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Glendale Outdoor Leadership School Kids Night (Parents Night Out)
December 2nd, 6pm to 9pm
Cost: $20/child ($18 for PCF members), $5 sibling discount
New for the Fall- Kids Night at GOLS. Fun for all ages. You get an affordable night out while your kids have a blast. First Friday of each month from 6-9pm. Includes climbing, games, nature craft, and snack. Cheaper than a babysitter and a lot more fun! Call to sign up or visit our website.
Upstate Visual Arts Holiday Show at Artistry Studios
December 2nd, 6pm to 9pm
Please join Upstate Visual Arts and Artistry Studios for a small works exhibition celebrating some of the most accomplished artists of the Upstate. The opening reception will be held at Artistry Studios First Friday, December 2nd from 6-9pm. Artistry is located at 12 Andrews St. Greenville, SC. 29601. For questions regarding this event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Light refreshments will be served.
Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve: Santa in the Garden
December 3rd, 9am to noon
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the gazebo to talk with and have photos taken with children. Bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen. Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve, 820 John B. White Sr. Blvd. 574-7724.
Christgiving – An Alternative Gift Fair
December 3rd, 9am to 2pm
Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church of Easley
A place to shop for “gifts” for family and friends by making donations in their honor to local organizations that cover a wide range of community needs. Shoppers will receive beautiful cards in which to present their “gifts.” Plus there will be some traditional gifts benefiting charities, and a soup luncheon. Best of all — you will find the true joy of giving. Benefiting organizations include Mary’s House, Bethlehem Center, Heifer International, United Christian Ministries, Pickens County Meals on Wheels, Pickens County Habitat for Humanity, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN), & others.
Let Heaven and Nature Sing Art Show and Book Signing
December 3rd, 9am to 6pm
Wet Paint Syndrome at Hillcrest Specialty Row on Fernwood-Glendale Rd.
Kirk and Kris Neely have teamed up to create a show of landscapes, images from nature, and guardian angel paintings for the holiday season. Join us as we celebrate a year of new beginnings and creative ventures. Kirk’s new titles: Banjos, Barbecue, and Boiled Peanuts was published by Hub City Writers Project in 2011. Santa Almost Got Caught: Stories for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year was released in October 2011. Kris was recently featured in Artists Among Us published by Hub City Writers Project.
Purchase gifts for the Holidays.
Call Kris at 864.252.7707 for an appointment on another day that suits your holiday schedule!
Lyman Christmas Parade
Cookies and Cocoa with Santa at Lyman Town Hall
December 3rd Parade at 10am
Santa will make his appearance for the third year in a row at the Lyman Town hall immediately after this year’s Christmas Parade. Come visit with Santa and enjoy some sweet treats and hot cocoa! This is a free event and all are welcome.
HUB-BUB presents Holiday Handmade Hoopla
WATCH Amy’s interview with Cheryl Mirer, Director of HUB-BUB’s Artists-in-Residence Program and Special Events. Apologies for the lighting - we weren’t at our usual table for her segment.
December 3rd, VIP Preview 10am-12pm, General Shopping 12-6pm
The Bijou Building, 174 E. Main St. in downtown Spartanburg
Cost: VIP ticket $15
Holiday Handmade Hoopla is a new juried art and craft market in Downtown Spartanburg that connects regional artists with holiday shoppers. Support local artists and artisans this holiday season! VIP ticket, $15, includes shopping without the crowd, live music, free food and drink. Available at HUB-BUB.com!
Plaza on Main just opened in downtown Spartanburg.
WATCH and learn more about this Cafe and Gallery from Nancy Riehle, Cheryl Parris and Chanel Woffard of EcoRealty and John Galop of Broadway Bagels.
CropMob Upstate: Tree Planting with TreesGreenville
December 3rd 11am to 2pm
Animal Care Center, 328 Furman Hall Rd. in Greenville
We know it’s a little bit short notice, but this is for a good cause! This Saturday, December 3rd, TreesGreenville will be planting trees to provide color and shade for the dogs and volunteers at the Animal Care Center in Greenville. They’ll be planting 26 trees of a variety of species and could use some volunteer help! These are larger trees than TreesGreenville’s usual plantings and they will be relying on tractors to get the heavy trees in the ground. Volunteers are needed to put the finishing touches on the trees (making sure they are straight, pulling away burlap sacks; back-filling; mulching, etc). All tools and gloves will be provided but you’re welcome to bring your own. Water will be provided—no onsite lunch is planned for this event, so pack a lunch or plan to take a break to eat in Greenville.
