A festive mood
THE ART OF CHOCOLATE: Sponsored by the Shelter and Advocacy Center for Abused Children; 7 tonight, Old Medical College of Georgia, Telfair Street; art auction and juried chocolate showcase; $25, call Shelter and Advocacy Center for Abused Children, 737-4631.
SPORTSMAN'S FESTIVAL: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, downtown Warrenton, Ga.; parade 11 a.m.; hunting exhibits, turkey shoot, Big Buck contest; deer cook-off; petting zoo, arts and crafts and carnival attractions; 465-9604.
MEADOWCREST ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW: Sponsored by the Pilot Club of Greene County; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, Greene-Taliaferro Comprehensive High School, Greensboro, Ga.; $1.
SANTA CLAUS: Old Saint Nick sets up shop at Augusta Mall on Wrightsboro Road starting Saturday; parade starts at food court at 11 a.m.
FESTIVAL OF TREES: Nov. 20-23, Augusta-Richmond County Museum, Riverwalk Augusta; sponsored by the Junior League of Augusta.
MERCHANT'S CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, Calhoun Street, Johnston, S.C.
TOWN CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, Calhoun Street, Johnston, S.C.
TOYS FOR TOTS PARTY: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta; advance tickets $10, available at the hotel; 722-8900.
EDGEFIELD COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARADE: 5:30 p.m. Town Square, Edgefield, S.C.
A VICTORIAN AFTERNOON TEA: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Rosemary Hall, North Augusta; tea $15 in advance at Royale Boutique Art Gallery, North Augusta Chamber of Commerce or the Stampers Loft, art show and sale are free.
CHRISTMAS MADE IN THE SOUTH: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.; adults $4, ages 12 and younger free, one admission for all three days with hand stamp, advance tickets and discount coupons available at Fat Man's Forest locations; 722-3521.
HOLIDAY AUCTION: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; $20; benefits Girls Inc. tickets available at Girls, Inc., 1919 Watkins St., or at Sacred Heart on day of event; 736-3747.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.; $23 floor/ringside, $19 lower level and $13 upper level; 828-7700.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: 8 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, University of South Carolina-Aiken Etherredge Center; fund-raiser for American Diabetes Association-Aiken Chapter, and Aiken Kidney Benefit; $8, $12 and $16, available at Etherredge Center, or call (803) 641-3305.
SYLVIA: Friday and Saturday and Nov. 14-15, 20-22, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre; $23-$26; 793-8552 for reservations.
LITTLE WOMEN: 8 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 15, 3 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 16, Ridge Community Theatre, Batesburg-Leesville, S.C.; adults $9, students and seniors $7, ages 6 and younger free, tickets at the door; special rates available for schools and retirement homes.
THE TEMPEST: 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 15, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University; $7, or free with Augusta State ID, group rates available, 667-4173.
TUESDAY'S MUSIC LIVE: Lunchtime concerts noon to 12:30 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St., with reserved lunch seating at $6; Tuesday, the Palmetto Brass, lunch by Calvert's; Tuesday, Nov. 25, organist Eugenia Toole Glover, lunch by Mally's Bagels and Grits; 722-3463 for lunch reservations; concert free.
VERDI'S REQUIEM: Augusta Choral Society; 8 tonight, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; adults $15, seniors and students $12, available at Sacred Heart; 826-4713.
MOVING IN THE SPIRIT: Featuring the Lander University Gospel Choir; 4 p.m. Sunday, Voorhees College Massachusetts Hall Auditorium, Denmark, S.C.; free.
JUST DESSERTS CONCERT: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sheraton Augusta Hotel; fund-raiser for Augusta Children's Chorale features chorale, desserts and silent auction; $10; 826-4718.
BROADWAY SERIES AT THE BELL: Featuring the Glenn Miller Orchestra; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St., 724-2400; $18.50, age 50 and older $16, series packages available; tickets available at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center box office or TicketMaster outlets.
IRISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: University of South Carolina-Aiken Cultural Series; 8 p.m. at the Etherredge Center, $85 to $600 for season tickets; individual-performance tickets also on sale. Call box office at (803) 641-3305.
CHAMBERJAZZ: Featuring Confirmation; 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, Unitarian Universalist Church, 3501 Walton Way Ext., Augusta; $10 at the door, students $5; 863-4650.
STRING MASTER CLASS: Featuring the Augusta State University Fine Arts Department and the Augusta Symphony; 2-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School auditorium, 1114 Telfair St.
JACK WILLIAMS: Singer-songwriter performs Friday, Nov. 28, Unitarian Universalist Church, 3501 Walton Way Ext.; 667-9783.
AIKEN CHORAL SOCIETY WINTER CONCERT: 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, Friendship Baptist Church, 515 Richland Ave. E., Aiken; free.
CAROLINA JAMBOREE: Today: Families II, Hank and Wildwood Country, Ray Rash and the Rascals; Saturday: Ace & the Country Classic, Gwen Samples & the Teddy Bear Band, Teresa & the T.K. Band; snacks and refreshments; Jaycees Hut, 98 Johnson St., Belvedere; (803) 279-1958.
