Woodside News & Events
Woodside Plantation was recently recognized as a top place to retire by a national publication.
Where to Retire magazine included Woodside on its list of 50 best master-planned communities. The article will be published in the magazine’s June/August issue to be released on Tuesday.
Diana Peters, the vice president of Woodside Development, L.P., said the publication puts this list together every two years, and the community has been featured several times before.
“We are pleased that Where To Retire is recognizing, once again, what so many families have already discovered about Aiken and Woodside Plantation – a great four-season climate, outstanding amenities, a wide array of social programming and the charm and culture of the city of Aiken,” Peters said. “We believe that these attributes coupled with the consistent investment and attention to detail by the developer is the basis for this recognition and the success of our community.”
What, one might ask, is The Peachtree 23? That title conjures up possibilities from a 23-mile road race to a big gang of peach thieves about to go on trial! I had no idea until my self-proclaimed “downstairs neighbor” Karen Sherman, brought this unique area event to my attention.
The Peachtree 23 happens the first Saturday in June each year. June 2013 heralded the 6th annual event for this 44-mile yard sale that begins in Batesburg-Leesville and spans a 44-mile trek along SC Hwy 23 all the way to Modoc! Yes, really! The Peachtree 23 is a 44-mile yard sale!
Well, don’t you know that any other plans we may have had for the first Saturday in June just got deleted from the Google calendar because we were going to the Peachtree 23. I knew that my new good friend Ellie who, like me, believes in the mantra “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure” wouldn’t want to miss it either. The first hurdle would be convincing Al and Ellie’s husband, Keith, what a fun day we would have, but I knew when they heard the words “man” and “treasure” in the same sentence, they would be onboard too!
The four of us are fairly new to the Aiken area, so the second hurdle was to find out just where Batesburg-Leesville, Modoc and SC Highway 23, ground zero for this big event, were and plug it in to the GPS. Al possesses the male gene that hinders his ability to ask directions, so GPS was definitely the answer for this important event.
The first Saturday in June arrived, and we were all set to go. With Al at the wheel, Keith riding shotgun and Ellie and I in the back, off we went to experience our first ever Peachtree 23 44-Mile Yard Sale! Al had taken a look at the map and drove us right to Batesburg-Leesville where we met up with all the folks “in the know” about this big day. Traffic was backed up in both directions on SC HWY 23, so we knew we had to be in the right spot.
The day progressed with many stops along the way at spots that caught our eye and that we all deemed worthy of the search for a place to park and eventually wend our way back into the forever trail of traffic on SC HWY 23. We did, indeed, find an abundance of junk and a few treasures so the mantra still rings true!
We also found lunch for our hungry group at Juniper, a fine restaurant right on Main Street in Ridge Spring, SC. The Ridge Spring section of the 44-mile yard sale was in full swing, and the whole town seemed to be taking part along with several established antique shops that front Main Street.
There truly was 44-miles of continuous yard sales, fruit and vegetable stands and antique stores to explore in the charming small towns along SC HWY 23. It was great fun discovering places we had yet to visit since moving to Aiken.
Modoc was the final leg of the Peachtree 23 44-Mile Yard Sale so we meandered our way back to Aiken and introduced Keith and Ellie to another favorite spot of ours, J. Flannigan’s Ice Cream Parlor on Dougherty Road. It was a great way to finish a fun day here in our wonderful new hometown.
Submitted By Char Love
June 19, 2013
Here comes summer! Along with welcome spring rains, the warmth of the sun and puffy white clouds against beautiful blue skies comes what we have really all been waiting for through winter, the emergence of homegrown fruits and vegetables.
A great place to find local homegrown produce and support our local producers, at the same time, is the Aiken County Farmer’s Market. The market is a very busy place as reflected in the photos below. Al and I joined other fresh produce enthusiasts last Saturday, the first day of this season, and found a bounty of produce to take home and enjoy!
The market boasts mountains of beautiful, locally grown fresh vegetables, many varieties of fruit and melons and, of course our famous South Carolina peaches… the SC state fruit!
A clip from the Clemson University Cooperative Education website – www.clemson.edu – answers the question: “What are the top three peach producing states in the United States?” Answer: California (#1), South Carolina (#2), and Georgia (#3). I’ll bet many of you thought Georgia was at the top!
Mibek’s Farms, featuring Angus Beef, is another staple at the market. From the website: www.mibekfarms.com – “MiBek Beef is pasture grazed and then dry-aged 17 days for added flavor and tenderness.” We have tried their beef and it is, indeed, tender and flavorful.
There are a number of vendors, at the market, offering fresh baked goods, honey, fresh cut flowers and plants. Sara and Larry offer beautiful handmade Sweet Grass Baskets. As you leave, take note of another wonderful thing about Aiken, The Components of Character Banner that hangs proudly at the market and all around Aiken.
Aiken County Farmer’s Market is located on Williamsburg Street between Park and Richland Avenues. It was originally the Aiken Cotton Platform and Scale and has an interesting history. For more information on the beginnings and evolution of the Aiken Farmer’s Market visit: www.visitaikensc.com.
In addition to the Aiken County Farmer’s Market there are many roadside produce stands in and around Aiken. There are lots of opportunities to enjoy the local tastes of summer!
Submitted by Char Love
June 9, 2013
Wow, the 2013 Links For Pink Tournament and associated events raised $11,279 for the Savannah River Cancer Foundation! Thank you, members of The Reserve Club! The annual event sponsored by The Reserve Club Women’s Golf Association (RCWGA) had terrific participation again this year. Sixty-eight men and sixty-four women representing the ladies 18 hole and 9 hole organizations along with Green Tee, White Tee and Blue Tee guys all dressed in pink helped to make this a huge success. Our talented committee and cadre of volunteers ensured that everything ran smoothly.
Events during the fundraiser included a Home Decorating Contest along the course. Owners used pink creatively and had many breast cancer themes. Tournament participants voted on their favorite home throughout the day, and the winners were JoAnn Clayton-Reyna and Henry Reyna.
Another owner on the 10th fairway set up a lemonade stand with a menu that included cookies, cupcakes and M&M’s for sale for a donation to the fundraiser.
The silent auction, raffle and honor flags were all tremendously successful and brought in significant contributions toward the total amount raised with this year’s event.
New this year was a tennis tournament organized by Stan Mechanic that provided another venue for non-golfers to participate in the event.
Jamie Turner, Executive Director for Savannah River Cancer Foundation, and Barry Adams, Chairman of the SRCF Board, took time from their day to speak at the opening of the golf tournament and at lunch. They expressed their overwhelming appreciation for the support of The Reserve Club and the services that support will allow to be provided to breast cancer patients in the four counties served by SRCF.
Thanks, again, to The Reserve Club and its members for actively supporting the local community!
As the Carolina blue skies filled the air, so too did the patriotic emotion of this wonderful nation and incredible country club. The Reserve Club’s entrance was filled with members and guests in their red, white, and blue patriotic colors for our annual Flag Ceremony around the pole. As is tradition, we were joined by two Marines, Gunnery Sergeant Marques Wells from Memphis, TN and Staff Sergeant Christoper Hand from Thompson, GA, who were here to assist with the lowering of our flag to half staff in honor of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while defending our freedoms. The veterans in the audience stood at full salute as Old Glory was lowered while Taps was played in the background by Reserve Club member Pete McAteer, a veteran of the United States Army.
