aiken lifestyle: Aiken Triple Crown - 2015 - 03/08/15 09:07 AM
Aiken Triple Crown is upon us!  Enjoy this Aiken Tradition!
Saturday, March 14th - AIKEN TRIALS
73rd year! 
Where: Aiken Training Track.  Two Notch Road. Gates open at 10, carriage parade starts at 1pm, first race starts at 2pm.
Tickets: $10 each in advance, $15 at gate.
VIP Tent Party - tickets - $75 each, includes parking, lunch, open bar, finish line viewing.
More info: 803-648-4631
Saturday, March 21st - AIKEN STEEPLECHASE 
49th running of the Spring Steeplechase
Where: Aiken … (0 comments)

aiken lifestyle: The Nutcracker. December 20, 21 & 22, 2013 - 12/19/13 11:11 AM
Aiken Civic Ballet Company Presents 'The Nutcracker'
December 20, 21 and 22, 2013
Aiken Civic Ballet Company Presents 'The Nutcracker'
Celebrate the season as the Aiken Civic Ballet Company performs The Nutcracker, a magical masterpiece combining the elements of a great story, colorful costumes and unforgettable music. Under the artistic direction of Diane Toole Miller, The Nutcracker comes to life in its traditional beauty and is truly a production the entire family will enjoy.
When:December 20-22. 2013
Where:  USC-Aiken Etherredge Center.
For tickets call 803-641-3305.
For more information visit 

aiken lifestyle: Garden time! A bunny in the carrots! - 05/10/13 08:53 AM
 My garden is planted, yaay!    Here's what I've got going this year:   green beans (of course!! - nothing better than fresh picked!!), roma tomatoes, eggplant, watermelon, green onions, red onions, lettuce, strawberries, parsley, basil, oregano and carrots!  
Speaking of's one of my containers - complete with baby bunny, lol.   For me, container gardening is the way to go - give it a try!

 What are you growing in your garden?
Thanks for stopping by - come back again!  give me a call if I can be of any assistance with your Aiken area property … (6 comments)

aiken lifestyle: Free Concerts - Every Monday in the Summer @ Hopelands Gardens - 05/10/11 04:41 AM
That's right - you heard me - I said FREE!  
Free concerts every Monday in the Summer at Hopelands Gardens.  
A picnic supper, a blanket, family and friends make for a perfect Monday evening during the months of May through August as local and regional artists perform at the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage.  Concerts begin at 7pm unless noties.  ADMISSION IS FREE!!!!   Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

Here's the 2011 Concert Schedule
May 16:  Anybody's Guess
May 23:  Suzuki Strings
May 30:  Aiken Civic Ballet
June 6: MNaureen Simpson and the … (2 comments)

aiken lifestyle: SOMETHING FUN TO DO - TONIGHT!! - 04/20/11 05:05 AM
Looking for something to do tonight in the Aiken area?  
Here you go!!

Sure to be a fun time for all!
visit our website at:

aiken lifestyle: Night of 1000 Lights. Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 12/06/10 10:50 AM
Night of 1000 Lights is truly ONE of THE PRETTIEST evenings in Downtown Aiken, SC.  
Pictures can't do it justice - you have to see it, feel it, live it, be part of it, enjoy it :)      
Downtown is aglow - the streets lined with luminaries.  Sponsoring businesses will be open late for holiday shopping, there will be food, festivities and even SANTA will be in town!! 
More Info: 803.649.2221  
Come enjoy Downtown Aiken during the Night of 1000 Lights -  say hello if you see me!
Give us a call when  you are ready to move South :)   
Kara … (0 comments)

aiken lifestyle: Christmas in Hopelands 12/11/10 - 12/23/10 - 12/06/10 03:52 AM

What:  Christmas in Hopelands!  

Hopelands  Gardens will once again be beautifully illuminated for all to enjoy!  Stroll thru the gardens and enjoy the holiday displays - thousands and thousands of lights!!    
Be sure to visit the Doll House, Carriage House and the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Museum :)  
Where:  Hopelands Gardens - near the corner of Whiskey/Dupree
Hours:  weekends: 5:30pm - 9:30pm    weekdays: 6pm-9:30pm
Dates:  WEEKEND DATES: Dec. 11, 12, 18, 19 and 26    (5:30pm-9:30pm)

