Jimmy Self Junior Golf Tournament
Jul
28
to Jul 29

Jimmy Self Junior Golf Tournament

RESCHEDULED FOR THESE DATES DUE TO HEAVY RAIN IN JUNE

The 23rd Jimmy Self Junior Golf Tournament is a junior specific tournament designed to introduce great players and students to college programs across the southeast. Players will be accepted based on their respective High School Championship individual finishes. Only 2019 graduates and later classes are permitted to apply. The field size is 84 players (boys and girls) and will be filled according to State Championship results. The exemption lists are published on the tournament site .Players are eligible from SC, NC, GA, and AL. Coaches will be invited to attend and all results will be sent to Golf Week and National Junior Golf Scoreboard. 

Field Exemptions: 
SC Boys (Spring 2017): 5A, 4A, 3A,- Top 10
2A, 1A Scisa- Top 5 that apply. 
SC Girls (Fall 2016): 5A, 4A, 3A- Top 10 that apply, Scisa - Top 4 that apply. 
Out of State and AT LARGE Eligibility: 
25 spots + any SC vacancies are reserved for out of state high school top finishers and committee exemptions based on state rankings and NJGS rankings. 

The Invitational is named for Jimmy Self, former Chairman-of-the-Board for Greenwood Mills, who died in 1995. Mr. Self served as captain of the golf team at Clemson in 1964 & 65, was on the South Carolina Golf Association Board from 1969-71 and was generous to the game of golf in the years that followed. The parties involved felt this tournament would be a great tribute to the man that gave so much to golf.

Visit the SCJGA website for more information.

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Jun
30
10:00 AM10:00

WINNERS: Photography Exhibit & Contest

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Our 2018 Winners

Advanced Division:

Basic Division:

PICK UP:
Entries may be picked up after the exhibit:
Tuesday - Friday
June 5 - 8, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce
110 Phoenix Street (Behind Wells Fargo)
Greenwood, SC

Return Prints:
If you would like  to  have your prints mailed back to  you, please include packaging  for your print(s) along with $7 each for shipping and handling costs.

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RESULTS: 5K Run 2018
Jun
30
8:00 AM08:00

RESULTS: 5K Run 2018

5K Run Results

Saturday, June 2, 2018 

Click for Results

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Wesley Commons Bridge Luncheon
Jun
29
9:00 AM09:00

Wesley Commons Bridge Luncheon

Wesley Commons will host its annual Ladies Bridge Luncheon from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 29th in Asbury Hall.

Ladies are required to sign up for a table of four and each will rotate to other tables throughout the day to enhance the social aspect of the event. During check-in, there will be morning refreshments as well as a schedule given for seating arrangements and tickets for a chance at numerous door prizes. A lunch break from 12:00 noon - 12:30 p.m. will feature a luncheon to include wine and dessert.

Play resumes at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third-place high scorers and door prizes will be drawn.

Cost is $15 per person. 

For information, contact Wesley Commons at (864) 227-7221.

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Musical Salute to America by the 246 Army Band
Jun
26
6:00 PM18:00

Musical Salute to America by the 246 Army Band

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Join us for our final event of the 51st South Carolina Festival of Flowers!

Open to the Public, FREE

This amazing Musical Salute to America by the 246 Army Band will be showcasing tunes you love and sharing their talents and love of music.

The 246 Army Band has been performing for more than 75 years. As the premier touring musical representative of the S.C. National Guard, this acclaimed organization travels hundreds of miles each year presenting a variety of music to enthusiastic audiences.  

Through these performances, the 246 Army Band fosters the support of the American people for members of the armed forces and their efforts around the state.

More About the S.C. National Guard 246 Army Band

The 246 Army Band consists of 37 Soldiers/musicians who play in multiple ensembles to create the different touring groups.  These groups offer varied repertoire but consist of a standard ensemble of music of pop, patriotic and show tunes. 

The band was involved in multiple campaigns during WWII and has traveled overseas to areas such as Guam, the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Key West, and Florida.  In recent years, the band has played for the South Carolina Governors Inauguration, the “Bojangles 500” at Darlington Raceway, 75th Anniversary of the christening of the U.S.S. Yorktown, “Fall for Greenville” and the “Red, White and Blue” festivals in Greenville, S.C.

