Winter 2017/2018 Newsletter


Easter colors are popping up in retail stores already.  Hang in there…just over a month and the flowers will start climbing out of their winter beds around the lake.    Here’s what we can look forward to, compliments of CLG in 2018:

Life on the Lake Summit – April 19th
Presented by: Northland Communications

Symetra Tour Fireworks – May 12th
Lights on the Lake – June 30th
Flotilla – Labor Day Weekend
Music on the Lake – Summer
CLG Admiral and Fleet Level Events and more- TBA






     First motorists driving over Cothran’s Bridge noticed dozens of flags popping up beside Highway 72/221.  They appeared to be utility markers, but no one could explain the candy canes which grew beside them.   Most reasonable adults assume they are made in factories; but then most reasonable adults wouldn’t consider planting 60 trees in one day!   Enter Elf Jimmy.  With his own tractor, he dug holes and planted all those trees…in a day.  Mumbling something about getting back to work on the trial, he worked at a feverish pace.  When questioned by a reporter on the scene, Elf Jimmy credited Greenwood and Laurens Counties for providing trees and labor.  He especially bragged on Andy Howard from Laurens Parks and Recreation and crew.    -Yet it was the Elf himself we spotted planting.   


Some people just can’t wait!
Christmas Day Skiers


      Lake Greenwood is beautiful, even in the dead of winter.   Tree lights sparkle across the water as a winter calm sets in.  Fishermen are fewer right now, but some still bundle up and reel them in.

The wildlife seems to revel in the quiet, with seagalls flittering like snowflakes across the water.   Some people say this is their favorite season on the lake.  Others….well,  they’re not letting cooler days keep them off the water!  
       The lake is at its low point right now.  If you’re planning seawall or dock repairs, it’s time to get ‘er done.  Julie Davis with Lake Greenwood Management says water levels start rising again on February first, depending on the rain we get.   
      Please put one other date on your calender.   The Lake Greenwood clean-up date is March 3rd this year.
      Here’s looking at you kid…on the lake in 2018.

Lake Greenwood:  HISTORY CORNER
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS?  We are seeking historical pictures  and stories of Lake Greenwood, if you have any, contact Kim Clark at  864.910.5168 or Jimmy Peden  864-809-8222. 

November 2017 Newsletter


CLG Newsletter Editor – Kim Clark  Lake Homes Realty

Thursday, November 16th   4-7pm
Greenwood County Veteran’s Building – 106 Main Street
Members of FEMA and SC DNR to discuss impact.




For all of those driving over the river and through the woods to Lake Greenwood for Thanksgiving – Welcome Home!   Sometimes change is great, and we have lots to share with you compliments of our Lake Friends and CLG!   More ahead in this newsletter, but family first:

Turkey and dressing, cranberry salad, macaroni and cheese, green bean casseroles – some of the traditional fare we’re about to share.  ***Hint to hostesses – Fat Daddy’s BBQ in Cross Hill is offering Thanksgiving take-out:  smoked turkeys, dressing, macaroni pie, and other sides.   Call ahead:   864-994-3032   Pick up is the day before Thanksgiving.    (You’re welcome….I’ll see you there.)

      As we gather this year, give everyone you love a hug.  Be conscious of the memories we’re making.   We are so blessed with spectacular big water views, changing leaves inviting crisp fall walks, geese flying by information, herons hunting, and fish jumping.  Some families will go hunting in our beautiful woods.  Some will dress in camouflage after dinner, and play rounds of paintball.

       (Yes, we were those rednecks before we aged out!  This year we’re hunting for laser tag suits.)  Some will stuff themselves and share games and naps.   Some will just gaze at the water.   Regardless, embrace this holiday.  It’s extra special this year for the Jenkins family.

     Joe and Phyllis are responsible for generations of lake lovers now.   When they were newlyweds back in the fifties, they bought land with Dr. Lee Rodgers and Dr. Bill Klauber.   All three families would build off Frazier Road on Summer Place.  (This is between Summer Pointe and Grand Harbor, which didn’t exist.  They were just gorgeous open properties filled with blackberries and wildlife back then.)
     Many Brim were hauled in using cane poles and bread balls.    A snake showed up once during a swim across the cove to the Thayer’s cow pasture.   Let’s just say there was time spent meditating on the other side waiting for a boat to retrieve said person in their briefs.  There were Thanksgivings overlooking Lake Greenwood.  Children ran through the yards playing and jumping off walls into the lake.   When you’re young you don’t feel the cold the same way!
      Now Lee Rodgers and his wife Mildred are both on the other side.  So are the Klaubers along with one of their sons who loved swimming in front of their home.   Grown grandchildren now vacation in the homes, soon to introduce yet another generation.  Life is fleeting and so precious.
     This opportunity to gather and reminisce about Lake Greenwood feels nothing short of sacred.  You see, Daddy has been diagnosed with a cognitive disorder.  This precious man spent his life serving others as a Dentist, just as his father before him.   He’s brilliant too.   He pioneered techniques to help people with TMJ problems, built his own home on the lake, and grew his own Paulownia Trees to harvest the light wood; which he now crafts into an airplane.   This is the same man who kept his head about him as his Cessna went down with all five of us on board, along with the dog.  He put the plane right between two tall pines to break the crash.  We all walked away.
    This is a man who stayed true to his wedding vows to the only woman he ever wanted to marry.  He hung in there with his three children through thick and thin, naming his first boat KTR after his kids.  We waited for the second he could come home from work to pull us on skis.  Stormy nights he would sit with us to watch the lighting cross the lake, pointing out the clean smells and beauty of it all.  This man is my hero, and now he begins the journey of losing pieces of himself slowly but surely.   No one has discussed this with him, so please don’t.   This is being shared so that when you sit down with your family, you won’t take Thanksgiving 2017 for granted.   You will remember that we’re not promised together forever.   Take Thanksgiving this year and make the most of the time together, and the majestic natural beauty we share.  You can bet we will be dining lakeside, soaking in every precious moment.
Lake Greenwood:  HISTORY CORNER
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS?  We are seeking historical pictures  and stories of Lake Greenwood, if you have any, contact Kim Clark at  864.910.5168 or
Jimmy Peden  864-809-8222.
        GRATEFUL for the State Park Walk-Bike Trail     
      Just in time to walk off some turkey!   The new walk-bike trail is officially OPEN!   For now, enter the State Park at camp site #1.   Your adventure starts behind the picnic shelter.
     Paths are cleared and bridges are up, but we may still have some wrap up project, so sign up.  When we schedule a work day, we will email all for sign up opportunities.



