Saturday, March 21st, at the Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center
Come join us at the mill as “Music in the Mountains 2015” continues with Hagood Mill hosting the 8th annual“Kids Fest” concert and YAMS Talent Show on Saturday, March 21st Starting at 10:00 am and continuing until 4:00 pm on the outdoor stage. The event’s emcees and hosts, Gregg “Buffalo” Barfield, Michele Barfield, and Steve McGaha – the “Wizards of Odd” – will present a wide variety of instrument workshops and musical performances for “kids of all ages!”
All kids are invited to participate in a “Found Instrument Workshop,” from 11:00 – 11:45 am, where they will learn to build and play a host of homemade folk instruments like kazoo, spoons, the jug, and tub bass. Then everyone can join the band and play with their instruments during “Buffalo Barfield’s – Jug Band Jam” at1:00 p.m.!!!
Lucy Allen and Marshall Goers will perform a set of traditional children’s folk music from their latest CD,“Won’t see Tadpoles covered in Fur,” from 12:00 – 12:30 pm!
Students in the Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) program representing many of the area’s schools will be performing throughout the day beginning at 10:45 am and will also include special performances by theSweet Potato Pie Kids (featuring YAM students).
At 2:30 p.m. there will be a “Traditional Bluegrass and Old-Time Talent Show” sponsored by the co-host group “Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music” (POSAM). The show is open to all youth, high school age and under. Registration will be at YAM schools, or from 10:00-12:30 pm onsite the day of the festival.
Kids and adults alike will enjoy the opportunity to hand paint Colonial Spanish Horses. This is the small yet mighty horse that carried the Pony Express rider, the mountain man, the cowboy, and the Native Americans on their journey through American history.
Throughout the day there will be other events to take part in as well. Volunteers from various Pickens County Fire Departments will be on hand with their “Safety House” demonstration. This interactive mobile device will teach children the proper techniques and safety strategies which are crucial to survival when dealing with a home fire situation.
The Pickens County Rescue Squad will be performing a “Vehicle Extraction Demonstration” showcasing the essential tools utilized in freeing trapped victims involved in serious automobile accidents. They are going to actually demolish a vehicle using these tools. The kids are going to love it.
The old gristmill and other demonstrations will be running from 10:00 until 4:00. The water-powered 1845 gristmill is one of the finest examples of nineteenth century technology in the Upstate 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, as well as Hagood Mill cookbooks and a variety of other mill related items.
The Hagood Mill hosts a variety of folklife and traditional arts demonstrations each month, includingblacksmithing, bowl-digging, flintknapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basket-making, pottery, quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, woodcarving, open-hearth cooking, metal-smithing, leather-working, bee keeping and more!
This should be a great event. So, head on out, enjoy some good old southern cooking prepared by theGatehouse Restaurant and enjoy a day at the Mill. Show your support for Hagood Mill and Pickens County by joining them at this monthly Third Saturday event. Hagood Mill operates, rain or shine, the third Saturday of every month and is located just 3 miles north of Pickens or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 off SC Hwy 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road. Hagood Mill is open Wednesday throughSaturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.
“Music in the Mountains 2015 is sponsored by a private benefactor and the kind donations of our visitors”
For additional information, please contact Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or check out our website atwww.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar .