the balcony is open: What’s going on at the Colleton Civic Center and around town

by | August 24, 2018 5:00 am

Last Updated: August 22, 2018 at 10:13 am

When writing a “debut column” for a newspaper, you kinda wonder — do I address that this is the very first column? Or maybe I should simply assume that people just never noticed the column to begin with. Either way I guess it’s here now, so hello — and let’s move on…

My name’s Gregg and each week you’ll get a rundown on local arts and entertainment events, activities and gatherings. So if you’ve got something going on that you’d like to see in this column, email it to me and I’ll try to include it!

Some of the area’s biggest news in arts and entertainment this week was The Colleton Civic Center’s announcing the upcoming season (full disclosure I am responsible for booking the venue so I’m obviously a little partial) but there’re an exciting variety of events and shows coming to Colleton County like we’ve not seen here in quite some time. The Grand Opening show will be quite the “coming out party” after 14 months of construction, with the one-of-a-kind Spinners and Beaufort’s own American Idol winner Candice Glover opening things up. Country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs comes to Walterboro (yes, great bluegrass is coming to the ‘Boro) and tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10 a.m. at

Candice Glover posted an posted an exceptional live tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, recorded at Ruby Lee’s South in Hilton Head last week. The Queen of Soul produced amazing sounds with her once-in-a-lifetime voice, and her talents will be missed. If you’re on Instagram, check out @CandiceGlover and her IGTV Channel — she’s a stunningly gifted singer.

Have you joined Walterboro’s Running Club? You can find them on Facebook. They meet each Wednesday for a casual early evening group run. This Saturday morning, some members will be taking part in Summerville’s 19th annual Race for The Ark. It’s a 5K Run/Walk and One-Mile Fun Run with prizes for top finishers. Start time is at 7:45 a.m. Contact Michelle Cathey or 843-471-1360 or register on-line at

Happening in Walterboro this week:
This Saturday’s Barbados and the Carolinas Connection event at The Colleton Museum & Farmers Market. Learn about the role Barbados played in the settlement of the Americas. It’s from 1-2 p.m., it’s totally educational, informative, open to the public, free – and fun!
So have you been to the Farmers Market this year? You haven’t? They’ve got some wonderful, locally grown produce. You really need to check it out. Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and Tuesdays from 2-6 p.m. FYI, if you’ve not had the coffee at The Café inside the Colleton Museum, you’re missing out on some truly delicious black gold.
More cafés in Colleton County, you say? The South Carolina Artisans Center has a new café coming soon and a glass of wine on the patio will certainly taste nice. Details on progress will be forthcoming, I’m sure.

Names of businesses and people making waves: John at The Barrel House, Colleton County Arts Council’s Children’s Theatre, Chalk The Walk, Flatz On Main, Rodney Creel, James Prenner, Dana Cheney, Charleston Music Confab.

Until next time!

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  1. Comment by Lynn Tuten

    August 26, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Loving your column. Walterboro is my hometown and very beautiful. The problem we need more restaurants patio style with local street artists showcasing their work. Mainstreet is so pretty but it should not be just antique dealers. So glad to see the theater opening up, would be an annual supporter if they could arrange it. Hilton Head has been bringing in lots of dollars with theirs. There is that wonderful park right across the street where someone with a food truck could make a mint for the after-theater crowd. That is one of the biggest problems with going to Hilton Head no one is open serving dinner and most people miss it attempting to get in for the show. I mean if the commercial kitchen would open for say desserts and coffee afterward showcasing the local up and coming chefs (how cool would that be)I know we have a lot of local talent would love to see them shine. So many easy things using the local talent that could bring out a lot of people. I mean they use to teach culinary on a small scale through the old tech school. People in the community would so support this type of thing. Food is what we are known for and to showcase some of the worlds best cooks at reasonable prices well…. I personally do food tours whenever I travel. Bring in the local winery. OK, I will stop there just saying the Boro has so much to offer.
    Thanks for listening and look forward to reading your work.
    Good Luck,

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