Posts Tagged ‘See Lancaster’

See Lancaster in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Participants for 12/02/17 Winter Block Party

June 29, 2017

“See Lancaster Live”, a subsidiary of Lancaster Performing Arts is seeking participants for the fifth annual Winter Block Party. Entertainers, artisans and craftsmen, and food vendors are invited to apply for this family-oriented event that will be held from 10am until 4pm on December 2nd, 2017.

The outdoor Winter Block Party, located in the Cultural Arts District at 216 S. Catawba Street, Lancaster, invites musicians, dance troupes, theatre troupes, choral groups, and other Christmas-themed performers to entertain the holiday crowds that descend upon downtown for Christmas in the City. Artisans, craftsmen, and food vendors are encouraged to apply early as a limited number of outdoor spaces are available. Winter Block Party is one element of a downtown-wide holiday celebration that includes gingerbread contest, free trolley rides, Santa photos & letters, Santa’s workshop & carousel, artisans holiday market, Native American artisan sale, holiday open houses, L & C train museum, Lancaster history museum, historic Springs house, jewelry trunk show, artists exhibitions, stories with Mrs. Claus, costumed characters, and more.

Admission to the day-long activities is free and convenient parking is plentiful. Those interested in participating in the Winter Block Party should complete an application and return it to April Joplin, Peforming Arts Manager, P.O. Box 1149, Lancaster, SC 29721. Applications are available at City Hall, 216 S. Catawba Street or Springs House, 201 W. Gay Street or apply online at (

Information on all upcoming events can be found at (

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.

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 (

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 (

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.

Ag+Art Tour Kickoff for Lancaster County, SC, Invites You to See Lancaster LIVE! – June 20, 2014

June 5, 2014

See Lancaster and Lancaster Performing Arts invite you to join us June 20, 2014, in downtown Lancaster, SC, for “See Lancaster LIVE!,” the official kick-off of the second annual Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County. The event begins at 5pm with a self-guided downtown crawl featuring arts studios and galleries, restaurants, and specialty shops.  Musicians, exhibits, demonstrations, and culinary samplings are free to visitors from 5-7pm.

At 7pm, the Java Band kicks off the weekend in style with a wide range of music indoors at 212 S. Main Street. Also on hand will be Lancaster’s only brewery, Benford Brewing Company.

Tickets to the Java Band dance party are $10 per person and can be purchased in advance at ( For more information on the Ag+Art Tour, the nation’s largest free farm and artisan tour, visit (

For general information or to purchase tickets, contact Jimola Wade at 803/289-1486, e-mail to ( or at See Lancaster SC offices at the Historic Springs House, 201 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC 29720.

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries for Red Rose Photography Contest – Deadline Apr. 1, 2014

February 22, 2014


The Lancaster County Council of the Arts partners with See Lancaster & the City of Lancaster, SC, for the Red Rose Festival Photography Contest. If you are interested in submitting your photograph that interprets what makes our community special, please click ( to download the application form and guidelines.

Deadline for submissions is Apr. 1, 2014.

For a complete prospectus and application, call Debbie Jaillette at 803/285-7451 or e-mail to (

8th Annual Carolina One Stop Shop Hop in Lancaster, SC, Takes Place Feb. 15, 2014

January 5, 2014

The 8th Annual Carolina One Stop Shop Hop (on behalf of See-Lancaster) will take place on Saturday Feb. 15, 2014, at the University of South Carolina-Lancaster Starr Hall and Carol Ray Dowling Center, from 9am to 4pm. The fee is $3 at the door and there is free parking.

Does your significant other love crafts? Then they will love the Carolina One Stop Shop Hop right after Valentine’s Day! Come out to the 8th Annual Carolina One Stop Shop Hop for a day of crafts and fun! There will be quilting fabric, fiber arts, buttons, vintage linens, threads, embellishments, felted wool, and more! We will have wonderful products for sewing, quilting and crafting. The event will also include door prizes, fresh baked goods, fabulous vendors and drawings for a Bernnina sewing machine and for a giant gift basket.

For further info e-mail to (

See Lancaster Offers Annual Ornament Unveiling in Lancaster, SC – Nov. 14, 2013

October 30, 2013

See Lancaster will hold its annual ornament unveiling on Nov. 14, 2013, from 5:30-7pm at The Springs House, 201 West Gay Street, in Lancaster, SC.  The 2013 edition is the fourteenth in a series of collectible ornaments featuring Lancaster’s historic sites & landmarks.

