Gray bats have outlived their predicted extinction. | Photo provided by SCDNR
We’re absolutely batty about this news. A federally-endangered bat species, the gray bat (Myotis grisescens if you’re feeling fancy), was discovered in Greenville County. SC is home to 14 species of bats, but this is the first sighting of a gray bat in the state.
Gray bats have been found in Georgia + North Carolina (in the Blue Ridge area), but the SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) says biologists couldn’t fully study them because none had ever crossed into SC.
SCDNR bat biologist Jennifer Kindel was in touch with bat biologists in NC who found gray bats mere miles from the NC + SC border over the past few years. She and her team attempted tried using heavy duty netting to humanely trap bats near a 100-foot bridge where gray bat calls had been recorded, but no such luck.
Ever determined, Kindel decided to expand the search to shorter bridges with easier survey access. Lo and behold, she and her lead bat technician Helle Cavalieri found the first gray bat for SC in Greenville County. A total of four gray bats were ultimately recorded between Greenville and Oconee Counties.
“Without a record of this species in the state it was difficult for biologists to obtain funding for systematic surveys, but now we hope to learn more,” Kindel said.
Gray bats were added to the endangered species list in 1976 and have outlived their predicted extinction (way to go, friends) but are still at-risk because the majority of their species live in just 15 caves. You can help protect these little guys and gals by not disturbing them. They need their beauty sleep too.
Miracle at Southernside VIP Launch Party | Monday, Nov. 20 | 6-9 p.m. | Southernside Brewing Co., 25 Delano Dr., Greenville | $25 | Be among the first to see the floor-to-ceiling lights + decorations, taste specialty cocktails in festive glasses, and get in the holiday spirit.
Open Mic Monday Hosted by Terrence Day | Monday, Nov. 20 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Hoppin’, 200 E. Washington St., Greenville | Free entry | Enjoy an evening of live music at Hoppin’ where musicians are welcome to take the stage and perform up to three songs
Tuesday, Nov. 21
WordPress Next Steps | Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 1-3 p.m. | Hughes Main Library, 25 Heritage Green Pl., Greenville | Free | Explore some of the more powerful aspects of WordPress and how to use them in a business setting.
“A Very Grinchy Christmas” | Tuesday, Nov. 21-Sunday, Dec. 3 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Upcountry History Museum, 540 Buncombe St., Greenville | $0-$12 | Learn the backstory of one of the most-watched, animated, made-for-television specials of all time.
Pop-Up Cheese Shop | Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 5-8 p.m. | The Community Tap, 217 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville | Free entry | Impress your friends and family by bringing some of the world’s best cheese to Thanksgiving this year.
Wednesday, Nov. 22
Turkey Eve Celebration | Wednesday, Nov. 22 | 6 p.m. | Social Latitude, 1812 Woodruff Rd., Greenville | Free entry | Dine on a custom Thanksgiving-themed menu and jam to live music.
Price & Pie Presents: GLOW | Wednesday, Nov. 22 | 6:30-10 p.m. | Carolina Bauernhaus Greenville, 556 Perry Ave., Ste. B118, Greenville | $20 | Grab anything that glows or lights up and head to this drag show — make sure you know the password.
Disney On Ice presents: Mickey’s Search Party | Wednesday, Nov. 22-Sunday, Nov. 26 | Times vary | Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N. Academy St., Greenville | $20-$164 | This show brings the magic to guests through dynamic moments that take place on the ice and in the air.
Thursday, Nov. 30
CCES Middle School Preview | Thursday, Nov. 30 | 8:30-10 a.m. | christ church episcopal school, 245 Cavalier Drive, Greenville | Free | Parents and students are invited to tour CCES and learn more about the opportunities the Middle School offers.*
This holiday season shop for unique gifts from our small business partners. | Photo by 6AM City
Our online shop (Six & Main), a site that celebrates small businesses locally and in our 25 sister markets, is dishing out major deals this holiday season. From coffee to artwork and apparel, there’s a gift for everyone.
30% off items included in our gift guides for her + him
The McDaniel — A 20-unit multifamily development — broke ground on Thursday, Nov. 16. Construction on the $28 million dollar project started in October, and each unit will be equipped with amenities including an elevator, a rooftop terrace, and a garage. (Upstate Business Journal)
No. 1. That’s where Greenville landed on House Beautiful’s list of the “30 Best Christmas Towns in the USA for a Magical Winter Getaway.” The article mentions Ice on Main and the Festival of Trees, and says, “Downtown Greenville is quaint enough to be the set of a Hallmark movie.”
$564,700. That’s how much Greenville City Council voted to accept from the Greenville Zoo Foundation to upgrade Africa Plaza. The Greenville Zoo will add Cape Porcupines, construct an ADA access path, and install a lagoon-style wading pond in the tortoise exhibit. It’s turtley cool.
Prisma Health opened a new urgent care facility at 1298 Woodruff Rd. + plans to open multiple new urgent care facilities across the Upstate over the next several months. Prisma Health says the new facilities are equipped with “top-of-the-line advanced medical technology” and are staffed by experienced healthcare professionals.
Three regional filmmakers have been selected for the 2023-2024 INDIE GRANTS program by the SC Film Commission. The chosen projects include “Clonely” from Greenville, “The Off-Brands” from Columbia, and “Lazzo” from North Charleston.
Did you just get back from the Highlands Food and Wine Festival and fall in love with life in the mountains? You’re in luck. This 2BR, 3BA single-family home in Highlands, NC — featuring cozy indoor + outdoor fireplaces — just hit the market for $895,000.
How does a port benefit upstate SC? Answer: By supporting more than 132,000 upstate jobs. South Carolina Ports is keeping freight moving in SC, attracting companies to invest in new facilities and expanded operations that create generational opportunities for South Carolinians. Discover the impact.*
Congrats to @kimihusse and @cookiepbear, this week’s winners of our Dinner on Us giveaway in partnership with Greenville Federal Credit Union. Thanks to all who entered, and happy almost Thanksgiving.*
It should come as no surprise that, as a person who loves everything spooky, I love bats. Have you heard of the bumblebee bat? It’s literally the size of a bumblebee are is considered one of the smallest mammals in the world. I want to pet one more than you know.