Monday, October 26, 2009

Tomorrow in downtown!

The Business and Professional Women organization is sponsoring an "After Hours Shopping Extravaganza" for downtown Spartanburg. The group invites the public to shop
at women owned business tomorrow, October 27, 2009.
The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and last until 7 p.m.



The 2009 Jazz on the Square series ends this Friday, October 30 – with a special lunch time concert on the Square. Jazz lovers can bring their lunch and enjoy music from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm by the fountain on Morgan Square.

Carolina Breeze, a four piece ensemble from Spartanburg, will be performing at JOTS. The group’s leader is Rupert Hodges, who plays guitar and saxophone. He is joined by his wife Sally on vocals and keyboard, Nate Hearn on drums, and David Porter on bass. Carolina Breeze performs light jazz and ballads.

“We like to mix in songs that people recognize and enjoy,” said Hodges. “We play a little bit of everything – jazz, country ballads, beach music, Duke Ellington tunes, and songs from the 60s and 70s. We want to play something that everybody in the audience will like.” Hodges said that they will have several guest performers joining them during the two-hour concert on Friday as well.

As an added “treat” for this Jazz on the Square, there will be candy for those who would like to bring out the little trick or treaters one day early.

Jazz on the Square is produced and coordinated by the City of Spartanburg’s Special Events Office. It is presented by QS/1. Event goers can check the Special Events Hotline number at 864-596-3613 for updated information and any cancellations because of inclement weather.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Spartanburg High School Homecoming This Weekend

The Vikings are coming home this weekend for the Spartanburg High School Homecoming activities. Events kick-off tonight with a school parade beginning at 6 p.m.
on Fernwood-Glendale road.

Thursday is the big game against Hillcrest High school with a school tailgating beginning at 5 p.m. behind Gibbs Stadium. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m and WLOS’s TV coverage will run from 6:45 PM to 10:00 PM. The coverage will air on WLOS’s affiliate
station WMYA, Channel 5 on Charter.

On Friday, join the Vikings at Jazz on the Square and take a trolley ride to see children's art exhibits throughout the city. Saturday includes an alumni golf tournament at Creek Golf Club along with other family friendly events.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Street Beat Tonight!

Street Beat Tonight
Street Beat preforms tonight at the Chapman Cultural Center. Show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.
To order tickets, call 864-542-ARTS or visit

Thursday, October 15, 2009

ArtCycle Auction

Thank you to the community for your support of ArtCycle. The auction is now closed and we sold ALL of the ArtCycles! Applications for ArtCycle 2010 will be posted in January.

ArtCycle - Auction Home Page - cMarket Fundraising Auction

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Hub City Empty Bowls - This Saturday!

Hub City Empty Bowls
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Plaza at Chapman Cultural Center.
3 - 7 p.m. at The Showroom.
Open to the public

Eat Soup… Keep the Bowl… Feed the Hungry

Help feed local hungry citizens by purchasing a bowl of soup served in a handmade bowl for a $15. All of the bowls are made by volunteers in the community. The soup is donated by local restaurants. All proceeds go to a local charity that feeds the hungry. Keep the souvenir bowl as a reminder of helping others.

Hub City Empty Bowls is being headed by Jim Cullen, a local potter and pottery instructor at the Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) Art School. HUB-BUB is partnering with Carolina Clay Artists, SAM’s Art School and Chapman Cultural Center in this project.
The goal of Empty Bowls is to raise money to help organizations fight hunger, to raise awareness about the issues of hunger and food security and to help bring about an attitude that will not allow hunger to exist.

For more information about Hub City Empty Bowls, please email or call Jim Cullen at 320-5358.

The Empty Bowls Project, a grassroots movement to help end hunger, started in North Carolina. From its humble beginnings as a meal for the staff of one high school, Empty Bowls has spread across the United States and beyond and has raised tens of millions of dollars for anti-hunger organizations.

Chris Story Joins City of Spartanburg

The City of Spartanburg announces the hiring of Chris Story as the new Assistant City Manager effective November 1. Reporting directly to City Manager Ed Memmott, Story’s direct responsibilities will include internal and support operations.

Story will be leaving his current position as Assistant County Administrator for Spartanburg County, Chris states, “This is an exciting new challenge for me and an opportunity for which I am grateful. I've understood for many years that the county cannot reach its full potential without a thriving vibrant and prosperous city. Although I'll have plenty to learn about the unique challenges of the city, in many ways this move allows a continuation of the same goal I've worked on for over a decade - helping make my home community the best it can be”.

Selected from over 150 candidates, Chris has a B.A. in Business Economics from Wofford College. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from Clemson University/USC.

“The City conducted a national search for the position of Assistant City Manager and is pleased that Mr. Story has accepted the position. Chris brings great enthusiasm, a proven record of professional accomplishment, and commitment to the Spartanburg Community. The City team looks forward to working with him.” states Ed Memmott.

For additional information please contact Ed Memmott, City Manager, 864-596-2394,

Friday, October 2, 2009

Hot Spot Skate Park Grand Opening Announced


The Hot Spot Skate Park located at 339 Union Street will be holding it’s official Grand Opening event on Saturday, October 10 beginning at 11:00 a.m. and will remain open until 11:00 p.m.

After opening remarks from the Mayor, the day will be filled with demos by professional skate boarders, contests, give-aways, skateboarding for youth/adults, and much more!
The City of Spartanburg and the Coalition for Active Youth are very grateful for the supporters of the new Hot Spot Skate Park. Without their support, the skate park would never have been possible. The Hot Spot Skate Park is managed and operated by the City of Spartanburg Parks and Recreation Department.
For additional information, please contact Brian Wofford, City of Spartanburg’s Parks & Recreation Superintendant at 864-562-4059.