W I N T E R 2 019 Celebrating local shopping, dining, arts, events, and community
Columbia The Gifting and Giving Issue
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the most wonderful time of the year ‘Tis the season to gather with your loved ones as you gift and give, celebrate together, and make new memories as a family. Meet a collection of local businesses who are here to make sure all of your celebrations are filled with joy and happiness.
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Welcoming new businesses to Columbia: Market on Main
Family-owned and operated, Casey’s Fireworks celebrates 70 years on Rosewood.
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Learn more about our 2019 Social Mission Partner: Serve & Connect
Discover local nonprofits to support this season!
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IN THIS ISSUE
And of course,
great shopping, dining, arts, entertainment, and services— as always. KEEP READING
Fig Authentic Welcoming you through the front door of our state: Governor Henry D. McMaster and First Lady Peggy McMaster PA G E 5 2
Events Get out and experience our city this holiday season—plan your days and nights in Columbia with Fig PA G E 6 4
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‘ Tis the season for local. As John F. Kennedy once said, “A rising tide lifts all the boats.” Did you know that the survival rate of a small business is very small? Out of the hundreds of thousands of small business that are started each year in the United States, 50% of them will not make it to year five and of those that do, 70% will not celebrate a 10th anniversary. Early mornings, late nights, and a lot of worry, sweat, and tears go into curating the perfect shopping, dining, and gathering experience for us all. I don’t write this to bring dark clouds to this bright holiday season, but instead to bring awareness to what it takes to keep our Columbia vibrant, delicious, and unique. Turn the pages of this issue and be invited into the wonderful world of holiday gifting and giving, elegant event planning, and through the front doors of our state into the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion. You’ll find everything from the most fabulous outfits for our busy Soda City social calendar to divine restaurants to gather with family and friends. Discover a diverse list (we wish we could include everyone!) of local nonprofits that you can volunteer with or make a donation to—take a moment this season to give back to those who need it the most and who
will ensure your donation leaves a lasting impact. We’re grateful for the entrepreneurs, makers, creatives, and those in our community who continually link arms with us to make Fig Columbia possible throughout the year—it’s small business supporting small business at its finest. Before logging on to do your online shopping, take a moment to think about gifting and giving with intention. Let’s be a rising tide for the wonderful small businesses that we have here in our community this holiday season. Support small business by shopping with them on Small Business Saturday, by purchasing your gifts during the extended and special hours that they’re offering in December, and by letting them know that you’re grateful they’re here in Columbia. We know we are. B RY N L E Y FA R R & T H E F I G C O LU M B I A T E A M
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WARM FO O D & WARM G R EETI N G S Greeted with a welcoming smile and a hug, you’ll feel the love and warmth of Il Giorgione from the moment that you walk through the doors. Owners George and Monica have created an extraordinary dining experience that’s second only to the authentic, homemade Italian food that they serve out of their kitchen. Make your holiday reservations early— they book quickly!
2406 DEVINE STREET
“ Christian went to court with me every time I had to go. I was not alone. He made it very easy, and he held my hand through the whole thing. He was my best friend. The Goings Law Firm did everything for my kids. If it were not for them, I honestly don’t know where I would be today because they fought for me and my kids to get closure so we’d know exactly what happened to my husband. Financially, they made sure we were taken care of.”
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Hope for the Holidays The Goings Law Firm knows how to bring hope to their clients during some of their most traumatic, devastating days. Whether they are providing one-on-one personalized attention or tirelessly advocating for your rights, you can rest assured the Goings Law Firm will compassionately fight to achieve the justice you deserve. W R O N G F U L D E AT H C ATA S T R O P H I C I N J U RY WO R K E R S ’ C O M P E N S AT I O N
Attorneys: Robert F. Goings, Jessica L. O’Neill Gooding, and Christian E. Boesl 1510 CALHOUN STREET
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K EEPI NG YO UR F I N A N C E S MER RY & B R I GH T Do you want to gift and give throughout the year without stress? The team at Kirkland & King is here to help you achieve your financial goals in both your business and your personal life. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just starting your career or youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re close to retirement, you can pursue a secure financial future with their financial planning process.
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Where are you decking the halls, gathering with family, and opening your gifts this holiday season? Kate Sweeten and her team at The Sweeten Group will expertly guide you through selling your house or finding a new one for you and your family to call home.
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Give the gift of health
From Left: Zach Lundberg, Suzi Switzer, Sara Doyle, Drew Mobley, Susanne Hicklin Not pictured: Hunter Lambert, Jake Parler, Nico Riso, Heather Stokes, Bryan Terlizzi, Sydney Vanlandingham
Starting a new, healthy lifestyle has never been easier thanks to the encouragement and knowledge of the personal trainers at Anytime Fitness. Treat a friend, family member, or even yourself with a gift that will last you for years to comeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ring in the new year on a healthy note! 2808 DEVINE STREET
Chef Howard Stephens
Josh Willoughby F R E S H FA C E Welcoming new businesses to Columbia.
