Wednesday, December 31, 2008

January 2009 Events

The Enchanted World of Dolls and Toys
Through Saturday, January 17
Chapman Cultural Center


Poetry Slam hosted by Moody Black
Saturday, January 10
TK Gregg Recreation Center

Race For The Grasshopper 5K
Saturday, January 10
Cowpens Battlefield

Music Sandwiched In - SPO Brass Quintet
Wednesday, January 14
Spartanburg County Public Library Headquarters

art walk spartanburg
Thursday, January 15
Downtown Spartanburg

Sculptor Mark Gordon Exhibit
Friday, January 16 - Thursday, February 19
USC Upstate

MASTERWORKS IV - Paper! - SPO with David Cossin, percussion
Saturday, January 17
Twichell Auditorium

Walk As One
Saturday, January 17
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church

MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 19
The Hangar @ 1st Baptist Spartanburg

MLK Unity Celebration
Monday, January 19
Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium

Glenn Miller Orchestra
Sunday, January 25
David Reid Theatre

Historical Association's Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 25
Wofford College

Music Sandwiched In
Wednesday, January 28
Spartanburg County Public Library Headquarters

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Arts Partnership presents: The Glenn Miller Orchestra


Glenn Miller Orchestra is coming to Spartanburg on January 25, 2009 at 3 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Chapman Cultural Center for more details.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Holiday Open House at Smithworks Fine Jewelry!

Celebrating 20 years in Spartanburg, Smithworks Fine Jewelry is hosting an open house on December 10, 2008 at 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The store is located on Kennedy Street and will have a special visit by Heath Slane of Slane and Slane jewelry at 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Luke's Free Medical Clinic



Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Hampton Heights Christmas Tour of Homes


The 2008 Historic Hampton Heights Spirit of Christmas Past Tour of Homes will be held Dec. 6, 5 – 9 p.m., and Dec. 7, 1 – 5 p.m. This year’s tour features a range of historically significant homes decked out for the holiday season, providing an opportunity for visitors to step back in time and enjoy the unique homes of the Hampton Heights Historic District, Spartanburg’s oldest intact residential community, and the hospitality of a bygone era.


The home tour will feature a horse-drawn carriage, luminary-lined streets, musicians filling the neighborhood with the sounds of Christmas and homes decked out in Christmas finery. Featured homes are 229 W. Hampton Ave., Kimberlie and Luke Hammond; 203 West Hampton Ave., Tammy and David Stokes; 252 West Hampton Ave., Barry Whitfield and Kenny Covington; 194 West Hampton Ave., Abby Pace and Maia Thrailkill; and Allan and Nadine Odom, 346 South Spring St.; and Montessori Academy, 384 and 352 South Spring Street.


Tickets are being sold at a variety of outlets throughout Spartanburg prior to the tour. On the days of the tour, tickets will be sold at Montessori Academy, which has been located in the Hampton Heights Historic District since 1985 and which recently expanded by restoring one of the historic homes on South Spring St. to accommodate middle school students.



Alan and Nadine Odom are relative newcomers to the historic district, moving into their restored home on Spring St. 18 months ago. They moved to Spartanburg from Elizabeth City, NC, where they had renovated another older house.



“We moved here because of work, and we chose Hampton Heights because of the opportunity to restore ‘The Poster Child,’ which had most of the features we wanted in a home,” Nadine Odom says, referring to her home by the name neighborhood residents have given to the beautifully restored home.


Tickets for the event are available at Preservation Trust, 226 South Spring St.; Hip Hip Hooray, 2660 Reidville Road # 5; Theodore Morris, 571 E. Main St.; and Upstate Forever, 100 E. Main St., Ste. R-4. Admission is $15 for advance tickets, $20 on the weekend of the tour. Children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. A group rate ticket of $10 is available for groups of 15 or more. For information, contact Tammy Stokes, 864-237-2900 or president@hamptonheights.org .

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Dickens of a Christmas - Dec. 2, 2008

Planned for December 2, 2008 in downtown Spartanburg, The 15th annual Dickens of a Christmas is a holiday event that brings the
Victorian Spirit of Charles Dickens's time to the community.




