Editor’s Note: This weekend roundup of events will run every Saturday. If you have an event happening on Saturday and/or Sunday and would like to be included in this list, email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday at 10 a.m. The listing will only appear the weekend of the event. For all event submissions, email email@example.com.
The turkey has been carved and passed amongst friends and family. For those looking to stay in the Aiken area this weekend, the Chitlin’ Strut in Salley is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and “Fruitcakes” is opening up at the Aiken Community Playhouse. Also happening are two basketball games, the Christmas in the Backcountry event and more.
• The Chitlin’ Strut in Salley is celebrating its 50th year on Saturday with events starting with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. and running until the fireworks show at 6:30 p.m. There will also be carnival activities, arts and crafts, a parade and live entertainment. For more information, visit www.chitlinstrut.com.
• The Mountain Dulcimers of Aiken will play from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, 406 Park Ave. S.E. For more information, call 803-293-7846.
• Karaoke will be held from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Friday and Saturday at the Iron Horse Bar and Grill, 2510 Storm Branch Road, Beech Island. For more information, call 803-867-2388 or visit www.ironhorsebarandgrill.net.
• The Aiken Community Playhouse’s production of “Fruitcakes” will open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12, and at 3 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 6 at the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. S.W. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for ages 60 and older, $12 for students and $7 for children younger than 12. Donations of non-perishable food will also be collected for donation to the Golden Harvest Food Bank. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 803-648-1438 or visit www.aikenplayhouse.us.
• For Sunday brunch, stop by The Willcox, 100 Colleton Ave. S.W., where pianist John Vaughn will play from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; classical guitarist Sean Free is scheduled to come in later from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 803-648-1898.
• The Edisto Singers will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, at West Creek Baptist Church, 248 Church Road, Batesburg. They will also be performing at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at Springfield First Baptist Church, Springfield; at 7 p.m. Dec. 10, at Faith Riders Fellowship Church, 157 W. Frontage Road; at 6 p.m. Dec. 13, at Pauline Church of Christ, 3036 Fairview Road, Leesville; and at 7 p.m. Dec. 14, at Wagener United Methodist Church, 152 Columbia Road, Wagener. All the concerts are free. For more information, call Michele Kirkland-Burnett at 803-564-6272.
• The Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta, will have its Christmas in the Backcountry from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There is no admission cost. For more information, visit www.colonialtimes.us or call 803-979-9776.
• People can take Christmas photos with The GunRack Tactical Elves from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at The Gun Rack Range, 1563 Edgefield Highway. Cost of $25 includes three, edited digital images. For more information, visit www.tgrofai ken.com or call 803-648-7100.
• People are encouraged to participate in American Express’ Small Business Saturday on Saturday and shop at local establishments.
• Take a trip to the Aiken County Farmers Market, 115 Williamsburg St., from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, or until the vendors sell out, for fresh produce and crafts. The market is also open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon, or until the vendors sell out. For more information, call 803-293-2214 or visit www.visitaikensc.com.
• Bean Pond Baptist Church, 437 S. Hankinson St., Jackson, will hold a church building fund rally at 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 803-471-3426.
• The USC Aiken Pacers women’s basketball team will play at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, with the Pacers men’s basketball team playing at 3:30 p.m. Both games will be at the USCA Convocation Center, 375 Robert M. Bell Parkway, and cost $7 for adults and $5 for children, visiting students and senior citizens. For more information, visit www.pacersports .com.
• Jim Harrison will be showing his new USC Gamecocks pictures from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at his gallery at 1 South Main St., Denmark, South Carolina. The first 100 people will get a free, black-and-white sketch of one of the pictures. For more information, visit www.jimharrison .com or call 800-793-5796.
• At the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W., are the exhibits Athens Metal Arts Guild, Robert Stevens: A Rare Journey through Colored Pencils, Marie-Christine Maitre de Tarragone and Michael David Hayes: Horse Trails and Waterways, Joy Abbott: Things Great and Small and S.C. School for the Deaf and Blind: Embracing the Possibilities; the business is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 803-641-9094 or visit www.aikencenterforthearts.org.
• The following are other Aiken Artist Guild’ showings: Joy Abbott at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W., open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Debbie Black at Ridgecrest Coffee Bar, 2502 Wagener Road, open Saturdays and Sundays from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mary Ann Brock at Aiken County Family YMCA, 621 Trolley Line Road, Graniteville, open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.; Sharon Taylor Padgett and Carol Sue Roberts at The Stables Restaurant at Rose Hill Estate, 221 Greenville St. N.W., open Saturdays at 5 p.m.; Debbie Black at Ridgecrest Coffee Bar, 2502 Wagener Road, open Saturdays and Sundays from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Jeanene Smith at University Medical Oncology, 450 Society Hill Drive, Woodside Village, which is closed on the weekends. For more information, visit www.aikenartistguild.us.
• Showing at USCA’s Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway, are the works of Keith Adams and Tom Dimond. For more information on those, visit etherredge.usca.edu or call 803-641-3305.
• Regal Aiken Mall 8, 300 East Gate Drive, will be showing “Creed,” “The Good Dinosaur,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” “The Night Before,” “Secret in their Eyes,” “The Peanuts Movie,” “The Martian” and “Spectre;” “The Good Dinosaur” and “The Peanuts Movie” will also be shown in 3D. For more information, call 844-462-7342, ext. 345.
• The Monetta Drive-In Theatre, 5822 Columbia Highway N., Monetta, will be showing “The Good Dinosaur” and “The Peanuts Movie” on the Main Screen, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” and “The Martian” on Screen Two and “Creed” and “Spectre.” Gates will open at 6:30 p.m., and movies will start about 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for ages 12 and older, $4 for ages 4 to 11 and free for ages 3 and younger. Only cash is accepted at the ticket booth. For more information, call 803-685-7949 or visit www.thebigmo.com.
• The City of Aiken offers a historic tour on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The tour leaves from the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, 406 Park Ave. S.E., and costs $15. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to make a reservation, call 803-644-1907. The museum is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• USCA’s DuPont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, will present its Engineering the International Space Station program at 7 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for 4K to 12-graders and $1 for USCA students, faculty and staff. For more information on the events, visit rpsec.usca.edu/planetarium or call 803-641-3654.
• Cold Creek Nurseries, 398 Hitchcock Parkway, will hold a Christmas Fairy Garden Workshop for $15 at 10 a.m. and a Winter Porch Pot Workshop for $29.99 at 2 p.m. Saturday. Materials and instruction will be included. For more information, call 803-648-3592.
• A National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, session will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W. For more information, visit www.abbe-lib.org.
• Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 961 Trail Ridge Road.
• Al-Anon meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and at noon on Saturdays at First Christian Church, 900 Kerr Drive. For more information, call 803-761-1601.
• Aiken-based Southern Meltdown will play at 6 p.m. Saturday at St. John Towers, 724 Greene St. For more information, visit the Southern Meltdown Facebook page.
• Dance Augusta will perform “The Nutcracker” at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at The Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St., Augusta. Tickets range in price from $17 to $40. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 706-722-8341 or visit www.imperialtheatre.com.
Stephanie Turner graduated from Valdosta State University in 2012. She then signed on with the Aiken Standard, where she is now the features reporter.
She primarily covers health topics, arts and entertainment, authors and restaurants.