And by trophy we mean, a larger-than-life rendition of a peach on a water tower about 45 minutes down the road in Gaffney, SC(that has debatably looked like part of the human anatomy throughout its history).
🍑 The themed water tower was the idea of Jack Millwood, a member of the Gaffney Board of Public Works. 🍑 Built in 1981 in ~5 months 🍑 World’s largest peach 🍑 The Peachoid’s leaf weighs seven tons. 🍑 Holds one million gallons of water 🍑 The colors are designed to reflect the region’s variety of peaches. 🍑 The Peachoid’s original artist, Peter Freudenberg, used 50 gallons of paint and 20+ colors to create his design. (In 2015, Ohio muralist Eric Henn repainted the giant peach.) 🍑 The water tower enjoyed national attention after being featured in Netflix’s House of Cards series. 🍑 Can other water towers across the US compare? Check out some other creative tankshere. 🍑 Click here to see a map of other water towers across our state.
○ In a press conference yesterday afternoon, Gov. Henry McMaster announced that, starting Mon., Aug. 3, the guidelines previously recommended for restaurants + other establishments attracting groups of people are now mandatory. A list of the now mandatory guidelines can be found here.
○ In addition, Gov. McMaster also mandated that face coverings must be worn in all state government buildings beginning Aug. 5.
○ The Governor also will allow businesses, facilities, venues, events, and mass gatherings to open on Aug. 3, with restrictions, including theaters, stadiums, amphitheaters, gymnasiums, and more. To view the guidelines + restrictions for each type of facility, click here.
○ Yesterday afternoon, the ACCannounced new guidelines for fall sports. Teams will be able to start their seasons the week of September 7. Conference schools will play 11 football games – 10 against ACC opponents + one non-conference game. The non-conference game must be played in the ACC school’s home state and opponents must meet predetermined medical requirements. Read more here. (WSPA)
○ Yesterday, euphoria organizers announced a scaled back version of the 15th anniversary food, wine, and music festival. The festival will not be hosting many of their signature events which typically bring in 500-1200 people. Instead, euphoria will focus on hosting several smaller events – think lunches + guest chef dinners to be able to ensure proper social distancing. To view the current schedule, click here.
○ On Tuesday, SCDHEC reported that a Greenville County child died of coronavirus. The child passed away on July 8 + is one of only two pediatric deaths caused by COVID-19 in the state. (WYFF 4)
○ The South Carolina State Fair will look very different this year, as event organizers have announced the annual SC tradition is to become a free,two-day, drive-thru event. There will be no rides, but attendees will still be able to purchase some favorite fair foods. Get more details here. (The Post and Courier)
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OpeningSoon ○ It’s the moment all NOMA has been waiting for – there is an official opening date for the Harris Teeter at NorthPointe – August 12 to be exact. We foresee a lot of quick grocery runs in the future. 🛒 (Greenville News)
Announced ○ The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn – equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle Scout rank. This year, the local Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands Council is proud to announce 22 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients (six of whom are from the Greenville/Spartanburg area). You can watch this year’s virtual ceremony here. Congratulations, ladies. 👏
State ○ Unexpected deliveries of seed packetshave popped up across South Carolina, and around the US, that appear to have originated from China. Officials say that if you receive the seeds, which could potentially be invasive species, do not open, touch, or plant them + report the delivery to the USDA. (WLTX)
ForKids ○ The South Carolina Children’s Theatre(SCCT) is extending their summer camp offerings by another week. Don’t miss out on an additional week of brand new camps and some tried and true favorites. Register here. 🎭
Biz ○ Shine bright like a diamond.Make Made Jewelry has been named one of America’s Coolest Jewelry Stores by INSTORE, the leading North American jewelry industry magazine. Make Made will be featured + interviewed in an issue of INSTORE between Sept. 2020 and June 2021. 💎
Featured ○ Foxcroft Wine Co. and Blue Ridge Creamery were both quoted by Forbes on National Wine + Cheese Day. Shawn Paul, Wine Operations Director at Foxcroft Wine Co., discussed wine + wine pairings. Christian Hansen, Owner of Blue Ridge Creamery, discussed making choices based on local availability. Check out the article here. 🧀
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