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By: palmettobug53, 1:41 PM GMT on November 25, 2006

Rice. It's a staple of Southern cooking. You can serve rice here twice a day, every day, and get no complaints of, "Ah, man.....rice again?" You try serving potatoes daily and see what happens. If rice doesn't show up for several days in a row, someone will be asking why.

What most folks today don't realize, is that rice was grown here in South Carolina as early as 1680. Our tidal inlets and swamps were supremely suitable for rice cultivation. It was labor intensive, and necessitated the use of a large number of slaves.

In 1700, planters exported more than 330 tons of rice from the port of Charles Town, South Carolina, to England and the West Indies. During the spring of 1700, the governor of Carolina wrote a letter to the Lords Commissioners of Trade and Plantations explaining the problems that Carolina experienced due to the overproduction of rice. He wrote, "we hath made more rice ye Last Cropp then we have Ships to Transport."

The collapse of the plantation system during the Civil War, Reconstruction, the rise of the "Prairie Rice Culture" in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana and violent storms in the early 1900's that destroyed the rice fields, spelled the end of rice cultivation in South Carolina. By 1913, it was over.

There has been a revival of sorts. In the 1980's, a plantation owner from Savannah collected stores of Carolina Gold from a USDA seed bank and repatriated the rice to its former home along coastal wetlands around Charleston. By 1986 he produced enough rice to sell. Anson Mills began growing heirloom Carolina Gold sustainably in 1998 and today has organic rice fields in Georgia, North and South Carolina and Texas.

History of Rice in Charleston and Georgetown

The Rice Museum, Georgetown, SC

Rice, Fever and Indigo in SC

The Introduction of Rice Culture in SC

Rice and Indigo in SC

Coastal Wetland Impoundments

Rice Mortar and Fanner These items were used to hull and winnow the harvested rice. My dad has his father's old rice mortar, which he found up under my grandfather's house one day while he was working on something. My grandfather grew his own rice, when my dad and his brothers were young.

Rice trunks were used to control the flow of water into, and out of, rice fields.

There are perhaps as many as over 40,000 different types of rice. It is grown on every continent except Antarctica.

Rice from Wikipedia.

Rice Facts from Lotus Foods.

More Rice Facts from Producer's Rice Mill

Wild Rice in SC

The Rice Gourmet

Updated: 9:43 PM GMT on November 26, 2006



By: palmettobug53, 6:10 PM GMT on November 19, 2006

As I was a-gwine down the road,
With a tired team and a heavy load,
I crack'd my whip and the leader sprung,
I says day-day to the wagon tongue.
Turkey in the straw, turkey in the hay,
Roll 'em up and twist 'em up a high tuckahaw
And twist 'em up a tune called Turkey in the Straw.

Went out to milk, and I didn't know how,
I milked the goat instead of the cow.
A monkey sittin' on a pile of straw,
A-winkin' at his mother-in-law.
Turkey in the straw, turkey in the hay,
Roll 'em up and twist 'em up a high tuckahaw
And twist 'em up a tune called Turkey in the Straw.

Met Mr. Catfish comin' down stream.
Says Mr. Catfish, "What does you mean?"
Caught Mr. Catfish by the snout,
And turned Mr. Catfish wrong side out.
Turkey in the straw, turkey in the hay,
Roll 'em up and twist 'em up a high tuckahaw
And twist 'em up a tune called Turkey in the Straw.

Came to a river and I couldn't get across,
Paid five dollars for a blind old hoss;
Wouldn't go ahead, nor he wouldn't stand still,
So he went up and down like an old saw mill.
Turkey in the straw, turkey in the hay,
Roll 'em up and twist 'em up a high tuckahaw
And twist 'em up a tune called Turkey in the Straw.

As I came down the new cut road,
Met Mr. Bullfrog, met Miss Toad
And every time Miss Toad would sing,
Old Bullfrog cut a pigeon wing.
Turkey in the straw, turkey in the hay,
Roll 'em up and twist 'em up a high tuckahaw
And twist 'em up a tune called Turkey in the Straw.

Oh I jumped in the seat and I gave a little yell
The horses ran away, broke the wagon all to hell
Sugar in the gourd and honey in the horn
I never been so happy since the day I was born.
Turkey in the straw, turkey in the hay,
Roll 'em up and twist 'em up a high tuckahaw
And twist 'em up a tune called Turkey in the Straw.

