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Tuesday, November 29, 2022
2022 Leiman Match For Giving Tuesday
Nov 29 all-day
online

We have so much to be grateful for at the end of the 2022 Season. Thanks to supporters like you, Flat Rock Playhouse celebrated its 70 th Birthday this year. That’s 70 years of high-quality, hand-crafted entertainment and unique arts education experiences, right here in Henderson County.
In honor of the arts and the impact they have on our lives, we hope you’ll consider becoming a Monthly Donor this Giving Tuesday. Thanks to a generous couple, David and Sharon Leiman, your gift will be matched at $1.80 for every $1.00 donated, starting at $18.00/month through the end of 2022. Over 30 donors have already signed up to make a difference. Help us reach our goal of 70 donors to celebrate our 70th birthday! If we reach 70 monthly donors by Giving Tuesday, we’ll enter all monthly donors in a raffle to win a free concession item for every production in 2023! Thank you for supporting the arts today!
Bon Secours Festival of Trees
Nov 29 all-day
Hyatt Regency Greenville, Courtyard by Marriott Greenville Downtown, and Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown RiverPlace

The 37th annual Festival of Trees will bring the 2022 holiday season to life! Spectacularly decorated trees line the entranceway of three hotels in downtown Greenville, giving visitors and community members the chance to experience the magic of the holidays. View trees November 18 thru December 26 at Courtyard Marriott Downtown, Embassy Suites by Hilton – Riverplace, and Hyatt Regency Greenville.

All proceeds will support the purchase of a second mammography coach.

Learn-Speak-Connect with Foreign Language Classes at Upstate International
Nov 29 – Dec 28 all-day
Online and in-person

Registration is OPEN for our winter Foreign Language Classes.

Learn~Speak~Connect with classes at Upstate International. DON’T DELAY: Classes fill up quickly!

Classes begin the week of January 3rd and will be completed by February 25th, then followed by our spring semester. Upstate International offers both once/week regular and twice/week intensive classes, online and in-house. English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Check the schedule for details. Click here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eiwswdx0d921b8c1&llr=4w9vvofab&showPage=true.

Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s with FREE photos with Santa 
Nov 29 – Dec 24 all-day
Cabela's

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s is proud to invite families to the beloved tradition of visiting Santa Claus this holiday season during the annual Santa’s Wonderland experience.

Visit your local store to be one of the more than two million kids and families to take a photo with Santa. Photo sessions will start on Sunday, November 6. Reservations are recommended. To learn more and make a reservation, visit www.cabelas.com/santa.

Seeking Contemporary Art Exhibition Proposals
Nov 29 all-day
online

Call for 2024-2025 Main Gallery Proposals

The submission deadline is Friday, January 27, 2023.

GCCA’s Main Gallery exhibitions strive to educate and inspire by promoting diverse ideas while encouraging innovative, contemporary approaches to visual arts. GCCA is currently seeking proposals to fill our exhibition schedule for the 2024-2025 calendar year.
The Main Gallery provides approximately 2,000 square feet of exhibition space and has featured the work of local, regional, national, and all disciplines of the visual arts. Our movable gallery wall system allows for dynamic designs and fresh experiences for every exhibition. Each exhibition is on display for approximately two months.
Please note that GCCA will not accept exhibition proposals submitted via email or traditional mail. All submissions must be completed via the online application. There is also a non-refundable $30 application fee to be submitted electronically with the application form (the fee aids with the operations of GCCA and its galleries). The application fee and proposal submission do not guarantee acceptance for an exhibition in GCCA’s Main Gallery. An exhibition agreement and additional information will be provided if the proposal is accepted
Support Communities with Healthy Food!
Nov 29 all-day
online
Support Proud Mary on Giving Tuesday
Nov 29 all-day
online

#GivingTuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and a chance to support local nonprofits in the LGBTQIA+ arts community.
It’s the Season of Giving w/ The Blood Connection + Feeding the Carolinas
Nov 29 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
The Blood Connection--Greenville

One in five people in the Carolinas don’t have enough food to eat.  As we enter the holiday season, November is historically one of the hardest months for food banks across the country.  Many North and South Carolinians are either looking for ways to help those in need or looking for help themselves. The Blood Connection (TBC), the non-profit community blood center serving these two states, is dedicating the month of November to addressing the issue of food insecurity in the region by offering blood donors a way to help those in need.

 

In the month of November, TBC will partner with Feeding the Carolinas – a network of food banks across North and South Carolina that works to provide a healthy, adequate, and consistent food supply – to promote blood donation and food donation.  Each year, Feeding the Carolinas estimates they supply food to more than 2.3 million Carolinians facing hunger.  Feeding the Carolinas also supports the Augusta, Georgia region, which TBC has recently begun operations in.

