(Editor’s note: As we did last year, we are combining the November and December newsletters into one Holiday Edition. We will recognize all our business members in the January issue and you should be receiving membership renewal notices in early 2015. Thank you for your support this year!)
Thank You to the 2013-2014 Board of Directors
As their terms come to a close, we would like to recognize and thank the NMCA Board Members who have volunteered their time and served diligently for the past 2 years. In the photo at right, from left to right… President Bob Bainbridge, Membership Secretary Joyce Murphy, Treasurer Jim Gilreath, Vice-President Hunter Cutchin, and Recording Secretary Jeannine Smith. Thank you all!!
Welcome to NMCA’s Newest Business Member
“At Your Service” is the newest endeavor of North Main resident Scott Brown and business partner and friend for 40 years, Laurie Hart. Scott and Laurie are both Greenville natives, yet Scott moved away 25 years ago to pursue his hospitality career in Augusta GA, Hilton Head Island, and Orlando FL, while Laurie remained here raising a family and honing her cooking skills. Scott’s resume includes work at Sea Pines Resort, SC Yacht Club and Rose Hill CC on HHI, to name a few. “While experienced and skilled in large convention groups and golf tournaments, etc…. the concept of “At Your Service” is not aimed at that market. “At Your Service” was created specifically with NMC residents in mind for in home holiday parties, family events, weddings, BBQ’s or whatever your special occasion may be when having a successful event and enjoying your guests is the top priority, not planning details, cooking, bartending and cleaning up. “At Your Service” stands by the name and offers personalized and friendly professional services with no food and beverage purchases required, yet available if desired. We are versatile and here in the community, so get in touch and enjoy your next occasion and leave the work to us!!” Phone: 864-952-4668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Become friends with people who aren’t your age. Hang out with people whose first language isn’t the same as yours. Get to know someone who doesn’t come from your social class. This is how you grow. This is how you see the world” -author unknown
Thank you to Our ‘Old’ Business Members
Since we only started recognizing new businesses a couple of years ago, we would like to also recognize businesses which have been members/supporters for many years. Starting in January, we will be featuring one business each month. We hope you will learn more about the opportunities to shop local and support our member businesses.
For those who attended the public meeting for “The Alley” (formerly the Handlebar), it was an informative meeting with a lot of questions, primarily centered on noise and parking. We were assured that both items have been addressed and would not be a problem, and if they are, they will resolve them. They do not plan to have bands playing till 2am, will loud, bass music. They are striving for a ‘family atmosphere’. The food will be similar to what is served at their Charleston site. If you want to know more about what to expect, check out that site. In addition to the bowling alley, there will arcade games, etc. They will also be available to host private events. The BZA did approve the application for exceptions in November, including hours for the restaurant and bar, allowing indoor entertainment, and modifications to allow parking in an R-6 zone. They hope to be open in 6-8 months.
Other un-related items that we heard from Amy Doyle included the following:
- The sewer project for the Beach Co. development at the corner of N. Main and Stone is still at least 6 weeks away from completion. The Beach Co. closed on the property a few weeks ago and expects to break ground on Dec 8. Application to Amend an existing ‘PD’, Planned Development, consisting of 1.14 acres at E. Stone and Rowley Street will be presented at the December 11 Planning Commission Meeting.
- McPherson Park received a $100,000 grant to rehabilitate the bridges in the park. Combined with the $125,000 the city had allocated, there will be a lot of changes to the 7 bridges.
- The city is looking at changing the Trolley route, adding stops, possibly to include a stop near the U-Joint and The Alley, to encourage riding and not driving.
- The Stone Ave. road diet has not even received a permit, yet. Hold up may be DOT.
- The North Main Striping Project …the city submitted a bid request with no response. It has been re-advertized along with several replacing projects. It will likely receive a response. There is no estimate on date.
