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FIND YOUR BURIED TREASURE

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WaterFurnace—The smartest way to heat and cool your home. You may not realize it, but your home is sitting on a free and renewable supply of energy. A WaterFurnace geothermal heat pump taps into the stored solar energy in your yard to provide savings up to 70% on heating, cooling, and hot water… using less power than a typical hair dryer. It’s a smart investment in your family’s comfort—and it won’t cause split ends. Contact your local WaterFurnace dealer today and find out how much you can save by switching to geothermal.

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Are you enjoying a lower power bill? The money we save will pay off the cost of the system in a reasonable time. However, the ability to heat and cool our home during power outages with our portable generator makes it all the more worthwhile.

What are your favorite features? The two-stage heating and cooling allows the system to run on low during light loads and step up when additional heating or cooling is required. We really like how quiet the system is. Our old system was outside our bedroom and would tend to run all night when it was very cold or hot.

Would you recommend a WaterFurnace system to your friends and family? We always recommend the WaterFurnace whenever we hear people talking about a new HVAC.

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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS Vol. 70 • No. 7 (ISSN 0047-486X, USPS 316-240) Read in more than 559,000 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) 926-3 1 75 Fax:  (803) 796-6064 Email: letters@scliving.coop

JULY 2016 • VOLUME 70, NUMBER 7

FEATURE

16 Big dog air The sport of DockDogs makes a splash in South Carolina.

EDITOR

Keith Phillips ASSISTANT EDITOR

Diane Veto Parham FIELD EDITOR

Walter Allread PUBLICATION COORDINATOR

Travis Ward

ART DIRECTOR

Sharri Harris Wolfgang DESIGNER

Susan Collins PRODUCTION

Andrew Chapman WEB EDITOR

MIC SMITH

Van O’Cain COPY EDITOR

Susan Scott Soyars CONTRIBUTORS

Ron Aiken, Mike Couick, Hastings Hensel, Jan A. Igoe, Charles Joyner, Patrick Keegan, Renata Parker, John Pulley, Belinda Smith-Sullivan, S. Cory Tanner PUBLISHER

Lou Green ADVERTISING

Mary Watts Tel: (803) 739-5074 Email: ads@scliving.coop

4 CO-OP CONNECTION Cooperative news

STORIES

21 To the rescue

6 ON THE AGENDA

Wetter and better than ever, the Beaufort Water Festival is back with 10 days of aquatic fun. Plus: Learn why electric water heaters are the safe, efficient choice.

POWER USER

Paid advertisements are not endorsements by any electric cooperative or this publication. If you encounter a difficulty with an advertisement, inform the Editor.

10 Are you ready for storm season?

ADDRESS CHANGES: Please send

to your local co-op. Postmaster: Send Form 3579 to Address Change, c/o the address above.

Periodicals postage paid at Columbia, S.C., and additional mailing offices. © COPYRIGHT 201 6. The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. No portion of South Carolina Living may be reproduced without permission of the Editor. SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING is brought to you by your member-owned, taxpaying, not-for-profit electric cooperative to inform you about your cooperative, wise energy use and the faces and places that identify the Palmetto State. Electric cooperatives are South Carolina’s — and America’s — largest utility network.

DIALOGUE

Hurricane season is in full swing, and South Carolina’s electric cooperatives are prepared to respond to any emergency. Are you? ENERGY Q&A

Meet the South Carolina woman who launched a volunteer air force that’s saved more than 100,000 homeless animals and pets. SCENE

22 Still shagging after all these years Dancers young and old keep the beach-music tradition alive in and around Charleston.

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26 A short walk across South Carolina The Natural Heritage Garden at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens covers the state’s entire ecology in a half-mile walking trail. GARDENER

12 Wash energy waste

29 Bugging out

out of your laundry

The average American family washes 300 loads of laundry a year. Here’s how to save energy on every one of them. SMART CHOICE

14 The eyes have it

Whether you’re tracking game, hitting the slopes or scanning the night skies, these 11 gadgets will take your vision to a whole new level.

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Invasive insect species are a fact of life in the Palmetto State, but they don’t have to ruin your landscape. RECIPE

30 Berries and cherries

Enjoy these sweet and savory dishes that take full advantage of fresh summer fruit.

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32 Southern smoked comfort food Greenville’s Bacon Bros. Public House lives up to its appetizing name with a menu that’s long on smoked and cured meats. HUMOR ME

DOGS IN

Mysterious animal attacks are on the rise. Humor columnist Jan Igoe suspects fowl play.

Competition sends DockDogs soaring

38 Something to crow about

FLIGHT

34 MARKETPLACE 36 SC EVENTS

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Shagging the night away SC R E C I PE

Cherries and berries

Go fetch! DockDogs competitions elevate everyday canine behavior to a crowdpleasing sport. Photo by Mic Smith


On the Agenda

Highlights

For a complete listing of Events, see page 36

TOP PICK FOR KIDS JULY 16

Musgrove Mill Kids Day

Interact with history and nature on this trek through Musgrove Mill State Historic Site in Clinton. A morning hike along the British Camp Trail on the Enoree River stops at sites that played key roles in the Revolution and in 18th-century backcountry life. Kids also get to help plant flowers for Project Monarch, a new butterfly-focused effort to attract pollinators to the park. Space is limited, so register in advance. For details, visit southcarolinaparks.com/ musgrovemill or call (864) 938-0100.

JULY 16

CAPTURED MOMENTS

Banjo Extravaganza

JULY 15–24

Beaufort Water Festival

Wetter and better than ever in its 61st year, this 10-day “rendezvous by the river” offers up just about every kind of fun imaginable on or near the water. Shrimp-boat tours? Got it. Toad fishing? Yep. Raft racing and bed racing, a river dance, a boat parade, an air show, bocce, badminton, croquet— if you’re not having fun here, you’re just not trying. You’ll find it in and around Beaufort’s Waterfront Park.

Pair a two-time national banjo champion with a “sonically unique” bluegrass band, and what do you get? It’s worth a trip to Hagood Mill in Pickens to find out at this extravaganza featuring banjo wizard Charles Wood and the Ashevillebased acoustic bluegrass musicians Nitrograss. Pickers, don’t miss the opportunity to hone your techniques in old-time instrument workshops led by acclaimed fiddler Marion Boatwright and master banjo players.

For details, visit visitpickenscounty.com or call (864) 898-2936.

For details, visit bftwaterfestival.com or call (843) 524-0600.

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JULY 22–24

AUGUST 12–13

Pee Dee Deer Classic South Carolina Fans of “SnakeMaster” Steve Peanut Party Scruggs (above) have one more chance to see his live-snake show in his final appearance at the 23nd annual Pee Dee Deer Classic at Florence Civic Center. Entertainment also includes “Pee Dee Cowboy” David Grant with his Marsh Tacky horses and hog-hunting dogs, young falconer Tyler Wright with his falcon, and archery and catfish competitions. Billed as South Carolina’s largest outdoor show, the event promises 65,000 square feet of deer-hunting products and outdoor sporting equipment. For details, visit peedeedeerclassic.com or call (843) 841-6031.

They’ve been boiling up piles of peanuts in Pelion for 35 years, and they’re not about to quit. Fifty bushels of local peanuts will be boiled and sold by the Ruritans, ready to peel and eat. If you prefer your peanuts spread in a sandwich with jelly, come try to top the record of 8.5 PB&J sandwiches devoured in three minutes in a sandwich-eating contest. Plenty more Peanut Party fun happens all weekend at Pelion Community Center. For details, visit scpelionpeanutparty.com or call (803) 785-3272.


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it for granted that hot water will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for hot showers, cleaning dinner dishes and doing load after load of laundry. The lonely water heater, tucked away in the basement or a utility closet, is out of sight and out of mind. There are times, however, when your attention turns to that most essential of appliances: when an existing water heater breaks (“Brrr. That water is cold!”) or when building or renovating a home. Replacing a water heater is a decision with consequences that will persist for a decade or two, maybe longer. Your water-­heating choice will have implications for energy efficiency, cost of use, the environment, safety and reliability. As a member of an electric cooperative, you might already know about many of the advantages and benefits of electric water heaters. First, electric water heaters are safe. There is no threat of carbonmonoxide poisoning, combustion or explosion. Electric water heaters are environmentally friendly and capable of using electricity generated from renewable energy sources like solar, wind and hydro. Electric water heaters are easy to install, requiring no expensive gas lines, exhaust flue or on-site fuel tanks. Compared to other fuels, the cost of electricity is stable. In addition, electric water heaters are emerging as a building block of the future electric grid. These formerly mundane units are evolving into smart appliances and energy-storage units that are helping the grid become more stable and more efficient. By heating water when demand for electricity is low and storing the thermal energy for later use, electric water heaters can save you money. Not everyone acknowledges the superiority of electric water heaters. In the coming months, you might see television commercials or other advertisements that will try to sell you on the merits of propane water heaters. S.C.RAMBLE! A propane marketing group BY CHARLES JOYNER, SEE ANSWER ON PAGE 35 is behind the campaign, and there’s no telling what kind of South Carolina scientist Charles Townes claims they’ll make. The fact is won the Nobel Prize in that propane is a fossil fuel, and _ _ _ _ _ _ _  in 1964. prices tend to fluctuate wildly. v o d e l s e If you install a propane heater Use the capital letters in the code key today, you’ll live with the conbelow to fill in the blanks above. sequences and risks for years to C H I P S Y means come. That’s the inconvenient s o lved truth. —JOHN PULLEY

MIC SMITH

What the dog saw. Champion DockDogs team Deb Feller and Adonis demonstrate the art of Big Air—from the dog’s point of view.

