April 5, 2013 11:47:08 AM
On April 2nd and 3rd, thanks to the leadership of Sandy and Joe Shull, very much related to the Columbus Shulls, I brought a delegation of eight community leaders from Camden, S.C., to your annual Spring Pilgrimage. With the encouragement of the brilliant, generous, and enthusiastic Nancy Carpenter, CEO and Executive Director of the Columbus Visitors Bureau and Cultural Heritage Foundation we came to look and learn.
We in Camden have much to celebrate with our Revolutionary War history, our African American history, our equine industry, our river, our unequaled Fine Arts Center, our motor sports park, and our historic district with its gorgeous ante-bellum homes. We're the oldest inland city in South Carolina and the steeplechase capital of the world.
That said, we have not necessarily learned how to pull together our pieces of tourism as you have. What you taught us during our visit, however, was not so much how you organize and market your assets, but how your warmth, generosity and outpouring of love for newcomers and outsiders marks you and draws people in. What could be more important or more wonderful?
Thank you for welcoming us with open arms, and please come visit us.
Mayor Tony Scully
Camden, South Carolina
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