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Need a good laugh? Sumter Little Theatre's current production is the answer

If laughter is the best medicine, Sumter Little Theatre's current production, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," should cut down on medical bills. Opening night's performance was a series of cleverly acted vignettes filled with humor, … more

Club Digest for Oct. 21, 2021: Sumter Art Association

Sumter Art Association The Sumter Art Association met Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Carla Young welcomed 43 members and four guests, with a special welcome to new members Heidi Burkett, Gloria … more

Vagaries of love, relationships explored in SLT's musical comedy: 'I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change' opens Thursday

Sumter Little Theatre reopens Thursday with a musical comedy about love in (most of) its forms and stages, and the company is optimistic about being able to complete its entire season with no more quarantines or closures. "I Love You, You're … more

Clarendon group awards Quilts of Valor to 13 Vietnam veterans

MANNING - American soldiers returning home from World Wars I and II, the Korean War and other conflicts were greeted as heroes with thousands of cities and towns across the nation hosting parades to honor their return. That wasn't the case with … more

Renowned horticulturist visits Manning

MANNING - "Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?" The beloved Mother Goose rhyme comes to life on Oct. 20 when renowned horticulturist Bryce Lane takes the stage at Weldon Auditorium, 7 Maple St., for a program titled "Color … more

Sumter Coin Club to hold annual coin show for collectors Oct. 23

Coin collectors and fanatics are invited to gather once again for an annual showing held by the Sumter Coin Club on Oct. 23. Not only will attendees be diving into the history of coins, but this year's theme also has more to offer than the past … more

Sumter Civic Dance Company to perform contemporary concert; winners of Young Choreographers' Awards in spotlight

More than 20 years ago, when Andrea Freed-Levenson introduced the idea of the Sumter Civic Dance Company's adding a contemporary dance concert to its schedule, her dancers were less than enthusiastic. Now, however, after two decades of performing … more

Fall's a good time for a flower bed makeover

Nobody ever said gardening offers instant gratification. With this limitation in mind, I dug and made over one of my flower beds last weekend. For the plants, fall is a fine time for a flower-bed makeover. Cooler temperatures slow water loss from … more

Sumter community band concert marks 40th anniversary

The Sumter Community Concert Band will officially begin its 40th season with Sunday's 3 p.m. concert at Patriot Hall. Band spokesman, trumpet player and charter member Rick Mitchum said band members are looking forward to once again taking the stage … more

Some Argentines turn to unusual pets for comfort in pandemic

Millions of people have found solace during the pandemic in cuddling a dog or cat. For a few, comfort comes in other forms - those of a horse or a pig, perhaps a possum-like sugar glider or even a tarantula. As the new coronavirus began to … more

Sumter Opera House ends year with 5 concerts; light show, Motown, country-pop, 2 Christmas shows will be featured

Sumter Opera House will finish out its 2021 Main Stage Series with five varied presentations - a "light show," a tour of the Motown "revolution," a concert from a country music star and two concerts of live Christmas music. Sumter Opera House … more

Sumter's first Purple and Pink Masquerade Ball to bring awareness to domestic violence, breast cancer and lupus

Calling all domestic violence, breast cancer and lupus survivors and fighters. For the first time ever, a masquerade ball will be held in your honor right here in Sumter to bring awareness to your strength, the disease and to celebrate your will … more

Remembering the legacy of Mayesville's Mary McLeod Bethune

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, members of the Mary McLeod Bethune Section-Sumter met at the home of the Rev. Joseph and Wilhelmina (niece) Amos, 708 Harvin St., Sumter, and were delighted to mingle, fellowship and pay homage to this site because this is the … more

Club Digest for Sept. 23, 2021: Sumter Art Association

SUMTER ART ASSOCIATION The initial meeting of the Sumter Art Association for the 2021-22 year was held Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Carla Young welcomed the 30 members attending, with a … more

Midlands Fall Plant and Flower Festival returns Oct. 8-10

FROM STAFF REPORTS WEST COLUMBIA - Can't wait to get started on fall gardening? Get ready for the Fall Plant and Flower Festival at the South Carolina State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia, on Oct. 8-10. Visitors can … more

American yards are quietly going electric

For Jared Anderman, of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, switching from gasoline-powered tools to electric ones for lawn care was a no-brainer. "I'm concerned about climate change and wanted tools that are more eco-friendly, and also quieter. I like … more

At 101, she's still hauling lobsters with no plans to stop

ROCKLAND, Maine - When Virginia Oliver started trapping lobster off Maine's rocky coast, World War II was more than a decade in the future, the electronic traffic signal was a recent invention and few women were harvesting lobsters. Nearly a … more

Potter's Raid topic at Sumter County Genealogical Society meeting Monday

A discussion of the April 1865 Potter's Raid will be the focus of Monday's meeting of the Sumter County Genealogical Society. Tim Lord, a collector of historical artifacts focusing primarily on the Revolutionary War and Civil War in South Carolina, … more

Gardening when it's dry: Prep soil and select your plants wisely

Is your summer a summer of drought? No need to sit back and accept what Mother Nature offers - you can soften the impact of dry weather on your garden. The time to start preparing for dry conditions is long before they occur, but plans made now … more

Sumter Green's Fall Feast returns with new outdoor venue, Swan Lake-Iris Gardens

Sumterites, get your forks, bibs and stretchy pants ready. Sumter Green's annual Fall Feast will return with a new venue and even tastier food than before after canceling last year's event because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fall Feast is the … more
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