Join us Saturday, April 9, at the Belton depot  from 9 am – 2 pm for the eighth annual Community-wide Rummage and Craft Sale.

With 50 vendor spaces onsite, there is definitely something for everyone!

“Why not enjoy a spring day and shop for goodies!” said co-organizer and BAMA board member Charlene Ferguson.

On the rummage side of things, there are people selling costume jewelry, clothing and accessories, tools, books, gently used furniture, sporting goods,  kitchen items, lawn equipment, electronics and games, and household décor.

Crafters include those selling handmade woodcrafts and signs, jewelry, wreaths, children’s clothing, duck calls, soaps and candles,  wood bowls, crocheted items, vinyl products, and holiday décor including Easter baskets.

Vendors representing Swarovski Crystals, Pampered Chef,  and Color Street Nails have also signed up to sell.

Sour dough bread, cupcakes and cakes, boiled peanuts, chocolate desserts, Puerto Rican food plates, hotdogs, and other snacks will be available for purchase as well.

The Belton depot  is located in the middle of the Belton square at 100 N. Main Street.

Parking is free on the square or behind the Belton Library and admission to the sale is free to all.

“Come check out the great bargains and one-of-a-kind items for sale!” encouraged BAMA executive director Abigail Burden.

For more information, please contact the museum at 864-338-7400 or

Join us for a magical evening to benefit the Belton Area Museum Association on Thursday, March 24, beginning at 6:30 PM.

Complete with cuisine, beer and wine, and good-natured competition, the event’s tickets are available now for the upcoming German themed fundraiser Sei Frohlich:  A Night for the Museum.  The event will be held at the historic Belton Train Depot.

“The depot will be transformed into a German wunderbar beirhaus and amazing cuisine and drinks will be served to all attendees. And the bidding can get quite competitive, but all in good fun,” said BAMA President J. E. Palmer.

Tickets are $30 each or two for $50 and include complimentary drinks, beer, wine, seated dinner, a bidding card, and lots of fun competition among bidders. The Mercantile is providing dinner, with German Cornish hens, with German sides, appetizers and desserts.

Included in the bidding will be a­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ eucalyptus wood Adirondack chair with side table (value $1100) donated by Maynard’s, a week’s vacation to Hilton Head Island (value $2500, getaways to special vacation spots, dining and party packages, jewelry, antiques, and services such as salon/spa treatments, auto detailing, and event experiences for families.

Items of interest will be included in both the silent and live auction bidding.  An updated list of auction items will be available at the Belton Area Museum Association’s Facebook Page.

Proceeds benefit the Belton Area Museum Association and its educational programs.  With nearly 10,000 visitors to the museum each year, BAMA offers historical, cultural, and educational programs free of charge to the public.  Participation in this fundraiser will help BAMA preserve, protect, and display our area’s historic treasures.

The event is being presented by Clinkscales Chevrolet.  Additional sponsors include Maynard’s Home Furnishings, Belton Comprehensive Dentistry, Pickens Railway, Southern Burglar Alarm, O’Dell Oil Company, Clinkscales Drugs, Ralph Hayes Toyota,  Edward
Jones, Palmetto Insurance-Keys Agency, Duke Energy, Argo and Associates, South State Bank, Richard and Eleanor Dorn, Steve and Celena Bryant, J. E. and Lucy Palmer, Johnny and Theresa Shirley, the Standpipe Restaurant, and Town Square Chiropractic.

For more information, please contact Executive Director Abigail Burden at 864-338-7400 or

It’s an evening to be joyful and have a good time! Make plans now to attend Sei Frohlich:  A Night for the Museum on March 24.

A 2 night stay at Table Rock State Park along with a State Park Passport (total value $500) will be one of the live auction items at this year’s A Night for the Museum.





February 25, 2022


The Soirée, a regional food and art festival, will once again electrify the streets of downtown Anderson April 29-30, 2022. This community-led festival, hosted by the City of Anderson, will provide a free, entertaining two-day cultural experience attracting visitors from near and far.


The Soirée was a signature community festival in downtown Anderson from 1987-2009. During that time, the Soirée distinguished itself as one of the first, and finest, arts festivals in our region. The Soirée will continue the same standard of excellence on Friday afternoon, April 29th and all-day Saturday, April 30th with a focus on performing, visual, and culinary arts.


A family-friendly event, the Soirée will feature a designated area for children’s games and activities. Downtown restaurants and food trucks will bring culinary delights and visitors can enjoy live performances with multiple stages starring local and regional talent. More than 50 artists will present their work through a partnership with the Anderson Arts Center.


Organizers announced this week that the presenting sponsor will be Upcountry Fiber and the media sponsor will be WYFF-4.


