Category: Special Events

The Sumter Comic Arts Symposium 2016

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Sumter County Cultural Commission along with USC Sumter and Sumter Shaw Comican presented The Sumter Comic Arts Symposium 2016 this weekend. On Friday, March 4th, the event was held at USC Sumter in the Arts and Letters Hall from 2-3pm. Saturday, March 5, the function was held at the Patriot Hall Auditorium. Activities for adults and children lasted all day. Doors opened at 10am and closed around 6pm.

The comic art symposium was a conference where artist, venders, and the local community joined together for lectures presentations and activities pertaining to comic arts. According to sumtercountysc.org, The Sumter County Cultural Commission strives to engage community members of all ages in the creation, contemplation, and appreciation of visual arts.

The Sumter Item, a local newspaper reported that due to the success of the first comic arts symposium sponsors were able to expand offers for this year. This year’s event was bigger than last year and was filled with creators who work in comics and graphic novels.

Among the comic book artist and writers was Roy Thomas, Erica Henderson, Chris Schweizer, Kyle Starks and Cody Hanes. The video above captures footage from Saturday’s event at Patriot Hall. Included in the video are different artist and members of the community. Cody Hanes, the artist who is drawing a comic like image of a young girl is an artist who lives and works in the Myrtle Beach area. He is a freelancer and is available upon request. He co-owns and operates the company Carolina Caricatures. For more information on or to contact this artist click here.

If you’re a collector of original comic art, or an aspiring comic artist, according to The City of Sumter, you can contact Carmela Bryan at Patriot Hall to have your work included in the “Infinite Canvas” exhibition at (803) 436-2260.

The Fourth Annual 2016 Sumter Road Race Series

Saturday, February 6, 2016, Westside Christian Academy hosted the first race of their Fourth Annual Sumter Series, The Westside Christian Academy Resolution Race 5K. The Sumter series is an event that emphasizes health and community throughout the year. This event includes eight running races during the calendar year according to The City of Sumter.

The race focuses on health and community but also celebrates physical, spiritual, civic and environmental recovery. When completing registration, participants of the race are signed up for all eight races. The registration packet includes everything needed to participate and the cost is a one fee of one hundred dollars. The proceeds from the race benefit various organizations around Sumter County.

The first race was held in the area around Westside Christian Academy from 9:30am until 11:30am. The route was timed with chip devices that were included in the registration packet along with each participant’s t-shirt and bib number. During the race supporters stood on the sidelines cheering on the runners.

While supporting the participants, the crowd along with Westside Academy’s principal, Maureen Hickok Dunton, also enjoyed Christian music, refreshments and each other. When the race came to an end everyone gathered together in the parking area of the school for recognition of top runners. Prizes were awarded to the overall male and female winners and to age group winners.

Seven races are left and will last until November, they include: The Tuomey Foundation 5-Miler, the Young Professionals of Sumter and City of Sumter’s Recovery Road Race (5K/10K), the United Way Derby Day Sumter 5K, the Hot Pursuit 5K, the Sumter County Library’s Forrest Ray 5K, the Sumter Sunrise Rotary 5K, and the YMCA’s Turkey Trot.

Anytime Fitness, located in Sumter, SC, sponsors the Road Race Series. For more information about the Fourth Annual Sumter Series or registration you can contact Westside Christian Academy or log onto The City of Sumter’s website

