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MAY 2013



When Dan Robbins took on the renovation of a mansion on a private island at Lake Murray, he didn’t know it would be a two-year labor of love to bring the glass-framed home back to life. His house is a highlight of the Lake Murray Association’s Pontoon Tour of Homes, returning this month. { PROFILE }

{ SKETCH } Lexington artist Bob Hickman’s portrait of wildlife was chosen as the cover art for an L.L. Bean specialty catalog. Meet the engineer who is taking more time for art.


Dillon Construction Services has lovingly restored many of Charleston’s historical jewels. Their task this spring is to uncover the hidden beauty inside the Columbia City Council chambers. Find out more about this family business based in Irmo. { GARDENING } The 11th annual Lexington County Master Gardener Volunteers tour features big and small spaces. BUY PHOTOS:
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This is a party! Kenny Chesney’s ‘No Shoes Nation’ tour comes to Williams-Brice Stadium May 4 with Zac Brown Band, Eli Young Band and Kayce Musgraves.

{ performing arts }
Through May 25: “Beauty and the Beast,” Columbia Marionette Theatre, (803) 252-7366 May 3-18: “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark,” Trustus Theatre, (803) 254-9732 May 3: Band of Horses, Township Auditorium, (803) 576-2350 May 4: Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves, Williams-Brice Stadium, (803) 576-9200 May 4: The Legends of Doo Wop, Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264

May 8: Bassnectar, Township Auditorium, (803) 576-2350 May 10: John Anderson, Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264 May 10-25: “Songs for a New World,” Workshop Theatre, (803) 799-4876 May 10-26: “Miss Saigon,” Town Theatre, (803) 799-2510 May 11: Rick Alviti, Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264 May 14: Columbia Choral Society Spring Concert, St. Peters Catholic Church, (803) 933-9060 May 15-19: Collected Stories, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 254-9732

New homes are better with Natural Gas.
A relaxed country setting is waiting for you at Forest Creek. Priced from the $200s, these executive style brick homes offer more than 3,000 square feet of living space on large wooded lots. Each home is loaded with custom features and upgrades. Natural gas heat and water heating are standard. Forest Creek is just minutes from I-20 and the Villages at Sandhills. For additional information call Robert Penny at 803-360-9165 or email robertpenny@gshomes.gs.

May 5: Doug & Bunny, Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264

No mirage. Band of Horses, fronted by Columbia native Ben Bridwell, plays the Township Auditorium May 3.
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May 17: John Denver Tribute Show, Newberry Opera House, (803) 276-6264 May 17-26: “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Village Square Theatre, (803) 359-1436 May 30: The Best of South Carolina Contemporary Dance Company, Township Auditorium, (803) 576-2350

{ museums & art }
Through May 5: Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog, EdVenture, (803) 779-3100 Through May 11: Step Right Up! – The Sideshow in America, McKissick Museum, (803) 777-7251

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Through May 17: Dawn of Freedom: The Freedman’s Town of Mitchelville, McKissick Museum, (803) 777-7251 Through June 2: Civil War in 3D, SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, (803) 737-8095 Through June 9: Secrets of the Maya, State Museum, (803) 898-4978 Through Sept. 30: Capturing the Congaree: A Look at South Carolina’s National Park, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 Through Feb. 1, 2014: The Civil War in South Carolina: Family, Work and Sacrifice: Domestic Life During the War, State Museum, (803) 898-4978 Through April 2015: The Civil War in South Carolina, 1861-1865, State Museum, (803) 898-4978 May 4: Cinco de Mayo Day, State Museum, (803) 898-4978

May 5: $1 Sundays, State Museum, (803) 898-4978 May 6: Toddler Take Over, EdVenture, (803) 779-3100 May 10: Artist Salon Series: Tish Lowe, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 7992810 May 14: Family Night, EdVenture, (803) 779-3100 May 18-Sept. 1: Found in Translation: The Geometric Abstraction of Steven Naifeh, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 May 18: Baker & Baker Art of Music Series presents Art of Music with Marina Alexandra, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810 May 24: Artist Salon Series: Chuck Ezell, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 7992810 May 25: Gallery Tour: Found in Translation: The Geometric Abstraction

of Steven Naifeh, Columbia Museum of Art, (803) 799-2810

{ sports }
May 3-5: South Carolina Baseball vs. Vanderbilt, Carolina Stadium, (803) 7774274 May 8: South Carolina Baseball vs. Wofford, Carolina Stadium, (803) 777-4274 May 10-12: South Carolina Baseball vs. Georgia, Carolina Stadium, (803) 7774274 May 14: South Carolina Baseball vs. Presbyterian, Carolina Stadium, (803) 777-4274 May 29: Columbia Blowfish vs. Gastonia, Opening Night, Capital City Stadium, (803) 854-3474 May 30: Columbia Blowfish vs. Thomasville, Thirsty Thursday, Capital City Stadium, (803) 854-3474

