Downtown Hartsville businesses to celebrate National Hat Day on Jan. 15

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Downtown Hartsville’s merchants and businesses will be celebrating National Hat Day on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, a time to call attention to every kind of headwear brimming with fun, and for participating local businesses to offer special deals and discounts for all customers wearing hats while they shop.

Main Street Hartsville’s Promotions Committee has organized the local event, where participants will be invited to post selfies to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram of themselves wearing hats in participating stores with the hashtag #HartsvilleHatDay to be entered to win Main Street Hartsville gift certificates.

“We’re excited to present this as a day of fun and excitement in our expanding downtown,” Main Street Hartsville Promotions Committee member Tre’ Gammage said. “We’re hoping everyone will put their hats on and explore our downtown for National Hat Day.”

Main Street Hartsville Executive Director Suzy Moyd noted that the event comes in the middle of the post-holiday-rush lull which businesses often experience at the beginning of the year.

“When people get credit card bills and experience buyer’s remorse, typically retailers see a slow January,” she said. “The Main Street Hartsville Promotions Committee, chaired by Jessica Cohen, is dedicated to creating retail events to give people a reason to shop downtown and make cash registers ring year-round. National Hat Day was just a fun one for them to ‘hang their hat on.’”

To get involved in your downtown, volunteer to serve on a Main Street Hartsville committee by visiting www.mainstreethartsville.org.

Jingle ARRGH the Way!

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Jingle ARRGH the Way! is a production by the Columbia Children’s Theater and will be performed at Center Theater in downtown Hartsville at 3 p.m. on December 20th! The play is based on Melinda Long’s story “How I Became a Pirate” and is fun for the whole family.

Ticket Prices:
$8 Adult
$6 Children
FREE Children 2 and under

Tickets are available at Hartsville Tourism Office (106 E Carolina Ave) or www.eventbrite.com

See you there!

Downtown Hartsville’s biggest shopping night of the year, free Christmas activities, arrive with Downtown Holiday Open House Nov. 19

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Downtown Holiday Open House 1Gray Thursday, Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, Cyber Monday – the Thanksgiving holidays bring a full slate of opportunities to kick off the Christmas season. In downtown Hartsville, however, anyone searching for the perfectly unique and local gift will get their first crack at it a week before Thanksgiving, when Main Street Hartsville’s Downtown Holiday Open House brings extended hours, special deals, and free, memory-making Christmas activities.
The extended-shopping-hours evening is coming Thursday, Nov. 19, running from 6 to 9 p.m., and will offer participants free photos with Santa as well as free milk and cookies at Hartsville City Hall, 100 E. Carolina Ave. Also at City Hall, visitors can learn more about and buy tickets for “Jingle ARRRGH the Way!,” the Christmas Pirate Adventure Musical which is coming on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. to the Center Theater as the first date in the Hartsville Children’s Theatre series.
Elsewhere in downtown, free horse-drawn carriage rides will be leaving from Centennial Park, found at Fifth Street and Carolina Avenue, which will also become the home of a snow machine for the night. A cadre of professional Christmas carolers will tour around downtown throughout the evening. Burry Bookstore, found at 130 W. Carolina Ave., is offering story time with Mrs. Claus at 6:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 8 p.m., along with hot chocolate and carols from the Hartsville High School Singers.
“Downtown Holiday Open House is arriving toward the end of what has been an unimaginably electrifying year for downtown Hartsville, full of new construction, façade improvements, and the opening of 15 new downtown businesses,” Suzy Moyd, Executive Director of Main Street Hartsville, said. “This event has always as one of our retailers’ most exciting dates on the calendar and it kicks off the season in the heart of our downtown. Our Main Street Hartsville partners are looking forward to working together for this night of celebration and having a great Christmas.”
“But to quote the Grinch: ‘It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas means just a little bit more.’ Celebrate with your neighbors on Thursday and share your love for each other, your hometown and that ‘little bit more.’”
For more information about these events, contact Main Street Hartsville at info@mainstreethartsville.org or at 843.383.3015.

 

Duke Energy Lights Up the Night Community Festival spotlights downtown Hartsville Oct. 24

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FALL FESTIVALDowntown Hartsville will shine as never before on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 5 to 10 p.m., as the Duke Energy Lights Up the Night Community Festival arrives with laser shows, live music from Terence Lonon and the Untouchables as well as a plethora of vendors and children’s entertainments.