The benefits of electric water heaters

SCLiving.coop

Shag etiquette. Ready to give shag dancing a try? Review the rules of the dance floor to avoid stepping on the toes of other dancers.

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On the Agenda A TASTE OF CHILDHOOD You cannot imagine my surprise to see the recipe for homemade sauerkraut in the June issue of South Carolina Living. It conjured up memories of what I perceived to be a long-lost art. As a youngster growing up in Pennsylvania, my Eastern European grandparents made sauerkraut in a huge crock with a brick-topped plate to weigh it down. It was stored on the basement steps that led to the cold outdoors, and I fondly recall sneaking some delicious samples as it neared fermented perfection. There’s no comparison to that crispy deliciousness! I can’t wait to try the recipe. I’ll be sharing it with friends. Thank you for making my day! —CHRIS LIZZA, TOWNVILLE

Mic Smith won Best of Show for this shot in our April 2015 issue.

NOV/DEC 2015

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Pies for the holidays

for cooperative commu­ni­cators of all stripes earned 10 awards for the staff and contributors of South Carolina Living, including a third consecutive Photographer of the Year award for Mic Smith. The Cooperative Communicators Association (CCA) Communications Contest drew more than 600 entries from cooperative organizations across the country. The magazine also claimed the Cover of the Year, courtesy of Sharri Harris Wolfgang of Auras Design. Using a photo shot by Mike Eaddy of South Lynches Fire Department, the Nov./Dec. 2015 cover (shown above) ­illustrated the dangerous work performed GET MORE For a by volunteer firefighters and the critical complete list of services they provide in small communiawards, links to articles and ties across the state. a gallery of the images that That cover story also won a writing wowed the judges, visit award for the magazine’s assistant SCLiving.coop. editor, Diane Veto Parham. “In the line of fire” won second place in the Informative/Investigative Feature category. In addition to his award for Photographer of the Year, Smith swept all three spots in the category of Best Photo Essay or Story and earned the Best of Show award for the above photo from our April 2015 feature on white-water rafting. “You can’t stage a shot like that,” one of the judges said about the photograph. “He had to be waiting and shot at the exact right moment.” “Every possible emotion is shown in this one shot,” wrote another judge. “Fear, laughter and struggle are all captured.” A NATIONAL COMPETITION

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South Carolina Living wins numerous national awards

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When the alarm sounds, S.C. volunteer firefighters are ready to respond

energyEFFICIENCYtip  

Save energy and stay cool in the kitchen this summer by using small electric pans, toaster ovens or convection ovens rather than your stove or oven. A toaster or convection oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a full‑sized oven. SOURCE: ENERGY.GOV

GONE FISHIN’ The Vektor Fish & Game Forecast provides feeding and migration times. Major periods can bracket the peak by an hour. Minor peaks, ½ hour before and after. Minor

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Are you ready for storm season? IT’S JULY, AND TO USE A BASEBALL METAPHOR, we’re about to face the meat of the order of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season. Despite an early visit by Tropical Storm Bonnie on Memorial Day weekend (a few days ahead of the official June 1 start of storm season), the experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict a “near-normal” level of storm activity in the Atlantic this year. Before the season ends Nov. 1, the meteorologists expect to see 10 to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), four to eight hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher) and up to four major hurricanes (Category 3 and above, with winds of 111 mph or higher). Because the possibility of devastating storms exists every year no matter the odds, the men and women who respond to natural disasters—including electric cooperative line crews—always prepare for the worst. They do this because not only do linemen in our state respond to storms here; it has long been the practice to lend crews to other affected states. This principle of mutual support is at the heart of the co-op mission. Just as our crews hope for the best but prepare for the worst, so, too, should our families here in South Carolina. Use this emergency checklist to make sure you can handle anything nature throws our way.

Before the storm: XXPut

together an emergency plan to ensure you can communicate with all members of your family. Ensure everyone has everyone else’s cell numbers and a texting protocol for when everyone should stop what they’re doing and return home immediately.

XXMake

sure you have up-to-date numbers for all r­ elatives, friends and neighbors. Being able to contact neighbors will be especially useful. a storm kit at the ready. At minimum, it should include enough food and drinking water (American Red Cross recommends a gallon a day per person) for three days. You’ll also need working flashlights, a ­battery-powered or hand-crank radio, a first-aid kit, any medications you take, emergency cash, spare clothes and blankets.

XXMake

sure all flashlights are charged or have new batteries, with backup batteries on hand. Don’t forget the manual can opener.

XXLearn

your community hurricane-evacuation routes.

XXKnow

the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you prepare for the storm surge and any tidal flooding.

During the storm: XXListen

to the radio or TV for information.

XXTurn

off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, keep the refrigerator thermostat on the coldest setting and keep the doors closed.

After the storm: XXKeep

away from loose or dangling power lines, and report them immediately to your local electric cooperative. Always assume a downed power line is carrying a lethal charge of electricity, and stay well away.

XXDrive

only if necessary, and avoid flooded roads. Watch out for fallen objects, downed power lines and weakened bridges.

XXNever

use a generator inside your home or garage where deadly levels of carbon monoxide can build up quickly. Do not connect a generator to your home’s wiring, or you may create dangerous conditions for the crews working to restore power.

Like the outcome of a baseball game, the arrival of hurricanes is unpredictable. Good managers prepare for every contingency to win the game. As the “manager” of your family’s safety and comfort, you can take pride in the fact that your electric cooperative has a talented roster of teammates who go to bat for you 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

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ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS Santee Cooper welcomes Volvo Cars to the Palmetto State! And why wouldn’t they come here? We lead the nation in automobile exports and Southern hospitality. Santee Cooper, working with the South Carolina Power Team and the state’s electric cooperatives, will be along for the ride to help Volvo drive toward Brighter Tomorrows, Today.

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EnergyQ&A

BY PATRICK KEEGAN

Wash energy waste out of your laundry

Q A

The average American family washes about 300 loads of laundry per year. That does use a lot of energy! Here are some easy ways to reduce your energy use in the laundry room and “load up” on savings. Consider purchasing more-­efficient appliances. One big change you can make is to purchase a new Energy Star-certified washer and dryer. Washers with this certification use about 40 percent less water and 25 percent less energy than standard washers. Front-loading machines are generally more water efficient and energy efficient, helping offset additional upfront costs. Energy Star dryers use 20 percent less energy than standard dryers. Visit energystar.gov for information about the estimated water and energy use of their certified products. Get out of hot water. The easiest way to increase energy efficiency in the laundry room is to use less hot water. Almost 90 percent of the energy consumed by your washing machine is used to heat water—but most loads of laundry can be cleaned just as easily with cold water, which is also easier on your clothes. If you need to use hot or warm water on a particularly dirty load, a well-insulated water heater will help decrease your costs. Do fewer loads. Whenever possible, wash a full load of clothes. For smaller loads, adjust the water-level settings on your machine. Help your dryer out. You can reduce drying time by getting as much water as possible out of clothes in

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With two kids in the house, it seems like the laundry never ends. How can we can reduce our energy use in the laundry room?

Front-loading washers clean clothes well and spin fast, helping your dryer work more efficiently.

the washing machine. A higher spin setting will wring extra water out of your laundry. When you dry, try not to overfill the dryer; leave enough room for drying air to reach the clothes. Use your dryer’s features. If your dryer has a moisture sensor, use it, rather than guessing how long each load needs to dry. A dryer’s cooldown cycle uses the residual heat to finish drying clothes, without using as much energy. Dry like with like. Heavy fabrics, like towels and blankets, should be dried separately from lighter fabrics, like T-shirts. A dryer’s moisture sensor will keep the machine running until the wettest (and probably heaviest) item is dry. Rather than one towel extending the drying time for a whole load, dry just the towels together. Live lint free. Clean your dryer’s lint

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trap regularly to help air circulation. Periodically, use a vacuum nozzle to clean under or behind the lint filter, where lint can get caught. If you use dryer sheets, scrub the filter clean about once a month—dryer sheets can leave a film on the filter, reducing airflow. Remember safety. Your laundry room extends from the back of the dryer, down the dryer duct and all the way to the end of your dryer vent. Inspect your outside dryer vent regularly to make sure it is not blocked, and periodically get a professional to clean your dryer ducts. Keeping the duct and vent clear helps your dryer work more efficiently and can also prevent a fire—more than 15,000 fires per year are sparked by clogged dryer ducts and vents. If possible, move the dryer closer to an exterior wall to

The old-fashioned way to dry clothes—a clothesline—will definitely reduce energy use. shorten the length of the dryer duct. Make sure the duct is as straight as possible—this helps reduce clogging and increases efficiency. Use your solar-powered dryer. The old-fashioned way to dry clothes— a clothesline—will definitely reduce energy use. You can tumble-dry clothes until damp, then line-dry them until fully dry. This helps prevent the crunchy feeling line-dried clothes sometimes have. 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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SmartChoice

BY RON AIKEN

The eyes have it

Since before civilizati on began, the eyes have allow ed people to hunt, gather and survive. Thanks to modern technology, we have gadgets to take ou r vision to a whole ne w level.

