2017-10-04 / LifeStyles

Gaffney to host 2017 South Carolina Humanities Festival

Events kick-off Thursday with Rev War Weekend reception

The City of Gaffney was selected to host this year’s SC Humanities Festival. The highlighted festival will celebrate Gaffney’s Revolutionary War history and commemorate the Overmountain Men march to Kings Mountain. This honor is not something one can apply for, but is one that is selected by the SC Humanities Council to feature a South Carolina community who exemplifies extraordinary works.

Gaffney and its surrounding area has revolutionary history like no other community in our great nation. Three national parks, several sites, numerous tales, and even a few trails that have survived more than 237 years.

The 2017 South Carolina Humanities Festival will begin on Oct. 5 at the Cherokee County History Museum with living encampment demonstrations from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – continuing Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m. and Oct. 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The City of Gaffney has partnered with the museum, Cherokee County History and Preservation Society, the Overmountain Victory Trail Association and others to provide demonstrations of living history and life in the days of colonial living. There will be more than 15 stations set up featuring presentations of weaving, toys and games, colonial weapons, clothing, music, and other revolutionary war displays.

Also on Thursday from 4-6 p.m., the Cherokee Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA) has partnered with the City of Gaffney to host the festival reception. Representatives of five families will be hanging their respective ancestor’s local history in the Revolutionary War Exhibition Hall of the Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery. During the reception, the award-winning fiddlers, Sons of Liberty, will provide musical entertainment.

As part of the festival reception, artist Thomas Kelly Pauley will speak of his exhibit on display in the gallery, “Faces of the Revolution.” The Visitors Center staff worked with Pauley to provide information for each of his 28 portraits, particularly where the subject could be connected to the present-day Gaffney area, to the State of South Carolina and to the region. A number of his works contributed to the SC ETV production “The Southern Campaign of the American Revolution.” Three of the nine mini-documentaries were on The Battle of Kings Mountain, the Battle of Cowpens and the story of the Overmountain Men.

Spartanburg author Sheila Ingle will be in the lobby of the Gaffney Visitors Center with her book “Courageous Kate” during the reception. A fictional biography for young adults, “Courageous Kate: A Daughter of the American Revolution” is the compelling account of a heroine and a young mother who rode out from her Carolina backcountry home to warn Patriot militias of enemies on the move. Kate Moore Barry served as a scout and a spy and is credited with helping Gen. Daniel Morgan defeat the British at the Battle of Cowpens. Ingle weaves together history, folklore and fiction to create a memorable story about three generations of Scots-Irish settlers who built a life in the wilderness of the South Carolina Upcountry during the 1700s.

Wrapping up the reception in the Visitors Center will be Marc Anthony (with the South Carolina Sons of the American Revolution) presenting History of the Flags.

Following the reception will be the annual March on Main. Led by a drummer and fifer, participants will depart the Visitors Center at 6:15 p.m. and march to the Michael Gaffney Cabin where reenactor Richard Luce will tell the story “The War Comes to the South.” Upon conclusion of the story, a wreath will be laid on Col. James Williams grave (approximately 6:45 p.m.).

Thursday evening CHAPS will host A Night at the Museum. During this event from 7-9 p.m., living history encampments will be on the grounds, the Sons of Liberty will provide music from the pavilion, and CHAPS will host their annual fundraiser, Spirits of the Revolution, a guided ghost walk with stories of local revolutionary spirits. Reservations and tickets are required for the ghost walk, the other events are free to the public.

For more information on Rev War Weekend, visit www.revwarweekend.com or contact the Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery at 864-487-6244.

Rev War Weekend Schedule

Thursday, October 5

• Living History Encampment at Cherokee County History & Arts Museum (10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m.)

• Festival Reception at the Visitors Center (4 - 6 p.m.)

• March on Main (6:15 p.m.)

• Spirits of the Revolution Ghost Tour (7 - 8:30 p.m.)

Friday, October 6

• Living Encampment at the museum (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

• The Night Before Kings Mountain outdoor performance (6 p.m.)

Saturday, October 7

• Anniversary Military Encampment at Kings Mountain National Military Park (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

• Wreath Laying (11 a.m.)

• Anniversary Program (3 p.m.)

• Guided Lantern Tours (7 p.m.)

• Living History Encampments at Cowpens National Battlefield (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Sunday, October 8

• Encampment at Kings Mountain (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

• Encampments at Cowpens (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

• Storytelling at Michael Gaffney’s Log Home (6 p.m.)

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