A Valentines to Remember

Join the Florence Regional Arts Alliance for A Valentines to Remember, a fundraising Jazz Concert, at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center on February 16th at 8pm. This show features the Florence Area Big Band and special guest, Florence native and drummer with Doc Severinsen’s Big Band, Stockton Helbing.


Reserved VIP tickets are $45 and includes a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 at the Waters Building in downtown Florence.  Reserved tickets for the concert only are $25, and student tickets are $10.

Event tickets available at the PAC box office and fmupac.org

Stockton was first hired to tour the world by his musical hero Maynard Ferguson. During that nearly four year time period Stockton was a featured soloist, the youngest person to ever be Maynard’s music director, the only drummer to ever be Maynard’s music director, and producer of Maynard’s last studio recording, The One and Only Maynard Ferguson (2007).


Stockton has also performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including Arturo Sandoval, the Maniacal 4, Erika Badu, David Braid, Steve Wiest, Jennifer Holiday, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Denis DiBlasio, The Cincinnati Pops, Chip McNeill, Darden Purcell, Clay Jenkins, Phil Woods, Wayne Bergeron, Randy Brecker, The Imperial Brass, Mary Wilson, Paul Tynan, Ernie Watts and many more.


Before Stockton toured the world, Stockton began his musical career in Florence. Stockton was part of Florence School District One Fine Arts “DOME” program and a 1998 graduate of West Florence High School.  Stockton played percussion with the Florence Symphony Orchestra, prior to the creation of Florence Symphony Youth Orchestra. Stockton performed as the original drummer with the Florence Area Big Band’s founding musicians, Allen Brown, Randy Shell, and Julian Graham.


Stockton will perform with the Florence Area Big Band favorites from the libraries of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich along with many popular standards.


The Florence Regional Arts Alliance is celebrating 35 years of helping the Arts in Florence County.  Since 1983, the FRAA has been committed to preserving, supporting, and promoting a vibrant arts community for Florence County.  The funds raised from this concert will go towards operating expenses allowing the Florence Regional Arts Alliance to provide arts grant support, scholarships, arts marketing and arts programming to Florence County.


Event tickets available at the PAC box office and fmupac.org

For more information about the Florence Regional Arts Alliance visit florenceartsalliance.org or call 843.407-3092.


Florence Symphony Orchestra

Florence Symphony Orchestra Concert will perform at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

February 11th at 7:30pm



Concerto No. 2 in F minor, op. 21 | Chopin

La Valse | Ravel

Pavane pour une infante défunte | Ravel

Bolero | Ravel

Paolo Gualdi will be on piano


For reservations call the FMU Performing Arts Center at 843-661-4444 or click here.


The Education Department of the Florence County Museum announces the following programming:
Family Day at the Florence County Museum
Saturday, February 9, 2019.  1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
From toddlers to grandparents, Family Days at the Florence County Museum are sure to offer something for everyone. Join us the second Saturday of each month from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for Family Day at the FCM. No registration required. Free of charge.
Art and Science
Oil and Water Painting
Museum Lobby
All Ages
What happens when you mix oil with water? Participants will learn the basics of density and polarity while creating a colorful abstract painting.
Multipurpose Room
All Ages
Your vision can really play tricks with your mind! Participants will experience the persistence of vision by creating a simple Thaumatrope.
Playing with pH
Art Studio
All Ages
Adjusting the pH of a common vegetable can create beautiful results! Participants will use kitchen ingredients to create a work of art.

FCM 2019 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition Exhibit


2019 Pee Dee Regional Competition

The Florence County Museum is proud to present the 2019 Pee Dee Regional Art Competition sponsored by Chick-fil-A of Florence.

The competition highlights the best contemporary art in the Pee Dee region. One of the state’s oldest juried art competitions, the first Pee Dee Regional dates back to 1954 where the competition was held at the former Florence Museum on Spruce Street in Florence, South Carolina.

This year’s exhibit is now open to the public and will remain on display through March 29, 2019 in the FCM Waters Gallery.

Visitors are invited to inspect this year’s selection and cast their vote for the Jo Ann Fender Scarborough People’s Choice Award.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award will be open through Friday, March 22 with the winner being announced on Monday, March 25 via a press release and the museum’s social media.

Florence Regional Arts Alliance Art Awards Night



As part of its mission to recognize those making a difference in the community through the support, development and growth of the arts, the Florence Regional Arts Alliance honors Florence County businesses, organizations and individuals with the four following awards:


The John W. Baker Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual from Florence County who has significantly impacted the quality of life in our community through his/her activities, contributions, and/or accomplishments in the arts.

The Business and Arts Partnership Award recognizes a Florence County business for its vital commitment to the arts as evidence by operational and/or project support provided on a substantial and ongoing basis.

The Outstanding Arts Organization is presented annually to the Florence County arts organization that has a tremendous impact on the community. This may be through programming, projects, resource development, advocacy or other innovation. No organization may win this award twice in a four year period.

The Greg Fry Arts Educator Award Recipient is presented annually to an educator who either resides or works in Florence County. Public and private schools educators are eligible for this award, as well as individuals in higher education and those who teach through registered 501(c)(3) arts organizations.


The awards themselves will be a piece of artwork created by local artist.  The 2018 Arts Awards will be presented at a reception on Tuesday, May 8th at 6pm within the Waters Building.

Nominations may be submitted through the Florence Regional Arts Website at http://www.florenceartsalliance.org/awards/ through April 23.

