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APRIL 2012

{ C OVE R S TO RY } Danyele Gardner of Lexington is a busy wife and mother, runs a dance studio, teaches fitness classes, is active in the community, and, oh, she’s touring the state as the reigning Mrs. South Carolina. A profile. A LS O : Catching up with South Carolina’s beauty queens


{ ARTS } 18 The founders of the Southeastern School of Ballet emphasize athleticism and training with their students. { ALSO INSIDE } CALENDAR 6 PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS 21 PAST TENSE 38

{ S K ET C H } 16 Pat Wendling of Irmo deploys a ‘Gangsta Angel’ to get a serious message across for children. 22 Meet Hootie Bushardt, longtime sailing chairman and driving force behind the Lake Murray Yacht Racing Association. P L U S : April sailing events 36 From home-schoolers to the home team: In just three years, the Providence Athletic Club has grown to more than 200 members participating in a variety of sports. A look at the club’s winning strategy with students and parents. { GARDEN }


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[ performing arts ]
March 29-April 1: Broken Glass, USC Lab Theatre, (803) 777-4288 Through April 14: Passing Strange, Trustus Theatre, (803) 254-9732 Through May 5: The Wizard of Oz, Columbia Marionette Theatre, (803) 2527366 April 2-3: Young Frankenstein, Broadway in Columbia, Koger Center, (803) 251-6333 April 5: USC Symphonic Winds and University Bands Concert, Koger Center, (803) 251-2222 April 6: Morris Day & The Time with Midnight Star, Jay Lamont and Unisoghn, Township Auditorium, (803) 576-2350 April 7: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Colonial Life Arena, (803) 576-9200 April 10: Left Bank Big Band Concert, USC School of Music Recital Hall, (803) 777-4280 April 10: Loading Dock Life featuring Drink Small and The Mobros, Township Auditorium, (803) 576-2350 April 12: Starship starring Mickey Thomas, Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264 April 12-15: Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3, Colonial Life Arena, (803) 576-9200 April 13: Giselle, Township Auditorium, (803) 576-2350 April 13: An Evening with Nanci Griffith, Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264 April 13-22: Rumplestiltzkin, Columbia Children’s Theatre, (803) 691-4548 April 14-22: Macbeth, Drayton Hall Theatre, (803) 777-2551 April 15: The Oak Ridge Boys, Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264 April 15: Merle Haggard, Township Auditorium, (803) 576-2350 April 15: USC Symphony Orchestra and USC Choirs Present The Defiant Requiem and The Verdi Requiem, USC School of Music Recital Hall, (803) 7774280 April 15: Chamber Innovista Concert Series, USC School of Music Recital Hall, (803) 777-4280 April 16: Cake, Township Auditorium, (803) 576-2350

Friends of African-American Art and Culture partners with the Columbia Museum of Art to present ‘Our Time, Our Place: Photographs of the Black South by Richard Samuel Roberts.’ A South Carolina photographer working in the early 20th century, Roberts captured the rise of the African-American middle class and offers a stunning visual history of the AfricanAmerican community in Columbia. Above, ‘Unidentified Portrait’ from the 1920s. The exhibit runs through April 29.


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April 16: USC Wind Ensemble Concert, Koger Center, (803) 251-6333 April 17: Daughtry, Township Auditorium, (803) 576-2350 April 18: Stand by Your Man – The Tammy Wynette Story, Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264 April 18: The Barstool Blackout Tour, Township Auditorium, (803) 576-2350 April 18: Carolina Alive Vocal Jazz Ensemble Concert, USC School of Music Recital Hall, (803) 777-4280 April 19-22: Twelfth Night, or What You Will, USC Lab Theatre, (803) 777-4288 April 19-28: A Behanding in Spokane, Trustus Theatre, (803) 254-9732 April 19: An Evening of Chamber Music, USC School of Music Recital Hall, (803) 777-4280 April 19: Canadian Brass, Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264 April 20: Kevin Hart “Let Me Explain,” Township Auditorium, (803) 576-2350 Rosin up the bow. Alison Krauss and Union Station will be at Township Auditorium April 28.

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[ museums & art ]
Through April 1: Nature and the Grand American Vision: Masterpieces of the Hudson River School Painters, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 Through April 1: Luminous Landscapes, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 Through April 1: The Life and Times of Judge Matthew Perry: Captured in Photographs, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 Through April 15: Body Worlds Vital, State Museum, (803) 898-4921 Through April 29: The Great Charleston Earthquake, 1886, State Museum, (803) 898-4921 Through April 29: Our Time, Our Place: Photographs of the Black South, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 Through May 1: The Civil War in South Carolina: Soldiers of The Palmetto State, 1861-1865, State Museum, (803) 8984921 Through May 4: Meet USC at McKissick, McKissick Museum, (803) 777-7251 Through May 6: Storyland, EdVenture, (803) 779-3100 Through May 30: Religion in the Civil War, State Museum, (803) 898-4921 Through May 31: Through Fiery Trials: Religion in the Civil War, S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, (803) 737-8095 Through June 30: Make Your Move, EdVenture, (803) 779-3100 Through Aug. 26: Abstract Art in South Carolina, State Museum, (803) 898-4921 Through Sept. 29: Bold Banners: Early Civil War Flags of South Carolina, S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, (803) 737-8095

