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Monday, June 11, 2007

Caroline 'Beattie' Bowen

Caroline Bowen Class of 1961

President, The Carlisle Collection & The Connaught Group, Ltd.

Caroline's career has covered every facet of the Connaught's Group's field operations, marketing, and management. She began her relationship with the company as a Carlisle Consultant in 1982, and for fifteen years her sales ranked in the top ten nationally. During that period, she also helped make merchandising decisions as a member of Carlisle's Editing Board; developed numerous sales and marketing materials; and served as a lecturer at Carlisle's Training Institute.

Caroline's management career includes seven years as a District Manager, two years as Director of Carlisle's Master Consultant Program, and five years as the President of Casuals Etcetera, another Connaught Group company. In 2004, she accepted her current roles as President of both Carlisle and the Connaught Group.

Caroline attended Converse College, and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Memories Rehashed


September 29, 2006 7PM at the Bishopville Country Club
Ann, Biff, Johnny, Jane, John and Kathy

Picture provided by Daphne Jean
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Share Your Park Pictures and Experiences

With permission from Laura Kirk, Interpretive Ranger at Lee State Natural Area, I have posted a portion of the newsletter "The Lee Park Post". You can also see the entire newsletter by pasting this web address to your browser: Parks/Lee SNA/L NEWS JUNE2007.pdf

An interesting picture of three park visitors whose identity's are unknown is included, so if you know who they are, please contact Ranger Kirk. Her contact information is posted at the end of this article.

You can also send pictures and memories to me or use the comment button below this post to leave your thoughts and I will see that they get to the park.


We Need Your Help!

Have you visited Lee? Do you have a story to tell about the park? Is so, we want to
know about it! The park has been open to the public for decades. Many people have
had picnics, family reunions, church gatherings, learned how to ride a horse, camped
for the first time or the 100Th time - in other words, made some great memories.

The South Carolina State Park Service is nearing its 75Th anniversary. There is a lot about Lee that the Park Service doesn’t have recorded. That knowledge is held with our visitors.

All it takes is a little time and effort to help us out. You can write a story down
and mail it to us. You can send us an email. You can also stop by the office and talk with the me about park history. We are interested in all kinds of information -

Did you stay in one of the cabins that used to be down along the

Did you canoe through the interior canoe trail in the 1950s?

What park superintendents have you met?

We are also interested in photographs of the park. If you have a photo or two that you’d like to share with us, the park staff can make a copy using the park’s scanner.

All help is greatly appreciated.

Laura Kirk
Interpretive Ranger, Lee State Natural Area
SC Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism
487 Loop Rd
Bishopville, SC 29010

Phone: (803) 428-4988
Fax: (803) 428-5306

Friday, June 08, 2007

Lee State Park Memories

I, too, remember the early days and swimming at the Lee State Park. Of course when I was first going as a young child with my parents and Reidy and Frances, John Reames (or was it John Patterson) was that old man on the raft watching everyone swim and blowing that whistle when someone did something wrong. Gotcha!!

I remember the mosquito size. It was about like that of a small aircraft and sucked you bloodless. Then your arms and legs would swell to look like watermelons on your body. After that came the distinct fun of itching and scratching for several days.

The class of 1965 would meet as youngsters on Saturday mornings and enjoy the day of swimming. Of course our parents were with us and we would also enjoy jumping from picnic table to picnic table tasting all the goodies our parents (mothers) had brought for lunch. I can remember my mother always had a large platter of fried chicken, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and always a chocolate cake (homemade, of course). I am certain that a good many people remember what a cake she could cook. There would usually be a bowl of potato salad and potato chips. There would be drinks but mostly mother brought a large container of sweet tea.

Frances, Reidy and I always got so mad when mother and daddy would say that we could not go back into the water for an hour after having stuffed our faces. It was always a fight with them, but this one war we never won. How about you? Where you one of the lucky ones that got to jump right back into the water?? After about one hour of continuous fussing about being bored, we were finally allowed to return and enjoy the swimming. Then we would have to pack up everything and journey home as baths had to be taken and hair washed to prepare for church the following day.

I do remember one time being there, (and to this day I don't know why she did not drown), I would make Retta Dickinson (Tindal now) go under water and come back up just so I could see her eyes. I think after about an hour, she said she was tired of that. If you remember, Retta always had the most beautiful eyes. (we laughed about that story not long ago) By then Margaret Saye Watson would have found something interesting for us to get into.....usually watching the boys. We became very proficient at that at a young age and carried it with us from then on. I want to hear some more tells from the class of 1965. Where are you? Join in and share your memories with us.

Hope you have enjoyed this short epic of my memories. It is fun to bring things back to light.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

The CC Camp…

For years I used the name “CC Camp”; I guess because that was the name my parents were familiar with before the area officially became known as Lee State Park.

It is now known as Lee State Natural Area. Sadly, today you will find that some of the more popular amenities in the old days, such as the swimming area, some cabins, and the Community Building have either been removed or converted to another use.

I have many wonderful memories about the “CC Camp” that were formed well before I started Grammar school. Number one among them was the beautiful swimming and recreation area which always seemed to be teaming with people of all ages who were either picnicking or tossing horseshoes or playing ping pong or volley ball or just taking a leisurely boat ride, etc.

The swimming area was marked by ropes held afloat by buoys. There was this one important ‘Rope’, also held afloat by white buoys, that was stretched across the swimming area at about the four foot depth area. Swimmers were allowed to use both sides of this particular ‘Rope’ while the non-swimmers were restricted to the shallow side.

