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On the BBQ trail in the Upstate of South Carolina

The Smokin' Pig_Pendleton_SC_5South Carolinians are serious about their barbeque – so serious in fact that the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT) has a website solely dedicated to BBQ in the state. And whether it’s a debate on which sauce is the best, how the meat is cooked, or which BBQ joint does it right, you can bet there are some serious and varied opinions by Upstate residents.

This article was published in the Feb 2014 OurUpstateSC.info newsletter and website and at SeetheSouth.com

 

Duke’s World of Energy

Opened in 1969 as a platform to watch the construction of Oconee Nuclear Station, Duke Energy’s World of Energy in Seneca remains committed to educating the public about all forms of energy.

The interactive museum is free and open to the public six days a week. Touch screens and audio exhibits guide visitors through topics such as how electricity is generated using water, coal and uranium as well as learning about how the Bad Creek, Jocassee and Keowee reservoirs all interact to generate electricity. A large, 3-D topographical map shows the lakes and where hydro stations are located.

This article was published Feb. 2014 by Ten at the Top/OurUpstateSC.info and See the South.

 

 

Heritage Green Gets a Makeover

Robot Zoo at the Childrens MuseumHeritage Green, the urban arts and cultural campus in downtown Greenville, is in the midst of a makeover. New improved pedestrian access, signage, gathering spots and landscaping are all part of the upgrade plan that began in Oct. 2013 and is expected to be completed by the first week of Feb.

If you haven’t been to Heritage Green for a while, now is the time to go. In addition to the outside renovations, several of the museums also have new exhibits. On Jan. 18, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate debuted its new traveling exhibit, The Robot Zoo. Now through June 1, kids can explore the biomechanics of complex animal robots to discover how real animals work.

This article was published January 2014 by Ten at the Top/OurUpstateSC.info and See the South.

The Upstate’s rapidly growing craft beer industry

Blue Ridge Brewing CoWhile our neighbor to the North (that would be Asheville) may tout itself as being “Beer City, USA”, the Upstate holds its own for local-made, quality-crafted beers and is rapidly gaining popularity as a premier beer destination.

Craft breweries are becoming more mainstream and several new breweries in the Upstate were announced last year. Quest Brewing Company opened in July 2013 while Brewery 85 and the Swamp Rabbit Brewery and Taproom are both expected to open in the next few months. They’ll be alongside Upstate veterans such as Thomas Creek Brewery, RJ Rockers and Blue Ridge Brewing Company.

The article was published in the Jan 9, 2014 OurUpstateSC.info newsletter

 

New Year’s Traditions in the Upstate

sparkling_2014_lightsNew Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day traditions are as varied as the people in the Upstate and around the South. There are parties to ring in the New Year with glasses of bubbly and noisy party favors. Fireworks will be shot off at the stroke of midnight and some brave souls will bare all in Upstate polar bear plunges. Others will use New Year’s Day to start their resolution to become more fit by hitting area trails.

This article was published Dec 2013 by OurUpstatesc.info

 

Holiday Fun Around the South Carolina Upstate

Zebra Visit at HollywildNothing says the holidays are here more than twinkling lights and over-the-top Christmas displays and there are many in the Upstate to choose from.

But beyond the normal Christmas cheer these provide, some of these events have been around for decades and are run by charitable organizations that give back to the community.

If these aren’t part of your standard, must-go-every-year family traditions, consider adding them to your list.

This article was published in the TATT/OurUpstateSC.info Dec newsletter.

 

Haunted Places in the Upstate SC

AbbevilleSC_operahouseBeyond the run-of-the-mill haunted houses and family-friendly Halloween events lies an underbelly of places in the Upstate where rumors of paranormal activity run rampant. Ghostly tales are passed down from generation to generation and the brave visitors to these places have reported eerie sounds, apparitions and other sightings.

This article was published at OurUpstatesc.info and See the South.

 

Great Fall Hikes in the Upstate SC

Falls Creek FallsAs the temperature becomes cooler and the leaves begin to change into vibrant hues of red, purple and orange, fall paves the way in the Upstate and becomes an outdoor paradise. The wet summer has supplied waterfalls with plenty of water to cascade over rocks and rush along streams. And as thick tree canopies begins to shed their leaves, the mountain views become clearer and more expansive, making fall a great time in the Upstate to go hiking. Here are four area hikes where you can view fall colors in their entire splendor.