Spartanburg Youth Theatre presents “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!”
December 2 – 3: NEW 4pm performance added for Saturday. Shows are almost SOLD OUT.
Cost: Adults $12; Children $9
David Reid Theatre at Chapman Cultural Center
Holiday preparations, candy canes, and snowflake drawings mingle with tattletales, greedmeisters, and germ-o-phobes in “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!”, a delightful show based on the popular Junie B. Jones book series. Junie B. is for all those who appreciate a dash of grossness—gloppy sneezes and luxuriant burps that register high on the Richter scale. Don’t miss this family-friendly story that captivates both children and adults alike.
Easley’s Foothills Playhouse: “The Littlest Angel”
December 2 – 11
Cost: Adults $16; Seniors $14; Students/Children $9
This classic Christmas story of a little angel who is transformed from a celestial pest to the toast of the Heavenly Host is brought magically to life in this humorous, touching, and, above all, inspirational musical. Filled with melody and mirth, the story follows the adventures and misadventures of the Littlest Angel, from his reluctant entry through the Pearly Gates to the triumphant conclusion when his gift to the newborn Christ Child is miraculously transformed into the shining Star of Bethlehem.
First North: Twin Living Christmas Trees and Spartanburg Christmas Spectacular
December 2 – 4
Tickets: Gold Seating $15; Silver Seating $10; Red Seating - $5
New Amazing, Dramatic Digital Lighting! 300 voice choir and 50 piece orchestra. The popular Dance of The Toy Soldiers. Christmas Bears and The Nativity. Luke 2 comes to life!
Partners for Active Living: ‘Twas the Scavenger Hunt Before Christmas
December 3rd, 11am to 2pm
Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail in Spartanburg
Join us for a kid’s Christmas themed scavenger hunt on the Rail Trail! Beginning at the Henry Street Trailhead of the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail. All ages welcome! Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to give to Children’s Security Blanket (toys will be collected at the Hot Spot Skate Park). Hot chocolate will be served at the Hot Spot Skate Park following the scavenger hunt! Also stay and enjoy the silent auction where all proceeds go towards Children’s Security Blanket.
Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg: Opening Reception “The Uncovery” by Walter Bethea
December 3rd, 4pm to 8pm
The Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg presents “The Uncovery,” a collection of 20 small (2” x 3”) pencil drawings on paper and eight oil/acrylic paintings on wood panels by member Walter Bethea. The exhibit is on display in the Guild Gallery at the Chapman Cultural Center through Dec. 21, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and is free for public viewing. A public and free reception marking the debut will be held 4-8 p.m. at the Gallery Saturday, Dec. 3. Bethea will donate 10 percent of sales from this exhibit to S.P.I.H.N., a local nonprofit organization that provides housing, job training and daycare for families in need.
Wofford College Christmas Choral Concert
December 3rd, 7pm
Leonard Auditorium in Main Building at Wofford College
Wofford Singers, Wofford Men and Goldtones to perform. Free and Open to the Public.
Tour Christmas in Spartanburg: A History
Spartanburg County Historical Association:Price House, Seay House and 1960s Spartanburg
Cost: $12 Adults; $6 Ages 5-17 - all inclusive
Experience 150 years of Christmas in one day! At Price House, see sparse decorations of greenery and hear about the limited celebrations of frontier settlers in the early 1800s. At Seay House, find out how the county’s rural residents marked the day in the 1890s, as decorations become a bit more elaborate and familiar. At Spartanburg Regional History Museum, remember Christmas in the 1960s with its aluminum trees, electric lights, vinyl holiday albums, and full-color television specials.
Carolina Farm and Wildlife: Santa is coming to Pauline!!
