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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS Vol. 71 • No. 10 (ISSN 0047-486X, USPS 316-240) Read in more than 584,000 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 EDITOR

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Diane Veto Parham FIELD EDITOR

Walter Allread PUBLICATION COORDINATOR

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ART DIRECTOR

Sharri Harris Wolfgang DESIGNER

Susan Collins

OCTOBER 2017 • VOLUME 71, NUMBER 10

FEATURE

16 Time travelers Take a journey to the 1700s with the historical interpreters who conjure up the past at North Augusta’s Living History Park. Scott Camp of North Augusta portrays an apothecary.

PRODUCTION

Andrew Chapman WEB EDITOR

Chase Toler COPY EDITORS

Jayne Cannon, Liz Carey, Mike Couick, Amy Dabbs, Jan A. Igoe, Patrick Keegan, Sydney Patterson, Belinda Smith-Sullivan, Tom Tate, Brad Thiessen, Paul Wesslund PUBLISHER

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Your guide to fall festivals and events, including the S.C. State Fair. Plus: How to pull the plug on “vampire loads” that waste electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

POWER USER DIALOGUE

10 The Distinguished

Gentlemen’s Club

Meet the Lowcountry police officer who is offering fatherless teens a chance to overcome obstacles and achieve success. ENERGY Q&A

12 Ductless heat pumps

Learn more about ductless or mini-split heat pumps and why they might be an efficient option for heating and cooling your home. SMART CHOICE

14 Tailgate time

Regardless of the game’s outcome, you’ll be the champion of the pregame festivities with these tailgate accessories.

SC LIFE STORIES

21 A full plate

Member of the NCM network of publications, reaching more than 7 million homes and businesses

We fire up the grill with young chef Tyra Jefferson and get a taste of this Food Network star’s big dreams.

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22 Where sea turtles go to heal

A new, interactive exhibit room at the South Carolina Aquarium provides guests a glimpse into the work of the facility’s Sea Turtle Care Center. GARDENER

28 Green your landscape

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Rain gardens featuring native plants provide multiple ecological benefits to any landscape.

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30 Vegetarian variety

Chef Belinda shares four vegetarian recipes that even die-hard carnivores will love.

MICHAEL PHILLIPS

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32 Keep hackers out of your home

Cybercriminals troll the internet looking for opportunities to hack your computer and steal sensitive information. Use these tips to stop them. HUMOR ME

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38 Tingly with a hint of panic

See what’s bugging humor columnist Jan A. Igoe this month.

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CONTRIBUTORS

ANDREW HAWORTH

Susan Scott Soyars, L. Kim Welborn

Historical interpreter Angela Metts recreates the past for visitors at North Augusta’s Living History Park. Photo by Andrew Haworth.


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Highlights

OCTOBER 19–22

South Carolina Jazz Festival

It’s Dizzy Gillespie’s 100th birthday, and the jazz great’s hometown is celebrating all weekend with jazz performances around Cheraw, including a Saturday-night “Tribute to Dizzy.” Evening jazz crawls, a Saturday-morning bebop parade and a Sunday jazz mass are just a few of the weekend events. Featured artists include Delfeayo Marsalis, Mark Rapp (above), and Sammy Miller & the Congregation. For details, visit scjazzfestival.com or call (843) 537‑8420, ext. 12.

OCTOBER 27–29

Wings of Freedom Tour

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South Carolina State Fair New foods—maybe a Southern catfish sundae?—and new rides, like the highclimbing Bullet Train coaster, are just two of the ways this year’s State Fair in Columbia wants you to “feel good about fun.” A stroll across the fairgrounds promises a smorgasbord of experiences, including encounters with camels, life-size balloon creations, mind-boggling sand sculptures, and, of course, plenty of food, games, rides and grandstand concerts. For details, visit scstatefair.org or call (888) 444‑3247.

OCTOBER 27–NOVEMBER 5

Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance

Cadillac—an iconic American-made car and a standard for automotive luxury—will be the featured marque at this year’s festival designed for car and motorsports enthusiasts. Events kick off with road-race action at the Savannah Speed Classic, followed by a week of classic vehicle showcases, including the 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept car (above right), test drives and competitions. For details, visit hhiconcours.com or call (843) 785‑7469.

For details, visit collingsfoundation.org/event/ greenville-sc/ or call (800) 568‑8924.

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King’s Tree Trials

An autumn day watching the horses run is in store at McCutchen Training Center in Kingstree, with the 22nd running of thoroughbreds and quarter horses. Jockeys and horses from across the Southeast bring the action, and fans can fill the infield to get close to the races and enjoy a day of tailgating. For details, visit williamsburgsc.org or call (843) 355‑6431.

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Veterans and anyone with an interest in WWII will appreciate the rare bomber and fighter planes on display at this event at Greenville Downtown Airport, paying tribute to those who built, flew and maintained these aircraft that fought for freedom. Explore inside and out—and even fly in—a B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-25 Mitchell (the type of bomber used in the famed Doolittle Raid on Tokyo) or other vintage aviation machines. Call ahead for details on flight experiences.

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way to cut your household power use by up to 10 percent? Pay closer attention to your home electronics. Many modern devices draw a surprising amount of electricity even when you’re not using them. Any time these devices are plugged in and operating in standby mode, they’re running up your bill—24 hours a day, seven days a week. Over time, this so-called “vampire load” wastes a significant amount of energy. The smallest source of a vampire load is the easiest to fix. Unplug your phone charger from the socket when it’s not actively charging your phone. Television set-top boxes also consume energy when they are inactive. If the set-top box’s lights are on, it is using power, even if the TV is off. This is especially true for those devices with a DVR function. Your instant-on television is another energy hog. The convenience of not having

Always consider power lines and other electrical equipment to be live and dangerous! AMERICA’S ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES

What to do if your car crashes into a utility pole

to wait for the set to power up comes at a price—the TV draws nearly full power all the time. Gaming consoles are among the biggest culprits. A typical system can use as much energy as a refrigerator even when it’s not being used. To reduce this vampire load, check the console settings and disable the automaticupdates feature, so that it’s not running throughout the day. Turn the console completely off when you finish using it. You can also reduce vampire load by investing in smart power strips. They look like normal power strips, but one of the outlets is the “master” that receives power all the time. The others are off. When the device connected to the master outlet turns on, the rest of the outlets receive power, too. Plug a television in the master outlet, and when you turn it on, the set-top box, speakers, streaming devices or gaming consoles will power up. —TOM TATE

Accidents happen.

Would you know what to do if your car crashed into an electric utility pole? Knowing what to do could be the difference between life and death.

If a power line falls on your vehicle and there is NO fire

Your safest option is to stay inside your vehicle until help arrives. The vehicle acts as a path for the electrical current to travel to reach the ground. You are safe inside the vehicle, but if you get out, you could be electrocuted. Call 911 or your local electric utility for help.

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Only attempt to leave your vehicle if it is on fire. To exit safely: uJump out of the vehicle, making sure NO part of your body or clothing touches the ground and vehicle at the same time. uLand with both feet together, and in small, shuffling steps, move at least 40 feet away from the vehicle. uThe ground could be energized. S  huffling away with both feet together decreases the risk of electrical shock. Call 911 or your local electric utility for help.

BY THE NUMBERS

Electric utilities power the economy

Your local electric c­ ooperative is part of a vibrant utility industry that supports manu‑ facturing, creates new jobs and provides positive economic benefits through the state and national economy.

$100 million

Annual investment in the nation’s electricity infrastructure across the entire utility sector. This figure includes advances in technology and environmental protections, in addition to regular operations and maintenance spending.