 

TBC needs around 1,000 blood donations per day to supply blood to more than 100 hospitals across the Carolinas, and TBC must ensure the shelves are stocked with life-saving blood products when hospital partners call. TBC has set a goal of raising $5,000 for food banks in November, with the hopes of helping neighboring non-profits stock their shelves, as well. Like the need for blood, the need for charitable food does not go away: people in this community will always need food – especially now with inflation at never-before-seen levels.  With one blood donation, a donor can save three lives and help a family in their own community have enough food on the table for Thanksgiving.

Throughout the month of November, blood donors will have the option to donate their TBC reward points in
the TBC Store to Feeding the Carolinas. At TBC centers, food collection boxes will also be placed out for
donors to give non-perishable food items. TBC is also looking for organizations to host blood drives
benefiting Feeding the Carolinas. Blood drive hosts have the option to donate $10 or $20 per blood donor to
Feeding the Carolinas. For more information about hosting a blood drive in November, go to
thebloodconnection.org/host.

 

Banco de Comida I Food Pantry
Nov 29 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
United Ministries Administration and Emergency Assistance
Greenville State Farmers Market
Nov 29 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Greenville State Farmers Market

The Greenville State Farmers Market includes retail sheds and farmer stalls that offer a wide variety of locally grown products and specialty goods. Both quality and variety are standards for the volume of products offered for sale at the Greenville State Farmers Market. Market operations continue Monday – Saturday all year long, ceasing for only two holidays: Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Find information about upcoming events and what’s in season at our market’s Facebook page.

 

Office Hours

Monday – Friday  •  7:30 am – 4 pm
Closed on State Holidays

 

Retail Hours

Monday – Saturday  •  8 am – 6 pm
Admission and parking are free
Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Bellews Market
Nov 29 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Bellews Market
Bellews Market

Open Year Round Large Selection. We have been in business for over 30 years supporting our local farmers and selling their produce. With over 40 farmers we have a wide selection of Farm Fresh fruits and vegetables. We offer a wide selection of pickles, relishes, jellies, jams, fresh baked cakes and traditional pound cakes.

Food Donation Volunteers
Nov 29 @ 9:00 am
Greer Relief

We are in need of volunteers for sorting and stocking food donations in the food pantry on Nov. 29th & 30th. Please follow the link here to sign up!

Furman Department of Art presents ‘Thresholds’ by Todd McDonald
Nov 29 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Furman University

“Born out of wild and natural surroundings, our senses developed to pick up subtle and nuanced cues that were contingent for survival. We now divide our time between real, physical existence and the electronic space of media consumption. Distracted and mesmerized, we contend with highly sensitive receptors that are overloaded with amplified and distorted stimulation.

 

“As an image maker, I try to make sense of this situation where daily life is a constant negotiation of the quiet, dense sensuality of the real that is suffocated by the synthetic and constructed media sphere. Through painterly discourse, I use various conventions of painting, photography and digital outputs to generate imagery and syntax that display the entanglement of human biology and culture in both how we see and construct meaning.”—Todd McDonald

Andy Warhol: Celebrity Portraits
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Chapman Cultural Center

Selections from the USC Upstate Permanent collection of works by Andy Warhol, including original silk screen prints, Polaroids, and photographs.

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Upstate History Museum

 

Dinosaurs will roar into the Upstate South Carolina, when the Upcountry History Museum presents Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice. Crossing the threshold of this interactive exhibition means traveling back in time to explore the Age of the Dinosaurs.

 

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice is the first child-centered exhibit in the country dedicated to expanding the understanding of dinosaurs and their habitats. Designed for young explorers, ages 3-10, the bilingual (Spanish and English) exhibit features three distinct sections that build on a child’s innate curiosity about dinosaurs: Land of Fire (a warm dinosaur habitat), Land of Ice (a cold dinosaur habitat), and a Field Research Station (complete with a Big Dig experience).

 

The steamy Land of Fire, present day Montana, introduces visitors to the Triceratops, T-Rex and the dinosaurs who called this environment home. Children can circle the land in insect costumes, buzz through a volcano with oozing lava, work through a swampy bog and identify an ecosystem of animals and plants.

 

No coats are needed for a trip across the Land of Ice where visitors meet the dinosaurs who made their homes in the cold climate of Alaska. Activities include: climbing rocky steps, breezing down an icy slide, and hopping across stepping stones in an icy river.

 

In the hands-on Field Research Station children and their caregivers don goggles and research vests, as they uncover dinosaur bones in a dig station and examine fossils to identify dinosaurs.

 

The exhibit builds on the popular fascination with dinosaurs and includes science, history, and literacy based activities to challenge all ages. Sculpted, touchable dinosaurs, featuring the most recent scientific findings about dinosaur colors, textures and structural form create opportunities for young
explorers to investigate clues that the dinosaurs left behind.

