Aiken Featured in Southern Living as “The South’s Best Small Town 2018

Southern Living magazine recently recognized Aiken, SC, as “The South’s Best Small Town 2018”. Describing Aiken as “an authentic South Carolina equestrian community rich in historic charm and tradition”, the article (also featured in print in April 2018) highlights the deep equestrian roots in Aiken, including events such the Aiken Horse Show, now in its 102nd year.

However, the magazine recognizes Aiken for more than horses, offering suggestions for shopping, dining and area accomodations for both horse lovers and those who simply appreciate Aiken’s classic southern charm. Local area businesses highlighted include:

Trio Bar & Kitchen
The Red Pepper
Aiken Brewing Company

Equine Divine
Aiken Center for the Arts
Fox & Lady
Aiken Dry Goods
Lionel Smith, Ltd.

Hotel accomodations:
The Inn at Rose Hill
The Willcox

Talk to almost any Aiken resident, and he or she is likely to tell you why they love calling this area home. With its vibrant history and CSRA location, Aiken is becoming an increasingly popular residential area for young professionals, families and anyone in-between. Still, it’s always nice to hear it from someone else!

For the complete article, click here.

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The Etherredge Center Fine & Performing Arts – University of South Carolina



Date : April 13, 2018

Time : 7:30PM

Admission : $40 General / $15 USC Aiken students with ID

Location : Etherredge Center


Comprised of current students from the University of Exeter in The United Kingdom, SEMITONED has been at the forefront of British a cappella for several years: winners of the Voice Festival UK, the Edinburgh Fringe Bobby award and now the champions of BBC2’s show The Choir: Gareth’s Best in Britain.
This will be their third tour of the USA. Praised for their creativity, uniqueness and vocal acrobatics the group embraces music of a variety of genres to ensure there really is something for everyone in any of their shows. In Semi-Toned presents: Season Three, the ensemble takes the audience on a thrilling journey
from the 70s through to the present day, all via the medium of music—and completely unaccompanied. The show promises to give audiences more of what they love; the same humour, innovation and musicality that is synonymous with the boys in burgundy. And if that wasn’t compelling enough, the group is also renowned for its dancing ability!



The Aiken Community Playhouse



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The Dixie Swim Club

April 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30pm • April 15 at 3pm

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives.

Directed by Bradley Watts
Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten



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Sister Act

May 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 at 7:30pm • May 13, 20  at 3pm

When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

Directed by Pat Williams
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner
Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane
Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture, Sister Act, written by Joseph Howard



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Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will?

July 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30pm • July 15 at 3pm

“Daddy’s Dyin’” concerns the reunion of a family gathered to await the imminent death of their patriarch, who has recently suffered a physically as well as mentally disabling stroke. In essence, however, it is not the story of the impending demise of the father or of the drafting of his will, but of a rebirth of the spirit of the family unit.

Directed by Thurmond Whatley
Written by Del Shores

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Prodigal Son

August 17, 18, 24, 25 at 7:30pm • August 19 at 3pm

From the author of “Doubt,” a 17-year-old boy from the Bronx suddenly finds himself in a private school in New Hampshire. He’s violent, gifted, alienated, and on fire with a ferocious loneliness. Two faculty members wrestle with the dilemma: Is the kid a star or a disaster? A passionate, explosive portrait of a young man on the verge of salvation or destruction.

Directed by Dave Howard
Written by John Patrick Shanley



Aiken Center for the Arts

Gallery Opening Reception

Thursday, March 29th
6:00 – 8:00pm

Join us on Thursday, March 29th from 6:00-8:00pm for a Gallery Opening Reception for “Your Doctor Is In” Medical Arts Exhibition; Frank Lustig, potter; Joy in the Journey; Aiken Artist Guild Past Presidents’ 50th Anniversary Celebration; and Meal Hall Episcopal School.

“Your Doctor Is In!”

Friday, March 30th
6:30pm – 9:00pm

Join us for an evening celebrating Doctors’ Day with “Your Doctor Is In!” Medical Arts Exhibition featuring works by local physicians. Tickets are $25 per ticket or $40 for a couple (food and beverages provided).

Spring Break Art Camp

Monday, April 2nd – Friday, April 6th
9:00am – 4:00pm daily

Make your Spring Break fun and creative! Open to 4K – 5th grade. Each day we offer a different theme and will explore a variety of mediums and styles. Campers may register for full or half days. Supplies are provided, bring a lunch and snacks.

April 2 – Zany Zoo Animals
April 3 – Big Ideas About Food
April 4 – Blast into Space
April 5 – A Dive into the Ocean
April 6 – Magical & Mystical Creatures



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