Fresh Face: Market on Main AT T H E C O R N E R O F M A I N A N D L A DY S T R E E T S in downtown Columbia, just a block away from the State House and in the heart of the Main Street District, you’ll find Main Street’s newest addition this season: Market on Main. Gourmet kitchen with seasonal cuisine Specialty retail market
Beautiful and lively bar
Large covered outdoor patio
Large open-air venue with outdoor kitchen & self-serve taps
Market on Main is a specialty gourmet food and beverage experience that expertly pairs a global culinary vision with its central location, the beautiful city views from the outdoor patio, and the owners’ desire to support local farmers and producers. They have taken up residency in the first floor of the Meridian Building in the 1300 block of Main Street and will have ample outdoor area for their customers to enjoy throughout the day and into the evening. Customers will be able to conveniently pop in for lunch during their busy work day, to stop by after work for Happy Hour with friends, can drop in to pick up a bite to go, and will be able to shop specialty foods. “We don’t want to just offer high quality food and great service,” said Market on Main’s co-founder, Josh Willoughby. “We are aiming to deliver a unique and very memorable experience that will become a symbol of gourmet food, entertainment, and culture in Columbia.” Chef Howard Stephens, previously of the Village Gourmet, The Oak Table, and currently at Sapori, will lead the culinary creativity at Market on Main while Mai Turner, a long-time manager of The Gourmet Shop in 5 Points will head up the front of house. When Market on Main opens, it will bring a healthy, entertaining, and convenient experience to downtown Columbia. It will feature a gourmet kitchen with seasonal cuisine, a beautiful and lively bar, a specialty retail market, a large covered outdoor patio, and a large open-air venue with an outdoor kitchen and self-serve taps. “We’ll host all kinds of events in our open-air venue,” Willoughby said. “Watch parties for big games, movie nights, concerts, pet friendly events, private events, and more. If there is a demand for it, we’ll consider it.”
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A NEW YEA R, A N E W YO U Close out the year and ring in 2020 by embracing change in your life through psychotherapy with Jill Smith & Associates. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll walk beside you as you explore, reflect, and grow during your session and will celebrate with you every step of the way.
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C E L - E - B R AT E (verb) acknowledge a significant or happy day or event with a social gathering or enjoyable activity
You have the perfect excuse for a celebration: you’re engaged and planning a wedding, you’re throwing a party for a milestone birthday, you’re holding an official ribbon cutting for your new business venture, you’re expecting a baby, and the list goes on. There’s no end to the number of reasons to send out invitations, gather together your family and friends, and have a wonderful celebration. The question is: how do you put together something fantastic that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime?
That’s where these creative teams come in to play. With their talented hands, creative thinking, and innovative solutions—there is no limit to what you can create with your next event. These are the people who can make all of your event dreams come to life no matter how intimate or grand the celebration. We invite you to meet the people and the businesses that are ready to serve you and your guests.
A W O R L D - C L A S S H O T E L , R E S TA U R A N T, A N D S PA — R I G H T D O W N T H E R O A D I N A I K E N N O. 12 B E S T H OT E L IN THE SOUTH
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BETTER WITH AGE Originally built in 1898, The Willcox has served as Aiken’s living room for over 100 years, welcoming guests from around the world as wellknown as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. The South’s finest hospitality awaits you at The Willcox with its continued commitment to superb personal service, gracious accommodations, and excellent cuisine.
Geoffrey and Shannon Ellis, the owners of The Willcox, purchased the historic hotel 10 years ago this New Year’s Eve. Together with their outstanding team, they’ve kept the grand dame alive and well in Aiken. Celebrate their anniversary with them this holiday season!
And visit their sister property in the mountains of NC,
100 COLLETON AVE SW, AIKEN
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AN EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER Amidst a lush woodland garden, an historic treasure rests just southeast of downtown Columbia and you are invited to become a part of its story. A notable South Carolina landmark, Wavering Place is committed to respecting and preserving the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history while hosting events that celebrate new beginnings.
427 ADAMS HAYNE ROAD 803.432.0311 WAVERINGPL ACE.COM
CHEERS! Invite The Bubbly Bus to pop into your next celebration— they’ll bring the bubbles and the cheer to you in one of their vintage buses.