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Planting for Pollinators & Other Wildlife
Jun
25
5:00 PM17:00

Planting for Pollinators & Other Wildlife

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This informative presentation will be given by Dr. Nancy Lee Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Xerces Society & USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center, Greensboro, NC.  A short tour of the City Hall Pollinator Garden commences at 5:15 p.m. prior to the talk.

nancy@xerces.org or nancy.adamson@gnb.usda.gov

Tuesday, June 26th
SC Farming with Beneficial Insects for Pest Control Short Course
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Greenwood County Veterans Center, 106 Main St North
$45 / person

This short course will teach you how to attract native beneficial insects —predators and parasitoids of crop pests— to your orchard, farm, or garden! Participants receive the Xerces Society’s Beneficial Insects Toolkit and a copy of Farming With Native Beneficial Insects.  Pre-register by June 15th at http://xerces.org/event/

 

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Men's Invitational Amateur & Senior Championship Golf Tournament
Jun
23
to Jun 24

Men's Invitational Amateur & Senior Championship Golf Tournament

  • The Patriot at Grand Harbor Golf & Yacht Club (map)
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This tournament is one of the South’s premier golf tournaments.

The Patriot at Grand Harbor Golf & Yacht Club is proud to be hosting this event and we are striving to make it again one of the best amateur events in the upstate.

The tournament is 36-Hole stroke play with a starting select field of 60+ players. 

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"Into the Woods," GCT Performance
Jun
22
to Jul 1

"Into the Woods," GCT Performance

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Greenwood Community Theatre Presents "Into The Woods"

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James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece... and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

Dates and Show Times:
June 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30  
7:30 PM
June 24, 30 & July 1  
2:00 PM

Tickets: 
Adults $25, Seniors/Military $22, Students and Children $15
Call the box office at 864-229-5704 or visit Greenwood Community Theatre

Greenwood Community Theatre
110 Main Street
Greenwood, SC 29646
(864) 229-5704

Sponsored by

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“It’s A Blooming Good Time!” Ladies Night at Belk
Jun
21
5:30 PM17:30

“It’s A Blooming Good Time!” Ladies Night at Belk

Ready to have a blooming good time...shopping?

Come out to Belk and celebrate summer and the 51st SC Festival of Flowers with a fun and fashionable celebration of what’s awesome in fashion right now! 

Enjoy special discounts and giveaways, wine, hors d'oeuvres, and music.So grab your girlfriends and visit Belk to shop 'til you drop! So come celebrate with us in style. 

Door prizes and refreshments provided.

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Topiary & Pollinator Garden Tour
Jun
21
5:30 PM17:30

Topiary & Pollinator Garden Tour

  • Main St. & Court Ave. by Velux Panels & Fountain (map)
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Join us in celebrating National Pollinator Week with a special event touring the SC Festival of Flowers Topiaries and several of the City of Greenwood’s Pollinator gardens.  

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Your tour will be led by City of Greenwood Horticulturist, Ann Barklow, of the SC Festival of Flowers topiaries and the pollinator gardens.

Location:
Velux Panels near the Water Fountain at Court Ave. and Main St. in Uptown Greenwood

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National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. 

Bee City USA fosters ongoing dialogue in urban areas to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in our communities and what each of us can do to provide them with healthy habitat.

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The Bee City USA program endorses a set of commitments, defined in a resolution, for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet. Communities that participate are provided numerous benefits, including improving local food production and addressing pest control issues less toxically.

Incorporated cities, towns, counties and communities across America are invited to make these commitments and become certified as a Bee City USA affiliate. For more information refer to www.beecityusa.org.

Hosted by:
Lakelands Beekeepers Association & Greenwood In Bloom

 

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National Pollinator Week Celebration
Jun
18
to Jun 24

National Pollinator Week Celebration

  • Main St. & Court Ave. by Velux Panels & Fountain (map)
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National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. 

Bee City USA fosters ongoing dialogue in urban areas to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in our communities and what each of us can do to provide them with healthy habitat.

The Bee City USA program endorses a set of commitments, defined in a resolution, for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet. Communities that participate are provided numerous benefits, including improving local food production and addressing pest control issues less toxically.

Incorporated cities, towns, counties and communities across America are invited to make these commitments and become certified as a Bee City USA affiliate. For more information refer to www.beecityusa.org.

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Topiary & Pollinator Garden Tour
Thursday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Join us in celebrating National Pollinator Week with a special event touring the SC Festival of Flowers Topiaries and several of the City of Greenwood’s Pollinator gardens.  

Location: Velux Panels near the Water Fountain at Court Ave. and Main St. in Uptown Greenwood

Hosted by:
Lakelands Beekeepers Association & Greenwood In Bloom

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Jun
18
to Jun 30

Museum Exhibits: Sonic Sensation & "Park Seed: A Celebration of 150 Years”

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The Museum is Open Wed - Sat., 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
All summer long.

Discover the awesome power of sound in Sonic Sensation!  Create sound waves in a tube, match mystery sounds, test your hearing, conduct an orchestra with your body, mix a soundtrack, and launch a sound wave toward an eardrum. 

See how many decibels you can produce in the Scream Chamber!

Also, the Museum welcomes you to this special anniversary exhibit which chronicles Park Seed Company’s rich history and fond memories.