LOOKING GOOD

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The sport of DockDogs makes a splash in South Carolina

DEB FELLER KNOWS HOW TO WORK A CROWD. With the song “What Makes You Beautiful” blaring on the loudspeakers and a throng of spectators surrounding the diving platform, Feller throws her arms up in the air, pleading for more noise. And she gets what she wants—whoops and hollers and cheers—because the crowd knows who’s beautiful: Feller’s yellow Labrador mix, Adonis. Feller turns her attention to her obediently waiting Adonis (aka BY HASTINGS HENSEL “Doni” or “Gentleman Doni”), the DockDog ranked fourth worldPHOTOS BY MIC SMITH wide in the long-jumping Big Air competition. His gaze rests squarely on the orange rubber throw toy Feller grips in her hands. As the one-­minute clock ticks down for his big jump, Feller gives the toy a whirl, and Adonis—as handsome as the mythological Greek deity he is named for—takes off sprinting and drives through the air, soaring an incredible 26-plus feet and splashing into the cool waters of the dive pool. The crowd, gathered for this Palmetto DockDogs event at the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival in Georgetown, goes wild—just like they did at the national DockDogs Big Air event that Doni won in Charleston months earlier, as part of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Just like they will two weeks from now at another Palmetto competition at Colleton County Rice Festival in Walterboro. Just like they do when Doni competes at the World Championships each November in Iowa. “It’s a crazy hobby we do with our dogs,” says Feller, a James Island resident and the president of Palmetto DockDogs. “How many people do you know who get together with their dogs and see how far they can jump in the water? It’s just a good reason to have fun.”

Deb Feller and Doni take a break from wowing the crowds at a DockDogs event in Georgetown.

Dog crazy

Dog diving—part handler’s art, part canine science, part team athletic competition— has been hailed as the fastest-growing dog sport in the United States. In just a few short years, Doni and Feller, his handler, have developed into one of the sport’s top teams in the Iron Dog division, where dogs compete in Big Air, Speed Retrieve and Extreme Vertical events. Few owners find themselves with a championship dog like Doni from the get-go. Palmetto DockDogs, like hundreds of other clubs nationwide, hosts practices for beginners. It’s an opportunity for newcomers to have their dogs mentored in a sport that begins with

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“toy drive”—a dog’s relentless concentration on pursuing a floatable, non­edible toy. The 52-and-counting members of Palmetto DockDogs include beginners and champs, youth handlers and veterans. “A recurring theme when you talk to people about DockDogs is it’s not so much the competition. It’s not the dog. It’s the people you meet who are dog crazy and who have a passion for the same thing you have,” Feller says. The same is true nationwide. “It’s good people having fun with their dogs,” says Sean Swearinger, the ­operations director for DockDogs U.S., the national company that began hosting competitions on TV in 2000, as part of ESPN’s Great Outdoor Games. “What more could you ask for?”

The art of the jump

Big Air is the big draw at any DockDogs contest. Everyone wants to see that one, powerfully launched, hang-timing,

THOMAS SMYTHE AND JAKE

Thomas Smythe and his 2-year-old yellow Lab, Jake, of Mount Pleasant, only recently joined Palmetto DockDogs and competed for the first time at the 2016 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition competition in February, where Jake landed in the 9-foot range in his first attempts at Big Air. After several Johns Island practices, they drove up to the Georgetown event in April and splashed into the 10-foot range, setting a new personal record. An avid hunter and outdoorsman, Smythe is one of the few handlers to use a whistle. “It’s just fun,” Smythe says of his experiences with Palmetto DockDogs.

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‘It’s not so much the competition. It’s not the dog. It’s the people you meet who are dog crazy and who have a passion for the same thing you have.’ —DEB FELLER

grab-the-toy-in-the-air, perfect dive that ends with a splash and an excited dog swimming back to the ramp. Big Air starts when handlers come up the steps with their dogs and onto the platform, where each dog has one minute to get going in a forward motion. Handlers use a gamut of toys and methods—everything from duck decoys to tennis balls—to get their dogs jumping off the 2½-foot ledge. Some have whistles, while others can make their dogs sit and stay in ways that would make most dog owners envious. Some throw the toy in the water first; others try to have the dog catch the toy in midair. As a spectator at a DockDogs event, you’ll see a wide range of breeds competing: retrievers, Labradors, German short-haired pointers, Boykin spaniels, Weimaraners, Dobermans, border collies and even Rottweilers. To keep things fair, DockDogs uses a divisional format in which dogs are judged against competitors in their proven jumping range. If, for example, your dog jumps only up to 10 feet in a Big Air event (and they once purportedly had a dog jump just one inch), then it qualifies as a novice and can win in the novice category in the finals. Big Air divisions go up in increments from there—junior, senior, master, elite and super elite.

Community and teamwork

After only a few hours at a DockDogs event, it becomes clear that this crowd is all about community. Their gathering point is “Dogtown”—the area where all the dog handlers pitch their tents and crates and where they cook out in the evenings beside their RVs. “We love our dogs, we love hanging out with them, and it’s something the whole family can do,” says Laurie Uebelhoer, the self-proclaimed “grammager” (grandma manager) of one of Palmetto’s competition teams, Team Skinny Dip, a family-run team that originated with Feller’s unusual entry into the sport. “Four years ago, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer,” Feller says. “I’ve always been very, very active, outdoorsy, ­animal-oriented; we’ve always had a lot of dogs, horses, things like that. After I finished my chemo—six months’ worth of treatment—I wasn’t feeling well. I was kind of down.” At Uebelhoer’s suggestion, Feller got Doni and his black Labrador-retriever-mix brother, Sirius Black, from a backyard breeder and discovered her newfound purpose— to try DockDogs, a sport she’d enjoyed watching at past Southeastern Wildlife Expositions.


“By the time they were 9 or 10 weeks old,” she remembers, “they were housebroke and knew all their basic ­commands. Then, by the time they were 13 weeks old, we took them to a friend of ours’ pool, and they were launching off the side of the pool for a toy. So, we were like, ‘OK, we’ve got our DockDogs here.’ ” Team Skinny Dip includes Uebelhoer, Feller and their granddaughter, 17-year-old Kaitie Uebelhoer, the reigning two-time DockDogs national youth handler of the year. At the Georgetown event, Kaitie is working on training the newest addition to Team Skinny Dip, a golden retriever rescue named Ella. It is a process they do not rush. “Our goal today is only to try and get her to sit-stay on the dock,” Laurie Uebelhoer says. “Some of the dogs, you’ll notice, don’t stay where you put them. And the more speed you get, the more distance you get. So, if you can get them to stay, you get more distance.”

DAVID AND JADEN STEPP AND MOJO With no more training

Need for speed

Few dogs obey the sit-stay command, and thus achieve as much distance or speed in any event, as well as Doni. At 3 in the afternoon on the day of the Georgetown competition, where more than 150 dogs have registered, Feller begins preparing Doni for Speed Retrieve. Here, the dogs are timed for how long it takes them to jump in the pool, swim to a baton-like buoy hanging from two ropes and pull it down cleanly. Feller bends down and points to the baton, clueing Doni in on his goal. He sits as still as ever, and then she yells, “Gooooo, Doni!” and he takes off, diving into the water, his muscles pulsating as he digs forward and retrieves the baton in a little over 7.6 seconds, nearly a full second longer than his personal best. After him, his brother, Sirius Black—graying at the mouth like an older man with a beard—gets it in a little over eight seconds. Though neither score challenges the New Hampshire

than some informal tossing of flying discs into the backyard pool, David “Shag” Stepp and his 13-year-old daughter, Jaden, brought their 1-year-old dog, Mojo, from Gaffney to the event in Georgetown as first timers. To their delight, they discovered Mojo is the kind of DockDogs rookie who can jump past the coveted 20-foot mark. Now, they’re looking forward to more official competition.

dog, Tucker, who snags it at the six-second mark, it’s hard to imagine anyone ever getting upset at these events. Indeed, the de facto response to failure at a DockDogs event—as when a dog doesn’t jump, or only jumps a few feet, or misses the baton—is simply a long, drawn-out “Awwwww ...” There’s no time for prolonged pity, for soon it’s on to Extreme Vertical—a kind of high-jumping contest in which dogs spring up in the air to grab a baton from a boom that raises, in increments, after each successful try. Doni begins in a sitting position, with his usual laser-like

Dipping into DockDogs If you’ve got an energetic dog with an affinity for water, or you just love watching those that do, Palmetto DockDogs offers opportunities to learn more about this canine sport. A few fundamentals apply: To compete, your dog should be at least 6 months old, know how to swim, exhibit “toy drive” and have a temperament well suited for noisy, distracting, highstimulation environments. Membership is open to anyone, regardless even of geography; though anchored in South Carolina, the club welcomes handlers and dogs from anywhere in the United States. Palmetto DockDogs is a regional

affiliate club of the worldwide DockDogs organization and hosts events in South Carolina that include both national competitions (such as the Southeastern

Wildlife Exposition, scheduled for Feb. 17–19, 2017, in Charleston) and regional demonstrations (such as Winyah Bay Heritage Festival, planned for late March/ early April of 2017). The club welcomes dog lovers and works together on training, including its monthly practices at Johns Island, and fundraising for canine-related charities. The DockDogs World Championships 2016 is scheduled for Nov. 9–13 in Dubuque, Iowa. For more information on how to join the Palmetto ­DockDogs or to find upcoming events, including ­monthly practices, visit palmettodockdogs.com. For details on the worldwide ­DockDogs organization and rankings, visit dockdogs.com.

