For Immediate Release

From:  Alison Darby, 864-958-5264

Date:  Jan. 13, 2023

Subject:  Winter wonderland at Belton Depot this Sunday

 

 

The Belton Area Museum Association (BAMA) invites the community to join in a fun and family-friendly opening celebration of its newest exhibit Let It Snow! on Sunday, Jan. 22, from 3 – 5 PM at the historic Belton train depot.

 

Using snow and ice as its core theme, this exhibit brings a winter wonderland to upstate SC. The exhibit features collections of snow globes of all types and ceramics with snow themes, vintage items needed to play and dress for snow days, sports memorabilia from icy sporting events, antique and vintage photos of landmarks in the snow as well as families enjoying the snow, and traditions associated with snowy forecasts.

 

As patrons enter the North End Gallery, they will walk through icicles and snowflakes to find an igloo made from recycled gallon jugs and kids can have a mock snowball fight indoors. A quick tutorial on how to best prepare your car for inclement weather will be offered by personnel from Advance Auto Parts.  In addition, patrons can register for a free give-away winter car-care kit.

 

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits will also have swag to give away that day.

 

Vampire Penguin-Anderson will be at the opening celebration, offering their one of a kind snow treats.  These delectable desserts will be $8 each and more information about the variety and options can be found at their Facebook page at Vampire Penguin Anderson SC.

 

Sponsored by Anderson County ATAX, City of Belton HTAX, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Advance Auto Parts, and Vampire Penguin-Anderson, the event is free for the public to enjoy.

 

“In addition as a tie in event to this exhibit, we are so excited to be bringing back our Home School Days program” said Abigail Burden, BAMA executive director.

 

On Thursday, February 9, at 10 am, BAMA educators will be hosting a class on the science of snowflakes. Students will learn about Wilson Bentley, who was the first to photograph individual snowflakes, and the categories of snowflake shapes scientists found from those photographs.

 

“We will also look at how snowflakes can eventually form glaciers and why glaciers are important to the world’s climate,” Burden added.

 

Students will participate in hands-on activities and crafts through this class. The cost for this event is $2 per student, ages 7-12. To register, please contact the museum at 854-338-7400 or email beltonmuseum@bellsouth.net.

 

The exhibit runs through March 4.  Patrons can visit during regular museum hours (Wednesday – Friday, 9 am – 2 pm; Saturday, 10 am – noon), or by scheduled appointment for groups.

 

Please check BAMA’s Facebook page for updated information.

 

The Belton Area Museum Association is a place where people of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities can learn about and experience our area’s history and culture.  Museum admission is free.

 

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