Turkey In the Straw was one of the earliest American minstrel songs. It was a fiddle tune named Natchez Under the Hill before it was published with words in 1834 as Old Zip Coon. It was very popular during Andrew Jackson's presidency.

The first verse of Old Zip Coon is:

There once was a man with a double chin
Who performed with skill on the violin,
And he played in time and he played in tune,
But he wouldn't play anything but Old Zip Coon.

According to Linscott, the tune is derived from the ballad My Grandmother Lived on Yonder Little Green which in turn derived from the Irish ballad The Old Rose Tree.

I started browsing around last night for turkey trivia. Found a good bit, too! Had a little trouble finding information on the history of turkey shoots, though. Remember the turkey shoot scene in Sgt. York? If any of you hunters out there can provide some information on this, I sure would appreciate it.

Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the turkey the official American bird, instead of the Bald Eagle. He wrote that it was “... in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America, ... though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage.”

I'm going to stop here and just post in some links for some turkey trivia and a really fun Turkey Shoot game.

The American Turkey

The American Turkey and Thanksgiving

The Wild Turkey Zone

Turkey Facts

Turkey Facts and Thanksgiving Fun

The Turkey Trot

Turkey Shoot Game

And if any of you live in the Myrtle Beach area, or plan to visit in the next couple of weeks, there will be a Turkey Shoot, though not the kind with guns. Myrtle Beach Online

If you have any Turkey Trivia, Games, Hunting Tales or Fun Facts, please feel free to share!

Updated: 6:19 PM GMT on November 19, 2006


Thanksgiving Decorating, Crafts & Traditions

By: palmettobug53, 3:29 AM GMT on November 15, 2006

Poor Thanksgiving.... it seems like it's gotten lost in the shuffle over the years. I remember when Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas were separate and distinct seasonal events. Now it all seems blurred into one: Christmas.

How do you decorate for Thanksgiving? Do you have any traditional Thanksgiving crafting projects that you do with your children or other family/friends? Do you hang up a Thanksgiving inspired wreath on the front door? Mantel toppers? Live plants or dried arrangements? Special dinnerware? A special centerpiece for the table? Children's homemade decorations? Mom proudly displayed our Thanksgiving turkeys, made by tracing our hands and coloring in a head, tail, etc., with good old Crayola crayons. And then, there were the pine cone turkeys....

Do you and your family do anything special every Thanksgiving? I'm not talking about the gathering of the clan to eat the bird and watch football. Nor am I talking about recipes. Do you volunteer for something? Do you take a trip every year over Thanksgiving weekend? Go to the cemetery and "do" the family plot? Visit a special friend or relative? Visit a nursing home? Help at a soup kitchen? Do you and certain friends or family members have a tradition of getting together over the Thanksgiving weekend and doing something?

Let's hear it for Thanksgiving!

Updated: 3:31 AM GMT on November 15, 2006


Bug Week ?????

By: palmettobug53, 3:44 AM GMT on November 03, 2006

Woo Hoo!!! Looks like Bug and her many relations are being featured on Animal Planet next week! Looked up from studying my manual and saw a blurb about "Bug Week" starting Monday night, Nov. 4th. Couldn't check it out further, as they don't have next week's TV listing up yet. And I didn't see the blurb again. I do hope I wasn't hallucinating! LOL

(I just hope they don't mention Uncle Herb. Who would have thought someone his age .... well, suffice it to say, the family found the whole thing terribly embarrassing.)

I get a real kick out of bugs. June bugs, fireflies, dragon flies, lady bugs, those little jumping spiders and the big orb web spiders, praying mantises (sp? That just doesn't look right!), crickets and the list goes on.

I am NOT enthused about palmetto bugs or other variaties of roaches, despite my selection of that as my screen handle here on WU. You want to see Bug jump? Point over my shoulder at the wall behind me and stammer, "R-R-R..OACH!!!!! I'll knock down anyone that's in my way, as I head out the door!

When I was a kid, I spent many an afternoon, sprawled out on my stomach in the yard, watching ants and whatever else wandered by. And many a summer evening, watching the lightning bugs.

There's so many great bug pics here on WU, too. I've really enjoyed looking at them.

There was a man here in Charleston, that posted a regular journal about an orb web spider that was in his garden a couple of years ago. He has some cool stuff on his website:

Frank Starmer

So, how many of you out there are bug fans? What's your favorite bug? What's your favorite bug story? Anyone have any old wive's tales about bugs?

Updated: 2:54 PM GMT on November 04, 2006


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