This is the time of year when we are all so busy and many will be out of town. It’s a good idea to let friends and neighbors know so they can keep an eye on your house. If you have security systems or security cameras, be sure to arm them. Keep valuable items out of site. Set timers for lights to make it look like someone is home. Either stop your mail and paper or have a neighbor pick them up each day. For more tips, go to the Greenville Police flyer for Holiday Home Security and Safety. You should have received a summary of last month’s Crime Prevention Meeting along with the handouts addressing issues this time of year. Let us know if you did not receive them. And remember that at night, even though you cannot see out, if your blinds or curtains are open, those outside, including potential thieves, can see very clearly into your house. And with Christmas not far away, remember NOT to put those big screen TV or other boxes out on the street…that’s just advertising to criminals. Tear them up and place them face down on the curb.
We have had several recent burglaries and break-ins that we have emailed you about, as well as possible magazine scams, cleaning material scams, etc. These have occurred during daylight hours and at night. Do not let anyone into your house that you do not know and who seems suspicious. Remember that just opening the door gives them a look into your house and they may see items of interest they want to come back for later.
And please remember, and tell your neighbors…if someone comes to your door saying they are selling products…ask to see their permit. They MUST have a city permit unless they are a church group, school or scout group. They should also have a name badge and usually a legitimate salesperson will have some type of uniform.
From Johnathan Bragg, City Information Officer: “Recently, there have been a few swindling incidents at businesses in the city. The incidents that have happened involve someone coming into the business and pretending to buy an item. When the subject goes to pay for the small item a large bill is presented as payment, and then change is dispensed. While the cash is being dispensed, the subject attempts to confuse the cashier by asking for different change in different ways, then becomes argumentative. In a few cases this has caused the subject to get more money than he should have. If you own or work at a business please remind employees to be mindful of this.” (Ed. Note: esp. during the holidays when lines may be long, part-time employees may be hired and cashiers are in a hurry)
Also, there was a strong arm robbery at a bank on Mills Ave. A man approached the victim in the parking lot and asked for money and when the victim pulled money from his pocket, the thief grabbed it all and ran. Remember… there is a city ordinance for begging and if anyone is approached by someone asking for money to call the police.
Goodbye and Best Wishes to Courtney Palmer
Many of you met Courtney at the Crime Prevention Meeting last month. Much to our dismay, Courtney will be resigning her position with the Police Dept. as Crime Prevention Specialist at the end of the year. She will be spending her time as a full time mommy to her little twins. I’ve enjoyed working with her these past years and will miss her, but we wish her all the best.
Let’s Find Baby a Home for Christmas
Every time I arrive at the Humane Society for my volunteer work, it breaks my heart that Baby is still there. He desperately needs someone to give him a chance to have a forever home. Baby has been there over 6 months, after being rescued from a “kill shelter” when his time was up. He is available to foster (which basically means a free trial) but then you can adopt him for $25 if you choose. He is a friendly 2 year old tabby. He sometimes gets a little overstimulated when petted but is just tired of being in a cage and sometimes get a little grumpy. If you have room in your heart and home, why not foster him over the holidays and see how he fits in your family. They also have other cats who need fostering…most have just not been there this long.
As we reported last year, St. Jude’s Ranch for Children recycles used greeting cards and creates new holiday and greeting cards for any occasion. The program is beneficial to everyone – customers receive fun, “green” holiday cards they can feel good sending to their friends and loved ones, and the children at St. Jude’s Ranch receive payment for their work and learn about basic job skills and the importance of recycling. To learn more about how to submit used cards or purchase recycled ones, go to their website at http://www.stjudesranch.org/shop/recycled-card-program/
Helping Those Less Fortunate
Every year Summit Drive Elementary tries to support Summit Drive families that may not be able to provide Christmas for their children. If you or someone you know are interested in sponsoring a family this holiday season, please contact Jenni Risell at 355-8859 or email@example.com. Thank you in advance for making this a memorable holiday for some deserving children!
The Northgate Soda Shop is adopting a local neighborhood family for this Christmas. “We have always been so generous during this time of the year so let’s keep it up and dig deeper. We are not giving the names of this family but we have met them and love them as our family. There will be jars in the SS / OS for your donations. This family needs money more than material things. If you have any questions please talk to Judy or Iris at the SS / OS.” If you want to know more about the family, we have posted additional information on our website at http://northmaincommunity.org/soda-shop-adopting-a-family-for-christmas/
If anyone knows of similar efforts elsewhere in the North Main Community, please let us know or post them on our Facebook page.
