Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in Greenville, SC.
Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.
Constructed in Greenville, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a Greenville native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.
Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:
The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.
To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of Greenville's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.
With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Greenville.
You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.
Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Greenville, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:
Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.
Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.
On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.
Located in Greenville, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.
When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.
At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in Greenville, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.
At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.
When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.
Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.
If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.
10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.
From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Greenville, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.
Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.
The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.
Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.
The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.
When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.
If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.
Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation
ourtesy of Janice Duch Dickinson 3 By By Concetta Falcone-Codding, Special to the TimesEvery August, the countryside grows still. A stillness that God’s creatures understand. I first noticed this change as a teenager while attending the Norwich Free Academy and continue to witness Mother Nature’s mirac...
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By By Concetta Falcone-Codding, Special to the Times
Every August, the countryside grows still. A stillness that God’s creatures understand. I first noticed this change as a teenager while attending the Norwich Free Academy and continue to witness Mother Nature’s miracles.
As a child, the month of August meant only one thing: shopping for school clothes at Mr. Big’s department store in Greenville.
Since elementary school, my mother would bring me to Mr. Big for school clothes and supplies. As a teenager, we continued the tradition. These were some of the best memories of my childhood. However, I recall the day that surpassed all other shopping trips.
It was a clear and cool August day in 1969. On the way to the department store, my mother always stopped at St. Joseph Cemetery to give reverence to relatives who passed.
After we left, I secretly felt joy. As my mother made the left turn — down the hill we went — laughing at how the car rattled and shook across the railroad track.
Upon entrance, I smelled the tantalizing aroma of food and popcorn coming from the deli, and I knew, after shopping, I would have pizza and French fries. My mother paused to study the specials on the wall.
“I’ll get the melted cheese sandwich,” she said.
At this point, we went our separate ways and agreed to meet at the cash register in one hour.
The store was huge with everything you could ever want or need. Interestingly enough, many of the clothes I looked at were displayed on long, wooden tables. Sweaters, skirts, pants were neatly folded and piled high.
I glanced at the toy department with longing. Having spent many an hour as a child looking at the toys, I felt sad that my time had passed.
After picking out several outfits, I found my mother at the back of the store in the curtain department. The prettiest curtains were displayed high and swayed when people passed.
After shopping, we ordered food in the deli. My mother gave me a quarter for the jukebox and I played three songs. We ate happily, until my mother noticed a teenage boy sitting on the front steps. My mother said he was asking for money from those who passed. Most people ignored him and looked in the opposite direction.
But not my mother. Now, my mother had made her share of mistakes in life. But this would not be one of them.
With urgency, she pushed herself out of the booth. “Wait here,” she said. “I’m going to see if he’s hungry.”
Within minutes I was sitting across from a disheveled young man, who was hungrily eating my pizza.
He told my mother he had run away from home. Both parents had begged him to come back, but he was too proud to ask for help.
My mother opened her wallet and handed him enough money to take a bus home.
“Here. Take this, and go home.”
When my mother went to pay the bill, the boy had stepped outside. It was only a few minutes before we went to look for him. He was nowhere in sight.
“Ma, he’s gone. Did you catch his name?’
“Yes. His name was Emmanuel.”
I laughed. “That’s a strange name, what does it mean?”
Looking up at the clouds my mother whispered: “It means God is with us.”
Concetta Falcone-Codding is a 1971 graduate of the Norwich Free Academy and the author of “The Lonely Nest.” You can contact at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Furman University Department of Music has announced its concerts for the first half of the 2023-2024 academic year. The slate includes nearly 30 performances by special guests and various Furman ensembles. All are open to the public, and the majority of the events are free of charge. A full schedule follows.Furman Music Department Calendar of EventsFall 2023All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.SeptemberFriday, Sept. 15 Cellobration! Recital: featuring cellists Khari Joyner, ...
The Furman University Department of Music has announced its concerts for the first half of the 2023-2024 academic year. The slate includes nearly 30 performances by special guests and various Furman ensembles. All are open to the public, and the majority of the events are free of charge. A full schedule follows.
