Ice cream social, plays lead weekend events for families
It’s bound to be another hot weekend, but families can cool off at the zoo’s ice cream social, with a play or taking in a festival.
An Ice Cream Social will be held 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday at Greenville Zoo. Presented by Future Scholar 529, the event will include free live entertainment and ice cream will be provided in a cup with a variety of toppings. Special guests will include the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. For more details, visit http://www.greenvillezoo.com.
“Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical” is presented by South Carolina Children’s Theatre at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Peace Center Gunter Theatre. Based on the book by Mo Willems, the show is appropriate for all ages and follows toddler Trixie, her father and Knuffle Bunny as they take a trip to the laundromat. Most performances are $27 for adults and $18 for children 18 and younger. For more details, visit http://www.scchildrenstheatre.org. For tickets, visit http://peacecenter.org.
The Chautauqua Festival will bring history to life this weekend during its annual free and family-friendly History Alive Festival. A variety of shows will feature historical figures brought to life for discussions, presentations and lunch. Shows include 2 p.m. (Matthew Henson) and 7:30 p.m. (Wernher Von Braun) Saturday at Greenville Technical College; 2 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday (Adventures of Tom Sawyer as Lived by Mark Twain) at the Fine Arts Center; and 7:30 p.m. (Amelia Earhart) at Greenville Technical College.
A special event Saturday will reenact Amelia Earhart’s visit to Greenville in 1931. Actress Leslie Goddard as Earhart will arrive at the Greenville Downtown Airport in a 1929 Golden Eagle Chief, one of the two remaining planes of its kind still flying. The event will feature 1930s-era children’s games, such as jacks and marbles, historical displays of Greenville in the ’30s, antique automobiles on display and a costume contest. For details, call 864-244-1499 or visit http://greenvillechautauqua.org.
Hagood Mill will host an old-time string band tribute to Jerry Garcia 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday. In addition to live music, the historic site will have avariety of folk life and traditional arts demonstrations, including broom-making, woodcarving, bee keeping, blacksmithing, and more. The water-powered 1845 gristmill will be running throughout the day. In the old mill, fresh stone-ground corn meal, grits, and wheat flour will be available. Admission is free, but parking is $5. All proceeds support the Hagood Mill Site, located at 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens. For more details, call 864-898-2936.
The Upstate Farm Tour is at 22 farms across the region, including Whispering Pines Farm in Mauldin. For details, visit http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/uft.
It's the last chance to see a beloved Disney character when she drops into Greenville Little Theater. “Mary Poppins” continues its run on the stage with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $35 with discounts available for seniors, children and groups of 10 or more. Visit www.greenvillelittletheatre.org for more information.
Slide the City returns to Spartanburg Saturday. For one day only, a city street will be converted to 1,000 feet of slick vinyl for water sliding. For $50, you can slide as many times as possible between the hours of 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Participants get a drawstring bag, mouth guard, inflatable tube and hat. Group and family rates are also available. The giant slide will be set up at E. Daniel Morgan Avenue and North Church Street. For details, visit SlidetheCity.com.
Celebrate Flag Day 10 a.m. – noon at the Musgrove Mill State Historic Site in Clinton. A park ranger presents the history of the flags used by the Patriots during the American Revolution. Mike Leonhardt, a retired Army Colonel, will teach families about flag etiquette. Reservations are required. The cost is $2 each. For more information or reservations, call 864-938-0100, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.SouthCarolinaParks.com.
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