Weddings Engagement Parties Bridal Showers Birthday Parties Corporate Events 803.929.ROSÉ THEBUBBLYBUS@GMAIL.COM THEBUBBLYBUS.COM
ROCK & SOUL He started playing the bass when he was thirteen years old because his sister told him to, and now, he’s entertaining Columbia with his talent. Book the Reggie Sullivan band for your next event!
ENCHANTING EXPERIENCES With an eye for glamour and perfection, owner Melanie Murphy and her team will expertly weave fabrics, lighting, and china alongside a host of outstanding vendors to create a meticulously crafted affair where no detail is left untouched. You’ll be invited to sit back, relax, and enjoy your event with your guests while the professional planners keep your event running smoothly.
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DELIGHT I N E V E RY B I T E Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all in the details. From the preparation of the food to the warm smiles of their service staff, Southern Way provides flawless presentation of culinary excellence at every event.
100 E EXCHANGE BOULEVARD
The team at ByFarr believes in creating memories that will be treasured throughout the ages. From small business branding to personal stationery, they find your fingerprint and bring it to life through design.
504Â˝ GERVAIS STREET (2112 SUMTER COMING SOON!)
Weddings & Receptions Corporate SoirĂŠes Rehearsal Dinners Conferences & Meetings
Call to schedule a tour to see the space in person!
THE PERFECT BACKDROP
Dance into the next chapter of your love story along the banks of the Congaree River as you say your vows and celebrate with your family and friends at Stone River. A one-of-a-kind event venue space, Stone River offers endless ceremony and reception options with an outdoor pavilion, wrap around porch, and green space that all overlook the river and downtown Columbia. 121 ALEX ANDER ROAD, WEST COLUMBIA
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SEWING WITH ELEGANCE & GRACE Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premiere wedding dress designers and tailors, Juanita Johnson and granddaughter Michelle Simuel work magic inside of their tailoring shop to bring your beautiful, custom visions to life. They will expertly fit and tailor any garment, from ball gowns down to your favorite pair of jeans, so that you look your best no matter the occasion. 1110 WASHINGTON STREET
Jessica Rourke works with couples across the South to plan, style, and orchestrate their weddings, marrying a fresh and sophisticated vision with details that stand the test of time. 2855 DEVINE STREET
Opening their doors early 2020 for all your daily flower needs!
E X T R AO R D I NA RY B L O O M S Nestled in the heart of Devine Street, Fern Studio owner Sarah Shell hand-selects vibrant seasonal flowers to create stunning, garden-inspired experiences for your wedding, special event and soon... your home. 2855 DEVINE STREET
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WEDDINGS HEADSHOTS COMMERCIAL 701 WHALEY STREET #104
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Joshua and Aaron Moore, the husband and wife team behind the lenses at Joshua Aaron Photography, have been photographing weddings for over ten years. They have developed a unique ability to capture all of the moments— the quiet moments like the first time a dad sees his daughter in her wedding dress to the big moments of dancing and celebration at the reception—of your wedding day. The stunning gallery of images you have to remember your day by will leave you speechless (in the best way possible!)
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WITH HISTORIC, SOUTHERN CHARM An exact replica of George Washington’s Mount Vernon and sitting on 200 acres with a pond, Magnolia Way provides an idyllic Southern setting to say “I do!” Newly renovated and located just outside of downtown Columbia, this historical event venue will take you back to an age of refined elegance and hospitality. EASTOVER, SC
CALL TO BOOK YO U R : Wedding Corporate Gathering Private SoirĂŠe
A GLASS OF PERFECTION With the finest champagnes and spirits, the most creative garnishes, and the best mixologists behind the bar, Black Tie Bartending delights both the eyes and the taste buds with their innovative drinks.
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YOUR EVENT AT T H E MUSEUM Wrapped in history and unique features, the South Carolina State Museum invites you to host your guests for an extraordinary and unforgettable event. Whether an intimate reception in the Boeing Observatory or a black tie gala in the Main Lobby, the in-house event coordinating team will make sure that your event goes above and beyond your dreams.
301 GERVAIS STREET
Visit their new Main Street location at the Arcade Mall!
D E L I G H T F U L LY BOLD The only thing bolder than the stunning cakes from Ally & Eloise Bakeshop? The incredible flavor that comes through with each bite!
1332 MAIN STREET, 803.851.7005
5209 FOREST DRIVE, 803.708.2982
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Always behind the scenes but always seen, Sound & Images will install everything that your event needs, from monitors to speakers and lighting, to allow your guests to see and hear you. Looking for something more long-term for your building or business? Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hook you up!
