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Thanksgiving Day Rotary Club of Greenville

through December 30, 2012 Nightly from 6–10 p.m.

A Holiday Note...

names in the list of sponsors and ads that appear in this Guide. Their support is greatly appreciated. And last, but certainly not least, I want to thank all of the visitors to Roper Mountain Holiday Lights. We hope you enjoy the sparkle of the lights, the fun and joys of Winter Wonderland, the twinkle in Santa’s eye, and the sights and sounds that are part of this event. Your visits help us raise more funds and are the reason why our volunteers volunteer and our sponsors sponsor. Thank you for making Holiday Lights part of your holiday celebrations! Happy holidays to all!

Dick Kosa

Holiday Lights Committee Chair


e lcome to the 2012 Roper Mountain Holiday Lights. 2012 marks the 21st year for Roper Mountain Holiday Lights. Co-managed by the Rotary Club of Greenville and the Roper Mountain Science Center Association, Holiday Lights has raised over $1.8 million for the benefits of charities and educational programs in the Upstate. Inside this Guide you will find information on just some of the organizations and programs that Holiday Lights has supported with the funds we have raised. As an all-volunteer-run event, volunteers spend literally thousands of hours throughout the year to plan, organize, and then make Holiday Lights a reality. Their efforts make the event the magical, family-oriented experience that has become a family tradition for many. As Chairman of the Roper Mountain Holiday Lights Committee, I want to thank all of our volunteers for all they contribute. I wish that space would allow me to recognize each of them individually here. Since I cannot, I want them to know that their efforts are recognized and applauded. I next want to recognize our invaluable sponsors. Their financial support is critical in helping Holiday Lights reach its financial goals, which, in turn, contributes to the funds that are available for distribution to charities and educational programs. It is truly a Win-Win partnership! Charities and education benefit, and our sponsors are recognized for giving back to our communities. Please take a few moments to view their

Thanks to Our Sponsors We sincerely appreciate the support of the following Upstate businesses, organizations and individuals for their support. Their contributions help make Roper Mountain Holiday Lights become more brilliant each year, while ultimately benefiting Rotary Charities and the Roper Mountain Science Center Association with the proceeds raised from Holiday Lights.



Century BMW · Jain Chem, Ltd. · SYNNEX Corporation


Community Journals · Duke Energy · Entercom Radio · FLUOR · GE Power Systems Greenville Road Warriors · Oxner Landscape Maintenance · Piedmont Arthritis Clinic Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) · TD Bank · TRS Staffing Solutions


Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Inc. · Bradshaw, Gordon and Clinkscales, LLC Brown Mackie College · Cleveland Park Animal Hospital · Ever-Green Recycling Fairway Outdoor Advertising · Golden Career Strategies, Inc. · Harrison Lighting Impressions Media Services · Jackson Lewis LLP JonScot General Contractors, LLC · Judith Sosebee Prince · Southwest Airlines Wintergreen Management Company · Young Office Supply 2

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Anonymous · Arthur State Bank · Bank of Travelers Rest Kim L. Capehart, DDS, PA · DNA Creative Communications Holder Electric Supply, Inc. · Independence National Bank Management Solutions LLC · Melloul-Blamey Construction Northwestern Mutual Financial Network · Sitton Buick GMC TD Convention Center · Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes Trehel Corporation · UBS The ALFA Group Charles Warne · Terry Weaver · Westin Poinsett Hotel

SNOWFLAKE In Memory of Mary “Mom Mom” Anstead William Dantin · Fritz & Perrin · George and Sarah Fletcher In Honor of Hannah & Finnegan Garity In Honor of the Staff of the Greenville County Library System In Honor of Tom Sowden, Rotarian for 37 years Nancy B. Stanton · Meg Terry · Katherine Muller In Honor of Brice & Barron Tiffany In Honor of Louise D. Whitmire


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The Rotary Club of Greenville

Gives Back


he Rotary Club of Greenville—our state’s oldest and one of the world’s largest Rotary clubs—has supported the Greenville community since 1916. With the motto, “Service Above Self,” the club has sponsored many landmark service projects over the years. These include the Rotary Lake at Camp Greenville, Textile Hall, and a YMCA health center. At present, the club’s focus targets literacy, ranging from educational to financial. Projects benefiting from this focus include Teacher of the Year, Salute to Education, Money Smart, the Science and Engineering Fair, and the awarding of 5 new four-year college scholarships annually. In addition to projects, Rotarians also have a history of supporting programs that benefit our communities. In 2005, the Rotary Club helped create the Rotary Family Literacy center in conjunction with the YWCA and Greenville Literacy. Today, Rotarians participate in the “Read to Me” program where Rotarians read to disadvantaged pre-schoolers and elementary aged children. The club also recognizes the importance of vocational service. During Career Day, students shadow a Rotarian to learn more about different career opportunities. On Law Enforcement Day, local law officers are recognized and rewarded for their service. Internationally, Rotary has led the way in the near elimination of polio worldwide, as well as funding humanitarian grants for nutrition programs and the installation of water wells and clean water systems in third

