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24th year of Sumter's Jingle with the Arts begins Friday, Dec. 14

Jingle with the Arts, the Christmas extravaganza now in its 24th year, will fill Patriot Hall with dance, music and the spirit of the season with three performances on Friday and Saturday. The popular show again features performances by the Sumter … more

Sumter's Patriot Hall hosts 1-stop shopping on Saturday

The second-annual Christmas at Patriot Hall starts with a visit from Santa and "shopping, shopping, shopping," according to Melanie Colclough, executive director of the Sumter County Cultural Commission, which sponsors the event. The all-day … more

Follow these guidelines for holiday tipping

Holiday tips are a way to thank the people who make your life easier. So why is it so hard to figure out whom to tip and how much? Guides published by etiquette experts don't always agree on what's appropriate. What people actually do is another … more

Gallery exhibits are magical, emotionally charged

The cold weather encourages strains of "Winter Wonderland," but the two current exhibits at the Sumter Gallery of Art celebrate water wonderlands, creativity and a measure of warmth. Jocelyn Ch teauvert's "Paper Wrangler" and Sumter native Mary Ann … more

Get Ready for "A Merry Sumter Christmas"

A premiere event in the Sumter community is set to take place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The annual Holiday House Tour and Tea - this year named "A Merry Sumter Christmas" - will give … more

The Carolinian Ball

The Carolinian Ball will present six debutantes on Thursday, Dec. 20, at Sunset Country Club. Katherine Gilland Duffy, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Edward William Duffy Jr., will be presented by her father and escorted by John Evans Boyle and Stephen … more

Les Trente

Les Trente will present four debutantes on Thursday, Dec. 27, at Sunset Country Club. Taylor Lee Ann Moses, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Harby Moses Jr., will be presented by her father and escorted by Spencer Bryce Atkinson and Luke Whetsell … more

Lord Clarendon Cotillion

Lord Clarendon Cotillion will present four debutantes on Friday, Dec. 21, at The Matrix Center in Manning. Laura Elizabeth Drose, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Francis Drose Jr., will be presented by her father and escorted by Richard Francis … more

The Trian Club

The Trian Club will present one sophomore son on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Sunset Country Club. Ronald Hunter Hendrix is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Ivan Hendrix. Mr. Frasier Saunders III is president of the club. Ball chairwoman is Mrs. Burke … more

The Cotillion Club

The Cotillion Club will present one debutante on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Sunset Country Club. Catherine Stout McCreight, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stewart McCreight, will be presented by her father and escorted by John Evans Boyle and … more

The Camellia Ball

The Camellia Ball will present four debutantes on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Sunset Country Club. Natalie Grace Ardis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David LeGrand Ardis, will be presented by her father and escorted by Nicholas Grey Ardis and Jacob Daniel … more

Want to help save the environment? Give the gift of no-plastic sipping straws for the holidays

NEW YORK - Big problem or a fraction of the world's plastic consumption? You decide, but know that single-use plastic straws are a recent target of environmental activists. As restaurants debate whether to voluntarily dole them out and lawmakers … more

Club Digest: Nov. 18, 2018

SUMTER ART ASSOCIATION The Sumter Art Association met Oct. 16 in the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski welcomed members, and Rosemary Drakeford offered a devotional based on using verses from Psalm 122 as … more

For many families, 'tis the season for tradition: Matching pajamas

Amy and Kevin Wilson began giving their three sons matching pajamas at Christmas for a reason: They wanted their little ones to get excited about going to bed so that they, the adults, could get ready for Christmas morning. Now, more than 15 … more

Sumter Thanksgiving tradition continues

For more than 35 years, Geraldine Singleton has been spearheading what has become a Thanksgiving tradition in Sumter. She started providing a free Thanksgiving dinner with several friends to "anyone who might not get one." This year, that dinner … more

Sumter tribe will celebrate heritage at Saturday festival

The Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians will celebrate and share its heritage Saturday with the third of its Native American Indian Festivals. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. members of the tribe invite the public to learn about their culture and heritage … more

Guitarist Jimmy Page looks back at 50 years of Led Zeppelin

CORONA, Calif. - Jimmy Page once painted a dragon, and used it to slay. The guitar guru was so bursting with creative inspiration 50 years ago that he felt compelled to pick up a brush and use his skills from art school to take poster paints to … more

Homegrown event supports Sumter music ministry

The highly anticipated concert by some of the community's most talented and giving musicians returns Thursday to the Sumter Opera House. Homegrown is a benefit concert for The Sounds of Grace, a … more

Woman who created green bean casserole dies at 92

HADDONFIELD, N.J. - The woman who created a Thanksgiving staple - the green bean casserole - enjoyed by millions has died at age 92. Dorcas Reilly died on Oct. 15 of Alzheimer's disease, said Ken Tomlinson of Hinski-Tomlinson Funeral Home in … more

'Mockingbird' chosen as America's best-loved novel in vote

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "To Kill a Mockingbird," a coming-of-age story about racism and injustice, overpowered wizards and time travelers to be voted America's best-loved novel by readers … more
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