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New Video Series: FITNESS MINUTE

NEW! Fitness Minute! Enjoy this new Weekly Video Series from Greenwood Calendar. Fitness Minute is hosted by Ruthie Graham who has worked in the fitness industry for 25 years and owner of the Sweat Box. The segments are sponsored by Camp Chinquapin for Critters. Visits them online.

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A Minute with the Mayor: United Way

The mission of United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties is to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities.


The United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties is committed to community impact, therefore, our efforts and resources are focused on specific community needs and strategies so that our investments can have the greatest impact on the communities we serve.

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Caption Contest

Group Of Children Running In Park

Caption Contest: Post your caption.

I’ll award the funniest caption (in my opinion) on Thursday a free breakfast bagel from Chick fil A.

From Greenwood to Hollywood

27 years ago, I wrote an article for the Index Journal about actors from the upstate. It began:

The fertile grounds of upstate South Carolina are yielding more than produce. Actors also are an abundant crop. Such names as Richard (W.K.R.P. in Cincinnati) Sanders, Bo (Dynasty) Hopkins and Carl Anthony (The Cosby Show) Payne are planting a little of the Piedmont in living rooms across America.

Now there’s a new crop of actors, whose roots are planted in Greenwood.

The following is a partial list (in no particular order) of actors from Greenwood, SC. The information for this post was generated from

Sylvia Jefferies
Sylvia Jefferies



Sylvia Jefferies was born on August 14, 1969 in Greenwood, South Carolina, USA as Sylvia Webster Jefferies. She is known for her work on The Notebook (2004), Deja Vu (2006) and Piranha 3DD (2012).



Gilland Jones
Gilland Jones

Gilland is the oldest of four daughters of William Townes Jones IV and Rosann Wilson Jones. She began acting in the Greenwood, South Carolina Community Theater production of The Sound of Music at the age of four. She now lives in Los Angeles with her family and is pursuing acting full time. She has appeared in episodes of The Suite Life on Deck and has a recurring role as Jenny Majorheely in The Wizards of Waverly Place. Gilland is related to the actor Bo Hopkins, also from South Carolina.


Paige Rowland
Paige Rowland



Paige Rowland was born on May 27, 1967 in Greenwood, South Carolina, USA. She is an actress, known for Days of Our Lives (1965), Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny (1997) and The Glimmer Man (1996). She has been married to Michael Dietz since April 6, 2002. They have one child.



Jesse Jennings
Jesse Jennings

Jesse Clint Jennings was born in greenwood south Carolina December 8th 1983 and gotdiscovered during a festival in a local southern town He has been acting on and off for years traveling out of the country for theatre. He now resides in Atlanta Georgia where his family currently resides. He continues to pursue acting and hope to work on more projects.



Darlene Mann
Darlene Mann

Darlene Mann was born on November 17, 1969 in Greenwood, South Carolina, USA. She is an actress, known for East Side Story (2006), Murder in the Mirror (2000) and Wishbone (1995).




Alvetta Smith
Alvetta Smith

Alvetta Smith was born on June 11, 1977 in Greenwood, South Carolina, USA. She is an actress, known for Lonely Children (2007), Performance (2008) and Confessions of a Thug (2005).





Ron Shelley
Ron Shelley

Ron Shelley was born on November 25, 1957 in Greenwood, South Carolina, USA as Ronald Shelley Reid. He is known for his work on Dear John (2010), Radio (2003) and Love Field (1992).





Grainger Hines
Grainger Hines

Grainger Hines made his New York stage debut in “Valentine Day”, written and directed by one of America’s great writers, Horton Foote, also “Mannerhouse”, directed by Herbert Berghof. Other productions in New York includes”Fool For Love”, “One Last Ride” and “Dance With Me”. On the stage in Los Angeles, Grainger starred with Lynn Redgrave in “Thursday’s Girls”. He also starred in “A Rainbow in the Night” at the Matrix and the world premiere of “One Last Ride” at the Melrose Theatre. At the Lee Strasberg Institute, Grainger starred in “Fool for Love” and at the Odyssey Theatre, “Hedda Gabler.” Grainger wrote, produced and starred in the western drama, The Outsider (1994). In 2008, Grainger directed the feature film _The Mill (2008)_ In 2012 -2013 Grainger completed a recurring role of Doc Whitehead on AMC’s “Hell on Wheels.” Grainger has appeared in over thirty films, most recently, Steven Spielberg‘s, Lincoln (2012) as Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. Other films completed in 2013 are “Hot Bath an a Stiff Drink,” “Jobs Daughter,” “North Blvd.,” “Kensho at the Bedfellow,” and “Hollywood.” In 2014 Grainger will be appearing in a regular role in Steven Soderbergh’s Cinemax series, “The Knick” as Captain August Robertson.


