Plus, who do you want to see perform in Greenville?
 
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Sunrise 6:25 a.m. | Sunset 8:45 p.m.

 
Get Gratefull, Greenville
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There’s a lot to be Gratefull for in this photo. | Photo by Gratefull GVL
Save the date (and some turkey for us) on Monday, Nov. 25. Gratefull GVL — a free, city-wide community potluck lunch — is returning to the Main Street Bridge. The lunch will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event launched in 2019 and invites all Greenvillians to one long table in the heart of our downtown. Fun fact — over 3,000 people attended the original event and over 120 businesses, organizations, and restaurants contributed to the buffet.

The goal (beyond having a delicious meal) is to encourage open conversations about diversity + change in our city. The event was a hit in 2019, took place again in 2020, and this will be the first Gratefull GVL potluck since then.

What to expect in 2024

This year, all food will be donated and safely served by local restaurant sponsors + additional money raised ahead of the meal will benefit Mill Village Ministries’ FoodShare Greenville program. Heads up — Organizers say they’re expecting 5,000+ guests at this year’s table.

How you can help

  • Spread the word | Passing along the event’s details is an easy (and free) way to support Gratefull GVL. Might we suggest forwarding them our newsletter or sending them the link to this article?
  • Sponsor | Email Dan Weidenbenner, Executive Director of Mill Village Ministries, if you’re interested in supporting the event.
  • Donate | You can also make a donation.
  • Volunteer | If you’re looking to volunteer, details will be released in September.
 
 
Events
 
Wednesday, July 10
  • Open Paint Night | Wednesday, July 10 | 6-9 p.m. | Vino and Van Gogh, 1818 Augusta St., Ste. 112, Greenville | $5-$12 | Let the creative juices flow as you BYO paints and canvas (or borrow paints for an additional fee).
  • “Schitt’s Creek” Trivia | Wednesday, July 10 | 7 p.m. | Greenville Beer Exchange, 7 S. Laurens St., Ste. A, Greenville | Free entry | Find your group of compatriots to challenge other “Schitt’s Creek” fans.
  • Summer Encounters | Wednesday, July 10-Friday, Aug. 2 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Christ Church Episcopal School, 245 Cavalier Dr., Greenville | Prices vary | Campers in grades K4 to 12 (rising) can choose from 250 day camps (think: Digging for Dinosaurs, Cake Decorating, and more), extended stay options, and schedules for a meaningful + fun summer.*
Thursday, July 11
  • BridgeWay Farmers Market | Thursday, July 11 | 4-8 p.m. | BridgeWay Station, 1000 Via Corso Ave., Simpsonville | Free entry | Explore booths with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, handmade crafts, and artisan cheeses, all sourced from local growers and creators.
  • Join Together: A Community Concert | Thursday, July 11 | 6-9 p.m. | Fireforge Crafted Beer, 311 E. Washington St., Greenville | Free entry | Enjoy live performances by Dr. Don and the Medicine Men + Hurt and Skip supporting the nonprofit Just Say Something.
Friday, July 12
  • Tab Benoit + Anders Osborne | Friday, July 12 | 7:30 p.m. | Peace Center, 300 S. Main St., Greenville | $45 | Three blues titans team up for one powerful live outdoor performance.
Saturday, July 13
  • Mushroom Identification Class | Saturday, July 13-Sunday, July 14 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | The Mushroom Spot, 1358 N. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville | $100-$275 | Learn to identify regional edible species as well as those that are poisonous at this one- or two-day class.
Sunday, July 14
  • Sundays at 2: Shakespeare in the Galleries | Sunday, July 14 | 2-3 p.m. | Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College St., Greenville | Free | The Greenville Shakespeare Company performs “Much Ado About Nothing!”
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Seasonal
 
Add to cal: Free summer fun at the CMA
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Checking out summer exhibition "(Un)Settled: The Landscape in American Art” is one way to enjoy admission-free access to the CMA this summer. | Photo by Victor Johnson / Columbia Museum of Art
There’s plenty of summer left, GVL — and plenty of time to enjoy free access to the Columbia Museum of Art.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Reminder: Admission for all of the above? Free, thanks to a generous grant from Art Bridges Foundation’s Access for All program.
 
