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Sunday, May 19, 2024
2024 Fairy Door Sponsor
May 19 – Aug 31 all-day
Bullington Gardens

Last year, our fairy gardens attracted almost 9,000 visitors between June and August 2023. We see this as an opportunity to highlight Bullington’s circle of contributors through the sponsorship of a fairy door. The handcrafted doors will have the sponsor’s name, will be opened by guests to reveal a hidden message, and will be given to the sponsors when they are taken down after the summer.

Here are just a few statistics about the 2023 Fairy trail and sponsors from last year:

  • Visitors – Local visitors (from a 50-mile radius) numbered 2,647. Total visitors: over 8,700 from 18 countries, 41 different states, and D.C., 138 cities in N.C., 52 cities in S.C.

  • Appeared on WLOS and over 15 print publications.

  • Appeared in over a hundred social media posts (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.)

  • Acknowledgement of sponsors were printed on 1350 of the Woodland Gazettes that were given out to children as they visited.

  • Sponsors were highlighted in our Friends of Bullington newsletter.

The dates of the fairy garden will run from June 1, 2024, through August 31, 2024. Please consider being one of our ‘Sponsors with Heart’ by purchasing a fairy door. We need to hear from you no later than April 15, 2024, so we can customize your door and message in time for the grand opening of our Fairy Gardens kickoff.

Fairy Door Sponsor Information:

Thank you for supporting Bullington Gardens, and sharing our passion for providing WNC with magical public gardens aimed to connect to the natural world and provide science-based education.

Dates: June 1- August 31, 2024

Location: Bullington Gardens Fairy Trail, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville, NC 28792

Sponsor Benefits $350

  • Business or name listed on a medium (approx.) 12” fairy house doors. (You can help our artist to design if ordered early enough)

  • Recognition of sponsorship in Bullington Board newsletter.

  • Acknowledgment on the Bullington Gardens social media pages.

  • Sponsor logo and link on the Bullington Gardens website for 90 days

  • Donation is tax-deductible.

Invoices and tax-deductible receipts will be sent from Bullington Gardens, Inc. Please send payment and the form below by April 15, 2024. For any questions, please contact Annie Higgins at [email protected] or call (828) 698-6104

Sponsor a door here.

SC Child care Resource + Referral Search Engine
May 19 all-day
online
Summer is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to start thinking about additional childcare! With many Upstate residents juggling work AND family life, the thought of summer break can be a huge stressor!
Fortunately, the folks at SC Child Care Resource & Referral Search Engine understand, and have created a comprehensive tool to connect you with childcare resources across the state.
Family Dance
May 19 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Harvest House Community Center

Old Farmer’s Ball hosts family dances and waltzes at the Harvest House Community Center.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to bring joy to our community by cultivating folk and social dance and music traditions.

Our vision is of people coming together to experience the joy of dance and music.

Values

  • Welcoming – A safe and inviting space for dancers, musicians, and callers.
  • Community – We value respect, inclusiveness, diversity, consent, and multigenerational interaction.
  • Ownership – Volunteer investment in the organization.
  • Joy/Smiles – Presence in the moment.
  • Development – Artistic growth and skill of callers, musicians, and dancers.
Monday, May 20, 2024
SC Child care Resource + Referral Search Engine
May 20 all-day
online
Summer is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to start thinking about additional childcare! With many Upstate residents juggling work AND family life, the thought of summer break can be a huge stressor!
Fortunately, the folks at SC Child Care Resource & Referral Search Engine understand, and have created a comprehensive tool to connect you with childcare resources across the state.
Hello Family: network + support
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
online w/ Hello Family
Hello Family Proves “It Takes a Village” in Spartanburg
Hello Family believes that all parents and caregivers deserve a network of support. That’s why this unique organization is providing Spartanburg families with key resources and services focusing on care ranging from prenatal to age 5.
With services ranging from text based assistance to community baby showers, to preschool readiness support, Hello Family is helping “Spartanburg’s youngest residents” get the best possible start to their journey! Find out more below!
Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Generations Campaign Launch
May 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Judson Mill Annex

 

What to expect: Drinks | Hors d’oeuvres | Live bluegrass from the Reedy River String Band | Brief remarks from Executive Director Aldon Knight at 6:00 p.m.