April 20: Roberta Flack, Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264 April 22: Jim Brickman, An Evening of Romance, Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264 April 22: USC Symphonic Winds on the Horseshoe, USC Horseshoe, (803) 777-4280 April 26-May 6: Snow White, Village Square Theatre, (803) 359-1436 April 27: Loretta Lynn, Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264 April 27, 28: Cirque du Soleil – Michael Jackson The Immortal, Colonial Life Arena, (803) 576-9200 April 27, 28: Palmetto Mastersingers, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, www. palmetto mastersingers. org April 28: Ode to Joy, South Carolina Philharmonic, Koger Center, (803) 251-6333 April 28: An Evening with Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Township Auditorium, (803) 5762350 April 29: Doug and Bunny Williams, Newberry Opera House, (803) 2766264

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April 1: Tour de Lengua Espanola, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 April 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30: About Face Weekly Drawing Sessions, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 April 3, 10, 17, 24: Toddler Tuesdays, EdVenture, (803) 779-3100 April 4, 11, 18, 25: Wee Wednesdays, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 April 4, 9, 14, 19, 24, 29: Fresh Views, APPLS Art Group Exhibit, (803) 808-5328


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April 5: Film: J.M.W. Turner: The Sun is God, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 April 6: Community Gallery Reception: Meet the Designers: Runaway Runway, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 7992810 April 7: FIT Together – Hip Hop/Break Dancing, EdVenture, (803) 779-3100 April 8: Family Gallery Tour, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 April 10: $1 Family Night, EdVenture, (803) 779-3100 April 13: Contemporaries Artist of the Year Soiree and Silent Auction, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 April 14: Spring 2012 RAKU Festival, City of Columbia Arts Center, (803) 5453093 April 15: Ruskin’s Journey: Teaching People to See, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 April 22: Sotto Voice Concert: Dreamscapes, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810

April 24: Craft Bar Happy Hour, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 7992810 April 26: Tales for Tots, EdVenture, (803) 779-3100 April 27: Gala 2012: The CHAIR-ity Event of the Year, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 April 28-Aug. 26: The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810

April 28: Columbia Slow Art Day, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 7992810 April 28: Congaree Art Festival, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 7992810 April 29: Film: Sitting Down: The Art of the Chair, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810

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Howlin’ good time. Pets and their owners enjoy a day out at Bark to the Park, a charity event to raise money for homeless pets, April 14 at Finlay Park.


[ sports ]
April 6, 7, 8: Baseball: USC vs. Tennessee, Carolina Stadium, (803) 777-4274 April 10: Baseball: USC vs. Citadel, Carolina Stadium, (803) 777-4274 April 13, 14, 15: Baseball: USC vs. Mississippi State, Carolina Stadium, (803) 777-4274 April 14: Midlands 10 and Under Circuit, Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center, (803) 227-3030 April 17: Baseball: USC vs. College of Charleston, Carolina Stadium, (803) 777-4274 April 26, 27, 28: Baseball: USC vs. Alabama, Carolina Stadium, Carolina Stadium, (803) 777-4274 April 28: Cedar Creek Classic Sporting

Clay Event, Cedar Ridge Farm, (803) 807-5510 April 28-29: LATA Spring City Playoffs, Lexington County Tennis Complex, (803) 957-7676

[ special events ]
April 1: Columbia International Festival, State Fairgrounds, (803) 799-3387 April 2, 9, 18, 23, 30: Night Sky Observation (on clear nights), Melton Memorial Observatory, (803) 777-4180 April 3: Hard Hat Tour, Woodrow Wilson Family Home, (803) 252-1770 April 3: Early Columbia Lecture Series: Reconstruction and Healing, Historic Columbia Foundation, (803) 252-1770 April 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28: All Local Farmer’s Market, 711 Whaley St., stateplate.org


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April 5, 12, 19, 26: Five After Five Concert Series, Five Points, (803) 748-7373 April 10: Early Columbia Lecture Series: Transportation: Rivers, Road, Railroads, Historic Columbia Foundation, (803) 252-1770 April 12: Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, (803) 545-0032 April 13: A(ugusta) Baker’s Dozen present Storyteller Brenda Wong Aoki, Main Branch, Richland County Public Library, (803) 799-9084 April 13: Spring Book Sale, Main Branch, Richland County Public Library, (803) 799-9084 April 13: City Strolls, Robert Mills Historic District, (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 April 14: River Rocks Festival, Riverfront Park, www.riverrocksfestival.com

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What do you see? ‘The Earth On The Back Of A Giant Turtle,’ by Hollis Brown Thornton, is one of the pieces on display in the Abstract Art in South
Carolina, 1949-2012, at the South Carolina State Museum.


