Out & About

February 20, 2014

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. 24

Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez performs at 8 p.m. on the stage of Clemson University’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Lillian and Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series. No ticket is required and admission is free.

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.

The Central-Clemson Regional Branch Library, 105 Commons Way in Central, holds a Just Dance on the Wii contest at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all teens.

Clemson Area StoryTellers (CAST) Guild holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at The Arts Center, 212 Butler St. in Clemson. Call 864-855-6396 or email for more information.

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 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 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 Pendleton Historic Foundation presents the Origins of NASCAR from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at Woodburn Historic House, 130 History Lane in Pendleton. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-10 and free for children under 5. Call 864-646-7249, e-mail or visit for more information.

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.

The Pendleton District Commission hosts the Upstate Pipe and Drum Corp at 1 p.m. March 1 at the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina, 120 History Lane in Pendleton. Admission is $5 per car and will be held rain or shine.

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.