It’s Time to Rise and Shine!

“I stuck my head out the window this morning and spring kissed me bang in the face.”
~Langston Hughes

La Primavera!
After one of the longest, strangest winters most of us can remember, it appears that spring is finally here. Although we are still in for a few SC-Active-Lifestyles-2014days of nippy (in the 50s) weather over the next couple of weeks, for the most part, things are looking in the 70s and glorious!

After a long, very cold, and very icy winter spent trapped indoors, the Sumter community is offering some great opportunities to get outside and enjoy the new season. Check it out: 

  • March 29, 2014: For seven years, Sumter County Keep America Beautiful has coordinated a cleanup at Manchester State Forest—and removed more than ten tons of litter in the process. Join squadrons from Shaw AFB, civic groups, and youth groups at 8 a.m. Gloves, water and trash bags will be provided, and Manchester State Forest personnel are serving up a celebratory picnic at the conclusion of the cleanup (approximately 12 noon). Please RSVP to let the staff know the size of your group so that adequate meal preparations can be made. They intend to have enough food for everyone! For more information, contact (phone 773-5561), or (phone 494-8196).sumter-green-truckload-sale
  • March 29, 2014: Sumter Green hosts its annual sale, featuring some of the best deals in town on spring flowers. This fundraising event will offer an array that includes geraniums, calla lilies, hanging baskets, hydrangeas, knock out roses, 4” blooming pots, gerber daisies and more! Come early for the best selection! 8 a.m. until noon; Swan Lake Iris Gardens (north [gazebo] side, corner of West Liberty and Bland Streets). For more info on this or other upcoming events, please call the Swan Lake Visitors Center at (803) 436-2640. 
  • April 7, 2014: Join USC Sumter’s Naturalist, Austin Jenkins, for a saunter atusc-nature-walks Swan Lake Iris Gardens, as you welcome back the wonders of nature from a long winter’s rest. You’ll hear about plants, animals, and their exciting interactions as you stroll through the grounds. Bring binoculars and a strong dose of curiosity. If you miss this one, another walk will be held on April 14, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. And it’s FREE! Call (803) 938-3848 for more information.

If weekend mornings are not the best time for you, Sumter’s still got you covered. Sumter County Active Lifestyles invites community members to join in “Walks ’n Talks and More.” This series includes Saturday walks, with info on a variety of interesting topics as part of the agenda.  Walks are free for SCAL members, and $1 each for adult non-members. Call (803) 774-3860.

Let’s celebrate the arrival of the March lamb (because this month certainly came in like a lion), and join in one—or more—of these worthwhile activities. It’s time!

by Colette Daniels

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