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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

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

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

The Kennedys: Rare photos of America's most famous family go online

BOSTON - It's an expansive and quintessentially Kennedy photo album. Here's a young, shirtless JFK, baring six-pack abs and smirking poolside while striking an un-presidential pose. There's Rose Fitzgerald not-yet-Kennedy in her Sunday best, long … more

Suffering from an empty nest?

Eighteen years after Diana Sutera Mow gained an instant family with the arrival of her twins, her Southern California home "became an instant empty nest" when they flew across the country to begin college last year. Gone were the everyday sounds … more

Club Digest: Sumter Art Association

Sumter Art Association The Sumter Art Association meeting was held Sept. 18 in the Parish Life Building of the Church of Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone back after the summer break. She … 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

Black horsemen, Mennonites share a dependence

BALTIMORE - At an inner-city stable in one of the grittiest areas of Baltimore, a vanishing breed of urban horsemen prepares for its weekly visit to Pennsylvania Dutch country, where Mennonite farmers are helping to carry on a merchant tradition … more

Sumter Civic Dance Company presents 19th contemporary dance concert

Contemporary dance is more popular than ever, and Sumter Civic Dance Company artistic director Andrea Freed-Levenson is more enthusiastic than ever about the future of the style. The company will present its 19th-annual contemporary dance concert … 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

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

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

Why is it fun to be frightened?

John Carpenter's iconic horror film "Halloween" celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Few horror movies have achieved similar notoriety, and it's credited with kicking off the steady stream of … 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

Unique menu benefits Sumter Green

Thursday night brings the most eclectic menu available in Sumter to Nettles Building and grounds at University of South Carolina Sumter. When Sumter Green Fall Feast sets up for the one-night-only … more
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