in two places: Google searches and library books. To cut down on this confusion, I skip “lily of the Nile” and use its alternate name, agapanthus (it resides in the genus Agapanthus). Whatever it is called, the one constant is that it is a very pretty summer-blooming perennial. Planted in the spring, an agapanthus rhizome sprouts strap-like leaves, which are soon joined by sturdy stems that become flower towers. Depending on the cultivar, they can rise 2 to almost 4 feet high, supporting show-stopping, rounded clusters of small, tubular blossoms. Although agapanthus bloom colors include white and violet, blue is its signature hue, ranging from blushing light shades to dramatic, dark tones. There are also bicolor cultivars featuring visual dances of white with blue-infused partners. For the best displays, find a planting site that basks in the morning to early midday sun and has well-worked soil. Spacing should be about 8–10 inches apart. A generous helping of compost around the plants each spring will generally take care of their nutrient needs through the growing season. Agapanthus will be much happier in soil that drains well, meaning sandy loam gardens in eastern parts of the state will make it feel right at home. For the rest of South Carolina, the more clay you garden in, the more reason to go full container culture with a quality potting mix. And don’t skimp on the pot because an agapanthus rhizome can

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n See that the bird bath stays free of ice and continue to wash and refill it at least every two weeks. Also, keep bird feeders stocked with seed and suet.

A is for agapanthus

Agapanthus displays fancy flower clusters on sturdy stems that can reach almost 4 feet tall in the garden.

develop a hefty root system. A 12-inch container is about the right size for a single planting. One more reason to garden-grow these showoffs in the east and pot ’em in the west: winter. South Carolina is on the northern fringe of their hardiness area. This shouldn’t be a problem in the Lowcountry, but further inland, if you don’t have a protected planting site such as a southern exposure or walled area to deflect the worst bite of cold weather, go with containers. Agapanthus won’t be too hard to find at local garden centers this spring, but if you want to shop early, three regional e-nurseries that stock them online are Wayside Gardens (waysidegardens.com), Plant Delights Nursery (plantdelights.com) and Brent and Becky’s Bulbs (brentandbeckysbulbs.com). L.A. JACKSON is the former editor of Carolina Gardener magazine. Contact him at lajackson1@gmail.com.


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Upstate F EB R UA RY

14–15  Embrace 2.14: Studio

Series, Ballet Spartanburg, Spartanburg. (864) 583‑0339. 14–16  Contempt of Court, Oconee Community Theatre, Seneca. (864) 882‑1910. 14–16  Disney’s Aladdin Jr., Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542‑2787. 14–16  Upstate Coin Show, Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, Spartanburg. (864) 293‑8416. 15  2020 South Carolina Horsemen’s Council Expo, T. Ed Garrison Arena, Pendleton. (864) 449‑1189. 15  Great Backyard Bird Count, Table Rock State Park, Pickens. (864) 878‑9813. 19  Artist-in-Residence Lecture: Lennon Wall in Hong Kong, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542‑2787. 20  Opening Reception: All Terrain, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg. (864) 582‑7616. 21  Shake & Strike, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542‑2787. 22  Fox Squirrel 5K, Sadlers Creek State Park, Anderson. (864) 226‑8950. 22–23  Home and Garden Show, Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, Spartanburg. (855) 321‑2110. 23  Chapman Cultural Center and Ballet Spartanburg present Moving Stories, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542‑2787. 27  Free Art Movie: Native Art Now!, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg. (864) 582‑7616. 27  So You Think You Can Dance, Spartanburg!, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542‑2787. 28  The Carolina Revue, Second Stage at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, Spartanburg. (864) 582‑8107. 29  The Cinderella Project Boutique, Anderson Mall, Anderson. leslie@msslawfirm.net. 29  Seussical Auditions, Mauldin Cultural Center, Mauldin. (864) 335‑4862. MARCH

3  MOMIX, Brooks Center for the

Performing Arts at Clemson University, Clemson. (864) 656‑7787. 6  First Friday Walks with Dr. David Bradshaw, SC Botanical Garden, Clemson. (864) 656‑2836. 6–7  Pickens Literacy Used Book Sale, Pickens Presbyterian Church, Pickens. (864) 617‑4237.

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6–8  Terms of Endearment,

Spartanburg Little Theatre, Spartanburg. (864) 585‑8278. 7  5th Annual Out of the Darkness Walk, Tillman Hall at Clemson University, Clemson. (864) 656‑2038. 7  Ranger-Guided Battlefield Hike, Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, Clinton. (864) 938‑0100. 7–8  Rainbow Dance Competition, Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, Spartanburg. (864) 582‑8107. 9  Clemson University Symphonic Band, Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at Clemson University, Clemson. (864) 656‑7787. 12  TIGERS ADVANCE Distinguished Speaker Series: Paula T. Hammond, Watt Family Innovation Center at Clemson University, Clemson. (864) 985‑2416. 13–15  Terms of Endearment, Spartanburg Little Theatre, Spartanburg. (864) 585‑8278. 14  Leprechaun Leap 5K, Hickory Knob State Resort Park, McCormick. (864) 391‑2450. O NG O ING

