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2016 Ag + Art Tour of York County Farm Sites A Part of the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour – June 11-12, 2016

May 9, 2016

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The Ag + Art Tour returns this June bigger and better than ever! Each weekend, farm sites in counties across the state of South Carolina will host the Ag + Art Tour. The nine counties participating this year are Chesterfield, Darlington, and Horry (June 4-5), Lancaster and York (June 11-12), Fairfield and Kershaw (June 18-19), and Chester and Union (June 25-26). On Saturdays, visitors will be able to stop by farms and farm stands from 9am-5pm, and on Sundays, from 1-5pm. The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is the nation’s largest, free, self-guided farm tour designed to generate interest in local farms, fresh foods, and locally made traditional arts.

Each county participating in the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour will host kickoff events leading up to the Tour. The Ag + Art Tour of York County kicks off on Thursday, June 9 at the Old Town Farmers Market, located adjacent to Fountain Park, 300 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC, from 5-8pm. The Old Town Farmers Market is Rock Hill’s only all-local market. It features fresh, seasonal produce, farm products, handmade goods, live music, kids’ activities, food trucks, free yoga sessions and more! For further info visit (http://onlyinoldtown.com/do/featured/9/eat-fresh-be-fresh).

Guinness World Record Holder Chef Smokin’ Ed Currie of PuckerButt Pepper Company will be our guest speaker for the kickoff. Chef Smokin’ Ed will speak from 5:30-6pm. Chef Currie will fill us in about how he came to grow peppers and win the 2013 Guinness World Record for the world’s hottest chili pepper. Chef Smokin’ Ed will also have a few of his pepper creations available for sampling.

Take a trip along York County’s country roads during the 2016 Ag + Art Tour. The Tour originated in York County in 2012, and has grown annually. This year, the Ag + Art Tour of York County includes 19 farms and farm stands and 21+ artisans including painters, potters, quilters, sewers, musicians, fabric artists, storytellers, and more.

Farms and Farm Stands include:
Anne Springs Close Greenway Gardens, 250 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, SC 29715
Baker Farm, 2494 Greenwood Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Black’s Peaches, 1800 Black Highway, York, SC 29745
Bush-n-Vine, 1650 Filbert Highway, York, SC 29745
*only open Saturday, June 11, 9am-5pm
Catawba Cultural Preservation Project, 1536 Tom Steven Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Children’s Educational Garden, 954 Constitution Boulevard, Rock Hill, SC 29730
The Garden: Happy from my Head To-ma-tos, 2399 West Main Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC 29726
J & J Family Farm, 1077 Wayfield Road, Clover, SC 29710
Ketchen Place, 3218 Cedarvale Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Myersart and Farm, 1281 Legion Road, Hickory Grove, SC 29732
Peach Tree, 2077 Filbert Highway, York, SC 29745
Rock Ridge Farm, 542 Ridge Road, Clover, SC 29710
Roger Ridge Ranch | 4700 Canaan Church Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Sanders Peaches, Highway 321, Filbert, York, SC 29745
Stowe Dairy Farm, 169 Stowe Dairy Road, Gastonia, NC 28052
Tega Hills Farm | 1780 Zoar Road, Fort Mill, SC 29708
Windy Hill Orchard, 1860 Black Highway, York, SC 29745

Ancillary Sites include:
Cat’s Paw Winery, 1567 Fayrene Rd., Rock Hill, SC
PuckerButt Pepper Company, 235 Main Street, Fort Mill, SC, open Saturday, June 11, 10am-6pm; Sunday, June 12, 1-5pm
York Veterinary Services, l889 Highway 321 Bypass, York, SC, open Saturday, June 11, 9am-5pm; Sunday, June 12, 1-5pm

Be sure to pack an empty cooler to fill with fresh, locally grown produce! Artists will be creating and selling their work, and musicians will be performing at various stops. Many farms will host family-friendly activities including hayrides, farm tours, and opportunities to check out barnyard animals.

