Friday, November 15, 2013

I am saddened to say that your correspondent has been remiss in keeping this Blog active over the past few months but I promise to do better.  Now that we have the mea culpa out of the way, let's get down to the Ninety Six Chamber of Commerce News.

Last night, November 14th, the Chamber held its annual meeting at Buzzard's Roost Southern Tea House.  To all who attended; thank you.  To those who did not; you missed a really great dinner and a great presentation by our own Shannon Riley, State Representative for SC House District 13, Those who attended had the opportunity to say farewell to our retiring Secretary/Treasurer, Diane Quinn,
who was presented a beautiful engraved silver tray in
recognition of her 5 plus years of service.


Outgoing President Kenneth Juergens thanked the Chamber membership and the Directors for their work throughout the year.  The Chamber has presented the 3rd Annual Father Daughter Dance, the 4th annual Miss Festival of Stars Pageant, the annual Festival of Stars Independence Day Parade,  Business Before Hours at Palmetto Bank, participated in many Town activities, and has pending the Christmas Parade and Lunch with Santa, hay rides to view the  Mill Village luminaries and the Christmas Tour of Homes and Churches.

President Juergens closed the evening by welcoming the new officers who will serve the Chamber for the year 2014.
 Julie McCary, President
Michael Rowe, Vice President
Pamela Alford, Office Secretary
Tricia Ackerman, Recording Secretary
Stacey Juergens, Treasurer
The Holiday Season is fast approaching and there are plenty of activities in and about Ninety Six to help you celebrate.
  • Living History, November 16th and 17th @ Star Fort
  • Annual Thanksgiving dinner at The Depot provided by Mike Louden, Thursday, November 28th
  • Town of Ninety Six Christmas Parade and Lunch w/ Santa,       Saturday, November 30th.  Starts at 11:00 a.m.
  • A Connie Maxwell Christmas presented December 5 - 7.  This is a wonderful campus wide presentation well worth the visit.  For more information go to
  • Holiday Craft Show at The Depot on Saturday, December 14th.  Hours are 8:00a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  
  • Hay rides through the Mill Village to see the luminaries.  Saturday, December 14th 6:00 p.m. until.  Meet at the Gazebo.
  • Ninety Six Christmas Tour of Homes.  Sunday, December 15th between the hours of 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.    (Tickets will be on sale in the Chamber office Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday beginning Tuesday, December 3rd.) 
I promise to do a better job of informing you in the future, but I do need your help.  If a Chamber member has information that they would like to share through this medium, please forward it to the following e-mail address:

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Good morning, afternoon or evening.  Whichever it may be.  I hope that you are dry.  Last year we were in drought we've received 20+ more inches of rain than normal for this time of year.  Happily, the rains were mostly cooperative during this year's Festival of Stars.  We got to enjoy the Swinging Medallions on Friday night and Saturday's fireworks display was excellent. 
The Chamber would like to recognize the following who responded to our request for contributions to the Festival of Stars. 
Amy Hughes with Building Blocks
Ruple and Carol Harley with Harley Funeral Home
Patricia Henderson
Valerie Hofstetter
Mark Gebicke
Carolina Tool Company
Rush Heating and Cooling
   We recognize them as Patron Donors and honor them with Patron Memberships to the Ninety Six Chamber:
Speaking of the Festival of Stars, here's a picture of the award winners from this year's Chamber sponsored photography contest.
(L-R  Rusty Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Patsy Manley, Vanessa Taylor, Katherine Taylor, Peggy McGuire, Kinkade Garland, Stephanie Arrington, Ed Quinn,  Not pictured, Victoria Gonce, Sophia Broomall, Abby Adams and Krista Adams.)

We want to thank our contestants; our major contributors, FUJI of Greenwood and Patsy Manley, author of the Bronco of Ninety Six series, our judges, and all of the people who visited the Visitor Center, saw the pictures on display and voted for their favorites.
Our Chamber members Cathy and Chris Smith of Chaney's Heating and Air are again spearheading the Ninety Six Stuff The Bus.  This is a great project and the contributions do stay in Ninety Six.  Cathy and Chris want to give a "Shout Out" to the Ninety Six Piggly Wiggly for their support.
Thursday, August 8th....SAVE THE DATE.  The Palmetto Bank in Ninety Six is sponsoring a Business Before Hours between the hours of 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.  Julie McCary and her staff invite you to visit with them on your way to work. 
Support the Wildcats and The Athletic Boosters by purchasing a spot in this year's Football Program.  Contact Natalie Hite at 992-1815
Congratulations to the 1st year Competitive Cheer Team.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Kinard House

The Kinard House built in 1885 and lovingly and beautifully restored, is listed on the National Historic Registry.  We recently spoke with Lee and Karen Breasbois who did all of the restoration work and, as many of you know,  operated the Kinard House Bed and Breakfast since 1995. 
Lee and Karen recently sold the home and moved back to Michigan to be closer to their family.  They have expressed their gratitude for all of the wonderful support The Kinard House received from the community during their years of operation.  Lee and Karen were very active in and supportive of the Ninety Six Chamber of Commerce.  They will be missed. 
Currently the Kinard House is not being operated as a Bed and Breakfast.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Well, it's been a while since we posted to this blog and a lot has happened. 
The Ninety Six Chamber of Commerce
conducted a highly successful Miss Festival of Stars Pageant. 
Some of the young ladies who participated in the pageant collected donations 
to help support the Festival of Stars.  They and Chamber president Kenneth Juergens presented $1095.00  to Mayor Arvest Turner at the May Town Council Meeting.


Our current Miss Festival of Stars,
Carly Elise Rogers, is a beautiful, talented and
extremely personable young lady.  
We are proud to have her represent the
Ninety Six Chamber of Commerce and the
Town of Ninety Six during the coming year.

Carly and the Miss Festival of Stars Court will be present at the opening ceremony of this year's Festival of Stars on Friday, June 28th.  They will also be participating in the parade on Saturday morning, June 29th, which begins at 10:00 a.m.

(Speaking of the parade... The Festival of Stars is looking for Parade entries. The Main Street Parade will be on June 29th starting at 10 am and is FREE to all to enter. We do ask that you register for the line-up. You may download forms from the page. Go to Tourism, SC Festival of Stars, scroll to the bottom of the page to Parade forms or stop by the 96 Visitors Center to pick up one. )
We have some news regarding our member businesses that we would like to share.
The Chicken Coop has announced that since school is out that they are adopting a "Summer Schedule." 
Tues. 4PM to 10PM
Wed. 4PM to 10PM
Thurs. 4PM to 10PM
Fri. 4PM to 10PM
Sat. 11AM to 10PM
(Try the Hot Wings, they we will the supplier for the SC Festival of Stars Hot Wing Food Eating Contest)
Rob and his staff invite you to celebrate their
2nd anniversary with them on Saturday, June 22nd from
5:00 pm until 10:00 pm.
$20.00 per person
Pulled Pork, Corned Beef Brisket, Ribs
Grilled Chicken, Brats and Lots of Sides
Margarita, Sangrias and Beer
Love Music, Corn Hole Tournament and a Bon Fire
Make Your Reservations Today
(864) 543-2474
WOW!!!!! Friday Night, June 28th, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Greenwood's Own Swingin' Medallions

The Party Band of The South will be Rockin'
the Ninety Six Town Park ...........BE THERE!!!!!