Butler Heritage Week returns Annual festivities continue through this weekend
The annual Butler High School Heritage Week celebration returned this week with a full schedule of events. Despite canceling events and having a reduced schedule during the last two year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Butler Heritage Foundation is excited to welcome the community to the Butler Community Center campus.
The Butler Community Center is located at 1103 S. Sixth St.
“Heritage Week aims at preserving our heritage,” said event chair Doris Addison. Quoting baseball executive Branch Rickey, who helped break the color barrier in Major League Baseball, she shared: “It is not the honor you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.”
Heritage Week events began Saturday with a free health fair in the Butler Auditorium. The fair was co-sponsored with the S.C. Cancer Alliance.
A Gospel Fest was held on Sunday evening in the Butler Gymnatorium. BHS class of 1965 sponsored the event.
The Taste of Butler took place on Tuesday in Butler Park.
Bible Study is planned for Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Butler Auditorium. The annual Banquet and Roll Call of Classes will take place Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Butler Gymnatorium. Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased in advance.
The TB Thomas Golf Tournament takes place on Friday at the Hartsville Country Club. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m. The cost of the 4-person scramble is $65 per person.
The annual Heritage Dance is Friday night in the Butler Gymnatorium. Admission is $30 per person, which includes light refreshments and entertainment provided by Terence Lonon and the Untouchables.
Saturday’s full schedule of events begins with the Heritage Parade at 10 a.m. The parade will start at the Butler Community Center and travel down Sixth Street. At noon, the All-Star Heritage Basketball Game will take place in the Butler Gymnatorium ($4 adults, $2 youth between 7 and 16, children under 6 free). This year’s line up includes two Future Stars Games (boys and girls), the Heritage All Star Game, and features Tank DJ Yac Jeffery.
Saturday’s events culminate with a Family Tailgate at 4 p.m. in Butler Park. BHF members get in free. Non-members are $5. Children under 12 are free.
Founded in 1991, the Butler Heritage Foundation was formed by alumni, former faculty, and interested citizens, who organized and developed plans to restore the campus of Butler High School after it was closed in 1982 (after 73 years of service).
The mission of the Butler Heritage Foundation is to preserve the legacy of Butler High School by establishing a community and cultural center, and by providing and supporting diverse programs for all.
The goal of Heritage Week is to celebrate the history of Butler High School while fundraising for the Butler Community Center. The Butler Heritage Foundation provides facilities for the Boys and Girls Club, Senior Citizens, and other community-developing organizations.
For more information, visit www.butlerheritagefoundation.org. You can also contact Chris Frazier at (843) 453-1939, Sheila Squire at (843) 319-2982, or Jennifer Heusel at (843) 606-1998.