April 14: 3rd Annual Hop 2 The Cure Run, Saluda Town Park, (864) 993-1966 April 14: Bark to the Park, Finlay Park, (803) 407-0991 April 15: Dollar Sunday, Robert Mills House and Gardens, (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 April 15: W. Gordon Belser Arboretum Open House, (803) 777-3934 April 17: Early Columbia Lecture Series: Economic Development: Textiles & Agriculture, Historic Columbia Foundation, (803) 252-1770 April 19: Lunch and Listen, Main Branch, Richland County Public Library, (803) 799-9084 April 19-29: Indie Grits Film Festival, Nickelodeon Theatre, (803) 254-3433 April 21: Women of Hampton-Preston Tour, Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, (803) 252-7742

April 21: Kid’s Pollywog, The Leatherneck, (803) 451-1197 April 21: USMC Ultimate Challenge Mud Run, The Leatherneck, (803) 451-1197 April 21: Party for the Planet, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, (803) 779-8717 April 21: Runaway Runway, Township Auditorium, (803) 576-2350 April 21: Celebrate Freedom Festival, Finlay Park, 708-4752 April 21: Earth Fair 8K, Saluda Shoals Park, (803) 213-2056 April 21: Pork in the Park, downtown Newberry, (803) 321-1015 April 21: Great Columbia Quest and Contest, Historic Columbia District, (803) 252-1770 April 24: Early Columbia Lecture Series: Public Education, Historic Columbia Foundation, (803) 252-1770 April 26: McDaniels Golf Classic and VIP Auction, The Zone at Williams-Brice

Stadium and the Fort Jackson Golf Club, (803) 434-2830 April 26: Powell-Wright House Guided Tour, Historic Columbia District, (803) 252-1770 April 26-28: Artista Vista, The Vista, 269-5946 April 26-28: Fifth Annual “Favore” Style Exhibition, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, (803) 545-0032 April 27: Wine Tasting, Riverbanks Botanical Garden, (803) 779-8717 April 28: 11th Annual Providence Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler, (803) 256-5300 April 28: Plant Sale, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, (803) 779-8717 April 28: Sparkleberry Country Fair, Clemson Research and Development Center, www.sparkleberrycountryfair.org April 29: Annual Garden Party, University President’s House Gardens, (803) 777-7251 — Compiled by Diane Morrison


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First edition. Pat Kelly Wendling , a local author from Irmo, has written and published a great children’s book - her first - called ‘Gangsta Angel.’

The angels inside our children
‘Gangsta Angel’ teaches children to fight for good and kill ‘with kindness rather than using violence and anger’
Story by Kay Gordon, Special to Lake Murray and Northeast magazines • Photographs by Tim Dominick


at Kelly Wendling has always believed in angels. She also believes in children. “I love kids. I believe in kids,” she said. “Kids get a bad rap. We need to teach them what to do.” From those strong convictions, and working with children all her life, the Irmo resident’s first illustrated book, “Gangsta Angel: A Guardian Angel in Training,” was published in October 2011. While the term “Gangsta” defines a member of a youth gang, she said, in this case, “it is a gang for good that kills with kindness rather than using violence and anger.” The news is full of stories about bullying, Wendling said. A wife, mother and grandmother, Wendling wrote the book about a Gangsta angel who fights for good. The illustrated paperback book shows kids ways to handle bullies as well as other decisions and worries they face growing up.

“It’s a rough world out there for kids,” said Wendling, a former state and national trainer for the Just Say No program and a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto for her work with children. She believes that children should be empowered to deal with the issues of today. “Who says a Gangsta has to solve issues with violence and anger?” she asked. “Let’s encourage kids to turn it around and kill with kindness. Why not have gangs for good?” “Gangsta Angel: A Guardian in Training” brings to life a spunky, pint-sized angel, Kelly, who has a red pig tails, freckles and an attitude. She takes on human form to help 9-year-old Bobby. In her efforts, she learns angels can’t influence a human without his asking for help. She tries to find ways to get him to listen. She teaches Bobby to handle himself and his dealings with others by using his head and his heart. In the book, Kelly

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stresess it’s important to have allies, friends or teammates on your side. “One alone can be broken, but just two together (she holds two fingers side by side) have the strength of 11,” Kelly says. “When you have more than two of you working together toward the same thing, it will make an even bigger positive difference. It is harder for a bully to go at people who stand up together. Practice makes you ready ... we are going to kill him with kindness.” Wendling said this is a book to sit down and read with your 9- to 11-yearolds. “Change always begins with one voice,” she said. “Let them learn that with good friends and angels on your side, you’ll rock the world with righteous pride!” Wendling’s husband, Bill, and their three children, applaud the book’s message and Wendling’s leap of faith to write it. She has received rave reviews from several people. Mary Vann, a teacher and mother, called the book “powerful” and “awesome” and said she’d love to get the book in the hands of all young people. She said that she would love to have Kelly sitting on her shoulder. Kay Gordon is a Midlands-based freelance writer.

