Things to do in York, Lancaster, Chester

The town of Clover hosts an annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival that includes events for dogs.
The town of Clover hosts an annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival that includes events for dogs. Herald file photo

Special events

▪ Lenoir-Rhyne University's A Cappella Choir & Brass Ensemble in concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, as part of its 2018 Spring Tour. Free and open to the public.

▪ Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival Community Concert, 7-9:15 p.m. Friday at Dutchman Creek Middle School Auditorium. Two nationally-celebrated storytellers take the stage as Andy Offutt Irwin brings lively, hilarious and heart-filled stories and songs, while legendary four-time Grammy Award-winner David Holt shares traditional music and memorable stories from his career of over three decades. Pre-concert music played in the lobby by folk musician and recording artist Charles Pettee. Recordings and other merchandise will be available for purchase. Recommended for ages 7 to adult. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the York County Library and Friends of the York County Library. Details: patchworktales.org.

▪ “Harry Potter Science Saturday,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at The Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill. The annual family-friendly event includes muggles and wizards participating in activities such as astronomy lesson in the planetarium, testing of logic skills by solving the Sphinx’s riddles, and instruction on safety around wild muggle animals - a spin on the Care of Magical Creatures classes. The Winthrop University Chemistry Club will be on site making “potions.” The Museum Guild will have refreshments and goodies, such as Butterbeer and Chocolate Frogs, for cash-only `sales. Free with museum admission. Detail: chmuseums.org/myco/.

▪ 2018 Glencairn BloomFest planning committee is seeking vendors and sponsors for the event, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 19 at Glencairn Garden. BloomFest features garden-themed vendors, music, food, garden tours and a plant sale. Kids’ activities celebrating National Kids to Parks Day are featured. Vendors who sell plants, garden art and accessories, artwork, pottery and other related items are wanted. Sponsorships are available and include an invitation to a Garden Party, May 17, with guest speaker local naturalist Andrew Lazenby. Sponsorships support the Glencairn Garden fund, a component fund of Foundation For The Carolinas. Vendor and sponsor applications: cityofrockhill.com/bloomfest or 803-329-5620.


▪ “Be Irish for a Night,” 24th annual fundraiser for Pilgrims’ Inn, 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday at St. Anne’s School Community Center, 1694 Bird St., Rock Hill. The event includes a corned beef and cabbage dinner, homemade Irish soda bread and desserts, beer, wine, soft drinks and coffee, silent and live auctions, Irish dancers, music and dancing. Donations: $40 ($30 tax deductible). For tickets, call 803-327- 4227 or write Pilgrims’ Inn, P.O. Box 11328, Rock Hill, SC 29731. Sponsorships available: lisamalisonbarrett@gmail.com or 803-431-8865.

▪ Winthrop Universities Student Veterans Organization and the counseling center are hosting a free Hero Run 5K, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill. The event is free and families are welcome. Come dressed as your favorite super hero to honor local heroes. There will be vendors, an art reveal by Micheal Petersheim and more. Visit signupgenius.com.

▪ St. John’s United Methodist Church in Fort Mill’s WEE School consignment sale is accepting gently worn children’s clothing and other items for its sale 9 a.m.-7 p.m. March 16 and 8 a.m.-noon March 17 at the church, Tom Hall Street. Participants choose the sale price and earn 60 percent. No fee. Details: 803-548-6557 or stjumcweeschool@gmail.com to get a consignor number for your drop off day of March 13-14 Most items half price March 17. Proceeds to St. John’s UMC WEE School.

▪ Arts Council of Chester County’s 12th annual Oyster Roast and Auction, 6-9 p.m. March 17 at the National Guard Armory, 1025 Armory Road, Chester. There will be a steamed oyster bar and lowcounty boil buffet, silent and live auction and cash bar with beer and wine. Doors open at 6 p.m.; food service, 6:45-7:45 and live auction at 8 p.m. Reserved tables: $650, includes 8 tickets and preferred seating with business recognition. Half tables are available after at least one table has been purchased. General seating: $45, members; $50, nonmember. Tickets available the Arts Council, 123 Main St., Chester or artschester@truvista.net. Limited number of tickets.

▪ Optimist Club of Rock Hill annual Charity Golf Tournament and Auction, 12:15 p.m. Captain’s choice shotgun start March 20 at Rock Hill Country Club. Charity auction, 10 a.m. until players have returned for awards. Bidding also is open to those not playing in the tournament. Lunch for players, 11 a.m.-noon with a brief live auction. Proceeds to youth programs in the community


▪ Western York County of the NAACP youth council, 9 a.m. Saturday; adult meeting, 6 p.m. March 15, both at the York Chamber of Commerce.

▪ York County Marine Corp League's local detachment, The Olde English Leathernecks, 7 p.m. March 13 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 732 W. Main St., Rock Hill. The league consists of Marine veterans, retired Marines, FMF Corpsmen and associates. Details: 803-517-7253.

