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Dear Reader, There is always something new to discover about the Greater Columbia area. Whether you’re here visiting for the first time, or you’ve lived here all your life, there are new experiences around every corner. From discovering something phenomenal like the recent expansion of the South Carolina State Museum with its state-of-the-art observatory, planetarium and 4D theater... to finding something simple and wonderful like a hidden park bench overlooking rushing rapids in the Saluda River... special moments are yours if you’ll just take the time to get out and Discover Columbia!

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the Hilton Columbia Center. 803-212-6666. From the 8 oz. petite filet to the 40 oz. porterhouse for two, this is the place for steak. Served sizzling. Signature sides include pecan-crusted sweet potato casserole and creamed spinach in a New Orleans style cream sauce.


5 RUTH’S CHRIS 924-A Senate St. in

5 LIBERTY TAP ROOM AND GRILL 828 Gervais Street. 803-461-4677. Popular and busy for good reason. 72 beers on tap including their own microbrews. Known for comfort foods like meatloaf and honey bourbon chicken. Also serves grilled juicy burgers, steaks, seafood. Sunday brunch menu served 10am - 2pm.

5 PEARLZ OYSTER BAR 936 Gervais Street.

803-661-7741. Specialty: House oysters and specialty varietal oysters; fresh fish changes daily. Shrimp and grits is fab-so is Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4PM-7PM. Fun, bustling, yummy.


803-724-5712. The one place everyone should drink! Food trucks on site.



800 Gervais Street. 803-779-7789. Try the 6 oz. Apple Whiskey Glazed Salmon: grilled and served on a cedar plank with apple whiskey glaze on top, apple compote, mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables & mushrooms. Try with Blue Moon Belgian White Ale, spiced with orange peel & coriander. Huge TV’s for sports viewings, live music and billiards.

5 SAKITUMI 807 Gervais Street. 803-931-0700. A favorite spot for the young and hip. Offers fusion-style menu of fresh sushi, grill and tapas faves like beer-battered Drunken Shrimp in Captain Morgan spiced curry sauce and Saki Salmon. Classic, specialty sushi rolls or platters with fresh salmon, yellowtail and Sakitumi’s #1 tuna are fantastic.

5 HUNTER-GATHERER BREWERY & ALE HOUSE 900 Main Street. 803-748-0540. Fresh handcrafted beer brewed in-house, unfiltered. Faves: Wheat or ESB with any chalkboard special, like Prince Edward Island Mussels, in Pale Ale with chorizo sausage, celery-garlic butter with garlic crostini, or the The HG Angus Burger with choice of 6 cheeses.


1213 Blanding Street. 803-256-7677. Famous for their homemade, hand-rolled pizza. Signatures are: Villa Tronco, tender chicken sauteed in sherry wine and cream sauce with mushrooms, artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes, and the Eggplant Parmigiana with tomato sauce, parmesan and mozzarella cheese over linguine. Fall favorite: Carmella’s Pumpkin Cheesecake.

5 THE OAK TABLE 1221 Main Street. 803-563-5066. Modern American cuisine. The crowd favorite: Deep-Fried Lobster with lemon beurre blanc. A whole lobster...fried. Also, Steak & Frites: Angus hanger steak with truffle frites. Finisher: Smore’s-milk chocolate pudding, graham cracker cream, honey marshmallow, cocoa nib tuile. Across from State House.




5410 Columbiana Drive. 803-708-3151. Provides


excellent Brazilian-style table side service, with more than 15 cuts of quality beef, pork, lamb & poultry. An extensive salad bar features seafood and sushi, and hot trademark dishes like black beans and rice and fried bananas. Enjoy Brazilianinspired cocktails from the bar.


Drive. 803-781-9814. Known for authentic Italian cuisine, made with fresh ingredients. Try the Sicilian Chop salad with mixed greens, toasted pine nuts, granny smith apples, tomatoes and gorgonzola cheese paired with the panroasted Duck Carbonara in white wine and pancetta. #1 dessert choice? Tiramisu.

South Carrolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum Visit the oldest histor y museum in the state to discover and explore South Carolina’s militarr y histor y from the Revolutionarr y War to the present. With evolving permanent exhibits and temporarr y exhibit galleries, each visit is a new experience. The museum of ferrs a unique opportunity to learn about the sttatte’s distinguished mar tial tra adition!


Court. 803-781-2226. 250-item buffet. Extensive sushi selection and fresh salads. Buffet offers traditional Chinese favorites along with ham/roast beef carving station. Hibachi grill awaits guests’ orders. Kids love the freshly spun cotton candy and the chocolate fountain with fruit and marshmallows.


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5 OLD MILL BREWPUB 711 East Main Street Lexington. 803-785-2337. Craft beers brewed onsite within Lexington’s historic Old Mill. Choose from seasonal brews like OMB’s Peanut Butter Stout or Citrix Wheat to complement the Brewpub Burger: 8oz. topped with Cheddar & Swiss cheeses, fried onions, and a fried egg. Other favorites: Grilled porkchops, ribeyes and sweet potato fries. Outside deck with tables overlooking Mill Pond.

5 TERRA 100 State Street. 803-791-3443. Favorites include wood oven pizzas with unique toppings like Duck Confit (carmelized onions, port soaked cherries and tender duck breast) and Pimiento Cheeseburger (house-made pimiento cheese). Dessert rave: Pistachio Creme Brulee.


1720 Sunset Blvd. 803-926-5255. A small neighborhood gem in West Columbia. #1 yummy factor: warm, crusty homemade bread served with fruit-flavored butters.


803-796-4430. Picture beautifully-presented healthful foods-kabobs done over charcoal, salads cut fresh for each customer, homemade bread, vegetables spiced just right...everything made from scratch. NOT your typical Greek restaurant-this is GOURMET GREEK.


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4927 Alpine Road. 803-788-8238. Hickory smoked pulled pork BBQ and ribs served buffet style. Chosen Best BBQ in SC by Southern Living magazine - we agree. Choose from tomato-based, mustard-based or vinegar-pepper sauces. Fried chicken, collards, mac n cheese, homemade tomato pie, homemade chickenpot-pie, hushpuppies, banana pudding and more!

5 SOLSTICE KITCHEN & WINE BAR 841-4 Sparkleberry Lane. 803-788-6966. New Southern gourmet. Seasonal, unique daily lunch/dinner specials. Signature: Angus Flat Iron Steak in zinfandel‐marsala reduction; bearnaise butter & frites, 6 oz. Filet Mignon with smoked cheddar pimento cheese and worcestershire‐bourbon jus, Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Smoked Gouda-Bacon Mac & Cheese. (see front cover) 650+ wines.