Who would ever have imagined that 15-year-old George W. Park, advertising seeds for sale from his own small garden, would found America's most beloved mail-order gardening company? The year was 1868, and George placed an ad in the Rural American -- a daring move, since it cost a whopping $3.50. To his surprise, within weeks he had received $6.50 in orders. The course of his life was set, and generations of American gardeners are the better for it!

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Juried Art Show & Exhibit
Jun
18
to Jun 30

Juried Art Show & Exhibit

Presented by the Arts Council of Greenwood County

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The annual South Carolina Festival of Flowers moves into its 51st year in June 2018. The juried art show is a sanctioned event hosted annually by The Arts Center of Greenwood, in coincidence with the festival. The show features artwork from artists all over South Carolina and portions of the southeast with monetary awards totaling $2,600.  

Exhibit Admission:
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | Business Hours: Mon-Fri., 10 am - 5 pm / Sat., 10 am - 3 pm

For more information, contact Jennifer A. Smith, artscentergwd@gmail.com, 864-953-2462.

Exhibit Reception & Awards:
Saturday, June 2nd at 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Awards Ceremony at 6:00 pm
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - hors do'euvres and cash bar will provided 

Event Calendar
May 17
 | ENTRY DEADLINE
May 22 | ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION
May 26 | ART DELIVERY
June 1 - 30 | EXHIBITION DURATION
June 2 | OPENING RECEPTION + AWARDS CEREMONY @ 5:00-7:00 pm
July 14 - 15 | ART RETRIEVAL

Awards
$1,000 | Best of Show
$400 | Best of 3-D
$500 | 2nd Place
$300 | 3rd Place
$100 | Merit Awards (3) 
$100 | Arts Center Merit Award

All 2D and 3D artwork is eligible for best of show, second, third and merit award categories

Presented by the Arts Council of Greenwood County, join us for the Youth & Juried Artists’ exhibit reception. Awards will be presented at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is invited and admission is free!

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Jun
18
to Jul 15

Thru July 15th: Signature Topiary Display & Map

See for Yourself Our One-of-a-Kind "Living" Sculptures in Uptown Greenwood!

Take a magical topiary tour through Uptown Greenwood. You’ll see 46 topiaries displayed around the Square, at the County Library, and at the Farmers Market. The whimsical horticultural creations showcase the Uptown Greenwood area during the SC Festival of Flowers.

Each topiary has been adopted by an organization and is sponsored by a separate organization.  Come see for yourself and stroll our Uptown Square day or night.

Topiaries, Maintenance and Landscaping provided by: City of Greenwood & City Public Works Department Topiary/ School Coordinators and Delivery:  Johnathan Graves, Renea Sprowl,  Ann Barklow, Sarah Bradley, Clint Price, Gene Yarochowicz, and Tracy Anderson. 

Special Thanks: Director of Greenwood Public Works; Billy Allen, CPW, City of Greenwood Public Works Staff: Chase Rushton, Michael Smith, Joey Jamros, Buddy Hastings, Willie Graham, Clay Stevenson, Erek Leary, Jerry Walker, Chris Lewis, Len Bryan, Wayne Starnes, Jeff Smallwood, and James Moore. City of Greenwood Greenhouse Staff:  Renea Sprowl, Gene Yarochowicz, Clint Price, Sarah Bradley, Tracy Anderson, and Ann Barklow, Greenwood County, Lakelands Master Gardeners, and our local Schools. A very special thank you goes to topiary artist, Nancy Collin and her husband Everett for their thousands of volunteer labor with the topiaries for 2017

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The Railroad Historical Center
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

The Railroad Historical Center

Welcome to The Railroad Historical Center of Greenwood.

Open for Guided Tours on Saturdays!
TICKETS:
$8.00 - ADULTS
$5.00 - CHILDREN (4-12)
FREE - 3 & UNDER
10 am - 4 pm

The Railroad Historical Center features a fully restored Baldwin Steam Engine and its tender, as well as six newly restored cars, including a diner, sleeper, passenger, and Executive car, plus a caboose!

You will have a guided tour by a train buff who knows and loves this train. Your "conductor" will be happy to share their knowledge and many of the interesting facts they know, helping bring to life the era when trains were kings of transportation!  

For more information, please contact the Railroad Historical Center at (864) 229-5813.

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Clemson Tiger Team Fan Night
Jun
15
6:30 PM18:30

Clemson Tiger Team Fan Night

The Greater Greenwood Clemson Club Invites you to Tiger Team Fan Day!

All the C-L-E-M-S-O-N fun will be at the Tiger Topiary in Uptown Greenwood.

Friday, June 15
6:30 p.m. 

Bring your Clemson friends and family to meet the Clemson Athletic Celebreties and cheerleaders!  This has become a proud Clemson fan tradition here in Greenwood during the SC Festival of Flowers and we would love to have you join us!

