Local farms take part in art, ag tour
Eighteen farms and farmstands and 23 artisans will participate this weekend in the Catawba Region Ag+Art Tour, the largest farm and art tour in the nation.
The self-guided tour, intended to generate interest in local farms, fresh foods and locally made traditional arts, will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 27 and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. June 28.
On Saturday, costumed interpreters will be at Historic Brattonsville in McConnells doing hands-on demonstrations in 18th-century gardening, blacksmithing and hearth cooking. Brattonsville will be one of the participating sites.
The 800-acre Brattonsville site is home to a flock of Gulf Coast sheep, Dominique chickens and Ossabaw Island hogs. Historic interpreters will be on site to demonstrate to the public why these animals were important to our ancestors.
The tour includes sites in York, Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster and Union counties. Local musicians and artisans will be performing their work and giving demonstrations at each site.
Other participating farms and sites in Western York County include:
▪ Black’s Peaches, 1800 Black Hwy., York.
▪ Bush-n-Vine, 1650 Filbert Hwy., York, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday only.
▪ J&J Family Farm, 1077 Wayfield Road, Clover.
▪ MyersArt and Farm, 1281 Legion Road, Hickory Grove.
▪ Peach Tree, 2077 Filbert Hwy., York.
▪ Pennell Barn, 395 Tirzah Road, York.
▪ Rock Ridge Farm, 542 Ridge Road, Clover.
▪ Sanders Peaches, U.S. 321, Filbert.
▪ Windy Hill Orchard, 1860 Black Hwy., York.
▪ Downtown York Farmer’s Market, 10 Smith St., York, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday only.
The Sarah Ann Comer 5K Run for Agriculture will be 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Inman Farm, 1101 Black Hwy., York. The race through Inman Farm was designed to honor the life of Comer, an agriculture advocate who died in a car wreck in September 2013. Registration will begin at 7 p.m. at the farm, which will be open only during the run.
The Ag+Art Tour is free and open to the public, and has drawn over 16,000 visitors since it began in 2012. Admission fees to Brattonsville are waived for the tour weekend.
Historical society to meet
The Yorkville Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25 at McCelvey Center. Andy Robinson of the York Police Department will speak. Visitors welcome.
Historical society to meet in Rock Hill
York County Genealogical & Historical Society will meet at 3 p.m. July 12 at The White Home, corner of East White Street and Elizabeth Lane in Rock Hill.
The White Home is a farmhouse in downtown Rock Hill that predates the town’s founding. Five generations of the White family lived there, beginning in 1839. In recent years, it has been acquired and restored by Historic Rock Hill, a nonprofit preservation organization. They will host a tour of the home and a description of the family who lived there.
The normal admission fee will not be charged for this meeting.
Arts council plans celebration
The Arts Council of York County will host the 36th annual Arts Celebration at 6 p.m. June 25 at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill. The event is free and open to the public.
The celebration includes highlights from the past year, presentations of the Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award and the Business & the Arts Award. Matthew Manwarren will perform on the new Steinway-Essex piano.
An exhibition of quilts by members of the York County Quilters’ Guild will be on display in the Williams & Fudge Gallery. A reception featuring light hors d’oeuvres and festive beverages will follow.
4-H compiling alumni directory
4-H Youth Development, a part of Clemson Extension Service in York County, is compiling a directory of 4-H alumni in hopes of building up the alumni community in York County. Email Faith Isreal at email@example.com, Ashley McCarter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-684-9919.
Lions offer veterans program
The River Hills/ Lake Wylie Lions Club will offer a new program, “Involve a U.S. Veteran,” which waives the club’s traditional $40 fee for retired or honorably discharged personnel from the U.S. military.
Eligible veterans include personnel from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard Services, Marines, National Guard, Navy or Reserves. The program also includes enlisted National Guard or Reserves.
For membership information, call 803-831-0911.
4-H offering beekeeping camp
4-H Youth Development, a part of Clemson Extension Service in York County, will host a beekeeping camp 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 28-29 for ages 5 to 19 at the York Extension Office 120 N. Congress St.
Campers will learn the basics of beekeeping, bee’s jobs in the colony including how pollination takes place, the parts of the hive, the equipment beekeepers use, and how honey is extracted.
The registration fee is $10. Call 803-684-9919.
PATH needs drivers to pick up food
PATH, or People Attempting to Help in York, a basic needs and food assistance agency, needs new volunteer drivers.
The agency needs teams of two people to drive to the Second Harvest food bank in Charlotte one Friday a month to shop for groceries for the food pantry.
PATH is at 204 Raille St. in York. Call 803-684-3992 for more information.