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special edition of The

summertime GUIDE



Your Guide to FUN Summer Activities in the carolinas

Inside This Issue ■ Arts & activities ■ INTO THE WILD ■ festivals & events ■ weekend getaways ■ calendar of events

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summertime GUIDE Our 2012 summertime guide is bigger and better than ever!! In our 2012 Summertime Guide, you’ll find a wide variety of things to do and places to visit in Western North Carolina and the Upstate of South Carolina! We have 96 pages packed with gorgeous nature excursions, familyfriendly activities, artsy craft fairs, fun events and festivals, plus weekend getaway ideas. And on page 90, you’ll find our complete Calendar of Events! IWANNA’s 2012 Summertime Guide is the perfect size to take with you nearly everywhere this season. It’s small enough to stash in your purse, keep in your car, or tuck into your luggage. Never have a dull moment this summer! Our 2012 Summertime Guide’s mission is to share everything you need to know for a fun-filled summer season, guaranteed to give you memories that will last a lifetime! Have a wonderful summer, everyone!

INTO THE WILD... Panthertown Valley I 5 Bonas Defeat Gorge I 6 WNC Canopy Tours I 8 Chimney Rock State Park I 9 Coleman Boundary I 10 Smoky Mtn. Steel Horses I 10 Climbmax I 12

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest I 14 Hardy Berry Farm I 16 Greenville Zoo I 16 SC Aquarium I 17 Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve I 18 Riverbanks Zoo I 20

Arts & Activities Asheville Art Museum I 22 Asheville Urban Trail I 23 Asheville’s Fun Depot I 24 Smith-McDowell House Museum I 26 WNC Farmers Market I 26 Shindig on the Green I 27 Great Smoky Mountains Railroad I 28 Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center I 28

Anderson Jockey Lot I 30 Easley’s Music on the Market I 30 Frankie’s Fun Park I 31 Main Street Fridays I 32 Greenville Drive I 32 SC Railroad Museum I 34 Moonlight Movies I 34 Peace Center I 36

Weekend Getaway Asheville, NC I 38 Asheville Bed & Breakfasts I 39 Asheville East KOA I 40 Hot Springs, NC I 40 Wildwater I 41 Verde Vista Apt. Homes I 42 Tail of the Dragon I 44 Dillsboro, NC I 45 Pisgah View Ranch I 51

Marion/Lake James I 52 Gatlinburg, TN I 54 Pigeon Forge/Sevierville, TN I 56 Anderson, SC I 57 Greenville, SC I 58 Lake Jocassee, SC I 60 Mile Creek Park I 62 Hilton Head, SC I 62 Pendleton, SC I 63 Spartanburg, SC I 64

festivals & events

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Asheville Drum Circle I 66 Blue Plum Festival I 68 Sourwood Festival I 68 GOOMBAY! Festival I 69 White Squirrel Festival I 70 Bele Chere I 71 Folkmoot USA I 72 Bluff Mountain Festival I 72 Downtown After 5 I 74 LAAF I 74 Blue Ridge BBQ Festival I 75

Chautauqua Festival I 76 SC Festival of Flowers I 76 SC Fesitval of Discovery I 78 SC Peach Festival I 79 PGA Championship I 80 Spring Water Fesitval I 82 US Cycling Championships I 84 Mighty Moo Festival I 84 Upstate Shakespeare Festival I 85 Freedom Weekend Aloft I 86

North Carolina


Schoolhouse Falls; Photo courtesy of Tom Groves

Panthertown Valley Don’t get scared! Panthers don’t live in Panthertown Valley, at least not anymore. What you will find is an abundance of waterfalls, swimming holes, hiking trails, and quiet destinations. In this popular 6,700 acre popular portion of Nantahala National Forest, originally named for the large number of “Painters” or Eastern Cougars, the area is now home to more wilderness-loving people than Painters. Even though the Cougars are extinct, it is still possible to find rare kinds of plants and animals. Some of these only exist in the tea colored water of the high elevation bogs that dot the landscape throughout the valley. Panthertown is a great location for families due to the close proximity of hiking trails to waterfalls. The hikes are easy, but make sure to bring a map. From Asheville, take I-240 W to I-26 E to Asheville Airport, Exit 40. Turn right onto NC 280, and follow for 16 miles to Brevard, NC. At the intersection with US 64/276, continue straight. When 64 and 276 split, stay straight on 64. Follow 64 for 15 miles to the intersection with NC 281. Turn right and follow for .8 miles, and turn left on Cold Mountain Rd. Follow the signs for Panthertown Valley. Written by Tom Groves

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Bonas Defeat Gorge Not for the faint of heart! This hike is for the most experienced and adventurous hikers. The gorge was formed by the Tuckasegee River and the flow is now controlled by a dam at the top. There’s a faint trail, but don’t be deceived, find someone who’s been before, and ask them to lead you through this wonderland of river potholes, secluded swimming holes, and all around adventure!

Photo courtesy of Tom Groves

from the shore. From Asheville, take I-40 W. Turn right on 23/74 towards Sylva. Turn right on Route 107; follow

If you’re adventurous, this is a worthwhile

for 12 miles. Turn right at Route 281. Follow for

trip to a section of North Carolina where few

6 miles, and look for Bear Lake Boat Launch sign

people have tread. There are access points at

on right. You can put your canoe/boat in here

the top of the dam and from the bottom via

and the mouth of Bonas Defeat is across the lake.

Bear Lake. A canoe will be needed to access the

The launch area has a map of the lake and gorge

gorge from this section, but on the way there’s

displayed on a billboard.

an impressively large waterfall that’s a short hike

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Written by Tom Groves

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North Carolina

into the wild...

WNC Canopy Tours G o o n a n a d ve nt u re u p i n the treetops of the Blue Ridge Mountains! Canopy tours are the next best thing in thrill rides. Fast, smooth zip lines stretch high above the ground, offering picturesque views from platforms and bridges that nestle within the trees themselves. A great day trip, tours usually last between two to four hours. Check out Adventure America Zipline Canopy Tours, Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures, Navitat Canopy Adventures, and Wildwater Adventure Centers, all located in WNC. All take you on a thrilling and educational ride that you won’t forget! Visit Adventure America at,

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Photo courtesy of Navitat Canopy Tours

Asheville Zipline at ashevilleziplinecanopy, Navitat at, and Wildwater at Written by Jordan Reed

Chimney Rock State Park

North Carolina


A beautiful oasis high in the sky, Chimney Rock is a great day trip for the nature enthusiast. Visitors can fill their day with an array of activities that suit any age group. Whether it’s hiking, biking, rock climbing, or dipping your toes in a waterfall, the area is worth taking the time to visit. Astounding views are at every turn, especially Chimney Rock and Hickory Nut Falls, one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. This August, there will be free guided hikes up to Hickory Nut Falls, at an incredible 404 feet! Check out our Calendar of Events on page 91 for more details. The Park features five unique hiking trails

Photo courtesy of Chimney Rock State Park

— some of the best in North Carolina. You can

taintop experience will take your breath away.

challenge yourself with a strenuous hike or a

Visit or call 828.625.9611

leisurely stroll. Chimney Rock is definitely worth

for details.

the exercise — with 75-mile views, this moun-

Written by Jordan Reed

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North Carolina


Behind Douglas Falls; Photo courtesy of Tom Groves

Coleman Boundary (Big Ivy) On the other side of the Blue Ridge Parkway destination of Craggy Gardens, there’s a lesser known section of Pisgah National Forest. If you’re looking for trails ranging from easy to difficult and is away from the crowds, this is the place for you. Along the 8 mile road to the top, you’ll see roadside waterfalls as well as Snake’s Den, a lesser known rock climbing destination. At the end of the gravel road begins the Douglas Falls trail, an easy 2 mile hike that leads to a 70-foot free falling waterfall. If you’re up to it, it’s a strenuous 6 mile hike from Craggy Gardens parking lot into Coleman Boundry (Big Ivy) below. Walker and Staire Creek run through this steep section of the mountains and are dotted with private swimming holes. After your forest jaunt, stop by D and D’s restaurant, near Barnardsville for some delicious Southern food. From Asheville, take I-26 W for 11 miles to Exit 15 (Jupiter/Barnardsville NC 197). Turn right towards Barnardsville, and follow NC 197 for 6 miles. Turn right onto Dillingham Road. Stay on this road as it winds through the valley and turns into Forest Road 74, a gravel road at the entrance of Big Ivy.

Smoky Mountain Steel Horses Smoky Mountain Steel Horses specializes in pre-owned HarleyDavidson sales, choppers, and customized bikes. A motorcycle is the number one way to experience the panoramic views and scenic drives of WNC and the Upstate. Smoky Mountain Steel Horses is located in the midst of wonderful drives — at 82 Locust Drive, Exit 100 off Hwy 23/74 in Waynesville, NC. In fact, Haywood County sits at the heart of the greatest collection of motorcylce rides in the nation. It’s a perfect place to stay and get the most out of your motorcycle vacation. Here are three rides you shouldn’t miss: 1. NC 209 - “The Rattler” — This ride from Junaluska to Hot Springs only takes an hour but it packs in everything you come to the mountains to enjoy. 2. The Pisgah Triangle — An outstanding ride from Bethel Valley to the highest section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Combine with US 64 further south, or go all the way to South Carolina and back in a triangle! Waterfalls, winding roads, and beautiful views galore! 3. The Best of the Blue Ridge Parkway — Lies between US 276 south of Waynesville and US 19 west of Maggie Valley. Enjoy panoramic longrange views on the highest section of the Parkway from many breathtaking overlooks.

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North Carolina


ClimbMax ClimbMax Climbing, WNC’s premiere climbing facility, is located in the heart of downtown Asheville, providing authentic climbing experience — both indoors and outdoors.

Since Western North Carolina is outfitted with

Photo courtesy of Valerie Hoffman

With an exciting and safe atmosphere, Climb-

wonderful rock faces, it’s the perfect landscape

max offers activities and excursions for the adult

for climbers seeking real outdoor adventure. A

daredevil as well as the beginner child. And sum-

climbing experience is one you’ll never forget

mertime is when the real adventures begin! This

— you’ll experience the natural world in a whole

summer, there are three different climbing camps

new way. And of course, the view is worth every

catered specifically to kids and young adults of

drop of sweat! Climbmax is located at 43 Wall

various ages and all abilities. The summer camps

Street in Asheville. For information on Climbmax

start indoors at the indoor rock climbing facility

events, activities, and camps during the summer

and then progress outdoors to one of the many

and throughout the year, visit

great rock climbing locations in the surrounding

or call 828.252.9996.

national forest.

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Written by Jordan Reed

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North Carolina


Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest We tend to think of the Redwood Forests in California when we think of huge old growth trees.

Photo courtesy of Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

But the East Coast has its own standing giants.

forest. 60 miles of hiking trails offer family-friendly

This memorial forest was dedicated to Joyce

hikes. Feel free to take a dip in Lake Santeetlah

Kilmer, a man who passed away during World


War I. He was most famous for his poem, “Trees,” a poem that remains known today.

From Robbinsville, take Hwy. 129 N for 1.5 miles to the intersection with 143 W (Massey

The 3,800 acre tract of old growth trees was

Branch Road). Turn left onto Hwy. 143 W for 5

incorporated into the 14,000 acre Slickrock

miles. At the stop sign, turn right onto Kilmer

Wilderness in 1935. These trees survived the log-

Road. Drive 7.3 miles to the top of Santeetlah Gap

ging of the early 19th century and today stand

and the intersection with Cherohala Skyway. Fol-

over 100 feet tall and some more than 20 feet in

low for 2.5 miles to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial For-

diameter! This gem of NC is one of the few remain-

est entrance. For more info, call 828.479.6431.

ing places in the US that’s still considered virgin

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Written by Tom Groves

Clayton Homes of Greer Spring and summertime is typically the hot time in the home-selling market. Clayton Homes of Greer is a major player in that market. The business has served the Upstate area for more than 25 years.

lina Manufactured Home Retailer of the Year and

Clayton Homes of Greer’s modular and manu-

nominated for National Home Center of the Year

factured homes represent the best of today’s home

in 2011 and 2012.

building systems. It sells quality, affordable homes

Clayton Homes also has one of the highest

built to either manufactured or modular codes

customer satisfaction ratings. Many people refer

in modern home building facilities that are the

their friends and neighbors to Clayton Homes of

standard in the industry. This assures a well-built

Greer. Clayton Homes of Greer is part of Berkshire

home will provide worry-free living for many years

Hathaway, a Warren Buffett-owned company.

to come.

