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Activities in the Midlands Area June 1 – June 16, 2019

Sundays –  Sensory Sunday at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  On Sundays one hour before opening, the museum will be open for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory processing difference’s to tour the museum and enjoy interactive, hands on activities.  For more information call (803) 400-1156 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/sensory-sunday/?for=04-17-2016.

Second Sundays –  Stroll on Arsenal Hill at the Arsenal Hill Park Center on Lincoln Street with the tour beginning at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church on Calhoun Street.  Learn the significance of this neighborhood with its eclectic mix of architecture where the elites use to live during the war and African Americans lived through the 19th and 20th Centuries.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/second-sunday-stroll-arsenal-hill.

Tuesdays –  Toddler Tuesdays at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.   Bring your toddler for seasonal art activities, music, and our sand tray exploration in the Early Learning Classroom.    For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/calendar/calendar.aspx.

Tuesdays –  Second Shift Twosdays at the South Carolina State Museum.  The museum has extended hours with special after hours pricing.   For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/second-shift-twosdays/.

First & Third Wednesdays –  Kids Cook at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Children 6 – 10 years old will have a unique experience taking participants on an exciting journey of culinary arts partaking in food preparation and meal creation, while learning about nutrition. For more information call (803) 400-1156 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/kids-cook-first-third-wednesdays/?for=04-20-2016.

Thursdays –  City Roots Farmers Market at the City Roots Farm.  Here’s your chance to search for fresh local produce, fresh eggs, meats, cheese, and more, plus local music and food truck vendors!  For more information call (803) 254-2302 or visit http://www.cityroots.org/.

First Thursdays –  First Thursdays on Main Street at the 1200-1700 block of Main Street in downtown Columbia.  The event lasts from 6 pm to 10 pm and is a collaboration of a number of vendors in the area.  For more information call (803) 988-1065 or visit http://firstthursdaysonmain.com/.

Third Thursdays – Vista Nights offered by the Congaree Visit Guild in the Vista area of downtown Columbia.  This event is a collaboration of vendors offering extended hours and events such as wine and beer tastings, art classes, and more.  For more information call (803) 269-5946 or visit http://www.vistacolumbia.com/vistanights.aspx.

Thursday Nights –  Young Adult Shag Dance at Bill’s Music Stop on Meeting Street.  Come early and learn how to shag and then dance the night away.  For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit http://www.billsmusicshop.com/calendar.html#.

Fridays – Bluegrass and Acoustic Open Stage and Jam at Bill’s Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor on Meeting Street.  Come out and participate or sit back and enjoy the music.  For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit http://www.billsmusicshop.com/.

Fourth Fridays –  Friday Night Laser Lights at the South Carolina State Museum.  Through the months of June, July, and August, the Museum will present a laser light show in the Planetarium with each show providing a variety of music.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/upcoming-events/.

Saturdays –  Play on the Plaza at the Boyd Plaza of the Columbia Museum of Art.  Come out and spend some time tapping in to your creative side with free design challenges where you can use already prepared lesson plans or use your own imagination to tap in to your own engineering ingenuity.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/play-plaza-0.

Saturdays – Nature Discovery Walk at the Congaree National Park.  Join a volunteer naturalist for a fun walk along the boardwalk while learning about the diversity of wildlife and plants in the Park.  For more information call (803) 776-4396 or visit https://www.nps.gov/cong/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=56C296E0-1DD8-B71C-07EB09DD87A17E5F.

Saturdays –  State House Tours at the South Carolina State House on Gervais Street.  Come tour the most beautiful historic building in the area.  For more information call (803) 734-2430 or visit http://www.scstatehouse.gov/visit.php.

Saturdays –  Classic Country Music Jamboree and Dancing at Bills Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor on Meeting Street.  Come early and learn two step, country dancing, or couples dancing (no partner required) followed by live entertainment.  For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit http://www.billsmusicshop.com/.

Tuesdays through November 26 –  Sandhills Farmers Market at the Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center.  This wonderful market will offer you the opportunity to get fresh produce, freshly baked products, meat, fresh fish, eggs, butter, milk, cheese, honey, plants, and more!  For more information visit https://www.clemson.edu/cafls/research/sandhill/programs/farmers_market.html.

Third Thursdays – Vista Nights offered by the Congaree Visit Guild in the Vista area of downtown Columbia.  This event is a collaboration of vendors offering extended hours and events such as wine and beer tastings, art classes, and more.  For more information call (803) 269-5946 or visit http://www.vistacolumbia.com/vistanights.aspx.

Thursday Nights –  Young Adult Shag Dance at Bill’s Music Stop on Meeting Street.  Come early and learn how to shag and then dance the night away.  For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit http://www.billsmusicshop.com/calendar.html#.

Fridays – Bluegrass and Acoustic Open Stage and Jam at Bill’s Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor on Meeting Street.  Come out and participate or sit back and enjoy the music.  For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit http://www.billsmusicshop.com/.

Fourth Fridays –  Friday Night Laser Lights at the South Carolina State Museum.  Through the months of June, July, and August, the Museum will present a laser light show in the Planetarium with each show providing a variety of music.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/upcoming-events/.

Saturdays –  Play on the Plaza at the Boyd Plaza of the Columbia Museum of Art.  Come out and spend some time tapping in to your creative side with free design challenges where you can use already prepared lesson plans or use your own imagination to tap in to your own engineering ingenuity.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/play-plaza-0.

Saturdays – Nature Discovery Walk at the Congaree National Park.  Join a volunteer naturalist for a fun walk along the boardwalk while learning about the diversity of wildlife and plants in the Park.  For more information call (803) 776-4396 or visit https://www.nps.gov/cong/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=56C296E0-1DD8-B71C-07EB09DD87A17E5F.

Saturdays –  State House Tours at the South Carolina State House on Gervais Street.  Come tour the most beautiful historic building in the area.  For more information call (803) 734-2430 or visit http://www.scstatehouse.gov/visit.php.

Saturdays –  Classic Country Music Jamboree and Dancing at Bills Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor on Meeting Street.  Come early and learn two step, country dancing, or couples dancing (no partner required) followed by live entertainment.  For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit http://www.billsmusicshop.com/.

Tuesdays through November 26 –  Sandhills Farmers Market at the Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center.  This wonderful market will offer you the opportunity to get fresh produce, freshly baked products, meat, fresh fish, eggs, butter, milk, cheese, honey, plants, and more!  For more information visit https://www.clemson.edu/cafls/research/sandhill/programs/farmers_market.html.

Saturdays Through December 28 –  Soda City Market on Main Street in downtown Columbia.  Shop for local and regional foods, crafts, hot coffee, cold fresh lemonade, and even cooked food.  For more information visit http://sodacitysc.com/.

Through August 3 –  “Pinocchio” at the Columbia Marionette Theatre.  Bring the kids out for a great puppet show about this wooden puppet who wants to be a real boy and his journey to learning how to become one.  For more information call (803) 252-7366 or visit https://cmtpuppet.org/shows/pinocchio/.

Through August 19 –  Creative Art Classes with Abstract Alexandra at the Tapp’s Art Center.  This talented professional artist will help you find your creativity and learn how therapeutic and fun using acrylics can be as you find your inner artist!  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/happy-fun-time-painting-class-every-saturday-2/.

Through September 30 – 100th Anniversary of WWI Exhibit at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.  This exhibit will give you some details of information and items from both sides of the lines from items collected locally, donated, and loaned.  For more information call (803) 737-8095 or visit https://www.experiencecolumbiasc.com/event/100th-anniversary-of-wwi-exhibit/56508/.

Through October 21 –  Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  Take a prehistoric safari and learn about the variety of dinosaurs that use to walk the earth.  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/dinosaurs/.

June 1 –  Annual Luau at the Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company.  Pull out your Hawaiian attire and prepare for some fun with Hawaiian food, beer, entertainment, and a silent auction with all proceeds to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  For more information call (803) 939-2589 or visit https://www.swampcabbagebrewing.com/events/2018/6/9/get-leid-for-cystic-fibrosis1st-annual-luau.

