Add two more Total Solar Eclipse-related events to The T&D Region schedule, one in Denmark and the other at Congaree National Park in Hopkins.
In Denmark, CRAWL (Community Rural Arts Work League) of Bamberg County and Denmark Technical College are among many local sponsors for the upcoming "A Minute of Midnight" program on Monday, Aug. 21, the day of the eclipse. The program will be held at Denmark Technical College's McDuffie Center and baseball field from 1-4 p.m. Participants with special safety glasses will be able to view the eclipse from the baseball field.
Dr. Yvette McDaniel of CRAWL announced at the July Denmark City Council meeting that people should view the eclipse with special glasses with a 14 or more U.V. block. She noted that the total eclipse is slated to occur around 2:48 p.m. on Aug. 21 and will last approximately a minute.
The Denmark program will feature a number of activities leading up to and after the eclipse and concessions and games will be available, McDaniel said, noting that Denmark schools will not be in session that day.
All children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or chaperone, and participants must submit a liability waiver before Aug. 10. The activities will be cancelled if there is rain or inclement weather, McDaniel said. Contacting CRAWL via email or phone will not ensure a reservation, she said.
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Eclipse activities at Congaree
"Shadows and Science" at Congaree National Park in Hopkins will take place Aug. 19, 20 and 21. The special event will feature educational programs, exhibits and activities in the park, which will focus on science and the natural world and will culminate with the eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21.
The day of the eclipse will feature viewing areas, special ranger programs and guided hikes leading to prime viewing locations in the park.
“We are excited to take part in such a unique event,” Park Superintendent Tracy Stakely said. “The day of the eclipse we will be working with some of our park neighbors to ensure that everyone has a safe, memorable experience.”
As part of the community efforts, Southeast Community Outreach will also be hosting an eclipse event at the historic Harriet Barber House located on Lower Richland Boulevard near the park.
In an effort to promote safe viewing and a unique experience, the numbers of visitors will be limited on guided hikes and in the park on Aug. 21.
Reservations can be made for the guided hikes beginning on Friday, July 21 by visiting the park website at www.nps.gov/cong. Park gates will be closed when parking areas become full and will reopen as space is available. Visitors wishing to come to the park that day are encouraged to arrive as early as possible. Special eclipse viewing glasses will be made available to all who participate at the park and the Harriet Barber House. All activities are free of charge at both locations.
To learn moire about the eclipse and special programs at Congaree National, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/cong or call the Harry Hampton Visitor Center at 803-776-4396. For information on eclipse event at the Harriet Barber House, call Southeast Rural Community Outreach at 803-261-5596.
T&D Correspondent Ron Baxley Jr. contributed to this report.