Clayton Homes of Greer is located at 1400

Business has been especially strong for Clayton

E. Wade Hampton Blvd in Greer. Office hours

Homes of Greer in 2012. Out of 350 stores in the

are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7

Clayton Homes chain, the Greer locations ranks

p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For

No. 1 in South Carolina and No. 8 in the nation.

more information, call 864.848.3434 or visit

Clayton Homes of Greer was named South Caro-

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South Carolina


Hardy Berry Farm If you like fresh strawberries, peaches, or raspberries, Hardy Berry Farm in Anderson is the place to be this spring and summer. Whether you like to pick your own strawberries, or whether you like to just grab a bucket already picked, Hardy Berry Farm has you covered. Strawberries are $10.75 per gallon pre-picked and $1.70 per pound if you pick them. Hardy Berry Farm is a small family-owned and operated farm. Hardy Berry Farm grows several varieties of strawberries so everyone can find that unique berry that really turns their taste buds on. The farm also grows four varieties of delicious red raspberries, blueberries, and peaches. Strawberry season runs through May; blackberries from early June to early August; blueberries from late June through July;

Photo courtesy of Hardy Berry Farm

raspberries from June through August; and peaches from early June to mid-July. You may purchase jams, local honey, freshly ground wheat, fresh baked bread, raw milk, free range eggs, homemade ice cream, cold drinks, and many other items from the farm’s country store. Located at 232 Strawberry Road in Anderson, call 864.224.5441 or visit Call for operating hours.

Photo courtesy of Greenville Zoo

Greenville Zoo

One of the top tourist attractions every year in South Carolina is the Greenville Zoo. A 14-acre facility, the zoo is home to some of the most unique wildlife in the region and offers educational programs for visitors of all ages. Among the wildlife at the zoo are giraffes, monkeys, giant tortoises, and elephants. There is also a Reptile Building with lizards, frogs, turtles, and snakes. After you tour the grounds, visit The Safari Shop for zoo-themed gifts to take home. Some special events in 2012 include National Endangered Species Day on May 21. Come discover how many animals at the zoo are endangered species. Also on tap is Hot Dog Day on July 14. Enjoy hot dogs, chips, ice cream, and Pepsi — all 50 cents each! Also, every Tuesday, you’ll find an instructor from the Greenville Zoo’s Education continued on page 17 16 IWANNA Summertime Guide • May 15, 2012

Department at select exhibits talking about that animal and answering any questions. Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., admission rates are $7.75 for adults and $4.50 for children 3-15. Children under 3 are admitted free. The Greenville Zoo is located at 150 Cleveland Park Drive in Greenville. Call 864.467.4300 or visit for more info.

South Carolina


SC Aquarium With so many activities to choose from, a day at the SC Aquarium in Charleston will keep everyone busy! There are more than 60 exhibits located throughout the Aquarium that focus on five major regions of the Appalachian Watershed. The Great Ocean Tank is the largest exhibit and extends from the first to the third floor of the Aquarium, holds over 385,000 gallons of water, and contains over 450 animals! Special 2012 events include Shark Week, starting July 27. Sit in on shark-themed dive shows, participate in interactive activities such as Sharkeology, Shark Stations, and Shark Shapes, then play

Photo courtesy of SC Aquarium

in the shark cage, take your picture in the mouth of a shark, and marvel at the sharks in the Great Ocean Tank. Shark Week activities are free with general admission or membership. Daily events all summer include Breakfast with the Otters, Dive into the Great Ocean, Touch Tank Feeding, and Animal Encounters. After your visit, head to Aquarium Wharf, an entertainment district with Fountain Walk retail stores, Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square, and sunset harbor and ecocruises. For more details, call 843.720.1990 or visit

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South Carolina


Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve If you’re looking for one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the Upstate, look no further than the Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve in Spartanburg, a community supported urban garden. The garden has grown to become a beautiful woodland preserve that provides a home for wildlife and a display for nature’s beauty. The Garden is open every day of the year during daylight hours and there is no charge for admission. Displays include the Butterfly Garden, Thomas W. Bartram Trail, Conifer Collection (with 200 species), and the Garden of Hope and Healing. The Garden has incredible history dating back to 1969, when Josephine and Harold Hatcher decided to retire to Spartanburg. From their small backyard they saw the wooded area behind their

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house was covered with tall pines, mature hardwoods, even a stream. The land itself was badly eroded, and had become a dumping ground for local trash, but even so, the Hatchers saw its potential. The Hatchers started filling in the eroded gullies, amending the soil, building paths and ponds, and planting over 10,000 trees, shrubs, and flowers. The community continues to keep the Garden booming, and the location has become a lovely tourist attraction. Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve is located at 820 John B. White Sr. Blvd. For more info, visit

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Riverbanks Zoo The Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia is home to more than 2,000 magnificent and fascinating animals and one of the nation’s most beautiful and inspiring botanical gardens. The 170-acre site features dynamic natural habitat exhibits, scenic river views, spectacular valley overlooks, and significant historic landmarks. Riverbanks attracts more than 850,000 visitors each year and has a non-profit support society of more than 30,000 memberships. In addition to the zoo, Riverbanks Botanical Garden is 70 acres devoted to woodlands, gardens, historic ruins, plant collections, and a visitor facility. The Walled Garden features hundreds of

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Photo courtesy of Riverbanks Zoo

unique plantings suitable for home gardens. The Woodlands Walk features the ruins of an antebellum textile mill and a log cabin interpretive center. Daily park hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekend hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays (through September). Admission is $11.75 for adults, $9.25 for children 3-12, children 2 and under are free. Regular admission rates include entry to both the Zoo and the Botanical Garden. The Zoo is located at 500 Wildlife Parkway in Columbia. Call 803.779.8717 or visit for more info.

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arts & activities

Asheville Art Museum Asheville, NC is known for its art scene, and the Asheville Art Museum is no exception. With permanent exhibits as well as special

Hoss Haley, Cycle, 2012, recycled enameled steel. Photo courtesy of Aislinn Weidele, Asheville Art Museum

exhibitions throughout the year, this museum is a must-see for anyone visiting Asheville and

children and students of all ages.

even for locals who still haven’t checked it out!

This summer, take part in a Glass Making

The Asheville Art Museum was started by artists

Workshop, a Fine Art Print Fair, June 22 - 24, Film

in 1948 and continues to provide Western North

Screenings for both adults and kids, Fanaticon

Carolina with educational events, programs, and

in May, the 7th Asheville Wine Auction and Gala

opportunities for visual arts.

Dinner in June, and The Big Crafty in July.

The programs include adult college classes

For more information about the programs go-

and workshops, lectures and discussions, film

ing on this summer and beyond in Asheville, call

screenings, concerts, tours, volunteer opportu-

828.253.3227 or visit

nities, home school programs, and programs for

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Written by Tom Groves

North Carolina

arts & activities

Photo courtesy of Asheville CVB

Asheville Urban Trail Take a self-guided tour/walk along downtown Asheville’s Urban Trail, and you’ll learn all kinds of interesting tidbits about this eclectic mountain town’s history! This is Asheville’s “museum without walls” and it consists of 30 different bronze sculptures around downtown, shedding light on its unique history. The “Energy Loop”; the Deco Gecko in Pritchard Park; the murals in the City Hall chambers; the bronze life-size sculpture of Martin Luther King, Jr. at MLK Park; the diverse sculptures and plaques along the Urban Trail are all part of Asheville’s public art collection. The 1.7 mile walk begins and ends at Pack Place; maps are available at the Asheville Visitor Center and Pack Place. The tour will take approximately 2 hours. Asheville’s Urban Trail is a great, free thing to do during the summer when the weather is warm and the people watching is at its prime! For more details, visit or call 828.259.5815. Written by Jordan Reed

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arts & activities

Photo courtesy of Asheville’s Fun Depot

Asheville’s Fun Depot Asheville’s Fun Depot has offered a great experience for the whole family for eight years running. You are sure to have a FUN time…hey it’s in their name! Located in beautiful Asheville, NC this 65,000 sqare foot award-winning entertainment center is sure to be a wonderful experience for the young and the young at heart. Open seven days a week, this is a great place to visit rain or shine. Featuring an arcade gallery to satisfy any appetite, as well as great attractions and activities such as indoor mini golf, indoor and outdoor go-carts, laser tag, climbing wall, bumper cars, bowling, arcade gallery, inflatables, a soft play area for your little ones, and so much more. Eat at their Depot Diner and enjoy free wifi throughout. Call about group pricing, package pricing, and birthday parties at 828.277.2FUN (2386). Visit their website (AshevillesFunDepot. com) and/or facebook page ( AshevillesFunDepot) for more information. They are the FUN choice when visiting Asheville!!

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North Carolina

arts & activities

Smith-McDowell House Museum Built by one of antebellum NC’s most influential citizens, the SmithMcDowell House was once the home of mayors, a Civil War major, and friends of the Vanderbilts. Its history runs deep. Rescued from destruction, it’s Asheville’s oldest surviving dwelling and is a National Register property — a window into 19th century life here in Western North Carolina. With tours and exhibits offered throughout the year, the Smith-McDowell House is brimming with interesting history. This summer, a special lecture series, “Civil War Comes to the Mountains,” will be held on June 9 at 2 p.m. The Series continues with a lecture entitled “A Place of Their Own: The Young Men’s Institute and Black Social Uplift in Post-Civil

Photo courtesy of Smith-McDowell House

War Asheville” presented by Dr. Darin Waters. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Adult tickets are $8, kids 8-18 $4, and kids under 5 free. Visit for more information. Written by Jordan Reed

WNC Farmers Market WNC is lucky to have this yearround market available to food enthusiasts in search of the freshest ingredients the area can provide. This indoor/outdoor market is filled with stalls of fresh fruits and vegetables, jams, cheeses, baked goods, fudge, crafts, local honey, and there’s a whole lot more where that came from. Seasonal offerings include fresh flowers, plants, and Christmas trees. Conveniently located off I-26 and I-40, it’s located at 570 Brevard Rd. in Asheville. It’s open daily, year-round from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact them at 828.253.1691 for summer events or for more information. Written by Jordan Reed

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North Carolina

arts & activities

Photo courtesy of Asheville CVB

Shindig on the Green

Now in its 46th year, Shindig on the Green is a fun mountain tradition that celebrates the Southern Appalachians’ best traditional mountain musicians and dancers. It’s held throughout the summer on Saturday evenings and is completely free! This year’s dates are June 30, July 7, 14, 21, August 11, 18, 25, and September 1. Come to Pack Square Park at around 7 p.m.; the festivities last until 10 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy a warm summer evening listening and dancing to beautiful music that is so much a part of this region’s culture. Concessions are available at all these events. There are plenty of performances on stage to keep you entertained with informal jam sessions you can join in on as well. For more information, visit Written by Jordan Reed

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arts & activities

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Train buffs, tourists, and families alike will all enjoy a ride on the historic Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. This 53-mile scenic railroad travels over the Smoky Mountain landscape, through two tunnels and over 25 bridges. The railroad was built in the 1800s by convicts and opened WNC to goods, products, travelers, and salesmen from the northeast. The Railroad was utilized until the mid-80s and was bought by the park in order to preserve the history and heritage of the rails. This summer, there are a number of fun events happening. The GSMR embarks on a new event for 2012! Based on the popular PBS Kids Television series, Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train™, will be family


We Have

200 Dealers!

Over 55,000 Square Feet! GIANT TAIL GATE MARKET

Club guidebook, and activities area! Plus, an opportunity to meet the favorite T.rex, Buddy! This fun-filled train departs July 20-22, July 27-29, and Aug 4 & 5. And enjoy an exciting weekend full of old fashioned fun during Pioneer Weekend, June 9 & 10. The railroad is open throughout the year (Jan-Dec). Ticket rates and schedule information can be obtained by calling 800.872.4681 or by visiting

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The Black Mountain College M useum + Ar ts Center is an exhibition space and resource center in downtown Asheville, dedicated to exploring the history and legacy of the world’s most acclaimed experimental educational community. The center offers changing exhibitions, a video

Located at 56 Broadway Street in Asheville, the center’s hours are: Tuesday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Wednesday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Thursday through


Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


For more information about the museum, 0003634187

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filled train ride with music, stories, Nature Trackers

books and other materials for sale.


