Hampton, SC – Hampton County and the historic Palmetto Theater will be among local places featured in a new one-hour documentary highlighting treasured landmarks throughout South Carolina. The documentary, which follows Mike Lassiter on his journey across South Carolina capturing the stories of historic, often family-run businesses that line main streets from the coast to the upstate, also features Wiggins & Son Hardware, a 4th generation hardware store located in Estill.
Our Vanishing Americana South Carolina, will be airing on South Carolina ETV on August 11th., with a special pre-screening event in Hampton County being held at the Palmetto Theater on Thursday, July 21st at 6.00 p.m. Admission to the documentary pre-screening event is free, and those interested in attending can register https://www.eventbrite.com/e/our-vanishing-americana-screening-at-the-palmetto-tickets-381723895447 or at the SCETV website at https://www.scetv.org/events.
The documentary highlights the historic Palmetto Theater, and features interviews with Hampton Friends of the Arts Chairman John G. Wright and Executive Director Heather Bruemmer. The two were interviewed about the Palmetto Theater and its history, as well as current programming under the ownership of Hampton Friends of the Arts. The film also features Wiggins & Son Hardware, Inc., and includes interviews with Robert G. (Bro) Wiggins and his son Robert Jackson (Bob) Wiggins, who are the 3rd and 4th generation of their family to operate the business, which is located in Estill. Both Wiggins and longtime employee Brian Toney were interviewed for the film.
“We’re excited to have the Palmetto Theater and Hampton Friends of the Arts featured in this documentary profiling community icons and historic businesses throughout South Carolina,” said Heather Bruemmer, who with John Wright played an instrumental role in the renovation, and reopening of the historic Palmetto Theater in 2021. “The Palmetto Theater has long played such an important role in bringing arts and culture to local residents, and we are excited that now even more people will have the opportunity to learn about its role in supporting the arts in rural South Carolina.”
Our Vanishing Americana South Carolina visits general and grocery stores, pharmacies with ice cream fountains, classic old movie houses, barber shops, and landmark restaurants, telling about their history and the people that keep their memory alive. Mike Lassiter spent the last year traveling across South Carolina, looking for the lifeblood of small towns, community icons and historic businesses―the beginnings of commerce, livelihoods and family enterprises. It is presented by SCETV and sponsored by funding from the ETV Endowment of South Carolina. The program was filmed over the past year by Susie Films and is scheduled to premiere on SCETV on August 11 at 9 p.m.
For more information about Our Vanishing Americana South Carolina and to register for the event, visit https://www.scetv.org/events. For more information about the Palmetto Theater, including a full list of upcoming performances and programs, visit www.palmettotheater.org.