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West Allen Williams Old Time Musical Festival

The Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center (PACAC) will be open to the public this Saturday for the first annual West Allen Williams Old Time Musical Festival being held in association with the Homestead Festival. From 10 am to 4:30 pm, the public will be able to visit the Artory and interact with musicians and artists showcasing skills from the late 1800s.

“We will be celebrating the music and culture of our town’s founder, West Allen Williams,” said Thomas Addison, Visual Arts Director. “We have a new stage at the Artory where the musicians will perform.”

Old Time Music Schedule

Main Street Williamston Update

by Joan Ragsdale, Main Street Williamston Advisory Board Member

Our Main Street program continues to move forward as a proactive instrument in bringing the community together to “own” the revitalization efforts and work to build a strong community-driven program. The success of this program depends on a solid broad-base partnership from both the public and private sector. This is a community-driven program, so stay tuned and get involved!

Our All 4-Points, Organization, Design, Econ/Restructuring and Promotion Committees have developed a priority list for 2014. As things progress, you will begin to see things come together for the good of our town and the people who live and play here. Behind the scenes are dedicated people who are volunteering time, money and vision to bring this all together.

Civil War re-enactment this weekend


Battle of Anderson County

The 11th Annual Battle of Anderson County will be held this weekend, Mar. 28-30 just outside Honea Path. The living history encampment commemorates the last skirmish of the War Between the States East of the Mississippi, a skirmish which took place in what was then the Williamston Township near Shiloh Methodist Church in Piedmont.

The Civil War re-enactment and history weekend will feature a living history encampment, demonstrations, lectures, artillery demonstrations, military encampment and cavalry exercises.

Williamston’s historic civil war cannon “Miss Annie” will also be on display at the event.

Main Street Williamston gearing up for action


By David Meade

Williamston’s new economic development and revitalization program, Main Street Williamston, took a big step toward becoming a working organization last week when members of the program’s four committees met for the first time for a two hour training session held at Town Hall

Approximately 30 committee members attended the training sessions with State Main St. representatives Randy Wilson, President of CommunityDesign Solution, Inc and a consulting architect, Jonathan Irick, Executive Director for Main Street Laurens and Beppie LeGrand, Executive Director of the State Municipal Association Main Street program.

Main Street Williamston – Organization Committee

By Joan Ragsdale, Organization Committee Chair

 Behind the scenes the wheels have been churning on the Main Street Williamston Program.  Here’s an update on just one of the four committees that has been working diligently to support the revitalization of our community.    

Before I tell you about the Organization Committee, let’s review the Mission Statement for our program:    

The purpose of Williamston’s Main Street Program is to enhance our community identity and heritage by working with both the public and private sectors of our town to restore the vitality ensure economic stability through concentrated efforts in organization, promotion, design and business development.

Walmart rumors one step closer to being true

While no official announcement has been made and local officials remain silent on whether a Walmart is planning to locate a store in Williamston, a website that caters to builders, contractors and others in the construction and building industry confirms that bidding for a project may be possible in February or March of this year.

Palmetto Area Cultural Art Center seeking donors

Area residents and businesses have a unique opportunity to claim a piece of Williamston history by participating in the initial fundraising program of the Palmetto Area Cultural Art Center (PACAC). Beginning February 1 through March 31, the PACAC kicks off the Founders’ Circle level of fundraising where donors who contribute $1,000 or more will be permanently listed as implemental in launching the center’s programming.

Independent film maker considering area

By Stan Welch

A company involved in the independent film making business has expressed an interest in locating a production facility in Williamston. Mayor Mack Durham emphasized that the discussions of such a possibility, which began just recently, are very preliminary.

Community invited to meet with architect

Main Street Williamston and The Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) will sponsor an Inspirational Lunch Wednesday (Jan 15.) with Randy Wilson, head architect at MASC for Main Street SC. Wilson, who is also the President of Community Design Solutions, Inc., has worked all over the nation helping communities like Williamston successfully revitalize their downtowns. “He is a very engaging speaker with entertaining and inspirational presentations,” said Williamston Main St. Executive Director Caroline Alex. Information on the Main St. SC program will also be presented. The GWBA will provide a Pizza lunch for persons attending the event. The Inspiration Lunch with Randy Wilson will be from 12:00-1:30pm. 12-1pm with a question and answer session from 1:00-1:30pm. The event will be held in the Pink Room at the Williamston Municipal Center.

See invitation flier

Main St. SC program architect to visit town

A professional architect with The Main Street SC team from Columbia will be in Williamston this Wednesday ( Jan. 15). Randy Wilson, head architect at MASC for Main Street SC and President of Community Design Solutions, Inc., has worked all over the nation helping communities like Williamston successfully revitalize their downtowns. Wilson will be touring the town for information and will make recommendations to the Williamston Main St. program Director and Board Members. The Town of Williamston and Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) is planning a community luncheon with Williamston Main St. Board members, committee members and local business owners, GWBA members, and other interested community members. The lunch is planned 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. and will include a motivational presentation. Please call town hall at 847-7473 if you would like to attend.

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