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

2 tours open to senior citizens

BY IVY MOORE
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 3/24/19

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, …

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

2 tours open to senior citizens

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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, the second on the county.

Each tour will start at the Swan Lake Iris Market, where Bobby Walker will offer instruction on how to photograph buildings and landscapes. Participants will also learn about the history of Swan Lake-Iris Gardens and the Bland gardens.

The downtown tour will include such sites as the Mason building, First Baptist Church, Sumter Opera House, the Thomas Sumter statue and several others. Participants will be able to photograph the sites, then have lunch on their own at Sumter Cut Rate, also learning about its history. The tour will end with a guided walk through Memorial Park, and the bus will take participants back to Swan Lake around 2 p.m.

The second tour, on Thursday, May 2, will also begin with a short photography lesson at the Iris Market, then the bus will head for Wedgefield and the surrounding area, where participants will visit and photograph the historic Aycock House, Wedgefield Presbyterian Church, Church of the Holy Cross in Stateburg, the Thomas Sumter cemetery and other sites. The bus will then return to Swan Lake, where those on the tour may have lunch on their own at the Iris Market followed by a tour of Swan Lake-Iris Gardens.

Participants in both tours can submit a photograph taken on either trip for display during the Sumter Iris Festival, May 23 through 25. Art enthusiasts and experts will judge the photos, awarding one grand prize, two blue ribbons, two red ribbons and two white ribbons.

Thirty seats on each tour will be available for members of the Shepherd's Center and the community at large. Shepherd's Center members who had attended any of the center's day trips between March 28 and April 9 may sign up for the tours April 10 through 23 at the Shepherd's Center offices, 155 Haynsworth St. Registration for the public will be available for the public beginning April 23. Fee for each tour is $20, and participants must have a camera or a cellphone with the capability of taking pictures.

For more information, call the Shepherd's Center of Sumter at (803) 773-1944.