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Art, festivities to be featured in new Walterboro WHAM Festival

Walterboro leaders are preparing for the city’s new WHAM Festival, a two-day art exhibit event boasting local art and activities.
The festival is occurring on March 27-29th at the Colleton Civic Center. It includes a roster of more than 50 artists and musicians. The festival also features food trucks, historical demonstrations and live performances.
“Art is all around us … tv, music, graphics, the list is long,” said Matt Mardell, director of the Colleton Museum and Farmer’s Market and the Colleton Commercial Kitchen. These are some of the sponsors of this festival. “It is a widely acknowledged fact that the arts and culture bring economic development,” he said in a written statement.
“We have artists in Colleton County and beyond that need a platform to show, sell and grow as artists. Our youth need mentors and inspiration; others may need the ability to sell or learn more. An arts festival provides this forum,” he said.
Specifically, the free festival will feature an art exhibit that will boast the artwork of Dr. Harold Rhodes III and works by artists James Denmark, Jonathan Green and recent S.C. Hall of Fame Inductee Dr. Leo Twiggs.
The festival will kick off with a Colleton Civic Center performance. Still, the weekend lineup will be held at various downtown Walterboro locations, including the waterfall along East Washington Street, the Walterboro Wildlife Center, the Colleton County Memorial Library, S.C. Artisans Center and the Colleton County Arts Council.
For more information, visit www.colletonmuseum.org and www.colletoncivic.org.
The event is funded in part by S.C. Arts Commission.

In other Colleton County news:
“Keep Edisto Beautiful” receives state award
Officials with the Town of Edisto Beach are recognizing a member of their staff for her volunteer efforts to keep the town clean and pristine.
Kelly Moore is the special events coordinator for the Town of Edisto Beach. Recently, Moore was recognized by the Palmetto Pride non-profit for her efforts in the Keep Edisto Beautiful program. Additionally, the overall town’s anti-litter program – Keep Edisto Beautiful – received an Outstanding Affiliate Award from the Palmetto Pride organization. The local award was given to the Keep Edisto Beautiful program for their efforts to remove litter from the town and for keeping the environment green. Town leaders thanked Moore and the entire Keep Edisto Beautiful program last week on the municipality’s social media pages, calling Moore “multi-talented.”

CCHS 2020 Graduation plans announced
Colleton County School District has announced its plans for this year’s 2020 high school graduation. Graduating seniors from Colleton County High School will have their commencement ceremony on Friday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cougar Stadium.
Additional seating will also be available in the school’s Performing Arts Center, where viewers can watch a live stream of the actual graduation ceremony.
In case of inclement weather, the graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 6th, at 9 a.m. in Cougar Stadium. More information about graduation will be posted as it becomes available on the district’s Web site, at www.colletonsd.org.

Local Cub Scout pack prepares for annual Cubmobile Race
The Walterboro Cub Scout Pack 646 is again hosting its cubmobile yearly race. The go-cart race will be held on Saturday, April 25th. Pack leaders recently approached Walterboro City Council about the event, asking that a portion of Forest Hills Road be closed to accommodate the race. Council voted and approved the request. The road will be closed between South Jefferies Boulevard and Ivanhoe Creek Drive on April 25th from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. About 15 cars are expected to participate in the race, along with about 60 Cub Scouts and parents.

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