Fashion & Fiction: An evening featuring Southern Author Kim Boykin and Fashion Expert Karen Edwards

Cheraw Arts Commission invites you to attend, Fashion & Fiction, an evening featuring Southern Author Kim Boykin and Fashion Expert Karen Edwards, will be held on Thursday, September 14 at Kevin Lear’s on Main in Cheraw from 6-8pm.  This free event for ladies is presented by Kevin Lear, Friends of the Chesterfield County Libraries and the Cheraw Arts Commission.
Kim Boykin was raised in her South Carolina home with two girly sisters and great parents. Almost everything she learned about writing, she learned from her grandpa, an oral storyteller, who would tell stories under an old mimosa tree on the family farm. Kim started writing while waiting in school car rider lines or on the bleachers at her children’s swim practice. After her kids left the nest, she submitted her work and sold her first novel at 53.
Thanks to the lessons she learned under that mimosa tree, her books are well reviewed and, according to RT Book Reviews, feel like they’re being told across a kitchen table. She is the author of Echoes of MercyA Peach of a PairPalmetto Moon and The Wisdom of Hair from Berkley/NAL/Penguin; Flirting with ForeverShe’s the OneJust in Time for ChristmasSteal Me, Cowboyand Sweet Home Carolina from Tule. While her heart is always in the Low country of South Carolina, she lives in Charlotte and adores hairstylists, librarians and book junkies like herself.
Karen Edwards is an attorney and senior instructor in the Department of Retailing at the University of South Carolina.  Recipient of the University’s 2017 Faculty Integrity Award and the 2010-11 Harry E. Varney Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, she teaches undergraduate and master’s level courses in retailing.   Among others, Ms. Edwards developed the graduate-level courses Law for Retailers and Fashion and the Law, which provide students with an understanding of industry-specific legal issues and federal / state laws that relate to retailers and fashion-industry professionals.
Ms. Edwards has developed and led numerous study abroad program and was awarded the Brian J. and Linda L. Mahalik Global Scholar Award in 2016. She is a frequent presenter and past associate director at USC’s Center for Teaching Excellence, and the chair of the Central South Carolina chapter of Mensa.

Fine Crafts Exhibition

In celebration of National Hobby month, the Cheraw Arts Commission will feature an exhibit of fine crafts at the Burr Gallery during January.  Included in the exhibit will be pottery, hand woven baskets and furniture.
Displayed in the gallery will be ceramic pieces by Eddie Dial of Blenheim, SC. Also included in his creations are numerous face jugs with their characteristic oversized teeth and wide eyes. The history of face jugs dates back to the 1800’s when created by African-Americans in the Carolinas and Georgia.
A collection of rattan reed baskets by Ramona Boykin will be exhibited. She is the owner of August Moon Basketry and has been providing basket weaving supplies for over 30 years.
Furniture by Brad Allen of Chesterfield will also be featured during the month. A handcrafted table and bench will be on display.
The public is invited to a gallery opening on Tuesday, January 12 from 5:00-7:00pm.  The Burr Gallery is located at the Cheraw Community Center – 200 Powe Street.  Hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm.
Contact the Cheraw Arts Commission for additional information – 843.537.8420 x 12.  The Cheraw Arts Commission is supported by United Way of Chesterfield County & the SC Arts Commission which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Burr Gallery Opening in Cheraw

In celebration of National Hobby month, the Cheraw Arts Commission will feature an exhibit of fine crafts at the Burr Gallery during January.  Included in the exhibit will be pottery, hand woven baskets and furniture.
Displayed in the gallery will be ceramic pieces by Eddie Dial of Blenheim, SC. Also included in his creations are numerous face jugs with their characteristic oversized teeth and wide eyes. The history of face jugs dates back to the 1800’s when created by African-Americans in the Carolinas and Georgia.
A collection of rattan reed baskets by Ramona Boykin will be exhibited. She is the owner of August Moon Basketry and has been providing basket weaving supplies for over 30 years.
Furniture by Brad Allen of Chesterfield will also be featured during the month. A handcrafted table and bench will be on display.
The public is invited to a gallery opening on Tuesday, January 12 from 5:00-7:00pm.  The Burr Gallery is located at the Cheraw Community Center – 200 Powe Street.  Hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm.
Contact the Cheraw Arts Commission for additional information – 843.537.8420 x 12.  The Cheraw Arts Commission is supported by United Way of Chesterfield County & the SC Arts Commission which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jazz Brunch & Jazz Mass in Cheraw

SC Jazz Festival Jazz Brunch & Jazz Mass-

Jazz will fill the air on October 16-18 at the 2015 South Carolina Jazz Festival in Cheraw, SC. Over 25 jazz performances are scheduled during the weekend.