To market, to market. Check out one of the many neighborhood farmers markets, like this one at Sandhill Research Center.


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{ special events }
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Rhythm and Blooms, Riverbanks Botanical Garden, (803) 779-8717 May 3-5: Battle for Columbia, Sandy Run, battleforcolumbia.com May 5: Lexington County Museum spring open house. (803) 359-8369 May 4: S.C. Autism Society Annual Midlands Strides, Riverwalk Amphitheater, (803) 750-6988 May 4, 11, 18, 25: Soda City Market, Main Street, stateplate.org May 4, 11, 18, 25: The Market at 701 Whaley May 7, 14, 21, 28: Sandhill Farmer’s Market, Sandhill Research Center, (803) 699-3187 May 7: Woodrow Wilson Family Home: Hard Hat Tour, Woodrow Wilson Family House, (803) 252-1770 May 10: Robert Mills House Historic Walking Tour, Robert Mills House and Gardens, (803) 252-1770 May 11: Woodrow Wilson Workshop: Gardens, Woodrow Wilson Family Home, (803) 252-1770 May 16: Garden Tour of the Robert Mills Grounds, (803) 252-1770 May 16: Moonlight Cemetery and Secrets from the Grave Tours, Elmwood Cemetery, (803) 252-1770 May 17-19: South Carolina Book Festival, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, scbookfestival.org May 18: Women of Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, (803) 252-1770 May 18: Palmetto Patriots’ Ball, The Medallion Center, (803) 206-6088 May 18: Lake Murray Association Pontoon Tour of Homes May 19: Open House, W. Gordon Belser Arboretum, (803) 777-4141 May 30, June 1: Lexington County Master Gardeners 12th Annual Garden Tour, (803) 796-0884 — Compiled by Diane Morrison

Motorboating Time!

The Lake Murray Specialists

Keep score. Track the hits, strikes and runs of your favorite team,
such as the Columbia Blowfish when they open the season against Gastonia on May 29 at Capital City Stadium. Home run king and former Atlanta Brave Hank Aaron will throw out the opening pitch.

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{ sketch }

On the cover of L.L. Bean
The outdoors’ retailer’s specialty catalogue features Lexington artist’s wild turkeys
Story by Joey Holleman • Photographs by Tim Dominick hen hundreds of thousands of outdoors lovers pulled their spring L.L. Bean Hunting catalogue out of their mailboxes, they admired Bob Hickman’s work. The painting of three wild turkeys basking in the sunlight at the edge of a forest clearing is not the first magazine cover for the Lexington wildlife artist, but it certainly is the largest in terms of volume printed. L.L. Bean officials told Hickman they mailed out about 800,000 of the catalogues. Hickman, who was featured in a November 2003 story in Lake Murray Magazine, has been painting for about 20 years, focusing on his love for the outdoors, hunting and sporting dogs. The piece that earned the L.L. Bean cover, entitled “Last Dance,” was painted several years ago. He had no clue that a former artist representative had submitted it to L.L. Bean as a cover possibility. His contract with the representative had ended, but the representative kept pushing his work because he appreciated Hickman’s artistry. (The representative did get his cut on the catalogue fee.) Hickman couldn’t believe his good fortune. “Artists will jump at doing a cover for a magazine because of the exposure,” he said. “And L.L. Bean is the cream of the crop. They take pride in what they sell. It’s very flattering” that they selected his art. Hickman, a mechanical engineer who works at the Michelin plant, cut back on real work hours to spend more time at his painting passion a few years ago. He sells his work at wildlife shows and through his website, www.rwhickman.com.


In the studio. Bob Hickman works in his studio at his home in Lexington.

