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Solar Eclipse Events in SCC

Blue Way Adventures

Experience a once in a lifetime event…from a one of a kind place!
Join our scenic kayaking trip to an island on Lake Moultrie where you’ll have a wide open unobstructed view over the lake. Enjoy this stunning event and see colorful flowers and incredible wildlife along the way to the island.

Call 843-697-2812 to book while seats are still available. $75/person includes guide, kayak, gear and viewing glasses.

Meet at Blueway Adventures at Bonneau Beach, SC at 11 am. Launch time 11:30 am.

Old Santee Canal Park

The eclipse begins at 1:16pm and ends at 4:09pm, with maximum eclipse at 2:47pm. Total eclipse will last 2m34s at this location

Old Santee Canal Park opens at 9am and admission is free all day. The first 1,000 visitors through the gate will receive a pair of solar eclipse glasses. Our members will be there early, and plan to do some solar observing before the eclipse.

Food Trucks! We will have Music Man BBQ, Carribean Creole, and Chillin’ Station Shaved Ice. There will also be live music. The Charleston Hot Shots will be playing under the history Stoney Landing Plantation House.

Traffic is expected to be heavy, and it is recommended that wherever you plan to view the eclipse, you should get there early.

Please visit the eclipse page on our website for more info.

Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce

In an effort to promote our community and Clarendon County tourism, we are honored to provide the venue for Solar Jam 2017. The event, hosted by the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce, will be Saturday, August 19th, the weekend prior to the eclipse.

South Carolina native and country music star, Lewis Brice, will be headlining the event. Expect an amazing night with friends, great food, and live entertainment that you will not soon forget!
Limited number of tickets are available.

Contact the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce office at 803-435-4405 for tickets and more information. We will post more information as we receive it.

Town of Santee/Santee Cooper Country

Bring a picnic lunch and a lawn chair. Enjoy live music from 11-3.
Free glasses/bottled water/keepsake fans while supplies last.

Santee Cooper Country/Area Events

Experience the solar eclipse in totality from several local and  beautiful areas surrounding Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie.
Santee Town Hall Complex offers viewers ample green space with room for tents, telescopes and parking. The views will be unobstructed as the 2 minutes 30 seconds totality happens at 2:43.

Santee State Park has a lakeside open area for solar eclipse viewers right on Lake Marion.

Old Santee Canal Park will offer unobstructed views from the park and will have a local astronomy group there to add to the excitement.

Joe Miller Park in Elloree has a wide open area where eclipse watchers will be able to picnic and enjoy the event with family.

Witness the eclipse from a boat on Lake Marion or Lake Moultrie.
Local fishing guide Doug Allen can arrange groups up to six to witness the event from a view right on the water. Call (800)756-0527 for information and reservations.

Fisheagle Wildlife Eco Tours will offer viewers the chance to witness the event from the comforts of a 40 ft. pontoon boat while enjoying a relaxing ride on Lake Marion. Call (803) 974- 1262 for information.

Blueway Adventures is offering a kayak tours during the eclipse. Witness this once in a lifetime event while paddling in the open waters of Lake Marion. Call (843) 697- 2812.

Carolina King Retreat and Marina is hosting a rent-a-boat-cabin combo with free glasses and food! Call 803-478-2800.

Old Santee Canal Park

The eclipse begins at 1:16pm and ends at 4:09pm, with maximum eclipse at 2:47pm. Total eclipse will last 2m34s at this location

Old Santee Canal Park opens at 9am and admission is free all day. The first 1,000 visitors through the gate will receive a pair of solar eclipse glasses. Our members will be there early, and plan to do some solar observing before the eclipse.

Food Trucks! We will have Music Man BBQ, Carribean Creole, and Chillin’ Station Shaved Ice. There will also be live music. The Charleston Hot Shots will be playing under the history Stoney Landing Plantation House.
Traffic is expected to be heavy, and it is recommended that wherever you plan to view the eclipse, you should get there early.

Town of Moncks Corner
Please visit the eclipse page on our website for more info.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Moncks Corner, South Carolina!

Join us at the Regional Recreation Complex beginning at 11am for our eclipse viewing event…Total Eclipse in the Park! Not only will be have food trucks and icy treats, we will have eclipse related activities for amateur astronomers of all ages!

Stay tuned for event updates!

Central Carolina Technical College

On August 21, the moon will move in front of the sun and completely block its light during a rare and extraordinary total solar eclipse.

Solar eclipse viewing glasses, which will allow safe viewing of the sun, will be available FREE to the first 1,000 guests.