‘Gangsta Angel’
Pat Kelly Wendling’s book is available with a black-and-white interior for $10 or $16 for a color interior at www.gangsta-angel.com. The book also is sold on Amazon. com and is available at Rainy Day Pal Store in Lexington and the Lexington County Public Library Irmo Branch. Wendling is available for book signings and other speaking engagements, including those in local schools. Call her at (803) 7816787 to set up an appointment.

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Dancing to a different tune
Couple builds dancers through rigorous athletic training


abor Toth and Hillary Krieger-Toth both grew up in the stereotypical world of ballet, which is often fraught with strict, cutthroat competitiveness. Toth attended the world-renowned Hungarian Dance Academy in Budapest, Hungary, his native country. His childhood days were spent training in the art of ballet, folk dance, acrobatics, stage dance, acting, historical dance, pantomime, and contemporary dance. His grueling training schedule paid off when he was awarded a scholarship to the School of Alicia Alonso in Madrid, Spain. Krieger-Toth trained at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. She continued instruction at a performing arts school in Boston. When they decided to open Southeastern School of Ballet six years ago, they knew it would be different. Both have seen the stresses and demands of a dancing lifestyle can have on young people. They decided that their school in Northeast Richland would focus as much on education and encouragement as on technique and skill. “We’re about building relationships,” says Hillary. “Each child is different. Each child is going to respond to training differently. The first class is complimentary so that we can see what the child is capable of and the child

and the parent can observe our level of instruction. We build an understanding of respect.” Gabor and Hillary met while dancing together in Greensboro, N.C., in 2002. “It was truly love at first sight,” says Hillary. They continued dancing together in the Columbia Classical Ballet for two seasons, performing in “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Nutcracker,” “Snow White,” and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” “We were the Spanish couple together in The Nutcracker,” explains Hillary. “He’s a good partner. You can trust him with everything. He was taught in Hungary that women dancers are gold. If they fall, you are their human mattress.” In Europe, ballet is a noble profession for not only women, but men as well.

“The athleticism it requires is well respected,” says Hillary. “Like martial arts, it requires much discipline and strength.”
Student Jade MacAnally says she was encouraged to identify her goals and then given the necessary tools. “Each student is challenged to be their best, not necessarily the best,” she said. “Hillary and Mr. Gabor seem to have the unique ability to instill confidence without arrogance.”

Much of what students learn involves their anatomy. “Dancers can get injured easily,” says Hillary, “so they need to know their bodies.” Dancers are offered instruction in Pilates (both Gabor and Hillary are certified to teach it) to learn proper stretching and toning of muscles. A nutritionist also is on hand for students. “They’re training their whole body so that the dancing looks completely effortless.” During a recent class, Hillary enthusiastically educated while she trained, calling out to the girls: “A lot of our upper bodies are very strong as if we’re gripping. How about a little more ahhhhhh.” She smiles, conveys the French ballet terms, and hugs them when the lesson is over. Students are educated as well as parents. “Their philosophy helps you in all walks of life,” points out Candace Sanders, whose daughter, Lydia, is a student. “Not all these students will be professional dancers,” adds Hillary, “but they will learn life skills, work ethics, and time management.” The first location for their school was 2,300 square feet. Too tight, they moved to an almost 7,000-square-foot space along Business Park Boulevard. With

Story by Deena C. Bouknight, Special to Lake Murray and Northeast magazine • Photographs by Tracy Glantz

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En pointe. Members of the Southeastern School of Ballet in Columbia practice on the barre.


competing against dancers in the European community who are very well trained and serious. If we don’t feel their bodies

the help of some of the parents, Gabor installed special floors that absorb shock when dancers jump. Gabor and Hillary, who work full-time jobs during the day, begin teaching at 4 p.m. and continue into the later evening hours. “It’s our passion,” she says. Since opening its doors, Southeastern School of Dance has grown to include 60 dancers and three divisions: preparatory, children’s, pre-professional and open. The Toths keep the number at a manageable level so that each student receives quality, individual attention. Several students are interested in pursuing dance as a career. Hillary says that she and her husband are very honest about opportunities. “They will be

Giving talent a boost
Near and dear to Southeastern School of Ballet’s Gabor Toth’s and Hillary Krieger-Toth’s hearts is the opportunity for the underprivileged to learn to dance. “The most challenging part about operating a professional dance school is seeing talent unable to receive instruction due to lack of finances,” says Gabor Toth. Because of this, the Southeastern School of Ballet is partnering with Southeastern Professional School of the Arts, a nonprofit organization, to develop scholarships for at-risk youth and youths from low-to-moderate income families. The Toths will hold a fundraiser March 24 at their school to build the scholarship program. “It has been our dream to make this education available to all students,” Gabor Toth says, “not just those that can afford it.” For more information about the fundraiser or about Southeastern School of Ballet, visit www.southeasternschoolofballet.com or call (803) 419-5512.

are right for classical, we tell them. We don’t want them to get to an important audition and be told that and they wonder

why we didn’t prepare them. At that level, they need to have a thick skin.” The Toths say many consider their sport as seriously as other athletes, training six days a week. “We incorporate discipline and structure into all our classes,” Gabor says. There are vocabulary exams on French ballet terms. Annually, some students have a “final exam” that requires two hours of straight dancing.