This large-scale, free community festival, sponsored by Duke Energy, is taking place on Railroad Avenue and Coker Avenue, as well as at Coker College’s DeLoach Center. The event’s free, 15-minute laser shows will take place inside the DeLoach Center at the top of every hour from 6 to 9 p.m. The classic beach music group Terence Lonon and the Untouchables, meanwhile, will return to Hartsville for the fourth straight year, entertaining festival-goers with a massive repertoire of Doo-Wop/R&B/Soul hits of the Drifters, the Four Tops, the Temptations and the Tams.

“The Duke Energy Lights Up the Night Community Festival is going to be big, bright and family friendly,” Suzy Moyd, Executive Director of Main Street Hartsville, said. “We’re tremendously grateful that Duke Energy has given Hartsville the gift of a major fall festival that reflects the amazing vibrancy of our community. This has become one of the greatest and most exciting events to come to us in recent years, and we’re already looking forward to making this an annual fixture on the calendars of local residents.”

A wide variety of vendors will be on hand with crafts, soaps, fabrics, jewelry, pumpkins, bake sales and carnival food as well as photo booth opportunities. Children will have a chance to discover such exciting vehicles as a NASCAR Pace Car and a Duke Energy bucket truck at the Touch-A-Truck display, play inside inflatables, discover a petting zoo from Pleasant Valley Stables and explore a neon obstacle course, which the Hartsville YMCA will create around the pond at the Vista, the park located along Railroad Avenue. The ArborOne Ag Simulator will also appear, allowing children to imagine driving a tractor amidst various crops.

“Hartsville Knocks,” a wreath designing competition which will place expertly crafted and themed wreaths on front doors throughout downtown Hartsville beginning in November, will host its preliminary judging at a display during the festival. The nine wreath-decorating artists selected then will go on to a final competition round during Main Street Hartsville’s Downtown Holiday Open House on Nov. 19 at Seersuckergypsy, 212 N. Fifth St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Another competition will reach its final round during the festival, as the Hartsville Icon amateur performance finals take place on the main stage. The event series has garnered an enthusiastic response as it ran throughout Main Street Hartsville’s fall Downtown Block Party series, and will provide to its ultimate winner a grand prize including $200. The finalists include Zachary Bradshaw, Lona Anne Arreola and GleeSSM, the Glee Club of the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, with the winner determined by audience applause.

Robinson Nuclear employees will also be on hand to teach children about nuclear energy and electricity through interactive demonstrations that are sure to delight. There will be a booth for adults as well with information about nuclear energy, tips for saving money on your light bill, and other pertinent information that Duke Energy customers can use.

Treats on the Streets comes howling into downtown Hartsville Oct. 29

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Treats on the StreetsFrom pirates to penguins and from gladiators to ghosts, downtown Hartsville receives a crowd of unusual visitors every year for Main Street Hartsville’s Treats on the Streets downtown trick-or-treating. On Thursday, Oct. 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., one of downtown’s biggest events will have its biggest year ever, bringing together not just children and families making their way among local shops, restaurants and other businesses, but also costume contests for children and dogs alike, sponsored by SPC Credit Union, and a deejay broadcasting Halloween music.

The family fun will take place along Carolina Avenue from Fourth to Sixth streets, as well as Fifth Street from Carolina Avenue to Home Avenue. Every downtown business is invited to participate, along with every Main Street Hartsville partner located outside of downtown. Outside-downtown organizations which have not become Main Street Hartsville partners may also join in for a $25 fee by contacting info@mainstreethartsville.org or 843.383.3015.

Throughout the event, Hazel’s Delights, located at 108 S. Fourth St., will give trick-or-treaters a chance to decorate their own Halloween-themed cupcakes for $2.

A couple of costume contests, both sponsored by SPC Credit Union, are scheduled for Centennial Park, found at the intersection of Fifth Street and Carolina Avenue. At 5 p.m., the Strut Your Mutt Costume Contest will bring out the best of the community’s costumed canines. The Hocus Pocus Costume Contest will follow at 6 p.m., spotlighting the wide variety of Hartsville’s costumed children. Award categories include the Most Original Costume Award, the Scariest Costume Award, the Best Owner/Pet Duo Costume Award, the Most Original Pet Costume Award and the Best Overall Costume Award.

