Pendleton District Commisson


February 2015 Newsletter

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Director's Corner
38th Annual Spring Jubilee
Jubilee Joy Ride
Tourism & Events Update
Recipe of the Month
Bushel and a Peck Club
Snapshot in History
Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail
Andy Anole
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February 2015

Month-long Exhibits

 February 3-6: Exhibit - Paul Flint & Greg Flint at Pickens County Museum


February 4: Race and the University - A Campus Conversation

February 6-8: Play - The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

February 6: First Friday Nature Walk at SC Botanical Garden


February 6: The Silver Dollar Music Hall Friday Night Bluegrass


February 6: First Friday Nature Walk at SC Botanical Garden


February 7: OAK - Oconee Appalachian Kids


February 7: Greenville-Pickens Speedway


February 7: World of Energy & Roper Mountain Science Center

February 7: Lake Jocassee Day Hike and Lake Tour


February 7: 225 and Alive! African-American Heritage Day in Pendleton


February  7: Little Roy & Lizzy


February 7: Nature Center Open House - Secrets of Trees


February 8: Story Time and More and the SC Agricultural Museum


February 10: Super Tuesday at World of Energy


February 13: The Silver Dollar Music Hall Friday Night Bluegrass


February 13: Valentine Wine Tasting and Silent Auction


February 13-14: Historic Pendleton Walking Tour

 February 13-15: Play - The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe


February 14: Heartstrings at Hagood Mill


February 14: MoTown Old School Jam


February 14: Music on the Mountain at Table Rock State Park

February 14: Love Letters for Valentines at Clemson Little Theater


February 14: Greenville-Pickens Speedway

February 19-22: Play - Eurydice


February 20: The Silver Dollar Music Hall Friday Night Bluegrass

February 20-22: 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic Lake Hartwell


February 21: Greenville-Pickens Speedway

February 21: Deep Winter  Blues at Hagood Mill

February 21: 225 and Alive! Tree Planting Event - Pendleton


February 22-28: Engineers Week at World of Energy


February 26: Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona Carnarvon

February 26: Danu


February 27: BlueGrass Concert for Tamassee DAR School


February 27: 7th Annual Celebration of Story at The ARTS Center


February 27: The Silver Dollar Music Hall Friday Night Bluegrass


February 27-28: Orchid Show at World of Energy


February 28: Greenville-Pickens Speedway

February 28: Gathering on Appalachian Life (GOAL)

February 28: Kid's Day at the Agricultural Museum 


 We apologize for any 

errors or omissions. 

Please contact

 with any corrections or additions to our calendar.

Story Time and More!
Kids Day at the AG


with Ellen Harrison
February 13-14





Formerly "Friends of Pendleton District Commission" provides resources to support the mission of Pendleton District Commission and to fund its programs and projects  

Click HERE for more information!

Director's Corner
By Vicki B. Fletcher


First Annual Awards Ceremony

Join us for our First Annual Awards Ceremony!  On Friday, February 6, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., Pendleton District Commission will hold a ceremony to announce our Annual Award winners. The ceremony will be held at Hunter's Store at 125 E. Queen Street in Pendleton.


Volunteer Highlight - Zach Sahms


Our February Volunteer of the month is Zach Sahms. Zach has volunteered at the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina since the fall of 2014. Zach, who has a degree in Criminal Justice from Tri-County Tech, has volunteered with our educational programs and in-school programs for the museum. Zach's most recent new skill was mastering the art of dis-assembling a corn crib, which will be re-assembled on the Agricultural Museum grounds. 


Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of SC Update
Les McCall, Director 


Exciting New Exhibits in the New Year

2015 is already shaping up to be a very busy year for the Agricultural Museum of South Carolina and the Pendleton District Commission.  We have a full schedule of Kids Days, Story Times, Events, Exhibits (and even a bagpipe concert) lined up for the Agricultural Museum, and a series of exhibits on display from the Pendleton District Commission at Hunter's Store as well.   First up are two very interesting exhibits that will run the entire month of February, both focusing on Black History.  At Hunter's Store, we have an exhibit on the incredible life and impact of Jane Edna Hunter, and a history of the African American community in Pendleton.  The Jane Edna Hunter exhibit will also feature a talk, entitled "Celebrating Pendleton's Black History," featuring Dr. Rhondda Thomas and Sandra Gantt, on February 9th at 7pm.   Truly an event not to be missed.

In addition, the Agricultural Museum is proud to be running a special exhibit for the month of February, featuring the art of Frank Morris.  Frank Morris' paintings are beautiful pieces of folk art portraying either agricultural scenes, or aspects of African American life in an agrarian South Carolina setting.  From cotton wagons to churches, tenant-farming houses to barnyards, these incredible pieces are one-of-a-kind reminders of both the hardships and joys of life in another time.  This exhibit is free to the public, and open during general Agricultural Museum of South Carolina hours.


Jane Edna Hunter and the African American Community Exhibit

Hunter's Store

Free- M-F: 9am-4:30pm (entire month of February)

Frank Morris Special Exhibit

Agricultural Museum of South Carolina

Free- Thursday, Friday- 12pm-5pm; Saturday- 10am-3pm

Entire Month of February


Celebrating Pendleton's Black History- Hunter's Store

            February 9th @ 7pm

            Dr. Rhondda Thomas and Sandra Gantt


If you would like more information on this topic or you wish to donate or volunteer at the museum, please contact Les McCall at 864.646.7271 or

"Come Grow With Us!"


Historic Spring Jubilee Update
Rhonda Gray, Tourism & Events Coordinator


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The 38th Annual Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee
Presented by



Saturday, April 4 - Sunday, April 5, 2015 
on the Village Green in 
Historic Pendleton, South Carolina  

Admission is FREE to the public.

Jubilee Joy Ride Update
Rhonda Gray, Tourism & Events Coordinator


The 23rd Jubilee Joy Ride (Metric Century - 62.5 mile or Half-Metric 28 mile loops).  Mark your calendar for an exciting Mass Start at 8am on April 4th at the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of SC.  Our Presenting sponsor again this year is, a Product of Independent Mail. To register go to or call 864.646.3782.  


Tourism & Events Update
Rhonda Gray, Tourism & Events Coordinator


Valentine's Day


Have you made plans for Valentine's Day?  Could it be time for lunch with a good friend or the long overdue date night? We are fortunate to have many wonderful restaurants in our region, and pleased to welcome a new one that you are sure to enjoy. 


If you're looking for a unique and delicious Italian meal in a cozy setting, look no farther than Villa Toscana on Main.  Greg and his staff will make you feel right at home, and you may even think you're in the heart of Tuscany!

An interesting tidbit is that Villa Tuscana on Main is located in the boyhood home of Senator Lindsey Graham, and there's even a chef's signature entr�e named for the Senator! 


For more information visit them at:


Villa Toscana on Main

217 W. Main St

Central, SC 



Recipe of the Month

Velvet Cake    
2 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 cup buttermilk
2 egg yolks, beaten
2 whole eggs
2 cups white sugar
1 cup butter 
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 tsp. [baking] soda

Cream the butter and sugar together. Mix in yolks, then eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Stir [baking] soda and vanilla into buttermilk. Blend this and the flour alternately into the mixture. Pour into 3 greased cake pans. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes.

This recipe by Elizabeth Sparks, author of N.C. And Old Salem Cookery, can be found in the cookbook, A Taste of the Past: More Old Timey Recipes. This and other books can be purchased at Hunter's Store, home of Pendleton District Commission.

Bushel and a Peck Club



Welcome to Bushel and A Peck Club and THANK YOU for your contribution!  We are excited to report that over 50 members either joined for the first time or renewed their membership at the end of 2014 or during January 2015.  It is through your funds that we are able to support the mission of Pendleton District Commission and to fund its programs and projects.  We have an exciting year planned and greatly appreciate your support!


