SMIDGE WITH MIDGE: Fall calendar filling up with fun events
Fall Home & Garden Show
As you have been seeing in the paper, this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22, is the 7th annual Aiken Standard Fall Home & Garden Show. It will be conveniently located this year at Odell Weeks Activity Center, Gym #2, at 1700 Whiskey Road.
Both days, the event starts at 9 a.m., closing at 5 p.m. on Friday, and 3 p.m. on Saturday. Admission will be a $1 donation to benefit Aiken County Habitat for Humanity. There will be a lot of vendors, over 80, at this expo. Why not take the time to meander through and see what is offered?
Support local business: Agape Chocolates
Amanda and James Stefanakos are rightfully proud to have been nominated in the “Taste of the State” contest for South Carolina. Voting is open through Sept. 28 at http://scbranded.com/vote-for-your-favorites. They have a mission to “Buy a Bar Feed a Child” by donating a portion of their profits to local backpack programs. You can help this locally owned and operated business which does incredible outreach by taking a moment to cast a vote.
FOTAS’ Golf Ball Drop and Golf Tourney
Oct. 1 is the date, and Woodside Plantation Country Club is the place for this big event benefitting the Friends of the Animal Shelter. To purchase golf ball drop raffle tickets, get more details or make reservations, contact Sandy or Ross Staiger at 603-533-4111 or email to email@example.com.
Alzheimer’s Walk coming up
On Saturday, Oct. 6, registration begins at 9 a.m., and the opening ceremony is at 9:45, for this Walk to End Alzheimer’s, at Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. For more information or to register, call 800-272-3900 or visit alz.org/walk.
Chocolate Festival at St. Mary’s
On Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Mary’s 30th Annual Chocolate Festival will be held. The “Heavenly Way to Start and End Every Day is with Prayer and Chocolate.” Sounds good to me! Visit the FOTAS booth for a plastic Yellow Band.
Brenda’s Angels bus trip
Plans are forming early for a delightful early holiday shopping trip to SouthPark Mall in Charlotte on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 7:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. Park in downtown Aiken and enjoy a breakfast prepared by Chef Christian Carlisle. Enjoy surprises on the bus ride. Send your tax-deductible check for $150 to Brenda’s Angels, in care of Lisa Adams at P.O. Box 595, Aiken, SC 29802.
Brenda’s Angels, is a nonprofit organization founded in October 2009 by Marie Mullis Durrett to honor her close friend, Brenda Willis Brodie; and, her cousin, Dr. Danny Hoard, both of whom succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Visit www.brendasangels.org to learn more or call Durrett at 803-270-1074. Deciding to make this bus trip will help support the goals of Brenda’s Angels, while giving you a jump start on your shopping. If you have participated in other events planned by Durrett, you know this will be a fun and memorable day!
Applefest at St. John’s
On Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. John’s Annual Applefest will be held. This Aiken tradition has been a welcome event for decades. This year’s theme is “Come Together – Show God’s Love.” Mark your calendar and follow the smells of cinnamon and apple treats!
Garden City Chorus in concert
Remember that Sept. 29 is the date, Wesley Center at Grace Methodist Church at 639 Georgia Ave. in North Augusta is the venue, and the tickets are on sale now. At 2:30 p.m., the Suzuki Strings of Augusta will be the opening performers, providing the prelude music; and, at 3 p.m., the show “Barbershop meets Broadway” begins. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 on the day of the show. Call 803-599-4228 to reserve your spot. The quartet Boardwalk will be the special guests this year.