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SMIDGE WITH MIDGE: Applefest is Saturday, holiday events coming up

October 31, 2018 GMT

Applefest is Saturday

This Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the time; St. John’s UMC downtown is the place! Call 648-6891 if you have questions or wish to donate. There is still time to bring items to Twice Loved Treasures and Second Hand Rose. So many exciting activities are being planned for this wonderful Aiken fall tradition of over 50 years. Follow the scent of cinnamon and apples!

Whiskey Road Race

Remember that the 40th annual Whiskey Road Race is also on Nov. 3. Donations are also being sought for sponsors, and of course, money as also welcome. Runners should register at www.active.com or contact the Cumbee Center at 649-0480 or visit www.cumbeecenter.org. This event is a 5K, 10K, and a 1-mile Fun Run. Their theme: “Don’t just sit there: run for it!”

AAUW author luncheon

On Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church at 224 Barnwell Ave., downtown, there will be a luncheon featuring authors Katherine Hall and John Thompson. It begins at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $25. One child under 10 is free with a paying adult. Both are children’s authors, so they may be interesting for children to hear, too. John and Katherine both live in South Carolina, but John spends some time in Pennsylvania, as well. He also writes adult thrillers. Tickets are available at Pitter Patter, Lionel Smith, TLC Pharmacy and Foods for Better Living.

Harvest Home Concert

On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m., at St. John’s United Methodist Church, there will be a magnificent combined chorus, led by Dr. Joel Scraper and the Masterworks singers and including performers from Aiken Civic Orchestra, Bound to Sing Boys’ Choir, St. John’s Chancel Choir, and the USCA Concert Choir, with accompaniment by Christopher K. Nash. Admission? Just bring non-perishable food items for ACTS. A goodwill offering will be taken. You will hear a collection of American hymns and folk songs celebrating Thanksgiving.

Christmas Craft Show at Odell Weeks

On Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, a show featuring crafts with over 100 talented artisans from across the Southeast will be at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center for the annual Christmas Crafts Show in Aiken. 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.

One Table returns

The community Thanksgiving dinner will again be held this year, and the organizers need assistance. Contact Lynne Sharpe, Volunteer Coordinator, at 803-679-3894 or at lsharpe624@gmail.com to find out if you can add your smile and willing spirit to the tasks required to create this wonderful event. They have just about enough volunteers already, but they really need desserts and side dishes, which they are receiving at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. S.W., from noon to 7 p.m. on Nov. 21 and 8 to 10 a.m. on Nov. 22. The event will be in The Alley from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22 – Thanksgiving Day. You can send monetary donations, which are tax deductible, to Life Choices/One Table, 1900 Whiskey Road, Aiken, SC 29803. This is a huge effort, but Aiken is full of remarkably generous folks!

Indie Arts Vintage Market

On the third weekend each month, on Park Avenue, there is an Indie Arts Vintage Market event. Parking on Horry Street is suggested, near 616 Park Ave. S.E. Nov. 17 is the next date, and it is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check it out to see who the various artisans are, and what products they feature.

Tickets now available for Deck the Halls at Village at Woodside

The Southern Living Home in the Village, at 316 Society Hill Drive, in Aiken will be open on Sunday, Dec. 2 and Monday, Dec. 3, from 1 to 5 p.m. A festival of trees decorated by various women of Woodside will be on display and available for bidding. These themed Christmas trees and wreaths will be offered in a Silent Auction for the benefit of local charities. Admission for this event is $10. Tickets will be sold at the door and starting Nov. 1 at Aiken Design Center, Woodside Development Company Office and at womenofwoodside.com. Tickets purchased in advance will get you through the security gate to The Reserve. Enjoy the craft boutique, too.

Christmas in Hopelands, events galore

As you plan for filling your calendar, go to www.aikenismagical.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, the downtown Aiken 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. Don’t you just love Aiken at the holidays? Aiken IS magical indeed!