Posted May 7th, 2014 by http://www.heraldonline.com/
Tuesday’s installation of starting gates on the amateur ramp of Rock Hill’s BMX Supercross track moves the city closer to the finish line on its newest sports tourism facility.
Rock Hill will host its first event in October when USA BMX brings its 2014 Gold Cup Finals East to the new track at the Outdoor Center at Riverwalk, located off Cherry Road near Interstate 77. The competition will last three days, with more than 800 bicycle racers participating. The event is free for spectators.
BMX racers from around the world, including South America, Australia, Europe and Canada, are expected to compete. The Rock Hill event is part of the USA Pro Series, which means some Olympic athletes will attend.
As city officials planned for and borrowed money to pay for the new BMX track last year, supporters promised that the facility would attract athletes and spectators from around the world. Rock Hill’s parks, recreation and tourism department will operate the track and partner with USA BMX to host events.
The October event is evidence of the global interest in the BMX sport, said John Taylor, Rock Hill director of parks, recreation and tourism.
Rock Hill’s track will both host international competitions and serve as a training facility for overseas teams, he said.
“And, we really think people are going to move to Rock Hill just because of this track,” Taylor said.
One big name in the BMX sport has already moved to Rock Hill because of its entry into the cycling world. In January, the city hired Mike King, a former pro racer and member of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, to serve as Rock Hill’s first BMX coordinator.
King is from Chula Vista, Calif. He served as the U.S. Olympic Cycling BMX program director for the 2012 London Games. Before that, he oversaw the program for the 2008 Beijing Games, where BMX was introduced as an Olympic sport.
On Tuesday, King looked on as workers used a crane to lift the aluminum starting gates into position on the BMX track’s 5-meter-tall amateur ramp. Experienced racers in Rock Hill will use the track’s 8-meter-tall elite ramp.
When the city began building of the BMX facility, Taylor said, they wanted to bring on “the best in the sport.” King’s hiring, he said, was a big part of ensuring success of the new track.
Officials expect the track will have a $4 million economic impact on Rock Hill as visitors attend events, buy gas and food and stay in local hotels. Last year, the city estimated its sports tournaments and events brought in nearly $18 million.
“Sports tourism is big business for Rock Hill,” Taylor said, adding that the city will continue its focus on other parks to serve residents and local sports teams. Soon, the BMX track will also be open for Rock Hill residents and youth programming will be available to teach the sport to children and others just starting out.
The Novant Health BMX track joins the Giordiana Velodrome, another competitive cycling venue, and several biking and walking trails at the city’s Outdoor Center.
The city’s investment in cycling makes “a real lifestyle statement,” said Tedd Duncan, senior associate at Stantec of Charlotte. Stantec is involved in the landscaping and other design elements for the track.
Rock Hill’s track is a 1,100-foot-long dirt course with steeply banked asphalt turns and a variety of jumps for cyclists. The facility will include bleachers and two-phase stadium lights, which gives officials the choice to reduce energy consumption when TV-quality lighting is not needed.
Professional-caliber BMX tracks “don’t come along every day,” Duncan said. “These are very special.”
Although Rock Hill was already known for its parks such as Manchester Meadows and Cherry Park, Duncan said, the BMX track takes sports tourism and recreation options to a new level.
“They’re not just living on their reputation – they’re stepping out.”
Posted April 7th, 2014 by Other
SEEKING THE SUBLIME
An exhibit by J. Michael Simpson, Robert W. Mullenix, and Seth Rouser
March 21 - April 27, 2014
FREE, PUBLIC RECEPTION: Thursday, April 10 | 6 PM
An exhibition featuring three engaging artists – Seth Rouser, J. Michael Simpson, and Robert W. Mullinex – is on display from March 21 – April 27, 2014 in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. At 6 PM on Thursday, April 10, 2014 during Rock Hill’s Come-See-Me Festival, the Arts Council will host a free, public reception in honor of the exhibit.
