Aiken Center for the Arts

Aiken Center for the Arts

Open Studio
Dorothy Johnson
Dedicated studio time and space for students ready to work on oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, and colored pencil projects of their own choice. An instructor is on hand for assistance, but there is no prepared lesson. Student provides supplies for the project of their choice. Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Supply List: see supplies

Mondays Sept 9,16,23,30
10:30am -12:30pm
$40
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Mondays Oct 7,14,21,28
10:30am -12:30pm
$40
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Mondays Nov 4,11,18,25
10:30am -12:30pm
$40
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Mondays Dec 2,9,16,30
10:30am -12:30pm
$40
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Watercolors

Beginning Watercolors
Nanette Langner
Beginning and intermediate level students explore the techniques and skills used to paint with watercolors. Supplies included.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, September 7
10:00am – 4:00pm
$70
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Watercolor Classes
Nanette Langner
These classes are designed to continue watercolor education. Each three week course is different and independent from each other. Supplies included.
Skill Level: Beginner – Beginner+
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Touching on Phthalo Colors
Tuesdays Sept 10, 17, 24
10:00am – 12:00pm
$70
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Fall Themes
Tuesdays Oct 22, 29, Nov 5
10:00am-12:00pm
$70
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Winter Themes
Tuesdays Dec 3, 10, 17
10:00am-12:00pm
$70
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Oils

Beginning Oils
Dorothy Johnson
The fundamental concepts used in painting with oils will be introduced in this class. No previous experience with oils needed, but some knowledge of painting is recommended. Supply list at ACA Front Desk or online. Skill level: Beginning.
Skill Level: Beginner
Supply List: see supplies
Scholarships available

Mondays Sept 9, 16, 23, 30
10:30am -12:30pm
$60
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Mondays Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
10:30am -12:30pm
$60
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Mondays Nov 4, 11, 18, 25
10:30am -12:30pm
$60
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Mondays Dec 2, 9, 16, 30
10:30am -12:30pm
$60
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Animals in Oil
Judy Adamick
Students will work from their own photos. Discussions will address composition, values & color palette. Short demonstration during each class. Bring your own supplies. A supply list is available at the ACA front desk or online.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Supply List: see supplies
Scholarships available

Session 2
Mondays
10:00am -12:00pm
$95
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Encaustic Painting

Intro to Encaustics
Linda Honeycutt
Learn the history and techniques of the ancient process of encaustics, which means “to burn in”. Paint using molten beeswax, pigments and a heat gun or blowtorch. Create 3 pieces of art on wood. All supplies provided. No experience necessary. Limit 6 students.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, November 2
10:00am – 1:00pm
$70
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Saturday, November 2
2:00 – 5:00pm
$70
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Acrylics

Beginning Acrylics
Aidan Cookie
A great class for beginners, this class focuses on the fundamental techniques used in painting with acrylics. No previous experience necessary. Supplies included.
Skill Level: All, ages 18+
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

SESSION 1
Mondays
6:00-8:00pm
$80
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SESSION 2
Mondays
6:00-8:00pm
$80
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Photos to Paintings – Landscapes
Sharon Taylor Padgett
Bring your own landscape or vacation photo and turn the picture into a painting. Supplies included.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, September 14
10:00am-1:00pm
$60
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Acrylic Pour
Aidan Cooke
No two pours are ever the same! Learn the basics of this popular new abstract art form. From dirty pours to clean pours, you’ll find out how to blend colors and create cells. No previous experience necessary. A supply list is available at the ACA front desk or online.
Skill Level: All, ages 18+
Supply List: see supplies
Scholarships available

Saturday, October 5
10:00am-1:00pm
$60
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Saturday, December 14
10:00am-1:00pm
$60
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Experimental Acrylic Pour
Gisela Sirrenberg
Acrylic pour is a big experiment in and of itself. This class goes beyond the basics of clean and dirty pours. Learn from one of our popular gallery shop artists! A supply list is available at the ACA front desk or online.
Skill Level: All, ages 18+
Supply List: see supplies
Scholarships available

Saturday, November 16
10:00am-1:00pm
$70
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Photos to Paintings – Portraits
Sharon Taylor Padgett
Learn to create a portrait painting from your own enlarged photograph. Follow step by step instructions on color mixing for skin tones and hair, and how to create a likeness using shadows and light to define facial features. Bring an enlarged, good quality photo to work from. Supplies included. Class size limited to 6 students.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, November 16
10:00am-1:00pm
$70
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Painting to Christmas Card Workshop
Sharon Taylor Padgett
In this popular class, students will follow Sharon step-by-step through an Aiken winter scene, with the final painting to become your own Christmas cards when ordered through a local print shop. Early registration is encouraged. Supplies included.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, December 7
10:00am-1:00pm
$60
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Alcohol Ink

Alcohol Ink
Nanette Langner
Learn how to paint with alcohol inks, using your new skills to paint two tiles. No previous drawing or painting experience required. All supplies included.
Skill Level: Beginner
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, September 14
10:00am-1:00pm
$70
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Process Painting

Brushes on Paper: Tending the Creative Fire Five day workshop
Jan Haller
This is the invitation to gather for the great adventure of painting. When you freely express your unique inner world it opens you to surprise, insight, and even revelation. With the right support, creative blocks and self criticism can be dissolved. Come with your curiosity, openness, and courage to discover the joy and delight of painting.

