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Salvage shops offer decor with a story

T wo of the hottest trends in home decor are sustainability and authenticity. No wonder architectural salvage shops are busy. Homeowners love features that come with a story, says Rich Ellis, publisher of Architectural Salvage and Antique … more

Columbia City Ballet brings Nutcracker to Sumter

FROM STAFF REPORTS We know the holiday season is approaching when you hear the Nutcracker is coming to town. William Starrett and Columbia City Ballet will bring South Carolina's largest professional production of Nutcracker to Sumter for two … more

Homeless find friends, ease stress in tai chi class

SALT LAKE CITY - On a quiet morning outside a library in Salt Lake City, about 70 people are kicking and slicing at the air as they practice the ancient martial art of tai chi. The group moves uniformly, a silent army save for the gurgling noises … more

Cantrell's Spirited Vision is at Sumter County Gallery of Art

The Sumter County Gallery of Art will present a solo exhibition by former Sumter resident and artist Carolita Cantrell, opening Thursday, Nov. 7. Cantrell, formerly Harvin, is accomplished in many media, including paint, sculpture, wax, pastel and … more

Want a night of laughter? Attend Sumter Little Theatre's 'Putnam County Spelling Bee'

Sumter Little Theatre tries hard to offer a variety of play genres and emotional opportunities - often challenging, provocative, lighthearted and humorous. The current play "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" goes beyond funny. It is a … more

Fashion show lets Down syndrome models strut their stuff

NEW YORK - One model sashayed down the runway with a leather jacket and a guitar, basking in applause from the crowd. Another danced and strutted in a multicolored bomber coat. A toddler had a little help with her modeling turn, holding on to an … more

Find art, decor and more at annual Art in the House in Sumter

Find art for yourself or gifts for others at the 12th Annual Art in the House, the fall and holiday arts and crafts market that will feature items made by 17 local artists and crafters. Hosted by Linda Hogon, the four-day sale starts Thursday and … more

Blue light isn't main source of eye fatigue

Blue light has gotten a bad rap, getting blamed for loss of sleep and eye damage. Personal electronic devices emit more blue light than any other color. Blue light has a short wavelength, which means … more

Curious Kids: How do my eyes adjust to the dark and how long does it take?

Rochester Institute of TechnologyThe ConversationQ. How long does it take for your eyes to adjust to the dark and how does it happen? - Ellen T., 8, Cambridge, MassachusettsA. No one can see in total darkness. Fortunately, there's almost always some … more

Travel to past at the Sumter County Museum

Expect to see large farm equipment in the fields this month, as October is the traditional time for harvest in much of South Carolina. It was not always so, as visitors to the Sumter County Museum's Carolina Backcountry Harvest event on Saturday … more

Pop star Tiffany performs Thursday at Opera House

The legendary Tiffany, who hit the top of the pop charts at the age of 15 with her recording of "I Think We're Alone Now," will be in concert at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St., on Thursday evening. The artist has had numerous hits since her … more

Company 'Moving Forward' with contemporary dance

It's been 20 years since the Sumter Civic Dance Company presented its first full concert of contemporary dance, and executive director Andrea Freed-Levenson said accepting that original challenge was new and strange to her dancers but has for … more

No holiday savings? It's not too late to build funds

Timing is everything when it comes to saving for the holidays. The longer you have to build up cash reserves, plan your budget and buy gifts at the right price, the better you can cover these seasonal costs without going into debt. Avoiding debt … more

Greek fashion firms revitalize centuries-old silk tradition

SOUFLI, Greece - At Kostas Mouhtaridis' silk factory in Soufli, the non-stop "clunk-click" of the weaving machinery is a loud but welcome sound. The factory is a few hundred meters from the Evros River, which forms Greece's natural border … more

Club digest: Oct. 5-6, 2019

Sumter Art Association The Sumter Art Association met on Sept. 17 in the Parish Hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Carla Young welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the new year and reported that the club began the year with … more

SCCB Jazz Ensemble opens Fall for the Arts at Sumter's Patriot Hall

The SCCB Jazz Ensemble will present a concert of not just jazz, but other pop tunes as well, in its Tuesday performance in conjunction with Fall for the Arts. The 7 p.m. concert in Patriot Hall will open with the ensemble's theme song, Glenn … more

Sumter Community Concert Band opens 2919-20 season Sunday at Patriot Hall

The Sumter Community Concert Band bids hot temperatures farewell with a concert of varied music styles at 3 p.m. Sunday at Patriot Hall. Movie and Broadway themes and scores, pop songs, marches, patriotic songs, even "Bugs Bunny's Greatest Hits" … more

Downtown historic district to host annual Porches of Sumter

Visit the historic district downtown and the neighborhoods surrounding the Patriot Hall area for the annual Porches of Sumter event on Thursday. Being one of downtown's most anticipated events, Porches of Sumter will feature homes and cooks on … more

In Ecuador, a nighttime crypt visit for morbidly curious

QUITO, Ecuador - It's a chilly night in Ecuador's capital and the small group of men, and women visiting the city's oldest cemetery are understandably nervous. Led by guides in black hooded capes, they navigate a maze of crypts as voices call out … more

Elevate your handwritten notes with artsy notecards

We're all emailing, texting and DM'ing as fast as our thumbs can type these days, but there's also some Old School pushback. For many style-savvy communicators, handwritten notes are the thing. Whether it's a follow-up thank you or a stand-alone … more
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