Things to do and see, July 12-18

July 12, 2013 

The purple martins are still a summertime attraction on Lake Murray. The birds swarm Jimmy Doolittle Island to roost. The birds fill the sky each night about dusk, like swarming bees.


Friday, July 12

It’s YMCA Night at Capital City Stadium, 6-10 tonight at 301 S. Assembly St. Y baseball players will be able to participate in the Field of Dreams activities as well as in game promotions. It’s also Crafty Beer Night as the Blowfish take on the Florence RedWolves. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $6; ticket plus an autographed ball, $12. (803) 254-3474;

“Tarzan – The Stage Musical” makes its community theater debut in the Palmetto State at 7:30 tonight at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. This weekend’s Saturday and Sunday performances are at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25; seniors 65 and older, active duty military and full-time college students, $20; age 17 and younger, $15. (803) 799-2510;

“Doctor Dolittle” opens tonight at Workshop Theatre. The musical is about a doctor who speaks to animals. His non-human friends come to his defense and help prove his innocence when the doctor is accused of murder. Doctor Dolittle then goes on a journey to find the wise Great Pink Sea Snail. Lee O. Smith stars as the friend of talking animals The musical runs tonight-Sunday, -July 21 and July 24-27. Showtimes: 8 p.m., expect 3 p.m. July 14, 20 and 21. Workshop is at 1136 Bull St. $12-$22; (803) 799-6551 or

Seuss at Sesqui – actually it’s “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9565 Two Notch Road. Tonight’s movie starts at dark (between 8:30 and 9 p.m.) and it’s free with park admission. Concessions will be sold and all proceeds benefit the Friends of Sesqui. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome, flashlights are recommended. Park admission is $2; age 15 and younger, free. S.C. residents 65 and older, folks with disabilities and members of the S.C. National Guard, $1.25. (803) 788-2706 or email

Saturday, July 13

Repticon Columbia, formerly known as the S.C. Reptile and Exotic Animals Show, returns to the Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Online VIP tickets are $12; ages 5-12, $5; age 4 and younger, free. VIP tickets are good for both days and a jump start of 9 a.m. on Saturday. Two-day tickets at the door (good for both days and Saturday VIP hour) are $15; ages 5-12, $5; age 4 and younger free. One day tickets are available at the door only and won’t be sold until 10 a.m. Saturday; $10; ages 5-12, $5; age 4 and younger, free.

“Dig Into Music” will be 2-3 p.m. Saturday in the Mungo Meeting Room of the Irmo Branch Library, 6251 St. Andrews Road. Family event will feature musicians playing and discussing their instruments – guitars, bongos, banjos, cajon and more. (803) 787-7880

S&S Art Supply, 1633 Main St., will hold a silent art auction/fundraiser to benefit Palmetto Place Children’s Center. The event will be 2-6 p.m. Saturday and will feature an open bar and live music with Preach Jacobs and Tom Hall and the Plowboys. (803) 661-9700;

Jammin’ in July starts at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site. The 18th annual event will be headlined by the rock-funk-jazz of the Mike Frost Band. There’s a mix of blues, bluegrass, rock and folk rounding out the festival’s lineup. Also performing: Pine Top Lightning, The Mobros, Jacob Johnson, Jim Hayes, Bakers Moon, Fair Jam, Blue Phoenix, Richard Strater and Brik Cash. The gates open at 4:30 p.m. Lawn chairs, blankets, coolers (no glass bottles) are allowed, but no pets; $4-$20. The rain location is The Venue on Broad. The war site is at 222 Broad St., Camden. (803) 432-9841;

Sunday, July 14

Take a guided Second Sunday Stroll through the Arsenal Hill neighborhood at 2 p.m. Sunday. One of Columbia’s first residential neighborhoods, Arsenal Hill is bounded by Assembly, Taylor and Huger streets and Elmwood Avenue. Meet at the Palmetto Armory and Ironworks building, 1800 Lincoln St. Tickets are $6; youth, $3; Historic Columbia Foundation members, free. Reservations requested, call (803) 252-1770, ext. 24 or email

Wednesday, July 17

It’s time for the Carolina Wildlife Care Purple Martin Cruise, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday aboard the Spirit of Lake Murray, departing from Shealy’s Landing, 317 Shadowood Drive. Evening of food, drinks and the arrival of the birds descending on Bomb Island, the largest purple martin sanctuary in North America. Tickets are $75; proceeds benefit Carolina Wildlife Care. (803) 772-3994;

Thursday, July 18

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is holding a personal safety class 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lexington County Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington. LCSD crime prevention officer Sgt. Diane Paavel will show women how they can enhance their personal safety at home and at work and how they can protect themselves when approached by strangers. Class is open to 40 participants ages 11 and older. Registration required, call (803) 785-2504 or email

“Angelus: Sacred Music for Women’s Voices” concert will be 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 900 Calhoun St. The group is comprised of six young women who perform music ranging from medieval chant and polyphony to the American Sacred Harp tradition as well as contemporary American and Irish works. Free, but an offering will be received and the ensemble’s CDs will be available for purchase.

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