2018 has arrived and we are pleased to bring you the first quarter newsletter of the year for Aiken Together, the five-year initiative to support the:
Aiken Railroad Depot
Center for African American History, Art & Culture
SRS Heritage Foundation
In the pages that follow we will bring you up to date on all that has and is happening at these three important downtown Aiken attractions. You will learn about the significant progress underway at all three venues and about upcoming events and presentations. We want you to be among the first to know! So you will receive this VIP Aiken Together newsletter throughout the year. Thanks for your ongoing support of Aiken Together!
Aiken Railroad Depot
From January 2017 to January 2018, there were 13 field trips (avg: 1 per month, 25 students per trip).
There were also 13,796 visitors from January 2017 to December 2017 (avg: 1150 per month).
In November, we had our annual Polar Express movie nights (about 300 people attended).
In December, we had our annual Santa at the Depot event (about 600 people attended), a festival of trees where organizations sponsored a tree and the best decorated was voted on, and Christmas crafts at the Depot.
We hope to have the caboose finished and ready for birthday parties and family picnics by mid 2018.
Upcoming Events at the Depot:
- Friday, April 13th - 2018 South Carolina Humanities Festival - book signing, lecture.
- Saturday, May 12th - National Train Day - train rides, food, story telling, music.
- Live Music at the Depot:
- 1st Saturdays - Roads N’ Rails 11 am-1 pm (will return April 7th)
- 2nd Saturdays - Vinyl DJ Doug Callahan 11 am-1 pm
- 3rd Saturdays - Depot Jam 10:30 am-12:30 pm
- 4th Saturdays - Mountain Dulcimers of Aiken 11 am-12 pm
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Jennifer Curtis with Linda McGrubner, First Presbyterian Church Wednesday Together
Center for African American History Art & Culture
Board Director President, Jennifer Curtis addressed the First Presbyterian Church Wednesday Together audience, hosted by Linda McGrubner. Jennifer's PowerPoint presentation was entitled “CAAHAC Past, Present & Beyond.” It was a wonderful opportunity to let the audience and community know that the Center is open for event rental.
November 2-5, 2017 CAAHAC hosted part of the Southern City Film Festival, featuring numerous short films ranging in length from five to fifteen minutes each. On Sunday, Jeffrey Lyons, celebrity film commentator, hosted a talk regarding Auditioning for TV Roles. Also, on Sunday, the Center hosted two feature length films.
The Center rented the finished space for a wedding during December 2017. Rentals include tables and chairs for up to 150 people. The Center purchased these items so that it would be competitive with other venues. The Center is available for $300 for 1-3 hours and $575 for 4-6 hours. Rental agreement is available upon request.
In January, the Center received a special grant from the City of Aiken in the amount of $20,000. The grant will be used to repair a water line underneath the building, repair a hole in the stairs and to strengthen the front and side entry doors.
Upcoming CAAHAC Event:
- Author, Pam Durban will conduct a reading and lecture regarding her book entitled the “Tree of Forgetfulness” on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 1 pm.
Contact Jennifer Curtis at email@example.com for more information
SRS Heritage Foundation
Museum attendance totaled 1,238 for the nine months of calendar 2017 when the Museum was open to the public. Prior to April, the Museum was closed to public access because of ongoing construction.
The heaviest attendance during the year occurred during Nuclear Science Week when the Museum hosted a special exhibit of robots on loan from the Cold War Artifact Collection at the Savannah River Site and student robotics teams from local schools (photo above). At the end of Nuclear Science Week, the Museum dedicated a fallout shelter exhibit and sponsored a block party in downtown Aiken.
The Museum continues to be open to the public on the first and third Fridays of each month. Special tours were held recently for the SRNS Construction Engineering Mentor Circle, high school honors and senior physics classes from Augusta Christian Schools and an independent technology assessment team from the National Academies of Sciences. An additional training session is planned for the near future as a means to recruit more docents to permit more frequent scheduled openings of the museum.
Funds from the Aiken Together campaign continue to be received and deposited in preparation for final design and construction of Phase 2 building enhancements. The Phase 2 modifications will provide an elevator and stairwell to permit public access to the second floor of the building. Final design is expected to begin before the end of the year.
Social Media Links:
- SRS Museum and Heritage Foundation
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