June 1 –  “Waging War” at the Icehouse Amphitheater.  This production by Turning Point Theatre, an outreach arts ministry, will inspire you while the artistry and talent will amaze you!  For more information call (803) 957-2323 or visit http://icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.

June 1 –  Sweetgrass Basket Weaving at the Columbia Art Center.  Here is a chance for you to learn how to make your own sweetgrass basket!  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/June%202019%20Web%20Sheet%201.pdf.

June 1 –  June Monthly Gospel Singing at the Midlands Gospel Center in Gilbert.  Performing this month is God’s Toolbox and Glorymen & Tiffany so come enjoy an evening of wonderful Gospel music.  For more information call (803) 719-1289 or visit https://www.midgsc.com/.

June 1 –  Drift Jam off of Spence Island on Lake Murray.  Enjoy a day on the Lake with beautiful sunshine, wonderful friends, and great music, to include Corey Smith, Cravin’ Melon, and local Chapin artist Shelby Raye, just to name a few so make your plans now to attend!  For more information visit http://www.driftjam.com/.

June 1 –  Outfest in the Vista.  This street festival put on by Palmetto Pride will showcase local talent, vendors, and businesses for a day filled with fun.  For more information visit https://scpride.org/outfest/.

June 1 –  National Trails Day Hike at Sesquicentennial State Park.  Take a 2-mile guided hike along the Sandhills Hiking Trail and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Park.  For more information call (803) 788-2706 or visit https://southcarolinaparks.com/products/10003953.

June 1 –  National Trails Day Hike on the Newberry Passage of the Palmetto Trail.  Although the urban trail covers 9 miles, this hike will be 3 miles long allowing you to spend some time in the wonderful town of Newberry.  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-trails-day-tickets-60933295126.

June 1 –  Planting for Pollinators at Wingard’s Nursery.  Learn about the plants that fit your landscape environment that will help encourage pollinators to your yard.  For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit https://wingardsmarket.com/product/planting-for-pollinators/.

June 1 –  Backyard Saturday – Pollinator Pallooza; Party for the Pollinators at Saluda Shoals Park.  In addition to enjoying the Park, you’ll enjoy engaging activities, interesting biofacts, and more!  For more information call (803) 772-1228 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/backyard-saturday-pollinator-pallooza-party-pollinators.

June 1 –  Indoor Yard Sale at Crooked Creek Park in Chapin.  If you are in need of getting rid of things, here is a chance to set up a table or just come out and see what others have you might be interested in purchasing!  For more information call (803) 345-6181 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/indoor-yard-sale-2.

June 1 –  Family Fun Events: Ice Cream Social at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  Bring the family out for a fun way to start the summer and learn how to use items from the garden to create great tasting ice cream with games and other activities provided for enjoyment!  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/calendar.

June 1 –  Family on Safari – Camping 101 at the Riverbanks Botanical Gardens.  Here is a chance for the entire family to come out and learn the fun of camping as you learn basic camping skills with 4-person tents and foam mats provided, as well as a pizza dinner, marshmallow roasting and water play in Waterfall Junction.  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/calendar.

June 1 –  “Waging War” at the Icehouse Amphitheater.  This production for the entire family will encourage you to have the faith to be brave in the midst of difficulties through faith with a silent auction prior to the show.  For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit https://www.susannesanders.com/.

June 1 – 2 –  Brewmania at Craft and Draft on Devine.  They’re having a block party and they’ve invited River Rat and Tradesman Brewing Company, as well as food truck vendors, with live music and summer games to add some fun to your weekend.  For more information visit https://www.experiencecolumbiasc.com/event/brewmania-2019!/59772/.

June 1 – 2 –  2-day SOAR Colored Pencil Workshop – Roses & Vase on Drafting Film at the Comfort Suites Lexington Palmetto Room.  If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to create fabulous works of art with colored pencils, here is a chance to learn from an extremely talented artists, Gretchen Evans Parker.  For more information call (541) 600-7776 or visit https://annkullberg.com/products/soar-workshop-gretchen-parker-lexington-sc-june-2019.

June 3 –  Ukulele Sip & Strum Happy Hour offered by Star Music Company.  If you’ve ever wanted to learn the basics of playing a ukulele, here is your chance, so BYOB and your ukulele, or rent or even buy one and enjoy an evening of fun, with proceeds to benefit the work of music therapists with Key Changes Therapy
Services and the patients that they serve.  For more information visit https://go.rallyup.com/sipstrum.

June 3 –  “Pulp Fiction” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  Celebrating its 25th year anniversary in this special screening that will include burgers and milkshakes, so come out and enjoy the show!  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit https://nickelodeon.org/films/pulp-fiction-dinner-and-a-movie/.

June 3 –  Broadway Bound 20th Anniversary Showcase at the Harbison Theatre.  Students and instructors alike will fill you with an evening of dance and song that you are sure to enjoy.  For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit https://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/broadway-bound-20th-anniversary-showcase.

June 3 –  June Harvest Dinner at City Roots.  You’ll enjoy yet another fabulous family style four-course farm to table dinner featuring seasonal ingredients provided by local farmers and artisans that will include a welcome cocktail and wine parings.  For more information call (803) 553-2726 or visit https://www.f2tproductions.com/new-events/.

June 4 – 25 –  Life Drawing at the Columbia Art Center.  In this 2 hour a week class, you’ll have a chance to establish or enhance your line drawing skills using pencil and charcoal.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/June%202019%20Web%20Sheet%201.pdf.

June 5 –  Wild Out Improv at the Comedy House.  Here is a chance to see some of the new and upcoming talented as they go head to head in competition.  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/comedy-calendar/.

June 5 –  “The Third Wife” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  Set in 19th century rural Vietnam, a 14 year old is taken as the 3rdwife of a wealthy landowners and comes to believe that in order to increase her status, she will need to birth him a son.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit https://nickelodeon.org/films/the-third-wife/.

June 5 –  “Matt Stell” with “The Lauren Hall Band” at The Senate.  Enjoy an evening filled with some great country music by these talented artists!  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/matt-stell.

June 6 –  Columbia’s Got Talent at the Comedy House.  If you think you have a talent that could make you some money, sign up to participate or if you just want to see what talent Columbia has, come on out and enjoy the show.  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/comedy-calendar/.

June 6 –  Storytime in the Garden at the Robert Mills House and Gardens.  Children will enjoy stories and songs, and have the chance to learn some historic games.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2019/2019-06/storytime-gardens.

June 6 –  “The Secret Life of Pets” at the Icehouse Amphitheater.  Bring the kids out for a fun evening with a great movie!  For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.

June 6 – 9 –  South Carolina Carnival at a variety of locations in downtown Columbia.  Let’s celebrate Columbia’s variety of cultures with this year’s theme of “Music, Food, and Culture” and celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month, so don’t miss the chance to be a part of this fun event! For more information visit https://www.southcarolinacarnival.com/.

June 7 –  “A Tribute to the Rolling Stones” at the Icehouse Amphitheater.  Take a journey down memory lane as you sing along to your favorite Rolling Stones songs!  For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.

June 7 –  Summer Movie Series: “Ralph Breaks the Internet” at Earlwood Park.  Bring the family out for a fun night in the park with a free movie!  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/programs-activities/special-events.

June 7 –  Community Hafla in the Skyline Room of the Tapp’s Art Center.  This joint venture between Tapp’s and Alegria Bellydancing will provide you with a fun interactive evening of drumming, dancing, and fun!  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/community-hafla/.

June 7 –  Vista Queen at the Trustus Theatre.  Come out and vote for your favorite Vista Queen!  For more information call (803) 254-9732 or visit https://trustus.org/event/vista-queen/.

June 7 –  “Bruce in the USA” at The Senate.  Take a walk down memory lane with this talented tribute band.  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/bruce-in-the-usa.

