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.