The Flag Ceremony was an appropriate finish that reminded guests of the reason we celebrate Memorial Day after a weekend of fun and lively events and activities for Woodside’s guests as well as members of The Reserve Club. The weekend kicked off with Pub Club on Friday evening featuring a dinner buffet and live entertainment under the ‘big top’ on the Croquet Lawn. Saturday’s activities included a golf outing, the Historic Aiken Trolley Tour, massage treatments at the Village Health & Wellness Center and poolside lunch. Then, on Saturday evening, guests attended the Spring Fling gala featuring cocktails, dinner and live entertainment … by none other than Elvis!
Don’t miss out on another event! Independence Day is just around the corner and is another great opportunity to experience the camaraderie and social atmosphere that is unique to Woodside Plantation! Call 800-648-3052 today to hear the details of this event and reserve your space now!
The Reserve Club at Woodside celebrates Memorial Day, each year, with a wonderful flag raising ceremony to honor and remember those who have died in service to this great country and in protection of our cherished freedom.
Al and I attended this year and enjoyed, tremendously, the ceremony, the flag raising, meeting and thanking Woodside resident veterans and visiting with other friends and neighbors who came to remember and honor these courageous people. We also enjoyed the Sunday Brunch at the Reserve Club following the ceremony.
This year there was a very special reading at the Memorial Day Ceremony, “The Color of Patriotism” which was written by a Woodside resident, Bill Reynolds; it is beautiful and I share it with you here:
The Color of Patriotism
What is the color of Patriotism? Is it the purple found in a purple heart? How about the bronze or silver in the bronze and silver stars? Is it the obvious red, white, and blue found in “Old Glory”? Could it be the desert camouflage worn by our troops in far away lands? What about the white found on thousands and thousands of granite markers covering many acres of hallowed ground at Arlington National Cemetery? What color is Patriotism?
It is without color. It is blind to color. It is clear.
The color of Patriotism is found in a clear single solitary tear which drips slowly down the cheek of a recent widow who lost her husband in combat: the tear of a young child who will never again lay eyes on that parent who gave their life so we could remain free: it is in the tear of an old veteran who proudly stands and salutes the flag as a VFW unit leads the fourth of July parade in a small town in rural America: it is the tear which begins to form in many eyes when at a sporting event people are in unison singing God Bless America or the National Anthem: it is the tear which cannot be held back and finally hits the ground when one says goodbye to a flag draped coffin while in the background Taps is played by a lone soldier on his worn bugle: it is the tear which flows whenever we pause and reflect what this country means to us and what it takes for us to keep it: It is also the tear which has started to flow down your cheek as you read or listen to this.
Patriotism…it is clear and it is found in our tears.
By Bill Reynolds
Submitted by Char Love
June 2, 2013
Our busy month Marched forward with 3 couples from Naples, FL; they are among the friendships we developed when we lived in SW Florida. Our friendships have transcended time and distance and two of the couples had visited us in Aiken while our home was still under construction and we were staying in a leased cottage in The Village at Woodside. This time another couple that wintered in Florida and summered in Minnesota also joined us. They too, have become very good friends and came to find out what drew us to Aiken and why we love it here so much! read more…
Spring was in the air and so was a sense of anticipation and excitement about all that the month of March held for us here in Aiken. Al and I looked forward to our first visits from children and grandchildren, granddaughter Jada from Alexandria, Virginia and grandson Marley with Mom – Deb and Aunt Amy from Safety Harbor, Florida.
We also hosted 6 friends from Naples, Florida for a tour of Aiken and Woodside Plantation and their first ever Steeplechase experience. There was much to prepare for and much to be glad about as March brought a welcome spring. read more…
New residents Tina and Warren Marinaccio share how a stranger and a long-lost friend changed their lives.
We have had two locations to travel back and forth between for the past 20 years, Kohler, Wisconsin and Hilton Head, South Carolina. With retirement approaching in 2011, we decided we wanted to get down to one place for all of our “stuff“ (and after 20 years, there’s a lot of “stuff”).
We had seriously considered staying in Hilton Head and looked at many homes for sale, but found nothing that really caught our eye. We were sitting in Bonefish Grill in Hilton Head one evening and started talking to a couple next to us. They were from Aiken, South Carolina and just kept raving about this town. They mentioned that if we wanted to look at homes, we should consider taking a look at Woodside Plantation. We decided we should visit Aiken, because maybe it was time to escape the “tourist pace” of the beach.
So, that night, we began our research into what would soon change our lives. We knew what was on our list of priorities when it came to finding our retirement location. We wanted a gated community with attractive homes and well landscaped areas that lends itself to a healthy lifestyle.
We went online to view the Woodside website and it certainly did peak our interest. A bonus was to find out that a realtor that we had worked with in the past in Hilton Head, Wally Busch, was now working at as a realtor at, you guessed it, Woodside. In fact, Wally had helped us buy our condominium in Sea Pines (Hilton Head Island) 20 years ago! And now fate had put us back in his hands to help us find a home at Woodside. Talk about a coincidence. We had become friends with Wally and Phyllis Busch 20 years ago, but over the years had lost contact with them. Now we were reunited and they couldn’t have been more hospitable and welcoming to us all over again!
At Woodside, we found everyone to be very friendly and helpful. It’s always fun to hear where people have moved from and what activities they enjoy here. Woodside has a great blend of people that have found a perfect location to enjoy many years of active retirement! And we decided to join them, thanks to the strangers at the bar and an old friend from two decades ago. Woodside Plantation is truly a magnificent place, with the rolling wooded hills blended together with outstanding landscaping. Even though we are not golfers we enjoy watching the game and have always lived in golfing communities. The Reserve Club has spectacular tennis courts along with a wonderful Clubhouse. Add the Wellness Center and “what more could anyone ask for?” Outside Woodside is the very vibrant downtown area of Aiken, with very friendly shop owners and townspeople. Blended into all this is a fine University setting. It’s all here. We are so happy to call Woodside our new home!
The Rudisill family can now say they are living the sweet life
Since moving to Woodside Plantation three years ago, Cynthia and Dick Rudisill have been acting like kids in a candy store. And, as it turns out, that’s exactly who they are. This past January, the Rudisills opened Cyndi’s Sweet Shoppe in a vintage hundred-year old building in the heart of downtown Aiken, filling it with all manner of chocolates, fudge, pralines and assorted candies. Though open just a few months, it’s already become the number one destination for every sweet tooth from Aiken to Augusta and everywhere in between.
Cyndi’s Sweet Shoppe is the realization of Dick and Cynthia’s long-held dream to open their own candy store. Both have an abiding love of the past and were committed to re-creating the authentic sweet shop experience of a by-gone day. It was their love of the past, in fact, that helped convince them to come to Woodside. “Aiken is a charming old town with a deep sense of history,” Dick said. “It feels a lot like Savannah or Charleston, but without the risk of hurricanes.”
They had one other prerequisite for relocating. “No snow,” Dick said. “Coming from Syracuse, I’ve seen enough of that stuff for two lifetimes.”
They heard about Woodside eight years ago from an article in Where to Retire. They’d just sold their second home in Melbourne, FL and wanted to move far away from the threat of coastal storms. They purchased a homesite on their first visit to Woodside, eventually moving to the home where they now live.
“It was the smartest move we’ve made,” he said. “We’ve got world-class amenities, great neighbors, a host of new friends and a chance to live our dream. I guess the best way to sum it up is to say that, at Woodside, life is sweet!”
This year marks a special anniversary at Woodside Plantation. It was exactly 20 years ago that my partners and I took over development of this exceptional community. During this time, we’ve seen some very wild fluctuations in the economy – times of rapid growth when we could barely keep pace with demand, and other times when growth seemed to slow to a crawl.
