August 10, 2014

Your week: State Museum’s big expansion; FLW bass fishing tournament fun

What’s going on in the Midlands this week? Plenty.

Window to New Worlds opening

The new additions to the State Museum formally debut to the public Saturday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. The first 100 people win free general admission to the museum for a year. Activities include a ribbon-cutting at 9 a.m., live music all day, family-friendly activities and solar observing (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) Tip: Look for a welcome video from Charleston native and fake pundit/real comedian Stephen Colbert.

Columbia native Molly S. Peeples, who works for the operators of the Hubble Space Telescope and will use images from Hubble, will talk about “What Galaxies Have Done for You” at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Shows include “Seven Wonders,” a tour of the seven wonders of the ancient world, BlueCross BlueShield Planetarium; “Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs – The 4D Experience!” Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson Jr. 4D Theater.

The Lipscomb art gallery reopens with a contemporary exhibit, “Building a Universe,” featuring the work of 15 South Carolina artists.

The museum is at 301 Gervais St., Columbia. Tickets to the museum are $6.95 for children, $7.95 for seniors and $8.95 for adults; it’s $5 extra to go to any one of the planetarium, 4D theater or the blockbuster dinosaur exhibit; choose any additional of those ticketed events for $3 each. General admission plus all three ticket events will be $17.95 for children, $18.95 for seniors and $19.95 for adults.

Details: www.scmuseum.org

Forrest Wood Cup tournament

The Forrest Wood Cup bass fishing tournament comes to Lake Murray this weekend, and with that comes lots of fun for anglers.

Takeoffs are at 7 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Dreher Island State Park. The FLW Expo is 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, with the weigh-in at 5 p.m.

The expo will have fishing contests, exhibitions and demonstrations, a barbecue competition and entertainment, including Jeremey Comb on Friday, John Wesley Satterfield on Saturday and a free show headlined by Rodney Atkins at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Details: http://www.forrestwoodcup.com/

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