Aiken Center for the Arts

Aiken Center for the Arts


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.

Mondays Dec 3,10,17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30
10:30am-12:30pm 13853



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.

Mondays Dec 3,10,17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45
10:30am -12:30pm 13867

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

Session 1, Mondays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $95
10:00am-12:00pm 13868



Judy Adamick
Floral arrangement set up each week. Emphasis on hard and soft edges and composition. Short demonstration. Bring your own supplies. A supply list is available at the ACA front desk or online.

Session 1, Fridays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $95
10:00am-12:00pm 13874


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. Level: all, adult 18 and up.

Session 1, Tuesdays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . $140
10:00am-12:00pm 13888
Session 2, Tuesdays. . . . . . . . . . . . . . $140
10:00am-12:00pm 13889

Madeline Fox
Basic skills are requited to enjoy this class. Student will need to 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. Tools and other supplies included. Level: Intermediate, adult 18 and up who have previously taken Guided Studio, completed Pottery Wheel Class or approved by instructor.

Session 1, Tuesdays. . . . . . . . . . $80 +clay
6:00-8:00pm 13890
Session 2, Tuesdays. . . . . . . . . . $80 +clay
6:00-8:00pm 13891

Madeline Fox
Learn clay techniques of pinch, coil, and slab to create hand built pottery. Students will also be introduced to working on the pottery wheel. All supplies included.

Session 1, Thursdays. . . . . . . . . . . . . $140
10:00am-12:00pm 13892
Session 2, Thursdays. . . . . . . . . . . . . $140
10:00am-12:00pm 13893

Madeline Fox
For the beginning student or those wanting to continue creating instructional handbuilt pottery. Projects will use coil, pinch & slab techniques. Session 1 will include the birdfeeder project. Session 2 will include the snowflake serving bowl project. All supplies included. Skill level: All, adult 18 and up.

Session 1, Thursdays. . . . . . $140
2:00-4:00pm 13894
Session 2, Thursdays. . . . . . $140
2:00-4:00pm 13895

The Aiken Community Playhouse

The Aiken Community Playhouse

Miracle on 34th Street
Dec. 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 at 7:30pm • Dec. 8, 9 at 2pm

Kris Kringle gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa.

Adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies. Based upon the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture.

Directed by Peg Tribert

Silent Sky
Jan. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 7:30pm • Jan. 20 at 2pm

When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer. As Henrietta attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love.

Written by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Haley Hughes

Coffee House in the Black Box
Feb. 8, 2019 from 7pm to 10pm

The Aiken Community Playhouse’s Bechtel Theatre Coffeehouse, built upon the beatnik style coffeehouses of the 60s, will come alive three times a year with open-mic sessions, musical entertainment and special guests.

Tickets – $15 per person.

Advance reservation required.

Cheaper by the Dozen

Youth Wing Main Stage Show

Feb. 15, 16, 22, 23 at 7:30pm • Feb. 17 at 2pm

Suppose you’re an attractive high school girl and you’re not only a member of a large, unique family, but your dad is a pioneer of industrial efficiency. Then suppose he decides to apply his unorthodox methods to you and the rest of your family. In “Cheaper by the Dozen,” the results are embarrassing and often uproarious!

Adapted by Christopher Sergel from the book by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey.

Directed by Shannon Huey

The Merchant of Venice
April 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30pm • April 21 at 2pm

A despised outsider sees an opportunity to avenge the despicable treatment he has suffered. A wealthy heiress finds herself subject to the whims of her father’s will in determining whom she will marry. A profligate nobleman repeatedly borrows money from his wealthy friend to support his extravagant lifestyle. A daughter rebels against her father and her heritage with tragic consequences. Come see how these and other story lines are all connected.

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Bob Franklin

Coffee House in the Black Box
May 10, 2019 from 7pm to 10pm

The Aiken Community Playhouse’s Bechtel Theatre Coffeehouse, built upon the beatnik style coffeehouses of the 60s, will come alive three times a year with open-mic sessions, musical entertainment and special guests.

Tickets – $15 per person.

Advance reservation required

Legally Blonde: The Musical
May 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, June 1 at 7:30pmand May 26, June 1 at 2pm

Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms herself into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.


Book by Heather Hach

Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe, Nell Benjamin.

Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture.

Directed by Juli Davis.

Gibson & Sons: A Comedy
Summer 2019 in the Black Box

July 19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30pm • July 21 at 2pm

Helping his father save their struggling small-town funeral home has gotten in the way of Harry Gibson’s love life. Desperate to settle down, he turns to an unconventional method of meeting a woman: an online Russian bride service. When his bride Katya arrives, with her acerbic sister Eva in tow, the Gibson family is thrown into a tailspin.

Written by Kristen Da Silva

Directed by Bob Franklin

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

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

Cultural Series: Doro Wat Jazz Band

Date : December 08, 2018
Time : 7:30PM
Admission : $40/$15
Location : Etherredge Center

Ben Polcer (trumpet, vocals), Bruce Brackman (clarinet), James Singleton (string bass), John Royen (piano), Colin Meyers (trombone), and Benji Bohannan (drums) along with world renowned lindy hop swing dancers, Amy Johnson and Chance Bushman, have been performing together in New Orleans for nine years.

Cultural Series: Vida Guitar Quartet

Date : January 17, 2019
Time : 7:30PM
Admission : $40/$15
Location : Mainstage

The VIDA Guitar Quartet brings together four guitarists of exceptional artistry and “unerring musical instinct” (Gramophone) VIDA’s ability to “conjure up an orchestral palette of colour and effects” (Classic FM) combined with their “exquisite tonal and dynamic control” has firmly established them as a passionate and masterful ensemble who sparkle with “vitality and spontaneity” (Acoustic). VIDA’s seemingly effortless sense of ensemble and their broad range of timbres and dynamics evokes “listening to an entire orchestra and not merely to four guitars. There’s only one word for it: magic” (Gramophone).

Cultural Series: Havana Cuba All Stars

Date : February 14, 2019
Time : 7:30PM
Admission : $40/$15
Location : Etherredge Center

Back by popular demand, this high-energy group is a joyous celebration of Cuban music and dance styles. This acoustic ensemble completed a 60-date tour in 2016 with wonderful outreach for students and communities. With melodies and rhythms from cha cha cha to rumba, and from “Son Cubano” style to the salsa, the All-Stars will showcase a wide variety of Cuban beats. The group is inspired by and dedicated to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music through a fresh, contemporary lens.

Cultural Series: Turtle Island Quartet

Date : February 28 – February 28, 2018
Time : 7:30PM
Admission : $40/$15
Location : Mainstage

In this high flying program, the two-time Grammy winning Turtle Island Quartet, pays homage to the incandescent visionary brilliance of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker. The genius of his improvisations almost single handedly catapulted jazz from pop style into art music, indelibly altering the musical landscape of America.

Cultural Series: The Stepcrew

Date : March 22, 2019
Time : 7:30PM
Admission : $40/$15
Location : Etherredge Center

Created by Cara Butler and Jon & Nathan Pilatzke (longtime touring members of The Chieftains) The Stepcrew combines Irish, Tap and Ottawa Valley Step dancing, music and song. The virtuosic cast of 11 dancers & musicians, comprised of the leading performers in today’s Celtic music scene have appeared on the international stages of the leading PAC’s and Celtic Festivals worldwide.

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:

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.

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

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

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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.