 

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Nutcracker: the Exhibition
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Upstate History Museum

The nutcracker sits under the holiday tree, a guardian of childhood stories. Feed him walnuts and he will crack open a tale…

In the Christmas season of merry making, the ways of celebrating are as many and as varied as possible, but familiar traditions and stories connect all of us during this time, influencing our celebrations and holding a special place in our hearts. One such story and tradition is The Nutcracker.

Whether it’s a tradition to see the ballet or if you only know the songs from hearing them played on Christmas playlists, we are all familiar with the story of The Nutcracker. Or are we truly?

The Upcountry History Museum in partnership with Walt Disney Archives, The Walt Disney Family Museum, Charles M. Schulz Museum, artists James Ransome and Jan Brett, R. Michelson Galleries, and the Carolina Ballet Theatre will invite visitors to explore the history of the surprisingly dark story behind the ballet and its evolution into a holiday classic.

From its origins as a short story written by Prussian author, E.T.A. Hoffman in 1816, to its premiere as a fairy tale ballet in two acts that opened a week before Christmas in 1892, The Nutcracker has become the most popular ballet to be performed around the world at Christmas time.

Nutcracker: The Exhibition, a 1,200 square foot exhibition, organized by the Upcountry History Museum, will explore the kaleidoscope of artistic re-imaginings of The Nutcracker, from the 1820’s to the present. The immersive experience will take visitors on a journey from The Nutcracker’s beginnings as a short story, to its artistic interpretations in literature, ballet, theater, and film. Original illustrations, drawings, film and ballet costumes, props, and ephemera will examine multiple perspectives of one of literature’s greatest paradoxes that continues to inspire imagination, creativity, and discussion.

Rich with visual interpretation, the exhibition will take visitors on a journey through the cultural, technological, and societal shifts that have compelled artists, filmmakers, and fans to return to tale of The Nutcracker time and time again.

Wild Things: The Art of Maurice Sendak
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Upstate History Museum

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He was one of the greatest creators of children’s books in the 20th century – though he didn’t like the term “children’s books” and preferred “books that children like.” Author and artist Maurice Sendak upended expectations by depicting menace, anxiety and “wild” behavior in picture books devoured by readers of all ages.

The Upcountry History Museum will serve as the only South Carolina stop on the Wild Things national exhibition tour. Visitors of all ages will experience the fantastical imagination of Maurice Sendak as they explore over 50 pieces of original artwork and step into the pages of his beloved books.

The immersive exhibition celebrates Sendak’s life and work by showcasing his most famous pieces through preliminary sketches, finished artwork, and interactive experiences. All of this is told through the words of Sendak himself, intimately connecting the artist to his art and stories.

Sendak created a visual language that has captivated generations of children. Although he sometimes indulged in lighthearted plots, his picture books often had menacing elements: fanged monsters, baby stealing goblins and young protagonists placed in dangerous situations. Sendak intentionally gave children the opportunity to engage with ethical dilemmas, to feel afraid as well as joyful, and to take part in imaginative play.

During his long career Sendak illustrated over one hundred books, which continue to thrill and fascinate life-long learners all over the world. The fifty works of art in the exhibition will be accompanied by quotes from fellow illustrators, friends, and celebrities, sharing their thoughts on Sendak and the ways in which he inspired them. As comedian Stephen Colbert stated, “His art gave us a fantastical but un-romanticized reminder of what childhood truly felt like.”

Curriculum based lessons, along with “rumpus themed” family and adult programs will coincide with the exhibition and its timeless messages.

Biltmore House Rooftop Tour
Nov 29 @ 10:30 am
Biltmore Estate

Limited Capacity: 12 Guests per Tour
A truly memorable experience featuring rare photo opportunities, this exclusive guided tour offers a behind-the-scenes look at the design and construction of Biltmore House in areas unavailable on the regular house visit. Imagine yourself a Vanderbilt (or cherished Vanderbilt guest) as you take in stunning views seen only from the house’s rooftop and balconies.

Advance reservation required. Tour includes 250 stairs with no elevator access. Wheelchairs, strollers, and baby backpacks are prohibited. Backpacks are not allowed on any guided tours. Guests are required to leave backpacks in a locker or in their vehicle. To participate in this tour, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties.

Complimentary Wine Tastings Biltmore
Nov 29 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Biltmore Estate

Capacity is limited.
Tasting room by reservation only. Make reservations in-person on the day of your Winery visit.

To participate in this activity, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties.

Reservations are required for all wine tastings and must be made on the day of your visit. Because our complimentary wine tastings fill up quickly, we recommend you reserve your tasting when you arrive for your visit.

World Cup Viewing
Nov 29 @ 11:00 am
Dave & Buster's

Come enjoy the World Cup at Dave & Buster’s. We have over 30 HDTV’s for your viewing pleasure. Bring the whole family we have something for everyone!