Westside Christian Academy (Feb. 6, 2016) The Westside Christian Academy School hosted its first race in the Fourth Annual Sumter Race Series this year. This year's event sign displays all sponsors. The proceeds from this race benefit various organizations around the Sumter community. (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary)
Westside Christian Academy (Feb. 6, 2016) The Westside Christian Academy School hosted its first race in the Fourth Annual Sumter Race Series this year. This year’s event sign displays all sponsors. The proceeds from this race benefit various organizations around the Sumter community. (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary)
Westside Christian Academy (Feb. 6, 2016) The first race of The Fourth Annual Sumter Series started on Pinewood Street in Sumter, SC and continued  in the area around Westside Christian Academy from 9:30am until 11:30am. (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary)
Westside Christian Academy (Feb. 6, 2016) The first race of The Fourth Annual Sumter Series started on Pinewood Street in Sumter, SC and continued in the area around Westside Christian Academy from 9:30am until 11:30am. (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary)
Westside Christian Academy School (Feb. 6, 2016) The route for the 2016 Resolution Race 5K was timed with chip devices that were included in the registration packet along with each participant’s t-shirt and bib number. During the race supporters stood on the sidelines cheering on the runners. (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary)
Westside Christian Academy School (Feb. 6, 2016) The route for the 2016 Resolution Race 5K was timed with chip devices that were included in the registration packet along with each participant’s t-shirt and bib number. During the race supporters stood on the sidelines cheering on the runners. (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary)
Westside Academy School (Feb. 6, 2016) Here are a few male participants who ran in the Fourth Annual Sumter Running Series first race in 2016. Prizes were awarded to the overall male and female winners and to age group winners. This race emphasizes physical, spiritual, educational, civic and environmental recovery. (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary)
Westside Academy School (Feb. 6, 2016) Here are a few male participants who ran in the Fourth Annual Sumter Running Series first race in 2016. Prizes were awarded to the overall male and female winners and to age group winners. This race emphasizes physical, spiritual, educational, civic and environmental recovery. (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary)
Westside Christian Academy (Feb. 06, 2016) Maureen Hickok Dunton, principal at Westside Christian Academy throws up her arms while cheering on runners as they cross the finish lines at 2016 Resolution Race 5K. (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary)
Westside Christian Academy (Feb. 06, 2016) Maureen Hickok Dunton, principal at Westside Christian Academy throws up her arms while cheering on runners as they cross the finish lines at 2016 Resolution Race 5K. (Photo Credit: Ashley M. Singletary)

Recap: “Do Something for Jesus”: Youth Day September 20, 2015

Recap: “Do Something for Jesus”: Youth Day September 20, 2015

Last Sunday, September 20, 2015, the youth at Mt. Zion Chapel Baptist Church in Pawley’s Island had its youth day celebration. The atmosphere was electric. “Do something for Jesus” was the theme for the event. The children of the church were hosting their own youth day. They want to inspire all young people to get involved, stay active and have fun in church. They are doing something for Jesus by spreading the Good NEWS about him through their praise and worship concert.

The event was held in inside the sanctuary at 6:30pm on this past Sunday. About 375 people attended. That’s not including all youth advisors who assisted with wardrobe changes, setting up the stage and music for the event.

After speaking with the children of the church, youth advisors and church members who attended the event I found out how much of an impact this event made on the community. One Youth advisor, Mrs. Dori, spoke about how the youth are trying to inspire others. She also said “Yes, the youth are an inspiration to others, but Youth Day gives them a chance to be recognized along with their parents. Youth Day is a time to recognize the children as leaders and the parents who are making a positive impact in the children’s lives”.

THE CHILDREN WERE JUST EXCITED TO GIVE GLORY TO JESUS AND HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME DOING IT!

According to members of the church, this event had a goal to inspire, encourage and get the community to “Do Something for Jesus”. The goal was accomplished! The audience reacted excitedly as the children’s concert began. Over 87 youth participated in the mini concert, praise dances and skits. I also spoke with little Isaiah who was, very excited about this event. When asked what he was most excited about, he said “Praise dancing and doing something for Jesus”. Isaiah is only six years old.

Marie, who is the parent of young Isaiah, said “Every year I attend Youth Day because this day is designated to celebrate what God is doing in this ministry. Our children are actively involved in our worship here. This is a fun an exciting time for our church family and community”.

The children were awesome host! Last Sundays event was sponsored by the youth department at the church. The function was well attended. Everyone is looking forward to next year’s Youth Day. Here is what people from the community had to say upon leaving “Great concert” “The children were fantastic” “Looking forward to next year”……

For more information about this event or next year’s celebration you can contact: Mitchell Adger, Pastor @ (803) 473-7399

 

Midnight In Paris Is Coming To Pink Pizzazz

 

Sumter, SC, September 13, 2015 – On May 28th, 2016 Eta Zeta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, will host their largest fundraiser of the year. The Pink Pizzazz Ball! This year’s theme is “Midnight In Paris”. The ball will be held at the Sumter Civic Center. If you are ready for a night to remember this is the place to be! At Pink Pizzazz will be good food, music and door prizes. Get dressed; bring a date and dancing shoes.

