Jubilee: Festival of Heritage, Historic Columbia Foundation’s annual event, is getting more festive. In its 34th year, Saturday’s Jubilee is adding theater and fashion to its entertainment lineup. The Benedict Gospel Choir, Frankie’s Blues Mission and Dante Lewis are among the day’s performers. There will also be a children’s drum workshop, intermittent house and bus tours and a fashion and hair expo.
The festival runs from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the area around the Mann-Simons Site, a residence and its extension of buildings that were owned by a black family from the mid-19th century until around 1970.
The last standing Mann-Simons house is on the corner of Marion and Richland streets. The block between Marion and Calhoun streets will be blocked off for the festival’s marketplace.
Another new festival addition: ghost structures. No, not structures built by ghosts, but rather steel reproductions of buildings that were once on the Mann-Simons property. The five structures include a grocery store, lunch counter and outhouse. The outdoor museum, which can be visited at any time, is one of only a handful of such exhibits produced nationwide, according to Ashley Tucker, Historic Columbia’s marketing coordinator.
We talked to Tucker about what the festival had to offer.