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SMIDGE WITH MIDGE: Burns Night celebration, oyster roast, Mardi Gras coming up

January 11, 2019

Always glad when storefronts get filled again

In early February, the spot where Prestige Appliance was located on Whiskey Road near Target will have a fine new store. Dover Saddlery has been in business for decades, appealing to the equestrians of our area. Nice to have it near Tractor Supply too. For more information, visit doversaddlery.com. Then, Metro Diner with their excellent reputation will be open on Jan. 13, where Atlantic Bread Company had been. They will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Call 803-594-3541 for reservations. Great additions to our community! And, next up is former Trios spot in The Alley, rumored to be an upcoming Irish Gastropub. Nightlife in The Alley is great!

Fun new Christmas ‘toys’

Two Christmas items which have delivered more than advertised thus far are the Echo Dot and the smallest Air Fryer. If you have Amazon Prime, there is no additional charge each month for using Echo, to my surprise, unless you decide as I did to subscribe to their incredible music library, at $3.99 a month, with the first month free. Of course, you buy the unit, but they do not cost very much. Alexa can provide daily games, facts and a host of responses, always politely given. Then, the Air Fryer has been great for guilt-free veggie prep, easy to use and clean.

Paladin presents musical review reminder

Jan. 14 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church, 125 Pendleton St. S.W., Paladin Productions presents their annual music review, this time having solicited suggested favorites from their fans. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit ACTS (Area Churches Together Serving) programs. Purchase tickets at ACTS, 340 Park Ave. S.W., or ACTS in Graniteville at 50 Canal Street, or online at Eventbrite.org. For more information, go to paladinproductions.org.

Burns Night celebration

Celebrate the great Scottish Bard Robbie Burns’ birthday with a formal dinner, music and commemorative toasts on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. S.W., downtown Aiken. Activities include a parade of tartans, a time of remembering those who have passed on this year, and a ceilidh afterwards. Yes, there will be whiskey and haggis! For this public event, contact the St. Andrews Society of Aiken to learn of ticket details. They are at https://memberplanet,com/standrewssocietyofaiken.

Tri-Development Center hosts oyster roast

On January 24, 2019, the public is invited to purchase tickets to the annual Oyster Roast/Barbecue fundraiser for Tri-Development. It is at the Big Red Barn on Chime Bell Road, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $45.00 each and must be purchased in advance by calling 803-642-8812. You can also contact Joan Lioi@aikentdc.org. The funds from this event will be used to renovate the workshop at the Aiken location. TDC serves individuals with intellectual disabilities, autism, and those who have had a head or spinal cord injury. The workshop needs a total renovation. Through this event, the TDC is hoping to create an awareness of their need. It is a fun way to gather with generous friends for a delicious meal in a unique setting, while doing a good thing for this incredible Aiken resource.

Mardi Gras coming to Newberry Street

On Saturday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m., there will be live music, creole cuisine, Abita beer and lots of levity downtown at Mardi Gras. They are looking for volunteers, so contact Aiken Downtown Development Association to see how you might be able to help! Cal 803-649-2221.

Drama Kids at Aiken Community Theatre Youth Wing

Juli Davis, instructor, is signing up kids in grades 1-5 on Thursdays from 3:45 to 4:45 for five weeks, beginning Jan. 10. She has additional sessions as well, at $150 for the five sessions and, a mini session starting in March, if a later date works better for you. Great way for your kids to learn about theatre from this talented actress, singer and instructor. Register at https://aikencommunitytheatre.org/drama-kids or call the box office at 803-648-1438.

Wild Bird Expo

On Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Cold Creek Nurseries will host a Wild Bird Expo. Call them for details at 803-648-3592.

Aiken Antique Show dates announced

On Feb. 1-3, at 122 Laurens St. S.W. will be the 20th anniversary of the Aiken Antique Show, with art, garden, vintage and design treats. For tickets, contact AikenAntiqueShow.com or call 803-641-9094. Jan. 31 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. is the preview party, at $50 for members, and $60 for non-members, and tickets for the duration of the show are $15. It is a classic event in Aiken, well worth attending.

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