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about from the lake us PUBLISHER Vince Johnson EDITOR Kayla Robins COPY EDITORS Rhonda Barrick Melanie Smith WRITERS Sharron Haley Danny Kelly Bruce Mills Ivy Moore Rachel Pittman

Kayla Robins COLUMNISTS Dan Geddings PHOTOGRAPHY Micah Green

Cary Howard ADVERTISING CONSULTANTS Karen Cave karen@theitem.com Mark Pekuri mark@theitem.com Xavier Platt xavier@theitem.com Summer Settle summer@theitem.com

KAYLA ROBINS EDITOR OF LAKESIDE

L A KESIDE on the LIFE OUT DOORS

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The Festival issu e

Everything you ne know about up ed to coming events in the area: ArtFields Downtown Su mter Microbrew Fes tival Iris Festival Mary McLeo d Bethune Legacy Festiv al Festival on the Avenue Derby Day

Jerry Robertson poses in his home in Manning with the decades-old striped bass that is currently displayed in the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Micah Green

The 40th annua Striped Bass Fe l stival

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McLeod Bethune Legacy Festival, also inside: Mary Derby Day, turkey hunting season and a look at The PLAYERS Championship 2 APRIL - MAY 2019 | LAKESIDE

Striped Bass Festival

Micah Green

There are events, parties and festivals planned around the Kentucky Derby, the west African Festival of the Harvest, the Mother of Education and Swan Lake’s iconic irises. Plus more. Inside this issue is also the official guide for the Striped Bass Festival and Puddin’ Swamp Festival in Manning and Turbeville. This is the 40th anniversary year for the Striped Bass Festival, and there’s a weekend full of fun and fishing fit for newcomers and lifers alike. I want to give a special thanks to the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce for trusting us with producing the festival guides for them this year. We loved learning a little more about the history of the Striped Bass Festival and where the puddin’ in Puddin Swamp came from, and we’re ready to get out there for the weekend. So, get your calendar out. Get your parade chairs, your picnic blankets, your Derby hats and, hopefully, your sunglasses. It’s festival season!

The official guide for the 40th year of the festival celebrating spring and Clarendon County

PUBLICATION DESIGNERS Ryan Galloway

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t’s festival season! That time of the year when your teeth stop chattering, the lawn chairs come out and turkey hunting is on the weekend to-do list. I’m ready for it. Are you? I’ve heard people say this rural area of South Carolina doesn’t have enough to do. Clearly, they need to skim through the pages of this Lakeside. There are so many outdoor activities and family friendly festivals coming up in the next couple months, it would be a feat to get to them all. Don’t worry, I plan to try. When I first moved to this area a year and a half ago, these events were a way to get to know the people and places I now call neighbors and home. Now, they’re a way to find myself back outside after winter hibernation and continue to explore my surroundings. There really is something for anyone. Don’t have a family to take to amusement rides? Check out the Puddin' Swamp Festival. Like beer? Head to Sumter for the Microbrew Festival and taste craft brews while supporting Meals on Wheels for homebound seniors. Love art? Head to Lake City for the Southeastern-famous ArtFields.


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Festival on the Avenue

The official guide for the family fun weekend celebrating Turbeville

Puddin' Swamp Festival

It's all about the art in Lake City

ArtFields

Taste craft beer while touring downtown Sumter for a good cause

Microbrew Festival

The longest continuously running festival in the Southeast is back

Iris Festival

How one couple is trying to revamp the Clarendon Club

History and the outdoors

History. Tradition. Culture. A celebration in South Sumter.

what’s inside

FEATURE STORIES

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What to do & Where to go BERKELEY • CLARENDON KERSHAW ORANGEBURG • SUMTER

ORANGEBURG COUNTY

The Town of Elloree will hold its Spring “Trash to Treasure” event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, on Cleveland Street. You don’t want to miss this town-wide yard sale. Call (803) 897-2821 or email clerk@elloreesc.com. The 53rd Annual Governor’s Frog Jump and Egg Strike will be held Friday-Sunday, April 19-21, at 1505 Georgia St., Springfield, featuring a parade, entertainment, food, carnival, crafts, games, frog jump, egg strike and egg hunt. For information, call the Town of Springfield at (803) 258-3152. Held annually to celebrate the beginning of the rose blooming season, the Orangeburg Festival of Roses will be held Friday-Sunday, May 3-5, at Edisto Memorial Gardens, intersection of U.S. 301 and Riverside Drive, Orangeburg. This three-day event features food, arts and crafts, music, sports, entertainment and more. Call (803) 534-6821. The Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association (DORA) presents the Classic Car Show on the Square on Saturday, May 4, at Memorial Plaza. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and awards will be presented at 2 p.m. This event offers fun for the entire family with music, food, door prizes and more.

CLARENDON COUNTY

Enjoy a family-friendly weekend of live music and entertainment at Birdfest Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, at Pineland Farm, 2377 Gaymon Road, Panola. Event features fun, food, tent and RV camping opportunities and more. Visit http://birdfestmusic.com/ to purchase advance tickets, get directions, view a listing of scheduled bands, etc. Call Cleve Dowell at (803) 433-6397. The Santee Cooper Open Team Fishing Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 20, at the John C. Land III Sport Fishing Facility. Call (803) 435-4405 for information.

