Courier Community Calendar 10-2-19

• Juvenile arthritis fundraiser planned

Local residents will soon have a chance to raise a fork for a great cause. The Hagood Community Center will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for juvenile arthritis from noon-3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13. The proceeds from the dinner will go to the Arthritis Foundation, and donations will be accepted.

• PCLA to hold book sale on Oct. 25-26

Pickens Presbyterian Church will be hosting a book sale to benefit the Pickens County Literacy Association. The sale, which will be held on Oct. 25 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Oct. 26 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., includes hardback, paperback, inpirational, cookbooks, health, craft and childrens books, CDs, DVDs, tapes and much more. All proceeds from the sale will go to the PCLA. For more, call (864) 617-4237 or visit the PCLA Facebook page.

• Craft fair planned at Mountain Grove

Mountain Grove Baptist Church will be hosting a craft fair and hot dog sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 5. Located at 644 E Preston McDaniel Road in Pickens, the proceeds from the sale will go to the Mountain Grove children’s ministry to help with Country Santa.

• MOW fundraiser set at Cornerstone

Cornerstone Christian Music and Supply will be hosting its annual music festival this Saturday, Oct. 5.

This year’s festival, “Music and Meals for Mama,” will be a benefit for Pickens County Meals on Wheels and Hope Women’s Center of Easley.

The festival, which will run from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. outside Cornerstone Christian Music and Supply, will feature live bands, food, a bake sale and contests and games. A raffle will also be held at the event, with tickets going for $2 individually or three for $5. Prizes include a D’Angelico guitar valued at $460 and much more to choose from. 100 percent of the money raised will go to Pickens County Meals on Wheels and Hope Women’s Center of Easley.

For more information, including sponsorships, on the 2019 Cornerstone Music Festival visit or find the store’s Facebook page.

• Dacusville Lions to hold Chinese auction

The Dacusville Lions Club to host a Chinese auction this Saturday, Oct. 5. Ticket sales will start at 11:30 a.m., and the auction will start at 1 p.m. The auction will be held at the Dacusville Lions Club building at 1384 Thomas Mill Road in Easley. Refreshments will be served. All proceeds benefit the community.

For more information, call Ann Shelton at (864) 918-3054.

• Porter reunion planned for Oct.6

Descendants of Philip and Mary Smith Porter will meet for their annual reunion on Oct. 6, at Porter’s Chapel United Methodist Church is located seven miles north of Pickens on E. Preston McDaniel Rd. off Highway 178. Gathering starts at noon with lunch at 1:30 p.m. and short programs following lunch.Philip and Mary settled in the “Portertown” section before 1800 and they are the ancestors of virtually all Porters in the upstate. Philip was one of the founders of Porter’s Chapel Church, founded in 1832 and celebrating its 187th birthday.All branches of the family are invited, so come and renew old family ties and forge new connections. Bring papers, photos and other documents for sharing stories of interst. For any questions, call Frank Porter at 864-878-0347.

• Edify to sing at Amazing Grace

Located at 229 Pearl St. in Pickens, Amazing Grace Fellowship will host a homecoming service this Sunday, Oct. 6, featuring a performance by Upstate-based Southern gospel singing group Edify. The group will begin singing at 10:15 a.m., and Rev. Roland Bearden will be preaching in the 11 a.m. worship hour. Lunch will follow in the church’s fellowship building.

• 41st Pumpkin Fest scheduled for Oct. 12

The 41st Pumpkin Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Oolenoy Community Building in Pumpkintown. The theme of this year’s Festival is “Fall, Festivities and Fun.” Festival activities will include a parade, 152 booths of quality arts and crafts, music, clogging, activities and rides for children, barbecue chicken lunch, barbecue sandwiches and other country foods. The festival will begin at 9 a.m. with the start of the parade. Barbecue lunch will be served around noon. Anyone who would like to help with the festival or who needs more information should call Buddy Cox at (864) 878-2045. Anyone who would like to participate in the parade is asked to contact the Pumpkintown Fire Department at (864) 878-3473. Leave a message and someone will return your call.

• Book signing set for Hanover House

The historic Hanover House will host a book signing for Kate Salley Palmer’s new book, “The Lady of Cofitachequi: A South Carolina Native American Folktale,” from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. This children’s book tells the story of the Lady of Cofitachequi, a Native American chief who encountered Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto near present-day Camden more than 500 years ago. In 1998, Palmer and her husband, Jim, a retired Clemson University professor, started Warbranch Press Inc. This children’s book was published by University of South Carolina Press. Palmer has been writing and illustrating children’s literature for more than 30 years. The Hanover House, now located in the South Carolina Botanical Garden, is one of the oldest homes in South Carolina.   The event is free to the public, and Hanover House will be open for tours during the signing as well. For more information, contact Clemson Historic Properties at (864) 656-2475 or

• Lewis reunion planned for Oct. 6

The annual Lewis family reunion is planned for this Sunday, Oct. 6 at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, located at 830 Country Club Road in Pickens. All attending are asked to bring a well-filled basket and enjoy the event with family and friends.

• Hootenanny set for Pickens Halloween

Pickens’ Trick or Treat on Main, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5-9 p.m., is taking on a new form for the 2019 Halloween season. This year, the celebration will offer more of a party and festival atmosphere. “Trick or Treat on Main” is morphing into the “Pickens Halloween Hootenanny” and will take place at the Pickens amphitheater. Also new this year is the Pickens Lions Club partnering with the Pickens Revitalization Association to host the Halloween celebration. Anyone interested in helping or with celebration ideas is urged to contact Fowler at (864) 420-3449 or Siwicki at (864) 507-3146.