The grounds of Columbia’s historic Robert Mills House were alive with lights, music, laughter, and the smell of barbecue cooking Thursday night as the Palladium Society hosted its 14th annual Bluegrass, Bidding and BBQ fundraiser.
“We’re a group of dynamic young professionals that advocate for Historic Columbia and preserving our local history here,” said Grace Salter, the event’s co-chairwoman, when asked to describe the Palladium Society. The group raised $15,000 with the night of music, food and auction last year, with all the funds going to Historic Columbia’s educational programs.
Historic Columbia offers tours of historic homes, camps for children, and much more. “They also have a traveling trunk program where they can take different things into the schools,” Salter said. Historic Columbia also has a program designed for homeschool students, and many educational offerings for all ages.
Thursday night’s festivities included, as advertised, bluegrass (a live performance from the Mustache Brothers), bidding (a silent auction with everything from sports memorabilia to vacations to restaurant packages and items for the home), and, of course, barbecue.
“We’re so fortunate to work with Savvy Foods, and Will’s done a great job with the barbecue,” Salter said.
The menu also included a cookie bar for dessert, and beverage bars offering a wide variety of drinks including a cocktail made especially for the occasion by Head Barman Josh Streetman of Motor Supply Co. Bistro.
Palladium Society membership is open to all, as is membership in Historic Columbia. Information on both is available at the Historic Columbia website.