Get Out Greenville

Conestee Park               October 4, 2014                     10AM – 6PM

Get Out Greenville is a celebration of all that Greenville County and Upstate South Carolina has to offer to the outdoor enthusiast. The mission and purpose of the event is simple: bring together all aspects of the outdoor community in one place to enjoy and learn from each other.  Of course no festival is complete without awesome music and tasty food.  Enjoy!

Get Out Greenville 2013

Don’t Miss The Honeycutters & Shannon Whitworth on October 5th honeycuttersopp324shannonopp324

A Great Place to Get Out…

Conestee Park and Lake Conestee Nature Park are a unique blend of passive and active recreation, this globally significant birding oasis is nestled in the center of the county 5 minutes from the bustle of downtown Greenville. The park is also the southern terminal point of the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail. With over 400+ acres to play, Conestee Park and the adjacent Lake Conestee Nature Park combines Little League, tournaments, and bike races with trail runs and nature study.

Directions: Click Here for Directions to Conestee Park

Overflow Parking & Shuttle Information

Overflow Parking - 2 Locations

Shuttles:  Shuttles will run to both locations all day long.


What better way to Get Out than to volunteer at Get Out Greenville.  Each volunteer will receive a t-shirt and a meal ticket.  See below for more details and to register online through Eventbrite.  Once you register, Joni Dilworth with Greenville Rec will contact you to work out all the details.

Greenville Ultimate Tournament

Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 4.02.10 PMTime:  All Day Greenville Ultimate is proud to partner with the Greenville County Recreation Department to make Ultimate a part of Get Out Greenville.  New teams can sign up for FREE here.

Urban Ultra 50K

Urban_Ultra_LogooppTime:  7:30am This is an urban ultra run, (meaning lots of pavement – some easy trails). You will run approximately 5 miles of groomed trails in Conestee Park, 4 miles on paved roads and about 22 miles on the paved Swamp Rabbit Trail. There are rolling hills in the first 4 miles and the last 4 miles. . Click Here for More Details:  swamprabbiturbanultra.com

Get Out Greenville 10k

Time:  9:00amSwamp-and-Joe-cropopp-150x150 The rolling 10K course winds its way through the beautiful Conestee Park and features a mix of dirt, gravel and pavement. Get Out Greenville 10k is part of the Greenville Dirt Series trail races.
On Site Race Day Registration Accepted.  

. Click Here for more information and to register online.

Walk This Way:  Raising Awareness for the ARC of SC

Community Support version 3 (non-editable web-ready file)Time:  11:00am Walk This Way is about getting people in the community together to promote and increase physical activity, healthy eating, and new friendships. The program will include people with and without developmental and intellectual disabilities that walk or roll with one another in community walking groups. It’s a great way for people in Greenville to get out, meet friends, and stay active! Walk This Way’s big kick-off event will be at Get Out! Greenville in Conestee Park on Saturday, October 5th. On that day, you can sign-in and walk with us! After the big kick-off, members will be forming small groups that can walk together throughout the year while staying connected to their large group in Greenville and to our other walking groups across the state. Registration:  To sign-up now, contact Geri Caitlin Stephenson through email gericaitlin@arcsc.org or by phone 803-936-0058.

Music Performance Schedule

11:30am  -  Kelly Jo Ramirez 1:30pm  -  Larry Zarella . 3:00pm  - The Honeycutters . 4:30pm – Shannon Whitworth

Shannon Whitworth – 4:30pm

shannonopp2 Since her days as the anchor voice and songwriter of lauded N.C. ensemble The Biscuit Burners, Shannon Whitworth has attracted international attention with her passionate presence and a talent that’s evident within moments of taking the stage. . Whitworth’s swoon-inducing style found its first showcase in her Asheville-produced solo debut, 2007’s No Expectations. Followed by 2009’s critically-acclaimed Water Bound (an album that drew comparisons to Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball), Whitworth garnered praise in outlets ranging from People magazine to Garden & Gun. Her honest reinterpretation of ‘Americana,’ a la Mark Knopfler meets Norah Jones and the ghost of Julie London, has garnered Whitworth prime appearances from Philledelphia Folk Festival to Yosemite’s Strawberry Music Festival to Nashville’s own Ryman Auditorium. . Check out Shannon Whitworth online at…www.shannonwhitworth.net