About Jan: In the mid 70’s Jan Haller began to feel a great longing to paint. There was a sense of wanting to dive into it. And, despite not knowing the rules, she began to dabble a bit. But she really fell in love with painting in 1978 after a profound weekend at her first free expression workshop at The Painting Experience in San Francisco with Michele Cassou. The fullness of what Jan was feeling inside had permission to move and express itself. There was a sense of getting to know herself for the first time. The great accepting arms of creativity cradled her and she began to understand the previously unnamed intuition she had that she could very simply paint from within. Jan had found what she was looking for. Jan is passionate about supporting creativity in others and has facilitated painting with adults and children for many years while dispelling the myths around self criticism and lack of talent. The embodied freedom to paint informs other places, relationships and dynamics in life. Jan knows we hold a deep creative intelligence that brings everything we need. Painting takes us through a mysterious door into new worlds. Jan Haller lives, paints and creates in Taos, New Mexico.

Skill Level: All – no previous art experience required.
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Fri-Tues, Nov 8-12
9:30am-4:30pm
$650*
(*$600 if register by Sept 30)
no membership discount
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Painting on Glass

Hand Painted Wine Glasses
Nanette Langner
Make your own set of personalized wine glasses in just one morning. Dishwasher safe. Many images to choose from. Great for your home or to give as a gift. No previous experience necessary. Supplies are provided.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Fall Theme
Saturday, October 12
10:00am-1:00pm
$45
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Holiday Theme
Saturday, December 7
10:00am-1:00pm
$45
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Holiday Platters
Nanette Langner
Paint a gorgeous platter for your home. Choose from several Fall or Halloween themes. No previous experience necessary. Supplies are provided.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, November 9
10:00am-1:00pm
$60
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Pastels

Raccoon Pastel Workshop
Nanette Langner
Introduction to working in soft pastels. Create an 8 x 10 raccoon pastel while learning how to use soft pastels on pastel paper. No previous experience necessary. Supplies are provided. Bring a lunch. (30 min break)
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, September 21
10:00am-4:00pm
$70
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Fall Pastel Workshop
Nanette Langner
Introduction to working in soft pastels. Create a beautiful fall painting while learning how to use soft pastels on pastel board. No previous experience necessary. Supplies are provided. Bring a lunch. (30 min break)
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, October 26
10:00am-4:00pm
$70
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Drawing

Drawing 1
Dorothy Johnson
Perfect class for beginners or for those who wish to refresh their skills. Supply list at ACA Front Desk or online.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

SESSION 1
Wednesdays
10:00am-12:00pm
$70
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Drawing 2 – 3D Composition
Dorothy Johnson
Second in the series of drawing classes, where actual objects will be used for compositions that are being drawn. Must take Drawing 1 class before enrolling in Drawing 2. Supply list at ACA Front Desk or online.
Skill Level: Beginner +
Supply List: see supplies
Scholarships available

SESSION 2
Wednesdays
10:00am-12:00pm
$70
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Charcoal & Graphite Workshop
Franklin Delgado
Explore the additive and subtractive technique of drawing with graphite and charcoal powder on paper. Participants draw tree branches in a realistic and sensitive way. Students will be led to identify variations of value in the image. All supplies included.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, September 21
10:00am-12:30pm
$70
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Drawing from Life
Katie Kameen
Learn to draw fruit, plants and traditional still life drawings. Develop strategies to create a drawing and learn how to manipulate charcoal and pencil. Students will learn techniques with perspective, composition and value. All experience levels welcome. Group lectures will be included in each class along with individual instruction. Supply list at ACA Front Desk or online.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: see supplies
Scholarships available

SESSION 1
Tuesdays
6:00-8:00pm
$70
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SESSION 2
Tuesdays
6:00-8:00pm
$70
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Printmaking

Block Printing
Aidan Cooke
There are so many uses for block prints! Like a stamp, you can use it on t shirts, hand towels, cards, wrapping paper, envelopes, you name it! Use it over & over. Create your own print by carving on block linoleum. Bring your own idea or use ideas provided. Supplies included.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, October 12
10:00am-1:00pm
$60
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Holiday Cards
Aidan Cooke
Make your own holiday cards to send to friends & family. Create your own print by carving on block linoleum. Bring your own idea or use ideas provided. 12 blank cards & envelopes provided.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, December 7
10:00am-1:00pm
$60
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Tea Towels
Aidan Cooke
A three week course dedicated to learning the basics of linoleum block carving and how to print on fabrics using one or more colors. Bring your own idea or use ideas provided. Supplies included. Leave with 2 finished tea towels and a block print, enabling you to create more at home.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Thursdays, Nov 7,14,21
6:00-8:00pm
$80
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Cognitive Art Therapy Through Printmaking
Cici Stark
Small group sessions designed for seniors to assist with physical skills, cognitive challenges, language and social skills. Explore simple printmaking techniques such as monoprints and stamping. 90 minute sessions with Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist.

Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, October 26
11:00am-12:30pm
$30
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Saturday, November 30
11:00am-12:30pm
$30
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Adult Pottery

Pottery Wheel
John Gordon & Madeline Fox
For the beginning student or those wanting to continue to improve their skills. Learn basics: preparing clay, centering, throwing forms, trimming, handles, etc. All materials and tools included.
Skill Level: All, ages 18+
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

SESSION 1
Tuesdays
2:00-4:00pm
$140
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SESSION 1
Thursdays
6:00-8:00pm
$140
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SESSION 2
Tuesdays
2:00-4:00pm
$140
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Handbuilt Pottery Class
Madeline Fox
Open to students who are beginning or to those wanting to continue with instructional handbuilding. Various techniques will be included in this class. Session 1 centers around a “Kitchen Theme” with functional projects including a utensil holder, a spoon rest and small grating plate. Session 2 is a “Breakfast in Bed” theme. Students will make a beverage mug, a small bowl and a serving plate. The pieces in each session will coordinate with each other though texture and glaze.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

SESSION 1
Tuesdays
10:00am-12:00pm
$140
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SESSION 2
Tuesdays
10:00am-12:00pm
$140
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Holiday Clay Workshop
Madeline Fox
Join us for a holiday workshop. Create at least three ornaments, more if time permits. Snowflakes, stars and angels will make wonderful additions to any Christmas Tree!
Skill Level: All, all ages welcome
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, November 9
2:00-5:00pm
$75
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Pottery Guided Studio
Madeline Fox
For those students who already have the skills to create with clay using handbuilding techniques or the pottery wheel. Student will work independently on projects of their own choice; there are no instructional lessons. An instructor is on hand for assistance. Students purchase clay from the ACA front desk.
Skill Level: Level: Intermediate, adult 18 and up who have previously taken handbuilding or pottery wheel classes at ACA: or those who have experience with approval by instructor.
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

SESSION 1
Tuesdays
6:00-8:00pm
$80 + clay
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SESSION 2
Tuesdays
6:00-8:00pm
$80 + clay
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Photography

Intro DSLR
Tad Jones
Learn the basics of photography. Covers basic care, manual settings, menus/options on most cameras. Understand aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Instruction in the classroom and outdoors downtown.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Oct 22,29,Nov 5
6:00-8:30pm
$100
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Mixed Media

The Art of Collage: Pets
Louise Mellon
Get knee deep in collage using found and gathered materials. In this fun class, students will use an animal or pet as the subject as composition, values, and perspective are discussed. Start collecting found objects! A list of suggested materials is available at the front desk or online.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: see supplies
Scholarships available

Tuesday-Thursday, October 1-3
9:30am-1:00pm
$200
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Body Care

Skin Care Products
Maggie Rasmussen
Join Maggie, the owner of Cleanse Gourmet, in this beginner-friendly class and learn how to make easy and luxurious beauty products using all natural and organic ingredients. Learn a variety of techniques to create high quality bath products for you to enjoy or to give as a gift. Yummy snacks will be provided!
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Body scrub, body butter, bath fizzies
Mondays, Sept 9,16,23
6:00-8:00pm
$95
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Soap, face masks, bath salt
Mondays, Oct 21,28, Nov 4
6:00-8:00pm
$95
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Holiday Gift Making Workshop
Maggie Rasmussen
For friends, family, teachers and holiday hostess gifts, learn how to make delicate french candles, mini sugar scrubs, botanical pulp wrapped soaps, chocolate dipped treats, bath salts, botanical sachets and marbled glass ornaments all wrapped with beautiful ribbons and fresh holiday greenery. During demonstrations, you will also learn tips and tricks on how to beautifully wrap simple bottles of wine and handmade baked goods. You’ll learn where to purchase supplies and for easy ordering, DIY kits for each individual gift will be available to order after the workshop. Enjoy delicious drinks and treats, bring a friend or two and have fun!!!
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, November 23
10:00am-1:00pm
$75
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Textiles

Macramé Class
Makenzye Barfield
In this beginner class students will learn how to adapt macrame on a small, medium and large scale by creating a freeform wall hanging, patterned hanging planter and small wearable art.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

