Monday, July 17, 2017

July 17, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder
Kristy Cheshire: *EMERGENCY*One of my biggest fears has come true: I'm in Kansas for Army training, and 2 of my dogs are missing from Ridge Spring. Ryan came home from night shift this morning to find a hole dug and Tryton and Zura gone. If ANYONE sees them, PLEASE take them in. They are FRIENDLY!! Call me 803 307 1708
Monster Trucks is coming to the lawn at Town Hall on the 21st of July beginning at about 8:45 or just at dark. The movie is free to everyone. Just bring your chairs, blankets, and the kids. The movie is being sponsored by the Art Association, the Friends of Ridge Spring, Cone's Meats, Edwards Heating and Cooling , the Saluda County Chamber of Commerce,  and Rowland Kitchen and Associates. Refreshments may be purchased. Can't wait to see you and Monster Trucks on the lawn by Town Hall. 
The Ridge Spring Farmers' Market is still going strong.  We had 11 vendors selling fantastically fresh produce: peaches, tomatoes, corn, zipper peas, squash, okra, peppers, watermelons, cantaloupe, cabbage, fresh bread, pies, rolls, cinnamon buns and breads, peanuts, plants, and more.  Sherald had baskets of tomatoes that were ripe for canning.  CPT Catering and Concessions should be there this Saturday as well as honey, cast iron pots.
 Ridge Spring Harvest Festival Update:  We are up to 8 of South Carolina’s top BBQ cooking teams! We are capping it off at 15, but if anyone local would like to throw their hat in with the BIG boys of SC BBQ they are welcome to go to our website, www.ridgespringharvestfestival.com and fill out the Cook Team Application and follow the payment instructions and send it on in!   1st place prize = $750, a custom trophy and their BBQ team flag flown over Ridge Spring for 1 year!

Watson Family Reunion: Save the date for the Watson Family Reunion on August 5 at 11:00 a.m. at the old packing shed behind the Watson House on Main Street in Ridge Spring. The annual reunion is an opportunity for descendants of John or William Watson and other friends to visit with cousins, learn more about ancestors, and visit cemeteries and other sites associated with the family. The cost for lunch will be $20.00 per person. We need your payment by July 21 so that we can make arrangements with the caterer. Checks should be made to Joe Watson. You can carry your check to Joe or mail it to him at 450 Pecan Grove Road. If you have questions, contact Joe Watson at 803-685-7815 or Mary Watson Edmonds at marywedmonds@gmail.com or 803-790-7780.
Saluda County Library Summer Reading Program 2017:  Our Summer Reading Program It is for all ages (even adults).   Questions? Call 864-445-4500 x226.  Thursday, July 20th, 10AM – The Story Ship – Construction Junction Show!
RIDGE SPRING UNITED METHODIST CHURCH:
In June 50 health bags were made and taken to the Christian Ministry Center located in Batesburg. This Ministry services 11 zip codes including Ridge Spring, Monetta and Johnston. Both the bags included: bath towel, wash cloth, soap, tooth brush and paste, bandages, combs and emery boards. We were glad to be able to provide these items but sadden that some of our neighbors lack basic needs.
The Big Red Box (BRB) is on vacation the month of July. Look for information in this column for items to be collected in August. The prayer box is located on the front porch of the Family Life Center (FLC). A church member checks the box prior to Sunday services and prayers requests are added to our list. Located next to the prayer box, are business cards with our new minister’s information and service times. Please take one. Sunday service is at 11 a.m. every Sunday unless otherwise noted.

Our new minister Ashley Buchanan delivered another fine message this Sunday. This is Ashley’s first appointment and she will minister to congregations at RSUMC and Spann United Methodist Church in Ward. We once again made a joyful noise as Ashley led us in worship. Join us next Sunday to worship and fellowship as we begin this joyous journey with Ashley. We will save a seat just for you!

Josie Rodgers
RSM Middle:   I hope everyone who visited Walmart last Sat purchased World’s Finest Chocolate from the cheerleaders; I got a few bars.  They are working so hard to raise money for camp, uniforms, and other expenses.  You can help by purchasing from Pelican’s SnoBalls every Friday night (6-8 pm) until July 28.  Just tell them you are there for RSM, and they will donate a portion of your purchase to the middle school cheerleaders!  Contact Monica Johnson for more information. 
            RSM High:  Several faculty members will head to various places this week for training.  Principal Kyle Blankenship, English teacher Kerry Jackson, and I (also an English teacher) are heading to Nashville for a High Schools that Work conference.  Sarah Hudson (math) and Kelly Bedenbaugh (English) head to the University of Georgia for intense AP training.  The following Monday, I will be attending a training workshop at Columbia College for our updated Teacher Cadet curriculum; I am really looking forward to visiting my Alma Mater and meeting with other Cadet teachers, some of the best teachers in the state!  Other teachers have or will be attending other trainings and workshops.  Our education never stops because we want to do the best for our students. 
The first day for RSM teachers is Wed., Aug 16, and the students will start the following Wed., Aug. 23.  The school calendar and daily schedule have changed a bit, so be aware of times and dates!