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Peggy Hager from Parton, N.C., cheers on Kaiser during the Extreme Vertical event at Georgetown. Kaiser won with a jump of 6 feet, 4 inches.

focus. The dock itself has just been squeegeed, and the bar has been raised to 6 feet, 2 inches. “Welcome to the Jungle” blasts through the speakers, and, on Feller’s command, Doni springs up and launches out, reaching out at the last second to grab the baton with, as the announcer describes it, “the skin of his teeth.” It is a remarkable feat in its own right. But, ­remember, Doni performs as an Iron Dog, competing in multiple events, jumping over and over into the water all weekend. It’s easy to understand how, on the final day, in the Big Air division finals, he finds himself losing to one of his chief, but friendly, rivals, a Dutch shepherd named Hank, owned by Feller’s friend Catherine White. But there’s no sign of trouble on Doni’s face. He seems eager to try again.

BOBBI PAGE, TIM MERRILL AND TUCKER One of the perks of

participating in DockDogs is that dog handlers become friends at events across the country and then travel to each other’s regional events. Having made friends with members of Palmetto DockDogs, Bobbi Page and Tim Merrill of Gilmanton, New Hampshire, traveled with their super-fast Speed Retrieve dog, Tucker, to make a beach vacation out of their April visit to Georgetown. “It’s a wonderful, very well-puttogether event, and we’re glad to be here,” Merrill says. With a dry chuckle, he adds, “It has nothing to do with the three inches of snow back home.”

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Big finish

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Later, after the final jump, Feller Visit SCLiving.coop will recall White’s assessment of for two unique video perspectives on the Doni. “She said, ‘Doni does this Extreme Vertical and Big Air all the time. He wins a few first DockDogs ­competition​— places, but then gets second in a from the dog’s point of view. few of them. But then finals come along, and he just blows it out.’ “I don’t know,” Feller reflects. “I kind of think he gets amped up on the crowd. I think he knows it’s the last jump.” So, for that final jump, Feller begins working the crowd as she normally does, waving her arms up and down. Doni, meanwhile, doesn’t budge. He is dialed in. With the crowd amped up and cheering him on, Doni takes off after the toy, thrown in the perfect arc, and he grabs it, midair, landing 27 feet, 2 inches into the pool. Victory is his. Doni sets the day’s record, winning an event yet again. With his eyes looking out beyond the pool, knowingly, it’s as if he’s already focused on the championships this fall in Iowa.


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Debi Boies Landrum farm she shares with two rescued horses and Jazzy, a Yorkie/ Havanese rescue dog CLAIM TO FAME: President and founder of Pilots N Paws, a nonprofit that pairs volunteer pilots with rescue animals to fly them to new homes; PNP’s story inspired Patrick Regan’s book Dog Is My Copilot HOME:

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To the rescue Her beloved Brock, a 12-year-old Doberman, is gone, lost to heart disease last year. Debi Boies cherishes precious memories of this regal dog, scarred from a previous owner’s abuse, who learned to trust again after she adopted him. What comforts her is knowing that, because of Brock, more than 100,000 rescue animals in the U.S. now have loving homes. Even Boies is amazed that a simple plan to save a single dog mushroomed into a nationwide mission. Searching for a new pet to love after her Doberman Carly died in 2007, Boies discovered Brock in a Florida shelter, needing a good home. She appealed to friends around the Southeast for help transporting Brock to her farm in Landrum. “Why don’t I just fly down and pick him up for you?” pilot friend Jon Wehrenberg of Knoxville offered. His solution eliminated the stress Brock would endure from hours-long transport by car with frequent stops. Boies knew that thousands more shelter dogs routinely need transportation to faraway homes. Wehrenberg knew thousands of private pilots are always looking for a good excuse to fly. Together, they conceived their mission: Pilots N Paws. “Our pilots are so passionate,” says Boies, shifting the spotlight to the nonprofit’s 5,000 volunteers who take to the skies with lucky animals, whisking them to roomier shelters or “forever homes” in other states. PNP’s online forum matches animals needing relocation with pilots who can fly the route. Pilots shoulder flight costs, which are tax deductible; PNP provides safety equipment, pet supplies and backup assistance. About 80 S.C. pilots volunteer; more are needed. “It’s our duty as humans to step in and make a difference for something that can’t speak for itself,” says Boies, a retired nurse and lifelong animal lover. “Why else are we here?” —DIANE VETO PARHAM

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BY DIANE VETO PARHAM | PHOTOS BY MIC SMITH

Beach music floods the air from outdoor

speakers, mingling with seagull squawks and the low rumble of boat motors. It’s a gorgeous night for shagging outside, with a red-orange sun sinking over the Cooper River and a soft, salty breeze blowing across the Mount Pleasant Pier. So far, the parquet dance floor set up at the end of the pier is empty. But that’s about to change—dramatically. When the clock strikes 8, the last strains of the Embers’ recording of “I Love Beach Music” fade out, and the Charlestonbased Hot Pepper Band cranks up a live version of “Carolina Girls.” “Are you ready to have some fun?” lead singer Bill Driskell roars into his mic. “Come on, you shaggers!” In mere seconds, the collected shaggers, whose feet have been shuffling dance steps under their ‘A live band and they took lessons at a local studio so they chairs, swarm the floor, corner to corner. Three could shag dance together in their retirea chance to glorious hours of Shaggin’ on the Cooper has ment years. With that, they joined decades commenced. ­devoted S.C. shaggers—people who love dance for $10— of The Saturday-night Shaggin’ on the Cooper the shag and gravitate anywhere they can events—and their sister series, Friday Night shuffle, pivot, belly roll, boogie walk or what a deal!’ ­otherwise keep their shag steps in shape. Boogies, also on Mount Pleasant Pier, and Moon­ —WOODY GRANTHAM, MOUNT PLEASANT “If you grew up here, that’s what you’re light Mixers on Folly Beach Pier—have become supposed to do,” says Jim Bowers, a DJ for summertime rituals for Lowcountry shaggers many of the CCPRC shag events. and visiting travelers. Hosted by Charleston County Park & The group of 20 or so friends from one Mount Pleasant Recreation Commission, these outdoor dances pack the piers neighborhood who arrived together in April for the ­season’s once a month, April through September, with old and new first Shaggin’ on the Cooper, all ready to dance, would shaggers. agree. “We grew up in South Carolina, so we know how “A live band and a chance to dance for $10—what a deal!” says Woody Grantham of Mount Pleasant, who, with to shag,” says Nancy Hancock, with dance partner Alden Sweatman. “We’re old, but we have a good time!” wife Stephanie, parked their camp chairs at the edge of the parquet to be one of the first couples on the floor. Shag on the beach You wouldn’t know it from their smooth, well‑practiced steps and turns, but the Granthams are relative latecomStamped on S.C. history and culture, shag dancing—and its partner, beach music, the state’s official popular ers to South Carolina’s state dance. Just a few years ago, 22

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Charleston’s Hot Pepper Band induces young and old alike to shag under the Ravenel Bridge on the Mount Pleasant Pier. Marlene Stagnaro and Robert Morrison (above), both of West Ashley, were strangers before dancing together. Stagnaro says simply, “That’s just how shagging is.”

