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This Week’s Fun!

November 8, 2018

This newsletter is filled with amazing things to do! Featuring the Vista Lights, Gem & Mineral Show, South Carolina Oyster Festival, and so much more! You won’t be disappointed.


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South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival

Thursday Nov. 22 – Saturday Nov. 24, 2018

This Thanksgiving weekend, do something different! Head to Myrtle Beach for the 49th Annual State Bluegrass Festival! It’s a family festival where you’ll hear the likes of bluegrass greats like Daily & Vincent and Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers. More here.


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Country Christmas Celebration

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Come to the SC State Farmers Market and shop for your Christmas tree, enjoy Christmas music and festive treats, let your kids make holiday crafts and get their picture taken with Santa! Also featuring an antique tractor exhibit and tractor parade. Bring your camera to take pictures! This family event is free and a great way to kick off the holiday season. More here.


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Christmas in Cayce

Thursday, Nov. 29 – Friday, Nov. 30, 2018

Christmas in Cayce events will include the 41st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, where you’ll enjoy greetings from City officials, holiday thoughts, musical selections, a visit from Santa and the presenting of a new remarkable Christmas tree at City Hall. On Friday, listen to the sounds of the holidays during Carols Along the Riverwalk, featuring local church choirs and musicians. Enjoy free hot chocolate, coffee and cookies as you meander through the first half mile of the Riverwalk. More here.


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Aiken Christmas Craft Show

November 30 – December 1, 2018

The Christmas Craft Show features crafts from over 100 talented artisans from across the Southeast. There are sure to be crafts for everyone’s style, taste, and budget. The Christmas Craft Show is a great place to shop for your holiday gifts and décor! Takes place at the Odell Weeks Activity Center. More here.


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Town of Lexington Snowball Festival

November 30 – December 2, 2018

The annual Snowball Festival features events for the whole family! Concert, Carnival and Tree Lighting will take place November 30 at Lexington Square Park from 6-8pm. On December 1, catch two holiday Movies in the Park at Icehouse Amphitheater; “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” (rated G), followed by “A Christmas Story” (rated PG). On December 2, enjoy the annual Town of Lexington Christmas Parade on Main Street at 3:30pm! More here.


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Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 1 & Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Enjoy a family fun Saturday morning at St. Andrews Park with lots of activities, breakfast, picture taken with Santa and a performance by the Columbia Marionette Theatre! Register here by Nov. 26. During Lunch With Santa at Bluff Road Park, enjoy a midday meal with Santa, arts and crafts, face painting and storytelling, and shopping at Santa’s Workshop! Register in advance here.

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Fantasy of Lights | Swan Lake & Gardens, Sumter

December 1 – December 31, 2018

Swan Lake & Gardens come alive with a display of twinkling holiday imagery created by more than one million lights. The floating Christmas tree has been is an annual favorite for over 35 years, along with Santa, angels and other characters of song and story. Opening ceremony on Dec 1st at 6 p.m. Light display open nightly through December 31. Sunday-Thursday from dusk until 9 p.m., Friday-Saturday until 10 p.m. Drive-thru or park, walk and take photos! The employees of the City of Sumter are behind the creativity and magnificent display now known as South Carolina’s largest FREE Christmas light display! More here.

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Christmas Sampler & Peddler Craft Shows

Saturday, December 8, 2018

At Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission’s local/regional annual Christmas craft shows you’ll enjoy entertainment, door prizes and shopping! The Christmas Sampler show will take place from 9 am-3 pm at the Lexington Leisure Center, and the Christmas Peddler show will take place 9 am-3 pm at the Tri-City Leisure Center. Canned food donations will be accepted to benefit Lexington County Meals on Wheels. Free admission. More here.

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Silent Voices, Presented By Homeless Helping Homeless

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Homeless Helping Homeless of Columbia will present this unique and inspirational evening of original music, spoken word, poetry and dance, at Tapps Art Center. Performances during the event are based on the life experiences of the homeless artists and show how we are more alike than we are different. Silent Auction at 6pm, performance at 7pm. More here.

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Holiday Open House at the Red Lion

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Join Red Lion Antique Mall in celebrating their 2nd Anniversary during this Holiday Open House! Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres while you shop this newly expanded antique mall. Dealers will be featuring seasonal holiday decor for your home, one-of-a-kind gifts, and special sales! More here.

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Vista Lights

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Mix and mingle, wine and dine, and holiday shop ’til you drop at Vista Lights, a Columbia tradition! During Vista Lights, more than 90 galleries, shops, and restaurants open their doors to showcase their holiday treasures and delicious dishes. More here.