Shannon Whitworth's Bio

Shannon Whitworth High Tide Bio The coast is calling, and Shannon Whitworth is packed and ready. If her first two albums were cross-country treks (and they were, taking her across the U.S. and Canada in support of Chris Isaak and the Tedeschi-Trucks Band), High Tide is a trans-Atlantic voyage. Leaving all preconceptions of the banjo-wielding  songstress behind, Whitworth’s new adventure steers into waters both familiar and refreshingly new. Since her days as the anchor voice and songwriter of lauded N.C. ensemble The Biscuit Burners, Shannon Whitworth has attracted international attention with her passionate presence and a talent that’s evident within moments of taking the stage. Whitworth’s swoon-inducing style found its first showcase in her Asheville-produced solo debut, 2007’s No Expectations. Followed by 2009’s critically-acclaimed Water Bound (an album that drew comparisons to Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball), Whitworth garnered praise in outlets ranging from People magazine to Garden & Gun. Her honest reinterpretation of ‘Americana,’ a la Mark Knopfler meets Norah Jones and the ghost of Julie London, has garnered Whitworth prime appearances from Philledelphia Folk Festival to Yosemite’s Strawberry Music Festival to Nashville’s own Ryman Auditorium. Back home last year after endless months traveling coast-to-coast, Whitworth took time to relax on her Brevard, N.C. farm, painting in her barn-cum-studio and letting songs come naturally to her. Organic and pure in its origins and execution, High Tide is poised to outfit Whitworth’s vessel for a figurative ocean crossing. From the first rolling rhythms, it’s evident that this album charts new waters. A Gibson SG joins Whitworth’s quiver of acoustic guitar, banjo and ukelele, and for the first time, the band is her own. Whereas her first two efforts utilized seasoned Nashville studio pros, High Tide calls upon the people who know her music best, from producer Seth Kauffman (Floating Action) to bassist Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses). Just as her music stems from Appalachian roots (she’s a favorite at MerleFest) but sheds its traditional skin at the door, High Tide begins with a journey to the sea that takes rest stops in reverb-drenched jazz and indie rock along the way, setting the mood for a tight but playful expedition. “So many of my songs were penned from darkness, and High Tide came from a place of light,” Whitworth explains. “It’s about heading towards that good feeling.” ‘La Croix’ takes listeners to the islands, diving into a reef of deep poignancy and examining the ‘Oh shit, I’m vulnerable,’ catch-22 that comes with falling in love. ‘Henry,’ the album’s oldest track, was born of two women drinking at a bar, commiserating over another foolhardy romance gone wrong. Whitworth dug up the rudimentary original lyrics years later from the back of a journal, its words smeared by the sweat of a bottle. “I feel like you make peace with life’s situations by making songs of them along the way,” says Whitworth, underscoring her desire to engage audiences with clarity and honesty. A remake of ‘Don’t Lie,’ originally recorded as a banjo-rambler on Water Bound, embodies Whitworth’s new approach, recalling more Mazzy Star than Patsy Cline (but still without shedding her indelible Southern charm). Following a year that heard Whitworth as the singing voice of Belk department store’s latest national marketing campaign and the release of a duets album, Bring It On Home (including deep tracks from Paul Simon, Tom Waits, and Sam Cooke) with bandmember and guitarist Barrett Smith, Whitworth releases High Tide with a reinvigorated confidence and enthusiasm. Whether you’re holed up in a chilly Appalachian barn or walking the coast on a hot August evening, Whitworth’s High Tide holds universal appeal, from the mountains to the sea.  

