Florence Venues Continue Their Return with Scheduled Events for 2021
With measures being taken to lessen the impact of the pandemic, many entertainment venues are coming back into action in 2021! Venues such as the Florence Center, Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center (FMU PAC), Downtown Florence and the Florence Little Theater are again scheduling shows/activities that people can safely attend.
Here’s a rundown of some upcoming events announced so far for the rest of the year, many of which are selling tickets already.
First up is the Florence Center, where the Carolina Food Truck Rodeo returns September 17-19. This year they promise it will be bigger and better than ever before. A new feature is a cornhole tournament where teams can compete for over $400 in prizes! Visit www.carolinafoodtruck.com to register.
Also at the Florence Center, Saturday, Nov. 6, the Newsboys Step Into the Light Tour lights things up. The popular Newsboys Christian rock band from Australia with 17 studio albums, 6 of which have certified gold, features other top Christian acts. Tickets are on sale now at www.florencecenter.com.
In Downtown Florence, Florence After Five is back in 2021, featuring live music, local food and drinks and more every Friday in the 100 block of S. Dargan Street starting at 5:30pm. As always, admission is FREE! This year the MUSC Florence Medical Center is offering a free vaccine clinic at each event. No appointment is necessary. Scheduled are the Cat 5 Band Aug. 27, the Embers Sept. 24, and Chocolate Chip and Co Oct. 29.
In its 12th year, Florence After Five it’s sponsored by Carolina Bank, MUSC Health Florence Medical Center, Victors, and Victory Beer.
Joining the comeback of event venues this year is the Florence Little Theatre, which already has a number of shows lined up. Tickets are available at www.florencelittletheatre.org. It’s first production of the season is a September 10-18 run of the classic “Glorious! The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World.”
In 1940’s New York, the performer everyone wanted to see live was Florence Foster Jenkins, who warbled and screeched her way songs surrounded by a circle of devoted friends almost as eccentric as her. Based upon a true story, the play rolls through her off-kilter performances to an ultimate triumph at Carnegie Hall in this hilarious and heart-warming comedy. The performance is underwritten by Habitat 2000.
Next up is Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express scheduled for Nov. 12-20.
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. An American tycoon is dead, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer in a new version of the play called a suspenseful, highly entertaining thrill ride. This performance is underwritten by Armstrong Wealth Management Group.
Coming back in the spring is “Something Rotten” for an April 1-9 run.
Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the brothers realize reaching the top may mean being true to thine own self. The recipient of several Best Musical nominations and hailed by Time Out New York as “the funniest musical in at least 400 years.” This performance is underwritten by Wells Fargo.
Moore Farms Botanical Garden’s Beer Fest is also back September 18! Experience breweries from across the Southeast at the scenic Lake City garden with more than 20 local and regional craft breweries offering a variety of beers and ciders. Green Frog Social House will be serving up delicious eats to go with live music. You must be 21 and older to attend, and all proceeds benefit the Florence County Disabilities Foundation.
A sober ride service will be provided to and from downtown Lake City during the event. It will pick up and drop off at Inn at the Crossroads. Get tickets at www.moorefarmsbg.org.
The American Heritage Festival in Lake City is again inviting folks to smell the gunpowder, feel the crackling of the cannons and the rattling of the guns and listen to the horses neighing in an experience that promises to immerse people in war live reenactments.
The Americas Living History Foundation is sponsoring the 6th annual festival Oct. 23-24, at Graham’s Historic Farm. See the movement of infantry, horses, military vehicles, and World War I (WWI) planes. Visit the displays of Revolutionary War, WWI, World War II, Korean, and Vietnam War artifacts, weapons, and vehicles.
For more information and tickets visit https://www.theamericanheritagefestival.com/tickets.
There are no tickets to buy for the SC Pecan Music and Food Festival that returns (with a new name no less) Saturday, Nov. 6, to Downtown Florence, but that’s not a bad thing! It’s a major save-the-date event, as it brings back the food, retail and arts vendors we’ve come to love but adds legendary rock group Grand Funk Railroad as part of the group’s Some Kind of Wonderful Tour 2021. The group will perform on the Main Stage from 5:30pm-7pm.
The Festival marks its 17th year and is the area’s largest event, drawing over 50,000 attendees each year. The festival consistently wins Best of the Pee Dee awards (including this year despite being canceled last year) and has been featured in numerous national publications such as Travel + Leisure Magazine Online and AAA’s Go Magazine. More info can be found online at www.scpecanfestival.com.
Not to be outdone, the Florence Symphony Orchestra soars again this fall with a season it’s calling “Bach to Broadway” at FMU PAC. Buy tickets by calling the FSO office at 843-661-2541.
First on the schedule is “Homecoming” with Rhodes scholar and piano virtuoso John Hoffmeyer on October 11. He will perform “Fanfare for a New Day” by Goff, Piano Concerto No 2 by Rachmaninoff and Symphony No. 1 by Schumann.
FSO is back November 15 with “Pines of Rome” with principal musicians Mary Louise Nagata and Jennifer Deudkoontod, who will perform a Double Concerto by composer Max Bruch.
The orchestra ends the year December 13 with its ever-popular “Holiday Pops!” holiday concert that will include the South Carolina Dance Theatre.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.florencesymphony.com.
Finally, FMU PAC also features a Dec. 17 presentation of Cinderella from The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine. The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine returns to the U.S. to present their captivating two-act performance of one of the most beloved stories of all time. With no fewer than 55 of Ukrainians finest performers, the ensemble has performed to audiences worldwide. Tickets are available at www.fmupac.org.