Vol. 5, No. 1
Fall 2011 WOODS ... Lives Up to Its Name
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
In its third year, the Festival of the Woods Those who took the two hour tour of the Woods
blossomed with the involvement of five community enjoyed learning from six speakers on various topics:
Randolph A. Wolcott
partners who added variety and depth to the event. Jim Burke on bluebird nesting, Bennett Tucker on
The two day celebration included an educational and stewardship activities, Courtney Conger on Woods
entertaining talk by a nationally known author, an history, Dr. Ken Perrine on wildflower populations,
I. Lehr Brisbin, Ph.D.
extended tour of the Hitchcock Woods with six Dr. Harry Shealy on botanical diversity, and Dr. Walt
Larry E. Byers
distinct talk stops, tours and activities for children, Kubilius on geological features.
and a range of topical exhibits. Special thanks to the 44 volunteers who helped in
Courtney W. Conger
After a sunset dinner at the Show Grounds on making this event a great success.
Patricia E. Corey
Friday evening, writer and naturalist Janisse Ray
charmed the audience with tales of her experiences in
Kent T. Cubbage
exploring some of the natural areas of the South. Ms.
Lee H. Dane
Ray speaks as she writes, with wry wit and sensitive
Nancy C. Francis
insight, sharing a passion for the natural world.
Events on Saturday kept visitors busy with many
Iris W. Freeman
options. Activities of partners complemented exhibits
Patricia S. Goodyear
and programs hosted by the Foundation.
• Ruth Patrick Science Education Center staff
Peter L. Gray
provided special tours and activity tables designed for
William M. Hitchcock
Gail B. King
• Savannah River Ecology Laboratory staff hosted a
large, hands-on exhibit featuring wildlife common to
Lucy M. Knowles
Linda Knox McLean
• South Carolina Bluebird Society hosted an exhibit
on cavity nesting birds and spoke on a bluebird study.
W. Greg Paschal
• Green Gardeners Garden Club members and
Scott D. Riviere
friends designed and created the décor, and Grace Ellis, Rosey Sorensen, Madelyn Smith, and McCall
Massey enjoyed student tours of the Hitchcock Woods and
Harry E. Shealy, Jr., Ph.D.
volunteered with set-up.
• Palmetto Dog Club members presented a lively related activities at the student tables. In the background,
Timothy W. Simmons
demonstration of dog obedience and agility as attendees head toward one of many exhibits at the Festival.
Paul K. Simons
Dacre C. Stoker
Sandra E. Tucker
Aiken Wins Big at Awards Ceremony
Sara S. Wood Trees SC is a statewide nonprofit that provides a
forum for the stewardship of South Carolina’s urban
and community forests. Trees SC annually sponsors
the Golden Acorn Awards to recognize excellence in
stewardship in four categories: a professional, a
Douglas E. Rabold
volunteer, a community organization, and a
government program. In 2011, the judges reviewed
the highest number of nominations ever.
W. Bennett Tucker
When making the presentation at an awards
ceremony in Columbia, the Trees SC spokesman
commented that the Hitchcock Woods Foundation is
Christine M. Reichel
a model for the state in conservation of an urban
forest. Donors are a crucial part of this effort and this
award is truly shared with the entire community.
In addition, Aiken naturalist and ecologist Robert
Deon R. Mealing
Board Chairman Randy Wolcott (third from left) accepted the
award on behalf of the Hitchcock Woods Foundation and the (Bob) McCartney of Woodlanders was honored with
community. Also featured are Trees SC representatives Carroll the Distinguished Professional Award for his many
Williamson, Karen Hauck, and Mark Arena. significant contributions over the years. Most notable
The Hitchcock Woods Foundation was graciously is his Aiken Arboretum Project. For 30 consecutive
honored with two awards this year. After receiving years, he has worked with the City of Aiken to add
the Stewardship Award in January from the Historic new and interesting trees to public and private
Aiken Foundation, the Hitchcock Woods Foundation properties, including more than 150 species of oaks.
was recognized with the Community Forestry Award Mr. McCartney has made many contributions and
in October by Trees SC. serves as a non-trustee member of the Foundation’s
Forestry and Conservation Committee.
Listed below are only the names of Business Partners and Friends of the Woods
who have joined or renewed between 5/19/11 and 11/9/11. The complete list of
all current Partners and Friends is published once a year in the Annual Report.
