Yes, Pickens is known all over the country for its Azalea festival and the flea market, but what is Pickens really all about? Easley is known for its amazing Fourth of July festivities and the railroad. But what makes them any different than any other railroad town in the nation?
Vision 2025 Sense of Place committee members discussed these issues last week during a monthly meeting at the Easley Chamber of Commerce. They feel like each town in Pickens County has so much more to offer than what they’ve come up with thus far.
For the town of Pickens, several ideas were thrown out: Pickens’ great musical heritage with music all the time at Hagood Mill, the YAMs in Pickens and several other suggestions. But the one that stood out most of all was Pickens: The Village.
One committee member suggested, “Pickens should go back to its heritage, back to the village. Pickens is the geographic hub of Pickens County.”
The village idea came when a member made a comment about remembering those who live on Lake Keowee. They are considered part of Pickens, so they should feel like they can go to the village if they need anything, much like they did in the old days.
And then there was Easley. Kay Harrison of Vikalin’s Coffehouse in downtown Easley said, “We need to get a hook that’s Easley.”
The railroad was discussed. The Easley festivals were talked about. But what could be the one thing that stood out?
Committee member Erin Nutz said, “Why don’t we stay with the green theme and since we have the Green Wave with Easley High School, the slogan could be ‘Catch the green wave.’” Pickens County has the best recycling program in the state.
Several ideas were placed on the table, but no were made.
Members agreed that Pickens County, with all it has to offer is the diamond of South Carolina.