Historic Columbia Foundation is seeking entertainment acts and vendors for its 36th Annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage.

The event celebrates African-American Heritage and will be held Aug. 23 at the historic Mann-Simons Site at 1403 Richland St.

Historic Columbia is searching for entertainment acts that reflect Jubilee and African-American heritage, such as drum and dance groups, gospel, blues and spoken word acts, as well as for demonstration artists who can engage guests in crafts that reflect African American arts such as basket weaving, print making or indigo dying.

Associations, churches, civic/service groups, health/medical organizations, charities and other businesses are invited to participate.

The entry fee is $25 for nonprofit vendors, $55 for marketplace vendors and $125 for food vendors. Spaces will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. One table and two chairs are provided free and additional items such as electricity, extra tables and extra space are available at an extra charge.

“The festival continues to be a can’t-miss summer event; said Historic Columbia spokeswomen Carrie Phillips. “More than 3,000 people gathered at the Mann-Simons Site last year to celebrate at this free, family-friendy festival, and we look forward to welcoming even more visitors to the site for this year's Jubilee.”

The entertainment registration deadline is June 30 and the vendor registration deadline is Aug. 8. Registration forms can be downloaded at historiccolumbia.org and emailed to jubileevendors@gmail.com.

For more information, call Sarah Blackwell, at (803) 252-1770, ext. 33.

Foundation grants target basic need

The Sisters of Charity Foundation recently awarded $101,690 to 35 Caritas grantees, including several in the Midlands.

The Caritas Grants program supports organizations dealing with situational poverty or crisis poverty. Funds are awarded to nonprofit and faith-based organizations that meet the immediate needs of the poor in South Carolina.

This year’s local grant recipients include Catholic Counseling Services, Columbia Oral Health Clinic, Fast Forward, Good Samaritan Clinic, Home Works of America, Jordan Crossroads Ministry Center, Midlands Holy Family Fund, Lab’s Helping Hands, and Midlands Holy Family Fund.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved throughout South Carolina counties by reducing poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.

Grants for better health

The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in its latest semiannual grant cycle to health care-related organizations serving the state’s uninsured and underinsured residents.

Midlands area grant recipients include the University of South Carolina’s Center for Colon Cancer Research, University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health, Columbia Oral Health Clinic, Midlands Healthcare Collaborative, Midlands Housing Alliance, and Sistercare Inc.

“All of the grant recipients are valuable resources in their respective communities. We regard them as allies in our work to promote the good health of South Carolinians and to increase access to health care for the economically disadvantaged,” said Harvey Galloway, executive director The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation.

Since the foundation began awarding grants in 2003, it has allocated more than $50 million to address health care issues affecting the most vulnerable in the state.

About Bertram Rantin

Bertram Rantin


Bertram Rantin is The State's metro columnist with a current focus on the inspirational people and community helpers in Columbia, SC, and the Midlands. Rantin has covered a variety of areas during his tenure at the newspaper including local government, schools, sports, features, transportation, volunteerism and non profits. Email Bertram at brantin@thestate.com or call him at (803) 771-8306.

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