Approved by the Town Council in May after heated public comment and opposition, the tax goes into effect in July.
The Parks and Recreation Department went to work immediately implementing the “Cheraw Alive Series,” inviting the public to “meet me downtown.”
Phil Powell, P&R director, presented the summer program to Town Council at its weekly briefing May 24.
Free events in June are “Blankets, Baskets, Bluegrass and Gospel” on the Town Green at 6 p.m. June 15 followed by “Family Night Sing-Along at the Movies” at 7:30. The movie classic will be “Mary Poppins” with sing alongs to the songs and prizes for the best movie character costume.
The “Downtown Independence Day Celebration” will move back to the town center on July 3. At 10:30 a.m., there will be a children's parade.
July 30th coordinates an Arts Commission event at Old St. David's Church.
“An Evening with Will” features Will Milligan on violin with a reception to follow. This is a ticketed event. Admission is $10 - advance sales only.
July 27th brings “Summer Theater Camp Production” to Theatre on the Green. Tickets are $2.
The “Starlight Cinema Movie Event” at the Cheraw Community Center on August 3 is another free event. Residents are invited to bring a picnic basket and camp out in the tradition of the old Drive In Movie, “Without the bugs,” said Phil Powell.
A free “Back to School Beach Blast Party” on August 10 with a Kid Zone, games and the Catalinas Beach Band, is designed to send kids back to school with smiles on their faces.
Council agreed the “Cheraw Alive Series” is a good start to make use of the hospitality tax.