Out and About

  • Benefit concert to help AJ student

    Rain or shine, Horseplay Farms is raising money Saturday to help a 15-year-old girl achieve her dreams, with a little help from some local bands and country rapper/rocker Charlie Farley.

    Natalie Griffin lost one of her legs in a lawnmower accident when she was 5. The Andrew Jackson High School student has worn a prosthetic leg for the last 10 years, but hopes to purchase a much lighter running blade prosthetic.

  • Yule season kickoff draws crowd of 500

    Homeplace Bed and Breakfast held its 19th production of the Bethlehem Marketplace on Nov. 16 and 17, drawing a crowd of nearly 500 people.
    The narrator takes visitors on a journey through a remake of the marketplace at Bethlehem, where they witness Jesus’ birth, arrest, death, resurrection and return to Earth.

  • Pottery studio tour

    Lancaster County is holding its first pottery tour this Saturday, with five local potters opening their studios to visitors.

    The free event will allow visitors to see live pottery demonstrations, meet the artists and shop around. Participants can begin their tour at any of the studios. 

    The Lancaster stops include Dianne Mahafee’s studio at 2875 New Hope Road, Elizabeth Lee’s studio at 2945 Aero Lane, Alan Noll’s studio at 2027 Standing Timber Road and Valerie Hawkins’ studio at 3458 Flat Creek Road.

  • Fall colors off to early start across mountains

    Jonathan Veit 

    Clemson University

    CLEMSON – A dry 2016 coupled with a late summer cold front brought on by Tropical Storm Irma has jumpstarted fall color in the southern Appalachians.

    Clemson University forest ecologist Don Hagan, in his annual fall foliage assessment, reports that the bounty of fall colors enjoyed by so many leaf lookers and businesses is seven to 10 days ahead of schedule in some areas.

  • Spiritual summer

    It’s that time of year again! Kids of all ages are flocking to Lancaster County churches for food, fun and fellowship during Vacation Bible School.
    Churches in our area are offering VBS throughout the summer.
    Myra Boone has directed VBS at different churches for 10 years. Now a member of Spring Hill Baptist Church, she thinks it’s important for kids to participate in church programs like Bible school so they can “grow and learn” and “to make sure those kids who don’t know about Jesus learn about him.”

  • Holiday Tour of Homes

    A trio of beautifully decorated country homes in the Rich Hill community of Heath Springs will sparkle in the yuletide spotlight Sunday during the Lancaster Garden Club’s 30th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes.

    For Jodi and Joey Franklin, the luminous shades come from rooms lined with Santas and rich earth tones inside their Dean Lane home.

    The Franklins’ neighbors Leslie and Dixon Parker let their holiday spirit glow with child-centered, you’re-allowed-to-touch décor.

  • Holiday curtain-raiser

    Hold on to your toboggans and grab your reindeer reins, as Lancaster ushers in the holiday season Saturday, Dec. 3, with a flurry of fun in the Cultural Arts District downtown.
    Revelers will be transported throughout the Cultural Arts District by old-fashioned trolley cars, courtesy of L&C Railway. Hop aboard and disembark at Santa’s Workshop, the Winter Block Party, the Artisans Holiday Market, the historic Springs House, the L&C Railway Museum, the Native American Studies Center and local businesses hosting holiday open houses.

  • ‘Nutcracker’ brings holiday dreams to stage on Monday

    Amanda Harris

    For The Lancaster News

    Local students will bring dancing mice, cherubs and gingerbread girls to life during Lancaster’s annual performance of a holiday classic.

    The Lancaster performance of “The Nutcracker” is 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at Lancaster High School’s auditorium, 617 Normandy Road, Lancaster. 

  • Slide into fun this Saturday

    Julie Graham
    For The Lancaster News

  • ‘Daddy’s Dyin’ and sparks are flyin’ for Texas family

    From release