Whether it’s a couple or a large group of people ready for an excursion that can travel back through time, the South Carolina Revolutionary Rivers Trail offers fun for the beginner as well as the experienced paddlers. To celebrate July as SC Paddle Month, the Friends of the Revolutionary Rivers will host a fundraiser from 1 to 6 p.m. July 30 at Venter's Landing in Johnsonville. There will be opportunities to go on a swamp exploration, casually paddle at the landing, and water games at the landing. Call the visitors office at 843-664-0330 for more information.
The SC Revolutionary Rivers Trail follows the Lynches Scenic River from Lynches River County Park to the cypress and tupelo-laden stomping grounds of celebrated Revolutionary War hero Brigadier General Francis Marion. The fact Marion and his band of militia simply could be chased for a marathon of miles by British cavalryman Banastre Tarleton and disappear into the cypress swamplands earned him the name of the Swamp Fox.
FLORENCE, S.C. -- The annual South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is adding two more counties to its route making this year’s event the largest ever!
Now in its sixth year, this free self-guided farm and art tour is a great way to educate people about where their food and fiber comes from, as well as introduce them to local artisans, says Ben Boyles, Clemson Extension Agribusiness Agent and Tour Administrator.
“We are proud of how this tour has continued to grow,” Boyles said. “One of the goals of this tour has been to give people a better knowledge of what is produced in their own backyard. This event puts food and product with a face.”
This year the tour will include farms, farmers markets, and artisans in Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Fairfield, Florence, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Newberry, Union and York counties with different counties participating each weekend in June (Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.). The 2017 schedule is below:
Full life. Full forward.
As Florence Mayor Stephen J. Wukela said with optimism four years ago during his State of the City address, Florence is in a state of a renaissance.
“Our union is not a facade of smiles that conceal real differences; but, rather, the durable product of hard negotiation and true compromise motivated by practical realism and a singular goal. We have turned the force of this efficient and urgent pragmatism toward the critical task of rebuilding our City,” Wukela said in 2013.
Continuing downtown revitalization, decreasing crime, and investing in infrastructure advances at a steadfast pace.
Spring brings a new round of exhibits, festivals, and outdoor activities to enjoy in Florence.
Arts and entertainment in Florence County in the spring features a beautiful lineup. From the notable April festivals in Florence to “The King and I” at the Florence Little Theatre to concert lineups, there’s a variety of activities to enjoy.
Returning for its fifth year, ArtFields has plenty to do day and night. The nine-day festival in Lake City is an art competition with $100,000 in cash prizes given to artists across the Southeast. Winners are determined by attendees as well as a juried panel. Artfields runs April 21-29. For a list of the events, visit http://www.artfieldssc.org/attendees/events/.
Arts International will be held from noon to 6 p.m. April 8 in downtown Florence. There’ll be three stages of continuous music as well as the Artisan Village and food vendors. Don’t forget the Eighth Annual Welding Rodeo returns to Arts International as well. The daylong contest starts at 7:30 a.m. and finishes with judging and auction, which benefits the Florence-Darlington Technical College Educational Foundation’s scholarship fund.
Also April 8 is the Flo-Town 5K. The run/walk offers participants an enjoyable trek through Pee Dee history and the natural wetlands along Jeffries Creek. The 5K starts at 9 a.m. For more details, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/Florence/FloTown5KRunWalk.