There are many reasons why the team at Bradshaw Automotive loves calling Greer, South Carolina our home. We love its proximity to gorgeous national forests like Chattahoochee National Forest and Pisgah National Forest, we love its friendly population, and this time of year we really love the Holiday spirit. One thing we always look forward to is the annual Greer Christmas Parade.
Each year, the Greer Christmas Parade chooses a theme for its celebrations. This year’s parade theme is “Christmas at the Movies.” Participants are encouraged to dress as the characters from classic Christmas films like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Home Alone,” “Elf,” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
The 1.1-mile parade will start at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, 2017. Participants such as local clubs, various organizations, and businesses will line up their festive floats. Marching bands, cheerleaders, and beauty queens will help to amp up the Holiday spirit. Bring the whole family and enjoy spotting your favorite, familiar, Christmas movie characters, like Snoopy, Rudolph, and the abominable snowman. The Greer Christmas Parade changes every year, but it always promises to be a new and exciting way to welcome in the Holiday season with family and friends. Get into the spirit of the season this year in Greer.
In just a few short weeks, families all across the country will be climbing into the car to head out on the annual Thanksgiving road trip. If this is what you have planned for your family this year, you will need some Thanksgiving road trip games to keep everyone occupied.
Plan ahead and let everyone pick out a few of their favorite songs to add to a playlist or burned CD before you leave. Then, each person has to sing along to their songs in their own special way—most dramatic, loudest, and so on.
Two truths and a lie.
Each person says three things about themselves, except one of them is a lie. Everyone else has to guess which one is the lie.
This game is good for younger kids. Everyone looks at road signs, license plates, billboards, etc. to find each letter of the alphabet in order.
This game is a good test of everyone’s memory. The first person starts out by saying, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m going to take…” and then they name something that starts with A. The next person says the same thing and then adds to the list with the next letter. If you can’t remember the list, you lose.
If your car is in need of attention before you hit the road, or it is time for something new, come visit us at Bradshaw Automotive.
Now that November is here, winter weather is right around the corner. That means now is the time to prepare before the icy weather arrives, which it will, even here in South Carolina. Here are a few tips for winter car care.
As the days get shorter, you will be using your headlights more often. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working and angled correctly. In addition, if there is snow on your car, brush off your lights before you start driving.
This fluid is immensely important in the winter as it keeps your engine from freezing. Make sure your antifreeze level isn’t low and there are no leaks.
To prevent your fuel lines from freezing or to make sure you don’t run out of gas when stuck on the side of the road, keep your gas tank as full as you can.
On cold, frosty winter mornings, you will want your heater. Make sure it and your air conditioning still work. Your A/C helps keep your windows clear of fog.
Make sure your tires have adequate tread depth. And, if you live in an area that routinely has winter weather below 45 degrees, consider switching to winter tires.
If you need any help with your winter car care, schedule a service appointment here at Bradshaw Automotive.
Oktoberfest Festival in Greer, SC
At Bradshaw Automotive, we love being located in Greer, SC. We’re close to the beach, close to the mountains, and surrounded by nice folks. Plus, there’s always something going on in the area, like the upcoming Oktoberfest Festival in Greer, SC.
The popular annual Countybank Greer Station Oktoberfest will be held this year on October 21, 2017. It’s everything that any experienced festival attendee would expect from a solid Oktoberfest—deliciously bubbly German beer, a mouth-watering menu of German foods and desserts, and fun live entertainment. Pick up a beer from Warsteiner, Germany’s largest privately-owned brewery, and then fill up on fresh pretzels, bratwursts, kettle corn, Black forest cake, and much more. With that in mind, be sure to come hungry!
The Greer, SC festival will feature a performance by German oompah bands, but it will also showcase non-German artwork from local artists. You’ll find local vendors selling anything from handmade jewelry to oil paintings and photography. It’s the perfect setting to get an early start on your Christmas shopping and support the local community at the same time.
The Oktoberfest in Greer, SC is sure to be an excellent time as always. Become a sponsor, volunteer, or just head over with friends and family for a fun day of food, art, and plenty of culture.
2018 Buick Regal GS Makes World Debut
There are some pretty big, pretty cool changes happening for the upcoming 2018 Buick Regal. This mid-size sedan has received a complete makeover. The standard four-door Regal sedan says goodbye, as it’s replaced by a sportier, hatch-styled Regal Sportback and a crossover wagon Regal TourX.
Standing hand-in-hand with the Buick Sportback is the 2018 Buick Regal GS, which makes its world debut this year. It’s a sleek, impressively advanced sport sedan that’s made to combine the best in modern utility and thrilling performance. It’s ok to take the 2018 Buick Regal GS on your daily commute, but it’s also ok to have a little fun with it, too.
The 2018 Buick Regal GS features a new V6 engine that produces 310 horsepower and gets paired with a nine-speed transmission and intelligent all-wheel drive. Its sleek, aerodynamic five-door silhouette is as useful as it is stylish. The attractive appearance is enhanced with details like standard 19-inch wheels and a rear spoiler. Standard Brembo brakes round out a powerful performance with extra responsive handling.
The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback and GS will arrive at dealerships like Bradshaw Automotive late this year. Be sure to check in and take this high-performance Buick out for an unforgettable test drive once it arrives out on our lot.
