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Lake Murray Columbia, Spring 2014

Lake Murray Columbia, Spring 2014

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Volume 18, number 10.
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Andrew Fallaw is a little bit of an expert on asparagus. At his farm in Batesburg, his family is reviving a crop that once dominated South Carolina agriculture. Find out how he’s plowing new ground to grow this fussy springtime vegetable.

In between the big summer vacation and a staycation is a Lake Murray vacation. Dozens of homes, cabins and even boats are rented out each summer, for families look for a home away from home (but not too far away.)

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Tour property of an old mill that will be preserved as a piece of Saluda County history. A tragedy sparked artist Tim Floyd to find a new creative strength in 3-D paintings he’s now making. Take a look at inside his home studio in Irmo.

Meet Bobo, the mallard whose broken beak was rebuilt thanks to helpful human friends.

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Pack and ship. Jeremy Fallaw uses a Philadelphia Buncher that has been used to pack asparagus for
almost 100 years.


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Fourth of July highlights
June 28: The 25th anniversary of fireworks at Lake Murray; the show begins at 9:15. Best spots are at Dreher Island State Park and near the dam. Check out the boat parade at noon, which launches near Bomb Island. July 4: The Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra presents a “Star Spangled Symphonic Salute” at Saluda Shoals Park. The program begins at 8:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. July 4: The 56th annual Lexington County Peach Festival at Gilbert Community Park is a starspangled tradition, complete with a parade, entertainment, fireworks and, of course, peaches galore. www.lexingtoncountypeachfestival.com


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Until May 15: Tutankhamun: Return of the King, SC State Museum (803) 8984921 April 28-29: Addams Family (Broadway in Columbia), Koger Center, (803)

Gardener Jamboree, Saluda Shoals Park. www.scjamboree.org May 2-24: Shrek: The Musical, Town Theatre, (803) 799-2510 May 4: One Dollar Sunday, SC State Museum, (803) 898-4921 May 4: Festival Cinco de Mayo, SC State Museum, (803) 898-4921 May 4: Lexington County Museum Open House, 231 Fox St., Lexington, (803) 359-8369 May 6: Midlands Gives Day, www. midlandsgives.org May 8: Cinderella, Russian National Ballet, Newbery Opera House, (803) 276-6264 May 9-18: New York Minute: A Musical Revue, Village Square Theatre, (803) 359-1436 May 9-24: The House of Blue Leaves, Trustus Theatre, (803) 254-9732

May 10: Third annual Listen Inc. Music Festival, Leaside, 100 E. Exchange Road, Columbia (803) 414-7808 May 11: All about Love Mother’s Day concert featuring Keith Sweat and Joe, Township, 803-576-2356 May 15 and 16: Lexington County Master Gardeners Volunteer tour (803) 796-0884 May 16: Egyptian Night, SC State Museum, (803) 898-4921 May 16-18: SC Book Festival 2014, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, www.scbookfestival.org May 16-Sept. 14: Animal Instinct: Paintings by Shelley Reed, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 May 24-Aug. 17: The American Revolutionary War in South Carolina, SC State Museum (803) 898-4921 May 30-31: Blackstock Music Festival,

May 1-3: ConvergeSE tech conference, www.convergese.com May 2: Arts and Draughts, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 May 3: Pork in the Park, Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264 May 3: Bela Fleck with the SC Philharmonic, Koger Center, (803) 7777500 May 1-4: Bark! The Musical, Fine Art Center of Kershaw County, (803) 4257676 May 2: 2014 South Carolina Master

Out of the ashes. The Russian National Ballet presents Cinderella May 8 at Newberry Opera House.

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June 7: Storyfest, SC State Museum, (803) 898-4921 June 13: Bruno Mars Moonshine Jungle Tour, Colonial Life Arena, (855) 4-LMC-TIX June 13: Taste of Newberry, Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264 June 13-22: The Commedia Snow White, Columbia Children’s Theatre, (803) 691-4548 June 14, 21 and 28: American Revolutionary War in South Carolina discussion series, SC State Museum, (803) 8984921 June 14: Rollin’ on the River, Saluda Shoals Park, (803) 2132056 June 15-22: Southeastern Piano Festival, Koger Center, sepf.music.sc.edu June 20-July 26: Evil Dead: The Musical, Trustus Theatre, (803) 254-9732 June 21: Museum Road Show, SC State Museum, (803) 898-4921 June 24-28: Miss South Carolina pageant, Township Auditorium, www.miss-sc.org June 27-29, July 8-13: Hallelujah Girls, Chapin Community Theatre, www.chapintheatre.org June 28: Fireworks celebration at Lake Murray dam, www. lakemurraycountry.com

