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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 Laurens, 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 Laurens, 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 Laurens 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:

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Corporate Events

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The Top Wedding Venue in Laurens, SC

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 Laurens'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 Laurens.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in Laurens?

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 Laurens, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

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.

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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.

Location and Nearby Lodging

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 Laurens, 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.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

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.

Venue Staff

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 Laurens, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

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.

Decor

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.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

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.

Photo Opportunities

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 Laurens, 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.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip

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.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Laurens, SC

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.

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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!

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Latest News in Laurens, SC

Dog found locked in crate, abandoned on side of Laurens Co. road

LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a person they said abandoned a dog on the side of a road Tuesday.Sergeant Geoff Brown, who runs the animal control division, said the dog was found locked in a crate, with temperatures in the upper 80s.“To abandon it in that manner, there’s no excuse,” said Brown. “Absolutely no excuse.”The dog, which animal shelter staff have named ‘Hope’, also had no food or water.“She was ...

LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a person they said abandoned a dog on the side of a road Tuesday.

Sergeant Geoff Brown, who runs the animal control division, said the dog was found locked in a crate, with temperatures in the upper 80s.

“To abandon it in that manner, there’s no excuse,” said Brown. “Absolutely no excuse.”

The dog, which animal shelter staff have named ‘Hope’, also had no food or water.

“She was very scared and underweight,” said Brown.

Brown said a 911 caller reported the animal in a crate along Downs Street near West Main Street around 2:30 in the afternoon.

I did respond out there and I did find a dog, a Pitbull female in a small black crate with no plastic bottom. She had a leash and a collar on,” said Brown.

Brown said Hope didn’t have an ID tag and she wasn’t microchipped. Now, they’re asking the community to help find Hope’s owner.

“We want the public’s help. We would like to know if anyone’s seen this dog with those descriptions on it, and they know who it may belong to, we need to talk to that owner,” said Brown.

A man who lives in the neighborhood said it’s surprising to know this happened so close to home.

“I have never seen nothing like that over on this street,” said Johnny Blackwell.

He’s hopeful the animal will recover.

“It’s sad to see people leave dogs like that, but there’s so much going on now, it’s hard for people to take care of dogs too,” said Blackwell.

Sgt. Brown said there are better ways to re-home and help pets. He said the Laurens County Sheriff’s Animal Shelter has a pet food bank where anyone can pick up free food. He said the food bank is supported by community donations.

“There’s no reason not to feed your dog, you can come here and get food from us,” said Brown.

He said if they find the person who did this, they will likely face multiple charges.

“We see it all the time, and it’s just not fair for that animal. If you’re going to take the responsibility of having a pet, you need to take responsibility if you’re not going to be able to take care of it anymore in finding it a good home,” said Brown.

Brown said Hope will eventually be put up for adoption when she reaches a healthy weight. He also said the Animal Shelter is at full capacity and said many dogs are looking for loving homes.

Brown asked people who recognize the dog or know the owner to call Laurens County Dispatch at 864-984-2523.

Poulter Named to U.S. Women’s Volleyball Roster for 2022 VNL

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Former Illinois volleyball All-American and Olympic Gold Medalist Jordyn Poulter has been named to the U.S. Women's National Team's 25-athlete roster for Volleyball Nations League (VNL) 2022.The U.S. Women are the three-time defending VNL champions as well as the 2020 Olympic gold medalists and the No. 1-ranked team in the world.Poulter is one of eight players on the roster that return from the group that won the VNL Final Round in 2021 and later that summer took the gold medal a...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Former Illinois volleyball All-American and Olympic Gold Medalist Jordyn Poulter has been named to the U.S. Women's National Team's 25-athlete roster for Volleyball Nations League (VNL) 2022.

The U.S. Women are the three-time defending VNL champions as well as the 2020 Olympic gold medalists and the No. 1-ranked team in the world.

Poulter is one of eight players on the roster that return from the group that won the VNL Final Round in 2021 and later that summer took the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Fourteen players from the 25-player list will be chosen for each week's travel roster. The U.S. Women's first preliminary VNL round will be May 31-June 5 at Brookshire Grocery Arena in Bossier City, La.