This complimentary event is open to all passionate about shaping the future of the Upstate. Your Eventbrite RSVP is appreciated as space is limited.

Upstate Forever is excited to announce Generations, a campaign to fund our work to protect the region’s critical lands, waters, and unique character for the years to come.

Through the Generations Campaign, we are working to secure $7 million to safeguard the Upstate’s natural resources as the region experiences significant growth and development.

We hope you’ll join us on this journey. Together we can leave our children, grandchildren, and future generations a great Upstate legacy: healthy lands and waters and the tools and skills they need to keep protecting the places they love long into the future.

 

HOW TO SUPPORT THE GENERATIONS CAMPAIGN


  • View and share the Generations Campaign Case for Support
  • Make a gift to the campaign online or by mailing a check to our Greenville office (507 Pettigru St, Greenville, SC 29601)
  • Attend our Generations Campaign Launch event on Tuesday, May 21 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Judson Mill Annex. This event is free and open to all, but registration is required. Learn more and register
  • Make a planned gift by including Upstate Forever in your estate plans

WHAT DOES THE CAMPAIGN FUND?


This campaign isn’t about changing what we do. It’s about doing more of it. Because that’s what it’s going to take if we want Upstate communities and the remarkable natural assets that define them to thrive for generations to come.

We have identified three key strategic priorities to meet the challenges our region is experiencing, amplify our impact, and exponentially grow protections for the Upstate’s lands and waters in the years ahead.

Your generosity will make it possible for us to:

  • Broaden and deepen our core conservation efforts as we strive to reach our next milestone of 50,000 protected acres.
  • Advocate for policies that support balanced growth and conservation at the municipal, regional, and state level, and increase funding for conservation across the Upstate.
  • Reach more residents — especially younger residents and people of color — and equip them with the tools they need to become our “boots on the ground” and protect the places they love.

To read more about the campaign and Upstate Forever’s priorities, view the Generations Campaign Case for Support and Upstate Forever’s Strategic Goals.

MAKE A GIFT TODAY

Chautauqua Talk: El Vaquero
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hughes Main Library

Discover the life and legacy of El Vaquero and participate in a Q&A session. Led by Dr. Ray Merlock. Note: Not a costumed performance. Livestream option available.

Questions? Call 864-527-9258.

Part of the event series: Chautauqua Talk Series

Wednesday, May 22, 2024
SC Child care Resource + Referral Search Engine
May 22 all-day
online
Summer is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to start thinking about additional childcare! With many Upstate residents juggling work AND family life, the thought of summer break can be a huge stressor!
Fortunately, the folks at SC Child Care Resource & Referral Search Engine understand, and have created a comprehensive tool to connect you with childcare resources across the state.
Hello Family: network + support
May 22 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
online w/ Hello Family
Hello Family Proves “It Takes a Village” in Spartanburg
Hello Family believes that all parents and caregivers deserve a network of support. That’s why this unique organization is providing Spartanburg families with key resources and services focusing on care ranging from prenatal to age 5.
With services ranging from text based assistance to community baby showers, to preschool readiness support, Hello Family is helping “Spartanburg’s youngest residents” get the best possible start to their journey! Find out more below!
Spreadsheets I
May 22 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Hughes Main Library
Training Lab

Learn the basics of creating a spreadsheet.

Questions? Call 864-527-9258. Registration required.

Thursday, May 23, 2024
Hello Family: network + support
May 23 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
online w/ Hello Family
Hello Family Proves “It Takes a Village” in Spartanburg
Hello Family believes that all parents and caregivers deserve a network of support. That’s why this unique organization is providing Spartanburg families with key resources and services focusing on care ranging from prenatal to age 5.
With services ranging from text based assistance to community baby showers, to preschool readiness support, Hello Family is helping “Spartanburg’s youngest residents” get the best possible start to their journey! Find out more below!
AM YOGA
May 23 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Headquarters Library

Yoga is back at Headquarters! We have new instructors but the same low $2 fee for our fitness classes. This one’s suitable for all ages and abilities. You’re welcome to bring your mat with you, but if you don’t have one, a limited supply of community mats are available.