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Owning a piece of history. When Gene Berry retired from teaching, he bought an old mill property in Saluda County next to his family’s land and spent 20 years restoring the mill. He has recently gotten a conservation easement on the property, which is so scenic that it’s popular with wedding photographers. At right, a drawing of the original grist mill before it burned down many years ago.


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Owner protects Saluda County mill pond’s beauty, history
Story by Joey Holleman • Photographs by Kim Kim Foster-Tobin


he old Padgett Pond mill property in rural Saluda County was magically beautiful to young Gene Berry, who grew up exploring and hunting on weekends on his family’s adjoining cattle farm six decades ago. The pond filled with fish and ducks, the old mill site, the water churning over the granite dam to continue down rocky Clouds Creek — for somebody who loves spending time in nature, it was an idyllic place. “I coveted this mill pond all those years,” says Berry, now 73. Berry’s appreciation of that special tract of land only grew in late 1993 when he was able to buy it. And last year, he signed a conservation easement on the 567 acres, ensuring it’ll remain in its natural state. The Padgett Pond easement was one of eight, totaling 1,958 acres, given to the Upper Savannah Land Trust last year in an effort to protect the Ridge area from encroaching sprawl from the Lexington and Aiken areas. The Ridge is best known for its peach farms, but there also are plenty of wetlands and forests on the line of high ground stretching from Batesburg-Leesville to McCormick. Few spots along the Ridge are more picturesque than the hardwood-ringed, 20-acre Padgett Pond. Wedding photographers routinely contact Berry and ask permission to pose brides on the granite dam with the pond in the background. “I

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Growing interest. Berry loves to garden and has a greenhouse filled with dozens of species of bromeliads he has collected for over 50 years.

bet there’ve been more pictures taken on that dam than on any other spot in Saluda County,” Berry says. Most of those have been in the past 15 years. The bank that had been handling the owners’ estate before Berry bought it had poorly cared for the special place. “Don’t ever put an estate in the hands of a bank,” he warns. For decades, the area along dirt Padgett Pond Road had been part lovers’ lane, part trash dump. After Berry bought the property, he and friends spent three years cleaning it up, pulling out car parts, mattress frames and all varieties of beer cans and bottles. “I didn’t realize how beautiful this place was until I got it cleaned up,” he says. Through the years, he and friends built a replica of the old mill, which burned years ago, and added a log cabin to serve as a hunt club headquarters and family meeting place. But Berry jokes that his English Spaniel Sally preferred the cabin so much more than their house

Touching the past. The mill, which burned down years ago and was replicated, has been turned into
a mini-museum of local natural artifacts, crafts and artwork.


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in Batesburg-Leesville that they had to move into the cabin. Sally has her own recliner, and the two often can be spotted walking around the property. The place now reflects Berry’s interests. The retired Batesburg-Leesville High School chemistry and physics teacher inherited a love for plants from his mother, and he has spread more than 300 varieties of camellias on the property, along with a wide variety of other plants ranging from Oregon grape to hemlocks. A greenhouse is filled with dozens of species of bromeliads Berry has collected over 50 years. “My parents carried me to New York one time when I was small, and we were in Macy’s,” he recalls. “They had bromeliads everywhere, and I thought they were the most beautiful things.” Berry’s father ran a feed and seed store in Batesburg-Leesville, but his extended family owned property along Clouds Creek for generations. Berry, now president of the Saluda County Historical Society, has turned the replica grist mill building on Padgett Pond into a minimuseum of local natural artifacts, crafts and artwork. (It isn’t a working mill.) The group of friends that helped him with the project also form a small hunt club that spend as much time around the kitchen and pool table in the cabin as in the woods chasing deer, quail and turkey. The property isn’t open to the public, though Berry seldom turns down requests from groups that ask to hike or ride horses on its six miles of trails or to fish in the pond. Boy Scouts often camp in a clearing on the land near Clouds Creek. “I feel that I am a temporary steward of this property and have an obligation to protect it,” Berry says.