BUSINESS PARTNERS Irene Y. Curtis David and Gail King# Jill Ryon
Susan and George Dalzell# Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Kitchings* Marilyn and Dean Sackett#
$1,000 Level Roger and Lee Dane# Mike and Lydia Kleiman David and Maggie Sacks
Hodges Badge Company, Inc. Hornor and Frederica Davis* Carolyn and George Klotzbaugh# Lito and Gina Salatino
Woodside Farm "Hospice for Horses"S Priscilla and Ed Denehy Jean and Glenn Knowles# Debbie Salem
Paul and Kris d'Entremont# Peter and Debbie LaBerge Jon M. Samuels
$250 Level Robin Derrick# Mr. and Mrs. Scott Lacher# Tom and Jo Santay
Aiken Neurosciences, PC Jay and Lucy DeVecchio Richard Lamb Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. Sauerborn
Hull Barrett, P.C. Dick and Mary Lou Dewar# Michael Laughlin# Tim and Shelly Schmidt#
Maxwell Law Firm Peggy Dils Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Lee Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Schneider
Newberry Hall Michael and Joya Distefano# Richard and Linda Leitner Patrick and Therese Scott#
Southern Equine Services* Kim Dorfman# Mr. and Mrs. Donald Lemmon# George and Rita Sewell#
Jim and Jewell Eanes* Mr. Elliott Levy and Dr. Marlene Groman Joan M. Sharkey*
$100 Level Paul Eckersley Mara Baldwin Lewis Carol and Dave Sherburne*
The Community Foundation Claire H. Edenborg Christopher T. Linen# Tim and Monte Simmons#
Graves Auto Salvage# John and Mo (Maureen) Empie# Bob and Gale Littlewood# Ray Sly and Sue Talada
Holley Heating and Air, Inc. L. D. and Deborah C. Erb Joe and Geri Lofgren* Hank and Jenna Smalling#
Hutson-Etherredge Companies# Caryn Etherington# Robert E. Lofgren, DMD Richard and Donna Smith#
J.E. Stewart Builders, Inc.# Abbey Farmer Jeff and Julie Londo* Lynn Smith#
King Management, Inc.# Ed and Genie Farmer Ken Lucas# Gary E. Smith and Helen Belencan#
Linda's Bistro Lucy Fenstermacher# Sherry D. Lukens Marion Smoak#
Lionel Smith, Ltd.# Scott and Meg Ferguson Shelly and Alli Mabbs Al and Cindy Snell#
Management Recruiters of Aiken# Linda and Mick Ferrell Ted MacDermott Mr. and Mrs. Allan C. Sorensen#
Andrew Marine, Attorney at Law# Jim and Sandra Field# Stacy MacDonald Dr. and Mrs. Joseph D. Spencer#
Progressive Show Jumping Inc. Paul T. and Katherine Fisher# Scott MacMurray# Terri and Mike Spragg*
Richland Wine and Beverage* Greg Flach Granger Marchman G. H. Spruell*
Stewart and Associates, Inc. Angie C. Flanagan# Dana and Ray Massey Robert and Mary Ethel Stack#
Sweet Water Christmas Tree Farm# John and Gail Flintom# David Matthews and Heather Greenstone Bob and Debby Stanton#
Ray B. Vaughters, Jr., MD# Mr. and Mrs. Ralph W. Foster# Kit and Charles Matthews# Frank Starcher*
Dr. Rose Lee and Stewart Bell Fox# Tom and Barbara Matthews# Cynthia Steinmetz
FRIENDS OF THE WOODS Taylor and Leslie Garnett Anonymous Mrs. Louise H. Stephaich#
Karen L. Alexander# Ron and Carol Garrett# Mr. and Mrs. Stewart D. Maurice# Shane and Lynn Stewart
Jacquie and David Allen# Ann D. Garvin# Larry and Mary McCormack* Thalia and Robbie Stoddard
William G. and Kim E. Allen# John A. and Bridgette P. Gerstenberg# Mr. and Mrs. Michael McCormick# Patty and Gary Stumbaugh#
Mr. Michael Anaclerio# Stuart and Marian Gertman
ne Carol L. McElwee Mr. and Mrs. Russell Summer
James and Mary Anne Archibald Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Glassman# Zack and Marsy McFerren Tom Teasley and Lauren Comegys*
Michael and Suzanne Arthur Pam and Paul Glogowski* David and Louisa McKown Dale and Marilyn Theesfeld
Laura Bagwell and Miles Denham Patty Goodyear Richard and Sara McNeil# John and Kathy Theissen#
Doris and Eugene Bailey# Amy and Rob Gray# Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Miller Alexandra S. Thomas#
Drs. Baxt# Peter and Molly Gray# Eleanor R. Miller* Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thomas
Richard G. and Charlotte R. Baxter# David and Catherine Griffin# Kathryn Milner# Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas*
Ceelie and Bill Beacham# Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Groat# Larry and Kathy Milner# Pamela and Rickie Thornton#