The Honeycutters – 3:00pm

honeyopp2I recommend the Honeycutters not only because they’re some of the best my hometown of Asheville, NC, has to offer. Their music embodies a very catchy, accessible, optimistic sort of spirit so frequently lacking in folk circles (where brooding, hyper-analytical music reigns supreme). What’s more, like Carolina Story, they’re a great band replete with tasty harmonies.” –Kim Ruehl, Folk Music About.com . . Check out The Honeycutters Website… www.thehoneycutters.com

The Honeycutters Bio

The Honeycutters www.thehoneycutters.com In a world that is becoming increasingly digitalized and impersonal, The Honeycutters are building a reputation based on live performance and songs that tend to stick with you. Fitting into Americana realm, Mountain Xpress’s Alli Marshall calls The Honeycutters’ sound, “Old school country in the truest sense… free of twang and ten-gallon hats but full of real emotion, family history, quick wit and strong liquor.” In an interview with the Folk to Folk Blog, Amanda says that part of The Honeycutters appeal is that their sound harkens back to simpler, more honest times. “In times like these, people want something real,” she said. “They’re just really craving something that’s just going to connect them to that basic human pool of emotion.” The Honeycutters are excited to introduce their second full length studio release, When Bitter Met Sweet on June 5th, 2012. Like their first release, Irene, When Bitter Met Sweet features singer/songwriter Amanda Anne Platt, who has been hailed as “one of the best songwriters coming out of WNC these days” by WNCW programming director Martin Anderson. Peter James accompanies her on lead and rhythm guitar as well as harmony vocals. They are backed up by Tal Taylor’s signature mandolin playing, Ian Harrod on bass, and Jon Ashley on drums creating an original brand of Americana that has proved equally appealing to both the musician and the music lover, the country and the city, and the old and the young. Platt’s songs are shaped by a raw honesty that comes straight from the heart and emits a sort of melancholy happiness. The album features 11 tracks that touch upon childhood and loss of innocence, finding a sense of belonging and one’s voice, truth, love and patience, traveling and embarking on new life-journeys (and the fears that go along with these), and the understanding that comes about when life’s circumstances come full circle. The title track, “When Bitter Met Sweet” is a song about the end of love looking back at the beginning.  Platt says, “I think it’s important not to lose sight of what was good about something even if it is ending.” “For Eleanora,” was inspired after reading a biography of Billie Holiday and reflects on a similar thought of polarities that, “It seems like so often the partners of extreme talent and specialness are self-destruction and doubt.” The song “90 Miles (The Tennessee Song)” is featured on Blue Ridge Outdoors Trailmix for 2012 Merlefest Artists. It was written after her first trip to International Folk Alliance in 2010, an event that can be quite overwhelming at first. An admitted introvert, Amanda was faced with the challenges of how to be heard amongst all of the activity of events such as these. And make herself heard is exactly what she went on to do; becoming a finalist at 2011 Merlefest’s Chris Austin songwriting contest for her song song “Little Bird” (unrecorded). She was asked to return as a guest judge for the contest, along with Jim Lauderdale, for the 2012 Merlefest (Where The Honeycutters will also be performing a few sets this year). The same song won first place in the Great Lakes Song Contest in February 2012. “All I Got, ” is a song Amanda calls, “a love song I wrote a long, long time ago, before I had actually ever been in love” and was selected for WNCW’s 2010 Crowd Around the Mic Vol. 14. “Fancy Car” features Platt’s father on harmonica. He also sits in on “Not Over Yet”  which she says that when she sings it she imagines a child leaving home for the first time, wanting freedom but scared of what it might cost. When Bitter Met Sweet was co-produced by Amanda and Peter with the assistance of Aaron Price, and was recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville NC after securing funding through a successful Kickstarter campaign. Along with the full band, many special guests make appearances on the album including Matt Smith (pedal steel and dobro), Nicky Sanders (fiddle), Mark Platt (harmonica), Je Widenhouse (coronet), and on drums Mike Rhodes and Richard Foulk and for various songs. The album was engineered (and partially mixed) by Jon Ashley with the assistance of Julian Dreyer, mixed by John Keane and mastered by Dave Harris at Studio B Mastering in Charlotte, NC. Their first full length studio release Irene, released in May 2009, has landed them in Ian Hughes’ NoDepression Podcast’s Top 20 of 2009, Fret Knot Radio Hour’s “Nine you need to know from ’09″, and #32 in WNCW’s listener voted Top 100 of 2009. Since putting out Irene The Honeycutters have shared the stage with such Americana favorites as Tony Rice, The Greencards, Jill Andrews, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Donna the Buffalo, and The Seldom Scene.  They have been voted Western North Carolina’s favorite local Americana act (2011 Mountain Xpress reader’s poll) and delighted audiences from upstate New York to Seattle, Washington. They are currently touring around the release of When Bitter Met Sweet. Stay tuned to thehoneycutters.com for more news about the album and the tour. What the Press is saying about The Honeycutters:   “I can see a day when her name is mentioned alongside Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier and Gillian Welch.  She’s just that good.” –The Real Southern   “They’ve got a sound as classic as grits… I thought of those country songs that play on those diner jukeboxes you see in movies.” –Charlotte’s Creative Loafing   “Amanda Platt’s striking, timeless vocals form the cornerstone of her often heart-wrenching songs, while producer Pete James’ understated guitar and gentle harmonies round out the duo’s saccharine-sweet mix.” –Dane Smith, Mountain Xpress   “Amanda’s lyrics are both sardonic and sweet, which adds a contemporary element to their country twanged Americana sound [which] is more influenced by the harmonic tendencies of country singers like Johnny Cash and June Carter” –Folk to Folk Blog.   “I recommend the Honeycutters not only because they’re some of the best my hometown of Asheville, NC, has to offer. Their music embodies a very catchy, accessible, optimistic sort of spirit so frequently lacking in folk circles (where brooding, hyper-analytical music reigns supreme). What’s more, like Carolina Story, they’re a great band replete with tasty harmonies.” –Kim Ruehl, Folk Music About.com   “If anyone can make this old metalhead want to whip out the cowboy boots and hat, order a couple of Budweisers and spin my woman around the dance floor, the Honeycutters can.” –Brent Fleury, Bold Life Magazine   “Amanda’s voice sings like Carolina farmlands after a rainstorm” –Harvey Robinson, Monkeywhale productions   ###

