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Everything will be 'ducky' at Reedy River Falls
APR 30, 2012

The Reedy River Duck Derby draws a good crowd to the annual event held at the Falls in downtown Greenville.

About 10,000 ducks are expected Saturday at the Reedy River Duck Derby at Reedy River Falls. The event, originally was dubbed the Ken-Ducky Derby, because it is scheduled the same day as the Kentucky Derby. It has since changed its name to tie it more closely to Greenville.

Ann Golden, who has lived in Greenville for the past 32 years, is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Greenville Evening and is this year's organizer. The club has produced the event for the past eight years with its proceeds benefitting children.

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Fortner remembers the grand old days of Greer theaters
APR 27, 2012

This is where Don Fortner worked his first job. Fortner performed myriad tasks, as he had to know how to run the concession stand and prepare movies for showing.

Don Fortner wanted to protect the history of Greer’s movie theaters so he wrote a chapter and contributed photos to a just released book, “Single Screen Theaters of South Carolina”. 

Fortner contributed his post to GreerToday.com:

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Creation Station does have something for everybody
APR 27, 2012

Children visiting Creation Station is one of the most active parts of the Greer Family Fest on Saturday morning. There are arts and crafts that have something for everyone. Greer area churches volunteer for this popular activity.

Parents may be advised to practice time management with their children next Saturday, May 5 at the free Anne Helton’s Creation Station from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The venue will be at the Train Depot at Randall Street.

There are at least a half dozen new arts and crafts featured among the 30 ranging from splatter paint to construction wood pile.

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Brew University featured at Upstate Beer Festival
APR 20, 2012

Bill and Tom Davis of Thomas Creek Brewery has found their own niche in the craft beer market. They are co-sponsors of the Upstate International Beer Fest. The festival will be held inside the Bi-Lo Center Saturday due to potential for rain.

A beer garden party awaits those who will be attending the Upstate International Beer Fest inside the Bi-Lo Center Saturday. The festival will be centered on craft beers, a growing phenomenon in the United States and around the world.

A beer garden ambience is the goal, with an environment in which people can hang out and enjoy the festival with live music and corn holing. Festival organizers, Friday afternoon, decided to hold the Beer Fest indoors because a chance of rain was forecast in the Upstate Saturday.

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Tippin and his 'I Wanna Play' selected for nation-wide collaboration
APR 20, 2012

'I Wanna Play' by platinum recording artist Aaron Tippin and producer James Stroud is NAMM's designated Music Monday song. Music Monday participants will be performing this song May 7 at 1 p.m.

Aaron Tippin is the designated National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) artist for nearly 600,000 students across the United States and Canada who will join together in song in a collaborative show of support for music education on Monday, May 7.

Tippin is scheduled to perform at the Village Hospital Greer Family Fest on Saturday May 5 at 8 p.m., two days before the NAMM event.

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Tippin is an 'average country boy' coming home to his roots
APR 19, 2012

Aaron Tippin produced his own records, under his NIPPIT label, as well as a pop/jazz album by his wife, Thea.

There’s a divide in the Nashville country scene. On the one side are the Taylor Swifts of the world that for all their cuteness and accessibility appeal to a certain kind of modern crowd. On the other side are the New Traditionalists, the musicians that are trying to stay true to the roots of country.

But what is true country music? That’s a subjective question, and one that can only be answered by a voice of experience. One of those voices is Aaron Tippin, who is coming to the 29th Annual Village Hospital Greer Family Fest on Saturday, May 5.

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Volunteer opportunities for Family Fest May 4 & 5
APR 18, 2012

Volunteer opportunities for Family Fest May 4 & 5

The Greer Chamber is looking for volunteers to help in the ticket booths & drink stations. 

We have the following opportunities open:

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Blues Ramble coming to Grace Hall for 3 shows
APR 18, 2012

Max Hightower's Blues Ramble is a three-show series of music featuring the blues with musicians with roots tied to the genre.

The Blues Ramble is coming to Grace Hall.

Max Hightower, a Greer musician known for his association with Mac Arnold, is venturing with Sosocat Promotions to present Blues Ramble, a trio of blues music shows.

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High energy musicals, romantic comedy on Cultural Arts playbill
APR 18, 2012

“Grease” will be the first 2013 performance on the weekends of Feb. 15-17 and 26-28.

The Greer Cultural Arts Council has announced the 2012-2013 schedule of four popular productions.

The fall productions are “School House Rock Live! Jr.” on weekends Sept. 7-8 and 14-15 and “Charlotte’s Web” Oct. 19-21 and 26-28.

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Cultural Arts seeks theatre production staff for new season
APR 18, 2012

The Greer Children’s Theatre is accepting resumes for directors, musical directors, choreographers, stage managers, assistant directors, production assistants, technical crew and office assistance for the 2012 season.

Robin Byouk, supervisor for Greer Cultural Arts, asks candidates to include any theatrical schooling and experience.  Also include what productions you are interested to help with and if you would like to also be considered for future GCT productions.

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Bear habitat renovation at Hollywild on display Saturday
APR 13, 2012

The before look of the bear habitat at Hollywild Animal Park.

Hollywild Animal Park hosts phase 1 of its bear habitat renovation on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The park is marketing its 2012 campaign as the year of the bear.

