What's Happening in McCormick County

Real Estate Agent with Savannah Lakes Homes

What's Happening in McCormick County,

South Carolina


Summer Lake Information:  Lake Thurmond, the largest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project east of the Mississippi River, was built between 1946 and 1954 as part of a comprehensive plan of development for the Savannah River Basin. Lake Thurmond is one of the 10 most visited Corps lakes in the nation, serving about seven million visitors annually. The lake offers camping, day use areas, boating, fishing, hunting, and trails. Baker Creek State Park, Hamilton Branch State Recreation Area, and Hickory Knob State Resort Park are located on the shores of the lake. Check for information about the Corp of Engineers Campgrounds and Day spots around the entire lake including Hawe Creek, Leroys’ Ferry, Modoc and Mount Carmel.   Or for further information, call 800.533.3474 and the Corps rangers will be happy to help you.

May 23, 2009:  Attention local Fishermen!! SC Burned Children’s Fund Open Bass Tournament is being held on Lake Thurmond May 23 from safe light to 3pm.  Register on site at the Dorn Landing/Hawe Creek or call 864.923.0042. Entry fee is $100 with a 70% payback.  Rules/registration forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce.

May 23, 2009:  “Breeze Fest on Thurmond Lake will be held Saturday May 23, 2009 8pm till 12 PM featuring the band, Mark Roberts and Breeze at the Plum Branch Yacht Club, 864.443.3000.

May 23, 2009:  The Town of McCormick Family Fun and Youth Day” will be held Saturday May 23, 2009 from 2pm to 6pm at the McCormick Fire Department. Demonstrations will be held by the Police and Fire Departments with give-aways, fun, food and prizes.  Come join in the fun.

May 23, 2009:  The Laurel Grove Baptist Church will celebrate their Women’s Conference this Saturday at 8pm (May 23rd). Women’s Day will be Sunday May 24 at 2pm with Rev. Shirley Edwards as the guest for the day.

May 28, 2009:  Workforce Development Forum:  Soft skills training continue to be an important part of workforce development in South Carolina yet continues to be difficult to define.  In order to gain consensus toward a definition, develop an appropriate assessment tool, supply information for instructional programs, and meet the needs of businesses of all sizes, the South Carolina Department of Commerce will sponsor forums in each of the forty-six counties to gather input from the South Carolina business community.  Technical skill needs of the businesses will also be addressed.

The Department of Commerce has engaged a consultant to facilitate one forum in each county.  The forums will last a maximum of two hours and the facilitator for the McCormick County forum will be Rich Nagle.  The forum will be Thursday, May 28, 2009 from 9:30AM to 11:30AM at the McCormick County Chamber of Commerce meeting room, 100 South Main Street, McCormick, SC 29835, 864-852-2835.

May 29, 2009:  On May 29th, Savannah Lakes Resort is having a “Freshwater Coast Battle of the Bands Event” at 8pm.  Brass Tyme will be performing with other bands.  For more information call 864.391.2152 or 864.544.8912.  Tickets are $15 per person.

June 5, 2009:  On June 5, 2009 from 7pm to 10pm Willington African American Culture Cnter will host a ‘Battle of Guitars and Street Dance’ to celebrate the “Juneteenth Day” which remembers the emancipation proclamation.  Everyone is invited to Willington for the occasion. No admission fee.

June 6, 2009:  Don’t forget the PeachTree 23 Yard Sale beginning at dawn on June 6.  This event starts in Modoc and goes through to Batesburg-Leesville on SC Highway 23.  Hundreds of vendors will have crafts and other local items for sale in this event!  If you need more details give Shaaron Kohl a call at 864.378.7035 or e-mail her at skohl@wctel.net .

June 26 - 28, 2009:  Festival of flowers is June 26 through June 28. www.scfestivalofflowers.org  This event was included on the Southeastern Tourism Society’s “Top Twenty Events”.  This is when Park Seed Company opens their doors to the public of tours and you get to see the gardens.

July 11, 2009:  “Thunder Over Thurmond” is scheduled for July 11th (Saturday after July 4th) and will be sponsored by both the McCormick and Lincoln County Councils.  Plans have been made for this great event to light up McCormick and Lincoln counties for the thousands of boaters who visit our counties to celebrate the 4th of July.  Plan to celebrate our lake and enjoy the fireworks from your boat!  Bands will be performing on the beach at Savannah Lakes Resort & Marina.

