Monday, May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder

Mayor Pat Asbill: Looking for something to do in Ridge Spring?? Just take a minute and consider. This week,  the Little League is celebrating its year with an awards banquet, a dunking booth, and a snow cone machine with the week ending with Memorial Day and an Oyster Roast at Juniper. The first weekend in June is the Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale, which is no longer just a yard sale, but also a place with vendors of all kinds: metalworking, crafts, outdoor furniture, produce. The list goes on and on. This year, the town has rented 103 spaces, not including those setting up in their yards or along the sidewalk. Also, on June 15,  the Town along with The Saluda County Chamber of Commerce  will set up a movie screen on the lawn at the new town hall to show Monster Trucks, our first free outdoor movie. The movie is being sponsored by Edward's Heating and Cooling, Rowland Kitchen and Associates, the Friends of Ridge Spring, and AARS. We are looking for at least 2 more sponsors to defray the cost of  showing the movie. If you or your business is interested in helping with the cost, please call Town Hall at 685-5511. This is our first outdoor movie, and we hope all will come, bring a lawn chair, a blanket, or just sit on the grass and enjoy a free movie with friends and family. Also in the plans are a Farm to Table Dinner in September, the Farmer's Market, the BBQ and Harvest Festival in October, Christmas activities, and we are in the process of planning a quilting weekend to compliment our designation on the Quilt Trail. If you want to get involved, if you are tired of watching TV, or just want to make friends, we could use your help. Give us a call and we will put you to work on the activity of your choice. Like the saying goes: "It takes a village".
Magnolia Ridge Antique and Art Gathering was held this past Saturday and fun was had by all. The weather was perfect. Carter, my grandson, and I got into practice for the Farmers' Market and selling boiled peanuts  We look forward to next year's Gathering.
FORS met Tuesday night.  The new rack cards and town brochures have been ordered and in time for the Peachtree 23 Yard Sale.  These were  paid with monies that Saluda County Council awarded FORS from the ATAX funds.  With a grant from AgSouth a new sign for the Farmers' Market will be placed at the of intersection of Hwy #1 and #392.  FORS is "Friends of Ridge Spring" What a community!!!!!
MOUNT CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH—MAY GALA TO BENEFIT ICARE4 –A BLESSED EVENT: On May 13 at 11:00am, over 110 people gathered at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Johnston, SC for a benefit for ICare4.  This benefit was hosted by the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church Social Ministry and Youth Group committees.  ICare4 is a non-profit, faith based organization that provides aide to young men, women and children who are rescued by local police and FBI from Human/Sex Trafficking.   
ICare4 is currently the only organization in the Southeast, located in Augusta, GA, that aides those rescued by giving Social, Medical and Psychological care; job training; and allows the women to keep their children with them.  ICare4 is the currently the only organization that recognizes an important piece in rehabilitation is keeping mothers with their children.   
ICare4 is in the process of building a facility that will allow those rescued a safe place to stay while regaining and learning new ways to view themselves and the world that surrounds them.  The benefit held on May 13 was designed to raise money to help with this much needed housing. Mount Calvary is pleased to announce that $5,000 + was raised at this benefit.  We give thanks to God for sending so many caring and loving people to support this worthy Social Justice Issue.  For more information on how you may help, please contact Pastor Christi Pursey or Mrs. Janna Yonce at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church (803) 685-7523. Be sure to review the pictures from this event.

Joanne Crouch, AARS: We are currently looking for students  for the Monsters to Dinosaurs Handbuilding Pottery workshop on June 12th-16th from 9-12.  The week of instruction will be taught by Kim Ruff.  Cost is $100 for the week-$80 for the second child from the same family. Reserve spots at the Art Center on Fridays or Saturdays from 10-4.  You may also contact Kim Ruff by email- makerart@aol.com.
Some of our members participated at Magnolia Ridge on Saturday, May 20th.  This community event focuses on art & antiques.  Carolyn Boatwright, DS Owens, and Joanne Crouch exhibited work at the event.  AARS members, DS Owens, Donna Minor and Ron Buttler won awards for their work at the Aiken Members Show.

 The public is invited to AARS membership meeting on Thursday, June 8th at 6:30 at the Art Center. Check out the work of local artisans for that unique gift for someone special or for yourself.  Join our membership meeting on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30.  Our hours are10-4 on Fridays and Saturdays.

