There’s plenty to celebrate in Spartanburg arts and culture over the next two weeks.
From community parties to new party venues to live music and art markets, this week and next have plenty of opportunities to get out and spend time with friends and family in and around Spartanburg.
Here’s what you need to know about the Spartanburg cultural scene:
Take It Holmes has a new home
Inman meals-to-go catering company Take It Holmes has relocated and is offering expanded services and a family-friendly atmosphere at 9329 Asheville Highway in Inman.
Owner Tim Holmes said he’d been looking for a location where they could serve their customers and have warehouse storage on site. When they found the new warehouse site on Asheville Highway, his plans quickly expanded to include an ice cream shop and outdoor entertainment venue.
“We were in downtown Inman and we had Take It Holmes and we had some warehouses there. We felt like it was time to sell the buildings in Inman because Inman is getting ready to burst, to blow up,” Holmes said. “The response has been phenomenal beyond belief.”
The new location serves more than 30 flavors of ice cream in the attached Averie’s Ice Cream Shoppe, named for Holmes’ young granddaughter, next to the pick-up location for the caterer’s ready-made meals. The ice cream shop serves Hershey’s brand ice cream in cups, cones, and milkshakes.
The warehouse also features a party room that can be rented for special events.
The new property is being utilized to the fullest outside as well, with a stage for live music and a space for up to 10 simultaneous games of cornhole. The outdoor area is called The Southern Tailgate and partner Dan Bolton said they plan to start a cornhole league, show drive-in movies and s on the side of the building, and use another vacant piece of the property as a dog park.
“It’s going to be a fun little family spot that’s going to be open pretty much from 11-10 every single day,” Bolton said.
Guests can also enjoy a Snowie snow cone during the outdoor events. Bolton who partnered with Holmes for the snow cone venture said the snow cone booth, located by the parking lot, will offer hot chocolate and doughnuts during the fall and winter. The pair also have a Snowie truck so the snow cones can come to you.
The new location is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-8 p.m. on Sundays.
Local author releases children’s book about immigration
Spartanburg author Marjy Appiah, who writes under the pen name Marjy Marj, has released her first children’s book.
The book for young readers ages 3-9 is titled “Sasha Goes to America” and tells the fictional tale of Sasha, the protagonist from Appiah’s novel “The Shimmigrant,” emigrating from Ghana to the United States as a child and highlights the dangers of child labor and exploitation. The young reader book is the first in a planned series of three books and is illustrated by Ghanaian artist Fleance Forkuo.
The book is available for purchase at Hub City Bookshop and online.
Spartanburg Art Museum offers summer art classes
Summer camp isn’t just for kids, and Spartanburg Art Museum has the summer art courses to prove it. The museum offers a number of classes and workshops for those age 17 and up where anyone can learn a new skill.
Classes in ceramics and two-dimensional art will be offered throughout the summer.
Beginners courses in wheel throwing and ceramics start the week of June 7, and beginners courses in oil painting and drawing start the week of June 12.
The courses are about three months long and range from $220-445 for the ceramics courses and $145-180 for the painting and drawing courses. The tuition covers the cost of materials.
The museum also will offer all new workshops for around $60.
Those interested in participating must register at least four days before the start of the class or workshop. All courses can be found and registered for on the museum’s website, www.spartanburgartmuseum.org/artschoolclasses. Class sizes are limited.
Other upcoming events:
► FR8yard will host the first June Yard Bazaar from 11 a.m.-4 p.m Saturday. The bimonthly event features sales by artists, crafters, and small business owners, live music starting at 1 p.m. and free yoga sessions starting at 11 a.m.
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►A lot of live music this weekend, including a full afternoon and evening in downtown Spartanburg on Saturday, June 5:
Dear Odessa at Plankowner Brewing Co. (109 Sloane Garden Road in Boiling Springs) from 6-9 p.m. Thursday
The Abbey Elmore Band at RJ Rockers Brewing Company (226 W. Main St. in Spartanburg) at 6:30 p.m. Friday
Vilai Harrington Duo at Tap Three (102 S. Main St. in Woodruff) from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday
Billingsley at The FR8yard (125 E. Main St. in Spartanburg) from 1-4 p.m. Saturday
Karen Clardy at RJ Rockers Brewing Company (226 W. Main St. in Spartanburg) from 3-5 p.m. Saturday
David Rodriguez & The Latin Caravan at Mezcal (143 W. Main St. in Spartanburg) from 7-10 p.m. Saturday
Barnyard Stompers at Events by the River (62 Arnold Branch Rd. in Woodruff) at 7 p.m. Saturday
► The Chapman Cultural Center will hold a drop-in happy hour farewell celebration for outgoing President and CEO Jennifer Evins from 5-7 p.m. Monday. Come send her off at Zimmerli Plaza, 200 E. St. John St. — all are welcome.
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► Vintage Warehouse of Spartanburg, 1201 Union St. in Spartanburg, is holding a live music and food truck event every Friday this summer through July 30. Check out what the shop’s local vendors have to offer from 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday or June 11. Kid and pet friendly.
► Ciclops Cyderi & Brewery, 197 E. St. John St. in Spartanburg, is teaming up with Upstate Pride SC June 10-12 for a Pride Month celebration. The cidery and brewery will host a Pride trivia night at 6:30 June 10 with prizes and a LGBTQ+ vendor fair June 12 from 2-5 p.m. June 12. The vendor fair will be followed by a walk-off and lip sync battle at 6 p.m. and karaoke at 8 p.m.
For the latest in Spartanburg area arts, food, and culture, check out The Cultural Report on the first and third Thursdays of the month.
Samantha Swann covers Spartanburg County K-12 schools and colleges and the food scene in downtown and beyond. She is a University of South Carolina Upstate and Greenville Technical College alumna. Contact her at [email protected]