SUMTER COUNTY

Inspire! Festival, a celebration of food and the arts in support of the Sumter County Museum’s Jewish History Center, Sumter County Gallery of Art, Sumter Little Theatre and the Rotary CART fund, will be held Thursday-Sunday, April 4-7. Event will feature a shrimp feast, 4 APRIL - MAY 2019 | LAKESIDE

“The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” at the Sumter Little Theatre, Gallery After Hours and more. For detailed information, visit www. sumterinspirefestival.org. The USAF Heritage of America Band will perform from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St. This is a free community concert, open to the public. Visit https://www. facebook.com/events/1172016066280358/. The 9th Annual Daffodil Arts & Craft Show will be held 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, at the Fair Memorial & American Legion building, 30 Artillery Drive. Some of the more than 30 scheduled vendors include: A Country Girl’s Crafts, Carolina Thread Place, Damsel in Defense & Purely, Ducky Soap, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Outdoor Creations by Susan, Mary Kay with Polly, Garden Whimsy’s by Linda, and much, much more. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to United Ministries. Those who donate at least three items will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card. Best known as the unforgettable and lovable Synclaire on FOX’s “Living Single,” actress/comedian Kim Coles will perform a night of comedy from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at Patriot Hall. Coles has starred on a number of hit television shows, including “Frasier,” “Six Feet Under,”“In Living Color” and more. She has been on a variety of talk shows and has made appearances on major news networks. Coles has written and performed two award-winning solo shows and she has written three best seller books. This is sure to be a show you don’t want to miss. Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door. Attendees come from all over the East Coast for the Black Cowboy Festival each year. Held at the historical Greenfield Farms, 4585 Spencer Road, Rembert, this year’s festival will be held Thursday-Sunday, May 2-5, as follows: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.Thursday, 10 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, and 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy watching competitive rodeo events, demonstrations, entertainers, horseback rides, music, arts, ethnic foods and more. Visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/2289080091351961/.

KERSHAW COUNTY

Dance the night away to the sounds of Landslide from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 5, at Shaggin’ on the Green, Town Green Park, 1015 Market St., Camden. Food and drinks will be available from several vendors. Tickets for this Habitat for Humanity fundraiser are $10


for adults; children 12 and under admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the ReStore, 1019 Broad St., Camden, or at Camden Jewelers. Visit http://www.kershawhabitat.org or call (803) 432-4333 or (803) 432-8995 for information. The King Kat Tournament, part of the King Kat Tournament Trail presented by Bass Pro Shops Cabela’s, will be held on Saturday, April 13, at Lake Wateree, Clearwater Cove Marina, 2029 Baron Dekalb Road, Camden. Anglers will be vying for cash, prizes and an opportunity to compete at the 2019 King Kat Classic. Start time is 6:30 a.m. with 3 p.m. weigh-in. Call (502) 384-5924 or visit www.kingkatusa. com/Tournament_Information.cfm?Tournament_ID=126. The Palmetto Paint Horse Club will hold its Spring Show Friday-Sunday, April 19-21, at the South Carolina Equine Park, 443 Cleveland School Road, Camden. Contact Anne Louise Miller at (803) 900-1253 or millawayranch@windstream.net. Visit www.pphc.net. The Camden Antique Show and Sale, a Camden Junior Welfare League event, will be held Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5, at the Camden City Arena, 420 Broad St., Camden. This event will feature antiques, vintage home décor, original art and handcrafted goods from all over the state. Food trucks and vendors will also be on site. Admission: $5 per day or $8 for the weekend. Contact Caitlin Jones at (803) 394-5716 or camdenantiquesale@gmail.com. Visit www. camdenleague.org. The third Battle of Camden Barbeque Festival will be held Friday-Saturday, May 17-18, and promises to be even bigger and better than before. Held at Historic Camden, 222 Broad St., Camden, the Battle of Camden will feature some of the finest barbecue competitors of the Southeast. Friday night will feature a wing competition with judging by first responders as well as a macaroni and cheese competition featuring local restaurants and vendors with the winner decided by the general public. Tastings will be served hot off of the smokers on Saturday. Featuring live music both days, children’s activities, tasty beverages and more, admission is free. Tickets for sampling are $1 each or $10 for 12. Contact Michael Wright at (803) 432-4391 or mwright@thesavagefirm.com. Visit www.camdenjaycees.org.

RICHLAND & LEXINGTON COUNTIES

The 9th Annual Tartan Day South Celtic Festival, a four-day event honoring Celtic heritage, will be held Thursday-Sunday, April 4-7, at various venues. More than 72,000 patrons have attended Tartan Day South events since 2011. Visit www.tartandaysouth.com for a complete listing of events, event locations and tickets. The Columbia International Festival will be held Saturday-Sunday, April 6-7, at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia. Showcasing the music, culture, food and performing arts of the various cultures, nationalities, races and language groups represented in South Carolina, this indoor event is attended by 17,000 to 22,000 people annually. The festival will feature an international food court, cultural entertainment and demonstra-

tions, an international fashion show, international bazaar and more. Visit www.cifonline.org for a complete festival schedule. The Midlands Plant & Flower Festival will be held 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 11-13, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the South Carolina State Farmers Market, 208A Wholesale Lane, West Columbia. Contact Brad Boozer at (803) 737-4664 or bboozer@scda.sc.gov. Featuring 10,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish, the Rosewood Crawfish Festival will be held on Saturday, May 4. A variety of more than 25 artists and more than 40 vendors exhibit, promote and sell their wares and works at the festival each year. Visit www. rosewoodcrawfishfest.com for everything you need to know about this family-friendly event.

FLORENCE COUNTY

Celebrating Southern food, culture, boutique wines and local and celebrity chefs, the Florence Wine & Food Festival will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 11-13, in Downtown Florence’s recently redeveloped historic district. Visit www.florencewineandfood.com for event schedule and tickets. Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity’s 5th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta – Downtown Florence will be held from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 3, in the 100 block of South Dargan Street. Enjoy cultural foods, cold drinks, a kids zone, Chihuahua races and more at this fundraising event. Find more information at https://www.facebook.com/cincodemayoflorence/. Come hungry and thirsty, leave happy! The Carolina Food Truck Rodeo, presented by Wicked Weed Brewing, will be held 5-9 p.m. Friday, May 10, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Florence Center, 3300 W. Radio Drive, Florence. Dozens of food trucks from all over the nation will be at this fun festival featuring all types of foods. The Beer Garden will feature a wide variety of craft brews, imports and domestics. The Jebb Mac Band will perform on the Budweiser Music Stage Friday night and Eaglewing will perform Saturday. Looking for more information? Visit https://www.florencecenter.com/ events/2019/foodtruckrodeo. City Center Farmers Market will host a Spring into Summerfest 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at 369 W. Cheves St., downtown Florence, to celebrate fresh local farmers market goodness with good music and food.