St. Patrick’s Day

▪ Clover’s 20th anniversary St. Patrick’s Day Festival kicks off 6-9 p.m. March 16 in the parking lot of Boyd’s Tire & Appliance with food trucks and live music by the Contagious Blues Band. March 17 features the 5K Leprechaun Leap Run/Walk hosted by the YMCA, live music, dancing, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, kids zone, annual dog show and more on Main Street downtown.

▪ 10th annual St. Patrick's Day on Main, 4-10 p.m. March 17 on Main Street, Rock Hill, will feature live Irish music, children’s area, food and beverages. Entertainment includes: Dennis Springs & Sons of the Full Moon, 4-6:30 p.m. and Brynmor, 7-10 p.m.

▪ 12th annual Baxter Village Spring Festival and 11th annual St. Patrick's Parade, 2-6 p.m. March 17 in Baxter Village, Fort Mill. The St. Patrick's Parade kicks off at 5 p.m. The festival features more than 100 exhibitors offering shopping, crafts and activities for all ages, as well as games and contests, food and beverages, Irish dancers and bagpipers and more. The parade is open to any community organization or business that wants to participate. No registration; be in the Baxter YMCA north parking lot by 4:30 p.m. Prizes awarded to best decorated entry, best decorated golf cart and most spirited entry. Details: baxteractivities@gmail.com.


▪ Rock Hill Music Club, 4 p.m. Thursday at the Courtroom of the Gettys Art Center, 201 E. Main St. Winthrop music faculty members Mark Lewis, associate professor of music in composition and piano and Ronald Parks, will give the program. Both have received awards and recognition in the field of New Music. Free and open to the public. Donations accepted for music scholarships.

▪ York County Newcomers Club, 11:30 a.m. March 14 at the Palmetto Room in Rock Hill with a cooking demonstration by Chef Tony and general manager and chef of Five & Dine and The Fish Market Selena Kelemen. Lunch: $15. Reservations are required. RSVP 508-397-2273 or YCNreservations@yahoo.com by 10 p.m. Thursday.


▪ Free nutrition seminars that focus on chronic illnesses will be offered by Winthrop University nutrition students at the York County Free Clinic, 410 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, through March. Students led by Dr. Danielle Nunnery of Winthrop's Human Nutrition department will provide nutrition information for people with hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, kidney disease, and weight issues. Topics and times are: High Cholesterol/Cardiovascular Disease: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; Diabetes: 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 20; Kidney/Renal: 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 26. Space is limited. Reserve a seat at 803-366-6337.

York County Library

▪ The York County Library in Rock Hill offers the following free programs:

Walking in My Womanness by Yolanda Bynum, 6-7 p.m. Thursday. Let author and keynote speaker, Bynum, takes you on a witty and candid ride through her childhood and onward that just may spark a little insight into your own personal development. Register at events.yclibrary.org or 803-981-5858.

Baby Playdate, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Bring only children who are registered. Caregivers must be present. Ages birth-23 months. Limit 25. Register online or call 803-981-5888.

Preschool Storytime, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Tuesday. Story time for ages 3-5 and caregivers. Due to space limitations, day care centers and other large groups call 803-981-5888 for appropriate programs. No registration required.

Code-A-Bot: Lego Edition, 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday. Explore the basics of coding with Lego robotics. Ages 7-11. Limit 12. Register online or call 803-981-5888.

Teen Tech Week Drop-In, 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday. Celebrate Teen Tech Week by trying out fun technology. Ages 11-17. No registration required.

Toddler Playdate, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Toys and games provided. Bring only children who are registered. Caregivers must be present. Ages 24-35 months. Limit 25. Register online or call 803-981-5888.

Exercise for Seniors, 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday. Start moving and strengthen your muscles and tendons. Activities will include stretching and line dancing. Register online or call 803-981-5845.

Genealogy Class: Military Records, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Learn the types of military records available at the library, online, and at state and national archives, and how to access them. Adults and teens. Register online or call 803-981-5845.


▪ Fort Mill Community Playhouse, presents “The Savannah Sipping Society,” a Jones Hope Wooten comedy, at the playhouse, 220 Main St. Show times are 7:30 p.m. March 9-10, and 16-17 and 3 p.m. March 11 and 18. Tickets: $18, adults and $13, students. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are recommended at fortmillplayhouse.org or 803-548-8102. Tickets available at Tega Cay Pharmacy or Crossings on Main; check or cash only.

Hunger relief

▪ Second Harvest Partners, sponsored by Providence Presbytery, hunger relief site, 9 a.m. Thursday at Green Pond United Methodist Church, 983 Bethel St., Clover. Volunteers will distribute food to participants who meet USDA eligibility income guidelines. Details: Catawba Area Agency on Aging at 803-329-9670.

Support groups

▪ Adult Enrichment Center of Rock Hill caregiver support group, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, 359 Park Ave. Details: 803-327-7448.

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