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BY IVY MOORE ivy@theitem.com Sumter readers seem to love books whose authors and protagonists are Southern women, even so-called Southern belles, particularly if their stories are rife with characters from the Deep South. Two such authors will … more
Two decades ago, Barbara Bain embarked on a mission many might have considered impossible: to convince children that books and reading could be fun. "I volunteered in a daycare and just started reading to the kids one day as we sat on the lawn," … more
BY IVY MOORE ivy@theitem.com The Palmetto Voices will present their 7th Annual Sumter Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at St. James Lutheran Church. The professional choir, whose core comprises alumni of Sumter High School choirs, has … more
The Sumter County Historical Society will meet at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, at Wedgefield Presbyterian Church. Founded in 1881, the church has a rich history. Church members Hugh McLaurin, John Duffie and John Hugh Ryan will be the featured … more
Whether you believe William Shakespeare wrote the plays attributed to him or not, there's little argument about the greatness of the work attributed to him. He wrote 16 comedies, 10 histories and 12 tragedies, not to mention 154 sonnets. His staying … more
BY JOHN NELSON Curator, USC Herbarium Here's a spooky little mystery plant for Halloween. This is actually one of the most common wildflowers in eastern North America. It grows in all the eastern states, including Florida (maybe not the … more
BY NICK THOMAS Tinseltown Talks Norman Lloyd admits he's taking things a bit easy these days. This year, he currently has only one film waiting for release and he now plays just two tennis matches a week. Still, that's not bad, considering … more
It was in 2008 that a small group of women looking for a way to share their creative work in Sumter brainstormed for ideas. What they came up with was called Art in the House, a unique name that describes exactly … more
This Halloween, lighten things up with luminaries. There are lots of quick, do-it-yourself projects to make the flickering lights that welcome partiers or trick-or-treaters. Besides their welcoming glow, luminaries can add sophistication or fun … more
BY IVY MOORE ivy@theitem.com There's always a big crowd when Terence Lonon and the Untouchables play. Perhaps that's one reason they were selected to play the finale of the inaugural season of 4th Fridays. Leigh Newman, Growth and … more
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