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Celebrate Aiken’s 175 Birthday in 2010!


Historical Walking Tour of Downtown Aiken: Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy a walking tour of thirteen of Aiken’s charming and historic buildings in the downtown area. Docents will be on site.  Tour begins at Aiken Preparatory School, 619 Barnwell Ave. Maps will be provided.  Free admission. Does not require tickets or reservations. This is a rain or shine event. Contact Beth Newburn (803) 648-7612 or Margaret Marion (803) 649-7886.

Aiken’s Horse Heroes: Sunday, March 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Rye Patch.  Speakers will honor 10 of the 39 members of Aiken’s Thoroughbred Hall of Fame with presentations and video of racing highlights.  Free Admission. This is a rain or shine event.  Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Janet Harkins (803) 648-0067.

Secret of Telfair Inn: Sunday, March 28 at 3 p.m. at Aiken County Historical Museum.  Children 7 through 12 years of age  will experience the joy of reading, while learning about local history by focusing on The Secret of Telfair Inn. Vignettes will be performed by the Youth Wing of the Aiken Community Playhouse. Refreshments and a free book.  Limited attendance on a first come basis. $3 admission;  tickets available at Washington Center for Performing Arts box office on March 1. Contact June Murff at (803) 648-0312 or Betty Ryberg (803) 270-6403.



Artist Jim Harrison “Scenes of Aiken” Exhibition with Opening Reception: Harrison has created an official Celebrate Aiken! poster plus 20 new originals of local scenes. A reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. April 1, at the Aiken Center for the Arts. Harrison’s retrospective work also will be displayed there through May 8.  Free admission. Contact Kristin Brown at (803) 641-9094.

Greater Aiken Area Picnic: “Remember When … Picnic and Lawn Party,” an 1830’s style picnic at Rye Patch in period costume on Tuesday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rain date is Wednesday, May 5. Bring your picnic lunch. Free admission.

Aiken Film Series: Viewings of films about or including Aiken shown weekly during June at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Brown Performance Pavilion, Aiken Center for the Arts. Free admission. Call (803) 641-9094.

June 3 — Aiken Remembers and Much Ado About Horses
June 10 —  The Battle of Aiken
June 17 — Edgewood: Stage of Southern History
June 24 — Displaced: The Unexpected Fallout from the Cold War
Aiken Reads: Four programs, one during each quarter of 2010 at the Aiken County Public Library. A reading and book discussion led by local scholars. Free admission. Contact Mary Jo Dawson at (803) 642-2020.



Transportation Parade to the Railroad Depot: Saturday, Sept 18, an historical parade of vehicles from the horse and buggy to the hydrogen car will wind though downtown to the new railroad depot. Call (803) 649-2221.

Business, Innovation and Technology Facility Tours: During August and September various institutions will offer the public guided tours of their facilities. Exact dates, times and locations have yet to be determined. Call (803) 649-2221.

ADDA's Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: August 13 and 14, Newberry Hall at 7 pm. Contact Carla Cloud at (803) 649-2221.

City of Aiken Amateur Golf Championship: August 27, 28, 29, at The Aiken Golf Club. Call (803) 649-6029.

Midday Music Concert: Noon, Thursday, Sept. 16, at First Presbyterian Church. Free admission. Call (803) 648-2662.

Festival of the Woods: Friday and Saturday, September 24 and 25, Hitchcock Woods. Contact Doug Rabold 642-0528.


AIKEN’S FUTURE (October - December)

Time Capsule: The 4th Quarter Committee of Celebrate Aiken! will bury a time capsule to be opened in 25 years on Aiken’s 200th birthday. Items will include predictions of our future by children in 2010, everyday items, and pictures and video of Aiken’s 175th birthday.

“Green” Home Tours: A showcase of Aiken’s “green” homes at The Ridge at Chukker Creek. The Ridge’s developer, architect and builders use the most energy-efficient materials, plus a combination of solar energy and hydrogen fuel cells to build Net Zero houses —  homes that do not have energy bills because they supply their own energy.

Nature Tours: Renowned USC Aiken biology professor and conservationist Dr. Harry Shealy will organize six tours of “green” spaces throughout the city. The tours include the Henderson Heritage Preserve, Hitchcock Woods and four other areas where environmental protection and preservation are in place. Free admission.

Aiken’s 175th Birthday Party Celebration: Saturday, Dec. 18, at USCA Convocation Center. Celebrate Aiken! comes to its natural conclusion with a giant 175th Birthday Party on December 18 at the USC Aiken Convocation Center. This is a rain-or-shine event and all are welcome free of charge.

Every child will receive a party hat, party favors, balloons and other treats. They will play traditional birthday games with clowns, a magician, a balloon artist and a mime. Space ships will soar overhead, and a party band will bring out all ages to the dance floor. Don’t be surprised if a Conga line forms!

Photos taken during the past year of Celebrate Aiken! will loop continuously. When 175 candles are lit on the living birthday cake, everyone will be invited to sing “Happy Birthday” to Aiken, and there will be cake and ice cream for everyone. Contacts: Tommie Culligan at (803) 641-6777 or Kathy Huff at (803) 644-9165.

Midday Music Concert: Thursday, Oct. 21, at First Presbyterian Church.

Midday Music Concert: Thursday, Nov.18, at First Presbyterian Church.

Toast of the Town Variety Show: Nov 6 and 7, at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Contact Aiken County Red Cross (803) 641-4152.

Feast of Carols: Wednesday, Dec. 1, and Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at USCA’s Etherredge Center. The event highlights the music and history of Aiken from 1835 to the present. Call (803) 641-3305 for ticket prices and more information.

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