Images from Rotar y Youth Exchange, Read-To-Me & Teacher Recognition Day world countries. The Rotary Club of Greenville is proud to support these efforts. While the Rotary Club of Greenville is responsible for many philanthropic efforts in the Greenville area, the one that is perhaps most beloved by the community is Roper Mountain Holiday Lights. The Rotary Club of Greenville has co-sponsored this event since its inception on Thanksgiving Night, 1992. Since then, the event has raised more than $1,800,000 for local charities and non-profit organizations. Last year, more than 20,700 vehicles passed through Holiday Lights, carrying an estimated 83,000 visitors to the Roper Mountain Science Center. A total of $150,000 was split between Rotary Charities and the Roper Mountain Science Center Association. The Rotary Club of Greenville is proud of our efforts to support Holiday Lights with hard work and dedication, and hopes that visitors enjoy the lights and activities of Holiday Lights today and for many years to come. Your visits help us to help others. ö

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Isabel M. grew up in Mexico. Since she was a little girl, she had always dreamed of having an education. She was denied an education partly because her parents did not realize its value and importance. However, she made it a goal in her adult life that if she had the opportunity to get an education, she would. As a teenager, Isabel moved to Greenville County. She married and had a son. When Isabel became a student at the Greenville Literacy Association in June, 2008, she enrolled in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. She knew very little English, but now with the help of the staff and volunteer teachers, she is able to read, write and speak English with ease. Isabel explains, “It was not easy, especially in the beginning, but with all the hard work that I put into studying and the tools that Greenville Literacy offered me, I was able to become one of the most dedicated students in the ESL program. I took advantage of everything that Greenville Literacy offered me. From the daily classes to the awesome computer lab programs and with the support of a loving and caring staff, I am living out one of my biggest dreams in life, which is to understand the English language.” Isabel transferred seamlessly from the ESL program into the Pre-GED program at Greenville Literacy. In the spring of 2012, she earned her GED in

Isabel was among the 45 students who received their GED, setting a new record for the Greenville Literacy A ssociation.

English, and her next goal is to go to college and complete a degree so that her family can have a better life than she had growing up. She wants to show her parents that an education is truly the key to a better life. The mission of the Greenville Literacy Association is to empower adults to participate more effectively in the community by providing quality instruction in reading, writing, math and speaking English.

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Winter Wonderland

n Enchanted Polar Walking Trail

n Giant Holiday Cards

n Marshmallow Roasting

(Designed by local school art classes)

Santa’s Village

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n Santa and Green Screen Photos

n Antique Sleigh

n Mailbox to the North Pole

n Gift Shop

n Balloon Artist

n Restrooms

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Special Events Calendar For additions and updates to our schedule of events, stay connected through Facebook and our website, Through Dec. 24 – Santa EVERY night from 6:30-9 PM Santa will be in Winter Wonderland every night from Thanksgiving night through Christmas Eve (unless there is an unexpected emergency at the North Pole that Santa has to tend to). Optional professionally-taken photos with Santa are available for an additional cost. Visitors may take their own pictures on Monday, November 26, Tuesday, November 27, and Monday, December 3.

Monday, Dec. 3 – BRING YOUR DOG NIGHT Dogs are welcome on the Mountain! Bring your dog to Holiday Lights and walk along the paths of Winter Wonderland to enjoy the lights and the evening. And maybe a photo with Santa?

Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Don’t Miss Cocky From 7-8:30 pm

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Be sure to park your car and stroll through Winter Wonderland on your visit to Holiday Lights. There’s much to see and do there! You will find:

USC’s Cocky will be visiting Holiday Lights and roving Winter Wonderland. Don’t miss a chance to get upclose and meet him (and perhaps get a photo) among the lights of Roper Mountain!

Wednesday, Dec. 5 – Meet the Tiger from 7-8:30 pm The Clemson Tiger will be greeting fans right in Winter Wonderland. Don’t miss the chance to shake paws and get a picture!

Thursday, Dec. 6 Grove Elementary School Choir from 6:30-7:30 pm


Santa (through Dec. 24)


A Gift Shop


Balloon art from the Balloon Elf

Park your car and walk to Winter Wonderland to enjoy the performances of our Greenville County students. Listen to the sounds of the season among the magical lights!