“This is a real school, not just a recreation center,” says Hillary. “We’re attracting many Type A hardworking, go-getters, who are also good academic students. Many see this as a lifestyle that’s very important to them. They want to be here and are here often.” Deena Bouknight is a Midlands-based freelance writer.


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people, places, things



Learn how to grow herbs and plant in containers at the Spring Fling Festival from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Rebekah’s Garden, 927 Leesburg Road, Columbia. The day-long event includes a herb class at 10 a.m. and a container planting demonstration at 11:30 a.m. The South Carolina Spring Festival of Flowers is Thursday, April 19-22 at the State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Hwy. Thousands of plants, flowers, vegetables and garden accessories will be for sale. Details: www. scstatefarmersmarket.com


The Crooked Creek Art League meets on April 16. Time is 7 p.m. at Crooked Creek Park, Old Lexington Highway in Chapin. The Seven Oaks Art League meets April 19. Time is 7 p.m. at Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia. Village Square Theatre presents “Snow White,” a new adaptation of the classic fairy tale, April 26-May 6 at 105 Caughman Road in Lexington. Details: www. villagesquaretheatre.com


The Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra presents The Pipes of Pan concert, featuring guest flute soloist Jennifer Parker-Harley, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the Harbison Theater at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. Admission is free. Details: LMSO.org or call (803) 400-3540. Eight gardens in the Midlands will be showcased at the 11th annual Lexington County Master Gardener Volunteers tour at the end of May. Times are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, May 31; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2; 1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 3. Tickets are $20 each. Active and retired military are admitted free. Details: Patricia Dukes at (803) 796-0884 or email patdukes@ bellsouth.net Area shops and restaurants are participating in Chapin’s three-day open house May 10-12. Details: (803) 345-1100 or www.chapinchamber.com.

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One-man storm
Story by Dan Robinson, Special to Lake Murray and Northeast magazines Photographs by Tim Dominick

Hootie is wind in sails of Lake Murray racing


April 2012 Sailing Race Calendar
J/24 Easter Regatta, April 6-8, Columbia Sailing Club. One-design event, featuring the J/24 sailboat. Visit www. columbiasailingclub.org or contact Charles Bumgardner at cgbum@ me.com or (803) 315-8788. Rodesiler Racing Series, April 7 and April 28, Lake Murray Sailing Club. Handicap racing event, open to all boat designs. Visit www. lmsc.org or contact Bud Sweet at johnsweet@aol.com or (803) 2615228. Sailfest, April 14, Lake Murray Sailing Club. One-design event, featuring the MC Scow sailboat and youth races. Visit www.lmsc. org, or contact Ray Thompson at mgreg26@earthlink.net, or (803) 403-3125. Spring Series Island Race, April 21, Lake Murray Yacht Racing Association. Handicap racing event, open to all cruising boats of at least 20 feet. Visit www.lmyra. org, or contact Hootie Bushardt at bushardt@aol.com or (803) 7964812.

ong before there was Hootie and The Blowfish, there was Hootie Bushardt. When you see his red pickup with the license tag HOOTIE, you might think it is one of the band members. Local sailors know there is only one Hootie, and he is the guy responsible for much of the sailing activity on Lake Murray. Hootie burst onto the sailing scene in 1982, and he has been a powerhouse in organizing, planning and promoting sailboat racing on Lake Murray since. Like everyone else, when he first started racing, he finished at the back of the fleet. Now, after 30 years of mixing it up with his competitors, he consistently finishes at or near the front in his J24, Grey Fox. As the longtime sailing chairman and driving force behind the Lake Murray Yacht Racing Association (LMYRA), he is tenacious in encouraging sailors to get on the water and participate in racing. LMYRA’s spring, summer and fall series of races remain popular, and the club averages more than 50 members each year. Hootie also was instrumental in popularizing LMYRA’s annual Outback Cup Regatta, which began 12 years ago. Although he did not start the regatta, he was often the regatta chairman and more than 100 boats participated during some of those years. “It was designed to be a big party, get

people interested in sailing, and let them have fun on the water,” said Bushardt. Four years ago, the regatta began donating its proceeds to the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s efforts to cure Friedreich’s Ataxia and has raised over $30,000 for this charity. At some point, Hootie has held every position in the LMYRA organization, and he admits that he is diligent in making sure that it is a thriving club, both in the number of members and participation. “You have to introduce new people to sailing and make it fun. That’s the future of sailing,” Bushardt said. In any club, there is always a core group that does the majority of the work because they enjoy the benefits of the club and the company of those who share a similar passion. Bushardt stresses that LMYRA has had a number of individuals who were critical to the success of LMYRA, including its members, boards of directors, and Commodores. He went beyond that commitment, however, and became the face of LMYRA and its mission. While Hootie may not be as wellknown as the band with the same name, on Lake Murray, he has been a hit among sailing fans for many years. Dan Robinson is a Midlands-based freelance writer and sailor.

