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SATURDAY FRIDAY 12.24 12.30 CONCERT CONCERTS WITH A CAUSE Christmas Eve concert and lessons and carols performed by the Saint John Choirs and orchestra to benefit The United Methodist Children’s Home. Read the article on page XX. St. John United Methodist Church; 10:30 p.m.; free; 736 Greene St. STJOHNAUGUSTA.ORG HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER We’ve got dinner – just show up hungry and full of holiday cheer. Reservations are recommended. The Willcox; 5 p.m.; Adults: $40 per person, kid’s menu available for children 12 and under. 100 Colleton Ave. SW, Aiken; 803.648.1898 THEWILLCOX.COM COMEDY COMEDY EXPLOSION FEATURING NEPHEW TOMMY Nephew Tommy, from the Steve Harvey Morning Show, is joined by Lavell Crawford, as seen on Shaquille O’Neal’s All Star Comedy and Breaking Bad, and Earthquake, from Everyone Hates Chris and Def Jam Comedy. Bell Auditorium; 8 p.m.; $47 to $77; 712 Telfair St.; 1.877.4AUGTIX GEORGIALINATIX.COM SPORTS AUGUSTA RIVERHAWKS vs. Columbus the Cottonmouths. James Brown Arena; 7:35 p.m.; $10 to $18; 712 Telfair St.; 706.993.2645 AUGUSTARIVERHAWKS.COM Make sure to check our NIGHTLIFE CALENDAR on page for New Year’s Eve party information. SUNDAY 1.1 SPORTS AUGUSTA RIVERHAWKS vs. Fayetteville FireAntz James Brown Arena; 7:35 p.m.; $10 to #18; 601 7th St.; 706.993. 2645 AUGUSTARIVERHAWKS.COM SUNDAY HAPPY NEW YEAR’S OUTDOORS FIRST DAY HIKE Bring in the new year at 12.25 Musgrove Mill State Historic Site by taking a ranger-led hike of the Musgrove Mill Battlefield Trail. The hike will be a 1.3 mile guided walk of the Musgrove Mill battlefield, and is part of a nationwide First Day Hikes program, in which state parks in all 50 states will be offering hikes on the same day. You don’t want to miss this first-of-its-kind event. There is no charge for the hike, but space is limited, and reservations are required. Musgrove Mill State Historic Site; 1 p.m.; free; 398 State Park Road, Clinton; 864.938.0100 SOUTHCAROLINAPARKS.COM [ CAROLING WITH THE CLAUSES ] It’s a Christmas party for all ages and all walks of life The Willcox invites the community to join them in bringing toys to local children who might otherwise have none for Christmas when they host the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve’s Toys for Tots celebration from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21. The festive afternoon will feature the North Pole’s most famous residents. Santa and Mrs. Claus will sit in their bright red sleigh in front of a roaring fire in the lobby of the 113-year-old Aiken landmark hotel, listening to the dreams of Aiken children and having photos taken. Santa and Mrs. Claus plan to arrive at The Willcox shortly before 4 p.m., aboard one of two large hay wagons filled with spirited carolers from the Equine Support Council of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce and the Hatchaway Hounds Mock Hunt. TUESDAY The carolers will board their wagons, supplied by Sweetwater Tree Farm, at the parking area on South Boundary below the Aiken County Historical Museum at about 2:30 p.m. They will travel along Park Avenue, Laurens Street and Newberry Street with a stop at Trinity Lutheran, singing Christmas favorites for shoppers, and finishing at The Willcox. They will later sing carols around the grand piano in hotel lobby. The group’s two featured singers will be Aiken’s own Alan Corey and long-time New York cabaret singer Kendall Standish. 1.3 MUSIC CHORAL SOCIETY AUDITIONS for John Rutter’s Beautiful Requiem. The Columbia County Choral Society is holding auditions for their Spring Season. First Baptist Church of Evans; 6 p.m.; open auitions; 515 North Belair Road, Evans; 706.650.2311 CCCHORALSOCIETY.ORG WEDNESDAY HAPPY CHRISTMAS! From our family to yours, we wish you the peace and happiness of Christmas. THURSDAY SATURDAY 12.29 12.31 OUTDOORS NEW YEAR’S TRAIL RIDE Ride our horses at your leisure through a mix of palmetto, pine, cypress and hardwood trees on 58 miles of marked trails divided into 10 loops of approximately 6 miles each or explore an additional 20 to 30 miles of unmarked trails. 