Through it all, we’ve focused on one simple vision: To create one of the country’s premier communities, a place where families will still choose to live fifty or even a hundred years from now.
Over the years, we’ve completed a full array of family-oriented amenities, including a superlative Nicklaus Design golf course, an outstanding tennis complex, and a beautiful clubhouse facility with pro shop, piano bar and fine dining. Also underway is the Village at Woodside, featuring a medical campus with state-of-the-art health care services and a brand-new Village Health & Wellness Center, with additional retail shops and dining venues in the works.
Of course, none of this would have been possible without our property owners and residents. We can all be proud of the progress we’ve made, but there’s no time to rest on our laurels. Our promise to you for the next 20 years and beyond is to continue to work hard to ensure Woodside remains one of the country’s foremost communities. We invite you to join us in that effort, and look forward to seeing you soon at Woodside Plantation.
Even before Al and I moved to Woodside we had opportunities to experience what a fun, friendly and eventful place Woodside and Aiken promised to be. We were invited to participate in the annual Founders Weekend events and also, the Spring Steeplechase. Both events were full of fun and opportunities to find out what life is really all about at Woodside Plantation in Aiken, SC.
We welcomed the opportunity to join the fun in these legendary events and to attend Pub Club, try golf on the Reserve Club course, dine at the Reserve Club, take the Aiken Trolley tour, try some of Aiken’s local restaurants and, most importantly, experience the warmth and welcome of those lucky folks who already called Woodside home. These experiences reinforced our decision to make Woodside and Aiken our new home too!
Now that we are here and “under construction” we have had the good fortune to attend these events, once again, and share our experiences with others who are considering making the move to Aiken. We both love Woodside and Aiken and all that they have to offer so it is easy and fun to share our day to day discoveries and adventures in this wonderful place! read more…
Fairly early into the pre-construction process we began to talk about the specific choices we would make for our new home. One of those choices was what type of countertop we would want for the kitchen. Al and I have built other homes and both like granite in the kitchen so that decision was easy. That granite choice also led us on another Carolina Signature Home sponsored adventure!
The Village Center houses the hub of CSH Construction and The Design Center staffed by the, always friendly, patient and helpful Kitty.
As and aside, to this adventure, and to underscore what a small world this really is, Kitty and I graduated from the same high school in suburban Minneapolis but had to wait until we both landed in Woodside Plantation, almost 50 years later, to meet each other! read more…
Join us at The Village at Woodside on Saturday, October 20 for a great day of family fun. The annual Village Family Fall Fest begins at 11 a.m. and lasts until 5 p.m. Fun-filled events for every member of the family, including the 4-legged ones, include art exhibitors, costume parade, pet costume contest, Women of Woodside Bake Sale, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, inflatables, face painting, cotton candy and much more! The event benefits Aiken SPCA who will be on site hosting pet adoptions and a supply drive. This year’s event is especially important in light of the recent closing of a local puppy mill which resulted in Aiken SPCA receiving 50 additional dogs and puppies who need “furever” homes.
Visit www.thevillageatwoodside.com for entry forms for the pet costume contest. Entry forms are also available at the Woodside Development office. Artisans interested in exhibiting and selling their talent should call Kenneth Brodie at 803-645-6270 to be considered.
Come out, enjoy the festivities and help make this year’s event even better for our local homeless pets!
The Village Health & Wellness Center began a series of grand opening events with a Preview Party on October 6, 2012. A Grand Opening Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, November 3, 2012. Personal trainers and group fitness instructors will be offering an overview of the classes and facilities and workshops featuring integrative health solutions and health assessments are also planned.
The Village Health & Wellness Center offers a wide array of health and wellness options including: cutting edge group fitness programs and training equipment; personal training for individuals and small groups; sport specific training; aqua fitness programs for all levels in the saltwater indoor pool; and a Hot Yoga studio. Nutritional counseling, wellness coaching, massage therapy and other progressive mind/body programs will also be offered. This stunning, state-of-the-art facility is located at the Village entrance to Woodside Plantation alongside The Reserve Club’s driving range. The miles of walking and bike trails within both Woodside Plantation and the Village at Woodside will make access easy for residents of Woodside Plantation.
Two levels of membership will be available. Classic Membership includes access to the state-of-the-art equipment, use of the swimming pool, luxurious locker rooms and complimentary towel service. Premium Membership will entitle members to all of the benefits of the basic membership plus complimentary access to group fitness classes including Zumba, BarreAmped, spinning, yoga, Hot Yoga and aquatic fitness classes.
Membership enrollment is underway with interest in this new facility building every day. Members who enroll before November 1 will be able to use equipment and participate in classes on a limited basis as the staff and instructors prepare for the public Grand Opening Celebration on November 3. Since membership dues will not begin until November 1, this is a great opportunity to test some classes and learn which fitness options, services and activities interest you most! In addition, staff will be available for personal tours by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 until 6 p.m. throughout October.
Special introductory offers, including memberships with a portion of fees paid by the developers of Woodside are available until November 1, 2012. For membership information, to schedule a tour or RSVP for the Grand Opening Celebration, please call Vivien Anne Bunce at 803-617-0876 or e-mail Vivien at Vivien@villagehealthandwellness.com.
Fall is the perfect time to visit Woodside – the air is cool and crisp; trees hold their leaves in hues of green, gold, red and orange for weeks, oftentimes through Thanksgiving; and there is a calendar full of fun events offering the perfect opportunity to taste life in Woodside and the charming and historic city of Aiken.
The Annual Founder’s Weekend Gala held October 5-7 is a favorite for prospects considering Woodside for their new home. The weekend offers a variety of events and activities and is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with residents who are always happy to share why their decision to make Woodside their new home was the right choice.
Aiken’s Fall Steeplechase is just around the corner. There are over 60 guests already planning to visit during Aiken’s premier fall event October 26-28. With activities including the weekly Pub Club at The Reserve Club, this event is a great opportunity to discover the lifestyle offered in both Woodside and the charming and historic city of Aiken. The Fall Steeplechase event package includes tickets to the Guarantor Tent with complimentary lunch, open bar and live entertainment in between the heart-thumping race events.
Woodside’s Fall Into Fun event is planned November 2-4 and offers a unique opportunity to experience the natural beauty and pleasing climate for which Woodside and Aiken are known. The weekend includes informative workshops about the area’s flora and fauna, team scavenger hunts in the area’s bucolic parks and nature preserves, an old-fashioned BBQ dinner on The Reserve Club’s verandah, and much more.
And, then there’s golf! Spectacular, award-winning courses, pristinely maintained and open year round – that’s twelve months of golf over four distinct seasons each perfectly tempered for golf enthusiasts!
Call 800-643-3052 today to be sure you don’t miss out on the fun during this magnificent fall season at Woodside!
The Reserve Club announced its 6th Annual Generations Charity Golf Classic & Auction to be hosted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at The Reserve Club. The Generations Charity Golf Classic was created to honor the memory of Club members who passed away during the preceding year. Each year, the proceeds from the event are donated to a local charity in the names of the tournament honorees. This year’s charity of choice is a trust for “Scotty’s Kids,” a trust created by Aiken Public Safety.
The Reserve Club is a special place thanks to its extraordinarily caring members who donate many hours of their time and dollars from their pockets to the local Aiken community. The Generations Charity Golf Classic & Auction is one of several events hosted by The Reserve Club each year benefiting local charitable and civic organizations. Because it was created to honor its members, this event is a favorite of the Club’s family of membership.
