Always something special
BOYKIN CHRISTMAS PARADE: It’s time for Christmas at the crossroads when the Boykin community holds its annual holiday parade, slated for 2 p.m. Sunday. The 80-plus unit parade will begin at the intersection of Swift Creek and Boykin Mill road, continue through town and out to S.C. 261 (Boykin Road). Road closings for S.C. 261, Boykin Mill Road and Swift Creek Road, will be 1 p.m. Grand Marshal will be longtime Boykin resident Lita “Squeeky” Wangensteen. A gospel concert at the historic Swift Creek Baptist Church will follow.
SPANKY BROWN: Thursday through Dec. 28 at the Comedy House, 2768 Decker Blvd. The former host of “Barbershop Critics” on The Black Family Channel, he currently hosts a sports comedy talk show on the Internet. Tickets are $10. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Dec. 28. (803) 798-9898; http://comedyhouse.us
Bluegrass and more
ACOUSTIC OPEN STAGE AND JAM: 6 p.m.-midnight Friday at Bill’s Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor, 710 Meeting St., West Columbia. The perennial gathering continues at its nonsmoking, no-alcohol venue. $5 admission. (803) 796-6477; http://billsmusicshop.com
>>> BOOK SIGNINGS
Meet Tom Poland
BOOK SIGNING: 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Mast General Store, 1601 Main St. Tom Poland will be signing copies of his “Carolina Road Trips from Columbia” and the second volume of “Reflections of South Carolina.” (803) 771-2300; http://mastgeneralstore.com