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Lancaster Performing Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Applications for Holiday Crafters and Food Vendors for the Third Annual Winter Block Party – Dec. 5, 2015

July 30, 2015


Lancaster Performing Arts in Lancaster, SC, is now accepting applications for holiday crafters and food vendors for the third annual Winter Block Party. The Block Party is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 in downtown Lancaster from 11am to 4pm during the Red Rose Holiday Tour.

Enjoy unique and festive shopping at the 2015 Winter Block Party! This FREE family friendly event will rock you into the Holiday Spirit with live musical performances, holiday booths, and concessionaires. The Winter Block Party is a great opportunity to introduce your food or crafts to the many residents and visitors drawn to downtown Lancaster during the Red Rose Holiday Tour.

Allow yourself the time to slow down and wander through the aisles and connect with people from near and far who are selling their wares and sharing their stories. The Winter Block Party is a delightful place to get swept up in the festive spirit.

Other Red Rose Holiday Tour free activities taking place downtown on Saturday, December 5th include a multitude of holiday open houses, an indoor artisan show, and much more!

For information, contact Jimola W. Wade by calling 803/289-1494 or by e-mail at (

SC Arts Commission Names Downtown Lancaster, SC, A Cultural District

July 18, 2015


The SC Arts Commission has named Lancaster, SC’s downtown as the second state-recognized cultural district in South Carolina. A cultural district is an easily identifiable geographic area with a concentration of arts facilities and assets that support cultural, artistic and economic activity. Lancaster was the second city to apply for the new cultural district designation, which was created by the SC General Assembly and Gov. Nikki Haley in 2014.

City officials will use the cultural district designation to attract visitors and residents to downtown and promote the area as a hub of arts and culture.

“See Lancaster”, a division of City of Lancaster’s Support Services Department, coordinated the application process. Working with local leaders and Arts Commission staff, a map of cultural assets and a strategic plan for the district were developed. “The recognition as a cultural district will help enhance the vibrant arts initiatives in Lancaster,” said Cherry Doster, Marketing and Development Manager. “The cultural district designation is another way to help increase support of existing businesses and attract new ones.”

City of Lancaster Administrator remarked, “The City of Lancaster is honored to have received this award. Our city is fortunate to have a number of local artists who have educated our citizens to understand the importance of art not just to the community, but especially to our school children. Our own “resident” artist, Bob Doster, has worked tirelessly to teach our children to embrace their creativity and  to explore and appreciate all forms of art.”

Non-arts businesses and organizations are important pieces of a cultural district, says Ken May, SC Arts Commission executive director. “A successful cultural district attracts creative enterprises, such as galleries and theatres, whose patrons want to dine out and shop, so nearby retail and other businesses benefit from that increased economic activity.”

The SC Arts Commission staff will assist communities in developing a brand and marketing their cultural districts. Other states with similar cultural district programs include Massachusetts, Kentucky, Texas and Colorado.

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, SC, the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources.

For further information call Cherry Doster/Marketing & Development Mgr./See Lancaster at 803/289-1492 or e-mail to (

Avant Garde Center for the Arts and Olde English District Welcome Center Calls for Artists and Vendors for 2015 Artisans Holiday Show in Lancaster, SC

July 5, 2015

Artisans, craftsmen, and holiday vendors are invited to participate in the third annual Artisans Holiday Show in downtown Lancaster, SC. The indoor show will be held at 212 S. Main Street on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, from 10am – 4pm as part of the Red Rose Holiday Tour in partnership with non-profit agencies Avant Garde Center for the Arts and Olde English District Welcome Center & Artists Market.

This holiday market features handmade arts and crafts and holiday vendors. Participation fees start at $50 and applications may be obtained by calling 803/287-7853 or by e-mailing to ( Vendor applications are online at ( or by mail at P.O. Box 6, Van Wyck, SC 29744.

