Enjoy the Holidays with HC’s Family Day & Choir Showcase!

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Choir Showcase
Enjoy a day of celebration with your family on December 6 at the Robert Mills House for Historic Columbia’s Historic Holidays Family Day and Choir Showcase!

Experience the holidays in the decorated Robert Mills House during Family Day from 10 am until noon. Learn how the Christmas tree appeared in South Carolina and how a South Carolinian made the poinsettia a well-known holiday decoration while enjoying crafts and activities for the whole family, and take home handmade ornaments to decorate your tree. Family Day is $6 for non-member youth and free for Historic Columbia members and all adults.

At noon, join HC in front of the Robert Mills House for the annual Choir Showcase featuring performances by local elementary school choirs. The participating schools include Watkins-Nance Elementary School, Bethel-Hanberry Elementary School and Conder Elementary School. The Choir Showcase is free and open to the public, and HC is offering $1 Holiday House Tours of the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site during the event.

Don’t forget to stop by the Gift Shop at Robert Mills for some holiday shopping during these events. Enjoy a storewide sale during these events and save 25% off your holiday purchases. There’s still time to register for the Candlelighting Holiday Box giveaway before the drawing during HC’s Candlelight Tours and Carriage Rides on December 19.

Keep your December jolly with HC’s special events and programs throughout the month:

For more information on holiday events or house tours, please call 803.252.1770 ext. 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

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Famously Historic Cemetery Tour Ticket Giveaway!

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Historic Columbia Foundation is giving away four tickets to one of our monthly Cemetery Tours, a prize value of $40! One lucky winner and three guests of his or her choice will enjoy one of our ‘Famously Historic’ tours at Elmwood Cemetery.

Choose from a 7:30 pm Secrets from the Grave Tour or a 8 pm 0r 8:30 pm Moonlight Cemetery Tour on May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8 or September 12. 

Quick Entry Links:
Enter via Facebook | Enter via Twitter
Not on Facebook or Twitter? Enter here instead.

Tickets can be picked up at HCF’s admin offices or held at will call. The winner will be announced on May 6. Will be contacted by phone or email.Thanks for your entry and good luck!

Don’t want to wait? Buy Cemetery Tour tickets online here.

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HCF Presents the 2nd Annual Great Columbia Quest

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Forty sites. Fifteen challenges. Three hours on the clock. One famously hot city. What does that all add up to? The Great Columbia Quest!

Quest

Historic Columbia Foundation is pleased to offer the second annual Great Columbia Quest, a city-wide scavenger hunt inspired by The Amazing Race. Covering Columbia’s history through the city’s significant sites, the Quest will take place on March 23, 2013 from 9 am to 12 pm. Teams of two will dash around Columbia solving puzzles, scavenging for clues and completing challenges to earn points to win prizes including a $100 cash grand prize.

The goal: Teams of two (ages 10 and up) will compete to earn as many points as possible during the three-hour time frame, competing for a variety of prizes (including a cash prize).

The challenge: To visit a variety of sites throughout Columbia’s downtown district to answer clues and overcome obstacles, all by foot.

The celebration: At the end of the competition, contestants will join Historic Columbia Foundation at a finish line festival at the Robert Mills House and Gardens for drinks, snacks and prizes.

Pop-up challenges will surprise teams, in which case the team must complete the challenge in order to receive the points from that clue. All clues will be located in the area bordered by Bull Street, Harden Street, Blanding Street and Blossom Street.

Example of “Great Columbia Quest” Clue and Pop-Up Challenge:

The Historical Site: The Big Apple

The Clue: Within the walls of this circa-1915 former synagogue-turned-black-nightclub was born a dance craze that swept the nation during the summer of 1937. Visit this unique property to pick up your points.  

The On-Site Challenge: Take a quick dance lesson and see if you can master some of the steps from the famous “Big Apple dance” before you can pick up your points.

