The Save the Gaston Barn Dance on Saturday will aid in efforts to ensure a brick barn with ties to Aiken’s equine and Winter Colony history remains a treasure for years to come.
The Gaston Livery Stable, sandwiched between Park and Richland avenues, is one of only five all-brick barns in South Carolina and is one of the oldest, having been built circa 1893, according to local historian Coleen Reed.
Its carriage lift makes it one of perhaps only four barns in the country with that unique feature, she said.
Friends of the Gaston Livery Stable, which Reed helped found, purchased the barn earlier this year and have continue their efforts to restore the historic structure. The dance will help with that.
Save the Gaston Barn Dance will be held at The Red Barn at 187 Chime Bell Church Road from 7 to 10 p.m.
“We’re having it as a fundraiser to keep working on the Gaston Livery Stable,” said organizer Barbara Gunter.
The Sandlapper String Band with Peter LaBerge will perform live as well the Southland Express Cloggers.
Food will be provided by Fatz Cafe and is included in the ticket price. The dress is country casual.
There will be a silent auction with items including Italian limoncello, a hand-tooled leather gun holster, framed prints, a limousine golf cart, a 6x8 oil painting by Jim Stafford and gift certificates.
There will also be a sneak preview of the Barn Cats, hand-painted Fiberglas statues of barn cats that will auctioned.
“The community support for the barn has been so overwhelming, and it’s not taxpayer money, it’s all private,” Gunter said. “We are so proud people are doing this.”
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets may be reserved in advance and will also be available at the door. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Wesley’s Automotive, 925 Park Ave. S.E.; Meybohm Realty, 142 Laurens St. N.W.; and the Aiken County Historical Museum, 433 Newberry St. S.W.
For more information, call Barbara Gunter at 648-4123.