Sandlapper Society

Winter 2009-10

Winter 2009-10

A Charmed Life • Artist Brian Rutenberg

Myrtle Beach-bred and College of Charleston-educated, artist Brian Rutenberg made New York City home years ago. But his paintings prove you can't take the sand—or the sandlapper—out of his soul. Writer Rosie O'Rear learns the latest from one of South Carolina's most successful painters. (Read more.)

Holiday Hi-jinx • South Carolina's Crazy Christmas Parades

If you pranced in a crazy Christmas parade last year in Bluffton, Columbia or Edisto, chances are you got snapped by photographers Jason Zwiker, Bill Rogers or Stephen Berend. CLICK! (Read more.)

A Town Whose Time Has Come... Again

Centuries ago, the town of Granby flourished on the banks of the Congaree. Now Granby is Cayce, and as author Margaret N. O'Shea discovers, happy days are here again. (Read more.)

Searching For Excalibur • Master Bladesmith Jason Knight

Master Bladesmith Jason Knight took his name to heart—and forge—when he tried to create the perfect sword. Now he's one of the best knife artisans in the country, practicing his craft in his hometown of Harleyville. Alice Osborn tells his story. (Read more.)

Teaching The Visionaries • Claflin University

Hard work is paying off for Claflin University. Students are focused, laboratories are modern, and the grants are coming in. Contributing Editor Daniel E. Harmon covers how this small college in Orangeburg never gave up its quest to send committed, thoughtful students into the world. (Read more.)

A Realistic Focus • Traveling Military Photo Exhibit Visits Florence

Florence is HQ for The American Soldier, a stunning photography exhibit that salutes our military from the Civil War through Iraq. (Read more.)

They're All Around Us • SC's State Parks

Beautiful places, that is. And you can find them in a new book published by the SC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. It celebrates our 47 state parks in their 75th year. Get out your camping gear! (Read more.)

The Potential of Magic • Juilliard in Aiken

Never ordinary, Aiken becomes even more remarkable through its connection with Juilliard. Soon Carnegie Hall-worthy performers will bring their talents to town, and even children can soak up the enchantment. Daniel E. Harmon reports. (Read more.)

Writing So Others May Read
Lexington's Jerry Bellune

For Lexington newspaperman Jerry Bellune, the best way to fight illiteracy is to sell more of his inspirational books. James Denton interviews the author about his life's "Great Purpose." (Read more.)

Redcliffe: The Double Life of a Plantation Population
Honoring a Plantation's Former Residents

Redcliffe Plantation was the site of some heavy-duty drama, thanks to the fiery politician who owned it. But the enslaved residents were crucial to its livelihood. Daniel E. Harmon describes how their legacy is honored at the State Historic Site in Aiken County. (Read more.)

My Kind of Place • Greenville's Handlebar

Columbia music lover Tut Underwood isn't happy that the capital city can't support a decent music club. But only 90 miles away, The Handlebar in Greenville provides "A Listening Room" for artists and their fans. Photographer Cindy Hosea provides the visuals.  (Read more.)

The Tie That Binds • Buford's Bridge Community

Spared by Sherman, Mizpah Church in Buford's Bridge recently fended off a more fearsome enemy—armies of insects. But for its handful of worshipers, no project is too great. Editor Aïda Rogers and photographer Scott Webster explore this example of rock-solid faith in a near-forgotten place. (Read more.)