[image-1]While some of my City Paper colleagues ventured to [image-2]the Pour House for the third annual Holy City Cold Hearts Revival, to North Charleston for the massive Kulture Klash event, and other local gigs, I spent my Saturday evening (Nov. 15) traveling upstate to sit in on drums with local rock band Spunjwurthi (that’s guitarist Chris Barrineau and singer Larry Strickland at the right). I was on for three sets at the Junior Woman’s Club Annual Oyster Roast at the Lake City Museum — a spacious, renovated warehouse (formerly the Bean Market) in downtown Lake City, South Carolina. It was a fun event in a cool space with plenty of steaming Gulf Coast oysters, red rice, fried chicken, and cold cans of Bud Lite.

Lake City is a small town located along Highway 52 (the road in town is renamed Ronald E. McNair Blvd., after a native son who was one of the NASA astronauts killed in 1986 during the launch of the space shuttle Challenger). Just north of St. Stephen, Cades, and Kingstree, it’s situated in the southern corner of Florence County. Only an hour and 45 minutes north of the Holy City, I noticed a recurring theme along Lake City’s rustic city streets:


(photos by T. Ballard Lesemann)