July 25, 2009:  Willington Academy Celebration will feature Governor Patrick Noble on July 25th, 2009.  Willington on the Way will sponsor the third in its biannual lecture series featuring graduates of the Willington Academy.  This year Phil Noble, Jr. will speak on his ancestor, Patrick Noble, who was governor of South Carolina from 1838-1848.  Noble was an early law partner of John C. Calhoun and was Speaker of the SC House of Representatives from 1818-1824 and from 1833-38. He also served as Commissioner for the railroad from Charleston to Cincinnati and was a Trustee of South Carolina College (University of South Carolina).  Tickets for the day’s program are $15.

10am registration at Willington History Center

11 am Lecture on Governor Patrick Noble at the Willington Presbyterian Church. 

2:30 pm Drama: ‘Log Cabin Learning’

In the afternoon, talented actor, Richard Smith of Columbia, SC, will once again produce his one man dramatization of Dr. Moses Waddel.

3:30 Guided Tour to Academy site and Noble Cemetery.

South Carolina

Bruce and Mary are South Carolina REALTORS® specializing in Savannah Lakes Village, a planned retirement and second home golf and lake front community in McCormick County, South Carolina.

Bruce & Mary Smith "What's Happening in McCormick County, South Carolina"


Comments (12)

Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,


Hi Mary:

Looks like there is lots to do there this weekend!

Have a wonderful holiday...

May 22, 2009 02:30 PM
Bruce & Mary Smith
Savannah Lakes Homes - McCormick, SC
REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC

Thanks Toula - We hope the rain will hold off and not spoil the lake events.  Have a great weekend!


May 22, 2009 11:48 PM
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

Great list guys and looks like you can stay really busy! I did not know that your area had so much fun stuff! Have a great memorial weekend!

May 22, 2009 11:50 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Looks like you guys are off to a busy Summer.  Lots of rain here the past few days, but we needed it badly.

May 22, 2009 11:51 PM
Bruce & Mary Smith
Savannah Lakes Homes - McCormick, SC
REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC

Hi Laura - Most everything here for Memorial Day revolves around Lake Thurmond - fishing, concerts on the beach, boating events, etc!  It'll be a fun weekend and there will be many events on the water honoring those who have fought for our freedoms!

Gabe - I have been in Tennessee for a couple of days and saw that some areas of Florida were about to float away!  Sounds like ya'll needed the rain but not that much so quickly!  Have a great Memorial Day!


May 22, 2009 11:55 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Wow!  That is one happening and hip place with loads to do!  Love the pix and all the activity descriptions!!

May 23, 2009 02:18 AM
Bruce & Mary Smith
Savannah Lakes Homes - McCormick, SC
REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC

Thanks Kristin!  Have a great weekend and Memorial Day holiday!


May 23, 2009 03:24 AM
Mark Brian
Silver Star Real Estate LLC - Anderson, SC
Anderson SC Realtor

That sounds like a boatload of great events happening in McCormick county! I like the fact they are not all happening on the same day so you can enjoy all of them!

May 23, 2009 04:08 AM
Bruce & Mary Smith
Savannah Lakes Homes - McCormick, SC
REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC

We're like Anderson, Mark.  McCormick is a small rural county where there's usually a lot going on.  It may not be the fanciest of events but it's usually fun!  Have a great Memorial Day holiday!


May 23, 2009 08:18 AM
Gail MacMillan
Titusville, FL

Hey Friends....with all this good stuff going on in your area, I hope you're able to get out and enjoy some of the fun.  Have a great Memorial weekend.  Next week I'm away, so catch you the following weekend.

May 23, 2009 09:19 AM
Bruce & Mary Smith
Savannah Lakes Homes - McCormick, SC
REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC

Thanks Gail!  Have a wonderful vacation and bring us lots of photos! 


May 23, 2009 09:56 AM
Kevin Breeland
Amplify Credit Union - Austin, TX

I am just going to have to come visit this part of SC and say hello when I am there...looks like there are many wonderful recreation opportunities.

May 28, 2009 04:42 AM