Going Virtual: Palladium’s 16th Annual Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ

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By: Staff, Historic Columbia

Thursday, October 8th 2020

Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass

Like so many events this year, Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ will look a little different, but will feature the key elements of the event that you enjoy! Tune in on Facebook on October 15, 5-6 p.m., for a one-hour online special featuring bluegrass music, a BBQ discussion, cocktail demonstrations, and auction items.  

Participation in the silent auction and Facebook Live video are FREE. All proceeds will support Historic Columbia.

"Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ is typically our biggest fundraiser each year," explains Carter Davis, Co-Chair for Palladium's Silent Auction. "It serves as a reminder that our dynamic group of professionals can party just as hard as we work to preserve Richland County's historic and cultural heritage. The event is truly special because of the hundreds of Midlands residents that this event allows us to share HC's mission with each year. You may not have a clear understanding of what we do, but you have certainly heard of Bluegrass, Bidding, and BBQ."

Here's the lineup for this year's event!


Don’t miss an online performance by Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass! Founded by Willie Wells, the son of the late Bill Wells who owned Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin Parlor, the band focuses on a mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass music. You can listen to the band’s albums on Spotify.  


This year’s silent auction is full of just as many great items and gifts! Bid on great vacation opportunities, including getaways to Charleston, Beauford, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Florida, Cabo San Lucas, Belize, St. Thomas and more. Plus, Columbia Metropolitan Airport pitched in two tickets to any of their non-stop destinations! Enjoy a staycation with local hotel stays, a Saluda River Adventure, restaurant gift cards, and shopping excursions. We’re also auctioning off a variety of HC opportunities, like Historic Columbia plants, heirloom caretaking workshop, exclusive tour of the updated Modjeska Monteith Simkins House, lunch with our executive director, Robin Waites. Artwork, alcohol, lessons, gift items and more round out stellar options to make your own or give to friends and family this upcoming holiday season. You can view items now and bidding opens October 13. Just register on Bidr so you can text your bids until 10 p.m. on October 15! 


Palladium Silent Auction Co-Chairs, Parrish Behles and Carter Davis, sit down with Lake E. High, Jr. and Jim Wellman to chat all things BBQ for this year’s event. Lake E. High, Jr. is one of the most respected BBQ authorities in South Carolina, a member of the South Carolina Barbeque Association (SCBA), and the author of A History of South Carolina Barbeque available on Amazon. Jim Wellman is the current president of the South Carolina Barbeque Association. 


Cocktail demonstrations from Tito’s Vodka and Jameson Whiskey are sure to help you up your entertaining skills! Get the ingredients in advance and make your cocktails while watching October 15th’s Facebook premiere. 
The Tito’s Grackle 


  • 1 1/2 oz. Tito's Handmade Vodka 

  • 1/2 oz. Bitter herbal liqueur (Palladium suggestion: Fernet-Branca) 

  • 2 oz. fresh blood orange juice 

  • 1 orange peel, garnish 


Add blood orange juice to a glass with ice. 

Next, add Tito's Handmade Vodka and bitter herbal liqueur. 

Stir and garnish with an orange peel. 

Jameson Black Barrel Old Fashioned 


  • 2 oz Jameson Black Barrel whiskey 

  • 3/4 oz Bénédictine liqueur 

  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters 

  • 2 dashes Orange bitters 

  • Garnish: Orange slice 


Combine all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice, and stir until cold. 

Strain into a rocks glass over ice. 

Garnish with an orange slice. 

See you on October 15!

Bidr Registration and Bidding Instructions

1. Visit our event page at https://event.gives/palladium/items to register and to view and bid on items. 

2. If already have an account, simply login with your phone number or email address and password. 

3. Don’t have an account? Registering is easy! 

  • Click “login” at the top right of the page 
  • Click “register” 
  • Enter your name, phone number, and email address 
  • Set your password 
  • Agree to the terms of service and you’re good to bid!  

4. Bid from Your Phone

  • Text “palladium” to 843.606.5995 to register 
  • To send a bid from your phone, text the full item number, including the 0 (i.e. 0102) to 843.606.5995. 
  • You will receive a text from Bidr to register/login and view items 
  • To place a bid, simply text the full dollar amount, without the $ or any commas (i.e. 50.00) 
  • Bidr will confirm your bid through a text message 

Once you are registered and logged in, you can start bidding on October 13 when the silent auction opens. As bidding picks up, Bidr will notify you if you are outbid on an item. You’ll have until 10 p.m. on October 15 to place your final bid.  

Item Pick Up

Items will be available for pick-up at Seibels House and Gardens from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. Oct. 16 and from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Oct. 19. If you are unavailable to retrieve your prize during those windows, please email Charles Calhoun at ccalhoun@historiccolumbia.org to arrange a pick-up time.

Palladium is a group of diverse professionals who support the mission of Historic Columbia through educational, social, and fundraising initiatives. Palladium members get discounted tickets to events, including the traditional Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ and Fall Tour, plus free admission to Renovation Rodeo events and exclusive opportunities for Behind the Scenes Tours and more. Meet and mingle with a professional network of like-minded people who care about the history and future of your city. Become a Palladium member today!