Foothills Spotlight Magazine

Kings Mountain State Park Gets Into Holiday Spirit

Old Bathhouse at Kings Mountain SP_webAs the weather hints of cooler days to come, leaves will soon begin their change to brilliant shades of red, purple and gold, announcing that fall is here and that it is a perfect time to get outdoors and visit Kings Mountain State Park.

With a Blacksburg, S.C., address, but only a couple of miles from Kings Mountain, N.C., the park is one of 16 state parks in S.C. built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). With 6,885 acres, the park boasts two lakes for fishing, plus camping, hiking and horseback riding AND an 1800s living history farm. You can also visit the adjacent Kings Mountain National Military Park, which offers a peek into the history of the Battle of Kings Mountain, considered a major turning point in the Revolutionary War.

This article was published in the Sep/Oct 2013 edition of Foothills Spotlight Magazine.

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Getaway to Greenville, South Carolina

Poinsett BridgeGreenville is a vibrant, revitalized and award-winning downtown nestled against the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. And while every destination promises something for everyone, few can deliver like Greenville. From fabulous restaurants, incredible museums, unique shops, an award-winning baseball stadium and a plethora of outdoor activities, Greenville is a great getaway.

This article was published in the June/July/August 2013 issue of Foothills Spotlight Magazine .Getaway to Greenville Page 2

 

Boone is Bursting with Summer Fun

Sky Valley ZiplineLocated in the North Carolina High Country, at 3,333 feet, Boone, North Carolina offers a cool summer retreat (summer highs average 75 degrees) while the rest of the South is sweltering during the dog days of summer.

Named after Daniel Boone, the legendary hunter who maintained a hunting camp in the area, several attractions in the area play homage to the famous explorer. Boone is also home to Appalachian State University, giving the town a college ambiance along with the cultural and community education activities that come with a large university. The University’s An Appalachian Summer Festival brings a six-week concert series, featuring such national acts as Lyle Lovett, The Band Perry and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

This article was published in the June/July/August 2013 edition of Foothills Spotlight Magazine and the June 2013 edition of the Simpsonville Sentinel

 

 

Jane Bell, Helping Redefine Main Street Rutherfordton

spotlightwomen_900-295x195When Jane Bell left her hometown of Highpoint, North Carolina, she thought she would never live in a small town again after experiencing the big city life in Charleston and Charlotte. But fourteen years ago, Jane and her husband Alex decided to give up the big city and return to Alex’s hometown of Rutherfordton, North Carolina.

So they packed up and moved into Alex’s great grandfather’s house, an old family homestead that was built in 1888 and is in Rutherfordton’s downtown historical area. Today, Jane finds small town life comforting and says “Rutherfordton is a very warm, friendly town.”

This article was published in the April/May 2013 edition of Foothills Spotlight Magazine. Jane Bell Foothills Spotlight

 

The Sparkling Holiday Tradition of Tiny Town

Nothing says the holidays are here more than twinkling lights and a Christmas village, but Tiny Town in Easley, South Carolina takes things to a whole new level. An annual tradition for thousands of people, this free-to-the-public display features building replica’s lit up creating an entire mini-town.  This article was published in the Nov/Dec 2012 edition of Foothills Spotlight Magazine.

Singer, Songwriter and Distinctly Southern Artist:Angela Easterling

Angela Easterling is a soulful indie musician whose southern roots run deep.  Dubbed “a bright shining star on the country/folk/alt music horizon,” by Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, this talented singer-songwriter grew up in Greer, South Carolina on the family farm.  “We weren’t a typical rural family though”, says Angela, “I grew up listening to music, going to plays and the theater.”

This article was published in the Sept/Oct 2012 edition of Foothills Spotlight Magazine.

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