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May 2, 2011

Lexington/Columbia, S.C. Things to do April 29 – May 5, 2011

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Lexington/Columbia, S.C. Things to do April 29 – May 5, 2011

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April 29 – May 5, 2011



40th Annual Orangeburg Festival of Roses: Edisto Memorial Gardens

Friday April 29, 2011 – Sunday, May 1, 2011
Attend the Orangeburg Festival of Roses at Edisto Memorial Gardens along the Edisto River. The garden is one of 23 official test gardens sanctioned by the All-America Rose Selections, Inc. You can see award-winning roses among the 4,000 plants representing over 70 labeled varieties of roses. Arts and crafts as well as entertainment and activities are scheduled all weekend from a street dance and senior day on Friday. Special events for children are available Saturday and Sunday. The festival has been named a “Top Tourism Event in the Southeast.” Free Admission and Free Parking! For more information on the Orangeburg Festival of Roses or for visiting Orangeburg use the following links:
www.festivalofroses.com or the Orangeburg Chamber of Commerce.

Red cockaded woodpecker The endangered red-cockaded woodpecker

Santee Birding & Nature Festival: US Fish and Wildlife Service

Friday April 29 – Sunday May 1, 2011
Do you love the Great Outdoors? Do you feed the birds in your backyard? Would you like to know more about them or see the rarer or endangered species in their natural habitat? Then this is your festival. The only birding and nature festival in SC, the festival is comprised of exciting and educational field trips to various locations.
Click here for field trip itinerary. Guided canoe and kayak trips, workshops and tours… go exploring for gators and reptiles! Bring your binoculars! More info.

Patti lab & kenny g

Colonial Life Arena Presents: Patti LaBelle & Kenny G – An Evening of Elegance | Usher: OMG TOUR

Friday, April 29, 2011 and Sunday May 1, 2011
Patti LaBelle’s unmistakable style of soul meets the smooth rhythm and passion of Kenny G in “An Evening of Elegance” at Colonial Life Arena on Friday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m. Both musicians are in the middle of respective tours covering most of the East coast, and will combine their talents for their first Colonial Life Arena appearance this spring.
Details here. Multi-platinum recording artist Usher is bringing his acclaimed “OMG Tour” to Colonial Life Arena on May 1. By overwhelming popular demand, Usher has added a second North American leg to the worldwide tour that has been selling-out arenas across the globe. Usher will showcase his signature brand of hit-filled R&B-infused pop; and will share the stage with special guest Akon. More info~


Congaree Art Festival South Carolina State Museum

Saturday April 30, 2011
Celebrating South Carolina artists, this show and sale of work by some of the state’s best studio artists is offered on museum grounds, weather permitting. It’s an opportunity to meet the artists themselves. Additional events include hands-on pottery demonstrations by Midlands Clay Art Society, children’s art activities, and solar viewing with the Mildands Astronomy Club.
More info.

Happy girl

Saluda Splash Opens!: Saluda Shoals Park

Saturday April 30, 2011
With warm weather predicted for the weekend, it’ll be a perfect time to come and get wet at the coolest water park in the Columbia area! The season kicks off Saturday. It’s an interactive zero depth water playground your children and grandchildren are sure to enjoy. Opens April 30, 2011 and closes September 6, 2011.
Park information.

Kids day

11th Annual Kids Day of Lexington: Virginia Hylton Park

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Kid’s Day of Lexington is built around one word… fun! Kid’s Day offers educational health awareness for families in a fun way with food, activities including a fishing tournament at Gibson Park Pond, stage performances, fun interactive friends, art, books, crafts, and a Kid’s Day Walk and Talk that starts at 8:30 am at Lexington Town Hall. Kid’s Day provides information that will help you and your family make better decisions to live better healthier lives! Sponsored by Palmetto Chiropractic Center. More info here.

Texas tenors

Shaggin’ at the Village: Village at Sandhill

Saturday April 30, 2011
This, the third annual dance event and food drive benefiting Harvest Hope Food Bank, features a fun afternoon of Shaggin’ and Line Dancing including free Shag and Line Dance lessons. Participants are asked to please donate non-perishable food items or cash to benefit Columbia’s Harvest Hope Food Bank. The event is from 2pm – 6pm and will be held at the Town Center Commons at
Village at Sandhill.


