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TABLE OF CONTENTS Recommended Restaurants p. 8 Visual Arts & Performing Arts p. 14 Our History p. 20 Outdoor Fun p. 24 May- August 2013 Events p. 28-38 Date Ideas: p. 39 Maps p. 32-34 Shopping p. 40 Why Choose Greater Columbia? p. 42-46 Happy Healthy Columbia p. 60-61 Published May 2013 Copyright 2013 Gardener Publications, LLC 803-798-6960 | Kathy Gardener, Publisher and Advertising Carmen Rhone, Graphic Design Tina Jeffcoat, Distribution and Advertising Rachel Manuszak, Content This content celebrates everything good, happy, and fun about the Greater Columbia area. We gather information from sources we deem reliable, however we urge readers to check with the business or organization to confirm dates, times, and locations. A digital copy of this magazine is available on our website,, where all website links are active. That’s an easy and super-convenient way to verify information at the source.



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Recommended Restaurants

Ruth’s Chris

Featuring custom-aged steaks served with signature sizzle, an award-winning wine list, and legendary hospitality, Ruth's Chris Steak House is synonymous with refined taste, exceptional service, and top-notch cuisine. Start your unforgettable dining experience with their signature Blueberry Mojito and Crabtini appetizer. For your entree, indulge in an extraordinary cut of steak like the tender, juicy Filet or the classic New York Strip. Located inside the Hilton Columbia Center hotel, Ruth's Chris is adjacent to the Convention Center, close to the State House and the University of South Carolina. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days each week. Private party seating for groups of 10 to 300 guests. Reservations recommended. 803-2126666. See ad on Back Cover. INFO MAP

Delucca's Italian Grill & Pizzeria Try Delucca's Italian Grill & Pizzeria for wonderful entrees, including the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake prepared with fresh lump crab meat with a drizzle of homemade remoulade sauce served over whipped potatoes with fresh sauteed vegetables and a house salad. Homemade pizza is a specialty. Lunch and dinner served. 803-926-5255. Outdoor seating available! See ad on page 12. INFO MAP



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Come for lunch. From Chicken Mediterranean to New York Strip (or the freshest Pasta Bar this side of Milano), Columbo's has the lunch your hard-working heart is yearning for. Come for happy hour, 5-7pm, Mon - Fri.. Come for dinner. From Filet served with fingerling potatoes and fresh veggies (pictured) to Shrimp & Grits, our world-class chef works late... til midnight! 2100 Bush River Road, inside the luxurious Doubletree by Hilton hotel. 803-731-0300. MAP







Sato Steakhouse Offering the Japanese version of a dinner show, Sato has been entertaining Columbia diners for over 30 years with the best hibachi chefs in town. Patrons gasp at the antics of these comical and talented jugglers as they watch their dinners being prepares n a sizzling grill. But did you know that Sato also employs a dedicated creative sushi chef? The sushi bar is available for seating, or diners can order sushi to accompany their meals served at the hibachi tables. Located near Fort INFO MAP Jackson. 803-782-1064. See ad on page 12.


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Pearlz One of the Vista's busiest spots, Pearlz Oyster Bar is known for its raw shellfish, local seafood, Lowcountry recipes, and regional favorites. With a full-service bar serving the coldest beers and unique, refreshing cocktails, Pearlz has become a favorite happy hour meeting spot for both locals and visitors alike. Open daily at 4pm. 803-661-7741. See ad Inside Front Cover. MAP

LIBERTY TAP ROOM Liberty Tap Room & Grill is open daily for lunch and dinner, and serves Sunday brunch from 10am2pm. Their second Columbia location recently opened on the shores of beautiful Lake Murray. Enjoy the same fabulous Liberty Tap Room with a view of beautiful Lake Murray at Liberty on the Lake! (Find out more on page 55.) 803-461-4677. See ad Inside Front Cover. INFO MAP



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Original Pancake House

Everyone knows The Original Pancake House has the best breakfast around. But did you know they have fabulous lunch and dinner spreads? Next time, stop in and try the Bird of Paradise, a gorgeous (and artistic!) chicken and fruit salad. Several quiches are also available each day and are served with fresh fruit. Whatever your tastes, the full menu is available all day long. The Original Pancake House is located in Forest Acres. Open until 9pm. 803-782-6742. See ad on page 12. INFO MAP


& TSUBAKI Experience Inakaya, where the decor is incredibly authentic and the sushi chefs and staff are very friendly. Inakaya is known for fresh sushi, but their menu includes traditional Japanese dishes as well. There is something for everyone! Sashimi omakase is a specialty and serves 4 people. After dining at the O'Neill Court location, step next door to Tsubaki, Columbia's only true karaoke bar! 803-699-2626 or 803-731-2538. INFO MAP See ad on page 9.





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It's not all fun, games and great music at Jillian's in the Vista! Jillian's has a culinary side, too. Try their Chopped Salad with pasta, chicken, and cheese or enjoy their Salmon on Ciabatta with roasted vegetables with a glass of RJ Rocker's Son of a Peach beer. Did you know Jillian's bakes their own bread and pizza dough? They feature a huge selection of beer, including Thomas Creek IPA, brewed right up the road in Greenville. 803-779-7789. Outdoor seating available! See ad on page 13.

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solstice kitchen & wine bar

Recommended Restaurants

K. Gardener

Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar has been voted Open Table's "Best Overall Restaurant” in South Carolina multiple times, and is the place in Northeast Columbia for a gourmet lunch! Each creative dish is presented as a work of art! Try the Lemon-basil Seared Atlantic Salmon with roasted red pepper coulis, grilled artichoke pesto, and creamy yellow grits! The intimate, elegant dining room offers the perfect setting for a romantic lunch date or a quiet respite from your morning’s rush! 803-788-6966. Outdoor seating available! See ad on page 11. MAP


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Little Pigs BBQ In 2010, readers of Southern Living magazine selected Little Pigs "the best barbecue in South Carolina!" That means Little Pigs beat out every barbecue joint from Clemson to Beaufort. Serving three kinds of barbecue (tomato, pepper and vinegar, and mustard), with pulled pork and ribs on the buffet. Homey veggies, sweet tea, and the area's best mac and cheese are favorites every time! 803-788-8238. See ad on page INFO MAP 10. An exceptional Mexican restaurant near Fort Jackson, the atmosphere at Pancho's Restaurante Mexicano is fun and the food is authentic. Large painted murals and a "village courtyard" design give this establishment a unique niche in addition to good food inspired by the best dishes south of the border! A large full bar serves the area's best margaritas! Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. 803-738-9511. Outdoor seating available! See ad on page 8. INFO MAP


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Columbia Museum of Art



Cyrene XVI: Gold 2012. Acrylic on 110 canvases, 89 × 115"

The Columbia Museum of Art is a cultural gem located on Main and Hampton Streets in downtown Columbia. The museum is a captivating architectural conversion, transformed from an urban department store into a sleek and airy, light-filled space with 25 galleries. The permanent collection includes world-class examples of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque Art, Impressionism, and Modern Art. This May, the Museum will open Found in Translation: The Art of Steven Naifeh, the first retrospective of Naifeh’s paintings and sculpture.

From May 18-September 1, 2013, you can view 26 large-scale works covering 40 years of Naifeh’s works and showcasing the role concepts of harmony, unity, and geometric abstraction played in his art. Raised in the Middle East, Neifeh was heavily influenced by (and later studied) Arab and Islamic art.That experience combines with Western influences to form a complex, stunning visual experience that provokes both contemplation and pleasure. Open Tuesday-Friday 11 AM-5 PM, first Fridays 11 AM-8 PM, Saturdays 10 AM- 5 PM, and Sundays noon-5 PM. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission charged. 1515 Main Street. 803-799-2810.

Saida X: Chrome 2012. Acrylic on 60 canvases, 120 × 120"




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Outdoor Sculpture

Some of our most creative and accomplished art pieces are not in a gallery or museum, but in a courtyard or in a garden or behind an office building. Outdoor sculpture allows the viewer to take in a piece of art without it competing with other pieces and in the setting for which it was created. These pieces of visual art are made whole by their natural setting. This summer, make it your business to go see some of these marvelous works! Check out a more comprehensive list of this state’s outdoor sculpture at SIRIS, the Smithsonian Online Catalog: Right Turn On White (1979) Exterior Courtyard Strom Thurmond Building Andrew Jackson (1967) Corner of Colonial & Columbia College Drives Garret Gardens, Columbia College The Torch Bearer (1963) In front of Wardlaw College, along Sumter Street USC Columbia Campus

Spanish American War Monument (1941) Beside Gervais Street SC State House

Columbia Museum of Art 1515 Main Street 803-799-2810 McMaster Gallery at USC 1615 Senate Street 803-777-4236

Monument to South Carolina Women of the Confederacy (1911) Facing Pendleton Street SC State House Wade Hampton (1906) In front of the Wade Hampton Office Building SC State House

The Torch Bearer University of South Carolina

See Works of Art at:

NEVERBUST (2000) By artist Blue Sky Downtown Main Street

Jali (2013) By artist Steven Naifeh Boyd Plaza, Main Street, Downtown Columbia

Larry Doby & Bernard Baruch (2013) Front garden Camden Archives and Museum

Caroliniana Fountain (1986) SC Library Garden USC Columbia Campus

Busted Plug Plaza (2001) Downtown Taylor Street By artist Blue Sky George Washington (1853) At the base of the State House steps SC State House


Goodall Gallery at Columbia College 1301 Columbia College Dr 803-786-3899 South Carolina State Museum 301 Gervais Street 803-898-4921 Tapps Art Center 1644 Main Street 803-988-0013 Village Artists at Village at Sandhill 631 Promenade Place 803-699-8886



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Columbia isn’t just a great place to see art—it’s a great place to create your own! Who says Picasso and Cartier cornered the market? They never met you! The City of Columbia’s Art Center offers one-day workshops and class series that will allow you to express yourself in an entirely new way. Call or email Brenda Oliver (803-545-3093 | to find out more about workshops, classes, and the Arts Center all year long ! Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Arts Center, 1928 Calhoun Street Columbia. Here are some exciting opportunities this summer:

Provided by Brenda Oliver, The Arts Center

Sculpture: Artistic Impressions is for folks with a basic understanding of clay, and provides students a path to more advanced technique. Classes meet May 9-June 13 on Thursdays from 2-4pm. The $80 fee includes all supplies, except a tool kit. Later in the summer, Sculpture Workshops meet one Saturday each month from 10am-4pm. June 22: “Critter Class.” July 13: “Trees & Large Objects.” August 17: “Bust Out!”




