By Dana Jordan
From Bristol, Tenn., to Taylors, in a matter of hours, Benton Blount wowed the crowd at Who Knows Bar and Grill with his soulful country voice. Blount had performed at 11:30 a.m. in Bristol and was show-ready in Taylors by 10 p.m.
Across the board increases for daily and annual boat and shelter rates were unanimously approved today by Commissioners for Greer Commission of Public Works.
Fees more than double and often triple their current charges for lake permits and shelter rentals on Lake Robinson and Lake Cunningham.
Annual residential boat permits jump to $55 from the current $30 and daily boat permits soar from $3 to $20. Duck hunting permits triple to $30 seasonally and larger shelter rentals will cost residents $150 per day, triple what they are charged, $50, now.
The shelter fees are effective Oct. 1 and boat fees go into effect Jan. 1, 2015 because they run on an annual basis.
Chuck Reynolds, Finance Manager for CPW, presented the new fee schedule. “Current rates recover about 18.3 percent of costs to operate the lakes and parks and to provide necessary security with these activities,” Reynolds stated from his report.
One moment, Cinderella is on stage, singing, “It’s Possible!” The next moment, she’s kneeling on the floor to show a young spectator that dreams do come true.
American Callboard Theatrical and Dance Visions of Greer present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at the Mauldin Cultural Center. It played Saturday. The show provides audiences an entertaining evening, but also gives young dancers a chance to showcase their talents in a different environment.
The semifinals and finals of the Upstate Law Enforcement Memorial Softball Tournament winds up Sunday beginning at noon at Greer’s Century B Park on Brushy Creek Road. Early round games were played Saturday.
New River Bluegrass will be performing at El Bethel Baptist Church for Burgers and Bluegrass on Sunday Aug. 31.
The Greer-based gospel group will be performing its new CD, a “Different Shade of Blue”. There are five original songs.
Chef Peter Collins thought it would be interesting to have a cooking throw down pitting brother versus brother.
“Into the Woods Jr.” brings a host of children’s favorite fairy tale characters to the Cannon Center in Downtown Greer. This play is the culmination of two weeks of drama camp plus five additional rehearsals.
“The kids do everything, from what happens onstage to backstage to set design,” drama teacher JJ Pearson said. “The result is a top notch production . . . they’re obviously very talented kids.”
Greer High School cheerleaders worked last week at camp with the United Cheerleaders Association (UCA) staff cheerleaders.
Greer Merchants are collaborating to stage Catwalk for a Cure, a fashion event at Grace Hall this fall. Partnered with the Susan G. Coleman foundation, the event will be raising awareness for Breast Cancer.
Models will be walking the runway with 48 men and women outfits from Greer Station Association merchants: Chelsea’s, Greer Trading Post, Gregory’s, Maiale, Smith & James, Talloni and Southern Sisters. Vendors will sell crafts, jewelry and scarves.
Bojangles’ at 900 S. Buncombe Road will open Monday at 5 a.m. It’s the newest brand franchise for local restaurateurs Allen and Lee Johnston, of Chix and Bix LLC.
A grand opening will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Mayor Rick Danner, other dignitaries and “Big Bo”, Bojangles’ mascot attending the ribbon cutting.
Greer is one step closer to receiving a $400,000 grant requiring a 50 percent match from the city that may result in a new multi-purpose facility at Century Park.
The grant has been recommended by the South Carolina Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism to the National Park Service for approval. The city will learn in September, when the National Park Service approves projects, if it may commence work on the project.
The Greer Trading Post is celebrating its first anniversary Friday from 6-8 p.m.
Jessica Monroe, owner of the consignment store at 217 Trade Street, is inviting visitors for hors d’oeuvres and wine while Alex Hunnicutt entertains.
Piano Performers School of Music, taught by certified instructors, is accepting students all skill levels for the 2014-2015 school year. Lessons are Mondays at the Cannon Centre from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Studies suggest that exposure to music can have a noticeable impact on academic performance.
Josh Jordan and Keddy Mendoza won Greer Idol and Greer Idol Teen, respectively Friday night, with the competition and Tunes in the Park forced indoors at Greer City Hall. Jordan won the $1,500 Idol prize and Mendoza earned $500 for Idol Teen.
Blue Ridge Brewing Company is coming to Greer and will occupy the former building that housed The Cazbah at 308 Trade Street.
It will be the brewing company’s second location. It has played a vital part in Greenville downtown’s resurgence and is located at 217 N. Main Street.
The joy in Kim’s voice and on her face are evident and as she dreams of being reunited with her husband. “We might even breathe the same air tonight,” sings Kim.
Flat Rock Playhouse presents “Miss Saigon” as part of their Season of Laughter and Love. This tragic musical, adapted from Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly” by the creators of “Les Miserables”, is set during the Vietnam War and tells the story of the powerful love between an American G.I. and a young Vietnamese girl.
Tunes in the Park is cancelled tonight making the Aug. 8 entertainment and Greer Idol and Idol Teen the finale of the summer. This is the second of the five-week season that has been canceled.
Greer Cultural Arts cancelled tonight’s performance of Rock and Roll Reunion and the Idol semifinals at 1 p.m. Officials said 4.5 inches of rain the past two days saturated the amphitheater.