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🍺 Hallo Oktoberfest
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We’re feeling just stein. | Photo provided by Community Journal + Taken by Irina Rice
It’s almost the most brew-tiful time of the year: Oktoberfest.

This folk festival originated in Munich, Germany in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Louis to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The tradition has continued to grow into the world’s largest Volkfest — read: people festival — filled with beer, traditional Bavarian music, performances, parades, and German outfits.

But don’t worry, you won’t need to go far to join the festivities. We gathered some local celebrations for a pitcher-perfect Oktoberfest:
  • Carolina Bauernhaus, 556 Perry Ave., Ste. B118 | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 2-6 p.m. | Enjoy live music with Ragin’ Cajun Accordion Delight David Donar and chow down on brats with haus made kraut + warm pretzels with beer cheese.
  • Tetrad Brewing Co., 603 E. Stone Ave. | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 2-10 p.m. | Enjoy a $5 German mug (includes free refills), and brats from Resident Diner + pretzels from Pretzel Papa.
  • Fireforge Crafted Beer, 311 E. Washington St. | Saturday, Sept. 23-Sunday, Sept. 24 | 12 p.m.-close | Wear your lederhosen or don a pretzel necklace + get ready for stein hoisting and live polka throughout the weekend.
  • 13 Stripes Brewery, 250 Mill St., Ste. PW3101 Dock Print Works No. 3, Taylors | 2-10 p.m. | Monday, Sept. 25-Sunday, Oct. 1 | Test your knowledge with trivia and make your own stein with Hollowed Earth Pottery.
  • NOMA Square, 220 N. Main St. | Friday, Oct. 6-Saturday, Oct. 7 | 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. | NOMA Square and Main Street will be transformed into a Bavarian Biergarten with live German music, dancing, and contests.
Is your business hosting an Oktoberfest event? Click here to submit your event to our calendar.
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Wednesday, Sept. 13
  • Five Forks Flicks | Wednesday, Sept. 13 | 6-8 p.m. | Five Forks Branch, 104 Sunnydale Dr., Simpsonville | Free | Grab some popcorn and enjoy a screening of “The Super Mario Bros. Movie.”
  • Trivia Night | Wednesday, Sept. 13 | 7 p.m. | The Velo Fellow, 1 Augusta St., Ste. 201, Greenville | Free | Grab a bite and a cocktail + make your friends jealous of your knowledge with this weekly trivia night.
Thursday, Sept. 14
  • Second Thursdays Open Art Studio | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 5-7:30 p.m. | Simpsonville Arts Center, 110 Academy St., Simpsonville | Free | Grab a friend or family member to work on an art project of your choice in the Make and Believe Artists Studio, scope out the art work on display, and visit with the other studio artists.
Friday, Sept. 15
  • 2023 Indie Craft Parade | Friday, Sept. 15-Saturday, Sept. 16 | Times vary | Timmons Arena at Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy., Greenville | $8-$25 | Featuring 47 vendors, you can shop apparel and accessories, bath + body, candles, ceramics, fine art, kitchen, home good, decor, jewelry, kids, and stationery.
  • SOOIE Barbecue Cook-Off | Friday, Sept. 15 | 6-9 p.m. | Mauldin Cultural Center, 101 E. Butler Rd., Mauldin | Free entry | Featuring 20+ cookers from all over the Southeast, enjoy a competition to see who can bring the best barbecue to Mauldin and vote for your favorite.
  • An Extraordinary Tasting Adventure | Friday, Sept. 15 | 12-5 p.m. | VICARIO Distillery and Farm, 800 Old Jones Rd., Greer | $15 | Enjoy a tour and tasting experience of the award winning VICARIO gin and 18 unique liqueurs.*
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • Marsh Music Opening Day | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, 300 College St., Greenville | Experience a state-of-the-art immersive music exhibit and be one of the first to follow Froggy through Marsh Music.*
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Prisma Health On Call: Ask your breast cancer questions
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Women over 40 are encouraged to schedule a mammogram annually (since early detection is prevention). | Photo provided by Prisma Health
As October draws near, you might start seeing Breast Cancer Awareness Month ads and reminders to get a mammogram pop up on your social feeds. Our pro tip: Don’t keep scrolling.

Next to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the US. The good news: If caught early, an incredible 99% of women survive at least five years after diagnosis.

That’s why for this month’s installment of Prisma Health On Call, we’re connecting readers to Prisma Health specialists who are on call and ready to answer your questions regarding breast cancer prevention, detection, surgery + reconstruction.

