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L 36 -- AUGUST 21 . 2003 THE CoL Newberry Opera Ho 2003.,2004 Season of September 9/7 9/11 9/12 9/13 9/14 9/15 9/16 9/24 9/26 9/28 October 10/2 10/3-5 1 O/8 10/10 10/12 10/15 10/17 10/18 10/18 10/20 10/26 10/29 November 11/1 11/3 11/11-12 11/14 11/20 11/23 11/26 December John;.:Janet and Jazz We Remember 9-11-01 , Mountain Heart Tim Wilson Collin Raye Robert Earl Keen Dreamscapes The Four Freshmen Bill Pinkney & Original Drifters Kathy Mattea Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Oktoberfest w/Zodiacs & Tams David Sanborn Newberry Chamber Players A Conversation w/Eli Wallach Polish Philharmonic Resovia Tom Rush Old Time Cowboy Movies A Carotln'a Jubilee ,'. , The,Gohard Ensemble The Oa Ridge Boys The Glehn Miller Orchestra 7 Nations " Lucerne Festival Strings Singin' in the Rain The Del McCr0ury Band Martha Reeves & Vandellas Alexander Moutouzkine Krasnoyarsk National Dance Co. 12/3 12/4 12/5 12/7 12/9 12/13 12/14 12/19 12/20 12/31 January 1/3 1/8 1/10 1/11 1/13 1/16-17 1/18 1/22-23 1/24 1/25 1/27 1/30 February 2/3 2/6-8 2/9 2/12 2/19 2/21 2/22 2/24 2/27 2/28 Three Irish Tenors/Christmas Lettermen Defending The Caveman The Palmetto Mastersingers Christmas Journey/Rocky T. Fretz Emile Pandolfi In Concert Don McLean A Viennese Christmas Eileen Ivers/Celtic Christmas Dick Goodwin & Big Band w/The Music of Frank Sinatra David Holt & Doc Watson Chairmen of the Board A Carolina Jubilee Harry Chapin Family Ailey II Newberry Ballet Guild Joe Berry Hank & My Honky Tonk Heroes Buckey Pizzarelli & Banu Gibson Judy Collins Count Basie Orchestra Lou Rawls George Winston La Boheme Guy Lombardo's Orch. The von Trapp Children Vibrations James Gregory Peking Acrobats JFK by Bill Oberst Richie Havens Philip Myers 3/2-3 The Fantasticks 3/5 Ross Holmes Orchestra 3/7 Eric Chu & Friends 3/9 Old Timey Cowboy 3/12 Dirty Dozen Brass 3/14 Tony Orlando 3/21 Hector Olivera 3/26 Urban Survival 3/27 Jim Brickman 3/28 A Carolina Jubilee 4/1 4/2 4/4 4/14-15 4/16 4/18 4/20 4/23 4/24 Rani Arbo & daisy Chuck Mangione Don Pasquale The Unsinkable Moll Michael Martin MurpheY Newberry Ch Man At Work Tap The Headliners, A Pawel Checinski 5/1 Blood, Sweat & TearS 5/7 The Crystals 5/15 A Carolina Jubilee 5/22 B.J. Thomas 6/5 The Vogues 6/24 A Carolina Jubilee Visit Historic Downtown Newberry: Great Restaurants, Fine dining, Unique Shops and Boutiques, Book Stores, Galleries, Lodging -- Southern Hospitafity at it's Finest. Call the Box Office at 803-276-6264 Buy online at www.newberryoperahouse.corn Dr. John Nelson This week's mystery plant Each week The Star features an explanation and picture of a mys- tery plant given by Dr. John Nelson, the curator of the USC Herbarium. To learn more about the Herbarium, call him at 777-8196. His depart- ment also offers free plant identifi- cation, Again we are featuring a member of the sedge family, or Cyperaceae. This species is common in every county of SC, and you can see it now just about anywhere you go in the state. It occurs as a native species from New England to British Columbia and south to Texas and Florida. It is frequently seen in bor- row pits and roadside ditches and other disturbed habitats. It is a peren- nial, growing from solidly-rooted, short rhizomes. Recall that a rhizome is a horizontal underground stem. The plants produce elongated, whip-like leaves, and form dense clumps. The stems are more or less rounded in cross-section, rather than truly triangular, as in most Sedges. The tiny flowers are held in clusters in hundreds of dangling spikelets on top of the stem, and each flower is subtended in the spikelet by a tiny brown or reddish bract. If you tear one of these spikelets apart, you will be able to see the yellowish or whitish, ripening ovary which will eventually develop into a hard, Dne-seeded fruit (an achene ). You will probabl need a hand lens to see the achenes.  So far, not much truly inter- esting about this plant. However, every single flower is subtended by a cluster of wildly crinkly, brownish bristles, which together form a cottony brown fuzz amongst the developing flowers. Because of this, some people find it a very beautiful plant, and it has been used with some success (per- haps not enough!) in water gardens. Photo by Linda Lee Answer to last week's mYstery plant Next week: the answer Dove vine Dodder (Cuscuta gronovii) Photo by Jerry Bright Subscribe The Columbia Star for in Richland/Lexington and $25 outslde these 0 Send a check to The Star, P. O. Box 5955, SC 29250 or call 771 i,