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See what is going on in the Upstate of South Carolina and Western North Carolina. We feature events in cities like Greenville, Spartanburg, Asheville, Anderson, Greer, Hendersonville and more. Watch the live web show most Friday mornings on UStream, coming live from Little RIver Roasting Co's Coffee Bar in Spartanburg. Want your event included? Email info.whatsupyall@gmail.com Host: Amy Wood Producer: Becky Pittman
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Great Kids Deserve Great Books book drop

April 16 – 21


In May 2011, the Hub City Writers Project collected and distributed more than 3,000 gently-used children’s books for summer reading to children at three Spartanburg city schools. This year, thanks to a grant from the Mary Black Foundation, we will expand the program to five schools and intend to collect 5,000 books!

Bring good condition children’s and young adult books to these locations for summer reading for five local schools: Houston Elementary, Cleveland Elementary, Carver Middle School, Park Hills Early Learning Center, and Mary H White Elementary.

St. Paul The Apostle Catholic Church, Westminster Presbyterian, First Presbyterian Church, Second Presbyterian Church

St. Matthew’s Episcopal, Unitarian Universalist, Church of the Advent, YMCA
Morningside Baptist, Fernwood Baptist, First Baptist Church
The Coffee Bar, Hub City Bookshop
Wofford College, Converse College, Lawson Academy of the Arts, Spartanburg Day School, College Hub

Plaza on Main, Johnson Smith Hibbard Wildman, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Dr. David Dedmon, DMD
Carolina Country Club, Southern Martial Arts, Spartanburg Regional, First Citizens Bank, QS1

If your business, institution, or church would like to participate in our annual Great Kids Deserve Great Books initiative, please contact Wendy King at wendy@hubcity.org.


Tryon Little Theater: “Knock, Knock” by Jules Feiffer
April 19 – 29


8pm April 19,2012 Opening Night Performance of the Jules Feiffer absurdist comedy, starring Elvin Clark, Lavin Cuddihee, and Nancy Winker. Playing thru April 29, 2012


Jazz on the Square featuring Gypsy Souls

April 20th at 5:30pm

Morgan Square Fountain in downtown Spartanburg


From Spartanburg SC, Gypsy Souls is never the same band twice. They’re more of community of musicians on-call, ready to jam, and have a great time. Come see them play jazz, funk, blues, and whatever surprises they will send our way!


Hub City Writers Project/Hub City Bookshop


April 20th: Scrabble Night

April 26th: Hub City Book Club. The April pick is Three Weeks in December by Audrey Schulman. Join us and invite your friends—all are welcome! Please email Kari Jackson at kari@hubcity.org if you have questions.


Reception & Art Exhibit, The Work of CARLA DABNEY

April 20th


Howard’s on Main in Greenwood

Stone Soup Storytelling Festival

April 20 – 21

Woodruff City Hall in Woodruff



Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, the official storytelling festival of South Carolina.

Storytelling, Ghost Stories, Workshops including Origami, Corn Husk Dolls, Kudzu Basket Making, “Snake-ties”, Youth Theater, Amateur Story Slam Competition, Senior Luncheon, Cycling, 5K Run- “Kate Barry, She’s Revolutionary”, Local cuisine and Stone Soup. Weaving history, education, recreation and tradition into 2 days of fun. 2012 Storytellers include Mitch Capel- “Gran’daddy Junebug”, Megan Hicks- “The Origami Swami”, Adam Booth- “Musician, Champion Liar, Storyteller”, Lynn Ruehlmann and local SC tellers- Millie Chapman, Martha Johnson, Nancy Basket, and Puppeteer,Yostie, with emcee, Lane Hudson. Many free events, reasonable fees.

For more information and nearby accommodations visit our website. www.stonesoupsc.com or call the Woodruff Library (864-476-8770)


Spartanburg Youth Theatre: “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp”

April 20 – 21


David Reid Theatre at the Chapman Cultural Center

Cost: Adults: $12.00 Children: $9.00

Aladdin is inconsiderate toward his poor mother, rude to authority, and generally unwashed and unmannered. But the powerful Jinn of the Lamp, fiercely sought by an evil-hearted sorcerer, gives Aladdin the chance to rise above himself, to dare great things – even to win the hand of the Princess of the realm. This classic story of a ne’er-do-well’s rise from obscurity to greatness is sure to enchant adventurers of all ages.


Spartanburg County Historical Association: Historic Home Tour, Cedar Springs Area

April 22nd


Cost: $25 in advance & for Members; $30 at the doors

The Spartanburg County Historical Association’s spring Historic Home Tour in the Cedar Springs area on Sunday, April 22 from 1-5 pm features four historic structures - Foster’s Tavern (ca. 1801), Golightly-Dean House (ca. 1784), Lipscomb House (ca. 1922), and Walker Hall (ca. 1859). Following the tour, Association members at the Society membership levels are invited to a reception at the home of Dr. & Mrs. Julian Josey for refreshments and a brief history presentation by Dr. Jeff Willis.