2.6 million

Number of jobs supported by direct employment at utilities and contractors

4.4 million

Number of “induced jobs”— teachers, doctors, real estate agents and service workers, to name just a few—created by direct utility employment

25,000

Estimated number of new hires at America’s electric cooperatives over the next five years

$880 billion Total economic impact of the electric power industry, which represents about 5 percent of the nation’s $18 trillion gross domestic product

SOURCES: Powering America: The Economic Workforce Contributions of the U.S. Electric Power Industry by M.J. Bradley and Associates, LLC; United States Energy and Employment Report, U.S. Department of Energy; National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

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Black rice, known as “forbidden rice,” was once reserved for emperors because of its many health benefits. Get a recipe for indulging yourself with this treat at SCLiving.coop/food/ chefbelinda.

We’re blessed to live in a beautiful state, so this month’s SC Snapshot challenge is simple: Send us your best scenic photos from anywhere in the Palmetto State. If we publish your image in the pages of South Carolina Living, we’ll send you a $25 gift card. To be considered for publication, photos must be highresolution jpegs (500 KB minimum). You have four ways to share your images and tell us when, where and how you took them. XXEmail us at SCLSnapshot@gmail.com XXMessage us on Twitter @SC_Snapshot XXMessage us at Facebook.com/SouthCarolinaLiving XXUpload your photos at SCLiving.coop/snapshot FOR THE RECORD: Images must be received by Dec. 1, 2017, and meet format requirements to be considered for publication. By submitting your image and story, you grant South Carolina Living and The Electric Cooperatives of S.C., Inc., full rights to edit and publish the material in print and digital publications, via social media and on our websites.

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The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club ASK RICARDO PERRY WHY

he began a mentoring program for at-risk youth, and he’ll tell you about the day he was riding through North Charleston with his mom. She pulled to the side of the road and rolled down her window to speak to a man the teenager had never seen before. As the stranger leaned his head into the car, Ricardo’s mother looked over and said, “Ricardo, this is your daddy.” Ricardo was 15, and this was the first time he’d met his father. Here was a man who ought to have been important to him—someone with the obligation to teach and guide him—but who had SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE Ricardo been absent his whole life. Perry’s mentoring program helped Josiah Dixon, now 20, find direction Ricardo tried to establish a in life. Dixon currently serves in the relationship, but, he says, 131st Military Police Company of the his father rejected him a S.C. National Guard. second time. “He said I was practically a grown man, and there was nothing he could do for me.” In 2007, Ricardo became a police officer for the City of Hanahan. While on patrol, he often encountered aimless teenagers hanging out on the streets at night. He would stop and ask, “What are y’all doing? Why are y’all here?” The answers he got in return were the typical tough-guy posturing of teenage boys, but, knowing firsthand the pain of not having a father at home, Ricardo recognized the truth behind their bravado. He knew the real issue was they had no place to go that felt like home. And he wanted them to have that. Ricardo started the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club in 2010, a mentoring program with the mission of creating a community connection and sense of purpose for at-risk students. The DGC guides young men from third grade to high-school graduation, seeking to raise future leaders by providing positive relationships with male role models. The 10

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program helps young men understand that, even if they don’t have a traditional family or a traditional father figure, they can still grow up to be valued members of their community and achieve their dreams. Through mentorships, the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club teaches the importance of dressing for success while encouraging integrity, self-discipline, academic success and community service. From just 12 students in its first year, the program has grown to impact the lives of more than 300 young men. One of the first participants, Cameron Blackmon, connected with the program in the eighth grade. The positive relationships he made through DGC allowed him to break free from a crowd of negative friends and encouraged him to think about his future. Now an adult, How you can help Cameron has followed in To learn more about the Ricardo’s footsteps and also Distinguished Gentlemen’s serves on the Hanahan Club and its mission, visit its police force, an accomplishwebsite at dgcmentor.org. ment for which he shares credit with his mentor. As Ricardo sees it, “The world is full of good, sound and moral people. Imagine if each of these individuals connected with just one child. Also, imagine that caring adult being there for them, encouraging them, helping them set goals and becoming successful. What would our world be like if that happened?” If you know of other organizations working locally to solve problems and improve the lives of neighbors, please write to connections@ecsc.org or Connections, 808 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29033.

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kicks in when outside temperatures are extremely cold. Baseboard heaters are an electric-resistance system and use much more energy than a heat pump, which moves heat in or out of the home. Switching to a heat pump should reduce your heating costs considerably. Heat pumps work harder as the outside air temperature drops, but combining the heat pump with a backup heating system solves that problem. Ductless heat-pump systems can be an ideal solution if your home doesn’t have a duct system. If your existing ductwork is in poor condition, installing a ductless heat pump may be more practical or less expensive than repairing, sealing and insulating ducts. A ductless heat pump has two main components: the outdoor compressor and the indoor air handler. Coolant and electrical lines run through a conduit from the compressor outside the home through the wall to the inside air handler(s). Ductless heat pumps can be con-

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figured in different ways. A common approach is to provide heating and cooling to one large zone in the home by using a single compressor and a single air handler. Or, you could use one compressor to power as many as four inside air handlers, each with its own thermostat. A home can even have more than one outside compressor. As you explore ductless heat pumps, here are some questions to consider: XXWhat other investments could you make to reduce your energy costs or improve comfort? Is a ductless heat pump the best option? A thorough energy audit of your home will help answer these questions. XXAre rebates or tax incentives available for installing a heat pump? You can search for financial-incentive programs at energy.gov/savings/search or at the online Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, dsireusa.org. XXWhat is the best size and efficiency level for a ductless heat pump in your home? XXAre there contractors in your area with experience installing ductless heat pumps? Visit energystar.gov to find tips on hiring contractors for the job. Send questions to Energy Q&A, South Carolina Living, 808 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29033, email energyqa@scliving.coop or fax (803) 739-3041.


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BY JAYNE CANNON

Tailgate time GRILL AND CHILL

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DOUBLE DUTY Forgot to stop for ice? Need to keep your chili hot? No worries when you add the Wagan 46 Quart 12V Cooler/Warmer to your list of tailgate take-alongs. It looks like a standard cooler, but it plugs into your vehicle outlet, so it can cool or warm as you need it to. A collapsible handle makes travel a breeze. $170. (800) 231‑5806; wagan.com.

SERIOUS RADIO “Neither snow nor rain nor heat …” OK, that’s the Postal Service, but it could apply to tailgate parties, too. When the downpour starts, you’ll be glad to have the Bosch PowerBox Water-Resistant Cordless Blue­tooth Jobsite Radio by your side. This rough, tough radio lets you connect to internet radio and stored music, too. $199. (800) 445‑6937; lowes.com.

WARM-UP ROUTINE You’re a stalwart—no matter how cold it gets, you’re tailgating. Knock the chill off with the Ultra Performance 12-Volt Heated Travel Blanket. Use a car outlet to power the blanket to a maximum 149 degrees. With a 7-foot power cord, it brings the heat where you need it. $30. (800) 466‑3337; homedepot.com.

HEAR, HEAR Never miss a second of the pregame show or color commentary from your favorite announcer. The tiny, voice-activated Bluetooth Phantom Ultimate Ears Boom 2 is a wireless speaker that comes in a choice of snappy colors and booms out big, 360-degree sound to give your tailgate team an earful. $200. (646) 454‑3200; ultimateears.com.

STRIKE A CORD You’ve gathered everything for a perfect tailgate, but you’re powerless to enjoy it if your extension cord is too short. Energize your space with the Wagan 12V/24V DC Socket Extension. This 12-foot, weatherproof cord stands up to the elements and plugs into an auto outlet, so you can power play-by-plays, food stations and other creature comforts. $15. (800) 231‑5806; wagan.com.