Love of nature. There are more than 300

varieties of camellias on the property. The Padgett Pond easement on 567 acres is one of eight given to the Upper Savannah and Trust last year in an effort to protect the Ridge area from development.

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Here’s a tip for you...
Story by Marie McAden, Special to Lake Murray and Northeast magazines Photographs by Tim Dominick
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Life on the farm. Last year the Fallaw Family Farm near Monetta celebrated 100 years growing and selling asparagus.

Asparagus makes a tasty comeback


o the casual observer, the rows of sprouting asparagus along Born Again Road in Batesburg look like just another field of crops. But on this unremarkable plot of land, a pioneering farmer is breaking with four generations of tradition to turn the fleshy green spear into a profitable commercial crop and reclaim South Carolina’s legacy as one of America’s top asparagus producers. Andrew Fallaw is a man on a mission. And he’s not afraid to plow new ground to champion his favorite veggie. “Back in the ’30s there were 30,000 acres of asparagus in the state,” Fallaw said. “Everyone planted it the same way because that’s how it was always done.”

But the cultural practices would come to doom asparagus on the commercial market. You simply couldn’t grow enough of the vegetable per acre to make it profitable. And then one day in the late ’80s, Fallaw saw an ad in a produce catalog about a hybrid strand created by a New Jersey farm in collaboration with Rutgers University. The developers of the plant claimed a yield of 4,000 pounds per acre — four times what Fallaw had been harvesting with the common variety of the day. “I didn’t believe it, but just out of curiosity, I decided to try it,” Fallaw said. “The experiment worked. It doubled what I had been producing.”


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Green harvest. Head on out to the farm near Monetta to purchase and learn more about fresh asparagus. Here, the asparagus heads to the refrigerator after

The increased volume allowed Fallaw to turn what was a hobby into a wholesale business. In addition to wheat and soybeans, he now harvests some 55,000 pounds of asparagus each year on his 100acre farm. About 30 percent of is sold locally; the rest goes to five restaurant suppliers in the Carolinas. “People are more aware today of the nutritional value of asparagus,” said the 58-year-old farmer, a kind of Forrest Gump of asparagus. “And you can fix it so many ways. The big thing now is grilling it.” One of the delicacies of the produce world, the nutrient-packed, high-fiber plant is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins, calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamin B6, potassium and iron. And it clocks in at just three calories per spear. “I’d love to see asparagus come back to South Carolina,” Fallaw said. “It could be part of a diverse farm operation.”

Fresh from the fields

Asparagus harvesting season is at the mercy of Mother Nature, but it typically runs from the first of April to the middle or end of May. You can buy fresh asparagus from Andrew Fallaw’s family farm from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The sales office is at 205 Born Again Road near Monetta. Details: (803) 685-7857

To that end, Fallaw is working on several fronts to increase volume and streamline processing. This spring, he’s trying a new planting strategy. Rather than sow 3,000 seeds per acre as he was taught by his father, he’s putting in

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15,000. He’s also testing a Canadian variety of asparagus with even higher per-acre yields, as well as a new packaging system he designed and built himself. Asparagus, a fragile perennial, has been vexing American farmers since Colonial times. For starters, it takes three years before it can be harvested, and then only for a short period of time the first few seasons to allow the plant to mature. The harvesting season typically runs the month of April through mid-to-late May. As soon as the ground temperature reaches 54 degrees, sprouts begin to emerge from the earth — and they grow like gangbusters, shooting up at the rate of an inch an hour. Within eight hours they’re ready to harvest. Because new shoots are constantly emerging, the plant has to be cut by hand to avoid damaging the less mature spears, making it a laborintensive process. “The average worker can cut three acres a day,” Fallaw said. “It’s not difficult to do, but it’s physical work. You won’t need to be rocked to sleep at the end of the day.” Fresh from the field, the asparagus is brought to the processing shop where it receives an initial wash and is graded either small or large (greater than 3/8th of an inch). At that point, the root ends of the vegetable are cut off and the spears bundled together using rubber bands. Up until this year, Fallaw used a hacksaw to cut the stalks and a Philadelphia Buncher — a century-old tool that looks like a torture device from the middle ages — to bind them with rubber bands. To speed up the process, Fallaw built a conveyor belt that cuts the spears and runs them through two additional washes. He designed his own bundler that discharges a rubber band around the bottom of the stalks at the press of a button. The top band is added by hand. “The key to asparagus is freshness,” Fallaw said. “If it dries out, the sugars that make it so flavorful turn to carbohydrates and the spears get tough. There’s no reason anyone in South Carolina should have to buy asparagus from Peru or Mexico that’s two weeks old when we can grow it right here at home.” Marie McAden is a freelance writer based in the Midlands.

