Private Collection Of Southern Art Opens At Florence County Museum

Visitors will get an inside look at the world of private collectors at the Florence County Museum’s new art exhibit, “Inside Out.”

The exhibit is composed of work collected by Ray Griffin and Thom Robinson, an Asheville, N.C.-based couple.

It will be the first time the museum displays contemporary Southern Appalachian art and art made by self-taught outsiders.

Stephen Motte, the museum’s curator of interpretations and collections, hopes the exhibit gives visitors a window into the sometimes opaque art world and the role private collectors play in it.

“There’s all these relationships that you don’t see that collectors have with other collectors, that collectors have with galleries, that collectors have with artists, collectors have with museums that they donate to,” Motte said. “… A lot of significant collections in big museums are donations from private collectors whether you know it or not.”

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Pee Dee Clays For Conservation

You are invited to join Pee Dee Land Trust for a Clay Shoot at Backwoods Quail Club Georgetown, SC on Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 12:00pm.  Sponsorship information and registration can be found at  Registration deadline for individuals and teams is March 14th.  For more information, contact (843) 667-3229.

The Reserve at Mill Creek Invites You To Their Open House

The Reserve at Mill Creek is delighted to extend an invitation to you for their Open House on March 20th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Their esteemed community welcomes you to join them on this occasion, allowing their professional team to guide you through the enchanting surroundings and showcase what makes The Reserve at Mill Creek an extraordinary place to call home.

During the Open House, their dedicated team will be on hand to provide you with a personalized tour of our beautiful community. They believe in fostering a sense of community, and are eager to demonstrate how The Reserve at Mill Creek goes above and beyond to create a living experience that is truly exceptional.

Please RSVP by 3/18/24 to ensure they can accommodate your visit comfortably. The Reserve at Mill Creek looks forward to welcoming you and sharing the unique aspects that make their community a truly extraordinary place to call home.

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Chamber Outlook Luncheon Scheduled For March 20

The keynote speaker for the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce annual Outlook Luncheon on Wednesday, March 20, will be Howard Coker, President, and CEO of Sonoco in Hartsville, SC. Mr. Coker’s role at Sonoco has global leadership, sales and operating responsibility for all of the Company’s diversified consumer, industrial and protective packaging businesses.

We expect to hear Mr. Coker talk about the growth of his company, product innovation and the general economic outlook here in South Carolina, along with some conversation about international business.

The program will include the announcement of the Small Business Person of the Year, which is sponsored by Dedicated Community Bank, and the Public Servant of the Year, which is sponsored by Francis Marion University.

The Chamber’s Ambassador of the Year will also be recognized.

The luncheon will be held at the Florence Center with doors opening at 11:30am and the program to begin at 12 noon. Individual registration is $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Special reserved tables of 8 are available at $475.

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MUSC Florence’s Robotic Surgery Featured On ChamberLink Radio

Hatem Abdallah, Medical Director for Robotic Surgery at MUSC Florence, was the Chamber’s radio guest on ChamberLink Radio this past weekend.

You can catch the conversation each Sunday from 12:00 – 12:30 pm on LIVE 95.3FM in Florence, SC.

This radio program is brought to you by the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce.

Truist To Host Personal Finance Workshop – Ask a Banker

Join Truist for a Personal Finance Workshop and get all of your questions answered! The virtual workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 13th from 10:00 – 10:30 AM.  Start off the New Year on the right financial foot. You will work together to create a budget, establish a savings plan, review how to pull your credit report, understand what impacts your credit score and more! This session is designed with you in mind, what’s keeping you awake at night? They’re here to help you reach your financial goals.

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Florence Symphony Orchestra Presents Magic of Music

On Sunday, March 3, the Florence Symphony Orchestra presents the Magic of Music family concert at the FMU Performing Arts Center. This family friendly concert featuring music from Harry Potter, The Sorcerers Apprentice, The Magic Flute and more. Come early to see, touch and hear the instruments at the “petting zoo”. There will also be a real magician, Captain Awkwardman! Tickets are general admission: Adults – $15, Students – $10, age four and under free. Doors open at tickets are available the day of the concert or by calling the FMU PAC ticket office at 843-661-4444.

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Young Professionals Of Florence Host Lunch & Learn Event

Young Professionals had a great time last Thursday, at the February Lunch & Learn! Thank you to First Bank and Crescent Advisory Partners of Raymond James for speaking to the group, and thank you to Hyatt Place Florence/Downtown for hosting!

Stay tuned for our March event that will be posted this coming week!

Speakers At The Chamber’s Winter Community Breakfast Highlighted City & County To-Do Lists

City and county leaders celebrated Florence’s growth and teased its future at a Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

Approximately 200 people listened at the Feb. 23 event to Florence Interim City Manager Scotty Davis and Florence County Administrator Kevin Yokim give presentations on projects the city and county have in the works.

They ranged from development projects in downtown Florence to widespread recreation improvements.

Davis pointed to Florence’s downtown being awarded the Great American Main Street Award and its parks and recreation department receiving an award from the United States Tennis Association’s southern region as examples of the city’s success in the past year.

Yokim celebrated millions in economic development projects that the county has unveiled in the past year, bringing hundreds of jobs to the area. The electric vehicle battery manufacturer AESC announced another investment at its new factory in December, bringing its total investment to $1.6 billion and 1,600 jobs.

Yokim said officials are considering expanding other industrial parks as well.

“It’s a great time to be in Florence County,” he said.

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Junior Leadership Florence County Participates In County Government Day

The 2023-2024 Junior Leadership Florence County class enjoyed their County Government Day on Thursday, February 15. The day began with refreshments provided by the Florence County Council before attending the County Council Meeting. The students were able to hear from many Florence constituents speak out on issues they cared about.

The class traveled to the Florence County Law Enforcement Complex where they enjoyed lunch and hearing from several law enforcement professionals. The group traveled out to the range for various K-9 and SWAT demonstrations.

The Junior Leadership Florence County program is presented by the Clemson Extension Florence County Extension/4-H, The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce and Francis Marion University with support from the community. Thank you to the participating Florence County leaders that made this session possible!

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