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You’re a poet and we know it
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Think you’ve got what it takes to turn this newsletter into a poem? | Photo by Karolina Grabowska via Pexels
Calling all readers: In honor of National Poetry Month, you’re officially invited to enter GVLtoday’s first poetry contest.

This contest is open to all, and the rules couldn’t be more simple: Turn today’s newsletter into a poem.

We’ll clarify. Using only the words that appear in this newsletter, craft an original poem of up to 75 words. Unlike an erasure poem, the words do not have to appear in the order they’re found — mix and match how you please.

Any word appearing anywhere in today’s newsletter is fair game, including the ones you’re reading right now (we’ll throw some fun ones at you: Pink. Gusto. Enchilada.). If a word appears once, you can only use it once.

The rules:
  • Submit your poem here by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 16.
  • Include a title + author’s name in your submission. Titles are an exception to the rule, and do not need to pull words from the newsletter.
  • Poems, excluding title and author’s name, must be 75 words or less.
The fun stuff:
  • While we’ve placed a pretty big limitation on your poem’s words, the form + direction is up to you — and we can’t wait to see what you all come up with.
  • The Editorial team behind GVLtoday will narrow submissions down to a group of finalists based on style, originality, artistic quality, and creativity. Finalists will be announced in our Friday, April 21 newsletter and we’ll ask our readers to vote for their favorite poem. The winner’s poem will be featured in our Wednesday, April 26 newsletter.
  • Pro tip: To make the process easier on yourself, we recommend printing out today’s issue, highlighting the words you find most interesting, and crossing them out as you include them in your poem.
  • Don’t forget to keep track of your articles (words like “the” or “and”).
Happy writing, Greenville!
Wednesday, April 5
  • Andy Warhol: Endangered Species | Wednesday, Apr. 5-Sunday, Apr. 30 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Upcountry History Museum, 540 Buncombe St., Greenville | Free with admission | This bilingual and accessible exhibition features artist Andy Warhol’s 10 silkscreen prints of endangered species named on the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
  • Tap Takeover with Great Notion | Wednesday, Apr. 5 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | The Community Tap, 217 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville | Free entry | Sip craft brews from this Portland, OR award-winning brewery, known for its hazy, fruit-forward IPAs and culinary-inspired sours and stouts.
Thursday, April 6
  • Lunch + Lit with Jennifer Robson | Thursday, Apr. 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Soby’s, 207 S. Main St., Greenville | $45 | Join author Jennifer Robson to celebrate the launch of her new book, “Coronation Year” and enjoy a Soby’s lunch.
  • #StartupGVL Launchpad | Thursday, Apr. 6 | 6-8 p.m. | Greenville ONE Center, 2 W. Washington St., Greenville | Free | Showcase, celebrate, and help launch Greenville’s up-and-coming early-stage businesses.
Friday, April 7
  • Hide and Seek by Jade Robertson & Liz Rundorff Smith | Friday, Apr. 7 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Art & Light Gallery, 16 Aiken St., Greenville | Free | “Hide and Seek” brings together two abstract artists — Paris, France artist Jade Robertson and Greenville’s Liz Rundorff Smith — to celebrate the fluctuations in life that unite us.
  • Spring & Sprout at TCMU-Greenville | Friday, Apr. 7 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, 300 College St., Greenville | $12-$15 | Celebrate Easter and Earth Day at Spring & Sprout at TCMU-Greenville — hop along the bunny trail and enjoy crafts, Earth activities, a petting zoo, face painting, and photos with the Easter Bunny.*
Saturday, April 8
  • Bluegrass Brunch | Saturday, Apr. 8 | 12-2 p.m. | Topsoil Restaurant, 13 S. Main St., Travelers Rest | Prices vary | Enjoy live bluegrass, burgers, beer, and brunch in the dining room or pop into Topsoil’s dog-friendly side porch bar and listen right off the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail.
  • Executive Fight and Pro-Am Charity Event | Saturday, Apr. 8 | 6 p.m. | Shrine Event Center, 119 Beverly Rd., Greenville | $50-$1,000 | Catch four undefeated professional boxers plus youth boxers at this exhibition event — a portion of the proceeds go to the Center for Educational Excellence and Greenville Boxing Network.
Sunday, April 9
  • L.C. Branch | Sunday, Apr. 9 | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | Gather GVL, 126 Augusta St., Greenville | Free entry | L.C. Branch takes the stage at Gather GVL for Sunday afternoon live music.
  • Easter Brunch | Sunday, Apr. 9 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Urban Wren, 116 N. Markley St., Ste. 102, Greenville | Prices vary | Feast on a special Easter menu featuring dishes like Baklava French Toast and Lamb Belly Benedict.
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Looking for summer programs for the kids?
Students learning culinary skills during one of Greenville Tech's summer programs.
Students can spend the summer learning new skills to plan for the future while meeting other students and having fun. | Photo provided by Greenville Tecnical College
An enriching summer awaits. Greenville Technical College’s Adventure Tech Camps provide students grades 6-8 the opportunity to develop new skills with hands-on learning taught by leaders in the field (and have fun).

