Gandy receives key to Society Hill

By Melissa Rollins, Editor,

Tommy Bradshaw, Mayor of Society Hill made a special presentation during the town council meeting, Tuesday, June 14.

After a successful Taste of Society Hill on May 13, Bradshaw and the town council members thought it appropriate to recognize the work of Brian Gandy, Executive Director of the Darlington County Historical Commission. Bradshaw presented Gandy a key to the town.

Gandy and his assistant director Max Everhart were responsible for the 2,300 square foot artifact and document display that made the Taste such a unique event.
Before the presentation, Bradshaw read a statement:

“Many people made valuable contributions to the Taste of Society Hill on May 13: the Taste of Society Hill Committee, town council, vendors and donors, EMTs and Law Enforcement, and all of the people who were kind enough to buy tickets. As mayor, I want to congratulate any and all who were involved. One person deserves special recognition for the vital role they played in making the Taste of Society Hill a rousing success, Brian Gandy, the Director of the Darlington Historical Commission. From early March right through the event itself, Brian labored over every single detail on the museum quality historical exhibits displayed inside the Society Hill Depot. Whether he was scouring his farm looking for antique doors to use in the Trinity Episcopal Church exhibit, spending whole Saturdays and Sundays hanging rustic signs and wiring up audio visual equipment or promoting the event to various city and county council members, Brian went above and beyond the call of duty. His only goal: to promote the rich and varied history of Darlington County. Through Brian’s efforts a tremendous amount of positive attention has been brought to the Town of Society Hill.”

Gandy was visibly touched by the town’s gesture.

“It was an honor to work with y’all,” Gandy said. “It was an honor to represent Society Hill at the Taste. It is a rich and valued history and we were honored to do it and look forward to working with y’all again. Anything we can do to promote the rich history of Darlington County, we are right here to support you.”

Gandy said that from the moment that it was decided that the event would be held that he and the assistant director began combing through their collection and pulling out items to use in the exhibits.

In other business, the town council passed the 2017-2018 budget, after having held a budget hearing prior to the regular council meeting.

Author: Duane Childers

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