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Club Digest: March 24, 2019

Sumter Art Association The Sumter Art Association met at 3:30 p.m. March 19 in the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski welcomed everyone to the annual business meeting of the association. Ginger Jones gave a … more

Science exhibit explores connection between man, dog

LOS ANGELES - Did people domesticate dogs or was it the other way around? And why do these two species seem to think so much alike, act so much alike and get along so well? The California Science Center has spent the past five years sniffing out … more

Learn photography, Sumter history during Sumter Shepherd's Center tours

Two local tours offered through Sumter Shepherd's Center will expand understanding of Sumter for 30 senior citizens while teaching photographic skills. Local historian Sammy Way will lead the May 1 and 2 trips, the first focusing on downtown Sumter, … more

Grants awarded to 2 local groups to improve 'livability': Sumter County Museum, Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church

Two area organizations have been awarded Communities Grants from the Central Carolina Community Foundation "to increase the livability of the Midlands region." The Sumter County Museum and Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Bishopville expect … more

The allure of the fountain pen returns

In an age of screens and keyboarding, when kids hardly learn cursive anymore, fountain pens - along with their old-timey accoutrements like blotters, bottled ink and fancy nibs - are making a comeback. There are jazzy new colors and styles, and an … more

Club Digest: March 17, 2019

Sumter Art Association The Sumter Art Association met Feb. 19 in the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski welcomed everyone, and Ginger Jones gave a thoughtful devotional on how we turn to God in our times of … more

Sumter County Genealogical Society to present 'Echoes of Sumter's Past' Monday

The Sumter County Genealogical Society will present featured speakers Diana Roof and Becka Smilowska at its 7:30 p.m. Monday meeting at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church. Their presentation, "Echoes of Sumter's Past," will comprise tales of some of … more

Kenny Cetera brings Chicago Experience to Sumter Opera House tonight

FROM STAFF REPORTS pressrelease@theitem.com If you don't have plans for tonight, look no further than the Sumter Opera House. Kenny Cetera, brother of Chicago lead singer Peter Cetera, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. with his Chicago … more

Holocaust scholar to speak at Temple Sinai in Sumter

The Sumter County Museum will present a Holocaust lecture by Dr. Henry "Hank" Knight at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Temple Sinai Jewish History Center. The lecture titled "When the Rainbow Breaks" is one of a lecture series conceived by the late Roger … more

Main Street Society hosting Wine & Cheese Open House at Sumter Military Museum

The Main Street Society will host a Wine & Cheese Open House at the Sumter Military Museum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday featuring an informal tour of the museum and information about the society's function. Neal Neaderhiser, chairman of the … more

'Dancing Never Felt So Good': Sumter Civic Dance Company presents 20th contemporary dance concert

For the 20th year, the Sumter Civic Dance Company presents its contemporary dance concert. The title of the March 15 and 16 performances is "Dancing Never Felt So Good," and company director Andrea Freed-Levenson said that's true for the audience as … more

Cinderella Shop opens in Sumter to provide prom dresses to those unable to afford cost

For the 19th consecutive year, the Cinderella Project based at First Presbyterian Church will open its Cinderella Shop for local high school girls to find their prom outfits. Anna Moorman, who has run the project for more than five years with Ashley … more

Sumter music club presents Afternoon of Sacred Music

The Woman's Afternoon Music Club will present An Afternoon of Sacred Music at 3 p.m. on Sunday at First Presbyterian Church. The concert, one of two presented by the club each year, features members and guests in a variety of vocal and … more

Sumter Volunteers recognize 3 for community contributions

With the addition of three local women to its Women's Honor Roll of Sumter County, Sumter Volunteers Inc. brings the total number of outstanding women on the roll to 120 for their outstanding contributions to their community. This year the … more

Sumter DAR chapter names essay, Good Citizen winners

Sumter's Home Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recognized outstanding students at its February meeting by sponsoring two essay contests - one for elementary school students and one for high school students. The first … more

Columbia City Ballet dances art of Jonathan Green on Saturday at Patriot Hall

The colorful and bold work of Lowcountry artist Jonathan Green, interpreted into dance by Columbia City Ballet Executive Director and choreographer William Starrett, comes to the Patriot Hall stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Green's paintings depict … more

Sumter Community Concert Band, art gallery present spring program on Sunday

The Sumter Community Concert Band celebrates the approach of spring with a widely varied music program. The 3 p.m. Sunday concert in Patriot Hall begins with the "Star-Spangled Banner," a longstanding tradition for the band, but all 10 selections in … more

Church of Holy Comforter in Sumter presents 2nd Madrigal Dinner

A traditional Renaissance feast and music from the period will accompany a comic pirate tale when the Church of the Holy Comforter presents its second-annual Madrigal Dinner on Friday and Saturday. Choir director Kipper Ackerman directs the … more

From Bogart to millennials: Hat maker tries new look

SPINETTA MARENGO, Italy - Hats off, Bogie. The traditional Italian hat maker Borsalino, whose fedora has defined the rough-and-tumble images of Robert Redford, Frank Sinatra and Humphrey Bogart, has a plan to appeal more to women and millennials … more

United Methodists confront possible split over LGBT issues

The United Methodist Church's top legislative assembly convenes today for a high-stakes, three-day meeting likely to determine whether America's second-largest Protestant denomination will fracture due to divisions over same-sex marriage and the … more
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