Registration is $30 per team for Historic Columbia Members and $40 per team for non-members, available via http://hcfgreatquest.eventbrite.com. Prices will increase by $10 after March 8. Day-of registration will be available for $40 per team for Historic Columbia Members and $50 per team for non-members. Please arrive early for day-of registration.

“The Great Columbia Quest is a great way to explore our capital city and discover its hidden treasures,” says Sarah Blackwell, HCF’s director of programs and the mastermind behind this event. “We invite you to bring your competitive spirit and see how well you know Columbia. It’s challenging, it’s educational and it’s a lot of fun!”

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Holiday Basket and Ticket Giveaway! Enter Today

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Historic Columbia Foundation is giving away four tickets to our upcoming Candlelight Tours and Carriage Rides (12.20.12 or 12.21.12), plus a basket filled with holiday goodies, a total prize value of $75! One lucky winner and three guests of his or her choice will enjoy this annual holiday event. Enjoy the decorated halls of the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion or Mann-Simons Site on a guided candlelit tour and then take a carriage ride around the historic Robert Mills Neighborhood! Not to mention you will take home a holiday gift basket filled with goodies from the Gift Shop at Robert Mills.

Quick Entry Links: Enter via Facebook
Not on Facebook? Enter here instead.

Your four tickets are redeemable for the Candlelight Tours and Carriage Rides taking place at the Robert Mills House and Gardens, 1616 Blanding Street, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 20 OR Friday, December 21. Winner will be announced on December 14. Basket and tickets must be picked up at the Seibels House (1601 Richland Street) by 5 p.m. on 12/19/2012 to ensure you can enjoy the holiday event! Thanks for your entry and good luck!

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A Call for Entries: Annual Scarecrows In the Garden Contest at Historic Columbia Foundation

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Historic Columbia Foundation is seeking handcrafted historical, ghoulish or traditional scarecrows for their annual Scarecrows in the Garden Contest, sponsored by Palmetto Parent magazine. The deadline to enter the contest is September 24, 2012.  All scarecrows will be displayed on the grounds of the historic Hampton-Preston Mansion from September 30 – October 31, 2012 during Historic Columbia’s annual Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit. Community leaders and local celebrities will select the best scarecrows and the public is encouraged to vote for the “People’s Choice Award” and “Best Class Crow.” Prizes include cash, trophies and tour passes.

The cost to enter is $10 for families and individuals; $10 for classrooms (“class crow”), and $20 for businesses and organizations.  Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation. To enter, visit www.HCFScarecrows.eventbrite.com. More information may also be found by calling (803) 252-1770 ext. 24 or emailing reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

High resolution photos from past year’s are posted on the Foundation’s Flickr account for immediate download.  Direct link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/historiccolumbiafoundation/sets/72157629549695399/  (click on desired photo thumbnail, right-click to select “large” photo size, then click “download large size of this photo”).  Members of the media are encouraged to contact Ashley Tucker at 803.252.7742 ext 16 or atucker@historiccolumbia.org for more information.

Other Scarecrow Events Include:

Sculpting Scarecrows Workshop: Saturday, September 22, Noon – 2 pm
Meets at the Hampton-Preston Mansion, 1615 Blanding Street
$20 for families and $25 for organizations (includes contest entry fees)

Those interested in entering the Scarecrows in the Garden Contest are encouraged to attend the Sculpting Scarecrows Weekend Workshop on September 22 from Noon – 2 pm. Participants in the workshop will create and decorate a spooky, dazzling, or life-like scarecrow during the workshop.  The workshop is not required for participation in the contest, but is available for those interested. Participants should come to the workshop with a clear idea of what they’d like to create, bringing items from home to personalize their scarecrow.  Materials provided in the workshop: hay, PVC piping, string, and other items. Scarecrows can be taken home, or for an additional $5, entered into the contest.  Reservations required (online at www.HCFScarecrows.eventbrite.com, by phone 803.252.1770 ext. 24 or by email reservations@historiccolumbia.org).  Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation.