Josie Rodgers
Are you ready for the Peachtree 23 Yard Sale?  Get your shirt at RS town hall for $12 in various colors.  There will be miles and miles of goodies and treasures and deals for all ages.  For more info, check out the town’s FB page. 
Jordyn Rodgers, a rising senior dance major at Coker College, was recently names President of Coker College’s Delta Eta Pi Dance Honor Society.  This group of stellar students participates in various fundraising and philanthropy projects throughout the year.  Jordyn is an RSM High alum and the daughter of Mike and Angela Rodgers of Ward.
RSM Elem:  Aiken County held the "Celebration of Character" on Sat., May 13, in downtown Aiken.  The following students from RSM Elem were recognized:  Cody Davenport, Nathaly SeguraFlores, Emma Fulmer, Lizbeth Segura-Rosas, Gaby Valeriano.
RSM High: Congratulations to sophomore Kelson Palmer for being named to the All-State Baseball Team!  This honor is voted on by high school head baseball coaches throughout the state.
Several members of the RSM Mid/High track team competed in the state meet Sat., May 13.  Results are as follows:  Boys 4x100 State Runner-Up (Tray Dean, Jason Robinson, Jerry Tyler, Dennis Wise); Melvin Alewine, 3rd in discus, 6th in shot put; Quin Jeffery, 5th in discus; Jason Robinson, 3rd in 800 meter run; Tray Dean, 6th in 100 meter dash; Mikayla Davis, State Runner-Up Discus and Shot Put; Girls 4x800 4th place (Kelsie Storey, Katelyn Kirk, Kaylah McDowell, Kendra Storey); 4x400 Relay 7th place (Kelsie Storey, Katelyn Kirk, Anissa Dean, Kendra Storey).  Congratulations to the track team coached by Andy Harris!
RSM High’s Poetry Café was quite an event!  The Shakespeare Chapter of the National English Honor Society sponsored the evening with decorations, refreshments, a poetry writing activity, and prizes!  Alicia Key, President, explained what the NEHS is, and Summer Cherry shared several definitions of poetry.  Almost 30 poems, both original and published, were performed by students and faculty.  Even principal Kyle Blankenship got in on the action, as did English teachers Monica Jones and Kelly Bedenbaugh.  Many NEHS members read poetry, and several other students stood behind the mic and recited poems.  The audience created “I Am” poems, and some even shared their poems.  All participants received a certificate, and several awards were given:  Best Original Poem, Arturo Contreras; Best Performance of Original Poem, Andrew Moyer; Best Overall Performance, Symia Wilson; and Most Entertaining, Alicia Key.  Everyone had a fun evening with many students wishing the next day they had been able to participate. 
We are getting excited about a new little Trojan joining the RSM family!  Mrs. Diana Meade, SPED teacher, is expecting a precious little boy in June!  The faculty/staff of RSM Mid/High hosted a Rainbow Baby Shower for Mrs. Meade 2 weeks ago.  Mrs. Meade has a little boy and a little girl awaiting the birth of their little brother! 
The RSM family is also celebrating the upcoming marriage of Miss Britteny Jones, ELA teacher at the middle school.  On Mon., May 22, the Trojan family hosted a shower for Miss Jones, soon to be Mrs. Brown! The Trojan family enjoys getting together to celebrate each other’s successes and happiness, and they also surround each other with love and support during tough times. 
One of those tough times occurred recently when our art teacher, Mrs. Carmen Holley, lost her son in a tragic auto accident.  We continue to keep Mrs. Holley and her family in our thoughts and prayers and surround them with encouragement and love. 

David Marshall James:
   The Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!” at the Shubert Theater is nominated for 10 Tony awards (to be broadcast June 11th on CBS), including one for Bette Midler as Best Actress in a Musical.  News of this revival prompted “The History of ‘Hello, Dolly!’ ” as my presentation subject for The Ridge Spring Woman’s Study Club this February, and that presentation will be presented here, in four parts, this being the third:
    Carol Channing almost didn’t become Dolly Levi.  Director Gower Champion and producer David Merrick offered the part to Nanette Fabray, who was coming off Irving Berlin’s final Broadway show, “Mr. President,” which had not done as well as anyone had hoped, closing after nine months at the St. James Theater.  Champion had worked with Fabray earlier in her career, but still wanted to hear her sing some of composer/lyricist Jerry Herman’s numbers.
   Fabray refused to audition, as she termed it, and thus walked away from the part.  She went on to become a mainstay of late ’60s and ’70s TV, most notably in later years as the grandmother on the hit comedy “One Day at a Time.”  However, she never performed in another Broadway show after “Mr. President,” although she did do stage work in other locales.  Fabray is one year older than Channing and a two-time Tony Award winner.
   Channing had also worked with Champion at the beginning of her career, even before she scored a hit as Lorelei Lee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” in 1949, a part that would make Marilyn Monroe a bona-fide star in the 1952 film version, in which Monroe cast a long shadow with her rendition of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.”  Channing claims that Monroe watched her from the audience on multiple occasions on Broadway and “copied” her performance.  Unlike Fabray, Channing wanted “Dolly” in a big way.
   It’s tempting to think that “Hello, Dolly!” came together breezily.  Almost half of it did, but Champion and Co. didn’t realize what trouble they were in until their first stop on the road of tryouts, Detroit, where the critics panned much of the play, including a stereopticon show given by Dolly at the opening.  Merrick, ever the over-reactor, descended on Detroit in a fury:  “Close the show!” he proclaimed.
   Champion, however, having worked with Merrick before, knew how to push back, getting in Merrick’s face and telling him that he had enough backers in Los Angeles lined up to buy out the show from under Merrick, which is just what he intended to do if Merrick abandoned ship.   Merrick couldn’t abide the notion of Champion coming into New York eight weeks later with a hit show.  It would make Merrick look a bigger fool than if he just stood his losses.
   So, “Dolly” began its nip and tuck, with Herman writing new songs and deleting old ones, including shopkeeper Horace Vandergelder’s big Act I finale, “I Put a Penny in My Pocket,” an extravagant and amusing production number that would have played well.  But Champion wanted great.
   Furthermore, the show was based on Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker,” not its ill-fated predecessor, “The Merchant of Yonkers.”  It was “Hello, Dolly!” not “Hello, Horace!”  After trekking back East to Washington, D.C., the show’s last stop before hitting the Great White Way, Herman submitted an Act I show-stopping finale, “Before the Parade Passes By,” the widowed Dolly’s declaration that she has decided to rejoin the human race, go after a new husband (Horace), and otherwise demonstrate that “Tomorrow will be brighter than the good old days.”
Harriet's Garden Tips: The Heat is On!!!! Hope  you have or are beginning to plant your vegetables.  A rain gauge is valuable to make sure you have had enough rain.  Last night it rained but I do not know how much.  When you are not sure you can over water plants and drown them or underwater them and cause the roots to come to the surface searching for water. They dry out more quickly, weaken and become more susceptible to disease and other maladies.  I have always heard an inch of water a week is what plants need. 
REMINDERS
June 2& 3: Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale
June 6: Vouchers given out at Town Hall
June 10: RS Farmers' Market Opens
Ridge Spring Library hours: Mon/Tues 8:30 am - 12 pm; Wed., 8:30 – 4:30; Thurs 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; Fri 8:30 pm -4:30 pm
Ridge Spring Post Office hours:  Mon-Fri. 7:30 am – 11:30 am; Sat 9 – 10 am
Saluda County Library Hours:  Mon/Wed 8:30 am-5 pm; Tues/Thurs 8:30 am – 6 pm; Fri 8:30 am – 5 pm; Sat closed
Recycling Center Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 1-7; Sat 7-7; Sun 3-7; Tues/Thurs closed
First Thursday of the Month:  AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783