From the period 1889 to 2013, the max hi for Dec was 79°F on Dec 10-11, 2007. The max low was 67°F on Dec 2, 1991. The min hi was 18°F on Dec 31, 1919 and the min low was 3°F on Dec 30, 1917. Record rainfall was 3.83” on Dec 29, 1901 and max snowfall was 14” on Dec 17, 1930. After having snowfall on Halloween this year, who knows what to expect this winter.
According to the 2015 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac, “the winter of 2014–15 will see below-normal temperatures for about three-quarters of the nation. A large zone of very cold temperatures will be found from east of the Continental Divide east to the Appalachians. The most frigid temperatures will be found from the Northern Plains into the Great Lakes. The coldest outbreak of the season will come during the final week of January into the beginning of February, when frigid arctic air drops temperatures across the Northern Plains to perhaps 40 below zero. No region will see prolonged spells of above-normal temperatures; only near the West and East Coasts will temperatures average close to normal. Over the eastern third of the country, we are expecting an active storm track with a number of storms delivering copious amounts of snow and rain. We are “red flagging” the first 10 days of January and the first week of February along the Atlantic Seaboard for active wintry weather featuring bouts of heavy precipitation and strong winds. Another red flag timeframe for widespread wintry conditions is the middle part of March from the nation’s midsection to the East Coast.”
It seems they’ve been right about as often as the Weather Service, so only time will tell.
Don’t forget that we are seeing more hummingbirds overwintering here. The one we are seeing here is the rufous hummingbird. While most head to Mexico, a few stray east of the Rockies and end up in the S.E. In the past they might not have survived, but with the increase in gardening and native plants, plant lovers have unwittingly changed the landscape to help support winter hummingbirds with nectar sources. BUT, be aware that if you plan to keep your hummingbird feeder up, it requires some extra responsibility in order to do more good than harm. You MUST keep the syrup from freezing which generally requires something like a heat lamp to keep feeders thawed in sub-freezing temps. You can also keep extra feeders inside and swap out as needed. If a hummingbird becomes dependent on the food you provide and you fail to keep that food there, it could starve. So…please be aware of the commitment before you start. http://www.birdsandblooms.com/Birds/Hummingbirds/Hummingbird-Facts/Hummingbirds-in-Winter
And don’t forget your regular birds…if you have feeders, they rely on you for at least part of their diet. Keep them filled in winter, and most important…keep a clean, thawed source of water available!
This Month’s Trivia – or More Accurately, “In Case You Missed It”
The USS New York, built with steel from the rubble of the World Trade Center, was put into Navy service in November both as a symbol of healing and strength. ” Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said at the amphibious assault ship’s commissioning: “America always comes back. That’s what this ship represents.” He spoke on a Manhattan pier where hundreds of Navy officers and sailors joined first responders and families of Sept. 11 victims. The 7 1/2 tons of steel debris from ground zero had been melted down to form the bow of the USS New York as “a symbol of our unshakable resolve.” The $1 billion warship was built near New Orleans by workers who survived Hurricane Katrina. The USS New York will be at its home port of Norfolk, VA
Fall is for Planting
If you’ve been considering adding a new tree, or a grouping of shrubs to the landscape, or if there is an area of your landscape that needs “restoration”, the fall months are not only an excellent time, but the best time to do so. Some folks forget that watering is very critical in the winter time especially in temperatures that drop below 30 F. Even though it may seem like it’s cooler and the plants don’t need as much water due to fewer leaves and less transpiration, the roots are still growing and need water. It’s also a good idea to water in your recent fall planting thoroughly the day before freezing temperatures set in. The water is warmer than the air and moist soil holds heat better than dry soil. Then when temperatures drop, heat is re-radiated from the moist soil, warming the plant micro-climate.
