EDITORIAL: The Summer Events w-PDF
Kudos to everyone scheduling and working summer events - past, present and future. They fight vacations, heat, apathy and general summertime slow-down to give us active, fun things to do when schools are out.
Libraries schedule summer reading and programs. Teen centers try to offer more than “just” computer and phone time. Camps are everywhere, and the Clinton Family YMCA is just one of the organizations offering a full range of camps and swimming. Inside or outdoors, there is something to keep our bodies and brains active during the “restful” summer.
Last week and this week, Presbyterian College again plays host to the CHAMPS camps - June 17-21 for 7th and 8th graders and June 24-28 for 9th and 10th graders. Some CHAMPS alumni come back to be the instructors. An announcement says, “The goal of the program is to get the students to believe that, yes, they can go to college.”
CHAMPS has been an important part of Clinton and Laurens County life since its founding by retired educator Dr. Jerman Disasa.
Many of us have families touched by the horrors of Alzheimer’s disease - robbing people of their minds as their bodies remain functional. Woodbridge Senior Living of Clinton joined the nationwide fund-raising effort to find a cure on Friday, officially designated as “the longest day of the year”. Games and activities, hot dog and BBQ lunch complete with delivery in Clinton, and a remembrance balloon launch were just some ways to raise the money necessary to fight and end Alzheimer’s disease.
The folks in Laurens have realized they have an amphitheater - in the late afternoon shade, beside the river - that’s the perfect place for summertime activities. They have scheduled an outdoor showing of “Dumbo” (the re-made version) June 28, when the sun goes down, about 8:45 p.m.
They will have an outdoor concert June 29 featuring The Night Affair Band (Greenville). Festivities start at 7:30 p.m. at the Little River Amphitheater, 205 Gordon St., Laurens. This is a free concert.
On June 30, there will be a celebration of the nation’s independence at Lucas Avenue Baptist Church, 101 Lucas Ave., Laurens. Events include at 6 p.m. a special meal with the other churches of Wattsville (BBQ, chicken nuggets and fixin’s), and at 7 p.m. a concert by the Summit Mountain Boys. An outdoor movie on the inflatable screen winds up the family fun at 8:30.
Also, hats off to the folks who organized the every-three-years Ford High School Reunion this past Saturday and Sunday. Great memories there of an iconic school still serving the community’s elementary students - folks there are raising money to buy the school a new playground (find it on gofundme).
July 8 - everyone with rising 5th to 8th grade children is invited to send them to a new and exciting collaborative camp, History Adventure Day. The Laurens County Museum and Musgrove Mill State Historic Site are partnering of this unique step-back-in-time for our elementary to middle school young people. More info: Debbie Vaughn, 864-683-3688, or Carolyn Shortt, 864-923-1024.
One aspect of this activity is interesting; a flyer says, “There will be bugs, wild animals, hot weather, and rough terrain. Adventurers beware!”
Two other dates of note: July 15-19, 2019 Kids’ Sports Camp at Presbyterian College (Mark Cody, 405-343-1137); and August 1-3, 2019 Laurens County Youth Encounter (The Zone, registration on eventbrite).
You know, events planning really is taken for granted. It is a skill to plan, publicize, execute and evaluate a public event. Main St. Clinton Executive Director Adele Alducin emphasized to us just last week, “You have to have a team behind you. We have an awesome team.”
So, thank you, everyone who is organizing an event this summer. If you have an event, send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh, Yes, one last thing: If you’re struggling to keep healthy, interesting meals on the lunch table this summer, may we suggest:
The Summer Food Program, District 56, Clinton High School. Age 18 and younger eat at no cost (on-site only) and adult price is $3.75, open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The rest-of-the-summer dates are June 27, July 8-11, July 15-18 and July 22-25 (info, Cindy Jacobs, 864-938-2037). The District 56 folks (and District 55 and many others) know that, for some young people, summer is a time of near-starvation. In homes of poverty, maybe one meal a day. For just a little investment in transportation, no young person should ever have to go without food most mid-days during a Laurens County summer. What a blessing this is from LCDistrict 56 and LCDistrict 55.