Pictured: Adam Vance of Sound & Images with General Manager of Halls Chophouse, Ryan Jones
1211 VIRGINIA STREET
A WHOLE NEW BALL GAME With an event venue unlike any other in town, you can delight your guests with a savory culinary experience while overlooking the baseball field at Segra Park. Let their Events Team create a custom event and incredible menu for both you and your guests to enjoy at your next event. CLUB LOUNGE BROAD RIVER BALCONY CONFERENCE ROOM
1640 FREED STREET 803.726.4 487 SEGR APARK.COM
With the largest selection in the South and a no-dud guarantee, you can celebrate everything from weddings and gender reveals to the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve with Casey’s Fireworks. Pro Zone Aerial Zone Sparkler Zone Ground Zone Explosive Zone Noiseless Zone, a Casey’s EXCLUSIVE: Fireworks for those that want to experience color and beauty without noise.
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A FA M I LY TRADITION SINCE 1949 Casey’s Fireworks—open since 1949 on Rosewood Drive— originally started as Jim Casey’s Open Air Market selling cold drinks and convenient items to the neighborhood. This was back when Rosewood Drive was just a dirt road! Jim decided one day to put some firecrackers out for sale, and when they sold out overnight, the Open Air Market began transitioning into a store devoted to selling fireworks. 70 years later, Casey’s Fireworks is still run as a family business with both third and fourth generations of Caseys working at the store.
Open all year with extended hours during the holidays!
OPEN YEAR ROUND
With every gift card purchase, Casey’s Fireworks will donate a portion of sales to local charities!
Photo by Matt Brodie
A call back to their Open Air Market days, Casey’s Rosewood Gardens has seasonal flowering plants. Visit them today to also find your perfect tree! Did you know? Jim Casey (John’s Grandfather) is why fireworks are legal in South Carolina. In 1957, Big Jim won his case before the SC Supreme Court to keep fireworks legal in South Carolina after a local Sherif tried to ban Jim Casey and all retailers from selling fireworks in the state. Today, thanks to Jim, your family, Columbia, and South Carolina can celebrate with fireworks all year. Casey’s Fireworks is still keeping an American and family tradition alive with the best personalized service and a Mega Selection.
GIFT (noun) a thing given willingly to someone without payment; a present
When it comes to gifting during the holiday season, we know how much careful thought that you put into the gift that you select for each person on your list. You put sincere consideration into what would bring out the most joy and the most gratitude, you write it down, and then you set out to find all of the items on your list. The business owners around town know that you have a list of people to shop for and they have been putting together a highly curated experience for you inside their stores. From handselecting the wares that they fill their shelves
with to the special events, complementary gift wrapping, and treats that that they plan to offer this season, they have been thinking about you and hoping to provide you exactly what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for when you shop with them. Get out into our community this year and shop local. Luxurious home dĂŠcor, handcrafted garments, stylish clothing, and more are all waiting to be beautifully wrapped up and placed under your tree!
S O P H I S T I C AT I O N & BEAUTY FROM HEAD TO TOE Get holiday ready for every party, gala, and celebration that you have on your social calendar this winter. Owner Amanda Gunn and the ladies at Scout & Mollyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will use their fashion expertise to create an ensemble that will have you looking and feeling incredible as you head out on the town!
A P PA R E L , ACCESSORIES & SHOES FROM Black Halo Linda Richards Marie Oliver Mignonne Gavigan Misa Las Angeles Parker NY SAYLOR
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RINGING IN A NEW STYLE From winter soirées to a girls’ night out, the women at Copper Penny will dress you for your next sparkling occasion. Shop their boutique on Devine Street for everything you need to pull together a fabulous look—a dress, a beautiful necklace, or even a pair of heels—they have it all for you!
2702 DEVINE STREET
H E L L O, F U N ! Who wouldn’t want to see a shiny new bike under the tree on Christmas morning? Give the gift of adventure this year— whether you’re gifting for the holidays, for a birthday, a special anniversary, or even for a wedding—a Pedego bicycle is the gift that will bring fun wherever you go!
Try them out for yourself! Take a short drive to Aiken to visit your local Pedego Electric Bikes shop.
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No matter where your business or social calendar takes you this holiday season, the expert menswear clothiers at BP Skinner will ensure that you have a quality, handmade garment that perfectly suits you and the occasion. 1003 GERVAIS STREET, SUITE A
UNWRAP A S I G N AT U R E LOOK Inside Monkee’s boutique on Devine Street, you’ll find not only the perfect outfit, but the perfect hostess gifts for your bustling holiday season. They have the dress, the shoes, and the accessories you need for everything from a date night to a sparkly New Year’s Eve out on the town.
