Bloodies and Bagels returning on Thanksgiving Day

AIKEN STANDARD FILE PHOTO BY CINDY KUBOVIC A past Bloodies and Bagels event at the Aiken County Historical Museum saw a huge turnout of people looking to enjoy conversation, bagels and Bloody Marys.

Hundreds of Aiken area residents kick off Thanksgiving Day by going to Bloodies and Bagels.

The sixth annual edition of the Aiken Land Conservancy event will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 26 on the lawn of the Aiken County Historical Museum.

“It’s a fun, festive morning, and we are really looking forward to it,” said Land Conservancy Executive Director Katie Roth. “Our board really works hard to pull it together.”

Bagels of various flavors, cream cheese, coffee and Bloody Marys will be served.

“You can come and chat with your friends and have something to eat and drink,” Roth said. “Then you can walk down into Hitchcock Woods for the Blessing of the Hounds at 11 a.m.”

There is no cost to attend Bloodies and Bagels, but the Land Conservancy will be accepting donations.

“It’s more of a ‘friend raiser’ than fundraiser,” Roth said. “It gets our name out there and increases awareness of our organization.”

The Historical Museum is at 433 Newberry Street S.W.

“If you’ve got out-of-town guests and need time alone to cook your Thanksgiving meal, this is a great place to send them to,” Roth said. “We’re expecting a big crowd. There probably will be about 500 people there.”

The Land Conservancy preserves open, undeveloped space in Aiken County and the surrounding area for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. There are forests, meadows, wetlands and stream banks on the thousands of acres protected by the Land Conservancy.

For more information about Bloodies and Bagels or the Land Conservancy, call 1-855-252-5263.

Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since January 2013. A native of Concord, N.C, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.