Glynn Zeigler, owner of GA Construction Co., started the bi-yearly SkunkFest as a private, backyard party

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In addition to the enormous amount of Skunk-work—negotiating with talent agents, signing contracts, paying bills, and actually putting on the festivals themselves, Glynn still has to make his own ends meet; music makes only a few people rich. “It’s a philanthropic thing,” he says with his typical wry humor.

GA Zeigler “specializes in adaptive use of historic buildings.” His first job was building Horizon Records and the Bohemian a few blocks away from his office. More recently, his company expanded Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on State Park Road and renovated the brick building at 508 Rhett Street, one of the oldest structures in town.

Talking with him at a table he crafted from a 1919 church pew in his office/home, it’s hard to tell where he’s having more fun—putting in 60 hours a week at work or putting on music. “I’m not an idle person,” he says.

“We can’t stop it now,” he says of his festivals. “Too many people rely on it, y’know?” Besides, he says, “Another reason I do it, you walk up the hill during the show, all these people are sitting up there under the oak trees, listening to just as good a music as you’ll see anywhere, and they’re all smiling.”

So, sure, while he’s living at work and working where he lives, he’s clearly “playing” at both. After all, he says, “We call the Skunk Farm the Zeigler Home for Adult Children.”





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