❓ If I don’t have a family history of breast cancer, do I really need to get a mammogram?
❓ What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
❓ If I’m diagnosed, can diet, exercise, and other lifestyle choices help?
❓ Are there any new treatments?

Submit your questions, and we’ll share the experts’ answers in a few weeks.
News Notes
  • City Council revised its noise ordinance after receiving ongoing complaints. The new ordinance states that if noise “substantially interferes with the comfortable enjoyment of persons of ordinary sensibilities,” a violation has occurred. This change will give police additional tools to aid in a quieter downtown experience.
  • Tata’s Pizza located — at 1791 Woodruff Rd., Ste. L — is hosting its grand opening this Sunday, Sept. 17 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Buy a pizza and get a free soda, plus get cheesy with a complimentary cheese bread tasting.
  • The Greenville Country Music Festival will be releasing its full schedule including dates + times for each performance on Monday, Sept. 18. Pro tip: get your tickets before Friday, Sept. 22 and take advantage of the summer sale.
  • We’re going to pointe fingers because International Ballet has announced its 2023-2024 season. Including “Swan Lake,” “L’Automne,” and the classic “Nutcracker,” this season has us seeing stars. Tickets are on sale now.
Plan Ahead
  • Grab your calendar and pencil in Saturday, Oct. 7, because the Greer Arts and Eats Festival is taking over downtown Greer. Featuring artisan vendors, a food court, kids activities, and live music, this family-friendly festival aims to highlight the beauty of downtown Greer while celebrating local businesses.
  • The Upcountry History Museum will be closed this Sunday, Sept. 17 for a private event. Normal hours will resume Monday, Sept. 18.
  • Shakespeare’s incredibly popular comedy “Twelfth Night” kicks off The Warehouse Theatre’s 50th season with mistaken identity, love triangles, and practical jokes. Celebrate the fun and magic of live theatre by catching a show tomorrow night through Sept. 24.*
The Word
  • High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). A new minimally invasive treatment for prostate cancer that allows physicians to target cancer with pinpoint accuracy. See the benefits of HIFU + how it changes how prostate cancer is treated.*
  • We may be deep into PSL season, but we still have one more week until fall officially begins. Pro tip: Say goodbye to summer with this blueberry lemon sorbet (no ice cream maker required).*
  • Dramatic and moody, yet tranquil and grounded. Are we describing ourselves, or Sherwin-Williams’ Color of the Month for September 2023? Discover the color for your next home project.^
  • Refinance rates are skyrocketing. But home equity rates remain relatively low — which means that now is a great time to borrow against your home. Calculate your payment.*
Waffles for a cause
GVLtoday Mountain Goat Waffles
We’ll take two of everything. | Photo provided by Community Journals + Taken by Paul Mehaffey
Mountian Goat is, well, the G.O.A.T.

This local shop, serving up coffee + handmade waffles for the last five years, donates 100% of its profits to Great Outdoor Adventure Trips (read: GOAT), a non-profit that gives kids from underserved communities the opportunity to “take in the wonder of nature and expand their horizons.”

Thanks to Mountain Goat, GOAT has just funded its 10,000th trip for local kids.

Owner Chrissy McCrary says the location for Mountain Goat, 120 Shaw St., was specifically chosen because of the access to the kids in the area who benefit from GOAT, but its secluded nature means they don’t get much foot traffic.

How can you help? This shop relies on word-of-mouth advertising, and McCrary says “buy coffee and have some waffles, and you’re helping the cause just by being a customer.” We’re on our way.
  • Put your holiday gifting headaches in the past with Six & Main’s gifting quiz. Get the perfect gift for your friends and family with just a few clicks. Start quiz.
  • Kathyphantastic items are perfect for spicing up your wardrobe, water bottle, or fridge. From unique magnets to art prints, shop the collection.
  • The internet’s favorite tumbler — the 40-oz. Stanley Quencher — is in stock in cute colors like pool, jade, and orchid.
  • Love flying first class? Snag an Elite membership from Going and get emailed when first + business class flights are 40-90% off (hello, European vacation).
  • It doesn’t get more luxurious than the Drowsy sleep mask, which is silky smooth on skin and completely light-blocking for the deepest sleep.
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The Wrap
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Oktoberfest feels like the gateway between summer and Halloween. Therefore, I think it’s safe to start putting up my Halloween decorations, of which I have many.
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