First Fridays | Fri., July 1 | 6-9 p.m. | Locations vary | Free entry | Join MAC in exploring 25+ local art galleries on the first Friday of every month + plan your route with the interactive map. 🎨
Swanson’s July Songwriter Showcase | Fri., July 1 | 8 p.m. | Swanson’s Warehouse, 12 N. Irvine St. | $7 | Join host Vilai Harrington + local songwriters like Taylor Corum, Mark Webb Jr., and Clark Thurston. 🎶
Greenville Drive vs. Rome Braves | Sat., July 2 | 7:05 p.m. | Fluor Field at the West End | $9+ | The first 1,000 fans will receive a Darren Fenster Team USA Bobblehead — Darren was a Greenville Drive manager + coached the silver medal winning US National Baseball Team. ⚾
Weirdo Arts + Community Market | Sat., July 2 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | 2415 Old Buncombe Rd. | Free entry | Shop items like vintage clothing, records, jewelry, toys, books, art + more at this eclectic market full of rare finds. 🛍️
Laurens Lights the Night | Sun., July 3 | 4 p.m. | Locations vary, downtown Laurens | Free entry | Catch a parade through downtown Laurens, jam to live music, watch a projection light show + end the night with fireworks.
Doug McDonald | Sun., July 3 | 3-6 p.m. | Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom, 26 S. Main St., Travelers Rest | Free entry | Grab a White Ale and catch this TR native + his original tunes.
Fireworks on the Fourth | Mon., July 4 | 6 p.m. | Unity Park, 320 S. Hudson St. | Free | The long standing tradition returns with a bang this year — bring your blankets + a picnic dinner and make sure to look up at 9:45 p.m. 🎆
Pub Trivia | Tues., July 5 | 7-9 p.m. | What Ales You, 105C New Plaza Dr. | Free entry | Test your knowledge of topics like geography, literature, film, history, science, sports + music while enjoying a craft beer or wine. 🍻
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$25.3 million. That’s how much the Daniel Building — also referred to as the Landmark Building located at 301 N. Main St. — sold for to an investor group. The building, constructed in the 1960s, was once the tallest building in the Carolinas. (CoStar)
Furman University’s Frank Selvy will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. From 1951-1954, he averaged 32.5 points per game, leading the NCAA Division I in scoring in both his junior + senior year. He’s best known for scoring 100 points, shooting 41-of-66 against Newberry College on Feb. 13, 1954.
SLG Investment Holdings, a Greenville-based strategic investment brand, acquired Package Concepts, a Greer-based packing solutions business. Package Concepts will keep its name, but will be managed by SLG Package Concepts, joining a lineup of affiliates operated by SLG Investment Holdings. 📦 (Upstate Business Journal)
Sol Flowers (150 Bradley Rd., Anderson), a locally owned sunflower farm, is raising money for the Foothills Community Foundation by selling bundles of flowers. Sat., July 2-Sun., July 3 + Sat., July 9-Sun., July 10, you can pick up a $10 bundle from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 🌻 (WSPA)
10,000. That’s how many Starburst wrappers Furman grad + local teacher Elizabeth Allen used to create the world’s longest candy wrapper chain. Yes, it’s Guiness Book of World Records official. She said, no matter how silly the goal, she wanted to show her students they can do anything they set out to do. 🍬 (Furman News)
We want to wish a happy birthday to our teammates Kyle, City Editor, (on Saturday) and Dayten, Multi-City Editor (on Sunday). Know someone who deserves a shoutout? You can purchase a Celebrate listing + make their morning a little bit brighter. Happy birthday, Kyle and Dayten!
Alcohol sales increased by 40% during the pandemic— leaving doctors concerned about the increased risk of more than six kinds of alcohol-related cancers. Listen to this four-minute podcast, featuring MUSC’s Dr. Raymond Anton, MD, to learn what you need to know about cancer + alcohol consumption.*
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Editor’s Pick:Speaking of kudzu, did you know the invasive species was first introduced as an ornamental plant at the 1876 World’s Fair Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia? It was deemed essentially useless by farmers until the 1930s (think: dust storms), when it was used to fight erosion, and people were “offered as much as $8 per acre to anyone willing to plant the vine.” Wild, right? Read more in Smithsonian Magazine.
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