Holidays at Carolina

Celebrate the holidays with a variety of seasonal events

It’s not what you get this holiday season that is important, but it is what you give that matters. At least, that’s what sophomore Scarlett Clemons believes. Clemons is the new director of Carolina Cares and is on the executive board of the Carolina Service Council. As director, she is responsible for both coordinating the Carolina Cares Donation Drive with the local Salvation Army and for promoting the event on campus.

“Last year as a freshman, I was looking for opportunities to get involved in community service and quickly found the Carolina Service Council,” Clemons says. “I spent a lot of time tabling for the drive and helping out any chance I could. Nothing feels better than helping others during the holiday season.”

This year is the 50th anniversary of the drive, and the Carolina Service Council is providing stockings that can be filled with small goodies for local children in need as a part of the Carolina Cares Holiday Drive. The monthlong event will culminate the tree lighting ceremony, an annual celebration at which service council members speak about the success of the drive and numerous performers help kick off the holiday spirit.

“We need the Carolina community to get involved to make this drive successful,” Clemons says. “There are so many ways to get involved—from checking out and returning a filled stocking to making donations.”

The Carolina Service Council also is encouraging students and faculty to fill out holiday cards for military service members at the donation table.

Those interested in donating stocking gifts can choose to stuff a stocking for a boy or girl with the age ranges of 1 to 2 years old, 3 to 6 years old, and 7 to 12 years old. Check out and return the stockings at Carolina Service Council table in the second-floor lobby of Russell House every weekday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. until Dec. 3. If you don’t have time to fill a stocking, you can donate cash or donate to the service council's Venmo (@usc_csc) and they will fill one for you.

The 64th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on the Horseshoe at 6 p.m. Dec. 6. Refreshments will be served at the President's Holiday Open House immediately following the ceremony.

Other ways to get involved with the Carolina community this holiday season include:

University Libraries Holiday Coffee
3:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Hollings Program Room

Thomas Keith will deliver a tribute to Jean Redpath, the late Scottish folksinger. Keith, an author, editor, actor, director and teacher, enjoyed a friendship with Redpath, who had a 50-year career teaching, recording and performing. His multimedia presentation, “Jean Redpath — A Life in Song,” will delight all fans of Scottish music, culture and traditions. Redpath’s personal archive is held jointly by the USC Libraries Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and the University of Glasgow.

USC Concert Choir Christmas Concert
Dec. 7 & 9

The university’s premier choral ensemble will present their final concert of the semester, featuring canticles and carols for the Christmas season. There will be two performances: one at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Shandon Presbyterian Church and one at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at First Presbyterian Church.

Nature of Winter with Rudy Mancke
Noon Dec. 11, McKissick Museum

The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year. It also means one last chance to catch Rudy Mancke’s popular lunchtime lecture outside McKissick Museum on the Historic Horseshoe (weather permitting). The event is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring items of interest for Mancke to examine. No live animals, please.

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