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Christmas community events to be held in Bethune

Posted: November 26, 2013 4:09 p.m.
Updated: November 27, 2013 5:00 a.m.
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The 7th annual Bethune memorial tree and candle lighting ceremony will take place Sunday at the Bethune Memorial Park on Hwy 1 next to the Bethune Women’s Club at 5:30 p.m.

Refreshments and fellowship will follow at the Bethune Women’s Club. The event, sponsored by the Bethune Garden Club, commemorates the lives of loved ones and officially begins the Christmas season. The community is encouraged to attend.

The Bethune Women’s Club is sponsoring its 2nd annual Christmas Tour of Homes December 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. Four local homes and one area church will be shown. The homes were built from as early as 1908 to as recently as 2005. The historic Tolbert home, also known as the "Big Spring Hotel" will be toured.

Light refreshments will be served at the Women’s Club and local artists will have arts and crafts to sell there also. Tickets may be purchased from any club member or at the Women’s Club on the day of the tour.

About the homes on the tour:

• 304 Chestnut Street is the home of Charles and Lawann McCoy. It was built around 1930. The interior has been completely remodeled.

• 104 College Street is the home of Tom and Jeanne Micklash. It was built around 1908 in the traditional farmhouse style of the day. Though the exterior of the house no longer resembles the original, many of the features inside still remain. An original built-in china cabinet in the dining room, as well as the "Grand Arch" separating the foyer from the downstairs hall is still intact. Much of the original door and window treatments are still in use.

• The historic Tolbert home, also known as the Big Springs Hotel, is located on the eastern bank of the Lynches River, overlooking the artesian spring that gives it the name. The old hotel has been a popular gathering place for many generations. The present structure replaced a much larger hotel that burned in 1923. In 1925, a modern hotel having the latest features for that time was constructed on the same site. The house was built from heart pine that Mr. Tolbert helped choose from the property. The house has a rustic country charm and features a large wrap-around porch with large columns across the front.

• 2650 Old Stagecoach Road is the home of Wayne and Gena Tidwell. Built in 2005, this Southern farmhouse-style home was designed by Donald A. Gardner of Greenville. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom house features a wrapping front porch adorned with Doric columns, red oak hardwood flooring, granite kitchen countertops, cathedral ceilings and transom windows.

• Harmony Baptist Church is located at the Kershaw and Lee county lines. It was established in 1888 and the present building was constructed in 1974. The sanctuary is always decorated for Christmas and all community members are welcomed.

• The Bethune Women’s Club located at 200 King St. East in Bethune. It was organized in 1951 and the very first meeting was chaired by Mary Arthur. In 1966, the Bethune Women’s Club acquired the former Bethune School lunchroom building, including the front lot and 100 feet behind the building thanks to the efforts of Senator John West and Loring Davis.

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