Thu Jun 30, 2022

Columbus Weekend: music, fun day, movie planned for Saturday

On Saturday, the Lake Waccamaw Depot Museum will be hosting its Acoustic Jam Session — with fiddles, guitars and banjos galore — from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Lake Waccamaw Depot Museum photo
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Come on out to the Lake Waccamaw Depot Museum and start off your weekend with a foot-stomping good time at its Acoustic Jam Session, hosted (usually) the third Saturday of the month.

At these free public events, says curator Karen Gore, you can find musicians who are not just from Columbus County but from all over southeastern North Carolina.

Gore says she tries to make sure there are plenty of chairs for audience members, but the events are so well attended that “a lot of the time, it’s standing room only.”

And depending on who shows up and what instruments they bring, folks will be playing their fiddles, guitars, basses and possibly even a banjo or two.

“Everybody sits in a circle,” explains Gore, “and the microphone is passed around. When you get the microphone, you play whatever you want to and other folks will follow along.

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“It’s good practice for beginners,” she says.

But, Gore says, whether you’re making your first foray into music, you’re a trained musician or you just want to sing and dance along to some country classics — “the jam has something for everybody.

“Where else are you going to find a venue like this?” asks Gore.

The session begins at 9:30 a.m. and typically lasts until about noon. And fittingly, the last song is always “Goodnight Irene,” notes Gore. The museum is located at 205 Flemington Dr. at Lake Waccamaw.

Lake Waccamaw Depot Museum curator Karen Gore stands on the back of the caboose which is permanently stationed at the depot. Photos by Bill Thompson

MWUYF Community Fun Day

And the fun doesn’t stop there, says Ricky Graham, chairperson of the board of directors for the nonprofit Men and Women United for Youth and Families.

He’s excited to “socialize, have fun and raise money for a worthy cause” during the group’s Community Fun Day Saturday from noon to 4:30 p.m.

There will be bouncy houses and bingo, says Graham, but if neither of those suits your style, maybe try a classic outdoor activity like cornhole or, if you’re feeling adventurous, sit down for a face painting session.

Also, recent high school graduate Douglas White, who has been affiliated with the organization, will be serving as the disc jockey for the afternoon.

No matter how you decide to spend your time, you’re sure to work up an appetite. So, vendors will be selling sausage dogs, hot dogs, sodas and water along with sweet treats such as flavored shaved ice and candied apples to snack on.

The cost for admittance is $5 for everyone 5 years of age and older. Proceeds from the event will go toward funding college scholarships for students in Columbus, Bladen and Brunswick counties. All attendees below 5 get in for free.

The event will be held at Ransom Activity Center, located at 2694 General Howe Hwy. in Riegelwood.

For more information, call Graham at 910-297-8178.

Cherry Town documentary 

On Saturday at 2 p.m., Southeastern Community College will be premiering “Who We Are, Where We Come From, and How We Survive” — the debut documentary by Cherry Town descendant Lydia Elrod. 

Cherry Town, which was historically a largely self-sufficient all-Black community located south of Hallsboro, is not the same space that it once was, says Elrod. As the county as a whole has changed, so has Cherry Town. 

But, in spite of economic dislocation and threats of violence, Cherry Town has survived.

The documentary will be hosted in the SCC auditorium. Admission to the venue is free.

Children standing outside of Cherry’s Grocery in September 1968. Cherry Town, a historically Black community south of Hallsboro, is the subject of a documentary by a N.C. State University graduate student. The film will be shown Saturday at Southeastern Community College. Contributed photos by Lydia Elrod

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