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music—emerged along the coast in the ’50s and ’60s, at piers and pavilions where young people gathered to hear live bands or play their favorite tunes on the jukebox. The dance evolved as a mellowed-out cousin to the more

A 1940 postcard pictures Folly Beach Pier. The original pier opened in 1931.

high-energy jitterbug and Lindy Hop dancing popular in other parts of the country. Tom Ilderton’s family had a house about a block away from the old Folly Beach Pier in the 1940s (the original pier burned down in 1977; the current pier replaced it in 1995). He remembers hanging out at the pier as young as 12 or 13, back when it attracted big-name bands like the Tams, the Drifters, Fats Domino and Chubby Checker, much to the delight of youngsters learning to shag on the beach, just as the Embers describe it, with the salt in the air and the sand at their feet. “The old pier had a jukebox, and people would dance to the jukebox, but on the weekends, the big bands came,” says Ilderton. “I didn’t go to the concerts—the tickets were too expensive. But you could hear them out on the beach.” Now Ilderton and wife Janice, from Charleston, are among the regulars at the monthly Moonlight Mixers at Folly, still shagging like they did as teens. Crowds at both the Folly and Mount Pleasant dances include plenty of experienced shaggers like the Ildertons, reliving old memories. SCLIVING.COOP   | JULY 2016   |  SOUTH CAROLINA LIVING

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“Folly Pier in the 1960s was very popular—a lot of people would go out there to dance,” says Matt Rosebrock, festival and event coordinator for CCPRC. When the new Folly Pier was built, locals lobbied the recreation commission to let them shag out there. The shaggers now flocking to the CCPRC dances, he says, “want to get out on the pier the way it was in 1965.” “I was dancing out the old pier with my dad when I was 7 years old,” recalls 71-year-old Joyce Weeks of Ravenel during a break from dancing with partner Larry Herring, 77, at the first Folly Pier mixer of the season. “I couldn’t sleep the last few nights, I’ve been so excited about this. We have to wait all winter for this!”

Just count to six

With so many lifelong shaggers in attendance, you’ll see plenty of impressive footwork at the Folly and Mount Pleasant dances. But these public events attract all ages and experience levels, including newcomers just getting their feet wet in the state dance. “Ever since we learned the shag was the state dance here, we’ve been looking forward to trying it,” says Ken Garber, who recently moved to Mount Pleasant from Maryland with his wife, Kelli. At their first Shaggin’ on the Cooper, they are fast figuring out how to adapt the Lindy Hop they learned in their home state to the slower, looser shag. Seventeen-year-old Clare McLaurin is working hard to coach her non-shagging friend Collin Cheatle, also 17, through the basic steps, spiced up with some pretzel twists.

GetThere Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission holds monthly events in each of its three shag series during the summer. Moonlight Mixers are held one Friday a month at Folly Beach Pier, 101 East Arctic Ave., Folly Beach. Friday Night Boogie and Shaggin’ on the Cooper (on Fridays and Saturdays, respectively) are each held once a month at Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry Hallman Blvd., Charleston. Admission is $10. For details, visit charlestoncountyparks.com or call (843) 795-4386. The remaining dates in the 2016 series, with the bands scheduled for Shaggin’ on the Cooper events, are: Moonlight Mixers: At 7 p.m. on July 22, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16 with DJ Jim Bowers Friday Night Boogie: At 7 p.m. on July 15, with DJ Jim Bowers; for ages 21 and up only Shaggin’ on the Cooper: At 8 p.m. on July 16 with Recollections; Aug. 13 with Vinyl Daze; and Sept. 10 with The Sneakers

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Folly Pier provides a casual and intimate shagging experience, complete with weatherworn decking. Jim Bowers (at left) takes a break from his DJ duties to dance with his friend, shag instructor Kae Harper Childs.

GET MORE Learn Kae Harper Childs’ tips for proper shag etiquette when you’re out on the dance floor at scliving.coop. Though he describes his preferred moves as “freestyle club dancing,” Cheatle is confident he’ll master the shag before the evening is over. Shagging is a six-count dance, and the counting is ­helpful for newbies; it helps them nail the basic steps, which is all they need to get on the dance floor, says Kae Harper Childs, an Isle of Palms resident, lifelong shagger and popular shag instructor at the University of South Carolina. “It’s one-and-two, three-and-four, five, six, and the five is the number we linger on just a bit,” says Childs, who has teamed with Bowers to lead shag workshops. “Once you learn the basic, you can shag with anyone.” Burns Yodice, 23, is among the younger dancers on the floor but one of the more accomplished. He comes to many of the CCPRC dances without a partner and finds plenty of people willing to dance when he gets there. The Mount Pleasant native had never shagged before attending USC; he took a couple of shag classes, loved it and continues to pick up new moves by watching other shaggers. “The fluidity of it is fun for me,” Yodice says. “It’s all about flow.”

A heritage thing

Bowers, a beach music DJ for 35 years and a member of the S.C. Shag Hall of Fame, believes everyone in South Carolina should know at least the basic six-count step. “We should at


least try to make it known that it’s part of the ‘We should at to shag from friends and strangers. Marlene Stagnaro of West Ashley, who came culture of the state,” Bowers says. “It’s kind of least try to to Shaggin’ on the Cooper with friends from a heritage thing.” He sorts the shaggers in attendance into make it known her shag club in Charleston, ended up dancing with a new acquaintance, Robert Morrison, three loose groups: “One, I call the college that it’s part also of West Ashley, who came out to meet boppers; they like to bop around a lot, lots of buddies. “I just met him,” Stagnaro says twirls and spins,” with more freestyle moves of the culture some as they finish their dance. “In shag, there’s no that may not look exactly like traditional of the state.’ ­boundaries. Husbands dance with other wives, ­shagging, he says. “You have the old beach —DJ JIM BOWERS people dance with friends—it doesn’t matter. shaggers, who grew up doing it but never really learned it formally. And then you’ve got That’s just how shagging is.” the professional people, who go to the shag Under the night sky at Folly Pier, Kevin clubs and maybe even compete.” Arnold finds himself partnered with a fairly new shagger, The vibe differs, too, at the two venues. Jutting out from so he talks her through the next few steps, offering tips the crisp, manicured surroundings of Memorial Waterfront on how to follow his lead. Members of Berkeley Electric Park, Mount Pleasant Pier offers a smooth dance surface Cooperative, Arnold and his wife, Beth, took shag lessons with its portable dance floor and plenty of room for a live together after he retired from the U.S. Navy. They look for band and big crowd of dancers. At laid-back Folly, the pier opportunities to shag several times a week and are happy stretches out over the sandy beach and ocean waves; the to help new­comers trying to learn. wind is brisker, the dance surface is weather-worn wooden “Don’t worry about other people looking at you—there’s planks, and DJ Bowers spins the tunes. It’s a little more not one set way to shag,” Arnold advises. “Everybody’s just ­intimate and come-as-you-are. here to have fun. But the same shag culture reigns at both—a comfort­ “The biggest thing I tell them is relax. You’re out here over the ocean, you’ve got the beach and the waves, and it’s able community of folks enjoying the same pastime, South Carolina—you can’t beat that.” ­welcoming all shag styles and skills, accepting invitations

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SCTravels

BY DIANE VETO PARHAM | PHOTOS BY ANDREW HAWORTH

A short walk across South Carolina

Patrick McMillan, director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden, says the garden has been transformed "from being a pleasure park to being something that really represents South Carolina."

“YOU KNOW WHAT THE PROBLEM WITH

the South Carolina Botanical Garden is?” Seemed like everyone who approached Patrick McMillan had an opinion on this topic when he became director of Clemson’s SCBG in 2010. But one particular Charleston gardener nailed the answer. “She said the problem is that it doesn’t represent South Carolina,” McMillan says. “I really took it to heart. It changed and directed everything that I’ve done with the garden since then.” Until that point, the SCBG, begun in 1958, had been used mainly as a pleasure park—a lovely public garden with a popular duck pond and some 26

fine plant collections. But McMillan wasn’t interested in overseeing an outdoor museum of pretty plants. To truly fulfill its mission as the state’s botanical garden, everything on its 295 acres should tell a story about South Carolina’s history, culture, geography, climate or people, McMillan realized. Today, the garden’s newly completed focal point is its 64-acre Natural Heritage Garden, a half-mile-long walking trail that takes visitors on a botanical tour of South Carolina, from the mountains to the coast.

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“It’s unique among any ­botanical gardens anywhere in the world in scope, size and application,” McMillan says. “We just happen to be at the perfect location to really grow and represent all the natural communities in South Carolina.” What makes this garden special is that it’s not simply growing plants from different parts of South Carolina. McMillan, his staff and Clemson students constructed entire natural habitats to recreate each region of the state. The maritime forest exhibit, for example, is a miniature ecosystem


‘We just happen to be at the perfect location to really grow and represent all the natural communities in South Carolina.’

The half-mile Natural Heritage Garden trail stretches from mountain meadows...

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filled with plants the earliest European settlers in our state would have encountered along the coast, such as live oaks, sabal palmettos, sweetgrass and yaupon hollies, McMillan says. And each one tells a piece of South Carolina’s story, like the palmettos that protected Fort Moultrie and the sweetgrass baskets famous in the state’s Gullah culture. Crews brought in rocks to recreate the granite outcrops found around Lancaster County, soil from the sandhills to create a piedmont exhibit, and hundreds of species of native plants to transform the upper end of the trail into a wild mountain meadow you’d find in a natural Appalachian cove forest.

...down to a coastal ecosystem, complete with a boardwalk and a Native American shell ring.