Bo Hopkins
Bo Hopkins

Bo Hopkins was born William Hopkins and was raised in Greenwood, SC by his mother and grandmother after his father passed on when Bo was only nine years old. He joined the US Army at the age of 16. After serving his hitch he decided on acting as a career and gained experience in summer stock productions and guest spots in several TV episodes. The energetic Bo broke into feature films as the ill-fated “Crazy Lee” in the Sam Peckinpah landmark western The Wild Bunch (1969), and was subsequently hired by Peckinpah for another none-too-bright role as a bank robber in The Getaway (1972) and then as a hired killer pairing up with CIA agent James Caan in The Killer Elite (1975). Hopkins was very busy during the 1980s and 1990s, guest-starring in such TV shows as The Rockford Files (1974), Charlie’s Angels (1976), The A-Team (1983), Hotel (1983) and Matt Houston (1982), and was a regular on the prime-time soap opera Dynasty (1981). In addition, he has starred in dozens of feature films, such as Midnight Express (1978), American Graffiti (1973), The Bounty Hunter (1990), U Turn (1997) and Shade (2003).


Chantell Christopher
Chantell Christopher

Chantell D. Christopher is a Greenwood Native, known best for 50 First Dates (2004), Madea Goes to Jail (2006) and Daddy’s Little Girls (2007).



Reynaldo Rosales
Reynaldo Rosales

Reynaldo Rosales was raised in Greenwood, SC as Reynaldo Raul Rosales. He is an actor and editor, known for House (2008), Fidel (2002) and She Hate Me (2004).

Why is Greenwood Great?

Why is Greenwood special to you?

I already loved Greenwood SC, situated comfortably between the mountains and the beach. But since I started Greenwood Calendar one year ago, I’ve met so many nice people and have enjoyed many friendly events. From the local mom and pop shops, to industries that employee many of our residents, to a city and county government that listens to its citizens, to local concerts, plays, festivals, exhibits, and events Greenwood is a very pleasant place to live. I’ve always loved the Andy Griffith Show because of the hometown sense of community. When I think about it, that sense of community is why I love Greenwood.  How about you? Care to share?

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Nat Chandler, local boy makes good…


Bike for Kicks

“BIKE FOR KICKS” is an annual bicycle tour benefitting the Lander Men’s Soccer Scholarship Program and the Greenwood YMCA “Annual Campaign”.

“BIKE FOR KICKS” is an annual bicycle tour benefiting the Lander University Men’s Soccer Scholarship Program and the Greenwood YMCA “Annual Campaign” Program.

The event includes bicycle routes of 6, 30 miles and a Metric Century (62.5 miles) through Greenwood County South Carolina and the surrounding areas. The ride will occur Rain or Shine on a flat to rolling hills course.

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Steifle’s Appliance Contest


Steifle’s Appliance of Greenwood is giving away this cool KitchenAid Artisan Blender. To enter the drawing just share this post, and like their Facebook Page. While you’re there look around and see the other great contests as well. Be sure to tell me you shared, so I can enter your name in the drawing.

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Product Description

The KitchenAid Artisan Blender is no ordinary blender. It is powerful, built to last and will always give you consistent results, whether you want to stir, chop, mix, puree or liquify a vast range of foods, as well as crushing ice for cocktails and drinks. It is the ideal food preparation tool to use all day long.

One piece 1.75l BPA free plastic jug shatter resistant with stay-put lid and ingredient cup.
Sharp Stainless Steel blades, unltimate ice crushing and fast. consistent blending .
Constant speed motor, maintains optimal speed for each setting
Motor control feature. Starts slowly then quickly increases speed for clean blending
Die cast metal base, robust, stable and durable
Clean touch control pad
Coated, steel-reinforced coupler, strong, durable and quiet operation
Stay-put lid with ingredient cup
3 years parts and labour warranty
550 watt

Curiosity Corner: This and That

From the file of This and That

Curiosity Corner


Dr. Jerry D. Wilson

Emeritus Professor of Physics

Lander University

Some short questions and answers, which I hope you find interesting.

Question: Why do we say a “pair” of pants?

Reply: We do “pair” in other instances, too, for example, a pair of shorts or panties. (Pair of shoes – OK, there are two of them.) The use of the plural for pants goes back to old tailoring days. In those days, breeches (or britches) were made in two parts, one for each leg. The pieces were put on each leg and tied or belted at the waist. The “pair” usage lived on after the garments were made in one piece.

Good thing they didn’t make shirts separately for each arm or we would have a pair of shirts.

Question: Throughout life, what organ gradually diminishes in size?

Reply: A small organ beneath the breastbone, called the thymus, gets smaller as a person gets past puberty. It grows from 15 grams at birth to 35 grams at puberty, and then gradually decreases in size and mass. It may be only 6 grams at the age of 70. The function of the thymus is uncertain, but it is believed to play a role in a person’s immune system, which appears to decrease with age.

