Saturday, March 28, 2009

Scrap Exchange Coming To Spring Jubilee

On Saturday April 4, The Scrap Exchange will be at Spring Jubilee from 10 am to 4 pm. Kids of all ages will enjoy creating items to take home. This will be FREE to the children and it sounds like a lot of fun! I had emailed The Scrap Exchange and asked them to write a few words about their organization for this blog. They were kind enough to send the information below and the picture. Thank you!

The Scrap Exchange is a creative reuse center located in downtown
Durham, North Carolina. Our mission is to promote creativity,
environmental awareness, and community through reuse. We collect
tons of clean, reusable industrial discards from area businesses and
manufacturers every year and bring them sorted and ready to use to
festivalsj for children and adults to make anything they can imagine.

Since 1991, the Scrap Exchange has been providing a unique form of
hands-on arts and craft activity for people of all ages. We fill a
van with a fascinating collection of materials--foam, fabric,
stickers, cardboard cones and tubes, bottle caps, and a whole bunch
of things we’re sure you’ve never seen before--and we will be coming
to the Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee on April 4th 2009!

Attendees use the materials (along with the scissors, staplers, and
tape that we bring with us) to make whatever they can think of--hats,
rocket ships, sculptures, handbags. The options are endless.

Come join us and see how creative you can be!

To find out more about our organization please check out our website
Scrap Exchange

Photo courtesy of The Scrap Exchange

Spring Jubilee in Pendleton SC

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Make It and Take It at Spring Jubilee

This year the children will have a big treat at Spring Jubilee with the Blue Ridge Art Center's Make It and Take It.
Sunday April 5
The children will have a chance to show their creativity FREE of charge. They can make something and then take it home. Sounds like fun to me.

Photos courtesy of Blue Ridge Arts Center

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Message From Jo McConnell, Spring Jubilee Coordinator

For thirty-one years the Pendleton District Commission has welcomed visitors to Pendleton’s Village Green to celebrate the end of the gray days of winter as dogwoods and daffodils bloom. The tradition continues April 4-5, 2009 with the 32nd Annual Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee.

Spring Jubilee began in 1978 as a means to inaugurate the tourism season for Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties, the region served by the PDC. A previous event had been moved from the village green to a neighboring town because organizers felt the setting was too small. The Pendleton District Commission instead saw a beautiful setting, surrounded by historic trees and buildings, a central location for the three counties and lots of potential. Emphasis was placed on creating an event that showcased the best in arts and crafts, which included creative works and musical entertainment. The rest is history. The Spring Jubilee has earned local, regional and national respect through the years. It has twice been named the Best Festival in the State of South Carolina in a community of less than 5,000 residents, designated a Top Twenty Event by the Southeast Tourism Society and a Top 100 Event in the U. S. by the American Bus Association.

With those honors comes a responsibility to maintain the high standards which earned the awards. Selection of the artists and crafters follows a careful process of jurying each application. Uniqueness and originality of the product, execution of design and appeal to the shoppers are all carefully considered. The number of accepted applicants is limited per category to give the show diversity, not only in design but in price. Whether you want to make an investment in the arts, buy a birthday present or wear a unique piece of jewelry, you can find that item at Spring Jubilee. Artists from Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Missouri, Kansas and neighboring communities in South Carolina are ready to help you make your selection of their creative works.

Entertainment is focused at the center stage. This year you can enjoy the bluegrass of Tugalo Holler, gospel music by Providence Quartet, or remember those college days with Cravin’ Melon acoustics. The Clemson University Jazz Combo will fill the air with rhythm and Jack Roper’s magic antics will tickle your funny bone. Anderson’s own award-winning Senior Follies will show us all how to stay young at heart. Plan to come for the day, sit back and enjoy a fun mix of local and regional talent.

Green isn’t just the color of the grass where the Jubilee is held. It is the symbol for our responsibility to protect our environment by recycling and the Jubilee is going to make it fun. The Town of Pendleton’s Curbside Recycling Program and Anderson County’s Keep America Beautiful program is sponsoring THE SCRAP EXCHANGE, a non-profit creative reuse center that promotes creativity, environmental awareness and community through reuse of industrial discards and reclaimed materials. People of all ages will have a great time making hats, rockets, puppets, handbags or any number of items under the supervision of The Scrap Exchange. It’s creative, it’s responsible and it’s FREE!! Plan to come and join the fun from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday, April 4. On Sunday, April 5, the Blue Ridge Arts Center will have their “Make It and Take It” booth with four interactive hands-on art activities for kids ages 4-12 to create a work of art to take home. Both activities are free of charge and waiting for the creative juices to flow. Who knows, a future artist/crafter for Spring Jubilee may be found at these fun activities.

