Drinking Liberally Spartanburg Chapter Blog

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

Yea! Governor Haley signed into law legislation that allows us to buy liquor on election days. Boo! This law shifted the ban to another day---Christmas day. Understanding why the election day ban was in effect, this shifting thing just doesn't make any sense. Surely liquor store owners do not see this as such a good idea. This bit of information was posted on The Statehouse Report, a weekly newsletter coming out of Columbia. If you haven't already, go to: brack@statehousereport.com and sign up, it's free and full of wonderful information.

FERGUSON

Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday August 19th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. See you there,

Al, Diane, Cass, and Kevin

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

We have two new friends to welcome this week. Sue and David found us through "Spartanburg Underground" a publication about what's happening in and around Spartanburg. If you haven't read the article yet, the book can be found at The Hub City Book Store. It was good getting to know Sue and David, and hope to see them again in the weeks and years to come.

The mid-term elections will be held in three months. We would like to invite some candidates to our gatherings in the near future to talk to us, and let us talk to them. We'll work on that, but if any of you have contact with anyone who you think might like to give us a little talk, on any subject, give us a name and contact information, we'll contact them and set it up.

IRAQ---bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk. DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday August 12th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. See you there.

Thank you for making DL Spartanburg what it is,

Cass, Diane, Al, and Kevin

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

It's always a good week when we have new friends join us at the table. This week we welcome Greg, Frances, and Richard to our gathering. We had a wonderful time getting to know them last week and look forward to their company in the weeks and years to come.

We're free thinking folk, and sometimes it's hard for us as a group to actually make a decision. We even have trouble deciding on how to arrange tables sometimes. But maybe we could make an effort to decide what you want to do with the money in The Absolutely Non-Obligatory Contribution Jar this week. So far we have The Rape Crisis Center, Safe Home Haven, Hatcher Gardens, and Jamison Smith Fund. Everyone has a voice in this, so if you know of a project that could benefit from our support, please bring that info to the table.

For those of us who wanted to get a group together to take in the performance of "The Book of Mormon" at the Peace Center, we have hit a snag. We don't have enough people interested to arrange a group rate. We'll talk about this Tuesday, we may not be sitting together, but we can party before and after together!
Things are happening. There seems to be a positive attitude toward the legalization of marijuana going around for medical and recreational use. And the right to marry the one you love and be welcomed into the system seems to be coming around. There is a change in the air.

Bring your good news to the table Tuesday, we can handle not so good news also, we'll talk.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday August 5th, 6:00 PM at The New Way. See you there.

Always be hopeful,

Al, Diane, Cass, and Kevin

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

At least four of our members attended the Unity Rally Against Hatred Saturday in Greenville. We can look forward to hearing of their experiences. The press was very positive, reporting that there were over 400 people in attendance.

The South Carolina election for governor is getting a bit more interesting with new candidates jumping into the fray. So it's time to ask our members two questions: who do you think our next governor will be, and who do you want our next governor to be. This can be ongoing until October 1st, so you have time to give it some thought. We'll start collecting data at our next gathering Tuesday, and every Tuesday thereafter until October. It could be fun.

A big shout-out goes to all that have kept up our new tradition of bringing our own beer mugs/glasses/cups to The Nu-Way each week to cut down on the plastic that's going into our landfills. It's not that hard, just designate one special vessel to travel with you on Tuesday. Put in your trunk then put on the table Tuesday to be filled with the house brew.

HOT VODKA TUESDAY is happening this week. Wanda has had some vodka fermenting with maybe hot chile peppers? Don't quite know, but she has offered to share it with us. It might be a good idea if we had some crackers and cheese to go along with this exciting tasting experience, so bring some if you can, just to make it through the night.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday July 29th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the Table, we'll talk.

With much appreciation for all you do to make DL Spartanburg successful:

Diane, Al, Kevin, and Cass

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

What a great time we had at Daniel and Donna's Send Off Party. Thank you all for participating. The rain did not stop us! Last post from Daniel was a picture of him surrounded by luggage at the Berlin airport, so we know they have arrived.

We've received a request to mention that the Spartanburg County Democratic Party has a face book page and would like interested parties to join. They are trying to grow their base, so if you're into it, look them up. DL Spartanburg also has a face book page that you can request to join. Both the Spartanburg County Democrats and DL Spartanburg have interesting posts.