The following was written by Nadine Stair, age 87, Courtesy of the Venerable Fredrick Colclough Byrd.
If I had my life to live over, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time. I would limber up.  I would be sillier than I have been this trip.  I would take fewer things seriously.  I would take more chances.  I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.  I would eat more ice cream and less beans.  I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I'd have fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I'm one of those people who lived sensibly and sanely, hour after hour, day after day.  Oh, I've had my moments, and if I had to do it over again, I'd have more of them.  In fact I'd try to have nothing else.  Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I've been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute.  If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.
If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.  I would go to more dances.  I would ride more merry-go-rounds.  I would pick more daisies.
Review from David Marshall James"He's Got Rhythm:  The Life and Career of Gene Kelly" by Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson

   If Fred Astaire seems to have been born into top hat and tails, Gene Kelly seems to have arisen from the cinematic seas in a sailor suit.
   Or, in khakis, loafers, and a polo-style shirt:  His preferred everyday garb, which he sometimes carried over into the MGM musicals he made from 1942 to 1957.
   A number of male screen dancers have come and gone (many on to directing, with bum knees, ankles, and arches, though Kelly costar George Murphy even went as far as the U.S. Senate), including such other Kelly costars as Dan Dailey, Michael Kidd, and Donald O'Connor.
   Then there were Gower Champion, Bob Fosse, and Bobby Van, all briefly at MGM during the early 1950s.
   However, Kelly just clicked with audiences, all-American and athletic, handsome and exuberant, and abundant with Irish charm.
   Or, maybe it was his "Pirate Ballet" from "The Pirate" (1948), the most erotic dance from any MGM musical.  Daisy Duke don't have nothin' on Gene's ripped shorty-shorts.  His "Nina" from the same film-- probably his best screen number aside from puddle-splashing and ballets-- even includes pole-dancing.
   During the late 1930s, Kelly became a big Broadway star.  Before that, he practically grew up taking lessons in dancing schools in his native Pittsburgh, where he developed a regional reputation as an instructor, director, choreographer, and performer.
   He tried law school, but had much more success studying dance in Chicago, where he performed at the World's Fair in 1934.
   As his biographers here relate, Kelly arrived at MGM, age 30 and newly married to actress Betsy Blair, at a golden moment in time.  Musical producer Arthur Freed was in full swing, and Gene would also join forces with director Vincente Minnelli.    Ultimately, the trio's "An American in Paris" won the Best Picture Oscar in 1952, up against "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "The African Queen."
   Later in 1952, "Singin' in the Rain," directed by Kelly and Columbia native Stanley Donen, displayed the "MusicalLeo" at its apex.  As the authors note, Kelly's films have been even more popular in Europe, which is largely fascinated by this unique American art form.
   Although he continued working into his seventies, the authors detail how Kelly lost his footing at MGM after the ousting of studio chief Louis B. Mayer.  Kelly longed to appear in the film version of the Broadway show that he originated, "Pal Joey," but that went to Frank Sinatra in 1957.  Nor would the studio loan him out to play Sky Masterson in "Guys and Dolls" (1955).  What could Metro have been thinking?  They could have made tidy sums on both loan-out's.
   Post-Metro, Kelly returned to Broadway to direct Richard Rodgers's and Oscar Hammerstein's "Flower Drum Song" (1958).  Later, however, he turned down the opportunity to direct the film version of R&H's "The Sound of Music" (1965).
   He did direct "Hello, Dolly!" (1969) yet wound up referee-ing Walter Matthau and Barbra Streisand, who were at each other's throats throughout the production.
   Along with Kelly's career achievements and disappointments, the authors cover his well-documented anger-management issues, manifested in a taskmaster's drive and a lightning-hot competitive streak, which drove him to fits in party games and on the volleyball court.
   Were his issues, recalled by many coworkers, the result of a perfectionist personality or of a brooding Irish temperament, or both?  Or of something more?
   In this solidly written and researched biography from the University Press of Kentucky, the authors recount Kelly's happy, sometimes idyllic, childhood in Pittsburgh.  He held great affection for his parents, his wives, and his three children. Thus, the root of Kelly's dark side remains a mystery, especially since he often spoke of his great good fortune.
   Whatever the source of this worst part of his nature, he and Astaire stand unchallenged as the greatest cinema dancer/actor/singers of all time.
   Postscript:  Some of the "Dancing with the Stars" regulars often seem barely able to contain their blazing tempers.  Derek Hough demonstrates a competitive edge as sharp as a freshly honed scimitar; he obviously possesses a visceral aversion to losing. Indeed, if anyone could portray Kelly in a biopic, it would be Hough.

