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The 13th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival

Celebrate the roots of modern music with infectious rhythms, soulful sounds, and high energy performances at the Arts Council of York County’s 13th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival. Events kick off with a free event at Springmaid Park in Baxter Village on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 7-10 PM with Leslie and Friends. On Friday, October 6, the Blues & Jazz Festival returns to Old Town Rock Hill where festival-goers can enjoy live music at eight of Old Town’s restaurants & venues throughout the night.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 | 7-10 PM | FREE

Friday, October 6 | 7 – 11 PM | $10

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The Great Pumpkin Fest | Carowinds


During the day, Carowinds puts the “Wee!” in Halloween.

The Great Pumpkin Fest has family-friendly Halloween attractions for the little ghosts and goblins from 11:00am – 5:00pm including a costume parade, foam zone, mazes and more!

It’s kid-sized frights that every age will love and of course, all of your favorite rides. It’s all fun and no fear at Carowinds.

Join us for a day packed with Halloween fun on Saturdays & Sundays from Sept. 16 through Oct. 29.

14523 Carowinds Boulevard | Fort Mill, SC

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Back-to-School Tips

The following health and safety tips are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Making the First Day Easier

  • Parents should remember that they need not wait until the first day of class to ask for help. Schools are open to address any concerns a parent or child might have, including the specific needs of a child, over the summer. The best time to get help might be one to two weeks before school opens.
  • Many children become nervous about new situations, including changing to a new school, classroom or teacher. This may occur at any age. If your child seems nervous, it can be helpful to rehearse entry into the new situation. Take them to visit the new school or classroom before the first day of school. Remind them that there are probably a lot of students who are uneasy about the first day of school. Teachers know that students are nervous and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible. If your child seems nervous, ask them what they are worried about and help them problem solve ways to master the new situation.
  • Point out the positive aspects of starting school to create positive anticipation about the first day of class. They will see old friends and meet new ones. Talk with them about positive experiences they may have had in the past at school or with other groups of children.
  • Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your child can walk to school or ride on the bus.
  • If it is a new school for your child, attend any available orientations and take an opportunity to tour the school before the first day. Bring the child to school a few days prior to class to play on the playground and get comfortable in the new environment.
  • If you feel it is needed, drive your child (or walk with her) to school and pick her up on the first day, and get there early on the first day to cut down on unnecessary stress.
  • Make sure to touch base with your child’s new teacher at the beginning or end of the day so the teacher knows how much you want to be supportive of your child’s school experience.
  • Consider starting your child on their school sleep/wake schedule a week or so ahead of time so that time change is not a factor on their first couple of days at school.

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Balloon-azon in Downtown York


Come see our community and the beauty that is Downtown York, SC!

If you haven’t visited Downtown York in a while, we believe you will enjoy the trip! There are new merchants with so much to offer…from restaurants, music lessons, men’s clothing, skin care, women’s clothing, pet supplies, music and the arts!

Fun! Free! Family Friendly!

Downtown York has a new Downtown Business Committee (DBC) partnering with the Greater York Chamber of Commerce.  We are planning 1st Friday events from March to October (weather permitting) to promote our downtown and our businesses.  Balloons will line Downtown Congress Street.

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Explore Lake Wylie This Weekend

Explore Lake Wylie this weekend – If you’re looking for a getaway not too far from the Queen City, Lake Wylie is the perfect location! Explore the town’s history, food, outdoor activities, shopping and much more.

Welcome To Lake Wylie
Lake Wylie borders North and South Carolina, providing easy access for residents in Charlotte, Fort Mill, Tega Cay and Rock Hill. This man-made lake was formed in 1904 and has 325 miles of shoreline. After several changes in power companies and raises in the level of the dam, the lake was renamed Lake Wylie in 1960. The town of Lake Wylie has a population of approximately 8,000 residents. The real draw of this area is the lake, so it’s worth packing a picnic, your sunscreen and even your tennis shoes and spending some time exploring nature in South Carolina while still feeling like you’re close to Charlotte.

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A Christmas Celebration on Lake Wylie


Bright colorful lights, festive good cheer, and of course Santa Claus made the 28th Annual Lights on the Lake Boat Parade and Christmas by the Lake a fun-filled evening for local families.

These beautiful photos from The Herald show the wonderful commitment to this glorious tradition in the close-knit community.