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Master Gardeners open gates to lakeside retreats with tour

Story by Gigi Huckabee, Special to Lake Murray and Northeast magazines Photographs by C. Aluka Berry


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{ gardening }

wo gardens on the Lexington County Master Gardener Volunteers Tour this year show how you can overcome the challenges posed by small spaces and a mature landscape. Master Gardener Diane Waddill and her husband, Jim, will open their fouryear-old walled garden for viewing at the 11th annual tour, May 30 and June 1. This is the second time the Waddills have participated. Their Whitehall garden, a spacious retreat bordering a pond, was included in the 2007 tour. In 2009, the Waddills moved to a patio home close to Ballentine and the shores of Lake Murray. “We decided it was time to downsize, but I still wanted to garden,” Diane Waddill said. “This area is about the size of a large room. The only thing that was here when we moved in was a small, concrete patio, the brick walls and the side gate, so I started with a clean slate.” One corner houses her edible herb garden and potting nook. The patio off of the sun porch was extended and a small fishpond was tucked against the back wall. A white trellis screens the patio from the herb garden, and on the other side is a clipped ligustrum hedge and arbor. Evergreen clematis covers the arbor, inviting visitors to meander along a narrow walkway that leads to the garden gate at the side of the house. Interesting plants and decorative materials entice guests to linger and investigate some


unusual items found there. Another garden on the tour surrounds the home of Mark and Barbara Whittaker. They built their house along the lake near Chapin in 1995, but Barbara Whittaker really became inspired to garden after she took the Master Gardener course in 2006. “I’m trying to correct the mistakes my landscaper and I made,” she admits. She is also combating the problem of maturing trees that have changed once-sunny places into shady territory. She tries to introduce plant material that provides food for humans, birds and butterflies. One plant in her garden, a large blueberry bush, produces fruit for people and birds to eat. Blooming herbs give sustenance to visiting butterflies and enhance Barbara Whittaker’s cooking. As part of her volunteering, she demonstrates the art of grilling and chilling at gardening events. She gets the audience (especially children) to help grill a tomato and herb pizza and chill a lemon verbena and milk concoction into lemon verbena “ice cream.” Gigi Huckabee is a freelance writer based in the Midlands

If you go
The 11th annual Lexington County Master Gardener Volunteers Tour will feature six gardens on two days: Thursday, May 30, and Saturday, June 1. Tickets are $25 each and are good for both days. Military personnel (active or retired) are admitted free. Contact Pat Dukes at (803) 7960884 to purchase tickets. Tickets may also be purchased on the days of the tour at any of the participating gardens.

Taking root. Details and unexpected accents from the gardens of Diane and Jim Waddill and Mark and Barbara Whittaker, stops along the Lexington
County Master Gardener Volunteers Tour.

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{ profile }

Historic markers
Irmo company strikes gold in plaster reconstruction and restoration
Story by Joey Holleman • Photographs by Tim Dominick


etals had broken off dozens of delicate plaster flowers on the walls of the Columbia City Council chambers. Multiple large holes had been poked in the vaulted plaster ceiling to allow for modern electrical lines, hidden for decades by a false ceiling. The ornate iron and glass skylight needed repair work, which was news to city officials who didn’t even know it was there when the project started. Even a few months into renovations, the council chambers looked like a disaster area … or an ideal workplace for Kirk Dillon and his crew. “In construction, this is fun stuff,” Dillon said. “A lot of people look at this and feel overwhelmed.” For Irmo-based Dillon Construction Services, drop cloths and scaffolding spread out in a massive room in need of historic stucco, plaster, metal and glass work is nirvana. The company does plenty of standard new stucco and plaster work, but repairing historic buildings “is a labor of love. If I could do restoration work full time, I would,” Dillon said. Dillon, 55, got into the field in a fairly traditional manner. He got married,

Look up. Irmo-based Dillon Construction Services has an interesting niche — repairing and
renovating old plaster. They’re working here in the Columbia City Hall and have done lots of other work in old structures throughout the state. Below, a restored plaster flower in City Hall.


