Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Trick or Treat!

trick or treat!
I was able to pull some places around Greenville where you and the kids can safely trick or treat on Halloween!

  • Halloween Hoopla. October 29, 2017, 4-8 pm – The Church at Greer Station’s annual Halloween event in Greer City Park. Free candy, crafts and entertainment. Concessions and rides available for purchase. Family friendly and alcohol-free event.
  • Boo in the Zoo | Greenville Zoo. October 20-29, 2017 – An annual favorite Boo in the Zoo allows kids to experience the Greenville Zoo after hours. The animals aren’t the biggest attraction though (in fact some of them may be already tucked in their dens for the night) but instead the zoo is sprinkled with partners handing out treats and non-scary Halloween decorations. Dates: October 20-22 and 27-29, 2017. Hours: Fridays are 5:30 – 8 pm. Saturdays & Sundays are 4-8 pm. Admission: Greenville Zoo Members: $7/children and free for adults. Public: $8/children and $6 for adults. Ages: 12 and under. Where: Greenville Zoo. Trick-or-treat bags are provided to paying children. The Greenville Zoo does not charge for babies but only children with a treat bag will receive treats. This year a free park & ride service will also be provided from County Square. See our family guide on Boo in the Zoo to get the inside scoop on what to expect.
  • Halloween at Heritage Park. This event has been moved from October 28 to October 30 due to expected inclement weather! October 30, 2017 – Local groups and organizations gather to provide a Happy Halloween at Heritage Park! The event will have inflatables, vendors, games, and trick or treating in the evening. Date: Monday, October 30, 2017. Hours: 4-7:30 p.m. (trick or treating from 5:00-7:30). Admission: This is a free event. Where: Heritage Park, Simpsonville Website. Inflatables, games with prizes, and food vendors. Small bags are provided but children are encouraged to bring their own. Trick or Treat Lane is open with candy stops from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
  • Halloween Festival | Downtown Clemson. October 31, 2017 – Trick-or-treating, caramel apples, inflatables, a balloon artist and more. Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Hours: 4-6 p.m. Where: Downtown Clemson. Activities typically include: Apple Caramel Creation Station, Story Telling, Balloon Artist, Inflatables, Trick-or-Treating and a photographer who will print 4 x 6 photos for families to take home.
  • Landrum Halloween Stroll and Fall Festival. When: October 31, 2017, 5 – 7 pm. Where: Downtown Landrum. Fall Festival in downtown Landrum with food trucks, dancing, family activities, games and crafts, trick or treating and costume contest.
  • Publix. Trick or treating times are TBD for 2017. October 31 – Trick-or-treating at Publix is one of my family’s traditional go-to-events. It’s simple and some of the Publix stores even have small carnival games or activities set up. Last year’s times were 4-7 p.m. Check with your local store to see if they are participating this year.
  • Boo Bash | Haywood Mall. October 31, 2017 – Costumed kids are invited to a Boo Bash at Haywood Mall on October 31st from 6-9 pm in Belk Court. Enjoy ghostly games, a costume contest, candy, crafts and so much more! Event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information.
  • Malloween | Westgate Mall. October 31, 2017 – Participating retailers throughout the mall will offer special treats to little ghouls & goblins in a fun environment. Click here for more information. October 31, 2017- Gaffney Outlet Marketplace is hosting a trunk or treat event, as well as trick or treating throughout the mall, 5 -8 pm. Food trucks will also be on site. There will be no trick-or-treating at Shops of Greenridge this year.
  • Little Monsters Halloween Bash | Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery. Head to the Swamp Rabbit Cafe on October 31 from 4 pm – 6 pm to celebrate Halloween with candy, a costume contest, a photo booth, coloring, and a hay ride!
  • Slater Hall-O-WEEN | Slater Hall. Slayter Hall, Haunted House. October 30, 2017, 7-10 pm. October 31, 2017, 7-11 pm. Admission: $5. 5 Whitney Street, Slater, South Carolina.
  • Corn Maze - Fall Fun at Fisher's Orchards continues through Oct. 31. Saturdays are family days, and activities include wagon rides, a maze, picking apples, gourds and pumpkins, a petting zoo, and picnics. The farm is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. It is located at 650 Fisher Road in Greer. Visit www.fishersorchard.com.
  • A fall festival and trunk or treat is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Living Hope Baptist Church in Liberty. The free event for the community will include games, hayrides, Trunk or Treat Alley, hotdogs and more. For details, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Living-Hope-Baptist-Church.
  • Lee Road Baptist Church in Taylors will have its annual Fall Festival 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Visit www.leeroad.com.
  • Rutherford Baptist Church in Greenville will have its trunk or treat event 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Free hot dog supper and candy will be offered. For details, visit its Facebook page.
  • Pelham First Baptist Church in Greer will have its fall festival 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31. For details, visit www.pelhamfbc.com.
  • Laurel Baptist Church in Greenville will have its trunk or treat at 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 31. For details, call 864-288-1711.
  • Life Spring Community Church/Nazarene in Simpsonville will host a community trunk or treat 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31. The free event will have hot dogs, chips and drinks as well for all that attend. Its annual fall festival will follow 4-8 p.m. Nov. 1. For details, visit www.lifespringnaz.net.
  • Zion United Methodist Church in Easley will host a trunk or treat at 6 p.m. Oct. 31. The church will pass out candy in the parking lot, and play games in the fellowship hall on the lower level. This is a free event for the community. The church is located at 432 Zion Church Rd, Easley. For details, visit www.facebook.com/ZionChurchEasley.
  • Pickens First Baptist Church will host The Graveyard to learn the fate of the new arrivals and Cloud 9 Experience for a free hot dog supper and bible-based games at its Pickens location. Child care will be provided for small children whose parents would prefer to join them after The Graveyard tour. Food will be served from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 31. For details, visit www.fbcpickens.org.
  • The city of Easley and Gilstrap Family Dealership's Children's Fall Festival is 4 -8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Old Market Square in downtown Easley. Trick or treat from downtown merchants 4-6 p.m. Activities include inflatables, games, prizes, costume contest, music and the fire department's Smokehouse. Visit www.easleyevents.com.
  • Great Candy Buy-Back Program. November 1 – 7, 2017 After all your trick-or-treating is over, be sure to head to Holly Tree Pediatric Dentistry where kids can sell their Halloween candy for $1 per pound (5lb max per child). The candy will be shipped to troops overseas. Drawings and Thank You notes are encouraged to pack with the candy. You can also share names/addresses of family and friends who are currently serving our country to receive a box of candy. November 1, 2017, 8:30 am – 5 pm. November 2, 2017, 8 am – 3 pm. November 3, 2017, 8 am – 1 pm. November 7, 2017, 8:30 am – 5 pm.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Don’t forget the winter prep

