Thursday, July 17, 2014

This Weekend in Blythewood July 17th-19th

The Doko Rodeo is coming to Blythewood next weekend! 
This Weekend in Blythewood
July 17th, 18th and 19th

                 Get Your Tickets for the Rodeo!                        


SCDOT TO REPLACE FIRETOWER ROAD BRIDGES: We’ve received notice from the SCDOT that they plan to replace two bridges on Firetower Road sometime during their new fiscal year, which began July 1, 2014. SCDOT will provide more definitive start dates closer to the time that work is scheduled to begin. We’ll pass that information to you as soon as we receive it.

New Hours for Langford-Nord House:

 Effective July 15, 2014, business hours for the historic Langford-Nord House in Blythewood are Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 4:00 PM and Saturdays, 9:00 AM to noon. The Langford-Nord House, located at 100 McNulty Road (at the corner of McNulty Road and Main Street) in Blythewood, is home to the Blythewood Historical Society.
     During these business hours, Society members will be on-site to share some of the history of Blythewood with guests and visitors and to assist with genealogical and historical research.
   For more information please call Frankie McLean at 803-261-1859 or email

     On a related note, the Blythewood Visitor Center which had been based at the Langford-Nord House since its opening in May 2012, has moved to its new location in the Blythewood Arts Center (152-B Blythewood Road, behind Sandy Khan’s State Farm office). It is now under the management of Bravo Blythewood. The Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 AM to 5 PM, and Saturdays, 10 AM to 2 PM. For more information, please call (803) 550-9323.

Now you Know...The answer to last week's question:  Marie and Willie McDonald moved to Blythewood in 1944 so their children could complete their education through  the 11th grade at Bethel School.  The McDonalds also housed many other children because they lived close to the school  at a time when no transportation was provided for these children.
Four Teachers also lived with the McDonald family at varies times! It takes a village! 
Did you Know...The Doko Rodeo is coming to Blythewood next weekend!  Do you know when the first rodeo came to Blythewood?  There is quite a story about the owners of the ranch where  this first rodeo was held.  Do you know the name of this "Pied Piper of Blythewood"?

    Email your answer to: and get a little treat for reading the newsletter and being so smart!  

  To the Blythewood Lions Club for their services to the Carolina School of Inquiry: To Sara O. for graduating from Harvard and to the many girls who participated in the "Girls Empowered program"! Way to go!
Mark Your Calendar

4th Annual Town of Blythewood "Doko" Rodeo will be held July 25th and 26th at the Community Center Park.  The International Professional Rodeo, sponsored  by Wilson Car Sales, starts at 6:00 pm with live music by Trent Jeffcoat Friday night and Dallas Reese on Saturday nightThe rodeo starts at 8:00 with national leading cowboys and cowgirls competing in 8 rodeo events... riding, roping, barrel racing, and bull riding!  Come test your skills and  try to ride the "Doko" mechanical bull!
There wil be food vendors and other fun events for the whole family to enjoy!  Tickets are available in advance at  Scotties Bar & Grill, George's Feed and Seed, Royson's Blythewood Auto and the Blythewood Visitor Center ( now located  at the Blythewood Art Center, hours Tuesday- Friday, 11 am to 5 pm and Saturdays, 10 am to 2pm ) or online at  Advance tickets are $12 for adults ( $15 at the gate) , $5 for kids under 12 and free for little Buckeroos under 5!  Come join in the fun!

FARMERS MARKET  -The last week!  The Blythewood Farmers Market last day is this Wednesday, July 23 at Doko Meadows. Come support our local vendors from 4 to 7 PM while enjoying fun children’s activities and live music. Items for sale will include fresh-picked produce, grass-fed beef, and artisan crafts. Your purchases will directly impact local businesses and farms.  Need more information, have questions or want to participate? Please visit our Facebook page at We hope you will come make a difference in the Town of Blythewood, pick up some healthy items for your home, and enjoy some summer fun. See you at the Market!

Blythewood After Five, Thursday, July 24, 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Doko Manor, 171 Langford Road.  Come join Mayor Ross in welcoming our new Town Administrator, Gary Parker and have the opportunity to speak with him on a one to one basis.  Please register in advance at

Leadership Blythewood  July 30, The Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce is hosting their quarterly lunch-n-learn event for chamber members and interested guests.  The event is from 11:30 to 1:00 at  Doko Manor, 171 Langford Road.  Cathy Novinger, the 2013 recipient of the Midlands Business Leadership Award will speak.  Ms. Novinger is the Executive director of Palmetto Agribusiness Council and will share her experiences in leadership from the corporate world at SCANA to her service on the White House Council on Rural America.  Register at the Eventbrite link  at The cost is $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

     Don't forget our beautiful Doko Manor to book your family reunions, weddings, birthday and graduation parties, baby showers and business meetings!  Give us a call at 754-0501 for information or look on-line at the Town of Blythewood website under Doko Manor.

   Also...Think about honoring a special person in your family by adopting a tree to be put in Doko Meadows. A beautiful memorial plaque would be placed on the tree. Email Kristi Coggins at for more information.