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needed a job and found one in construction near his home in Mobile, Ala. About 25 years ago, he decided to start his own company. He and his wife looked at growing cities along interstate highways in the Southeast – Charlotte, Greenville, Nashville, Atlanta and Columbia. They decided Columbia felt right. Not too big. Not too small. A good place to raise a family. And centrally located among a bunch of other growing cities where work might be found. Back then, Dillon was into basic plaster and stucco work, but he quickly began to get jobs that included ornamental or historic work in Charleston. He and Hank Bauer, Dillon’s Charleston-area manager, did special training in restoration work and plaster work and gained on-the-job expertise with each new project. “You get one job Dillon at a time, and you work very hard at it and word begins to spread,” he said. “Charleston is all about reputation and relationships. At the start, you get one chance so don’t blow it.” The company’s reputation rose after working on Charleston’s Market Hall, which suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Hugo. The restoration of that National Historic Landmark in the 1990s won numerous awards. Dillon also worked on the Unitarian Church and the Exchange Building in Charleston, where the company opened a satellite office, and the John C. Calhoun House at Clemson. The company’s historic work in the Columbia area, however, was limited for many years. “Columbia for a long time didn’t have the mindset of Charleston or New Orleans,” Dillon said. “People here didn’t want to spend money on restoration. They’d just tear old buildings down. That is changing.” Dillon has done work on several wellknown historic buildings in Columbia, but the contract to restore the council chamber at City Hall has allowed the company to make a big splash locally. The company, with projects throughout the East Coast, now has so much work it’s difficult to find enough skilled craftsmen, Dillon said. Some have been found close by. Dillon’s children,

Details. Anthony Riley works on the damaged decorative plaster molding in Columbia City Hall.

Lauren and Lance, are both working for the company. Lauren had no intention of joining the family business when she graduated from Virginia Tech with a landscape architecture degree. But while living for a year in Ireland, she fell in love with the ornamental plaster that was everywhere on old buildings. “After being exposed to it, I said, ‘All right, I want in,’” Lauren said. She especially enjoys detailed work such as replicating the flower petals in the Columbia council chambers. It’s a 10-hour process that involves applying multiple layers of rubber on one of the

few intact original flowers to create a mold for new ones. The discovery of the vaulted ceiling and skylight in the council chambers put the entire project behind schedule and well over budget. (The original $250,000 budget expanded to nearly $1 million as new projects were added.) The goal now is to have it done this summer. Dillon finds it hard to talk about a completion date when new challenges keep popping up. “Historic work means you can’t meet all the deadlines,” he said. But he does guarantee one thing: “When this room is done, it’ll be the nicest room in Columbia.”


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Recipe for a plaster flower
Procedure followed by Lauren Dillon to replicate dozens of decorative plaster flowers that had been damaged in the Columbia City Council chambers. n Pick the most intact of the flowers. n Clean it. n Apply sealant and a mold release. n Mix a special rubber compound. n Brush a thin layer of rubber on the flower. n Allow about 45 minutes for the rubber to dry until slightly tacky. n Brush on eight to 10 more layers, allowing for drying each time. n Allow mold to set overnight. n Peel off rubber. n Create a mold base of plaster that gives the rubber a firm backing structure. n Mix plaster – in this case Hydrocal white – and pour into the plastic mold. n Allow plaster to dry. n Peel off plastic mold. n Use dental tools to trim rough edges or clear up imperfections. n Repeat for the dozens of similar plaster flowers that were broken.

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{ historic preservation month }

Preserving the past
It’s all in the details
The Midlands is home to many older buildings, some dating back to the 1700s and 1800s, and many worth saving and rehabilitating to bring them back to their original glory. Some of the latest projects include:

Dunbar Funeral Home

1527 Gervais Street, Columbia What is commonly known as the old Dunbar Funeral Home was built by W.B. Smith Whaley in 1893 to be his residence. Whaley was born in Charleston (1866-1929) and was considered one of the most prominent figures in the S.C. textile industry at the beginning of the 20th century. The Queen Anne-style house and adjacent carriage house, were used by Dunbar Funeral Home from 1924 until the company moved its offices to the Devine Street facility in 2001. The home was gifted to Historic Columbia Foundation in 2011 by Stewart Enterprises (Dunbar’s corporate owners). The foundation and the University of South Carolina are partnering to renovate the buildings, now in the National Register of Historic Places, and the property will be home to USC’s Children’s Law Center. The details: An illustration of the house by W.B. Smith Whaley showing a polychromal paint scheme with a combination of earth tones and a muted natural palate, was used by Historic Columbia Foundation members to determine what the original paint colors might have been. Learn more: http://historiccolumbia.org/


