Learn basic genealogy techniques and how to use free online resources available at all library system locations. Overcome common obstacles encountered when researching African-American ancestry. Registration required. Call 269-5210 to register. Thu, Oct 6, 4p-5:30p, Anderson Road
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South Carolina Room Orientation and Tour
Learn about resources available for researching history and family history. Personalized genealogical and historical research assistance will be available after the class. Call 527-9261 to register.
Mon, Oct 3, 6p-9p, Main, South Carolina Room
Hagood Mill to Host Old Time and Bluegrass Jam
Date: Friday, October 7
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Please join us at Hagood Mill for this special Friday night jam on October 7. This event, co-sponsored by the Oolenoy Community Jammers, is open to all musicians (young and old), all ranks (teachers and screechers), pickers, grinners, singers, cloggers, watchers, learners, and anyone else who enjoys Old Time and Bluegrass music.
This free event is one that should not be missed and we encourage everyone to come on down and experience this unique “Evening Shade” gathering at the Historic Hagood Mill.
For thirty years, the Belton community has come together to celebrate hometown living in the midst of the upstate’s beautiful fall weather and foliage. This year’s Belton Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival will combine the best of the past and infuse the event with new and fun activities that the whole family can enjoy. We invite you to join thousands of our friends on the Square in Belton for a great celebration of hometown fun and entertainment on Saturday, October 1.
This year’s festival is sponsored in part by the Belton Alliance, the City of Belton Hospitality Fund, Waste Connections, Anderson County ATAX, Belton Metal Corporation, and Superior Engineering. Admission and parking are free.
Pre Festival Events:
Friday, Sept. 23, 7 PM The Belton Center for the Arts presents the opening celebration of the 18th Annual Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival Juried Art Show. Free to the public, join your friends and neighbors as you enjoy food, fellowship, and great artwork!
Saturday, Sept. 24, 7 PM Join us at the Listening Room on Main for an evening of favorite covers, show tunes, classic rock, gospel and a little bit of everything as the Combo Kings take the stage to benefit the Belton Area Museum Association. The concert is free to the community, but donations will be gladly accepted to fund new exhibits at the museum. No cover charge. Cash bar ($3 wine, $2 beer).
Festival Day, Saturday, October 1
Check in/Information Booths: (Belton Square, 9:00 AM – 7 PM) — At the 3 entrances to the festival, booths sponsored by BHP AFJROTC and the local Girl Scout troops are available for visitors to sign in and receive maps and schedules of all events.
American Legion Breakfast: (Campbell Street, 8 – 10 AM) — For $6 where else can you find a hardy man’s breakfast including cooked-to-order eggs, sausage and bacon, biscuits and gravy, and grits! All proceeds benefit American Legion youth programs.
Standpipe Festival 5K Run & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk – Starting location is Belton First Baptist Church parking lot, Brown Ave. One Mile Fun Run/Walk begins at 8:00 am; 5K Meter Run begins at 8:30 am. Entry fee, t-shirts, and prizes. For more information, contact Renea Rowland at 864-338-1600. Download Registration Form Here
Open Car Show – (Belton Square, registration 9 AM – 12 PM, awards presentations at 3:30 PM) — Vintage and antique automobiles as well as newer models will be entered into competition in six categories for cash prizes and trophies. Traditionally, over 100 cars participate each year in this renowned cruise in. Register Your Car On This Form
Opening Ceremonies on the Main Stage: (Belton Square, 10 AM) — Free to the public; the Opening Ceremony begins at 10 AM with the Presentation of Colors by the B-HP AFJROTC followed by the National Anthem sung by the BHP Combined Choirs and introduction of special guests. The illustrious Norma Hughes-Smith returns as our Mistress of Ceremonies.
Live Entertainment: (Main Stage, Belton Square, 10 AM – 7:15 PM) — Free to the public; various performances and demonstrations will take place throughout the day. Performers include the Belton and Honea Path Middle School Combined choirs, the gospel group The Heritage Quartet, Celtic bluegrass greats Emerald Road, winners of the Honea Path’s Got Talent summer contest, hip hop artist Carlos Porter and Two Grown Men, and country and classic rock’s the City Street Band. Sponsored by Bannister Music.
Belton Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival Juried Art Show and Market (Belton Center for the Arts, 10 AM – 3 PM) — Free to the public; come see contemporary art representing all mediums and styles created by artists from three states. In addition, patrons are able to browse artwork for sale which benefits the BCA.
BCA Children’s Art Activities: (Belton Center for the Arts, Belton Square, 10 AM – 3 PM) — Free to the public; youngsters can enjoy having their faces painted and creating fun fall crafts.
Children’s Play Area: (Belton City Square, 10 AM – 10 PM) — Inflatable bounces and games, fee for armband which entitles children to unlimited access.
