Call for Scarecrows: Enter Historic Columbia’s Scarecrows in the Garden Contest

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Scarecrows are invading the Robert Mills House! Enter your historical, ghoulish or traditional handcrafted scarecrows in Historic Columbia’s annual Scarecrows in the Garden Contest by September 29 to compete for cash, trophies and tour passes.

The contest is open to individuals, families, businesses, schools and organizations, and participants are welcome to enter more than one scarecrow. The cost to enter a scarecrow is $10 for individuals, families and school classrooms and $20 for businesses and organizations. Register for a scarecrow kit for by Wednesday, September 17 to help you get started on your scarecrow. Kits are $15 and will be available for pick up starting on September 18.

Enter your scarecrow at historiccolumbia.org, by calling 803.252.1770 x 23 or by emailing reservations@historiccolumbia.org. All scarecrows must be delivered to the Robert Mills House & Gardens, 1616 Blanding St., from 1 to 4 pm on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 or on Monday, September 29 from 9 am to 5 pm. You may also call 803.252.1770 x 23 to schedule an appointment to drop off your scarecrow.

Not sure how to make a scarecrow? Join Historic Columbia for a workshop at 1 pm on Saturday, September 20 at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St., to learn the skills needed to create a masterpiece. For $15, participants will receive guided instructions, a scarecrow kit and inspiration from scarecrows that have visited the gardens in previous years, and participants should bring clothes and items from home to personalize their scarecrows. After the workshop, take your scarecrow home to decorate this fall or enter your scarecrow in the contest for an additional fee. Register for the workshop at historiccolumbia.org, by phone at 803.252.1770 x 23 or by email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

The free Scarecrows in the Garden exhibit will be on display on the grounds of the Robert Mills House and is open to the public during normal business hours Tuesdays through Sundays from October 1 through November 2. Visit the Gift Shop at Robert Mills or Historic Columbia’s Facebook page to vote for your favorite scarecrows throughout the month.

All Scarecrows in the Gardens events are presented by Palmetto Parent. For more information about the exhibit and related events, please visit historiccolumbia.org, call 803.252.1770 x 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

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Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit Opens Sept. 29 with Reception, Awards

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Scarecrows take over the Robert Mills House Grounds on Sunday as Historic Columbia’s annual Scarecrows in the Garden exhibit debuts during the Opening Reception and Awards at 2 p.m.

The Scarecrows in the Garden Opening Reception and Awards features $1 tours of the House in Mourning exhibit at the Hampton-Preston Mansion and a Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt, as well as children’s crafts, light appetizers, beverages and family fun. Admission for HCF members is $5 for adults and free for children, and admission for non-members is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under.

Local families, classrooms, businesses and organizations created the scarecrows on display as part of the Scarecrows in the Garden Contest. Local celebrities and community figures will judge each scarecrow during the opening reception and name the best scarecrows in the family and organization categories.

The free Scarecrows in the Garden exhibit runs through the end of October and is open to the public Tuesday to Sunday during normal touring hours. Vote throughout the month for the “People’s Choice Award” and “Best Class Crow,” and don’t miss Family Day on Oct. 26 to find out which scarecrows won.

All Scarecrows in the Garden events are sponsored by Palmetto Parent. For more information on the exhibit or related events, visit historiccolumbia.org, or contact us at reservations@historiccolumbia.org or 803.252.1770 ext. 23.

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Historic Columbia Celebrates Fall with Scarecrows in the Garden, A House in Mourning

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Fall is nearly here, and Historic Columbia is ready to celebrate the season with two popular annual exhibits, Scarecrows in the Garden and A House in Mourning.

Scarecrows in the Garden

Scarecrows in the Garden displays handcrafted scarecrows from local families, classrooms, businesses and organizations through the month of October. The free exhibit is open during regular touring hours and also includes a scavenger hunt and a search for the “Sneaky Steve” scarecrow.