The Honeycutters on YouTube

Larry Zarella – 1:30pm

larryopp “Larry is a great songwriter, not only are his lyrics and melodies compelling, on top of that, he has something worthwhile to say.” -Bill Staines . “Zarella’s music exudes a peacefulness similiar to that of James Taylor” Metronome Magazine “Larry has a natural and responsive gift for telling stories, humorous or heartfelt and true” Northeast In-Tune

Larry Zarella's Bio

Larry’s pure voice and steady guitar style have been earning him loyal audiences from Massachusetts to Alaska since 1989. He is a masterful singing storyteller – some songs are poignant; some are funny; but each one reveals a bit more about the man who left his Massachusetts home to start fresh on a piece of open, unclaimed land in Alaska. After not observing anyone on a gorgeous plot near Talkeetna, he just started stacking logs and soon called it home. It’s a testimony to his adventurous spirit, which is clearly present in each of his songs. Larry’s writing remembers the spirit of the grizzly, the spirit of the woods, even the spirit of his beloved cabin. All of them are there, in his songs, and he introduces his listeners to them as the old friends that they are. Each one tells a story that brings you a little closer to the story teller. To experience Larry’s performance is to enjoy a true folk artist. Larry has shared the stage with the likes of Bill Staines, Jonathan Edwards, Guy Davis, Dan Bern, Pierce Pettis, Janice Ian and Susan Werner to name a few. His songs have been heard on television and have been included on many compilation discs. Larry returned to the East Coast in 2006 after recording his latest record, No Place Special, as a tribute and fundraiser for a Massachusetts family raising two daughters with life-threatening disabilities.

Larry Zarella on Youtube

Kelly Jo Ramirez – 11:30am

Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 2.06.45 PM Kelly Jo plays solo acoustic shows entertaining crowds of newcomers  and regulars with an “emotion soaked voice that has stunning power, clarity…”  GoUpstate.com . “…one of the best singer / songwriters to come down the pike in many years.”  Bass Frontiers Magazine   . Check out Kelly Jo Ramirez’s website at www.kellyjoconnect.com.

