As the holiday season approaches, there is an increased excitement about adorning our homes with the traditional decorations of Christmas trees, ornaments and garlands. Holiday decorations, as beautiful as they are, can also be an added home fire hazard. Statistics provided by the National Fire Protection Association reveal that a candle fire in the home is reported to a fire department every 30 minutes and each year, fire departments respond to roughly 260 structure fires caused by Christmas trees.
The Joseph B. Kershaw Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) and the John D. Kennedy Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), will conduct a ceremony this weekend in Camden honoring Sergeant Richard R. Kirkland, Co. E, 2nd SC Infantry, a Confederate soldier, who is also known as the "Angel of Marye's Heights."
The Camden Garden Club will hold its next meeting on Monday at the home of Dr. Richard Bell. This will be the "Holiday Tea and Celebration of Membership." It is sure to be one of the best meetings of the year. Not only will everyone be in a joyful and festive mood but the term "Deck The Halls" will not be taken lightly. Paddy will have her home exquisitely decorated with fresh garland, holly and greenery, ribbons and bows, and who knows what else she can dream up. It will be like walking into a winter wonderland.
The annual Christmas Tea for the King Haiglar Garden Club will be held on Monday at 3:30 p.m. Linda Shaylor will host guests and members at 1201 Lyttleton St. Camden. Margie Lane and Nancy Fisher will co-host with Linda.
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.
Members of American Legion Post 195, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8346 and AMVETS Post 33 recently joined together for an annual tradition: the disposal -- through burning -- of unserviceable American flags. The ceremony took place at VFW Post 8346's headquarters in Ridgeway, with all three posts participating in different parts of the ceremony.
The Kershaw County Clemson Extension Service is assisting with a tomato contest coming up Saturday, and is sponsoring a pesticide calibration and safety workshop on August 15.
Local Boy Scouts of America spent the last week of June volunteering at a Cub Scout Day Camp.
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:
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