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Musicians Arvie and Bunny Bennett return to Greer to revisit fans and friends
JUN 12, 2018

Arvie Bennett

It has been almost two years since singer/songwriter, Arvie Bennett Jr. and wife Bunny relocated from South Carolina to just outside of Nashville to further their musical career. The path toward their goals has been a long and winding one with lots of detours.

First, Arvie and Bunny decided to give away nearly all of their material possessions in order to live simply and eliminate debt so that Arvie could be a full-time musician. They hired Amish builders to create the shell of a tiny cabin, and then they completed the rest of the interior by themselves.  

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Greer pianists scored highest in Carolinas competition
JUN 5, 2018

L-R: Kay Young (piano instructor), Grace Besser, Victoria Conner and Sandy Poole (presenter).

Two Greer students recorded the highest score at the Piano Performers Spring Music Guild competition that included pianists from South Carolina and North Carolina.

Grace Besser and Victoria Conner achieved the highest score in music theory and piano performance. This is only the second time in 21 years that a student from Greer has achieved this honor, according to the Greer Recreation Department that offers piano classes and exhibitions.

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American Legion Post 115 to host Memorial Day Service, Family Fun Day
MAY 25, 2018

American Legion Post 115 to host Memorial Day Service, Family Fun Day

American Legion Post 115 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 115 in Greer will host a Memorial Day Service and Family Fun Day from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday at Victor Veterans Memorial Park.

 Greer Mayor Rick Danner will be among the special guests, including the Commanders of the American Legion and Sons of the American Legion for the Department of South Carolina and the president of the American Legion Auxiliary for the Department of South Carolina. 

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Trip to Normandy led to Memorial Day song honoring heroes
MAY 23, 2018

“I think that this is an apt message for Memorial Day as we honor those who gave everything so that all Americans can live free.”“Remember Us”, written by Randy Hatcher
 
 

What started as a trip to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial last fall, has turned into a song about honoring our nation’s heroes and patriotic legacy for a long-time Augusta resident.

“Remember Us”, was written by Randy Hatcher and released as a song by a group of Nashville musicians led by Rich Eckhardt, the lead guitar player for Toby Keith.

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Upstate feels like a second home to O'Hurley
MAY 19, 2018

John O'Hurley putts as his wife, Lisa, watches in the background Saturday at Thornblade Club.
 

The inaugural BMW Pro-Am Celebrity Softball game played Tuesday night at Fluor Field almost cost the golf tournament one of its most ardent participants.

John O’Hurley, known for the role of J. Peterman on the sitcom “Seinfeld”, tore his hamstring during the game. “I took a wide turn coming around third and popped a hamstring,” O’Hurley said Friday after his round at Thornblade Club.

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Celebrity rotation set for BMW Pro-Am
MAY 12, 2018

Aaron Rodgers. of the Green Bay Packers, will return to play in next week's BMW Pro-Am golf tournament
 

Aaron Rodgers, of the Green Bay Packers, acclaimed actor Don Cheadle and Golf Channel’s Morning Drive co-host Paige Mackenzie are among over 30 celebrities who will tee off next week at the BMW Charity Pro-Am at Thornblade Club, Furman University Golf Club and The Cliffs Valley.

The course rotations for the celebrities were announced Saturday.

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Star and Huck, miniature horses, are mascots for WEG
MAY 12, 2018

Star and Huck are the mascots of the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018.

The mascots for the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 are two miniature horses named Star and Huck.

Star and Huck were adopted in 2016 by Mark and Katherine Bellissimo, managing partners of Tryon Equestrian Partners, after being rescued by the Peeps Foundation, an organization dedicated to rescuing miniature horses and giving them a forever home. The duo has been inseparable since adoption, and have been regular fan favorites at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), where the WEG is being held this September, since they began attending events there in 2017.

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Highly recognized BIN112 restaurant closes in downtown Greer
APR 10, 2018

Highly recognized BIN112 restaurant closes in downtown Greer

BIN112,  a star on Greer’s Trade Street for many years, has closed.

Jason Clark, owner of BIN112, will keep his companion downtown restaurant, Strip Club 104 A Steak House, at 104 E. Poinsett St., open, GreerToday.com has learned.

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Vertical Horizon headlines Family Fest
APR 6, 2018

Vertical Horizon was formed in the 1990s and is best known for the 1999 hit single, “Everything You Want”. 
 

Vertical Horizon an American alternative rock band, is the headline performers for the 34th annual Pelham Medical Center Family Fest May 4-5 throughout downtown Greer.

The band formed in the 90s is best known for the 1999 hit single, “Everything You Want”. Their most recent album, “The Lost Mile” was released on Feb. 23. Vertical Horizon will perform May 5 at 8 p.m.

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Host your own royal wedding viewing tea party
APR 2, 2018

Perhaps the Royal wedding cake will look something like this, with fresh flowers.