Daily Feb. 6–27  Exhibition:

Determined to Soar, Milliken Art Gallery at Converse College, Spartanburg. (864) 596‑9181. Every other Wednesday  Music Sandwiched In, Spartanburg County Public Library, Spartanburg. (864) 948‑9020. Third Thursdays  ArtWalk, downtown cultural district, Spartanburg. (864) 582‑7616. Fridays  Starry Nights, Roper Mountain Science Center, Greenville. (864) 355‑8900. Saturdays and Sundays  Historic Building Tour, Oconee Station State Historic Site, Walhalla. (864) 638‑0079.

Midlands F E B RUARY

15  Gibson Brothers, Newberry Opera

15  2020 Southern Sound Series:

Steep Canyon Rangers, McCelvey Center, York. (803) 684‑3948. 21  Delbert McClinton, Sumter Opera House, Sumter. (803) 436‑2616. 21  Dutch Fork Choral Society’s “A Caribbean Getaway!”, Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, Chapin. (803) 318‑0488 or (803) 414‑2222. 22  15th Annual Joy of Gardening Symposium, Gateway Conference Center, Richburg. symposium@yorkmg.org. 22–23  Battle of Aiken, Confederate Memorial Park, Aiken. (888) 378‑7623. 23  Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra’s “Beethoven and Birthdays” Concert, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Irmo. (803) 400‑3540. MAR CH

6–14  Joye in Aiken 2020, multiple

venues, Aiken. (803) 226‑0016.

7  The Cinderella Project

Boutique, Brookland Baptist Church Gymnasium, West Columbia. scmidlandscp@gmail.com. 7  The Cinderella Project Boutique, Catch the Vision International, Orangeburg. towens@scsolicitor1.org. 14  Aiken’s Bacon & Brews, Newberry Street Festival Center, Aiken. (803) 617‑7776. ONGOING

Daily during February  Marlayne

Mars Exhibit, Aiken County Visitors Center, Aiken. (803) 642‑7557. Daily during March  Pamela Moore Exhibit, Aiken County Visitors Center, Aiken. (803) 642‑7557. Weekdays until March 5  Bloom, works by Ansley Adams, Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery, Rutledge Building at Winthrop University, Rock Hill. (803) 323‑2493. Saturdays in February  By Way of the Back Door, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. (803) 684‑2327.

House, Newberry. (803) 276‑5179.

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15  Guitar Gala,

FEBR UARY

Senate’s End, Columbia. southernguitarfest@gmail.com. 15  The Mystics, Sumter Opera House, Sumter. (803) 436‑2500. 15  Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra: The Fantastic Flute, South Pointe High School Auditorium, Rock Hill. (803) 329‑7476.

14–16  Southeastern Wildlife

Exposition, multiple venues, Charleston. (843) 723‑1748. 14–28  24th Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration, various venues, Hilton Head Island. (843) 255‑7303. 15  Ellington at Newport, Charleston Music Hall, Charleston. (843) 822‑7919.

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15  Feast or Famine: Colonial

Foodways, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston. (843) 852‑4200. 15  Hopeful Horizons Race4Love, Sanctuary Golf Club at Cat Island, Beaufort. (843) 379‑6151. 15 and 22  Intro to Drawing Workshop, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, Ridgeland. (843) 284‑9227. 15–16  The American Heritage Festival, Graham’s Historic Farm, Lake City. (904) 200‑1232. 18–23  Beaufort International Film Festival, University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, Beaufort. (843) 522‑3196. 21  Book Club at the Morris Center: Trouble the Water, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, Ridgeland. (843) 284‑9227. 21  WACHH Friday Speaker Series: Joby Warrick, First Presbyterian Church, Hilton Head Island. (843) 384‑6758. 22  19th Annual Kidztime Festival, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. (843) 444‑3200. 22  Winter Parrot Head Fest, La Belle Amie Vineyard, Little River. (843) 399-9463. 23  Lowcountry Irish Fest, Charleston Music Hall, Charleston. lowcountryirishfest@gmail.com 24–March 1  Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, various venues, Hilton Head Island. (843) 384‑6410. 25  Francis Marion and the Legend of the Swamp Fox, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, Ridgeland. (843) 284‑9227. 29  Lowcountry Colonial Days, Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, Summerville. (843) 873‑1740. 29  Mardi Crawl 2020, Shem Creek, Mount Pleasant. lowcountryparrotheadclub@gmail.com. 29  Race for Life, James Island County Park, Charleston. (843) 763‑7755. 29  Through Their Eyes: An Afternoon with Harriet Tubman and Robert Smalls, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, Ridgeland. (843) 284‑9227. MAR CH

3  Plantation Profiles: Hampton County with Morris Center Curator, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, Ridgeland. (843) 284‑9227.