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Langford-Nord House

100 McNulty Street, Blythewood The Langford-Nord House is centrally located in the historic part of Blythewood’s original town center. Built by Luther Langford in 1904, the house remained in the family, passing from Luther and his wife, Caroline, to their daughter Carolyn, until Carolyn sold it to the Nord family in 1988. Cindy Nord deeded the house and its lot to the Blythewood Historical Society on May 20, 2011. It is now home to the Blythewood Historical Society and the headquarters of the Blythewood Visitors Center. The details: The house has maintained its original beadboard panelling, tin roof and chimneys. Learn more: http://www. blythewoodhistoricalsociety.com/ LangfordNordHouse.html

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{ historic preservation month }
The Woodrow Wilson Family Home
1704 Hampton Street, Columbia Built in 1871-1872, the home was the residence of 14-year-old Thomas Woodrow Wilson and his parents. The restoration of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home is being performed according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Structures. That means that after researching items found at the site, any items not true to the era during which the Wilson family lived on the property are being removed. The details: Analysis of the interior and exterior surfaces of the house has revealed a color palette that was used in the renovation. The project is a partnership between the Historic Columbia Foundation and John Milner Associates, Inc. Learn more about the home and other Historic Columbia properties: Historic Columbia Foundation, 1601 Richland Street, (803) 252-7742, tour info (803) 252-1770, www. historiccolumbia.org Follow the progress at www.woodrowwilsonhome.com See the video at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=Ek6jSoAaVz8 Take a class Historic Columbia Foundation hosts a Landscape Design Workshop 10:30 a.m. May 11. Explore the garden and learn about pre-eminent 19th century designer Andrew Jackson Downing’s principles behind holistic residential and landscape design with representatives from John Milner Associates. On page 38, The Wilson Home in 1956.


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John Fox House

231 Fox Street, Lexington Built around 1832, John Fox, a prominent politician who served as justice of the peace, sheriff, state representative and in various other government positions, purchased the house in 1843. The house remained in the family until the Lexington County Museum purchased it in 1969. The first building in Lexington County to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the home is part of the Lexington County Museum complex. The details: Inside the house, you’ll find a display of 19th century furniture, textiles (handmade quilts and lace) and other artifacts made in Lexington County. Learn more www.lex-co.sc.gov/museum, (803) 359-8369 or www.teachingushistory.org/qt-lex Spring Open House 3-5 p.m. May 5. Visit the recently restored bedrooms in the John Fox House, tour the Laurence Corley Log House, Oak Grove School House and more. Admission is free.

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{ homes }

Let’s go on a scenic cruise
Inside a jewel featured on the Lake Murray Pontoon Tour of Homes


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Story by Katie McElveen, Special to Lake Murray and Northeast magazines Photographs by Kim Kim Foster-Tobin
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Get comfy. Dan Robbins’ Windsong Island Lane home will be featured on this year’s Lake Murray Pontoon boat tour. A comfortable family room has several seating areas. It also includes a 2,644-square-foot guest house nestled on the island property. At right, the master bath.

“I was cruising around the lake with my sister and some friends when I saw it,” he recalls. “I was taken immediately. The grounds were beautiful and I knew the views from the porches that surrounded the entire house would be stunning. We pulled right up, met the owner and walked around the property. It wasn’t in the best condition, but the more I saw, the more I knew it could be very special.” After several months of negotiations, Robbins bought the house. Then it was time for the real work to begin. Nearly two years later, in June of 2012, the extensive renovations were complete and Robbins moved into the sprawling 9,500-square-foot home. It has been a tremendous project. “The water damage was even more extensive than we’d originally thought,” he says. “But it gave me an excuse to really transform it into what I knew it could, and should, be.” Now that the home is complete, Robbins will be sharing it with participants in the Lake Murray Association Pontoon Tour of Homes.


he first time Dan Robbins spotted the imposing mansion on a private island on Lake Murray, he knew he had to have it.


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Wide open spaces. The kitchen, looking out from the dining room.
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Soak up the sun. The outdoor area at Robbins’ home features a pool with a spa, infinity edge, and bar. The house has oversized decks on the second
floor. “You can see 15 miles, all the way to Chapin,” says Robbins.