Scarecrows in the Garden Opening Reception and Awards: September 30, 2 – 5 pm
Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, 1615 Blanding Street
Members: Adults/$5, Children/Free
Non-Members: Adults $7, Children 6-12 $4, Children 5 & under Free
Extra Exhibitor Passes: Adults $5, Children 6-12 $3, Children 5 & under Free

The winners of this year’s Scarecrows in the Garden contest will be announced during the opening reception and awards on September 30. Judging will take place from 2 – 3:30 pm; awards for the business/organization and family/individual categories will be announced at 4 pm. Activities include a Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt, $1 highlight tours of HCF’s House in Mourning exhibit that feature fashion, practices and traditions that were customary during the Victorian Era. HCF will also be offering participants the opportunity to see Dreadful Sorry at 5 pm. This short film was taped in the Robert Mills House. While you are here don’t forget to vote on your favorite scarecrow and “Class-crow” and let us know if you can find Sneaky Steve. Admission includes children’s crafts, light appetizers, beverages and family fun. This is a rain or shine event. Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation

Annual Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit: September 30 – October 31
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm; Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm
Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, 1615 Blanding Street
FREE and Open to the Public

Take a stroll through the recently installed gardens at the historic Hampton-Preston Mansion (1615 Blanding Street) and view dozens of uniquely-crafted scarecrows from area businesses, schools, families, and organizations during this FREE public exhibit during the month of October. The exhibit showcases ghoulish, historical, and colorful scarecrow entries from this year’s Scarecrows in the Garden Contest. Activities also include a scavenger hunt and locating the “Sneaky Steve” scarecrow.

A House in Mourning: September 30 – October 31
Part of the regularly scheduled Hampton-Preston Tour
$6/adults, $3/youth, Free for members

Mourning the loss of a loved one was much more public for Americans during the 19th century than it is today.  The sadness a family felt was outwardly shown by more than just the wearing of black clothing, however.  There were certain customs observed such as covering mirrors that seem quaint to us today but were important for Victorian Americans in order to properly honor the deceased.  During the month of October, the Hampton-Preston Mansion will feature many of these mourning traditions.  Guided tours will discuss the role and importance of stages of mourning during the 1860s as a part of our regular daily tours. Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation.

Historic Hauntings Cemetery Tours: October 11, 6 – 8:30 pm (last tour starts at 8:30 pm)
Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Avenue
$10 non-members/$5 for children of non-members (17 and under);
$5 members/$3 for children of members (17 and under)

Join Historic Columbia Foundation and Elmwood Cemetery staff for guided tours presenting some of Columbia’s eerie and peculiar past by the light of the full moon. Admission includes tour of Elmwood Cemetery, light snacks and a take-home craft for children. Reservations requested. Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation. Purchase tickets online here: www.cemeterytours.eventbrite.com.

Family Day: October 27, Noon – 2 pm
Children are invited participate in a variety of autumn activities that highlight the importance of the fall harvest and history of Halloween. Scarecrows in the Garden People’s Choice Award winner will be announced. $6 for first child/$3 for each additional child/free for members. Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation.

Pumpkin Patch Early Adventures: October 2012 (month-long)
Available to private groups of 10 or more children (ages 3-8 years old).

Historic Columbia Foundation’s Early Adventures program is designed especially for daycares, birthday parties, schools, churches, clubs, and learning centers. During the month of October, Early Adventures groups will dress up like scarecrows and play games in the gardens.  Activities also include searching for a scarecrow on the loose.  All programs include story time, games, crafts and snacks and 2 activity leaders. Games and crafts will be determined according to participant’s age group.  Each program last approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours depending on the number of participants. Reservations required. $6 per child. Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation. For more information, please contact Sarah Blackwell at sblackwell@historiccolumbia.org or 803.252.1770 ext. 33. 