Third Thursday of the Month: FORS at Library at 5:00

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 15, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder

Magnolia Ridge Antique and Art Gathering
Saturday May 20, 2017
From 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
The Seventh Annual Magnolia Ridge Antique and Art Gathering will also have The Palmetto Tractor Club featured. The farm is located at 2136 Mt. Calvary Rd .  Do not use the address for GPS.  It does not bring you to the farm but google does.  The Farm is located at Hwy 23 and Hwy 39 and Mt. Calvary Rd in Ridge Spring. (Turn and cross the railroad at the John Deere place).  There will be antique, vintage, and art vendors set up for you to explore.  Come early and enjoy free coffee.  There will be breakfast and lunch foods available for purchase as well as baked goods from the Mennonites.

The Friends of Ridge Spring will meet Thursday evening at the Ridge Spring library. We are working on new rack cards and brochure for our town.  All are welcome.

Joe Cal Watson began the Ridge Spring News column so many, many years ago.  One of the topics he discussed was on the barn swallows that visited his home every year.. The barn swallows built nests under his carport.  He was not sure he liked them that much for they sure messed  up his car.  Over the years they came and he wathc them.  Then he received a cat.  The cat was friendly but stayed outside.  He noticed the birds did not come back.  Well this year the cat disappeared and the barn swallows are back.  The fewer mosquitoes are due to these lovely birds.  His car has been traded in for a golf cart that does not get any droppings on it for where it is parked. 

RIDGE SPRING UNITED METHODIST CHURCH:  
In April Ridge Spring United Methodist Church delivered 100 8 x 12 tarps and 50 hurricane relief bags to a Volunteer in Missions storage unit. These along with other donations from many churches will be shipped to Haiti to help with relief efforts there. As you know the island has been hit hard with natural disasters and the people continue to struggle. We are proud to be a small slice of a larger pie.

In May RSUMC’s Big Red Box will be collecting items for health bags. These bags will be donated to Christian Ministries. This Ministry is located in Batesburg and serves Saluda County as well as parts of Lexington. Items needed are: wash cloths, bath towels, tooth paste and brush, tissues, combs, and bar soap. If you would like to donate leave items on the porch of either the church or Family Life Center and a church member will make sure it will be placed in the BRB. As always thanks for the support of the our outreach efforts.

Kerry Jackson, English Teacher, RS-M High School: Congratulations are in order to the Ridge Spring- Monetta theater students. On Friday, May 5, 2017,  they participated in the annual Garcia Theatre Project at USC-Aiken. Latasia Lockette and Courtney Van-Eck were chosen for the All-Star Cast. The students performed "Baggage" by Christian Kiley and received the award for Best Play Runner - Up.

Josie Rodgers
RSM High: Drama students participated in an improvisation workshop as well as a workshop on voice and movement with other theater students from around Aiken County. RSM had the pleasure of performing first this year. The play was called Baggage Claim by Christian Kelly. After the performance, the judges spoke to the students about their performance.  The judges reiterated some of the things that Ms. Jackson has been telling her students all year as well as offered suggestions on how to improve their performance of this play. Congratulations to seniors Latashia Lockette and Courtney Van-Eck for making the All-Star Cast. RSM students also won Runner-Up to Best Play.
Summer Cherry:  On May 9, RSM Mid/High held a bocce ball tournament for some Aiken County Schools.  Multiple schools from the area participated including RSM Mid/High, RSm Elem, LBC Middle, Paul Knox Middle, Kennedy Middle, & Wagener-Salley High.  Special needs students were provided a “buddy” for the day.  Lizzy Barajas was a buddy to one special student.  She says, “Being a buddy is a great experience, and the bocce ball tournament was so much better with my buddy!” More than 90% of the students participating from RSM High are HOSA (Health Occupation Student Association) members and members of Project Unify.  Everyone had a great time competing, dancing, eating, and hanging out with friends old and new.  Our goal to make sure the athletes had fun was met because we received comments of appreciation from all over.  Next year, we hope to have an even bigger tournament and more new faces!
The National English Honor Society will host a Poetry Café on Thurs., May 18, in the high school cafeteria.  For more information, contact Josie Rodgers, sponsor.

Donna Nelson Minor won first place in 3D at the Aiken Artist Guild members show.  Congratulations!!!!  Her work can also be seen at the Ridge Spring Art Gallery that is open on Fridays and Saturdays.

Wyman and Stanley Fulmer of Ridge Spring were baling hay with a vintage hay-baler and everyone was fascinated.  Fun for all.