It’s the first time the home will be open to the public. The house has an interesting history. Built in 2004, it was never occupied. After demolishing the island’s original structure, the owners lived in the nearby guest house and watched as their dream home was constructed. But they sold it to Robbins before ever moving in. The striking design was created to resemble a vintage ocean liner: on one side, an angular glass “prow” seems to be headed toward the waves. The railings that circle the structure could easily have been lifted straight off the Queen Mary. The only land access to the residence is a narrow, man-made causeway. Stepping into the soaring marble foyer, it’s hard not to feel as if you’re about to set sail: the view, of water, sky and, in the distance, a thin strip of land, is

mesmerizing. Past the entrance hall, the great room is both spacious and comfortable. Decorating the space was a real challenge for Robbins, who did all the design himself. “How do you make a 30-by-30 foot den with a two-story glass wall cozy,” he asks with a smile. His solution was to create two seating areas, each with low-slung, linen-covered chairs and sofas that help soften the room’s angles. Rough hewn wood tables, driftwood lamps and decorative shells echo the room’s watery vista while chic accessories amp up the style quotient. “I do love a little bling,” says Robbins. That love of dazzle is even more apparent in the kitchen, where tiny mirrors set into the custom-made Caesar stone countertops glitter like beach glass in the sand. It’s a pretty contrast against the room’s soothing palette of beige and cream. Nothing sparkles in the master

bathroom, but it doesn’t need to: the steam shower is outfitted with music, special lighting and a temperature gauge that beeps when the water has reached the perfect level of warmth. “There’s nothing worse than stepping into a cold shower,” says Robbins. A wall of vertically hung stone above an extra deep, freestanding tub would steal the show, if it weren’t for the unending view of the lake that dominates the room from a pair of large windows. And while the view is grand from the bathroom, the second floor, with its oversized decks, offers an even more magical scene. “You can see 15 miles, all the way to Chapin,” says Robbins as he looks toward the west. “I don’t think there’s any other view like it in the lake.” Katie McElveen is a freelance writer based in the Midlands


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This year’s Pontoon Tour of Homes will be held Saturday, May 18, and will feature three lakefront residences. Pontoons will launch at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. from Lighthouse Marina; arrive 30 minutes early to check in. Seating is limited, and tickets must be purchased ahead of time. Tickets are $30 for Lake Murray Association members and $35 for nonmembers. To order tickets call: (803) 509-4368 or visit lakemurrayassociation.com Other homes on the pontoon tour: n A 6,000-square-foot home on Windward Point that includes a karaoke room and bronze statues outside. Look for the bronze horse head sculpture upstairs n A property on Hollywood Road that include a guest house originally built in the 1940s. Look for the four stained glass windows from England in the main house, that also has 10-foot ceilings, a wood inlay compass and an entry door that used to be a brick fireplace.


Lexington Cardiology proudly welcomes

William D. Brearley Jr., MD.
at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Dr. Brearley, who is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease, has been published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the International Journal of Cardiology and the Journal of Electrocardiology.

A graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, Dr. Brearley completed his internship and residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, followed by fellowships in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology

He’s proud to be a member of the Lexington Medical Center Network of Care.

AC C E P T I N G N E W PAT I E N T S lmcLexingtonCardiology.com
1 The Commons • Lugoff, SC 29078 • (803) 729-4610
A Lexington Medical Center Physician Practice

131 Sunset Court • West Columbia, SC 29169 • (803) 744-4940 2601 Laurel St., Suite 260 • Columbia, SC 29204 • (803) 744-4900
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Experience some on the people and places where we live at the
he 17th annual South Carolina Book Festival on May 18-19 will be a feast for book lovers, featuring local and regional authors representing the breadth of Southern fiction and nonfiction. Speakers are scheduled to include cookbook author Nathalie Dupree, Lowcountry artist Jonathan Green, historian Walter Edgar, comic book artist Sanford Greene and author Janna McMahan. The festival also will feature dozens of exhibitors who share their works and might help you get published. The festival is Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Admission is free. For details and the latest schedule, visit www.scbookfestival.org.