The festival weekend concludes on Sunday, October 18 with a Jazz Brunch and a Jazz Mass. The Jazz Brunch will be at G.W. Long Presbyterian Church from 11:30 – 1:00pm – 312 Second Street. A New Creation band will be the featured musicians for the brunch.

The Jazz Mass will be hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Cheraw at 3:00pm. Area clergy, musicians and choir members will lead the community worship on the church grounds located at 300 Market Street. This marks the eighth year of this annual event that is presented during the festival weekend by area churches.

The Jazz Mass will feature the Market Street Brass and the Jazz Mass Community Choir. The Market Street Brass was founded in 1974 as the resident faculty brass quintet at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The quintet performs music in all styles from Renaissance to jazz in a variety of settings. Some 50 or more engagements per year include concerts, services, and music for special events. The group has performed throughout the United States for professional music education conferences, public and private schools, colleges and universities, and concert series. In August 2005, the Market Street Brass traveled to PR China to perform concerts in Beijing and Changsha. In Beijing, concerts were played in the Forbidden City Concert Hall and the Peking University Concert Hall.

The Jazz Mass Community Choir features singers from various community churches who will share their talents for this wonderful service. The choir will present four selections from Missa Jazzis that were written especially for choirs, trumpet and keyboard.

The public is invited to attend this community worship set in the tones of soulful jazz. Seating will be available, while lawn chairs are welcomed. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the church sanctuary. For additional information visit www.scjazzfestival.com or call 843.537.8420.

Attached Photo -Pictured are (left to right) members:
Dennis Askew (tuba),Wayne Bennett (fluegelhorn),
Randy Kohlenberg (trombone), Christian McIvor (trumpet),
and Edward Bach (trumpet).

Freedom’s Groove Jazz Band from Ft. Bragg performs at 2015 SC Jazz Festival in Cheraw

Participating in this year’s 2015 South Carolina Jazz Festival in Cheraw, SC is “Freedom’s Groove” of the Army Ground Forces from Ft. Bragg, NC. The Jazz Combo is a small musical ensemble that performs in a variety of venues, including schools, high-visibility military functions, state, and local jazz festivals, as well as national tours to promote Jazz and the Army Story.

The jazz musicians perform a diverse repertoire, including works ranging from Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck to Stevie Wonder and The Beatles. This group proudly maintains the American military Jazz heritage originating with the Army Air Corps of the 1940s.

“Freedom’s Groove” is one of four musical performances at Centennial Park on Saturday, October 17. The jazz ensemble is scheduled to perform from 3:30 – 4:30 at the downtown venue. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to this free event.

There will be many more happenings during the festival weekend of October 16-18. Visit www.scjazzfestival.com for complete schedule of events or call 843.537.8420 x 12.

South Carolina Jazz Festival in Cheraw

The South Carolina Jazz Festival is a celebration of a musical art form pioneered by Cheraw’s native son, Dizzy Gillespie. The three-day festival celebrating Gillespie’s birthday will feature jazz performances, a golf tournament, a Bebop parade & Birthday party, arts and fine crafts, a Chalk competition, a book sale and kids’ art activities. The festival concludes with a Jazz Brunch and Jazz Mass on Sunday, October 18.

There will be plenty of food offerings during the weekend at local restaurants, a pancake breakfast, BBQ lunch, and a Wine & Cheese Tasting. New this year is Bebop & Bites with Dizzy’s favorite sweet potato pie, light fare and jazz.

Saturday, October 17 will offer art related activities and a full day of music at Centennial Park in downtown Cheraw. Art Alley will feature the annual Madonnari Chalk Contest and visual artists and fine craftsman. Artisans will display and sell their creations from 10:00am until 4:00pm. Included in the art exhibit will be paintings, photos, hand-blown glassware, jewelry, funky floorcloths, and more. There will be jazz related paintings by Eric McRay at Expressions Art Gallery. Visual artist Dan Nelson will be creating art on a giant canvas.

Kid’s activities run from 12:00 noon until 2:00pm, with Bebop Bingo at 12:30pm at the Art Alley area. Paperhand Puppet Intervention will display giant puppets at the Bebop parade, while Empire Strikes Brass band will lead the parade.

There are several opportunities for festival attendees to learn about Cheraw native and jazz great Dizzy Gillespie. The SCETV documentary “From the Be to the Bop” will be shown at the Theatre on the Green on Saturday. The Southern African American Heritage Center will feature Dizzy on Display and a Chat with Crystal Harris, Gillespie’s niece. The Historic Cheraw cell phone tour includes the Gillespie homesite and family church.

Most weekend events are free, with two ticketed evening performances at the Theatre on the Green featuring Ignacio Berroa Quartet & Carol Welsman Trio. All festival happenings and ticket information can be found at www.scjazzfestival.com or contact the South Carolina Jazz Festival – 843.537.8420 x 12.