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SCHA – Lunch & Learn Lydia See, Artist in Residence


HUB-BUB and the Spartanburg County Public Libraries
introduce their first Artist in Residence.
Lydia believes the program will
“build a more engaged creative Spartanburg”
as she works on community oriented programs.

Friday, October 28

Lunch & Learns are held in the Callie and John Rainey Conference Room in the west wing of Chapman Cultural Center.

$5/ticket only; FREE/SCHA Members
Tickets will be available at the door.


Pickens – 2017 Preview

As 2016 winds down, the staff of the Pickens County Museum of Art and History are hard at work getting our calendar lined up for 2017; here are a few of the things we have planned for the coming year!
This January through March, we look forward to inviting bowl turner Warren Carpenter and the Full Moon Artists Group to the museum for an exhibit highlighting unique bowls, pottery, whimsical pet portraiture and more!
Another new exhibit opening in January will feature comic illustrators Gregbo Watson, Mitch Rogers, Anthony Summey, and Mel Rivera.  Colorful and vibrant, brash and dynamic, this artwork is sure to inspire the comic book heroes in all of us.  Gregbo will also be offering three one-day artists workshops and a book signing.
April will be quite busy for us, since we will be hosting Youth Arts Month.  This year, we will be highlighting all of the school districts finest artwork after judging takes place in March.  This promises to be our best Youth Arts Month yet.
Rounding out the month of April will be the award winners from the annual Clemson Blues Fest poster art contest.  Entry forms for this contest can be found at .  Get a great artistic idea on canvas and enter- you just might win!
A very special history exhibit opens up for us in May.  “The Way We Worked”, part of the Smithsonian Institution/Museum on Main Street project, examines the history and heritage of the American worker.  Come see guest speakers talking about the CCC, textile mills and modern technology in the 21st century.  For more information, see .
June ushers in a great new exhibit!  Come see the South Carolina Water Media Society’s collection of watercolor artwork collected from 75 of the best watercolorists in the state.
We will finish off 2017 with the Juried Art Show, with artists’ drop offs beginning in September.  Judging will take place shortly afterwards, and the exhibit will open at the beginning of October.
Art Classes For The New Year
Renee Gillespie is offering a brand new round of art classes and workshops for Winter 2017, which are sure to challenge and inspire everyone to bring out their best and most creative selves for the new year.  All classes and workshops are $88.00 per person ($78.00 for museum members).  Classes are in session for six weeks, and workshops meet for one day.
Adult Painting Class: Tuesdays, 10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m., January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31;February 7, 2017.
Children’s Painting Class:  Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31;February 7, 2017.
Beginning Drawing Class:  Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., January 5, 12, 19, 26;February 9, 16, 2017.
Children’s Clay Class:  Thursdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 9, 16, 2017.
Copying The Masters Drawing And Painting Techniques:  Thursdays, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 9, 16, 2017.
Paper Marbling Workshop:  Saturday, January 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Introduction To Papercutting And Fraktur Workshop, Saturday, February 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Hagood – Native American Celebration

Native American Celebration

Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Hagood Mill



In observance of Native American Heritage Month, we invite you to join us for a special day of milling, memories, and a Native American Celebration at the Hagood Mill Historic Site in Pickens, SC, on Saturday, November 19, 2016.  The mill will be operating, rain or shine, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. The Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site of South Carolina will be open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.


There is a $5.00 parking fee for the day but admission is FREE to the Hagood Mill Site as well as the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site.  All proceeds from parking support programming at the Mill Site.

This very popular annual event celebrates our own Native American history and influences. A number of tribal groups will be represented, including some born and raised in the Upcountry as well as those who have made South Carolina their home.


Visitors and guest performers will participate in the festivities of the day which will include: traditional drumming, singing, dancing, Native American flute playing, storytelling, Cherokee hymns in the Cherokee language, and traditional crafts. Demonstrations will be going on all day throughout the Mill Site including traditional Cherokee blow-gun demonstrations, traditional pottery making, beadwork, basket making, flint-knapping, finger-weaving, and bow and arrow shooting. Many of the participants will have traditional handmade crafts for sale, as well.


Featured performers for this year’s event will include Keepers of the Word drumming group from Saint George, SC. Members ofKeepers of the Word are of Ojibwa, Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Catawba, and Wassamassaw tribal heritage from Colleton, Berkeley, Dorchester, Orangeburg, and Sumter counties. Directed by Cathy Nelson, Keepers of the Word has presented a variety of Native American educational programs as well as spiritual formation seminars and retreats throughout the Southeast.


