Banjo Extravaganza

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Saturday, July 18 at the Hagood Mill Historic Site

Come join your friends at Hagood Mill on Saturday, July 18th as “Music in the Mountains 2015” continues, as we host a “Banjo Extravaganza” featuring Charles Wood with Nitrograss.  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 from the fun and hilarity of the five string banjo to moments of pure fire and sensitivity created on stage by this highly unique and energetic band.

Charles Wood and Nitrograss will be performing from noon until 2:00 pm, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity to witness one of the nation’s best banjo players in action.

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, however there will be a $5.00 parking fee for this rain or shine event.

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 18th 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 wheat flour 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, head 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 is located 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.

“Music in the Mountains 2015” is sponsored by a private benefactor and the kind donations of visitors like you. For additional information, please contact the Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or check out our website

UHM Family Events

Celebrate your holiday weekend at the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University as we explore Twister on Tuesdaywith story times, crafts and science experiments. Help us make a museum quilt, build a corn husk doll, experiment with twisters, and make your own McGuffy Reader. There is lots to see and do this Family Fun Day!
July 5 from 1:00-4:00 PM
Free to members
Free with regular admission for other guests
Jack and Annie land right in the middle of WWII in the newest adventure from Mary Pope Osborne. Join us for Book Club as we investigate WWII through exhibits, art and artifacts.
July 7 from 3:30-5:00 PM
Free to members
Free with regular admission for other guests
Reservations Required – Call 864-467-3100 or Email

UHM – Lunchbox Learning – July 15th

Spend your lunch hour at the Upcountry History Museum as we explore songs of the Civil War. Learn how music was used by soldiers of both sides to raise spirits and motivate troops. Lunch is available for additional fee with advanced reservation.

July 15 at Noon

Free to members
Free with regular admission for other guests
Call 864-467-3100 or Email to Book Today

Story Telling Night at TR Library – Thur July 9th

Story Telling Night

Thursday, July 9th 7:00—8:00 pm

All are invited to listen and share stories and memories of upper Greenville County and beyond.
July’s theme for summer:
“Travel Stories”

Ideas, incidents, memories or happenings during your travels, past or present. From being on vacation, driving to work, walking to the mailbox or anything in between…..

Location:Travelers Rest Sargent Library
(17 Center Street, downtown Travelers Rest).

Looking ahead: Sept 10th “Hometown Teams and Sports” (in conjunction with special Smithsonian Hometown Teams/Sports exhibit at Slater Hall, Sept. 12—Oct. 25)

August Meeting

putthis_on_calendar_clip_art1Next CUSCH meeting on August 5th at 9:30 am at the Fountain Inn History Center




SCHA – Summer in the 60s

Tickets are on sale now for the second installment of Jack Fisher’s Summer in the 60s lecture series.  Join Jack on Wednesday, July 8 at 7 p.m. in the Spartanburg Headquarters Library’s Barrett Room for a look at the British Invasion and how it changed our music culture forever!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit us on the web at

Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics

Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics

Exhibition featuring the work of eleven Cherokee artisans

Opening Reception June 27 from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Pickens County Museum of Art & History

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History will be presenting two new exhibitions beginning June 27, 2015. Please join us from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.on Saturday, June 27 as we host a reception to open the exhibition, Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics, focusing on the works of 11 contemporary Cherokee potters.

    Also opening that day will be the exhibition, Surfaces and Spaces: Photography of Cecelia Feld & Bruce Schlein. Both exhibitions will be on display through August 20, 2015.

    The Cherokee have been making pottery in Western North Carolina for almost 3,000 years. Though nearly disappearing in the 19th century, the tradition survived, emerging as a contemporary art form enriched by the Cherokee artists who have carefully preserved and passed on their practice from one generation to the next.

    For the first 2,000 years of the tradition, Cherokee potters created large, thin-walled, waterproof pots that were stamped with geometric designs. But early in the 20th century this style was almost entirely replaced by the production of heavier pottery, termed blackware, which was incised rather than stamped, a style common to the Catawba, Pueblo and Navajo tribes at that time. Though heavily influenced by these other Native American traditions, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians developed their own techniques. Commonly referred to as the traditional style, this work persisted as the dominant form for the duration of the 20th century.

    It was not until the beginning of the 21st century that Cherokee potters revived the historic, thin-walled pottery style. Also during the present century, a third category of artists working in a contemporary style emerged producing highly decorated and glazed ceramic works. Many of these artists utilize the Cherokee syllabary or other Cherokee symbols in their work.

    Artists including Davy Arch, Darrin Bark, Bernadine George, Betty Maney, Louise Maney, Harold Long, Shirley Oswalt, Joel Queen, Dean Reed, Alyne Stamper and Amanda Swimmer, are among those featured inAncient Forms, Modern Minds. This exhibition celebrates the rich history of Cherokee pottery as well as the creativity and innovation of contemporary Cherokee potters.

    This exhibition was organized and curated by the Asheville Art Museum.Ancient Forms, Modern Minds is sponsored in part by RTCAR, Cherokee Preservation Foundation, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and North Carolina State University. This exhibition will travel to other venues.

The Pickens County Museum’s hosting of “Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics” is sponsored in part by South State Bank, Pickens Savings & Loan and Robinson Funeral Home, Crematory and Memorial Gardens. The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens SC, the museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

    For more information please contact the museum at (864) 898-5963 or visit us at For this and many more events in Pickens County visit


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