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November 18, 2011

Lexington/Columbia, S.C. Things to do November 18 – December 1, 2011

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Lexington/Columbia, S.C. Things to do November 18 – December 1, 2011

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November 18 – December 1, 2011

Vista Lights: Congaree Vista

Tonight! Thursday November 17, 2011

Vista Lights offers an great way to kick-off the holiday Season. Kick off your holiday shopping and fun at the Vista’s 26th annual holiday street party. Click through to check out a list of the restaurants and shops that will be in attendance for Vista Lights 2011! Visit the Vista Guild’s site for details.

Taylor Swift: Colonial Life Arena

Friday November 18, 2011

Recently awarded Entertainer of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, Taylor spent last month playing to capacity crowds in Asia, and this month she has headlined arenas throughout Europe. During the show, Taylor performs on two different stages — playing several different acoustic and electric guitars and also the piano and the ukulele, and has earned rave reviews from critics at every SPEAK NOW tour stop.

In his native Australia, Adam Brand is a veritable superstar, earning three platinum and two gold albums, nominated four times for Best Country Album by ARIA (Australia Recording Industry Association), and winning a dozen CMAAs (Country Music Awards of Australia) including multiple wins in the Song of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year categories. Brand is now taking on Nashville with his upcoming release on Arista Records.

Side view seats still available. Visit the Colonial Life Arena website for tickets.

Gingerbread Cocktail Reception and Auction: EdVenture Children’s Museum

Friday November 18, 2011

The gingerbread houses that were constructed during the 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Design Build Competition will be auctioned off with all proceeds benefitting the Children’s Trust of South Carolina and EdVenture. The event will be at EdVenture Children’s Museum from 7-10pm. Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased at their website. www.aiacolumbia.org.

You can buy a geode and have it cut open at the show!

The 44th Annual Columbia Gem & Mineral Show: Jamil Temple

Friday November 18, 2011 – Sunday November 20, 2011

This wonderful show features an enormous variety of materials from rough and cut gemstones, beads, fossils, finished jewelry, wire wrapping, lapidary supplies, and excellent mineral specimens. Dealers carry amber, jade, gold, all precious gemstones, and several jewelers can complete special orders, and much, much more. In addition, the Columbia Gem & Mineral Society will have geodes from Mexico that will be for sale at the entrance to the Jamil Temple. We will let you select and we will cut the geode for you. They may contain quartz, amethyst, smoky quartz, or calcite. We will also have a salted mine where for $1.00 a scoop, you can find crystals, fossils, rocks and minerals. You can “dig” for treasures that the Gem club provides. We can tell you where the minerals and treasures came from. Fun for rock enthusiasts, kids of all ages and those looking for unique holiday gifts. For details, visit the Columbia Gem & Mineral Society website.

Historic Holiday House Museum Tours at Historic Columbia Foundation

Friday November 18, 2011 – Saturday December 31, 2011

TEN family-friendly holiday events are planned, including Holiday tours of their beautifully decorated historic house museums. Holiday tours will be offered November 18 – December 31 at the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion, and Mann-Simons Site. Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Visitors will enjoy a variety of holiday decorations in each house and stunning details of faux food on display. In addition to house tours, holiday events include a Homeschool Fridays: Historic Holidays (December 2), Scout Day: Historic Holidays (December 3), FREE Choir Showcase (December 10), FREE Toy Roadshow (December 17), FREE Candlelight tours (December 15 and 16), Breakfast with Victorian Santa Claus (December 17), Dollar Sundays (December 18), and Early Adventures, a program designed especially for private groups of children (month-long, ages 3-8 years old). More information at Historic Columbia Foundation or by phone at 803.252.1770 ext. 24.

The Colonial Cup: Families, Tradition, Fun

Saturday November 19, 2011

The Colonial Cup is an annual event, this year held on November 19, 2011 in Camden at the Springdale Race Course.This event is all about families, with special Infield activities like Jack Russell Terrier Races, and the very special “Saluting Our Military” celebration. Arrive Early because the Infield events start at 9:30 am and the special Pre-Race Show (Carolina Skydiving Team, Official Swearing In Ceremony of US Army recruits by the Commanding General of Ft Jackson, patriotic songs) starts at 11:00 am. We are giving away 3,000 free general admission tickets and 500 Infield Reserved Parking spaces to our military, active and reserved, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visit the Colonial Cup webpage for detailed information.