Dramatic performers, musicians, working artists and community organizations immerse festival-goers in a swirling array of sights, sounds and activities typical of the Victorian era. These include living window displays depicting scenes of the holiday season and from Dickens's "A Christmas Carol," street entertainers, strolling carolers, hand bell choirs, marching suffragettes, chestnut roasters and other Victorian inspired activities.

"Dickens" begins at 6 pm with a Dickens Parade; featuring Victorian costumed characters, singers, musicians and anyone who wants to join in. Denny’s annual tree lighting ceremony takes place at 7:30 pm in Denny’s Plaza. This event is free and family friendly. For more information contact 864.582.2776 or visit The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg.

Friday, November 21, 2008

This Saturday - BYOA Downtown

Four years ago, before there was a Showroom Gallery and Performance Hall, Hub-Bub hosted the very first BYOA (Bring Your Own Art) Show at a vacant downtown building. The event was such a success that it became an annual tradition. For the past two years the event has been held at The Showroom and has attracted over 40 artists from around the area and attracted crowds of hundreds of people each time.

In 2007 the event maxed out the space prompting Hub-Bub to search for a larger location. On Saturday November 22nd Hub-Bub will host the fourth annual BYOA show at 125 W. Main St., in the old Kimbrell’s Furniture space on Morgan Square.BYOA is a spontaneous art exhibit and sale with no selection process or submission required by the artists.
It’s a great opportunity for artists to have their work shown and the perfect place to for patrons to find a unique gift for the holiday season.This is always a fun event and the use of the vacant space will only add to the excitement as the building is filled with art on easels, propped and leaned. The event will take place from 7 til 10pm and in addition to the varied selection of art, crafts and jewelry those attending can enjoy food, drink and music by local DJ Tony P. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.


BYOA is open to all artists to participate and those interested in becoming involved should visit the opportunities page for more details. Spaces will be given on a first come, first served basis.Call Stephen at 864-582-0056 or email stephen@hub-bub.com with questions.This event is sponsored in part by The Spartanburg Downtown Association and Buck Brandt, Attorney.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Stars Fell on Spartanburg: Hub City's Celebrity Encounters

What happens when Hollywood celebrities, big-time sports figures, and national politicians make their way to a Southern city known for its cotton mills, chili cheeseburgers, and Baptist churches? A crazy new book called Stars Fell on Spartanburg: Hub City's Celebrity Encounters.

A searchlight in the sky will lead the way as the Hub City Writers Project hosts a Hollywood-style book launch Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 7-9 p.m., in the lobby of the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, where a multitude of stars frolicked over the years. On hand for this special event will be Elvis Presley, Richard Nixon, Dale Earnhardt, three dozen authors, a big pile of books, and much, much more.


Spartanburg High School students are dressing up as characters for the book-signing event, including three who will perform as the Kingston Trio.

Stars Fell on Spartanburg presents eyewitness accounts of dozens of celebrity stopovers in the Hub City. These stories are told through personal essay, oral history, and, to spice it up, poetry, fiction, and song. Pop culture meets local history and creative writing in this entertaining, illustrated volume that has something for everyone.

Fifty writers and storytellers take you along on their adventures: fetching a soft drink for Elvis Presley at the Carolina Theatre, sharing a microphone with the Beach Boys, chauffeuring football legend Bart Starr. They invite you to go antiquing on Main Street with Martha Stewart, to sneak up on Julia Roberts at the local ballpark, to eat a fancy dinner with actress Joanne Woodward, and to visit heavyweight champ Jack Dempsey in the old Cleveland Hotel.

They take you on the tour bus with Hank Williams Jr., to a downtown poolroom with a barefoot Harry Connick Jr., and back in time to encounter baseball giant Ty Cobb, famous evangelist Billy Sunday, and renowned scientist George Washington Carver. You'll see the stars as you never have before and bear witness to a Southern city's dance with fame.