They will move on to play preliminary rounds in Quezon City, Philippines and Calgary, Canada. The finals will be July 13-17 in Ankara, Turkey.

Karch Kiraly, in his 10th year as Women's National Team head coach, will lead the team along with former Illini standout Erin Virtue serving as an assistant coach alongside Tama Miyashiro and Alfee Reft, who also served as an Illini volleyball assistant during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

For more Fighting Illini volleyball news, stay tuned to FightingIllini.com and follow @IlliniVBall on social media: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook.

U.S. Women's National Team VNL 2022 Roster # - Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College) 1 - Micha Hancock (S, 5-11, Edmond, Okla., Penn State Univ.) 2 - Jordyn Poulter (S, 6-2, Aurora, Colo., Univ. of Illinois) 3 - Kathryn Plummer (OH, 6-6, Aliso Viejo, Calif., Stanford Univ.) 4 - Justine Wong-Orantes (L, 5-6, Cypress, Calif., Univ. of Nebraska) 5 - Morgan Hentz (L, 5-9, Lakeside Park, Ky., Stanford Univ.) 6 - Tori Dixon (M, 6-3, Burnsville, Minn., Univ. of Minnesota) 7 - Lauren Carlini (S, 6-2, Aurora, Ill., Univ. of Wisconsin) 8 - Hannah Tapp (M, 6-3, Stewartville, Minn., Univ. of Minnesota) 9 - Madi Kingdon Rishel (OH, 6-1, Phoenix, Ariz., Univ. of Arizona) 10 - Brionne Butler (MB, 6-4, Kendleton, Texas, Univ. of Texas) 11 - Annie Drews (Opp, 6-4, Elkhart, Ind., Purdue Univ.) 12 - Jordan Thompson (Opp, 6-4, Edina, Minn., Univ. of Cincinnati) 13 - Sarah Wilhite Parsons (OH, 6-2, Eden Prairie, Minn., Univ. of Minnesota) 15 - Haleigh Washington (M, 6-3, Colorado Springs, Colo., Penn State Univ.) 16 - Dana Rettke (MB, 6-8, Riverside, Ill., Univ. of Wisconsin) 17 - Dani Drews (OH, 6-0, Sandy, Utah, Univ. of Utah) 18 - Kara Bajema (OH, 6-2, Lynden, Wash., Univ. of Washington) 19 - Jenna Gray (S, 6-1, Shawnee, Kan., Stanford Univ.) 20 - Danielle Cuttino (Opp, 6-4, Indianapolis, Ind., Purdue Univ.) 22 - Kendall White (L, 5-5, Zionsville, Ind., Penn State) 23 - Kelsey Robinson (OH, 6-2, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Univ. of Nebraska) 24 - Chiaka Ogbogu (M, 6-2, Coppell, Texas, Univ. of Texas) 30 - Ali Frantti (OH, 6-1, Spring Grove, Ill., Penn State) 31 - Anna Stevenson (MB, 6-2, Laurens S.C., Univ. of Louisville) 33 - Nia Reed (Opp, 6-1, Fort Lee, N.J., Penn State)

Head Coach: Karch Kiraly Assistant Coaches: Erin Virtue, Tama Miyashiro, Alfee Reft Performance Analyst: Brian Hurler Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainer: Kara Kessans Team Doctor: Christopher Lee Consultant Coach: Sue Enquist Team Manager: Coley Pawlikowski Sports Dietitian: Shawna Hueglin Strength & Conditioning Coach: Brandon Siakel

2022 U.S. Women's VNL Schedule (All times PDT) Week 1 – Bossier City, La. Tuesday, May 31 6 p.m. USA vs. Dominican Republic

