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Vernon Grant Historic Brattonsville Museum of York County McCelvey Center Great Gifts

h o l i d ay 2009

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“Happy Holidays

Glass ornament at Historic Brattonsville Gift Shop featured on the cover. For more gift ideas see pages 12–15.

from the Culture &
The holidays are a chance to

Heritage Museums!
The Keepers Fund was established in 2003 to honor individuals recognized as Keepers of the Culture for their commitment to keeping, communicating and connecting our cultural, historical and natural heritage. Contributions made to The Keepers Fund support the CHM’s collection acquisitions program. By building our collections, we are better equipped to understand and tell the story of York County and the surrounding region. Contributions may be made as honoraria or memorials and are eligible for matching gift programs offered by many employers. FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact Sally Baker at 803. 329. 2121 ext. 115 or Welchel stonewar jar, ca. 1860, purchased through the Keepers Fund.

reunite with family and friends. As many families are meeting challenging economic times, this special Holiday Giving edition of LINKS has ideas for spending time together and finding that special gift with a connection to our place and time.

LINKS is published by the CHM Marketing Department. For more information, contact Jeannie Marion, Deputy Director for Marketing & Visitor Services, or Ashley Barron, Public Information Coordinator, at 803. 329. 2121.

H O L I D AY S AT C H M CHM Leadership in front of one of Hightower's picturesque windows: Van Shields (standing) CHM Dircector & CEO, Fred Faircloth, CHC Chair and Carol Maroska, CHF President.

Best wishes for a safe and joyous holiday season!”


Published by the Culture & Heritage Museums, whose mission is to create an enlightened and engaged citizenry by keeping, communicating and connecting our cultural, historical and natural heritage in ways that promote deeper understanding of people and place.


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Vernon Grant
The whimsical artwork of nationallyknown illustrator Vernon Grant inspires Rock Hill’s ChristmasVille Festival, Dec. 3-6. Wander through a holiday village from a simpler time with dozens of activities, including an outdoor art festival walk, gingerbread house contest and horse-drawn carriage rides. ChristmasVille is sponsored by the City of Rock Hill’s Old Town Association in partnership with the Culture & Heritage Museums.

Vernon Grant Christmas Exhibit
Vernon Grant’s Holiday Magic
Museum of York County thru January 17, 2010
Vernon Grant’s charming Santas, gnomes and village scenes have been a part of America’s Christmas celebrations for over 75 years, and their timeless popularity among young and old alike is an enduring tribute to his originality and creativity. Admission to the exhibit is free with Museum of York County general admission.

2009 Vernon Grant Holiday Ornament
“Santa, Am I on the List?"
The 23rd annual holiday ornament was inspired by “Now Let Me See…,” an illustration from the December 21, 1946, cover of Saturday Home Magazine. The portly Santa checking his “good & bad list” has been coupled with one of Grant’s trademark gnomes from a 1950 Gillette Razor advertisement. $19.98 sponsred in arpt yb the family of our re sons Br,aodcsting includg WrHI AM/F and eatrsIn 107.

2009 Vernon Grant Holiday Card
“But Santa, I’ve Been Gooood!”
Vernon Grant created this Santa in 1936 during the Great Depression when the pockets and purses of Americans were empty. This popular “empty pockets” Santa was featured as a Greeting Card for Art Guild Greeting Cards and later used by Mitchell Faust Advertising Company and F.W. Woolworth. $3 Made leosibp throug the engrosity of Jan and David Aleng / Aleng anceIsur and Finacl ser vices.

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Vignettes of Vernon Grant
As a prelude to the 2010 full length play about the colorful and eventful life of illustrator Vernon Grant, these vignettes will look at Christmastime with Vernon Grant as a boy, a young man and a mature man. Vignettes are written by award winning playwright, Laura Pfizenmayer.
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for a complete listing of scheduled events

Vernon Grant Nursery Rhyme Print
Vernon Grant's whimsical designs depict six different nursery rhymes. Unframed. $5 each or $25 for set of six

More gift ideas pages 12-15

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Share the Holidays at

Historic Brattonsville
Hightower Hall
Historic Brattonsville’s newly restored Italianate villa, Hightower Hall, has been added to the CHM’s properties available for rentals. The 1856 home of John and Harriet Bratton will be used for weddings, bridal portraits, educational programs, special events, private meetings and party rentals.

