Fort Mill Times

Battle re-enactment includes new events July 12-13 at Brattonsville


Turfgrass talk

Friday in the Garden, 11 a.m. July 11, Learning Center, 835 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson will lead the session on “Turfgrass Insects and Diseases.” The date for the First Friday in the Garden has been changed because the Glencairn Garden Learning Center was closed July 4. Friday in the Garden is a free public service of the Master Gardeners of York County, Clemson Extension Service and the Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

Library magic

Magical Scientific Reading Extravaganza, 10:30 a.m. July 11, Lake Wylie Public Library, 185 Blucher Circle. Magician Chad Crews will perform scientific experiments with a magical twist, incorporating comedy, music, storytelling and an appearance by one of his critters. For pre-kindergartners to fifth-graders. 803-831-7774


Get lucky

Gettin’ Lucky on the Lake, 3-9 p.m. July 12, The Red Fez Club, Steele Creek. A benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with reverse raffle for $1,000 grand prize, music, food and games.

Grapettes reunion

S.C. Grape Festival Grapettes reunion, 10 a.m.-noon July 12, The Market at Inman Farms, 1101 Black Hwy., York. From 1965 to 1979, York celebrated being at the forefront of South Carolina becoming a major grape producing state with the South Carolina Grape Festival, which included Inman Farms as a grape producer. Part of the fun of the festival was being chosen as a Grapette and queen of the festival. All former Grapettes are invited to this reunion. Reservations requested: or call 803-207-6682.

African Wildlife

WildLife, July 12, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. This family-friendly event usually focuses on African wildlife. Learn about African culture through the Mint Museum’s African Art Trunk by interacting with original masks, textiles and artifacts. Free with garden admission: adults, $12; seniors 60 and older, $10; and children 4-12, $6. 704-825-4490;

Huck’s Defeat

Battle of Huck’s Defeat re-enactment, July 12-13, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3p.m. Sunday. The American Revolutionary skirmish of July 12, 1780, will include the living history museum July 12-13. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new battlefield site will be at 1 p.m. July 12. Culture & Heritage Museums’ historian Michael Scoggins will lead a guided tour at 3 p.m. Taking the field for the first time will be Historic Brattonsville’s first loyalist garrison and the New York Volunteers, who were participants in the historic event. The Battle of Musgrove Mill also will be re-enacted July 12. The re-enactment of the Battle of Hanging Rock, which was the first military engagement for Andrew Jackson, will be held July 13. Activities also include 18th century music and dancing, cavalry weapons demonstrations, a Uniform Lecture, Kid’s Militia Drill, a memorial wreath-laying ceremony led by Col. William Bratton Chapter SC Sons of the American Revolution, and an 18th century worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday in the Oak Grove. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Funding for Huck’s Defeat Battlefield Project was provided in part by the York County Hospitality Tax Program and the National Park Service. Admission: adults, $6, seniors $5; youth ages 4-17, $3. Active duty military personnel and their families get in free. 803-684-2327;


Catawba Indians

“The Catawba Indians: People of the River,” 2 p.m. July 13, Schiele Museum, Gastonia. Native American culture comes alive in this special presentation by Keith Little Bear Brown, a Catawba potter and storyteller. Learn about the legends and lore of the Catawba Indian Nation – The People of the River. Free with museum admission. 704-866-6908;


S.C. boundary exhibit

“The Shaping of South Carolina” exhibit, Fort Mill Historical Society, 301 N. White St., Fort Mill. Exhibit details the disputes, politics and science surrounding the state’s boundary lines from colonial times to the present. Features original maps from the collection of the South Carolina Historical Society, and the Springs Close Family Archives and quotations concerning the science of surveying from noted surveyor and Revolutionary hero, Gen. William Moultrie. In addition, the exhibit highlights the borders in contention today. Open Wednesday-Saturday. 803-802-3646;

Woodland Indians

The Woodland Indians, 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Aug. 12, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Visit the Catawba Village to discover how local American Indians used plants, animals and even the earth to provide for tools, clothing, food and shelter. Free with museum admission. 704-866-6908;

Gem mining

Gemstone Mining, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, through Aug. 12, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Find mineral treasures like garnets, topaz, rubies, emeralds and rose quartz. Participants keep everything found. Cost: $4 with museum admission per person, $4 for Schiele members. 704-866-6908;

Native movies

Movie Mondays Go Native, 2 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 18, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Enjoy movies on the big screen in the museum’s auditorium with family-friendly films about American Indians. Free with museum admission. 704-866-6908;


Let’s experiment

Mad Scientist Party, 5-6:30 p.m. July 17, Lake Wylie Public Library, 185 Blucher Circle. Rising sixth- to 12th-graders will perform experiments using items found in the kitchen. Participants should wear old clothes. To register: 803-831-7774.

Spirit Night

Double Spirit Night, 5 p.m. July 17, SweetFrog, 572 John Ross Pkwy., and Fuel Pizza, 1910 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill, in honor of Jordan Diggs, a Chester-area teen who needs a kidney transplant. 10 percent of all receipts go to COTA for Diggs. 803-374-7580;

Nutrition 101

Nutrition Series: Holistic Nutrition 101, 10:30 a.m.-noon July 17, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Tracey W. Fox. Learn how to properly fuel your body with whole foods and holistic nutrition principles. Cost: $15 for garden members; $20 for nonmembers. 704-825-4490;

Grow organic

Organic Vegetable Gardening, 6:30-7:30 p.m. July 17, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Matt Kokenes, Microfarm Organic Gardens. Learn how to plant a garden with healthy vegetables. Cost: $5 for garden members, $15 for nonmembers. 704-825-4490;

Book sale

Friends of the Library Book Sale, July 17-19, First ARP Church gymnasium, 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. Thousands of books for all ages will be for sale, priced at $2 per inch, measuring the height of the book stack. DVDs and audio books will be for sale. Opening night for Friends members will be 5-8 p.m. July 17. Memberships will be sold at the door for $15 for individuals, $25 for families. The sale opens to the public: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. July 18 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 19. All items will be half price July 19. Proceeds go to York County Library programs. 803-981-5837;

Music at the lake

Trial by Fire, a national Journey Tribute Band, performs, 9-11 p.m. July 18, Lake Wylie Bowl N’ Bounce. Opening band Principle Skinner at 8:30 p.m. Cost: $5 at the door. 803-831-2553;

Lawnmower racing

Bounty At The Bottom Race, July 18-19, Phatbottom Speedway, 2610 Jim McCarter Road, York, presented with York County Lawn Mower Racing Association. Fundraiser for Shriners Club of York County. Children’s area and events, as well as 50/50 drawing, fireworks Friday and vendors Saturday. Event times: 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $5 adult each day; free for children 10 and younger. 704-451-3751, 803-242-4671;

At the library

“Rumpelstiltskin,” 10:30 a.m. July 18, Lake Wylie Public Library, 185 Blucher Circle. Porkchop Productions brings its fractured take on the famous tale with a miserly king who tries to figure out how to turn straw into gold. For pre-kindergartners to fifth-graders. 803-831-7774

Robots invade

Clash of the Bots V, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 19, The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. Join the excitement as robots play hockey and clash together in all-out battles of finesse and brute strength. Discover how robots are built and how robotics increasingly plays a beneficial role in society. Cost: $3 in addition to museum admission. 704-866-6908;