Varani to perform classical masterpieces at GCAC benefit
NOV 28, 2015

Flavio Varano performs Saturday at the annual fundraiser for the Greer Cultural Arts Council. 

Brazilian concert pianist Flavio Varani has a special surprise for this guests next Saturday when he performs at a benefit for the Greer Cultural Arts Council.

But he won’t give a hint what it may be.

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Owens' startling performance wins Greer Idol
JUL 25, 2015

Felicia Owens won Greer Idol and the $1,500 first prize.

Felicia Owens claimed the crown of Greer Idol in the season finale at Tunes in the Park on Friday.

Owens wowed the crowd and the judges with a three-song performance that brought down the house that Terry Stoddard and his band Encore had rocked during their first set.

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Greer Idol Competition Heats Up at Tunes in the Park
JUL 18, 2015

The Greer Idol semifinals competition was as hot as the July sun at Tunes in the Park on Friday night.  The remaining contestants, three in the teen Idol competition and four in the a adult Idol portion, sang two songs apiece as they aimed to advance to the Greer Idol finals next Friday night.  Complementing the talented performers was Jim Quick and Coastline, who put everybody in a dancing mood with their upbeat setlist of Carolina beach music.

The teen idols performed first.  Anna McCleer led things off, singing "Mama's Broken Heart" and "Hallelujah."  Roni Teems performed "I Try to Think About Elvis" and the Righteous Brothers' classic "Unchained Melody."  Zelena Hull ended the teen competition with renditions of "Black Velvet" and Carrie Underwood's "Two Black Cadillacs."

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Music aplenty entertained all ages at Tunes in the Park
JUN 12, 2015

Taylor Lee, who competed last year in Teen Idol, performed her original song Friday,

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There was shagging during two sets of the East Coast Band’s performance.

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City now accepting entries for Freedom Blast mural competition
FEB 15, 2013

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Admission is Free to School House Rock Live! Jr
SEP 1, 2012

The Greer Children’s Theatre presents…..

School House Rock Live! Jr

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Pfc. Adam Ross remembered at Greer Idol finale
JUL 29, 2012

The family of U.S. Army Pfc. Adam Ross was given a long ovation by spectators at Greer Idol Friday night. Ross was killed in Afghanistan last Tuesday when he encountered small arms fire, according to the Department of Defense. Parents Dudley and Amanda Ross, their son, and Adam Ross' girlfriend, Rachel

Greer saluted U.S. Army Pfc. Adam Ross at Greer Idol Friday night with song, dedications and a heartfelt long ovation for his family attending the event. Ross was killed in Afghanistan last Tuesday when he was caught in an ambush.

Mike Lowery, Greer Idol emcee for the past six years, told the spectators he often questioned why he maintained emceeing the annual summer competition.  Friday night the answer came to him.

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Allen, 2011 Idol runner-up, is eliminated
JUL 18, 2012

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.

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Cannon Centre keeps history and location intact
MAY 9, 2012

The view from the Cannon Centre is spectacular looking out from the wraparound porch across the gazebo, pond and beyond.

The Cannon Centre will become the name for Greer’s multi-purpose event center at the City Hall complex, said City Administrator Ed Driggers. The name change will be on city council’s May 22 agenda.

The renovation of the Horace McKown Center and name change keeps the history of the building and its location intact. The building fronts Cannon Street.

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City sets fee schedule to compete with event venues
APR 25, 2012

A new fee schedule for Greer City Park and its event halls and venues was given unanimous approval by City Council Tuesday night. The second and final reading is May 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Greer City Council is charging ahead in its quest to create a bigger footprint in Greer Station’s event hosting business. The city’s march forward, without restraints in place, is also beginning to limit the public’s weekend access to the park.

Greer City Council Tuesday night gave unanimous approval (7-0) to a first reading for a new rate structure for its events facilities that include the McKown Center as a multi-purpose venue. The McKown Center, costing around $1 million, is undergoing its final punch list and is ahead of its planned mid-summer opening schedule.

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High energy musicals, romantic comedy on Cultural Arts playbill
APR 18, 2012

“Grease” will be the first 2013 performance on the weekends of Feb. 15-17 and 26-28.

The Greer Cultural Arts Council has announced the 2012-2013 schedule of four popular productions.

The fall productions are “School House Rock Live! Jr.” on weekends Sept. 7-8 and 14-15 and “Charlotte’s Web” Oct. 19-21 and 26-28.

