Today is a very exciting amenity day here in Acadia. The Acadian pool is now open for the season. All Acadians are invited to relax and enjoy their days lounging by the pool unitl it closes on September 22, 2019. Please be courteous and respectful to your fellow neighbors, and most of all, have fun!
An exciting announcement has come to Acadia. Acadian Charles Hardaway and brother Richard Hardaway, will be the 2018 inductees into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame. Charles and Richard will be the 66th and 67th members respectively. Their induction ceremony will take place on December 8th at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Hilton Head Island. The Hardaways were both top level high school players. They were ranked juniors at the state and national levels, and went on to have superb tennis careers in college.
We are very happy for both Hardaway brothers, and wish them the best at their induction ceremony! To learn more about the Hardaways, check out the USTA article about them here.
Acadians are traveling! Thanks to Ray & Laura, our Acadia Travel Concierge, for recently helping Acadian families plan their vacation cruises in the Caribbean, river cruises in Europe, South African safaris, and ski trips.
The world is a big, exciting place to see. Be sure to ask your Acadia Travel Concierge to show you the possibilities.
To find out more about the exciting opportunities Ray and Laura have in store for Acadians, please visit the Acadia Travel Concierge website here or call them at (207) 865-1789.
Happy travels, Acadians!
The white, fluffy ice of winter has arrived in Acadia. Yes all, it is that time of year once again. The temperature has finally dropped to its normal feeling of winter, and the snow has started to fall. It is finally the time of year for hot cocoa and brandy by the fire. Before you know it, Santa Claus will be making his annual trip around the Upstate, filling stockings and bringing presents for all to enjoy. From all of us here in Acadia, we want to wish you all a very Happy Holidays!
Greenville is a truly great place to live for any theater lovers. In fact, it has more performing arts theaters than movie theaters. The Greenville Little Theater, which has entertained audiences since 1926, is the oldest center of performing arts in the Upstate. It offers a wide variety of theatrical fare: classic musicals, suspenseful mysteries, side-splitting comedies, and much more. As a true community theater, GLT gives Greenville a space for new actors to experience the craft while still providing theater-goers with a professional experience. It certainly helps that there are so many seasoned actors in the Upstate that grace the stage, but credit must be given to GLT’s directors, Allen and Susan McCalla. The McCalla’s took the helm as Executive Artistic and Producing Directors in 1993. Ever since, they have solidified GLT’s legacy of excellence using their own professional theater experience. Recently, their son, Sam McCalla, has joined the team as Associate Artistic Director and Resident Actor; after working for several professional theaters, he has brought even more talent back to GLT and the Upstate. Of course, no great production is possible with just the Directors, excellent though they may be. The entire team at GLT, from lighting to set design, deserves the applause at the end of a production as much as the actors.
The Greenville Little Theater holds a special place in the hearts of the Freeman family here in Acadia. Our own Mary Freeman has performed there nearly every year since we moved to Greenville in 1995, starting with the role of Nellie Forbush in South Pacific. She will be performing yet again in GLT’s production of Hairspray, which opens this Friday, June 2nd at 8:00 and runs until June 25th. Hairspray is a musical set in the 1960s, featuring comedy, romance, and chemically solidified hairdos. Those who know Mary personally know that she is a wonderful person, and many of the roles she has performed over the years help reflect this fact. On the other hand, her character in Hairspray, Velma Von Tussle, is the exact opposite of a wonderful person. Fortunately, Mary is a very good actor, so audiences should expect to have a ton of fun despising Mrs. Von Tussle. The show is sure to draw a crowd, so get your tickets as soon as possible, either online or by phone at 864-233-6238.
Summer is nearly here, and Acadians are already planning their vacations to take advantage of the sun and fun. For many folks, the best place for a grand adventure is one of the country’s major theme parks; but what if you have already visited a certain famous mouse? Fortunately, there is another great option in Orlando, FL: Universal Studios, located about 18 minutes west from the airport.
Universal Studios boasts an enormous variety of exciting rides based on the studio’s many popular movies and TV shows throughout the years. Unfortunately, they have retired a few of their old classic rides, such as the Jaws encounter, Back to the Future, and the King Kong “Kongfrontation.” You can still find homages to these beloved rides in the park, though, so you don’t have to go home without a picture of your favorite man-eating shark. Some of the parks current standouts include an entire section dedicated to The Simpsons – complete with a life-size recreation of Moe’s Tavern and the Kwik-E-Mart – and Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride, where you’ll learn to appreciate the joys of escaping from an undead Egyptian horror. All of this is found in the Universal Studio’s Park, but that is not the only option. You will soon be able to visit Volcano Bay, a new water-themed park opening at the end of this month, or Islands of Adventure, the home of the World of Harry Potter. You can buy tickets for each park individually, or get a combo pass and explore all three.