Mothers with their smaller kids always lined the edge of the swimming area in the shallows while dad took the older kids who could swim out to the “Raft”.

When you were old enough or had become a proficient swimmer you were allowed on the “Raft” but not before.

The “Raft” was a concrete platform constructed on pilings which were sunk into the deepest part of the swimming area. It had metal hand rails on all four sides which were attached just above the water line. There was one ladder, and most importantly there was the spring board!

Man, oh man….. Let me tell you, the “Raft” was a magical place and it beckoned to me constantly.

I learned to swim at the “CC Camp” as, I suppose, did a lot of people, and when the day came that I was declared a proficient swimmer, I headed for ‘The Rope”.

I distinctly remember pausing for some time at ‘The Rope’ standing on my tippie toes with the water slapping at my chin while peering at the ‘Raft’ which, by the way, suddenly appeared to be a long, long 100... maybe even 200 yards from me.

In reality it was only about twenty to thirty feet away, but you couldn't tell me that. Gathering up all my courage, I took a deep breath, lowered my head and started to flail and kick at the water with all my strength in the direction of the “Raft”.

When I finally had to raise my head to catch another breath, I used the moment to sight for the “Raft”. . . . . it wasn’t there!!!!!!!

Panic was about to set in when, turning my head to the left I realized I had splashed my way past it.

To my chagrin, the life guard picked that very moment to blow his shrill whistle and he even yelled at me to get back on the near side of the “Raft”. So, I lowered my head once again, and flailed at the water until I slammed headlong into the platform.

Grabbing the hand rail, I worked my way around to the ladder.

When I pulled myself up out of the water and stepped from the ladder onto the concrete platform, even in the face of all my embarrassment, I was on cloud nine! I was officially a grown up! I was on THE RAFT!

I don’t even remember how old I was when this momentous event in my life stood place. It didn’t matter for I had crossed a milestone and I was one proud boy.

That was a moment in time I was happy to share with you. I have a few other memories (some include my time as a life guard) that stand out from my days at the park, and I will post them on this blog later. However, right now I want to hear about your memories from the old days, when the park was the place to go. So drop me an e-mail or use the comment button to get started. I’m anxious to read them!

Monday, June 04, 2007

Hank Martin

I have been to some wonderful concerts in my life, but our Hank really out did himself in Bishopville this past Friday night. He presented his history in the music industry. It started with his group in B'ville known as the Bluejays. He shared with us his accomplishments and some early failures. He was just a blessing to all. What a voice and what a musician!

With Hank was his lovely wife,Linda, who is such a gracious and sweet and gifted person herself. His sister, Ann, presented a program exhibiting the most beautiful voice. The entire audience was just mesmerized by the entire cast and the program. I think we could have all just stayed for the entire night.

Unfortunately his mother is in the hospital and was unable to attend the concert. We all need to lift her up in our prayers. Hank's youngest sister was there for the class reunion that was going to go on Saturday night. Ann performed a song that Mary had written. What a talented and loving family.

For those of you that were unable to attend, you really missed quite a showing. You also missed seeing a good many of our classmates. It was a reunion just to be with these people.

When Hank performs again, you must make the effort to come and watch this family. We will keep you posted when he is back in our area.

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Updates and News


Mary Parnell has sent Ann and me an e-mail alerting us to the fact that her husband, Richard is claiming seniority status on the sixth floor at Providence Hospital in Columbia. (Rumor has it he is bribing the staff on the floor by buying them pizzas and who knows what else.)

However, since Richard is a close friend we feel we must caution him that when Carlisle (my brother) comes out of ICU and moves to the sixth floor one can calculate on a swift change in the seniority status.

For those of you who don’t know, Richard is recovering from having a portion of his right lung removed due to a cancerous tumor. My brother, Carlisle is scheduled to have heart by-pass surgery this Monday morning.

In addition, Betty ‘Hammond’ Evans, Ann’s first cousin, is scheduled to have surgery (also in Providence) to repair a couple of ruptured disk in her neck Tuesday June 5.

Please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers. That crowd will need them for sure.

Providence Hospital
(803) 256-5300

Click on the heading above for directions to the hospital

Johnny & Ann Reames

Friday, June 01, 2007

Protecting Loggerhead Nesting Sites

Karen ‘Hall’ Whitehead (pictured on the far left on the beach at Hunting Island with her friends as a female Loggerhead returns to the sea after laying her eggs in a nest in the sand) writes:

I am the day leader for the team that patrols the beach and with the help of the park rangers we move Loggerhead nests that are below the high tide mark to safer sand.

This program has been in progress for many years. Ours at Hunting Island started in the 80's. A mother Loggerhead turtle starts laying eggs after she is 15-25 years old and she is capable of laying eggs every 2-3 weeks for about 3-4 times in one season.

They always come back to the area where they were born. Loggerhead can weigh between 300 and 500 pounds. Their eggs are the size of a Ping-Pong ball and feel much like leather.

The eggs are soft and you must remove them from the nest very carefully because you can detach the embryo from the egg lining and you loose a turtle.

Now I always enjoy this part of the life of the loggerheads.

The males never return to land they stay out at sea. They just have a good time as all males do.

We have teams that cover 5 miles of beach every day of the week. Our day is Wednesday.

We start at 6:00 in the morning. We are ahead with nest for this season Wednesday's team has found two of the five nests that we have as of today.

The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is in the threatened list and I could tell you more stories about what was done to these turtles.

They are beautiful creatures.


Editors note: E-mail edited to fit post.

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