SUN TV The big game is sold out. Don’t panic—no need to cancel the tailgate party. Gather friends and food, and don’t miss a minute of the action on a no-glare outdoor screen. The 32-inch Skyvue Outdoor TV boasts a bright screen that you can watch in direct sunlight. With HDTV, you’ve still got the best seat in—or out of— the house. $2,597. (877) 475‑9883; skyvue.com.

FIRED UP What’s a tailgate party without hot-off-the-grill food? The Pampered Chef Indoor Outdoor Portable Grill gives you just-grilled flavors and aromas without hauling the backyard cooker to the game. Use electric power, or opt for charcoal. Grates go in the dishwasher for easy cleanup. $125. (888) 687‑2433; pamperedchef.com.

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CHARGE! Tailgating tech toys are only fun when they’re powered up and ready to go. No outlets handy? Use the Ryobi Bluetooth Digital Inverter Generator to keep hot foods hot, cold drinks cold, and phones, radios, TVs and other electrics humming. Bluetooth lets you monitor everything from your smartphone. $599. (800) 466‑3337; homedepot.com.


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A DOSE OF THE PAST Jordan Stenger of North Augusta portrays a Native American apothecary, the Colonial equivalent of today’s pharmacist.

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Historical interpreters conjure up the past at North Augusta’s Living History Park BY LIZ CAREY | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW HAWORTH

Walk down the hill

into North Augusta’s Living History Park during the annual Colonial Times: A Day to Remember celebration, and all sense of modern life quickly slips away. Traffic noises fade, replaced by the ring of a blacksmith’s hammer and the soothing babble of a millstream. The sight of a surrounding subdivision vanishes behind a thick line of trees as you stroll among replica 18th-century bungalows, split-rail fences and period-accurate tents pitched on a grassy field. The smell of wood smoke from cooking fires lingers in the crisp fall air, and in every direction, men and women in Colonial attire go about their business using the tools, techniques and language of the 1700s. On the third weekend of each October, the 7.5-acre Living History Park—styled as an 18th-century backwoods trading town—comes to life, thanks to historical inter­ preters in period attire who never break character as they interact with guests. The effect can be startling, as if one has traveled in time to the 1770s. And for organizer Lynn Thompson, president of the Olde Town Preservation Association of North Augusta, there’s no better way for visitors—especially the thousands of schoolkids who tour each year—to learn history than by experiencing it with all the senses. “If we can inspire one child to love history and learn

THE MORE THE MERRIER Recognized as one of the top living-history events in the nation, Colonial Times: A Day to Remember draws as many as 10,000 visitors a year.

about the past, it’s worth it, because as long as you tell the story, history lives,” she says. The event relies on an army of volunteer interpreters​— some local, some from as far away as Ohio—who specialize in studying and portraying the authentic clothing, customs and life skills of the period. Here are some of the living historians we met during the 2016 event.

Bobby Blackwell CAROLINA INDIAN TRADER

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‘A living historian knows every aspect of his portrayal.’

—BOBBY BLACKWELL

GUIDED ADVENTURE Historical interpreters like Bobby Blackwell, who portrays an Indian trader, stay in character throughout the event and pass on their knowledge by interacting with guests.

well to call on a trader to get supplies and guidance for a successful journey. It’s still good advice today. Bobby Blackwell’s wellstocked trading tent—filled with replica rifles and trade goods—is a great introduction to the history of the period. After 18 years as a historical interpreter, Blackwell dispenses a wealth of information in a conversational style, including how trade goods were made, what items were of value in the era, the hardships of life on the frontier and the often-troubled relationships between colonists and Native Americans. But, he’s quick to say he’s not a reenactor. “There is a big difference between a reenactor and a living historian. I could say, ‘Come with me this week­ end. I have a uniform for you. Stand beside me and do what I do.’ You would be a reenactor,” he says. “If someone asked you about your gun or the clothes you were wearing, you couldn’t answer. A living historian knows everything about every aspect of his portrayal, his or her attire, what he is eating and what it took to make it all, then and now. He or she takes pride in the person, the camp, the presentation and the accuracy.” Blackwell portrays a trader at six or seven events every year and estimates he’s spent close to $10,000 for his muskets, camp gear, trade items and clothing. It’s an expensive hobby, but one that he enjoys. “It is very rewarding to talk to people on a subject they know little about, telling them about things and people who lived and worked—sometimes right where they are standing,” he says. “And while doing that, you’re watching the lights come on in their eyes, seeing the excitement in the questions they ask, and being able to connect them forever with those whose shoulders they are standing on.” As much as Blackwell enjoys sharing his knowledge with guests, the highlight of the weekend comes after the visitors leave and the living historians gather by candle and lantern light for a communal feast—still in period attire, still in character.

HONORED GUESTS The Colonial Times celebration draws historical interpreters from across the nation, including Cara and Bill Elder of Deland, Florida, who portray Martha and George Washington to the delight of guests.

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THE SPINNING CLASS Josh Cochran (left) and Brian DeJong demonstrate 18th-century woodworking techniques in the park’s cabinet shop. The hand-powered lathe was used during the filming of The Patriot and later donated to the Living History Park.

It’s a sensation of time travel, sometimes called a period rush, that living historians treasure, Blackwell says. “You’re sitting around a fire with a collection of people who know a lot. It leads to some powerful experiences,” he says. “You almost have to stop sometimes and tell yourself, ‘This isn’t real.’ ”

‘We often overlook Indian history in school.’ —JORDAN STENGER

Jordan Stenger NATIVE AMERICAN MEDICINE WOMAN

Nineteen-year-old Jordan Stenger is one of the y ­ oungest interpreters on site during the 2016 Colonial Times week­ end, but, like all the living historians, her portrayal is rooted in years of research and fascination with history. “I enjoy teaching people about the history of the United States and the people who lived here before colonization,” Stenger says. “The popular view of American Indians is that which arose in the mid- to late-1800s and what Hollywood has portrayed in Western films. I strive to bring awareness about current Native American issues and dispel myths about American Indians in the Colonial period and explain the regional differences. People are surprised to discover how diverse tribes were in North America.” Stationed in the apothecary, Stenger portrays Colonial medicine practices and speaks about her dress—a simple

HANDING DOWN HISTORY Historical interpreter Bruce Ingram shares the stories of enslaved African-Americans in the 1700s by portraying “Luke” during the 2016 Colonial Times event. For Ingram, a folk artist and storyteller, the role is personal, drawing on his own family’s history.

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of children—and maybe inspire the next generation of interpreters. “We often overlook Indian history in school,” she says. “But it’s an important part of our story.”

Angela Metts TAVERN WENCH

The tavern of any Colonial-era village was an important social center, and that’s certainly true at the Living History Park during Colonial Times, where guests find Angela Metts and her fellow tavern wenches behind the bar, dispensing the latest town gossip and demonstrating the customs of the era. In the 18th century, she says, simple games of draughts (checkers) and backgammon could get exciting, with money being bet on every move or roll of the dice. One tavern game, Chasing the Goose, became the popular children’s game Candyland. But in the 1700s, the money exchanged— as much as 50 cents per roll, a fortune at the time—and the alcohol consumed led to fights and problems. The game was almost outlawed.

