Community center auditorium almost done, shows planned

PICKENS — Renovation of the auditorium at Hagood Community Center (aka Pickens Senior Center) is nearing completion, and plans are being made for scheduling events at the auditorium.

The Pickens Concert Choir will present holiday music on Dec. 2-3. The official grand opening of the auditorium will be Friday, Dec. 16, featuring Claire Lynch and Bryan McDowell, acoustic bluegrass musicians of national acclaim. Sweet Potato Pie Kids, the performing band of the Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM), will open for the headline duo. From 6-7 p.m., a Meet the Artists reception will be held. Hors d’ouevres, wine, beer, and other drinks will be served.

A limit of 40 people will be admitted to Meet the Artists. The concert will begin at 7:15 p.m., and doors will open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are available online at by clicking PRA and then “Events.” Profits will be split between the Hagood Community Center and Young Appalachian Musicians. Tickets and information for all events are available at Pickens Senior Center at (864) 878-6000 from 8:30 a.m.-non, Monday-Friday.