140 roomy, camp sites are available with electricity, water, a light and permanent tie lines. Food concession available on-site providing traditional breakfasts, sandwiches and snacks. Enjoy fellowship around the campfires in the evenings and DJ or karaoke with line dancing on Saturday nights. Lakeview Plantation; $40 per camping rider, $20 per camping child (9 years or younger); 875 Cedar Knoll Road, Fairfax; 803.584.0689 daily planner FOR KIDS A NEW YEAR’S BALL DROP AND CONCERT Rock and ring in the New Year with Tara Scheyer & the Mud Puppy Band in an hour of singing, dancing, jumping and a countdown to noon. Wesley Hall at Trinity on the Hill Methodist Church; 11 a.m.; $5 ages 3 and up; 1330 Monte Sano Ave.; email HOLIDAY NEW YEAR’S EVE BLAST Enjoy an open bar, party food, dancing, merry-making and mischief. When the New Year rings in salute it with a champagne toast and late-night snack. Advance reservations are required. The Willcox; 5 p.m.; $150 per person (includes taxes and gratuities). Does not include room night rental. 100 Colleton Ave. SW, Aiken; 803.648.1898 THEWILLCOX.COM 1.4 OUTDOORS AIKEN WINTER CLASSIC HORSE SHOW Week 1 of the Aiken Challenge Series. Highfields Event Center; 8 a.m.; call for info; 198 Gaston Road, Aiken; 803.649.3505 PSJSHOWS.COM/HIGHFIELDS LITERARY THE INKLING PARTY Meet the authors of the 2012 Inkling, verge’s annual literary journal. Enjoy refreshments, readings, specials and more. The Book Tavern; 6 to 8 p.m.; free; 1026 Broad St.; 706.951.0580 VERGELIVE.COM THURSDAY 1.5 OUTDOORS AIKEN WINTER CLASSIC HORSE SHOW See listing on Jan. 4. Highfields Event Center; 8 a.m. Back inside the cozy, fire-lit Willcox lobby, Todd List of Lista Studio of Photography will be on hand to take family photos with the Claus family. There is no charge for the photos as List is donating his service. An unwrapped toy or a monetary gift to Toys for Tots will be accepted in lieu of payment. Once Santa is finished filling the lobby with the echo of his ho–ho–hoing, guests will gather around the grand piano and sing Christmas carols from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Song sheets will be available for everyone. Toys for Tots is a mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, collecting unwrapped toys during October, November and December and distributing them as Christmas gifts to needy children in the local community. For more information on the Aiken Toys for Tots campaign, contact Lane Parker at 803.644.8300 or email him at | by STEPHEN DELANEY HALE WHAT The Willcox Christmas Party WHERE The Willcox | 100 Colleton Ave. SW, Aiken WHEN Wednesday, Dec. 21 | 4 p.m. TICKETS free, donations to Toys for Tots are encouraged MORE | THEWILLCOX.COM FOR KIDS TODDLER TIME: MAGICAL MATERIALS! Hear the story Snow Riders, by Constance W. McGeorge, while viewing paintings by Mary Whyte. Afterward, create magical effects with watercolor. Registration required. Morris Museum of Art; 10 a.m.; $4; 1 10th St.; 706.724.7501 THEMORRIS.ORG THEATRE DRAMA CLUB Fun skits and improv for ages 12 to 18. Columbia County Library; 4 p.m.; free; 7022 Evans Towne Center; 706.863.1946 FESTIVAL FIRST THURSDAY ON KINGS WAY Enjoy an evening out in Summerville as stores stay open, refreshments are served and friendships are made. Kings Way in Summerville; 5 p.m.; free; Kings Way and Central Ave.; 706.755.2665 SPORTS AUGUSTA RIVERHAWKS vs. Huntsville. James Brown Arena; 7:35 p.m.; $7 to $18; 712 Telfair St.; 706.993.2645 AUGUSTARIVERHAWKS.COM for a complete listing of what’s happening in the CSRA, go to for new listings, updates and ongoing events | community driven news | December 14, 2011 39

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