5 INAKAYA JAPANESE RESTAURANT 224 O’Neil Court. 803-699-2626. Served in atmosphere so authentic you’ll think you’re in Tokyo. Expertly prepared tempura, teriyaki, donburi and many Japanese specialties. Considered best sushi in town. No argument from us. Freshest fish and friendliest sushi chefs.

5 SATO JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE 1999 North Beltline Blvd. 803-782-1064. Be entertained by skilled hibachi chefs at Columbia’s original Japanese steakhouse. We love to go to Sato on Wednesday nights when Saki is just $1! Sato also features a sushi bar. Good lunch specials & early bird special before 6PM.

NEW! One-of-a-Kind Museum Experience with Planetarium, Observatory and 4D Theater

The South Carolina State Museum recently (August 2014) opened the only observatory of its kind in the nation, one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, and the only permanent 4-D movie theater in the state. This is the first time any museum in the United States has combined these three new facilities with a multidisciplinary museum focusing on art, history, natural history and science/technology. Movie fans are in for a treat in the The Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson, Jr. 4D Theater, which couples high definition 3D digital projection films with physical features to provide multisensory, interactive experiences for guests. Physical features, including water sprayers, ankle ticklers, air blasters, scents, snow, bubble and smoke effects, strobe lights and vibrating seats, are synchronized to the images displayed on the screen. Showing Now: Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs: The 4D Experience will play to compliment the new blockbuster exhibit, Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time, and the educational film, Planet Earth: Pole to Pole 4D Experience, will take guests a life-like journey around the globe. Opening Experience inonDecember, The Polar Express in 4D, is sure to Blockbuster put everyone in the holiday spirit!

Please call to verify dates and times as they are subject to change.

Movies in 4D!


SEPT 4-21 GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE...MURDER “Columbia’s Only Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre.” Old Mill-Lexington.

SEPT 5-20 LAST STOP CHAPIN Chapin Theatre Company presents the story of a young talented musician facing tough choices about leaving home for the first time. Harbison Theatre.

SEPT 5 & 6 THE BIG GRAB 43 mile yard sale from Blythewood, through Ridgeway to Winnsboro. 803.635.4242

Museum Exhibit: TRADITIONS, CHANGE, & CELEBRATION: NATIVE ARTISTS OF THE SOUTHEAST Objects drawn from Native American Indian tribal museums, state museums, artist collections, private collections, as well as McKissick Museum's own permanent collection. McKissick Museum, USC Horseshoe. 803.777.7251 Now thru July 25, 2015

Football Season!

Sept 6 East Carolina 7PM Columbia, S.C. Sept 13 Georgia 3:30PM Columbia, S.C. Sept 20 Vanderbilt TBA Nashville, Tenn. Sept 27 Missouri TBA Columbia, S.C. Oct 4 Kentucky TBA Lexington, Ky. Oct 18 Furman TBA Columbia, S.C. Oct 25 Auburn TBA Auburn, Ala. Nov 1 Tennessee TBA Columbia, S.C. Nov 15 Florida TBA Gainesville, Fla. Nov 22 South Alabama TBA Columbia, S.C. Nov 29 Clemson TBA Clemson, S.C.

USC GAMECOCKS GAMECOCKS USC Elvis Presley through live performances of his music. Newberry Opera House.

to casting. Sesquicentennial State Park. SCDNR instructors. 788-2706

SEPT 15-19 27TH ANNUAL MIDLANDS AREA SEPT 13 SENIOR GAMES INDOOR YARD SEPT 7 From track and field, billiards, to 1ST ANNUAL JCC SALE | SEVEN OAKS PARK target shooting and bingo, seniors KITE FESTIVAL Participate as a vendor or shop show their stuff. Various venues. SEPT 5-7 Kites, games, food. Jewish CITY OF CAYCE Community Center, 306 Flora Dr. for some great bargains. Vendor Awards ceremony Sept. 19. SEPT 5 & 6 registration at CENTENNIAL AIKEN’S MAKIN Celebrate with Cayce residents A 2-day arts and crafts event in SEPT 11-15 at their weekend of fun - kickoff beautiful downtown Aiken, SC SOUTH CAROLINA SEPT 14 SEPT 18 party, family fun day, history featuring hand-made craft ROOFTOP RHYTHMS FAMILY FISHING ELVIS FESTIVAL day and birthday party. CLINIC Free music on the rooftop at exhibits, food, & entertainment. The four-day festival will celebrate the life and music of From knot tying to lure selection Richland Mall (3400 Forest Dr.)

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Marvel Universe LIVE! Who’s your favorite Super Hero? Get to see them all when you and your family experience live entertainment like you’ve never seen before! Your favorite Marvel Super Heroes take over the Colonial Life Arena September 26-28! Spider-Man, The Avengers, Iron Man, Hulk and more, as well as threatening villains deliver an action-packed arena extravaganza! Be amazed by cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more! Hailed as the most technically advanced show ever, Marvel fans of all ages will enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance. 801 Lincoln Street. 1.855.4.LMC.TIX

sept 26-28

The Midlands Plant and Flower festival will be at the State Farmers Market in West Columbia. This free, family-friendly, event features plants, flowers, yard decor, outdoor furniture, SC Specialty Foods for sale, and the Clemson Master Gardeners to answer gardening questions. Free. 3483 Charleston Hwy. 803-734-2210.

uSesquicentennial State Park!

Movie Night

September 12th, 8-10PM : October 10th, 7:30-9:30PM Watch Marvel Comic book movies under the stars! Ghost Rider, The Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America, & The Amazing Spider-Man 2! Concessions will be sold. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and flashlights for after the movie. Free with park admission. 9564 Two Notch Rd.

SEPT 18 FARM TO TABLE DINNER Diners will be seated amidst trees and forest of Saluda Shoals Park. Tickets at

SEPT 19-OCT 11 OKLAHOMA! Rivalries, plenty of laughs and classic tunes! Town Theatre. 803.799.2510.

SEPT 20 WOMEN AT HEART 2014 Heart Health Forum & Exhibition. Convention Center. 803.296.CARE

SEPT 18 USC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Russian Extravaganza! Guest artist: Zuill Bailey, cello. Koger Center for the Arts. 803.251.2222

SEPT 20 SC PRIDE FESTIVAL & PARADE Parade, festival, live music featuring Deborah Cox. Downtown Columbia.

SEPT 20 4th ANNUAL VETERANS CAR & BIKE SHOW 10AM-2PM. Good family fun! Vendors, food, entertainment and more. American Legion Post 6. 200 Pickens St. Admission.