Other performers include Many Nations Drum and the Thunder Elk Singers hailing from the Catawba Nation in York County, South Carolina.  Don’t miss these talented entertainers as they demonstrate the traditional drumming, singing, and dancing from one of South Carolina’s most ancient indigenous tribes.


We are honored to have Nancy Basket on site to demonstrate her world class basket making skills.  She will also share some Native American myths and legends with visitors and guests.


Native American flute music — of different tribal styles — will be presented along with songs in Cherokee performed by the Reedy River Intertribal Singers


You will also surely enjoy the performances of the Boy Scouts of America’s “Order of the Arrow” Native American dance team.  Members of the Blue Ridge Council, the “Order of the Arrow Dance Team” have been studying and performing Cherokee dances for many years.  They perform at Camp Old Indian during the summer, along with camp staff members each Wednesday night as part of the camp family night program.  They also perform Cherokee dances during Order of the Arrow conclaves each spring as well as other Scouting events throughout the year.

Demonstrations of food-way traditions such as stone grinding of cornmeal, cooking fry-bead, and roasting corn will take place throughout the day.

Collected over generations, some of the truly awesome Crawford Collection of local prehistoric stone points, blades, and tools will be on display for the day.  Their pre-historic cooking demonstration using ancient soapstone bowl is too artful to be missed.

Members from the Foothills Archaeological Chapter will be on site to identify Native American stone tools and artifacts.

There will be a special “Children’s Corner” where visitors can make a beaded necklace and have their face painted in a Native American style.

There will be much more to see and do on November 19th as we host 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, bee keeping, hearth cooking, metal-smithing, leather-working 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 on sale.

So, head on out, grab a plate of great food on site from the Gatehouse Restaurant and enjoy a fun-filled day on our ancestral grounds.This will be a very special November Third Saturday at the Hagood Mill Historic Site – a day that will make memories for you and your loved ones. It will be a day well spent.  It will be an experience of “Wow!”

The Hagood Mill Historic Site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm all year long. The Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site is open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. The mill operates, rain or shine, with a major festival the Third Saturday of every month.

The Hagood Mill Historic Site is located just 3 miles north of Pickens off Highway 178 W or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 off Highway 178 E at 138 Hagood Mill Road.

CUSCH October Meeting Minutes


CUSCH October Meeting Minutes are now available for download: 

Pickens – Carolina Songwriters Series

Carolina Songwriters Series November 18th at 7:30pm   This November 18th event is the second of a special three-event Carolina Songwriters Series where BMI brings a bit of Nashville to the Liberty Civic Auditorium (314 W. Main St, Liberty, SC 29657).  As part of their performances, the award-winning song writers, Frank Myers, George Ducas, Philip White will share the stories behind their hits. Frank J Myers is from Dayton, Ohio. He moved to Nashville in 1981. Frank got his start in Nashville as band leader, road manager and lead guitarist for Eddy Raven in “81” and worked with Eddy for 9 years. It was with Eddy that Frank started writing, playing and co-producing sessions. They had 2 number ones, 5 number twos and 3 top tens. Songs such as I Got Mexico, Bayou Boys, You Should’ve Been Gone By Now, Sometimes A Lady and many others. It was in 1982 though, that Frank had his first single (a song he wrote by himself) with “You and I” for Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle which stayed number one: fourweeks country, number two for six weeks AC and number 6 for four weeks Pop.   A Lone Star native whose heart and soul are rooted in the honk tonks, roadhouses and dancehalls, George Ducas is a musical talent seasoned with experience, driven by passion and humbled by a God-given talent. With a string of Billboard charting songs that established him early as a country music trendsetter, George Ducas is a recording artist, hit songwriter, global entertainer and family man; his musical offerings encompass a creativity, sentiment and wisdom of a life well rounded and worn. Making a subtle yet impacting and lasting impression on the country audience and the music industry from the shadows, Ducas has become the “go-to” guy for good songs. His name can be found behind the pen of some of country music’s biggest hits including: Sara Evan’s No. 1 “Real Fine Place To Start,” Josh Thompson’s “Won’t Be Lonely Long,” The Eli Young Band’s “Always The Love Songs” as well as cuts recorded by George Jones and Garth Brooks, The Dixie Chicks, Trisha Yearwood and the Randy Rogers Band, only to name a few. For hit music creator Phillip White, becoming a songwriter was practically a compulsion. “I couldn’t help it,” Phillip says. “I just always wanted to write songs”.  Phillip is notable for co-writing such songs as “I’m a Survivor,” the omni-present theme song of the TV sit com Reba, and “I’m Movin’ On,” the Rascal Flatts smash that was named Song of the Year by the Academy of Country Music in 2002. Phillip’s songs have also been recorded by such stars as George Strait, Kenny Rogers, Jo Dee Messina and Blake Shelton. Most recently, Phillip landed two songs on Scotty McCreery’s platinum album “Clear As Day” including the hit single “The Trouble With Girls”. Phillip also had two of his songs featured on the soundtrack for the film Act of Valor.  These songs were recorded by Jake Owen and Wynonna respectively. In addition, Darius Ruckerrecently recorded the song “Lost In You” that he penned with Phillip. Phillip signed with Universal Music Publishing Nashville in August of 2009 and continues to crank out hits.  This will be a memorable evening.  Tickets are only $10.  Purchase your tickets on-line at   or night of the event at the box office – and enjoy! unnamed

