Sunday, July 25, 2021

The Krafty Draft Brew Pub

The Kraft Draft Brew Pub is a 5 minute drive from our house and we finally checked it out after living here for 3 years! Located in a former model home display room, it does not look like your typical brewery.

We were not disappointed with the selection of over 100 taps. This is just a fraction of them! These guys opened in 2014 and have been growing since.

A Kindle with the menu is provided to the customer as it is always changing.

It is sorted by recently tapped, Kraft (their own in house brews), local, seasonal, fruity, light, Belgian, sours, malty, hoppy and dark.

We ordered a flight and I love the presentation in an old muffin pan!

Our favorites were tangerine wheat by the Krafty Draft and Melon Head by Shipyard.

The service was excellent. We also tried some samples. Growlers are available so if a customer loves a particular brew it can be brought home in a jug. There is a glimpse of the brew room through the glass door below.

We also had brunch here which is a new option for Saturday and Sunday. I am hoping it is here to stay! The avocado toast was a delicious healthy option.

Jim went full southern with a smothered chicken biscuit. This is a buttermilk chicken in gravy, with bacon and green onions. It was cooked to perfection.

There is a great atmosphere inside and out.

Theme nights happen here like game night, trivia night, oyster nights, yoga and more! I highly recommend this place for locals and passersby for great food and drink.

If you go, the Kraft Draft is located at 269 Charter Oak Road in Lexington SC.

Monday - Tuesday 4pm - 10pm
Wednesday  - Thursday 4pm - 11pm
Friday 3pm - 11pm
Saturday 10am - 11pm
Sunday 10am - 2pm

Have a marvelous day/evening (wherever you are on the clock)! ~Val

Thursday, July 22, 2021

The Ironic Curtain

The Ironic Curtain is currently on display thru September 12, 2021 at the Columbia Museum of Art in South Carolina. This exhibit features the underground work of Russian artists under political repression prior to the fall of the Soviet Union as well as more recent art. In short, this is named Sots Art.

Some pieces are quite quirky like this of Apollo the Greek god of the arts, President Ronald Reagan and Spiderman. This artist emigrated to the United States from Russia stating that "Sots Art in exile is, for me, the genuine thing." He felts that "Sots Art cannot evolve in Russia."

Hero, Leader, God -by Alexander Kosolapov, 1985

Below is Joseph Stalin watching Charlie Chaplin's Gold Rush playing on the scene of the old leather shoe being eaten. Stalin banned the movie after seeing the painting to avoid comparison.

Shoe Appetite, 2 Great Dictators by Tengiz, 1991

Perseus holding Medusa's head is depicted by the artist here explaining this is the assassin who killed Leon Trosky by a pickaxe to the head when he was in exile in Mexico City in 1940. The order was given by Stalin.

Perseus (The Assassination of Trotsky by Stalin By Alexander Kosolapov, 1983

This work is a collection of leaders, dictators and art collectors. The bottom right is Neil K. Rector who is the collector of the exhibit collection.

The Third Empire by Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamidm 1982-1983

This sculpture is a play on Giacometti's Walking Man. In this humorous piece, the walking man suffering from life's challenges at the time in his country meets Vladimir Lenin. Lenin is normally depicted as strong but here is a bit baffled by this worn out man. It portrays the difference between Socialist Realism and Existentialism of the time.

Meeting of Two Sculptures by Leonid Sokov, 1990

I particularly appreciated the large collection of photographs in this exhibit. 

Television Came to the Village by Mark Shteinbock, 1980

The most remarkable work to us was that of Oleg Vassiliev. These are more recent works. What intrigued us was how much aspects of these oil on canvas appeared like photographs. True art!

Remembrance of Things Past by Oleg Vassiliev, 1993

Gathering in Moscow by Oleg Vassiliev, 1998

Erik Bulatov - Mayakovsky Square by Oleg Vassiliev, 1995

This painting below is by the artist portrayed in the piece above. Bulatov said "The space we inhabited was entirely deformed by our frighteningly aggressive ideology. But because people had lived their lives in this space, they had begun to perceive it as normal, as natural. I personally wanted to show the abnormality and unnaturalness of this normal space". The Soviet men and women are enjoying the beach scene which is interrupted by red "ribbon" used in military medals, particularly under Lenin.