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is coordinated by Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and the Olde English District Tourism Commission. Partner organizations include economic development, commerce, Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau, farm and artisan organizations, education and extension office, the Arts Council of York County and community volunteers. The Ag + Art Tour of York County is sponsored by AgSouth and the York County Farm Bureau. Support for this project is provided by the York County Hospitality & Accommodations Tax, and by the Arts Council of York County’s Small Grants Program, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, and the SC Arts Commission, which received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. For visitors’ information, including lodging, contact the York County Visitors Center at 888/702-1320.

For more information on the 2016 Ag + Art Tour of York County, contact Sonja Burris at 803/329-5200. For more information on the 2016 South Carolina Ag + Art Tour, contact Ben Boyles at 803/981-3021 or visit (www.AgandArtTour.com) for details.

South Carolina Ag + Art Tour Calls for Farms to Participate in the 2016 Ag + Art Tour of York County in South Carolina – Deadline is Feb. 12, 2016

January 31, 2016

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The Ag + Art Tour is now accepting applications for farms sites interested in participating in the 2016 Ag + Art Tour. in York County, SC.  Interested in participating, but not sure if your site is eligible? A farm site on the Ag + Art Tour is any business that relies on natural resources of the land – family farms, farm stands, vineyards, wineries, timber, on-farm breweries, and orchards are all eligible to participate.

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Set to take place throughout the month of June 2016 at local farms and farm stands in 9 counties across South Carolina – Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Fairfield, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Union and York Counties, visitors have the chance to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action, purchase homemade and homegrown goods, and learn more about rural life.

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The Tour will be held each weekend in June, on Saturdays, from 9am-5pm, and from 1-5pm on Sundays. Different counties are participating each weekend, giving visitors the opportunity to explore more farms and farm stands across the state. The Ag + Art Tour of York County will be held on Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12. This is a free event.

The Ag + Art Tour began in 2012 in York County, SC as a weekend-long, self-guided tour that brought visitors to farms and farm stands across the county where they were able to see first-hand where their food came from, and engaged with artists who were working and performing on-site. This is the largest tour of its kind in the United States, and it continues to grow across South Carolina each year.

Farms interested in participating in the York County Ag + Art Tour must be located in York County, South Carolina. There is no fee to participate. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 12, 2016.  Find out more and apply online at (http://www.agandarttour.com/farms). Once farm sites have been identified, the Ag + Art Tour will issue a call for artists and artisans, who will be placed at farm sites on the Tour.

For more information on the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour, please contact Ben Boyles at 803/981-3021 or visit (www.AgAndArtTour.com) for details.

2015 Catawba Regional Ag + Art Tour is Calling for Artist’s Applications – Deadline Extended to Apr. 13, 2015

April 6, 2015

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The 2015 Ag + Art Tour is a free, self-guided tour of Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union and York County farms with area artisans located at each farm site. During this weekend-long event, visitors will have the opportunity to see first-hand where their food comes from, watch artists in action and purchase their works, dance to the melodies of bluegrass and folksongs, and learn more about rural life. The Tour is the largest free farm tour in the Nation and has drawn over 16,000 visitors since it began in 2012.

The 2015 Catawba Regional Ag + Art Tour will be take place on Saturday June 27 from 9am – 5pm and Sunday June 28 from 1-5pm. An Artisan for the purpose of this program is defined as an individual that makes hand crafted products without the use of kits, commercial models and whose primary components are not manufactured.  Craft artisans will be located at Farm Sites. Examples include but are not limited to painters, potters, weavers, quilters, acoustic musicians, artisan bakers, value-added producers, etc. There is NO FEE to participate.

Artisan Participation Criteria:
· Artisans are encouraged to participate in their home county of residence.
· Artisans must participate during designated time/hours.
· Demonstrations are integral parts of the tour and are highly encouraged.
· If an artisan wishes to participate after the deadline 4/13/2015 they may be included but will not be listed on printed materials. They will be listed on the website.

You can apply to be a Tour artisan on-line at (www.agandarttour.com/artisans).

Applications are due before 5pm on Monday, April 13, 2015.

