Community news for York, Chester and Lancaster counties, Sept. 25, 2016

All York County branches of the public library are collecting food to help area pantries. Each food item dropped off through Friday pays off $1 in overdue fines.
All York County branches of the public library are collecting food to help area pantries. Each food item dropped off through Friday pays off $1 in overdue fines. Herald file photo

Historic Rock Hill and the Women’s Art Initiative will celebrate the preservation group’s 30th anniversary and the dedication of the Initiative’s first public art piece, “Ann Evolving,” from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 4, at the White Home at 258 E. White St., Rock Hill.

Designed by artist Kathy Bruce of New York City, the 18-foot sculpture is the first piece commissioned by the Women’s Art Initiative, a group of women aspiring to enhance the quality of life through public art. The piece represents Ann Hutchison White, the “mother of Rock Hill” who lived in the White Home that was built in 1839.

The steel bands and rods of the 8-foot wide hoop skirt form a trellis for cross vines and Confederate jasmine. Her hair is represented by strands of metal rods arching from her head to the ground. The dress is styled after fashion from the Civil War period, and the front panel is reminiscent of the woodwork pattern of the White Home balcony.

To register for the event, call Historic Rock Hill at 803-329-1020 or visit

Special events

▪ The Rock Hill Music Club Annual Concert and Reception will be 3 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Frances Mae Barnes Recital Hall at Winthrop University. Featured musicians will be Winthrop University Rock Hill Music Scholarship recipients Noah Bruening, Elizabeth Burgos, Hannah Jessup, Nathan Matthews, Joseph R. Ritchie, Veronica Weygandt and Naeisha Wise. The Rock Hill Music Club presents this free concert and reception as its gift to the community. As part of their support for promising young musicians, the club is awarding 17 music awards and scholarships to band, choral, and strings musicians from three local high schools, five Winthrop University music majors, one French Horn Society student, one York County Choral Society student, and one South Carolina Federation of Music Clubs Summer Camp scholarship.

▪ The American Legion Frank Roach Post No. 34 will host an all veterans’ family fun day and Crazy Kidz Carnival, 2-5:30 p.m. Oct. 6. The free event includes live music, face painting, balloon artist, corn hole, inflatables, food and prizes. All area veterans and their families are invited.

▪ Black Authors Expo will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct 8 at Union Baptist Church, 1195 Hands Mill Road, Rock Hill. Event features author readings, book sales and signings, door prizes, and gifts for all. Tickets are $12 of which a $1 will go to the American Cancer Society. For tickets, call Cleopatra Allen at 240-463-4314.

▪ The South Carolina Film Commission will host a special screening of “Outcast” episodes one and two from season one at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Sylvia Theater in York. The “Outcast” crew has been filming in York County. Free admission, popcorn, drinks and giveaways.

▪ Lando-Manetta Mills History Center will host its annual Lando Days festival and Car Show 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 1 at 3801 Lando Road. Car Show signups begin at 9 a.m. The festival includes mini train rides, bouncy huts, museum tours, the Chester Gun and 6th SC Volunteers and live music all day. Vendors will be on hand and door prizes will be given. Barbecue, hot dog plates and baked goods available for sale. Free admission. For information, call 803-789-6361.

▪ Fall Frolic on the Anne Springs Close Greenway, Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 1-30, features a 4-acre corn maze, wagon rides, pumpkin patch. In its seventh year, the festival’s most popular activities will be back, including the new Greenway petting zoo, pedal carts, horse rides, face painting, kayaking and more. Cost is $10 for members and $12 for non-members and includes wagon rides, corn maze, petting zoo, pedal carts and other kid-focused activities. Seniors (60 and older) and active military personnel are $6 and age 4 four and younger, free. Groups of 15 or more, $10 per person. Lead-line horse rides and kayaking available at $5 per ride. Horse rides are available on Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. Food trucks and beverage vendors will be on hand each weekend. Parking is $5 per car.

▪ The Winthrop University Women’s and Gender Studies program and Safe Zone presents “WU: An Inclusive Community,” a series of three discussions on sexual orientation, identity and transgender. The series will be at 7 p.m. in Whitton Auditorium. O’Neale Atkinson from Time Out Youth in Charlotte will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Whitton Auditorium on LGBTQ youth with a panel discuss after. Dr. Jennifer Leigh Disney will speak Oct. 5 examining the relations between categories of identity. Charleston Trans model and LGBT activist Jaisee Greene discusses the issues facing transgender people Nov. 15.

▪ Grace Lutheran Church has installed a new amplification system that magnetically transmits sound to hearing aids and cochlear implants through wiring in the church that surrounds the sanctuary to help hard of hearing members participate more fully in worship services. The church has invited area churches for demonstrations at 6 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grace, 426 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill.

▪ Winthrop University English Professor Gregg Hecimovich will speak at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at the annual dinner meeting of the Friends of Dacus Library in the Tuttle Dining Room in McBryde Hall. He will talk about his upcoming book, “The True Story of Hannah Crafts, America’s First Black Female Novelist.” Tickets, $18. For information, contact Ronnie W. Faulkner at or call 803-323-2262 by Tuesday. ▪ 


▪ Epiphany Lutheran Church will host its fifth annual Oktoberfest, 3-7 p.m. Saturday featuring traditional German food, beer and music, at the church on West Main Street, Rock Hill. Bounce house for children. Free parking and admission. Accepting canned-goods donations for local food pantries.

