City of Columbia hosts Enjoy SC, free events at the State House

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Anyone who walked by the State House Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. may have been curious as to why there were different stations set up across the Gervais Street side with tea and cookies.

The City of Columbia is holding “Enjoy SC” an event series that invites people to meet new people and socialize on the State House grounds during the spring season.

Wednesday’s “sharing tea” event was the second of 14 free events Enjoy SC will be holding in April and May. According to Public Relations Representative Katie Alice Walker, it’s one of the seven themes that they hope will allow people to enjoy the public space.

“We’re just interested in finding out ways that people will come to the State House grounds and engage with what’s going on here,” she said.

Planning Administrator for City of Columbia John Fellows said it has a lot to do with utilizing the space that the State House has to offer.

“We studied how people use public space, and we found the State House grounds are a place people walk through but they don’t usually pause,” Fellows said. “So when you understand how successful public places work, it’s a lot to do with making the person comfortable, having places to sit, but also being activating in some way.”

Fellows said that the spring time is when a larger population is usually in Columbia. “We really wanted to see what it’s like when we’re all here together,” he said.

Those who came for the sharing tea event were serenaded by The Gents, an a Capella singing group from USC, and children could play games provided by EdVenture. The next Enjoy SC event will be this Saturday. More information about the event series is available at EnjoySC.org.

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