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City of Walterboro line up of events invites you out to nature and into the season

Walterboro, S.C. – The City of Walterboro, known for its historic charm and abundant natural resources, invites residents and visitors to get out and take in the incomparable fall weather with two events that will take participants outdoors to take a deep breath and savor nature before the busy holiday season begins. Shopping, tree lighting, festive concerts and caroling will celebrate the season while tapping into some of the local treasures that the city, known as the “front porch of the Lowcountry,” has to offer.

“Walk and Talk” in the Great Swamp Sanctuary with Master Naturalist Joe Grange
Saturday, November 12, 2011, 9 a.m.
Master Naturalist Joe Grange will lead visitors on a guided walking tour through the Great Swamp Sanctuary, one of the East Coast’s largest estuarine preserves, located just on the edge of historic downtown Walterboro. This is part of a series of free educational talks organized by the Friends of the Great Swamp Sanctuary. It will begin at 9 a.m. at the De Treville Street entrance. For more information, visit www.walterborosc.org/greatswampsanctuary.aspx.

Band of Blue Third annual Palmetto Classic Stride 5k walk/run through the Great Swamp Sanctuary
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. at the Hargo Hill parking lot on the corner of W. Washington and Jefferies Blvd. The Run/Walk starts at 8 a.m. at the Washington Street entrance to the Great Swamp Sanctuary. Registration forms are available at FitLife & Jus Sports, or download from www.bandofblue.org or call 843-908-0319.

Holiday Open House South Carolina Artisans Center and downtown historic Walterboro
A Folk Art Celebration
Saturday, November 19, 2011, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
South Carolina Artisans Center, located at 318 Wichman Street
This is a free event featuring artisan demonstrations, a holiday craft show, and many shopping options. For more information call 843-549-0011 or visit www.scartisanscenter.com

City of Walterboro Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Parade
Sunday, December 4, 2011
The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will be followed by the Christmas Parade at 6:00 pm. This is a free event. For more information, visit www.walterborosc.org.

Christmas Caroling by the Lowcountry Community Players
First three Saturdays in December, 1-3 p.m.
Christmas caroling by the Lowcountry Community Players will take place at the Waterfall Plaza on historic E. Washington Street. Residents and guests are invited to take part in the family holiday entertainment. Each week will feature a different theme, and the Walterboro Merchants Association will be offering treats to participants. For more information, visit www.walterborosc.org.

Charleston Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet presents “Holiday Favorites: From Bach to the Silver Screen”
Thursday, December 8, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by the Colleton County Arts Council, the concert will be held at Historic St. Jude’s Episcopal Church. A reception will follow. Tickets for adults are $25; tickets for students are $15. For additional information, visit www.colletoncountyarts.com.

Established in 1826, the City of Walterboro is hailed as the “front porch of the Lowcountry,” with its historic charm, plentiful natural resources and warm Southern hospitality. Centrally located between Charleston, Savannah, Hilton Head, and Columbia, the city of Walterboro is poised in a prime location near several major highways, including Interstate 95. It is also home to the largest general aviation airport in the state and is only an hour away from the international ports in Charleston and Savannah. The area around the city, rich with forests and vast quantities of water, is also known as the gateway to the ACE Basin, one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the East Coast. The city itself features two listings on the National Register of Historic Districts, a beautiful historic downtown, antique stores, the Great Swamp Sanctuary, and the S.C. Artisans Center, designated by the state’s legislature as the “Official South Carolina Folk Art and Craft Center.” While Walterboro serves as the economic heart of Colleton County, it maintains a small-town Americana atmosphere to be enjoyed by residents, visitors, and businesses. For more information, call 843-549-2545 or visit www.walterborosc.org.


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