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Weekly Update City of Darlington

This will be a busy week in Darlington! For kids, there are Vacation Bible Schools, swimming lessons, summer reading at the library, a family movie matinee at the recreation center, and Freedom Fest to crown the week!


Several businesses downtown have weeknight specials, and everyone is invited to come out to the Cruise In and Bringing Downtown Alive! Concert downtown from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday on Pearl Street and Liberty Lane. Free admission to hear local favorites Radio Vibe. Cruise In provided by Darlington Cruisers. Free Pepsi products thanks to Pepsi of Florence. Other sponsors include the City of Darlington; Wilson Senior Care; and Cumulus Broadcasting Radio Stations, The Fox 102.1, Magic 94.3, The Fan 100.1, and Q100.5.

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Congratulations to these guys, the Darlington 10u Baseball All-Stars! They went undefeated and will represent our district at the state tournament in Darlington beginning July 5!

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The City of Darlington Beautification Board presented Mr. Ward Caesar with the Pride of Darlington Residential Award on Monday for his efforts to show pride in his community through the care he takes in his large yard near Williamson Park. Thank you to everyone who works to keep their neighborhoods looking their best!

Congratulations to Chianti's Wings & Things on their Grand Opening Friday! If you haven't stopped at downtown's newest eatery, you need to check it out at 124 Cashua Street. They plan to have karaoke, paint nights, other special events, and catering.



Vacation Bible School will be June 24-26 with a Wednesday night service, skit and dinner at St. Matthews Church, 210 S. Main St.

Operation Arctic Vacation Bible School will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. nightly through June 27 at First Baptist Church, 216 S. Main St. Register at darlingtonfbc.com.

Darlington County Soil & Water Conservation District Board meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month in the Clemson Extension Kitchen at 300 Russell St., Room 207. Open to the public. Info: 843-393-0483




A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through July 23 at Darlington Library, 204 N. Main St. June 11: Space Adventure. Free. Info: 843-398-4940

The City of Darlington also will offer free swimming lessons June 25 through June 27 (with Friday as a rain date), from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the pool. These lessons are sponsored by the City of Darlington for ages 5 to 18. Must preregister. Info: Lillian Brunson at 843-393-7233. 

Joe's Grill will have 50-Cent Wing Night for supper at 306 Russell St. Dine-In only

Tenampa Mexican Restaurant will hold Taco Tuesday for lunch and supper at 40 Public Square. $1 crunchy beef or chicken tacos and various drink specials



DDRA Monthly Members Breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Taki’s Diner, 609 Pearl St. Free for members and $5 for others. Come eat a delicious meal, learn about our programs, and connect with fellow businesses.

Free Exercise Class at 9 a.m. Wednesdays at the Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St. 843-398-4030

Nucor Steel will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in South Carolina on Wednesday, June 26.

Movie Matinee will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesdays through July 23 at Darlington Library, 204 N. Main St. Free. Info: 843-398-4940.

Crab Night every Wednesday night at Darlington Elks Lodge, 836 Timmonsville Highway, Darlington. 843-393-1451

Test-n-Tune / Grudge at Darlington Dragway. Open To Any & All Race Vehicles. Info: (843) 383-0008 or http://www.darlingtondragway.com



Free Exercise Class at 9 a.m. Thursdays at the Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St. 843-398-4030

Wiggles & Giggles Preschool Story Time at 10 a.m. Thursdays at Darlington Library, 204 N. Main St. 843-398-4940 ext. 305


Radio Vibe will continue the Bringing Downtown Alive! Free Concert Series from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 27, on Pearl Street at Liberty Lane. Includes Classic Car Show thanks to the Darlington Cruisers. Free admission. Vendor spaces available. The series continues of the fourth Thursday of the month through Sept. 26. Info: 843-992-1561


Fahrenheit 225 will have Trivia Night with prizes and specials at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at 26 Public Square.

Bingo! at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Darlington Elks Lodge, 836 Timmonsville Highway, Darlington. 843-393-1451

Break the Chains of Addiction at the CARES confidential Addiction Support group at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St. All are welcome. Free. Info: Mark Parker 843-250-4298 or Kristy Wynn 843-601-3645



Joe's Grill will have Steak Night for supper at 306 Russell St.

Live music at the Purple Fish Coffee Company from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Friday night at 110 W. Hampton St.




Celebrate Independence at Freedom Fest from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Darlington Raceway with the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce. Fireworks, vendors, food, music, amusements, and more! Parking is $1.

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Join Central Baptist Church for a Fourth of July Picnic at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at the church, 512 Spring St., Darlington.