The event is free to the public with live music provided by “Ananda” and holiday refreshments by Alexander & Company, in the beautifully decorated Historic Springs House. Ornaments from previous years will be on sale for $6 each, the 2013 edition is $8.

After the unveiling event, the ornaments will be available for purchase at the The Springs House, Lancaster County Welcome Center, At Home by Casey, Ray’s Flowers, Winona’s Flowers & Gifts, Consignments at Elginwood Farms, Purple Rooster, Annette’s Hallmark House, McCray’s Flowers, SMH Sunshine Shop, Gallery 102, Lancaster Jewelers, and the Olde English District Artisans Market & Visitors Center.

For information, visit (, call Cherry Doster at 803/289-1492, or e-mail her at (

The Return of NOLA – Night of the Living Arts! Begins in Lancaster, SC – Oct. 25, 2013

October 14, 2013


Do you know what darkly mysterious things happen when a passel of downtown businesses and agencies join together in the creation of an infectious artistic evening? Why, it’s the monster of all things art that is known as NOLA, of course – Night of the Living Arts! The Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ annual “after-dark” arts crawl will overtake downtown Lancaster, SC, beginning at 5pm on the evening of Oct. 25, 2013. Known for its appeal to adults bedecked in eerie and imaginative costumes, the event offers lots of strangely peculiar enjoyment in support of arts programs for the entire County.

Begin your cryptic journey at the historic Springs House (if you recognize it on this night of devilishly disguised downtown “haunts”) where mystifying music with JRUX and twisted tunes with FONZIE will draw you inside the Carn-Evil tent to purchase admission tickets and maps to the participating venues. Creeping down Catawba Street, the doors of Picture Perfect and Cakes & More by Pierre will open to reveal displays of local artists’ works, sparkling gems fit for a pirate’s bounty, and tempting sweet treats. Crawl further to Edwards Scott House on Elm to partake in suspiciously delicious food and drink, while being mesmerized by a special photography exhibit.

Wend your way to Williams Street where Donny Pines & The Bonediggers’ live tunes will draw you into Gallery 102. Slither your way to Main Street and into Charley’s Café for more goodies awaiting your arrival as you peruse the pottery on display. Lumber along until you find your way on Gay Street to Bob Doster’s Backstreet Studio, where art-carved pumpkins light the way to the secret garden alive with indie-rock by Chris Compton and the Ruby Brunettes. Tear yourself away to creep back up to Main Street for a “wild-style” at Downtown Craze and get your special effects make-up completed with KATTS at Hospice and Community Care Resale Store. Now that your horrific look is complete, enter the double-doors of the Native American Studies Center to see traditional native artwork being created. Cross over to Cafe Taylors for a little live reggae with Justin Hatfield before returning to See Lancaster’s digs at 201 West Gay Street, the Carn-Evil Springs House to find live theatre with Community Playhouse, costume contests, prizes, live music, and more food and drink.

For a paltry $25 per person ($20 for LCCA members), you and your favorite zombie team will enjoy a full evening of the arts and ensure the arts are kept alive and well on Night of the Living Arts and beyond!!

For tickets and information, contact the Lancaster County Council of the Arts at 803-285-7451 or check the website at ( See Lancaster is one of thirteen agencies and businesses participating in the annual downtown arts crawl. For more information regarding See Lancaster, contact Cherry Doster 803/289-1492 or e-mail to ( Information can be found at (

See Lancaster in Lancaster, SC, is Calling for Participation in the 2013 Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County – Deadline Apr. 12, 2013

March 30, 2013

Avant Garde Center for the Arts, Clemson Extension, Lancaster County Agribusiness Center, Lancaster County Council of the Arts, The Olde English District Tourism Commission, and See Lancaster invite you to participate in the 2013 Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County. We have designed the event to be a weekend-long, self-guided tour that will link the agricultural and cultural aspects of Lancaster County, while adding a public art component for visual artists, musicians, and performance artists.

We invite you to participate in this summer’s tour and encourage you to open your studios and galleries, or allow us to station you at one of the sites along the tour to demonstrate your talents and sell your creations. We hope to enhance our visitor’s experience and promote to a wider audience, as well as providing our artists an opportunity to profit from the tour and gain wider exposure.

Participating artists will need to bring tables, chairs, tents for the tour and also indicate if you would prefer to be located at an indoors site. There is no fee for participation, but we will need to have a confirmation by Apr. 12, 2013, as an orientation dinner meeting is planned for April 16. Also, in order to include you in our brochures/listings/press releases/etc., an early confirmation will be necessary.

For further info call Cherry Doster, See Lancaster at 803/289-1492, e-mail to ( or visit (