The Belton Area Museum Association in conjunction with All About Fabrics/Phoenix of Anderson presents a three-month exhibit entitled Handmade, beginning with an opening celebration on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 3 – 5 pm at the historic Belton train depot.

At the celebration, there will be a pop up craft show featuring artisans and traditional crafters demonstrating their skills and sharing their wares. Patrons can browse handmade items for sale such as split oak baskets, wooden toys, turned bowls, stained glass, home baked sourdough bread, turkey calls, seasonal wreaths, leather crafts, metal signs, jewelry, soaps, and sugar scrubs. 

In addition to the crafters, the exhibit will be revealed for all to enjoy. Vintage and antique articles all made by hand are on display. From utilitarian to the most ornate, artifacts include quilts, tatted, knitted, and crocheted items, handmade lace, cobbled shoes, ironwork, silver, musical instruments, locally made furniture pieces,  ceramics, millinery, Catawba pottery, puzzles, and more. Tools that help to make these items are also included in the exhibit.

As a tie in activity to the exhibit, craft classes have been arranged with local artisans during the next three months.  Check out the Belton Depot Facebook page or for more information and to sign up for classes.   

A home school day is also planned for Sept. 25, at 10 AM.  Cost is $3 per student and open to ages 7 – 12. 

Presented by All About Fabrics/Phoenix of Anderson with additional sponsorship by Anderson County ATAX and the City of Belton HTAX, the exhibit is free to visit.

The exhibit is on display through December 14 during normal museum hours, Wednesday-Friday (9 – 2), Saturday (10-12), or by appointment.  For more information or to arrange a tour, please contact Abigail Burden, executive director, at 338-7400.

The Anderson Arts Center is hosting an exhibit reception on Friday, September 13, 6:30-8:30 pm at 110 Federal Street in Anderson.

Featured in the main galleries is the newly installed show, “Direct Experience: Cancer and Art.” This exhibit offers work from 14 different Carolinian artists, featuring male and female cancer survivors who have created both two-and three-dimensional work. Paper making, jewelry, acrylic, collage, mixed media, photography, wood-turning, and watercolor are among the media represented as the vehicles of artistic and emotional expression.

According to Carole Knudson Tinsley, the curator of the exhibit, “Direct Experience offers visceral visual evidence, that in creating, these artists find an uplifting sense of peace. While the mediums differ, they all share the direct experience of being a cancer patient, and then a cancer survivor.”

Direct Experience will be featured in the main galleries of the Arts Center, and there will be a simultaneous solo show by Ruth Hopkins in the Atrium Gallery.

Hopkins began her professional artist career as a teacher at Anderson Christian School and Tri-County Technical Colleges. In 1994, she began teaching classes at the Anderson Arts Center and served in that capacity for nearly 25 years. She, too, is a cancer warrior currently fighting the battle against this disease.

The public is invited to attend the reception and peruse the Bay 3 Artisan Gallery located in the Arts Center Warehouse as well. The reception is sponsored by Waste Connections.

For more information, call 864.222.2787.


ANDERSON, SC (August 12, 2019) – For the third year in a row, the corn maze at Denver Downs Farms in Anderson, SC has been nominated for USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest. The family-owned and operated farms was selected from an expert panel as a Top 20 Corn Maze and contender for the 10 Best Corn Mazes, beating out 500 other mazes in the country. 

Voting takes place until August 26th at this link:

“We are thrilled to be selected again as one of the top mazes in the country and hope readers push us to the top of the list for 2019,” said Catherine Garrison Davis, Marketing Manager/ Co-Owner of Denver Downs. “This year’s theme of a moon walk is especially engaging and we can’t wait to open our farm up in the fall for families and people of all ages to enjoy the maze and farm activities and music.”

The 10-acre maze has a design theme every year and this season the theme is “Celebrates 50 Years of the Moon Walk.”  Visitors will have fun finding their way through this labyrinth, while learning facts about the Moon Walk with information posted throughout the maze.  

Denver Downs Farms is no stranger to the 10 Best Corn Mazes in the country list. They have made the list twice – in 2016 and 2018 – and are only one of two corn mazes in the Southeast to be featured. 

“There are a lot of really great corn mazes in the U.S., so it is really exciting to be nominated – it would be even more thrilling to place again on the list,” said Ron Smith, Catherine’s brother-in-law and Corn Maze Operations Manager. “We work year round preparing our Maze and Fall Festival so our guests will enjoy and make special memories while they are here.”

Readers’ Digest Magazine and Southern Living Magazine both have Denver Downs’ Pumpkin Patch ranked as the best in SC. In addition to 10-acre corn maze to navigate, there are 35 fun barnyard activities and Denver Downs will have over 25 tons of pumpkins this season. New activities to the Farm this Fall are the “Double D Gem Mine” and the “Low Ropes Course”.

Later this month, Denver Downs will host Operation Music Festival. On August 30 & 31 there will be 21 bands in 2 days  – including headliner for Friday- Bret Michaels, and headliners for Saturday – Lee Brice and Tyler Farr. Tickets Available on the farm website.

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For interviews or photos please contact Catherine at 843-297-0140 or

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Aug. 8, 2019) – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Cherokee Lake has been selected to host the fifth event of the 25th season of the FLW Tour, April 23-26, 2020, in Anderson, South Carolina. The announcement comes on the heels of FLW’s announcement in May that the 37th annual T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) All-American would also be held on Lake Hartwell. That event is slated for April 30-May 2.

“We’re very proud to be a part of the FLW Tour schedule for 2020,” said Executive Director of Visit Anderson Neil Paul. “A lot has changed at Green Pond Landing since the FLW Tour last visited Anderson County in 2016. There were folks from the FLW team that played an integral role in the initial development of Green Pond and we’re excited to be able to show off the progress of our world class facility to the FLW Team, the professional anglers among the tour and the fans that will come out and participate in what will be an exciting event in Anderson County.”

The FLW Tour has visited Lake Hartwell four times previously, with 2020 marking the fifth visit in the Tour’s 25-year history.

The full schedule for the 2020 FLW Tour season was announced live to anglers and media Thursday at the annual pre-FLW Cup banquet in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

“We’ve had a great history on Lake Hartwell and always draw fantastic crowds to our outdoor expos and weigh-ins,” said Kathy Fennel, president of FLW operations. “We are excited to showcase Hartwell’s fantastic fishing during our 25th FLW Tour season.”

The event will be hosted by the Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau.

2020 FLW Tour Regular-Season Schedule:

  • January 23-26           Sam Rayburn Reservoir        Brookeland, Texas

Hosted by the Jasper County Development District

  • February 20-23          Harris Chain of Lakes            Leesburg, Fla.           

Hosted by Lake County, Fla.

  • March 19-22              Lake Martin                            Alexander City, Ala.

Hosted by the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce

  • April 2-5                     Cherokee Lake                     Jefferson City, Tenn.

Hosted by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce

  • April 23-26                 Lake Hartwell                        Anderson, S.C.         

Hosted by the Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • May 14-17                  Lake Dardanelle                   Russellville, Ark.

Hosted by Russellville Advertising & Promotion Commission

  • June 25-28                 Detroit River                           Trenton, Mich.          

Hosted by Detroit Sports Commission


Further details will be announced later this year.

For complete details and updated information, visit For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the sport’s top anglers on the FLW Tour on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

About FLW
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2019 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit and follow FLW at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

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