Saturday, April 18: Join some of mountain music’s best-known musical personalities at Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center in Pickens, South Carolina as we honor the tireless and dedicated service of our wonderful mill site volunteers and demonstrators. Without the “in kind” service of our volunteers there would be no Hagood Mill events for everyone to enjoy. We encourage each and every one of our visitors on April 18th to say thanks to the many volunteers who generously give their time and support throughout the year.
This month’s entertainment will include John Fowler, Carol Rifkin, Jeanette Queen, and the Heartstrings. Rifkin and Fowler co-host public radio WNCW’s popular mountain music show “This Old Porch,” all are longtime members of the mountain music community: Jeanette Queen from Jackson County’s singing Queen Family, Fowler from the upcountry of South Carolina is an old time musician, song and story collector, and Carol Rifkin’s at home in Buncombe County, where she plays, writes, sings and dances. Together they bring a program full of history, laughter, songs, stories, string band music, participatory dance, conversation and off the cuff humor.
Carol Rifkin: Joyously sharing traditional music, writing songs, exploring the history behind mountain music, teaching dance or engaging people to sing along; this award winning multi-instrumentalist’s soaring sweet voice is uniquely recognizable on stage or radio (WNCW).
John Fowler: An award winning storyteller, musician, ballad singer and author from the Upcountry of South Carolina, produced documentaries for SC Public TV, and was awarded South Carolina’s highest honor in 2013, the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage award. John recently performed on the Exchange Place stage at the National Storytelling Festival.
Jeanette Queen: A member of the legendary Queen Family, Jeanette learned to play and sing in the Queen family band in Jackson County, NC. The daughter of the late 2007 National Heritage Award winner Mary Jane Queen and Claude Queen, Jeanette grew up one of eight children in the mountain wilds, with music ever-present in the home. She carries forward seven generations of traditions learned from her mother and sings the songs of the mountains in her powerful clear voice.
The Heartstrings are a traditional roots, gospel, and bluegrass band from Pickens County. This group has become popular with visitors and guests as they host Hagood Mill’s second Saturday concert series throughout the year. Visitors will be delighted by the traditional sounds created by instruments such as the autoharp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle, standup bass, and the dobro.
So come on out, and don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket.
There will be lots of other things to see on April 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, bee keeping, leather-working and more! You can ask questions of the artists and make a purchase of their Traditional Arts to take home. 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.
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, 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. For additional information, please contact the Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or check out our website at www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar .