Thursday, January 29, 2015

This Weekend in Blythewood January 29th-31st

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. 

This Weekend in Blythewood
January 29th, 30th and 31st

Coming soon... "Celebrating Blythewood African Americans through Honor and the Arts". The Town of Blythewood is proud to announce that it will sponsor a 2015 Black History Celebration Program for the community.  The original play "Waves", written by a Blythewood resident will be performed at Doko Manor in February.  More information coming...

Looking for something to do?  We have some great classes at The Art Center in Blythewood.

       Basket Weaving  - January 30th from  9:30 - 4:30. The cost is $60 and includes all materials. The class will be taught by Bonnie Geiger.

       Acrylic Painting - February 3rd for 6 weeks The cost is  $135 and the class will be taught by Rita Smith.

   Call or come by The Art Center to sign up.  152-B Blythewood Road or call 803-550-9323

ADVENTURES IN LEARNING-This is the beginning of a Shepherd Center program in  Blythewood.  Shepherd Center is a nationally non-profit community-based program for older adults run by older adults. It is about sharing, learning, fun, socialization, and keeping active, both mentally and physically We will host the six week program on Thursdays, beginning Feb. 5th at Trinity United Methodist Church. The cost is $25, and you can take either one or two courses for that tuition amount. The class will meet from 9:30 until noon on consecutive Thursdays from Feb.5-March 12th. The courses scheduled are as follows: Basic Exercise for Seniors, Creative Writing, Beginning Dulcimer, Mexican Dominoes, Chrismons (will be making and studying about Chrismons), Genealogy (bring ipad/laptop if possible), and Basic Drawing/Sketching (need to bring 11x14 sketchpad and small set (3-6 assorted lead pencils from Michaels or Hobby Lobby). After classes a catered lunch from Scottie's will be offered for those who sign up for $6.
For more information go to or call Kathy Griffin at 786-1637 Ext. 18.

Thanks to all the people who have called to sponsor a french exchange student! About half of the group has been sponsored so far.  The students and teachers will be in the homes for 7 days, but will be away for the weekends.  Spread the word! 

Westwood High School needs families to host 30  French exchange students and 5 teachers April 6-16, 2015. For more information about hosting a student or a teacher email
 or to volunteer for the event at WHS contact  Cheryl Guy at 691-4049  ext. 36116.


Do You Know?....  Last Friday night, the Blythewood Historical Society hosted a wonderful J. Gordon Coogler event. Bill McDonald gave an interesting talk about Coogler and  Kelley Lannigan did a beautiful job reading several Coogler poems. (Plus the reception was fabulous with great food and wonderful people). Mr. McDonald called J. Gordon Coogler a "lover of words".

If you know the formal word for a "lover of words" send an email to The first person to know the answer will receive a treat from Town Hall.
Mark Your Calendar

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. The Gamecocks (4-2, 2-1 SEC) are ranked No. 3 in the country, making Carolina the highest ranked SEC equestrian program. The Gamecocks closed out the fall semester winning four straight meets, and South Carolina has not lost a regular season spring meet since March 9, 2013. Admission is free to all home equestrian meets. The Gamecocks will be at home two more times during the spring - Feb. 28 vs. Auburn at 10 a.m. for the team's annual Equifest Kids Day, and March 6 vs. Baylor at 2 p.m. in the final meet of the regular season.

Saturday, January 31 the boys' Blythewood High School Lacross Team will hold a  benefit pancake breakfast from 8 until 10 at Scottie's Grill . The cost is $8 in advance or $10 at the door.  Call Dennis Gillan at 727-4301 for more information or to purchase tickets. 

 Come join the Westwood High School family at their annual yard sale.

It's that time of year for our High School Seniors to look for resources to help pay for college. Applications for the Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce scholarships are available from guidance counselors at the local high schools or on the chamber website at If you live in the Blythwood zip code area or your parents are active members of the chamber you can apply. Every little bit helps!  

Don't Forget...Blythewood Library has a Family Storytime each Friday from 10:30 to 11 for kids of all ages.

Tuesday, February 3 from 3:30-4:15 join   us for The Mystery of the Mixed-Up Books.  For ages 6-8 and 9-12.

If you haven't been on the Blythewood Library  website, it is wonderful! is a calendar of events posting the many events they have for specific ages.  Plus, the Main Library website lists all the free classes and events opened to the public. A great way to spend a winter day and learn something new!

 Doko Manor is still the hot spot in Blythewood for week-end events. Spread the word that it is a great place for week day business meetings or conferences as well.   Just give Town Hall a call to check availability and details to rent this great venue for parties, receptions, showers and business meetings.  754-0501