               WEEKDAY DATES:  Dec. 16, 17, 20, 21, … (3 comments)

aiken lifestyle: Holly Days in Aiken - 12/04/10 07:20 AM
What: A holiday event with something for EVERYONE!!
When:  Saturday, December 4, 2010.
Where: Downtown Aiken!
Hosted by:  Aiken Downtown Development Association
Participating Businesses include:  Aiken Antique Mall, Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken Community Playhouse, Birds & Butterflies, Desserves, Equine Divine, Lionel Smith Ltd., MB Jewelry & Beads, Tea Garden Gifts, PowerCuts Salon & Spa and Vinya's. Visit Downtown Aiken on Saturday for our Holly Days! Activities for this event include gingerbread decorating, door prizes, in-store promotions, pictures with Santa Claus and more.   See you there! WISHING EVERYONE A SAFE AND HAPPY … (0 comments)

aiken lifestyle: A Beautiful Parkway outside my window - 07/23/10 10:43 AM
The view from my downtown office - in historic Aiken, SC :)

Park Ave - Downtown Aiken.   The beautiful grassy parkway you see is one of 176+ in downtown Aiken!

We ARE Aiken's Horse People...selling Aiken's Horse Properties...what else would we have but black, 4-board fencing around our parking lot!- -- and beautiful landscaping with blooms all throughout the year :)

across the parkway is a beautiful 'nearly new' three unit high-rise town home. 
Ready to come see what Aiken is all about?  Give me a call for answers to your questions!   Be sure … (3 comments)

aiken lifestyle: Enjoy music in the gardens! - 07/22/10 06:01 AM
Free concert every Monday night in the summer - at Hopelands Gardens.  (in case of rain - concerts are held at the Odell-Weeks Activity Center)
Here's the next couple of concerts you can enjoy  -  FOR FREE!!!    nothing beats live music :)
July 26Mike Frost Trio
August  2Ft. Gordon Dixieland Band
August  9Aiken Brass
 Concerts start at 7pm, and end around 8pm.  Bring a blanket or chair...even a picnic dinner can be enjoyed while listening to the performance.  Feel like dancing?? Get up and do it!!  Enjoy!   Say hi if you see me:)

aiken lifestyle: Downtown Aiken at your doorstep! Park Place Condo - update! 7-20-10 - 07/22/10 04:37 AM
Things are moving right along at the Park Place Condos! 

Matt and Shane from TKE have been here installing the elevator! I can't wait to take a ride in it :)   (a few more inspections, etc...and it will be ready to go)
Did you notice the beautiful green parkway out front? Downtown Aiken has over 176 Downtown parkways, which total 15+ miles in length and are home to over 150 tree species.  Each parkway is unique, with flowers, plants, lush grass, shrubs, trees, sitting areas, water features and other greenery.
Only in Aiken!  What's not to love?

Kitchen … (3 comments)

aiken lifestyle: Downtown Aiken Beach Blast!! - 06/07/10 03:49 PM
That's right - it's just about beach blast time!!   For the past (I dont' know how many) years, downtown Aiken is converted into a beach, complete with sand, beach music and shagging!  For those who don't know - the shag is our state dance :)
Here's the deal:
What:   Downtown After 6 - Beach Blast
When:   Thursday, Jun 17, 2010
Time:   6:30 PM - 10:30 PM  
Where:  Newberry Street Festival area
The Newberry Street Fesitval area turns into a beach - come get your toes in the sand :)
Most Downtown merchants will be open for after 6 shopping from 6:30-8:30 … (6 comments)

aiken lifestyle: Another Memorial Day Upon Us - Let us NOT FORGET! - 05/22/09 04:14 AM
A day to remember, first and foremost!    Remember the thousands of men and women who fought for our country - our freedom - our rights - our lives!   OUR HEROES!!

 These great people will be honored all over the country this weekend in different ways, including our own backyard bar-b-ques.
If you are looking for something to do right here in Aiken - here are some ideas:
Aiken's Annual Memorial Day Parade will be on Saturday, 5/23 at 1pm -   Starting downtown on Park Avenue at 1:00.   The parade will head up Park Avenue towards Laurens Street - then turn … (5 comments)

aiken lifestyle: Par for the course..... - 04/12/09 07:36 AM
...just won't cut it here.  The Masters Golf Tourney is here!!   and when I say 'here'.....I mean RIGHT HERE!  
Yes, y'all!!   For those of you who didn't know -  Augusta GA is right across the river (The Savannah River) from Aiken County, SC!   (about 17 miles between Augusta and Downtown Aiken)
Augusta National Golf Club - Augusta, Georgia.      
Did you know that The Masters is the ONLY MAJOR tournament played at the SAME course EVERY year?!   Yup :)   How 'bout that for a little bit of sports trivia!
Here are some pics of Augusta National:

