Upcoming Book Tour Events

Fundraiser for Trinity Church

Date: December 14, 2019

Time: 10:00am

The Abbeville Artist Guild gathered for painting and drawing the Trinity Episcopal Church on Saturday, October 19 beginning at 10:00 am during the Hogs and Hens BBQ Cook-Off in downtown Abbeville. The Guild is looking for other talented people who would like to join with them to create artwork that will be auctioned off to benefit the Church. This is a fundraiser for the restoration of the church.  Preservation South Carolina named Trinity Episcopal Church to their Places at Risk List in April of 2018. Trinity’s iconic 125-foot steeple, the tallest structure in town, is in danger of collapse due to the growing rot in the wooden supports embedded in the masonry walls and is beginning to slightly lean. For safety reasons, Trinity is now shuttered and closed until the steeple can be stabilized.

This is a collaboration between the Abbeville Artist Guild and Divine Your Space Gift Shop.  The guild members and guests will be set up in front of Divine Your Space to paint their own interpretation of the church. Anyone is welcome to join and donate their work to the restoration and saving of the iconic Trinity Street Church. We hope to see all mediums including acrylics, watercolor, and sketches of this beautiful church. The finished art pieces will be displayed at Divine Your Space and silent bids of the work will begin on the 19th and run through December 14th. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Trinity Church.

If you are interested in participating please email the Abbeville Artist Guild or email Divine Your Space. You may also call Design Your Space at 864-366-8463 for more information about the silent auction.

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Christmas Caroling and Book Signing for Scared Spaces

Date: December 15, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: Trinity Church: 171 Burn St., Society Hill, SC 29593

The Jamison Foundation will hold a Christmas Caroling and Book Signing at Trinity Church in Society Hill. The W. B. D. Simons organ will be playing and refreshments will be served!

Organ Recital, Meet the author and Sacred Spaces Book signing

Date: December 15, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Trinity Episcopal Church: 159 Burns St. in Society Hill, SC 29593

Join PSC’s Executive Director, Michael Bedenbaugh and author and photographer, Bill Fitzpatrick for a wonderful evening at Trinity Episcopal Church in Society Hill, SC. There will be an organ recital and you’ll have the opportunity to meet the author and have your copy of Saving Sacred Spaces signed! Please be sure to prepare for the weather as in true 1834’s style, the church does not have heat.

Clemson OLLI program: Sacred Spaces of the Upstate

Date: March 23, 2020

Time: 9:00 am- 4:45 pm

Location: Clemson Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Charles K. Cheezem Education Center: 100 Thomas Green Blvd, Clemson, SC 29631

Tuition: $55; includes transportation and boxed lunch

Discover the Upcountry’s “sacred sites;” the churches of the Upcountry are more than just buildings. They are sources of strength and identity, centers of community life, and vibrant expressions of faith and hope. Their wooden walls, soaring steeples and historic graveyards reflect over two hundred years of history – from the simplicity and hardship of the frontier to the elegance of the Old South and the devastation of the Civil War. We will visit Trinity Episcopal Church (Abbeville), Long Cane ARP Church (Troy) and Mount Carmel Presbyterian Church in Mount Carmel, South Carolina.

Photographer and preservationist Bill Fitzpatrick is the author of several books, all of which reflect his interest in travel and history. His most recent effort, a 264-page coffee table book, South Carolina’s Sacred Spaces, has received much critical acclaim and is now in its second printing.  All proceeds from the sale of this book go to Preservation South Carolina and its “Sacred Spaces Fund.”

Interested participants will need to be OLLI at Clemson members in order to participate. If they are not current members, they can join for the annual fee of $35. Registration will open on January 2. Visit the Clemson University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) website.

Taylors Public Library

Date: April 20, 2020

Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Taylors Public Library: 316 W Main St, Taylors, SC 29687

Please join South Carolina’s Sacred Spaces author and photographer, Bill Fitzpatrick for a wonderful presentation of his acclaimed book. You will be able to secure your copy and have it signed!

Travelers Rest Historical Society

Date: April 21, 2020

Time: TBA

Location: Location TBA

Check back for more details as the become available.

Palmetto Scribe Event at the Irmo Public Library

Date: April 25, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Irmo Public Library: 6251 St Andrews Rd, Columbia, SC 29212

Meet South Carolina’s Sacred Spaces author and photographer, Bill Fitzpatrick and other local authors in a casual, relaxed setting. Each author will have a table in our library to display, sell and sign their books. Be sure to join in for the raffle prizes!

Presented in partnership with the Friends of the Irmo Branch Library. For more information, please call (803) 798-7880 ext. 3.