Dana Jordan, 2011 Greer Idol winner, is negotiating a music contract with an Atlanta label. “I’m trying to wrap my head around it, it’s so surreal,” Jordan said.
“It is everything I’ve always wanted since I was a little girl,” Jordan said. “They found me. We talked a week ago and they called last Sunday and told me that I needed to get my songs on a track, a bio and photo shoot within 48 hours. I went to Atlanta last Tuesday.
Ryan Wilson won Greer Idol and Megan Watts captured Greer Idol Teen tonight during an evening that was dedicated to U.S. Army Pfc. Adam Ross.
Ross was killed in Afghanistan Tuesday by small arms fire, according to the Department of Defense. Ross is a Byrnes graduate, attended Airport Baptist Church in Greer and his girlfriend was B.B. Lowery the daughter of Greer Idol host Mike Lowery.
Dakota Fitzgerald will make her live online debut as commentator for GreerToday.com Friday night at the final of Greer Idol 6.
Ryan Wilson and Wally Dreesen are the Greer Idol finalists and Kayla Kershaw and Megan Watts are vying for the Idol Teen championship. The Idol winner gets $1,500 and Idol Teen $500. The Teen Idol competition begins at 6 p.m. and Greer Idol at 8 p.m. A link will be provided on GreerToday’s home page or visit http://greertoday.com/tv/channel/greer-idol/ to watch Dakota’s reports and interviews.
This week’s calendar of events in Greer from Thursday, July 26-31.
Thursday (July 26)
A book signing is scheduled Aug. 25 at the Greer Heritage Museum for Joada Hiatt and Ray Belcher for their latest project, “Legendary Locals of Greer”. The book is scheduled to be on the market Aug. 13.
The book’s description reads: “Greer, an 1876 railroad town, was founded by people who moved from farms, the mountain region of the Dark Corner, and other small communities to the area around Greers Depot with high expectations of prosperity promised by railroad commerce and, later, the cotton mills. Like a colorful quilt with its individual patches, the early population of Greer included farmers, storekeepers, laborers skilled and unskilled, and their wives and families.
The different styles featured in Greer Idol Friday for the 2012 championship is as wide as the Continental Divide.
There’s the crooner Wally Dreesen who has warmed his way into the hearts of baby boomers and older week after week. And then there’s Ryan Wilson who represents the Millenials with his tenor voice and solid fan base that has grown weekly.
Ed Driggers, Greer city administrator, summed up the historic significance of the Cannon Centre, a new multi-purpose event center in GreerToday.
“This is a landmark building that has undergone a transformation. There are people here who played basketball in this building, who came to dances in this building. People are here who remember what this building has been," Driggers said.
The 2012 Greer Idol semifinals is a night to remember. Emcee Mike Lowery cheerfully told the spectators no Greer Idol had been rained out.
Less than 20 minutes later Massey was telling the singers to cut their second songs in half, advising the judges no comments will be taken and advising the crowd of an impending storm heading toward downtown Greer.
Kayla Kershaw, Anna McCleer or Megan Watts sang their last songs in the Greer Idol Teen competition in GreerToday.
One of the singers will be eliminated after online voting closes Monday at noon. The finals are scheduled next Friday in the last week of Tunes on Trade.
The newly renovated Cannon Centre was alive tonight with the sounds of bluegrass music as attendees arrived for the ‘Que Ball, a barbeque and bluegrass event put on by the City of Greer to celebrate the opening of the venue.
“When the new City Hall building opened we had a black tie event,” said Steve Owens, communications manager for the City of Greer. “For the opening of The Cannon Centre, we wanted to do something casual and fun.”
This week’s calendar of events from Thursday, July 19 – 25.
Thursday (July 19)
Doug Allen, last year’s runner-up to 2011 Greer Idol Dana Jordan, was eliminated from competition with only two weeks remaining.
Brittany Pridemore, Wally Dreesen and Ryan Wilson remain with the field to be cut to the final two on Friday.
The Cannon Centre, a newly renovated multi-purpose event center, will open its doors for the first time for The ‘Que Ball, a $50 a ticket barbeque and bluegrass celebration, on Thursday. The public is invited to the free dedication and open house on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Describing the condition of the building when the city first started looking into renovating it, Bill Mork, facilities manager said, “The windows were all broken out. There was an old wheelchair in front of the window here from a haunted house event, and old leftover equipment. It was a bit like a dusty old time capsule.” Termites had destroyed a portion of the wooden floor, and dead rodents were found. There was a lot of work to be done, but the city planners and those involved in the renovation could see the building’s potential.
Laura MacPherson is a beer connoisseur and writes a beer blog each week for GreerToday.com. Contact Laura at [email protected].
If you like beer and you like peaches, chances are you love RJ Rockers’ Son of a Peach, a fresh peach-infused wheat ale. Son of a Peach shot RJ Rockers into the spotlight, but the Spartanburg-based brewery makes several other tasty brews as well. Tucker and I went up Highway 29 to tour its facility and meet the makers of the famous Son of a Peach.
Saturday night was the final competition for the Miss South Carolina Pageant at the nearly sold-out Township Auditorium in Columbia. Eighty-eight teens and young women had competed all week in preliminaries and now it was time to see who would wear the crown.
The evening opened with a welcome from the event’s master of ceremonies, Jane Jenkins Herlong, a former Miss South Carolina, and the National Anthem sung by Crystal Garrett, Miss South Carolina 2007.
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7:20 - Sydney Sill selected in the top 16 for Miss SC Teen
Thunder opened tonight's Greer Idol performances, but the rain held off long enough for the contestants to give some exceptional performances.
Song selections had to be chosen from movie soundtracks, and the songs featured tonight covered six decades of history.
When I walked into Thomas Creek Brewery on Piedmont Highway in Greenville, I was greeted by co-owner, Bill Davis, a man who could be Santa Claus’s brother with his great smile and full white beard.
Bill was a craft beer connoisseur before it was cool. He fell in love with craft beer when he tasted the delicious brews he discovered on the West Coast, an area he traveled during his career with Craig Gaulden Davis when microbrewing was getting its start.
The week's entertainment and events at Greer Station, today through Tuesday, July 17.
Greer City Council Tuesday night approved (6-0, Lee Dumas absent) a memorandum of understanding between the city and the Greer Cultural Arts Council (GCAC) for the use of Cannon Centre. Greer’s cultural arts falls under the Parks and Recreation department. To view the memorandum go to 07/10/12 Regular meeting, click on the PDF and scroll through pages 14-18.
The Cannon Centre, formerly the Horace McKown, Jr. Center, was renovated for $1 million.