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Newly-remodeled Colleton Civic Center hosting ‘The Spinners’

The newly remodeled Colleton Civic Center is making its grand debut to the public this weekend by hosting its first public performance since undergoing renovations.
The Colleton Civic Center is hosting The Spinners this Friday night. Beaufort-based soloist and former American Idol winner Candice Glover will open for the music group, taking the stage at 8 p.m. Doors to the civic center will open at 7:30 p.m.
This is the first time that the civic center will be open to the public since construction and renovations began more than 14 months ago. Prior to this weekend’s event, the civic center held an invitation-only press conference about one month ago, giving the public a speak peak to the renovations and upgrades.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have all of these positive changes, and to have a chance for the public to see what has been done,” said Jean Harrigal, executive director of the Colleton Civic Center. According to Harrigal, the building’s Certificate of Occupancy will be received and the center is now “open for business,” she said.
The county-owned Colleton Civic Center formerly housed the county’s Hampton Street Elementary School. The building is currently used a center for various office spaces available for rent, and is the temporary home for the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office while the county’s new law enforcement complex is being built. The Colleton Civic Center is also home to the Colleton County Arts Council and is the home of the Hampton Street Auditorium, where multiple public performances are held throughout the year. The Colleton Children’s Library also rents the auditorium for its much-acclaimed performances each year.
The auditorium, and consequently the civic center, have undergone a multi-million refurbishment this year. The majority of these funds came from money allocated via the Capital Improvement Project: this bucket of money was created via an additional one-cent sales tax that Colleton voters approved in a referendum more than three years ago. A list of countywide and community-baed projects were approved for funding through this sales tax. One such project was the refurbishment of the Hampton Street Auditorium.
Renovations on the auditorium and inside the center’s Gallery include upgraded seating areas and restrooms, new stage draperies, new sound and lighting equipment, and other cosmetic improvements.
Harrigal says the Colleton Civic Center’s leaders and its board of directors will continue to raise funds. This money will be used to buy new equipment and to continue with needed improvements, particularly in the offices and rentable spaces on the second floor of the building, she said.
“There will be ongoing improvements,” she said.
Following Friday’s performance by The Spinners, the Colleton Civic Center is hosting a series of upcoming concerts and events. These include:
A performance by country and bluegrass artist Ricky Skaggs, who will perform on October 26th; “A Christmas Carol,” performed by Walterboro’s theatrical group The Hampton Street Players, on Nov. 30th; and a Dec. 8th production of, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” performed by Coastal Stage Productions.

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