This year’s event will include 30 foursomes and begins with the Kickoff Breakfast. Each foursome will be joined by an Aiken Public Safety officer or staff member. In addition to the tournament, there will be prizes and a Celebration Dinner and Auction. Members who would like to play in this year’s tournament are urged to sign up quickly – foursomes are filled in record time for this event! The Celebration Dinner and Auction is open to all members, golfers and non-golfers alike!
The next meeting of the South Carolina Bluebird Society will be Monday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m. at Birds & Butterflies. This should be an interesting evening! This meeting represents the second year of existence of SCBS which “hatched” on October 19th! So, maybe ‘Happy Birthday’ will be “chirped” as birthday cake is consumed!
Ron Brenneman will present the trail data for 2012. It was a very good year! Jim Burke will provide details from the North American Bluebird Society 2012 Conference folks in California. He will also present the “almost” final draft of the program for 2013 National Conference to be held in Aiken. In addition, the 2013 marketing brochure will be available for review. Jim will be bringing along copies to California for distribution.
The Awards Dinner on October 22nd was a big success. There were 55 members and guests in attendance. Sponsors received a proper ‘thank you,” attendees were treated to a wonderful dinner and a special “collector’s item” coffee mug was an added treat for attendees.
Submitted by Jim Burke
Saturday’s Fall Fishing Outing “netted” a total of fifteen Woodside residents with a total of 42 bass being caught. There might have been more fish except one angler walked home as soon as he ate all of his favorite doughnuts! The big winner was, as usual, Bob Carter with a total catch of 12 bass, including two over 18 inches. John Cater came in second in Minnows. It looks like Bob’s reign as minnow king is going to last for a long time. Bob Kappus, who recently joined the ranks of the retired folk, came in first in Artificials with my brother, Tony, coming in second. In Nightcrawlers, Mark Behl came in second to his wife, Deborah. Wouldn’t you have loved to be a “fly” on the wall at the Behl’s home for dinner! The first fish of the day was caught by Tim Burcroff, and the last fish of the day prize went to Dale Hutsell.
Fall fishing is definitely on the upswing. Please get back to me if you would like to participate in a boating outing on Oakman Lake next Saturday, October 13. If we can get five or more boat owners with partners on the water, we’re sure to have a great day!
Submitted by Ken Ziomek
October 7, 2012
Day two of our unexpected adventures weekend also began with a hike in the woods. The morning air was still crisp and inviting and today we would go to another favorite hiking spot, Boyd Pond Park. The park is less than 10 minutes from the Village entrance to Woodside and also provides a natural and beautiful place to hike.
We noticed on the way down Silver Bluff a sign about a bike race and police officers were there directing traffic. We turned on Boyd Pond Road and continued on our way to the park. We both wondered what the race was all about and which way it would go. About half way through our first trek around the lake we noticed a few bikers riding on Boyd Pond Road. We had seen a sign on the way to the park that said Mile 35 so we knew then that they would be coming this way. The bikers we saw were few and far between and we thought we were probably seeing the tail end of the race… not even close.
We were soon to realize that these bikers weren’t the tail end but, in fact, way ahead of the pack. We were finishing lap two of the 1.7-mile track when the rest of the group started to speed by. There were hundreds of them… almost 3500 according to the Augusta Chronicle.
From the Augusta Chronicle
“The swimming, biking and running event started with cloudy skies, but the world’s largest Half Ironman, with almost 3,500 participants, began issue-free at 7:30 a.m. Sunday with the swimming portion. The pro men were the first to hit the water; the pro women followed three minutes later.
After the first triathletes finished the 1.2-mile swim and began the biking leg before 8 a.m., a heavier wave of competitors started streaming through the transition area by 8:30 a.m.
The bike ride lasts 56 miles and is followed by the 13.1-mile run. The triathlon ends at Broad Street in front of the Augusta Common, where there will be an awards ceremony at 4 p.m.”
It was amazing to watch and there were bikers of every stripe. They were women and men, young and not so young, fit and not so fit… it was quite the spectacle. Al and I were the only spectators on this leg of the race. We found an opportunity to sprint (yeah right) across the road to get a better view of them coming down the big hill toward the lake. It was really something to see and many of the bikers showed their appreciation for our support and presence with a big whoop, a hearty “good morning” or a “thank you” as they flew by. We watched for a very long time until the pack began to thin again. We finished our hike, returned to the car and headed for home. When we reached the corner of Silver Bluff and Boyd Pond Road again, the police were still there directing traffic and ensuring the safety of the remaining bikers. We had to wait a few minutes for a break in the pack and then the officer waved us through with instructions to “hit it” when she told us to go.
All in all it was a weekend of fun and unexpected adventures. That seems to be the way life is here in Aiken. We love it here and look forward to many more adventures in the years ahead.
What, one might ask, does the Festival of the Woods have to do with the World’s Largest Half Ironman? The answer is really quite simple and actually led Al and I to an unexpected weekend of adventure here in Aiken. Let me explain…
Fall has arrived and the early morning air is crisp and inviting; just the type of weather that calls us to one of our favorite past times, hiking the many beautiful woodland trails here in Woodside Plantation and the greater Aiken community.
Soon after we settled here at Woodside we were introduced to Jim Pierce who heads up a group of Woodside hikers. We actually met Jim on the Bluebird outing that was led by Jim Burke on The Village Trail last spring.
Jim Pierce arranges group hikes at various times throughout the year on the many trails that are interspersed throughout Woodside and also on trails in and around Aiken. The September hike was scheduled for Hitchcock Woods; a 2000 acre area within the city of Aiken boasting 65 miles of trails. Amazing! Hitchcock Woods is a wonderful gift to the Aiken community and really worthy of its own story.
All of the Woodside hikers who signed up for this event were to meet at Mitchell Shopping Center to carpool into the woods. Typically no motorized vehicles are allowed in the woods, only folks on foot or horseback. In line with that, Hitchcock Woods is a maze of trails, which should require hikers to take a map supplied at each entrance and also require that the hiker know for certain if they are “afoot or horseback” before beginning their trek A quick survey of our group ensured that we were all afoot and ready to hike!
What Al and I didn’t realize, when we signed up for this hike, was this was a very special day in Hitchcock Woods. This was day two of the 4th Annual Festival of the Woods. Lots of hikers and folks interested in learning about this wonderful place all gathered in a common area inside the woods. There were tents with displays on woods topics and staffed with folks knowledgeable on the woods and this area. There was a Wildlife exhibit by Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, a live dog agility demonstration by Palmetto Dog Club, adult tours with various talk stops, student tours by Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, merchandise for sale and lunches available for purchase. Admission to this day of the event was free.
Once everyone had arrived, the hikers were split into groups for one of the three adult tours of the woods. Our group was flanked by Nancy in the lead and Molly following close behind to ensure we didn’t loose any of our hikers. These seasoned woods women lead us through a maze of trails with five talk stops along the way. Someone who could share their knowledge and expertise of the woods staffed each stop. At the first stop we learned about the geological composition of the woods and the greater SC area. We saw actual samples of the soil banks that explained the existence of ocean waters and, later in time, river waters running through the woods in that same location. At stop number two we learned about the Longleaf Pine, its history and its importance to the country and to the woods. Stop three revealed the ongoing maintenance and restoration projects that happen in the woods. At stop 4 we saw our old friend Jim Burke sharing, once again, his wonderful knowledge of the Carolina Bluebird. From here we all were treated to a hayride back down the trail to our final stop at the Memorial Gate where we learned the history of Hitchcock Woods.