Chocolat Blu Crosby by Mollie Burch Gigi NY J Brand Lele Sadoughi Marie Oliver Shoshanna
3211 DEVINE STREET
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Walk under the twinkling lights along Main Street this season and shop for the perfect gift to wrap and place under the tree. Bursting with local boutiques, restaurants, and entertainment venues, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find something for everyone on your list this year on Main Street! Pictured gifts from: Sylvanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jewelers, Nickelodeon Theatre, Shoppes on Main
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DISCOVER THE MAGIC ON M A I N S T R E E T From the curated guest experiences to the talented local artists featured throughout their hotel, Hotel Trundle owners Marcus Munse and Rita Patel have combined Southern hospitality with color, creativity, and charm to bring magic to Columbia.
Hotel Trun dle is a mem ber of Sou ther n Livin g Mag azin eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hotel Collection!
1224 TAYLOR STREET
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From what to wear to what to give, Coplon’s does it all for you this holiday season! Their team of fashion consultants can style you for every soirée, gala, and celebration you have coming up and they make your holiday shopping a breeze—they will beautifully wrap your present (and deliver it locally!) Who wouldn’t want to find one of these beautiful gifts under the tree this year? 4825 FOREST DRIVE
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A D E V I N E G I F T I N G D E S T I N AT I O N Not only will you find just the right gift for everyone on your list this year, but you’ll also be supporting your neighbors and community by shopping local. It’s a Devine way to shop this season! DEVINESTREETCOLUMBIA .COM
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GIVE (verb) to freely transfer the possession of something to someone
This December, as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re shopping all of your favorite local boutiques and shops to find the perfect present for everyone on your list, consider making a donation of time, supplies, or money in their honor instead to a local Midlands nonprofit. No matter your interest, we know that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nonprofit in our community that will tug at your heart. Whether your love the arts or the outdoors, early childhood education or animals,
veterans or health services, our community is filled with nonprofits that would welcome your donations this season with open arms. Turn the page to learn about some of the amazing nonprofits that serve our community so well throughout the year and discover how you can get involved with them to help further their missions.
In 2018, Columbia Classical Ballet Outreach Program reached more than 10,000 children.
THE ART OF BALLET Inspiring love of the arts An evening filled with a repertoire of dances from Columbia Classical Ballet dancers, performances by local jazz musicians, and a collection of original paintings available in a silent auction, The Art of Ballet black-tie gala will delight guests as the Ballet raises money to broaden their Outreach Program. THE ART OF BALLET BL ACK TIE GAL A February 28, 2020 Forest Lake Club Purchase tickets at artofballet.ticket.qtego.net
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H OW YO U C A N H E L P : To infuse positive change in more communities, Serve & Connect has launched a two-year fundraising campaign with an $850,000 goal designed to increase their impact through the delivery of quality programs and services. Gifts can be made online at serveandconnect.net, by calling 803-760-7617, or by mailing a check to PO Box 6840, Columbia SC 29260
Social Mission: AT F I G , W E B E L I E V E I N T H E P OW E R O F A C O M M U N I T Y that works together to identify needs and find solutions—one that creates connections and is passionate about helping its neighbors. For our 2019 Social Mission partner, we’ve chosen Serve & Connect, an impactful non-profit whose good works contribute immensely to our thriving, local community. Serve & Connect has been dedicated to strengthening communities throughout our state by bridging the divide between police officers and the citizens that they serve since their founding in 2015. In four short years, they have made a last impact on our citizens, our police officers, and the communities that we all call home. Serve & Connect believes that it all
begins with human nature. It’s human nature to want our families and our communities to be safe and it’s in this common ground that Serve & Connect works to begin shifting mindsets and eliminating misconceptions. Using research-informed programs that are designed to develop a new generation of leaders and to help communities adopt realistic goals for effective collaboration, their team focuses on helping drive additional community improvements like community safety, economic development, and general well-being. They, along with community members and officers, are taking small steps to plant seeds of hope for future transformations.
LEARN MORE ABOUT FIG SOCIAL MISSION AT FIGCOLUMBIA.COM
Serve & Connect wants to build better neighborhoods and develop stronger communities. With Together We Are Better, Serve & Connect hopes to: • Serve 30,000 people • Serve 7,500 families • Provide 10,000 boxes of Greg’s Groceries • Impact 23 South Carolina communities • Add 6-8 COMPASS Communities Help them ignite change this holiday season by supporting their Together We Are Better campaign. Pictured: Members of the North Columbia Youth Empowerment Initiative at Richland Library North Main.
Looking for a meaningful and unique way to celebrate the holidays, birthdays, or other occasions? Choose a gift that keeps on giving and purchase a Midlands Gives Giving eCard. Giving eCards can be redeemed on the MidlandsGives.org website to support over 400 local nonprofits. 2142 BOYCE STREET, SUITE 402
The season to give
Looking to give outside of the box this year? Here are just a few of the dozens of incredible organizations in our community that would love to feel the holiday spirit this year with a gift from you!