The Unity Rally Against Hatred is happening July 26th at the Hughes Main Library in Greenville from 3:30 to 5:30. Bishop Cass welcomes all of us to see if we can't, as humankind, just chill out. (Not his words)

We're still accepting suggestions as to what we all want to do with your money in The Absolutely Non-obligatory Contribution Jar. Any ideas--let us know.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday July 22nd, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table, we'll talk.

With Gratitude,

Cass, Diane, Kevin, and Al

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday backed an amendment to overturn "Citizens United" by a 10 to 8 vote. The amendment would also overturn McCutcheon V.
FEC and Buckley V. Valco. The full article is posted on the DL Spartanburg Facebook page. In order to pass through the Senate, 67 votes are required. So NOW IS THE TIME TO CALL YOUR SENATORS. In South Carolina that would be: Lindsey Graham--(202) 224-5972 and Tim Scott--(202) 224-6121. Tell them who you are and where you live, tell them how you feel about this pending amendment and how you want them to vote. This is big!

Daniel and Donna, both members of Spartanburg DL, will be going to Berlin, Germany for a month to participate in an Artists in Residence program. They will be with us Tuesday before they fly off, so we're having a FAREWELL FOR A MONTH BASH Tuesday! We're hoping Daniel will bring his Vibes and Donna will sing along with her wonderful voice. Let's make it a party, bring your tambourines, kazoos, drums, rain sticks, guitars, cow bells and lets fill The Nu-Way with music. All donations to the absolutely non-obligatory donation jar Tuesday will go toward defraying expenses for Daniel and Donna.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday July 15th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table, we'll talk.

Be Always Hopeful,

Al, Diane Kevin, and Cass

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

We welcome Ross H. to our thing we have going on. It was great to meet and talk with him, and hope he can be with us again soon.

A big Thank You goes out to Thomas Creek Brewery of Greenville SC for showing up at The Nu-Way last Tuesday and allowing us to sample some of their fine brews. And thanks to Becky for inviting them in on "our night"! We love The Nu-Way.

The Totally Non-obligatory Contribution Jar balance is $218.00. We will be a sponsor when Jam in the Park gets going again in the fall, and celebrate our 6th anniversary! That's $100.00. So what do you want to do with the balance? There are many organizations locally that could use support, so let us know where you would like your contributions to go. We'll talk about this Tuesday.

Hobby Lobby, Constitutional Law, The Supreme Court decision, a seemingly attempt to restrict the rights of one half of our citizens. Children from neighboring countries being treated as cattle. Lots of nasty stuff going on.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday July 8th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

"Walk together, talk together, all ye people of the earth. Only then shall ye find peace"

Al, Diane, Kevin, And Cass

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

"Give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair

Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen

Give me down to there, hair, shoulder length or longer

Here baby, there momma, everywhere, daddy, daddy......"

These lyrics from the musical "Hair" are to announce our First Annual Hair On! Charlie T., Randy F., and Tom W. have agreed to start growing their hair out beginning on the first day of fall! What an event this will be! Sometimes you just have to have some fun. There are always many issues to discuss, but Charlie, Randy, and Tom with hair, that's cool.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday July 1st, 6:00 PM at The NU-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table, we'll talk.

Celebrate Canada Day with us!

Al, Cass, Kevin and Diane

Gathering Reminder

Hi gang,

It's time again for all of us to do our civic duty and vote Tuesday. There is a run-off election for the State Superintendent of Schools position. On the democratic ballot will be Gallagher and Thompson. The republican ballot will have Atwater and Spearman. And for those of you living in the city limits of Inman, you have another chance to vote for your next mayor. Pay attention, go vote.

USA, Costa Rica, Chile, Germany, Brazil, Switzerland, Australia, France, Spain, Mexico...the list is massive. But if you know someone from any of the countries in World Cup, it makes for great viewing. "Peace through cultural understanding," one soccer game at a time.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday June 24th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

VOTE

Al, Kevin, Cass, and Diane

Gathering Reminder

Hi gang,

Our anniversary party will be a bit later in the year this time around. We'll plan it when music at Duncan Park starts up again in the fall. We all like Duncan Park and music, it will be great.

It's been one of those weeks when our pretty little planet seemed to bounce from one crisis to another. Lots to talk about.

Spartanburg DL gathers Tuesday June 17th at The Nu-Way, 6:00 PM. See you there.

Al, Diane, Kevin and Cass