Second-session pottery classes are available for a variety of skill levels. The $80 fee includes all supplies, except a tool kit. Introduction to Clay meets July 8-August 13 on Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm. Hand Building Basics meets July 9-August 15 on Tuesdays from 2-4pm. Intermediate Hand Building meets July 11August 15 on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm. Throwing for Beginners meets July 9-August 13 on Tuesdays from 6-8pm. Throwing for Beginners & Intermediates meets July 10-August 14 on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm. For more info, call 803-545-3093.

Provided by Brenda Oliver, The Arts Center

Over the course of six-weeks, Jewelry Making class participants will complete at least 3-4 projects. Classes meet May 7June11 on Tuesdays from 6-8pm at Mays Park, 4100 Trenholm Road, Columbia. The $85 fee covers all materials and supplies.

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Columbia Museum of Art

Craft. Bar. HAPPY WEEKEND! Fri, June 7 & Sat, June 8—Last year’s inaugural “Craft. Bar. Happy Weekend” was a huge success, and this year’s event promises to be even beer! On Friday, join the Columbia Museum of Art for crafting camaraderie, food, fun, and live music! Plus, beat the crowds with exclusive first access to handmade crafts from artists across the Southeast before Saturday’s open market! Includes admission to museum galleries and exhibits. (6-10pm | Admission fee includes museum admission as well as food and entertainment.) On Saturday, enjoy handmade goods, quality crafts, local food, DJs and the opportunity to make friends and connections with the artists themselves at an all day craft market! The Museum’s team will offer workshops, demonstrations and activities that adults, and even the lilest crafters, can enjoy. (10am-2pm | FREE) 1515 Main Street, Columbia. 803-799-2810. hp://

Pick and Paint Ceramics!

Get Your Craft On!

One of the advantages of summer is the extra time to do what you love, and I don’t know anyone who ever stops being creative, wanting to learn new skills, or enjoying new hobbies. Since creativity knows no age, the Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission is offering folks 60 and wiser the chance to get together and keep doing what they’ve always been doing—enjoying themselves and their time. “Pick and Paint Ceramics” classes are held the fourth Thursday of every month at the Pine Ridge Senior Center from 6-8pm. Classes are just $2/participant, plus the cost of your selected piece. 2753 Fish Hatchery Road, West Columbia. 803-755-1274.

From quilting and crocheting to card-making and scrapbooking, crafting is in. The Richland County Public Library System offers tons of opportunities for you to get your craft on. From May 1June 26, you can learn the art of “Basket Weaving” at the North Main Meeting Room every Wednesday from 11am-1:30pm (803-754-7734 | 5306 North Main Street, Columbia). “Sew Divine” groups meet at library locations throughout Greater Columbia. Days of the week and meeting times vary by location. Check out their online calendar or call your local Richland County Public Library for details! ©



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PERFORMING ARTS DANCE Carolina Ballet 803-771-6303 | Center for Dance Education: Repertory Performance: Encore: May 18 @ 7:30pm, CMFA | Summer Academy Performance: A Day in the Academy: June 21 @ 7pm, CMFA USC Dance Company 803-777-5636| USC Dance Conservatory Spring Concert: May 24 @ 6pm & May 25 @ 2pm, Drayton Hall eatre, 1214 College Street USC Summer Dance Conservatory 803-777-7264 | USC Summer Dance Conservatory Performance: July 26 @ 5pm, Drayton Hall eatre, 1214 College Street MUSIC Lake Murray Symphony 803-400-3540 | Star Spangled Symphonic Salute: July 4 @



7pm, Saluda Shoals Park-Bush River Rd SC Philharmonic 803-771-7937 | Celebrate Freedom Foundation presents Five By Design and the S.C. Philharmonic in Ultra Lounge: June 15 @ 8pm, Koger Center, 1051 Greene Street USC School of Music 803-777-7000 | 38th String Project Concert: May 6 @ 7pm, Koger Center, 1051 Greene Street | Bambino: May 10-11 @ 7:30pm & May 12 @ 3pm, Longstreet eatre, 1300 Greene Street | Palmetto Concert Band Memorial Day Concert: May 26 @ 4pm, Koger Center | Southeastern Piano Festival: June 9-15, USC School of Music THEATRE Chapin Community eatre 803-240-8544 | Mama Won't Fly: June 14-23, Harbison eatre, 7300 College Street, Irmo | How to Eat Like a Child: August 2-4, 102 Lexington Ave, Chapin


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Workshop Theatre presents

May 10-25, 2013

July 12-27, 2013

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Town eatre 803-799-2510 | 1012 Sumter Street in Downtown Columbia. Miss Saigon: May 10-26 | Youth eatre presents e Jungle Book, e Musical: July 16-27 | Tarzan, e Musical: July 12-28 Trustus eatre 803-254-9732 | 520 Lady Street in Downtown Columbia By the Way, Meet Vera Stark: May 3-18 | Collected Stories: May 15-19 (Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main Street) | Ain't Misbehavin': June 14-July 20 | Voices on Lady: Kevin's Un-Cabaret: June 21, 28 & July 12 (Location TBA) | Pine: Aug 2-10 | Fierce Love: Aug 16-31 Workshop eatre of SC 803-799-6551 | 1136 Bull Street Songs for a New World May 10-25 It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back. ese are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. Jason

Robert Brown transports his audience from the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue to meet a startling array of characters, ranging from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams and a soulless marriage. Doctor Doolittle July 12-27 Doctor Dolittle is a classic tale of a wacky but loveable doctor who can talk to animals. Doctor Dolittle sets off from his home, in Puddleby-on-the-Marsh, England, in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail—the oldest and wisest of the creatures on earth. In so doing, he and his friends meet such exotic creatures as the Pushme-Pullyu and the Giant Moon Moth. Village Square eatre 803-359-1436 | 105 Caughman Street, Lexington Arsenic and Old Lace: May 17-26. Sleeping Beauty: July 17-22. ©

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The Lexington County Historical Museum almost transports visitors back in time. Structures and furnishings construct the life of Lexington residents from 1770 through the Civil War. Exhibits feature locally made artifacts like handLex County Museum crafted furniture and hand-sewn quilts. Admission charged. Open Tues-Sat 10am-4pm and Sun 1-4pm. 231 Fox Street, Lexington. 803-359-8369.



The McKissick Museum, located on the historic Horseshoe at the University of South Carolina. Dawn of Freedom: The Freedman’s Town of Mitchelville is open until May 17, 2013. Opening June 7, “If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus” is a juried art exhibition illustrating how the 1960s Civil Rights Movement reshaped the Southern experience. Open Mon-Fri from 8:30am-5pm and Sat 11am-3pm. Free admission. 816 Bull Street, Columbia. 803-777-7251.


South Carolina State Museum

The South Carolina State Museum features four large floors filled with fascinating exhibits, many of them hands-on, telling the story of South Carolina through the disciplines of art, history, natural history, and science/technology. Unearth the mysteries of Mayan culture with Secrets of the Maya, featuring over 125 magnificent artifacts on display until June 9, 2013. Naval Warfare on the Coast and Failed Attempts to Take Charleston is part of an ongoing series marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Between the Springmaid Sheets examines the daring and controversial ad campaigns that rescued a struggling textile business and made Springs Cotton Mills one of the giants of the industry and will be open April 26-September 8, 2013. Open Tues-Sat from 10am-5pm and Sun 1-5pm. Admission charged. 301 Gervais Street, Columbia. 803-898-4921.

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Historic Columbia Foundation Follow the people, places, and progress of Columbia over three centuries within five downtown Historic Columbia Foundation sites, including house museums open for guided tours TuesdaySunday. Discover how communities are connected through history with a series of self-guided walking tours, webbased tours, and even an app! Admission charged. 1616 Blanding Street. 803-252-7742.

As one of the original 13 states, the South Carolina legislature has had a long and colorful history. Tour the current South Carolina State House where the legislature has met since 1903. Beautiful architecture, stained glass, wood carvings, an interior view of the dome, portrait paintings of historical figures, House and Senate chambers and the interesting story of the building itself are waiting to be discovered. The building is open Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM. Tours are available. Free of charge. Located at Main & Gervais Streets. 803-734-2430.

Buried under the ancient oaks and magnolias of Trinity Cathedral’s Churchyard are some of South Carolina’s most distinguished governors, bishops, and heroes of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Churchyard can be viewed at any time. Free of charge. 1100 Sumter Street. Call 803-771-7300 for more info.



The African American Monument, the first of its kind on any of the nation’s state house grounds, was designed to recapture the rich history of African Americans and their contributions to the state of South Carolina. Free of charge. Located at Main & Gervais Streets on the east side of the State House.



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The Governor’s Mansion Complex has housed the state’s governors since 1868. A tour includes the state dining room, two drawing rooms, the library, and the smaller Palmetto Dining Room—all furnished with period antiques. Two additional homes grace this lovely 9-acre complex. Tours are free by reservation all year long. 800 Richland Street, Columbia. 803-737-1710.

Walk through the history of the early eighteenth century SC Midlands “backcountry� at the Cayce Historical Museum. Museum exhibits highlight colonial trade, agricultural development, transportation, and also Native American history dating back thousands of years! Admission charged. Open Tues-Fri 9am-4pm and Sat-Sun 2-5pm. 1800 12th Street, Cayce. 803-739-5385.