Thanks a bunch. Workers bunch asparagus at the Fallaw farm, where the asparagus season usually lasts until mid- or late May.


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You don’t have to own a house along Lake Murray to spend a vacation on the water
Story by Joey Holleman • Photographs by Tim Dominick

large enough for multiple families.

ant to spend a week relaxing or recreating on the edge of Lake Murray? You have more choices than you might think – state park villas, cabins clustered on marina properties and a wide variety of private homes rented by the week. The lake doesn’t have a waterfront hotel, but it has enough short-term rental beds to equal one large hotel. You just have to know where to look.

Home, sweet (temporary) home. The Two Rivers house has a nice setting for a couple, but is very comfortable even for a group of fishermen and


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This is the life. Enjoy relaxing in the screened-in porch with patio furniture looking out at beautiful Lake Murray. The house includes a wood burning
stove in the large family room area, central heat and air, DirecTV, three TVs, DVD player, VHS, Sony PlayStation, high-speed (wireless) Internet, hot tub, washer and dryer, dishwasher, a canoe for your use and a Holland BBQ gas grill.


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Randy Walston has been working for nearly 15 years to establish a vacation rental niche around the lake in the Midlands. His company, Lake Murray Sales, lists vacation homes at www. lakemurrayvacation.com. “When I tell people about this business, they say, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you could rent a house on Lake Murray,” Walston said. Walston has managed a maximum of 42 homes in a summer, but his inventory is down into the lower 30s this year. All of the homes he rents are second homes for families, and the list fluctuates each year. Some who have been renting decide to sell their homes when facing taxes of $6,000 to $10,000. Others who haven’t rented in the past decide to open their homes to others to help pay the bill, Walston said. The rentals generally are just simple, comfortable places where a family or two can relax for a week or weekend with their own spot on the waterfront. He has a couple of side-by-side properties that make it easy for extended families to vacation next door to each other. Before the recession last decade, most of Walston’s business came from 500 miles or so away. In recent years, the range has drawn closer to around 250 miles. “The majority come because they know somebody here,” Walston said. “They have family in the area or they have somebody in their family at Fort Jackson. A lot of people right here in Columbia don’t realize Lake Murray is a great place to go for a vacation.

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Airy and bright. The loft requires use of a spiral staircase.


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Sittin’ on the dock. This house is located at the merge of two main bodies of water that make up Lake Murray; hence the name Two Rivers.


“I wish that would change, and if I had a million dollars worth of advertising, I could make it change.” For now, his inventory stays rented enough to keep him busy driving around the big lake to check on properties. The owners of another 40 or so homes use the vrbo.com (vacation rental by owner) website to market rentals along Lake Murray. You can find anything from a one-bedroom, 500-square-foot log cabin near BatesburgLeesville to a seven-bedroom, 4,000-squarefoot home near Prosperity – each with its own dock. Prices range from $500 to $5,000 per week. The five modern villas available for rent at Dreher Island State Park stay booked,

sometimes months ahead. But check back on www.reserveamerica.com because they sometimes have cancellations. The park has two two-bedroom and three three-bedroom villas that rent from $105 to $206 per night. During the summer, you need to book for a full week. Spinners Resort has 10 rental cottages that go for from $295 for a weekend to $795 for a week (www.spinnersresort.com). RiverWinds Landing has six cabins that rent for $90 to $110 per night (www.riverwindslanding.net). The lack of public recreation areas along the lake gives people the impression they can’t enjoy the lake unless they have a boat. Walston tries to dispel that notion. “It’s a big, beautiful lake, and a lot of people think they’re closed out from it,” Walston said. “But they really aren’t.”

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No boat? No problem: Rentals give you options for enjoying the lake
Go Floats are a cross between the quiet lake cruising experience on a kayak or paddleboard and the speed of a ski boat. Go Floats, powered by electric motors, have the feel of a golf cart on the water. You can rent Go Floats through Better Boating (lakemurrayboating.com) at Lake Murray Marina, $25 for two hours. However, you need to call ahead because they only have three, and they rent quickly on summer weekends. Go Floats, added to the Lake Murray rental fleet two years ago, have expanded the choices for folks looking to get out on the water without the hassle of owning a boat. Stand up paddleboards, the other relative newcomer to the rental market, also have exploded in recent years. Paddleboarders stand on what looks like a giant surfboard and propel themselves with a long-handled paddle. It’s a core workout. Several businesses around the lake rent them, including Whitecap Stand Up Paddleboard (whitecapsup.com), which advertises rates of $45 for two hours, $65 for half day and $85 full day. The bulk of the rental market is for pontoons and power boats juiced enough to pull people on skis or tubes. You can find those in multiple spots around the lake, including Lake Murray Boat Rentals (lakemurrayboatrentals.com), which advertises rates from $180 to $340 per day. Better Boating even has a pontoon with a water slide. Jet Skis and Sea-Doos can be rented through 50-50 Watersports (lakemurrayjetskirentals.com). Lanier Sailing Academy (laniersail.com) not only will teach you how to sail but also will rent sailboats for $165 for half a day and $265 a day. You can’t rent the Southern Patriot (lakemurraytours.com), but you can book a private cruise on the 65-foot, double-deck boat. It’s $850.00 for two hours with up to 40 passengers. Joey Holleman


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Artist set his course early in life
Story by Deena C. Bouknight, Special to Lake Murray and Northeast magazines Photographs by Madeline Knight, Special to Lake Murray and Northeast magazines


n the first grade, Tim Floyd’s teacher took up his drawing, praised it, and showed it to the second-grade class. He said that even at such an early age he recognized an “aha” moment. “I knew I wanted to be an artist. That set my course.” Floyd, who has his home studio in Irmo, said an artistic influence was his Uncle Johnny, a political cartoonist, illustrator, wood turner and beekeeper whose life fascinated him and whose encouraging words inspired him. Flash forward to college at the University of South Carolina where he took many art classes but decided that a degree in advertising would be a smarter financial move. After college, Floyd went into advertising “full force” and all but abandoned his dream of becoming a professional artist. He acknowledged that his job as creative director at Palmetto Health affords him somewhat of an outlet for artistic expression, but he put “art on the back burner” – that is, until his 12-year-old son was tragically killed in an automobile accident. Art became a healing balm for Floyd’s grief. “I reassessed my life. I love advertising and I am passionate about it, but I decided to start painting and it helped.” What came through in those oil and acrylic paintings immediately after his loss were abstract themes and darker colors. “Painting became such an outlet for me,” he said “I tried support groups and read counseling books, but I seemed to hit a turning point when I began to concentrate on art.” To set aside time for his artwork, since he had kept his full-time position, Floyd read “The Artist’s Way,” a book that showed him how to make a work schedule for art. “I didn’t want to wait for a magical moment to make me do it every day. I needed to get into a regimen and paint whether I felt like it or not.” An encouragement – and a treasure –

Images in time. Tim Floyd and a few of his pieces

that validated his focus on art was a note he found that his son had written: “It is art that makes the world,” the boy had written.

A few years ago, Floyd began to explore the technique of encaustic art.

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Working studio. One of Floyd’s encaustic works in progress. container that sits on a pancake griddle. After many layers (up to 50 or more) of wax are applied, smoothed, and fused to the layers underneath, a reverse copy of one of his sketches on bond paper is applied to the wax by painstakingly rubbing the paper with water to remove the pulp while leaving the drawing on the wax. “It is delicate and time consuming,” said Floyd. Afterward, color and/or gold or silver leafing can be added in areas of


