“Shots Fired in the Backcountry”, Revolutionary War Lecture Series,

    “Shots Fired in the Backcountry”, Revolutionary War Lecture Series,

    “Shots Fired in the Backcountry”

    Tuesday, September 7, 2021, 7:00 PM, Laurens County Museum Witherspoon Building,

    116 South Public Square, Laurens, SC, 29360

    Durant Ashmore, Historian and Battlefield Preservationist, will set the stage for the first armed conflict in the Revolutionary War south of Lexington and Concord which occurred in the SC Backcountry.  The discussion will focus on the First Siege of Ninety Six, the Battle of the Great Canebrake and the Snow Campaign (September, 1775–December, 1775). The Field Trip the following Saturday, September 11, will be to the Battle of the Great Canebrake site.

    Laurens County Museum suggests a donation for each lecture of $5 for museum members, $10 for non-members, no donation for 18 years old and younger.  Thank you for supporting the programs of the Laurens County Museum!  (864)681-3678, laurenscountymuseum.org

    “Laurens County Heroes, Villains, and Heroines” – Laurens County Museum Revolutionary War Series

    “Laurens County Heroes, Villains, and Heroines” – Laurens County Museum Revolutionary War Series

    “Laurens County Heroes, Villains, and Heroines”

    First Lecture in The Revolutionary War in the South Carolina Backcountry yearlong series by Battlefield Preservationist and Historian Durant Ashmore

    The Revolutionary War in Laurens County was truly the crucible that forged our nation.  This lecture will be a discussion of the civil war that raged in Laurens County with an emphasis on the remarkable Laurens County characters who involved themselves in the fight for freedom from the reign of the British monarchy and Parliament.  Subsequent lectures will be on the first Tuesday of each month starting on August 3, 2021.  Field trips to actual Revolutionary War battle and skirmish sites will be the following Saturdays after the August 3 lecture but not the July 20 lecture. Attendance will be limited and pre-registration is suggested by calling (864)681-3678.  Suggested donation for lecture — $5 Laurens County Museum members; $10 non-members; 18 years and younger no donation.

    Summer Reading Kick-Off

    Summer Reading Kick-Off

    Get ready for Summer Reading with this drop-in festival for all ages at the Anderson Main Library! The Anderson County Library’s Summer Reading Kick-Off is happening Saturday, June 12 from 10am-1pm.

    Find family games such as the Octo-toss and putt-putt or crafts such as making an animal mask at stations around the Children’s area and Courtyard. Play rec room games in the Gambrell Teen Room, like air hockey, ping-pong, and foosball, or explore the newly renovated Electric City Creative and make a custom picture frame using the Cricut.

    Meet Reedy Rip’It from the Greenville Drive, take a spin on the Greenville Triumph’s prize wheel for cool prizes, or make some furry friends with rabbits from TLC Rabbitry.

    Library staff will help you sign up the whole family for Summer Reading, share schedules of upcoming events, information on the Move It! Challenge from AnMed Health, and the great prizes available!

    All activity stations are spaced throughout the library for social distancing.

    Art School Summer Sessions at Greenville Center for Creative Arts

    Art School Summer Sessions at Greenville Center for Creative Arts

    Explore a variety of art mediums and techniques at GCCA’s Art School! Summer courses will run from May 31 to August 13 and can be booked online. Mediums include clay, mixed media, fiber, jewelry, photography, drawing, and painting. There are even classes designed specifically for teens and young children.

    Art Exhibition: Reflections on a Southern Summer

    Art Exhibition: Reflections on a Southern Summer

    Opening June 9 at Spartanburg’s TJC Gallery, the exhibition Reflections on a Southern Summer honors the abiding allure that the South holds as both a destination and a homeplace. During the languid, gauzy days of summer in the South, leisure is a time-honored tradition – and an art in and of itself. When the heat rises, beachcombers rush the coastal waves, generations of fishers cast hope-laden hooks into mountain waters, and the shade of sprawling live oaks offers welcome respite. Charged by the season’s lengthening light, verdant landscapes, and recreational offerings from summit to shoreline, artists have created lasting impressions of this region’s summers for centuries.

    On view through September 4, 2021, Reflections on a Southern Summer features works by Ernie Barnes, George Bellows, Margaret Burroughs, Josephine Couper, Lamar Dodd, William Dunlap, Clementine Hunter, Helen LaFrance, Margaret Law, Alice Smith, Eugene Thomason, and more. TJC Gallery, the Johnson Collection’s hometown exhibition space, is located at 154 West Main Street in downtown Spartanburg. Open from 12-4pm Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and the first Saturday of the month, gallery admission is free, and all are welcome.

    About the Johnson Collection

    Hailed by The Magazine Antiques with having staged a “quiet art historical revolution” and expanding “the meaning of regional” through its “exhibitions, loans, publications, and institutional partnerships,” the Johnson Collection seeks to illuminate the rich history and diverse cultures of the American South. Learn more at thejohnsoncollection.org.