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Greer restaurants prepared for busy New Year's Eve
DEC 30, 2014

The Great Bay Oyster House (GBOH) will celebrate its 10th anniversary (opened Dec. 31, 2004) on New Year’s Eve and Greer restaurants and bars are reporting a busy evening ahead for diners and revelers ringing in 2015.

Jason Clark, Restaurateur of the Year in the Upstate, has both his restaurants, BIN112 and The Strip Club 104 nearly completely booked. Bruce Rivera (Rivera’s) has created a New Year’s Eve menu. Denise and Chris VanderBerghe celebrate Wild Ace Pizza and Pub’s final New Year celebration at the Trade Street location. The new, widely anticipated opening of Wild Ace on Depot Street is scheduled in April.

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Casey Group takes a bow for winning float
DEC 29, 2014

Casey Group Real Estate come together for award presentation at Greer Relief.
 

Scott Casey, of the Casey Group Real Estate, received a plaque from Greer Relief Executive Director Caroline Robinson as the winner of the most original float in the Greer Christmas Parade. The float featured a home setting and families sharing in he “Spirit of Christmas”.

Employees of the company visited Greer Relief for a group photo. The parade raised a record $7,000 for Greer Relief.

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One last indulgence before your New Year's resolutions kick in
DEC 29, 2014

The Madeleine may be worth one final indulgence before New Year's resolutions kick in.
 

After weeks of yuletide indulgence, it’s time to think about New Year’s resolutions. Before jumping the gun on a regimen of deprivation, indulge one last time.

Forget cronuts, cake pops and cupcakes. There’s another chic pastry that deserves its day – the Madeleine. These classic seashell-shaped cakes were named after their creator, Madeline Paulmier, by King Louis XV in the 18th century, so the story goes.

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Joys of Christmas: Chad Richardson's family cherish the holidays
DEC 22, 2014

Sgt. Chad Richardson and his son, Jacob, enjoy Breakfast with Santa, two years ago.
 

Christmas last year Jacob was 9 and Hunter was 14.

The family was going through difficult times during the holidays because of personal issues. I had recently remarried, and the boys were experiencing a new family atmosphere.

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Joys of Christmas: Tradition and Santa perfect match for Jackson
DEC 19, 2014

Jackson had one of the

Last year we went to one of the Advent services at church and traditionally they do communion at each advent service. Typically Jackson had not taken communion but I decided to let him do it. The next time we went to the Advent service he whispered to me and said, “Mommy, are we going to take a break?”

I said a 'break' and he said, “grape juice and crackers” and then it dawned on me what he was saying and was talking about communion.

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Postman wins Hawaii vacation on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'
DEC 19, 2014

This photo was taken in September when Greer postman Chris Brown appeared on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' with Stephanie and her son, Eli, 11 months.
 

Greer letter carrier Chris Brown won a vacation in Hawaii and two roundtrip airline tickets today on the final edition of The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s “12 Days of Giving”.

Brown came to the rescue of Eli Cooper, an infant, last August, who was suffocating, by clearing a plastic wrapper embedded in the child’s air passage. Brown works out of the Greer Post Office and was delivering a package at the residence when the mother, Stephanie, frantically screamed for help.

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Joys of Christmas: Hudson Hopper scored points with Santa
DEC 19, 2014

Hudson Hopper pays a visit to Santa Claus.
 

Hudson was 6-years-old last Christmas. It was the perfect age for him to still believe in the magic and innocence of Santa Claus, yet begin to understand the real reason we have to celebrate our Savior born as a baby in a manger.

Hudson visited Santa in downtown Greer and asked for a basketball goal. The “Big Guy” of course, delivered on his promise. Hudson was elated to find the surprise in our driveway Christmas morning.

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Greer High Honor Choir caroling downtown
DEC 18, 2014

Carolers from the Greer High School Honor Choir wave to passersby Thursday in downtown Greer.
 

The Greer High School honor choir was caroling Thursday along Poinsett Street and Trade Street. The carolers visited the Municipal building housing the fire and police departments and passed through City Hall Thursday morning. They were back in the afternoon entertaining along in the central business district.

Sarah Hargett is the Greer High School choir director.