June 7 – 9 –  Southern Guitar Festival & Competition at the Richland County Library on Assembly Street.  In addition to the competitions, you can enjoy workshops and concerts by great guitarists from around the world.  For more information visit http://southernguitarfest.com/.

June 7 – 9 –  “Donnell Rawlings” at the Comedy House.  Take a break from the stress and enjoy some good laughter.  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/comedy-calendar/.

June 8 –  Natural History Day – Rocks at the South Carolina State Museum.  This will be a day filled with rocks, minerals, geology, archaeology, and more with gem mining, a variety of special guests including the Haile Gold Mine, hands on activities, and so much more!  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/calendar/natural-history-day-rocks/.

June 8 –  Create a Luscious Shade Garden at Wingard’s Market.  If you’ve got a shady spot in your yard or a yard full of shade, here is a chance to learn what you can plant to make your yard look fabulous!  For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit https://wingardsmarket.com/product/create-luscious-shade-garden/.

June 8 –  Party for the Planet – World Oceans Day at Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  Learn what is needed to protect our oceans and “immerse yourself in aquatic adventures” in a fun day at the zoo.  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/calendar.

June 8 –  Dancing for a Cause at Seven Oaks Park.  Come out and enjoy some dancing with great jazzercise instructors with proceeds to benefit the ICRC Meals on Wheels.  For more information call (803) 772-3336 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/dancing-cause-0.

June 8 –  Play on the Plaza with Historic Columbia and Girls Rock at the Boyd Plaza  on Main.  Here is a chance for girls to get out and enjoy a Saturday with great interactive activities that will close with an instrument petting zoo, pondering a dream band name, and create your own patches and buttons to complete your own rock look! For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/play-plaza-historic-columbia-and-girls-rock-columbia.

June 8 –  Summer Concert Series: “The Original G Man” (formerly  of the Sugar Hill Family) and the “Peace and Love Band” at Finlay Park.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/programs-activities/special-events.

June 8 –  Plastic Reduction Workshop at the Columbia Art Center.  In this fun and engaging workshop, you’ll learn how to minimize your plastic bag use by finding other creative alternatives.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/June%202019%20Web%20Sheet%201.pdf.

June 8 –  Tiki-Fiesta at the West Columbia Riverwalk.  You’ll enjoy a blend of Mexican and island foods prepared by local restaurants, cocktail pairings, tequila, mezcal, and rum tastings, live music, and hand rolled cigars.  For more information call (803) 553-2726 or visit http://www.f2tproductions.com/new-events/2019/6/8/tiki-fiesta.

June 8 –  Stop In Studios at the Columbia Museum of Art.  Here is an opportunity for anyone of any age to try their hand at creating their own comic inspired work of art.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/stop-studios-4.

June 8, 22, 29 –  Art Class: Intro to Character Design at the Columbia Museum of Art.  Freelance illustrator Chris Mitchell who has done some work for Marvel comics will teach you the basic of creating your own characters.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/art-class-intro-character-design.

June 8 – 9 –  Columbia Gun and Knife Show at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds.  Hunting season is only a few months away, so now is the time to search for the hunting weapons you’ve been wanting!  For more information call (770) 630-7296 or visit https://gunshowtrader.com/gun-shows/columbia-sc-gun-show/.

June 8 – 16 –  “The Comedia Pinocchio” at the Columbia Children’s Theatre.  Come out and support the kids in their effort to put on this fun and entertaining show about a puppet who wants to be a real boy.  For more information call (803) 691-4548 or visit http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com/season-at-a-glance/.

June 8 – 23 –  Tour of Homes at a variety of new houses around Columbia.  Over the course of three weekends, you’ll have a chance to view some of the newly built homes in the area, including the newly created gated community, Northwoods Villas, in the Woodcreek Farms Community.  For more information call (803) 256-6238 or visit http://www.biaofcentralsc.com/calendar-and-events1/tour-of-homes.html.

June 9 –  Second Sunday Stroll – Five Points beginning at the corner of Greene and Harden Streets.  You’ll learn the history of Five Points and how the introduction of Street Car lines impacted the growrh of the area.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2019/2019-06/second-sunday-stroll-five-points.

June 9 –  “Boyz in the Hood” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  You’ll meet 3 friends who aspire to more than what “the hood” has to offer them and how they try to manage the challenges they each face on a daily basis.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit https://nickelodeon.org/films/boyz-n-the-hood/.

June 10 –  Behind the Scenes Tour of Claussen’s at Claussen’s Inn on Greene Street.  In January the tour showed the former bakery but now you’ll have a chance to see the modifications that have transformed it into a residential space.  For more information call (803) 252-7742 ext. 15 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2019/2019-06/behind-scenes-tour-claussens.

June 11 –  “Monrovia, Indiana” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  You’ll learn how a Midwestern small towns values of “community service, duty, spiritual life, generosity, and authenticity” influence their small town life. For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit https://nickelodeon.org/films/monrovia-indiana/.

June 12 –  June Jam with “Tyler Rich” & “Tenille Townes” at The Senate.  Take a mid-week break and enjoy some country music with these very talented artists!  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/tenille-tyler.

June 13 –  Secrets from the Graves Tours & Moonlight Cemetery Tour at Elmwood Cemetery.  The first tour is before dark where you’ll have a chance to study symbols on the graves and learn what they mean, followed by a tour of the cemetery where you’ll learn about the lives, burials, cemetery plots, and tombstones of some of the prominent citizens from the area who died in the 19th and 20th centuries.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2019/2019-06/moonlight-cemetery-secrets-grave-tours.

June 13 –  Beer Talks at the Tapp’s Art Center.  Here is a chance to enjoy a beer or two and practice your public speaking skills, so bring out your powerpoint or other slide show on a USB drive and you’ll have 5 minutes to talk about anything you like and the best speaker will win a prize.  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/beer-talks/.

June 13 – 16 –  South Carolina Youth Collective Fellows Program on the USC Campus.  This program is for social justice and civic minded high school students (rising freshman, sophmores, & juniors) with two students from each school being invited to spend 4 days and 3 nights on the campus where they will participate in community building exercises, learn civil rights history through activities & field trips, plan to lead a workshop on race and reconciliation, and learn how to plan and implement a project in their community.   For more information call (803) 777-1881 or visit https://www.sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/diversity_and_inclusion/race_reconciliation/sc_youth_collaborative/index.php.

June 14 –  2Turnt Indie Artist Showcase: Uniting the Carolinas at The Space Hall of the Tapp’s Art Center.  Come out and enjoy an evening of indie music!  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/2turnt-carolina-tour-uniting-the-carolinas/.

June 14 –  Light Up The Night: “Devious B2B Freaky” & “Dylan Deekay B2B Killtrak” at The Senate.  Come out and dance the night away with these Techno artists!  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/light-up-the-night.

June 14 – 15 –  Wakeboard Weekend With The Pros at Captain’s Choice Marina.  If you’ve wanted to learn how to wakeboard or how to get better, here is your chance, and if you just enjoy watching, the event will end with a wakeboard show on Saturday at 2:00.  For more information call (803) 200-1004 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wakeboard-weekend-with-the-pros-2019-june-14-15-tickets-59953695116.

June 15 –  Cayce Serves Tennis Tournament at the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center.  This event offered by the Cayce Public Safety Foundation is offered to help support the Cayce Police, Fire, and Animal Services Departments.  For more information call (803) 796-9020 or visit https://caycesc.gov/festivals.php.

 

June 15 –  Shrimp and Grits Festival at the DoubleTree by Hilton on Bush River Road.  You’ll enjoy endless samplings of shrimp and grits by participating restaurants, live music by Under the Sun and door prizes.  For more information visit https://columbiashrimpandgrits.com/activities/columbias-shrimp-grits-fest/.

June 15 –  Tree Frog Cabin Kid’s Activity at Wingard’s Nursery.  Children will have a chance to create a “cabin” out of PVC pipe that can be placed in the yard and provide a place for tree frogs to hide.  For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit https://wingardsmarket.com/product/tree-frog-cabin-kids-activity/.

