October 2017 Events

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October 2017 is full of treats with community favorites such as the annual Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit, Spirits Alive! Cemetery Tour, The Palladium Society Silent Auction, and Trunk or Treat, as well as monthly events such as Second Sunday Stroll and Dollar Sunday. October also includes the opportunity to become a Historic Columbia volunteer with the Mann-Simons Site Volunteer Training. Below is a list of Historic Columbia’s October events. Visit historiccolumbia.org for more information.

CALENDAR OF PROGRAMS & EVENTS:

Scarecrows in the Garden

Oct. 1 – 31 | All Day Event | Gardens of the Robert Mills House

Scarecrows have taken over the Robert Mills House gardens! This free exhibit features handcrafted scarecrows made by local families, business, organizations and classrooms. On a stroll through the gardens this fall, you’ll see dozens of ghoulish, historic and colorful scarecrows. Keep an eye out for “Sneaky Steve,” a mischievous scarecrow hiding somewhere on the grounds in a new location each week. For information, visit historiccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org, or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour | Mid-Century Modern

Thursday, Oct. 5 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. | 4100 Block on Kilbourne St. in Heathwood

Get an inside look at former home of Lester Bates Jr. This architect-designed mid-century home is nestled in the Heathwood neighborhood. Current owners will share stories of curating modern furniture on a budget, as well as a few renovation trials and tribulations. This house showcases some of the most quintessential mid-century furnishings designed by Harvey Probber, Florence Knoll, Thayer Coggins, Heywood-Wakefield, Eero Saarinen, and the architectural style of the home and extensive use of glass and open design concepts to help forge a connection with nature. It was designed by Robert Jackson, Jr., whose firm, Jackson and Miller Architects, also designed Palmetto Health Baptist hospital and the former Maxwell Furniture store on Main Street. Take a walk through a home so carefully restored, you’ll feel like an extra from Mad Men.

Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members, and registration is for members only until Sept. 28. For more information,  email or call (803) 252-7742 x 15.

Preservation Workshop | Do’s and Don’ts of Historic Home Renovation

Saturday, Oct. 7 | 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Seibels House

Historic Columbia’s 2017 Preservation Workshop series, presented by Crawlspace Medic, returns in October. Historic Columbia and the Committee for the Restoration and Beautification of Randolph Cemetery (CRBRC) will host a Preservation Workshop at the Seibels House to explore the ins and outs of renovating and maintaining a historic house. The workshop, led by Sean Stucker, director of facilities for Historic Columbia, and Staci Richey, owner of Access Preservation (which specializes in window restoration) and board member of the CRBRC, will lead attendees through a presentation and discussion that offers tips and examines how to plan, outline and manage a home rehab project. Participants will go on to explore work done over the decades at the Seibels House and will have the chance to check out ongoing and recent renovations at several neighboring properties. The Seibels House is located at 1601 Richland St. Light refreshments are included, and tickets for the workshop are $5 for members and $10 for non-members. To purchase tickets, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

Second Sunday Stroll | Melrose Heights

Sunday, Oct. 8 | 2 – 3:30 p.m. | Tour begins at Melrose Park

Explore the Melrose Heights neighborhood with Historic Columbia from 2 – 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 8 during the monthly Second Sunday Stroll presented by Seed Architecture. The guided walking tour will travel through the historic neighborhood, which was recently listed as an historic site on the National Register of Historic Places. Stops will include highlights of various architectural styles, kit homes popular in the 1910s and historic locations in one of Columbia’s earliest suburbs. The tour will begin at Melrose Park located at 1500 Fairview Drive. Tickets are free for members and $8/adult and $5/youth for non-members. To purchase tickets, visit historccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org, or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

Mann-Simons Site Volunteer Training

Monday, Oct. 9 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Mann-Simons Site

Historic Columbia invites the public to help share the history of the Mann-Simons family and become a volunteer tour guide of the newly interpreted site. This training session will consist of the following: a sample tour of the site, an overview of the family, history of the site, broad topics related to the site: slavery, Jim Crow, civil rights and urban renewal, and a day in the life of a volunteer, which will cover logistics of giving tours and other opportunities at the site. Volunteer training is free. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided at the training.