don't forget the winter prep
It always happens too fast. One minute it is warm and moderate temperatures and the next it is frigid and cold. Fall never seems to last quite long enough especially when you live this close to the Blue Ridge Mountain corridor. With that in mind, here are some quick tips on what you should look at prepping before old man winter really gets a hold of us. 
  • Outdoor faucet protector. Freezing temps can bust your outside faucets. You should always remove your hoses but invest in a faucet protector also. Priced at less than $10 they cost a lot less than water damage repair.
  • Add more insulation. Icicles are pretty but only when they are lights. Icicles are a clear sign you have an ice dam, a buildup of ice on your roof or gutter that prevents melting snow and ice from flowing into your gutters. Prevent this damage by adding more insulation in your attic. You need at least 14 inches no matter where you live. In a colder climate, you would need more.
  • Keep the gutters clean. It’s a twice-yearly maintenance task that we all dread but is necessary. Gutters that back up water are costly. That backed up water will creep into your home and cause all sorts of damage either near the roof or near your foundation.
  • Stop the leaks. Time to peruse your windows, baseboards, fireplace(s), dryer vents and any other place where the inside of your home meets the outside. Use caulk that can be picked up at your local hardware store to plug gaps. Or you may need to add some extra seal below your doors.
  • Program it! It is also time to think about getting a programmable thermostat or checking over your settings if you already have one. Some can be programmed via an online or phone app. Newer thermostats can even be set up with smart home systems. When you leave the system adjusts the thermostat cooler and adjusts it warmer when you arrive back home.
  • Tune up Time! Get a furnace tune up. Your local heating and air company may be having a special right now to beat the rush. Take advantage!
  • Fireplace inspection. Before you do your first burn, please make sure to get your fireplace(s) inspected. Especially in areas where you may burn lots of pine. Because it is not a hardwood, pine tends to burn less hot than perhaps oak, so the creosote will buildup without you even knowing about it. Too much and it sets up for chimney fires. Don’t cost yourself more money down the road with a fire.
Hope these tips helped you out. Nobody likes unexpected seasonal bills especially ones that can be prevented.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

