Obituaries

R. Bell Wyder, 36

R. Bell Wyder died Feb. 3, 2014, at the age of 36. She is survived by her daughters, Corinne Wyder Jacobs and Hazel Wyder Snow; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation will be…

Joseph Oscar Dennis, 83

Joseph Oscar Dennis died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at the age of 83. Mr. Dennis was born in Ayden, N.C. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014,…

Leslie "Les" Ryan Smith, 56

Leslie "Les" Ryan Smith, of Chapin, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at the age of 56. He was born in Columbia to B.R. Tillman Smith, Jr. and Jerine Fincher Smith. He was preceded in death by his mother; wife, Lynn…

Grady Adam Latham, 47, employee of Columbia Farms

Grady Adam Latham, of West Columbia, died Jan. 27, 2014, at his home. He was 47. He was an employee of Columbia Farms and attended NewSpring Church, Columbia Campus. He was born in Anderson on March 29, 1966, and was…

Frieda Fowler Bartlett, 79

Frieda Fowler Bartlett died Jan. 30, 2014, at the age of 79. She was born in Bethune and was preceded in death by her parents, Gideon H. and Pansy Hyatt Fowler. Survivors include a son, Robert Bartlett, Jr.; daughters, Arlene…

Patricia D. Magaro, 86

Patricia D. Magaro died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at the age of 86. She was born Nov. 30, 1928, in Vandergrift, Pa. and was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Magaro and Mary Stefanik Magaro and nephew, Christopher Magaro.…

Daniel "Poppa Danny" Joseph Murray, 55

Daniel "Poppa Danny" Joseph Murray, a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend and brother, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at the age of 55. He was a proud supporter of the Hells Angels, a loyal retired member of the River City…

Virginia Ruth Anderson Backlund, 86

Virginia Ruth Anderson Backlund, of Irmo, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at the age of 86. She was born in Duluth, Minn. on July 26, 1927 and was preceded in death by her parents, Axel and Edith; brother, Leonard; and…

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Dec
15
Sat
Founding Feathers: Extinction and Conservation of Southern Birds @ McKissick Museum
Dec 15 2018 @ 8:30 am – Jun 30 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Undergraduate students Maddie Colvin and Karli Sinclair have teamed up to curate McKissick Museum’s newest exhibition. What started as a group project in a University classroom has been transformed into an educational museum exhibition on extinct and endangered birds. Showcasing three heartbreaking extinction stories: the ivory billed woodpecker, the Carolina parakeet, and the passenger pigeon, the exhibitions also brings to light the conservation efforts inspired by their disappearance. Their legacy sparked the beginning of conservation efforts around the United States including the successful conservation of the Bald Eagle. This 3rd floor lobby exhibition will open December 15th and run until June 30, 2019, featuring objects from the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, the Museum of York County, the South Carolina State Museum and more.

Jan
4
Fri
Arsenic and Old Lace @ Town Theatre
Jan 4 @ 8:00 pm – Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm

Mortimer Brewster is a happy man – holds a steady job and is recently engaged. He is excited to share the news of his upcoming nuptials with his sweet spinster aunts. But upon learning that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years, his world goes topsy-turvy. When Mortimer’s brother Jonathan returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury their newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé – all while trying to keep his own sanity as well. An uproarious farce, Arsenic and Old Lace is certainly a play that gives the word “hospitality” a bad name!

Chip Collins (The Game’s Afoot, Million Dollar Quartet) plays Mortimer who seemingly has it made until he learns the truth about his aunts, Abby and Martha. Veteran actresses Kathy Hartzog (Driving Miss Daisy, Always…Patsy Cline) and Leah McNeely Tudor (Singin’ in the Rain, Annie Get Your Gun) take on the roles of the sweet little old ladies who love to entertain! Adding additional mayhem is brother Teddy portrayed by Corey Langley (Beauty and the Beast), brother Jonathan played by Town newcomer, Michael Sugar, and Dr. Einstein, in the capable hands of Bill DeWitt (My Fair Lady, White Christmas). Sarah Strobolakos (You Can’t Take It With You) plays Mortimer’s love interest, Elaine, with Steve Reeves (The Odd Couple) seeking law and order as Officer O’Hara. Gayle Stewart (Nice Work
If You Can Get It), Scott Stepp (Catch Me If You Can, Shrek) and Willam Refo (The Buddy Holly Story) work alongside Town newcomers Tony D’Elia, Matthew Woodle and John Underwood to complete this stellar cast.

Arsenic is directed by Allison McNeely and runs January 4-20, 2019.

Show times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM. Priority members can get tickets beginning December 14, regular members beginning December 19 and the general public starting December 28. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 12 noon – 5 PM. Beginning January 4, hours extend to curtain on weekdays and also include Saturdays at 3 PM and Sundays at 1 PM.

Arsenic and Old Lace is sponsored by Lexington Medical Center.