Get autographs, connect with your fellow fans and meet the Clemson players, coaches and cheerleaders. 

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Junior Open Tennis Tournament
Jun
15
to Jun 17

Junior Open Tennis Tournament

Friday, June 15 thru Sunday, June 17
Greenwood Country Club

South Carolina Tournament Level 3 hosted by the Greenwood Country Club                  

Sanctioned: USTA, STA, SCTA
Awards:
Trophies to winners and runners up in all age divisions for boys and girls 10 through 18 in both singles and doubles. Many top-ranked junior tennis players throughout the state play in the SC Festival of Flowers championship matches.

The SC Festival of Flowers Junior Tournament has been around since 1981. This is a SC Level 3 Junior Tournament held at the Greenwood Country Club.  Last year we had 89 participants but have had as many as over 100 in the years past. 

We play at the Greenwood Country Club, Lander University and Gatewood Club during the weekend.  Each participant receives a player gift, lunch on Saturday, the use of the GCC swimming pool during tournament hours and lots of match play.

This tournament is for ages 10 - 18 years of age. The Tournament website to register is www.usta.com and go to the tournament link and input the Tournament ID #704113118.  Registration begins 4/17/18 and closes 6/13/18 at 5:00pm.  Tournament Dates are June 15 - 17, 2018.  We reserve Friday in case we need to begin play for the larger events, but play will not begin before 4pm (but usually around 5:30pm).  Saturday we begin play at 8:30 AM and Sunday play begins at 9:00 AM and is usually for those involved in the Final Rounds.  Occasionally, we may have to play more than the Final Rounds depending on what the weather did for us throughout the weekend.

For any questions please call the Greenwood Country Club Tennis Pro Shop at 864-942-8863 or email gcctennis@greenwoodcountryclub.com 

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*Monday, June 19 will be used for rain day*

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Budding Artists #BEEsmART Camp
Jun
11
to Jun 15

Budding Artists #BEEsmART Camp

For Kids Only!
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
(Ages 6-12)

The sky is the limit for your budding artist in this long-standing art camp! This year - to celebrate our upcoming #BEEsmART exhibit - campers will learn all about local pollinators: BEES, BUTTERFLIES and BATS!

Campers will create beautiful masterpieces and expand basic art skills in drawing, painting, mixed media and collage!

Camp Cost: Members $175/Non-members $185

CLICK LINK FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION:

https://squareup.com/store/arts-center-greenwood

Camp Contact: Sylvia Martin - sylvialovesthearts@gmail.com







 










 











 

 

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Bee Buzzin' Bike Tour
Jun
9
8:00 AM08:00

Bee Buzzin' Bike Tour

Join us for one of the most popular summer events in South Carolina - our Bee Buzzin' Bike Tour 2018!

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$40 after June 3 to the day of ride

T-shirts and lunch at Uptown Market guaranteed to pre-registrants only.

Registration and Packet pick-up the morning of the event starting at 7 AM.

ROUTE: This ride takes you through the scenic roads of Greenwood County. Rain or shine, the ride is flat to rolling hills. There will be a 55 mile, 30 mile and 20 mile loop. SAG Support provided.

Your ride ends with lunch and beverages at Uptown Market in Uptown Greenwood.

MAPS & CUE SHEETS

55 Mile Loop Map

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30 Mile Loop Map

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20 Mile Loop Map

20 Mile Cue Sheet

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  Modeling This Year's T-shirt: Our hardworking Interns: Austin Hough and Brayden Stevens.

Modeling This Year's T-shirt: Our hardworking Interns: Austin Hough and Brayden Stevens.

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Greenwood Historic Churches Tour
Jun
3
1:30 PM13:30

Greenwood Historic Churches Tour

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Discover Greenwood's most beautiful and historical churches.

Sunday
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Absolutely Free!

The tour of historic churches in and around Greenwood is back! Churches on this year's tour are rich in history. One building dates back to 1860, another to 1890. You'll find a hand crafted wooden Communion Table in the shape of the cross which is the only one of its kind in South Carolina. You will see how stained glass windows tell stories from the Bible in unique ways. The craftsmanship in many of the sanctuaries and facilities is tremendous and adds uniqueness to each church. What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! 

Mountain Creek Baptist Church
108 Mountain Creek Road
Kirksey Community
Mountain Creek Baptist Church was established in 1798 and still occupies the third building
which was built in the 1890's. There have been only minor changes to the sanctuary in the past 150 years, and everyone who sees it for the first time are in awe of the feeling of simplicity and reverence.

