Out and About

  • Lancaster County Elementary Honors Choir

    The Lancaster County Elementary Honors Choir, featuring fifth-grade students under the direction of Kathy Clark, performed Tuesday night at Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. Here are some scenes from the performance. The entire performance will air on LearnTV at 9 a.m., noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. next Friday. The Middle School Honors Choir will air the same day at 10 a.m., 1, 4, 7 and 10 p.m. Look for the full LearnTV schedule in Sunday’s edition.

  • 270 years of continual service

    The S.C. American Legion and American Legion Post 31 honored several of its longtime members Monday night during a brief ceremony at the Stafford Graham building.
    Between the four of them, John Carter, Dr. J.P. Horton, Lilly Kee and W.C. Wallace have a combined 270 years of continual membership.
    “I know it’s quite an honor,” said Bob Scherer, first vice commander of the S.C. American Legion. “I’m only 71 years old, so they’ve all got me beat. We want South Carolina to stand up and be proud of everything you are doing.”

  • Sleeping bags

    Kali Cassidy
    For The Lancaster News

    She flattens out the Walmart bag and folds it again and again until it’s a strip of plastic.
    She cuts the strip every 2 inches, producing a pile of plastic loops, which she knots end-to-end to produce a long piece of “plarn,” or plastic yarn. Then she crochets this into a woven fabric.

  • Pianist pairs Beatles songs with Chopin

    Steinway artist Pamela Howland is a classically trained concert pianist, a specialist in the works of Polish composer Frederic Chopin, and a fan of the Beatles. But primarily, she communicates emotions to audiences through the language of music.
    Vivacious, imaginative, sensitive and a bit unconventional, she is that rare classically trained performing artist who thrives as an entertainer. Now, Howland has created original piano arrangements of beloved Beatles tunes, transporting the Fab Four back to Chopin’s musical landscape.

  • Bootlegger’s Ball

    I knew it was going to be a fun gala this year when the team in charge of decoration asked people to save their empty wine and spirits bottles. Some of us had an embarrassing number to hand over, but what do you expect just after Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s?
    Art & Soul at the Bootleggers Ball, this year’s Lancaster County Council of the Arts (LCCA) 19th annual fundraising gala, will be held Feb. 6 at USC Lancaster’s Bradley Building.

  • S.C. parks ready for New Year’s Day hikers

    Kyle Camp

    Andrew Jackson State Park in Lancaster and Hanging Rock State Park in Heath Springs are holding special First Day Hikes events on Jan. 1 to help launch the New Year.
    Visitors will learn more about the cultural and natural heritage of South Carolina, as well as get some fresh air and exercise.

  • A Christmas tradition returns to Lancaster

    Amanda Harris
    For The Lancaster News

    Lancaster County students will once again grace the stage alongside professional dancers in a classic holiday tradition next week.

  • Amazing Journey performance Sunday

    What do a German, Hungarian and Brazilian have in common? If you said, “a love of music,” you’d be right, but you’d be missing the story behind the answer.
    On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 15, members of the Greenville Symphony Ensemble invite you to join them as they weave a musical journey from Germany, to Brazil, to the United States, and learn some of the real-life stories behind the musical travel.

  • Mistletoe Market

    Amanda Harris
    For The Lancaster News

    Those who start their Christmas shopping early this year will also be helping children with disabilities work to strengthen themselves.
    This year’s Lancaster Women’s Club Mistletoe Market will support Horse N Around, a nonprofit therapeutic riding program in Lancaster that works to improve the well-being of children and adults with a range of challenges, said market chair Shonda Carlton.

  • Revisiting the Panhandle's House of Horrors

    Amanda Harris
    For The Lancaster News

    Strange disappearances, tall tales and skeletons buried for years.
    The story of Milt Chaney and his infamous tavern near the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 75 (Waxhaw Highway) has been passed down through Lancaster generations for decades.
    Many believe Chaney, who was arrested and hanged for stealing a slave, secretly murdered the guests who went missing after spending a night at his inn.