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 …
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When: Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St.
Cost: Free to attend; about 50 vendors will be selling items and food
The all-day Christmas party will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and will fill the auditorium and the Sumter County Gallery of Art.
"Santa will be at Parks and Recreation," adjacent to Patriot Hall, "having breakfast with children from 8 to 10 a.m.," Colclough said, "then he'll walk over to the Patriot Hall auditorium to read to the children from about 10:30 to 11 a.m. He'll be available for people to take pictures with him from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m."
There will be music all day in the auditorium, she said. Among the performers will be Sumter High School Chamber Orchestra and choir.
Mainly, Colclough said, visitors to the event will be able to do some Christmas shopping, starting at 10 a.m.
"It's a one-stop shopping opportunity," she said. "We'll have around 50 vendors, including the Sumter Artists Guild's Holiday Mart in the gallery. Whatever people buy they can get wrapped on the spot, too. YWCA members will provide gift wrapping in exchange for a donation."
Some of the vendors will be selling food items, Colclough said. Among those selling gift items in Patriot Hall are Monkey N' Around, Global Accessories, Paparazzi, Pink Zebra, Purely, Mrs. J's. Cheesecake, Private Eyes Designs, Silk & Sawdust, Gramma Darla's Shop, HK Designs, Southern Girls Boutique, 5 Pennies Place, Man Made Afghans, Bessie Sweet Delights, Monica's 1 of a Kind, the Chestnut Elephant, Poppy Clips, Wasabi Blades and Emporium, Studio 1153, Manning Emporium and Ever Bloom Paper Flowers.
An integral part of Christmas at Patriot Hall is the Sumter Artists Guild Holiday Mart. Organizer Laura Cardello said the mart, now in its 10th year, is "bigger than ever. We've got 22 artists, all members of the guild" comprising local artists. "It's a great opportunity to get original, one-of-a-kind gifts or pick up a unique piece of art for yourself."
She said Christmas ornaments made of copper and felt and pottery, paintings, angel ornaments, wooden pens and rolling pins, stained glass ornaments, Christmas cards and many other works of art will be offered by guild members Curtis Phillips, J Michael McGuirt, Mark Johnson, Rhonda Simons, Genevieve Rath, Jim Wade, Laura Cardello, Denise Greer, Julie Watts, Erin and Mark Duffie, Don and Carole Carberry, Truman Duggins, Connie Brennan, Marie Grady, Shima Patel, Terry Newman, Alana Bergstrom and Myra Barton.
"We're excited to have our 2019 Sumter Artists Guild calendars on sale, too," Cardello said. "It has photos of artwork by our members."
For information, visit www.patriothallsc.org, or call (803) 436-2260.
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