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Save The Pigs

Seven of us decided to Save the Pigs. John & Jackie Nichols lead the way for Patti & Rudy Wilmoth, Gail & Miller Butler & Dave Winkler.

The weather was perfect for the 45 minute drive to Columbia. We had a quick tour thru downtown Columbia and ended up at the Columbia Fairgrounds for a sampling of food that ranged from Chili to Bread pudding made with Krispy Kreme Donuts. The music was by the Sensational Epics and we listened for awhile. The cool breeze started to get a little cooler so we head home about 9:30. A great event that we might want to add to our calendar for next year.
One quick photo before heading for home

Elmcroft Snaps

Elmcroft's New Sign

I’m thinking Elcroft has a new sign since last time. Am I right?

Obligatory photo of the lined up MX-5 Miatas.

Jackie Nicholls drove the new 4-seat MX-50 Sebring in case extra capacity was needed (and it was.)
Hurry and Wait 1

Partway through our drive we were halted by some road construction.
Hurry and Wait 2

It wasn’t too long before we were on our way again.
New MX-5?

Do I sense a new car in the lame duck First Lady’s future?

BBQ Cook-Off, Save the Pigs Party

Place: Columbia SC Fairgrounds

Event description: SAVE THE PIGS PARTY. I went to this last year and really enjoyed it. 20th Annual BBQ Cook-off Festival at the SC State Fairgrounds. (Of course last year it was the nineteenth annual…..) This two-day fundraiser pits cookers from all over the state of South Carolina against each other to see who can create the best tasting BBQ. All the proceeds from the event benefit Carolina Children’s Home and the many children it serves. Originally founded as an orphanage, the Home is one of the state’s largest treatment centers for abused or abandoned young people.

7 pm – 10 pm — Friday Night’s SAVE THE PIGS party is an anything but pork event! For $8 a ticket or 2 for $15, enjoy music and taste-test samples of numerous Southern specialties prepared by the 40+ cooking teams from across the region. Food samples are served as long as the delicious dishes last and the terrific band, the Sensational Epics, will play from 7-10 p.m. Beer, water and sodas are for sale at the event.

In order to minimize the drive for our Aiken friends, we’ll meet at the McDonalds parking lot at US 20 exit 22 (highway 1). If we meet at 6:30 we should get there while there’s plenty of food! Link below. Bring cash and your appetite. John

Event Coordinator: John Nicholls, jandjnicholls@yahoo.com, 278-6724

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Canoeing the Black Waters of the Edisto

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2007
We were 7 at Aiken State Park after May Miatas for Breakfast to enjoy a leisurely and enchanting paddle along the recently improved canoe trail. We saw cypress trees and a dead water snake. We didn’t see much else because we were too busy watching for low-hanging tree branches, half-sunken logs and other crafty treachery designed to distract us from viewing nature.

The temperature was perfect, we were nearly always in shade along the swift and narrow river. It felt a lot like a Miata autocross course, only on water. First rule: look ahead! After a spell, we got into just drifting (as in Fast and Furious: Edisto Drift) by anticipating the hairpin turns and just letting the canoe drift sideways, then pouring on the “gas” to propel us out of the cross current.

In a few spots, the river widened for a truly contemplative experience. It was quiet, and the filtered sunlight reflected like diamonds on the glassy surface of the water.

We passed under the State Park Road bridge where some cyclists were taking a break. They were working much harder than we were, as they urged us to jump in to “cool off.” Before too long we arrived at the take-out dock. We had finished the entire trip in just under 80 minutes. No sweat, no swimming, just fun.

On the way back along US78 toward Aiken, we passed the same cyclists, still working too hard.


David Schumacher

May Breakfast Snaps

Breakfast Breaks UpGetting Ready To RollLook Carefully For The Bar SignSome of the Cars