SEPT 20 FARMVILLE 10AM-3PM. Enjoy toddler tractor races, animal mask art activities, a petting farm, clogging performances and lessons, a straw maze and more! 211 Gervais St. 803.779.3100 SEPT 20 FALL HERITAGE FESTIVAL & PICKIN’ PARTY 10AM-4PM BBQ and SC’s musical and traditional folk art talent! SC State Museum. 301 Gervais St. 803.898.4952

SEPT 25-28 MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE! See above. SEPT 26 & 27 IRMO OKRA STRUT Street dance, parade, arts and crafts, rides, petting zoo, & lots of festival food. Irmo Community Park, 7505 East View Dr. SEPT 26-28 MIDLANDS FALL PLANT & FLOWER FESTIVAL See above.







Clinton Sease Farm Corn Maze

September 19-November 16 : Admission 404 Olde Farm Rd, Lexington, SC 803.730.2863

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West Columbia jaycees Hall of Horrors


October 3-Nov 1 1153 Walter Price Street, Cayce : 409.9139

Boo at the Zoo

October 17-30 : 6-9PM : Admission 500 Wildlife Parkway : 803.779.8717

Tricks & Treats at the State Museum


October 18 & 25 : 10AM-4PM : Admission

Ultimate Challenge Mud Run! Oct. 4th!

October 17-Nov 1 739 Harley Taylor Rd, Gilbert : 892.5396

Enlist your 2 or 4 person team now!

Please call to verify dates and times as they are subject to change.

Gilbert’s House of Terror

803-451-1197 | Gaston, SC


OCT 3 HAIR WALK : RUNWAY SHOW See pg 15. OCT 3 ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Join the folks in Winnsboro for a fabulous Friday night street dance & a Saturday of music &

One of the great things about being in the Midlands is that, even though we enjoy a subtropical climate, our roads and countryside are dotted with beautiful stands of deciduous trees - and they turn glorious shades of gold, yellow and red as autumn sets in. Here are a few great drives to see fall color: : South Carolina Route 34 between Winnsboro and Newberry (37 miles) : Downtown Columbia to Musgrove Mill State Historic Site SC 215 to US 176 to SC 72 to Musgrove Mill Road (78 miles) : US 321 near Blythewood to SC 121 to State Park Road to Chester State Park (45 miles)

Musgrove Mill State Historic Site

301 Gervais Street : 803.898.4921

OCT 2 THE SONG BIRD CAFE Fundraiser for Sistercare. Alternative Rock, food & drink. Leaside. Tickets at



Photo: SC Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism.

382 Olde Farm Rd : 803.530.9434

Each October, University Ambassadors host campus ghost tours, exploring the spookier side of USC’s history. Tours begin at McKissick Museum, where guides recount chilling tales of paranormal encounters! For information on tour dates and times, contact USC’s Visitor Center at 803-777-0169.

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OCT 3 & 4 GASTON COLLARD & BBQ FESTIVAL BBQ competition on Friday & the parade at 10AM on Sat! Entertainment, free rides for kids, Antique Car & Tractor display, karaoke & more! 131 North Carlisle St., Gaston. 803.796.7725

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October 25 Olde Winnsboro Ghost & Lantern Tour

7pm and 8:30pm. Guided walking tour of historic Winnsboro and the telling of its ghost tales. View haunted buildings from the sidewalk and hear ghost stories told by period-costumed actors portraying characters. Sponsored by the Winnsboro Woman’s Club. For info, call Susan at 803-635-6963 or 803-402-5289.

OCT 4 OCT 3 & 4 CABOOSE DAY 12th ANNUAL 2014 CONGAREE SWAMPFEST Ride one of the cabooses & 2014 relive a by-gone era of Live music, food, kiddy carnival, railroading!! Trains depart at tractor/wagon rides & more. 10AM & 1:30PM only!! Held at Harriet Barber House116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins; OCT 4 Congaree National Park & Old FALL INDOOR Mt. Moriah Yard, Old Bluff Rd- YARD SALE Hopkins. 803-261-5596. 7AM-Noon. Vendors from all See pg. 15. over display unique & gentlyused items. Free. Tri-City Leisure Center, 485 Brooks Ave. OCT 4 ULTIMATE MUD 803.939.9309 RUN See above.

OCT 4 ITALIAN FESTIVAL & BOCCE TOURNAMENT 11AM-10PM. Free attractions & entertainment for ALL! 1615 & 1616 Blanding Street. 803.309.2454 OCT 8-19 SC STATE FAIR The enticing smell of corn dogs and candied apples, the whir and whiz of the rides, exhibits & more! Admission. SC State Fairgrounds.

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Fighting cancer with style! This runway show will showcase designers, major retail brands, stylists, models and more. Highlighting the runway show is a “survivors walk” when cancer survivors of varied ages and backgrounds proudly strut the runway in celebration of overcoming cancer. The events collectively serve as a platform for HairWalk survivors – the heart and soul of the movement.Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street. OCT 10-12 OKTOBERFEST Homemade German food & pastries, great craft beers, kids' activities and authentic German entertainment. Fun for the whole family! Incarnation Lutheran Church, 3005 Devine St. 803.256.2381 OCT 11 JAM ROOM MUSIC FESTIVAL Noon-10PM. Live music, kid’s zone includes face painting, crafts & more! Free. Main St (just past the Columbia Museum of Art.) 803.787.6908

OCT 11 BEETHOVEN & BLUE JEANS: OKTOBERFEST! See above. OCT 13 SO THE STORY GOES... Local storytellers. Bring blankets & lawn chairs. Virginia Hylton Park, Lexington. OCT 19 TASTE OF ORANGEBURG A variety of restaurants and


October 11th : 7:30PM. A Viennese favorite gets a German twist this fall! Ditch the formal wear, come cool, casual and relaxed in your blue jeans while taking in a world-class symphony! Starting at 6PM: River Rat Brewery and Southern Way Catering are partnering with the S.C. Philharmonic for a pre-concert bash at the Koger Center. Beer and sausage selections will be on sale to help start a festive evening off right! Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene Street. Call 803.254.PHIL (7445) for more info.


run & a 5K run/walk. Darkness are back with new to register. choreography, costumes and palpitating music in this cutOCT 26 ting-edge production. Koger LAKE CAROLINA Center, 1051 Greene St. WINE AND FOOD 803.251.2222. FESTIVAL Some of the finest wines and tantalizing hors d’oeuvres. Village Green at Lake Carolina 803.461.0915.

OCT 25 PUMPKIN RUNFALL FESTIVAL Pumpkin Run is fun for families, kids & adults. A 12 and under

OCT 30-NOV 1 COLUMBIA CITY BALLET: DRACULA A “must see” Halloween favorite! Count Dracula and his Brides of

vendors from around the city feature samples of their cuisine. Free Admission. 803-531-6186.

