Last year, globalbike hand-delivered over 100 bikes to care workers in East Africa, rode our bikes from Nairobi to Mt. Kilimanjaro (about 275 miles), and joined 12 Kenyans and Tanzanians and many others from all over the world to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. This year, globalbike will donate even more bikes, circumnavigate the base of Kilimanjaro AND sponsor 15 Kenyan and Tanzanian youth cyclists to take part in the entire journey with us! This year’s event is supported by the United Nations Women’s Organization and will focus on efforts to stop violence against women and girls.
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Hub City Press/Writers’ Project/Bookshop
February 18th, The Underground Guide to Spartanburg will be available for sale at the Bookshop and online.
Or celebrate the grand opening of the Pocket Park and the book’s release on March 8th. https://www.facebook.com/events/314523785262784/
February 21st, Rereadings: Revisiting Words we Love. This reading is about relationships, the relationships we have with books we read when we were young, or with the words we wrote to ourselves in our diaries. Surely, we were formed in part by our love for these words, from Anne of Green Gables to Goodnight, Moon, from diary entries on first crushes to letters from penpals in faraway states. So bring these words and share them. You’ll have up to ten minutes to read; just come a little early to sign up. Say something about what you’ll read, or let the words speak for themselves. Inspired by Anne Fadiman and her book Rereadings: Seventeen writers revisit books they love.
February 23rd Hub City Book Club. Join us for a lively discussion of our next book club pick: Glaciers, a novel by Alexis M. Smith. Alexis will Skype with us in the Bookshop from 5:30-6:00pm, so come at 5:00 for some initial discussion and then have your questions/comments for the author ready! Paperback copies are available at the Hub City Bookshop or our online store. Also available in ebook. Invite your friends—all are welcome!
February 27th Blogging Workshop presented by Hub City Writers’ Project
Location: The Showroom at Hub-Bub
Led by Helen Correll and Ned Barrett. Over the last decade, “blog” has become a noun and a verb, both something we keep and something we do. Perhaps you would like to start a blog or improve on the blog you already have. This workshop will explain the benefits of blogging, help you define your blog, and discuss effective blog writing, approaching posts in a way that will attract readers and keep them coming back for more. With a fun and creative approach, you should leave the workshop with several posts written or planned and a direction for your blogging future. Workshops are $25, or $20 for members; register in advance at hubcity.org/writersproject. To find out if your membership is current, please email us at email@example.com.
Hub-Bub: Summer Art Show
Saturday, February 18, Noon-9 PM
111 E. Main St. (next to Lime Leaf)
Free and open to the public
summer art (sum’-er / arr’-tuh) noun. —is a practice based in the social world of “hanging out.” Free from any academic or “high-art” intentions, Summer Art demonstrates the beauty that can be found in the common yet beautiful moments of summer life. From cannonballs to backyard games, Summer Art elevates the typical and ordinary to the level of the profound. It shows us that one does not have to be taken too seriously in order to make something provocative, intelligent, and beautiful.
OVERVIEW: The Summer Art Show is a one night only, all-day art exhibit focused on bringing a degree of the summer spirit and attitude to the winter season. This event will last twelve hours (noon to midnight) and will feature summer-themed artwork, poetry, and performances by HUB-BUB’s artists-in-residence as well as invited guests.
Perseverance and Persistence, stage: Inspiring Performances
Cost:$22.50 Adults; $17.50 Students
David Reid Theatre at Chapman Cultural Center
Professional actress Carolyn Evans will appear as Harriet Tubman; Annual Community Weavers will be recognized; and Ballet Spartanburg will present a dance performance by Kyle Abraham entitled Kyle Abraham.In.Motion. Join us at the Chapman Cultural Center Theatre at 7 pm.
First United Methodist Church of Easley Winter Concert Series: Ensemble Radieuse
Kelly Vaneman, oboe; Chris Vaneman, flute and Melanie Taylor, piano. This versatile instrumental trio will perform an eclectic program featuring music from Baroque to Modern for oboe, flute and piano. All concerts will be performed in the Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Easley, 115 West First Avenue, Easley, SC 29641. Admission is free. For more information call the Church Office at (864) 859-4584.
