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What: St. John's United Methodist 10th Annual Apple Fest When: Saturday, November 1st, 2008. Time: 8am - 2pm Where: 104 Newberry Street (at the corner of Richland Avenue and Newberry Street), Downtown Aiken Cost: FREE! (no charge for admission) - but bring your cash to buy stuff and support the church in their fund raising :)
This years proceeds will benefit Grace Kitchen, Jack Meeks Memorial Wheelchair Ramp Ministry and the Golden Harvest Food Bank. All sorts of activities and treats for the entire family. Games / face painting / (17 comments)
A Proud Mom! - 10/30/08 09:40 AM
That's me! I've always been proud of my little girl. (how can it be that she will be 23 and yet I haven't gotten any older, lol) She gave me a call last night to see if I was home - said she was gonna drop something on my porch. Well, I was on my way home so I told her I would see her there! Take a look at what she made for me! Unfortunately this is one art project that I won't be able to save forever.
looks just like my kitty! Except for the rhinestone collar, (24 comments)
Local Mortgage Company opens third office? In this market? Yupper! - 10/29/08 05:36 PM
How is that for hope! Yes, one of our local lenders - Hunter Mortgage, has opened a THIRD location (to better serve you) in Downtown Aiken. The new office is at 124 Laurens Street NW next to O.L.I.V.A . I stopped in to welcome Beverly and her team to downtown. I mentioned to her that I guessed business must be good for her to be opening another location NOW...in this market! She said - OH YESS....there is money to lend, and lots of different programs for buyers to take advantage of :) They are processing all different types of loans.... This is great news to (3 comments)
I may have found a new career! - 10/27/08 09:00 PM
The old antique store on Park Avenue is being demolished. Well, it is already leveled - they started tearing it down a couple weeks ago. Now they are working on the footers and the slab. I've been watching them everyday! Lucky for me they are working right next door to our office :) Well, the other morning Bob let me 'work' the excavater - it was the coolest! Soooo- I'm thinking, if you can't sell them, you might as well tear them down, haha. Just kidding! It was alot of fun to work the bucket - and swing the doo dad, (16 comments)
National Barrel Horse World Championships comes to the James Brown Arena - 10/27/08 07:47 PM
This is a great event! Check it out if you are in the area :) Via Gene Mock: What: 16th Annual National Barrel Horse Association World Championships When: Oct 27 - Nov 1, 2008 Where: The James Brown Arena, Augusta GA - OUR NEIGHBOR TO THE WEST! Estimated payout in cash & prizes = over $350,000!
Tentative Schedule: 10/27, Monday 8am. Go Rounds 10/28, Tuesday 8am. Go Rounds 10/29, Wednesday 8am, Go Rounds 10/30, Thursday 8am, Go Rounds / Senior Finals 10/31, Friday 8am, Go Rounds/ Trick or Trot 11/1, Saturday 8am, Augusta Consolation Race 4pm: Open and Finals ------------------------------------------------------ (3 comments)
Halloween in Downtown Aiken - 10/26/08 04:28 PM
Happy Halloween in Downtown Aiken! Come join the fun on Newberry Street -Downtown Aiken, SC - Friday, October 31st. Halloween night!! 5pm - 7pm - CARNIVAL GAMES - TRUNK OR TREATING - FOOD - FREE TREAT BAGS......
COSTUME CONTEST!! Free Entry :) (children must be accompanied by an adult) Costume Categories: Ages 1 and under 2 -3 years of age 4-5 years of age 6-8 years of age 9-12 years of age Parent/Child Best Halloween Theme Best Dog Best Cat
I wasn't born here but Aiken sure does feel like home :) Come see for yourself! (8 comments)
Fun for the entire family!! Bring your friends, too :) Lots of stuff going on. Laurens Street will be closed to traffic from 3 - 6pm. This will give room for......
CHILI COOK-OFF HORSE RIDES SCARECROW CONTEST GAMES ANTIQUE AUTO RALLY CASSEROLE SALE (I missed this at the Chocolate Festival---got sidetracked by all that chocolate, lol - I wont miss this one!) BAKED GOODS......
