Too Much of a Good Thing? Never!

Okay, now it’s official (according to me, anyway):  the formerly oft-repeated statement that “there’s nothing to do in Sumter” cannot possibly be true.  Our community has more happening between now and the end of September than we have weeks left in the month!  If you don’t want to miss a thing (which may require the ability to be in more than one place at a time), check out the following:   

Now through October 19:
The Zan Wells Exhibition “This and Then This” at Gallery 135, Patriot Hall Performing Arts Center.  The exhibit is sponsored by Gallery135 and the Sumter community, and is free to the public. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information, call (803) 436-2260. 

Now through October 26:
Stacy Lynn Waddell and Jody Servon’s works are on exhibit at the Sumter County Gallery of Art, 200 Hasel St.  Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  (803) 775-0543. 

September 20:
Sumter Green Fall Feast, Nettles Auditorium Building, USC Sumter, 6-9 p.m. (adults only, please).  For more on the Fall Feast, click here.  P.S.  We still have $30 advance tickets at the Swan Lake Visitors Center—but at the rate they’re going, they won’t last long!  (803) 436-2640.

September 20-23:
“The Foreigner,” Sumter Little Theatre, 14 Mood Ave.  Pathologically shy Charlie is overcome at the thought of making conversation with strangers, and his hilarious solution to the problem leads to unexpected intrigue—and a lot of laughs!  This modern classic comedy will make your one thousand serpents squeal with pleasure (and if you don’t know what that means, get to the theatre and see).  Reservations recommended.  (803) 775-2150.

September 21:
Downtown Friday Nights’ 3rd Fridays at Rotary Centennial Plaza.  Latitude will perform in the final show of this season’s most popular adult-oriented concert series.  Bring your lawn chairs, but no coolers, please—food and drinks are for sale.  Free admission.  (803) 436-2640.

September 21-24:
USTA ITA Southeast Regional Championships, Palmetto Tennis Center.  Individual players test their skills against competitors from throughout the Southeast, including Conference Carolinas, Peach Belt and South Atlantic Conference.  Admission for spectators is FREE.  (803) 774-3969.

September 22:
Football Jamboree, Dillon Park.  The action starts at 9 a.m.!  Hosted by the Sumter County Recreation Department.   (803) 436-2248.

September 25-30:
Sumter County Fair, Sumter County Civic Center and Fairgrounds.  Presented by American Legion Post 15, it’s been a Sumter tradition since 1916.  If last year you had a giggle over my amazement at deep-fried butter, well, this year there are county fairs across the nation serving up chocolate-covered corn dogs—with sprinkles.  What on earth will they think of next?  We don’t know yet exactly what treats are in store for Sumter County, but a good time is guaranteed.  Admission and hours vary by day. 

September 28:
Sumter Senior Services 8th Annual Backyard Jamboree at the O’Donnell House.  For more info on this exciting event, click here.  

September 28:
Downtown Friday Nights’ 4th Fridays, Hamptons Restaurant parking lot (corner of Sumter and West Hampton Streets).  Live music, from classic rock to cool jazz. Bring your lawn chairs!  Free admission; food and beverages for sale.  No coolers, please.  (803) 436-2640. 

September 29-30:
USSSA Baseball Tournament, Patriot Park Sportsplex and Palmetto Park.  Adult admission is $5.00, $3.00 for children 12 & under.  (803) 436-2248.

If all this info is making your head swim, never fear—there’s an easy way to keep track of what’s going on.  Sign up for the weekly “City News” at  (Or follow us on Facebook, or call the Swan Lake Visitors Center at 436-2640).

Sports, the arts, live music, two great food festivals, and 20,000 of your neighbors at the Sumter County Fair…unless you never leave home, there’s something happening almost everywhere you look!  And that is a very good thing, indeed!

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