Spartanburg County Regional History Museum: African-American Artists of Spartanburg
February 1 – 29
Cost: $4 Adults, $3 Seniors & Vets, $2 Kids
Come enjoy this exhibit featuring African American Artists of Spartanburg and collections of local African American works including paintings, pottery, sculptures and other media. Spartanburg’s rich multi-cultural heritage comes alive in this special exhibit!
Spartanburg School District 4 Exhibit
February 2 – 20
Student Hallway Galleries/Moseley Building at Chapman Cultural Center
Little River Coffee Bar: Fat Tuesday
Celebrate Fat Tuesday with The Little River Coffee Bar and Cakehead Bakeshop! We will have drink specials like cafe au laits and Cakehead Bakeshop will have some delicious New Orleans inspired treats. We will have live music at 7:30pm with B Natural Jazz Quartet (bnjazz.com). The Coffee Bar will be staying open until 10pm.
Spartanburg Regional Foundation: Mardi Gras Carnival
Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium Arena
Tickets: $75 benefiting Healing Arts
The 2012 Mardi Gras Carnival will be held on Fat Tuesday, February 21 at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium Arena. The NOTE ROPERS will provide entertainment throughout the evening. In keeping with the “Carnival” theme, guests are invited to wear festive masquerade attire as they enjoy New Orleans-inspired food and beverage. Patrons will be able to purchase original artwork, as well as themed parties that will be held throughout 2012 in support of the Healing Arts. Tickets purchased after January 27 will be $75. The first Community Healing Arts Program “Mardi Gras Carnival” was a rousing success on March 8, 2011 featuring New Orleans jazz by the DUKES of Dixieland. To support the Community Healing Arts Program, call 560-6727.
Music Sandwiched In: The Schwamm Family
Spartanburg Library Headquarters, Barrett Room
Presented by the Music Foundation of Spartanburg. Join us to hear The Schwamm Family an internationally recognized family from Germany who will perform selections from their upcoming performance with the Spartanburg Philharmonic. 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.
Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM): Fourth Annual Art & Antique Show
February 23 – 26
Cost varies depending on activity
The Spartanburg Art Museum will host the Fourth Annual Art & Antique Show, benefiting the Spartanburg Art Museum, on February 23-26, 2012. This exciting event will give people in the Upstate an opportunity to see, learn about and purchase predominantly 18th & 19th century American, English, and Continental antiques and accessories from dealers outside of the Upstate area. Vendor merchandise will include the following: antique furniture, silver, jewelry, porcelain, paintings, fine art, oriental rugs, linens, and garden accessories.
Showcasing a wide array of fine art and antiques and hosting nationally known speakers, the Art & Antique Show has become the premier fundraising event for the Spartanburg Art Museum.
The Showroom at HUB-BUB
February 24th Shane Pruitt Band (Live Recording). 8:30pm doors/9pm show. Tickets: $10/$12. The Shane Pruitt Band is currently working toward an upcoming Live CD. The group has already recorded shows in Asheville and Charlotte. They will record this show for their hometown performance. Make plans to join us for this special concert!
Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg: Multi-cultural exhibit
February 1 - 24
Artists’ Guild Gallery at Chapman Cultural Center
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra: Masterworks IV
Twichell Auditorium at Converse College
Sinfonia Concertante (Mozart), Sinfonietta (Poulenc) plus Bavarian Folk Music, Fiddle Music, & the Beatles
The Augsburger Geigenbande, comprised of internationally recognized Schwamm family members from Germany, perform a wide array of musical styles with repertoire that stretches across five centuries: from Baroque to the Beatles. And the press is taking notice. Augsburger Regional newspaper raves that they’re “skillful, tasteful, and full of passion.” On Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante Katharina Schwamm (violin) and Teresa Schwamm (viola) lead out. The Spartanburg Philharmonic performs with the Augsburger Geigenbande during Mozart and Poulenc, but after intermission we let go of the reigns. Our cross-cultural experiment takes flight as the Schwamms break out Bavarian folk music, fiddle music, and even some classics from the Beatles!
