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Community News: Thursday, May 15, 2014

May 14, 2014 

The 2014 Ag+Art Tour, scheduled for June 21-22, is a free, self-guided tour of the Catawba Region’s farms featuring local artisans and farmers markets.


The Arts Council of York County kicks off the York County 2014 Ag + Art Tour with an Arts Talk Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 18 in the Courtroom at the Gettys Art Center, 201 E. Main St., Rock Hill. The June 21-22 tour is a free, self-guided tour of the Catawba region’s farms, featuring local artisans and farmers markets.

The kickoff luncheon features Martha File, founder and lead coordinator of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, and Lindsay Stuber, programs manager of The White Home. Tickets are $15 and include a box lunch, beverage and dessert. For tickets, call 803-328-2787 by June 13.

After the luncheon, File will conduct a hands-on quilt-block workshop, 1-4 p.m. in the courtroom. Admission is $15. RSVP by June 13. Advance payment is required. All materials furnished. Bring a cover-up apron for painting.

The quilt workshop will focus on creating two new permanent 4-by-4 wooden quilt blocks. The blocks will be installed at the Center for the Arts and at a participating farm site on the Ag + Art Tour of York County.

Special events

The fifth annual Red Rose Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday at 100 N. Main St., Lancaster. The event is known for its variety of music, staged in two downtown locations. Admission is free and includes all performances, arts and crafts market, festival food court, and children’s rides, games and activities.

Musicians include Summerdaze, Too Much Sylvia, Deeper Shade of Blue, The Monika Jaymes Band, The Extraordinaires, Bo Beaumont, Mister Pleaze and Skate Rink Juke Box.

Memory Lane Cruisers will host a Wounded Warriors Car Show.

Lancaster SPCA is sponsoring a dog show 10 a.m.-noon Saturday on Main Street. Dogs can be judged in more than a dozen categories. Current shot record is required. Preregister at Cost is $5 per category, payable at registration.

The Red Rose Sculpture Competition and Exhibition will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Red Rose Park, 118 S. Main St. A partnership of Avant Garde Center for the Arts and Olde English District Visitor Center and Artist Market, the exhibit will feature works by sculptors from throughout the Southeast. Competition winners will be announced at 2 p.m.

For a schedule of events, go to

• The 17th annual McConnells Antique Tractor and Engine Show will be 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 189 Church St. The free event features tractors, vendors, crafts, bluegrass music, petting zoo and wagon rides for children. The McConnells Fire Department will sell barbecue. For information, call Michael Nance at 803-684-5161.

•  Massing of the Colors, sponsored by the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Rock Hill Valley and the Rock Hill High School Air Force ROTC, will be 3 p.m. Sunday in the Rock Hill High School auditorium. The patriotic and religious ceremony acknowledges our heritage of freedom and its symbol, the American flag. The event is free and open to the public.

•  Old Town Farmers Market off Caldwell Street in Rock Hill will be open 5-8 p.m. Thursday. The market features produce vendors, arts and crafts and entertainment. Left on Oakland will perform. The next market will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

• The Big Green Fishing Tournament will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Chester State Park for children age 16 and younger. Weigh in is 1 p.m. Prizes will be given for biggest fish, smallest fish and unique fish. All participants receive a goodie bag. Park admission is $2 for adults; $1.25 for seniors; free for ages 16 and younger. A hot dog lunch will be provided for youth and food will be for sale for others. Contact Robin Currence at 803-209-0538 or

• The fourth annual Glencairn BloomFest will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in the Meadow at Glencairn Garden on Edgemont Avenue, Rock Hill. This family event will feature plants, garden art, pottery, baskets and other garden-themed items for sale from a variety of vendors. There also will be activities and crafts for children as part of “National Kids to Parks Day.” There will be music and garden tours plus food available for purchase.


• The School of Ballet and York County Ballet presents “Snow White” at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday in Johnson Hall Theater at Winthrop University. Tickets are $12 and available at the Winthrop Bookstore and Monkeys and Mermaids.

• Area youth and youth groups are invited to a free Summer Kickoff Concert 6-8 p.m. May 24 in the Old Town Amphitheater. The concert features Charlotte’s Providence Rd. Band along with performances by the Sanctuary of Life Outreach Youth Choir, the Emmett Scott Mighty Star Steppers and the Just Dancin’ Dance Studio.

The concert is presented by Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism, Weed & Seed, No. 1 Question: Is It Good for the Children? and C.R.A.V.E. Call 803-329-5661 for details.

•  Opera Experience Southeast summer 2014 program offers a week of daily master classes, rehearsal and coaching with OES emerging artists and guest experts Dr. Arlene Shrut and Steven Crawford (Metropolitan Opera conductor) May 25-31 at Pope Paul Center, Rock Hill Oratory, 434 Charlotte Ave., Rock Hill. The public is invited.

The OES Gala Concert will be 7:30 p.m. May 30 at First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.

A semi-staged performance of Puccini’s masterpiece “La Boheme” will be 7 p.m. May 31 at Shearer Hall, Mitchell Community College, 500, W. Broad St., Statesville, N.C. A matinee will be 3 p.m. June 1 at First United Methodist Church, Charlotte.

Tickets for the concert are performances are $10 at the door or online at

• The Greater York Chamber of Commerce kicks off the Downtown Live Summer Concert Series at 5:30 p.m. Friday featuring Carolina Rhythm Band in Whitesides parking lot, 108 N. Congress St. Food by the Philanthropic Lodge No. 32 with adult beverages available. Free and open to the public.


