| For the Herald-Journal
Here’s a roundup of community events from this week:
Airport book supplement now available
Ed Hall, of Spartanburg, wrote a history of the Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport, which was published in 2011. At the conclusion of the book, Hall agreed to write a supplement to the Airport history for the proposed expansion and restoration that was being considered for the future. The expansion was recently completed thanks to a FAA Grant of $30 million and took four years of planning and construction.
The promised supplement has been completed and a free copy, courtesy of a grant from the Spartanburg County Public Library System, of the story about the project with before, during and after photos is now available. The Supplement may be picked up at the Spartanburg Memorial Airport, Darwin Simpson Field, or from Ed Hall at the Spartanburg American Legion Post in Duncan Park, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
“Hot Dogs for Hunger” fundraiser to benefit Feeding America
September is Hunger Action Month and specialty grocer The Fresh Market and Feltman’s of Coney Island are teaming up to raise money for Feeding America to help fight food insecurity.
From noon- 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26- 27, Spartanburg’s The Fresh Market will host a “Hot Dogs for Hunger” weekend fundraising event where guests can purchase a $2 ready-to-eat 100% natural Feltman’s hot dog with all proceeds benefiting Feeding America and its member food banks.
Every dollar raised through The Fresh Market’s “Hot Dogs for Hunger” initiative will help to provide at least 10 meals and 90% of the funds raised stay in The Fresh Market’s local communities.
TreesUpstate is awarded $10,000 employee-directed donation from TD Bank
TreesUpstate has been awarded $10,000 from TD Bank in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. TreesUpstate was voted as the recipient of this donation for the Carolina Market by the TD Bank employees.
Since 2005, TreesUpstate has planted and given away over 16,000 trees. This donation will help support TreesUpstate’s mission to Plant, Promote and Protect trees.
“We’ve been planting trees with TD Bank employees every year since 2012. Being selected as the recipient for this grant from TD Bank employees is so exciting,” said Joelle Teachey, Executive Director of TreesUpstate. “We value our relationship with TD Bank and their employees. We are honored that they voted for us to receive this award.” said Teachey.
TD Bank has been a Corporate Partner of TreesUpstate’s since 2007. TreesUpstate and TD Bank employees have planted 702 trees as part of TD Tree Days, an annual community-based program that expands urban forests and green spaces in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods.
“We are thankful for our long-standing partnership with TreesUpstate,” said Bruce Benson, Retail Market Manager for TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank. “Their staff and volunteers work tirelessly to enhance and protect greenspaces across the Upstate, and we are thrilled to recognize their efforts with this grant.”
Learn more about TreesUpstate at https://www.treesupstate.org.
Two Upstate artists collaborate to showcase glass art
Photographer Thomas Koenig and fused-glass artist Judy Martin will exhibit their collaborative work — Big In Glass — at Artists Collective in Spartanburg, Tuesday, Oct. 6 through Saturday, Oct. 31.
The free and public exhibit will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All social distancing protocols will be practiced to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Each artist is contributing 10-12 pieces of work. Martin will present a collection of fused glass creations especially made for this exhibit; Koenig will use macro photography to present highly enlarged details of Martin’s work, giving the viewer a different perspective.
It took the artists a year to experiment and produce the works for this exhibit, and all of them will be for sale. The 24 x 36-inch photographs will sell for $225 each. Martin’s work will range in price from $55 to $1,200.
For both artists, creating this exhibit has been a learning experience and changed how they work. Koenig said,: “It is a departure for both of us, because we went through the experience of collaborating, including abandoning traditional techniques and accepting other viewpoints as new standards.” Martin: “My glass is going from my well-known method and style to trying new ways of making art from glass.”
Koenig’s career in communications and design spans more than 30 years and two continents: North America and Europe. Born in Greensboro, NC, Koenig’s youth was spent in Germany, where he earned a degree in Prepress Production from a traditional apprenticeship program and a diploma in Communication Design and Photography from the University of Applied Science in Wiesbaden. He has done research in semiotics and practical semiotic applications at the University of South Carolina as part of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s graduate program.
Martin has been a member of the Collective for three years, and Koenig has been a member for five years. “Diversity is key,” Koenig said. “ACS has given me opportunities to exhibit my work with close to no limitations or restrictions, and the support from the Artists at ACS as a community has been priceless.” Martin said, “Interacting with the other members has been great for me. Talking with others, I can learn and get ideas for my glass art through what they have done.”
Proud Mary Theatre’s The Laramie Project
Proud Mary Theatre Company launches its fourth season on Oct. 6 with the 20th anniversary production of The Laramie Project, the powerful and award-winning play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project about the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in 1998.
The Laramie Project is the company’s first full in-person production since February 2020. All rehearsals have been virtual but the project is being filmed for streaming purposes without an audience and within strict social distance parameters at their performance space at the Artists Collective Spartanburg.
Proud Mary Theatre was the first theatre in the Upstate to adapt to a virtual play model during the pandemic with some 14 virtual readings of new works with many by local playwrights, as well as popular published plays in quasi-Zoom/Live productions of The Men From the Boys (the sequel to The Boys in the Band) and Sordid Lives.
The Laramie Project will be presented as a Virtual Multimedia Experience available for streaming Tuesday, Oct. 6 on the 22nd anniversary of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, and ending on October 12, the day Shepard died and became a martyr for hate crime legislation and the gay rights movement in the United States.
Directed by Ben Dawkins, The Laramie Project features a diverse cast of 14 Upstate actors in some 60 roles: Ryan Barry, Michele Colletti, Ava Davis, Jonathan Davis, Kelly Davis, Doug Egge, Samantha Eyler, Darryl Harmon, Jim Huber, Dave LaPage, Rebecca Schledwitz, Tyler Smith, Audrey Waldrop and Chase Wolfe. Ashley Zimmerman is stage manager.
Suggested donation of $10 for unlimited streaming. More info is available at proudmarytheatre.com.
Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Parks are adding access for visitor services
Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Ninety Six National Historic Site (NHS), Cowpens National Battlefield (NB), and Kings Mountain National Military Park (NMP) are all increasing access.
The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
Beginning Sept. 16, Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Parks will reopen access to: Outdoor visitor services area with staff will be open 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. Wednesday – Friday. Traffic flow of visitors will be controlled. One-way entry/exit.
Interpretive programming will resume with the use of voice amplification, limited to no more than 10 people, maintaining social distancing. Limited America’s National Parks store sales will resume in an outdoor area.
Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website www.nps.gov/cowp and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.
Spartanburg Water recognized
Spartanburg Water recently announced it is one of just 65 utilities worldwide to receive recognition as a Utility of the Future Today (UotFT) for 2020.
The opportunity to achieve this title comes just once every three years – this being the second time since the program’s inception in 2016 that Spartanburg Water has taken home the honor.
Spartanburg Water is just one of two utilities in all of South Carolina to ever be recognized for this award – and one of just 18 utilities globally to be named a Utility of the Future Today for a second time.
Utility of the Future Today was created by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), The Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the WateReuse Association, with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to showcase utilities that have successfully implemented new and creative efforts to address challenges faced by the water industry and the communities it serves.
“This honor is a reflection of Spartanburg Water’s commitment to protecting public health, being good stewards of the environment, and supporting our community’s desired quality of life,” said CEO Sue Schneider. “Of all the utilities on the map, Spartanburg Water was one of the few to receive this prestigious recognition when the program first began in 2016. Attaining this title a second time demonstrates our continued success in upholding worldwide standards.”