Other sponsors confirmed to date include Legacy Sponsors Anderson County, AnMed Health, Anderson University, Duke Energy, and Piedmont Natural Gas along with The People’s Bank, McCoy Wright, Grainger Nissan, TriCounty Technical College, State Farm Ron Haskell, Sullivan-King Mortuary, Clever Techs, and Papa Bear Car Wash.


For more information on sponsorships or volunteer opportunities, contact:

Caroline Gaddis at



About the presenting sponsor, Upcountry Fiber:


“Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative (BREC) and West Carolina Rural Telephone Cooperative (WCTEL) partnered to create Upcountry Fiber, an internet service provider. “The digital divide is a community-wide problem that both WCTEL and Blue Ridge are solving together,” said Jim Lovinggood, Chief Executive Officer, BREC. Upcountry Fiber offers high-speed internet to households and businesses in and around BREC’s service area. “This partnership creates a game-changing opportunity for Blue Ridge Electric members,” said Jeff Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, WCTEL. Fiber-optic broadband is the fastest, most reliable network available anywhere, and Upcountry Fiber is proud to help bridge the “digital divide” where little to no access exists.”


About the media sponsor, WYFF-4:


WYFF 4 is Hearst Television’s NBC affiliate station in the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson-Asheville market. WYFF News 4 is the leader in Live. Local. Breaking News. and weather, available on-air, online and on the WYFF 4 app. Former WYFF 4 Chief Meteorologist John Cessarich was a staple every year at the Anderson Soiree, highlighting the people, food, and entertainment that made it a must-attend event for families throughout the area.


“WYFF 4 has a long history with the Anderson Soiree, and we are thrilled to see it return,” said WYFF 4 President and General Manager John Humphries. “The Soiree has always been a marquee event in the Upstate and beloved by so many of our viewers. We look forward to once again showcase on WYFF 4 all the best food, music, and art that Anderson has to offer.”

What: Art Slam will feature a live competition among 14 artists. Each artists will be given a “mystery
box” of supplies and must create a piece of art on the spot within a two-hour time frame.
In addition to the Art Slam competition, there will be artisan vendors, performing artists, children’s
art activities, the Mac Attack food truck and a cash bar.

When: Friday, March
Event Hours: 5-9 p.m.
Art Slam Competition: 6-8 p.m.

Where: Anderson Arts Center, 110 Federal Street, Anderson, SC 29625

Who: 14 artists, 9 artisan vendors, 8 performing artists

Why: The Art Slam competition will challenge the artists’ creativity, imagination and resourcefulness.
The competition will showcase artistic creation as a form of entertainment and will bring new
visitors to the Arts Center. Engaging the community and creating awareness of the Arts Center is a
primary goal of the organization as it enters its 50th year in 2022.
In addition to awareness goals, the Arts Center has also set both financial goals specific to this
anniversary year. The organization is also seeking to go into the next 50 years debt-free and is
working to raise enough funds to pay off the renovation debt, which is just shy of $50,000. With an
overall goal of $100,000, additional donations will help to establish a building fund for ongoing
upkeep and continued improvements of the renovated warehouse. There is a special 50 Year
Donation Drive page on the website ( with more information.

Info: April Cameron, Executive Director

(March 1, 2022) – New York Times bestselling author Karen White will be at the Anderson Main Library for the launch of her newest book, The Shop on Royal Street, on Tuesday, March 29 at 12pm. The Shop On Royal Street is the first in a new spinoff of her beloved Tradd Street series. Enjoy tea and beignets for a New Orleans twist and purchase books to be signed by the author at this free event. Registration is requested to ensure enough seats.

Karen White is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 31 books, including the beloved Charleston series, The House on Tradd Street. The Shop On Royal Street will be first available on March 29 and is the start of a new spin-off series starring Melanie Trenholm’s stepdaughter, Nola. Nola Trenholm is looking for a fresh start and her future looks bright when she buys a fixer-upper. But this house is going to require a lot more work than anticipated, and there are restless spirits not quite ready to move out. Nola isn’t a medium, but she knows someone who is. Unfortunately, it’s the last person she wants anything to do with: Beau Ryan.

Masterfully blending women’s fiction, romance, mystery, and historical fiction, The Shop on Royal Street finds Nola forced to confront the hidden secrets of her new adopted city and its residents who came before. Set in another unforgettable location and filled with mystery, romance, and plenty of hauntings, The Shop On Royal Street is sure to give longtime fans and new readers alike a favorite new series.

On March 29 at 12pm, hear Karen White discuss her newest book, enjoy tea and beignets, and purchase copies of Karen’s books for signing. Register online at or by contacting the Anderson County Library System. For questions, contact Brianna at 260-4500 x107 or

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