Tranquil United Methodist Church
1702 McCormick Highway
Greenwood
Tranquil United Methodist Church was begun about 1820, under a brush arbor.  The first structure was a plain log house replaced later by a frame structure.  The present sanctuary was build in 1971. Tranquil has been called the birthplace of Greenwood Methodism.  We are known for our flags.  On patriotic holidays our drive is lined with over a hundred large American flags.  Our goal through the years has been to share the peace and love of Christ.

Rock Presbyterian Church
122 Rock Church Rd NW
Greenwood
First known as Rocky Creek Presbyterian Church, Rock Presbyterian Church as we know it today, was formed by missionary ministers from the Synod of New York and Philadelphia in 1770. Rock Presbyterian is known as the “Mother of Churches” as it had help start and organize churches in Ninety Six, Greenwood (First Presbyterian), Cokesbury and Coronaca. On the present grounds, the first house of worship was built of logs and used a broad flat- rock as a foundation and floor. This log church was replaced by a larger clapboard sided structure in 1815 and served as the sanctuary and classrooms until it tragically burned to the ground in 1959. Services were held in the old Quarry School, acquired earlier, until the present sanctuary was dedicated in 1959.

Ninety Six Presbyterian Church
120 Cambridge St North
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There have been three Ninety Six Presbyterian Churches in Ninety Six, dating back to 1774. The present church, the third location, was built in 1860 as a frame building. Following a tornado in 1944, with much structural damage, the building was repaired and brick veneer added.

First Baptist Church
722 Grace Street
Greenwood
The sanctuary of Greenwood First Baptist Church is noteable for both its beauty and its thoughtful design. The focal point of the sanctuary is clearly the large cross which hangs over the divided chancel. The gallery (balcony) features a smaller but more ornate Celtic cross, insuring that worshippers can see the cross from anywhere in the sanctuary. The hand-crafted wooden Communion Table, also in the shape of the cross, is the only one of its kind in South Carolina.

First Presbyterian Church
108 W Cambridge Ave
Greenwood
First Presbyterian Church first met in the Presbyterian High School Building in Greenwood in 1850. As the population grew in Greenwood, the congregation did as well. In 1899 the building now used as a fellowship hall was build, followed by the education wing in 1924. A tour of these buildings on the same floor would show the original stained glass windows, Wood ceiling and intricate woodwork.

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Main Street United Methodist Church
211 Main St North
GreenwoodThe year 2018 is a significant year in the history of Main Street United Methodist Church
because it will celebrate the 100th year of worshiping in its Sanctuary. The first worship service was held on November 16, 1918. The celebration will take place November 11th with Bishop Jonathan Holstein conducting the service in the format of the original service.

Founded in 1858, this historic church saw several different early structures before building its current Sanctuary with its huge stained glass window of Jesus questioning the Rabbis in the Jerusalem Temple when he was 12.

Connie Maxwell Baptist Church
215 Terrell Smith Ave
Greenwood    
The original frame structure used for a church on the campus of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home was built in 1893 to primarily house the Connie Maxwell School. After the 1962 decision of the Board of Trustees to relocate the church building, groundbreaking exercises were held October 11, 1964. The cornerstone was laid July 11, 1965. The first service was held on May 22, 1966, the 74th anniversary of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. The ten  nave faceted stained glass windows, the highlight of the current church’s beauty, are a gift of the alumni.

The Church of the Resurrection Episcopal
700 Main St South
Greenwood
Our church was built in 1935 and is the third church building used by Resurrection in Greenwood. It was designed by noted Greenwood architect James Hemphill, who designed homes, schools, and other public buildings across the Carolinas. He used the Church of the Cross in Stateburg as his inspiration. The church is a simple neo-Gothic structure with thick masonry walls and hammer beam trusses. It seats 180 persons. The newest improvement to it is a Marshall and Ogletree digital organ. The parish has about 450 members and lively ministry.  

 

 
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Jun
3
1:00 PM13:00

Cokesbury College Tour & Ice Cream Social

The Cokesbury College Historical & Recreational Commission, will provide tours of Cokesbury College from 1:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Visitors will see all the recent restoration efforts, both inside and outside of the College building.

Commissioners, acting as tour guides, will discuss the Commission’s short and long-range plans for enhancing access to and community use of the College and grounds.  In addition, Commissioners will discuss planned restoration of other elements of the Cokesbury Community, including the Chapel and the original General Store and Post Office buildings which are located across the street from the College.

Cokesbury College was built in 1854 and opened as one of the earliest Masonic Female Collegiate Institutes in the rural southeast.  Cokesbury College is the centerpiece of the original 19th century utopian Cokesbury Community.  The College building and grounds are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and are maintained and managed by the Cokesbury College Historical and Recreational Commission.