The habitat features include climbing rocks, tunnels and caves with reinforced materials.

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Action Fest celebrates the history of the genre
APR 12, 2012

Tiffany Narron (dog), Colin Geddes and Ian Caldwell (gorilla) are all dressed up with somewhere to go. Action Fest opens tonight for a 4-day run in Asheville, N.C.

The United States has a love/hate relationship with the action film. Although the casual moviegoer will more often than not gravitate towards the big summer blockbuster, it’s usually under the pretense of “shutting off” the brain in order to enjoy the spectacle. That leads to a lack of respect and ultimate dismissal of the blood, sweat, and beers that went into crafting all 88 minutes of the action film that popped up in “suggestions for you” on the Netflix queue. Today through Sunday, Action Fest is hoping to remedy that.

Since 2010, Asheville, N.C., has hosted this festival showcasing the best in American and International action and celebrating the history of the genre. Co-founded by Aaron Norris (Chuck’s brother), Bill Banowsky (owner of the Carolina Asheville cinemas), educator Dennis Berman, and industry professional Tom Quinn, it also pays tribute to brave stuntmen, stuntwomen and 2nd unit directors.

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Meet the celebrities committed to the BMW Pro-AM
APR 10, 2012

The 24 celebrities who have committed for the 12th annual BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament scheduled May 17-20 are:

Actor Anthony Anderson is currently a member of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning drama "Law & Order". Anderson plays Detective Kevin Bernard opposite Jeremy Sisto as Detective Cyrus Lupo. Anderson has appeared in over 20 films including "Transformers" and "The Departed". This will be Anderson’s first time participating in the tournament.

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24 celebrities commit for BMW Pro-Am
APR 10, 2012

Terry O’Quinn will be back at the BMW Charity this year. He took time to speak to many fans, including Greer's Lindsay Stevens in the photo above.

Twenty-four celebrities have committed for the 12th annual BMW Charity Pro-Am golf tournament May 17-20. The announcement was made today as Oobe, a tournament sponsor, presented a check for $60,000 to the tournament at Greer’s Thornblade Club.

Celebrities included are first-time participants:  actor Anthony Anderson of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning drama “Law & Order”, Rascal Flatts bass guitarist Jay DeMarcus, actor Danny Masterson of TBS’s “That ‘70s Show”, actor Grant Show of FOX’s “Melrose Place”, and Holly Sonders, host of Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive”.

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Fowler and Tippin crossed paths early in their careers
APR 9, 2012

Mark McAfee recalled his experiences with the late Mickey Fowler and the recording of Fowler's album in both Greenville and at Aaron Tippin’s house (what Fowler describes as a “compound”) outside Nashville 10 years ago.

The original outlaw country singer from Greenville, everyone in the local club scene knows the name Mickey Fowler.

A fixture of the local scene in the ‘70s, and even having shared a bill with Alabama in the ‘80s, he died in December 2007. Almost five years later, however, he has left behind a considerable legacy. Among those who cite Fowler as a great influence is Aaron Tippin, the popular country music artist that will be playing at the Village Hospital Greer Family Fest On May 5.

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Pets' special needs auction nets $700
APR 9, 2012

Jessica Monroe celebrated her birthday by hosting a fundraiser for Saved by the Heart Companion Animal Services at The Davenport.

Greer area businesses and friends of Jessica Monroe made her 30th birthday wish come true at a party at The Davenport.

Monroe hosted the Saved by the Heart Companion Animal Services fundraiser last month and received $700. Greer Station businesses and restaurants exhibited merchandise and food and a silent auction was held.

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13,000 Easter eggs at Saturday's scramble
APR 6, 2012

There’s an Easter Egg Scramble Saturday at Tyger River Park  from 10 a.m. – noon.

Children, toddlers to 10-years-old, will be divided into four age groups for the 13,000 plastic eggs hunt. Children finding prize eggs will win an extra gift.

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Berg has a passion for filmmaking
APR 4, 2012

Michel Berg behind the camera

Miguel Berg is out to revitalize the film industry in South Carolina. 

After attaining a degree in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina in 2008, he is now the head of Frosty Palm Studios. His current passion project is The Greenville International Film Festival, April 25-28. Venues will include Zen, Centre Stage, Coffee Underground, the Upcountry History Museum, and the Ray and Joan Krok Corps Community Center. Categories include full length Features, Shorts, Documentary, Animation, Green, Latino, Native American/Indigenous, Spiritual, Student, International, and Emerging Filmmakers. There will be workshops, open to the public, with industry experts focusing on marketing and filmmaking tools for the up-and-comer. 

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Gillen wins Best in Show for juried art
APR 3, 2012

Ron Gillen won Best in Show at the Greer Cultural Arts Center’s (GCAC) “Greer through the ages” juried art show.

The art is on exhibit at Greer City Hall and some of the works are available for sale.

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'Let There Be' concert is April 28
APR 3, 2012

A “Let There Be … “ concert is scheduled Saturday, April 28 from 6-9 p.m. at Greenville Tech College.

Jerry “Big Daddy Laughalot” is the featured entertainer. He is joined by Quadry Barber aka “Gifted”, Trayce Russell, Matthew “God’s Weapon” Wildeman, Psalmist Teresa Coleman and the Mt. Zion Mass Choir from Belton.

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