Kick off fall with State Museum’s Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party

  • Friday, September 5, 2014

Conservation Theory is one of several bands performing at the S.C. State Museum’s annual Fall Festival and Pickin’ Party on Saturday, Sept. 20. The event will be packed full of barbecue, craft beer, live music and art. PHOTO BY BRETT FLASHNICK/COURTESY S.C. STATE MUSEUM

The South Carolina State Museum is kicking off the fall season with a festive day packed full of barbecue, craft beer, live music and folk art at its annual Fall Festival and Pickin' Party from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20.

There will be a variety of award-winning barbecue from across South Carolina cooked on site, including mustard-based, tomato-based and vinegar and pepper sauce. Guests can also enjoy local craft beer from Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company, Columbia's third and largest microbrewery.

“This will be a great day for people of all ages to come out and enjoy live music, art and a variety of delicious barbecue cooked by pit masters from across the state,” said Paul Matheny, chief curator of collections, South Carolina State Museum. “This annual event is a wonderful way to kick off the fall season and celebrate South Carolina culture.”

The festival will feature live music from a variety of bands representing several genres and locations across South Carolina, including folk rock from The Bent Strings, bluegrass from Conservation Theory and Dunder Chiefs, harmony-driven folk rock from Stillhouse and R&B and funk from The Real Del Murphy Band.

A number of accomplished artists and craftsmen will display their skills and wares for the public to observe, discuss with the artists and purchase. Some of the artists and craftsmen include metal sculptor Herman Thompson, potter Paul Moore, mandolin maker Frank Sox and painters Geraldine Smith and Marius Valdes. Booths of South Carolina crafts will line the newly renovated entrance and plaza outside the museum's new planetarium.

There will be a special visit from Dan “The Pig Man” Huntley, who will both supply his special brand of tomato-based barbecue sauce and present a program on professional barbecuing, which includes cooking pigs on a spit. The National Wild Turkey Federation will also be on site doing turkey call demonstrations. In addition, there will be a cornhole tournament, face painting and a children's tent featuring a variety of activities and crafts.

The museum will conduct its very first “Bed Turning,” presenting quilts as they were meant to be seen – on a bed. The museum will peel back each quilt to reveal the history, pattern, significance and backing of several quilts from the museum's permanent collection. The day will also feature the viewing of a new contemporary art exhibit, “Building a Universe,” which showcases original artwork from 16 South Carolina artists whose work reflects the concept of the universe, astronomy or science in either a direct or conceptual way.

The excitement does not end with the festival. This is a great opportunity for guests to experience the museum's brand-new planetarium, 4D theater, observatory and historic telescope collection. Visit www.scmuseum.org to learn more about showtimes and tickets prices.

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