Come See Me Festival

Local artists, festival archives featured at Come-See-Me

Broadway Night at Come-See-Me brings a bit of the Great White Way to Rock Hill each year. In 2014, The Carolina Copy Cats Dance Team performs to “One” from “A Chorus Line.”
Broadway Night at Come-See-Me brings a bit of the Great White Way to Rock Hill each year. In 2014, The Carolina Copy Cats Dance Team performs to “One” from “A Chorus Line.” HERALD FILE

Exhibits featuring the history of Come-See-Me, the artwork of locals and frogs versus the environment are among the cultural offerings during this year’s festival.

Festival-goers are encouraged to test their knowledge of Come-See-Me through the years and discover the changes to the local landscape over the past 50 years at the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University, 700 N. Cherry Road.

The exhibit “Come-See-Me Festival: Past and Present” asks visitors to take a photo at the site and share it on Instagram using #csmfestival and posting it at the festival’s Facebook page. Also, “Beyond Snap! Crackle! Pop! The Story of American Illustrator Vernon Grant” by Linda D. Williams will be available for purchase.

For the art lover, “Home Grown: Works by York County Artists” will be on display in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts from Thursday through April 26. The exhibit features artwork by members of the Catawba River Art Guild, the Tega Cay Art Guild and the Yorkville Artists’ Guild.

Art and science come together in “The Disappearing Frogs Project,” coordinated by the Arts Council of York County at the Community Performance Center.

The exhibit, which runs throughout the festival, brings awareness to how challenged our amphibian friends are in today’s environment. Local frog art will be available to purchase to benefit the Amphibian Survival Alliance.

If you like mystery and the prehistoric, the planetarium show “Dinosaur Discovery” will be shown at the Museum of York County throughout Come-See-Me.

The educational presentation takes viewers to four different digs to explore how dinosaurs lived and died. Cost is included in the price of admission to the museum, which is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for youths.

The historic White Home is opening its doors during the festival to tell the story of Ann Hutchison White and the founding of the city of Rock Hill. The home’s newly added gardens are also part of the tour. Tickets, available on site, are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for youths and free for children 4 and under.

If you are into show tunes, Broadway Night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 23 will feature popular songs from various productions. The event is a competition to find the brightest star of the community and will be held at the auditorium at Sullivan Middle School.

For music, theater and dance lovers, Winthrop University has numerous performances to showcase student talent.

On April 17, 18 and 19, advanced Winthrop dance students take the stage at The Johnson Theatre to perform modern original dance works at a choreography showcase. Tickets are $15 and available at Johnson Hall.

There will be a lively, entertaining and eclectic mixture of one-act plays directed by advanced Winthrop theater students at the Spring One-Act Festival at 8 p.m. April 17 and 2 p.m. April 18 and 19 at the college’s Studio Theatre of Johnson Hall. The plays are geared to adults. Tickets are $15 and available at Johnson Hall.

Ireland comes to Rock Hill as Winthrop students create toe-tapping tunes, humorous stories and stirring songs during a performance by the Winthrop Irish Band: NA HLOLAIR at 7:30 p.m. April 25 at the university’s Barnes Recital Hall.

Local favorite Brandon Auten is performing on Christian Music Night at 7 p.m. April 17. Tickets are $5 in advance at Shepherd’s Fold Bookstore, or $6 at the door.