Pickens – Carolina Songwriters Series

Carolina Songwriters Series December 9th at 7:30pm
This December 9th event is the third of a special three-event Carolina Songwriters Series where BMI brings a bit of Nashville to the Liberty Civic Auditorium (314 W. Main St, Liberty, SC 29657).  As part of their performances, the award-winning song writers, Phil O’Donnell, Kylie Sackley Aaron Barker will share the stories behind their hits. Phil O’Donnell, a Canada native, made his first trip to Nashville in 1983 and began developing his skills as a songwriter.  Officially making the move in 1994, O’Donnell has also worked as a musician, playing guitar with many artists includingCraig Morgan, Jeff Carson, Kevin Denney, Johnny Lee, and Sherrie Austin.O’Donnell’s songwriting credits include the # 1 single “Doin’ What She Likes” recorded by Blake Shelton, the  #1 single, “Give It All We Got Tonight” recorded byGeorge Strait, the # 1 single “Back When I Knew It All” recorded by Montgomery Gentry, “Love Remembers” and “I Got You” (Craig Morgan), “Tougher Than Nails” (Joe Diffie), “For She Was Mama”, “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” (Clay Walker) Darryl Worley, “Sounds Like Life to Me”. Phil has also had songs cut byBlake Shelton, Rodney Atkins, Darius Rucker, Josh Thompson, Justin Moore, Scotty McCreery, Brad Paisley, Trace Atkins, Mark Chestnut, Tracy Byrd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Tritt, Gretchen Wilson, Randy Travis, Neal McCoy, Tracy Lawrence, and Sammy Kershaw. Based in Nashville, Tennessee,  Kylie Sackley is an Aussie born singer/songwriter who has written hit singles for Faith Hill “Sunshine & Summertime”, LeAnn Rimes “Nothin’ Bout Love Makes Sense”, Alan Jackson “It’s Just That Way”, and Troy Cassar-Daley “The Sunshine Club”.  The Far North Queensland native has also had songs recorded by hit makers Thompson Square, John Rich, Lee Brice, Jodee Messina, and American Young to name a few.  Shackley penned season 4 “The Voice” winner, Dannelle Bradbery’s current single “Young In America” which is climbing the US Country charts at record speed.Aaron Barker was born in San Antonio, Texas, and began his musical career in a “variety band”.. His first attempt, “Baby Blue,” recorded by George Strait on the If You Ain’t Lovin’, You Ain’t Livin’ album, went number one in Billboard. One night after a long father and son talk, he wrote “Love Without End, Amen.” Believing this would be a song that he would play for his family, Barker decided to see what would happen if he sent it to George Strait. Strait recorded it and it stayed at the number one position in Billboard Magazine for five consecutive weeks. Barker also wrote Strait’s #1 song “Easy Come, Easy Go” and Lonestar’s “What about Now”.  His songs have also been recorded by Doug Supernaw, Clay Walker, Neal McCoy, Aaron Tippin, and Willie Nelson.  Baker turned “Love Without End, Amen” into a book in 2002.  He was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2007.  Aaron says “These are real stories about real life, I’ve lived a lot of life and I also draw on the lives of people I have crossed paths with”.   This will be a memorable evening.  Tickets are only $10.  Purchase your tickets on-line   or night of the event at the box office – and enjoy!unnamed

TRHS – Society Meeting

Tuesday, Nov 15, 7:00 pm
Raymond ‘Bo’ Brown presents “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad:  the Men, their Tools, and their Tales” unnamed