Musicians, TV notables part of birthday events

Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta celebrates fourth year

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A James Dean cutout stands near artwork on display for a new exhibit on entertainment in North Augusta at the Arts and Heritage Center. The center is marking its fourth anniversary July 13 with Arts and Heritage Day.   SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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A James Dean cutout stands near artwork on display for a new exhibit on entertainment in North Augusta at the Arts and Heritage Center. The center is marking its fourth anniversary July 13 with Arts and Heritage Day.

How would you like to see some of the most famous faces on local television from the past 50 years up close at a party featuring blues and bluegrass music?

The fourth anniversary of the North Augusta Arts & Heritage Center and the opening of a new exhibit will be celebrated from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12, in the center located on the first floor of the Municipal Building, 100 Georgia Ave.

Tickets to the event are $10 in advance from Parks Pharmacy, 437 Georgia Ave.; Jim Bush Flower Shop, 501 W. Martintown Road, at the center and online at
artsandheritagecenter.com. Proceeds go to preserving the history, art and culture of North Augusta.

The Savannah River Stringband and the CSRA Shag Club will entertain from about 6 to 6:45 p.m. on the first floor where visitors can see the new Entertainment History of North Augusta exhibit, which will be on display through Sept. 20.

“Each year, we set out to feature one historical topic in North Augusta,” said executive director Lauren Virgo. “It pulls together the history of radio, television, sports, entertainment, outdoor venues and ways people had fun in North Augusta.”

This year’s exhibit features a Velocipede, a bicycle with a front wheel bigger than its back wheel.

“We wanted to have things that bring back memories,” Virgo said.

At 7 p.m. the party moves to the top floor Palmetto Terrace room for a birthday cakes contest where visitors will vote on their favorite.

The main show begins about 7:15 p.m. with host Lee Sheridan, former sports anchor and general manager at both WRDW and WAGT television stations. He will be joined by “Bwana John” Radeck and “Trooper Terry” Sams, who both were general managers and popular children’s show hosts at WJBF.

Music will follow with bluegrass band The Henrys, singer Ryan Abel and local blues, jazz, country and gospel singer Flo Carter.

The celebration weekend also will include Arts and Heritage Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, where guests can see the new exhibit, attend historical seminars and see local artists at work. The Arts and Heritage Day is free.

Staff Writer Nikasha Dicks contributed to this story.


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