Belton Events Scheduled Through the Fall:
Events and activities scheduled for Belton during the winter and early spring, emphasizing Belton’s slogan “A Historic Heart….with a new beat!” include:
- Combo Kings: Enjoy great music and dancing….and open to the public at the Listening Room on Main. $10/person admission. Most events at the Listening Room start at 7:00 and the band plays until 9:45 Wine, beer, soft drinks and water are sold for $3. The band usually performs on Tuesday evenings. See the separate post on the Combo Kings for their latest schedule. Doors open at a 6:00.
- Artists’ Gathering, Belton Center for the Arts-Every Tuesday morning from 10:00 to 12:00. Members of the Belton Center for the Arts are offered the opportunity to use the upstairs classroom at no charge. Get inspiration or critique from other artists if you’d like, or just work independently. Depending on interest, live models may be available occasionally. Bring your own materials and no instruction is provided. Email Mary Anne Porter at [email protected] if you are interested in attending. No registration is required.
- Art Classes, Belton Center for the Arts-Classes for children and adults:
- Prayer Bowls. Groups may contact the Center for the Arts to schedule. Often we mean to think or pray for others, but forget what those needs are. A prayer bowl solves that problem by creating a space to store those reminders. Decorate ceramic bowls with alcohol inks to serve as your own “prayer bowl.”
- Expedition! A Natural History Adventure Around the World, Belton Area Museum-The newest Belton Area Museum Association exhibit is now open for visitors at the historic Belton train depot. Expedition: A Natural History Adventure Around the World features fossils, gemstones, and minerals from across the globe and animal mounts from three continents. Come face to face with the world’s 5th largest lion to come out of Africa. Look at the various adaptations of squirrels from North America. Marvel at the markings and sharp teeth of fish caught in the Amazon River. See gemstones gathered from quarries all around the world. Ponder fossils that are millions of years old. “There’s something for everyone to enjoy,” said Belton Area Museum Association executive director Abigail Burden. “It’s amazing to see how majestic and varied these creatures are, and the beautiful gemstones and interesting fossils help us all to learn about the vast biodiversity our world has contained.” The exhibit is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9 am to 2 pm, and Saturdays, 10 am to noon until May 29, 2021 in the North End Gallery of the historic Belton train depot. Special group tours can be arranged by contacting executive director Abigail Burden at 864-338-7400 or [email protected] All guests are encouraged to follow safety guidelines such as wearing protective masks and practicing social distancing. Thanks to Sportsman’s Warehouse, special backpacking and nature themed items will be given away throughout the exhibit to visitors who sign in and win the bi-weekly drawing. Admission is free of charge to the exhibit because of the patronage of the following companies: Sportsman’s Warehouse, Home Instead Senior Care, S and M Auto Parts, Friddle’s Orthopedic Applicances, Inc., City of Belton Hospitality Fund, Anderson County ATAX Fund, and Diamond Hill Mine. Join us as we take a natural history adventure around the world! The exhibit will be on display during regular museum hours through May of 2021. As a special activity, each fourth Saturday, BAMA members can take an adventure to Diamond Hill Mine and dig for amethysts. Charge per person is uaually $20 to dig, but with a BAMA membership card visitors will receive a $5 discount each. Check out all that Diamond Hill Mine has to offer at https://diamondhillmine.com/. Dates for special discount are November 28, December 26, January 23, February 27, March 27 and April 24.
- Holiday Market, Belton Center for the Arts-Take care of your holiday shopping with unique, handmade gifts you won’t find anywhere else. The Holiday Market will continue Tuesdays through Fridays 10:00 to 5:00 and Saturdays 10:00 to 2:00 through December 10. Call 338-8556 for more information.
- Christmas In Belton and Belton Hall of Fame Induction: Saturday, December 5. The annual Belton Christmas Parade begins at 3:30 followed by carols and the Christmas tree lighting at the Historic Belton Depot. This year will include the first Belton Hall of Fame induction. Six inductees will be chosen this year and three inductees in succeeding years. One will be historic and will have made significant contributions between 1850-1920, one will be deceased and made significant contributions between 1900-present, and one will be living and made significant contributions between 1925-present.
- Wine Down Women: Christmas, Belton Center for the Arts-Tuesday, December 8 6:00 to 8:00. Make fused glass pins and ornaments for Christmas. Cost if $30/person and includes wine, refreshments and all materials. Sign up ASAP at 338-8556.
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