Brookland Beach Bash at West Columbia Riverwalk is Saturday
The Brookland Beach Bash is Saturday beginning at noon. It goes on all day, ending at 10:30 p.m. It’s sponsored by Soda City and Palmetto Outdoor Center. It’s at the West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater, 121 Alexander Rd.
“It’s a family-friendly event that gives us another opportunity to showcase our Riverwalk and take advantage of the river,” said West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton. “I expect a first-class event from Michael Mayo of Palmetto Outdoors and Emile DeFelice of Soda City,” sponsors of the bash.
The Brookland Beach Bash features free admission and free parking at Capitol Plaza, and behind Terra on Meeting Street. The City of West Columbia is also a supporter of the Brooklan Beach Bash.
“We’re bringing the beach, minus the sand,” said the Brookland Beach Bash promoters. Mayo said the event has more than one goal.
“It’s the kind of activities needed to not only attract tourism, but to encourage families to move to the Three Rivers region,” Mayo said. “We’re trying to coin the phrase waterside recreation as a means for relocation.” Mayo also gave more details.
“The Brookland Beach Bash offers a variety of activities, on and off the water, promoting a welcoming space for everyone,” said Mayo. “We are promoting cultural diversity. I’m very big about creating a welcoming space, without barriers. All you have to do is wear your life jacket, and it’s safe for anyone.”
There will be free tubing and kayaking. The river activities are courtesy of Palmetto Outdoor Center and Canoeing for Kids.
The Brookland Beach Bash will include games with frisbees, hula hoops, badminton, and kickball, provided by Todd & Moore Sporting Goods. And there will be volleyball, cornhole, spikeball, kan jam and more. The lawn has been donated by FOS Design.
There will be music too at the Brookland Beach Bash. Prettier Than Matt plays first from 2 p.m. ’til 3 p.m. Boo Hag is scheduled to play beginning at 3:30 p.m. until -4:30 p.m. And the last act to play will be Kings For A Day from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Food and refreshment vendors on site will be: Lil Duck Kombucha; Incredible Italian Ice; Kinda Cheezy; Ashley’s Yummy Tummy Catering; Brain Freeze, LLC; Cha Cha’s Food Truck; and Los Chicanos Food Truck.
As evening approaches the movie “The Sandlot” will be presented by Fun Flicks of the Upstate. The movie begins at 8:45 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
For the children there will be a Kids Zone with inflatables by Jumperee, LLC-Bungee Trampoline/Inflatable Rentals and friends.
History tours including Cayce’s 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek begin at 6:30 p.m. until -8:30 p.m.
There will be Kids crafts with South Carolina Master Naturalist Program and Emerald’s Artistry Face Painting and Balloon Fun.
Also appearing is Aurelia the Deep Blue Mermaid. She is Anna Clapper known locally as the “Soda City Siren.”
Beer will be sold and the beer list by KW Beverage Columbia includes: Palmetto Huger St IPA; Catawba White Zombie; Southern Barrel Helles Lager; Appalachian Mountain Boone Creek Blonde; Kona Big Wave; Wicked Weed Pacificmost Gose; and Stone IPA.
Joshua Streetman will be slinging non-alcoholic cocktails for the kids.
RAIN DATE is Saturday, July 14.