Volcano Bay is still a bit of a mystery, but Islands of Adventure is very well known. It features eight different islands, each with it’s own theme: the Port of Entry, Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Skull Island, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, Seuss Landing, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The latter has quickly become the most popular attraction in the entire park, and for good reason. Harry Potter fans will get to explore a fully-realized Hogsmead Village and Hogwarts School. The main attraction is “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,” which takes guests through Hogwarts Castle to see scenes inspired by the books and movies. There are also two roller coasters: the larger Dragon Challenge and the youngster-friendly Flight of the Hippogriff. If you need a breather, you can enjoy a decadently sweet Butterbeer while you watch some of the performances that tend to pop up around town, like the TriWizard Spirit Rally. There is enough magic in the air for lifelong fans and first timers alike.
It’s official: the Acadia pool is open for business. Many Acadians are already well aware of this fact and have put it to great use. As a junior Olympic sized pool, it is perfect for swimming laps to get some exercise while staying cool. However, there is nothing wrong with simply floating around and taking it easy, especially as the temperature continues to rise. While the recent rain and lightning have kept any swimmers at bay, the neighborhood still has plenty of time to relax around the pool until it closes at the end of September.
With summer quickly approaching and temperatures on the rise, many Acadians are looking for ways to beat the summer heat. Fortunately, there are only a few weeks left before the opening of the Acadian pool for the 2017 season. Perfect for lap-swimming and free-floating alike, May 13th will mark the opening of the Acadia Community’s junior olympic-sized pool. Each year, the swimming season starts with a neighborhood cookout, serving burgers and hotdogs as fast as the hungry pool-goers can grab them. There is also a bevy of homemade sides and desserts to be found in the first floor clubhouse area of the Acadia PoolHouse. With all of the opening weekend festivities, it is reassuring to know that there are two workout rooms on the second floor of the Acadia PoolHouse.
The Acadian pool season will run sun-up to sun-down from May 13, 2017 through September 24, 2017.
Everyone in Acadia is gearing up for the annual Upstate Dragon Boat Festival at Portman Marina on May 6. For the past ten years, the festival has raised over $2.5 million for cancer research at the Greenville Hospital System, and the 11th year is shaping up to be the best yet. Forty teams, each with twenty paddlers and one drummer, will arm themselves with paddles and vests to race for the best time on a 220 meter course on Lake Hartwell. The best three teams will then have a final, winner-take-all battle for the gold medal, glory, and- most importantly- fun. Between races, there is even more for racers and spectators alike to enjoy. Each team creatively decorates their own tent and brings plenty of good food to fuel their engines. It is always a great day, made even more special by the impact it makes on the fight against cancer.
The festival holds a special place in the heart of the Acadia Community.In fact, it was founded by Acadia’s own Caleb and Mary Freeman in 2006. Caleb’s brother, David Freeman, runs Portman Marina and has graciously hosted the event since its inception. Acadia’s neighborhood team, the Ragin’ Cajuns, has competed in the festival every year, bringing in several gold, silver, and a few bronze medals. While we were happy to bring home silver last year, we are hungry for another gold, so be ready for our team to live up to our name.
To learn more about The Upstate Dragon Boat Festival, visit their website here, and for more exciting posts, be sure to check out the Acadia Community Blog regularly!
For many Acadians, the most obvious destination for a nice dinner is 10 minutes away in downtown Greenville. Over the past few years, the downtown area has dramatically changed for the better, offering an ever increasing selection of delicious new restaurants to try. However, there are still many old classics that are well worth a return visit. One example is Soby’s, a Greenville standby since 1997. Soby’s is located on South Main Street in a beautifully renovated building that started its life as a cotton exchange in the 1800s. They offer a wide variety of traditional southern fare elevated to a true fine-dining experience. They use the freshest seasonal ingredients available to bring their customers dishes that are both comfortably familiar and innovative at the same time. You can expect to find many southern staples, such as shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, and barbecue, but don’t be surprised when they rival your mother’s recipes. There is plenty more to choose from, so be prepared to make several trips back. With 20 years under their belt, you know that Soby’s will be waiting for you.
To learn more about Soby’s, visit their website here, and for more Acadian Discoveries, be sure to check out the Acadia Community Blog weekly!