THOMAS COLE, Catskill Creek, NY, 1845, Oil on canvas 261/2x 36in.(67.3×91.4cm), The Robert L. Stuart Collection, S-157

Nature and the Grand American Vision – Masterpieces of the Hudson River School Painters: Columbia Museum of Art

Saturday November 19, 2011 – April 1, 2012

Forty-five magnificent paintings from the rich collection of the New-York Historical Society are on view at the Columbia Museum of Art beginning this weekend, in a major traveling exhibition Nature and the Grand American Vision: Masterpieces of the Hudson River School Painters. Though individual works are very seldom loaned, these iconic works of 19th-century landscape painting are traveling on a national tour for the first time and are circulating to four museums around the country as part of the Historical Society’s traveling exhibitions program Sharing a National Treasure. The Columbia Museum of Art is the first stop in the South. During the second quarter of the nineteenth century, a loose-knit group of artists and writers — who collectively became known as the “Hudson River School” — forged the first American landscape vision and literary voice. That vision, still widely influential today, saw the natural world as a source of spiritual renewal and an expression of an emerging national identity. It was first expressed through the majestic scenery of the Hudson River Valley. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience these awe-inspiring pieces. Visit the Columbia Museum of Art website for details.

2011 Christmas Craft Show and Holiday Bazaar: Lexington Middle School (Little Gym)

Saturday November 19, 2011

From 8am til 2pm, find unique holiday gifts as over 30 crafters and vendors from around the Midlands will offer wood to wool, jewelry, accessories and much more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Harvest Hope Food. Visit the Christmas Craft Fair facebook page for more info.

Artisan Fair and Sale: Columbia Museum of Art

Saturday November 19, 2011

Kicking off the holiday season in style, the Columbia Museum of Art Museum Shop hosts its largest ever annual Holiday Artisans’ Fair and Sale, Saturday, November 19 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and boasts a dizzying array of handmade jewelry, ceramics, textiles, pine needle baskets, scarves, gourd birdhouses, ornaments and more in a wide range of styles, designs and pricing. This annual event attracts scores of curious shoppers anxious to pounce on bargains for their holiday lists. Complimentary gift-wrapping is available, and this year, shoppers have the convenience of a second checkout station for quick and easy purchasing. Click the art museum’s link for details.

30th Annual Shandon Turkey Trot 8K and 4K: Hand Middle School

Saturday November 19, 2011

This annual run is sponsored by the Shandon Neighborhood Council and is part of the Tour de Columbia. The Shandon Turkey Trot is one of the oldest races on the Tour de Columbia with 2011 being the 30th anniversary. The double loop course through Shandon is mostly flat with just a few inclines to make it interesting. Come join the fun and see if you can’t land a top 3 position in your category and win an award. Details available at the Shandon Turkey Trot website.

The 22nd Festival of Trees: Village at Sandhill

Saturday November 19, 2011 – Sunday November 20, 2011

The 22nd Festival of Trees will feature decorated trees, wreaths and other holiday items that are up for bid during a weekend-long silent auction, November 19-20 at Village at Sandhill. It has grown to be the premier kick-off to the holiday season for Columbia and the surrounding area, so don’t forget to mark your calendars! Proceeds benefit Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. For more information, please contact Lynn Hazel at 803-434-7275 or visit palmettohealthfoundation.org.

Lights Before Christmas: Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Saturday, November 19, 2011 – December 30, 2011

Bring the kids and the camera and see why Lights Before Christmas has continued as a family tradition for more than 20 years.

  • Nearly one million twinkling lights *
  • Countless animated images *
  • Dazzling Music in Motion Lights Spectacular *
  • Nightly visits with Santa—through December 23 *

Note: Closed Thanksgiving Day

Children’s Garden Christmas and Kid’s Walk

Monday November 21, 2011 – January 1, 2012

The City of Orangeburg invites you to experience the most breathtaking display of lights you will ever see.

