The next few months offer a chance to learn a great deal about our community and how people from the last century to the present day have been entertaining themselves.
This exhibit begins with the amenities of the Hampton Terrace Hotel and concludes with today’s technologies. Plus you will find many notes throughout the area which will inform you of little-known facts about different parts of the exhibit.
Did you know that Brenda Lee preformed regularly at WRDW-TV Channel 12 and the Marrh Theater, which is now the Estate Jewelry on Georgia Avenue? She attended North Augusta Elementary School and WRDW program director Sammy Barton was the one who suggested she change her name to Brenda Lee.
Come and find out more about Brenda Lee, Flo Carter and Jim Nabors, who lived in North Augusta and sang on WJBF’s Today in Dixie weekday show with Flo Carter. Sharron Jones spent her early years in North Augusta and made her public singing debut as a child in North Augusta Baptist Church on Jackson Avenue as an angel in the Christmas program. She sang Silent Night.
You will find more about these entertainers in the radio and television sections. You can also view Hollywood stars from our area, musicians, television personalities and many other exciting forms of local entertainment, including an antique bike on loan from Andy Jordon, and a jacket and shoes worn by James Brown. The exhibit ends Sept. 20.
Last year’s exhibit, Hamburg: The Forgotten Town, won an Award of Merit from the Confederation of SC Local Historical Societies.
The Arts and Heritage Center Gift Shop offers many new and wonderful items for your pleasure and for your family and friends. The ideal place to find that perfect gift!
Don’t forget to check out artists of the month throughout the community in the local businesses.