Update on the Peach Crop: Titan Farms grows 5800 acres of peaches and also farms broccoli and bell pepper. Starting July 1, the company will have 25-30 percent of a normal peach crop for about six weeks. Some will be sold locally, others will go to retail partners. But nobody’s going to have many South Carolina peaches.
Titan is a true family operation with Carr and wife Lori Anne running the show. That means they had to make some difficult decisions within days of the March freeze.
And that’s what you do when the unthinkable happens in farming. At the end of the day, anybody who makes a living on what grows from the dirt has to be two things: A gambler and a prayer. “You’re exactly right,” Carr agreed. “And an optimist. Don’t forget the optimist part. We’ll get all those peaches another day.”
Harriet's Garden Tips: April showers bring May flowers.  How true!!!  Daylilies are really hardy.  Have you seen them growing in ditches and along the roadside?  They are called daylilies because that beautiful bloom lasts one day.  There are newer varieties that bloom continuously for longer periods of time.  I love to  mix daylilies in flower beds.  They divide easily and just survive.  We have two wonderful daylily places in town.  The Daylily Depot and Loris and Bobby Yonce have and sell beautiful varieties of them.   In 1944 my mother was visiting may father at Fort Hood, Texas when she walked by a lady selling what turned out to be daylilies out of her trunk.  Mom could not get a plant but the lady promised to send Mom some seeds for $1.00 or it might have been a quarter. That began my family's love of daylilies. 

From David Marshall James:
   The Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!” at the Shubert Theater is nominated for 10 Tony awards (to be broadcast June 11th on CBS), including one for Bette Midler as Best Actress in a Musical.  News of this revival prompted “The History of ‘Hello, Dolly!’ “ as my presentation subject for The Ridge Spring Woman’s Study Club this February, and that presentation will be presented here, in four parts, this being the second:
   So, how did the show come to be?  One turns first to playwright Thornton Wilder, who would come to phenomenal success with the Pulitzer Prize winning plays “Our Town” and “The Skin of Our Teeth.”  Just prior to “Our Town,” he had a flop with “The Merchant of Yonkers” on Broadway in 1938.  He would revisit that play, pulling one of its background characters to the forefront and renaming it “The Matchmaker,” which became a Broadway success for Ruth Gordon in 1955 and a movie starring Shirley Booth, Anthony Perkins, Shirley MacLaine, and Robert Morse, 50 years before he would star on the TV show “Mad Men.”
   Producer David Merrick, who would have another big hit during the 1964 Broadway season—“Funny Girl”—brought “The Matchmaker” to Broadway, so he dug it up and pitched it to director Gower Champion as the basis for a musical.  Merrick and Champion had had a hit together with the show “Carnival,” and Champion had taken Broadway by storm by putting “Bye, Bye Birdie” together in 1960, the show that made Dick Van Dyke a star, and that would make Ann-Margret a star when she was introduced in the 1964 film.
   Gower, unofficially assisted by wife and dance partner Marge, grew even more enthusiastic about the show when composer/lyricist Jerry Herman brought them four songs, including “Hello, Dolly.”  As he was playing this in the Champions’ apartment, one of their young sons wandered in and began singing along.  Everyone knew it was a hit in the making.
   This was only Herman’s second Broadway show, following “Milk and Honey” (1961), although he had written several successful Off-Broadway revues during the 1950s, both of them featuring his good friend Charles Nelson Reilly, who would portray Cornelius Hackl, the second male lead in “Dolly.”  Eileen Brennan, fresh from her success as “Little Mary Sunshine” on Broadway, would portray second female lead Irene Molloy. 
    There are as many David Merrick stories as there are people who worked for him.  Carol Channing relates several in her memoir, “Just Lucky I Guess,” including this one from March 1964.  The show had been playing for two months, and was up for a Life magazine cover story—the kind of publicity that you couldn’t put a dollar value on, to be seen by untold millions.  Merrick was hot to have that cover, but the editors informed him that Gen. Douglas MacArthur was gravely ill.  Should he die, MacArthur would not fade away, but rather grab the cover out of Merrick’s itchy palms.
    “Pray!” he ordered everyone within earshot.  “Pray for the General!”  And off Channing and the lot of them went, and lo, she found herself on the April 3, 1964, cover of Life magazine.  Upon its release, some souls questioned their producer’s exhortation to prayer, to which he responded, “Let the s.o.b. die now.”  And he did, his death grabbing the cover of Life on April 17, 1964.
REMINDERS
May 20: Magnolia Ridge Antique and Art Gathering
June 2& 3: Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale
June 6: Vouchers given out at Town Hall
June 10: RS Farmers' Market Opens
Ridge Spring Library hours: Mon/Tues 8:30 am - 12 pm; Wed., 8:30 – 4:30; Thurs 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; Fri 8:30 pm -4:30 pm
Ridge Spring Post Office hours:  Mon-Fri. 7:30 am – 11:30 am; Sat 9 – 10 am
Saluda County Library Hours:  Mon/Wed 8:30 am-5 pm; Tues/Thurs 8:30 am – 6 pm; Fri 8:30 am – 5 pm; Sat closed
Recycling Center Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 1-7; Sat 7-7; Sun 3-7; Tues/Thurs closed
First Thursday of the Month:  AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783

Third Thursday of the Month: FORS at Library at 5:00

Monday, May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder
What a wonderful time was had by the community at the annual Ridge Spring Fire Department  benefit in memory of Michael Adamick which was held on Saturday.  The Bar-be-que meal was delicious, the auction was perfect, the entertainment was super, and they added a new treat- a boot raffle.   There were 10 boots which designated certain prizes.  You could buy 10 raffle tickets and place each ticket into which ever boot you want or place them all in just one boot.  The choice was  yours. Fun was had by all. Oh, the boots were the fireman's boots!!!!