Rosewood Crawfish Festival: Rosewood Community

Saturday April 30, 2011
The Creole Chef is back with 5,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana grown crawfish. Cajun favorites will be served including boudin, crawfish etouffe, jambalaya and much more. Kid’s Area offers face painting, crawfish races, rides, inflatables… 5K race, live music on two stages, Artists Village and more!

Cotton candy

Celebrate Shandon!: Community Street Party

Sunday May 1, 2011
Join the fun. FREE Hamburger/Hotdog Cookout. Food Served: 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Moon Jumpers, Games, Face Painting, Magician, Cotton Candy, Snow Cones, Funnel Cakes, Baskin Robbins Ice Cream, and Shandon’s LifeLine Band in concert. Sponsored by Shandon United Methodist, 3407 Devine Street . For more information: 256-8383 or

Ballet gala
Elmwood park

Elmwood Park Home and Garden Tour: Elmwood Park Community

Sunday, May 1, 2011
Featuring historic homes and lush gardens, the event is growing to include more artists, classic cars and even area chefs. This year’s event in Historic Elmwood Park is billed as being “Old and Improved.” In addition to numerous historic homes on tour, three gardens are on the tour, including the garden of the Governor’s Mansion. 2011 marks the 29th tour in the neighborhood. Chefs John Militello, Owner of Let’s Cook Culinary Studio and French Chef Bertrand Gilli will be doing cooking demonstrations from the porches of some of the historic homes. Antique car fans enjoy a display from the Columbia Antique Car Club. A trolley and horse drawn carriages will help transport people from one historic property to another.
WHAT: Historic Elmwood Park Home & Garden Tour
WHEN: Sunday May 1, 2011 – 10am – 5pm
WHERE: Tour begins at Roy Lynch Elmwood Park – Lincoln and Abbeville Streets.
Facebook Page.


Contemporaries Artist of the Year Soiree: Columbia Museum of Art

Thursday, May 5, 2011
The seventh annual Contemporaries’ Artist of the Year Soirée honors emerging artists from across South Carolina. This event provides artists with an opportunity to showcase their art and allows attendees to bid on contemporary works of art created by emerging artists. The Soirée increases awareness of South Carolina contemporary art, enhances support for emerging artists in the State and promotes the Contemporaries of the Columbia Museum of Art membership. The event includes music, food, open bar, performance vignettes, artwork by SC artists and a silent auction.
More information.


Outdoor Concerts: Multiple Locations

Enjoy an outdoor concert this week at the following: April 30, Rhythm on the River at the West Columbia Riverwalk, featuring Flat Out Strangers; John Wesley Satterfield appears in Five Points on May 5 for their Five After Five series; Vista After Five on May 5 with Men of Distinction – Free Shag Lessons with JoJo in the Groove Shack (Held in the parking lot behind 800 Gervais Street). In addition to these, Winston’s Wish is pleased to present Sprummer 2011 featuring bandkamp and Big Head Todd and the Monsters!! Come help them celebrate their 5th anniversary April 30, 2011 at 7:00pm on the roof of Carolina Walk! $100 per ticket. The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is once again offering Rhythm and Blooms with live entertainment and local artists in the Botanical Garden every Thursday night in May. First up- May 5: Palmetto Mastersingers.


Upcoming Events, News and Special Offers!

American Girl Tea Party: Learning Express

Now – Saturday, April 30, 2011
Little ladies! Bring your doll to either the Irmo or Lexington Learning Express store for a fun and activity-filled tea party! Sit with other little ladies at tea-time and enjoy refreshments, special activites, and share in the fun –
American Girl style! More info at Learning Express website.

Parents’ Survival Night: The Little Gym

Our Spring Parents’ Survival Night will be held on Friday, April 29th from 6-10 pm and will include games, music, pizza and a Spring craft! Members and Non-Members are welcome, so please don’t let your child miss out on all the fun! Call the gym at 951-7235 to reserve your child’s spot or click here to enroll online. Limited to 20 children.

CELEBRATE SHANDON: Community Street Party

Sunday, May 1, 2011 – 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Shandon United Methodist, 3407 Devine Street
Join the fun. FREE Hamburger/Hotdog Cookout. Food Served: 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Moon Jumpers, Games, Face Painting, Magician, Cotton Candy, Snow Cones, Funnel Cakes, Baskin Robbins Ice Cream, and Shandon’s LifeLine Band in concert. For more information: 256-8383 or

The Drowsy Chaperone: Town Theatre

May 6 – May 28, 2011
Town Theatre proudly presents the South Carolina Premiere of this 5-time Tony Award winning musical-within-a-comedy. It all begins when a die-hard musical-theater fan known as “The Man in Chair” plays his favorite 1928 musical comedy on his turntable. As he listens, the music bursts to life in his living room – blurring the lines between reality and the characters that radiate from the record who tell a rambunctious tale of a Broadway starlet and her hilarious wedding day. As the show in “The Man’s” living room continues, he feels compelled to insert his own personal comments and show off his knowledge of musical theatre. Crammed full of every theatrical character type, cliché, gag and gimmick with plenty of singing and dancing to boot, you’re certain to be entertained by “the show” and “the show-within-a-show.” May 6 – 28, 2011 Wednesday – Saturday at 8:00 PM Sunday matinees (May 15 and 22) at 3:00 PM (Please note: there is no performance on Mothers’ Day) TICKETS: Adults $20; Senior 65+/Active Military/College $17; Youth (17 and under) $12
More Info.

50th Anniversary Gala: Columbia City Ballet

50th Anniversary Gala at the Township Auditorium on May 7, 2011, will feature an evening of dance from past and present stars of the Columbia City Ballet with performance highlights of the greatest moments from the past 50 years of ballets. In addition, Soloist Sarah Lane and Joseph Phillips of the American Ballet Theatre, will be performing the Black Swan piece from the recent Academy-Award winning film in which she danced as Natalie Portman’s body double! The Gala will also feature dancers representing North Carolina Dance Theatre, Louisville Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, and the Chicago Opera Ballet. Make plans now to join us! Details here.

The Texas Tenors featuring The Township Pops Orchestra: Township Auditorium

Thursday, May 12, 2011
In the past year
The Texas Tenors have performed more than 150 concerts with such prestigious institutions as the Houston Symphony, the Van Cliburn Foundation, The Royal Theatre of Scotland, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas (largest cruise ship in the world) and the Pro Bull Riders World Championships to name a few. Now, they are appearing at the Township Auditorium backed by the all new Township Pops Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Donald Portnoy. Join us early as The Township Auditorium and b106fm will host a FREE Pops Pre-Show “Texas BBQ” across the street from the Township on the grounds of the Historic Robert Mills House. The Texas BBQ is Thursday May12th from 3:30pm to 6:30pm and will feature a live remote with b106fm and Live Music from FInnegan Bell, formerly of SIlers Bald, with food and beverages available for purchase. Info.

Summer Odyssey: The Sunshine House

Everyone is welcome to celebrate the start of summer with The Sunshine House’s summer kickoff party on May 14th, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Stop by for fun and games and learn about our exciting 2011 Summer Odyssey camp! Our creative teaching team has developed a sensational program for preschool and school-age children that offers fun and educational activities all summer long, including weekly themes and field trips! The Sunshine House at 10336 Wilson Blvd. • Blythewood, SC 29016 • (803) 786-1162 Directions: I-77 North to Exit 24, toward Blythewood • www.sunshinehouse.com

BBB Business Trust EXPO: South Carolina State Farmers Market

Come join us Saturday May 21, 2011 at the new South Carolina State Farmers Market for the first annual BBB Business Trust EXPO. The Better Business Bureau, a leader in advancing marketplace trust, and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture are partnering to present the first annual event. The BBB Business EXPO is free to the general public and all visitors of the South Carolina Farmers Market that day. During the day, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with BBB Accredited Businesses and learn about local products and services. The mission of the event is to introduce consumers in our community to businesses they can TRUST! We anticipate a festive spring day, with lots of great information, valuable door prizes and a free “Shred Day” provided by SHRED 360 (*limit 2 boxes*) for the visiting public. The BBB will also announce the 2011 BBB Torch Award winner at the EXPO. For more information on the 2011 BBB Business EXPO/ Torch Awards, please visit our event homepage.

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