Charles and Heidi Beaumont* Gary Gumingo and Penny Ertelt Gumingo Ann and Larry Mitchell# Anne Torreyson Magerkurth and Win
George and Wilma Becker* Elke E. Haas Mrs. William G. Mitsch, Jr.# Magerkurth
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Beehler Melvyn L. and Joyce A. Haas# Kathy and David Modesitt Mr. and Mrs. John C. Troutman#
Marion Belcher Guy Haff* Karen Peck-Moniak and Don Moniak Mr. and Mrs. William H. Tucker#
Tim and Mary Bendle Diane Haslam and Bruce Hammond# Bob and Kay Moody# Liz and Rolf Turnquist
Jane Gunnell and Billy Benton Dr. and Mrs. Carl R. Hampf Bill and Simmie Moore Barb Uskup#
Mrs. Jacquelyn M. Blanchard# Michael Hardwick Ltc (Ret.) and Mrs. Robert E. Moore# Ms. Tiiu Vainu
Arnold S. Bloom Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Harkins# Lynn Mullins# A. B. Van Liew#
Patrick and Dorothy Boardman Nancy and Bob Harrington# Betty Murdock# Dick and Pam Verenes#
Laura Boatwright# Anthony and Sandy Harris W. C. and June H. Murff# Bill and Lauren Wabbersen
Brian and Donna Bogardus John and Jennifer Harte# Frederick O. J. Muzi Mary Frances and Bil Waldel
Bill and Anne Bond David and Sue Hayes# Mr. and Mrs. Sherry B. Myers# Alice and Doug Walker#
Mary Boswell# Steve and Jean Heard# Beth and Bob Newburn# Brad and Nancy Walker#
Helen Boyce# Cornelia and Faxon Henderson Rebecca T. Newell, MD# Tom and Celeste Walton
Nicholas and Sarah Bridges Ron Henderson# Michael and Leigh Norton Sara P. Wampole#
Steve and Doris Briggs Mrs. W. Gibbs Herbruck# James and Mary O'Hara Nannie von Stade Ward#
Ashlyn Broderick* Christian and Catherine Hersacher Bill and Nancy Paschal# Greg and Christina Warfield#
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Brooks Dr. and Mrs. Guy C. Heyl, Jr.# Greg and Michele Paschal Gracie and Jerry Waters
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Browder# Rev. and Mrs. Robert B. Hibbard# Sally Patterson# Wallace K. Watkins#
Michael and Diane Brunson# Jim and Jackie Hill# Jim and Joey Peace Rich and Jan Waugh
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Buchanan, Jr. Peter and Charlotte Hill Cecilia and Julius Pellegrino Harry Weeks, Jr.#
George Edward Buggs Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hill# Sandy Perkins Paul and Terry Weinle#
Jim and Sharon Burke* Rosalie and William M. Hitchcock# Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Perrine# Greg Weis and Barbara Rystrom#
Nancy A. Bush# John and Page Hodson Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Peters, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Ward Welch
Troy R. Buzhardt Ann and Larry Holley# Buzz and Gretchen Pooler Bill and Sue Western#
Larry and Pat Byers# Mike and Lisa Hosang# Judith A. Portmann# Mrs. Dexter G. White#
Linda P. Carlson* Holly Houghton# Mr. and Mrs. Robert Powers Jr.# Graham White and Beth Cox*
John and Alice Caskey Mrs. S. Alger Howard# Doug Rabold and Gene Eidson# Heidi J. White
Samantha Charles# Chad Hughey and Nicole Nowlint* Robin Rau William J. and Wendy Whitehead
Jenny and Ken Chase# Mr. and Mrs. George W. Huiet# Dr. and Mrs. John R.T. Reeves# Linzee and Lena Whittaker
Mary E. Clarkson# Linda and Sam Hunley# Buzz and Sallye Rich# Jim and Sarah Wildasin
Bernadette Clayton# Bonnie Ideal# Mr. Scott D. Riviere# Polly and Gabriella Wildasin
Randy and Charlotte Collins* Rich and Linda Izard# Ashley Riviere Barbara Wilson
Matt Collins Sandra and David Jameson# Camden Riviere Justine B. Wilson*
Charles Combier# Lynn Carlisle and Craig Jarvis# Chris Riviere# Mrs. Roland H. Windham#
Larry and Jocelyn Comegys John and Sally Jenkins Mr. and Mrs. Royal Robbins# Elizabeth J. Witham#
Jim and Brenda Conard Michael and Toni Jerome# Janet Roberson Randy, Girl and Caroline Wolcott#
Allen W. Conger Doris and Henderson Johnson# Pamela A. Robinson# Oliver and Linda Wolcott
Courtney W. Conger# Robert and Susan Johnson# Linda Rooney# Sara and Mike Wood#
Ginger Connell* Rob and Pam Johnston Lydia L. Rose Susan Wood#
Ann L. Coward# Dana S. Jolley# Joyce P. Ross# Anna W. Zouck#
Robin and Ed Coward# James C. Jordan# Jack and Katie Roth*