Harriet's Garden Tips:  Friday was the  hottest day so far this year.  So how does your garden grow?  Mine wants to hang in there for each time I try to water thoroughly the garden does come back.  A good rule of thumb is check your plants in the mornings.  If they look wilted then they are really in need of lots of water.  Weeds do not seem to wilt though.  Keep pulling them up.  Many weeds are producing seeds, so now throw them in the trash, not on the flower bed somewhere.  They will be  happy to reseed themselves.  Keep deadheading and taking note of what survives the heat, the sun, the shade, and your soil.  Some folks are planning their fall gardens.  More about that next week.

REMINDERS
All Summer Saturdays: Ridge Spring Farmers' Market
July 21: Free outdoor movie at Town Hall
August 21: Total Solar Eclipse
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; no meetings in July and August

Monday, July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder
Ridge Spring Harvest Festival meeting tomorrow Tuesday July 11
at the Ridge Spring Library at 7:00 PM
Watson Family Reunion: Save the date for the Watson Family Reunion on August 5 at 11:00 a.m. at the old packing shed behind the Watson House on Main Street in Ridge Spring. The annual reunion is an opportunity for descendants of John or William Watson and other friends to visit with cousins, learn more about ancestors, and visit cemeteries and other sites associated with the family. The cost for lunch will be $20.00 per person. We need your payment by July 21 so that we can make arrangements with the caterer. Checks should be made to Joe Watson. You can carry your check to Joe or mail it to him at 450 Pecan Grove Road. If you have questions, contact Joe Watson at 803-685-7815 or Mary Watson Edmonds at marywedmonds@gmail.com or 803-790-7780.
AND you can get fresh vegetables at the Ridge Spring Farmers' Market each Saturday.  This past Saturday we had 11 vendors and a food truck.  There were so many choices: corn, cantaloupe, watermelon, PEACHES, tomatoes, eggplants,  peppers, string beans, beautiful flowers, boiled peanuts, and more.  CTP Catering and Concessions was the food truck and owned by Will Tolbert.  He had his daughter and son with him and the food was delicious. . Bonita Orendorf and family had cookies, breakfast cinnamon buns, pies including pecan and breads.  We had two more vendors, one with cast iron pans and honey, and Mr. with his blue Australian heeler puppies. Another vendor was Frank Daniel with plants for sale. CTP Catering will be at the market on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays as well as the honey and pans vendor.
The Clemson Mobile Unit (SC Witness Project) is providing a mobile Mammogram at Riverside Community Center, Bouknight Ferry Road, Saluda SC on July 17th and 18th. Private insurance, Medicare, and  Medicaid are accepted and some individuals may qualify for free service. This is for ages 30-64. For additional details and appointments contact Eilien Brown at 864.227.3711, Jacqueline Talley 864.361.3595 or Melanie at 864.710.6661.
This past weekend Juniper's dinner menu featured  Adluh Manchester Farms Quail, Titan Farms, Watsonia Farms, WP Rawl, Hickory Hill Milk, Warbler Creek Farm, Warbler Creek Farm Tomato and Clemson University Blue Cheese.  This is farm to table stuff.
RIDGE SPRING UNITED METHODIST CHURCH:
 Ridge Spring United Methodist Church (RSUMC) has had a busy late spring and early summer.
In May 50 hurricane relief health bags were made and taken to the United Methodist Volunteer in Mission’s warehouse. Those along with 100 tarps (many of the homes were destroyed these provide temporary shelter) will be taken by cargo ship this summer to Haiti.
In June 50 health bags were made and taken to the Christian Ministry Center located in Batesburg. This Ministry services 11 zip codes including Ridge Spring, Monetta and Johnston. Both the bags included: bath towel, wash cloth, soap, tooth brush and paste, bandages, combs and emery boards. We were glad to be able to provide these items but sadden that some of our neighbors lack basic needs.
The Big Red Box (BRB) is on vacation the month of July. Look for information in this column for items to be collected in August.
The prayer box is located on the front porch of the Family Life Center (FLC). A church member checks the box prior to Sunday services and prayers requests are added to our list. Located next to the prayer box, are business cards with our new minister’s information and service times. Please take one.
Sunday service is at 11 a.m. every Sunday unless otherwise noted. We are proud to welcome our new minister Ashley Buchanan. This is Ashley’s first appointment and she will minister to congregations at RSUMC and Spann United Methodist Church in Ward. In addition to providing two inspirational messages, Ashley has a powerful and lovely singing voice. Join us next Sunday to worship and fellowship as we begin this joyous journey with Ashley. Welcome Ashley! You have already lifted our spirits!

