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Go calypso at this festival that celebrates reggae, jerk and all things Jamaica
Summer may be winding down – sigh – but there’s no need to relinquish the spoils of the season just yet. A visit to Jamaica would make it last a little longer. Even a day trip to Charleston would serve the purpose. Or traveling to Charleston and pretending you’re in Jamaica would offer the best of both worlds.
Actually, it’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. Not with the sixth annual South Carolina Reggae Jerk & Wine Festival and Exhibition at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens on the summer schedule.
Three in One
The festival features three events bundled into one celebration with Jamaican jerk food paired with wine, reggae music and a self-guided tour of Magnolia Plantation.
The event transports festivalgoers to the island of Jamaica, which is famous for its beautiful beaches, reggae music, Blue Mountain coffee, exotic fruits and cheerful people with their beautiful Patois language. However, no one truly has experienced Jamaica without a taste of Jamaican jerk.
Jerk pork originated in Boston Bay, Portland, Jamaica, and barbacoa, from which the term “barbecue” is derived, was made in a hole dug in the ground.
A form of cooking meat, as well as a seasoning, jerk started in the Caribbean with the Taino people and the Maroons (runaway slaves who lived in fear of being captured by the Spanish and then the English until a treaty freed them from English rule) who dwelled in the mountains.
Under this cooking method, wild hogs were marinated with spices including scotch bonnet peppers and laid out on pimento sticks in a hole. They then were covered to retain the heat and flavors as well as to curb the smoke from escaping and give away their whereabouts. Needless to say, word got out about the wonders of jerk, and Jamaican pork is popular all over the world.
At the festival, guests will be greeted with a complimentary jerk sample pairing with Irie jerk wine, a complimentary 3-ounce wine sample and a complimentary 9-ounce wine glass. The jerk sample will be provided by Caribbean Rootz visiting chef Ty from Jamaica.
In addition, the festival will include a wine presentation, more wine samples, the opportunity to purchase wine by the bottle or glass and beer sales. Special pricings on featured wines will be available at a retail tent.
A jerk cook-off will be open to professional chefs and amateur cooks, and Jamaican food selections will be available for purchase from vendors. Festivalgoers also will learn about the process of making jerk.
Of course, a Jamaican festival would not be authentic without the soothing sound of reggae music, which also was invented in Jamaica. The event will feature live concert performances by reggae bands, a Caribbean DJ and radio host Jamaican Wayne Hall from Reggae Vibes Radio. Music lovers also can experience Soca, aka the “Soul of Calypso.”
Along with music and food, the festival also will offer a pepper-eating contest, dominoes tournament, Ludo game (Jamaican board game), arts and crafts vendors and a raffle.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Healthy Lifestyle Network, a nonprofit organization that teaches self-management and healthy lifestyle skills to children and adults in Charleston and in Jamaica. To help with programs, donations of school supplies, soccer balls sizes 3 and 4, shin guards, arts and crafts supplies, cotton fabric and hand-quilting thread will be accepted as well.
Fine food and drink, coupled with generosity, can’t help but create a satisfying atmosphere, but the festival ambiance will feature more than a laid-back island vibe. Held on the grounds of Magnolia Plantation, the event also offers a self-guided walking tour of the property.
Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, the gardens have witnessed the history of the nation unfold since pre-American Revolution days. The property, the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry and the oldest public gardens in America, opened its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the gardens’ thousands of flowers and plants. Many parts of the gardens are more than 325 years old.
Although the plantation has stayed under the ownership of the same family for more than three centuries, each new generation has added its own personal touch to the property. Through the years, Drayton descendants have expanded the varieties of flowers that include camellias, daffodils, azaleas and other species that bloom year-round.
While most of America’s gardens are formal and try to control nature, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens is different. This property cooperates with Mother Nature to create a tranquil landscape where man and nature can co-exist in harmony. The romantic-style gardens have their roots in the industrial revolution of Europe. They were designed to help the common man forget his dreary workday life in the factory and go to a place where emotion pulls rank over reason. Form, balance and symmetry are cast to the wind.
Is there a better way to celebrate the last vestige of summer?
If You Go:
What: South Carolina Reggae Jerk & Wine Festival and Exhibition
When: noon – 7 p.m. Sunday, August 25
Where: Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, S.C.
How Much: $40 regular admission; $25 designated drivers and ages 13 – 20; free for children ages 12 and under
More Info: screggaejerkfestival.webs.com
By Morgan Davis
A young couple has a vision for a West Lake home that needed a little imagination and TLC to bring it into the 21st century.
When it comes to home remodeling, Martinez residents Megan and Tater Simpson certainly aren’t afraid of a little – OK, a lot – of work. And the results of their fearless venture into creating new and improved living space are on full display in their charming West Lake residence.