Ahoy there! Hootie Bushardt, is an avid, award-winning sailor on Lake Murray.

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Wife Mother Choreographer Fitness class instructor Community volunteer

Mrs. South Carolina does it all with style

Story by Katie McElveen, Special to Lake Murray and Northeast magazines Photography by Kim Kim Foster-Tobin

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It’s all in the details. Danyele visits some of the class at her studio, South Carolina Dance Studio, to look at the new costumes for an upcoming show.

t’s tough catching up with Lexington’s Danyele Gardner. Not only does this 35-year-old wife and mother of two boys own the South Carolina Dance Company, but she also works as a dental hygienist, teaches fitness classes, runs a not-for-profit company and, as of November, is the reigning Mrs. South Carolina. Since earning her crown, she’s made more than 30 public appearances across the state, speaking about Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the importance of healthy eating and Brandon’s Beat, the nonprofit she founded to improve access to dance classes for students with disabilities or financial limitations. She also teaches preschoolers early lessons on leadership and has addressed University

of South Carolina business school students about the realities of owning and managing a business. Later this spring, she’ll compete in the Mrs. America pageant. If all goes as planned, her next stop will be Mrs. World. And just how does she do it all? “Time management is an issue, but I’ve really learned to prioritize,” she says. “The hardest thing was figuring out when to put the work aside and really put myself in the moment with my family.” To help carve out that precious time, Danyele and her husband, Jonathan, have made a commitment to eat one meal a day together with the children whenever Jonathan is in town. They also take a family weekend every quarter. But her passion energizes her. An auto accident with a drunken driver left the Gardner family unhurt, but not

unscarred. “We could have easily been killed or seriously injured,” she says. “That experience was terrifying and motivated me to get active with MADD.” Brandon’s Beat, which is named for a former student who is now in college on a full dance scholarship, is equally close to her heart. “Kids are surrounded by television programs that showcase performing,” she explains. “Brandon’s Beat helps them realize their talent even if they have obstacles to overcome.” Achievement seems to come naturally to Danyele. When she was 5, her mother enrolled her in dance classes and entered her in the Peach Festival pageant. “I was super shy as a child, and my mom thought dancing and being in pageants would help,” says Danyele. “I loved them both

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S.C.’s other beauty queens — an update
Caitlin Upton has been distancing herself from her Miss South Carolina Teen USA past, which included the infamous stumbling during her on-stage question at the Miss Teen USA pageant. The 22-year-old Lexington High School graduate has appeared in a music video for the rock band Weezer and she was a cameragrabbing contestant on CBS’ “The Amazing Race” where she and an ex-boyfriend placed third. Now based in Los Angeles, Upton, who prefers to go by Caite now, is becoming a popular commercial model who makes regular TV appearances. She also shares a phonetically similar name with Kate Upton, the 2012 cover model of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce’s run at the Miss America competition came to an unceremonious end, but the 22-year-old Florence native who lost more than 100 pounds to become a beauty queen is still traveling and sharing her story. Boyce has appeared on “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America” and “The View,” and she’s appeared in magazines such as People. She continues to promote her pageant platform of eating healthy and fighting obesity. Her Facebook page is filled with posts from people who have been inspired by Boyce to lose weight.

Soccer mom. “I love this state and will
represent South Carolina and married women as Mrs. America. My goal is for people to see that I’m passionate about my faith, family and future!”

from the beginning and stuck with it.” Although she didn’t win that year, the determined little girl spent the next 12 months hard at work. At 6, she won her division in the Lexington County Peach Festival pageant. Four years later, when she was 10, Danyele earned her first state title when she was named Little Miss South Carolina. She went on to become America’s Little Miss. After graduating from high school, where she had continued to dance, teach dance and hold a part-time job working at a jewelry store, Danyele set her sights on becoming Miss South Carolina. Although the title eluded her, she did win several categories in her two tries, notably the swimsuit and talent competitions. Once she turned 26 and could no longer enter the Miss South Carolina pageant, Danyele decided to focus on her career – she’d gotten her dental hygienist degree at Midlands Tech – but continued performing as a dancer and in local theater productions. By 2004, she’d become an entrepreneur, transforming her love of dance into the South Carolina Dance Company, a teaching studio she opened that year to teach tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical and even a little hiphop to young dancers. She’d also gotten married and, in her usual multitasking style, graduated from Columbia College with a degree in early childhood education. Fast forward to 2010. Danyele’s second child, Jonah, has joined brother

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Mommy and me. Danyele reserves Thursday as her day to relax and spend time with 2-year-old son, Jonah.


