Ed Harrison Memorial Celtic Christmas
Heritage Pavilion at the Hagood Mill Historic Site
138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens, South Carolina 29671
Saturday December 19, 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
$5.00 per person. 12 and under are free. Free parking.
The music of the Appalachian region was heavily influenced by the influx of Scotch and Irish immigrants, and this influence has been integral in the development of American folk music traditions. With Christmas approaching and the New Year beckoning, it is time once again to honor our musical traditions by listening to songs of the season. A local seasonal musical tradition is the Ed Harrison Memorial Celtic Christmas program, to be held at Heritage Pavilion at the Hagood Mill Historic Site on Saturday, December 19, from 10 am - 4 pm.
The Ed Harrison Memorial Celtic Christmas program has become an annual event, featuring many fine local and even international musicians sharing songs of the tradition. Ed Harrison was a remarkably versatile musician, with a passion for playing multiple styles of roots music on a wide variety of instruments. He was an accomplished dobro player and clawhammer banjo player, as well as playing Cajun accordion and the Uilleann pipes. His warmth, good humor, and ready laugh were a comfort to his family and many friends in the area. Sadly, after over 20 years of battling cancer, Ed passed away in 2012. The annual Celtic music event continues in his honor.
There will be lots of other things to see on December 19th as Hagood Mill hosts a variety of folklife and traditional-arts demonstrations. The Mill will be running and the holiday grits will be a grinding. Living history demonstrators will have the option to set up at the Heritage Pavilion with the artisan vendors, or to stay in their regular spots at the Historic Site. We encourage visitors to ask questions of the artists, gain insight, and if you wish, spend a little money to secure a Traditional Arts treasure of your own.
There will be an artisan market with a cherry picked selection of the area's artisans.
Of course Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be joining us for the day. There will be holiday crafts for the kids to create! The Heritage Pavilion is closed in with tarps and will be heated with propane heaters. As always, we encourage visitors to bring their own seating and to bundle up. The bonfire will be lit and s'mores will be a roastin'! Come get toasty with us by the fire.
The Centerpiece of the Hagood Mill Historic Site is the water-powered 1845 gristmill. It is one of the finest examples of nineteenth-century technology in the Upcountry and operates just as it has for the last century and a half. The mill will be running throughout the day. In the old mill, fresh stone-ground cornmeal, grits, and wheat flour will be available. In addition, rye flour, Basmati rice flour, oat flour, oatmeal, popping cornmeal and grits, organic yellow corn meal and grits, and buckwheat flour are produced and may be available. Hagood Mill cookbooks and a variety of other mill-related items are also available in the Mill Mercantile.
There promises to be lots to do and lots of fun! Admission is $5.00 per person and children 12 and under are free. There is no parking fee. Admission includes entrance to the Hagood Mill Historic Site, including the Heritage Pavilion and the South Carolina Petroglyph Site. All proceeds from admission help offset the costs at Hagood Mill.
So, head on out, grab a helping of tasty food, served on site from some of the best food trucks in the area, and as always, enjoy your special day at Hagood Mill.
Music Performers from 2019:
Lucy Allen & Marshall Goers
Jenny & Lee