Arts & Culture

Cherokee Speedway

By J. Turner and C. Drosos

Cherokee Speedway

Cherokee Speedway is a popular dirt track in Gaffney, South Carolina. A hub of family activity and pure American entertainment, Cherokee Speedway is a landmark of the southeast dirt track circuit.  Since the 1960s, Cherokee has been making names for hometown racers and families. Ask any of the racers and they'll tell you, "dirt is for racing, and asphalt is for getting there!"  

President's Corner Monthly Newsletter, May 2017

By L. O'Bryon

National Memorial Day Concert 2017

 Dear Viewers and Listeners,

In May, we salute our veterans and their families with the popular National Memorial Day Concert 2017, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Hosted again by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, the special features an all-star line-up of actors and musicians paying tribute to our men and women in uniform.

South Carolinians in WWII airs Saturday afternoons on ETV World. These inspiring programs feature first-hand accounts from our veterans who courageously fought to keep our country safe.

Anne Worsham Richardson

Anne Worsham Richardson

Known as the “Charleston Bird Lady,” Anne Worsham Richardson (1919-2012), renowned wildlife artist, was sometimes dubbed the Audubon of her time. No other South Carolinian has done more to portray the avian wildlife of the Palmetto State than this Charleston artist, whose wildlife paintings hang in galleries around the world. She is South Carolina’s official painter of the State Bird, the Carolina Wren, and State Flower, Yellow Jessamine. With her husband, Richardson operated a bird sanctuary  rehabilitating injured birds at their James Island home.

Walker Gill Wylie, MD

Walker Gill Wylie, MD

Dr. Walker Gill Wylie (1848–1923) was a surgeon and civil engineer—who developed operational procedures for the nation’s hospitals, organized the first nursing school at Bellevue Hospital, New York, and introduced hydroelectric power to the Carolinas.

Sights and Sounds: Tartan Day South

By K. Park

men in kilts with tartan day south sign

Tartan Day South is an annual celebration of Celtic heritage that recognizes the history and impact of the Scots, Irish, Welsh and Scots-Irish have had on the Columbia region. Hosted at the Historic Columbia Speedway, there are classic highland athletics, music, food and dancing that capture the Celtic Spirit.

The event is produced by John Banks and Donovan Murray of Celtic Force enterprises, with the help of the Historic Columbia Speedway, The River Alliance and other partners.

David Drake aka “Dave the Potter”

Dave the Potter

David Drake was an enslaved African American in Edgefield, South Carolina during the first three quarters of the nineteenth century.  He’s known today for the magnificent quality of the pots he made, the size of the pots, and he wrote poems on some of his pots—during an era when it was a crime for slaves to know how to read and write.

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