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Meet and greet. Making public appearances is a big part of Mrs. South Carolina’s position. Danyele speaks with patrons at IHOP on Assembly Street on National Pancake Day as she enjoys breakfast with the Midlands Director of Development for the Alzheimer’s Association, Lynne Moore.

Jon David in the Gardner household. Although Danyele was still teaching dance, she was having trouble losing her pregnancy weight. “I’m small, 5-3, and I weighed between 150 and 175. I don’t know what I was thinking, but the weight just seemed stuck.” In January of 2011, though, Danyele decided to get serious about losing weight. “My husband is a great, healthy cook, and he was a great help,” she notes. Her weight loss was so dramatic after just a couple of months that David Spence, one of the owners of Gold’s Gym in Lexington, where Danyele is a regular, asked her if she’d be interested in developing a fitness class. She was, and “Boomba” was born. “It pulls from every kind of dance, even hip-hop, so it’s a real cardio blast, but we end with core strengthening to help with balance and give the abs a good workout,” explains Danyele. “I teach it twice a week at Gold’s.” Spence wasn’t the only person to notice Danyele’s transformation. Shawn Meeh, a former Mrs. South Carolina and a friend of Danyele’s, mentioned the

About Danyele Browder Gardner, the current Mrs. South Carolina
Married to: Jonathan Gardner Two children: Jon David and Jonah Age: 35 Home: Lexington Occupation: Owner/choreographer/instructor, South Carolina Dance Company; fitness instructor, Gold’s Gym; licensed dental hygienist Philanthropic activities: Speaker, advocate, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, American Heart Association, Mount Horeb Methodist Church, Lexington

upcoming Mrs. South Carolina pageant. “I was aware of Mrs. South Carolina but hadn’t really thought about entering. Shawn made me see that perhaps I wasn’t ready to close out the pageant chapter of my life, so I decided to enter. Once I’d committed, winning became a goal.” But for Danyele, winning was important for a number of reasons. She challenged herself to win the swimsuit competition, just as she had in the Miss South Carolina pageants. More importantly, she knew that becoming Mrs. South Carolina would

give her a forum for supporting MADD, Brandon’s Beat and the American Heart Association, which she became involved with after her grandmother died of congestive heart disease. “Training for pageants made me aware of philanthropy at an early age,” she says. “The more I learned, the more involved I became. I hope my passion will move others to get involved in their communities.” Katie McElveen is a Midlands-based freelance writer.


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Staying in shape. Twice
a week Danyele teaches a ‘Boomba’ class that she designed specifically for Golds Gym in Lexington.

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Greetings. Lexington County Master Gardener, Millie Headrick shows how to create a spring bouquet.

Master Gardener Millie Headrick shows you how to create a hanging planter to add ‘another dimension’ to the garden or front porch
Story by Gigi Huckabee, Special to Lake Murray and Northeast magazines Photographs by Kim Kim Foster-Tobin


hether it’s the front door or the garden gate, an entrance should always say, “welcome.” Lexington County Master Gardener Millie Headrick shows how to create a spring bouquet to hang at either location that will entice any visitor. “Think vertically,” says Headrick. “Containers aren’t limited to pots on the ground. A hanging planter adds another dimension to the garden.” Headrick’s step-by-step demonstration shows how easily this addition can be made.


The rule of thumb in selecting plants for any container is to have a filler, spiller and thriller. Headrick selects colorful pansies to give fullness to the design. Ivy and trailing pansies serve as spillers to soften the edges of the basket, while the perennial plant, Icicles Licorice, adds the thriller aspect. Headrick advises that when selecting plants, choose plants that are compatible in watering requirements and compatible for the designated location of the container: shade-loving plants for a shady spot and sun-loving plants for a sunny home. As spring wanes, remove the pansies and insert summer annuals, but leave the ivy and licorice. Add red geraniums and red, white and blue ribbon for a Fourth of July theme or a soothing white filler plant to add coolness to a summer garden. “Imagination is the key,” Headrick says, “look for an unusual container, and fill it full of interesting plant material.”
Gigi Huckabee is a Midland-based freelance writer


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Wire container or basket: available at garden centers, antique shops or home accessory stores Mesh liner or fiberglass window/porch screen: Lowe’s or Home Depot Sphagnum moss: garden center Potting mix (Fafard Complete Container Mix): garden center Container plants: garden center Garden gloves: garden center Optional: ribbons or seasonal decorations: hobby stores

1. Select a hanging container that will withstand outside use, such as a small hay rack or decorative wire container, and line it with screening.

2. Add sphagnum moss that has been presoaked in water. Use garden gloves or latex gloves when handling moss because this substance can be irritating to skin.

3. Partially fill the container with potting mix. Headrick uses a complete container mix that includes moisture retention crystals and slow release fertilizer.