Historic Cokesbury College
Although Cokesbury feels a bit “off the beaten path” today, it was once one of the most prominent communities in the upper part of South Carolina. At its peak, it was a thriving hub of education for the entire state, and many influential South Carolinians called it home. From Tabernacle to Cokesbury The story of Cokesbury began when visionaries in the Tabernacle Community decided to build a new school. After much deliberation, a public meeting was held on July 4, 1824 to promote the idea of develop-ing a new village around the new school’s location. The name of the new village: Mount Ariel.

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Jazz Brunch and Tour, The Railroad Historical Center
Jun
3
11:00 AM11:00

Jazz Brunch and Tour, The Railroad Historical Center

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Join us for this New Orleans Style Jazz Brunch at The Railroad Historical Center.

We will be serving a delicious brunch in a historic 1924 dining car with Jazz music from an era gone by playing, what could be finer? Enjoy a complimentary Mimosa too!

Live music by:
Steve G and the Juniors
Buffet Brunch by:
Old Main Catering
Tickets: $50
Proceeds go to the Railroad Historical Center.

Tour the seven historic train cars, stroll through the beautiful gardens and enjoy the newly completed deck. We even have a new lift for easy access to the train cars.

For tickets and more information, call (864) 229-7093.

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Garden Tours
Jun
3
10:00 AM10:00

Garden Tours

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Discover Greenwood's most beautiful home gardens and our very own City Garden.

Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Absolutely Free!

Nelson Smith
In honor of his wife, Hattie Smith

407 Powers Avenue
A gardener's dream! We are so fortunate to have this beautiful and mesmerizing home garden on our tour again this year. Mr. Smith graciously opens his yard to visitors showcasing more than 30 Japanese maple trees thrive in this garden, living alongside a wide variety of hydrangeas, azaleas, and camellias. His lavish garden is filled with many surprises, one of which is a deliciously fragrant Orange Flowering Tea Olive that offers a delicate citrus aroma. 

Another surprise Smith’s garden includes is an heirloom weather vane inherited from his Aunt Blanche McCall from Providence, Rhode Island. In an ancient willow tree over 100 years old, a full-length mirror hangs 20 feet high, reflecting a gently turning windmill. Suspended in another tree is a majestic piece of Chesapeake Bay driftwood decorated with weathered seashells. Wind chimes deliver cheerful melodies, and a gently flowing fountain adds harmony to the relaxing scene. In the gentle curves of shrubs and flowerbeds, benches coax visitors to reflect on the gardener’s hard work and nature’s beauty. A few other water features hide in the garden’s recesses, providing tranquil sounds of serenity and peaceful escape. Another interesting secret this garden keeps is that the stones bordering the walkway were initially used to balance ships in England in the 1900’s, and made their way here by way of Charleston, South Carolina. You will find yourself wanting to learn more about the evolution of this garden, especially one of the most well-kept secrets this garden boasts: a decorative wrought iron piece originally used in the film, “The Color Purple.”South Carolina ETV’s Emmy Award-winning television show “Making It Grow” televised an episode of the garden, resulting in many letters and calls requesting that the garden be reopened for additional tours. This garden is handicap accessible and smoke free. 

The Barklow Wildlife Habitat
110 Ferry Cove Rd
Ann Barklow, Horticulturist for the City of Greenwood along with the assistance of the Lakelands Master Gardeners presents to visitors this garden as a landscape filled with nature.

The garden was originally designed in 2016 by Ann as a Teaching Garden to help homeowners learn how they can provide for nature. This colorful and functional garden incorporates edibles and herbs along with native plants and flowers rich in pollen and nectar from spring through fall and is alive with pollinators including birds, bees, moths, beneficial insects, and butterflies.. 

The landscape is certified with the National Wildlife Federation as a backyard wildlife habitat and with the Xerces Society as a Pollinator Habitat along with Monarch Watch as a Monarch Waystation. Clemson University has also certified this landscape as a Carolina Yard. Ann has a Nesting Box for native bees which provides a hotel for Leaf Cutter and Mason Bees which in turn increases her food production and blooms. 

The back yard has a 25 raised bed vegetable garden bursting with produce as a result of the pollinators she supports. Her philosophy is “Build it and they will come.” Don’t miss this garden and meet some of the smallest yet important residents of our community. 

Park Seed and Ann work together to bring pollinator information on their website blog and film "you tube" videos at her home about useful garden products and pollinators.

Booths include a Monarch Raising Station, and the Lakelands Master Gardeners. Trained Master Gardener Guides will be present to help you with questions.

City of Greenwood Garden
510 West Cambridge Avenue
The idea for a City Garden was originated and developed by the Men’s Garden Club. The land was donated by Greenwood Mills to the City of Greenwood and adopted by the Men’s Garden Club in 1989. The addition of the gazebo, two bridges with hand rails, and two park benches began in 1991. In 1994, a tea-rose garden (made possible by Wayside Gardens) was installed followed by several trees and a large trellis covered with climbing roses.

