Author Archives: Kirk Smith

Banjo-B-Que Bluegrass Festival

May 25 & 26, 2013

May 25 & 26, 2013

Gold Rush Festival

Looking for some great family fun this weekend? Downtown McCormick is hosting their 35th annual Gold Rush Festival on Saturday, September 15. The event begins at 10 a.m. with the parade, followed by 80+ craft and food vendors. Entertainment in the town park throughout the day. For more information:

Annual Bluegrass Festival

Elijah Clark Annual Bluegrass Festival:

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 5:30 PM – 10 PM from Sep 14, 2012 until Sep 16, 2012. Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy three days of food and bluegrass. Join us for a foot-stomping good time with lots of great music. Rain or shine. $5 parking. 706-359-3458 For more information:

Links in the Blueway

The Little River Blueway Region has something for everyone…  Check out this unbeatable lodging and three course lakefront golf package!

End of Summer Lodging Special at Hickory Knob


One last FAMILY FUN Event before the school years gets into full swing!

If you can’t come for the entire weekend, pick your night to stay!


Summer Lodging Special

 Super Summer Savings on Hickory Knob Lodging!

Just $60 per night!

Lodge room or cabin accommodations

Valid through Labor Day!

For reservations call 800.491.1764 or visit

And be sure to mention code SUMMER12 for special summer rate.



Thunder Over Thurmond Week Update

The kayaking olympics and moonlight paddle on the Little River Blueway
scheduled this evening (Tuesday, July 3) was canceled due to weather. We will use the rain date, which is Friday, July 6 at 7pm at Baker Creek State Park. Participants should RSVP to Gloria Bramble at by Thursday, July 5 at noon. Spectators are welcome, and should gather at the Baker Creek Pavilion.

On tap for tomorrow, July 4th is the first annual boat parade.  The word through the Blueway is that some of the decorations are going to be very creative.  Boats launch from the Dorn Sport Fishing Center at 10:30 a.m. and plan to arrive at the Savannah Lakes Marina Beach around noon.  Free hot dogs will also be provided by the Lake Thurmond US Sail and Power Squadron at the beach.  Spectators are welcome and encouraged.

Get Ready for Thunder Over Thurmond Week!




June 30 – July 7 [Main Event]

June 30

Dr. W. S. Mims Parade — 10 am,Main St.,McCormick,SC
(celebrating Mims Reunion Foundation)
Mark Roberts Band – 8p – 12 m,Plum Branch Yacht Club
Call PBYC for directions/more information 864-443-3000

July 3

Kayak Olympics Adventure & Moonlight Paddle
7pm – BakerCreekState Park
No experience required–concludes with moonlight ride
Pre-registration necessary — access

July 4

Decorated Boat Parade on LakeThurmond
10 am – 4 pm
Winners’ awards and Beach Party/Games/Food at Savannah Lakes Marina Beach – Access for complete details & boat registration

July 5

Ft. Gordon Concert Band & Color Guard

7pm McCormick,SC

Town Park behind MACK bldg–Salute to Local Veterans–to be Escorted by McCormick Co. Car Club; BBQ dinners available!

July 6 and 7

Town-wide YARD SALE, McCormick–8am, Rts. 28 & 378

Antique/Collectible Market 
9 am – 2 pm, Dorn Mill Site
$10 for inside vendor site, $5 outside (Dorn Mill only)
Saturday Only – Historic Gold Mine Park–10 am – 4 pm, Pan for Gold!

Saturday Only — Farmers’ Market, MACK Park, 4-8pm

July 6

Gospel Night — Dorn Boating Facility, 6 pm – 10 pm
Local & Professional Music Groups; $10 adm, 12 & older
$5 parking per vehicle. Bring chairs. Food vendors on site.


THUNDER OVER THURMOND – Dorn Boating Facility – Lake Thurmond

Performances by Jimmie Van Zant, The Fabulous Expressions,
and the LARGEST fireworks show in the SOUTHEAST
– 1:00pm Gates Open Buses Roll

– 4:30 – 5:15 Jake Jacobs (Blues Band)

– 5:15-6:00pm Sylvia Walker

– 6:00-6:15pm Brian Taylor-Edge 540 Monoplane

– 6:15-6:30pm Buck Roetman-Eagle Bi-plane

– 6:30-645pm Greg Connell-Pitts 12 Bi-plane

– 6:45-7:00pm Gary Ward – MX-2 Monoplane

– 7:00-7:30pm Silver Wings Jump Team/Hal Ewing C-45 jump plane

– 7:30-8:00pm Gary Ward Airshow

– 8:00-9:15pm Fabulous Expressions

– 9:15-9:30pm Wounded Warrior Tribute

– 9:30-9:45pm Dawn Tate (National Anthem)

– 9:45-10:30pm Fireworks

– 10:30-12:00pm Jimmy Van Zant Band (Alex Ortiz covering breaks) for tickets, more information


Kayaking Olympics and Moonlight Paddle | July 3

Kayaking on Little River Blueway

The Kayak Olympic Team is forming and it looks formidable!  This will be a fun event held at Baker Creek Park in the cool of the evening at 7pm on July 3rd.  Starting at 7pm, we’ll work our paddles developing skills needed for kayaking by doing such cool stuff as the Triple Twist Up and Back, The 20 Stroke Backward Paddle with a Twist and a Toss, and other zany events all done in team format (no pressure on you!).  

If you were considering joining us, but haven’t registered yet, please email Gloria Bramble  or go to the Power Squadron site : to get the registration and liability forms. 

Deadline for registration is June 30  

Hope to see you on the July 3 at 7pm at Baker Creek.  (It looks like we will have over 20 participants so don’t hesitate to show up a little early. )  This event is being organized by Janie Clark & Gloria Bramble.