It … (4 comments)

aiken lifestyle: Ever Been To The Lobster Races?? - 03/26/09 07:43 AM
EVER BEEN TO THE LOBSTER RACES? Haha -  yes - I said 'Lobster Races'!    We have them every year here in Downtown Aiken, and this year will be no different :)    I can't wait!!    It is a great night for all ages :)     So many people come back to town for just this event!  Come enjoy one of the biggest 'reunions' in Aiken :)    
 Here's the deal: What:  25th Annual Lobster Race
When:  Friday, May 1st, 2009
Time:  5pm - 11pm
Where:  Newberry Street Festival Site -  Downtown Aiken.
Cost: $5.00   (no charge if you are wearing a 2009 Lobster Race T-Shirt!!) Proceeds benefit … (5 comments)

aiken lifestyle: AIKEN TRIPLE CROWN IS HERE!! Part Three - The Third Leg - 03/23/09 04:46 AM
AIKEN TRIPLE CROWN IS HERE!!   Part Three - The Third Leg   What:  THIRD LEG - Pacers and Polo
 Come and watch one of the worlds most exciting, dangerous and glamorous sports.   And get to stomp the divets during half-time!! When:  Saturday, March 28, 2009
Where:  Powderhouse Polo Field
Gates Open:  11am
Match Begins: 1:30pm
Tickets:  In Advance: $8 adults, $5 children             At The Gate: $10 adults,  $5 children
Parking: General admin parking is $5 - includes game day program
VIP Tent Party:  $70 per person  (if there are any left!) -  this includes lunch, open bar and parking.
Purchase your … (2 comments)

aiken lifestyle: Spring Steeplechase Update - 03/23/09 04:29 AM
Hi Everyone -   It was great to see so many of you at the races on Saturday!    For the ones that couldn't get here to enjoy.....y'all need to plan on it for next year!!   A great time was had by all :)
Here are some pics from the day!

A sampling of the day!   Me, Melissa and Mark are in the top left..... Me and Tracy, Me-Tracy and Catherine ----  pretty hats worn by Sue and Jane Page....... horses jumping -   carriage parade - etc.....  The 'Chase is on!!!
It was a beautiful day.  The weather … (4 comments)

aiken lifestyle: Cooking Classes Offered - Downtown Aiken - 03/16/09 03:07 AM

What: "Cooking With Karen: Gourmet Meals Made Easy"

Where:  Prestige Appliances & Accessories

Location: 116A Pendleton Street, Downtown Aiken

Time:  7pm - 9pm

Cost:  $75 per person/per class

More Info:  803.644.0103

Classes Offered:
April 21st or 23rd:  'Don't Fear Fish'
May 5th or 7th:  'Quick and Easy Dinners'
Please call to register as class is limited to 20 people.

Have fun - and enjoy the class!!

I'm happy to share this information with my readers!   
Don't forget - I'm here to help with your real estate needs whenever you are ready!!    

aiken lifestyle: Pairs And Spares - 03/16/09 03:01 AM
PAIRS AND SPARES - SENIOR ADULT CLUB A great way to meet new friends....and catch up with old ones! Ages: 50 and up
Cost: FREE This group meets twice a month: 2nd Thursday -  Covered Dish -  4pm
4th Thursday - Birthday Celebration - 1:30pm

 More Info:  The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department.                  803.642.7631 Have fun :)
I'm happy to share this information with my readers.     If you have any pictures to share from the Birthday Celebrations - or Covered Dish meetings, I'm happy to post them right here for you :)

aiken lifestyle: AIKEN TRIPLE CROWN IS HERE!! Part Two - The Second Leg (The Chase Is On!!) - 03/14/09 08:32 AM

AIKEN TRIPLE CROWN IS HERE!!   Part Two - The Second Leg
 What:  SECOND LEG - Aiken Steeplechase   (this is my favorite!!)
         (the line you see in the top of the pic above is the finish line!!) This event draws the largest crowd - about 30,000 for the day!!  In this event the jockeys take the horses over a series of jumps during a race.   
 When:  Saturday, March 21, 2009
Where: Ford Conger Field
Gates open: 9:30am  ----Don't forget you hats, Ladies!!!    Why? For the hat contest of course!!

Village of Shops:  Open at 10am
Guarantor Tent Party:  11am
First … (9 comments)

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