Fun things to do abound in York, Lancaster and Chester counties

Historic Brattonsville interpreter cooks over an open hearth. It’s one of the on-going activities at “By Way of the Back Door,” each Saturday in February at the site in McConnells
Historic Brattonsville interpreter cooks over an open hearth. It’s one of the on-going activities at “By Way of the Back Door,” each Saturday in February at the site in McConnells Courtsey

Special events

▪ Bethel United Methodist Church Soup Kitchen, 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the church on Curtis Avenue, Rock Hill. Open to the community. Donations accepted. The kitchen is open Thursdays through March.

▪ Winthrop University’s Spanish Club Tertulia Spanish Film series at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in February and March 6 and at 9:15 p.m. March 8 in Dina’s Place in the DiGorgio Center, Rock Hill. The films will be shown in their original languages with English subtitles. Admission is free.

▪ Saturdays in February, Historic Brattonsville will feature guided tours to interpret African-American history and culture in the Carolina Piedmont at the site 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. “By Way of the Back Door,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. beginning Saturday tell the stories of the enslaved families and their way of life from the American Revolution to the Reconstruction Era. Ongoing activities include historical cooking over wood fires. Admission: adults, $8; seniors, $7; ages 4-17, $5. Details:

▪ The 18th annual observation of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Feb. 7. To commemorate this day, Affinity Health Center will provide HIV testing for the public 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at the center, 500 Lakeshore Parkway, Rock Hill. The first 20 people to be tested will receive a gift card. Free HIV, HEP C, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing also is available 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday. No appointments necessary. Details: or 803-909-9710.

▪ Camp High Hopes and Boyd Hill Baptist Brotherhood Ministry, Valentine Community Dance, 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 10 at Boyd Hill Richard E. Sandifer Life Center, 310 Glenn St., Rock Hill. Free to students. Free food and prizes. Wear red. Nazareth and Union Baptist churches are co-sponsors.


▪ Epiphany Lutheran Church’s 10th annual Chocolate Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill. The event includes Chocolate Cafe cupcakes, bake sale, ice cream, chocolate delights, chocolate chili, wine tasting and bounce house. Admission is free.

▪ York Cougar Bands winter Fish Fry 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at York Middle School, Devinney Road. Plates, $10 and include all-you-can-eat fish, fries or baked potato, coleslaw and hush puppies. Proceeds go to the band’s trip to Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York where they will perform in Carnegie Hall.

▪ Haven Men’s Shelter 11th annual Super Bowl Party and fundraiser, Sunday at Magnolia Room at Laurel Creek, 4017 Laurel Creek Drive, Rock Hill. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event includes multiple television screens, open bar, oysters and tailgate fare. Tickets: $60 in advance; $65 at the door. For tickets: or 803-328-0052.

▪ Fort Mill Community Playhouse presents “Love Letters,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 starring Polly Adkins and Mike Collins. The single performance is a capital campaign fundraiser. Dessert and champagne served at intermission. Tickets: $25. Reservations required: of 803-548-8102.

▪ Newcomers Club of York County’s monthly meeting and “Bingo Fundraiser,” 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at Palmetto Room, 150 E. White St., Rock Hill. Five & Dine will provide lunch. Cost is $16. The fundraiser will open to the public at 12:45 pm, $10 at the door. Five bingo games start at 1:15 p.m. Packs of five cards are $10 each and members can play as many packs as they like. Individual cards are $3 each. Cover all prize is a $100 Pump House gift certificate and wine. Proceeds benefit year-end charities. Reservations required. Call 508-397-2273 or by 10 p.m. Feb. 8.


▪ Fort Mill Care Center’s annual board meeting, 10 a.m. Feb. 14 at the care center, 2760 Old Nation Road.


▪ Allison Creek Bluegrass hosts Southern Express, a traditional bluegrass band, 7 p.m. Thursday at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, S.C. 274 at Allison Creek Road, York. Doors open at 6 p.m. Food service at 6:30 p.m. Details:


▪ Plant expert and author Allan Armitage is keynote speaker Feb. 24 for 13th Joy of Gardening Symposium at Gateway Conference Center, Richburg. Armitage, professor of horticulture emeritus at University of Georgia, has written 16 books including “Of Naked Ladies and Forget-Me-Nots: Stories Behind Common Names of Some of our Favorite Plants.” He will lead a breakout session on “Great Perennials for the Piedmont,” and his books will be available for sale. Other presenters include Patrick Larkin, executive director of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden; Bill Rogers of Winthrop University, an authority on native birds; Clemson Extension horticulture agents Paul Thompson and Andy Rollins; and Todd Beasley, director of horticulture and facilities at Stowe Garden. Admission, $65, includes lunch, shopping with garden-related vendors and a door prizes. Details:


▪ Lancaster Genealogy Club offers how to use the internet for genealogical research, 1 p.m. Feb. 10 at Native American Studies Center conference room, Main Street. Free and open to the public. Attendees can bring family trees or research information. Details: 803-273-9909.