Kensington Mansion


Charleston architects Edward C. Jones and Francis D. Lee designed Kensington Mansion, located in Eastover, SC. With 29 rooms and 12,000 square feet of floor space, the raised basement contains a massive cistern that held 10,000 gallons of water for household use. The house stands on Headquarters Plantation on the Wateree River in Richland County, directly across the river from the Singleton family seat in Sumter County. Admission charged. Tours held Thurs-Sat at 9am, 11am, 1pm, and 2:30pm. 4101 McCords Ferry Road, Eastover. 803-353-0456.

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Courtesy: Library of Congress

For over a century, the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum has collected and preserved the military history of this state. Columbia’s oldest museum presents the state’s martial tradition from the Revolutionary War to today’s War on Terror. Visitors explore the military campaigns in which South Carolinian soldiers have participated over the past 300+ years. See the Civil War jump off the screen in Civil War in 3D through June 2, 2013. Learn about the role South Carolinians played in one of the most critical and popular battles of the war through South Carolinians at the Battle of Gettysburg, opening June 2013. Admission charged. Open Tues-Sat from 10am-5pm and the first Sun of every month from 1-5pm. 301 Gervais Street (State Museum building), Columbia. 803-7378095.

SC Confederate Relic Room

The US Army Basic Combat Training Museum on Fort Jackson details the progress of US Army training since then-Camp Jackson opened in 1917. Free admission Open Mon-Fri from 9am-4pm, closed weekends and federal holidays. Building 4442, Jackson Boulevard, Fort Jackson. 803-751-7419. The South Carolina Military Museum is located at 1 National Guard Road, Columbia. 803-299-1333.

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THE OUTDOORS The Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission’s Saluda Shoals Park is one of Greater Columbia’s prettiest spots, and is home to quite a few migrating and song birds during the summer months. Monthly Bird Walks will be held Saturdays, May 25, June 29, July 27, and August 31 from 8-10am. In addition, the Spring Migration Bird Count will be held Saturday, May 11 at 7 am! You’ll need binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, and water. 803-2132051. Environmental Education Center, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia.

The Backpacker

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The Backpacker is South Carolina’s original outdoor store. 803-799-7571. Sat, June 1—Head out with the folks at The Backpacker for their National Trails Day Hike @ Congaree Bluffs, an SC DNR Heritage Trust Preserve, and enjoy a DNR presentation about the historical significance and beauty of the Congaree Bluffs, a 2-mile hike, a raffle, and lunch! Register online or call the shop for details. Sat, August 3—You are invited to The Backpacker’s 40th Anniversary Celebration! Come enjoy free food & great giveaways and help celebrate one of South Carolina’s premier retailers and the state’s original outdoor store!

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If you do, the YMCA of Greater Columbia’s 2013 Race Series has something for you! Get out your running shoes and start training for these great runs: Sat, May 4— Orangeburg Festival of Roses Road Race 12K Run/5K Run & Walk [Orangeburg County YMCA, 2550 St. Matthews Road, Orangeburg—803-268-9622]. Sat, May 18—Run Red Bank [Lexington Family YMCA, 401 YMCA Road, Lexington—803359-3376]. Sat, July 27—Tom Hoskins Memorial Sprint Triathlon [Northwest Family YMCA, 1501 Kennerly Road, Irmo—803-407-8007]. Find out about the courses and register online!


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Congaree National Park is a national treasure right here in Greater Columbia’s backyard! Because much of this gorgeous park is designated wilderness, the park offers a rare opportunity in the Greater Columbia area to truly get away from it all and enjoy the natural world. With more than 25 miles of hiking trails and a marked canoe trail, there’s something for everyone! “Walks and Talks” are regularly held by park rangers and volunteers, and many of them are FREE! This summer, check out “Eternal Cypress” and learn about the bald cypress, one of Congaree’s most beautiful residents. (May 11 & 18, 11-11:30am | May 25, 2-2:30pm | Stop #3 on the Boardwalk | FREE & No reservations required.) If you’re looking for something more adventurous, try the 4.5 mile Weston Lake Wilderness Hike. (May 5 & 19, 1:30pm | Harry Hampton Visitor Center | FREE & No reservations required.) 100 National Park Road, Hopkins, SC. 803-776-4396.



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THE OUTDOORS Special Parks Dreher Island State Park

Fish, launch your boat, take a trail walk, or enjoy a picnic under one of the 13 shelters at this state park, located on the shores of 50,000 acre Lake Murray. Admission charged. 3677 State Park Road, Prosperity, SC. Picturesque landscaping includes a stream with lush water plants and flowers, a gazebo for sitting in the outdoor shade or outdoor Finlay Park concerts, and benches and picnic tables. Finlay Park hosts a dramatic waterfall and 1249 Lexington Avenue, Irmo. Free. stream cascading down landscaped terraces to the park lake. Relax in Sesquicentennial State Park porch-style swings or take a Situated in the middle of the Sandhills walk/jog/bike around the lake. An region, Sesqui features a beautiful 30-acre extensive play area is also available lake surrounded by trails and picnic areas. for kids. 930 Laurel Street. Free. 9564 Two Notch Road. Admission charged. Gibson Pond Park Located in suburban Lexington, this park is popular with picnickers and walkers. This 15acre, heavily wooded park boasts an easy-tofollow loop trail, picnic shelters, restrooms, The Saluda River and Broad River meet in a churning rush of rapids, and then combine to and a fishing dock. form the Congaree River. Kayaking, 241 Gibson Road, Lexington. Free. canoeing, walking, biking, and nature exploration are just a few possibilities for fun Irmo Town Park Northwest of suburban Irmo, this beautiful on and along the rivers. park is situated off Lake Murray Boulevard.

Our Rivers

Saluda Shoals Park

Saluda Shoals Park


• Visit the Wetlands Preserve and observe herons, ducks, fish, frogs, turtles and more! • 10 miles of paved and unpaved trails bring your own bike or rent one there! • Canoe or kayak the Saluda from the park... bring your own boat or rent one there! • Picnic facilities & playgrounds!




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The Broad River

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

The Botanical Garden’s natural Woodlands Walk and River Trail leads to historic mill ruins from the 1800s and offers an unparalleled view of the Saluda, its rushing waters, The flat, easy-walking, 2 kayakers and interesting wildlife. Enter the ½-mile Park and Canal Botanical Garden at 1300 Botanical Parkway path follows the old just off US Highway 378 from Interstates 20 towpath of the Columbia Canal, and 26 in West Columbia or walk across the which was used to tow cargo barges River footbridge from the Zoo. 803Saluda during the 19th century. Benches for resting charged. Admission 779-8717. make this the perfect place to relax and enjoy the Broad River. In the summer, you can see the rare spider lilies blooming out among the rocky shoals. 312 Laurel Street Free.

Riverfront Park and Columbia Canal

Harbison State Forest Over sixteen miles of roads and trails weave through the pine and hardwood forest, crossing wandering streams and descending through leafy glades to the Broad River.the Forest boasts almost twenty miles of trails for walking, jogging, hiking, and bicycling that range from moderately easy to difficult. A landing located near the Broad River provides access for kayaks and canoes. Located off Broad River Road in Harbison. Admission.

Congaree River The West Columbia Riverwalk

& Cayce Riverwalk and Extension Enjoy the tranquil Congaree from the west side of the river. The Riverwalk offers beautiful views of the Congaree from its lighted paved paths, bridges, boardwalks and overlooks. Restrooms available. Entrances off State Street Bridge in West Columbia and off Axtell Drive and State Street in Cayce.

The Saluda River Saluda Shoals Park

Saluda Shoals Park is a premier, natural, Congaree River from Riverwalk - Cayce K. Gardener environmentally sensitive riverfront park that National Park Congaree invites visitors to experience the treasures of the Saluda River through exceptional South Carolina’s only national park, Congaree educational, recreational, and cultural National Park preserves one of the largest and opportunities. Located along the banks of the oldest original hardwood bottomland forests beautiful Saluda River, this 400 acre regional in the United States. Enjoy some fresh air and experience hiking and paddling. Rangerpark offers the following amenities– • Paved/unpaved trails for hiking, biking and guided hikes and canoe trips can be reserved, or take a quiet walk on the 2.5 mile boardwalk horseback riding loop. 100 National Park Road Hopkins, SC. • River Observation Deck Free. • Boat Ramp/Canoe/Kayak Launch • Picnic Shelters Granby Park • 11,000-square-foot Environmental 24 acres, river-accessible recreation, off-path Education Center and Exhibit Hall trails for mountain bikes and runners, and • 10,000 square-foot state-of-the-art views of the Congaree River from bridges, conference facility, the River Center boardwalks, overlooks, and a ½ mile of lighted 5605 Bush River Road. 803-731-5208. paths accommodating all levels of physical Admission charged. ability. Located at the end of Catawba Street, Huger Street, Columbia. Free. off © 27 DISCOVER COLUMBIA

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May - August 2013 Events Recurring Events 1st Sundays: SC State Museum Admission is only $1! 301 Gervais Street. 803-898-4921. 2nd Tuesdays: Family Fun Days See page 40. 2nd Fridays: Robert Mills Historic Walking District Tours The Historic Columbia Foundation hosts guided tours of some of Columbia’s oldest and most beautiful homes. $6/person. 11am. 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia. 803-252-1770. Every other Saturday: Cellar on Greene's Giant Wine Sale & Tastings Every other Saturday, Cellar on Greene’s in Five Points invites you to stop by as they open over 30 bottles of wine, both red and white, for customers to sample. All of the wine is discounted! Attending the sale is FREE with the purchase of two bottles or more, and just $5 if you decide you don't want to buy anything. 12-2pm. 2001-D Greene Street. 803-343-3303.

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Everyday: SC State Farmers Market The Market is open rain or shine, Monday-Saturday from 6am-9pm and Sunday from 12-6pm! 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. 803737-4664.


Various Dates: Purple Martin Cruises on the Spirit of Lake Murray

See page 58.

