Call for Entertainment & Vendors for the 37th Annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage!

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Be part of one of the Midlands’ most-anticipated festivals as an entertainer or vendor at Historic Columbia’s 37th annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage on Saturday, September 19.

Historic Columbia is searching for entertainment acts that reflect Jubilee and African American heritage, such as drum and dance groups, gospel, jazz, blues and spoken word acts. The deadline for entertainment registration is July 15, and the entertainer application form is available at historiccolumbia.org.

Associations, churches, civic/service groups, health/medical organizations, charities and other businesses are all invited to participate in this year’s Jubilee. The cost to participate is $25 for non-profit vendors, $55 for marketplace vendors and $125 for food vendors. Spaces are limited and reserved on a first-come, first-served basis once approved by the vendor committee. One table and two chairs are provided at no charge; additional items such as electricity, extra tables and extra space are available for an additional charge of $15 to $25. Vendor application forms are available at historiccolumbia.org, and the deadline for registration is September 4.

Jubilee: Festival of Heritage celebrates the rich cultural heritage and entrepreneurial spirit of the Mann-Simons family. The festival is free and open to the public at the historic Mann-Simons Site at 1403 Richland St. For more information about Jubilee and the Mann-Simons Site, please visit historiccolumbia.org/jubilee, call 803.252.1770 x 36 or email jubilee@historiccolumbia.org.

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Historic Columbia’s Jubilee: Festival of Heritage Celebrates 36 Years on August 23

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Celebrating the rich cultural heritage and entrepreneurial spirit of one African American family—who lived and worked on the same property in downtown Columbia, S.C. for more than 140 years—Historic Columbia presents the 36th annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage. This free, family-friendly event will be held at the Mann-Simons Site at 1403 Richland Street from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 23.

For 36 years, families and friends have come from across the state to celebrate African American heritage at Jubilee. When the festival started in 1978, it was a small community celebration of African American heritage and history. Over the years, Jubilee has grown into a can’t-miss event that draws attendees from all over the state and region.

This year’s Jubilee celebrates the legacies of the Mann-Simons family as well as Modjeska Monteith Simkins. The expanded, two-block festival will span the 1900 and 2000 blocks of Marion Street, stretching from the Mann-Simons Site at the corner of Richland and Marion streets to the Modjeska Simkins House at the corner of Marion and Elmwood streets. Both sites serve as tangible links between early 19th-century African American life and the civil rights and social justice movements that arose from these roots.

More than 3,000 guests attended the festival in 2013 to celebrate the remarkable life of Celia Mann and her descendants with a variety of activities, including hands-on demonstrations, an array of musical entertainment, and vendors with African-influenced and traditional merchandise. This year, multi-generational crowds will enjoy the following:

Live Entertainment!

Demonstrations and Crafts!

Hands-on demonstrations and craft tents from some of the region’s most skilled artists and craftsmen, including:

Discounted Tours and Exhibits!

Tour the Mann-Simons Site ($1 admission), take the celebrated bus tour, “Home places, work places, resting places: African-American Heritage Sites Tour” ($2), and view the new exhibit at Modjeska Monteith Simkins House ($1), exploring the life of Modjeska Monteith Simkins, considered “the matriarch of Civil Rights activists of South Carolina.” The new exhibit and accompanying outdoor interpretive signage broadens audiences’ understanding of the past, present and future through disciplines of history, archeology, African American and southern studies.

Street Fair!

An assortment of exhibitors, vendors and purveyors of tasty food and drink will be on hand, and Marion Street between Richland and Elmwood will be blocked off for this vibrant fair! Historic Columbia is accepting applications for vendors until August 8 (applications can be found at historiccolumbia.org).

Friends of Jubilee

Are you interested in supporting this free community festival? Become a Friend of Jubilee! With your donation to Jubilee, you will receive recognition at the festival, free tour passes and more. Visit historiccolumbia.org to learn more and make a donation.

Jubilee: Festival of Heritage is sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities; The LINKS, Inc.; Johnson, Toal & Battiste; AT&T; The Big DM and Hot 103.9; Carolina Panorama; McDonald’s; AARP of South Carolina; The Office of Jim Clyburn; Elam Financial Group; Palmer Memorial Chapel; South State Bank; Vista Smiles; Party Reflections; Ahern Rentals; City of Columbia; Richland County; and the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington.

For more information on the 36th annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage, please visit historiccolumbia.org or call 803.252.1770 ext. 23.

 

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Call for Entertainment & Vendors for the 36th Annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage!

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Be part of one of the Midlands’ most-anticipated festivals as an entertainer, demonstration artist or vendor at Historic Columbia’s 36th annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage on Saturday, Aug. 23.

Historic Columbia is searching for entertainment acts that reflect Jubilee and African American heritage, such as drum and dance groups, gospel, blues and spoken word acts, and for demonstration artists who can demonstrate and engage guests in crafts that reflect African American arts such as basket weaving, print making or indigo dying. The deadline for entertainment registration is June 30, and the entertainer application form is available online here. Interested demonstration artists should apply at JubileeEducation78@gmail.com.