The Artisans Holiday Market has been named a top 20 event for December 2015 by Southeast Tourism Society.  Avant Garde Center for the Arts is an all-volunteer non-profit arts agency which exists to provide opportunities to diverse neighborhoods.

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries for “The Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition 2015″ – Deadline Aug. 27, 2015

June 14, 2015


“The Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition” is calling all county-wide artists! Any resident of Lancaster County high school age or older is eligible to participate in this annual competition.

All paintings can be delivered between August 24 -27, 2015, during the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday-Thursday. Artist reception is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, from 3 to 5pm. This is a free, public reception, so please invite your friends and family!

This exhibit is sponsored by the Hagins family, the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and the Lancaster County Art League.

For more information or competition guidelines call 803/285-7451.

Annual Holiday Market in Lancaster, SC, Selected as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast

June 7, 2015

The Artisans of the Olde English District and Downtown Holiday Market, in Lancaster, SC, has been selected as one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for the month of December 2015.  The event, held annually on the first Saturday of December, is a partnership project of Avant Garde Center for the Arts and Olde English District Visitors Center and Market. Artisans and visitors from throughout the southeast gather indoors in downtown Lancaster to show, sell, and shop for the holiday season.

Southeast Tourism Society is an association dedicated to marketing and promoting travel to and within the Southeast and recognizing the importance of festivals and special events in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

Southeast Tourism Society developed the Top 20 Event program to recognize successful festivals and special events across the Southeast, with independent judges evaluating nominations to identify 20 events across the region each month.  Selection as a Southeast Top 20 Event is a validation of an event’s quality and distinction.

Avant Garde Center for the Arts  is a non-profit organization which seeks to promote the value of arts and culture to every facet of the community. The Olde English District Visitor Center and Market, located in Richburg, S.C. offers visitors and locals a convenient location to gather information and shop for original artists’ work from the seven counties that comprise the Olde English District. 

The Artisans of the Olde English District and Downtown Holiday Market will be held December 5th, 2015 and sponsors include Mitch Norrell and Mandy Powers-Norrell, Lancaster Woman’s Club, The Visual Storykeeper Studio, City of Lancaster, Jerry Temple Audio, and Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio.  

For information on the event, contact Avant Garde Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 6, Van Wyck, SC 29744, call 803/287-7853, or e-mail to ( 

City of Lancaster, SC, has Been Chosen to Receive 2015 Historic Preservation Stewardship Award

May 13, 2015


The City of Lancaster, SC, has been chosen to receive a 2015 Historic Preservation Stewardship Award for its dedication to the preservation of the Cultural Arts Center at The Olde Lancaster Presbyterian Church​. Lt. Governor Henry McMaster will present the award for The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation at the State House in Columbia, SC, on June 5, 2015.

Each year, thousands of South Carolinians work to preserve the state’s legacy that is reflected in our historic buildings, structures, and sites. Since 1995 the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, and the Office of the Governor have recognized  exceptional accomplishments in the preservation, rehabilitation, and interpretation of architectural and cultural heritage with a series of statewide awards.

These efforts demonstrate outstanding commitment to preserving South Carolina’s history; therefore the nonprofit membership based Palmetto Trust, with both the S.C. Department of Archives and History and the Governor’s Office, join together in recognizing exemplary work in historic preservation in South Carolina.

The Cultural Arts Center at the Olde Lancaster Presbyterian Church is an ongoing preservation and restoration project of the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation. The building was built in 1862 and was reopened in 2011 as a center for cultural events.

For further information contact Cherry Doster by calling 803/289-1492 or e-mail to (

City of Lancaster, SC, Offers 6th Annual Red Rose Festival – May 15 and 16, 2015

May 11, 2015


The City of Lancaster, SC, invites you to play in their streets on May 15 and May 16, 2015, with the arrival of the 6th Annual Red Rose Festival. This year’s event includes outdoor concerts, arts, crafts, Kids Zone, Red Rose Car Show by Memory Lane Cruisers, Red Rose Dog Show by the Lancaster SPCA, Photography Contest by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and roaming entertainment & much more.

