Summer got its official start a week ago today.
Instead planning that summer vacation to celebrate, the Laurinburg-Scotland County Chamber of Commerce suggests residents take a “staycation” and enjoy what our community has to offer.
If that sounds like an effort on the chamber’s part to sell Scotland County, it is. It is also quite a bargain. The county offers a lot to do and see and without having to forgo thousands of dollars or miles for the experience.
Here are some ideas:
— Visit Chalk Banks State Park in Wagram and take a canoe trip down the Lumber River. If nothing else, just take a picnic lunch and enjoy the walking trails and scenery. It’s open Thursdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. This Saturday, the park is offering a nature hike. Participants will meet at Chalk Banks access area at 9:30 am. Participants need to dress for the weather and wear good foot wear. This program will give visitors a chance to experience the natural beauty of the river. Bring snacks, bottled water, sunscreen, and any other items needed for the Nature Hike. For information, contact Ranger Ronald Anderson, at 910-628-4564.
— Cool off at the Splash Pad, the county’s outdoor water playground. Facility includes Splash Pad, picnic shelter, bathrooms with changing areas and concession stand. It is open until Aug. 11.
— Delve into the history of Scotland County and visit the Stewart-Hawley-Malloy House, the John Blue House and the John McNeill House.
— Stop in at the Museum of Scotland County to see antique cars, a fire engine, model trains and Civil War artifacts and much more.
— Watch the Golden Knights US Army Parachute Team train at the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport.
— Pick up a bike brochure or download one at www.visitnc-soul.com and head out on one of our local bike routes. The 147-mile route system uses lightly traveled, paved roads to link the county’s points of interest.
— Take advantage of chamber’s Laurinburg After Five free concerts on Avinger Hill at St. Andrews University on the second Thursday of the month. There are still concerts left on July 12, August 9 and September 13.
— Check out Cypress Bends Vineyard in Wagram. Twice a month, the winery invited the public to enjoy a bottle of wine and light hors d’oeuvres with friends under the tent while The Mike Wallace Quartet entertains you with live jazz music. The next Summer Picnic Concert Series kicks off July 13 at 7 p.m.
— Don’t forget the Storytelling Arts Center of the Southeast, which hosts its own jazz event the second Saturday of each month at SACS from 7 until 10 pm. Jazz musicians and vocalists are invited to participate in these events – just come with your instruments, ready to play or sing. Call 277-3599 for reservations.