Celebrate the marriage between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry by indulging in their favorite things during your royal wedding viewing party on Saturday, May 19. From what to serve, sip and slip into that morning, Tetley Tea — the other British royal-tea that’s won over Americans — has got you covered. 

 Host a royal wedding viewing party. Here’s what to serve, sip and slip into

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Abner Creek Baptist Church drama camp taking registrations
MAR 21, 2018

The Abner Creek Baptist Church Summer Drama Camp is scheduled June 26 – 30 with a final performance on June 30 at 6:30 pm.

The cost of camp is $40 per child up to a $100 family maximum. All children having finished 1st – 6th grade are invited.

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'Hamilton' comes to Peace Center in December, 2018-2019 Broadway package set
MAR 20, 2018

The 2018-2019 Broadway nine-show season at the Peace Center boast a combined 32 Tony Awards, including the 2017 winner for Best Musical, “Dear Evan Hansen”, and the 2017 winner for Best Musical Revival, “Hello, Dolly!”, starring Broadway legend Betty Buckley.

The season also includes two previous Best Musical Tony Award winners, including the South Carolina premiere of “Hamilton”. Back by popular demand, “The Book of Mormon” returns to the Peace Center.

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Child actresses sought for Broadway play 'Waitress'
MAR 9, 2018

The Tony nominated musical “Waitress” is looking for two young girls to perform the role of “Lulu” for the duration of the Greenville engagement.
 

The Tony nominated musical “Waitress” is looking for two young girls to perform the role of “Lulu” for the duration of the Greenville engagement.

The show will premiere at the Peace Center May 8-13.

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Byrnes finishes second overall at drill competition
MAR 9, 2018

Byrnes finished second in the overall championship at the regulation drill competition last weekend at the Pendleton High School JROTC and Lights of Hope competitions.

The Byrnes color guard won first place.

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Eggtastic Easter Event will be held March 24 Greer City Park
MAR 1, 2018

The City of Greer Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Eggtastic Easter Event Saturday March 24 from 11a.m-1p.m. at Century Park. Infants-12-year-olds can participate in egg hunts offered continuously throughout event. 

Hunts are split by age and only 20 kids are allowed to hunt each time to assure the safety of participants. 

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Tryon International Equestrian Center announces spring schedule
FEB 28, 2018

Tryon International Equestrian Center announces spring schedule

 Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) has announced its 2018 competition schedule, featuring 13 FEI jumping weeks, plus one CDI dressage and one eventing competition in its 40-week schedule spanning multiple disciplines. TIEC hosted five series of competition in 2017, which welcomed more than 2,300 riders from 45 states and 31 countries to the venue, and 2018 is poised to deliver an even more robust equestrian calendar for competitors in a variety of disciplines.

 TIEC is expanding its footprint in 2018 to host competitions in all eight FEI disciplines including jumping, dressage and para-dressage, eventing, reining, driving, vaulting and endurance. For the second time, the venue will host The Fork at TIEC, a 3* eventing competition featuring a CIC 3*/2*/1* presented by Lucky Clays, and the 72nd annual Tryon Block House Races, as well as the U.S. Pony Club Championships East. New to the competition calendar is the 28th annual Carolina Classic at TIEC, the facility's inaugural reining event. Multi-discipline events and specialty horse shows are also scheduled throughout the year.

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Shoestring Players shed light with 'Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play'
FEB 28, 2018

Shoestring Players perform a scene from

The University of South Carolina Upstate’s Shoestring Players will present “Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play” from March 1-4 in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center at 170 Gramling Drive on campus.

 The play by Anne Washburn centers on a post-apocalyptic future in which a group of survivors, missing the comfort of electronic entertainment, try to recreate an episode of the long-running TV — from memory. The three acts stretch over 75 years, tracing the evolution of the performance into a pageant.

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River Rivalry presented by ScanSource returns to Fluor Field on Saturday
FEB 28, 2018

The Reedy River Rivalry presented by ScanSource returns to Fluor Field on Saturday. Join the fun by visiting the Reedy River Rivalry Tailgate Party on Main Street!. The party runs until 7 p.m. and will feature food, drinks, live music, cornhole and more. 

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Alice in Wonderland begins two-weekend run
FEB 22, 2018

Alice in Wonderland begins two-weekend run

The Greer Children’s Theatre begins its two-weekend run of Alice in Wonderland Jr. Friday at the Cannon Centre.

The Disney-scripted play, thus Jr., after its title, has Friday and Saturday times at 7 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

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55+ upstate men's choir is being formed
FEB 12, 2018

55+ upstate men's choir is being formed

A 55+ Upstate Men’s Choir is being organized to promote the enjoyment of traditional men’s choir music to the public.

Men who have the ability to sing, match pitches, and blend within an assigned choral section are invited to join.

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