Start-Up Hartsville competition returns to boost downtown entrepreneurship

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start-up_final_logo copy 2Last spring, the Start-Up Hartsville competition offered a pivotal opportunity to two winning startup businesses prepared to open in downtown Hartsville — $12,000 each in incentives. Now, as the winning businesses, which are the handmade accessory boutique Seersuckergypsy and the refurbished furniture shop/wine bar Retrofit sip-n-seat, are opening, the Start-Up Hartsville competition is gearing up to restart the process for more entrepreneurs.

A project of downtown development organization Main Street Hartsville as well as the Duke Energy Center for Innovation, the competition will accept applications Oct. 12 through Dec. 7. This round will offer the same prizes as before to eligible applicants, a group which include new startups, franchises, relocations of existing businesses from elsewhere, and even businesses already operating in Hartsville which are ready to make a substantial expansion into a new business concept. The $12,000 prize takes the form of rental assistance for business locations and is made possible by the Community Foundation for a Better Hartsville. Additional in-kind benefits available to winning businesses include ongoing assistance with marketing and business structure planning. A $1,000 People’s Choice Award will also go toward the finalist business which wins the most votes during the public presentation ceremony in February 2016. When the previous round of finalists presented their concepts last May, audience voters gave the People’s Choice Award to Brian Forté and Wanda Forté for MezzoForté Restaurant, a restaurant concept incorporating live performances and dinner theater.

“With a steady roll of ribbon cuttings and business announcements, downtown Hartsville’s development has reached new heights of excitement recently, and Start-Up Hartsville will remain a big part of that,” Main Street Hartsville Executive Director Suzy Moyd said. “We saw extraordinary business plans to come out of the first round, showing off inventive products as well as well-defined marketing plans and target consumers, and we know the Hartsville community will demonstrate more of its business development potential this time as well.”

Applications for Start-Up Hartsville are available on Main Street Hartsville website, www.mainstreethartsville.org/start-up-hartsville/, and will be due no later than Dec. 7. The selection committee will pick six semifinalists to develop more detailed business plans, to be announced Dec. 14. A group of three finalists, announced Jan. 25, 2016, will then make presentations to the committee before two winners are announced on Feb. 29, 2016. The deadline for the winning businesses to have open their doors will be July 18, 2016.

For more information about the process, contact Suzy Moyd at 843.383.3015 or at suzy.moyd@hartsvillesc.gov.

Skymonk to cap off fall Downtown Block Party series Oct. 8 in concert sponsored by Groucho’s Deli, Little Caesars, Novolex and First Citizens

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SkymonkThe last of the Fall 2015 Downtown Block Party dates will arrive this Thursday, Oct. 8, when Columbia’s blues rock band Skymonk will play on the streets of downtown Hartsville.

A street concert and festival sponsored by Groucho’s Deli, Little Caesars, Novolex and First Citizens, the event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Railroad Avenue, close to the Coker Avenue intersection and Coker College’s DeLoach Center. The evening will also feature another preliminary round of the Hartsville Icon competition, an opportunity for local performers to show their skills to a live audience and win a chance to be voted on to the next round.

Skymonk, a band formed in 2012 which plays with a sound centered in energetic rock, syncopated rhythms and soaring melodies that move and connect with audiences, features Kelly Nash on guitars and vocals, Scott Roberts on bass guitar and vocals and Ben Evans on drums. In its own words, the group “prides itself on being an enticing live show and cause for a closer listen with the windows rolled down and the radio turned up.”

Another installment of the Hartsville Icon competition is scheduled at 6 p.m. as the concert’s introduction, giving a chance for local musical acts to play to the crowd and potentially advance to the final round during the Duke Energy Lights Up the Night Community Festival, coming Oct. 24 to the same location on Railroad Avenue and Coker Avenue. The grand prize on the final date will include a $200 cash prize, a chance to perform during the monthly Hartsville Farmers Market, a free spot in the Hartsville Christmas Parade and a family pass to the Piratesville Splash Pad at the Byerly Park Recreation Complex. The application fee to perform is $10. Applications can be submitted electronically at www.mainstreethartsville.org/programs, and those interested can learn more by contacting info@mainstreethartsville.org.

Hartsville Farmers Market, Free Paper Shred and E-Waste Recycling Day sponsored by SPC Credit Union, Fierce Dance Academy’s Halloween Reveal Party and Vintage’s Oktoberfest all coming together Oct. 10

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facebook_event_448198201997656October will be a busy month for the downtown Hartsville Farmers Market as the schedule calls for the return of the popular Paper Shred and E-Waste Recycling Day, sponsored by SPC Credit Union, and will also feature Fierce Dance Academy’s Halloween Reveal Party and Unveiling Performance. This month’s Farmers Market is taking place at 100 E. Carolina Ave. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Vintage Craft Beer and Wine Boutique’s Oktoberfest will begin at its location on East College Avenue, 12 to 6 p.m. the same day.