The encaustic technique dates back to the time of Egyptian mummy paintings. The word “encaustic” is derived from a Greek word that means “to burn.” Floyd demonstrated the technique in his studio by painting a layer of melted bees’ wax on the surface of a panel and then smoothing it while keeping it warm with a culinary kitchen torch. He keeps the beeswax warm in a

the encaustic to give the art depth and contrast. Some parts of the encaustic can be built up more than others, and items can be embedded in the wax. Floyd was exposed to the technique briefly at USC and then took a course in it in Asheville, N.C. He embraced the technique after an extended fiveweek trip to Italy with his wife, Carol, in 2012. “I knew I couldn’t take all my art supplies with me to paint because we were traveling and moving from place to place.” Instead, Floyd took a sketchbook that became both a visual and written journal of his travels. In it is commentary about specific places and people, personal thoughts and more than 50 sketches – some loose and interpretative and others tight and realistic. When he returned home after essentially exploring the “boot” of Italy, he set to work creating encaustics with the sketches. Last August, Floyd’s encaustics were in a private show at City Art at 1224 Lincoln Street, called “Italy, Spain & a Hat Shop in Charleston.” The bulk of the 56 encaustics were of Italian scenes. A few were of scenes from a trip his wife took him on in 2010 for his 50th birthday, while some others were of Charleston. Each encaustic included a full-color placard with photography of the actual location and some verbiage explaining the scene. “I wanted people to have a connection with the art.” Showing his art in his studio, which he built onto his home to have a designated place to work, he comments about how each piece is his “baby.” He said: “It might seem like I’m all over the place as an artist, but I like to try new things. Why not? I think it’s good to explore as an artist.” On walls in the studio are such pieces as a stark figure jumping from a diving board into shallow water to a messy Italian farmhouse dining room scene with actual champagne tops embedded into the encaustic wax. One piece is Rebus art – a concept art medium that sends a message; this one is “Bait and Switch,” and features actual bait and a switch that can be wired to a lamp. At the top of the stairs, just before entering his studio, are two paintings of a horse-drawn hay wagon on a vast country road with a cluster of homes in the distance. One he painted as a 16-year-old; the other, when he was in his 40s. He said he recognizes how his style


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The artist’s eye. A look at one of Floyd’s sketchbooks.

has changed, and realizes how he has matured as an artist. “You don’t have to explain things as much; you let the viewer decide.” His largest piece of art was an 8-by-12 foot acrylic, while most encaustics are 12-by-18 inches or 10-by-10 inches; he is, however beginning to do 18-by-24 inch encaustics. David Parler in Lexington makes his panels out of wood; encaustics are too heavily laden with wax to be accomplished on canvas. In April, Floyd showed a few encaustics and mostly oil paintings at First Citizens Cafe along Main Street in downtown Columbia, and his studio was part of Columbia Open Studios, which featured a self-guided tour of fine artists’ studios throughout the Greater Columbia area for two days the first weekend in April. Floyd was one of 33 studios open to the public. Participants could visit as many studios as possible, or they could easily target only the artists in the Irmo area, for example. “People seem more interested in

original art. And I personally think that everyone should own at least one piece of original art. Art is a very personal thing. You form a connection with it.” Floyd adds that art in the Irmo area has come a long way in that there are networking opportunities for the area’s artists as well as support by such groups as 701 Center for Contemporary Art, sponsors of Columbia Open Studios. He said that even though he now is

a professional artist, he still approaches the field of art with the same schoolboy enthusiasm. “I’m just always learning … that’s the beautiful thing about art. I’m always discovering.” Deena C. Bouknight is a freelance writer based in the Midlands

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Duck’s tale has happy ending
Story by Kay Gordon, Special to Lake Murray and Northeast magazines • Photographs by Kim Kim Foster-Tobin


broken bill, helping hands and kind hearts led a handsome mallard duck to Carolina Wildlife Center and a new lease on life earlier this year. When the mallard with the broken mandible showed up last fall with other ducks at Lighthouse Marina on Lake Murray, the marina crew immediately

took to him, tossing him bits of bread and building up his trust. Billy McNair, a forklift driver at the marina, said wildlife always flocks near the marina, including a large-mouth bass the crew has named Bocephus. There’s also a one-legged duck who’s been hanging around for a few years. But he was especially drawn to the

duck with the missing bill and named him Bobo. The name stuck. After everybody started feeding him, Bobo started to come in on his own to be fed bits of bread and scraps the dockhands tossed. Ric Favati, who owns Totally Mobile

A duck out of water. Kelley Warren, operations coordinator, attempts to move Bobo to his towel and water bowl under the table. Bobo, a mallard, was
brought into the Carolina Wildlife Center in February and was missing the top of its bill. A retired local veterinarian, Dr. Randy Basinger, offered to make a prosthetic bill.