SETH ROUSER – For the past five years, Rouser has been working with cloudscapes as a catalyst for exploring the interplay between universal and the subjective experience. Finding parallels between the constant flux of the sky and the human existence, and intrigue in the inherent ability of clouds to represent constant change, while simultaneously evoking a sense of timelessness, Rouser’s work introduces, through gestural mark making and color, his subjective moment as the artist.
Originally from Fountain Inn, SC, Seth Rouser is based in Rock Hill, SC where he is an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Winthrop University. He has exhibited work at The Art Space in Raleigh, NC, Dialect Gallery in Charlotte, NC, and at Gaston College in Gastonia, NC. | sethrouser.com
J. MICHAEL SIMPSON – We typically assume the Heraclitian principal that we can never step into the same stream twice; that there is a gap between “now” and “then;” “here” and “there.” Simpson’s paintings, drawings, and videos explore the paradoxical irony that digital technologies impose on the perception of time and place. Using the poetic metaphor of a river to set the context of time, and the Middle Saluda River in western South Carolina for imagery. Videos of sites along the river are used to create stop-action images of the movement of water. Using a second or two of video, three and sometimes five frames are edited to infer a specific moment on the river. The subtle differences in the ebb and flow that can be seen in these side-by-side images create a time frame that happens so quickly that the experience allows the viewer to feel as if they are inside a moment.
J. Michael Simpson is based in Rock Hill, SC. His works have previously exhibited at the Dalton Gallery in the Center for the Arts in the 23rd Annual Juried Competition Exhibition and as an invited artist at the 2012 Art Frenzy. His work, Drawing Water VI: On and Off Time was a juried selection at the 2013 Underexposed Film Festival YC. Simpson’s works have also been exhibited at the Venice Art Center in Venice, CA, at City Art in Columbia, SC, at the Johnson Art Center in Troy, AL, and at Colorado State University’s Curfman Gallery in Fort Collins, CO. | jmichaelsimpson.org
ROBERT W. MULLINEX – Mullinex works in two-dimensional media, intending his works as more than image. In an age dominated by video, he attempts to create significant objects, things that give the viewer pause. Mullinex’s works remain flat, static images when viewed in digital, online form, their subtleties of physical texture in the originals may only truly be experienced when viewed in person, but that is a part of what his work is about.
Robert Mullinex is a Cincinnati-based, multi-media, landscape artist whose works have been featured in exhibitions at Xavier University Art Gallery, Los Manos Gallery in Chicago IL, and at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton OH. Blown: Paintings by rwmullinex previously exhibited at the Kansas City Artists Coalition in 2012. | rwmullenix.com
Also showing at the Center for the Arts: In the Perimeter Gallery, Pastels, Southern Style from March 27 – April 13, and the 5th Congressional Art Competition from April 16 – May 2, 2014. In the Edmund Lewandowski Classroom Gallery, Winthrop University’s Senior Graphics Show from March 24 – April 11. There will be a gallery reception in honor of the Winthrop University’s Senior Graphics Show at the Center for the Arts on Friday, April 4 at 6 PM.
O’Darby’s Fine Wine and Spirits is the presenting sponsor of Seeking the Sublime, an exhibition by Rouser, Simpson, Mullinex.
Posted April 4th, 2014 by http://www.heraldonline.com/
Thursday, April 3
Tea and Topics – Monarch Butterflies, 2 p.m., Woman’s Club of Rock Hill, 607 Aiken Ave.
7th Annual American Indian Chamber of Commerce South Carolina Business Expo – 5:30 p.m., Events at Manchester, 1965 Cinema Drive (also 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday)
Blooming Gardens parade – 6:30 p.m., 135 S. Oakland Ave. to East Main Street to Wells Fargo parking lot
“Next Fall” – 8 p.m., Johnson Studio Theatre, Winthrop University, 1920 Alumni Drive (also 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday)
Friday, April 4
Chalk on Main – 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Main Street, downtown Rock Hill
Beach Bash – 4:30 to 10 p.m., Rock Hill City Hall Plaza, East Black Street
Musical Mania – 4:30 to 7 p.m., Old Town Market and Market Hall, 121 Caldwell St.
