Posts tagged ‘travelers rest’

Tomato Sandwich Taste-Off

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

The 3rd annual tomato sandwich taste-off was held Saturday at the Travelers Rest Farmers Market in Trailblazer Park. The public served as the judges; after sampling each entry, they voted by placing their silver fork in the mason jar of their favorite. It was a hard decision to make! The top 3 were

  1. Upcountry Provisions
  2. The Cafe@Williams Hardware
  3. Greenbrier Farms
A rail-themed decoration by the Whistle Stop at the American Cafe

A rail-themed decoration by the Whistle Stop at the American Cafe

Pokémon Go

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

The game Pokémon Go encourages players to get out and move in order to collect Pokémon. The imaginary Pokémon appear as people move around the outdoors, and the Swamp Rabbit Trail is no exception. Here is one spotted on the trail in Travelers Rest before being captured.

Kids Bike Parade

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

A patriotic kids Bike Parade was held in Travelers Rest, with prizes awarded for the most creative and patriotic decorations. The parade traveled from the gazebo by the Swamp Rabbit Trail to Pink Mama’s Ice Cream – and the best part was that all the kids got free ice cream on a hot day!

Here, “Pink Mama” leads the bike parade while pedaling the ice cream cart.

Cafe @ Williams Hardware

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

Back in 2008, I heard an interview on Walter Edgar’s Journal with the McCarrell sisters Joyce and Nancy, seen here. This was before the Swamp Rabbit Trail was built on an abandoned rail bed to connect the cities of Greenville and Travelers Rest by foot or bicycle. In the interview, they spoke of their vision to rebuild the former Williams Hardware store for thirsty and hungry travelers to get snacks or refill water bottles. Since then, the Cafe at Williams hardware has has become a full restaurant and gift shop. They provide their own touch of local hospitality, as can be seen in their entertaining cafe chats. The gift shop has a selection of items that have a local or South Carolina connection.

Although Travelers rest now has many restaurant choices The Cafe @ Williams Hardware is still one of my favorite stops after a long bike ride.

P.S. An archive of the show has been found here, courtesy of South Carolina Public radio, posted with permission.

Summer Camp

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

These young ladies are putting the finishing touches on a new piece of public artwork in Travelers Rest behind the Forest cafe on the last day of their Summer camp. The main structure is constructed using a technique called cob – in which sand, straw and local clay soil are used to create a sturdy wall and is sealed to withstand the elements. The camp was sponsored by the Trail Potter Clay Studio in Travelers Rest, and the camp students designed and built this structure in the 5 days of camp. The fanciful design looks as though it could have come out of a fairy tale!

The sculpture includes 2 bench seats and a 'lil lending library'!  Artist Kelley Adair directed the design.

The sculpture includes 2 bench seats and a box for a ‘Lil lending library’! Artist Kelley Adair directed the design.