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FAC presents Seasons of the South

Posted: April 17, 2014 4:36 p.m.
Updated: April 18, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County will present an original Earth Day celebration, Seasons of the South, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Wood Auditorium.

There will be a reception prior to the performance beginning at 6 p.m. featuring performances by FairJam (Bobby Joseph, cajhon; Paul Hayes, mandolin and harmonica and Scott Jordan, lead vocals and guitar) along with folk rock artist Frederick Ingram, a Sumter singer/songwriter. Tickets are $5 for general admission.

Seasons of the South features Teri Leigh Teed and We Three (Julia Halford, Phyllis David and Linda Higgins.) They will be joined by several local guests including FairJam, Frederick Ingram, Chandra Richardson, Helen Walker, Doby’s Mill Elementary Choraliers, East of West (Luke Williams, bass; Jim Thomas, dobro; Dan Rhodus, guitar and Fred Ogburn, drums,) Pastor Thomas Bell, Patty Tolbert (violin) and Buddy Harre with a guest appearance by California soul vocalist Keith Cross.

Stories, poetry and songs will be interspersed throughout the performance, which is divided into the four seasons.

The goal of the event is to raise awareness of sustainable agriculture in Kershaw County.

Teed is an artist, author, poet, songwriter and musician. The mandolin entered her life as a present for herself on Christmas of 2012. When friend Phyllis David invited Teed to read her poetry at a Lenten service in the spring of 2013, the Seasons of the South show was born.

Inspiring others is the hallmark of her stories, poetry, songs and fine art photography.

We Three, a female musical trio from Camden, recently completed their first CD, "Christmas Blessings." Directed by Halford, the three ladies have enjoyed nearly 17 years of growing, learning and performing music together.

They have performed for various religious, civic and sporting events such as The Carolina and Colonial Cups and have also provided live background music for restaurants in Camden and on Restaurant Row at Myrtle Beach.

We Three has most recently been featured on WLTX and recorded their first radio jingle for F.D. Goodale Jewelers. Halford, sings, writes, plays piano, organ and acts as director for the group. Having served Bethesda Presbyterian Church and Lyttleton St. UMC, she is now Director of Music at St. John’s United Methodist in Lugoff. A USC music graduate, and a lifelong music teacher, Halford is a charter member/director of both We Three and Renaissance, as well as other vocal groups.

She is involved with the Camden’s Women’s Chorale, which she created and directed, the Chamber Choir of Kershaw County and the Camden Music Association, where she serves as correspondence secretary. Halford also volunteers as accompanist and assistant for Doby’s Mill Elementary Choraliers and other community music organizations.

David sings alto and plays and teaches classical guitar. She has a great interest in ukulele. A lifelong educator, David taught high school and college for more than 10 years. She is the retired Director of Technology for Kershaw County School District. David is also involved in handbells and choral singing (Camden’s Women’s Chorale, Chamber Choir of Kershaw County, and LSUMC Chancel Choir.) She is a charter member of We Three, Renaissance and the Columbia Guitar Orchestra. David is a member and officer for KC Democratic Women Organization, Delta Kappa Gamma and is a member of the Camden Music Association.

Higgins sings soprano and adds "just the right touch" of light percussion to their numbers. A recently retired personal injury consultant and licensed insurance adjuster, Higgins is also a mother and wife. Her other interests include handbells and choral singing (Camden’s Women’s Chorale, Chamber Choir of Kershaw County, Single Swingers and various church choirs in South Carolina and Georgia.) She has also directed various children’s church choirs.

Richardson, a Lugoff native, is the proud daughter of Mary and Grover Richardson. She is an educator in the Kershaw County School District and is a graduate of USC with a B.S. in Education, as well as an M.ED from Francis Marion University. She enjoys singing, dancing, writing, event planning, and acting. Currently, Richardson is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Education Administration.

Walker is a national board certified music teacher and has been in the classroom 19 years. She hails from Birmingham, England and moved here 14 years ago as an exchange teacher. She bestows an immense passion for the teaching and learning of music and has created an award-winning program of which the DME Choraliers are a part. The DME Choraliers is a chorus for 3rd-5th grade students who wish to sing, perform, compete and develop their musicality through a range of choral music.

Advance tickets are available at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden, 425-7676, ext. 300; or online at www.fineartscenter.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

The FAC 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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