Various Dates: Daytime History Cruises on the Spirit of Lake Murray

See page 58.

MAY 3-5 42nd Annual Orangeburg Festival of Roses Edisto Memorial Gardens are one of the Midlands’ most beautiful locations, and this annual festival is sure to be fun for everyone with jump castles, rides, a variety of food vendors, golf and softball tournaments, a blackwater river race, airplane rides, and a street fair Friday night at 8pm! This award-winning festival has always been a local favorite and is guaranteed to be a memorable experience for every visitor! Friday & Sunday, Noon-6pm & Saturday 10am-6pm. Located on US-301, just west of downtown Orangeburg. 803-534-6821, ext 211. 4 YMCA 2013 Race Series Orangeburg Festival of Roses Road Race 12K Run/5K Run & Walk. See page 25. 4

Pickin’ & Piggin’ We take our barbecue pretty seriously in Carolina—it’s the cornerstone of fine Southern cookin’! The Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission is honoring that tradition by bringing barbecue chefs from all over the state to show off their recipes at Saluda Shoals Park. Enjoy samples from more than 20 competitors, beer, and live music by the Blue Iguanas! $10/person in advance, $12 the day of, & $5 for kids under 12. 11am-3pm. Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia. 803-731-5208.

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Kenny Chesney w/ Zac Brown Band @ Williams Brice Stadium!

Rhythm & Blooms Thursdays in May from 6-9pm Riverbanks Botanical Garden 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia Rhythm on the River Saturdays May 4 - June 15 from 6-9pm West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater 121 Alexander Road, West Columbia

The Colonial Life Arena

Corona Light presents Kenny Chesney's 'No Shoes Nation' Tour, starring Kenny Chesney, which will feature GRAMMY-Award winning Zac Brown Band, whose latest album 'Uncaged' debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Special guests Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves will also take the stage. Purchase tickets online at or call 1-855-456-2849. Find out more at or call the Colonial Life Arena at 803-576-9200.

Outdoor Concerts

Music at Sandhill presented by Grow Financial Federal Credit Union Concerts begin @ 7pm May 3 | The Boomers (soft rock/pop) May 10 | Too Much Sylvia (party/variety) FREE! Two Notch Road & Clemson Road in NE Columbia

11 Tour de Midlands This race is about more than just great exercise. “The best dam ride around” is an opportunity to raise awareness, community support, and funding for the Lexington Greenways Alliance. Registration is 6:15-9am for 102.67-, 72-, 30-, & 15-mile routes beginning and ending at Lexington High School. 2463 Augusta Highway, Lexington. 803606-1802.

City of Columbia Summer Concert Series Saturdays from 7-10pm June 1-August 10 Finlay Park 930 Laurel Street in Downtown Columbia

11 4th Annual Lexington Wine Walk This event is a great way to enjoy a glass of good wine with friends and support local vendors!

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11 5th Annual Get In the Pink GITP started just a few years ago with a local entrepeneur determined to celebrate her success and give back to the community of Greater Columbia. Now, the event boasts the Kicks 10K (beginning at 7:15am), the GITP 5K (beginning at 7:45am), and the Stiletto Sprint (stilettos are provided)! Find out more and register online! Race starts at 3107 Devine Street, Columbia. 803-360-3820.


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Exhibitors, Main Street merchants, and local restaurants will serve wine and hors d’oeuvres. Going Commando and Edwin McCain will perform live! 6-10 pm. 100 block of East Main Street, Lexington. 17-19 17th Annual SC Book Festival View 70+ authors in solo and panel presentations, peruse and purchase books and other items in the Exhibit Hall (including rare finds), and enjoy the Antiquarian Book Sale! Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street. 803-771-2477. 18 Mud Mania See page 52. 18 YMCA 2013 Race Series | Run Red Bank See page 25. 18 16th Annual Black Expo! This year’s event features Daniel Carrick-Brunson from OWN Network and Alexis Spight from BET’s “Sunday Best.” 10:30am-6pm. 803 Lincoln Street. Purchase tickets online at or call 1-855-456-2849.Visit Black Expo South’s website 18 Forest Acres Festival This festival is unique in that it’s FREE admission and FREE rides! Food vendors are on hand to sell you funnel cakes and fair food. Carnival and pony rides, an exotic animals “zoo,” separate games for small children, community performers, and arts & crafts. 10am-4pm. AC Flora High School Athletic Field, 1 Falcon Drive, Forest Acres. 803-6086161. 24-26 Memorial Weekend Operation Thank You @ Dutch Square Mall Sign a free “Thank you!” card for our troops and veterans & a “Get well!” card for our wounded warriors! See page 23. 27 8th Annual Heritage Celebration in Hopkins, SC A Memorial Day Commemoration at the St. John Resurrection Memorial Garden begins the day’s activities at 11am. A procession to the historic Harriet Barber House (116 Barberville Loop) follows at noon, where Heritage Celebration activities continue a family-oriented day of fun until 4pm including FREE entertainment by the Simple Pleasures Band and others, a kids’ carnival, hay rides, and food/other vendors. 803-695-7669.


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JUNE 1 National Trails Day Hike @ Congaree Bluffs See page 24. 1 StoryfestSC 2013 See page 52. 2 Watermelon Day See page 55. 4 Wine for Charity Night @ Solstice Kitchen Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar partners with local non-profit organizations to give back to the community. On “Wine for Charity Nights,” Solstice donates 25% of all wine sales to the charity featured that evening. Tonight, enjoy an exquisite wine selection and support the SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy! 841-4 Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia. 803-788-6966. 7 & 8 Craft. Bar. Happy Weekend See page 17. 9-15 Southeastern Piano Festival Each summer, the Southeastern Piano Festival gives twenty pre-college pianists from across the United States the opportunity to learn from experienced USC music faculty, take master classes, and immerse themselves in rigorous practice schedules. Performances open to the public occur throughout the week. USC School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly Street. 803-777-1209. 15 Rollin’ On the River See page 48. 25 WWE Smackdown World Wrestling Entertainment’s back in Soda City! Get ready for the smack talk, smackdown, and a general smacking around as some of WWE’s most gruesome competitors duke it out right here in our own Colonial Life Arena. Prices vary. 803 Lincoln Street. Purchase tickets online at or call 1-855-456-2849. Find out more at or call the Colonial Life Arena at 803-576-9200. 31

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Carolina Coliseum Columbia Fire Dept. Museum Columbia Museum of Art Columbia Riverfront Park & Historic Canal Columbia Marionette Theatre Finlay Park First Baptist Church Governor’s Green/SC Governor’s Mansion Granby Park Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce

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Hampton-Preston Mansion Koger Center for the Arts Mann-Simons Cottage Memorial Park McKissick Museum Modjeska-Simpkins House Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Richland Co. Public Library


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Robert Mills House SC State Library SC State Museum/Confederate Relic Room Township Auditorium Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Tunnelvision Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home USC Visitor Center Edventure Children’s Museum

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JULY 4 See pages 36-37 13 Peach Day See page 55. 27 Museum Road Show If your house is like ours, there are at least a few “heirlooms” of hazy origin. Where did Uncle Todd get that painting? Is Grandma’s favorite lamp really worth anything? Well, this local “Road Show” is your opportunity to find out with informal verbal appraisals and tips for caring for your items. Remember, the more items the merrier—and the better rate for appraisal tickets! 9:30am-4:30pm. SC State Museum, 301 Gervais Street. 803-898-4921. 27 YMCA 2013 Race Series | Tom Hoskins Memorial Sprint Triathlon See page 25.

AUGUST 2 Brew at the Zoo At this point in the summer, nothing sounds quite so refreshing as enjoying a good beer and a view! Choose from domestics, imports, and even specialty microbrews and meander through the Zoo or hang out in the plaza and listen to live music. Event held rain or shine. Only for guests 21 and older. 7-9:30pm. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. 803-779-8717.


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9-10 32nd Annual SC Peanut Party This family-friendly, alcohol free event pays homage to one of the South’s favorite hors d’oeuvres! This year’s Party includes bike and pet shows, the “Peanutty Cooking” contest, and a PB&J sandwich-eating contest. No gate fees. The Kickoff and Blessing of the Pots is Friday at 5pm, and the Parade begins Saturday at 10am! 951 Pine Street, Pelion. 803-894-4328. 10 Southeastern Toy Soldier Show See, buy, or trade toy soldiers or other military miniatures from various periods of history and enjoy special museum programs presented during the day. More than 30 exhibitors from across the South will display their collections Continued on page 38

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letting up and will be striking Greater Columbia this summer! Millions of fans celebrated the success of the BELIEVE album and accompanying sold-out BELIEVE world tour, now coming to our own Colonial Life Arena! This will be Bieber’s first appearance in Columbia. Prices vary. 803 Lincoln Street. Purchase tickets online at or call 1-855-456-2849. Find out more at or call the Colonial Life Arena at 803-576-9200.

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FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS! Star Spangled Symphonic Salute Thursday, July 4—This Fourth, join the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission at Saluda Shoals Park and enjoy a patriotic concert performance by the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra. This old fashioned celebration will pay tribute to our great nation with some of the most beautiful and inspiring music ever written! Family-friendly activities at 7pm, performance at 8:30pm. Food & drink available for purchase. $5 parking fee/vehicle. 5605 Bush River Road. 803-731-5208.

Music at Sandhill Thursday, July 4— Celebrate your independence with Village at Sandhill’s Fourth of July activities! There will be a car show put on by a local Mustang car club, an entire block of the Village dedicated to inflatables for the kids, Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Fire Department displays (and their fire trucks), rides, and food vendors! Begins at 1pm. The Terrence Young Experience performs at 5pm in Town Center Common, followed by Finesse at 7:30pm! Around 9:30pm, a spectacular fireworks display will finish the evening! FREE! 481 Town Center Place. 803-419-0235.

