Although it's recorded that in 1759 George Washington purchased such exotic sounding toys as "bird on Bellows, turnabout Parrot, Prussian Dragoon, and Man Smoaking," mostly the southern colonial Christmas season was a celebration for grown ups. It was a time of merriment and of thanks; a season of feasts, parties, hunts, horse races, cock fights, balls and visiting, highlighted by church services, mainly Church of England, and special customs.
The Camden Community Concert Band (CCCB) will present its 30th annual Christmas Concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Camden High School's Performing Arts Center. Also performing will be the Handbell Choir from Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church. The concert will also feature a vocal soloist and Santa Claus will be making a visit. The concert is free and open to the public. The CCCB is under the direction of conductor Pat Wylie and assistant conductor Robert Wertz. From left, Emily Catoe, Melinda Kane, Diane Fulcher and Paula Bordner practice with their handbells for Sunday's concert.
Lakeside Ministries is an interdenominational worship service supported by Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church. Each summer all offerings are donated back to the area communities through local charities. This year, $18,500 was collected and will be divided between charities that provide food, shelter, clothing and housing to people; and charities that help children in need, help with animal care and prison work. Three of the charities include Christian Community Ministries of Camden, Transitional Housing Project of Camden and Wateree Community Action Inc. of Camden. Pictured from left, Harriet Reid with New Day on Mill, Laura Horton with Liberty Hill Presbyterian ...
The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) has four events on the horizon! On Thursday, Charles Wadsworth & Friends returns for a one-night-only performance of chamber music in the Wood Auditorium. Featured musicians include artistic director Edward Arron (cello and host), Jeewon Park (piano), Yosuke Kawasaki, (violin), and Charles Wadsworth (piano).
Students at Solid Ground Christian School of Camden brought in items and made boxes for Operation Christmas Child, a program that donates items to needy children around the world.
Women on the Move Inc. Baby of the Year 2010 Baby Contest was held on Sept. 18 at the Quality Inn Banquet Hall. The winners were Second runner up -- Little Miss Ariel Camille Miller, First runner up, Master Kaleb Sanders and Baby of the Year 2010, Little Miss Lauryn Mon'et Bush-Cato. Each contestant was presented with very nice participation gifts and the top thee winners received participation gifts along with trophies and a portion of the money that they raised. All contestants also had a Ice Cream photo shoot in the park prior to the pageant date.
The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County's (FAC) annual Holiday Sales Show, set in the Center's historic Douglas-Reed House (ca. 1812), will feature a selection of fine, handcrafted works of art in clay, glass, fiber, wood, and more, by more than 40 local and regional artists. In addition, locally-produced goodies such as jams, jellies, honey, and candies will be available. The Holiday Sales Show is sponsored by First Community Bank.
Jack Brantley was inducted into the Columbia Restaurant Hall of Fame in November. Brantley was also presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Greater Columbia Restaurant Association (GCRA). Brantley began Aberdeen Catery in 1985 with just a small party with some friends. Since then, Brantley has catered for two South Carolina gubernatorial inaugurations, President and Mrs. Clinton during their stay in Hilton Head at a Renaissance Retreat and the Augusta National Club House during the Wednesday opening of the Masters for the past 10 years. One of Brantley's unique concepts is that all his food is served on ...
Grace Episcopal Church Women have produced a Camden Calendar since 1980. All of the drawings are donated by local artists. The ECW plan to continue donating the profits to assist county residents in need. A calendar for the year 2011 can be purchased for $8 at the Grace Church office, located at 1315 Lyttleton St., Camden or any of the other following locations, Historic Camden, KershawHealth Gift Shop, Hawthorne Pharmacy and other local businesses. For more information, call the church at 432-7621.
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Ogburn (Bill and Dorothy) celebrated their 70th anniversary on November 23, 2010. They are the proud parents of Beverly (Elliott) Sheorn and William Ogburn, Jr., three grandsons Rob (Kim) Sheorn, Mark (Monica) Sheorn and Hudson Ogburn and four great grand children, Bradley, Chance, Wesley and McCall Sheorn.
Brian Wonderling (middle), owner of Sears in Lugoff, recently donated $700 in classroom materials to four first grade teachers at Lugoff Elementary. The teachers received digital cameras, electronic pencil sharpeners, a CD player, headphones, print cartridges as well as other items to use in their classroom. "It's important for local businesses to support our teachers, especially in this economy," Wonderling said. He also said he hopes he can set an example for other local companies to follow in his foot steps.
Alice Boykin, John Carmichael and Hank Kerfoot, the organizing committee of the Boykin Christmas Parade, announce the 17th Parade on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m.
The Girls in Action (GA's) from Springvale Baptist Church in Lugoff collected 534 pounds of food for the new emergency shelter (Food For The Soul) scheduled to open in December. During October their study focused on helping the hungry so, with the help of their church members, they surpassed their goal of 300 pounds of food. The girls also helped out at the Mt. Moriah Soup Kitchen with a Saturday meal. This is the first food donation for the new shelter.
What has become a holiday tradition in Camden returns as the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County welcomes the Columbia City Ballet's (CCB) full-length production of "Nutcracker" to the stage of the Wood Auditorium on Dec. 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and children.
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Summer dance students will have the opportunity to audition for the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) and Kelley's Fine Arts (KFA) Junior and Senior Camden Crew Dance Teams, Friday, July 25 in the FAC Dance Studio. Times are set by dance styles and are as follows:
The Camden Lions Club recently installed new officers and thanked the community for its support of club programs, having collected more than 1,300 pairs of used eye glasses. Boxes are located at the Food Lion shopping center in Lugoff, Rubin Eye Care Center in the K-Mart shopping center, the Walmart Vision Center, Belk and the Food Lion shopping center in Dusty Bend. The club supplied these glasses to local church groups for those in need in Honduras and Guatemela. Camden Lions have also assisted with eye operations and hearing aids for the needy. The club meets on the second ...
Lainey Williams, a rising third grader at Camden Elementary School (CES), recently competed in karate nationals in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She is the national champion for kata (forms) and won bronze in kubodo (weapons) and kumite (sparring). This qualified her for Junior Olympics. She is the superregional champion in the 8-year-old female category for kubodo and won silver in kumite, and bronze in kata. She is also the North Carolina Champion in all three events. Lainey studies karate at Carolina Family Karate under Shihan Bob and Sensei Matt. All five members of her team placed in the top four nationals ...
For more than 38 years, the Kershaw County Council on Aging (KCCOA) has provided services and programs for residents in Kershaw County aged 60 and above. These services and programs have been delivered in compliance to the Older Americans Act of 1965, the Administration of Aging, the Lieutenant Governor's Office, South Carolina Network's Policies and Procedures, the Santee-Lynches AAA/ADRC Policies and Procedures and all associated laws and regulations.
One of the things I enjoy most about what I do is being invited to cities around the country. Whether I'm speaking at conferences, banding birds or taking part in archaeological digs, I look forward to being able to spend time in places that are different from small town South Carolina. One of the draws for me is getting to see the way other places address conservation issues. I absolutely love seeing the various approaches to environmental issues by municipalities and hearing ideas from diverse groups of conservationists. My most recent trip was no different, giving me hope that ...
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