The Anderson Arts Center is opening a new exhibit, “The Textile Impact,” on December 8. The show will be available for viewing until January 29, and an opening reception will be held on Friday, December 11. 6:30-8:30 pm. The exhibit is sponsored by Orian Rugs.

This exhibit will showcase a range of textile works highlighting the diversity of processes, materials, and presentation within this wide medium and industry. Honoring Anderson County’s rich history with the textile industry, the intended impact of the exhibition is to expand the audience’s idea of what textiles can be. 

Textile art is the process of creating something using fibers gained from sources like plants, animals, insets (silkworms) or synthetic materials. Some examples of textile art include quilts, tapestries, weaving, felting, knitting, and batik, just to name a few. 

“This exhibit will have quite a variety of work,” said April Cameron, Executive Director for the Arts Center. “We have more than 20 artists who have submitted items for the show. We wanted to offer an exhibit that would highlight the history of the textile industry because it was so important to Anderson County’s economic vitality in the early 1900s. Our county had 19 textile mills in 1920,” she said.

In collaboration with the Anderson County Museum, the show will also feature an exhibit on the history of textiles in Anderson in the Atrium Gallery. “Because the textiles were such a significant part of Anderson County’s history, it is a perfect collaboration for the museum to provide the historical aspect of this topic, while the Arts Center provides a current view of textiles,” said Cameron.

In addition, exhibit sponsor Orian Rugs will provide information on the current textile industry and how their company produces rugs from design, to yarn dying to weaving.

While viewing the exhibit, the Anderson Arts Center encourages social distancing, using hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the building, and wearing face masks.

For more information, please call 864.222.2787, visit us at, or find us on Facebook or Instagram.


Belton-Try your skill at bagging a turkey just in time for Thanksgiving at the sixth annual BAMA Turkey Shoot event to be held Nov. 21, from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm at the beautiful upland game preserve Toney Creek Plantation.

Hosted by the Belton Area Museum Association, the event is free to attend and family-friendly, with activities for all ages.  Registration begins at 8:30 AM at the scenic upland hunting preserve.  The last shoot will be around 1 pm. 

“This old-fashioned event has been updated with a modern twist,” said Abigail Burden, BAMA Executive Director.  “We’re making this test of skill accessible to everyone by using shotguns and targets.  No live turkeys will be harmed in this contest.” 

In the adult division (over 12), participants can purchase turkey targets for $5 and $10, depending on the value of the prize being shot for during the round.   There will be at least 10 shooting rounds throughout the day, some for adults and some for children.  Shotguns and ammunition will be provided for all participants or you can use your own gun after inspection.

In the children’s division, those 8 – 12 can purchase a turkey target too.  The target will be set up at a shorter distance for their rounds.

Winners for great prizes will compete in each round, so you can come and go throughout the day’s event.  There is no limit to the number of targets participants can purchase and a running board of top scorers will be posted continuously throughout the afternoon for a grand prize winner to be named. 

Several great prizes are being offered per round, and winners will take home meat prizes such as turkeys, sausage, and hamsand other hunting related and outdoor themed prizes like CWP class passes, decoys and calls, ammo, shooting range passes, a  camping table,  a name-brand cooler,promotional items, pressure washer,  and wine-ing and dining gift certificates. 

“Instruction in shooting is available from linesman Jody Ivester, so even novice shooters are encouraged to participate,” stated Burden. 

The event will start off with a farmhouse breakfast.  A full course meal consisting of biscuits, sausage, eggs, grits, and coffee/juice is available for purchase of $8.  Toney Creek Plantation will begin serving at 8:30 AM.

At 12:30 PM, the Mercantile will be offering two-fer hotdog plates that will also include chips, pecan or apple pie, and drinks, all for $8 per plate. 

The sixth annual BAMA Turkey Shoot event is being sponsored by Waste Connections, Vulcan, SouthState Bank, McGriff Insurance Services-Belton, National Wild Turkey Federation, TTi,  Jarod Haggard/Concealed Weapons Class, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Anderson County, City Scape Winery,  B and B Pawn, Ace Hardware of Williamston and Honea Path, Ingles Market, Bi-Lo, the Gourmet Pecan Man,  and McCall’s Produce.  All proceeds benefit the Belton Area Museum Association in support of their educational and cultural programming.

“Like” the Belton Area Museum Association on Facebook and check out the newest events and information.  You can also find us at   

Please call Abigail Burden, BAMA Executive Director, at 338-7400 for more information.  

Toney Creek Plantation is located at 155 Toney Creek Road, just off Hwy 247, in  Belton.  Follow the signs to the clubhouse.

See you at the Turkey Shoot!