Friday, June 3 6 p.m. USA vs. Canada

Saturday, June 4 6 p.m. USA vs. Brazil

Sunday, June 5 1 p.m. Japan vs. USA

Week 2 – Quezon City, Philippines Wednesday, June 15 12 a.m. USA vs. Bulgaria

Thursday, June 16 8 p.m. USA vs Poland

Saturday, June 18 4 a.m. USA vs China

Sunday, June 19 12 a.m. USA vs Thailand

Week 3 – Calgary, Canada Wednesday, June 29 7 p.m. USA vs Belgium

Thursday, June 30 7 p.m. USA vs Serbia

Saturday, July 2 1 p.m. USA vs Turkey

Sunday, July 4 1 p.m. USA vs Germany

Finals: July 13-17 in Ankara, Turkey

Dog found locked in crate, abandoned on side of SC road

LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a person they said abandoned a dog on the side of a road Tuesday.Sergeant Geoff Brown, who runs the animal control division, said the dog was found locked in a crate, with temperatures in the upper 80s.“To abandon it in that manner, there’s no excuse,” said Brown. “Absolutely no excuse.”The dog, which animal shelter staff have named ‘Hope’, also had no food or water.“She was ...

LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a person they said abandoned a dog on the side of a road Tuesday.

Sergeant Geoff Brown, who runs the animal control division, said the dog was found locked in a crate, with temperatures in the upper 80s.

“To abandon it in that manner, there’s no excuse,” said Brown. “Absolutely no excuse.”

The dog, which animal shelter staff have named ‘Hope’, also had no food or water.

“She was very scared and underweight,” said Brown.

Brown said a 911 caller reported the animal in a crate along Downs Street near West Main Street around 2:30 in the afternoon.

I did respond out there and I did find a dog, a Pitbull female in a small black crate with no plastic bottom. She had a leash and a collar on,” said Brown.

Brown said Hope didn’t have an ID tag and she wasn’t microchipped. Now, they’re asking the community to help find Hope’s owner.

“We want the public’s help. We would like to know if anyone’s seen this dog with those descriptions on it, and they know who it may belong to, we need to talk to that owner,” said Brown.

A man who lives in the neighborhood said it’s surprising to know this happened so close to home.

“I have never seen nothing like that over on this street,” said Johnny Blackwell.

He’s hopeful the animal will recover.

“It’s sad to see people leave dogs like that, but there’s so much going on now, it’s hard for people to take care of dogs too,” said Blackwell.

Sgt. Brown said there are better ways to re-home and help pets. He said the Laurens County Sheriff’s Animal Shelter has a pet food bank where anyone can pick up free food. He said the food bank is supported by community donations.

“There’s no reason not to feed your dog, you can come here and get food from us,” said Brown.

He said if they find the person who did this, they will likely face multiple charges.

“We see it all the time, and it’s just not fair for that animal. If you’re going to take the responsibility of having a pet, you need to take responsibility if you’re not going to be able to take care of it anymore in finding it a good home,” said Brown.

Brown said Hope will eventually be put up for adoption when she reaches a healthy weight. He also said the Animal Shelter is at full capacity and said many dogs are looking for loving homes.

Brown asked people who recognize the dog or know the owner to call Laurens County Dispatch at 864-984-2523.

School districts announces early dismissal due to severe weather threat in South Carolina

GREENVILLE, S.C. —Several Upstate school districts have announced early dismissals due to the severe weather threat.(If any other districts make a decision we will add them here)Greenwood School District 50: "Due to the threat of severe weather in our area this afternoon, Greenwood School District 50 will dismiss early today, Friday, May 6th. Dismissal times are as follows: ECMS dismiss at 11:10 a.m., Elementary Schools at 11:30 a.m. and Middle and High Schools at 11:50...

GREENVILLE, S.C. —

Several Upstate school districts have announced early dismissals due to the severe weather threat.

(If any other districts make a decision we will add them here)

Greenwood School District 50:

"Due to the threat of severe weather in our area this afternoon, Greenwood School District 50 will dismiss early today, Friday, May 6th. Dismissal times are as follows: ECMS dismiss at 11:10 a.m., Elementary Schools at 11:30 a.m. and Middle and High Schools at 11:50 a.m. All afterschool activities have been canceled.

Per the Greenwood Emergency Preparedness Center, the National Weather Service has issued a severe weather alert for our area this afternoon. There is the potential for hail, damaging winds, heavy rain, and possible tornadoes."

Greenwood District 52:

Due to the threat of impending weather Schools will dismiss at the following times. NSPS and NSES 11:30 and EMS and NSHS 11:50.

