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Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the summer season but that first weekend of June has always seemed like the true start of the summer adventures. We certainly embraced that with a jam-packed weekend of fun and sun, and we haven’t even started the official travel yet!. To quote my sidekick, “Let’s rock and roll…”
The first of many summer adventures
Home Depot Kids Workshop
We started off our weekend with our favorite first weekend of the month item, the Home Depot Kids Workshop! For the June 2019 project, we crafted our own putting green. Each month the workshop includes the supplies, the directions, and copious amounts of paint to get it all done. However, ice packs are not included so keep an eye on the little ones with the hammer.
Newberry Open Streets
This year Newberry opted to participate in the national effort of the Open Streets Project. They shut down Main Street and opened it up for play, arts & crafts, the weekly farmer’s market, and to generate awareness of the local summer programs. It was a blast and an event we will certainly take part in again, both locally and any other one we stumble upon.
SC Ag + Art Tour
Speaking of stumbling upon an activity, that would sum up our introduction to the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour! Started in York County, SC eight years ago, this event brings awareness to the agricultural and artists of the central and upstate regions of South Carolina.
Each weekend in June is jam-packed with farms and agribusinesses opening their doors for tours and educational opportunities. Each site also has at least one SC artist to share their wares with the visitors.
We stayed pretty close to home for our Saturday visits in Newberry, SC. We ate, we played, we loved on some animals, and learned a ton! First up, we visited:
More Ag + Art Tour!
On Sunday we hit up a couple of locations in Spartanburg. First, a visit to the only dairy left in the county, and only one of 40 in the state, Greyrock Farms and Green Acres Produce. Greyrock is a delight for any small child with their sprawling play area and interactive dairy barn visit. We snagged some amazing blackberries from the produce stand, as well.
Next up, we visited FCF Organic. It is a small diversified organic farm run by a charming, passionate, and knowledgeable farmer, JohnMark Noone. His family farm is a delight. Be sure to track him down at the local CSA and farmers markets in Spartanburg!
We plan on visiting the York County sites on June 8th. Additionally, we’ll pick one more county for the following weekend. If you are in or around South Carolina in June, this year or in the future, we highly recommend adding the Ag + Art Tour to your to-do-list!
That’s a wrap!
#SummerAdventures have started in full force! Next up, Charleston, SC! Be sure to visit The Busy Llama on Facebook to find out more about our visit and the review of the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry.
When all else fails, take a vacation.Betty Williams