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Scarecrow Decorating Contest – Fall 2017

The Historic Town of Williamston and Envision Williamston invite all area Residents and Businesses to participate in our 3rd Annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest. The official display period is through November 16th. However, you may erect your display upon design approval. Registration deadline is October 16, 2017 to be eligible for judging. Awards will be given for all categories and there will be a People’s Award for the overall best.

Scarecrow Decorating Contest Information and Entry Form

EW announces Mural Design Contest

Historic Williamston, The Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center and Envision Williamston announce a Mural Design Contest for a mural project in Williamston. The project is a part of the Williamston Downtown Acceleration Program (WDAP) that is being funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

For more information Mural Design Contest

Jazz Series begins Sept. 16

Put Irma behind you, and come on out this Saturday and enjoy some easy, breezy music from Steve G and the Juniors!
Steven G and the JRs bring you a mix of social music (jazz), soul, R&B and funk. This trio is one of the hottest in the upstate SC area. Steven G (latest Itunes Single “BREAK TIME”) is known for playing at the Inn on the Square for Saxy Wednesdays. Antonio Edwards Jr brings you cutting edge piano and vocal skills and can sing whatever is requested. Carlton J is a multi-instrumentalist and world class percussionist and producer! This band can SWING like the bebop musicians and keep you rockin’ on the dance floor. They also provide a few beach tunes in the mix and are currently recording and working on original compositions. This is an awesome band!! All three musicians have studied at the collegiate level and are influenced by John Coltrane, Outkast, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Marcus Miller, Joshua Redman, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Rollins, and so many other greats in the music industry.
Meet up at the Amphitheater in Mineral Spring Park for some great blues and jazz! This concert is a new addition to the Town’s offerings and an event not to be missed!!
Date: Saturday, September 16th
Time: 6:00PM – 8:30PM
Location: Mineral Spring Park, Williamston, SC
What to Bring: Lawn Chair, Blanket, Friends!
This is a FREE Event! Raffle Drawing with Prizes too!!
Sponsored by the Town of Williamston and Envision Williamston

Jazz Series this fall!

Envision Williamston and the Town of Williamston will host a Jazz Series this fall in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park.
The 2017 Jazz Series in Historic Williamston will be held on the third Saturday of each month beginning September 16 with Steve G and the Jrs (Quartet) from Greenville. Also scheduled are James Hammel and Friends (Trio) from Asheville, NC on October 21 and Steve Watson and Band (Quartet) from Greenville on November 18.
Organizers invite you to bring a blanket and lawn chair and enjoy these featured jazz artists in the intimate outdoor setting in the park. All three events will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m.

Fall Events

Solar Eclipse Over Williamston was spectacular

EWSolar

The Solar Eclipse Over Williamston was a spectacular event. We were blessed with clear skies and had multiple ways to view the eclipse. We had a great party venue in the baseball fields behind Town Hall. Chris Wagner was a phenomenal DJ and emcee. Tony Amato from Palmetto High guided us through the various phenomena and brought a 6 foot telescope with a special lens. Long lines formed to view the once in a lifetime images. We also had our beautiful Mineral Spring Park for the naturalists who wanted to experience the Eclipse in a quiet, serene setting. People joined us from 17 states and the Washington DC area, stretching from Connecticut to Florida and west to California. Visitors also came from Australia, Belize, Colombia, England, and Holland. In sum, the Total Solar Eclipse literally put the Town of Williamston on the map! Throughout the town, an estimated 1,500 people from across the world convened in our beautiful small town. Away from the big city, folks came and enjoyed an afternoon of wonder, delight for the senses, and a taste of how infinitely full of surprises our universe can be.

Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall

“I want to thank our co-sponsors: The Town of Williamston and the Palmetto Business Association. I also wish to recognize our prize sponsors of Ace Hardware, B&R Restaurant, and The Mill Town Players,” Crandall said. “I also want to thank our Mayor Mack Durham, Mayor Pro Tem Hagood, and Councilman Burgess. A huge shout out to the Envision Williamston Board, Community Engagement and Marketing Committee, and Town Employees. Well done by All! And a big Thank You to all of our attendees, our local residents and the hospitality extended to your neighbors and visitors from afar. To our out of town guests, we invite you to come back to visit us again and be a part of our growing array of fun, recreational, and cultural activities.
The Envision Williamston Team

Envision Williamston extends Facade Grant deadline

Deadline for Town of Williamston/Envision Williamston Façade Improvement Grant applications has been extended. Completed application packages must be delivered to Town Hall
at 12 West Main Street, Williamston, SC by no later than 5:00 PM on May 31, 2017.

Façade Improvement Grant Application

 

HOWDY – “Hands On Williamston Day Y’All!”

Are You Ready to Help Make Williamston Beautiful?
April 22nd has been declared “HANDS ON WILLIAMSTON DAY, Y’ALL!” or HOWDY Cleanup Day for short. Come on out and join your Town Council members and the local ROTC as we launch a town-wide cleanup and short-term beautification effort.
Four Teams are being formed for the following areas:
The Artory (Palmetto Cultural Arts Center)
Town Hall and Mineral Spring Park
Caroline Community Center
Mill Village Streets
The following Town Council members are in charge of each group:
Team A. Mayor Durham: 864-617-5097
Team B. Councilman Rockey Burgess: 864-933-7508
Team C. Councilman Tony Hagood: 864-933-1821
Team D. Councilman Chris Alexander: 864-556-4272
You may contact the Mayor or Councilman to sign up for your favorite site!
Teams will be provided with clean up bags, vests, gloves and other supplies. Participants will engage in light cleanup work and the planting of annuals in designed pots or zones.
Following this short-term beautification effort, a longer-range plan for the Park’s redevelopment will be considered for the enjoyment of the public, visitors, and generations to come.
So, come on out and show your Community Pride and Spirit! For more information, contact Sonya Crandall, Envision Williamston at 864-847-7473 or email her at: sonyacew@gmail.com

Want to start a new business?

Envision Williamston is pleased to announce the launch of the Main Street Challenge Program. The Town of Williamston and Innovate Anderson are co-sponsoring the initiative.
The Main Street Challenge is an entrepreneurial start-up competition for the purpose of generating additional retail occupancy in Williamston. The town is strategically located on Highway 20 and just off of I-85 between Anderson and Greenville, SC.
The Main Street Challenge offers an incentive package in excess of $10,000 to each of the winning entrepreneurs. Additional benefits for the first year of operation include: quarterly advertising through the local newspaper, banking assistance, free internet and telephone service (1 line), and complementary membership in the Palmetto Business Association.
Each semi-finalist will receive essential counseling on how to start-up a business. These individuals will receive guidance on refining their entrepreneurial concept and business plan. The Small Business Development Center at Clemson University is spearheading this effort and will offer workshops and mentors for those participating.
Envision Williamston encourages anyone interested to apply. The program sponsors hope to help as many prospective entrepreneurs as possible; and even if an applicant doesn’t receive one of the two $10,000 awards, they can obtain free counseling and assistance with developing their business and financial plan.
Come and let your entrepreneurial spirit grow! For more information, click here!

Request for Proposal – Pocket Park

The Town of Williamston is soliciting proposals from planning and design consultants to help guide the development of a feasibility study for a pocket park in the Town of Williamston. Respondents should have broad experience in citizen involvement, visioning, commercial growth and redevelopment, landscape architecture and/or market analysis. This project is cosponsored by the Municipal Association of South Carolina, the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor, and Envision Williamston.

Click Here for Request For Proposal or contact Sonya Crandall, Envision Williamston Executive Director at sonyacew@gmail.com.

Adopt a Rest Stop

Envision Williamston (EW) is unveiling a project to help beautify the Downtown Historic Corridor of the Town of Williamston. The first of 12 sites planned as part of the “Adopt a Rest Stop” program was created with private funds provided by Ace Hardware and the generous donation of time and talent from Ragsdale’s Decks. The new pergola and bench seating is located on East Main Street at Town Square Center parking lot (next to McDonalds).