Furman Music Department Calendar of Events
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Friday, Sept. 15 Cellobration! Recital: featuring cellists Khari Joyner, Seth Russell, Christopher Hutton, and other Cellobration faculty 8 p.m., Daniel Recital Hall Tickets: $20 adults, $10 students
Saturday, Sept. 16 Cellobration! Closing Concert: Cello Choir 5:30 p.m., McAlister Auditorium
Sunday, Sept. 24 Guest Artist: Tim Armacost Quintet 7:30 p.m., Daniel Recital Hall Admission: $10 adults, $5 students
Tuesday, Sept. 26 Guest Artist Recital: Daniel Adam Maltz, fortepiano 8 p.m., Daniel Recital Hall
September 30 Guest Artist Recital: Linda Chatterton, flute, and Maja Radovanlija, guitar 7:30pm, Daniel Recital Hall
Thursday, Oct. 5 Furman Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert 7:30 p.m., McAlister Auditorium
Friday, Oct. 6 Marching Band Extravaganza 7:30 p.m., McAlister Auditorium
Wednesday, Oct. 11 Guest Artist Recital: Jack Thorpe, saxophone 7:30 p.m., Daniel Recital Hall
Thursday, Oct. 19 Furman Singers Fall Concert 7:30 p.m., Daniel Memorial Chapel
Friday, Oct. 20 Guest Artist Masterclass: Gila Goldstein, piano 7 p.m., Daniel Recital Hall
Monday, Oct. 23 Guest Artist Recital: Gila Goldstein, piano 7:30 p.m., Daniel Recital Hall
Tuesday, Oct. 24 Belle Voci and Furman Chamber Choir Fall Concert 7:30 p.m., Daniel Memorial Chapel
Thursday, Oct. 26 Hartness Organ Recital: Joby Bell, organist 7:30 p.m., Daniel Memorial Chapel
Friday, Oct. 27 Furman Jazz Ensemble and Combos Fall Concert 7:30 p.m., Daniel Recital Hall Admission: $5 suggested donation at the door
Thursday, Nov. 2 Fall Honors Recital 7:30 p.m., Daniel Recital Hall
Tuesday, Nov. 7 Guest Artist Concert: Florida State University Percussion Ensemble 7:30 p.m., Daniel Recital Hall
Tuesday, Nov. 14 Sarah Reese Lyric Theatre Opera Scenes Recital 7:30 p.m., Daniel Recital Hall
Friday, Nov. 17 Furman Symphonic Band Concert 7:30 p.m., McAlister Auditorium
Saturday, Nov. 18 Piano for Young People Fall Recital 10:30 a.m., Daniel Memorial Chapel
Saturday, Nov. 18 Furman Honor Band Symposium Closing Concert 4 p.m., McAlister Auditorium
Sunday, Nov. 19 Furman Percussion Ensemble Fall Concert 6 p.m., Daniel Recital Hall Admission: $5 suggested donation at the door
Monday, Nov. 20 Faculty Recital: Simón Gollo, violin, and David Gross, piano 7:30 p.m., Daniel Recital Hall
Friday, Dec. 1 Fall Oratorio Concert: Handel’s “Messiah” Furman Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Chorus with student soloists 7:30 p.m., McAlister Auditorium
Sunday, Dec. 3 Furman Jazz Combos Winter Recital 7:30 p.m., Daniel Recital Hall
Sunday, Dec. 10 Festival of Lessons and Carols featuring the Furman Chamber Choir Due to limited seating, a ticket is required for admission. You may request tickets from the Eventbrite page for Lessons and Carols, or you may call or email the music office at 864-294-2086 or email@example.com after October 1. First service: 3 p.m., Second Service: 5 p.m., Daniel Memorial Chapel
Visit www.furman.edu/academics/music/event-calendar/ for updates and a complete list of music department events including student recitals. For more information, contact the Furman Department of Music at firstname.lastname@example.org and 864-294-2086.
Paulino and Miller homerA six-run inning from the Aberdeen IronBirds (29-31, 61-63) — bolstered by four-extra base hits including a pair of RBI-doubles, a home run and an RBI-triple — doomed the Greenville Drive (27-34, 63-64) Tuesday night as they dropped the series opener, 11-7.The explosive inning aside, the Drive had their chances Tuesday night, putting together six runs in the late innings while also holding a lead at two different points of the game, albeit early. They also finished the night with 11 ...