HB Hours mon-sat 10 am-5 pm sun 1 pm-5 pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas ve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. E CHM Members receive free general admission.

Contact Mary Lynn Norton at 803. 684. 3948 ext. 22.

Hearth to Table
November 27–28
Travel through the 18th and 19th centuries and see how new settlers, plantation owners and enslaved African Americans prepared and consumed their foods. Adult $6, Senior $5, Youth ages 4-17 $3, Children 3 and younger free, CHM Members free

Hightower Hall Commemorative Walk
Support the final phase of the transformation of Hightower Hall, furnishings and landscaping, while marking your place in Hightower’s history. Purchase an engraved capstone on the Hightower Hall Commemorative Walk. $250

Contact Sally Baker at 803. 329. 2121 ext. 115.

Who Dunnit? at Hightower Hall
Members of the Culture & Heritage Museums are invited to a special evening of food, fun and criminal intent, 6-9 p.m. Friday, January 22, at Historic Brattonsville’s Hightower Hall. The year is 1924 and Mr. & Mrs. Robert Witherspoon have invited you to the unveiling of the long-lost Bratton heirloom necklace at their annual Winter Party. Felony threatens to spoil the evening, and it’s up to you to solve the crime! Take this opportunity to dress up in the feathers and fringe of your 1920s costume and enjoy catering from Zebra Restaurant of Charlotte. Limited to 50 people. Admission to this members-only event is $15. Reservations required. Contact Meredith Kramer at 803. 329. 2121 ext. 134.

Christmas Candlelight Tours
December 5–6, 3–9 pm
Walk the candlelit paths of Historic Brattonsville and experience a Southern Christmas in the Carolina backcountry. Meet new settlers, plantation owners and enslaved African Americans as costumed interpreters bring to life the holiday seasons of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Adult $12 Senior $10 Youth ages 4-17 $6 3 and younger free CHM members $2 discount
Sponsored by

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Exhibit Opens Nov 27
Discover the art of turkey calls at the Museum of York County’s newest exhibit, “Turkey Calls: From Function to Folk Art,” opening November 27. Functional and decorative turkey calls were created of natural materials like bone, antler, ivory, slate and wood by award-winning artisans across America. Admission to the exhibit is free with general museum admission. Presented in partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation Winchester Museum.

Museum of York County

exhibits, galleries, workshops and more...

Catawba River Gallery
The Museum of York County’s popular Catawba River Gallery features ever-changing, handson activities. Kids love getting their hands wet at the interactive water table, where they can recreate manmade and natural changes to the river. MYCO HOURS Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm Sun 1 pm-5 pm
Closed hanksgiving Day, Christmas T Eve, Christmas Day & New ear’s Day. Y CHM Members receive free general admission.

Free Sundays
Admission to the Museum of York County is now free every Sunday! Weekends at the museum feature hands-on experiences and free planetarium shows at 11 am & 2 pm Saturdays and 2 & 3 pm Sundays.

MYCO 60th Birthday
Help celebrate 60 years with the Museum of York County in 2010 with special programs, exhibits and a birthday party in August! Watch for details coming soon.

Wreath-Making Workshop
Create a lush, seasonal wreath using holiday greenery, 10 a.m.-Noon Dec. 12 at the Museum of York County. $20 for CHM members, $25 for non-members includes all supplies. To register, call 803. 981. 9182 or e-mail

Animal Flip-Books and Holographic Bookmarks
Wild animals come to life on flip-book pages. Horses run, dolphins leap and penguins waddle when you tilt these 3-D bookmarks back and forth. $4–4.75

More gift ideas pages 12-15

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McCelvey Center
membership merriment music

Carolina Chocolate Drops
Mark your calendars! Saturday, Jan 9, 7 pm, McCelvey Center Theater
The Carolina Chocolate Drops are a unique group of young musicians who specialize in the almost-forgotten fiddle and banjo music of the early twentieth century Carolina Piedmont. Learn more at $8 CHM members, $10 non-members.

Historic Brattonsville and the McCelvey Center have been included in a new York County History geocaching series sponsored by the York County Geocaching Organization (YoGO) and the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Learn more about the geocaching craze at or

Laura Ingalls Wilder Musical
Laura and her family face obstacles as they travel across the country looking for a place to call home. Share the uplifting story of one of America’s most beloved authors at ArtsPower’s musical performance, 9:30 & 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the McCelvey Center. $10. Sponsored by Target.

