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Annual Gospel Fest, Heritage Tea planned at FAC

Posted: February 14, 2012 3:51 p.m.
Updated: February 15, 2012 5:00 a.m.

The Multi-Cultural Committee of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is pleased to announce two annual events celebrating Black History Month. The seventh annual Gospel Fest takes place Feb. 18, followed by the Heritage Tea Celebration on Feb. 19. This dedicated committee has put together these special programs celebrating the spirit of community with a special emphasis on Black History at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC.) The special sponsorship of this weekend’s celebration is provided by the Piggly Wiggly of Camden.

About the seventh annual Gospel Fest

The Gospel Fest will celebrate “community unity” with the singing of local gospel choirs. The Gospel Fest will be held at the FAC in the Wood Auditorium. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for ticket sales and the performances will begin at 7 p.m. All tickets are $8. The event is co-chaired by Mary Jones and Mollye Robinson.

Choirs participating include: Christian Musicians’ Guild, Canty Hill, Camden First United Methodist, Bethel Worship Center, Father Oniwe, Union Baptist, Gospel Cavaliers, Abundant Life and Catoe’s Chapel Church of God in Christ.

The choirs will sing various genres of gospel music representing many styles. At the end of the evening, the audience will be encouraged to participate in a group singing with the choirs. The Master of Ceremonies will be Billy Shepherd.

About the Heritage Tea and performances, Sunday, Feb. 20, 3 p.m.

For more than 20 years, the Fine Arts Center’s Multi-Cultural Committee has hosted an annual “Heritage Tea” to celebrate diversity and showcase the myriad talents of local residents and county youth. This year, the Heritage Tea programs will be dedicated to Delores Eichelberger, a past Multi-Cultural committee member who passed away last year. In addition to performances on stage, prizes and awards will also be presented to students whose art projects are on display in the Douglas-Reed House. Entertainment for the day will be provided by The Kershaw County Show Choir, Mrs. Shiryl Morgan (soloist,) Lugoff-Elgin Singers and the Jackson School Choir. Performances begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19 in the Wood Auditorium. A reception with refreshments will be held in the Douglas-Reed House immediately following the performance.

About the student work on display

For much of the last month, students in Kershaw County’s grades three through eight have worked on projects that focus on Africans or African Americans, past or present, who have made an impact on culture and history. Each school has selected the winning pieces to be displayed in the historic Douglas-Reed House at the Fine Arts Center during this special weekend. Past projects have ranged from reports with paintings, to portfolios, mobiles, hand sculptures, and PowerPoint presentations. All Kershaw County schools are invited to be a part of this celebration. The Heritage Tea was started by former Kershaw County educator and Multi-Cultural committee member, Ruby Minton.

A Facebook page has been developed featuring photographs from the 2011 Heritage Tea Celebration display. Photographs of the exhibits were taken by committee member, Keith Tolen and Cassandra Mickle. Tolen is a well-known South Carolina artist and Kershaw County art teacher at Camden Middle School. Mickle is an art teacher at Leslie M. Stover Middle School. Photographs of this year’s event will be posted the week leading up to the event. To view this page celebrating the annual Heritage Tea visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org and click on the link in the Heritage Tea event tab.

For more information or to purchase advance tickets call 425-7676, extension 300, or visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org. The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton St. in Camden. Office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Thursday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

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