Registration is open for programs, including:
  • Culinary: Four-day sessions are available for Mastering Bake Week, Weeknight Winners, and Global Gastronomy Parts One and Two.
  • STEM: Four-day sessions are available for 3D Printing, Virtual and Robotic Welding, Automotive/Auto Body, and Automation & Robotics.
  • Vet Care: Four-day sessions are available for Junior Vet Camp.
  • Virtual STEAM Camps: Choose from cutting-edge courses with topics like coding, game design, eSports, digital arts, virtual reality, and more.
Have kids in another age range? Adventure Tech Junior is an option for kids ages 8-10 and Accelerate U for rising students in grades 9-12.*
News Notes
  • Maverick’s Donut Company, a Canada-based donut franchise, has opened its first US location in Five Forks at 117 Batesville Rd. We donut know what we want to try first — its classic cake donuts or one of its signature flavors like lemon ricotta. Follow @mavericksdonuts_sc on Instagram for shop updates. (GSA Business Report)
  • Join the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by TD SYNNEX and Keep One Spartanburg Beautiful for a community litter cleanup on Saturday, April 8 from 9-11 a.m. Clean up litter at the intersection of Highway 80 (J Verne Smith Parkway) and Victor Avenue in Greer — supplies will be provided and ticket purchase is not required.
  • Strut your stuff with your pup at the seventh annual Tails & Trails 5k on Saturday, May 6 from 8:30-11 a.m. at Conestee Park on Mauldin Road. Stay for the award ceremony and vendor village — proceeds benefit the animals of Greenville County Animal Care.
  • Keb’ Mo’ — five-time Grammy award and 14-time Blues Foundation Award winner — is coming to the Peace Center on Sunday, June 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, April 7 at 10 a.m. Pro tip: Become a Peacekeeper and get early access to Peace Center show tickets.
Plan Ahead
  • Showcase MMA returns to Greenville on Saturday, April 15 at 6 p.m. at the Holland Park field on Laurens Road. This Bantamweight MMA matchup features Joseph Filowiat facing Trey Barnhardt. Grab brews from Double Stamp Brewery and bites from Home Team BBQ or Greektown Express. Get tickets.
  • Splash into summer with the opening of Greenville County’s waterparks — Discovery Island, Otter Creek, and 7th Inning Splash — on Saturday, May 27. Get season passes to enjoy the parks all summer long.
  • Downtown Greenville’s Fireforge Crafted Beer has been recognized as the South Carolina Brewery of the Year and earned three medals in the 2023 New York International Beer Competition among 700+ entries from 15 countries for the following beers: Game Time Decision earned Gold, and Day on the Lake and Spirito Santo both earned Bronze.
  • Why is osteoporosis so important to recognize? Get answers to this + other frequently asked osteoporosis questions — including osteoporosis causes, improving bone health, and more — from Prisma Health Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon Michael Sridhar, MD.*
  • Need a change of scenery for remote work? Enter: Endeavor’s bright, upscale space overlooking One City Plaza. Get a fresh perspective by surrounding yourself with inspiring professionals + entrepreneurs while soaking in the sights of downtown once a week with Endeavor’s 5-Day flexible membership. Schedule a tour and get a free workday.*
  • Whether it’s for sightseeing or getting down to business, take advantage of nonstop flights from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) to New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA). Starting Friday, May 5, American Airlines is offering two daily round trip flights to the Big Apple. Book a flight + learn more.*
Try This
🌿 Plant these sales on your calendar
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Grow to one or grow to all. | Photo via the Greater Greenville Master Gardners
Looking to refresh your garden beds and boxes this spring?

Shop these six upcoming plant sales:
  • Spring Plant Sale | Saturday, Apr. 15 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Sullivan Street Garden, 28 Bolt St., Greenville | $50+ | Mill Village Farms’ plant flats include vegetables, herbs, wildflowers, fertilizer, and care instructions — pre-order online by Friday, April 7.
  • Upstate Spring Plant Sale | Saturday, Apr. 15 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Conestee Park, 840 Mauldin Rd., Greenville | Prices vary | BYO wagon to the SC Native Plant Society’s sale to shop for a variety of native plants.
  • Project Host Plant Sale | Thursday, Apr. 20-Friday, Apr. 21 | Times vary | Project Host, 525 S. Academy St., Greenville | Prices vary | You can support Project Host’s Gardening for Good program by shopping in person or online for a variety of plants, flowers, and vegetables — pick up online orders at Project Host.
Click below for three more sales.
The Wrap
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From the editor
Looking to exercise your passion for poems beyond our contest? Have a game night with the locally-made game, I’m A Poet™. Created by Greenville-based The Good Game Co., contestants are given poetic and rhyming clues to solve a riddle. May the best poet know it.

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