Thursday, July 24, 2014

This Weekend in Blythewood July 24th-26th

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 night
This Weekend in Blythewood
July 24th, 25th and 26th

          Grab your boots and western hats!  The                         Rodeo is coming to Town!                     


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.
  You can buy Rodeo tickets here!

Now you Know...The answer to last week's question:  The first rodeo was in Blythewood in 1960 thanks to Jimmy and Sybil Jennings. "Uncle Jimmy" was the "Pied Piper of Blythewood" and "hung the moon" as stated in an article telling of his tragic death.  In 1964, Jimmy and Sybil traveled to Arkansas to buy horses. On their return trip on a small plane the gas gauge failed and the pilot tried to land on the highway near Stone Mountain, Georgia.  A tow truck saw the plane coming down and drove his truck across the highway to stop the traffic.  Unfortunately, the plane hit electrical wires and had a crash landing killing the Jennings. The community was devastated and so many families offered their help with the ranch and their 2 children, offering to take them into their homes.  To read the artical in the Columbia newspaper from 1964 go to the website and click Historical Documents.  Then click news clippings and JJ Ranch Plane Crash. It is quite a story!

           JJ Jennings Ranch 1959
Did you Know....There are many historical homes in Blythewood, one being the Hoffman House ( now Town Hall) built in 1855.  In 1859, the Boney/Hykle House was built at 162 Langford Road.  What is now in that historic home?

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


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 night

The 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!

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.

The Blythewood Art Center is offering a Sip and Dip Paint Party August 5.  The  class will be  taught by Christy Buchanan and costs $35,  For more information call 550-9323.

Blythewood Electric Vehicle Demo Day Test drive plug-in electric cars on Saturday, August 16 from 10am to 2 pm at the Sharpe Shoppe Exxon, Comfort Inn Blythewood , and Holiday Inn Express & Suites,  Blythewood. This is a free event open to the public, but online registration is encouraged to help manage the event logistics and update participants. Register for free online at

     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.