C O LU M B I A C L A S S I C A L B A L L E T Mission: to provide South Carolina audiences with the experience of classical ballet performed by the recognized ballet stars of the day How to Support: • Purchase a ticket to their Gala, see page 47 for more information • Donate to their Pointe Shoe Fund columbiaclassicalballet.com
C O LU M B I A C I T Y B A L L E T Mission: to be a premier professional ballet company in the Southeast through presentation of their art and expression to a constantly growing and diverse audience. How to Support: • Donate to their Annual Fund • Donate to the Pointe Shoe Campaign columbiacityballet.com
C O LU M B I A M U S E U M O F A RT Mission: to celebrate outstanding artistic creativity through its collection, exhibits & programs, interacting in ways that engage the mind & enrich the spirit. How to Support: • Volunteer at an after-hours event • Make a donation to sponsor the annual CMA Gala or purchase a ticket columbiamuseum.org
H I S T O R I C C O LU M B I A Mission: to advocate for the preservation of historic properties and artifacts in Columbia and Richland County; to keep neighborhood history alive in the hearts and minds of today’s residents through tours, educational programs, and special events; and to work with government agencies to secure our legacy for the future. How to Support: • Become a member of Historic Columbia • Volunteer your time at special events or as a guide • Make a donation to help their preservation efforts historiccolumbia.org
H O O V E S , H E A RT S , & H O P E Mission: to improve the quality of life for anyone with a physical, mental, or emotional disability through counseling, education, and equine assisted therapy. How to Support: • Adopt a horse and animal by making a donation to help pay for hay, grain, and veterinary care • Volunteer your time • Make a donation to enable them to meet their goals and make necessary improvements FUN FACT: Hooves, Hearts, & Hope donated the time of their pony, JJ, to play the part of Hotel Trundle’s unicorn on page 41! hoovesheartsandhope.org
H O M E WO R K S O F A M E R I C A Mission: to show God’s love through service to others by repairing homes of homewoners in need, assisting youth in their development, and empowering communities to meet the needs of their members. How to Support: • Volunteer at one of their One Day Blitzes, at a Summer Session, or an International Session • Donate items on their wish list • Make a donation homeworksofamerica.org
Visit Central Carolina Community Foundation at yourfoundation.org for more ways to support our local non-profits!
PA A L S Mission: to enrich and empower children and adults with physical disabilities and social needs by training service animals and providing animal assisted educational and recreational activities. How to Support: • Become a weekend foster of a dog in training • Fulfill an item on their wish list • Volunteer your time at their training facility • Make a donation to help the cost of raising/training a service animal paals.org
Save the Date for Midlands Gives! Make plans to join Central Carolina Community Foundation for their annual 18-hour giving day on May 5, 2020.
P R I S M A H E A LT H M I D L A N D S F O U N D AT I O N Mission: to engage community partners to enhance health care for patients and families served by Prisma Health. How to Support: • Volunteer time with their volunteer group, Volunteers in Action • Join one of its Giving Societies • Make a donation palmettohealthfoundation.org
R I V E R B A N K S ZO O & G A R D E N Mission: to create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conversation by providing the highest standards of care to their animals and plants, by delivering a diverse educational and high-quality recreational experience for all Riverbanks visitors, and by utilizing all available resources for conservation of the Earth’s flora and fauna. How to Support: • Purchase an annual membership for you or your family • Attend one of their signature events and fundraisers • Host your next event at the zoo or garden • Volunteer • Make a donation to Satch Krantz Conservation Fund riverbanks.org
S E RV E & C O N N E C T Mission: to ignite positive change through police and community partnerships by working directly with law enforcement, community stakeholders, and citizen leaders to improve neighborhoods challenged by poverty, crime, and neglect by building trust, optimizing collaboration, and fostering a shared sense of pride. How to Support: • Volunteer or make a donation to help support the 4th Annual Feed an Officer Campaign on December 14 • Donate to their Together We Are Better Campaign, see page 48 for more information. • Become a sponsor for their fifth annual Knight of Honor Gala, coming Fall 2020!