Question: What is the Bermuda Triangle?

Reply: This is a triangular area formed by southern Florida, the Bermuda Islands and Puerto Rico. Ships and aircraft have vanished when passing through this area, seemingly without a trace. The earliest recorded disappearance was that of a ship in 1918. Probably the most famous incident was that of Flight 19 in December 1945. A squadron of five Navy torpedo

bombers with 14 crewmen left Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., then disappeared after radioing several distress calls. A seaplane sent to search for the squadron also disappeared. Airliners and passengers disappeared in 1948 and 1951, and a tanker ship disappeared in 1963.

There has been a lot written on the Bermuda Triangle, with various explanations … bad weather, faulty compasses or magnetic variations of some sort, inexperience, etc., even some sinister, unknown force or abduction by some extraterrestrial beings.

I have no idea. Beam me up Scotty.

C.P.S. (Curious Postscript): Life is like drawing without an eraser. –Anon

Curious about something? Send your questions to Dr. Jerry D. Wilson, College of Science and Mathematics, Lander University, Greenwood, SC 29649, or e-mail Selected questions will appear in the Curiosity Corner. For Curiosity Corner background, go to

Dumb laws in South Carolina

Dumb laws in South Carolina


In Charleston:

The Fire Department may blow up your house.

In Fountain Inn:

Horses are to wear pants at all times.


The drinking age on Furman University campus is 60 years old.


Eating watermelons in the Magnolia Street cemetery is forbidden.


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Dog Park Dedication

Dedication of the site for  the new Grace Street Dog Park

Be there for the first public celebration and Pet Blessing as  Grace Street Park becomes a reality.


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A Success Story: XLR Lander Radio

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Greenwood’s growing again

Check out these awesome businesses, and see why Greenwood is such a great place to live

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Crossfit Greenwood: Feel the burn

Feel the burn

Crossfit Greenwood has opened it’s doors. Meet Justin Smith as he takes us through his brand new facility on Durst Avenue.

Bringing Elite Functional Fitness to Greenwood, SC. Building a community of positive and energetic people that want to improve themselves daily.

  • 1110 Durst Ave E
  • Greenwood, South Carolina 29649


Phone (803) 348-0594


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March 28 is National Mom and Pop Business Day

Mom & Pop shops create jobs. They help our economies. They support our communities.

Today is their day. Let’s celebrate them!

Shout outs?

A Minute with the Mayor: Shout out to Greenwood Calendar

Mayor Adams goes over the Greenwood Calendar Top 10 list!

Share to win Two Chick-fil-A sandwiches and two Greenwood Calendar T-shirts!

Winner will be chosen Monday March 17.

2013 has been really good to Greenwood Calendar

Greenwood Calendar hit the ground running in September 2013, supporting and promoting what’s great about Greenwood, with the goal of listing events, concerts, festivals, plays, and exhibits for Greenwood and surrounding towns.

In a little over 100 days –
We accomplished a lot . . . with your help. We flooded the area with postcards telling folks how to Stay Plugged In, and you shared and retweeted. Thank you.

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Now heading into 2014, we have about 2900 friends on FB, and more than 125 followers on Twitter

In just a little over three months, we added:
*50 videos of concerts, plays, Greenwood folks, businesses . . .
*a photo gallery of people out and about with a submit button for your pics.
*links to all the Greenwood restaurants.
*movie listings.
*a page for bloggers to add their links.
*AND While it wasn’t unanimous, friends and followers of Greenwood Calendar chose the Green Wood Chuck as its mascot (with a Green Fox and White Squirrel close behind). Mike Beckom designed the mascot!

Also, Greenwood Calendar has had lots of  CONTESTS from local favorites, including: YMCA, REI Cinema, Firehouse, Honey Baked Ham, Starbucks, Painted Giraffe, ewirelessgear, Howard’s on Main, Mill House, T.W. Boons, Music on Maxwell, chuck3Greenwood Community Theatre, Historic Train Museum, Abbeville Opera House, and more…

Greenwood Calendar Contest Winners, include:
Gail Stone Petrus, Angie Robertson, Austin Flannery, Lynn Lominick Dilleshaw, Renee Brewer Strange, Tammy Zimmerman, Paul Worthy, Sheila Langley, Nancy McKelley, Kathy Turner, Rhonda Cutter, Jessica Eustace, Donna Ramsey Borders, StaceyandPam Kirby, Glenn Yonce, Randy Carmen, Ashley Brezeale, Bradley McCasalan, Kathleen Darrow Constant, Ray Newbold, Tony Arias.Tonia Hodges, Amy Smith Rodgers, Courtney Lewis

My New Year’s Resolution is to make Greenwood Calendar a household name – for where to go and what to do in 2014.

Your testimonials and reviews have been awesome. Thanks very much for your help spreading the word about Greenwood Calendar and all the cool stuff going on in and around town.

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