I-26 to 64 East (Exit 49A) 1st red light on left #10 Francis Road • 828-696-8745

fun for all! All ages are sure to enjoy this adventure

archive, research materials, and a selection of

in Parking Lot 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month!

Hendersonville, NC

Courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

upcoming exhibitions, and more, visit Written by Jordan Reed

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South Carolina

arts & activities

Photo courtesy of Easley Chamber of Commerce

Photo courtesy of Brian Whelihan/IWanna

Anderson Jockey Lot If you can’t find what you’re looking for with all the vendors at Anderson Jockey Lot, the item likely doesn’t exist. For more than 32 years, Anderson Jockey Lot has been bringing small business and bargain

Easley’s Music on the Market Old Market Square in downtown Easley comes alive every Friday night for the 2012 Music on the Market series at the New Easley Amphitheater. The event runs each Friday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. thru June 22. Bands scheduled to perform include New Phases (May 18), Southern Crescent (May 25), Fortunate Sons (June 1), Dock Side Band (June 8), Katlin Owen Band (June 15) and Whitten City News (June 22).

shoppers together. Every weekend, more than

The concerts are free to attend. Bring your own

1,500 professional, hobby, and yard sale dealers

chairs and blankets for comfort. Food vendors

offer on more than 65 acres everything you can

will be on hand, and a children’s play area will be

imagine. The Jockey Lot is the south’s biggest flea


market and one of the most popular tourist sites

When the music series ends, Easley turns its at-

in the Southeast. Items include fresh produce,

tention to its annual July 4th celebration. The 2-day

technology and automotive components, artwork,

downtown event kicks off July 3 from 2 p.m. to 10

pets for sale, home and garden supplies, tools and

p.m. with a street festival with vendors, carnival

hardware, books, video and music, and much more.

rides, and live entertainment on the main stage.

Food vendors are also on hand.

On July 4th, events take place between 2 p.m. and

Drawing from thousands of dealers selling in

11 p.m., with fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

five locations, will be a source to

The musical act on July 3 is The Flashbacks

browse and purchase the same products and bar-

from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. On July 4, the Encore Band

gains visitors see at the physical location. Anderson

performs from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Jockey Lot is located on US Highway 29 in Belton SC, between Anderson and Greenville. The market

For more information, visit or

is open year-round on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit 30 IWANNA Summertime Guide • May 15, 2012

Frankie’s Fun Park

South Carolina

arts & activities

With more and more new rides offered each year, Frankie’s Fun Park in Greenville just keeps getting better. The park can keep families busy for hours with rides, Go-Karts, miniature golf, bumper boats, laser tag, batting cages, and a fantastic arcade. And Frankie’s features a pay-as-you-play format. There is no admission fee. You decide what you want to do at Frankie’s. The newest ride is the Shamrock Slick Track, along with traditional favorites such as the Road Course and Rookie Track. For those who love the arcade, amazing prizes await at the gift shop. Frankie’s also allows visitors to store

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their coupons on a card to build up points for bigger prizes.

ruff Drive in Greenville. Hours are Mon-Thurs 10

When you take a break from the fun, great

a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m. to midnight; and

food and drinks await at Johnny Rockets, a res-

Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Frankie’s also has parks in

taurant that takes visitors back in time with an

Charleston and Columbia, SC, and Raleigh, NC.

old-style flavor.

For more information, call 864.627.9888 or visit

Frankie’s Fun Park is located at 45 Park Wood-

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at Hyatt Plaza through September 28, 2012. The music includes jazz, blues, oldies, and soul music, and also offers visitors the chance to see all that the downtown area has to offer. A great time spent with the entire family, and the best part of it all? You can enjoy these events all summer long! Top groups scheduled to perform include Coyote Run & Alannach (May 28), The Flashbacks (June 1), Zataban (June 29), Hott Gritz (July 27), and Marcus King Band (August 24). For a complete listing of performers and music lineup, visit

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Main Street Fridays, Greenville

Downtown Greenville comes alive every Friday night from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with the Main Street Fridays series — a free weekly music event

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Greenville Drive With so many family events costing big money these days, you can still rely on baseball to offer great entertainment at reasonable prices! The Greenville Drive, the Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, has opened another exciting season of action at Fluor Field in Greenville. In addition to the action on the field, the Drive offer plenty of in-game entertainment and promotions during the season to keep the entire family entertained. The Drive play home games at Fluor Field, which is designed after Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. The field features its own Green Monster, a 30-foot high wall in left field, equipped with a manual scoreboard, just like at Fenway Park. The field is located at 945 South Main St. in Greenville. Tickets purchased prior to the day of game are $5 for lawn and deck; $6 for reserved terrace; $7 for reserved and $8 for box seats. Tickets purchased on the day of game will cost $1 more for each ticket. For information, call the box office at 864.240.4528 or visit 32 IWANNA Summertime Guide • May 15, 2012

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The museum is open Saturdays only through August 31, and on September 1 and 15. Ticket prices are $20 (first class), $15 (open air car), $12 (coach and caboose). The museum is located at 110 Industrial Park Road, Winnsboro, SC. For more info, call 803.635.4242 or visit

Photo courtesy of the SC Railroad Museum

SC Railroad Museum

The museum will kick off its 2012 season on May 26 with a special family and veterans’ event. Train trips depart at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The museum operates on 5 miles of the 11.5-mile line of the former Rockton and Rion Railroad. The eastern terminal of the line is at the junction with the Norfolk Southern Railroad at the Rockton Station. The line runs generally westward through the Rion community to Anderson Quarry, home of the world famous blue granite called the “silk of the trade.” The museum features: • An hour long train ride that can be enjoyed from a first class dining car, a historical passenger car, a caboose with a real cupola, or the newly restored open air car. • An array of static display cars including the Guinard brick flat car, various diesel engines, and Baldwin steam engine 44. • A walk through display train featuring the 100-year-old Norfolk business car, a Southern Post Office car, Nickle Plate caboose, and more.

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Moonlight Movies, Greer, SC The Moonlight Movies series in Greer, SC, returns in 2012, and with the lineup of movies scheduled, it should be a packed house every night! The series kicks off May 24 with the Harry Potter finale. Disney Studios has extended its licensing agreement for public showings, allowing the city to expand its offerings this year with such films as The Lion King and Aladdin. The movies are held every Thursday night in the City Park Amphitheater. It includes Martin Scorsese’s film Hugo, which recently earned five Academy Awards. All films begin at dusk and seating in the amphitheater is on a first-come, first-served basis. Concessions are available for purchase from on-site vendors. For more information, visit The complete schedule is as follows: May 24: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part II)  May 31: Twilight, Breaking Dawn (Part I) June 7: The Lion King June 14: Tangled June 21: The Muppets

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June 28: Kung Fu Panda 2 July 5: Smurfs July 12: Happy Feet 2 July 19: Hugo July 26: Aladdin August 2: Cars 2

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Peace Center The Peace Center for Performing Arts in downtown Greenville once again offers one of the best Broadway musicals this summer. Disney’s The Lion King, will make a long-awaited stop at the Peace Center for 32 performances start-

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ing June 12 and concluding on July 8. Tickets at $62.50, $72.50, $82.50, and $135 are currently on

both the United States and internationally.

sale at the Peace Center box office and other online

In addition, the Peace Center will also host five-

ticket locations. The stop is part of a national tour

time Grammy-winning singer Diana Krall on July 12

for The Lion King. The show will not return to the

as part of her Summer Nights U.S. Tour 2012. Krall

Southeast until next summer when it plays in Char-

will perform traditional favorites as well as new hits

lotte, NC from August 6 to September 1, 2013.

off her album “Quiet Nights.” Tickets are $85, $75,

The Lion King musical is based on the 1994 ani-

and $65. The Peace Center is located at 300 South

mated Disney movie of the same name. The show

Main Street. Call 864.467.3000 or visit peacecenter.

debuted in 1997 and has been a huge success in

org for more information.

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North Carolina

Weekend Getaway

Asheville, NC Because Asheville is such a vibrant city located right in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s repeatedly listed as one of the top cities to visit in the country! Asheville has a distinct cultural integrity that easily lures visitors in — tempting them to stay longer! That’s why Asheville is one of the best places to visit for a weekend getaway! Because of

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the city’s locally-owned shops, eclectic art galler-

are so many fun events and festivals. While there

ies, distinctive and diverse restaurants, and funky

is a ton to do in the city, there are also countless

entertainment venues, this artsy mountain town

nature excursions — take a drive on the Blue

is bubbling over with an energy that is both retro-

Ridge Parkway, hike trails, go biking or camping,

urban and country chic.

and more! To check out all Asheville has to offer,

Every season, it’s a wonderful place to escape to — especially during the summer when there

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visit or call 828.258.6101. Written by Jordan Reed

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Weekend Getaway

DINEOUT Visit Downtown Asheville for a variety of bars, eateries, cafés, and fine dining.

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Asheville Bed & Breakfasts When you visit Asheville, one of the best ways to experience this culturally sound mountain town is to do it B&B style! The 1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage offers guests comfort and luxury all in one. Choose from their uniquely decorated rooms named after distinguished poets. The Emily Dickinson room, anyone? Located at 173 E. Chestnut Street, call 828.253.2553 for details. The Beaufort House is located in the Chestnut Historic District. Built in 1894, it’s been completely restored with casual comfort and elegance in mind. It’s an intimate, romantic B&B that’s a perfect weekend getaway. Located at 61 North Liberty Street, visit for more information. Hill House B&B Inn is another restorative oasis where you can recharge your batteries. Located on 120 Hillside St., it’s in the heart of Asheville and provides a relaxed atmosphere you’ll love. Stroll through the gardens and find a comfortable spot in the hammock or Adirondack chairs. Don’t miss out on their bottomless cookie jars! For details, visit There are countless other B&Bs in the area! Visit for details. Written by Jordan Reed

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Asheville East KOA Open year round, Asheville East KOA now offers fully furnished Kamping Lodges, Kamper Kabins, and a variety of wooded RV and Tent sites. When the morning sun peeps through the

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tall trees in the heart of the scenic Blue Ridge

keeps them giggling with flashlight treasure

Mountains, you’ll have a tough time deciding how

hunts and weekend pancake breakfasts.

to spend your day. Head for city sights in historic

We offer Kabins and Lodges, two fishing lakes,

Asheville, just 15 minutes away, where you can

paddle boats, bike rental, playground, game

tour the Biltmore House. Cool yourself with the

room, LP Gas, Cable TV, free wi-fi, mini-golf,

bracing mist from 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls in

swimming pool, laundry/store, trout stream, RV

Chimney Rock Park. Hike the park’s trails. Or just

storage, and 50 AMP.

stay put at this KOA loaded with fun. Fish for bass

Located at 2708 Hwy. 70 E in Swannanoa,

just steps from your campsite in two well-stocked

NC, we are centrally located to all other Western

lakes, or reel in trout from the Swannanoa River.

NC attractions. For more information or to

Your kids will love tubing and splashing in the

make a reservation, call 828.686.3121 or visit

gentle Swannanoa. The Asheville East KOA also

Hot Springs, NC Known for its healing mineral spring water, the town of Hot Springs, NC has been a resort destination for almost 200 years! Just 40 minutes outside of Asheville, Hot Springs sits right in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Pisgah National Forest, the French Broad River, and the Appalachian Trail. Because of its prime location, there is so much to do in and around the town. You can hike the Appalachian Trail, go mountain biking, horseback riding, and fishing. The historic town is filled with quaint shops and restaurants to check out, and at the end of the day, enjoy a relaxing and romantic soak in the hot mineral springs the town prides itself in. For more information on activities and events this summer, visit or e-mail 40 IWANNA Summertime Guide • May 15, 2012

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rivers and also offers zipline canopy tours and the Southeast’s first and only yurt accommodations, which provide the camping experience, otherwise known as “glamping,” with the comforts of home, such as a comfy bed, a coffeemaker, and shelter from the elements. Photo courtesy of

Wildwater Searching for summer thrills the entire family can enjoy? Look no further than the outdoor adventures offered by Wildwater, the oldest outfitter in the Southeast.

