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Wed | Dec | 28 | 2016
 
 

If 2016 was the rock, we’ll take the hard place.

 

If you are feeling lost in the transition between 2016 and 2017, you’re not alone. There’s actually a British word for this time of year, after the holiday madness but before starting on resolutions, called Twixmas

 

We are loving these British terms that essentially mean another day to keep celebrating.

 

So whether you are off work this week or just looking for things to do to avoid sitting at home eating leftover holiday sweets, here are a couple activities to fill the time during Twixmas.

 

Explore a new neighborhood. There’s always somewhere new to see and something new to eat out there.

 

Rearrange furniture in your home or office. Face it — you probably need to clean under the couch anyway.

 

Plan a camping trip. It’s still cold now, but spring is around the corner and there are beautiful mountain views waiting.

 

Check out one of those movies that opened on Christmas Day. Spring for the popcorn. You have a couple days left until New Year.

 

Learn a new skill. Wish you had learned to play piano while everyone stands around you singing? Try out music lessons, art lectures, dance classes, anything.

 

Start a scrapbook. Put those 2016 photos where you (not just your Facebook friends) can see them.

 
 
 
 
 
The Brief
 
 
 
Weather
 
 
64° | Sunny | 0% chance of rain
 
MustDo
 
 

Bubbles and Big Reds Tasting Part 2 | The Community Tap | 6:30 p.m.

 
Giveaway
 
 

Win a pair of VIP tickets, meet and greet passes and so much more for the Parmalee concert and Swamp Rabbit hockey game on Jan. 7. Enter on our Instagram. 

 
WordoftheDay
 
 

Twixmas - proper noun (UK, slang): The period in between Christmas and New Year, typically Dec. 27–30. 

 
Art
 
 

Sign up for winter 2017 classes at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts.

 
ComingSoon
 
 

Your Pie, a pizza restaurant in Clemson, plans to expand in 2017.

 
Deal
 
 

$20 OFF - Larkin's Roaring Twenty-17 NYE Party Tickets. Use Promo Code: GVLTODAY

 
 
 
 
 
The POD
 
 
 
 
Paws-itively wonderful
 
 
 
 

Greenville Humane Society has been recognized as one of the top animal welfare organizations in the country by Charity Navigator.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
News Notes
 
 
 
WaterCooler
 

Swamp Rabbits vs. South Carolina Stingrays | Bon Secours Wellness Arena | 7 p.m.

 
 
Award
 

Kurt Coleman of Carolina Panthers wins 2016 Tom Berry Good Guy Award.

 
Ranked
 
Split Creek Farm in Anderson is a finalist for Good Food Awards, a national competition based on categories ranging from cheese and chocolate to beer and preserves.
 
Trending
 

Carrie Fisher (aka Princess Leia from Star Wars) died Tuesday morning, days after suffering a massive heart attack during a flight from London to Los Angeles.

 
 
 
 
The Know
 
 
 
 

A recent post from CNU explains a walkable community as “the most common term to describe the alternative to drive-only suburbia.” It’s a city where a person doesn’t have to get in the car to meet friends for happy hour or take the dog to the vet. Right now, that does not describe Greenville. 

 

While it is easy to walk around downtown shops and restaurants, most Greenville citizens and visitors have to drive or find a ride to get there. In fact, according to information from Greenville County, 97 percent of residents are dependent on a car for everyday life.

 

Will this change after the apartment buildings and Swamp Rabbit Trail expansions are finished? We’ll wait around to see.

 
 
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Three weeks after the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, which led to the United States’ involvement in World War II, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a visit to the historic site. He was accompanied by President Obama to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii. 

 

Prime Minister Abe hopes the visit will be viewed as a symbol of reciprocity and deep sympathy, after President Obama visited Hiroshima six months ago. He was the first sitting president to visit the Japanese city bombed by the U.S. during World War II.

 

According to a White House statement, the meeting between Obama and Abe in Hawaii was designed "to review our joint efforts over the past four years to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance, including our close cooperation on a number of security, economic and global challenges.”  

 
 
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Quoted
 
 

“We’re imagining guests are not going to be terribly stationary.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Serial entrepreneur Dusko “Duka” Martinovic and his business partner, Julia Volpe, plan to establish the world’s first Hitrium Club in the space that previously housed Blue Fish Grill. They envision a family-friendly environment featuring nine “gaming bays” in which players aim for a target at the end of a 35-foot lane. The gaming bays will allow customers to hit a golf ball, throw a football, smack a hockey puck or choose from 10 other sports.

 

Former NFL tight end Kyle Auffray from Spartanburg has been asked to develop the business. Greenville restaurateur Jonathan Willis will be in charge of food service. He has plans to serve “farm fresh bar food,” local beers and fresh-pressed juices through a concept he refers to as AgriPUB.

 
 
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Listen up, foodies! 2017 is bringing us more gifts than Santa did, with more than 30 new restaurants expected to open starting in the first few months of the year. 

 

Table 301 is expanding their foodie footprint with a modern Italian restaurant on the second floor of Falls Park Place with a 40-foot white marble bar. On one end of the bar, fresh oysters will be served; on the other end, enjoy some sliced-to-order prosciutto.

 

Simpsonville’s hidden jewel, Stella’s, is opening a second location off Verdae with 140 seats in the dining room plus outdoor seating for up to 80 customers. The menu will focus on shareable, community-style plates and will change based on the local produce available during each season.

 

Greenville’s super popular (and nationally recognized) restaurant scene is only going to get better.

 
 
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The Wrap
 
 
 

How are you spending your time before 2017 starts? What are you looking forward to the most? Whatever it is, we can’t wait to see it. Keep sharing your awesome photos with us on Instagram using #GVLtoday


– Jordan
 
 
 
 
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