• Powwow culture

    USC Lancaster will celebrate the powwow culture of indigenous music, dance and drumming during its 14th annual Native American Studies Week from March 15-21.
    “While music and dance have always been a part of Native American culture, powwows, as we think of them today, are relatively new in Native culture, dating back not much more than a century,” said Dr. Stephen Criswell, USCL’s director of Native American studies.

  • Book details wartime miracle

    by Melanie Aves/for Carolina Gateway
    In 1966, a recruitment tactic called The Buddy Plan promised young men they could go through basic training in the U.S. Army with up to five friends. Two Indian Land High School friends  – Don McCorkle and Jacky Bayne – decided to volunteer for the program together. Their experiences prompted McCorkle to write and publish a book called “The Buddy Plan,” that was released last year.

  • Independence Day events

    Lancaster County
    Celebrate Freedom event June 29
    Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1841 N. Rocky River Road, Lancaster, will host a Celebrate Freedom event at 6 p.m. June 29 with free food, a 7 p.m. showing of the movie “I Can Only Imagine,” games, bounce houses and a fireworks show beginning about 9:30 p.m. The event is free and all are welcome. For details, e-mail bethlehem@comporium.net. 
    Covenant Freedom Celebration

  • Visit county farms during Ag+Art Tour

    by Cherry Doster/See Lancaster, SC
    The annual Lancaster County Ag+Art Tour will kick off Friday, June 21, at the picturesque farm that is home to Benford Brewing Co., with music, cooking demos, 5-K, food trucks, craft brews, artisans, vendors and outdoor family games from 6 to 10 p.m. 
    Flatland Express Bluegrass will provide the perfect soundtrack for fun on the farm from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by Fiftywatt Freight Train, which will rock the evening to its end. Guests will enjoy free admission and parking.

  • 4-H summer camps offer hands-on fun

    by Haley Vincent/Lancaster County 4H intern
    School is out, and summer is here. When planning your summer, check out all of the opportunities that Lancaster County 4-H has to offer.
    Once again, Lancaster County and Chester County 4-H are partnering to create fun-filled camps. In total, we have 14 camps for youth ages 5 to 17 to choose from, with a few highlighted below. For specific age limits for each camp, see the event webpage below.

  • Red Rose Festival is this weekend in Lancaster

    The Red Rose Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary May 17-18 with a weekend of family fun in the Cultural Arts District of Lancaster. The free two-day music festival also features children’s rides and activities, arts and crafts, vendors, a photo contest, pageant, dog show, car show and more. 
    The festival is 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, starting with the photo contest winners announcement at 6 p.m., and Rosie the Rabbit’s 10th birthday at 6:30 p.m. The pageant is at 7 p.m., followed by local favorite Whits End.  

  • It’s time to practice that Yoda voice

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Joe Timmons fell in love with the "Star Wars" movies.
    This year, the See Lancaster events and promotions manager came up with the idea to celebrate May 4 – otherwise known as "Star Wars" Day – in downtown Lancaster.
    Fans of the pop-culture phenomenon, young and old, can participate in “May the Fourth Be With You,” featuring a costume contest and showings of the latest movies from the long-running series.

  • Lupanu String Quartet returning to Lancaster


    A universal rule of thumb for event organizers is, “a hit performance calls for a repeat.” Such is the case with the Spring Vivian Major Robinson Classical Music Concert coming up April 28.  

  • ‘Spy Pilot’ author visits SCCL

    Melanie Aves
    for Carolina Gateway

    Francis Gary Powers Jr. has a fascinating story to tell. He is the son and namesake of the CIA U-2 pilot who became famous when his plane was shot down deep inside the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960. The plane crash-landed almost fully intact and Powers’ father was captured by the KGB.

  • NY jazz with a Lancaster connection

    Whatever you call it – straight ahead, cool, smooth or hot – jazz is coming to Lancaster.
    The Paul Sanwald Jazz Quartet, based out of New York, will be performing at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center. This time, the music will be “straight ahead,” a sound born of the classic jazz quartet – tenor saxophone, piano, bass and drums. Lancaster will get to hear a mix of original jazz compositions, some brand new, all written by quartet leader Paul Sanwald, with additional selections by familiar names like Cole Porter.