6  WACHH Friday Speaker Series: Sheila Smith, First Presbyterian Church, Hilton Head Island. (843) 384‑6758. 7  African American Quilt Tradition with Cookie Washington, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, Ridgeland. (843) 284‑9227. 7  Amazing Challenge Race, Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238‑0874. 7  Charleston STEM Festival, Exchange Park Fairgrounds, Ladson. chs.stemfest@gmail.com. 7  Defense of a Colony, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston. (843) 852‑4200. 7  Step Back in Time: Artisan Edition, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, McClellanville. (843) 546‑9361. 7  To Settle a Town, Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, Summerville. (843) 873‑1740. 11  Charleston 350 Lecture Series: John Hiatt, Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston. (843) 852‑4200. 12  Oyster Roast and Learn, Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, Ridgeland. (843) 284‑9227. 14  Mi Alma Latina: Nestor Torres, Charleston Music Hall, Charleston. (843) 822‑7919. ONGOING

Daily through March 31  There’s

Always a Ketch, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston. (843) 852‑4200.

Sundays through February 

A Renaissance Woman: “Ferdi” and the Gardens of Old Town, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston. (843) 852‑4200.

Tuesdays and Saturdays through February  Read to the Hog, Charles

Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston. (843) 573‑8517.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until March 31  Simply

Living: The Charles Towne Edition, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston. (843) 852‑4200. Fourth Tuesdays  Wash Day, L.W. Paul Living History Farm, Conway. (843) 365‑3596. Wednesdays  Arts and Crafts Market, Bay Creek Park, Edisto Island. (843) 869‑3867. Saturdays through February 

Keeper’s Choice, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston. (843) 852‑4200. First Saturdays  History in the Landscape, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, Charleston. (843) 546‑9361.


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Make America decent again BY JAN A. IGOE

SOMETIMES I PANIC JUST

thinking about where the world is headed. Polite, thoughtful people seem to be an endangered species, while idiots replicate like mosquitoes in August. Our leaders routinely subjugate the truth to egocentric agendas, leaving facts to suffocate under an avalanche of … well, how shall I put this? Cow patties. As many of us fret about social demise, the national debt, global warming and how to pronounce teen activist Greta What’s-herBerg’s last name, ­millions of pigeons are going with­ out hats. (That’s right. I counted.) Fortunately, an ­altruist in Las Vegas cast these petty world problems aside long enough to address the hatless bird debacle. A couple of pigeons—dubbed “Cluck Norris and Coolamity Jane”—were seen flying around Sin City with tiny cowboy hats glued to their heads, and this raises some deep philosophical questions: • Would a chin strap have been better? • What about a beret? • Why didn’t this happen in Dallas? As animal rescuers stepped up to relieve Cluck and Jane of their headwear, decent people were left to wonder what kind of moron would glue a hat on a pigeon. Luckily, I know the answer. A human moron! We love to dress our animals. If we have to wear clothes, why shouldn’t they? Take cows, for example. According to news reports, a Jersey dairy farmer treated her girls—Mary, Noelle, Holly and Mariah Dairy—to matching sweaters to usher in their Christmas spirit. Their outfits were 38

Decent people were left to wonder what kind of moron would glue a hat on a pigeon. Luckily, I know the answer. custom-made, so you won’t find them on clearance at Belk. But you can prevent your personal cows from prancing around naked by enlisting the help of someone with experience knitting sweaters 20-times too large for the gift recipient. If you don’t have an aunt, just borrow one. She will be glad to help. Animal nudity has been a contro­ versial topic for decades. In the 1950s, G. Clifford Prout founded The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals to protect America’s moral integrity (when there still was some). Any animal over 4-inches tall should be wearing pants, a dress or equally modest garb, he preached.

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Within days, the organization had 50,000 supporters, according to priceonomics.com. For six years, Prout was featured on talk shows and interviewed by prominent writers. Respected newscasters shared his diagrams of horses wearing Bermuda shorts and cows in half-slips. He called the zoo “a peep show for children” and pointed out that “a nude horse is a rude horse.” But eventually, “Prout” got bored and confessed the whole thing was a hoax. There was no Prout, only writer-comedian Buck Henry and his idea man, Alan Abel, who found it pitifully easy to scam the news media. Today, nobody cares if your horse wears Old Navy or trots around in the buff. But they might care if your pigeon is wearing a diaper. Birds don’t need cowboy hats, but if a feathered guest visits your shoulder for more than 30 seconds, disposable undergarments are very useful. FeatherWear by Avian Fashions has finally solved the “messy bird” problem with cute little birdshaped overalls sized to fit any feathered pet, from a goose to a cockatoo, or even a chicken. What? You didn’t know they make Depends for chickens? I know Prout would be proud. But I’m not so sure about Greta. JAN A. IGOE admits to dressing her dogs in Halloween costumes, sweaters and occasionally party hats, but only with chin straps. She is also a Greta fan. Your animal stories are always welcome at HumorMe@SCLiving.coop.


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