The Seventh Annual Magnolia Ridge Antique and Art Gathering will be held on Saturday May 20 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  The Palmetto Tractor Club will be featured. The farm is located at 2136 Mt. Calvary Rd .  Do not use the address for GPS.  It does not bring you to the farm but google does.  The Farm is located at Hwy 23 and Hwy 39 and Mt. Calvary Rd in Ridge Spring. (Turn and cross the railroad at the John Deere place).  There will be antique, vintage, and art vendors set up for you to explore.  Come early and enjoy free coffee.  There will be breakfast and lunch foods available for purchase as well as baked goods from the Mennonites.

Peach Tree 23 is fast approaching.  The Town Hall has really cute T-Shirts for sale for $12.00.  Select from green, gray and yellow.  Check out Town of Ridge Spring on facebook for more information for t he designs on the T-shirts. 

The Nut House and Country Store:   Mother's Day is right around the corner on May 14th!  We have the perfect gift for Mom including pecan candies, coffee, tea, candles and more.  This week only our gift tins are 15% off and we're offering a special breakfast bundle including Faithful Foods Pancake & Waffle Mix and your choice of Blackberry Patch syrup.

Harriet's Garden will have hydrangeas and other beautiful plants for Mother's Day.

JEFF CLAMP Band Director, Ridge Spring-Monetta Middle / High School: On Saturday, April 29th several high school bands from Aiken County joined together to provide a pep band for the runners in the Aiken Electric Cooperative's "Run United" event.  All of the Aiken County High Schools were represented except for North Augusta, who was performing in the District Arts Festival.  The pep band was led and organized by Seth Forston, Wagener-Salley band director.  Ten students represented Ridge Spring-Monetta Middle/High School.  They were:  Joanna Kaiser, Kelsey Moore, Cameron Davis, Jonathan Cumbee, Alex Timmerman, Christian Key, Xavier Harling, Demerius Daniels, Jakobe Erving, and Denard Wise.  The band members all had a great time performing with students from other schools, and the runners seemed very appreciative of the band being there to cheer them on.

Janice C. Douda,  Ridge Spring-Monetta High: The RSM-High School Career Fair included 21 guest speakers from 21 different industries. This year our students were blessed to be able to chose to sit down and visit with their choice of three industries including : a chef, criminal justice, broadcast journalism, music producers, florist, welders, cosmetologists, educators, vets, manufacturers, DNR, law enforcement, physicians, colleges, military, and others. Students were given an overview of what each career involved and were allowed to ask questions of each presenter to get a real feel for the level of interest that they might have for that particular career. This was the first year that both high school and middle school students were involved in the career fair, a collaboration that we hope to continue for many years to come.



Reminder: Mount Calvary Lutheran Church - Bible Study - The Lord's Prayer: Beginning May 9 at 11:00 am and 7:00pm, Pastor Christi will lead a six week Bible study focusing on the Lord’s Prayer. 

  Joanne Crouch, AARS:  We are currently looking for students  for the Monsters to Dinosaurs Handbuilding Pottery workshop on June 12th-16th from 9-12.  The week of instruction will be taught by Kim Ruff.  Cost is $100 for the week-$80 for the second child from the same family. Reserve spots at the Art Center on Fridays or Saturdays from 10-4.  You may also contact Kim Ruff by email- makerart@aol.com 

Rene Miller, RSM Elementary
Thank You: RSM appreciates all our volunteers who have volunteered in some capacity throughout this school year. An appreciation gettogether was held on Monday for these special friends. Erica Burdett, Richard Centerfit, Mirelia Cockrell, Doug Edwards, Lara Edwards, Paul Fulmer, Maretha Harris, Sharon Harrison, Janice Hopkins, Kelsey Jerry, Pamela Jerry, Monica Johnson, Rosa Johnson, Mary Lipsey, Blanca Lopez, Laura Lopez, Wendy Lopez, Michael Moyer, Harold Padgett, Sandy Platts, Katrina Rodgers, Kimberly Whitfield, Linda Whorton, James Williams.
Reminders Please be reminded that the end of the year is approaching quickly. You must have all your child’s fees paid by the end of the year. This would include lunch money and lost or damaged library books.
First Grade Egg Drop: On Friday, April 21, first grade held its annual Egg Drop Contest. Students designed containers to prevent a raw egg from cracking when tossed from the roof of the first grade building. The container could be made of and padded with any material. Each year we are intrigued by the creative projects. We also had a picnic for the students. We would like to thank Doug and Lara Edwards for providing the hot dogs. Mr. Doug even came and cooked for us!

Josie Rodgers
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! 
RSM High: On Sat, April 29, several high school bands from Aiken County joined together to provide a pep band for the runners in the Aiken Electric Cooperative's "Run United" event.  All of the Aiken County High Schools were represented except for North Augusta, who was performing in the District Arts Festival.  The pep band was led and organized by Seth Forston, Wagener-Salley band director.  Ten students represented Ridge Spring-Monetta Middle/High School.  They were:  Joanna Kaiser, Kelsey Moore, Cameron Davis, Jonathan Cumbee, Alex Timmerman, Christian Key, Xavier Harling, Demerius Daniels, Jakobe Erving, and Denard Wise.  The band members all had a great time performing with students from other schools, and the runners seemed very appreciative of the band being there to cheer them on.
The FFA is selling baskets and potted plants from April 19 – May 11.  Plants include Geranium, Lobelia (hot blue), Lobelia (hot snow white), Verbena, Begonia (big red with bronze leaves), Geranium Begonia (cocktail mix), Petunia (easy wave white), Impatiens (mix mystic), Marigold- French (Durango mix), Zinnia and Boston Ferns.  Quantities are limited; $2 pots and $10 baskets.
The National English Honor Society will host a Poetry Café on Thurs., May 18, in the high school cafeteria.  For more information, contact Josie Rodgers, sponsor.
St. William Catholic Church  celebrated First Communion last Sunday for Jon Rodgers, son of Lang and Brandie Rodgers of Ward.  The parish also honored all the moms and Jon with a covered dish luncheon after mass.
The Saluda SC Truck and Tractor Pull will be June 9 and 10 with 8 classes this year.  Check out the website at SaludaYoungFarmer.org. 
            Persimmon Hill will serve a Mother’s Day lunch buffet from 11 am – 2pm for only $10.  For reservations, please call 803/275-3788. 