WHEN TWEETS WERE FOR BIRDS Tavern wench Angela Metts, like all the living historians, eschews modern technology throughout the weekend.

white shirt and a red skirt—and why it isn’t fringed leather or animal skins. “After trade started with the English, the cultures of the Indians and the English merged,” she says. “Boundaries were blurred. The Indians saw how practical and comfortable the English clothes were and adopted them.” Stenger says school visits during Colonial Times are an important opportunity to share true history with busloads

GetThere Colonial Times: A Day to Remember takes place this year Oct. 21–22 at the Living History Park, 299 West Spring Grove Ave. in North Augusta. HOURS: Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ADMISSION: Free. Guests may be asked to take a short survey at the entrance. “All we want to know is where you’re from, how you heard about us and how many people are in your party,” Lynn Thompson says. The information helps the not-forprofit park secure grant funding for future events. DETAILS: For more on the park, which is open year-round, and events, including Colonial Times: A Day to Remember, Christmas in the Backcountry, and Colonial Times: Under the Crown, visit colonialtimes.us or call (803) 979‑9776.

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‘It’s an addiction. ...

It’s a calling.’

—ANGELA METTS

Metts, who in modern life works as a radiological control inspector for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, explains that women were not allowed to drink in public in the 1700s and would eat in separate sections of the tavern. A member of the Colonial Ladies Society, an interpreter group committed to teaching history from a woman’s point of view, Metts prides herself on accurately portraying the pastimes, wardrobes and other elements of daily life. “It’s an addiction. It’s a hobby. It’s a calling,” Metts says of being a historical interpreter. “I love teaching people, because it’s like a lightbulb goes on, and they realize why something is done the way it’s done.” For events like Colonial Times, the members “put away all of our modern contraptions before we get here,” she says. “Starting Thursday at about 5 p.m., our modern conveniences are gone until Sunday afternoon.” It turns the park into a magical place, she says, when the interpreters sit down together to eat, always staying in character. No cellphones pierce the night’s conversation. No sneakers squeak across the wet grass. No timers go off to let them know the microwave is done. “We’re still here, and we still have work to do,” she says. “We have to get dinner cooked. One woman may be churning butter; one woman may need to do some spinning. We continue doing what we do, but there’s no one here to watch. It is a bit like being there.”


SC Life

Stories

A full plate

RUTA SMITH

The anchovies did her in. Until Tyra Jefferson faced the stomach-turning challenge of tasting and describing the salty little fish, she was rocking her turn on Food Network Star Kids last year, just two episodes away from the finals. “I saw it, and I was like, ‘Maybe it tastes good.’ But, once I put it in my mouth ...” Her nose wrinkles. “It was like a slimy, bony ... It was nasty.” That was a rare moment that got the best of Jefferson, who fearlessly declares, “I can face any challenge anyone throws at me.” Undaunted, she stepped up again just months later to grill against three kid competitors on Food Network’s Kids BBQ Championship. Though she didn’t claim victory in either contest, Jefferson counts wins in lessons learned from her celebrity mentors (including her idol, actress Tia Mowry) and the boost for her budding business with a name as big as her ambition— Tyra’s Big World of Flavor: Where My Southern Flair Comes to Life. “I’m not going to give you an exact date, but I’m pretty sure before I’m in college I’ll have my food truck,” says the seventh grader, who has been cooking and grilling with her family since age 7. After that, a restaurant. “And you know how McDonald’s has a restaurant all over the world?” That’s her plan. Her TV fame has led to invitations to community speaking engagements, cooking demos, festival appearances and catering jobs. Jefferson tells her audiences to find their “flavor”—the talent and effort that make their dreams come true. She’s busy working on all of hers. “I want to be a professional dancer,” she says. “And a professional chef. And a professional actress. With a side job of singing. If I have that time. I have so many things on my plate!” —DIANE VETO PARHAM

Tyra Jefferson AGE:

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Irmo Two-time contestant on Food Network’s TV competitions for kids; food entrepreneur; motivational speaker FOODS SHE WON’T EAT: Olives, anchovies, liver, gizzards or any “slimy” meat EXTRACURRICULARS: Church choir, church Praise Dance Team, mime, acting, drawing, writing children’s stories HOMETOWN:

CLAIM TO FAME:

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SCTravels

BY DIANE VETO PARHAM

SOUTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM

WHERE SEA TURTLES GO TO HEAL

Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery brings beloved animals into view CORAL BARELY MOVES ON THE FLOOR OF HER WATERY TANK,

her face turned away from the viewing window. Her shy, restful state is understandable; this Kemp’s ridley sea turtle only recently moved in, and she’s recuperating from some rough injuries. In a neighboring tank, Jerry, a loggerhead, is farther along in his recovery, gaining strength after a severe boatstrike wound. Several little people press noses and palms against his glass window to watch him swim. And in a larger tank, Jacques, another loggerhead, is practically showing off, circling and diving to the delight of a crowd of onlookers. Just three months earlier, Jacques was rescued and brought to the Sea Turtle Care Center at the South Carolina Aquarium with debilitated turtle syndrome—emaciated, dehydrated and lethargic. Now, as

everyone can see, he’s well on his way to full recovery. “Sea turtles have an uncanny ability to move people,” says Kelly Thorvalson, conservation programs manager at the Charleston aquarium. “They’re incredibly stoic, ancient and peaceful. When people see a sea turtle that is sick or injured, especially from human impact, it makes a big difference.” That’s why the aquarium’s new Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery rehab-viewing area is such a boon to both the turtle hospital and aquarium visitors. Since the aquarium started taking in sick and injured turtles in 2000, plenty of turtle lovers have wanted a behind-the-scenes look at the rescued animals, but the old space was too tight to allow more than a few small tour groups a day. With floor-level tanks—and even kiddie pools—housing the injured turtles, SEA TURTLE STATUS The interactive touchscreens at the triage station engage adults and kids alike. Brad Butler and his daughter, Amelia, 4, of Charleston work through the steps of diagnosing an injured sea turtle.

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Willow Melamet demonstrates how the touchscreens can be used to check a turtle’s vital signs, take X-rays and inspect the animal for internal and external injuries.


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REAL-TIME TREATMENT Visitors can peer through a one-way viewing window into an active surgical suite, where sea turtles and other aquarium animals are often treated. The first live viewing of a surgery here was a four-hour operation to remove fishing line from a sea turtle’s intestinal tract. The monitor above the operating table shows what the doctor sees, thanks to a camera in the surgical equipment. Crush (left) was rescued near Hilton Head Island in March and moved into Sea Turtle Recovery in August to complete his rehabilitation.

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the makeshift hospital offered a poor view of the life-saving work taking place. “And each tour meant the staff had to stop treatments,” says Josephine O’Brien, the aquarium’s public affairs and advertising coordinator. “This space lets us give turtles the best care, and people can see them without us having to stop what we do.” Opened in May, Sea Turtle Recovery is a free-flowing, interactive space on the aquarium’s main floor that not only doubles the hospital’s capacity for treating injured turtles but allows all aquarium visitors to spend as much time as they like with the recovering animals. “You’re coming in just as the sea turtle does,” Sea Turtle Care Center manager Willow Melamet says at the center’s entrance, where a recording plays a phone call reporting a turtle found injured. Go first to the triage station, set up with interactive computer tablets—at multiple heights, for tall and small people—and three models of turtle Sea Turtle Care Center patients with different injuries. Each manager Willow represents one of the species most Melamet commonly treated here: Kemp’s ridley, loggerhead and green sea turtles. “You can be the vet or the staff member to triage and start to treat that animal,” Melamet says. Step-by-step diagnostic screens help visitors check vital signs, assess symptoms and take X-rays. At the nearby wall-mounted lightbox, you can view X-rays to look for common ways turtles swim into trouble off the S.C. coast—for example, swallowed fishing hooks, fishing line wrapped around flippers or stuck in intestines, and broken bones or a cracked carapace (shell) from a boat strike.

