The 2008 holiday season in Orangeburg is in full swing!
Dr. Leo Twiggs, S.C. State professor emeritus and distinguished artist-in-residence at Claflin University was nominated to decorate a Christmas ornament for the tree at the White House for the state of South Carolina this past September! The White House sent a six-inch-round silver ornament to each artist to decorate. The design had to display a red, white and blue theme and represent the artist's state or region.
Twiggs design is of an American flag that flows around the ornament to form the letters "SC" on one side and a silhouette of the state painted in indigo blue with crescent moon and palmetto tree on the other. Some areas were left unpainted to reflect the lights from the tree.
In 2001 Twiggs also designed an ornament for the White House tree that was a miniature replica of the dilapidated Benjamin Mays House in Greenwood County. The ornament received national attention, and the Mays House was eventually moved to the city of Greenwood and restored. Way to GO!!
Orangeburg's Christmas parade was this past Sunday. A variety of participants were led by grand marshal Thomas B. Eklund, an Orangeburg resident who has dedicated his life to working with children and served as principal at Rivelon Elementary School and executive director of the Orangeburg Area Boys and Girls Club. Eklund was honored by the Kiwanis Club of Orangeburg as its 2005 Orangeburg Citizen of the Year. "A Storybook Christmas" was this year's theme and began at 3 p.m. Sunday, in downtown Orangeburg.
Don't forget to recycle your Christmas tree! The Grinding of the Greens is an annual event, with drop off points at solid waste collection sites located throughout the county and curbside pickup within the City limits.
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