On February 15th, the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina will present their monthly Living History Day. Designed as a family event, exhibitors will portray farm life prior to 1950 and into the 1800s. Guests can press apples, learn to hew a log, see how the stone grinder was used to sharpen knives and axes, weave on an 1830s floor loom, do chores, and learn about old-fashioned canning and food preservation techniques. Visitors can meet the blacksmith and the rope maker, and make a ring toss toy and a rope doll. Guests will also get a chance to interact with museum animals and learn about backyard birds, past and present.

As most of the activities can be held inside or under cover the event will be held rain or shine. This is a drop-in event so visitors are welcome anytime between 10 AM and 3 PM. Admission is $10 a family (parents and children) or $5 for a twosome or a single. No food vendors will be on the premises and visitors are encouraged to picnic on a blanket or under the museum’s pavilion.

The museum is located off HWY. 76, between Pendleton and Clemson, directly across from the stoplight at Tri-County Technical College. Regular open hours are Sunday through Friday, 12 noon until 5 PM and Saturday, 10AM-5PM. Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated. If scheduled in advance, group and school tours are also available and the pavilion is available for rental. For more information on the Living History Day, group tours, or to become an exhibitor or demonstrator at this or other Living History Days, contact ellen@crownofthecarolinas.org or call 864-207-0705.

ANDERSON, SC (January 21, 2020) — Parents with young children, seniors, and bookworms of all ages will have a new space to read and relax at Anderson Mall: The Book Nook. The Book Nook is a place for children to learn, read, discover, and play. It’s a quiet place for the young and young at heart to take a break with a good book and to discover new authors. The Book Nook, located near the Belk Court entrance, will hold a grand opening celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with refreshments, music, and a live artist. The Rotary Club of Anderson will donate books to the Book Nook at the grand opening.

The Book Nook will have a variety of books available for guests to read, from picture books for young children to novels and non-fiction for adults. Guests are encouraged to donate one of their own books, swapping it for another one on the shelf. 

“We are excited to bring this unique space to Anderson Mall, to cultivate a love of reading among our guests,” said Chunsta Miller, General Manager at Anderson Mall. “The Book Nook is one more way we are providing gathering spaces for our guests and fostering a sense of community, through the various events we are planning to host. We are bringing the library experience to our guests, one book at a time.”

The Book Nook at Anderson Mall is sponsored by Healthy Blue, part of the BlueChoice HealthPlan of SC. The Book Nook will be open during regular operating hours, with special events planned throughout the year. For more information about events at the Book Nook at Anderson Mall, visit https://shopandersonmall.com/events-news.

About Anderson Mall
Anderson Mall, the only regional enclosed town center within a 30-mile radius, is home to more than 50 national and local retail, dining and entertainment options, as well as numerous events and activities throughout the year. A dynamic offering of things to do along with things to buy keeps guests engaged and returning often. Anderson Mall is open seven days a week; Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, please call (864) 226-7088 or visit shopandersonmall.com. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonMallSC and follow us on Twitter @ShopAnderson and Instagram @ShopAnderson.

About Healthy Blue
Healthy Blue (www.healthyblueSC.com) is a managed care plan administered by BlueChoice HealthPlan of South Carolina. Through Healthy Blue, South Carolina Healthy Connections Medicaid beneficiaries can select a primary care physician who oversees their health care and coordinates care with specialists. Members enjoy their normal Healthy Connections Medicaid coverage and have access to nationally recognized BlueChoice health and disease management programs, as well as discounts on healthy lifestyle services and products. Headquartered in Columbia, BlueChoice HealthPlan of South Carolina (www.BlueChoiceSC.com) is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (www.bcbs.com).

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The Anderson Arts Center will host Palate to Palette, a five-course wine paring dining experience on January 23 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate the Permanent Collection exhibit available for viewing January 13-February 6. 

The permanent collection of artwork includes pieces donated to the Arts Center; items that have been purchased by the Arts Center; as well as artwork that has been purchased on behalf of the Arts Center through events like the annual juried show. The permanent collection of art includes work obtained by the Arts Center over the span of nearly 50 years.

“We’re excited to kick off the new decade by celebrating the wonderful art work from the past,” said April Cameron, executive director of the Anderson Arts Center. “And while we are enjoying reminiscing on the past, we get to enter 2020 with a new event for us, a wine dinner.”

The event will include a five-course meal, and each course is paired with the appropriate wine. To combine the “permanent collection” theme, all wines have been carefully selected as wines that one should keep in their wine cabinet on a permanent basis as well.

“These are great wines you should always have on hand,” said Brandon Grace, of Southern Wine & Spirits.

The caterer for the event is Friends Farm & Catering, operated by Val Lowe and Katie Tillman. Both Lowe and Tillman are artists, and there is work from Lowe in the Arts Center’s permanent collection, as well. 

“I can’t think of a more fitting caterer for this event than someone who actually has artwork in our collection,” said Cameron. “It just brings everything full circle.”

The event will be held at the Arts Center at 110 Federal Street in Anderson. Individual tickets to Palate to Palette are $75 per person, or a reserved table for eight is $550. Tickets can be purchased at www.AndersonArts.org or by calling 864.222.2787.


ANDERSON, SC (1/2/2020) – After many very successful events, The Striped Bass Challenge (SBC) brings the 2020 Winter Classic to Green Pond Landing on January 4, 2020.  Tournament organizer Mike Dillon says the folks at Visit Anderson, Anderson County, Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center, and Golden Harvest Food Bank make putting on the event a pleasure.   “The SBC wants to put on a premier fishing tournament and the folks we work with here make that possible.” Dillon says. “Since our first event over 5 years ago the anglers have provided over 250,000 meals in total.   These folks have a great chance to win big prizes at dinner and at the ramp.  We’re excited to be able to do this again and to work with all these great people including the folks from the SC DNR.”  He notes this tournament is possible due to the generosity of sponsors. “We couldn’t do it without Bass Pro Shops, American Ethanol, Cometic, and Johnson Outdoors for sure.” The SBC’s goal is to support the community near Anderson by raising enough food and cash donations so that Golden Harvest Food Bank can provide 100,000 meals, which is “We are really counting on the anglers to bring in a lot of food.”

Anglers vie not only for the cash prizes, including first place $25,000, but also for an off road vehicle provided by Textron, a special prize for the youth and another for the lady angler whose team brings in the largest fish. During the Captains’ Dinner, prizes are drawn for great products provided by event sponsors. Winners take away bait tanks, coolers, sunglasses, casting nets, fish finders, and more. Participants earn tickets by donating food and money to Golden Harvest, which ensures wins for both tournament teams and the local community.

Event(s) Schedule:  

January 3rd Golden Harvest Food Bank Drive from 3 – 5 p.m., Civic Center of Anderson

January 4th Weigh In at 3 p.m., Green Pond Landing & Events Center

Longtime event sponsors include: Bass Pro Shops, Humminbird, American Ethanol, Minn Kota, Realtree, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Costa, Betts Nets, Grizzly Coolers, Hydro-Glow, Ugly Stick, Klotz, Traxtech, Driftmaster, Big Green Egg, Shimano and Marinen Cometic Gaskets.  

MEDIA CONTACT:           Robin Jarrett, The Striped Bass Challenge

336-313-0314, rjarrett@thestripedbasschallenge.com

Neil Paul, Visit Anderson Executive Director

(864)353-9819, neil@visitanderson.com