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Fall in Shape at Saluda Shoals Park! Even though the weather is changing, it doesn’t mean that your activity level has to decrease. Saluda Shoals, a 400 acre regional park offers more than 9 miles of paved/unpaved trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Bicycle rentals are available for men, women and youth for full day, half day and 1 hour rates. A boat ramp is available for canoe and kayak launch for 1 hour (weekends only), 3 hour and full day access. Horse Trail Passes are available for guests to bring their own horse to ride trails throughout the park. Saluda Shoals offers Challenge Course Adventures for the ultimate physical fitness! Endure a series of low ropes activities led by trained, professional staff: walk tight-ropes, negotiate obstacles, balance elements as a team, pass teammates through a giant web and climb walls! The Barking Lot Pass at Saluda Shoals allows visitors access to a fenced, off-leash area for dogs where you can run and play with your four-legged friend. Dogs must be up-todate on all shots and meet park requirements. 5605 Bush River Road. 803.731.5208 for fees, passes and more info.

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Spend an afternoon at the Five Rivers Market, located in the Corbett Building at the SC State Farmers Market! Opening this Fall, Five Rivers Market vendors will offer fresh produce, quality meats and seafood, dairy and eggs, gourmet & specialty foods, dry goods and bulk ingredients, SC artisan and craft items, prepared and convenience foods, cut flowers and arrangements, home decor/furnishings, kitchen wares, bath and body and more! Stop by Dupre's at the Market (open 7am - 3pm - 7 days), where comfort food like hand-battered fried okra, quality angus beef burgers and red velvet cake made with real butter are on the menu. 3483 Charleston Hwy, West Columbia. 803.737.4664.

Just Walkin’ The Dog!

Campgrounds during the fall and winter months are less crowded and cheaper than during the summer. Not to mention...cooler nights and fewer bugs! Sesquicentennial Park: Primitive camping, $10-$12.50 up to 10 campers 9564 Two Notch Rd, (803) 788-2706 Congaree National Park: FREE for all campers, no electricity or water 100 National Park Road, Hopkins, SC (803) 776-4396 Dreher Island State Park: campsite with electricity and water $23-$26 per night; regular tent campsite for $16-$21 per night. - 3677 State Park Rd, Prosperity, SC (803) 364-4152 Lake Wateree: $16-$22 per campsite per night - 881 State Park Rd, Winnsboro, SC (803) 482-6401

Riverfront Park: Spectacular views. Paved and grassy trails. Free. 312 Laurel Street. 803-733-8613 Three Rivers Greenway: 9.5 miles of pathway along the area’s rivers. Lighted and paved trails/emergency call boxes, bathroom areas and water fountains. All areas are dog friendly. Free. 803-545-3100 Sesquicentennial Park: 2-acre, fenced-in area for dogs to run off-leash. Permit is required for each dog, available at park office. Annual pass: $25. Dog must be present for photo ID to obtain permit. Please provide current shot record to show proof of spayed/neutered, rabies, parvo and kennel cough. Doggie Pot bags are available. 9564 Two Notch Rd. 788-2706 Saluda Shoals: Access to a fenced, off-leash area. $40 per year. Each hangtag is good for up to two dogs in the household. Additional dogs require a second pass. Parking Fees apply. Doggie Pot bags are available. 5605 Bush River Rd. 803-731-5208 West Columbia/Cayce Riverwalk: 23.8 miles of lighted, paved pathways and wooden boardwalks. Free. Axtell Drive at Naples Avenue, Cayce, SC or 121 Alexander Street, West Columbia, SC. Please be advised that all dogs must be current on required shots and spayed/neutered.

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Downtown Attractions Numbers on Downtown Map 2. Columbia Fire Dept. Museum {artifacts from the mid 1800â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forward} open weekdays 8:30-5. FREE 3. Columbia Museum of Art {Art from Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance and more} open Tues. - Sun. FEE

4. Riverfront Park & Historic Canal {paved trail along river, benches, park} FREE 5. Columbia Marionette Theatre {for children} open Saturdays 11am & 3pm FEE 6. Finlay Park {Fountain, lake, benches, playground} FREE

7. First Baptist Church {Civil War site. Signage in front} 8. SC Governors Mansion (Circa 1855} Tours by appt. Tues & Wed. 803-737-1710 9. Granby Park {riverside trail} FREE 10. Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce

11. Hampton Preston Mansion {built in 1818.} Tours Tues.-Sun. FEE 12. Koger Center for the Arts {performing arts center} 13. Manns-Simons Site {African American historic site.} Tours Tues.-Sun. FEE 14. Memorial Park {monuments to fallen SC soldiers}

15. McKissick Museum {University of SC museum} open Mon-Sat. FREE 17. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden {Top 10 Zoo & botanical garden} open daily 9-5. FEE 18. Richland County Library {main city library} open daily. 803.799.9084

19. Robe {Circa 1823 FEE 21. SC Sta tural, natur ical history Observator 4D theater} FEE

rt Mills House 21. Confederate Relic Room 3} Tours Tues-Sun. & Military Museum open Tues. - Sat. & 1st Sunday of ate Museum {Cul- mo FEE ral and technolog- 22. Township Auditorium of South Carolina. {perfoming arts venue} ry, planetarium, 23. Trinity Episcopal Cathe} open Tues. - Sun. dral {historic cemetery)


25. Woodrow Wilson Family Home {Circa 1872} Tues.Sun. FEE 27. EdVenture Children’s Museum (top notch museum} Open Mon. - Sun. FEE 28. Colonial Life Arena {performing arts & sports venue}



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Midlands Technical College: Interior Decorating 9/03/2014 - 10/01/2014 | Wednesdays 6pm - 9pm Interior Decorating, Beginning (Northeast Campus) - Learn about the fundamental theories including floor plan drafting, traffic flow, space and furniture arranging, and color and pattern relationships! 10/07/2014 - 10/16/2014 | Tuesdays & Thursdays 6pm - 9pm Decorating Quick: New and Redo! (Harbison Campus) - Give your rooms a much needed facelift using the newest trends.s 11/12/2014 - 12/17/2014 | Wednesday 6pm - 9pm Interior Decorating, Advanced (Northeast Campus) - The class teaches blueprint reading, electrical and lighting, accessories,new trends, cost estimations and a decorator/client business relationship! 10/08/2014 - 11/-5/2014 | Wednesdays 6pm - 9pm Interior Decorating, Intermediate (Northeast Campus) - This class is all about color and pattern and utilizing it around a home! Learn window treatments and fabric applications, carpets, wall coverings and even painted finishes!