Although the Men’s Garden Club has since dissolved, several former members and friends of the garden came together as the City Garden Club in 2013 with the singular mission of restoring the garden to its former beauty and building a base of volunteers for its continued maintenance. This year the garden will feature a completely renovated Rose garden and Children’s garden thanks to the support of a wide range of individuals, companies, non-profits, garden clubs and the City of Greenwood. The perennial beds have been “adopted” by individuals and garden clubs who do all the work to maintain their beauty.

One of Greenwood’s most beautiful public places it is often used for such events as weddings, picnics, reunions, photo shoots, and as an attraction for visitors to the Festival of Flowers. This horticultural display provides beauty from early spring through late autumn while educating and entertaining the public.

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Tours & An Evening of Gospel at the Mays House
Jun
2
6:00 PM18:00

Tours & An Evening of Gospel at the Mays House

Benjamin Mays Historic Site Tours

TOURS:
Saturday, June 2
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 3
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Join Us for a Special Evening of Gospel Music.

Saturday, June 2
6:00 p.m.

As part of the 2018 South Carolina Festival of Flowers in beautiful Greenwood, South Carolina, the GLEAMNS Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historical Preservation Site seeks to celebrate the connective legacy between the Black Church, its musical legacy to the world (Gospel Music), and the role of this music played in the Civil Rights Movement through hosting an evening of gospel music, “Gospel at the Mays House”.

This special event will be emceed by local vocalist and radio personality, Louise Robinson. The performances will feature these local gospel groups:

  • The Greenwood Area Martin Luther King Choir
  • Jr., Mass Choir
  • The Bailey Bethel Singing Convention from the Callison-Troy area performing bluegrass gospel style tunes.
  • Rev. Adrian Wideman of Mt. Olive Baptist Church as well as other local gospel music and musicians.

Born in Greenwood County, Dr. Benjamin E. Mays rose to become an American Baptist minister and civil rights leader who is credited with being “the principle founder of the Civil Rights Movement”.

The site contains Dr. Mays' birth home which was removed from its original location in Epworth in southeast Greenwood County and furnished with circa 1900 furniture. In addition, the site has a barn-like structure that serves as a modern museum and theater.

Visitors will find a large collection of his books, writings, films, speeches, and personal items. The third building on site is the original Burns Springs one-room African-American school, originally located in Epworth.

The yard surrounding the home site is reminiscent of a 1900s era sharecropper homestead that includes a cedar post clothes line, wash pot with rinsing tubs, chopping block, tree swing, old well, an original outhouse, and a family garden. The homestead is accented with a cotton field.

 For further information, please contact: Christopher B. Thomas at (864) 229-8833.

 

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Topiaries & Tastings Wine Walk
Jun
2
5:30 PM17:30

Topiaries & Tastings Wine Walk

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Join us for our 9th Annual Topiaries and Tastings Wine Walk in Uptown Greenwood.

You'll taste some of the most exceptional wines at our local Uptown merchants while strolling among our Signature Topiary Display. This fun and lively wine walk is a Festival favorite.

Wine Tasting stops include:

  • Allura Bella Boutique
  • David Lindsey Clothier
  • Fig
  • Flynn’s On Maxwell Uptown Wine & Beer
  • Lidl Food/Beverage Truck Exhibit
  • Main & Maxwell
  • Main Street Market
  • Museum
  • Senior Helpers
  • South Point Financial Services
  • Spa On Maxwell
  • Stoddard Funderburk Law Firm, LLC
  • Sugar Boutique
  • Sweet Teas Children's Boutique
  • Think Tank on Main
  • Voila Bridal and Formal
  • Wades on Waller
  • Weichert Realtors - Bradshaw Group

TICKETS on Sale at Flynn's on Maxwell Uptown Wine & Beer, 120 Maxwell Avenue, 864-223-9463 or the Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce, 110 Phoenix Street, 864-889-9314.

CHECK-IN: Uptown Market for wrist band, your wine glass and wine walk map.

NOTE: You must be 21 or over and show an ID. According to our city ordinances, we require that you consume your tasting in the businesses. Walking with any wine in your glass is strictly prohibited on the sidewalks or streets. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and contributing to a fun and enjoyable evening tasting wines provided by the SC wineries and Flynn’s on Maxwell in our beautiful Uptown among the topiaries. Drink responsibly.
Thank you!

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Jun
2
11:00 AM11:00

Music at the Market

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FREE to PUBLIC

There is no better place to enjoy an outdoor concert and fantastic music by seasoned musicians than at our Uptown Market.

Delight in strolling the Arts & Crafts Show at the Uptown Market where you'll here the Lakelands best acoustic talents brought to you by Ashby Stokes & Friends.