Free tickets to Carolina Chocolate Drops!
Give a gift the whole family can enjoy year-round: membership to the Culture & Heritage Museums. As an added value, gift cans include a CHM car window cling, stick candies, a $10 gift certificate for the first $50 spent in the gift shops (may be used with member discount) and tickets to the Carolina Chocolate Drops (one for individual memberships, two for dual and household memberships). Available at each site and at $30-$65

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classic kids

adult stocking stuffers

Unique gifts for the discriminating adults in your life







A. Scramble Squares Puzzle

H. Finger Puppets
Assorted. $6.95

M. Gyroscope $7.25 N. Finger Top
Made in Rock Hill by Sunnywood Studios. $9.99

B. Mr. Mutt Wonder Dog $7.95 C. Rock Hill Plush Wildlife
Moose, bears and monkeys sport Rock Hill hoodies. $21

I. Animal Snap Bracelets $3.50 J. Mood Necklace
Animal-theme. $4.50

O. Spin Flash Top
Spin it and it lights up. $3

K. Putumayo Kids Music
CD features Reggae, African Dreamland / Playground, and more. $15.99

D. Wooden Bird Calls $5.25 E. Animal Grabber $2

F. Galaxy Grabber $6.25 G. Stars & Planets Guide Book
Princeton Field Guide with charts, tips and color photos. $19.95

L. Assorted Stones
Fill a pouch with assorted ploished stones. $2.75


A. Hand-Carved Birch Box $22 / B. Kaleidoscope Made in Rock Hill $29.99 C. Wooden Bracelet Crafted in Rock Hill $19.99 / D. Palmetto Key Chain $12.95 E. Pewter Palmetto Wine Stopper $23.95

fun + smart

Rest assured that a gift from CHM will be both educational and stimulating for the little ones in your life!


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chef’s delight
Fresh ideas — with a local flavor — for the favorite foodies on your list...






A. Cooking Along the Catawba
Cooks everywhere will enjoy fine recipes collected by members of

A. Tea Towels
Charming retro tea towels hand stitched by a local artisan make a perfect holiday hostess gift. $12

E. Wooden Yo-Yo
This traditional toy comes in its own sack with HB logo. $9.50

the Museum Guild. $20

B. Pure American Honey
Flavorful honey from Mama Beehive, Clover SC. 8 oz. $8

B. Bayberry candles
"A bayberry candle burned in the socket, puts luck in the home, food in the larder and gold in the pocket." Enjoy this holiday tradition in your home. 2 per box with Historic Brattonsville logo. $9.50

C. Southern Fields Grits
A one-pound bag of locally grown, stone ground grits are the perfect comfort food to send

someone who is homesick. $3

D. Carolina Rice
The only rice grown in the Carolinas. Brown or white. $8

C. Historic Brattonsville Sheep
Hand-crafted in South Carolina with wool from Historic Brattonsville's heirloom breed sheep. 4" long. $18

F. Palmetto Tree
Lancaster artist Bob Doster's palmetto trees are sculpted from steel and numbered. 8" $85, 12" $150, 18" $200

E. Dipping Bowls
2" bowls crafted by York County potters Jan and Jon Myers, for dipping or holding rings. $4.95

D. Cotton Boll Wreath
Handmade in Chester, SC. $26.50

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mark your calendars

2010 gal a: forever 29

Celebrate the 29th anniversary of York County’s “Party of the Year” from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, February 6, 2010. Put on your dancing shoes, enjoy delicious food and beverages and bid on spectacular auction items while supporting programs of the Culture & Heritage Museums. Advance tickets are $75 for members and $85 for non-members through February 1. Tickets are $100 per person if purchased after February 1 or at the door. Sponsorships are available and include a private reception at 7 p.m. Contact Julie Grider at 803. 329. 2121 ext.113 for more information.

4621 Mount Gallant Rd. Rock Hill, SC 29732 Historic Brattonsville 1444 Brattonsville Road McConnells, SC 29726 803. 684. 2327 Museum of York County 4621 Mt. Gallant Road Rock Hill, SC 29732 803. 329. 2121 McCelvey Center 212 E. Jefferson Street York, SC 29745 803. 684. 3948

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