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Yesteryear - Oct. 13, 2015

22 YEARS AGO -- Oct. 13-15, 1993

Posted: October 12, 2015 5:32 p.m.
Updated: October 13, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Area high school bands tuning up for busy competition season

October’s finally here, and if you’re in a marching band that means one thing: competition. It’s time to put the final polish on drills and music and travel around the state and Southeast to see how your group measures up. 

Kershaw County’s three high school marching bands have full schedules this month as they participate in a variety of competitions.

Camden High School hosted a meet of its own last weekend, the Southern States Marching Band Festival. About 5,000 people attended; 23 bands, ranging from the smallest 1A groups to the big 4A bands, competed.

McCaa’s Tavern

Historic Camden is offering an evening of feasting and entertainment in its most recent onsite acquisition. Nearly 175 years old, the McCaa House will be temporarily transformed into an 18th century tavern.

In the 1790s, you could get a pint of Jamaican rum for 2 shillings, supper with tea and coffee for 1 shilling and stable your horse with a good supply of hay, corn and oats for 2 shillings.

All such accoutrements were available at local taverns in the County of Kershaw, and you could even get a night’s lodging on a good feather bed for 6 pence, according to the book Historic Camden.

Now, in 1993, for an evening steeped in nostalgia, you can exchange your dollars for shillings, step back into time and soak up the ambiance in one of those 18th century taverns. 


Hats and Halloween are on the minds of Midway Elementary School students. The class decorated ghostly shirts with white fingerpaint and their own handprints, and wore them with their favorite hats to school recently to celebrate their study of the letter “H.” The students, Alex Adams, Samantha Hardin, Jessica Hinson, Joshua Koumas, Bridget Bracey and Martha Garcia are in Sherry Johnston’s kindergarten class.

The birds

Alfred Hitchcock was nowhere in sight, but the mysterious actions of a flock of birds earlier this week were a little spooky. They would circle Lisa Parrot’s house on Hilton Street in Camden, swoop into her chimney by the hundreds, re-emerge and begin circling again. Parrot first noticed them about a week ago.

Fly In

Except for the continual humming over Camden, things were quiet during the first weekend in October. But at Woodward Field, more than 475 transient aircraft gathered in perfect weather for an annual three-day fly-in. Planes stretched as far as the eye could see.

While the event is not open to in-site public viewing due to Federal Aviation Administration regulations, there were plenty of onlookers to see the one-of-a-kind planes.

There was the Spartan Executive, the only model 12 built and the last one made by Spartan Aircraft Co. in 1945, made an appearance from Mocksville, N.C.

In fact, planes arrived in Camden from 11 states and as far away as upstate New York and Naples, Fla. Aircraft arrived from Ohio, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolinas. 

Camdenite to perform with Wofford chorus at Carnegie Hall

A Camden student will perform with a choral group from Wofford College this fall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Graham Thompson, son of Olin and Caroline Thompson of Camden will perform with the Wofford group.

The choral group will sing The Magnificat, a piece written by internationally known choral music composer John Rutter.

The students who will travel to New York will be a cross-section of the various choral groups at the college and will perform the piece with groups from other colleges around the country. 


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