Lexington/Columbia, S.C. Things to do May 25 - 31, 2012

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May 25 - 31, 2012


Shakespeare in the Park: Saluda Shoals Park

Thursday May 24, 2012 - Sunday May 27, 2012 7:30pm

This isn't Taming of the Shrew or Henry V... far from them indeed! The SC Shakespeare Company presents The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. It's been performed internationally, including hit productions all over the US and Europe. The show pays homage to Shakespeare as much as it mocks him and is actually a fair introduction to the Bard for a first-timer by watching the players dance, act, parody, and soliloquize through Shakespeare's works, raucously and without regard to political correctness. And, while the play pokes fun at the Bard's works, it never looks down on the actual writings, showing a great deal of respect for both the material and the author.The end result: both homage and honest fun! Come out to Saluda Shoals Park with family and friends for a raucous evening of laughter. Outdoor seating is provided and concessions are available. $10/Adults; $5/12 & under. Tickets available at www.icrc.net or by calling 213-2025.

Making It A Meaningful Memorial Day Weekend Around the Midlands

Thursday May 24, 2012 and Saturday May 26, 2012

Army Band Concert: First Church of the Nazarene
Musical Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Basic Combat Training Center of Excellence, the
282nd Army Band originated way back in 1869 in Richmond, Va and has been active at Fort Jackson since 1956. Join them for this patriotic tribute on Memorial Weekend, held at the First Church of the Nazarene in St. Andrews. No tickets are required for this FREE event.

Monday May 28, 2012

A Memorial Tribute: Koger Center for the Arts - 7:30pm
The Palmetto Concert Band invites the public to a Free Memorial Day Concert at the Koger Center for the Arts. This is the 14th Annual Celebration in honor of the men in women who have served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces. A varied program of concert music will be provided including light overtures, marches, pop and patriotic music. The members of this 80-member concert band and their conductors rehearse and perform without remuneration, through their desire to share enjoyable music with an audience who wish to meet together, in comfort and at no expense, to commemorate the sacrifices and services of our military. The Palmetto Concert Band presents "A Memorial Tribute" with James Copenhaver, William Moody and Scott Weiss, conductors. Musical selections include "Children's March" by Grainger; "Finale" from Symphony No. 5 by Shostakovich; "American Civil War Fantasy" by Bilik; "Armed Forces Salute"; and "The Stars and Stripes Forever." Visit the
USC School of Music website for info on this FREE event.

Operation Thank You: Dutch Square Mall

Friday May 25, 2012 & Saturday May 26, 2012

This Memorial Day Weekend, put a smile of the face of one of our dedicated troops or wounded warriors. Get to Dutch Square Mall where Operation Thank You will allow you the opportunity to write a thank you note to a worthy service person. From 9am-5pm in the food court, folks can come sign cards to the troops & wounded warriors as well as buy gifts that help support this wonderful non profit organization. www.operationthankyou.org

Memorial Day Cupcakes from Cupcake!

Monday May 28, 2012

On Memorial Day, Monday 28th the Vista store Cupcake will offer freshly baked red, white and blueberry cupcakes for sale! Yummy! Take them along on your picnic or boat ride... packed securely in a special cupcake box... and impress your friends and family with these delightful treats! Go to the Cupcake website for hours and info.

Memorial Day Dinner Cruise: Spirit of Lake Murray

Monday May 28, 2012
Celebrate the holiday in true style: cut across the sparkling waters of gorgeous Lake Murray aboard the beautiful
Spirit of Lake Murray, the lake's only charter yacht and enjoy a sumptuous dinner including entree, salad and dessert! Just $49 per person includes a 2 1/2 hour cruise and dinner. Cash bar for beer and wine. Visit the Spirit of Lake Murray website for details and to make a reservation.

Last Weekend for Great Theatre!

Now through May 26, 2012

Grease Held Over!: Town Theatre
In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play: Trustus Theatre
Andrew Lippa's Wild Party : Workshop Theatre

Celebrate Craft at the Columbia Museum of Art...Friday June 1 & Saturday June 2!

Squeakie will help the City kick off their annual Concert Series! Look for his performance platform in the tree by the fountain.

Summer Concert Series Kick Off: Finlay Park

Saturday May 26, 2012
The City of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the featured artists for the 2012 Summer Concert Series. All performances will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature an amazing line-up. The kick off will be on Saturday, May 26 and continue through Saturday, August 18. The Parks & Recreation Department invites youth, adults and families to this free, fun and entertaining Summer Concert Series. All artists can be seen at the performing arts stage, Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street in downtown Columbia. For more information call 803.545.3100.

Rent a bike for 1/2 off with a coupon from Discover Columbia!

Rent a Bike from Cycle Center and See Columbia in a Whole New Way!

If you haven't been on a bike since grade school, and you keep thinking it would be fun to ride one again (that would be me), give it a go and rent a bicycle for a day from Cycle Center! Whole day rentals start at just $30... but if you pick up a copy of our magazine Discover Columbia, you'll find a coupon on page 43 for HALF PRICE BICYCLE RENTALS! And if you decide you really like it, the folks at Cycle Center will put your rental dollars towards the purchase of a new bike! This is perfect weather for a bike ride!
Cycle Center
Five Points :: 1001 Harden St :: 803-256-0557
Spring Valley :: 9003 Two Notch Road :: 803-788-6992


RELAX: Walking Devotion Group: Shandon United Methodist Church

Wednesday Mornings at 6:45am

Join the new GAP: Graduates & Professionals Walking Devotion Group at 6:45 a.m. on Wednesdays, for a short devotion and a 30-minute walk around the beautiful Shandon neighborhood. Bring a friend, your dog, coffee, water, whatever you need to get going! And prepare to be enriched body & soul! Meet in the church courtyard outside the Dunn-Smith Ministry Center by the Biblical Garden. GAP is a group of young adults 20s-30s, single or married without kids. www.shandon-umc.org. Shandon is located at 3407 Devine Street. For more information contact Julie at jsongerbelman@shandon-umc.org.

Outdoor Concerts

Vista Block Party: Tonight Thursday May 24, 2012 5:30pm

Come back to Jillians in the Vista each Thursday this Spring for the best in Columbia's outdoor concert scene! The series continues this Thursday with the Root Doctors. All proceeds from Vista Block Party will be donated to St. Baldrick's, an organization that raises money for Children's Cancer Research. Free admission and free parking! Make this event a Thursday tradition!
Additional outdoor concerts include:

Music at Sandhill begins July 4 with fabulous kick-off featuring Ronnie McDowell & fireworks, and continues til September 21!
Rhythm on the River Through June 16
Rhythm and Blooms Through May 31
Five after Five Through May 31
Summer Concert Series at Finlay Park Through August 18

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