* Partial phase start: 1:14:47 p.m. (EDT)
* Totality start: 2:43:42 p.m. (EDT)

Speakers and topics:
*Lisa Dimitriadis: Eclipses in History
*Brian Davis: The Science of an Eclipse
*Bryan May: Viewing an Eclipse Safely

Live streaming of eclipse on monitors inside.

Yonderfield

Sunday August 20th
4pm Campground Opens for Camping Passes

Monday August 21st
10am Gates Open for Parking & Team Sign-In
11am -12pm Great Inflatable Race – Team Races
12pm – 1pm Great Inflatable Race – Kids Race
1pm – 2pm / 3pm – 5pm Great Inflatable Race – Open Play

2:30 – 3pm Eclipse
(Totality Begins at ~ 2hr 43min 39sec PM and lasts for 2min 15sec)

3:30pm – 4:30pm Edwin McCain
5pm – 6pm Corey Smith
6:30pm – 8pm Uncle Kracker

9pm – 11pm Movie Presentation

Tuesday August 22nd
10am Campground Closes

Sumter Tourism

Join us for an afternoon celebrating the path of totality. On August 21, Sumter will experience a total solar eclipse at 2:43 in the afternoon. Visit –www.sumtertotaleclipse.com

~Free activities provided by our partners (check back often for updates):
*Drone Racing
*Frisbee Golf
*Corn Hole
*Kickball & other kids games
*Water misters
*Fire Department Smokehouse

~Activities available for a nominal fee, from vendors:
*Face Painting
*Balloon animals
*Bouncy Houses
*Food
*Drinks
*Ice cream & Italian Ice

DJ Lady Diamond will be entertaining the crowd all afternoon.
Phone chargers available onsite, provided by FTC.
ATM onsite, provided by the American Legion Post 15.

For more information, Call: 803-436-2640 or Email: tourism@sumter-sc.com.

St. Matthews, SC

Food Vendors Rock Painting and Eclipse Information and Special Viewing Glasses will be available. Bring your lawn chair!
For more information contact Cindy Haigler at 803-874-2435 or chaigler@calhouncounty.sc.go

On August 21st the solar eclipse will begin in Oregon and cross the United States and exit through South Carolina. It will cross over St. Matthews and leave the town in darkness for around 2 minuets and 36 seconds. Over 1,000,000 eclipse tourist are expected to be in South Carolina for this event! This will not happen again until 2052! So grab a seat at the Market! We will have fun specials all day! More details to come! The Annex is located next to the Library at:  102 Courthouse Drive ,St. Matthews, SC

Main Street Manning

Join us for the historic total solar eclipse, Monday, August 21, 2017 at Ramsey Stadium, Manning High School. Gates open at 2 pm, peak eclipse at 2:45 pm. Glasses will be provided.

MARCH

4 – Miss Clarendon Scholarship Pageant

Jamie Lee (803) 433-4333

4 – Princess of Roses and Queen of Roses Pageants Stevenson Auditorium, Orangeburg

Contact: Zachary Tarrant (803) 533-6020

11 – 18th Annual Shuckin in the Park. 1PM Old Santee Canal Park, Moncks Corner

Enjoy food, games, and music. Brad Sale (843) 899-5200

16 – Tri-county Chamber Spring Golf Tournament

Holly Hill Country Club. Kathy Wagers (843) 563-9091

17 – Little Texas. Weldon Auditorium, Manning

Sharron Haley (803) 433-7469 25 – 55th Annual Elloree Trials – Great day of tailgating and horse racing. Call (803) 897-2616 for information.

26 – Santee Easter Egg Hunt, Santee Cultural Arts Center

Joanie Pinter (803) 854-2152 Ext. 203

31 – April 2 – Catfish Festival – St. Stephen

Catfish stew cook-off, vendors, rides, live music. Town Hall (843) 567-3597

31 – April 2 – Flowertown Festival – Summerville

One of the top 20 events in SC. Arts & crafts. food vendors, music. Linda Walton (843) 871-9622.

APRIL

1- 5th Annual Car Show on the Square – Memorial Plaza, Orangeburg

Variety of shows cars; antique, muscle and new on display. Gina Reynolds (803) 531-6186

1- Festival on the Avenue, Sumter

Arts, crafts, entertainment from the African-American community. (803) 436-2640

1 – Community Yard Sale – Santee, Town Hall Complex

Linda Shipley (803) 854-2152 ext. 204

6-8 – Puddin Swamp Festival Turbeville

This 3-day event includes the Taste of Puddin Swamp, bands, street dance, kritter kontest. Contact: Turbeville Town Hall (843) 659-2781

13- Main Street Manning Easter Egg Hunt Gibbons St. Park, Manning

For children 12 and under. Carrie Tribble (803) 435-8477 13 – Santee Easter Egg Hunt. Cultural Arts Center. For Children 10 and under.