The Paper Shred and E-Waste Recycling Day, made possible by SPC Credit Union, will take place in the parking lot of the Hartsville YMCA from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free event will give local residents an opportunity to have papers shredded for free by Shur Shred secure document destruction, and also bring in computers and cell phones. Other large electronic devices may also be accepted, so long as they have a cord, except for refrigerators, air conditioners, or other items which use Freon. For more information, contact City of Hartsville Environmental Services at 843.383.3019.

Additionally, Fierce Dance Academy will use the day to stage a reveal of its Halloween window decoration theme for its location at 125 N. Fifth St., along with a celebratory performance by its dancers at the Farmers Market at 10 a.m. Since its opening, Fierce Dance Academy has been a regular contributor to downtown Hartsville window displays, including an elaborate “Wizard of Oz”-themed display, titled “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore,” during the Halloween 2014 season.

Beginning at noon one block away, Vintage Craft Beer and Wine Boutique will host its annual Oktoberfest celebration. The event at 109 E. College Ave. will run through 6 p.m., bringing together authentic German beers, food, outdoor games and live music.

Sept. 24 Downtown Block Party cancelled for inclement weather

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Because of the inclement weather reports we are receiving about the changing weather patterns, tonight’s Downtown Block Party concert with Dylan Sneed has been cancelled. The Hartsville Icon Competition has also been cancelled. We will let the Icon competitors scheduled for tonight be on-stage singing it out at the next Downtown Block Party: October 8th, featuring SkyMonk, and located on Railroad and Coker avenues.

Dylan Sneed returns to Hartsville for Downtown Block Party performance, sponsored by Black Creek Arts Council

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Dylan Sneed 2The Downtown Block Party series opened with its biggest crowd ever with its Sept. 10 performance from Outshyne, but the fall 2015 street festival still has plenty more to offer, beginning with renowned performer and songwriter Dylan Sneed returning to his “adopted hometown” of Hartsville.

Sneed will play next Thursday, Sept. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. in a performance sponsored by Black Creek Arts Council. This installment of the series will happen on East Carolina Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth streets, and will again feature the Hartsville Icon amateur performance competition, which found its first finalist last time with Zachary Bradshaw.

An accomplished, internationally-touring musician, songwriter and teacher, Sneed has made his mark on the Hartsville music scene in many ways, including his creation of the concert series known as Artsville (www.welcometoartsville.com). He has continued his involvement with the organization even after relocating to Brooklyn, N.Y. in 2013. Sneed, who continues to write, record and perform his own music while developing new Artsville initiatives nationwide, has influences ranging from Bob Dylan to the Avett Brothers and has been described by the Dallas Observer as representing “the best side of true Americana: music of passion and skill that can move an audience with a whisper or a roar.”

Thursday’s concert date will also feature the second opportunity for amateur performers to take the stage during intermission and contend for a spot in the final round of the Hartsville Icon competition. The finals, which are scheduled for the Saturday, Oct. 24 Duke Energy Lights Up the Night Community
Festival on Railroad Avenue in downtown Hartsville, will offer a $200 grand prize. Additional prizes include a performance booking during the Hartsville Farmers Market, a free entry into the Hartsville Christmas Parade and a free season pass to Byerly Park’s Piratesville Splash Pad. The application fee to perform for Hartsville Icon is $10, and online applications are found at www.mainstreethartsville.org/programs. To learn more, contact Suzy Moyd at 843.383.3015 or suzy.moyd@hartsvillesc.gov.

Thursday’s concert will not be the last in the regular Downtown Block Party series. A couple of weeks later on Oct. 8, Rock/Alternative group Skymonk will perform on Railroad Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m. At the same Railroad Avenue location on Oct. 24 from 5 to 10 p.m., the Duke Energy Lights Up the Night Festival will bring together vendors, food, truck displays, a performance by beach music band Terence Lonon and the Untouchables and hourly indoor laser shows at Coker College’s DeLoach Center.
The cultural and artistic components of this program, the Sept. 24 Downtown Block Party, are funded in part by the Black Creek Arts Council of Darlington County, which receives funds from the South Carolina Arts Commission, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, and the National Endowment for the Arts.