Upstate Weekend is a listing of events published each Thursday in GSA Morning Blend and on www.gsabusiness.com. Submit an item here for inclusion in the weekly listing. Include description, date, time, location, cost and contact information.
Greenville Tech Ice on Main
What: Ice on Main returns to downtown Greenville. The outdoor rink will be open through Jan. 21.
When: Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: 206 S. Main St., Greenville.
Cost: $10 for adults and $8 for children, 12 and under.
Art Exhibit: Jim Harrison
What: The Spartanburg Art Museum will host an art exhibit by Jim Harrison. Harrison is known for his realistic artwork of Southern subject matter.
When: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Where: Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E. St. John St., Spartanburg.
Greenville Givers Gain Gala
What: This formal attire holiday event features a live and silent auction, live music, food and drinks. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Upstate athletes.
When: Thursday, 7 to 11 p.m.
Where: Greenville Marriott, 1 Parkway East, Greenville.
Characters United Storytelling Tour
What: USA Network, The Moth and Charter Communications brings the Characters Unite Storytelling tour to Greenville. USA Network’s Meghan Markle, star of the hit-series, SUITS, will participate in a storytelling program and attend an all-school assembly during which students will share their personal experiences with discrimination and bigotry.
When: Friday, 10:30 to 11:50 a.m.
Where: Berea High School, 201 Burdine Drive, Greenville.
Cost: Free for students.
Friday Starry Nights
What: The Roper Mountain Science Center hosts shows at the Daniel Observatory to observe the stars and planets seen through the eighth largest telescope of its kind in the nation.
When: Friday, 7 or 8:15 p.m.
Where: Roper Mountain Science Center, 402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville.
Cost: $5 for adults; $4 for children, ages 5 to 12, and for senior citizens, age 60 and older.
Alchemy Improv Comedy
What: Alchemy Improv Comedy entertains audiences every Friday night with a different guest storyteller each week. It’s fully improvised. The early show will feature the cast of Alchemy Comedy.
When: Friday, 8 and 9:30 p.m.
Where: Coffee Underground, 1 E. Coffee St., Greenville.
Cost: $5 per person for the 8 p.m. show and $8 per person for the 9:30 p.m. show. Get tickets at the door.
2012 Upstate S.C. Jingle Bell 5K and Fun Run/Walk
What: The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell 5K run, which is competitive and timed, followed by a 3-mile or 1-mile fun/run walk. This is a community awareness event.
When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.
Where: CU-ICAR, 5 Research Drive, Greenville.
Charleston Cooks offers holiday classes
What: Charleston Cooks offers holiday inspired cooking classes for all ages and ranges of expertise. It will host a “Gingerbread Houses for All Ages.” Attendees can decorate their own gingerbread house.
When: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.
Where: Charleston Cooks, 200 N. Main St., Greenville.
Battle of the Bells
What: Seven Battle of the Bells teams will compete across Greenville County to see who can collect the most money in their Red Kettle to support The Salvation Army. The funds raised will make a significant impact, as 86 cents of each local $1 raised will go back into the county to support critical social service, student, rehabilitation and family programming.
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Team names and locations follow: The Just Teasin’ Elves at Macys at Haywood Mall; The Greenville News at Walmart in Simpsonville; The Kroc Pots at Walmart on Woodruff Road; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. at Sam’s Club on Woodruff Road; The Salvation Army Southpaws at Total Wine & More; the Area Command Commandeers at Walmart on Wade Hampton and Carolina Heat Baseball at Belk at Haywood Mall.
Cost: Donations welcome.
What: The city of Greenville’s Department of Parks and Recreation will host Santa’s Workshop. There will be cider, cookies, elves, crafts and kids gingerbread houses. Bring your camera to get a free photo with Santa.
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon.
Where: Sears Recreation Center, McPherson Park, 120 E. Park Ave., Greenville.
A Colonial Night Before Christmas
What: Tour the historic Moore family home at the Walnut Grove Plantation by candlelight and see the simple wreaths, greenery, fruits and berries they used to decorate for the holiday season. Through photos, documents, and artifacts, this year’s event also remembers Spartanburg artist and historian James Buchanan’s instrumental role in preserving the colonial-era home. Kids can create their own Colonial Night Before Christmas scene and everyone can enjoy cookies around a fire.
When: Saturday, tours begin every hour on the hour from 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Walnut Grove Plantation, 1200 Otts Shoals Road, Roebuck.
Cost: Costs $6 for adults; $4 for ages 6 to 17 and free for ages 5 and under.
Walk of Faith
What: The Thornwell Home for Children hosts “A Walk of Faith,” a drop-in and walking tour of the home and campus landmarks. Hot cider and tea will be served with light refreshments.
When: Saturday, 5 and 7 p.m.
Where: Thornwell Home for Children, 302 S. Broad St., Clinton.
Poinsettia Christmas Parade
What: A Christmas parade on Main Street from Augusta Street to North Street.
When: Saturday, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Main Street, Greenville.
Chamber Singers perform at Chapman
What: The First Presbyterian Church Chamber Singers will present their annual Christmas concert – Tidings of Comfort and Joy – in Spartanburg. The Chamber Singers have a more than 30-year history of their classical vocal concerts. The concert will benefit Mobile Meals of Spartanburg.
When: Sunday, 7 p.m.
Where: Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E. Saint John St., Spartanburg.
Cost: Costs $15 per person.
Coffee and Poetry at Coffee Underground
What: Bring your own poems to read or perform. Beginners welcome. All poetry styles welcome.
When: Sunday, 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Where: Coffee Underground, 1 E. Coffee St., Greenville.
Cost: $5 per person.