Red Horizon by Erik Bulatov, 1970-2000

In this photo below, the artist takes found photos and scratches out the faces as well as other treatments. His focus is photos from the 1930s - the 1950s when people under Stalin feared doing something wrong that could create trouble for them. It was important to be careful of what was being photographed. I have a feeling this fear still exists today and must be more challenging considering all the photos and film constantly being taken.

Untitled 4.90-22 by Igor Savchenko, 1993

Ending with something fun! There is a wonderful variety of children's book covers by these artists on display too.

Cinderella book cover by Oleg Vasiliev & Erik Bulatov, 1990

Overall the exhibit was entertaining, mostly witty and smile inducing. It demonstrates the power of humor at times of difficulty and oppression. 

If you go, the CMA is located at 1515 Main Street in Columbia, SC.

Open Tuesday thru Sunday from 10am - 5pm.

This exhibit runs thru September 12, 2021.

Have a marvelous day/evening (wherever you are on the clock)! ~Val

Saturday, July 17, 2021

The Mercer House Winery

Jim and I have been exploring the breweries in our area since many have popped up in recent years. A fabulous, fun tour to support local businesses! The Mercer House Winery is not a brewery, but close enough since we are able to sample adult beverages.

The tasting room is quirky and fun.

An eclectic mix of flavors is offered. This is not your typical wine tasting. We came home with raspberry merlot and strawberry lime.

Unique flavors we also enjoyed included coconut pineapple muscadine, honey lemon tea and mango chocolate pinot grigio. The most original in my opinion was apple pie. It tasted like apple pie! The wines do change so these are not always available.

The tasting room is surrounded by antiques and other fun objects. There is outdoor seating so if you want to enjoy a full glass of a favorite after tasting, there is plenty of space to lounge in.

I never thought of South Carolina as a place for wineries but it turns out the muscadine grape is grown here.

I have yet to try the grape straight up but after tasting some of the wines, I am not sure this one is for me. We did however sample a keylime muscadine wine that was palatable!

The grounds feature a 1 mile nature trail around the property which includes multiple 5 ponds, 5 vineyards and 2 creeks.
We only walked part of the grounds since summer is hot!
The grounds are definitely my style with tons of ivy and so much green!
I love old structures on farm land.

This is a place I would recommend locals and visitors to visit. It is a unique, non-pretentious experience.

The cost is $15 for a tasting. The number of wines available can vary. We sampled 20 varieties. 

If you go, the tasting room is open:
Friday 2pm - 6pm
Saturday 11am - 6pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm

397 Walter Rawl Road
Lexington, South Carolina

Have a marvelous day/evening (wherever you are on the clock)! ~Val

Monday, July 12, 2021

Strolling the Riverfront of Savannah

 Approaching the historic riverfront of Savannah is like taking a step back in time. 

The landscape drops towards the river and is covered by old live oaks with draping Spanish moss.

Dangerous, steep, old staircases await the daring.

Repurposed buildings run along the upper part of the riverfront.

One you make your way down you are challenged with very old, uneven ankle spraining type of cobblestones.

 We came across these scary steps that are blocked off from adventurous visitors.

The Savannah river is charmed with the Savannah Queen.

She is available for dining and sunset cruises.

Since Jim and I are walkers, we typically don't go for the tourist things.

The shops have amazing, restored real estate to work with!

Most of it is extremely touristy and messy to look at but there are some attractive spots.

A riverfront stroll is not complete until you walk through Savannah's Candy Kitchen and see deliciousness in action! The shop itself is an entertaining with trains riding around above your head. You can see the tracks above. Enjoy a free sample of their famous pecan pralines! Not one of my favorite nuts, but when in a praline, I love the pecan! The shop smells crazy amazing too.

The photos do not do the riverfront justice. It is a very unique place to visit!

Have a marvelous day/evening (wherever you are on the clock)! ~Val

The Krafty Draft Brew Pub

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