SESSION 1
Tuesdays
6:00-8:00pm
$80
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Loom Weaving Class
Makenzye Barfield
Learn to weave on any scale! This class covers basic weaving techniques and applies them to three different modalities; tapestry, four harness loom and custom frame loom. Students will create a wall hanging, patterned woven samples and a small wearable piece. Come learn the ancient practice of weaving and discover its versatility!
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

SESSION 2
Thursdays
6:00-8:00pm
$70
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Shibori & the Dyeing Process
Makenzye Barfield
For those who know Batik, Shibori is her Japanese cousin. In this class we will practice the ancient art of stitched resist dyeing, updated of course! Students will create a one-of-a-kind shirt using Shibori techniques. Please bring a prewashed white t-shirt.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: Please bring a prewashed white t-shirt.
Scholarships available

Saturday, October 12
10:00am-4:00pm
$70
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Wool Dryer Balls
Judy Adamick
Students will learn to make and take home three dryer balls. Dryer balls remove static from laundered clothes, avoiding the use of chemicals (as in dryer sheets). Whisking dampness away shortens drying time and saves money. Can be scented with essential oils. Wool included is from Merino and locally grown Southdown sheep.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, November 16
10:00am-12:00pm
$55
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Appalachian Splint Weaving Masterclass
Kenneth Everett
Learn Appalachian Splint weaving techniques and how to apply them to all styles of baskets in this 5 hour course. Taught by the well seasoned basket weaver, Kenneth Everett, that teaches in a down-to-earth style that anyone can understand. This masterclass includes diagrams and other resources that will have you weaving like a pro in no time. You will weave a beautiful and functional basket that will look amazing in your home and serve you for hundreds of years. Materials and tools will be provided. Bring a lunch. (30 min break)
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, September 28
10:00am-3:30pm
$125
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Saturday, November 9
10:00am-4:30pm
$130
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Steeplechase or Halloween Hat Workshop
Ladonna Armstrong
Create and trim unique hats suitable for Steeplechase and the Kentucky Derby. From feathers to fabrics, a demonstration of techniques will get students started in hat making. Sinamay hat bases and trims will be provided. All students will leave with a complete piece to wear to the races.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, October 5
10:00am-12:30pm
$100
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Holiday Headpiece – Fascinator Workshop
Ladonna Armstrong
Create and trim a fascinating fascinator for all your holiday parties. From feathers to flowers, a demonstration of techniques will get students started in millinery. Fascinator bases and trims will be provided. Holiday themes available. All students will leave with a complete piece to wear to a party or a tea.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, November 16
10:00am-12:30pm
$85
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Wet Felted Scarf Workshop
Judy Adamick
Create a beautiful, one of a kind scarf from Merino and local Southdown wool. Perfect for Christmas and classy occasions. Max 7
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, November 9
10:00am-4:00pm
$107
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Metals

Ornaments & Cookie Cutters
Katie Kameen
Create your own holiday ornament and cookie cutter in this workshop. Students will learn how to stamp, cut and bend copper & brass to create holiday gifts.
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, December 7
2:00-4:00pm
$60
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Floral

Fresh Wreath Making
Maggie Rasmussen
Join the owner of Cloudberry and Willow Floral Design to inspire your creativity and come make a beautiful fresh bespoke wreath. Use lots of fresh greens such as eucalyptus, Carolina sapphire, olive, magnolia, cedar, cypress, juniper, ferns, kale, succulents mixed with fresh and dried flowers, berries, cones, branches and gorgeous ribbons. Come and enjoy delicious snacks, learn basic floral design and have fun!
Skill Level: All
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, December 7
10:00am-1:00pm
$75
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Joy in the Journey

Joy in the Journey
Dana Warwick
An extension of our ongoing program in area senior facilities, Joy in the Journey is now available at the art center for families of those living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Dana, a MnemeTherapist, works with seniors to create an original painting. She uses everyday pleasures such as singing, painting, storytelling and praise to stimulate changes in the brain and provide a rewarding experience. If your loved one is unable to attend a free session at a nursing facility, we are offering sessions at the art center. You will receive a print of the art, with the option to purchase the framed original. We appreciate donations which help sustain the Joy in the Journey program. Donations accepted online, in person or by phone.

Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Thursday, September 19
call for details
FREE
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Thursday, October 17
call for details
FREE
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Youth Art

Good Morning Art
Aiken Center for the Arts Staff
Art at a young age encourages exploration, self esteem, imagination, and creativity, how to think openly, create new meanings, be more tolerant of others’ differences and gives courage to take risks. It also improves emotional, social and verbal skills along with higher literacy rates. Activities may include story telling, art, movement, music among others. This is a FREE program but please register in advance by phone or online.
Skill Level: Ages 2-4
Supply List: N/A

Wednesdays: Sept 4, Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4
9:05-9:35am
FREE
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Afterschool / Homeschool Art
Christine Lawrence
Open to children in 4K – 5th grade, these sessions explore different facets of art through a variety of mediums. This fall we will create art while exploring the basics like color, line, shape, contrast, and patterns. Learn the fundamentals in exciting ways while producing creative artwork!
Skill Level: Ages 4K-5th grade
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

SESSION 1
Tuesdays
10:00 -11:30am
$70
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SESSION 1
Tuesdays
3:45-5:15pm
$70
14758

SESSION 2
Tuesdays
10:00-11:30am
$70
14759

SESSION 2
Tuesdays
3:45-5:15pm
$70
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Anime & Comic Drawing Class
Caleb LeMaster
Open to 5th – 8th graders, learn how to draw characters for comics, stories or animations. The three week course will teach the basics of character drawing, how to add color and shading to the illustration and how to create an illustrated short story or comic.
Skill Level: Grades 5th-8th
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

SESSION 1
Thursdays
4:00-5:30pm
$70
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SESSION 2
Thursdays
4:00-5:30pm
$70
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Halloween Block Décor
Christine Lawrence
It’s time to have some spooky fun while you create a set of Halloween characters that you can display every year! Great for all ages. Adults welcome.
Skill Level: All levels, all ages
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, October 19
10:00am-12:00pm
$30
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Christmas Fun Camp
Christine Lawrence
Get into the holiday spirit and join us for a fun-filled morning creating jumping elves and a holiday painting. Ages 4K – 4th grade. Bring a snack.
Skill Level: Ages 4K-4th grade
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Friday, December 20
9:00am-12:00pm
$45
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Middle & High School Drawing
Katie Kameen
Learn shading and perspective techniques to make your drawings come to life! Students will draw from objects and from their imagination to learn how to create space with line and tone. Drawings will be made with charcoal, pencil and pen. No prior drawing experience is required for this course.
Skill Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Supply List: see supplies
Scholarships available

SESSION 1
Tuesdays
4:00-5:30pm
$70
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SESSION 2
Tuesdays
4:00-5:30pm
$70
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Metal Holiday Ornaments
Katie Kameen
Stamp your own holiday ornament, keychain or pendant. Great as a gift or to keep for yourself. Students will learn how to stamp copper to make personalized metal objects! Ages 10 and up.
Skill Level: All, ages 10+
Supply List: N/A
Scholarships available

Saturday, December 7
10:00am-12:00pm
$45
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The Aiken Community Theater

The Aiken Community Playhouse

Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame - a new musical

SEP
5
TO SEP 14

Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame – a new musical

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September 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14   7:30pm   September 8 2pm

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel.

The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Damean instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.

Directed by Kyle Seconi

 
Coffee House

OCT
4

Coffee House

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The Aiken Community Playhouse’s Bechtel Theater Coffeehouse, built upon the beatnik style coffeehouses of the 60s, will come alive Friday, October 4th featuring Robb Underwood!

 
Of Mice and Men

OCT
17
TO OCT 26

Of Mice and Men

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October 17,18,19,24,25,26 7:30pm   Oct 20 2pm

Two drifters, George and his friend Lennie, with delusions of living off the “fat of the land," have just arrived at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own place. Lennie is a man-child, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man. It’s Lennie’s obsessions with things soft and cuddly that have made George cautious about who the gentle giant, with his brute strength, associates with. His promise to allow Lennie to “tend to the rabbits" on their future land keeps Lennie calm, amidst distractions, as the overgrown child needs constant reassurance. But when a ranch boss’ promiscuous wife is found dead in the barn with a broken neck, it’s obvious that Lennie, albeit accidentally, killed her. George, now worried about his own safety, knows exactly where Lennie has gone to hide, and he meets him there. Realizing they can’t run away anymore, George is faced with a moral question: How should he deal with Lennie before the ranchers find him and take matters into their own hands?

Directed by Bob Franklin

By: John Steinbeck
Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York

 
Legend of Sleepy Hollow

NOV
6
TO NOV 10

Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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November 6,7,8,9 7:30pm Nov 9&10 2pm

In this faithful adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic American ghost story, award winning playwright Mark Scharf has created theatrical event as easy or as complex to stage as your imagination and budget. The story follows Ichabod Crane, an outsider from Connecticut as he tries to fit into the isolated and insular society of Sleepy Hollow – a land steeped in stories of the supernatural including the terrifying tale of the Headless Horseman. In doing so, he seeks to court Katrina, the local beauty, but Katrina is already being pursued by the local hero and hell-raiser Brom Van Brunt and the sparks that fly may not be the kind Ichabod intends.

