Out and About

  • Anne Springs Close Greenway

    FORT MILL – As the weekends slowly begin to warm into spring, families find themselves searching for close-to-home recreational activities they can enjoy outside together.   

    If you are looking for a place where you can relax and enjoy the serene beauty of nature and leave the hustle and bustle of the real world behind you, you don’t have to go far.

    Just a short distance away, the Anne Springs Close Greenway is waiting.   

  • Native American Studies Center expands its art gallery

    The Native American Studies Center expanded its art gallery just before Christmas with a gift made possible through an anonymous donor. Catawba Indian Chief and subject of many Catawba creations, King Haigler, rules once again in clay in a still-life painting by Greenville artist, Nancy Biggs Thomas.

    Center Curator Brittany Taylor said the work was excellent, with vibrant complementary colors highlighting two traditional King Haigler pots.

    She was delighted to welcome Thomas’s work to the Center’s collection.

  • The Hinson Girls and Marty Stuart

    When Marty Stuart comes to Lancaster on Saturday, Feb. 9, he will be joined by some familiar faces.

    The Hinson Girls, a bluegrass and gospel band from Van Wyck, were asked by the Lancaster Performing Arts Series to be the opening act for Stuart’s concert at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium.

  • The delicious mystery of buttermilk

    Have you ever thought of buttermilk as being mysterious? Does its mere mention make you shake in your oven mitts, the James Bond theme song playing in your head? 

    Oh wait, maybe it’s just me.

    For years, this humble ingredient has had me stumped.

    What do you do with it? Is it for baking or am I supposed to put it in savory dishes?

    The answer, it turns out, is a simple “yes.”

  • Carolina's Biggest Baby Shower

    A Charlotte radio station is joining with a local care center to provide relief for mothers in need.

    New Life 91.9, a Christian radio station based in Charlotte,  will host their annual Carolina’s Biggest Baby Shower at the Pregnancy Care Center in Lancaster, 718 S. Main St., from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23.

    The shower is a drop-in event, and people are welcome to bring a gift, tour the center and meet staff from both the care center and New Life 91.9.

  • I don't have the right pull

    Well, the crisis on the verge of bringing America to its knees has been averted for now.

    No, I’m not talkin’ about the fiscal cliff. I am referring to $8 a gallon milk.

    I heard a recent TV news report that milk is gonna be more expensive than bottled water, so given the television source, it must be so.

    First taxes, now milk.

  • Carolina Christian Academy helps HOPE in Lancaster

    The 16th Annual Christmas canned goods drive for HOPE in Lancaster at Carolina Christian Academy started the last week of November and ended Dec. 19, with the school’s efforts netting 3,545 cans delivered to HOPE that morning.

    With the addition of other items donated besides canned goods, such as boxes of ramen noodles, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, Jell-O and pasta, the total number of items delivered was close to 7,000.

  • Holiday trains on display at Sun City

    Model trains and the holiday season have been closely linked since 1900 when Joshua Lionel Cowan built a small motorized gondola car to lure window shoppers into a New York City store.  Passersby flocked in, but were more interested in the miniature train that traveled around a circle of track than the merchant’s wares.

  • How to survive workplace bullying

    Are your days off spent exhausted and lifeless?

    Are you receiving nasty e-mails and snide remarks from your boss or colleagues?

    If you answer “yes” to any of the above, you may be the victim of workplace bullying and harassment.

    Apparently, you are not alone. More than 53 million Americans have reported workplace bullying, and the situation is getting worse in this economic downturn.

    The problem is what to do about it? This became my quest to find out in my bid to help a friend and others navigate through the maze.

  • Make burls into something interesting

    On a Thanksgiving visit to Giles County, Va., we met Allen Neely, a true mountain man who shared his passion for tree burls.

    A burl is an abnormality in which bud cells have grown in a chaotic manner, dividing in many directions to create a spherical shape.

    Burls are commonly found in the form of rounded outgrowths or bumps on a tree trunk or branch.

    Other burls grow attached to roots beneath the ground, and may not be discovered until the tree dies or falls.

    Almost all burl wood is covered by bark even if it is underground.