SMIDGE WITH MIDGE: Holiday open houses, One Table community dinner coming up

November 14, 2018

Heart Show tickets on sale now

“Mystery on Heart Island” will be the 2019 benefit title, to be held Feb. 20-24, 2019, at the Etherredge Center on the campus of USC Aiken. Tickets cost $25 for evening shows and matinees. Jim Moore and his team have put together a lighthearted musical treat again!

To purchase tickets, contact Karen Wyont at 649-7650 (Wednesday evening at 7:30); Penny Young at 522-0828 (Thursday evening at 7:30); Frankie Lambright at 648-8720 (Friday evening at 7:30); Becky Scoggin at 643-1071 (Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.); Diane Brace at 643-9599 (Saturday evening at 7:30); or Linda Calhoun at 643-3899 (Sunday matinee at 3 p.m.). Each of the Aiken Women’s Heart Board ladies have tickets to sell, as well. If you know one of the 44 of us, you can also buy directly. Either way, tickets are the same price.

3 Monkeys Holiday Open House is Thursday

There will be prizes, nibbles, discounts and libations at the 3 Monkeys all day Holiday Open House downtown. It is from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15. Just walking into 3 Monkeys to browse any day is a treat for the eyes. Now, I can only imagine how their merchandise is arrayed for the holidays! This store is another of the true Aiken treasures along Laurens Street.

Cold Creek Christmas Open House

On Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cold Creek Nurseries will host a Christmas Open House. Get your home ready for Christmas with their beautiful decorations. Santa will be there. Enjoy live music, pot a plant, purchase your live tree, enjoy market samples, and buy a hotdog lunch. The proceeds from the lunch will benefit ACTS. If you would like to help serve lunch, call 803-649-3800 and let ACTS know.

One Table Community Thanksgiving

The community Thanksgiving dinner will again be held this year. The event will be in The Alley from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 22. Contact Lynne Sharpe, volunteer coordinator, at 803-679-3894 or at lsharpe624@gmail.com to find out if they still can use help, either for set up and clean up, or providing desserts or side dishes delivered to Newberry Hall before the event begins. You can send monetary donations, which are tax deductible, to Life Choices/One Table, 1900 Whiskey Road, Aiken, SC 29803.

There is always, always, always something to be thankful for! We can be thankful to live in Aiken, where such a Thanksgiving event is created for the community.

Applefest again a success

Hope you had a chance to attend Applefest on Nov. 3. This event has continued for over five decades. It was another rousing success and will benefit three local not-for-profit organizations. In case you missed it, for 2019 know that it will be the first Saturday in November, the 2nd. So many dedicated volunteers and donors put in countless hours to assure this fall tradition was a pleasure to attend.

Please note their ad of special thanks for those who donated to the highly successful Silent Auction. The United Methodist Women of St. John’s extend their heartfelt thanks to all who did their part, as volunteers, donors, and attendees.

‘Nutcracker’ tickets available Nov. 19

On Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 23 at 2 p.m., the Aiken Civic Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” at The Etherredge Center on the campus of USCA. Tickets go on sale Nov. 19 at The Etherredge Center Ticket Office at 803-641-3305. The Nutcracker Tea is Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. at The Aiken County Historical Museum, at 433 Newberry St. S.W. Phone 803-642-2015 for details. Tea tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children, seniors and military. They are available at Pitter Patter and Unique Expressions. The tea is a wonderful opportunity to meet the cast members while enjoying delicious treats.

Christmas Craft Show at Odell Weeks

On Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, from 9 to 5 daily, a show featuring crafts with over 100 talented artisans from across the Southeast will be at H. Odell Weeks for the Christmas Crafts Show. This is the 48th annual Christmas Craft Show. Admission is free, and variety is amazing! Good place to do some holiday shopping for those unique gifts.

Events galore scheduled

As you plan for filling your calendar, go to both www.aikenismagical.com and www.DowntownAiken.com and find the detailed information about November and December events, their times and dates for this year.

While Christmas in Hopelands is a free event, donations are accepted and used to help support the growth of the program. (Mail to City of Aiken Department of Parks & Recreation, Christmas in Hopelands, P.O. Box 1177, Aiken, SC 29802. Call them at 803-642-7631 to see if they need more volunteers).

Polar Express is on Nov. 17, Blessing of the Hounds is Nov. 22, Small Business Saturday is downtown Nov. 24, downtown tree lighting is Nov. 30 on Newberry Street, Night of 1,000 Lights is Dec. 6 downtown, and you don’t want to forget the Ugly Sweater Crawl on Dec. 15 either. See Santa at the Depot on Dec. 15.

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