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It’s Vista Lights at The Woody!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Enjoy light finger foods and Woody Windham playing all your favorite dance tunes early. Doors open at 5pm. Come early to buy raffle tickets for great prizes, including New Years Eve tickets! More here.

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2018 Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show

Friday November 16th (10 am to 6:00 pm)

Saturday November 17th (10 am to 6 pm)

Sunday November 18th (12:00 noon to 5:00pm)

The 51st Annual Gem & Mineral Show will be another amazing display of sparkling gems and jewelry and lots and lots of geodes (cut for you), rocks and fossils from around the world! The Columbia Gem and Mineral Society brings this pre-holiday event to allow you to shop for your friends and family before the rush… and buy unique gifts! Held at the Jamil Temple – $5 for adults. Click here for information. Click here for $1.00 off ticket coupon.


Gala for a Greener Midlands

Friday, November 16, 2018

Keep the Midlands Beautiful will host its 6th annual Gala for a Greener Midlands at the River Center at Saluda Shoals. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, catering by Farm 2 Table, Green Awards, live and silent auctions, dancing and more. Tickets here.

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Fountain of Youth Festival

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Fun, food and entertainment for kids and adults alike! The Fountain of Youth Festival will feature performances by Cameo (of “Word Up!” and “Candy” fame), Capital City Clogging Co., plus legendary singing stars Zion, Tiffany J., Preston & Weston, Elliot & the Untouchables, and Hank Bilal. Festival will take place at Finlay Park, from 12 – 9pm. Free Admission. More here.


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Holiday Markets

November and December

Shoppers can purchase one-of-a-kind items from area artists, crafters, and business vendors including, but not limited to, paintings, handmade jewelry, home decor items, and much more at 33 Holiday Markets and Open Houses! Visit MerryChristmasColumbia.com for the full list!


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South Carolina Oyster Festival

Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018

The 22nd annual South Carolina Oyster Festival will take place on the grounds of Robert Mills and Hampton-Preston from 11am to 6p.m. Steamed oysters will be for sale by the bucket and brought to you by PEARLZ Oyster Bar! Also enjoy oyster shooters, fried oysters, and oyster gumbo, or, if oysters are not your thing, choose from several other food vendors and ice cold beer for sale. Bring your chairs, your blankets, your oyster knives, and your appetite! More here.

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Sleigh Bell Stroll & Trot

Monday, November 19 & Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Run or walk at night and enjoy the sparkle of the Holiday Lights on the River displays at Saluda Shoals Park! The Sleigh Bell Stroll will take place Nov. 19, with the Sleigh Bell Trot four-mile race on Nov. 20 at Saluda Shoals Park. More here.

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Jersey Boys at the Koger Center

Tuesday, November 20 – Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Boys are BACK! They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award© winning true-life musical phenomenon, JERSEY BOYS. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true. More here.

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The Nutcracker | Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet

November 21, 23 and 25, 2018

Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet annually pairs with the Columbia Festival Orchestra for a very special production of The Nutcracker, performed at Township Auditorium. Kick off the holidays with this classic! Tickets through the Township Auditorium. Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets for the November 21 performance for just $6.50 each by calling 803-771-6303.

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Pearlz Upstairz Lounge | 11/15 – Jazz Night, 11/16 – Duplex, 11/17 – Soda City Brass Band

Tombo Grille | 11/19 – Parkers Back, 11/21 – Billy Sloan

929 Kitchen & Bar | 11/17 – Party of Some, hosted by DJs Alejandro Florez and Dick Not Richard

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Six pavilions will be built on these concrete pads to give families and recruits a place to celebrate graduation.

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Building Industry Association Provides Six Pavilions for Fort Jackson

To help Fort Jackson celebrate its 100 year anniversary, the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina, (BIA) will gift six pavilions to the Fort’s new Centennial Park. This project partnership with the Building Industry Charitable Foundation will provide meeting places for the thousands of graduating trainees and their families who gather at the Fort almost every week. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Fort, The Gateway to the Army Association is constructing a park that will house the pavilions.

Graduations take place 47 out of 52 weeks a year at Fort Jackson without much space for celebrations and reunions to occur. BIA members Covert Homes, Essex Homes, Great Southern Homes, Hood Construction and Mungo Homes agreed to solve this problem with the construction of six covered pavilions.

That’s great, BIA! Thanks a bunch!

Know an individual or organization that deserves a Thank You for their act of kindness in our community? Email kathy@gardenermedia.com with info!

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