When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want? Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter then will be people. If relationships will matter most then, shouldn’t they matter most now?” -Max Lucado
Flash From the Past
From last month:
This is an old photo of Caesar’s Head. Caesars Head State Park is part of an 11,000 acre area known as the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Caesars Head contains a diversity of plant and animal communities adapted for life along the escarpment. The eponymous rock formation, the highest point in Greenville County, is a granitic gneiss outcrop at 3,208 ft (978 m) above sea level on the Blue Ridge Escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains and rests roughly 2,000 ft (600 m) above the Piedmont below. (The origin of the name “Caesars Head” is disputed, though the outcrop was reportedly named for an early mountaineer’s dog.)
Chicora College… In August 1893, a meeting of the session of the First Presbyterian Church followed through on a recommendation for the formation of a college for women. Few who stroll along South Main or enjoy ice cream at Spill the Beans realize a classical building used to sit there. The site was known as McBee Terrace…a farmhouse before Chicora came. Chicora was the last of 4 colleges to open in Greenville by the end of the nineteenth century. Chicora College for Ladies began classes in 1893. It later merged with Queens College and continues today as Queens University of Charlotte. The commanding building stood on the hill at the corner of Camperdown Way and S. Main for a quarter century before burning down in 1919 in what some say was the worst fire in Greenville’s history.
Can You Identify These Greenville Historical Figures?
City Council Formal Meeting and Work Session schedules can be found at http://www.greenvillesc.gov/city_government/meet.asp
The Hughes Main Library has numerous programs for adults and children. Check out their calendar.
Don’t forget about a great resource for family activities. Macaroni Kid lists local activities for kids and families.
Want to know more about local events? Check out the website of NMCA member GreatUpstate.com . They are champions of local, local, local and you can have an impact by submitting calendar events to them for non-profit, churches and charities. Submit your events to http://www.greatupstate.com/event/submission
Greenville County Museum of Art – The Museum is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm and on Sundays 1 – 5 pm. As always, admission is free. The Greenville Collection is now the largest and the most complete collection of Andrew Wyeth’s watercolors owned by any public museum in the world.
Nov 21 – Jan 19 – Ice on Main. In the heart of downtown Greenville, United Community Bank Ice on Main is an open-air ice skating rink – the only one of its kind in Upstate South Carolina. Skating is ongoing during normal business hours, provided weather conditions allow it. Monitor up-to-the-minute information about weather and rink hours on their Facebook page.
Nov 22-Jan 4 – The 4th Annual Christmas Model Train Display. On selected days…check website for information on dates and times. 7 West Camperdown Way. 864-991-8347. The Largest O Scale Christmas Display in the Southeast.
Nov 27 – Dec 30 – Roper Mountain Holiday Lights. The 2013 event generated $130,000 which was distributed to Rotary Charities and the Science Center Association. Since its beginning in 1992, Roper Mountain Holiday Lights has given back $2,066,000 to the community to help people, organizations, and education here in the Upstate.
Dec 1 – Jan 1 – St. Francis 2014 Festival of Trees. Come see the holiday trees on display at the Hyatt Regency. All proceeds from the 2014 Festival of Trees will benefit the Outpatient Cancer Center at millennium campus. Purchase Award-winning Biltmore House wines with the Festival of Trees Private Label, offered this year in Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Grigio. Downtown, the Courtyard Greenville Downtown and the Hampton Inn & Suites RiverPlace.
Dec 4-6 – 44th Annual Holiday Fair. TD Convention Center. A spectacular event …the region’s largest holiday arts, crafts, and gift show. The TD Convention Center transforms into a winter wonderland offering opportunities to find that one-of-a-kind gift for the Christmas Season. Exhibitors include more than 300 crafters and commercial vendors from 15 states in this three-day award-winning fair.
Dec 6 – Swamp Rabbit Food Flea. 11am – 6pm. Enjoy samples and creations from local farmers and food artisans.
Dec 6 – 2014 Upstate, SC Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis. Start Time: 12:00 PM Saturday, Dec 06, End Time: 3:30 PM. CU-ICAR Millennium Campus, 5 Research Drive, Greenville. The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell 5K run (competitively timed run) and a 3 mile or 1 mile Fun/Run Walk at 1:00pm. Then a Reindeer Dash (for kids 8 and under) starting at 2:30pm. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces and celebrate the season by giving.
