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Bridal Show features interactive ceremony and events
FEB 29, 2012

Lauren Kingstro knows all about the excitement leading up to the wedding day. She married Paul Kingstro on Aug. 18 last year. The reception was held at The Davenport on Trade Street. Krystal Grant provided GreerToday.com with the wedding photo of Lauren. 

The Greer Station Association and its vendors request the honor of your presence at their Bridal Show on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Greer City Hall Events Hall.

Guests will attend interactive events – ceremony, cocktails and reception –  with vendors showcasing their talents and services. A bride and groom will be featured with guests invited to follow them through the ceremony, cocktails and reception venues or visit the hall in any sequence. All staff will be dressed in formal attire.

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Lakes Robinson, Cunningham restrictions being reviewed
FEB 27, 2012

You could be seeing sculls soon on Lake Robinson and Lake Cunningham.

Sculls may soon be coasting along Lake Robinson and Lake Cunningham.

John Carroll asked commissioners of the Greer Commission of Public Works today to consider permitting the use of row boats on the lakes managed by the CPW. Carroll was specifically asking for permission to use sculls (rowing shells) which can be up to 27-foot long.

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Oscar Party mirrors Sunday's extravaganza
FEB 27, 2012

Amie Owens, president of the Junior League of Greenville, poses before the Oscar Party got underway Sunday night. The JLG was one of 49 organizations sanctioned by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

By BART BISHOP

The Academy Awards, the most celebrated meeting of Hollywood talent, had its 84th show Sunday night. This year saw Billy Crystal host, his ninth time doing so, and he was certainly old reliable. Although the show ran long and typifies extravagance, the novelty of the spectacle cannot be denied. 

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Greer Relief gets Christmas cheer; Roses for Relief next
FEB 24, 2012

Kendra Kemp, president of the Greer Jaycees, presented a $1,000 check Thursday  to Caroline Robinson, Executive Director of Greer Relief. The proceeds were from the 2011 Jaycees Christmas Parade.

It was Christmas in February for Greer Relief when the Greer Jaycees presented a $1,100 check from the proceeds of the 2011 Christmas Parade.  Kendra Kemp, president of the Greer Jaycees, presented the check Thursday  to Caroline Robinson, Executive Director of Greer Relief. The Jaycees welcome guests to their meetings at 7 p.m. on every third Thursday at His Vineyard on Arlington.

Rose for Relief St. Patrick's Celebration is Greer Relief's next big event, scheduled on March 17 from 7 p.m. to midnight at 317 S. Buncombe Road. A silent auction, live band, Irish menu and bar will be part of the program.

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Oyster Roast, pound for pound, best bargain in Upstate
FEB 24, 2012

Eat a light lunch today and forget about dinner.

There is 1,000 pounds of oysters, hundreds of pounds of shrimp and more seafood gumbo than probably every cooked in Greer. We'll call it an unofficial record for a shrimp boil. All that adds up to an all-you-can-eat seafood extravaganza.

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Oyster Roast scheduled Friday
FEB 22, 2012

The 8th annual Oyster Roast is Friday night at 842 S. Buncombe Road, next to Greer Memorial Hospital, at 6-9 p.m.

The networking event is one of the biggest of the year in Greer. It’s all you can eat oysters and shrimp boil. Beverages include soft drinks, beer and wine.

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Miss Greer Teen's theatre debut in 'Hairspray'
FEB 22, 2012

2012 Miss Greater Greer Teen Sydney Sill reflects on her past two weeks and her upcoming performance in

2012 Miss Greater Greer Teen Sydney Sill has had a non-stop schedule since the week she competed in the Greer pageant. Sydney talked with GreerToday.com between her ride from Byrnes to Greer for “Hairspray” rehearsals. She was upbeat, laughing and looking forward to performing in her first theatre production outside of school. Sydney was the second runner-up (Miss Lyman) in the 2011 Miss South Carolina Teen competition. She will compete in the 2012 Miss South Carolina pageant July 10-14 in Columbia.

Q: You played a big role in the Miss Byrnes High School pageant last weekend. What did you do?

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Memphis: Timeless story for modern times
FEB 22, 2012

Felicia Boswell (Felicia), Rhett George (Gator), Bryan Fenkart (Huey) and Will Mann (Bobby) are members of the cast performing “Memphis” through Sunday at The Peace Center.
 

By Bart Bishop

Having played more than 800 performances, Memphis is a musical by David Bryan (music and lyrics) and Joe DiPietro (lyrics and book). Created in 2002, it started on Broadway in 2008 and won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2010. Now it's come to the Peace Center. 

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'Hairspray' rehearsal is mini acts of spontaneity
FEB 16, 2012

Blythe Snead plays the lead as Tracy Turnblad. This is Snead's first show with the Greer Children's Theater.She has been tap dancing since she was six and performing on stage since she was 13.

By Bart Bishop

The stage has been extended outward and off to the sides, surrounding and breaking down the fourth wall between audience and performers. Vibrant colors enrapture and overwhelm. 

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Tippin's concert will provide maximum viewing
FEB 16, 2012

Spectators at the Greer Family Fest will be afforded a more advantageous view with the stage placed at the circular drive at the entrance of City Hall.