Another  reminder of the Friday Night Outdoor Movie at Town Hall will be held July 21.  That movie screen is 20'X40' Town of Ridge Spring 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 on Friday, July 21. 
Saluda County Library Summer Reading Program 2017:  Our Summer Reading Program It is for all ages (even adults).   Questions? Call 864-445-4500 x226.  Friday, July 14th, 10AM Lew-E the Clown – Building a Better World Variety Show! Thursday, July 20th, 10AM – The Story Ship – Construction Junction Show!

I prefer to have David James write the book reviews but this is my review for The Zookeeper's Wife.  This book has been made into a movie and was at the Nickelodeon Theater in Columbia but I did not get to see it. The story is of how the Zookeeper and his family survived the occupation of Poland by the Nazis during World War II and how they  and other Poles helped the Jews survive and escape the occupiers of their  land. The book is sad, frightening, poignant and uplifting.  How do you survive an invasion, hostile forces, and such evil.  You find hope and you find normalcy in mundane things.  As a child I watched a Kraft or Hallmark Theater Presentation on TV about a Jewish rabbi who had an orphanage in the Ghetto in Warsaw.  He could have escaped but would  not leave his children.  When it was their time to get on the trains to travel to certain death he went with his charges as did his other helpers.  How full of love was that moment in time.  In the book it relates the same story but this time it is written.  His name was Janusz Korczak. I can refer to this now. Every once in a while we need to read history so as to remind us how far we have all come and we must protect the future. 

Harriet's Garden Tips:  Examples of Herbs that are medicinal would include aloe for burns, chamomile tea to calm the nerves and more.  You have to be careful for some herbs really do not do what folklore claims.  South Carolina is the home for the only tea grown in North America.  It is located on Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina low country.  The Grounds include 127 acres of Camellia Sinensis tea plants.  Look at the ingredients label on herbal teas.  They include lemon grass, spearmint, peppermint, chamomile, rose hips, and hibiscus.  You can grow all of these in your own yard.
Some basic rules for raising herbs are five plus hours of sun, good drainage, deep watering in the morning, ph factor should be between 6.0 and 7.5 (Have soil tested by Clemson Extension), and fertilize soil before planting with 5-10-5 or 5-5-10.  I have found herbs such as thyme, chives, oregano and others grow best in pots and hanging baskets for keeping the weeds out is difficult.  With all the "wonderful" rains we have been getting, weeds love to grow faster than anything. 


REMINDERS
All Summer Saturdays: Ridge Spring Farmers' Market
July 21: Free outdoor movie at Town Hall
August 21: Total Solar Eclipse
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; no meetings in July and August


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

July 3, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder
Let us all be enjoying the Fourth of July our Independence Day.  This is a very patriotic reminder of our past, our present  and our future.   God bless America, land that I love....
I may be on vacation but I know the Ridge Spring Market was great as always.  Check out the Ridge Spring Famers' Market facebook page for updates.
 Juniper: In regards to the James  Beard House Dinner that Chef Brandon Velie, wife Jeanne Velie and the Juniper crew prepared:: Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this dream a reality! The farmers and producers that provided all the amazing products for this dinner included Yon family farms, Adluh, Anson Mills, Trail Ridge Farm, Grade A Goat Dairy, Hickory Hill Milk, Titan Farms, Watsonia Farms, Manchester Farms Quail, WP Rawl, The Nut House & Country Market, City Roots, and Carolina Moon Distillery. Thanks to Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits for the great wines. Juniper will be closed for the Fourth of July.
Get ready for the total eclipse coming August 21.

Just a quick reminder of the Friday Night Outdoor Movie at Town Hall will be held July 21.  That movie screen is 20'X40' Town of Ridge Spring 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 on Friday, July 21. 
Saluda County Library Summer Reading Program 2017:  Our Summer Reading Program It is for all ages (even adults).   Questions? Call 864-445-4500 x226.  Thursday, June 29th, 10AM The Jolly Lollies! Interactive music and dance!  Friday, July 7th, 10AM  John Tudor  Builds A Better World Magic Show!

Going Down Memory Lane with the Ridge Spring High School Newspaper
Dated December, 1938.
There were pictures of the three school buildings, the center one that has since been demolished was built in 1916.  The storage building behind the water tower was constructed in 1921and the building that is now the art center was constructed in 1938 with the Trustees being Dr. P. A Brunson, chairman; H. M. Watkins, and Ralph Boatwright.  The article in the paper about the new Home Economics and Agriculture building Completion was written by James Derrick.  James Derrick in later years owned and ran Derrick Hardware on Main Street that is now part of Stuff & Things. 