When the first rescued sea turtle was brought to the South Carolina Aquarium in 2000 for medical treatment, Kelly Thorvalson was there to help with daily care and has been helping the center grow ever since. Among the 235 sea turtles the Sea Turtle Care Center has rescued, rehabilitated and released since then, a few stand out to her as superstars. Stinky: Thorvalson admits this turtle was named before anyone knew he’d become famous, “but he was quite stinky when he came in!” she says. The juvenile loggerhead was found in Port Royal Sound near Beaufort, skinny and dehydrated, floating at STINKY the surface of the water. Nursed back to health, he was released into the ocean, where a group from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources rediscovered him 10 years later during a study of sea turtle health and genetics. “He was a thriving adult turtle at that point,” Thorvalson says. “So, he’s a poster child for our rehab center—what we’re doing works!” Cape Romain: Named for the area where he was found, this adult CAPE male loggerhead had been tangled ROMAIN in a crab trap. Despite the center’s best efforts, his front flipper had to be amputated, but he gained strength COURTESY OF SOUTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM/BARBARA BERGWERF during his rehab and was released before the waters turned too cold. Because he was tagged, the center was able to track him via satellite as he found his way to overwintering and feeding grounds. Despite missing one flipper, “he was able, in a relatively normal period of time, to migrate just like any normal turtle would,” Thorvalson says.

MAMA PRITCHARD

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Mama Pritchard: Thorvalson gets excited talking about this girl from Pritchard’s Island, a victim of multiple boat strikes, who was in the center’s care for nearly two years. The largest adult female loggerhead the center has treated, Mama Pritchard was released in 2010. Follow-up genetic studies showed that she nested successfully in 2013, 2015 and 2017. “After two years of rehab,” Thorvalson says, “the fact that she went right back and is thriving and doing what she’s supposed to do at Pritchard’s Island is absolutely incredible!”

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SEA TURTLE RECOVERY

GetThere The South Carolina Aquarium is located at 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston. HOURS: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Open 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 24. Turtle shows in the Sea Turtle Recovery area, including question-and-answer sessions with a sea-turtle biologist, are held daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ADMISSION: $29.95 for ages 13 and up; $22.95 for ages 3–12; toddlers and members admitted free. DETAILS: Visit scaquarium.org or call (843) 577‑3474.

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“You’ll have people who just stand there, staring at the turtles, with that eye-level view,” Melamet says. “For people who’ve never seen a turtle before, seeing one for the first time can be momentous.” Those tanks mean the hospital can care for increasing numbers of sick and injured turtles, Thorvalson says. “For the past four years, we’ve been over our capacity—we’ve had more turtles than tanks.” Sea Turtle Recovery, she says, “allows us to treat all the turtles that need us.” More than 230 sea turtles have been rescued and rehabbed by the Care Center, and Sea Turtle Recovery gives visitors a front-row seat to the healing. The Recovery Theater—last stop on the journey—shares a five-minute video that engages visitors with ideas about how to help protect sea turtles. “People connect with the turtles, so we’re using them as ambassadors for the ocean,” Melamet says. “The things that are affecting turtles are also affecting other marine animals. They’re like our spokes-animal.”

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But the biggest show is in seven large, soundproof tanks, each holding 1,000 to 4,000 gallons of salt water, where recovering turtles swim in full view. You can see in, but the turtles can’t see out. In front of each tank is a touchscreen telling that turtle’s story, so you can read about patients like Coral, Jerry and Jacques, catching up on their history, treatment and status. This same information is frequently updated on the aquarium’s blog, so turtle lovers can monitor their favorite patients’ progress from home after their visit.

PERILOUS WATERS Kelly Thorvalson, the aquarium’s conservation programs manager, explains to Tracy and Steve Jones, visiting from Richmond, Virginia, what they are seeing in some of the sea turtle X-rays, including fishing hooks lodged in an esophagus (at right) and intestinal impactions caused by swallowing foreign materials.

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CLOSER LOOK Cindi Katz of Charleston (center), with her 6-month-old son, Reed, brought visiting friends John and Heather Drago and their son, Eli, of Columbus, Ohio, to get a good look at the recovering sea turtles.


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Green your landscape with rain gardens KIM COUNTS MORGANELLO

greener not only with what they grow, but with “green” practices—­ composting, rain barrels, native plants, butterfly gardens and mulching lawn mowers. What if there were one ecofriendly landscape feature that could protect downstream water quality, showcase beautiful native plants and support pollinating insects, all while using virtually no fertilizer, pesticides or irrigation? While it may sound too good to be true, rain gardens deliver all these ecological services. They’re also a “green” solution for stormwater-related issues like soil erosion and occasional flooding. Unfortunately, rain gardens have an image problem. The name conjures visions of watery bogs and mosquitobreeding ponds, even though mosquito eggs need standing water for 7–10 days to hatch, while rain gardens are typically designed to drain within 24 hours. Rain gardens look like gardens planted in a shallow depression. Their

American beautyberry grows well in shady rain gardens.

Native plants suited for S.C. rain gardens River oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) – Grows well in full sun to part shade; beautiful seed head; pretty fall color Milkweed (Asclepias spp) – Supports monarch butterflies and their larvae; swamp milkweed (A. incarnata) has pink flowers, tolerates more shade; butterfly milkweed (A. tuberosa) has bright orange flowers, resows from seeds in pods Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) – Bright-red flowers along a tall spike attract bees and hummingbirds; tolerates periods of drought; full sun to partial shade

Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) – Shrub with unusual round flowers that attract pollinating insects as well as hummingbirds; salt tolerant Swamp azalea (Rhododendron viscosum) – Sweetly fragrant blooms; tolerates partial shade

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American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) – Easy to grow; bright, magenta berries in fall; chartreuseyellow fall color

Volunteers work together to prepare the berm and soil for a rain garden at St. Christopher Camp on Seabrook Island.

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GARDENERS HELP MAKE THE WORLD

This mature rain garden contains a mixture of grasses and colorful flowers, such as coneflower.

shape, their location in the landscape and the way the soil is amended make them a natural storm drain. Instead of water sheeting across the yard, it’s directed to the rain garden, where it slowly infiltrates the soil. As stormwater moves across driveways, sidewalks and roofs in our neighborhoods, it picks up ­pollutants, such as fertilizer, pesticides, pet waste and motor oil. A rain garden acts like a sink with a slow-moving drain, filtering the water downward through layers of soil and rock, where pollutants are naturally removed by soil organisms before re-entering underground aquifers and nearby waterways. Another misconception about rain gardens is that they are filled with weedy, unattractive plants. But rain gardens can be planted with small trees, shrubs and flowering plants, even attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. Most gardeners opt for


Demonstration rain gardens in South Carolina

Pickens County Landfill

2043 Old Liberty Road, Liberty

Longleaf Middle School

S.C. Department of Natural Resources

1160 Longreen Parkway, Columbia

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Demonstration rain gardens are sites in public spaces where gardeners can learn more about what these gardens look like and how they work, as well as get ideas for plants and designs to use in their own landscapes.

