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The City of Mauldin welcomes Keira Kitchings as the new Mauldin Cultural Center director. She brings a wealth of experience and ability with her in the role of director. Having served the Arts Council of York County, the American Culinary Federation in planning and several non-profits, Kitchings is continuously working to add new events and programming for the citizens of Mauldin through the center.

“I plan for this center to be the hub of culture and the arts within the community,” said Kitchings, who hit the ground running. This summer, she expedited the renovation of two classrooms for The Art Haven School of the Arts, which had been operating in the Golden Strip for 19 years. Looking to relocate, they found their new home in Mauldin. Throughout the week, The Art Haven offers classes in pottery, watercolor, sketching, ink and pencil drawing, and other multimedia arts to youth and adults alike. In addition to visual arts, the Cultural Center continues to offer lessons in vocal arts, guitar, wood working, and ballroom dance. The most recent addition to the roster is youth cooking, classes where kids ages 4 to 14 try their hand at culinary arts.

With the summer season came two new series — Every Friday evening in June, Beachin’ Fridays presents live performances by local beach bands. Saturday mornings from June through August are reserved for the Mauldin Downtown Market, which hosts more than 30 local produce vendors, local restaurant vendors, local artisans and a kids zone.

For the past six years, the Cultural Center has partnered with the SC Barbecue Association, the parks, recreation, public works, police and fire departments to host Sooie., Mauldin’s Annual BBQ Cook-off. Twenty-five cookers come from all over South Carolina to show off their barbecue skills. Friday evening kicks off the event with live music and an “Anything Butt” competition, where cookers can cook anything but pulled pork. The event continues Saturday afternoon with another live band, a kids zone and a sanctioned pulled pork competition. Visitors can purchase tasting passes for the event, allowing them to taste samples from each cooker and vote on their favorite; they can also purchase pints to take some ’cue home for later.

This year, Kitchings expanded the Cultural Center’s performance series with the inaugural Broadway Under the Stars, an event that showcases the talents of local theater professionals performing Broadway favorites live in the center’s outdoor amphitheater. Spring will also yield a series of comedians, the first being James Gregory, “America’s funniest comedian.”

But don’t worry; Mauldin hasn’t forgotten about winter festivities. Partnering with the Greater Mauldin Chamber of Commerce, Mauldin’s holiday efforts have tripled resulting in Mauldin’s 12 Days of Christmas. The program runs Dec. 1 through Dec. 12 and will be jam-packed with events including Santa’s workshop, pictures with Santa, a tree lighting, a parade, an outdoor movie, a spirits tasting, musical performances and more.

Kitchings plans to expand current programming and create new events for the Mauldin Cultural Center. For a schedule of events and classes, visit www.mauldinculturalcenter.org or call (864) 335-4862.

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