▪ Chester County Arts Council adult BYOB acrylic art class, 5:30-7;30 p.m. Feb. 13 with artist Penelope Winslow at the arts council, 123 Main St. Create a Valentine-themed painting. All supplies included. Registration: $35, members; $38, non members. Deadline, Feb. 8. Register at 803-581-2030 or

York County Library

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

Coloring Club for Adults, 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Monday. Coloring sheets, colored pencils and other coloring tools provided, or bring your own. Bring a bag lunch. Adults only. Register online or call 803-981-5845.

Chess Club, 4:30-6 p.m. Monday and Feb. 12. Play or learn to play chess. Ages 17 and under. No registration required.

Robotics Team meetings, 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 15. Learn how to program robotics equipment and compete in challenges. Ages 11-17. Register online or call 803-981-5830.

Sensory Storytime, 6-7 p.m. Thursday. Books, songs, movement, sensory experiences and playtime for all children, especially those with sensory integration challenges. Ages 11 and under, with adult. No registration required.

Computer Lab Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon Friday and Feb. 16. Get answers to computer or tablet questions. No registration required. This is a drop-in class.

Genealogy Group, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturday. This small support group meets once a month to discuss our research, techniques, new sources and help each other learn more about family history. All skill levels welcome. No registration necessary.

Black History Month Movies, 1-3:15 p.m. Saturday. The story of a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision. Rated PG-13. Bring lunch; light refreshments provided. For ages 18 and older. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

Black History Jeopardy, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Test your knowledge of Black History against others, as well as how to answer in the form of a question. Law librarian and Black History aficionado Melanie Creech will host. Light refreshments will be served. Registration not required.


▪ Registration for Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s Spring Youth Sports, Jan. 29-Feb. 16. The following are offered: soccer, ages 5-13 as of March 31; baseball, ages 9-13 as of April 30 and girls softball, ages 7-12 as of April 30. Register during office hours at Manchester Meadows, PRT Office (room 390) at City Hall, and at the four recreation centers. The Cherry Park Tower location is temporarily closed. Bring a copy of your birth certificate. Returning players with a birth certificate in the system may register online at if they have a current email address on file. A registration brochure with details is available at Questions: 803-326-3792 or 803-329-5672. Volunteer coaches are needed: soccer, 803-326-2634; girls softball, 803-325-2585; or baseball, 803-326-3848.

Tax assistance

▪ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will open at Rock Hill City Hall in the Wellness Center for free tax-preparation assistance. Volunteers are I.R.S. certified and trained by the SC and NC Department of Revenues. Volunteers will electronically file federal and states income tax returns. It is fast, accurate and secure.

Site locations:

Rock Hill City Hall on the first floor in the Wellness Center, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday Jan. 29-April 16. No return started after 4 p.m.

▪ Winthrop University in the DiGiorgio Center second floor, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 2-March 30.

▪ York Technical College in Building A, second floor computer lab, 9 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday Jan. 30-April 12 and 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays Feb. 3-April 14.

Saturdays in February:

▪ Rock Hill Galleria at 2301 Dave Lyle Boulevard, Rock Hill, 10 a.m.-4 p.m, Feb. 3.

▪ Leroy Springs Recreation Complex, 971 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, and Clover Public Library, 107 Knox St., 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Feb. 3, 10 and 17.

Bring current year’s tax forms, W-2 and 1099s. Information regarding other income. Information for all deductions/credits. A copy of last year’s tax return. Proof of account for direct deposit of refund (voided check). Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification cards for you, spouse and dependents. Proof of identification for yourself and spouse.


▪ Agape Hospice volunteer drop-in, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday at 1326 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. Details: 803-329-4544.

▪ Lake Wylie Assisted Living volunteer orientation, 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 7 at 4877 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie. Details: 803-831-9900 or 803-526-5774.


▪ Former Hillcrest Elementary School students, noon Saturday at Tabernacle AME Zion Church, 320 Old Friendship Road, Rock Hill.

▪ Rock Hill High School Class of 1968 50th reunion, April 20-21. Details:

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