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ECP to Present Gospel "Crowns" May 19-June 5

Adapted by Regina Taylor and directed by Cecilia A. Sampson, Crowns is a moving and celebratory musical play in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of black history and identity as seen through the eyes of a young black woman who has come down South to stay with her aunt after her brother is killed in Brooklyn. Hats are everywhere, in exquisite variety, and the characters use the hats to tell tales concerning everything from the etiquette of hats to their historical and contemporary social functioning. There is a hat for every occasion, from flirting to churchgoing to funerals to baptisms, and the tradition of hats is traced back to African rituals and slavery and forward to the New Testament and current fashion. Gospel music and dance underscore and support the narratives. The conclusion finds the standoffish young woman, whose cultural identity as a young black Brooklyn woman has been so at odds with the more traditional and older Southern blacks, embracing hats and their cultural significance as a part of her own fiercely independent identity. 

May 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 June 2, 3, 4 and 5

Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM and Sunday at 3PM

Tickets are available now and are $17 for Adults, $15 for Seniors and $10 for Students, with discounts for large groups available. Please call the Box Office at (864) 224-4248 for tickets.


Civil War Anniversary Events Set

The following events have been scheduled to commemorate the anniversary of the end of the Civil War:

·        May 10 - Memorial Service, Belton Memorial (across from city cemetery) – 11 AM (contact person: Julia Barnes; email; phone 934-0540)

·        May 10 – Memorial Service at Old Stone Church in Pendleton – 3 PM (contact person:  Marion Whitehurst; email; phone 653-4044)

·        May 14 – Memorial Service on Square in Anderson – 12 Noon (contact person: Jim Whiteside; email; phone 328-4665).

·        May 14 – Civil War Round Table – 6 PM at Mama Penn’s in Anderson (Contact person: Darlene Dowdy; email; phone 376-1192; or Max Middleton; email; phone 224-3583).

·        May 15 – Belton Museum – 2 PM - Historical Preservation award being given by DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) to Dr. Timothy Drake.  Contact Person:  LuAnn Foster; email; phone 934-1176. 

For more information, contact Julia Barnes


Dist. 5 Softball Homeless Benefit Set for Saturday  

The 2nd Annual Anderson School District Five Softball Tournament will be held Saturday, May 7, at the Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center.

The tourney will begin at 8 a.m. at the new baseball fields below the tennis courts at the Center.  Admission is $1 per person. Donations of toiletries for homeless students and their families will also be accepted. 

Concessions sponsored by Bi-Lo will be available. Spectators should bring their own lawn chairs, as there are no bleachers at these fields.

All proceeds will go to the District Five Homeless Program. The homeless program has served 236 students so far this school year, compared to 210 last year, according to Lisa Hall, our Homeless Program Liaison. 


Electric City Playhouse Needs Supporter After Theft

Thieves destroyed the air conditioning unit at Electric City Playhouse overnight doing more than $4,000 in damage, and they need the community's help now.

The ac unit is important to get repaired before the upcoming "Crowns" gospel production scheduled to begin May 19.

A fundraiser had already be scheduled at the Anderson County Farmer's Market, Saturday, from 5-10 pm, but funds from that event are earmarked for operating expenses. The fundraiser will feature great food, live music and a silent auction. Music will be provided by the Foothills Songwriters Guild, Christopher Branch & Friends. Food includes hamburgers, hotdogs, coleslaw, chips and drinks. Tickets are only $15 and can be purchased at the Electric City Playhouse, by calling (864) 224-4248 or at the event.

Donations to raise funds to repair the air conditioner can also be made by calling (864) 224-424 or email 


Foothills Playhouse to Present "Cotton Patch Gospel"

Foothills Playhouse will present "Cotton Patch Gospel" May 13-15 and May 20-23 at the theater located at 201 South 5 Street in Easley. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows at 3 p.m. Fore more information call 855-1817.

The show tells the story of Jesus as if he were born in Gainesville, Ga., and features bluegrass and a lot of fun. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for seniors and students.


Arts Center Hosting High Five Family Art Fest May 21

The Anderson Arts Center will be hosting the High Five Family Art Fest in conjunction to the Groove Fest being held the evening of Saturday May 21.  The High Five Family Art Fest will have art activity stations set up through out the center, Summer Art Camp specials, and an inflatable Volkswagen Beatle for the kids to jump.  There will be a tie-dye station with t-shirts available for $5.00 or bring your own from home for free. 

At the Groove Fest there will be a 70’s costume contest for the kids beginning at 1 pm.  The grand prize is $100 cash.  Other prizes such as children’s clothing and toys will be provided by Belk of Anderson.  The 70’s costume contest is limited to 25 participants.  Interested contestants should send their name, age, address, phone #, and what they will be wearing to  Party Express DJ’s will be there pumping out the biggest hits from the 70’s.  The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office will be available with Child I.D. kits.  Main Street Deli will have a hot dog cart set up and there will also be a bake sale.  This event is sponsored by Roylco and will be free to the public.


Anmed to Offer Teddy Bear Clinic May 14

Teddy bears and other stuffed animals will receive a free check-up at the 5th annual AnMed Health Teddy Bear Clinic. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14 outside AnMed Health Women’s and Children’s Hospital at 2000 E. Greenville St. in Anderson.  

Teddy Bear Clinic familiarizes children with hospital processes and medical equipment by treating stuffed animals for injuries and ailments. Upon arrival, each stuffed animal is registered and receives a hospital identification band. Kids then take their stuffed animals through a series of screenings and procedures. This includes measuring their weight, height and blood pressure as well as getting an X-ray.