In addition, Wildwater offers multi-adventure packages that include the company’s signature Raft & Rail® excursion and the popular Rails and Trails adventures — a back-roads Jeep® tour and train-ride combo. The company’s adventure centers also have lake kayak tours, climbing walls, whitewater paddling clinics, and a variety of lodging and food options. There’s no shortage of outdoor activities

Wildwater offers educational outdoor activities

with Wildwater. Take the plunge and make

for all ages, and they’re just down the road —

it a summer you and your family will never

close enough for one-day, weekend, or weeklong

forget! To find out more about Wildwater,

getaways. Wildwater offers whitewater rafting on

visit or call

the Pigeon, Nantahala, Chattooga, and Ocoee


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Verde Vista Apartment Homes Apartment living in Asheville reaches a new level when Verde Vista welcomes its first residents this summer. Professionally managed by Greystar, the largest property management company in the country, this Class A community features 252 apartment residences and 5 luxury townhomes. Ideally located to downtown Asheville, Biltmore Village, and a vast array of shopping, dining, and entertainment choices, the apartments feature 9-foot ceilings, plank flooring, walk-in closets, private patios, and a full GE appliance package. Aside from the amazing views of Beaucatcher Mountain, Verde Vista also boasts a green, sustainable environment. Verde Vista aims to become Asheville’s very first 100% smoke-free community. They have applied for EnergyStar and NAHB Green certifications, which will be reflected

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in noticeably lower energy costs. An electric car charging station will be located on-site and plans are in the works to incorporate Asheville’s first solar powered trash compactor along with a recycling program. The paperless office will utilize iPads for leasing and recycled USB drives in place of brochures. The amenities at Verde Vista are simply unparalleled. Situated between the two stunning main buildings rests a saltwater swimming pool with cabana and open air shower. A brick paved plaza will lead the way to a gorgeous fire pit and outdoor kitchen. The state-of-the art clubhouse will feature an impressive fireplace and massive touchscreen, which creates an interactive way to learn about the community and local areas of interest. Residents will be able to kick back in the iMac lounge, which provides complimentary Wi-Fi and Starbucks coffee. Across the plaza will be the cutting-edge fitness center, with personal televisions on each piece of equipment and weekly yoga classes taught by a certified instructor. Communication within Verde Vista will utilize ActiveBuilding, one of the newest technologies on the market. Valet trash and recycling, in addition to concierge out-of town services, will add to the comfort and convenience of calling Verde Vista “home”. To those searching for the very best Asheville has to offer, pre-leasing at Verde Vista is now underway. Learn more by visiting us at

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Weekend Getaway

Tail of the Dragon Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap has 318 curves in 11 miles and is America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road. Crossing Deals Gap at the Tennessee/North Carolina state line, the Dragon is considered by many as one of the world’s best motorcycling and sports car roads. Anyone looking for an

For more information, routes, directions,

exciting highway will enjoy this stretch of US

and accomodations along this ride, go to

129. With scenic mountains, and a thrill ride

you won’t forget, the area is packed with other incredible roads to venture. Some include the Devil’s Triangle, The Snake, Blood Mountain, and Moonshiner 28. Many say it’s better than any roller coaster ride they’ve ever been on!

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Dillsboro, NC A stroll through downtown Dillsboro is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon or “de-pressurize” for the weekend.

North Carolina

Weekend Getaway

This quaint town covers five blocks with oldtimey retail shops, arts and craft galleries, working artisans’ studios, restaurants, and country inns. History runs deep throughout Dillsboro, with historic homes and businesses on every block. Take a stroll on the “Heritage Walk,” which guides you through the memory-laden streets! The town is host to several summer events including the Dillsboro Arts & Music Festival, Picnic & Tuck River Race, and Taste of North Carolina. Dillsboro is only minutes away from other top attractions and activities — the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Cherokee Indian Reservation, the Nantahala River, and The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. For more information,

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go to or call 828.586.1600.

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Photo courtesy of Pisgah View Ranch

Pisgah View Ranch Imagine a place, vast and private, in a green valley surrounded on all sides by beautiful mountains where people come to relax, play, and explore. Tucked away in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Pisgah View Ranch has been family owned and operated since 1789, specializing in making family memories. Come join us to dine, stay, and ride horses at Pisgah View Ranch. Pisgah View Ranch is the perfect weekend getaway, and there is no minimum stay required! With comfortable accommodations in cozy, rustic style guest cottages or cabins, you can enjoy delicious home-style meals, scenic horseback rides, a swimming pool and tennis court, fishing pond with Bass & Trout, hiking with the beautiful Mt. Pisgah as your backdrop, campfires and s’mores throughout the week, and golfing, whitewater rafting, the Biltmore Estate and other attractions nearby. You can also take advantage of their unique “barn loft” banquet room for family reunions, wedding receptions, conferences, and special events Explore the Pioneer Museum that was established in 1790 and is filled with artifacts from over the yearsl Come and experience your next Dude Ranch Family Vacation at the Pisgah View Ranch. For more information, feel free to visit their website at or call 828.667.9100.

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Photo courtesy of NC Division of Parks and Recreation, by N.McGrath

Marion/Lake James The city of Marion and Lake James are perfect vacation settings for the whole family and for a romantic weekend getaway. Marion and Lake James has something to offer just about anyone — whether your passion is shopping, fishing, kayaking, dining, sunbathing, or hiking. The possibilities are endless! The City of Marion is alive with activities for all ages and activity levels. There is shopping, dining, festivals, concerts, walking trails, boating, and so much more! Check out Historic Main Street, the Tailgate Market (every Tuesday and Saturday mornings), snack on local fare, and window shop Marion’s 52 IWANNA Summertime Guide • May 15, 2012

quaint local boutiques. And if you’re in the mood for music, Marion puts on their First Friday Night Concerts starting in June. During your stay, head down to Lake James for a fun day outdoors. Located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, between Marion and Morganton, Lake James offers plenty of fishing, boating, swimming, camping, picknicking, waterskiing, hiking, and more! Feel free to bring your own boat or rent one, and coast out on the sparkling water as you take in the beautiful views that surround you. Visit, call 828.652.5047, or e-mail if interested in making Marion and Lake James your weekend getaway! Written by Jordan Reed

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Gatlinburg, TN The city of Gatlinburg is truly one-of-a-kind! It’s the perfect weekend getaway, because it’s close enough yet feels as if you’re vacationing far away from home. Whether you’re more the outdoorsy type or enjoy the city sights, this Tennessee town has it all. With summer in full swing, enjoy whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, camping, and fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Take a day (or two!) to explore the city. With outlet malls, superb dining, festivals, parks, and live entertainment, you won’t run out of things to do. Check out the many unique museums including Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum and the Hollywood Wax Museum. And you can’t leave without experiencing Gatlinburg’s Sky Lift and Aerial Tramway. For lodging, events, and more, visit Written by Jordan Reed

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Pigeon Forge/ Sevierville, TN The Pigeon Forge-Sevierville area in Tennessee is an entertainment mecca at the gateway to the Smoky Mountains. There’s an endless variety of things to do: theatre shows, rides and attractions, outlet shopping, a zoo, a cavern, dining, resorts, museums, mini golf, lake activities, craft fairs, car shows, and

Photo courtesy of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism

more! You can even get married at one of more

est rollercoaster! It’s a thrilling ride you have to

than a dozen wedding chapels. The only question

experience for yourself!

is, “What to do first?” Most people might think first of Dollywood, a family theme park named for Hollywood singer/ actress and area native Dolly Parton. This year,

To learn more about this fantastic area, call 800.462.8366 or visit on-line at smokymtnchamber. com/visitorsguide.html. Written by Jordan Reed

the Wild Eagle has landed — Dollywood’s new-

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South Carolina

Weekend Getaway

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Anderson, SC Known as the Electric City, visitors to Anderson will quickly find out why. Downtown Anderson is located in the northwestern corner of South Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Anderson is named after Revolutionary War leader Robert Anderson. Downtown is the brightest part of the city. The surge of development has brought the downtown

charming new places to shop and dine, with others in progress. Downtown Anderson is a perfect setting to explore all the city has to offer. You will find a wide variety to taste, experience, and explore — from traditional Southern cuisine to modern cafes, from antique shops to contemporary art galleries. There are many lakes and rivers nearby, most notably Lake Hartwell. It’s located along the South Carolina Heritage Corridor right off Interstate I-85. The 300-acre Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center plays host to concerts, sporting events, tournaments, festivals, trade shows, and more. The ASEC complex is also home to hundreds of acres of public parks, playgrounds and miles of walking trails. Looking for an overnight stay? The Bleckley Inn is located in the heart of downtown and has 14 rooms to house its guests. For more information on lodging and things to do, visit cityofandersonsc. com or

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Greenville, SC With so much to do in the summertime, it’s no wonder Greenville, SC, is one of the more popular cities in the Upstate for residents and tourists.

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Minor league baseball team, water parks, hiking and bicycling trails, theater shows, a zoo, and top restaurants are just some of the features Greenville has to offer in the spring and summer. The city offers music shows, theater, concerts, cycling events, and other activities, and most all are free. The downtown area also offers free wi-fi connections. Some of the 2012 events include Main Street Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wind up the work week listening and dancing to the best in music entertainment performed by local, regional, and national talent. BB&T Main Street Fridays at The Hyatt is a 28-week free music series running every Friday through September 28. Also on tap is the TD Saturday Market. Select from the finest in fresh produce and flowers, locally grown and delivered to the market each week. While shopping you can grab a bite to eat from participating food vendors and learn new cooking and gardening tips presented by area experts. The market takes place on Main Street on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon until October 27. One of the top summer events is the annual Wells Fargo Red, White, & Blue on July 4 celebrating Independence Day. As one of the largest fireworks displays in SC, the downtown celebration features live music, food, and a variety of family activities. To plan your stay, visit

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Lake Jocassee One of the most popular lakes in South Carolina every year continues to be Lake Jocassee. And why not? The lake was built in 1973 along with Lake Keowee, its sister lake, as part of the KeoweeToxaway project. The dam on Lake Jocassee, which is 385 feet high, impounds four rivers, and the discharge becomes the Keowee River arm of Lake Keowee. The lake is eight miles long and covers 7,565 acres. Lake Jocassee is best known for its trout fishing. Lake Jocassee is a beautiful mountain lake that is surrounded by pristine undeveloped and government protected land. The water is crystal clear and cold even in the summertime. Wildlife is abundant around the lake, and you may even see a black bear or possibly an American Bald Eagle.  There is only one public park on Lake Jocassee — Devils Fork State Park — located just off of SC Highway 11. This park provides about anything you can think of for a great lake trip. There are several boat ramps, campgrounds,  and hiking trails.  Devils Fork State park is also the starting point of the famous Foothills Trail.       If you visit Lake Jocassee, you should definitely stop by Hoyetts store on the way.  It is located on the same road as the state park. They know all about the lake and where to go for camping, hiking, and fishing. Also, Hoyetts offers boat tours, boat rentals, fishing guides, and a ferry service for hikers and campers. Tri-County Boat Rental also offers great deals on rentals, which will get you on Lake Jocassee for a day of fun. At Devils Fork State Park, admission is $2 adults; $1.25 for seniors; and age 15 and younger are admitted free. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit or southcarolinalakes. net. 60 IWANNA Summertime Guide • May 15, 2012

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Hilton Head Photo courtesy of