Associations, churches, civic/service groups, health/medical organizations, charities and other businesses are all invited to participate in this year’s Jubilee. The cost to participate is $25 for non-profit vendors, $55 for marketplace vendors and $125 for food vendors. Spaces are limited and reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. One table and two chairs are provided at no charge; additional items such as electricity, extra tables and extra space are available for an additional charge of $15 to $25.

Vendor application forms are available here, and the deadline for registration is Aug. 8. Please send vendor applications to JubileeVendors@gmail.com.

Jubilee: Festival of Heritage celebrates the rich cultural heritage and entrepreneurial spirit of the Mann-Simons family. The festival is free and open to the public, running from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the historic Mann-Simons Site at 1403 Richland St. For more information about Jubilee and the Mann-Simons Site, please click here.

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Date For 35th Anniversary Jubilee: Festival of Heritage is Set! HCF Seeks Vendors

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It’s one of the region’s most-anticipated festivals each year, celebrating the rich cultural heritage and entrepreneurial spirit of the Mann-Simons family. Historic Columbia Foundation’s 35th annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage will be held on August 24, 2013 at the Mann-Simons Site in Columbia, SC. The festival is free and open to the public, running from 11 am – 5 pm.

Jubilee 2012HCF is seeking food, marketplace and non-profit vendors to participate in this year’s Jubilee: Festival of Heritage. Associations, churches, civic/service groups, health/medical organizations, charities and other businesses are all invited to participate. The cost to participate is $25 for non-profit vendors, $50 for marketplace vendors and $100 for food vendors. Spaces are limited and reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. One table and two chairs are provided at no charge. Additional items (such as electricity, extra tables and extra space) are available for an additional charge ($15-$25). Those interested in being a part of this year’s Festival are encouraged to download the vendor form on the Foundation’s website here. The deadline for registration is August 9.

2013 Festival activities include: 

?         Hands-on demonstrations from some of the region’s most skilled artists and craftsmen, 

?         Live musical entertainment including R&B, jazz, blues and gospel, 

?         Vendors with African-influenced and traditional merchandise,

?         Crafts and activities for children,

?         Tours of the Mann-Simons Site (adults $1/children free)

?         Bus tours of African-American heritage sites (adults $2/children free), the Modjeska Simkins property, and

?         Many other events throughout the day.

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An Action-Packed Year for Historic Columbia Foundation’s 34th Annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage

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COLUMBIA, SC (July 10, 2011) – Celebrating the rich cultural heritage and entrepreneurial spirit of one African-American family – who lived and worked on the same property for more than 140 years –Historic Columbia Foundation presents the 34th annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage. This free, family-friendly event will be held on the grounds of the historic Mann-Simons Site, 1403 Richland Street (at Marion) on Saturday, August 18 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Families and friends across the Midlands have been convening at Jubilee for decades to celebrate African-American heritage in a fun, festive environment. “Every year, my mom & I plan well in advance to attend Jubilee together,” notes local young professional, Jernell Simmons. “It’s our ‘thing’!”

More than 3,000 guests attended the festival in 2011, which features a variety of activities including hands-on demonstrations, an array of musical entertainment, and vendors with African-influenced and traditional merchandise. This year, multi-generational crowds will enjoy the following:

*Live musical entertainment from headliner Frankie’s Blues Mission based in Atlanta, GA, the famously hot saxophonist Dante Lewis and Band and other performances ranging from gospel to R&B.

Other onstage activities include a children’s drumming workshop by the world traveling Nimbaya! drumming group, Natural Hair Demonstration and Fashion Expos.

*Free and Discounted Tours!
Tour the Mann-Simons Site ($1 admission), take the celebrated bus tour, “Home places, work places, resting places: African-American Heritage Sites Tour” ($2), and be one of the first visitors to tour the Modjeska Simkins property since the Dependency Building was completed (free).  This free tour will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the one-story Columbia cottage, once home to Modjeska Monteith Simkins, considered “the matriarch of Civil Rights activists of South Carolina.”

*Don’t miss the Debut of the Outdoor Museum featuring Five Ghost Structures – NEW
The Mann-Simons Site once housed a legendary lunch counter, grocery store and rental residences in addition to the cottage currently at the site. The new free Mann-Simons Outdoor Museum, featuring “Ghost Structures” or metal frames of buildings that once stood on the site, will debut at this year’s festival.

*Street Fair
An assortment of exhibitors, vendors, and purveyors of tasty food and drink will be on hand as well. Marion Street between Richland and Calhoun will be blocked off for this vibrant fair!

Applications for vendors are being accepted until August 10th. In honor of the Foundation’s 50th Anniversary, Vendor fees will be 50% off this year. For more information on the 2012 Jubilee: Festival of Heritage and for applications please visit www.HistoricColumbia.org or call 803.252.1770, ext. 26.