Lexington County Peach Festival Thursday, July 4—This year marks the 55th anniversary of the Lexington County Peach Festival, held this year in Gilbert Community Park. Amazing food will be available for purchase throughout the day, and events like the Peachy Recipe Contest, Antique Car and Tractor Shows, and live entertainment will make sure your Fourth is the finest yet! A dazzling fireworks display will finish off this patriotic event after dark. Admission is charged for some events. Rikard Circle, behind Gilbert United Methodist. 803-892-5207.

Celebration of Liberty Sunday, June 30—The First Baptist Church of Columbia invites you to celebrate your freedom and this nation with the Celebration of Liberty. Thousands have enjoyed this grand flag-waving event to honor the men and women who serve this country in all branches of the United States Armed Forces, First Baptist Church of Columbia and especially to remember those who have given their lives in service to this country! Two presentations will be held—at 4pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are required for entrance, but are free. The ticket distribution line will be open Monday, June 3: 803-217-3250. 1306 Hampton Street. © 36 DISCOVER COLUMBIA

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4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray Saturday, June 29—This annual event is one of Greater Columbia’s best and most popular Independence Day events and is FREE fun for the whole family. The traditional Boat Parade will take place at noon—find a spot on the water for your boat or from land, go to either side of the Lake Murray dam! Spectacular fireworks will be launched at dark over the lake from two locations: Dreher Island and Spence Island. You can also view from Dreher Island State Park and numerous vantage points along the shoreline. To register your boat in the boat parade, contact the Capital City/Lake Murray Country (CCLMC) Regional Tourism Board, at 803-781-5940.

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August continued from page 35 of toy soldiers, or “military miniatures,” in this annual presentation. See living history reenactments on the museum’s front grounds. Historical reenactors will recreate military timelines. In addition, military vehicles from the World War II and Vietnam eras will be shown. Call or check the Museum website for an events schedule. 301 Gervais Street. 803898-4921. 16-18 19th Annual Home Improvement Show With more than 90 exhibitors and seminars throughout the weekend related to home improvement, remodeling, construction, and related industries, the Home Improvement Show is an event you just can’t afford to miss. Plus, door prizes every 20 minutes mean everyone has the chance to go home with great information and some great stuff! Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street. 803-256-6238. 17 Boiled Peanut Day See page 55. 24

35th Annual Jubilee Festival of Heritage Join the Historic Columbia Foundation in celebrating the contributions of Celia Mann and her descendants, a family whose roots began with the work of a freed enslaved person and continue to the entrepreneurial spirit of her descendants. Festival activities include hands-on demonstrations from some of the region’s most skilled artists and craftsmen, live musical entertainment (including R&B, jazz, blues, and gospel), vendors with Africaninfluenced and traditional merchandise, and tours of the Mann-Simons Site and Modjeska Simkins property as well as bus tours of local African-American heritage sites. 11am5pm. Mann-Simons Site, 1403 Richland Street, Columbia. 803-252-1770. The Historic Columbia Foundation




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If seasons have soundtracks, summer’s is the best. It seems like every year, there’s a new anthem celebrating the season and the opportunity of summertime to have adventures together and make incredible memories! One of the best things about Greater Columbia this time of year is that it’s full of great music events! Even better, many of these outdoor concerts are FREE! See page 29 to find out more about this summer’s concert series!

Learn how to roll your own sushi @ SakiTumi!

If the closest thing you’ve been to a date night in a while is the weekly trek to the grocery store, skip the produce section and head out to Berry Hill Farm in Lexington to pick blueberries right off the bushes yourselves! Then take them home and whip up a batch of muffins or a yummy pie! Blueberries are typically in season and ripe from July to early August. Call the Farm at 803-9574203 to find out about this season’s picking schedule!

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One of the respites of this sweltering season is light, fresh cuisine like sushi. SakiTumi’s group sushi rolling classes have become so popular, they also offer couples classes. Every Class Includes edamame, miso soup, and ginger salad; information on rice cooking techniques; instruction on how to prepare your ingredients; direct training with their executive chef to make, cut and plate at least 2 of your own rolls, and an information booklet that you may take with you! Call 803931-0700 or visit to find out more!

Enjoy the fruits of the season!

Paintball probably isn’t your first idea for a romantic evening—but think about it as reconnaissance for your love life! Is she the type to snipe you no matter what team she’s on? Is he supercompetitive or a poor loser? Try one of the five woodball fields at Triggertyme in Columbia and find out nothing says romance like fresh air, teamwork, and sneaking through the Midland’s hills. For more information, call 803-665-3461. ©


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Malls and Centers

Columbia Place: is Northeast Columbia’s enclosed mall with over 100 stores and eateries. 7201 Two Notch Road. Another Reason to Go: Columbia’s only Macy’s department store location is here! Columbiana Centre Mall: Located in northwest Columbia, this enclosed mall is anchored by Belk, Dillards, JC Penney, and Sears and features a large food court and scores of specialty stores. 100 Columbiana Circle. Another Reason to Go: “Family Fun Days,” held the second Tuesday of every month, offer children ages 7 and under a puppet show, a make-and-take art project, Kindermusic, story time, puzzles, and more. FREE! Held in the Children’s Play Area, open every day at 9am!


Dutch Square Mall: All roads lead to Dutch Square, South Carolina’s first and favorite mall, featuring Belk and Burlington Coat Factory, specialty stores, and a 14-



screen movie theater. 421 Bush River Road. Another Reason to Go: Take a quiet stroll through the John Miranda Art Gallery, which features the works of local artists. The best part? It’s air-conditioned! Richland Mall: is in the heart of Forest Acres, near Fort Jackson with Belk, Barnes & Noble, restaurants, and a cinema. 3400 Forest Drive. Another Reason to Go: Columbia Children’s Theatre is located on the 2nd level and performs throughout the year. The Commedia Rapunzel, performed June 14-23, 2013.


Trenholm Plaza: is in the heart of Forest Acres, near Fort Jackson with SteinMart, Books-A-Million, Fresh Market, specialty stores, and restaurants. 4840 Forest Drive. Another Reason to Go: The Original Pancake House has been serving up award-winning recipes with the finest ingredients for more than fifty years. Village at Sandhill: is Northeast Columbia's 300-acre perfect mix of living,


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shopping, dining, and entertainment! Charming streetscapes, a town center, and distinctive architecture featuring Academy Sports & Outdoors, Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Belk, JC Penney, Books-AMillion, boutiques, and a 16-screen cinema. Another Reason to Go: Enjoy free outdoor concerts and weekend train rides.

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Boutique Shopping City Center: Downtown shopping is making a comeback. Gift shops, an outdoor store, art galleries, and specialty stores are new additions to downtown. Another Reason to Go: This summer, enjoy shopping at the Columbia Museum of Art Gift Shop!


Congaree Vista: is an eclectic mix of businesses line Gervais Street and its side streets, near the heart of the city. Here you’ll find galleries, over 45 restaurants, nightclubs, and shops offering American crafts, antiques, and more. Another Reason to Go: City Market Antiques is a huge treasury of wonderful items from past centuries, all housed in an historic warehouse from the 1800s!


Devine Street: Upscale shops line Devine Street in the Shandon neighborhood on the east side of Columbia, beyond Five Points. Here you’ll find unique retailers offering apparel and accessories for men, women, and children, as well as furniture, gift ware, and home decor.


Five Points: Near the University of South Carolina, Five Points is home to retail shops, restaurants, and nightclubsand appeals to the young crowd with places to buy hip clothing, art, gourmet foods, wine, and jewelry. Harden and Devine Sreets. West Columbia is home to antique malls like 763 Antique Mall (Our favorite! ), specialty shops, and gourmet restaurants like Delucca’s Italian Grill and Pizzeria (Their stromboli is to die for! ) just across the Gervais Street Bridge on US-1. Lexington's Old Mill: On Main Street in Lexington, this historic conversion on a 40-acre pond is now home to a mix of restaurants, shops, galleries, and more.



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Finlay Park Photo: Kathy Gardener

It’s Warm! It’s Sunny! It’s famously hot! It certainly isn’t cold. The average high in July is 92 degrees (our hottest month!), and our coldest month (January) only dips down to 55 degrees! We bask in the sunshine more than 200 days each year and get very little, if any, snow!

It’s Fun! Boating and fishing are fine on Lake Murray and Lake Wateree. Hiking is great at Congaree National Park, Harbison State Forest, or on the statewide Palmetto Trail. Throw a stone and you’ll hit one of our great city and county parks. We love our USC Gamecock baseball (the #1 National Champions in 2010 and 2011!), football, and basketball games. And, Greater Columbia is at the center of the recreation capital of the universe: South Carolina! Hop in your car and, a mere 2 hours later, turn up on a seaside beach or a mountain hiking trail!

home to the University of South Carolina, Columbia College, Benedict College, and Allen University! USC’s Darla Moore School of Business was ranked #1 in the undergraduate international business specialty by the US News & World Report! USC’s South Carolina Honors College was ranked No. 1 in “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs” (As of Spring 2013).

It’s Good For Business! We are home to the beautiful, state-of-the-art Columbia Metropolitan Airport; a UPS hub; Interstates 26, 20, and 77; are near the port of Charleston; and the Midlands Workforce Development Board helps train and staff companies here. We are a “right-to-work” state.

It’s Good For You!

We’re known statewide and regionally for our outstanding healthcare facilities. Nine hospitals and the USC School of Medicine are here.

It’s Sophisticated! As the cultural hub of our state, Greater Columbia is home to a world-class art museum; 3 ballet Email me if you need any info. I’m always glad to be of help companies; the South Carolina Philharmonic; the Lake Murray and direct you to the right place! Symphony; jazz, bluegrass, and blues organizations; two wonderful library systems; top-notch theatres; and one of the You’re going country’s best zoological and botanical gardens! to love it! It’s Good for Kids! With solid public schools (some ranked best in the state!), forward-thinking children’s programs, and excellent private schools, Greater Columbia students achieve impressive SAT and ACT scores year in and year out. We are 42



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Richland County School District One is preparing to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Richland One Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established in 2004 to honor district alumni and other persons who have made significant contributions to Richland One, their professions, their communities, and society as a whole. Inductees include Miss America 1994 Kimberly Aiken Cockerham, Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dr. Kary B. Mullis, and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. Nominations are open for the 2013 Richland One Hall of Fame induction class. Nominees, living or deceased, may be graduates of Richland One schools or persons who did not attend school in the district. To view the eligibility requirements and to download a nomination form, go to Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 1, 2013. For more information about the Richland One Hall of Fame, call the Richland One Office of Communications at (803) 231-7504.

