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Fall Farm Fun

Fall is right around the corner, and everyone at Bush-N-Vine Farm is READY! Bring on the pumpkins, apple cider, hayrides, and cooler weather! We’ll have a variety of activities for you and your family/friends to participate in — bounce house for the kids, pick-your-own pumpkins, live music, food trucks, and more!  You won’t want to miss out, trust us!

2018 Band Schedule and Special Events

Saturday, September 29th
– Take Two Jazz
– Two Chicks and a Truck (Food Truck)

Saturday, October 6th
– Tyler Henderson and Travis Comer (Band)

Saturday, October 13th
– Philly B’s (Food Truck)

Saturday, October 20th
-Two Chicks and a Truck (Food Truck)

Saturday, October 27th
– Take Two Jazz
– Philly B’s (Food Truck)

The 2018 Charlotte Parade of Homes

Parade of Homes logoCome see the best new homes in the Greater Charlotte area this fall during the Parade of Homes! Homes will be available to tour throughout the area.

The 2018 Parade of Homes showcases new homes for sale, fully decorated model homes to tour, and communities available for building your dream home. Admission is FREE!

Fridays & Saturdays – 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sundays – 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

The Parade of Homes mobile app will help you map your tour complete with driving directions. The 2018 Parade of Homes magazine will be available at the Parade homes and online by October 5th.

Fountain Park


Rock Hill’s newest attraction, Fountain Park, 300 E. Main Street, officially opened in December 2014. The highlight of the park is one of the tallest fountains in the world, reaching over 100 ft. high. The fountain is a 90 ft. x 70 ft. modified quatrefoil design with 16 inches of water depth. The recirculating fountain holds approximately 50,000 gallons of water with 16 feature pumps totaling 318 horsepower.

There are 144 jets in five nozzle groups, all of which are governed by an anemometer to limit heights in windy conditions. The center nozzle will spray up to 100 feet in height, using 1,000 gallons of water. If all nozzles run as high as possible, the recirculating fountain will put 10,000 gallons of water in the air per minute.

Contractors incorporated artistic elements conceived by Rock Hill school students into design features at Fountain Park. Students presented ideas to a panel; Winthrop arts staff refined concepts; and park contractors produced the pieces for integration into the park.

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Preparing for Spring Boating Season

Launch time is here and it’s time to start preparing for the upcoming boating season. Tasks vary depending on the boat you own as well as the type of boating you may undertake. Below is a “short list” of some important procedures that should be on your complete list of things to do to get ready for spring launch.

Vessel preparation and maintenance: This varies depending on the type of boat you own. Insure that your engine or engines have all oils and lubricants topped off or replaced based on recommended maintenance schedules. Insure that a certified engine mechanic has performed an engine check and tuned the engine(s) to insure best performance and fuel economy. Inspect all engine belts for wear and replace if worn. If your outboard motor lower gear-case oil was not changed when winterized, change it now. Check the water pump impeller.   Check other types of equipment on board including bilge pumps to insure they are operating properly. Flush your water system. You can buy products that are added directly to the water holding tank to improve the water’s taste and smell. Make a list of spare parts you should carry in case you have a breakdown. Your mechanic or marine parts manager can give you recommendations.

Navigation and safety equipment: Absolutely check your navigation lights! Do you have replacement bulbs for running lights, anchor light, etc.? Are your navigation charts current?Do you have the right number and type of flares and are they current. Check your electronic equipment such as VHF radios, radar, and GPS. What is the condition of your PFDs and do you have the right sizes and number and are they Coast Guard approved? Don’t forget to inspect the condition of your docklines, anchor line and running rigging. As an option, contact Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadron to see when you can arrange a courtesy vessel inspection to insure you have everything you need legally on board; fire extinguishers, etc.

Trailer Maintenance: The majority of the boats in Michigan are trailerable boats. If you are one of these owners, here are a few maintenance suggestions for your trailer. Check the condition of your tires including the spare. Have the wheel bearings been checked, greased and/or replaced if need be. Have someone check your lights to insure all are working properly- brake lights, turn signals, etc. Check rollers and support pads. Check your trailer hitch and all related equipment to see if it is functioning properly (Don’t use a 1 7/8” ball for a 2” adapter). Inspect the trailer safety chains and also the wire rope and trailer winch.

Trip Preparation: If you are planning a boat trip (pull your trailer boat or cruise to a vacation destination), consider making your plans soon. Once you have determined where you want to travel, you can select a commercial marina or harbor that provides transient slips and in many cases, you can make advanced reservations. But the longer you wait, the less likely space will be available. Even the marina at Mackinaw Island takes reservations as an example; but space goes quickly.

All The Other Stuff: Make a list and build on it year to year as you find things you need while boating including things like: extra towels and blankets, cleaning supplies, quarters and laundry detergent for the laundromat, sun screen, updated cruising guide, a deck of cards, cork screw, shower sandals, first aid kit, bubble wrap to protect fragile items, a portable grill, sleeping bags with zip-out sheets and folding chairs which are easily stored and great for the beach.