S.C. GUN AND KNIFE SHOW

Saturday-Sunday, April 13-14, Jamil Shrine Temple, 206 Jamil Road, Columbia. Show hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $8 per person or $6 with military identification, children ages 12 and under admitted free with an adult. Visit the South Carolina Arms Collectors Association at https://www. scgunshows.com/. Call (803) 463-9377 or email showdirector@scgunshowscom. LAKESIDE | APRIL - MAY 2019 5


Welcome to the 40th annual Striped Bass Festival Presented by

of Manning

It’s been 40 years since Jerry Robertson and that original group of committee members put on the very first Striped Bass Festival. Now, after all those years of T-shirts, tournaments, fair food, family fun and beauty pageants, we have arrived at the 40th anniversary year of the Striped Bass Festival, this year presented by Subway of Manning. Robertson will return as grand marshal of the parade on Saturday, April 27. Clarendon County becomes the center of the striped bass world each year during this festival, which is a time to celebrate spring, friends, family and community at a weekend packed with a parade, food, music, crafts and contests ranging from the iconic Miss Striped Bass Beauty Pageant to a truck pull

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to a children’s art show. About 40,000 people are expected to show up to the small Southern spot that was put on the world’s fishing map by the abundance of striped bass in lakes bordering Clarendon County. Don’t forget to get your annual festival T-shirt, this year honoring the 40th anniversary by bringing back the original logo and design. Welcome to Manning!


Thank you to our 2019 Striped Bass Festival Sponsors! TITLE SUBWAY OF MANNING PLATINUM SANTEE AUTOMOTIVE MCLEOD HEALTH CLARENDON GOLD PROTHRO CHEVROLET COMMUNITY BROADCASTERS SANTEE ELECTRIC CO-OP CAROLINA SPORTSMAN MCDONALD’S OF MANNING PRISMA HEALTH TUOMEY HOSPITAL CACTUS FAMILY FARMS

FRIEND FIRST PALMETTO SAVINGS BANK ALCOLU, PEANUT, LLC NATIONWIDE—KIGHT INSURANCE BAGNAL LAWN SERVICES MILL STREET GRILL CLARENDON EXTERMINATING CUSTOM CONSTRUCTION DEERFIELD MINI WAREHOUSES D&H BARBEQUE SAM LEVY & SONS PHOTOGRAPHY PATRON

BANK OF CLARENDON

D. L. STEWART & ASSOCIATES

CITY OF MANNING FTC DUKE ENERGY PIGGLY WIGGLY OF MANNING BLACK RIVER ELECTRIC CO-OP ANDERSON PHARMACY

Full festival schedule, features and this year's T-shirt

HIGHER LEARNING TUTORING

SILVER LAND, PARKER AND WELCH

INSIDE:

COFFEY & MCKENZIE, P.A.

CITY LAUNDRY & CLEANERS, LLC GEORGE & CAROLE SUMMERS RIGBY OIL COMPANY SENATOR KEVIN L. JOHNSON BAYMONT INN & SUITES

HOPEHEALTH

SUMMERTON DRUG & COMPOUNDING

SAFE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

CLARENDON SCHOOL DISTRICT TWO

SAMUELS FUNERAL HOME

CLARENDON GAS DBA AMERIGAS

BRONZE

JEFFORDS INSURANCE AGENCY

SHONEY’S GIBBONS & CO., CPA, PA BCA OF MANNING SYNOVUS PORTER JACKS FIRST CITIZENS BANK PINE GATE RENEWABLES SOUTHERN LAKES THERAPY

C&N CLEANING SERVICES LILY CAFÉ MANNING IGA AGENT OWNED – ANGIE JORDAN LUCY'S TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN BAKEHOUSE BREAKING BARS SIMPSON HARDWARE

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SCHEDULE Saturday, March 30 Miss Striped Bass Festival Pageant Sponsored by Junior Ambassadors of Clarendon County Weldon Auditorium beginning at 5 p.m. Admission: $5

Thursday, April 25 Lion’s Club Fish Fry Manning Restaurant beginning at 4:30 p.m. $8 a plate – all you can eat

Saturday, April 20 Santee Cooper Open Team Tournament Sponsored by Santee Automotive John C. Land III Sports Fishing Facility, Summerton Entry: $160 plus optional $10 Big Fish (Late Fee: $25 after April 12) Weigh-in begins at 3 p.m. 8 APRIL - MAY 2019 | LAKESIDE

Friday, April 26 40th Anniversary of the Striped Bass Festival Opening Ceremonies • Gazebo in Downtown Manning beginning at 6:30 p.m. • Kiss My Striped Bass Book Drive sponsored by the Jr. Ambassadors • Free Concert featuring The Mighty Kicks! beginning at 7 p.m. • Carnival rides and food vendors


2019 Striped Bass Truck Pull Sponsors Southern States Cooperative Pinewood Construction

Coastal Chemicals Clarendon Auto Parts

Saturday, April 27 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE STRIPED BASS FESTIVAL SUPER SATURDAY

• Hometown Parade — beginning at 10 a.m. The parade route will begin at the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Brooks Street traveling to Boyce Street • Food and Arts and Craft Vendors around the courthouse from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. • Sumter Cruisers Truck and Car Show from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. • Truck Pull Registration begins at noon – starting line to 150 feet, $15; 150 feet to 300 feet, $25 First hook at 1 p.m. 1425 Hamilton Road, Manning Admission: $10 Food and beverages available • Children’s Art Show Artwork will be on display in local businesses throughout town For additional information, call (803) 435-4405

Witt Automotive Lakeview Precision Ag Richburg Refinishing

Sparrow & Kennedy Tractor

AMB Construction Smith Machine Shop CNC

Evans Industrial Construction

Thank you so much for your support!

