May 21, 2018
Ridge Spring News
Due to rain and threat of more storms the sixth Magnolia Ridge Antique and Art Gathering was cancelled and rescheduled for September 22. There was a pretty bad storm late Friday night so it was a good thing that they postponed the event.
BUT Peachtree 23 Yard Sale is 2 weeks from this past weekend. All the spots have been filled but new spots are being found. This is a 2 day event so pick your date and come on to Ridge Spring, Batesburg-Leesville, Monetta, Ward, Johnston, Edgefield, land Modock and shop. Make sure your trunk is empty before you start the trip.
I will have boiled peanuts and the rest of my tomato plants for sale. I am down to 10 of each variety-better boy, whopper, celebrity, Cherokee purple, and I still have a few red bell peppers, green bell peppers, and orange bell peppers. I am working on my herb collection, too.
George Raborn went into the Ridge Spring bank, Security Federal. He stopped by my shop to let me know how nice it was to go into a bank and know the customers. He spoke to Ed Gregory, and Carolyn Boatwright, people he knew. When he would go into the bank in Aiken, he did not know a sole. You just can't beat small town living.
The Friends of Ridge Spring met Tuesday night at Town Hall. The sign on Hwy #1 and Hwy 392 will be revised. New T-shirts have been ordered for the vendors, and T-shirts for Peachtree 23. The town is planning to revise the parking lot soon. All are concern for the live oaks that are in the bump outs for they seem to be dying. The farmers and vendors at the Farmers' Market sure appreciate them.
The vouchers will be distributed at Town Hall on June 5th from 1:00 to 7:00 PM.
The Art Center of Ridge Spring by Joanne Crouch
There is COOL Art at the Art Center! Thank you to RS Town Hall, air conditioning units are being installed in the Art Center. Come shop and take classes in a comfortable environment.
Barbara Yon held a quilt block painting workshop. Five new quilts will be added to the Ridge Heritage Quilt Trail when they are completed.
Anne Hightower-Patterson is offering a 2-day workshop, “Taking your watercolor to the next level” on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23 from 10-4 with 1 hr for lunch. Cost will be $130. Supplies not included. Spots are limited. To reserve your spot, call (803)685-5577 and leave message.
D.S Owens is the featured artist for May at the Jim Harrison Gallery in Denmark, SC. A photographer is featuring a tree study in this exhibit. Member, Ron Buttler, will be the featured artist for June at Gallery next month.
Hours of operation at the Art Center are Fridays and Saturdays from 10-2. Join us for our membership meetings on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30.
Congratulations to Texanna Miller, Sarah Shore, and McKenzie Maffett, recipients of the Saluda Young Farmer Scholarship for 2018.
RSM High: The Shakespeare Chapter of the National English Honor Society held its 2nd Poetry Night Wed., May 16, in the library. Between 40-50 people attended and read poetry of all kinds. Refreshments were served and awards given to outstanding poetry readers and writers. Even though the library was quite stuffy and humid, the participants and audience had a wonderful time!
The RSM High Beta Club has been named a State Convention School of Excellence due to their participation in the 2018 state convention and their dedication to the “importance of academic achievement, visual and performing arts, leadership development, and service.”
Seniors Lexi Sterling and Rachel Burger were honored for academic excellence last week at the Aiken Senior Scholar Banquet sponsored by Aiken County Schools. To be an Aiken Scholar, students must be ranking in the top 10% of their class, have a minimum GPA of 3.8, and have no grade lower than a B in all courses for 15 consecutive quarters of their high school career. Scholars also receive a Senior Scholar medallion to be worn at graduation.
Several track team members competed at the State Championship Track Meet Sat., May 12, at Spring Valley High. Results follow: Jason Robinson - 2nd in 800, 3rd in 1600; Melvin Alewine - 4th in Discus; Katelyn Kirk - 4th in 4x100, 5th in 4x800, 7th in 1600; Anissa Dean - 4th in 4x100; Kaylah McDowell - 5th in 4x800; Kendra and Kelsie Storey: 4th in 4x100, 5th in 4x800.
Rene Miller, RSM Elementary
Saturday, May 12th, our school district hosted a "Character First" ceremony with Aiken's mayor. Each school nominated only a handful of students to represent them at this celebration and we had 4 young gentlemen that were chosen: Jonathon Gonzalez, gr. 3; Jose Hernandez, gr. 4; Wyatt Davenport, gr. 4; and Aaden McCormick, gr. 2. Congratulations to these wonderful RSM students!
On May 4th the Seniors from RSM High came over and walked through the halls of RSME one last time as a student. Most of these students attended their elementary and middle school years right here at RSME. Our current students lined the halls and made signs of best wishes for the seniors.
March of Dimes: Premature birth and its complications are the #1 cause of death of babies in the United States. The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign aims to reduce premature birth in the United States and to give every baby a fair chance for a healthy full-term birth. Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary will host a College Football battle. Who can donate the most to the March of Dimes Campaign, Carolina or Clemson fans? Please bring your coins and dollars and place them in the bucket labeled Carolina, Clemson or Other. We will begin our campaign on Thursday May 17 through May 24. We will end the campaign on May 24 by wearing purple to represent the March of Dimes.