Home Economics And Agriculture Building Completed
            The Ridge spring School is opening this year the first time a  new home Economics and Agriculture Building.  This building a WPA project, was constructed during the summer under the careful supervision of Mr. H. M. Watkins, a member of the board of trustees of our schools.   The teachers, pupils, and patrons of this school are very grateful to Mr. Watkins for the hours of work which he so cheerfully gave to seeing that not one thing was lacking to make this building complete in every detail.  His untiring efforts and the unselfish giving of his time show his keen interest in the welfare of the young people of our community.
            In the basement of this building in a well equipped work shop which is being used by the FFA boys for wood work and farm implements.  The basement is also to be used for a community cannery.  A boiler and pressure cooker have recently been installed.
            The Home Economics Department which is on the first floor consists of a banquet hall, a kitchen , the equipment of which will be completed in the near future and sever rooms already equipped with machinery, tables, cabinets and other necessary things for this work. 
            Several other classes are taught in this building.
            After the completion of this building work was begun to the school campus.  Beside the cleaning of the grounds, cement walks across the campus and connecting the building were laid.  New shrubbery will be added to the school grounds during the winter planting season.
New Lunch Rooms Opened
            This year the Ridge Spring school has its own lunch rooms.  Hot lunches have been served to the first four grades of our school for several years but during that time the food was prepared elsewhere. 
            This year the lunchroom is sponsored by the Winthrop Daughters of Ridge Spring.  The WPA furnishes some of the food and the school children and patrons contribute foods.  Tasty lunches are served hot on time every day.
            The two rooms that were used for this project were formerly used by the agriculture class, but now that this class had been moved to the new building their rooms have been reconditioned, repainted and changed into a kitchen and serving room.  The rooms are kept spotlessly clean and neat by Mrs. Ella Rushton and Mrs. Margie Randall who have charge of the work.  They prepare and serve the meals to approximately one hundred each day.
The Post Office and Railroad
            The post office in Ridge Spring was first established under the name of the Ridge is 1807.  The first postmaster was Stanmore Butler.
            The railroad through this section of the state was completed about 1869 or1870.  We believe Mr. W. E. Carwile was the first depot agent.  Before this time, there was not town to Ridge spring.  It was known as the Ridge.
What would happen if...
-Wallace Steadman, Jr. lost James Derrick?
-Jane Brunson came to school on time one morning?
-Ernest Boatwright learned French?
-Joe Cal Watson wrote his themes on book reports on time?
-Mr. Steadman left off one comma on an envelope he addressed?
-Maynard Watson stopped asking so many questions?
(There were more predictions but fun was had by all.)
Ridge Spring Campus Chatter
Ridge Spring High School, Ridge Spring, SC
Editorials-Ridge Spring Chatter is the official paper of the Ridge Spring High School, issued quarterly by the Senior Class.  Rates are twenty-five cents a year.
Editor In Chief-Mary Elizabeth Brockman, Business Manager-Wallace Steadman, Jr., Circulation Manager-Jane Brunson.
Home Room Editors: eleventh grade-Rheunette Harding, tenth grade-Alice Byrd, ninth grade-Betty Steadman, eighth grade-Mary Derrick. 
Reporters-James Derrick
Faculty Advisor-Mrs. Leroy Bonnette
I hope you enjoyed this trip.  Who knows there might be our time to be part of "Down Memory Lane"  for future generations.

Harriet's Garden Tips:  Aromatic Herbs:  Aromatic herbs have pleasant smelling flowers and foliage.  Oil from these herbs can be used to produce perfumes and other scented products.  When dried, many aromatic herbs will retain their aroma for a considerable time.  Some common herbs include mint, marjoram, lovage, rosemary and basil.  There are some varieties of lavender that will grow in the south.   I found rosemary easy to root and then grow.  Basil is easy to grow from seed. 
Keep deadheading those flowers and do not forget to fertilize often.  Did you get that soil test done?  This is a good time to get those soil samples in for the fall plantings.  With so many pine trees around the soil can be altered to being too acid.
REMINDERS
All Summer Saturdays: Ridge Spring Farmers' Market
July 10: vouchers at Saluda Senior Citizen
July 21: Free outdoor movie at Town Hall
August 21: Total Solar Eclipse
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; no meetings in July and August