Paulino and Miller homer
A six-run inning from the Aberdeen IronBirds (29-31, 61-63) — bolstered by four-extra base hits including a pair of RBI-doubles, a home run and an RBI-triple — doomed the Greenville Drive (27-34, 63-64) Tuesday night as they dropped the series opener, 11-7.
The explosive inning aside, the Drive had their chances Tuesday night, putting together six runs in the late innings while also holding a lead at two different points of the game, albeit early. They also finished the night with 11 hits and were the benefactors of five IronBirds’ errors. Each member of the Drive lineup also recorded a hit.
Drive starter Robert Kwiatkowski, making his first spot-start of the year, allowed just two hits and one run with three strikeouts in his 2.2 innings of work before he gave way to reliever Jordan DiValerio with the run coming via a Elio Prado home run that knotted the game at 1-1. The Drive run came via a Bryan Gonzalez RBI-single in the top of the third.
DiValerio’s tour of the mound didn’t start hot as the third pitch he tossed ended up over the leftfield via a Mac Horvath homer, putting the IronBirds up 2-1 in the third.
In their half of the sixth, the Drive regained the lead after a Tyler Miller homer tied the game at 2-2 and a Gilberto Jimenez RBI-ground-rule double put the Drive ahead 3-2. But 33 pitches and two pitchers, the Drive found themselves staring down a 8-3 hole as the game flipped to the seventh. DiValerio surrendered another Horvath homer and Carter Young’s and Matthew Etzel’s RBI-doubles before Sena gave up the RBI-triple from Prado and a Isaac De Leon bunt single to make it 8-3.
The Drive drew within two following the conclusion of the top of the seventh getting three runs back thanks to a Jimenez RBI-single and a Karson Simas RBI-double that scored two making it 8-6.
But that momentum quickly evaporated in the bottom of the seventh as Drive reliever Reidis Sena loaded the bases with no outs. An RBI-groundout and an RBI-single later and the Drive found themselves back down four.
Eddinson Paulino notched his 12th homer of the year in the eighth, tying him with Blaze Jordan and Roman Anthony (both of whom are now at the AA level) for the most homers by a member of the Drive this season.
The IronBirds rounded out the scoring in the eighth as Enrique Bradfield Jr. stole third and Rosario’s attempt to nab him at third sailed into the outfield allowing Bradfield to cross the plate and boost the lead to 11-7.
The Greenville Drive (Boston Red Sox) return to action Wednesday, September 6th for game two of the six-game series with the Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore Orioles) to close out the regular season. The Drive return to Fluor Field on September 14th for the SAL Playoffs.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - A packed Greenville County Council meeting to discuss tax breaks and a new ordinance proposal on Tuesday. There was another ordinance proposal on the agenda that some council leaders see as a step towards better transparency, but others say it violates state law.The ordinance was drafted by councilman Steve Shaw. It’s related to the County Governmental Affairs Coordinator position. The job is held by Bob Mihalic—who’s responsible for public and media communication among other things....
GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - A packed Greenville County Council meeting to discuss tax breaks and a new ordinance proposal on Tuesday. There was another ordinance proposal on the agenda that some council leaders see as a step towards better transparency, but others say it violates state law.
The ordinance was drafted by councilman Steve Shaw. It’s related to the County Governmental Affairs Coordinator position. The job is held by Bob Mihalic—who’s responsible for public and media communication among other things. Shaw’s ordinance claims there is no structure guiding how the coordinator advocates on behalf of Greenville County policies to state leaders. He argues before advocating on the county’ s behalf an advocacy plan should be approved by council and a summary report should be presented after.
“Right now, we have zero policy for what this position does. So we have someone going to the statehouse representing what council and the county is about, and we have no idea what he’s talking about, no idea who he talked to and we absolutely have the right to regulate that under the statues,” said Shaw.
One council member disagrees, saying the ordinance is invalid because the coordinator doesn’t advocate or lobby to state leaders.
Chairman Dan Tripp says passing the ordinance would break state law because the county council cannot supervise employees, that’s the County Administrator’s job.
Shaw’s ordinance could not be voted on Tuesday evening because it must first go through the committee cycle for discussion. Shaw says when council does vote, he believe he’ll have support from some other council members.
Tax break for Woven?
Council members also gave initial approval on an affordable housing tax break for the controversial Woven apartment project. The vote passed 7 to 4.
