Courier Community Calendar 9-18-19

• WPO offers chance at monthly fellowship

The Widowed Persons Organization (WPO) of Pickens County, sponsored by Dillard Funeral Home, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

The organization is not a grief therapy group, but it does provide an opportunity for widowed persons to come together, make new friends and share conversation and food while finding a new beginning in life.

The group meets on the second Saturday of every month at 1 p.m. in the fellowship building of Lakeview Baptist Church on Mauldin Lake Road in Pickens.

Everyone interested is invited to attend. For more information, call (864) 850-1987 or 864-878-6215.

• VA schedules parade on Nov. 10

The Pickens County Veterans Affairs office has announced that there will be a veterans parade in Pickens County again this year.

The parade will be held Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. in Liberty. The agency wants to invite all veterans and military (National Guard, reserves, active duty) and ROTC to participate.

Participants may gather as groups and ride on a float or trailer pulled by a truck, ride your motorcycle, drive a classic car or walk. The opportunity will be taken to recognize and honor veterans. Anyone interested in participating in parade should contact the Pickens County Veterans Affairs office at (864) 898-5926, (864) 898-5928, or (864) 898-5243.

• Day family reunion planned for Sept. 15

The Day family reunion, including descendants of Bradwell Day and Elizabeth Cansler Day, is planned for 1 p.m. Sept. 15 in the social hall of Georges Creek Baptist Church, located at 1991 Saluda Dam Road in Easley. Everyone is invited to attend the church service starting at 10:30 a.m. Visitors are asked to allow others to leave the parking lot by 12:30 p.m. before arriving for the reunion and bring a picnic lunch or covered dish to share and a drink. Plates, napkins, cups and eating utensils will be provided. Assistance will be available in filling out DAR membership papers. For more information, contact Bunny Zygmont at (301) 755-4389 or

• Lewis reunion planned for Oct. 6

The annual Lewis family reunion is planned for 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 friend.

• 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 start 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.

• Chappell reunion set at Holly Springs

Family and friends of the late J.C. (Came) and Elizabeth Patterson Chappell are invited to their annual family reunion on Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Holly Springs Baptist Church fellowship building in Pickens. Lunch will be served around 1:30 p.m., so family members should bring good food and enjoy the fellowship of relatives and friends.

• Jones Hill set to host Chinese auction

Jones Hill Church of God will host a Chinese auction on Saturday, Sept. 21. Located at 1014 Dalton Road in Marietta, the event will include hot dog and bake sales and drawings for the auction.

Ticket and hot dog and bake sales will begin at 11 a.m. Auction and drawings will begin at 1 p.m.

• 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. There will be booths, just like before, and they will be spread throughout the amphitheater grounds. The booths, again sponsored by local merchants and organizations, will have Halloween-themed activities and games, handing out candy and prizes. 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.