Laurens County District 56:

Early dismissal today due to possible bad weather:

1:00 MS Bailey and elementary schools

1:30 Middle and high school Buses will run.

No after school care, extra-curricular activities, or athletics after school today.

Laurens County District 55:

Students in Laurens County School District 55 will be dismissed early on Friday, May 6. Elementary and middle schools will dismiss at 1:00 p.m., and the district’s only high school will dismiss at 1:30 p.m.

District 55 Superintendent Dr. Ameca Thomas noted, “The decision to dismiss early was made after careful review of information provided by weather officials regarding the threat of severe weather in our area this afternoon.” The National Weather Service information indicated that the Laurens area has the potential for extreme winds moving into the area. “We feel it is best for our students and staff to have the opportunity to be off the roads before these conditions begin to impact our area,” said Thomas.

The school district sent automated voice, email, and text messages to parents alerting them of the early dismissal.

Abbeville County:

Parents, due to the latest guidance received from the National Weather Service, Abbeville County Schools will dismiss at 11:30am today. Wind gusts are projected to be 55-65mph, and dismissing early will allow our bus routes to be completed prior to the severe weather.

Newberry County:

Due to the threat of strong thunderstorms today, May 6, 2022, the School District of Newberry County will release elementary students at 1:00 pm and middle and high school students at 1:30 pm. All after school events are cancelled, including Boys and Girls Club.

Cherokee County:

Due to the threat of severe weather from the National Weather Service in our area this afternoon, Cherokee County School District will dismiss early today, Friday, May 6th. Elementary Schools will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. and Middle and High Schools will dismiss at 2:00 p.m. All afterschool activities have been canceled. We appreciate your patience as we navigate through this weather system. The safety of our students and staff is always our highest priority!

Finally Friday, Movin’ on Main make for another busy downtown weekend

Laurens, S.C. – Assuming the potential rains clear out by this evening, the May 6 Finally Friday will continue to go on as planned with the City of Laurens stage at its new location at the North side of the Historic Courthouse.And then Saturday morning, runners and walkers signing up for this Saturday’s Movin’ on Main 5K will be taking part in the start of a full morning of activities in Historic Downtown Laurens, as the runners will be treated to music and numerous activities following the 9 a.m. run on May...

Laurens, S.C. – Assuming the potential rains clear out by this evening, the May 6 Finally Friday will continue to go on as planned with the City of Laurens stage at its new location at the North side of the Historic Courthouse.

And then Saturday morning, runners and walkers signing up for this Saturday’s Movin’ on Main 5K will be taking part in the start of a full morning of activities in Historic Downtown Laurens, as the runners will be treated to music and numerous activities following the 9 a.m. run on May 7. Sponsored jointly by the Laurens Family YMCA and Main Street Laurens, this is the second year for the Movin’ on Main 5K, and it includes a celebration of music on the City of Laurens stage on the north end of the courthouse as David E. And the Band Levelz perform from 10 a.m. to noon. There will also be a display of STEAM activities by students from each of the District 55 schools.

About 400 purchased tickets for last weekend’s Sip & Stroll Wine Tasting, and people mingled in downtown businesses and purchased items, sometimes in retail businesses they’d ever entered before. “That’s one of the primary reasons we host these events downtown,” Irick said. “It’s a lot of fun and provides great weekend activities but it’s also to get people into the local businesses. And if they don’t make purchases at that time, they’ll often make plans to return.” Irick said the same can happen Saturday, as retail and food businesses will be open on the Square. The bakery is open for breakfast and into the afternoon and Tacos & Bla Bla Bla is open for lunch. Anyone who wants to participate in the Movin’ on Main 5K and has not yet pre-registered can do so on the day of the run.

Registration is $30 and it opens at 8:15 a.m. The run begins at the Truist building, (formerly SunTrust) at 201 West Main, and ends between Untied Community Bank and Southern Twist, right at the corner of the Historic Square. That puts the runners right near the square where all the activities will be happening, Irick said. For more information scroll down on the Events page of mainstreetlaurens.org, which also includes information about the upcoming Piedmont Blues & Roots Music Festival, sponsored by Main Street Laurens with the City of Laurens.

This story published in the Wednesday, May 4 issue of The Laurens County Advertiser.

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