On a lovely evening at the end of April, the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) held its first annual Spring Soiree, a black-tie event organized to raise money for the organization. The event was held at Wimberly Hall in the recently renovated 10-stall stable, built circa 1910 and made entirely of heart pine. The stable area overlooks ponds and islands that were designed and built over 200 years ago. The stable at one time held horses owned by well-known equestrian, Marion duPont Scott. Scott was responsible for founding the Marion DuPont Scott Colonial Cup in 1970 as well as developing the Springdale Race Course where both the Carolina and Colonial Cup Steeplechase races are still held today.
The old stable was transformed into a party space by Cricket Newman Designs of Columbia. A large floral centerpiece greeted guests as they arrived through the stable doors. Bushes, flowers, and landscaping surrounded the stable’s exterior along with elegant tables and chairs set up outside next to a bar. Another bar was located near the dance floor at the opposite end of the stable where a new large window overlooking the ponds and islands on the property has just been added. More tables and chairs filled the area in front of the window. Two decorated stalls were transformed into elegant lounge areas for several of the events sponsors.
The Spring Soiree was catered by Jack Brantley and his Aberdeen Catery staff.
Attended by supporters of the FAC, people gathered with friends and danced the night away to dance music performed by regional favorite, Second Nature.
"We were so excited to showcase the Stables at Wimberly Hall for the Spring Soiree," homeowner Scott Warnock said. " Originally the stables were to be part of a project with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the focus was on the main house. After the decision was made to postpone the ASID Tour we decided to still host an event on the grounds as a fundraiser for the Fine Arts Center. After lots of hard work from friends and family, we were able to use the stables as the focal point of the event and realized what a gem this place is…the evening was just perfect with the festive and formal attire partnered with the rustic nature of the historic stables and grounds. We hope to use this venue in the future for special events as it is a unique place to gather."
The FAC is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden. Gallery hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information call 425-7676 or visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org.