A Bulletin of Sandlapper Society, Inc.
Edited by Laura Mewbourn
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 www.ga.nrcs.usda.gov/sc/home.htm. 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 Programis 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 email@example.com.
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.
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. . . .
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
Or if it’s photography you’re interested in… The 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 www.horrycountymuseum.org.
Summer Concert Series
is now a summer tradition in Columbia’s Finlay Park. Here’s a schedule
of the remaining performances:
Konga (electric, percussion, rock),
Nature (beach), August 5
Ross Holmes Band (big band, swing),
Air (party dance music),
Roaches (Beatles tribute band),
. . . Fireworks at Finlay, 10 p.m.
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.
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
Stuff for the Kids:
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.
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.
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 www.yorkcounty.org.
Grab the kids and head for your local
museum. Here are some of the things going on around the state:
McKissick Museum (USC, Columbia,
* 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.