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Blue Ridge Fest raises record $238K for local charities

UPSTATE — Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative presented checks to four Pickens area charities from the 22nd annual Blue Ridge Fest.

Pickens County Meals on Wheels, The Dream Center of Pickens County, the Cancer Association of Pickens County and Feed a Hungry Child of Pickens County each received $17,000 from Blue Ridge Electric’s annual fundraising event.

Blue Ridge Fest attracted nearly 8,000 attendees and more than 400 classic cars from across the Southeast to benefit 12 local charities in the cooperative’s four-county service area.

Since the inception of Blue Ridge Fest more than two decades ago, the event has raised nearly $3 million for Upstate charitable organizations.

Easter sunrise

Hillcrest Memorial Park hosted its annual Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday. The many who attended were greeted by the sounds of the Secona Praise Team, followed by a message delivered by former Pickens High School principal Marion Lawson.


LMSC Teen Miss Pickens County plans meet and greet at The Scoop

Nevaeh Grace Woodson was recently crowned LMSC Teen Miss Pickens County and LMSC Sparkle City Sweetheart. She is a sophomore at Daniel High school and will be representing Pickens County at the LMSC Little Miss and Teen Miss South Carolina pageants in July. Woodson is planning a meet and greet from noon-2 p.m. April 28 at The Scoop in Six Mile.


‘Music in the Park’ continues April 28 as Ole #4 performs

LIBERTY — The 2019 Spring Music Series “Music In The Park” began April 6 and will continue every Saturday until June 29 (skipping May 18 for the Spring Festival).

The events are scheduled each Saturday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in Sarlin Park off South Commerce Street downtown.

This Saturday, Ole #4 will perform. The Pickens-based group

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Happy 90th birthday

A surprise 90th birthday party was held on March 23 honoring Corene McCollum, mother of Betty Richards and Lois Porter. Many family members and friends attended the event, which was held at Pickens View Wesleyan Church.


Community Wide Reunion planned May 4 in Pickens

PICKENS — The second annual Pickens Community Wide Reunion is set for Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The event will again be held this year at 450 Garvin St. in Pickens.

The free fun-filled event will feature food vendors, games, arts and crafts, raffles and prizes, classic and muscle cars, classic motorcycles and musical entertainment. Organizers say new activities have been added that will be fun for all.

Those interested in being a vendor, showing a car or motorcycle or volunteering are asked to call Lynne Perry at (864) 567-7282 or (864) 878-6123.

The event is sponsored by Arise From The Ashes Community Development Corporation (AFTA-CDC). The AFTA-CDC is a local nonprofit that is focused on community revitalization within Pickens.


Opera For Kids brings ‘Three Pigs’ to Pickens

PICKENS — A classic children’s story came to life recently for the students enrolled at the Pickens Presbyterian Church Child Development Center.

Opera For Kids, organized and administered by FBN Opera Productions of Chapin, arrived early on Friday, April 5, to set up the scenery for “The Three Pigs.”

Professional singers and actors from FBN Opera Productions, have been presenting children’s favorite stories set to music for 25 years.

The presentation at Pickens Presbyterian Church was the first time for a visit to Pickens, but organizers hope it is not the last

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Courier Community Calendar 4-17-19

• Free concert set for Old Pickens Church

On Sunday, April 28, the historic Old Pickens Presbyterian Church will be the site for a free concert. The event will feature the Seneca High School Madrigal Singers.

The music will run from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to appreciate the marvelous acoustics in this historic landmark. Old Pickens Church is located off U.S. Highway 183 just over

Easley Spring Fling is Saturday

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

EASLEY — Easley’s Spring Fling will feature more than 130 vendors this Saturday.

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Old Market Square.

City clerk and farmers marker manager Lisa Chapman said the festival will feature two entertainment stages.

The Easley Combined Utilities stage will host dance performances and acoustic performances.

“There will be jazz bands all day long on the amphitheater stage,” Chapman said.

The Easley Community Band will play from 9-9:30 a.m. They’ll

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YAMS and others to take part in old-time radio show performance

PICKENS — This Saturday, April 6, the Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) will host their third radio show at the Hagood Community Center (aka Pickens Senior Center) Auditorium from 7-9 p.m.

Electric City Bluegrass 104.7 FM of Anderson will produce the show, and Bud Burdette will be the emcee.

Three groups from the Upstate will be entertaining. Mountain Bridge is a traditionally styled bluegrass band led by Chad Simpson and Josh Johnson. Simpson brings vocal stylings similar to James King and Junior Sisk to the band along with his strong rhythm guitar. Johnson

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