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Letter to the Editor

Chamber of Commerce applauds response of "Key Ingredients" display

web posted April 10, 2009
Dear Editor,
The Edgefield County Peach Museum reports that its seven week showing of the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition Key Ingredients: America by Food was a resounding success.

The Edgefield County Peach Museum was expressly chosen by the South Carolina Humanities Council to host the exhibition as part of the Museum on Main Street project – a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations.  Key Ingredients is now on view at the Edisto Island Museum in Edisto Island, SC the exhibition will end with Edisto Island – May 10th, 2009.

Through a selection of artifacts, photographs and illustrations, Key Ingredients delighted record-breaking audiences with its exploration of how culture, ethnicity, landscape and tradition influence the foods and flavors we enjoy across the nation.  And local residents are still submitting recipes for our Edgefield County Peach Museum cookbook, to debut this fall.

“We’re thrilled with the community’s reaction to Key Ingredients,” said Donna Livingston. “By hosting a Smithsonian exhibition at our institution, we were able to increase our attendance numbers and garner more exposure for the Edgefield County Peach Museum.”  By working with the South Carolina Humanities Council, local cultural organizations and businesses we were able to offer a wide variety of educational programs for the entire community.  Partnering with the Edgefield County School District and local library we were able to showcase the school children the diversity of food beginning with Land of Plenty; Local Flavors; Dynamic Delivery; Festival of Feasts; and ending with Home Cooking.

The Edgefield County Peach Museum and the Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce would like to extend special thanks to the following persons and organizations:

Mrs., Jackie Boatwright and her list of wonderful volunteers who helped keep the doors open in my absence, Anne Dukes, Eddie Boatwright, Linda Clancy, Betty Rhoden, Margaret Edwards, Lillian Hughes, Jewel Edwards, Boots Bandy, Robin Hagaman, Betty Dowd, Mary Ann Hair, Nancy Dixon, Ida Herlong, Candi Lalonde, and Janet Burgess.

The Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for all their support along with their delicious variety of sweets provided during “Sweets for the Sweet” event. Pat Altman, Sandra Friar, Crystal Arnold, Keva Jackson, John Culbertson, Evergrace Jackson, Greg Anderson, Christopher Douse, Debbie Courtney, Mary Rice Crenshaw, and Sheriff Adell Dobey.

Silent Auction Donators: Brad Covar (Carolinas/Georgia Golf Association), STCC Welding Department, Ike Carpenter, Sawyer Alley Restaurant, Petal Pushers Floral & Gifts, Rabbit Patch, Anne Rauton Smith, Maxwell & Halford Drugs, Tidwell Jewelers, STCC FFA Greenhouses, Laurel Blossom, SCNHC Freshwater Coast Discovery Center, Jari’s Bakery, Leonard Todd, National Wild Turkey Federation, Heritage Council of North Augusta, Brenda & Larry Baratto, Aiken County Historical Museum, and Greg & Patti Anderson.

WKSX-FM radio disc jockey’s Frank Davis and Tony Baughman, we want to thank you and the station for promoting the exhibition and hosting the live remote at the Chamber office for our “Sweets for the Sweet” event.  We appreciate all the support you give the Chamber of Commerce and the Edgefield County Peach Museum.

Thanks for all your support – People who donated food for the Johnston Food Bank and those who purchased auction items.  Moneys received from the silent auction benefited: Edgefield County Relay for Life, Edgefield County School District – school supplies, and Johnston Food Bank.

The opening reception for Key Ingredients – hosted by food from local restaurants was greatly welcomed and very delicious – Thanks to:

Ten Governor’s Café, Park Row Market No. 1, Riley’s On Main, Gary’s Hamburgers, Subway of Edgefield, Papa’s Pizza To Go, Jari’s Bakery, Sawyer Alley Restaurant, and No. 1 China.

To Bobby and Jenny Lyn Seawright, Watson and Doris Rhodes, Joe Horace and Sandra Friar, Crystal Arnold, Pat Altman, Roger Lamb, Melanie Gibson, Ed, Jenny and Tucker Mims and Andy Livingston for helping to set up and take down exhibition.  You’re expertise at understanding directions was very much appreciated. Also, Jacob Courtney for helping to unload and load the crates (from the trucking company) which held the exhibition.

Sandra Friar and Dr. Mary Rice-Crenshaw for getting some of the school children to the exhibit and Janet Burgess at the Johnston Library for helping to entertain 100 students: at one time!!

To Ike Carpenter and Whitney Ellis for entertaining the tour group from Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews – who could not express enough – how much they enjoyed their visit.

And lastly to Candi Lalonde for her support, helping with all the activities we had, covering the phone, entertaining – from children (4th & 5th grades to high schoolers) to senior citizens; working (volunteer) to keep the door open; vacuuming to just about anything – THANKS A BUNCH !!!!

Key Ingredients is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions.  To learn more visit www.museumonmainstreet.org, www.sites.si.edu, www.schumanities.org.

Once again the Edgefield County Peach Museum and the Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who came to visit the Key Ingredients: America by Food exhibition. We appreciate your support and hope you will continue to support us in all future endeavors we pursue in the county.  Without your support we would be none existent. 


Donna C. Livingston, Administrator
Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce


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