Belton Events Scheduled for the Fall:
Events and activities scheduled for Belton through the fall, emphasizing Belton’s new slogan “A Historic Heart….with a new beat!” include:
- Combo Kings-Enjoy great music and dancing….FREE and open to the public, including a special concert to benefit the Belton Area Museum Associstion on Saturday, September 29 at 6:30 at the Listening Room. Wine and beer are sold for $2 with the proceeds to go to Belton non-profit organizations. Recently the Listening Room presented the Belton Alliance, the Belton Tennis Association and the Belton Center for the Arts with $500 each. Check for a schedule.
- Standpipe Festival Juried Art Show-Belton Center for the Arts. The show continues during normal Center for the Arts hours through November 10.
- Fins, Feathers, Claws and Paws pet exhibit-Belton Depot. Presented by State Farm/Amanda Thompson Agency, the exhibit will feature vintage and historic pet items and interactive pet play stations including pet art, a dog bone diving pool and “on the road” simulator. See the wall of fame for working and rescue animals, check out what colors pets can set, view vintage hunting and retrieving dog items and learn about the various breeds that have been popular over the years. The exhibit will remain on display through December 16 during normal museum hours (Wednesday thru Friday 9:00 until 2:00 and Saturday 9:00 until 1:00), or by appointment.bama fins feathers claws and paws poster
- Introduction to Drawing Class-Belton Center for the Arts. Every Monday night in October (2, 9, 16, 23 & 30) from 6:00 to 9:00 instructed by Kendell Lusk. During this 5-week class you will learn the basics of drawing using pencils and charcoal to create portraits and still life drawings. Great for absolute beginners, casual sketchers and intermediate artists.
- Paranormal Program-Historic Belton Depot. October 19. Interested in pursuing the ghost hunting craze? Need some pointers on getting started? Come on out to the most haunted place in Anderson County, the Historic Belton Train Depot, and learn from a real ghost hunter! Catherine Vinson, a paranormal investigator with Ghost PRO of Greenville, will be the featured speaker at a free seminar on Thursday, Oct. 19, beginning at 7 PM, at the Belton Depot. Ghost Hunting 101 is free to all participants. Catherine (Cat) A. Vinson is a mother, grandmother, dispatcher, ordained minister, a paranormal investigator and researcher. As a child, Cat had multiple paranormal experiences that led to a lifelong fascination with this field, leaving her with questions about the unseen world. “Over the course of the last eight years investigating with the Ghost PRO team, I have found answers to many of my questions and have come to a greater understanding about why we are here, and where we might go from here,” she said. While she no longer has any doubt that ghosts and spirits do exist in our world, she still loves finding the concrete proof to show to others. Her presentation will include the basics of ghost hunting, what to do and especially what not to do. She will also share real stories of paranormal investigations and reveal evidence from haunted cases. There will also be a question and answer session at the end of the presentation. “I enjoy sharing what I have learned with others, and love seeing someone’s face light up when they realize that they’ve just listened to, seen, or experienced the paranormal,” Vinson added. The Belton Area Museum Association is hosting this free event for the public. Please contact Executive Director Abigail Burden at 864-338-7400 for more information.
- Halloween Walking Tour-Historic Belton Depot. October 26. Ghoulies, ghosties and strange sites await you as you stroll down historic streets of Belton during the Belton Area Museum Association’s first annual Halloween Ghost Walk. Five historic properties are scheduled for the tour: the Chamberlain-Kay House, the Mitchell House and Cox Funeral Home on River Street and the Moffatt Haynie House and the J. T. Rice House on Brown Avenue. Exteriors of homes will be accessible and spine-tingling stories attached to each property will be shared by costumed presenters. $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under includes light refreshments at the depot, guided tours of historic properties and unusual entertainment. Tours begin at 6:00 pm and will depart from the depot every 30 minutes until 7:30 pm. Each tour will last approximately 1 1/2 hours. Limited slots are available. Tours will be family friendly in content. Tickets go on sale October 10 and can be purchased by visiting or calling (338-7400) the museum during regular opening hours, Wednesday thru Friday, 9:00 to 2:00 and Saturday 9:oo to 1:00. Make plans to attend now. All attendees should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a flashlight.bama halloween ghost tour poster
- Emile Pandolfi & Dana Russell-Listening Room on Main. 7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 28. Internationally known pianist Emile Pandolfi and simply irresistible vocalist Dana Russell are gracing the stage. Tickets are $45. Cash bar with wine and beer opens at 6:30; performance at 7:00. Call 864-338-85567 to reserve your ticket.
- Trick or Treat on the Square-Downtown Belton
- Hunter Education Class-Historic Belton Depot. November 4. 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. All residents and non-residents of South Carolina born after June 30, 1979 must successfully complete a hunter education course that is approved by the S. C. Department of Natural Resources before a hunting license can be obtained. Pre-registration is required at www.dnr.sc.gov or by calling 1-800-277-4301.
- Genealogy Program-Family Trees and Me-Historic Belton Depot. November 16, 7:00. The Belton Area Museum Association is excited to announce the start of a new series of genealogy programs. Kay Burns and Abigail Burden and other seasoned genealogists will lead a presentation highlighting the different resources available at the museum for genealogical research. Learn strategies for success, whether you are a pro or any amateur. This is a must-attend event for all people interested in genealogy. The program is free to all BAMA members at the $100 Patron level and above. Cost for others is $5 per session.
- Third Annual Turkey Shoot. Sponsored by the Belton Area Museum Association. November 18. Mark your calendar for a wonderful afternoon of delicious food, great music and a traditional turkey shoot at the home of David and Debby Jones on Brown Avenue Extension. There will be a variety of prizes for the turkey shoot. There will also be kid-friendly activities. Come and enjoy this long-held Thanksgiving tradition with your family and friends.
- Belton Christmas Parade and Lighting of the Tree-Downtown Belton and the Historic Belton Depot. December 2. Join us as we celebrate Christmas in Belton! Watch the parade from downtown then visit with Santa and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies followed by the annual tree lighting outside the Depot. Mrs. Claus will read Christmas stories to the kids. There will be free crafts for children. Porcelain Christmas ornaments featuring images of the Istoric Belton Train Depot and the Historic Stndpipe painted by world-renowned artist Wayland Moore will be available for $15, or 2 for $25 for BAMA members. The events are sponsored by the Belton Alliance and the Belton Area Museum Association.
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