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Friday, June 1
Ashby Stokes, 12:00 Noon – 2:00 p .m.
Kellar Ridgeway, 2:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 2
Becky Greene, 12:00 Noon – 2 p.m.
RG & Stan, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Photography Exhibit & Contest

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This year, we are proud to announce our Photography Exhibit & Contest will be at Think Tank on Main in Uptown Greenwood.

Photography Exhibition:
Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Photography Exhibit & Awards Reception
Saturday, June 2nd
Awards will be presented at 4:00 p.m.
Cash prizes totaling $775.00 will be awarded.

Two Categories for Entries:

  • Advanced
  • Basic

Participants may enter one category only. 
All prints submitted must be mounted and single matted for acceptance and hanging in the show. You may submit up to 4 (four) prints in your category (one category only) for $20.00.

Guidelines

  • Name, address and telephone number and file names must be printed on the back of each entry.
  • Entries must be printed and mounted for display in the exhibit.
  • Advanced: Color or Black and White with a print dimension of 11 x 14 inches maximum.
  • Basic: Color or Black and White with a print dimension of 8 x 10 inches maximum.
  • Participants will be able to pick up their prints after the exhibit has ended.
  • Entries will be judged by qualified professional photographers prior to the hanging of the show.
  • Attendants will be present during most of the time the exhibit is open; however the SC Festival of Flowers will not be responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen work.
  • No prior SC Festival of Flowers winning entries will be accepted.
  • Contestants may enter one category, Advanced Color or Advanced B&W.
  • Contestants may win in only one category, and contestants cannot win more than one award.

- Entries submitted by mail must include packaging materials & $7.00 per print for shipping & handling costs.

First Place Winners in each category will be asked for a high resolution digital copy of their winning image to be used in promotional materials for the Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce and events associated with the Greenwood SC Cham- ber of Commerce. The first place award in each category is a purchase award by the Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce. Winning entries for these awards will not be returned to the photographer and become the property of the Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce and the SC Festival of Flowers.

Terms for Disqualification:
Entries will be disqualified according to the following stipulations below.
Entries that are disqualified will not be judged or displayed. All disqualified entries may be picked up at the Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce after June 5, 2018.
Decisions to disqualify entries are the sole discretion of the Photo Exhibit Chair and/or the SC Festival  of Flowers Director.

These terms are non-negotiable.

  • Photo reproduction of another creative medium which does or does not belong to you with intent to supplement that work as a photograph.
  • If the work does not meet the requirements as listed in this brochure. Any work that is interpreted as derogatory or offensive by the Photographic Exhibition Chair or SC Festival of Flowers Director.
  • Photographs that are computer generated/altered will be disqualified. No digitally manipulated, altered, collaged or computer generated photographs are allowed. Minimal editing in Photoshop is acceptable to include slight adjustments in exposure, and cropping.

Judging

Technical Quality (25%)
Aesthetic Composition (25%)
Creative Vision (25%)
Emotional Impact (25%)

The greatest cumulative judging score will be deemed the winner in that category. Prints that score equally will be revaluated by the judges with the tie being broken by total cumulative score.

PICK UP:
Entries may be picked up after the exhibit:
Tuesday - Friday
June 5 - 8, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Greenwood SC Chamber of Commerce
110 Phoenix Street (Behind Wells Fargo)
Greenwood, SC

Return Prints:
If you would like  to  have your prints mailed back to  you, please include packaging  for your print(s) along with $7 each for shipping and handling costs.

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47th Annual Antique & Auto Show
Jun
2
9:30 AM09:30

47th Annual Antique & Auto Show

Hosted by Emerald City Region, AACA
Benefits Greenwood County Veterans Center
Pre-registration for Vehicles - $15, Day of Show - $20

Top 25 Trophies Awarded by Popular Vote of Show Participants, Club Participation Award.  Club Judged: Longest distance, Hard Luck, Best Chevrolet, Best Mopar, Best Ford, Best of Show.  

To register or for more info: Lew, 864-227-3446, Jim, 864-506-3042 or Eric, 864-223-0541.
All cars and trucks welcome! 50/50 Drawing Raffle, prizes and music! 

Registration from 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon.

Goodie bags to first 50 entries--first come, first served. 

Free for spectators.

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Life of Honey Bees Observation Hive
Jun
2
9:00 AM09:00

Life of Honey Bees Observation Hive

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Come join the Lakeland Beekeepers at Emerald Farm for a fun and educational day!

An observation hive will be set up for you to catch a glimpse of the life of a honey bee. Find the queen bee without the worry of getting stung! See and learn about the equipment that the beekeepers use in their apiary. You will be amazed with what these little bees can accomplish in their short life.

Questions are welcome during the event! 

Join the fun, visit the farm, and ride the Emerald Farm Express. Pick up some honey, plants, bird houses or yard art too! 

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