15 May MACK-McCormick’s Treasure Trove
McCormick, SC is a little dot on the map in Old 96 District-one of those “blink and you may miss it” kind of hamlets. The traveler to Old 96 District would do well to not miss this eclectic community. Surrounded by Sumter National Forest, and just a stone’s throw from the Savannah River, McCormick encompasses a lush area of natural beauty. This “Sportsmen’s Paradise” is recognized for it’s outdoor recreation, as well as many other, more cultural, pursuits.
A fairly prolific goldmine was discovered beneath the town of McCormick back in 1850, and, although the mine ceased operation in 1930, the McCormick motto remains “We’re sittin’ on a goldmine.” There’s plenty of truth to this adage, as McCormick, South Carolina is the epicenter of culture and art for a wealth of artisans in and around the local area.
The McCormick Art Council at Keturah, or MACK Arts Council South Carolina, came together in 1985. The premise behind MACK Arts Council South Carolina was to establish a collection of various art and cultural programs within the community, educating and enhancing the quality of life through music, dance, and visual arts Classes were made available to children and adults, and a resident artists program was formed to mentor those wishing to hone their artistic skills.
Supporting the Community
Upon formation, the council chose a mission statement; “to provide art, culture, and education in the region”. To that end, the MACK Arts Council South Carolina fulfills their mission by providing avenues for the community to not only express their creativity, but provide a record of the diversity, and human experience, in and around McCormick, through the arts.
The Council is celebrating 30 years of successful community involvement this year. In the past three decades MACK Arts Council South Carolina has become known far and wide for their cultural diversity. The MACK Arts Council South Carolina supports their artisans throughout the year through many events and functions. Performances and juried exhibitions offer opportunities for citizens to participate, and evolve in their passion, as well as support and encourage the arts through MACK Arts Council South Carolina.
History, Culture, and Fun
Housed in the old Keturah Hotel-itself, a landmark on the National Registry of Historic Sites-MACK Arts Council South Carolina hosts ongoing functions and events. Musical presentations, such as chamber music concerts, dance recitals and art exhibits, happen regularly, and everyone is invited. The MACK artisan guild displays work by local artists in the Gallery, inside the hotel. Browse such items as jewelry, sculpture, pottery, textiles, paintings, and many other stunning examples of local talent.
MACK Arts Council South Carolina endeavors to do more than simply provide classes, workshops and exhibits for the McCormick, community. The MACK Arts Council South Carolina encourages fellowship and fun through such events as the yearly Soup Cook-Off, bringing some of the regions best home cooks together in a lively and tasty challenge, monthly Read and Feed meet-ups where participants gather not only for a spirited discussion of literature, but to enjoy a meal with a similar literary theme. The ongoing events are listed on the council’s website, where you’ll find something for everyone.
For Your Enjoyment
For those visiting McCormick and Old 96 District, resist the urge to blink as you pass through these uniquely treasured towns along the way. To miss the experience you’re sure to have in McCormick, SC would be a sham. Not only does MACK Arts Council South Carolina provide a living history of the region, and it’s people, but a day spent appreciating this fine little town is pure joy.