Historic Columbia Foundation was founded in 1961 by a group of preservationists determined to save the Ainsley Hall House, known today as the Robert Mills House.  More than four decades later, Historic Columbia Foundation manages four historic house museums and their associated artifacts, and tells the stories of people, places and progress in Columbia and Richland County. For more information, please visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org.

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Mother's Day Brunch Giveaway!

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What mother doesn’t love flowers, or a beautiful garden stroll? Make those gardens the recently revitalized gardens at the Hampton-Preston Mansion, the new Welcome Garden or Founders’ Garden at the Robert Mills House or the heritage plantings at the Seibels House Garden and you have a scenic backdrop for a Mother’s Day she’ll always remember.

Historic Columbia Foundation is giving away two tickets to their Annual Mother’s Day Brunch (THIS Sunday), a prize value of $60! One lucky winner and a guest of his or her choice will enjoy this special event featuring a delicious catered brunch with scenic garden views and a historic house or neighborhood walking tour.

This year’s brunch features options including a southern grits bar, mini quiches, cranberry and walnut salad and chicken terragon, brie and prosciutto tartine sampler, red velvet cupcakes and more!

After brunch, guests can choose to take a free tour of one of Historic Columbia Foundation’s three Historic House Museums or join the Second Sunday Stroll, a guided walking tour, of the Robert Mills Historic District.

Quick Entry Links:

Enter via Facebook 

Not on Facebook? Enter here instead.

Your 2 tickets are redeemable for this year’s Mother’s Day Brunch taking place at the Seibels House and Gardens (1601 Richland Street) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. this Sunday, May 13.

Thanks for your entry and good luck! Winner will be notified by phone or email. Official Rules & Privacy

Don’t want to wait? Reserve your spot at HCF’s Mother’s Day Brunch by calling 803.252.1770 ext 24.

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We Need YOUR VOTE: Great Columbia Quest Design Entries are In!

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We need YOUR VOTE on which Great Columbia Quest and Contest logo you like best. Let us know your pick by commenting “Design 1” or “Design 2” below.


Thank you to Jessica Coate for design #1 (left above) and to Alyssa Hasell for design #2 (right above). The winning design will appear on Quest marketing materials and on the Quest t-shirt!  Winner announced on March 15, 2012.

Remember, the Great Columbia Quest & Contest is coming up on April 21! Get the details on this citywide scavenger hunt here.

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Historic Columbia Foundation Announces Design Competition For Great Columbia Quest Logo and T-Shirt Design, 
Offers Cash Prize and Tickets to Event

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Columbia, SC (February 29, 2012) – Are you a designer in the Columbia, South Carolina area? Historic Columbia Foundation just announced their Great Columbia Quest and Contest event and is seeking a logo and t-shirt design to effectively market this citywide scavenger hunt. The winning designer will receive a $100 cash prize, two tickets (value $40) to participate in the event and recognition via Facebook, Twitter and the Foundation’s monthly e-newsletter to their list of 3,000 subscribers with a link to his or her website.

Event information to aid in logo and t-shirt design: During the Great Columbia Quest and Contest on April 21, 2012, teams of two (ages 10 and up) will encounter challenges, visit historic sites and look for clues about Columbia’s past.  Contestants may walk, bike or drive during this citywide scavenger hunt – earning points along the way. At the end of the competition, contestants will join Historic Columbia Foundation at a finish line festival at the Hampton-Preston Mansion and Garden for drinks, snacks and prizes. More information about the Quest is posted at http://www.historiccolumbia.org.

Designers interested in participating in the design competition have until March 13, 2012 to submit their designs (logo and t-shirt artwork). Two design files should be submitted – one for the logo, a second file for the t-shirt design.  Submissions sent without a signed copy of the contest entry form will not be considered. Combined file size should not exceed 10 MB.  Initial preferred format for consideration is jpg with a resolution of at least 300 DPI – psd or eps files will be required upon the Foundation’s selection.  A panel of HCF judges will select their three favorite designers by March 13, 2012, sharing their pics with their Facebook fanbase of 2,000+ fans on March 13, 2012 and asking for votes on the winning design.  The winning design will be announced on March 15, 2012.

