Sept. 22-24: Farms, festivals offer fall fun this weekend
The cast of Pinkalicious The Musical held a dress rehearsal before their opening weekend at the Gunther Theater. Nathan Gray/Staff
Friday is the first official day of fall, and the weekend offers plenty of ways to enjoy a new season.
In case you missed it last weekend, South Carolina Children’s Theatre continues its run of “Pinkalicious: The Musical” with shows at 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at The Peace Center. Pinkalicious loves pink, and after over-indulging in pink cupcakes, she wakes up to her dream-come-true of being pink. For tickets, visit www.peacecenter.org.
The Spartanburg Greek Festival will bring the grounds of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church alive with music, dancing, shopping and Greek food this weekend. Hours are 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday. Free shuttle service will be offered Friday and Saturday nights at the intersection of Evins and Church Streets. For more details, visit spartanburggreekfestival.com.
The Sooie Mauldin BBQ Cook-Off will be held Friday and Saturday at the outdoor amphitheater at the Mauldin Cultural Center. Featuring more than 20 cookers from across the Southeast along with live music, family activities and food, admission is free, but food costs will vary. Hours are 6 – 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday. For details, visit https://mauldinbbq.com.
The Haitian Children's Choir will perform a free fall concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the amphitheater at the S.C. Botanical Garden in Clemson. Admission is free, and food and drinks catered by Palmetto's Smokehouse and Oyster Bar will be available for purchase. The Haitian Children's Choir was born from tragedy. All but five of these children, ages 5 to 16, lost everything in the earthquake of 2010. Most of them lost their complete families that day. They found their way to the home of the Pauls, who were music teachers. Filled with dancing and interaction with the audience, their show offers something for every member of the family. Donations of gently-used shoes or cash are encouraged. Through Funds2Orgs, shoes will be distributed to developing nations around the world, where micro-entrepreneurs will use them to develop businesses of their own. For more information on the Haitian Children's Choir and Love Him Love Them, visit the LHLT website.
Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live is Saturday at museums across the country, including the Upcountry History Museum and The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. The program provides free admission for two people. For details and tickets, visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2017. “The World of Jan Brett,” based on the children’s author and illustrator, opens Saturday at the Upcountry History Museum, and the weekend offers one last chance to see “Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!” on display. The Children’s Museum of the Upstate will host activities such as Play in Clay, Random Acts of Science and story times throughout the day. Visit www.upcountryhistory.org or www.tcmupstate.org for more details.
Waggin at the Waterpark offers a fun-filled day for the four-legged members of your family. Saturday’s event will offer dogs a chance to play from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Otter Creek Waterpark, located at 101 W. Darby Road, Greenville. Cost is $17 pre-registration and $22 day-of registration. For details, visit https:// greenvillerec.com/event/waggin-at-the-waterpark-otter-creek.
Paris Mountain State Park will hold a program on turtles and a program on animal/plant relationships Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. “Turtle Talk,” led by Mary Lou Jones, offers visitors a chance to learn more about the creatures of our waters and forests. Meet in the Park Center. No registration is required and the program is free after park admission. Interpretive Ranger Cathy Taylor will then present a program at 1 p.m. called “The Animal/Plant Connection.” On a walk around Lake Placid, look for relationships between plants and animals. The program costs $7 per person, payable at the admission booth instead of admission, and will begin at the Park Center. Registration is required. To register, call 864-244-5565 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re ready for fall fun on the farm, some Upstate farms will open for fall events this weekend. Stewart Farms in Enoree will open 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday with farm-grown pumpkins, wagon rides, a S.C. Maize, farm animals and honey bee observatory. For details, visit www.StewartFarm.net. Johnson Farms in Inman also offers hayrides, a gem mine, corn maze, pedal cars, playground and pumpkin patch. For details, visit www.johnsonfarmsinman.com. Denver Downs Farm in Anderson opens Friday for the fall season with a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and 35-plus attractions for families. For details, visit http://denverdownsfarm.com.
There will be an Epic Night Run 5 - 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Park in Simpsonville. Cost to participate is $35, and this unique 5K event combines a 5K race with obstacles, music, colors, lights and dancing. For more details, visit http://epicnightrun.com.
Greenville Shriners Hospitals will celebrate its 90th birthday 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday with a community-wide celebration. The free event includes three zones with birthday party themes, complete with jump houses, food and entertainment. Food and fun at the event are free. A Walk for Love at 2 p.m. will raise money for the hospital that offers care to children, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Visit walkforlovegreenville.org to register for the walk.
You can find more events and resources online at www.UpstateParent.com.