Cost of Living Comparisons to the Greater Columbia Area The composite index is based on six components. The component index figures for the Greater Columbia area are as follows: Components: Index: Grocery Items 103.4 Housing 75.6 Utilities 117.6 Transportation 106.9 Healthcare 99.0 Misc. Goods & Services 95.6

Selected Metro Area: Atlanta, GA Washington, DC Columbia, SC Montgomery, AL Dallas, TX Richmond, VA Jacksonville, FL

Composite Index: 96.9 144.7 95.1 95.8 98.9 102.1 96.7

Source: ACCRA Cost of Living Index, Published January 2013




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FREE SKILL-BUILDING WORKSHOPS Midlands Workforce Development Board is providing the Midlands with FREE workshops designed to help you build your skills! Workshops include Computer Basics, Welding, Working with a Disability, Networking, and more! SC works is bringing employers and job seekers together. Sign up today because spaces are limited. Call 803-737-4471 or visit Columbia, Lexington, and Winnsboro locations. Richland County School District One is registering students for its 2013-2014 prekindergarten and kindergarten programs. Children eligible for the pre-kindergarten program must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2013 and their family income must meet federal guidelines for free and reduced-price lunch. All applications must be received on or before May 31 for children to be considered for August 2013 placement. Kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before September 1. Richland County School District One Parents and legal guardians can register their children at the school serving the attendance zone in which they live. Parents will need to have their child’s birth certificate (long form required) and immunization certificate, along with two proofs of residence (a utility bill and a lease or mortgage). Parents are encouraged to register their children as soon as possible. For more information, call the Richland One Office of Early Childhood Education at (803) 231-6709.

Richland One enrolling pre-K and kindergarten students




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An Interactive Digital Version of Discover Columbia is Online! A digital issue of Discover Columbia can be found at It’s a fun way to read and experience our content - all of which is linked to external websites. Want to know more about a program or event you see in the magazine? Mouse over the page and the website address highlights in blue. Click the link and a new tab opens to that program or event’s website. Want to see more about one of our advertisers? Mouse over their ad, click, and you’re on that company’s website. And that’s why, in this issue, you see the shortened website addresses throughout. It not only helps you enjoy Discover Columbia online, it lets us count how many folks clicked on our features. Go to and click the magazine cover! Whether it’s acting good, acting up, or acting out one thing’s for sure—your little one is a born star! Encourage her/his talent (and maybe channel all that energy!) with acting classes! Greater Columbia is home to some of the state’s best junior drama troupes in the Southeast: Workshop Theatre :: 803-799-4876 :: • Broadway Bound has been the musical theatre company for young people (ages 7-18) in Columbia for almost fifteen years, educating participants in dance and voice for musical theatre, giving numerous performance opportunities, and attending regional competitions. • ReWired is Workshop’s improvisational comedy team for teenagers (ages 14-18). Participants benefit from training in intensive improv and sketch comedy, workshop showcases, regional meetings and festivals, and filmed “big screen” sketches. • The Flappers are a Broadway-style tap ensemble (ages 12 and older) helping young people master complex combinations and learn complete vocal and tap routines! Workshop Theatre Town Theatre :: 803-799-4764 :: • Youth Theatre participants learn the basics of voice, movement, and character development with opportunities to learn about all the behind the scenes action like props, costumes, and sets. Trustus Theatre :: 803-254-9732 :: • The Trustus Apprentice Company allows high school students once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to develop their craft by working on Trustus shows and training in scene study, improvisation, musical theatre, movement, voice, acting, playwrighting, auditioning, and production. Palmetto Performing Arts :: 803-782-1783 :: • From Tiny Toes and Ballet to Jazz and Cheerleading, students of all ages are taught to hone their skills and develop proper dance technique. Village Square Theatre :: 803-359-1436 :: • The Junior Arts program offers will teach your creative tyke about stage makeup, set construction, scene painting, characters, and even directing. Ask about their special needs workshops for kids with autism! 47 ©


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Enlighten, Entertain, Engage, and Energize!

Sat, June 15—Summer is a time for fun in the sun and on the water—sun that never ends, and a way to enjoy it without sizzling! But all water sports can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing—even activities like paddling (canoes or kayaks) and tubing. So, the ICRC wants you and your family to be safe by being properly prepared for fun! Rollin’ On the River is the perfect way to enjoy a picnic lunch, good music, and learn about paddle sports while familiarizing yourself with the water in a safe environment. There will be vendors with information, demonstrations, and clinics about paddle sports for your convenience! 10am-3pm. $5/person in advance includes lunch. Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia. 803731-5208.




Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews

The Shepherd’s Center of St. Andrews is the place to plug in for Greater Columbia folks fifty and wiser. Three 9-week sessions during the “academic” year and one 6-week session during the summer will “Enlighten, Entertain, Engage, and Energize” you! Sessions include two (three during the fall and spring) 50-minute classes taught by volunteers including professors, members with knowledge or skills of particular interest to members, and community experts. Continuing classes include art, bridge, creative writing, classic movies, linedancing, tai chi, beginning and intermediate Spanish, and quilting! All classes begin Tuesdays at 11:30am with lunch following. The summer session will be June 4 -July 9, and classes are only $15/ summer session (not including lunch), so register now! 803-731-9394.

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Did you know that American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most-used, non-English language in the United States? Or that as much as 3% of the US population can be classified as either deaf or severely hearing impaired? That’s as many as 9.3 million people! The Richland County Public Library System wants to help you learn a new language you may never have considered and that many forget. “Talk with Your Hands” is an ASL-introductory class for young children aged 5 and younger (Mondays from June 10-July 15 from 34pm). For adults, “American Sign Language” is a class taught by a certified ASL-instructor (Wednesdays May 1-August 28 from 5:30-6:30pm). Meeting Room, Richland Library Sandhills, 1 Summit Parkway, Columbia. 803-699-9230.

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writing courses A brilliant man once said, “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” That may very well be true—but Midlands Tech wants to help you put pen to paper and figure out your own rules! Check out the following writing courses offered this summer and leave a legacy, inspire a smile, or share your wisdom with the world! The Beginning Writer’s Workshop will help you begin the writing process and familiarize you with drafting, revising, and


workshopping your piece! Write Your Life’s Story may sound easy, but your experience is more than a simple 1-2-3. Figure out what to emphasize and how to communicate the plot of your life! Writing for Children and Writing Young Adult Fiction will help you understand the booming field of children’s and “YA” literature and where you fit into this ever-changing tradition! Breaking Into Sitcom Writing will help direct your knack for comedy into one of the most lucrative fields of television writing! Sessions begin May 15 & June 19, so call 803-738-8324 or check out other Writing & Publishing classes at Midlands Tech in their online catalogue: hp://



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Fun On a Dime

With school out, sometimes it seems like the only way to keep kids entertained is to spend money. Between gas for camps and workshops, pool fees at public pools, ice cream runs, beach trips, and summer movies, it can seem like you spend all of your summer time… well, spending! So, try a few of these creative ideas for inexpensive activities your kids will love! has tons of origami patterns, printable models, diagrams, and resources for ordering gorgeous paper (if you just have to splurge!) has an entire craft section with ideas from card making and homemade gifts to outdoor and fabric crafts! Try making your own kite, crafting a time capsule to save all those special summer memories, and find out how to reuse old newspaper for crafts and décor! is a wonderful resource on how your little entrepreneur can begin her/his own lemonade stand, raise money for charity, experiment with different drink recipes, and remain safe at all times! The best part of this idea? You make your money back! has an entire section of “Hobbies and Crafts,” including how to make your own board game! If you think Monopoly in your family gets cut throat, wait until you make your own rules!

READY FOR SUMMER? YMCA Summer Camp! Whether your child loves sports, exploring nature, cooking, swimming, or equestrian, we have something for everyone!




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EdVenture is one of the largest children’s museums in the Southeast and one of the Midlands’ most celebrated informal educational institutions. Exhibits include Eddie: The World’s Largest Child! (a 40-foot climb-through exhibit), Critter Garden, Body Detectives, and Wags & Whiskers! Admission varies. 9am-5pm Tues-Sat, Noon-5pm on Sun. 211 Gervais Street. 803-779-3100.

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is home to more than 2,000 animals with more than 350 species originating all over the world! Visit the Kangaroo Walkabout, experience the African Plains, and sneak an exotic peek at Lemur Island! Get even closer with Adventure Tours or brave the Sky-High Safari vertical ropes challenge! Admission varies. 9am-5pm. 500 Wildlife Parkway. 803779-8717.

Shandon United Methodist Vacation Bible School 2013! June 10-14 Ages 3 (4 by 9/1/13) – rising 3rd graders. 8:45 a.m.-12 noon, Monday through Friday. Cost: $12 per child includes t-shirt. Filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences to see, hear, touch, and even taste! Bible Point crafts, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the “Kingdom Rock” activities that help faith flow into real life. For registration, go to or contact Lesli Wood at 803-256-8383 x108, Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine Street. hp://

Fit Kids! With rising obesity and debates about everything from sugary drinks to skim versus whole milk, it can be hard for parents to know whose hype to believe. It’s common sense to feed your body good food and to move more. But, for kids, how much is more? reminds parents that: (1) Exercise for kids doesn’t have to be structured, like dad’s circuit training or mom’s run. Make it fun! Activities like tag, crossing the monkey bars, or swinging encourage endurance, strength, and flexibility. (2) One of the best way to encourage activity in kids is to limit TV-time: Ages under 2, no TV. Ages 2+, only 1-2 hours/day. (3) Kids shouldn’t be inactive for very long unless they’re sleeping— keeping kids moving encourages healthier bodies and more active minds! Infant daily activity should focus on motor development; toddlers, at least 1.5 hours of daily activity; preschoolers, at least 2 hours of daily activity; school-aged kids: 1 hour or more is recommended. Don’t panic—this doesn’t mean you need gym membership for your kid. Take a walk at Crooked Creek Park (1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin), play tennis at Seven Oaks Park (200 Leisure Lane, Columbia), bike or hike the trails at Saluda Shoals Park (5605 Bush River Road, Columbia). Remember to keep it simple, keep it fun, and keep it up!