Performances by local school choir groups.

Monday, Dec. 10 Sue Cleveland Elementary Singers from 6:30 to 7:30 pm


Some of your favorite mascots – Cocky, Tiger, Reedy Rip’It, & more – on selected nights. (See Calendar for details.)

Make sure to stop and visit Winter Wonderland and be entertained by carols and other holiday songs sung by the Sue Cleveland Singers. Feel and enjoy the spirit of the holidays!


Concession stands where you may purchase drinks and snacks. You can even purchase a S’more Roasting Kit to make your own S’mores over a fire pit right there in Winter Wonderland!



New this year! A “green screen” where you may purchase photos – you pick the background, pose, and then enjoy the picture!


25 Giant Holiday Cards created by students from local Greenville County schools.

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Dogs are again welcome on the Mountain! Bring your dog to Holiday Lights and walk along the paths of Winter Wonderland to enjoy the lights and the evening. And maybe a photo with Santa?

Tuesday, Dec. 11 – MEET Reedy Rip’It from 7-9 pm The Greenville Drive’s Reedy Rip’It will be making his way to Holiday Lights from his home in the Reedy River Falls. He’ll be meeting fans, and there should be plenty of opportunities for pictures (if we can keep him away from the S'more pit!).

Thursday, December 13 - JL Mann High School Choir from 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Caring, compassionate and considerate – qualities you want in a good neighbor. Whether we’re supporting community activities, volunteering our time and talents, or investing in the environment, we understand our responsibility – to make a difference in the communities we serve.

Enjoy the singing of the JL Mann High School Choir as they perform in Winter Wonderland, and get into the spirit of the season!

Sunday, Dec. 16 – Robert E. Cashion Elementary School Choir from 6:30-7:30 pm Park your car and walk to Winter Wonderland to enjoy the performances of our Greenville County students. Listen to the sounds of the season among the magical lights!

Monday, Dec. 17 – BRING YOUR DOG NIGHT Dogs are welcome on the Mountain for the last time in 2012! Don’t miss out on your last chance to bring your dog to Holiday Lights and enjoy the evening.






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The large, colorful Holiday Cards displayed along the path in Winter Wonderland are actually works of art created by local students. Starting with a blank, large piece of plywood, school art classes create the spectacular Holiday Cards each year. This year, a fun, “audience appreciation” contest will take place. Plaques donated by Cowart Awards will be presented to the first through fifth place winners. Thanks to Cowart Awards and the following 25 participating schools: Today’s Lite Rock

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AJ Whittenberg Elementary Armstrong Elementary Berea High Bryson Elementary Cherrydale Elementary Christ Church Episcopal Elementary Gateway Elementary Heritage Elementary Lakeview Middle Mauldin Elementary Mauldin Middle Mitchell Road Christian Academy Monarch Elementary Monaview Elementary Paris Elementary Riverside High Robert E. Cashion Elementary Southside Christian Elementary Southside Christian School Stone Academy Sue Cleveland Elementary Summit Drive Elementary Tanglewood Middle Tigerville Elementary Woodland Elementary


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Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies (Yield: Approximately 60 to 80 cookies) 3 1/2 Cup Flour 1 1/3 Cup Unsalted Butter, softened 1 1/4 Cup Rice Krispies 1 Cup Sugar 1 /3 Cup Regular Oats 1 Cup Brown Sugar, packed 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Large Egg 1 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar 2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 1 Teaspoon Salt 2 /3 Cup Vegetable Oil 1 Cup Chopped Nuts, toasted 2 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips

Heat oven to 355 degrees. Lightly grease or line baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cereal, oats, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Gently stir in chopped nuts. Set aside. In a large bowl with mixer on medium speed, beat butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla until light & creamy, about 2 minutes. Scrape bowl well. Add oil and beat 30 seconds until smooth. Scrape bowl well. Add dry ingredients & stir by hand with a large spoon or scraper. Do not use mixer or cereal may be crushed. Stir just until combined. Add chocolate chips & gently stir to combine. Scrape bowl well.

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Using a 1-inch diameter scoop, portion dough onto baking sheet 2 inches apart, or spoon out in 3-tablespoon-sized mounds. Gently flatten dough balls down with palm of hand. Bake 16-18 minuntes until light golden brown. Cool 10 minutes on pan before moving to cooling rack. Store tightly covered.

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The official guide to the Holiday Light Show at Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville, SC. An Upstate Holiday Tradition, for more than...