• Red Rose Festival this weekend in Lancaster

    Everything will be coming up roses when the ninth annual Red Rose Festival sets the stage for a weekend of free family fun in the Cultural Arts District of Lancaster – the Red Rose City.
    There is no admission fee for the May 18-19 music festival, which also features children’s rides and activities, arts and crafts, food vendors, Red Rose Photography Contest, the new Red Rose Festival Pageant and much more. 

  • Conductor for royal wedding holding Q&A in Lancaster

    People in the Lancaster area, like most Americans, are captivated by the British royal family, especially with a royal wedding coming soon.
    But think about all the details. Who handles the planning? Are royal family members directly involved, or do they leave the planning to someone else? What is it like to direct the music for a royal ceremony?

  • Park celebrates AJ’s birthday Saturday

    Laura Ledford
    Andrew Jackson State Park

    On Saturday, March 24, Andrew Jackson State Park will host Andrew Jackson’s 251st Birthday Celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take a stroll around the lawn to meet traditional crafters and re-enactors. Listen to the blasts of black-powder guns during firing demonstrations by Revolutionary War re-enactors. See how everyday items that we can get at any retail store today were made by hand during Jackson’s time.

  • 'Mrs. Jackson' visits DAR

    from Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson DAR chapter
    Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson, mother of the nation’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson, dropped by to chat at the February meeting of the Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter. 

  • Women bond in ‘Steel Magnolias’

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County brings another well-known drama to life this weekend with an adaptation of the 1989 film “Steel Magnolias,” the story of small-town women bonding at Truvy’s Beauty Salon in Chinquapin, La.
    “It was a very iconic film, with some of the best stars of the ’80s,” said the play’s director, Sheri Marvin. “You really will laugh until you cry then cry until you laugh. It’s the funniest, most heartwarming show in a very, very long time.”

  • Marines celebrate 242 years with ball

    How old is the U.S. Marine Corps?
    It’s even older than the country it serves – 242 years, an event celebrated Nov. 10 at the Marine Birthday Ball, sponsored by the Sun City Carolina Lakes Marine Interest Group. 
    “The Marine Corps was created Nov. 10, 1775, when the Continental Congress resolved that ‘two Battalions of Marines be raised’ to serve as landing forces and shipboard security for the recently organized navy fleet,” according to www.history.com.

  • Park to host First Day Hike

    from S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism
    COLUMBIA – Most state parks in South Carolina will offer ranger-guided hikes, walks and special events Monday, Jan. 1, to get the new year started on the right foot.
    The First Day Hikes are mostly 1- to 3-mile easy walks along beaches, marshes and lakes, in forests or on historic trails, to help visitors learn more about the cultural and natural heritage of South Carolina and to get in some holiday exercise.

  • ‘Reindeer Monologues’ offers racy holiday show

    This is not your average Christmas play.
    Eight of Santa’s trusted reindeer will tell their side of a risqué story and spill all of his and the elves’ secrets in “The Eight: Reindeer Monologues,” a comedy performance by the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County.
    This weekend’s performances are the local theater troupe’s first staging of Jeff Goode’s play.

  • Sun City holiday train display gets big upgrade

    by Joe Silien/Special to Carolina Gateway
    The annual holiday railroad display at Sun City Carolina Lakes is getting a huge makeover this year – a new layout more than twice as big as the one visitors have enjoyed for the past eight years.
    The track gangs have been busy setting up the new railroad in the lobby of The Lake House. Gone is the 8- by 10-foot train board and the tightly packed O-27 gauge track layout. In its place is phase one of a much larger display.

  • See ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ this weekend

    The Peanuts gang is getting together for Christmas!
    Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Peppermint Patty and all their friends will take the stage for The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County’s performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” this weekend.
    The story has been adapted for the stage by Eric Schaeffer, but is based on the beloved “Peanuts” cartoons by Charles M. Schulz. In the story, Charlie Brown and the whole gang learn the true meaning of Christmas.
    Diana Kiger,13, is performing for her second year in this production.