Stars Fell on Spartanburg is the 35th title published by Spartanburg’s Hub City Writers Project, a non-profit literary arts organization founded in 1995. The paperback book sells for $11.95 and is available at area stores or at http://www.hubcity.org/.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Feed the Community 2008

Feed the Community is an annual event that was first begun 19 years ago to ensure everyone enjoys a hearty meal on Thanksgiving Day. Last year, approximately 6,000 meals were prepared and the number is expected to exceed 7,000 this year.

To volunteer this Thanksgiving call 582-7556.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Join us - Hub City Art Park Opening


Located in the Hub-Bubneighborhood, the newly developed park is on the corner of Daniel Morgan Avenue and Henry Street. In walking distance from Hampton Heights, Brasserie Ecosse and Hub-Bub, this park is open to all to enjoy. See you on November 5th!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

2008 Spartanburg Young Professionals Events Announced.



Spartanburg Young Professionals has announced their event line-up for the rest of 2008. For more information concerning SYP(pronounced "sip")visit their website or e-mail spartanburgyoungprofessionals@gmail.com.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Art Walk

We announced yesterday about our upcoming Art Walk scheduled for the third Thursday of each month. Above is a City Channel segment featuring some of the Art Walk founders, Ed and Shannon Emory and Andrew Babb. Enjoy!

Open Mic Night - Next Saturday.


OPEN MIC NITE @ the Showroom at Hub-Bub
Saturday, October 25, 7pm-10pm
Door Prizes, including an iPod!Open to all High School Students

Pizza, Drinks, & Snacks Available for Sale.$5 at the door for students/$10 for adults.
Bands, Instrumentalists, Singer/Songwriters, Slam Poets, and Actors wanted! Must sign up in advance to perform! Spaces are filling quickly!Need more info? Wanna sign up to perform? Contact L. Hurley at 864.562.4199.

Sponsored by Youth Voices & the Spartanburg Youth CouncilYouth in Philanthropy Project FundraiserAll Proceeds Benefit Spartanburg Non-Profits Serving Youth and Education.

This group of students ages 11-17 has been around for only 2 years, and already they've established a presence in Spartanburg, and a reputation for their commitment to our community. Nominated by members of the Spartanburg Youth Council, they include students of all different backgrounds, opinions, ideas, and beliefs. They are united to raise awareness of youth issues, and to steadily increase their fundraising through the Youth in Philanthropy Project.
Last year, Youth Voices' YIPP raised $12,000 to benefit youth and education in Spartanburg. Their goal this year: even more. In addition to their usual fundraising, they want to increase public awareness of their efforts and the indispensable role young people can play in making a difference in their own community. Their idea: Give all youth a voice and an opportunity to pitch in. The forum: Open Mic Nite at Hub-Bub.So, got a talent? Want to be heard? Want to join an effort to make a difference? See you there.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Team Pink Palooza

Pretty In Pink? No, it's not Molly Ringwald.
Legally Blonde? Nope, not that one either.



Marisa Axelrod and Brooke Jackson, contestants on the CBS hit show The Amazing Race will be pink and blonde at Barnet Park on Sunday October 12th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Barnet Park will host Amazing Race 'like' competitions and there will be one GRAND prize winning team upon the finish line of the event. Afterwards, kick-back with some friends and good food to watch episode 3 of Season 13's Amazing Race shown live on stage.



Team Pink, consists of two Southern Belles who would not dare leave the United States without wearing their signature pearls and pink attire. Their blonde ambition and Southern charm helped them out on their own travels across the globe. Please come out and support the girls that represented South Carolina in pink with pride.



Tell all of your friends to come out and join in on the Team Pink Palooza!
Please pre-register online at http://www.teampink.com/ or call (864)278-9706.
Team Pink pride at Barnet Park and fun for all looking for a good race.




Monday, September 29, 2008

Spartanburg receive recognition for financial excellence by State Treasurer.

The City of Spartanburg team accepting the award from State Treasurer Converse Chellis.


South Carolina State Treasurer Converse Chellis presented the City of Spartanburg the State’s inaugural State Treasurer’s Award for Financial Excellence on Thursday, September 25, 2008 in City Council Chambers. Created to acknowledge and recognized any individual, the City of Spartanburg exemplified outstanding financial management.