Green Screen 2012: The Economics of Happiness
February 28th at 7pm (doors open at 6:30)
Admission is Free. Both hard‐hitting and inspiring, ‘The Economics of Happiness’ demonstrates that millions of people across the world are already engaged in building a better world – that small scale initiatives are happening on a large scale. ‘The Economics of Happiness’ features a chorus of voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change. The film shows that countless initiatives are united around a common cause: rebuilding more democratic, human scale, ecological and local economies – the foundation of an ‘economics of happiness’. theeconomicsofhappiness.org
The Green Screen Film Series returns! Sponsored by HUB-BUB, the Hub City Farmers Market, the Hub City Co-Op, Partners for Active Living and Upstate Forever, this series runs from February 28–April 17, 2012. This series, all “green” documentaries, has been a huge hit in the past and is back by popular demand. Each event features a panel discussion and offers audience participation.
Jimmy Buffet isn’t scheduled to play in Spartanburg this March, but his music will have people dancing and singing at the Lions Club’s biggest fundraiser to provide vision-related services in the region.
“This event is meant to be fun and enjoyable, but it also is very important for thousands of Spartanburg residents who need vision services,” said Lions Club President Monica Greene. “Since the event began in 2005, it has raised nearly $200,000 for vision-related services right here in our community.”
Tickets for this year’s “Night for Sight Auction” are $35, inclusive. The food, fun and bidding begin at 6:00pm on March 24 at Indigo Hall, 190 Ezell Street, Spartanburg.
For more information, please contact Erica Daniels at 551-5930, or visit our website, www.spartanburglions.org.
NEW: Ten at the Top’s 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
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
December 9 – 10
David Reid Theatre at Chapman Cultural Center
Cost: $20 for all ages, includes post-show reception
Goodfellows, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal’s nonprofit organization that has provided food to tens of thousands of Spartanburg-area disadvantaged families since 1947, will celebrate its 65th anniversary Dec. 10 and 11 with a return of the Goodfellows Follies comedy/variety show. Twenty-two members of the original Follies cast that has entertained folks with knee-slapping comedy since the 1950s will be joined by comedian, actress, talk radio host and columnist Pam Stone in both shows at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. In the Dec. 11 afternoon performance, the Marshall Tucker Band’s Doug Gray and Rick Willis will surprise attendees with a song that will take folks way back in Spartanburg’s music history. Also going on stage for the Follies show will be the Palmetto Statesmen Barbershop Chorus and Quartet, the Southern Dance Academy Clogging Champions of America, Young News and Shawny Wright of 627 Music, Miss Spartanburg Hannah Barfield and many other talented performers. For more information, contact Lou Parris, The Stroller columnist for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, at either firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-497-7323.
Gaffney High School: “To Kill A Mockingbird”
Gaffney High School Theatre
December 8 – 10
Cost: $5 for students and $6 for adults
Ballet Spartanburg: “The Nutcracker”
December 9 – 11
For tickets and reservations call: 596-9725
Twichell Auditorium at Converse College
As Spartanburg’s treasured holiday classic, The Nutcracker is a dazzling journey to a magical land where dolls, toys and snowflakes come to life with over 100 dancers under the spell of Tchaikovsky’s memorable score. With new choreography and special effects this entertainment jewel captivates the imagination of children and nostalgia seeking adults everywhere. New this Year: SNOWFALL OVER THE SEATS AS WELL AS ON STAGE! NEW SECTIONS & CHOREGRAPHY!
Children’s Nutcracker Sweets Party Saturday, December 10 1:00 p.m. $40 (includes ticket)
Children can enjoy a magical backstage tour, meet the Nutcracker, the Sugar Plum and other character as they enjoy delectable sweets on the stage. Limited availability.
For more information call or visit www.balletspartanburg.com
Spartanburg Little Theatre: “The Santaland Diaries”
For mature audiences only; leave the children at home!