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All’s well. Bobo made his recovery at Carolina Wildlife Center.

Carolina Wildlife Center gives injured, abandoned animals a chance at life
In 1989, five Columbia residents recognized a growing need for a local organization dedicated to the care of wildlife in distress. Thus was born the Carolina Wildlife Center, a nonprofit organization devoted to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned animals and the preservation of wildlife through education. The mission started in a garage. Jan Alber-Senn was the founder. Today, the center has treated and rehabilitated more than 55,000 animals Coles representing 200 species. Executive director Jay Coles said the center takes in injured and orphaned wildlife, including opossums, squirrels, birds, mammals and reptiles. The center is the only active licensed songbird rehabilitator in the state. “We’re here to take in animals, raise, rehabilitate and release them,” AlberSenn said. “The majority come from people who rescue them. ... We’re the only center in the Midlands who do what we do.” Wildlife is a part of a cycle and a balance to nature, he said. A robin might be struck by a car or a nest of baby birds blown from a tree and brought to the center in a shoe ox. Sometimes drivers run over turtles and crack their shells. “We’ll raise them and start from the tiniest,” he said. “They are tube-fed, bottlefed and are taught to feed themselves.” Coles said the center has a good group of volunteers and interns in the summer. There is a base staff of seven to 12 people. In an average year, they can expect 1,500 to 1,800 songbirds, 600-700 squirrels, 500-600 opossums, 120 raptors (hawks and owls), 120 rabbits, turtles, snakes, chameleons and frogs, 100-200 waterfowl, one fawn a day during summer, raccoons, otters, beavers and armadillos. The center does not accept foxes, coyotes or rabies-bearing animals. There are different sizes of enclosures inside and out to accommodate the animals. “Our goal is to treat, raise and release them back to nature,” Coles said. “Our dream is to have a freestanding education center one day.” The center offers spring and fall internships for college students and welcomes donations from conservation partners. Outdoor summer camps for children ages 6 through 9 and 10 through 14 are offered in June and July. The center at 5551 Bush River Road is not open to the public, but is open for accepting injured and orphaned wildlife every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The Injured Animal hot line number is (803) 772-3994. For information, visit http://carolinawildlife.org. Kay Gordon is a freelance writer based in the Midlands.


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Bill of health. When Bobo arrived at the Carolina Wildlife Center, at left, the top part of his bill was missing. A mold was taken of an uninjured duck’s bill in
order to make an acrylic prosthetic for Bobo. The new bill was attached by drilling and inserting four small pins into the remaining base of Bobo’s bill.



Detailing Service, said Bobo was a fixture at the marina. Favati brought his three kids to the marina to visit Bobo on weekends. “He was the marina pet,” Favati said. “He became one of the guys,” McNair said. “He’d fly around the point to the dock to be fed. Then he’d walk in and make himself at home. He was almost like a dog – a pet.” Bobo would regularly feed right at McNair’s feet and try to eat out of his hand. In order to help him, McNair would make him step back so he could pitch the food and he could catch it in mid air. But everyone knew that Bobo needed help to survive on his own. “I had built up enough trust that I knew I could capture him, and it became

clear that he wasn’t able to feed on his own like he needed to,” McNair said. So in January McNair did catch Bobo and took him to Carolina Wildlife Center along Bush River Road. The center accepts and rehabilitates wounded wildlife and raises and releases orphaned animals. Dr. Randy Basinger, a veterinarian, and his wife, Dr. Louise Burpee, found out about Bobo through Julie McKenzie, the wildlife center’s director of rehabilitation. The Basingers paid for surgery to mend his broken bill. Dr. Greg Burkett, a veterinarian who specializes in the treatment of birds, performed the surgery at Avian Veterinary Services in Durham, N.C. Burkett is the only vet in a three-state area who could do the procedure. The prosthetic bill is made of acrylic using an impression of the bill of an uninjured duck. The new bill was

attached by drilling and inserting four small pins into the remaining base of Bobo’s bill. The new acrylic bill was cemented to those pins. While Bobo was on the mend , he taught one of the crows at the Durham center to quack. In late March, Bobo arrived at his new home at Carolina Waterfowl Rescue in Indian Trail, N.C., near Charlotte. Jay Coles, executive director of the center, said the center has a large tract of land with ponds protected by aviary netting. The wildlife center’s staff has high hopes for Bobo. “Maybe Bobo can be a conduit” for other birds, Coles said. Kay Gordon is a freelance writer based in the Midlands.