Timrod Park

Richland County Public Works

311 Natural Resources Drive, Clemson

400 Timrod Park Drive, Florence

400 Powell Road, Columbia

South Carolina Botanical Garden 150 Discovery Lane, Clemson

Darwin Wright Park

106 Anderson Beach Blvd., Anderson

Cater’s Lake

1550 College Ave., Anderson

Lonnie Hamilton III Public Services Building 4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston

Town of Mount Pleasant Fire Department Station #2

667 Paul Foster Road, Mount Pleasant

Clemson Coastal Research and Education Center

2700 Savannah Highway, Charleston

Caw Caw Interpretive Center KATHY STONE

5200 Savannah Highway, Ravenel

Hanahan Public Library

1216 Old Murray Court, Hanahan

easy-to-grow native plants, because they tolerate dry conditions between influxes of stormwater. You can plant any combination of native or welladapted non-native plants in your rain garden, where they’ll grow quickly from the nutrient-rich water flowing to their roots with every rain shower. Installing a rain garden is easy, but before you break out the shovel, learn the basics at Clemson Extension’s Carolina Rain Garden Initiative (clemson.edu/raingarden), a one-stop resource where gardeners can visit a virtual rain garden, find nearby demonstration gardens to visit and sign up for hands-on workshops. Make sure the soil in your yard drains fast enough for a rain garden. Perform a simple percolation, or “perc,” test by digging a 6-inch-by6-inch hole, filling it with water and

Beaufort County Government Annex

College of Charleston Grice Marine Laboratory

205 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston

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observing how quickly it drains. If no water remains after 24 hours, your soil is perfect for a rain garden. Next, determine where to place your rain garden and how big it should be to capture stormwater. Start by following the path of rainwater as it moves across your yard. Locate your garden between where that path starts and where it ends (e.g., a storm drain, ditch or road). Downspouts and overflow from rain barrels can also be directed to this spot. Place your garden at least 10 feet from the foundation of your home and at least 25 feet from a septic-system drain field. To calculate the size, you’ll need to consider your available space, soil type and the size of hard surfaces that will contribute runoff to the garden (such as a rooftop, sidewalks or driveway). Step-by-step instructions for this are

available on the Rain Garden Initiative website. Once you find the right spot, dig down 10–12 inches to create a slight depression, or “sink.” Use the soil you excavate from the garden to build a small berm around it, with a gap in the berm to allow water to enter. Amend the remaining soil with about 20 to 30 percent compost to support your plants and about 50 to 60 percent sand to improve drainage. When the rain garden is shaped and the soil prepared, choose a variety of native plants to fill it, and mulch with a hardwood mulch that won’t float when it’s inundated with water. is an area horticulture agent for Clemson Extension based in Charleston County. Contact her at adabbs@clemson.edu.

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In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Saute chopped onions, celery and carrots until onions are translucent, about 3–4 minutes. Add garlic, and continue cooking for one additional minute. Add tomatoes, stock, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and add green beans, corn, garbanzo beans, herbs, bay leaf, crushed red pepper and sugar. Bring to a boil again; reduce heat to low, and simmer 30–45 minutes. If soup is too thin, thicken with tomato paste. If too thick, add additional stock or water to reach desired consistency.

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FETA-AND-VEGGIE PIZZA SERVES 4–6

1 12-inch pizza crust, storebought or homemade ¾ cup pizza sauce, storebought or homemade 2 cups fresh spinach (enough to cover top of pizza) 2–3 Roma tomatoes, sliced ¼-inch thick ½ red onion, thinly sliced ½ red bell pepper, thinly sliced ¼ cup sliced black or Kalamata olives ¼ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed 2–3 pinches crushed red pepper flakes 1½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese

Preheat oven to 450 F. Spread pizza crust on a large cookie sheet. Spread pizza sauce over top of crust, leaving ½-inch border around edges. Cover sauce with spinach, then tomato slices. Add onion, bell pepper and olives. Sprinkle with oregano and pepper flakes. Cover with mozzarella, then feta. Transfer pan to oven, and bake 15–17 minutes, until cheese is melted and starting to brown slightly.


THREE-BEAN RICE CASSEROLE SERVES 8–12

Cooking spray 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 3 garlic cloves 2 cups cooked rice 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained* 1 15-ounce can pinto beans, rinsed and drained* 1 15-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained*

1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 cup unsalted vegetable stock Kosher salt Fresh ground black pepper 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon cumin 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder 1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 green onion, sliced diagonally, garnish

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Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray a medium baking dish with cooking spray. In a medium skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat, heat oil. Saute chopped onions and peppers until onions are translucent, about 3–4 minutes. Add garlic, and cook one additional minute. Remove from heat. In a large mixing bowl, combine sauteed vegetables, rice, beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, stock, salt, pepper, oregano, cumin, and ancho chili powder. Mix gently, and fold in one cup of cheese. Spread mixture into prepared baking dish; top with remaining cheese. Bake 35–40 minutes, until cheese is melted and all liquid has been absorbed. Remove from oven, and sprinkle with green onions. *For variety, substitute other beans, including cannellini, red or navy beans.

TOO-EASY EGGPLANT LASAGNA SERVES 4–6

2 cups marinara sauce, store-bought or homemade 2 eggplants, sliced ¼-inch thick Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese 6 fresh basil leaves, rolled and sliced into thin ribbons

Preheat oven to 350 F. In an 8-inch-by-8-inch casserole dish, spread ½ cup of marinara sauce. Season eggplant slices with salt and pepper. Layer a third of the eggplant slices, followed by ½ cup of marinara, 1 cup of mozzarella, ¼ cup of Parmesan and a third of the basil ribbons. Repeat layers twice, saving last third of basil ribbons for garnish after cooking. Bake 30 minutes, until bubbly. Remove from oven, and garnish with remaining basil. Let rest 20–30 minutes before serving. To make ahead, cook and cool lasagna completely, then refrigerate. Remove from refrigerator 30–45 minutes before reheating. Cover tightly with foil, and reheat at 300 F for 25–30 minutes.

GINA MOORE 

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Keep hackers out of your home THIS MONTH, ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES

across the country will join forces to raise awareness about cybersecurity. We hope you will join us by recognizing October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and taking action to thwart hackers. Electric co-ops work hard to protect the personal information of members

Cyber criminals are on the prowl, and they’re getting better at what they do. and ensure cyber criminals don’t tamper with the reliability of the electric grid, but consumers have a lot at stake, too. Think about losing all the photos on your smartphone or having bank or credit card information stolen from your computer. Cyber criminals all over the world are on the prowl through the inter­net, and they’re getting better at what they do, according to a team of cyber­security experts at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). “The bad guys tend to be a step ahead, and we’re always going to be playing catch-up, so you’re never going to be 100 percent secure,” says Barry Lawson, a senior director of regulatory affairs at NRECA. “But it’s not something to be afraid of. There are basic steps people can take to provide good layers of protection.” Lawson, along with Cynthia Hsu, cybersecurity program manager, and Bridgette Bourge, senior principal for legislative affairs, offer these tips for protecting yourself from internet danger at work and at home. To learn more about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and to view additional cybersecurity tips, visit staysafeonline.org. 32

Cyber safety checklist Create strong passwords

If it seems hard to keep up with all the passwords for the different software and applications you use, focus on the main passwords that open your computer, phone and wireless router. Make them complicated, with a mix of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters like % or &. Remember to change these passwords every six months. Our cybersecurity experts don’t recommend writing down your passwords, but if you do, keep that document locked in a safe place.

Keep software updated

Automatic software updates often include security patches to protect against the latest threats. Check regularly for updates, but be suspicious of update notices that arrive by email, especially if they claim to require urgent action. Visit the application’s website to make sure the update is legitimate.

Examine links and attachments before you click

A lot of the computer hacking problems you hear about in the news result from people clicking on links or attached files that infect their computers or mobile devices. An email can be disguised to look like it’s coming from your best friend, so take a moment and move your cursor over a link to reveal the full address before clicking it. You should be able to recognize the name of the legitimate source. If you don’t, find another way to verify the link.

Install and use virus protection

Buy your anti-virus software from one of the major recognized companies, and make it a subscription-type service that regularly sends automatic updates.

Back up your devices

Every few weeks, save a copy of everything on your computer or mobile device to an external storage system that you can unplug from your computer. Recent computer attacks involve ransomware that locks your computer and threatens to delete or prevent access to everything on it unless you pay the hackers. If you suffer a ransomware attack, you will need to take your computer to a professional to wipe everything off your hard drive and start over. With a backup, you will be able to restore your most valuable documents.