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EXTRAS The Mighty Kicks! performing free 7 p.m. Friday, April 26 in downtown Manning Demand for the Mighty Kicks! is at an all-time high, with functions booked more than a year in advance. The band’s client list is certainly impressive. President Obama’s and Gov. Nikki Haley’s Inaugural Balls. The Mighty Kicks! had the honor of performing at the U.S. embassy in Canada. Flown to perform for wedding receptions in Chicago, New York City and Maine. HBO hired The Kicks! to perform for the “Vice Principal” series’ prom scene starring Danny McBride and Walton Goggins. The Kicks! nonstop energy

and choreographed dance steps insure guests are entertained and on the dance floor. Known as the hardest-working band in show business, taking only one break in the four hours they perform. The history of the band The Mighty Kicks! began in 1986 when a group of friends from Orangeburg started an air band, the rage at the time, and proceeded to win contests across the region. They were all musicians and eventually started a “real” band, calling it the Kicks! The band began to earn name

recognition throughout the Southeast, performing for large festivals and private events from Georgia to Washington, D.C. The Mighty Kicks! was placed on the U.S. Department of Defense’s roster of approved

Striped Bass Festival Pageant Saturday, March 30 Weldon Auditorium The Miss Striped Bass Festival Pageant, a project of the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce, is one of the landmark events of the Striped Bass Festival each year. Competition will begin at 5 p.m. Two groups will compete and then will be crowned. There will be two runners-up in each group with more than five contestants. If there are less than five, there will be a first runnerup and winner. In a group of 15 or more, there will be seven semi-finalists. This is a beauty and photogenic competition only, and Teen and Miss winners will be involved in community service projects throughout the year 10 APRIL - MAY 2019 | LAKESIDE

artists to perform for U.S. troops stationed all over the world and had the honor of performing on aircraft carriers and military bases throughout Europe and Central America.

Come watch who will get this year’s crown, trophy, sash, flowers, Striped Bass Festival T-shirt and the honor of being named Miss Striped Bass! The pageant is sponsored by the Junior Ambassadors for the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerece.

Age divisions BABY MISS – 0-12 MONTHS TINY MISS – 13-23 MONTHS PETITE MISS – 2-3 YEARS WEE MISS – 4-6 YEARS LITTLE MISS – 7-9 YEARS YOUNG MISS – 10-12 YEARS TEEN MISS – 13-16 YEARS MISS – 17 AND OLDER


Your official guide to

the Puddin' Swamp Festival Presented by

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2019 PUDDIN' SWAMP FESTIVAL

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elcome to Turbeville! No one knows for sure where the “puddin’” in Puddin’ Swamp came from, even those who have lived in Turbeville their whole lives. There are a few more popular legends and one published account, so most just go with one of those. The most likely myth has to do with Francis Marion. The American Revolutionary War officer camped in the Turbeville area, and someone in that camp really liked bread pudding. That’s the fact. Where it gets a little swampy is who it was. The other one “everybody goes with,” according to Jenna Windham, festival committee chair for the 12th-annual Puddin’ Swamp Festival, presented by Citizen’s Bank, in Turbeville on April 1113, is that the swamp separated two friends’ properties, and when one woman went to bring her friend some pudding, it fell into the water. Yet another story passed down involves an old man who used what was leftover from hunting

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hogs to make blood pudding. However the swamp got its name, it seemed the obvious choice for the name when a group of community leaders gathered in 2007 to create a festival celebrating the town. The theme for this year’s festival, commemorated each year in the official T-shirt, features Beau, a dog who is seen on the shirt holding a Puddin’ Swamp Festival hat in his mouth. Windham said they’ve used a host of animals through the years, from swamp dogs to opossums to turtles. Anything to remind attendees of the rural outdoors surrounding Turbeville. Well over 3,000 people come out to the festival on the Super Saturday of each year, she said. The three-day family friendly event kicks off with the Taste of Puddin’ Swamp and the beginning of amusement rides on Thursday. Friday features amusement rides, food

vendors and Jim Quick and Coastline performing on the mainstage. That all leads up to Super Saturday, where there will be rides, food, dance troupes performing, local singers, hula hooping, a casting contest, music, craft vendors, fireworks and a first-ever motorcycle show. The bike show will be in memory of Ray Morris. The day will start off with the Puddin’ Swamp 5K benefitting EC Academics. Carolina Cruisin’ DJ’s will get on the stage immediately following the Miss Swamp Bottom Beauty Contest, an annual benefit for the Shriner’s. Windham said she loves seeing people happy and enjoying their time at the festival. She said people come from all over the state for the event. Families have scheduled reunions for that weekend. One year, a couple from Illinois in town for their wedding stopped by, the bride still in her wedding dress. “There’s so much going on,” Windham said, “you can’t go through Turbeville and not see it.”


SCHEDULE Thursday, April 11

The Taste of Puddin’ Swamp featuring The Plaids - 6:30 p.m. Rides open at 5 p.m. on Town Square Where: Pine Grove Gymnasium Tickets: $20, available at Town Hall, Turbeville Hardware and at the door the day of the event

Friday, April 12

Rides and Food Vendors open at 5 p.m. Jim Quick and Coastline take the Main Stage at 8 p.m.

