SC Humanities Festival coming to Summerville in April

  • Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Looking for new and interesting ways to get to know Summerville?
The 2013 South Carolina Humanities Festival is coming to Summerville April 18-21.
Sponsored by the South Carolina Humanities Council and hosted by the Friends of the Summerville Library, the SCHC Annual Humanities Festival will include a variety of events over three days, including lectures, historic tours, concerts, and more.
Now in its 19th year, the festival has been held in fifteen different South Carolina cities. Each festival celebrates the local history and culture of the host community, engaging the citizens in lectures, discussions, films, and exhibits and facilitating partnerships between cultural organizations and community groups.
This year’s festival is being hosted and coordinated by the Summerville Friends of the Library and will feature an interesting and exciting array of events throughout the weekend in the Summerville area.
“There should be something to delight everyone – and we certainly hope everyone will show up,” Pamela Ward said. “There will be symposiums, lectures, tours – we even have a rare opportunity for some to tour the International Primate Protection League facility here in Summerville.”
Some events have limited space and seating and it is suggested that people get tickets and make reservations early. For more information on events, times, dates, and ticket availability and prices go to www.friendsofthesummervillelibrary.weebly.com or call 224-4133.
Thursday Evening
Welcome to Summerville/Town Hall
The First Stop on the Sweet Tea Trail 200 S. Main Street, Summerville, corner of South Main Street and Richardson Ave. The Festival officially begins at 5 p.m. along with Summerville's monthly Third Thursday event. Out of town guests may pick up their welcome packets for the festival at Town Hall. Local guests may obtain information and purchase tickets during Third Thursday. Meet the Friends of the Summerville Library Board Members, festival hosts. Weekend Festival Attendees who purchase a complete weekend ticket of $55 will receive a button for admission to all events and receive discounts downtown in shops and restaurants. Tickets for the Saturday night performance at St. Paul's Historic Church will also be sold at the door and at our booth on the square all weekend.
Third Thursday
Downtown Summerville, 5-8 p.m. Enjoy the first night of the festival strolling through historic downtown shopping, enjoying live entertainment, restaurants and the art walk.
Grant Writing Seminar
10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Seago Branch Dorchester County Library, 76 Trolley Road Summerville. Dr. Randy Akers, Executive Director of the Humanities Council SC will lead this seminar, which is free and open to the public. Limited seating, reservations required. Pastry, coffee, juice and hot tea served.
The Speakers Symposium
Join Dr. Scott Yarbrough, Rev. John Reynolds, and Dr. Brian Miller for an afternoon symposium from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Seago Branch Dorchester County Library, 76 Trolley Road. Dr. Scott Yarbrough CSU - “What makes Southern Literature Southern?” Dr. Brian Miller CSU – “A Brief History of Summerville”
Rev. John Reynolds – “When the Civil Rights Movement Came To Dorchester”
Book signing, meet and greet, and refreshments 4- 4:30 pm. This Symposium is free and seats are limited. Reservations required.
People Places and Quilts
29 W. Richardson Ave, Summerville. Two Tours, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m.  Owned by Diane Frankenburger, PP&Q has been in business 23 years and is one of the most unique shops in Summerville. Free, no reservation required.
The Summerville Dorchester Museum
A Private Tour with Museum Director Chris Ohm, Friday, 10 a.m. – 12 noon.
Join Chris Ohm for a special tour and reception at the Summerville Dorchester Museum. Mr. Ohm is the authority on Summerville’s railroad history, and is well versed in the tea
history and Victorian period. A $5 donation at the door goes to the Museum. Http://www.summervilledorchestermuseum.org//index.html
Friday Evening
Humanities Council Opening Night
7 p.m – 9:30 p.m., St. John the Beloved Catholic Church, 28 Sumter Ave. Summerville, Free, no reservations required. Music, SCO Strings Quartet, Invocation by Monseigneur Chet Moczydlowski. Welcome, Mayor Bill Collins, Humanities Council Executive Director Dr. Randy Akers, DD2 student performances.
SWG Poetry Reading by Ellen E. Hyatt, A Short History of Women, The VMP Players Sharon Cooper Murray, “The Gullah Lady” Ambassador of the Gullah Culture The De Gullah Singers “Baptized in Sweet Tea,” Keynote Address, Ken Burger, Dessert Reception.
International Primate Protection League Tour
Saturday, 10 a.m. Two groups of 10 will be allowed to visit. This is a rare opportunity. Dame Shirley McGreal, IPPL Founder and Executive Director will allow a rare tour of one of the most unique habitats in Summerville. Dame McGreal is known
around the word for her work with Gibbons. A donation of $20 goes directly to the League. Reservations required. No Children.
Trolley Tour of Historic Summerville
10 a.m. – 12 noon. Boards at Timrod Library.  Tickets $15 available online or call. Get on the Sweet Tea Trail with Tim Lowry, Storyteller. Enjoy this rare tour of Summerville by trolley, led by one of Summerville’s own artistic treasures, Mr. Tim Lowry. Space limited. Reservations required
Sweet Tea Luncheon
At The Historic Timrod Library 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Reservations required, seating limited. Tickets $15 available online or call. Enjoy delicious southern fare, a bit of history, and some old-fashioned barber shop quartet music. http://www.thetimrodlibrary.org/
The Fort Dorchester Trolley Tour
1:30 – 4:30 p.m., board at Timrod Library, Tickets $15, Space limited, reservations required. Enjoy a private tour of Fort Dorchester Historic Park with Ashley Chapman, archeologist and park ranger. The Fort dates back to 1697. During the tour, you will experience a colonial encampment, learn about the firing of weaponry and meet re-enactors who will explain life during the period. Chapman will discuss the current archeological dig at Fort Dorchester.
Summerville Farmer’s Market
The farmer’s market is located in the parking lot adjacent to Summerville Town Hall and First Citizen’s Bank and is open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at 200 S. Main Street.
Sculpture in the South
Saturday 4:30 p.m., Docent Tour in Azalea Park. Free, no reservation required.
Saturday Evening
St. Paul's Historic Church, 316 W. Carolina Avenue, Summerville, historic church tour,
6-7 p.m. with Rev. John F. Scott, in period vestments, prior to the evening performance there will be a tour of the church and graveyard. Free, no reservation required.
“Stay On The Road”
Tim Lowry, Storyteller, 7-9 p.m. $10 single tickets, under 6 free, suggested audience 10 and up. An Evening of Storytelling and Period Music. Welcome, Pamela Ward; “Stay on the Road,” Tim Lowry. Harpsichord and Piano, Annette Martin and Dean Glace’. Tickets Available online or by phone.
During the festival, many antique shops and markets will open on Sunday. Consider visiting one of the hosting churches of the festival and enjoy brunch or lunch at one of our restaurants. We hope you will visit one of the suggested locations on the festival itinerary. You can pick up a brochure from the festival booth, which is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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