Northeast Area Council Update

By Kasie Whitener, Northeast Area Council liaison
President & CEO Clemson Road Creative, LLC

Upper East Side, Columbia – More great things happening on the Upper East Side!

Last week’s anniversary celebration at Virginia College was a great success. The school contributes to our community in so many ways and has graduated more than 400 students who are qualified for the kind of work our state and region have available.

Campus Director Nick Foong greets guests at the Virginia College 3rd Anniversary Celebration Photo by Kasie Whitener

Campus Director Nick Foong greets guests at the Virginia College 3rd Anniversary Celebration
Photo by Kasie Whitener

Thanks to Virginia College for all that they do to educate our workforce and help our neighbors fulfill lifelong dreams!


Northeast Council members Duane Reed and Paul Dunn pose for a picture before the ceremony begins at the Virginia College 3rd Anniversary celebration on April 25th
Photo by Kasie Whitener

Also last week the Chamber of Commerce Business at Sunrise event was held in our neighborhood at the Spring Valley Country Club. These events are a great way to get business professionals from other regions of Columbia to come to the Upper East Side and see just what we’re all about.

Thanks go out to Bill Dukes and the Honor Flights organization for sharing their mission with the gathering as well as to the Spring Valley Country Club for a wonderful breakfast in their fabulous facility.

Last Saturday’s Sparkleberry Country Fair went on despite ominous weather. Families, farmers, craftsmen, and carnival goers all enjoyed the event.

The Fair is a fundraiser for Richland County District 2 and enables the district to award scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to attend South Carolina universities. In 2013, District 2 awarded more than 20 scholarships, an investment in our hometown through the greatest resource we have, our students.

Congratulations to all of the scholarship winners and thank you for attending, sponsoring, and supporting the Sparkleberry Country Fair.

Now here’s what’s happening on the Upper East Side:

Friday, May 3rd

Village at Sandhill free concert series continues with “The Boomers” a Charlotte-based Top-40 rock band scheduled for this week’s party. The Boomers are a crowd favorite and even appeared at the 1997 Inaugural Ball!

Come out with your family, your picnic blanket or tailgate chairs, and your dancing shoes. Once again we’ll have games and rides for kids. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. every week with the band taking the stage at 7 p.m.

We’re growing, folks. Every time we open a new business, graduate a new student, or welcome a new neighbor our community is prospering.

Tuesday, May 7

Summer is nearly here! The Sandhills Farmers’ Market returns on Tuesday, May 7 and will be open every Tuesday from 2 until 7 p.m. through November 26.

The Farmers Market is a great place to buy locally grown seasonal produce, homemade breads and desserts, jams and cheeses, milk, eggs, fish and meat as well as plants and flowers. There is usually live music, healthy lifestyle demonstrations, and themed days with games and activities for children.

The Farmers Market is also a collection point for the Harvest Hope Food Bank so bring your donations when you come. The market is located on the Clemson University Sandhill Research and Eductaion Center on Clemson Road across from the Village at Sandhill.

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