For those who aren’t originally from here, we wanted to know why you chose the Upstate as your new home. Here’s just some what some of you said:
“[I moved from] New York state. I moved here to work for GE. The opportunities were better down here.” – Lauren W.
“We were living in Atlanta, and couldn’t take the traffic any longer…Greenville is the perfect spot between a giant metropolitan city and a proverbial college town. There are plenty of ‘big city’ amenities, while still being a place where you can see the stars at night…” – Sean R.
“I was relocated here for work from Boston, MA. I stayed when I saw how cute downtown was and also realized I could throw out my ice scraper!” – Sarah S.
“I moved from Jackson, MS in 2000 because I got divorced & my parents had moved here for Dad’s job at Lockheed Martin. One of my best decisions ever!” – Kat G.
“Came for a job and fell in love with a city, a community, and a lifestyle. The job is gone, but we are 864 for life.” – Michelle S.
“I was looking for a cycling event to celebrate my 60th birthday and found out about the Hincapie Gran Fondo. We came down to do the event knowing nothing about Greenville and we were hooked. A year later we built our house and then we moved here in 2018!!” – Todd I.
“…I am originally from Detroit, Michigan. Born and raised there…almost 27 years ago, I had enough of the traffic, snow and cold, so I decided to move. I stayed overnight in Greenville (with my then wife) on the way back driving back to Detroit after touring Charlotte and Raleigh. It was a Thursday night in early September…there was something about Greenville that touched me. I asked my wife if she wanted to move to Greenville, she said yes, I didn’t ask her again. Sold the house in 5 days, loaded up the moving truck, and headed down to Greenville knowing nobody and having no employment…moving to Greenville was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life…I can’t believe it’s been 27 years…and I still haven’t picked up a Southern accent.” – Stephen G.
WaterCooler ○ Irmo native Dustin Johnson won The Masters golf tournament yesterday afternoon with a record-breaking 20-under par finish. The win is his first at The Masters + follows his previous Major win at the 2016 US Open. Johnson is a Dutch Fork High School and Coastal Carolina University graduate. The 2021 Masters tournament is scheduled for April 8-11.(The State) ○ Last night, Will Muschamp was relieved of his coaching duties for Gamecock Football + offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was named interim head coach. Muschamp coached the Gamecocks for four and a half seasons and held a 28-30 record. (Post and Courier)
Watch ○ Safety, the story of former Clemson football player Ray Ray McElrathbey, officially has a trailer. Disney dropped the trailer for the film – which will be released on Disney+ on Dec. 11 – on Friday, and you can watch it here. (Greenville News)
Announced ○ Harvest Kitchen, a family-owned eatery, has announced the opening of a clean-option restaurant in downtown Greer. The menu will cater to “clean” diets – including plant-based + gluten free – by providing healthy options created with freshly harvested ingredients. They plan to officially open in early 2021at 112 Cannon St. 🥗 ○ Food Lion recentlyannounced plans to purchase 62 BI-LO + Harveys Supermarkets in Georgia and the Carolinas. Although Food Lion plans to operate all stores under the Food Lion banner, BI-LO + Harveys Supermarket will remain open under their original names until the transaction is complete. (Upstate Business Journal)
Tech ○ Quitchet is anew app designed to meet the needs of real estate agents + home buyers that has been launched within theGreater Greenville Association of Realtors. If you’re looking for an easy way to take notes while viewing a property, seeking specific features, or searching for agents, Quitchet may be the app for you. 📱 (Upstate Business Journal)
Health ○ Prisma Health will be holding a free flu shot clinic in Greenville on Nov. 19. Masks will be required, and shots will be administered on a first come first serve basis. The shots will be available for anyone in the age range of six and up. 💉 (FOX Carolina)
FeelGood ○ Possible through the ‘Smiles For Soldiers’ program, Scott Krawczyk, an Upstate Veteran from Gray Court, will be receiving a smile transformation courtesy ofCarolinas Center of Oral & Facial Surgery. Krawczyk served in the Army National Guard for nine years and was deployed to Afghanistan for 15 months. Read more about his upcoming journeyhere. 😁 (FOX Carolina)
Edu ○ Furman University’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has been named an Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Center by theGlobal Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, a group of more than 250 universities. 👏 ○ Greenville County Schools’ Change in Assignment School Choice Lottery Window will be available from Nov. 16-Dec. 2. This is where parents cansubmit a choice form for up to three schools for their child. Choice forms are available at every school (except magnet schools) + must be completed and submitted at the number one choice school. ✍️
Giveaway ○ There’s only one week left to enter our Local Giveback Giveaway.Click here to enterso you don’t miss out on having $1,000 and a GVLtoday Highlight in our newsletter donated to your favorite local organization this holiday season. The winner will be announced right here in our newsletter on Tues., Nov. 24.