Secure all your internet-connected devices

Hackers have started invading wireless printers and baby monitors that work through the internet. These devices tend to have extremely weak, preset passwords that you probably don’t even notice. Read the instructions carefully, set good passwords, keep the devices updated and make sure any wireless routers in your home are secure as well. Any internet-connected device is vulnerable—smart TVs, cameras, voice-activated speakers, thermostats, video games, fitness bracelets and internet-connected refrigerators.

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28 • Spinx Run Fest, Fluor Field at the West End, Greenville. (864) 593‑0320. 16–18 • Bill Blagg’s “The Science of Magic,” Peace Center, Greenville. 28 • Strut Your Mutt, Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery, (864) 467‑3000. Gaffney. (864) 487‑6244. 17–21 • Union County 31 • “When the Rain Stops Agricultural Fair, 120 Kirby St., Falling,” Centre Stage Theatre, Union. (864) 427‑6259. Greenville. (864) 233‑6733. 19 • ArtWalk, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 542‑2787. NOVEMBER 3–4 • Pickens Literacy 19 • Denyce Graves, Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium, Bob Jones Association’s Used Book Sale, University, Greenville. (864) 770‑1372. Pickens Presbyterian Church, Pickens. (864) 617‑4237. 19 • Food Truck Rollout, Greer City 3–4 • South Carolina Appalachian Park, Greer. (864) 968‑7005. Homecoming, Next School Eagle 20–21 • Honea Path Sugarfoot Ridge, Salem. (864) 557‑6168. Festival, Main Street, Honea Path. 3–5 • Greenville Open Studios, (864) 369‑1605. various studio locations, Greenville. 20–22 • Boo in the Zoo, Greenville (864) 467‑3132. Zoo, Greenville. (864) 467‑4300. 4 • Acoustic ConneXions folk 21 • 5K Glow Run, McKissick Center, music, Walhalla Civic Auditorium, Liberty. (864) 855‑3770. Walhalla. (864) 638‑5277. 21 • Carolina Brew HaHa, 4 • Project Maestro: Patrick Anderson County Education Dupre Quigley conducts Sibelius’ and Recycling Center, Anderson. 2nd, Twichell Auditorium, info@carolinabrewhaha.com. Converse College, Spartanburg. (864) 948‑9020. 21 • Euro Auto Festival, Embassy Suites, Greenville. (864) 901‑5008. 4 • Riverboat Casino Night for Pickens County Meals on Wheels, 21 • Fall Bazaar, Disciples United McKissick Center, Liberty. Methodist Church, Greenville. (864) 606‑3745. (864) 297‑0382. 4 • Upstate Pride 2017 March and 21 • Greer Station Oktoberfest, Festival, Barnet Park, Spartanburg. downtown, Greer. (864) 877‑3131. 21 • Hyco Memorial 5K and Doggy (864) 596‑2000. Dash, Anderson County Civic Center, 10 • American Pride: A Statler Brothers Tribute, Walhalla Civic Anderson. (864) 245‑0903. 21 • Storytelling Festival, Hagood Auditorium, Walhalla. (864) 638‑5277. Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center, 10 • Artist Jake Dueland, Art Gallery on Pendleton Square, Pickens. (864) 898‑2936. 22 • Red Ribbon Run 5K, Trailblazer Pendleton. (864) 221‑0129. Park, Travelers Rest. (864) 467‑4099. 11 • Fall Festival and Holiday 26 • Campfire Social, Greenbrier Market, Greenville Classical Academy, Simpsonville. Farms, Easley. (864) 855‑9782. (864) 329‑9884. 27 • Halloween Hoopla, Greer City 11 • Lake Robinson Duathlon, Park, Greer. (864) 977‑1898. Lake Robinson, Greer. (864) 417‑3997. 27–29 • Boo in the Zoo, Greenville 13 • Pan Harmonia Concert, Zoo, Greenville. (864) 467‑4300. Greenville Center for Creative Arts, 27–29 • Wings of Freedom Tour, Greenville. (828) 254‑7123. Runway Park at GMU, Greenville. ONGOING (978) 562‑9182. Daily in October • Pumpkin 28 • Dancing with the Carolina Patch, Disciples United Methodist Stars, TD Convention Center, Church, Greenville. (864) 297‑0382. Greenville. (864) 335‑5011. Sundays through October • 28 • Halloween at Heritage Woodburn and Ashtabula Historic Park, Heritage Park, Simpsonville. Home Tours, house locations, (864) 963‑3781. Pendleton. (864) 646‑7249. 28 • Hub City Empty Bowls Soup Day, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 706‑3739. MIDLANDS 28 • Living History Day, Cowpens OCTOBER National Battlefield, Gaffney. 11–22 • South Carolina State (864) 461‑2828. Fair, State Fairgrounds, Columbia. (803) 799‑3387. OCTOBER

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2–5 • Katydid Combined Driving Event, Katydid Farm, Windsor. (803) 295‑6785. 2–5 • Southern City Film Festival, downtown, Aiken. hello@southerncity.org.

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15 • Children’s Day Festival, Park West Recreation Complex, Mount Pleasant. (843) 884‑8517. 15 • Latin American Festival, North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston. (843) 762‑5585. 15 • Summerville Italian Feast, Hutchinson Square, Summerville. (609) 784‑4452. 17 • Taste of the Town, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach. (843) 448‑6062. 18–22 • Colour of Music Black Classical Musicians Festival, various venues, Charleston. (843) 242‑3099. 19–22 • Pat Conroy Literary Festival, USC-Beaufort Center for the Arts, Beaufort. (843) 379‑7025. 19–21 • S.C. Jazz Festival, various venues, Cheraw. (843) 537‑8420, ext. 12. 20–22 • Exchange Club Ghost Tours, historic district, Beaufort. (843) 524‑4350. 21 • Craft and Bake Sale, Christ Lutheran Church, Hilton Head Island. sfenkohl@aol.com. 21 • Loris Bog-Off Festival, Main Street, Loris. (843) 756‑6030. 21–22 • Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, Front Street waterfront, Georgetown. (843) 520‑0111. 25 • Wine Down Wednesday, Old Towne Creek County Park, Charleston. (843) 795‑4386. 26–Nov. 8 • Coastal Carolina Fair, Exchange Park Fairgrounds, Ladson. (843) 572‑3161. 27–30 • Exchange Club Ghost Tours, historic district, Beaufort. (843) 524‑4350. 28 • Howl-O-Scream, North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex, North Myrtle Beach. (843) 280‑5673. ONGOING 28 • Run Like the Devil 5K, Johns Island County Park, Johns Island. Daily • “Eclipsing 50: The State Art Collection 1967–2017,” S.C. State (843) 559‑5506. Museum, Columbia. (803) 898‑4921. 28 • Sand Dollar Horse Show Series, Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, Daily in October • Pumpkin Patch, St. John’s United Methodist Johns Island. (843) 762‑9965. Church, Batesburg-Leesville. 28 • Speed and Feed BBQ (803) 532‑6968. Cook-Off and Car Show, Darlington Raceway, Darlington. (843) 395‑8900. First Wednesday of every month • Jumper Night, Stable 29 • Second Helpings’ Hunger View Farm, Aiken. (484) 356‑3173. Games, Dataw Island, Beaufort. (843) 838‑9756.