The Children’s Garden Christmas, a drive through display located in the beautiful Edisto Memorial Gardens, hosts thousands of lights including still and animated displays such as Old Man Winter, a river boat, Santa and his elves, a Nativity Scene, and more than 60 lighted cherry trees.

Enjoy a stroll through the Kid’s Walk which features interactive displays including a hopping bunny, a squirrel running up a tree, and colorful Christmas trees. Be sure to visit the Twelve Days of Christmas display during your time on the walk.

Open seven days a week | Free admission
Children’s Garden Christmas: 5:00pm-10:00pm
Kid’s Walk: 5:00pm-9:00pm

Sleigh Bell Stroll and Sleigh Bell Trot: Saluda Shoals Park

Monday November 21, 2011 and Tuesday November 22, 2011

These unique, nighttime events are held amid the festive light displays of Holiday Lights on the River. Join fellow walkers/runners on Monday, November 21, 2011 for the Sleigh Bell Stroll or Tuesday, November 22, 2011 for the Sleigh Bell Trot certified 5K (3.1 mile) race. Call 803-772-3336 or email jcantey@icrc.net. Details can be found at the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commision website.

Click for program guide – See page 14!

Holiday Lights on the River: Saluda Shoals Park – The Midlands Largest Drive-Through Lights Show!

Wednesday November 23, 2011 – December 31, 2011

Saluda Shoals Park will come alive in a blaze of more than a million sparkling lights. Holiday Lights on the River features over 400 themed, animated light displays on a two-mile loop of the Park! Enjoy the Dazzling Dancing Forest with it’s dancing, lighted trees synchronized to classical and whimsical holiday music. Take a stroll along the boardwalk through the Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail watch nature come to life in sparkling lights. Get ready for the slide of your life on the Winter Wonder Ride at Holiday Lights on the River. Zip through a series of lighted arches and experience downhill tubing without the snow on this 125 foot, exciting, fun-packed family ride. Tubes are provided. Winter Wonder Ride is open Friday and Saturday nights only November 25-26, December 2-3 and December 9-10 from 6-10 p.m. Open nightly during the Nights of Wonder, December 16-23 at Saluda Shoals Park. Get all the info at the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission website.

Cupcake Paradise: Black Friday Specials – BOGO

Friday November 25, 2011

Heading to Columbiana/Harbison this Black Friday? Take a break from shopping and re-charge | try the area’s newest bakery specializing in delicious homemade cupcakes! Located on Lake Murray Boulevard near I-26 (the center where Piggly Wiggly used to be) this darling little bakery features moist, delicate cakes topped with delectable colorful frostings! Unique flavors! And what a deal:
Friday November 25, 2011
From 8am – 10am: Buy One Cupcake Get One Free
From 2pm – 4pm: Buy One Cupcake Get One Free

Cupcake Paradise opens its doors for the first time on Tuesday November 22! Telephone: 803-445-1515

Carolina Ballet’s THE NUTCRACKER

Friday November 25 & Sunday November 27, 2011

Join us for the return of Carolina Ballet’s THE NUTCRACKER to its home at THE TOWNSHIP AUDITORIUM! This enchanting seasonal fairytale, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet THE NUTCRACKER, has become a must see holiday tradition with families and audiences year after year. Selected as the BEST in Columbia. The Nutcracker features dancers, both pre-professional and professional, from all over the region including the Carolina Ballet Senior, Junior and Apprentice Ensembles, as well as Eriberto Jimenez and JImmy Moon. Putting together their magic, Mimi Worrell, Artistic Director, and Joulia Moisseeva, Ballet Mistress, as well as Eriberto Jimenez, McCree O’Kelley, Jessica Stroupe and Keith Mearns, have staged this ballet with shimmering snowflakes, waltzing flowers and an enchanted nutcracker creating a performance that leaves you believing dreams do come true! Visit the Carolina Ballet website for all information.

For Every $100 in Gift Cards, Get $25 Free: Liberty Tap Room and Pearlz Oyster Bar

Now – December 24, 2011

I love restaurant gift cards. I love to have one tucked in my wallet like a little emergency fun card. Just in case I’m broke one weekend and craving a night on the town. If you are trying to think of a valued gift for the nice lady at the bank, your old roommate or your trusty neighbor who cuts your lawn while you’re away… get them a TBonz gift card! For every $100 in gift cards you buy, you get a bonus voucher for $25 to tuck inside your own wallet! Good at all TBonz restaurants including Vista favorites, Liberty Tap Room and Pearlz Oyster Bar. And if you’re looking for a great place to have your holiday party, think about Liberty and Pearlz!

