Things to do and see in the Midlands, Feb. 15-21

February 15, 2013 

Friday, Feb. 15

The South Carolina Bottle Club will hold its show and sale 11 a.m.-6 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Meadowlake Park, 600 Beckman Road. Proceeds from the 40th annual event will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands. www.southcarolinabottleclub.com; (803) 755-9410

The Columbia Children’s Theatre will stage “A Year with Frog and Toad” at 7 tonight; 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved characters, the show follows the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad through four fun-filled seasons. The theater is 3400 Forest Drive (second level, Richland Mall.) Tickets are $8 for ages 3 through adult. (803) 691-4548; www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com

Saturday, Feb. 16

The Sherman Cannons Re-enactment is slated for noon-12:30 p.m. on both sides of the Gervais Street bridge. Federal artillery will be on the West Columbia side near the former New Orleans restaurant and Confederate sharpshooters will be on the Columbia side of the river. Free, sponsored by the Wade Hampton Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans

How about a Valentine’s Weekend Guitar Gala? Guitar Muse will present theirs at 5:30 p.m. at Senate’s End, 300 Senate St. The event will feature delicious dining, a live guitar concert and a live auction. Tickets for dinner and the concert are $45; there will be a cash bar and at intermission, you can bid on local art and other items in a live auction with proceeds going to fund the 2013 Southern Guitar Festival. (803) 748-4144; www.southernguitarfest.com/gala2013/.

It’s a Little Black Dress Wine & Cheese Affair, 7-10:30 p.m. at the Batesburg-Leesville Leisure Center, 227 Highland Ave., Batesburg. $25; includes wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing and silent auction. Sponsored by the Woman’s Society of Batesburg-Leesville, proceeds will be donated to scholarships for local students. Tickets: (803) 413-2437 or email loisblack@sc.rr.com

The Palmetto Concert Band, in association with the USC Band Clinic, will present a free winter concert beginning at 8:45 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Selections will include “Toccata” by Frescobaldi, “Polka and Fugue” by Weinberger and Ticheli’s “An American Elegy.”

Sunday, Feb. 17

Rhythm of the Dance brings enthusiasm and brilliance to the Newberry Opera House for 3 and 7 p.m. performances. The group is one of the most popular Irish step dance shows in the world, melding traditional dance in a modern format. The opera house is at 1201 McKibben St., Newberry. Tickets are $45; groups, $35. (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Arts at Shandon will host chamber players from the Charlotte Symphony 7:30 p.m. at Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St. Second installment of the February Festival Chamber Series will feature Rosemary Furniss and Elina Lev, violins; Rebekah Newman, viola; Alan Black, cello; and Phillip Bush, piano. $10; a reception will follow. (803) 771-4408, ext. 27; www.shandonpres.org

Thursday, Feb. 21

“Dawn of Freedom: The Freedmen’s Town of Mitchelville” is on display through June 1 at McKissick Museum on the USC Horseshoe. There will be an opening reception and gallery talk 5:30-7:30 p.m. “Dawn of Freedom” explores the transition from slavery to freedom for slaves who escaped to Hilton Head Island following the battle at Port Royal during the Civil War. It focuses on Mitchelville, a town on the northeastern end of the island. Gen. Ormsby M. Mitchel, who oversaw the town’s creation, wanted its residents to transition into freedom through economic and political autonomy. Townsfolk voted, had mandatory education for children, owned homes, shopped in local stores and took the first steps toward full citizenship. Museum hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays; all exhibits are free and open to the public. (803) 777-2876

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