Super Saturday, April 13

10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Bike Show sponsored by Damascus Road Motorcycle Ministries 10 a.m. – Rides / vendors open 10 a.m. – Bait Casting Contest for ages 12 and under, 13-16 and 17 and up 11 a.m. – East Clarendon Chorus Noon – Kelly’s Fine Arts Dance Troupe 1 p.m. – Hula Hoop Contest for ages 8 and under, 9-12 and 13-16 2 p.m. – Amateur Corn Hole Competition

2-4 p.m. – Todd’s Twisted Balloons Special Music 3 p.m. – Dancing Machine Dance Troupe 4 p.m. – The East Clarendon Community Choir 5 p.m. – Miss Swamp Bottom Beauty Contest to benefit Shriners Children’s Hospital Carolina Cruisin DJ Music 9:30 p.m. – Fireworks Finale 10 p.m. – Close of Festival (Prior sign up required at the gazebo for all contests)

SPONSORS Presenting Sponsor The Citizens’ Bank

Other Sponsors

Farmer’s Telephone Cooperative Turbeville Hardware Town of Turbeville Mr. Bill’s Car Wash Gibbons and Company Coker Business System Inc. Sa’Shay on Main Accurate Business Solutions

Helena Community Pharmacy Santee Electric Cooperative Tonya Byrd Insurance Shop 1480 Chuck and Marie Dukes The Pink Petunia Wayne McKenzie- Farm Bureau LKQ Salvage The Medicine Cabinet McElveen Colonial Southpark Auto Sales Country Rose Florist

Floyd Funeral Home Sheriff Tim Baxley Turbeville Exxon Country Green Turf Farm LLC Becky’s Café Allie’s On Main Pat and Barbara Goodwin EC Collision Repair Shade Tree Outfitters Aunt Sarah’s Child Care In Memory of Tom Floyd In Memory of Billy Hickman LAKESIDE | APRIL - MAY 2019 13


ArtFields

All about the art

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ince its official launch in 2013, ArtFields has attracted more and more visitors each spring to the nine-day art event in tiny Lake City, South Carolina. The number of artists entering the competition has grown, too, as they vie to become one of 400 accepted from 12 southeastern states. More than $140,000 is awarded each year – including $50,000 for the winner, $25,000 for second place, $12,500 for People’s Choice and $2,000 for the artwork judged best from each of the 12 states. While the large prizes attract many talented artists, ArtFields’ staff and volunteers said the event is also important to visitors and to the town of Lake City, just 35 miles east of Sumter. Once a leader in agriculture, particularly beans and strawberries at different times in its history, Lake City is now celebrated for 14 APRIL - MAY 2019 | LAKESIDE

initiating the art festival and growing it. Community members are active participants, with more than 50 nonprofits, businesses, industries, restaurants and other venues exhibiting some of the 400 entries throughout the April 26-May 4 festival. Other exhibition venues include renovated 1920s warehouses and professional art spaces such as Jones-Carter Gallery and TRAX Visual Art Center to the library, the history museum and the Ronald E. McNair Life History Center. Shuttles are available for those who can’t easily walk around town. Roberta Burns, a staff member, said each spring offers “400 new pieces of art, and this year we’ve got two new murals and three bands on stage in addition to several street performers playing live music.” Art goes on display the first day, and additional activities include

art walks and wine walks at the famous Moore Botanical Gardens. There, too, visitors can learn the art of bonsai and make their own, learn “the art of gardening,” make leaf castings and more. Most activities are free, but several are ticketed events. The Makers Market offers the opportunity to talk to the “makers,” see and purchase the artists’ creations. There’s a large food court on the village green, and Rhythm Nation, Infinity Show Band and the Harlem Gospel Choir will perform there, as well. ArtFields’ staff also recognizes and nurtures the creativity of young people with ArtFields Jr. The program offers them the opportunity to immerse themselves in art, “doing things they’ve often never done before, like see live artistic performances and art exhibitions, spend time talking with ‘real’ artists and learn

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and deepen their skills with studio art instruction.” Several young artists from Sumter and Clarendon counties have been accepted into the ArtFields Jr. program. They include Ella Marian Askins and Ruby Dozier of Manning; Preston Hammett of New Zion; Carolina Hoppmann of Dalzell; and Sumter’s Catherine Bush, Lauren Champion, Chandler Patrick, Ingrid Singleton, Kaitlyn Smith, Maggie Solberg, Mary Margaret Terry and Alexandria Trapp. Sumter Artists Guild member Thomas Alexander Blackmon of Manning, who works primarily in pyrography, was accepted into the main ArtFields exhibition and competition. While the monetary prizes are important to artists, Vicki Hagner, who won the People’s


Choice Award in 2018, said at the time that the win meant more than that. She commented at the time, "It is a validation of my passion for this unique art technique (3D, mosaic), and I was so touched that people saw its beauty." “Art creates a powerful dialogue and provokes the viewer to ponder its message,” Hagner said at a later date, echoing the sentiment of ArtFields coordinators. What started with the simple goal of honoring the artists of the Southeast – a concept initiated by businesswoman, entrepreneur and Lake City native Darla Moore – has grown into one of the largest and most celebrated living art exhibitions in the country. ArtFields will begin Friday, April 26 and run through May 4. Admission to art venues and most activities is free.

FESTIVAL DETAILS WHEN: April 26-May 4 WHERE: Lake City

ArtFields started in 2013 with a simple goal: to honor artists of the Southeast. Now, from strawberry fields to ArtFields, Lake City has reignited its economy and energy with the seventh-annual competition and exhibition that will bring up to 400 pieces of art to locally owned venues throughout the traditional small Southern town.

MORE INFORMATION AND A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS Visit the website www.artfields.org/events

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Downtown Sumter Microbrew Festival

BeeR. Beer. Beer. BY DANNY KELLY

If you like craft beer and snacks, the annual Senior Services fundraiser is right up your alley. Head to downtown Sumter for sips and tastes while your ticket proceeds help provide hot meals delivered to homebound seniors. 16 APRIL - MAY 2019 | LAKESIDE

Have you ever wished you could go back in time? Well, now you can. Sort of. Sumter Senior Services will be hosting the Downtown Sumter Mircobrew Festival on Friday, May 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. with a “Hippie Fest” theme. Patrons are encouraged to don their best hippie outfits. “It’s the 50th anniversary of Woodstock,” Downtown Sumter Development Coordinator Leigh Newman said. “It’s a tribute to hippies and Woodstock. We’ll have a Beatles cover band.” There will be two dozen different beers for patrons to try at the event. “Yahnis from Florence provides the beers,” Newman said. “We’ll have craft and microbrews from smaller breweries so people can taste beers they’re not aware of.” All the money made at the event will benefit Meals on Wheels, a program provided by Senior Services that delivers hot meals to homebound seniors.

