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Lights will shine for the holidays

Posted: November 24, 2010 2:37 p.m.
Updated: November 26, 2010 5:00 a.m.

With Thanksgiving past, the yuletide season beckons. Prepare to count down the days of December with holiday events across Kershaw County.

The Bethune Memorial Tree and Candle Lighting Ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday (Nov. 29) at Bethune Memorial Park, U.S. 1, next to the Bethune Woman’s Club. Refreshments and fellowship will follow at the woman’s club.

The event, sponsored by the Bethune Garden Club, will commemorate the lives of loved ones and officially begin the Christmas season. The community is encouraged to attend.

Come ring in the holidays when the city of Camden flips the switch on the Christmas tree on the lawn at Camden City Hall at 6 p.m. Dec. 2. The Camden Community Concert Band and Children’s Choir of Kershaw County will perform. Ring in the season with hot chocolate and warm cider.

The Monument Square tree lighting will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at the park on Broad Street. Seasonal music will be performed by the Camden Community Concert Band. Food for the Soul will collect donated items during the event.

Both events are organized by the Downtown Camden Guild.

The 35th annual Elgin Catfish Stomp will be held Dec. 4 in Elgin, beginning with a parade at 10 a.m. down Main Street. Stomp festivities will continue on into the afternoon. A carnival will be located behind the Blaney Fire Department, operating from Dec. 1-5. Blaney Fire Chief George Marthers is doing double-duty, coordinating the festival and cooking catfish stew for the public to enjoy. The bands JT Steel and the Hired Gun as well as Stepping Out will perform after the parade. Entries for floats will be accepted until Tuesday, Nov. 30. For more information, email

Lugoff will glow for the holidays when the Lights of Lugoff Parade steps off at 7 p.m. Dec. 10. As in the past, the parade will travel down U.S. 1 from the BP Station to S.C. 34 at McDonald’s. The Lights of Lugoff Parade is one of the few night time parades in the state.

The annual parade sponsor is the Lugoff Optimist Club along with local businesses. Parade entry forms may be obtained at First Palmetto Savings Bank in Lugoff or by visiting For more information, contact parade chairperson Sherri Bar at 420-0146.

Imagination Station” will be the theme for the 2010 edition of the Kershaw County Christmas Parade, which comes to town Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.

This annual holiday event organized by the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce will feature horses, fire trucks, floats, queens, classic cars, Santa Claus and more.

The parade route will begin at Broad and Laurens streets, moving down Broad and ending at Rhame City Arena.

For more information on the parade, contact the chamber at 432-2525.

Experience the yuletide season of the 18th century at Colonial Christmas in Camden, to be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site.

The Kershaw House will be decked in seasonal finery and guides dressed in period clothing will share holiday customs. Visitors will be invited to play colonial games, write with a quill pen and sample 18th century refreshments.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 6 and younger.

For more information, call 432-9841.

The Camden Junior Welfare League will feature 12 sites on its 34th annual Candlelight Tour of Homes from 3 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11. Proceeds will benefit children in need in Kershaw County. 

The private homes and public sites included on the tour are: 1409 Broad St. -- Aberdeen, home of Jack Brantley; 1314 Broad St. -- Camden Archives; 2030 Lyttleton St. -- Louise C. Proctor Hall; 222 Broad St. -- Historic Camden Cornwallis House; Mallard Lakes -- home of Dr. and Mrs. Rick Burnell; 1801 Springdale Drive -- home of Carl and Rhonda Horton; 1707 Broad St. -- Jim and Brenda Melton; 1700 Broad St. -- Page home, home of Ashley Page; Mill Street – St. Timothy Lutheran Church; 1306 Catawba Court -- Speedy home; 1411 Monument Square -- Chaffin home; and 502 DeKalb St. -- Bethesda Presbyterian Church             

The Candlelight Tour begins at the Camden Archives and Museum, 1314 Broad St., where tour books will be available. Refreshments will be served at the home of Jack Brantley. Dinner discount coupons are provided from local restaurants.  The Junior League cookbook “Dining by Candlelight” will be available for $20. The cookbook features recipes from families whose homes were previously on the Candlelight Tour.  

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour. Order tickets online at or call the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce at 432-2525. Tickets are also available at Box Paper Scissors, Broad Street Market, Camden Archives and Museum, First Palmetto Savings Bank in Dusty Bend, Historic Camden, and Sheridan’s Hallmark. Tickets can also be purchased from any Junior League member. 

The Camden Community Concert Band will present its annual holiday concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Camden High School auditorium. Admission to the program is free, and Santa Claus will stop by for a visit with youngsters.

A special award for the best use of mud in an entry will be presented at the Boykin Christmas Parade’s 17th edition Dec. 19.

This year’s festivities, which begin at 2 p.m., will also feature a first-ever event -- a marriage ceremony during the parade.

“They have a choice: they can get married in the middle of the parade or, if they want to get married in the church, the historic non-denominational Swift Creek Church is right there on the parade route,” said Hank Kerfoot, parade co-chairman. “And if they want music, we’ve got a wonderful gospel choir that sings a post-parade concert at the church every year.”

The parade will also showcase its traditional country-themed lineup while emphasizing the “Spirit of Boykin.”

For more information, call Kerfoot or parade administrator Chris Amerson at 713-8873.


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