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First Chair 2016

The Rockers Are Here Again!

Summerville ROCKS! 2016 chairs are beginning to appear all around the town, with the first appearing at Toast on Old Trolley Road. Between now and March 16, when almost all of the chairs will be in place, more and more will be appearing in the stores and offices of sponsoring merchants and the lobbies of First Citizens Bank, 218 S Main Street, and First National Bank, 415 N Main Street. We will be posting the photos of this year’s chairs as they are completed. All our chairs are on display until April 29 if you would like to see them in person. Download the map to all our rockers.

The Summerville Artist Guild Oversees Summerville ROCKS!

The Summerville Artist Guild Board is pleased to announce that we have accepted the challenge of overseeing the Summerville Rocks! initiative.  Jan Dalton will Chair and Deborah King Scherer will co-chair this committee of the Guild for the first year.  Along with them, Faith Cuda, Claire Hudson, Yarbi Winkle, Donna Pilkerton, Diana Barth and Judy Larocque will help make next year’s auction another roaring success!  Other positions are still open—if you are intrigued, please contact Jan for more info.

Summerville Rocks! began in 2013 as a way to raise money for the Larry Barnfield Arts Scholarship.  Since then, more than $17,000 has been raised to help aspiring student artists in Dorchester District 2 schools achieve the dream of furthering their art education at the college level.

This project involves the whole community.  Local businesses sponsor the rocking chairs, both adult-sized and child-sized, local artists decorate the chairs, and local art supporters bid on the chairs at the annual auction/dinner in April.  

The Board is very excited about the opportunities this program offers our members.  Think about how you can be involved.  More detailed information will be coming soon!

Savannah Huggins received the first Larry Barnfield Arts Scholarship

At this year’s Summerville ROCKS! auction, Larry Barnfield announced that Savannah Huggins of Summerville High School will be the first recipient of the scholarship established in his name. She will receive $8,000 in proceeds from last year’s auction. Savannah intends to pursue a music degree at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.


Two more locations available to buy advance tickets!

A $20 advance ticket ($25 at the door) will include a BBQ dinner, music, and the chance to watch, or bid, at the auction. A cash bar will be available.

Visit these fine Summerville locations for advance tickets :

Donovan’s Custom Framing, 428 Old Trolley Rd

Coastal Coffee Roasters, 108 E 3rd N St

Maggie Rose, 130 S Main St

Time Well Spent Tea Room, 211 Stallsville Loop

Main Street Antiques & Consignments, 200 N Main St.

Summerville ROCKS! Thanks The Community

Due to the efforts of many community members, a very successful 2014 Summerville ROCKS! auction was held Saturday, May 31, at the Miler/Summerville Country Club. It brought out nearly 150 guests and resulted in the sale of 48 rocking chairs, each painted and/or decorated by local artists and artisans.
The event was sponsored by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Greater Summerville to benefit the newly created Larry Barnfield Fine Arts Scholarship. Scholarship criteria and applications will be made available to high school students this fall.