Saturday, April 5
Pancake Breakfast – 7 to 11 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 234 E. Main St.
Road Races – Half Marathon, 5K and Fun Run, 7:30, 7:45 and 8:15 a.m., South Pointe High School, 801 Neely Road
3-on-3 Basketball Tournament – 9 a.m., Rock Hill High School, 320 W. Springdale Road
3rd Annual Waggin’ Trail Dog Walk – 9 a.m., Comporium Technology Center, 471 Lakeshore Parkway
Tug of War Competition – 10 a.m., Cherry Park, 1466 Cherry Road
Mayor’s Frog Jump – 10 a.m. to noon, Cherry Park, 1466 Cherry Road
Historic Home and Garden Tour – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Historic White Home, 258 E. White St.
Gourmet Gardens – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Cherry Park, 1466 Cherry Road
Doggy Couture “Pet” Fashion Show and Pet Expo – 11 a.m. registration, noon show, Rock Hill Animal Hospital, 1825 W. Main St.
Parents’ Night Out – 6 to 9 p.m., Champion Gymnastics, 1061 Camden Ave.
Suzy Bogguss in Concert – 7:30 p.m., McCelvey Center, 212 E. Jefferson St., York
Winthrop Opera: “The Pirates of Penzance” – 8 p.m., Byrnes Auditorium, Winthrop University, 701 Oakland Ave. (also 2 p.m. Sunday)
Sunday, April 6
Mama’s Sunday Dinner – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Woman’s Club of Rock Hill, 607 Aiken Ave.
Sundaes with Glen & Mother Goose – 2 to 5 p.m., Glencairn Garden, 725 Crest St.
Winthrop Brass Ensemble – 4 p.m., Barnes Recital Hall, Winthrop University, 855 Ebenezer Ave.
Monday, April 7
Leap into Literacy – 10:30 a.m. to noon, Rock Hill City Hall Amphitheater, 144 E. Black St.
Glencairn Garden Entertainment – Old Fogies, noon to 1:30 p.m., Ananda, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Glencairn Garden, Charlotte Avenue;
Winthrop Guitar Ensemble – 7:30 p.m., Barnes Recital Hall, Winthrop University, 855 Ebenezer Ave.
Tuesday, April 8
Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast – 7:30 a.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church Hall, 1320 India Hook Road
Jumping Jeepers Frog Crafts – 10 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 7 p.m., York County Library, 138 E. Black St. (also 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 9)
Glencairn Garden Entertainment – It’s a Kids Dance Party, noon to 1:30 p.m., Leslie & Rico Duo, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Glencairn Garden, Charlotte Avenue
Golf Tournament – 12:45 p.m. tee-off, Pinetuck Golf Course, 2578 Tuckaway Road
Teddy Bear Tea Party – 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Winthrop University Campus Green, corner of Alumni Drive and Founders Lane
Wednesday, April 9
Froggy Friends – 10:30 a.m., Main Street Children’s Museum, 133 E. Main St.
Glencairn Garden Entertainment – PJ Brunson, noon to 1:30 p.m., Chubby Knuckles, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Glencairn Garden, Charlotte Avenue
Dedication of Domestic Violence Garden and Butterfly Release – 2 p.m., Woman’s Club of Rock Hill Gardens, 600 College Ave.
Winthrop Chamber Orchestra – 7:30 p.m., Byrnes Auditorium, Winthrop University, 701 Oakland Ave.
“The Mineola Twins” – 8 p.m., Johnson Theatre, Winthrop University, 1920 Alumni Drive (also 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 10-12)
Thursday, April 10
Glencairn Garden Entertainment – Ansel Couch, noon to 1:30 p.m., Glencairn Garden, Charlotte Avenue
Coloring Contest and Awards Reception – 5:30 p.m., Main Street Children’s Museum, 133 E. Main St.
Broadway Night – 6:30 p.m., Sullivan Middle School Auditorium, 1825 Eden Terrace
Winthrop Jazz Ensemble – 7:30 p.m., Barnes Recital Hall, Winthrop University, 855 Ebenezer Ave.
