Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) will be part of 2016’s Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on Friday.
Tony Kouskolekas, President of Pelham Medical Center in Greer and SRHS leaders Anita Butler and Paul Newhouse participated in the Donate Life Rose Parade Float CEO Rose Dedication Program. The program provides hospital leaders the opportunity to leave a handwritten dedication in honor of organ and tissue donors on the 2016 Donate Life float.
New River Bluegrass will begin 2016 with the number one song, “God of Isaac & Abraham” on the Singing News Bluegrass chart.
It is the second time New River has been number one but it’s the first time a Barry Long written song has hit the top of the chart. The group’s “When I look back down the road” reached number one in November 2013.
S. Nigel Platt has been hired as animal curator for Hollywild Animal Park.
“Mr. Platt brings a wealth of experience and passion for quality animal care to his leadership position at Hollywild,” said executive director Kim Atchley. “He is a perfect fit for the collective efforts of our board, staff, and volunteers as we move forward into a new era for Hollywild.”
Greer Commission of Public Works selected its holidays lights contest winners.
Todd VaRnadore won best overall, Bobby Lindsay for most creative and Phillip Taylor for best use of LED lights. Each are CPW customers and were awarded $100 each.
Ryann Hoffhaus, 3, peeled back the wrapping on a 6 ½-foot tall box in the corner of Wild Ace Pizza and Pub.
Nodding her head Ryann ripped the package open at her eye level, peeked inside and yelled, “It’s Mommy!”
Sgt. Cecilia Hoffhaus reached for her daughter, gave her a tight hug and a big kiss on the cheek. “I dreamed about this for days,” Hoffhaus said Friday.
The Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra highlights its 15th concert season with a free Christmas Concert and Toys for Tots drive at Greer First Baptist Church on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The orchestra, conducted by Kory Frieze, will play traditional holiday favorites, both secular and Christian. Guests are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy.
Long lines and crowded stores can come as a headache to some shoppers. However, Christmastime brings challenges to shoppers with disabilities.
“There's music and moving lights and large crowds and it's just difficult to maneuver anywhere," stated Carol Kaufman-Scarborough, a professor of marketing at the Rutgers School of Business-Camden.
Kaufman-Scarborough has studied consumers with disabilities since 1995 and has found that most consumer research failed to consider customers with mobility issues – such as those having to shop from a wheelchair – as well as people with hearing, vision and cognitive impairments.
The Blue Ridge Brewing Co. in Greer is scheduled to open in April, according to owner Bob Hiller. It will feature a full-scale brewery next door.
“I don’t like opening restaurants in winter and the Greer rooftop is so important to us we feel pretty confident that we can be open in the first or second week of April,” Hiller told GreerToday.com.
Ja'len Shippy, 11, has a smile that will light up the room.
Ja'len also lights up when he talks about his favorite things to do at Christmas.
Ashton Townsend is 10-years-old and has a close bond with his family. Spending time with family, said Ashton, is his favorite part about the holidays.
"I'm most thankful for having my family," Ashton said.
Cadence Bailey is a shy four-year-old, but she's not bashful about showing her Christmas spirit.
"My favorite part of Christmas is getting presents," Cadence said.
Tim Lowe, President of Lowes Foods, will be the keynote speaker for the 78th Annual Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce.
The event is Feb. 4, 6-9 p.m. at Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort and Conference Center.
Lillian Owens celebrated her fifth birthday on Sunday at the Greer Christmas parade and she is already bursting with holiday spirit.
"I like the (Christmas) lights," said Lillian.
Max Hightower will host a harmonica workshop on Dec. 20 at Rhythm & Brews at 213 Trade Street.
A young and adult workshop will be held with children 5-13 years old at 2-2:45 p.m. and adults from 2-2:45 p.m. The youth session is $10 and adults is $25.
Ben Hannah is nine-years old and he loves people.
Ben knows exactly what Christmastime is all about, too.
The Greer Christmas Parade put an exclamation point on the weekend’s Christ in Greer activities.
“We had perfect weather, people came out early which was great, we had a larger group (92) of entries and Santa was feeling good this year speaking and walking with the crowd, Caroline Robertson, Executive Director of Greer Relief, and the organizing non-profit for the third consecutive year.
Ava Raines is eight years old and enjoys lots of things about the holiday season.
"I like opening presents and going to other people's houses," she said.
Shelby Williams is seven-years-old and is royal, indeed, so she knows exactly what she wants for Christmas.
"I want a castle I can go into," says Shelby.
Guya Diedhio, 8, loves the holidays and all of the yummy food that comes with it.
She knows exactly what her favorite Christmas meal is.
"Chicken is my favorite," she said.
Santa Claus came to town Friday night and lit the Greer Christmas tree in City Park.
The tree lighting was the beginning of a three-day Christmas celebration for kids and adults. City officials said it was the largest crowd to attend the tree lighting in recent memory.