The Upstate SC

VOL11ISS1 2015

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUME 11 — ISSUE 1 40 ANDERSON BY LINDSEY GREY Locals have long appreciated the scenic town of Anderson that is perched on the edge of Lake Hartwell. New mobile apps on the horizon will soon make it easy for visitors to enjoy the town known for its lakes, historical attractions, universities, and art. Until then, a pair of walking shoes is an easy way to experience the vibrant, friendly city. Located in the shadow of the foothills, Anderson's mild climate is the perfect canvas for painting an outdoor lifestyle enhanced by art, culture and education. A visit should start with a history lesson at the Anderson County Museum. Permanent museum exhibits include a salute to the area's military heritage and "Turbines and Textiles," a tribute to the textile industry. The ultramodern Anderson library serves as the hub for the county library system and is housed in a magnifcent structure on a hill. Art lovers are treated to displays on every corner. On Anderson's Main Street, visitors look up to see a beautiful wren sculpture, down to see an inspiring epigram quote on the pavement, or straight ahead to see educational historical elements. The Anderson Arts Center offers exposure to art through juried show exhibits and hands-on opportunities to create art in classrooms. For its promotion of the arts the city is the 2013 winner of the prestigious Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for Art. The sound of music is in the air with live pianos on Anderson's downtown streets and live performances Arts and Innovation Color Anderson at the Electric City Playhouse. The frst Anderson Theater Festival will open with Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night Dream in Carolina Wren Park in June. The festival will hold two other shows during the summer. The Rainey Fine Arts Center is the home of the South Carolina School of the Arts for Anderson University and is a vital arts forum for the region. City leaders continue to lead the efforts toward beautifcation of streetscapes and landscapes. Carolina Wren Park, sits at the heart of downtown. The $2.8 million project includes primary special features: water wall backdrop, amphitheater, performance area, plaza fountain and overlook areas. It is an everyday oasis and a venue for concerts, theatre performances, cultural events, festivals, weddings and reunions. The city's recreation master plan has resulted in the creation of walking trails and upgrades to its 15 parks. Linley Park is a gateway to the city with green space enhancements and integrated pedestrian trails within a beautifully landscaped 14-acre neighborhood park. to elevate its academic reputation. For those who like to indulge in activities on the water the city has some of the most scenic rivers and lakes in the state. To get on the water the number one choice is Hartwell Lake, one of the Southeast's largest and most popular public-recreation lakes. The man-made reservoir borders South Carolina and Georgia on the Savannah, Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers. For 50 years, families have enjoyed boating, sailing, swimming and skiing as well as numerous competitive fshing tournaments and kayaking events. With 56,000 acres and nearly 1,000 miles of shoreline, the lake is the destination of choice for both sportsmen and water enthusiasts. Golfers have fve country club/courses to tee off on for a day of golf. A growing equine community provides enthusiasts with outdoor fun and educational experiences. The T. Ed Garrison Arena at Clemson University is recognized as one of the premier multi-purpose livestock facilities in the Southeast. The Arena is South Carolina's only full service, public facility designed to promote the state's billion-dollar livestock industry. Many private farms offer boarding and horseback riding lessons including Mane Solutions whose mission is to provide individualized equine related therapies and experiences to children and adults with emotional, physical, or social challenges. Anderson is proud of its agricultural heritage and home to unique, working farms which are open for tours and offer local products for sale contributing to the boom in agri-tourism. Dairy farms offer high quality cheeses, >>

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