December 3rd, 3pm to 6pm
Don’t forget this Saturday Santa Claus is coming to Pauline!!!! Santa will be at the store for photos and to get all the kids Christmas lists. There will also be a Big Green Egg cooking demo as well as a store wide 10% off sale. Come and enjoy some holiday spirit with us.
Hub City Bookshop Events:
December 3rd, 2:00pm – 4:00pm Please join us for a book signing with Joe Epley, author of A Passel of Hate. A Passel of Hate is an epic fact-based thriller of the American Revolutionary War that brings the events leading to the battle of Kings Mountain into sharp focus through the highly personal experiences of those who shaped its outcome. Through the eyes of Jacob Godley, A Passel of Hate vividly captures the hardships, challenges, and emotional conflicts of frontier living where there is constant threat from Indians, partisan raiders, and British invaders.
December 3rd, 7:00pm– 8:30pm: Please join us for a Saturday night reading and signing with Steve Almond, author of God Bless America. God Bless America, from Lookout Books, is Almond’s latest collection of short stories. The stories in this collection paint a hilarious—and often critical—portrait of the United States we think we know and love. The book investigates America’s flaws and shortcomings, as well as its redeeming qualities.
F.I.R.E Fountain Inn Repertory Experience: A Wonderful Life
December 1 - 11
Fountain Inn Civic Center
Cost: $17/ $14/$8 Adult/ Senior/ Student (special group price)
FIRE presents the Upstate premiere of the Frank Capra’s film classic brought to vibrant theatrical life through the remarkable collaboration of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner Sheldon Harnick and Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Joe Raposo. The story of George Bailey and his wonderful life in Bedford Falls remains a timeless fable of dreams, disillusionment and the power of love. An uplifting chronicle of the extraordinary lives of ordinary folk, A WONDERFUL LIFE exhilarates the mind and heart as it celebrates the innate goodness in us all.
First Presbyterian Church Chamber Singers: “Tidings of Comfort and Joy”
A Christmas Concert to benefit Mobile Meals of Spartanburg
December 4th at 7pm
The First Presbyterian Church Chamber Singers will present “Tidings of Comfort and Joy,” a Christmas concert to benefit Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, on Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the David Reid Theatre of the Chapman Cultural Center. Tickets are $15.00 and may be purchased through First Presbyterian Church or the Mobile Meals office.
The program will feature a variety of seasonal music taken from the Chamber Singers’ large Advent and Christmas repertoire. The twenty-six member choir sings annually at the Biltmore House’s Candlelight Christmas Tour and staffs First Presbyterian Church’s Moravian Candle Love Feast. The Singers are known for their eclectic blend of musical styles and have produced two Christmas CDs, which will also be available at the concert with proceeds going to Mobile Meals. For more information contact the director, Holt Andrews, at or at email@example.com.
Spartanburg County Library HQ: Fall for Reading with Sapphire, moderated by Amy Wood
December 8th, 7pm to 9pm
Our final Fall for Reading author on Thursday, December 8, at 7:00 p.m. is Sapphire. Sapphire is the noted author of the novel Push, which became the award-winning film “Precious.” In July, Sapphire followed this first novel with her much anticipated sequel, “The Kid,” which follows the son of Claireece Precious Jones, as he navigates urban life in New York City. Our moderator for this event is Amy Wood, co-anchor for News Channel 7 at 5, 6 and 11, and solo-anchor for the interactive “News Channel 7 at Ten on Your CW.”
Spartanburg County Regional History Museum’s Christmas in Spartanburg: The 1960s
November 29 – January 28
Cost: $4 Adults, $3 Seniors & Vets, $2 Kids
Step back in time to Christmas in the 1960s with glitz and glam, not to mention aluminum trees, electric lights, holiday albums, and television specials. Remember again, or experience for the first time, the era’s authentic toys and vintage ads in an exhibit featuring ‘60s-era furniture. Make an ornament inspired by the many Christmas wreaths during the time of JFK, the Apollo missions, The Beatles, the Civil Rights Movement, and Vietnam. Converse College Intern Alexandria Brown was the student curator for the exhibit and will offer a gallery talk at the December 9 reception. Join us at between 5:30 and 7:30 that evening for an evening of refreshments, learning and nostalgia!
