Category Archives: Lifestyles

‘You will love every single one’

Foothills Playhouse reveals

shows for 2018-19 season

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — The Foothills Playhouse’s new executive artistic director is no stranger to the theater.

“In many ways, I feel as though I am coming home,” Will Ragland said. “As a Powdersville native, I spent much of my childhood in Easley, and my involvement in the Upstate theatre community over the past 23 years has included experience acting on this very stage.”

Ragland has spent the past two decades “building award-winning theatre groups,” including the Wildcat Players of Woodmont High, the Mustang Stage Company of Palmetto High and Mill Town Players in Pelzer.

Foothills Playhouse and Mill Town Players recently announced a merger.

“I believe in the transformative power of live theatre and what it can do for


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Cold Creations

Public invited to make their own

signature Clemson ice cream flavors

By Denise Attaway

Clemson University

CLEMSON — Clemson ice cream has been around for 100 years, and on July 28 the public will have an opportunity to become a part of this deliciously sweet tradition.

The first-ever Clemson Ice Cream Makers Day is slated for July 28 in the only place where Clemson ice cream is made — the Ice Cream Innovation Laboratory in Newman Hall and the Class of ‘55 Exchange on campus. Groups of family, friends, or both are invited to come and make their very own signature flavor of Clemson ice cream during one of three timeslots — 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Cost is $40 per group, limit 10 people per group. Youth participants should be accompanied by an adult. Registration must be done in person at the Class of ‘55 Exchange ice cream shop during normal store hours. No phone-in or online registration allowed. Store hours are 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday

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Six innovative ways to indulge in ice cream

Ice cream is a popular dessert that’s enjoyed across the globe. Blending the cold and the creamy, ice cream is an ideal treat on a hot day. According to, 87 percent of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time. While Americans may enjoy their ice cream, New Zealand consumes more ice cream than any country in the world.

Historians and foodies believe Ancient Greeks enjoyed a dessert similar to ice cream as early as the fifth century B.C. Considering ice cream has been around so long, and that many cultures have created their own take on frozen treats, from gelato to sorbet to

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Fireworks and Freedom

Pickens County residents donned their red, white and blue as local communities hosted a variety of events to celebrate America’s independence last week, with festivities in Six Mile, Central/Clemson, Easley, Liberty and Pickens. The events each featured plenty of food, music, fun and fireworks displays lighting up the night.

Photos by Rocky Nimmons, Doug Tate and Kerry Gilstrap



Clemson professor writes history of little-known Pickens County community

By Wanda Johnson

Clemson University

CLEMSON — A group of Clemson University students and faculty tiptoed through a weed-filled plot of land in northern Pickens County as if they were trying to avoid disturbing the birds flying above them. They removed brush and debris from a cemetery some feared was forgotten.

That was more than seven years ago, when members of Clemson’s anthropology club and faculty carefully cleaned and marked graves at a slave cemetery that belongs to Soapstone Baptist Church in Liberia, a small community in northern Pickens County.

“Hundreds of freed slaves settled in the Upstate of South Carolina after the Civil War,” said Mable Owens Clarke, Soapstone Baptist Church member and historian.

Clarke said the church dates back to about 1865, when her maternal great-grandfather founded the house of worship.

Clemson anthropology professor Mike Coggeshall read bits and

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Happy 101st birthday

Happy birthday to our mother, Edna Holden, who turned 101 on May 3. She was given a party at Pendleton Street Baptist Church. We thank God for our mother every day. We are so blessed to still have her. We love you, Mama!


Norma, Shirley,

Ruby and Ricky


Spring Happenings

Local residents have been taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather, with hundreds flocking to the annual Blue Ridge Electric  Cooperative members meeting in Pickens and the opening day of the Six Mile Farmers Market on Thursday, as well as the Central Railroad Festival and the ninth annual Wings and Wheels for Meals at the Pickens County Airport on Saturday. The activities will continue this weekend with the 2018 Blue Ridge Fest, set for 5:30-10:30 p.m. Friday at the Blue Ridge Electric Co-op headquarters in Pickens. To see more photos, visit

Photos by Rocky Nimmons and courtesy Pickens County Meals on Wheels


All Aboard For Fun

Railroad Festival to roll into Central April 28

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — This year’s Central Railroad Festival will offer something fun for everyone.

“We are gearing up for a day full of family fun,” festival committee member Ed Welch said. “The railroad festival has something for all ages.”

The 2018 Central Railroad Festival will officially kick off at 10 a.m. April 28 and run until 5 p.m.

Admission to the festival is free.

The festival has existed in its current incarnation for more than a decade, Welch said.

This year, the festival is partnering with Pickens County as part of the

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Preparing garden beds for spring and beyond

Gardening enthusiasts may have been thinking about their landscape plans throughout the winter, eager to once again get their hands dirty with soil. Whether a home gardener is making preparations for edible crops or beautiful flowers, he or she must take time to make the soil amenable to planting. To establish hearty, durable plants, gardeners can focus on three main areas: addressing soil composition, cultivating and adding nutrients.

Soil composition

Many gardeners prefer growing a variety of plants in their gardens. Such an approach requires taking inventory of the type of soil in one’s

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Ergonomic techniques can make gardening less taxing

Gardening is a popular activity that seems to be gaining even more supporters. Statistica reports that the number of people who gardened within the last 12 months in the United States rose from around 105 million in 2008 to 118 million in 2017.

Gardening can be relaxing yet physically demanding work. Gardeners who find themselves battling aches and pains after spending time in the garden may need to make a greater effort to reduce injuries and

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