SPCA Mission: to provide care for sheltered dogs and cats; to facilitate placement of adoptive animals in nurturing, responsible homes; to reduce pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering; and to offer various educational opportunities to the public at their no-kill, non-profit adoption center. How to Support: • Adopt a dog or a cat • Make a donation to cover the costs of sheltering a dog or a cat until they are adopted orangeburgspca.org
SISTERCARE Mission: to provide comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence and their children, advocate on behalf of these survivors, and help prevent domestic violence through community awareness and education. How to Support: • Make a donation to help provide necessities for the women and children residing at the shelter • Donate an item from their Urgent Needs List or Wish List • Volunteer your time sistercare.org
T R U S T U S T H E AT R E Mission: to enrich the lives and deepen the experiences of their artists and patrons by producing works that examine humanity in the 21st century by selecting challenging scripts that will start and nurture dialogues that promote discussion within the community with productions that are brought to life through dynamic storytelling and inventive designs. How to Support: • Get a Season 35 Flex Pass • Sponsor a production • Make a donation trustus.org
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Authentic: Governor Henry D. McMaster and First Lady Peggy McMaster Behind the stately wrought iron gate near the corner of Lincoln and Laurel Streets in downtown Columbia, you’ll find the last remaining building of the Arsenal Military Academy sitting on 9 acres of land alongside two beautiful Antebellum homes. Built in 1855, the building served as barracks for the officers of the Academy until the Civil War began. After fighting in a skirmish outside of Columbia, the soldiers returned to find their Academy in ruins, having been burned by General Sherman’s army. The building, along with the two homes, had been spared and after the war, it was converted into the Governor’s Mansion. 150 years later, the Governor’s Mansion stands firm on top of Arsenal Hill in downtown Columbia and it’s where Governor Henry McMaster and First Lady Peggy McMaster call home. “This house is a happy place,” Governor Henry McMaster said. “It’s full of fascinating history, furniture, portraits, and the history of our state. Did you know that there are people who’ve lived in our state their whole life and have never set foot in the Governor’s Mansion before? We want to change that. This is the front door to our state and we want everyone who visits to be comfortable and pleased with their time here, and to see that South Carolina is the prettiest state in the world.”
This year, Governor McMaster and First Lady Peggy McMaster will continue the tradition of welcoming guests for their Holiday Open House. They will open the front doors to the community and invite them in to see the history, tradition, and beauty that’s found within the walls of the Governor’s Mansion. “The Columbia Garden Club does the decorating,” First Lady McMaster said. “They’re decorating elves, and they arrive the Monday after Thanksgiving to spend the week working their magic” The entire home is decorated from top to bottom in preparation for the holiday season. A stunning tree stands tall each year in the Large Drawing Room with thousands of lights woven between each branch. Garlands or wreaths make their way up the bannister of the grand staircase to the second floor and holiday cheer can be found bursting from within each room of the home. It’s the staircase though that reminds First Lady McMaster of one of her family’s Christmas traditions. “Every Christmas morning, we’d make the kids sit at the top of the stairs before they could come downstairs to their presents,” Mrs. McMaster said. “Once we moved into this house and they saw the number of steps, they said ‘No way!’ We might try to get them and their spouses to do it this year, though!”
For the McMaster Family, the Christmas celebrations extend past December 25th. “The day after Christmas, we always have something to look forward to,” Governor McMaster said. “We have a big family gathering in Effingham—200 or more people. Growing up, it was our chance to run wild on the farm. There was a big fireplace where they’d roast a pig, everyone would bring food, and we’d look through all of the genealogical charts seeing where everyone in the family came from.” Throughout all the holiday seasons that Governor McMaster has celebrated, the traditions observed, and the memories created, one Christmas morning in particular stands out the most to him. “My most exciting Christmas morning was when I walked down the steps and saw my red bicycle waiting for me,” Governor McMaster said. “I can see it now—bright red, big handlebars, a horn on the front in the middle. My brother John had one, too. We hopped right on and zip! Right out the front door we went.” Create new memories this holiday season with Governor and First Lady McMaster and make plans to visit the Governor’s Mansion this December.