Gaffney High School: “To Kill A Mockingbird”
Gaffney High School Theatre
December 8 – 10
Cost: $5 for students and $6 for adults
Holiday Lights Trolley Tour in Spartanburg
December 9 – 12 and 16 – 23
Ticket prices are $8.00 per person. Tour begins at the Magnolia Train Depot in downtown Spartanburg. Reservations are required. Contact Main Street Trolley at 864-574-9876 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On board, enjoy hot chocolate, Christmas music and some historic story-telling while enjoying our very best local Christmas light displays.
Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN) Carriage Rides for the Homeless
December 16 and 19-23
Depart from JB Lacher Jewelers
In 2011, for the tenth consecutive year, GAIHN (Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network) will provide horse-drawn carriage rides through the streets of downtown Greenville during the Christmas/Hanukkah Holidays. All proceeds from the carriage rides are used to help provide emergency assistance for homeless families with children.
On December 16 and 19-23, a horse-drawn carriage will depart from JB Lacher Jewelers on a fifteen minute carriage ride through downtown Greenville bedecked in its holiday splendor (each carriage seats four adults comfortably). Cooper Farm Carriage Service is our excellent carriage company.
Reservations will be taken starting on October 15. Visit the website’s RESERVE YOUR SPOT page. Select the date and time that you would like to ride. Make sure you have your credit card handy (all reservations are prepaid) and thank you for your donation to help homeless families in our area! (This is a not a tax-deductible donation. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to GAIHN, click on the “Donate Now” button.)
Our Goal: This year we hope that 1,200 people will enjoy the festive ride through the streets of downtown Greenville and help us raise about $10,000 dollars for GAIHN’s ministry of hospitality with homeless families.
The 17th Annual Anderson Lights of Hope Drive-Thru Christmas Light Display
Thanksgiving Day to Christmas Day
Darwin Wright Park in Anderson, just off I-85 at Exit 21 / Liberty Hwy, open nightly at 5:30pm
Admission: Cars / Mini Van / SUV - $5.00; Mini Bus / Church Van / Nursing Home - $10.00; Large Bus - $20.00
The Anderson Lights of Hope annual light display has become a regional attraction during the Holiday season. Many visitors average 5 visits to ‘Lights of Hope’ and the arrangement of the lights changes every year. It has become a tradition in many families for many years. Using over 3.5 million light bulbs Anderson lights of Hope volunteers turn the Darwin Park into a fantasy of lights, enchanting for all ages. The park hosted over 47,000 visitors in 2010 and hopes to increase that number in 2011, keeping the students rather busy. The 2010 proceeds donated to local area charities from this event, including the additional donations of toys, blankets, canned food, eye glasses, cell phones helped make it possible for hundreds of children and adults in the Anderson community to receive life-changing services.
Spartan Photo Exhibit at Chapman Cultural Center
November 16 – December 15
Spartan Photo Center has recently hosted their first annual photography contest open to the general public. With the great success of the college student contest earlier in the year they discovered quickly that many people were eager to show off their impressive skills and passion. Spartan Photo ended up with nearly 100 entries for the public’s viewing and voting pleasure.
All photos have been displayed in the second floor Stairway Gallery of the Chapman Cultural Center (open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.) on East Saint John Street in downtown Spartanburg, directly across the street from Spartan Photo Center and is open to the public for voting. Every person is free to choose their top ten favorites (there is a form and voting box in the gallery) and the top ten will be further voted on by the online Facebook crowd with the winners to be announced in December 2011.
Pack a lunch, grab the kids, and enjoy a picnic at Barnett Park, voting on the photos and visiting the various exhibits at the Cultural Center, and stop by Spartan Photo Center for a free cup of coffee and some good conversation. We are excited to meet you. Spartan Photo Center, Inc. has been expertly supplying photographers in the Spartanburg/Greenville area with new product information, the newest techniques, repairs, accessories, upgrades, and photo printing for over 25 years. If you would like more information about this topic or to set up an interview with Owner, Mike Wojcik, call Hannah Bingham at (864) 583 – 6835 or email at SpartanPhotoCenter@Gmail.com
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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
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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/
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