June 15 –  A Tribute to Sourwood Honey at the Icehouse Amphitheater.  This tribute to one of the greatest local bands the area has ever seen, come out and enjoy some good ole southern rock created by this former band.  For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.

June 15 –  Father’s Day Cookout at Hyatt Park.  Put on by Mayor Steve Benjamin, this day is for fathers to bring out their children for a day filled with fun and engaging activities, and of course, good food.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/programs-activities/special-events.

June 15 –  Art Lettering at the Columbia Art Center.  Using simple tools, you’ll learn how to make a design with your initials gaining the skills to create unique signs and images.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/June%202019%20Web%20Sheet%202.pdf.

June 15 –  Covering Dining Room Chairs at the Columbia Art Center.  This workshop will teach you how to bring new life to those old dining room chairs.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/June%202019%20Web%20Sheet%202.pdf.

June 15 –  Soda City Soulfest at the Township Auditorium.  Spend an evening enjoying the sounds of Soul with artists to include Betty Wright Clarence Carter just to name a few.  For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.

June 16 –  Mann-Simons Site Women’s History Tour at the Mann-Simmons Site.  You’ll learn the history of this site and the prominent African American family that lived here for 125 years and the strong matriarchs that led the family through the difficult years and the impact they made on their community.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2019/2019-06/mann-simons-site-womens-history-tour.

June 16 –  “Frank Iero and The Future Violents” at The Senate.  You’ll enjoy an evening of some good punk rock music!  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/frank-iero-and-the-future-violents.

June 16 – 23 –  Southeastern Piano Festival at a variety of locations on the University of South Carolina Campus.  Here is a chance to see some of the most talented pianists from across the country and beyond!  For more information visit http://sepf.music.sc.edu/.

June 18 –  The Nature of Summer with Rudy Mancke at the McKissick Museum.  Part of the Nature of the Seasons series, you’ll meet on the Horseshow and discuss the coming Summer Solstice and discuss the summer seasons.  For more information call (803) 777-7251 or visit https://www.onecolumbiasc.com/event/nature-of-summer-with-rudy-mancke-4/.

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Easy to make Hummingbird Nectar

I love Spring and eagerly await to have Ruby Throat Hummingbirds visit my feeders.  Hummingbirds are tiny and weigh about the same as a penny.  I enjoy watching their pugnacious personality darting here and there and how they “argue” with one another.  If you would like a fun addition to your own yard, follow this easy to make Hummingbird Nectar.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup regular white sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Take the water off the heat and add the sugar.
  3. Stir to dissolve completely.
  4. Let the nectar cool.
  5. Place in a clean hummingbird feeder and hang outside for the birds.

NOTE

  1. Change the food at least every three to five days with a new batch to keep it fresh. Remember DO NOT use food coloring.
  2. Check the bird feeder regularly and every time you change the food to see if any gray mold has formed inside the feeder base, or, any ants have crawled inside to get at the sugar water.
  3. If you see any take the feeder down and throw the bird food away. It’s not good for the birds to drink this and they may not drink it anyway.
  4. Clean the hummingbird feeder by rinsing with warm water. Then, put a few drops of bleach into the water inside the feeder and clean with a bottle brush.
  5. Once clean, rinse thoroughly with fresh water and let air dry.
  6. Fill up with new food and place outside.
  7. The birds will love you for it!
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Activities in the Columbia Area – April 3, 2019 – April 23, 2019

Sundays –  Sensory Sunday at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  On Sundays one hour before opening, the museum will be open for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory processing difference’s to tour the museum and enjoy interactive, hands on activities.  For more information call (803) 400-1156 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/sensory-sunday/?for=04-17-2016.

Second Sundays –  Stroll on Arsenal Hill at the Arsenal Hill Park Center on Lincoln Street with the tour beginning at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church on Calhoun Street.  Learn the significance of this neighborhood with its eclectic mix of architecture where the elites use to live during the war and African Americans lived through the 19th and 20th Centuries.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 or visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/second-sunday-stroll-arsenal-hill.

Tuesdays –  Toddler Tuesdays at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.   Bring your toddler for seasonal art activities, music, and our sand tray exploration in the Early Learning Classroom.    For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit http://www.edventure.org/calendar/calendar.aspx.

Tuesdays –  Second Shift Twosdays at the South Carolina State Museum.  The museum has extended hours with special after hours pricing.   For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/second-shift-twosdays/.

First & Third Wednesdays –  Kids Cook at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Children 6 – 10 years old will have a unique experience taking participants on an exciting journey of culinary arts partaking in food preparation and meal creation, while learning about nutrition. For more information call (803) 400-1156 or visit http://www.edventure.org/events/kids-cook-first-third-wednesdays/?for=04-20-2016.

Thursdays –  City Roots Farmers Market at the City Roots Farm.  Here’s your chance to search for fresh local produce, fresh eggs, meats, cheese, and more, plus local music and food truck vendors!  For more information call (803) 254-2302 or visit http://www.cityroots.org/.

First Thursdays –  First Thursdays on Main Street at the 1200-1700 block of Main Street in downtown Columbia.  The event lasts from 6 pm to 10 pm and is a collaboration of a number of vendors in the area.  For more information call (803) 988-1065 or visit http://firstthursdaysonmain.com/.

Third Thursdays – Vista Nights offered by the Congaree Visit Guild in the Vista area of downtown Columbia.  This event is a collaboration of vendors offering extended hours and events such as wine and beer tastings, art classes, and more.  For more information call (803) 269-5946 or visit http://www.vistacolumbia.com/vistanights.aspx.

Thursday Nights –  Young Adult Shag Dance at Bill’s Music Stop on Meeting Street.  Come early and learn how to shag and then dance the night away.  For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit http://www.billsmusicshop.com/calendar.html#.

Fridays – Bluegrass and Acoustic Open Stage and Jam at Bill’s Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor on Meeting Street.  Come out and participate or sit back and enjoy the music.  For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit http://www.billsmusicshop.com/.

Fourth Fridays –  Friday Night Laser Lights at the South Carolina State Museum.  Through the months of June, July, and August, the Museum will present a laser light show in the Planetarium with each show providing a variety of music.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/events/upcoming-events/.

Saturdays – Nature Discovery Walk at the Congaree National Park.  Join a volunteer naturalist for a fun walk along the boardwalk while learning about the diversity of wildlife and plants in the Park.  For more information call (803) 776-4396 or visit https://www.nps.gov/cong/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?event=56C296E0-1DD8-B71C-07EB09DD87A17E5F.

Saturdays –  State House Tours at the South Carolina State House on Gervais Street.  Come tour the most beautiful historic building in the area.  For more information call (803) 734-2430 or visit http://www.scstatehouse.gov/visit.php.

Saturdays –  Classic Country Music Jamboree and Dancing at Bills Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor on Meeting Street.  Come early and learn two step, country dancing, or couples dancing (no partner required) followed by live entertainment.  For more information call (803) 796-6477 or visit http://www.billsmusicshop.com/.

Saturdays –  Soda City Market on Main Street in downtown Columbia.  Shop for local and regional foods, crafts, hot coffee, cold fresh lemonade, and even cooked food.  For more information visit http://sodacitysc.com/.

Through April 7 –  “Beautiful, The Carole King Musical” at the Koger Center for the Arts.  This Broadway performance will tell the inspiring story of this extremely talented singer/songwriter with the show including many of her wonderful songs, including “I Feel the Earth Move” and “You’ve Got a Friend”.  For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=588.

Through April 20 –  “Hall of Heros” at the South Carolina State Museum.  You’ll experience a hands-on interactive adventure that will allow you to try out your own superpowers while learning the history of America’s obsession with superheroes.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/hall-of-heroes/.

