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Focus on the Palmetto State


December 2017 at 9:30 am

First up we spoke with Mr. John Jilek who told us all about the Roper Mountain Holiday Lights. This annual event starts on Thanksgiving night and runs through December 30th. Roper Mountain Holiday Lights is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization co-managed by the Rotary Club of Greenville and the Roper Mountain Science Center Association. Through the admission fees of visitors and the generosity of sponsors, Holiday Lights generates funds for Rotary Charities and educational programs for the Roper Mountain Science Center. Since its beginning in 1992, Roper Mountain Holiday Lights has given back $2.5 million to the community to help people, organizations, and education. We also learned that this is the last year for this holiday tradition. After 25 years, they have decided to end this particular event but look for another exciting event next year. They plan to auction off all the lights and huge decorations after the last night.

Next up we met Dr. Cedric Adderley, the President of the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. We learned that this is a public residential high school located in Greenville. They accept students from all 46 counties within the state. There is no tuition to attend but you do have to complete an application process which includes an audition to be accepted into this school. The school opened in 1992 and since then, thousands of students have cultivated their skills in creative writing, drama, dance, music and the visual arts.

In our last segment we spoke with author, Denise Kiernan, who lives in Asheville, NC. Her last book “The Girls of Atomic City” made it to the NY Times Best Seller List. She has a new non-fiction book out titled “The Last Castle.” This book reveals a fascinating tale of excess, tragedy, and unlikely endurance about the Biltmore House and the family behind it.

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