Mile Creek Park

Summer fun is easy to come by at Mile Creek Park in Six Mile, SC. The park features shelters with modern restroom facilities and convenient access to make it a vacationer’s delight. Campers will find both waterfront and waterview sites with water and electrical hookups and heated shower buildings. A total of 69 campsites are available, all with water and power hookups, and more than 2/3 of those campsites have direct access to the shoreline of the 12,500-acre Lake Keowee. Security is provided 24 hours a day, with a resident ranger and camp hosts to assure your visit is a safe and peaceful one. Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. In addition the park offers: • Paved boat ramps and parking for cars with trailers, offering boaters convenient access to scenic Lake Keowee for water skiing, sailing, and some of the best fishing to be found anywhere. Restrooms are located in the landing area. • A 150-ft. dock for loading/unloading boats • Over 7 miles of shoreline and rugged terrain • 3 public shelters for group outings each complete with water lights and large grills • Picnic sites, each with table and grill, and 4 play areas, 2 with playground equipment, 1 basketball and volleyball court • Park store featuring limited grocery items and camping items, firewood, drinks, and snacks. Some attractions close by are Hagood Mill, an 1825 grist mill near Pickens, the Calhoun Mansion in Clemson, the Pickens County Museum in Pickens, and a number of spectacular waterfalls. Golf and tennis are also within easy driving distance. Mile Creek Park is located at 757 Keowee Baptist Church Road. For more info, call 864.868.2196 or visit or 62 IWANNA Summertime Guide • May 15, 2012

Whether you’re planning a family vacation on the beach, a golf getaway, or a little bit of both, Hilton Head Island is a perfect summer destination. With more than 20 championship-style golf courses, stunning beaches, family events, and hundreds of top-quality restaurants, Hilton Head is one of the most popular vacation spots in the Southeast. Budget-friendly activities are available day and night on the Island. Families can venture to the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse in Sea Pines for only $1 each. This activity offers a clear view of the Island’s south end as well as the eye pleasing Harbour Town Marina. Also available in Sea Pines is shopping, waterfront dining, and horseback riding. Families could spend at entire day in Sea Pines alone. Other family-friendly spots include Shelter Cover Harbour, Adventure Cove, and the Coastal Discovery Museum. Shelter Cove Harbour offers a variety of experiences such as shopping, kayaking, sailing and cruise excursions, fireworks, and concerts. All Shelter Cove Community Park events are free and open to the public. Since the birth of its first golf course in 1961, Hilton Head Island has grown into what Golf Digest readers have named No. 10 on its list of the world’s best golf resorts. World-class quality golf courses, both public and private, offer oceanfront golf courses and traditional parkland courses. Incorporated as a town in 1983, Hilton Head Island is now home to several environmentally planned resort and residential communities, supporting more than 30,000 full-time residents. These communities have been named “plantations,” but cotton fields have been replaced by lush green golf courses, tennis courts, shimmering lakes, and beautifully designed resorts and villas. Hilton Head is also home to some of the finest hotels in the Southeast. Many offer special packages that cater to each visitor’s wish-list. For more details on Hilton Head, visit

Pendleton, SC

South Carolina

History can be found on every street in Pendleton, which comes alive in the summer with its traditional antique and specialty shops.

Weekend Getaway

If you’re looking for something historic and unique, you’ll easily find it in Pendleton. For visitors, the weekly farmers’ market on the Village Green in downtown is held every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. until late September. There are also several area golf courses, including Woodhaven Golf Course and Boscobel Golf Course. Theater lovers can also catch a show at the Clemson Little Theater at the Pendleton Playhouse. According to the Pendleton Fact Sheet, Pendleton was named for Judge Henry Pendleton, a jurist,

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legislator, and soldier from Virginia. Pendleton was

And don’t miss the town’s annual July 4th cel-

founded in 1790, many years prior to the founding

ebration! The 22nd annual Freedom Fest celebrates

of either Anderson County or Pickens County. In

everything that is America. Held right before the

1970, the town was placed on the National Regis-

4th of July every year, the event offers great food,

ter of Historic places as one of the largest historic

games, bingo, music, and fireworks. To plan your

districts in the country.

stay, visit

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Weekend Getaway

Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and is one of the more thriving communities in the Upstate.

week concert is held each Thursday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Spartanburg until August 30. Hear live music chosen from an eclectic line-up from Blues to Reggae…Country to Beach. Denny’s plaza located on East Main Street serves as the perfect backdrop for MOM. The park offers a pleasant atmosphere for an evening out while Main Street is a great place to listen to the live music or just hang out with friends and co-workers. The 200 block of East Main Street is barricaded

The mild climate, with its four distinct seasons,

to traffic during the concerts to allow people to

provides fine weather for outdoor activities year-

gather in the street for the largest weekly event in

round. The city of 40,000 is conveniently situated

downtown Spartanburg.

at the junction of I-26 and I-85, making it easily

Spartanburg is also noted for its many biking

accessible to both mountain and beach resorts.

trails and its commitment to the bicycling commu-

Spartanburg is known for its beauty, quality of life

nity. Spartanburg in 2007 became the first Bicycle

and friendly people.

Friendly Community in South Carolina.

Returning in 2012 is the popular Music on Main

Spartanburg is also home to Wofford College,

series. Music on Main is Downtown Spartanburg’s

which hosts the training camp for the NFL’s Carolina

favorite after-work social gathering. A destination

Panthers each August. Many of the Panthers’ ses-

point where you can meet your friends and col-

sions are open to the public.

leagues, hear great live music, while enjoying food and beverages in an outdoor setting. The once a

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To plan your weekend getaway, visit cityofspartanburg,org.

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Photo courtesy of Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Asheville Drum Circle If you haven’t experienced Asheville’s Drum Circle in the downtown area, you haven’t truly experienced this eclectic, diverse town yet! This event just kind of happened on its own, when musicians and drummers got together on Friday evenings and started making music on the fly in Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. It’s completely free, and it’s gotten larger as the years have gone by — word travels fast among locals and visitors! You can watch and listen, join in the music making, or dance — it’s totally up to you. Pritchard Park is located at the intersection of Patton Avenue, College Street, and Haywood Street and lies in the midst of a multitude of restaurants and shops. So if you’re walking around town or out to dinner on Friday night, feel free to sit outside and listen. You may just join in the music and start dancing yourself! Written by Jordan Reed

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Blue Plum Festival, Johnson City, TN Just over the North Carolina state line in Eastern Tennessee, Johnson City has its annual free Blue Plum Festival. This three day outdoor art and music festival based in downtown is in its 12th year and is a festival that should not be missed. The festival will be held June 1, 2, and 3. Covering all of downtown, there’s plenty of vendors, music, and local arts and crafts. The music is the heart of the festival. There’s music ranging from local folk and jazz to national bands. Hear artists and bands like Darrel Scott & the Brothers, Dangermuffin, and The Black Cadillacs. Record breaking crowds are expected this year, so get there early, bring a lawn chair, and spend some time taking in the beauty of Johnson City, TN. For more information visit Written by Tom Groves

Photo courtesy of Debi Manfre

Sourwood Festival Downtown Black Mountain comes alive with this family-friendly festival. Mark it on your calendars! The Sourwood Festival happens this year on August 11 - 12. Now celebrating its 35th year, this free outdoor festival is a hit among visitors and locals. With the beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Sourwood Festival kicks off with live music, authentic mountain cooking, and local vendors selling their handcrafted items. You’ll find that simply browsing the arts and crafts will make you appreciate the rich, cultural heritage of Western North Carolina. You can find fiber arts, basket weaving, jewelry, ceramics, books, toys, pottery, candles, quilts, paintings, photography, homemade sweets, and of course, plenty of sourwood honey! Black Mountain’s annual Sourwood Festival is always a highlight of the summer. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. There’s always plenty to see and do, and there is no admission cost! For more details on the festival, visit or e-mail them at Written by Jordan Reed

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festivals & events and more. Enjoy sights, sounds, and tastes that dazzle the senses from August 24 - 26! Meander through the festival at your leisure and you’ll find steel drummers, belly dancers, sky-high stilt-walkers, a parade on Saturday, and the dove release on Sunday. The dancing and music is what gives this festival its contagious energy. You’ll hear a wide range of music — local gospel groups, reggae, jazz, and

Photo courtesy of Goombay! Festival

GOOMBAY! Festival

soul. Enjoy authentic Caribbean meals and shop from the vendors that line the streets with everything from ice cream to third world crafts. Free and open to the public, GOOMBAY! will

Asheville’s 31st annual three-day African-Caribbean festival is packed to the gills with live music, dancing, entertainment, colorful costumes,

be held on Market and Eagle Streets in downtown Asheville. For more information and a schedule of the days’ events, call Ron King at 828.318.3128. Written by Jordan Reed

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North Carolina

festivals & events

White Squirrel Festival

Playing Saturday, May 26 at 3 p.m. is Serious Clark — a local Asheville band that can’t help but lure people up and out of their seats when

Get ready to go nuts! The Annual White Squirrel Festival will be here before you know it! This year’s dates are Saturday and Sunday, May 26th and 27th in downtown Brevard, NC.

they start playing! This singer/songwriter led

With over 14 free concerts, this year’s event

down the beats with the Bass. Check them out at

promises to be even bigger and better than ever -- with the white squirrel guided tours, White Squirrel Exhibit, Children’s Village, and White

three-piece is fueled by looped acoustic guitar grooves when playing live and pop and soul influenced vocals. Michael Babb sings and plays the Guitar and Harmonica, Justin Gostony is the band’s talented drummer, and Robert Jones lays! There are many more bands like this one that are well worth seeing.

Squirrel Photo Contest. Also back this year is the

The festival will be held on Main and Broad

Annual 5K/10K White Squirrel Race sponsored by

Streets in downtown Brevard on Saturday from

The Rotary Club of Brevard. There’s something

9 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m.- 10

for everyone.

p.m. For a full line-up of musical guests and more

The 5th Annual Squirrel Soap Box Derby is

information, visit

another exciting event going on at the Festival. This gravity race is the only legal opportunity in Brevard where you can try to break the speed limit down Jailhouse Hill! There will be over 16 musical acts over two days and it’s all free! Invite your friends, relatives, and any other critters you can round up. 70 IWANNA Summertime Guide • May 15, 2012

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Bele Chere

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Now in its 34th year, Bele Chere remains the largest street festival in the Southeast! This year the festivities start on July 27th and go through the 29th. This free festival has grown considerably through the years, with hundreds of vendors, musicians, entertainers, artists, dancers, and more gathered together in the heart of downtown Asheville. Bele Chere means “beautiful living” and comes from an ancient Scottish dialect. Nationally-renowned musicians and singers take the stage at one of four different stages

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scattered in the downtown area, featuring

fiber arts, ceramics, and a ton more. Replenish

diverse music and performers in all musical

your body at many food and beverage courts,

genres throughout the three days. Meander

and mingle with visitors and locals!

through the streets as you listen to the live music, and be sure to browse the original arts and crafts on display — metalwork, jewelry,

For a full schedule of the musical lineup, and more, visit Written by Jordan Reed

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Folkmoot USA Festival From July 18 - 29, Folkmoot USA graces WNC once again. Folkmoot USA is the State International Festival of North Carolina, a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance. Every summer, locations all over Western North Carolina host a diverse array of performances, a Folkmoot parade, as well as workshops by up to 350 performers from over 10 different countries. Performers demonstrate cultural heritage through colorful, authentic, and original reproduction costumes, lively dance, and traditional music. For 28 years, Folkmoot has been honored to

Photo courtesy of Folkmoot USA have over 200 folk groups from more than 100 countries come share their heritage and culture at the Folkmoot Festival. The different countries invited to perform in this year’s festival are New Zealand, France, Serbia, Belgium, Puerto Rico, Phillipines, Ukraine, Indonesia, Hawaii, and Peru. Tickets start at $16. For more information on the event schedule, ticket prices, and more, visit or call 1.877.FOLK.USA. Written by Jordan Reed

Bluff Mountain Festival Looking for a fun family-friendly festival for free? The Bluff Mountain Festival held on June 9 on the grounds of Hot Springs Spa and Resort in Hot Springs, NC is the place to be! Set on the banks of the French Broad River, the Bluff Mountain Festival offers something for everyone. Families who attend this festival will be treated to traditional old-time and bluegrass music, ballad singing, and traditional clogging. All of these events are shared by the young and old alike. Aside from the music and cultural activities, this festival raises money through a silent auction for the Madison County Arts Council. The silent auction shows off the local and regional artists in the area. No alcohol or pets are allowed. Bring your family, and get ready to have the most fun you’ll have all summer. For more information, visit Written by Tom Groves 72 IWANNA Summertime Guide • May 15, 2012

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5 every third Friday of each month from May until September. Not to mention, it’s completely free and open to the public! Beer and food are available for purchase by local restaurants and breweries as well! ($2 wristbands for beer & wine) All shows start promptly at 5 p.m. and last until 9 p.m. Come unwind this summer with the rest of Asheville, and start your weekend off on the right foot. For more information, visit Written by Jordan Reed

Photo courtesy of Asheville Downtown Association

Downtown After 5 Every summer Asheville takes the third Friday of each month — May through September — to thank the local community with a free concert! The city supports and funds a series of concerts held under the I-240 bridge on Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville. Music varies from funk to folk and from local to national acts. Starting on May 17th, you can enjoy Downtown After

Photo courtesy of Arts2People.

