Spotlights: Fashion with a Passion, St. Paddy’s Day Dash & Bash, and more


March 15
Fashion with a Passion

Enjoy an evening of food, fashion, and fun during Fashion with a Passion at Greenville’s downtown event space Avenue. All proceeds from the event will go to Safe Harbor to benefit victims of domestic violence in the Upstate and support prevention initiatives.

First, guests will receive a specialty cocktail during a silent auction downstairs. Next, they will go upstairs to watch live painting by Starr Haynie, eat food from Rick Erwin’s catering, and mingle while being entertained by DJEZ.

The event also includes a live auction, a presentation from a domestic violence survivor, and a runway show featuring spring fashion from local boutiques. Bo Stegal and Aubrey Jackson will be emceeing the show.

Amanda Manly, Safe Harbor’s director of development and communications, says that domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men. “Five million children will witness violence in their homes this year,” she said. “Domestic violence is an issue that affects people from all walks of life, and we all know someone who has been a victim — even if they’ve never told us about it.” –Melody Wright

When  Thursday, March 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where  Avenue, 110 E. Court St., Suite 600, Greenville
Admission  $75-$1,000

March 10
Ain’t Patty’s Day

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early this year with Ain’t Patty’s Day, the fake holiday created so all can enjoy the great things about the holiday one week earlier.

With St. Patrick’s Day falling on spring break every year, many college students miss the opportunity to drink green beer with their friends in Clemson. Ain’t Patty’s Day ensures no college student will miss out on the fun.

All partygoers wearing the Ain’t Patty’s Day T-shirt will get special discounts on food and drinks downtown. The $26 pre-ordered shirts are sold out, but orders can still be placed online to be added to the waitlist.

This fake holiday is open to anyone and everyone over 21 with a valid ID. –Melody Wright

When  Saturday, March 10, noon-6 p.m.
Where  Clemson, various locations around downtown
Admission  $24 T-shirt

March 17
7th Annual St. Paddy’s Day Dash & Bash

The St. Paddy’s Day Dash & Bash offers fun for the whole family with a festive 5K walk/run and post-race event. The St. Patrick’s Day-themed event will benefit programs at Palmetto Children’s Charity’s four beneficiaries: Camp Spearhead, GHS Children’s Hospital, Let There Be Mom, and Meyer Center for Special Children.

Event director Morgan Fields says the goal is for attendees to feel a sense of community and have a good time for a good cause.

“Whether you’re trying to place for a medal, or just walking/running for the green beer – this event has it all,” Fields says. “After the Dash, stay for the Bash and enjoy live music, food and beverages, a silent auction, costume contest, Kids’ Fun Run, and Kids’ Zone with entertainment.”

Registration for the St. Paddy’s Day Dash & Bash adult 5K and Kids’ Fun Run (without T-shirt) ends March 15. Registration for the Kids’ Fun Run (with T-shirt) ends March 14. –Melody Wright

When  Saturday, March 17, 8 a.m.-noon
Where  Fluor Field at the West End, 945 S. Main St., Greenville
Admission  under age 12 registration free or $10 including T-shirt, over age 12 registration $30

March 10
Julia Fowler at Fiction Addiction

Join South Carolina native Julia Fowler to discuss her new book and all things Southern. The author expresses her love for the South in “Talk Southern to Me: Stories and Sayings to Accent Your Life.”

Fowler will be signing copies and talking about her new book at Fiction Addiction. In her love letter to the South, Fowler points out truths and observations about the South in a humorous way. Topics include everything from charm and style to love and marriage — and all the best Southern sayings.

Also known as a YouTube personality, Fowler is the creator of Southern Women Channel with a viral video series that has been endorsed by Dolly Parton as “fun, informative, and oh-so Southern.”

The event is open to the public, but an RSVP to Fiction Addiction is required. –Melody Wright

When  Saturday, March 10, 11 a.m.
Where  1175 Woods Crossing Rd. #5
Admission  Free



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