Entertainment

Moonlight Movies in Greer

I love watching movies in the great outdoors so Moonlight Movies in Greer is definitely my kind of event.  Every Thursday, beginning tonight and ending August 2, lovers of movies and the outdoors can find the perfect blend of both at Greer City Park (301 East Poinsett Street).  The first two films are geared toward older audiences but the film schedule is perfect for the whole family once school is out for the summer.  Bring blankets, bug spray, lawn chairs, and the people you love for a fun community event every Thursday.  Movies start at dusk and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Feel free to pack snacks or enjoy the concessions available.    Even if you cannot make it every Thursday, try it once.  I think you’ll be hooked.

The Moonlight Movies schedule is as follows:

May 24 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part Two)

May 31 – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part One)

June 7The Lion King

June 14Tangled

June 21The Muppets

June 28Kung Fu Panda 2

July 5Smurfs

July 12Happy Feet 2

July 19Hugo

July 26Aladdin

August 2Cars 2

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First Friday

12 Andrews Street, Greenville, SC

I had another post planned for today but then I celebrated First Friday at Artistry Workshops and Gallery last night and felt compelled to write about how incredible the arts community is in Greenville.  For those of you who have never heard of First Friday, it is a celebration of visual arts that happens on the first Friday of each month.  25 galleries and venues throughout downtown Greenville open their doors from 6 pm – 9 pm and invite the community in to meet the artists, explore the creative process, and enjoy spectacular works.

Last night was the first time I have thoroughly enveloped myself in the First Friday experience.  Despite my best intentions, I am not often able to keep that First Friday night free each month.  But this month I marked it on my calendar a couple weeks in advance and I could not be happier that I was able to enjoy the evening surrounded by so many amazing Greenville neighbors.

I arrived at Artistry Workshops and Gallery at 7 pm and meandered around, making conversation with other lovers of visual art.  I examined the striking and beautiful work of Adam Schrimmer featured in the gallery.  It’s obvious to see through his work and his conversation that Adam is an artist who believes that individuals should celebrate the uniqueness and creativity within themselves.  It was truly a pleasure to meet him and have an opportunity to view his artistic expressions of passion and soul.

Ryan Calloway

Ryan Calloway

After a walk-thru of the gallery, I took time out to watch Ryan Calloway show off his blacksmith skills in a demonstration that was informative and entertaining.  Then, I met Alix Bernard whose glasswork practically begged to be brought home with me and I happily obliged.  I also met Mary Kathryn and Norm Pizzello, artisans at Artistry who will celebrate their 6th year in Greenville and their 15th wedding anniversary this month.

Beyond the inspiring art and passion of the artists, First Friday was enjoyable because of the fascinating individuals I met who were at Artistry to indulge their own First Friday fix.  Taking part in conversations with fellow appreciators of all Greenville offers was a perfect way to end the night.  Making connections with my neighbors is something I am passionate about and I am grateful for the opportunities that arise where I am able to meet more and more of them.

So, why am I telling you all of this?  I am telling you in the hopes that you will begin to make your own First Friday memories on April 6th and continue to do so each month thereafter.  With 25 galleries and venues, you are pretty much guaranteed to find an artist or work you enjoy and an interesting stranger with whom you can talk about it.  Those of us who live in or near Greenville are very fortunate to have a fantastic downtown and a plethora of insanely talented individuals who reside within our community.  First Friday is just another example of why loving local is so rewarding.

The glasswork that now graces my home.

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Local Love for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day can be a stressful holiday.  There’s the societal pressure to be romantic, the wondering what gifts to give, and the hassle of reservations on the night when it seems like everyone is trying to wine and dine their significant other.  But this Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be stressful for you.  Why?  Because I’m going to do my best to help you find the perfect gift for your sweetie.

Do you love a person who appreciates the gift of adventures and experiences?  Today’s gift ideas are for you.

Do you love a lover of theatre?  Present your one-and-only with tickets to one of the productions at The Warehouse Theatre, Centre Stage, Café And Then Some, or Greenville Little Theatre.

Do you love a lover of sports?  Your honey might like a night of hockey courtesy of the Greenville Road Warriors.  If baseball is more in line with what your lover likes, you can purchase full or half season tickets to the  Greenville Drive games.

Do you love a lover of new experiences?  Many of the local shops offer classes to help your sweetie learn something new.  For jewelry lovers, Liz Daly Designs offers a variety of classes to help creativity flow into artistic pieces.  Culinary enthusiasts will enjoy the classes and events at The Cook’s Station.  If your special someone enjoys craft beers The Community Tap offers weekly tastings to expand the palate and enhance understanding of all things craft beer.  Is your honey funny?  Sign them up for classes with Alchemy Improv Comedy.

Do you love a lover of music?  Bring your darling to one of the performances at The Handlebar or Smiley’s Acoustic Cafe.  For jazz lovers, a night of music at The Brown Street Club is a perfect gift.  Pick up a record or CD at Horizon Records and treat your sweetie to a romantic night in filled with fantastic new music.

The Upstate area offers many opportunities to give incredible experiences to the one you love.  If you need more ideas, ask me on Facebook or Twitter and I will do my best to find something that will suit your sweetheart.  Here’s to a happy, stress-free Valentine’s Day!

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Loving Local

The 3/50 Project

Since beginning this website, I have had many opportunities to converse with others about the importance of supporting one’s local community.  People are quick to ask me how I make an income with this site and most are surprised when I tell them that I do not get any income at from it.  One man even asked me why I put in all the time and effort each week if there is not a paycheck at the end of a post.  I told him the truth.  I simply love my local community.

To me, each local shop or restaurant is a physical manifestation of the dreams and determination inside my neighbors.  The charitable organizations in the community are made up of people trying to impart strength, resources, and knowledge to others and doing their best to build a strong, vital, and healthy community.  Local events are ways for people to truly connect with each other and make offline friends.  Attending a performance at a local theatre or listening to a band play at a local venue is more than just entertainment to me.  It is a way for me to support and encourage the dreams and hard work of my fellow community members.

Loving local is more than just a catchphrase to me.  It is a lifestyle based on the idea the best way to occupy Wall Street is to buy from the stores on Main Street.  The best way to build community is to engage in the community.  The best way to grow is to have strong roots.  This week I encourage you to check out the 3/50 Project and show your love to a few of the many fantastic local offerings in the Upstate.

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