“That’s the main focus of our services,” said Rebecca Sears, of Sumter Senior Services. “I think (we provide) 1,500 meals a week.” Along with Sumter Senior Services, other locations in the area that work with Meals on Wheels include Delaine in Wedgefield and St. John’s Center in Shiloh. Like the Microbrew Festival’s sister event, Sip ‘n’ Stroll, or Sip ‘n’ Scream, as it was dubbed this year for Halloween, which is a wine tasting event, uses a plethora of locations in Downtown Sumter to accommodate patrons. Sumter Senior Services would like to have between 10 and 12 locations participating. Last year’s locations included the Tavern on Main, Law Range, Berenyi, Naomi and Warner/19 Candles, Thompson, the Board of Realtors, F45 Training Studio, Jersey Joes and James Formal Wear. “That’s a good amount of tasting locations for beers,” Sears said. These businesses include locations


downtown and on Main and Liberty streets. “We have 85 to 90 percent repeat merchants,” Sears said. Along with tasting glasses, the event will provide “swag bags” to patrons. “Their logos can be seen, so that’s always a plus,” Sears said. “We give them out to everybody who attends the event.” Newman said there will also be light hors d’oeuvres at tasting locations. “Make sure to get tickets in advance,” Sears said. “There will be no online orders the day of the event. You’ll have to buy them at the door.” The event will be rain or shine.

FESTIVAL DETAILS WHEN: May 10, 6-9 p.m. WHERE: Downtown Sumter TICKETS: $25 in advance, $35 at the door; $20 for seniors and military members; $10 for designated drivers 18 years or older PURCHASE: www.sumtermicrobrewfestival.org | (803) 773-5508 | Stop by Senior Services at 119 S. Sumter St.

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Sumter Iris Festival

The longest continuously running festival in the Southeast is found each spring in Sumter. One of the Southeastern Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events, it offers picturesque scenes, entertainment, arts, crafts and food. Just be sure to get there early if you want to buy one of the garden’s world-famous irises. BY BRUCE MILLS Sumter’s Swan Lake-Iris Gardens has grown into what’s known as a showplace of flowers and the home of all eight species of swan. It’s also home to the longest continuously running festival in the Southeast with Sumter’s Iris Festival. Since 1940, visitors from across the U.S. and many other countries have traveled to the Gamecock City for the festival to see – and buy – the thousands of Japanese irises growing along the banks of the lake and to participate in the wide variety of festival events. This year’s festival will be held in the gardens during Memorial Day weekend – Friday, May 24, through Sunday, May 26 – for the 79th year, according to Lynn Kennedy, chairwoman of the Iris Festival

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Committee and events planner for the City of Sumter. The festival begins on the evening of Thursday, May 23, from 6 to 9 p.m., Kennedy said, with the official opening ceremony and the crowning of King and Queen Iris. Then it’s on to the Garden Street side of the lake for the popular Taste at the Gardens, a tasting of food from local chefs, caterers and restaurants accompanied by music from local band Elijah Bradford and The Valentinos. Kennedy said the band performed earlier this year at The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce Retreat in Hilton Head and is very entertaining. Friday through Sunday, the festival will be packed with activities and sights to suit every age range, from children to seniors, she said.


While most events will interest all festival goers, there is an amusement area and Children’s Art in the Park for younger visitors. The kids’ area will also feature a mechanical ride, a rock wall and bungee jumps this year. Additionally, there will be a flower show in the Alice Boyle Garden Center and gardening ideas and materials for plant lovers in the Bland Gardens – on the gazebo side of the gardens. Gardeners will again be able to purchase a wide variety of plants. Kennedy said each year the festival tries to highlight a local artist. This year, it will be Michael Duffy of Sumter. Duffy specializes in sculptures, and his work will be featured each day in the Bland Gardens. Saturday brings the Shrine Day Iris Festival Parade with many units, including bands, clowns and a float carrying the festival’s Kings and Queens. Prisma Health Tuomey Community Health Initiatives will also provide free screenings for adults. An extensive food court and the Marketplace – both in the Heath Gardens on the south side – will be open all three days, offering a diverse selection of food, arts and crafts. According to Kennedy, each year the festival features about 125 or more vendors. Several new vendors have applied to the festival this year, and Kennedy said she expects there will be new artwork for attendees to take in. Festival-goers can also enjoy free pontoon boat rides – the Iris Festival is the only time they’re available – to get a swan’s-eye view of the lake and gardens. Again this year, the Iris Festival will have two car

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Trey and Whitney Phillips are trying to bring one of Clarendon County’s bestkept secrets back to the forefront of our minds. Full of history detailed in logbooks and memorabilia left behind by owners past, the Clarendon Club has seen the likes of Hugh Hefner and used to be the go-to site for Beechcraft owners to make business deals. The couple is hoping renovations will bring people back to the time capsule disguised as a hunting club.

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rom the tranquil shores of Lake Marion to the natural forests of Turbeville, Clarendon County is steeped in history. Gen. Francis Marion earned his moniker “The Swamp Fox” from his maneuvers eluding British soldiers in the county’s numerous swamps. Cemeteries and antebellum homes were flooded during the early 1940s to make way for the largest manmade lake in the nation, Lake Marion. In the mid-1950s, the Pearson, Briggs and DeLaine families asked for gas for a school bus to take their children to school. That request fueled what was to become the Briggs v. Elliot lawsuit and eventually the renowned Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, lawsuit that outlawed segregation. Today, a little-known county treasure can be found down a little dirt road, nestled beside Lake Marion in the North Santee area of the county. The decades-old pristine hunting club is home to an abundance of wildlife including quail and deer. Fishermen have less than a mile to travel on land to reach Lake Marion’s shores and enjoy dropping a line or reeling in a striped bass, largeor smallmouth bass, crappie, bluegills, warmouth, catfish and more. Located at 1219 Dingle Pond Road in Summerton, the Clarendon Club was founded around 1930 on Pine Island or what the locals referred to as the “Sawdust Pile.” Trey and Whitney Phillips are the new owners of the Clarendon Club. The couple – he’s a pharmacist, she’s a nurse – purchased the property a little over a year ago and decided to bring it back to life. While the couple has made improvements to the club in the past 12-plus months, Whitney said they’re keeping a lot of the club’s history and nostalgia. “We think it’s important to show its history,” she said. “We’re preserving memorabilia from over the