Joanie Pinter (803) 854-2152 Ext. 203

14-15 – Annual Governor’s Frog Jump – Town of Springfield, SC

Friday and Saturday before Easter. Entertainment, food, games, frog jump, egg strike, and egg hunt.

Contact: Springfield Town Hall (803) 258-3152

21-22 – Striped Bass Festival

Celebration of Spring. Rides, parade, carnival, vendors & music. Clarendon County Chamber (803) 435-4405 TBD – Shriners’ Catfish Tournament. Canal Lakes Fish Camp, Cross.(843) 753-2271

2 – Santee Cooper Open Team Tournament

John C. Land Landing, Manning. 5 fish limit bass tournament with guaranteed $5,000 first place. Erica Floyd (803) 435-4405 26 – Back Country Shrimp Fest. Sumter County Museum, Sumter. (803) 775-0908 TBD – Annual Showcase Orangeburg – Stevenson Auditorim. Variety show featuring area talent. (803) 533-6020

21-22 – Clarendon County Striped Bass Festival Downtown Manning

The festival day includes a parade, carnival rides, vendors, music and much more. Clarendon County Chamber. Ericka Floyd (803) 435-4405.

MAY

5-7 – Orangeburg Festival of Roses

Three-day event. Edisto Memorial Gardens Parks & Rec. Dept. Held to celebrate the beginning of the rose blooming season. Food, crafts, and entertainment. (803) 533-6020

5 – Festival of Roses Street Dance. 7pm-10pm. downtown. Carolina Back Country. Sumter county museum. Sumter

Living history demonstrations (803) 775-0908 The Black Cowboy Festival Greenfield Farms, Rembert, SC. Explore the lives of the black cowboys! (803) 499-9658

18-20 – Bird Fest. Pineland Farm, Panola, SC

Bluegrass, camping, family fun. ( 803) 435-4405

26-28 – Sumter Iris Festival

The irises are in full bloom and so is the fun at SC’s oldest continuous festival! Arts and crafts, food, music and more. For more information, call 800-688-4748, Sumter CVB

Memorial Day Weekend – 15th Annual Bluegrass & Country Music Hoedown – Santee

Three days of live music & entertainment 10 to 12 bands. Free. Lone Star BBQ & Merchantile (803) 854-2000

May – October – Downtown Friday Nights Outdoor Concert Series

Fourth Friday each month, Brody Pavilion, downtown Sumter. 6-8 p.m. Beach/variety music, food, and drinks, fun for the entire family. Free admission. (803) 436-2640.

JUNE

1 thru August 9 – Spray Park. Edisto Memorial Gardens, Orangeburg

(803) 533-6020

10 – Goat Island Boat Club Poker Run. John C. Land landing, Summerton

(803) 435-4405

JULY

4 – Elloree 4th of July. Picnic, Patriotic program, fireworks

Contact Robin Newton (803) 897-2821.

AUGUST

5 – 42nd Annual Big Daddy Fishing Tournament

Mother or Father fishing with 3 to 12 yrs. old. Free. Every child goes home a winner. Santee State Park (803) 854-2408

21 – Total Solar Eclipse

Santee, SC- Santee Cooper Country will be one of the best viewing locations in the country for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse with totality ranging from 2 minutes 34 seconds in Moncks Corner to 2 minutes 35 seconds in Santee. Events are being planned to celebrate this rare and spectacular event that hasn’t happened in nearly 100 years. When the moon completely blocks out the sun, make plans to view the eclipse at one of several prime local viewing locations including the Santee Town Hall Complex on Bass Drive. Bring a lawn chair, a picnic lunch and enjoy live entertainment from local Orangeburg band “Visions” from 11:00- 3:00. Solar eclipse glasses, bottled water and commemorative fans will be free to the public while supplies last. Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie, with 171,000 acres of water offers limitless opportunities of unobstructed viewing options, including a 100-boat flotilla departing from Santee State Park or the two-mile bridge spanning Lake Marion in Santee. Santee Cooper Country has something to offer everyone for this once in a lifetime event. Visit www.SanteeCooperCountry.org for additional information or call us at (803) 854-2131

26 – Sept. 10 – 25th Annual Juried Art Show Old Santee Canal Park, Moncks Corner

Mary Bell (843) 899-5200

Labor Day Weekend15th Annual Lone Star Bluegrass & Country Music Jamboree Santee

4 days of live music. (803) 854-2000

SEPTEMBER

8-10 – Annual Bowman Harvest Festival – Beauty pageant, parade, vendors, rides, dancing in the street, gospel singing. Contact: Melvn Felder 803-829-2666. Sumter County Fair – Old time

Sumter County Fair – Old time county fair, rides, sideshows, exhibits. www.sumterfair.com (803) 775-5200 16 – Swamp Sweep – Old Santee Canal

16 – Swamp Sweep – Old Santee Canal Prk, Moncks Corner. Beach and river sweep (843) 899-5200 19 – Man Street Main Annual Meeting.