Visiting a state park is a great way to experience nature at its finest. We here at Bradshaw Automotive know of a few South Carolina State Parks that are worth visiting this summer season.
Conagree National Park
Conagree National Park is known for its massive hardwood forest and sweeping waters. The Conagree and Wateree Rivers meet and carry much-needed nutrients throughout the floodplain. The park is home to a number of fun, family-friendly activities. Hiking trails and camping sites are two activities that visitors love. Canoeing and fishing are on the list as well.
Sesquicentennial South Carolina State Parks
There are few parks as welcoming to families and nature lovers as Sesquicentennial State Park. The park is home to a 30-acre lake that allows fishing and canoeing. Visitors can rent fishing and pedal boats for an afternoon of fun.
The park also features a small gift shop, picnic shelters, multiple playgrounds, and more. Bird watchers will find that the number of bird species and available hiking trails make Sesquicentennial State Park a great place to spend the day.
Table Rock State Park
Table Rock State Park holds a tremendous amount of scenic areas through its 3,000 acres. The hiking trails lead to the 80-mile-long Foothills Trail. Hikers will enjoy the sound of mountain streams and the roar of waterfalls as they travel through nature. The state park is also home to a number of cabins and other fascinating structures.
The camping spots in upstate South Carolina are numerous and choice. There are opportunities for fishing, swimming, hiking and just plain soaking up some of the most beautiful landscapes this fair land has to offer. We here at Bradshaw Automotive have thrown together a few of our favorites for you just as summer approaches.
Devil’s Fork State Park – Salem
The campgrounds at Devil’s Fork State Park are situated on the banks of the pretty and placid Lake Jocassee. Anglers will find the spot to their liking as the lake features both trophy trout and smallmouth bass. Kayak rentals are available and make for a wonderful way to get around the lake. Camping facilities feature restrooms with hot showers in case you decide to stay for a few more days.
King Mountain Park – Blacksburg, SC
A wonderful place to camp for both tent campers and RV owners, King Mountain Park features two beautiful lakes, tranquil thanks to motor restrictions. In fact, non-motorized boats are available for slow perusing of the calm waters and intense watching of bobbers.
Croft State Park – Spartanburg
Croft State Park is unique for a number of reasons. First of all, even casual birdwatchers will delight in knowing that all sorts of species can be spotted there, including different varieties of hawks, bald eagles, and wood ducks. Secondly, the park features a skeet shooting park just outside its gates!
Living in Greer can make you feel lucky for a number of reasons. It’s a beautiful town populated by folks who know exactly what it a neighborly spirit means. This place also knows how to bring people together in a fun and wholesome way.
Speaking of which, we here at Bradshaw Automotive wanted to make you aware of some exciting Spring community events happening in Greer, SC.
Greer Family Fest – May 5-6
Heading into its 33rd year, the Greer Family Fest just keeps getting better and better. Sponsored by Perlham Medical Center, this festival features something for everyone. There’s tons of kiddie rides and games as well as great fair food, not to mention live music on two stages.
Food Truck Rollout – May 26
Located at the Greer City Park, the Food Truck Rollout involves a lot more than food trucks. That’s not to say that they won’t be there, so bring your appetite! There’s also live music and tailgating games (cornhole, anyone?).
Moonlight Movies – June 1-July 27
Starting on the first of June and going through July 27th, the Moonlight Movies series serves up a family-friendly flick at the Greer City Park Amphitheater every Thursday night. The 2017 lineup has yet to be announced but if last year’s selection are any indication (Minions, The Good Dinosaur), this year is bound to be just as fun!
Now that we’re in spring, Easter is just around the corner. As such, it’s time to start thinking about what you are going to do with the family this holiday season. To help you create a memorable holiday, we’ve put together a list of some of the most fun Easter holiday traditions.
What better way to start off the morning than with a basket hunt? While the kids are sleeping, put together a basket for them filled with candy, and then hide those baskets. Have them search for the baskets in the morning.
Once the kids have found their baskets, you can then put together a fun chocolate hunt. First, divide your home into separate spaces for each child. You can then hide chocolates around each space. The first kid to find all of their chocolate pieces is the winner!
Once you’ve done your small family traditions, you can then do a larger family or neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. Set up different prizes for the winners to add motivation. You can even split everyone up into different age groups to have more winners.
Most importantly, enjoy the time with your family. All of us here at Bradshaw Automotive wish you a happy holiday!
Finding a dog sitter or kenneling your dog while you go on vacation can seem like a hassle, and who wants to be separated from their best friend for that long anyway? Taking your dog with you on vacation can be a lot of fun for you and your pet, but make sure you’re following these safety tips for traveling with pets!
Before you leave, get your dog used to riding in the car for longer and longer periods of time. This will help keep them calm when you leave, and they won’t notice the long distance as much. If your dog has trouble going to the bathroom anywhere but your backyard, get them used to going other places as well.
When you’re on the road, stop every few hours so your dog can go to the bathroom. Always give them access to clean water, and feed them according to their usual schedule. Bring toys for them to occupy themselves to keep their stress levels to a minimum.
Don’t leave your dog alone in a car, especially when it’s very hot or very cold outside. This is dangerous! You should also avoid letting them stick their head out of the car window for safety reasons.
Remember the most important thing is to have a great vacation for you and your family, including your furry companions. Also, feel free to bring your car into our service department before you head out on your trip!