Treasurer Chellis, in presenting the award to Mayor Bill Barnet said, "As we have all recently witnessed, we are living in very unnerving and very uncertain financial times. Having people at the wheel who understand how to manage financial resources is more important than ever."

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Join Us - Jazz on the Square starts Sept. 5th



Click here for a complete list of Jazz on the Square events starting on Sept. 5, 2008.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Be the Difference - Pat Williams





Pat Williams in coming to Spartanburg on August 14, 2008. Admission is $5 and there will be an opportunity to have your book signed. For more information about the lunch or the 2008 Youth Summit contact 562-4199.

Mark your calendars - Sept. 6, 2008


For more information, call 596-3068 or check out the Spartanburg Creative Energy Website at www.spartanburgcreativeenergy.com





Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Help McCarthy Teszler School!



Help McCarthy Teszler School by voting three times a day for the Lots! 2 Give contest until July 22, 2008.

Visit http://www.lots2give.com/Vote2.aspx and type in 29301 to find the school.

The school serves 240 students, ages 3-21, who are mentally, orthopaedically and emotionally disabled. Their dream is to provide the students with a natural outdoor playground which will enable all students to participate in "adaptive outdoor activities" with other children.

Vote today!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Check it out!


The Preservation Trust of Spartanburg is pleased to announce the launch of their new blog! Make plans to check them out at least once per week to be updated on important news, project photos, tips on owning and maintaining a historic home, various preservation-related topics, etc.

We hope you will visit often and post comments:

http://preservespartanburg.blogspot.com/

Quote Of The Day




"There is positive energy in the air in Spartanburg. Creative Energy is a terrific example of this community showing our pride in all the wonderful ways Spartanburg is moving forward."

- Kathy Dunleavy, President
United Way of the Piedmont

Friday, June 27, 2008

Tonight - Red, White and Boom!




Red White & Boom 2008
Zimmerli Amphitheatre @ Barnet Park

Tonight, June 27, 2008

5:30 PM

*Music presented by Aaron Tippin*



To order tickets, please click on the following link: http://www.sccfoundation.org/

Friday, June 20, 2008

Parade Today!




Below are a few shots of the puppet parade downtown in Spartanburg today. A round of applause to SPARK!, Converse College, Wofford College and the Boys and Girls Club for all of their help in making this event successful.










Thursday, June 19, 2008

They're here!


The new sculptures by artist Doug McAbee are finally in downtown Spartanburg! Below is a link to a great article that appeared in the Spartanburg Herald Journal today.

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20080619/NEWS/806190371

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Mark Your Calendars - August 23, 2008



To purchase tickets, visit: www.crowdpleaser.com

CreativeSPARK! On Parade 6.20.08 @ 4 p.m.



Mark your calendars for this Friday, June 20, 2008 to participate in the CreativeSpark! Parade in downtown Spartanburg at 4p.m. The route begins at the Denny’s Tower and will end at the Clock Tower in Morgan Square.

SPARK!,collaboration between Converse College and Wofford College, inspires ”dynamic and creative collaboration among local college students to be shared with the community.”*

Take a moment to click on the video to get a taste of what you’ll see in just a few days!



*Wofford College

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Quote Of The Day


"Creativity and imagination are the key ingredients to a dynamic and vital community."

- Philip Blecher, President of the Mary Black Foundation

Monday, June 9, 2008

Be the Difference - Youth Summit 2008


Be the Difference

One of the most important things each young leader must realize is his or her value as an individual. When you realize your own high worth as a person, you can see the high value of each individual in society, regardless of age, race, ethnicity,
socio-economic status, and the endless stream of ways we can categorize ourselves and other people. This view of people is what really colors the way we see the world. How you see and treat yourself and others is also the foundation for the respect, character, and integrity vital in any leader—of any age.