good reads

Walter Edgar

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Nathalie Dupree

Jonathan Green

Here are a few page turners with a local connection to check out during the festival
Columbia Food: A History of Cuisine in the Famously Hot City, by Laura Aboyan Known at “The Hungry Lady,” Aboyan is a food blogger with a taste for adventure. This History Press release focuses on the rise of the local and sustainable food movement, tracing its roots back to colonial times, when South Carolina had the most fertile land. It’s the right time for this book – more food festivals are being added to the Midlands calendar and restaurants are on the rise. Cowasee Basin: The Green Heart of South Carolina, by John Cely Cely is one of the state’s foremost experts on wildlife biology, who knows Congaree National Park and its surroundings like the back of his hand. He was a longtime biologist at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and also served with the Congaree Land Trust. This book is full of information about the woods and wetlands where Richland, Sumter and Calhoun counties come together, and stunning photography make you want to hop on a kayak and go exploring. Lowcountry Bribe, by C. Hope Clark The Lake Murray resident has written the second in her Carolina Slade Mystery series, set in rural areas of the Lowcountry. More importantly, her website, fundsforwriters.com, helps authors get noticed and get published. Red Dawn Rising, by Sue Duffy The former editor of Lake Murray magazine now is the author of four Christian suspense novels, and is getting more notice in the publishing world. The protagonist is concert pianist Liesl Bower, who’s trying to outrun a Russian spy network. Backyard Jungle: The Adventures of an Urban Wildlife Lover Who Turned His Yard into Habitat and Learned to Live With It, by James Barilla Barilla, who teaches creative nonfiction and environmental writing at the University of South Carolina, casts his own family’s quest to bring nature into their Columbia backyard with urban habitats across the world, including Delhi, where monkeys are considered menaces, and western Massachusetts, where bears build dens near freeways. State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love, by Aida Rogers Aïda Rogers is a Columbiabased writer and editor whose latest work of essays pairs South Carolinians with the places they love: Nathalie Dupree on the Bowens Island Oyster Room, retired sportswriter Billy Deal on the golden age of the Carolina Coliseum, poet Deno Trakas on crafting words in a Spartanburg Panera, Cecile E. Holmes on her family’s beach house and Cynthia Boiter on the joys of picking blackberries in Spartanburg County.

• Yard Debris Removal • Remodelling • New Construction • Containers of all sizes available

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people, places, things
The Crooked Creek Art League meets at 7 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Crooked Creek Park, located at Old Lexington Highway in Chapin. The Seven Oaks Art League meets Thursday, May 16, at Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane. The event begins after refreshments at 6:30 p.m.


Harriet Goode is the scheduled guest artist for the Trenholm Art Guild meeting Monday, May 13, at Forest Lake Park, 6820 Wedgefield Road. Program begins after refreshments at 6:30 p.m. The Sandhills Farmers Market returns on May. 7. The weekly market, at the Clemson Research and Education Center, is open weekly on Tuesdays until Thanksgiving. Hours are 2-7 p.m. The killer comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” will be staged at Village Square Theater on May 17-26. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Village Square Theater is at 105 Caughman Road in Lexington. Details and tickets: (803) 359-1436

The fifth annual Blythewood Beach Bash is May 18 at Cobblestone Park. Dance the evening away with music by The Sensational Epics. 5-10 p.m. Build a miniature garden at Woodley’s Garden Center on May 4 at 10 a.m. at 10015 Two Notch Road and 2 p.m. at 2840 Dreher Shoals Road. Cost is $25. Details: woodleygardencenter.com The gardens of Gail and Wayne Buff, behind Wingard’s Nursery and Garden Center, will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18. Admission is free, and no reservations are required. Two workshops also will be offered. Wingard’s is at 1403 North Lake Drive. Details: http://www. wingardsnursery.com/events


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Here’s some good news that should make you breathe and sleep easier.

We are proud to announce that Francis Javier M. Dayrit, MD, FCCP, is joining the staff at Carolina Pulmonary and Lexington Sleep Solutions. For a decade, Dr. Dayrit has been providing





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A photograph of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home on Hampton Street in Columbia.


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Alzheimer’s? We can help.
The Heritage at Lowman’s care approaches
focus on enhancing individual capabilities to encourage independence, self-confidence and joy in living. Our BeWellSM Life Enrichment program offers opportunities to re-engage with favorite pastimes and encourages trying new activities. The Heritage at Lowman and Lutheran Homes of South Carolina caregivers are the only staff across the state that are uniquely trained in CARES and certified in the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ programs. Looking for a Day (Care) Program? Ask about our Flexible Assisted Living program as an affordable alternative to full-time assisted living. Our flexible solution lets participants stay for a few days a week and return home as desired.

Learn more. Take a tour.

Contact Rebecca 803.451.7412 or rshurtz@theheritageatlowman.org.

TheHeritageAtLowman.org • 2101 Dutch Fork Rd. • Chapin, SC
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