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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

SLT Youth Theatre brings 'The Giver' to the stage

Imagine a community where there are no conflicts, no decisions to be made, no worry, fear or pain, and you've got the setting for Sumter Little Theatre's play, "The Giver," opening Thursday. Adapted from Lois Lowry's Newbery Award-winning young … 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

Furman Middle School to perform Annie Jr.

Lakewood Center for the Performing Arts will host a stage full of musical comedy's most beloved orphans for five performances of Annie Jr. On Jan. 11 through 13, more than two dozen of Furman Middle … more

Greeting rituals - some are charming, others not so much

I've never been especially fond of shaking hands. As a child, I rated it on the same level of disdain as being kissed by smothering, elderly ladies with the facial hair of a porcupine. Today, I'm … 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

Definition mission: A rhyming limerick for each English word

One man's joke has become his mission: to give each word a rhyming definition. Chris Strolin was teasing English buffs in an online forum years ago when he said the dictionary should be rewritten in the singsong rhyme scheme of limericks. He … 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

Sumter Artists' Guild Winners Show to open

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Sumter County Gallery of Art will open two exhibitions Thursday with a 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. reception at the gallery, 200 Hasell St. The much-anticipated Sumter Artists' Guild Winners Show and a solo exhibition titled "Once in … 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

The Lettermen coming to Sumter Opera House for 1 show only

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Lettermen, whose musical careers span more than five decades, will perform one night only at Sumter’s Opera House. The trio made famous by classic hits “The Way You … more

40 years later, Debby Boone is still lighting up our lives

BY NICK THOMAS Special to The Sumter Item Her recording of “You Light Up My Life” not only became a monster hit of 1977, but it also went on to become one of the most popular songs of the … more

Lord Clarendon Cotillion presents 7 debutantes

The Lord Clarendon Cotillion presented seven debutantes at its annual ball on Dec. 19, 2017, at Sunset Country Club in Sumter. 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

Library on wheels brings joy to Afghan children

KABUL, Afghanistan - The children of Kabul love the blue bus - they rush toward it every time it pulls into their street, eager to come onboard, their young eyes brimming with excitement. But it's no ordinary bus. Its name is Charmaghz, the Dari … more

It's only a month away -- Valentine's Day

Before the tech revolution, you might have sent a lock of hair, a printed photo or a perfumed note to a loved one far away. And of course, you can still do that. Or you can choose from an array of clever high- and low-tech Valentine's Day gifts … 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

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

Monkey selfies, eclipse, bitcoin, Lauer top Google

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Lauer. Bitcoin. DACA. Monkey selfies. Jeremy Lin's hair. Do-it-yourself eclipse glasses. Tom Petty's death. National anthem protests in the NFL. And "Cash Me Outside." These were some of the people, topics and memes that … more
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