Harriet's Garden Tips: When looking for bedding plants (annuals) there are specific requirements to get the best blooms.  Is the location you want to plant them have sun, shade or part shade?  Does it take the heat and dryness or needs more water?  Hardiness is so important.  I find certain plants to be hardier that others.  Afternoon sun is harder on plants than morning sun.  Some plants do surprise me.  Begonias are hardier than they look.  Zinnias are beautiful but you can't let them dry out that often.  Geraniums are hardy for sure.  AND there are so many more.  Thunbergia is fun to grow as a vine.  It is also known as the black-eyed Susan vine.  Every time I have to check to see if the vine has grown out of the basket and gone up the post.  It has to be turned around and encouraged to climb back down to the bottom of the hanging basket.  Keep a  journal of what did great where and what did not.  I have one I jsut have a hard time remembering to write in it. Just have fun with plants.  I do.
From David Marshall James: The Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!” at the Shubert Theater is nominated for 10 Tony awards (to be broadcast June 11th on CBS), including one for Bette Midler as Best Actress in a Musical.  News of this revival prompted “The History of ‘Hello, Dolly!’ “ as my presentation subject for The Ridge Spring Woman’s Study Club this February, and that presentation will be presented here, in four parts, this being the first:
     The show “Hello, Dolly!” and its title song seem so much a part of the American cultural fabric that it’s hard to believe that both were introduced just 53 years ago this past January, when the show opened at the St. James Theater on Broadway.
   It would hold on for the next six years, becoming the longest-running Broadway musical up to that date, with a veritable parade of performers filling out the title character’s high-button shoes:  Carol Channing, Ginger Rogers, Betty Grable, Phyllis Diller, Pearl Bailey (with an all-black ensemble featuring Cab Calloway as Yonkers, New York, merchant Horace Vandergelder), and last but never least, Ethel Merman, for whom composer/lyricist Jerry Herman had originally intended the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi.
   That doesn’t include road-show companies that starred Dorothy Lamour, Mary Martin, Ann Miller, Debbie Reynolds, and, recently, Sally Struthers, among at least one-dozen others.  Indeed, no role in 20th century American musical theater has attracted such a large, impressive, and diverse list of leading ladies.  How does one explain this phenomenon?
  Well, for one, Dolly’s age is never specified.  We know that she is the widow of Ephraim Levi, but, as the show is set in New York in 1890, he could have been felled by a runaway team of horses crossing Delancey Street, aged 29, for all we know.  Still, it’s most plausible to think of Dolly as at-minimum 40.  Had Merman accepted the part that was written for her, she would have been 56 opening night.
  So, age is not a drawback to playing Dolly, unless you’re too young, as Barbra Streisand, at 24, was for the film version.   How refreshing that must be for actresses of a certain age—as long as they can sweep down the staircase at the Harmonia Gardens restaurant to the strains of the title song, they can be 75 for all the audience cares, which is exactly how old Carol Channing was when she starred in her second Broadway revival of the show in 1996.  She turned 43 one week after the show originally premiered.  And Bette Midler puts her hand into the role at 71.
REMINDERS
May 13: Mt Calvary brunch benefit
May 14: Jerusalem Baptist Church Mother's Day program 
May 20: Magnolia Ridge Antique and Art Gathering
June 2& 3: Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale
June 6: Vouchers given out at Town Hall
June 10: RS Farmers' Market Opens
Ridge Spring Library hours: Mon/Tues 8:30 am - 12 pm; Wed., 8:30 – 4:30; Thurs 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; Fri 8:30 pm -4:30 pm
Ridge Spring Post Office hours:  Mon-Fri. 7:30 am – 11:30 am; Sat 9 – 10 am
Saluda County Library Hours:  Mon/Wed 8:30 am-5 pm; Tues/Thurs 8:30 am – 6 pm; Fri 8:30 am – 5 pm; Sat closed
Recycling Center Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 1-7; Sat 7-7; Sun 3-7; Tues/Thurs closed
First Thursday of the Month:  AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783
Third Thursday of the Month: FORS at Library at 5:00


Monday, May 1, 2017

 May 1, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder

The Ridge Spring Fire Department is sponsoring a benefit in memory of Michael Adamick which will be held on Saturday,  May 6th starting at 5 p.m. BBQ tickets are $10.00 each and may be purchased from any of the fire department members.  An auction will  immediately follow dinner.  Please join us at the Fire Department in the center of Ridge Spring for an evening of fun. CALLING ALL CAKES!  Ridge Springites.....cakes are needed for the Fire Department Benefit, any kind, all kinds.  Will be used for the benefit desserts and auction or sell (if we have enough donated).  Please and THANK YOU.

