It’s officially thankful season, and while many folks are passionate about giving back to the city that has given them so much, it’s often hard to decide what exactly they want to participate in – given the hundreds of opportunities in Greenville.Well, why not start by using what you love to help others?
We’ve made it easy to turn your passions into a gift to others by putting together this volunteer guide catered to specific interests. From foodies to those passionate about the outdoors, we’ve rounded up opportunities for everyone.
🏠 If you want to stay in your home ○ The American Red Cross is looking for disaster relief donations for safe shelter, hot meals, care, and comfort for people who have lost everything to a disaster. You can also take online health + safety training courses(like CPR)here. ○ Tomorrow(Sat., Nov. 14)SOAP GVLwill be picking up your donations porchside for Miracle Hill Ministries. Follow theirInstagram for more upcoming opportunities.
Maybe you love animals or want to support local veterans. Whatever your interests, click the button below for 20+ additional ways to give back to our city + its people.
WaterCooler ○ Today at 11:30 a.m. in NOMA Square, Mayor Knox White will declare Fri., Nov. 13, 2020 “Greenville Triumph Day” in the City of Greenville. Fans are encouraged to attend the ceremony, and the Triumph car will even be on site. But the fun doesn’t stop there, the Triumph is also hosting a “Locker Room Sale” at Legacy Early College for authentic team-issued + team-used gear today from 3-7 p.m. and tomorrow, Sat., Nov. 14, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ⚽
Edu ○ Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, all Greenville County high schools will transition to a block schedule. Students will take four semester-long classes (lasting ~90 minutes) each term that will be completed by the end of the semester. Currently, five high schools in the district operate on a block schedule with the eight others making the switch next year. 🍎 (FOX Carolina)
Development ○ The City of Mauldin has announced the plans for phase two of the Mauldin Cultural Center. Some of the $600,000 renovations will include creating a new plaza, updating the lobby, adding a ticket booth, and more. Renovations will begin early next year. Read more here. (Greenville Journal) ○ Setterstix – a manufacturer that makes paper sticks for candy, cotton swabs, health care, and novelty items – will be opening a new $11.7 million facility at 830 International Blvd. in Fountain Inn in Feb. 2021, creating 80 jobs for the area. 🍭 (WYFF 4)
ComingSoon ○ Here’s some burrito-ful news – the Upstate will be getting three new Chipotlesbefore the end of 2020. A new location in Easley opened on Wednesday, and a new Spartanburg+ Greenville restaurant will be open by the end of the year. All three locations will have drive-thru lanes that allow customers to pick-up food without leaving their cars. 🌯 (WYFF 4)
ForVeterans ○ In honor of Veterans Day this week, Golden Career Strategy is offering the first 50 veterans that register online a complimentary Stress + Wellbeing Assessment that includes a 30-minute review and tips for reducing stress + building resilience. Register here.
State ○ Although COVID-19 has reduced the state’s projected budget, lawmakers are still expected to have approximately $1.2 billion to use in January. Earlier this week, a projected budget was released, which shows a growth rate of 1.7% for the general fund. Read more about the forecasted state budget here. (The State)
Coronavirus ○ VisitSCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and here for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina.
Giveaway ○ Bradshaw Commons – an intimate community of six luxury townhomes in the heart of downtown Greenville –is giving away a Brick Street Cafe Sweet Potato Cake to take to your Thanksgivingdinner/celebration over on their Instagram. (And IYKYK, this cake from Bradshaw Commons’ neighbor is one of the *most-famed* cakes in GVL.) To enter, follow the instructionson their Instagram post. Ⓟ
Outdoors ○ November’s Legacy Farmer’s Market is happening this Sun., Nov. 15 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and will be the biggest one yet, ft. the Spinx Cluk Truk, Chocolate Artworks Dessert Truck, live music,and 25+ local vendors and artisans. Details here. 🛍️Ⓟ
Digs ○ Want to be in a new home by the holidays? No pressure, but…the experts say you should start seriously looking now. CB Caine can help you find the right digs for you + your fam, with severalopen houses available for touring this weekend. (We’re fa-la-la-la-lakefront home dreaming.) 🎄 Ⓟ
After several weeks of work, today, United Community Bank’s Ice on Main reopens to the public for the 10th anniversary season.
Like most other things in 2020, there are a few changes to how everything will work because of COVID-19:
⛸️ New this year, you can buy tickets online. (Walk-ins are welcome, but because of limited admissions, reservations are recommended.) ⛸️ One non-ticketed spectator will be admitted to the event site with each ticketed skater. (Additional spectators can view the rink from the patio next to City Hall.) ⛸️ Face coverings are required within the event site. ⛸️ Hours have been extended because of limited admission. Click here for full hours + refund information.
