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Camden ... my hometown

Posted: January 25, 2012 4:31 p.m.
Updated: January 27, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Hello and Happy Friday! I appreciate you stopping by to see what I have to say in today’s Chronicle-Independent, our hometown newspaper. Many might comment that I already say a lot through my photographs as there are many tucked away on my Facebook page. I have the Easter Egg Hunt at Bethesda Presbyterian Church from 2009, Camden High’s graduation from 2010, Food For The Soul’s dedication from 2011 and the Miss Camden Pageant just last month and hundreds of others in between -- all posted on my photo page. Now it’s my turn to say in words what I “say” in pictures.

I love taking photographs and I love my hometown. Camden and Kershaw County have so much to offer and I feel it is part of my duty to spread that word whether it’s on Facebook through my pictures or in this newspaper through my written words. There are some aspects in life and in our community which we really can't do anything about such as our geographical location and our weather. But there is so much more that we can do to make our community even better. These aspects, ideas and projects are what I want to share with you each month.

Having always lived here, I find it interesting to talk to folks who have moved here as to the reasons why they relocate here. What they say is very complementary to our community and what many of us may take for granted. Those reasons are what I want to write about each month.

I also want to highlight events that are unique to Camden and Kershaw County. So whether you are reading this from newsprint or on your laptop, desktop, smart phone or iPad, you will read what makes our community very special. We are, indeed, fortunate to have a local newspaper. I realize no one actually moves here because we have a local newspaper, but this newspaper is part of the “big picture” of our community and has been for 120 years.

So here are a few cool things to do around our community:

-- Winter horse-drawn carriage ride (historical ride), Camden Carriage. You'll feel like you've stepped back in time as the carriage transports you through the picturesque streets of historic Camden amid graceful antebellum homes. Relax to the sounds of a jingling harness and the clip-clop of the horse's hooves. Ride in the open air carriage and see why Camden is the sister city of Charleston.

-- Too many holiday treats? Goodale State Park, 1.7 mile nature trail. Goodale State Park is home to various attractions and hidden surprises, such as a 3-mile cypress canoe trail that takes paddlers quickly back into a world they didn’t know existed so near to town. A longtime community favorite, Goodale also offers shoreline fishing, canoe rentals, picnicking and hiking.

See you next month.

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