Hagood – Banjo Extravaganza

Banjo Extravaganza

Featuring Nitrograss with Charles Wood

Saturday, July 16th at the Hagood Mill Historic Site

5fc432c5-d77e-4eac-8a7b-a6ecab4bcac2Come join your friends at Hagood Mill on Saturday, July 16th as we host a “Banjo Extravaganza” featuring Nitrograss with Charles Wood.  This sonically unique Asheville based band creates a carefree and exciting atmosphere of pure acoustic pleasure.  The percussion rhythms of two time national banjo champion Charles Wood lay the foundation for the band’s unique style.  Wood is a veteran showman with appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor.  Wood has toured in Austria and Germany with The Lonesome Road Band and taught at the esteemed Munich, Germany Banjo Camp in 2009.  Wood has also starred at many regional and national Bluegrass festivals.  Other members of Nitrograss include Caleb Hanks – mandolin, Micah Hanks – guitar, and Dakota “Smokey” Waddell on the stand up base.  This promises to be a very entertaining show highlighted by this unique and energetic band.

Charles Wood and Nitrograss will be performing from 1:00 until 3:00 pm, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity to witness one of the nation’s best banjo players in action.

We have a wonderful opening act on July 16th.  The Blue Ridge Rounders (Bob and Amy Buckingham) play traditional, country roots music and Appalachian dance tunes. It is old time music made for now. It is the sound of the banjo and fiddle intertwined with the singing of old ballads and peppered with other instruments such as guitar and stand-up bass.  They have just recorded their second CD, “Chickens in Paradise”.  The live music will begin around 11:30 am so don’t be late.

As a special treat for our musician friends, Hagood Mill will be offering variety of “Old Time” instrument workshops on July 16th as well.

Bob Buckingham of the Blue Ridge Rounders will be hosting a morning workshop (10:30 – 11:30 am) emphasizing the intricate and melodic “Claw Hammer” style of strumming most often associated with the old time banjo.  This workshop will be free of charge.

Notice to ALL Fiddlers:  The time is rapidly approaching for the South Carolina Old Time Fiddling Championship at Hagood Mill on September 17. We have arranged for a two hour workshop (July 16, 10:00am til noon) to sharpen skills in Appalachian “Old Time” fiddling which is the featured fiddle style of the competition. This workshop will be taught by Marion “Weasel” Boatwright of Brevard, North Carolina. He will showcase bowing style, competition song selection, and how to create dynamism in your performance. If you are a bluegrass fiddler and want to expand your skills or an old time style fiddler and want to ramp up your performance, this class is for you. It will also help new fiddlers put their skills on the right path. The cost for the class is $5.00 to be paid 15 minutes before class starts.

The gristmill and other demonstrations will be running from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

As always we encourage visitors to bring their favorite old time instruments and join in on the “open jam” which takes place throughout the day under the ancient cedar beside our beloved 1791 log cabin.

Admission is free to both the Hagood Mill Site and the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site; however there is a $5.00 parking fee which is used to help Hagood Mill.

So pack up the car, head on out, and don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

There will be lots of other things to see on July 16th as Hagood Mill hosts a variety of folk life and traditional arts demonstrations.  There will be blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint knapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basket-making, pottery, quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, woodcarving, metal-smithing, leather working, bee keeping and more! You can ask questions of the artists and make a purchase of their Traditional Arts to take home.

The Centerpiece of the Hagood Mill historic site is the water-powered 1845 gristmill. It is one of the finest examples of nineteenth century technology in the Upcountry and operates just as it has for the last century-and-a-half.  The mill will be running throughout the day. In the old mill, fresh stone-ground corn meal, grits, and wheatflour will be available.  In addition rye flour, Basmati rice flour, oat flour, oatmeal, popping corn meal, and grits, organic yellow corn meal and grits, and buckwheat flour are produced and may be available.  Hagood Mill cookbooks and a variety of other mill related items are also available.

There promises to be lots to do and lots of fun! So, come on out, share a picnic, or grab a plate of great food on site from the Gatehouse Restaurant and enjoy a special day at the Hagood Mill.

The Hagood Mill historic site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm all year long. The Mill operates, rain or shine, for a special festival the third Saturday of every month.