Jan
10
Thu
Celebrate Restaurant Week with Midwood Smokehouse @ Midwood Smokehouse
Jan 10 @ 5:04 pm – Jan 20 @ 11:04 pm

Kick off 2019 by celebrating Restaurant Week in Columbia. Spend a night and dine with Midwood Smokehouse in Cross Hill. For $25 per person, we’re serving an appetizer, main entree, dessert, and our special Kentucky Mule On Tap for $4. Call for a reservation and come and dine with us!

Jan
14
Mon
Flip Flops & Soap Boxes: Issue Voting in the United States @ McKissick Museum
Jan 14 – Jun 13 all-day

Most people are familiar with the Democratic and Republican Parties in the United States. However, party affiliation is not the only factor people use to decide how to vote. Many voters choose candidates based on specific issues, like abortion or gun control. Historically, some of the biggest issues for voters have been the economy, the Vietnam War, and busing to integrate schools during the Civil Rights movement. Flip Flops & Soap Boxes explores the variety of ways American voters have communicated their opinions on these and other issues in the past

In Cotton High and Low: The History of a Carolina Cash Crop @ McKissick Museum
Jan 14 – May 4 all-day

Cotton has changed significantly from its humble roots as a plant growing wild in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world to its position today as the primary fiber in textiles. It has influenced the history of agriculture, labor, race, and gender, not only in the US South, but around the world. Explore the material culture of cotton through these lenses, beginning with the natural history of the plant itself and progressing to the social effects of its cultivation in the US South.

Jan
16
Wed
Raffle to Benefit AVID/Gills Creek@DentMiddle @ Dent Middle School
Jan 16 @ 12:00 am – Feb 10 @ 12:00 am

Thank you for supporting AVID and Gills Creek @DentMiddle! All proceeds benefit students in these programs at Dent Middle School.

Tickets go on sale January 14, 2019.

Each ticket you purchase gives you a chance to win a set of 5 park hopper passes to Walt Disney World!

We will be giving away TWO sets of 5 park hopper passes on February 15th, 2019!

Tickets are $6 and are available online at https://tinyurl.com/dentraffle19

Jan
20
Sun
UofSC MLK Weekend: Freedom Rings @ Booker T. Washington Auditorium
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm

When: Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Where: Booker T. Washington Auditorium
Tickets available at sc.edu (Note: No ticket sales available at the door. All tickets must be purchased in advance through the online system)
Hosted in partnership with the Auntie Karen Foundation and emceed by Tre Tailor and Wally “Famous” Amos, this year’s event includes excerpts from King’s “The Beloved Community” speech and performances by UofSC’s gospel choir A Touch of Faith, gospel recording artist John Lakin, Christian rap artist Big Redd, spoken word artist The Watering Hole, local young artists Jasmine Johnson and Just Us, as well as UofSC students, poet Micah Charles and vocalist Alex Thompson.
Doors for the show open at 5 p.m. and the show begins at 6 p.m. Tickets for Freedom Rings are $10 for faculty, staff and the public.

Jan
21
Mon
Naranon Meeting @ Anglican Cathedral Church of the Epiphany
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Nar-Anon Family Groups is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to you. We have traveled that unhappy road too, and found the answer with serenity and peace of mind.

When you come into the family group, you are no longer alone, but among true friends who understand your problem as few others could. We respect your confidence and anonymity as we know you will respect ours. We hope to give you the assurance that no situation is too difficult and no unhappiness is too great to be overcome.

Our program, which is not a religious one but a spiritual way of life, is based on the Twelve Steps of Nar-Anon. We’ve found that the working of these steps will bring the solution to practically any problem. We urge you to take this program and its twelve steps seriously. It has been as helpful to us as the Narcotics Anonymous program is to the addict. We only ask for the wisdom and courage to see ourselves as we really are, to do something about ourselves with the help of a Higher Power as we understand this, and for the grace to release our addicts with love and cease trying to change them.

Keep an open mind and attend as many meetings as possible. Feel free to share during the meeting. You may ask questions after the meeting. You’ll soon make friends and will feel very much a part of the group.

With the understanding that addiction is a disease, and the realization that we are powerless over it, as well as over other people’s lives, we are ready to do something useful and constructive with our own. Then, and only then, can we be of any help to others.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time @ Trustus Theatre
Jan 21 @ 8:00 pm

Based on the Novel by Mark Haddon
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Chad Henderson
JANUARY 18 – FEBRUARY 9. 2019

*Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play*

Hold on to your seats Columbia! You’re about to go on one of the wildest rides of the season at Trustus Theatre. This 2015 Tony Winner for Best Play tells the story of Bottom of Form
15-year-old Christopher. Our young hero has an extraordinary brain: he is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world. Creative and electrifying, this production is not to be missed!

Jan
23
Wed
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time @ Trustus Theatre
Jan 23 @ 8:00 pm

Based on the Novel by Mark Haddon
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Chad Henderson
JANUARY 18 – FEBRUARY 9. 2019

*Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play*

Hold on to your seats Columbia! You’re about to go on one of the wildest rides of the season at Trustus Theatre. This 2015 Tony Winner for Best Play tells the story of Bottom of Form
15-year-old Christopher. Our young hero has an extraordinary brain: he is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world. Creative and electrifying, this production is not to be missed!

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