This explanation is brief and wholly inadequate to describe all that we learned and just how much fun this unexpected day in the woods turned out to be. We always enjoy hiking Hitchcock Woods but the next time we come we will come with a new appreciation for all that has gone before, a new sense of awareness for things that we previously would not have noticed and a real curiosity and desire to learn more about this grand place. We also give a huge THANK YOU to all who work tirelessly to ensure that all residents in Aiken are aware of Hitchcock Woods and invite them to come often and enjoy the beauty.
“Take only pictures, leave only footprints.”
NOTE: On Friday evening (day one) there was also a Silent Auction / Displays, Sunset Dinner at the Show Ring with wine bar and music provided by 4 Cats in the Dog House. There was also a guest speaker: Philip Juras, Artist, Student of Natural Science and History.
Woodside’s Fall Fishing Outing will be October 6, 2012 at Magnolia Lake. Sunrise on that day is at 6:58 AM. The fishing begins at 7:30 a.m., and we’ll fish until 10:30 a.m.. As usual, each participant will have to designate their category of competition; Minnows, Nightcrawlers, or Artificials. First and Second Place prizes will be awarded in each category, plus a prize will be provided for the first and last fish of the day, regardless of size and category. Doughnuts will be provided, but bring your own coffee!
If you’d like to participate, please contact Ken Ziomek. Young anglers are encouraged to participate, too!
Many thanks to those who have contributed to the prize fund. Any added contributions will be welcome!
Submitted by Ken Ziomek
September 2, 2012
It’s April in South Carolina and spring is in the air!
We have just arrived from Naples, Florida; the move is behind us and we are rested and eager to begin writing the next chapter in our lives. Al and I are both adventurous, enjoy the outdoors and enjoy learning new things, especially as it relates to where we live or visit. We were both ready for a change of pace and something new and fun to do.
We had read in the Woodside Newsletter that Jim Burke, a resident of Woodside and member of the South Carolina Bluebird Society, would be leading an informational hike on The Village Trail to share his knowledge of and to introduce participants to the fun of knowing this little blue local called the Eastern Bluebird. We called Jim to sign up for the hike and he shared that he and other members of the SCBS would be at Hopelands Gardens participating in Earth Day and teaching visitors about the joys and the plight of the South Carolina Bluebirds.
Sounds like we could kill two birds with one stone on this adventure (oops, bad metaphor)
Maybe… This sounds like a perfect adventure! We can meet some local folks and learn about South Carolina Bluebirds and our community and support Earth Day in beautiful Hopelands Gardens all at the same time.
A word from the Earth Day Sponsors:
“BRING YOUR LUNCH, STROLL THE PATHS, RELAX UNDER A TREE, LISTEN TO MUSIC, SEE THE EXHIBITS, ENJOY THE GARDENS AND OUR PLANET! ENJOY AIKEN!”
The next day was the Bluebird hike on The Village Trail with Jim Burke leading the way. Several people met in The Village to go on the hike and learn about the Bluebirds and Jim’s role in helping inform us on what we can do to preserve and enhance their numbers, which are on the decline due to disappearing habitat.
Jim taught us about “nest box trails” which are Bluebird houses that are placed all around Woodside Plantation and the greater Aiken community. Each box has a number on it and is monitored by volunteers in the community to help ensure the health of the birds and track the growth of the Bluebird population.
We learned about the mating, nesting and parenting habits of the SC Bluebird. They are cavity nesters that nest, on average, 3 times each year between March and August. They typically have 3-6 young in each nesting period. We learned that the SC Bluebirds do not migrate but are with us all year. We also learned that it is okay to place a fledgling bird, that has fallen from the nest back into the nest and the mother will still take care of it. We learned that the volunteers check on the nest box about once each week and log events related to each nest box. We walked from box to box and learned the proper technique for approaching the nest for the purpose of monitoring it without distressing the birds. Jim has a wealth of knowledge and we all enjoyed our Bluebird hike.
I learned that using SIRI on my iPhone to Google the audio sound and learn the Bluebird’s song while on a Bluebird hike confounds the other hikers.
A word about Jim; He was awarded the North American Bluebird Society Award for Outstanding Contributions to Bluebird Conservation and is President of the South Carolina Bluebird Society.
Also, taken from South Carolina Bluebird Society website:
“The South Carolina Bluebird Society (SCBS) was established in Aiken on October 19, 2010. It is the first North American Bluebird Society (NABS) Affiliate to be organized in South Carolina.”
“If it weren’t for human intervention bluebirds might have been lost to us forever. Happily, as a result of the efforts of concerned people living in areas just like yours, the bluebirds are making a comeback. But there is still much more that needs to be done. Won’t you please join us in helping the bluebird survive by expanding our bluebird trail system throughout South Carolina and Georgia?”
See photos from the event below.
Submitted by Char Love
August 30, 2012
Well, that’s a headline that will get your attention and it certainly got ours!
It’s the first Friday in May; we are still very new to Aiken and have resolved to get to know our new community and all that it has to offer. Lobster races weren’t on our radar; we thought they raced horses here in our new home town but the advertised event promised a great opportunity to experience, first hand, what else happens here in beautiful Aiken, SC.
The annual gathering of locals, who look forward to this event each year, were joined by folks from far and wide who have, like us, chosen Aiken as their place to be. The crowd, which gathered for the Newberry Street festival and was estimated to be 10,000 – 12,000, was very diverse and included everyone from tiny tykes in strollers to grandparents like us.
There was plenty of entertainment for all ages, food to try from local restaurants and food vendors and a beer for a buck! How can you beat that? Just grab yourself a BBQ, a beer or a homemade lemonade and head on over to watch the Lobsters Race! I wondered how that was all going to happen but they each have a lane in which to race and race they do! They all seemed to be well trained and must have heard that the winner returns to the ocean and the loser gets the Melted Butter Award! Yikes!
Now, having witnessed our first Lobster Race and after enjoying some delicious Carolina BBQ, we went in search of the music we heard coming from The Alley. What we found was amazing! There were six stages placed all around The Alley with bands rotating turns on each stage. The Alley was packed with listeners, toe tappers and those brave and able enough to give it a go on the dance floor. Al and I even tried the Carolina Shag, a swing dance born in our new home state back in the 1940’s. The music was great, the crowd was having a wonderful time and we even had time to meet and visit with some of the other folks who came to enjoy this annual Aiken event.
The beautiful spring evening, with a nearly full moon, added to the enjoyment of the festival. One picture is worth more than all these words so take a look at the photos below to get a real sense for what a fun event this was.
The Lobster Race was first run in 1984 and is held the first week in May each year. The 29th Running of the Aiken Lobster Race is scheduled for May 3, 2013. This is a charity event and you can even Adopt-A-Lobster to race for $125. Proceeds from the Lobster Race benefit clients served by Hitchcock Healthcare, Tri-Development and Aiken County Special Olympics.
Submitted by Char Love
August 28, 2012
We are pleased to announce the addition of Kerry Armbruster as the new Executive Chef at The Reserve Club. Chef Kerry is a Certified Executive
Chef with impeccable credentials and culinary experience beginning in the hospitality industry in 1977. Chef Kerry studied Culinary and Hotel Management in Lucerne, Switzerland. Chef Kerry’s background includes a number of years with private country clubs in the southeast and seaside resorts in West Palm Beach and Delray Beach, Florida. His experience also includes service as Executive Chef for AT&T’s world headquarters and the Park Suites Hotel. Chef Kerry’s astute knowledge of the business coupled with his creativity in presentation and tastes have already resulted in new menus offering a variety of fresh and exciting choices. Chef Kerry enjoys combining all types of ingredients and foods to create spectacular new presentations, but his true passion is fresh fish and seafood with a northern Italian flair! Welcome to The Reserve Club and Woodside, Chef Kerry!
