Plenty to do this weekend and we’ll talk it about it LIVE Friday morning at the Coffee Bar in Spartanburg. Our web show guests will be Celia Cooksey and Catherine Baehr for Hub-Bub’s The Next Big Thing emerging talent competition, Mandy Merck for International Festival 2011 and Sarah Petty of Hub City Delivery.
PARK(ing) Day Spartanburg
September 16th 11:30am – 1:30pm
Near the Morgan Square clock tower
PARK(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event that invites city dwellers everywhere to transform parking spots into temporary mini-parks for the public good. This will be Spartanburg’s 3rd year participating in the event. Organizations creating mini-parks in Spartanburg’s downtown include: Upstate Forever, SPACE, HUB-BUB.com, Glendale Outdoor Leadership School, Partners for Active Living, Spartanburg Parks, the Spartanburg Downtown Association, and more! Come on out on your lunch break and see what kind of temporary parks each of these organizations will create in a parking space in downtown. Look for a majority of the mini-parks near the clock tower adjacent to Morgan Square. For examples of what has been done in other cities, see this Flickr pool: http://www.flickr.com/groups/worldparkingday/pool/
Jazz on the Square featuring The Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble
The Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble is made up of mostly amateur musicians from Spartanburg and surrounding areas. Established in 1996 to provide an outlet for community musicians and offer free concerts to the public. The Ensemble plays for numerous community events— Spring Fling, Red, White, and Boom, and special events like the opening of the new Memorial Auditorium and the Pan American Games for the Blind. Their “Ice Cream Sundays” Summer Concert Series in the Rose Garden at USC-Upstate is especially popular. Jeff Kuntz is the Jazz Ensemble Director.
The Coffee Bar: Marie Hines
Spartanburg native and Nashville resident, Marie Hines, will be performing at the Coffee Bar with fellow singer-songwriters Merry Ellen Kirk and Holley Maher.
Spartanburg Little Theatre: “Annie”
David Reid Theatre at Chapman Cultural Center
Opens September 16
Cost: Adults: $25 Seniors: $24 Youth: $17
Leapin’ Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage at SLT in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Gaffney Little Theatre’s “Seussical!”
September 16 – 18
Fullerton Auditorium at Limestone College
Gaffney Little Theatre’s preseason show is a fun musical about the world of Dr. Seuss. Follow Jojo the Who as he and the Cat in the Hat adventure through Jojo’s imagination full of elephants, bird, kangaroos, Whos, and monkeys! Dates: September 16 and 17 at 7:30, and September 18 at 3:30.
Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg: Opening Reception and 38th Annual Juried Show
September 15 – October 20
Carolina Gallery in Downtown Spartanburg
The Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg will host its 38th Annual Juried Show from Sept. 15 - Oct. 20 at the Carolina Gallery, at 145 W. Main St. in Spartanburg. It is free for public viewing each Tuesday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. each week. The opening reception will be September 17 from 6:00 – 8:00 and the Awards Ceremony will be held on Wall St. right next to Carolina Gallery at 7:00 p.m. The opening reception and awards ceremony are free and open to the public, and catering will be provided by Palmetto Palate. The exhibit consists of 55 winning selections that were chosen out of more than 200 entries submitted this year from artists in both North and South Carolina. The judging was done by Alfred D. Ward, Emeritus Professor of graduate programs in art at Winthrop University. Over $4000 in prizes will be awarded to winners in five categories: 2D-Painting; 2D-Drawing and Mixed Media; 2D-Photography and Digital Art; 3D-Sculpture, Ceramics, Jewelry, etc.; and Upcycle; as well as a Best in Show award. For more information, contact Executive Director Robin Els, (864) 764-9568.
Tiny Circus stop-motion animation workshop
September 16 – 17
The Showroom at Hub-Bub
Tiny Circus (www.tinycircus.org) will be at the Showroom and you’re invited to drop in and animate with them at your convenience! No pre-registration required. Tiny Circus is an Iowa-based stop-motion animation collective that tells stories about alternate histories of objects, occurrences, and ideas – like popcorn, war, or adaptation. Tiny Circus travels cross-country in a remodeled vintage airstream trailer that serves as a home and a projection booth. They host animation workshops and collect the resulting films into a show reel to form a collaborative, nation-wide community art project. All events are free and open to the public. The animation made in the workshop will become part of the Tiny Circus reel of short films and will debut at the outdoor film festival on Saturday night!
Eyewitnesses to 9/11: From Tragedy to Transformation
Cherokee County History and Arts Museum
Ends September 17
Museum Admission: $5 Adults; $3 under 12.
The “Eyewitnesses to 9/11: From Tragedy to Transformation” exhibit will consist of artifacts and accounts of the events of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath, told through stories and artifacts. The exhibit will bear witness to the tragic events of 9/11/01 in New York City, and demonstrate the courage and determination of the heroes who worked together to search for survivors and to find the remains of the dead.
Figuring prominently in the exhibit will be the rescue ministry offered at Saint Paul’s Chapel, the Episcopal church directly across the street from the World Trade Center, under the leadership of Gaffney native, the Reverend Lyndon F. Harris. Please check the website for the Museum’s extended schedule.