Through April 27 –  “The Frog Princess” at the Columbia Marionette Theater.  This production based on a Russian fairy tale is filled with music, adventure, suspense, romance, and humor, so bring the kids out for a show that even you will enjoy!  For more information call (803) 252-7366 or visit https://cmtpuppet.org/shows/the-frog-princess/.

Through June 1 –  Painting Class with Abstract Alexandra at the Tapp’s Art Center.  Each Saturday there will be two different classes: a Happy Fun Time class and a Therapeutic Painting Class so enjoy some fun or overcome some struggles with one of these great classes!  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/happy-fun-time-painting-class-every-saturday-2/.

Through August 19 –  Creative Art Classes with Abstract Alexandra at the Tapp’s Art Center.  This talented professional artist will help you find your creativity and learn how therapeutic and fun using acrylics can be as you find your inner artist!  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/happy-fun-time-painting-class-every-saturday-2/.

Through September 30 – 100th Anniversary of WWI Exhibit at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.  This exhibit will give you some details of information and items from both sides of the lines from items collected locally, donated, and loaned.  For more information call (803) 737-8095 or visit https://www.experiencecolumbiasc.com/event/100th-anniversary-of-wwi-exhibit/56508/.

April 3 –  “Two for the Road” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  Starring Katherine Hepburn and Albert Finney, learn how this couples marriage of 10 years led to them both having an extra-marital affair and has them reminiscing about the journey that led them there.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit https://nickelodeon.org/films/two-for-the-road/.

April 3 –  “Shame Spiral”, “Castaway”, “Withdraw”, & “Hopestick” in the Space Hall of the Tapp’s Art Center.  If you are in to grunge metal, you are sure to enjoy this show!  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/shame-spiral-castaway-withdraw-hopesick/.

April 3 –  “Two for the Road” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  Meet a couple whose 10 year marriage is struggling as they recall memorable moments of their courtship, their wedding, their travels, their vow to never have children and the challenges that led them both to have extra-marital affairs.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit https://nickelodeon.org/films/two-for-the-road/.

April 3 – 24 –  Life Drawing at the Columbia Art Center.  In this 4 week class you’ll learn the basics of line drawing and techniques to help you enhance your work.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.gov/depts/parks-recreation/Life%20Drawing%202019.pdf.

April 4 –  “The World of Musicals” at the Harbison Theatre.  This production will take you on a journey through some of the most wonderful theatrical productions that will go from emotional to upbeat and having you sing along to the songs!  For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit https://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/world-musicals.

April 4 –  “Daniel Tigers Neighborhood Life: King for a Day” at the Township Auditorium.  As seen on PBS, bring the kids out for a fun new show where Daniel learns what it takes to be king!  For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.

April 4 –  The Drive Golf Tournament & After Party at the Cobblestone Golf Club.  This is a captain’s choice tournament followed by an after party with live music, drinks, & heavy hors d’oeuvres with proceeds to benefit Prisma Health Cancer Centers.  For more information visit https://www.classy.org/event/2019-the-drive-golf-tournament/e218291.

April 4 –  “The Composer is Dead” by Lemony Snicket at the Harbison Theatre.  The South Carolina Philharmonic has created a performance that will include a narration, where the composer is dead and you will help them find out “whodunit”!  For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit https://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/composer-dead-lemony-snicket.

April 4 – 7 –  Tartan Day South at several locations around Columbia and Lexington with the main event being held at the Historic Columbia Speedway.  The initial Thursday kick-off party will be at the British Bulldog Pub, followed by a concert by Celtic Commotion at the Icehouse Amphitheater on Friday, a full day of activities and live entertainment at the Speedway on Saturday with campfires, music, and tribal drumming after dark, and Kirkin’ of the Tartans at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater on Sunday.   For more information visit http://tartandaysouth.com/.

April 4 – 7 –  Columbia Fireflies Season Opener at Segra Park (formerly Spirit Communication Park).  It’s that time of year again so come out and support the Fireflies as they play against the Charleston RiverDogs.  For more information visit https://www.milb.com/columbia/news/columbia-fireflies-release-2019-season-schedule/c-290449952.

April 4 – 7 –  “Shawty Shawty” at the Comedy House.  Spend some time enjoying a good laugh with this talented comedian!  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/comedy-calendar/.

April 5 –  “Celtic Commotion” at the Icehouse Amphitheater.  As part of the Tartan Festival, spend an evening enjoying some great Celtic music!   For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://www.icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.

April 5 –  Friday Night Conscious: Ecstatic Dance – A Tapp’s Fundraiser at the Skyline Room of the Tapp’s Art Center.  Spend an evening enjoy your own style of dance . . . whatever it may be and whatever style you choose, even if it’s your own with the intent being just to have fun!  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/friday-night-conscious-ecstatic-dance-a-tapps-fundraiser/.

April 5 –  “The Aftermath” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  Set in post-war Germany in 1946, a British Colonel has been charged with rebuilding Hamburg, so brings his wife home and moved into a new home that she learned houses the former owners widower and troubled daughter that leads to a vary charged home environment for all.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit https://nickelodeon.org/films/the-aftermath/.

April 5 –  “Gloria Bell” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  This is the story of a divorcee who spends her evenings dancing and finds herself in a new unexpected romance and the challenges she faces as a result in this fun romantic comedy.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit https://nickelodeon.org/films/gloria-bell/.

April 5 –  “Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s” & “Joshua Ray Walker” at The Senate.  You’ll enjoy an evening of good ole’ country music by these talented artists!  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/rhett-miller-of-the-old-97-s.

April 5 – 6 –  Monster Jam at the Colonial Life Arena.  They’re back and prepared to give you another great adrenaline filled show!  For more information call (803) 576-9200 or visit https://www.coloniallifearena.com/events/detail/monster-jam.

April 5 – 7 –  “My Son Pinocchio: Geppetto’s Musical Tale” at the Town Theatre.  Bring your children out for what is sure to be a fun and entertaining show that will teach them the benefit of being honest.  For more information call (803) 799-2510 or visit https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?actions=4&p=1.

April 5 – 13 –  “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at the Longstreet Theatre.  Based on the bestselling novel, this multiple Tony Award winning production is the story of a young boy who found his neighbors pitch forked dog and is accused of killing the dog, and who sets out to find out just who was responsible for the dogs death.  For more information visit https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/artsandsciences/theatre_and_dance/theatre/productions/main_stage/curiousincident.php.

April 5 – 26 –  Saluda Shoals Jazz Series at Saluda Shoals Park.  Spend your Friday nights enjoying jazz music in this wonderful park!  For more information call (803) 772-1228 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/saluda-shoals-park-jazz-series.

April 5 – 27 –  F. Scott Fitzgeralds “The Great Gadsby” at the Trustus Theatre.  You’ll take a journey back to the Jazz Age when this classic novel comes to life on the stage in this imaginative re-creation!  For more information call (803) 254-9732 or visit https://trustus.org/event/scott-fitzgeralds-the-great-gatsby/.

April 6 – Spring Market at Saluda Shoals Park.  You’ll enjoy a chance to shop with local artisans and crafts for some of those one of a kind items you may be looking for!  For more information call (803) 772-1228 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/spring-market.

April 6 –  Chew, Splash Beaver Day at Saluda Shoals Park.  Bring your kids out for a fun time learning about Beavers with several nature activities, cool biofacts, and exploring the park.  For more information call (803) 772-1228 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/backyard-saturday-chew-splash-build-beaver-day.

April 6 –  Trout Tournament at Saluda Shoals Park.  This is a family friendly trout tournament for all ages and skill levels!  For more information call (803) 772-1228 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/trout-tournament.

April 6 –  Drawing 102 at the Columbia Museum of Art.  This intermediate class will allow you to experiment with pencil, charcoal, and conte crayon, and teach you proportions, value and textural contrasts.  For more information call (803) 799-2810 or visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/events/art-class-drawing-102.