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TryThis ○ Speed Dating | Fri., Nov. 13 | 6-8 p.m. | Zen, 924 S. Main St. | $10 | Try speed dating right before the holidays + grab a drink with someone new. ❤️
Listen ○ “Fly Me to the Moon” | Fri., Nov. 13 | 7 p.m. | Centre Stage | $40 | Enjoy an evening of jazz under the stars complete with desserts + beverages. ⭐
Saturday ○ Tunes In Town: Sidewalk Jazz Sessions| Sat., Nov. 14 | 11:30-1:30 p.m. | Downtown Travelers Rest | Free | Head to downtown TR to listen to talented jazz musicians. 🎷 ○ Stock the Food Pantry for Triune Mercy Center | Sat., Nov. 14 | 8:30-11 a.m. | Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, 639 N. Main St. | Donation based | Drop off needed items in effort to ensure the community is full + warm for the holidays. 🍞 ○ White Christmas: The Exhibition | Sat., Nov. 14-Sat., Jan. 30 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Upcountry History Museum | Prices vary | Check out White Christmas – the first traveling exhibition dedicated to the classic 1954 movie. ❄️ ○ Mead Making for Beginners | Sat., Nov. 14 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Wandering Bard Meadery, 1320 Hampton Ave. #3 | $20 | Learn how to brew mead at home with Brian Daughhetee. 🍯 ○ Girl Scout Discover Day | Sat., Nov. 14 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Fluor Field at the West End | Register here | Interested in learning more about Girl Scouts? Check out this event and participate in archery, camp songs, s’more making, and more.
Sunday ○ Augusta Road Holiday Open House| Sun., Nov. 15 | 1-5 p.m. | Augusta Street | Prices vary | Businesses on Augusta will be hosting festivities, sales, and contests to kick off the holiday season. ☃️ ○ Pickle Making Workshop | Sun., Nov. 15 | 3 p.m. | Carolina Bauernhaus, 556 Perry Ave. Ste. B118 | $25 | Join Carolina Bauernhaus’ Chief Flora Farmers David Thornton and Casey Certain as they guide you through the basics of pickle making. 🥒 ○ Sunday Jazz Brunch | Sun., Nov. 8 | 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | CityRange Steakhouse Grill | Prices vary | Head over to CityRange every Sunday for local jazz music, laid-back dining, and drink specials. Ⓟ
PlanAhead ○ Cask Away: Whiskey + Wine Pairing Dinner| Thurs., Nov. 19 | 7-9 p.m. | Old Cigar Warehouse | Tickets start at $220 for a table of two | A 4-course dinner from Chef Chris Rosensteel of The Uptown Company with whiskey or wine pairings from Westland Distillery and Washington State wines.Ⓟ
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Look for these signs when you’re out and about around town | Photo by GVLtoday Team
A lot of things have changed this year, but thankfully, one thing that hasn’t is our creative community of extremely talented artists + makers here in Greenville. This month (until Nov. 30), Metropolitan Arts Council(MAC) is hosting their 19th year of Greenville Open Studios – to “open up the world of visual artists to everyone – from the seasoned collector to the first-time art buyer to the curious general public.”
With 133 participating artists whose work spansa variety of different mediums, there’s something for everyone. Here’s how our Open Studios experience went and how you can #TryThis.
What we tried (with pricing): If you’ve participated in Open Studios in the past, the experience will be largely familiar – the same free,self-guided tour around Greenville – now, just with a few different safety precautions in place because of COVID-19 (social distancing, masks, etc.).
Photorealistic wildlife art of Larry Seymour | Photo by GVLtoday Team
Additionally, artists will be choosing their own hours this year, so we planned our day using Open Studios catalogues (that can be found all around town right now) + MAC’s handy dandy new app. In the app, you can easily see which studios are open and when and see a map of the area with all the participating artists. We hit a few different artists down by the Reedy River at Art Crossing before heading over to visit some others atHampton Station and finished our day with David Young, ceramics artist + master saddler of 41 years. Ⓟ
Yesterday, we asked you what your favorite flavor of White Claw was. The answer? The winning flavor was Black Cherry, which is Grace’s favorite flavor. Ana’s is Mango, which was the second most voted for flavor. What can we say – your editors have good taste.
Today is our final day of shoutouts honoring all of the courageous + resilient veterans in our community for Veterans Day. To all the veterans in the Upstate, a huge thank you from your team at GVLtoday. 🇺🇸
○ Edwin Smaltz, US Army, E6 Vietnam ○ Jim Kubiak, US Army Specialist E4 ○ Robert F. Prewitt, retired US Air Force ○ Captain Matt Cotner, US Army ○ Sergeant Mark Ritchie, US Army ○ SSGT Scot Campbell, US Marine Corps ○ Colonel William K. Fuller, retired US Army ○ SMSgt Mark Pella, US Air Force ○ Sergeant James Harper, US Army ○ Petty Officer Timothy Harper, US Navy ○ First Sergeant John Serpa, retired US Marine Corps ○ Rick Silva, retired US Army ○ Robyn Grable, retired US Navy ○ Captain Dan Driscoll, US Army Infantry ○ Edward Lambing, 22 yr. retired Naval Commander ○ Captain William C. Morin, US Air Force ○ Adam Wirthlin, US Army Specialist ○ Victor Anderson, US Marine Corps ○ Doug Greenlaw, US Army, Vietnam ○ Col. Bob Whitley, USA Retired Combat Engineer ○ Lt. Colonel Donnie Smith, retired US Air Force ○ Major Donald Belt, US Air Force ○ SMSgt Chester Presley, US Air Force ○ Captain Steve Shearer, US Air Force ○ Lt. Col. Jim Hickin, retired US Air Force ○ Randy Knighton, US Air Force ○ Commander Dan Luers, retired US Navy Pilot
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