Chef Kerry joins a talented team at The Reserve Club, in the kitchen and out. Our staff’s dedication, hard work and attention to detail make a difference to all of us. Derek Floyd, Golf Superintendant, and his maintenance team continue to create amazing conditions on our golf courses. Our golf professional team, led by John Keller, Director of Golf, and Mike Cotela, Head Golf Pro, continue to generate interest in our strong golf program, with excellent instruction, a variety of events and creating a great camaraderie among members.
The Village Health & Wellness Center is opening October 6, 2012! The Village Health & Wellness Center will offer a wide array of health and wellness options including: cutting edge group fitness programs and training equipment; personal training for individuals and small groups; sport specific training; aqua fitness programs for all levels in the saltwater indoor pool; and a Hot Yoga studio. Nutritional counseling, wellness coaching, massage therapy and other progressive mind/body programs will also be offered. This stunning, state-of-the-art facility is located at the Village entrance to Woodside Plantation alongside The Reserve Club’s driving range. The miles of walking and bike trails within both Woodside Plantation and the Village at Woodside will make access easy for residents of Woodside Plantation.
Two levels of membership will be available. Basic Membership includes access to the state-of-the-art equipment, use of the swimming pool, luxurious locker rooms and complimentary towel service. Full Membership will entitle members to all of the benefits of the basic membership plus complimentary access to group fitness classes including Zumba®, BarreAmped, spinning, yoga, Hot Yoga and aquatic fitness classes.
In addition to the luxurious fitness and spa services available, the Village Health & Wellness Center will also be home to the area’s top orthopedic, cardiac and neuroscience physicians, a physical therapy practice and Aiken Regional Medical Center’s diabetes and nutritional counseling services. The comprehensive menu of fitness and spa services combined with the area’s leading medical offices make the Village Health & Wellness Center your health and wellness destination.
Membership enrollment will begin on September 5, 2012. Special introductory offers for Woodside residents will be offered beginning on September 5, 2012. Several introductory events are planned beginning in mid-September and culminating with the grand opening celebration on October 6, 2012. For membership information, enrollment and additional details, please call Vivien Anne Bunce at 803-617-0876 or e-mail Vivien at email@example.com.
The 2012 Festival of Homes is still creating a buzz around Woodside Plantation. This event was a huge success, and all of the beautifully elegant homes featured have been sold – many even before the show. The spectacular homes featured in this year’s event were the best in elegant design, the latest in energy efficiency and the highest quality yet for Woodside. Several brand new designs were added to Woodside’s Portfolio of Homes and featured in the Festival of Homes this year including the Arlington, the Mendham and the Cloister from the Pine Glen Collection. In addition to these stunning new designs, several of the most popular designs from Woodside’s Portfolio of Homes were updated this year, including the Steeplechase, one of our most popular plans. By consistently updating and adding new designs to Woodside’s Portfolio of Homes, we are able to ensure that we offer the latest ‘green’ energy efficient technology, exciting designs and the newest materials and finishes. Be sure to visit www.woodsideplantation.com to see the designs available as well as virtual tours from the 2012 Festival of Homes!
The Mendham plan, designed by nationally recognized Dominick Tringali Architects, was unveiled for the first time during the spectacular 2012 Festival of Homes. A new, professionally decorated Mendham is currently under construction at 165 Grassy Creek Court in Woodside. This new home capitalizes on dramatic view of Cunning Lake and the signature #17 green of the Hollow Creek Golf Course. Combining traditional design with modern features and finishes, the Mendham offers elegant living with many customized features, generous storage and the latest in ‘green’ energy efficient features. This stunning home offers 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths within 2,848 square feet for $489,000. For more details about the new Mendham, call 800-648-3052 today!
There’s always something going on here at Woodside, and you’re invited! Call 800-648-3052 or visit www.woodsideplantation.com today to learn more about these events and to schedule your visit during one of these fun events:
Labor Day Celebration Taste of Woodside
September 1-3 September 14-16
Founder’s Weekend Gala Aiken’s Fall Steeplechase
October 5-7 October 26-28
Fall Into Woodside Event Holiday Dinner Dance Party
November 2-4 December 7-9
And, don’t forget to follow “A Love Story” – Char and Al Love’s blog about their move to Woodside. Read all the Love’s updates at www.woodsideplantation.com.
What are the odds of three golfers each making a hole-in-one on the same day at the same course?
Pretty astronomical, but it happened Tuesday at The Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation in Aiken.
“That’s not a normal day for us,” golf shop manager Bob O’Neil said. “We do hole-in-one pictures for them and we hadn’t done one in a while. Finally yesterday we made up for it.”
The golfers who made the aces were Sue Douglas, using an 8-hybrid on the 98-yard 15th hole; Debbie Webber, using an 8-iron on the 110-yard 12th hole; and Dick Spaeth, using a 6-iron on the 173-yard 15th hole.
Greg Esterhai of www.HoleInOneInsurance.com calculated the odds of Tuesday’s feat happening at three million to one. That is based on an average course with 150 rounds per day, he said. According to a Golf Digest study, the odds of a single player making an ace are 5,000 to one for a low handicapper and 12,000 to one for an average player.
O’Neil said the last hole-in-one at The Reserve Club came on May 1. He estimated that 120 rounds were played at the course Tuesday.
“It was quite a good day for them,” he said.
John Boyette, Sports Editor, The Augusta Chronicle
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Once our home in Florida was sold and we had signed a contract on a site in Woodside for our new home, we called our sales associate, Mike Manney, and asked whether he could help us locate a short term rental home. Mike was able to help with that, too! Mike found a cute cottage in The Village at Woodside adjacent to Woodside Plantation. Not only is the rental only a few minutes from our new home, it was furnished, too. Although we sold our home in Florida furnished, we still have a lot of accessories and personal items. Enough to fill a storage unit, which we did! So, into The Village we settled.
We love to walk. In fact, we walk about 5 miles at least 3 times a week. One of the things we love about the cottage in The Village is that a part of the network of trails in The Village is right outside our back door. So, from our back door, we can walk a trail that is shaded and takes us through woods, past horse pastures and alongside a pond. The trail is 1.5 miles long, so we walk 3 laps about 3 times a week. We’re including photos from the trails with this post.
We’re looking forward to the opening this fall of The Village Health & Wellness Center. Its great location right at one of the entrances to Woodside will make it convenient for us to pick back up on our exercise routines. Our community in Florida had a spa and fitness center that we visited regularly. We miss that aspect of our lives, but we’ll have it again soon enough.
We love being so close to Woodside and our new home!
Char & Al Love
We looked at several home sites during our visits to Woodside. We found ourselves coming back to the same site at the end of quiet cul-de-sac with a wonderful, long view of Spalding Lake. We had a budget goal in mind for the home and site and shared that budget with our sales associate, Mike Manney. Mike was able to help us focus on home sites that worked with our budget, and he was also able to make sure that the home site we liked best would work for us.
Once we selected the home site and signed the contract, we began working with Carolina Signature Homes. Mike guided us through that process. Mike and Shawn Doogan, of CSH, helped us focus on home plans from CSH’s portfolio that would best suit the home site we had selected. Mike and Shawn were also able to show us which of these plans would ensure we could build the home we wanted, with the upgrades we wanted on the home site we wanted, all within our budget. Even though we returned to Florida during this time, communications with Mike and Shawn were seamless using both telephone and e-mail.