WWE RAW Super Show: Colonial Life Arena

Monday November 28, 2011

Triple H proclaimed that as Chief Operating Officer, it’s his job to ensure that the WWE Universe gets “the absolute best that the WWE has to offer at all times.” In keeping with that responsibility, The Game revealed that Superstars from the red brand would be joined by SmackDown Superstars each and every Monday night moving forward on WWE Raw SuperShow. This means that any Superstars currently on the WWE roster can collide on any given Monday night, regardless of their brand affiliation. Tickets and info at Colonial Life Arena website.

Christmas in Cayce: 34th Annual Tree Lighting

Thursday December 1, 2011 at 6:00pm

Cayce is a great place to get into the spirit of the Season at Christmastime! Free of charge, the City of Cayce and its residents welcome all to come and partake in the festivities:

  • 34th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony: includes greetings from city officials, holiday thoughts, musical selections, and a visit from Santa.
  • The Lights of Cayce: Cayce City Hall complex and enjoy the magic of thousands of twinkling lights, dazzling holiday displays, and music of the season. New displays are added each year!
  • Cayce Neighborhood Tree Lighting: Each participating neighborhood will line their streets with lighted trees and decorations giving you a ride through a fantasy “winter wonderland.”

Visit the City of Cayce website for details!

Junior League of Columbia’s Holiday Market: SC State Fairgrounds Cantey Building

Wednesday November 30, 2011 – Sunday December 4, 2011

This year the Holiday Market is celebrating its 26th year and has grown to one of Columbia’s premier shopping events and largest fundraisers with over 90 merchants traveling from all over the United States. “The Most Whimsical Time of the Year” will kick off Wednesday, November 30 with a Preview Party for those who want to get all dressed up and dance. Thursday, December 1 is Ladies Night Out offering a fun laid back shopping experience for your favorite gal pals. Come by yourself, or bring a huge group for an outing. Remember to buy your tickets ahead of time, as last year was a sold out event! This is a pre-sold event and no tickets will be sold at the door. Friday, December 2, enjoy a little family time as the market stays open late and children are entertained by games, crafts, storytelling, and visits with very special guests during PJs with Santa! The Market is open November 30 through December 4, and admission is $8 for all four days. Tickets for the market or special events can be purchased on their website, or at Junior League Headquarters at 2926 Devine Street until November 29.


Fabulous Ongoing Events, Upcoming Events, News and Special Offers!

Lift your spirits with this joyful tale filled with happy music!

Forever Plaid Presents Plaid Tidings: Town Theatre
Now – Saturday November 19, 2011
This show is dedicated to the “good guys”; to the guys who wheeled the projector carts for the AV club; to the guys who saved their allowance to give their parents a special night on the town for their anniversary; to the guys who carried an extra handkerchief; to the guys who never went beyond first base, and if they did, they didn’t tell anyone. We salute you! Created after 9/11 when we all needed a little joy and a little cozy holiday fun to lift spirits and with the ensuing years bringing joys and tribulations for our world, our country and our loved ones, Plaid Tidings will put you in the mood to appreciate all the good stuff that is always around us! For dates and ticket info
visit the Town Theatre website.

Mini Warehouses: West Columbia

Do you need storage for personal items or for your business? I just visited a super convenient storage facility off Sunset Boulevard (US 378) between I-20 and I-26. It’s on Cromer Road just a block off Sunset. The gated facility is open to tenants 24/7 and has management onsite from 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday. 10′ ceilings in all 222 units as well as electric lights and security cameras. The new owner, Rick Riley, showed me around and explained his plans for the future of this business… exciting and well-planned. If you are looking for truly convenient space at a great price, give Rick a call at 356-0634.

