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Hog Butchering Day Saturday at Brattonsville

January 4, 2014 

Hog Butchering Day at Historic Brattonsville will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells.

Visitors will experience the traditional family affair of processing and preserving a whole hog with more than 20 historically dressed interpreters and see how bacon, chittlerings and sausage are made.

The living history museum at Brattonsville will present interpreters rendering lard and stirring up a batch of soap, as well as cooking demonstrations.

Gardner’s Barbecue will be available from 11:30 a.m. until it runs out. Smoked pulled-pork sandwiches and fresh country sausage sandwiches will be offered.

Admission is $6, adults; $5, seniors; $3, ages 4-17 and free for CHM members and ages 3 and younger. For information, visit

Other special events

• Hospice & Community Care’s resale shop will have a bag sale on clothing and shoes 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Rock Hill store, 784 South Heckle Blvd.

Proceeds will benefit the clients of Hospice & Community Care and the Patrick Hospice House.

• The Lancaster County Council of the Arts 17th Annual Gala fundraiser “Art and Soul” will be 7 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Bradley Building on the campus of USC Lancaster. The event features silent and live auctions, prize drawings, music, dance, hors d’oeuvres and open bar with specialty drinks. Black tie optional.

Advance tickets are $50, members, and $60, nonmembers, and are available at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St. or call the LCCA at 803-285-7451. Proceeds fund community arts programs, children’s classes, gallery exhibits and local and regional artists.

•  Dallas Brass, with a full complement of brass and percussion, will perform a musical travelogue through American history at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Clover School District auditorium, on S.C. 55 in Clover.

The ensemble is Michael Levine, director, trombone; D.J. Barraclough, trumpet; Luis Araya, trumpet; Juan Berrios, French horn and alto horn; Paul Carlson, tuba and Ryan Burd, percussion.

Tickets are $15 and available at the district auditorium or by calling 803-222-8018.

• Carol Howell, a life coach from Senior Life Journeys, will speak on “Let’s Talk Dementia, Making a Home Safe,” 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday at Sterling House of Rock Hill, 1920 Ebenezer Road.

Lunch will be provided. Limited seating. RSVP by Tuesday by calling 803-366-1189.

• A Prohibition Party will be Jan. 11 in the courtroom at the Gettys Art Center, 201 E. Main St., Rock Hill, hosted by The Arts Council of York County. Guests can sample wine, scotch, bourbon and beer and dance to music by the jazz trio, Take Three.

The event includes a gourmet cheese buffet, light hors d’oeuvres and dessert. There will be an auction, including a bottle of rare Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 20-year bourbon.

Tickets are $50. For information, call 803-328-2787 or go to

• The Bethel United Methodist Church Soup Kitchen will open Thursday at 1232 Curtis St., Rock Hill. Open to the community. Donations accepted.

•  Ann White Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, will host a luncheon noon-2 p.m. Jan. 18 at Eastview Baptist Church Education Building, 1430 Gordon Road, Rock Hill to commemorate the birthdays of Matthew Maury, Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee.

Joy Sparrow will discuss her book, “A Sparrows Nest of Letters,” after lunch. The book contains correspondence and diary excerpts written between 1856 and 1922 by various members of the North Carolina branch of the Sparrow family. Descendants will portray book characters.

Cost is $25. Reservations are due Jan. 16.

For information or to RSVP email


• A fundraiser for the families of Kenny Hull and Carla Smith will be Saturday at Philadelphia United Methodist Church, 2260 Chester Highway, York.

A Po’ Man’s supper will be at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $6. The Black Family Singers will be in concert at 6:30 p.m. Love offering. Proceeds will help pay medical bills.


•  Weekly Line Dance classes will resume at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill. Julia Robbins will teach. Classes are $20 a month with proceeds going to the children’s building. All ages and skill levels are invited. More information, call Julia at 803-366-7568.

•  Family to Family, NAMI’s 12-week peer-led educational course for family members of individuals living with a mental illness begins Jan. 19 at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill.

The course coversmood disorders, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorders, schizophrenia and co-occuring brain and addictive disorders. It also covers coping skills, information about medicines and communication skills.

Registration is required. Contact Susan Vogel at 8030366-6138; email or Bennie Thompson 803-789-5570; email


•  Rock Hill Toastmasters meets 7 p.m. Tuesday in Westminster Health Center Garden Room. Toastmasters is a nonprofit educational organization to help members improve communication, public speaking and leadership skills. Guests welcome. The group also meets the third Tuesday of each month. For more information call Allison at 803-328-5587.