Pony Rides and Petting Zoo: (Library grounds, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM) — Led by trained horsemen of the EZ Horsemanship Club, adults and children ages 3 and up can take a wonderful horse/pony ride for a minimal fee; exotic and farm animals will be on hand to feed and touch, to the delight of children of all ages. All proceeds benefit The American Heart Association.
Blood Mobile: (Breazeale Street, 9 Am – 1 PM) While you’re at the festival, come give to a great cause. The Blood Connection will be available to take your blood donations to help victims of disasters around the South.
City of Belton Fire Truck Rides: (Belton Square, 1 PM – 8:00 PM) — $2 ticket for this fun ride; proceeds benefit the Fire Safety Education programs.
Build-and-Grow Projects: (Belton Square, 10 AM – 2 PM) —Lowe’s and Home Depot will help children learn how to use hand tools while making a special wood craft to take home.
Library Activities: (Belton Branch Library Tent, 10 AM – 1 PM) — The Belton Library will be hosting a tent at the end of their drive on Breazeale Street. Celebrate the world of Dr. Seuss with characters on parade, children’s story time, book sales, crafts for the kids and a pool full of Oobleck!
Zoomball! (Main Street, 5:30– 8:30 PM)—Walk on water, for real! For $10 a turn, adults and children can slide into life-sized plastic balls and jump, hop, roll, and skim over the water of a 20 x 20 pool. Great fun and exercise!
Locomotive Tours: (10 AM – 2 PM, behind Depot)—All Aboard! Everyone is invited to hop on board a real locomotive. Pickens Railway personnel will be available to answer questions and hand out safety materials to patrons.
SC Highway Patrol Initiatives/ Simulator and Impaired Goggles Exhibit: (Breazeale Street, 10 AM – 1 PM)—Licensed drivers 16 years or older can find out how distracted driving causes more and more accidents each year. The internationally popular evidence-based prevention tool is used to educate people of all ages about the consequences of substance misuse and abuse. Demonstrations and simulated real-life experiences await all who sign up for the challenge.
Heritage Days at the Depot: (Greenspace surrounding Historic Belton Train Depot, 10 AM – 4 PM) — Free to the public, this Certified SC Arts and Agriculture Event celebrates our folk heritage through demonstrations and presentations by 15 traditional skills artisans and historical interpreters. Presenters include a Civil War Soldier, a blacksmith, a broom maker, a Cherokee beader, shapenote singers, a corn husk doll maker, a storyteller of Native American lore, a school marm, a wood carver, a pine needle basket maker, a Revolutionary War heroine, a wool felter, a miner, and a brick maker. Sponsored by City of Belton HTAX, WebbCraft Family Foundation, the SC Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, Waste Connections, Anderson County, Friddle’s Orthopedic Appliances, Pope-Brown Foundation, Hart-Oeland Foundation, Darby Metalworks, Inc., Commercial Bank, BestBuy, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Sam’s Club, Subway of Belton, and Anderson County ATAX.
BAMA Antique Market, Silent Auction, and Appraisals: (Belton Depot, 10 AM – 4 PM) — The public is invited to browse through and purchase antiques offered for sale by acclaimed collectors, pick up a few donated treasures benefiting the museum, and bring in personal treasures for examination by an expert appraiser. A $5 donation to BAMA is required for each item to be appraised and each year people find they own unique and valuable family heirlooms.
Animatronic Train Conductor Naming Contest: (Ruth Drake Museum, 10 AM – 4 PM)—Come meet our newest exhibit addition to the Ruth Drake Museum and put in your name suggestion with a donation of $1 to BAMA.
Historic Mule-Drawn Wagon Rides Through Historic District: (Belton Depot, Anderson Street Parking Lot,10:30 AM – 5:00 PM) — Come take a leisurely ride through the historic district of the City of Belton as a guide narrates the history of its people and places. View the beautiful architecture, learn about the entrepreneurs and the town’s eccentric characters, and listen to interesting stories and fascinating facts of another age and time; cost per rider – Adults $5 each; Students $3 each; Under 3 free; Sponsored by Superior Engineering in support of the Belton Area Museum Association programs. Times to Board: 10:30 AM , 11:10 AM, 11:50 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:40 PM, 2:20 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:40 PM, 4:20 PM, and 5:00 PM.
Tours of Historic Belton Standpipe: (Campbell Street, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM) — Free to the public, these tours feature an entertaining look inside this historic structure which has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
SC Men’s Collegiate Championships: (Belton Tennis Center, Leda Poore Park, BHP High School, 8 AM – 5 PM) — Collegiate men’s tennis stars from many state colleges will be hitting the courts early Saturday for the South Carolina Men’s Collegiate Invitational which officially begins on Friday afternoon and runs through Sunday. The tournament is being held in memory of Big Jim Russell, a longtime tennis volunteer and official for USTA and collegiate events. Players from Clemson, South Carolina, Wofford, Furman, The Citadel, Presbyterian, Anderson University, and Lander will be competing. Presented by ANMED Health.
