Monday, March 29, 2010

Music On Main set to begin in April


Beginning April 1, Music on Main will be held every Thursday in April through August from 6 to 9 pm on Main Street and Denny’s Plaza. This popular after-work social gathering is celebrating its 17th year. A wide variety of bands perform each week at Music on Main, ranging from blues to rock and roll. A different beach music band will take the stage on the first Thursday of each month. “Spartanburg has tons of shaggers and they can’t wait to get outside and shuffle their feet!” said Special Events Manager Mandy Merck. Several band favorites will be performing again this year like Grand Strand, Coconut Groove, The Enforcers, Blind Vision, The Consumers, and Rock and Roll Reunion. Some brand new bands will be testing the waters at MOM this year, including Calm and Collective (reggae), Outshyne (country), and King Bees (Blues & Swing).

“We’re very excited to bring Cravin’ Melon back to Music on Main this year as well,” said Merck. “We expect three generations of melonheads to show up for this huge show on June 17.” There should be music to suit everyone’s taste.

Not only does Music on Main provide entertainment for the local community, it also serves as an excellent fund-raising opportunity for Spartanburg’s civic organizations. Club members serve as volunteers at Music on Main concerts and then receive a percentage of the sales to support their charities. Since the inception of Music on Main, over $200,000 has been contributed to local civic organizations in the Spartanburg community.

Music on Main is a free event. Food, shaved ice, soft drinks, bottled water, and beer are available for purchase.

Music on Main is presented by AT&T and is also sponsored by the Herald Journal, Denny’s, Budweiser, Coca Cola of Spartanburg, and WROQ - Rock 101. City events are produced and coordinated by the City of Spartanburg’s Special Events Office. Event goers can check the Special Events Hotline number at 864-596-3613 for updated information and any cancellations due to inclement weather.

The City is committed to promoting responsible drinking. Alcoholic beverages will not be served to minors or intoxicated persons. Anyone wishing to consume an alcoholic beverage must show a valid ID and wear a wristband. All guests of Music on Main and Jazz on the Square are asked to leave pets and coolers at home.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

City of Spartanburg Partners With Upstate Parent Magazine to host Camp and Education Fair

City of Spartanburg Partners With Upstate Parent Magazine to host Camp and Education Fair

The City of Spartanburg, in partnership with Upstate Parent Magazine will host a camp and education fair on Sunday, March 21st from 1:00-4:30 p.m. at the new C.C. Woodson Community Center located at 210 Bomar Avenue.

Parents will have an opportunity to meet camp councilors, talk to the camp directors, and familiarize themselves with the various camps Spartanburg County has to offer. If parents are looking for a new preschool for their toddler or a new school for their school aged kids, come see what educational opportunities are available in our area. This event is free and open to the public.

For additional information, please contact Joleen Whelchel at 864-346-4873 or if would like information regarding C.C. Woodson, contact Brian Wofford, City of Spartanburg’s Parks & Recreation Superintendant at 864-562-4059.

Monday, March 15, 2010

City of Spartanburg Announces C.C. Woodson Community Center Grand Opening

City of Spartanburg Announces C.C. Woodson Community Center Grand Opening

The grand opening celebration for the new C.C. Woodson Community Center located at 210 Bomar Avenue will take place on Saturday, March 20 at 11:00 a.m.

The new 27,000 sq. ft. building will offer a variety of services and activities for people of all ages and interests. Features will include a Community Room for group meetings, Learning Center, Senior Lounge, Teen Center, Health & Wellness Room and a 14,000 square foot gymnasium. A new pool and regulation-size football field is currently under construction.

The City is very appreciative of the generous support of its partners that include the Mary Black Foundation, City of Spartanburg Development Corporation, Department of Housing and Urban Development, South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, Spartanburg Housing Authority and SunTrust Bank.

Community leaders making remarks at the grand opening include Mayor Junie White, Councilmember Robert Reeder, State Representative Harold Mitchell, Phillip Belcher with the Mary Black Foundation and Harry Byrd with Spartanburg Housing Authority. The public is invited to attend the program and reception immediately following.

For additional information please contact Brian Wofford, Parks & Recreation Superintendant @ 864-562-4059.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Downtown Pep Rally Scheduled for March 15

Celebrate the Wofford Terrier basketball team’s Southern Conference championship and NCAA Tournament on Monday, March 15 from 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. with a free event in the heart of downtown Spartanburg! The public is invited to send the Terriers off to March Madness in style.

“We are proud of these young men. As they go off to battle the Goliaths of college sports, we want the world to know that Spartanburg is behind them 100 percent,” said Mayor Junie White.

“Meet the Terriers” is a two-hour family event that will feature an autograph session with the entire Wofford team, brief comments from Coach Young and City of Spartanburg leaders. Music will be provided by the Wofford Thundering Terriers Pep Band/Jazz Ensemble and fans will have the chance to watch highlights from the championship on a big screen!

Families are encouraged to attend and enjoy interactives such as the Terrier Tumbler moonbounce and shoot hoops on goals set up adjacent to Morgan Square. Ben Wofford Books will also have a display selling Wofford merchandise. (SoCon pending)

“The success of our basketball team not only brings great recognition to Wofford College, but certainly the City of Spartanburg and our entire community. We look forward to giving our fans this opportunity to meet the team and celebrate this historic event,” said assistant athletic director for marketing and promotions Lenny Mathis. “We are grateful to the City for making this type of event possible for the community.”

For additional information please contact Mandy Merck, City of Spartanburg, Special Events Manager, 864.562.4195,

Thanks for a great 2 years!

Our Creative Energy campaign celebrates its’ second birthday tomorrow, March 13th and here is a video of our launch back in 2008. We look forward to celebrating more creative events, places and people over the next year and thank you – the community –for your continuous support of our program.