‘Light Up The Lake’ on Labor Day
by Derik Vanderford Staff Writer
UNION — After postponement on July 4 due to inclement weather, Union County’s annual “Light Up The Lake” event is slated for this Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2.
Presented by the Union County Recreation Department and the Union County Chamber of Commerce, Light Up The Lake will begin at 6 p.m. Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2.
“Because of the rain, we postponed Light Up the Lake until Labor Day, instead of trying to shove it into an upcoming weekend at the last minute,” said recreation department program director Jessica Gallman. “We figured a lot of people who go out of town will be back in town by that time of the evening because kids do have school that next day.”
The event will open with a performance by local Christian vocal group The Voices of Truth, which consists of Shon Morris, Ric Parham and Virginia Babb. The group formed in February 2012 and some of the singers’ influences include The Gaither Vocal Band, The Crabb Family and The Hoppers.
Next will be a performance from the Columbia-based duet Prettier Than Matt (PTM), which consists of Jessica Skinner (vocals and ukulele) and Jeff Pitts (vocals and guitar).
“They (PTM) are about to kick off a nationwide tour, so we’re really excited to have them here in Union,” Gallman said.
PTM’s website reads, “We pride ourselves on being cool enough for the edgy and sweet enough for the sensitive.”
The website also quotes Skinner from an interview with Vetoya Smith in which Skinner was asked to describe PTM’s sound which is a blend of rock, folk and pop.
“If Bon Jovi and Alison Kraus had a baby, it would be singing our songs,” Skinner said.
Find out more about PTM by visiting www.prettierthanmatt.com.
The centerpiece of Light Up the Lake will be a Boy Scout-led flag retirement ceremony and an enormous fireworks display by East Coast Pyrotechnics and technician Mike Sumner. Monarch Fire Department will also be on hand for assistance.
Gallman pointed out that the event — billed as wholesome fun for the entire family — is free for everyone, thanks to the event sponsors.
“Another reason we waited until September is we wanted to hold up our end of the bargain with our sponsors,” Gallman said. “We wanted to make sure the public and our sponsors would get what they are supposed to — a quality event everyone will be happy with.”
The first-tier “Red, White and Blue” event sponsors are The Union Daily Times, The Timken Foundation, Founders Federal Credit Union, Lockhart Power, OurUpstateSC.info, and Ace Auto Salvage. The next level of sponsors known as “Firecracker” sponsors include Hometown Finance, Michael A. Glenn Funeral Home, Subway of Union and Dairi-O. Additional sponsors include Union County Recreation Department and Union County Chamber of Commerce, and individual sponsors are listed on the Union County Recreation Department website at www.unionscrec.com.
Gallman said there are many others to thank as well for making the event come together. The City of Union will make sure the park is clean the morning of the event, and city employees will be assisted by UCDC trustees. The Union County Sheriff’s Office will help with parking, logistics and security, and the Union Public Safety Department will provide assistance as needed. The large 40-foot American flag which will be displayed over the lake will be provided by the Union County Veterans Affairs Office, and County Supervisor Tommy Sinclair will also assist with the flag. Gallman said the event’s success is also dependent on the hard work of the Union County Recreation Department employees.
“Good music, food vendors, and of course, great fireworks!” Gallman concluded. “Bring your family, a lawn chair or picnic blanket and stop by!”
For more information, call (864) 429-1670 or visit www.unionscrec.com.
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