SC Tennis Hall of Fame Tours: (Belton Depot, 10 AM – 4 PM) — Free to the public. The SC Tennis Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements of SC’s famous tennis stars. There are mementos from all of the Hall of Fame inductees including such outstanding players as Dennis Van der Meer and Stan Smith, both Wimbledon contenders. All of the portraits of inductees are painted by internationally acclaimed artist Wayland Moore, a Belton native.
BTA Children’s Tennis Mini-Clinic: (Belton Tennis Center, 4:30 PM) — Free to the public. Children are invited to the courts to meet the college players and coaches and try their tennis skills in a mini-clinic including games and prizes.
Relay for Life Bingo Tent: (Belton Square, 10 AM – 4 PM) –Win great prizes for $1 per card while supporting a worthy cause to combat cancer.
Salvation Army Emergency Response Team (Belton Square, 10 AM – 2 PM) –Everyone needs to know how to be prepared beforehand and how to deal with the aftermath of a disaster. Lectures, demonstrations, and information will be offered to help all families feel prepared to meet the challenges.
Food Vendors: (On the Square, 10 AM – 10 PM)–From barbecue to hot wings, from ice cream to fried candy bars, from cotton candy to funnel cakes, there’s so much variety, you can’t go away hungry. Apply to Be a Food Vendor Here
Lion’s Club Booth: (Belton Square, 10:00 AM – 5 PM) — Sponsored by Belton Lion’s Club, visitors can receive information about events and activities while checking out the famed Lion’s Club items for sale.
Craft Vendors: (On the Square, 10 AM – 10 PM)—Over 65 quality craft vendors will be selling everything from handmade items to the latest is styles and fads. Apply to Be a Craft Vendor Here
T-Shirts Sales: The collectible commemorative Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival shirts will be available in a limited quantity.
BHP Bear Booster Club (On the Square, 10 AM – 4 PM) –The latest in attire and accessories for the avid Bear fan await you at this booth.
Game Day Hospitality Room (The Listening Room, 10 AM – 10 PM)—Football games will be playing on the big screen all day so no one will have withdrawal symptoms while attending the festival. $5 entrance fee required. Refreshments served for a minimal fee.
Food Vendors: (On the Square, 10 AM – 10 PM)–From barbecue to hot wings, from ice cream to fried candy bars, from cotton candy to funnel cakes, there’s so much variety, you can’t go away hungry.
BHP Performing Arts Boosters: (On the Square, 10 AM – 4 PM)
FFA Boosters Booth: (On the Square, 10 AM – 4 PM)
Flashback Trivia Contest: (Belton Square, 6:30 PM) Free to the public, sponsored by Superior Engineering. Test your prowess at trivia questions from the last 30 years and win cash prizes.
Beach Party Street Dance: (Belton Square, 7:15 PM – 9:30 PM): Put on your shagging shoes and dress in your best beach attire for the Beach Party Street Dance, featuring the band the Swingin’ Medallions! Best known for their hit songs “Double Shot (of My Baby’s Love),” “She Drives Me Out Of My Mind,” and “Hey, Hey, Baby,”everyone is invited to dance the night away to the tunes of “The Party Band of the South!”
Fireworks Display (Belton Square, 9:30 PM) — Sponsored by Waste Connections, your family will ooh and ahh as colorful fireworks burst over the historic Standpipe to end the festival.
Shape Note Singing
Join us this month as Dustin explores the history of Shape Note singing. In greater Appalachia, rural communities often had difficulty carrying out any formalized education. However, innovative music instructors devised a system by which an entire church, family, or community group could learn to sing together from a common repertoire. Shape notes thus became a staple of Appalachian and Southern music cultures by the mid to late 19th Century, and persist today in many historically minded communities.
The SC Department of Natural Resources will host a hunter education course at the historic Belton Train Depot on Saturday, October 15. The course is free to all SC residents.
Dedicated to the safe enjoyment of our outdoors, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Hunter Education Program teaches students about responsibility and ethics in the field, as well as firearms safety.
The session lasts from 8 AM to 4 PM and culminates in a test that, if passed, results in a certificate of completion that is noted on the bearer’s hunting license. Corporal Henry Barnett will teach the class in an interactive way, using a multimedia presentation.
The class is limited to 150 people, with no minimum age. Sportsmen under age 12 must have a parent stay with them during the day. The minimum age to take the test and receive certification is age 10.
All residents and non-residents born after June 30, 1979, must complete a hunter education course before a hunting license can be obtained.
Registration for this free hunter safety course can be found online https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/82895 or by calling 1-800-277-4301. On the day of the event, please arrive early and bring a pencil. A break will be offered midday to allow participants to eat lunch.
The historic Belton Train Depot is located at 100 Main Street Square, Belton, SC.
For more information, please consult the SC Department of Natural Resources website at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/education.html.