A Youth Wing Production

Directed by Chrissey Miller

by Mark Scharf
Presented by special arrangement with Brooklyn Publishers

 
A Christmas Story

DEC
14

A Christmas Story

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Dec 5,6,7,12,13,14   7:30pm  Dec 8   2pm

Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!" All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.

Directed by Janette Godwin

By Philip Grecian
Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.

 
Coffee House - featuring the Dulcimer Guy

DEC
20

Coffee House – featuring the Dulcimer Guy

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Matthew Dickerson is a National Hammered Dulcimer Champion and full time musician entertainer. His unique energy and style enchants his audience through Celtic favorites, old fashioned hymns, original pieces, and a fabulous selection of holiday music. He travels domestically and abroad performing concerts and teaching.

 
Move Over Mrs. Markham

JAN
16
TO JAN 25

Move Over Mrs. Markham

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Jan 16,17,18,23,24,25 7:30pm   Jan 19   2pm

To Sylvie it’s the “goose" that she learned from Alistair, but to Philip, Joanna Markham’s husband, it’s “a variety of geese," and fifteen years of marriage is just about undone along with everything else in this wild zany free for all. Everything from Philip’s business deals with Bow Wow Books and Alistair’s near escape from Joanna’s chiding seduction to the naked G.P.O. girl and the specter of scandal is hilarious. A lot of bedhopping occurs as Sylvie winds up taking Alistair on “walkies" and the amazing Mrs. Markham gets her man her husband! It all takes place in an elegant top floor London flat.

Directed by Jim Schroeder

By Ray Cooney and John Chapman 

 Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

 
Seussical the Musical, Jr.

FEB
20
TO FEB 29

Seussical the Musical, Jr.

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Feb. 20,21,22,27,28,29 7:30pm   Feb 23 2pm

Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

A Youth Wing Production

Directed by JC Crider

Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

Music by Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle

Based on the works of Dr. Seuss

Music Supervised, Adapted and Produced by Bryan Louiselle

Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

 
Death By Golf

APR
2
TO APR 11

Death By Golf

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April 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 at 7:30pm & April 5 at 2:00pm

When an escaped convict, an anxious bride, a scheming new husband, and a suspicious attorney all convene at Grandpa’s house–it doesn’t take long for Grandpa to realize he has to reschedule his golf game. This lively combination of uproarious comedy and terrifying murder mystery revolves around the uncanny resemblance between escaped convict Tony and recent bridegroom Prescott (both played by the same actor). Newlywed Ashley’s desperate attempt to figure out who is the real murderer is sometimes helped and sometimes hindered by her golf-fanatic grandfather and a mysterious visiting attorney named Muriel.As the suspense mounts and the violence intensifies, Ashley slips into increasing hysteria, Muriel discovers the murderer’s evil agenda, and Grandpa, drawing upon an unsuspected hidden reserve of inner strength, fine-tunes his stroke. 

Directed by Thurmond Whatley

By Gregg Kreutz

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

 
Annie

MAY
14
TO MAY 23

Annie

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May 14,15,16,21,22,23   7:30pm May 17  2pm

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow."

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations… and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Directed by Bradley Watts

Book by Thomas Meehan  Music by Charles Strouse  Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Original Broadway Production Directed by Martin Charnin
Based on “Little Orphan Annie By Permission of Tribune Content Agency, LLC
Originally produced at The Goodspeed Opera House.
Michael P. Price, Executive Director
Presented on Broadway by Mike Nichols
Produced by Irwin Meyer  Septhen R. Friedman  Lewis Allen
Alvin Nederlander Associates. Inc.  The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Icarus Production
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized

 
Sweat

JUL
17
TO JUL 25

Sweat

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July 17, 18,24,25   7:30pm July 19 2pm

Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.

Directed by Nancy Gamba Hansen

By Lynn Nottage
Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York

 
Some Place Called Mayors Income, Tennessee

AUG
14
TO AUG 22

Some Place Called Mayors Income, Tennessee

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August   14,15,21,22 7:30pm  Aug 16 2pm

A collection of short stories about bizarre happenings that take place in this strange town (sorta like the Twilight Zone).

Directed by Dustin Turner

By Jonathan Cook

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

The Etherredge Center for Fine & Performing Arts - University of South Carolina Aiken

THE FOUR TOPS
The Four Tops
Calendar
Cultural Series
Date
October 22, 2019 7:30 pm

DESCRIPTION
Their first Motown hit, “Baby I Need Your Loving” in 1964, made them stars and their sixties track record on the label is indispensable to any retrospective of the decade. Their songs, soulful and bittersweet, were across-the-board successes. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” a no. 1 R&B and Pop smash in 1965, is one of Motown’s longest-running chart toppers; it was quickly followed by a longtime favorite, “It’s The Same Old Song” (no. 2 R&B/no. 5 pop). Their commercial peak was highlighted by a romantic trilogy: the no. 1 “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “Standing In The Shadows Of Love” (no. 2 R&B/no. 6 pop) and “Bernadette” (no. 3 R&B/no. 4 pop)—an extraordinary run of instant H-D-H classics. Other Tops hits from the decade included “Ask The Lonely,” “Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over),” “Something About You,” “You Keep Running Away,” “7-Rooms Of Gloom” and their covers of “Walk Away Renee” and “If I Were A Carpenter.” The group was also extraordinarily popular in the U.K. In 1990, with 24 Top 40 pop hits to their credit, the Four Tops were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Since then, they have been touring incessantly, a towering testament to the enduring legacy of the Motown Sound they helped shape and define.

