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Sumter Backyard Jamboree heralds early spring

The final Saturday of February will offer the perfect antidote for the frigid days of winter with Sumter Senior Services' 13th-annual Backyard Jamboree. And the big party will be presented at the … more

Club Digest

Sumter Art Association The Sumter Art Association met Jan. 16 at the Parish Life Building of Church of Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski called the meeting to order and welcomed 49 members present. Rosemary Drakeford gave a devotional … more

Jingle with the Arts returns to Sumter

Special to The Sumter ItemIt's been more than two decades since the Sumter Civic Dance Company presented its first "Jingle with the Arts," and the colorful show has brought talented performers to the Patriot Hall stage each December since. Inspired … more

Sumter County Library to celebrate 100 years

Special to The Sumter ItemThe Sumter County Library turns 100 years old Monday, and its friends - the Friends of the Library - are celebrating the occasion by hosting a party from 6 to 8 p.m. that evening. Friends president Sue Griffin said the … more

Furman Middle School to perform Annie Jr.

Lakewood Center for the Performing Arts will host a stage full of musical comedy's most beloved orphans for five performances of Annie Jr. On Jan. 11 through 13, more than two dozen of Furman Middle … more

Greeting rituals - some are charming, others not so much

I've never been especially fond of shaking hands. As a child, I rated it on the same level of disdain as being kissed by smothering, elderly ladies with the facial hair of a porcupine. Today, I'm … more

Art gallery opens 3 exhibitions Thursday

The Sumter County Gallery of Art will present exhibitions by three artists with very different perspectives on what it means to be a visual artist in the South and how these differences are expressed … more

Definition mission: A rhyming limerick for each English word

One man's joke has become his mission: to give each word a rhyming definition. Chris Strolin was teasing English buffs in an online forum years ago when he said the dictionary should be rewritten in the singsong rhyme scheme of limericks. He … more

Resist the Internet's grip with these tips

"22 of the Cutest Baby Animals," the headline said. "You won't believe number 11!" Despite an impending deadline - not to mention my skepticism (how cute could they possibly be?) - I clicked on … more

'A Very Southern Christmas'

The Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter will host its 67th annual Holiday House Tour and Tea in Sumter on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. This year, the theme of the tour is "A Very Southern Christmas" with five featured homes. The tour hours will be from … more

Club Digest: Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

NU MASTER CHAPTER OF BETA SIGMA PHI A chapter meeting was held on Oct. 19 at the home of Toni Burkhart. Discussion was held on service projects for United Ministries. Members will bring different items monthly to be donated to the … more

Sumter Artists' Guild Winners Show to open

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Sumter County Gallery of Art will open two exhibitions Thursday with a 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. reception at the gallery, 200 Hasell St. The much-anticipated Sumter Artists' Guild Winners Show and a solo exhibition titled "Once in … more

The Lettermen coming to Sumter Opera House for 1 show only

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lettermen, whose musical careers span more than five decades, will perform one night only at Sumter’s Opera House. The trio made famous by classic hits “The Way You … more

40 years later, Debby Boone is still lighting up our lives

BY NICK THOMAS Special to The Sumter Item Her recording of “You Light Up My Life” not only became a monster hit of 1977, but it also went on to become one of the most popular songs of the … more

Lord Clarendon Cotillion presents 7 debutantes

The Lord Clarendon Cotillion presented seven debutantes at its annual ball on Dec. 19, 2017, at Sunset Country Club in Sumter. more

It's only a month away -- Valentine's Day

Before the tech revolution, you might have sent a lock of hair, a printed photo or a perfumed note to a loved one far away. And of course, you can still do that. Or you can choose from an array of clever high- and low-tech Valentine's Day gifts … more

Plant is in-between being a shrub and an herb

The other day I was fiddling around on the internet, and I found a real blast from the past. Maybe you, like me, remember this particular kind of chewing gum called "teaberry." "Clark's Teaberry," to be precise. The ad on TV for this product … more

Christmas fun presented at SLT

Special to The Sumter Item"'Twas the Night Before Christmas" was written almost 200 years ago by Clement C. Moore; Ken Ludwig's play of the same name is much more recent, and it's a lot funnier. The play is Sumter Little Theatre's Christmas show, … more

Sumter Opera House hosts Not So Newlywed Game

Married couples who don't qualify as newlyweds are in luck this month - they're eligible to compete in the Not So Newlywed Game, when famed TV host Bob Eubanks brings his show to the Sumter Opera … more

Monkey selfies, eclipse, bitcoin, Lauer top Google

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Lauer. Bitcoin. DACA. Monkey selfies. Jeremy Lin's hair. Do-it-yourself eclipse glasses. Tom Petty's death. National anthem protests in the NFL. And "Cash Me Outside." These were some of the people, topics and memes that … more
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