Join us from 6 to 10pm on May 15 and 10am to 10pm on May 16 in beautiful historic downtown Lancaster sponsored in-part with The Lancaster News, WRHI/Inter State 107 and Rapid Signs, LLC.

This year’s festival will feature over 75 artisans, crafters, food vendors, as well as an A-list of international, national and locally known music artists.

Friday’s featured event begins at 6pm with southern food, roaming entertainment and singing of the National Anthem. The Lancaster County Council of the Arts will announce the winners of the Red Rose Photography contest, then presentation of colors followed by Lancaster’s very own, and winner of the 2012 Women In Rock Showcase, Pam Taylor of “Stolen Hearts.” Topping off the evening is Ken Knox & Company, “The former member of Chairmen of the Board and member of the North and South Carolina and the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame, Ken Knox” is sure to bring everyone to their feet with great excitement for Saturday’s musical line up!

Saturday’s featured events begin at 10am, The Native American Center Museum, Red Rose Photography Contest, Red Rose Dog Show and Red Rose Car Show all begin at 10am.

Lancaster SPCA Red Rose Dog Show, sponsored by Wal-Mart and Nutra Max, invite you to bring your furry k-9 to the back park of the Historic Courthouse to compete for Best Smile, Best Dressed, Most Talented and Top Dog until noon. The Native American Center featuring the largest collection of Catawba pottery in the world and will showcases multi talented arts from the Catawba Indians and native arts at the Museum until 6pm. The Red Rose Car Show, sponsored by Memory Lane Cruisers and Hwy 55 Burgers, invite car enthusiasts to take a stroll through their beautiful collection of classic cars that are known as one of the best in the state. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warriors’ Project. For the photography enthusiast in all of us, come into the Historic Springs House on Catawba and Gay Street until 5 pm to view the beautiful entries of the Red Rose Photography contest presented by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.

Artisans and crafters will be on hand selling collectibles, along with hand-crafted items such as art, jewelry, children’s clothing and crafts beginning at 10am on Main Street. The Kids Zone opens for a FREE day of amusements, a Karate demonstration by Kenaki Karate, and meet-and-greets in Red Rose Park with Panther’s Sir Purr, Knight’s Castle Homer, City of Lancaster’s Rosie and much more!

The City Stage comes alive with The Red Rose Worship Choir directed by Jason Burley, Minister of Music and Worship at Covenant Baptist Church featuring various church choirs in the area.

Country sweetheart and American Idol placing in the top 50 of Fox’s hit series “American Idol”, Emily Minor kicks off the day with her high energy show filled with classic country favorites and original hits.

Keep your boots on for local country boy “The Matt Tucker Band” at 2pm. Performing many country favorites influenced by Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks, Matt Tucker will keep your boots kicking to self written singles and country favorites.
Back by popular demand, Transit Vocal Band will hit the stage at 4pm. Transit is all band no instruments! “Combining soaring leads, smooth harmonies and a thumping rhythm section, Transit demonstrates the power, versatility and emotion of the most natural instrument of all, the human voice”.

Cooling off the day is one of 2014’s number 1 beach bands, The Entertainers. Founded in 1980, the Entertainers are sure to bring the beach to our stage with their #1 hit “Thank Goodness She Cheated,” as well as classic beach and soul hits! Shagging on the blvd. on Main in Lancaster is where the fun continues!

Labeled the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band for the last 10 years, “Who’s Bad” is sure to impress the Red Rose Festival’s young and old alike with a tribute of “the King of Pop’s” entire career from his Motown days with the Jackson 5 to his last solo efforts, “Who’s Bad”, is in their 11th year touring world-wide. You’ll be amazed and captivated at the talents of everyone in the tribute. “Who’s Band” headlines the 2015Red Rose Festival at 8pm.