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Choose plants for variations in size, color and texture.You'll want to group plants that have similar requirements, such as lighting, watering and general care. African Violets boast gorgeous color in violet, purple, pale blue, and white flowers, require low-light, and are reasonably priced. Group these beauties with other vivid blooming plants, such as bromeliads, which also require low-lighting. Choose leafy Dracaenas which require medium to low-lighting to add some hearty green. Purchase basic potting soil that is high in organic matter, clean and well-drained. Types of containers to consider are: clay, terracotta, ceramic or plastic, based on your budget.

Hay Hill Garden Market 1625 Bluff Rd 803.834.6652

Wingard's Nursery 1403 N. Lake Dr., Lex 803.359.9091

Woodley's Garden Center 2840 Dreher Shoals Rd 10015 Two Notch Rd 803.788.1487 803.407.0601

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New Neighborhood: Larkin Woods

Families love Lexington South Carolina. From its awardwinning schools (Lexington County School District One) to its close proximity to Lake Murray and downtown Columbia to its small-town-close-community-feel, kids and parents have found the Lexington area to be perfect for every quality-of-life reason. Many new neighborhoods are going up all over the Lexington area, and our dilemma was choosing just one to highlight here. Then we heard about Larkin Woods… located near the crossroads of Mineral Springs & Cromer Road. Larkin Woods’ children attend Meadow Glen Elementary, Middle and brand new River Bluff High School. A

smaller neighborhood with just 65 homesites, Essex Homes is building all-brick beautiful house plans in the 2500 - 4300 square feet range, incorporating family-friendly features like media rooms, studies, over-sized owner’s suites, extended garages and 3car garages. We loved playing around with Essex Homes’ Interactive Home Designer on their website: Another plus: every Essex Homes home is e-built, resulting in 25-30% less energy usage than a typical new home. Prices start in the mid $200s. Directions I-20 to exit 61. Turn left onto US Hwy 378. Turn right at light at the BP (Cromer Road). Continue down Cromer Road. Turn left into Larkin Woods (Just before the intersection of Cromer Road and Mineral Springs Road) Model home is under construction and should open in October 2014. Community Representative: April Hiscock: 803-518-3638

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New Neighborhood: Summer Pointe

We looked at several new lakeside communities when searching for just the right one to showcase in our New Neighborhoods’ feature. Summer Pointe in Chapin won our hearts. Summer Pointe offers an affordable opportunity to live within the highest-ranking school district in the Midlands (Lexington Richland School District Five) and convenient access to Columbia’s biggest recreational asset - 50,000 acre Lake Murray. Boat and jet-ski owners will appreciate Summer Pointe’s community boat storage and access to the lake via the boat ramp at Eptings Camp, located next door. We love Great Southern Homes' Garden Series - an all-brick lineup where each home comes standard with Great Southern’s Green Smart Home energy efficient features, including Honeywell’s

Tuxedo Touch, a high-tech home automation system that allows homeowners to control and automate their security systems, heating and cooling systems, door locks - even the ceiling fans and lighting! Use the wall-mounted touch screen or use your smartphone as a remote from almost anywhere. Great Southern’s homes at Summer Pointe feature granite countertops, hardwood floors, elegant molding and downstairs owner's retreats with garden tubs. And did we mention “affordable”? Summer Pointe home sizes start at 1866 square feet in size and prices begin in the high 100’s. Directions: Take I-26 to exit 91. Turn left on to Columbia Avenue. Turn left onto Old Lexington. Turn right onto Eptings Camp Road. Turn right into Summer Pointe Model Open: Open 11AM-5PM; Call first Community Representative: Liz Reid: 803-606-9596

Laurel Crest is located in a beautiful and tranquil setting, high above the Congaree River, yet minutes from downtown Columbia. Laurel Crest offers an active, vibrant way of life with superior services and amenities-plus the security and peace of mind that comes with a full continuum of on-site health care.

You can experience the retirement you deserve. Call 803-796-0370 and schedule a personal tour! 100 JOSEPH WALKER DR. | W. COLUMBIA, SC WWW.LAUREL-CREST.COM

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Highlighted Neighborhood: Hampton Forest

Whether looking for your first home or downsizing to a smaller one, Hampton Forest is the perfect choice for the on-the-go person or

small household, with homes starting at $127,900. With a great in-town location, Hampton Forest is just minutes away from I-77, Fort Jackson, USC School of Medicine, Downtown Columbia and so much more! What’s your ‘after work pleasure’? Congaree National Park is less than 15 miles away, visit it and take a hike among the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the United States! Is shopping your thing? Whether you’re looking for a

unique boutique along the Shoppes of Devine St. or a power drill at Lowes you’ll find it within a few miles/minutes from your front door. McGuinn Homes is building in this well-established neighborhood with standard features like garages, exterior brick accents, 9’ ceilings on the first floor, kitchen granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Unique floorplans offer Downstairs Master Suites, Dual Master Suites and adorable 2 bedroom plans. Community amenities include a community pool, cabana, outdoor fireplace and 16-seat surround sound wide-screen theater... so when’s your next party? Residents at Hampton Forest who have children also have the privilege of sending them to highly-rated schools: Meadowfield Elementary, Hand Middle School and Dreher High School. Directions I-77 to exit 9A (US 76/US 378 Garners Ferry Road toward Sumter) Turn Right onto Garners Ferry Road Turn Right onto Greenlawn Drive Take Second Right onto Hampton Forest Drive Model home open Monday-Saturday Noon until 6 or by appointment. Community Representative: Melissa Williams: 803-237-8035

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Midlands Technical College: Woodworking

Workshops.... continued from page 20 9/9/2014 - 10/14/2014 | Tuesday & Thursday 6pm - 9pm - Woodworking Practices and Principles (Northeast Campus) This broad introduction shows you how to sharpen tools, use them, make woodworking joints and furniture, select tools, and introduces you to woodworking machinery.

City of Columbia Parks & Recreation: Basket Weaving

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Register by September 12 Edisto Discovery Park, 1914 Wiley Street | Work with reeds to make a finished egg basket. Includes materials and expert instruction for each participant to complete the basket in one day. Instruction is by Bonnie Geiger. $65

Low Calorie Cracked Candy Mosaic Art Workshop

Saturday, October 4, 2014 Register by September 20, 2014 Art Center, 1928 Calhoun Street, Columbia, SC | This workshop will focus on making as 12"x12" mosaic piece which will be chosen from patterns supplied in class. Registration fee of $90 will include all supplies and materials necessary for class.