The cost for the tour is $25 in advance and for Spartanburg County Historical Association members or $30 on the day of the tour, which can be purchased at any of the homes. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Regional History Museum in the Chapman Cultural Center, Carolina Garden World, Theodore Morris, and via www.spartanburghistory.org. For more information about the tour or on joining the Association, contact Executive Director Becky Slayton at 864-278-9664 or scha@spartanburghistory.org.


1st Annual SDS 5K Run Benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate

April 21


Fees: 5K Run $20; after 4/14/12 $25. 1 Mile Fun Run $10; after 4/14/12 $15.

Roger Milliken Center, 920 Milliken Rd. in Spartanburg

Registration begins at 7:30am. 5K Race ages 11 and up is at 9:00am. 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, ages 10 and below, begins at 10am


Spartanburg County Historical Association: Living Green at the Seay House

April 21st


Cost: Admission: Free, but donations are accepted!

Help us open the season with an Earth Day inspired event. Learn what it meant to reduce, re-use, and recycle before we even thought of Earth Day. Make cereal boxes into your own coaster. Examine the lifestyle of the Seay sisters who followed a such practical lifestyle that they had money to lend! Living Green is from 10:00-4:00. 

If you miss this event, be sure to join us another time. The Seay House is open every third Saturday of the month, April-October, except July, from 10:00-4:00 and by appointment. 864-596-3501; seayhouse@spartanburghistory.org. The Seay House is located at 106 Darby Road, Spartanburg.


Earth Day Jam in the Park

April 22

Duncan Park


Join the celebration. It will not only be a day filled with music, but a chance to learn how to get involved locally to make a difference for the environment. Local, environmentally-focused nonprofits will set up from 2-5pm with information stations during this concert. Learn what they do and how to get involved.Non-profits that wish to participate should contact Tammy Stokes,tdreamweaver@hotmail.com. This event is registered with the national Earth Day Network, A Billion Acts of Green. More info on Earth Day events in the area: act.earthday.org…


Money Smart Week at your Spartanburg HQ Library

April 23 – 28


Join us as SCPL participates in Money Smart Week @ Your Library! FREE workshops for everyone including couponing, saving for college, investing and much more. All workshops are FREE. Call Headquarters library for workshop times/dates. See you then!


Spartanburg Walk @ Lunch Day 2012

For the second year in a row in partnership with the Mary Black Foundation, National Walk @ Lunch Day is coming to Spartanburg! Research shows that regular moderate exercise, like brisk walks, can have significant health benefits. BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina wants people across the state to start the healthy routine of walking for at least 30 minutes during their lunch breaks. Come celebrate the sixth annual Walk @ Lunch Day on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The events will include walking courses, health and fitness information, entertainment and giveaways!!! It is not required to RSVP on Facebook to join in on the fun at National Walk @ Lunch Day – all are welcome to show up and enjoy the event at their leisure! For more information: http://southcarolinablues.com/newsroom/2012newsreleases.aspx?article_id=271


Music Sandwiched In: Arbro Wind

April 25th

Spartanburg Library Headquarters, Barrett Room


Presented by the Music Foundation of Spartanburg. Join us to hear Arbro Wind, a woodwind trio perform.  Brown bag it or purchase a box lunch from Panera. This free lunchtime concert series showcases regional talent at the Spartanburg County Public Library Headquarters (Barrett Community Room, 12:15-1:00 pm) on selected Wednesdays. Door prizes include tickets to the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra! For more information, call The Music Foundation of Spartanburg: (864) 948-9020.


Chancellor Tom Moore Photography Exhibit

April 6 – 27


Humanities & Performing Arts Center Lobby, USC Upstate

In celebration of his upcoming Investiture Ceremony, USC Upstate Chancellor Tom Moore will exhibit a collection of his personal photographs.


Spartanburg Art Museum: Colors End of Year Art Show and Reception

By Colors Inner-City Youth Art Studio

April 26th

The Showroom at HUB-BUB



A program of the Spartanburg Art Museum, Colors is an after school drop-in art studio free for children of families with low-moderate income. They get to work with high-quality materials assisted by professional artists. They are located in the Chapman Cultural Center and open year round Monday -Thursday 3pm to 6pm.


Chapman Cultural Center: Balsam Range Bluegrass Concert

Along with Fayssoux McLean and Brandon Turner

April 26th


Chapman Cultural Center

Balsam Range, the North Carolina-based band with the world’s No. 1 bluegrass song of 2011—Trains I’ve Missed—will play a benefit concert at Spartanburg’s Chapman Cultural Center on Thursday, April 26. The show will open with two of the Sparkle City’s favorite local performers, Fayssoux McLean and Brandon Turner.

Times & Prices…$25 show only. Music starts at 7 p.m. $40 includes barbecue supper with Budweiser beer. Dinner 5:30 p.m.


Food…Catering the dinner will be BullHawgs BBQ of Spartanburg. The menu will include pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw, peach cobbler, banana pudding, Budweiser beer, Coke soft drinks, and wine.