April 6 –  Its All About Herbs Festival at the Lexington County Museum.  You’ll enjoy the chance to view mini-herb demonstrations, purchase herb plants, shop with herb inspired vendors and food vendors, participate in a silent auction, and tour the circa 1832 John Fox House on the grounds.  For more information call (803) 359-8369 or visit http://lexingtoncountymuseum.org/events/.

April 6 –  Newcomers Workshop at Wingard’s Nursery.  If you are new to the area, here is your chance to learn about growing plants in the midlands of South Carolina.  For more information call (803) 359-9091 or visit https://wingardsmarket.com/product/newcomers-workshop-april-6/.

April 6 –  “Departure: The Journey Tribute Band” at The Senate.  You’ll enjoy an evening filled with all of your favorite Journey songs as recreated by this talented tribute band.  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/departure-the-journey-tribute-band.

April 6 –  Fire Truck Pull for Curing Kids Cancer at the Soda City Market.  Teams of 10 (or 12 for all female or those under 18) will see who can pull a firetruck 50 feet in the fastest amount of time with each team being asked to a child you know affected by pediatric cancer or one can be assigned to you, so put your team together, dress to support the child you are honoring, and help support this great cause!  For more information visit https://curingkidscancer.org/events/6th-annual-curing-kids-cancer-fire-truck-pull.

April 6 –  No Radius in the Space Hall of the Tapp’s Art Center.  This will be a full day filled with over 20 visual artists, zinemakers, printmakers, and a vintage clothing store with music and a fully stocked bar available all day!  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit http://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/no-radius-the-space-hall/.

April 6 –  Monthly Gospel Singing at the Midland Gospel Singing Center in Gilbert. The Gospel Truth Trio & the High Times Quartet will fill your evening with the wonderful sounds of Gospel music!  For more information call (803) 719-1289 or visit https://midgsc.com/concerts.

April 6 – 7 –  Columbia International Festival at the State Fairgrounds.  You’ll enjoy a day filled with cultural entertainment, shopping, wonderful food, and a beautiful parade of nations.  For more information visit https://www.cifonline.org/.

April 6 – 7 –  Columbia Open Studios at a variety of locations around Columbia and Lexington.  You’ll have a chance to see some of the most fabulous works of art by local artists so take the time to visit at least a few studios throughout the weekend.  For more information call (803) 779-4571 or visit https://www.columbiaopenstudios.org/.

April 6 – 7 – Doll House Magazines in the Skyline Room of the Tapp’s Art Center.  The years of the 1980’s to 2000 were iconic for music and fashion with a nostalgia street wear fashion show, live performances, and a cereal bar.  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/dollhouse-magazines-back-to-the-fashion/.

April 7 –  “The Composer Is Dead” at the Harbison Theatre.  In this entertaining show by the South Carolina Philharmonic, you’ll enjoy a blend of narrative and orchestra as you help discover “who killed the composer”.   For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit https://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/composer-dead-lemony-snicket.

April 7 –  Dining on the Dam at the Lake Murray Dam.  Take a walk along the dam while enjoying drinks and Certified South Carolina Grown dishes.  For more information visit http://www.lexingtonsc.org/community-event/dining-on-the-dam.

April 7 –  Main Street Dinner in front of the Capital Building on Main Street in Columbia.  You’ll enjoy a Sunday farm to table four-course meal by chef’s from Bourbon with wine pairings and a complimentary cocktail. For more information visit http://www.f2tproductions.com/new-events/2019/4/7/main-street-dinner.

April 8 –  “Chase Huglin”, “Olympia Press”, “Goddest”, & “Tigerlily” at Soda Live at the Tapp’s Art Center.  Come out and support the work of these artists.  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/chase-huglin-olympia-press-goddest-and-tigerlily/.

April 9 –  Songversation: “FatRat Da Czar” at the Tapp’s Art Center.  Spend some time talking with this talented rapper whose songs tell the inner story of the challenges of his life!  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/songversation-featuring/.

April 9 –  Unique and Special Needs Night at the South Carolina State Museum.  Here is a chance for those with special and unique needs to have a chance to enjoy the museum in a sensory friendly environment.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/calendar/unique-and-special-needs-night-wild-things/.

April 9 –  Gullah Tours in Charleston meeting at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center.  Part of the senior travel tours for those over 50 years of age, join others your age and enjoy a day filled with fun and education.  For more information call (803) 545-3100 or visit https://www.columbiasc.gov/parks-recreation/programs/senior/trips.

April 9 –  Super Mega Live! at The Senate.  Spend an evening with the unusual humor of the internet comedy duo, Ryan Magee & Matt Watson.  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/supermega-live!

April 10 –  “Birds of Passage” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  In this story you’ll meet Rapayet, a member of the Columbian Wayuu indigenous group, who finds himself in the drug trafficking business in 1970 in this story of the “erosion of tradition in the pursuit of material wealth”.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit https://nickelodeon.org/films/birds-of-passage/.

April 10 – 13 –  “Doo Doo Brown” at the Comedy House.  Enjoy an evening of laughter with this talented comedian.  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/comedy-calendar/.

April 11 –  Secrets from the Grave & Moonlight Cemetery at Elmwood Cemetery.  Here is a chance to tour through on of the area’s oldest cemeteries in one of two tours, with the first looking at the symbols on the headstones and learning what they mean and the second discussing the lives of some of the most prominent individuals buried in the cemetery, so bring your flashlight for this tour. For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2019/2019-04/moonlight-cemetery-secrets-grave-tours.

April 11 –  “The Embers” at the Icehouse Amphitheater.  You’ll enjoy an evening of beach music with this great historical band!  For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://www.icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.

April 11 –  LPHH 2019 Kick Off at the Skyline Room of the Tapp’s Art Center.  Help celebrate the 7th year of Love, Peace, & Hip-Hop with sponsors, community partners, & friends as they look over the last 7 years and have fun while looking at the year ahead.  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/lphh-2019-kick-off/.

April 11 –  Hip-Hop Karaoke at The SODA Live at the Tapp’s Art Center.  If you like to sing and rap, here is a chance for you to try out some karaoke to display your abilities or just enjoy having fun, or both!  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/438226030262650/.

April 11 – 14 –  Midlands Plant and Flower Festival at the South Carolina State Farmers Market.  Spring has arrived and now is the time to search for those vegetable and garden plants you’ve been wanting to get in the ground.   For more information visit https://agriculture.sc.gov/divisions/agency-operations/state-farmers-markets/plant-and-flower-festivals/.

April 12 –  Flashlight Egg Hunt at Saluda Shoals Park.  Kids ages 1 to 8 will have a chance to search for eggs in the dark, so be sure to bring a basket and a flashlight.  For more information call (803) 772-1228 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/saluda-shoals-flashlight-egg-hunt.

April 12 –  “Noah Guthrie” at the Icehouse Amphitheater.  This South Carolina seen on Americas Got Talent will provide you with an evening of great music!  For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://www.icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.

April 12 –  “Red Not Chili Peppers” with “Hey Johnny Park” at The Senate.  You’ll enjoy an evening of your favorite songs created by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Foo Fighters with these entertaining tribute bands.  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/red-not-chili-peppers.

April 13 –  River Rocks Music Festival at Founders Park on the Congaree River.  Enjoy a day in the great outdoors with live music, a variety of food truck vendors, spirits and other beverages, artisans, educational tables, and fun kids activities!  For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/river-rocks-festival-2019-tickets-54873786974.

April 13 –  Adult Easter Egg Hunt at Clinton Sease Farm.  Adults (over 21 years of age) will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and alcoholic beverages with photo-ops with the Easter bunny, group games, and of course, an Easter Egg hunt after dark, so bring your basket and a flashlight!  For more information visit http://www.clintonseasefarm.com/.

April 13 –  Jewish Merchants on Main Street meeting at Michael’s Café & Catering on Main Street.  Learn about the history of the Jewish culture in the area and of the Jewish merchants that shaped the downtown district.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2019/2019-04/saturday-stroll-jewish-merchants-main-street.