Coronavirus ○ VisitSCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, andhere for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina.
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Oftentimes, food and community go hand-in-hand. We gather together around the dinner table and make + share meals with those we care for. Since physical gatherings may not be possible in the upcoming holidays, we’ve decided to help our community share food + come together virtually.
We’re working on compiling recipes from our readers + creating a GVLtoday cookbook to share with our community in time for the holidays. If you have a perfect pumpkin pie recipe, go-to green bean casserole, or favorite holiday flavor, we want to hear about it. Send us an email with your recipe (and photos if you have any) to be included in our cookbook.
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FeaturedEvents ○ Impact Greenville & GVL 2040 Virtual Event | Mon., Nov. 16 | 5:30 p.m. | Webinar, Register | Free | GVL2040 is the comprehensive plan that the City of Greenville will use to shape its growth and evolution over the next two decades. Sponsored by Impact Greenville, the session will feature city staff, steering committee members, and the plan consultant to discuss highlights and answer questions.Ⓟ ○ Baking Spirits Bright presented by The Omni Grove Park Inn | Now – Thurs., Jan. 21 | Virtual Series | $29 | Learn how to make gingerbread houses at home in this three-part series featuring All-Star Chefs including Carla Hall. A portion of the proceeds will go to ACFEF’s Chef & Child Initiative. Participants will also receive 15% off a future stay at The Omni Grove Park Inn between January and March 2021. Ⓟ
PlanAhead ○ Reckoning: A Temporary Art Installation| Sat., Nov. 21 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | 201 Smythe St. | Free | Artists will be onsite assembling this contemporary work of art on the fence surrounding the Lofts of Greenville.Ⓟ
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.
Gingerbread house featured at The Omni Grove Park Inn in 2019 | Photo provided
The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC is revolutionizing the 28th National Gingerbread House Competition – the largest in the country – by conducting the event virtually and announcing new virtual and socially distanced activities for hotel guests and fans at home.
Instead of cancelling the event, the resort has pivoted to create a plethora of virtual and in-person experiences – their way of continuing the legacy (despite COVID-19 and all things 2020) and telling the stories behind the gingerbread houses like never before.
Their goal? To preserve a slice of happiness, normalcy, and tradition as people across the country continue to navigate the new normal while still seeking to truly enjoy the holiday spirit. (We could all use a little of that.)
Virtual activities for fans at home: • Baking Spirits Bright: Gingerbread Making Class Series: From Oct. 21-Jan. 3, families can learn how to make gingerbread houses at home with a three-part video series ft. all-star chefs + competition judges (including celebrity chef Carla Hall) for $29. A portion of the series’ proceeds goes to ACFEF’s Chef & Child Initiative – so the more you bake, the bigger difference you make. Participants have access to the classes until Oct. 2021, and also receive 15% off future stays Jan.-Mar. 2021. • The 12 Days of Gingerbread: A new way of celebrating the 2020 National Gingerbread House Competition finalists together, while staying apart. From Dec. 1-12, the hotel will announce one finalist per day, with the Grand Prize winner revealed on Dec. 12(which just happens to be National Gingerbread House Day). Tune in via Facebook or Instagram.
Chefs making a gingerbread house during Baking Spirits Bright with The Omni Grove Park Inn | Photo provided
Click below to see the in-house activities for guests staying at the resort and all the safety measures the resort is taking this season. Ⓟ