LAAF - Lexington Ave. Arts & Fun Festival Every year, downtown Asheville’s Lexington Avenue devotes itself to LAAF — the Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival! This all-day, all-local street fair has grown to be the largest independent street fest in the Southeast! This year is in its 11th year and will be held September 1 - 2. The street will be jam-packed with wild street performers, unique artwork, live music, dancing, contests, and just about anyone who enjoys the free spirit of Asheville! The festivities start at 11 a.m. and go all day, so bring your dancing shoes and come hungry! Vendors from local restaurants will be set up, enticing you to try their tasty fare. After filling up, you can browse the arts and crafts that are on display and available for purchase. For a full lineup of musical guests, performers, artists, and more, go to Written by Jordan Reed

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Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival

North Carolina

festivals & events

What would the Southeast be without a Barbecue Festival? Add great music, and you’ve got the Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival in Tryon, NC. Held on June 8th and 9th at Harmon Field, it’s the Southeast’s premier Barbecue Festival! This 19th annual Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. Here’s an added bonus this year — everyone will be admitted free of charge on Friday, June 8 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.! After you’ve eaten your fill of barbecue, you can shed a few calories dancing to live music,

Photo courtesy of Blue Ridge BBQ Festival

riding rides, playing games, browsing the arts and

heads a list of top performers that should have

craft dealer booths! The music lineup will be one

Festival fans dancing all day and night! For more

of the best in Festival history. Acoustic Syndicate

information, visit

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performed in Spartanburg, Greer, Fountain Inn, South Carolina

and Asheville, NC as well. Join the festival June

festivals & events

22 in Falls Park under the summer skies, for a very special evening of America’s Stories celebrated in music, drum, and dance with the incredible Oba King, storyteller. For a complete list of shows and dates, visit

Photo courtesy of Chautauqua Festival

Chautauqua Festival Have you ever wanted to ask a question to a historical figure like Winston Churchill? Or Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology? Well, come to Greenville and surrounding towns from June 15-23 for the Chautauqua Festival and meet five famous historical figures who changed the world. Experience firsthand how America transformed Winston Churchill, Carl Jung, Golda Meir, Lafayette, and Denmark Vesey when “They Came to America.” Each Show is performed many times at a variety of venues, days, and times. No two shows are ever the same because it’s Interactive Theater, with audience participation. All shows are free and performed in several locations, including Falls Park, Greenville Technical College, The Phoenix Greenville’s Inn, and Centre Stage. Shows are also

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SC Festival of Flowers The 45th renewal in 2012 opens June 2 and runs to June 24. The main days of events will be June 21 - 24. The festival was named one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for the last five years and also one of the top 100 events in North America by the American Bus Association for 1996 and 2001. The fourth weekend of June will prove to be most entertaining for all ages. The Park Seed Company’s famous Trial Gardens, featuring more than 1,000 annuals, perennials, and vegetables will be open to the public on Flower Day, June 23. Enjoy other Festival activities such as the boisterous bluegrass and a new outdoor garden party concert. View the works of SC’s top artists and craftsmen at the Festival Art Show and Craftsmen’s Fair. On June 23, a free Bluegrass Concert will be held from 6 to 11 p.m., at 419 Main Street. The event will feature The Boxcars and Grasstowne, as well as Volume Five. For more information, call 864.223.8411, ext. 232, or visit

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SC Festival of Discovery Blues music and the best barbecue food! That’s a winning combination o f fe re d i n G re e nwo o d e ve r y summer! The 12th annual South Carolina Festival of Discovery in Greenwood returns for another exciting year in 2012, sponsored by the Uptown Greenwood Development Corporation. Discover a weekend of food, fun, music, amusement rides and much more as you experience and learn about the history, traditions, folklore, arts and crafts, music and dance, and culture of Greenwood, the South Carolina Upstate area, and the entire state. The weekend features a Kansas City Barbeque

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Society-sanctioned and South Carolina State Championship cook-off featuring some the best BBQ teams in the country. Another popular food item is traditional Black Kettle Hash. The defending barbecue champion is Lotta Bull BBQ, owned by Mike and Debbie Davis. Lotta Bull is a 4-time world champion in barbecue contests. Lotta Bull will be back in 2012 to defend its title. Discover the unique musical sound and rich tradition of the Blues at this annual Festival. Enjoy a free outdoor concert at the main stage area or jump on board the “Blues Cruise” and listen to Blues performers at nine different venues in the Uptown area. Under the artistic direction of Shrimp City Slim (Gary Erwin), the “Blues Cruise” has featured a wide variety of Blues performers including Drink Small, Wanda Johnson, the WITO’s, Delta Moon, Bob Margolin, the King Bees, Bryan Lee “The Braille Blues Daddy,” Mac Arnold, Nappy Brown, Shane Pruit, Dave Mackenzie, and many more!! And all music venues are free! The event will be held July 13-14 at 424 Main Street in Greenwood. For more information and a schedule of events, visit festivalofdiscovery. com.

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festivals & events days from July 12 - 14. The festival’s kickoff event will be July 12 at 9 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce. Later that day, there will be a Dessert Challenge at 10 a.m., a Dog Show (Chaps Museum, 2 p.m.) and a Talent Night (Fullerton Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.). On July 13, activities continue in downtown Gaffney with a Family Fun Fest (5 p.m.) and the Barbecue Wing Ding (6 p.m.), as well as other events such as a carnival.

SC Peach Festival

Another full day of events continues on July 14, starting at 7 a.m. with a road race and concluding with a Beach Party at 7 p.m. In between, there

What would a summer in the South be like without peaches?

will be many more activities for everyone. Another highlight will be a performance on July 21 by country music star Colt Ford at

Not to worry, because the annual South Caro-

Lake Whechel at 7 p.m. The festival concludes

lina Peach Festival returns to downtown Gaffney

on July 28 with a Mud Bog at Lake Whechel at

in 2012 from July 12 - 28.

6 p.m. For a complete schedule of events, visit

Most of the events will take place over three

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Photo courtesy of Kiawah Island Golf Resort

PGA Championship The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina already has a rich history. The course has previously hosted the Ryder Cup and Senior PGA Championship. Now, in August, the Ocean Course will host the 2012 PGA Championship. The event will feature the world’s top golfers, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, and many more. The Ocean Course will become only the fifth course to host the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA, and the Ryder Cup. Designed from a ribbon of pristine sand dunes stretching nearly 3 miles along the Atlantic Ocean at the eastern end of Kiawah Island, The Ocean Course is a par-72 layout reminiscent of the great seaside links of England and Scotland. The resort also includes The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island ­— a spectacular new 255-room oceanfront hotel and spa — the number one ranked tennis program in the country, and a plethora of dining and recreational opportunities. 80 IWANNA Summertime Guide • May 15, 2012

Thoughtfully developed on a barrier island of coastal South Carolina only 21 miles from historic Charleston, Kiawah Island Golf Resort lies along 10 miles of one of America’s top beaches. This 10,000-acre island is a haven for a plethora of wildlife including egrets, loggerhead turtles, and alligators. When you’re done watching or playing golf, The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary is the resort’s signature steakhouse with a menu specializing in exceptional hand-selected cuts of beef and chops as well as other signature dishes. The PGA Championship will be held August 9 - 12. For ticket information, visit For more information about the resort, visit or call 843.768.2912.

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Spring Water Festival When August rolls around in Williamston, SC, it’s time for the Spring Water Festival at Mineral Spring Park. This year’s event will be held August 24 and 25. The two-day festival will be held rain or shine and all events are free. Activities include arts and crafts, live music, a Gospel music showcase, free children’s activities, amusement rides, Spring Water 5-K Run,  1-mile fun run, antique car and fire truck shows, and wonderful food. Musical acts include Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues, Tom Fisch, and the Royal Scotsmen Band. Music will be performed from 6 to 10 p.m. on August 24 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on August 25.

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Mac Arnold recently returned to a live touring schedule. According to his website, Mac Arnold’s first band included James Brown on piano. Mac moved to Chicago and Muddy Waters hired him on the spot. He toured and recorded with the Muddy Waters Band and recorded LPs with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. Mac moved to Los Angeles and produced Soul Train with his friend Don Cornelius. He even played bass on the “Sanford & Son” television show when he wasn’t playing bass for Otis Redding and B.B. King. Arnold’s band includes Austin Brashier on guitar and vocals, Max Hightower on keyboard, Dan Keylon on bass and vocals, and Mike Whitt on drums. This is one musical act you won’t want to miss! Williamston was named for West Allen Williams, who discovered a natural mineral spring on his property. The town developed around this “miracle” mineral spring, whose water was believed to have healing properties and made the town a popular health resort in the early 1800s. It’s located on State Highway 20, just off I-85 between Anderson and Greenville. For more info, visit

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US Cycling Championships The best cyclists in the nation will once again compete in Greenville on Memorial Day weekend in the 2012 USA Cycling Championships

sponsored by Greenville Hospital System. All racing events are free and open to the public, with many activities for fans. Racing opens on May 26 with the Time Trial and Road Race Championships, presented by Duke Energy. The race starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research campus and will be 20.7 miles. Estimated finish time is about 1:30 p.m. There will also be a US Handcycling Series starting at 8:30 a.m. The big racing day is Memorial Day with the Road Race Championships. The race will be 115 miles and starts at noon. Awards and a ceremony will conclude the weekend event. The race will finish at South Main and Camperdown Streets in downtown Greenville. More than 125 cyclists are expected to compete. For more info on additional events, visit

Mighty Moo Festival When the first Mighty Moo Festival was held in Cowpens, SC, in 1977, organizers weren’t sure how successful the event would be. According to the town’s website, the Cowpens Bicentennial Committee in 1976 decided that the next town festival would be called the Mighty Moo Festival, in honor of former crewmen of the USS Cowpens World War II aircraft carrier. But that first year, more than 1,500 people showed up to honor the USS Cowpens crewmen, and the event has been growing every year since. Now a 4-day event, the 2012 festival will be held in downtown Cowpens from June 13 - 16. The event features street dances, great food, a golf tournament, beauty pageant, a baseball game, an arts and crafts sale, and the Mighty Moo Parade. The festival is a celebration of the town’s history and honors veterans and crewmen of the USS Cowpens CVL 25 and the USS Cowpens CG63. You can also check out the history of the town. The Cowpens National Battlefield is 11 miles north of I-85. The entrance is near the intersection of SC Hwy 11 and Hwy 110. For a complete schedule of events, visit

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Upstate Shakespeare Festival

South Carolina

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Enjoy a night of outstanding theater with the 2012 season of the Upstate Shakespeare Festival at beautiful Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville. The festival will be presenting two outstanding Shakespeare shows this summer: Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Paul Savas, and Henry V, directed by John Fagan. All performances are Thursday - Sunday nights at 7 p.m. and are free. Much Ado About Nothing will be performed May 24-27, May 31-June 3, June 7-10, and June 14-17. Henry V will be performed July 12-15, July 19-22, July 26-29, and August 2-5. Bring a picnic basket, blanket, or chairs to

Photo courtesy of Upstate Shakespeare Festival

enjoy these spectacular shows under the stars

ductions that serves as Greenville’s calling card

at Falls Park. This event is anchored by the free

as a summer destination.

summer festival, which focuses on high quality, entertaining, inclusive, and family-friendly pro-





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South Carolina

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Freedom Weekend Aloft The annual Freedom Weekend Aloft each year on Memorial Day weekend in Simpsonville just gets bigger and better every year! The event at Heritage Park features 80 hot-air balloons competing for various prizes, nationally renowned recording artists performing all day, food, National Disc Dog Competition, interactive sponsor displays, amusement rides, family entertainment, and more. Freedom Weekend Aloft is the largest Memorial Day Weekend, hot-air balloon, and

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family entertainment festival in the Southeast and east of the Mississippi. Performers scheduled to appear in 2012 include Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat (May 25), Jake Owen (May 26), and Eddie Money (May 27). The event schedule opens May 25 from 3 to 11 p.m., May 26-27 from noon to 11 p.m., and May 28 from noon to 9 p.m. Admission is $12 and children under 12 get in free. Parking is $5. Everyone is admitted free on Memorial Day, sponsored by Bi Lo! Festival-goers can save $4 off daily admission by purchasing tickets in advance for $8 at Bi Lo until May 24. For more information, visit

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Ron’s Remove Your Own Parts Ron’s Remove Your Own Parts is the newest self service used auto parts facility in the Upstate of South Carolina. We are located at 13054 Wade Hampton Blvd. in Greer, SC, between Greenville and Spartanburg. We are serving Northeastern Georgia, Western North Carolina, as well as the Upstate of South Carolina. We offer more than 1,000 used automobiles for the do-it-yourself individuals looking to reduce the cost, hassles, and headaches of finding quality used auto parts for less. Our lot is well-tended and safe. We change the inventory daily and have

dards. We have developed an award winning sys-

the vehicles arranged in six easy ways to locate:

tem for the extraction and separation of hazardous

General Motors, Imports, Fords, Full-size trucks and

fluids in automobiles. We meet all EPA standards.