April 13 – Spring Market at Crooked Creek Park in Chapin.  You’ll enjoy a chance to shop with local artisans and crafts for some of those one of a kind items you may be looking for!  For more information call (803) 345-6181 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/spring-market-0.

April 13 –  Breakfast with the Bunny at Seven Oaks Park.  Bring your kids out for breakfast with the bunny, fun arts and craft activities, and a chance to get a photo with the bunny!   For more information call (803) 772-3336 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/breakfast-bunny-0.

April 13 –  Blues and BBQ at the Icehouse Amphitheater.  Mac Farmer & Plate Full of Blues will serenade you with some incredible blues music while you enjoy tasting some wonderful BBQ from local restaurants.  For more information call (803) 358-7275 or visit http://www.icehouseamphitheater.com/events/.

April 13 –  “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  Who doesn’t love this fun and entertaining movie so be sure to take your kids to see it!  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit https://nickelodeon.org/films/willy-wonka-and-the-chocolate-factory/.

April 13 –  “Aphra Behn – wonton women of wit!” at the Harbison Theatre.  Presented by Full Circle Productions, you’ll enjoy a show set in 1660 London that tells the challenges of women’s equality through a blend of “dialogue, movement, and music”.  For more information call (803) 407-5011 or visit https://www.harbisontheatre.org/tickets-productions/aphra-behn-%E2%80%93-wanton-woman-wit.

April 13 –  Headbangers Bash at The Senate.  This EDM show filled with lighting and visuals, will include Duplex, Ozztin, Most Wanted to create a new experience for the Vista!  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/headbangers-bash.

April 14 –  Hollywood-Rosehill Neighborhood Tour meeting at Hollywood Park on Gregg Street.  Established in 1914 and 1924, you’ll learn about the construction of these historic homes.  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2019/2019-04/second-sunday-stroll-hollywood-rose-hill.

April 14 –  “Daddazz & Melissa” at the Comedy House.  You are sure to enjoy a show filled with laughter with these talented comedians!  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/comedy-calendar/.

April 15 – 19 –  Spring Break Camp: Rainforest Adventures at the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens.  Children’s ages 5 to 9 will learn about the wonderful rainforests through storytelling, walks through the zoo, animal encounters, and more!  For more information call (803) 779-8717 or visit https://www.riverbanks.org/calendar.

April 15 – 29 –  Spring Break Camps at the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  Here is a chance for kids to enjoy a variety of activities throughout the week including cooking, arts activities, and experiments to help make their spring break more fun!  For more information call (803) 779-3100 or visit https://www.edventure.org/columbia/programs/camps.

April 15 – 19 –  Spring Break Camps at the South Carolina State Museum.  With camps for two different ages groups, they each have a chance to enjoy something new and different every day to help make their spring break a memorable one.  For more information call (803) 898-4921 or visit http://scmuseum.org/education/spring-break-camps/.

April 16 –  Toddler/Preschool Egg Hunt at Melvin Park in Chapin.  Bring your little ones out for a fun Easter Egg hunt just for them.  For more information call (803) 345-8113 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/toddlerpreschool-egg-hunt.

April 16 –  “Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  In a collection of photographs he’s taken during the American 60’s and 70’s, you’ll see spontaneous images he’s collected of everyday people from “the Women’s Movement to post-Golden Age Hollywood”.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit https://nickelodeon.org/films/garry-winogrand-all-things-are-photographable/.

April 16 –  “Soja”, “Passafire” & “Iya Terra” at The Senate.  You’ll enjoy a fun evening of reggae that will have you feeling like you are in the Islands.  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/soja.

April 17 –  “Shrek” at the Nickelodeon Theater.  You’ll experience the life of an ogre whose live is invaded by “annoying fairy tale characters” in this fun and entertaining movie both children and adults alike will enjoy.  For more information call (803) 254-8234 or visit https://nickelodeon.org/films/shrek/.

April 17 –  “Moon Taxi” and “Luthi” at The Senate.  You’ll enjoy an evening of indie-alternative rock as well as what has been dubbed “Cumberland Funk” by these two talented groups.  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/moon-taxi.

April 17 – 20 –  Kings of Comedy at the Comedy House.  Top South Carolina comedians, Skip-G Lawson, Steve Wannamaker, & Big Mo Dixon are coming out to give you a fun night of comedy!  For more information call (803) 798-9898 or visit https://comedyhouse.us/comedy-calendar/.

April 17 – 20 –  “Wonder of the World” at the Lab Theatre on the USC Campus.   You’ll enjoy a hilarious comedy by the Pulitzer Prizing winning playwright, David Lindsay-Abaire as you take a journey to Niagara Falls with Cass who has abandoned her husband once she learned his dirty little secret, and her hope of finding what she has missed in life only to encounter four odd individuals.   For more information visit https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/artsandsciences/theatre_and_dance/theatre/productions/lab_theatre/wonderoftheworld.php.

April 18 –  Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt at Melvin Park in Chapin.  Bring your children ages 1 through 12 out for a fun Easter egg hunt in the dark, so remember to bring a basket and a flashlight!  For more information call (803) 345-8113 or visit https://www.icrc.net/event/flashlight-egg-hunt-0.

April 18 –  Harvest Dinner at City Roots.  You’ll enjoy a fabulous four-course meal featuring seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, with wine from Italian estate wines of America.  For more information call (803) 553-2726 or visit http://www.f2tproductions.com/new-events/2019/4/15/april-harvest-dinner.

April 18 –  “Elle King: Shake The Spirit Tour” with “Barns Courtney” at The Senate.  You’ll spend your evening enjoying a blend of country, soul, rock and blues with these two talented artists.  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/elle-king-shake-the-spirit-tour.

April 18, May 28, & June 8 –  Much More Than A Drum at the Columbia Art Center.  In this 3 day workshop, you’ll learn several different ways you can use a gourd to create an instrument.  For more information call (803) 545-3093 or visit https://www.columbiasc.net/depts/parks-recreation/April%202019%20Web%20Sheet.pdf.

April 19 –  Hoppy Hour History at the Seibels House in Richland Street.  You’ll enjoy a happy hour themed Easter Egg hunt while enjoying the beauty of the spring gardens!  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2019/2019-04/hoppy-hour-history.

April 19 –  Vista After Five Finale: “Blue Dogs” and “The Travelin Kine”  in the Vista.  Two of the areas favorite bands will serenade you after work in the last of the Vista After Five series.  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/vista-after-five-finale-w-the-blue-dogs.

April 19 –  “ZOSO: Led Zeppelin Tribute Band” at The Senate.  For all the Zeppelin fans, take a journey down memory lane with this talented group!  For more information call (803) 252-9392 or visit https://www.thesenatecolumbia.com/calendar/zoso-(tribute-to-led-zeppelin).

April 20 –  Hippie Fest at the Historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce.  This will be a fun day filled with live music, bohemian vendors, vintage hippie car show, DIY tie-dye, kid’s activities, cirque performers, good food, and great fun!  For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/historic-columbia-speedway/hippie-fest-cayce-sc/2063453470592445/.

April 20 –  Heart & Sole Women’s 5 Miler at Finlay Park.  The event includes a 5 mile and a 3 mile run and a 5 mile walk followed by live entertainment, a wellness expo and post-event foods.  For more information visit http://heartandsolerun.com/.

April 20 –  City of Columbia Easter Egg Hunt at the Robert Mills House and Gardens.  You’ll enjoy a fun and enjoyable Easter Egg hunt so bring the whole family out for the fun!  For more information call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or visit https://www.historiccolumbia.org/events/2019/2019-04/city-columbia-easter-egg-hunt.

April 20 –  “Love From The Soul” at the Township Auditorium.  Spend your evening enjoying the talented of artists such as Faith Evans, Musiq Soulchild, Carl Thomas just to name a few.  For more information call (803) 576-2350 or visit http://www.thetownship.org/events/.

