Pelham Lyles of the Fairfield County Museum announces several interesting programs for the public in coming weeks. A program on Native Americans on Oct. 7 will bring representatives from several organized tribes and organizations with entertaining and educational offerings in the tented backyard of the Museum during Winnsboro’s Rock Around the Clock Festival. On October 14, there will be a tent antique show and sale from 11 AM until 5 PM with offerings representing a number Midlands antique sellers and collectors. At 6 PM that evening a Gala membership / fundraiser for the Friends of the Museum will present a Low Country Boil supper and presentation by well-known author, Jim Kibler. Then, on Dec. 3, the Museum plans its annual Christmas by Candle Light Open House with an exhibit of antique toys.

The Oct. 7 Native American program will feature Catawba and Beaver Creek Pee Dee potters and beading artisans presenting traditional items for show and sale. The Pee Dee tribes of Chesterfield / Marlboro will sell barbecue, pork chops, and other grilled delights from their portable cookers. Cultural presentations and presenters in Native regalia will round out a day of learning about the state’s heritage and the ancestral roots of many of us. Representatives from such tribes and groups as the Santee, Cherokee, Natchez, Edisto, Croatan, Chicora, Wassamasaw, and Waccamaw are expected to attend. Archeologist John White will present a collection of spear points and other items of interest from the museum and his personal collections. The program will run from 11 AM to 5 PM and is free of charge to the public.

On October 14, the group Friends of the Museum will host its first gala evening event and all-day antiques forum. From 11 AM to 5 PM, antique collectors and representatives from several antique establishments will offer table-top selections of sale and display items such as small furniture pieces, utensils and implements, ceramics, art, and old books for sale. Some of the presenters lined up so far are Tim Wilkes with his majolica ceramics, John Cogan of Cogan’s Antiques, David Hensley, Christie Buchanan’s All Things Painted, Bill Hendrix of Blair Country Store, Jim Kibler’s antique books, Mike Bedenbaugh, Randy Berry of Newberry’s Books on Main, and David Aiken with his historic reprint books. Some items found in the museum’s restoration of Mrs. Francis Robertson’s eighteenth century log barn will also be offered for sale. The day event will charge $3 for admission at the gate and FOTM members with reservations for the evening gala will be admitted free. At 6 PM there will be a Low Country Boil supper served al fresco for $15 or $25/couple FOTM members and $20 or $30 /couple for non-members. Reservations must be made by calling the FOTM number at 800-405-6607. After supper, Dr. Jim Kibler, the author of Our Fathers’ Fields, Walking Toward Home, Child to the Waters, and the newest release, Memory’s Keep, will speak and sign books. Jim has restored the old Hardy plantation in the Newberry County community of Maybinton. The historical, architectural, horticultural, and genealogical research that accompanied his rehabilitation of the early eighteenth century property is documented in the book Our Fathers’ Fields. This book won the Fellowship of Southern Writers Nonfiction Award and the Southern Heritage Society's Literary Achievement Award and has been a historic-interest best seller regionally.

This year’s annual Christmas by Candle Light Open House (5 to 8 PM Dec. 3) will have the additional attraction of an exhibit of antique toys loaned for the show by regional collectors. The county’s garden clubs that usually decorate for this event will be joined by renowned floral decorator David Hensley who will also present a Christmas decorations workshop for groups wanting to assist in the decoration of the museum in a late nineteenth century theme. Natural materials from the countryside will be provided and a limited number of workshop participant slots will be offered, with garden club volunteers being given first “dibs” on the class. Details on this feature will be announced later. Local musicians will be on hand to perform traditional Christmas music and evening caroling will be encouraged. Refreshments will be served and the admittance is free.

The Museum is located at 231 S. Congress St., in downtown Winnsboro, a block and a half south of the Robert Mills Court House and the well known landmark, the Town Clock Tower. Call the FOTM at 800-405-6607 or Pelham Lyles at (803)635- 9811 for additional details.

September, 2006 - Attic Recording Studio has closed. Billy and Ryan Cronin decided to try other careers but during the short life of the studio they recorded as the group Morning Song and scored two # 1 singles. They accomplished their goal.

Longtown Presbyterian Church is having a Pack a Pew Sunday September 17th. All are invited to pack the church! Also get ready for a year long celebration of faith as Longtown Presbyterian Church is 125 years old in 2007. It will culminate with a great homecoming Nov. 7, 2007.

The Confederate States Mint has issued the beautiful Camden South Carolina Commemorative Coin Sets.

June, 2006 - Longtown Presbyterian Church has finally added a beautiful flag terrace to the cemetery entrance. The three 25 foot flagpoles have the U.S., South Carolina and Christian flags. Inside the old part of the cemetery a lone pole fly's the first National flag of the Confederacy in honor of all the Confederate dead buried there and the builders of our church.

Cashbox Magazine is now part of the Longtown business community. Bruce Elrod acquired all the rights to the defunct Magazine founded by George Albert in 1942. It ceased publication Nov. 16,1996. It is being resurrected on line at www.cashboxmagazine.com

You will soon be able to get the weather for this area. The National Weather Service has set up shop in the Bug Tussell area of Longtown. It will soon have its own code and the weather channel will call it Bug Tussell at Longtown weather center. Just the call name should get all of us plenty of attention.

We have discovered and documented the Reynolds cemetery off Blink Bonnie Rd. It is rather small but significant to the history of Longtown.

January, 2006 - CSI South/ Top Dawg Entertainment officially welcomes the DB Bryant band as a signed recording artist with the label.

Bluestem Music is now an LLC corporation in South Carolina located on McFadden Lane. Will handle special music for Walmart Music Downloads. James Denton organizer.

The Confederate States Mint is developing a new coin that will be a true collector piece. It will feature the Great Seal of the Confederacy. The Mint is merging with the American National Mint, The Southern National Mint and the South Carolina Mint.

Attic Recording Studios welcomes Kelsey Hennigan in the coming weeks to record a new album.

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