This year’s event even had its challenges with low lake levels, but that would not damper the holiday spirit as brightly decorated boats lit up a glistening Lake Wylie.


While the boat lights dazzled the lake, those on shore celebrated with delicious treats such as hot cocoa, s’mores, and hot cider, all of which was generously provided by local churches.


“It was a huge success and families really enjoyed the music, the boat lights, and the homemade treats provided by the local churches”, says Lisa Jubenville of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce.

Even Santa and Mrs. Claus showed up to enjoy the festive atmosphere!


One of the magical events of the celebration was the live nativity scene. It was amazing!


And of course you cannot have a Christmas celebration without the blissful sounds of a children’s choir.

The residents of Handsmill on Lake Wylie appreciate the organizers, especially the local churches, who truly came together to make this year’s celebration special with treats, music, donated tents, even fire pits to keep everyone toasty! And the beautifully decorating boats on Lake Wylie were spectacular!

Happy holidays from Handsmill on Lake Wylie.

*Photos courtesy of The Herald

The Family Life in Handsmill on Lake Wylie


Francine and Terence Freeman were one of the first families to move into the gated waterfront community of Handsmill on Lake Wylie. That was eight years ago and today the couple and their three daughters still love their gorgeous 5,800 square foot home and the natural beauty of the community.

The best part? Well, that was hard for Francine to narrow down!

“We have a large extended family that we like to have gatherings for”, says Francine who loves to cook. So, she says they wanted an open floor plan with a large kitchen and family room so they could easily entertain. And of course a large island for puzzle time!


The Freeman family definitely got the awesome kitchen they were looking for, which included top-of-the-line appliances, granite countertops, and plenty of space to enjoy one another’s company.


But it was the grand entrance that made Francine fall in love at first sight. She says the staircase is her favorite part of the home. The elegant architectural details are exquisite.


It all started when they first toured this stately stone and brick home and found that it met all their desires for their large family. It was a perfect combination of luxury and convenience. It was also just a nice short stroll from beautiful and serene Lake Wylie.

After they moved into their dream home, they also soon realized there were other wonderful benefits to living in Handsmill at Lake Wylie. The neighbors!

As more people move in, Francine says, a close knit community developed.

“We always do a trunk or treat for Halloween and bring pot luck dinners… We get together to roast marshmallows and hot dogs. We boat together and enjoy the lake.”

Francine says she just loves the neighbors and the sense of community.


The family often enjoys family gatherings and entertaining on their large deck, which is just off the family room. Their wooded backyard is a perfect spot to enjoy the natural setting in this community.


Living in the waterfront community of Handsmill on Lake Wylie, you have access to the South Marina. This impressive amenity boasts 28 boat slips, a boat ramp, and gated paved parking. The community marina is exclusively for residents, giving them a unique marina lifestyle in their own neighborhood!

Along with the Marina, residents also enjoy the Handsmill Club, a luxurious $2 million lakefront clubhouse featuring a sparkling pool and fitness center.

Waterfront and wooded lots are still available in Handsmill on Lake Wylie. We welcome you to visit our beautiful community.


Breathtaking Marina at Handsmill On Lake Wylie, Drone-Style

Living the life of luxury is building your dream home surrounded by the beauty of nature in the masterfully planned community of Handsmill on Lake Wylie. The aerial video, taken recently with a drone, showcases the awe-inspiring views!

And you still have the opportunity to live in this gorgeous lakefront gated community that offers family-friendly neighborhoods with exclusive access to the lake.


Living in the waterfront community of Handsmill on Lake Wylie, you have access to the South Marina. This impressive amenity boasts 28 boat slips, a boat ramp, and gated paved parking. The community marina is exclusively for residents, giving them a unique marina lifestyle in their own neighborhood!


The Handsmill Marina allows residents to dock their boats, up to 25’ x 8.5’, right in their own neighborhood! This community is ideal for the family who loves to live the outdoor lifestyle! From boating, to jet skiing, to just talking sunset strolls by the lake, living on Lake Wylie provides a breathtakingly beautiful lifestyle all year long.


Along with the Marina, residents also enjoy the Handsmill Club, a luxurious $2 million lakefront clubhouse featuring a sparkling pool and fitness center.

We offer beautiful dockable waterfront lots with incredible lake access and views, as well as lake-access homesites near the shore.

Build the home of your dreams on Lake Wylie.