GREATER AUGUSTA BLUEGRASS ASSOCIATION: 2 p.m. first Sundays, Cotton Row Meeting Room, Riverwalk Augusta; bring instrument or just listen to music; 855-9834.
On your toes
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE LESSONS: Offered by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society; no partner needed, first lesson free, other lessons $3; 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way; 736-4944.
AUGUSTA INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE CLUB: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way; no partners required; call 736-5713.
WEEKLY DANCES: Christian Social Organization for Single Adults; members $3, others $5; 8-11 p.m. Saturdays, Westside High School, 1002 Stelling Road, Martinez.
The literary life
BOOK SIGNING: Featuring David Jenkins, author of Rock City Barns: A Passing Era; 6:30 p.m. today, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway, 860-2310.
NBHA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BARREL SHOW/PRACTICE RUNS: Through Saturday, North Augusta Hippodrome, U.S. Highway 1 at Schultz Hill in North Augusta; the One-Armed Bandit performs today and Saturday.
SOUTH CAROLINA TEAM PENNING SHOW: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, North Augusta Hippodrome, U.S. Highway 1 at Schultz Hill in North Augusta.
WINTER CLASSIC BARREL SHOW: 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28, Saturday, Nov. 29, and Sunday, Nov. 30; North Augusta Hippodrome, U.S. Highway 1 at Schultz Hill in North Augusta.
AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 433 Newberry St. S.W.; regular exhibits include fire engine, drugstore, log house and school, military hall and South Carolina nature room; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; (803) 642-2015.
AUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY MUSEUM: 560 Reynolds St.; regular exhibits include wild animal mount room; also, the Oglethorpe Room and transportation room; space shuttle pilot Lt. Cmdr. Susan Still; Lt. Cmdr. Still's post-flight presentation in the museum theater through Sunday; Brown Bag History Series featuring Dr. Lola Richardson on the Harlem Renaissance in Augusta, noon Wednesday, $2, advance registration requested; museum admission $2 children, $3 seniors and $4 adults; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Mondays; 722-8454.
COTTON EXCHANGE MUSEUM AND VISITORS CENTER: Reynolds at Eighth streets; free tourist information and exhibits on cotton trade; art exhibits; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; 823-6600.
FORT DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER: Riverwalk Augusta at Seventh Street; interactive science and math center with 250 exhibits, from basic science to high-tech electronics; Cyber Playground, a national touring exhibit of computer games dating back to the 1970s, runs through December; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday; $8 for ages 17-59, $6 for 60 and older and ages 4-16; Paul S. Simon Discovery Theater $3 adults and children; memberships available; 821-0200.
EZEKIEL HARRIS HOUSE: 1822 Broad St.; Historic Augusta Inc. property is a museum in 200-year-old house built by tobacco merchant; three-story frame house noted for architectural detail; 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; $2 adults, $1 for 55 and older and 50 cents for 18 and younger; 724-0436.
GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART: 506 Telfair St.; Sacred Dwellings: The Work of Nancy Azara, Nov. 14 through Jan. 9 in main gallery; opening reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, open to the public, nonmembers $5; children's works for the Richmond County Council of PTAs Reflection Program, Nov. 14-Jan. 9, student gallery; Holiday Gathering of Artists 7-10 tonight and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, main gallery, open to the public, nonmembers $5; 722-5495.
LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY: 1116 Phillips St.; permanent exhibits include the Augusta Ebony Legacy, the Alice Davis Collection and artists' collection; N.Y. Nathiri, director of the Zora Neale Hurston Museum, lectures on the literary works of Hurston, 7-9 p.m. Thursday; stories for children 9 a.m. to noon first Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, by appointment weekends and holidays; $2 adults, 75 cents children; 724-3576.
MAGNOLIA DALE: Edgefield, S.C., house museum circa 1830; Strom Thurmond Room, kitchen gift shop and herb garden; open by appointment; $2 adults, $1 students; (803) 637-2233 or (803) 637-4137.
MEADOW GARDEN: 1320 Independence Drive, at 13th Street and Walton Way; home of George Walton, Georgia governor and signer of Declaration of Independence; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, by appointment Saturdays; $3 adults, $1 students through seventh grade, $2 older students, group rates available; 724-4174.
OAKLEY PARK MUSEUM: Edgefield, S.C., house museum built in 1835, former home of Gov. John G. Evans; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; $2 adults, $1 students; (803) 637-4027.
MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART: 1 10th St.; Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen: The Art of Lamar Baker; Robin Hill's Owls; masterworks from the permanent collection; gallery tour of permanent collection, 2 p.m. Sunday; nonmembers $2, members free; hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12:30-5:30 p.m. Sundays; admission free Sundays; other days, $2 adults, $1 students and persons 65 and older; 11 and younger free; 724-7501.
SACRED HEART CULTURAL CENTER: 1301 Greene St.; tours of 100-year-old former Catholic church noted for stained-glass windows, brickwork and architecture; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; $1, no charge for children; 826-4700.
SIGNAL CORPS MUSEUM: Avenue of the States at 37th Street, Fort Gordon; collection of communication material, including Civil War devices and 10th Armored Division equipment; carrier pigeon exhibit; combat photographs by Cpl. Hugh F. McHugh; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday; free; 791-3856 or 791-2818.