Contest Rules:
By entering this contest, agree to the following: 
You are the owner and originator of your submitted designs and your design does not infringe on any third party’s rights. Historic Columbia Foundation has your permission to share your logo and t-shirt designs via the Historic Columbia Foundation website, blog, Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as with their e-subscribers and members of the media. The winning designer gives Historic Columbia Foundation ownership of the winning logo and t-shirt designs, with the freedom to use in any and all Foundation marketing, event and promotional efforts. Submissions without a signed copy of the contest entry form will not be considered. Only digital entries are eligible and must be submitted electronically.  Historic Columbia Foundation agrees to acknowledge the winning designer by name with a hyperlink in the Foundation’s announcement of the winning design.  Credit will not be required should the logo be used in future years should the Foundation continue to offer this event. Historic Columbia Foundation will provide the winning designer with $100 prize (via check) and two (2) tickets to the Great Columbia Quest and Contest event (value $40).  Designer must reside within 100 miles of Columbia, South Carolina to be eligible to compete in the contest.  The winning designer will be notified via email by 5 pm on March 15, 2012.  


Historic Columbia Foundation was founded in 1961 by a group of preservationists determined to save the Ainsley Hall House, known today as the Robert Mills House.  More than five decades later, Historic Columbia Foundation manages four historic house museums and their associated artifacts, and tells the stories of people, places and progress in Columbia and Richland County. For more information, please visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org.

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"Famously Hot" Chili Cook-Off Giveaway

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The Palladium Society of Historic Columbia Foundation is giving away two tickets to their upcoming 14th Annual Chili Cook-Off (2.25.2012), a prize value of $60! One lucky winner and a guest of his or her choice will enjoy this “Famously Hot” event featuring a variety of chili recipes, beer, wine and live music by Whiskey Tango Revue.

Quick Entry Links:
Enter via Facebook
Not on Facebook? Enter here instead.

Your 2 tickets are redeemable for the 14th Annual Chili Cook-Off taking place at the State Fairgrounds (Ellison Building) from 5 – 8 p.m. on February 25. Tickets must be picked up at our Museum Shop (1616 Blanding Street) by 2 p.m. on 2/24/2012 to ensure you can enjoy the famously hot event!

Thanks for your entry and good luck! Official Rules & Privacy

Don’t want to wait? Buy Cook-Off Tickets via Eventbrite here.

 

 

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Help us Reach our 1,000th Member: Giveaway Announced!

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Here at Historic Columbia Foundation, we’re this close to reaching an important milestone…our 1,000th member! The timing couldn’t be sweeter, with this being our 50th Anniversary year, and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner.

Family-friendly events!

Our many accomplishments over the last 50 years would not have been made possible without the support of our great members. We’re asking for your help in reaching our 1,000th member, and there’s something special in it for you, too!

The Giveaway:
Help us reach our 1,000th member by joining Historic Columbia Foundation or sponsoring the membership dues of a friend. Lucky member number 1,000 (or his/her sponsor) will receive a special goodie basket from our Museum Shop, customized with $50 worth of store products of his or her choosing. Select from candles, books, jewelry, beer pilsners, palmetto items, kitchen items, jams, jellies, you-name-it. We’re also throwing in TWO tickets to our upcoming Chili Cook-Off (a $60 value), to enjoy with your sweetheart or a friend.

Behind-the-scenes tours!

Join HCF:
Join online (or gift a membership to a friend or family member) or download our print-friendly membership form here.

Benefits of HCF Membership:
HCF members enjoy free tours (year-round) of our historic house museums, a subscription to our quarterly Historically Speaking newsletter, guest passes, discounted pricing to HCF events, museum shop discounts and more! Your membership helps to protect the historical and cultural heritage of Columbia and Richland County for years to come. Memberships dues start at just $35. Learn more…

 

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