DINNER AND A SHOW WITH SHOSHANA BEAN
Shoshana Bean
Calendar
Cultural Series
Date
November 19, 2019 5:00 pm

DESCRIPTION
$75 single-price ticket, includes:

Dinner at Rose Hill’s Stables Restaurant (details below)
One seat in section 6 for Shoshana Bean
Shuttle service from Rose Hill to Etherredge Center and back to Rose Hill

Schedule:

5:00 pm – Doors open at Rose Hill
5:30 pm – Dinner service begins
6:50 pm – Shuttle departure to Etherredge Center
7:30 pm – Show begins
9:30 pm – (Post-Show) Shuttle Departure back to Rose Hill
9:45 pm – Dessert service

Menu:

Artisanal Mixed Green Salad
Choice of: Steak Dianne, Chicken Française, or Pasta Primavera (served Vegetarian; Vegan available upon request)
Petite Dessert Station (post-show): Assorted miniature cakes and cookies
Meal includes water, soda, iced tea, or coffee
Cash bar will be available

SHOSHANA BEAN
Shoshana Bean
Calendar
Cultural Series
Date
November 19, 2019 7:30 pm

DESCRIPTION
Shoshana Bean has sold out solo concerts around the globe, lent her voice to countless films and TV shows, amassed millions of YouTube views, and performed with Ariana Grande, David Foster, Postmodern Jukebox, Brian McKnight, and Michael Jackson. Shoshana is a veteran of the Broadway stage having made her debut in the original cast of Hairspray and starring as the very first replacement for Elphaba in Wicked. She won an IRNE Award for her performance as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl and earned a Jeff Award nomination for her portrayal of CeeCee Bloom in the pre-Broadway musical production of Beaches. Her three independent solo releases have all topped the iTunes R&B and Blues charts in the US and UK, with her fourth and most recent project, SPECTRUM, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Jazz charts.

THE PRINCELY PLAYERS
Princely Players
Calendar
Cultural Series
Date
December 12, 2019 7:30 pm

DESCRIPTION
The centuries old struggle for freedom by Africans in America, culminating in the Civil Rights movement and continuing even today, stands as a shining example of the power and dignity of the human spirit. This story is told by the performance of The Princely Players. The Princely Players have been featured on National Public Radio and the BBC and has been heard on the Smithsonian’s “Wade in the Water” series and the “Time-Life Civil War” recordings. The essence of this spirit is embodied in the music that was a part of the experience. Songs of hope and the quest for freedom are found in the struggle to survive the difficult and de-humanizing trauma of slavery. And these songs were the galvanizing force in the struggle against what must have seemed impossible odds. “Amazing Grace”, “Steal Away”, “Swing Low Sweet Chariot”, “Go Down Moses”, and “Wade in the Water” are all testaments that still speak powerfully to us today. In the tradition of the early singers of the music of African American life, The Princely Players offer evocative and stunning programs on the enslavement and liberation of African-Americans.

ARTRAGEOUS
Artrageous
Calendar
Cultural Series
Date
January 14, 2020 7:30 pm

DESCRIPTION
Artrageous is a troupe of 12 artists, singers, dancers and musicians hailing from the high desert of New Mexico. Their high energy performance is a combination of fine art, live music, singing, dancing, humour, and interaction in a frenzy of movement and colour with a message of the arts being an integral and valuable part of human existence. Artrageous is a totally unique concept that invites community and a sense of togetherness as the whole show culminates in a one of a kind Live Arts Installation at the end of each concert. Audiences interact with the Gallery, the Performers and even add their own art.

FLEX AVE
Flex Ave
Calendar
Cultural Series
Date
February 11, 2020 7:30 pm

DESCRIPTION
Characterized by pausing, snapping, gliding, bone breaking, hat tricks, animation, and contortion, flex is a form of street dance that has evolved from the Jamaican bruk-up found in dance halls and reggae clubs in Brooklyn. This electrifying phenomenon is showcased at the Armory in a new project that confronts issues of social injustice, with the dancers exploring personal narratives through their own unique movement vocabulary in post-modern dance. Created in the era of unrest following rulings on Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City, this powerful new work is staged by visionary director Peter Sellars and flex pioneer Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray in collaboration with a crew of 21 flex dancers from the very neighborhoods where the movement first took shape. Performing both as individuals and in groups to choreography created by the ensemble itself, the dancers utilize their breathtakingly beautiful movement to tell deeply human and sometimes heart-wrenching stories that address these troubling issues of our time.

