Nothing Could Be Finer: A Breakfast Tour of Spartanburg

Thursday, September 11, 2014

By James Yeh
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

In her poem “Angels of the Love Affair,” Anne Sexton memorably writes, “Once I called breakfast the sexiest meal of the day.” Sex appeal aside, breakfast is alive and well in Spartanburg—diners, in particular. My girlfriend and I, both visiting from New York, took a breakfast tour around Spartanburg, checking out three local favorites: Papa’s Breakfast Nook, the Skillet, and Mon Amie Morning Café. Read More ››

Back-to-Football Fever

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Panthers Camp
By Jo Ann Mitchell Brasington
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

“When do we need to get ready for the Panthers Party?” “How much longer before we leave?” “Will we get to see Cam Newton, DeAngelo Williams, Luke Kuechly or Kelvin Benjamin?” “Should I wear my Panthers hat?” “How long will it take us to get to Wofford?” Those were just a few of the questions I fielded on Saturday before the Carolina Panthers “Back to Football” Party, the official kick-off to the Panthers Summer Training Camp at Wofford College. Read More ››

Fishing Local Waters

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

By Brad Wright
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

When I was 6 years old I caught a 16-inch catfish off of my grandfather’s dock on the gulf coast of Florida. Although 25 years have passed since that day, I can still remember with remarkable clarity the exhilaration of having a fish on the line, the thrill of reeling it in, and the pride in having made such a fine catch. Read More ››

Panthers Come to Town

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Panthers Camp
By Laura Hendrix Corbin
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

It was a real-life Mean Joe Greene-Coca Cola moment. “Hey, kid,” I heard someone holler, and I turned to see then-Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme looking at the young fan standing next to me, proudly wearing his bright blue Panthers Pals T-shirt, eagerly waiting for player autographs. I touched the young man on the shoulder, and pointed toward Jake – who took off his sweat-soaked practice #17 jersey and tossed it to the wide-eyed youngster. Read More ››

Spartanburg has a long and strong connection with stock car racing

Thursday, July 10, 2014

By Mike Hembree
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

The Hub City, so-named because of its railroad connections, for many years also was the “hub city” for NASCAR racing. Numerous top-level racing teams were based in and around Spartanburg in the 1950s and 1960s, and Spartanburg has produced four members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame – championship driver David Pearson, championship team owner and pioneer mechanic Bud Moore, championship driver Rex White and long-time team owner and mechanical whiz Cotton Owens. Others with ties to the area include James Hylton, Joe Frasson, Jack Smith, Buck Baker, Dick Brooks and Mario Rossi. Read More ››

Strawberry Hill USA

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Strawberry Hill
By Claudia Geagan
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

Strawberry Hill USA, a great place to buy strawberries and peaches and enjoy family fun, sits on over a thousand acres of rolling farmland in Chesnee, SC, in the northwestern part of Spartanburg County. Read More ››

A Visit to Walnut Grove

Friday, May 09, 2014

By Brad Steinecke
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

Whenever I visit Walnut Grove Plantation, I like to take a few minutes to walk out into the field facing the house and close my eyes. I enjoy letting the 21st century fade away, focusing on the quiet breeze and imagining the familiar natural landscape of the post-industrial Upstate transformed into its former self—the hardscrabble frontier of the remote and unforgiving back-country. Revived in my mind are the bands of Cherokee braves, the wolves, the buffalo, and the vast, unspoiled forests and rivers of the Carolina Piedmont for hundreds of miles. Read More ››

Music in the streets of Spartanburg

Friday, May 09, 2014

By Susan A. Sistare
Produced in cooperation with the HubCity Writers Project.

When I was a kid, downtown Spartanburg looked very different. I don’t recall much about it, except that the Montgomery building (the tallest one then) seemed like a skyscraper and Grandma’s Kitchen had the most delicious, greasy hamburgers this side of the Beacon. Read More ››

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