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Two about Town

Barbara and Scott James, Vintage Celebration volunteers, watch Dave Holman pop the first cork at the 14th annual Vintage Celebration, held Aug. 4 at the Museum of York County. The event, a York County tradition, includes a live and silent auction to benefit the Culture and Heritage Museums programs as well as an opportunity to experience and learn about wines.
Barbara and Scott James, Vintage Celebration volunteers, watch Dave Holman pop the first cork at the 14th annual Vintage Celebration, held Aug. 4 at the Museum of York County. The event, a York County tradition, includes a live and silent auction to benefit the Culture and Heritage Museums programs as well as an opportunity to experience and learn about wines.

There's a lot going on in our community and we want you to know about it.

Starting today, we launch a new column, Two about Town, in The Herald. Through the column, we'll offer an insider's view of community fundraisers and social events.

We refer to ourselves as "insiders" because, between the two of us, we have more than 40 years of experience in events at the Museum of York County and other museums under the Culture and Heritage Museums management.

We hired caterers, arranged flowers and ordered tents, tables, chairs and glasses. We checked out bands, worked with designers on printed invitations, mailed them and anxiously waited on reservations. And, yes, we helped clean up when it was over.

When we retired, we thought that our "event days" were over.

But here we are, attending more events to give you our unique perspective. We hope to show what a vital role such events play for non-profit groups.

These sorts of events are fun, and the guests have a good time. We will show people having fun and also recognize the volunteers without whom events would be impossible.

The column will be presented primarily through photographs and captions, and it will usually appear every other Sunday in the Lifestyles section.

So let us know what is happening at your organization. We will cover nonprofit, charitable and community group functions. In general, we won't cover political functions, for-profit happenings or individual school and church events.

You can reach us via e-mail at abouttown@heraldonline.com. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you about town.

Meet the women ...

Geraldine Sherman: I was born in Chase City, Va., where my mother has been a newspaper society editor for more than 40 years, and I am looking forward to continuing this tradition. I retired in 2006 from the Museum of York County, where I held jobs from answering phones to marketing. My last position was special events manager; I put on parties with the help of staff and faithful volunteers. My husband and I live in Fort Mill. We have two children and four grandchildren.

Ann Spencer: -I'm a native Rock Hillian, and I worked at the Museum of York County for 25 years. I began as docent coordinator and worked as community relations director, in marketing and public relations, as newsletter editor, development director and director of the Culture and Heritage Foundation. I started the Great Museums Great Cities travel program that took museum members all over the world. I've been involved in many organizations, serving on the Chamber of Commerce board, as president of the Junior Welfare League, chair of the Olde English Tourism District and as the first woman president of the Rock Hill City Club. I'm married to Bill Spencer, and we have three children and six grandchildren.

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