Take a stroll down Laurens Street and check out the scarecrows.
Check out these two 'local' girls! (Pelion is in Lexington County - our neighboring County to the North!)
Elizabeth Mitchum, Kaci Poole - - - - PELION, SC > Football Elizabeth (far left) and Kaci, junior kickers at Pelion High, are believed to be the first two girls to score points for the same team in a varsity football game; on Sept. 12 each kicked an extra point in a 42-13 victory over Wagener-Salley. I just got (14 comments)
Adopt a Rescue Dog :) - 10/15/08 09:46 PM
If you are looking for a dog - please consider adopting a rescue dog. Look for a place in your county. Danny & Ron run a rescue, and recently adopted out their 1000th dog :) MOST OF THESE DOGS (800) WERE RESCUED FROM HURRICANE KATRINA. Their operation is TOTALLY NON-PROFIT - they just don't want to see any more dogs be put down. They go and rescue these pups from the mills and just want to find good homes for them. They take them home and care for them until a 'forever family' is found :) They recently were awarded with an (13 comments)
Saddle Up For Some Trail Riding Fun! - 10/13/08 08:51 PM
NEW ELLENTON TRAIL RIDE Only $15 FOR THE ENTIRE WEEKEND! October 18th & 19th - Enjoy fun & fellowship on miles of wooded trails (even crossing a creek!) - Enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds Mother Nature has to offer, while relaxing in the saddle - Enjoy a wonderful meal on Saturday night (be sure you have your meal ticket!) - Enjoy music and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights! - Farrier will be available - Cowboy style church service will be available on Sunday - Ride out at 10am Saturday and Sunday (Saturday lunch will be available on the trail) (8 comments)
A tree is a tree is a tree.... NOT in this City!! - 10/13/08 03:50 PM
...or this is what I used to think. I am the first to admit that I can't tell a cedar tree from an oak tree. I think that is about to change. I live in Downtown Aiken - and I just found out we have a CITYWIDE ABORETUM! (say it like this: arbor-eee-tum) Trees are our greatest assests and our arboretum provides a natural learning lab for EVERYONE! Aikens' downtown streets are laid out in a grid pattern - creating 176 parkways which total over 15 miles in length! Pretty cool huh! All that green space - throughout the city :) AND HOME TO OVER 150 DIFFERENT (14 comments)
New Logo for Aiken Board of Realtors!! Contest winner chosen :) - 10/12/08 01:39 PM
That's right - we had a little contest in September and received many wonderful entries. Oh - when I say we --- I am referring to Aiken Board of Realtors, 2008 Education Committee! (I'm on this committee) Aiken Board of Realtors has a new Real Estate School!! Yaay! We will now be able to have our MCE classes right here in town! This will save our members some MONEY!! We needed a logo so we ran a contest ! We have so many talented artists in our community. We received entries from Realtors, family members, local artists, students and more! It was a lot of fun going through them all. Creativity (10 comments)
Attn: Aikens Senior Crowd!! Lots to do at Odell Weeks Center - 10/12/08 10:28 AM
Did you know that there are classes available to Aiken area seniors? Well there are! And lots of them, too. Here is the list: Ceramics: Mon/Wed/Thurs 9am Mon/Tues 6pm Line Dance: Tues 10-11am Yoga I & II: Tues/Thurs/Fri 8;45-(:45am
Basic Dog Training Class: Wed 7-8pm Oct 8 - Nov 12, 2008. Evening Fitness: Mon/Thurs 7:34 - 8:45pm Fit 4 Ever: Mon/Wed/Thurs/Fri 10-11am Ballroom Dance: Tues 7:30-8:30pm SilverSneakers I: Mon/Wed 9-9:45am Tues/Thurs?fri 11:15-12:00pm Learn To Ride: (at Valhalla Equestrian Center) Wed 10-11am
YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THESE CLASSES EACH MONTH. NON-RESIDENT FEES APPLY. Register at Odell (6 comments)
B-I-N-G-O !! - 10/11/08 06:06 PM
Did you know that the Seniors play BINGO every Tuesday at Odell Weeks? Yup, they sure do! It is a fun game, and a great way to some new people - and have some fun too :) And there are prizes for the winners!