Pastor Keys: What an Awesome time we had at the Women's Conference!! Everyone there got SUCH A WONDERFUL Blessing. Thank you to all who attended, participated and supported the event.
Review from David Marshall James: "A Ship Without a Sail" by Gary Marmorstein
If Rodgers & Hammerstein are synonymous with the grand, stately Broadway musicals of the 1940s and 1950s, many of the songs from the Broadway shows (1920s, '30s, and early '40s) of Rodgers & Hart have been disassociated from the plays in which they were introduced. However, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz (Larry) Hart collaborated on many more shows than Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.
Many Rodgers & Hart songs are ideally suited to cabarets, nightclubs, or-- one of Hart's favorite venues-- smoky barrooms complete with a resident pianist/warbler. Any club headliner who wishes to sing of love-- in all its could've-, would've-, should've-been forms-- couldn't, wouldn't, shouldn't overlook the Hart lyrics for: "Blue Moon," "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered," "Ten Cents a Dance," "My Funny Valentine," "This Can't Be Love,” or "I Wish I Were in Love Again."
Hart, the older of two sons of German immigrants who settled alongside Morningside Park in Harlem, was a lyrical genius, perhaps owing to his genes: He was the great grand-nephew of famed German poet Heinrich Heine. However, Larry's father, Max Hart, was not of the cultural elite, yet he did have connections to the world of show.
Lyrics with interior and multiple rhymes came to well-read versifier Larry Hart in seeming flashes, often jotted on the back of, or on a scrap of, anything handy. Unlike Hammerstein, Hart almost never composed a lyric until he first had Rodgers's melodies. Hart never aspired to anything less. His talents were honed at summer-camp shows in and around the Adirondacks. He hooked up with the seven-years-younger Rodgers (still a teenager) through Columbia University's prestigious Varsity Show's, an annual competition open to students and alumni, with performances in grand ballrooms of swanky hotels.
They struggled to produce a hit beyond their collegiate successes (incidentally, neither was officially graduated from Columbia). Hart had hit 30, and Rodgers was prepping to move into the garment business when "Manhattan" (as in, "We'll Take Manhattan") put them over with the then-particularly-vast Broadway public.
As author Gary Marmorstein explains in this extensively detailed biography, the Great White Way was in its heyday during the mid- to late 1920s, just as Rodgers & Hart were making a splash. The Depression and talking pictures (specifically, musical pictures) would result in a reduction of both theaters and productions, especially as much of the songwriting talent was lured to Hollywood by fantastic sums.
Rodgers & Hart were not immune to such temptation, working on scores and songs for new films at most of the major studios. Many of their own shows would receive cinematic treatment, including "Babes in Arms," which set the stage for all the Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland "let's put on a show" musicals, and "Too Many Girls," which introduced, most fatefully, costars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz (he had starred in the Broadway version).
Larry loved Hollywood, but Rodgers was far less enthusiastic. Marmorstein indicates he was something of a control freak, desiring complete decision-making over his work, which he certainly lacked during his initial Hollywood forays. Many a conductor and performer have attested to the fact that one didn't skip or change a note of Rodgers's music. He was known to fire such transgressors on the spot.
In spite of Larry being the more congenial of the pair, his demons nipped persistently at his elevated heels, as if he had made a Faustian bargain with them for his phenomenal talent and achievements. Foremost, his drinking was already out of hand by his early 20s. He considered himself unattractive, was continually ribbed about his diminutive (less than five feet tall) stature, and was forced to mask his homosexuality (although most New York and Hollywood show-business insiders were aware of it).
Hart picked up checks and generally went overboard in keeping the proverbial party rolling around him-- anything to stave off the loneliness of the three a.m. blues. How perfect, then, when he could stumble upon a chanteuse in some after-hours place on 44th or 45th streets, singing his words. He died from complications owing to chronic alcoholism 75 years ago; even so, many proponents of The Great American Songbook consider him the best lyricist this nation has produced.
Harriet's Garden Tips: The rains have made so much greenery even more green, growing and stronger. This weather also encourages those pesky weeds. Just remember the sooner you get them up, the easier it will be. How many times have you seen that weed, thought of getting it later, and then you find the roots go all the way to China. That is one of the problems I have with those tree-weeds. Oak trees, red buds, pecan trees, and camellias, and more. They just love to sprout up in my rose bushes. I seem to be complaining but I am thankful for the rain, good soil, and the beauty that surrounds us each day. AND I bought a shovel that will not break!!!!
June 2: Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale
June 5: Voucher Distribution
June 9: Farmers Market Opens
Ridge Spring Library hours: Mon. Tues. 9:00 - 12:00; Wed. Thurs. Closed;
Fri. 10:00 - 4:00; Sat. 10:00 - 1:00.
Ridge Spring Post Office hours: Mon-Fri. 7:30 am – 11:30 am; Sat 9 – 10 am
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
Every Friday & Saturday: AARS hours 10 – 4 or by appt, free admission