We have a lot coming up this time of the year in our community.  There are so many ways to participate and enjoy the people, the sense of community and just plain fun.  There are the Fireman's Benefit, so many churches are having specials for Mother's Day, Magnolia Ridge Antique and  Art Gathering, Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale, graduations, and more.  Mt Calvary Mother's Day luncheon is Saturday May 13 and Jerusalem Mothers' Day program is May 14.Enjoy life!!!!
  Joanne Crouch, AARS:  We are currently looking for students  for the Monsters to Dinosaurs Handbuilding Pottery workshop on June 12th-16th from 9-12.  The week of instruction will be taught by Kim Ruff.  Cost is $100 for the week-$80 for the second child from the same family. Reserve spots at the Art Center on Fridays or Saturdays from 10-4.  You may also contact Kim Ruff by email- makerart@aol.com The public is invited to AARS membership meeting on Thursday, May 4th at 6:30 at the Art Center.  Our speaker will be local South Carolina watercolorist, Anne Hightower-Patterson White.  In 2016, Anne was selected by Watercolor. Magazine as one of 10 artists nationwide as “Ones to Watch.”  This is a free event and everyone is encouraged to attend. Check out the work of local artisans for that unique gift for someone special or for yourself.  Join our membership meeting on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 Our hours are10-4 on Fridays and Saturdays.

 RS-M Girls State delegates chosen by Auxiliary: Rachel Burger will represent Ridge Spring American Legion Auxiliary ,Unit 133,  at Palmetto Girls State. She is the daughter of Gary and Rebekah Burger, of Aiken, and is a member of the Junior Class of Ridge Spring-Monetta High School.   Alternate candidate is Alexandra Sterling, daughter of Dawn Pace and Michael Pace of Batesburg.  She is a Junior at RS-M. These girls were chosen on the basis of their leadership, scholarship, desire to attend Palmetto Girls State, character, cooperativeness, and interest in government.    Girls State will convene June 11-17 at Presbyterian College in Clinton. The purpose of Girls State is to educate our youth in duties, privilege, rights and responsibilities of American Citizenship. American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 133, would like to thank those who generously donated to allow us to support the Girls State program for  another year.                                             
Jeffrey Clamp: Twenty students from the Ridge Spring-Monetta Middle/High School Band traveled to Aiken High School on Friday, April 21st to participate in the Solo and Ensemble Festival.  At the Solo and Ensemble Festival the students play either solos (one person) or small ensembles (two or more people) for a judge who in turn gives them a rating of Superior, Excellent, Good, or Fair.  All groups from RS-M received one of the highest two ratings of Superior or Excellent.  Overall RS-M earned 11 Superior ratings and 5 Excellent ratings.  Yazmine Cannon, Alex Timmerman, Tyler Rowe, and Katara Coleman all earned TWO Superior ratings.  Students earning one Superior rating were:  Paola Trinidad-Santana, Emily Gonzales, Tita Mendez-Perez, Zachary Truesdale, Jason Orantes, Gabi Maltese, and Malaysia Morris.  Excellent ratings were earned by Haylee Rice, Daneyelle Dover, Kyla Padgett, Montana Hartley, Cheyenne Hartley, Jakobe Erving, Joanna Kaiser, Kenyon Ligons, and Kandon Hastings.
Mount Calvary Lutheran Church - Bible Study - The Lord's Prayer: Beginning May 9 at 11:00 am and 7:00pm, Pastor Christi will lead a six week Bible study focusing on the Lord’s Prayer.  To aide our study, we will look at the Aramaic version which our Lord spoke, the NSRV and use N.T. Wright’s Book, The Lord and His Prayer - “In his book of pastoral reflections N.T. Wright explores how the Lord's Prayer sums up what Jesus was all about in his first-century setting. The result is a fresh understanding of
Christian spirituality and the life of prayer. This deeply devotional book will refresh and stimulate the heart and mind of any reader.”

Rene Miller, RSM Elementary School
The Solar Eclipse “A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, causing the Moon to temporarily cast its shadow on Earth. Solar eclipses happen about twice a year and total eclipses are only visible to those located in the path of the Moon’s shadow as it crosses the Earth. Columbia is located close to the center of this path of totality, which is less than 100 miles wide. A total solar eclipse has not been visible from the United States since 1979, which has some astronomy fans referring to this event as the “Great American Eclipse.’” “(http:// scmuseum.org/eclipse) “On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will see nature’s most wondrous spectacle-a total eclipse of the Sun. It is a scene of unimaginable beauty; the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky.” (https:// www.greatamericaneclipse.com/best-places-toview) “The total solar eclipse will cross the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, turning day into night! The next chance in the United States to view a total eclipse won’t be until April 8 th, 2024.” (The Big Eclipse by Nancy Coffelt) RSM will be sending a special book about the solar eclipse and viewing glasses home with each child at the end of school. We hope each child will read their book and use their glasses to view the eclipse on August 21.
Welcome: We would like to welcome our new nurse, Nurse Diane Bolen. She graduated from USC-Aiken and lives in Aiken. She has been with us for a few weeks now. She has been married for 32 years and has 2 children, one boy and one girl. She is a member of Cedar Creek Church in Aiken and has 2 cats: Fatimus or Fat Cat and Miss Kitty. We are so happy to have her here at RSM. If you need her for anything don’t hesitate to call. We would also like to welcome the following: Meghan Thomas filling in for Mrs. Taylor Ann Kitchings, new interventionist Kimberly Griffis filling in for Mrs. Ford Ms. East, our new custodian.

