February 14, 2014

Feb. 14-Feb. 16

The Easley Foothills Playhouse, 201 S. 5th St. in Easley, presents To Kill a Mockingbird. Shows are at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 and at 3 p.m. Feb. 16. Tickets are $14 for adults at the door, $12 for seniors (60+) and students (13+) and $7 for children 12 and under. To reserve a seat, send an email to, call 864-855-1817 or visit to buy online.

Feb. 17

• The Board of Trustees Policy Committee meets at 5 p.m. in the Board Room of the Curtis A. Sidden Administrative Office on Griffin Mill Road in Easley. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss writing a policy regarding Capital Improvement Needs and Funding and Policy BD-Organization of the School Board.

The Core Ensemble performs the chamber music theatre work “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” at Southern Wesleyan University at 7:30 p.m. in the Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center on the SWU campus. Admission is free. Call 864-644-5404 for more information.

Feb. 23

Switchfoot is in concert with Kopecky Family Band as special guests at 8 p.m. in the Newton Hobson Fine Arts Center at Southern Wesleyan University. Tickets are $40 for artist circle, $25 general admission and $20 group tickets. General admission tickets for students are $20. Call 864-644-5328 for more information or for tickets. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Feb. 25

Merchant PREP training is held at Hampton Memorial Library in Easley from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Seats are on a first come, first serve basis. Call Barbara Moss at 864-878-5800 to reserve a seat. This free training is for anyone who serves or sells alcohol or tobacco products and helped reduce underage access to both through training.

Feb. 27

• Learn to grow Shiitake mushrooms during a workshop from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the S.C. Crop Improvement Building, 191 Old Cherry Road in Clemson. The cost is $30 per person. Each participant will receive one log to grow their own Shiitake mushrooms at home. Call 864-656-9999 for more information. Visit to register online.

April 26

• The Central Railroad Festival is held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in historic downtown Central with free entertainment, free tours of the Central Railway Museum, hands-on activities for youngsters and more.

Ongoing events

• The Arts Council of Pickens County meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Starving Artist Cafe, 114 NW Main St. in Easley. The group is open to those wanting to build support for the arts. Visit for more information.

• The Easley Rotary Club meets from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Tuesday at West End Hall in the Carr Center, 201 S. 5th St. in Easley.

• The Clemson Sertoma Club meets at noon the first and third Tuesday of each month at the University Inn, 1310 Tiger Blvd. in Clemson. New members and visitors are welcome. Call Randy Shaw at 864-423-5469 for more information.

Easley Newcomers & Friends meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Capt. Kimberly Hampton Public Library, 304 Biltmore Road in Easley. The social is at 10 a.m. and the meeting is at 10:30 a.m. Guests are welcome. Call Gloria Kouvolo at 864-843-1403 for more information.

• The Confection Connection of the Upstate meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 1200 Powdersville Road in Easley. Call 864-859-4252 or send an email to for more information.

• The Upcountry Quilters Guild meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month in the community room of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, 734 W. Main St. in Pickens. Visitors are welcome. Visit for more information.

Outside Pickens County

Anderson County

The South Carolina Archives exhibit “521 All Stars: A Championship Story of Baseball and Community” is on display at Hunter’s Store in downtown Pendleton through Feb. 21. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.

The Clemson University Black Graduate Student Association participates in a panel discussion titled “Empowerment Zone” from 1:20 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Feb. 12 on the Pendleton Campus of Tri-County Technical College in the Marshall Parker Auditorium. The event is free.

Clemson resident Bryant Smith presents “Revisiting Racism: Teaching Differences In Post-Racial America” from 1:20 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Marshall Parker Auditorium on Tri-County Technical College’s Pendleton Campus. The presentation will focus on and analyze recent events that have sparked controversy in today’s society with the intention of teaching attendees the valuable skill of working with and through differences in what has been dubbed “Post-Racial America.”

The S.C. Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers meets from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 22 at Anderson Christian School, 3902 Liberty Highway in Anderson. President Elva Martin and secretary Lillian Humphries will lead a discussion on tax record keeping and deductions for writers. A manuscript critiquing session will follow for chapter members who bring up to 1,500 words. Call Martin at 864-226-7024 or send an email to for more information.

Clemson resident Bryant Smith presents “A Museum, A Lecture, A Story” from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 26 in the College Café at Tri-County Technical College’s Pendleton campus. He will focus on G.I. Joe, the first action figure ever created and how one toy helped to remove racial barriers, fight gender stereotypes, and create an entirely new category within the toy industry.

A dedication and grand opening of the Rosenwald School at the Anderson Campus of Tri-County Technical College is at 11 a.m. Feb. 28. Anderson Mayor Terrence Roberts is the keynote speaker.

“Jane Edna Hunter: A Woman of Vision” is on display at the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina, 120 History Lane in Pendleton, through Feb. 28. Exhibit hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the exhibit is free.

Greenville County


The 17th annual Chase Away the Blues is held on Feb. 21 and Feb. 22 at Handlebar, 304 E. Stone Ave. in Greenville. Black Oak Arkansas will perform Feb. 21 and The Blue Dogs will perform Feb. 22. Proceeds will benefit Compass of Carolina. Tickets are $24 for the Black Oak Arkansas show and $18 for The Blue Dogs show.

A free international car cruise is held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 11 in celebration of the Upstate’s booming international automotive market and to coincide with the month-long Upstate International festival. Cars from around the world will cruise Millennium Boulevard on the CU-ICAR campus between Research Drive and Sulphur Springs Road and back. Visit for more information.

Oconee County


The Blue Ridge Orchid Society presents its Annual Orchid Show and Sale at the Duke World of Energy, 7812 Rochester Hwy. in Seneca, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 21 and from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 22. Experts will be present to answer any questions. Orchids will also be for sale.

Community Calendar items can be submitted in writing to P.O. Box 709, Easley, S.C. 29641; in person at 205 Russell St.; via fax to 864-855-6825; or via email at Call 864-855-0355 for more information. Items run on a space-available basis.