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Shiny and new. An exterior view of the main entrance at the new Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge hospital.

Care that’s closer to home
hen you’re dealing with a sick relative or friend, anything that makes your life easier is appreciated. That’s why folks who live on the eastern side of Lake Murray should cheer the opening of Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge. Sure, it’s only 10 miles or a 15-minute drive closer than the downtown Columbia hospitals or Lexington Medical Center, but those miles and minutes can add up.


Story by Joey Holleman • Photographs by Gerry Melendez The new hospital opened to patients on March 19, three weeks after Palmetto Health officials showed off the impressive facility in a well-attended community open house. The five-floor, 76-bed hospital is the first full-service hospital in the Irmo-Harbison area. Palmetto Health is aiming especially for the maternity, orthopedic and emergency care markets. Parkridge’s two connected buildings have 300,000 square feet of space that features six delivery rooms, 16 emergency department bays and a physical therapy facility. Health providers in recent years have added plenty of outpatient facilities to handle the expanding population in the Dutch Fork area, but Parkridge is the first inpatient hospital in the area. The project on 75 acres actually is two gently curved buildings – the hospital

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Calming and curing. One of the patient rooms at Parkridge.

at 400 Palmetto Health Parkway and physician offices at 300 Palmetto Health Parkway – connected by an enclosed walkway. People driving by on nearby I-26 and Lake Murray Boulevard have told Sarah Kirby, acute care executive at Palmetto Health Parkridge, that it looks more like a performing arts center or a fancy mall than a hospital. The architecture is designed to make the place feel comfortable, not intimidating like most hospitals, Kirby said. The hospital isn’t completely finished. Work remains on the Healing Waters Spa, which is scheduled to open in the summer. And Parkridge offers another dining option to the packed list in the Harbison area. The Arbor Dining Room and its adjunct, the Refresh Cafe, are a step up from the typical hospital cafeteria. There are high-end food options and no fried or frozen foods. And you can dine al fresco on what is termed the Back Porch.







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people, places, things



Events at Wingard’s Nursery, 1403 North Lake Drive (803) 359-9091 Summer Solstice Farm To Table Dinner, 7 p.m. June 21. Drew Thompson, from The Everyday Gourmet, preparing a multi-course dinner of locally grown meats and produce, served on linen table cloths, with fine china, in Wingard’s gardens, including local entertainment Tour of Secluded Gardens, 9 a.m. June 7, Yard maintained by Gail and Wayne Buff

development at Killian’s Crossing in Northeast Richland, the first building is poised to spring from the ground at the 400-acre lifestyle center. Hardee’s restaurant is planned for a less-than-an-acre parcel at the entrance to the commercial and residential development, according to a press release from NAI Avant, which brokered the deal. KJ’s Market is now open at 543 St. Andrews Road, bringing another option for residents who have lost easy access to fresh foods in recent years. KJ’s is new to the Columbia area. But residents might be familiar with its parent company, IGA, which has several stores in outlying Midlands areas. Read more stories about new businesses in Kristy Eppley Rupon’s Shop Around column in The State and thestate.com/shop-around


Shives Funeral Home has broken ground on a new chapel at 7600 Trenholm Road Extension. The 11,000-square-foot facility is Shives Funeral Home’s second location and will house business offices, a formal chapel, visitation rooms, and indoor and outdoor reception areas. “We chose this property because of its convenient location for the families we serve in Blythewood, the Northeast, Pontiac and Elgin communities, while at the same time providing a location that is easily accessible to the Arcadia Lakes, Forest Acres, and downtown areas of Columbia,” Shives Funeral Home’s Owner Randolph Shives said in a news release. “It provides us with the opportunity to build a second location in a developing area of Columbia that offers the room we need now, plus room to continue to expand in the future.” D.I.Y. BrewHouse has opened at 10535A Two Notch Road in Pontiac. The store will sell kits for making beer, wine and cheese and will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays. HiWire Trampoline Park will open this fall at Irmo’s Plex Indoor Sports & Ice. The company opened the Midlands’ first modern trampoline park in November at the Plex in Northeast Richland’s Village at Sandhill. Two years after workers began preparing land for


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