During the event, children can sit in the LifeFlight helicopter, meet MedShore’s Andy the Ambulance and visit with police and firemen.

Teddy Bear Clinic is a free event designed for children between 4 and 10 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult and should bring their own teddy bear or stuffed animal. 

The event will be held rain or shine. In the case of rain, the clinic will be moved inside.


AU's Monteith Named First-Team Academic All-District  

For the second consecutive year, Anderson University softball’s stellar third baseman Emily Monteith has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District III first team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday afternoon.

Selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, the teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performance on the field and in the classroom. 

Monteith, a native of Clover, S.C., sported a perfect 4.0 grade point average, while majoring in kinesiology. She played in all 43 games last season and ranked sixth in the South Atlantic Conference in runs scored, while leading the Trojans in runs scored. She was second on the squad with 44 hits on the season and boasted a .324 batting average.

The 5-6 senior was third on the team in home runs (8), and fourth in slugging percentage (.559) and on-base percentage (.387). Monteith led the team in stolen bases, going 6-for-7 on the season. She opened the season with a seven-game hitting streak and also posted a six-game and a pair of four-game hitting streaks. 

She was a 2010 CoSIDA first-team academic all-district selection after earning second–team all-conference and earned Conference Carolinas’ Player of the Week accolades during the 2010 season. As a junior she ranked second in the conference in home runs and RBI, tied for second in total bases and was sixth in the league in runs scored.

Monteith was a three-time NFCA Scholar-Athlete and was a Dean’s List honoree five times at Anderson.

In order to earn recognition, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution and are voted upon by CoSIDA members. They must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and must have completed at least one full academic year at their respective institution.


Dist. 5 Partnership Expo May 19

More than a dozen local businesses and groups who partner with Anderson School District Five to help our students and schools will be exhibiting at the second annual Business and Education Partnership Expo on Thursday, May 19. 

The Expo will be held at the Tri-County Technical College Anderson Campus in the school’s Multi-Purpose Room. It will open at noon and run until 7 p.m.

Representatives of local businesses and groups that support our schools will be on hand to discuss their businesses, the ways they provide support to our schools, job shadowing opportunities, and other matters of interest to both students and adults.  We will also be holding drawings for door prizes and free refreshments will be available. 

“We encourage parents, students, teachers and all community members to come out in support of these fine businesses that contribute time, effort and money to help support our schools,” said Superintendent Betty Bagley. “This is a great chance to have fun and, at the same time, learn more about our local businesspeople who give back to our community.” 

In addition to our host, Tri-County Technical College, the organizations taking part in the Expo include: 

  •  Anderson Area Business and Education Alliance – A new nonprofit organization whose purpose is to champion and sustain a collaborative partnership of business, education and community resources to support student success and workforce development
  •  Anderson University
  •  Anderson Area Career Center – Supports student-run businesses such as the Anderson V Conference Center, the Mosaic Theatre and the Mosaic Café
  •  Bernhardt House of Violins
  •  BB&T
  •  Draisen-Edwards Music
  • Group Alpha
  • Horace Mann
  • Kool Smiles
  • Nationwide
  • Papa Johns 
  • Walgreens

For more information, please contact Bill Baker at 260-5040 or at


Lakeside Band Members Earn High Marks  

Lakeside Middle School Band students earned high scores at the recent SCBDA Solo and Ensemble Festival held at Westside High School. 

Joey Lightsey and Mikie Long received Superior ratings for their solo performances, while the performances of  Taylor Bruenning, Katie Cowart and Joanne Edwards earned ratings of Excellent.

In addition, Joey Lightsey and Peyton Kyker received a Superior rating for their flute duet; Andre Lozko and Alex Roten received an Excellent for their trumpet duet; and Katie Cowart also received a Superior rating for her participation in a clarinet trio performance. 

Richard Powell is the director of the Lakeside Middle School Band.


Anmed Offers Services for Travelers, Missionaries

AnMed Health Family Medicine Center is now offering special consultations for international travelers and missionaries. 

According to the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, 61.5 million Americans traveled abroad in 2009. American’s top five destinations included Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Italy. During the same year, U.S. travelers set records for trips to Africa and the Middle East, as well as Greece, the Dominican Republic, Israel and India.

Whether you’re a frequent international traveler or taking the trip of a lifetime, it’s important to take steps to plan for healthy and safe travel. The AnMed Health Family Medicine Center’s travel appointments are offered from 1:30 to 5 p.m. every other Tuesday. During these times, travelers can meet with a physician to discuss their health, vaccine history, travel destination and activities. Travelers will learn which vaccines they’ll need and precautions to take.

Both the AnMed Health Family Medicine Center and the AnMed Health Pharmacy at the Oglesby Center offer several vaccines, including:

  • Yellow Fever (state certified)
  • Typhoid
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumococcal
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Tetanus
  • Varicella (chickenpox)

The cost for the doctor’s visit and vaccine may be reimbursed by some insurance companies. To make an appointment or for more information, call (864) 512-1475.


AIM Needs Volunteers, File Cabinet, Air Conditioner

Anderson Interfaith Ministries currently needs volunteers, a four-drawer file cabinet and and a window unit air conditioner.  To help, call 226-2273.


Clemson University Hosts Piano Day for Middle-, High-Schoolers  

The Clemson University performing arts department is hosting Piano Day Saturday, June 11, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. High school and middle school students (sixth-12th grades) who have taken at least two years of lessons will be able to participate in a variety of recitals and receive coaching and enrichment.

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