News Notes
 
Ranked
  • No. 24. That’s where Hotel Hartness ranked on Travel + Leisure’s list of the top 100 hotels in the world, calling it “the No. 1 best resort in South Carolina.” Only 16 US hotels made the list including just two from SC (Hotel Hartness and The Willcox in Aiken).
Development
  • Bon Secours Wellness Arena received initial approval from Greenville County Council’s finance committee to issue $70 million in bonds for forthcoming renovations. The bonds need full council approval + would be repaid over 20 years. Read a further explanation from the team that first reported on this, The Post and Courier Greenville.
Traffic
  • You’ll notice overnight lane closures downtown Sundays through Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. as crews resurface roads for the next six weeks. See the full list of affected roads. (Greenville Journal)
Coming Soon
  • Upstate Grower’s Market — based in Fountain Inn — will open a second location this fall in the former Bee Bee’s restaurant on Laurens Road. The butcher shop and market will feature grab-and-go offerings + will keep the drive thru for picking up online orders. (Upstate Business Journal)
Eat
Closed
  • The Chick-fil-A at Cherrydale Point is closed for renovations “for a few weeks” + no opening date has been announced. If you’re in the area and craving a chicken sandwich, Stax’s Original (across the street) says it’s rolling out a temporary fix.
Active
  • Calling all line dancers. This week’s Dancers’ Night Out at The Foundry will take place Friday, July 12, instead of its usual night Saturday. Boot scootin’ boogie your way into the weekend when lessons begin at 8:30 p.m.
Greenvillian
  • Greenville’s Laura Hayes shattered records last month as she raced a high-performance car up Colorado’s Pike’s Peak (a 14,115-ft summit) in 10 minutes, 20.487 seconds. That makes her the fastest woman in the world to ever do it, and she was crowned “Queen of the Mountain.” (Greenville Journal)
Plan Ahead
  • Have you been considering a new tattoo? Blind Tiger Tattoo Co. will offer a selection of flash tattoos for $100-$140 this Saturday, July 13. It’s first come, first served + designs won’t be released until the day of in the store.
Announced
  • Find Great People, a Greenville-based recruiting and HR consulting firm, is relocating its headquarters to the former Greenville News building in Camperdown Plaza. The company plans to move into its new downtown home by next summer. Learn more.*
Health
  • Did you know? Most common knee injuries can be treated and recovered from. So don’t ignore the pain. Learn more about knee injuries + what you can do about them.*
Finance
  • Did you know you could finance your fixer-upper with home equity? You could get up to $50K with a HELOC — calculate your payment.*
Correction
 
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Asked
 
Calling all music fans: Who do you want to see perform at Bon Secours Wellness Arena?
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Kelsea Ballerini performing at The Well in 2023. | Photo by Danielle Johnson
The team at The Well is actively booking shows for 2025, and they want to know who you want to see in Greenville.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are 25 acts that have already graced the stage, plus your editor’s dream acts:

Danielle’s pick

I saw Kelsea Ballerini open for Kenny Chesney last year, but I would love to see her as a headliner as she kicks off a new era of music.

Stephanie’s pick

I had the pleasure of seeing Hozier in Charlotte a few years ago, and I think he would be the perfect headliner for The Well.
 
The Buy
 
Cozy Earth’s Bamboo Viscose Sheet Set, so you can enjoy soft, luxurious sheets that also keep you cool. How you know they’re good: The sheets were featured on Oprah’s 2018 Favorite Things list.
 
 
The Wrap
 
Danielle Barilla in a purple lace shirt Today’s edition by:
Danielle
From the editor
I’ve been with GVLtoday for 2.5 years, and in that time we’ve received dozens and dozens of inquiries about when Gratefull GVL would be back. I couldn’t wait to share the news with you when I saw the announcement yesterday. Remember you can always get in touch with me (and Stephanie) at hello@gvltoday.com.
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