SakiTumi Sushi 101

Perfect for Couples! Book a class: 803.931.0700

Charleston Cooks!

Monday, September 15, 2014 5 Classic Recipes Every Cook Should Know. 803.509.8111

Columbia’s Cooking | USC

Thursday, October 30, 2014 Healthy Habits for a Fantastic Fall: Pick of the Crop. 803.576.5623

Fleur de Lys Tuesday, November 4, 2014 Larry G. Crackling Salmon Truffle. 803.765.9999

Let’s Cook Culinary Studio

Thursday, November 6, 2014 Dim Sum Demonstration. 803.348.5874


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Craftsmen's Christmas Classic Art & Craft Festival

November 14, 15, 16 : Admission SC State Fairgrounds 336.282.5550 :

Jamil Shriners Craft Show

Nov 29 Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road 803.732.4227 :

Junior League Holiday Market

December 4-7 Cantey Building, State Fairgrounds 803.252.4552 :

Christmas Sampler & Peddler Craft Shows December 13 : FREE Lexington & Tri City Leisure Centers 803.359.4048 x227 :


Crafty Feast

December 14 : Admission Columbia Convention Center

StoryBook Ball



Gem, Mineral Nov 21-23 & Jewelry Show!

Gold & Silver! Crystals! Rare Gemstones! Fossils! Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Rd. 803.736.9317 |

NOV 11 NOV 8 CHILI COOK-OFF VETERAN’S DAY IN FIVE POINTS PARADE Find out who has the best chili 11AM. Parade will begin at the intersection of Sumter & in Columbia! Featuring live music on the main stage from Laurel Sts. & end at Pendleton St. near the State House. NOV 8 12-6pm and Little Pepper’s Downtown Columbia. VETERAN’S DAY Place for family fun! Lots of 803.545.3100 PARADE specials all day long during 11AM. Parade features bands, NOV 5-9 the Annual Fall Sidewalk Sale. floats, antique cars, LR JROTC 803.748.7373 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL-VAREKAI Cadets, elected officials, and other military guests. Lower NOV 8 See above. Richland Veterans Formation - GOVERNOR’S Hopkins Park, Lower Richland CUP ROAD RACE NOV 7-16 subscribe at Featuring half-marathon, 8 'TIS THE SEASON Blvd. & Old Hopkins Rd. kilometer, 4-mile walk and Original takes on the fall and kids’ cup races. 803.731.2100.

winter holidays -- from Halloween through New Year’s Day! Chapin Firehouse Theatre, 102 Lexington Ave. 803.240.8544

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EdVenture Children’s Museum invites you to join us for StoryBook Ball! Enter a world of kings and queens, pirates, princesses and fabled creatures as EdVenture transforms into a magical kingdom of storybook dreams. Step inside and explore Arabian Nights, Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Little Mermaid, and Alice in Wonderland! Children and their grown-ups will enjoy this merry evening filled with themed entertainment by magicians, performers and artisans from across the land. Rub the genie’s lamp and travel to exotic lands filled with whimsical craſts, balloon art, face painting, live animals from your favorite fables and fairytales. Dine with Alice and a collection of EdVenture Children’s Museum curious characters at the Mad Hatters Tea Party or prance with your favorite characters at the royal dance party. Take the next coach and don’t be late. $35 per person. Costumes encouraged. Purchase tickets at Be transported into a magical realm at the Colonial Life Arena on November 5-9th! Experience the world of Varekai as a young man is parachuted from the sky into the shadows of a magical forest filled with fantastic creatures, in an adventure that promises both the absurd, and the extraordinary! The word "Varekai" means "wherever" in the Romany language of the gypsies-the universal wanderers. Directed by Dominic Champagne, this production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to those who quest with infinite passion along the path that leads to Varekai. 801 Lincoln Street. 1.855.4.LMC.TIX

h fg y j NOV 1-2 REVOLUTIONARY WAR DAYS 500 re-enactors interpret life on the Southern Campaign trail. Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site


NOV 14-DEC 7 WHITE CHRISTMAS The story of two showbiz buddies who mount a show in a picturesque Vermont inn in hopes of saving their former military commander. 1012 Sumter St. 803.799.2510. NOV 15 COLONIAL CUP Marion Dupont Scott International Steeplechase held at the Springdale Race Course in Camden, SC.

November 8 - 11AM

Opening November 21, 2014

“Paths of Destruction: Sherman’s Final Campaign”

A parade will feature bands, floats, antique cars, Lower Richland JROTC Cadets, elected officials and other military guests. The procession will end at Hopkins Park, where the public is invited to a special program honoring members of the Lower Richland Veterans Formation, SC Combat Veterans Group and all veterans and families. Lower Richland Blvd. & Old Hopkins Rd.

Details Sherman’s last effort to quell the Confederacy in his army’s march through South Carolina, the state that fired the first shots of the Civil War. Following the March to the Sea, Sherman gained permission from Grant to lead his troops through South Carolina beginning in early 1865, with the goal of decimating any and all military related buildings, organizations and personnel in an attempt to break the morale of the Confederates and bring the war to an end as soon as possible. This example of total war, with little differentiation between military and private entities, left a lasting impact on the Carolinas and, officially ending April 26, 1865, was one of the final campaigns of the war.

“Paths of Destruction” focuses on the march’s impact on the people of South Carolina and its significance in the development of the concept of total war and the ethics involved by examining multiple aspects of the campaign. Artifacts include Union and Confederate weapons and accoutrements, ammunition, POW pieces, uniforms, excavated relics from locations along Sherman’s path, and flags. Highlights of the exhibit are a life-size diorama depicting Columbia after the burning, audio segments of first-person accounts during the campaign, and a pre-and-post burned Columbia interactive map. Founded in 1896, the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum is the oldest museum in the Columbia area. The museum focuses on South Carolina’s military history from the Revolutionary War to the present. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00-5:00, and the first Sunday of the month 1:00-5:00, and located at 301 Gervais Street (in the same building as the State Museum). Visit for more information. NOV 15 MARINA PLAYS TCHAIKOVSKY Concert presented by the SC Philharmonic. Koger Center for the Arts. 1051 Greene St. 803.254.7445

NOV 21-23 FESTIVAL OF TREES Family-friendly activities, local choirs, dance groups & NOV 21-23 photos with Santa. Silent COLUMBIA GEM NOV 21 auction of decorated trees, TRANS-SIBERIAN AND MINERAL wreaths, tabletop trees, and SHOW ORCHESTRA NOV 15 Jewelry, beads, loose stones, other holiday items. 1101 The world’s most creative & BLUE GRASS AND beloved Christmas show fossils, minerals, gold, silver, & Lincoln St. 803.434.7275 BBQ EVENT orchestra! Colonial Life Arena. tools for sale. Club member’s 3483 Charleston Hwy. rock collections on exhibit & NOV 22-FEB 1.855.4.LMC.TIX 2015 lapidary demonstrations. SNOWVILLE Admission. 206 Jamil Rd. NOV 21 A winter wonderland of cool, NOV 20 803.736.9317. PATHS OF family fun! EdVenture VISTA LIGHTS See page 30. DESTRUCTION: Children’s Museum. Kick off your holiday shopping SHERMAN’S 211 Gervais St. 803.779.4100 and fun at the Vista's 29th FINAL CAMPAIGN annual holiday street party. 5-9PM. Gervais St. from Assembly to Gadsden.

SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. 301 Gervais Street. See above.

NOV 24 & 25 SLEIGH BELL STROLL & TROT Held amid the festive light displays of Holiday Lights on the River. Check-in: 5–6:50 PM; start time: 7PM. Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Rd. 803.772.3336 NOV 27 TURKEY DAY 5K & FAMILY FUN RUN 3.1 mile race begins and ends at Colonial Life Arena. Proceeds go to Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands.


Holiday Lights Holiday Lights on the River

Explore Northeast’s Village at Sandhill: Department store favorites Belk and JCPenney anchor this beautifully landscaped 300-acre shoppers’ mecca. Unique local shops are neighbors to nationally known brands like Victoria’s Secret and Academy Sports. Regular entertainment, lots of benches, lovely fountains, a variety of good restaurants... a very nice place to spend a day! Two Notch Rd and Clemson Rd. (803) 419-0235

Nov 26-Dec 31 from 6-10PM : Admission 5605 Bush River Rd, Saluda Shoals Park 803.731.5208 :

Lights before Christmas Nov 21- Dec 30 from 6-9PM : Admission 500 Wildlife Parkway 803.779.8717 :

Fantasy of Lights December 1-31 from dusk until 9PM Fri & Sat open from dusk until 10PM Swan Lake-Iris Gardens, 822 W. Liberty St. Sumter, SC 803.436.2640 :

Harborside Lights & YMCA 5K December 13 Jeep Rogers Family YMCA-Lake Carolina to register

Convenience and Value - Dutch Square Mall: Columbia’s original enclosed mall is anchored by Belk and Burlington Coat Factory with many national and local stores offering a wide selection of apparel, athletic shoes, footwear, jewelry and more...many at discounted prices. Multiplex cinema. Don’t miss Santa beginning on Nov 28th! for schedule. Bush River Road near I-26. (803) 772-3864

Northeast - Columbia Place Mall: Anchor stores Sears and Burlington Coat Factory. Two Notch Road at Parklane

West Metro Parade of Lights December 13 from 5:30-7:15PM Corner of Hwy. 1 & 12th Street 803.794.6504

Elgin Lights December 15-24 from 6-9PM : Free 2433 Charlie House Circle : Elgin, SC 803.408.0131 :

Dec 5 & 6 Parade starts at 11AM Saturday!

Please call to verify dates and times as they are subject to change.

Devine Street: The upper crust of Columbia retail. From art galleries, to shoe boutiques, to fine jewelry, to designer clothing, Devine Street is the place to be.

Trenholm Plaza: This old-timey strip shopping center has undergone a complete personality change and is now a hip home to great dining and shopping. Trenholm Road and Forest Drive (near Ft. Jackson)

Five Points: Where the college crowd shops. Many apparel, accessory and footwear retailers along with coffee shops and ethnic dining. Hippie duds, vintage apparel, art, music, etc. Vicinity of Harden St. at Devine St. The Vista: Just west of downtown, the Vista area is a popular entertainment and dining district but also home to walk-about shopping for art, clothing, outdoor gear, jewelry, gifts, antiques and home furnishings. Gervais St. west of Assembly St.

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DECEMBER DEC 2 JIM BRICKMAN’S ON A WINTER NIGHT 7:30PM. Songwriter & pianist Jim Brickman will bring the sounds of the season with On A Winter’s Night in a concert

Downtown - Main Street: Art galleries, clothing stores, boutique shopping.

Food & crafts, live band & DJ! 803.496.7964

NOV 29; DEC 6 & 13 RIDE THE TRAIN WITH SANTA South Carolina Railroad Museum. Winnsboro.

Everything Big - Columbiana Centre: Columbiana Centre is the largest enclosed shopping mall in Columbia, with anchors Belk, Dillards, Sears and JCPenney. Everything you expect in a nice mall is here. Located off I-26 at Harbison Blvd. (803) 732-6255

with instrumentals & soaring DEC 5 DEC 6 vocals. Koger Center, 1051 JOE BONAMASSA CHRISTMAS TREE Greene St. 803.251.2222 CELEBRATION 8PM. Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St. 803.576.2356 3483 Charleston Hwy. DEC 4-6 CHRISTMAS IN DEC 5 & 6 CAYCE HOLLY HILL DEC 6 Tree Lighting, Lights of Cayce, CHRISTMAS ANNUAL HOLIDAY Carols Along The Riverwalk. FESTIVAL TASTE & TOUR Free. NOON. Includes BBQ See above. and Cakes Bake-Off with FREE DEC 5 food samplings, museum, WWE LIVE! miniature train and carriage DEC 5-7 Colonial Life Arena. 801 rides, stage entertainment & LEXINGTON Lincoln St. 1.855.4.LMC.TIX prizes! 214 Hopkins Rd at SNOWBALL Lower Richland Blvd. FESTIVAL 803.261.5596. Town of Lexington. See pg. 33.

DEC 6 25TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Decorated with crafts from the 18th century to the present. Museum docents dressed in period attire. Live entertainment, hot apple cider and homemade goodies. Cayce Historical Museum, in the Cayce City Hall Complex @ 1800 12th St. 803.739.5385. DEC 6 CAROLINA CARILLON PARADE

December 6th! Holiday Taste & Tour promises to bring an “Old Fashioned Christmas” to the historic “Village of Hopkins. The Village, once a busy train town originally named Hopkins Turnout, is located at 214 Hopkins Road at Lower Richland Blvd -just 11 miles from Columbia. The event includes BBQ and Cakes Bake-Off with FREE food samplings, museum, miniature train and carriage rides, stage entertainment, and prizes! Vendors will offer Oyster Roast, other food items, crafts and gifts. Also, farmers and flea markets. FREE parking/shuttle service.

