At 7 pm on Thursday, March 13th at the McCormick County Library, local author Terry Wilson will discuss his new book, The Blanket Hill Insurgency. His novel follows the lives of two students at Kent State University in 1970 when National Guardsmen fired into a crowd of war protesters, killing four and wounding nine others. The author attended Kent State as a student, after being discharged from the Army in 1970, and was a witness to the tragedy. A question and answer session and book signing will follow the presentation, and refreshments will be served. Admission is free.
No dance epitomizes the spirit of the 1920′s more than the Charleston. But did you know that the dance called the Charleston was first popularized in New York by a group of black orphans from the Jenkins’ Orphanage in Charleston, South Carolina? Founded in 1891 by the determination of one man, a freed black slave named Rev. Daniel Jenkins, the Jenkins Orphanage Band trained several of the greatest jazz musicians who played with Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong.
On Wednesday, February 19th, join author and historian Mark Jones at the McCormick County Library as he presents this amazing story. Filled with vintage photos and original 1920s jazz and blues recordings that feature members of the Jenkins Orphanage Band, “Doin’ the Charleston” is a 45 minute program telling the story of the jazz nursery that changed American culture during the first 30 years of the 20th century. The program begins at 6 pm and admission is free.
Mark Jones is an eighth generation South Carolina native. He is the author of six books about Charleston and South Carolina history, including the very popular Wicked Charleston: The Dark Side of the Holy City. Mark has been featured on MSNBC, CMT, and NPR. He has also been a guest on the nationally syndicated radio show, Speaking of Strange, and a guest on NPR’s Michael Feldman’s Whad’ Ya Know? In 2009, Mark was featured in the Phantoms of History TV show. Jones is also a city of Charleston licensed tour guide and has given more than 12,000 tours in 15 years.
Cheers to everyone who came out for trivia night at the library! Team “Panache” won the top prize, and, true to their name, they donated it all to the library. Very nice, thank you! We are going to use it to make the next trivia night even better. I’m thinking heavy hor d’oeuvres, because who wants to worry about dinner? Also, the next trivia night will be a charity event. All proceeds will go to the winning team’s local good cause of choice. I will be rooting for the Friends of the Library, of course. My wife plans to play for the Humane Society. I hope a team will play for the MACK. Lets see, there is also Helping Hands, the Lions Club, the Childrens Home, Rotary, Habitat for Humanity ….. just to name a few.
The date is Thursday, February 27th at 6:30 pm. Play solo (brave!) or bring a team or join a team when you get here. $5 per person. No more than 4 brains per team. Make a reservation in advance to secure your spot.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Are the trivia questions from the game Trivial Pursuit? No, we find or devise the questions ourselves. We aim for fun, funny or fascinating.
2. How is the game played? The question is read aloud and appears on a screen. Teams pass their written answer to the front. After all teams have submitted an answer, the correct answer is shown. A correct answer is worth one point. Scores are not displayed or announced except that: at the end of round 2, 3 and 4, the top two teams scores are announced.
3. How long does it last? +/-90 minutes.
See you then,
McCormick County Library
201 Railroad Ave.
P.O. Box 1899
McCormick, S.C. 29835