The Magazine of South Carolina

Sandlapper Digest

A Bulletin of Sandlapper Society, Inc.

Edited by Laura Mewbourn

JULY 2000

Fisheagle Wildlife Boat Tours are a great way to introduce children to nature or spend a relaxing afternoon in South Carolina’s beautiful scenery. Travel the Tailrace Canal to the Pinopolis Lock and on down the Cooper River. Visit a permanently flooded forest by Lake Marion. A restroom is onboard; free soda and water are available. Wheelchair access. For more information, call (800) 967-7739.

Want to do something to help the community this summer? Join the Earth Team! No, this isn’t some new force of cartoon superheroes on television. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services is looking for volunteers to join its effort to promote conservation in South Carolina. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work directly with local farmers to put conservation practices on the land. Also, individuals are needed  to work with students in area schools. Work full- or part-time—all types of people are needed. This is a great opportunity to be part of something that directly benefits the wonderful resources we have here in South Carolina. For more information, contact the NRCS South Carolina Earth Team Coordinator at (803) 253-3935 or visit Individuals must be at least 16 years old; they must be 14 if volunteering as part of a group.

The South Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program is in need of volunteers to represent South Carolina’s abused and neglected children in Family Court. Guardian ad litem advocates are caring adults who dedicate themselves to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. They stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe home. For many children, the guardian ad litem will be the one constant adult presence. No legal or special educational background is necessary. All advocates are well trained. They then are assigned by a family court judge to a case of child abuse or neglect. The work involves research into the background of the case, a review of documents from the Department of Social Services and interviews with individuals, including the child. Ultimately, advocates recommend to the court what they believe is best for the child. Today, there are only enough guardians ad litem to help on one-third of the abused and neglected children who need them. For more information about this very important opportunity, contact Betsy Chapman, public relations director of the South Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program, (864) 338-6575 or

Tired of the same old places to go? Try the theater or a concert or a festival with the kids. I promise, it’s a lot more fun than cutting the grass.

The Actor’s Theater of South Carolina will be presenting Charlotte’s Wen as a part of its Chamber Classics for Youth in the Bostick Auditorium of the Richland County Library. This is the classic story of one of your favorite farm animals, Wilbur, and his efforts to survive on a working farm. This is one of every child’s favorite stories. And moms,  try not to cry too much. . . .

A little night music and a lot of fun…Furman University presents its FREE Lakeside Concert Series this summer. “Rhapsody in Blue: The Music of George Gershwin” will be performed on July 27. The Piedmont Highlanders Pipe Band will present Music from the British Isles on August 3. August 10  is “A Night in Vienna: Minuets, Waltzes and Polkas,” and the series closes out with the Dan Ellis Big Band on August 17. Performances are held every Thursday on the Furman campus and start at 7:30 p.m. Bring a picnic basket and spend a relaxing evening filled with music.

Or if it’s photography you’re interested inThe Horry County Museum is featuring the collection of William Van Auken Green through July 31. Mr. Green lived in the Aynor area and took many photographs of people during the '30s, '40s and '50s. For more information, contact the museum at 248-1542 or 626-1282, or visit

The Summer Concert Series is now a summer tradition in Columbia’s Finlay Park. Here’s a schedule of the remaining performances:

* King Konga (electric, percussion, rock), July 29

* Second Nature (beach), August 5

* Darryl Gatlin (country), August 12

* The Ross Holmes Band (big band, swing), August 19

* Fresh Air (party dance music), August 26

* The Roaches (Beatles tribute band), September 2

* And . . . Fireworks at Finlay, 10 p.m.

Now why can’t the Easter Bunny leave THESE for me to find? Middleton Place is getting ready for its Forbes Faberge Exhibit to be held July 24 through November 12. The exhibit includes 31 Faberge objects, including three Easter eggs, jewelry and personal effects of the Russian Czars and aristocracy. Included in the exhibit is a collection of historic American documents that will be presented primarily at the Edmonston-Alston House in downtown Charleston and will chronicle diverse events in American history from the Stamp Act of 1765 to Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and Gen. Robert E. Lee’s letter of surrender in 1865. For more information, call (800) 782-3608.

It’s story time at Artworks at Litchfield Beach. Each Wednesday, storyteller Lee Brockington shares stories about Low Country people, places and critters. The cost is $5 per family. For more info, call 235-9600. Artworks is located at 14329 Litchfield Exchange.

More Stuff for the Kids: 

Free movies... Inlet Square Cinema at Inlet Square Mall will present two free kids’ movies twice a week through Aug 2. The mall is located on U.S. 17 in Murrells Inlet. The movies start at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday. For more info call 651-5500.

Free theater…Two kids (ages 3-16) can get in free with each paying adult at the Alabama Theater in North Myrtle Beach at 8 p.m. Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays though Labor Day. Head on over and see the 2000 show at the Alabama Theater at Barefoot Landing, 4750 US Hwy. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach. For more info call 272-1111.

