Not sure about the schedulers - Just save the date
Consider this column a Save The Date(s).
You know, like soon to be married couples who send out cute cards stating their nuptials date, time and place. They’re saying, “You’re probably going to be invited to our wedding eight months from now, so don’t plan a trip.”
Well, I’m telling you - Don’t plan a trip for Aug. 25, 26 and 27. You need to be in Clinton, South Carolina. Four distinctive events are going to be happening on those dates in “the town where nothing ever happens.”
I’m seriously questioning the sanity of the scheduler.
It certainly was not me. You’ve heard of being “stretched thin”? In late August, I morph into Elastic Man.
On Thursday, Aug. 25, the City of Clinton brings in The Swingin’ Medallions for Town Rhythms. This is one of my favorite bands. The Old Medallions are starting to fade away. The New Medallions are a lot of fun. They’ll play “Double Shot,” of course. Two New Medallions will hold a kind of Old Medallion upside down while the Old Medallion plays the sax. Year after year, show after show, they haven’t dropped him on his head, yet.
For you far-away schedulers, show time is 7 p.m. at The Depot in uptown Clinton - Central South Carolina’s beach and boogie capital.
So, I’ll be at the Medallions’ concert - I wish they would go til 11 like they do in Abbeville. The college crowd comes out to see them from 10 to 11. Then, I’ll put it on the website and sleep in, getting up at 11:30 a.m. so I can zoom to Lakeside Country Club for the first Laurens County Touchdown Club lunch of the 2016 football season.
Not much to see here, Andrew Webb and Chris Liner will talk about their mutual respect for each other’s programs. Then go back and give their teams a “kick their butt” pre-game speech.
Clinton plays Laurens in high school varsity football that same night - Friday, Aug. 26. Save the date, time and place - I betcha it’s going to be a really good game.
I could be wrong, of course. The SC High School League says Laurens is a AAAAA team, while Clinton languishes around in AAA. All the “A’s” go out the window when these two play - and Clinton is chomping at the bit for revenge. Seriously, men, a clean, no cheap-shots, spirited athletic contest is all we can hope for - good luck, and no injuries.
OK, so, I will finish covering the Clinton-Laurens game about 1 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27. Actually, I will cheat - I won’t write my game story (and a preview for the next game, Clinton at Greer, ugh) until Monday morning. But there’s the website to feed and photos to examine and some other stuff. High school football is a nightmare for newspapers, especially dailies, and we just love it.
I will get four hours sleep, then get back in the car - bleary-eyed - and drive to Bailey Memorial Stadium.
Flight of the Dove goes off at 8 a.m. (registration starts at 7) on Saturday, Aug. 27. Being there before the start means you get the best photos. Hospice of Laurens County will stage one of the best events anywhere at that time, on that day - all with volunteer labor. The Davenport clan will be there with its riding team. I will bet Clinton City Councilman Gary Kuykendall will ride, as will Clinton NHC Director Chuck Holder. And a whole bunch of people will come in from out of town.
Laurens and Newberry counties will see their roadways filled with bicycle riders, whose entry fees make up a large fund-raising effort.
Flight helps to keep Hospice providing a vital service for our community.
There will be courses of varying lengths and routes, and some riders will come back to the stadium before others. They will eat, exchange course stories and riding tips, and interact in an atmosphere of community and mutual respect.
It gets no better than that, anywhere in the world.
(Vic MacDonald is Editor of The Clinton Chronicle. Reach him at 833-1900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)