Monday, June 26, 2017

June 26, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder
Ridge Spring Farmers' Market: Life sure can be good.  Rain has been forecast for this past weekend, but The Ridge Spring Farmers' Market did not get any rain on it.  The rain came in the afternoon.   There were 10 vendors and a food truck.  There were so many choices: corn, cantaloupe, watermelon, PEACHES, tomatoes, eggplants,  peppers, string beans, beautiful flowers, boiled peanuts, and more.  The pickles Mrs. Daisy is making will take six to seven weeks and are called Mrs. Truluck's Heinz Sweet Pickles. Abbie and Samantha were there selling cookies and blueberry muffins plus teas, seasoning salts and more. CTP Catering and Concessions was the food truck and owned by Will Tolbert.  He had his daughter with him and the French fries were delicious.  He  had fried fish too. Bonita Orendorf and family are a new vendor.  She bakes pies including pecan and breads.  There is so much to choose from at the Market and I hope to see you there.  Saturdays from 7:30 until
Just a quick reminder of the Friday Night Outdoor Movie at Town Hall will be held July 21.  That movie screen is 20'X40' Town of Ridge Spring 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 on Friday, July 21. 
Saluda County Library Summer Reading Program 2017:  Our Summer Reading Program It is for all ages (even adults).   Questions? Call 864-445-4500 x226.  Thursday, June 29th, 10AM The Jolly Lollies! Interactive music and dance!  Friday, July 7th, 10AM  John Tudor  Builds A Better World Magic Show!

Saluda Senior Center will be giving out the last of the vouchers on July 10 at the American Legion building in Saluda that is behind the Court House.
The Juniper is back open for Sunday Brunch on June 25 and their regular schedule.  I did see on Facebook that UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and her husband attended the dinner at the James Beard House and so did Creg Melvin who was at WIS 10 and is now with NBC in New York. 
Harriet's Garden Tips:  What is  nice about computers is that you can check to see what you have written at the touch of few keys.  I have mentioned daylilies more than once.  Interesting!!!!
Herbs: There are culinary, aromatic, ornamental and medicinal herbs.
Culinary herbs: We know a lot of them, parsley, chives, oregano, thyme, sage, marjoram, mint, and basil to name a few.  All of these are easy to grow and enjoy.  Parsley has flat leaf that is excellent in cooking and curly leaf which is good as a garnish.  The only problem with parsley is the butterflies lay eggs on the plant, caterpillars hatch and eat all the stems.  (The butterflies are beautiful, though) I try to have parsley in two different locations so the butterflies do not get t hem all.  Sometimes that works.  Parsley also lasts for two years so keep planting the seedlings. Sage, oregano, chives, thyme last through our mild winters, but basil and marjoram do not.  Try an herb garden soon and add to your  meals a little spice.  And for fun dry the cayenne peppers for winter spice.  Just be careful for the heat of the pepper will get on whatever  you are using to prep the peppers.  Try experimenting!!!
Josie Rodgers
Did you see all the great pictures and postings of our Juniper family in NYC?  It looks like they had a lot of fun and impressed some very important people at the James Beard House including SC’s very own Nikki Haley and Craig Melvin!  We hope Brandon and Dwayne don’t get any funny ideas about leaving the Ridge for the Big City!  We love them here!!
The Ridge Spring Farmers Market opens each Saturday around 7 or 8 am with lots of vendors offering a vast array of fruits, veggies, plants, baked goods, and other treats! 
RSM Middle:   The middle school cheer team is raising money for camp, uniforms, and other expenses.  You can help by purchasing from Pelican’s SnoBalls every Friday night (6-8 pm) until July 28.  Just tell them you are there for RSM, and they will donate a portion of your purchase to the middle school cheerleaders!  Contact Monica Johnson for more information. 
RSM High:  The Trojan family welcomed our newest member June 20:  Adam Walker Meade, son of Diana Meade, weighed in at 7 lbs 3 oz!  He is beautiful!  We celebrate this rainbow baby and pray for his health and happiness along with that of his big brother and sister. 

