The Magazine of South Carolina

Sandlapper Digest

A Bulletin of Sandlapper Society, Inc.

Edited by Laura Mewbourn


The average tourist of South Carolina might think us unable to let go of another era, namely the Revolutionary War. Visit Brattonsville and find a living history site to propel anyone into the eighteenth century. Visit Camden and you might think South Carolinians aren’t too willing to give up that movie star fame we found with The Patriot. It’s not insanity that keeps history alive here—it’s that staunch pride that refuses to give even after centuries have gone by.

Historic Brattonsville in rural York County is a 720-acre living history village and Revolutionary War battlefield site. It is now open to the public every day (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day). For more information, call (803) 432-9841 or e-mail


Byrne Miller Dance Theater, John J. McVey Performing Arts Center,, (843) 524-1117

* The Nutcracker, 7 p.m., Dec. 8. The Columbia City Ballet presents a version of this Christmas favorite that’s fit for the best stages in New York City. The Nutcracker is a Christmas dreamland that will bring out the child in everyone.

* Don Quixote, 8 p.m. March 16. The Columbia City Ballet hosts an onstage Spanish fiesta to delight the eyes. You haven’t seen this much energy since your 2-year-old ate that bag of sugar. . . .


College of Charleston,, (843) 953-6306

* On the Verge of the Geography of Learning, Feb. 22-27. Three Victorian lady explorers set out on an adventure into the unknown, a safari that takes them to Terra Incognita and into the future.

* Starting Here, Starting Now, April 5-8, 12-15. Using songs by David Shore and Richard Maltby, Jr., this journey through contemporary love relationships runs the gamut from tender ballads to hysterical laments, from wry commentary to shouting-from-the-rooftop celebration.


Furman University Sunday Afternoon Concert Series,, (864) 294-2185

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra will perform in a series of concerts at McAlister Auditorium on the Furman campus. The following concerts remain in the 2000-2001 season:

* Austrian Gold, 3 p.m. Feb. 18

* A Meeting of Two Millenniums, 3 p.m., April 1

* Russian Festival With Nadja, May 20

All seats are reserved. Individual concert tickets are $28 and $18. Visit Furman’s Web site for more information on campus events.


Greenville Little Theater,, (864) 233-6238

* Christmas Spectacular 2000, Dec. 1-17. Join Emile Pandolfi (you might remember him from pages 70-71 of the Winter 1999-2000 issue of Sandlapper) and friends for a night of merriment truly fit for the holiday season.

* All My Sons, Feb. 23-March 10. Arthur Miller’s classic American drama tells the story of two families following the Second World War. This moving tale examines the harsh toll of war as well as the fragile relationship between families and friends.

* No Time for Sergeants, April 6-22. This hilarious, down-home comedy made famous by the movie starring Andy Griffith, follows a country boy’s misadventures in the Air Force.

* A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, June 8-24. Pseudolas is a slave to a Roman family who is trying his hardest to free himself while trying to win the hand of his master’s love. This musical is a hilarious end to the 2000-2001 season.


The Lexington County Historical Society, c/o Hall & Linda McIntosh, (803) 359-8794

* Concert With the SC Philharmonic, Feb. 13, 8 p.m., Koger Center, Columbia

* Spring Concert, June 1-2, 7:30 p.m.


Sandlapper Singers, (803) 255-0208   

* We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Dec. 18-19, Shandon Presbyterian, Columbia, 7:30 p.m.

* Picture This, March 24, Shandon Presbyterian, 7:30 p.m.

* Music! Music! Music!, May 5, Shandon Presbyterian, 7:30 p.m.


South Carolina Opera & the Newberry Opera Company,, (803) 276-6400

* Don Pasquale, Dec. 31-Jan. 16. Imagine Donzetti’s classic opera meets spaghetti western. In this Americanized version of an Italian opera, Don Pasquale migrates from Italy to America and opens a hotel, La Bella Casa. Much to his dismay, his nephew falls love with Norina, a widow, instead of a nice Italian girl . . . and comedy ensues.

* La Boheme, April 28-May 13. Four struggling artists live, work and play together in turn of the century Paris.  La Boheme is a tragedy of separation and death.


Sumter-Shaw Community Concert Association, (803) 436-2260

* White Cliffs of Dover, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20

* Carolina Brass, 7:30 p.m., March 20


USC Theater South Carolina,, (803) 777-5400

* Ghetto, Feb. 16-25. The Vilna Ghetto theater in Nazi-occupied Poland gave hope and meaning to Jews and entertained Polish, Lithuanians and Nazi officers. Ghetto is the story of this troupe of actors and their quest to provide courage and hope amidst atrocity. Drayton Hall.

* The Boys Next Door, March 23-April 1. A poignant and comic play about four mentally challenged men in an urban group home and their social worker, whose decision to move on changes the lives of “the boys.” Longstreet Theater.

* The Darker Face of the Earth, April 20-29. Poet Laureate Rita Dove challenges modern audiences with an adaptation of Sophocles’ classic, King Oedipus, by setting the story on an 1820s South Carolina plantation.

The South Carolina Historical Society Award for Best Book of SC History Published in 1999 was given to Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake and Lowcountry by Philip D. Morgan (University of North Carolina Press). The following titles were named finalists:

** Designs Against Charleston: The Trial Record of the Denmark Vesey Slave Conspiracy of 1882, by Edward A. Pearson (University of North Carolina Press)

** A Family of Women: The Carolina Petigrus in Peace and War, by Jane H. Pease and William H. Pease (University of South Carolina Press)

** In Pursuit of Refinement: Charlestonians Abroad, 1740-1860, by Maurie McInnis, et al. (University of South Carolina Press)

** Domesticating Slavery: The Master Class in Georgia and South Carolina, 1670-1837, by Jeffrey Robert Young (University of North Carolina Press)

** Hurrah for Hampton: Black Redshirts in South Carolina During Reconstruction, by Edmund L. Drago (University of Arkansas Press)

The Malcolm C. Clark Award for Best Article published in 1999 went to Douglas R. Egerton for “Why They Did Not Preach Up This Thing’: Denmark Vesey and Revolutionary Theology.”

Congratulations to…

** The Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce for being named National Chamber of the Year by the National Association of Membership Development.

** Rachel Buford, a Southern Wesleyan student, for being named the outstanding private college student in South Carolina for 2000-2001. Rachel is a Senior English major. The award is presented each fall to one student from the 19 private colleges in the state.

** Clemson University for being named the 2001 Public College of the Year by Time magazine and the Princeton Review.

** Dr. Scott Henderson for his book, Housing & the Democratic Ideal: The Life and Thought of Charles Abrams, which was published in September. Henderson is an assistant professor at Furman University.

** Mark Kilstofte, associate professor of music composition and theory at Furman University, for receiving an Artist Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission.

** Ashley Summer, Furman University student, for being named a Dreyfus Scholar in Chemistry for the 2000-2001 school year. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence that show a strong interest in pursuing a professional career in the field.


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