Dec 6 – Poinsettia Christmas Parade. 6 – 7:30 pm. Main St. Downtown Greenville. From Augusta to North St.
Dec 5-7 – The Nutcracker. Peace Center. The Nutcracker: Once Upon A Time in Greenville infuses endearing hometown elements into this beloved Christmas classic. With a cast complete with more than 200 professional and student dancers, the magic and majesty of Drosselmeyer’s dream for Clara come alive with a spirit that will capture your heart.
Dec 7 – Kilgore Lewis Holiday Open House. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., The Kilgore Lewis House will be open to the public, free. It will be decorated in rich Christmas colors and finely-crafted ornaments. The Open House will include house tours, delicious food and entertainment. Children are especially welcomed.
Dec 8 – Empty Bowls Soup Night/Summit Singers. Summit Elementary will be hosting their third annual Empty Bowls Soup Night/Summit Singers Program. The Fifth Grade students have created bowls from clay and glazed them. A dinner of soup, roll and drink will be available for $3.00 per person. If you would like to purchase a bowl they will be available that night for $10. This purchase will include two soup tickets. The soup dinner will be served from 5:00-6:00pm with all proceeds going to Meals on Wheels. The Summit Singers will perform the Twelve Days of Christmas starting at 6:00pm. We welcome all to come and have a delicious dinner and enjoy some holiday music.
Dec 10 – Greenville Chamber Singers Annual Christmas Concert. 6:15 pm. Sanctuary, John Knox Presbyterian Church. 35 Shannon Drive, Greenville. Some of our North Main residents will be singing.
Dec 12 – Northgate Soda Shop Christmas Party. Everyone is welcome…..bring a friend. Please bring an appetizer to share. We will have our fun “Rob Your Neighbor” gift swap at 7:30 pm. If you would like to participate, please bring a “WRAPPED” gift valued $10 – $15 (NO MORE THAN $15.00}. It is a fun time so use your imagination.
Dec 12 – Greenville Chorale. ‘The Sounds of the Season’. 7:30pm. McAlister Auditorium, Furman University. Adults $30, Students $15, Children (Under 12) $5. Groups of 10+ receive a 20% discount. For more information, call 864.467.3000.
Dec 13 & 20 – Breakfast with Santa. Upstate Children’s Museum. 8:30-10:30am. Tis the season to be jolly! Spend a morning with the jolliest elf of all, Santa Claus. Bring the whole family to see the big man himself while you enjoy breakfast, crafts, songs, photos with Santa and more. See 2013 photo gallery. $20 members; $30 non-member adult/$28 non-member child. Registration begins: Members Nov 12. | Non-members Nov 19. Reserve your spot by calling M-F 9am-5pm 864.233.7755, extension 2. Or, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org with contact information and the best time to reach you. Breakfast with Santa is part of the McDonald’s Family Series.
Dec 12–Dec 21. at 8pm, Dec 12-13, 18-20 at 8 pm, and Dec 14 & 21 at 3pm. Greenville Little Theater. “A Christmas Story”. “You’ll shoot your eye out kid!” The beloved Christmas movie comes to life in this delightful stage adaptation which features Ralphie’s quest for that Red Ryder BB gun. We “triple-dog-dare you” to join us for this Christmas classic!
Dec 11-14 – Downtown Greenville Holiday Happenings. The Holiday Happening is 4 days of downtown events & music, specials, giveaways, Santa & much more.
Dec 13 – Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery Holiday Flea. 11am-3pm. Come out to see local artists and vintage finds.
Dec 13 – Santa Paws is Coming to Town. Animal Care Services, Furman Hall Rd. 11am – 6pm. Santa Paws is coming to town! ‘Tis the season… Join us for photos with Santa, ornament making, build your own pet stocking, bake sale and more! Don’t forget to bring the kids (Human and furry alike). Get your pet’s picture taken with Santa! Dress them up or come as you are. The kids are welcome too! Only $10. The kids will love making ornaments at Animal Care. Take them home and decorate your tree with memories. Grab a bag and fill it with goodies for your pet! Your pet will get just want they want for Christmas. Satisfy your sweet tooth and buy some yummy treats from our bake sale. All proceeds go to Animal Care. (We promise, no pets assisted in the making of these treats)
Dec 15 – Dance Ventures 5 Year Anniversary Open House. 6-8pm. Behind Stone Plaza Pharmacy, 1156 Rutherford Rd. Dance Ventures is now taking new students for the classes starting in January 2015. Tap, Jazz and Ballet. Start the New Year off right with a fun way to get exercise!
