Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Gamecock Equestrian Team begins the spring portion of its schedule on Saturday, when South Carolina hosts SMU at 10 a.m at One Wood Farm (1201 Syrup Mill Road). Prior to Saturday's meet, the team will present Mayor Mike Ross, University of South Carolina president Harris Pastides, and athletics director Ray Tanner with their 2014 SEC Equestrian Championship rings.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
January 22nd begins the annual J.Gordon Coogler Poetry Celebration at Doko Manor starting at 6:00 p.m. Join our Blythewood students as they share their original poems written in the Coogler style.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Join Dawndy Mercer Plank, the Town of Blythewood in partnership with Westwood High School and the American Cancer Society, Sunday, January 18, for a kickoff celebration for the Relay for Life event. The celebration will be from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Manor at Doko Meadows.
Monday, January 12, 2015
2014-2015 South Carolina State Poetry Out Loud Midlands Finals Competition to be Held in Blythewood on February 24, 2015
Blythewood’s Community-Based Cultural Arts Organization
2014-2015 South Carolina State Poetry Out Loud Midlands Finals Competition
to be Held in Blythewood on February 24, 2015
The Blythewood-based Region 2 (SC Midlands Regional) Poetry Out Loud competition will be held on Saturday, January 24 at Blythewood’s Doko Manor Convention Center. Nine students representing five
midlands counties will be competing to represent Region 2 in the South Carolina
State Finals. Three of the participating
students will be selected as finalists and will represent Region 2 (Midlands
Region) in the South Carolina
Out Loud final competition on March 15, 2014 at the Columbia
Museum of Art, South Carolina . The Blythewood–based Region 2 Poetry
Out Loud competition is sponsored by Bravo Blythewood,
Blythewood’s community-based cultural arts organization, in partnership with the University of South Carolina Division of
Arts and Letters. The public,
family and friends of the contestants are cordially invited to attend the
Region 2 final competition at Blythewood’s Doko Manor Convention Center. The competition will start at 2:00pm and should conclude by 4:00pm.
There will be a public reception following the competition. Classical music, performed by students from
Columbia’s Freeway Music Studio will be played prior to the
event, as well as during the intermissions between the rounds of the poetry
competition as well as doing the post event reception. Columbia,
Region 2 includes the following counties: Edgefield,
Saluda, Newberry, , Kershaw, Lee, Fairfield Darlington,
Marlboro, Aiken, ,
Lexington , Richland , Sumter , Florence , Dillon, Calhoun. Marion
The three finalists from South Carolina’s three regions (Lowcountry,
Midlands and Upstate) will advance to the state
finals in Columbia at the Columbia Museum of Art on March 14, 2015. The state
champion will receive $200, a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books for
their school library, and an all-expense paid trip to national finals. A runner up will also receive $100 and their
library will receive a $200 poetry book stipend. Winners from the individual state level
competitions will advance to the national finals on April 29-30, 2015 in South Carolina
Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest created in 2005 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage while gaining an appreciation of poetry. Last year more than 200,000 students in all
states and the U.S. Virgin
Islands competed. The winner received a $20,000 scholarship. U.S.
The Poetry Out Loud State Finals are sponsored by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation. The partners include the Hub City Writers Project, HUB-BUB, the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts, the College of Charleston School for Humanities and Social Sciences, Bravo Blythewood, Blythewood’s community-based cultural arts organization, the University of South Carolina Division of Arts and Letters, the Columbia Museum of Art, The Humanities Council SC, and Speaking of Schools hosted by Doug Keel, supported by the South Carolina Department of Education.