Paddling Pools:

Get outside and into the pool! Two huge pools will be set up in the demo/activity area of the festival to try out stand-up paddleboarding all day. Boards will be provided and instructors will be on hand to show beginners the ropes of “SUPing”. 296179_528690453833647_1318524366_n 312241_528690963833596_677893543_n 575664_528688373833855_1703284472_n 581708_528690133833679_50206890_n 935677_528689060500453_470725319_n 941294_528690727166953_1881062454_n                      

Pump Track:  Thanks to Invert Paddleboards and Ride Garden

You can ride this at Get Out Greenville!

Rock Climbing:

Sorry we don’t have pictures; however, we will have a portable rock climbing wall at the park for you to climb to your heart’s content for free!

Birds of Prey:

pic of DorisDoris Mager began SOAR Inc. (Saving Our American Raptors) in the 1980’s.  Doris’s passion for birds of prey began over 25 years ago when she rehabilitated an injured Great Horned Owl, currently one of her feathered friends.  E.T. has been with her ever since.  Doris will introduce you to several raptors and captivate you with stories about her connection to and knowledge of these amazing birds.  Join us for an educational session at 12:30 in the education tent.  You will be glad you did! 

Get Out Festival Village

The Festival Village will open from 10:00am – 6:00pm. . Check out the list of food vendors below and keep scrolling down to see a list of Exhibitors, Activities, and Demonstrations.

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Food Vendors

Henry’s Hog Hauler  (Henry’s Smokehouse)

hoghaulerIf you have ever had meat cooked long and hickory logs in the BBQ pit slow, and experienced the fall-off-the-bone tenderness and the distinctive hickory flavor, you begin to understand, why Henry’s Barbeque is becoming legendary.  Check them out online at www.henryssmokehouse.com.

My Fudd Truck  (Fuddruckers)

fudtruck300My Fudd Truck is a NEW and UNIQUE option to traditional catering. It is a mobile kitchen that operates just like a Fuddruckers restaurant, except it’s on wheels and comes to YOU!  My Fudd Truck is able to cook and serve anything you can imagine and do it all on site!  Check them out online at www.myfudddruckers.com.

Kona Ice

konaThe KEV (Kona Entertainment Vehicle) is specifically designed to make shaved ice and ice-cream treats more fun than ever before.  Check them out online at www.konaicegreenville.com.

Rhino Concessions

rhinoRhino Conecessions will be on hand providing a variety of beverage options.     .

Red Bull Wings Team

red-bull-logoThe Red Bull Wings Team will make an appearance after the Get Out 10k kicks off in the morning!     .

Exhibitors / Activities / Demonstrations

U.S. National Whitewater Center:

20110202171435!US_National_Whitewater_Center_(10_March_2007)The U.S. National Whitewater Center is taking a road trip to Get Out! Greenville with a mobile set-up that highlights the wide variety of outdoor recreation and education components of their world-class facility.

Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center:

BensLogosGreenville Rec’s own Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center located on Highway 11 is home to Camp Spearhead, a residential summer camp for persons with special needs, as well as several other camps and initiatives that get children and adults outside and in tune with outdoor activities. Learn more about everything Pleasant Ridge has to offer.

Wildwater Rafting & Zipline:

Wildwater-2012Wildwater Whitewater Rafting and Canopy Zipline Tours is a pioneer of outdoor recreation in the Southeast. They run trips on the Pigeon, Ocoee, Chattooga, and Nantahala Rivers and offer canopy tours with multiple ziplines, sky bridges, rappelling and more!

Invert Action Sports:

invert Invert Action sports is the local leader in paddle boarding producing boards in an eco-friendlt, plant material based fashion. Try out one of their boards in the Demos section and invert your way of life.

Sunrift Adventures:

sunrift-oppEstablished in 1980, Sunrift Adventures is one of the premier outfitters in the upstate of South Carolina! Whether you are a backpacker, paddler, cyclist, hiker, climber, traveler or just want to exercise on the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail; their dedicated and highly experienced staff can help outfit you for your next adventure… big or small!  Check them out online at www.sunrift.com.  