22 – 24 – 49th Raylrode Daze – Three Day festival in Branchville. festival commemorates Branchville’s railroad heritage. Call Tom Jennings (803) 274-8831

OCTOBER

3 – 9 – Orangeburg County Fair – Fairgrounds (803) 534-0358 Molly McDaniel 13-14

13-14 – October Fest – St. Stephens, Hwy 52 & 45, (843) 567-3597. Firemen’s Competition, free to public, live entertainment, vendors, rides.

15 – Carolina Backcountry Harvest – Sumter County Museum. Travel back in time to the early 1800’s with costumed demonstrators who bring history to life. 10am to 4pm. (803) 775-0908, Living history demonstrations

TBD – Arts & Antiques Festival – Elloree, Antiques, art vendors, food and more. Robin Newton (803) 897-2821

19 – Captain’s Choice Fall Golf Tournament Tri-County Chamber – Santee National Golf course, Santee (843) 563-8187

27-28- 15th Francis Marion/Swamp Fox Symposium – Explore the Revolutionary War Southern Campaign with Francis Marion. (803) 478-2645 www.francismarionsymposium.com

27-30 – Manchester Trail Riders Fall Ride. Pinewood, SC. Annual Equestrian event. (803) 773-1308

31 – Trunk or Treat – Trick or treating and games. Elloree – Contact Robin Newton (803) 897-2821. clerk@elloree.com

NOVEMBER

11 – Hanahan Arts & Crafts Festival. Hanahan. Arts, crafts, food. City of Hanahan (843) 554-4221

13 – 15 – 14th Annual Hill’s Landing Catfish Tournament – Hill’s Landing in Cross (843) 753-2731

13 – 19 & 24 – Dec. 1 – Creche Festival – Mepkin Abbey, Moncks Corner. A special exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world. (843) 761-8509

17 – Carolina Backcountry Oyster Roast Sumter County Museum (803) 775-0908

18 – Tinsel Trot, 5th Annual Holiday Fun Run/Walk. Sneak peak of Celebrate the Season. Moncks Corner, Old Santee Canal Park. Brad Sale (843) 899-5200

22 – Jan. 1 – Lighting of the Children’s Garden Christmas and Kid’s Walk – Edisto Memorial Gardens, Orangeburg – Thousands of lights including still and animated displays for children of all ages. (803) 533-6020 Orangeburg Parks & Rec. Dept.

24 – Dec. 30 – Celebrate the Season. Old Santee Canal Park, Moncks Corner. Driving light tour. Live entertainment, food and crafts show on the weekends. (843) 899-5200 Brad Sales

DECEMBER

1 – 31- Swan Lake Fantasy of Lights – The gardens come to life nightly in a twinkling holiday wonderland Over 1 million lights. Swan Lake Iris Gardens, West Liberty Street (US 763), Sumter. Dusk until 9 p.m. nightly. Free admission. (803) 436-2640

1-2 – Prelude to Christmas Festival – Holly Hill, Parade, crafts, children’s activities, trackless train. (803) 496-3330

4 – Orangeburg Christmas Parade – 3pm (803) 534-6821

6 – Lessons and Carols – Luminary Service – Santee Conference Center -Traditional service with local pastors and choirs. Memorial luminary service follows. (803) 854-2152 Ext. 203

10 – A Small Town Christmas Parade – Elloree, Streetlights, Santa, music. Contact Robin Newton (803) 897-2821.

10 – Santee Christmas Parade – Floats, music, marching units. Joanie Pinter (803) 854-2152 Ext. 203

10- Carolina Backcountry Christmas. A delightful afternoon filled with the sights, smells & tastes o Christmas in 1800. 2 – 4pm Sumter County Museum (803) 775-0908

1 – 31- Swan Lake Fantasy of Lights – The gardens come to life nightly in a twinkling holiday wonderland Over 1 million lights. Swan Lake Iris Gardens, West Liberty Street (US 763), Sumter. Dusk until 9 p.m. nightly. Free admission. (803) 436-2640