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Walterboro hosting Christmas Parade with First Thursday

This year, the City of Walterboro will celebrate its annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony in conjunction with First Thursday, a monthly evening showcase of local businesses that are located along the city’s main street.
Typically, the city hosts its Christmas parade and tree lighting on the first Sunday in December. This year, however, that date falls onto the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. Because of this, city officials have moved the events to the following week and to the first Thursday of December. This is December 5th.
“This will coincide with the city’s First Thursday event,” said Christian Spires, tourism director for the City of Walterboro. Spires says the city’s officials decided to move the event from its traditional date so that people who are traveling will have more time to spend with their families.
According to Spires, Walterboro’s Tree Lighting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Walterboro City Hall.
The Christmas Parade will follow, with the event again being a night-time parade. The parade will start at 6:30 p.m.
The parade will follow along the traditional Hampton and East Washington Street route, with floats beginning the route at the Colleton Civic Center.
“Children can expect to see Santa at the parade again this year, and the city encourages everyone to stay downtown after the parade to take part in the monthly festival,” said Spires.
Christmas Parade participation applications are now being accepted. They can be downloaded at www.walterborosc.org/parade. Anyone with questions can also call the Walterboro Welcome Center at 843-538-4353.

Heirs Property hosting a fundraiser at Charleston plantation
The Center for Heirs Property is holding it’s fifth annual “Unique Lowcountry Outing and Feast” on Nov. 23rd.
This year, the Saturday and family-friendly events are being held at McLeod Plantation on James Island. It features live music and catered barbecue, along with tours of this plantation.
The event starts at noon and lasts until 5 p.m. During this time, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission Director Heather Hodges will speak. She will discuss ways that the Gullah and Geechee communities have contributed to American culture, according to information provided by the Center for Heirs Property.
The center does work in Colleton County to educate heirs property owners and to help heirs property owners get a title for their land. In addition to helping Colleton County, the center also helps heirs property owners in 14 other greater Lowcountry counties, including Beaufort, Berkeley, Hampton, Dorchester, and Bamberg counties.
To buy tickets for the event, go to the center’s Web site at www.heirsproperty.org/event/2018-unique-lowcountry-outing-and-feast.

Youth hunt, certification class being offered
The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter education class before the agency’s upcoming “Bucks and Badges” hunt. The actual hunt is for area youth and is free. It is being sponsored by the sheriff’s office and participating businesses and donors.
The certification class for youth will happen before the actual hunt. The class is being taught by a certified Hunter Education Instructor. By children choosing to take the class before the actual hunt, all children who are attending the event can hunt.
Children must be at least 10 years old to participate in the hunt. In the course, children will be taught about gun safety, and the proper handling of a firearm, according to Shalane Lowes, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. “They will be taken to a specific plantation to fulfill their deer hunting tags, and dreams,” she said, in a written statement. If a child is attending the hunt and they are already certified, then they are not required to take the class, she said. Children who are participating in the hunt will be chosen based on a lottery from a pool of children who applied to participate. This is due to limited availability for the hunt and class, said Lowes.
The hunter education class and youth hunt will take place on Saturday, Nov. 16th. For more information, visit the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

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