Fort Mill Times

Things to do in the Lake Wylie area

Singer-songwriter Marti Jones and recording artist and mega-producer Don Dixon perform March 19 in Rock Hill.
Singer-songwriter Marti Jones and recording artist and mega-producer Don Dixon perform March 19 in Rock Hill. Arts Council of York County

March 11

Transitions Simplified

A free seminar using a five-step process designed to help people making transitions to a new life stage (after children) have an easy and effective transition vs. feeling overwhelmed. Refreshments will be served, and there will be door prizes. Reservations requested. Glennon Center, 15083 Molokai, Tega Cay. 803-818-1182.

10-11:30 a.m.

March 12-13

Camellia Flower Show and Plant Sale

Visitors can see hundreds of blooms of the winners of the society’s annual camellia competition, buy camellia plants and register for a drawing to win a free camellia plant at the annual two-day Charlotte Camellia Society Flower Show and Plant Sale. Free event. Historic White Home, 258 E. White St., Rock Hill. 803-984-3237.

1-5 p.m. March 12, 1:30-5 p.m. March 13

March 13

Signs of Spring

The second Sunday of every month, learn about seasonal happenings at the McDowell Nature Preserve in Steele Creek. Discover winter transitions into spring by exploring chirping birds, green leaves, singing frogs and other signs of spring. Includes a 1-mile hike on uneven terrain. For ages 8 and older. Free; registration required. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes and bring bottled water. McDowell Nature Center, Steele Creek. 704-588-5224.

3-4:15 p.m.

March 14

Music in the Isles

A salute to Ireland. Carolina Pro Musica, period instruments and voice. Abbey Basilica, 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road, Belmont. Free admission, donations accepted.

8 p.m.

March 19

St. Patrick’s Day Festival

18th annual festival hosted by the Town of Clover. Features Leprechaun Leap 5K Run/Walk for YMCA’s special needs programs and Dog Show. Awards for best dressed in Irish costume for people and dogs. Festival admission and live entertainment, including Lauren Light, free. Kids carnival rids with tickets. Register for contests and events online. Downtown Clover along Main Street. 803-222-9493.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Legendary Duo returns

Singer-songwriter Marti Jones, and recording artist and mega-producer Don Dixon performing. Dixon, a Lancaster native, will perform with his wife singer/songwriter Marti Jones. His producing and session credits include working with REM, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Hootie & the Blowfish, The Smithereens, Joe Cocker. Jones was originally with the band Color Me Gone and has released many solo albums. Tickets: $27 advance; $32 at the door. Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill. 803-328-2787.

7 p.m.

Horticultural Highlight Walk

Join horticulture staff on a custom tour highlighting what’s in bloom, seasonally relevant gardening tips and behind-the-scenes details. Free with garden admission. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-829-1252.

1 p.m.

Photographing Orchids with Natural Light

Instruction provided by Julie McMillan, owner of Silver Birch Studio Photography. Cost: $46. Register online. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-829-1252.

9:30 a.m.-noon

March 20

Digital SLR V: Portraits

Instruction provided by Dave Kelly, owner DEK Photography, discuss classic portrait poses and lighting techniques. Lecture and in the field portrait photography included. Cost: $46 . Register online. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-829-1252.

1:30-4 p.m.

March 23

McDowell’s Creature Feature

Drop by for a visit with a McDowel Nature Center naturalist and chat about favorite creatures at the park. Each session will focus on a different animal species. For ages 3 and older. Free. Registration required. McDowell Nature Center, Steele Creek. 704-588-5224.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Discovery Day

Help record the history of the Rock Hill Printing & Finishing Co. The Bleachery by bringing photos, news articles, memos, newsletters, advertisements, fabric samples or objects. The Bleachery operated 1929-1998 and was one of the nation’s largest textile finishing plants at its peak. Family Trust Federal Credit Union, 225 W. White St., Rock Hill. 803-684-3948.

1-5 p.m.

March 25

Girl Scout Fun Day

Celebrate National Girl Scout Week with activities like hunting for bugs, geocaching and fort building. Then relax and roast s’mores around the campfire. For ages 5-17. Daisy Scouts must have an adult attend; other parents may drop-off or participate. Registration required. Cost: 5. McDowell Nature Center, Steele Creek. 704-588-5224.

1:30-4 p.m.

March 26

Children’s Day on the Farm

This family event at Historic Brattonsville celebrates farm life in the Carolina Piedmont during the 18th and 19th centuries. A team of draft horses will be plowing fields. Newborn animals will be welcoming visitors to the 800-acre living history plantation. Hands-on activities include candle-dipping, blacksmithing, and food preparations in the way of the early settlers of the Carolina Backcountry. Pony and wagon rides available for fee. Palmetto Blue will perform. The Plated Pallette offers food concessions for sale. Admission: adults, $8; seniors, $6; ages 4-17, $4. Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. 803-684-2327.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

March 28-April 1

School’s Out Nature Days

Students in grades kindergarten to fifth can have fun outdoors while learning. Each day features themes plus hikes, games, live animals, crafts and more. Cost: $75. Registration required by March 25. Children will need to bring a lunch and snacks. Dress for the weather. McDowell Nature Center, Steele Creek. 704-588-5224.

9 a.m.-4 p.m.