This post is written by Erin Haire, manager of the Hub City Bookshop.
As we approach the opening of the HUB-BUB Artists-in-Residence Exit Show, I am wont to wax poetic about the past months. This has been a year of firsts for HUB-BUB. The first time we had three men coming to fill the apartments above The Showroom. The first time an artist has left us midyear. The first time we’ve ever had two writers-in-residence, thus the first time we’ve ever had four boys rounding out the roster. An exciting year is coming to an end.
These men have been such a boon to our town and to me personally, I’m not sure how to start thanking them for everything they’ve given. I’d like to thank them for their creative commitment and unfailing diligence to Spartanburg, but we all know that these boys work incredibly hard. They dream up ambitious projects and execute them in every aspect. They devote seemingly endless energy to leaving Spartanburg a little more culturally rich than they found it. Their talent is vast, each of them produce work of astounding breadth and quality.
These are all things that make for a great year of our beloved AiR program. I will miss the work of these artists, but what I will miss most is the simple fact of their presence, their company. They are all singularly exceptional people with whom I am grateful to have spent these past months. Collectively, they are four of the funniest people I have ever met. Two out of the four are incredible dancers (boys, you know who you are). They are easygoing and kind, and my friendship with each is effortless. I have loved watching them get to know each other as well, their friendship with each other is a testament to why this program is so special.
If there is one thing I hate, it’s inevitability. I knew Season Six (as it is fondly known to me and only me) of the AiR program would reach its final episode and we would cast Season Seven. I wish these men luck and great adventures when they leave us, even though I wish they would stay always. Gentlemen, may your jokes always land, may there always be someone to give you free cases of cheap beer, and may you always have communities that love you as much as we do. Travis Blankenship, Eric Kocher, Mark Rice, Steve Snell, I’m going to miss the hell out of you. Visit often.