Spartanburg County Historical Association: Seay House Saturday
Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.
Join us on these Saturdays at The Seay House, Spartanburg’s oldest home. Located at 106 Darby Road just off Crescent Avenue, this home showcases the dwelling of a local farmstead managed and maintained by three maiden Seay sisters in the late 1800s. Come relax for an hour or two on this historic property! Sponsors allow us to open at no charge to the public, though visitor donations help us maintain the property. For more information, email email@example.com or call 864-596-3501
Back to School Jam in the Park
Duncan Park Amphitheatre in Spartanburg
Join us for an all-day event celebrating community, and music at the Duncan Park Amphitheatre. Back to School Jam will be accepting donations for The Haven and they could really use our help. Items Needed: school supplies, underwear/socks - all sizes, both genders, plastic cups, Clorox based cleaning supplies, deodorant, toothpaste & toothbrushes. Bring a picnic, blanket and the kids and enjoy a day of celebrating community! Band info available at www.jaminthepark.com.
Downtown Spartanburg Drum Circle
The Downtown Spartanburg Drum Circle provides an opportunity for the community to come together and find a common beat. Everyone is welcome at the events and they are free and open to the public! The Drum Circle is a family-friendly event. Everyone is welcome!
Spartanburg County Historical Association: Seay House Saturday
Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.
Join us on these Saturdays at The Seay House, Spartanburg’s oldest home. Located at 106 Darby Road just off Crescent Avenue, this home showcases the dwelling of a local farmstead managed and maintained by three maiden Seay sisters in the late 1800s. Come relax for an hour or two on this historic property! Sponsors allow us to open at no charge to the public, though visitor donations help us maintain the property. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 864-596-3501.
September 21st: Shel Silverstein Party. Shel Silverstein may have died in 1999, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the release of his new book, Every Thing On It, with a party! And that’s just what we’re going to do. Bring yourself, your friends, and your kids to a celebration of the poetry of Shel Silverstein. Have you ever read a book with everything on it? Well, here it is, an amazing collection of never-before-published poems and drawings from the creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and falling up.
September 21st: SE Joyce, author of Silas Saves the Friendly Crab. Please join us for a book signing with Dr. S E Joyce, author of Silas Saves the Friendly Crab. Dr. Joyce is the proud mother of two children, Silas and Anna Dunn. She is a fifth generation native of Spartanburg, SC and earned her degrees at Converse College and CCNH. Her love of South Carolina, the Lowcountry and the southern vernacular inspired her to create this adventure with the help of her two children.
HUB-BUB.com presents The Next Big Thing 2011
SEE my interview with Catherine Baehr
Tickets: General $30; VIP $100
The first annual emerging talent search and competition, where one lucky act will win the coveted event title and reap the awards that accompany it.
Join HUB-BUB at the ultimate talent competition on September 24th! Discover the top 8 finalists who will be competing live at the show – and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award!
Spartanburg Methodist College: 100 Years of Learning
Spartanburg Regional History Museum
Continues through September 30th
Cost:$4 Adults, $3 Srs & Vets, $2 Kids
This fall the Regional History Museum is honoring the 100th anniversary of Spartanburg Methodist College with an exhibit that charts the development of the college from its beginnings in a house in Spartan Mill village with only a single student through its current existence as a 110-acre campus with an enrollment of nearly 800. Curated by SMC Historian Dr. Kathy Cann, the exhibit will include artifacts and textual information from the college’s collection.
Spartanburg International Festival 2011
SEE my interview with Mandy Merck
Barnet Park in Downtown Spartanburg
People from more than 70 countries reside in Spartanburg, South Carolina and more than 100 international businesses make Spartanburg their home. In 1985 the City of Spartanburg hosted its first International Festival to celebrate Spartanburg’s diverse community, today the International Festival has expanded its International connection to reach a more global audience attendance. More than 8,000 people attend to celebrate and explore the world through food, music, dance, folk art and more. Since 2007, a country (or continent) has been selected by International Cultures of Spartanburg to be the honored country for the International Festival. Europe’s Nordic Region is our Honored Countries this year. Countries represented are: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Spartanburg Art Museum: Studio Works
Continues through October 1st
Cost: Members: Free; Adults: $4; Seniors: $3; College Students: $2.50; ages 6-18: $2; under 6: free
Not your run of the mill pots and bowls! The internationally known Ceramics Studio of the University of South Carolina serves as a sort of research and development project by developing nonfunctional, sculptural works that can delight and fascinate.
Hub City Farmers Market
Saturday Market thru November 12th at Magnolia Train Depot
Wednesday Market thru September 28th at Morgan Square
Check Facebook for Mobile Market updates
SLAM! - Saturday Local Art Market
Saturdays June 11th - October 29th West End, Greenville
The Saturday Local Art Market will feature extraordinary handmade local art. Styles include Painting, Photography, Ceramics, Glass, Jewelry, Wood, and Printmaking, plus Handmade Clothing, Furniture and other delights such as children’s arts activities.
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
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