The development was greenlit by city council earlier this year, despite consistent pushback from residents over the size and unit prices. The county has no authority to stop the project, but they are tasked with deciding if it’s eligible for the new affordable housing policy.
Councilman Alan Mitchell says he voted against it, because he needs more information on how the policy will work considering Woven is within the city limits—not county. Greenville County must first hold a public hearing before the final vote in two weeks.
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Are you looking for things to do this month or even this weekend in Greenville, SC? From concerts to shows to children’s programming, sporting events, festivals, and free events, there is almost always a great answer when you’re searching for things to do near you, at least there is when you live in South Carolina’s Upstate!Never be bored, and never miss an event your family will love! We’re highlighting some of the coolest, most unique, most interesting, and most popular events this month. But don’t forg...
Are you looking for things to do this month or even this weekend in Greenville, SC? From concerts to shows to children’s programming, sporting events, festivals, and free events, there is almost always a great answer when you’re searching for things to do near you, at least there is when you live in South Carolina’s Upstate!
Never be bored, and never miss an event your family will love! We’re highlighting some of the coolest, most unique, most interesting, and most popular events this month. But don’t forget to check out our FULL event calendar for even more amazing options. Here’s what to do this month near Greenville, SC.
This article includes:Labor Day Weekend EventsThings to Do This Weekend in Greenville, SCTheater, Shows, and Sporting EventsFree Things to Do This Month in Greenville, SCEducational Things to Do and EventsThings to Do With Younger KidsOur Top Picks: Don’t Miss These Events in GreenvilleTravel Highlight
For things to do this month in Spartanburg, SC, see our Monthly Event Guide to Spartanburg, SC.
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Labor Day weekend is typically seen as the unofficial end of summer, so let’s send summer off with a bang! These events and festivals over Labor Day weekend are throughout the Upstate. There is even an amazing hot air balloon festival being held in Anderson, SC! You will also find a list of things to do in the guide, day trip ideas, and more.
The weekend is about here and you’re ready for some fun in the Upstate. But what’s happening this weekend? We know! Here are some great events happening on the weekends this month.
Friday Starry Nights, Roper Mountain Science Center, Fridays in September, 2023TD Saturday Farmers Market, Downtown Greenville, Saturdays May 6th, 2023 – October 2023Simpsonville Farmers Market, Saturdays, May 13th – September 30th, 2023TR Farmers Market, Saturdays, May 6th – September 30th, 2023
If the scheduled events and festivals aren’t piquing your interest, try these great things to do on the weekend with the family.
Charlotte’s Web, SCCT, September 22, 2023 – October 8, 2023
VS. Brooklyn, August 29 – September 3, 2023, @ 7 pm except Sunday (3 pm)
We love free things to do! The events below happening in the Upstate are all “free” meaning they have no admission charge to attend.
Looking for the best things to do with your toddlers or preschoolers?
Check out our full event calendar for tons of free events at Greenville County Library branches that offer several programs just for younger kids and babies! These events are in the morning, recurring, and occur throughout the month. If you see an event you’re interested in at a library branch, check to see if it is offered throughout the month at your local location.
Friday Starry Nights, RMSC, Fridays in September
Celebrate Anderson & Hot Air Affair (hot air balloon festival), September 1st – 3rd, 2023Knee High Naturalist, Lake Conestee, September 7th and 9th, 2023Upstate Renaissance Faire, September 8th and 9th, 20232023 Indie Craft Parade, September 15th & 16th, 2023SOOIE BBQ Festival, September 15th & 16th, 2023Charlotte’s Web, SCCT, September 22, 2023 – October 8, 2023Hops and Herons Beer Festival, Lake Conestee, September 30, 2023
Looking for a new adventure? Go somewhere new. See something you’ve never seen. Travel far or stay close to home. Here are some ideas to get you started.
If you are looking to book a cabin that has gorgeous views in the WNC mountains to enjoy some leaf peeping, now is the time! Peak leaf viewing season varies, but is typically early to mid-October. Check out these VRBO fall vacation rentals that have beautiful views and tons of amenities for your epic fall vacation with the family!
You may have visited Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, but have you spent time in the neighboring town of Sevierville, Tennessee? Check out why it should be your next vacation destination!