Midlands Top Ten: What's Happening in the Midlands

Looking for something to do? Look no longer! We've got you covered with a great variety of offerings in this week's Top Ten Events in the Midlands!

SC Elvis Festival
September 11 - 14, 2014
Newberry Opera House, Newberry, SC
Tickets: Prices Vary - See Schedule of Events. Ticket Packages are available.

This year's festival will celebrate 60 Years of Rock 'n' Roll by presenting two headline shows starring the top two artists paying tribute to Elvis' early years - Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists Cody Slaughter and Dean Z. The festival will also feature a three-day preliminary to the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis, held during Elvis Week in August. There are plenty of activities (many free) for you to enjoy throughout the weekend. Check out the Full Schedule of Events. Proceeds benefit Boys Farm, Inc. in Newberry.

CMC Steel Rhythm on the River Concert Series, featuring The Reggie Sullivan Band
Friday, September 12, 2014 -- 6-9 p.m.
West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater, West Columbia, SC
RAINOUT LOCATION: Jillian's in the Vista
Admission: FREE

CMC Steel & the Greater Cayce West Columbia Chamber of Commerce kick of their fall Rhythm on the River Concert Series with one of the best known acts in the southeast. Always entertaining, The Reggie Sullivan Band is a local favorite for good reason!

THE DROP, starring James Gandolfini
September 12 -18, 2014 - Various Times
The Nickelodeon Theatre, Columbia, SC
Tickets: $8

A new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, THE DROP is also the late James Gandolfini's final role. Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), THE DROP follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funneling cash to local gangsters – "money drops" in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past. Watch the trailer.

Tree Trek and Nature Discovery at Congaree National Park
Saturday, September 13, 2014 -- 9:30 a.m. (Nature Discovery) and 10 a.m. (Tree Trek)
Congaree National Park, Hopkins, SC
Admission: Free

Start your Saturday in the great outdoors at Congaree National Park! Meet at the park's Harry Hampton Visitor Center to walk with a park volunteer naturalist to look and listen for animals in the forest (9:30 a.m.) or join a ranger to explore the old-growth forest along the boardwalk (10 a.m.).

James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation Annual Walk
Saturday, September 13, 2014 -- 8 a.m.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Columbia SC
Registration: $15

Join the James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation, 2014 Walk Ambassador Michelle Harris and the community in honoring children, families and adults who are living with Sickle Cell Disease while walking to raise money for the James R. Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund. The year's theme, "Breaking the Sickle Cell Cycle, One Step at a Time" honors the legacy of the late Dr. James R. Clark, who was a trailblazer in improving medical treatment for sickle cell patients and educating people about prevention of the potentially deadly illness.

Money Matters for Children
Saturday, September 13, 2014 -- 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
EdVenture Children's Museum, Columbia, SC
Cost: FREE with Museum Admission

What's the story behind money? Bring your whole family to this series of brief, hands-on financial literacy lessons. Through exciting activities, children of all ages will think carefully about money, and parents will learn ways to discuss financial matters with their families. Money matters, so come gain some sense!

Historic Columbia's Second Sunday Stroll - Heathwood
Sunday, September 14, 2014 -- 2 p.m.
Meet at Heathwood Park, Columbia, SC
Tickets: Free for Historic Columbia Members; $8 for Non-Members; $5 Youth; Ages 5 & Under Free

Join Historic Columbia for a Second Sunday Stroll through Heathwood! Columbia's Heathwood neighborhood derives its name from Moses Chappell Heath, who established this community east of the city in the early 20th century. Today, Heathwood is a name associated with land developed by both Heath, beginning in 1914, and his son-in-law Burwell Deas Manning, Sr., starting about 1940. Successive generations of original families remain in this tight-knit community of architecturally distinct residences with mature landscapes.

ANITA, A Documentary
September 14, 2014 - 3 p.m.
The Nickelodeon Theatre, Columbia, SC
Tickets: $10

An entire country watched transfixed as a poised, beautiful African-American woman in a blue dress sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted repeated acts of sexual harassment while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. That October day in 1991 Anita Hill, a bookish law professor from Oklahoma, was thrust onto the world stage and instantly became a celebrated, hated, venerated, and divisive figure. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, the film is both a celebration of Anita Hill's legacy and a rare glimpse into her private life with friends and family. In it, Anita Hill speaks openly and intimately for the first time about her experiences that led her to testify before the Senate and the obstacles she faced. She also candidly discusses what happened to her life and work in the 22 years since. Watch the trailer.

Farm to Table September Harvest Dinner
Monday, September 15, 2014 -- 6:30-9:30 p.m.
City Roots, Columbia, SC
Tickets: $60 (Includes wine pairings and four courses.)

Farm to Table brings the community together through agri-tourism, local food and local chefs, who are experts in bringing the freshest ingredients to the table in creative and unique ways. Join them on Monday for the September Harvest Dinner at City Roots Farm featuring resident Chefs Kristian Niemi and Travis Rayle. Ticket includes opening cocktails, wine pairings and four courses.

27th Annual Midlands Area Senior Games
September 15 - 19, 2014
Various Sites throughout the Midlands
Registration: $20

Sanctioned by the SC Senior Sports Classic, the 27th Annual Midlands Area Senior Games offer competitive athletic and recreational experiences for 50+ athletes to encourage a healthy lifestyle, to maintain and improve health, wellness and fitness. Games include track and field, billiards, bowling, pickleball, bingo, badminton, basketball, bocce ball, target shooting and more! The games culminate in an awards ceremony and luncheon on Friday, September 19.

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