3–5 • Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic Arts and Craft Festival, Cantey and Goodman buildings, State Fairgrounds, Columbia. (336) 282‑5550. 3–5 • Richland Creek Antique Fall Festival and Tractor Pull, Richland Creek Farms, Saluda. (864) 445‑2781. 4 • Carolina Classic All Breed Goat Show, B&S Farms, Chester. (803) 487‑7282. 4 • Carolina Pine Quilters Show, Aiken County Historical Museum, Aiken. (803) 642‑2015. 4 • Hemophilia of South Carolina Turkey Trot, Saluda Shoals Park, Columbia. (864) 350‑9941. 4 • Pumpkin Smash, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia. (803) 779‑8717. 4 • November Monthly Gospel Singing, Midland Gospel Singing Center, Gilbert. (803) 719‑1289. 4 • Sammy Kershaw and His Band, Sumter Opera House, Sumter. (803) 436‑2616. 4 • Storybook Ball, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia. (803) 779‑3100. 5 • Marc Hoffman Jazz Quartet, Gettys Art Center Courtroom, Rock Hill. (803) 328‑2787. 5 • S.C. Run for The Fallen 5K, South Carolina Statehouse, Columbia. scrunforthefallen@yahoo.com. 8 • Stable View Schooling Dressage Show, Stable View Farm, Aiken. (484) 356‑3173. 10–11 • Feis Chlobhair: Clover Highland Games and Scots-Irish Festival, Knox Street at Memorial Drive, Clover. (803) 222‑9493. 11 • Veterans Day at the Zoo, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia. (803) 779‑8717.

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1–8 • Coastal Carolina Fair, 5–21 • Pawleys Island Festival of Exchange Park Fairgrounds, Ladson. (843) 572‑3161. Music and Art, The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island, Pawleys 4 • Harvest Festival, Mullet Island. (843) 626‑8911. Hall Equestrian Center, Johns Island County Park, Charleston. 14–15 • Little River Shrimpfest, Historic Little River Waterfront, Little (843) 762‑9965. River. (843) 249‑6604. 4 • Lowcountry Hoedown, 14–22 • Historic Bluffton Arts and Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed, Charleston. hoedown@harborec.com. Seafood Festival, various event locations, Bluffton. (843) 757‑2583. 4 • South Carolina Pecan Festival, downtown, Florence. (843) 678‑5912. OCTOBER

4 • Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Market Common at Grand Park, Myrtle Beach. (803) 509‑7352. 4–5 • Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance, Port Royal Golf Club, Hilton Head Island. (843) 785‑7469. 5 • Charleston Coffee Cup, Memminger Auditorium, Charleston. (843) 814‑4593. 8–9 • Holiday Festival of Lights Fun Run & Walk, James Island County Park, Charleston. (843) 406‑6990. 8–12 • Carolina Beach Music Awards, Alabama Theatre, Myrtle Beach. (888) 323‑2822. 9–11 • Heritage Days Celebration, Penn Center, St. Helena Island. (843) 838‑2432. 9–12 • Dickens Christmas Show and Festivals, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach. (843) 448‑9483. 10–11 • Hilton Head Island Oyster Festival, Shelter Cove Community Park, Hilton Head Island. (843) 681‑7273. 10–11 • Smoke on the Harbor BBQ Throwdown, Lookout Pavilion, Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, Mount Pleasant. (843) 284‑7022. 10–11 • YALLFest: Charleston Young Adult Book Festival, Blue Cycle Books, Charleston. (843) 722‑2666. 11 • Charleston Walk for PKD, Felix C. Davis Community Center at Park Circle, North Charleston. charlestonwalk@pkdcure.org. 11 • Guy Osborne Memorial Turtle Strut 5K and 8K, Pawleys Island Nature Park, Pawleys Island. (843) 237‑1698. 11 • Shine On Shindig BBQ and Oyster Roast, Bowen’s Island Restaurant, Charleston. rinaagrissblairfoundation@​gmail.com. 11–12 • Mythical & Medieval Fest, R.H. Acres, Myrtle Beach. (843) 602‑1049. 12 • Art on the Beach—Chefs in the Kitchen, various homes, Sullivan’s Island. (843) 853‑6456. 12 • Wine, Women & Shoes, Daniel Island Club, Charleston. (843) 722‑7526. ONGOING

Daily in October • Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch, Mount Pleasant. (843) 884‑4371. Daily from Nov. 10, 2017, to Jan. 2, 2018 • Holiday Festival of Lights, James Island County Park, Charleston. (843) 406‑6990. Thursdays through Oct. 26 • Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise, Charleston City Marina, Charleston. (843) 722‑1112.


SCHumorMe

BY JAN A. IGOE

Tingly with a hint of panic IF I HAD POLITICAL CLOUT,

my first order of business would be banning every wasp from the universe, or at least Fed Ex-ing them to Mars. But maybe we should start with the spider. It was a glorious, sunny morning when I stumbled out my back door directly into a monstrous web, built on the night shift by a presumably 12-pound arachnid racking up overtime. The magical thing about spiderwebs that makes you start smacking yourself and leaping around with epileptic grace isn’t so much the sticky threads that relentlessly adhere themselves to your skin. It’s wondering if the magnificent killing machine that knit this booby trap is stuck in your hair. I located the offending spider and was ready to smash it with a shovel when my favorite save-the-Earth neighbor popped over. “You don’t want to do that, sweetie,” Joni said. “She’s a golden orb, just protecting you from the wasps. Isn’t she beautiful?” That wasn’t the first word that came to mind, but … Wait. Did she say wasps? “You do see the wasp nest on the top of the door frame, right?” Joni asked. Sure enough, there it was. I’d already been stung three times— despite my worthless eight-legged bodyguard—but couldn’t locate their rebel base until now. “Don’t use pesticide on them,” Joni said. “Baby orangutans will suffer, and

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you’ll destroy the coral reefs. Promise me!” Reluctantly, I agreed to find a compassionate, poison-free method to murder them. Unfortunately, my shovel is surprisingly ineffective against wasps. When you start waving large metal objects within 15 feet of a nest, their spotters come out stinging. This time, they got my legs and arms. I’m sure the one that got stuck in my shirt is still laughing its thorax off. Proposing a truce, I pledged to ease the door closed slowly, so nobody would get their wings bent out of shape. If they let me pass unharmed, there would be no poison spray. Cross my heart. For a few days, nobody stung me. But the ceasefire didn’t last. Swollen, itchy and perterbed, I considered melting them with my heat gun, but the internet says that’s more likely to set your house on fire than evict wasps. On my next Benadryl break, I

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consulted Google and came across entomologist Justin O. Schmidt, who has been stung by 83 insects on purpose. In his book Sting of the Wild, he ranks the pain their stings inflict on a scale of 1 to 4 and describes the sensation like fine wine. (Schmidt admits he was not first to be picked for kickball as a child, so most of his friends had six legs.) He describes the sting of a “little wasp” as “sharp meets spice. A slender cactus spine brushed a buffalo wing” before impaling your flesh. That pain is no big deal (he says). If you prefer a sting that’s “rich” and “hearty, but slightly crunchy … Like getting your hand mashed in a revolving door,” look for a bald-faced hornet. Still higher on the pain index, the tarantula hawk’s sting is “blindingly fierce and shockingly electric.” This wasp’s venom is designed to paralyze the aforementioned spider, so its larva can dine on their host at their leisure. The sting is so intense, all you can do is lie down and scream, Schmidt says. I don’t know which wasps are squatting at my house, but his book convinced me to call pest control and let the pros handle the eviction. If that golden orb doesn’t get off her duff, she’s going, too. (Don’t tell Joni.)  Stay tuned. JAN IGOE may be selling her home and its wildlife at a substantial discount. She’ll throw in free Benadryl with purchase. Share your wasp worries at HumorMe@SCLiving.coop.


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South Carolina Living October 2017  

Take a journey to the 1700s with the historical interpreters who conjure up the past at North Augusta’s Living History Park.