The Prodigal PEAS Return!

2010 November 10

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In May of 2007, we moved our family to Gatlinburg, TN from a small town in South Carolina, named Winnsboro, where we had lived for approximately three and a half years.  Winnsboro is located about 25 miles north of South Carolina’s capitol, Columbia.  And, now that we’ve been living in Gatlinburg, Tennessee almost the exact same amount of time we lived in Winnsboro, it seems like the perfect time to reflect on all the reasons (some of them musical) that we love this little town and its approximately 4,000 residents.

Rachel as Liza Minelli in Live from Las Vegas at the Pine Tree Playhouse!We moved to Winnsboro so that I could take a job as the Town of Winnsboro’s Director of the Department of Downtown Development; however, what we really received far outweighed a simple job.  Jon ended up opening a gourmet hot dog & ice cream shop call the Dog & Cow Eatery.

And, we were knee deep in local community theatre at the Pine Tree Playhouse where we both got to indulge our love for musical theatre with some of the best people we’ve ever known.  That’s me above on the right as Liza Minelli in “Live from Las Vegas.”   We each got to sing and direct.  See Jon below as Fagin the the musical “Oliver.”  I spent some of my best days in Winnsboro with friends sewing period costumes for the Shakespearean festival “Shakefest.”  We miss our PTP pals terribly.

Jon as Fagin in the Musical "Oliver" at the Pine Tree Playhouse!We developed work and personal relationships that endure to this day including a musical friendship with Steve Hobson that spawned a short-lived but fun time as the a cover band named Mondegreen.  Hobson is a really talented guitarist with an illustrious history with some well-known bands, including the Mamas and the Papas.

We left in 2007 after Jon closed his eatery and I resigned my job at the Town of Winnsboro–both a little burned out and seeking change.  But, Saturday, November 13th, we are returning for a one-night engagement.  Remember my mention of Steve Hobson, the great guitarist?  He and another friend Elfi Hacker have teamed up to open The 145 Club.

The Pea Pickin' Hearts play The 145 Club Saturday November 13th!In the short year The 145 Club has been open, the rave reviews continue to come, and recently they were nominated for Small Wonder Bar of the Year

The 145 Club is located in the Historic Town of Winnsboro, 23 miles North of Columbia, SC – something totally unexpected in this otherwise quiet and still undiscovered town, nestled in the midst of God’s Country. Established over generations, with a Downtown boasting the longest, continuously working clock tower in the country (pictured below) and a Main Street lined with traditional brick store fronts, Winnsboro’s character contributes to The 145 Club’s charm and magic.  Nestled between an Euro-Asian restaurant and an eclectic gift shop and art gallery, The 145’s home is a +- 100 year old, 2,200 Sq. Ft., loft style building, with exposed interior brick walls and nearly 20 foot bead board ceilings.”

Learn more about the Town of Winnsboro in South Carolina!“The creators and managers of The 145 Club, Steve Hobson and Elfi Hacker, did not take long to realize that the missing element in this community was a local bar/club that would provide a comfortable environment to socialize and enjoy Live Music Events. Before moving to Winnsboro…Hobson and Hacker’s lives had been heavily influenced by the music industry on many levels. They share a tremendous love for good, live music. Part of their mission was to create an intimate, small venue with optimal sound quality where guests could enjoy seeing and hearing music close up and personal.”


We can’t wait to get there, and we hope you’ll join us.  The show starts at 8pm, and the cover is $5.  We will ask The 145 Club’s permission to video tape some of our performance to share with those of you that can’t make it…but we hope to see your happy faces there!

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upcoming CD release as well as a handful of covers that were all
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3 Responses
  1. November 10, 2010

    Best wishes to my favorite duo. (and Oscar). Take the town by a storm.

  2. November 11, 2010

    We lived there for 3 1/2 years…they are prepared for anything we can dish out, ha. Thanks for your undying support…CDs will be available soon!

  3. Kristen Hannelore permalink
    July 25, 2014

    I see a lot of interesting articles here.

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