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23 November 2015

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland brings light displays, holiday attractions to Simpsonville

Fox Carolina By Dal Kalsi FOX Carolina 21 SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – A new holiday lights attraction is open in the Upstate this holiday season. Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is open nightly at Heritage Park through Jan. 3, 2016. Shadrack’s features hundreds of thousands of lights that dance to music in a synchronized drive-through light show. Visitors can also enjoy Santa’s Village, rides, a petting zoo, hot cocoa, S’mores, and more. Click here for ticket and other information. Copyright 2015 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. Read more:
12 November 2015

Heritage Park transforms for the holidays

November 12, 2015 – Scott Keeler, Heritage Park in Simpsonville is in the final stages of transforming into a huge winter wonderland. For the first time ever, TRZ Management has brought Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland to Heritage Park for this holiday season. Shadrack’s website states the company produces “the world’s largest drive-through, fully synchronized, LED Christmas light and music show of its kind.” The company also has Christmas Wonderland locations in Asheville, Charlotte, Birmingham, Pittsburgh and Sevierville, Tennessee. From Nov. 20 to Jan. 3, visitors to Heritage Park can experience the light and music show in their car and/or park at Santa’s Village where a number of different activities will be offered. It will be open from dusk to 10 p.m. each day. “As soon as you pull into the park, you’ll be able to tune into a certain radio station and as you’re driving through the show itself, the lights are synchronized with the music coming through your... Read More
30 October 2015

Three-day bluegrass festival being held at Civic Center of Anderson

Independent Mail By Charmaine Smith-Miles Mary Huff experienced her first bluegrass music festival Friday at the Civic Center of Anderson, and she said she’s hooked. She came out, she said, because her husband, Hal, is a guitar player and a longtime bluegrass fan. He heard about the 2015 BooGrass Bash last week and he bought tickets as soon as he could. The couple drove from their home in Starr. Their motor home was one of about a half-dozen motor homes parked at the back of the Civic Center for the three-day festival. “I love it,” Huff said. “Everyone is so nice here.” “And the harmonies here, with the musicians, are wonderful,” Hal said. “It has been 30 years since I’ve been to a really good festival. And all the bands are top-notch here. We are coming back next year.” It was the first time the BooGrass Bash was held at the Civic Center. The event kicked off Thursday with a... Read More
10 May 2015

Fair at Heritage Park kicks off Scott Keeler, The Fair at Heritage Park began Friday afternoon and coordinators believe their inaugural, 10-day event will be a fair like no other. Roger Dickson of TRZ Management said his group has worked to ensure it will be a clean, family-friendly experience, and an affordable one as well. “I have kids and I know how costly it can be to take them places,” Dickson said. “Our fair admission comes with free parking, a free show and a free concert every night.” Each day of the fair features a daily promotion, including seven “Pay One Price” days which is good for unlimited rides for a flat fee of either $15, $18 or $20. Both Saturdays, there will be free admission and rides for the first hour beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday is “School Special” day with free admission and rides for students from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., while Wednesday is “Student Day” with everyone 18-under admitted free. “$2 Tuesday”... Read More
02 May 2015

Heritage Park continues to draw big names

The Greenville News Scott Keeler, SIMPSONVILLE – If things had gone as originally planned for Heritage Park, it likely would not have drawn acts such as Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. Today, the symbol of pride for Simpsonville boasts a 15,000-seat venue, numerous other offerings for the surrounding Greenville-area market, and the promise of more excitement to come as the Doobie Brothers kicked off the 2015 summer concert season on Friday. The city recently held a 10-year birthday party for Heritage Park, but for many city officials and citizens, the celebrations at Heritage Park won’t be stopping any time soon. In its first year of work with the park, TRZ Management out of Anderson has reinvigorated the Charter Spectrum Amphitheatre with a packed summer schedule. Through July 2, six concerts will be held at the park’s outdoor concert venue. TRZ also secured Heritage Park’s first full-fledged fair.”We’re excited about some things that haven’t been announced yet,” TRZ entertainment coordinator... Read More
28 July 2014

Simpsonville in talks with TRZ management Nikki Withington, Staff writer Simpsonville city officials have given the go-ahead to seek new representation for the Charter Amphitheatre. Following an executive session of the City Council, a motion carried to draft a contract with TRZ Management of Anderson for 2015. Interim City Administrator David Dyrhaug was authorized to enter into the contract with the new management company. “We’re working on an agreement that will be mutually beneficial,” he said. The Greenville Arena District Public Facilities Management Corporation has managed the amphitheater since 2010. The corporation was initially created as a subsidiary of the arena district to manage the amphitheater, said Roger Newton, president and general manager of the Greenville Arena District. Even though the Bon Secour Wellness Arena is managed by the arena district directly and not the Greenville Arena District Public Facilities Management Corporation, Mayor Pro Temp Geneva Lawrence said the decrease in events booked in Simpsonville is due to the arena being reopened after remodeling that... Read More
21 March 2013

Great Anderson County Fair to be bigger and better in 2013

Anderson Independent Mail – March 21, 2013 By Jake B. Grove 864-260-1258 Last year, the organizers of The Great Anderson County Fair would have been the first to admit they had to scramble to put on a five-day event that would honor the tradition of county fairs of the past. But this year, Ray Bianco, Mitch Lesi and Roger Dickson have a year under their belts and are ready to showcase a bigger and better Great Anderson County Fair. From April 30 to May 5, the Civic Center of Anderson will be awash with huge rides on a midway, food trucks doling out the best in carnival food, and games, demonstrations and much more at the second Great Anderson County Fair. The event was so successful last year that the organizers couldn’t wait to get started on 2013, and folks like Glenn Brill of the Anderson County Parks and Recreation Department were willing to have them back twice a... Read More