The event is from 9PM-1AM, doors open at 8:30. Tickets can be purchased from any sorority member in the Sumter chapter. Tickets can also be purchased early or at the door. Advance tickets are $30, at the door $40.

This event has been a success for the past three years. Every year at the end of the ball people always admit how enjoyable the function was. When asked if they will attend next year they reply “I will see you there”. Others always say, “Loved it, can’t wait to do this again”. The president and director always encourage everyone to come. She always says, “Let’s have a good time”.

If you choose to attend, the attire for this event is formal. You may also want to bring extra money for pictures. A professional photographer will be there to take pictures. For more information you can contact the Chapter president, Soror Altoya Felder Deas @ (803) 934-3200.

For more information about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. you can visit www.aka1908.com

 

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Growing Up Among Autism: Autism Speaks

Growing Up Among Autism: Autism Speaks

Last Friday Adrienne Kelly opened up in an interview about growing up among autism. Her story was so unique because it’s close to home. Kelly currently lives in Sumter, SC. Yes, she is a local resident. She agreed to tell her story because she really felt like young adults especially, as well as others should get informed about this disease so they are prepared, and know how to handle situations including individuals with this disability. Kelly said that if people were informed they would treat human beings like her son, with respect. She would also like to encourage those who are affected by autism to find something to do. “Whether you are the person or you have a loved one with the disability.” She wants everyone to know that they can achieve!

Adrienne Kelly’s 24-year-old son was diagnosed with autism at the age of one. He was taken to the doctor for a well child visit where he was first diagnosed with cataracts. Doctors informed his mom that cataracts were often seen in older people. He was taken back for more test and doctors eventually told her that he was suffering from autism. They ran multiple test and finally told her that he would never be like a normal child.

Asking Kelly questions was easy, she didn’t mind speaking up about her son. When asked what was it like growing up in the home, she said it wasn’t too hard. She had to treat little Prince the same way she treated her other two children. In a single parent home she spoke about patience and how that was the key to taking care of her baby boy. Prince couldn’t walk on his own until he was about three years old, he wouldn’t speak or try to mumble words that a child that age would normally do. The basic needs at that age were no problem. She had done that stuff with her other children. It wasn’t until he got older when things changed.

Teaching him how to care for his self was challenging. It wasn’t as easy teaching him how to wash. It took time, but he eventually got it. Kelly said being a single parent and not always having someone to look after her son, she had to tech him what to do. She had to work! It took time, but it was doable! She made that clear. She said he knew how to lock and unlock the house door just in case he got home from school and she wasn’t there. He could microwave his food and use the bathroom and all basic things needed to take care of his self until she got home. She mentioned that his autism didn’t stop him from learning how to do things; his learning ability was just slower than the average child.

Kelly was also asked about his personality and what it was like for her son in school. She said, “ My son was always and still is a happy person. He had times when he would act out. Mostly whenever he was around large crowds. He also knew when he was being picked on.” On his way to school one morning another small boy was picking at him. He took his hat and wouldn’t give back. Prince reacted by hitting him.

Prince attended most of his school days in New York City. He was in a class where he was taught individually. It wasn’t until after he got in school that he could talk. He was able to take speech classes and learn sign language. He was separated from other students who didn’t have a disability when it was time for lunch. However, like most people he had rules to follow. He even had daily chores.

Adrienne Kelly made it clear that her son in her eyes was not mentally retarded. She said that’s how his doctors and most people identified him. “ My son is not mentally retarded, he is pretty intelligent. He can have a full conversation with anyone, he may not be able to read, write or ride a bike like most young adults at his age, but he can do great things. Prince received his high school diploma and never missed a day from school. My son can swim, ice skate and knows all about personal hygiene.”

During the interview we discussed many reasons why people should get informed about autism and how to deal with it in the home. When asked if she had any advice for other parents or disabled people suffering from autism she said, “patience is the key, it’s a lot of work, but if I can do it, anyone can.”