Starr Ward Chamber Music Concerts – Spring 2018 – Sara Ann Mitchell Jebaily

Starr Ward Chamber Music Concerts Announces 

the last of Two Special Concerts presented this Spring as part of the Florence Downtown Development Corporation Starr Ward Chamber Music Concerts.

Sunday, May 6 Sara Ann Mitchell Jebaily, soprano

An emerging coloratura soprano, Sara is known for her shimmering voice and engaging stage presence. Most recently, Sara performed the role of the first maid in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Austin Lyric Opera. As a regular at Des Moines Metro Opera, Ms. Mitchell performed the role of the First Niece in Britten’s Peter Grimes, and covered the roles of Lisette in Pucinni’s La rondine and Sister Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites.

Sara also toured with Opera Iowa, the educational outreach division of Des Moines Metro Opera.


The concerts will be performed in the banquet hall of Victor’s Bistro in the Hotel Florence at 5PM. Admission is $10 at the door. A meet the Artist reception will follow.


Marshall Tucker Band

There’ll be “lightning in the air” on Friday May 4 with the iconic Marshall Tucker Band brings its legendary brand of Southern rock to the Francis Marion University’s Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4.
The Marshall Tucker Band has had a devoted and passionate following, almost since the day the group was formed in Spartanburg, S.C. in the early ‘70s. That’s grown through the years as the band churned out seven gold records, three platinum records and a long list of memorable singles including, “Can’t You See,” “Heard It In a Love Song,” “Fire On The Mountain,” and more. Through it all,  the Marshall Tucker Band became synonymous with pioneering the genre of Southern rock.
Tickets for the show, the band’s only Pee Dee-area performance this year, will go on sale Monday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. Tickets prices start at just $22. 
Tickets can be purchased online at www.fmupac.org, by phone at 843.661.4444 or in person at the PAC ticket office in downtown Florence, Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m.
The Marshall Tucker Band got its start when lead vocalist Doug Gray teamed up with Tommy Caldwell and Toy Caldwell, Paul T. Riddle, George McCorkle and Jerry Eubanks. The band’s composition has changed repeatedly through the years. As long-time fans know, there is no actual  “Marshall Tucker” in the band. The band “borrowed” that name from a piano tuner whose name was found on a key ring in their original rehearsal space.
From pulling a name out of thin air, creating a new sound was no big deal for MTB. Founding member Gray says, “We were a bunch of young guys who didn’t know any boundaries.” 
In 1972, the band signed its first major label record deal, and in 1973, the Marshall Tucker Band opened shows for The Allman Brothers. The following year, as their own star began to grow and their debut album went platinum, they began to headline their own shows across America.
They toured constantly over the next decade, honing their signature sound by blending rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, country and gospel. 
“The buying public never really cared whether we were country or rock and roll,” says Gray. “They called us a Southern rock band, but we have always played everything from country, jazz, blues, rock & roll and all things in-between. As we’ve become older, our Southern heritage seems to come out even more, but no matter how old we get, we can still rock your socks off.”
The Marshall Tucker Band continues to tour on a regular basis, playing more than 130 live dates each year. Today, the band records on its own Ramblin’ Records Label (distributed by Sony/RED) and continues to produce a steady stream of new  material. 
The band is still led by Gray, but current members include some notable names with long pedigrees in other groups. Highly respected drummer B.B. Borden is a former member of both Mother’s Finest and The Outlaws; multi-instrumentalist Marcus Henderson plays flute, saxophone and keyboards in addition to lead and background vocals; Pat Elwood is on bass guitar; and Rick Willis is on lead guitar and vocals. Acclaimed lead guitarist and vocalist Chris Hicks recently rejoined the band after a two-year absence. 

Florence Symphony Orchestra – Symphonic Rock

The Florence Symphony Orchestra Presents

Symphonic Rock

Monday, April 30th,  7:30 pm

in Downtown Florence at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

Season subscriptions for 2018-19 go on sale this same evening!


In Absentia

Sheppard’s exhibition is presented by the Florence Regional Arts Alliance in collaboration with the Florence County Museum, as the third annual ArtFields Solo Exhibition Award.
His life-size figurative sculpture Indigo was exhibited at ArtFields 2017, where it caught the attention of Sandra Cook, Executive Director of of FRAA and Stephen Motte, Curator of the Florence County Museum. Sheppard was selected from 20 other prospective artists under consideration by FRAA and FCM to receive the Solo Exhibition Award.
“Installation art has made an appearance in past exhibitions here, but In Absentia is the first exhibit at the Waters Gallery to exclusively feature contemporary sculpture,” said Motte.
Sheppard received his MFA in Sculpture from Eastern Carolina University in 2010, and is a studio technician with the Art Department at UNC Pembroke.
“Austin’s art explores personal and cultural issues of identity, using multiple media and methods to produce works which reside on the line between whimsical humor and the grotesquely bizarre,” Motte describes. “There is a definite theme, but an underlying mystery. Several works make me double-take every time.”
An opening reception will be held at the Waters Gallery, Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 pm. The public is invited.
The exhibition is open at the FCM Waters Gallery, April 23 – July 13. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm.



Florence County Museum Children’s Imagination Ball

Let your creativity flow at the 3rd Annual Florence County Museum Imagination Ball, a costumed event for the whole family. Enjoy an evening of creative hands-on activities, music, face painting, delicious food, family costume contest, music and more.
Tickets are $10 per child or $40 per family. Accompanying adults attend free.
Tickets can be purchased at the Florence County Museum or through our website.
The Imagination Ball is sponsored by Chick-fil-A Magnolia Mall Drive-Thru. All proceeds support educational programming at the Florence County Museum.
For tickets and more information visit flocomuseum.org/imagination-ball