Thursday, February 19, 2015

This Weekend in Blythewood February 19th-21st

The Town of Blythewood is proud to announce that it will sponsor a 2015 Black History Celebration Program for the Community with the help of the Historical Society, Community Organizations, Churches, schools and businesses.

This Weekend in Blythewood
February 19th, 20th & 21st
A short month with a lot going on...

 "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 with the help of the Historical Society, Community Organizations, Churches, schools and businesses.

Friday, February 20 at 7 p.m.,  the original play "Waves", written by  Dr. Constella Hines Zimmerman will be performed at Westwood High School. The cast of the play includes Allen University students and is a 1930's "Cinderella story" about a young girl's dream of going to college.

Friday, February 27 at 7 p.m., the Blythewood  Black History Month Honoree Celebration at Doko Manor will recognize outstanding Blythewood  community members for their leadership and contributions to the community, country and various career fields. Ms. Teowonna Clifton, a past producer of the program On Point and featured columnist for "S.C. Black News"  will MC the event.

Saturday, February 28 at 6 p.m., there will be a Blythewood Community Choir Concert and a special performance by the Bethel Baptist Church Praise and Worship Dance Team performing a Gospel Celebration at Doko Manor.
All the events are free to the public.
For more information contact Booth Chilcutt at or Dr. Constella Hines Zimmerman at

Don't Forget...Saturday Breakfast treat!
The Blythewood High School Education Foundation is hosting a Flap Jack Fundraiser at Applebee’s, 10102 Two Notch Road , Columbia  on Saturday, February 21 from 8:00-10:00 am. Breakfast included a short stack of pancakes, sausage and beverages. Tickets are $7.00 each and available in the main office at the school. 

Don't forget about the Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce Scholarships being offered to high school seniors  in the 29016 zip code area or those whose parents are active members of the Chamber. Go to their website for details.
 Applications must be postmarked by April 14.

Last week to submit an essay to Regions Bank for a great scholarship.
To Celebrate Black History Month, Regions Bank has a great opportunity for high school seniors and college students who are looking for scholarship money and have been inspired by an African-American. They are offering $5000 and $3500 scholarships to thirty two winners of an essay contest.  Go to for the rules of the contest. Carlisle Carrington Cooper, the 2015 Miss South Carolina High School America winner. Carlisle is a sophomore at Blythewood High School and the reigning 2015 Miss Sophomore and the 2015 Miss Blythewood High School Pageant Fundraiser Queen. She will represent the State of S.C. in the National High School Pageant title in July. 

...and to the !st place USC Equestrian Team!  The Gamecocks will meet Texas A&M at College Station on February 21.
The Blythewood High School Drama Students are performing "A Midsummers Night's Dream" on  February 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.  Tickets are $10 each and available in the main office.  The funds raised will help pay for a trip for the drama students to represent South Carolina in the Regional Theatre Competition in Chattanooga, Tennessee in March.  For more information contact  the Booster Club president, Robyn Owens at

Fort Jackson Needs You! 
Thursday, February 26, join a crowd of military supporters for a Save Our Fort Community Listening session at Shandon Baptist Church from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Once again Fort Jackson is on the list for the U.S. Army budget cuts which  greatly impacts our area.  Over 3,100 jobs could be cut with an immediate loss of $189 million in income throughout the Midlands and a huge reduction in sales revenue ($286 million). Ft. Jackson is a tremendous community partner and a $2.6 billion economic treasure. The U.S. Army Assessment Team will be in Columbia on February 26 to hear and see the support  as our "Most Military Friendly Community in America" stands behind Ft. Jackson.  Please go to for more information.

The Blythewood Arts Center is offering an Acrylic Painting Class  for the next 4  weeks. Call  550-9323 or come by the Art Center to sign up at 152-B Blythewood Road.

You are cordially invited to a
Wine and Cheese Drop- in at the Blythewood Art Center February 24 from 5:00 to 7:00. If you haven't been to see the wonderful art work and gifts at the Arts Center now is a great time to drop in and support the artists in our town!  And check out their new sign at 152-B Blythewood Road.

Friday, February 20 starting at 7:00 at the Langford-Nord House, the Blythewood Historical Society  will present Wade Dorsey.  Blythewood's resident historian will  takes us back 150 years to Sherman's march through the Midlands after the burning of Columbia in February 1865. This march went from Columbia to Ridgeway, with the greater Blythewood area right in their path of destruction.  If you want to learn more about this historical event and how Columbia is commemorating it, visit

Do You Know... 
Who is the "Drummer Boy" buried in the Sandy Level Baptist Church Cemetery?  This man was born in 1845 in Alabama.  He joined the Confederate Army at age 16 as the drummer boy for Co. H. 2nd Alabama Infantry.  After the war between the states, he married a South Carolina girl whose father was the pastor of Sandy Level Church.  He and his wife raised 6 children in Fairfield County.  He died in 1909 and was buried in Blythewood.  If you know the answer, be the first to email and receive a treat from the Town Hall.

Thinking of helping out the Town?  We would love one more playground park bench ($600) and a few more benches ($1000) for the walking path. We had the wonderful McLees family donate to the cause and want to extend thatinvitation to the community.