BY SHARRON HALEY years and showcasing it in some of the cabins.” Whitney said J.G. Adams and W.P. Herbert were two of the club’s founding members, information they gathered from the club’s almost 90-year-old logbooks. The pair was almost always present when the club was being used. Adams and Herbert along with other club members assisted members and visitors on quail hunts, the primary focus of the club at that time. The club also offered deer hunting and fishing trips. “We love the outdoors,” Whitney said. “We’re in a great area where there is so much to do recreationally either at the lake, in the woods or on the golf courses.” According to the couple, the Clarendon Club has undergone several changes in the course of its existence. In 1942, the club was reorganized because a lot of its land was flooded to make room for Lake Marion. Ralph Cuthbertson and his family purchased six acres of the property, including the property where the current lodge sits. A large parcel of land used by the club was purchased or leased from the International Paper Company that owned a lot of the timberland in the area surrounding the club. The Cuthbertson family managed the club and held the hunts over the next several decades. Sometime later, club’s original building burned and had to be rebuilt. Chris Carson, a family friend of the Cuthbertsons, purchased the club and its property from the family. In the October 2017, the Phillips made an offer on the club and its property and, three months later, closed on the deal. Since January 2018, Trey and Whitney have been breathing new life into the club through renovations and additions. “As we’ve been cleaning and renovating, we’ve found some wonderful mementos,” Whitney said.

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the lodge that resulted from some disagreements involving poker games,” Whitney said with laugh. Whitney said she found a picture of a woman in one of the rooms at the lodge and, after a few internet searches, she discovered the woman was the owner of Beechcraft. “We are continuing to put the puzzle pieces together,” she said. The couple found a picture of a dog and its paw print in one of the rooms and later found out the dog had been buried in a pet cemetery on the club’s property. “This place is like a time capsule,” she added. “We found original quills and bedding in the main cabin’s laundry room. We donated some and kept some to display.”

The desk that Whitney used in the day-to-day operations of the club is the desk that Big Gaynelle used. “Her cup holder is still there,” she shared. “Things like that I don’t want to throw away. Those are the items that add character to a place.” “He knows all about the club, but he’d forgotten about it,” she said. Today, the Clarendon Club continues to have a private membership; however, numerous events at the club are open to the public, including an upcoming Easter egg hunt. “This is a really neat place,” she said. “It’s always been a private club, and we want it to continue to cater to the members, but during the offseason for hunting, we want to hold events that are open to

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ayesville is a quiet, nostalgic place, a small town square surrounded by Southern estates that harken back to a different time. But, on May 18, the town square will come alive with music, carnival rides, educational opportunities, a parade and more for the 2019 Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Festival, a day of learning, history and festival fun in honor of the town’s most famous daughter — Mary McLeod Bethune. “We want to acquaint the future generations with the legacy of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune,” Mayesville Mayor Jereleen Hollimon-Miller, herself a great-grandniece of Bethune, said. “We want to inspire the children to walk in her footsteps during this event through the values and causes she espoused.” Bethune was born in a log cabin near Mayesville in 1875, and worked during her childhood in the area picking cotton. She became a lifelong advocate for education, a leader of the civil and women’s rights 32 APRIL - MAY 2019 | LAKESIDE

movements, an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and a vice president of the NAACP. The festival in Mayesville began in 1998 to focus on preserving the “Mother of Education’s” legacy of learning. This year’s festival will feature an on-site DJ, carnival rides, food vendors and celebrity guests, including retired Harlem Globetrotters Bobby Hunter and Larry Rivers, NFL Legends Jamie Dukes, Flip Johnson, James Gossett, Terrence Campbell, Dexter Davis and Keith Williams, world heavyweight boxing champion James Smith and many others. The weekend will kick off with a celebrity dinner that is open to the public at Golden Corral in Sumter. The event will continue on Saturday at 7 a.m. with the In the Footsteps of Dr. Bethune Walk-A-Thon and breakfast hosted by the Lee County section of the National Council of Negro Women, followed by a parade that will be the official start of the day’s festivities. The festival is about more than

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entertainment. The theme for this year’s event is “Empowering Communities through Health, History, Art, STEM Education, Music and Sports,” and the organizers take this theme seriously. “We’ve made a game that will be available at the festival on tablets,” Festival Chairman Ed Miller said. “It’s just like any other video game, but it’s got an emphasis on literacy. They can get their parents involved, and churches and libraries and other institutions can even buy the software.” The software will be free and open to the public at the festival. It was created in conjunction with Flink Learning, a virtual education organization based in Massachusetts. Health education opportunities will be available

to those who come out for the festival, too. The Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF), a global nonprofit that provides information and care to individuals living with HIV, will have it Columbiabased mobile unit there, providing attendees with free screenings and health care information. “It’s so important for people to be educated about this,” AHF Columbia Pharmacy Liaison Gary Rhett said. “We want to get the word out down [in Mayesville] because people of all ages need to know about this. They need to be tested and need to know, if they do test positive, how they can receive treatment.” Truly a mix of celebration and education,

the festival will last all day on Saturday, making the town of Mayesville a community center of learning, advocacy and fun for all ages for a day. “This is about looking forward and moving forward – inspiring people to find a legacy of their own,” Hollimon-Miller said. “This is for people to take a look at the past and then see what they want to do with that moving forward. The Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Festival is free of charge, though certain concessions, games and rides will cost a small fee. Attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs. For more information on attending or sponsoring the festival, visit www. thebethunefestival.com or call (803) 614-0413.