Mrs. Jane Crayton Davis# Ronald J. and Densey C. Juvonen Patricia and Joseph Rothman * New participants from 5/19/11 to
Diana Crowley# Mr. and Mrs. William R. Kanne, Jr.# Mike Rubin 11/9/11
John W. Cunningham Greg and Kathryn Kelly* Betty and Greg Ryberg # Charter Partners and Friends
Judy L. Cunningham# Andrew and Gray King# Carol Ryder# S Sustaining Partners
Blessing of the Hounds Foundation Plants Seeds at SEED
The Aiken Hounds’ annual Blessing of the Hounds in Hitchcock Hitchcock Woods Foundation participated with an exhibit on the
Woods is one of Aiken’s favorite Thanksgiving traditions. The Hitchcock Woods in the 26th Annual SEED, or Science Education
community is invited to observe the ceremony at Memorial Gate at Enrichment Day, held on October 15 on the campus of the
11:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The ceremony lasts for about 30 University of South Carolina Aiken.
minutes, but visitors should allow 90 minutes altogether to find a Organized by the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center and
parking spot, walk to Memorial Gate, observe the event, and return USCA, the event was enjoyed by the record setting 3,312 visitors
to their vehicles. who attended this year. This event provides an important service to
For the safety of pedestrians, no vehicles (including golf carts and the greater community of young learners and their families by
any motorized vehicles) will be permitted beyond the intersection of encouraging interest in education in the fields of science, technology,
Laurens Street and South Boundary Avenue. Visitors should know engineering and mathematics.
that the distance from this point to Memorial Gate is six-tenths of a Hosted by Executive Director Doug Rabold, the Foundation’s
mile. The return walk is a slight uphill grade. Attendees also are booth focused on the longleaf pine ecosystem and various efforts by
advised to leave their dogs at home. Those bringing dogs will be the Foundation to protect and restore the Hitchcock Woods.
turned away in deference to other pedestrians and to avoid
distracting the hounds during the ceremony.
In the event of rain, please inquire about the status of
cancellation by calling the Hitchcock Woods Foundation at
642-0528 or the Aiken Hounds at 643-DRAG.
Hitchcock Woods Wares and
Calendars Make Great Gifts
Just in time for the shopping season, Hitchcock Woods
Foundation has released its 2012 line of merchandise sporting the
Hitchcock Woods logo. It is available exclusively at Birds &
Butterflies in downtown Aiken (117 Laurens Street NW).
Popular items like sweatshirts are back, as are ball caps and long
sleeve T-shirts in new colors. Back, too, are sports bottles, tote bags,
note cards, pins, and vehicle plates. New this year are pedometers,
visors in various colors, coffee mugs, and koozies.
All proceeds directly support the care of the Woods, courtesy of Students and families from Aiken County and neighboring counties study growth
rings on a cross section of a longleaf pine from the Hitchcock Woods that dates
Ron and Dori Brenneman of Birds & Butterflies. to the 1660s, more than a century before the Declaration of Independence.
Every year, the Hitchcock Woods Foundation publishes a calendar
featuring photographs of the beautiful 2,100 acre Hitchcock Woods. Range and Decline of the Longleaf Pine
The 2012 calendar has just been released.
Titled The Light and Night & Weather and Water of the 1. Longleaf pine occurred on an estimated 90 million acres at its
Hitchcock Woods, the 2012 calendar reveals glimpses of the Woods peak, dominating on an estimated 60 million acres, probably the
as you’ve never seen them. It features fine art photography by Aiken’s largest area on the continent dominated by a single tree species.
own Brent Cline, who has a career in commercial photography with 2. By the mid-1900s, over half of that forest was gone.
regional and national clients. The calendar is available for purchase 3. By 1995, an estimated 3 million acres remained, most of it in poor
exclusively at Stoplight Deli in downtown Aiken (119 Laurens condition.