This extension of The Canvas Project will create a lasting, unique piece of art for years to come

Anderson, SC (November 10, 2020) – Anderson Mall has teamed up with Trammell and Mills Law Firm, LLC to work with local artist to add color, texture and vibrancy to outdoor spaces for the community to enjoy as part of The Canvas Project. Anderson Mall has selected Patro Ulmer for this installation. Ulmer is an artist and designer from Orangeburg, SC and is known for his vision and creativity within the community. Ulmer recently created the Butterfly mural located at the main entrance of the Anderson Mall, presented by Chappelear and Associates. Ulmer has also been recognized for other artwork such as his clothing, school murals, and assisted with creating the Mural on Main in Anderson. Known as “the boy that can draw”, Ulmer’s visionary artwork led him to be noticed on national television, in magazines,  blogs, and clothing designs recognized by celebrities’.

“Local artists make our community vibrant,” said Chunsta Miller, General Manager at Anderson Mall. “Their use of subjects, color, texture and composition awaken a sense of curiosity and connection to the world around us. The Canvas Project supports our local arts culture, inspires our youth, all while providing an opportunity for our community to grow together. We will spotlight an artist’s talent with live, in-person and in-progress work on display right outside.” We are proud to have District 5, Westside High School students helping to assist and create the murals at the mall.

Anderson Mall wanted this artwork to be highly visible to the community and guests. Because of that, the murals are planned to go on the main entrance wall facing Clemson Blvd. Anderson Mall sees this as an opportunity to expand the project further by utilizing 28 parking spaces that will house 28 community partners that will showcase their company’s logo and design, and bringing a sense of unity to Anderson. Anderson Mall has worked closely with Ulmer to create a plan for artwork that will inspire the community. The concept represents community, togetherness, and a sense of belonging.

Beginning November 10, 2020 at 2 p.m. Ulmer will be working with the students to install the murals at the mall until completion.

To learn more about The Canvas Project and monitor updates about this project, visit our Facebook and Instagram.

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 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, please call (864) 226-7088 or visit Like and follow us on Facebook at, Twitter @ShopAnderson and Instagram @ShopAnderson.


Total Event Payout of Nearly a Half Million and Qualification Opportunities to the 2020 Toyota Series Championship Await Nation’s Best Weekend Anglers

ANDERSON, S.C. (Nov. 5, 2020) – The best weekend anglers from across the nation will come together Nov. 11-13 for the 37th annual Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina. The three-day no-entry-fee event – hosted by Visit Anderson – features a boater/co-angler format, with lucrative payouts and serves as a stepping-stone for anglers to advance to the 2020 Toyota Series Championship.

The 2020 All-American will feature a field of the top 55 boaters and 55 co-anglers from across the 24-division Bass Fishing League, The Bass Federation, Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI and High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing, all competing for a grand prize of up to $120,000 in the boater division, including a lucrative $20,000 FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency award, and $50,000 in the co-angler division.

Additionally, the highest-finishing boater and co-angler from each of seven Regional Championships (including the Wild Card) at the All-American will advance to the 2020 Toyota Series Championship for a shot at winning $235,000 and $33,500, respectively. 

Although the fishery has never hosted an All-American, Lake Hartwell has hosted numerous major bass-fishing tournaments throughout the years, providing a venue that showcases intense competition, excellent community support and high numbers of solid limits. 

“There isn’t anything in Lake Hartwell that doesn’t have fish on it right now,” said Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit angler Troy Morrow of Eastanollee, Georgia, who was the 2010 All-American champion. “Everything on the fishery is going to be in play, but the fish are spread out, which means catching five quality fish may prove to be a little tricky.

“With the temperature consistently in the 60s, the winter bite won’t be in full effect, so I expect to see several different tactics – from topwater fishing in the backs of creeks to fishing in 40 foot of water on the main lake.”

Morrow said he believes versatility is the key to earning the win on this fishery, and expects the 2020 All-American champion will weigh in 13 to 14 pounds per day.

“It’s probably going to take a combination of largemouth and spotted bass to pull out the win,” Morrow said. “If the topwater bite happens, flukes and pencil poppers may come into play. I also expect to see large numbers caught fishing a drop-shot around offshore brush piles, flipping jigs and creature baits in laydowns or bushes, and a shaky-head-rig or small crankbait on intermediate points.”