  • Scarecrows in the Garden Contest. Registration ends Sept. 27. Enter your ghoulish, traditional or historical scarecrows in our contest; prizes include cash, awards and tour passes. The cost is $10 for families, individuals and classrooms and $20 for businesses and organizations.
  • Sculpting Scarecrows Weekend Workshop: Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. Take a lesson in scarecrow creation and take your scarecrow home or enter it in the contest. For $15, participants receive helpful instructions, assistance and a scarecrow kit.
  • Scarecrows in the Garden Opening Reception and Awards: Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. The exhibit debuts as local celebrities and community leaders judge the best scarecrows. Admission for HCF members is $5 for adults and free for children and for non-members, $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 – 12, and free for kids 5 and under.
  • Scarecrows in the Garden Family Day: Saturday, Oct. 26 at 12 p.m. “People’s Choice Award” and “Best Class Crow” winning scarecrows will be announced as children enjoy a variety of activities and games that highlight the importance of the fall harvest and Halloween’s history. The event is $6 for the first child and $3 for each additional child or free for HCF members.

A House in Mourning

From Sept. 27 until Halloween, A House in Mourning at the Hampton-Preston Mansion will introduce visitors to 19th century mourning traditions and compare them to ones we observe today. Strict social customs required Victorian Americans to publicly demonstrate their sadness in specific ways, including stages of mourning clothing. Today, mourning the loss of a loved one is thought to be much more private than in the past- but is it really? The exhibit will show that our modern forms of public mourning, including Facebook pages, roadside memorials and tattoos are not so different than those of our Victorian ancestors. The exhibit will be incorporated into regularly scheduled tours of Hampton-Preston Mansion, and admission is $6 for adults, $3 for youth and free for Historic Columbia members.

Historic Columbia is inviting the public to contribute to A House in Mourning by collecting current pictures and stories of public mourning. Use the hashtag #HouseInMourning on Twitter and Facebook throughout the month to share photos and experiences with HCF. (Not all submissions will be used in the exhibit.)

Don’t miss our other upcoming events this fall!

Happy Hour History Tours: Main Street
5:30 pm on Fridays, September 20 & 27,  October 4 & 11 | 5:30 – 7 pm
$20 HCF members | $25 Non-members

Early Adventures: Pumpkin Patch
By reservations during October
$6 per child (ages 3 – 10)

Spirits Alive! Cemetery Tours
Thursday, October 10 | 6:30 pm – 9 pm
HCF Members: $5 adults, $3 youth | Non-members: $10 adults, $5 youth

Second Sunday Stroll: Melrose Heights
Sunday, October 13 | 2 pm
Free for HCF members | Non-members: $6 adults, $3 youth

Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ
Thursday, October 17 | 7 pm
Palladium members $20 | HCF members $30 | Non-members $40

HCF Annual Meeting
Monday, October 21 | 5:30 – 7 pm
Members Only | Free

If you have any questions about any of our fall events, please call 803.252.1770 ext. 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

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Make a Scarecrow for Our Scarecrows in the Garden Contest!

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Enter your historical, ghoulish or traditional handcrafted scarecrows in Historic Columbia Foundation’s annual Scarecrows in the Garden Contest by Sept. 27 to compete for cash, trophies and tour passes.

The contest is open to individuals, families, businesses, schools and organizations, and participants are welcome to enter more than one scarecrow. The cost to enter a scarecrow is $10 for individuals, families and school classrooms and $20 for organizations.

HCF is also providing a “Sculpting Scarecrows Weekend Workshop” on Sunday, Sept. 22.  For $15, Participants will receive guided instruction, a scarecrow kit and inspiration from previous years.

Community leaders and local celebrities will select the best scarecrows during the Scarecrows in the Garden opening event on Sept. 29, and the public is encouraged to vote for the “People’s Choice Award” and “Best Class Crow” through late October.

The Scarecrows in the Garden exhibit will be on display on the grounds of the Robert Mills House from Sept. 29 through Oct. 31. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Register for the contest and weekend workshop at HCFscarecrows2013.eventbrite.com. Questions? Call 803.252.1770 ext. 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

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