Before our home was started, we met with Kent Baldwin and Eddie Elkins of CSH. They were able to show us the best location on the site for our home to maximize our views. Then, Eddie met us at the site to show us the location of our new home. Eddie was even there with us on the day our site was cleared.
During the process, we were introduced to Kitty Lopez at Aiken Design Center. Kitty is helping us through the maze of materials and color selections for our new home. We’ve made all the choices for the exterior of the home. Now, Kitty is helping us with the interior selections. Kitty has scheduled an appointment for us to meet with the cabinet designer to help us design the layout of our kitchen and select the cabinet style, color and countertops.
We’re just returning from a trip out of town and not only are the footers in, the foundation walls are nearly complete! Boy, we’re amazed at how fast we’re moving!
Char & Al Love
Congratulations to Frank Shallo who has taken over the #1 spot in the Woodside Big Bass Competition for 2012. Frank caught a 23 3/4 inch bass which was 1/2 inch longer than the bass caught by the previous leader, Tony Ziomek. Frank was fishing on Oakman Lake and caught the fish on a Strike King 1.5 Square Bill in Sexy Shad color. Make certain that you congratulate Frank when you see him!
The Woodside Big Bass and Colossal Crappie awards are open to all residents fishing on the lakes and ponds of Woodside. To enter a fish, take a photo of your catch next to a yard stick or tape measure as proof of its length and e-mail the photo to Ken Ziomek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ken Ziomek, Woodside Fishing Club
The South Carolina Bluebird Society will host a family picnic and meeting at the Silver Bluff Audubon Center on Saturday, June 2, 2012 beginning at 4:00 p.m. Various finger sandwiches will be provided along with non-alcoholic drinks, plates, utensils, etc. Each group attending is asked to bring one dish to share. The cost is $5 per person payable on arrival. There is no charge for children under 16.
The Silver Bluff Audubon Center has a visitors center with displays and exhibits of wildlife, two hiking trails of three-quarter and two miles, respectively, and the Kathwood Ponds where sightings of Bald Eagles, Wood Storks, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets (white) and a host of other species are common. You may wish to arrive early to enjoy the scenery.
For more information about the picnic or membership in the South Carolina Bluebird Society, please call Jim Burke at 803-644-0235 or e-mail email@example.com.
Woodside Plantation and the Village at Woodside hosted a three day home tour April 27-29, 2012. Working in cooperation with many volunteers from the Women of Woodside, the 2012 Festival of Homes presented a check for $8,415 to the Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County. Child Advocacy Center provides a safe and nurturing environment for neglected and abused children. Pictured during the check presentation are Diana Peters of Woodside Development, Marcia Holm, WOW volunteer coordinator, Gayle Lofgren, Child Advocacy Executive Director, Carlita Myers, WOW treasurer and Kent Baldwin of Woodside Development.
Woodside’s Spring Fishing Outing was by far the largest thus far with 23 anglers competing for prizes in Minnows, Nightcrawler, and Artificial Bait categories. Once again, Bob Carter brought his trained minnows and beat out John Cater for first place in that category with a 19 1/8 inch bass compared to John’s 18 1/4 inch fish. Ben Bruno took first place with a 14 3/4 inch fish pushing Lindy Crandell’s 13 inch bass to second place. Jaret Price and Matthew Kabakjian pulled the biggest upset of the day, as the two boys beat out all of the expert retirees, who do nothing but fish, in the artificial bait category. Bob Carter also took a prize for catching the first fish of the morning. Lindy Crandell was also a multiple prize winner by taking home a prize for the most variety with a catch of two bass, three bluegill, and a very nasty disposition turtle. Many thanks to Jack Royalty who helped me run this event.
Starting next month, we will be listing the current leaders for the Big Bass and Colossal Crappie awards. When you are fishing, make certain that you are carrying a camera and tape measure to enter your catch. If you catch a crappie longer than 14 inches or a bass longer than 23 1/2 inches in Woodside’s waters, you can take over the top spot.
Ken Ziomek, Woodside Fishing Club
You may have noticed our mascot at the Woodside Sales Office – Buttercup the cat. Even though I am allergic to cats, I have grown to love Buttercup becasue I admire his persistence. Buttercup showed up at our doorstep about a year ago, and as much as I tried to get him to leave, he simply would not. His persistence paid off, and now Buttercup is very well fed and, perhaps, the most popular member of our staff with visitors to Woodside. read more…
Woodside’s home sites have always been a great value, especially when compared to other regions of the country. Now, many of our best
home sites are available at special prices to celebrate the upcoming Spring Fling Celebration. Beautiful home sites with breathtaking golf or lake vistas or private estate sites set amongst bucolic Carolina woodlands are still available. Call your professional Sales Associate today at 800-643-3052 to make sure you don’t miss out on an opportunity to own the home site of your choice at the year’s best value. Hurry – this sale ends on June 15!
The Allendale, a featured model home on the 2012 Festival of Homes, is an exciting new design created to showcase its spectacular location on the pristine shore of Spalding Lake – Woodside’s most beautiful lake. Designed by Dominick Tringali Architects and decorated by Nandina Home & Design with many natural materials, the Allendale is an elegant, yet very livable, new home. An incredible covered porch and outdoor fireplace overlooking Spalding Lake accentuate stylish outdoor living. Magnificent views are the focal point from the open great room, kitchen and dining area on the main level which also features a private master suite, two additional bedroom suites and a cozy study. The second level retreat captures the lake views and can be an optional fourth bedroom suite. This spectacular home showcases the natural beauty of Woodside, with the luxury and quality you expect from Woodside’s homes. Call 800-643-3052 today to plan your visit to Woodside to see the Allendale. Or, visit www.woodsideplantation.comfor a virtual tour of the Allendale.
There’s always something going on here at Woodside. Call 800-648-3052 or visit www.woodsideplantation.com today to schedule your visit during one of these fun and well-attended events:
Spring Fling – May 25-27
Woodside Nature Tour – June 8-9
Independence Day Celebration – July 4
Labor Day Luau – September 3
The Village Health & Wellness Center Grand Opening – September 2012
The Woodside Plantation Festival of Homes was a huge success with over 1,000 people visiting the 10 model homes. And 5 of the 9 available homes are now sold, proof that the real estate market is improving! The event will also positively impact local charities with nearly $9,500 raised from event ticket sales and the Women of Woodside art raffle. The energy generated by this year’s event is proof that Woodside and The Village at Woodside are offering exciting homes at the best value available in the market, offering the highest quality construction, impeccable architectural details and highly energy efficient design. If you missed this year’s event, it’s not too late to see these fabulous homes. Call your Sales Associate today at 800-643-3052 to plan your visit and private tour, or visit www.woodsideplantation.com for a virtual tour of this year’s featured model homes.
Char and Al Love are a fun-loving, gregarious and active couple on a quest to make Woodside their new home and Aiken their new hometown! Char and Al are discovering all the sites, attractions and events offered in and around Woodside and Aiken. They are also creating a photo journal of their discoveries. So, follow ”The Loves’ Story“ as they acquaint themselves with their new hometown, their neighbors and build their new dream home in Woodside.
The 46th renewal of the Aiken Spring Steeplechase took place on Saturday, March 24 under blue skies and surrounded by the colorful blooms of dogwoods and azaleas. Woodside’s guests enjoyed a quintessential Aiken experience beginning on Friday evening with dinner at the elegant and historic Willcox Inn. Saturday’s festivities kicked off with a continental breakfast at the Woodside Discovery Center where guests had the opportunity to meet one another, and the ladies had the opportunity to admire one another’s finest headwear! Then, it was off to the races! Guests were treated to the festivities from the Guarantor Tent complete with lunch, open bar, live music, dancing and, oh yes, horse racing! There were plenty of residents from Woodside enjoying the festivities, as well. In addition to the camaraderie, they were also happy to fill guests in on the active and dynamic life they’ve been experiencing since making Woodside their home. Before guests departed on Sunday, brunch at The Reserve Club was on the schedule along with ample time to make arrangements for a return visit to Woodside – next time, to stay!
