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Published on November 14th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


SERCO’s 8th Annual Holiday Taste & Tour

Pictured above; Richland County Councilman Kelvin Washington, and SERCO volunteers [Deborah Scott Brooks (L), Marie Barber Adams (R)] Visit Salvation Army to Pick-up Christmas Stockings.

There is something magical during Taste & Tour time! The Village of Hopkins comes alive. SERCO’s 8th Annual Holiday Taste & Tour promises to bring a memorable “Old Fashioned Christmas” to the historic Village of Hopkins on Saturday, December 6, 2014, from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 p.m. The Village is located just 11 miles from Columbia at 214 Hopkins Road, and intersecting Lower Richland Boulevard.

History tells us that this was once a bustling location, originally named “Hopkins Turnout” between 1836 and 1842, when the South Carolina Railroad from Charleston completed a turntable there. Through the 1920’s, the Village of Hopkins was thriving with general stores, gin mills, industries, residences and a Town Hall.  SERCO has taken on a labor of love to recreate a similar atmosphere.

This year, we have an Honorary Santa! Richland County Councilmember Kelvin Washington, District 10, will lead SERCO’s “Stuff a Wagon” drive to collect and fill 200 Christmas Stockings on behalf of the Salvation Army. Donors may drive-thru and drop off gifts. Youth and other volunteers from Lower Richland High School & JROTC, Eastover’s Elevations Youth Group and other local youth will be stationed to accept items.

But, we expect you’ll want to park and join us for a day of fun …

There is a full schedule of FREE activities for guests, including delicious FREE Food Samplings: BBQ Cook Off, Adluh Flour Pound Cake Bake-Off, Cooking Demonstration by SC Ambassador Chef Brandon Velie, Carriage-Carnival & Trackless Train Rides, Stage Entertainment (Carlos “Teddy G” Santan, Chef Fatback & the Groove Band, the Burton-Pack Steppers, and more to come), Local History Museum, Vendors for gifts, crafts, flea/farmers markets, and Oyster Roast. Oh! –also new is our UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER Contest! 

FREE parking is available next to the event site, and shuttle service is provided.




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