Photos: Euphoria: Food, Music, Wine Festival

Euphoria  Greenvile is like Christmas for foodies, a national holiday of delicious culinary creations, tempest of wines, celebrity chefs, celebs -yeah, Keanu Reeves was here,  and incredible songwriters. Euphoria is the brainchild of Greenville restaurant mogul Carl Sobocinski and songwriter Edwin McCain( Now, the song “I’ll Be” will be stuck you in your head all day.) Some of the proceeds from the nationally and internationally acclaimed festival goes to local charities in the community.  The following photos were taken around the festival including:  The Euphoria Kick-Off Party,  Soby’s 20th anniversary bourbon release party, VIP cocktails event, and  Taste of the South.

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JG’s Backpack: New York City

Here are some of my favorite photos from a recent visit to New York City.  For more photos and videos be sure to search Facebook/Instagram hashtag #JGsBackpack

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Inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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Korean War Memorial
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Before the terrorist attacks, this globe was outside of the World Trade Center  in New York City’s financial district.

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Cool globes exhibition focused on climate change around the world.

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September 11th Memorial and Museum


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The Oculus at The World Trade Center

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Inside the September 11th Museum


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Central Park, New York

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Rockefeller Plaza

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JG’s Backpack: New Port, Rhode Island

Recently took #JGsBackpack to Rhode Island for a quick trip to explore the smallest state in the country. The Ocean State did not dissapoint, with beautiful mansions, lighthouses, and history. Here are a few shots from The Breakers Mansion, the summer home for The Vanderbilt Family, a name many of you may be familiar with because of The Biltmore Estate in our backyard, Asheville, North Carolina. Enjoy!

Beautiful and ornate gates outside The Breaker's Mansion.

Beautiful and ornate gates outside The Breaker’s Mansion.

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Exterior of The Breaker's Mansion. No photography was allowed inside

Exterior of The Breaker’s Mansion. No photography was allowed inside

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The Unity of The Holy City

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On June 17th, the faithful of Emanuel A.M.E. Church in downtown Charleston came face to face with evil. Instead of closing the doors on someone different than themselves, they followed the tenants of their faith: The doors of their church and their hearts were open. We all know by now that 9  lives were taken during those horrific moments. In the aftermath, as pundits and tv crews reported and sometimes speculated on the intentions and beliefs of the shooter, the Charleston community did something far greater, they wrapped their arms around the victims, their families, Mother Emanuel Church, and the community as a whole .The following pictures are a look through my lens, days after the  shooting, as the best in people overshadowed the hate.

Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church, Charleston

Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church, Charleston

A child places flowers at the feet of Mother Emanuel A.M.E.

A child places flowers at the feet of Mother Emanuel A.M.E.

Friends comfort each other as the make-shift memorial

Friends comfort each other as the make-shift memorial

Moments of worship between strangers

Moments of worship between strangers

 

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Many buildings and businesses in Charleston made it a point to show their support for Mother Emanuel

Many buildings and businesses in Charleston made it a point to show their support for Mother Emanuel

 

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Sights during a march down Calhoun Street.

Sights during a march down Calhoun Street.

 

A bride brings her wedding party to lay their flowers at the memorial.

A bride brings her wedding party to lay their flowers at the memorial.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JG’s Up Close: Carolina actress talks about experience on CBS show “Under the Dome.”

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I had a chance to talk to North Carolina based voice over talent Talmadge Ragan about her experience on the set of the new CBS hit show “Under the Dome.” She also provided this photo from the set.

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JG’s Backpack: Lunch in Hendersonville, NC.


Thanks for all the suggestions about where to eat in Hendersonville! I never have time to sit down and actually eat during the workday, so this was truly a treat! I chose Mean Mr. Mustard’s Cafe. It was a quaint little cafe with plenty of character. The owners are apparently big Beatles fans, naming the cafe after the popular Beatles tune.

 

The walls are filled with Beatles posters and musical signage. It is bright and colorful and has the vibe of “where everybody knows your name.” I had the Helter Skelter Turkey wrap:Oven roasted turkey, fresh avocado, ripe tomatoes, arugula and swiss cheese served on a warm tomato
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It was absolutely delicious and it came with a nice kale coleslaw that was both healthy and tasty. If you are ever in Hendersonville and need a place to try out…I suggest this place–they serve breakfast and lunch….just check their times because they dont stay open late. (closing by 2pm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to check them out or read their whole story:
http://meanmrmustards.com/

The Oscar winning Clemson Professor! A conversation with Jerry Tessendorf.

Two Clemson professors were nominated for Academy Awards this year, and one of them has won, yet again!
Professors Jerry Tessendorf( Life of Pi) and Robert Geist(The Hobbit) both worked on nominated films for visual effects. Life of Pi won the award and Jerry Tessendorf talked to Jamarcus about developing the technology which has gained him much attention in Hollywood. He also talks to Jamarcus about how Clemson is preparing students to develop their careers in the visual effects arena as well.

Photo: www.clemson.edu

JG’s Up Close: ‘Survivor’ star Jay Byars offers advice to Amazing Race contestants.

Jay Byars, Jane Bright, and now two firefighters…all with Gaffney roots…all contestants on reality television shows. I spoke with former Survivor contestant Jay Byars by phone today. Jay actually knows Gaffney’s two newest reality contestants, Matt Davis and Daniel Moss, firefighters who will appear on “The Amazing Race” in Feb. I asked Jay to offer some advice to these contestants and why he thinks Gaffney is such a hot spot for reality stars. I also caught up with him about his careeer since the show.

JG’s Up Close: Dylan Arms. Local Singer/Songwriter talks about getting ticket to Hollywood on American Idol.

I had a chance to talk to local singer/songwriter Dylan Arms tonight about getting the golden ticket to Hollywood on American Idol. He says seeing the celebrity judges didnt seem real and he is looking forward to heading to the west coast to see how far he goes!

Check out some of Dylan’s music!
http://dylanarms.com/

Behind the Scenes: Voice Over Artists. JG has fun with the VOXY ladies

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