And, because of your own inherent value, you matter, your choices and decisions matter, and have a far-reaching effect on the people around you and closest to you, as well as the people in your broader community. As a young person and young leader, you have the potential for an incredible impact on your community. That impact can be the most positive kind: you can be the difference. You can educate yourself on the issues, problems, and on-going solutions in your community, and determine how you can help and how you can be a part of the solution. And, remember that being the difference does not stop with simply making a difference in your community. You can be the catalyst for positive change. You can be the change.

Imagine what you want to see in your world, and how things could be. You can be the change you want to see. Change often starts with small steps, but it always takes hope, dedication, hard work, and the determination to never, never give up.

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Youth Summit scheduled for August 14, 2008 at The Hangar. For more information contact 562-4199.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

A Taste of Bike Town in Spartanburg

In case you missed Friday night's activities in downtown Spartanburg, here is a taste of what part of a race was like from Main Street. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Cornhole De Mayo II @ Spring Fling




Cornhole De Mayo II
Tournament - Saturday, May 3
10am - 9pm


Broad Street near Converse
in case of rain - the Cornhole tournament will be held in the Kennedy St. Parking Garage.

Rules of the Tournament: OPEN DOUBLES
(STARTS AT 10:00 AM)
The Cornhole deMayo II tournament games will be played in accordance with
rules of the American Cornhole Association.

• 32 teams - first come basis
(total available team participation count varies by ACO city location)
• $40.00 per team / $20.00 per player
• All teams guaranteed seven games against seven different teams
• Open to all ages, no ACO Pros allowed
• Tournament format is three step process

• ROUND ROBIN – teams are placed into a round robin in which seven games will be played by every team in the tournament, the top four teams from each round robin grouping will move onto the Bracket 16 Challenge but first must seed themselves in the Frame Game Seeding Round.

• FRAME GAME SEEDING ROUND– each of the remaining sixteen teams will throw a team frame game with the highest score becoming the one seed and the lowest score being the sixteen seed. All other teams will be seeded accordingly, based on the result of their frame game.

• BRACKET 16 CHALLENGE – 16 best teams will be competing for the first place trophy in the best of three series with the first team to win two games in a match moving forward and the loser is finished.
• There will be trophies for first and second place finishers.
• There will be sponsorship prizes as well for some of the top teams, to be determined.
• There will be no cash payout, we are only charging you $20.00 for an awesome afternoon of cornholing with your buddies. Cheaper than golf or an afternoon at the movies. It’s all about the love of the game, socializing and giving you great bang for your 20 bucks.
• Food and beer will be available for purchase.



TOPGUN DIVISION

• 32 players - first come basis (total available team participation count varies by ACO city location)
• $50.00 per player
• All players guaranteed seven games against seven different players
• Open to all ages, ACO Pros, Semi-Pros, Amateurs welcome, if you think you have game, put your money where your mouth is.
• 80% Cash Payout to top 8 players – payout based on participation
• Tournament format is three step process

• ROUND ROBIN – players are placed into a round robin in which seven games will be played by every player in the tournament, the top two players from each round robin grouping will move onto the Bracket 16 Challenge but first must seed themselves in the Frame Game Seeding Round. We will accommodate our ACO Pros & Semi-Pros by dividing them up in as many different groupings as possible so as not to have them all in one round robin group.

• FRAME GAME SEEDING ROUND– each of the remaining sixteen players will throw a full ACO Skills Challenge (which will be used to give them a world ranking as well), with the highest score becoming the one seed and the lowest score being the sixteen seed. All other players will be seeded accordingly, based on the result of their frame game.
• BRACKET 16 CHALLENGE – 16 best players will be competing for the first place trophy in the best of three series with the first team to win two games in a match moving forward and the loser is finished.


• The top eight players will earn points applied to their CORNYFORTY standings based on a formula the ACO has put in place to gauge the strength of competition at that particular TopGun Tournament.

TOP GUN SINGLES NEED TO BE THERE NO LATER THAN 2:30PM.
REGISTRATION FOR TOP GUN SINGLES WILL END FRIDAY APRIL 25TH.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Spartanburg Youth Council's Literacy Day - April 17, 2008


The Mayor's Service Board is a brand-new initiative of the Spartanburg Youth Council and the United Way.