Members of the media are encouraged to contact Ashley Tucker at 803.252.7742 ext. 16 or atucker@historiccolumbia.org. High resolution photos of this last year’s Jubilee: Festival of Heritage  are available for immediate download on the Foundation’s Flickr account.  Click on the Jubilee image set, then click on the desired image thumbnail to enlarge.  Right-click the enlarged image and follow the instructions to download the full-size image.

About Historic Columbia Foundation:
In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition, officially incorporated as the Historic Columbia Foundation. Over the next five decades the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. The 50th Anniversary year of Historic Columbia Foundation (which officially began on November 13, 2011) will include a variety of community celebratory events. Visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org for details.

About Jubilee on the Historic Columbia website: http://historiccolumbia.org/site/calendar/2012/08/18/events/jubilee-festival-of-heritage

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Date for 2012 Jubilee: Festival of Heritage is Set Historic Columbia Foundation Makes a Call for Vendors and Demonstration Artists

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Columbia, SC (May 16, 2012) –  It’s one of the region’s most-anticipated festivals each year, celebrating the rich cultural heritage and entrepreneurial spirit of the Mann-Simons family. Historic Columbia Foundation’s 34th annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage will be held on August 18, 2012 at the Mann-Simons Site (1601 Richland Street) in Columbia, SC.  The festival is free and open to the public, running from 11 am – 5 pm.

HCF is seeking food, marketplace and non-profit vendors to participate in this year’s Jubilee: Festival of Heritage.  Associations, churches, civic/service groups, health/medical organizations, charities and other businesses are all invited to participate. The cost to participate is $25 for non-profit vendors, $50 for marketplace vendors and $100 for food vendors.  One table and two chairs are provided at no charge.   Additional items (such as electricity, extra tables and extra space) are available for an additional charge ($15-$25).  Those interested in being a part of this year’s Festival are encouraged to download the vendor form on the Foundation’s website here.  Deadline for registration is August 4, 2012.

This year’s Jubilee: Festival of Heritage takes place during the Foundation’s 50th anniversary year, and coincides with the debut of a brand-new “ghost structure” exhibit.  The exhibit will be free and open to the public, allowing visitors to visualize the structures that once stood alongside the family’s home.

2012 Festival activities include: 

  • Hands-on demonstrations from some of the region’s most skilled artists and craftsmen,
  • Live musical entertainment including R&B, jazz, blues and gospel,
  • Vendors with African-influenced and traditional merchandise,
  • Crafts and activities for children,
  • Tours of the Mann-Simons Site (adults $1/children free)
  • Bus tours of African-American heritage sites (adults $2/children free), the Modjeska Simkins property, and
  • Many other events throughout the day.

About the Mann-Simons Family:
Although only one house stands today, the Mann-Simons Site historically was a collection of commercial and domestic spaces owned and operated by the same African-American family from at least 1843 until 1970. Former slaves from Charleston, Celia Mann, a midwife, and Ben Delane, a boatman, became the first generation of family members to live on the property and laid a social and material foundation that allowed successive generations to pursue a variety of businesses and social undertakings.
The property and its multiple buildings changed considerably over time to better accommodate the needs, tastes, and aspirations of this remarkable family.

The fourth and final phase of excavations at the Mann-Simons Site recently came to a close, and was featured on FOX News nationally.  Thousands of artifacts were uncovered over the course of several years; a selection of artifacts is on display for festival-goers and visitors to enjoy.

Members of the media are encouraged to contact Ashley Tucker at 803.252.7742 ext. 16 or atucker@historiccolumbia.org.    High resolution photos of this last year’s Jubilee: Festival of Heritage  are available for immediate download on the Foundation’s Flickr account.  Click on the Jubilee image set, then click on the desired image thumbnail to enlarge.  Right-click the enlarged image and follow the instructions to download the full-size image.

About Historic Columbia Foundation:
In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition, officially incorporated as the Historic Columbia Foundation. Over the next five decades the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. The 50th Anniversary year of Historic Columbia Foundation (which officially began on November 13, 2011) will include a variety of community celebratory events. Visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org for details.

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Seeking Craft and Food Vendors for Our 50th Anniversary Celebration

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The 50th Anniversary Celebration for Historic Columbia Foundation is coming up on November 13, 2011! The celebration will include the debut of a new exhibit, walking tours, and a public panel featuring Rodger Stroup, Belinda Gergel, and Walter Edgar.

Historic Columbia Foundation is seeking craft and food vendors to join us in this celebration. Traditional/folk crafts, such as pottery, quilting, homemade jams, homemade soaps and vintage-inspired crafts are especially needed. Details (including application and forms) are posted online here. Questions? Please contact Sarah Blackwell at sblackwell@historiccolumbia.org or 803.252.1770 ext. 33 for more information.

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