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DISCOVER COLUMBIA Sat, May 18—My momma always


Mud Mania!

said that the dirtier I was when I came home, the more fun I must have had! ICRC wants to test this truism with Mud Mania, a mud obstacle course for kids ages 6-13. There will be a mini-mud area for younger kids, and a large sandcastle-building area! Shoes shirt, and a waiver is required for each child—registration starts at 10am. 10:30am-1:30pm. FREE! Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia. 803-772-3336.

Saturday, June 1—Only in books can you be a hungry caterpillar, a determined little engine, a triumphant wizard, or an exotic princess. If summer is a time of fun, it is definitely a time of reading! So, head out to the SC State Museum and help kick off South Carolina’s coordinated summer reading program, Storyfest SC 2013. Meet children’s authors Pater Brown and Will Hillenbrand for presentations by each author, storytelling, crafts and face painting, visits with popular book characters, and a Readers Theater presentation! 9am-4pm. 301 Gervais Street. 803-734-8928.

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You want your wee ones to sit down with a picture book now and then, and begin to develop a joy of reading, but playing with the apps on your phone is much more appealing to them. The Richland County Public Library system understands and offers thousands of downloadable options for kids! Anyone with an RCPL library card can go onto their website, click on “Check It Out,” and then choose “Kids” to access an impressive selection of audiobooks, eBooks, magazines, movies, and even educational games and puzzles. This digital service is completely free to anyone with an RCPL library card and is a great tool for encouraging that techy child to explore the world of books as well as apps!


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You work hard for your kids. You cook, you clean, you nurse, you chauffeur. At Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar, they understand—you need a night off! So, Babysitter’s Night is perfect for parents and perfect for your little hand-fulls at the same time. Enjoy a relaxing “adults only” meal while your kids watch a movie, eat their dinner, and even complete fun activities in Solstice’s private dining room! You don’t have to do the dishes or try to squeeze in romance between “Mom, he’s kicking me!” or “Dad, look at me!” tonight. Babysitter’s Nights are held “mostly monthly,” depending on other Solstice happenings, so check out their calendar (and take a peek at their incredible menu!) for the your next “night off!” 8414 Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia. 803788-6966.

Keeping the Romance! Babysitter’s Night in Northeast Columbia


Lexington County School District One: Monday, August 19 Lexington County School District Two: Wednesday, August 21 Richland County School District One: Monday, August 19 Richland County School District Two: Wednesday, August 21 Lexington/Richland County School District Five: Tuesday, August 20


Richland County School District One

Richland One’s Challenger Learning Center is offering summer camps! Parents, would your children enjoy an out-of-this-world summer adventure building robots, launching model rockets or flying a jet in a flight simulator? Sign them up now for the Richland One Challenger Learning Center’s summer camps for elementary, middle, and high school students. The camps are designed to be fun and educational. “As campers build and launch rockets, they will see Newton’s Laws of Motion in action,” said Lead Flight Director Dr. Carolyn Donelan. “To build robots they must learn about circuits and programming. Flying flight simulators involves practical applications of physics, and our Astronaut Academy camps give campers a taste of everything. Our camps are real science for real kids, and it’s real fun.” For a list of camps offered this summer, go to The camps are open to Richland One students and non-district students. All camp participants should bring a bag lunch and drink each day of the camp. Parents who want to register their children for the camps should contact the Challenger Learning Center at (803) 929-3951 or at Please note that the registration deadlines are two weeks prior to the start date of each camp, but early registration is encouraged. The Challenger Learning Center, the only facility of its kind in South Carolina, is located at 2600-A Barhamville Road, next to W.A. Perry Middle School. ©



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SOAK UP THE SUN! There’s nothing like the soft kiss of the sun on your skin and the drowsy days of summer! Check out these places in Greater Columbia to catch some rays:

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The beach/recreation side of the SCE&G public parks (on the Lexington side of the dam at Lake Murray) will be open through early September and is the perfect place to enjoy the summer sun. Recline in your beach chair at the edge of the water or take a nap in the sand and really enjoy the summer experience! When you just can’t relax anymore, get up and enjoy the view on a walk across the Lake Murray Dam. The park is open weekdays until 8pm. Weekend and holiday hours are Photos from The Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Office from 10am-8pm. Parking fees are charged during normal business hours, but season passes are available. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed. Restrooms and picnic areas are available. For more info, call SCE&G’s Lake Management Department at 803-217-9221.

Finlay Park is a spectacular way to spend a summer day—lay out a blanket, bring a picnic basket and a good book, and enjoy a beautiful break from city streets, traffic, and to-do lists. Boasting a dramatic waterfall plunging down landscaped terraces to a gorgeous man-made lake, a fountain, and a covered arbor with swings, Finlay Park manages to be both a quiet place to relax and one of the favorite spots for Columbia events, including summer festivals, events, and concerts all summer long. This is one of the largest handicapped-accessible parks in the country, and the paved paths are perfect for strollers as well. The park is open 6am-9pm daily, and entrance is free of charge. 930 Laurel Street, Columbia. 803-733-8691.

One of the great things about Greater Columbia is that we’re just a two hour drive from the beach! Summer is the perfect time to take a day trip down to Charleston’s beaches and get your dose of sun at one of two county parks—Isle of Palms County Park or Kiawah Beachwalker Park! Note: Folly Beach County Park is still closed due to erosion, but is slated to reopen sometime this summer. Isle of Palms County Park is located in the East Cooper area of Charleston County and offers beach chair & umbrella rentals daily from Memorial DayAugust 18, with convenient beach access, making it perfect for a day of swimming and sunbathing! Admission is charged. One 14th Avenue, Isle of Palms. 843-886-3863. Kiawah Beachwalker Park is on the west end of Kiawah island, offering the only public beach access on the island! Beach umbrellas & chairs are available for rent every day from Memorial Day-August 18. Admission is charged. 8 Beachwalker Drive, Kiawah Island. 843-768-2395. Call first to make 54 sure parking is available—this park fills fast! Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission

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The SC State Farmers Market is the place to celebrate the fruits and veggies of summer! Here you can get the freshest local fruits and veggies! Between May and August, peaches, beans, peanuts, cantaloupes, blueberries and blackberries, pears, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, watermelons, and zucchini are all in season. Summer Sensations Series: Watermelon Day is June 2! Peach Day is July 13! Boiled Peanut Day is August 17! The Market is open rain or shine, Monday-Saturday from 6am-9pm and Sunday from 12-6pm. Sign up for the Harvest Society’s updates (on the Farmers Market website) to find out when the freshest produce and seasonal food is available is on its way to the Market. 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. 803-737-4664.

On a hot summer day, few things are as refreshing as relaxing on the water and enjoying a wellmixed martini or frosty hand-crafted beer. At Liberty on the Lake, you can do both! This new restaurant, located in the Marina Bay complex on Lake Murray, is the waterfront outpost of Liberty Tap Room in the Vista and the perfect place to enjoy happy hour! Wash away your weekday stress with live music out on deck on the weekend, a raw bar, more than 60 beers (48 on tap) and an eclectic martini collection that could relax anybody! 1602 Marina Road, Irmo. Check out their hours and menu on their website ( hp:// ) or like them on Facebook ( hp:// )!








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Cook Out? In the Kitchen: Eat Safe! On the gril :

There’s nothing quite like the sizzle of the grill or the sear on your steak in summertime, is there? Well, there’s also nothing quite like food poisoning—or anything nearly so miserable! So, consider these food safety tips while sliding on that “King (or Queen!) of the Grill” apron and before you dig in at the local block party: If you marinate your meat, keep it in the fridge, not on the counter. If any of the marinade will be used as a sauce with the meat, reserve that portion—don’t reuse it! If you freeze your meat when you get it home, be sure it’s completely thawed before grilling to ensure even cooking and prevent the spread of bacteria. Everywhere: Make sure you don’t use the same containers or utensils for raw and cooked meat—this defeats the purpose of cooking out any bacteria. Keep hot food hot and cold food cold! At both these temperatures, bacteria and germs are unlikely to spread. But, bacteria and germs thrive in those in-between temperatures! Don’t eat food that’s been left uncovered outside, and make sure you provide coverings for any food you serve! No one wants lettuce on their burger if the fly got there first!

Frankie’s FunPark

One of the best things about summer is the ability to play like a kid again, and Frankie’s Fun Park in Columbia offers this chance all year long! Eighteen holes of Mini Golf will inspire fierce competition, some good-hearted ribbing, and a whole lot of fun for the young and the young at heart! Whether you’re the next Tiger Woods or you just think you are, you’ll definitely enjoy an afternoon at Frankie’s! Open Monday-Saturday from 10am-Midnight and Sunday from Noon-Midnight. Frankie’s is open yearround, but call for specific hours of operation as attractions and times vary. 140 Parkridge Drive (Turn left onto Harbison Boulevard off of Exit #103 on I-26, then left onto Parkridge.). 803-781-2342.