Cloud Storage
May 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Hughes Main Library
Training Lab

Store, edit and share your documents and photos within an online platform.

Questions? Call 864-527-9258. Registration required.

BridgeWay Farmers Market
May 23 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
BridgeWay Station

Local Produce & Artisanal Goods: Explore booths overflowing with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, handmade crafts, artisan cheeses, and more, all sourced from local growers and creators.

At Bridgeway Farmers Market, we’re more than just a place to shop; we’re a vibrant community gathering, designed to bring people together in celebration of the rich agricultural heritage of our region. Nestled in the heart of South Carolina, our market is a unique evening destination where families, foodies, and friends can connect and enjoy the best of local culture.

Family History Club
May 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Hughes Main Library
 SC Room

Take a behind the scenes tour of the South Carolina Room and its archives.

Downtown Alive
May 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
NOMA Square

Outdoor concerts bringing live music to downtown Greenville kick off this week.

Piedmont Natural Gas Downtown Alive and Greenville Heritage Main Street Fridays will return to NOMA Square for the 2024 season with a lineup of new and returning artists.

Downtown Alive starts Thursday, March 14 with performances by Linda Faye’s Sound. Benefiting the Metropolitan Arts Council, the weekly music series runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday until late August.

April 4, Darby Wilcox & The Peep Show

April 11, The Well Drinkers

April 18, Cash Machine

April 25, Gold Road

May 2, DJ Tambition

May 9, Mark Webb Jr.

May 16, Nathan Angelo

May 23, Bucko with Sunhouse

May 30, Threesound

June 6, Tuba Gin

June 13, Funcle

June 20, Randomonium

June 27, Juno Dunes

July 11, Andrew Scotchie

July 18, The Wobblers

July 25, Kendall Lanford

August 1, The Shady Recruits

August 8, BR385

August 15, Run Katie Run

August 22, Wilder Things Than Us

August 29, Gimmie the Gig Winner
The Greenville Day Traders Meetup Group Monthly Meetup
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
online

We will discuss markets, software, strategies, and any topics of interest to traders.

Old Farmer’s Ball Thursday Dance
May 23 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Bryson Gym Warren Wilson College

Our Thursday Dance

This dance is fragrance-free (no perfume, cologne, strong deodorant, etc.), out of respect for those with sensitivities.

Schedule

  • Every Thursday night (except as indicated on the calendar)
  • Beginner lesson at 7:30 pm (advanced dancers are welcome to help out during the lesson!)
  • Dance 8 pm – 11 pm

Cost

  • Non-members: $12
  • OFB Members: $10
  • Warren Wilson community: $1

If this is your first time dancing with us, your second dance is free!

Friday, May 24, 2024
Hippies by the River
May 24 all-day
Events by the River

Join us for an unforgettable day of peace, love, and music at Hippies by the River! This groovy event will take place on Fri May 24 2024 – May 26 2024 at 62 Arnold Branch Rd.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the 60s and 70s, as we celebrate the spirit of the counterculture movement. With live performances from talented local artists, you’ll be transported back to a time of freedom and self-expression.

At Hippies by the River, you can expect a laid-back and friendly environment where you can connect with like-minded individuals. Feel free to dress up in your favorite hippie attire, and don’t forget to bring your blankets and picnic baskets to enjoy the beautiful riverside location.

Indulge in delicious food from various food trucks offering a wide range of cuisines. Explore the colorful market stalls filled with unique handmade crafts, jewelry, and vintage clothing.

Whether you’re a true flower child or simply curious about the hippie culture, Hippies by the River promises a day filled with good vibes, great music, and positive energy. So mark your calendars and get ready to experience a groovy time!

SC Child care Resource + Referral Search Engine
May 24 all-day
online
Summer is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to start thinking about additional childcare! With many Upstate residents juggling work AND family life, the thought of summer break can be a huge stressor!
Fortunately, the folks at SC Child Care Resource & Referral Search Engine understand, and have created a comprehensive tool to connect you with childcare resources across the state.