SUVs, Chrysler/Dodge, and Antiques. Our unique

Our system is the culmination of 30 years of auto

pricing system eliminates unnecessary costs and

recycling experience.

haggling. Ron’s Remove Your Own Parts is dedicated to environmental protection and fair business stan-

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Come, experience for yourself why we take such pride in what we can do for you. Visit us at or call 864.879.0330.

Ricky’s Pools

Owner Ricky Pleau and Marie Pleau first opened their pool business in Maine back in 1990, giving

For nearly 10 years, Ricky’s Pools in Mauldin has been the go-to business for pool installations and service in the Upstate.

them more than 22 years of experience. They sold that business in 2003 and moved to South Carolina. They opened Ricky’s Pools in 2003 with just two employees. Today, they have a staff of 22. All their technicians are certified and insured.

Ricky’s Pools aims to provide complete swim-

The business has grown so much, Ricky’s

ming pool care to fulfill customers’ needs in one

Pools recently opened a new location in Mauldin,

location. Quality work at low prices is the motto

which is bigger and better able to handle more

at Ricky’s Pools and it strives to fulfill that motto

customers. Ricky’s Pools offers installation of in-ground and

to the fullest extent. Ricky’s Pools can provide full service for all

above-ground pools, as well as a top-notch service

your pool needs at your home. Their knowledge

department. Weekly residential and commercial

technicians can come to your home and diagnose

service is available. They also offer concrete work

your problems and repair them on-site. There is no

and repairs of pool areas. Ricky’s Pools does not use

problem too big that they cannot solve. Swimming

sub-contractors; all work is done by its staff.

pool repair service such as liner replacements,

Ricky’s Pools is located at 713 N. Main Street

in-ground pool maintenance, concrete work,

in Mauldin. Hours are Monday through Friday

tile work, PVC work for pools, repair work on

from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to

pool equipment, weekly maintenance, and sand

4 p.m. The business is closed on Sunday. For more

changes are just a few examples of the services

information, call 864.288.3080 or visit rickyspools.

Ricky’s Pools does on a routine basis.


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Calendar of Events Anderson, SC

revitalized with the Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program. Free; 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Contact info:

MAIN STREET BLOCK PARTY Thursdays through October

Mountain safari May 31

Come enjoy everything downtown Anderson has to offer in this free weekly concert series on Main Street from 6 to 9 p.m. Contact info:

MAIN STREET car show June 16 Held each year on the Saturday before Father’s Day, the Main Street Car Show is hosted by the local Main Street organization from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Come see antique and unique cars and trucks, and take in downtown shopping and dining. Contact info:

Asheville, NC Downtown after 5 concert series May 18 - September 21 Downtown After 5 provides free live music entertainment in downtown Asheville — on N. Lexington Ave. at the I-240 overpass. Every third Friday, come out and visit with locals and visitors, enjoy downtown Asheville, and support local businesses and entertainers. Free; $2 wristbands for beer & wine; 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Contact info:

9th annual montford music & arts festival May19 Located in beautiful Historic Montford, this full day event starts at 10 a.m. and concludes at 7 p.m. It’s the largest one day free music and arts festival in WNC and with festivities happening on two streets: Montford and Soco. Feast your senses on over 100 vendors of art, crafts, plants, and food. Non-stop entertainment will be performed on two stages from 20 groups and a children’s area. Held rain or shine! Contact info:

Asheville beer week May 24 - June 3 The first ever Asheville Beer Week will take place May 24 through June 3. The 10 days celebrating beer and Beer City, USA, will culminate at Asheville’s third Beer City Festival on June 2. The “week” includes seminars, tastings, dinners, and special events. More than 40 breweries are slated to appear at Beer City Festival. Asheville Beer Week will offer a variety of events and include as many bars, restaurants, and breweries as possible. Contact info:

12th annual mountain sports festival May 25 - May 27 All weekend long, experience springtime in Asheville, NC at the 2012 Mountain Sports Festival. Bring your family and friends and join in on the outdoor fun at Carrier Park for the outdoor music & sports event of the year! Free and open to the public. Contact info:

Hoop jam tuesdays May 29 - August 28 Asheville Hoops offers great entertainment in Pritchard Park this summer! Enjoy fun hula hoop exercise every Tuesday with instruction provided by Melanie MacNeil and music by George Pond. Pritchard Park is packed with entertainment this year as it’s 90 IWANNA Summertime Guide • May 15, 2012

The Mountain Safari is a party at the WNC Nature Center! Celebrate with friends and family as you enjoy live music, special performances by bhangra dancers, drummers, and ballroom dancers, as well as special encounters with your wild friends! Beer, food, and wine are included, and don’t forget to dress in your best safari gear. $40/members, $45/non-members. Contact info:

Ooh La La Curiosity Market June 2, 9, July 7, August 4, 18, September 1 Ooh La La Curiosity Market is a new artist’s market to take place in Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville, showcasing the work of local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters, up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights. Live local music and other entertainment surprises will accompany your browsing. Free; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Contact info: OohLaLaCuriosityMarket.

River arts district studio stroll June 9 - June 10 The first, largest, and most walkable tour of working artists’ studios in the region, the River Arts District Studio Stroll takes place in 19 historic buildings along the French Broad River. There will be artists’ demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the weekend. Tour artists’ studios, meet with the artists, and purchase artwork. Free, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Contact info:

art in the park June 16, 23, 30 Asheville’s Art in the Park occurs on three consecutive Saturdays in June. This free event transforms Pack Square in downtown Asheville into a garden of artistic wonder and beauty! Skilled workers of glass, ceramics, wood, jewelry, and metal make their shops open to display to the public at every market. Free; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Contact info:

Asheville alive 2012: piedmont classic paso fino horse show June 21 - June 24 Asheville ALIVE 2012 promises to provide thrilling competition, fantastic entertainment for families, a state-of-the-art facility for riders and premium hospitality and enhanced benefits for exhibitors, spectators, sponsors, and vendors. Located at the WNC Ag Center, times are: Thursday - Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. followed by concert; Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Contact info:

Ingles 4th of july celebration July 4 Celebrate with the city of Asheville this year for July 4th — the town puts on quite a party and a fireworks show! An event for the whole family, the festivities will be held in Pack Square and along College St. downtown. Free; 1 p.m. - 11 p.m. Contact info: 828.251.1122.

65th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands July 19 - July 22 For four days, the US Cellular Center in Asheville, NC comes

Calendar of Events alive with fine traditional and contemporary crafts. Over 200 craftspeople fill the two levels of the center selling their works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood, jewelry, and more. Thursday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission fee. Contact info:

bele chere July 27 - July 29 Bele Chere, the largest free outdoor street festival in the Southeast, is not to be missed! Over three days, downtown Asheville comes alive with original music all day and night for 200,000 festival-goers. Bele Chere offers the unique opportunity to see, taste, and hear some of the region’s finest art, cuisine, and music. Free; Friday, 12 p.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Contact info:

black mountain, NC Black mountain arts & crafts show June 2 - June 3 Black Mountain puts on a vibrant arts & crafts show for two full days in June! Browse through the highest quality crafts, and fill up on yummy food and cold drinks. Free; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., The Old Depot. Contact info:

green swan fest June 2 A day of music with local and national performers awaits you at Green Swan Fest! This event celebrates the work of Asheville GreenWorks, a local environmental non-profit, working to “green up” Buncombe County. Bring the family for children’s events and environmental activities. There will be raffles for great door prizes, local food trucks, and micro-brews. Located at beautiful Warren Wilson College. $25; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Contact info:

park rhythms June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2 Enjoy an evening of music outside at beautiful Lake Tomahawk Park. Concerts are Thursday evenings, from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., and are always free! Food is available from local vendors. In case of rain, all shows are moved indoors to the Lakeview Clubhouse. Contact info: 828.669.2052,

free hike fridays at chimney rock park August 3 - August 31 This free guided hike treks up to the tallest waterfall on the east coast — Hickory Nut Falls—at an incredible 404 feet. While many recognize the falls from the movie The Last of the Mohicans, this guided hike shares lesser-known facts about plants and animals found along the trail during the summer, in addition to some interesting Park history. Meet the trail guide in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts at 11 a.m. Free with park admission; Fridays, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Contact info:

Boone, NC Downtown Boone invites you to spend First Friday sampling their diverse offerings of art, music, shopping and dining, in North

Appalachian Summer festival June 24 - July 28 Now in their 27th season, Boone’s Appalachian Summer Festival is an inter-disciplinary arts festival presenting and producing programs in music, theatre, dance, film, and visual arts. Some of the scheduled events require tickets (which can be purchased on their website), but a lot are free! Contact info:

musicfest ‘n sugar grove July 13 - July 14 This 13th annual music festival celebrates the music of Doc Watson and friends, on the site of the Doc Watson Museum at Cove Creek. This year, they’ll be featuring the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Doc Watson, Kruger Brothers, and more. Fri: $20/Sat: $25. Contact info:

Brevard, NC 9th annual white squirrel festival May 26 - May 27 This year’s White Squirrel Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever, with plenty to do for the whole family, including over 14 free concerts! Free and open to the public, it’s held Saturday and Sunday in downtown Brevard on Main and Broad Streets. Contact info:

Brevard’s 4th friday gallery walk May 25, June 22, July 27, August 24 Enjoy an evening stroll in downtown Brevard as you enjoy visiting the art galleries, stores, and restaurants that are staying open late from 5 - 9 p.m. Be sure to look for the 16 sculptures and five murals located downtown as well! Contact info: 828.884.2787,, click on Art Tours.

Brevard Arts & Culture Week June 22 - July 4 For an entire week, more than 65 art events can be enjoyed in downtown Brevard and Transylvania County. Some events include Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walks, Street Dances, Art Show & Sale, and more. End the week with a bang and the Heart of Brevard 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Extravaganza! Contact info:, 828.884.2787.