The 2015 Red Rose Festival promises something for everyone. It’s the event of the year in Lancaster and we hope you will join us to see why we are excited about our Red Rose City.

The Red Rose Festival is a rain- or-shine event.

For further info visit (

See Lancaster and Lancaster Performing Arts in Lancaster SC, Offers See Lancaster LIVE! for the Ag+Art Tour Kickoff for Lancaster County – June 26, 2015

May 11, 2015


Relax and unwind or break out your best dance moves! See Lancaster and Lancaster Performing Arts invite you to join us June 26, 2015, in downtown Lancaster, SC, for “SEE LANCASTER LIVE!,” the official kick-off of the third annual Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County.

At 7pm, the HOT SAUCE BAND kicks off the weekend in style with a wide range of music.  This band is known for blending the genres of 70s, 80s, 90s, and current hits into one extra large bag of popcorn fun and party madness!

This event is held indoors at the Lancaster County Historical Courthouse located at 100 N. Main Street.  Tickets are only $10.50 per person and available by calling 803/289-1486 or online at ( A cash bar will be available.

For more information on the Ag+Art Tour, the nation’s largest free farm and artisan tour, visit (

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Scholarship Applications – Deadline May 29, 2015

May 10, 2015


The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is accepting applications for the new $500 LCCA Academic Scholarship, which will be awarded to a high school senior residing in Lancaster County, SC, who will graduate during 2014-15 school year.  Student must be accepted as a full-time undergraduate student at a fully accredited college, university or technical college.   A major in dance, literature, music, theatre, folk & traditional arts or visual arts is preferred, but not a requirement.

Deadline to apply is 3pm, Friday, May 29, 2015.

Applicants may submit the application package to the offices of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, or by mail to PO Box 613, Lancaster, SC, 29721.

Sponsors of this scholarship are the Board of Directors and Officers of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.  Future scholarships will also be funded by businesses, organizations and individual citizens who have designated funds for this program.

Online applications may be obtained through the LCCA website at (, and paper copies are available at local high school guidance offices or by calling the LCCA offices at 803/285-7451.

See Lancaster SC Seeks Cultural District Designation

April 30, 2015


Lancaster, South Carolina, may soon have another reason to visit –  a state-recognized cultural district in the downtown area.  See Lancaster, a department of the City of Lancaster which oversees tourism development, has been working with local and state leaders to apply for cultural district designation.  The program is a new initiative approved by state lawmakers late last year, which authorized the South Carolina Arts Commission to grant official state designation to Palmetto State cultural districts.

The SC Arts commission defines a cultural district as a geographic area that has a concentration of cultural facilities, activities, and assets and is easily identifiable to visitors and residents as a center of cultural, artistic, and economic activity.  Gaining recognition for downtown Lancaster as a cultural district is expected to be another tool in See Lancaster SC’s efforts to attract visitors and businesses to its downtown area. With Lancaster’s growing diverse art and culture sector, state cultural district distinction will assist in marketing and promoting the downtown area as a “creative” destination.

Potential benefits include attracting more businesses to downtown and increasing the city’s opportunities for grant applications to support local art and cultural activities. The goal is for downtown Lancaster to be a center of economic and cultural activity. Goals of designated cultural districts include attracting artists and creative entrepreneurs, preservation and reuse of historic buildings, and provision of a focal point for celebrating and strengthening local cultural identity.

City Council passed a required resolution and appointed a steering committee to develop a map of the proposed district and an inventory of arts-related businesses and venues, public art collections, and locations which provide opportunity for arts experiences.

If approved, Lancaster’s cultural district designation will be in effect for five years, with See Lancaster tracking  investments and growth in the area. Cities with cultural districts will track the number of visitors to the area, the building occupancy rate, tourism activity, sales tax collections, employment figures, and the volume of art-based industry.

For further information, please contact Cherry Doster, Marketing & Development Manager, See Lancaster, 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC 29720.  E-mail to ( or call 803/289-1492.


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