Celebrate Earth Day at the Greenway in Fort Mill April 27; Temple holds Holocaust program April 28

Adults and children, some in strollers, along with dogs on leashes, walk on along one of the trails at the Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill.
The Anne Springs Close Greenway will hold its annual Earth Day festival 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Photo by Jeff Sochko.

FORT MILL – A day of family fun at the Anne Springs Close Greenway kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, as the Greenway holds its annual Earth Day celebration. Admission is free for the festival, which ends at 3 p.m.

There’s something for all ages as the Greenway welcomes everyone to the 2,100-acre nature preserve. Kids and adults alike can try cane pole fishing, canoeing and kayaking on one of the Greenway’s tranquil lakes. Into dogs? Check out the Border Collie demonstrations. Kids can take lead-line horseback rides, observe and pet farm animals and get their faces painted.

It’s also a learning experience. Find out about new and creative ways to recycle, for instance. There are nature hikes, a scavenger hunt and other games. Events and parking are at the Greenway’s Dairy Barn entrance, 288 Dairy Barn Lane, but if you’re not familiar with the Greenway, take the time to explore!

Click here for a full list of the day’s events.

Holocaust lecture at Winthrop

Fort Mill’s Temple Kol Ami presents a Holocaust Memorial lecture at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, featuring Dr. George Bacall and Sophia Cagan at Winthrop University’s Kinard Hall, Room 108, 1720 Memorial Circle in Rock Hill.

Winthrop’s Department of Philosophy and Religion, headed by Dr. Peter Judge, is co-hosting the program. It is now 74 years since World War II officially came to an end in Europe. As the years pass, the memory of the Holocaust gets buried deeper in history, which is why Temple Kol Ami hopes the general public will attend the lecture. Recent studies have shown that two-thirds of American millennials do not know about the Auschwitz death camp, and 22 percent had never even heard of the Holocaust at all, according to a news release from the temple.

The creation of present-day Israel as a Jewish nation was discussed prior to World War II, but the horrors of the Holocaust prompted plans that made it a reality.

Dr. Bacall and Cagan are siblings, children of Holocaust survivors Leo and Alina Bakalczuk. Their parents survived the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, multiple concentration camps and death marches, in addition to other atrocities. Before her passing, Alina Bakalczuk documented these experiences in her book “No Common Place.”

Admission and parking are free and refreshments will be served.

Click here to learn more about Temple Kol Ami.

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