We had a busy day yesterday, unlike all those other days we sit around and do nothing!
The Travelers Rest Business Association meeting and lunch was at noon. For such a little town, I’m still amazed at the attendance at these meetings. There were 50 people there including at least half a dozen guests.
At my table there was the owner of the new ice cream shop in Travelers rest, Trailside Creamery, which is on the Swamp Rabbit bike and walking trail. They have their own mix of soft serve with many flavors, gluten free, high fructose sugar free, nut free environment. The soft serve usually has only 5 natural ingredients. I haven’t tried it yet but will soon. Sounds like a winning combination. A marketing Representative from a new weekly and monthly publication, Community Journals, was quite interested in possible stories for Greenville Newcomers and Woodworkers Guild. I try to promote those two organizations with everyone I meet. A new Company that does advertising logos etc. told us about his business and his regular job running a kids/adult camp nearby. I didn’t hear the name of it but I know I have driven by it. Apparently it is better known all over the country than known locally.
There is so much community spirit in this group. One part of the meeting they ask if anyone has stories to tell about how someone in the group recently helped them. For example one guys computer seriously crashed and the local tech repair company had it up and running fast. A couple people had medical problems and health care people got them in immediately, one accountant needed help to fix a clients payroll mess and called another member who had great contacts and she was able to help her client much easier. It feels so good to see community support like that. I’m still not used to the opening and closing prayers but thats SC.
Lunch and another beautiful ice sculpture was provided by The Catering Cru. I talked to them last month about the possibility of taling OLLI and/or Newcomers groups to tour the kitchen and get an ice carving demonstration. Very nice people.
Our speaker was a student from Furman, a young woman, who did a two semester social art project. She called it “The 12 mile hub” and it is a mythical place similar to TR, with lots of history and spirit and what you can do to promote that. She spent a semester interviewing people in TR to get their stories. She was a great speaker, having to make major changes to her presentation when no one could get the powerpoint presentation to work, and her project had everyone in the audience spell bound. This young woman has a great future and I think we will see the results of her ideas in TR.
Came home for a little while (had a nap) and then left to pick up our weekly produce at the Furman CSA (Community Supported Agrictulture). More tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, mint, potatoes, rosemary, Swill Chard, corn. From now until the summer garden stops producing we can just come and pick up whatever they have. The fall crops will come in late Sept. Spinach, brussel sprouts, various squashes – I guess about 40 items. This one is only $60 so I think we will give that a try.
Home for a quick supper and then we left to go back to Furman for the third Civil War to Civil Rights class. I will tell you about that in my next post.
Finally the temperature has lowered into the 70′s and we enjoyed a glass of wine out on the screened porch before we went to bed. It was a busy but nice day.