Heart Disease: It Can Happen at Any Age

Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults. It is happening to younger adults more and more often. This is partly because the conditions that lead to heart disease are happening at younger ages. February is Heart Month, the perfect time to learn about your risk for heart disease and the steps you need to take now to help your heart.

Heart disease—and the conditions that lead to it—can happen at any age. High rates of obesity and high blood pressure among younger people (ages 35-64) are putting them at risk for heart disease earlier in life. Half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking).

You Could Be at Risk

Many of the conditions and behaviors that put people at risk for heart disease are appearing at younger ages:

  • High blood pressure. Millions of Americans of all ages have high blood pressure, including millions of people in their 40s and 50s. About half of people with high blood pressure don’t have it under control. Having uncontrolled high blood pressure is one of the biggest risks for heart disease and other harmful conditions, such as stroke.
  • High blood cholesterol. High cholesterol can increase the risk for heart disease. Having diabetes and obesity, smoking, eating unhealthy foods, and not getting enough physical activity can all contribute to unhealthy cholesterol levels.
  • Smoking. More than 37 million U.S. adults are current smokers, and thousands of young people start smoking each day. Smoking damages the blood vessels and can cause heart disease.


Other conditions and behaviors that affect your risk for heart disease include:

  • Obesity. Carrying extra weight puts stress on the heart. More than 1 in 3 Americans—and nearly 1 in 6 children ages 2 to 19—has obesity.
  • Diabetes. Diabetes causes sugar to build up in the blood. This can damage blood vessels and nerves that help control the heart muscle. Nearly 1 in 10 people in the United States has diabetes.
  • Physical inactivity. Staying physically active helps keep the heart and blood vessels healthy. Only 1 in 5 adults meets the physical activity guidelines of getting 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity.
  • Unhealthy eating patterns. Most Americans, including children, eat too much sodium (salt), which increases blood pressure. Replacing foods high in sodium with fresh fruits and vegetables can help lower blood pressure. But only 1 in 10 adults is getting enough fruits and vegetables each day. Diet high in trans-fat, saturated fat, and added sugar increases the risk factor for heart disease.

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Red Planet Rising at the Museum of York County

The Red Planet Rising exhibition explores Mars and mankind’s fascination with this world through mythology, history, literature, movies, TV and science. We also look ahead to see what Mars may hold for mankind in the future!

Red Planet Rising is the first production of Planet of Mystery, a company based out of Gastonia, NC. The company, A Planet of Mystery, is owned by Jim Craig, former planetarium director at the Schiele Museum of Natural History.

This event premieres at 3:30 PM on Tuesday January 2, 2018 and runs through Saturday March 31, 2018 with showings each Tuesday – Saturday at 3:30 PM. Program fees are included with Museum Admission.

Dates: Tuesday-Saturday from 3:30-4:00 PM beginning 1/9/2018 and ending 3/31/2018.

Admission: Fees are included in Museum Admission

Where: The Planetarium at the Museum of York County; 4621 Mt Gallant Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732

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Fountain Park – Boo Ha-Ha

Bring the kids out to enjoy safe, free trick-or-treating! There will be more than 35 vendors, the Boo Ha-Ha Dance Party, our annual Costume Contest, and pictures to be taken in sets of your favorite movies. Dance the night away!

Date(s) – 10/31/17
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Fountain Park – Boo Ha-Ha
300 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC

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Steel Magnolias | Winthrop University

The Student Works Series of Winthrop University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Steel Magnolias” (the basis for the much-loved Oscar-nominated film).
Witness the bittersweet story of six women who gather under the dryers at Truvy’s Beauty Salon to share gossip, laughter, recipes and beauty secrets on four significant days across three years of their lives in a small Southern town.  When tragedy strikes, they face it with sass and strength, supporting each other through thick and thin.  By turns hilarious and poignant, “Steel Magnolias” is a heart-warming portrait of friendship and love.

November 1st-4th at 8pm and November 5th at 2pm
Johnson Studio Theatre | 1920 Alumni Drive, Rock Hill

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July 4th Event – Independence Day at Historic Brattonsville

Location: Historic Brattonsville
Event Date: July 4, 2017
Event Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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Historic Brattonsville’s 1850s Independence Day Celebration will include many activities to honor the holiday as our Carolina Piedmont ancestors did long ago.

The backyard of Hightower Hall will come alive with period music as you join costumed interpreters in dancing The Virginia Reel.  There will be historic cooking demonstrations, children’s military drills, toys and games and much more.  Young and old will be amazed when we launch a tissue paper hot air balloon high into the sky! The program will climax with the reading of the Declaration of Independence from the front steps of Hightower Hall.

Don’t miss this meaningful way to celebrate the true spirit of the holiday.

Spoons BBQ Truck will provide food concessions for hungry visitors.

COST: Adults, $8; Seniors, $7; Youth ages 4-17, $5; ages 3 and younger free.
CHM members admitted free of charge.

1444 Brattonsville Road | McConnells