Free festival…The 22nd annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage will be held in Columbia, August 18-19. This event focuses on the significant contributions of African Americans in shaping South Carolinas history. It captures the historical perspective of life in the 19th century as exemplified by one family who lived in the Mann-Simons Cottage for more than 100 years. The festival features a Friday night cultural gala followed by a day of FREE activities on Saturday. Come see the re-enactment of African American cowboys and soldiers.  Expand your mind with a lecture on music, art or African history. Check out the crafts, merchandise and musical entertainment. Jubilee will be held in the downtown historic district of Columbia. For more information, call the Historic Columbia Foundation at (803) 252-1770, Ext 22.

Parents of York County, rest easy this summer—you might get a break after all. There’s a wide variety of activities that even YOUR kids will enjoy. At the Vernon Grant Gallery is an exhibit on Mother Goose art that appeared in the Abrams Mother Goose book. Also in the exhibit is a collection of vintage Kellogg’s cereal boxes and mail-order premium plaques that originally featured the art. (And you thought the kids would never pay attention to an art exhibit!)

The Under the Sea Film Festival will be held Tuesdays and Wednesdays through July 26 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Museum of York County. The seven films have a fishy theme with such movies as The Fisherman and His Wife, The Sand Castle and The Little Mermaid. Also, summer day camps will be held for children from kindergarten to sixth grade at the Museum of York County and Historic Brattonsville. For more information on any of these activities, visit

Grab the kids and head for your local museum. Here are some of the things going on around the state:

McKissick Museum (USC, Columbia, (803) 777-7251)

* Through July 28: McKissick Mornings: Summer Programs for Young People

* Through Oct. 29: Southern Stews: Traditions of One-Pot Cooking


South Carolina State Museum (301 Gervais St., Columbia, (803) 898-4952; on weekends, call 898-4978)

* Ongoing: SC Connections: Art, Fine and Decorative

* Ongoing: Stringer Discovery Center, NatureSpace, Science Theater

A southern writer takes the spotlight, again! Rosa Shand recently was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in prose for 2000. Her latest novel, The Gravity of Sunlight, was published in May through Soho Press, New York, and will be followed by two story collections and a second novel. Rosa Shand’s work was included in a book entitled New Southern Harmonies: Four Emerging Fiction Writers, which won the 1999 Independent Publisher’s Award for the best short fiction collection from the U.S. and Canada.

Let’s just set up South Carolina as an exclusive artists’ colony. We’ve got the talent for it, and this is exemplified in Jeremiah Miller, the artist recently selected for the nationwide program “Artists & Communities: America Creates for the Millennium.” Millennium Artists will work throughout the year in all 50 states on a variety of projects. Miller’s project will be to create a series of monumental landscape paintings depicting the history and socio-economic development of Tullahome, TN. Miller is a South Carolina Arts Commission-approved artist. Projects in South Carolina will include Continental Harmony, a celebration of music in North Charleston; Mars Millennium, where thousands of students are designing a new community for Mars in the year 2030; and Treasures of Film Archives, which will preserve the valuable cross-section of American filmmaking for the coming century.

Awards also have been given to Jeanette Gaillard Lee, a sweetgrass basket maker; J.C. Owens, a fiddler and master of bluegrass, old-time and swing styles; the Red White family for carrying on the bluegrass and gospel tradition started by Red White; and the Avery Research Center for African American History for the preservation and promotion of S.C. African American folk culture.

Just in case you were worried that SC’s talents lie only in the art arena, Jenny Lambert, a Furman University junior from Irmo, is here to put your fears to rest. Jenny is one of 79 college students nationwide named Truman Scholars for 2000. The scholarship is given annually to students who have excelled academically and are committed to careers in public service following graduate school. Lambert, a political science and history major at Furman, was selected from more than 598 students across the nation who were nominated by their colleges and universities. She has won several awards and has done much to make this state proud. Congratulations, Jenny—you’ve set a shining example that we should all endeavor to achieve.

The Columbia Museum of Art is now 35 prints richer, thanks to renowned artist and native South Carolinian Jasper Johns. The collection represents a group of notable 20th-century artists and is a wonderful example of contemporary printmaking. The collection will be dedicated to Dr.Bob Ochs, professor emeritus of history at the University of South Carolina and a member of the Museum’s Collections Committee. Dr. Ochs was instrumental in obtaining this gift for the museum.

Volunteer opportunity. . . . Got some spare time this summer? The Muscular Dystrophy Association is seeking camp counselors for the weeklong MDA summer camp in Wedgefield. Volunteers will act as companions to campers (ages 6-21) with neuromuscular diseases during the camp session August 2-6. Counselors must be at least 16 years old and able to lift a child. They will be called on to push wheelchairs and assist with grooming, dressing and feeding, and will help kids participate in the fun activities of summer camp, including swimming, horseback riding, arts & crafts, and canoeing. For more info, call the local MDA office in Columbia at (803) 799-7435.


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