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'A Christmas Story' set for Flat Rock Playhouse
NOV 29, 2013

Ralpie is played by Clarke MacDonald who was last seen playing Gavroche in the Flat Rock Playhouse blockbuster summer production of Les Miserables.

“A Christmas Story” will be performed on stage at the Flat Rock Playhouse from Dec. 4-22.

“A Christmas Story” is written by Philip Grecian and based on the motion picture “A Christmas Story” and on the book “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash” by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark.

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Dance students performing at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
NOV 27, 2013

Demery Trantham, Myranda Faulk and Sydney Beckwith, three students from Southern Dance Connection will perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Three students from Southern Dance Connection will be performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Demery Trantham, Myranda Faulk and Sydney Beckwith, three students from Riverside High School, will perform a jazzy tea party production of Alice in Wonderland with hundreds of other dancers from around the country.  “They have really done well in the rehearsals and with the choreography,” Lindsay Roberts, owner of the dance studio, said.

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Roper Mountain Holiday Lights open on Thanksiving
NOV 27, 2013

The Roper Mountain Holiday Lights will open on Thanksgiving evening and nightly through Dec. 30 from 6 – 10 p.m. 

Several new displays have been added, including a custom-built, 45-foot Christmas tree light display that has 20,000 lights and is 25 feet in diameter at the bottom. 

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Anna Brown represents the Greer area at the Miss SC USA Pageant.
NOV 23, 2013

Anna Brown represents the Greer area at the Miss SC USA Pageant.

The Miss South Carolina USA pageant will be held this week-end at the North Charleston Civic Center. 43 young women between the ages of 19 and 26 will be competing for the coveted title. The Greer area will be represented by Anna Brown, Miss Mountain Lakes USA. Anna is no stranger to pageants or Greer. She is a 2012 graduate of Greer High School were she was a cheerleader, on student government and held the title of Miss Greer High School 2009 as well as Miss Greater Greer Teen 2010 and places 3rd runner up at the 2010 Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant that year. Anna currently attends Tri County/Clemson University were you can see her on the field in Death Valley as a Tiger Dancer. Anna is the daughter of Mike and Debbie Brown.

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Martinis and Mistletoe kicks off Festival of the Trees
NOV 13, 2013

Cheryl Childers, from Newtown, Conn., will be a featured guest at Martinis and Mistletoe. She won this year's Wine Label design award.

Martinis and Mistletoe is the official start for the Festival of Trees at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Tickets are $50 per person (host sponsorships $250) with proceeds benefiting the Neonatal Care Center at St. Francis eastside.

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Arvie Jr. Band has a good turnout for CD release party
NOV 10, 2013

Arvie Bennett entertained his followers and crowd visiting the Mason Jar in downtown Greer. The Arvie Jr. Band was celebrating its CD release at a public party Saturday night.

The Arvie Jr. Band celebrated its “Carolina Smile” CD with a release party at the Mason Jar in downtown Greer on Saturday..

Arvie Bennett, band’s lead vocalist and manager, played his signature songs including “The Little Things” that he wrote for his wife, Bunny.  Bennett also introduced the crowd to his souvenir products.

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Beer drinkers rewarded for participation in Kegs & K's
NOV 9, 2013

The Stallions and a Pony Keg won the team event. They celebrate with a team photo and the keg that they carried during the 4k.

Running in Greer has its rewards for beer drinkers.

The inaugural Kegs & K’s run was held in Greer Saturday with a 4k road race. Runners participating were welcomed with a free beer at the start and rewarded with another beer at the finish.

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Arvie Bennett speaks from the heart on eve of 'Carolina Smile' CD party
NOV 8, 2013

• Arvie Jr. Band “Carolina Smile” CD release party
• Saturday, 9 p.m.
• Mason Jar, 202 Trade Street
• Label: Tate Music Group
• Band members
Arvie Bennett, songwriter, lead guitar
Bunny Bennett, (wife), background vocals
Daniel Petty, lead guitar
John Bedford, bass
Jerry Whitten, drummer

The Arvie Jr. Band is having a CD Release Party Saturday at the Mason Jar (202 Trade Street) at 9 p.m. to promote “Carolina Smile”.

Arvie Bennett, a teacher, father, musician, songwriter and manager, would probably have liked the clock to had move back to at least an hour each day this week. He has been conducting interviews and preparing for the band’s release party.

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Pure, fresh snow covers a dark day in artist's life
NOV 6, 2013

Cheryl Childers drew trees that were dark and bare contrasted by the stark white of untouched snow. The design was chosen the winner for the Festival of Trees wine label.

Cheryl Childers wanted to share the innocence of her childhood as a reminder of what life was like at Christmas in her hometown of Newtown, Conn. She drew a design of simplicity and purity through a child’s eyes looking out a window at a new layer of snow that blanketed her world.

The design was chosen as the Festival of Trees wine label.

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The night before Big Thursday everyone was stirring . . .
NOV 6, 2013

June Hawkins, left, Linda Brown, center, and Patsy Quarles are giving homemade items finishing touches for their display.

The night before Big Thursday there was a lot of stirring in the gymnasium at Fairview Baptist Church.

Volunteers, vendors, organizers and delivery people were organizing the final goods that will be sold and auctioned today at the annual Big Thursday, Greer Community Ministries' biggest fundraiser of the year.

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Nancy Welch's 'Angel Biscuits' gives Big Thursday smell of tradition
NOV 4, 2013

Big Thursday brings together traditions that the greater Greer community has grown up on – like Nancy Welch's

If it’s Big Thursday then that means that Nancy Welch will be in the kitchen at Fairforest Baptist Church baking her signature and prized “Angel Biscuits”.

Welch told GreerToday.com she will be baking 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. with her biscuit brigade of volunteers. “I’ve already made 100 dozen biscuits and will make another 100 Thursday,” Welch said.

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New River Bluegrass is No. 1 on genre chart
NOV 2, 2013

New River Bluegrass has reached the top of the Singing News Bluegrass Chart with its recording “When I Look Back Down The Road”.

The band has seen its song soar to the top since the spring and its 37th ranking. It moved to No. 2 in August when it jumped over perennial award winning “Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver”. They overtook “Are You Prayin’ Hard?” by the Chigger Hill Boys & Terry for No. 1.

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