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Talk of the Town – April 2024

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Dear TR Friends,

As April brings us more flowers and the grass turns green, we look forward to celebrating our 10th anniversary of Trailblazer Park. An idea that sprouted from the opportunity to utilize the old TR High School property along with Greenville County that morphed into a hub for all things city services, our farmers market, music events, weddings and so much more! Love to see you at the celebration – see info. below.

Also, please pick up trash around town as you stroll along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, Main Street, and in our public parking lots. I try to remember to bring a bag when we take a walk just in case I can grab a few pieces along the way! It’s a never-ending community service project to Keep TR Beautiful and so much appreciated by everyone.

Happy Spring!

Brandy Amidon

Mayor of Travelers Rest

Grants Available for Programs that Attract Tourism

Applications are being accepted for the Accommodations Tax Grant Program. Atax grants are provided to eligible projects and can be used for tourism-related activities such as promoting the arts and cultural events. For more information and program guidelines click HERE. The application deadline has been extended through May 1, 2024.

Accepting Applications for the Planning Director Position

Come join our team! The City of Travelers Rest is looking for an experienced Municipal Planning Professional who loves Travelers Rest as much as we do. In this role, you’ll be supported by a dynamic team of people working to thoughtfully plan the future of our small town. For more information and to apply click HERE.

The Great South Carolina Clean-Up!

Join your friends and neighbors on Saturday, April 13th for the Great South Carolina Clean-up!

FREE supplies will be available from

9:30 – 11:30 am in the parking lot off

Old Buncombe Rd. next to the Travelers Rest City Hall building at 125 Trailblazer Drive, Travelers Rest, SC.

Meet Teresa Igleheart

TRPD Accreditation Officer

Teresa began her career with TR’s Police Department in 2020 after serving as the Assistant Dispatch Supervisor for the SC Highway Patrol. In 2023, she was promoted to Accreditation Officer.

Two years ago, Teresa committed to improving her health including daily walking, and has lost over 100 lbs. Last month, Teresa participated in the Leprechaun Leap Walk and helped raise over $2500 for our police and fire departments.

At lunchtime, you’ll find Teresa enjoying her walk through Trailblazer Park. She inspires us all and we are grateful to have her on staff!

TR Fire Department Update

We are proud to report that the Travelers Rest Fire Department was among 151 fire departments across the State to receive the “Fire Safe South Carolina 2023 Community Designation” presented by Fire Safe South Carolina, and its partners.

To earn the designation, our department completed courses to improve data quality, train community partners to deliver in-home safety visits, and further develop their skills through online National Fire Academy courses in risk reduction and assessment. As a result of the hard work, commitment, and dedication of our fire department and their community partners, TR is a safer place to work and live.

From the Public Works Department

Our public works staff members have been very busy working on projects to make TR beautiful!

Swings at the Gazebo: The swings at the gazebo on Main St were recently rebuilt. Once the wood cures, they will be painted and ready to enjoy for years to come.

Parking Lot Restoration Project:

The parking lot on Poinsett Hwy. next to Gateway Park is getting a facelift. New parking space striping and flower beds are being installed to spruce it up in time for the busy spring season.

Browse + Stroll Art Market

Sat, April 20th, 11 am – 4 pm

Come stroll along the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Downtown Travelers Rest and visit the booths of over 60 fine arts and crafts vendors at the Browse + Stroll Art Market.

TRAFFIC ALERT – Sat, April 13th

The Ville to Ville Craft Brew Relay will be coming through Downtown along Main St

from 12 pm – 8 pm. Plan to take an alternate route to avoid delays.

We are pleased to support the Ville to Ville Craft Brew Realy Foundation which has raised over $15,000 for 13 Local charities. We welcome Ville to Ville participants and invite you to visit our Downtown merchants and restaurants while in town.

TRFM Plant Sale

Sat, April 27th – 8:30 am-12 pm

Presented by the Travelers Rest Farmers Market.

Get your spring garden and landscaping plants from local growers selling everything from native cultivars, and indoor plants, to seeds, gardening supplies, and fresh-cut flowers.

TRFM’s Annual Plant Sale will host a full summer line-up of 85 local vendors offering produce, meats, bread, cheeses, soaps, candles, and other artisan goods! TRFM accepts SNAP-EBT.

For more information about the Plant Sale and the Travelers Rest Farmers Market click HERE.

10th Anniversary Celebration!

Sat, May 4th – 3 pm – 9 pm

Presented by the City of Travelers Rest

Join our City staff in Trailblazer Park on Saturday, May 4th to celebrate the park’s 10th anniversary!

Free games, prizes, and a great lineup of local food trucks, wine, and beer will be available.

Bring your lawn chairs and plan to join us at 7 pm for the kickoff of our 10th season of Music in the Park with Randomnium.

Southern Roots BBQ Reunion

Sat, Apr. 20th – 12 – 4 pm.

Presented by IDefine

While there is no better excuse to gather together than to enjoy a great BBQ, the true reason for this event is to help families and children with the rare genetic disorder, Kleefstra Syndrome.

Learn more and purchase tickets HERE.

Gospel in the Park

Sat, April 27th – 2 – 5 pm.

Presented by Grace Cathedral Upstate

Join Grace Cathedral Ministries and choirs from the Upstate for a wonderful gospel music experience at Trailblazer Park!

Enjoy family activities, food trucks, and more at this annual festival. Admission is FREE and all are welcome!

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Council Committee Meeting

April 8 – 5:00 pm

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City Council Meeting

April 18 – 6:00 pm

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Planning Commission Meeting

April 25 – 6:00 pm

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Travelers Rest City Council

Council Members welcome your comments and questions!

Mayor Brandy Amidon, brandy@travelersrestsc.com

Grant Bumgarner

grant@travelersrestsc.com

Kelly Byers

kelly@travelersrestsc.com

Shaniece Criss

shaniece@travelersrestsc.com

Wayne McCall

wayne@travelersrestsc.com 

Catherine James

james@travelersrestsc.com

Sherry Marrah

sherry@travelersrestsc.com

Brantly Vest

brantly@travelersrestsc.com

Lisa Lane

lane@travelersrestsc.com

City Council meetings are hosted in person in the Council Chambers

and live-streamed on the City’s YouTube channel.

Travelers Rest City Hall, 125 Trailblazer Drive, Travelers Rest, SC 29690

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Questions? Call 864.834.8740 or email beth@travelersrestsc.com

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