• Catawba Care’s 11th annual Dazzle and Denim will be 7-11 p.m. May 30 at the Magnolia Room at Laurel Creek in Rock Hill. Tickets are $40 until May 22 and $50 after. For tickets, go to or mail a check to 500 Lakeshore Parkway, Rock Hill, SC 29730. Red Ribbon tables for groups of 10 are $400.

All proceeds go to Catawba Care, a not-for-profit, United Way organization whose mission is to promote optimal health by providing medical care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS and by educating the community to prevent the spread of HIV. For information, call 803-909-6363, ext 221.

•  Covenant Presbyterian Men of the Church will sell barbecue 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the church at Mount Gallant and Celanese roads, Rock Hill. Plates are $7 and include barbecue, pork, slaw and beans. Pounds are $10 and sandwiches, $4. Proceeds go to grounds maintenance and community needs. Call 803-366-8223 to reserve orders.

• United Methodist Women at India Hook United Methodist Church will have a yard sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall, Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill. Items include furniture, electronics, household goods, jewelry and books. Breakfast biscuits, drinks and a hot dog lunch with all the trimmings available.

•  Tega Cay Baptist Church annual yard sale will be 5-7 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m.-noon Saturday at the church, 1875 Gold Hill Road. Proceeds go to the Honduras mission trips.


•  AARP Drivers Safety Program for ages 26 and older will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday at Toyota of Rock Hill, 640 Galleria Blvd., Rock Hill. Participants get certificates that may reduce the insurance rates on collision and liability coverage. Cost is $15 for AARP members, $20 for nonmembers. Registration is required. For information, contact Gerald Hensley at 803-789-5810.


•  Lancaster County Council of the Arts 2013-2014 annual meeting and cocktail reception will be 5:30 p.m. May 29 at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., Lancaster, to honor corporate and foundation sponsors, supporting businesses, donors, volunteers and retiring board members. The evening will feature a short “state of the arts” business meeting, live performance, the Red Rose Festival Photography Exhibit, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. For information, call 803-285-7451 or go to

•  York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs will meet at 7 p.m. May 22 at the administration building, 7900 Park Place Road in the East York Industrial Park, off S.C. 5 in York. Open to the public.

•  Spencer Estates Neighborhood Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the conference room at the Rock Hill Operations Center, 757 S. Anderson Road. Stephen Turner of Rock Hill Economic and Urban Development will talk about Downtown East and the Knowledge Park.

•  York County Genealogical & Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at Flint Hill Baptist Church, 269 Flint Hill Road, Fort Mill, to honor veterans from all wars. Graves of more than 200 veterans are in the church cemetery. The annual business meeting will be after.


•  Rock Hill Area Shag Club will celebrate Armed Forces Day at its May party, 8 p.m. Saturday at Celebrations at Ramada Inn, Cherry Road, Rock Hill. Club meeting at 7 p.m. There will be a hot dog dinner, shooters, 50/50 and deejay will be Tommy Samole.


•  Chester County 4-H will have a celebration at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shelter No. 3 at Chester State Park. The public is invited to see photos and hear about the accomplishments of 4-H members throughout the year, receive a goodie bag, and have refreshments. Contact Robin Currence at 803-209-0538 or

• 4-H offers camps and day camps to all youth in York, Chester and Lancaster counties. Summer camp at Camp Long will be offered June 8-12, June 15-19, or June 22-26 in Aiken. Cost is $250 for 4-H members; $260 for others. Camp Wild is June 24-26 at Chester State Park. Cost is $85. Heritage Skills Sewing will be June 2-6 for rising fourth- to sixth-graders in Edgemoor. Cost is $15.

Summer reading

Online registration begins Monday for the York County libraries summer reading program. The free program runs June 9-Aug. 1 for all ages. In addition there are weekly performances by puppeteers, theater groups, magicians and others. For information and registration, go to


• The Early Learning Partnership’s Free Children’s Clinic is open 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fridays in the Rock Hill Family Resource Center, 410 E. Black St. Children, birth to age 18, who do not have health insurance may see a doctor or nurse practitioner for free services that include sick visits, immunizations and physicals including sports and school physicals. Call 803-322-6636 to make an appointment. Other clinics are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in York, Fort Mill and Clover. York County children may attend any of the four clinics.


• The Rock Hill Youth Council will host its fifth annual Ultimate Frisbee Tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday on soccer field 5 at Cherry Park. Cost is $5 per player, and each player will get a free ultimate disc from Innova Disc Golf. Teams of 7-14 players can participate. A trophy goes to the winning team. To register call Katie Wieberg at 803-329-5642 or email


• Volunteers are needed for the 2014 Catawba Regional AG+ART Tour June 21-22 in York, Chester and Lancaster counties. The free farm tours feature local artisans. For information, go to


• The Fort Mill High School class of 1964 with Fort Mill High class of 1963 will celebrate its 50th class reunion 6:30 p.m.-midnight June 14 at the Fort Mill American Legion, Post 43. For information, call Rick at 803-547-7688 or Pete at 803-448-9883.

• Former Hillcrest Elementary School students are invited to a reunion planning meeting at 4 p.m. Saturday at Foundation AME Zion Church, Neely’s Store Road, Rock Hill.

Support groups

•  Overeaters Anonymous meets 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at River Hills Community Church, 104 Hamilton’s Ferry Road, Lake Wylie. For information, go to

•  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 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-Anon meets 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.

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