Bushel and a Peck Club, formerly "Friends of Pendleton District Commission" provides resources to support the mission of Pendleton District Commission and to fund its programs and projects - some of which are:

    • Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina
    • Local History Archives & Research Library
    • Hunter's Store Regional Visitor's Center


Join Bushel and a Peck Club to stay connected and involved in our region's agriculture, history, and tourism developments.  Your membership provides needed resources while keeping you as informed and involved as you'd like to be throughout the year.  



General Membership$32 for First individual membership (or 32 hours of Volunteer Service) + $8 for Each additional membership at the time of sign-up or renewal ($56 for a Family of four)

Small Business Membership =  $100 for Business Owner plus 1 Employee

Corporate Membership$250 for 8 Corporation Employees

Nurturing Membership - $2,500

Sustaining Membership - $25,000

Lifetime sustainer - $250,000



At the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina and Hunter's Store Regional Visitor's Center

  • 10% off program or demonstration registration
  • Preferred placement in program enrollment 
  • Eligibility to rent The Garden Pavilion and/or Hunter's Store for events
  • 10% off merchandise
  • FREE scans and copies at Pendleton District Commission's Local History Archives and Research Library 
  • Invitation to all Members-Only Events

Your Bushel and a Peck Club donation is TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.


Our current faithful Bushel and a Peck Club members should watch for an invoice in the mail or by email.


To enroll or to pay your 2014-2015 dues, please contact Rhonda Gray at or 864.646.3782.  We would love to hear from you!


Snapshot in History

Battle of Cowpens Reenactment

For more historic photos, reference, or genealogical material, visit Pendleton District Commission in Hunter's Store or contact Curator Les McCall at

Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail


#141 Nine Patch
Quilter: Annie Mae Hawkins Brewer
Sponsor: Patricia and Randy Travis
Location:  301 Lazy Street, Anderson, SC 
GPS: N34� 27.3675', W082� 48.5588'

#143 Crazy Tie Quilt
QuilterMildred Spearman
SponsorJim and Mildred Spearman in honor of both maternal grandmothers
Location101 Augusta Street, Westminster, SC
GPS: N34� 39.8186', W083� 5.8939'

For more information on the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, visit

Adventures of Andy Anole

 Andy Anole 


Andy is a Carolina anole (Anolis carolinensis). An arboreal lizard found primarily in the southeastern United States and some Caribbean islands, other common names include the green anoleAmerican anole and red-throated anole. He is also sometimes referred to as the American chameleon due to its ability to change color from several brown hues to bright green. 



Answer:  Carrick Creek, Table Rock State Park 


This waterfall is connected the the Carrick Creek hiking trail, which offers visitor a moderately strenuous, 1.8-mile trail loop provides amazing views of Table Rock State Park . The first 100 yards of the loop are paved and handicap accessible. 


Can you guess where Andy is visiting this month?




For a chance at ONE free Historic Pendleton Walking Tour ticket good for the following month's tour, email


The first correct answer received at our office will win the ticket!



No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years of age to enter. If a winner cannot be reached after a reasonable amount of effort has been made to notify the winner of the prize, the winner forfeits his/her rights to the winning prize. If a winner does not contact Pendleton District Commission within 21 days of winning, the winner forfeits his/her prize. If an email returns undeliverable, the winner forfeits his/her rights to the prize. While we do send emails requesting follow-up information to each winner, Pendleton District Commission assumes no responsibility to ensure winner response.  Each entrant limited to one winning entry per six month period.  




Hunter's Store Visitor Center 
 Monday - Friday  9 - 4:30

Agricultural Museum 
Thursday - Friday noon - 5 ; Saturday 10 - 3. 


Hunter's Store Visitors Center
Closed February 16
President's Day

-- Pendleton District Commission and Staff

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