Don’t miss another exciting event at Woodside. Call 800-648-3052 today to make arrangements for your visit to Woodside!
In January 2011, Bill and Patsy Kramer visited Woodside’s booth at the Live South Expo in Philadelphia. They quickly scheduled a visit to Woodside and fell in love with the community; so much so that, during their visit, Pat and Bill selected a home site. They immediately began making plans to build their new home with Carolina Signature Homes and moved into their home in September. read more…
The Woodside Plantation Festival of Homes will be held April 27-29, 2012. This highly anticipated event will feature ten new homes, each featuring the latest in home design and function with interiors by Aiken’s most sought-after decorators. read more…
There’s always something going on here at Woodside. Call 800-648-3052 or visit www.woodsideplantation.com today to schedule your visit during one of these fun and well-attended events:
The pre-grand opening of Woodside’s newest neighborhood, Pine Glen, has generated a high level of interest from new prospects and current owners alike. Several of these homes are already under contract! Incredible savings are available now with the Grand Opening Special. read more…
Since my first visit to Aiken more than 20 years ago, I have always said that the people in Aiken are special. I heard a story recently that reminded me, once again, just how special.
One of our sales executives was touring a new model home under construction for our upcoming Festival of Homes with a visiting owner and his mother, Doris. Upon returning to his car and helping everyone in, he saw that Doris had tears running down her cheeks. Upon asking whether Doris was all right, she explained that she was so touched and happy that she was moved to tears.
By Chairman Z. Brackett
Career opportunities gave Sheldon Glorit and Stevi Cordie the chance to live in many states and in different types of homes.
Over the years, they compiled a list of “must haves” for their retirement home. In August, they moved into it with no regrets. read more…
Aiken Standard, October 31, 2011
By Haley Hughes, Staff Writer
Aiken’s own The Willcox has been named among the Top 50 Best Small Hotels in the United States in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards.
The Willcox is one of only 10 South Carolina properties on the list and the only hotel not located along the coast.
More than 8 million votes were cast in the Readers’ Choice Awards survey, according to the magazine, and the awards reflect the combined opinions of 28,876 Condé Nast Traveler readers rating the cities, islands and hotels they visited in the past year, and the airlines and cruise ships they traveled with. The voters evaluated more than 11,000 cities, islands, hotels, resorts, airlines and cruise ships in the survey.
Owners Geoff and Shannon Ellis had no idea that The Willcox made the list until a customer called to offer congratulations.
“We had no idea what they were talking about,” Geoff said. “I think it’s brilliant. This recognition is huge for us. It’s very gratifying.”
The Ellises first opened The Restaurant at The Willcox in November 2009 then bought the 113-year-old hotel on New Year’s Eve 2009 after learning the historic downtown property would likely close its doors.
“This success story belongs to our great staff and to so many wonderful people here in Aiken. Our staff has worked so hard to serve our guests, and the people of Aiken have rallied around their beloved hotel. People tell us every day how much they love The Willcox and how happy they are that it is alive and thriving again. The Willcox belongs to Aiken; we’re just another in the line of its caretakers over its more than a century of service,” Geoff said.
Willcox’s, as it was originally named, was a mainstay of Aiken’s Winter Colony. It was operated from 1898 to 1957 by members of the Willcox family.
“In turn, we hope that Aiken is proud of the number of votes that came in from around the world, in essence choosing Aiken as a top destination. The city has won numerous recent awards for its quality of life and as a destination in itself. This recognition is certainly an award for Aiken, as well as for our team. The Willcox is a big part of Aiken’s history, and we will keep working to make sure it’s a big part of Aiken’s future,” Geoff said.
The Willcox is listed 47 out of the 50 small U.S. hotels on the list.
Aiken Standard, October 24, 2011
By Amy Banton, Staff Writer
A local man could say he was graced by the bluebird of happiness after receiving an award for his contribution in preserving the feathered kind.
Jim Burke was awarded the North American Bluebird Society’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Bluebird Conservation in September during a convention in Jackson, Tenn. Burke is the president of the South Carolina Bluebird Society, which was started right here in Aiken a year ago. read more…
Fabulous events make Fall a great time to visit Aiken and Woodside Plantation. The seasonal events range from golf to galas and everything in between. read more…
Aiken Standard, August 30, 2011, By Rob Novit
On Sept. 11, 2001, Rick Doran and other off-duty New York firefighters had literally commandeered a public transit bus and headed frantically toward the World Trade Center towers in Lower Manhattan following the terrorist attacks.
As Doran, now an Aiken resident, described it to Aiken Rotary Club members Monday, they were on the way when the second jet slammed into the south tower.
The 13 firefighters on the bus reached the Midtown tunnel, which has tollgates. To their amazement, a tollbooth operator wouldn’t let them through the gate. read more…
Woodside Plantation was recently named one of the “Top Places to Retire” by Ideal Living magazine in its July/August issue. Ideal Living compiled this year’s list of the best retirement communities from the results of reader surveys. The article highlights some of this carefully planned community’s best qualities: elegant homes, read more…
Where to Retire reveals “The Short List: 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States” in the bi-monthly magazine’s July/August issue on newsstands June 21 – and Woodside Plantation is pleased to announce this active adult, amenity rich community has once again been recognized as an award-winning community! read more…
Woodside Plantation’s 2011 Spring Fling was the best attended Spring Fling since 2008! The optimism portrayed by the guests who have shown interest in Woodside’s lifestyle is an encouraging signal that mirrors forecasts for the economy in general. Several Woodside properties – both homes and home sites – were purchased by guests who fell in love with the lifestyle and amenities package unique to Woodside and Aiken. read more…
Preparations are underway for Woodside Plantation’s Spring Fling – the event of the season! This event is one of Woodside’s best attended each year and is the best time to discover what life at Woodside is really all about. The Reserve Club serves as an exquisite stage every Memorial Day weekend for the Spring Fling, featuring enjoyable social events and a golf tournament. read more…
The 2011 Festival of Homes raised over $7,000 for Nurture Home of Aiken, which facilitates stability for homeless women and single mothers. Woodside Development Company’s Festival of Homes with Women of Woodside volunteers hosted read more…
From time to time, we need to “stop and smell the roses.” Not only do we live in Aiken but we are also blessed to reside in Woodside Plantation taking advantage of amenities offered. Golf courses, Woodside Reserve clubs, walking trails, neighborhood organizations such as W.O.W (Women of Woodside) and more offer unparalleled opportunities for community involvement. read more…
Forget stocks. Don’t bet on gold. After four years of plunging home prices, the most attractive asset class in America is housing. The following article was originally published by Fortune Magazine.
From his wide-rimmed cowboy hat to his roper boots, Mike Castleman fits moviedom’s image of the lanky Texas rancher. On a recent March evening, Castleman is feeding cattle biscuits to his two pet longhorn steers, Big Buddy and Little Buddy, on his 460-acre Bar Ten Creek Ranch in Dripping Springs, a hamlet outside Austin in the Texas Hill Country. The spread is a medley of meandering streams, craggy cliffs, and centuries-old oaks. But even in this pastoral setting, his mind keeps returning to a subject he knows as well as any expert around: the housing market. read more…