Columbia entertainment weekend, Oct. 4-10

Columbia - The StateOctober 4, 2013 

Friday, Oct. 4

Enjoy a weekend of performing arts at Fall for the Arts, running Friday through Sunday at the Sumter County Cultural Center, 135 Haynsworth St. Events kickoff Friday with Casino Club on the outside stage at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Andy Locklair at 6 p.m. Performances in the auditorium include Debra Horton with Linda Beck on the piano at 5:30 p.m., Miss Libby’s School of Dance at 7 p.m., and a Broadway Revival Medley at 8 p.m. Two short plays, “I Am Herbert” and “Exploded,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the Sumter Little Theatre stage. Tickets are $10 for one day, $20 for two days, or $30 for three days. Tickets will be sold at the door. A schedule for the entire weekend is available at (803) 436-2260

In ‘Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage,’ the famed portrait photographer turns her trained eye toward objects in this deeply personal exhibit of 78 photographs opening Friday at the Columbia Museum of Art, in the only presentation in the Southeast. (See our story on Page A1 today) Details:

The Carolina Downhome Blues Festival continues with music and food, with Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown headlining on Saturday. 810 Lyttleton St., Camden, 10 a.m.-11:45 p.m. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday and 10 a..m.-11:45 p.m. Saturday.

Songs and storytelling are presented in five-part harmony at The Doo Wop Project, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Harbison Theatre, 7300 College St., Irmo. The show features cast members from the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, “Jersey Boys,” performing doo-wop arrangements of Randy and the Rainbows, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and more. Tickets are $26. (803) 407-5011;

Celebrate history and heritage at the 11th annual Congaree Swampfest, Friday and Saturday in the Lower Richland community. The festivities begin with a BBQ, Blues & Jazz Concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Historical Harriet Barber House, 161 Barberville Loop in Hopkins. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Manifest Discs and Tapes, 1563 Broad River Road. On Saturday, Congaree National Park* will host free programming from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., including an art exhibition, educational walks, art projects for children and more. There will also be entertainment from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Old Mt. Moriah church site, 1000 Old Bluff Road in Hopkins. Free shuttles will run between the park and the church site beginning at 11 a.m. Swampfest is sponsored by Southeast Rural Community Outreach. (803) 261-5596 (*Please note that Congaree National Park will not be open during the government shutdown.)

Gaston Collard Festival Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and 5. Friday activities include a silent auction at 7 p.m., amusement rides and barbecue competition (setup time starts at 11 a.m., in place by 5 p.m. at Town Hall, 131 North Carlisle St.). Saturday brings the festival parade at 10 a.m. and a day of live music, rides, Antique Car and Tractor display and award ceremony for the barbecue contest. Collard and barbecue plates available beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday until they run out. (803) 796-775

Saturday, Oct. 5


Don’t miss the Congaree Bluegrass Festival from 11 a.m.-6:45 p.m. Saturday at Granby Gardens Park, 1800 12th St. Ext., Cayce. Presented by the City of Cayce, the free festival will feature performances by Grasstowne, Barefoot and Reckless, Southern Gospel Express, Split Rail, and Willie Wells and Blueridge Mountain Grass. Other attractions include food and craft vendors, a bounce house, special exhibits from the Cayce Historical Museum, and more. Lawn chairs are welcome, but coolers and pets are not allowed. (803) 550-9557


Click here to find out how to make a day trip out of all the things to do on Saturday.


Help win the battle against breast cancer in this year’s Walk For Life/Run For Life that includes a 10K run, 5K run and walk, Finlay Park, corner of Taylor and Gadsden streets, Columbia, 8:15 a.m.,

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

with a free guided bike ride, Harbison State Forest, 5600 Broad River Road, Columbia, 9 a.m.,

Raise a stein at the Newberry Oktoberfest, which includes a culinary stage, food court, biergarten, music, Main St., Newberry, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,


Oct. 6

Experience the creative process at unearth from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. More than 40 artists will demonstrate their skills throughout the park. Artistic mediums include pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, dance and more. Other activities include a writing workshop by author Cassie Premo-Steele, entertainment by storyteller Okefenokee Joe, speed painting by artist Roy Paschal, and more. Stick around for a Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of “Peter and the Wolf” from 5-6 p.m. Admission is free with the $5 parking fee. Stay even later to see the S.C. Shakespeare Company perform “The Servant of Two Masters” at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. (803) 731-5208

Delve into history at the Lyceum Series Program: The Rallies & Rifts of Nathanael Greene and ‘Light Horse Harry Lee,’ 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Kershaw-Cornwallis House at the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, 222 Broad St. in Camden. Author Jim Piecuch will discuss Maj. Gen. Greene and Lt. Col. Lee’s complex yet successful relationship during the Revolutionary War. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. The event is free. (803) 432-9841;


Oct. 7

Vista Ballroom presents a free Argentine Tango Dance Performance, 7:30 p.m. Monday at the University of South Carolina School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St. The event is part of the Opera-tunity Foundation’s “Season of Women - A Celebration of Women Artists.” (803) 777-4278


Oct. 10

Learn about Columbia’s eerie past during the Spirits Alive! Cemetery Tours, leaving every 30 minutes from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday at Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Ave. Tours last approximately one hour and include light snacks, costumed tour guides, children’s crafts, and other Halloween-related activities. Participants are encouraged to wear sunscreen and bring a flashlight. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 youth (or $5 and $3 for Historic Columbia Foundation members). Register online at or email (803) 252-1770, ext. 23

Sandlapper Singers present “America’s Musical Roots” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 5220 Clemson Ave. Tickets are $15 each and can be ordered at (803) 381-5481


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