Chamber Connection
"April 1st: This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other
three hundred and sixty-four." - Mark Twain
April 1, 2014

 Today is April Fool's Day - honest! You've survived the morning, hopefully un-fooled. So how are you going to survive the rest of this foolish holiday? Can anybody be trusted? To whom can you turn?

The Chamber of Commerce, of course! Trust is an important factor in the world of business, and the Chamber is here to back you up. Our membership consists of trusted members of the Hartsville community, and we work hard to ensure that any business that counts itself as a Chamber member is a business you can rely on. This benefit of membership does double duty - not only does it show potential customers that your operations are legitimate, it also encourages folks to shop local - no foolin'!

Another straight-shootin' source of local information is Good Morning Hartsville on 97.5 WHEZ; a new regular feature in our newsletter. See the announcements section at the bottom of your page to learn about this week's guests, and be sure to tune in every Wednesday at 8am. This charming program will keep you up to date on what's happening in town; what better way to ward off tricksters than to be well-informed?

If you do find yourself on the wrong end of a prank or joke, use the following excuse: I wasn't paying attention because I was too excited about all the events in Hartsville this weekend! Kalmia Gardens is hosting their annual Earth Day Celebration and Duck Cup Race, while the YMCA and Carolina Family Planning are putting on yard sales. It's such a busy day, who can blame you for being distracted?

Or perhaps lending your hearts and hands to Hands on Hartsville is what has you so preoccupied.   No? Well there's still time to sign up and contribute before this Saturday - see the Hands on Hartsville segment of the newsletter for more information.

Finally, be sure to read up about the Chamber's new member, New Vision Community Development Corporation. This exciting organization is poised to be a dynamic force for good in the community, and they are inviting the public to visit their operations and volunteer. No trick, joke, or gag in this paragraph - just a hard-working group of dedicated Hartsville citizens whom we're thrilled to welcome to Chamber membership.

This week's poll: Has anybody fooled you today? Click Here

What's Inside?
Hartsville Young Professionals

This summer, HYP has the opportunity to form a beginner's mixed doubles tennis

 team (or two).

Interest Form



Sponsorship Opportunities Available





Night of Elegance



Earth Day CelebrationDuckCup Race

Hands on Hartsville



Artsville Open Mic



Concerts on CollegeCoker College Choreography Showcase



Good Living MarketplaceFanFest 500



Bunny Hop



Mold Mitigation & Remediation Course



Concerts on College



Boston Butt Bog/Fish Stew



Artsville House Concert

Spring Choral




For more information about any of the above events please click the link.



The Sideline
Coker College


4/2 Baseball vs St. Augustine HOME at 3pm
4/3 Women's Lacrosse vs Furman HOME  at 4pm
4/5 Men's Lacrosse vs Catawba HOME at 4pm

Emmanuel Christian



Florence Dar. Tech


Governor's School

4/3 Girls Soccer vsHHS at Coker College 5:30pm 


Hartsville High

4/3 Track vs Manning AWAY at 5:30pm
4/3 Girls Soccer vs GSSM at Coker College 5:30pm
Sales, Deals & Discounts
Prescription Drug Card
Compliments of the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce
Save up to 75% on brand and generic medications
Stop by the Chamber and get yours today!
Free Notary Services
Compliments of the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce
For all Chamber Members
Yard 'n Garden
50% Off the Entire Store
Wellness Marketplace
15% off Rest & Relax supplements
Chamber Members,
to have your Sale, Deal or Discount included 
Email Us  with promotion details.
 Taste of Hartsville

Presented by Palmetto Staffing


Calling all Chefs! 


We invite you to be a part of the tradition and cook for the 2014 Taste of Hartsville.

As a cook you will be listed as a Chef Sponsor and receive 4 tickets!

Click Here for the Taste of Hartsville Chef Sponsorship Application Form


Where:Burry Park, 131 Cargill Way

When: May 1, 6:00-8:30 pm

How:Tickets $35/Members $40/Non-Members

Contact the Chamber 332.6401 and visit the Facebook Page at "2014 Taste of Hartsville"



Get your palate ready for Hartsville's most anticipated food festival. Local chefs and cooks prepare

mouth-watering delights in celebration of the area's finest cuisine and beverages. Enjoy strolling through

Burry Park, listening to smooth musical sounds, admiring the beautifully decorated tables and fellowshipping with neighbors


Visit the "2014 Taste of Hartsville Facebook Page"  

Welcome New Member

 New Vision

Community Development Corporation




Established in 1999, New Vision is a community development corporation created to support individuals in improving their quality of life and overcoming those challenges to positive development. Specializing in youth development, New Vision offers five programs designed to strengthen our community's future workforce.

  • New Vision Magnolia Child Care, 919 South Sixth Street
  •  New Vision Aquafarm
  • New Vision Organic Farm
  • After-School Youth Entrepreneur Program
  • New Vision Diner, 1416 Bethlehem Rd., serves buffet lunch on Sundays and is regrettably temporarily closed due to damage from the snow storms - details about re-opening coming soon

New Vision welcomes you to come and visit their facilities and to volunteer in assisting those who are less fortunate in reaching their highest level of achievement. They believe that one of the greatest experiences one can have is to assist another to be all that he or she can be.


