2018 has been one of the best years yet at the Spinning Jenny.
Sometime back in 2014, Sharon bumped into a man at an estate sale who owned the property that is now home to The Spinning Jenny. Back then it was called the Old Greer Opry House. Because of this encounter, Sharon took a tour of the property, and her mind began to percolate with ideas about what she could do with the space.
About a year later, Sharon had the opportunity to take over the space, and her sister Sarah and her husband packed up and moved from Colorado to Greer to be a part of what was taking shape. On June 1st, 2015, The Old Greer Opry House was transformed into The Spinning Jenny.
Fast forward three years, and a lot has happened. 2018 saw The Spinning Jenny triple its private rentals. That means more weddings and private celebrations. They’ve also hosted maximum capacity crowds with three sold-out shows and continued some new traditions. Two years ago The Spinning Jenny helped to start the Winter Skunk Music Festival. Last year’s festival was a big hit, and it continues to grow. The festival will take place this year on February 9th.
This past April the Spinning Jenny was privileged to host Grammy nominated musician Rhiannon Giddens. She is a co-founder of the Grammy award winning string band The Carolina Chocolate Drops, and she received a Grammy nomination for her debut solo album Tomorrow is My Turn.
The Spinning Jenny also hosted the Grammy nominated artists The Wood Brothers back in October. Their album One Drop of Truth was released in 2018 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Americana Album.
And of course, 2108 ended with it’s biggest Rockin’ New Year’s Eve celebration to date.
Looking forward into 2019 there are some exciting things already planned. The new year is off to a great start with some incredible musical acts. The Fireside Collective will be playing on January 11, and Donna the Buffalo with The Gary Douglas Band will be playing on January 31st. The Spinning Jenny will also be hosting the iconic progressive rock/metal/funk band Kings X on January 19th. You can buy tickets for all these shows in advance or at the door.
There are also some more unique events on the schedule for 2019. If dance is your thing, the NIAD Annual Dance Showcase will be held on January 26th. If you enjoy pugilistic contests, Boxing at the Depot will be hold its 2019 South Carolina Golden Gloves at the Spinning Jenny on February 22nd-23rd. Finally, The Columbia Marionette Theater will perform its production of Cinderella on May 25th. This puppet show is perfect for all ages.
And that’s just for starters. There is a lot more in the works. Be sure to keep an eye on The Spinning Jenny’s schedule for updates on new shows.
Finally, The Spinning Jenny would like to thank our customers. When you come see the shows and rent the space for your private events, you’re the ones making The Spinning Jenny a success. We can’t thank you enough for your business. Without all of you The Spinning Jenny would still just be an idea in Sharon’s head. You are the ones who have made Sharon and Sarah’s dreams and hard work a reality. Thank you!
You can be a part of making 2019 The Spinning Jenny’s best year yet. Come see a show, or book your private event today.