Want to have a lively evening, meet some new folks, and even get a bit of fun exercise? Then come join us at Grace Baptist Church in Taylors on Friday, August 6, at 7:00! All who wish to learn this historical style of dancing are welcome.

What is English Country Dance?

You could say that English Country Dance (ECD) is the forerunner of War Between the States dancing, square dancing, and contra dancing. This form of folk dance was first documented in the 16th century.

Eddie Rogers as Gen. Wade Hampton III

Gen-Wade-HamptonEddie Rogers received a standing ovation for his portrayal of General Wade Hampton III in Greenville, Thursday night at the Phoenix Inn. An accurate recording of history would likely reveal Wade Hampton III to be the greatest South Carolinian who ever lived. It is appropriate that Greenville County has a highway and high school named in his honor. Two historical events tie Hampton to the Upcountry. Both of his great grandparents were massacred by Indians near what is now Greer. His grandfather, the first Wade Hampton, as a teenager survived only because he was away from the homestead hunting game at the time. When Gen. Wade Hampton III led the “Second American Revolution” during his campaign for Governor of South Carolina during “Reconstruction,” in 1876, a record crowd of thousands greeted him on University Ridge, the current location of Greenville County Square.


The Civic Center of Anderson was the scene as nearly 1000 members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans came together for their National Reunion July 22-24.    These men are descendants of Confederate soldiers and for 115 years have met in “reunion” as their ancestors did after the War Between the States.  The reunion hosted by SC Division SCV and Past National Commander Ron Wilson was a wonderful event and time of renewing of the southern spirit to defend the cause of the Confederate Soldier and his fight for Southern Independence.

John-WeaverDo you lament the revisionist history being foisted on kids today, especially the mythology that passes for southern history?  A camp with a purpose, the annual Sam Davis Youth Camp, provides an opportunity for young people to learn the truth.

For five days youth are treated to some topnotch presentations regarding various aspects of southern history. Young people from age 12 to 19 are eligible to attend. Children who are younger may attend with a parent. Campers have a very full day beginning with the first presentation at 9:00. The day usually ends with a campfire at 10:00.

During the annual Memorial Day program held inside Woodlawn Funeral Home due to rain, two local trumpeters were honored.

The Col. Robert Anderson Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, presented the two with the SAR Outstanding Citizenship Pin and Certificate. This is a prestigious award given to those who attained noteworthy achievements in their community and state.

Speaking on behalf of chapter president Victor Compton and the chapter members, master of ceremonies Charles Porter, the past state and chapter SAR president noted that despite a 50-year difference in age between the two recipients, they both have a strong sense of community service.

A Veteran of the Vietnam War, Shivers was Recipient of Four Purple Hearts, Silver Star Medal, and Battlefield Commission

Steve-ShiversLieutenant Colonel Stephen L. Shivers, USMC (Ret), was presented the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution War Medal and Certificate. Charles Porter of the Colonel Robert Anderson Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, made the presentation on Memorial Day, 2010, during ceremonies at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Porter summarized Shivers’ military service.

The Col. Robert Anderson Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution and Oakmont East Nursing Home honored veterans living at Oakmont East Nursing Home May 10.

Charles Porter was master of ceremonies. The Berea High School Air Force Junior ROTC color guard presented the colors. Heather Peel, Miss Greenville, sang the National Anthem. Beth Adams, activities director at Oakmont, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Warren Berg, a retired pastor who attends Buncombe Road Baptist Church, gave the invocation and benediction.