Kelly McWhorter of the Greenwood Regional Visitors and Tourism Bureau gave us a quick tour of three adjacent, re-purposed buildings on Main Street that had been turned into a cultural arts center, a community theater home and a science and history museum. All three nonprofits are interconnected as the Emerald Triangle.
|Images from the center's files.|
|Handsome inside and out.|
The Museum fills three levels with special exhibits plus permanent ones. The Regional History and 1900s Main Street exhibit takes visitors back in time. Naturally, we had to try on hats in the Milliner's shop.
|How's this for 1914 chapeaus?|
|"Footloose" is the next production, opening Oct. 17, 2014.|
Musicals, staged with a 13-15-piece orchestra and at an average cost of $25,000 to $35,000 apiece, are particularly popular, playing to Standing Room Only audiences. There seems to be no lack of enthusiasm on the other side of the curtain: the recent "Wizard of Oz" production drew 212 auditioners for the 70-80-person cast.
It's a true year-round season with main and second stage productions, a children's theater, special events and movies when the stage is dark.
Speaking of Main Street, Greenwood's was once considered the widest in the world but reconfiguring it to add store front parking probably ended that status. It's still pretty wide and the convenient parking probably adds to uptown's success.
Another reason for Greenwood's popularity is its festivals - barbecue, catfish, discovery, 4th of July stars and our favorite, flowers and the giant topiary featured during it. The SC Festival of Flowers began 47 years ago and peaks the fourth weekend in June. They start putting out the topiary in May and leave it up through most of July.
|Prepping for new moss.|
We visited horticulturist Ann Barklow, keeper and grower of the Disney-scaled creations in the greenhouse where volunteers were preparing the beasts for their next plantings.
Kickers, a tiny restaurant with huge flavors across from the Farmers Market, where Chef Abdel Dimiati and wife Andrea serve an international, innovative, organic cuisine. His soups are outstanding and dessert
came as a lagniappe, a fried Oreo. Never would have ordered one but the almost pudding consistency of the cookie and the non-greasy crust was a flavorful surprise.
|A surprisingly good fried Oreo.|
|Note the quilt square on side of far left building.|
|A quilt square in progress.|
Our list of next times is getting awfully long.