The Hagood Mill islocated just 3 miles north of Pickens off Highway 178 or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 just off Highway 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road.

For additional information, please contact the Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or check out our website at www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar .

SCHA – Amelia Earhart

unnamedAmelia Earhart’s Visit to Spartanburg
Signature on display at the Spartanburg County Public Library through June 23.View the Spartanburg Airport Registry,on loan from the SCHA collections , displayed in the Atrium showing where Amelia Earhart signed in on her stop through SPA on May 12, 1931.

ACM – The Gatekeepers book release


ACM – Legends and Myths: The Life of Manse Jolly

Legends and Myths: The Life of Manse Jolly
TuesdayJune 21 at 5:30 p.m.
This month Dustin will be discussing the Civil War legend Manse Jolly. How do we separate the man from the myth? What role does myth-making and storytelling play in Southern History? Come for answers to these questions and more! 

BAM – Butterflies, Beetles, and Bugs Exhibit

Belton—Immerse yourself in the natural world of bugs at the Belton Area Museum’s latest

exhibit Butterflies, Beetles, and Bugs, Oh My! The community is invited to explore this world at

the opening celebration, held on Sunday, June 26, from 3 – 5 PM.

“Although insects are often thought of as pests, they serve a vital function in industrial,

agricultural, and cultural arenas,” said BAMA Executive Director Abigail Burden. “In this

exhibit, we explore bugs and their importance to our environment.”

During the opening reception, a wealth of informative seminars has been planned. James Ott of

Cedar Ridge Apiary will have lots of information on hand and give a short talk to get people

started in the environmentally friendly pastime of backyard beekeeping.

There will be fun and family-friendly activities and bug themed desserts to try. In addition, the

BB& T Lighthouse Carolina Butterfly Garden will be dedicated that day.

Visitors will be able to view the new exhibit. Featured is a selection of specimens from the

nationally recognized Clemson University Entomology Department. The Clemson University

Arthropod Collection consists of nearly 800,000 specimens from Classes Insecta, Arachnida,

Branchipoda, Copepoda, Diplopoda, and Chilopoda. Over 150,000 pinned specimens are

included in the collection, which was established in 1926 after the initial collection was damaged

in a fire.

Also included in the exhibit are edible bugs, items made from bugs, insect/pest control devices,

relics from South Carolina’s silk horticulture, decorative homegoods with bug themes, x-rays of

insects, and even some live specimens including Madagascar hissing cockroaches!

The exhibit is sponsored by Anderson County ATAX, and the City of Belton HTAX.

The exhibit will be on display until August 27. The museum is open Wednesday -Friday, 9 am

to 2 pm, and Saturday 9 am to 1 pm. Or call Executive Director Abigail Burden at 338-7400, to

arrange a group tour.

SCHA – Baseball Textile Leagues

static1.squarespaceLunch & Learn: Baseball Textile Leagues
Friday, June 24, 12:30pm
for more info, click HERE

Join Spartanburg County Historical Association, author Thomas K. Perry, and historian Mac Kirkpatrick for a discussion of textile league baseball in South Carolina.  Textile league athletics were a foundation of mill village life, and such notables as “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and Champ Osteen started their careers in the semipro leagues in our region.  Before we thrill to the sights and sounds of the majors in the evening, learn how the Upstate became baseball country!

Lunch & Learns are held in the Callie and John Rainey Conference Room in the west wing of Chapman Cultural Center. Catered lunches will be available through Palmetto Palate, reserved in advance through our gift shop.  Tickets and a limited number of lunches will be available at the door.

$5/ticket only; FREE/SCHA Members
$15/ticket and sandwich or salad box (includes beverage and dessert)

SCHA – Festifall & Patriots’ Jubilee

unnamedSave the Date

FestiFall 2016
October 1 & 2

and introducing….

the Patriots’ Jubilee
& Silent Auction
-it’s going to be revolutionary.

Friday, September 30, 2016
7:00-10:00 p.m.
Walnut Grove Plantation
featuring Fayssoux McLean &
The Bluegrass Messengers

SCHA hosts the inaugural affair commencing
Revolutionary War Weekend and FestiFall.
Join us for southern fare, live music, and members’ only tours

Ticket Information coming soon!


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