SMIDGE WITH MIDGE: Out-of-town visitors remind residents of the Southern hospitality Aiken offers guests

December 26, 2018

Great days to 2019

Hope when you read this, you have had a wonderful holiday season this far and are enjoying a relaxed time as we head into the new year. I have lots of family visitors coming and going, for which I am very grateful. One from the Midwest was overwhelmed once again at the warmth of Aiken. She commented about the manners and ways she felt so welcome, wherever we went. The gentleman at Kroger who sings while bagging groceries, the woman at the counter who apologized for having to turn her back for a moment, the smiles from strangers, the Korean War veteran who patiently waited and shared a visit while his family was shopping and the splendid service from medical professionals, in area restaurants and stores. We are so used to this Southern hospitality that it was a good reminder we live in a special environment here in the greater Aiken area.

Lewy Body Dementia Support Group

On Jan. 3, there will be a symposium which includes caregivers, medical professionals and our community, as they join for a day of fun, camaraderie, education, awareness and support. International Speaker Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, will be featured. Tickets are now on sale at $15 each, and CEUs are available, as well. Food will be provided. The event will be held at St. John’s UMC from 8 a.m.; closing comments will begin around 4:15 p.m. Tickets are available at DayBreak, Southside Gallery and Cyndi’s Sweet Shoppe. Need more information? Contact Nancy Martin at nancy12LBD@gmail.com.

Paladin presents musical review

On Jan. 14 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church, 125 Pendleton St. S.W., Paladin Productions will present its annual music review, this time having solicited suggested favorites from their fans. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit ACTS (Area Churches Together Serving) programs. Purchase tickets at ACTS, 340 Park Ave. S.W., or ACTS in Graniteville at 50 Canal St., or online at Eventbrite.org. For more information, go to paladinproductions.org.

Burns Night celebration

Celebrate the great Scottish Bard Robbie Burns’ birthday with a formal dinner, music and commemorative toasts on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. S.W. Activities include a parade of tartans, a time of remembering those who have passed on this year and a ceilidh afterward. Yes, there will be whiskey and haggis! For this public event, contact the St. Andrews Society of Aiken at https://memberplanet,com/standrewssocietyofaiken to learn of ticket details.

Tri-Development hosts annual Oyster Roast

On Jan. 24, the public is invited to purchase tickets to the annual Oyster Roast/Barbecue fundraiser for Tri-Development. It is at the Big Red Barn on Chime Bell Road, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $45 each and must be purchased in advance by calling 803-642-8812. The funds from this event will be used to renovate the workshop at the Aiken location. TDC serves individuals with intellectual disabilities, autism and those who have had a head or spinal cord injury. The workshop needs a total renovation. Through this event, TDC is hoping to create an awareness of their need. It is a fun way to gather with generous friends for a delicious meal in a unique setting, while doing a good thing for this incredible Aiken resource.

Museum 2019 Winter Lecture Series

Remember, only 100 tickets for the 2019 Winter Lecture Series at the Aiken County Historical Museum will be sold! One can get them at the Gift Store at the museum. There will be five consecutive Tuesday mornings in January and February for these lectures. Tickets are $10 per lecture for those wishing to try to get in on the morning of a talk. Contact the Aiken County Historical Museum at 803-642-2015 for more details. They can tell you the dates and topics.

DMV serves us well

Wanda at the window at the DMV was able to wait on me immediately after I got through the door and past the warm greeting of the receptionist last Thursday. She was efficient and said, “Once you met me, you never forget me!” True. I shared her upbeat attitude with friends that evening and got a resounding confirmation that they, too, found the service at our DMV to be painless, regardless of the teasing all DMV employees endure across this country.

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