All-American competitors will take off from Green Pond Landing, located at 470 Green Pond Road in Anderson, at 7:30 a.m. EST each morning, Nov. 11-13. Weigh-in will be held at the landing at 4 p.m. daily. Attendance is limited to anglers, family and essential staff. Fans are encouraged to follow the event online through the daily coverage, live blogs and photos at

FLW Live weigh-in coverage will be streamed daily on Television coverage of the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP will premiere Jan. 2, 2021, on the Outdoor Channel, Jan. 4, 2021, on the World Fishing Network and will also be prominently featured in the FLW television series on

The 2020 All-American field of 55 boaters and 55 co-anglers is comprised of the top six boaters and co-anglers from each of the six Bass Fishing League Regional Championships held in 2019, along with the top six boaters and co-anglers from the 2019 Wild Card tournament. They are joined by the top boater and co-angler from each of the seven divisions at the 2020 TBF National Championship, along with both members of the second, third and fourth-place teams at the 2020 Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship presented by Lowrance, who compete as boaters. The fifth and sixth place teams from the College Fishing National Championship and the winning team from the 2019 High School Fishing National Championship compete as co-anglers. 

The full field of anglers will compete on Days One and Two of the event, with the top 10 boaters and top 10 co-anglers based on cumulative weight from the first two days continuing to the third and final day. The 2020 All-American champions will be determined by the heaviest three-day total weight.

For complete details and updated information visit For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine 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 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, FLW and its 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 Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. Acquired by Major League Fishing in late 2019, FLW is expanding its programming in 2020 to the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel as well as on-demand at MyOutdoorTV (MOTV).

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The Lake Hartwell Development Group is so excited to be working with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and Anderson County to bring a multi-use recreational RV Resort to Lake Hartwell in Anderson County.

The Shores of Asbury will be home to Anderson County’s first RV Resort with treehouses, yurts, cabin rentals, primitive camping, a waterfront grill, Firefly landing wedding venue, and a water park we have named, The Aqua Zone. 

Lake Hartwell Development Group wants all other campgrounds and restaurants around the lake to know, we are here to offer another venue for families to be able to enjoy family time together during these times of COVID. We embrace working with others already on the lake to strengthen the tourism and recreational pull for Lake Hartwell and Anderson County; thus, providing recreation, jobs and a boost to the local economy for all of us.

Although, the Lake Hartwell Development Group has our own builders and grounds crews, we will be providing jobs by working with local contractors to get this project up and running by Spring of 2021.

We will have a sign unveiling and offer promotions to acquire Shore Bucks to be used in our Park. Also, we will have door (gate) prizes and time to introduce the individuals who are making this exciting venture possible. 

Join us November 10th at 11 a.m. at The Shores of Asbury!

Groundbreaking Location: 

The Shores of Asbury – 1600 Asbury Park – Anderson, SC 29625

Media Contact:

Rusty Burns, County Administrator

(864) 844-5700 |

On Thursday, November 12, the Arts Center will host a blood drive from 1-6 pm.

The Jay Bloomer Memorial Blood Drive will be held in memory of former board member Jay Bloomer, who lost his battle with cancer last October. To donate blood, you must make an appointment. To do so, please visit; click the DONATE NOW button; then, search by zip code, and enter 29625. You can also register by visiting the Anderson Arts Center’s Facebook page and scanning the QR code.

During the blood drive, the Arts Center is hosting an Art Market with original artwork, prints and pottery available for sale. 

For questions about the Art Market or The Jay Bloomer Memorial Blood Drive, please call 864.222.2787 or email


WHAT: Denver Downs Farm in Anderson, SC is celebrating their 150th birthday this weekend with a huge cake to be shared with the first 100 guests on Saturday and a gigantic fireworks show, band, and bonfire the same night. Grandparents will also get free admission on Sunday with a paid child ticket. New food and beverage options are now available at the farm, including the apple cider-slushie, a hit for adults, and hot chocolate.

WHEN: November 6-8, 2020 (full schedule of events is below and linked here)

WHERE: Denver Downs Farm, Anderson, SC 

QUOTE: “In such an unusual year, our family is so thankful to have something really positive to share and celebrate with the community,” said Catherine Garrison Davis, co-owner of Denver Downs Farm. “The Garrison family has found a way through the years to continue our farm operation and change with the times.  We are proud of our farm, our heritage, and excited about the future.  We hope folks will come out and celebrate with us!”




6-8pm Bobby Compton performing on Main Stage

            Bonfires and S’mores



1pm, 3pm, & 5pm Pig Races

5:30pm Southern Junction Cloggers

6pm-8pm  Crowe Quartet – Main Stage

8:30pm  Fireworks show

*Planning to have the Clemson and Notre Dame Football game on a big screen by GJR Screens. 


1pm-6pm: Grandparents Day at the Maze

3-5pm Trey Stephens performing on Main Stage

3pm and 5pm Pig Races

CONTACT: Catherine Garrison Davis, 843-297-0140,