County Artisan Coordinator: Debbie Jaillette/Lancaster County Council of the Arts

Arts Council of York County, SC, Calls for Artists to Participate in Catawba Ag + Art Tour – June 27-28, 2015

March 11, 2015

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In partnership with the Arts Council of York County the Ag + Art Tour is now accepting applications for artists and artisans interested in participating in the 2015 Ag + Art Tour in York County, SC. Set to take place on June 27-28, 2015, at local farms and farm stands in Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union and York Counties, the tour will be held on Saturday, from 9am-5pm, and from 1-5pm on Sunday. The Ag + Art Tour is a free event.

The Ag + Art Tour began in 2012 in York County, SC, as a weekend-long, self-guided tour that brought visitors to farms and farm stands across the county where they were able to see first-hand where their food came from, and engaged with artists who were working and performing on-site. In 2013, Lancaster County, SC, joined the tour, bringing the experience to a new community of farmers, artists, and patrons. In 2014, the tour became the Catawba Regional Ag + Art Tour, with the addition of two additional counties – Chester and Fairfield. The 2015 Tour has grown to include Union County. The tour remains a free, weekend-long, self-guided tour where everything is handmade and homegrown in the four participating counties.

Artists who are interested in participating in the York County Ag + Art Tour must be residents of York County. Traditional artists including potters, quilters, jewelers, painters and more, storytellers and musicians may apply to be considered. There is no fee to participate. Download the informational letter and application online at (http://www.agandarttour.com). York County’s artists and artisans may submit their applications to Dorie Lancaster by e-mail at (dlancaster@yorkcountyarts.org) at the Arts Council of York County. Artisans who submit applications after Friday, April 3, 2015, may participate, but their information will not be included on printed materials; however, they will be listed on (AgAndArtTour.com).

For more information on the Catawba Regional Ag + Art Tour, please contact Ben Boyles at 803/981-3021 or visit (www.AgAndArtTour.com) for details.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Youth Art Month Banner Project on Display in York County, SC

February 7, 2015

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The downtown streets of Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Tega Cay, York and Clover, in SC, are lined with student designs for the Arts Council of York County Banner Project.  This project creates colorful lamppost banners, designed and painted by York County students, highlighting the imaginations and creativity of the youth across York County. These banners are displayed as public art in the 5 downtown areas of the cities within York County, SC. This year, 240 designs were submitted by 24 schools. Of those 240 designs, 96 were selected, resulting in 48 banners.

In its 8th year, the Banner Project remains an important program that instills pride in community, and highlights the importance of public art.  This project impacts more than 500 students from all over the county with the creation of the designs that are submitted to Arts Council. Once approved, the designs are transformed onto the banners and painted by students. This year’s theme is “Civil Rights.”  The banners will be on display from February 21 through March 13, 2015.

The Arts Council, York County’s school districts and city governments recognize the value of public art for student engagement. This project is a great example of bringing new ideas from the classroom to the community, stimulating communities and preparing youth for tomorrow’s challenges. A study conducted by Americans for the Arts states that “young people who participate regularly in the arts, three hours a day on three days each week through one full year, are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.”

Ashley Beard, an art teacher at South Pointe High School, worked with The Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home to paint large banners to hang in the windows of the Center for the Arts located in Old Town Rock Hill.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Offers Small Arts Grants – Deadline Mar. 1, 2015

February 7, 2015

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Small Grants are available to individual artists, non-profit organizations and schools throughout York County, SC. The deadline to apply for small grants through the Arts Council of York County is 5pm on Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015.

The Small Grants Program provides support for small or pilot arts activities, artist professional development, new and developing programs or organizations, and special projects of high artistic quality that cannot support themselves. Previous grant recipients include Carolina Crown (music), Simply Creative Works (No Fear For Freedom: the musical) Carolinas Wind Orchestra (music), Culture & Heritage Museums (art exhibit), Doris Ezell-Schmitz  (poet), Saluda Trail Middle School (photography), WFBK (music), and the York County Choral Society (music).