April 20 – 28 –  “The Three Little Pigs” at the Columbia Children’s Theatre.  Bring the kids out for a fun and highly entertaining musical comedy!  For more information call (803) 691-4548 or visit http://www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com/season-at-a-glance/.

April 21 –  Dance Church Sunday at the Skyline Room of the Tapp’s Art Center.  This monthly improvisational dance experience will provide you with a chance to express and explore yourself through movement.  For more information call (803) 988-0013 or visit http://www.tappsartscenter.com/event/dance-church-sunday-tapps/.

April 21 – 28 –  “Aphra Behn: Wanton. Wit. Women.” At the Center for Performance Experiment on the USC Campus.  Set in lawless 1660’s London, you’ll experience the challenges of woman’s equality in a witty and entertaining style.  For more information visit https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/artsandsciences/theatre_and_dance/theatre/productions/center_for_performance_experiment/aphrabehn.php.

April 23 –  “Scheherazade” at the Koger Center for the Arts.  Presented by the USC Symphony Orchestra spend an evening enjoy the wonderful voice of the wonderfully talented mezzo-soprano, Rachel Calloway.  For more information call (803) 777-7500 or visit http://www.kogercenterforthearts.com/event.php?id=610.

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What to Repair Before You List

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are our top five recommended repairs to make before selling your home.

Repaint walls.

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and generally, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Make sure cover any walls with scratches and chips and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat. Shermin-Williams Agreeable Gray is still a popular color choice for 2019.

Repair floors.

Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want to ensure they look their best by fixing scratches or dull areas. If your carpet is worn or stained, consider replacing them. And don’t forget the tile in your kitchen or bathrooms. Re-grouting can go a long way in making dingy tile work look brand new!

Refresh the landscaping.

Show buyers your home is the full package by dressing up the outside as well as the in. Clean walkways and driveways, plant seasonal flowers and plants, trim hedges and trees, install outdoor décor pieces and fill in mulch and gravel.

Fix your fixtures.

Leaky faucet? Rusted drains? Loose drawer handle? Making these small fixes can make a big difference to potential buyers with detailed-orientated minds. Improve your kitchen. An outdated kitchen can be a real eyesore in a home. Updating cabinetry, repairing or replacing countertops, and installing new faucets and sinks may be worth the investment

 

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Accidental Eminent Domain Of Squirrels

Seeing that it is fall, we didn’t expect the surprise we found while removing trees from my Mom’s yard.  After several hours of work, we heard this high-pitched crying.  Lo and behold, under all the pine needles we found a baby squirrel.  Then we found another, and another, and another.  We unfortunately took down a tree with a very active brood of squirrels that still had their eyes closed.  

Not knowing what to do and fearful that they were dehydrated, we attempted to feed them a hydration solution that one website recommended.  The babies were not at all interested in this activity.  Knowing that the best chance of survival was for them to be with their mother we decided to keep them in a bucket until all our work was completed to keep them safe.  Once dusk arrived we moved them to a box filled part way with leaves.  We placed the box on the lowest branch and waited.  It only took Mama 12 minutes to find her babies!  She reached into the box and grabbed the babies one at a time carrying them to an existing nest from a previous brood.  We were all excited that all the squirrels made it to their new home safely!

So if you ever come across a baby squirrel that fell from his nest you now know how to assist Mama squirrel in keeping her baby safe.

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2018 Palmetto Heroes Program – Started April 2, 2018

Portrait Of Teacher In Class With Pupils

The Palmetto Heroes program is one of the most popular first-time home buyer programs in South Carolina and is back again for 2018.  Warning, it’s not going to last long!  Last year, funds ran out quickly, and this year will be no different.

The Palmetto Heroes Program offers down payment assistance and a competitive interest rate for the eligible borrower(s) that meet SC Housing’s First-Time Homebuyer requirements and work in a Palmetto Hero job role (see below to see if you are employed in a qualifying full-time position).  The program offers FHA and USDA financing.  Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Borrowers must have a fully executed sales contract for the purchase of a home prior to locking the interest rate that this program offers.  If you are employed in one of the following professions and are currently looking to purchase a home, then contact me today.

  • Law Enforcement Officers
    •   Teachers
    •   Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants
    •   Firefighters, EMT’s and Paramedics
    •   Veterans
    •   SC National Guard (Active members; Army or Air, SC State Guard)
    •   Correctional Officers

Heroes will have the opportunity to purchase a home with a:
•   4%, 30 year fixed, mortgage interest rate
•   Up to $6,000 down payment assistance (DPA)

The first step is to get approved by a participating lender and let them know you want to use the Palmetto Heroes program to reserve your funds.  Click here for a list of lenders in the Columbia area. I like working with these two lenders:

Guild Mortgage
Heyward Cathcart
803.622.0186
hcathcart@guildmortgage.net

Assurance Financial
Brad Hepps
803.888.3882
bhepps@lendtheway.com

Once you are qualified, then it is time to contact a Realtor, (like me!) to help you find your new home!  Once we find your home, make an offer, and it is accepted, we will then turn the contract over to your lender to get started with the application for the Palmetto Heroes program!  It’s that simple!

There are some items to consider, however…
There are income limits that determine if you must pay back the down payment assistance or not.  For forgivable and unforgivable income limits to see if you would need to repay – click here.

** Limits can change without notice.

The First-Time Homebuyer requirement in non-targeted counties will be waived for the following:

  • Single Parents– Must be an unmarried, head of household, custodial parent (or legal guardian) of at least one minor child OR of at least one dependent, regardless of age, who is 100% permanently disabled or handicapped as determined by SSDI/SSI. If the borrower is currently married, a separation agreement or evidence that the couple has lived apart for at least six months prior to loan application must be provided.
  • Veterans – Must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces (other than active duty for training) and received a discharge other than dishonorable within the past 25 years.
  • Individuals or Families with Disabilities – Borrower or spouse must be permanently 100% disabled/handicapped as determined by SSDI/SSI OR be the custodial parent or legal guardian of a least one dependent (regardless of age) that is permanently 100% disabled/handicapped as determined by SSDI/SSI.

If you would like more information or just want to get a better idea of how the program works, you can contact SC State Housing by phone at (803) 896-2211 or call me at (803) 381-1932 or email me at Jill@Homesalesbyjill.com

Columbia SC Real Estate – Jill Skawinski, REALTOR® Exit Real Estate Consultants.  I provide guidance and assistance to buyers and sellers in Columbia, Irmo, Chapin and Lexington, SC.  When you are selling or buying a home, relocating to the Columbia area or discovering the perfect property to build on, I am here to assist you and will always serve in your best interest.  (803)381-1932

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Loving our Spring weather, but my mind is on a winter focal point plant I found.

I know winter has passed (finally), but are you looking for a dramatic winter focal point for your yard or garden?  I was showing a home in Corley Woods neighborhood in Lexington last week to a client.  This home had such a delightful backyard with a footbridge crossing over a babbling brook leading to a gazebo.  Although those items were almost magical with the heavily wooded backyard, the plants with the waxy blue fruit held my attention.  A Master Gardener, I am not.  I took a photo and sent it to my friend who easily identified the plant as a Mahonia.  I think I just discovered a plant that would be perfect for my yard.  It’s upright growth habit and large sprays of fragrant, yellow flowers that form on its holly like evergreen leaves would look pretty in any yard.  Once the yellow flowers are spent they develop into grape-like clusters of berries that the birds  will be sure to enjoy.  It is in this stage that we saw it in.  I will soon be visiting Wingard’s Market to see if they have a Mahonia for me plant, it’s bound to help make my winter garden look spectacular next year!  Perhaps it will make a statement in yours as well.

Columbia SC Real Estate – Jill Skawinski, REALTOR® Exit Real Estate Consultants.  I provide guidance and assistance to buyers and sellers in Columbia, Irmo, Chapin and Lexington, SC.  When you are selling or buying a home, relocating to the Columbia area or discovering the perfect property to build on, I am here to assist you and will always serve in your best interest.  (803)381-1932