Music on Main Featuring New Phazes

April 26th


Downtown Spartanburg (Main Street and Denny’s Plaza)

A real dynamic musical experience! New Phazes brings Jazz, Motown, Pop, and Country favorites together with their own originals, for a night of fun! Join us April 26th for New Phazes!


Downtown Spartanburg’s favorite after-work social gathering is held every Thursday from 6-9 PM beginning in April and running through August. It is held at Main Street and Denny’s Plaza. Enjoy a different band each week, food, and beverages.


Green Earth Party 2012 at The Music Camp

190 Childress Road in Spartanburg

April 27 – 28


The Antibodies’ Green Earth Party in partnership with C.A.R.M.A and the Greenfield Excursion present THE GREEN EARTH PARTY 2012

Featuring 20+ regional bands and performers, The Green Earth Party will bring you the finest entertainment, best sound, and a relaxed but creative environment while striving to give back to and celebrate our beautiful earth! And we promise no finger-waggin! 

MAIN STAGE - 6pm - 12am: The Bent Strings, Marc Higgins Band, Wasted Wine, The Shades, Van Dangs, the Consumers,

Acoustic Stage 12am - 3am: Tonight’s Noise, Local Honey, Travis Smith

21 Artists ON Residence, Corner of College Street and Mill Street

April 28th


Sponsored by Wofford Campus Union, the City of Spartanburg and the Northside. The 21 Artists ON Residence committee – consisting of four Wofford College students; community leader Wanda Cheeks; Lisa Gosnell, community services specialist with the City of Spartanburg; and Curt McPhail, program officer with the Mary Black Foundation – hopes to “help stabilize and revitalize” the Northside area “to promote and influence an encouraging environment,” the group’s mission statement says. “Our efforts will reduce crime, create a healthier, safer place to live, and encourage community engagement and pride in the Northside.”

The group is recruiting artists of all kinds and levels of experiences from Wofford, the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), residents of the Northside community and residents of the entire Spartanburg community. The plan is to have the artists assemble from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, to paint plywood boards that cover the windows and doors of abandoned houses with images of “what positivity” looks like to the artists. They will meet at the corner of College and Mill streets, near the entrance to the VCOM parking lot. Please contact Ellen Smith for further information about registration and participation, smithce1@email.wofford.edu 

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg: Exhibit by Dorothy Chapman Josey

April 2 - 26

Artists’ Guild Gallery at Chapman Cultural Center



Passion for Lithography: A Life’s Work

Lithographs from the Rolling Stone Print Atelier

March 3 – May 12


Spartanburg Art Museum at Chapman Cultural Center
This critically acclaimed collection of prints represents works by artists who created lithographs at Rolling Stone Press in Atlanta in collaboration with master printer, Wayne Kline.


Spartanburg County Regional History Museum: Celebrities of Spartanburg

March 13 – May 31

Cost: $4 Adults, $3 Seniors & Vets, $2 Kids


Spartanburg has produced and welcomed celebrities of all kinds. Come learn who they are and what made them famous! This exhibit is a collaboration of the Regional History Museum and the Little Theatre.

Mike Vatalaro: Emerging Works/Ancient Roots

March 13 – June 2

Spartanburg Art Museum at the Chapman Cultural Center


 Mike Vatalaro is a former Chair of the Art department at Clemson University. His ceramic work has been exhibited in numerous national and international exhibitions and reflects a serious interest in both Japanese and Chinese ceramic historical periods. Exhibit Time(s): 10 AM-5 PM; Tuesday- Saturday.




Ten at the Top’s Upstate Information portal: http://www.ourupstatesc.info/
Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau: http://visitspartanburg.com

Spartanburg Culture calendar and blog: http://spartanburgculture.com/

Spartanburg County Public Libraries: Events, Exhibits and Programs: http://www.infodepot.org/zS1/Events.asp

Spartanburg Downtown Association Events: http://www.downtownspartanburg.org/events.php
Spartanburg Parks: http://www.spartanburgparks.org/

Converse College: http://www.converse.edu/calendar

USC Upstate: http://www.uscupstate.edu/event/

Wofford College: http://www.wofford.edu/newsroom/story.aspx?id=450521

City of Greenville: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/calendar/calendar.aspx
Fete Greenville: http://www.fetegreenville.com/
What’s the BUZZ in Cherokee County? http://www.cherokeebuzz.com/
Greenwood’s Cultural District: http://www.emeraldtriangle.sc/ArtsCouncil/default.aspx

Upcountry South Carolina: http://www.theupcountry.com/
South Carolina National Heritage Corridor includes the Mountain Lakes Region: http://www.sc-heritagecorridor.org/
Saluda, Tryon, Columbus NC calendar http://www.nc-mountains.org/events/
Asheville Event and Festival calendar: http://www.exploreasheville.com/event-calendar/index.aspx

Mountain Xpress – Asheville and Western NC: http://www.mountainx.com/

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