Opportunities for growth are everywhere


Michelle Long - Contributing Columnist



Opportunities for growth and learning are everywhere you are willing to look. Last week, we worked with the S.C. Department of Commerce and the School District of Newberry County to put on a Senior Job Fair for several graduating seniors. We look forward to following up with the businesses and students who attended to find out how successful the event was and tweaking it for next year.

On Tuesday, we will join Newberry Animal Hospital as it holds a ribbon cutting and grand opening at noon. Roy and Sarah Taylor are the new owners of the veterinary clinic at 436 Wilson Road in Newberry. Come out and meet Dr. Sarah Taylor and learn about the veterinary services she offers.

On Wednesday, along with Brook Health Care and MSA Home Health & Hospice, we will host the second Newberry Senior Expo. Thanks to Platinum sponsors Newberry County Memorial Hospital, Prosperity Drug Co., and Self Regional Healthcare, along with many other sponsors and vendors, senior adults and caregivers will be able to learn about many of the services and supports available to them.

From 9 a.m. until noon, everyone is encouraged to visit Piedmont Technical College, 1922 Wilson Road in Newberry, to learn more. For the first 200 participants registered, there are also Lunch and Learns, including social media for seniors, identity protection, and health care. We hope that this event continues to grow and offer invaluable information for our aging population and their caregivers.

Carter and Holmes Orchids will host a Mother’s Day Open House and Sale on May 11, May 12, and May 13 at their greenhouses. Contact them at 800-873-7086 for information. Mac Holmes will also be a presenter for one of the Lunch and Learns for the Senior Expo on Tuesday.

Along with growth and learning, there is no shortage of fun and fellowship. Enjoy local wine and live music at Enoree River Winery’s Pack the Porch each Sunday in May from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Join the fun at 1650 Dusty Road in Newberry.

On May 19, Highly Flavored Catering/Restaurant will hold their Ribbon Cutting at 11 a.m. and hold their Grand Opening until 1 p.m. Join us at 213 S. Main St. in Prosperity to welcome Shonda Caldwell and her business and enjoy some tastes of what she has to offer.

In the evening of May 19, come out to the City of Newberry’s Taste of Newberry from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m at the Friend Building, 901 Friend St. in Newberry, to enjoy food and beverages from local establishments. Admission is free, but bring money for the tastes. You will not be disappointed.

Newberry County Young Professionals, involving people ages 21 through 40 living and/or working in Newberry County, continues to grow in number of participants and ideas. Look for great things from this impressive group of people.

The 2017 SC Ag + Art Tour continues to take shape. A large group of dedicated people are planning for this agritourism and artist event that will take place in Newberry County on June 24 and June 25. Started in 2012 and coordinated by Clemson Extension, this is the first year that Newberry will participate, and we are more than excited to showcase five of our many farms and several local artists during the nation’s largest free farm tour.

On June 22, we look forward to a Farm to Table Dinner, where several local chefs will offer food and beverages made from locally sourced meats and produce. This dinner is the official kick-off event to the Tour weekend, and you can contact us to purchase your ticket.

Contact us at 803-276-4274 for additional information on any of these events. We also welcome you to visit us at 1209 Caldwell St. on the first floor of Community Hall in downtown Newberry.

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Michelle Long

Contributing Columnist

Michelle Long is executive director of the Newberry Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at michelle@newberrycounty.org.

Michelle Long is executive director of the Newberry Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at michelle@newberrycounty.org.

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