Chair Sponsors & Artists
Tribute to The Flowertown Players by Monica Shows – Carol Bruno
Art Central – Jan Dalton
ATP Gun Shop & Range – Julie Howell
eVapors – Claire Hudson
Car Pros Plaza – Bill Iverson
Tribute to Frances R. Willis SPCA by Janet Sachs – Dale Parkey
AgentOwned Realty, Liz Simonds – Peggy Ferguson
AgentOwned Realty, Mike Wayman – Pat Britt
T.J.’s BBQ and Burgers – National Junior Art Society, Rollings Middle School
The Ponds Conservancy – Faith Cuda
The Henry Timrod Library – Delaine Walters
Donovan’s Custom Framing – Deborah King Scherer
Simple to Sublime – Marilyn Zielke
Charlotte Allen – Belle Anderson
Tribute to First Lady Margaret Collins by Bill Collins – Maggie Hoybach
Accent on Wine – Maggie Hoybach
Pam C. Designs at The Finishing Touch – Pam Cray
Signs ASAP – Christy Crosby
Coastal Coffee Roasters – Bobby Spicer & Anna Brewer
Del Webb, First Service Residential – Claire Hudson
Palmetto Flats Restaurant & Tavern- Donna Boerema
Tribute to Capt. James Nettles by Ricardo Lopez – Karol Skelly and Pam Smith
Tribute to Barbara Hill by Judy Watts – Sarah Kuhnell
Low Country Women’s Social Club – Carla Hood
Summerville Fire and Rescue – Courtney Edgin
The Village at Summerville – Muriel Lanicault
Tribute to Mayor Bill Collins by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Greater
Summerville – Carol Bruno
The Village Knittery – Yvonne Rousseau
Greater Summerville-Dorchester Visitor Center/Chamber of Commerce,, and Azalea Magazine – Paris Rizzo
Tribute to Larry Barnfield – National Junior Art Society, Rollings Middle School
First Federal, Dorchester Road – Susan Wimbley
First Federal, North Main Street – Laura McLaurin Smith
First Federal, Central Avenue – Deborah King Scherer
First Federal, Bacon’s Bridge Road – National Junior Art Society,
Rollings Middle School
Dorchester First Steps – Renee Bruce
Palmetto Pups – National Junior Art Society, Rollings Middle School
Hummingbird Bakery & Cafe, Diana Barth
Watts Law Firm – Jan Dalton
Del Webb, Cane Bay – Dorrell Antley
Mr. K’s Piggly Wiggly, Cedar Street – Mary Daiber
Mr. K’s Piggly Wiggly, Knightsville – Diana Barth
National Bank of South Carolina – Susan Lowcavage
Tribute to Summerville Community Orchestra by Liz Simonds – Peggy Ferguson
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – Tom Galmarini
First National Bank – Laura McLaurin Smith
Knight & Whittington Law Firm, LLC – National Junior Art Society, Rollings
Middle School
Main Street Antiques – Carol Buddin
Summerville Acupuncture – Pam Cray

In-Kind Sponsors, Supporters, and Thanks for Special Efforts
John Wheeler, Ace Hardware, Old Trolley Road
John Mulherin, Car Pros Plaza
The Monday Evening Rotary Club
Robert D. “Robby” Robbins, Attorney at Law, LLC
John Lindroth, John Lindroth Photography
Deborah King Scherer, DKS Studio
Katie DePoppe, Azalea Magazine &
Ryan DePoppe, 3 Pulley Marketing
Taylor Griffith, Summerville Journal Scene
Mr. K’s Piggly Wiggly

Summerville ROCKS! Committee
Jane Orenstein, Chairman
Janet Sachs, Treasurer
Jan Dalton, Chair of Artists
Judy Larocque, Auction Chair
Diana Barth, ticket sales
Monica Shows
Katie DePoppe
Donna Pilkerton
William Iverson
Liz Simonds
Rich Lightfoot
John Lindroth
Linda Weber
Deborah King Scherer
Paul Scherer
Meg Skow

Save Saturday, April 25, 2015, for next year’s Summerville ROCKS! dinner and auction!

Rocking Chair Live Auction and Barbeque Tickets on Sale Now!

Did you hear that we have 48 chairs spread all over town?  They were artistically decorated by 41 local residents with an additional 5 chairs done by student members of the National Junior Art Society at Rollings Middle School of the Arts.  Have you stopped by Town Hall to see the 13 Chairs exhibited there?  Did you hear that those chairs traveled to Car Pros Plaza as a highlight of the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours?  We’ve heard there was spirited discussion as to who would buy several of the chairs!  Hundreds of people, locals and tourists, have taken maps and made a game out of seeing how many chairs they can see.

The next step in the project is the fun-filled Auction/Barbeque to be held at Summerville Country Club on May 31 beginning with the reception and cash bar at 6:00pm.  The buffet dinner will be served beginning at 6:30.  Our professional auctioneer, will keep the bidding lively starting at 7:30.  Be sure to get your bidder number when you check in.  Remember, we are funding the Larry Barnfield Arts Scholarship with the proceeds of the auction. We intend to divide the proceeds of the barbeque event among the local non-profits for which chairs were sponsored.

Professional Auctioneer Services provided by:
Fred “Skip” Skipper
Seymour Auction Services
Walterboro, SC

Tickets are available at:

The Finishing Touch, 140 West Richardson Ave., 873-8212

Coastal Coffee Roasters, 108 E. 3rd N. Street, 376-4559

Donovan’s Custom Framing, 428C Old Trolley Road 871-9003

First Federal      8450 Dorchester Road, 851-2175
1595 Central Ave., 851-5270
1315 N. Main St., 871-7965
690 Bacon’s Bridge Rd. @ Trolley Road 875-2260

The price is $20 now, but, if there are tickets available May 31, they will be $25 at the door.

Thanks again for your support of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Greater Summerville.  We look forward to seeing you on May 31!