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Review: 'Exodus' delivers visual effects, reimagines God as a vengeful child
DEC 18, 2014

Review: 'Exodus' delivers visual effects, reimagines God as a vengeful child

• Exodus Trailer

By JONATHAN KING

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Area schools paint holiday cards displays at Roper Mountain Lights
DEC 17, 2014

Tigerville and Woodland Elementary, Riverside Middle and Riverside, Berea and Greer High Schools created large, colorful holiday cards for Roper Mountain Holiday Lights.

Starting with a blank piece of plywood, the students designed and painted the cards, which are now on display at the top of the amphitheater walkway in Winter Wonderland.

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Joys of Christmas: Brayden's request was music to G-Daddy's ears
DEC 17, 2014

Brayden Michael Winslow points to a Christmas tree that needs some decorating.
 

A quick flashback to early December 2013.

"Brayden, what do you wish Santa to deliver for you at G-Daddy’s for Christmas?” I asked.

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Greer Relief reports $7,000 profit from Christmas parade
DEC 16, 2014

• Photo gallery.

Greer Relief reported it earned $7,000 as host of the Greer Christmas Parade.

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Roper Mountain Holiday Lights is family-friendly for disabled, too
DEC 16, 2014

Kim, Madelyn and David Wooten enjoyed a photo opportunity in the sleigh.
 

By KIM WOOTEN

Roper Mountain Holiday Lights is another excellent family-friendly activity.

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Fireside reading of 'A Christmas Carol' is Thursday
DEC 16, 2014

A fireside reading of the Charles Dickens classic,

A fireside reading of the Charles Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol," will be held Thursday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Stomping Grounds in downtown Greer.

Keith Challenger, a British-born author, speaker and entrepreneur, reintroduces the timeless story of Scrooge and friends. Challenger will tell the story of 19th century London in period costume and with special sound effects.

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Joys of Christmas: Mason had his hands in all things Christmas
DEC 15, 2014

Mason on Christmas Eve 2013 at age 2.
 
 

Last year my son, Mason, was just 2 years old.  This was really the first year he knew what Christmas truly was. It was a chore just to make sure he would leave the Christmas tree alone and also not unwrap all the presents under the tree!  Every day I would hear, "Mommy, is Santa coming tonight?"  

One of my most favorite memories of last year was when my new niece, Gabby, got to come visit.  Most of my family live in Illinois so we only get to see them a couple times. It is so special when we get to spend the holidays together as a family.  Mason and my oldest son, Brayden, would fight over whose turn it was to hold her, she continuously got passed around like a little rag doll.  We had to keep an eye on them at all times but it was so fun to watch them all together.

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Nutcracker Show folded in some modern dancing
DEC 15, 2014

Rebekah Cockrell performed as the Sugar Plum Fairy at the Nutcracker Show performed by Southern Dance Connection at District Five Fine Arts Center last Saturday.
 

• See Gallery.

The Nutcracker Show was performed by Southern Dance Connection last Saturday at the District Five Fine Arts Center.

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Janssen performs ballet at Winter Arts Festival
DEC 10, 2014

Janssen performs ballet at Winter Arts Festival

Isabella Janssen, an 8th grade student at South Carolina Connections Academy, who resides in Greer, performs ballet to a crowd of hundreds during the school’s annual Winter Arts Festival in Columbia.

The festival celebrates the holiday season through song, dance, literature and art.

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Successful youth-inspired events filling Arts Council with fresh ideas
DEC 10, 2014

'We stepped up our game in terms of costumes and makeup and building the dragon. We had a lot of special effects we had never done before.'
Robin Byouk
On producing 'Shrek: The Musical'
 

By JONATHAN KING

Vast growth and innovation has been a regular event this year for the Greer Cultural Arts Council and Greer Children’s Theatre.

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Monty DuPuy, longtime radio/TV personality, dies
DEC 8, 2014

Monty DuPuy, a Greenville icon in radio and TV, died Saturday, Dec. 6. He was 85.

DuPuy was a radio personality for WFBC and weatherman for NBC affiliate WYFF (formerly WFBC). His children’s program, "Monty’s Rascal's" in the 1960s and 1970s, remains one of the most popular in Greenville broadcasting.

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Christmas parade leaves lasting memories on perfect winter day
DEC 8, 2014

Children mugged for the camera.
 

• Parade gallery

• Santa Christmas Parade cam

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