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Derby Day Grab your best Derby hat, your seersucker and your dancing shoes and head to downtown Sumter to watch the "best two minutes in sports" and support United Way of Sumter, Lee and Clarendon Counties. FESTIVAL DETAILS WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Main Street, downtown Sumter TICKETS: $50 in advance, $60 at the door, space permitting

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owntown Sumter will dress up in its finest gingham and seersucker for United Way’s 2019 Derby Day fundraiser, a Kentucky Derby watch party on May 4 featuring the finest local food and drink, music and, of course, a live viewing of the iconic horse race. “This is the sixth year of Derby Day, and it’s really become something people look forward to,” said Mindy Popovich, president of the United Way of Sumter, Lee and Clarendon Counties. “It’s a lot of fun — people get dressed up, and the ladies wear their Kentucky Derby hats.” The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. with a livestream of the “most exciting two minutes in sports” but continues long after. A variety of food, beer and wine will be catered until 10 p.m. by Hampton’s, Sidebar, With These Hands Natural Gourmet Foods and other local vendors. Myrtle Beach’s Tru Sol Band will perform from 7 to 10 p.m., playing Motown, oldies, hip-hop and R&B classics that will make dancing a must. “This is really danceable music,” said Kari Cruse, chief operating officer for United Way. “We’ve been trying to get Tru Sol for years.” Derby Day will also feature a silent auction with


sponsored prizes ranging from foodie gift baskets to jewelry to relaxing getaways. The event has 30 sponsors including Continental Tire, Palmetto Consulting of Sumter, state Rep. Murrell Smith and presenting sponsor Thompson Turner Construction. “All food and drink is provided to ticket buyers by our sponsors, which is huge for us,” Popovich said. “Each year we have some new vendors, and Derby Day is just a great opportunity to show off both our vendors and our sponsors.” All proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction benefit United Way of Sumter, Lee and Clarendon

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Counties, making way for the nonprofit to provide new health, education and financial stability programming and assistance in the three counties — including rebuilding homes and other structures that were damaged in the 2015 1,000-year flood. Derby Day is the local United Way’s largest public fundraiser of the year, and last year’s event brought in more than $70,000 and about 350 Kentucky Derby enthusiasts. This year, organizers expect a similarly large turnout and are capping the event at 450 attendees. “I’m encouraging people to get their tickets soon because it’s a very popular event,” Popovich said. In addition to the financial boost given to the local United Way chapter, Derby Day is also a way to promote local businesses and show progress happening in the area, Cruse said. “The first year, we hosted Derby Day at an open green space in Sumter. Now, that’s a new [Hyatt Place] hotel in town,” Cruse said. “People come from all around to Derby Day, and it showcases the changes that are happening.”

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t the bottom of the hill, Middleton Road turns to the north and runs parallel to the Wateree River Swamp. This section of dirt road passes through a magnificent sun-dappled forest of pines and hardwoods that lean in over the road and tower overhead. An old, abandoned railroad runs parallel to Middleton Road on the west side. The High Hills rise steeply away on the eastern side of the road. The big swamp floodplain stretches to the west below the old rail line. The road crosses a couple of deep ravines that are very steep. This is rough country. There are sections of this road that can be impassable in wet weather. This area is known as Foxville. There are turkeys here in these beautiful hills. They get little hunting pressure, even though this is public hunting land. It is a

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portion of the 23,135-acre Manchester State Forest. The forest is a Wildlife Management Area open for turkey hunting Thursday through Saturday during the season. All WMA lands in South Carolina are closed to Sunday hunting. The turkey season on WMA land runs April 1 through May 4. There is a two-bird limit here. On a cool morning last spring, my son Clayton and I climbed the back of one of these hills. We stopped just below the summit and found a seat on a big pine log to wait on daylight. The woods woke up around us as the early morning light found the nearby treetops. Songbirds filled the air with a chorus of melodies. A turkey gobbled over on the other side of the hill. We listened for another gobble to confirm the direction, then moved around the hilltop to get closer to the bird. The turkey gobbled enough to keep us aware of his location. We


moved down the hill and crossed Middleton Road then stopped. The gobbler had flown down and was out in the big swamp. We found an open spot, sat down and started calling. He would answer but would not come any closer. Eventually we decided to give him the silent treatment and stopped calling. Maybe his curiosity would get him to come investigate. We sat and waited for a while, but a nearby gunshot in his direction told us that he might not be coming. Apparently, another hunter had been listening to him also. Manchester in Sumter County is just one of the many WMA tracts that offers turkey hunting on public land surrounding the Santee/Wateree Lake System. The 3,674-acre Wateree Heritage Preserve WMA is to the northwest and borders the Wateree River in Richland County. The adult and youth hunts are available by a lottery drawing only. To the south of Manchester in Clarendon County is the 1,105acre Hickory Top WMA. This tract hugs the side of Lake Marion and includes islands and a section of the Palmetto Trail. There

is a two-bird limit here. It is open to turkey hunting every day of the week but Sunday. Oak Lea WMA is a 2,000-acre tract in Clarendon County near Pinewood. It is open Thursday through Saturday. There is a two-bird limit here. There is an extensive network of public dirt roads, and the timber has been aggressively harvested here lately. Santee Cooper WMA In Orangeburg County near Eutawville is a 3,144-acre tract that is available for adult and youth turkey hunts by a lottery drawing. Santee Dam WMA is a 575-acre tract in Clarendon County. It is open every day of the week except Sunday. There is a two-bird limit. To apply for the lottery draw hunts, go to www.dnr.sc.gov/ hunting/drawhunts. Deadline for applications is Feb. 27. I’ve hunted most of these WMAs and have had good results. They vary by terrain and timber type. All have good populations of turkeys. Hunting pressure varies but tends to fall off later in the season.

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