Around the block

Looking back


The Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society will meet at 3 p.m. today in the Lynch Building annex at Tompkins Library, 104 Courthouse Square, Edgefield.

The topic will be the upcoming book Where Our Paths Crossed: The Old Edgefield District Settlement of Mount Willing.

The public is invited. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (803) 637-4010.

Free movie

There will be a free screening of the movie The Death of Poe , not rated, at 2 p.m. Saturday at Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S.W., Aiken.

For more information, call (803) 642-2020.

Flowery show

The Aiken Camellia Society will hold its annual Camellia Show from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at Aiken Mall, 2441 Whiskey Road.

Any camellia grower can have an exhibit at the show. Awards will be given in several categories. Blooms may be entered from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the show.

Admission is free. Free camellias will be given to everyone who joins The American Camellia Society at the show.

For more information, call Lee Poe at (803) 648-8249 or Jim Dickson at (803) 279-9451.

Ceramic exhibit

Points of Departure: Vessel Forms from the State Art Collection, an exhibition of contemporary South Carolina ceramic artwork, will be on display through Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W., Aiken.

The exhibition is free. Normal hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15. For more information, call (803) 641-9094.

Lincoln at library

The national traveling exhibit Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times, will be on display through Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Nancy Carson Library, 135 Edgefield Road, North Augusta.

The free exhibit explores Lincoln's principles and his constitutional legacy. Groups should schedule a visit in advance.

Call the library at (803) 279-5767.

Antiques in Aiken

The antiques and collectibles sale, Antiques in the Heart of Aiken, will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W., Aiken.

A three-day pass for the show costs $8. A preview party will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29. The preview party is $60 and includes a weekend show pass.

For more information, call (803) 641-9094.

Want money?

The City of Aiken State Accommodations Tax Committee is accepting funding requests for tourism-related projects that will take place July 1 through June 30, 2010.

State accommodation tax grants are available for qualifying nonprofit or government organizations. Interested organizations should contact the Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department for a handbook and application. Applications are available at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, and online at

Applications must be received by 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11.

For more information, contact Lisa Hall at the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department at (803) 642-7650 or lhall@cityof