4th of July celebration July 4 Catch the hometown spirit of Brevard with their Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks Show! It starts off with a bang early in the morning with the 5K/10K Firecracker Run. During the day, downtown streets are closed to an overflowing crowd. This year, Transylvania Community Arts Council hosts its 40th Annual Fine Arts & Craft Showcase. A Classic Automobile Show stretches for blocks and delights even the casual aficionado of 1920s to 1970s vintage vehicles. Contact info:

Burnsville, NC

first friday June 1, July 6, August 3

Carolina’s most walkable neighborhood! Free; 5 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Contact info:

mt. mitchell crafts fair August 3 - August 4 The quaint town of Burnsville, NC will once again welcome crafters and artists alike for the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair — now in its IWANNA Summertime Guide • May 15, 2012 91

Calendar of Events 56th year! Spot over 200 artists as they produce their lovely work to browse, and many will be working as you walk around. Eat a delicious BBQ lunch and relax as you listen to live bluegrass music and watch dance performances! Free; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Contact info: 828.682.7413,

cherokee, NC swain county heritage festival May 25 - May 26 This two day festival has it all! Friday night entertainment is loaded with local talent featuring an emphasis on old-time gospel. Saturday entertainment, classic country and bluegrass, clogging, and Indian hoop dancing. In addition to music, the festival offers local arts and crafts, food, games for the kids, log-sawing contest and fun for the whole family. Free; Friday, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Contact info:

Unto these hills drama June 1 - August 18 Experience Cherokee like you’ve never experienced it before. This drama, performed nightly (except Sundays) has kept audience members on the edge of their seats ever since it started. It’s a wonderful way to get to know ancient Cherokee customs and traditions, and feel the Cherokee Nation’s living spirit. $1020; Mountainside Theatre. Contact info:

Cherokee summer carnival June 5 - June 9 Celebrating the arrival of summer, this wildly fun, five-day gathering will awaken all your senses! Designed for the kid in all of us, it will have you smiling until your face hurts! Scream on the carnival rides, enjoy the music, try your hand at a few games, and eat yourself silly as you sample a variety of treats along the midway. Admission fee; Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. Contact info:

cullowhee, NC Mountain artisans summertime arts & crafts show June 30 - July 1 Each year a dazzling array of 100 regional artisans and artists exhibit heritage and contemporary crafts. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the Ramsey Center on the Western Carolina University’s campus. Categories include pottery, glass, wood craft, quilts, rugs, and exhibitors will be demonstrating various arts like potery throwing and blacksmithing. Adults $4; children under 12 free. Contact info:

easley, SC Farmers’ Market Saturdays through October 27 Straight from the farm to you! That’s the motto of the annual Farmers’ Market, which runs every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of City Hall in downtown Easley. Come buy the freshest produce and pies in the area. Contact info: 92 IWANNA Summertime Guide • May 15, 2012

Music on the Market Fridays through June 22 Old Market Square in downtown Easley comes alive every Friday night for the 2012 Music on the Market series at the New Easley Amphitheater. The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Bands scheduled to perform include New Phases (May 18), Southern Crescent (May 25), Fortunate Sons (June 1), Dock Side Band (June 8), Katlin Owen Band (June 15), and Whitten City News (June 22). The concerts are free to attend. Contact info: or

JULY 4TH CELEBRATION July 3 - July 4 The 2-day downtown event kicks off July 3 from 2 to 10 p.m. with a street festival with vendors, carnival rides, and live entertainment on the main stage. On July 4th, events take place between 2 and 11 p.m., with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Musical act on July 3 is The Flashbacks from 7 to 10 p.m. On July 4, the Encore Band performs from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Contact info: or

FOUNTAIN INN, SC FARMERS’ MARKET Saturdays in June, July, August, September The farmers’ market returns for another year at the Fountain Inn Commerce Park Pavilion at 110 Depot Street. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon. Contact info:

GAFFNEY, SC South Carolina Peach Festival July 12 - July 28 The festival’s kickoff event will be July 12 at 9 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce. Later that day, there will be a Dessert Challenge at 10 a.m., a Dog Show (Chaps Museum, 2 p.m.), and a Talent Night (Fullerton Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.). On July 13, activities continue in downtown Gaffney with a Family Fun Fest (5 p.m.) and the Barbecue Wing Ding (6 p.m.), and a carnival. Another full day of events continues on July 14, starting at 7 a.m. with a road race and concluding with a Beach Party at 7 p.m. Another highlight will be a performance on July 21 by country music star Colt Ford at Lake Whechel at 7 p.m. The festival concludes on July 28 with a Mud Bog at Lake Whechel at 6 p.m. Contact info:

gatlinburg, TN Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales June 15 - August 11 Gatlinburg’s 7th annual presentation of Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales begins in downtown Gatlinburg on June 15 and runs through August 11. Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance event featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers, and artisans portraying characters from time periods as far back as 1800.The collection of personalities and performers arrive nightly at 6 p.m. in the center of town. Witness a magical transformation of sidewalk to stage as the characters disperse along the downtown Parkway for an evening of free entertainment and storytelling until 11 p.m. Contact info:

Calendar of Events gatlinburg craftsmen’s fair July 20 - July 29 Art, crafts, and music lovers can find 150-plus booths featuring some of the nation’s finest work. Artisans and craftspeople are on hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions, and offer unique art for sale. Live country and bluegrass entertainment. $6; open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily, Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Contact info:

MAIN STREET FRIDAYS Fridays through September 28 Wind up the work week listening and dancing to the best in music entertainment performed by local, regional, and national talent. BB&T Main Street Fridays at The Hyatt is a 28-week free music series. Events run from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in downtown Greenville. Contact info:

TD SATURDAY MARKET Saturdays through October 27 Select from the finest in fresh produce and flowers locally grown and delivered to the market each week. The market takes place on Main Street on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Contact info:

PIEDMONT NATURAL GAS DOWNTOWN ALIVE Thursdays through August 30 Downtown comes alive every Thursday evening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with an outdoor street party featuring live musical entertainment with varied sounds including rock, blues, funk, and cover bands. Main Street serves as the perfect backdrop to this free event series where people can unwind by meeting up with friends, making new acquaintances, and networking. Contact info:

WELLS FARGO RED, WHITE, & BLUE July 4 Wells Fargo Red, White, and Blue is Greenville’s premier 4th of July celebration, showcasing one of the state’s largest fireworks displays, sponsored by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. Please check the city’s website for schedule times. Contact info:

greenwood, SC 12th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF DISCOVERY July 13 – July 14 Discover a weekend of food, fun, music, and amusement rides on Main Street. The weekend features a Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned and South Carolina State Championship cook-off featuring some of the best BBQ teams in the country. Blues music will be featured in a free concert in the main stage area. Contact info:

45th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS June 2 – June 24 The main days of events will be June 21-24. The Park Seed Company’s famous Trial Gardens, featuring more than 1,000 varieties of annuals, perennials, and vegetables will be open to the public on Flower Day, June 23. Enjoy other Festival activities such as the

greer, SC MOONLIGHT MOVIES Thursdays through August 2 The movies are held in the City Park Amphitheater. All films will begin at dusk and seating in the amphitheater is on a first-come, first-served basis. Concessions will be available for purchase from on-site vendors. Contact info:

Greenville, SC

boisterous bluegrass and the addition of a new outdoor garden party concert. Contact info and complete schedule of events:

Hendersonville, NC Garden jubilee festival May 28 Covering 8 blocks on Main Street in downtown Hendersonville, the Garden Jubilee Festival features more than 200 vendors selling handmade arts and crafts, plants, and items to enhance your outdoor living area. Local and regional nurseries will be selling 1000’s of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, and rare plants on every block. Satisfy your appetite after perusing the plants at the food court, between Barnwell & Caswell Streets. Free; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Contact info:, 828.693.9708.

curb market old timey day June 2 Henderson County’s Curb Market Old Timey Day, is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 221 N. Church Street in downtown Hendersonville. Enjoy sausage and ham biscuits cooked on a wood stove, music, antique display, demonstrations, and more). Contact info:

music on main street June 8 - August 17 The ever-popular Music On Main Street concert series presents a toe-tappin concert every Friday from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Showcasing a diverse lineup of pop, oldies, rock, and contemporary music, Music on Main is a local favorite! Free, Visitors Information Center (201 South Main St.) Contact info: 828.693.9708.

street dance July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13 The sounds of fiddles and banjos playing at the Street Dance have been a part of Henderson County’s heritage for over 90 years! People of all ages flock to downtown Hendersonville to enjoy mountain heritage music and dancing! Dances are held every Monday evening at the Visitors Information Center, 201 South Main Street. Free; 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Contact info:

carolina mountain ribfest July 13 - July 15 Hosting World Class professional barbecue rib vendors from across the US, the Carolina Mountain Ribfest is celebrating its 6th year, featuring live entertainment, amusement rides, arts & crafts, and of course, all you can eat BBQ Ribs, Chicken, Brisket, and Pulled Pork with all the traditional side dishes. Located in the WNC Agriculture Center in Fletcher, NC; $7/adults, free/ children under 12; Friday, 4 p.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. IWANNA Summertime Guide • May 15, 2012 93

Calendar of Events 11 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Contact info: ribfest.html.

linville, NC the remarkable rhododendron ramble June 2 - June 17 The rhododendron is in full bloom during this week at Grandfather Mountain. Special activities await with Grandfather Mountain’s staff naturalists, designed to help you get the most out of the memorable sight of the Catawba Rhododendron. Included with park admission ($15/adult, $7/child ages 4-12). Programs start at 1 p.m. daily. Contact info:

87th annual singing on the mountain June 24 The “Singing” is a day-long gathering held outside in a meadow at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Music begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues throughout the day, with a break at mid-day for the sermon. Come with your family, bring some lawn chairs and picnics, and make a day of seeing old friends and enjoying performances by top Southern Gospel groups. Contact info:, 800.468.7325.

57th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games July 12 - July 15 Located at MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain, over 100 Scottish clans and societies sponsor this celebration of Scottish dance, music, and athletics. If you have Scottish heritage — and even if you don’t — this is one event you won’t want to miss! Admission charged. Contact info:

seneca, SC 6th ANNUAL SENECA FEST 2012 May 24 - May 26 Downtown Seneca comes alive with its annual Seneca Fest 2012, featuring The Little River Band live in concert May 26 at 8 p.m. Activities are planned all three days. Other events include a Classic Car Cruise-In, 5-K race, Laser Show, Barbecue Cook-off, and other great food. Contact info:

simpsonville, SC freedom weekend aloft May 25 – May 28 The event at Heritage Park features 80 hot-air balloons competing for prizes, nationally renowned music artists performing all day, food, National Disc Dog Competition, amusement rides, family entertainment, and more. Performers scheduled to appear in 2012 include Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat (May 25), Jake Owen (May 26), and Eddie Money (May 27). The event schedule opens May 25 from 3 to 11 p.m.; May 26-27 from noon to 11 p.m.; and May 28 from noon to 9 p.m. Admission is $12 daily and children under 12 are admitted free. Parking is $5. Everyone is admitted free on Memorial Day, sponsored by Bi Lo. Heritage Park is located at 861 SE Main Street. Contact info: 94 IWANNA Summertime Guide • May 15, 2012

spartanburg, SC MIGHTY MOO FESTIVAL June 13 - June 16 Now a four-day event, the 2012 festival will be held in downtown Cowpens. The event features street dances, great food, a golf tournament, beauty pageant, a baseball game, an arts and crafts sale, and the Mighty Moo Parade. The festival is a celebration of the town’s history and honors veterans and crewmen of the USS Cowpens CVL 25 and the USS Cowpens CG63. Contact info:

MUSIC ON MAIN Thursdays through August 30 Music on Main is Downtown Spartanburg’s favorite after-work social gathering. A destination point where you can meet your friends and colleagues, hear great live music, while enjoying food and beverages in an outdoor setting. The once a week concert is held from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Spartanburg. Hear live music chosen from an eclectic line-up from Blues to Reggae... and Country to Beach. Contact info:

red, white, and boom July 4 The city’s official Independence Day celebration will be held at Barnet Park. Enjoy music, food, and fireworks. Celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with the fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Bring your blanket or lounge chair. Food and drinks for sale inside the park. $5 general admission. Contact info:

Travelers Rest, sc CHILI COOK-OFF August 18 The Greater Travelers Rest Chamber of Commerce will host its first Chili Cook-off at Gateway Park at 10 a.m. On tap is a day of music, fun, and great chili. Contact info:

Weaverville, NC weaverville roots festival May 26 - May 28 A three-day celebration, the Weaverville Roots Festival celebrates the culture and heritage of Weaverville, NC. On Saturday, May 26, Heritage Day will fill the downtown and park areas with music, demonstrations, food, and other entertainment. On Sunday, engage in plenty of Arbor Day activities and ceremonies in the nature park, plus get your fill of gospel music. Free; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Contact info:

3rd annual hops festival August 4 Brewers and farm lovers alike will feel right at home at the Hops Festival at Echoview Farm (534 Old Mars Hill Hwy.). Visit the largest hops farm in the state, and learn about Echoview Farm’s success with hops and see demonstrations. Enjoy lunch and home brew as well! Pre-registration is strongly encouraged! 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Contact info: 828.645.7667,

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