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Local Bamberg County organization giving Denmark residents Winter Wonderland in Art Park

DENMARK, S.C. (WJBF) – A space rumored to be a stop on singer Aretha Franklin’s itinerary is now being used for a new purpose.

If you know anything about Denmark, you’ve probably heard of the bugaloo. It was the entertainment spot back in its heyday.
Now the Community Rural Arts Work League of Bamberg County is hoping to bring new options to that space to give the community something to be proud of.

“It’s really good to bring the community to something they can walk through,” Naviree Johnson told NewsChannel 6’s Shawn Cabbagestalk.

It’s hard to miss, right off of the main strip across from Southern Soul – a holiday display. one like no other in town

“And Denmark ain’t never had nothing like this,” Johnson added.

Businesses, residents, churches, and others coming together to light up Denmark, South Carolina.

“We cleared this space of debris it was really blight and our committee,” Dr. Yvette McDaniel said. “We picked this as our project to clear this property and to start having different events for the neighborhood especially for the children,” she added.

The organization has been previewing the lights since last year. 

“We turn on the lights every day from the 23rd this year to the 28th and on the 28th,” she said.

Every day, trees are added and children were able to take pictures with something some may never seen in person. The creativity – on full display with trees made from the standard artificial one to one made completely out of wood. They represent a number of causes important to you, like raising awareness over childhood cancer and lupus.

“I just try to encourage people that having lupus is not the end of the world,” Diana Richburg said.

The also include interests like health healing and hope and services organizations provide.

“And that way somebody can go I didn’t know we had that,” Cindy Hurst said.

But it’s the “In memory of my mother” tree .. That causes Yvette McDaniel to reflect over how it was added.

“We were turning the lights off at 9 o’clock and at about 9:20 a car pulls up, and these guys get out and get a Christmas tree out of the trunk. The smallest one has a little bag of ornaments. His mother had died a week before and his aunt who was his caretaker said to take the tree to CRAWL and they will take care of it and your mother’s tree will be there,” McDaniel added.

McDaniel already has a game plan in the background. “we want to make this park to have major structures so that the kids and the community can come.  we have plans for a meditation garden in the back … we have plans to put tables out so people can sit and read and play checkers and chess and of course we will continue to do winter wonderland … it has been a success.”

The soundtrack in the various interviews was provided by local “Glasha the artist”