BROADWAY’S NEXT H!T MUSICAL
Calendar
Cultural Series
Date
March 31, 2020 7:30 pm

DESCRIPTION
Whose Line Is It Anyway? meets The Tony Awards. Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny. The New York Times calls Broadway’s Next Hit Musical “Hilarious!” Time Out NY says “At last! A musical of, for, and by the people.” Broadway’s Next Hit Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Have you heard of the TONY awards? Well, Broadway’s Next Hit Musical is…The PHONY Awards! The audience members write down made up song titles and our master improvisers gather these suggestions and present them as “nominated songs” for this coveted award. We create spontaneous scenes and songs filled with great dancing, catchy melodies, and tons of laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns that song into a full blown improvised musical – complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore. BNHM has been seen recently throughout the United States and in New York City at The Triad Theater, The Tribeca Film Festival, and at The New York Musical Theater Festival, among many other locations.

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

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:

Restaurants:
Malia’s
Trio Bar & Kitchen
The Red Pepper
Aiken Brewing Company

Shopping:
Equine Divine
Epona
Aiken Center for the Arts
Fox & Lady
Aiken Dry Goods
Threads
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.

Woodside-Aiken Realty is Aiken’s premiere real estate agency. We proudly serve both home buyers and sellers in Woodside Plantation and throughout Aiken County, SC. Our team of real estate agents is built on professionalism, dedication, and experience. If you’re looking for the best real estate agency in Aiken, SC, consider Woodside-Aiken Realty. If you have questions about the Aiken area or would like to be connected to our one of our agents, contact us today at 803-643-1899 or use our online contact form.

Village Fitness

Village Fitness

PERSONAL TRAINING
It’s Simple: One Plus One Equals Done

Get fit the right way with a training staff that has years of experience in exercise science and nutrition. They maximize your time, focus your energy and guarantee results. Most of all, they put the “personal” in personal training.

That means creating an exercise program specific to you and keeping you comfortable, inspired, focused and driven to meet your goals. Put all those things together, and it adds up to one thing: success.

Services include:

  • Private Instruction
  • Small–Group Fitness
  • Sport-Specific Training
  • Corporate Wellness Programs
  • Duet Exercises
  • GRIT™ Training
  • Cybex Golf Program
  • TRX Suspension™ Training

Free Fitness Assessment
Even if you don’t choose private instruction, Village Heath and Wellness offers a free fitness assessment and a personal training session with every membership

Group Fitness
We’re the place for a remarkable you and all your moving parts. You’ll sweat and smile your way through group fitness programs designed to get you in shape, lose weight and manage stress, regardless of your fitness level. Our programs include:

  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • BarreAmped®
  • Studio Cycling
  • Zumba®
  • Tabata Training
  • Aqua Fitness
  • TRX Suspension Training
  • Les Mills® Group Fitness
  • Tai Chi Fusion

See more at: http://villagefitnessaiken.com

Aiken Tours

Aiken Tours

Climb aboard the Aiken Trolley to “Experience Aiken” and its grace, charm and elegance during this 2 hour guided tour, including a walk through Hopelands Gardens and the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum. On the tour, you’ll also see and hear about:

  • Historic Homes and Churches
  • Equestrian Sites
  • The Civil War’s Battle of Aiken
  • The Live Oak Canopy on S. Boundary
  • Hopelands Gardens
  • The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum
  • Rye Patch
  • And much more…

Tours scheduled every Saturday and leave from the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum located at 406 Park Ave., SE, Aiken.

Cost: $15 per person.

Departure: 10:00 A.M. Return: By 12:00 Noon.

Reservations are Strongly Recommended!

To make reservations or for more information call 1-888-AikenSC or (803)642-7631.

Family Y of Aiken County

Family Y of Aiken County

A 40,000-square-foot facility, located off the Aiken By-pass, is slated to open Fall 2011. This exceptional facility will feature:

  • Aiken Regional onsite health center
  • 5,000-square-foot indoor walking track
  • Cardio & strength training machines, free weights, fitness equipment
  • Gymnasium & outdoor fields for sports/outdoor activities
  • Childcare area
  • Multi-purpose rooms
  • Health Bar
  • Men’s & Women’s locker rooms with steam rooms & saunas
  • A family locker room
  • Outdoor water park, swimming pool, children’s play pool
  • Outdoor walking trail linked to other area trails
  • West Campus for Cedar Creek Church

Contact the YMCA for more information @ (803)349-8080.