From David Marshall James:
"The People We Hate at the Wedding" by Grant Ginder

   Weddings can be beastly affairs, particularly when the list of invitees contains unavoidable beasts: namely, family members.
   Siblings Paul and Alice Wyckoff have defined their lives in reaction to their half-sister, Eloise Lafarge.
   To Paul and Alice, Eloise is the privileged princess-- the favored one-- someone whom their Mom will always love much more and way better, at least in their feverish, belittling brains.
   For, once upon a time, Mom (aka Donna) was married to a wealthy Frenchman, Henrique Lafarge, who, like so many Frenchmen before him, was prone to stray, particularly with Younger Women.
   Donna, a through-and-through Hoosier in spite of her fluency in French and residency in Paris, tapped into her solidly Midwestern core and fell into suburban living outside Chicago, settling on a less glamorous but more stable marriage, producing Paul and Alice in the process.
   You would think this ever-so-grounded, all-American family would be beyond content in their macaroni-and-Parcheesi lifestyle, but the younger half-siblings cannot see over their out-of-joint noses at Cinderelloise.
   Long-suffering Donna has the blame bulls-eye smack-dab on her forehead.  Hasn't she undercut her second family in favor of her first?  Hasn't she made her second husband's life miserable?
   Quelle grande surprise, then, that Donna's toking (her word) hand-rolled Mary Janesies when she's not quaffing tumblers full of vodka with her lush-living neighbors.  She ought to be appealing to the Spirit of Joan Crawford to hurl white-hot wire hangers, like Zeusian thunderbolts, at her disrespectful progeny.
   When invitations to Eloise's wedding-- set for Thomas Hardy Country, U.K.-- arrive, Paul and Alice fairly choke on their envy at the Princess Bride.
   After all, Paul's amour, Mark, has been drifting away from him ever since Mark found firm footing and an elephantine ego up the ladder of academia.  Meanwhile, Alice is kidding herself like a third-rate comic out in L.A., messing around with her married-with-children boss.
   Of course, whatever miseries they're enduring can be attributed to Donna and Eloise.  Will the Ugly Americans and their Mother make it to Dorset?  And, if so, how will the drama play out-- a la Noel Coward, or perhaps more Pinteresque?

   In this, his third novel, New York writer Grant Ginder glows when his characters are traveling about England, even when they're stuck in traffic.  Philadelphia and Los Angeles fare less well.  It's as if the characters must enter the forest ruled by Titania and Oberon in order for the scales to fall from their neo-reptilian eyes.

Then again, Eloise ain't a-gonna let the drama queens upstage her at her own wedding.  She may not be the Big B in the role that they've cast her, but she can certainly channel her inner B, allowing the author to put the epiphany in his epithalamium.

Just another reminder that Harriet's Garden is closed until September unless my car is there.  I will be on vacation next week so the Ridge Spring News will be a trip down memory lane.  Stay tuned.  I found a 1938 high school newspaper printed by the Ridge Spring High School.  Joe Cal Watson's picture with the staff is on the back page.

REMINDERS
All Summer Saturdays: Ridge Spring Farmers' Market
July 10: vouchers at Saluda Senior Citizen
July 21: Free outdoor movie at Town Hall
August 21: Total Solar Eclipse
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; no meetings in July and August

Monday, June 19, 2017

June 19, 2017
Ridge Spring News
Harriet Householder

On June 16,  the RAINS came.  THE MOVIE SCREEN IS 20'X40' and cannot get wet.  So the movie night event has been moved to July 21st. The Town of Ridge Spring 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 on Friday, July 21.  Mayor Pat Asbill stated, " Last Friday night's rain won't stop our Movie on the Lawn. We have rescheduled for July 21st. So mark your calendars; we are looking forward to showing Monster Trucks." 
The Farmers Market was fantastic.  We had 4 vendors with the best and freshest corn.  So of course I bought four dozen. There were cantaloupes, watermelons, and PEACHES. White and yellow peaches are available.  There were string beans, tomatoes, beautiful flowers, cucumbers, peppers, boiled peanuts and so much more.  You could get cookies made by Abbie who was selling them for her trip, Ayla who was selling lemonade to make money for the summer.  Where else could you sit a spell in the shade, talk and also order a basket of cucumbers so you can make your special pickles.  Miss Daisy Rutland sat in the cool and Mrs. Jeanette Carr got her that peck of cucumbers. You could get fresh blueberry muffins, teas that were loose or in tea bags made by Samantha McClure.  Ayla hid a rock, too.  We start around 7:00 to 8:00 and go until we sell out. 
Saluda Senior Center will be giving out the last of the vouchers on July 10 at the American Legion building in Saluda that is behind the Court House.
The Juniper Family is on the way to New York.  They will be at the James Beard House serving a fantastic meal.  This means that Juniper will be closed from June 15 until June 24.  They will be back open for Sunday Brunch on June 25. 
The Friends of Ridge Spring (FORS) met Thursday night.  Mayor Pat Asbill and Noel Steele had the report from the traffic count on Hwy 23 form Tuesday May 30 through  Wednesday June 13, hour by hour.  Peach tree 23 had a fabulous count. Friday peaked with 1298 vehicles going west at 1:00 PM and with over 1000 traveling west through town from 10:00 to 3:00. On Saturday the peak was at 11:00 with 1708 vehicles traveling west and again from 9:00 to 2:00 there were over 1000 cars traveling west.  Google Earth reported a traffic jam on Hwy 23 and recommended detours.  This was good for trucks to avoid this area that weekend.  The n ext day the town was clean and I thanks the town employees for their hard work.  The welcome center at the Gazebo was a success, too.  FORS will not meet in July and August.
Harriet's Garden will be shutting down for summer and reopen in September.  Remember, if my car is there, I am there so stop by.  If you need me call that local number, I have call forwarding.
I will be on vacation from June 29 until July 6.  The Ridge Spring News will be more of a story and not too much news.  If you want something in the column during that time, please send it to me Tuesday, June 27 Bucket list item will be checked off - seeing Mt. Rushmore.
Saluda County Library Summer Reading Program 2017:  Our Summer Reading Program It is for all ages (even adults).   Questions? Call 864-445-4500 x226Friday, June 16th, 10AM Porkchop Productions presents The Three Pigs! Not only will they be building houses, but will be building friendships too!  Friday, June 23rd, 10AM The Riverbanks Zoo is Coming! Come see some live animal ambassadors! 
Josie Rodgers: RSM Middle:   The middle school cheer team is raising money for camp, uniforms, and other expenses.  You can help by purchasing from Pelican’s SnoBalls every Friday night (6-8 pm) until July 28.  Just tell them you are there for RSM, and they will donate a portion of your purchase to the middle school cheerleaders!  Contact Monica Johnson for more information. 