Palmetto Conservation Foundation:

Palmetto Conservation Foundation is a Columbia-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to natural and cultural resource protection in South Carolina. The Palmetto Trail, a mountains-to-sea recreational trail, has several passages in the Upstate that you will want to learn about, along with other cool initiatives like the Glendale Outdoor Leadership School outside of Spartanburg.  

Greenville Spinners:

spinnersThe leading advocacy group for Cyclists here in the Greenville, the Spinners are dedicated to growing there sport with safety and accessibility in mind. Come by and see there booth to learn more.  Visit them online  www.greenvillespinners.org.  

Run In:

UntitledRun In is Greenville’s premier running store voted Reader’s Choice for Best Shore Store in the Greenville News’ Best of the Upstate 2013.  

LiveWell Greenville:

adtestLiveWell Greenville is a coalition of businesses, agencies, non-profits, and citizens committed to making the healthy choice the easy choice in Greenville County.  Learn more at www.livewellgreenville.org.

Upstate Forever:

upstateforeveroppUpstate Forever is a membership based non-profit that works in land conservation and growth policy.  They do this through three basic programs, land trust, clean air and water, and sustainable communities.  Learn more about Upstate Forever at www.upstateforever.org.


The Gorge Zip Line:

gorge picThe Gorge offers a unique and thrilling tree based zip line canopy adventure in the famous Green River Gorge in Saluda, North Carolina.  Visit them online at www.thegorgezipline.com.


The Mountain Goat Indoor Rock Climbing:

goatopp2The Mountain Goat is home to the best indoor rock climbing in Greenville.  Stop by their booth for more information and possibly some climbing coupons.  Check them out online at www.mountaingoatclimbing.com.


Mountain Roots – Eco Adventures & Outdoor Learning Center:

mountainoppMountain Roots is a grassroots non-profit organization running educational programs in Leadership Development, Sustainability, Community Building and the Arts. Many Mountain Roots retreats take place at the spectacular Laughing Waters Retreat Center in the Hickory Nut Gorge. Mountain Roots specializes in small group events (10-50 participants), looking for an opportunity to grow together.  Visit www.MountainRoots.org for more information.


Wild South

Wild South Translogo 300dpi copyWild South is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to inspiring people to enjoy, value, and protect the wild character and natural legacy of the South.  Learn more at www.wildsouth.org.

Upstate Children’s Museum

Childrens museumThere booth with feature interactive crafts and science experiments. The activities will all be designed around the nature and opportunities that exist at Conestee Park.  Visit them online at www.tcmupstate.org.

Safe Kids Upstate

2013-SKU-Logoopp2Biking is a great way for kids to Get Out and Safe Kids will teach your child how to do it safely.  Check out their bike course for kids and receive a free helmet while supplies last.  Check them out online at www.safekidsupstate.org.  

Roper Mountain Science Center

roper-mountain-science-center-logoCheck out their  display featuring “Animals of Conestee” including live reptiles and amphibians (turtles, snakes, frogs, etc.) from their collection.  They will also promote the Frogwatch (frog monitoring program) at Lake Conestee Nature Park.  Learn more about the Roper Mountain Science Center at www.ropermountain.org. .

Lake Conestee Nature Park

LCNP-Logo2oppThe environmental staff of the Nature Park will have a scavenger hunt for all ages to enjoy.  Take a self-guided tour through Lake Conestee Nature Park to explore 20 new educational stations and learn how you can help protect this awesome natural resource here in Greenville.  Learn more about Lake Conestee Nature Park at www.lakeconesteenaturepark.com.

Get Out Greenville Gives Back… .

Logo-spearoppProceeds from Get Out Greenville benefit Camp Spearhead.  Located in northern Greenville County and operated by Greenville County Rec, Camp Spearhead provides youth and adults with special needs and disabilities 8 weeks of residential summer camp and 20 weekend programs throughout the year.  Since 1968, Camp Spearhead provides and atmosphere of unconditional love, total acceptance, and challenge for individuals with special needs and disabilities. . Visit www.campspearhead.org to learn more.


Make a Donation to the Camp Spearhead Scholarship Fund