4. Add plants and water container to settle planting mix.
Add more soil to base of plants. Water again.

Optional: Add ribbons or seasonal decorations.

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Practice makes perfect. Providence Athletic Club soccer players run through drills during practice at the Red Bank Recreational Center.

Taking the ‘geek’ out of homeschool
Athletic club caters to older homeschooled kids who want to join team sports
Story by Deena C. Bouknight, Special to Lake Murray and Northeast magazines • Photograph by C. Aluka Berry
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ust three short years ago, a handful of parents of homeschooled children began discussing the possibility of forming a competitive boy’s high school soccer team. Eight months later, there were close to 100 athletes involved in four different sports. Today, there are more than 200 participating in soccer, baseball, basketball, golf, cross country and football. Athletes drive from as far as North Augusta and Sumter to participate. Jennifer Aurednik says she became involved in what is now known as Providence Athletic Club (PAC) for purely selfish reasons. Her son, Matthew, now a junior, wanted to be on


a competitive soccer team. He was aging out of the local club teams for spring play. “I was told of a homeschool team in Sumter, and I thought, ‘Heck, we could do a team like that here,’” she said. Aurednik, who has always homeschooled her children, says she sent out an email to the homeschool community and asked if anyone else was interested in developing a soccer team. Eight people, mostly dads, showed up for a meeting. That was June 2009. Vince Williams was one of those dads. Now the club’s director of coaching for soccer, he explains that South Carolina is one of only two states that does not have a spring club season for soccer for players age 15 and older. “That meant that when my two sons, who are competitive soccer players, reached that age, they would not have anywhere to play in the spring. This problem was the driving force behind PAC.” What quickly fell into place was not just a soccer team but a full-fledged athletic club to support other sports for athletes who are home-educated – or from a school that does not offer their sport. The group decided that even though coaches would be required to sign a statement of faith that conveys their Christian commitment, PAC is open to athletes of all races and religious affiliations. Eric Barfield learned about the possibility of a cross-country team in 2009 and saw it as not only an opportunity to spend more time with his son, Daniel, but also to share God’s word. He joined with Tina Reinhard to coach the team. “I’ve been somewhat of a runner all my life, but I also felt it was important to show these athletes what it means to be a Christian in our everyday lives. That’s why all practices have a devotional time and all meets include prayer.” The original group appointed Aurednik club director, but each sport has its own individual director to schedule games, organize practices, rent fields (if necessary) and take care of other details. Most of the coaches have been volunteers, primarily athletically-skilled parents, but a few sports have had to pay coaches for their expertise. Another volunteer oversees team photos and the annual yearbook. Individuals plan a summer meet-andgreet event and various other activities. “It all just took off,” says Aurednik,

who now considers the directorship almost a full-time commitment. “It added a whole other aspect to my life. It exploded. The need was definitely there. Kids want a chance to play sports. And there is also obviously the talent.” In just those few short years, PAC athletes – in the navy blue and white uniforms exhibiting the panther mascot – have proven themselves competitive. Last year, both the varsity boys and girls soccer teams won first place in the Southeast Independence Cup in Sumter. In 2010, PAC basketball player Jonathan Ashworth was recruited to play for Erskine College. Last year, Amber Sweeney was the No. 1 shot blocker in South Carolina and 44th in the nation. Girls and boys on the cross-country team often logged faster times than their counterparts at area private schools. Other students have been awarded athletics scholarships at universities. Aurednik pointed out that when her son went to speak to the soccer coach at the University of South Carolina recently, the coach asked him, “Do you play for that PAC team?” She was surprised. “Even he had heard about us.” PAC athletes have primarily competed against schools accredited with the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA). Occasionally, athletes are pitted against public school athletes. At many events, especially in the first and second year, PAC athletes overheard other athletes and their parents comment about “homeschoolers” competing – as if it were a foreign concept. As the PAC students exhibited muster, other athletes took notice. Williams comments, “Now that we have this sports program, our kids are losing the ‘geek’ reputation that sometimes accompanies homeschooled children. When other kids see that our PAC kids can be academically successful, athletically successful and genuinely nice and kind to everyone, there is a difference in how they act around us.” Matthew Aurednik says he has especially enjoyed the reaction he receives from friends he competes against on other teams. “We’ll beat them and they’re like, ‘What? You’re a bunch of homeschoolers!’ I’m like, ‘Yeah. I know!’ [PAC] has really made my high school experience so much better.” Deena Bouknight is a Midlands-based freelance writer.

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APRIL 2002
Crew members lean over the side rails for added ballast as more than 50 J/24 sailboats compete in the 35th Annual Easter Regatta at the Columbia Sailing Club at Lake Murray. Crews from across the United States and Canada raced the 24-foot long boats between the SCE&G dam and Pine Island. The boat is about 8 feet wide and weighs about 3,000 pounds and has a 4-5 person crew. The J/24 is one of the most competitive classes of sail boats.


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