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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Greenville Fall Events, Pro Cycling Championships, Blue Ribbon Award to Charter School, GSP Parking Cost Down

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Fall Outdoor Events

Fall LeavesSeptember is here, the weather has begun to cool down, and outdoor events are beginning prick up speed. Greenville has plenty of activities for every kind of appetite over the next two months. Euphoria is a food festival with a bit more spice: it brings together top chefs, winemakers, and musicians on September 24-25. The expanded Saturday Market on Main Street in Greenville shows off the fall harvest and is a popular morning activity. Fall for Greenville is another big, family-friendly street fair with a focus on food by local vendors, running October 8-10. The West End Art Festival is September 18-19 (this weekend), and will feature local visual artists at the Pendleton Street Art District. For more artwork, you can catch the Trillium Arts Festival on October 2 at Gateway Park. The Moonlight Classic Movie Series at the Peace Center Amphitheater continues on Wednesday nights and with the days a little shorter, starts at 8:00.

Big Time Cycling

Cycling fans, start your engines. The fifth annual Pro Cycling Championships is back in Greenville this weekend and promises to bring in some exciting racers as well as a few road closures for motorists. Local racer George Hincapie will be back for this prestigious race, defending his title from last year. There will also be a cadre of talented professional cyclists who have been competing in events all year and are finishing up the season with the Big One of American races. Saturday the time trial action will be focused on a 6.9 mile course at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research campus, where riders compete against the clock. On Sunday, the longer road race features teams making several loops from downtown Greenville and over the challenging Paris Mountain. There will probably be about 50,000 spectators scattered around the course, with the heaviest crowds downtown and on the climb up the backside of the mountain. Get out and shake those cowbells Greenville!

Charter School Gets Kudos
Greenville Tech Charter High School has won the National Blue Ribbon Award, which puts them into an elite category of public schools around the country. Students are allowed to work on college credit course while earning their high school diploma, and wow, they really hit those college books hard. More than half of the students in this year's class had at least 24 hours or college credits hours! But students must excel too, posting at least an 80% score to pass a class. Challenging yes, but everyone in the 420-student body graduated this year except for one who still got a GED and is now at Greenville Technical College. Tech joins four other SC schools achieving the award, and is the first charter school in the state to do so. Congratulations are also in order to nearby Powdersville Elementary, one of the other four recipients; they are located just outside Greenville in Anderson County. 

GSP Parking Fares Down
If you plan to leave your car at Greenville Spartanburg Airport for few days, you will be in luck after October 1. Rates on long term parking will then be only $4, down from the current $7. That puts GSP into a competing price range with Charlotte for uncovered parking, which is a little farther from the terminal. However, one difference is that you can still walk to the GSP terminal in just a few minutes while Charlotte is a bus ride. Of course, if you want closer parking at GSP under cover, the rates are going up a few dollars. Look for more announcements from GSP as they ramp up renovations in preparation of Southwest Airline’s arrival sometime in 2011.

Greenville SC Weather
Awesome Fall Weather
Fall weather is here at last and you gotta love it with the relative humidity down into the 30-70% range. You can expect mostly clear weather for the next week with highs about 90 but temperatures dropping into the 60s at night. Get out there and enjoy the great outdoors!