This article was published by OurUpstateSC.info and See the South.com

 

Live Chickens and Fresh Flowers at the Anderson Jockey Lot

Tombstones at the Jockey LotDubbed as “a flea market on steroids” the Jockey Lot has been an Anderson institution since 1974. Over 1,000 vendors set up shop each weekend selling everything from live rabbits, books, used tires and tombstones. Locals joke that if “you can’t find it at the Jockey Lot then it ain’t to be had anywhere.”

Attracting 30,000-60,000 people each Saturday and Sunday year-round, the open outdoor marketplace sprawls over 65-acres on U.S. Highway 29 between Anderson and Greenville. Regular vendors that are there each weekend usually opt to lease space in the 130,000 square feet of several interconnected or container buildings, some with air-conditioning. New vendors and individuals wanting to sell excess household goods usually rent one of the outside spaces that go for as little as $10.00 for a one-day rental.

This article was published in the July OurUpstateSC.info newsletter and at See the South.com.

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Artisphere Attracts Local and National Artists

ArtisphereRated as one of the top ten fine arts shows in the country, Artisphere comes to downtown Greenville for its ninth year on May 10th-May 12th.  This family-friendly festival showcases Greenville’s thriving arts and cultural community and attracts tens of thousands to the area each spring.

Artisphere invites both local and national artists and announced a record 13 local artists will exhibit at this year’s annual event.  The festival received applications from 854 artists in 41 different states competing for one of the 120 spots on Artist Row.  The artists selected to participate represent 24 different states and one international artist; 56 of the artists (47 percent) are new to the festival this year.

This article was published May 9, 2013 in the OurUpstateSC.info newsletter and online at See the South.

 

 

Summer Camps in the Upstate

Girl Scouts_girl_swimmingNow that the weather is turning nicer and outdoor activities are in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with the kids during the summer months. Depending on which school district you reside in, there’s only about six weeks until parents begin to hear that familiar phrase- “I’m bored!” Luckily, the Upstate offers a huge assortment of summer camps and activities to keep kids active, engaged and away from TV and video games. Here’s a look at a few…

This article was published in the April 2013 at OurUpstateSC.info and at See the South.

 

 

Money Smart Week in the Upstate

Money Smart Week in South Carolina

Money Smart Week in South Carolina

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Businesses, libraries, schools and other organizations across the country come together once a year to better inform the public by providing free educations seminars and activities throughout the week. Here in the Upstate, the Spartanburg County Library is assisting in getting the word out to local residents with a series of events the week of April 20th through the 27th.

This article was published April 2013 at OurUpstateSC.info.

 

 

Union County Hosting Big Buck MotorCross Race

Big Buck GNCC

Big Buck GNCC

Over 1200 racers are expected to compete at the 15th Annual VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC event, America’s largest off-road motorcycle and ATV racing series held right here in the Upstate, at the Big Buck Farm in Union County. The event serves as round four of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series.

The race is expected to draw several thousand spectators from all over the U.S. and the surrounding community. Riders will compete on highly tuned dirt bikes and four-wheeled ATVs, and racers will include top international talent, such as U.S. National Champions and World Champions from Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

The Big Buck GNCC is typically a favorite of both fans and racers alike, due in part to the spectacular “creek jump” where riders launch off of a dirt bank and over the water. The rest of the 10-12 mile racecourse consists of tight woods, rocks, hill climbs, fast field sections and other obstacles that make this stop a must-see on the tour.

This article was published March 28, 2013 in the OurUpstateSC.info newletter and on their website.

 

Working for Cleaner Air in the Upstate

United Tire CareYou may not think that improperly inflated tires on your vehicle are a big deal, but they are.  Each year in the United States, there are over 650 deaths, 33,000 auto accidents and 2.4 million roadside assistance calls directly attributed to under inflated tires. They also affect the environment by adding over 100 pounds of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere each month for every vehicle on the road.

This article was published March 21, 2013 in the OurUpstateSC.info newletter and on their website.