Historic tours will be available at Ashtabula and Woodburn Plantations as they re-open after a winter’s nap. These historic properties offer a walk through a long-ago period that helped shaped the region we know today. Admission is charged to help on-going restoration and preservation of these house museums.

The Jubilee Joy Ride returns for the 18th year to offer carefully planned loops that will take you onto some of the most beautiful roads in Anderson County on Saturday, April 4. Registration is from 8- 10 a.m.. The ride begins at the Pendleton District Agricultural Museum, located on History Lane off Hwy. 76, across from Tri-County Technical College. The 28-mile loop explores the quiet country roads of Anderson and La France. The metric century (62.5miles) route starts on the 28-mile loop and adds another 35 miles which takes the riders into the rolling hills of northern Anderson County. Rest stops with snacks and refreshments will be available on all the routes. There is no mass start and it is held rain or shine. Minors must be accompanied by an adult and helmets are required. Early registration is not required, but is recommended and guarantees a t-shirt. Call 864-646-3782 or email for information or application.

All this activity is sure to make you hungry. Grilled Polish sausages, hot dogs, bar-b-q and festival staples of powdered sugar coated funnel cakes and fresh-squeezed lemonade, along with the offerings of the local restaurants, will satisfy kids and adults alike.

Make your plans now to be part of this fun-filled weekend. Just remember the advice of the locals – take the first parking place you find!!

For information contact: Pendleton District Commission, 864-646-3782 or visit our website Pendleton District Commission-Spring Jubilee

Please visit my Spring Jubilee Squidoo Lens at Spring Jubilee Arts and Crafts Festival

Photo courtesy of Stained Glass Artist Rhonda Newman

Monday, March 9, 2009

Spring Jubilee Merchandise

I have a wide assortment of Spring Jubilee Merchandise for sale on Spring Jubilee Squidoo Lens. The official logo was used on this merchandise and posted on Zazzle. The logo is the design of Lynn Craig of Clemson South Carolina and Pendleton District Commission gave me permission to use it. All profits from the sale of this merchandise will be donated to Pendleton District Commission for the renovations of Old Hunters Store. If you can't find the style or item you need, please leave me a message in the comments section and I will try to get it for you. You might want to place an order with friends to cut down on the shipping cost.

Zazzle is a "Print on Demand" business and I have a shop with lots of other merchandise using photographs, designs or paintings that I have done.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Spring Jubilee Arts and Crafts Festival

Spring Jubilee 09 will be the 32nd Annual Spring Jubilee in Historic Pendleton South Carolina. It is a Juried Arts and Crafts Festival sponsored by Pendleton District Commission and is always held the first full weekend in April.

Not only will there be exhibits by top quality Artisans, there will be entertainment and great food and all in a beautiful setting. Pendleton is a small historic town nestled in the foothills of South Carolina. The festival takes place on the Village Green on the town square.

There will be artisans in the following categories: Art, Baskets, Carving, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Photo, Pottery, Sewing, Specialty Crafts, Toys, and Woodcraft. These artisans were chosen for the coveted spaces on the Village Green because of their high quality and I am most anxious to visit each and everyone of them.

Spring Jubilee is a special time for our little town of Pendleton as we get to show off our town to some 20,000 visitors. We offer some wonderful restaurants, specialty shops and antiques all within a walking distance from the festival.

Jo McConnell, Event Coordinator, says "Come and join us in celebrating the 32nd Annual Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee, a weekend highlighting quality arts and crafts, antiques, a variety of musical entertainment, good food and fun for all. Make plans to be part of the seasonal opening of the Pendleton District Agricultural Museum and Ashtabula and Woodburn Plantations. Choose to take part in the bicycle rides or visit the unique shops and restaurants."

Spring Jubilee will be April 4 and 5 this year. Saturday's activities will begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue until 6:00 pm but it won't end there. Tri County Tech is having Bluegrass Under The Stars with free fireworks and free admission beginning at 6 pm at the Campus Amphitheater.

I don't know about you but I can't wait to bite into my once a year Funnel Cake and enjoy the festivities in Pendleton.

Visit my Squidoo lens for more information and to purchase special Spring Jubilee Merchandise.
Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee