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GCLS – History Book Club

Berea Book Club

Description: Read this book and participate in a discussion. Email or call 246-1695 for more information.
Date: Tuesday – September 26 2017
Time: 10:00 AM 11:00 AM
Location: Berea Branch – Conference Room
Program Type: Adults
Public Note: Berea History Book Club: Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation by Deborah Davis.

September Meeting Minutes

Minutes for the September meeting of CUSCH now available under the “Meeting Minutes” tab on the blog.

GCLS – Family History Club

Family History Club

Description: Explore and document your family history. Share tips and learn about available genealogy resources at the library. Email or call 963-9031 to register.
Date: Wednesday – September 20 2017
Time: 3:00 PM 4:00 PM
Location: Simpsonville Branch

GCLS – Colonial & Regency Country Dancing

Colonial & Regency English Country Dancing

Description: Learn basic steps. Email or call 288-6688 to register.
Date: Saturday – September 16 2017
Time: 2:00 PM 4:00 PM
Location: Pelham Road Branch
Program Type: Adults
Public Note: Email or call 288-6688 to register.

GCLS – History of Barbeque

History of Barbeque in SC

Description: SC Barbeque Association’s Lake High shares the history of BBQ in our state. Sample traditional SC BBQ sauces. A History of South Carolina BBQ will be available for purchase. Email or call 527-9293 to register.
Date: Tuesday – September 12 2017
Time: 6:30 PM 7:30 PM
Location: Main Library – Meeting Room C

TRHS – Storytelling

“My First Job”
Labor Day is past, but we’re still celebrating….the theme for the Sept. storytelling night is “My First Job”.

We meet on the second Thursday night of every other month to listen and share stories and memories of upper Greenville County and beyond.

Thursday, September 14th, 7:00—8:00 pm
at the Travelers Rest Sargent Branch Library.

BAMA – Standpipe Festival

October 7, 2017 | 10 AM – 10 PM


Considered one of South Carolina’s premier events, the Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival takes place in the heart of the small South Carolina community of Belton, SC. Featuring local and regional entertainers offering live onstage acts, unique arts and crafts from all over the USA, local food venues, and more, this festival is the longest continuously running fall festival in Anderson County.  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 7.

This year’s festival is sponsored in part by the Belton Alliance, the City of Belton Hospitality Fund, Waste Connections, Anderson County ATAX, and Superior Engineering.  Admission and parking are free.

We love our pets too, but the festival is a pet-free zone due to DHEC regulations. Also, no scooters, bikes, or skateboards are allowed on festival grounds.

Pre Festival Events:

Friday, Sept. 29 – Sunday, Oct. 1           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.

Friday, Sept. 29, 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 ($2 wine, $2 beer).

Saturday, Sept. 30, 7 PM  The Belton Center for the Arts presents the opening celebration of the 19th 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!

Thursday and Friday, October 5 and 6 Education Days at Heritage Days at the Depot  Over 2000 school children will enjoy interactive and hands-on instruction in the skills and artistry of our ancestors.  School groups and homeschoolers will attend sessions from 8:45 – 2 PM each day.

Friday, October 6, 9 AM    Standfest Golf Tournament will be held at Pine Lake Golf Club. Captain’s Choice, Prizes, Fun, and Fellowship!  All interested parties contact Joey Lance at 864-617-9345.

Friday, October 6, 11 AM – 3 PM             Pig Out with the Presbyterians! The oinkers and chicks have been fired up and are ready for good eatin’. A rare and mouthwatering treat for all patrons.  Plates $10 each (pork or chicken which includes beans, cole slaw, and iced tea).  Call 338-7133 or 353-8170 for advanced orders.

Festival Day, Saturday, October 7

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” 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 Choirs, the blues group Sweet Tea, the gospel group BRO.Tyus, contemporary Christian artist Joshua Hawkins, Hip-Hop superstar O’Shea Robinson, and Radio Rebellion playing new country.  Other presentations feature the Upstate Dance Troupe, the Abbeville Cloggers, Rex Maynard of the Belton Tennis Association, Doris Lannon of the Living Collection Animals, shag lessons, and the popular Flashback Trivia Contest.  Right before the street dance, up and coming comedian Brandon Shake Rainwater will entertain the audience with a family-friendly comedy show.  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.

Gem Mining:  (on the square, 10 AM – 4 PM)  Callaham’s Orchard has always had gem mining onsite, but now it’s being taken on the road. Children and adults can purchase a bag and see what treasures they can find!

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.

Museum Exhibit–Fins, Feathers, Claws and Paws:  Living with Creatures (Historic Betlon Train Depot, North End Gallery, 10 AM – 4 PM)– The exhibit will feature vintage and historic pet items and interactive pet play stations including pet art, a dog bone diving pool, cat play space, and “on the road” simulator. See the wall of fame for working and rescue animals, check out what colors pets can see, view vintage hunting and retrieving dog items, and learn about the various breeds that have been popular over the years.


Heritage Days at the Depot: (Greenspace surrounding Historic Belton Train Depot, 9:30AM – 3:30 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 Southern story teller, a Native American weapons specialist, a flute maker, a wheelwright, a split oak basket weaver, a traditional potter, a Gullah cane carver, a Catawba beader, a zither maker, a lure carver, a soap maker, a miller, a bladesmith, a printer/typesetter, and a log cabin builder .  Sponsored by  City of Belton HTAX, WebbCraft Family Foundation, the SC Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, SC Humanities, Waste Connections, Anderson County, Hart-Oeland Foundation, Darby Metalworks, Inc., Commercial Bank, BestBuy, and Anderson County ATAX.

BAMA Antique Market and Showcase: (Belton Depot, 10 AM – 4 PM) — The public is invited to browse through and purchase antiques offered for sale by acclaimed collectors.  Located in the center section of the historic Belton Train Depot, booths will be selling items including collectible curiosities, hand-made jewelry, affordable antique furniture, china, glassware, southern pottery, silver, and many other items that would appeal to a wide range of collectors.


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.

Corn Hole Tourney: (In front of Belton Depot, 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM) Open to all amateur teams of all ages, limited to 20 teams.  Each team will vie for the chance to win a cash prize of at least $100 while having fun on Main Street.  Single elimination tourney under the supervision of Richard Kelly.  $10 entry fee.  Proceeds benefit BAMA.

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 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.

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.

Food Vendors:  (On the Square, 10 AM – 10 PM)–From fried fish to bratwurst, from barbecue to hot wings, from lattees to fried Twinkies, from Italian ice to chocolate dipped cheesecake,  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: Created by Chuck Brooks and sporting the new Belton logo, the collectible commemorative Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival shirts will be available in a limited quantity. Pre-orders are being taken at the Jean Shoppe.

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.

BMS/BHP Performing Arts Boosters:  (On the Square, 10 AM – 4 PM)—cupcakes and softdrinks help this organization raise money.  Go by for a sweet treat.

FFA Boosters Booth:  (On the Square, 10 AM – 4 PM) Color your world with pansies, sold to benefit the BHP FFA programs.

Flashback Trivia Contest:  (Belton Square, 6:00 PM) Free to the public, sponsored by Superior Engineering.  Test your prowess at trivia questions and win cash prizes.

Street Dance: (Belton Square, 7:15 PM – 9:30 PM):  The Combo Kings take the stage and wow the audience with their wide array of musical numbers.  From show tunes to Classic Rock, from beach music to rockabilly, from gospel to Motown, these artists bring down the house!!!

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.

Events subject to change.  Check back for more details as events/activities are added.