In Case of Emergency

in case of emergency
How many times have we seen or read or heard, in case of emergency…

Well the City of Greenville has an answer for you. The City of Greenville SC has a web page that has lots of information about emergencies. During severe weather events and other emergency situations you will be able to find timely information posted there. Here is the link: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/438/Emergency-Information. You can also follow Greenville City on Facebook and Twitter.

In the interest of safety, I have found this quick safety video on flooding.

On this page, you will also find tabs with information about flood safety, downed trees and limbs, some useful phone numbers and snow and ice removal.

Phone Numbers are also listed below for your convenience.
  • AT&T Phone Line Out: 888-757-6500
  • Charter Cable Outage: 800-955-7766
  • Duke Power Outage: 800-777-9898
  • Greenville Water: 864-241-6000
  • Greenville Water and Renewable Water Resources: 864-299-4000
  • Piedmont Natural Gas: 864-233-7966

The following contact is for power lines down / power poles broken:

  • Duke Energy: 1-800-777-9898

The following contact is for tree or limbs down on power line:

  • Duke Energy: 1-800-777-9898

Disclaimer: The city is not allowed to touch limbs/trees on power lines.

The City of Greenville also has a web page set up as an alert center which lets you view all alerts and emergencies in your area. There are athletics alerts, city alerts, Greenlink alerts, parks and recreation alerts, police department alerts, special events alerts and street resurfacing and pavement management alerts.

Friday, October 6, 2017

SOLD - 431 Berry Shoals Rd, Duncan, SC 29334

431 Berry Shoals Rd, Duncan, SC 29334
431 Berry Shoals Rd, Duncan, SC 29334
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Levels: 2
Square Feet: +/-2218
Type: Detached Single Family
View: Lake View
MLS # 1353274

Are looking hard to find a home on the lake at a great price? Well, welcome to lake living without a long road trip to the peaceful place called Silver Lake. This beautiful scenic site features a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom at approximately 2218 Heated Square Feet of living space on .23 acres.
As you pull into your paved drive you are greeted with a rocking chair front porch that has ample seating. Once inside the home there are gleaming hardwoods that flow through the entire main level to include the upstairs, there is only carpet in the upstairs bedrooms only. There is a bedroom on the main with a full bath, living and dining room large kitchen with bar area for seating and lots of cabinets and counter space.
Once you proceed out the back door to the covered deck area that stretches across the back of home, you then can go down the dual staircase that takes you down the yard to the dock where you will find a swing for two to enjoy the peaceful lake setting. The water at dock is at first 3' then goes to approximately 16' deep. You can have a pontoon boat or small boat up to 25hp. Once back inside the home go up the wood stair treads to the second bedroom, then around the corner into Master Suite. The En-suite has a generous size jetted to tub as well as a tub/shower combo. a large vanity with dual sinks. The peace de resistance is the sunrooms that has exquisite views of the lake from the A-Frame back of home then go to your second deck to enjoy at your leisure. There is pull down attic stairs in the hall and in the Master bedroom there is a door that has stairs this leads to the attic for additional storage. The roof was replaced in 2014, there is an active termite bond for home with Hired Killers, the air handling unit was replaced approximately 3 years ago.
You can get to home off Hwy 101 or Hwy 290 just a hop ski and jump down to Berry Shoals Road, convenient location to GSP Airport, I-85, BMW, Greer, Spartanburg and Greenville and so much more!

For more photos and details, click the link below.
431 Berry Shoals Rd, Duncan, SC 29334

The interactive map below shows 431 Berry Shoals Rd but not necessarily the exact location of the lot itself. Directions: From Greenville two different ways go I-85 to 101 turn Right, Head towards
Woodruff. Go approx. 3 miles to Left on Berry Shoals road home on Right. OR I-85 to Exit 63 Hwy 290 toward Moore. Right on berry Shoals, home will be on Left.

Bet you didn’t know about these

Bet you didn’t know about these
Being the second most celebrated holiday behind Christmas, the is the month of Halloween. In fact, it makes its appearance on Tuesday the 31st. So, in the spirit I found five places in the Greenville area that are reported to be haunted. Enjoy! 
  1. Greenville Army-Navy Store at 660 South Main St. In 1946, Veteran Harry Zaglin opened the store and it remains one of the oldest businesses in Greenville. Mr. Zaglin passed in 1995. His son Jeff still runs the store, but some believe Harry is still visiting and watching over things. A paranormal group investigation in 2011 recorded an EVP (electronic voice phenomena) believed to be Mr. Zaglin telling people to “Get out! We’re closed” and “Come back next week.” Another researcher has report boots moving on their own, flashing lights and a drawer that won’t stay put.
  2. Westin Poinsett Hotel at 120 South Main St. With a grand opening in 1925 as The Poinsett Hotel and many good years of business the Poinsett closed its doors in 1987. A vacant building for 13 years until snagged by some investors and reopened it in 2000 as the Westin Poinsett Hotel. Guests have reported strange noises coming from their bathroom and hallway and spotted an old man in their room and watch him disappear in front of them.
  3. Herdklotz Park at 126 Beverly Rd. Hopewell Tuberculosis Sanatorium treated hundreds of patients and many of them died. The Sanatorium has been gone for a long time, but a legend persists that the dead patients haunt Herdklotz park which is the site of the old hospital. Strange sounds have been heard on the playground, invisible bells clanging and at night people have seen shadows moving in the darkness. Some homeowners near the park claim they have seen the shadows in their homes.
  4. Springwood Cemetery at 410 North Main St. This cemetery is over 200 years old and with more than 10,000 graves. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A few paranormal investigation groups have been in the cemetery and have reported phantom knocks and full-body apparitions. Children have reported seeing spirits that adults can’t see. There have also been reports of voices, lights and blurred faces in visitor’s photos.
  5. Poinsett Bridge on Callahan Mountain Rd in Landrum. This bridge was built in 1820 and is South Carolina’s oldest surviving bridge. There are several legends about the bridge starting with a lynched slave, to being over an Indian burial ground to a mason who died during construction being entombed inside. A paranormal investigation team found unexplained light phenomena, photos of a “mist of man-sized proportions” and recordings that sound like a human heartbeat. Unexplained moans, screams and odd lights have also been reported.
If you are interested in learning more about possible haunted areas in Greenville, check out Haunted Greenville, South Carolina by Jason Profit. You can also check out the Greenville Ghost Tour which is the original downtown haunted walking tour created by Jason Profit and lasts about 90 minutes. You must make a reservation.

Happy Halloween!

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