▪ The Fort Mill YMCA will host a community yard sale 7 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Y in Baxter Village. All proceeds will go to the 2017 annual campaign.

▪ York Preparatory Academy will host a Fall Festival, Oct. 1 at the school, Golden Gate Court Rock Hill. The all day event include a 5K fun run, inflatables, car show, hay rides, petting zoo, fish fry, concessions and more. Open to the community.

▪ York County libraries will be collecting “Food for Fines” through Friday to encourage the return of overdue library materials and help the community at the same time. Library users may pay off fines with nonperishable food and toiletries. For each donated item, $1 will be credited to outstanding fines. This program will not cover the cost of lost or damaged materials. All donations will help restock the Pilgrims’ Inn food pantry.

▪ All Saints Womens Organization is seeking crafters for its craft fair and bazaar, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 22 at All Saint Catholic Church in Lake Wylie. Booths are $10 and $20 depending on size. A yards sale will be set up outside and booths are available for the same size. For information, contact KeithaLea Lauson at or call 315-323-0558.

▪ Clover Wesleyan Church will have its inaugural Chili Cookoff, 5 p.m. Oct. 8. Winner will get a prize. Cost is $10 to enter and contestants must bring 10 quarts of chili and extension cord. Admission to the tasting, which includes cornbread and tea, is $7, adults; $5, age 70 and older; $4, ages 4-12 and free, age 3 and younger. To enter, call 803-371-8351.


▪ Fort Mill Community Playhouse presents Impromptu, an a cappella ensemble, 7 p.m. Saturday at the playhouse, 220 Main St. Tickets, $12. Limited seating. Reservations recommended by calling 803-548-8102 or go to


▪ Daffodil varieties will be the topic of First Friday in the Garden, 11 a.m. Oct. 7, at the Glencairn Garden Learning Center, 826 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson will lead the program.


▪ The Vintage Club of Tega Cay’s monthly dinner and entertainment will be 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Phil Glennon Community Center. Cocktails at 6 p.m. Bingo with prizes after dinner. The club is open the residents of Tega Cay age 50 and older. For information, email or call 704-651-0047.

Food assistance

▪ Catawba Area Agency on Aging is now accepting SNAP (food assistance) applications for seniors. For information, call 803-329- 9670 or 800-662- 8330.


▪ The Upper Palmetto YMCA annual Ski Trip to Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., will be Feb. 11-16 at Timberline Condominiums in Snowmass. If you have never skied in the West, this is the trip for you. The package includes a range of rooming options; transfers to and from the airport and from the airport in Aspen to the Timberline; luggage service; four-day lift ticket to Snowmass, Aspen, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk ski areas; shuttle service and a welcome dinner reception and slope side picnic. For information, contact Jimmy Johnson at or at 803-324-9622 ext. 228. Discounts are available before Nov. 15. Details at under any branch.


▪ Family Trust Investment Services will present two workshops in October at the Family Trust Federal Credit Union branch at 430 Mercantile Place in Fort Mill. Both begin at 6 p.m. Matt Griffin, FTIS financial consultant, will lead “Budgeting into Retirement” Oct. 13. Topics include calculating healthcare costs, when it’s best to begin withdrawing Social Security, and determining the amount of money you’ll need to maintain your desired lifestyle. Jason Driver, FTIS financial consultant, will give an overview of the 529 College Savings Plan Oct. 18. He’ll review benefits, how to set up a plan, and when and how to make withdrawals and deposits. Both workshops are free and open to the public. Contact Catherine Liebler at 367-4158 or to register. Registration deadline is Oct. 11.


▪ The Freedom Walkway Interpretation Committee is seeking nominations of individuals or groups who have made a significant contribution to the cause of justice and equality for all citizens. Nomination forms and instructions are at Nominations are due by Oct. 6. For information, email Sally Baker at

Voter registration

▪ North Central Family Medical Center offers voter registration 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at 1131 Saluda St., Rock Hill. Walk in or call 803-325-7744 ext. 236 for an appointment. The last day to register is Oct. 8.


▪ Lake Wylie Shag Club offers shag-dance lessons and line-dance lessons for $1 Tuesdays at Mickey’s Shag Shack,1685 Katy Lane, Fort Mill. Line-dance lessons begin 6 p.m. and shag-dance lessons 7:30 p.m.


▪ Former students from Hillcrest Elementary School will meet 11 a.m. Oct. 8 at Foundation AME Zion Church, Neely Store Road, Rock Hill.

▪ The Parker Family Reunion will be Oct. 1 at Unity Baptist Church, Hickory Grove for the grandchildren of Hamp Brown, Alice Peterson, Della Patterson, Ida Parker, John “Chick” Parker. For information contact, Dana Parker DiPasquale at or call 803-385-1658

▪ The 53rd annual Curry Family Reunion will be Oct. 9 at Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church, 1660 Pleasant Grove Road, Chester. Church service at 11 a.m. and picnic lunch at 1 p.m. All Curry descendants, cousins and family friends welcome. For information, contace Randy Perry Sears, 317 Red Fox Road, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579 or email

Support groups

▪ 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 803-547-2124 or 704-904-7834.

▪ Al-Anon meets 8 p.m. Mondays at Serenity Club, 209 Grayson Road, Rock Hill; noon Tuesdays at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, 421 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill; 8 p.m. Mondays at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 S.C. 160, Fort Mill; and 8 p.m. Tuesdays in the house beside First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill.

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