—PATRICK McMILLAN

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Built into the trail are ­structures that reinforce the illusion that you are traveling through the state’s varied geographic regions—bridges over mountain streams, a boardwalk through the dunes along a coastal plain. “That’s really what makes it special. When you look back, it doesn’t look like a garden. It looks like a walk in nature,” McMillan says. The Natural Heritage Garden was still in the early stages of its development when a devastating 2013 flood, brought on by heavy rains, sent 93 million gallons of water roaring  uu

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through the property, destroying those first improvements. “At the time, I thought, ‘This is the worst thing that’s ever happened,’ but it turned out to be the best thing,” McMillan says. Restoration efforts included projects to redirect water flow to protect against future flooding, as well as new designs to draw visitors into the Natural Heritage Garden through a welcome gate near the pond. When they come to feed the ducks, visitors will find the first steps onto a mountain trail that opens onto a piedmont plain and leads them right down to a Native American shell ring at the coast. After walking across the state, there’s still more to see. The SCBG boasts the largest outdoor desert garden in the eastern U.S.; a hosta garden with nearly 400 species; the thriving old camellia garden where the Botanical Garden got its start; and, soon to come, a brand-new children’s garden with a canopy walk through the treetops, a botanical maze and a water garden among its kid-friendly features. “We are here to provide, really, that connection to the outdoors for people,” McMillan says. “Above all, this is an inviting place.” 28

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actually attract more beetles to your landscape. Plus, not all beetles find their way into the trap. As a result, you end up with more beetles and more damage than if you hadn’t spent $5.99 on a trap. You’re better off if the traps are located at your neighbor’s house, three doors down! While Japanese beetle adults harm plants for only a few weeks in summer, beetle larvae (grubs) damage grass roots much of the year. The damage caused by white grubs (including other beetle species, such as Southern

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Asian tiger ­mosquitoes and red imported fire ants have in common? Answer: They’re not supposed to be here! All these insects are non-native invasive species, brought here accidentally in shipments of internationally traded products. And all of this disease is established in a lawn, it them cause harm in the landscape. can effectively manage grubs for 20 One pest we’ve battled for a long to 30 years. But it takes two to three time is Japanese beetles. Summertime years to achieve complete control. This brings the familiar sight of these bugs organic-approved product, available at voraciously feeding on the leaves and lawn-and-garden centers, is blooms of about 270 differapplied as a powder. Follow ent species of trees, shrubs the product label for appliand flowers. Although the damage their feeding leaves cation instructions. behind is unsightly, it rarely The second strategy causes severe harm to uses insecticides. During healthy plants. summer, offending beetles The real damage from lay eggs in the sod; these Japanese beetles often goes hatch and begin feeding on unseen. Immature beetles, grass roots. June through or larvae called white grubs, July applications of prevenThree species of white grubs that commonly damage lawns include (left to right) the Japanese beetle, the European chafer and the June beetle. are considered the numbertive grub-control products, one insect pest of lawns. with active ingredients imiThey feed on grass roots below ground. masked chafer and May and June beedacloprid, dinotefuran, thiamethoxam, Heavy infestations will cause a severe clothianidin or chlorantraniloprole, are tles) is often misdiagnosed as disease, decline of your turfgrass. most effective, because they kill grubs lack of water or poor fertility. White You can manage the aboveground as they hatch and begin feeding near grubs are also a favorite snack of sevfeeding of adult Japanese beetles eral animals, such as skunks, moles and the surface. Many grub-­management with a number of insecticides. I preproducts work equally well on mularmadillos, which will destroy a grubinfested lawn by digging or tunneling fer to handpick them from leaves into tiple species of white grubs. Some to reach the tasty morsels. a bucket of soapy water. This is easy are labeled as “grub control”; others Check your lawn periodically for when populations aren’t too high. as more broad-spectrum “lawn insect Songbirds will also help; they’re fond of grubs. Peel back a square foot of sod control.” For heavy infestations, look the multi­colored beetles. If populations and examine its root zone for white, for curative insecticides with the active C-shaped grubs. If you see 10 or more are high, or there’s more leaf damage ingredient trichlorfon, and apply late grubs per square foot, treatment is than you can tolerate, buy an insectisummer through early fall. necessary. Fewer than 10 isn’t likely to With some careful management, cide labeled for Japanese beetle control cause serious harm to a healthy lawn. you can keep these invaders at bay. at your lawn-and-garden center. There are two basic strategies for Many people like Japanese beetle managing grubs. One is to use a biotraps, which use attractants to lure S. CORY TANNER is an area horticulture adults to their demise. Sounds good in logical product called Milky Spore. agent for Clemson Extension based theory, right? But research has proven in Greenville County. Contact him at This is a bacterial disease that infects that the lures are so effective, they shannt@clemson.edu. and kills Japanese beetle grubs. Once

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Recipe

BY BELINDA SMITH-SULLIVAN

Berries and cherries

CHERRY-PECAN ICE CREAM MAKES 1½ QUARTS

PHOTOS BY GINA MOORE

¼ cup sugar 1 cup water 1 ½ to 2 cups chopped cherries, pits removed 1 ½ cups whole milk 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream

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VERY BERRY TART SERVES 8–12

1 9-inch pastry dough or piecrust (homemade or store-bought) 1 4½-ounce box vanilla instant pudding mix 1 cup whole milk 1 ½ cups heavy cream, whipped 4 cups mixed berries (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries) 3 tablespoons seedless raspberry or apricot jam 2 teaspoons water

Preheat oven to 425 F. On a floured surface, roll out the pastry dough to an 11-inch circle. Fit into a 9-inch tart pan, and trim the edges flush to the rim. Line the dough shell with parchment Summertime is rip e or waxed paper, and fill with pie weights for enjoying all the fresh, or dried beans. Bake 12–15 minutes, until juicy berries you ca n find. If edges are golden brown. Take tart pan you don’t grow your own, take out of oven long enough to remove the advantage of nearby “pick your own” parchment and pie weights, and return berry patches. It’s ha rd to beat the to oven for an additional 5 minutes, until pure bliss of popping a freshly picked, the bottom of crust is golden brown. sun-ripened berry in your mouth, but Remove from oven, and let cool. this selection of sw eet and savory dishes offers a varie Whisk together pudding mix and milk; let ty of ways to enjoy fresh fruit. sit until thickened, about 5 minutes. Fold into whipped cream, and spread evenly into pastry shell. Arrange berries on top. In a small saucepan over low heat, heat jam and 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond water until melted (or microwave on low in a extract (or combination of both) microwave-safe bowl). Do not let boil. Brush a Pinch of salt small amount of melted jam over the tops of 4 large egg yolks the berries—just enough to glaze them with a ¾ cup sugar shiny look. Refrigerate tart until ready to serve. ½ to ¾ cup toasted pecans, chopped

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine ¼ cup sugar with 1 cup water; boil until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, add chopped cherries and let sit 30 minutes. Strain, discard liquid and set cherries aside. If not using immediately, refrigerate. In a heavy, 2-quart saucepan, combine milk, cream, extract and salt to create a custard. Cook over medium heat until bubbles form around edges, about 5 minutes. While custard is heating, combine egg yolks and sugar in a medium bowl. Whisk until smooth. Add about half a cup of heated custard to egg mixture to temper the eggs, whisk to combine, then add this egg mixture to the heated custard. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly and keeping at a simmer, until thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, about 3–4 minutes. Do not let custard boil. Strain custard through a sieve into a bowl. Place the bowl into a larger bowl filled with ice and water (but not so full that water will run over into the custard). Stir custard occasionally, allowing time for it to cool. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing wrap directly onto the surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours or overnight. To freeze, pour the custard into an ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Add cherries and chopped nuts to nearly frozen custard about 5–10 minutes before removing from the machine. Transfer to a freezer-safe container; cover and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours.

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PHOTOS BY GINA MOORE

CHICKEN-STRAWBERRY-SPINACH SALAD

ROASTED PORK TENDERLOIN WITH RASPBERRY SAUCE

SERVES 4

SERVES 4

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, split horizontally 2 teaspoons all-purpose seasoning Olive oil ¼ cup balsamic or red wine vinegar 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon dried oregano (or 1 tablespoon fresh) N cup olive oil 8 cups baby spinach or arugula (or mixed) 2 cups sliced strawberries 2 avocados, halved, pitted, removed from skin and sliced ½ small red onion, sliced 1 cup walnuts, toasted 1 cup crumbled goat cheese (or feta or bleu cheese)

1 pork tenderloin, about 1½ pounds Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon smoked paprika 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 F. Season chicken breasts with all-purpose seasoning; drizzle with olive oil to coat. In a grill pan (or ovensafe pan) over medium-high heat, saute chicken on both sides about 3 minutes, until grill marks form. Transfer pan to preheated oven, and cook until temperature reaches 165 F on an instant-read thermometer, about 5–8 minutes. Remove from oven, tent with foil and let stand while you prepare the salad. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper. Whisk until salt dissolves. Add oregano, and gradually add olive oil, whisking until thoroughly blended. Divide salad greens among four plates; top with sliced strawberries, avocados and onion. Slice or shred chicken breasts, and place on top of salad. Top with walnuts and cheese, and drizzle with vinaigrette before serving.

