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Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County, SC, Seeks Participants for 2016

January 7, 2016

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Beginning January 2016,  agricultural sites and artisans can apply online to participate in the annual Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County, SC. Lancaster County is one of nine counties which comprise the 2016 South Carolina Ag+Art Tour. The self-guided tour of farms, with artisans located on-site will be held June 11, 2016 from 9am until 5pm and June 12 from 1-5pm.

South Carolina Ag+Art Tour, a partnership of Clemson Extension and Olde English District Tourism Commission, is the nation’s largest free farm tour and offers visitors the opportunity to explore and enjoy designated farms in South Carolina featuring local artisans and farmers’ markets. During this tour visitors can see first-hand where food comes from, watch artists in action and purchase their works, dance to the melodies of bluegrass and folksongs, and learn more about rural life.

Agricultural locations and artisans interested in participating can apply at (www.agandarttour.com).

For information on Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County, contact Cherry Doster,  See Lancaster SC, Marketing & Development Manager, at 803/289-1492 or e-mail to (cdoster@lancastercitysc.com).

Red Rose Festival in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Participation – Deadline is Apr. 18, 2016

December 30, 2015

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Lancaster, SC’s Seventh Annual Red Rose Festival, named a Top 20 Event by Southeastern Tourism Society, is seeking artists and craftsmen, commercial and food vendors, local musicians and volunteers. The Festival will be held Friday, May 20, 2016, from 6-10pm and May 21, 2016, from 10am-10pm in the Cultural Arts District of downtown Lancaster, SC.

Those interested in becoming a vendor, volunteer, or other participant may apply online beginning January, 2016 at (www.lancastercitysc.com),  e-mail to (events@lancastercitysc.com), or call 803/289-1498.

Deadline for submission is April 18, 2016. Space is limited, so apply early!

The 2016 Red Rose Festival promises something for everyone, with live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, children’s rides and activities, festival food and fun with free admission both days. The Red Rose Festival is a rain or shine event!

Christmas in the City Meets Red Rose Holiday Tour on Dec. 5, 2015, in Lancaster, SC

November 29, 2015

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The Red Rose City ushers in the holiday season with a flurry of fun in historic downtown Lancaster, SC, on Dec. 5, 2015, from 9am – 9pm.

An old-fashioned trolley will transport holiday revelers to stops throughout the Cultural Arts District including Santa’s Workshop, Winter Block Party, Artisans Holiday Market, Historic Springs House, L & C Railway Museum, Native American Studies Center, and local businesses hosting Holiday Open Houses. Santa visits and letter drop-off, Gingerbread House Exhibit, balloon sculpting, ornament making, face painting, and a winter wonderland carousel will delight the little ones, while older children and teens enjoy the game truck.  Favorite characters lead activities, mingle, and pose for photos including Gingerbread Man, Santa’s Elves, Winnie the Pooh, Elsa, and Grinch, and Lancaster’s very own Rosie Rabbit.

Stories with Mrs. Claus, candy canes, cookies, and wassail punch is being hosted by Blackmon Insurance Group.  Visitors will find a Food Truck Food Court, where live on-stage performances feature music and dance troupes, including Fierce Dance Academy, Indian Land Middle & High School Dance Team, Ebony Expressionz, and Plair Band. The lovable Train Hobo will entertain with tales from the rails and gifts to the little ones.

Historic Springs House will be open with “Between the Springmaid Sheets” exhibit, refreshments, gift gallery, live music, and a jewelry trunk show. The indoor Artisans Holiday Market returns, where visitors will find unique treasures by artists and craftsmen from throughout the Carolinas. Discover pottery, jewelry, paintings, woodcarvings, handcrafted toys, baskets, textile-art fashions and accessories, sculpture, and more at this art collector’s paradise.

Native American Studies Center will host its annual Native American Arts and Crafts Show and Sale with artists selling traditional arts and crafts and demonstrating techniques. The thirteenth annual Holiday Open House at Backstreet Studio features new work and old favorites by renowned artist Bob Doster, holiday refreshments, exhibit by hundreds of artists, and prize drawing for a Doster original.