The Arts Council awarded a total of $4,500 to projects occurring during our January – March 2015 granting period. Organizations and individual artists may request up to $1,000 per grant and may receive up to two grants in a calendar year.  Applications for the April – June 2015 granting period are due by Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 5 PM.  Information and applications are available at (www.yorkcountyarts.org), on the Grants page under the The Arts heading. The Arts Council’s offices are closed the first, third (and fifth) weekends each month. Should the deadline fall on a weekend, grant applications must be submitted by 5pm the Friday before. Prospective applicants MUST discuss the proposed project with the Executive Director at least 10 days in advance of the application deadline date.

This small grants program is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit (www.yorkcountyarts.org).

Youth Art Month Banner Project on Display in York County, SC

March 4, 2013

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The downtown streets of Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Tega Cay, York and Clover, in SC, are lined with student designs for the Arts Council of York County Banner Project. This project creates colorful lamppost banners, designed and painted by York County students, highlighting the imaginations and creativity of the youth across York County. These banners are displayed as public art in the 5 downtown areas of the cities within York County, South Carolina. This year, there were 156 designs from 39 schools, resulting in 78 banners.

More than 1,000 students from all over the county create designs that are submitted to the Arts Council. Once the designs are approved, they are transformed into the banners and painted by students. This year’s theme was “Performing Arts.”  The banners will be on display through Mar, 17, 2013.

Ashley Beard, an art teacher at South Pointe High School, worked with The Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home to paint large banners to hang in the windows of the Center for the Arts located in Old Town Rock Hill.

Marie Cheek, Associate Professor of Art and Dalton Gallery Director at Clinton Junior College, is an artist-in-residence for the project. Cheek worked with Art After School students to create three large banners that hang in Historic Downtown York.

Arts Council of York County’s board member and former art teacher at Clover Middle School, James Wells stresses the importance of bringing student artwork to the public’s eye. “Typically, students’ artwork is confined to the walls/display cases of their school, parents’ refrigerators, or at their grandparents’ homes. With the banner project, the community is able to see the wonderful work and experience the beauty that art brings to the area.”

Official Sponsors of The Banner Project are Springs Creative, and Derick and Elliott Close. The Contributing Sponsors are Advantage Signs and Old Town Association.

For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (arts@yorkcountyarts.org), or visit our webpage at (http://www.yorkcountyarts.org).

2012 York County (SC) Ag + Art Tour Takes Place – June 9 and 10, 2012

May 21, 2012

Welcome to the 2012 York County Ag + Art Tour, a free self-guided tour of York County Farms and Artisans. During this weekend-long event, held June 9 & 10, 2012, you will have the opportunity to see first-hand where your food comes from, watch artists in action and purchase their works, dance to the melodies of bluegrass and folk songs, and learn more about rural life.

How to Enjoy The Ag + Art Tour

Step 1: Choose several tour sites to visit, by visiting (http://agandarttour.com/) being aware that you might not be able to see everything in one day. Pick up your Tour Passport Guide at your first tour stop. Also, be sure to check out our schedule of events to see what is happening during the weekend!

Step 2: Load up your car with your friends and family and begin your tour! Bring a cooler and pick up some fresh veggies, let your kids enjoy a hay-ride and barnyard animals, watch our artists in action and enjoy a day in the country!

Step 3: At each tour site be sure to visit our Ag + Art Tour Information booth to get the visit log card located in the back of your guide stamped. At your last tour stop be sure to provide your contact information on the tour log card and enter it into a prize drawing!

Step 4: Stay in touch and support local! Use this passport as your year-long guide to find locally grown food and handmade items throughout York County.

+ From Barns to Bedcovers

“From Barns to Bedcovers” is a self guided, free porch tour through the quaint, historic district of York, SC. Visitors will see quilted items on display ranging from utilitarian quilts, pillows, samplers, etc, to pieces of art truly indicative of what quilting has become today.

The quilt tour is being held in cooperation with the York County Quilters and in conjunction with the Ag + Art Tour June 9 and 10. Porches on the tour will be marked with a yard sign and maps will be available at each of the locations.

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For further info and details visit (http://agandarttour.com/).