Dec 18 &19 at 10:30am, Dec 20 at 10:30am and @pm and Dec 20 at 7pm. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” Greenville Little Theater.
Dec 20 – The Greenville Track Club’s Santa Run . 6:30pm – 8pm. County Square, 301 University Ridge. A 3.5 mile run/walk from County Square to Cleveland Park and back. The run occurs at twilight and the park is decorated with holiday lights and music. THE RACE START is at Greenville County Square, 301 University Ridge, near downtown Greenville. This site allows for ample free parking and plenty of space for pre-race activities including the COSTUME CONTEST for cash prizes! Post-race activities will include refreshments, fruitcake relay awards, and prize drawings. It’s their last run of the year, so they like to make it FUN. Wear your favorite holiday costume and don’t forget to bring your jingle bells and LED lights along.
Dec 21 – Glow Ho Ho! 6:30pm – 8pm. County Square. 301 University Ridge. A 3.5 mile family walk from County Square to Cleveland Park and back. The walk occurs at twilight and the park is decorated with holiday lights and music. It’s a unique holiday event designed for the kid in all of us! Take a stroll through Cleveland Park and experience the sights and sounds Christmas with over 10,000 twinkling lights and seven synchronized “light zones” that will amaze you. All participants will be treated to free refreshments at the HOT CHOCOLATE STOP sponsored by Coffee Underground. Join us for a magical evening in the park. REGISTER NOW (Registration closes Dec 20) AND GET A FREE BLINKING SANTA HAT (LIMITED TO THE FIRST 500 REGISTRANTS).
Dec 31 – Northgate Soda Shop New Year’s Eve Party. Hats, horns and a good time! Everyone is welcome!
January events at Children’s Museum – Beginning in January, the Children’s Museum has tons of activities for young kids. For the calendar of events for December and January plus more information and fun/educational things to do, go to their website. Some examples include:
- Jan 1 & 3 @ 10am, 11am, 1pm. Story & More: New Year’s Collage. Ages 5 and under celebrate 2015 by making a New Year’s collage using different art materials. Free with admission.
- Jan 2 @ 10am, 11 am, 1 pm. Music & Movement: Sing in the New Year. Ages 5 and under sing in 2015 and all the things we have to look forward to in this New Year.
- Jan 3 @ 11am & 2pm. Fantastic Fibers: Needle Felt Snowmen. Ages 6 and up create a snowman using felt, roving and a felting needle (not sharp). Free with admission.
- Jan 6, 7, 8, 10 @ 10am, 11am & 1pm. Story & More: Marvelous Mittens. Ages 5 and under decorate paper mittens after reading the childhood favorite, “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. Free with admission.
- Jan 13, 14 & 15 @ 10am, 11am & 1pm. Story & More: Cookies and Cocoa. Sometimes being a preschooler can be overwhelming. There is so much to do and see in this great big world. Wouldn’t it be great to take a little break for cookies and hot chocolate? This week features story time and sugar cookies (no peanuts) and hot chocolate (“warm” chocolate). Free with admission. For other community events, check the Greenville City calendar Programs at Greenville Community CentersThe City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department is seeking instructors to offer fun and exciting recreational and educational classes to our community. Our department offers a wide variety of recreational programs to citizens of all ages. These programs take place in city parks, community centers and other locations. For a full listing of programs visit http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ParksRec/RecPrograms.aspx
Fall/Winter 2014 Program Schedule
To view the fall/winter calendar for the Bobby Pearse Center, go to the Parks and Rec website
To view the fall/winter program calendar for the Sears Recreation Center, go to the Parks and Rec website You will be able to view program information and pay directly online.
….Or pick up a program brochure at your local community center.
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