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Cultural Arts seeks theatre production staff for new season
APR 18, 2012

The Greer Children’s Theatre is accepting resumes for directors, musical directors, choreographers, stage managers, assistant directors, production assistants, technical crew and office assistance for the 2012 season.

Robin Byouk, supervisor for Greer Cultural Arts, asks candidates to include any theatrical schooling and experience.  Also include what productions you are interested to help with and if you would like to also be considered for future GCT productions.

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Gillen wins Best in Show for juried art
APR 3, 2012

Ron Gillen won Best in Show at the Greer Cultural Arts Center’s (GCAC) “Greer through the ages” juried art show.

The art is on exhibit at Greer City Hall and some of the works are available for sale.

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Deadline nears for Family Fest vendors
MAR 20, 2012

The Village Hospital Greer Family Fest is taking applications for vendors for the May 4-5 event that features Aaron Tippin as the marquee entertainment.

Arts, crafts, business, and restaurant vendors can apply to occupy a booth during the two-day event that is Greer’s signature annual festival.

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Sill brings plenty of smiles to girls and boys
MAR 17, 2012

Ronetta Harper Griffin, 1991 Miss South Carolina, and Sydney Sill, 2012 Miss Greater Greer Teen, were a main draw at Griffin's Carolina Chic boutique of candles Thursday night at The Shoppes at The Grapevine open house.

Sydney Sill, 2012 Miss Greater Greer Teen, made her first public appearance Thursday evening at The Shoppes at The Grapevine open house on Trade Street.

It was also the most relaxing week for Sill since she competed for the Miss Teen pageant last month. Consider that in the middle of February Sill was preparing for the Miss Greer pageant, practicing four hours nightly for the just completed and highly successful run of “Hairspray” and sandwiching those productions between full days at school.

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Greer Idol 6 auditions at Family Fest; registration underway
MAR 16, 2012

Auditions for Greer Idol 6 are scheduled at the Village Hospital Greer Family Fest Friday May 4 from 6-6:45 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, 1-2 p.m.

Dana Jordan won the 2011 Greer Idol and the $1,500 first place prize.

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REVIEW: Hairspray produced by Greer Cultural Arts Council
MAR 3, 2012

Mitchell Smith as Link Larkin with Lauren Powell as Amber Von Tussle.  Mitchell & Lauren were fun to watch all evening.

People around Greer have been telling me I needed to go see the Greer Cultural Arts Council's production of Hairspray, so the wife and I ventured out this Friday. Growing up in a small town (Saluda), I've always enjoyed local productions where I know many of the cast. I would attend to support friends/family, and therefore be more than willing to overlook quality shortfalls. With that said, I also greatly appreciate top talent cast in plays at Greenville's Peace Center, Atlanta's Fox Theatre, and of course, NYC's Broadway.

So where does that put GCAC's Hairspray? For me ... it's in the perfect spot. As Lindsay and I sat through the first few numbers, I leaned back and truly began enjoying the moment. Here was a production that featured many people I knew from around Greer (reminding me of when I watched plays back in Saluda) however the quality exceeded (OK ... far exceeded) those productions from my hometown.

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'Hairspray' rehearsal is mini acts of spontaneity
FEB 16, 2012

Blythe Snead plays the lead as Tracy Turnblad. This is Snead's first show with the Greer Children's Theater.She has been tap dancing since she was six and performing on stage since she was 13.

By Bart Bishop

The stage has been extended outward and off to the sides, surrounding and breaking down the fourth wall between audience and performers. Vibrant colors enrapture and overwhelm. 

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Song and essays celebrate Black History Month
FEB 10, 2012

Alexis Wilkins (Broome High School) and Alexander Poteat (Greer Charter Middle College) read their winning essays at tonight's Black History Month Celebration at Greer City Hall.

Alexander Poteat and Alexis Wilkins read their winning essays who their African American heroes were and why at the Black History Month celebration at Greer City Hall tonight.

It the first of two programs organized by Wayne Griffin and sponsored by Village Hospital that celebrates Black History this month. The Black History Gala is scheduled Friday, Feb. 17 beginning at 7 p.m. The cost is $10.

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'A Taste of Greer Station' cookbook is on sale
FEB 1, 2012

The Greer Station Association’s first edition cookbook “A Taste of Greer Station” is on sale.  From unique appetizers to succulent main courses to decadent desserts, the cookbook features over 90 recipes from Greer Station contributors. 

The cookbook includes BIN112’s unique 5 cheese pimento cheese, Rivera’s okra perlau and Wild Ace’s baked spinach and red pepper frittata.

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