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A new way to chill: Get outside and enjoy the late fall weather

Categories: Buying a New Home, News & Announcements | Posted: November 16, 2017

When the fall colors start to emerge, people get outside and travel around to enjoy the foliage spectacle. It’s time to pick apples and pumpkins and welcome the brisk air at the end of a long, hot summer. You’re raking leaves (and maybe jumping in the piles) and enjoying your favorite outdoor recreation while the weather permits.

At this point in the year, you’ve probably cleaned up all those leaves, packed away your lawn furniture, and are getting ready for the winter.

Don’t start your winter hibernation yet. There’s still plenty of things to do outdoors in the late fall in the Columbia, South Carolina region.

Fall Activities Available

Head over to the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden any evening to see the “Lights Before Christmas” display, an annual tradition for 25 years. You’ll experience the twinkling of almost a million lights. Warm yourself with hot chocolate and s’mores at the Jingle Bell Bonfire there.

For another light-filled spectacle, take a drive through Saluda Shoals Park to view more than 400 animated light displays during this annual “Holiday Lights on the River”.

Mark your calendar for December 2, 2017, to enjoy the 64th Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade. This year’s theme, “A Superhero’s Holiday” will include floats from all around South Carolina. Of course, the seasonal superhero, Santa Claus, will be part of the parade.

Enjoy the freshest local flavors at the Soda City Main Street market. Every Saturday from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m.—rain or shine—you can browse this farmer’s market for the very best produce, meat, dairy, flowers, and fresh baked items, plus the work of local artisans. Every Thursday, head over to City Roots Farmers Market, for local food, including the organic produce grown right there. You can also pick up their ready-to-cook Market Meals.

Slip on your ice skates at Main Street ICE in Boyd Plaza any day of the week, beginning Thanksgiving Day. Start a holiday tradition with a skating party.

Try a different type of Sunday brunch at the West Columbia Riverwalk’s Brookland Brunch. Vendors and food trucks will be serving up your favorites, including Belgian waffles, mimosas, and gourmet coffee. Then, rent a kayak or canoe to get your exercise after a hearty brunch.

If your appetite leans more toward oysters, barbeque, and beer, then don’t miss the annual River Rat Brewery’s Oyster Roast and BBQ, on Friday, December 8. Feast on fresh, steaming Carolina oysters, smoked pork BBQ, and plenty of side dishes on the patio, plus River Rat’s best brews,

Discover geocaching, a fun type of scavenger hunt that uses GPS coordinates to lead you to hidden caches.

Take a bike ride or hike nature trails. Hit the golf course. Back at home, gather around the fire pit with hot chocolate and all the fixings to make gourmet s’mores.

You’ll have plenty of weeks ahead to stay inside when the temperature drops lower and lower. Right now, enjoy the brisk air, the blue sky, and all the benefits of outdoor fall fun and living in the Columbia area

Now is also a great time to think about a new home!

While you’re out and about, plan a visit to McGuinn Homes to explore our new home communities in the Columbia area of South Carolina. Contact us to include a private tour so you can see how a new home in one of our neighborhoods can make a big difference in your life.

January at The Harbison Theatre in Irmo!

Categories: Columbia, Columbia theatre, Community & Local Events, Garden Brooke, Garden Brooke events, Home Buying, Irmo, Irmo Events, Lake Murray, News & Announcements, SC | Posted: January 6, 2017

Mulan Jr.
This action-packed musical was adapted for the stage from the popular 1998 animated Disney film, Mulan, which was itself based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. When the invasion of the Huns threatens Mulan’s father, the Emperor, Mulan disguises herself as a boy and prepares for battle to save him. She later must choose between divulging her true identity or saving China with her plan. Through song and a modern sensibility, the production celebrates ancient Chinese culture, honor and the fighting spirit.
Thursday, January 12, 2017 – 7:30pm
Friday, January 13, 2017 – 7:30pm
Saturday, January 14, 2017 – 10:30am
Saturday, January 14, 2017 – 3:00pm
Tickets: All seats are $7.00, ages 3 & under/free on lap

Tom Dugan Teaches Play Writing for the Individual Performer
This three hour workshop will be an eye-opening look at scriptwriting for the single performer, by the master of the single-character play himself, Tom Dugan. A seasoned veteran of the stage, TV and film and an accomplished playwright, Mr. Dugan will share his experiences, thoughts, and guidance to those wishing to develop scripts for individual players in the theatre setting. Workshop attendees are welcome to bring 3-5 minutes from a current project for Mr. Dugan to receive and assess.
Thursday, January 19, 2017 – 6:30pm
Tickets: $20

Wiesenthal
This live, touring show tells the story of Simon Wiesenthal, a Jewish Austrian Holocaust survivor, Nazi hunter and writer, from his own point of view. Performed by playwright and “master of the single-character play” Tom Dugan, the one-man drama recounts the captivating story of Wiesenthal’s life’s work of bringing more than 1,000 Nazi war criminals to justice with humor and nobility. Recommended for pre-teens and older.
Friday, January 20, 2017 – 7:30pm
Saturday, January 21, 2017 – 3:30pm
Tickets: $22

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Harbison Theatre’s On The Screen series presents this engrossing tale of aristocrats and rivals, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont, who mercilessly toy with the hearts of the innocent Cécile de Volanges and virtuous beautiful Madame de Tourvel using seduction and revenge. Performed by the National Theatre Live, the cast includes Elaine Cassidy, Janet McTeer and Dominic West. The production contains brief nudity and is suggested for audiences 15+ years.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – 7:00pm
Tickets: $15

Buy tickets at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College’s website here.