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Nature's pageantry displayed during Dutch tulip season

LISSE, Netherlands - Nothing says springtime like the tulip season in the Netherlands. The vast Dutch sky hangs low against rectangles of color- majestic purples, regal reds, bright yellows, eye-popping whites. Tulip fields dot the countryside … more

Lightwire Theater brings fantasy trip to life on Sumter Opera Stage

Afraid of the dark?Lightwire Theater may be just the ticket to help you conquer your fear, and it's coming to Sumter Opera House on Friday.Beginning the show in total darkness, anticipation builds as the stage fills with colorful neon-illuminated … more

Elks celebrate 150 years

Sumter Elks Lodge 855 has joined with more than 2,000 lodges nationwide in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the BPOE - Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. While the original Elks lodge was founded in 1868 in New York City, the Sumter lodge … more

Hayley Mills prefers theater to film, TV

As one of the best-known child actors from the 1960s, Hayley Mills starred in a half-dozen Disney films including box-office hits "Pollyanna" and "The Parent Trap." Now in her early 70s, Mills … more

Love, Respect, Unity Arts Festival

"Love, Respect, Unity" is not just the name of the weekend's arts festival at Patriot Hall, but it's also a big step toward fulfilment of a vision held by the Sumter County Cultural Commission and … more

Dreams, possibility shown in 3 exhibits

In 1960, choreographer Alvin Ailey and the American Dance Theater presented his now signature "Revelations." Ailey acknowledged that his desire was to use dance and music to explain to white … more

3 chosen for this year's Women's Honor Roll

Special to The Sumter ItemThursday begins National Women's History Month, observed here by Sumter Volunteers, Inc., which annually honors outstanding citizens to the Women's Honor Roll of Sumter. The organization has named three accomplished women … more

Social media creeps into weddings, stress remains

WASHINGTON - #Weddingstressmuch? Social media is creeping into U.S. nuptials, but Americans don't necessarily see that as a good thing. A recent Associated Press-WE tv poll says 57 percent of them see social media as having increased the … more

Americans adopting children overseas to see higher fees, new rules

NEW YORK - The U.S. government has raised fees and made a series of regulatory changes recently for American families adopting children overseas, fueling resentment toward the State Department among agencies who fear further reductions in the … 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

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

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

Marlyn Mason proves she's more than just an 'Elvis Girl'

Beginning in 1960 and for some three decades thereafter, Marlyn Mason appeared in close to 100 TV series such as "The Odd Couple," "Wonder Woman" and "Newhart," earning the unofficial title of TV "Guest Star Queen." While her film roles were far … more

SLT presents musical 'Five Guys Named Moe'

Sumter Little Theatre's "Five Guys Named Moe" is a musical comedy that brings together some of Sumter's most talented singers and actors in a celebration of the music of Louis Jordan and several other songwriters of the middle 20th century. The … more

#MeToo movement is starting to show generational divides

Where there has been solidarity and safety in numbers in the #MeToo movement, there is now also an increasingly apparent generational divide. And it's not just among women. Compared to their … more

Celebrity divorce lawyer launches site to simplify breakups

LOS ANGELES - For years, Laura Wasser has been one of the go-to divorce attorneys when Hollywood power couples break up. Now Wasser wants to bring some of the strategies she's developed during her … 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

Serve as a mentor, or ask someone to mentor you

When I wrote last week’s column, I had no idea that I would be writing a follow-up column this week. As far as I was concerned, I had expressed what I felt God wanted me to express about the … more
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