Wow…2014 has certainly gotten off to a busy start, and here we are, already at the end of January—have I mentioned before that I don’t know where the time goes?
Much of our staff time since the holidays has been spent busily negotiating contracts and working on advertising for the Sumter Iris Festival in May. It’s been a lot of work and had to be completed quickly, but just wait until you find out what we’ve got in store for this year!
But in the meantime, we haven’t seen the last of the cold. I can’t quite believe how long the snow lingered on the ground in some places; those of you who have been in Sumter for a while know that a night’s snowfall is usually gone by lunchtime the next day. Either way, it’s a good time to look for things to do indoors.
Just in case you haven’t heard, the beginning of the new year is absolutely kickin’ at the Sumter Opera House! On February 14, downtown’s crown jewel is proud to welcome comedian James Gregory, “The Funniest Man in America.” According to his website (check out his video clips!), “James creates an evening of non-stop laughter with a wry sense of the absurd, a Southern accent and universal story-telling. The ridiculous, the common and sometimes even the simplest events all become hilarious in the hands of this master storyteller and world-class comedian.” It’s been several years since he’s performed in Sumter, and tickets are sure to go fast. They can be purchased at the Sumter Opera House (21 North Main Street) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online here. Prices start at $23, and the fun begins at 8 p.m.
The very next evening, February 15, brings more fun and the timeless music of the Bellamy Brothers, appearing with special guests Road Tripp. Best known for their Number One hit “Let Your Love Flow,” David and Howard Bellamy have continued to record and perform for decades, scoring several other major hits such as “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body.” (By the way, I remember that the saying in its entirety was found on T-shirts and bumper stickers galore, and was much used as a truly bad pickup line—but did you know that it actually originated with comedic genius Groucho Marx?) They have expanded their repertoire to include gospel music as well. But they haven’t lost their sense of humor or their trademark “bite,” as witnessed by the banned 2010 single “Jalapenos”—and who knew that anything could get banned these days? The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available at the Opera House—call (803) 436-2616 for more info.
Sumter has more great things in store, and if this is sampling is any indication, 2014 is going to be a blast!
- The annual Jack Doyle Storytelling Festival at USC Sumter (February 5),
- “The Old Settler,” opening February 6 at the Sumter Little Theatre,
- The Paternal Suit at the Sumter County Gallery of Art (opening February 13).
- The Sumter County Library will host the Sumter Backyard Landscaping Series beginning on February 11 with a session on pest management. Held each Tuesday through March 4 from 8 to 9 a.m., the FREE speaker series is held indoors at the main Sumter County Library (111 Harvin Street)—but what gardener can resist heading straight outside to try out a few new techniques?
If you’re still working on your list of New Year’s resolutions, here’s one that you’ll find easy to keep—head on over to www.sumtersc.gov and sign up for our weekly e-mail newsletter. And make 2014 a great one!