Mission Statement

"To improve the quality of housing for low-to-moderate income persons by way of area development, redevelopment or renewal, and to impact the overall quality of life in Darlington County through other neighborhood or community benefit activities such as child day care, economic development, adult day care and a teen life center"


Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday

9:00am - 6:00pm


1416 Bethelhem Rd

Office: 843.383.4343

Fex: 843.383.4188

Garden Symposium with Jenks Farmer
Kalmia Gardens is hosting a lunch and lecture featuring the great American plantsman Jenks Farmer. Be sure to be in attendance as he shares his wisdom in gardening for the sustainability of the environment. Seating is limited so call 383.8145 today for more information and tickets.
Who: Kalmia Gardens
What: A Night of Celebration and Remembrance
When:  Friday, April 4, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Where: Kalmia Gardens of Coker College, 1624 West Carolina Ave.
How: Tickets $40/Members $50/Non-members
The American Cancer Society Presents:
Survivor's Night of Elegance
Calling ALL Darlington and Florence County Cancer Survivors. The American Cancer Society is hosting a Survivors Night of Elegance to celebrate life and remember loved ones lost. Join them Thursday night at 6:30pm in the SiMT building of Florence-Darlington Tech. This event is free for survivors and 1 guest. Seating is limited and must be reserved. To RSVP call 843.536.0962
Who: American Cancer Society
What: A Night of Celebration and Remembrance
When:  Thursday, April 3, 6:30pm
Where: SiMT (Florence-Darlington Tech Campus)
Hands on Hartsville
Who: Coker College Center for Engaged Learning, Florence-Darlington Technical College Hartsville Campus, Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce
What: A community day of service
When:  Saturday, April 5
Where: Community Boys and Girls Club of Hartsville, Durant Children's Center, Elohim Outreach Center, Children's Rehabilitation Center & the Community Garden.
Hands on Hartsville is a community-wide service project being spearheaded by Coker College Center for Engaged Learning in partnership with your Chamber and Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) Hartsville Campus. Check below to find out how you can become involved. There's still time to lend your hand and heart to Hartsville!
Visit their Website
Sign up to Volunteer
Sign up to Sponsor/Donate
Visit their Facebook Page
Contact the Chamber 332.6401
Relay For Life Yard Sale
Who: Relay for Life team of the YMCA of the Upper Pee Dee
What: A Yard Sale to benefit the American Caner Society and Relay for Life
When:  Saturday, April 5, 7:00am - 1:00pm
Where: YMCA of the Upper Pee Dee Gymnasium
Sell your old stuff with YMCA of the Upper Pee Dee this Saturday! Booth are $12 and proceeds benefit the Relay for Life time. For more information or booth reservation call 383.4547
Carolina Family Planning Community Yard Sale

Calling all crafters, bakers & everything-makers. It's time to clean out those closets, the garage and even attic. Join Carolina Family Planning. Tables will be provided at $20/table for more information call 468.4797.
Who: Carolina Family Planning & West Hartsville Baptist Church
What: A Community Yard Sale to benefit Carolina Family Planning
When:  Saturday, April 5, 7:00am - 1:00pm
 Where: West Hartsville Baptist Church, 1003 West Carolina Ave.
Kalmia Gardens Earth Day Festival    
Kalmia Gardens is hosting their annual Earth Day Celebration this Saturday, April 5 at 9:00am. This year's guest speaker is Dr. Gus Speth, an internationally respected environmentalist. There will be plenty of adult and kid friendly activities ensuring fun for the whole family.
Who: Kalmia Gardens, Coker College & City of Hartsville
What: An Earth Day Celebration
When:  Saturday, April 5, 9:00am - 2:30pm
Where: Kalmia Gardens of Coker College, 1624 West Carolina Ave
"Good Morning Hartsville" 4/2  is featuring Christina Belis, GSSM Coordinator for the Summer Program for Research Interns which is associated with GSSM's Outreach Center and Casey Copeland, FDTC Hartsville site director. 
Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County Shoe Drive Click Here
The City of Hartsville is now collecting events for the May/June Event Card. Contact 843.383.3015 with details or email Russell Cox
The Christmas in April team captain/co-captain breakfast meeting will be held at West Hartsville Baptist Church at 7:30am on Friday, April 4
To have your group or organization's announcements included here Email Us with details.


"Let's Meet Up"
Relay for Life Darlington County

1st Thursday of each month (Feb, Mar, and Apr)

6:00 for Committee and anyone wanting to join

6:30 for Teams and anyone wishing to start a team

First Presbyterian Church 


Pilot Club of Hartsville

Meets the fourth Monday of each Month at 6:00 pm at their Club House across the street from Lawton Park Tennis Courts.



Meets the first and third Wednesday of each month. To schedule an appointment call 843.332.6401


Hartsville Kiwanis Club

Meets weekly on Thursdays 12:15pm at the Hartsville Country Club


Hartsville Lions Club

Meets weekly  on Thursday at 12:30pm at Mr. B's Restaurant in Lydia.


Hartsville Rotary Club

Meets  weekly on Tuesdays at 12:30 pm at Pam's Restaurant


Hartsville Toastmasters

Meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7pm. Black Creek Arts Center

To have your group or organization's meeting included here Email Us with details.


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214 N. Fifth Street
PO Box 578
Hartsville, SC 29551

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