SMIDGE WITH MIDGE: Pink Tea, Applefest, more coming up in October

October 3, 2018

Equine Rescue benefit this week

On Thursday, Oct. 4, the public is invited to join for the first Mane & Shell event. This will be on site at the Rescue for an oyster roast and low country boil with food by JC’s Seafood. Play cornhole and horseshoes, and listen to The Clydes play bluegrass, while kicking back with a cold one. Contact Equine Rescue, 532 Glenwood Drive, Aiken, at 643-1850 for ticket information. Ask them about free tours, too.

Pink Tea invitation

Cancer survivors, caregivers, and patients undergoing cancer treatment are cordially invited to the 9th Annual Pink Tea, celebrating Cancer Awareness Month. It will be Thursday, Oct. 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran’s Fellowship hall, 196 Trail Ridge Road in Aiken. The Pink Ribbonettes along with HarborChase and the American Cancer Society are sponsoring this event. Guest speaker is Kathryn Wade, LPC, Community Care and Counseling Center of Aiken. No reservations are required. Come and relax, see the informational displays hosted by the Aiken Tech College nursing students, and enjoy the fellowship.

Beaux Arts Masquerade

On Friday, Oct. 19, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., there will be a Masquerade Party, complete with a Live Auction and Costume Contest. (Costumes are encouraged but are optional). For $75 you can enjoy this event at the Aiken Center for the Arts at 122 Laurens St., S.W. Visit www.aikencenterforthearts.org to read more details or call Mary Coleman at 641-9094. Several folks are involved in planning this swanky night, but you know, there is a certain woman in our midst with the spirit of Louisiana named Lyddie Hansen. When she is part of the planning, this gal knows how to make a masquerade party fun! This event will benefit Aiken Center for the Arts programming and operating budget. Their continuation of arts programs is vital for their children’s and adults’ programs, their scholarships, outreach to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, to special needs children and the ACA’s thriving music program.

Churches United Fall Harvest

Salvation Army on Gayle Street has a wonderful, free event on Oct. 27 from noon to 3 p.m. It is their 6th annual Fall Harvest, and each one gets better. Several churches will have booths with clothing, cookies, and other food items, at this event featuring concerts and live Christian music from local artists, and games for the kids. If you want to participate, or get a group together from your church, contact Donna McClary-Derrick @donnamcderrick@yahoo.com. Toiletries are always welcome and in need, too!

Applefest plans

On Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the time; St. John’s UMC downtown is the place! It is going to be extra special this year. Bargains and heirlooms mix with kid’s games, entertainment, Corner Bakery products that you would expect to find, silent auction, jewelry, books and CDs and DVDs and puzzles at lowest prices. There will be Twice-Loved Treasures, Second Hand Rose selection of clothing too. Oh, did I mention mountain-grown apples freshly trucked in? And, fried apple pies, too! Call 648-6891 if you want to donate to be part of this good cause. They can tell you the hours for receiving clothes and re-useable items. All these efforts benefit three locals for a good cause.

Whiskey Road Race

The 40th annual Whiskey Road Race is on Nov. 3. The Cumbee Center is looking for volunteers to stand on a corner and cheer the runners. Donations are also being sought for sponsors, or even to provide bananas, water, or ice. Of course, money as also welcome. Runners should register at www.active.com or contact the Cumbee Center at 649-0480 or visit www.cumbeecenter.org. This event is a 5k, 10k, and a 1-mile Fun Run. Their theme: “Don’t just sit there: run for it!”

Holiday Market

Christmas at Banksia will be at the Aiken County Historical Museum at 433 Newberry St., S.W., downtown on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. If you are a vendor and want to get in on this opportunity to showcase your items, now is the time to call 644-2369 or 644-2358 and ask for more information from the Aiken Standard, the presenting sponsor, who are helping make this a special night. Booths are $50, and applications are accepted until Nov. 19. “Mistletoe and Merlot” is the theme. Sounds like a lot of fun, and a good way to do some shopping for unique items.

Deck the Halls at Village at Woodside

The Southern Living Home in the Village, at Society Hill Place, in Aiken will be open on Monday, Dec. 3, from noon to 5 p.m. A festival of trees decorated by various women of Woodside will be on display. These themed Christmas trees and wreaths will be offered in a silent auction for the benefit of local charities. The Women of Woodside are renowned for their charity donations. Admission for this event is $10. Tickets will be sold at the door. I am posting this so early so that you can consider placing a winning bid at the silent auction for easing your own decorating efforts this holiday season.

Dr. Tom Mack at Railroad Depot

Friends of the Aiken Railroad Depot invite the public on Thursday, Oct. 18, to hear Dr. Tom Mack discuss his book, “Hidden History of Augusta.” Members are invited for light hours d’oeuvres from 5 to 6 p.m. The presentation, open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. come to Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, 400 Park Ave., S.E. there will be books available for purchase and signing.

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