The stage Aaron Tippin will perform on at the 2012 Village Hospital Greer Family Fest will be located at the picturesque circular drive entrance to City Hall.

"This location affords more people to see Aaron Tippin perform and we're anticipating the biggest crowd ever to attend the festival," Mark Owens, Greer Chamber of Commerce Events Coordinator, said.

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Ryan Storrie remembered as everybody's best friend
FEB 14, 2012

Ryan Storrie, 29, lived to open a restaurant that had personality and character in the way food was cooked and presented. He saw the fulfillment of his dream come true. Sadly, it was too short-lived.

Ryan Storrie was the best friend of more people than he ever could have imagined. 

"Ryan had a ton of people say 'he's my best friend' because he was everybody's best friend," Tim Kearns said. Kearns and Storrie were best friends and opened Ember, a downtown Greer restaurant, on New Year's Eve.

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Roses are red but the Blues is American
FEB 14, 2012

Join Max Hightower on Valentine's night at the 5th Rockin' Tuesday Blues Jam at Rhythm & Brews. 

By MAX HIGHTOWER

Willie Nelson once said in an interview “Blues is the first music born in America”.

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Movies, video games, graphic novels fuel interest in comics
FEB 13, 2012

Rob Young, owner of Borderlands, stands among his comics, T-shirts, toys and gaming, kingdom. The 5,000 square foot store has become the largest “geek” shop in the Upstate.

By Bart Bishop

Upon entering this comic book store haven, you notice the lived-in look. Adorned with posters, T-shirts, and toys, it can be intimidating at first. There is a method to the madness, however, and half the fun is learning the language of this foreign land. Comics on the right, games on the left, this is a niche shop reminiscent of record stores that still specialize in hi-fi, but the natives are welcoming  – in fact, they can't wait to talk off about their passions. This is Borderlands Comics and Games.

Opening in 1984 as Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, the name was changed in 1995 when Stan Reed became the owner. The store garnered a reputation as arguably the best one-stop shop for comic books and gaming in the Upstate.

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Cabaniss wins Miss Greater Greer, Sill is Miss Teen
FEB 12, 2012

2012 Miss Greater Greer Lauren Cabaniss 

Lauren Cabaniss was crowned 2012 Miss Greater Greer and Sydney Sill the Miss Teen tonight at the Margaret Burch Auditorium at Greer High School.

Cabaniss and Sill each swept all three individual competitions. Cabaniss won the swimsuit, talent and evening gown competitions and Sill won the lifestyle/fitness, talent and evening gown.

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Burch shares insights into covering many years of Miss Greer pageants
FEB 11, 2012

Leland Burch has covered more beauty pageants than most former queens would like for him to remember.

Leland was in Bullock's barbershop when we caught up with him and chatted about tonight's Miss Greater Greer pageant being held at Greer High School at 7 p.m.

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Olson will continue dancing her way to NYC
FEB 11, 2012

There are three suggestions  2011 Miss Greater Greer Laci Olson has for the 2012 queen.

"Always wear high heels.

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2012 Miss Greer and Teen field at 11 candidates
FEB 8, 2012

2011 Miss Greater Greer Laci Olson and Miss Greater Greer Teen Abby Riggs will crown the 2012 queens Saturday at Greer High School. The pageant begins at 7:30 p.m.
 

Five candidates will compete for the 2012 Miss Greater Greer title and six will vie for Miss Greater Greer Teen Saturday night at Greer High School, pageant officials have announced. The pageant begins at 7:30 p.m.

2011 queens Laci Olson, Miss Greater Greer, and Abby Riggs, Miss Greater Greer Teen, will end their tenure Saturday night.

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Rockin' Tuesday Blues Jam at Rhythm & Brews
FEB 7, 2012

The stage was already smoking when good friend Taylor Moore set the stage ablaze. With three other guitarists shoulder-to-shoulder, all that lead guitar was like scrambling eggs in an hot iron skillet.- Max Hightower

Last week at the Rockin’ Tuesday Blues Jam at Rhythm & Brews in Greer, it was like "The Last Waltz" of blues jams with musicians on and off the stage all night long. It’s hard to believe it was only our third jam. And there’s no telling what the fourth one will be like tonight.

Let me set the stage. It’s 8 p.m. on January 31. Tuesday night.

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Village Hospital hosts 2 Black History events
FEB 6, 2012

Black History Month will be celebrated by Village Hospital with two programs and the recognition of winners in the Black History Month Essay Contest.

Music, drama and the written word will be performed some of the Upstate’s talented youth at 6 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 10) at the Events Center at Greer City Hall. Middle school and high school students will be recognized for their essays on African-American heroes who have helped change the American landscape and influenced their own lives.

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Theron, South African songstress, performs at ABC
FEB 6, 2012

Elizma Theron, from South Africa, will perform at the Atlanta Bread Company on Pelham Road.

Elizma Theron, from South Africa, will perform at the Atlanta Bread Company on 4100 Pelham Road Sunday, March 11 at 5 p.m. It’s the first live performance at the Atlanta Bread location.

Theron, 43, is a national celebrity in South America. She grew up in Kuruman in the Northern Cape and initiated a school for performing arts there for young people. She has performed in concerts and television productions and has a platinum (Gee my meer, 2008) and gold (Ek soek jou, 2009).

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