Downtown businesses rolling out the red carpet for those with a passion for shopping, providing holiday treats, discounts, gift certificates, and prize drawings include: Purple Rooster, Ray’s Flowers, At Home by Casey, Back to Balance Massage Therapy Studio, and Tumble-N-Roll. Just outside of downtown, visitors will enjoy Kenaki Karate and the annual Piedmont Folk Art.

Christmas in the City and Red Rose Holiday Tour promotion are projects of See Lancaster, SC and sponsored by the City of Lancaster.  The Red Rose Holiday Tour is a promotion of holiday happenings throughout Lancaster County in the month of December.

Contact Cherry Doster, Marketing & Development Manager, at 803/289-1492 or by e-mail at (cdoster@lancastercitysc.com) for complete details.

Christmas in the City includes an annual tree lighting, Christmas parade, Snack with Santa, and an impressive array of activities the first Saturday of December. For information, contact Joe Timmons, Events & Promotions Manager at 803/289-1498 or e-mail to (jtimmons@lancastercitysc.com). Visit (www.lancastercitysc.com) for information on these and other great events taking place in the Red Rose City of Lancaster, SC.

USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center Celebrates 3rd Anniversary with Gallery Openings, Lectures, and More! in Lancaster, SC – Nov. 20, 2015

November 10, 2015

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As part of its celebration of Native American Heritage Month, USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center, in Lancaster, SC, will host an afternoon of events on Nov. 20, 2015, including the opening of two new exhibits, a lecture on Catawba pottery, demonstrations of American Indian basketry, and storytelling and musical performances. The day will also mark the Center’s celebration of its third anniversary.

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Work by John Julius Wilnoty

Opening its doors in 2012, the Native American Studies Center has attracted thousands of visitors from around the state, the country and the world to downtown Lancaster, SC. Its four galleries, archaeology lab, archives, and other amenities have attracted everyone from pre-school groups to seasoned scholars. To mark its 3rd anniversary, the Center will host an afternoon of free, public events. Beginning at noon with a lecture by Catawba Indian scholar Brooke Bauer, who will discuss the role of Catawba women in preserving the tribe’s pottery tradition, the Center will officially open two new exhibits: the “Story of Catawba Pottery,” a permanent exhibit sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Duke Energy Foundation, and “Solitude and Mystery,” a visiting exhibit of carvings by Cherokee artist John Julius Wilnoty, on view through Jan. 14, 2016. The afternoon will also feature basket-making demonstrations by Catawba artist Faye Greiner, storytelling and pottery-making demonstrations by Beckee Garris of the Catawba Cultural Center and the NASC, and a musical performance by former Catawba Nation Chief and guitarist Gilbert Blue.

The USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center is located at 119 S. Main St. Lancaster, SC.

For more information on the Center visit (http://usclancaster.sc.edu/NAS/) or call 803/313-7172.

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

August 31, 2015

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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-mail at (cmstevens@comporium.net). Vendor applications are online at the community calendar of (www.lancastercitysc.com) 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, SC’s Cultural Arts District to be Dedicated – Sept. 18, 2015

August 7, 2015

See Lancaster will host a dedication of Lancaster Cultural Arts District at 10am on Sept. 18, 2015, at the Cultural Arts Center, 307 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC. Ken May, Executive Director of the South Carolina Arts Commission, Mayor Joe Shaw, and Society for Historical Preservation will offer remarks prior to a walk through the newly-appointed district. The event is free and open to the public.

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A park on Main Street – sculpture by Bob Doster

The South Carolina Arts Commission named Lancaster’s downtown a state-recognized cultural district, an easily identifiable geographic area with a concentration of arts facilities and assets that support cultural, artistic and economic activity. The cultural district designation was created by the SC General Assembly and Gov. Nikki Haley in 2014. See Lancaster worked with local leaders and Arts Commission staff to develop a map of cultural assets and a strategic plan for the district. 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.

For information, contact: Cherry Doster, City of Lancaster Marketing & Development Manager by calling 803/289-1492 or e-mail to (cdoster@lancastercitysc.com).

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

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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 (jwade@lancastercitysc.com).

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

July 18, 2015

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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 (cdoster@lancastercitysc.com).

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 (cmstevens@comporium.net). Vendor applications are online at (http://issuu.com/cherry747/docs/2015_artisan_market_application_pdf) 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

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“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.


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