Qualities of the Longleaf Pine
1. It is the native forest community over much of the upland
southern landscape, evolving here naturally in response to
2. It has strong links to the South’s history and culture.
3. When restored to ecological function, it is among the most diverse
forest ecosystems in the world.
4. It grows well on a variety of sites.
5. It is risk-averse, tolerating fire throughout its life and minimizing
catastrophic loss to insects, disease, ice, and wind.
6. It is long-lived and grows throughout its life, storing carbon for
long periods of time.
7. It produces excellent wildlife habitat for many species, including
game and non-game species and threatened and endangered
Life in the Woods, by Annalise Eberhard
Essay Contest Winner: Cèlestine Eustis Prize
Tree branches blind me. Roots trip me up. The sand muffles my The Hitchcock Woods is alive with sounds. The trees sing with
footsteps. I'm sweating. I'm dirty. I'm exhausted. I'm so utterly lost, chirps and twitters, and the ground moves with hungry squirrels
but I know where I am. I'm in Hitchcock Woods. Isn't that enough? foraging for food. One day I just stopped running and sat down on a
And even though it's getting dark, and this trail is foreign to me, I decaying log. Sometimes I get so busy in life that I forget to just
don't need to panic. The Hitchcock Woods is my second home. listen. I'm so caught up in school, in my sports, and in my social life
Ever since I can remember, the Woods has been a part of my life. that doing absolutely nothing for ten minutes is unthinkable. So for
Although it might sound absurd, the Hitchcock Woods has raised that day I just sat and reflected on life. Surrounded by nature, I
me. Since my grandparents’ house is on Clark Road, many visits found peace. It was a beautiful moment for me.
there would end in a Woods adventure. We were explorers. Hitchcock Woods has become part of who I am. Wherever I go in
Hitchcock Woods was uncharted territory. We'd splash through the life, I know I'll take with me my own personal slice of the Woods. I'll
"raging rivers." We'd discover new lands. It was our personal remember the deep sand, the wind in the trees, and the sweat on my
playground. You could do anything in the Woods. You could be brow. The Woods might be for the citizens of Aiken. It might be for
whoever you wanted to be. Hitchcock Woods is for the dreamers, adventurous tourists. It might be for Aiken High's Cross Country
and I was a dreamer. team. But the Woods will always be my home.
Years later I took up horseback riding lessons at Fulmer Stables. I
wasn't great at riding horses. I didn't do any shows or camps. My
form was nowhere close to perfect. I was completely and utterly
mediocre. But I loved to ride. I loved the way the horse felt
underneath me: its strong body gliding over the sand, kicking it up as
I held on for dear life. The days I loved the most were the "Woods
days." Riding in the Woods was a treat. We would walk, trot, canter,
and gallop. We flew down hills and over jumps. The Woods
sheltered us. It was quiet, save for the sound of hooves pounding the
After I decided to stop horseback riding lessons, I took up a new
sport. I started running for Aiken High's Cross Country team. It
turned out to be a great decision since every day we would practice
in the Woods. After spending so much time running in the Woods, I
now know almost everything about it. I know where that twisty trail
ends, what parts of Sand River I should avoid stepping in after it
rains, and in which field I can stop running and not be caught by my
coaches. But I still can't find the mythical Gravel Pit!
This is where we would go on hour long runs. We would do hill
repeats on Cole's Hill. Even our home meet course wove through the
Woods. Suddenly practices became a whole lot more tolerable. How Annalise Eberhard, shown with parents Brian and Beth, won the 2011
could you hate running in pure serenity? Celestine Eustis Prize for her winning essay on the Hitchcock Woods. Annalise
I have a problem of getting distracted in the Woods while I'm is on the Aiken High Cross Country Team, which trains in the Woods. She
running. I want to stop and soak up everything. I used to think the turned her $500 cash award over the Aiken High All Sports Booster Club to
Hitchcock Woods was quiet until I actually stopped and listened. support the team.
Visit Our Website
THE MISSION OF THE HITCHCOCK WOODS FOUNDATION IS TO:
• protect and preserve the Hitchcock Woods in a natural and ecologically healthy state,
• maintain and manage historic and traditional equestrian and pedestrian uses, and
• foster education and research on the history and resources of the Woods.
P.O. Box 1702
Aiken, SC 29802