The Simpsons had remodeled their first house, a ranch in Watervale, so they had no intention of backing down from another challenge. Vacant for five years before they bought it, the house had damage from the 2014 ice storm including fallen gutters and a limb through the roof.
“My sister told me we would be crazy to buy the house,” says Megan. “It needed so much work.”
The Simpsons were not deterred, however, and they moved into the house in November 2014. Not without the help of a little divine intervention, though.
They first looked at the house in August 2014, but someone else got it before they did. When that deal fell through, their Realtor came back to them to let them know the place was back on the market.
They had seen the potential of the house, and they were ready to execute their vision for it. “It’s got great bones, and I thought we could really do something with it,” says Megan, who gets a lot of inspiration and design ideas from houzz.com. “I guess I wanted a project at the time.”
The house also had other features the Simpsons had on their wish list such as a master bedroom on the first floor and more space for a family that now includes 3-year-old Tate and 1-year-old Catherine.
And what does Megan’s sister say about the house these days? “She loves it,” Megan says.
Sticking to the Plan
After their first home sold in a week, the Simpsons moved into the West Lake house while the renovations were underway. Beginning with the kitchen, it took them about six months to remodel the house. However, they didn’t finish the upstairs bathroom until June of this year.
That space played an important role in the initial stages of the project, however.
“We lived upstairs. Our coffeepot and microwave were in the bathroom,” Megan says. “It’s fun to plan it, but it’s not fun to live it. There were people in our house all the time.”
Even though they came home to a houseful of their new best friends, aka contractors, many nights, they never lost sight of the long game.
“We had a plan from the beginning,” says Tater. “We did the whole house.”
With the exception of the bedrooms, which are carpeted, the Simpsons replaced the parquet and tile floors throughout the house with hardwood pine flooring. Not until they had jackhammered out the 2 1/2-inch layers of concrete they found beneath the tile, though.
The den is their favorite spot in the house, and they took out the wall between den and the breakfast area to open up the space. The original wood paneling in the room is gone, updated with neutral paint on the walls and colorful artwork by Southern artists.
They kept the wood beams in the ceiling, the built-in bookcases (now painted white) and the large picture windows that overlook the 12th fairway and 13th green of the West Lake Country Club golf course.
“Everything was here, but we took a 1981 house and brought it back to life,” Tater says.
The fireplace has the original mantel, but they whitewashed the brick surround. “We kept the mantel because it matched the beams and it was original to the house,” says Megan.
In the breakfast area, they added the chair rail, painted the walls and replaced the light fixture. Another colorful painting hangs on a wall.
A desk area connects the breakfast area with the kitchen, and the Simpsons painted the wood desk white and installed a colonial white granite surface on top.
New stainless steel appliances in the kitchen replaced the 1970s-era avocado appliances, and the original wood cabinets received a coat (or two) of white paint to brighten the space. The kitchen also features colonial white granite countertops, a farmhouse sink, subway tile and plantation shutters.
Hobbies, Heritage & Herringbone
In the front of the house, the living room and dining room offer glimpses into their interests.
The living room reflects the love that Tater, who grew up hunting and fishing with his father and grandfather, has for the outdoors.
“This is my man room,” he says. “But it’s really not,” says Megan. “But I did get a deer head in it,” counters Tater.
Yes, he did. The room also includes an antler chandelier, similar to one that Tater’s parents had in their house; fish and duck pictures on the walls; a cowhide rug and a pair of leather and cowhide chairs.
The dining room décor, such as a mirror, a painting and a group of plates on a wall, features an Asian influence in a nod to Megan’s heritage.
“I love the Oriental look,” says Megan, who is one-quarter Japanese. “My mother-in-law gave me the mirror and the painting. Some of the plates are from our china set, and the others came from random antique stores around town.”
The secretary in the foyer is a find from a Facebook yard sale site, and Megan added mirrors to it. The foyer also includes a herringbone pattern of oak wood in the pine flooring.
“I wanted all pine floors, but you can’t do herringbone with pine,” Megan says.
Instead, they used oak wood, which they also discovered on the stairs when they pulled up the carpet, to create the herringbone pattern.
White and Shiny
The house originally had 2 1/2 baths, and these spaces have undergone remarkable transformations.
The Simpsons turned a half-bath downstairs into a full bath by taking a portion of an L-shaped closet in the room and converting it into a shower with subway tile. The bath also features a small chandelier and a porcelain tile floor.
“It mimics marble, but it’s more durable,” Megan says of the flooring. “I like everything to look white and shiny. I think it makes it look clean.”
The brick from the den fireplace extends into the upstairs bath, which also includes porcelain tile flooring and quartz countertops. They replaced the single sink on the vanity with a double sink as well.
