SPACE Events

To celebrate our 30th Anniversary in 2020, SPACE has some exciting events to look forward to! Additionally, we have launched an ambitious boardwalk restoration project for Spartanburg’s beloved Cottonwood Trail as a kick-off for the celebration. Formed in 1989, SPACE is the second-oldest local land trust operating in the state of South Carolina, providing our community with access to local green spaces like the Cottonwood Trail. This 4-mile nature trail runs through the Edwin P. Griffin Nature Preserve and is used by over 60,000 people a year. SPACE is hoping to raise $100,000 for the renovation project which will include the restoration of the boardwalk (a 550 foot wooden structure that crosses the wetlands and connects two trails), the addition of a covered observation deck (shown below), and new Wayfinding signs along the trail.

**Help us raise $25,000 by donating to our GoFundME Campaign. The boardwalk will be closed for renovations beginning fall 2019 through early 2020**

 

 

 

 

MLK Privet Work Day at Cottonwood Trail

MLK Privet Work Day at Cottonwood Trail

January 20th 2020 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Cottonwood trail will be getting lots of love on this work day! We need hearty volunteers to come out and help us with a day of trail work. One of the bigger parts of this work day will be spent removing the invasive species Privet from the preserve.

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WILD Spartanburg Poster Release Party

WILD Spartanburg Poster Release Party

February 20th 2020 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Over 20 artists entered the Wild Spartanburg Poster Contest in 2018, a poster contest inspired by the WPA National Park posters and a partnership between SPACE and the Tyger River Foundation, funded in part by the Chapman Cultural Center. Artists were asked to create poster designs of one of four of Spartanburg's most beautiful natural places (Berry's Bridge, Cottonwood Trail, Glendale Shoals, and Nesbitt Shoals). During the April 2019 art reception at the Headquarters of the Spartanburg County Library, Peter Kay was selected as the winning artist based on his contemporary poster design of Glendale Shoals. Kay is a graphic designer and Composer for the Spartanburg Philharmonic. Join SPACE, the Tyger River Foundation, and the Spartanburg Philharmonic on Thursday February 20th at the Chapman Cultural Center for an artist reception and poster release party.

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A Weekend with Teddy Roosevelt

A Weekend with Teddy Roosevelt

March 19th 2020 - March 21st 2020 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Theodore Roosevelt is often considered the “Conservationist President.” He helped establish 230 million acres of public land, 150 which were set aside as National Forests. Joe Wiegand is considered the world’s premiere Theodore Roosevelt reprisor. As an actor and historian, Joe’s portrayals of Theodore Roosevelt in live performances and in television have people wondering if TR has come back to life! Joe will be in Spartanburg in March for three days to connect, through SPACE, with the Spartanburg Community. In various venues and to a wide audience, he will talk history and conservation.

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MiniMoo - music and potluck at Cleveland Preserve Farm

April 18th 2020 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mini-moo is an outside concert series held out at the cabin of the Cleveland Farm Preserve. There will be local artists, a potluck, and beverages served around a bonfire overlooking the preserve and pond. Admission to this event is free, but donations are welcome! Info TBA

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SPACE Jam - an in-town celebration of music, food, and farms

May 14th 2020 | 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

SPACE Jam, presented by Vic Bailey Subaru, is an in-town celebration of music, food, and farms at the FR8YRD. With live music by Amanda Platt and the Honeycutters and delicious food sourced from local farms. A VIP section will include farm-to-table fare and unlimited libations. Rain date, May 21. More details TBA!

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5th Annual "A Shucking Good Time"

5th Annual "A Shucking Good Time"

October 15th 2020 | 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

A Shucking Good Time is SPACE’s biggest fundraiser of the year. 300+ guests enjoy a magical night of steamed oysters by William Cribb, small plates by 15-20 of Spartanburg’s finest restaurateurs, libations and live music under the stars in a beautiful and unique outdoor setting.

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Cottonwood Trail Family Day

Cottonwood Trail Family Day

November 7th 2020 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Inaugural Cottonwood Trail Family Day will be a celebration of the 30 Year Anniversary of the Cottonwood Trail. Free and open to all, we’re partnering with USC Upstate, the Science Center, and the Converse Heights Neighborhood Association to plan a day of fun activities in nature. Live music, art installations, food trucks, scavenger hunts, and other activities will give families an opportunity to connect with nature in one of the most beautiful nature preserves in town.

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Sustainable Events Initiative

Sustainable Events Initiative

SPACE hosts a multitude of events throughout the year. As an organization focused on land conservation and environmental protection, we’ve launched an initiative to focus on sustainability efforts during our fundraisers and small events. With help from local composting company, Atlas Organics, we’re making composting a priority at our two big fundraisers (Bonnamoo and A Shucking Good Time). Thanks to local artists Frankie Zombie and Maggie MacDonald, you won’t miss the compost cans at these events! Want to help make our events more sustainable? Share a ride and bring your own non-glass tumblers with you. Working together we can make an impact!

Past Events

Past Events

Shucking Good Time 2019!

The 4th Annual "A Shucking Good Time" presented by Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System raised $30,000 for SPACE to support our mission of land conservation. 3K was raised for the Cottonwood Trail Boardwalk Restoration Project. Thanks to our composting efforts, 838 pounds of waste was diverted from the landfill.

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