Courier Community Calendar 9-25-19

• Dacusville Lions to hold Chinese auction

The Dacusville Lions Club to host a Chinese auction on 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.

• Edify to sing at Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace Fellowship in Pickens will host a homecoming service on 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.

Amazing Grace is located at 229 Pearl St. in Pickens.

• 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.

• 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.

The book was illustrated by Kate’s son and Clemson alum, James, the third South Carolina-history themed work that they have created together, along with “Francis Marion and the Legend of the Swamp Fox” and “First South Carolinians.”

The latest of many books in her lexicon, Palmer has been writing and illustrating children’s literature for more than 30 years.

The whole family is invited to spend the afternoon celebrating children’s literature and South Carolina history in an historical setting. Hanover House, now located in the South Carolina Botanical Garden, is one of the oldest homes in South Carolina, and the structure was moved to Clemson in 1941 in order to save the house from the inundation of Lake Moultrie.

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 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.