½ cup chopped sweet onions ½ cup dry white wine ½ cup chicken stock 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1 tablespoon cold water 2 teaspoons honey mustard 1 pint raspberries

Preheat oven to 375 F. Using a boning or filet knife, prepare tenderloin by removing any areas of silverskin. (You can ask your butcher to do this for you.) Combine the salt, pepper, paprika and brown sugar; season the tenderloin on all sides with this mixture. Sprinkle with olive oil. In an ovenproof skillet, saute tenderloin on all sides until brown. Put into oven, and cook until temperature reads 145 F on an instant-read thermometer, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and transfer to a serving platter; tent with foil and keep warm. Return skillet to stovetop over medium heat; add onion, and saute for 1 minute. Add wine, and stir to scrape brown bits from bottom of the pan. Add stock, and bring to a boil; boil 5 minutes to reduce. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cold water, stir until dissolved. Whisk this into reduced stock, and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly. Stir in mustard and raspberries, and cook until berries start to soften, about 2 minutes. Stir in any juices that have accumulated on the platter. To serve, slice tenderloin, and pour raspberry sauce over the top. W H AT Õ S C O O K I N G AT

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ingredients,” Gray says. “We have great relationships with a network of local from-scratch dishes, locally sourced farms, and we couldn’t do it without ingredients and, yes, plenty of naturally wood-smoked bacon, Bacon Bros. them. They’ve been great partners, Public House more than lives up to its and a few will even grow something special for us if we need it.” appetizing name. A graduate of Johnson & Wales, “The name really didn’t have anyGray developed his culinary skills and thing to do with the business,” says reputation while working at Maverick Southern Kitchen restaurants in Charleston and Greenville. In 2011, Gray opened Southern Art in Atlanta as executive chef and a year later was named an Atlanta Rising Star Chef. In 2013, he moved to Greenville to realize a dream of opening his own restaurant and launched Bacon Bros. with partners Jason Callaway, Mike Porter and Eric Bergelson. “When we all got together to talk about starting the business, Jason brought in a mason jar filled with bacon he had just fried for us to snack Chef Anthony Gray's signature on,” says Gray. “We started talking smoked bacon is just one of about how much we the comfort foods served up at loved bacon, and the Bacon Bros. Public House. Bacon Bros. rest is history.” Public House Once you walk inside 3620 Pelham Road the restaurant, you chef and co-owner Greenville, SC 29615 know that smoking and Anthony Gray. “We’re (864) 297-6000 curing meat is serious not just about bacon baconbrospublichouse.com business. In the dining or barbecue. It’s more HOURS: room, a glass-enclosed about comfort foods, Monday through Thursday, cure room encourages which can mean dif11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; diners to take a peek. ferent things to differFriday and Saturday, Around the back of the ent people. But what’s 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. restaurant, a custom the same is that it smoker, with three sepainvolves sitting around the dinner table and that familiar and rate walk-in chambers, works overtime comforting feeling of being home.” to keep up with demand. Gray grew up hunting and fishing Gray says that his proprietary mix with his father, and cooking ­outdoors of woods, including cherry, peach, played an important role in his pecan and hickory, is the secret behind approach to food. the distinct flavors of his smoked “Sauces, salts, rubs, ketchup, bacon meats. “Fruit woods lend a nutty and jam—everything is made from scratch, sweet flavor, and hickory gives you that nice, big smoky flavor,” he says. which means getting the best possible

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BACON-BRAISED COLLARD GREENS SERVES 8–10

1 quart diced Bacon Bros. Public House bacon (or other hardwood-smoked bacon), in 1-inch pieces 1 quart thinly sliced yellow onion 2 tablespoons freshly minced garlic ¼ cup light brown sugar 1 cup sherry vinegar ½ cup sambal oelek (Asian chili sauce) ½ cup Worcestershire sauce ½ cup soy sauce 1 gallon chicken stock (or water) 5 pounds collard greens, washed, cut and stems removed ½ pound smoked ham hock Salt and pepper, to taste

In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, cook smoked bacon over medium heat about 10 minutes or until crispy. Add onion and garlic, and cook 5 more minutes. Add brown sugar and all liquid ingredients. Bring the liquids to a soft boil, and add the collard greens in batches so they break down evenly. Stir the collards, add the ham hock and season with salt and pepper to taste. Allow to cook, covered over medium heat, 45–60 minutes, stirring occasionally and checking for tenderness. While pork and beef reign on the menu, there are also options with seafood, chicken, rabbit and lamb, as well as a delicious twist on a few timehonored favorites, like bacon-caramel popcorn and jalapeno boiled peanuts. During summer months, expect dishes with fresh peaches, Bradford watermelons, okra, sweet corn and tomatoes, all pulled from local farms. “I love being in the kitchen—it’s my comfort zone,” says Gray. “And I love experimenting with new recipes and ingredients that are close to home.”


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8–23 • South Carolina Peach Festival, downtown, Gaffney. (864) 918-2492. 15 • Bluegrass Music and Square Dancing, Oconee State Park, Mountain Rest. (864) 638-5353. 15–17 • A Ride to Remember, Heritage Park, Simpsonville. (864) 699-0623. 16 • Banjo Extravaganza, Hagood Mill, Pickens. (864) 898-2936. 16 • Musgrove Mill Kids Day, Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, Clinton. (864) 938-0100. 18–21 • TCMU Summer Camp Dinosaur Dig, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Greenville. (864) 233-7755. 20 • Golden Years Jamboree, Civic Center of Anderson, Anderson. (864) 231-2237. 21 • Greer Midnight Movies: “The Good Dinosaur,” Greer City Park Amphitheater, Greer. (864) 968-7004. 21 • Jazz on the Alley, Ram Cat Alley Stage, Seneca. (864) 885-2700. 21 • Nature Tales from Around the World, S.C. Botanical Garden, Clemson. (864) 656-3405. 21–24 • SCQHA Yippy Yi Yea Summer Sizzler, T. Ed Garrison Arena, Clemson. (864) 646-2717. 21–24 • Upstate Shakespeare Festival, Falls Park on Reedy River, Greenville. (864) 235-6948. 23 • 71st Highland Regiment Reenactment, Kings Mountain National Military Park, Blacksburg. (864) 936-7921. 23 • Dabo Swinney Ladies Clinic, Clemson Memorial Stadium, Clemson. (864) 656-1911. 23 • Extra Mile Hunger Run, Timmons Arena at Furman, Greenville. (864) 478-4083. 23 • SCDM PAWWS Benefit, Ground Zero, Spartanburg. (864) 948-1661. 24 • You Go Girl Triathalon, Greenville Health Center Life Center, Greenville. (864) 631-5118. 25–29 • TCMU LEGO Creations Summer Camp, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Greenville. (864) 233-7755. 26–Aug. 2 • Big League Baseball World Series, J.B. Red Owens Sports Complex, Easley. (864) 855-7900.

28 • Greer Midnight Movies: “Inside Out,” Greer City Park Amphitheater, Greer. (864) 968-7004. 29–31 • Antique Bikes on Main, downtown Chesnee, Chesnee. (864) 590-2141. AUGUST

4–6 • Choral Festival 2016, First Baptist Church, Spartanburg. (864) 583-7245. 5–6 • 24-Hour Musical, Anderson University’s Daniel Recital Hall, Anderson. (864) 932-3124. 5–7 • SHE, The Upstate Women’s Show, TD Convention Center, Greenville. (864) 235-1073. 6 • 2nd Annual Electric City ComiCon, Anderson County Library, Anderson. (864) 260-4500. 6 • Southeast Crab Feast, Southside Park, Greenville. (980) 202-1142. ONGOING

Thursdays, June­–­­July • Music on Main, Morgan Square, Spartanburg. (864) 596-2026. Third Thursdays • Art Walk, downtown, Spartanburg. (864) 542-2787. Second Saturdays • Heartstrings, Hagood Mill State Historic Site, Pickens. (864) 898-2936. Third Saturdays • Milling Day, Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center, Pickens. (864) 898-2936. Sundays • Sundays Unplugged, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542-2787.

MIDLANDS JULY

15 • Food Truck Friday, Old Town, Rock Hill. (803) 329-8756. 15–17 • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Winthrop’s Johnson Hall, Rock Hill. (803) 517-2355. 16 • Bubble Run, Saluda Shoals Park, Columbia. (803) 772-1228. 16 • Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival, City Roots Urban Farm, Columbia. (803) 254-2302. 20 • No Bone Zone, Museum of York County, Rock Hill. (803) 329-2121. 23 • 3rd Annual Swallowtail Kite Outing, LSRA Education Center, Allendale. (803) 508-7071. 23 • Columbia Bluegrass Co. and New Bluegrass Gospel Connection, Haynes Auditorium, Leesville. (803) 582-8479.

