Upcoming Events
"The Gathering 2019"

 

September 12-15, 2019

100 Robert Castles Ln, Prosperity, SC  **DIRECTIONS**

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.
 

THURSDAY September 13, 2019
 
Boy Scout Island will open in the morning. For directions CLICK HERE. 
If you need urgent assistance for some reason, please call Brad Smith at 803-944-4770 or Art Rollins at 803-606-8892. Thursday's agenda includes setup, fellowship and sooty stories by Blume around the fire pit and kitchen area! Swimming, boating and other fun also.
 
Lunch:  Grab & Go Sandwiches (around 12N or 1PM)
 
Dinner:  Pizza oven pizza night!
 
FRIDAY September 13, 2019
 
8-9AM Continental Breakfast
 
8:30-Stump shoot SAFETY SEMINAR - MANDATORY FOR ALL WHO WILL PARTICIPATE IN SHOOT!
 
9AM - 12Noon Stump shoot - exciting weapons presented by Tom Doty & Buck Owens!
 
9am - 12Noon: Work on Pizza Oven / Basic Masonry Class led by Ronnie Brigman and Ron Rust
TOOLS NEEDED TO PARTICIPATE - Please bring if you can: brick trowel (10 inch preferably), 2ft and 4ft levels, brick hammer and PPE.
 
12:00 NOON: Lunch: 
 
1:30PM: Chimney Safety Seminar presented by Trent and Jeff Simmons
 
4pm: South Carolina Chimney Sweep Guild Meeting
 
6:30PM: Supper
 
8pm: Auction - Ron Rust-Grand Auctioneer!
 
 
SATURDAY September 14, 2019
 
8 am: BIG COUNTRY BREAKFAST
 
9:00-11:45 am:  Fioreplace Changeout Class presented by Dennis Dobbs
 
9:00-11:45 am:  Work on pizza oven / Basic Masonry Class led by Ronnie Brigman and Ron Rust
 
12N: Lunch: 
 
1-4:30pm: Continuation of Fireplace Changeout Class & Masonry Class, if needed to finish pizza oven
 
6:30 pm Supper
 
9:30pm: Fireworks - presented by Tom Doty and Buck Owens!!
 
 
SUNDAY September 15, 2019
 
Final fellowship, hugs, tears, packing up and fond farewells until 2020!!
 
We would like to thank the following companies that are providing sponsorships and/or have donated auction items this year:
 
 
GRAND SPONSORS
Copperfield Chimney Supply
New England Chimney Supply
       
FOOD SPONSORS
Carolina Chimney Services
National Chimney Supply
Lindemann Chimney Supply
Copperfield Chimney Supply
CUI Distribution
Saver Systems
Snaplok
                                     
DRINK SPONSORS
Ahrens Chimney Technique
CVC Success Group
Copperfield Chimney Supply
Enervex
 BAC Fireside Group
 

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.

**DIRECTIONS: These are directions if you are coming from South of Columbia, SC

Merge onto I-26 W toward Spartanburg.
Take the SC-773 exit, EXIT 82, toward Pomaria/Prosperity.
Turn left onto SC Highway 773/SC-773.
Turn right onto US Highway 76/US-76 W. Continue to follow US-76 W.
Turn left onto Elm St.
Turn right to stay on Elm St.
Take the 2nd left onto Pearl St.
Turn left to stay on McNeary St.
Turn slight left onto Ira Kinard Rd.
Ira Kinard Rd becomes Bonner Baxter Pl.
Turn right onto Robert Castles Ln. Then, go all the way to end of Robert Castles Ln, following Gathering Road signs. 

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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.