They gutted the master bath, putting in new cabinetry and quartz countertops and replacing the small enclosed shower with a claw-foot tub. A walk-in shower, which features subway tile and a rain showerhead, occupies the tub’s previous spot.
The Simpsons kept the vanity area with built-ins in the master bedroom. However, they removed decorative spindle posts from the tops of the drawer space and added quartz countertops to the built-ins.
The décor in the master bedroom includes Oriental lamps on the bedside tables, a pillow with an Asian motif on the bed, Asian figurines on the built-ins and two pictures of waterfowl above the bed. Full-length windows overlook the backyard.
“We have views of the golf course from every bedroom,” says Tater.
The bed in Tate’s room has an iron headboard, and the drawer pulls on the chest are shaped like Labrador retriever’s heads. The Simpsons had an energetic yellow Lab, but they gave the dog to a family with a farm – and lots of room to run – when their children came along.
Another downstairs room, which previously was a den with brick on one wall, became a nursery for their children. They whitewashed the brick and replaced the wood paneling and built-ins with a white chair rail and white bookcases.
After all the work they have put into their home, the Simpsons call the West Lake residence their “forever house.”
“Unless I win the lottery and I can watch somebody hand-pack my plates,” says Megan, “I’m not going anywhere.”
By Betsy Gilliland
A new multi-sport trail event is coming to Blanchard Woods Park.
If you’re ready to hit the trail running – or biking – then check out Own the Woods. This new multi-sport trail event will include a three-hour circuit cross country mountain bike race, a 5-mile trail run and a four-person mountain bike relay.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in the mountain bike race and the trail run. Awards will be presented to age group winners as well. The top mountain bike relay male, female and co-ed teams also will earn awards.
In the Corporate Challenge, teams will compete for a grand prize based on cumulative results in all three disciplines.
The event also will feature an expo showcasing fitness and health-themed vendors, food, beverages and other activities for all ages.
Early registration ends August 1, but participants can register through September 13. Packet pick up begins at 7 a.m. on September 14, and is followed by the trail run at 8 a.m., mountain bike relay at 9:30 a.m. and mountain bike race at 11 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the MS Center and raise awareness about multiple sclerosis.
“Through our work at the Augusta MS Center at Augusta University, we know that MS is a challenging disease full of unpredictable ups and downs,” says Dr. Suzanne Smith, director of the center. “We hope that presenting Own the Woods will serve as a positive reminder to everyone, including those living with MS, to stay the course regardless of the challenges they face.”
If You Go:
What: Own the Woods
When: Saturday, September 14
Where: Blanchard Woods Park
How Much: $40 individuals before August 1; $45 individuals August 1 – September 13; $120 teams
More Info: (706) 421-4585 or bikereg.com
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From the day she passed the real estate exam, Tonda Booker knew her slogan would be “Your Agent, Your Advocate.”
After all, as a past executive director for a United Way organization and a senior community center, and as a current board member for a local hospice company, she has long-term experience as a community advocate. She also has a passion for seniors and their real estate needs.
“When you are ready to retire, your home could be one of your most valuable assets. Therefore, selling your house at retirement age presents a different set of considerations than when you were younger,” Tonda says. “Whether you’re downsizing, buying in a new community or moving in with family, it takes careful planning to get the most out of your equity.”
Tonda has several recommendations for seniors who want to buy or sell a home. For instance:
• Seek Specialized Real Estate Assistance A specialist can guide seniors in making appropriate sales decisions and refer them to other experts as needed.
• Know Your Home’s Current Value Seniors, who might be unsure of their long-time home’s current value, should make certain a real estate agent can provide a current comparable market analysis from homes in their neighborhood and zip code so they don’t accept less than their home is worth.
• Investigate Incentives and Pitfalls Pensions, IRA accounts, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and estate planning could be impacted by a real estate sale, and seniors who plan to buy a new home in a retirement community could be eligible for perks such as reduced upfront fees and closing-cost assistance.
“As a veteran nurse working in home health and hospice services, I have seen many children who are unprepared for what will happen to their parent’s estate,” says Robin Elliott, RN, BSN. “Families need to discuss their wishes and make plans with a real estate professional such as Tonda and a health care advisor.”
“I can help you prepare your home, gather a list of professional resources, assist with estate sales and provide a comparable market analysis,” Tonda says. “Planning for the future is essential.”
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Shave ricotta salata cheese into strips with a vegetable peeler; set aside. Place olive oil, lemon juice, honey, poppy seeds and salt in a small jar. Cover jar and shake vigorously to combine. Place mixed greens in a large bowl and toss with dressing. Sprinkle with ricotta salata and top with nasturtium and borage flowers. Makes 4 salads.