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26 • Pink Martini, Charleston Gaillard Center, Charleston. (843) 724-5212. 27 • Craftsmen’s Summer Classic Art & Craft Festival, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach. (336) 282-5550. 28 • Music on Main with Caribbean Chillers, 202 Main St., North Myrtle Beach. (843) 280-5570. AUGUST

“Race: Are We So Different?” is an eye-opening exhibition at South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, which runs through Sept. 11. 25–26 • Orangeburg BBQ Charity Cookoff Contest, The Cook Center, Orangeburg. (803) 391-5211. 27 • Walking with Dinosaurs, Museum of York County, Rock Hill. (803) 329-2121. 29 • Finally Friday in Lancaster, behind City Hall in the park, Lancaster. (803) 286-1145. 29 • Lake Murray Troop Appreciation Fishing Derby, Johnson Marina, Chapin. (803) 609-0066. 30 • Tom Hoskins Memorial Sprint Triathalon, Northwest YMCA, Irmo. (803) 407-8007. AUGUST

1 • “A Compass to Guide: S.C. Cabinetmakers Today” exhibit opening, McKissick Museum, Columbia. (803) 777-5486. 5 • Brew at the Zoo, Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia. (803) 799-8717. 5–6 • Columbia Gun & Knife Show, Jamil Temple, Columbia. (803) 463-9377. 5–6 • Little Mountain Reunion, Reunion Park, Little Mountain. (803) 605-8527. 5–7 • Columbia Dance and Improvisational Festival, Columbia College, Columbia. (800) 277-1301. 6 • Storks & Corks, Silver Bluff Audubon Center, Jackson. (803) 471-0291. 6 • James Gregory, Town Theatre, Columbia. (803) 799-2510. 12 • PAL Blue Night Run, Citizens Park, Aiken. (803) 642-7620. 12–14 • South Carolina Peanut Party, Pelion Community Center, Pelion. (803) 785-3272.

Daily through Sept. 11 • “Race: Are We So Different?” South Carolina State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898-4921. Mondays through August • Hopelands Summer Concert Series, Hopelands Gardens, Aiken. (803) 642-7654. Tuesdays • Second Shift Twosdays, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia. (803) 898-4921. Saturdays, weather permitting • Aiken Trolley Tours, Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, Aiken. (803) 644-1907. Saturdays through Nov. 24 • Downtown Market, downtown Sumter, Sumter. (803) 436-2500. Fourth Saturdays • Mountain Dulcimers of Aiken, Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, Aiken. (803) 293-7846.

LOWCOUNTRY JULY

12–17 • Junior Shag Association’s Junior SOS, Ocean Drive Beach and Golf Resort, North Myrtle Beach. (919) 682-4266. 14–15 • May River Shrimp Festival, Wharf Street, Bluffton. (843) 757-8520. 15 • Friday Night Boogie, Mount Pleasant Pier, Mount Pleasant. (843) 795-4386. 15 • Market on Market, downtown, Cheraw. (843) 537-8420. 15 • Palette and Palate Stroll, Anglin Smith Fine Art, Charleston. (843) 345-3275. 15 • Sounds of Summer Concert Festival, North Myrtle Beach Park & Sport Complex, North Myrtle Beach. (843) 280-5570. ONGOING Daily • Planetarium Shows, South 15–16 • Pageland Watermelon Carolina State Museum Observatory, Festival, downtown, Pageland. (843) 672-6400. Columbia. (803) 898-4921.

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15–17 • “Addicted to Love,” 34 West Theater, Charleston. (843) 901-9343. 15–24 • Beaufort Water Festival, Waterfront Park, Beaufort. (843) 524-0600. 16 • Isle of Palms Beach Run, Isle of Palms Recreation Center, Isle of Palms. (843) 886-8294. 16 • Shaggin’ on the Cooper, Mount Pleasant Pier, Mount Pleasant. (843) 795-4386. 16 • Special Needs Swim Night, Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark, North Charleston. (843) 795-4386. 19 • Lowcountry Snakes, Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island. (843) 689-6767. 21 • Music on Main with Carolina Breakers, Horseshoe at 11 S. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach. (843) 280-5570. 21 • S.C. Aquarium After Hours, S.C. Aquarium, Charleston. (843) 577-3474. 22 • Dive-in Movies: “Elf,” Island Recreation Center, Hilton Head Island. (843) 681-7273. 22 • Moonlight Mixers, Folly Beach Edwin Taylor Fishing Pier, Folly Beach. (843) 795-4386. 23 • Carolina Dreamers Car Club Cruise-In, Shelter Cove Towne Center, Hilton Head Island. (843) 707-7185. 23 • Cast Off Fishing Tournament, Folly Beach Pier, Folly Beach. (843) 762-9516. 23 • Sweetgrass Basket Class, Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island. (843) 689-6767. 24 • Lowcountry Blues Brunch, Mills House Hotel, Charleston. (843) 577-2400. 25–29 • Charleston Museum Summer Camp, Charleston Museum, Charleston. (843) 722-2996.

1 • Market on Darlington Square, Darlington Square, Darlington. (843) 398-4000. 1–5 • Charleston Museum Summer Camp, Charleston Museum, Charleston. (843) 722-2996. 2 • Lowcountry Raptors, Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island. (843) 689-6767. 4 • Music on Main with The Catalinas, Horseshoe at 11 S. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach. (843) 280-5570. 4 • Yappy Hour, James Island State Park, James Island. (843) 795-4386. 5 • Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series, James Island County Park, James Island. (843) 795-4386. 5–7 • Lowcountry Summer Coin Show, Exchange Park, Ladson. (843) 572-3161. 8 • 2nd Sunday on King Street, King Street Shops, Charleston. (843) 724-7174. 11 • Big Thursday Tailgate, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Cheraw. (843) 537-7681. 11 • Music on Main with Chocolate Chip & Co., 202 Main St., North Myrtle Beach. (843) 280-5570. 13 • Navigating a New World, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston. (843) 852-4200. ONGOING

Daily • History Tours, Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, Charleston. (888) 763-0448. Daily • QR Code Tour, downtown, Conway. (843) 248-6260. Daily through Sept. 5 • “Nature Connects” LEGOS Bricks Sculpture Exhibit, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet. (843) 235-6000. Mondays–Saturdays, through Oct. 1 • “The History of Fishing,” South Carolina Maritime Museum, Georgetown. (843) 520-0111. Saturdays through Nov. 26 • Charleston Farmers Market, Marion Square, Charleston. (843) 724-7309. Saturdays • Snakes and Reptiles, Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet. (843) 237-4440.


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BY JAN A. IGOE

Something to crow about I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I’M

deeply concerned about the growing likelihood of getting mugged by a crow. Just when I’d almost convinced myself that Hitchcock was kidding, those stealth birds are back on the police blotter. In Canada, people have reported unprovoked attacks by kamikaze crows. (You might think the birds were just defending their young, but none of their victims was climbing up trees to grab an omelet.) Experts have been advising pedestrians to take detours—through Utah, if possible—to avoid them. They also want you to carry an umbrella. What’s with the umbrella, you ask? Well, they don’t specify whether to wield it wide open, like a Viking shield, or closed, to bat the crows into the outfield. Either way, the crow will remember. And this particular bird’s brain holds a grudge the way a gorilla grips a coconut. More advice: Crows can recognize human faces, so you don’t want to tick them off. (This morsel comes to us from the same experts who just had you bashing them featherless with assault umbrellas.) Decide carefully, because crows remember who was naughty or nice to them and

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immediately warn their friends on Instagram. It’s no coincidence that a gang of crows is known as a “murder.” More than 750 attacks have already been mapped in Canada, and you

know where those snowbirds flock for winter. The last thing we need is dive-bombing murderers messing up tourism. We’ve already got squirrels. Yes, local squirrels have it in for us, too. It might sound funny, but trust me, it’s not. One of those lovable little acorn snatchers sent three bloody North Myrtle Beach residents to the emergency room in May. This particular squirrel started attacking innocent people who had no criminal

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records or history of nut stealing. The beast might have been acting on its own, or it could be part of vast rodent conspiracy that’s gaining ­momentum as we speak. (Attacks have been reported in California, where you’d expect squirrels to follow the nuts, but there have been others.) For all we know, they might be in collusion with the crows. And the squirrels aren’t dumb. They’ve grown weary of taking us out one by one and realized their greatest power lies in disabling ours—our power grid, that is. Thousands of South Carolinians have lost power to suicidal squirrels through the years. As the magazine of this state’s electric cooperatives, we don’t much like that. So when the crows get here, I’m thinking we’ll hire them to guard the power lines. Crows have been known to dine on small squirrels, so as deterrents go, this should help. That will keep the birds busy until breeding season, when we’ll send them back to Canada. And if the squirrels aren’t happy about it, they can go, too. Quid pro crow, baby. won’t pick a fight with wildlife, even though she has an umbrella that would put Mary Poppins’ rig to shame. Write her at HumorMe@SCLiving.coop.

JAN IGOE


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