Though not quite the Thespian celebration you would expect, today’s post is all about the Come See Me Festival in Rock Hill, SC. There are many performers that participate in this annual festival, so why not highlight the whole thing?
I’m going to post text that I lifted directly off of their website, because frankly, they have already worded it perfectly! Who better to explain all there is to know about the CSM Festival than the Festival people themselves:
“The Come-See-Me Festival was first held in 1962 as a community project to invite visitors, relatives and friends to see Rock Hill during its most beautiful season. It started as a weekend event and has expanded to 10 days.
The Festival was the idea of its first chairman, C. H. “Ickey” Albright, former Rock Hill Mayor and State Senator, and was nurtured by nationally-acclaimed illustrator Vernon Grant, a Rock Hill resident who created Rice Krispies’ celebrated gnomes, “Snap, Crackle and Pop”. The Festival’s mascot “Glen the Frog” also was created by Mr. Grant, who designed more than 30 different Glens. A logo representing each new festival is selected yearly.
A central focus of the Festival has always been the historic, award-winning Glencairn Garden, created by Dr. David A. Bigger and given to the City of Rock Hill in 1958. Azaleas, camellias, dogwoods, wisteria and a variety of flowers and trees are all on show to celebrate spring. The Come-See-Me Festival is considered the largest, all-volunteer festival in South Carolina and attracts more than 100,000 participants and visitors every year. The Festival has been ranked in the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Spring Festivals for numerous years, awarded the Best All-Around Event in The Herald Buzzies for many years and has also been featured in Southern Living Magazine.”
I have had the pleasure of participating in this festival a number of times. I have walked in the parade 3 times over the years. I have sung in the Divas Through the Decades show 2 years, as well as in the Broadway Nights series 2 years. I volunteered to work at the Area-11 Special Olympics 2 years. I partnered with the Rock Hill Parks & Recreation team on their “Frog Float” event, in which all of the proceeds were split 50/50 between their organization and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This required many months of planning and coordinating and soliciting to make it a success. I have volunteered at the official souvenir tent 3 years at the Moonlight & Jazz, Beach Bash, and Gourmet Gardens. And many, many times, my family and friends have gathered for the 8hrs of Tailgating, BBQ, and fireworks extravaganza on the final day each year.
For the next 10 days, my town will be a mad house. So many people will come and go, and traffic will be a nightmare. But for 10 days, we will have numerous events taking place all day every day, all over town. There will be live bands, benefits, teddy bear tea parties, dances, Area-11 Special Olympic events, disc golf tournaments, competitions where dogs catch frisbees, cook-offs, theatre productions, Knights Baseball season opener, dance productions, contests, and more. It’s a very exciting time of the year.
So, if you are in the area, I highly recommend the Come See Me Festival. It’s affordable fun for all ages. And if you can get past the pollen, the city is entirely in bloom and makes for some nice photo ops! And if you have the time, you should volunteer to help at one of the events. It’s a rewarding experience as you will meet some pretty interesting people. Have fun this week at the CSM Festival!
For more information or to see the complete schedule of events CLICK HERE.