Ed Harrison Memorial Celtic Christmas at Hagood Mill
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We have planned a very special day for you to enjoy at the Hagood Mill. Music, Crafts, Food, and a visit from Santa…and much more! Gather friends and family and come join in the fun, Saturday, December 19th from 10am-4pm. There is a $5.00 parking fee for the day but admission is FREE to the Hagood Mill Site as well as the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site. All proceeds from parking go to help the Hagood Mill. Music starts at NOON.
Several years ago, Hagood Mill approached well-known local Uilleann Pipe player Ed Harrison to host a Celtic Christmas show in December. Visitors loved it! It has become an annual event and featured many fine regional musicians sharing songs of the season.
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 aforementioned 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 event has been named in his honor.
Along with the event's co-hosts, Lucy Allen and Marshall Goers, this years’ event features two local musical groups: The Wolf Moon String Band and Lissakeole.
The Wolf Moon String Band is composed a group of old friends who have played music together in various bands and settings going back 15 years. The band was formed in 2009 to perform a contra dance at Furman University. The name of the band was suggested by local dance caller, Jennie Wakefield, as the event was held on the Wolf Moon, the first full moon of the year. Band members include Marshall Goers on fiddle and mandolin, Briggs Hamilton on bass and banjo uke, Lucy Allen on guitar and vocals, and Brooke Lauer on banjo and fiddle.
Lucy Allen and Marshall Goers have been regulars at the Celtic Christmas show since 2008. Allen and Goers are an acoustic duo whose passion for roots music combines elements of various musical genres. Allen and Goers have performed solo or with other groups, but their best work happens when they're together in a duet performance. For the past eleven years, Goers and Allen have shared the stage, and continue to create memorable musical performances. They have made two recordings together, Just Passing Through and Won't See Tadpoles Covered in Fur, an album dedicated to kids of all ages.
Returning this year is local Irish group Lissakeole. Lissakeole (lis-sa-key-ole) in Gaelic, means "fort of music", referencing the Irish fairy forts, which legends say, are the entrances to the fairy world and the places where the fairies themselves hold their revelries. It is said that on certain evenings you can see the lights and hear the fairy music playing late into the wee hours as they dance and drink. This highly skilled, versatile, band consists of Gabrielle Ward (lead vocalist, bodhran, and tin whistle), Kaplan Ward (vocalist, guitar, and bouzouki), Cody Wagar (tenor vocalist, guitar), Jennifer Vittoe (bass, backup vocalist), and Daniel Hendrix (uilleann pipes, tin whistle, low whistle). Lissakeole plays and sings many popular Irish tunes and songs, but they put their own stamp upon them.
This promises to be a very special day at Hagood Mill. Why even Santa Clause himself has decided to drop by and join in on the entertainment. Kids and adults alike are welcome to sit on Santa’s lap and share a Christmas wish. Bring a camera and Ole Saint Nick will pose for a picture with you. (11:00 am – 2:00 pm)
So come down to Hagood Mill and enjoy this festive season!
There will be lots of other things to see on December 19th as Hagood Mill hosts a variety of folk life and traditional arts demonstrations. There will be blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint knapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basket-making, pottery, quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, woodcarving, metal-smithing, bee keeping, leather-working and more! You can ask questions of the artists and make a purchase of their Traditional Arts to take home.
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 corn meal, grits and wheatflour will be available. In addition rye flour, Basmati rice flour, oat flour, oatmeal, popping corn meal, 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.
There promises to be lots to do and lots of fun! So, head on out, grab a plate of great food on site from the Gatehouse Restaurant and enjoy a special day at the Hagood Mill.
The Hagood Mill historic site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm all year long. The Mill operates, rain or shine, for a special festival the third Saturday of every month.
The Hagood Mill islocated just 3 miles north of Pickens off Highway 178 or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11off Highway 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road.
“Music in the Mountains 2015” is sponsored by a private benefactor.For additional information, please contact the Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or check out our website at www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar .
Pickens County is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
- 138 Hagood Mill Rd.
Pickens, SC 29671
- (864) 898-2936
- $5 Parking Admission is Free - Public Welcome