2014 South Carolina Humanities Festival – Walterboro

The 20th Annual SC Humanities Festival will take place in Walterboro, SC on March 6 – 9, 2014. Presented by The Colleton Museum & Farmers Market in partnership with the South Carolina Artisans Center, Colleton Center, Colleton County Arts Council, Colleton County Historical & Preservation Society, Colleton County Memorial Library, Walterboro – Colleton Chamber of Commerce, City of Walterboro and Colleton County, the 2014 festival will highlight the history and culture of Walterboro and celebrate the arts and humanities.

There are many exciting events planned, including lectures, tours, and performances. The full schedule can be downloaded below, and a sampling of some of the exciting events is also listed. Many of the events are free and open to the public, but several require tickets and advanced registration. To sign up for classes, visit the Colleton Museum & Farmers Market’s website at www.cm-fm.org.

Download the full 2014 South Carolina Humanities Festival Schedule

A sampling of events:

March 07 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
2014 South Carolina Humanities Festival – World War II Symposium, Session 1
The World War II Symposium will consist of two sessions. This first session will feature Elizabeth Laney, SC Parks Interpreter at Redcliffe Plantation and Colleton County native, as she shares her in-depth collection of research pertaining to Colleton County’s World War II history. Carl Coffin, Director of Colleton County Memorial Library, will also discuss Colleton County resources available at the library.
Location: Colleton County Memorial Library, 500 Hampton Street, Walterboro, SC
Free and open to the public
Info: 843-549-2303

March 07 | 12:00 pm – 04:00 pm
2014 South Carolina Humanities Festival – Sweetgrass Basket Making Workshop
Sweetgrass basket class and lecture by the the Mazyck family, Adeline Mazyck and Elizabeth Mazyck
Participants will make their own small sweetgrass basket
Location: SC Artisans Center, 318 Wichman Street, Walterboro
Tickets: $35 per person; please make payment directly to the SC Artisans Center at 843-549-0011
Info: 843-549-0011

March 07 | 05:00 pm
2014 South Carolina Humanities Festival – Opening Night Festival Event
5:00 p.m. – Screening of the film Homegoings; Homegoings takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history, and celebration.
6:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion on South Carolina Homegoing Traditions, Co-Sponsored by the Walterboro Committee for the 2014 SC Humanities Festival & the SC African American Heritage Commission
7:00 p.m. – A Soulful Dinner with Soul Music – have a plate of fried chicken, collard greens, red rice, and other lowcountry favorites plus a tasty dessert and a glass of sweet tea; cash bar (wine and beer); music provided by The Soulful Sam Singleton.
Location: Colleton Museum & Farmers Market, 506 E. Washington Street, Walterboro
Tickets: $10 per person; reservations required by February 28 as seating is limited
Info: 843-549-2303

March 08 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
2014 South Carolina Humanities Festival – Guided Driving Tour of Colleton County with Charles Bridges
This is a guided van tour of Walterboro and surrounding areas. Visit the old Pon Pon Chapel; the grave of Revolutionary War martyr, Isaac Hayne; John Wesley’s preaching site; drive through two beautiful plantation grounds and see the beautiful Bonnie Doone Plantation and one more plantation for good measure along with many other sites of local historic interest. Colleton’s own Charles Bridges, tireless employee of the Colleton County Assessor’s office, former plantation sales real estate agent, and member of a family full of historians, will lead the tour.
Location: Meet at the Colleton Museum & Farmers Market
Tickets: $5 per person and must be purchased in advance. Limited availability.
Info: 843-549-2303

March 08 | 02:00 pm – 03:00 pm
2014 South Carolina Humanities Festival – Lowcountry Rice Culture
Presented Dr. Travis Folk
Join Dr. Travis Folk as he talks about the history of the culture that developed with the famed “Carolian Gold” – the SC lowcountry’s “gold” crop. Dr. Travis Folk has a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia, an M.S. and a PhD in Wildlife and Animals Sciences from Auburn University and has called the ACE Basin and former rice fields his home since birth.
Location: Historic Bedon-Lucas House, 205 Church Street, Walterboro, SC
Free and open to the public
Info: 843-549-2303

March 09
2014 South Carolina Humanities Festival – Closing Event and Champagne Brunch
Tucked behind a tree-lined avenue of ancient live oaks on Wichman Street in Walterbboro stands one of South cCarolina’s most historic treasures, Orange Grove Place. Build in the Federal style in 1823, Orange Grove Place boasts twelve sun-filled rooms, each with twelve foot ceilings. The home was lovingly restored and is located on beautifully landscaped acreage in the nationally recognized Historic District of Walterboro.
A lavish lowcountry brunch complete with champagne will be provided to cap festival events and entice attendees to come back and visit again in Colleton County.
Location: Orange Grove Place, 527 Wichman Street, Walterboro, SC; parking is available at the Colleton Museum & farmers Market and at the South Carolina Artisans Center
Tickets: $15 per person
Info: 843-549-2303


SC Humanities sponsors the Humanities Festival annually in a community in South Carolina. Started in 1993 in honor of the Council’s 20th Anniversary, the Humanities Festival has been held in fifteen different South Carolina cities. Each festival celebrates the local history and culture of the host community, engaging the citizens in lectures, discussions, films, and exhibits and facilitating partnerships between cultural organizations and community groups.

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