From David Marshall James:
"What the Dead Leave Behind" by David Housewright
  The Vikings may be breaking Minnesotans' hearts on an annual basis, but St. Paul author David Housewright just keeps hittin' 'em out of the ballpark.
   His Rushmore McKenzie mystery novels, that is.  And yes, am mixing sports metaphors, but you get the picture.    The McKenzie novels comprise a true series winner.  As such, they seem ripe for TV dramatization, or the movies.
   Housewright himself seems to think so, what with his comparison of his protagonist's looks-- as viewed by certain female characters-- to those of Bradley Cooper.  We know a casting hint when we see one.  It seems like a good fit, but BC's a bit too much of a cover guy to pull off McKenzie, IMHO.
   To wit, someone who casts about as a private eye, albeit pro bono, should not be as noticeable as Mr. Cooper.  Also, McKenzie tools about in a Stang, which is way cool, but which ups his recognition factor.  Before that, it was an Audi.  How about a Camry or an Accord, the better to blend in with the masses?
   All this brings to mind "The DaVinci Code," and here's how.  On the first or second page, author Dan Brown states that his MC looks like Harrison Ford, who doesn't look a whole lot like Tom Hanks (who played the movie role), although both are fine actors and are free to adopt me any ol' time.
   Back to McKenzie, the former cop turned PI.  In his latest opus, he's asked a favor through Erica Truhler, the daughter of his live-in love, jazz-club owner Nina Truhler.
   One of Erica's pals (is he more than that?) from Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, at Tulane University, lost his father in a still-unsolved murder in a Minneapolis suburb, one year before the story commences. He-- Malcolm Harris-- and Erica are on break from Tulane, and it's nearing New Year's Eve.  Happy New Year, then, to McKenzie, who's loath to refuse anything to Erica and Nina, although he's not crazy about "Mal."
   First order of business for McKenzie is to contact the suburb's meager constabulary, for the case is as cold as the Twin Cities winters used to be, before the imaginary climate change commenced.  Thus begins the revelation of several unsolved homicides, along with the deceased's scandal-ridden workplace.  Then, come to find out about the supper club to which the victim's widow still belongs.   There are at least six chew-the-scenery female roles for whoever's starring opposite Mr. Cooper.
   Speaking of which, was writing this, then turned on the TV, and who should appear on "The Talk" but Topher Grace.  Is that a sign or what?  There's your McKenzie, Mr. Housewright.

Harriet's Garden Tips:  This is the time to see what you want cuttings of.  My Aunt Adeline said to root in sand on July 4 and then pot up on Labor Day.  Keep plants watered and be patient.  When I go to repot camellia cuttings I snap the end of the root so it will be more fibrous and not just a tap root.  Those camellia seedlings are good for grafting but not for blooms.  The blooms on seedlings just never quite open up. 
Remember daylilies are named for the blooms last a day but there are many blooms on that stalk.  Zinnias have been beautiful this year.  Wonder if that means we are in for a dry, hot summer?
How is your garden growing?  Do you have enough zucchini?  Zucchini seems to grow faster than kudzu.
If you see a really good deal on a plant, it is probably dried out. Take it home and set it all the way in water.  Then put a saucer under it until you plant it. Have fun!!

REMINDERS
All Summer Saturdays: Ridge Spring Farmers' Market
July 10: vouchers at Saluda Senior Citizen
July 21: Free outdoor movie at Town Hall
August 21: Total Solar Eclipse
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