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Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta celebrates fourth anniversary

Exhibit tells of North Augusta's entertainment

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A gold record featuring country music group Lady Antebellum hangs on a display in the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta.

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Charlee Hutt (right), 8, and her sister, Pieper, 10, color paper dolls at the Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta, which celebrated its fourth birthday Saturday. The paper dolls are part of a larger exhibit about entertainment from the 1800s to the 21st century.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Charlee Hutt (right), 8, and her sister, Pieper, 10, color paper dolls at the Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta, which celebrated its fourth birthday Saturday. The paper dolls are part of a larger exhibit about entertainment from the 1800s to the 21st century.

Nearby, Lady Antebellum guitarist Dave Haywood’s first guitar sits in a display case, next to a Learn-to-Play CD recorded by his father, Van Haywood, a North Au­gus­ta resident.

The items are part of an entertainment exhibit on display this weekend at the center.

“This year we did the entertainment history of North Augusta, so we’re doing all entertainment- themed (seminars),” Director Lauren Virgo said.

Other subjects in the exhibit include a bicycle with a very large front wheel and a very small back wheel. Members of the North Augus­ta Artist’s Guild painted while guests looked at the displays.

The entertainment exhibit is part of the center’s fourth anniversary celebration. The birthday weekend included a bash Friday night, with performances by Flo Carter, the Savannah River String Band, The Henrys and Ryan Abel. Virgo said about 160 people attended the bash, which included a birthday cake.

On Saturday, Don Rhodes, music columnist for The Augusta Chronicle, spoke about celebrities of North Augus­ta. Virgo followed with a presentation about North Augusta’s early history, which included photographs of a natatorium and resort hotel that existed during the early 1900s before being destroyed by fire. Local storyteller John Menger shared North Augusta folklore.

“This is an opportunity to choose a topic people might be interested in, get a concentrated focus and tell it as kind of a side story (to North Augusta’s history),” Virgo said.

Kate Ann White listened as Virgo spoke about how half of the Pine Heights sanitorium was destroyed in the 1970s. White said she lived on West Avenue when it caught fire and remembers the rubble.

White and and her friend Jean Elam attended the anniversary event because they enjoy the center.

“There’s just so much history and things of interest that this facility brings out,” White said.

The entertainment exhibit will be offered through Sept. 20.


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