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Winter 2019 events SODA CITY MARKET Every Saturday Start your Saturday mornings out right with a trip to the market on Main Street where you’ll find everything from food trucks to local artisans, makers, and producers. sodacitysc.com V I S TA L I G H T S November 21 Kick off the holiday season in style at Vista Lights—extended shop hours, food and drink specials, and the lighting of the tree in the Vista! vistacolumbia.com H O L I D AY L I G H T S ON THE RIVER November 21–December 31 Take a journey through the Midlands’ largest drive-through light show at Saluda Shoals Park, as you enjoy over 400 animated light displays, a laser light show, and more. icrc.net H I S T O R I C H O L I D AY T O U R S November 22–December 31 See a variety of holiday decorations and experience past traditions at the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion while learning how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. historiccolumbia.org
LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS November 23–December 30 It’s Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden! With nearly one million twinkling lights, hot cocoa, s’mores, and nightly visits with Santa, it’s a tradition the whole family can enjoy. riverbanks.org UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS VS. CLEMSON TIGERS November 30 Close out the college football season at Williams-Brice Stadium as the Clemson Tigers come to town for the annual Palmetto Bowl. gamecocksonline.com J U N I O R L E A G U E O F C O LU M B I A H O L I D AY M A R K E T December 4–8 With over 150 merchants from across the country, it’s a festive holiday shopping extravaganza that you don’t want to miss! jlcolumbia.org A S TA R RY N I G H T December 4 Begin the holiday season in Five Points by strolling through your favorite Five Points shops and restaurants during a night full of holiday cheer, store specials, and visits with Santa. fivepointscolumbia.com
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F I R S T T H U R S D AY O N M A I N December 5, January 2, February 6 Visit Main Street in downtown Columbia on the first Thursday of each month for extended store hours, a variety of specials, live music, and more. firstthursdayonmain.com D I S N E Y ’ S F R OZ E N J R AT T OW N T H E AT R E December 6–8 Your favorite characters and songs from Frozen are all a part of this joyful production that closely follows the cinematic version. Delight the Princess Annas and Princess Elsas in your life with an evening at the theatre! towntheatre.com M I S S B E N N E T: C H R I S T M A S AT P E M B E R L E Y AT T R U S T U S T H E AT R E December 6–21 A sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley where an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love. trustus.org C A R O L I N A C A R I L LO N H O L I D AY PA R A D E December 7 It’s the official holiday parade of South Carolina, and one that you can enjoy with your family and friends on the first Saturday of December. carolinacarillon.com
H O L I D AY O P E N H O U S E AT T H E GOVERNOR’S MANSION December 9 Visit the Governor’s Mansion to see all of the beautiful decorations and to meet Governor & First Lady McMaster— donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank are welcomed! scgovernorsmansion.org JINGLE BELL JAZZ December 10 & 17 Swing into Christmas with the annual Jingle Bell Jazz concert at Trustus Theatre featuring even more jazz music by the Mark Rapp Group, swinging singers, and amazing musicians. trustus.org H O L I D AY PA R A D E O F L I G H T S I N C AYC E / W E S T C O LU M B I A December 14 Make plans with your family to attend this beloved holiday tradition and nighttime parade. Go early, grab a great viewing spot, and enjoy the festivities! cwcchamber.com CANDLELIGHT TOURS & CARRIAGE RIDES December 14 Enjoy live music, entertainment, children’s activities, and hot chocolate while celebrating the holidays with a house tour of Robert Mills House & Gardens and a carriage ride through Robert Mills Historic District. historiccolumbia.org
THE NUTCRACKER December 14–15 and 21–22 Dance your way into the holiday season with The Nutcracker at the Koger Center, a local holiday family tradition. kogercenterforthearts.com
C O LU M B I A B O AT S H OW February 8–10 Find the boat of your dreams at the Columbia Boat Show and be ready for a summer of fun out on the water. colaboatshow.com
FA M O U S LY H O T N E W Y E A R December 31 Celebrate the end of 2019 and the ring in 2020 with this free event featuring Salt-N-Pepa and an amazing fireworks show at midnight. famouslyhotnewyear.com
M I D L A N D S H E A RT B A L L February 21 Celebrate the 30th Heart Ball as you support American Heart Association’s ability to connect, innovate, influence, and invest in advancing their efforts to change health outcomes as they relate to heart disease and stroke. ahacolumbiasc.ejoinme.org
B R I D E C I T Y B R I D A L S H OW January 5 Catch all of your favorite wedding vendors in one place this January at the Bridal Show. They’ll help you plan the perfect celebration for your big day! bridecitybridalshows.com R E S TA U R A N T W E E K January 9–19 An 11-day celebration at hundreds of participating restaurants around the state—your opportunity to discover a new restaurant or enjoy an old favorite. restaurantweeksouthcarolina.com WICKED January 22–February 9 Wicked, the Broadway sensation, comes to the Koger Center to tell the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—a rivalry that turns into the unlikeliest of friendships—until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other “wicked.” broadwayincolumbia.com
LEXINGTON MEDICAL CENTER GOVERNOR’S CUP RUNNING F E S T I VA L February 21–22 With a half-marathon course that crosses the Congaree River and through Columbia’s historic neighborhoods, a flat 5K course, a Main Street Mile, and a festive finish line celebration, Columbia’s 48th Annual Governor’s Cup returns this February. governorscupsc.org T H E A RT O F B A L L E T B L A C K T I E G A L A AT F O R E S T L A K E C LU B February 28 You’re invited to an evening filled with dances from Columbia Classical Ballet dancers, performances by local jazz musicians, and a silent auction at Columbia Classical Ballet’s black tie gala this winter. artofballet.ticket.qtego.net
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