Although small now, the goal is to eventually have one representative from each service and leadership group at each public and private high school in the county. Membership is open to any interested high school students. Its purpose is to encourage leadership through service in our community.

The Mayor's Service Board, after learning of many of the issues Spartanburg faces, decided to focus on youth and education for 2008.

They chose to adopt a school, and after touring some, and meeting with the principals, chose Mary H. Wright.

They then decided to hold a Reading Celebration on April 17th, Spartanburg Youth Council's Literacy Day.

Reading Celebration @ MH Wright: 2:30-5:30 on Thursday April 17th.

The event will include a kick-off with the Mayor, a birthday celebration for Principal Pat Paul, pizza, cake, and ice cream; reading games and activities, face painting, a moon bounce, door prizes, and free books for the students!

The Mayor's Service Board has worked hard to solicit donations for food, drinks, and prizes, in addition to collecting nearly 1,000 books in just a few short weeks! Need more information? Contact L. Hurley at 864-562-4199.

Carolina Cool Jazz Orchestra Association



Check out more on their website: http://cooljazzorchestra.homestead.com/

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Mark Your Calendar - Open Mic Nite April 24, 2008!

Open
Mic
Nite

Thursday, April 24th
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
@ Hub-Bub


Host: Moody Black
Door Prizes, including an iPod!
Open to all High School Students
$5 at the door for students/$10 for adults.
Need more info? Contact L. Hurley at 562.4199


Sign -up to perform, read poetry, dance or for more information!
Sponsored by Youth Voices in part of the Spartanburg Youth Council:



Youth in Philanthropy Project Fundraiser
All Proceeds Benefit Spartanburg Non-Profits Serving Youth and Education


Be heard. Make an Impact.
Make it a Positive One. Youth Voices' slogans.


This group of students ages 11-17 has been around for only 2 years, and already they've established a presence in Spartanburg, and a reputation for their commitment to our community. Nominated by members of the Spartanburg Youth Council, they include southside, westside, eastside, northside and countryside; students of all different backgrounds, opinions, ideas, and beliefs. Each is united to raise awareness of youth issues, and to steadily increase their
fundraising through the Youth in Philanthropy Project.


Last year, Youth Voices' YIPP raised $12,000 to benefit youth and education in Spartanburg. Their goal this year: even more. In addition to their usual fundraising, they want to increase public awareness of their efforts and the indispensable role young people can play in making a difference in their own community. Their idea: Give all youth a voice and an opportunity to pitch in. The forum: Open Mic Nite at Hub-Bub.




So, got a talent? Want to be heard? Want to join an effort to make a difference? See you there.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Talk 20 @ Hub-Bub















Talk20 Spartanburg invites everyone to be a presenter of YOUR thoughts, YOUR passion, YOUR art, YOUR research, YOUR ideas.
Presenters get 20 images to show – and 20 seconds to talk about each one, no more, no less – in front of an audience that gathers 3 times a year at the Showroom @ Hub-Bub. Topics range from sculpture to the history of punk rock to the history of Spartanburg’s streetcar system. Take a vicarious walk in someone else's shoes, or just gain a fresh perspective at Talk20 Spartanburg.
Talk20 events also are happening in Boston, Chicago and other cities around the world, including Barcelona, Spain.

Spartanburg's event is intended to spur creativity and dialogue while giving people a forum to share a topic of interest they might not otherwise have -- their climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, for instance. Or the experimental aircraft one local man constructs and flies himself. No subject is too offbeat!

For more information, or if you are interested in presenting, email cate.ryba@gmail.com.

For general information visit http://www.talk20.org/




Welcome to Spartanburg Creative Energy

Welcome to the launch of our blog for Spartanburg: Creative Energy.

This blog will highligh and promote the events of our Creative Energy Partners. To get more information on becoming a partner, click on the tabs on the home page.

Interested? Then e-mail Amanda Ingram at aingram@cityofspartanburg.org.

Bookmark this blog and check it often to find out what is new and happening with Creative Energy! We hope this blog will provide a forum for your creative interests.

We are excited to start this wonderful initiative and invite you all to join in on our journey….thank you!