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.

Florence Little Theatre

FLT is performing

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Saturday, February 9th at 11 a.m.

Goldilocks is lost and stumbles onto the Three Bears’ house. Finding no one home, she tries to find a phone to call her mom, and, in the meantime, wreaks havoc on the bears’ house. When the family returns, it’s hard to say who is more surprised: Goldilocks, the Bears or the audience!

The FLT Schoolhouse Players troupe performs this fun, highly-interactive play that includes music!

Tickets are $5 and available at  florencelittletheatre.org

LOVE THE ARTS Fundraiser

The Lake City Concert Series and The Inn at the The Crossroads present:

An Arts Education Fundraiser


Musical entertainment with divine desserts, wine and champagne.

All proceeds from our silent auction will go towards our Arts in Education program.

Begins at 7:30pm Thursday, February 7 at The Stable at The Inn at The Crossroads in Lake City, SC

Tickets may be purchased for $30 at the door or $25 in advance from the Greater Lake City Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Moore Farms Botanical Garden – Yoga in the Garden


Come enjoy some tasty stretches, upper body and core strengtheners, plus a tranquil relaxation session to finish.

These classes will take place all throughout the serene landscapes of Moore Farms Botanical Garden and are taught by TD Rykard. Designed for all levels – from beginners to very experienced – this class focuses on the “yin” aspect of yoga to target connective tissues in addition to simply stretching muscles.

The cost is $10 per person and the class runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Moore Farms Botanical Garden – Holiday Garlands

Moore Farms Botanical Garden art class:  Holiday Garlands

It’s greenery garlands galore! Add natural beauty to your home with handcrafted garlands by using fresh greenery such as cypress, arborvitae, magnolia and so much more.

In this class, you’ll learn the steps to turn unassuming branches and foliage into beautiful pieces of festive cheer. Come create a fragrant and decorative display for the season.

Join Moore Farms Botanical Garden on Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm, where you’ll get the opportunity to create a gorgeous 6′ garland to adorn the outside or inside of your home.

The class costs $30 and all materials needed to create your festive decor is provided.

Register by clicking here: http://moorefarmsbg.org/events/holiday-garlands-galore/


Moore Farms Botanical Garden – Wreath Wonderland

Garden Art Class: Wreath Wonderland

Join Moore Farms Botanical Garden on Saturday, December 8th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM for a day full of creativity.

Tis’ the season to get crafty and decorate! A fresh evergreen wreath is the perfect festive touch for your home and provides a lovely, seasonal aroma. With proper care it can last for months!

For just $30, you’ll learn how to create an exquisite 18″ wreath from the unique greenery, berries and dried materials found right at Moore Farms Botanical Garden.

Your neighbors will be envious because your beautiful creation then goes home with you!

To register click here: http://moorefarmsbg.org/events/wreath-wonderland-2/