Upcoming Events
"The Gathering"

"The Gathering 2016"

September 16-17

At the end of Robert Castles Rd.
Prosperity, SC

For the umteenth year in a row, sweeps from SC, NC, and around the southeast and beyond, will ‘gather’ on Lake Murray S.C to learn, share, and relax. ‘The Gathering’ has become an annual S.C. Chimney Sweep Guild event historically hosted by late SCCSG member, Herb Fulmer (Clean Sweep Chimney Sweep). Designed to follow in the wake of the famous ‘Connemara’ get-togethers in North Augusta, SC hosted by the late "Lucky Dale" Meisinger, these sweep gatherings were started in the mid 1980’s and went into this century even after his death. Sweeps would come from all over to trade sooty war stories, and to learn about new and advanced techniques in chimney maintenance and repair technology.  Clean Sweep of Prosperity is proudly carrying on the tradition of hosting this event in Herb Fulmer’s honor.

Set-up is on Thursday afternoon and then anyone around is invited to supper that night. Come early to be set for Friday morning’s Big Country Breakfast created in our impressive camp kitchen. Friday’s activities include classroom and/or technical seminars/workshops, Lunch, and more.  Evening meal is usually our Most Excellent Friday Nite Fish Extravaganza.  After the sun sets everyone is invited to the SCCSG built Famous Fire Pit for an in-depth discussion on the meaning of life, the universe and how soot removal plays a vital part in all this.

As always, Saturday starts out with a "bang’’ with our Annual StumpHunt.  This is preceded by a mandatory gun safety class presented by our own “Gunny”, Bob Priesing, from NC.  Immediately following the StumpHunt will be Deli Lunch organized by our renowned Ladies Auxiliary who hold down the “fort” whilst all others are out StumpHunting.  After lunch, there will be Guild Meetings and possibly more seminars.  Supper is traditionally “low country boil” complete with shrimp, shrimp, shrimp.  
Other weekend activities include Lake Cruises and sometimes we are treated to Wondrous Fireworks Displays courtesy of our pyrotechnic friends from the Great State of Florida.  Last but not least…. Our Annual Benefit Auction is held on either Friday or Saturday. Bring any worthwhile sweep related items you can’t use and donate them to help out. Or if you just have something you acquired and think others might be interested in and don’t need, bring it. Also available at the auction will be numerous items donated by our favorite and very special suppliers! This is an opportunity to stock up on many of the items needed throughout the coming Fall Season at potentially discounted prices. 

These ‘Gatherings’ have always been an event any sweep wanting to expand their professional and personal awareness should attend. Not only do the planned seminars offer a sweep new and insightful venues but much can be learned by just hanging out with one’s peers. The late and still great sweep Pete Luter is quoted as saying it all, “ It don’t get any better than this.”

Onsite tent camping is available. RV space on the island is VERY limited.  Call for details (864-682-5422).  Accommodations for tents and RV’s are also available at Dreher Island State Park (803-364-4152) and Lake Murray Vacation Rentals (803-798-8559).  Cabins are available at River Winds Landing (803-364-0036).  There are a variety of Hotels in Newberry, SC.
There is no cover charge/registration fee for this event, however, donations to help pay for the food expense can be made to the SCCSG and/or feel free to purchase liberally at our Annual Benefit Auction mentioned earlier.
Please let Renee know (864-682-5422) if you are planning to come, when you plan to arrive, and how many will be in your party so that we can get a bead on the head count for meals.

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The South Carolina Chimney Sweep Guild is an association of chimney service professionals. We promote chimney safety programs for the public while helping to promote our member companies as the best local resource to care for your home safety needs.

We promote training programs and educational seminars for our members, helping assure they meet the industry's highest professional standards.