Drinking Liberally Spartanburg Chapter Blog

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

It's always fun to welcome new members to our group. Cindy and Rob joined us for the first time last week. It was great to meet them and we look forward to gathering with them in the weeks and years to come. And it was good to see Patti and Trevor again. Welcome!!

In April of 2009 DL Spartanburg was moving from The Cellar to Hickory Tavern. This move was the third in less than a year. For those of us that have been around for awhile, you'll remember this period in our existence as a time of flux. It's a good feeling to be settled in now for a while.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday April 28th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table, let's talk.

Cass, Diane, Kevin, and Al

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

We'd like to welcome Paul and Patrick, our two new members. Paul and Patrick stopped by for the first time last week and we hope to see them again in the weeks and years to come. WELCOME!!

Good, weird, strange, unusual, and humorous things happen every week. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday April 21st, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. See you there.

Al, Diane, Cass, and Kevin

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

Let's begin with the good news! The Nu-Way, our hang out every Tuesday for going on four years, has been voted the most iconic bar in South Carolina!! So in our attempt to always educate ourselves, we looked up the definition of "iconic" and "icon". ICONIC: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an icon; Merriam-Webster. ICON: some one or something regarded as embodying the essential characteristics of an era, group, etc; yourdictionary.com

This is great news for Becky and her staff, you people are ICONIC! And good for us because we are there to see this happen.

This Tuesday if you bring your own glass, you'll be entered in a drawing for a really cool thing. It won't cost you anything except your attempt to reduce the plastic waste going in the landfill. You'll like it.

According to the most recent AARP news letter, our state's highway funding is the lowest per mile in the nation. This doesn't come as a surprise to anyone, so how are we going to fix it?

Clinton announces, is anyone else going to jump in?

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday April 14th, 6:00 PM at The ICONIC Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table, we'll talk.

Al, Cass, Kevin, and Diane

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

The news this past week is all about---Kentucky?? No not really. Iran, The United States and five other countries have written a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding Iran's nuclear ambitions. After reading the plan one would have problems finding fault. That's Al's take on it anyway. It's up to our Congress to vote for ratification. That will happen in June.

President Obama is working on establishing relations with Cuba. Can anyone come up with a viable reason why we shouldn't talk to our neighbors 90 miles away?

So there, two good news items. If you have other good news items, we'd like to hear them.

Drinking Liberally Spartanburg gathers Tuesday April 7th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

"Always look on the sunny side of Life.."

Diane, Al, Kevin, and Cass

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

We'd like to welcome three new members! Kristen, Victoria, and Allie joined us last week. We hope to see them again in the weeks and months to come.

Just a few of the great events happening in April include the SxSE Springfest Music Festival April 10th and 11th. The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing At Twichell Auditorium April 11th. The Stone Soup Storytelling Festival happens in Woodruff April 16th through 19th. Bob Dylan is performing at The Peace Center April 26th. One or all of these events should please just about everyone.

Ted Cruz, by his own admission, was born in Canada. We'll have a copy of the U.S. Constitution with us at our gathering.
The first Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was passed by U.S. Congress during the Clinton administration. Since then twenty states have passed their own acts, Indiana being the most recent state to do so. From what can be learned with a quick search, Indiana thought that the original RFRA needed a little tweaking. We'll have a copy of Indiana's law with us at the table.

For those of you residing in District Four, City of Spartanburg, you have an election for a Spartanburg City Council position Tuesday March 31st. This is a non-partisan position. Our friend Don Bramlett will be on the ballot. So check out your choices and VOTE!

We'll bring your suggestions for the revised Nu-Way menu Tuesday. We need to do some fine tuning and get our thoughts to Becky soon.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday March 31st, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table, we'll talk.

Al, Diane, Kevin, and Cass

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

We have good news to report! Last week at our gathering we decided to support WNCW, 88.7 on your FM dial, with a $60.00 contribution from The Totally Absolutely Non-obligatory Contribution Jar. WNCW is a great PBS station. If you are not a fan, tune in and become one. And thank you for your contributions to TANC.

One of our members, while on a business trip to Florida, away from home and bummed out over the present political situation, decided to check out the local Drinking Liberally gathering there. Walked in, asked if it was the DL gathering, and was greeted with much warmth. Our member said it was just like going to one of our gatherings. When she walked in "you knew you were with your people". Nice. So when you travel, check out the DL National page to see if there is a chapter where you'll be. It's fun.

The Barbrary is becoming very successful. Check it out, then check out a book or two. You don't need a Barbrary card, although that might be cool, just take what you think might be an interesting read.

Diane's birthday is Tuesday! Let's help her celebrate. Al will bring the cake, you bring your well wishes.

We always want to know what everyone is thinking of or bothered about. And we all know there's not a lack of frustrating topics to discuss. So bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk. DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday March 24th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. See you there.

Cass, Diane, Al, and Kevin

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

Might we suggest that one of the topics of discussion Tuesday be the most interesting bit of news or commentary you've heard this past week. Bring a tasty tidbit or two to toss about at the table Tuesday. Let's hear what's grabbed our interest this past week.

The weather Tuesday should be warm and sunny, which means we'll gather on the patio! Maybe Putin will show up. DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday March 17th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring you thoughts to the table, we'll talk.

Kevin, Diane, Cass, and Al

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

The Barbrary is up and running at The Nu-Way!! It works like this--if you have a book or two around that you're not interested in reading for the third or fourth time, donate to The Barbrary. Then pick a book or two from the shelf and enjoy. Reading is fun, enjoyable, interesting, informative, and it's the Liberal thing to do. And isn't it nice that we meet at probably the only bar in town with a Barbrary.

Please plan on gathering with us this Tuesday to hear from Haley and Dana, two AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers doing wonderful work in our town. We'll give them some time around 7:30 PM to chat with us.

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday March 10th, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. If it's not raining, we just might be out on the patio. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

Feel the Warmth!!

Al, Kevin, Cass, and Diane

Special Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

Just a short notice that we'll have special guests at our gathering Tuesday March 10th. Dana and Haley with America Corps Vista will be with us and inform us about what Vista is all about these days. They have been volunteering in Spartanburg so it should be interesting. Make the gathering if you can. Thanks.

Gathering Reminder

Hi Gang,

We welcome Dana and Haley to our group this week. It was great to meet them and hear about all the interesting and wonderful things they are doing in our community. We look forward to visiting with them in the weeks to come. And a big "Thank You" goes out to Tom D. for bringing Dana and Haley to us.

We received a wonderful "thank you" card from Karyn D. for our contribution to The Stone Soup Storytelling Festival. "Thanks so much for supporting the Stone Soup Institute! Drinking Liberally is a great example of the tradition and importance of "story" Love and Peace to you all-Karyn". DL's contribution was made possible using our ABSOLUTELY TOTALLY NON-OBLIGATORY CONTRIBUTION JAR stash. We all should feel proud and pleased.

We're starting a library at The Nu-Way, we'll call it The Barbrary. If you have books to donate, bring them in, but don't expect them back. It's just a bit of a sharing thing. We'll have some signs up, hopefully by Tuesday.

We still can't find out when Netanyahu's speech will be Tuesday or if it will be televised. Hoping in the evening so we can watch it. If it's not televised, we can practice the art of CLFDTing, (Correct Liberal Form of the Drink Toast)

DL Spartanburg gathers Tuesday March 3rd, 6:00 PM at The Nu-Way. Bring your thoughts to the table Tuesday, we'll talk.

With Appreciation,

Al, Diane, Cass, and Kevin