|Sycamore Post Office, SC|
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|Sycamore Post Office, SC|
|Sunflowers, West Ashley, Charleston, SC|
West Ashley Farmer's Market: Not to be left out of the local farmers market boom that has spread throughout the Lowcountry, West Ashley is finally getting its own weekly bazaar starting Sept. 14. Running every Wednesday from 3:30-7:30 p.m. until the end of October, the West Ashley Farmers Market looks to expand upon the success of its downtown predecessor by bringing fresh, local goods to Ackerman Park at 55 Sycamore Avenue.
|Cane Rhum Bar, 251 East Bay St., Charleston, SC|
|Antique Barn, Camden, SC|
|Button King Museum, Bishopville, SC|
Roadside America: When Dalton was 53 years old - he's now in his 80s - he developed chronic insomnia. "Television went off at two in the mornin' back then," he recalled. "No more TV. I didn't have nothin' to do." To pass the time, Dalton found an old denim jumpsuit and started sewing buttons on it. He kept sewing for almost three years. He still couldn't get to sleep, but he had a jumpsuit covered with 16,333 buttons.After running out of room for buttons on the suit, Dalton discovered the allure of contact cement. He glued 517 buttons on his shoes, then 3,005 on his guitar. Next he covered a banjo, then a piano, then his 1983 Chevy Chevette (150,000 buttons). Insomnia became an asset. "I wouldn't quit. I wouldn't stop," he said. "I'd go four and five days and never go to bed." The suit, and all of his other button-covered items that followed, are now displayed in the Button King Museum. Dalton opened it in 2008 in a building (built by his children) next to his home.
|Pearl Fryar, Bishopville, SC|
Since the early 1980s, Pearl Fryar has created fantastic topiary at his garden in Bishopville, South Carolina. Living sculptures, Pearl’s topiary are astounding feats of artistry and horticulture. Many of the plants in Pearl’s garden were rescued from the compost pile at local nurseries. With Pearl’s patience and skilled hands, these “throw aways” have thrived and have been transformed into wonderful abstract shapes. Pearl Fryar and his garden are now internationally recognized and have been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, television shows, and even a documentary, A Man Named Pearl. Today, the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden draws visitors from around the globe.
|Colorful centerpiece, Sullivan's Island, SC|
|Bottle tree, Bluffton, SC|
History of Bottle Trees: Although glass was made deliberately as early as 3500 B.C. in northern Africa, hollow glass bottles began appearing around 1600 B.C. in Egypt and Mesopotamia. Clear glass was invented in Alexandria around 100 A.D. Soon around then, tales began to circulate that spirits could live in bottles - probably from when people heard sounds caused by wind blowing over bottle openings. This led to the belief in "bottle imps" and genies (from the Arabic worddjinn) that could be captured in bottles (remember Aladdin and his magic lamp? This story originated as an Arabian folk tale dating back thousands of years, even before clear glass was invented). Somewhere in there, people started using glass to capture or repel bad spirits. The idea was, roaming night spirits would be lured into and trapped in bottles placed around entryways, and morning light would destroy them.
|Mel's Tires, Florence, SC|
|All okra dinner, Sullivan's Island, SC|
|Posing on a sago palm, Charleston, SC|
|Fish Restaurant, Charleston, SC|