As a volunteer for Historic Columbia, you will:

  • Receive a 15 percent discount on purchases at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills.
  • Enjoy complimentary admission to our historic museums for yourself and members of your immediate family.
  • Attend special Historic Columbia functions for free or at reduced rates.
  • Receive a free subscription to Historically Speaking, Historic Columbia’s quarterly newsletter.
  • Tour and visit other historic site during monthly volunteer meetings and presentations.
  • Plus, make new friends and share experiences with others who have similar passions.

 

For information, visit historiccolumbia.org, email bkleinfelder@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 24.

Spirits Alive!

Thursday, Oct. 12 | 6 – 9:30 p.m. | Elmwood Cemetery

Grab your flashlights and join Historic Columbia and Elmwood Cemetery staff for guided tours presenting some of Columbia’s eerie and peculiar past by the light of the moon. Different than the regular monthly tours, Spirits Alive! Cemetery Tours feature costumed tour guides, snacks and other Halloween-related activities. Tickets are $8/adults and $4/youth for members and $12/adult and $6/youth for non-members. To purchase tickets, visit historccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org, or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

Dollar Sunday | Woodrow Wilson Family Home

Sunday, Oct. 15 | 1 – 4 p.m. | Woodrow Wilson Family Home

Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties are invited to take a guided tour of one of our historic museums for just $1. This month, visit the Woodrow Wilson Family Home for Dollar Sunday. General admission prices apply for any house tours after the first. Walk-ins welcome! Tours leave at the top of the hour from 1 – 4 p.m. Purchase admission and meet for tours at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills. For information, visit historccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org, or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ | The Palladium Society’s 14th Annual Silent Auction

Thursday, Oct. 19 | 7 – 10 p.m. | Robert Mills House & Gardens

Join Historic Columbia’s The Palladium Society (TPS) at the 14th annual Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ fundraiser presented by Jaguar Land Rover Columbia. This annual celebration of live music, delicious barbeque, specialty drinks and an assortment of silent auction items will be held from 7 – 10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19 on the grounds of the Robert Mills House & Gardens, located at 1616 Blanding Street in downtown Columbia. This year’s silent auction will feature a variety of items, including destination packages to historic cities across the Southeast, experiential packages to explore local cultural sites, behind-the-scenes tours of Columbia’s hot spots, gift cards to restaurants, boutiques, gyms and much more. Ticket prices are $25 for TPS members, $35 for Historic Columbia members and $45 for the general public. Tickets are $50 at the door. All proceeds will support Historic Columbia. For information, visit historccolumbia.org, email lmojkowski@historiccolumbia.org, or call

(803) 252-1770 x 15.

Trunk or Treat

Friday, Oct. 27 | 5:30 – 7 p.m. | Robert Mills House Parking Lot

Put on your costume and join Historic Columbia as we bring the fun of Halloween to the Robert Mills House during Trunk or Treat! Children will enjoy trick-or-treating with a twist in a safe and fun environment. Community members and organizations will display decorated trunks filled with candy in the parking lot of the Robert Mills House. Awards and prizes for best costumes and best decorated trunk will be given at 6:45 p.m. Don’t forget to visit the Gift Shop at Robert Mills and check out the Scarecrows in the Garden during this free event!

Trunk or Treat Vehicle Participation: Historic Columbia is accepting registrations for businesses and organizations and families to place a decorated vehicle at the event. This is a great opportunity for businesses and organizations to promote their mission, give away branded merchandise, and hand out candy to hundreds of children at a free community event.

Vehicle owners must register via email by Monday, October 24. To register, send an email to reservations@historiccolumbia.org with the following information:

  • Name
  • Organization (if applicable)
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Make/Model/Color of vehicle

 

Registered vehicles should arrive between 4:30 and 5:15 p.m. When giving out toys prizes or candy, remember that children will range in age from infants to young teens. Electricity will not be provided to registered vehicles in the event area, so please bring flashlights. Attendance is estimated at 400 families for the event. Please plan accordingly. For information, visit historiccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

 

HOUSE TOURS:                

Historic House Museum Tours
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.

Historic Columbia’s historic house museum tours offer a peek into the past! Tour the Robert Mills House & Gardens, Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, Mann-Simons Site or the Woodrow Wilson Family Home to learn more about Columbia’s history. Tours are free for members, $8 for adults, $5 youth (ages 6-17) and free for children under 5. Visit historiccolumbia.org for more information. 

Group Tours Historic Columbia is happy to arrange a private guided tour for groups of 10 or more with advance registration. Bus tours are available. To schedule a group tour, call (803) 252-1770 x 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

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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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