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Special to The Sumter ItemIt's been more than two decades since the Sumter Civic Dance Company presented its first "Jingle with the Arts," and the colorful show has brought talented performers to the Patriot Hall stage each December since. Inspired … more
The 282nd Army Band will present its Christmas concert, "Home for the Holidays," at 7 p.m. Friday at Patriot Hall. The 40-piece band will be joined on two songs by the combined choirs of Crestwood and Lakewood high schools, … more
The tragedies that befell singer Connie Francis throughout her life would challenge the most resilient of souls. Nevertheless, she navigated each dark, engulfing personal tunnel with unwavering tenacity, always eventually emerging aided by her sense … more
Special to The Sumter ItemThe Sumter County Library turns 100 years old Monday, and its friends - the Friends of the Library - are celebrating the occasion by hosting a party from 6 to 8 p.m. that evening. Friends president Sue Griffin said the … more
The other day I was fiddling around on the internet, and I found a real blast from the past. Maybe you, like me, remember this particular kind of chewing gum called "teaberry." "Clark's Teaberry," to be precise. The ad on TV for this product … more
Special to The Sumter Item"'Twas the Night Before Christmas" was written almost 200 years ago by Clement C. Moore; Ken Ludwig's play of the same name is much more recent, and it's a lot funnier. The play is Sumter Little Theatre's Christmas show, … more
The Council of Garden Clubs of Sumter will host its 67th annual Holiday House Tour and Tea in Sumter on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. This year, the theme of the tour is "A Very Southern Christmas" with five featured homes. The tour hours will be from … more
Hayrides, docents in period dress, uniformed 18th century militiamen, hot chocolate, artists, period Christmas decorations and the opportunity to tour one of Stateburg's oldest, historic homes will highlight Saturday's fourth seasonal observance at … more
The Sumter County Gallery of Art will present Deane Ackerman: Radiant Expressions and Terrell Clark: EYES of Havana from Thursday through Jan. 12, 2018, at the gallery, 200 Hasell St. (adjacent to Patriot Hall).The opening reception will be held at … more
She was a small woman, barely over 5 feet tall, but friends and family remember longtime Sumter Little Theatre director Katie Damron as having lived a giant life. She died on Wednesday, just four days before her 89th birthday - today. A native of … more
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