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Textile Band Spring Concert at the Wyche Pavilion

Greenville Textile Heritage Band
Please join us Sunday, April 19 at 3:00pm in theWyche Pavilion 318 S. Main Street, Greenville, for a delightful program of tunes and tales from the Upstate’s rich cultural history. As usual, we’ll be featuring a great variety of marches, rags, and novelty pieces from the golden age of the town band. This year we’re privileged to have local radio host and long-time textile band fan Mr. Charlie Munson on hand, recounting stories from the mill hill.

Admission is always FREE, but we will gladly accept donations for the Textile Heritage Park project. This exciting project continues to move ahead, but we need your help to make it a reality! Launched in May 2012, an effort is underway to restore Monaghan Central Park to its former glory. The site will be renamed “Textile Heritage Park” and will include walking trails with a connection to the Swamp Rabbit Trail, historical displays, and even a good ol’-fashioned band gazebo! Yes, that’s right – a place to call “home” for our little band. Needless to say, we are excited about seeing this dream become a reality, and we hope you are too. Your tax-deductible contribution to this project will go toward the preparation of the site and construction of the gazebo. Please consider how you can support this worthy project!

Rebuild Textile Heritage Park

Contact us, or click on the image above for more info on the project and how you can contribute.

Volunteer Appreciation Day at Hagood Mill Historic Site

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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 .

ACM – Princess Spring Fling

ACM – Dr. William H. Hunter Memorial Lecture

The Anderson County Museum is proud to be a sponsor of the Dr. William H. Hunter Memorial Lecture by Steven Lomazow, M. D. The lecture will be Monday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Daniel Recital Hall, Rainey Fine Arts Center, Anderson University.

April 12, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of FDR’s death at the Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia. It is common knowledge that FDR was partially paralyzed by polio at age 39 and that he died of a cerebral hemorrhage. Throughout his public life, his physicians insisted he was in excellent health, even after he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 1943 or 1944. Dr. Lomazow has a completely different take on the matter after years of research on FDR, arguing that he suffered from a number of serious health problems, including metastatic melanoma and prostate cancer, and that they contributed to his death. He will present a lively lecture, accompanied by slides, on FDR’s health and how it affected his decision-making, particularly in the World War II years.

ACM – Pendleton Exhibit Reception

The Chattooga River- A Natural and Cultural History

All are welcome to join us on April 16, 2015 at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History to hear author Laura Ann Garren talk about her book “The Chattooga River: A Natural & Cultural History”.  Beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the LaVonne Nalley Piper Auditorium, Ms. Garren will cover a wide variety of topics about the river, including its unique biodiversity, cultural history, and its current use as a whitewater rafting and hiking destination.

The Chattooga River runs fifty eight miles through the Blue Ridge escarpment, from Whiteside Mountain to Lake Tugalo, and is one of the few remaining unaltered free-flowing rivers in our region.  Ms. Garren writes that “much of the river corridor is primitive, thickly forested and undeveloped”, and that man-made infrastructure is rare.

If you are a hiker, birder, kayaker or rafting enthusiast, this is a must see presentation!  Come and learn about the natural wonders of Upcountry South Carolina!  Ms. Garren will have copies of her books for sale after her presentation, and will autograph them on request.

This program is part of the museum’s continuing effort to provide a variety of entertaining and educational programming for the community. The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens SC, the museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

For more information please contact the museum at (864) 898-5963. For this and many more events in Pickens County .

A Bluesman’s Close-Up Photographs of Mac Arnold by Brian S. Kelley

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History, in conjunction with the Greater Clemson Blues Festival, is pleased to announce that “A Bluesman’s Close-Up: Photographs of Mac Arnold by Brian S. Kelley”, will open to the public on April 15, 2015. As part of the Greater Clemson Blues Festival which runs from April 15th through the 25th, this special documentation of one of our region’s most loved musicians will be on display in the museum’s LaVonne Nalley Piper Auditorium & Gallery through May 30.  A reception to meet the photographer will be held as part of the museum’s 36th Annual Juried Exhibition opening on April 25thfrom 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.

About Mac and Brian’s relationship, journalist Cindy Landrum wrote in the Greenville Journal, “Brian S. Kelley was in the audience during one of the band’s (Mac Arnold’s Plate Full of Blues) early concerts at the Happy Cow Creamery in southern Greenville County, just a short trip from Arnold’s farm. The two talked and discovered that Kelley’s parents lived near Arnold. Arnold asked him to come by his house and photograph the band. That led to a long gig – seven years if you ask Kelley, about nine if you ask Arnold – that included album covers, a documentary and a photography book. ‘We started dragging him around the country with us,’ Arnold said. Kelley said the experience ‘still feels surreal sometimes. To be able to combine photography, art and music was a dream.’ That relationship led to a book and an exhibit of Kelley’s photographs of Arnold – on stage, on the bus and on his farm.”

Now living in Travelers Rest, SC, Brian S. Kelley is a multi-faceted photographic artist who is as comfortable with fine art photography as he is in photojournalism and studio portraiture. Kelley’s studies have included work at Erskine College, Savannah College of Art and Design, Greenville Technical College. He received his B.A. in IDS: Studio and Art History from the University of South Carolina.

About his work Kelley has said, “Visual interpretations of my surroundings have been essential elements of expression throughout my life. My passion for art surfaced at a very young age, yielding another channel for communication.  Through the lens of introversion I became an observer of life.” He continued, “I often watch interactions among people, appreciate the forms created by nature or study the light as it moves through the day. These observations were first recorded through my drawings, which quickly led to painting, and then sculpture. However, photography would eventually receive the majority of my time and efforts.”

Fifty Percent of any sales from this exhibit will be donated by the artist to support the Dr. Mac Arnold Scholarship Fund. “A Bluesman’s Close-Up” is sponsored by in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens SC, the museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

For more information please contact the museum at (864) 898-5963. For this and many more events in Pickens County .


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