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GET WET/COOL OFF Beat the heat this summer by “tubing” down the Saluda River at Saluda Shoals Park! Relax and lazily float down the river—trips take about 2 hours, and tubes are available daily at the Environmental Education Center beginning at 9am until about 3pm. The $10 fee includes a shuttle back to the Saluda Shoals Park launch. No phone reservations will be taken, and parking fees apply. You must be 18 years old to rent a boat, and tubers 10 and under must be tethered to an adult. For the younger ones, check out their interactive, zero-depth water playground and spray pool! Open 9am-8pm from April 27-September 2. $3/splash band. Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia. 803731-5208. Cool down with kayak and canoe tours offered by Get Your Gear On. Trips can be scheduled Wednesday-Sunday for 11am or 3pm. Featured tours include Full Moon tours (7pm), Spring on the River (until May 17), Spider Lily tours (May 15-late June, depending on blooming), and Sunset and Sunrise tours on Lake Murray (late May-August). Any of these tours are a spectacular Get Your Gear On way to experience Greater Columbia’s natural beauty, including hidden wildlife and beautiful scenery. All trips include transportation to the put-in and back from the take-out points. River tours originate and terminate at the store location. Lake Murray trips meet at a separate location. If you’re a more experienced outdoors-person, ask about their canoe and kayak rentals available without a guide. 208 Candi Lane, Suite A, Columbia. 803-799-0999.

Lake Wateree State Park This park , just a short drive northeast of Columbia off US Hwy. 21, provides access to secluded and refreshing 13,800-acre Lake Wateree. The lake is popular for all water-related activities including a swimming beach (no lifeguards) with a sandy bottom that deepens slowly and gradually. Fish for bream, catfish, crappie and bass from any of the banks of the park. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required. This park participates in the Tackle Loaner Program sponsored by the SC Dept. of Natural Resources. Rods and reels are available for loan at the park store. Although the lake serves as the focal point for Wateree, other day use activities are available including picnicking, playground and a short, wooded nature trail. 6am-6pm, daily, extended to 10pm during DST. Admission : $2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; age 15 & younger free. 881 State Park RD | Winnsboro, SC 29180 | Phone: 803-482-6401 | ©



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Spirit of Lake Murray

An afternoon or evening aboard The Spirit of Lake Murray cruise yacht is one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy the sparkling waters of 50,000 acre Lake Murray, just minutes from downtown Columbia. The crew is offering a season of public cruises including Melodies on Murray with live entertainment, Sunset Cruises, Purple Martin Cruises viewing Bomb Island’s protected swallow population—the largest Purple Martin Bird Sanctuary in North America (Combined Melodies and Purple Martin Kick-off, Friday, June 21st! See page 56 for extended schedule and call for additonal dates.), two Mother’s Day Cruises (May 6: Brunch Cruise 11am-1:30pm & Dinner Cruise 6-9pm), and a Father’s Day Cruise (June 16: Dinner Cruise 69pm). New this summer, they are offering Daytime History Cruises! Lake Murray is The Spirit of Lake Murray literally full of history. Under the beautiful waters lie B-25 Bombers (Lake Murray shares its history with the Doolittle Raiders of World War II) , schools, churches, bridges, and entire towns. Pick up some local lake lore and history or just enjoy a day of sightseeing aboard the Spirit of Lake Murray! History tours are Saturdays this summer: May 11, June 8, July 20, August 17. 11:30am-2:30pm. The Spirit of Lake Murray is Greater Columbia’s only dinner cruise yacht with private charter available, and it’s the perfect place to commemorate a special occasion - promotion, retirement, weddings, receptions, holidays! 803-730-3044. Tour info at their website: 58



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FUN ON LAKE MURRAY Boat Rentals |Canoes, Kayaks, Power & Pontoon Boats Better Boat Rental @ Marina Bay | 803-407-2929 Get Your Gear On | 803-799-0999 DP Marine/Chapin Point Boat Rentals 803-345-0155 Fifty-Fifty Watersports LLC | 803-731-4000 Hardee Pontoon Rentals | 803-413-1693 Lake Tours "Southern Patriot" | 803-749-8594 Lanier Sailing Academy | 803-317-9070 Lighthouse Marina | 803-749-1554 River Runner Outdoor Center | 803-771-0353 Southshore Marina | 803-532-4231

’ N I H S I F E N O G If you think fun on the water means throwing out a lure, Lake Murray is the perfect place for you. Striper, shellcracker, crappie, and black bass are all rated between “fair” and “good” for this area, according to the SC Fishing Report. To fish in Lake Murray, you’ll need a SC Recreational Fishing and Hunting License. Licenses are available for folks 16 or older online ( hp:// ) or at places all over Richland and Lexington County, including •ACE Hardware (815 State Street, Cayce), •Sportsman’s Warehouse (476 Piney Grove Road, Columbia), •Walmart (1180 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo), •Lake World (1757 North Lake Drive, Lexington), •Cricket Bait & Tackle (3047 Bluff Road, Columbia), and •DNR in Columbia (1000 Assembly Street). A local favorite fishing access site is the Lake Murray Park Fishing Pier, off of Hwy 6 on the Irmo side of the Lake Murray Dam. Dreher Island State Park offers both shoreline fishing and a boat launch (3677 State Park Road, Prosperity). Public boat landing sites around Lake Murray are indicated by big brown signs with white leering: •by the Lake Murray dam, off of North Lake Drive, •beside the bridge, off of either side of Shull Island Road, and •at Riverbend Point, at the end of Shealy Road (after it becomes State Road S-41-400). ©



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USC School of Medicine

HAPPY, HEALTHY COLUMBIA Genetic counseling is a process through which patients can learn about genetic conditions in their families and the chance for developing or passing along an inherited condition. USC Genetic Counseling at University Specialty Clinics offers a variety of genetic counseling services dedicated to informing you with compassion, integrity, and professionalism. Our five genetic counselors have outstanding working relationships with professionals throughout the Midlands who refer their patients for genetic counseling. We provide preconception, infertility and prenatal genetic counseling, genetic counseling for cancer and other conditions affecting adults, coordination of genetic testing, and communicating of the genetic assessment to your personal physician. You can be assured that you will receive excellent, qualified care in which you can trust and that is convenient to your needs. USC Genetic Counseling is located at 2 Medical Park, Suite 103, Columbia. 803-545-5775.

Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina

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Disorders of sleep (like Sleep Apnea) and wakefulness (like Narcolepsy) are more common and serious than people realize. Many patients assume that problems like bad snoring, insomnia, and daytime drowsiness are “just the way I am,” and therefore not real diseases that require evaluation. In fact, these sleep conditions are not only annoying to patients (and others nearby), but also impair mental and physical function, impact job performance, and pose major health risks. For example, people with Sleep Apnea are 6 times more likely to die prematurely. So, if you or someone you love has trouble sleeping, breathing issues at night, restless in bed, twitching of the limbs, sleep talking, drowsiness upon waking, bothersome daytime sleepiness, or morning aches and pains, call us at 803.788.7884 to schedule a “Sleep Medicine Consultation.” All are welcome, even if not currently registered with our practice.


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Family Medicine Centers of S.C. has grown over 30 years to become the largest Family Practice group in Columbia. To provide the best service to our patients, we offer compassionate, comprehensive, competent, convenient, cost-effective health care. Our services include General Medicine, Physical Exams, Cancer Screening, Colonoscopy, Springwood Lake Family Practice • 788.7884 1721 Horseshoe Drive • Columbia (near I-20 & Two Notch Rd.) Immunizations, Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Pelvic Exams, Bone Density Testing, Weight Loss Nutrition Counseling, Skin Care, Anxiety/Depression Woodhill Family Medicine • 783.4433 treatment, Physical Medicine, Pain Management, Sleep Medicine, Office 813 Leesburg Road • Columbia (I-77 & Leesburg Rd.) Orthopedics, General Surgery, X-Ray, Ultrasound, Heart and Lung Midtown Family Medicine • 931.0100 Studies, Treadmill Stress Testing, complete in-house Laboratory, and 1910 Gregg Street • Columbia (near SC Heart Center) Immigration Physicals. Our medical staff is also experienced in Rice Creek Family Medicine • 227.7777 Geriatrics, Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine. We participate with Hardscrabble & Rice Meadow Way • Columbia Aetna, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, State Employee Plan, Federal Employee (near Ridgeview HS) Plan, Blue Choice, Medicare, Tricare, Cigna, Carolina Care Plan, United Saluda Pointe Family Medicine • 239.1600 Healthcare, Medcost, Humana and many others. Our ultimate goal is 3630 Sunset Blvd. • West Columbia (between I-26 & I-20) to deliver outstanding medical service as your personal physician, who Lake Murray Family Medicine • 724.1100 has come to know you and your family through years of caring. We’re 7611 St. Andrews Rd. • Irmo (across the street from Union here for you, and we’re here to stay! United Methodist Church

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The South Carolina State Museum

Walk for the Health of It! Northeast Columbia Jackson Creek Nature Trail | Sesquicentennial State Park | 9564 Two Notch Road | 803-788-2706 This trail is a short loop that will take you through a boomland forest area, upward into an open pine habitat, and end with a scenic view of Centennial Lake. As you walk along the trail, follow the interpretive signs to learn about many of the plants and animals that call Sesqui home. Look closely and you might see a prickly pear cactus or a Carolina anole. Length: 0.4 miles. Signage: Interpretive sign posts Grow Your Business!

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Southeast Columbia W. Gordon Belser Arboretum 4080 Bloomwood Road | 803-777-3934 The W. Gordon Belser Arboretum is a nature preserve and is opened to the public for walking every Wednesday from 8am - 2pm and on the third Sunday of the month from 1pm - 4pm. Unlike much of the flat, pine-covered Midlands of South Carolina, the 10-acre W. Gordon Belser Arboretum is a collection of plant communities consisting of ten different biomes (habitats), a waterfall and a Botanical Garden and many unique Exhibits. Lexington Town of Lexington Cell Phone Historic Walking Tour | Downtown Lexington | 803-358-7264 The historic town of Lexington, South Carolina is a direct descendent of the old Royal township of Saxe Gotha. As you walk through downtown Lexington, listen on your cell phone to locals tell stories of 10 historic buildings and the people of their town. Start your walk and tour at the old courthouse, located at 139 East Main Sreet in Lexington.

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