Our high quality community and great standard of living is evolving all the time on Lake Greenwood.   That’s what drives the members of CLG.   Our success is compliments of our Friends of the Lake.  A Huge Thank You as we look over our mutual accomplishments:
Bridges Paving the Way for the State Park Walk-Bike Trail
Lights Added to our Lake’s Bridges
Signs Now Mark Our Historic Destinations
Lights on the Lake Delights Thousands Every Year
Summits To Gather and Share Information
Music on the Lake
and of course Break On The Lake Opens this spring!
Together we will continue enhancing our quality of life.  Look for more information about our partnership with you in the December newsletter.
In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours!

October 2017 Newsletter

CLG Newsletter Editor – Kim Clark  Lake Homes Realty

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Lake Greenwood:  HISTORY CORNER
We are seeking historical pictures
and stories of Lake Greenwood, if you have any, contact Kim Clark at  864.910.5168 or Jimmy Peden  864-809-8222.

Drive past Cothran’s Bridge, and you can literally watch the earth being re-shaped to accommodate Break on the Lake.Profuse thanks to all those pictured above who share the vision and fortitude to get this waterfront restaurant up and running by Spring.  Among them Greenwood County Council, the Partnership Alliance, the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, and our own Connect Lake Greenwood Board Members representing Friends of the Lake.
Special thanks to the partners behind “Break on the Lake” which will specialize in family style dining and seafood. Hugh Moseley, Kevin Prater, and Mike Bartley are teaming up to make this happen for all of us.  Not long after the leaves return to our trees, we should be able to boat up to the dock, dine, and draw in a gorgeous big water view!
IN THE MEANTIME, CLG is working with Friends of the Lake to identify the next projects the majority of members want to tackle.
Just after this above picture was snapped, Community representatives met at Cedarwood Community Church to discuss ideas for Lake Greenwood.  More info coming soon on this.

New Volunteer Project : State Park Walk-Bike Trail     

After months of planning, the time has come to start the project.  CLG wants to thank each of you again for getting involved.  We believe this will be a very rewarding project!

Overview:  Work days/times from Oct. 12th to Oct. 24th are scheduled. Pick as few or as many that you can attend. CLG will post on our website future work days past Oct. 24th, keep check there to register.

Go here to sign up for our work days/times:

If you can’t make these dates/times but you are willing to work on your own, GREAT! Contact Jimmy for an assigned section needing work.

The initial goal is to finish the first 8 sections (300′ each) at the trail head and about 5 sections at the end of trail.  The State Park thinks it will take our group more than 2 months to finish, but I think we can do it in 2-3 weeks! Video segments are on our website of the sections, if you would like to view.

On the work days, we will divide into small groups.  Each group will be assigned a trail segment to work on for a few hours.


Can we blow leaves into the lake this fall?


Lake Greenwood is one of the cleanest in our state, and it’s because of how we care for it.  Per Julie Davis of Lake Management, burning in the lake bed is not allowed either.  “That can release nutrients which promote aquatic weed growth.”

What is that grass growing in the lake this fall?

Through the end of this month, Lake Management is surveying the entire lake for aquatic invasive species.  There is a state approved plan already in place for management of four types of invasive species here: Hydrilla, Najas, Primrose, and Alligator Weed.

How are they treated?

The county uses an integrated plan with both chemical and biological means.  For the last couple of years, Triploid Grass Carp have been released into the lake.  Re-stocking is happening again this month.  Chemical treatment started last month on the Greenwood side where Hydrilla is actively growing and spreading.  Davis says it was treated on the Newberry side last spring and last year, where it was actively growing.   DNR does come to assist Lake Management with the Hydrilla.  Airboats and equipment are brought in to treat in shallow coves without the risk of spreading what they’re treating.   The chemicals are approved and ARE safe for swimming areas.

Don’t forget our lake draw down begins November first.

It’s time to repair our docks and seawalls.