Through Fiery Trials: Religion in the Civil War | South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum
Now – May 12, 2011
Thanksgiving Day is a day we set aside to give thanks to almighty God for all He has blessed us with. What a perfect time of year to visit the Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum during their special exhibit – Through Fiery Trials: Religion in the Civil War. An estimated 3,694 Union and Confederate chaplains served during the Civil War with an estimated 150,000 Confederate conversions or baptisms during the war and a similar number of revivals on the Union side. “Through Fiery Trials” examines the experiences of chaplains, soldiers and citizens while challenging guests to assess the similarities in the role that religion played for both Northerners and Southerners during the War. The exhibit highlights Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish faiths and features rare religious objects owned by some of the most storied figures from the war. Among the exhibit’s items are bibles that belonged to generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, a crucifix carried into battle by general George Pickett of the famous Pickett’s charge, a Jewish sweet meat bowl and a soldier’s bible that was struck by a bullet and has the resulting hole through it and much more. Visit the
South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum’s website for more information.

Dixie Swim Club: Workshop Theatre

Now – December 3, 2011

Five Southern women, a story spanning 33 years…what tales they have to tell! Join the folks at Workshop Theatre to eavesdrop on their conversations during four of their weekends together. It all began in the college swimming pool when the five women became the Dixie Swim Club. Their friendship continued long after graduation, and they set aside a long weekend every August to be together. Free from husbands, children and jobs, this is truly a “girls’ weekend,” a chance to reconnect and recharge. The Dixie Swim Club is set in a beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on each other, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them.

Visit the Workshop Theatre website for all the fun details!

Festivus: Five Points
Friday December 2, 2011 – Sunday December 4, 2011

It is finally everyone’s favorite time of year again – FESTIVUS!

  • Friday, Dec. 2nd – Airing of Grievances Tour from 7-10 pm – Tour 12 bars, sample beers of the season and air your grievances!
  • Saturday, Dec. 3rd – Festivus Shopping & Art Tour from 4-8 pm – FREE – Enjoy local artists paired with local merchants, sample sweet treats and Van Gogh Vodka specialty cocktails!
  • Sunday, Dec. 4th – Festivus Family & Shopping Day from 11-5 pm – FREE – Enjoy amazing deals and trunk shows in our local stores, get your picture taken with Santa, complimentary gift wrapping at the fountain, and flash mob carolers!

Visit the Five Points Association website for info!

Christmas in Cayce
December 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011

Cayce is a great place to get into the spirit of the Season at Christmastime! Free of charge, the City of Cayce and its residents welcome all to come and partake in the festivities:

Friday, December 2: 6:30 p.m.

  • NEW! – Caroling Along the Cayce Riverwalk: several area church choirs will be located throughout the first half mile of the park. Visitors can wander from choir to choir enjoying holiday musical selections. The Riverwalk will be lighted with luminaries and hot apple cider will be served free of charge.

Saturday, December 3 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

  • Christmas Traditions | Cayce Historical Museum Annual Holiday Open House: Each room of the Museum will be decorated with trees and crafts from the 18th century to present. The Open House will also feature live entertainment, docents dressed in period attire, and light refreshments. The War Between the States living history encampments will be on display as well.
  • War Between the States Lantern Tours
    As darkness falls, scenes from the great American war come to life. History and comedy make this event a memorable and popular activity.

All details are available at the City of Cayce website.

Come join us at the 1st Annual Battle at Congaree Creek
Reenactment on December 2-4, 2011

The Battle at Congaree Creek will be a Living History and Educational event that the whole family -young and old alike – will enjoy! This will be a three day event with demonstrations drawn straight from the year 1865 of infantry, cavalry, and artillery including civilians, music, food, shopping, and clean, wholesome fun for all ages.

We honor veterans of all wars. Sunday veterans with valid ID or DD214 receive free admission. Regular admission = $5 (12 and under = free).
Click HERE for more information.

Save the Date! Columbia City Ballet’s Nutcracker: Koger Center for the Arts

Saturday December 10, 2011 – Sunday December 18, 2011

Columbia City Ballet’s Nutcracker is “as close to perfect as you can get,” says The State. Columbia City Ballet’s holiday family tradition, Nutcracker, dazzles South Carolina audiences each season. Don’t miss this year’s extraordinary performance. Visit the Columbia City Ballet website for more info.

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