Friday, April 11
Area Eleven Special Olympics Spring Games – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cherry Park, 1466 Cherry Road
Come Visit our Pad – 10 a.m. to noon, ParentSmart, 410 E. Black St. (also 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12)
Catawba River Rod Run Car Show – 4 to 10 p.m., parking lot, Rock Hill Galleria Mall, 2301 Dave Lyle Blvd. (also 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12)
Moonlight Jazz & Blues – 6 to 10 p.m., Winthrop Lake, 1162 Eden Terrace
Christian Music Night – 7 p.m., Manchester Creek Community Church, 1689 Springsteen Road
Barbecue Cook-Off “Anything but Butts” Competition – 6:30 p.m. judging, 7 p.m. sales, Winthrop Lake, 1162 Eden Terrace
Saturday, April 12
Annual Plant Sale – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Glencairn Garden Learning Center, 825 Edgemont Ave.
Barbecue Cook-Off – 10 a.m. judging, 3 p.m. sales, Winthrop Lake, 1162 Eden Terrace
“Make a Bed and Make a Difference” Bed Race – 10 a.m., East Main Street with starting line at Caldwell Street
Everything Trucks! – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Giordana Velodrome, Rock Hill Outdoor Center, 1000 Riverwalk Parkway
Healthy Kid Zone – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Giordana Velodrome, Rock Hill Outdoor Center, 1000 Riverwalk Parkway
Bring a Nerd to the Museum – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Spring Garden Tour – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., private gardens in the Harlinsdale neighborhood
Sheep Shearing Day – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells
Tour Rock Hill in a Model A Ford – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 125 S. Oakland Ave.
My Doll and Me Tea – 11 a.m., The White Home, 258 E. White St.
Saturday Lunch and Garden Tour – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Woman’s Club of Rock Hill, 607 Aiken Ave.
Southern Sweet Tea and Pearls – 2 to 4 p.m., 471 Lakeside Drive, Country Club Estates
Tailgate Party – 3 to 10 p.m., Winthrop Lake, 1162 Eden Terrace
Cornhole Throwdown – 4 p.m., Winthrop Lake, 1162 Eden Terrace
Skydiving Exhibition – 6:45 p.m., Winthrop Lake, 1162 Eden Terrace
Fireworks Extravaganza – 9 p.m., Winthrop Lake, 1162 Eden Terrace
Annual Spring Pottery Festival – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 3-5 and 7-12, Rock Hill Pottery Center, Gettys Center, 201 E. Main St.
Appetites for Autism – All day April 7-12. For a list of participating restaurants, call 803-792-0771 or email email@example.com.
Coloring Contest Entries Displayed – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 2-3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 7-9, Rock Hill school district 3, 660 N. Anderson Road
“HOPELESS Maybe Not” Exhibition of Photography – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 3 and April 7-10; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 4 and April 11; Dalton Gallery, Clinton College, 1029 Crawford Road
Leaping Through the Past: Come-See-Me Festival 1962-2014 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 3-4 and April 8-11; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5; 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 7; Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections, Winthrop University, 700 N. Cherry Road
“Rouser, Simpson & Mullenix” Exhibition – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 3 and April 7-10; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 4 and April 11; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5 and April 12; 2 to 4 p.m. April 6; Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St.
Settlemyre Planetarium Show – 3:30 p.m. April 3-5 and April 8-12; Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Tot Town and the Vernon Grant Gallery – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 3-5 and April 8-12; 1-5 p.m. April 6; Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Good to know
Tailgating in parking lots, glass bottles or containers, beer kegs, vendors, household furniture such as sofas, skateboards, bikes or rollerblades, tiki torches or similar lighting, campfires/bonfires, motorized scooters, golf carts and RVs. No trailered grills are permitted.
No pets allowed
In the interest of safety at all events, especially the parade where other animals are present, no pets are allowed at any events, except the Waggin’ Trail Dog Walk and Doggy Couture Pet Fashion Show.
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