REACH: DPC College and Careers Ministry. Join Darlington Presbyterian Church each Sunday for a weekly young adult Bible study for college age young adults each from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. each week at The Purple Fish Coffee Company, 110 W. Hampton St., Darlington.


FREE Family Movie Night showing the film “Run The Race” will be held on Sunday, June 30, at Mechanicsville Baptist Church, 2364 Cashua Ferry Road. Meet at 4:45 p.m. for refreshments, and the movie will start at 5 o’clock. All are invited to join us. Info: http://www.mbcdarlington.com


Mark Your Calendars

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SPC Credit Union will hold Hot Dogs for Heroes on July 3 at each of its branch locations. Plates are free for first responders, military, veterans, police, fire, and EMS and $5 for others.

City of Darlington offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.


The Southeastern Bluegrass Association of SC SEBGA presents Joshua Greene & Ridgeside and Sweet William as featured bands this month from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at The Music Hall, 1945 Harry Byrd Highway, with open mic and plenty of jamming! Door prizes, hot dogs and snacks at our kitchen and plenty of friendly folks to make it a great evening of entertainment for the family. Contact Kevin Gowdy or Ernie McCormick on Facebook or call 843-669-6952 for more information.


Summer Camps

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO!  Join us for the Darlington Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School at the Darlington Recreation Department, located at 300 Sanders Street. The Race is On VBS is being held on July 15-18 from 9 a.m. until noon. Children in rising 5K to 5th grade are invited to come and enjoy Bible lessons, snacks, races, games, crafts and more. Register at the DPC church office or online at https://forms.gle/xtZzyA75j7FGWZjY9    

SC 4-H Summer Camp at Camp Cooper in Summerton July 21 at 3pm through July 25 at 1pm $290 for current 4-H members, $300 for non-members (military discount available) Ages 7-14. Space limited. Deadline July 5. Topics include agriculture, horses, and natural resources plus swimming, canoeing, high adventure elements, natural resources. A limited number of scholarships for first-time campers who meet financial need requirements are available. For more information or to register for camp, contact the Darlington County 4-H office at 843-393-0484 ext. 116.


Have an amazing encounter with Jesus during Central Baptist Church’s VBS July 28-30 at the church, 512 Spring St., Darlington. Register online at www.cbcdarlington.com


Summer 2019 Activities

The Gandy Pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting, on Wednesdays through Saturdays at 115 Gary St. The pool is open to the public, and the cost is $1 for the day. The pool is available to rent for parties by calling 843-

Summer Meal Program runs June 10 through August 2, Monday through Friday, at Kingdom Seekers Holiness Church, 124 Jordan St., AND at Temple Christian Church, 1660 N. Governor Williams Highway. Breakfast will be at 8:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. Info: 843-634-3214


A.W. “Man” Stanley Gym - 100 Magnolia St. (AWS)

  • Mondays - Math, Reading & Writing - 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesdays - Kickball, Soccer, Arts & Crafts - 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesdays - Math, Reading & Writing - 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursdays - Educational and Inspirational Speakers - 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Fridays - Movie Day at Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Children will need to turn in a signed permission slip two days prior to ride the bus from A.W. Stanley to go to the rec center.
  • Daily - Basketball Free Play - 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for ages 14 and older

Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center - 300 Sanders St. (HBC)

  • Mondays - Organized Free Play - Dodgeball, Volleyball, Arts & Crafts, Board Games - 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays - Basketball Free Play - 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for ages 13 and younger
  • Wednesdays - Organized Free Play - Dodgeball, Volleyball, Arts & Crafts, Board Games - 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays - Basketball Free Play - 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for ages 13 and younger
  • Fridays - Movie Day - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Snack packs available for purchase ($2)

Miss Darlington USA or Miss Darlington Teen USA

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The Miss Darlington USA and Miss Darlington Teen USA pageants will be held for the first time ever on August 17th at Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School at 7 p.m. The winners will represent the City of Darlington at the 2020 Miss South Carolina USA and Miss South Carolina Teen USA pageants held in North Charleston on November 22-23, 2019. Contestants. Sponsors. Registration.


Become a Member!


Join the DDRA and show your support for our community. Download the Membership Application here. Members can share news about your business or organization by giving us a call, 843-992-1561, or sending us an email, info@buildupdarlington.org, and we will feature yours news on our site and distribute it through our News Alert system via text and email to people interested in Darlington as well as TV stations, radio stations, and newspapers. We can come take a photo or use what you already have. This allows you to share employee recognitions, new products, sales, special hours and events, and more – all as a benefit of being a member of the Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association!

If you are already a member, please make sure to submit any updates to your businesses’ Map Location Form to info@buildupdarlington.org.

To have your event listed on our websites, please email info@buildupdarlington.org or call 843-398-4000 x 103 by the week prior to your event.