Celebrating the Love & Hope of the Christmas Season at Shandon UMC

HANGING OF THE GREENS November 30, 8:45 &11AM, Sanctuary. Moving service filled with Christian symbolism, glorious decorations and inspiring music by choir and bell ringers. LOVE FEAST December 14, 5PM, Sanctuary. Celebration filled with magnificent music by choir and orchestra and sharing bread, coffee and warm community fellowship. CHRISTMAS CONCERT December 21, 6PM, Sanctuary. A night of classical and Christmas music by Eddie Huss & Friends. Free admission. Donations will benefit Family Shelter. CHRISTMAS EVE December 24. Inspiring services filled with beautiful greenery, wonderful music, glowing candlelight and warm fellowship. TRADITIONAL COMMUNION SERVICE 2PM, Sanctuary FAMILY SERVICE 5PM, Sanctuary. Sharing the Christmas story with narration, costumes, familiar carols and music by the Children's Choirs. Features a live nativity with animals and the lighting of "glow sticks.” LIFELINE CONTEMPORARY SERVICE 7PM, Dunn-Smith Ministry Center. Sharing the Christmas story with narration, costumes and music by the LifeLine Band. COMMUNION AND CANDLELIGHT SERVICE 9PM, Sanctuary. Traditional service with candlelighting and music by the Christmas Choir. Shandon United Methodist Church 3407 Devine Street, 803-256-8383,

DEC 6 ANNUAL AMROC CHRISTMAS SHOW 10AM-4PM. Two floors of layouts and a yard full of trains-about 20 trains! Free. Arsonal Hill facility. Arsenal Hill, Columbia, SC. DEC 11 DEVINE NIGHT OUT 5-8PM

50 stores & restaurants welcome guests for shopping, socializing & festive cheer. From 8-10PM-a FREE After Party with live entertainment & free food beverages. DEC 13 & 14 COLUMBIA GUN & KNIFE SHOW The largest Civil War Show in the world, featuring over 1,000 tables of authentic Civil Memorabilia and war weapons. State Fairgrounds.

DEC 13-14 DISNEY’S SLEEPING BEAUTY KIDS This classic fairy tale features goons, dragons, kings, and of course an evil queen and handsome prince.

DEC 14 2ND ANNUAL REINDOGS & ELVES Canine costume contest, games and crafts for kids, pet photos, more. Carolina Children's Garden

DEC 13-21 THE NUTCRACKER Koger Center, 1051 Greene St. 803.251.2222.

DEC 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE AT NOON subscribe at Columbia’s only ball drop for kids! Doors open at 9AM. EdVenture Children’s Museum.

DEC 31 FAMOUSLY HOT NEW YEAR’S EVE Street party with live music, party food and more in a festive, fun and safe environment.

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Columbia’s annual parade and “Jingle All the Way” 5K run. Downtown on Gervais Street.

What could possibly be better than racing your friends and family on Go Karts around a road course full of hairpin turns and ultra fast straight-aways for ultimate bragging rights? How about Tag with Lasers? Pick a team, vest up, and get your TAG ON. Nice day outside? Play a round of Mini Golf in an exotic landscape of gorgeous waterfalls and lush vegetation! Or step inside the Funhouse - it's like a hamster maze but for kids 12 and under. Or experience the Drop Zone, play the latest and greatest arcade games including the new Transformer game, or practice your stuff in our Batting Cage where you'll swing at speeding fast balls. It's all that and more. 140 Parkridge Drive Columbia, SC Open 7 days. (803) 781-2342


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Join us on the first Monday of each month (Sept-May) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as we open the museum just for our smallest visitors! Enjoy a puppet show at 10am in addition to painting, sand play and arts & crafts. Experience Tales for Tots at 11am, a fun and educational series featuring a read-to-me time followed by a character appearance! Featuring Llama Llama in September, Froggy in October, and Curious George in November! Members - $3 Non-Members - $11.50 Children ages 12 months5 years only.


Whether you’re looking for musical activities for your child or wanting to explore music as an adult, there are plenty of lessons and classes from which to choose. You don’t have to be a USC student to take advantage of our many expert resources. From birth through retirement, the USC School of Music offers stimulating and fun ways to make music part of your life. Private and group instruction for all ages and levels. 803.777.5381. piano : voice : strings : guitar : woodwinds : brass : percussion : music theory

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Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice! EdVenture Children’s Museum : Thru Oct 19th.

Travel back in time to explore the Cretaceous Period (145 – 65 million years ago), when dinosaurs last lived on earth! Explore unfamiliar landscapes, touchable dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes and more! 211 Gervais St. 803.779.3100

Dinosaurs: A Bite Out Of Time. SC State Museum

EdVenture Children’s Museum

Visit EdVenture's living exhibit, a 2,500 square foot enclosed habitat designed to showcase the lifespan of over 20 species of butterflies. Admission. 211 Gervais St. 803.779.3100

Features several robotic dinosaurs and strange creatures from prehistoric times, including the ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex, the massive Stegosaurus and the long-necked Apatosaurus. Guests will also encounter creatures that lived during the age of dinosaurs, but were not dinosaurs, including a Mosasaurus, one the fiercest reptiles ever to hunt the seas of its day. 301 Gervais Street. 803.898.4921.

Learn about the culture of the early Cherokee Indians in Lexington, SC! This two-part program is for groups of youngsters that get to explore what early Cherokee children saw and experienced every day. They will touch various animal hides like teeth and claws from black bears, foxes, deer, raccoons and rabbits. Baskets, food, hunting, fishing, clothing, and pottery are also shown and discussed. Games, a ceremonial dance, and storytelling in which there is group participation by wearing masks, dancing and playing musical instruments such as the drums, hawk bells and turtle rattles is included. Kids get to make their own clay pinch pot to take home. Free. Available during morning hours only. To schedule a group visit, call 803-359-8369.

Y-GUIDES FALL LONG HOUSE NOV 7-9 Ages: 5 to 15 years with Dad or guardian

An overnight camping experience where kids and dads spend a weekend together participating in activities like Movie in the Woods, Archery, BB Guns, Fishing, S'mores, Hiking, Ceremony Council Fire and more. Fee. Bring your own tent and camping gear. Limited number of cabins available. *Please note: If you're not already registered as a Y-Guide or Trailblazer, you'll need to do so prior to making the reservation. Location: Lexington YMCA, 401 YMCA Rd. For info, contact Savanah Standifer at 803-359-3376.

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2014 Fall Holiday Discover Columbia  

Everything good, happy and fun in Columbia SC! Fall festivals and events, great eats, local attractions, fabulous shopping and much more!

2014 Fall Holiday Discover Columbia  

Everything good, happy and fun in Columbia SC! Fall festivals and events, great eats, local attractions, fabulous shopping and much more!