FRIDAY, APRIL 26
The daring and controversial ad campaigns that rescued a struggling textile business and made Springs Cotton Mills one of the giants of the industry are examined in the art exhibit Between the Springmaid Sheets, opening Friday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Curated for Winthrop University in 2012, the exhibit opens Friday. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
OOHRAH! It’s time for the springtime edition of the USMC Ultimate Challenge Mud Run, a 6.2-mile obstacle course, 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Leatherneck, Valley Ridge Road, Gaston. Sponsored by the Greater Columbia Marine Foundation and Columbia Opportunity Resource, the team run supports local Marines, helping families of those wounded or killed in action and funding scholarships in memory of Marines who gave their lives defending our freedom. (803) 733-2511
The 18th annual Sparkleberry Country Fair continues at 9 a.m. Saturday at Clemson University’s Sandhill Research and Education Center, Two Notch and Clemson roads. The fair will last until 5 p.m., but the amusement rides will open from 4-10 p.m. Friday. This year’s fair will honor Wounded Warriors of all wars. Fort Jackson Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Bryan T. Roberts, and S.C. Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston will serve as co-marshals for the tractor and horse parade, preceding the noon opening ceremony. Want more? How about classic cars, antique hit-and-miss engines, model steam trains, arts and crafts, petting zoo, two entertainment stages, pony rides, community health and civic exhibits, family fun, antique farm equipment, 4-H programs, military equipment display, hayrides, old-timey demonstrations (the high school principals cow-milking contest), food fair, children’s games, Master Gardener plant sale and more. Whew! Admission is $5 per carload. Information at (803) 788-2010; sparkleberrycountryfair.org
FOLKFabulous, a folk heritage festival, will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on USC’s historic Horseshoe as McKissick Museum celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Awards. The free event will feature live musical, dance and storytelling performances; craft demonstrations; hands-on art-making activities; and opportunities to learn about and sample traditional South Carolina foodways. A tent to celebrate Cherokee culture and traditions will be featured. Artisans from the Eastern Cherokee, Southern Iroquois & United Tribes of South Carolina (aka Cherokee Indian Tribe of South Carolina), will display and sell their crafts. Cherokee educators and experts will discuss Cherokee culture and native dishes such as bean bread, chestnut bread, fry bread, meat pies and roasted corn will be available for sale. Also on the food front, there will be S.C. chicken bog, pulled pork barbecue sandwiches and more.
CookOut for Kids, a barbecue fundraiser for Epworth Children’s Home will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on the ECH campus, 2900 Millwood Ave. The family event will feature award-winning cooks from around the state. Chicken or pork plates with all of the fixings, $10; whole, cooked Boston butts, $30. Walk-up orders welcome but pre-orders are preferred. There will be a bake sale, live entertainment by the Main Street Connection and vintage Model-A Fords on display, thanks to the Palmetto A’s. Sponsored by the Epworth Children’s Home Alumni Association, proceeds will go to Epworth Children’s Home, supporting its mission to provide a safe and stable environment where children grow spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and physically. For more information and to pre-order barbecue, email email@example.com
The totally appealing Lower Richland Sweet Potato Festival begins with an 11 a.m. parade Saturday at the Hopkins Adult Activity Center, 150 Hopkins Park Road. The event will feature an arts and crafts show, sweet potato pie contest, praise dancers, rolling video games, step team, health fair and carnival rides. Live entertainment by Doc McKenzie & the Hi-Lites, Crystal River, TDK Mime Ministry, Adam Crabb, The Redeemers and James Brown impersonators Swampman and Woodrow Portee. Free admission, funded by a Richland County Hospitality Tax Grant. (803) 776-2778
Adults come out and play at EdStravaGanza, 7 p.m. Saturday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St.. Live music, tinkering stations, special performances, food and beverages, art, silent auction and surprises. Tickets are $75. All proceeds benefit EdVenture’s educational outreach and accessibility programs. (803) 400-1163; edventure.org
TUESDAY, APRIL 30
The Congaree New Horizons Band will present its free spring concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the USC Band and Dance Building, 324 Sumter St. The New Horizons Band is a national organization to introduce or reintroduce seniors age 50 and older to playing a band instrument with a supportive group. (803) 783-6664
THURSDAY, MAY 2
You’ve heard it on NPR, now’s your chance to see a movie simulcast of “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! — Live,” at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Sandhill Stadium 16, 450 Town Center Place. The Peabody Award-winning news quiz will be broadcast from New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts with host Peter Sagal, judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell, panelists Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca and Tom Bodett, special guests and listener contestants. Tickets are $22 and available at fathomevents.com.