Josie Rodgers
RSM High: Congratulations to senior Mikayla Davis for earning the WJBF Scholar Athlete Award!  Mikayla participates in 3 sports at RSM including volleyball, basketball, and track.  She has won several region awards, including the 3A Region Player of the Year for volleyball!  Mikayla excels on and off the courts.  She is a member of the National English Honor Society and the Teacher Cadet class; she will graduate in the top ten of her class in June.  She attributes her success to her drive in addition to her parents, her school, and her community, all of whom support and encourage her.  Mikayla will attend college and major in athletic training or applied science. 
The FFA is selling baskets and potted plants from April 19 – May 11.  Plants inclue Geranium, Lobelia (hot blue), Lobelia (hot snow white), Verbena, Begonia (big red with bronze leaves), Geranium Begonia (cocktail mix), Petunia (easy wave white), Impatiens (mix mystic), Marigold- French (Durango mix), Zinnia and Boston Ferns.  Quantities are limited; $2 pots and $10 baskets.
The National English Honor Society will host a Poetry Café on Thurs., May 18, in the high school cafeteria.  For more information, contact Josie Rodgers, sponsor.

Harriet's Garden Tips: When you purchase a plant in a container, there are several things you can do to make sure your plant can survive the South's hot summers.  Soak it in water.  Try to submerge it to get all the air pockets filled. Once out of the pot disturb the soil for I find the soil to be too porous and in need regular soil around the roots.  Be careful, those roots are for many purposes including feeding the plant.  If it is rootbound break that up too. A good rule of thumb is to remove 1/3 of the top of the plant for you probably damaged 1/3 of the root system.  Now my mother never agreed with that and her plants did well.  I just do not like to take the chance that I will not be as lucky as my mom was.  Her thumb was greener than mine.  Water that plant every day for a week and then every other day for a week and then when it is dry.  Once established, water thoroughly once in a while.  You want to roots to stay down and not come to the surface for that little bit of watering.

Review from David Marshall James:  "The Art of Southern Charm" by Patricia Altschul, with Deborah Davis
   O, to be a five o'clock guest at Patricia Altschul's antebellum manse in Charleston, South Carolina!
   The Butler-- not Rhett, who grew up on The Battery in Charleston, if y'all recall The Great American Novel-- Michael Kelcourse is hammering away at the ice, in order to concoct the perfect martini.
   BTW:  Miss Patricia prefers Beefeater's gin, probably because she's so deliciously retro about everything.
   Well-known to Bravo TV viewers as the breakout star of the reality program "Southern Charm," she was placed before the cameras by her son, Whitney Sudler-Smith, one of the producers and cast members.
   Those cameras love Patricia in all her caftanned glory, breakfasting in bed or pronouncing on the piazza, supplying the conscience of a be-crinolined, be-pearled mother on a 1950s TV program while she is bewitched, bothered, and bewildered by the device-driven me-lennials who frequent her sterling-silver-laden, linen-covered dining-room table.
   BTW:  Don't bring those electronic devices to the table at Miss Patricia's.  Furthermore, your purse belongs in your lap, as do your gloves, should you remember to wear them.  Your hostess wants you to dress comfortably, but never-ever-ever show "side boob," nor any such daring decolletage.
   Miss Patricia drops many a pearl in this volume, in which she shares her wisdom and experience as those concern etiquette, home-styling, and entertaining, all cornerstones of Southern charm.
   The author kindly clues us in on her family history and personal background.  We learn that she taught art history at George Washington University and worked as an art adviser, connecting collectors with their acquisitions, with an emphasis on 19th- and early 20th-century American painters.
   Raised in Richmond, she decided to reconnect with her Southern roots after years as a New York socialite.  That locale didn't stop her from eschewing the frou-frou food du jour and serving barbecue pork and caramelized bacon at one of her late husband's Christmas parties for business associates.
   BTW:  Patricia doesn't care for sushi.  As my biology teacher and Yale-educated nutritionist Iva Mae West proclaimed:  "All fish contain parasites; therefore, you must cook them (the fish and the parasites)."  When one student queried, "But what about eating the parasites," she replied, "It's just a little extra protein, dear."

   Miss Patricia, who otherwise seems as content as one of her many pampered pets, still bemoans her lack of grandchildren, here in print as well as on her show.
   She may have to settle with being a role model to the many young people who are looking upon her as a grandmotherly source of lifestyle advice, cosmopolitan thinking, and joie de vivre.
   It's a role she obviously enjoys.  Perhaps it's the one she was born to play.  Which prompts an adage from the back of a martini-medicated mind:  "When Fate passes you a role, accept it, then slather it with butter."

REMINDERS
May 6: Ridge Spring Fire Department Benefit
May 13: Mt Calvary brunch benefit
May 14: Jerusalem Baptist Church Mother's Day program 
May 20: Magnolia Ridge Antique and Art Gathering
June 2& 3: Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale
June 6: Vouchers given out at Town Hall
June 10: RS Farmers' Market Opens
Ridge Spring Library hours: Mon/Tues 8:30 am - 12 pm; Wed., 8:30 – 4:30; Thurs 8:30 am - 12:30 pm; Fri 8:30 pm -4:30 pm
Ridge Spring Post Office hours:  Mon-Fri. 7:30 am – 11:30 am; Sat 9 – 10 am
Saluda County Library Hours:  Mon/Wed 8:30 am-5 pm; Tues/Thurs 8:30 am – 6 pm; Fri 8:30 am – 5 pm; Sat closed
Recycling Center Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 1-7; Sat 7-7; Sun 3-7; Tues/Thurs closed
First Thursday of the Month:  AARS meets at 6:30, 685-5783

Third Thursday of the Month: FORS at Library at 5:00