December 9 – 17
The Showroom at HUB-BUB
Cost: $12 in advance $15 at the door
This hilarious one-person play chronicles a man’s experience working as an elf at Macy’s Santaland. Witty, sardonic and unpredictable, David Sedaris’s “The Santaland Diaries” mercilessly points out what crazy things we do during the holidays.
West Main Artists Coop: Holiday Open House
December 10th and 12 - 17
Over 45 Artists Represented in One Place. Everything from Jewelry to Ceramics . Acrylic , Oil and Mixed Media Paintings including Acrylic Monotypes and Photography. Plus Some great and unique Gift Ideas. Come Check us out. and Remember to BUY LOCAL this Holiday Season!!
Upstate Pride Holiday Collection Drive
Benefits Piedmont Care and Ellen Hines Smith Girls’ Home
December 1 – 19
Drop-off site is The Coffee Bar in Spartanburg
Piedmont Care: 52 year old male; Clothing: Shirts: XL, Pants: 38 waist, 34-36 length. Wish list items: Lowe’s gift cards, Bi-Lo gift cards, Toiletries
Ellen Hines Smith Girls’ Home
Girl A: Clothing: Shirts: M-L, Pants: 9-10, Shoes: 6.5. Wish list items: Hair straightener, Hello Kitty items, digital camera with memory card, clothes, MP3 player, white Nike AirForce shoes
Girl B: Clothing: Shirts: S, Pants: 0, Shoes: 9. Wish list items: MP3 player, portable DVD player, Madea movies, McDonald’s gift cards, black Nike AirForce shoes, clothes, Gamecock items
Girl C: Clothing: Shirts: 2XL, Pants: 18-20, Shoes: 9-10. Wish list items: Portable DVD player, MP3 player, socks, hair straightener, Madea movies, headbands
The Haven Holiday Fair
Benefits the Haven Homeless Shelter for Families and Women
The Duncan Estate, 840 Union Street
Join The Haven Homeless Shelter for Families & Women this holiday season and enjoy an evening of cheer, cookies and handmade gifts created by local artists. 20% of the evening’s sales will benefit The Haven.
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 email@example.com.
On board, enjoy hot chocolate, Christmas music and some historic story-telling while enjoying our very best local Christmas light displays.
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.
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 Baptist Church of Lyman: “Messiah” Sing-a-long
David Reid Theatre at Chapman Cultural Center
The public is invited to sing the well-known parts of Handel’s Messiah at the Chapman Cultural Center Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Lyman, Messiah is George Frederic Handel’s most popular and widely performed oratorio, composed in 1741. Its most famous movement is the Hallelujah Chorus, which traditionally ends the performance with the audience standing. During the one-hour long event, only Part I and Hallelujah Chorus will be performed with the church providing a live orchestra and local soloists. There is no charge to participate in the singing or to just listen in the 500-seat David Reid Theatre. The Rev. Jim Carey, minister of music, suggests that participants dress casually and bring a copy of the score (words and music, which can be found online). For more information, please call Rev. Carey at 439-8721, ext. 104, or (205) 534-9205.
Music Sandwiched In: Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra Brass
Spartanburg Library Headquarters, Barrett Room
Come get into the Holiday spirit by coming and listening to the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra Brass perform several Holiday favorites. 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. You can Brown Bag it or Purchase a Box Lunch. For more information, call The Music Foundation of Spartanburg: (864) 948-9020.
Pacolet Christmas Parade
A Village at Christmas/Pacolet Express Train Ride
December 16 -31
For additional information, please call the Pacolet Town Hall at 474-9504 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Walk Spartanburg – every 3rd Thursday
Downtown Spartanburg and beyond.
Maps are available at each gallery in this self-guided tour.
Retail Therapy - every 3rd Thursday
Downtown Spartanburg - Various Shops/boutiques open evening hours offering special discounts and other surprises
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
Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg: “The Uncovery” by Walter Bethea
December 3- 21
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.
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!
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