If you’re like the majority of the 6AM City team, you’ve been streaming Hamiltonnon-stop since it was released on Disney+ at the beginning of the month. For those who don’t know, Hamilton is an award-winning Broadway show (and now a movie) that has been trending since its debut. The play tells the story of an underrated founding father while featuring catchy hip hop, rap + jazz musical numbers created by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
While Alexander Hamilton is definitely the star of the show, there’s a cast of supporting characters to help shape the story. #DYK that one of the characters has a major tie to South Carolina?
John Laurens was born in October 1754 in Charleston, South Carolina and was the son of Henry Laurens.If Henry Laurens sounds familiar, it’s probably because Laurens County was named after him.
Laurens was sent with his brothers to Europe for his education and returned to the US in 1777. Tensions were on the rise between England and the Colonies and Laurens joined the efforts as an assistant and secretary to George Washington. This is where he met Alexander Hamilton and Marquis de Lafayette; if you don’t know, now you know.
○On Sunday, DHEC announced1,170 new cases of coronavirus – the lowest number of daily reported cases since July 6 – and 25 additional deaths. That brings the total number of cases in SC of COVID-19 to 80,856, and the total deaths to 1,436.
○ Clemson University has released some of the results from a survey the school issued to IPTAY season ticket holders. Of those surveyed, 54% said they would prefer to have “fall football without fans”‘ over “spring football with fans.” You can see more results here. (WYFF 4)
○ Over the weekend, local musicians performed virtually to benefit Greenville’s Radio Room. The performers hosted concerts on their Facebooks and Instagram pages and collected donations for Radio Room via GoFundMe. Other artists will be performing again this weekend. Read morehere. (Greenville Journal)
○ McDonald’s + Chipotle are among the latest national chains requiring customers to wear face coverings. Chipotle’s requirement went into effect on Friday, while customers will need to begin wearing face masks at McDonald’s starting Aug. 1. (WYFF 4)
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Hey, there. Looking for today’s #MustDo events? In accordance with the
CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Greenville’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
City ○ Starting today, East Court Street, from Falls Street to South Main Street, will be closed Mon. – Fri. from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to allow for repairs to the building at 135 South Main St.The work is expected to be completed by Aug. 10 + parking spots will remain open during this time. 🚧
WaterCooler ○ Last week, The Greenville Drive announced the first of many new initiatives to build excitement towards their 15th Anniversary season in 2021 – the “Baseball is BACK” Package. The package will feature tickets to 11 games in the 2021 season (including Opening Day), a Drive hat + COVID-19 mask, and several event experiences for $150. To purchase, call (864) 240-4507 or buy online. Remember, there’s no crying in baseball. ⚾
Drink ○ Wandering Bard Meadery in Mauldin is hosting an open house to celebrate National Mead Day on Sat., Aug. 1 from 1-5 p.m. The meadery will have small batch meads on tap(which are not yet publicly available). The event will be outside only, so get there early to grab your spot.
Correction ○ Last week, we told y’all about the SRT### stencils that are part of the E-911 System on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. We stated, “Stencils will never be any farther than .05 miles apart.” One of our readers pointed out the notice from Greenville Rec says, “you will never be any farther than .05 miles from a stencil.” The reader went on to say, “If they were only 0.05 miles apart, the locator number would have to be four digits, not the current three.” Thanks for the catch. 👏
PlanAhead ○ Beard Battle 3.0 features American Ninja Warrior competitors, Brett Sims and Ryan Stratis, competing in a series of courses, with the loser having to shave his beard. Event will be held on Sat., Aug. 1 at MOTIVE School of Movement from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m and is $20 to watch. Ryan will also be holding obstacle course workshops on Fri., July 31st. Find more information and registration details here.🧔🏻 Ⓟ
Last Friday, we told y’all about the mural being created at Canvas Towerby Guido van Helten. While the subject has yet to be revealed, we know the mural will feature a Greenvillian and that the design will reference the history of the desegregation + integration of schools in Greenville County.