2nd Saturdays — 3-5pm, Old Time Music Gathering, Oconee Heritage Center, Walhalla More Info
3rd Saturdays — "Music in the Mountains," Hagood Mill, Pickens, SC. For more information call 864.898.2936
3rd Saturday each month, 6:30pm, "Movie Night at the Museum", Oconee Heritage Center, Walhalla More Info
Last Tuesday each month, 7:00pm, "The Green Screen Movie Night", Oconee Heritage Center, Walhalla More Info
Thursdays 6-8pm — "Jazz on the Alley", 6:30-9pm, Ram Cat Alley, Seneca More Info
Fridays 7pm, Blue Grass Music, The Silver Dollar Music Hall, Long Creek, SC. Call 864.647.0188 More Info
3rd Saturday each month through October 15th 2011, 4-9pm, Classic Car Cruize-Ins, Seneca Family Restaurant, Seneca, SC Call 864.566.9599.
Mid October, Annual Oktoberfest, Walhalla, SC More Info
Saturdays, 2-6 pm (April 14, May 12, June 9, 2012) Music on the Mountain, Table Rock Lodge, Pickens. More Info
Fridays, 8-10 pm (May 25, June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29, 2012) Blue Grass Music & Square Dancing, Oconee State Park, Mountain Rest. More Info
Local Arts & Theater Shows
Blue Ridge Arts Center More Info
Clemson University Brooks Center for the Performing Arts More Info
The Clemson Little Theatre More Info
Oconee Theater More Info
Walhalla Civic Auditorium More Info
Northwest Corner of South Carolina
The northwest corner of South Carolina is known as South Carolina's Freshwater Coast because of over 1,000 miles of shoreline on Lakes Keowee, Hartwell and Jocassee.
The area is a haven for fisherman, boaters, hikers, birdwatchers and nature lovers. Pictured above are Yellow Branch Falls and Lake Keowee. The area and Sunrise Farm were featured in the March/April 1995 issue of National Geographic Traveler, the May 1999 issue of Southern Living, the summer 2008 issue of Sandlapper Magazine, the Nov/Dec 2008 issue of Blue Ridge Country, and the July 2012 issue of Southern Living.
One of South Carolina’s most unique and earliest wildflowers, the Oconee Bell, can be found blooming from mid-March to early April. Colonies of the Oconee Bells blooming in their entire splendor can be seen along the Oconee Bell Trail at Devils Fork State Park, a gateway to the Jocassee Gorges.
The Oconee Bell is a rare flower of the southern Appalachians found only in a few locations in the mountains of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia in moist wooded areas along streams. Although the flower has a very limited range in the wild, it grows well in gardens and is commercially available.
You can recognize the Oconee Bell by its white and yellow blossom with red stem and red-tinged leaves.
To catch a glimpse of this delicate and unique wildflower, make a trip to Devils Fork State Park during its blooming season and walk the Oconee Bell Nature Trail. You can also plan to attend our Oconee Bell Nature Walk that is held each year. Book a mountain villa or campsite and extend your stay and explore the wonder of the Jocassee Gorges.
The Oconee Bell Nature Trail is an easy 1-mile loop trail that received its name for the rare wildflower that can be found along the footpath. For more information and to book reservations at SC’s beautiful mountain state park, visit Devils Fork State Park online.
Join us each month to tour a different area of the Forest. These fun and informal walks expose you to the unique diversity of natural, cultural and historical resources of the Clemson Forest. https://www.clemson.edu/public/experimental-forest/ Meet educator James Wilkins (along with special guests) at a predetermined location and carpool or follow us into the woods. Register online or by email jhwilki@clemson. edu at least 3 days in advance.
The Clemson Experimental Forest’s 17,500 acres are dedicated to education, research and demonstration in order to better understand and manage forest resources for the benefit of society. These essential resources include clean air, clean water, pleasing aesthetic qualities, abundant wildlife, protection of species and habitat diversity, recreation opportunities, along with commodity products from the forest. The forest is managed strictly for perpetual sustained or improved yield of these products. The Clemson Experimental Forest personnel, equipment, supplies, roads, recreation facilities and maintenance are solely supported by revenue generated by the Forest.
Come join us at Hagood Mill as we host the 10th annual “Kids Fest” concert and YAMS Talent Show on Saturday, March 18th, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on the historic grounds of Hagood Mill In Pickens SC.
The event’s emcees and hosts, Gregg “Buffalo” Barfield, Michele Barfield, and Steve McGaha, will present a wide variety of instrument workshops and musical performances for “kids of all ages!”
Kids and adults alike will be delighted when they stroll through our super informative and hands on “Instrument Petting Zoo!” What’s an instrument petting zoo you ask? It’s a wonderful opportunity for “kids of all ages” to get up close and personal with a musical instrument. Whether you’re a two-year-old or 92, “the zoo” will enable you to explore a variety of traditional instruments in a hands-on way. Adult pickers and YAM students will demonstrate how to hold, play, and experience these instruments under the tent all day. There will be traditional instruments like guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle, but also many mountain and jug band instruments like spoons, bones, washboards, washtub bass, and many more!
As part of the ongoing tradition of “Instument Workshops at Kidsfest,” there will also be a craft table located in the petting zoo where kids can build their own “make & take kazoo” while supplies last!
All kids are invited to participate in the 2nd annual “Mountain Music & Milling Games,” from 12:15 – 1:45 pm. Teams of kids will take part in a variety of traditional mountain games like Sack Races, Tug-of-War, Jump the Creek, Ball in the Cup, and Wheel Barrow Races….all this, while they complete task within an obstacle course designed to incorporate both musical themed activities and the traditional milling chores associated with running a historic grist mill like Hagood.
Students in the Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) program representing many of the area’s schools will be performing throughout the day beginning at 10:45 am and will also include special performances by the Sweet Potato Pie Kids (featuring YAM students).
At 2:45 p.m. there will be a “Traditional Bluegrass and Old-Time Talent Show” sponsored by the co-host group “Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music” (POSAM). The show is open to all youth, high school age and under. Registration will be at YAM schools or from 10:30 am – 2:15 pm at Hagood Mill on the day of the festival.
Throughout the day there will be other events to take part in as well. Volunteers from various Pickens County Fire Departmentswill be on hand providing kid friendly safety demonstrations along with teaching the proper techniques and safety strategies crucial to survival if confronted with a home fire situation.
The Pickens County Rescue Squad will be performing a “Vehicle Extraction Demonstration” showcasing the essential tools utilized in freeing trapped victims involved in serious automobile accidents.
The old gristmill and other demonstrations will be running from 10:00 until 4:00. The water-powered 1845 gristmill is one of the finest examples of nineteenth century technology in the Upstate 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, as well as Hagood Mill cookbooks and a variety of other mill related items.
The Hagood Mill hosts a variety of folklife and traditional arts demonstrations each month, including blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flintknapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basket-making, pottery, quilting, spinning, knitting,weaving, bobbin lace, woodcarving, open–hearth cooking,metal-smithing, leather-working, bee keeping and more!
This should be a great event. So, head on out, enjoy some good old southern cooking prepared by the Gatehouse Restaurant and enjoy a day at the Mill. Show your support for Hagood Mill and Pickens County by joining them at this monthly Third Saturday event.
Hagood Mill operates, rain or shine, the third Saturday of every month and is located just 3 miles north of Pickens or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 off SC Hwy 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road. Hagood Mill is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.
There is a $5.00 parking fee for the day but admission is FREE to the Hagood Mill Site as well as the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site. All proceeds from parking help offset the costs at Hagood Mill.