Cost: 2 cards for $1 (max is 6 cards) Time: 9am - 10am For more info contact the Weeks Center at 803.642.7631. Whiskey Road, Aiken SC.
Have fun :)
Kara Casamassina, SRES & Assistant to Jane Page Thompson, ALC. The Carolina Real Estate Company, Aiken SC. 803.648.8660
And your answer is.......... - 10/09/08 04:33 PM
Disclaimer: names and locations have been eliminated to protect the innocent, the ignorant, and those too full of themselves (or too stupid) to step out of the box! Well - I had a chance to put the power of my Active Rain Network to work for me yesterday. I am not sure how this customer found me, but the message I received in my inbox said they had just moved to 'FAR-AWAY-STATE' from 'EVEN FURTHER AWAY STATE' and just were not happy in the neighborhood. Here is the kicker --- they wanted to know if I could help them with a rental in 'NoName County'. (now remember --- (68 comments)
The Locals Call It 'The Brew Pub'..... - 10/09/08 12:16 AM
...but it's true name is: Aiken Brewing Company Grille & Bar. Located in the heart of downtown Aiken at the corner of The Alley and Laurens Street. You can't miss it! Look for the red/green striped awning and the tables out front - full of happy customers - under the big green umbrellas :) We have several options for al fresco dining downtown. I think my favorite is the Brew Pub.
Where do I start! Ok - I guess the beer, haha. They have HANDCRAFTED AND AWARD WINNING MICRO BREWS. My friend Jen is a server at the Brew Pub (11 comments)
Looking for Luxury? - 10/08/08 01:23 PM
Look no further! I could use every adjective in the book and it still wouldn't be enough to describe this property. It is absolutely stunning. WOOD VALLEY ESTATES
Secluded French Colonial home within 22+ gated and fenced acres. Several sites to build a barn, add some cross fencing and you are set for the horses! Also room to put in the swimming pool that YOU want - instead of settling for what someone else designed.
Stepped Ceilings, Vaulted Ceilings, Hitchcock Ceilings, Bowed Window Walls, Interior Columns and Arches are a few of the architectural details (6 comments)
The Arts in Aiken - 10/08/08 08:14 AM
I like to stop in the Art Center every chance I get. I stopped in there Saturday after the Chocolate Festival. Aiken has such talent! One of our past presidents (Kit Parker) of the Aiken Board of Realtors is a member of the Artist Guild, and had an exhibition there a few months ago. It was a great turnout :) Kit and I serve on the Education Committee together! Stop by The Aiken Center for the Arts next time you are downtown - you'll be glad you did :) Sign up for a class! - Have some fun and let your creative (4 comments)
Upcoming Day Trips for the 50+ crowd! Aiken, SC - 10/07/08 10:11 PM
I love Aiken :) Something to do for everyone - of every age! The City of Aiken Parks & Rec Dept has a few Senior Adult Day Trips planned. Check this out! OCTOBER 16, 2008: GRIST'S, GOATS & GENERAL STORES $50 (includes lunch) Departs at 7am Travel to Anderson County and tour the Happy Cow Creamery, the Obediah Shirley House, enjoy a catered BBQ lunch at Timms Mill, take some time shopping in downtown Pendleton and take a tour of Split Creek Farm!
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NOVEMBER 14, 2008: SOUTHERN CHRISTMAS SHOW $25 (lunch not included) Departs at 7am. Charlotte Merchandise Mart. The (4 comments)
Over 100 years old - sits on once acre. Two great magnolia trees in the front yard. Owner is willing to sell the building seperately if you wanted to move it to a different location. In need of restoration but some of the work has been started for you! Here is what has been done: NEW ROOF DECK AND SHINGLES TOP EAVE REPLACED FOOTINGS POURED SOME SILLS HAVE BEEN REPLACED Waiting for you (5 comments)
Looking for a log home? - 10/06/08 06:38 PM
If you are looking for a log home - consider one in the Aiken area! There are several presently on the market - in ALL sizes and price ranges :) Log homes are great! For me they create a sense of peace, a sense of relaxation. Take a look! If you are interested in any of these properties please give me a call. As a member of our Multiple Listing Service I can assist you with any multi-listed property :) Information Herein Deemed Reliable but Not Guaranteed. MLS data retrieved 10/5/08 at 9:00pm. Thank you for stopping by my blog. (1 comments)
Via Gene Mock: This is a really good resource for recipes and tips etc. BrightIdeas.com Hosted by Yellow M and Red M (yes - the M&M's!) They really have a great site. You can even sign up for their e-newsletter. Check it out. I'm sure you will find a recipe that you just HAVE TO TRY!! HAVE FUN!
