Sunday, September 24, 2017

Local Author Vicki Wilkerson and 'Swamps and Soirees'

I just sat down today and started reading the third novel I have bought by local author Vicki Wilkerson. This one is called ‘Swamps and Soirees’. It’s the latest in her series of Summerbrook Novels set in a small Southern town in South Carolina.

I never planned on reading her books, but she is a fellow member of the Lake Marion Artisans based in Summerton, S.C. There was a book signing held at the Lake Marion Artisans art gallery in downtown Summerton earlier in the year which I attended and I thought it would be a nice gesture to buy one of her books.

I wasn’t sure when I would get around to reading it, especially since it didn’t look like the kind of book I normally read. However, later that week I sat down on my porch overlooking beautiful Lake Marion, picked up the book and started reading. Damned if I didn’t get hooked. I really enjoyed her novel. It was called ‘Sweet Tea and Time’.

Bottom line, after I read the book, I went over to the art gallery and bought ‘Bikers and Pearls’ about a local woman’s interaction with former members of a biker gang. Who would have thought I would enjoy reading these sweet, uplifting stories set in a quiet Southern setting. They certainly were different than the westerns, mysteries, and other ‘manly’ novels I usually read.

Nevertheless, I’m here to say they are great and you ought to pick up one of her books and settle down for an entertaining and educational read. Try it! You’ll like it. It’s Southern literature at its best. Now back to my reading of her third novel ‘ Swamps and Soirees’.

Vicki Wilkerson - Author

Some Useful Tools for Visual Artists

There are a lot of useful tools available nowadays for artists to use – not only to create artworks, but to sell them and make enough to maybe earn a living doing what you love to do. For example.

There are many other tools to consider such as Fracture Me, a web site that will reproduce your photos or paintings in vivid color directly on glass.

Send us your list of recommended tools and web sites so we can share them with our local artisan community.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Bird Watching around Summerton, Santee, and Lake Marion, SC

Birding, or bird watching, involves the observation of birds as a recreational activity. It can be done with the naked eye, through a visual enhancement device like binoculars and telescopes, or by simply listening for bird sounds. 

When you visit Summerton, nearby Lake Marion, and the Santee National Wildlife Refuge, you will find many parks, wildlife management areas, nature trails and back roads you can use for bird watching and to observe the other wildlife throughout the region. Sightings of nearly 300 bird species have been recorded in the area. These include songbirds, wading birds, and several species of waterfowl.

Some of the many other birds sighted in the area include quail, turkey, loons, grebe, storks, cormorants, herons, egrets, eagles, hawks, falcons, rails, cranes, plovers, sandpipers, gulls, terns, doves, owls, swifts, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, flycatchers, jays, crows, larks, swallows, wrens, thrushes, mockingbirds, warblers, sparrows, cardinals, blackbirds, finches, and much more.

Selected Information Sources
* Make sure you visit the Summerton SC 'Nature & Outdoor Recreation' web site.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Local Clarendon County Football Teams: Schedules and Scores - September 2017

The following are links to the 2017 Football Schedule, Roster, and Stats for Summerton and other local high schools across Clarendon County, SC.

Our county High School football teams started their season back on August 18, 2017. Good luck to everyone as the new season continues.


* Check out MAXPREPS, a web site for team standings and more complete statistics across the state.