• The Clover Woman’s Club will meet 4 p.m. Thursday at the Clover School District Office, 604 Bethel St. Dr. Marc Sosne, the district superintendent, will talk about the Clover Bond Referendum. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Rita Dulin at 803-222-5799 or Kay Vrooman at 803-222-7873.

• The Newcomers Club of York County monthly luncheon 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Pope John Paul Center at The Oratory, 434 Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill.

The luncheon will feature a unique fashion show modeled by club members. Lunch is $13. RSVP to

Newcomers is a women’s social and civic-minded organization for residents of York County. For information, visit

• The Rock Hill Civitan Club will hold its second quarterly business meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Mary’s Café on Firetower Road. Social is at 6:30 p.m. All members are urged to attend. For more information, email


•  Indian Land VFW pre-membership meeting will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Del-Webb library, 7641 Charlotte Highway.

Bring your DD214 or equivalent (WWII discharge/separation documents). The goal is to sign up 25 new members and 10 transfers or reinstates, which is the requirement for obtaining a charter for a new VFW Post.

For information contact John Marker at 704-843-6930, by email at or email Jack Monahan at

Health talk

• Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville will host a community health talk, “Unique You: The Midwife Model of Care,” 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Club of Rock Hill, East Main Street.

Seminars are free and a light dinner will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, call 704-667-6507 or visit


• Deadline is Jan. 31 for food vendors to sign up for the Come-See-Me Gourmet Gardens, April 5 at Cherry Park. The event offers a wide variety of activities and food choices. For applications, visit


• Volunteers are needed to help prepare basic tax returns as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program for low-income, elderly and handicapped taxpayers.

Volunteers will be trained by the Internal Revenue Service, the South Carolina Department of Revenue and the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Training is free and will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 13-17 at Rock Hill City Hall Wellness Center on the first floor. For information, call Bill Perry at 803-322-4195.

Tax assistance will be offered from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday Jan. 27-April 15 at Rock Hill City Hall Wellness Center, and also from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 1-22, at Rock Hill Galleria, 2301 Dave Lyle Blvd.; Leroy Springs Recreation Complex, 971 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill; and the Clover Public Library, 107 Knox St.

• The York County Animal Shelter needs volunteers to help with bathing, grooming, exercising, socializing, training, providing adoption information, and assisting in follow-ups, publicity and marketing, and various other jobs at the shelter. Volunteers must be 18 or older, and orientation and training are required. For information, call 803-628-3190 or go to the shelter at 713 Justice Boulevard, York.


• The Emmett Scott High School class of 1967 monthly birthday fellowship will be 5:30 p.m. Monday at LongHorn Steakhouse in Rock Hill.

Support groups

• The Adult Enrichment Centers of Rock Hill offers a caregiver support group 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at 359 Park Ave. Open to the community. For information, call Dee Curran at 803-327-7448.

•  Celebrate Recovery, freedom from life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups, will meet 6 p.m. Mondays at North Rock Hill Church, 2562 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill. For information, contact Rob at 803-493-1231.

•  Grief Share, a 13-week grief support recovery group, will be 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays at Calvary Baptist Church, 830 N. Jones Ave. Cost is $17 for materials. You can attend at any point during the session. Register at or email Liz Marsh at

• The first meeting of the Carolinas Myositis Support Group-Charlotte Region will be 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Pineville United Methodist Church’s fellowship hall, 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. For information, call Alison Alexander at 704-708-8999.

•  Safe Passage in Rock Hill will host a weekly sexual assault survivors support group 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays at 104 Oakland Ave., next to the Varsity restaurant. Participants in the support group meeting must be 18 or older. For information, call Safe Passage at 803-329-3336.

•  Alateen meets from 8-9 p.m. Thursdays at Zoar Road Club, 14701 Thomas Road, Charlotte. Meetings are for two age groups: 6-12 and 13 and older. For information, call Lisa at 803-547-2124 or Sandy at 704-904-7834.

•  Al-Anonmeets at 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Serenity Club, Rock Hill; noon Tuesdays upstairs at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill; 8 p.m. Mondays at Grace Presbyterian Church, S.C. 160, Fort Mill; and at 8 p.m. Tuesdays in the house beside First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill.

•  New Path divorce and separation support group meets 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, room 302-304 at First Baptist Church, 481 Hood Center Drive, Rock Hill. For information, call Jamie Burdette at 803-327-7181 or email

• The Rock Hill Spinal Cord Injury Support Group meets 6-7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Piedmont Medical Center in The Women’s Tower Auditorium. A meal will be served. For information, call Terry Shortt at 803-524-3465.

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