Information Herein Deemed Reliable but Not Guaranteed - Data as per Aiken Board of Realtors - Aiken MLS. 10/5/08 8:27pm.
Thank you for taking a look at my blog. I hope to have the pleasure of working with you on your next real estate transaction. With our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of The World I can help no matter where you are moving to or from. It doesn't matter if you are looking to buy...or if you have something to sell. Just call us first! Thanks :) (don't forget to let me know you found me through (1 comments)
Carolina Bay Nature Reserve - 10/05/08 04:06 PM
I had never heard of them until I moved here. For me, a Bay is near the coast - certainly not in Aiken County! Well, I was mistaken. There are LOTS OF BAYS in South and North Carolina. They are very mysterious actually. Called a 'Carolina Bay'. Elliptical depressions in the ground mainly found in The Carolinas. AND THEY ARE PRESERVED WETLANDS!!! YAYYYY!!
Preserved and PROTECTED from development. Some people might think that is a silly thing for a Realtor to be happy about - but come on - they aren't making anymore land....and we cannot develop every last square (4 comments)
Chocolate Chocolate EVERYWHERE!!! - 10/05/08 12:24 AM
The 20th Annual St. Mary's Chocolate Festivalwas today and it was a blast : ) I hope you got a chance to stop by. So much to see and do - The frozen casserole sale was a complete success and completely sold out in the first hour! Silly me - I headed straight for the chocolate...and by the time I got to the casseroles they were all gone : ( Silent auction- there were so many cool items on which to bid. Artwork, chocolate baskets, rounds of golf, spa day for two, dinner/theatre combo, pet baskets, gardening gifts, jewelry, three days/two nights in Hilton Head, Football tickets!!, so much (13 comments)
Divas of the Sidelines: The True Lure of Polo - 10/03/08 05:36 PM
Thank you to Jane Page Thompson for her recent post on polo :) I attended a match last weekend - and am looking forward to another match on Sunday. There was a finals today at Whitney Field---and Duck Hill took it over Storm Branch. According to my source it was a total annihilation! Congrats to the Duck Hill team.
Via Jane Page Thompson:
Champagne, Divots & Polo Divas Polo is a sport of great skill, effortless team work and deep pockets. Players are given handicaps that grade their ability to score, not score or score for the other team (5 comments)
Aiken - Where Character Comes First - 10/02/08 08:29 PM
Did you know that Aiken SC is a City of Character? (and some charactors too, lol) j/k. "OUR CITY WILL BE JUDGED BY THE CHARACTER OF OUR CITIZENS" Anyway - back in 1999 a resolution was passed by the Aiken City Council to support a 'Community of Charactor' initiative in Aiken - THE FIRST IN SOUTH CAROLINA!! We really are trend setters here in this little horse town :)
What does this mean? Well, each month a character trait is presented to the community to encourage citizens OF ALL AGES to become better role models of good character. AND..every (4 comments)
The Fair is Coming! The Fair is Coming!!! - 10/01/08 12:32 PM
Yaaayyy!!! This year is the 40th Anniversary of the Western Carolina State Fair. Come on down ! (or up or over!) October 16 - 25, 2008. Will I see you there? I might see you there! Maybe someone (you know who you are) will ask me on a date and take me to the fair, hint hint ;) haha. Funnel Cake - Games of Skill! - Sausage & Pepper Sandwiches - Entertainment - Candy Apples - Fun - Cotton Candy - Contests - Ice Cream Cones - Rides! Rides! Rides! - Games of Chance - Prizes - Friends -Art Contest - (19 comments)
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